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first_img Twitter Rounding out Pride Month, and just in time for Toronto’s Pride Parade this weekend, Much Studios’ original online mini-series MUCH PRIDE is now live on the Much YouTube channel.Each digital short breaks down key tipping point conversations from the LGBTQ+ community through one-on-one conversations between LGBTQ+ Canadians and Much Creators.Covering important topics, the honest and eye-opening conversations help demonstrate how dialogue can make a difference towards understanding and inclusivity. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Much Creators featured throughout the five-episode series include Bianca Harris, Jaclyn Forbes, Michael Rizzi, and Kaitlyn Alexander.Topics covered in the mini-series include talking about what it means to be trans or non-binary, the history and lingo of the Drag Queen community, the different acronyms and their meanings, and LGBTQ+ sex 101. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rabat- After Lahcen Daoudi handed in his resignation from his government position as Minister of General Affairs and Governance, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has taken charge of the case concerning the profit margins of fuel distributors following the deregulation of fuel prices. Prior to resignation, which is still pending the King’s approval, Daoudi met with fuel companies on June 1 to discuss the government’s request that companies narrow their profit margin, as some companies doubled their profits at the expense of consumers.Former Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane initiated the deregulation of the fuel sector. The liberalization allows the per-liter cost to vary with market trends. Throughout the earlier meeting, Daoudi asked companies to cooperate with the government and revise their profit margins down to solve the problem of oil and gas price increases. Price increases lead to the boycott against the largest gasoline company in the country, Afriquia, owned by Minister of Agriculture, Aziz Akhannouch.Daoudi scheduled a second meeting for Wednesday, June 6, but it was postponed for Friday, after Daoudi announced his intention to resign from his ministerial duties on the same day.Daoudi’s move came after he joined a sit-in before the Parliament with protesters calling for the boycott against Centrale Danone to end, angering boycotters.On June 6, 2017, Daoudi accused oil companies in Morocco of increasing fuel prices: “It is indeed inconceivable that an operator doubles their profits from one year to another by taking advantage of liberalization.”At the time, he assured consumers that his ministry would work with all distributors to revise their margins down “so that the consumer no longer pays the price of liberalization to distributors.”El Othmani will replace Daoudi in the meeting with fuel companies in Rabat to negotiate and make agreements, according to Moroccan news outlet Medias 24.Typically, the number of gas stations a fuel distributor owns signifies the extent of the owner’s investments. Afriquia owns more gas stations than any other gas distributor across the country, numbered at 38 gas stations in different regions.According to the chairman of the House of Representatives’ Finance Committee, Abdellah Bouanou: the number of gas stations in the country has increased by 12 percent since liberalization. “Afriquia has nearly 22% of the stations followed by Vivo Energy (Shell) with 14% and Total with 12.5%. Petrom, Ziz, Winxo and Libya Oil follow with shares between 7.5% and 8.7%.” He explained that some companies’ “profits went from 300 million dirhams to 900 million dirhams between 2015 and 2016 thanks to the liberalization of fuel prices.” read more

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s central bank has cut interest rates for the first time in nearly three years to help support growth and counter risks from a global slowdown, trade tensions and extended weakness in commodity prices.Bank Negara Malaysia says it decided to reduce its overnight policy rate, used by banks to calculate interest rates, to 3% from 3.25%. The rate was last cut by a quarter-basis point to 3% in July 2016, but was raised back to 3.25% in January 2018.The central bank forecast the economy will expand between 4.3-4.8% this year.It said in a statement Tuesday that there are signs of tightening of financial conditions and that the rate adjustment was to “preserve the degree of monetary accommodativeness.”The Associated Press read more

Hot Dang, These Folks are a Smokin’ Hot Team won the Fitness Challenge ’13 for accumulating the most points for physical activity by Brock faculty and staff between January and June. The team members are (back row from left) Mamdouh Abdelmaksoud, Marion Hansen, Ethna Bernat, Kevin Cavanagh and Liz Keenan. Front row (from left): Kirsti van Dorsser, Joe Kushner and Charlotte Sheridan. Missing: Curtis Gadula. Their penchant for physical fitness is laudable.Medal-worthy, in fact.A group of Brock staff and faculty, known as Hot Dang, These Folks are a Smokin’ Hot Team, showed how much they like to move it when they submitted their Fitness Challenge ’13 tallies and not only earned better lung capacity and endurance, but first-place medals and a trophy for their efforts.Hot Dang, made up of 9 people from different departments, had the most points earned for physical activity between January and June this year. They out-exercised 