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Will discharge my duty impartially Om BirlaWill discharge my duty impartially Om Birla

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP MP Om Birla on Wednesday thanked political parties for unanimously electing him the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha and pledged to discharge his duties without bias. “This Chair is impartial and it is meant to be impartial,” Birla said in a brief speech after he was escorted to the Chair by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said his duty was to run the House impartially and in accordance with rules and regulations irrespective of which party various members were aligned with. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “We have several challenges ahead of us and also expectations of the people and we have to live up to their expectations,” he said. Birla said that since the government had got a mandate from the people, it should live up to their expectations and faith. The Speaker urged the members to raise issues related to the people and said he expected the government to give satisfactory answers. Birla thanked pro tem Speaker Virendra Kumar for conducting the House smoothly for two days.last_img read more

Let private firms shoulder risk in choosing ports to expand in NovaLet private firms shoulder risk in choosing ports to expand in Nova

first_imgHALIFAX – A new study cautions governments against putting public cash into new port infrastructure in Nova Scotia, and suggests private investors should choose who wins the battle for East Coast container traffic.The document, paid for by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the province’s Transportation Department, examines the prospects of the Port of Halifax and proposed container port facilities in the Strait of Canso and in Sydney.It says private-sector stakeholders should determine which projects go forward.“A large investment in infrastructure, such as the construction of a new terminal, is risky and should be driven by private sector stakeholders that understand the business and are prepared to take on most of the risk,” says the document, dated March 23 of this year.Former prime minister Jean Chretien — who has been an adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners — told reporters on March 20 that he hoped the Nova Scotia government would support the Novaporte proposal in Sydney, though he didn’t provide specifics on what assistance is needed.There’s been no commitment from either the province or the federal government on the various proposals.The former Liberal leader did not respond to emails seeking comment on the report.The report by CPCS consultants continues to highlight challenges, raised in a previous report published in 2016, faced by the Novaporte development at the Port of Sydney, including the lack of railway access and the possibility of ice in the harbour.“Halifax is a better geographical location,” it says at the beginning of a chapter comparing the merits of the existing port and the two proposed container terminals.In its conclusion section, the report says governments can best support the growth in container traffic by, “supporting incremental improvements to existing facilities (Halifax) so that a Nova Scotia port call continues to be a viable option for shipping lines.”Regarding new proposals, it concludes government should support “more major projects only when the lion’s share of risk is taken by the private sector.”However, the 48-page document obtained by The Canadian Press also notes both the Sydney site and the Melford proposal in the Canso Strait could handle large vessels for which Halifax may not have the capacity.“One of the significant advantages of the proposed … projects of Melford and Novaporte is that they could be designed for the ultra-large ships,” says the report.The report describes a rising flow of container traffic coming through the Suez canal towards North America’s eastern seaboard, and the past two years have seen improvements in the volume of cargo.“Increased use of the Suez for South East Asian and Indian cargoes to and from North America will offer a real opportunity for Nova Scotia as its ports are first-in, last-out on this routing,” it says.It says the new proposals in Melford and Sydney have some “significant advantages,” such as reduced handling costs due to using new technologies, while Halifax’s costs are simply “in line with industry standards.”Jean-Paul Rodrigue, a professor of geography at New York’s Hofstra University in Long Island, said in an interview that after reviewing the report he sees a message of caution to governments.Rodrigue, who consults on transportation issues, said “the only way this is going to work out is if there’s some private money to put some stakes in this game.”He also said he remains “a little bit skeptical” about the viability of a second Nova Scotia container port, due to the lack of a large local market in Atlantic Canada.The veteran observer of the marine industry said it may be likelier that Quebec City will develop a container port first, to accompany the plans to expand port facilities in Montreal.“It’s not just a Nova Scotia issue, it’s an eastern Canada issue. You have to consider it in the context of the entire Canadian eastern seaboard,” he said.Still, Rodrigue said it remains difficult to tell which of the various East Coast Canadian port options will prove viable, until a private company says it’s willing to take on a project.“The federal government is waiting to see what the private sector is saying, and at this point the private sector is very uncommitted,” he said.– Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Middleorder woes for Sunrisers ahead of Kings XI Punjab clashMiddleorder woes for Sunrisers ahead of Kings XI Punjab clash

