Natercia Eufracia Martins now leads the Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) in the district of Liquica – the seventh district in which the national police have been restored to full functioning since the resumption process began in May 2009. It is located some 35 kilometres west of Dili, the nation’s capital.In a ceremony today marking the change, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Timor-Leste, Ameerah Haq, called attention to the historic appointment of Commander Martins.“An important milestone that deserves special mention today is the appointment of Liquica District Commander Martins who, as the first female district commander in Timor-Leste, now commands a district force of 100, including 24 females,” she said.“Your remarkable and well-deserved achievement is testament to the advances in gender equality that are being made, not only within the PNTL, but also in many spheres of government and society as a whole in Timor-Leste.”Noting that “maintaining long-term stability in the country will require a dedicated and professional police force that is committed to upholding the rule of law and respecting the human rights of all citizens,” Ms. Haq pledged that the UN would increase its focus on the mentoring and support of PNTL officers, as requested by the national authorities and endorsed by the Security Council. The PNTL was established in March 2000 by the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), which had been set up in 1999 to assist the country during its transition to independence, which it attained in 2002.However, the role of the PNTL changed in 2006 after dozens of people were killed and 155,000 others – some 15 per cent of the population – were driven from their homes in an eruption of violence.In the aftermath, and at the request of the Timorese Government, a UN police force was established to maintain law and order in the country until the national police could undergo reorganization and restructuring. The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) was set up to oversee the process.Since last year, the UN has been handing over policing responsibilities to Timor-Leste as part of the gradual transfer back to the PTNL.The Timorese Government and UNMIT are working together to implement the resumption process in a gradual manner – district by district, unit by unit. The PNTL is assessed by a joint team comprising Government and UNMIT representatives that applies mutually agreed criteria to assess the readiness of the PNTL to resume primary policing responsibilities.UN Police (UNPOL) will maintain their presence in districts where the PNTL have resumed responsibilities – to monitor, mentor, advise and support the PNTL in a partnership approach, including in the area of human rights protection. 7 September 2010The national police of Timor-Leste have resumed primary responsibility for the conduct of operations in another district of the South-East Asian nation, where it will be led by the country’s first female district commander.
TORONTO — A new stress test for all uninsured mortgages is unnecessary and could increase costs for homebuyers, a report by the Fraser Institute said Wednesday.Study author Neil Mohindra wrote the proposed stress test “will do more harm than good” by limiting access to mortgages for some homebuyers.“The mandatory standard for stress testing could result in a less competitive and more concentrated mortgage market,” he wrote in the report.The study comes as the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions finalizes new lending guidelines.Among the changes being contemplated is a requirement that homebuyers who have a down payment of 20 per cent or more and do not require mortgage insurance still have to show they can make their payments if interest rates rise.The head of OSFI has said that Canada’s banking regulator wants to reduce the risk of mortgage defaults because of high levels of household debt.“We are not waiting to see those risks crystallize in rising arrears and defaults before we act,” OSFI head Jeremy Rudin said last week.Canadian household debt compared with disposable income hit a record high in the second quarter. Statistics Canada reported last month that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 167.8 per cent, up from 166.6 per cent in the first quarter.However, Mohindra said that instead of a prescriptive test, OSFI could use its existing powers to fix what it believes are deficiencies in policies and procedures.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point twice this year.The increases have pushed up the big bank prime lending rates which are used to determine rates for variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Fraser Institute is an independent, non-partisan organization that tends to prefer free-market policies over government regulation.
