BERLIN — Switzerland says the European Free Trade Association, a group of four countries outside the European Union, has largely concluded a free-trade agreement with the Mercosur bloc including Brazil.The Swiss economy ministry said Saturday that the agreement “in substance” was reached in Buenos Aires Friday and ultimately will see some 95% of Swiss exports to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay free from tariffs. It said it also would prevent EFTA — whose other members are Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway — being put at a disadvantage to the EU, which has reached its own trade deal with Mercosur.The Swiss statement didn’t mention the Amazon rainforest fires but did say the accord includes “provisions on climate protection and the sustainable use of forest resources.” Its signing is expected by early 2020.The Associated Press
This morning a plane carrying a group of refugees left Tindouf in Algeria bound for Laayoune in Western Sahara, where they will spend five days meeting relatives they have not seen since the outbreak of war on Spain’s withdrawal from the area in the mid-1970s.The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) said today in a statement that the same plane would take a separate group of Saharans from Laayoune to Tindouf later today for a similar family visit.The family visits programme, organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), aims to encourage weekly face-to-face contact between Saharans living in the Territory and those living in refugee camps near Tindouf.In its statement, MINURSO said it “welcomes this humanitarian initiative and expresses its appreciation to all the parties for the high level of cooperation and good will that has made the family visits possible.”Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO (Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro) have been in dispute over the future permanent status of Western Sahara for more than two decades. MINURSO has been in place since April 1991 to try to resolve the issue.
Loblaw ‘surprised’ at ability to weather high grocery prices by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2016 5:29 am MDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd. management is surprised at how well the company has been able to weather high food inflation.Canadian food prices rose four per cent between January 2015 and last month, according to Statistics Canada’s consumer price index, driven by a 12.9 per cent increase fresh fruit prices and an 18.2 per cent spike in the price of fresh vegetables.“So far, the ability to pass through this inflation has surprised us,” Galen Weston, Loblaw’s president and executive chairman, told analysts Thursday after the company released its latest financial report.Loblaw has about 900 market, discount and specialty grocery stores under various banners, but Weston said the company hasn’t noticed any major changes in consumer behaviour.There was a spike in the volume of potatoes sold when cauliflower prices soared, he said, but noted some shoppers typically opt for less expensive products when the cost of one item surges past a certain threshold.In Alberta, where the economy is under the most pressure because of the collapse of oil and gas prices, Loblaw is seeing a “disproportionate momentum” at its No Frills discount stores, Weston said.Edward Jones analyst Brittany Weissman said it helps Loblaw that all the major grocery chains seem to be increasing prices, rather than just one.There’s a demand for the products that have been most impacted by inflation — such as fruits, vegetables and meats — so people have been willing to pay the higher prices, Weissman said.Still, Loblaw’s fourth-quarter profit slipped more than one-third compared with the prior year — primarily because of costs and accounting items associated with unusual items, rather than performance of its stores.Overall retail sales were $10.86 billion. That was down from a year earlier when the quarter had an extra reporting week in 2014, but up $241 million or 2.3 per cent from $10.6 billion on a standard 12-week basis.Loblaw’s fourth-quarter net income for common shareholders fell to $128 million, or 31 cents per share.That’s down from $247 million or 60 cents per share reported a year earlier, when the comparable quarter had an extra week. Excluding the extra week, the year-earlier profit would have been $195 million or 47 cents per share.Loblaw said the lower profit was largely because of special items including the write-down of drug retail assets that are being held for sale as well as costs for switching some grocery stores to more cost-effective labour agreements.The writedown of drug retail assets shaved $112 million or 20 cents per common share from the earnings, the largest of the special items. The second-largest was $55 million, or 10 cents per share, related to the new labour agreements.After adjustments, Loblaw earned $363 million — up 5.5 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2014. The adjusted earnings per share were 88 cents in the latest quarter.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
“These include ensuring access to territory, access to asylum procedures, harmonized approaches to the adjudication of asylum claims and mutual support between member States,” the spokesperson for the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), Adrian Edwards, told reporters in Geneva, citing the principles of the Common European Asylum System. “There is an opportunity for the EU to put its commitment to solidarity into practice,” he said. According to the European Commission, between January 2011 and August 2012, the EU, along with Norway and Switzerland, received 16,474 asylum applications from Syrians, with Germany, Sweden and Switzerland receiving the most requests. Mr. Edwards said that while most countries are processing claims and granting protection to Syrians, the approaches to protection and the type of status and entitlements vary considerably. “In some countries on the eastern border of the EU rejection rates are more than 50 per cent. In addition, some countries are more likely to give Syrians a tolerated stay rather than actual protection,” he said. “There is therefore a risk that people in need of protection will be denied the rights to which they are entitled under EU or international law and will be compelled to move on.” More than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates. Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey currently host the overwhelming majority of Syrian refugees, with more than 340,000 Syrians registered or awaiting registration as refugees. However, UNHCR warned that as the crisis continues, contingency planning at the national and regional levels will be necessary to protect new arrivals to the EU. “At EU level, there must also be readiness to consider applying the Temporary Protection Directive and other appropriate responses, if the conditions demand it. As always, it is important that the right to seek asylum is upheld at all times,” Mr. Edwards said. The EU is among the largest contributors to the Syria Regional Response Plan, having contributed over $10 million to date. The Plan represents the combined planning of 52 UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to support Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries. It was recently updated with an appeal figure of $487.9 million. However, it has only received 29 per cent of these funds. During the same briefing, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced it reached 1.4 million Syrians during the September. The agency said it is now distributing food in the14 governorates in the country, but stressed that there are still areas no one can reach due to insecurity. Where fighting is taking place, food prices have almost doubled and shortages of essential food items such as bread are common due to a lack of fuel to operate bakeries, the agency said. “As UNHCR registration of refugees scales up, WFP is expanding the operation and is ready to provide food assistance to over 460,000 people by the end of the year in line with the humanitarian community’s revised Regional Response Plan,” said spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs. WFP is also providing assistance to more than 120,000 refugees in neighbouring countries, providing food vouchers and in-kind food distributions, as well as hot meals, in refugee camps. In Turkey, the agency launched a food electronic card programme in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent to initially assist 25,000 Syrians. The programme provides an electronic card per family that is loaded with a monthly monetary amount sufficient to support a well-balanced diet of at least 2,100 calories per person per day.
Andrew Marr, the broadcaster, said a new treatment he received after suffering a stroke has resulted in subtle changes, but not the “dramatic improvements” he hoped for.The BBC presenter, who had a stroke almost four years ago and remains semi-paralysed on his left side, travelled to Florida to try a new anti-inflammatory drug called Etanercept.Marr had described the treatment – which involved having the drug injected into the spinal fluid while hanging upside down – as a Christmas present to himself. It hasn’t been ‘pick up thy bed and walk’ but it hasn’t been nothing, eitherAndrew Marr Show more Andrew Marr, pictured interviewing Boris Johnson, has recovered from his stroke enough to continue presenting his BBC showCredit:Victoria Jones /PA In a piece for The Spectator recently, talking about the new treatment, he detailed some of the effects of stroke he has to deal with.He wrote: “I’m not complaining too much: I can work, drink, see friends, paint, listen to music and irritate my children like before. I’m a lucky fellow.”But I can’t run or cycle or swim, and I walk very unsteadily and slowly. I drop things and take ages to get dressed.” He said he will now work to build on the small changes he has seen.Marr said in a statement: “Although I haven’t seen the dramatic improvements that I hoped for, there have been subtle and useful changes which I am going to work on through physiotherapy and exercise over the coming months.”It hasn’t been ‘pick up thy bed and walk’ but it hasn’t been nothing, either.”We will tell the fuller story in a BBC documentary scheduled to be broadcast in January.”Marr’s stroke in January 2013 left him spending two months in hospital and undergoing extensive physiotherapy to help him walk. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Consolidated Minerals says it is set to embark on a significant new chapter in its history as a diversified resources group after announcing plans to accelerate its growth strategy as an unlisted company – with the backing of its new owner, Palmary Enterprises. Underpinned by its existing manganese, chromite and nickel businesses – and now with the backing of a major international commodities and raw materials group – Consolidated said it would pursue a growth strategy through a combination of acquisitions and expansion of its manganese and nickel businesses.“Following a very positive and productive series of meetings with Palmary’s senior management team led by owner Gennadiy Bogolyubov, I am pleased to confirm that Palmary has given its strong support and backing to the core elements of our existing growth and development strategy,” said Consolidated’s Managing Director, Rod Baxter. “The key difference is that this strategy will now be accelerated and significantly expanded thanks to the global networks, extensive asset base and greatly expanded range of opportunities that Palmary brings to the table. This will entail both vending in assets from Palmary’s global portfolio and pursuing new acquisition opportunities in Australia and internationally.“Our shared vision is to continue to build Consolidated into a leading global diversified mining house to take advantage of what we see as a sustained period of strong demand and growth in global commodity markets, with a view to potentially re-listing in the medium term,” Baxter continued. “With the backing of a supportive, progressive and strategic shareholder – who brings tremendous growth opportunities – we will effectively be able to accelerate our growth strategy, opening up exciting career pathways for our employees both in Australia and overseas.“This outcome is particularly exciting for Consolidated’s existing employees, as Bogolyubov believes that the current management team and employee base is a key to the successful implementation of our shared plans to build a leading international mining group. Bogolyubov was impressed by what he saw at our operations during last week’s site visit, and he has confirmed that all existing employees will be retained and that the company will continue to operate in Perth to remain close to its current major assets in Western Australia.