October 12

Amid Hoceima Protests, King Mohammed VI Expresses Disappointment, Cancels Ministers’ Vacations

Rabat – King Mohammed VI stressed, on Sunday in Casablanca, the need to “avoid politicizing the social and developmental projects that are being accomplished” or to “exploit them for narrow purposes.”During the first Ministerial Council of El Othmani’s government chaired by the King this Sunday, the sovereign expressed his “disappointment, discontent and concern” about the delay of the implementation of the projects included in the program Al Hoceima Lighthouse of the Mediterranean. Abdelouafi Laftit and Mohamed Boussaïd, ministers of the Interior and Finance respectively, were tasked by the King to monitor and audit the situation: “the General Inspectorate of Territorial Administration and the General Inspectorate of Finance IGF, will conduct the necessary investigations and set the responsibilities and issue a report as soon as possible.” The King also “recalled his High instructions” that “only proposals for financing, studies, clearance of land should be presented to him, with the obligation to launch them as soon as possible,” stated a communique from the Royal Cabinet reported by MAP. Amid the current situation, the King canceled Ministers’ holidays until “further notice to ensure follow-up of the projects concerned.” read more

October 12

RAM to be Official Carrier for Senegal’s Annual Magal of Touba…

Rabat- Royal Air Maroc has signed an agreement with the Senegalese city of Touba to make RAM the official carrier for the Grand Magal of Touba pilgrimage.Morocco’s flag carrier signed the agreement with the Senegalese municipality on Tuesday.  The annual Magal of Touba religious pilgrimage, organized by the Mouride community of Senegal, will take place October 26-27.The agreement, which is renewable for one year, was signed by RAM Commercial Director Abdelghani El Aissoug and Touba Mayor Abdelahad Ka. RAM wants to reduce the cost of flights to Dakar for Senegalese residing abroad who wish to participate in the event.Read Also: Benchaaboun: Morocco Will Not Privatize ONCF, May Sell Maroc Telecom StakesThe agreement seeks to cover a 40 percent reduction in the cost of repatriating the bodies of Senegalese who have died abroad. RAM is also expected to offer 40 free tickets to the municipality of Touba.El Aissoug said that RAM is “proud of this convention that allows it to become the official carrier of such a large religious event (Magal de Touba).”,He said that the partnership reflects the exemplary relationship between Morocco and Senegal. He added that the company will “spare no effort to serve the Senegalese community abroad and facilitate its trip to Senegal, especially from Spain, France, the United States and Italy.”Magal of Touba is traditionally celebrated on the 18th of Safar, the second month in the Islamic calendar.Participants gather in the holy Mouride city of Touba to celebrate the teaching of Sheikh Amadou Bamba, the founder of the Senegalese Mouride Brotherhood.In 2011, over 3 million pilgrims gathered in Touba to celebrate the event.The annual pilgrimage dates back to 1928, the year after Bamba’s death. It commemorates his death his exile to Gabon by the French colonial government in 1895. read more

October 2

Vaccines are safe and save lives UNICEF declares launching new VaccinesWork campaign

