Iraq UN experts call on authorities to suspend execution of Saddams codefendants

25 January 2007The Iraqi authorities should suspend without delay any further executions until it is ensured that a fair trial is provided following major concerns over shortcomings in the trial and hanging of former president Saddam Hussein and two of his co-defendants, United Nations human rights experts have warned. “International law allows the imposition of capital punishment only within rigorous legal constraints, including respect of fair trial standards,” Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Leandro Despouy and Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Leïla Zerrougui said in a statement. “However, these standards were not guaranteed by the Iraqi High Tribunal,” they added, referring to the forthcoming sentencing of former vice president Taha Yassin Ramadan, who was convicted in connection with the same crimes against humanity for which Mr. Hussein and the other two co-defendants were hanged. The Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber ruled that the life sentence imposed on him was too lenient and ordered the court to re-sentence him. Among the main concerns cited over the trials is the violation of a number of international human rights standards on the right to be tried by an independent and impartial tribunal and on the right to defence, including numerous reports of external pressure on the judges that appear to have led to the removal and resignation of some of them. The right to an appropriate and independent defence was also severely undermined, in particular by the “extremely serious attacks” against defence lawyers, some of whom were killed. “The assassination of defence attorneys appearing before the Iraqi High Tribunal threatens the entire procedure, since the role of defence lawyers is critical to a fair trial,” the statement said. It noted that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour had both called on the Government to refrain from carrying out the death sentences imposed on Mr. Hussein and the other two co-defendants. “In light of the gravity of the shortcomings of the trial against Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants, the experts strongly call upon the Iraqi authorities to suspend without delay any further executions until it is ensured that a fair trial is provided to those accused under their jurisdiction, in full respect of all due process guarantees required by international human rights law,” it concluded. read more

UN agency alarmed by series of blasts in camps for Somali refugees

Three Kenyan police officers have been killed in blasts near the refugee settlements in the Dadaab area of Kenya’s North-Eastern province, including the one who died in the latest explosion on Monday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a press release.Yesterday, another improvised explosive device went off near the market in the vicinity of Ifo refugee camp. There were no casualties, but a police vehicle was damaged. Four Kenyan police officers have been injured in the attacks since October.“We are deeply concerned for the well-being and safety of Somali refugees in Dadaab, most of whom are women, children and elderly,” said António Guterres, the High Commissioner for Refugees. “For the sake of refugees and those who are there to help them, it is of paramount importance to preserve the peaceful and civilian character of the camps.”Conflict, violence against civilians, drought and famine, have forced an estimated 295,000 people to flee Somalia this year. More than half of than number have found shelter at the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya, while others sought refuge in Ethiopia, Yemen and Djibouti.In Dadaab, the development of new sites, registration, delivery of emergency assistance and services continued uninterrupted throughout the year.However, since October, when two expatriate aid workers were abducted, growing insecurity has mean that aid agencies are only able to deliver life-saving assistance – mainly food, water and health services. UNHCR and its partners are exploring options to enable full operations to resume.The situation in Dadaab has been further complicated in recent months by an outbreak of cholera, believed to have started among new arrivals who were infected in Somalia or en route to Dadaab. Although the outbreak is now on a downward trend, UNHCR has registered 897 cases, and three deaths, since August.Somalia remains one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, according to UNHCR. More than 950,000 Somalis live as refugees in neighbouring countries, while another 1.46 million are internally displaced.Meanwhile, a UN-supported reconciliation and constitutional conference for Somalia got under way today in the city of Garowe in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, marking another step towards the implementation of the agreed roadmap to end the current transitional governing arrangements.Representatives from the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs), including the President, civil society, members of parliament and officials from the UN and regional organizations, among others, will discuss the constitution-drafting and adoption process over a three-day period.A constitution for Somalia is central to a wider series of reforms and actions to be implemented under the roadmap. They fall under the four headings of Security; Constitution; Good Governance; and Outreach and Reconciliation, according to the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS).In a related development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly today that Somalia’s peace process requires sustained and well coordinated international engagement. He said he looked forward to attending the high-level meeting on the country, which United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron intends to convene in London early next year.“We must continue to develop a common approach to ending the transition in Somalia and looking beyond August 2012 [when the transition ends],” Mr. Ban told the Assembly, as he briefed the 193-member body on his visit to Somalia and Kenya earlier this month.“Change will not happen overnight. But we have an obligation to build on the progress to date. Windows of opportunity are not open for long. All of us who care so deeply about the future of Somalia must make the most of this moment for the people of Somalia and the stability of the region,” the Secretary-General added.Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, who accompanied the Secretary-General on the 9 December visit to Somalia, said there is a “window of opportunity” for the international community to step up assistance.“This is our opening to be able to support Somali efforts to promote national reconciliation and an inclusive political process. Now is the time to act and to make this process happen for real,” said Mr. Al-Nasser.He said the visit had sent an important message of support and goodwill to the people of Somalia from the Assembly and the entire UN system.“I believe that we are all working towards the same goal, to make Somalia a safe and secure country. So let us all join our efforts to achieve peace for Somalia and the Horn of Africa,” he added. 21 December 2011The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm over a spate of deadly attacks using explosive devices in camps in Kenya that shelter more than 460,000 refugees, the majority of them from Somalia. read more