“This signals the beginning of an exciting new era for Consolidated, and I am looking forward to working closely with Bogolyubov, Palmary and all the members of our existing team towards delivering our vision to build a world-class diversified resources group,” Baxter said.Having acquired in excess of 90% of Consolidated’s shares when its off-market takeover offer of A$5.00 per share closed on January 8, Palmary is compulsorily acquiring the remaining securities in the company. As a result, Consolidated’s securities will be suspended from quotation on the Australian Securities Exchange and the company’s admission on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange will be cancelled.Notwithstanding that it will no longer be listed on the ASX and AIM, Consolidated says it will continue to maintain the highest standards and disciplines with regard to its approach to corporate governance, social responsibility and disclosure. “We will continue to be a values-driven company, with safety and high performance foremost among our values,” Baxter said. “We will continue to work closely with all our stakeholders to maintain mutually beneficial relationships.”International Mining’s February issue, currently at the printers, includes an article on Consolidated’s Beta Hunt nickel mine in Western Australia.
“The complexity of the accident sequence, examination of components at overseas locations, the international dimension of the operation including the intricate relationship between the various agencies and associated undertakings, translation of technical documents and natural justice obligations determined the time taken to finalise this report,” it explained in a statement.The Transport Department’s investigations unit also extended its sympathies to the bereaved, thanking the families for their patience and understanding while waiting for the final report.The day’s eventsOn 10 February at 9.50am, the flight’s pilot tried to approach Cork airport in low-visibility conditions. His first two attempts to land on the runway failed. During the third try, control of the aircraft was lost during an attempted go-around.According to the final report, the aircraft impacted the runway surface, inverted and came to rest in soft ground to the right of the runway.Post-impact fires broke out in both engines. Six people, including both pilots, were fatally injured.Four passengers were seriously injured, while another two people received minor injuries.As well as tiredness, inappropriate training and inadequate oversight, the investigation also listed a number of other significant factors, including some of the pilots’ decisions:The approach being continued in conditions of poor visibility “below those required”;The descent was continued below the decision height without adequate visual reference being acquired;Uncoordinated operation of the flight and engine controls when go-around was attempted;The engine power-levers were retarded below the normal in-flight operational range, an action prohibited in flight.The investigators also said that power difference between the engines “became significant when the engine power levers were retarded below the normal in-flight range”.RecommendationsA total of 11 safety recommendations were made on foot of the report, including four to the European Commission about flight time limitations, the role of the ticket seller and the improvement of safety oversight and the oversight of operating licences.Two were given to the operator, Flightline SL, regarding its policies and training.Another was made to the Spanish Civil Aviation Regulatory Authority about its oversight of air carriers.The European Aviation Safety Agency were also given a recommendation in connection with the number of successive approaches that can be allowed in certain weather conditions. ]The AAIU noted that a safety recommendation does not create a presumption of blame or liability.“The sole objective of AAIU investigations is the prevention of aviation accidents and serious incidents. It is not the purpose of any such investigation and the associated investigation report to apportion blame or liability,” it explained.Related: US lawsuit taken against manufacturers of Cork Airport crash planeMore: Lawyer claims pilots’ decisions were main cause of Cork air crashRead: Interim report into Cork air crash finds sensor fault on plane THE FINAL REPORT into the Cork Airport crash that killed six people in 2011 has identified a number of “systemic deficiencies” that were significant to the fatal flight, concluding that the Spanish operator and Spain’s aviation regulator contributed to the incident.After a three-year probe, the Air Accident Investigation Unit concluded that the probable cause of the crash was “loss of control during an attempted go-around initiated below decision height (200 feet) in instrument meteorological conditions”.“Systemic deficiencies at the operational, organisational and regulatory levels were also identified by the investigation. Such deficiencies included pilot training, scheduling of flight crews, maintenance and inadequate oversight of the operation by the operator and the State of registration,” the report stated.The AAIU identified a number number of factors as being “significant”, including tiredness and fatigue on the part of the flight crew members and inadequate command training and checking.The investigators also said there was an “inappropriate pairing” of flight crew members and “inadequate oversight” of the remote operation by the operator and the State of the operator – in this case, Spain.The aircraft, a Fairchild SA 227‐BC Metro III registered in Spain as EC‐ITP, was operating a scheduled commercial air transport flight from Belfast City to Cork on 10 February 2011 with two flight crew members and ten passengers on board.The AAIU said it was the “most challenging” probe it has ever had to complete. DOWNLOAD: The full report here>
