first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s chief science adviser admits her first year on the job was not exactly what she’d expected.“I survived,” Mona Nemer says, laughing. “It was an exciting year. Lots of things to learn. In many ways it was a great job offer because it didn’t have any to-do list. It was just very broad and you could define the position.”Her role, she says, is not to be a lobbyist. She isn’t there to tell politicians or public servants what to think or what decisions to make. Since September 2017, her job has been to help them find the scientific evidence they need to make decisions.But first, Nemer says, she’s had to figure out how decisions get made at all.Nemer, 61, is soft-spoken, her English precise but slightly accented. Born and raised in Lebanon, she moved to Kansas for university and ended up at McGill University in Montreal more than three decades ago to complete grad school.Seated in the board room in the suite of offices assigned to her and her staff of 15, Nemer clutches a white coffee mug stamped with the words: “I’m a scientist. What’s your superpower?”With a PhD in bio-organic chemistry, she has been in the lab as a cardiac gene specialist, helping isolate genes that contribute to certain heart conditions. Her work helped develop diagnostic tests for heart failure and birth defects. She has held a Canada research chair and for more than a decade she was the vice-president of research at the University of Ottawa.But she had never spent much time inside a government.“Simplistically, I thought there was a place you just weigh in and make sure things are happening but it’s actually much more complex than this,” she says. “It turned out that actually my broad mandate and some of the specifics that I was tasked with were easier said than done.”Canada hadn’t had a science adviser for almost a decade. The former science-adviser position existed between 2004 and 2008 but was abolished when Stephen Harper was prime minister. Nemer’s office had to be built from the ground up.Still, Nemer says she is already seeing evidence her informal meetings with ministers and deputies and the questions she answers during her lab tours with government researchers are having an effect.“I can certainly say that they’ve listened,” says Nemer.Finance Minister Bill Morneau consulted her on the 2018 federal budget; the government billed it as a “science budget,” with several billion dollars pegged over the coming years to fund more research through granting councils, upgrade federal laboratories, restore funding to the National Research Council and increase scientific capacity across the federal government.Work with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna led to a committee co-chaired by Nemer and McKenna’s deputy on environmental science, which recently identified gaps in Canada’s climate science and issued a request for research to fill them.Nemer is also to install science advisers in specific departments.Science Minister Kirsty Duncan says she’s thrilled with Nemer’s first year but Nemer cannot be the only person to help the whole government include science and evidence in its decisions. Duncan says there will be five or six departmental chief scientists appointed in the coming months, including in the environment, fisheries and natural-resources departments.“Dr. Nemer does tremendous work but one person cannot change a system,” Duncan says. “She needs to have support, she needs to have a network of advice that she can go to.”Mehrdad Hariri, the CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre in Toronto, says he thinks there is no doubt Nemer has already had an impact.“She is ensuring the culture of evidence-based decision making is being upheld,” he says.He says the scientific-research community increasingly believes it has channels into the government to share research and bureaucrats are more confident in finding and using that research when it’s needed.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgISLAMABAD — A new report says cash-strapped Pakistan should pursue clean energy instead of relying on coal and nuclear.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said Wednesday that coal-fired power, one of the central pillars of Pakistan’s energy deals with China, is a costlier and dirtier alternative to wind or solar, which China is also supplying but to a lesser degree.Simon Nichols, an energy finance analyst with the institute, says China is dumping its dirtier coal-fired systems on developing nations while leading the world in renewable resource systems that will find a market in developed countries as they move away from fossil fuels.China is financing major development projects in Pakistan, which is seeking an $8 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund.The Associated Presslast_img read more

A woman who had promised people employment in Canada was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) last night.The 47-year-old woman was arrested in Nawagamuwa for allegedly defrauding money from several people by promising them employment in Canada. The Police recovered 72 passports, 50 passbooks and 50 ATM cards as well as gold jewellery worth Rs 2.6 million and Rs 50,000 in cash from the suspect. (Colombo Gazette)

