Shooting for bonus

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine has tabbed a playoff berth and has seven wins in eight games so far. Aside from fellow leader Phoenix Pulse, no other team in the PBA Philippine Cup has more than four wins.But that doesn’t mean coach Caloy Garcia and his Elasto Painters are taking a foot off the pedal.ADVERTISEMENT In the other game, Barangay Ginebra battles an Alaska squad that is coming off a brutal 94-80 defeat to Phoenix on Friday night.In Cagayan de Oro City, Magnolia finally crashed into the win column after holding off Meralco, 92-86.The Hotshots, reigning Governors’ Cup champs, won for the first time in four games this conference while dragging the Bolts to a 2-5 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES No Jones Cup stint for Gilas; SBP eyes pocket tourneys MOST READ “Our target is really to try and make it to the Top 2, because that affords us an advantage going into the next round,” Garcia said as his team prepares to clash with TNT KaTropa on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Garcia wants that playoff edge to assure Rain or Shine a trouble-free quarterfinals. The top two teams at the end of the elimination round will only need to beat their playoff foes in the first round once to advance. To get booted out, the top teams need to be beaten twice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“As of now, we’re playing good,” he said. “But if we want to make it far, we have to be consistent.”Before the break, Rain or Shine was riding on a five-game winning streak and is hoping to stretch that run against TNT, which is eyeing a fourth victory in seven games.last_img read more

DMK promises metro rail service for Coimbatore

first_imgCoimbatore, Apr 29 (PTI) DMK Treasurer M K Stalin today slammed the ruling AIADMK for its failure to implement its election promise of bringing mono rail in the city and promised to introduce Metro Rail, if his party was elected to power. In his poll campaign in support of party and alliance candidates in different constituencies, Stalin alleged that AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa had failed to fulfil her electoral promises given in 2011, including the mono rail for the benefit of the citizens. Being an industrial belt, the government failed to attract investment in the sector and due to its wrong policies a good number of investments had gone to neighbouring and Northern States, he alleged. Stating that along with metro rail service, steps would be taken to set up a high level medical research centre, he said priority would be given to improve infrastructure in and around Coimbatore. Promising various development works for the local people, including making Pollachi-Palani route into four lane, Stalin said efforts would be taken to set up storm water drain, community halls and developing parks across constituencies. PTI NVM BN RCJ TRKlast_img read more

Watch: MasterChef Australia’s Matt, Gary and George sport a dhoti, a lungi and a pyjama in Bangalore

first_imgThis is a sight you’ve never seen before! You have seen them polishing off plates of delicious food, you’ve seen them go a little emotional when contestants on MasterChef Australia get eliminated or narrate their life stories through the food they cook. But have you ever seen Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Colambaris in a dhoti, a lungi and a pyjama?Also read: Get a glimpse of MasterChef Australia judges roaming around in Bangalore this weekend The three were spotted attending the international World On A Plate food festival held on 4th and 5th June in Bengaluru, where they gave MasterClasses and served some signature dishes. While everything they cooked looked delicious, their appearance in traditional Indian clothes, especially Gary’s lungi, which is a South Indian favourite, grabbed eyeballs. Also read: #SpeakGourmet: 5 tricky techniques from MasterChef Australia you ought to knowWe are sure the people who saw them live learnt a lot from the Masters and enjoyed the sight of our favourite MasterChef judges in Indian attire.For those who missed out, here’s the video:last_img read more