“We want the awareness that #VaccinesWork, to go viral,” said Robin Nandy, UNICEF’s Chief of Immunization. “This campaign is an opportunity to show the world that social media can be a powerful force for change and provide parents with trustworthy information on vaccines.”The campaign is part of a global, week-long celebration under the theme, Protected Together: Vaccines Work, to honour so-called Vaccine Heroes – from parents and community members, to health workers and innovators.A unifying hashtag#VaccinesWork has long been used to bring together immunization advocates online.This year, UNICEF is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Vaccine Alliance, a public-private partnership known as Gavi, to encourage even greater reach.For every like or share in April of social media posts with the hashtag #VaccinesWork, the Gates Foundation will contribute a dollar to UNICEF – up to $1M in total – to ensure that all children get the life-saving vaccines they need.“More children than ever before are being reached with vaccines today,” said the Foundation’s Violaine Mitchell. She lauded UNICEF and international partners that are “working tirelessly to ensure all children, especially those in the world’s poorest countries, can be protected from life-threatening infectious diseases.”UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan credited the “millions of frontline health workers” who travel “vast distances on foot, over water, through snow, even on carts to deliver life-saving vaccines”.“We can also do our part to combat myths and let everyone know #VaccinesWork”, she stated.‘Childproof your child’Vaccines save up to three million lives a year, according to UN figures, by protecting children from potentially deadly, highly infectious diseases, including measles, pneumonia, cholera and diphtheria.Moreover, they are one of the most cost-effective health tools ever invented, with every $1 spent on childhood immunization returning up to $44 in benefits.We must reach every child with life-saving vaccines – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique KidjoAnd yet, in 2017 an estimated 1.5 million children died of vaccine-preventable diseases, said the United Nations. While often due to lack of access, there is a trend in some countries in which families, skeptical of vaccines, are delaying or refusing to vaccinate their children.This has resulted in several outbreaks, including an alarming measles surge in high-income countries that is being driven on digital and social media platforms.That is why the centerpiece of UNICEF’s campaign is a 60-second animated film called Dangers, based on the premise that “kids, by their very nature, are little daredevils who constantly put themselves in danger”. The video explains that while parents can’t eliminate all risk, they can vaccinate to “prevent the dangers that get into their kids”.“Today nine in ten children receive immunizations, but we cannot leave anyone behind”, said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy award-winner Angélique Kidjo. “We must reach every child with life-saving vaccines”. To inspire confidence in the power and safety of vaccines, UNICEF is using the hashtag #VaccinesWork for the global campaign, centred around World Immunization Week, which runs from 24 to 30 April.💪 Vaccines are safe.💪 They go through the strictest quality standards.💪 They are handled by skilled health staff.💪 Most importantly, they save children’s lives.💪 #VaccinesWork pic.twitter.com/5WKC5ZXdME— UNICEF (@UNICEF) April 17, 2019 read more

October 2

For Ohio State mens basketball Illinois a chance to right your wrongs

Despite a midseason stretch that figured to knock the No. 14 Ohio State men’s basketball team out of the race for the Big Ten crown, the Buckeyes find themselves in a familiar position: on the cusp of their fourth-straight regular season championship. After a four-game winning streak, highlighted by wins against No. 2 Indiana and then-No. 4 ranked Michigan State, OSU (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) is set to take on Illinois in its regular season finale Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. For the Buckeyes, it might be also be a chance at revenge after the Illini (21-10, 8-9 Big Ten) dominated the Buckeyes, 74-55, on Jan. 5 in Champaign, Ill. “The benefit of playing a team twice is you get to play smarter basketball,” said senior forward Evan Ravenel at a Friday press conference. “You get an opportunity to right your wrongs.” That opportunity comes three weeks after what might’ve been OSU’s lowest point-a 22-point loss against then-No. 20 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Despite the setback, OSU coach Thad Matta left his lineup and rotation virtually unchanged. “I think the biggest thing is we didn’t handle that situation well,” Matta said, reflecting on the Wisconsin loss. “We couldn’t stop the ball from rolling.” OSU, though, finds itself with a chance at yet another league title. The game also serves as Senior Day for the Buckeyes’ lone senior, Ravenel. “It’s going to be a bittersweet feeling. I really enjoyed my time here,” Ravenel said. “My time here at Ohio State has been wonderful.” A win Sunday could put the Buckeyes in position to be crowned Big Ten regular season co-champions. Indiana hits the road to take on No. 7 Michigan Sunday and if the Wolverines and Buckeyes win, it would result in a four-way tie for first place in the conference. Ravenel says the team isn’t letting the game in Ann Arbor, Mich., detract from his attention on Illinois, though. “I’m not focused on what everybody else does. I’m just focused on what we do at 12:30 (Sunday’s tipoff),” Ravenel said. Win or lose, the result could carry over positive or negative momentum into the Big Ten tournament, which starts Thursday. As such, Matta said consistent play is the key for a team competing for not just the league’s tournament championship, but also a potential national title. “Slip ups cost you,” Matta said. “The last couple of years we’ve had a bad half of basketball that cost us our season.” OSU is set to take on the Fighting Illini Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

October 2

Football Former NFL defensive coordinator Bill Davis announced as linebackers coach