Independent South Australian senator Nick Xenophon has confirmed that he does not support the Senate Economics Committee report on the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) reform.Xenophon said that he does not support “the government’s FoFA repeal legislation, nor the Senate Economics Committee report.”The South Australian senator did not table a dissenting report, which was interpreted by some as tacit support to the Committee’s report.With 33 representatives in the new Senate coming in on July 1, the Coalition government will need six extra votes to approve the amendments to the financial advice law.Labor and the Greens are opposing the reform, which means that the government will need to lobby the independent senators to get the support it needs.The final law is expected to pass during the winter sitting period, although the exact timing will depend on the government’s agenda.Senator Xenophon joined Labor and the Greens on Wednesday and voted down a bill to abolish the profitable Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which invests in renewable energy technology, offering this way the government a double dissolution trigger.In the meantime, in this year’s Readers Digest commissioned survey of 1200 Australians in order to find the most trusted people in the country for the year, Nick Xenophon was deemed to be Australia’s most trusted pollitician in 68th spot. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd came in at 76 while Prime Minister Tony Abbott was 79th. Politicians, along with business people, rarely climb above 60th spot of the Readers Digest survey averaging 4.1 out of 10 on the trust score. The top spot in this year’s survey went to Dr Charlie Teo, neurosurgeon and founder of the Cure for Life Foundation, scoring an average of 7.9 out of 10. It is the 10th time running that an Australian medical specialist has taken the top position in the Readers Digest Survey, with medical researchers and advocates making up the bulk of the top places. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
After initially saying he was “cautiously optimistic” the state operating budget would comply with the Supreme Court’s school funding mandate, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb recently wrote that the budget “inadequately addresses the essential principle of the McCleary order — ample funding.”Webb, in his capacity as president of the Washington Association of School Administrators, recently penned an article for the organization’s “WASA Hotline” newsletter decrying House Bill 2224, the state education funding plan, as failing to “provide sufficient resources to make many districts whole as they transition to the new system” for funding schools. A 2012 lawsuit, McCleary v. State of Washington, ruled the state was failing to fund basic education in violation of the state constitution.But using data from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instructions, 10 of the 30 districts in Educational Service District 112 could receive less money in the 2018-2019 school year than this year, according to the WASA newsletter.According to Webb, that’s because the state budget eliminates the “staff mix factor” — a numerical value assigned to schools based on the seniority and degrees of its teaching staff. A district with a more senior staff where more teachers have master’s degrees, for example, previously received more state money than a district with more inexperienced teachers who only have bachelor’s degrees.Under the new approach, districts will receive funding based on the average cost of a teacher and how many students are in the district, meaning if a district has a more experienced teaching staff than the state average, it may not receive the money it needs to actually pay those teachers, Webb said.
San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 30, 2018 April 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSkip Murphy and Lt. Brian Stoney were in studio to talk about the 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony.Skip is a retired San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Captain. Lt. Stoney is currently with the La Mesa Police Department and helps organize the event with Skip and other members of law enforcement in San Diego County. Patti Riggs Greenblat is all too familiar with the dangers members of law enforcement face on the job. Her brother-in-law, San Diego Police Officer Timothy Ruopp, was killed in the line of duty in 1984. Her brother, San Diego Police Officer Thomas Riggs, was killed in the line of duty in 1985 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
When the Senate takes up consideration of the Water Resources Development Act next week, Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) plan to offer an amendment that would alleviate the costly regulatory burden on farmers resulting from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule. Their amendment would raise the on-farm fuel storage threshold requiring spill containment facilities to a more realistic and practical level. Their amendment also would allow more farms to self-certify rather than being forced to hire independent engineers.ASA strongly supports their amendment and urges ASA members to contact their senators to urge them to vote in favor of the amendment when it is offered.The EPA’s current rule requires farmers that have fuel/oil storage facilities with a capacity of over 1,320 gallons to construct a containment facility, like a dike or a basin, which must retain 110 percent of the fuel in the container. These mandated infrastructure improvements, along with the necessary inspection and certification by a specially licensed Professional Engineer, will cost many farmers tens of thousands of dollars.The amendment, also known as the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act, or FUELS Act, would modify the EPA’s SPCC rule to raise the exemption levels for fuel storage capacity to better reflect the spill risk and financial resources of farms. The amendment would raise the threshold requiring special containment facilities from 1,320 gallons of fuel/oil storage 10,000 gallons. The proposal would also place a greater degree of responsibility on farmers and ranchers to self-certify compliance if their oil storage facilities exceed the exemption level. If the amount exceeds 42,000 gallons, a professional engineer still would certify the SPCC plans for a farm. The amendment provides another layer of protection by requiring the producer to be able to demonstrate that he or she has no history of oil spills, or to fully comply with the SPCC regulations.Currently, farmers are expected to have SPCC plans in place by May 10 for fuel/oil storage totaling more than 1,320 gallons; however, EPA is prevented from taking any enforcement measures until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.ASA urges all members to call their Senators and ask them to support the FUELS Act. Please visit the Soy Action Center by clicking here for talking points on the issue and contact information for your Senators.
Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Samsung has Galaxy Fold teardown removed Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. Apple iPhone XS 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). Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 4 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint 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. Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The $1,980 Galaxy Fold was originally meant to come out April 26, but Samsung delayed it after some review units suffered screen breakage, flickering and bulges underneath the screens.Last week Best Buy said it’ll cancel Galaxy Fold preorders due the lack of a new release date. Huawei’s problems with US sanctions may take the pressure off Samsung — the Chinese phone maker won’t be able to launch its foldable Mate X in July, an anonymous official told Yonhap.Read: Galaxy Fold’s next move will make or break foldable phonesSamsung didn’t directly address the reports in its statement.”We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks,” a Samsung spokesperson wrote in an email.First published at 3:50 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:50 a.m. PT: Adds Samsung statement. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It $999 Boost Mobile Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. See it Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 4:53 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Huawei Samsung,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. Comments See at Amazon $999 $299 at Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo 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. 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Angela Lang/CNET We might not be seeing Samsung’s Galaxy Fold until after June, a pair of Korean outlets reported.The Korean electronics company found that addressing the foldable phone’s defects has been slower than expected, anonymous industry sources told Yonhap News and The Korea Herald, even after finding the solutions. Foldable Phones The Cheapskate 7 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. See at Turo 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. Amazon Now playing: Watch this: $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioGovernor asks lawmakers to come up with their own compromise to state budget woes, if they don’t like his plan.Governor Bill Walker told lawmakers opposed to his compromise proposal to resolve the state’s budget crisis that they should produce their own compromise ideas.Andrew Kitchenman/Alaska Public Media – JuneauPresident Trumps wants to privatize Air Traffic ControllersPresident Trump announced this week he wants to privatize the FAA’s air traffic control operations, in part to speed up modernization. Trump focused on airline service. Alaska Public Media Washington correspondent Liz Ruskin asks what privatizing might mean for general aviation.Liz Ruskin/AKPM – Washington, D.C.Denali climber rescued from crevasse after 14 hoursA Denali climber was rescued yesterday [Mon., June 1] after spending 14 hours deeply wedged inside a crevasse. National Park Service spokeswoman Maureen Gaultieri reports that 38 year old Martin Takak, of Slovakia, fell, un-roped, into the crevasse while descending the peak before 1:30 AM Monday.Dan Bross/KUAC – FairbanksAHTNA land dealThe state and an Alaska Native regional corporation hope to finalize a settlement later this summer in a long-running land access dispute.AP – JuneauNTSB Says pilot shut down engine moments before crash near HainesThe surviving passenger of a fatal plane crash near Haines in May, told investigators that the pilot purposely stopped one engine to demonstrate how to re-start it in flight. That is one detail in a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board this week. KHNS’s Emily Files has more on the crash that killed two people and injured another.Emily Files/KHNS – HainesFish and Game wants to know how you feel about wildlifeColorado State University is conducting a survey of Alaska residents to measure their attitudes towards wildlife. It is part of a nationwide study that began in 2005.Mark Burch is a Wildlife Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He says Alaska residents’ views differ –from those of people who live in other states.Allison Mollenkamp/KDLG – DillinghamTwo Anchorage Teachers share a classroom, but one may not be back after getting pink slip from school districtTwo hundred twenty five teachers received layoff notices this year from the Anchorage School District. And until lawmakers in Juneau settle on education funding levels for the coming school year, those educators remain in limbo. Alaska Public Media’s Josh Edge caught up with a pair of teachers who work in the same classroom…one of whom received a pink slip, and one who did not.Josh Edge/AKPM – AnchorageClimate change affecting berry production on KodiakA scientist predicts climate change could have far-reaching effects on berry production on Kodiak Island. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge wildlife biologist Bill Pyle just wrapped up a two-year pilot study on the Island. The study helps cement the monitoring methods scientists will use to study berry growth, including time-lapse cameras.KMXT’s Kayla Desroches has more.Kayla Desroches/KMXT – KodiakAsk-a-Climatologist: In Alaska, fire conditions can change in an instantWildfire season is off to a slow start in Alaska. But that could change very quickly because predicting how severe a wildfire season will be in the state is tricky. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with climatologist Brian Brettschneider each week as part of the segment, Ask a Climatologist. He told editor Annie Feidt that over the entire season, which runs through the end of July, no wildfire forecast is useful for Alaska.Annie Feidt/Alaska’s Energy Desk/AKPM – Anchorage
