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Brilliant Pacquiao downs Thurman to capture WBA crownBrilliant Pacquiao downs Thurman to capture WBA crown

first_imgLas Vegas: Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao rolled back the years to become the oldest welterweight champion in boxing history with a thrilling split decision victory over WBA champion Keith Thurman on Saturday.The 40-year-old Pacquiao, 10 years older than the previously undefeated Thurman, delivered a vintage performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to leave the sell-out crowd of 14,356 roaring its approval.Pacquiao floored Thurman with an electrifying combination in the first round and remained on the front foot throughout a pulsating 12-round duel. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAlthough the bloodied Thurman rallied in the later rounds to narrow Pacquiao’s lead, the judges scored it in the Filipino’s favour. Two judges scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao with the third scoring it 114-113 for Thurman.A jubilant Pacquiao punched the air as the arena erupted after the victory was confirmed.”It was fun,” Pacquiao said afterwards. “My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong.” Thurman had riled Pacquiao in the build-up to the fight by vowing to “crucify” his deeply religious opponent, and later promising to send the Filipino icon into retirement. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryPacquiao, who improved to 62-7-2 with 39 knockouts, was gracious in victory.”I’m not that kind of boxer who talks a lot; we were just promoting the fight,” he said.”He’s a good boxer and he’s strong. I was just blessed tonight.” Pacquiao, who earned an estimated 20 million from Saturday’s fight, is now a major player in the competitive welterweight division once again after capturing Thurman’s WBA welterweight ‘super’ champion belt.The eight-division world champion said he will now return to the Philippines to resume his work as a senator before deciding on his next move inside the ring. “I think I will fight next year,” he said. “I will go back to the Philippines and work and then make a decision.” – No complaints – ================= Thurman meanwhile had few complaints in defeat, embracing Pacquiao after the final bell in recognition of an epic contest.”I knew it was too close,” Thurman said. “He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one.”This was a beautiful night of boxing. I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring.I would love the rematch.” Earlier, a pumped-up Pacquiao had danced into the ring to the strains of Rocky movie anthem “Eye of the Tiger” to bring the crowd to its feet.Deafening chants of “Manny, Manny” rolled around the packed arena as Pacquiao immediately set about building an advantage.Towards the end of the round, the crowd erupted as Pacquiao sent Thurman crashing to the canvas, uncorking a left to the ribs before detonating a right hand on the American’s jaw.That set the tone for the early rounds, with Pacquiao urging Thurman on before using his superior handspeed and footwork to bamboozle his rival.A dazzling combination wobbled Thurman again at the end of the second, and Pacquiao delighted the crowd with an Ali shuffle as the round closed.Although Thurman improved, Pacquiao was able to control the tempo and had Thurman in trouble again in the fifth round with blood pouring from his mouth.Thurman though was in no mood to surrender and he came back into the fight, snapping Pacquiao’s head back with a right cross left jab combination in the seventh round.The younger Thurman appeared to be gaining momentum as the fight drew on, backing up Pacquiao with a clean combination in the eighth.But again, Pacquiao responded strongly, swarming forward in the ninth round to have Thurman rattled again.With Pacquiao leading after the 10th and 11th rounds, Thurman came out for the final round knowing he probably needed a knockout to win.But Pacquiao drew on all of his experience, skipping out of range cleverly to keep Thurman at bay and score a famous win.last_img read more

A Tribe Called Red picked as one of the bestA Tribe Called Red picked as one of the best

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Polaris Music Prize announced its list of the top 10 best Canadian albums of the year.A popular Indigenous music trio made the cut.A Tribe Called Red’s album Nation to Nation is among the top 10.The nominations are based on artistic merits alone.Music journalists, bloggers and other experts get to vote and the winner gets $30,000.last_img

