UP Bar Council chief cremated family seeks CBI probe

first_imgEtah (Uttar Pradesh) The mortal remains of Uttar Pradesh Bar Council President Darwesh Yadav, who was shot dead on Wednesday, were consigned to flames in her native Chandpur village in Etah district. Uttar Pradesh Minister Brijesh Pathak was among the thousands who turned up to pay tribute to the deceased. A large number of lawyers were also present on the occasion. Family members of Darwesh Yadav, meanwhile, demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder and alleged that Manish Sharma (who shot Darwesh Yadav) had embezzled funds which apparently led to her murder. Also Read – Telangana bus strike enters fourth day Manish Sharma had shot himself after killing Darwesh Yadav and is admitted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram in a critical condition. Lawyers have also demanded security for the family of the slain Bar Council chief while the Bar Council of India has sought a compensation of Rs 50 lakhs for the family. Darwesh Yadav had been elected as Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president on Sunday and had attended her felicitation ceremony in the court on Wednesday. Shortly after the felicitation ceremony, Yadav was sitting in a lawyer’s chamber when Manish Sharma came in and shot her dead. He pumped three bullets into Darwesh Yadav’s head and chest and then shot himself in the head, too. Following the incident, the state government has upgraded security arrangements in all courts.last_img read more

MCG terminates services of former public officials

first_imgGurugram: Facing heavy criticism over the matter, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has terminated the services of all six consultants who were retired public officials.The consultants were working under a contractual agreement with the MCG since 2017. Councillors had repeatedly asked officials during house meetings to terminate the services of the consultants citing that there was no real requirement of their services and it was only draining the resources of the civic body. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe six consultants were engaged for use of plastic waste and decentralised composting, taxation, land revenue, structural engineering, engineering, and Swachh Bharat mission. According to sources in MCG, each consultant was drawing a monthly salary in excess of Rs 1 lakh. “During the MCG house meetings, various councillors had repeatedly raised the issue of terminating the services of consultants. Taking cognisance of this, MCG commissioner Amit Khatri terminated the services of six consultants with immediate effect,” said SS Rohilla, spokesperson MCG. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderLast year in April Former MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav had also removed four consultants after realising that there was no requirement of their services in the civic body. “The six consultants were drawing a cumulative annual salary of nearly Rs 1 crore. Councillors had observed that they were not contributing to the MCG in a significant manner, and the officials within the MCG were competent enough. Hence, instead of draining public resources the issue of terminating their services were raised repeatedly,” said RS Rathee, councillor of Ward 34. The development comes just four days after MCG had terminated the services of a consultant tehsildar for allegedly impersonating an employee of the enforcement wing and extorting money from residents. For long the councillors, as well as activists, have raised accountability issues on the public body. In May MCG has found irregularities in the sanctioning of 35 bills of private contractors by the engineering wing, leading to an inquiry in the matter. An official document was submitted on the recommendation to the state government for filing a charge sheet against two executive engineers for laxity in services.last_img read more

Prashant Bhushan admits mistake in SC AG withdraws contempt plea

first_imgNew Delhi: Advocate Prashant Bhushan on Thursday admitted before the Supreme Court that he made a “genuine mistake” by tweeting that the government had perhaps submitted fabricated minutes of a meeting of the high-powered selection committee on appointment of M Nageswara Rao as an interim CBI director.Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Navin Sinha that in view of Bhushan’s statement, he would like to withdraw his contempt plea filed against the noted lawyer. However, Bhushan filed an application in the court seeking recusal of Justice Arun Mishra from hearing the contempt petition filed by Venugopal. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Bhushan also refused to tender an unconditional apology before the bench for seeking Justice Mishra’s recusal. Venugopal told the court that he stood by his earlier statement that he did not want any punishment for Bhushan in the matter. The bench, however, said it would consider the larger issue of whether a person can criticise the court in a sub- judice matter to influence public opinion. The bench posted the matter for further hearing on April 3. The top court had earlier said that it would examine if a person can criticise the court in a sub-judice matter to influence the public opinion which may interfere with the course of justice and added that now-a-days it has become a trend for the lawyers appearing in a sub-judice matter to make statements in the media and participate in TV debates. It had said the court is not averse to media reporting of cases but lawyers appearing in sub-judice matters should restrain themselves from making public statements.last_img read more