17 other teams made up of 150 Brock faculty and staff for the title.Granola Girls from International Services and Programs Abroad, and Straight and Narrow Crooks from Campus Security came in second and third respectively.The fitness challenge is administered by the Brock Wellness Committee, which is an initiative of Human Resources, Environment Health and Safety and Recreation Services. Points are given to participants for time spent doing physical activity. Team captains record points each month for their teams and submit them to the organizers.Bonus points are given for being active more often.Honourable mention certificates were presented to the Department of Finance, a.k.a. Reduce the Surplus Team, which was recognized for maintaining strong and steady activity points for a large team.The Department of International Affairs, calling themselves the International Impalas, received a certificate for keeping the pace for a small team. read more

Closing statements will be made today in a disciplinary hearing for a Hamilton police officer accused of randomly questioning a city Councillor.Constable Andrew Pfeifer is facing a discreditable conduct charge for allegedly conducting an improper street check.Councillor Matthew Green was stopped while waiting for a bus last April. He says he was humiliated and felt psychologically detained.Pfeifer’s lawyer says the officer was checking on Green’s well-being because it was cold out. Green’s lawyer says it’s a case of racial profiling.Green is Hamilton’s first ever black city councillor. He was waiting for a bus on the corner of Stinson Street and Victoria Avenue South last April before getting stopped and questioned by Pfeifer. read more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ketchup maker and packaged food giant Kraft Heinz has withdrawn a $143 billion offer to buy Unilever, backing away after the mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker rejected the bid as too low.The companies announced the decision Sunday in a joint press release, saying that Kraft Heinz has “amicably” abandoned the offer.The deal would have combined Kraft Heinz brands such as Oscar Mayer, Jell-O and Velveeta with Unilever’s Hellman’s, Lipton and Knorr. The merged company would have rivaled Nestle as the world’s biggest packaged food maker by sales.Analysts say Kraft Heinz, co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, is still in the market for acquisitions. The fact that it bid for all of Unilever and not just its food business indicates that Kraft Heinz is potentially open to acquiring other packaged consumer goods, one analyst said.Unilever, which has a head office in London, also has a stable of personal care brands such as Dove soap. Unilever rejected the offer on Friday, but despite that, Kraft Heinz said at the time that it was still interested in the deal.Such acquisitions might not lead to big changes that customers would notice on supermarket shelves, but shifting tastes are partly driving deal-making in the food industry.Part of the challenge is the proliferation of smaller food makers marketing products that seem more wholesome, which makes it harder for the established companies to drive up sales simply by selling more of well-known products or by raising prices, as they have in the past.“That obviously has its limits,” said David Garfield, head of the consumer products unit at consulting firm AlixPartners, said last week.Instead, major packaged food companies are being forced to dig deeper to find cost efficiencies or tap into new markets, Garfield said. That can include mergers that result in consolidated manufacturing systems, or that give companies access to distribution networks in regions of the world where they don’t have a big presence. FILE – In this June 24, 2010, file photo, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, speaks at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York. U.S. food giant Kraft Heinz Co. is confirming that it’s made an offer to buy Europe’s Unilever and been rejected. The company said Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, that talks are ongoing with the Dutch company, but that no deal can be assured. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2017 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid to buy Unilever read more

Junior forward Sam Thompson scans the court during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorEven Michael Jordan needed a Scottie Pippen. A star player can’t carry the team all on his own.As often as individual brilliance dazzles in the sport of basketball — NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain scored 67 or more points in losses four times in his career — a balanced attack will more often than not win the day.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team, this presents a problem.Despite leading the Buckeyes in scoring this season with 14.3 points per game, junior forward LaQuinton Ross can’t do it all alone.Since losing Deshaun Thomas to the NBA Draft at the end of last season, the No. 22-ranked Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6, fourth in the Big Ten) have relied heavily on Ross to carry the load.Emerging as the team’s top scoring threat, Ross has encountered comparisons to Thomas throughout the season, something he said isn’t exactly how he wants it.