Ontario wines focus of CCOVI lecture

Creating an identity for the Ontario wine industry is the subject of the next lecture in a series hosted by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).The lecture will be given by CCOVI fellows Dirk De Clercq, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Ethics, and Maxim Voronov, assistant professor in Marketing, International Business and Strategy.The lecture will be Monday, May 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in MC H313. It will also be webcast live at brocku.ca/ccovi. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. read more

14M households with financial help for health insurance got tripped up on

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2016 3:39 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 1.4M households with financial help for health insurance got tripped up on taxes last year WASHINGTON – About 1.4 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law failed to properly account for it on their tax returns last year, putting their subsidies at risk if they want to keep coverage.The preliminary figures were released by the IRS late Friday afternoon, a time when the government often reports unfavourable developments. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services doubted there will be a major impact. HHS believes most of the people affected no longer have health law coverage.Still, it’s a potential complication as the Obama administration strives to increase enrolment for 2016 in the face of rising premiums and skeptical consumers. Tax issues highlight the difficulties of the health law for the very people it’s intended to serve.The law provides tax credits to help people pay premiums for private insurance. Nationally, that aid is averaging around $290 a month, roughly three-fourths of the typical premium. By funneling financial assistance through the income tax system, Democrats were able to call the overhaul the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in history. But they also spliced together two really complicated areas for consumers: health insurance and taxes. Confusion has been the result for many.Consumers can receive the tax credits in advance if they qualify. But when they file taxes the following year, they must account for the subsidies on their tax returns. People who fail to do that cannot get subsidies paid to them in advance the following year. Without financial assistance, health insurance premiums are unaffordable for many low- and moderate-income people.IRS said the more than 1.4 million households that have failed to properly account for their 2014 tax credits include:—About 316,000 households that got tax credits paid to them in advance but did not file any return at all last year. Before the health care law, many low-income people were not required to file taxes. Now they must do so if they got a subsidy. But if taxpayers don’t realize it, that can create mix-ups.—Some 976,000 households that got tax credits and filed 2014 returns, but omitted a new form that is the key to accounting for their subsidies. Called Form 8962, it was introduced for the 2015 tax filing season.—About 147,000 households that had requested extensions to file their 2014 taxes, but never followed through.The consumers with tax issues represent about 30 per cent of the 4.6 million households that had tax credits provided on their behalf.“We expect that taxpayers will continue to better understand this process as it becomes routine,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Friday in a letter to Congress. “We are committed to learning from this experience so that we can improve our processes and enhance the support we provide in the future.”Friday night, a Treasury spokeswoman said that for this year, the IRS will only flag people who do not file a return at all to have their tax credits turned off. Nonetheless, the spokeswoman said it is important for all individuals to file the proper tax paperwork.Starting early last summer, the IRS launched a large-scale effort to reach taxpayers who had potential health law issues. Results have been mixed.Under the health law, virtually all Americans are required to carry insurance and the uninsured face fines if they can afford coverage. Treasury said that compliance was simple for about three-fourths of taxpayers: All they had to do was check a box.But nearly 8 million uninsured individuals and families paid penalties averaging about $210 each. Of those about 313,000 were low-income people legally exempt from the coverage requirement. They will be able to get their money refunded by filing an amended return.The Obama administration said this week that 11.3 million people have enrolled for 2016 coverage with three weeks still left in the health law’s sign-up season. But a major independent survey showed that progress reducing the number of uninsured Americans under the law stalled last year, so every customer counts this time around.Administration officials do not believe tax problems will have a major impact on this year’s enrolment.“The IRS numbers do not translate to current marketplace consumers,” said Lori Lodes, communications director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs HealthCare.gov. In this Aug. 21, 2014 file photo, health care tax forms 8962 is seen in Washington. The Obama administration says about 1.4 million households that got financial help for health insurance under the president’s law failed to properly account for it on their tax returns last year. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) read more