Scotiabank says pipeline constraints to cost economy 107 billion in 2018Scotiabank says pipeline constraints to cost economy 107 billion in 2018

first_imgThe costs come as delays continue for all three major proposed oil pipelines to export more oil from Western Canada, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement, and TransCanada’s Keystone XL.Canadian producers would need Line 3 and at least one of the other pipelines to go forward or face indefinite pipeline constraints that would have an impact on Canada’s well-being with consequences that extend well beyond Alberta, said Perrault.“The elevated discounts come with a steep economic cost, and represent to a large degree a self-inflicted wound,” he said.The latest economic impacts of the pipeline constraints come as Alberta and British Columbia continue to quarrel over the construction of the Trans Mountain project, pitting arguments of economic impact against the importance of protecting coastlines and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.The current squeeze in pipeline capacity has been expected for some time, but the leak and temporary shutdown on TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline last November sped up the problem, said Perrault.The shutdown led to oil storage tanks in Alberta to fill to record volumes and sent the spread between Western Canadian and U.S. crude to more than US$30 a barrel, while the regulator-imposed 20 percent reduced capacity on Keystone has continued to limit a recovery. The discount on Western Canadian oil production since the spill has hovered around US$24 a barrel, much higher than the US$13 spread for the past two years, and Scotiabank expects it to average US$21.6 a barrel for 2018.Western Canadian production is discounted somewhat both by quality and transportation costs, but has spiked several times in the past decade as pipeline space runs tight. CALGARY, A.B. — Delayed oil pipeline construction is causing a steep discount for Canadian crude prices that is costing the economy roughly $15.6 billion a year or about 0.75 percent of GDP, according to Scotiabank.“Pipeline approval delays have imposed clear, demonstrable and substantial economic costs on the Canadian economy,” said Scotiabank’s chief economist Jean-Francois Perrault in a report Tuesday.The discount, however, is expected to ease through the year as more rail capacity becomes available to ship oil, bringing the expected cost to roughly $10.7 billion or 0.5 percent of GDP for 2018 and then $7 billion or 0.3 percent of GDP a year until more pipeline capacity comes online.last_img read more

Almost 100 million needed to help feed Indonesias poorest says UN agencyAlmost 100 million needed to help feed Indonesias poorest says UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for $98 million to run a three-year project to feed the hungry in Indonesia, where millions of poor children across the South-East Asian archipelago are malnourished. Launching the initiative yesterday in the capital Jakarta, WFP’s Asia Regional Director Tony Banbury said the agency’s current assistance programmes in Indonesia will be at risk unless new funding is secured soon. The planned three-year programme – which has not received any significant contributions or pledges so far – will provide 840,000 Indonesians with direct food aid, focusing on “the poorest of the poor” in West Timor, Lombok, Madura, East Java and Greater Jakarta. The scheme will target mothers and children in particular, with the WFP working with the Government and private sector partners to also provide health, hygiene and nutrition information. The most recent surveys indicate that an estimated 13 million children under the age of five are malnourished in Indonesia, and in some areas, such as the province of Nusa Tenggara Timor, 30 per cent of children in that age category are classed as severely malnourished. “Hunger is still a very real threat for too many poor Indonesians,” Mr. Banbury said. “Despite Indonesia’s impressive economic gains of recent years, there are still millions of poor families who cannot provide enough food for their children.” As part of the launch, WFP has recruited two well-known Indonesians, the investor and businessman Edwin Soeryadjaya and the actress and model Luna Maya, to help promote the initiative and raise public awareness. Mr. Soeryadjaya has become a member of the Asian Philanthropist Trust, which the WFP has established with some of the continent’s most influential business figures, while Ms. Maya becomes a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger. 29 November 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for $98 million to run a three-year project to feed the hungry in Indonesia, where millions of poor children across the South-East Asian archipelago are malnourished. read more

Lululemon profit spikes as revenue soars 33 on strong salesLululemon profit spikes as revenue soars 33 on strong sales

VANCOUVER — Lululemon Athletica Inc. is reporting a big increase in second-quarter earnings on the strength of soaring revenue and higher comparable store sales.The Vancouver-based retailer of high-end activewear said net earnings were $57.2 million or 39 cents per share, compared with $38.4 million or 26 cents per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.The boost in profit came as Lululemon reported that revenue rose 33% in the three months ended July 29 to $282.6 million from $212.3 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2011.[np-related /]Comparable store sales increased 15% on a constant dollar basis.Earnings were also boosted by a lower effective tax rate, thanks in part to a $7.2 million adjustment that reversed taxes provided for in two previous quarters.The Vancouver-based company raised its forecast for full-year net revenue to $ 1.345-$ 1.360 billion, up from last quarter’s forecast of $1.32-$1.34 billion.Lululemon said it expects full-year earnings per share from $1.76 to $1.81, up from its previously forecast $1.55 to $1.60.Shares, however, were down 4% at US$65.78 in premarket trading Friday morning.With files from Reuters read more

