Girl sexually assaulted after being picked up by apparent cab driver in

first_imgHAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – Police in Labrador say a girl was sexually assaulted after being picked up by a man believed to be driving a taxi cab.RCMP say a 63-year-old man faces multiple charges after the girl was offered a ride by a man driving a vehicle “believed to be a taxi cab” near an RBC branch in Happy Valley-Goose Bay at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.They say the girl — police would not give her age — was taken to a home and sexually assaulted.She left and reported the incident to police.The man, from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, uttering threats and forcible confinement.Police would not confirm whether the accused man, who is to appear in local provincial court Aug. 2, is a cab driver.last_img read more

East Coast mops up after weather bomb floods roads batters buildings

first_imgHALIFAX – The weather bomb that went off in the Maritimes late Thursday and kept detonating early Friday left plenty of ugly fragments in Wade Woodbury’s backyard.As he emerged from his home along the eastern edge of Halifax Harbour, cane in hand, Woodbury surveyed the damage, then marvelled at powerful waves crashing over a massive rock wall only 12 metres from his back door, howling winds hurling salt spray in his eyes.“She was loud, very loud — like thunder,” said Woodbury, wearing a grey parka and a blue tuque as the temperature hovered around the freezing mark.A storm surge late Thursday breached the wall, shoving a collection of lawn furniture, garbage cans, firewood and the entire fire pit into a tangled heap.Woodbury, a resident of Eastern Passage for more than 20 years, said the winter storm kept him up most of the night as the electricity flickered on and off.“I got up and wandered around — not outdoors, mind you.”Work crews fanned out across the region Friday to deal with the mess left behind by hurricane-force winds, flooded coastal roads and downed power lines that left more than 280,000 utility customers in the dark — most of them in Nova Scotia, the province that endured the strongest winds.The brawniest gusts were recorded in Cape Breton, where a 170-kilometre-per-hour blast streaked through the rural area of Grand Etang, known for producing powerful winds.In the Halifax area, which weathered its share of power outages, siding was ripped off some homes, limbs were torn from trees and the roof was ripped from at least one home in Dartmouth.Dominic Fewer of Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office said some roads were washed out and others littered with rocks and debris caused by storm surge and heavy rains.Among the roads still closed Friday was the winding, narrow oceanside lane into a little enclave of five homes in Purcell’s Cove, across from Point Pleasant Park in Halifax harbour.“That’s the only road. We’re sitting here till we get dug out,” said Andrew Murphy, an accountant who was unable to get downtown. “There’s no way through that.”Usually, he and his neighbours just clean the mess up themselves, but this storm “flipped pieces of pavement the size of little cars,” he said.“I’ve lived here for 23 years, and at first the road would wash out once every three or four years. Now it does that three or four times a year. But this is probably the worst one we’ve had since hurricane Juan 14 years ago.”Videos posted to social media Thursday night showed waves from Halifax harbour crashing against the walls of a couple of waterfront restaurants. And as the harbour heaved, jets of spray shot up between the slats on the city’s boardwalk.Not far away, the storm surge moved the city’s Canada 150 sign installation from its boardwalk perch in front of a waterfront hotel, as a small crowd watched and cheered.Staff at nearby Salty’s restaurant and The Gahan House brew pub said they were able to keep the water out with the use of sandbags — an emergency measure adopted after hurricane Juan caused extensive damage in 2003.In New Brunswick, crews cleared away mounds of snow that began piling up when the slow-moving, low-pressure system moved into the province Thursday afternoon. The heaviest snowfall was recorded at Pokemouche, which was buried under 58 centimetres, while Big River nearby got 50 centimetres of snow. Fredericton reported 25 centimetres by early Friday.The president of NB Power said it will be late Saturday before all power is restored across the province. Gaetan Thomas says the number of customers affected by Thursday’s storm peaked at 19,000 Friday morning.“It took quite a while to get the snow removal into certain areas,” he said. “The conditions along the coast … you couldn’t see anything last night.”In Bathurst, where they were digging out from under 50 centimetres of snow, plows were still trying to clear driveways and parking lots well into Friday.“We got all that snow and freezing rain too,” said Roger Arseneault, who was working at the front desk at the Atlantic Host hotel. “It’s not safe to go on the roads. It’s still blowing hard out there and the visibility ain’t the best.”In Shelburne, along Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore, the wind tore off a big section of a community centre’s roof. As well, the town’s sturdy armoury — built from granite — was damaged by storm surge, as was the town wharf.One of the main roads along the waterfront, Dock Street, was submerged Thursday as the storm reached its peak. Though the water had receded by early Friday, a chunk of the sidewalk was missing and an assortment of flotsam was left behind.“We’re assessing the damage but it’s fairly significant,” said Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall. “There’s lots of debris. I can see anchors and lobster traps … It certainly seems to be some of the worst damage we’ve seen in a long time.”Pictures on Twitter showed scaffolding from the historic Lunenburg Academy laying in a heap on the ground as winds roared around it.Along Nova Scotia’s eastern shore, massive waves pounded the coast, including the Lawrencetown Beach area, famous as a surfing mecca.Surfer Tim Adham from Dartmouth, N.S., said the storm was “absolutely epic!”“We could hear the wind howling,” he said as he and some friends surveyed a section of the Lawrencetown Road that was blocked by rocks heaved ashore by the waves. “It’s always impressive. Makes you feel humble.”As for the surf, he said no surfer would risk such chaotic seas.“Insane,” Adham said. “Super dangerous. Death.”The storm also closed schools for a second consecutive day in parts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I., and was hampering air travel and ferry service in several areas.The number of Nova Scotia Power customers still in the dark had dropped to 31,000 by Friday evening, with power for most homes and businesses expected to be restored later in the night or Saturday in more remote areas.Jason Mew, acting executive director of Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office, said the full extent and cost of the damage to provincial infrastructure would not be known until early next week.— With files from Alison Auld and Rob Roberts in Halifax and Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