Zaheer Khan – Sagarika Ghatge: Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge’s wedding news did surprise many in the industry but it was certainly a pleasant one. Zaheer had apparently taken Sagarika to Goa where he surprised her by proposing to her in the most romantic way. Yuvraj Singh – Hazel Keech: Yuvraj Singh pursued Hazel Keech for a long time before the diva finally said yes to the cricketer. The couple tied the knot in a grand ceremony in November 2016. MS Dhoni – Sakshi Dhoni: Dhoni and Sakshi met each other at the Taj Bengal Hotel in Kolkata during Team India’s stay in November-December, 2007. Sakshi was working as an intern in the hospitality department of the hotel back then. Dhoni was the one who initiated the whole thing, got her number and texted her. And the rest, as they say, is history! Harbhajan Singh – Geeta Basra: Geeta Basra was still trying to make her mark in the industry when Harbhajan expressed his love interest to the actress. It took many years and a lot of effort from Harbhajan’s side to finally get her to say yes. Rohit Sharma – Ritika Sajdeh: Rohit Sharma married long-time girlfriend Ritika Sajdeh in a star-studded event in Mumbai. Rohit and Ritika had met while she was working as a sports event manager and looking after Rohit’s event. The friendship continued for six years before the couple decided to get hitched. InstagramAnushka Sharma to Sagarika Ghatge, let’s take a look at our Indian cricketers and their talented and glamorous wives.Virat Kohli – Anushka Sharma: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tied the knot after almost five years of dating. Even though rumours had been making rounds on social media, as to when Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli’s wedding could happen, it did catch us off-guard. The couple completed their nuptials in Tuscany and wrote, “Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well-wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey.” Stuart Binny – Mayanti Langar: Mayanti and Stuart fell in love on-field. Cupid struck the two when Mayanti used to interview Stuart regarding his performance in post-match interviews.
Members of the emergency services work to help vicitms on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London. Photo: AFPWorld leaders unanimously condemned the attack in the heart of London by a man who was shot dead by armed police, with many saying they stand with Britain.At least four people were killed and more than 40 injured in the attack outside parliament Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians with a car then leapt out and stabbed a police officer.In an address outside her Downing Street office, Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as “sick and depraved” saying the assailant chose the site as an assault on Britain’s democratic values.GermanyChancellor Angela Merkel said Germany stood “firmly and resolutely alongside Britons in the struggle against all forms of terrorism” while President Frank-Walter Steinmeier added: “In these grave moments, we Germans feel very close to the British people.”FrancePresident Francois Hollande sent a message of “solidarity” and “support to the British people” saying France could identify with their pain after the attack, in which three French high school students were also wounded.“France, which has been hit so hard in recent times, knows what the British people are suffering today,” he said.And Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve tweeted: “Solidarity with our British friends, horribly attacked, full support for the injured French students, their families and their friends.”United StatesThe White House condemned the attack and pledged “the full support of the US government in responding to the attack and bringing those to justice who are responsible,” spokesman Sean Spicer said at a briefing.CanadaCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the victims of today’s attack in London and their families. Canadians remain united with the people of the UK. “European UnionEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the attack left him “highly emotional”.In Brussels to commemorate the one-year anniversary of attacks on the main airport and a metro station, Juncker said “the fact that exactly on the same day something similar happened in London, and to London, is really putting me in the situation of someone who does not have… enough words to express how I am deeply feeling.”European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: “My thoughts are with the victims of the Westminster attack. Europe stands firm with the UK against terror and ready to help”.RussiaSpeaking on Russian television, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova sent Moscow’s “condolences” and said Russia felt Britain’s pain.“We consider it an evil to which it is necessary to fight collectively. In this moment, as always, our hearts are with Britons and we share their pain”.The NetherlandsPrime Minister Mark Rutte told Dutch television he was shocked by the “horrific” news and said: “The city is in our hearts. We are following the situation closely, and are in contact with the British authorities.”ItalyItalian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who observed a moment of silence at the start of a meeting with Social Democratic lawmakers, expressed his “condolences” and said: “Italy and the United Kingdom remain side-by-side in our condemnation and firm response to all forms of terrorism”.Belgium“Our condolences are with those who mourn and all who are affected in London,” Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted. “Belgium stands with U.K. in fight against terror.”TurkeyTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasised that “Turkey feels and shares deeply in the United Kingdom’s pain” and that it stood in “solidarity” with Britain “in the fight against terrorism”.Erdogan had earlier warned Europeans in a speech on Wednesday that “no European, no Westerner will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully,” as a crisis between Ankara and the EU showed no signs of abating.