Jeff Race, left, from the American Society for Quality congratulates student David Juszczyk.The Hamilton branch of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) has given out its first student award at Brock.The organization has granted student David Juszczyk with $500 for getting the top mark in Professor Michael J. Armstrong’s Quality Management course, OPER 3P93. The course teaches students how to maintain and improve the quality of products or processes.The award will be annual. ASQ Hamilton represents about 400 members in the Hamilton and Niagara regions. The society has more than 80,000 members worldwide.“We feel this is an important part of what we do, not only giving back to our communities, but also investing in our future leaders.”The Faculty of Business has another success story this year. Two student teams competed at the University of Alberta’s EDGE Business Competition from Feb. 3 to 6. Twenty teams from across Canada participated in a realistic business simulation competition.The team of Praby Hunjan, Ashraf Ahmed, Joseph Murphy, Jeremy Wolfe and Vinochan Paramanantham placed second overall. The team of Michael Mastroianni, Christian Di Vincenzo, Aanchal Narula, Jonathan Turco and Kay Chan placed third in the logistics category and won a mini-case competition. read more

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s newly established leading presidential contender is throwing doubt on a regional trade pact with Europe and feuding with the conservative president of neighbouring Brazil.Alberto Fernández thumped President Mauricio Macri in Sunday’s primary vote — making him clear leader for October’s main election.And he’s raising doubts about a Mercosur-European Union trade deal signed in June but not yet ratified.He told Net TV that the deal “doesn’t exist, never existed,” calling it “a sort of protocol letter” on topics to deal with.He also described Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro as “racist, a misogynist and violent,” though he also said he “is going to get on splendidly” with Brazil.Meanwhile, Bolsonaro warned Monday that a Fernández government could lead a mass of Argentines to flood his country as refugees.The Associated Press read more

Two reports by the UNHCR detailed continuing concerns voiced several times over the past 15 months with the centres on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) where Australia has sent thousands of refugees who have braved the dangerous sea crossing from Indonesia after fleeing conflict, persecution or poverty in the Middle East and Central and South Asia.“While UNHCR understands Australia’s determination to respond robustly to the challenges of people smuggling and to dissuade people from undertaking dangerous irregular travel by sea, those responses must not neglect the compelling protection needs, safety and dignity of the individuals affected,” the agency’s Director of International Protection, Volker Türk, said in Geneva. “These reports must be seen in the context of what UNHCR has observed to be a sharp deterioration, during the course of the year, in the overall quality of protection and support available to asylum-seekers and refugees who come to Australia by boat.”The reports (available at: http://unhcr.org.au/unhcr/) called for pre-transfer assessments in Australia to consider the specific needs of vulnerable individuals, including the elderly, survivors of torture or trauma and the disabled. A realistic assessment must also be made of the actual quality of support and capacities of service providers at the centres. No children or families should be sent to PNG and unaccompanied children already there should be returned to Australia.“In both Nauru and PNG, UNHCR was deeply troubled to observe that the current policies, operational approaches and harsh physical conditions at the centres not only do not meet international standards, but impact very profoundly on the men, women and children housed there,” UNHCR Regional Representative, Richard Towle, said on releasing the reports in Canberra, Australia’s capital. He stressed that they do not provide a fair and efficient system for assessing refugee claims, do not provide safe and humane conditions of treatment in detention, and do not provide for adequate and timely solutions for recognised refugees.The centres, Australia’s so-called ‘Pacific solution’ to the influx of refugees, were first opened in 2001, but closed at the end of 2007. The policy was resumed again last year. The report on Nauru acknowledges some positive developments since UNHCR’s last visit in March but also cites significant setbacks in processing and worsening reception conditions. Despite a processing system being in place under Nauru law, only one decision has been handed down in the 14 months since the centre reopened.In PNG no decisions at all have been finalised, the report on Manus said. While some improvements were observed since the last inspection in June, physical conditions, slow processing and lack of clarity regarding safe and sustainable solutions are likely to have a serious negative effect on the refugees’ health and welfare.UNHCR called on all three states not to transfer children, particularly those who are unaccompanied, unless and until there has been a marked improvement in conditions in both centres. read more