Worlds biggest dinosaur unearthed in Argentina

By Marisa Fernandez – Buenos Aires, ArgentinaScientists in Argentina have uncovered the bones of what is believed to be the world’s biggest dinosaur and animal that ever lived on earth.“Farm worker Aurelio Hernandez first stumbled on the remains in desert land near La Flecha which is around 250 km (135 miles) west of Trelew, Patagonia in Argentina” reported BBC News Science and Environment on May 17, 2014. Upon finding the bones, Mr. Hernandez immediately told the owners of the farm and they contacted Mr. Pablo Puerta, a Paleontologist of Feruglio Museum. The task of unearthing started about January 2013. Scientists of the Museum Feruglio excavated the ground and found seven partial skeletons amounting about 150 bones in remarkable condition. The scientists were able to determine the size and weight of the creature.The research was led by Dr. Jose Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol. According to the measurements of its gigantic and thick bones, it would have been 40 m (130 ft.) long and 20 m (65 ft.) tall. Paleontologists think it is a new species of Titanosaur, which was an herbivore (vegetable eater). They believe this species is part of a diverse group of sauropod dinosaurs that were characterized by a long neck and tail and a small head, dating from the Late Cretaceous period.The mega dinosaur would have weighed 77 tons, which is the equivalent of approximately 14 elephants! This weight makes it even heavier than the previous record holder Argentinosaurus that weight in at 70 tons.The researchers stated that the creature, which lived in the forest of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago, was yet to be named. “It will be named according to its magnificence and in honor both to the region and to the farm owners of the land where it was found,” the researchers said.Edited by Ann Smith read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 74.30 points to 14,959.34.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 40.05 points to 21,710.68.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 4.40 points to 2,425.61.The Nasdaq composite index was down 7.09 points to 6,214.82.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.43 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 79.07 cents US.

SecretaryGeneral expresses alarm at reports of coup in Thailand

Speaking to CNN at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan urged the people of Thailand to “remain calm. Over the past decade or so, they have established a solid democracy and institutions under the leadership of the King. And I’m sure they will be able to restore that institution and go back to a democratic system as soon as possible.”The Secretary-General said that while he did not have all the details of what has taken place in Thailand, “we as an Organization have always supported governmental changes through democratic means, through the ballot box.”He cited the position of the African Union, which “has indicated, they do not support those who come to power through the barrel of a gun… this is not a practice to be encouraged.”Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had been scheduled to address the annual debate of the General Assembly today but his appearance was later cancelled. read more

Living with a partner can halve risk of becoming overweight study finds

first_img 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. Compared to the single group, which comprised 90 people, the married group of 180 patients exhibited a significantly lower BMI, an average of 26.5 and 24.5 respectively, as well as a lower average body fat mass and lower rate of metabolic syndrome.Among patients with type 2 diabetes, being overweight increases insulin resistance and further worsens blood sugar control. “These findings suggest that social supportive care is needed to help single patients with type 2 diabetes manage their body weight,” said the authors.The research also found that men who were married and lived with their spouse exhibited a risk reduction of 58 per cent for metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Living with a partner can half the risk of becoming overweight for people at risk from unhealthy lifestyles, new research suggests.A study of patients with type 2 diabetes revealed that those who cohabited with a spouse or partner had approximately 50 per cent less risk of being above the 25 body-mass index (BMI) thresholds than patients who do not, regardless of their gender. The findings suggest that a second pair of eyes to guard against unhealthy eating helps diabetics control their blood-sugar levels, the researchers said.The study by Yokohama City University tracked 270 patients with type 2 diabetes over six years.last_img read more