Bill Davis coached three years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He will be a defensive assistant starting in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of the Philadelphia EaglesOhio State announced long-time NFL assistant Bill Davis as its linebackers coach. Davis was announced as a defensive assistant on Dec. 21 following the announcement of Luke Fickell being hired as head coach of the University of Cincinnati football team.Davis previously coached for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers as defensive coordinator. He spent the 2016 season as a defensive analyst with the Buckeyes.In addition to his five seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator, Davis, 51, has coached linebackers for eight of his 24 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Arizona and the Cleveland Browns.He was a member of the 2008 Cardinals staff that lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.Davis grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and was a four-year letter-winner at the University of Cincinnati from 1985-88. He played with OSU coach Urban Meyer at Cincinnati and was even his best man in Meyer’s wedding.Editor’s Note 1/10: This article has been updated with Ohio State’s announcement of Bill Davis as linebackers coach. read more

September 21

As HP shuts its Leixlip print plant we look back at its

first_imgAs HP shuts its Leixlip print plant, we look back at its 20 years in Kildare Up to 500 job losses were announced at the firm today. Ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (2000) Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandLargest employerBy the turn of the millennium, Hewlett-Packard had established itself as the largest IT employer in the country with more than 4,000 staff on its book across operations in Kildare, Galway, Dublin and Belfast.The Leixlip campus continued to grow throughout the ‘noughties’, with the firm pumping €21 million into an inkjet technology development centre in 2004. Hundreds more jobs were added to the Kildare operations in 2006 when HP expanded its financial services unit there for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ex-Tánaiste Mary Harney at the Leixlip factory Source: Rollingnews.ieHowever, two years later, when the global economy went over the edge, the company announced it would cut up to 25,000 jobs from its global workforce following a $14 billion acquisition of computer services firm EDS.Fears of massive job losses in Ireland were unfounded – the company shed just over 130 roles nationwide, with the bulk of global job losses being recorded in the US.However, that was only the beginning of a restructuring programme that would effectively continue until today.The company’s global profits peaked in 2010 at $8.8 billion and declined over the next five years as it struggled to compete in a changing technology landscape.In 2012, Hewlett-Packard announced another bout of job losses, with 27,000 roles on the chopping block as part of a $3.5 billion savings plan. That resulted in 280 jobs being lost at its Dublin office in July 2013.In 2014, a further 16,000 job cuts were announced in an effort to relieve further pressure on its profit margins.SplitIn 2015, Hewlett-Packard was split into two separate companies – HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.HP Inc focuses on traditional consumer products like PCs and printers, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise specialises in business services like cloud computing and big data analytics.HP Inc tried to innovate by mooching into the 3D printing sphere and by bringing out a line of laptops. This helped it achieve a net profit of $2.7 billion last year. However, the firm still decided to plough ahead with yet another restructuring programme. Maurice O’Connell, general manager at HP Inc’s Leixlip plant Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieIn October last year, the company announced that it would cut 4,000 jobs from its 50,000-strong global workforce between 2017 and 2019, once again sparking fears of job losses in Ireland.Those fears came true this morning when it was confirmed that the Leixlip print facility was one of the casualities.The firm said in a statement that it was “likely that close to 500 HP employees will be impacted and leave the business over the next 12 months”.HP said that Ireland “remains an excellent environment for technology companies” and would remain a “key market” for the company. It also said it will maintain the sales operators for its printing and personal systems business in Ireland.However, today’s announcement is a big blow to north Kildare and brings an end to a long chapter in Leixlip’s history of foreign investment.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie AFTER MUCH SPECULATION, HP Inc confirmed today that it will close its print business in Kildare, 20 years after it first opened its doors.The company said that it was likely that close to 500 jobs will be lost at the Leixlip facility over the coming 12 months.The move is part of a restructuring programme the multinational announced last year in a bid to save up to $300 million every year by 2020.In recent years, the computer giant has fallen victim to the march of technology, with consumers shifting away from traditional desktop PCs in favour of laptops and tablets.The Leixlip facility, which makes ink cartridges for printers, has effectively become obsolete with the rise of cloud computing and digital documents.While today’s announcement is a big blow for north Kildare, HP said it will will maintain the sales operators for its printing and personal systems business in Ireland.With that in mind, let’s look back at the rise and fall of the print plant in Leixlip.Arrival in LeixlipIn March 1995, Hewlett-Packard announced that it would open a factory in Leixlip to assemble ink cartridges for printers, bringing 1,000 jobs to north Kildare.The computer giant, which first came to Ireland in the 1970s, pumped IR£328 million into a 200-acre site that was formerly home of a meat factory and abattoir. The production line was up and running by November 1996.With an Intel microchip factory just two miles up the road, the Leixlip area suddenly became a major European hub for IT behemoths. HP plant in Leixlip Source: Rollingnews.ieFuture prospects for the new factory looked good in the late 1990s – HP inkjet printers were all the rage and enjoyed a 60% share of the world’s booming print market.The Irish Independent reported at the time that PC users were just beginning to use their printers to “print off information from the internet and for colour illustration”.By mid-1997, Hewlett-Packard was hiring between 50 and 60 new staff every month.Speaking in June of that year, the group’s president at the time, Lew Platt, said it was “the most rapid startup from a greenfield site” HP had ever achieved.The computer giant was tipped to double its workforce at Leixlip in its first five years of operations.‘A coup for Ireland’The group decided to base its European data centre at the Leixlip campus in the late 1990s. This move saw Hewlett-Packard’s Kildare workforce swell to 2,100 employees.IDA Ireland, the state agency responsible for attracting foreign investment, played a part in securing the investment for Kildare.Ex-taoiseach Bertie Ahern called it “a coup for Ireland’s growing international IT reputation”, according to a report in the Irish Examiner. Image: Rollingsnews.ie 48 Comments Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 5:30 PM https://jrnl.ie/3229297 By Fora Staff Take me to Fora Share235 Tweet Email3 23,360 Views Image: Rollingsnews.ie Feb 8th 2017, 5:30 PM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL “This further investment by Hewlett-Packard in Ireland will help to ensure the company’s long-term success here and deepen its roots in the Irish economy,” Ahern said at the time.The former taoiseach said it was a “major and important breakthrough in IDA Ireland’s strategy to position Ireland at the centre of Europe in e-business activity”. 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September 20