“Critical opinion and fact-finding are curtailed by the criminalization of content that is deemed ‘harmful for the State’; by criminal defamation and insult laws that protect public officials and the President in particular from public scrutiny; and by ‘extremism’ laws that ban reporting on political or societal conflicts” said UN Special Rapporteur Miklos Haraszti in a press release. While congratulating Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich on winning this year’s Nobel Prize for literature, but regretted that her work had not been published in her country – illustrating how thoroughly freedom of opinion and information were suppressed by a barrage of punitive laws, administrative regulations and governmental institutions.The Special Rapporteur said that until last year, Belarusians had benefited from free expression on the Internet. However, 2014 amendments to the law on mass media put practically all Internet-based forms of expression under direct government control, authorizing a long list of authorities to block unwanted content. “Media pluralism is absent. Belarus is the only country in Europe with no privately owned nationwide broadcasting outlets. Media independence is rendered impossible through a permission-based system of registration and arbitrary rules regarding the revoking of licenses,” elaborated Mr. Haraszti. System-wide violations of freedom of expression are further aggravated by the systematic harassment of journalists who challenge the denial of their rights. Short-term detention of reporters covering unauthorized events on the Internet adds to the level of intimidation and self-censorship. While commending that the 11 October presidential election took place without violence, the Special Rapporteur deplored that voters were deprived the benefits of diverse media – crucial for an informed, free and fair competition. He pointed out “The road to free elections goes through pluralism and the right to speak and to know.”Mr. Haraszti found that Belarusians’ rights to freedom of expression, as stated in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, were being seriously curtailed.”An important part of compliance with its international human rights obligations is the need to change the laws on foreign media support and accreditation, which today obstruct and punish interaction,” underscored the rights expert.”Belarus needs to engage in a broad reform of its oppressive media governance, in consultation with all media and civil society actors,” the Special Rapporteur concluded.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

.“[Root causes] are not only poverty and ignorance, terrorism is even more an extreme response to real or perceived political and other grievances, including foreign intervention, oppression and injustice,” the Pakistani leader told world leaders. “Unless such root causes are addressed, it will be difficult to counter the twisted narrative of terrorist groups,” he added. In his address, Prime Minister Abbasi also drew attention to climate change as the new and existential threat to humankind’s future with its consequences felt around the world – from the United States to Nepal – and called on global leaders to collectively rally behind the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He also noted the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for all of humanity and said that initiatives such as China’s ‘Belt and Road’ offered a clear path to prosperity as well as a model of South-South cooperation “worthy of emulation.” Also in his address, he urged an international investigation mechanism be sent to Kashmir “to verify the nature and extent of India’s human rights violations,” identify the perpetrators and hold them accountable. Further, urging for a just, peaceful and expeditious resolution of the dispute over Kashmir, Prime Minister Abbasi called on the Security Council secure the implementation of its own resolution on the region. “To this end, the UN Secretary-General should appoint a Special Envoy on Kashmir [whose] mandate should flow from the longstanding but unimplemented resolutions of the Security Council.” Full statement available here read more

“Children were reportedly killed in ongoing turmoil that broke out last month in Sudan,” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said on Wednesday, noting that “scores of children were also injured and others detained”.Against the back drop of an “unprecedented hike in the cost of living and shortages in bread and fuel” he said that poverty has increased, “forcing some families into negative measures like taking their children out of school”.UNICEF calls on the authorities in Sudan to prioritize the protection of children  – UNICEF Regional Director Geert CappelaerePointing to information it had received, UNICEF revealed that there has been an uptick in the number of Sudanese children now requiring health and nutrition care, since the anti-Government protests began. “While it is difficult for UNICEF to verify these reports, children must be protected at all times from all forms of violence, harm, cruelty and mistreatment whether physical or mental” stressed Mr. Cappelaere.“UNICEF calls on the authorities in Sudan to prioritize the protection of children and safeguard their rights to education and health in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child” concluded the UNICEF Regional Director.News agencies have reported that demonstrations against an on-going economic crisis have been taking place across the country on a near-daily basis, since 19 December. Large crowds, including teenagers and demonstrators in their 20s, have been calling for an end to the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir.There have been reports of many being fired on with tear gas and bullets, and thousands being detained. The UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, expressed alarm at the use of “excessive force” last Thursday.A Government crackdown against journalists covering the protests is also reportedly underway. At least 26 people are reported to have died, including two security officers. read more