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called terrorism “a global catastrophe” on Turkish television, adding: “All countries should come together on the terror issue and fight together against” it.Greece“We express our solidarity with the British people on today’s indiscriminate attack,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tweeted.SpainSpanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted: “Spain stands with the British people. I condemn the attack in the vicinity of Westminster, London. Solidarity with the victims.”Portugal“This attack clearly shows the priorities on which Europe must concentrate. It’s only when we are united that we have the capacity to face these threats,” said Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa.AustraliaAustralian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the assault was an attack on “freedom and democracy everywhere”.“But we will never, ever let the terrorists win. We will defeat and destroy them on the battlefield, we will defeat and defy them at home,” he said.“We will never change the way we live. We will never let them divide us.”QatarQatar stressed its rejection of violence “in all its forms” and its support for the UK government “in all the measures it takes to maintain the country’s security.”VenezuelaVenezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro expressed “full support for the people of London and our absolute rejection of all forms of terrorism.”“Enough terrorism, enough war, enough violence. We condemn terrorism in all its forms and support the victims and their families,” he said in televised comments.
Robby the Robot, star of Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy, will be available for auction next week.A centerpiece of Bonhams’ upcoming “Out of This World” auction, the robot suit is expected to fetch seven figures when it goes on sale Nov. 21.“We’ve been pals for a long time now,” movie director William Malone said of Robby, the lovable machine first seen in MGM’s 1956 film Forbidden Planet.AdChoices广告It’s been 38 years since the collector purchased his mechanical friend—along with studio storage cases containing spare parts—from the Stars Museum in Buena Park, Calif.Standing tall at seven-foot-six, the 300-pound bot cost $125,000 (or roughly seven percent of the movie’s budget) to manufacture. (That’s more than a million dollars by today’s standards.)Robby the Robot (via Bonhams)Forbidden Planet was one of the first big-budget sci-fi pictures released in color by a major studio. In fact, it was MGM’s first science fiction movie of any kind.Following his film debut, Robby enjoyed a career most actors can only dream of, collecting more than 30 credits in 50 years, including follow-up flick The Invisible Boy, as well as movie and TV appearances in The Twilight Zone, The Addams Family, Lost in Space, Columbo, Hollywood Boulevard, Mork & Mindy, The Love Boat, Gremlins, and Earth Girls Are Easy.Fans can purchase a life-size animatronic copy of Robby the Robot for $32,000 from Hammacher Schlemmer.You’ll probably need some extra pocket cash, though, if you want to own the original (albeit oft-repaired) version.Robby’s Jeep (via Bonhams)Robby—along with his Jeep, control panel, MGM packing cases, and several original spare parts (including an alternative head) will be available next week.Under Malone’s ownership, Robby has met fans at numerous events, including some organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. But a lack of public exposure for the robot and “impractical”-to-arrange appearances has led Malone to a tough decision.“I think it’s time Robby finds a place where he can be displayed, and someone who can look after him in the future,” he told Bonhams. “Of course, he will leave an empty spot in my house.”Other auction highlights include a lightsaber from Return of the Jedi, George Reeves’ Superman costume from Adventures of Superman, and an original Harper Goff scrapbook of his work on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Adaptation Will Be ‘True to Spirit’ of Novel11 Geek Authors Whose Lives Would Be Great Movies Stay on target
Researchers find planet-sized space weather explosions at Venus The traditional approach to sending research craft to other planets, such as Mars, is to build something mechanical and then figure out a way to get it to the planet’s surface intact, using a variety of methods (parachute, inflatable protection, etc.). In this new effort, the researchers have come up with a craft that doesn’t land on the surface, but instead simply flies around in the planet’s atmosphere. To make that happen, they have designed an incredibly light (just 992 pounds) inflatable drone that doesn’t require the development of any new technology—that means it could be made relatively inexpensively and could be ready for construction as soon as NASA agrees to pay for it. The team predicts the VAMP could operate for approximately a year before the gas inside is lost. The overall idea is to carry the drone—VAMP—to Venus using a conventional spaceship. Once there, the VAMP would be deployed while still tethered