Thalasso connaissezvous lalgothérapie

first_imgThalasso : connaissez-vous l’algothérapie ?France  – Pour vous ressourcer, découvrez tous les bienfaits des algues, véritables stars de la thalassothérapie. Tout le monde connaît désormais les vertus de l’eau de mer, dont les composants favorisent  l’amélioration de l’état de santé général. Saturées de ces bienfaits, les algues permettent de maximiser l’effet bénéfique de l’eau de mer dans une cure de thalassothérapie.À lire aussiDes espaces verts pour une espérance de vie accrueUn pouvoir antalgiqueLes algues chaudes, naturelles ou broyées en boue, peuvent servir à des enveloppements du corps entier ou des applications localisées afin de soulager les douleurs. Elles sont particulièrement efficaces dans le traitement de l’arthrite.Un atout esthétiqueCertaines algues sont tellement efficaces qu’elles sont utilisées en cosmétologie. Utilisées en cure lors d’une thalasso, leurs effets sont démultipliés. La spiruline par exemple, est un puissant antioxydant qui permet la régénération de l’épiderme. L’Asterionella japonica est quant à elle un booster de collagène grâce au silicium qu’elle contient.Le 27 septembre 2010 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 18

Saudi Arabia to host Italian Super Cup early next year

first_imgSaudi Arabia will host the Italian Super Cup between AC Milan and Juventus early next year, the country’s sports authority said Wednesday.Sports authority revealed agreement to host final between AC Milan and Juventus, according to Arabianbusiness.“The kingdom will witness early next year the final of the 2019 Italian Super Cup, which will bring together Juventus and AC Milan,” it said in a statement on Twitter.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The authority also shared pictures and video clips of the Saudi sports authority chief Turki Al-Sheikh and Marco Brunelli, head of the Italian professional football league, signing an agreement.Last month, Juventus trashed AC Milan 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome to win a fourth consecutive Italian Cup. It was their 13th Cup win.Long known for its ultra-conservative moves, the kingdom has sought to host international championships and sporting events as it embarks on a wide-ranging programme of social and economic reforms.last_img read more

