Group wants new agency to oversee oil and gas industry in British

first_img“A different set of rules” seems to apply for the fossil fuel industry, Parfitt said.To ensure compliance, the report recommends the creation of an arm’s length agency to oversee regulatory compliance and enforcement and that a single water authority be reinstated to regulate all water users in the province.“The amount of drilling and fracking that is going to occur to supply those plants is going to result in a huge, huge increase in gas industry activities in the northeast of the province,” Parfitt said.“So, this is a time that we need to get things right in terms of regulating the industry.”The report also says the provincial government should remove the commission’s powers to change regulations and compel it to release all information that is in the public interest.“At the end of the day, we still have to confront the fact that we still have a climate crisis in the world right now and we need to be finding a way to rapidly ramp down fossil fuel production in B.C. and around the world,” Parfitt said. The Canadian Press The report highlights examples of when the commission didn’t penalize companies to the fullest extent for the construction of unlicensed dams, leaking gas wells, contaminating water and violations of rules to protect endangered species, Parfitt said.Those examples show there is an extreme reluctance on the part of the industry regulator to hold the companies it regulates to account, he said.There will be a significant ramp up in oil and gas industry activities once liquefied natural gas plants are built on the B.C. coast, which will lead to an increase in drilling and fracking, Parfitt said.He said there’s been a reluctance on the part of one provincial government after another to deal with the Oil and Gas Commission. The commission and provincial government didn’t respond to requests for comment on the report released Wednesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.The centre is a think tank that does not take corporate donations. It describes itself as a source of progressive policy ideas and says its values are rooted in social justice and environmental sustainability.The report says that before the commission’s genesis, companies had to apply to numerous provincial ministries and branches to obtain authorizations before drilling for natural gas could begin.These included the Forests Ministry, which issued permits to log forests for roads, pipeline corridors, well pads and more; the Ministry of Lands, which approved the occupation of Crown or public lands; the Heritage Conservation Branch, which issued archaeological permits; and the Environment Ministry, which handed out water permits and approvals governing industrial activities in sensitive fish and wildlife habitats, it says.Parfitt said after the commission was established in 1998 the review and approval of industry development applications accelerated.“The very first reports showed the Oil and Gas Commission was speeding up the approval process but not the compliance process,” he said. “The report looks at three significant indications of where the agency has failed to be tough on the companies that it regulates.” VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s Oil and Gas Commission isn’t taking action that would protect the environment in the public interest, favouring instead the companies it is intended to police, says a new report.Author Ben Parfitt accused the Crown corporation of serving the interests of the industry and a provincial government that promotes fossil fuel development ahead of the public interest.“What we have seen over the more recent years is that the commission’s job to ensure environmental protection and to ensure public health and safety and to ensure companies are following the rules, there is abundant evidence that the commission is failing to do that,” he said in an interview.last_img read more

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Cambodian PM says theres no threat of Chinese domination

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has defended his country’s close ties with China, declaring that a surge of Chinese visitors and investment does not put Cambodia at risk of becoming a kind of Chinese colony.Speaking Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Chinese-funded hospital, Hun Sen said Chinese investors only want to do business and China’s foreign policy seeks friendship, not colonization.Chinese investors in Cambodia have attracted criticism in recent years as their influence in the country grows. Cambodia has become increasingly reliant on Chinese aid and investment, and at the same time has become a close political ally of Beijing, supporting its positions in regional and international affairs.China’s support has made Hun Sen less dependent on aid from Western nations, which criticize his authoritarian rule.The Associated Press read more

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc to split stock and hike dividend by 6

TORONTO — Brookfield Asset Management Inc. has announced a six per cent increase in its cash dividend along with a three-for-two split of its class A shares, saying the move is aimed at improving liquidity and ensuring its stock remains accessible to individual shareholders.Brookfield announced after markets closed that the split would be implemented by way of a stock dividend whereby shareholders will receive half a Brookfield Class A Share for each Class A and Class B Share held.The stock dividend will be payable May 12 to shareholders of record at the close of business May 5, with fractional shares being paid in cash based on the closing price of the Class A Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange on the record date.Since the company is ascribing no monetary value to the stock dividend, it will not be taxable in Canada or the United States, although any cash received for fractional shares will be taxable.Giving the Brookfield Soundvest owners choices on extensions and redemptionsNo mood for five more years of negative returns from Brookfield Soundvest Split TrustMeanwhile, Brookfield is adjusting its dividend policy to reflect the additional number of common shares that will be outstanding. Meanwhile, it also expects to begin paying a post-split quarterly dividend of 12 U.S. cents per share or 48 U.S. cents per annum starting June 30.That would amount to 72 U.S. cents per annum based on the pre-split number of shares outstanding, an increase of some six per cent, it said.Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global asset manager with more than $200 billion in assets under management.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Brookfield Asset shares closed up $1.69 or 2.44 per cent at C$71.01 on Wednesday. read more