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) allowed Sri Lanka more time to set rights accountability mechanisms to probe the alleged rights violations that took place in the country during the last phase of the military campaign that ended in 2009 with victory of government troops. President Maithripala Sirisena hopes US President-elect Donald Trump would grant Sri Lanka redress by not pursuing the human rights accountability charges against the country, the Press Trust of India reported.“I will write to President (Donald) Trump to ask him to free us from these accusations”, Sirisena said while addressing a membership drive of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in the southern port town of Galle. “I was able to save the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and our valiant soldiers by giving the UN Human Rights Council necessary messages,” Sirisena said referring to the leniency shown by the US and the international community when he came to power in January 2015. The UNHRC had adopted three successive resolutions against Sri Lanka with the US taking the lead.Having led three anti-Sri Lanka resolutions at the UNHRC between 2012 to 2014, the Obama administration adopted a softer line on Sri Lanka since Sirisena was elected as President. (Colombo Gazette)
“As of this morning, 136 speakers were inscribed on the list, mainly at the level of Permanent Representative,” Jan Fischer, spokesman for the President of the General Assembly, told reporters at a press briefing in New York. He added that “this number is expected to grow” as the 1 October start date approaches.With the list of speakers still open, Mr. Fischer said it would be difficult to gauge the length of the debate, but noted that if 150 representatives spoke for around 12 minutes each, it would be necessary to convene meetings for five full days.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice man killed in brawl, brother-in-law hospitalisedJanuary 18, 2016In “Crime”Sister charged, remanded for alleged murder of brotherApril 21, 2017In “Court”Teen implicated in Leonora stabbing death caught hiding in Region OneJanuary 12, 2017In “Crime” Phagway Day celebrations turned tragic for a young man after he was stabbed several times to his back and shot to his knee when he intervened in an argument involving his sister-in-law and another woman.27-year-old Kezil Brazalio was on Sussex Street, Albouystown, when he heard two females engaging in a heated argument. Upon realising that one of the women is his sister-in-law, Brazalio went to the scene to ascertain what was transpiring, with the intention of stopping the situation from spiraling.However, the mother of the other woman allegedly approached Brazalio from behind and dealt him several stabs to his back. He reportedly fell to the ground. At this time, a male resident of Charlestown, Georgetown approached him and discharged several shots in his direction with one bullet hitting him to his left knee.After the shooting incident, the male suspect who is known to the victim escaped. Brazalio was picked up and rushed to the Woodlands Hospital where he was admitted a patient.He is said to be in a stable condition. The police are however, conducting an investigation into the matter.
Engineering firms Monadelphous Group and BGC Contracting will help construct new facilities for Rio Tinto’s West Angelas iron ore mine, in the Pilbara of Western Australia, after the major miner awarded the two companies contracts.Monaldelphous said its contract at West Angelas Deposits C and D, valued in excess of A$100 million ($68 million), includes the supply and installation of structural, mechanical, piping and electrical and instrumentation works associated with the construction of new iron ore facilities, as well as modifications to existing plant.The work will commence immediately and is expected to be completed in April 2021.BGC Contracting, meanwhile, will deliver civil infrastructure work as part of the same project. This includes carrying out bulk earthworks and civil works necessary to construct the heavy and light vehicle road networks that will connect the existing processing plant with the new C and D deposits.In addition, BGC Contracting will construct the concrete foundations for the planned facility, as well as a HDPE water pipeline and install 17.5km of PVC conduit. BGC said work was due to commence on site in early October, with completion in less than a year. Detailed planning and mobilisation are already underway, it added.Back in October, Rio, together with joint venture partners Mitsui and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, approved an investment of $1.55 billion to sustain production capacity at two projects forming part of the Robe River joint venture in the Pilbara. Around $967 million was set to go towards developing the Mesa B, C and H deposits at Robe Valley, with $579 million for developing Deposits C and D at West Angelas operation.The investments were to enable Rio to sustain production of its Pilbara Blend products, with first ore anticipated from 2021.Once operational, both projects will feature the latest technology with 34 existing haul trucks to be retrofitted with autonomous haulage system technology, it said.Monadelphous Managing Director, Rob Velletri, said his company’s contract award highlighted Monadelphous’ strong reputation and proven capability in delivering large-scale construction projects.BGC Contracting CEO, Greg Heylen, said: “The West Angelas project will display the multidisciplinary capability of our construction team to deliver this large earthworks and civil works project.“This latest contract award is a further step in the company’s diversification strategy. We look forward to working with Rio Tinto and all stakeholders to deliver this large-scale project.”
← Previous Story Montenegro win Balkan derby – Sweden stun Croatia Next Story → VIDEO: First season defeat for Barca in Plock Qatar handball Qatari Eljaish Sports Club are still the best handball team in Asia! Outfit from Doha led by Montenegrian coach Zoran Kastratovic won the tournament of the best Asian team – 17th Asian Club League Championship by beating one of the biggest rivals – Lekhwiya Sports Club’33:30. Previously, team from Doha had four victories on the road to the final.Tournament in Doha was the perfect chance to test Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena in which will be played matches of the World Championshio 2015 which starts in 36 days in Doha. The hall with capacity of 7.700 seats will be one of the three venues in which 24 best teams will play their matches.