September 18

Deschamps Blame Denmark for dull game

first_imgDidier Deschamps has laid the blame on Denmark for their dull goalless draw in Tuesday’s Group C finale with both sides progressing to the knockout stagesBoth sides played out the first goalless draw at the World Cup with a much-changed French side finishing as Group C winners, while Denmark reached the last 16 for the first time in sixteen years.The national sides were greeted by boos from the supporters at the final whistle.But Deschamps insisted that they had no choice due to Denmark’s “neutral” tactics in what was his 79th game in charge of France.“We have reached our goal and the most important thing for us was to top the group,” said the ex-Marseille coach, as stated on Sky Sports.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“It has not ended up a very exciting match because the Danish team were satisfied with a draw as it meant they would qualify. But all the same, while their defence was very good, we had a number of scoring opportunities.“We didn’t need to take risks in the match as this result was OK for everyone. We tried to get a win but the last 15 minutes was, shall we say, a ‘neutral’ kind of match.“It was a choice on Denmark’s part and you can understand it because they had reached their goal.”France will now play Group D runners-up Argentina in the last 16 at the Kazan Arena on Saturday.last_img read more

September 16

Audit Washington caregivers failed background checks

first_imgOLYMPIA — Nearly two dozen people who failed criminal background checks were allowed to work with developmentally disabled clients in Washington state.State auditors released their findings Wednesday, saying that some businesses hired the 23 caregivers even though they had past legal problems involving assault, theft, drug charges, abuse and financial exploitation. Officials said it wasn’t clear whether the caregivers had unsupervised access to the clients but assumed it happened in some cases.Auditors say the state does not have the staff to review the results of all background checks. The state has responded to the audit, saying it is working to conduct background check training for service providers, reviewing background check compliance and updating policies.last_img

September 15

EAP cases dealing with employee anxiety increase by 74

first_imgThe number of employee anxiety cases dealt with through employee assistance programmes (EAPs) increased by 74% between 2012 and 2014, according to data from Workplace Options.Its research, which surveyed EAP data from over 100,000 employees in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America, also found that the number of cases dealing with employee depression increased by 58% between 2012 and 2014.The research also found:The number of cases dealing with employee stress increased by 28% between 2012 and 2014.Combined, employee depression, stress and anxiety accounted for 83% of all emotional health cases in 2014 compared to 55% in 2012.Respondents seeking legal referrals accounted for 10% of all cases in 2012 compared with 15% in 2014.42% of cases were related to personal emotional health issues in 2014, compared to 38% in 2013.The number of respondents seeking financial assistance from their EAP increased from 4% in 2012 to 6% in 2014.Regional analysis found:EAP cases in Asia relating to depression increased by 73% between 2012 and 2014, compared to 42% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), 26% in North America and 55% in Central and South America.EAP cases in the EMEA region relating to stress increased by 27% between 2012 and 2014 compared to 41% in Central and South America, 33% in North America and 20% in Asia.EAP cases in North America relating to anxiety increased by 71% between 2012 and 2014, compared to 23% in Central and North America, 32% in Asia and 84% in the EMEA region.Dean Debham, chief executive officer at Workplace Options, said: “Serious mental health issues can have a devastating effect on organisations around the world. What this analysis means for businesses around the world is that if your employees’ emotional wellbeing wasn’t already on the top of your list of priorities, it needs to be.“While the percentage of cases dealing with personal emotional health issues is relatively unchanged, the issues we’re dealing with have become much more severe over the past three years.“This can mean a couple of different things. More and more employees across the world are obviously struggling with very serious emotional health issues, but the silver lining is that among those struggling, more and more appear to be willing to reach out for help.”last_img read more

