UN human rights chief calls on Algeria to review laws on civil

“While recognizing that the driving force behind this state of affairs is rooted in security concerns, I encourage the Government to review the laws and practices relating to civil society organizations and freedom of assembly, and also to order all security forces to refrain from violating internationally recognized instruments guaranteeing the right to freedom of association,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said at the end of a three-day visit.She cited Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – a binding treaty that has been ratified by Algeria – as examples of those instruments. During her visit – the first ever by a UN Human Rights Commissioner – Ms. Pillay met with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and a wide range of Government and judicial officials, parliamentarians and representatives of civil society organizations engaged in human rights work, as well as the head of Algeria’s national human rights institution, the National Consultative Commission for the Promotion of Human Rights.In her remarks, the human rights chief noted that freedom of expression in relation to the media has improved considerably in recent years, leading to a “feisty, probing and relatively fearless local press,” while emerging new political freedoms have been illustrated by the large number of political parties represented in Algeria’s Parliament since elections in May. “However, the rights to freedom of association and freedom of assembly for various other sectors of society – such as civil society organizations, human rights defenders and trade unions – is cause for concern and may even have deteriorated over the past year, partly as a result of an apparent clampdown by security forces drawing on the controversial Article 100 of the Penal Code, and partly because of the widely criticized restrictions contained in the new Law on Associations adopted last December,” Ms. Pillay said..She noted that civil society organizations are part of the “life-blood of a free, democratic society” where the human rights of all individuals are upheld in accordance with international standards set by States.The human rights official particularly highlighted the role played by non-governmental organizations in providing “one of the essential checks and balances that helps create a better human rights environment,” such as through helping fight for the rights of the most vulnerable sections of society, as well as helping uphold the rule of law by exposing corruption and other abuses.“To fulfil their potential, they must be allowed to operate without undue impediments,” Ms. Pillay said. “I have therefore been very concerned to hear that not only are they facing legal and bureaucratic restraints in Algeria, but some of their members are also being frequently harassed, intimidated and arbitrarily arrested by the security forces, and are not being offered sufficient protection against these abusive practices by the existing legal framework.”In her remarks, the High Commissioner also welcomed Algeria’s ratification of almost all major international human rights treaties, and the fact that, during her visit, the Government had shown interest in ratifying two of the main treaties which it has not yet ratified – the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, with the latter being a mechanism which enables regular unannounced inspections by international and national bodies of places of detention. “By ratifying this protocol in addition to the parent Convention against Torture, which it ratified in 1989, Algeria would significantly strengthen its defences against any future return to the days when torture was commonplace,” Ms. Pillay said.She added, “Similarly, ratifying the Convention on Enforced Disappearances would signal that the State is equally determined never to see a repetition of the terrible situation in the 1990s when several thousand people were forcibly disappeared by both the rebel forces and state security apparatus.”Ms. Pillay said she was encouraged to hear that the Algerian Government has decided to accept a long-standing request of the independent UN body of experts known as the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, to visit the country to provide advice on how to deal with the issue of enforced disappearances. read more

UN human rights expert urges global pause in creation of robots with

LARs differ from armed drones and other remotely controlled weapons systems because they have the ability to decide when to attack a target, Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, stressed.“While drones still have a ‘human in the loop’ who takes the decision to use lethal force, LARs have on-board computers that decide who should be targeted,” Mr. Heyns said as he presented his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council.“War without reflection is mechanical slaughter,” he added. “In the same way that the taking of any human life deserves as a minimum some deliberation, a decision to allow machines to be deployed to kill human beings deserves a collective pause worldwide.”While much of their development is shrouded in secrecy, robots with full lethal autonomy have not yet been deployed, according to Mr. Heyns’ report. However, robotic systems with various degrees of autonomy and attack capability are currently in useHe cites, for example, Samsung Techwin surveillance and security guard robots, deployed in the demilitarized zone between the two countries of the Korean peninsula, which detect targets through infrared sensors. They are currently operated by humans but have an “automatic mode.”The United States’ Navy’s Phalanx gun system, he adds, automatically detects, tracks and engages threats such as anti-ship missiles and aircraft. Israel’s Harpy system is designed to detect and destroy radar emitters. In addition, the British Taranis drone prototype can search, identify and locate enemies, but can only engage a target when authorized by mission command. He says that further development of such systems and their decision-making capability may make it easier for States to go to war; and raises the question whether they can be programmed to comply with the requirements of international humanitarian law, “especially the distinction between combatant and civilians and collateral damage.” “Beyond this, their deployment may be unacceptable because no adequate system of legal accountability can be devised for the actions of machines,” he stated as part of his analysis of potential violations of the rights to life and human dignity, should the use of LARs materialize. Mr. Heyns urged the Human Rights Council to call on all States “to declare and implement national moratoria on the production, assembly, transfer, acquisition, deployment and use of LARs, until a framework on the future of LARs has been established.” He invited the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to convene or to work with other UN bodies to convene a High Level Panel on LARs to articulate this framework. The Special Rapporteur stressed that engaging with the risks posed by LARs right now, before further development, would provides an opportunity for reflection that would contrast to other revolutions in military affairs, where serious consideration mostly began after the emergence of new methods of war. “The current moment may be the best we will have to address these concerns,” he said. read more