to its mothership so that it could be filled with a gas, such as hydrogen. Once filled, it would be set loose to fly in the atmosphere—the elevation would depend on how much gear it would be carrying. The VAMP would use engines (to turn propellers) that get their power from solar panels and the heat that escapes from a bit of onboard radioactive plutonium-238 as it decays. At night, the VAMP would serve as a glider making good use of its 151 foot wingspan. Because Venus has such high winds, the team has calculated that the VAMP could circle the planet every six days. The craft could be steered by engineers back on Earth via signals relayed through the mothership.The basis for suggesting such a mission to Venus is to better understand the planet’s atmosphere, which many suggest is similar to what Earth’s would be like if it were to succumb to global warming. If the mission proves successful, it would be an almost certainty that other such drones would be sent to Mars, or even the moons of Saturn, offering an entirely new approach to studying our neighbors in the solar system. VAMP released from Venus orbiting spacecraft and inflating exoatmospherically for benign entry. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further (Phys.org) —Researchers at Northrup Grumman and L’Garde are mulling the idea of a Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform (VAMP) inflatable spacecraft—they have published an outline of their idea on NASA’s web site. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Researchers mulling inflatable airship VAMP for flying the skies of Venus (2014, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-mulling-inflatable-airship-vamp-venus.html
More than €100,000 has so far been collected during the #StandByGreece campaign organised to help victims of last week’s huge fire in Greece.The campaign culminated in Tuesday’s concert at Nicosia’s municipal park where popstars Anna Vissi and Antonis Remos performed together.Volunteer commissioner Yiannis Yiannakis announced the result on state radio at lunch on Wednesday.“This is a big amount which can help a lot to restore the infrastructure for children in that area. It has been determined that the whole effort is for these children,” he said.“The public will be informed how exactly the money will be used. By next week we will determine what the urgent needs are and what the best way to use the money is.”How to use the money will depend on an evaluation made together with authorities in Greece he said.Yiannakis said that the public, under this specific campaign, has until August 3 to contribute and warned the public that those who want to donate money should make sure they use bank accounts which have been approved for the purpose at the Bank of Cyprus and the National Bank of Greece.Thousands of people gathered on Tuesday for the concert to support the people in the eastern Attica region where the fire broke out on July 23.Kiosks were set up by NGO Hope for Children, which organised the event together with the volunteer commission, and tickets in exchange for food and drinks for €1, €2 and €3 were sold. The concert itself, which kicked off at 5pm and finished at 11pm, was free. Bands performing included Neon Knights, Cashiers and The Fuse.Cybc organised a radiomarathon as part of the event, starting at 6am on Tuesday. Television presenters, actors and artists helped co-host the programme.The death toll from the devastating wildfires in Attica rose to 91 while nearly 200 people were injured.The fires started from several points simultaneously and quickly spread because of strong winds.Government officials said last week that investigators found “serious indications” that the fires were deliberately set, saying they were started in at least 22 different locations“The rapid spread of fire contributed significantly to the minimisation of available reaction time, which contributed to the large number of casualties,” a study by the Athens University on the causes of the fire found.The fire started in areas which had been burned in the past, with low vegetation, and picked up speed until it reached areas which had not experienced fires recently, and which offered the fire plenty of fuel in the form of trees and houses.The study concluded that the urban planning acted as a trap for the people who tried to escape, as there were narrow streets, numerous dead ends and an absence of areas for people to go to, such as squares and stadiums.The attempt to escape was not organised and people panicked, which was not helped by the fact that many were visitors to the area and did not know the area well.Due to cliffs at the coast access to the beach was not possible in many places, and limited visibility also hampered the efforts to get away from the flames.Donations can be made to Hope for Children as well as the banks. On their website, the volunteer group have asked those wishing to donate to text “HOPE” to 5533 to donate €1.02 or text “HOPE” to 7733 to donate €4.07. In addition, one can donate larger amounts of up to €1,000 to Hope for Children by visiting https://donate.uncrcpc.org/el/.Other efforts are also underway to help the victims of the blaze. On Wednesday, Turkish Cypriots collected basic food and medicines to be sent to Greece and the scouts of Cyprus have arranged to send school supplies such as bags, computers, pencil cases and pens to affected children before the start of the new school year. You May LikeCheezburgerWhat It’s Like To Live In The Coldest City On EarthCheezburgerUndoTravel PatriotThis Is Where You Can Find Jane Fonda In Her Free TimeTravel PatriotUndoitgadget.infoBest Smart Home Devices of 2017itgadget.infoUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboola