Battle for RSPL fourth spot resumes

first_imgWith the top three of Portmore United, Montego Bay United and defending champions Arnett Gardens securing their semi-final round qualification for the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), the battle will resume for the other spot.In contention for that spot are the promoted UWI FC (42 points, who are sitting in pole position as they currently occupy fourth, a position they earned last week with a comfortable win over the defending champions Arnett Gardens at the UWI Bowl. Humble Lion (41), the team which occupied that spot for most of the season, will be looking to get an away win over the inconsistent Boys’ Town (38) at Barbican.stop RenoFormer champions Harbour View (39) are still in the running, but they let themselves down badly last week with a loss to Boys’ Town. To get back in the picture, they will have to stop Reno, something that is not beyond them.Humble Lion are just a point behind UWI FC and will be hoping for a slip by the college boys and that they get the better of Boys’ Town to put themselves in the driver’s seat.UWI FC cannot be faulted for the confidence flowing through their ranks ahead of their game against Cavalier, especially after the results of last week. A win over the defending champions is nothing to sniff at and with today’s opponents being put to the sword last week by the relegation-battling Rivoli, they are well within their right to think that these are three points they can take, especially at home.Goalscoring is something that UWI FC can confidently say they have addressed with Girvon Brown finding his scoring boots and using them with regularity and he has been getting good support from Anthony Grant, Anthony Greenland and Kemar Cummings. Cavalier, for their part, will be happy that their top player Chevone Marsh has caught the eye of the national selectors, but will not be so happy that that good fortune has denied them of his services for today’s match.In Marsh’s absence, Cleon Pryce and Sulae McCalla will have to shoulder more of the attacking responsibility for Cavalier.Today’s Games:• 3:30 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Anthony Spaulding Complex• 3:30 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Humble Lion – Barbican Stadium• 3:30 p.m: Harbour View vs Reno – Harbour View Stadium• 3:30 p.m: Portmore United vs Waterhouse – Juici Park, Clarendon• 3:30 p.m: Rivoli United vs Tivoli Gardens – Spanish Town Prison Oval• 3:30 p.m: UWI FC vs Cavalier – UWI Bowl, Monalast_img read more

3 Big Things: Samardzija shows power of resilience in Giants win

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — His elbow was not shredded and his rotator cuff was not torn. Unlike many other pitchers who know the devastating pain of injury, Jeff Samardzija knew surgery was not going to save his career.He also understand he could no longer pitch effectively with an ailing shoulder.For much of last summer, Samardzija’s future could be summed up with one big question mark. In Thursday’s 1-0 win over the …last_img

OR Tambo statue unveiled at Joburg airport

first_imgThe statue of late ANC president Oliver Tambo unveiled at OR Tambo International Airport shows his return to South Africa after 30 years in exile.To honour the memory of late ANC president Oliver Tambo, a statue is unveiled at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on 19 October 2017, which was declared the Year of OR Tambo by the national government. (Image: Tambo Foundation, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterA statue of Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo was unveiled at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Thursday, 19 October 2017.Tambo, an anti-apartheid activist, was the African National Congress’s first president, serving in the position from 1967 to 1991. He died on 24 April 1993. Tambo would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year, on 27 October. The statue unveiling was part of the OR Tambo centenary celebrations that are being held across the country under the theme “Life and Legacy of OR Tambo”.The 2.5m statue stands in the International Arrivals section of the airport. It depicts Tambo’s arrival at the airport after 30 years in exile. It shows Tambo stepping down from the last two steps of an aeroplane, waving with his left hand; in his right he holds a briefcase.More changes at the airportIt was a day of celebration: before the unveiling of the main statue, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) auditorium and tower – the traffic control centre – was renamed OR Tambo and an OR Tambo bust was also unveiled.Watch: ATNS tower renamed to OR Tambo. #ORTambo100 pic.twitter.com/XDWCkc4mVg— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) October 19, 2017WATCH: President unveils the bust and Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi reads the bust #ORTambo100 pic.twitter.com/3JatAcsJ3E— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) October 19, 2017Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, one of the celebration programme co-ordinators, said the three events of the day were an opportunity to reflect on the role the stalwart played, especially in the formation of the country’s system of constitutional democracy.President Jacob Zuma said the installation was fitting as it was this airport at which Tambo returned to South Africa in 1990. When Tambo left South Africa on a mission to encourage other nations to institute sanctions against the country, he drove across the border, unnoticed. “When he came back he landed as a hero, a martyr,” said Zuma.Generations will remember OR TamboDali Tambo, son of OR Tambo, was happy with the celebrations. He had gone through four transport ministers and 11 years of campaigning to get a statue of his father installed at the airport, he said. He was pleased it was inside the airport building, because his mother had not liked the idea of it being outside. “Why must people go look for him?”His father would now be remembered by many generations to come – with the statue and information about the struggle hero showcased at the airport, said Dali Tambo. It was a stroke of brilliance to rename Johannesburg International Airport after his father – it was officially renamed OR Tambo International Airport on 27 October 2006.He thanked the people of South Africa who honoured his father in different ways across the country, such as in song, choral music and memorial lectures.In honour of OR TamboEarlier this month, the Reserve Bank and South African Mint released a series of four new commemorative coins honouring the late struggle stalwart. Three of the coins are collectible.In addition, Zuma opened the OR Tambo Heritage Site house in Chelston in Lusaka, Zambia, last week while on a State visit, reported the South African Government News Agency.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Heating a Bathroom Floor