Is modern livestreaming of funerals online pandering to lazy mourners

first_imgIt is fast becoming the modern way of dying, appreciated by some but frowned on by others.A growing number of crematoriums are fitting web cams in their premises to allow mourners to observe funeral proceedings from thousands of miles away.The development is being welcomed as a way of allowing grieving friends and relatives who would otherwise miss the occasion to take part.But many– particularly more traditional undertakers – fear web cam funerals may be used as an excuse for not attending services in person, denying the family of the dead the personal support crucial to the grieving process.One of the country’s leading funeral directors has said that while it may be useful for relatives living abroad there is a danger live-streaming will “pander to people’s laziness”.A recent survey of funeral directors found that 61 per cent of them had received requests for live-streaming of services and around a fifth of Britain’s 281 crematoriums already have webcams in place. Mr Childs,  a retired book keeper, said: “Wayne was able to see it as it happened, it meant the world to him.”I would of course recommend it to other families. It was successful and wasn’t all that expensive either, around £50. I got a CD of the whole thing as well.” But there are now warnings modern technology could “let people off the emotional hook”.Paul Allcock, president of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors, said it would be a shame if live-streaming became ubiquitous.“In many cases there’s an appropriate request for it, such as when mourners live a distance away. But my main concern is that it’s too convenient for those that don’t want to make the effort of attending when perhaps they should,” he told The Telegraph.Mr Allcock pointed out that a few kind words with the bereaved at the service or the wake that follows form an integral part of a funeral, and no amount of sophisticated technology can substitute for the personal touch.“It’s wonderful for those relatives who live abroad, but there’s also a danger of pandering to people’s laziness and not attending personally and sharing your condolences, which is such an important part of the grieving process.“Many funeral directors will tell you that a few kind words shared over a sandwich after the funeral can never be replaced by watching the event from a distance via a web-camera.”One company which specialises in live-streaming funerals reports receiving one request a week for its services and currently has cameras at more than 25 locations. A digital camera discreetly set up the crematorium chapel captures the service, which is live-streamed online from where it can be watched at any computer terminal around the world, usually accessed using a secure user name and password issued to the viewer. James Crossland, whose firm Obitus charges from £1,000 to install and manage the required technology, says Britain’s changing demographic has led to a surge in the popularity of live-streamed funerals. Many funeral directors will tell you that a few kind words shared over a sandwich after the funeral can never be replaced by watching the event via a web-camera.Paul Allcock, Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors Wayne was able to see it as it happened, it meant the world to him. I would of course recommend it to other families.John Childs, 87 He points out that with five million Britons living abroad, and a rise in the number of migrants living here, there is growing demand for technology that will allow mourners to witness a funeral service without having to journey long distances to be there in person. Elderly people also find it difficult to attend funerals in person.John Childs, 87, welcomed the opportunity to live stream his wife Joan’s funeral so their son Wayne would be able to watch from his home 9,500 miles away in Australia.Mrs Childs, of Calmore, Southampton, Hants, was married to Mr Childs for 51 years before she died of lung cancer in March 2008 at the age of 69.Though Wayne and his family were able to come and be with her in her last few weeks, he had to leave to return to work in Perth, Australia, and as a result would miss the funeral.The Southampton Crematorium offered the service for an additional £50 charge which would allow Wayne to watch the entire funeral as long as he had a working internet connection. 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.last_img read more