UPDATE Grove handyman reportedly stabbed to death in triangular love affair

Fifty-three-year-old, Rohan Persaud, whose body was discovered in Back Street, Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Wednesday morning, was reportedly killed by his friend who was allegedly having an affair with his reputed wife.According to reports reaching INews, the murder suspect of Grove Housing Scheme, moved into the now dead man’s home after he had problems with his brothers.However, while there, the suspect reportedly started a sexual relationship with Persaud’s wife.Due to this, the suspect and Persaud had several arguments which caused the wife to move out of the home.However, the now dead man and the suspect, along with other friends, were in Back Street, Grove, when another argument ensued between the two. Persaud reportedly again accused the suspect of having sexual relations with his wife when a scuffle ensued.It was at this time that the suspect reportedly used a stingray (fish) bone and dealt Persaud one stab wound to his abdomen.The now dead man reportedly fell to the ground but was left for dead when the suspect and friends escaped the scene.Two men have since been taken into Police custody, however the murder suspect is still being hunted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

Moose River Consolidated nears gold production

first_imgAtlantic Gold Corp currently holds four gold development projects in Nova Scotia, Canada: the Moose River Consolidated project (MRC project) comprising the Touquoy and the Beaver Dam gold deposits, the Cochrane Hill gold deposit, and the Fifteen Mile Stream deposit, as highlighted in the map.The Touquoy gold project is the most advanced with all major permits in place. Beaver Dam is now in the permitting phase following the release of the results of a Feasibility study, the Cochrane Hill project is now at the feasibility stage following the publishing of a PEA in October 2014, while the Fifteen Mile Stream project is at an earlier stage of development, with a Mineral Resource estimate in place.The Touquoy gold project is under construction with all major environmental permitting in place including Environmental Assessment and Industrial Approval and granted Mineral Lease.According to the feasibility study, mining is based on conventional open pit methods suited for the project location and local site requirements. The mining fleet will include diesel powered DTH drills with 110 mm bit size for production drilling, diesel powered RC (reverse circulation) drills for bench scale exploration drilling, 4.5m3 bucket size diesel hydraulic excavators and 7 m3 bucket sized wheel loaders for production loading, and 64 t payload rigid frame haul trucks for production loading, plus ancillary and service equipment to support the mining operations.Mine operations are anticipated to begin at Touquoy, and move to Beaver Dam once the Touquoy pit reserves are exhausted in year 5. At Touquoy, ore is hauled to a crusher 700 m north of the pit, which feeds the process plant; and waste rock is deposited into a waste rock storage facility (WRSF) 1,000 m east of the pit, or is used as rock fill in construction of the tailings facility 800 m east of the pit. At Beaver Dam, reserve ore is hauled to a crusher 600 m south of the pit, and then crushed ore is hauled by on-highway haulers from Beaver Dam to the process plant at Touquoy operations; and waste rock is deposited into a WRSF 550 m south of the pit. Mine planning and mining cost estimates are limited to the mining and delivery of ore to the crusher and waste rock to the planned destinations. The haul of ore from Beaver Dam to Touquoy is not covered under the mine plan or mining costs.The Touquoy process plant is designed for an ore treatment rate of 2 Mt/y or 250 t/h based on an availability of 8,000 h/y, or 91.3%. However the crushing section design is set at 60% availability since it operates outdoors and utilizes modular mobile equipment. It will accept Touquoy ore for the first five years of operation and thereafter ore from the Beaver Dam deposit at the same treatment rate using the same unit operations.Things are on track for commissioning this September.last_img read more