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Nicholas Haysom of South Africa appointed as new UN envoy for Afghanistan

Mr. Haysom will succeed Ján Kubiš of Slovakia as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Kubiš for his “dedication and leadership” of the Mission, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told a news conference in New York.Mr. Haysom – a lawyer with a long international career focused on democratic governance, constitutional and electoral reforms, reconciliation and peace processes – currently serves as one of the Deputy Special Representatives for Afghanistan, a post he took up in 2012.He previously held several positions with the UN as well as with the Government of South Africa, including as Chief Legal and Constitutional Adviser in the Office of the President during Nelson Mandela’s 1994-1999 term. UNAMA, a political mission established by the Security Council in 2002, is tasked with assisting the Government and people of Afghanistan in laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development in the country. read more

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Pop culture faculty start new national association conference

Joan Nicks, left, and John Burtniak take questions during the keynote presentation at the inaugural Popular Culture Association of Canada conference. Prof. Barry Grant, right, was chair.Three researchers at Brock have helped form a new nationwide association dedicated to the study of popular culture.Nick Baxter-Moore, Scott Henderson and Greg Gillespie — professors in Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film – are at the centre of the new the Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCA-Canada), an organization of researchers who focus on Canadian and international pop culture. It is the first organization of its kind in Canada.Nick Baxter-MooreIt makes sense that such a group would start at Brock, said Baxter-Moore, who serves as PCA-Canada’s first president. The University is a leader in the academic study of popular culture, and 10 years ago established the country’s first graduate program in the field.“Our program is definitely one of the things that makes Brock unique,” he said.The association has an eight-member executive board that includes representatives from Alberta, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. It has also founded a new journal, the Canadian Journal of Popular Culture. The triannual publication will release its first volume later this year, and there is a call for papers for the first issue. Gillespie and Baxter-Moore are co-editors.The PCA-Canada held its inaugural conference in Niagara Falls on May 12 to 14. About 140 attendees from as far as Australia took in a number of sessions, including a keynote talk by Joan Nicks, an adjunct professor of Brock’s Communication, Popular Culture and Film, and John Burtniak, retired head of Special Collections and Archives.The pair presented “Motel Culture and Tourist City — Niagara Falls, Ontario: An Illustrated Address.” Using a slide show and film clips, they described the history of the city’s tourist accommodations from the motels of old to the modern high-rise hotels along the river’s edge.Other topics included:The Nexus of Authenticity: Lady Gaga’s Self-branding and the Success of her Psychopathy (Tom Mayberry, McMaster University)Dinnertime and the Magic of Food: An Exploratory Study of Dinner Party Rituals (Jacqueline Botterill, Brock)“I Am Not Jasmine; I Am Aladdin”: Nicki Minaj’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Feminism (Chris Richardson, University of Western Ontario)Can the Internet be as Effective for Governing as it has been for Campaigning? (Richard A. Lee, Rutgers)The success of the conference, Baxter-Moore said, “gave us a solid foundation for the association.”The PCA-Canada has about 140 members from across the country so far. Other associations are being founded around the world, Baxter-Moore said. This one is distinctly Canadian.“We want to establish a venue where Canadian scholars can gather to discuss their research.”Those interested in joining PCA-Canada should visit canpop.ca/membership or contact Scott Henderson, executive director, at shender@brocku.ca read more

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20 increase in global expenditure for mineral exploration in 2018

first_imgS&P Global Market Intelligence says the global budget for non-ferrous metals exploration will increase 20% during 2018, according to its projections, given the good state of metals prices and renewed optimism in the industry. Meanwhile, and as announced by the consulting company last October, spending on non-ferrous metals exploration increased to an estimated $7.95 billion around the world, equivalent to 14% higher than in 2016 record.Data and analysis are based on information collected from more than 3,000 mining and exploration companies worldwide, of which 1,535 had exploration budgets for 2017. Considering estimate budgets that could not be obtained, the 2017 worldwide exploration budget totals $8.4 billion.This is the first increase of these budgets in the last five years (2012) led by the robust gold sector, for which the exploration budget increased 22%, showing a recovery since mid-2016.The prospects for base metals also recovered especially in the second half of the year and metals for batteries, such as lithium and cobalt, attracted attention.The report also indicates that there was a strong increase in drilling activity reported in the fourth quarter of 2017 and financing closed the year with a good performance.Canada (14%), Australia (15%) and United States (8%) were the countries that continued to lead interest in global exploration expenditure, with allocations for a total of $5.55 billion. Meanwhile, Peru received $517 million expenditure, 6.5% of the world’s total, and was Latin America’s second after Chile, which attracted $603 million, or 7.6% of the world’s total.“We know that the juniors have endured the worst of the downturn since 2012, accounting for most of the 40% drop in the number of active explorers over the past five years. However, the surviving juniors made strong comeback in 2017 and have increased their aggregate exploration budget by 23% year over year, including a 41% increase in gold only allocations”, said Mark Ferguson, Associate Research Director, Metals & Mining of S&P Global Market Intelligence.last_img read more