Baseball season preview Nohitter hurler anchors OSU staff

Pitching. It’s a common denominator in baseball. Everyone from high school coaches around the country to major league managers often claim pitching as the No. 1 reason why they’re succeeding or failing.The Ohio State baseball team is no exception. While the Buckeyes appear to have a strong, balanced lineup and an athletic team in the field, questions surround the pitching staff. OSU returns its top two starters and top setup man, but doubts remain regarding the rest the Buckeye pitchers. Of course, OSU has one pitcher they can rely upon.The numbers junior right-hander Alex Wimmers put up last season were quite remarkable. The 2009 first-team All-American and Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year went 9-2 and led the Big Ten with 136 strikeouts last season. Wimmers held batters to a .211 batting average and opposing batters hit a measly .193 against him with two outs.Furthermore, on May 2 against Michigan, Wimmers fanned 14 Wolverines and threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in the 125-year history of OSU baseball. Wimmers worked hard in the offseason to prepare to shoulder the load again for the Buckeyes.“Conditioning-wise, I improved my stamina, I worked hard in the weight room,” said Wimmers, a projected first-round pick in June’s MLB draft. “What I like to do is to put a lot of pressure on myself in carrying this team. I do the best I can and try to stay in there as long as I can on Friday nights to set the pitching for the rest of the weekend.”The 2010 preseason All-American and undisputed staff ace has some lofty goals for the upcoming season.“I want to repeat as [Big Ten] Pitcher of Year. I’d like to lead the country in strikeouts if I can,” Wimmers said. “I want to limit my walks and have an ERA under three.”Coach Bob Todd, in his 22nd year coaching the Buckeyes, admits he might have to rely a bit more on Wimmers this season given the pitching staff’s uncertainty.“We’ve talked about that. We’re never going to do anything to hurt him. He’s got too much of a bright future,” Todd said. “If we can nurse an extra inning or so out of him, we’re certainly going to do it. It’s all going to depend on pitch counts, especially earlier in the season.”Anchoring the No. 2 spot in the rotation is junior Dean Wolosiansky. The 6-foot-5-inch, 225 pound right-hander went 11-2 last season with an ERA of 6.04. However, Wolosiansky is 12-2 in his career in conference play and has shown a knack for escaping trouble, as he induced 14 double plays last year.The Buckeyes lost a big piece of their bullpen from last season with the departure of senior closer Jake Hale. A first-team All-American who was drafted in the 27th round of last June’s draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Hale saved 18 games last year for OSU. Hale also had an ERA of 1.31 and struck out 67 in 55 innings pitched.For now, Hale’s replacement will be right-hander Drew Rucinski. Last season, the junior led OSU with 12 wins and was second in the Big Ten in appearances. Todd thinks Rucinski could contribute in a number of roles.“For the first couple of weeks he is going to be our closer, [however] at some point in time he might be our No.3 starter.” Todd said. “We used him as our setup guy last year, so he’s really been flexible. We feel comfortable wherever we put him.”The team might also have to rely on younger players to eat up innings during the season. Brett McKinney, a freshman right-hander from Hamilton, Ohio, who impressed coaches during last fall’s Scarlet and Gray World Series, might see substantial action early in the season.“McKinney is going to be the key.” Todd said. “You never know what you’re going to get out of freshmen, but what he showed us in the fall is that he is going to have a chance to contribute and contribute quickly.” read more