DMK AIDMK want India to boycott CHOGMDMK AIDMK want India to boycott CHOGM

“Any high level participation or engagement from the Indian side in the CHOGM will not only embolden the Lankan regime but also incense public opinion and sentiment in Tamil Nadu on this very sensitive issue even further,” said Jayalalithaa in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, strongly urging him not to attend the November 15-17 meeting in Colombo. The Prime Minister of Canada had already announced that he will not participate in the CHOGM, a top-level summit of the 54 member states, if Lanka failed to improve the efforts on rehabilitation of the war-affected Tamil population and fixing accountability for alleged crimes during the last phase of its war with Tamil rebels. After series of appeals and protests over India’s stand on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC that led to turmoil in Tamil Nadu and a political upheaval in Delhi, the Centre is under pressure from Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK president M Karunanidhi to boycott an important international summit slated to be held in Colombo later this year, the New India Express reported.Archrivals Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi found themselves on the same platform when they raised the demand that the venue for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) be shifted from Sri Lanka, failing which India should boycott the summit and lobby among member states to follow suit so as to put pressure on the Lankan government over allegations of genocide, war crimes and human rights violations. The issue also figured in the executive committee meeting of the DMK that was held on Monday. In a resolution, the former UPA ally, which had assumed a belligerent posture on dealing with Lanka, urged the Centre to take lead in boycotting the summit. “We urge the Commonwealth that the meeting should not be held in Colombo for whatever reasons. If our appeal is not met, India should stay away respecting the sentiments of Tamils across the world,” read the resolution. read more

Annan pledges UNs continued support for West African security developmentAnnan pledges UNs continued support for West African security development

In a message to the Heads of State and Government gathered in Dakar for the 25th summit meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mr. Annan said that as further proof of his commitment to work with ECOWAS and other regional organizations he had decided to open a UN Office for West Africa to support the region’s quest for sustainable peace and development. Yesterday, the Security Council welcomed the initiative as an important step to harmonize UN efforts in the subregion. “The United Nations will continue to be a close partner of ECOWAS in sustaining this momentum,” the Secretary-General said, noting that future challenges included the stabilization of the situation in Sierra Leone and the restoration of security and confidence in the Mano River Basin countries.”The United Nations is also committed to working with ECOWAS leaders to implement the New Partnership for the Development of Africa, and to mobilize international support for this vital endeavour,” he added.Mr. Annan’s message was delivered on his behalf by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahima Fall.In a recent example of UN-West African cooperation, two key documents adopted earlier this week in Dakar by ECOWAS foreign ministers on the fight against trafficking in human beings had been prepared jointly with the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention. read more

At UN Colombias Duque stands behind peace process vows to stamp outAt UN Colombias Duque stands behind peace process vows to stamp out

As President of a country composed of over 40 per cent tropical rainforests, Mr. Duque said Colombia is one of the nations most exposed to the effects of climate change. It is clear, he said, that deforestation in the Amazon is “directly linked” to illegal armed groups seeking territories to engage in their illicit activities, which in turn are financed by drug trafficking. To put an end to this, he said that his Government had managed this year to reduce deforestation in the country by about 17 per cent. He added that earlier this month, Colombia, along with six other Amazonian countries, has signed the ‘Leticia Pact’, which aims to protect the world’s largest rainforest, which for weeks during this past summer had been devastated by wildfires.Turning to peacebuilding in Colombia, Mr. Duque highlighted the efforts to establish a “culture of legality” in the country, following the peace agreement signed in 2016 between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). In this context, he said that the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration of former guerrillas was under way and included, among others, more than 25 projects which had benefited some 1,934 ex-combatants to date.“Today, it is a united nation that speaks to this House, confident in its ability to overcome violence through law,” he stated, and thanked the international community for the establishment of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. However, Mr. Duque warned against those who “persist in the path of crime.” He told the Assembly that a few weeks ago, a “group of narco-terrorists” had tried to intimidate Colombia “under false ideological pretexts.” The Colombian Government had not and would not yield to the threats of this “group.”As proof of his determination to fight against narco-traffic, Mr. Duque noted that the Government had managed, for the first time in seven years, to limit the growth of coca cultivation in the country. “The more coca there is, the less peace there is,” he explained, calling the drug trade “predator of the environment,” and “fuel for terrorism” he added that to fight more effectively against the consequences of this traffic, he was working, alongside others towards creation of an international anti-corruption court.Turning to the situation in Venezuela, President Duque said that millions are “fleeing a once rich and now starved nation.” Mr. Duque affirmed that he had formal evidence of the support granted by the Venezuelan Government to criminal groups, who aimed to “attack Colombia.” He intended to hand over a dossier of this proof to the President of the General Assembly and the UN Secretary-General. read more