NEC cries for funds as new project launch gets affected

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 28 (PTI) The North Eastern Council is facing acute shortage of funds, hampering implementation of several of its dream projects like setting up of educational institutes, skill development centres and sports academies.”We have so many dream projects to implement, but there is no money. Whatever little money we receive, it has over 99 per cent utilisation. So, we need more money,” North Eastern Council (NEC) Secretary Ram Muivah told PTI.Fund allocation to NEC substantially decreased after 9th Five Year Plan from 5.12 per cent of the total outlays for the North East to 0.03 per cent in the current fiscal, he added.”When NEC was established in 1972, the first years fund allocation was Rs 500 crore, which was a big amount then.However, it has increased to just Rs 950 crore in 2016-17.Out of that, Rs 150 crore directly goes to North-East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS),” Muivah said.Besides, every year NEC gives Rs 3 crore to Border Roads Organisation, Rs 47 crore to Alliance Air as Viability Gap Funding for operating flights in loss making routes and Rs 100 crore to North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project for sustainable livelihood programme, he added.”So practically, we are left with only Rs 600 crore in this fiscal. Out of this amount, around 70 per cent goes to ongoing projects or to clear liabilities, which currently stands at Rs 2,100 crore,” he said.That means, only 30 per cent of Rs 600 crore is left for new projects and this amount needs to be divided between eight states,” Muivah added.advertisementNEC has nine different sectors under it to work upon, but has not been able to take up any important new project only due to lack of funds, he added.Muivah informed that the North East-specific organisation wants to set up a number of educational centres as per global standards, including an international institute of mass communication and a school of architecture and planning, along with an institute of music, art and theatre. MORE PTI TR SUS KK MKJlast_img read more

Seco: heterogeneous processing systems based on Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoCs

first_imgAt embedded world, SECO has showcased a Xilinx-based product for smarter industrial solutions: the SM-B71. This solution is a SMARC Rel. 2.0 compliant module with the Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC. It stands out among SMARC modules for its reduced integration complexity, its dedicated real-time processing unit, multi Gbps transceivers, advanced multimedia H.264/H.265@44 encode and decode and, ultimately, it’s astounding scalability (up to 256K logic cells).Designed to be a flexible combination of ARM and FPGA with heterogeneous processing in a standard form factor, the SM-B71 mounts Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ CG/EG/EV MPSoCs in C784 package. The product comes in two models, with up to four cores of ARM Cortex A53 MPCore application processing unit and a dual core ARM Cortex R5 real-time processing unit. When it comes to graphics, it features an integrated ARM Mali 400 MP2 GPU, with multi-core 2D/3D acceleration at 667MHz, support for OpenGL ES 1.1 / 2.0, OpenVG 1.0 / 1.1 as well as H.264/H.265 integrated video codec. In terms of connectivity, it is well-endowed, with PCI-e x4, 2x GbE, 2x CAN Bus, 2x SPI and 12x GPIOs. Finally, the memory consists of 8GB + 2GB DDR4 soldered down.The main fields of application include automotive, avionics, biomedical and medical devices, industrial automation and control, IoT, robotics, telco, and visual computing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz adds new automated EMC test solutions to its EMC test portfolioNext Renesas: RX functional safety solution with SIL3 software certification for industrial equipmentlast_img read more

a month agoValencia coach Celades: Beating Chelsea proof players accept me

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Celades: Beating Chelsea proof players accept meby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Albert Celades feels the players have accepted him after their Champions League triumph at Chelsea.Celades had stepped in last week after the sacking of popular coach Marcelino – a decision which angered the players.He said after the 1-0 win, “It was not the idyllic situation, but it is what it is, we have faced it in the most professional way, we have closed ranks and we have always looked forward.”One thing is the external noise and another what happens inside, we know that the players have a very great professionalism, things are not simple and it is not easy to change the mood overnight, but we have given normality and I have to highlight everyone’s effort, this is a reinforcement for everyone, but we have to keep working and improving things.”Captain Dani Parejo insisted the players were behind the coach at the final whistle and Celades added: “We talk to them every day, we know the real situation of the squad, Dani has made it public, but we know it was like that, I want to thank the players for the welcome and their professionalism and hopefully this is a turning point.”Hopefully from now it’ll only be football talk and move on.” last_img read more

Uncle Nearest is a Whiskey Named After the First African-American Master Distiller in U.S.