Rise in top universities setting own entrance exams as they cannot rely

first_imgA Russell Group spokesman said that its member universities makeoffers on the basis of a “detailed assessment” of each candidate’s ability, adding that exam results are just “one part of the picture”.“Some universities also ask applicants for particular courses to come in for interview or to complete additional tests,” the spokesman said.“Ultimately, this is about ensuring students end up on courses that are right for them.”A spokesman from Universities UK said that while admissions tests can be beneficial, they can also place an “additional burden” on students. The syllabuses were also re-designed in an attempt to make them more rigorous, with changes including more unseen texts in English Literature and more mathematical elements in Science exams.Schools Minister Nick Gibb appeared to acknowledge the difficulty faced by universities in selecting students based on their A-levels, saying: “The way they decide to interview is often on the basis of GCSEs.” Dr Sam Lucy Director of Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges, wrote to school leaders last year, advising them of the changes and explaining that they were designed to “maintain the effectiveness and fairness of our admissions system during ongoing qualification reform”.Meanwhile, Oxford University, which already had 21 entrance exams,  has been introducing the Thinking Skills Assessment for a growing number of subjects. It added it for Human Sciences and Chemistry in the last two years, and it is introducing it for History and Economics next year.Since last year, Durham, Warwick and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) have rolled out a new mathematics test. Data released by the Joint Council for Qualifications this week showed that for the first time in six years, the proportion of student achieving top grades in their A-levels has increased with some 26.3 per cent of students gained an A* or A, up from 25.8 per cent last year.Dr Katie Petty-Saphon, chief executive of the Medical Schools Council, said that universities are increasingly turning to entrance exams because it is impossible to distinguish between the most able candidates when so many are awarded top grades.“A-Levels are far as medicine is concerned are very good predictors of high performance as a doctor,” she told The Sunday Telegraph. Oxford University, which already had 21 entrance exams,  has been introducing the Thinking Skills Assessment for a growing number of subjectsCredit:Carl Court/Getty Images She said that entrance exams are “just part of the package now”, and are necessary in order to provide medical schools with the “maximum amount of information” to ensure that “public money is the best spent on those candidates with the potential to be the best doctors of the future”.Dr Samina Khan, head of undergraduate admissions at Oxford University said that admissions tests are being used “increasingly by universities for admitting students to their most popular courses”, adding: “The test results help us to select the most able candidates who are most likely to flourish at Oxford.”In the 13 re-vamped A-level subjects which students received results for this week, coursework was scaled back and modules were axed, meaning that students sit all of their exams at the end of the two year course. And in the past two years, Bristol, Birmingham and Liverpool have all introduced the UKCAT for prospective medical students.Dr Kevin Stannard, a director at the Girls’ Day School Trust, a group of 24 leading independent schools, said that the increasing number of universities adopting their own exams signs that “they are no longer confident that A-levels can select the best candidates”. He added that universities “will be forced more and more to introduce their own tests”.Dr Stannard oversaw the design and roll-out of  the Cambridge pre-U, which was launched in 2008 as a more rigorous alternative to A-levels. It was adopted by a number of leading institutions, such as Eton College, Westminster School and Rugby School.center_img Oxford University, which already had 21 entrance exams,  has been introducing the Thinking Skills Assessment for a growing number of subjects Britain’s leading universities are scrambling to introduce their own entrance exams in a move which threatens to undermine the authority of the new “toughened up” A-levels.This week was the first time that students received their results for the new A-level courses, which were designed by former education secretary Michael Gove as part of a drive to raise academic standards in schools.But several of the elite Russell Group universities have signalled that they can no longer rely on A-levels to select the brightest students and are instead bringing in a raft of new assessments, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.Cambridge University introduced entrance exams in 23 subjects last year, in addition to the three it already had in place. 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. They are no longer confident that A-levels can select the best candidatesDr Kevin Stannard, a director at the Girls’ Day School Trust “But because lots of students are getting the three As at A level, the medical schools needed some other way of differentiating between the students.”last_img read more