first_imgMohali: A top-heavy Sunrisers Hyderabad are seeking to sort their middle-order woes against Kings XI Punjab as the two teams eye a return to winning ways in the Indian Premier League here Monday. Both Sunrsiers and Kings XI have garnered six points after three wins from five games but the Hyderabad outfit is placed second in the eight-team standings on account of a better run rate. Kings XI, meanwhile, are lying fifth in the points table. But, having suffered defeats in their previous games, both Sunrisers and Kings XI would be desperate to get back to winning ways. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWhile Sunrisers lost by 40 runs against Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Saturday while chasing a below-par 136, Kings XI were beaten by 22 runs by Chennai Super Kings. Sunrisers have been threatening in their first three games when David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stitched century-plus stands but once the duo got out cheaply, the Hyderabad team’s middle-order looked in complete disarray. Sunrsiers’ middle-order has hardly been tested and when the opportunity came against Mumbai Indians, the likes of Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan fell flat. Chasing a modest 137 against Mumbai for a win, debutant Alzarri Joseph wreaked havoc to bundle out Sunrisers for 96. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterOn the bowling front, the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Siddharth Kaul have been descent so far while the Afghan spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have been more than impressive in the middle overs. Kings XI, on the other hand, lost the plot despite half-centuries from K L Rahul (55) and Sarfaraz Khan (67) while chasing 161 as they were restricted to 138 for five by CSK. Kings XI batsmen were choked for runs by the CSK spinners and with Rashid and Nabi in Sunrsiers’ rank, it is going to be another difficult outing for the home team batsmen. Kings XI would be hoping for Chris Gayle to be back among runs at the top, while the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller need to take more responsibility in the middle overs. While pacer Mohammed Shami had had an erratic tournament, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has been leading Kings XI from the front in the company of Sam Curran, Murugan Ashwin and Andrew Tye. Teams (from): Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (capt), Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agrawal, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and David Miller, Sam Curran, Varun Chakaravarthy, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mandeep Singh, Simran Singh. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Match starts at 8 pm.last_img read more

HRW says Jagaths appointment blow to justiceHRW says Jagaths appointment blow to justice

In light of the Sri Lankan government’s resistance to accountability, the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014 adopted a resolution calling on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to open an independent international investigation into allegations of abuses by both sides. The Rajapaksa government refused to cooperate with the investigation.The present government of President Maithripala Sirisena, elected in January 2015, has stated publicly that it intends to reverse Rajapaksa’s policies and deliver justice and accountability for war crimes. While positive steps have been taken to end the Rajapaksa government’s repressive governance style, the new administration has yet to make meaningful moves toward addressing wartime abuses.The government should put into place an effective accountability mechanism with a significant international component, Human Rights Watch said. Previous government accountability mechanisms have been impaired by harassment, threats, and violence against witnesses and commissioners. The best way to address this problem would be to create a combined international and domestic court similar to the successful hybrid courts in Sierra Leone and Bosnia-Herzegovina. “Sri Lanka’s new government has promised genuine accountability for wartime abuses, but naming the general of an abusive unit the army chief of staff is a slap in the face for victims,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Members of the UN Human Rights Council expecting genuine accountability in Sri Lanka need to closely scrutinize the government’s actions.” The 57th Division took part in the last battles of the war, including the extremely bloody and abusive fighting on a small stretch of beach in Mullaitivu district. Human Rights Watch documented the indiscriminate shelling of civilians and hospitals by government forces in the region where the 57th Division was deployed.The previous government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa denied any laws-of-war violations by the military and placed all blame for civilian losses on the LTTE. He rewarded top commanders for their role in the war. Gen. Dias served as the deputy head of Sri Lanka’s mission to Germany from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, Gen. Dias was denied entry visas to Australia and the United States for his possible involvement in war crimes. Sri Lanka’s promotion of a senior officer whose division was implicated in serious human rights abuses casts doubt on government pledges to credibly investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today.Maj. Gen. Jagath Dias, who led the Army’s 57th Division during the last two years of the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was appointed army chief of staff, one of the armed forces’ highest post. Although effective May 7, 2015, the appointment was only made public on May 15. The last months of Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long civil war, which ended on May 19, 2009, with the defeat of the LTTE, were marked by widespread violations of the laws of war by both sides. An independent report commissioned by the United Nations secretary-general found that up to 40,000 civilians, mostly ethnic Tamils, died during the war’s final months. “The government’s appointment of General Dias is further proof that Sri Lanka needs an independent justice process with a strong international component that can undertake impartial investigations and prosecutions,” Adams said. “Six years since the end of the brutal conflict, the victims of the war still await justice.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ontario PC candidate apologizes for FB posts praising LTTEOntario PC candidate apologizes for FB posts praising LTTE

