Uncertain path ahead as Ontario PCs select new leader an explainer

first_imgTORONTO – Faced with the shocking resignation of Patrick Brown, Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives must chose a new leader with less than five months to go before the spring election.Why do the PCs need a new leader?Patrick Brown resigned as party leader early Thursday morning following a CTV News report in which two women alleged sexual misconduct during his days as a federal MP. The allegations have not been independently verified by The Canadian Press.Without a leader at the helm, what will the PCs do?The party’s caucus, or 27 members (excluding Brown), will meet Friday to appoint an interim leader and then discuss how to proceed as the legislative session resumes in late February. They will also looking at how to reconstitute the election campaign team which surrounded Brown after some resigned in the wake of the allegations against the former leader.Is the sudden resignation of an Ontario party leader so close to an election unusual?University of Windsor political science professor Cheryl Collier called it unprecedented and suggested the swift response was likely fuelled in part by a growing emphasis on addressing sexual misconduct claims voiced by women. Henry Jacek, political science professor at McMaster University, said things normally don’t happen that quickly in politics. He said Brown’s own staff were surprisingly fast to abandon him within moments of a hastily called news conference late Wednesday and four hours later he had stepped down.What is next step for the party?After appointing an interim leader the party will eventually need to select a permanent replacement for Brown. According to the Ontario PC Party constitution, the party’s governing document, the resignation of a leader triggers the selection of an interim leader by the party caucus. If they cannot decide on an interim leader, then the caucus in partnership with the party’s executive chose the interim leader.Normally the party selects their leader at a convention where one delegate has one vote. The party constitution says after the resignation of a leader a leadership election must be held within 18 months. The constitution does not appear to lay out a minimum leadership campaign length but sources tell The Canadian Press the party has not held a leadership campaign shorter than 90 days in recent memory.Who sets the leadership election rules?The party’s executive sets the leadership election rules. The PC constitution gives that committee “exclusive authority” to interpret and apply the rules for the race and vote which means they could adjust the length of a leadership race to fit into a compressed schedule before this year’s election.Can the Tories select a new permanent leader before the June 7 election date?That depends. Sources say the Tories could choose a number of potential different routes to select Brown’s replacement. An interim leader could be selected until a permanent replacement is elected. An interim leader could be selected to fight the election and then step down. The interim leader could be selected, fight the election, and then face a formal leadership review after the race.Who are the potential candidates to replace Brown?The rumour mill at Queen’s Park is in overdrive with the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney and PC candidate, Caroline Mulroney, former Tory leadership candidate Christine Elliott and former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford all being floated as potential successors. Tory finance critic Vic Fedeli is the first declared candidate for the interim leadership and has expressed interest in staying on permanently.last_img read more

Kate del Castillo Says No To Animal Circuses In Mexico City

first_imgMexico City is poised to ban the use of animals in circuses, with the recently passed bill just awaiting Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera’s signature—and in a letter sent to the mayor last week on PETA Latino’s behalf, La Reina del Sur star Kate del Castillo encourages him to sign the bill into law immediately.“As a performer who will always consider Mexico City home, I was proud to learn that city council members voted unanimously to ban the use of animals in circuses,” she wrote. “I’m writing to urge you to protect animals and the public by signing this bill into law.“Undercover footage of Ringling Bros. circus, which was just in Mexico City, reveals that elephants are beaten in order to force them to perform painful tricks. Circuses based in Mexico are no better to animals, and 96 animals have been confiscated by the Mexican government in the past year. Last year, the government seized a lion who was malnourished and severely underweight from the national Daniel Atayde Circus and found three other instances of abuse of a boa, a tiger, and a spider monkey during the inspection. The government has inspected 68 circuses in Mexico. In 38 of them, it found animals with skin infections or serious injuries, spider monkeys who lacked teeth, and other problems.“Elephants who weigh many tons and other wild animals also pose a serious danger to humans. One person died and 11 others were injured after an elephant escaped in Tulancingo. Recently, three elephants rampaged at another circus and damaged vehicles in a parking lot before they were captured 45 minutes later. Fortunately, no children were injured, but they easily could have been.”For more information, please visit PETALatino.com.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Looking for results of Nunavuts election

first_imgAPTN NewsThere is a blizzard blowing in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital city Tuesday.That might be a good thing, forcing closure of schools and offices and giving those who stayed up late last night to watch the Nunavut election results come in, some extra sleep.Results came in late into the night with Elections Nunavut declaring at least one re-count.That’s in the riding of Cambridge Bay where Jeannie Hakongak Ehaloak got 259 votes and Pamela Gross came in a close second with 250 votes.According to the Nunavut elections website, voter turnout in the riding of Cambridge Bay was 70.47 per cent.The Judicial Recount Manual states: “Judicial recounts are automatic where there is less than two per cent difference between the votes cast for the winning candidate and those cast for the candidate who came in second place.”There is a process to follow involving an application to the court, which then decides on when the recount will take place. The manual states it has to happen within 10 days after the Court receives an application.Regardless if it’s Ehaloak or Gross, six women will be among the 22 faces who will make up the next Nunavut Legislative Assembly. Double, from the last government.All 72 candidates who ran in the election do so as an independent, as there are no parties.The Nunavut Leadership Forum will be held on Nov. 17. Members interested in being the territory’s premier will put their name forward and yet again, make their pitch as to why they should gain the seat. This time, it will be in front of their fellow MLA’s, who will cast a vote for their next leader.More information on last night’s results can be found at www.elections.nu.ca.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Transat AT expects deadly hurricanes will damage its winter results