← Previous Story RK PPD Zagreb keep Dobrivoje Markovic for one more year! Next Story → SG Flensburg seek goalkeeper immediately! For four days, players up to 20 years old from all around the world will compete in Granollers, Les Franqueses del Vallès, Canovelles and Vilanova del Vallès. Young people, housed in schools, campsites and hotels, will fill the streets of the city with the ambition to compete in the most important handball tournament in southern Europe.The participation has stabilized: 352 registered teamsThe 2017 edition will have a slightly lower participation than in the previous year: more than 350 teams will enjoy handball in the city, which is about 5000 players from all over the world. This year we must point out the great increase of Catalan teams that have registered, as well as the international participation, especially in Nordic countries (such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark). The sum of registered teams has grown almost 40% in the last five editions.The 2017 edition is one of the most international representative. This year will participate countries that did not do it last year, such as Finland or Colombia (although some of them had already registered in previous editions). The rest of the countries enrolled are Germany, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, France, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, Iceland, South Korea, Russia, Israel and Spain.More than 1100 matches per day on 18 different courtsEvery day about 250 games of the different categories will be played, and each will last 30 minutes. However, the tournament is structured so that all teams play at least five games in the group stage, in addition to the quarterfinals, semifinals and final, and thus enjoy a real rhythm of competition.The Spanish Federation of Handball (RFEBM) has organized, along with the BM Granollers, a course for young referees throughout the territory. The members will referee games of the Granollers Cup as part of their training and will be evaluated by the same RFEBM. The rest of the referees belong to the Catalan Handball Federation (FCH). However, there will be international referees couples from Norway, the United Kingdom or Portugal, among others.The media and the Granollers CupDuring the tournament, the results of the competition can be updated on the web. In addition, you can follow it in real time through Twitter @GranollersCup and the hashtag #GCup2017, and each day we will add images to Facebook and Instagram. This year, all the finals can be followed live by streaming and some will be broadcast on La Xarxa and VOTV and Eport3.
As NASA astronaut Cady Coleman orbited around Earth aboard the International Space Station, she, along with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, honored the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned-space flight in an unusual way. The two played a duet together, however, Anderson was not aboard the ship with Coleman. He was down on Earth in Perm, Russia, making this the first ever space-earth flute duet. Add it to the history books immediately.In the video, Coleman says that besides honoring Gagarin, sharing music between Earth and space allows her to celebrate the roll that “humans play in the exploration of our universe — past, present, and future.” The song chosen to go down in history was “Bourree,” which Anderson performed with Jethro Tull during the band’s 1969 U.S tour. NASA says in a press release that the song was performed as Neil Amrstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon.We’d like to believe they played simultaneously, but it turns out that’s a pretty hard thing to do when one person is 220 miles above Earth, and the other is in Russia. So, Coleman played her part late last week, and Anderson played his part while on tour during the weekend. The two parts were then put together to create the lovely video below.After Coleman and Anderson’s performance, Anderson says that “We should remember that today’s cosmonauts, scientists, and astronauts are still every bit the rocket heroes they were 50 years ago.” Coming from a rock hero, I’d say that’s a pretty nice statement.Read more at NASA
Apple s’apprêterait à lancer une plateforme publicitaire “révolutionnaire”États-Unis – Apple serait sur le point de dévoiler sa première plateforme publicitaire, déjà surnommée iAd. Cette régie publicitaire aurait été qualifiée de “révolutionnaire” par Steve Jobs, le cofondateur de la marque à la pomme.D’après le site mediapost.com, Apple devrait présenter le 7 avril prochain sa plateforme publicitaire. La firme de Cupertino s’engagerait alors sur le terrain de la publicité mobile pour concurrencer Google qui attend toujours un feu vert pour le rachat de la régie américaine AdMob. Une transaction estimée à 750 millions de dollars.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 et iPad Mini 3 : que faut-il savoir des nouvelles tablettes dévoilées par Apple ?La plateforme d’Apple déjà surnommée iAd, serait le fruit du rachat par la marque à la pomme de la régie mobile Quattro Wireless, réalisé en janvier dernier.En plus de sa base de données clients iTunes, Apple pourrait proposer des publicités encore plus ciblées puisque géolocalisées grâce au GPS intégré à l’iPhone. D’après une source proche, Steve Jobs aurait lui-même décrit cette future plateforme publicitaire comme “révolutionnaire”.Alors qu’en 2010 le marché de la publicité mobile est estimé à quelque 331 millions de dollars, il pourrait atteindre l’année prochaine 409 millions de dollars.Le 29 mars 2010 à 16:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