Schwing Bioset partners with Technosub in Canada

first_imgTechnosub has signed as Schwing Bioset’s mining distributor for Canada. With headquarters in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and nine locations across Canada, Technosub is recognised for its innovative and fully integrated pumping solutions in the mining and industrial water management sectors. The company sells, rents, manufactures, and repairs pumps and pumps components.President & CEO of Technosub, Eric Beaupre, stated, “Schwing Bioset is a great complement to our line of mining and industrial products and integral engineering solutions. This allows our sales and engineering team to provide even more value and integral solutions to our customers, not just in Canada, but around the world.”John Brown, Schwing Bioset Mining Sales Engineer, and the Schwing Bioset management team are excited about this promising partnership. Brown notes that, “Our positive displacement pump will be part of Technosub’s integral solutions, and in some applications part of the Mudwizard system, so Technosub will have the capability of global distribution of Schwing Bioset.” The Mudwizard system is designed to easily manage underground sludge while lowering operations costs.The Technosub providesengineered solutions to the mining market globally, and supports Schwing Bioset’s mission of offering the best high solids content slurries-paste transportation and handling solutions in the mining industry.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_img Monday 3 Apr 2017, 7:52 AM Short URL 11,544 Views 1 Comment Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/margouillat photo By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/3320880 Image: Shutterstock/margouillat photo Apr 3rd 2017, 7:52 AM The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #TUSLA: Six Irish children were sent to psychiatric units abroad in last two years – but ‘no records exist’ before that.2. #HOUSE PRICES: The asking price for a typical three-bed semi in Dublin has risen to €290,000.3. #LE CHÉILE: At the launch of a report on a community-based mentoring and family support service, one man outlined the horrendous abuse he received at the hands of his father.4. #DAY 11: Talks may take place between Bus Éireann management and the unions as the strike rumbles on.5. #JOB SURGE: Business group Ibec has predicted an extra 50,000 new jobs will be created this year.6. #TRAGIC: There are 43 children among the 254 dead in the Colombian mudslide.7. #TRUMP CARD: Donald Trump has said that if China doesn’t help to solve the North Korea problem, the US is willing to go it alone.8. #ORKAMBI: The life of a 25-year-old who suffers from cystic fibrosis has changed significantly since a liver transplant in 2012, and she has called for an opt-out system for organ donation in Ireland.9. #LIMERICK: A man in his 20s has died following a fatal road crash in Limerick.last_img read more

Watch 800Pound Bison Does Crazy Happy Dance on First Day of Spring

first_img A massive, 800-pound bison in North Carolina is going viral online after she did a crazy “happy dance” to celebrate the first day of spring.On Thursday, North Carolina Zoo posted a 48-second video of the galloping bison, which shows the hilarious animal bucking across an open prairie, dropping to the ground, and rolling in chewed-up grass and mud. As of this morning, the video has generated almost 100,000 views and more than 1,000 shares on Facebook. Debbie Foster Fuchs, the zoo’s spokesperson, told the Charlotte Observer that the bison is named Calf, and she’s part of the zoo’s small herd of American Bison. The other female bison are named Libby, Lucy, and Nohorn, a bison that doesn’t have any horns. According to the zoo’s website, American Bison can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Despite their large frames, these animals can reach run speeds of 40 mph and use their heads as plows in winter weather to dig up plants. Interestingly enough, bison are also crepuscular, meaning that they rest during the heat of the day.More on Geek.com:This Tiny Bird Made One of the Longest Migrations EverGigantic, Rare Sunfish Randomly Washes Up on a Beach in AustraliaChina Clones the ‘Sherlock Holmes of Police Dogs’ Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

La Center releases report on workplace hostility allegations

first_imgThe city of La Center released a report Thursday detailing a private investigator’s conclusions about allegations of hostility and harassment among top city administrators.The investigation stemmed from a 37-page letter written in May by then-interim Police Chief Erin Nolan, who now works as a chief deputy for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. In the document, Nolan relays numerous accusations of impropriety — including nepotism, cronyism, discrimination and intimidation — that she’d heard from city employees. Nolan sent the letter to Derek Bryan, a risk manager with the Association of Washington Cities. Bryan then commissioned Jim Webber, a private investigator from Kirkland, to look into the allegations. Webber wrapped up his investigation earlier this month, essentially exonerating everyone mentioned in Nolan’s letter and declining to draw conclusions about cases where he said he didn’t find enough evidence. He reached the findings following interviews with 19 current and former city employees, including Nolan, Mayor Jim Irish, Public Works Director Jeff Sarvis and Finance Director Suzanne Levis.Sarvis and Levis — who live together — found themselves at the center of much of the criticism in Nolan’s letter. According to the document, employees had concerns about the pair’s personal relationship and their influence over Irish.last_img read more