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Metalurgs Chokrev We wanted Veszprem but Zagreb is not a bad option

Metalurg Skopje will play against RK Zagreb in the 8-finals. The reaction to the draw on behalf of Metalurg was given by Risto Chokrev, the President of HC Metalurg.I personally wanted Veszprem, but Zagreb is not a bad option too. Seeing at the draw, I’d say maybe we got lucky, as Koper is playing against Kielce, and Kielce is stronger than RK Zagreb. In the game against Zagreb we will go with ease and we’ll try to do everything to get past our opponent with big handball history – concluded Chokrev.The teams already met this season in the regional competition the SEHA league, and the game in Skopje finished 19:19, a game which also included a lot of questions over the refereeing. champions leagueEHFmetalurgveszpremzagreb ← Previous Story Velux EHF CL TOP 16 draw: Barca against Montpellier – Zagreb in Skopje! Next Story → Vladica Stojanovic joins Aix en Provence read more

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Roddy Doyle Eamon Dunphy and Claudia Carroll among book of the year

first_imgTHE SHORTLIST FOR the 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards has been released, with some of Ireland’s most famous names making receiving nods.The likes of Roddy Doyle, Frank McGuinness, Catherine Dunne and Colum McCann have been nominated for the Novel of The Year prize.In the nonfiction category, Dunphy’s “The Rocky Road” is joined by the likes of “Fatal Path” by Ronan Fanning and “The Price of Power” by Pat Leahy.Ross O’Carroll Kelly, Patricia Scanlan and Claudia Carroll will fight it out for the popular fiction prize, while Seán óg O’Hailpín will do battle with DJ Carey yet again, this time for the Sports Book of the Year prize.The 2013 awards also include a new category, the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year.The awards will be formally presented at the gala dinner and awards ceremony to be held in The DoubleTree Hotel on Tuesday, 26 November.Voting is open until 21 November.Read: 100 years of reading: Rathmines libraryRead: Literacy levels in Irish adults slightly below averagelast_img read more

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Greece to sue Germany over war compensation

first_imgGreece will sue Germany at the International Court of Justice to seek compensation for war crimes committed by Nazi forces in Greece during the Second World War, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said on Wednesday.Greece will seek 60 million euros worth of compensation for the killing of more than 200 civilians in the small town of Distomo in 1944 by Nazi forces in reprisal to guerrilla attacks, said Papandreou during a cabinet meeting in Athens.“It is obvious that all our actions aim to serve our national interests. We regard it as our duty to honor with actions the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for our country,” said Papandreou, raising an issue that for years was a sort of taboo in Greek-German relations.Descendants of the victims started a marathon in courts in 1995 with an initiative of late lawyer Yiannis Stamoulis, former Greek member of the European Parliament who filed a lawsuit at Greek courts seeking compensation.It was the first time individuals, not states, demanded compensation from a foreign state over war crimes, his daughter Kelly who has taken up her late father’s cause, said on Wednesday. She expressed satisfaction over the Greek government’s “brave decision” to support the case in The Hague.In 1997 and 2000, Greek courts ruled in favor of the war victims’ relatives, demanding Germany pay them compensations of up to 60 million euros. Germany rejected the ruling and appealed, arguing that German courts should examine the case.Source: ANA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greek President of Democracy unwanted in Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Mr Pavlopoulos you are unwanted; if you visit Melbourne, we the Greek diaspora officials will not welcome you.”This is the clear message the Pan Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria (PMAMV) will send to the President of the Greek Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos in a co-signed letter of complaint.It has not yet been confirmed, but Mr Pavlopoulos is expected to visit Australia in October.The letter of complaint will be one element of the action plan that was decided on Thursday during the flash meeting that took place at the PMAMV’s headquarters regarding the Greece-FYROM deal signed by the two countries last week. According to the agreement, Greece’s neighbouring country will be officially recognised as ‘Republic of Northern Macedonia’.Attended by 120 community officials and Melbourne Greek diaspora stakeholders, there was a lot of tension among members arguing about the Greek government’s decisions in spite of them all agreeing in their condemnation of the name deal.President of the Panmacedonia Association of Melbourne Andreas Balis.Several participants expressed their anger, making vile statements against the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras and the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition, dubbing the government a “dictatorship”.Some were so infuriated, they suggested the diaspora unite with Greek nationals in positions of power who are opposed to the deal and attempt to overturn the government.Fortunately, the most reasonable amongst the displeased prevailed, deciding to send out several complaint letters to Mr Pavlopoulos and all the Greek government MPs supporting the Greece-FYROM agreement.As mentioned in the official announcement by the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association (WHIA), the complaint-letters written with “strong language”, will include a demand for a referendum, for the people of Greece to decide on the future of the deal.Christos Moutzikis, chair of the PMAMV told Neos Kosmos before the meeting that “if the Greek people vote in favour of the deal, the diaspora will have no other choice but to accept it”.Meanwhile, none of the religious leaders from the Greek community in Australia who were instrumental in the ‘Macedonia is Greece’ Melbourne rally back in February attended Thursday’s meeting.(L-R) Ex-president of PMAMV, Dimitris Minas with current chair Christos Moutzikislast_img read more