Another post commemorated the Black Tigers, the Tamil Tigers suicide squad.“The Black Tigers are the protective armours of our ethnic community,” it read, quoting the rebel boss. “They are the eliminator of obstacles of our war path. They are burning humans that destroy the armed power of the enemy through their inner will power.” Thanigasalam is running in the Scarborough-Rouge River riding. His website says he studied at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa and works for “one of Canada’s leading banks.”The Tamil Tigers fought a lengthy insurgency for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka’s persecuted ethnic Tamil minority. Their use of political assassinations, suicide bombings and attacks on civilians led Canada and other nations to brand them as a terrorist group.During the armed conflict, the Tamil Tigers used Canada as a key support base. Front organizations in Toronto fundraised, produced pro-Tigers propaganda and lobbied for the rebel cause. According to captured posts shared by a community member, in 2011 Thanigasalam posted photos of Prabhakaran wearing a camouflage uniform. “Happy 57th Birthday to our National Leader,” it read. An Ontario PC candidate has apologized for Facebook posts supporting the LTTE which is on Canada’s list of outlawed terrorist organizations, Global News reported.“In the past I shared material related to the Tamil Tigers. I apologize and I no longer hold those views,” Vijay Thanigasalam wrote on Twitter late Tuesday. PC Party spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman said Thanigasalam had taken down the posts and the party’s provincial nominations committee was confident he did not support those views.“The candidate removed any such material before he stood as a candidate, more than one year ago. The party obviously does not share this view and that material is unacceptable,” she said.“Mr. Thanigasalam does not support those views.” But the apology was quickly condemned on his Facebook page, where he was called a “sellout.” “You don’t seem to be for our people anymore,” another post read. The main Tiger front group, the World Tamil Movement of Ontario, was raided by the RCMP and ultimately shut down by the federal government after evidence showed it was an arm of the rebel leadership in Sri Lanka.The conflict ended in 2009 with the defeat of the rebels by government forces who killed thousands of civilians. But some continue to support the Tigers and the quest for a separate Tamil nation on the small island off India’s southern coast. (Colombo Gazette) The apology came after Global News asked the PC Party to comment on Facebook posts about the late Tamil Tigers’ rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. read more

UN concerned for civilians as ongoing violence displaces thousands in eastern DRUN concerned for civilians as ongoing violence displaces thousands in eastern DR

“We remain concerned about the situation of civilians in the area of conflict,” the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.“Access to the area is not possible for humanitarian agencies, and conditions of those who do not make it across to Uganda are unclear. It takes refugees from the Kamango area around 12 hours to walk to the Ugandan border.”Tens of thousands of refugees first began pouring into western Uganda after fighting erupted between Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group, and DRC national troops (FARDC) in Kamango on 11 July. The Bubukwanga transit centre, which is some 25 kilometres inland from the border, is now home to over 15,000 refugees, 60 per cent of whom are under the age of 18. “Our site planner has now assessed that this is its maximum capacity, even though the previous estimates had indicated that it could house 25,000,” Mr. Edwards said.“Many refugees brought their animals with them from DRC and are sleeping in their tents with their ducks and goats, increasing the risk of disease in the transit centre. The emergency response will be shifting its focus on decongesting the transit centre as of this week,” he added.The Ugandan Office of the Prime Minister has pledged to begin electronic registration using biometrics by the end of the week so they can quickly begin moving refugees – if they wish – to the Kyangwali refugee settlement for longer term protection and assistance. There they will be given plots of land to farm, as well as basic household items, Mr. Edwards said.UNHCR staff at Bubukwanga have also been checking for cases of sexual and gender-based violence among vulnerable people arriving in the camp. Mr. Edwards said they have found no evidence so far, but added that the agency and its partners are still considering sending experts on the issue, as well as on child protection to the camp. Meanwhile, the agency reported that fighting between Government forces and the armed group known as M23 has continued in the North Kivu capital, Goma, with no signs of ending.When the latest round of fighting erupted last week, some 660 civilians fled to neighbouring Rwanda and about 4,200 people sought shelter at schools and churches in Goma. There has been no sign of further mass displacement, UNHCR said. read more

UNESCO study informs policymakers on benefits of adult learning and educationUNESCO study informs policymakers on benefits of adult learning and education

“Policy-makers will find high quality evidence to support policies, strategies and budgets. Stakeholders will find compelling arguments for how adult learning and education promotes sustainable development, healthier societies, better jobs and more active citizenship,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),  Irina Bokova, notes in the report’s foreword. According to a news release from the UN agency, the third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III) was produced by UNESCO’s  Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and launched today, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day.  It takes stock of countries’ progress in implementing commitments to adult learning and education (ALE) made at the 2009 International Conference on Adult Education. The report, drawing on 139 countries’ response to the GRALE III survey, shows that most States have made progress in ALE policy development, governance, financing, quality and reach since 2009. Furthermore, 124 countries consider that ALE has had a strong impact on health and well-being, active citizenship, social cohesion, diversity and tolerance. GRALE III also makes a case for the major contribution that ALE could bring to meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Countries increasingly see ALE as an integral part of lifelong learning policies and part of a holistic, inter-sectoral sustainable development agenda to offer multiple benefits and have a lasting impact,” UIL Director Arne Carlsen said in a news release. “However, better data is required on participation in non-formal ALE and its results.” Midwifery training class in Faizabad Provincial Hospital. Photo: UNFPA/William Ryan According to the report, 75 per cent of the countries register a substantial improvement in their adult learning and education legislation thanks to greater awareness of the potential of ALE since 2009. Sixty per cent of countries, moreover, report overall increases in ALE participation rates over the same period. Poor literacy is a considerable obstacle for progress in ALE as 758 million adults, including 115 million young people aged 15 to 24, around the world can still not read and write a simple sentence. Sixty-five per cent of the countries surveyed identify lack of literacy as the main factor preventing adult learning and education from having a greater positive impact on health and well-being.According to the report, 66 per cent of countries said literacy programmes help develop democratic values, peaceful coexistence and solidarity. The gender gap is another challenge that needs to be overcome, the report says. Social and community development is heavily dependent on women’s participation, but they don’t have equal access to literacy education or ALE, and still account for 63 per cent of all adults with low literacy skills. It is however, encouraging to note that in 44 per cent of countries surveyed, women participated more in ALE than men.With examples from different parts of the world, GRALE III shows that ALE can help empower poor and disadvantaged populations and improve their social connections, networks and communication skills but that often these are the very groups that are excluded from adult education, the report says. read more

Downton Abbey film set to steal The Crowns crown with new royalDownton Abbey film set to steal The Crowns crown with new royal

Photographs from the set of the Downton Abbey film show Hugh Bonneville in character as Lord Grantham, appearing to be dressed in his uniform as the Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire. Hugh Bonneville, playing Lord Grantham, with new characters Such a royal visitor is likely to be popular with fans of the period drama,… That something, it appears, could be coming in the form of a little Royal sparkle, as the Crawley family reunite for a new film under the monarch’s coat of arms. When the cast of Downton Abbey disappeared from television screens at the end of their final series, they promised it would take something exceptional to lure them back. To his left is a new addition to the cast played by Geraldine James, bearing a striking resemblance to Queen Mary. Credit: WENN.com Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hugh Bonneville, playing Lord Grantham, with new characters read more

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingstons wedding who are the royal coupleLady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingstons wedding who are the royal couple

The Duke… At Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, married her long-term boyfriend, Thomas Kingston, almost a year to the day since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot in the same venue. The setting was familiar, the traditions the same, and for some of the guests it may have been a case of déjà vu, yet in comparison to its predecessors, the third Royal wedding in the space of a year was a markedly lower key affair today. The newly wed couple were all smiles as they left the church and kissed on the steps of the 15th century chapel in front of guests which included the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Harry.

RK Borac Banja Luka accept resignation of Boris DvoršekRK Borac Banja Luka accept resignation of Boris Dvoršek

Boris DvorsekRK Borac Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina champions RK Borac Banja Luka now looking for a new coach, the third in current season! Croatian coach Boris Dvoršek, former PPD Zagreb coach, offered resignation after poor run of results in SEHA GAZPROM league which concluded with home defeat over Serbian best team RK Vojvodina 21:30.A week after, Management of the team decided to accept that and try with another name, third name, as they already sacked Bojan Radjenovic after few months of season 2015/2016.RK Borac Banja Luka finished on 8th place SEHA GAZPROM League season (10 teams in total) with failure to qualify for the EHF Cup Group Stage. ← Previous Story Lugi stop Kristianstad winning run Next Story → Eduarda Amorim to stay in Gyor?