first_img Why Clover Whiskey Can Only Be Found at Select Golf Clubs The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour In a fitting homage to the man, Uncle Nearest 1865 Premium Whiskey was born. Uncle Nearest is a Tennessee whiskey that utilizes a Lincoln County recipe from the late 1800s.“It was saved from a fire just behind the square in Lynchburg and is now under lock and key at the Farmers Bank in Lynchburg, the bank Jack Daniel founded in 1888,” Weaver said of the recipe.If Lincoln County sounds familiar, it’s because it’s where the Lincoln County Process — the practice of charcoal-mellowing a whiskey after distillation — comes from. Nearest Green was instrumental in the development of the Lincoln County Process, laying the groundwork for the entire Tennessee whiskey category that we have today. (If you want to learn more about Tennessee whiskey, check out this piece or hop on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail.)Uncle Nearest 1856/FacebookThe recipe for the whiskey, according to Weaver, utilizes corn malt, an ingredient that hasn’t been used in other Tennessee whiskeys in a very long time.“This is the most authentic brand story to enter the whiskey market in more than 100 years, so it was imperative we use an authentic Lincoln County recipe, as that was where Nearest lived, made his whiskey, and helped perfect the Lincoln County Process,” Weaver said.The final product is 50-percent ABV whiskey that is caramel in color with notes of hay, peach, and maple on the nose and a caramel and maple palate. A long, lingering finish follows notes of raisins and spice.Throughout the process of getting the whiskey brand up and running, Weaver has been working tirelessly to discover and document Nearest Green’s legacy, including tracking down and working with Green’s descendants.“From his eldest-living descendant (107-years old) to his youngest, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with nearly every one of them. His family is in Tennessee, Missouri, Texas, California, and Indiana, so I’ve spent a lot of time on planes since this project began,” Weaver said. “A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking the granddaughter of George Green (Nearest’s son sitting to the immediate right of Jack Daniel in the photo that went viral) on a private tour of Jack Daniel’s. To see her face light up when she saw ‘Daddy George’ is an experience I will not soon forget.”Since launching in August, Uncle Nearest 1856 has expanded significantly. While they’ve sourced the initial batches of whiskey, Weaver said they recently signed the purchase agreement for a distillery operation of their own, which will allow the whiskey — and the legacy of Nearest Green — to grow even more (including the release of a “Silver Whiskey” expression).“I’ve spent the better part of the last 10 years traveling the world, and everywhere I go, I can say ‘Johnnie Walker’ or ‘Jack Daniel,’ and whether or not a person drinks whisk(e)y, they know the contributions these two men have made to the whiskey industry,” Weaver said. “In 20 years, I want to be able to go anywhere in the world and say the name ‘Nearest Green’ and people know he was the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States, and helped perfect the process that takes an American bourbon and turns it into Tennessee whiskey.” The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Editors’ Recommendations center_img When you think of the history of American whiskey, certain names come to mind: Jimmy Russell, James E. Pepper, Jack Daniel. All of these men were important to the modern whiskey industry, but, thanks to author Fawn Weaver, we can add one more name to the canon: Nathan “Nearest” Green. Not only did Weaver help uncover this name — she brought one of the most important men in American whiskey making to the forefront. Uncle Nearest (as he was known to most), it turns out, was the man who taught the Jack Daniel how to make whiskey.It wasn’t until 2016 that the Jack Daniel’s Distillery (amidst celebrating 150 years), acknowledged that Nearest Green, originally a slave, was responsible for teaching Jack Daniel, thus was the first African-American master distiller in the country. When Weaver heard about this, she knew it was just the beginning of the story. She took it upon herself to start researching Green in order to make sure that his life and legacy are cemented where they should be. In order to do that, Weaver did two things: She established the Nearest Green Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and launched 12 projects that would help ensure his story lives on.“Nearest is the first African-American master distiller in the United States to be honored, yet those who have studied spirits history know African-Americans were absolutely critical to the creation of the American whiskey industry,” Weaver said of the project. “I have uncovered the story of one man, but my hope is others will continue to dig and even more will be honored in our lifetime and beyond.” The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakaharalast_img read more