Introducing NBA Power Ratings And Playoff OddsIntroducing NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds

Starting this week, with the help of basketball analytics experts Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi, we’re rolling out weekly NBA power rankings fueled by ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus player ratings. These power ratings predict how well each team will perform over the coming week of games; we’ll also list each team’s projected end-of-season win total and its odds of making the playoffs.If you want to read more about how these ratings work, scroll below the rankings.Q: What do these ratings mean?A: They represent each team’s projected per-100 possession performance — schedule-adjusted and relative to league average — for the coming week, taking into account the quality of players on each roster, as well as injuries and expected minute allocations.Q: How is player quality measured?A: Using ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus (RPM), which attempts to isolate each player’s contribution to the team’s scoring margin while on the court by adjusting for the quality of his teammates and opponents faced. While the version of RPM listed at ESPN.com is a single-season metric, these power ratings use the more predictive multiyear version of RPM.Q: Where do the rosters come from?A: ESPN’s depth charts and injury wire.Q: Who generates the projected minute allocations?A: Jeremias Engelmann, the creator of Real Plus-Minus, provides the minute projections for each team.Q: How are these different from other computer power ratings available, such as the Hollinger Power Rankings?A: Most power ratings are, to some extent or another, backward-looking; they can only generate ratings using inputs from games the team has played. Given a large enough — and relevant enough — sample of played games, this is usually not a problem. But in the case of early-season rankings, or when a team experiences roster changes midseason (via trades or injuries), it takes time for traditional power ratings to catch up to the team’s new quality.These RPM power ratings, however, are based on the talent of the players on hand for each team. The advantage of this approach is that when a player is added to or subtracted from a team, a talent-based rating can adjust immediately, without waiting for new games to be played. In other words, injuries, trades and signings are instantly accounted for in these rankings.The other side of that coin is that, barring personnel changes, these ratings aren’t going to change drastically from week to week. RPM player talent estimates have a strong grounding in Bayesian statistics; and for veteran players, their prior rating carries a good deal of weight. So, while a team’s “statement win” in a given week might have a tangible effect on human or even recency-weighted computer power rankings, it’s unlikely to move the needle much with these ratings.Q: Why look at only the next week?A: The ratings can also be modified to use long-term minute projections for players who are injured but will return later in the season. For now, though, we’ve chosen to use the short-term version to get a good snapshot of where each team stands.Q: What are the projected wins and playoff odds?A: Those are generated via the aforementioned long-term RPM talent ratings, rather than the short-term numbers from the power rankings themselves. The long-term ratings are used to simulate every remaining game in the 2014-15 schedule, and the simulated results are added to the NBA’s actual standings. Expected wins are the average number of wins for the team at the end of the season across the simulations; playoff probability shows the percentage of simulations in which the team qualified for the postseason.Q: How good are these ratings?A: It’s hard to say, as this type of analysis — using aggregated player talent ratings to estimate team strength — doesn’t have a long track record. However, RPM itself (or at least its predecessor, xRAPM) is consistently the single most predictive advanced metric available to the public. And the FiveThirtyEight preseason projections, which used a similar methodology, are performing well in a prediction contest against other metrics. read more