first_imgSandvik has announced the appointed of Scot Smith as President of Sandvik Mining, replacing Gary Hughes, the current President, who will assume the position of Head of Sales and Marketing for the same business area. Sandvik stated that in his new role, Hughes “will use his extensive experience to maintain a dedicated focus on further strengthening Sandvik’s customer relations.” Scot Smith is currently President of the Sulzer Pumps Division.Smith’s previous position was Head of the Weir Group’s mining division, a post he held for 11 years. Prior to this, his career included senior positions with Schefenacker, Britax Vision Systems, General Motors and Van Dresser. The actual date of Smith joining Sandvik is to be communicated later. “Gary Hughes has contributed substantially to our mining operations during difficult times, providing Scot Smith with an excellent platform to develop our business even further. Scot Smith will strengthen the Sandvik Mining management team, while Gary Hughes will make a great contribution to the team in his new role focusing on sales and marketing,” said Olof Faxander, President and CEO of Sandvik.In changes at Sandvik AB, Åsa Thunman has been appointed Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sandvik. Åsa Thunman is currently Senior Vice President General Counsel of Securitas AB, a role she has held since 2011 having joined the company in 2009. Prior to Securitas, she held senior positions at Elekta AB, one of which as General Counsel. She also has extensive experience from private practice at one of Sweden’s major law firms. In addition to her position at Securitas, Åsa Thunman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Scania Group. Åsa Thunman will succeed Bo Severin no later than October 1, 2014. Bo Severin will take on a role as Group Senior Advisor at Sandvik.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Archaeologists working on excavations in the buried Roman city of Pompeii have unearthed a 2,000-year-old collection of objects, including amulets, gems, and “good luck charms.”Most of the objects would have belonged to women and would have been “used for personal ornamentation or to protect from bad luck,” according to the Parco Archeologico di Pompei (Archaeological Park of Pompeii). Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France center_img The treasure trove, which also included two mirrors, pieces of necklace, decorative elements made of faïence, bronze, bone, and amber, a glass unguentary, phallic amulets, a human figure and various gems (including an amethyst with a female figure and a carnelian with a craftsman figure), was found in one of the rooms of the House of the Garden, a private residence discovered in 1953 and excavated over a course of several decades.A glass bead engraved with the head of Dionysus, the Roman god of wine, fertility and ritual madness, was also discovered.The objects are believed to have belonged to prosperous inhabitants of the house, who left them behind as they escaped — or died from — the volcanic eruption from Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79.They were found in what remained of a wooden box,  and the box itself had decomposed and only the bronze hinges remained, preserved by the volcanic material which hardened over it.“They are objects of everyday life in the female world and are extraordinary because they tell micro-stories, biographies of the inhabitants of the city who tried to escape the eruption,” said Massimo Osanna, general director of the archaeological park.In the same house, archaeologists also discovered the remains of 10 victims, including women and children. Experts are now attempting to establish kinship relationships between the individuals through DNA analysis.The archaeological site of Pompeii. (Photo Credit: Paolo Manzo / NurPhoto via Getty Images)According to Live Science, the amulets will go on display, along with other recent Pompeii discoveries, as part of an exhibition at Pompeii’s Palestra Grande (Large Gymnasium). The site was once an athletic field that was used by gladiators and youth sports clubs promoted by the Emperor Augustus for training.Most victims in Pompeii were not asphyxiated by volcanic ash and gas. A 2010 study said most of the victims died instantly of extreme heat, with many casualties shocked into a sort of instant rigor mortis, National Geographic reported.Scientists concluded that Mt. Vesuvius, some 6 miles from Pompeii, produced six different pyroclastic surges— fast-moving, ground-hugging waves of hot, toxic gases, and ash. Most of the deaths occurred in the fourth surge, which caused temperatures to rise up to 570 degrees F, killing people in a fraction of a second.More on Geek.com:Bronze Age Couple Buried 4,000 Year Ago Discovered in KazakhstanIron Age Woman Buried ‘Tree Coffin’ Unearthed in Switzerland15,000-Year-Old Ice Age Weapons Discovered in Slovakian Cavelast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 10, 2017 – Providenciales – An Organic Pesticide workshop staged by the Department of Agriculture is over now; for three days home gardeners, commercial farmers, pest control companies and others were exposed to natural methods of fighting pests.  Presenter and Consultant, Keian Stephen from the Commonwealth of Dominica had his audience captivated and riveted as he created two organic blends; one featuring ginger, the other featuring garlic and peppers.  