BC mom whose two sons overdosed urges doctors to check prescription history

first_imgVANCOUVER – Helen Jennens flips through two sets of documents — one for each son who fatally overdosed.Letters she sent in both cases to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia alleging the careless prescribing of potentially dangerous medications are neatly organized among responses from doctors.Jennens says the deaths of her sons, Rian Leinweber in August 2011 and Tyler Leinweber in January 2016, could have been prevented if doctors had checked their drug histories on B.C.’s unique real-time database PharmaNet.The provincewide network links pharmacies and hospitals to a central database that stores information on all dispensed prescriptions. The system is also available to physicians, but doctors say most do not use it.Jennens, who lives in Kelowna, has asked the college to make use of PharmaNet mandatory for all doctors so the files of high-risk or drug-seeking patients are flagged.“Both boys, I have no idea how they lived as long as they did, with the medications they were prescribed, the combinations they were prescribed,” Jennens says through tears.Rian was 37 when he died, three years after a truck collided with his motorcycle, crushing his right leg from hip to toe, requiring multiple surgeries.Jennens went to Rian’s home with a pot of chili and found him propped up on his bed with his computer on his lap. He’d stopped breathing from a combined overdose after being prescribed benzodiazepines, various drugs for insomnia and depression, and opioids for chronic pain while he awaited a second hip replacement.Jennens says she’d warned doctors Rian could become hooked on opioids because he’d endured a decade of addiction that included cocaine and crystal meth.“He was eight years drug free when he got into that accident. I said, ‘We know legitimately he needs stuff for pain because his leg was shattered but we also have to stay on top of it.’ “After Rian died, Jennens requested his PharmaNet records and questioned why he was prescribed such a wide range of medications including opioids.“Why didn’t these people say enough? That was my whole issue with PharmaNet,” Jennens says. “It lets you know somebody’s got a drug history. He’s on this cocktail for three years and nobody is concerned about what may happen in terms of overdose?”A big part of Jennens’s complaint with the College of Physicians and Surgeons focuses on mandating the use of PharmaNet, which she says could be optimized to protect patients.“That didn’t happen, and five years later, my second son died,” she says of Tyler, who had ruptured his left Achilles tendon in 2008 while playing football and was prescribed OxyContin.He became addicted to heroin and unknowingly took what turned out be fentanyl in his ex-wife’s bathroom, where he was found dead on the floor. A coroner’s report says he had overdosed on the powerful opioid.“He used to lay in my lap at night and say, ‘Remember when I played football? Why can’t I get that back?’ ” Jennens says. “His sister saw him twice in the last three years of his life because she wouldn’t subject her daughter to his behaviour, and it killed him. It’s killing her now.”Armed with 173 pages of PharmaNet records listing Tyler’s medications, Jennens filed a second complaint and “pleaded” with the college to make the use of PharmaNet compulsory for all doctors.Jennens’ first complaint to the college resulted in one doctor being directed to take two continuing medical education courses on the responsible prescribing of opioids and strategies to manage chronic pain through less reliance on drugs.Her complaint after Tyler died wasforwarded by the college to 20 doctors who were cited for their prescribing habits. In their response letters, some doctors say they did not access PharmaNet, while others say Tyler’s death prompted them to use it.Dr. David Hawkins says in his letter that the medical system allowed Tyler’s family to suffer “as a result of his death, and that was quite possibly avoidable. Certainly his medical encounters did not present him with treatment that could have offered him a way out of his situation.”Hawkins also offered an apology: “I am sorry for the part I played in Tyler’s death and for not addressing his anxiety in an alternative manner at that time. I hope that the changes by both myself and the rest of the medical profession can help to tame this terrible crisis.”In an interview, Hawkins says using PharmaNet while treating addicted patients with chronic pain is time consuming, especially because it’s not linked with electronic medical records so doctors must use different systems to get information about any tests and consultations.“To try to compare any one visit with another in the past is really challenging, and that’s before you even see the patient so you’re exhausted by the time you even enter the room,” says Hawkins, who works in Lake Country, B.C.“It could be done electronically, if someone were to program these systems properly,” he says. “We need certain things and we’re just not getting them. I’m not pretending that it would be easy but there doesn’t seem to be any effort to make our jobs easier on the front lines.”Patients suffering from anxiety and depression also require more mental health support so drugs are not the “easy” answer, he says.“It’s really sad, with so many young people dying, older people too. Fathers, mothers. It’s horrendous what’s going on,” he says of the opioid epidemic that claimed 1,422 lives in British Columbia alone last year, mostly due to street drugs, not prescription medications.In the end, the college required one of the doctors, not Hawkins, to take a continuing medical education course in Tyler’s case.“It is the college’s expectation that each of these physicians will use this difficult case as an opportunity for further learning and professional growth for the benefit of future patients and their families,” Dr. K. Shaw of the complaints and practice investigations’ inquiry committee wrote to Jennens in a letter dated Jan. 16.The college told Jennens in a letter a year earlier that if it decided a doctor had “made an isolated error in judgment,” it would take remedial, not disciplinary, action.“I’m not out on a witch hunt for doctors,” Jennens says, adding her years of lobbying is aimed at the college and the government to prevent the overprescribing of potentially addictive drugs.“Doctors now thank me for bringing this to their attention,” she says. “They agree we need to do more about PharmaNet. Why didn’t they just think about this before Tyler died? Why didn’t someone search his PharmaNet records? Fifty pages of methadone and suboxone prescribed. They had to know it was drug-seeking behaviour.”In June 2016, as part of revised standards for prescribing drugs that could be misused, the college made the use of PharmaNet mandatory at walk-in and methadone clinics.Dr. Heidi Oetter, the college’s registrar and CEO, says the prescription monitoring system was “best in class” compared with any other in Canada.However, she called PharmaNet “clunky” and says its ultimate success will require government officials to consult doctors “to really make it operational in their offices.”“We’re committed to making access to PharmaNet mandatory once everybody can easily access the system,” Oetter says.Neither Health Minister Adrian Dix nor Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy were available for interviews.Dr. Trina Larsen Soles, president of Doctors of BC, the association that represents physicians, says PharmaNet should be enhanced to connect with medication records from hospitals, the BC Cancer Agency, the renal program and the HIV-AIDS program.“I’ve got a cancer patient who’s on various chemotherapy cocktails and pain meds and I don’t know what chemo they’re on because it’s not on PharmaNet. I have to go to a different window to get that information,” she says. “You’re doing all this on the screen instead of talking to the patient in front of you.”Dr. Tom Perry, an internal medicine and clinical pharmacology specialist at the University of British Columbia Hospital, was a New Democrat member of the legislature when PharmaNet was launched in 1995.“What an incredible resource,” he says. “Everyone should have done it in Canada long ago, and we all should be hooked up to it.”“If my records aren’t perfect, PharmaNet rescues me or anybody else because PharmaNet not only tells you what I prescribed but it tells you what’s more important, which is did the person fill (the prescription)?”Dr. Corinne Hohl, an emergency room doctor at Vancouver General Hospital, says installation fees and monthly charges also deter doctors from registering for PharmaNet.“This is a big disincentive, I am told, is to pay, and physicians who are private entrepreneurs in private offices simply don’t want to have to pay the additional fee,” she says.“It’s very beneficial, especially in the context of the current opioid crisis, where we’re trying to be very careful about prescribing opioids. We want to make sure that the patient is receiving opioids consistently from the same provider as opposed to eight different providers from eight different hospitals if they’re doctor shopping.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

4 European countries agree on trade deal with Mercosur

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 read more

UN mission in Western Sahara organizes first family visits in over 25

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. read more

Loblaw surprised at ability to weather high grocery prices

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. read more

As Syrians continue to flee UN urges European Union to uphold asylum

“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. read more

Andrew Marr sees subtle and useful changes after new US stroke treatment

first_imgAndrew 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.”center_img 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. Andrew Marr and Boris Johnsonlast_img read more

Consolidated Minerals says it is poised for aggressive growth

first_imgConsolidated 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.last_img read more

Tiredness and inadequate training of flight crew factors in Cork Airport crash

first_img“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>last_img read more

Xenophon says no to FoFA

first_imgIndependent 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 Instagramlast_img read more

Webb says state budget fails on McCleary mandate

first_imgAfter 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.last_img read more

San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation

first_imgSan 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 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Ask Your Senators to Vote for Reasonable Fuel Storage Rules for Farmers

first_imgWhen 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.last_img read more

Samsungs Galaxy Fold may not launch in June

first_img 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)center_img 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. Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Tags Comments 60 Photos Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $155 at Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It Turo You might not be able to fold your Samsung Galaxy next month after all. 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 Buylast_img read more