Senior medics urge junior doctors to call off strike plansSenior medics urge junior doctors to call off strike plans

first_imgJeremy Hunt will impose a new contract on junior doctors from October Credit:Neil Hall  But the first such strike was suspended following warnings that the health service could not operate safely if so many doctors walked out at short notice.A number of senior doctors have expressed concern about the dangers of pushing ahead with such lengthy periods of action. Until now, the longest strike has been two days. The meeting on Wednesday came after the head of the NHS said it was impossible to ensure no harm to patients, if up to 50,000 junior doctors abandon their posts for weeks on end – regardless of how much notice was given.In a public intervention last week, Simon Stevens said: “We should be in no doubt that it will not be possible to ensure there will be no harm to patients, even with several weeks’ notice, if we are talking about multiple weeks of up to 50,000 doctors not being available for emergency care at hospitals across this country.” 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. Junior doctors have been urged to consider calling off planned strikes by senior medics from the British Medical Association.A meeting of the union’s council -made up of around 30 leading doctors – on Wednesday urged trainee medics to think again before embarking on the biggest strikes in NHS history. It followed warnings from senior BMA figures that the plans could cost lives. The meeting is understood to have passed a motion urging the BMA’s junior doctors committee (JDC) to consider all actions short of the strikes, before planned industrial action goes ahead.  Jeremy Hunt  Sources close to the negotiations said several senior doctors felt the plans were too dangerous and did not have the backing of most junior doctors. However, one said they expect the more militant JDC to proceed with the strikes regardless, after holding their own discussions later this month. Thousands of medics have been asked to take part in a string of week-long strikes, starting on October 5, in action which was billed as “the trade union dispute of this century”. The BMA last night refused to comment on what was discussed at the meeting.  Leaked documents have recently revealed a limited appetite for strike action among junior doctors, who will sacrifice three weeks’ pay if they take part in the action.Junior doctors were initially balloted about a new contract last November, when they voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action to reject changes to pay and working patterns.However since then there have been a series of concessions, resulting in terms which the head of the union’s junior doctors committee described as “fair” and “safe.”In recent weeks, a number of junior doctors have expressed concern that they have never been asked if wish to strike over the current deal, let alone take part in week-long walkouts. Private polling of junior doctors has found just one in three support walkouts.last_img read more

Animal lover given permission to keep lions in his back garden despiteAnimal lover given permission to keep lions in his back garden despite

Pablo and Penny, 15 year-old Humboldt penguins were returned to South Lakes Safari Zoo in CumbriaCredit:Nottinghamshire Police Some people complained that the enclosure is too close to a bridleway and that having two lions on the property would be “unsafe for residents of the village and other animals such as horses and domestic pets.” Reece Oliver, 27, with his puma, Rogue Pablo and Penny, 15 year-old Humboldt penguins native to South America, were taken from South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria months earlier and when Mr Oliver noticed their microchips he called the police. Sergeant Andrew Browning from Nottinghamshire Police said: “My first thought was this is one for the books, and one to tell the grandkids, because there’s no way we thought we would go down there and actually find two penguins. It was an unusual one.”Mr Oliver said that he had no intention of allowing public access to the land, or to develop a zoo on his property. Reece Oliver already has a Puma called Rogue on his propertyCredit:Reece Oliver /SWNS.COM Mr Oliver claimed the young lions would have faced being put down if he lost the appeal, but despite planning officers advising refusal, councillors backed it, citing limited visual impact and lack of alternate homes for the animals.Chairman of the council’s planning committee, Councillor David Watts, said: “In total I’ve sat on the planning committee for sixteen years, most of that as chair.”This is by far the most unusual application that we have dealt with in that time.”I’ve been talking to Lib Dem colleagues up and down the country and I haven’t come across anyone who has had an application like this before.”Speaking after the meeting on Wednesday evening, Mr Oliver told the BBC that his heart had been going “at a million miles an hour”, and he had thought he would lose the animals.”It’s the best feeling in the world, it’s the best result ever,” he said.”I love those animals, they’re like children to me. It would have been like taking my children off me.”Mr Oliver also came to national attention in January after he bought two penguins online that turned out to be stolen. The quintessential British country garden has manicured lawns, wooden tables and chairs, and plenty of flowerbeds.But in the quiet village of Strelley, Nottinghamshire, the chirping of the birds and the buzzing of the bees will soon be drowned out by the roars of two pet lions.Animal lover Reece Oliver, 28, has won planning permission for a 400 square metre enclosure to house Rocky and Rora, two seven-month-old African lions, much to the chagrin of his neighbours who said the animals could be a danger to members of the public.Mr Oliver rescued the two cubs from a circus in the Czech Republic in February and installed them in the fenced area he created especially for them, but it emerged that their new home had been built without the correct permits, and Mr Oliver had to retrospectively apply for permission.The licensed big cat keeper already has a two-and-a-half-year-old Canadian Puma called Rogue and is an experienced animal handler, but some 14 neighbours objected to his plans, citing the importance of preserving green belt land and fears for the safety of the general public. Pablo and Penny, 15 year-old Humboldt penguins 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. read more