These easy to make pesticides can fight off insects like the Black Moth, which is a major trouble maker for most gardens in the TCI.Director of Agriculture, Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh says there were 27 participants in the Provo session.  The workshop was also held in North Caicos and was FREE to the public.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce honored the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade at its annual “Salute to Business” ceremony.The nonprofit organization was recognized for excellence in the marine and entertainment industry, Thursday evening.Winterfest is best known for its extravagant boat parade, bringing together the community and visitors from around the world.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_img Twitter Born to two Jewish immigrants from Austria in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 16, 1927, Gimbel studied English at Baruch College and Columbia University and launched his career in music working in music publishing. He landed his first hit in 1953 as a co-writer of “Ricochet,” which climbed to No. 2 on the charts thanks to a recording by Teresa Brewer.After moving to Los Angeles, Gimbel linked up with his most frequent collaborator, Charles Fox, and began to make his mark in the world of television and film. The duo wrote themes for “Laverne and Shirley,” “Happy Days,” “Wonder Woman,” and more. On the other coast, he also wrote lyrics for several Broadway musical.Gimbel’s early work included songs recorded by Dean Martin, Andy Williams, and Jim Croce, and he composed the English lyrics for the well-known bossa nova classic “The Girl From Ipanema.” He earned his first GRAMMY nomination for “I Will Wait For You (Theme From The Umbrellas of Cherbourg),” which was nominated for Song Of The Year for the 8th GRAMMY Awards. Facebook Norman Gimbel, GRAMMY-winning Lyricist, Dies At 91 His GRAMMY win came eight years later after he and Fox collaborated with Lori Lieberman on “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” Roberta Flack had a hit with her version and the song earned Gimbel and his writing partners Song Of The Year honors. More than two decades later, the Fugees recorded a version of the song, which earned them the GRAMMY for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the 39th GRAMMY Awards.“Norman had the extraordinary ability with his lyrics to capture the human condition with never an excessive word to describe a feeling or an action,” Fox said.In 1979, Gimbel won an Oscar for “It Goes Like It Goes” from Norma Rae, and he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 1984.”Gimbel was a brilliant lyricist highly regarded by the music, film, television, and theater industries,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “The entertainment industry has lost an incomparable lyricist, and our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.”Gimbel died at his home in Montecito, Calif on Dec. 19. His son Tony, a managing partner of his father’s music publishing company, confirmed the great lyricist’s death. His memory lives on in the hearts he’s touched and the words he crafted throughout his illustrious career.All-Star Lineup To Pay Tribute At “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul”Read more From the English lyrics for “The Girl From Ipanema” to the timeless hit “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Gimbel crafted some of music’s most memorable lyricsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 2, 2019 – 12:32 pm One of the greatest lyricists to ever set words to melody, Norman Gimbel, has died. Gimbel penned a wide-ranging catalog of hits, including the classic “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” which earned Gimbel a GRAMMY Award for Song Of The Year at the 16th GRAMMY Awards. He was 91 years old. Norman Gimbel, GRAMMY-winning Lyricist, Dies At 91 norman-gimbel-grammy-winning-lyricist-dies-91 NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 14, 2015 – 8:58 am “Killing Me Softly With His Song” Wins Song Of The Year https://twitter.com/Diane_Warren/status/1078720918946365440 News Email last_img read more

first_img(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — The Boston Globe has released their list of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. RCB President & CEO Julieann Thurlow was ranked #91 out of more than 2,500 companies in the Commonwealth. Those named to the list were honored by the Globe at an awards ceremony which took place on Friday, October 26th, at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston.Julieann joined Reading Cooperative Bank in 1993 and rose through the lending ranks to become its president in 2006. At that time, the bank had four branches and $237.6 million in total assets, and now has assets of $560 million at 8 branches. Julieann is also a board member for the American Bankers Association and presently serves on its Government Relations Council and Membership Council. She serves on the boards of Bankers’ Bank Northeast, the Cooperative Central Bank of Massachusetts and is the Board Chair of the Lahey Hospital Continuum of Care Board.“Julie has been an inspiration to us all,” said Maxine Hart, Chief Human Resources Officer at RCB. “I’m proud to work for a company that looks to the future while still honoring the legacy of the past. Julie’s fearlessness has propelled us in a new and exciting direction. Taking risks that many others would balk at is Julie’s MO. I credit her for being independent-minded and making the tough decisions that are needed to help grow the bank.”Click HERE to the read Globe’s article.About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)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… RelatedReading Cooperative Bank CEO Julieann Thurlow Makes American Banker’s “25 Women To Watch” ListIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank’s Julieann Thurlow Ranks in the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses, AgainIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Is A Founding Member Of Alloy LabsIn “Business”last_img read more

first_img Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Will she win… or booze? Disenchantment returns September 20. pic.twitter.com/8ZchIk96XP— Disenchantment (@disenchantment) May 16, 2019 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $6 at Tidal Disenchantment, which made its debut in August 2018, follows the story of a princess named Bean (voiced by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson), as well as her personal demon Luci and an elf aptly named Elfo, in a medieval kingdom called Dreamland. As you might have gathered, the cartoon pokes fun at the fantasy genre, taking aim at a “throne room full of fantasy tropes,” CNET’s Richard Trenholm wrote in his review. Groening is also the creator of the The Simpsons and Futurama.  $210 at Best Buy 0 50 Photos Boost Mobile 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. 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. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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). Comments Share your voice 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the Rylo camera preview Tags Best Buy See it $520 at HP 7 Read Google Home Hub review 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. 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) TV and Movies,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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 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. $60 at Best Buy Rylo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $299 at Amazon Tags Turo Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo See at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Disenchantment’s next chapter drops Sept. 20. Netflix The second installment of Matt Groening’s animated series Disenchantment comes to Netflix Sept. 20, the show’s Twitter account announced Thursday.The tweet poses the question, “Will she win … or booze?” referencing the main character’s partying habits. $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET Post a comment $155 at Google Express Sprint Chris Monroe/CNET 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate See It Angela Lang/CNETlast_img read more

first_imgPanaji : Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Keeling was found dead with bruises on her body on a famous Goa beach on February 18, 2008. D’Souza and Placido Carvalho were accused of leaving her to die after drugging and sexually abusing her following a Valentine’s Day party. The Bombay High Court in Goa on Friday, more than a decade later, convicted Samson D’Souza to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us D’Souza, a beach shack worker who was found to have attacked the British teenager and then left her to die on the Anjuna beach, will perform hard labour for a decade. A division bench comprising of Justices R.D. Dhanuka and Prithviraj Chavan also imposed a fine of Rs 2.60 lakh on the accused. This will be the compensation awarded to the mother of Keeling, Fiona Mackeown, who has waited everyday of the last 10 years for justice. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Police initially claimed her death was due to accidental drowning, but MacKeown insisted on a second autopsy. A police sub inspector was also dismissed from service on account of the lapse, while a forensic specialist was under the scanner for the dubious first autopsy. A subsequent postmortem showed there was ecstasy, cocaine and LSD in the teenager’s body, along with 50 cuts and bruises and evidence of sexual assault. It was alleged that D’Souza plied her with drugs, raped her and left her unconscious face down on the beach. Advertise With Us D’Souza was booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code — culpable homicide, criminal assault and outraging a woman’s modesty, providing narcotics to a person with knowledge that it could cause serious harm or death, and destruction of evidence, besides Section 8(II) of the Goa Children’s Act. The beach shack worker was on Wednesday pronounced guilty of all charges in connection with the 2008 incident. The other accused Carvalho, however, was acquitted for lack of evidence. Earlier on Friday, CBI prosecutor Ejaz Khan sought maximum punishment for D’Souza and compensation for Mackeown for the trauma she underwent following her daughter’s death and her quest for justice.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A serving Major General of the Indian Army was on Friday dismissed in a case of sexually harassing a woman officer when he was serving in Nagaland in 2016, military sources said on Friday. The punishment awarded to Major General R S Jaswal by a general court martial (GCM) in December last year was approved by Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, they said. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us The general court martial (GCM) under the Western Army Command at Chandimandir recommended dismissal of Jaswal after finding him guilty under Section 354A of the IPC (sexual harassment) and Section 45 (unacceptable conduct) of the Army Act. “The Army Chief has confirmed the punishment awarded to the Major General by the GCM,” one of the sources said. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Jaswal has been attached to an Army formation in Ambala under 2 Corps as part of disciplinary proceedings and he has been informed about his dismissal from service, the sources said. During the GCM procedure, Jaswal denied the charges against him and alleged that he became a victim of the Army’s factional feud following Gen. Rawat’s appointment as the Army Chief in December 2016. Advertise With Us The GCM was headed by a Lieutenant General and it comprised nearly half-a-dozen military officers as its members. The woman officer from the Judge Advocate General branch of the Army had filed a written complaint against Jaswal following which the GCM was ordered to probe the case. Jaswal was serving in the Assam Rifles in Nagaland as an Inspector General when the allegations against him surfaced.last_img read more

first_img Is Wind River good?Yes.What’s it about?Set almost entirely in the frozen wilderness in and around Wyoming’s impoverished Wind River Indian Reservation, our story follows Jeremy Renner as a bitterly divorced U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent tasked with controlling the encroachment of large predators into the Reservation. He maintains an uneasy but respectful kinship with the Indigenous Arapaho residents who just so happen to include his former in-laws.When he discovers the frozen body a young woman from the Reservation apparently raped, murdered and inexplicably collapsed miles from home (who’s parents are old friends of his), he offers to lend his tracking and hunting skills to aid in the search for the killer. This is in part because the FBI is so dismissive of crimes against Native Americans. They only send one inexperienced agent (Elizabeth Olsen) to work the case, but also because he lost his own daughter years earlier under similarly unsolved circumstances.I bet I know where that’s going…Well, I won’t spoil, but you might not. Despite the lurid setup and the pervasive sense of foreboding dread hanging over the proceedings, Wind River is that rare crime thriller that’s about solving a crime but not necessarily working out some elaborate “mystery.” The consistent theme of the film is how choked and stifling life is made on the Reservation merely by way of limited resources and outsider apathy.How does that work?Simply put, there just aren’t enough people around for a killer to go unfound for long. And rather than chasing down clues or playing games with some sociopath criminal mastermind the “obstacles” for what should be a straightforward investigation are the elements battling them as well. The lack of manpower and the sheer amount of distance between the heroes and the depressingly short list of suspects, witnesses and locations they’ll need to visit to work things out. It’s a thriller made up of introspection, quiet character development and the despair of inevitability as opposed to the horrors of the unknown.Is it only depressing, or is there intrigue or excitement as well?Well… it’s a very well made downer, yes. But for a filmmaker whose only other directing credit featured random people beating each other to death in an underlit room, Sheridan (backed up by mumblecore-indie veteran Ben Richardson on cinematography) delivers a visually stunning movie that finds real beauty in the harsh and unrelenting winter wilderness and the crushing poverty of the neglected Reservation itself. Probably more than a fourth of this movie involves trucks, people and snowmobiles gradually pushing their way from one blighted locale to another, and it all looks shockingly gorgeous. Also, while far from an “action film,” Sheridan proves himself a skilled hand at gunplay and fisticuffs – specifically a nauseatingly-intense brawl and a pair of ultra violent shootouts that latter of which is probably the most badass “realistic” gunfight in a few years.It’s weird that this is a murder-mystery set on an Indian Reservation, but the heroes are both White people, isn’t it?It certainly compels one to raise an eyebrow; I’ll say that much. This is all while acknowledging that as it’s a perfectly valid criticism to raise.  There’s a deliberate dynamic of Olsen’s earnest but clueless outsider playing off Renner. He’s a “go-between” who has nothing in common with her but is also still held at arm’s length by even those he considers family. This serves the scenario well and (for what it’s worth) they both wind up consistently upstaged by the legendary Indigenous actor Graham Greene as a quietly intimidating police chief who’s more or less the adult in the room.What are the down sides?There’s some clunky dialogue in the talkier parts. Particularly whenever Renner is given to wax poetically about the resilience and strength of his Arapaho friends and family; and a critical moment in the story is rendered a bit hazy by a narrative time-jump and perspective-switch that feels oddly jarring because it’s the only flourish of its type in an otherwise straightforward film.Is this finally the movie to prove Renner as a movie star outside of the Avengers franchise?It could be. He’s given ample to room to remind us what compelling presence he can be with the right material: The film is a bit too serious to wear the label, but his hard-bitten character often seems to have ridden over from the world of some extra-bleak Spaghetti Western – and it’s a mode that suits him.