Ban on Oxy without detox will trigger another crisis NAN

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe organization representing thousands of northern Ontario band members says a serious crisis is looming.The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a ban on OxyContin will lead to a new set of problems.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Thomson Reuters reports Q1 loss on onetime charge on financial and risk

first_imgTORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp. reported a loss in its first quarter as it took a one-time charge related to the sale of its financial and risk business announced earlier this year.The news and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the loss attributable to shareholders amounted to US$339 million or 48 cents per share compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of $297 million or 41 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter totalled $1.38 billion, up from $1.33 billion.The loss in the most recent quarter reflected an $844-million deferred tax charge associated with the proposed sale of a 55 per cent interest in the company’s financial and risk business to a consortium led by U.S.-based private equity firm Blackstone.On an adjusted basis, Thomson Reuters says it earned 28 cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 25 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 27 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)last_img read more

Expulsion of aid groups from Darfur will have wide impact UN agencies

6 March 2009Adding their voices to the deep concern expressed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the ordered departure of at least 13 aid organizations from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, UN humanitarian agencies warned today that the effects could shake the region. Su’s decision to begin ejecting the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) came Wednesday, immediately after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.The Secretary-General is currently contacting the leaders of the African Union (AU) and the League of Arab States, along with others in the region to follow up on his appeal to the Government of Sudan to reconsider its decision, according to his spokesperson.Briefing a Security Council meeting today on Sudan, a senior UN relief official warned of the effects of some 6,500 international aid workers being expelled from Darfur.“I stressed that the humanitarian situation should be de-linked from any discussion and debate on the ICC decision,” Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg told reporters after the consultations.She also cautioned that if the decision to deregister major actors such as Oxfam, Care International, International Rescue Committee and Save the Children is allowed to stand, “the number of people affected will be in the millions” and humanitarian capabilities in the region will be cut by half.“With some 4.7 million Sudanese – including 2.7 million internally displaced – already receiving assistance in Darfur, we are very concerned over the prospect of new population movements in the region should the fragile aid lifeline inside Sudan be disrupted,” Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said today in Geneva. Noting that there are also 40,000 Chadian refugees in West Darfur, he said: “Our experience shows that when vulnerable populations are unable to get the help they need, they go elsewhere in search of protection and assistance.”Support for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur keeps them as close to home as possible and relieves pressure on neighbouring Chad, where UNHCR and its partners are already caring for nearly 250,000 refugees from Darfur, he explained.These isolated camps and the remote communities surrounding them are already struggling to provide the basics needed to sustain those refugees in addition to some 180,000 IDPs in eastern Chad.“Any influx to Chad would be an additional challenge for UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies because of ongoing insecurity and instability in the country, as well as limited resources such as water,” Mr. Redmond said.In addition to some 3 million displaced, an estimated 300,000 people have died in Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied Arab militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, since 2003.Among other agencies speaking out today, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said the decision could lead to the increase of mortality and morbidity due to the interruption of health services, the decline of immunization coverage and the lack of therapeutic feeding and nutrition services for children.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said its main concerns were in areas of water and sanitation, and nutrition and health. It was doing what it could to ensure that its programmes continued, whether by using NGOs whose licenses had not been revoked or new partners.The UN Security Council is expected to hear a briefing from Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg later today on the latest developments and the humanitarian impact of the Sudanese decision.Meanwhile, according to the AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), several instances of banditry targeting the Mission’s personnel and aid groups were reported across the Darfur region. UNAMID is investigating the incidents.The Mission said that during the last 24 hours, UNAMID military forces conducted some 35 patrols, covering 42 villages and IDP camps throughout the troubled region of western Sudan. read more