first_imgOur expert’s opinionGBA Technical Director Peter Yost added this:Here are a few thoughts on this thread, particularly about thermal comfort:Thermal comfort versus energy efficiency: For C. L., with a central HVAC system covering loads in the bathroom, the radiant floor heat is all about thermal comfort.Thermal comfort of feet: ASHRAE Standard 55 gives this range for thermal comfort of feet in shoes as between 66.2° and 84.2° F. That’s not terribly helpful for a bathroom floor around a walk-in shower. This paper provides more information (see Table 5). It’s interesting that the “comfortable” temperature range for a concrete floor is narrower and higher (78.8° to 83.3°F) than for a cork floor (73.4° to 82.4°F) and even narrower and higher for a marble floor (perhaps the most like ceramic tile (82.4° to 85.1°F).Flooring contact coefficient and foot thermal comfort: The most interesting paragraph to me in this paper came under the start of “Discussion” section:“It is apparent from the series of experiments performed with 16 persons that it is not possible to find a floor temperature where all persons are satisfied. Neither is it possible to achieve less than 2% dissatisfied for short periods of occupancy (1 min) nor less than 11% dissatisfied for longer periods (10 min). These values can be attained when the temperature of the floor is optimal, i.e., that temperature which causes a group of persons occupying the floor on an average to evaluate foot comfort as neutral (voting = 0). If the floor temperature deviates from the optimal, the increase in the number of dissatisfied persons will depend on the flooring material. For floors with a small contact coefficient (e.g., cork, wood) the increase in the number of dissatisfied-persons will be moderate compared to floors with a large contact coefficient (e.g., concrete, stone).”In additional experiments covered in this paper, with occupants standing and seated and with “light” clothing on, the change in clothing had little or no significant impact on comfort results.Service life and performance of grouts: I have done quite a bit of ceramic tile work over the years and used both epoxy and polyurethane grouts. I have found both superior in terms of watertightness and stain/discoloration resistance but have found the polyurethane grouts a bit easier to work with. First, how efficient is electric heat?C.L. begins his post with a question on whether there’s a recognized metric for measuring the efficiency of electrically heated bathroom floors. Actually, there is, points out GBA Editor Martin Holladay. RELATED ARTICLES All About Radiant FloorsRadiant-Floor HeatingQ&A: Radiant for Comfort, Not HeatingBathroom Design Understanding heat deliveryIt’s not a hydronic system C.L. system has in mind, but an electric under-floor mat made by SunTouch. How effective would that be in delivering heat to the floor?Dana Dorsett suggests C.L. look for a chart provided by the manufacturer of the electric heat that describes the amount of heat it can deliver through different types of subflooring and flooring.“If this system is not temperature-controlled but has a watts per square foot spec or watts per length spec, the R-value of the subfloor + floor don’t matter as much as the ratio of the R-value of the floor materials to the R-value of the insulation below,” Dorsett says “If it [is] R-1 of floor materials to R-20 of insulation, about 95% of the heat will be coming through the floor. If it’s R-2 flooring to R-11, something like 85% will be coming though the floor. To convert watts to BTU/hr, multiply by 3.412.”He uses as an example the system C.L. has referenced, which delivers 72 watts for a 6-foot-long section or 12 watts (41 Btu/hour) per running foot.“If it’s between joists 16 inches (1.33 feet) on center it can deliver 41/1.33 = 39 BTU/hr per square foot of floor going into the system, but only part if it is going up,” Dorsett says. “Some is going down through the insulation. If it’s only delivering 85% of it up, the rest [is] going through the insulation and joists. It’s about 33 BTU/hr per square foot coming through the floor, and the surface temperature of the floor will be about 16 F° warmer than the room temperature. In a 75°F bathroom that would be a bit north of 90°F, which is warmer than most people like on bare feet, but not super uncomfortable.”At 50 Btu/hour, the surface temperature would be about 25 F° warmer than the room temperature. “On a tile or stone floor in a 75°F room that can be pushing the limits for barefoot comfort,” he adds. “Yes,” he writes. “The metric is called ‘efficiency.’ It describes the conversion of electrical energy into heat energy. All electric-resistance floors have the same efficiency, namely 100%.”This is technically true of all electric resistance heat, whether it’s in the floor or not. But Jon R suggests that definition doesn’t go far enough.“A reasonable definition of efficiency would involve useful work,” he says, “so I’d exclude any heat lost to the underside of the floor. This efficiency will be less than 100% and cork will lower it (as compared to something more thermally conductive like tile).”Would it make any difference if the radiant heat in the floor were provided by a hot water loop installed beneath the subfloor, C.L. asks. One advantage of this option, he adds, would be the opportunity to replace the finish floor in the bathroom at a later date without affecting the heat distribution system.