“I try not to look at it that way. I try to be myself,” Ross said Wednesday. “If other people are throwing out the comparison, that’s fine, I don’t get into that a lot. I try to do what I can at Ohio State and eventually, like Deshaun left his legacy, I try to do the same and do mine.”So far in 2013-14, Ross has six games in which he scored 20 or more points. His teammates have only managed one between all of them.Ross said he doesn’t feel the added pressure of scoring in tight situations, especially late in games.“I came into Ohio State as a scorer. I’ve been labeled as that for a long time now so in those situations in games, that’s something that’s almost a talent for me so I don’t feel pressure from it,” Ross said. “I think sometimes during those moments in the games my teammates look for me. I’ve just got to step up to the talent.”Since conference play began, Ross has seen his number called more and more often, in particular when the game is on the line.In the Buckeyes’ six conference losses this season, Ross has shot an average of 24.4 percent of the field goals attempted by OSU as a team, as compared to 19 percent of the total shots taken during wins.But in recent games, Ross has had some of the pressure alleviated with the help of a fellow junior forward.After only managing double digits in two of OSU’s first 13 Big Ten games, Sam Thompson has averaged 15 points in the last two, including a 19 point performance against Minnesota.Thompson said he can step up as the second go-to scorer for the Buckeyes, as long as he keeps playing with intensity.“I just have to continue to be aggressive, continue to make plays,” Thompson said. “Do so within the flow of the offense and do so within the flow of the team, but continue to make plays and I feel like that’s when we’re at our best.”Ross added that having Thompson scoring at a high rate will help him while the team aims for an NCAA Tournament run.“It definitely makes my job a lot easier,” Ross said. “Anytime anybody is pitching in and we’re getting that extra scoring — not even that extra scoring, just people making plays and being aggressive — I think that helps our team out a lot. I think we’re a way better team when everybody is being aggressive and trying their hardest on the offensive end and when we’re playing offense like we play defense.”Thompson has had more of a chance to shine since coach Thad Matta made the decision to put him in the starting lineup in lieu of junior guard Shannon Scott.Matta said Thompson has the ability to be the team’s second scorer, and that will help the team immensely.“It definitely gives us another guy out there that you have to be concerned about in terms of putting the ball in the basket. I think it opens things up in terms of driving opportunities, drive and kicks, even posting the basketball,” Matta said Wednesday. “I think Sam, when he’s playing like that, puts pressure on the defense to rotate more and those are things that all coaches look for. The more, the better.”Matta also said Thompson is on an upward trend as a player, provided he can continue to do what he does best.“The biggest thing he’s got to do is continue to play at this level,” Matta said. “(I’m) not saying getting 20 points or anything like that, but just bring what he has to the table. And it’s not the dunks … But it’s all the other things. Finishing around the basket, making his free throws, knocking down some threes. Those are the things that can complete kind of who he is. Assist-to-turnover ratio and those types of things.”OSU is set to travel to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday at 7 p.m.Thompson will be looking to continue his trend as the team’s second scorer against a team that held him to one point Jan. 29 in a 71-70 Buckeye loss in overtime. read more

The 17th century oil painting by the Dutch artist Jan van Goyen that Langweil was forced to abandon was feared lost forever, one of innumerable works of art looted by the Nazis as they rampaged across Europe. Fleeing for his life as the Nazis overan Prague in April 1939 Erwin Langweil was forced to leave behind some of his most treasured possessions, including a rare and valuable painting. But it can now be revealed that 80… Like so many Jewish families running from the Gestapo the Langweils left Czechoslovakia with the bare minimum, fleeing to Kenya, where Erwin had business in the sugar plantation industry and tried to rebuild his life. His daughter moved to the UK and his son went to Canada. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPSC says Diamond Diagnostic Centre plagued with drug shortages, other issuesApril 6, 2017In “Health”New Amsterdam Hospital plagued with drug shortages, other issuesMarch 16, 2017In “Health”Opposition Leader conducts Essequibo outreachesApril 30, 2017In “Local News” The Parliamentary Opposition has raised concerns over what they described as the high number of deaths of newborn infants at the Georgetown Public Hospital over the past year.File photo: PPP MP, Dr Vindhya PersaudOpposition Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Vindhya Persaud who was allowed oral questions in Parliament on Thursday, asked Health Minister Volda Lawrence to provide statistics in relation to these deaths.Lawrence confirmed the MP’s suspicion when she revealed that there have been 119 deaths of newborn infants at the Georgetown Public Hospital during the period June 2017 and June 2018According to the Minister, from a total of 1155 admissions of neonatal over the period some 10.3 per cent of those admissions resulted in deaths, which she also claimed is far too many.