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2 hospitalized after NW MiamiDade crash leaves them trapped inside SUV

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took two people to the hospital after a crash in Northwest Miami-Dade left them trapped inside their SUV.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene near Northwest 32nd Avenue and 73rd Street, just before 11:30 a.m., Sunday.Officials said the driver of the SUV crashed through a chain-link front gate before slamming into a parked trailer, trapping both occupants.Firefighters were able to free them using a hand tool.Paramedics transported both victims to Ryder Trauma Center in unknown condition.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Wilmingtons 5th Annual TownWide Yard Sale Set For June 8 Applications Now Available

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library is sponsoring its fifth annual Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 8am to 2pm.This is an opportunity for residents to join the fun by being either a seller or a buyer. More than 70 Wilmington homes participated last year!For those wishing to host a yard sale at their home, applications can be found HERE.The application fee is $15.  Applicants will receive one large sign and directional signs; lots of free advertising; and maps of sale locations. Applications are being accepted at the library from Monday, April 29, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019.For those wishing to shop at the sales, the library will provide an online and paper map of yard sale locations starting Tuesday, June 6. The sales will happen rain or shine, at each homeowner’s discretion.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s 2nd Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale Set For June 11In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”LIBRARY LINEUP: Town Wide Yard Sale Coming Up On June 8, Deadline To Host A Sale Is June 1In “Community”last_img read more

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Google Maps is making it easier to avoid traffic jams

first_img $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tags Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 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. Google Maps incident reporting adds slowdown option for traffic jams https://t.co/cm2hHBWeqH by @NexusBen pic.twitter.com/HgTirWnZZB— 9to5Google.com (@9to5Google) April 5, 2019 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. $520 at HP See It See It See It Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon $210 at Best Buy Internet Services Tech Industry $59 at eBay 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Maps 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. $6 at Tidal Angela Lang/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. Apple iPhone XS Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Google Maps is reportedly rolling out the ability to report unexpected slowdowns. Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google Maps has been adding Waze features like incident reports in recent months, and now it’s experimenting with informing you about traffic jams more quickly.The Slowdowns option allows people caught in unusual traffic jams report it to Google, letting Maps gather data more quickly and giving others on that route the chance to divert, according to 9to5Google. The reporting options were previously limited to car crashes and speed limits. $299 at Amazon $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Expresscenter_img Chris Monroe/CNET Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview 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. 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Rylo Comments 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read Google Home Hub review See at Turo 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. 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. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Sarah Tew/CNET 3 $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) A Google spokesperson confirmed that it’s experimenting with this function, but didn’t have any details on a wider rollout.It’s labeled “Congestion” for people who have the app set to UK English, Android Police reported.First published April 8 at 3:31 a.m. PT.Updated April 9 at 4:35 a.m. PT: Adds Google confirmation of the experiment. See it Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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). 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Warrior beneath the Pacific a closer look at the WWIIera USS Pampanito