Gliese 581g débat autour de lexistence de lexoplanète

Gliese 581g : débat autour de l’existence de l’exoplanète Monde – Gliese 581g, planète “jumelle” de notre Terre située à seulement 20 années-lumière, pourrait en réalité ne pas exister.Le mois dernier, l’annonce de la découverte d’une planète identique à la Terre, sur laquelle on pourrait trouver les conditions nécessaires à la vie à seulement 20 années-lumière de nous avait à nouveau engendré de nombreuses spéculations autour d’une question aujourd’hui récurrente : “Sommes-nous seuls dans l’univers ?”Cette découverte provenait à l’origine d’une équipe de scientifiques dirigée par le docteur Stephen Vogt, de l’université de Californie. Gliese 581g se trouverait dans la zone des étoiles Goldilocks, une région de l’espace où les conditions climatiques (ni trop chaudes, ni trop froides) sont favorables à la présence d’eau liquide sous forme d’océans, de lacs et de rivières.Aujourd’hui pourtant, un groupe d’astronomes suisses affirme que Gliese 581g, une planète rocheuse de trois fois la taille de la Terre, pourrait ne pas exister. Cette équipe, qui a également analysé les mêmes données, a indiqué qu’elle n’avait trouvé aucune trace de la planète, jetant ainsi le doute sur la recherche d’origine. Francesco Pepe, du laboratoire de Genève (Suisse), a annoncé au cours d’une conférence donnée à Turin : “S’il y avait une indication dans nos données permettant de conclure à l’existence de Gliese 581g, nous aurions été capables de la trouver”. À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteLes scientifiques californiens avaient également découvert quatre planètes censées graviter autour de Gliese 581g. L’équipe suisse a confirmé leur existence, mais n’a pas trouvé la trace de Gliese, la planète qui avait stimulé l’imagination du public. “Nous n’avons trouvé aucune preuve de l’existence d’une cinquième planète dont la révolution serait de 37 jours” a déclaré Pepe.Stephen Vogt a quant à lui annoncé qu’il était confiant quant au travail de son équipe : “En 15 ans de ‘chasse à l’exoplanète’, avec plus d’une centaine de planètes découvertes par notre équipe, nous n’avons jamais publié une fausse déclaration, une rétractation ou un erratum”. Les astronomes suisses n’ont quant à eux pas encore publié leurs résultats dans une revue scientifique. Seule cette publication permettra de donner du crédit à leurs conclusions auprès de la communauté scientifique.Le 19 octobre 2010 à 08:56 • Emmanuel Perrin read more

This Boeing 747 Will Be Sunk as Part of Underwater Theme Park

first_img Amazing video and images of a Boeing 747 getting towed across the ocean off the coast of Bahrain are being shared on social media as preparations get underway for the plane to be sunk to the bottom of the sea.The 229-foot long aircraft, built in 1981, is set to be the highlight of a planned underwater theme park, Dive Bahrain, which will become the largest underwater theme park when it opens later this summer.الرحلة الى موقع منتزه الغوصBoeing 747 begins its journey to the final dive site location#DiveBahrain #Dive #Bahrain #Scubadiving #SCE #BahrainOursYours #ecotourism #underwater #underwaterworld pic.twitter.com/tIXpakj07s— divebahrain (@divebahrain) June 11, 2019Video and photos show various parts of the Boeing 747 being removed, including the wings and tires, before tugged into the water and floated into position with the use of buoyancy aids.The plane will be sunk to a depth of 65 feet and will also be the largest ever to be submerged, according to the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA).• Happening Now • Our Boeing 747 sails to her new home! نشهد الآن اهم خطوات المشروع حيث يتم نقل الطائرة لمحطتها الجديدة! #DiveBahrain #Dive #Bahrain #Scubadiving #SCE #BahrainOursYours #ecotourism #underwater #underwaterworld pic.twitter.com/9xcsD4cXmN— divebahrain (@divebahrain) June 11, 2019The park, which will cover an area of 100,000 square meters, will feature several attractions for divers, including artificial reefs, underwater sculptures, and even a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house.“The project is implemented in accordance with best global practices for better environmental sustainability to ensure that tourist activities do not damage the environment or the marine life,” BTEA said in a news release.Bahrain is also hoping the project will provide researchers with “rich information and data on marine ecology and will raise awareness on the growing importance of preserving precious marine habitats.”More on Geek.com:Watch: How Virgin Atlantic Engineers Change a Wheel on a Boeing 747Watch: Brand-New Airbus A330neo Plane Assembled in Two MinutesHere’s What It’s Like to Fly Upside-Down in a Fighter Jet Stay on target Watch: Plane Lands on Highway, Gets ‘Pulled Over’ in WashingtonWatch: Wild Turbulence Throws Flight Attendant Into Cabin Ceiling last_img read more

Gov Inslee names Drew as states new EFSEC chair

first_imgOlympia – Gov. Jay Inslee has named Kathleen Drew as the chair of the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.EFSEC reviews siting proposals for major energy infrastructure projects proposed in the state.Drew is a former state senator, and currently assistant director of the Washington State Department of Licensing’s Business and Professions Division.She will assume her new role Jan. 16.Drew will replace interim EFSEC chair Roselyn Marcus, who stepped into the role in September after the resignation of Bill Lynch.After Drew assumes her new responsibilities, Marcus will return to the Office of Financial Management.According to a news release, Inslee has asked Drew to perform a strategic review of EFSEC. The governor wants her to consider whether the council’s membership should be broadened, look for ways to consolidate and streamline the council’s work, and reassess its scope and role — given the changes in the energy industry and the state’s need for reliable, affordable and clean energy.last_img read more

NBB Files Challenge to EU Trade Barriers

first_imgThe National Biodiesel Board (NBB) filed comments this week with the European Commission, challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009.In the filing, NBB urged the commission to allow duties on U.S. biodiesel to expire this year as scheduled, citing overwhelming evidence that global trade for biodiesel has changed dramatically since the duties were imposed and that continuing the duties is protectionist and unnecessary. The original biodiesel trade duties were imposed by the European Commission on July 7, 2009 and were slated to expire this year. However, the Commission is currently conducting an “expiry review” over whether to reinstate. NBB’s comments came in response to a request by the European Biodiesel Board in July to reinstate the duties for another five years. The review process is expected to take 12-15 months, and the Commission could decide to continue the duties or remove them in total or in part.NBB also emphasized that European biodiesel producers are able to sell biodiesel in both Europe and the United States without duties or limitation and can freely participate in U.S. policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard and the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive. At the least, NBB said, U.S. producers should be able to participate in the European market without having to pay punitive duties“We have presented  a strong case for ending these protectionist barriers that are unfairly hurting U.S. biodiesel producers even as European producers are taking advantage of the U.S. market. As we speak, European biodiesel producers are sending biodiesel to the U.S., with significant policy support, while at the same time the European market has been cut off from U.S. producers,” said NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel in a news release. “The bottom line is that biodiesel trade is dramatically different in 2014 than it was in 2009 when the U.S. industry was just getting off the ground. Eliminating these duties will level the playing field and allow U.S. producers to fairly compete in accordance with international law – just as we are allowing European producers to do in the U.S. market.”last_img read more

Samsung launches 5G gaming service

first_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See it 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Boost Mobile Sprint 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. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $299 at Amazon 5G Samsung Sprint Verizon,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. Share your voice See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Turo $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It Amazon 0 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. Tags 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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 $6 at Tidal JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Angela Lang/CNET 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). $59 at eBay $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See Itcenter_img Tags The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will come with a one-month premium Hatch 5G gaming subscription. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Samsung has launched a 5G gaming app in partnership with cloud-streaming game service Hatch.The Hatch for Samsung app is designed for the Galaxy S10 5G and for use with 5G mobile networks such as those launched by Sprint and Verizon.5G, also already launched in the US by AT&T, is the next-generation network being used by smartphones to provide faster speeds and more capacity.”The blazing fast speed and low latency of 5G will totally transform mobile gaming, so we’re thrilled to work with Hatch to pioneer 5G gaming in the US,” Chris Jo, Samsung Electronics America’s head of services, said in a statement.The app comes with more than 100 games with no in-game purchases and no downloads required.Some of the games include Hitman Go, Monument Valley, Space Invaders Infinity Gene and Arkanoid Rising.The new Galaxy S10 5G phone comes with a one-month subscription to Hatch Premium, accessible via the device’s Game Launcher.The service had previously been launched in Samsung’s home market of Korea, said Hatch co-founder Vesa Jutila. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 Post a comment Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $520 at HP Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Read Google Home Hub review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Share your voice Mobile Gaming Video Games $999 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express The Cheapskate See at Amazon $999 $210 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review CNET’s 5G coverage Comments Read the Rylo camera preview 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. Best Buy Verizon vs. Sprint 5G throwdown: Lightning-fast network speeds are just the beginninglast_img read more