Sodexo staff at St Marys Hospital host protest in pay dispute

first_imgPorters and cleaners based at St Mary’s Hospital and employed by food services and facilities management organisation Sodexo are hosting a protest picnic today (Wednesday 19 June 2019) in relation to an ongoing pay dispute.The Paddington-based staff, who are members of the trade union GMB, will hold the protest picnic between 12pm and 2pm, outside the main gates of St Mary’s Hospital.According to GMB, the dispute regards a two-tier wage system, which sees the majority of Sodexo’s staff paid at the national living wage rate of £8.21 an hour. The trade union argues, however, that a small portion are being paid £11 an hour for performing the same work.The wage system impacts around 1,100 cleaners and porters employed by Sodexo at St Mary’s Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital.GMB is seeking equal, backdated wages for all employees and has refused Sodexo’s commitment to raise pay next year.Michael Dooley, local official at GMB, said: “Anyone who has been in a London hospital knows what the cleaning staff and porters do, caring for patients or cleaning human waste, blood and vomit. Those visitors would be appalled to know that those hardworking staff are only paid the minimum wage.“GMB intend to highlight the poverty pay by holding a well-deserved picnic for the staff outside the hospital in Praed Street, Paddington, on Wednesday 19 June. GMB protests will continue outside St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals in the Three Hospitals Pay Campaign.”A spokesperson at Sodexo added: “Our bid for the new facilities management contract at Imperial NHS Trust proposes to pay the London living wage as the minimum pay rate from April 2020. If this is successful, we will pass this pay increase on to our teams.”last_img read more

MediZine Acquires Healthcommunitiescom

first_imgCunnion declined to revel terms of the deal, but saidHealthcommunities.com—which averages 1.5 million monthly uniquesviewing content in 30 patient communities formed around topics such asoncology and allergies—will jump the interactive share of MediZine’soverall revenues to about 20 percent.Key value drivers were the site’s profit and ability to organicallyattract and keep traffic. “The two things that helped us determinevalue was a strong bottom line—there’s actually a profit in thebusiness—and their ability to sustain and grow traffic onlineorganically,” he said.MediZine is a portfolio investment of Veronis Suhler Stevenson, whichis also an investor in Red 7 Media, the parent company of FOLIO: andFOLIO: Alert. The healthcare media market just ticked off a rare, for these days,acquisition. MediZine, a consumer health education media company,bought Healthcommunities.com, an 11-year-old Web site that produces physician-developed content. The deal, according to MediZine president Mike Cunnion, quicklybolsters the company’s online presence. “As the world has evolved andconsumers have relied on online information sites, that’s been amassive change in our world,” he said. “For us, it related to a growthstrategy and becoming less reliant on one particular channel.” Cunnion noted that while the print brands reach doctors’ offices andpharmacy counters and 2.5 million homes, MediZine, until about 18months ago, didn’t have significant reach online. “We’ve been doingorganic efforts on our own, but we know what a long growth process thatis,” he said.last_img read more

Students Receive 120K in Scholarships from Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation

first_img ADC AUTHOR Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation recently announced it has awarded more than $120,000 in academic scholarships to residents living in privatized military housing owned and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities.The scholarships were awarded to high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students attending accredited educational or technical institutions. The majority of scholarships were granted to students of military families living in military homes owned by Balfour Beatty Communities throughout the U.S.“We’re proud to have the opportunity to help these students take this important step in achieving their goals,” said Kathy Grim, board member of the Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation. “The promise and potential of so many students came through in their essays, and it’s a true honor to be able to invest in the academic careers of our residents. We look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.”Residents at communities across 22 states received scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on an essay submission as well as students’ academic achievements, GPA, community involvement and financial need. The scholarships are given as part of the foundation’s ongoing goal to encourage and promote the pursuit of education and commitment to community leadership.Photo provided by Balfour Beatty Communities Foundationlast_img read more