first_img Danger from the deep: Take a look inside the WWII-era USS Pampanito 0 Related on CNET The Pampanito went back out on three more patrols before the war ended. Post-war The Pampanito was decommissioned in December, 1945. In the ’60s she was a training ship for the Naval Reserve, then in 1975 she was converted to her current life as a museum ship in San Francisco. Given Pampanito’s condition and location, she has been used as a stand-in for other WWII-era submarines. Most notably In Enemy Hands, with William H. Macy and Lauren Holly, and Down Periscope with Kelsey Grammar and, yes, Lauren Holly. The latter film is definitely not as bad as you’d expect. I’m kidding — it totally is. I still enjoyed it though. Silence in the deep: Inside the HMS Ocelot stealth submarine French naval history and art meet in silent steel and a concrete castle A tour of the ballistic missile nuclear submarine Redoutable The Whale of Iron: Inside the JMSDF Akishio submarine and the Kure Maritime Museum Hot sub time machine: A photo tour of the HMAS Ovens submarine Third patrol On the afternoon of September 15, 1944, the USS Pampanito spotted men floating adrift at sea on a makeshift raft. They were filthy and covered in oil. As the sub approached, they could hear voices speaking in English.     The men turned out to be British and Australian sailors who’d been captured by the Japanese — tragically, they had been passengers aboard a convoy ship the Pampanito had just helped sink. The sub switched missions immediately to one of rescue. The Pampanito pulled 73 men from the water and was able to radio for other subs in its wolfpack to come and do the same.Submarines don’t carry doctors on board. Pharmacist’s Mate First Class Maurice L. Demers was the closest they had. Trained in medicine and formerly a hospital corpsman, he worked himself nearly to exhaustion during the five-day journey to the nearest American base in Saipan. Not a spacious place to begin with, it was all the more difficult and crowded while the sub carried twice its normal complement, half of them close to death. Amazingly, only one man died during the journey. 52 Photoscenter_img San Francisco subThe USS Pampanito is one of the most accessible museum submarines in the world, adjacent to one of the most touristy spots of a one of America’s top tourist destinations. It’s well worth a visit, either before or after some chowder in a bread bowl on Fisherman’s Wharf. Just as interesting is the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a Liberty ship that was part of the D-Day invasion. It’s a just a short walk down the same dock where you’ll find the Pampanito. The sub is open pretty much every day. Tickets are a bit steep, at $20 for adults, but kids and seniors are less. But if you aren’t planning on heading to Northern California any time soon, check out the gallery above.  As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more.  You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.   Share your voice The USS Pampanito submarine sits dockside at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Countless tourists and locals have likely seen it, an obviously older boat that looks out of place and time in the relentlessly modern Bay Area. The ship was built during World War II, and earned 6 battle stars before the end of the war. After the war, this Balao-class diesel-electric sub served as a training ship and even starred in some movies. Some of her sister ships continued their lives in foreign navies. Now, as a museum ship, the Pampanito is one of the most easily accessed submarines you can tour. We decided to give it a closer look. Post a comment Tags Culturelast_img read more

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HP Spectre x360 13 vs Lenovo Yoga C930 Which is the best