Warring families assigned mediators to stop them fighting over power of attorney

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. Adults can set up a lasting power of attorney in case they lose the capacity to make their own decisions about their life and finances. A “donor”, who sets up the agreement, can appoint a family member or professional to take over their decisions for them if they become ill with conditions such as dementia. High-profile cases have recently drawn attention to the potential for abuse within the scheme. Last month a solicitor specialising in elderly care was convicted of wilful neglect after the death of her 79-year-old mother.Emma-Jane Kurtz, 41, had left her mother Cecily “covered from head to toe in faeces” and had not changed her clothes for a decade, Thames Valley Police said.  Warring families are to be assigned mediators to stop to stop them fighting over power of attorney for loved ones. A pilot scheme being run by the Office of the Public Guardian will fund professional help for families embroiled in disputes over issues such as inheritances or control of finances.In some cases a vulnerable person who had chosen a relative such as a sibling, child or parent to make decisions on their behalf ends up in the control of the local authority or a professional because their family cannot get along. Speaking at a conference in London, Alan Eccles, chief executive of the office of the public guardian, said the programme was intended to “honour the wishes of the donor”. “If it’s not a case of out-and-out abuse, then we think to give validity to that wish of the donor, we will attempt to put things back together again, and get them to focus on the donor who wanted their loved ones to look after them, rather than to worry about the thing that they’ve fallen out about,” he told an audience the Frenkel Topping deputy day conference. The disagreements can be over who was assigned the power of attorney or over inheritance or decisions about care homes and finances, he told the Daily Telegraph. “Sometimes it can just be the fact that one sibling has been appointed the attorney and the other sibling hasn’t,” he said.  read more

Pixel XL Scores Lower Than iPhone 7 In Teardown

first_imgYou’ve read plenty about Google’s first in-house phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, but maybe you’re wondering what makes them tick. As usual, iFixit is more than happy to satisfy your curiosity.After they applied a bit of heat and and diligently worked around the perimeter with a plastic pick, they were ready to spill the Pixel XL’s secrets. iFixit found plenty to get excited about. Most of the phone’s components were mounted on separate, easy-to-remove boards and all the screws holding things together were the same size.Both those things tend to make repairs a lot less arduous. Another positive: very little of that goopy, black adhesive that they find in so many phones and tablets. Even the battery was spared: two strips of tape hold it in place, but a pull-tab makes it easy to remove even without applying any heat (which is always a nice thing when you’re playing with something like a lithium battery).How does the Pixel XL stack up to the competition? Let’s look at the most obvious choice, the iPhone 7 Plus. iFixit just posted their teardown of it last month, and they awarded it a very respectable 7/10. There was a time when Apple’s devices were some of the most difficult to repair, but those days are obviously long gone.That’s actually a better score than the one awarded the Pixel XL by iFixit. A 6/10 is still a respectable score, but it would have been nice to see Google’s first in-house phone at least pull even with the iPhone.What held the Pixel XL back? Despite scoring points for its highly modular design, the Pixel XL’s display gave iFixit cause for concern. Apart from being incredibly thin, iFixit noted that it didn’t have much in the way of support. Without that added rigidity, there’s a decent chance the Pixel XL’s screen could be damaged during a repair.But hey, as a first effort, the Pixel XL turned in a pretty strong showing and its design shows that Google and HTC are on the right track when it comes to making repairable phones. Maybe their next Android flagship will upstage the iPhone.last_img read more