“The Government recognizes that it has the right and the onus is on us to ensure that at every level of healthcare the necessary services are provided for our people,” she told the National Assembly.File photo: Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public HealthThe Minister noted that Government has made large investments into improving that specific department and that the issues there are been actively looked at especially over the past three years. While admitting again that the numbers are alarming, Lawrence said there has been no increase in neonatal deaths. Rather, there has been the same line in terms of how those deaths occurred.“It has been declining and we continue to work and put measures in place to bring it down to zero,” she added. The Minister noted that every death in reported to the relevant authorities and there are consistent and routine tasks done to prevent these deaths which includes sanitation.Dr Persuad then followed up with a question on whether there was any targeted investigation being done to find out the primary causes of these deaths.The Opposition MP didn’t seem satisfied that with 30 of those deaths recorded in the first four months of the year, no investigation has been conducted.Persaud is to submit further written questions to the Health Minister for further clarity on the issue. read more

first_imgNRW Holdings, leading provider of civil and mining services to the resources sector in Australia, in joint venture with the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd (NYFL) and Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd, has been awarded a contract worth approximately A$80 million for mining at Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue’s) expansion project the Solomon Hub. NRW has also been awarded additional T155 port expansion works. The Solomon Hub is located to the west of Fortescue’s operational Chichester Hub. The contract consists of load and haul, and drill and blast, for the initial pre-strip with mobilisation to commence immediately. It is also expected that pioneering civil earthworks including access roads will be undertaken as part of the scope. The contract has an anticipated 18 month duration. This contract follows other successful NRW works carried out for Fortescue – including rail earthworks for the Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines; contract mining operations; bulk earthworks for, amongst other things, an Ore Processing Facility (OPF) and works at the Herb Elliott Port at Port Hedland as part of the T60 expansion.NRW Holdings CEO Jules Pemberton welcomed the decision, “Fortescue is a long term client of NRW’s and Solomon represents the next major phase of its growth – NRW is extremely proud and excited to be by their side once again.”NRW has been awarded a further A$112 million earthworks, concrete works, piling and track works contract at Fortescue’s Herb Elliott Port facility as part of the T155 Expansion. The scope of works to be undertaken in the ten month contract includes:Earthworks – consisting of 1.8 million m3 of cut to fill, 26,000 m3 of rock protection and 34, 000 m3 of road base in the stockyards and associated areasConcrete works – consisting of 9,000 m3 of structural concretePiling – 4,800 bored pilesTrack Works – consisting of 4 km of rail installation.Jules Pemberton said of this award. “NRW has worked consecutively on Fortescue projects since early 2007 and we are proud to be assisting Fortescue to achieving the planned T155 expansion as scheduled.”NRW has had a team on site at Herb Elliott Port since November 2010, undertaking the initial civil packages for the Early Works and the T60 Project. The original scope of works is scheduled to finish as the new contract scope commences. NRW workforce will peak at approximately 220 employees, with work to commence immediately.Further to the above, NRW Holdings is also pleased to report that its subsidiary, Action Drill & Blast, has been awarded a number of new contracts to a total value of A$14.6 million in the last quarter. Key projects include Greenbushes for Talison Lithium; Gregory Crinum for BMA; as well as additional works at Christmas Creek and South Middleback Ranges.last_img read more

first_imgSuperior Industries plans to take full advantage of North America’s largest trade show with a display that includes more than two dozen new solutions for bulk processing and handling applications. At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, the 45-year-old company will showcase its solutions within a 20,000 square foot booth inside the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall.“Compared to the previous few editions of CONEXPO-CON/AGG, our booth space is almost four-times the footprint and our display products will be markedly different to incorporate our new crushing, washing and screening solutions, in addition to some new updates to our conveying and components products,” says Jarrod Felton, President of Superior Industries.Superior’s mega booth will include offerings from the manufacturer’s new crushing and screening lines. A Liberty™ Jaw Crusher, Patriot™ Cone Crusher and Valor™ Vertical Shaft Impactor (VSI) will be on display. In addition, Superior will show off its new Guardian™ Horizontal Screen, Anthem™ Inclined Screen and Intrepid™ Vibrating Grizzly Feeder (VGF). Additional crushing and screening solutions will be incorporated into portable plants like a closed circuit cone and mobile jaw crusher.In 2014, Superior acquired the former GreyStone, rebranded the company and invested resources into improving the 50-year-old product line and manufacturing facility in Columbus, Nebraska. Integrated into a portable wash plant at the trade show, Superior will showcase its patented Aggredry® Dewatering Washer. The combination screw/screen removes clay, dirt and crusher dust from sand and produces an instantly saleable product with just 8% moisture. In addition, the first ever Spirit™ Sand Plant is in manufacturing for erection in the booth. Including cyclones and dewatering screens, the quick to construct modular system is used in sand production and fines recovery applications.In 1972, Superior’s founder started designing and manufacturing portable conveying solutions for a regional customer base in Western Minnesota. Soon after, other aggregate producers noticed the uniquely designed mobile systems and Superior transitioned from a local supplier to the global market. At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, the manufacturer will showcase the latest edition of its famed TeleStacker® Conveyor and RazerTail® Truck Unloader. Visitors to the booth will be able to interact with the latest version of automation connected to the telescopic radial stacker. In addition, more than 20 individual conveyor components solutions will be on display including brand new designs for idlers, pulleys and conveyor accessories.In addition to engineering and manufacturing, Superior added a brand new construction management service to its portfolio since the last show. Led by a seasoned team of industry veterans, who will be inside the booth to meet with visitors, the construction management team oversees engineering, manufacturing, project management and all related field services during planning and erection of stationary processing plants.As Superior has aggressively added to its machinery offerings, it’s made a commitment to grow its employee base for service, support and parts replacement. Inside the CONEXPO booth Superior will showcase capabilities related to customer phone support, warranties, repair, maintenance, inspection, rebuilds and plant optimization services. In addition, wears and spares from the parts department will be displayed so visitors can inspect quality up close.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp warned that Fabinho may require six months before he can show his best formThe Brazilian midfielder has only had under a minute of competitive action for the Reds after coming on as a substitute in the 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain last week in the Champions League.But Fabinho is expected to make his full debut for tonight’s Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea.“It’s not different between him and other players. It’s really not complicated, he just needs to get used to it,” Klopp told the club website.“It’s about positioning, it’s about reaction, about spaces defensively, closing them, offensively using them.“It’s a football team with a specific way of playing. It needs time, and they were all used to other football teams.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“So you have natural runs in a team. Like, let me say, a very famous movement here was Phillip Coutinho. Half left, [cut] inside, nice shot!“For this one, you needed somebody to overlap and make it difficult to defend, so that one defender at least is busy.“Things like that explain it. It’s completely normal. There’s no time to say, ‘I give you that, or that’, but it will happen. Because the game is so quick and intense, it needs to get natural.“It’s not about changing these players, we want their football personality. They are here because of what they did.“Three or five weeks sound like a long time in football, but to improve something you can give half a year, to really make the next step. That’s it.”last_img read more

first_imgThe joint Senate and House Conference Committee on Wednesday released a new version of SB26, that could provide a compromise to resolving the state’s fiscal problems. Lawmakers plan to use fund earnings for the first time to help fill the state’s budget deficit. The new draft bill limits the amount of money legislators may withdraw each year from the Permanent Fund’s Earnings Reserve Account. The draft bill is the product of significant negotiations between the House and the Senate. The conference committee was appointed to find agreement after the House and Senate approved different versions of SB 26 last year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享House and Senate negotiators have unveiled a proposal to limit draws from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, Senate Bill 26.center_img The structured draw in the bill will support the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in making prudent investment decisions, providing the necessary tools to maintain a healthy fund and dividend program. The draft does not address how the money will be spent and does not change existing law governing the dividend.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Urban Land Institute has called the redevelopment of the former Philadelphia Navy Yard one of the “most successful” projects in U.S. history.The Navy Yard has attracted more than 150 companies and 12,000 employees since the project began more than 15 years ago, reported CBS Philly. To date, the 1,200-acre waterfront campus has focused on the office, industrial/manufacturing, and research and development sectors. But now PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and the project’s master developer, is planning to take the redevelopment in a new direction.“I think you should look forward to hopefully a residential component being layered into the development, so we can create a really urban place at the Navy Yard,” said PIDC President John Grady.“A place where people can live and work and have recreation and amenities. I think you will look for more connections with our mass transit system and better connecting the Navy Yard to the rest of the city and the region,” Grady said.Urban Land Institute cited the Navy Yard’s college campus-like feel, the buildings’ architecture, green design and recreational spaces, according to the story.last_img read more

first_img 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. Are you buying Apple’s new AirPods with wireless charging… Your browser does not support the audio element. Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The Cheapskate Tags See It Gadgets,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. 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. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher 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. Sprint 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. $299 at Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 $60 at Best Buy 7 Apple iPhone XS 5:16 See it $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $210 at Best Buy 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. 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. 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Post a comment Read Google Home Hub review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The Daily Charge Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Angela Lang/CNET Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Tags 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). HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo $999 $6 at Tidal 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 Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET See It Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. 0 $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Share your voice $520 at HP Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review On this podcast, we talk about: AirPods 2: Electric Boogaloo Google gets into gaming with Stadia Facial recognition technology and how it threatens your privacyThe 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Are you buying Apple’s new AirPods with wireless charging case? (The 3:59, Ep. 537)last_img read more

first_imgA damning report has found that a third of the District’s public high school graduates last year missed too many classes or did not properly make up their classes, findings officials fear could cheapen the value of public high school diplomas from D.C.“We very much are committed to putting out the news, the good the bad, or the ugly,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said during her Jan. 30 Mayor’s Breakfast. “None of us around this table who have been very committed to the transformation of our schools wins with fake numbers. And certainly, our children don’t win with fake numbers.”Dunbar High School had one of the highest rates of graduating students who did not meet attendance requirements. The others are Anacostia High School, Ballou High School, Eastern High School, Roosevelt High School and H.D. Woodson High School. (Courtesy photo)The D.C. City Council has scheduled a hearing for Feb. 8 with government witnesses to discuss next steps.  Meanwhile, Chancellor Antwan Wilson has rolled out reforms that include transcript reviews to ensure the class of 2018 has earned the grades required to graduate.DCPS will work to improve grading and credit recovery policies by next school year while showing the importance of attendance. By May, DCPS will have a plan to regularly audit grading practices in the high schools, implement a new student information system allowing school leaders, teachers and families to monitor student grades, attendance, and information, and have a process in place to regularly train new staff on policies.Plans are also in place for resource fairs focused on students and families to receive support for school success and attendance. Looking ahead to 2022, DCPS will offer stronger final exams for core courses while offering support for students who fail.“I’m committed to ensuring that our students here in D.C. get what they deserve and that is the opportunity to know that they are privileged for growing up in D.C. and having attended our schools,” said Wilson, chancellor for 11 months.The audit, conducted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and released Jan. 29, discovered policy violations in 937 out of 2,758 graduating students’ records at nearly all schools. In Dunbar High School’s case, more than 4,000 changes were made to attendance records for 118 graduates, the report said. The Washington Post reported that the Dunbar principal has been removed from the school.Most high schools operated under a mindset of passing and graduating students, according to a DCPS concurrent review of attendance and grading policies. At Ballou High School, DCPS uncovered a culture of doing “whatever it takes” to pass students so they could receive diplomas.The DCPS review found that six high schools were the worst offenders at graduating students who exceeded the number of absences allowed, and failed to follow DCPS grading and credit recovery policies. Those schools were Anacostia High School, Ballou High School, Dunbar High School, Eastern High School, Roosevelt High School and H.D. Woodson High School.Ballou Principal Yetunde Reeves was removed from her position and Dunbar Principal Abdullah Zaki was placed on leave in the wake of the allegations.DCPS Central Office failed to offer sufficient training and support or adequate oversight in grading and credit recovery policies, the DCPS review said.Despite the sobering news, Bowser remains confident that the district has improved dramatically in the 10 years since the mayor took over the schools. She dodged a question on whether investigators interviewed former chancellor Kaya Henderson and then-interim chancellor John Davis.Bowser ordered the audit and an internal review of DCPS policies and procedures in December following a  November report from NPR and WAMU that unearthed a graduation scandal at Ballou. The joint investigation found that the high school was graduating students with repeated absences and others who couldn’t read and write. DCPS has since removed Principal Yetunde Reeves from the school.Councilwoman Mary Cheh took DCPS to task over a school culture she said discourages teachers and principals from coming forward to report malfeasance.“They don’t want to rock the boat because the culture, it’s almost totalitarian from the central office, they don’t want to stick their neck out,” Cheh said. “They feel, maybe they’re not correct, but they certainly feel that there will be reprisals and that they just have to be quiet.”Wilson is putting a system in place that allows school staff to lodge complaints directly to him and intimidation from school leaders is not acceptable, he said.At the upcoming hearing on Feb. 8, David Grosso chairman of the committee on education, wants to understand why some students have attendance issues, an answer that’s eluded officials for years, he said.“I look forward to the opportunity for us to work together to get to the solutions that we need to get to so that students feel like school is the best option in the morning when they get up,” Grosso said. “And that’s the challenge that we have before us.”last_img read more

first_img Tuesday, May 28, 2019 By: The Associated Press Tags: Louvre, Paris Share PARIS — Employees at the Louvre in Paris are mulling whether to close the museum for a second day this week over tourist overcrowding.The world’s most visited museum was closed on Monday after employees complained they were harassed by tourists waiting to see the Mona Lisa.Pierre Zinenberg, a Louvre employee and union representative, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that renovation work around the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece has led to organizational problems and huge queues.He noted that staff numbers have diminished over the past decade even though the number of visitors has risen 20%.Zinenberg said a meeting early Wednesday would decide if Louvre management has addressed the problems or whether the museum would be closed again that day.The museum is closed on Tuesdays. << Previous PostNext Post >> Louvre employees mull closing museum again over overcrowdinglast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. By David Hutt | Special to The Tico Times LEÓN, Nicaragua – In a few weeks, more than 1.6 million Nicaraguan children will return to school for a new year. As they do, supporters and critics of the country’s educational system have already begun to argue over whether 2013 will be good or bad for students. Speaking at a rally of educators this month, Education Vice Minister José Treminio was upbeat about last year’s achievements. He lauded Nicaragua’s retention rate last year of 91 percent – meaning only nine percent of those who started the school year dropped out by the end of the year.  “[The retention rate saw] an increase of six percent compared with 2006, and in social terms it means that thousands of children, adolescents and young people have stayed in school,” he said. He also noted that 89 percent of students passed year-end exams, an increase of two percent. Eleven percent had to repeat the exams, and those who failed three or more tests were required to repeat grade levels.  “We would like all students to successfully pass the exams,” Treminio said.Critics, however, point to the troubling statistics of university entrance exams, and the amount of government spending on education. Reports released this month show that of 2,400 students who took admissions exams at the National Engineering University (UNI), only 136 passed a basic mathematics test – less than six percent. They also show that only 270 of 11,600 applicants – 2.3 percent – to the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in Managua passed the entrance mathematics exam.When Daniel Ortega became president in 2007, he launched a series of strategies to combat low school attendance and poor student performance. Ortega’s critics point to the results from the UNI exams as a sign of his failure on educational policy – in 2007, 10 percent of those taking the exam passed. Ortega’s government also has come under criticism for not providing enough funds to fix the cracks in the education system. Nicaragua has the smallest annual budget in Central America, and the smallest budget for education.A report on primary education by the Nicaraguan NGO Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos y Políticas Públicas (Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policies), noted that from 1999-2010, the government spent on average 3.5 percent of its annual gross domestic product on education. Honduras and Costa Rica, meanwhile, spent eight and six percent, respectively, while both have a far greater GDP. In 2012, Nicaragua lowered its percentage of GDP spending on education to 3.4, and according to the 2013 budget, spending will fall to less than 3 percent of annual GDP.  One of the most worrying aspects of the Nicaraguan educational system is teacher pay. Nicaraguan teachers are the poorest paid for their profession in Central America, and are among the poorest paid of all professions in the country. José Antonio Zepeda, president of the National Confederation of Nicaraguan Education Workers, estimates that Nicaraguan teachers earn up to $226 a month. Although they have received annual salary increases in the past six years totaling 140 percent, most still cannot afford basic household items. Most teachers earn less than construction workers and half of what market traders bring home – although teachers do have access to social security and are protected by strong labor laws.  Another problem is poverty. According to Treminio, “poverty should not be an impediment for children to attend classes.” But it often is. Strict guidelines exist for what each child needs to attend a school: a uniform, books and stationery. Many families cannot afford such necessities and children therefore are excluded. The government does operate a National Scholarship Fund that in 2012 provided financial assistance to more than 200,000 children. While the fund provides invaluable donations so that thousands of children can attend school, parents frequently face delays in accessing the money and government bureaucracy that is difficult to navigate. A bank account is needed to receive the money, yet banks require minimum deposits of $620 to open an account, which many poor families do not have.Access to education for many children is also flawed. In public schools the average year lasts only 200 days. Almost 30 of these days are national holidays or are spent outside of the classroom for patriotic processions. Plus, the school day in Nicaragua is really only a half-day. Many high schools operate morning sessions for younger children and then afternoon ones for older students. In cities like the colonial capital of León, various organizations provide a safe place for children to go either before or after their half-day at school – but these are charitable organizations, funded by donations. Even when students are in the classroom, conditions are not always conducive to learning. Schools frequently face a shortage of desks and basic books, and classes often sprawl to more than 40 students per teacher. Teachers can only effectively implement a traditional curriculum based on repetition. Students often use textbooks with the answers already written in. And whether due to shortages or methods of training, teachers work in an environment where little attention is placed on independent and critical thought. Government Response for 2013Speaking on education this month, government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo – Ortega’s wife – said, “We are happy but not complacent. We are not satisfied as long as schools are in poor condition, there are not enough schools, desks are not in good condition and parents are unhappy.”“We struggle every day to defeat poverty, because ending poverty will mean that student potential can be awakened,” she added. But what is the government planning to do to make progress in 2013?First, the education budget will increase this year. Officials say they will spend 49 percent of the total $1.9 billion budget on social programs. The Education Ministry is slated to receive almost $300 million – $33 million more than in 2012. Nicaragua also will receive $77 million from the World Bank for the coming school year. Officials have promised to increase teachers’ salaries. Grade school teachers are paid $157 a month, which will increase to $171 per month this year. Secondary school teachers’ salaries will increase from $174 to $189. This nine percent hike, however, is lower than the minimum wage increase of private-sector workers, who will be getting an extra 13 percent in pay in 2013. The Education Ministry will host a series of teacher-training workshops in the first week of February. Some 47,000 teachers will learn about participatory techniques, teaching methodologies and pedagogy. “We are determined to solve educational problems. We have a commitment to make a leap in the quality of education,” Treminio said. The government also has initiated local projects, such as buying 5,000 bicycles for students and teachers in rural areas. Nicaragua has made improvements in education in the past six years: More students are now attending school, including those from rural areas, fewer students drop out, and fewer fail year-end exams. But as the poorest country in Central America, Nicaragua faces an uphill battle. Many high school students still drop out to look for work, and those who stay face the consequences of decades of low investment in education, including crumbling schools and poor infrastructure. Facebook Commentslast_img read more