first_img Operating system $1,200 23 Photos 13.9-inch 1,920×1,080 touch display 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz Lenovo Yoga C930 1:54 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 5.0 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U PC Memory In the Yoga’s favor, though, is screen size. The Spectre has a 13.3-inch display, while the Yoga has a 13.9-inch display. The additional screen space increases the body size to 12.7×8.9 inches (322×227 mm) compared to the HP’s 12.2×8.6 inches (309×218 mm). Each weighs about 3 pounds (1.4 kg), by the way, and are approximately 0.6-inch thick (14.5 mm).  Now playing: Watch this: $1,350 The C930 is the best premium two-in-one for most people. The larger display gives you more room for your work, movies, sketches and presentations without greatly increasing the laptop’s size. The 360-degree soundbar hinge adds functionality to what’s just a hinge on other models. Also, while you might not be sold on using an active pen yet, you’re more likely to use it if it’s charged and within reach whenever you need it.Add in excellent performance and battery life and you’ve got a convertible that’s tough to beat.  Share your voice CPU Lenovo vs. HP: You’ve got optionsUnlike competing premium two-in-ones from Samsung and LG, the Spectre x360 and Yoga C930 can be customized to your needs through HP and Lenovo or picked up preconfigured from major retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. Both are available with eighth-gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processors with integrated graphics, up to 16GB of onboard memory and up to a 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 drive in the Yoga or a 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 drive in the HP. You can get either with a full HD or 4K ultra HD displays.There are two things HP offers that Lenovo doesn’t, however. The first is the aforementioned Sure View privacy screen. The other is Gigabit 4G LTE mobile broadband. Need a laptop that’s connected to the web the second you open it up and turn it on? The HP Spectre x360 is your only choice here.  Lenovo’s Yoga C930 is the ultraportable 2-in-1 we’ve… 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U Best for mobility Comments Storage Lenovo vs. HP: Solid performance, even better battery lifeThe configurations we reviewed for these models were evenly matched and as such performed about the same on our benchmarks and anecdotal tests. As noted in their reviews, their components are geared for average home and office uses such as word processing, web browsing and email. But they have enough muscle to push through more demanding work, assuming it’s not too graphics intensive. They won’t get bogged down with a dozen tabs open in Google Chrome while other applications run in the background. Streaming video and music are no problem either. And they’ll handle casual photo and video editing without choking as well as some casual gaming. Read: The best gaming laptop performers of 2019 Price as reviewed SPECS COMPARISON 128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620 Dell HP 256GB SSD Windows 10 Home (64-bit) Networking $1,160 at HP 13.3-inch 1,920×1,080 touch display Read HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) review 256GB SSD 12GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz HP Spectre x360 13 If you’re shopping for a premium ultraportable two-in-one, you’ve got several great options to choose from, including the updated Dell XPS 13 two-in-one now available. The two best at the moment though are Lenovo’s Yoga C930 and HP’s Spectre x360 13. Both of these convertible laptops (they have 360-degree hinges so they can be used as a laptop or tablet and in other positions) start at more than $1,000, which puts them into premium PC territory. The higher prices get you higher-quality materials for the chassis, a better caliber of components,  and specialty features you won’t find on the companies’ more mainstream models. With these, the focus is on delivering top-notch performance and battery life in the lightest and thinnest body, making them good choices for students and frequent travelers or commuters. Honestly, in the Lenovo vs. HP battle, both of these are excellent machines that won’t disappoint if they meet your performance needs. But, if you’re not sure which way to go, here are the key differences that’ll help you pick the right one between Lenovo vs. HP. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Yoga C930 Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo vs. HP: Sophisticated and statelyHP and Lenovo both used design for better usability. With the Yoga, for example, Lenovo redesigned the 360-degree hinge to house speakers so that no matter how the screen is positioned you have clear audio. On the Spectre, HP notched out the two rear corners of the body and put the power button on the left and a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port on the right. The button placement makes it easy to find when you need it and avoid pressing it when you don’t, while the USB type-C port position, which is also used for charging, lets you keep cables out of the way. Both models look clean and professional, though the HP’s gem-cut edges and copper or brass accents give it more visual pop than the Lenovo’s buttoned-up chassis design. Each has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a single USB-A 3.1 port, though HP includes a microSD card slot as well.  17-hp-spectre-x360-13The Spectre’s corner Thunderbolt 3 port lets you keep the charging cable out of the way.  Sarah Tew/CNET For those worried about webcam privacy, these laptops have ways to instantly block them from possible prying eyes. The Yoga has a physical shutter that slides in front of the cam with the flick of a fingernail. HP put a kill switch on the right side of the device that completely cuts power to the cam. For those more concerned about someone peeping what’s on your screen than hacking your webcam, the Spectre x360’s display can be upgraded to one with the company’s Sure View technology that blocks off-angle viewing at the push of a button. One last thing worth mentioning is Lenovo and HP include an active pen for drawing and writing on the screen with these laptops. HP’s is a full-size pen that stows in a loop on its leather laptop sleeve, which is also included, and is powered by a AAAA-size battery. Lenovo offers a pen that’s skinny and slightly longer than a crayon, similar to Samsung’s S Pen. However, it fits into a garage on the rear of the laptop body that keeps it charged and solves the “I never have that pen when I need it” problem.  HP’s Spectre x360 puts a premium on design and battery… Graphics Now playing: Watch this: With its smaller, lighter body and longer battery life, the Spectre x360 13 is perhaps a better option for frequent travelers. It’s also likely to be a more comfortable fit if you plan to use it a lot handheld in tablet mode. The more compact screen makes it slightly less awkward and the full-size active pen is generally more comfortable for extended use. It’s also the only one that offers adding 4G LTE wireless as an option. HP offers several configurations and three display options including one with its Sure View privacy feature. The low-power full-HD touch screen we tested helped it run for more than 13 hours on our streaming-video battery test — roughly an hour longer than the Yoga. Lenovo Yoga C930 Read Lenovo Yoga C930 review See it on Best overall premium 2-in-1 Sarah Tew/CNET HP Spectre x360 13 HP Spectre x360 13-ap0013dx Battery life is where these two just kill it, though. When we reviewed the C930 it reached 12 hours, 26 minutes on CNET’s streaming video test — one of the best times we’d ever recorded for a laptop. Then we reviewed the Spectre x360 (in some ways, a sister product of the HP EliteBook x360), which blew right past it reaching 13 hours, 18 minutes. That’s the second longest battery time we’ve recorded: LG’s larger 15.6-inch Gram 15 beat it by 40 minutes.Lenovo vs. HP: Coin flip?Both the Spectre x360 and Yoga are excellent premium ultraportable two-in-ones. HP laptops and Lenovo laptops offer similar configuration options that result in unsurprisingly similar performance. They even cost about the same, though the slightly older C930 might be a better deal in some instances at this point. Much of what separates them comes down to design, features and what you need from laptops.  Display size/resolution 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon 128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620 $1,200 at Lenovo Laptops Best Buy 45 Photos 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 4.1 Lenovo Yoga C930 2:06 Also read: The perfect laptop for a cluster of creativesAsus Chromebook Flip reviewHP’s newest Envy laptops are designed to run cooler, longerWhich Microsoft Surface should I buy? 5 Windows 10 Home (64-bit) Tagslast_img read more

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Insurer proposes fix to Alaskas troubled health insurance market

first_imgDownload AudioPremera Alaska is the only individual health insurer left in the state. Moda Health withdrew from the market last week, after Oregon regulators revealed the company was facing “enormous financial losses.” Before Moda’s announcement, Premera and Moda were working on a plan to stabilize Alaska’s individual market.In the last two years, Alaska insurance rates on healthcare.gov have increased an average of 70 percent. The state now has the highest average premiums in the country by a wide margin. Premera says they lost more than $13 million serving Alaska’s individual market in 2014 and expects to lose a similar amount for 2015. Sheela Tallman is Premera’s legislative manager.“These are all just signs pointing to this crisis, I think that the individual market is in,” she said.Alaska’s individual market is small, about 22,000 people, according to recent figures from the federal government. Tallman says there aren’t enough Alaskans buying individual insurance to absorb the really big medical claims from the sickest members in the insurance pool.“We’re trying to find ways to spread the risk of the individual market in Alaska to a broader population,” she said.Premera wants to take those large health claims, for things like chronic heart failure or some types of cancer treatment, and send them into a separate high risk pool. That pool already exists, it’s called the Alaska Comprehensive Health Insurance Association, or ACHIA. The state administers the pool and it’s paid for by a tax on employer health plans in Alaska.Premera is funding a study that will look at how much that tax will amount to under different scenarios in their proposal. Alaska Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier says she can’t support the proposal until she sees that report.“Because basically this bill is asking all Alaskans (with employer insurance) to be assessed to subsidize the individual market to stabilize premiums. And I think we have to have a number to say that’s what the cost is going to be,” she said.The report is expected to be released next week. In the meantime, Wing-Heier says she’s setting up meetings with health insurers to try to bring new companies to the state’s individual market. But how hard is it to convince insurers to set up shop in Alaska? Louise Norris is a health insurance broker in Colorado who writes about the health exchanges in every state for healthinsurance.org.“I would say in the current environment without making any changes it would be very difficult,” she said.Norris says the state division of insurance should consider proposals like Premera’s as a way to entice other companies into the market.“Other carriers are going to see Premera has been losing money on the individual market and obviously so has Moda. It’s a challenging environment,” Norris said.Premera says the program isn’t likely to decrease rates on Alaska’s individual market, but it should put an end to the massive increases the market has endured since the launch of healthcare.gov. Melanie Coon is a spokesperson for Premera. She says besides stabilizing rates, the program should encourage competition in the market.“What we’re proposing in Alaska, in the reinsurance program, we want to make it more attractive for carriers to come in. So if things stabilize and the market gets more attractive, that can really help consumer choice,” Coon said.Premera’s proposal requires legislation. The company is working to find a state lawmaker to sponsor a bill this session. Premera would like to have the program in place before they have to file their rate increase for 2017. That deadline is this spring.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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10 orgs fined for not using Bangla in signboards

first_img.A mobile court run by Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Thursday fined ten organisations of Gulshan area with Tk 10,000 each for not using Bangla on their signboards.The mobile court led by DNCC’s Executive Magistrate Md Sajid Anwar carried out the drive to ensure Bangla on signboards, said DNCC public relation officer (PRO) ASM Mamun.The DNCC conducted the mobile court following a High Court Order (writ petition no 1696/2014) that said Bangla is mandatory in writing nameplate, signboards, billboards, banners etc of all organisations (excluding embassies, foreign organisations and related offices).Local government bodies were given the responsibility to ensure Bangla on all sign boards, he said.Earlier on 28 January, the DNCC published public notices on two daily newspapers giving business establishments a seven-day ultimatum to use Bangla instead of English on all sign boards, nameplates, billboards and banners etc.The DNCC will continue its drive to ensure Bangla on signboards, he added.last_img read more