September 12

Hunter Hayes Celebrates Boys Girls Club Recording Studio

first_imgNews Email Hunter Hayes Unveils New Recording Studio hunter-hayes-celebrates-boys-girls-club-recording-studio Twitter Hunter Hayes Celebrates Boys & Girls Club Recording Studio Facebook GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter helps reveal brand-new studio that will foster creativity for students in Nashville, Tenn.Renée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 14, 2017 – 5:13 pm GRAMMY.comGRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes was on hand this week to give kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Nashville, Tenn., a real surprise: a newly renovated recording studio.The studio includes instruments such as keyboards and a drum set and will provide students with the tools they need to give voice and sound to their creative ideas. The children personalized the space by leaving their handprints on the walls.The reveal of the studio equipment is part of Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation program, which has committed $50,000 to 50 clubs around the country to provide safe after-school spaces for U.S. students, including this music studio in Nashville.Hayes also treated the attendees to a short concert, and shared his excitement for the new opportunities the studio will provide the Boys & Girls Club.”I love everything about this music studio project at Boys & Girls Clubs,” Hayes said. “Studios are a safe place to be creative and a safe place to discover a lot about your passions, about music, about yourself as a human.”Read More: Red Hot Chili Peppers Set For Music Education Fundraiserlast_img read more

September 10

The Punisher returns to Netflix

first_img Now playing: Watch this: The Cheapskate Read the AirPods review $210 at Best Buy 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. 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. TV and Movies Home Entertainment $299 at Amazon Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Tags 2019 movies to geek out over Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $520 at HP 2:15 Sarah Tew/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). Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags Amazon 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Your browser does not support the audio element. Angela Lang/CNET Turo See at Turo $6 at Tidal The Punisher aims to avoid cancellation. (See what I did there?) Nicole Rivelli /Netflix Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: I somehow forgot that Marvel’s The Punisher is now streaming. Perhaps it is because of all the Marvel/Netflix cancellations. I don’t want to get attached to a show I think won’t be around in the future. Season one was pretty good. I’ll have to see if season two is a worthy conclusion.  Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: We found Carmen Sandiego $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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 at Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. 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. Best Buycenter_img 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. Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflix,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. $155 at Google Express Rylo Comments Sarah Tew/CNET 7 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Post a comment HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. 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. $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $59 at eBay $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action 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. 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 Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET 2019 sci-fi and geeky movies to freak out about For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming.Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review 77 Photos $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice See It 0 See It Apple iPhone XS Boost Mobile 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.last_img read more

September 3

ACC functions independently claims Quader

first_imgAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. Prothom Alo File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday claimed that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is an independent body and the government is not interfering in its activities.“The government has no hand in the ACC’s investigation against top BNP leaders. ACC is an independent body and it functions independently. No public institutions could function independently under any governments in the past,” Quader told newsmen.Read more: AL govt using ACC as weapon: BNPAlso the road transport and bridges minister, Quader was replying to newsmen during a meeting the AL organised in the capital’s Dhanmondi, to chalk out programmes marking Mujibnagar Day.Quader made the claim a day after country’s principal opposition political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) accused the ruling party of using ACC as a weapon to wipe out the opposition.In reply to a question, the minister said, “ACC summons ministers and ruling party MPs. ACC would not be able to summon them had the government interfered in its function.”The ACC has recently launched a probe into an allegation of ‘suspicious’ bank transactions by eight top BNP leaders in a month.BNP, however, said ACC has launched the investigation as part of a government’s ‘foul play’ to mislead people and weaken the party’s movement, alleging that the AL is using the anti-graft watchdog as a weapon against the opposition.last_img read more