Ballyfermot shooting victim largely conscious as family keep bedside vigil

first_imgA LOCAL PRIEST in Ballyfermot says people in the area have been left “stunned” by Friday night’s shooting of 6-year-old Sean Scully.Gerry O’Connor has appealed for the gunman to hand himself in to gardaí, saying “the community are incensed by what happened and that’s what they want you to do”.A man in his 30s, who is believed to have been the intended target of the attack, is being questioned by gardaí after being arrested yesterday.It’s understood he’s suspected of withholding information.The 6-year-old child was shot in the neck in a house in Ballyfermot and is still being treated this morning at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin.O’Connor, who has been in regular contact with the family, said he was in a stable condition.“We’re hopeful that things will go well for Sean,” O’Connor said, adding that the little boy had been “largely conscious” over the weekend.“The family are living on adrenaline  in many respects because they’re pouring out all their love on Sean. They’re at his side day and night.The community is with them 100 per cent in prayer, in support and in friendship at this time.O’Connor, who is also on the board of Sean’s school, St Ultan’s, said support would be offered to pupils this week to help them deal with what had happened.Regarding the atmosphere in the west Dublin suburb in the wake of the attack, he said “we’ve had moments of darkness in the past, but this in many respects surpasses all”.“Initially I think people’s response was bewilderment. Now there’s anger.People are saying something must be done to prevent moments like this.Ballyfermot Gardaí are continuing to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch. The incident room can be reached on 01 666 7200.Read: Man arrested for withholding information over shooting of six-year-old boy > Read: Gardaí following definite line of inquiry, call on perpetrators to turn themselves in >last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS Launching With 18 Titles

first_imgNintendo today confirmed the names of the 18 titles that will hit the market when its long awaited glasses-free 3D gaming portable, the Nintendo 3DS is launched on March 27th. At launch, users will be able to pick up Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, The Sims 3, Madden NFL Football, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Pilotwings Resort, Nintendogs + Cats, Rayman 3D, Super Monkey Ball 3D, Bust-a-Move Universe, and more.All of the aforementioned titles will run $39.95–the system itself will set you back $249.99. The 3DS will come preloaded with Mii Maker, Face Raiders, and a few other lite proprietary apps. All in all, a pretty promising start for the latest addition to Nintendo’s industry dominating portable systems.last_img read more

Official statement from WWE about Roman Reigns revealing his battle with leukemia

first_img WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Pinterest Twitter Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE issued a statement on Monday evening addressing the announcement by Roman Reigns that he is currently battling leukemia and will be forced to step away for now.Reigns, who officially vacated the Universal Championship in the opening segment of RAW last night, revealed he first battled cancer at the age of 22.You can read WWE’s full statement below.Roman Reigns fights against leukemiaSTAMFORD, Conn., October 22, 2018 – Tonight on Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns (aka Joe Anoa’i) announced that he is relinquishing the WWE Universal Championship and taking a leave of absence from WWE as he once again fights leukemia, which had been in remission since late 2008. Reigns is taking his battle with leukemia public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease. WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Florida Highway Patrol graduates 36 troopers

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WSVN) – The Florida Highway Patrol held a graduation for 36 new troopers.Those new troopers, part of the 133rd recruit class, are set to hit the road, Wednesday. They will join the more than 1,800 troopers who keep Florida’s roadways safe.Each graduate will be paired with a field training officer for a few weeks before they are placed on solo duty.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sixty 5000 Role Models students sign scholarships for college