Netflix launches super cheap mobileonly subscriptions

first_img 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. Now playing: Watch this: 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Read Google Home Hub review null JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. $6 at Tidal 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. The Cheapskate Last week, Netflix revealed that its international subscriber base grew by 2.83 million paid members to 91.46 million in the last quarter, which was less 4.7 million new signups it hoped for. It’s hoping to add 6.2 million people internationally in the current quarter.There are currently no plans to bring this tier to other regions, a Netflix spokesperson said in an email.First published at 3:44 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:30 a.m. PT: Adds Netflix comment about new tier’s international availability. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Share your voice Netflix probably won’t be jacking up prices again anytime… Apple iPhone XS $155 at Google Express 0 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 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. Read the AirPods review See it Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tagscenter_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET People in India can experience El’s Stranger Things adventures for less than $3 a month. Netflix Netflix made a big push to get people watching in India on Wednesday. The company launched a cheap mobile-only subscription tier tailored to that market — a plan it revealed last week. The 199 rupee (about $3) option only allows one phone or tablet to view a standard definition (480-pixel) stream at a time.”Our members in India watch more on their mobiles than members anywhere else in the world- and they love to download our shows and films,” said Ajay Arora, Netflix’s director of product innovation.Indians spend 30 percent of their phone time and more than 70% of their data on entertainment. Along with the new tier, the streaming service has invested in Indian-made content like Sacred Games, Chopsticks and Mighty Little Bheem (with more on the way). Turo See at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mobile Internet TV and Movies Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice $299 at Amazon See at Turo 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. Netflix,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 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. See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $520 at HP Rylo $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. Boost Mobile $999 $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 5:05 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sprint Amazon Tags 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Commentslast_img read more

Vodafone India Idea Cellular merger Good for promoters employees face bleak future

first_imgA man casts silhouette onto an electronic screen displaying logo of Vodafone India after a news conference to announce the half year results in Mumbai, India, November 10, 2015.Reuters fileThe merger of British telecom company Vodafone’s India operations with Aditya Birla Group firm Idea Cellular has implications at multiple levels. While the merger will create the biggest telecom service provider by replacing Bharti Airtel and likely appreciation in valuation benefiting promoters and other investors, it is likely to spell bad days ahead for employees.Job cutsAnalysts had pointed even last month when the merger rumours were buzzing that the consolidation phase could trigger a wave of job cuts.”Lower management will face the maximum heat as there will be a lot of overlap in the last-mile service delivery, customer interaction and point of sales,” Sumit Sabharwal, CEO (Managed Services) and managing director (SAARC), Excelity Global, an HR outsourcing service provider, had told the BusinessLine on February 24, 2017. In all, about 1.5 lakh people are working in such roles, the daily had reported. The consolidation could also slow down the pace of hiring in the sector, given that companies would look to leverage synergies.In terms of direct employment, Idea Cellular had 12,491permanent employees and 10,306 on a contractual basis, while Bharti Airtel had 9,596 permanent employees, according to their respective annual reports for FY2016.Details of people working at Vodafone India are not available since it is not listed on Indian stock exchanges. Idea Cellular’s Managing Director Himanshu Kapania speaks during a news conference to announce the company’s quarterly results in Mumbai October 24, 2013.Reuters fileHigher savings for the merged entityFor the two companies — Idea Cellular and Vodafone India — the potential for reducing costs is significant, according to India Ratings. “The combined entity’s operating margins will improve by around 3 percentage points due to cost synergies in networking and selling, general and administrative expenses,” the ratings agency said in a note.Competition to intensify, smaller players to loseLast month, Bharti Airtel had announced the acquisition of Telenor’s India operations in seven telecom circles for an undisclosed amount. Seen as an outcome of the aggressive foray of Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), the deal did not change the outlook for the sector.”We retain our negative outlook on the sector for 2017, as fierce competition and rising capex will put pressure on most operators in the short term. The agreement by Bharti Airtel to buy Telenor’s Indian telecom operations is the latest sign that the entry of aggressive new operator Reliance Jio is spurring incumbents to consolidate to better meet the intense competition and weaker telcos to exit altogether,” Fitch Ratings had said in a note last month. Employees work inside a Bharti Airtel store in New Delhi, India April 20, 2016.Reuters filelast_img read more