Now govt stands as judiciarys rival BNP

first_img-Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that the government has stood as an opponent to the judiciary following the Supreme Court’s verdict that revoked the 16th constitutional amendment.”The statements of finance and health ministers [over the 16th amendment verdict] have clearly manifested that this regime has taken a stance of opponent against the judiciary,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “The Supreme Court has reflected people’s views through its various observations in the verdict. So, the country’s 16 crore people have the support to the observations.”Fakhrul came up with the comment while inaugurating their party’s member collection programme arranged by Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum on the ground floor of Dhaka Bar Council.He criticised the cabinet members for making ‘unguarded’ remarks at their Monday’s meeting on the Supreme Court verdict that revoked the 16th amendment. “I’m not sure, but you [lawyers] can say it clearly whether it is tantamount to contempt of court the way some ministers and Awami League leaders talked about the verdict.”The BNP leader also accused the government of trying to create dispute among the three basic organs of the state in a planned way to destroy them. “They’ve already created a conflict between the judiciary and parliament.”He claimed that the government has lost its moral rights to hang onto power the day the apex court released the full text of its verdicts on the 16th amendment. “The government would have resigned on that day had it the minimum trust in democratic values.”Fakhrul called upon the government to quit on moral ground by handing over power to an interim supportive government for holding an inclusive election.He urged the lawyers to come forward to protect democracy and people’s all rights, including voting one.Voicing deep concern over the rise of killing and rape incidents, the BNP leader said law and order situation has seriously deteriorated as the ruling party men are engaging in various crimes and infighting.last_img read more

Mymensingh road crash leaves 3 dead

first_imgMymensingh road crash leaves 3 deadThree people were killed and three others injured when a microbus rammed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Satrashia in Muktagachha, Mymensingh on Wednesday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Ali Ahmed Mollah, officer-in-charge of Muktagacha police station, said a microbus hit a Muktagaccha-bound auto-rickshaw around 7:30am, leaving its three passengers dead on the spot and three injured.The injured were taken to a local hospital.last_img

DC Loses Dolores Kendrick First Lady of Poetry

first_imgThe District of Columbia is mourning the death of Dolores Kendrick, its poet laureate for nearly two decades. Kendrick died Nov. 7 at her D.C. home at age 90.Dolores Kendrick, Washington’s Poet Laureate. (Photo/loc.gov)“This week, our city lost a poet, a trailblazer, and a tremendous source of inspiration – a woman who began her career as an educator and, through her poetry and work in the community, never really stopped teaching,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. Kendrick, dubbed the “first lady of poetry,” was born and raised in segregated Washington, D.C. She received her teaching certificate from the historically Black Miner Teachers College and her Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University, according to The Poetry Foundation.She started her teaching career in the D.C. public school system, where she helped found the School Without Walls. Following that, she taught for two decades at Phillips Exeter Academy, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire. There she became the first Vira I. Heinz professor emerita, according to the foundation. Kendrick, appointed D.C.’s poet laureate in 1999, received many awards for her writing.She won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1990 for “The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women.” An adaptation of the book for the stage snagged the 1997 New York New Playwrights Award.She also earned a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the George Kent Award for Literature, according to the U.S. Library of Congress. She also wrote a collection of poems about homeless women called “Why the Woman Is Singing on the Corner: A Verse Narrative.”Kendrick worked for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, developing programs for high school and college students and for established and emerging poets, according to the foundation. Meanwhile, The National Visionary Leadership Project has recognized Kendrick’s contributions to art and public life, and in 2002 celebrated her Kendrick’s work at the Kennedy Center, according to the foundation.Kendrick made her mark across the city in tangible ways as well. A sculpture outside of the NoMa/Gallaudet Metro Station called “Journeys” features Kendrick’s poem of the same name. Another sculpture downtown at 9th and G streets Northwest also includes her poetry. “Throughout her tenure as poet laureate, Dolores worked on a variety of programs to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of poetry, and through her enduring work, she will continue to influence and inspire Washingtonians young and old,” Bowser said in her statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends, family, and loved ones.”last_img read more