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Sixty-two high school students signed scholarships with colleges and universities of their choice, Friday.The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation hosted their prestigious annual Academic Signing Day Friday night at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Miami.They’re the latest to get financial help from the group — which was founded in 1993 by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Twitter suspends account that shared video of teens and Native American elder

first_img Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Angela Lang/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Amazon 5 Tech Industry,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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET 7 The Cheapskate $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It $999 See at Amazon $155 at Google Express $210 at Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. 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. 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). See at Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 $299 at Amazon Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sprint 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. See It Apple iPhone XS Read Google Home Hub review Rylo Read the Rylo camera preview Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read the AirPods review 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 Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $60 at Best Buy 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Turo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Twitter has taken action against an account that shared a video of teenagers wearing “Make America Great Again” hats confronting a Native American elder.The Twitter account was suspended after CNN Business asked Twitter about it, it seems. The news outlet reported that the profile picture of the account, @2020fight, belonged a blogger based in Brazil but claimed to be a schoolteacher in California called Talia.The minute-long video, which was posted last Friday, had been viewed 2.5 million times and was retweeted at least 14,400 times, according to CNN. The video showed students gathering around Native American elder Nathan Phillips, with one standing in front of him smiling as Phillips sang.CNET has reached out to Twitter for more information on the suspension. $59 at eBay Share your voice See it Boost Mobile 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. $999 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Commentslast_img read more

State Natural Resources department hires new oil and gas overseer

first_imgMark Wiggin will be the new deputy commissioner at the Department of Natural Resources (Photo courtesy DNR)The Alaska Department of Natural Resources announced it has hired a new deputy commissioner in charge of oil and gas.Listen nowMark Wiggin left Brooks Range Petroleum to take the post, where he worked as an engineering and development manager.The deputy commissioner role has been vacant since March, when Marty Rutherford temporarily stepped in to the lead role at the Department of Natural Resources before she became a trustee of the Permanent Fund Corporation Board.Wiggin will work under Commissioner Andy Mack, who took the reins of the Department in July. (Wiggin is currently vice chair of Alaska Public Media’s board of directors.)In a press release announcing the hire, Mack touted Wiggin’s three decades of experience in Alaska’s oil fields, including big developments like Lisburne, Alpine and Mustang. Before working at Brooks Range Petroleum, Wiggin was at ASRC Energy Services focusing on the Alaska Gas Pipeline Project and the Nikaitchuq oil field.“His knowledge of upstream oil and gas issues, his experience in project development, and his work on resource economics and policy will add valuable expertise to DNR,” Mack saidlast_img read more

Snapchat parent Snap Inc files for 3 billion IPO

first_imgSnap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, is going ahead with a share sale in an initial public offering (IPO), hoping to raise $3 billion and that would value the company above $20 billion. Will Bharat Financial merge with IndusInd Bank?Snapchat is a camera application to communicate through short videos and images. On average, 158 million people use Snapchat daily and over 2.5 billion Snaps (short videos) are created every day. In a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 2, Snap disclosed that its advertising business is still young but growing rapidly. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the company recorded revenue of $404.5 million, as compared to revenue of $58.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. However, Snap incurred a net loss of $514.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to a net loss of $372.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. Snap’s SEC FilingSnap’s global average revenue per user (ARPU) in the three months ended December 31, 2016, was $1.05, compared to $0.31 for the same period in 2015. In North America, our ARPU in the three months ended December 31, 2016, was $2.15, compared to $0.65 for the same period in 2015.The share sale could take place as early as the first week of March in what could be the biggest US IPO in more than two years. Snap will issue nonvoting shares in the IPO. It said that Evan Spiegel, Snap co-founder and CEO, and Robert Murphy, co-founder and chief technology officer, have control over all stockholder decisions because they control a substantial majority of voting stock. The Class A common stock issued in this offering will not dilute their voting control. Snap said in the filing that it brings marketers a desirable, highly engaged audience of young users. Snap’s SEC FilingIf the IPO becomes successful, that would boost Snap’s position for marketers who spend some $70 billion annually on TV ads while trying to reach young audiences. In the advertising space, Snap will be up against players like Facebook and Google in the race for ad dollars.According to market research firm IDC, worldwide advertising spend will grow by 18 percent to $767 billion in 2020 from $652 billion in 2016. Mobile advertising is the fastest growing segment of this market and is expected to grow nearly 3-times from $66 billion in 2016 to $196 billion in 2020, while all other advertising spend is expected to decrease by approximately $15 billion during the same time period. Snap said it will use the proceeds from the IPO to increase its capitalization and for general corporate purposes. It may also use a portion of the net proceeds to acquire complementary businesses, products, services or technologies. On the risk disclosure part, Snap made clear that to maintain revenue growth and eventually become profitable, it must keep existing users on the service often and add new ones. If it doesn’t, “our business would be seriously harmed,” the filing states. Apart from Snapchat, Snap also offers lots of fun creative tools like lenses, geofilters, and bitmojis that allow users to express themselves through Snaps.last_img read more