September 1

Former Ebola Patient Calls Attention to Current Outbreak

first_imgBy RON HARRIS Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — As the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history rages in Congo, a doctor who survived the deadly disease five years ago worries that people aren’t paying enough attention.“We need the United States government and the international community to step up in a bigger way to come to the assistance of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo to help bring an end to that outbreak before more lives are lost,” Dr. Kent Brantly told reporters Friday.Brantly, a missionary and doctor who was infected with the virus in 2014 while caring for patients in Liberia, was the first Ebola patient brought to the United States for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.In this Wednesday, July 17, 2019 photo, 2-month-old Lahya Kathembo is carried by a nurse waiting for test results at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo. Lahya became an orphan in a day. Her mother succumbed to Ebola on a Saturday morning. By sunset her father was dead. Her tests came back negative for Ebola. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)Brantly’s arrival on Aug. 2, 2014, received intense news coverage, with cameras capturing him walking from an ambulance into the hospital in a white protective suit. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, he recalled talking to his wife right after that.“She said ‘Kent, we watched you walk into the hospital,’” he said. “I said, you were watching me? And she said, ‘Oh, Kent, the whole world was watching you.’ I had no clue. No idea that people were paying attention.”Brantly, who worked for the North Carolina-based aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, also remembered the moment in Africa when he received the bleak diagnosis.“We had had around 20 patients with Ebola in our treatment unit and we only had one survivor,” he said. “So when my friend Nancy Writebol and I were both diagnosed with Ebola, I thought the chances of both of us surviving were nearly zero.”Writebol, a missionary who was the second Ebola patient brought to Emory, worked alongside Brantly at the Elwa Mission Hospital near the Liberian capital of Monrovia. She recalled a knot forming in her stomach when she and Brantly were diagnosed.“By the time I was evacuated out, I was probably at my lowest,” Writebol recently told the AP. “I think at times they wondered if I’d even survive the flight.”Emory entered uncharted territory when Brantly and Writebol arrived within days of each other, said Dr. Colleen Kraft, one of the lead doctors on the team that treated them.“It was like walking on the moon a little bit because no one had ever cared for Ebola, so we didn’t know what to expect,” she told the AP.But the Emory team had been preparing their unit for controlling serious communicable diseases for 10 years and was ready for the challenge.Dr. Ian Crozier arrived about a month later, on Sept. 9, 2014, after contracting the disease in Sierra Leone. The fourth Amber Vinson, one of two nurses who became infected in Dallas while treating the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. She arrived at Emory on Oct. 15, 2014.On Friday, the fifth anniversary of Brantly’s arrival at Emory, he and Writebol reunited in Atlanta with the medical team that treated them. Crozier had planned to join them as well but ended up having to remain in Congo, where Ebola is spreading .Brantly hugged many of the caregivers and security personnel who greeted him warmly. His children, 10-year-old Ruby and 8-year-old Stephen, strode with him down the halls at Emory toward the room where he spent most of his time recovering.The 2014-16 outbreak, the deadliest on record, killed more than 11,300 people before West Africa was declared Ebola-free in 2016.The current outbreak in Congo has killed more than 1,800 people, nearly a third of them children. It has already become the second-deadliest outbreak in history even though a highly effective experimental vaccine is now available.Brantly and Writebol said they hope their stories can bring attention to the current crisis. Writebol continues to work with Ebola survivors in Africa, and Brantly said his family plans to move to Zambia, in southern Africa, later this year to continue the kind of work he was doing in Liberia.Writebol said “it was amazing to us, having experienced Ebola ourselves, how the walls came down between us and Liberians.”last_img read more

August 31

Ballygunge Cultural goes global this Puja

first_imgKolkata: Ballygunge Cultural Association in South Kolkata, which is well known for upholding the traditions of the quintessential Bengali community puja, has gone global this year by partnering with Facebook.With the platform on board as the ‘Official Social Media Partner’, Ballygunge Cultural is set to become a global puja, powered by the appropriate hashtag #BiswaPujo. Every puja moment of Ballygunge Cultural will go online either through live streaming or recordings. In keeping with the times, it also promises to be the ‘most Instagram-able puja’ ever, with themed selfie-booths to enable people to easily click and share pictures. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to Amitava Sinha, president of Ballygunge Cultural Association, “Enjoyment of Durga Puja, much like several other spectator events like sports or entertainment programmes, should no longer be restricted by geographical or physical boundaries. We believe this tie-up will not only be welcomed by the Bengali diaspora the world over, but will also serve as a showcase of Durga Puja as the ultimate street carnival to all and sundry”. Going forward, the marketing possibilities of an association such as this are also huge and infinite. “I can well envisage a situation in the near future, where our revenue sources will no longer be confined to physical collaterals like gates, stalls and banners, but will also include digital assets like followers on our social media page, the eyeballs garnered and branded video content. This would enable us to deliver a unique ‘phygital’ mileage to the various corporates and brands that support us as sponsors, making Ballygunge Cultural a potent new-age media vehicle”, adds Sinha. Facebook will have a team of videographers, along with a selfie booth at the pandal, to record the key moments from the Puja. Such a partnership between Facebook and a puja committee is a global first, inspired by the belief that every person across the globe must have access to participate in Durga Puja, as long as they have a handheld device with internet connection.last_img read more