Geek Deals Dell XPS 8910 QuadCore Desktop PC for 670

first_imgIf you’re looking for a powerful desktop that won’t break the bank, take a look at the XPS 8910 from Dell. With a quad-core CPU, fast DDR4 memory, and lots of customizability, this PC is a fantastic bargain when you use today’s coupon.• Dell XPS 8900 quad-core desktop PC for $669.99 (List price: $1,129.99 — Coupon code: XPS669)Okay, so what kind of specs are we dealing with here? This model has a sixth generation quad-core 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-6700 CPU, a discrete AMD Radeon RX 560 graphics card (with 2GB of memory), 16GB of DDR4 RAM (2133MHz), a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, a DVD-RW drive, Bluetooth 4.2, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. A wired keyboard and mouse combo come along for free, and the built-in HDMI port makes it easy to hook up to just about any modern PC monitor or HDTV. In need of DVI or DisplayPort support? Check out Amazon and MonoPrice for affordable adaptors. Out of the box, this machine will be able to run plenty of modern games at 1080p, but most recent releases at higher resolutions are a bit much for the default graphics card to handle. Thankfully, you can easily turn this into a gaming rig without breaking the bank. Invest in an heftier card down the road, open up the case, and swap out the card that comes with the machine. The CPU and memory are already superb, so you’ll be ready to play once the new graphics card is in place. Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) comes installed by default. With game DVR, DirectX 12, and local game streaming, Windows 10 has a lot to offer from a gaming perspective. Add in the new Edge browser, Cortana, and the Windows Store, and you’ll find that Microsoft’s new OS is a stellar option.Ordinarily, this config lists for $1,129.99, but Dell is selling it for $999.99 online. Use coupon code “XPS669” in your shopping cart, and you’ll save an additional $330 off.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

A filmy delight

first_imgMadhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine will be featured on Friday at 9:30 pm. The main cast of the film includes Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda. The movie is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call ‘Bollywood’. The film is an entertaining, daring, glamorous and scandalous which provides behind the scenes account of the reality of the world of glitz and glamour that our film stars inhabit.The movies which will be featured this week include a bioscope serialised feature film: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Arth which will be shown on Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 pm starring Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Smita Patil, Heroine starring Kareena Kappor on Friday at 9:30 pm, Ekk Deewaana Tha starring Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson on Saturday at 10 pm, Amanush starring Uttam Kumar, Utpal Dutt on Sunday at 12:30 pm, Road to Sangam also on Sunday 3 pm starring Paresh Rawal and Om Puri and a Punjabi film called Nabar at 10 pm starring Nishawn Bhullar, Rana Ranbir and Hardeep Gill.last_img read more

2 held with arms at Rajarhat Survey Park

first_imgKolkata: Two criminals were arrested with firearms on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at Rajarhat and Survey Park, respectively.On Tuesday night, police got a tip-off about a hardened criminal Jahiruddin Molla, who was seen near Lauhati in Rajarhat. A Sub-Inspector reached the spot and started looking for him. The police spotted Molla near the Lauhati petrol pump in Khejurbagan. Seeing the cops Molla tried to escape. But before he could give cops a slip, the officers nabbed him. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring the search, the police found a pipe gun from his possession. He was arrested on the charges of IPC sections 25(1)(a) (manufactures, sells, transfers, converts, repairs, tests or proves, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale of fire arms) and section 27 of the Punishment for using arms Arms Act. In another incident, a man was arrested near Highland Park early on Wednesday morning with firearms. According to sources, police personnel were performing naka checking near Highland Park under Survey park police station area late in the night. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring checking of vehicles police personnel noticed a person was trying to hide his face. On suspicion, when the police questioned him, he allegedly tried to escape. He was immediately nabbed by other police personnel there and later he was identified as Jayanta Guchhait. Sources informed that earlier he has been accused in several crimes such as robbery snatching. The police recovered a single shot gun along with four bullets from him.last_img read more