10 Coolest Zords in 25 Years of Power Rangers

first_img From Gundam to Pacific Rim there is something undeniably appealing about watching giant robots go on wrecking sprees. It’s as ingrained in our DNA as the fight/flight mechanism or our gag reflexes being triggered when Benedict Cumberbatch tries to speak in an American accent. As such, it’s probably not controversial to say that the coolest facet of the Power Rangers franchise is the Megazords.To be clear, pretty much everything about Power Rangers is cool. We’re talking about a TV show that is, at every level, made to appeal to what 8-year-olds think is awesome, and 8-year-olds happen to have great taste when it comes to what they think is cool—as a person who is spending his adulthood writing about things he’s liked since he was 8 I feel confident in saying this. Still, teenagers with attitude and dope multicolored uniforms can’t touch giant robots combining to form an even more giant robot for the purpose of fighting a giant monster. Over the series’ 25-year run there’s been a massive number of Megazords. As is inevitable when designing giant fighting robots, some are a bit cooler than others. I, a grown adult who owns noise-canceling headphones and has a credit score, have seen every single episode of Power Rangers, some more than once, and as such feel as qualified as anybody to make the definitive list of the 10 coolest Power Rangers Megazords. These rankings are based on science and as such cannot be disputed.Thunder Power What an absolute unit. Look at this fella. The Thunder Power Megazord gets its first round of cool points for being a zord belonging to rangers that start out as antagonists, meaning we get to see it trounce the primary rangers’ zord at least once. It gets its second round of cool points, the round that secures it a spot on this list, for looking rad beyond belief. Comprised of what’s basically two monster trucks with beetle horns, this sucker just looks mean. It’s got horns! It’s got beetle horns! The Thunder Rangers get undersold on how dope they are far too often, so we’re going to give credit, at least to their Megazord, where it’s due. Thundersaurus Easily the coolest zord of the Disney era largely thanks to being the OG Megazord of the best ranger team of the Disney era. The Thundersaurus Megazord harkens back to the classic Mighty Morphin’ Megazord, being made up of three giant dinosaur robots. It doesn’t hurt that it’s got a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex head on its chest and a massive drill in place of its left arm. It’s a great design that makes you instantly want to check eBay for the toy version and that’s the highest compliment you can pay a Megazord design. Thunder Megazord First of all, it’s totally unintentional that the first three entries on this list are Thunder-centric zords, I promise. Now that that’s out of the way, we’ve got to talk about the OG secondary Megazord. A ranger team getting a brand-new Megazord in the midst of a series run is a franchise staple at this point, but few of those secondary zords can compare to the original. The Thunder Megazord comes together when the Dinozords transform into zords that take inspiration from mythical creatures like unicorns and gryphons. They then combine to form a Megazord that takes design cues from samurai armor, making for a perfect breath of fresh air to the original ranger team’s arsenal. Zeo Megazord Conceptually the Zeo Megazord has a lot in common with the Thunder Megazord, being made up of zords that draw cues from various mythologies. Still, the design is insanely cool, a factor much needed in the first post-MMPR Megazord. Even better is that it doesn’t take design cues from the admittedly not-great Zeo Ranger shape masks as its successor, the Super Zeo Megazord, does. White Tigerzord  Here it is, the first Tommy zord on the list. Nobody’s going to dispute that Tommy is the greatest Power Rangers character of all time, having held several different morphers over the course of the series and several zords to accompany them. The White Tigerzord is one of the best, a giant white robotic tiger that can convert into Warrior Mode, at which point it becomes even cooler. This one, again, is the kind of essential zord that practically holds you at knifepoint and forces you to check Amazon for the toy. Defender TorozordShort of OG Green, you’d be hard-pressed to find a sixth ranger with a cooler design and story than the Magna Defender. While it’s tempting to wax poetic on the character’s arc over the course of Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, we’re here to talk about zords, and fortunately there’s plenty to say about the Defender Torozord. The Magna Defender’s zord is a giant bull fully capable of wrecking bad dudes in its bull form. But it doesn’t stop there. When converted to the Defender Torozord, the Magna Defender gets blown up to zord size and then wears the Torozord like a suit of armor. It’s an awesome take on a Megazord and the design is sleek, simple, and effective. Dark PredazordPower Rangers Wild Force varies wildly in quality throughout its series run but the indisputable high point is the Zen-Aku saga, in which a terrifying wolf monster systematically wrecks the Wild Force Rangers in devastating fashion. The highlight of this saga is when he reveals his Dark Wildzords, a wolf, hammerhead shark, and alligator. Together they form the Dark Predazord, a giant sinister juggernaut with a massive alligator head on its chest that shoots a laser cannon. That’s everything a dark zord should be and the show hasn’t topped it in the years since Wild Force was on the air. MegazordYou can’t knock the original. Everything that makes Megazords great as a concept started with the OG, the very first Megazord, so great that there’s no modifiers like “Thunder” or “Mighty Morphin” or “Ultra Max.” It’s just the Megazord. You can say that word and it’s the first one that will come to people’s minds. The design has never been topped and it is and will always be the most iconic Power Rangers zord of all time. Wild Force MegazordA few series have utilized the idea of the zords not being simply robots so much as fully sentient creatures with whom each ranger has a relationship. None have explored this as so fully realized and compelling a concept as Power Rangers Wild Force. The mythology surrounding the zords in this series makes for killer storytelling and lends a degree of empathy to them. They’re not just giant robots used as third-act plot devices. They’re characters. Furthermore, the series’ first Megazord design is incredibly cool, with the added bonus of endless customizable combinations. The original is awesome, but a few episodes into the series the Rangers begin to discover more zords, allowing for new add-ons like the Soul Bird, the Giraffe Zord, and the twin Bear Zords. DragonzordThe game had changed. With the debut of the Green Ranger and the Dragonzord, our understanding of Power Rangers changed. No single zord has more drastically altered the landscape of the series like the Dragonzord the moment it emerged from the sea like the Kraken that took down the Titanic (YOU CAN’T TELL ME IT’S NOT TRUE). There is no dragon-to-zord transformation as there is with the White Tigerzord. No tricks, no fancy alternate modes. There’s just a giant robot dragon that absolutely wrecks everything in its path. Its later combinations with the Megazord are cool, yes, but it’s still pure perfection on its own. It’s the best Megazord of all time, no doubt. WORST: Turbo MegazordLook at this large dumb boy.Unleash your inner Megazord now that you’re saturated with Ranger knowledge. You should be reading Boom! Studios’ latest run of Ranger comics. Watch MovieBob’s review of that last film. Stay informed of all Mighty Morphin’ news here with the 25th Anniversary.  Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Legend of the White Dragon’ Reunites Original Power RangersThe Original ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Should Have Stayed Small center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

It Chapter 2 teaser trailer delivers a spooky look at upcoming film

first_img See at Amazon Comments See it Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice Sprint Rylo TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The movie is not a sequel, but a continuation of the 2017 film, and both are based on the 1,100-page 1986 Stephen King bestseller. The Losers’ Club members who once fought the sewer-dwelling horror known as It are grown up now, and a devastating call brings them back to once again face their childhood horrors.Bill Skarsgård plays terrifying Pennywise the Clown, with James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, Andy Bean as Stan Uris and James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak. The original film grossed over $700 million worldwide.It: Chapter 2 opens on Sept. 5 in Australia and on Sept. 6 in the US and UK. Chris Monroe/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review 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). 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. $60 at Best Buy 2019 movies to geek out over 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. $210 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET It Chapter 2 trailer shows Pennywise coming back Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 0 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags 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. $155 at Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview $6 at Tidal See at Turo 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. $299 at Amazon 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice Read the AirPods review Apple iPhone XS 77 Photos 2:56 Tags News flash: Clowns are still creepy. A new teaser trailer for It: Chapter 2 came out Thursday, and Bev Marsh learns that going back to revisit your old home might just be a terrible idea. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. $520 at HP Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 $999 See It The Cheapskate Angela Lang/CNET $999last_img read more

Home Depot warns on dollar

first_imgHome Depot warns on dollar529 viewsHome Depot warns on dollar529 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Home Depot warns on dollar529 viewsBusinessAmericans are spending more money fixing up their homes, and that’s jacking up sales at Home Depot. Same-store sales in the U.S. rose nearly 9 percent in the latest quarter. And profit rose sharplyVentuno Web Player 4.50Americans are spending more money fixing up their homes, and that’s jacking up sales at Home Depot. Same-store sales in the U.S. rose nearly 9 percent in the latest quarter. And profit rose sharplylast_img read more

Money laundering in Dubai will be difficult for Indians now read to

first_imgRepresentational image of cash theft.PixabayDubai has planned to impose a new value-added tax (VAT) which will not only make money laundering more costly but compliance with the tax regulations will also leave a paper trail.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will commence the new VAT regulation from January 1, 2018, at the rate of 5 percent and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members which include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar will also impose the VAT but a year later, Economic Times reported.According to Economic Times, for years, paper transactions between the newly formed companies in UAE were shown as genuine business deals to legitimise undisclosed, untaxed income.Soon after changing black money to white money, the funds collected were then parked with banks in Dubai or invested in other countries or would come back to India as foreign direct investment in the Indian companies.Now such transactions from one company to the other will now attract a VAT of 5 percent. Further, the entities will also have to maintain a regular book of accounts for any transactions.”Besides higher cost of operations on account of VAT, entities in Dubai will be forced to maintain regular books of accounts. This will enable UAE authorities to monitor their activities and track the transaction trail,” said Dilip Lakhani, senior chartered accountant.”Till the time other creative and ingenious ways are discovered, VAT can go a long way in curbing money laundering,” he added. How does money laundering happen?The money laundering typically includes a chain of companies. For instance, firm A which receives funds through undisclosed and untaxed income initially transfers the money to firm B on the grounds of false invoices. Then, firm B, in turn, enters into a similar deal with firm C.Once the money is transferred to firm C, companies A and B shut down to remove the trail and no records would remain to find out if the companies actually existed.However, now with the implementation of the new tax system on transactions, this easy transferring of money will not be possible due to VAT registration and tax payment records of A and B that will always remain as a proof even if the companies cease to exist. An artist’s impression of Dubai’s “The Tower” that would be the world’s tallest tower. [Representational Image]Emaar Properties/Handout via REUTERSFurther, according to recent reports even European Union’s (EU) finance ministers adopted a blacklist of 17 jurisdictions deemed to be tax havens, including UAE and Bahrain in an attempt to fight worldwide money laundering.The countries on the blacklist are barred by EU institutions for any international financial transactions and also any transactions involving them could be subject to closer scrutiny.”There will be some amount of disruption in UAE starting Jan 2018. Considering that UAE has been blacklisted by EU, all steps are being taken to comply very seriously with various guidelines,” said Mitil Chokshi, senior partner at chartered accountant firm Chokshi & Chokshi.last_img read more