first_imgMONTREAL – A series of deadly hurricanes that whipped through parts of the Caribbean last fall is going to have a damaging impact on the winter results of tour operator Transat A.T. Inc., its senior executives said Thursday.The Montreal-based company said in December that it didn’t expect to feel the brunt of September’s hurricanes, but its assessment has changed.“If numbers remain what they are today we will not improve our results in the second quarter versus the one of last year,” chief financial officer Denis Petrin told reporters after the company’s annual meeting.Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said Transat’s forecast for $1.5 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amoritization in the second quarter is down from the $16 million anticipated by analysts.Transat took a $5-million hurricane hit in the first quarter and expects another $10 million to $15 million in the second quarter because of changed travel patterns resulting from the storms.“What happened in the last three months is that the people that normally are interested in the Cuba destination did not show up,” Petrin said.Travel to Cuba accounts for about one quarter of the airline’s seats to sun destinations. Bad publicity that included images of destruction prompted many Canadians to vacation in other locations. Airlines shifted some capacity to places like Mexico, which forced operators like Transat to lower prices to compete, thereby reducing their profits, he said.Canadian travellers have shied away from Cuba even though all the sun destinations that Transat serves except St. Maarten and San Juan were repaired in January, added chief operating officer Annick Guerard.She said demand for Cuba should come back at some point because it remains a favourite Canadian destination with attractive prices and great beaches.Transat introduced its five-year strategic plan Thursday that will aim to cut an unspecified amount of costs on top of $105 million realized in its previous plan. It also plans to build a hotel network with 5,000 rooms.The company will seek existing hotels to patch up, but will mainly purchase land and build 4.5 and five-star waterfront resorts in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and probably Jamaica.Transat is also surveying other airlines for examples of gaining more revenues from ancillary fees such as checked baggage, reserved seating and other measures already in place in Canada.The tour company, which operates Transat, missed expectations in its seasonally slow first quarter as its net loss attributable to shareholders was $6.6 million, compared with $32.1 million in the prior year.Excluding one-time items including the $48.2-million sale of its Jonview Canada Inc. subsidiary, Transat had an adjusted loss for the period ended Jan. 31 of $33.9 million or 91 cents per share. That compared with an adjusted loss of $36 million or 98 cents per share in the first quarter of its 2017 financial year.Revenues rose to $725.8 million from $689.3 million on a 6.2 per cent increase in the number of travellers to sun destinations and 20.3 per cent to Europe.Transat was expected on average to post an adjusted loss of 78 cents per share in the quarter on $739.7 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ)last_img read more

Ban Kimoon vows UN help in finding those who murdered Congolese journalist

“The Secretary-General was shocked and saddened to receive the news of the brutal killing of Mr. Serge Maheshe, a respected national radio journalist at Radio Okapi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” his spokesperson said in a statement.The death of the 31-year old journalist “is a great loss for the UN and the people of the DRC as they continue their efforts to build a sustainable peace in their country,” the spokesperson said.“The United Nations will do everything possible to support the authorities of the DRC to identify the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice.”The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) yesterday condemned the killing of Mr. Maheshe, whose radio station was sponsored by the UN.The victim, who had worked for Radio Okapi since 2003, was shot dead on Wednesday night by two men on a street in Bukavu, in the far east of the DRC, as he and two friends were about to enter a UN-marked vehicle. His friends were not injured in the attack.Radio Okapi is a partnership between MONUC and the Hirondelle Foundation, a Swiss non-governmental organization (NGO). 15 June 2007Reacting to the murder of a radio journalist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged that the world body would fully support efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. read more

Ban applauds Republic of Korea US for lifting entry limits based on

4 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations agency tasked with fighting the spread of HIV today congratulated the Republic of Korea and the United States for lifting “discriminatory” travel limits that previously prevented people living with HIV from entering both nations. Mr. Ban lauded Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak on his country’s decision, which went into effect on 1 January, “in ending restrictions towards people living with HIV that have no public health benefit.”He added, “I repeat my call to all other countries with such discriminatory restrictions to take steps to remove them at the earliest.”For its part, the US announced last October that it was removing its travel barriers, and today the nation fully implemented the final rule that removes the restrictions. The move overturns the so-called “travel ban” in place since 1987 that places limitations on the entry, stay and residence of people living with HIV.Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), called the policy changes in both nations “a victory for human rights on two sides of the globe.”He issued a “call for global freedom of movement for people living with HIV in 2010, the year when countries have committed to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. “Let no country obstruct someone because of their HIV status. Such discrimination has no place in today’s highly mobile world,” Mr. Sidibé continued.Currently, nearly 60 countries, territories and areas have some form of HIV-specific restriction on entry, stay and residence. Some places completely ban entry of HIV-positive people for any reason or length of stay, with some applying the restriction to short stays or longer ones, including for people applying for asylum and international employment.“Such restrictions, strongly opposed by UNAIDS, are discriminatory and do not protect public health,” the agency stressed in a news release. read more

Four including father arrested for giving child alcohol remanded

A father and three others who were arrested by the Meegalawa Police for giving a child alcohol have been remanded till August 1st.The father of the child was seen on a video circulating on social media giving liquor to the child. The man in the video and others with him seemed drunk at the time they were giving the child liquor. (Colombo Gazette)

3D technology immense promise but a work in progress

3D technology: immense promise but a work in progress AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 22, 2013 5:00 am MDT TORONTO – Today, a consumer-grade 3D printer that sells for a couple thousand dollars can produce a really cool iPhone case, not to mention an endless variety of colourful plastic knick-knacks and doohickeys that look neat but have no real practical use.The printers can actually output a whole lot more, of course, but not much of utility for the average person, who might wonder why the trend has built up so much hype without a compelling reason to own one.The process of 3D printing, sometimes called additive manufacturing, is a slow procedure in which a printer reads a digital blueprint and methodically drops building material according to a set of instructions, creating a final product that’s built up tiny layer by tiny layer. The printers are capable of producing extremely detailed and intricate levels of design that can be difficult or impractical to create with other methods.It’s not hard to imagine how a 3D printer could come in handy at home. Imagine printing your own part to replace one that gets lost or broken. Or making your own customized version of a dollar-store type item without having to leave the house.But even the biggest 3D printing enthusiasts admit that’s not fully possible today and it’ll be a while before the technology is easy enough to use for an average consumer. And the prices will have to come way, way down before they can be considered a mass-market product.But on a larger scale, the number of awe-inspiring stories about innovative uses for 3D printing are virtually endless.Last year, a 3D printer was used to save a baby’s life. Researchers at the University of Michigan came up with the novel idea to design and “print” a customized airway splint that would address a young boy’s rare condition that caused him to stop breathing almost every day.Canadian Jim Kor leads a team behind the Urbee concept car, a battery and biofuel powered vehicle with a body that was spit out by a 3D printer. The team is targeting 2015 to launch a proof of concept road trip from New York City to San Francisco, a nearly 4,700-kilometre voyage that will reportedly use only 38 litres of fuel.The Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory at Montreal’s McGill University is harnessing 3D printing technology to create art. Researchers used a 3D printer to create wearable musical instruments they call “digital prostheses,” which are worn by dancers and trigger sounds with movement “as an extension of the performer’s body.”And of course perhaps no recent application of 3D printing has garnered as many headlines as the successful efforts to design and build fully functional firearms.While it’s often thought of as a new technology, 3D printing actually dates back to the 1980s but has just now really matured to the stage that it’s attracting such wide-reaching commercial and industrial attention.The researchers at IDC Canada included the rise of 3D printing on its list of the top 10 technology trends for 2013.“Some people use the term — when we’re talking about 3D printing —’the next industrial revolution’ and I absolutely think that is correct,” says Doug Angus-Lee, rapid prototype account manager with Javelin Technologies, an Oakville, Ont.-based supplier of the technology.“The invention or the implementation of the assembly line changed the way manufacturing works and 3D printing is going to change the way manufacturing works in the future. When the web took off it gave us the tool for everybody … to become a publisher, that was something that only a few of the biggest companies in the world were able to do it before that. Well, with 3D printing we’re all able to be manufacturers.”The list of materials that can be ingested and outputted by 3D printers is growing, some might say into sci-fi territory.Researchers at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and University of Toronto are working on a project that they hope will eventually create a type of 3D printer that will take human cells or stem cells and output human tissue for burn patients.“It’s just a matter of making the technology fit to our needs. The skin is a very complex organ, to create adequate skin for wounds, particularly burn patients, it’s not an easy task,” said Dr. Marc Jeschke, a senior scientist with Sunnybrook.While he’s extremely excited about the potential in using 3D printing technology, Jeschke makes it clear that years of testing are still needed before the idea can be fully evaluated.“Whether it’ll ever be a standard of care I’m not sure we can say that, but personally, I believe that we will have our first trials within the next three to four years,” he said.“The bigger picture for this technology is dramatic, it’s tremendous, it’s incredible. Whether we’ll be successful, different story.”Ontario’s Sheridan College is also looking several years out at when the 3D printing revolution might be ready to explode. The school recently spent about $1 million on cutting-edge equipment, including 3D printers, for its Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies. The lab, which the school boasts is the best-outfitted educational facility of its kind in North America, partners engineering students with local businesses in need of 3D printing work, including rapid prototyping of new products.“3D printers are only equipment, but equipment doesn’t do much if you don’t know how to use it,” said Farzad Rayegani, associate dean of mechanical engineering and technology.“We are training our students for five years from now, because five years from now you will have 3D printing everywhere — but you don’t have enough knowledge yet.”Perhaps it’ll be five years before mainstream consumers feel compelled to invest in a 3D printer. Given the frenetic pace of technological innovation it may take less time, or it may never happen at all if developers don’t come up with enough handy uses for the devices, said IDC Canada research manager Evan Hardie.“The biggest sort of Achilles heel that they have for 3D printing right now is the lack of usable applications. A lot of people have said it’s like PCs back in the 80s,” said Hardie, referring to the early days of home computing when there wasn’t much software to run on the expensive machines.“We’re in the dot matrix era of 3D printing where you’re kind of in the beginning stages and there’s a lot more refinement that needs to happen.” read more

Syria humanitarian air drops very concrete proposal says UN envoy

“We are quite pleased about the fact that [humanitarian assistance] was able to reach 82,000 people,” Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters following a conference call in Geneva with the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), comprising the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries.It was the second time since last week that Mr. de Mistura discussed with representatives of the ISSG humanitarian access issues. Despite aid being delivered to some besieged areas of Syria thanks to the cessation of hostilities agreement reached last week in Munich, it is only the “beginning of the task” assigned to the group, according to the envoy’s Special Advisor, Jan Egeland. “We discussed the next phase, which is to reach all of the remaining besieged areas of Syria and we should be able to do so before the next meeting, which will be in a week,” he informed the press in his capacity as co-chair of the task force on humanitarian access established by the ISSG. “We also hope by then to have progress in reaching the poor people inside of Deir ez-Zor, which is besieged by [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL/Da’esh]. That can only be done by air drops and the World Food Programme has now a concrete plan of doing so, many of the Member States support such operation, and it is probably one of the several cases in this sub-group where the coaches Russia and the United States have had an excellent cooperation,” Mr. Egeland continued.He added that the main goal is getting to “all of the millions in hard to reach areas,” including Aleppo, where the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today reported that intense fighting continues, including through aerial bombardments. Since the beginning of the month, it is estimated that some 70,000 people have been displaced in Aleppo, Idlib and Dar’a, due to the ongoing hostilities.“We hope that the Member States in the [ISSG] will continue helping us as they have on the government side, as well as on the opposition groups side so that we can make further progress in access to the people of Syria, which of course have waited too long for relief and which we have in many ways failed for too long as an international community,” the Special Advisor said.Meanwhile, Jakob Kern, the head of the World Food Programme in Syria, said the delivery of relief yesterday and today marks a “major humanitarian breakthrough,” but stressed that “one-off and sporadic convoys can only provide temporary relief to hungry, desperate people.”“People need to eat every single day,” Mr. Kern said in a press release. “We hope that we can continue these deliveries and keep bringing relief to the most vulnerable people in all parts of the country.” read more

Mary Martinez Madrid

Heaven gained another angel on 04/27/2019.Mary was born in Lumberton, NM on 07/30/1929 to Adelina Mercure Martinez and Tomas Martinez. The family moved to La Salle, Utah and then to Sunnyside, Utah where she married Melicendro (Mike) Madrid 06/30/1947. Mike worked in the coal mines and she raised their 8 children.  He proceeded her in death June 2, 1991.She was a faithful member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish in Grand Junction, CO. Her great love in life was spending time with her family and friends. Hosting an annual MADRID FAMILY RIDE that drew upward of 40 riders which included many of her children and grandchildren, along with many who referred to and revered her as Mom. Mom’s door was never locked and there was always something to eat.Mary is survived by her sister, Connie Roybal. Her grandson Aaron. Sons, Gilberto, Price, UT Gene (Shari) Sunnyside, UT, Cory (Molissa) Spring Creek, NV. Daughters Rita Martinez, Pineville, MO, Stella (Kenny) Kinsey Magna, UT, Marcy (Bill) Haynie Clifton, CO, 23 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, 26 great-great grandchildren and many Nieces and Nephews.Proceeded in death by her parents Adelina and Tomas Martinez, brothers Tomas and Henry Martinez, sisters Adaline Madrid, Inez Torres, Bennie Llama, Lillie Bartell. Husband Mike Madrid. Sons, Little Abel, Louie, Abel and Tommy. Grandsons, Jerry Green, and Jesse Madrid, Great Grandson Brandon Green.The family would like to thank Theresa Bianchi for her love and spiritual partnership she provided to our mother as well as Bernie Montoya for her love and care. And to Hope West of Colorado Hospice nurses and CNA’s.Memorial contributions can be made to Hope West of Colorado.Services, 10:30 a.m. 05/10/2019, Notre Dame De Lourdes Church 210 N Carbon Ave, Price, Utah 84501. read more

Rodman exhibitions shortlisted for provincial awards

Two Rodman Hall exhibitions have been shortlisted for 2017 honours by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.The annual awards are the only juried, peer-assessed awards of their kind and are designed to recognize excellence in arts institutions and professionals in the public art gallery sector. The awards celebrate gallery professionals, including curators and technical assistants, alongside artists.Also Also by artist and Brock Visual Arts instructor Donna Akrey was shortlisted for Exhibition of the Year with a budget under $20,000. Featured at Rodman Feb. 11 to April 30, 2017, the showcase included soft sculpture, interactive pieces and video work.Collaboration figured prominently in Akrey’s exhibition, with gallery visitors invited to interact with pieces and to contribute to a cumulative installation by creating sculptures with common items.“Rodman Hall strives to use contemporary art as an agent of social change,” said Marcie Bronson, curator for both of Rodman’s shortlisted exhibitions.“Also Also fostered a sense of belonging at the gallery and encouraged participation in the arts, while also advancing critical discourse on Akrey’s practice and Canadian community-oriented and activist art.”Also shortlisted, this time for Exhibition of the Year with a budget under $10,000, was local artist Elizabeth Chitty’s first solo exhibition at Rodman Hall, The Grass is Still Green. The exhibition explored ideas of place, land ownership and treaties while on display at Rodman June 4 to Aug. 21, 2016.Elizabeth Chitty’s exhibition The Grass is Still Green, encouraged visitors to reflect on ideas of land ownership, colonization and reconciliation. Chitty invited community members to help her plant a garden in a representation of the Two Row Wampum.Chitty’s work is characterized by social justice, environmental and community issues. The Grass is Still Green responded to the history of the Rodman Hall site and the touring exhibition Reading the Talk.Outreach programs associated with Chitty’s exhibition affirmed that we are all treaty people and have personal responsibility in reconciliation.As part of the exhibition, which included a video piece made with community members, Chitty invited Haudenosaunee and recent immigrant youth to help her plant a garden of white and purple sweet alyssum in a representation of the Two Row Wampum.“Her longstanding ties with the local First Nations community, and consultation and collaboration with them throughout planning made this exhibition possible,” Bronson said. “Breaking down barriers and forging new connections, this exhibition was transformational for our community.”Award finalists will be announced Nov. 27 at the OAAG Awards Gala in Toronto. read more

Womens Gymnastics No 25 Ohio State falls to third in NCAA regionals

The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team huddles up at the close of the 2018 NCAA Regional gymnastics competition Saturday, April 7 at St. John Arena. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterAlthough not the favorite, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team had the advantage of competing in its own gym for a chance of securing one of two berths in the NCAA championships.The No. 25 Buckeyes needed to close a gap of .250 with Arkansas in the final rotation. In the end, their season ended short by .225.“I’m going to be disappointed for a solid night when it’s that close,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “To know that what I told them all year, that they’re good enough, that they could be in the mix, was true, and it was certainly a lot of fun being in the mix. It was so exciting for the girls, and so good for the returners to have a good experience like that, coming back for next year. But of course, we’re all a little disappointed because it was just that close.”The Buckeyes, however, will be represented at the championships on April 20-21 with junior Jamie Stone qualifying as an individual event specialist after sharing the podium on floor exercise and vault. “It didn’t really hit me until we were going into awards, and I was like ‘Wait, maybe this could be it, maybe not,’” Stone said. “When I landed [on vault] I was very excited to stick. We have a saying ‘stick city, baby’ and they said that before I went, so when I did it, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that really worked.’ So it was exciting.” Ohio State ended its season with a 49.150 team score on the vault. Arkansas scored 49.175 on uneven bars to send the Buckeyes packing. No. 3 UCLA (197.650) and No. 10 Arkansas (196.775) finished first and second, respectively, to qualify for the NCAA championship competition that will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Ohio State’s 196.500 fell just shy of qualifying for the championship, finishing ahead of No. 15 Boise State (196.225) and ahead of Pittsburgh (195.125) and Kent State (194.900). The Buckeyes’ best event came in their third event on floor exercise where they earned a 49.300 mark, second behind UCLA (49.375). On floor exercise, junior Jamie Stone tied for second place with a 9.900 tally with Arkansas’ Sarah Shaffer, Kent State’s Abigail Fletcher, UCLA’s Felicia Hano and Gracie Kramer and Western Michigan’s individual event specialist Rachael Underwood. Stone earned her second 9.900 score of the night and a career-high mark on on vault, tying for first place with UCLA’s Anna Glenn and Pauline Tratz and Arkansas’ Braie Speed. Ohio State began the night on uneven bars with a 49.200 total. Sophomore Olivia Aepli led the team with a 9.875 finish to tie for fourth place.The Buckeyes finished with a 48.850 score on balance beam, the team’s second event of the night. Senior Alexis Mattern posted a team-high 9.825 score for the Buckeyes. Arkansas posted a 49.175 on beam.Heading into the final rotation trailing by a slight margin, Ohio State knew it had to be sharp to secure the national bid.“We were trying to put a little heat on Arkansas. That’s a more technical event [on bars], so we felt good thinking, ‘Gosh, if we just nail these landings,’” Paulicivic said. “We knew we were going to need a little help from them making little mistakes, and they didn’t, so kudos to them.”  The effort wasn’t enough, ending the Buckeyes’ season. “We were 100 percent prepared, that this was going to be a fight, and that we were going to have to leave everything out here, one last time, and see where it got us,” Mattern said. “It was really fun, a lot of hype, a lot of anticipation. We were really anxious to come in here, just because we knew we were ready. And for the first time, we hit 24/24 [routines] with no regrets and walked away with our heads held high.” read more

Ministers may water down BBC reform health check when new charter is

first_imgMinisters announced in May that the 11-year charter would be subject to a “health check” after five years to ensure that tougher rules are working to prevent a repeat of Jimmy Savile-style scandals, and to avert the rows over large management pay-offs that have dogged the corporation in recent years.Under the plans, this wide-ranging mid-term review would give the government the chance to intervene if the BBC is failing to deliver value for money, or if its new board members and regulators are not doing their jobs.However, officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have been holding talks with BBC executives over limiting the extent of the health check review over the summer.  “This review of the BBC charter must have teeth. If the ‘health check’ finds that the BBC is not being effectively regulated or is failing to deliver value for money, or impartiality, the government will have to intervene to take remedial actionAndrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP who chairs the regulatory reform select committee, said he feared the “health check” was being watered down. He warned that the mid-term review must be backed up by the threat of government intervention.“This review of the BBC charter must have teeth,” he said.“If the ‘health check’ finds that the BBC is not being effectively regulated or is failing to deliver value for money, or impartiality, the government will have to intervene to take remedial action.“It is in the interests of the licence fee payer, the viewing public and the BBC itself to have a robust and effective governance system.”The charter would also see the BBC run by a new board from next year and regulated entirely by Ofcom for the first time.Broadcasters have also raised concerns over plans for ministers to directly appoint members of the BBC’s new governing board, claiming that the arrangement will compromise the corporation’s independence.The new board, which will replace the discredited BBC Trust, will be made up of a majority of members chosen by the BBC. However, opponents of the deal have criticised moves which would see ministers choose almost half of the board members.BBC executives have been pressing their case to limit the government’s powers in negotiations with the DCMS over the past four months.  Ministers announced in May that the 11-year charter would be subject to a “health check”  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. Ministers are preparing to dilute plans for a crackdown on the BBC when the broadcaster’s new charter is published within days. The government is due to unveil the draft deal this month, setting out in detail how the broadcaster will be regulated, funded and run for the next 11 years.But a letter from a minister, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, suggests the government is now ready to cave in to criticism from broadcasting bosses and will move to “sensibly constrain” new rules that would put the BBC on a tighter leash.  Lord Alli, a leading media industry figure who set up the television production company, Planet 24, wrote to the government about the draft charter earlier this summer, raising a series of concerns over the planned “health check” and the role of ministers choosing members of the board.The new culture minister, Lord Ashton of Hyde, tried to reassure Lord Alli, saying that he was working “extensively” with the BBC and Ofcom and that “most of the issues you raised” were “still under review and discussion”. In his reply, dated August 18, the minister said: “We are now in discussion with the BBC to determine the precise scope of the health check and how we can provide certainty to the BBC and to Parliament about what will be in and out of scope through careful drafting of the Charter.“I believe that we will be able to reassure you that a health check can be sensibly constrained and can therefore contribute to the success of the next Charter.” Mr Bridgen said he was worried that ministers were planning to limit the scope of the review. “I am concerned to hear that the minister has promised to ensure the review is ‘sensibly constrained’. This undermines the point of having such a health check in the first place.” One source said the BBC had been fighting the government’s plan to use the “health check” to review the way it’s profit-making commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, operates.  Ministers had wanted to consider whether the BBC should be required to sell a stake in Worldwide if it was not delivering value for taxpayers.A white paper published in May proposed that the BBC should have a single board and be regulated by Ofcom, the media watchdog, from next year.The reforms are designed to overhaul the confused hierarchies that contributed to scandals over the BBC’s coverage of the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse allegations and huge pay-offs for senior managers.A DCMS spokesman said: “Significant changes have been proposed to the BBC making it much more effective and accountable in its governance and regulation. The health check will help make sure these reforms are on the right track.”A BBC spokesperson said: “The letter makes clear that the Government has consistently stated that the health check should be merely that – a health check – and not a charter review.” Ministers announced in May that the 11-year charter would be subject to a “health check” Credit: 2016 Getty Imageslast_img read more

World champions in the chase of South American title

Argentina handballbrazilChile handballhandball A little bit more than two months after having obtained the World Championship title in Serbia, the Brazilian team will be present in the South American Games in Chile with eleven of the players that lifted the trophy last December. The objective is clear: to steal the title from the hands of current holders, Argentina.This tournament is the first step on the Olympic race, for South American countries, and even though Brazil is already qualified to Rio 2016 (host nation) they feel the need to compete in full strength to gain yet another medal. Captain Fabiana Diniz said to CBHb’s website: “We always had certain hegemony in America, but now it has been undoubtedly crowned with the World Championship title, so we want to play as World champions. We want to do well and celebrate once again”.Among the World Champions will be Bárbara Arenhart, Alexandra Nascimento, Ana Paula Rodrigues, DeoniseCavaleiro, Fernanda França, FabianaDiniz (Hypo NÖ, AUT), Samira Rocha (MiosBiganos, FRA), Amanda de Andrade (Supergasbras/UNC/Concórdia, BRA), Hannah Nunes  (Metodista/São Bernardo, BRA), Elaine Gomes (Assoc. Cult. e Esp. Força Atlética, BRA) and Mayara Fier de Moura (Blumenau, BRA).All players from Hypo NÖ will be in Santiago right after having played the quarter finals of the EHF Winners’ Cup against Byasen Trondheim. The Austrian team has reached an agreement with the Norwegian side in order to play both legs of the competition on the 1st and 2nd of March and allow all players to be present in Santiago on time for the beginning of the South American Games.Diniz also affirmed: “Nowadays, we’re the team everyone wants to beat. We know that all teams on this tournament will face us with the same respect they always have, but this time they will be even more eager to beat us. We’ll also face them with respect and focus on each game to get to the victory. The World Championship title is now part of the past and our work continues”.The women’s tournament will begin on March 7th and finish on the 15th. There will be one group only,where all five competitors will play against each other. Title holders Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay are the other four participant nations. Three teams will qualify for the Pan-American Games of Toronto 2015, where only one spot will be at stake to be in Rio 2016.TEXT: LAURA AGENA ← Previous Story Clara Woltering to stay in Buducnost for one more year! Next Story → RK Vardar and Lackovic – no deal! read more

iPhone 5 iPad 2 expected to act as credit cards using NFC

first_imgApple fans around the world are expecting the company to introduce new versions of the iPhone and iPad at some point in 2011. While we can guess at what Apple has done to the design of the smartphone and tablet, Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group, believes the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 will be the first to act like credit cards.For such a feature to be offered, Apple would have to fit both devices with a near-field communications (NFC) chip. Such a chip would allow a user to swipe their device near a payment point (no more than 4-inches away), then a confirmation screen would appear on the iPhone or iPad, possibly with a verification code required, and the transaction would be complete.AdChoices广告Such a system is desirable to users as the whole process is handled on their own device. It also opens the way for transferring money between two phones. For Apple, it’s desirable as they could take a cut of the transaction in fees opening up yet another revenue stream for the company. There’s also the opportunity for Apple to offer users the opportunity to use credit stored on iTunes to pay for other goods outside of the store.For the moment, Apple is obviously not commenting. With Nokia already shipping certain handsets with NFC installed, would you bet against NFC being standard on iPhone 5 and iPad 2?Read more at BloombergMatthew’s OpinionI am looking forward to the day when NFC is standard on all phones and all retailers accept it. I think it’s a much safer option than using a credit card and in-store machine because the process is solely carried out on your device. Your phone is usually a lot more accessible than a credit card in a wallet, plus the security checks can be updated regularly or more checks done depending on the value of the purchase.If you have your phone stolen the thief can’t use it to pay for goods as they don’t know the verification code you use. And if they try to use it the retailer could be informed the phone is stolen and the location of the handset sent to the owner or police. Combine that with the CCTV footage from the shop and you’ve got a better chance of identifying the thief using the stolen device.last_img read more

Former Sinn Féin councillor waterboarded and threatened to chop up man court

first_img Short URL Friday 28 Apr 2017, 4:04 PM 29,821 Views By Daniel Hickey Former Sinn Féin councillor ‘waterboarded and threatened to chop up man’ court hears The two men had met after Jonathan Dowdall had advertised a motorbike for sale on DoneDeal.ie. Jonathan Dowdall Apr 28th 2017, 4:04 PM http://jrnl.ie/3364371 No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated 7.10pmA FORMER SINN Fein councillor waterboarded and threatened to kill a man who he believed was trying to defraud him, the Special Criminal Court heard today.Footage recorded on a mobile phone was shown to the court of Jonathan Dowdall (38) wearing a balaclava and holding a tea-towel to the man’s face before pouring water over his head.The court heard that Dowdall believed the victim, Alexander Hurley, was pretending to be a barrister and that he was seeking Dowdall’s bank details in order to defraud him.The two men had met after Dowdall had advertised a motorbike for sale on DoneDeal.ie.Dowdall, with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7 and his father Patrick Dowdall (59), of the same address, had both admitted to falsely imprisoning Hurley by detaining him without his consent at Navan Road, Dublin 7 on 15 January, 2015.Both men had also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Hurley at the same place on the same date.USBToday Detective Inspector William Hanrahan, of the Special Detective Unit, summarised the facts of the case.He told prosecuting counsel Vincent Heneghan SC that on March 9th last year gardai were searching Jonathan Dowdall’s house on the Navan Road, in relation to a separate matter, when they found a USB flash drive.When gardai examined the flashdrive, they discovered that it contained footage of a man imprisoned in Dowdall’s garage, the court heard.The victim, Alexander Hurley, was located by gardai on May 28th last year, and he gave a statement about the incident.The court heard that on 1 January 2015, Hurley contacted Jonathan Dowdall through DoneDeal.ie about a motorcycle Dowdall had advertised for sale.Hurley expressed interest in the motorbike and on January 12th he met with the Dowdalls in their house, where he was shown the motorbike.Later he was contacted by Jonathan Dowdall. They discussed the purchase. Hurley said that he was waiting for a loan from the Credit Union.On 15 January, Hurley got a phonecall from Jonathan Dowdall, who invited him to dinner at his house that evening.Hurley told the guards that he thought the invitation was a “bit unusual” but that Jonathan Dowdall insisted Hurley attend, saying that his father had enjoyed his company.That night, Hurley went to the house.PetrifiedHe told the gardai that as soon as he arrived he was pushed into the garage and backed into a swivel-chair by Patrick Dowdall.He was “petrified”, he said.He was tied to the chair with cable-ties and told by Patrick Dowdall that he was a “lying bastard from the sewer”.Patrick Dowdall told Hurley that if he wanted to get out alive he better tell Jonathan what he wants to hear.Hurley, the court heard, was left alone in the garage and he heard the Dowdalls discussing what to do with him.They said they would feed him to the dogs, chop him up and store him in a BMW if he didn’t tell the truth.When they returned, Jonathan Dowdall was wearing a balaclava and he asked Hurley to tell the truth and called him a thief.A person appeared at the door with a bucket of water and a tea-towel.Jonathan Dowdall put the tea-towel over Hurley’s face and poured a full bucket of water over his head, the court heard.“I thought I was being drowned,” Hurley said. “I couldn’t breathe.”Another bucket of water was poured over his head and he was told he had one more chance to tell the truth.He was told he was not a barrister, that he was a fraudster, and that he would be chopped up and brought to Tyrone.The court heard that he was told he was a “stupid dumbfuck to mess with the head of the IRA” and that Jonathan Dowdall was a “good friend of Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald”.He was told if he contacted gardai he would be killed.Patrick Dowdall threatened to pull off his fingers one by one with a pliers.Bank detailsHurley told the guards that the Dowdalls were asking him why he had sought Jonathan Dowdall’s bank details and that the father and son were concerned Hurley was trying to defraud them.The entire ordeal, the court heard, lasted for three hours.Three video clips, recorded on a mobile phone, were shown to the court.The first of three clips, from 12 January 2015, showed Hurley trying on motorcycle gear in the Dowdalls’ garage.In the second and third clips, from 15 January, Hurley was seen bound to a swivel-chair in the garage. The swivel-chair had been pushed to its side and Hurley’s head was on the floor.The video showed Jonathan Dowdall hold a tea-towel over Hurley’s face and pour a bucket of water over his head.The former councillor repeatedly asked Hurley, “What were you going to do with my bank details?”Hurley said that he had applied for a loan.Jonathan Dowdall said, “I’m going to cut you up piece-by-piece.”“Please don’t hurt me,” Hurley said.The court then saw Jonathan Dowdall use an electric razor to shave Hurley’s head. He asked again, “What were you doing with my bank details?”He told Hurley, “It’s all over Facebook you’re one of the biggest conmen going.”Jonathan Dowdall held Hurley down and poured another bucket of water over his head.Later, the swivel-chair was lifted up.Patrick Dowdall was heard saying, “I’m going to start with the little one and work my way up to your thumbs.”The court heard that neither Jonathan nor Patrick Dowdall have any previous convictions.Michael O’Higgins SC, for Jonathan Dowdall, and Michael Bowman SC, for Patrick Dowdall, told the court that their clients wanted to apologise for the violence and threats inflicted on the injured party.The court heard that Jonathan Dowdall, a married man with four children, is a qualified electrician who in 2007 went into business himself, securing contracts with Bank of Ireland and G4S, a security company.O’Higgins said that he is “a man who lives for his family and has invested very heavily in his family”.The barrister said that after meeting Hurley his client he had searched online and discovered that a number of complaints had been made regarding transactions with Hurley. There was a reference to a man who had sold a car and was paid by Hurley in a Euro cheque but the cheque had bounced.O’Higgins said that Dowdall was under huge pressure and that his business depended on a good credit rating.He wanted to frighten Hurley, the court heard, into not using his bank details.The court also heard that Hurley’s profile on LinkedIn showed the official logo of the Law Library and stated that he was a barrister since July 2011.Detective Inspector Hanrahan agreed with O’Higgins that Hurley is not a barrister.Hurley has two convictions for fraud.In a victim impact statement, read to the court by Heneghan, Hurley said that it was a “brutal and heinous act of crime” and that his “life has turned into a tower collapsing”.He said that he has lost his job and his friends and that the “psychological injuries will never heal completely.”Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, sitting with Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge James Faughnan, remanded the Dowdalls in custody until 19 May, when they will be sentenced.WelcomeIn a statement this evening, Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald said that she welcomed the conviction of Dowdall.“The details of the attack perpetrated by him are deeply shocking,” she said. “I hope the sentence delivered by the courts reflects the seriousness of the offence and the trauma endured by the victim.Jonathan Dowdall left Sinn Féin some years ago. He subsequently worked with, and supported, a political opponent of Sinn Féin in the Dublin Central Constituency.With reporting from Sean MurrayComments are closed as the matter is before the courts Jonathan Dowdall Share Tweet Email3 last_img read more

Greek Human Rights chief resigns after new LGBTQ and Roma appointments

first_imgGreek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) President George Stavropoulos has resigned from his post and has denounced the government for forcing the appointment of five members of the LGBTQ community and two more from the Roma community. These members will now serve on the GNCHR giving greater representation to their respective communities.In his resignation letter, Mr Stavropoulos stressed that the government had acted in an arbitrary fashion by showing preferential treatment for the LGBTQ and Roma communities as opposed to other groups.He wrote: “The government wants to alter its (body’s) composition but also make it dysfunctional, practically inactive, proceeds unilaterally to a pervasive and uncritical addition of 5 members from a single Community, that of the LGBTQ, and two other members, apart from the existing member, from another, that of the Roma community, in violation of any principle of equality with other rights-protection bodies already members of the NCHR and having only one vote in the Plenary of the Commission.”READ MORE: Greek judge at the helm of the European Court of Human RightsHe alleged that there is a greater representation of specific groups in the body as opposed to the portion of members of other communities that also defended human rights. He states that this compromises the integrity and independence of the commission.He said the overrepresentation of a specific group in the body would compromise the integrity and independence of the GNCHR.Read his letter of resignation.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

ASA Engages EPA in Dialogue over Waters of the US

first_imgOfficials from the EPA’s Office of Water and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a special question and answer session for ASA members on Wednesday to address specific concerns about the agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Led by ASA Washington representative Bev Paul, the webinar featured the Office of Water’s Senior Policy Advisor Ellen Gilinsky, who gave an overview of the background and potential implementation of the Waters of the U.S. rule before fielding questions from farmers and state soybean staff.Gilinsky said the main goal of the proposed rule is to clarify areas that have been left open to interpretation and led to case-by-case decisions in the Supreme Court and to reduce confusion and provide timeliness in the future. She added the EPA worked with USDA and spoke with farmers to make sure the rule won’t change the playing field for agriculture stakeholders, because it is so important to provide food for the nation.Gilinsky highlighted that it was still the EPA’s goal to provide more clarity on what is and isn’t regulated under the rule, a subject that has caused great concern to many farmers.A copy of EPA’s presentation from the webinar will be available on SoyGrowers.com in the coming days.last_img read more

Democrats will try to save net neutrality with new bill report says

first_img Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sprint $299 at Amazon 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. 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. See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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 $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Democrats in Congress will try to restore net neutrality rules.  Win McNamee / Getty Images Democrats in the US Congress will introduce a bill Wednesday to bring back net neutrality rules that were repealed in 2017, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Monday.House Democrats will work with the Senate to pass the “Save the Internet Act,” Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers, according to Reuters. The text of the reported bill hasn’t been released. Net neutrality, which lasted from 2015 to 2018, banned broadband providers from slowing or blocking internet access or charging companies more for faster access. In December 2017, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules.Democrats in Congress have said the repeal allows for large broadband and wireless companies to “control people’s online activities.” Tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook, as well as tech pioneers such as Tim Berners-Lee, have spoken out against net neutrality’s repeal. In August, attorneys general from 22 states, as well as activist groups and companies including Mozilla, filed suit, alleging the FCC arbitrarily rolled back net neutrality rules and overstepped its authority to ban states from passing their own regulations.And in October, California reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice not to enforce its own net neutrality law, saying it’d hold off until questions about the FCC’s authority to pre-empt states from adopting their own net neutrality laws were answered in federal appeals court. The FCC declined to comment. A representative for Pelosi didn’t respond to a request for comment. First published March 4.Update, March 5, 2:41 p.m. PT: Adds background on net neutrality.  Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The Cheapskate 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). Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It $59 at eBay $155 at Google Express $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 12 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. See at Turo Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img Internet Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Angela Lang/CNET 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. $999 Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 $6 at Tidal Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview $60 at Best Buy $210 at Best Buy Turo 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. Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Comments See it See It Net neutrality,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. 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. Share your voice Boost Mobile $520 at HP 7 Comments $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazonlast_img read more

Bowser Names Indianapolis Superintendent as DCPS Chancellor Council Will Not Confirm Pick

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAfter nine months of Dr. Amanda Alexander serving as the Interim Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Indianapolis Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee as her choice to permanently fill the position.A teacher and a son of educators, Ferebee has led Indianapolis schools since 2013, and at the Mayor’s appointment, is now prepping to take the helm in the nation’s capital.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser named Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee as chancellor for District of Columbia Public Schools. (Courtesy Photo)“Dr. Ferebee is a strong educator and leader with a wide breadth of experience as a teacher, an administrator and a superintendent,” Bowser wrote in a statement.Because of his wealth of experience in education, Bowser said Ferebee has the tools to lead a school system in a diverse and growing city like the District.“He understands the complexities of leading a large urban school district in a growing city,the mayor wrote.  “He knows there’s no-one-size-fits-all solution to meeting the needs of our young people. And he has experience building partnerships that ensure more students have a path toward success.Despite the mayor’s confidence in Ferebee, District of Columbia Council member David Grosso (I-At –large), who serves as chair for the Committee on Education, expressed reticence in naming the Indianapolis superintendent, without thorough vetting.“In Mr. Ferebee, the mayor has chosen to nominate an individual from outside the District of Columbia. The vetting of such a candidate should not be taken lightly or hastily,” Grosso wrote in a statement.Prior to even acknowledging Ferebee’s appointment by the Mayor, Grosso, in his statement, emphasized the interim chancellor’s career commitment to DCPS.“After the resignation of the last chancellor, and as she has done throughout her entire career with DCPS, she answered the call to service for our students. Dr. Alexander has a storied career at DCPS, first as an elementary teacher, then principal, instructional superintendent, chief of elementary schools, and now interim chancellor. This dedication to our schools deserves our highest appreciation. I want to express my profound gratitude for her dedication and service,” Grosso said about Alexander.With Ferebee’s career roots elsewhere and without an in-depth vetting process by the Committee on Education and Council, Grosso is delaying the Indianapolis superintendent’s confirmation hearing at the Wilson building until the 2019.“Due to the late nature of this nomination in the legislative process, the Committee on Education will not schedule public engagement sessions this month and has no plans to move it through the Council before the end of this Council Period,” wrote Grosso.Before the hearing, the Committee on Education chair said there will be two public engagement sessions- one in Ward 1 and another in Ward 7.Even with Grosso’s push for due process, the mayor controls the school system and is already welcoming Ferebee to the team, per her statement.  In addition, Bowser, who was just elected for a new term, is also touting the benefits of mayoral controlled school system.“One of the major benefits of a system of mayoral control with council oversight is that we are better positioned to use every resource available to support our students. By working across agencies, we can set high expectations in the classroom while also ensuring that when our students and families need support outside of the classroom, we are acting quickly as a District to provide it,” she wrote.As Ferebee awaits confirmation, Grosso recommended he spend time in the community among the people he will likely be serving.“I encourage Mr. Ferebee to seize this time as an opportunity to meet with DCPS students, family, teachers and staff in preparation for his confirmation process.”last_img read more