“I think this would be less efficient as the heat would need to transmit through the subfloor,” C.L. adds. “The subfloor material probably has an impact — temperaturei.e. Advantek vs. OSB vs. plywood. Is there any simple way to calculate the efficiency hit of going through that additional layer?”There’s no need to make it that complicated, Holladay says.“As long as your home’s thermal envelope has adequate insulation, an electric-resistance heating pad or PEX tubing installed as part of a radiant-floor heating system aren’t less ‘efficient’ if there is a thick subfloor or inappropriate flooring. The heat remains indoors, so it isn’t ‘lost.’ The problem is that a floor assembly with a thick subfloor or inappropriate flooring is less responsive, and takes longer to heat up, than a floor assembly with well-chosen materials. Moreover, the heat may end up in a different room than intended (the room below the floor assembly).” Is cork an appropriate floor finish?The Schluter Ditra system is typically used with tile, not cork, says Holladay. “I’ve never heard of anyone installing cork flooring above this type of heating mat,” he says, “and I’m skeptical as to whether it’s a good idea.”Steven Knapp has similar concerns, adding that the cork products he’s researched are not recommended for bathrooms because they can swell and buckle when they get wet.C.L., however, says that a manufacturer of cork flooring actually recommends the Schluter Ditra system topped with cementitious layer made by Ardex.“This provides a waterproof membrane (Ditra) and a cementitious ‘subfloor’ (Ardex),” C.L. says. “Then install their cork tiles with contact adhesive onto the Ardex. This also allows for a future finish floor replacement without destroying the heated floor — you scrape the cork tiles off the Ardex.”C.L. also makes a distinction between solid cork flooring and engineered cork flooring in which a top layer of cork has been applied on a backing made from a different materials.“In regards to cork being unsuitable for wet areas due to swelling and buckling, wouldn’t that only apply to engineered cork products on a backing that would swell?” he asks “The [manufacturer] does warn that their engineered floating product is not suitable for wet area installation. They have no such warning on their solid cork product. Solid cork tiles have air pockets; would that preclude or reduce swelling?”If the manufacturer warranties a glue-down, solid cork tile, there’s no need to worry about it, Knapp replies, although it would be smart to check whether the backer plus the tile will create an “awkward elevation change” between the bathroom floor and any adjacent flooring. How much floor should be covered?Whether C.L. uses cork or tile as a finish floor, there’s still the question of exactly what parts of the bathroom should be covered. Should the shower floor, for example, be included?“We have Ditra heat under our bathroom tile floor,” says Stephen Sheehy. “It works very well. We generally turn it on 30 minutes or so before a shower. I suspect tiling your entire floor, with heat underneath, won’t be more costly than doing part with tile and part with something else. You wouldn’t need to manage the transition between the two floor types.”In Sheehy’s bathroom, the shower is included. The shower is open to the rest of the room, with the floor in the shower sloped toward a linear drain near the wall. “There’s no shower door or partition,” he says. “The whole floor is heated. When I shower, I usually don’t bother with turning on the floor heat, but my wife likes it.”One caution about the extent of under-floor heat comes from Dorsett: Do not put radiant floor under a toilet. The heat could melt the wax seal connecting the toilet with the drain line.And then Peter Engle made this suggestion: “You do want to run the radiant at least under the toekick if you have standard vanities, or about 6 inches past the front if you have furniture-style vanities (open bottoms with furniture feet),” he says “Otherwise, your toes are touching cold tile when you brush your teeth. Voice of experience, here.” A warm bathroom floor is a something to look forward to on a chilly winter morning, and C.L. is poking around for ideas on the best way of accomplishing that.One option is installing a grid of electric cables beneath the finish floor in tandem with a polyethylene underlayment manufactured by Schluter Systems called Ditra. These installations are often topped with ceramic tile, which is impervious to water damage and readily transmits heat from the buried cables.But C.L. has another idea.“In regards to finish flooring over the heated floor in the non-shower part of the bath, cork looks like an interesting product,” C.L. says in a recent Q&A post. “Although cork is sometimes discussed as an insulator, the [manufacturers] of solid cork flooring propose it as an ideal finish floor for a heated floor; supposedly it heats fast.“Does this sound reasonable, or is this just marketing hype?”That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more

Delhi woman kills 62-year-old handicapped mother-in-law

first_imgA 29-year-old woman allegedly killed her 62-year-old handicapped mother-in-law on Tuesday at their residence in Mandawali’s Shanti Nagar because she was “tired of being abused”. The accused was arrested on Wednesday, the police said.The police said Kanchan Kapoor first attacked her mother-in-law, Swarna Kapoor, with a wooden walker that the victim used. Then, to allegedly make it look like a murder committed by a third party, she attempted to burn the body with mustard oil.According to family members, Kanchan, who has been married to Swarna’s son Sumit since 2009, was always at loggerheads with the victim over domestic issues but mostly because the accused allegedly ill-treated her children.‘Violent person’Sumit, the sole bread winner of the family who works at a restaurant, said his wife was a “violent” person and that she never liked his mother. “My wife was very violent with our children and used to hit them a lot because of which my mother often rebuked her. Last night, it turned very ugly because of her bad temper and now my children and I have to suffer because of her,” he said, adding that he planned to divorce her soon.As told to Mr. Sumit by his children, Kanchan was beating one of them on her second floor residence. Swarna then shouted at her from the ground floor flat. Enraged, she came down and hit her mother-in-law after which she collapsed. The woman then brought a bottle of mustard oil and set her ablaze but only managed to burn parts of her legs and a few items in the room.last_img read more

Another milestone for Narain Karthikeyan

first_imgEnough, leave them alone…” Narain Karthikeyan is stomping around the pit in front of a banner with his face on it. He is climbing over tools and across equipment, through a swarm of mechanics dressed in the electric green and black of Speed NK Racing.Team Boss: Narain KarthikeyanQualifying hasn’t gone,Enough, leave them alone…” Narain Karthikeyan is stomping around the pit in front of a banner with his face on it. He is climbing over tools and across equipment, through a swarm of mechanics dressed in the electric green and black of Speed NK Racing.Team Boss: Narain KarthikeyanQualifying hasn’t gone well, one gear box seems possessed by an evil spirit, a clutch is throwing a tantrum, the team drivers are being instructed and interrogated, but Karthikeyan has called a time out. “Let them be. Now they just need to go out and drive.” It is the second round of the 10th JK Tyre National Racing Championships. Speed NK Racing, Karthikeyan’s outfit, lead in the standings amongst 14 cars at the Kari Motor Speedway outside Coimbatore, in a place signposted by the local panchayat as the “classical, divine Tamil township of Chettipalayam.”NK Racing CarThis is NK Racing’s second year in the championships, where they field two cars in the Formula Rolon Chevrolet class, the highest of the three classes involved. The other two are the Formula LGB Swift and the Formula LGB Hyundai. NK Racing’s drivers are Chennai teenagers Aditya Patel, 18, and Saran Vikram, 17, one the son of a former racer and the other of a garage mechanic. Two other drivers, Saahil Shelar from Mumbai and Ajay Kini from Chennai are part of the Amaron NK Racing Academy, and have been placed with the Chennai based WSRF team for the Rolons.Kamlesh Patel, father of Aditya with three decades of racing behind him, says the two NK Racing drivers have a “two in a billion opportunity” to work with a driver of Karthikeyan’s experience.India’s first Formula 1 driver is putting in the mandatory night shifts with race engineer and cousin Sanjay Balu and his team of 10 mechanics. They dissect drives in English and Tamil and stand over the cars as an open heart surgery is performed. Karthikeyan is in the mix measuring the track temperature, timing practice laps, the team always trying to squeeze just a bit more out of the car. “All you need to win,” says NK Racing team manager Yohann Setna, “is to be one hundredth of a second faster than the next guy.”NK with SaranFor the first time in his life, as a test driver for Williams F1, Karthikeyan, 30, is being paid to drive. There is a possibility of more F1 races. So why bother with 18-hour working days that do not guarantee that extra one-hundredth of a second? Karthikeyan says, “I wanted to start something in a small way, we had all the infrastructure in our workshop.” Until 12 years ago, a section of Perur Engineering Works, part of his father’s business, worked on cars the teenage rookie raced. Today that garage is buzzing again.Karthikeyan has worked his network of contacts to get his team what it needs, like F1 lubricants from Castrol. With Balu, he teaches rookies how to log every detail of a drive into their memories to use as feedback.Karthikeyan and Setna have designed a new easy-to-read set-up sheet for the pit team. The sheet logs the suspension and chassis set-up-tyre pressure, ride height/ ground clearance, angle of the tyres-which changes every time the car goes out, depending on the track surface and weather.The team was trimmed from four cars in the inaugural year to two and NK Racing estimates expenditure per car to touch Rs 10 lakh per season. Karthikeyan says, “The pressure to get the most out of two cars to get the wins is a lot more but management-wise two are much easier to handle”.Of their drivers from the first year, Akhil Khushlani now races in the Formula BMW Asia series. Talks are on with the Tata Racing School to set up an academy, the country’s first proper racing institution, to run out of Chettipalayam three months at time.The decision of India’s most famous driver, and most famous racing “brand”, to enter a team in the national championships should, you would imagine, be welcomed. But NK Racing faced some early sniping from envious opponents in season one.It could be, says Setna, because the team was determined to look and act like professionals. The mechanics, who had worked on jeeps and trucks, were trained to work on race cars, split into specialist groups, like electricals and gearbox. Fitness regimes were drilled into the rookies and they were given books on driving and engineering. The pit signage had to be smart, the team used walkie talkies, and occasionally, pit-to-car communication.Most importantly, the drives were free. It was the team and not the driver who found the sponsor to pay racing charges. (Over a six-round season, drivers must cough up Rs 35,000 for a Swift, Rs 45,000 for the Hyundai and Rs 1 lakh for the Rolon per round.) For contenders from non-racing families, it was a break from heaven. Shelar’s father Sanjay, a director in an engineering firm, says, “We have no tension about money, we don’t have to run around for sponsorship.” The Formula One Karthikeyan’s ChoiceIn Chettipalayam , Narain Karthikeyan was asked just one question. Would he take up The Offer? India’s first Formula One driver, now a test driver for Williams, has been approached by F1 team Spyker to race for them in the season’s last seven races. One of the lower-ranked teams on the F1 ladder, Spyker is familiar territory for Karthikeyan who raced with them in the 2005 season. Spyker is in fact the current incarnation of team Jordan, who signed Karthikeyan up for his F1 debut and for a brief period were also named Midland. Spkyer have recently sacked their German driver Christijan Albers and indicated their interest in the Indian. Karthikeyan is yet to take a decision on whether to return to a struggling team or keep the security of working with Williams. However due to new FIA rules, the time test drivers get on cars has been severely cut back. Karthikeyan says, “My racing instincts say I want to drive. After my experience as a tester at Williams, I think I can extract more out of an F-1 car now than I could.”As the race draws close, the pit gets calmer. The drivers are left to themselves, the engineers finish their job and leave it to the gods of the gearbox, and Karthikeyan heads off to watch. “Racing drivers… you need to treat them gently,” he says and he knows because at heart he is still one. In a sport about technology, aerodynamics and big bucks, the most precious part of a race car is still the driver, for whom spares are not easily found.Along with dozens of sponsors’ stickers, NK Racing cars sport the words “Aditya B+ve” and “Saran B+ve”. They read like inspirational revup slogans, but are actually the drivers’ blood groups, mandatory on every race car. All race tracks must have an ambulance and a fire truck on standby. On the weekend, nothing flammable catches fire, but Patel lights up. He finishes third in one race and wins the second, biding his time as two leaders engage in a charged skirmish. Before they have time to say, “Chettipalayam”, Patel slips past them on the inside.Every race is a sensory overload, a blur of metal and rubber, the howl of engines, the smell of gas but this is almost a cerebral performance. It comes from a skinny kid who looks like he belongs in the quietest corner of a library. His team is going mental; engineers leap up and down, applauding mechanics pour over the pit wall.Patel roars past the finish line and Karthikeyan smiles. It is not the smile seen on hoardings or on TV but a sunbeam at full throttle. He says, “Inside me, I’m really, happy I did this.”advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Ceballos on Madrids youth system and unpredictability

first_imgDani Ceballos has credited the effort of new boss Santiago Solari for making line-ups less predictable with the addition of younger playersCeballos, 22, has already started six La Liga games this season – two more than the entirety of last season alongside other youth graduates“This year is different, in fact, it is maybe a little unusual,” Ceballos told reporters after the game on Saturday, as cited by Football Espana.“There are a lot of younger players who are pressing to be played in the first team and that is making our line-ups less predictable and keeping players on their toes.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Before this was not the case but now we have a lot of younger players who are being called into the side, I think it is good.“I am really happy for (Marcos) Llorente, for Fede (Valverde) and for myself, because this is what we all need and it gives us motivation.“It also should improve the players who are more established and gives us a better dynamic.”last_img read more

GoFundMe launches its own campaign for government shutdown relief

first_imgA campaign GoFundMe set up to help those affected by the government shutdown will fund celebrity chef José Andrés’ efforts to feed federal workers in Washington, DC.Washington Post/Screenshot by CNETUS government employees and their supporters have been setting up GoFundMe campaigns to get help with expenses amid the partial government shutdown. But now the popular crowdfunding site has launched its own campaign to assist federal workers.GoFundMe on Saturday launched the Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund to help employees affected by the shutdown, now in its 30th day at time of writing. The site partnered on the campaign with author and speaker Deepak Chopra. As of Sunday afternoon, the campaign had raised $50,956 of its $75,000 goal. That was 469 individual donations. GoFundMe and Chopra both donated $10,000.”Government workers, through no fault of their own, can’t afford to put diapers on their newborns,” GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon said in a press release. “Employees of the most powerful nation in the world are being forced to work without pay and line up at diaper or food banks. It makes no sense.”Donations to the campaign will go to several nonprofits that offer direct assistance to government workers, including the National Diaper Bank Network and #ChefsForFeds, a team led by celebrity chef José Andrés that’s been serving meals to federal employees in Washington DC.Chopra said this is a time for creative solutions, rather than ideological debates. “This is the least we can do,” he said. “If we have empathy rather than outrage, compassion love and healing have a chance in this time of conflict and divisiveness.”First published Jan. 20, 2:46 p.m. PT.Update, 3:07 p.m.: Adds comment from Chopra. 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For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comment $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Comments An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Best Buy $299 at Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 7 The Cheapskate Sprint Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 1 Angela Lang/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Crowdfunding,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See it Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price.center_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Politics HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Chris Monroe/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $6 at Tidal $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Apple iPhone XS Tags Turo $520 at HP Boost Mobile $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice $155 at Google Express See It What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 Rylo Amazonlast_img read more

Law minister says CJ seeks onemonth leave

first_imgSK SinhaLaw and parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Huq on Monday said the chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, has applied for one month’s leave on health grounds.Talking to Prothom Alo, the minister said that the chief justice submitted the application seeking leave from tomorrow, Tuesday.Anisul said the application was being forwarded to the president’s office.As per rules justice Abdul Wahab Miah would be made acting chief justice.Read more: ‘Who wrote the judgment from where?’ HasinaThe chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, and the ruling party leadership including the prime minister and the law minister were at loggerheads following the 16th amendment annulment verdict which scrapped parliament’s power to sack judges in July.Several ministers met the chief justice and rumours had it that the chief justice would be sent on leave.Read more: AL adamant not to lose to judiciarylast_img read more

No intention to return to power by any means Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoAwami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated that she does not want to go to power by any means which may destabilise the present peaceful situation in the country.”I don’t have any desire to go to power by any means possible …if we can get elected by people’s vote then it’s Alhamdulillah. If we can’t retain power, there is no problem. Let peace prevail in the country,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing the businessmen conference titled ‘Bangladesh towards peace and prosperity’ at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) organised by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI).She said her party wants to see a peaceful election in the country as many political parties are contesting the 11th general election.The AL president said a beautiful and peaceful situation is prevailing in the country. “Let the election be held maintaining this peaceful atmosphere, the party which will get the people’s mandate will be there in power,” she said.The prime minister said she wanted the people of the country to cast their votes peacefully and choose their desired government. “Let that environment prevail in the country… I do want that.”Hasina mentioned if the peaceful situation prevails in the country the country will advance further.She sought support from the businesses community for the ‘Boat’ to maintain the pace of development and finish the incomplete development projects to make the country developed and prosperous one.”As we’ve taken many projects including some mega projects, we need more time to complete those,” Hasina said.Mentioning the private sector as the driving force of the economy, she said the private sector will be the key player while the government will act as the facilitator.Hasina said the drive against militancy, terrorism and drugs will continue while the government will show zero tolerance against corruption.Former FBCCI presidents Mahbubur Rahman, Salman F Rahman, Mir Nasir Hossain and AK Azad, and Rokeya Afzal Rahman, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Chamber (MCCI) president Nihat Kabir, Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Siddiqur Rahman, Alhaj Sufi M Mizanur Rahman, Incepta Pharmaceuticals managing director Abdul Muktadir, ACI chairman Anis Ud Dowla, GP CEO Michael Foley, managing director of Microsoft Bangladesh Sonia Bashir Kabir, City Group chairman Fazlur Rahman and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) president Syed Almas Kabir also spoke at the programme.It was also addressed by president of Leather Goods And Footwear Manufacturer & Exporter’s Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) Saiful Islam, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Abul Kashem Khan, Bashundhara Group chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Berger Paints managing director Rupali Chowdhury, Mohammadi Group managing director Rubana Haq, AKM Selim Osman, MP, former president of BGMEA engineer Kutub Uddin Ahmed, Tipu Munshi, MP, former BGMEA president Atiqul Islam, Anwar Group managing director Manwar Hossain, Abdul Momen, Sugar Refinery chairman Mainuddin Momen, BSRM Group chairman Ali Hossain Akbar FCA, former BGMEA president Anwarul Alam Chowdhury Parvez, Dokan Malik Samity president Helal Uddin and Captain Anisur Rahman Sinha of Opex Group. FBCCI president Md. Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) moderated it.last_img read more