Bagotville man found guilty of murdering wife gets 80 years imprisonmentBagotville man found guilty of murdering wife gets 80 years imprisonment

Miguel Barker was today found guilty in the High Court for the murder of his wife Donessa Barker.Guilty: Miguel BarkerShe was brutally stabbed to death on the afternoon of April 30, 2015 at their inner Bagotville, West Bank Demerara (WBD) residence by her husband.Barker’s lack of remorse saw him being handed an 80 years sentence by presiding judge, Justice Navindra Singh.The accused, before a 12-member jury and the presiding judge maintained his innocence despite evidence being presented that he jumped out of the window just moments after his wife was stabbed.In the trial on Thursday last he told the court that some time before his wife’s death, she found out that he was cheating on her and moved out of their home.Before the woman’s death, the couple had been married for more than a year but would have frequent arguments where several accusations were made. On the night of the crime, the couple were reportedly heard arguing in the moments prior to the woman being stabbed several times.Neighbours attempted to rescue the woman and had rushed her to hospital.Barker had fled the scene but was later apprehended and charged for the crime.Murdered: Donessa BarkerDuring the trial on Tuesday last Shanieza Clarke who left the jurisdiction after allegedly witnessing the initial moments after Donessa’s killing said, in her testimony via Skype from Suriname, that “Allan” was seen with a knife on the night prior to his wife’s killing.Clarke, who lived in the home where the couple were staying, also indicated that the murder accused turned to the side and looked at her before he jumped out of the window.“I walked towards the room and I saw Allan Barker stooping at the window and he turned to the side and looked at me, and I saw Vanessa Barker with blood on her face,” the witness had related.The Jury after deliberating today came back with a unanimous verdict and found Barker guilty of murder.Barker was represented by Defence Counsel Maxwell McKay while Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs and Narissa Leander assisted with the State’s case. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBagotville man to face trial for wife’s murderJanuary 18, 2018In “Court”Man sentenced to 30 years for 2012 murder of reputed wifeJuly 19, 2019In “Court”Lindener to serve 19 years for stabbing wife to death, injuring step-daughterJune 14, 2018In “Court” read more

Onkyo Offers AV and Stereo MiniSystemsOnkyo Offers AV and Stereo MiniSystems

first_imgIt can’t be easy to sell stereos nowadays, with the iPhone and iPod having become a one-stop home audio system, but Onkyo knows that shoppers are looking for something compact, iPad-friendly, and affordable. In response, the company has created the CS-V645 DVD/CD mini system. It plays a wide range of audio and video formats, and has a port for iPhone/iPod connections. Videos are automatically upscaled for output to a high-def display over an HDMI connection. The dock is on top of the receiver, while the USB jack is on the front panel for easy access to flash drives or cable-connected systems. Look for it in early December for $399.If that’s too much, try the Onkyo CS-445 CD mini-system. It plays CD-R/RW discs, and includes an iPod/iPhone dock. It will be available in early November for $329.last_img read more

Twitter Absolutely Not Blocking WikiLeaks TrendsTwitter Absolutely Not Blocking WikiLeaks Trends

first_imgIn a post titled “To Trend or Not to Trend,” Twitter yesterday addressed concerns that it was blocking WikiLeaks-related trends, including the hashtags #wikileaks and #cablegate. Not only is the microblogging service not blocking the content, “some of these terms, including #wikileaks and #cablegate, have previously trended either worldwide or in specific locations.”Twitter’s Carolyn Penner took the opportunity to break down the science of with a Justin Bieber trends, while a WikiLeaks doesn’t. “Twitter Trends are automatically generated by an algorithm that attempts to identify topics that are being talked about more right now than they were previously,” wrote Penner. “The Trends list is designed to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ breaking news from across the world, in real-time. The Trends list captures the hottest emerging topics, not just what’s most popular.”AdChoices广告The inability to break into Trending Topics is often do to the fact that a given topic just isn’t as popular as people seem to think, Penner added. That’s not the case in the instance of WikiLeaks, however. Explains, Penner, “sometimes, popular terms don’t make the Trends list because the velocity of conversation isn’t increasing quickly enough, relative to the baseline level of conversation happening on an average day; this is what happened with #wikileaks this week.”last_img read more

Private sector pays far less than the statePrivate sector pays far less than the state

first_imgThe disparity between public and private sector salaries in Greece ranges between 30 and 58 percent in favor of civil servants, a recent European Commission report has revealed.Although the state was mainly to blame for the financial crisis, it is the private sector that has borne the brunt of the fiscal adjustment, as besides adding 1.5 million people to the jobless queues, it also has considerably lower salaries than the public sector.For instance, the basic monthly salary of a university graduate aged over 25 without work experience is 586 euros in the private sector and 510 euros for under-25s. In the public sector, the same employee collects 1000-1,100 euros per month. An unmarried employee with nine years of experience but no university degree gets an average of 761.90 euros in the private sector against 1,000 euros in the civil service.The private sector is also hurt by the high non-salary costs that burden Greek business owners more than other Europeans, thereby leading to an increase in unemployment, undeclared labor and social security contribution evasion, as well as reduced investment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

After regional honors AbSci looks for growthAfter regional honors AbSci looks for growth

first_imgBefore AbSci moved into elegant offices on the third floor of the Hudson Building in downtown Vancouver, founder Sean McClain began the company in the basement of the Portland State University’s business accelerator.“We just bootstrapped this,” McClain said Friday. “I was working in this dungeon-basement lab for about 18 months to get the proof of concept done.”That was before it officially launched in 2011. Since then, the biotechnology firm has landed millions in investment and even a $200,000 commitment from Gov. Jay Inslee’s office that helped land the firm in Clark County a year ago.Earlier this week, AbSci was named the top startup-stage company in the region by Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. The firm has shown “game-changing” technology and potential to make a big economic splash in the region, organizers said.McClain joked that winning at the gala event gives AbSci “street cred” with peers.“It’s like the Oscars of the entrepreneurial community here,” he said, laughing. “It’s just a good networking event, and kind of a fun event to celebrate entrepreneurial achievement in all different industries and entrepreneurs.”last_img read more

Late San Diego based Marine honored for lifesaving act at freeway crashLate San Diego based Marine honored for lifesaving act at freeway crash

first_imgLate San Diego based Marine honored for lifesaving act at freeway crash scene December 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego-based Marine Corps drill instructor, who died in a motorcycle accident four weeks ago, was honored by the military today for rescuing two women from a fiery freeway crash two months before his death.Sgt. Gary Wilson of Fairfield, Connecticut, was awarded a posthumous Navy and Marine Corps Medal during a memorial service attended by hundreds of fellow service members, friends and family members at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. His son, Ian, accepted the commendation, the highest noncombat decoration awarded for heroism by the Department of the Navy.Wilson, who died in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 15 in Temecula on Nov. 16, received the award in recognition of his lifesaving actions on state Route 163 in the Miramar area late last summer.The 33-year-old serviceman was riding his motorcycle on the northern San Diego freeway on the morning of Sept. 18 when he came upon the scene of a pileup that left one car burning. He stopped, pulled two women from the wreckage and helped get them out of harm’s way.“I was doing my job as a Marine,” Wilson said. “We’re here to serve the people. Not just during wartime, but all the time.”During the memorial service, USMC Lt. Col. David Becker, commanding officer of 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, said Wilson had  “positively affected thousands of lives.”“Former President Ronald Reagan once said that some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in this world,” Becker said. “Marines don’t have that problem, and Sergeant Wilson doesn’t have that problem.”The West Coast Drill Instructors Association has donated a brick displaying Wilson’s name to be added to the Drill Instructor Monument at the recruit depot near Lindbergh Field where he was stationed.“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sergeant Wilson,” said Brig. Gen. Ryan Heritage, commanding general of MCRD San Diego. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult period. This is truly the loss of a fine Marine, and he will be missed greatly.”Wilson enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 2010. He was assigned to the recruit depot as a drill instructor in March 2016 after service in Okinawa, Japan, and at Camp Pendleton.His personal awards include two Good Conduct Medals, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, a National Defense Service Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Posted: December 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Summerfest 2019 Lizzo Brandi Carlile Rodrigo Y Gabriela MoreSummerfest 2019 Lizzo Brandi Carlile Rodrigo Y Gabriela More