Larva is the Creepiest Childrens Cartoon on Netflix

first_img Kids’ TV shows are way different from when we grew up, but some are still wackier than ever. Larva, an animated children’s series available on Netflix, is by far the creepiest cartoon to watch. And, it gives other Halloween horror flicks a run for their money because the main characters die over and over again.Photo Credit: NetflixIn the series, Red and Yellow, two little larvae, embark on crazy adventures through the grimiest and most unforgiving places on Earth, including sewer grates, spider webs, and floods. The worst part? You’ll watch them torture themselves in each episode, as they struggle to defeat their challenging situations and the insanity of their friendship. Like other horror movies, you’ll witness the slow death of the characters, as they drown, experience fatal reactions from mosquito bites, and become frozen mummies.On Netflix, you can stream all three seasons of Larva, but be warned: it’s downright chilling. Even though it might generate a lot of laughter from kids, it’s a series of sinister events for the characters. But, despite its gruesome theme, Larva has racked up more than four million views on YouTube. People love this grotesque series, even though it has a dark comedy edge. You might enjoy Red and Yellow’s demise and their stupidly hilarious encounters with insect monsters, bad weather, and the disgusting world under our feet.More on Geek.com:‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Review: ‘Daredevil’ Overcomes Both its Past and Netflix DragThe Best Horror Movies on NetflixAvatar: The Last Airbender Gets (Another) Live-Action Remake on Netflix Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies last_img read more

There are ways to combat racism that dont rely on implicit bias

first_imgIt would be nice if, to address racism and sexism, we could simply call on people to change their subconscious prejudicial impulses. Unfortunately, despite the hype around “implicit bias” as a psychological tool for improving workplace diversity, it doesn’t work that way. As Quartz has previously reported, there are numerous methodological flaws with the most commonly used implicit-bias test, and relying on current techniques meant to address implicit bias doesn’t product strong long-term results. But that doesn’t mean we should give up on addressing bias altogether, argued Neil Lewis, professor of communication and social behavior at Cornell University, at this year’s Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference. Lewis said that when he first saw evidence showing that implicit-bias training doesn’t create long-lasting effects, he found it depressing. He originally planned to research implicit bias in graduate school, then changed his mind when he realized the effects of trainings based on the concept don’t last long, he says. “But over time I’ve come to view it as an important and useful reminder of a broader lesson from the behavioral sciences: people are highly influenced by their environment,” he wrote in the notes for his talk, which he emailed to Quartz. “The reasons they have those biases in the first place is because they’ve learned them from the contexts they’ve been embedded in—contexts that are rich with social scripts (norms) that influence our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.” Read the whole story: Quartzlast_img read more