BNP demands EC reconstitution

first_imgLogo of BNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday demanded reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) with neutral persons before the announcement of the schedule for the next general election, reports UNB.The party also turned down the recent re-demarcation of 25 parliamentary constituencies by the commission for what he said doing it with a ‘motive to help’ Awami League candidates in the next polls.”We reject the re-delimitation of the 25 parliamentary seats as the Election Commission did it abusing its power,” said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “We would like to say a fair and credible election is not possible under the current Election Commission. That’s why the current commission must be reconstituted before the announcement of the next national election.”The BNP leader said non-partisan and neutral persons must be included in the reconstituted EC for ensuring credible and inclusive polls.Nagorik Odhikar Andolon, a pro-BNP Platform, arranged the programme at the National Press Club demanding the release of ailing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that all the decisions the EC has so far taken with their only a motive to ensure the victory of the ruling party candidates.He said the constituencies of many BNP leaders, including Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and him, were redrawn in such a way so that they cannot join the election.”The commission has re-demarcated the constituencies to help the government-supported candidates and put us in trouble. It (EC) has played an utter biased role in redrawing our all senior leaders’ seats,” the BNP leader added.last_img read more

Oikya Front unveils election manifesto

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain unveils their 14-point election manifesto at a city hotel on Monday. Photo: UNBJatiya Oikya Front on Monday rolled out its 14-point election manifesto with various promises, including ensuring the balance between the power of the president and the prime minister, and introducing upper house in the parliament.Chief of the alliance Kamal Hossain unveiled the election manifesto at a city hotel on Monday, reports UNB.In its manifesto, Jatiya Oikya Front promised to ensure democracy so that one-party rule cannot take root in the country. “National unity, not the political vengeance, is our goal,” Kamal said while announcing the manifesto.There will be no age limit for government jobs except those of police and the armed forces, he said.The opposition alliance also promises to annul quota system in recruitment of government jobs except for disabled and underprivileged persons.The Oikya Front also promised to scrap the Digital Security Act.The alliance pledged to carry out investigations into the corruption incidents that took place under the current government and will bring those responsible for graft to justice.They will also take immediate steps to resolve the water-sharing disputes of the common rivers, including Teesta, and Rohingya-related issues and other bilateral problems through discussions, said Kamal.He also pledged that Oikya Front will form a ministry for minorities and stop repression on them if it comes to power.The alliance, if come to power, would fix the minimum wages for garments workers Tk 12000.Ruling Awami League would unveil its election manifesto on Tuesday.last_img read more