August 28

Car thieves arrested in CBD

first_imgKZN Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the officers for the arrest of the suspects and the recovery of the stolen vehicle. “Our members will continue to work hard to make sure that those involved in criminal activities are brought to book. We appeal to the community to work closely with the police to ensure that criminals are reported to the police,” she said.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite During the early hours of this morning (Monday), Ladysmith police officers, assisted by the Ladysmith K9 Unit, recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested three suspects.Police were patrolling the CBD when they spotted a Ford Laser in Princess Street. A quick check on the vehicle alerted police to the fact that it had been reported stolen in the Hlobane area of Vryheid during December last year.The three occupants in the vehicle, aged between 22 and 24 years old, were arrested for being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The three are set to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (Tuesday).last_img read more

August 16

Ranveer Singh flags off Ranveer on Tour train in Switzerland

first_imgActor Ranveer Singh, who was roped in as the official brand ambassador of Switzerland Tourism, has been dedicated a special ‘Ranveer Singh on Tour’ train, by a Swiss travel company on one of its trains though temporarily. Launched by Switzerland Tourism and the Swiss Travel System, it is done to honour the actor’s contribution towards the increasing popularity of Switzerland as the preferred destination of Indian tourists.The train’s maiden journey was inaugurated by Ranveer Singh. Also present at the inauguration were Martin Nydegger, CEO of Switzerland Tourism and Maurus Lauber CEO of Swiss Travel System. The train of the MOB railway company (Compagnie du chemin de fer Montreux Oberland Bernois) on the Golden Pass line between Montreux on Lake Geneva and the upscale resort of Gstaad will carry Singh’s name until the end of October. The schedule and announcements will refer to the train as the Ranveer Singh train for the entire summer season.Nydegger at the inauguration said, “The Indian market is fundamentally important for Switzerland Tourism. In 2017, activities to promote Switzerland in India have resulted in a strong increase of 23.4% in overnights. Our campaign with Ranveer Singh as our Brand Ambassador has powerfully contributed to this recent success. Switzerland has become increasingly famous as an adventurous and fun destination for younger Indian visitors.”Lauber, citing the importance of Indian tourists for the Swiss travel system acknowledged that, “Indian travellers using the Swiss Travel Pass has doubled since 2013. We are very proud that the Golden Pass Panoramic train is named after Ranveer Singh and we hope this inspires more Indians to travel on this premium route on the Grand train tour of Switzerland.”Overwhelmed by the gesture, an excited Singh revealed, “I am thrilled and honoured to be inaugurating this specially dedicated train on the Golden Pass Line. The ‘Ranveer on Tour’ train does not just transport but taken on an unforgettable panoramic journey of Switzerland. I still remember being completely mesmerised on my first train ride last summer and I hope all our esteemed travellers enjoy this incredible ride as much as I did!”last_img read more

August 10

Related Austrian Airlines reveals new premium serv

first_img RelatedAustrian Airlines reveals new premium serviceAustrian Airlines has launched a new premium service for passengers travelling on flights to the Middle EastEasyJet launches new flights to ViennaCheap flights carrier easyJet is launching new flights to Vienna from London Gatwick today (April 2nd).Austrian Airlines resumes Georgia flightsAustrian Airlines has announced that it intends to relaunch services to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Austrian Airlines hopes to attract around one million passengers a year with the launch of its 2010 summer schedule.Additional cheap flights to London from Vienna will be launched in an agreement with bmi, with the current 28 weekly services being extended to 35.The carrier is planning to increase flights to Brussels from the Austrian capital. Currently operating 32 weekly flights, Austrian Airlines will soon manage 46 flights a week to the Belgian capital.Elsewhere, the airline will also launch additional flights to Zurich and Prague from Vienna. This means that, during the summer, Austrian Airlines will operate a total of 1,513 flights a week, an increase from last year’s figure of 1,499.Andreas Bierworth and Peter Malanik, both members of Austrian Airline’s executive board, said the carrier is committed to improving its services “where it is relevant to the clients”.”It is all about providing clients with concrete arguments as to why they should be flying with Austrian,” they commented.Last month, the carrier announced the launch of a codeshare agreement with Star Alliance partner Brussels Airlines.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more