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Korean Regulators Approve FourWay Streaming Merger

first_img Popular on Variety Imposing conditions, the FTC said that the three broadcasters would not be allowed to terminate or change existing content supply contracts with other OTT providers without good reason. Additionally, the three must negotiate with other OTT platforms in good faith, and on non-discriminatory terms.Despite lying some way behind the local platforms in terms of subscriber numbers, Netflix, with some 1.84 million paying subscriptions according to researcher WiseApp, is seen as the strongest challenger. (Netflix does not disclose its per country subscription number, but other estimates have said that Netflix has 2.4 million paying subscribers in Korea.) The company has invested heavily in original Korean content, partnered with faster-moving content creators for local shows, and is regarded as the strongest provider of foreign series. Disney Plus, expected to launch later in the fall with a $6.99 monthly price point, is also anticipated as another a strong competitor.When Wavve was first announced in January, its backers said that it would be endowed with an original content budget of $8.9 million (KRW10 billion) in addition to the productions supplied by the broadcasters. SK said that it would forge relationships with operators elsewhere in Asia, and provide immersive media services based on SK’s VR and AR technologies. South Korean regulators have approved the merger of the video services of three local broadcasters and SK Telecom’s streaming app Oksusu. The new service, operating under the name Wavve will launch in September and be Korea’s largest.Proposed in January as a measure to combat the incursion of international video players, the deal was given the greenlight on Tuesday by Korea’s Fair Trade Commission.It involves the combination of Oksusu, which counts 10 million subscribers, with Pooq, an existing service with 4 million subscribers, operated by two state-owned terrestrial broadcasters, KBS and MBC, and commercial broadcaster SBS. SK will own 30% of the equity of the new company, and the three broadcasters 23.3% each.Pooling the existing subscribers of the component companies is expected to make Wavve the market leader ahead of LG’s U+ Mobile TV, with a 25% share of the nascent OTT market, and Korea Telecom’s Olleh TV, on 16%. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Related What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Marital strain makes women sad men angry

first_imgMen and women have very different emotional reactions to the strain and support they experience in marriage, new research has found.When a marriage has troubles, women worry. They become sad. They get frustrated. For men, it is sheer frustration and not much more, the study said.Looking at sadness, worry and frustration are among the most common negative emotions reported by older adults – the researchers discovered that men and women in long-term marriages deal with marriage difficulties differently. “The men do not really want to talk about it or spend too much time thinking about it,” said Deborah Carr, professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Men often do not want to express vulnerable emotions, while women are much more comfortable expressing sadness or worry,” Carr noted.In the study, 722 married couples were asked how their marital experience and the reactions of their spouse affected them. While talking about issues and offering support makes the wives, who traditionally feel responsible for sustaining the emotional climate of a marriage, feel good, this only frustrated the husbands surveyed. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“For women, getting a lot of support from their spouse is a positive experience,” said Carr. The husbands in the study, who more often rated their marriages positively and reported significantly higher levels of emotional support and lower levels of marital strain than their wives, felt frustrated giving as well as receiving support.“Older men, however, may feel frustrated receiving lots of support from their wife, especially if it makes them feel helpless or less competent,” Carr noted.The study was published in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.last_img read more

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Indian Museum to collaborate with IITKgp on science technology

first_imgKolkata: Indian Museum will collaborate with IIT Kharagpur and develop a joint programme on Science and Technology in ancient Indian sub-continent.Director of IIT KGP Partha Pratim Chakrabarti personally met Rajesh Purohit, Director of Indian Museum to explore the various areas in which the institute and the museum can join hands.”There is so much to know about the history of science and technology of people in various parts of the sub-continent. The archeological collections and scientific explanations available in the museum can contribute immensely in dissemination of knowledge about this history. The institute wants to involve our director for his profound knowledge and research,” a senior official of the Indian Museum said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA two-day workshop will soon be held at the Museum where students and faculty members from the premier institute will observe the collections of the Museum and also gain knowledge on aesthetics of science that had led to the creation of architecture and sculpture works. More such workshops will follow to have a fruitful collaboration and contribution in a big way for the cause of the country in future.”We are planning to come up with an authentic compendium of the true history of Indian Science and Technology,” said Joy Sen, professor and head at Department of Architecture & Regional Planning — IIT Kharagpur, who along with Professor Bhargab Maitra of Civil Engineering department of the institute attended the meeting along with IIT KGP director.A synopsis report of the Science and Heritage Initiative prepared by IIT KGP was handed over to the Museum director. The meeting is a significant stride in taking the Science-Culture and Tradition-Technology (Sandhi) initiative of IIT KGP sponsored by the union Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD),Sandhi attempts to re-visit India’s eternal wisdom through the lens of open scientific inquiry.last_img read more

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