With Charges Dropped Against Some Parents Who Crossed The Border With Families

first_img Share Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneMarchers head towards the tent city at Tornillo Port of Entry to protest the tent city erected there to house children separated from their parents at the border.The Trump administration insists it’s still prosecuting everyone who crosses the border illegally. But in one of Texas’ busiest border districts, federal prosecutors have dropped charges against some immigrants who entered the United States with their children — raising questions about whether President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy effectively remains in place.In an executive order Wednesday ending the separation of families at the border, Trump declared that migrant families should be detained together by the Department of Homeland Security while parents await prosecution, instead of parents being sent to jails and children sent to shelters. But doing that requires overcoming exceedingly difficult legal and logistical challenges — so “there is a necessary transition that will need to occur,” said Daryl Fields, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Texas, which covers hundreds of miles of the Texas-Mexico border, including El Paso and Del Rio.“As part of that transition, the office today dismissed certain cases that were pending when the President issued the order,” Fields said Thursday night.In the chaos wrought by Trump’s order, it’s not clear exactly how many cases have been dismissed or who has ordered their dismissal — U.S. attorneys take their cues directly from the federal U.S. Department of Justice, which had ordered them to prosecute all illegal crossings “to the extent practicable.” Many attorneys representing migrants say they don’t know. And federal officials have given conflicting information.Maureen Scott Franco, who heads the federal public defender’s office in the Western District of Texas, wrote to her colleagues Thursday that charges have been or will be dropped against all immigrants who were separated from their children.Franco said in an interview later Thursday she was told by the U.S. attorney in the district that there weren’t suitable facilities to hold the migrant families, so some cases were being dismissed “if the case involved a family having to be separated.” The federal government has three detention centers that hold families, and those were reportedly already  near capacity weeks ago. As federal prosecutors consider options for housing families legally, Franco said, “everything is on hold.”On Thursday, Fields seemed to confirm that, telling NBC News that charges would be dismissed against all immigrants who did not have serious criminal histories. But later, he retracted that statement, instead saying only that his office dismissed “certain cases.”Franco said she expects no further charges will be filed against immigrants crossing with their families until the government solves its facilities challenge.That would be a sharp departure from the Trump administration’s insistence that everyone who crosses the border illegally is still being prosecuted. U.S. Customs and Border Protection told The Washington Post Thursday it would stop sending families to federal prosecutors. The Department of Justice did not return a request for comment Friday morning.Dropping charges puts a “major dent” in the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, said Carlos Spector, an immigration attorney in El Paso.But even without criminal charges, Spector said, families are likely to be held for long stretches of time in immigration detention centers as they contend with the civil portion of their immigration cases.Spector said he wasn’t sure how far the policy had spread, but added, “I can’t imagine it just being here. Ground zero for ‘zero tolerance’ is El Paso. So if they lifted it here it makes no sense to have it anywhere else.”It’s not clear whether charges against migrant parents have been dropped in the Southern District of Texas, the state’s other major border region, which includes ports of entry from Laredo down to Brownsville.On Friday, 61 immigrants appeared in a McAllen courthouse to be arraigned on illegal entry charges, according to Marjorie Meyers, the top federal public defender in the region. None of them had crossed the border with children.And on Thursday morning, 17 immigrants who were separated from their children had been brought to the same McAllen courthouse on allegations of illegal entry. But minutes before the judge arrived, their cases were removed from the docket and they were not charged, according to the Texas Civil Rights Project, whose lawyers were on hand for the proceedings.Meyers confirmed that the 17 immigrants who were taken off the judge’s schedule had been deemed “heads of household,” suggesting their prosecution was stalled because they had children in the United States.Other immigrants in the courtroom Thursday were criminally charged, the Texas Civil Rights Project said.Angela Dodge, spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor in the Southern District, said Thursday that “we prosecuted all the cases that were presented in court today.” Cases removed from the docket would not have been presented in court.“No cases were dismissed in the Southern District of Texas due to the family unit issue,” Dodge insisted.Meyers said since Trump’s order on Wednesday, it’s been unclear how prosecutors and immigration officers will handle immigrants who crossed the border with their children.Julián Aguilar contributed reporting from El Paso.last_img read more

Qatar Gives Houston 25 Million to Help Reduce Homelessness

first_img Listen Share Abner FletcherSheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to the U.S., and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.The State of Qatar is giving Houston $2.5 million to help reduce homelessness. The gift comes from the $30 million Qatar Harvey Fund, which the Gulf monarchy set up last year.“Nearly 20 percent of unsheltered homeless individuals and half of those who are homeless for the first time are homeless because of Hurricane Harvey,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner, announcing the donation at City Hall. Turner said the donation will underwrite relief efforts in the five pilot neighborhoods of Houston’s Complete Communities initiative: Acres Homes, Gulfton, Near Northside, Second Ward, and Third Ward.The mayor shared the podium with Qatar’s Ambassador to the U.S., Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani. “We appreciate the relation with the state of Texas and the people of Houston,” said Ambassador Al-Thani, “and we’re grateful for all the support that they give also to our citizens who come here to study and come here to get medical treatment.”This marks Qatar’s second donation to the region this week, following another $2.5 million gift to help reopen the historic Riverside General Hospital. The effort comes as part of a trend of supporting long-term disaster recovery projects. Qatar set up a similar fund in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.NOTE: The Qatar Harvey Fund’s board includes Dr. Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston. UH holds the license for Houston Public Media. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:48last_img read more