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgDespite the fact that Antarctica was discovered, or at least spotted, in 1820, the first time man set foot on the continent proper wasn’t until Alexander von Tunzelmann in 1895, according to the New Zealand government’s website, New Zealand History. That same year, the Sixth International Geographical Congress met in London and adopted a resolution to the effect that the Antarctic was the greatest piece of geographical exploration that had yet to be taken on, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration began. From 1895 until about 1917, when Shackleton’s expedition on the Endurance went awry, there were a number of expeditions to that region, all aimed at exploration and scientific research.Dogs watching Endurance in the final stages of its drift, shortly before it sank to the bottom of the Weddell SeaAlong with the two-footed explorers and adventurers, there were also travelers of the four-footed variety who provided not only a means of transportation for men heading into the interior but also a source of companionship.The name “husky” is often used to describe a number of breeds of northern-hemisphere snow dogs. The dogs originated in Labrador and Greenland and have thick, double-layered coats that make them especially well-suited to the sorts of extreme weather conditions found in environments like the Antarctic.Photograph of the Weddell Sea Party on board the EnduranceAccording to Cool Antarctica, the first Huskies to be used in the Antarctic were brought to the continent by the British Antarctic Expedition. Shortly after the expedition arrived at Cape Adare in February 1889, a four-day blizzard blew in and caused seven of the men to be stranded on shore. Those men survived the bitter conditions by erecting a large tent they had with them and bringing all 75 of their dogs into it with them to keep warm. It was a strong and vivid first encounter demonstrating how crucial the canines were to man’s survival on the continent.In April, one of the team’s dogs got stranded on an ice floe and was blown out to sea. The team thought the dog was a goner, but it returned about two and half months later, and in good condition, showing how well-suited huskies are to the climate.Roald Amundsen’s Antarctic expedition.The dogs were used to pull sleds during treks around the continent; sledges were the only viable method of transportation before mechanical transports.When motorized vehicle transport became an option, which happened much later in Antarctica than elsewhere in the world, dogs and sledges remained popular, as they were more reliable in the harsh weather. Also, they were better company.Husky dogs in sled at Rovaniemi forest, in winter Finland, LaplandAccording to the website of the Australian Antarctic Division, the Australians built Mawson Station in 1954 as part of the country’s Antarctic program. When the station was established, they brought in a number of huskies for transport and companionship purposes, and dogs remained a working part of base operations for the next 40 years.Bases operated by other nations also continued to use sled dogs through the 1960s and into the ‘70s, as the animals were quick, agile, and not put off by the lack of established trails, let alone roads.Celebrated sled dog Balto with Gunnar Kaasen. Norwegian immigrant Gunnar Kaasen was the musher on the last dog team that successfully delivered diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska in 1925. Balto was the lead dog for that final leg of 53 miles of the total 674-mile trip.Slowly, snowmobiles began to become more common and the use of dog sleds started to diminish, although a number of bases kept some dogs anyway, as a backup to mechanized transport or for the sheer fun of it.That continued until 1991, when the members of the Antarctic Treaty began implementing the Protocol on Environmental Protection. One of the items the protocol required was the banning of all non-indigenous species except humans. This was due to fears of disease outbreaks occurring which could easily have devastating effects across Antarctica.Photo by Nasjonalbiblioteket CC BY 2.0The iconic Huskies had to go. The following year, the last half-dozen remaining sled dogs at Mawson station left Antarctica for good. It was an end of an era. The older dogs were retired to Australia, where they could live out the rest of their years in comfort, and the younger animals were taken to Minnesota to be trained as working dogs.Even though the era of the Antarctic sled dog is long over, the furry explorers haven’t been forgotten. A bronze sculpture of a husky sled dog was erected in front of the British Antarctic Survey headquarters in Cambridge, England in 2009. The funds for the sculpture were raised by three of the men who lived and worked with the dogs in Antarctica.Read another story from us: Europe’s Most Beautiful Christmas MarketsIn Antarctica itself, many of Mawson’s Huskies were remembered when their names were given to 26 landmarks in Antarctica in 2017, including various reefs, rocks, and islands. Those memorials are a lasting legacy to remember the creatures that proved to be such an integral part of the continent’s exploration.last_img read more