10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Killer PowerPoint Presentation

first_imgJanuary 22, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now As an entrepreneur, speaking at influential industry trade shows and conferences positions your products and services center stage, exactly where you want your brand to be.When done right, showcasing your brand in a dynamic presentation can reel in new customers, attract capital and generate positive media buzz. When done wrong, well, just ask Michael Bay and the folks at Samsung.Your PowerPoint (or Prezi or Keynote) presentation slides have to be spot-on. This goes for whether you’re presenting at a big conference or for customers or colleagues. Not only do carefully planned slides help you stay on-topic, more importantly, they help you tell a memorable story that informs, engages and hopefully even inspires your audience to do business with you.Here are 10 important questions to consider when crafting your next PowerPoint presentation:1. What do I need to think about before designing my first slide?If you start by opening PowerPoint and haphazardly typing bullet points, you’re off to a rough start, says Adam Sigel, a Boston-based product manager at New York City-based streaming TV startup Aereo, and teacher of Skillshare’s Slide Chi: Advanced PowerPoint Design/Workshop Class. Your first step should be identifying key messages, then creating a clear outline for their delivery, Sigel advises. “Focus first on a single memorable message that you want your audience to understand and what value your message will have to them,” he says.Also consider what your ultimate goal is. For example, is your aim in presenting to earn customers or strategic partnerships? Is it to broaden your industry influence or highlight new products and services?2. How can I create a presentation that really connects with my audience?Show them that you understand their needs by presenting a value proposition tailored to them and you’ll make a lasting impact, Sigel says. This is something only you — not your PowerPoint slides — can do. “If slides alone could win you business, salespeople would just email them to prospects and say, ‘Please return with a signed copy of the contract,'” Sigel says. If only it were that easy.To reach your listeners, “connect with them in the way you connect with anyone else in your life — with empathy and emotion,” he says. Explain how your idea (or product or service) can improve their lives or work. Be careful not to come off too hard sales-y, though. Keep your tone conversational, informative and friendly, not corporate and stiff.  3. How much textual content should I include?There’s no one-size-fits-all word count when it comes to slide text. “I’ve heard various rules about how many bullets per slide and how many words per bullet and I don’t listen to any of it,” says Sigel. He suggests using powerful single words, short phrases or clear and concise single sentences per slide, versus cramming slides full of trailing bullet points and long-winded paragraphs.Remember that slides merely provide visual support for your talk. Filling them with too many words creates an audience of readers, not listeners. “If people are reading your slides, they’re unable to listen to you, and they came to hear you.”4. How many slides should I have?How many slides you feature depends on how much visual support you need for what you’re explaining.Sigel recommends using venture capitalist and business author Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 PowerPoint Rule: 10 slides presented in 20 minutes, with no font smaller than 30-point type.Kawasaki suggests tackling the following topics in 10 short and sweet slides total, especially if you’re addressing venture capitalists:ProblemYour solutionBusiness modelUnderlying magic/technologyMarketing and salesCompetitionTeamProjections and milestonesStatus and timelineSummary and call to action5. How can I be sure that my textual slides are as efficient and high-impact as possible?Start by just saying no to convoluted prefab PowerPoint templates. Instead, for every slide you make, Sigel suggests writing down a single sentence that captures the message of that slide. Next, circle the single most important word or phrase in that sentence. Then see how well your slide reflects your circled key word. What text can you omit to get to your point in fewer words? What can you move off of the slide and into your speaking notes?You’ll also want to boost the impact of your slides by varying their backgrounds, Sigel says. Mix it up and with a blend of solid backgrounds, subtle gradients and full-sized background images with the transparency turned up.6. What types of images should I incorporate into my slides and why?Studies show that visual information, when delivered well during a presentation, can capture and hold your audience’s attention much better than if you use no images. Images also enhance information recall.Pictures of faces are perhaps the most powerful presentation visuals of all, Sigel says. “People connect with other people, so I like to incorporate faces, hands, and other human elements in my slides whenever I can.” High resolution images of your company’s logo and products are also strong choices.Whichever images you use, they should always be high quality and professional, never cheesy clip art. Some popular free stock photography sites to source top notch high resolution images from include Stock Free Images, Freerange and stock.xchng. Some inexpensive paid stock photo options are iStockPhoto, Fotolia and Veer. 7. What about slide transitions? Should I go all-out with them or limit them?It’s best to use them sparingly, if at all, Sigel says. If you do use transitions, do so only to strengthen a visual metaphor or to show a process. “Too much pizazz and your presentation can quickly go from professional to school project.”8. Should I add audio and video elements to my presentation?Yes, but tread lightly and carefully, Sigel cautions. He says that audio, video and animation features “tend to be the first to break when switching software versions, say from PowerPoint 2010 to PowerPoint 2013.”Sigel advises saving your presentation’s audio and video files locally to the computer or USB drive you plan to use during your presentation. This eliminates most playback problems, like long buffering times due to a slow internet connection.9. Should I use charts? If so, what kind?   On his popular blog, marketing expert Seth Godin says the only reason to include statistics in a PowerPoint presentation is to “advance an argument.” For example, if you want to parade impressive customer base growth over time, a simple, well-organized chart can help you make your point. Limit yourself to one story (or main point) per chart.As for what types of charts to use, Godin states on his blog that he prefers line and pie charts (as opposed to bar charts) and suggests animating them for optimal impact.10. What are some common PowerPoint mistakes and clich?s to avoid?One of the worst offenders is reading all of the text on each slide, word for word. Some other offenses Sigel would like to see retired forever include: confusing charts, freaky fonts, animated text and SmartArt, which is neither smart nor art, he says.center_img 7 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