Uber Reveals the Most Bizarre Items Forgotten by Riders

first_img Starbucks to Deliver Nationwide Via Uber EatsUber’s New Rideshare Tier Is the Height of Comfort Uber’s third annual Lost & Found Index is here, and it’s an entertaining report that lists the 50 strangest items forgotten by riders.Leaving behind a cell phone, credit card, or keys in an Uber is understandable, especially if someone’s in a rush. However, some Uber riders are taking very bizarre belongings with them. Topping off the Lost & Found Index are an “eight-week-old coffee-colored Chihuahua,” a “black faux fur neck cuff in a size large,” and, ” A photo of a New Year’s kiss.” Yikes.Here are the top ten weirdest items from the list:AdChoices广告Eight-week-old coffee-colored ChihuahuaBlack faux fur neck cuff in a size largeA photo of a New Year’s kissSix chicken tenders from 7-ElevenA black and white tuxedo for a small dogFull set of 18k gold teethProfessional grade hula hoopSalmon headMedium-sized medical marijuana pipeBirth certificate and social security cardOther outrageous items on the list included a Lego championship wrestling belt, white leather snakeskin Louboutin heels, a Harry Potter magic wand, a mannequin, and a small plush cat eating some pizza.Across the U.S., many people are accidentally forgetting their belongings in Ubers. Surprisingly, the list’s 10 most “forgetful” cities aren’t the major ones people would expect:East AlabamaGallup, New MexicoCookeville, TennesseeMississippi DeltaBoone, North CarolinaSioux City, IowaSouth GeorgiaMankato, MinnesotaCollege Station, TexasTallahassee, FloridaUber also found that specific days of the week have more lost items than others:Monday: People are most likely to forget watches.Tuesday: People are most likely to forget headphones.Wednesday: People are most likely to forget laptops.Thursday: People are most likely to forget books.Friday: People are most likely to forget passports.Saturday: People are most likely to forget phones.Sunday: People are most likely to forget cakes. (Not kidding here.)If you’re one of the unlucky riders who’ve forgotten a miniature fur baby, fantasy props, freshly baked dessert, or a smartphone, you can watch Uber’s video here for help. Uber advises to first call the driver if you’ve lost an item, however, if the item is your mobile device, you can log into your Uber account on a computer and report the missing object(s) ASAP to try and get them back.More on Geek.com:Uber Driverless Cars Return to the Road After Fatal Arizona CrashMore Americans Use Ride-Hailing Apps for Travel, Research SaysRide-Hailing App Vehicles Abandoned in China Stay on targetlast_img read more

Bette Midler accused of homophobia after Trump and Putin joke

first_imgBette Midler is being accused of homophobia. Bette Midler says she’s sorry for offensive Caitlyn Jenner tweet Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- The long-time ally and Divine Miss M posted the tweet yesterday about US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.‘Trump and Putin are meeting in Finland next month,’ she wrote.‘That’s a long way to travel for a blowjob, but hey — Putin’s got the money.’Predictably, this caused a wave of hatred against her from Trump fans.However, many people also questioned her use of homophobic rhetoric.When two people opposed to gay rights are made out to be gay themselves, it brings the onus back onto the LGBTI community.Making a joke at the expense of gay sex also suggests you see it as something outrageous or deviant. Others say if you use gay sex as a tool to insult another, it suggests the person doesn’t think of queer people as equal.Twitter responded:‘Homophobic insults are OK? Hypocrisy and bigotry. So we know how you really feel,’ one said.‘I detest Trump, but this is unfunny and homophobic,’ another said.‘Shame on you for using your platform to enable hatred and bigotry for nothing but scoring a few cheap political points.This is not a useful way to fight fascism.’center_img Another said: ‘It’s not OK to be homophobic or transphobic just because the target is a really bad person who does a lot of harm to the LGBT population.’Even homophobes pointed out that it could have been seen as homophobic.‘Others defended Midler, suggesting it was not homophobic at all.Bette Midler has previously apologized for tweeting transphobiaIn 2016, Midler apologized after a transphobic tweet about Caitlyn Jenner.She posted: ‘Now that I Am Cait has been cancelled, will she go back to being Bruce? Will Kris take him back? Do I smell a re-wedding?!’After outrage, she deleted the tweet.She claimed it was ‘an idle musing’.‘I seem to have misread the temper of the times,’ the singer said.Midler became recognized as a gay icon in the 1970s. She got her start in gay bathhouses, where she became close to gay piano accompanist Barry Manilow.‘Despite the way things turned out [with the AIDS crisis], I’m still proud of those days [singing at gay bathhouses],’ she said in 1998.‘I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of “Bathhouse Betty” with pride.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The new Hocus Pocus sequel story focuses on a same-sex couplePeople are calling out the New York Times for its homophobic Trump-Putin cartoonSeven tweeters who really needed to delete their accounts in 2017Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bette-midler-accused-of-homophobia-after-trump-and-putin-joke/last_img read more