7500 pounds of marijuana found hidden with jalapeno peppers at Otay Mesa7500 pounds of marijuana found hidden with jalapeno peppers at Otay Mesa

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 18, 2019 AP, Posted: August 18, 2019 AP SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeño peppers at a Southern California port.A Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted officers to a shipment of peppers Thursday at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego.A CBP news release says officers discovered more than 7,500 lbs (3401 kilograms) of marijuana in the peppers’ pallets.Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan congratulated the officers on Twitter and noted it was the second large seizure of marijuana there within days.Authorities seized more than 10,600 lbs (4808 kilograms) of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto parts at the port Tuesday. 7,500 pounds of marijuana found hidden with jalapeno peppers at Otay Mesa cargo facilitylast_img read more

Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With Jimmy The Jesters OnWilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With Jimmy The Jesters On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The 2019 Wilmington Concerts on the Common series continues this Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 6:30pm to 8pm, with Jimmy & The Jesters.Jimmy “Mr. Rock & Roll” Merrick and The Jesters specialize in the oldies and classic country tunes the way you remember them. Come out and see why this group is a fan favorite.Admission is free of charge. Bring your chairs/blankets and relax to the sweet sounds of summer. The Wilmington Band Parents Association will be selling concessions.A rain date of Thursday, July 18, 2019 is scheduled, but Wednesday night’s forecast looks good.Additional concerts will take place on July 24 (BackTrack) and July 31 (60’s Invasion).These popular concerts are organized by the Wilmington Recreation Department.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Begins With ‘Ball In The House’ This Wednesday, July 10In “Community”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘BackTrack’ On July 24In “Community”last_img read more

Join BookoftheMonth Club for 5Join BookoftheMonth Club for 5

first_img Comment 1 Tags Book of the Month Books? Yeah, they’re still a thing. In fact, in these days of screen overload, there’s a growing nostalgia for the look, feel and experience of proper print books.Ah, but what to read? That’s where Book of the Month comes in. The recently relaunched subscription service gives you a choice of one new book per month from a small, hand-picked selection. For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get their first book for $5 with promo code CNET19.See it at Book of the MonthAfter the first month, each book will cost you $14.99 shipped — far below the cover price and in some cases below Amazon as well. One of this month’s choices, for example, the buzzy Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel, is currently $16.98 at Amazon.You can skip a month if there’s nothing of interest, and you can also cancel anytime you want (though you do have to call the service to do that).Call me old-fashioned, but I love the idea of an actual book arriving at my door every month. It’s a reminder to slow down, put the phone away and enjoy one of life’s greatest treasures: reading.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 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.center_img Share your voice Culture The Cheapskatelast_img read more

NASA eyeballs bizarre Mars brain terrainNASA eyeballs bizarre Mars brain terrain

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read the AirPods review See It 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. Sci-Tech Comments NASA view of Mars looks like a ’70s shag carpet Strange Mars ‘scratch marks’ have a scientific explanation Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 43 Photos Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile 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. Share your voice 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. $59 at eBay Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 Read the Rylo camera preview 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. The Cheapskate Turo See at Amazon Marvelous Mars Sarah Tew/CNET $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 2 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP 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. See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Enlarge ImageThis “brain terrain” on Mars is a baffler. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Maybe we should start calling Mars “The Gray Matter Planet.” NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter got a look at some seriously strange landscaping. An image shows a series of interconnected troughs and ridges that look like the folds of a brain, earning it the name “brain terrain.”The MRO’s HiRise camera team at the University of Arizona on Monday shared a view of brain terrain captured by the spacecraft in December. The researchers refer to it as “one of the unsolved mysteries on Mars.”NASA scientists ogled similar oddball formations in 2013, saying, “This strange-looking surface might be related to flow of the ice, but we still don’t have a definite explanation for this mystery.”  Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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). The enigma still persists today. The HiRise team offers up one possible hypothesis: that buried water-ice beneath the surface changes from a solid to a gas and forms the troughs in the process. If it’s happening, then it’s a very slow process. The MRO hasn’t detected any significant changes in the brain terrain over time. MRO has been in orbit around Mars since 2006 on a mission to document the planet’s surface and investigate its history of water. The brain terrain image joins a fascinating lineup of Mars views that includes a crater that looks like Pac-Man and a landscape that’s a dead ringer for a ’70s shag carpet. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $155 at Google Express 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 NASA Space,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. $60 at Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. 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. $210 at Best Buy Rylo 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. Tags $299 at Amazon Share your voice $999 Best Buy 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. 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. Angela Lang/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal Sprint Tags Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Amazonlast_img read more

Britain poised to form hung parliamentBritain poised to form hung parliament

first_imgBritain`s Primer Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street on her way to Buckingham Palace after Britain`s election in London, Britain June 9, 2017. ReutersAs the British general election results rolled in on Friday, here are some of the big names who were voted out of parliament and others who will be returning.- Voted out -Nick Clegg — The former deputy prime minister and ex-Liberal Democrat leader lost his seat to Labour. “You live by the sword and you die by the sword,” he said.Alex Salmond — The former Scottish first minister and Scottish National Party leader lost his seat as the Conservatives made dramatic gains north of the border. “You’ve not seen the last of my bonnet and me,” he said, quoting an old song.Angus Robertson — The SNP’s leader in the British parliament also fell to the Conservative surge in Scotland. “There’s a lot of change going on,” he said.Simon Danczuk — A fierce opponent of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership, he was suspended by the party for sending sexually explicit texts to a 17-year-old girl. The tabloid favourite was barred from standing for Labour and quit the party in disgust, but defended his seat as an independent. He got 1.8 per cent of the vote.Ben Gummer — He wrote the Conservative manifesto and was thought to be a rising star in the party, but lost his seat by less than 1,000 votes.- Voted back in -Zac Goldsmith — The former London mayoral candidate quit as an MP when the Conservatives backed expanding Heathrow Airport. As an independent, he lost a by-election to the Liberal Democrats. Back in the Conservative fold, he won by just 45 votes on Thursday.Vince Cable — A former business secretary and Liberal Democrat deputy leader, he lost his seat in the Lib Dem bloodbath of 2015 but returned with 53 percent of the vote.Ken Clarke — The 1990s finance minister is the “father of the house” — the longest continually-serving MP, having entered the Commons in 1970. The Conservative grandee is a rare pro-EU figure in his party.Dennis Skinner — The left-wing firebrand and so-called “Beast of Bolsover” is parliament’s oldest MP, aged 85. He won another five-year mandate.- Failed to make it -George Galloway — The left-wing, pro-Palestinian firebrand first entered parliament in 1987 but has failed to win a seat since 2015. This time, standing as an independent, he came third with six percent of the vote. Nicknamed “Gorgeous George”, Galloway gained international notoriety in 2005 when he was called to testify over Iraq in the US Senate.Paul Dadge — Dubbed a hero after the 2005 London bombings, Dadge aiding a victim was a defining image of the attacks. He stood for Labour in his Conservative-held home seat, coming second.Paul Nuttall — Resigned on Friday as leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party after it failed to win a single seat.- Stood down from parliament -George Osborne — The Conservative former finance minister has become the editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper. He has lambasted May for blowing the Conservative majority.Douglas Carswell — UKIP’s only MP quit the party after Britain signed its intention to leave the EU and did not defend his seat, saying Brexit meant his mission was accomplished.Gisela Stuart — German-born Stuart chaired the Vote Leave campaign to success in the Brexit referendum but stood down after 20 years as a Labour MP.Andy Burnham — Labour’s former health minister stood down to contest the Greater Manchester mayoralty and won with 63 percent of the vote. He played a key role in the aftermath of last month’s terror attack in the city.last_img

UPDATE Trump Welcomes End Of North Korea Nuclear TestsUPDATE Trump Welcomes End Of North Korea Nuclear Tests

first_imgHandout photo by KCNA via ReutersNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on Nov. 30.President Donald Trump appears to be confirming news that North Korea has agreed to suspend nuclear and long-range missile testing.Trump has tweeted, “This is very good news for North Korea and the World” and “big progress!”He also said he’s looking forward to his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.North Korea said early Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the country is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy.North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress! Look forward to our Summit.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018___North Korea said it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect Saturday.The country said it’s making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy.The announcements came days before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.The North’s decisions were made in a meeting of the ruling party’s full Central Committee which had convened to discuss a “new stage” of policies. Sharelast_img read more

Sony shows off two new unique Android tabletsSony shows off two new unique Android tablets