VIDEO Football star Cristiano Ronaldo storms out of Oppenheimer interview after being

first_imgWearing bronze-plated headphones and an even bronzer tan, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo walked off the set of a recent television interview when asked about about the developing FIFA controversy.On his CNN Español show, Andrés Oppenheimer interviewed the two-time FIFA Ballon d’Or, given to football’s top overall player, and focused squarely on the corruption allegations with football’s governing organization.When the Miami Herald journalist asked Ronaldo how the scandal was affecting football players across the world, the Portuguese player began laughing. “You want to know the truth? We talk zero about this,” he said. After Oppenheimer continued to press the Ronaldo on the subject of FIFA, the international football star became visibly upset by the questioning.Ronaldo concludes the interview by cursing in English, saying, “I don’t care about FIFA. I don’t give a f***.”https://youtu.be/2KQ1onTfuj8Below is a translated transcript of the the interview.Andrés Oppenheimer: Cristiano, thank you very much for being with us. Before asking you about your new line of sport headphones that you’ve come to launch in the United States, we have to ask about the issue in football that has been the center of the world: the FIFA corruption scandal. How is the corruption scandal at FIFA affecting the players? Is it something that worries you?Cristiano Ronaldo: Do you want me to be honest? Nothing about it worries me.AO: Why is that?CR: I do my job, I give it my all for my club. The rest doesn’t matter to me. If it happens on the outside, it doesn’t matter to me.AO: And your teammates?CR: I don’t know. You’d have to ask them. I don’t know. I can’t respond for anyone else.AO: But you can’t tell me you guys don’t talk about this in the locker room.CR: You want to know the truth? We talk zero about this.AO: Nothing?CR: Nothing. We talk about other things.AO: What do you talk about?CR: Music, women, fashion, shoes, bags, jewels, haircuts…Anything else?AO: You know I don’t believe you. Cristiano, everyone is talking about this.CR: Yeah but, I don’t talk about that.AO: Related to this is the World Cup in Qatar. A lot of athletes are saying that to play…CR: (Snaps fingers to someone off camera). This is bullsh*t. I can’t speak like that. To speak about FIFA? I don’t care about FIFA. I don’t give a f*ck. Speak about product and he speaks about FIFA. Come on. (Walks off set). Facebook Comments Related posts:FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm The reporter who exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter FIFA: Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup drawlast_img read more

Government pledges more support for enclaved

first_imgThe government pledged on Tuesday to do more to help the enclaved, following a recent decision by Turkish Cypriot authorities to start charging customs duties on goods carried to Greek Cypriots and Maronites living in the north.Speaking in parliament, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues Fotis Fotiou said the government is considering measures to assist elderly people living in the north.By the end of the month, Fotiou said, the cabinet is expected to decide on a home repair assistance scheme for the enclaved.The scheme would also include young couples who choose to live in their ancestral villages.According to Fotiou, the aim is to encourage young people to return to their villages.Also, the government wants the school in the Maronite village of Kormakitis to re-open.The government meanwhile has increased by €250,000 the assistance given to enclaved farmers.It has also provided incentives to young farmers and their families to open cottage industries – such as making sweets and dairy products – provided they receive approval from Turkish Cypriot authorities.Fotiou said president Nicos Anastasiades has promised an additional €100,000 to the Maronite villages of Kormakitis, Ayia Marina, Karpashia and Asomatos.The funds are earmarked used for infrastructure projects, such as church improvements and repairs.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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