first_imgLast week, the fest announced that Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q will headline the last day of performances at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, which will host a series of performances with tickets that can be purchased separately from the Summerfest general admission ticket (but also include G.A. access). A weekday admission ticket can also be purchased. More info on the variety of tickets can be found here.  Summerfest features 12 stages and over 800 acts in 11 days, according to the fest. For more information on ticket sales, visit the Summerfest website. Beyonce To Drop ‘Homecoming’ Documentary On April 17 https://twitter.com/Summerfest/status/1115570099811909632 Twitter Facebook News Summerfest 2019: Lizzo, Brandi Carlile & More summerfest-2019-lizzo-brandi-carlile-rodrigo-y-gabriela-more Summerfest 2019: Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, Rodrigo Y Gabriela & More The massive festival will take place June 26–30 and July 2–7 in downtown Milawaukee and will also feature Billie Eilish, The Roots, The Lonely Island and AtmosphereJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 10, 2019 – 4:48 pm Brandi Carlile, Jimmy Eat World, Lizzo and Rodrigo y Gabriela are among the over 100 headlining musical artists that have been announced for Summerfest, the 11-day music festival in Milwaukee, this year.The massive festival will take place June 26–30 and July 2–7 in downtown Milawaukee and will also feature Billie Eilish, The Roots, The Lonely Island and Atmosphere. The full lineup can be seen at the Summerfest website.  Email last_img read more

Google will pay Fossil 40 million for smartwatch techGoogle will pay Fossil 40 million for smartwatch tech

first_imgSome members of a Fossil R&D team are also joining Google as part of the deal.  César Salza / CNET Google is buying secret smartwatch technology from Fossil for $40 million. Design company Fossil said Thursday some members of the research and development team supporting that intellectual property will join Google as well. “We’ve built and advanced a technology that has the potential to improve upon our existing platform of smartwatches,” said Greg McKelvey, executive vice president and chief strategy and digital officer at Fossil, in a press release (PDF). “Together with Google, our innovation partner, we’ll continue to unlock growth in wearables.” The deal is expected to close later this month. Google declined to share further information about Fossil’s smartwatch technology that it’s buying.  In 2015, Fossil acquired Misfit, a wearable-tech startup focused on fitness trackers, for $260 million. The deal married Fossil’s fashion and watchmaking skills with Misfit’s technology. But Fossil appears to be getting out of that market. Fossil and Google have put out a few smartwatches. The fashion company’s latest, Fossil Sport, was a Google Wear OS smartwatch released in November. The watch had Qualcomm’s newest 3100 wearable chip to make its battery life longer. Last year, Google and its partners like Fossil put the emphasis more on fitness when they designed their smartwatches. The devices’ fitness-tracking feature, Google Fit, was revamped with new Move Minutes and Heart Point goals. Sarah Tew/CNET 0 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). Read the Rylo camera preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Sprint 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. $520 at HP $155 at Google Express 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Share your voice $999 7 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay See It $6 at Tidal 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best Buy Post a comment See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Boost Mobile Comments Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. Angela Lang/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $299 at Amazoncenter_img Share your voice Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. Turo Read the AirPods review Rylo 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. Chris Monroe/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. Wearable Tech Gadgets Software Tech Industry Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags $999 See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Apple iPhone XS See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read Google Home Hub review See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The Cheapskate 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. 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $210 at Best Buy $999 $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Tags 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Google,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. last_img read more