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Sony shows off two new unique Android tablets (2011, July 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-sony-unique-android-tablets.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Sony unveils two Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets in iPad challenge (PhysOrg.com) — Sony has finally unveiled the S1 and S2; two uniquely shaped tablets, that it says, are for the more status minded buyer. Though both run the Android operating system, neither is shaped like the mostly etch-a-sketch designs currently on the market. The S1 has a folded back looking top that was designed to look and feel like a magazine that has been folded back. Company reps say that makes it more comfortable to hold in one hand. The S2 is a dual screen tablet embedded in a clam-shell case that can be opened and closed, making it look, as one observer at a recent press junket in New York described, like a sunglasses case. Explore further The S1 and S2 will be the first tablets introduced by Sony into the United States, and both appear to be aimed at users who are both looking for something different and have the money to pay for it.In addition to being more comfortable to hold, the added thickness at the top of the S1 means that when it’s laid on a table it tilts slightly towards the user, rather than at the ceiling, making it easier to read and type. Listed as a 9.4 inch tablet, the S1, which like the S2 will almost certainly be renamed before its official launch sometime in the fall, features both a USB and docking port.The S2, listed as a 5.5 inch tablet, actually provides a virtual 10 inch screen when the images on the two screens are used as one; it can be used either horizontally or vertically, which makes it ideal for reading eBooks in one direction and for use as a regular tablet in the other. Its big selling point is that it can be closed and put in a pocket, even if just barely.Both tablets are based on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 system on a chip (SoC) and have been, according to Sony, optimized to provide a faster user experience. Oddly, the S1 doesn’t have cellular connectivity, and thus the only means for getting online is via WiFi. The S2 on the hand can’t connect via WiFi; users will connect using only AT&T’s (in the U.S.) wireless services. Another draw for these two tablets is that both will have a PlayStation Certification, which means both will be able to run the PlayStation games that have been ported to an emulator on Android systems.Pricing for the two new tablets has yet to be announced.last_img read more

A woman is killed inside a Playa del Carmen spaA woman is killed inside a Playa del Carmen spa

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — UPDATED: On Sunday, a woman was shot and killed at a spa along Fifth Avenue of Playa del Carmen.The women was shot inside the spa around 12:00 noon in the city’s center. Municipal and state police quickly arrived finding the woman lying on the ground. She was being tended to by staff who had already called for an ambulance.Paramedics arrived and pronounced the woman at the scene. Police cordoned off the area to await for investigative experts.On Sunday night, Public Safety officer, Jesus Alberto Capella Ibarra, released video footage that showed two people suspected of being responsible for the death of the woman or at least having information about her death.Man wanted for questioningIbarra added that on June 20 of 2017, a police operation at the same business resulted in the discovery of drugs which led to the arrest of several people.He adds that in the video, the men are believed to be sellers of tours in Playa del Carmen. They were seen on the surveillance video. After the shooting, one of the two men quickly changes clothes before fleeing the spa with the second man.UPDATE: The women who was shot inside the Butterfly House spa in central Playa del Carmen has been identified as 24-year-old Alejandra Luna Concha, whose family is involved in local controversial politics. This recent death has been referred to as “account settling” between groups.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lawmakers file criminal complaint against former transport ministerLawmakers file criminal complaint against former transport minister

first_imgNo related posts. Lawmakers from the Public Expenditure Commission, including Manrique Oviedo, Patricia Pérez and Walter Céspedes, filed a criminal complaint with the Prosecutors’ Office against former Public Works and Transport Minister Francisco Jiménez and other former officials for alleged embezzlement in the scandal-plagued project to build a road along the San Juan River, along the border with Nicaragua.The complaint includes Carlos Acosta, former director of the National Roadway Council, Manuel Serrano, an engineer responsible for the project, and Manuel Brenes, a legal department official.The three lawmakers said the document filed with judicial authorities “named Jiménez, Acosta and Serrano as the masterminds of government embezzlement” of an undisclosed amount of government funds, as well as other irregularities with the project.Lawmakers also said that after three months of congressional hearings, the legislative commission failed to uncover how much taxpayer money was spent on project, a situation they categorized as “very troubling.”On Tuesday, the Comptroller General’s Office also filed a complaint against Jiménez on charges of influence peddling and fraud.The officials were removed from their jobs last May, when the scandal involving allegations of corruption with contractors became public. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Ties between North Korea Cuba hinted at in route of seized freighterTies between North Korea Cuba hinted at in route of seized freighter

first_imgRelated posts:Cuba’s Raúl Castro takes a big chance on currency reform Fonseca, Martínez embody new breed of Cuban music Venezuela’s Maduro said to cancel U.S. trip over Cuban plane Cuba marks 60 years since start of communist revolution When law enforcement agents boarded a rusty, aging North Korean freighter making a rare journey down the Panama Canal last week, they had been tipped off that they would find narcotics, Panamanian officials said.Instead, after a violent confrontation with the 35-member crew, they discovered a more unusual cargo hidden in its depths: a cache of Soviet-era weaponry concealed beneath more than 200,000 bags of Cuban brown sugar.The freighter’s detention has thrown a light on the secretive deals North Korea is making, possibly in breach of United Nations sanctions, as it struggles for survival.The voyage of the freighter Chong Chon Gang to Cuba, far from the Chinese waters where it normally operates, is not the first time a ship from the isolated communist country has followed that route.North Korean vessels have made at least seven other trips to Cuba in the past few years, with three stopping at the same two ports as the Chong Chon Gang, according to two organizations that monitor North Korea, the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).Several of the freighters were operated or managed by Ocean Maritime Management (OMM) — a North Korea-based company that has links to the country’s government — which is also the registered manager of the detained vessel, according to the Wisconsin Project, which uses ship tracking databases to follow North Korean and other vessels.The journeys, made by ships that normally stay close to the Korean peninsula, are an indication that the Chong Chon Gang’s voyage may have been part of a wider, established trade route, amid an increasingly warm relationship between the two communist nations.In a statement, Cuba said there was a “legitimate contract” for North Korea to repair and then return armaments, which they said included antiaircraft missile systems and two disassembled Mig-21s. The sugar on board was probably intended as payment for the work, according to monitors.In the days before it was seized, the Chong Chon Gang had passed through the Panama Canal and called at two Cuban ports: Havana and Puerto Padre, a major sugar export center, according to the Wisconsin Project.Another vessel, the Oun Chong Nyon Ho, made an almost identical voyage through the canal and to the same two Cuban ports in May 2012. It passed back through the Panamanian waterway without being searched. In May 2009, the North Korean-flagged Mu Du Bong went through the canal and stopped in Havana, Cuba’s capital city. Both are currently managed by OMM, according to the Wisconsin Project.A third ship, the Po Thong Gang, traveled through the canal and called at Puerto Padre in April 2012. During the previous year, it had visited Havana and Santiago de Cuba, according to research by Matthew Godsey of the Wisconsin Project. It was linked to OMM until 2008 and is now registered to a different company at the same address, Godsey said. Hugh Griffiths, a maritime arms trafficking expert based at SIPRI, said his monitoring database has recorded two further North Korean-linked ships that have docked in Cuba in the past 18 months. Two of the trips stopped at both Havana and Puerto Padre, the two Cuban ports visited by the Chong Chon Gang and the Oun Chong Nyon Ho, he said.Griffiths said there was a “definite possibility” that other ships had made the journey from North Korea to Cuba undetected by registering under false ownership or by turning off on-board satellite transponders to avoid being tracked, as the Chong Chon Gang appears to have done.The OMM company is registered to a P.O. box number in the North Korean capital and has 17 ships that largely ply their trade in the waters around China. Gary Li, a senior analyst at IHS Maritime, a consultancy firm, described it as the biggest state-owned shipping company in North Korea.“It claims to have shipping agents in all the major [North Korean] ports as well as overseas, such as Dalian in China, Port Said in Egypt and Vladivostok in Russia,” he said.OMM also owns a crew-training center and the Ryongnam Dockyard on North Korea’s west coast, which has reportedly been involved in the construction of military vessels, he said. OMM is also responsible for handling passport applications for all North Korean sailors.Li said the Chong Chon Gang’s detention and voyages by other ships owned by OMM demonstrates that “some kind of ‘trade route’ no matter how slight, has been established between [North Korea] and Cuba.”John Park, an expert on North Korea and associate at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, said that the Chong Chon Gang’s voyage would not have been a “freelance-type transaction” but would have been part of a “broader revenue generation effort to essentially make money for the regime.”Park said only the military was capable of carrying out repair work on the Cuban armaments, adding, “Given the contents of the consignment, it looks like it is a North Korean military-linked state trading company.”Calls to the company’s listed phone number were disconnected a few seconds after being answered.“The relationship between [North Korea] and Cuba is a lot closer than it used to be,” said Michael Madden, editor of the North Korea Leadership Watch. “There’s been a lot more contact and interactions between senior Cuban officials and senior North Korean officials in recent years.”Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia nonproliferation program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, said the interception in Panama is unlikely to disrupt those ties and North Korea would look for a new route. Repairing old weapons is one of the “few things that North Korea is good at,” he said. “I don’t think the North Koreans are going to give that up.”© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentscenter_img North Korean vessel Chong Chong Gang sits at Manzanillo harbor in Colón, 90 km from Panama City on July 9, 2013. Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli said the North Korean ship captain tried to kill himself after the vessel was stopped en route from Cuba and found to have suspected missile material on board. Rodrigo Arangua/AFPlast_img read more