Agents earn an extra 2 when booking with TravelBound

first_img Share Travelweek Group Monday, September 11, 2017 NEW YORK — Just in time to boost bookings for the remainder of 2017, TravelBound, a leading FIT supplier, is bringing back its 2% bonus commission offer for Canadian travel agents.The offer applies to hotels, sightseeing tours and transfers. And to make it even more attractive, it is valid for new bookings made to anywhere TravelBound offers its products. This translates into substantial increased revenue, seeing how agents have nearly 180 countries to choose from.“After the success of our 2% bonus commission for European bookings last year, we saw this as an opportunity to reward our valued travel partners for any destination they specialize in for a limited time,” said TravelBound President James Phillips.The extra 2% commission applies to bookings made from Sept. 1-30, 2017, for travel now through Dec. 31, 2017. Agents simply make their reservations on the TravelBound website, as their profile has been increased for the booking window. There are no minimum booking requirements.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsFor more information visit gotravelbound.com. Agents earn an extra 2% when booking with TravelBoundcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Commission, Travelbound Posted bylast_img read more

Lagerfeld muse Anna Piaggi dies at 81

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Piaggi started her career as a translator for Mondadori publishing company, and went on to write for, among others, Vogue Italia. She provided inspiration for Lagerfeld, who published a sketchbook of her creations and once wrote “Anna invents fashion.”The Victoria and Albert Museum in London held an exhibition in 2006 of her extensive wardrobe collection, including thousands of dresses and hundreds of pairs of shoes.Master milliner Stephen Jones paid tribute to Piaggi, saying she had served as his “guiding light and an inspiration” and praising her for her “effervescence and inventiveness.”In a statement to The Associated Press, the British hat designer for royalty and superstars reminisced about how Piaggi would call him and “say `Ah, Stephen, I am doing a wonderful thing and I need a new hat.’”Jones said he had visited Piaggi in her apartment just two weeks ago, and they were making plans to take in the men’s shows in London in January.Jones said Piaggi was not only his muse, she was also “a talisman for all those around the world who believe that fashion is a way of life and that freedom of expression should manifest itself in what we wear.” Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society MILAN (AP) – Fashion journalist Anna Piaggi, who provided inspiration for designer Karl Lagerfeld and was celebrated for her own eccentric style, died Tuesday. She was 81.Vogue Italia said on its website that she died in Milan. No cause of death was given.For years, Piaggi’s vibrant dress sense _ including funky hats and theatrical makeup _ made her stand out on the front rows of Milan and Paris runway shows. Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories last_img

Luxury travel demands changing report

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Luxury travel is about more than opulent hotels Today’s luxury traveller wants to be entertained and stimulated, rather than simply pampered, according to a report undertaken by consulting specialists Horwath HTL.Commissioned by International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) and published at the recent ILTM Asia conference in Shanghai, the ‘The Future of Luxury Travel’ report looks into the changing pattern of high-end travel experiences, taking into account the effects of the global financial crisis as well as the increase in demand for luxury from the emerging markets.   “The high end of the market is often seen as the barometer for trends that will be picked up in other areas of the industry,” Horwath HTL chairman Robert Hecker said.“The report has been fascinating to produce because of the implications for travel in a post credit crunch environment.” According to the study, ‘independent minded travellers’ seek action and simplicity, ‘explorers’ want off the beaten track experiences, ‘candidates to luxury’ crave efficient and seamless travel, and ‘streetwise purchasers’ seek value for money and a return on personal values.Common to all four profiles is the increasing popularity of emerging destinations, reflecting a growing interest in local culture and authentic experiences.“The ILTM Global Trends report confirms there is a continued recovery in and demand for luxury travel, as shown by increasing lead times and rates,”  ILTM exhibition director Debbie Joslin commented.“The role of the luxury travel buyer and their relationship with suppliers has never been more important as the demand for high-level personalisation continues to grow amongst luxury travellers.”last_img read more