State not consulted over renaming of Bardhaman station CM Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that she was not aware of the Union government’s decision to rename Bardhaman railway station after revolutionary freedom fighter Batukeshwar Dutt.Days after Union minister and BJP leader Nityanand Rai announced it in Patna, Mamata said, “The state government’s proposal should be taken into consideration. This is BJP’s proposal and I have no knowledge about it. They cannot change names without the state government’s approval. This is very unfortunate.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata On Saturday, Rai had visited a house in Patna where Dutt lived after Independence. Dutt, who was born in a Bardhaman village in West Bengal in 1910, had later made Patna his home. “I have served as railway minister for two terms. As far as I know, the Centre must get the nod from the state government before changing the name of any station. There should not be mixing of the government with the party,” Mamata added. Dutt was associated with the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association, which was headed by Chandrashekhar Azad. He had accompanied Bhagat Singh to the national assembly in Delhi where they courted arrest after throwing bombs and revolutionary pamphlets. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Bangladeshi national held with drugs 2 Romanians convicted for cloning cards and

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested two people on Friday and seized Yaba tablets from their possession. Police said acting on a tip-off, STF’s Anti-Fake Indian currency note team intercepted two persons — one a Malda resident and another a Bangladeshi national — on the Durgapur Siding Road beside Garden Reach-Majerhat Flyover under South Port police station area.”Seven packets of amphetamines, commonly known as Yaba, were seized from their possession”, said police. The accused have been identified as Md. Ismail Hossain (43) and Kariful Sk (36). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Hussain is a Bangladeshi national, while Kariful is a resident of Englishbazar in Malda. They have been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Two Romanians sentenced to six months in jail for cloning cards A magistrate’s court in Kolkata on Friday sentenced two Romanian nationals to six months of imprisonment for cloning debit/credit cards. Robert George and Marianu Alin were each ordered to pay a fine of Rs40,000. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state The chargesheet was filed against four Romanian nationals, including Laurentiu Caius and Adrian Lupu. Charges are yet to be framed against Caius, while Lupu, against whom a look out circular was issued, is absconding. The case dates back to April 10, 2019, when the manager of a Punjab National Bank branch on Brabourne Road told police that some miscreants were cloning debit/credit cards after installing a skimming device and a tiny camera at the branch ATM, according to prosecution. Skimming devices are used to obtain card details, which help frauds clone debit/credit cards. CCTV footage showed two foreign nationals fitting some devices into the ATM. The same evening, one of the two foreign nationals spotted in the footage returned to the ATM and was arrested. Caius told police about Lupu, who is still absconding, and his associates in Delhi. George and Alin were arrested from there. Police recovered skimming devices, a camera module, a laptop and blank plastic cards. Hare Street Police had registered a case under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) , 420 (cheating) , 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (purpose of cheating) , 471 (using forged document as genuine) of the IPC.Manoj Kumar Verma, a 1998-batch IPS officer and present commissioner of police (CP), Barrackpore, will be awarded the Chief minister’s Police Medal for Outstanding Service on August 15. Apart from Verma, Sanjay Singh, a 1992-batch IPS officer posted as ADG South Bengal, and Vineet Kumar Goyal, a 1994-batch IPS posted as Director Security, West Bengal, will also receive the award. The Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Commendable Service will be presented to five IPS officers — Pandey Santosh, C Sudhakar, Meeraj Khalid, Shyam Singh and Debasmita Das. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to hand over the medals on Independence Day. According to sources, Verma’s role in controlling law and order in Bhatpara and other areas under the Barrackpore police commissionerate is among the reasons for him to be chosen for the award. On June 20, the state government decided to appoint Verma as the Barrackapore CP.Shortly after taking charge, Verma successfully controlled the law and order situation in the area and also reached out to the public. Criminals were arrested and bombs were seized in Bhatpara, Kankinara and other trouble-prone areas. Police successfully established area dominaton and Verma himself was seen marching in trouble-torn areas. After Lok Sabha polls results, as BJP candidate Arjun Singh won from Barrackpore, reports of violence were regularly reported from various areas.Verma had earlier played an important role in countering Maoist activities in West Midnapore district from 2009 to 2011. He was also posted as the IG Darjeeling during the violent movement for Gorkhaland in the hills in 2017. He also played a major role in restoring law and order there.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more