Sidaction 2011 : 5,3 millions de promesses de donsLa campagne annuelle du Sidaction qui s’est achevée dimanche a permis de récolter plus de 5 millions d’euros, selon un communiqué de l’association.”Nous sommes rassurés, les donateurs sont au rendez-vous”. C’est ce qu’a indiqué lundi Eric Fleutelot, directeur-général adjoint du Sidaction. Trois jours après son lancement, la grande campagne annuelle de l’association s’est en effet achevée sur un bilan positif : 5,3 millions de promesses de dons. C’est légèrement supérieur à ce qu’avait permis de récolter l’édition 2010 au profit de la recherche cotre le SIDA.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais le bilan des dons n’est pas le seul point positif de la campagne comme l’a indiqué Eric Fleutelot : “Le Sidaction 2011 a aussi été l’occasion de rappeler la permanence de l’épidémie en France et la nécessité d’accroître l’accès au dépistage. Aujourd’hui, 50.000 personnes vivent avec le VIH sans le savoir, ce chiffre doit baisser”. Ainsi, plus de 300 manifestations ont été organisées à partir de vendredi et pendant tout le week-end en France. Des évènements appuyés par des messages de sensibilisation et d’appel aux dons relayés par 18 médias télévision et radio. Selon les données de l’ONUSIDA, on estime à 30 millions le nombre de personnes séropositives dans le monde. Un chiffre d’autant plus alarmant que la campagne du Sidaction fêtait cette année le 30e anniversaire de la découverte de la maladie. Néanmoins, si la campagne s’est achevée dimanche, il est encore possible jusqu’au 11 avril d’envoyer des dons par téléphone en appelant le 110, par Internet sur le site www.sidaction.org (lien non disponible) ou par SMS en envoyant “DON” au 33000.Pour en savoir plus, consultez notre dossier sur le SIDA, 30 ans de lutte et de recherche en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/sida/sida-30-ans-de-lutte-et-de-recherche_art13598.html Le 6 avril 2011 à 14:47 • Emmanuel Perrin
Scott Bailey, regional labor economist Although Clark County’s economy is slowly on the mend, its workers still show the bruises of the worst crash since the Great Depression.Since 2008, about 14,000 people have dropped out of the labor force, according to Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the Washington state Employment Security Department. And, currently, more than 21,000 job seekers in the county remain unemployed.Bailey delivered those and other sobering numbers Friday to about 20 people who attended a panel discussion at the Harvest Restaurant in downtown Camas. The event was sponsored by the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association. Jeanne Bennett, executive director of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, also spoke.Bailey focused on local, state and national labor market conditions. Clark County’s unemployment rate stands at 10 percent, Bailey said, “a couple points” higher than the rates of joblessness in the Portland metro area and Washington state. By another broader measure of labor market inertia — the underemployment rate, which includes involuntary part-time workers and those who’ve given up looking for work but who still want a job — things are worse.In the U.S., the underemployment rate is roughly 14 percent, Bailey said. In Clark County, it’s likely about 20 percent.Bailey said the problem is on a national level, where no one seems to be doing anything about a condition in which millions of Americans remain out of work.
“Security is an integral part of virtually every market we serve,” contends EH Publishing President Ken Moyes in a statement. “Acquiring SSI and Campus Safety ensures we can bring these audiences cutting-edge business and technology information related to security and safety.”SSI, founded in 1979 as Alarm Installer and Dealer magazine, caters to residential and commercial security dealers and currently reaches more than 28,0000 security professionals. The title joins CE Pro, Commercial Integrator and Channel Pro in EH Publishing’s dealer-centric portfolio.Campus Safety maintains a circulation of approximately 18,000 security officials and administrators at schools and hospitals. The title adds to the company’s commercial end-user collection of brands alongside Worship Facilities Expo, Live Sound, Pro Sound Web and Tech Decisions.The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but EH Publishing did reveal a homecoming of sorts for newly appointed SSI publisher Steve Nesbitt, formerly publisher for CE Pro and Commercial Integrator. He will work alongside veteran SSI editor-in-chief Scott Goldfine. Bobit’s unloading of SSI and Campus Safety and its market shift dovetails with its 2012 acquisitions of Auto Dealer Monthly, LLC’s magazine and digital assets, LimoForSale.com portal and Newport Business Media’s publishing properties Heavy Duty Trucking, TruckingInfo.com, Heavy Duty Aftermarket Journal, and the Newport Poster Network. EH Publishing, Inc. acquired Security Sales & Integration (SSI) and Campus Safety magazines from Bobit Business Media, Inc., which looks to exit the physical security market.“It’s a move that’s as bittersweet for us as it is strategic,” says Bobit CEO Ty Bobit in a release. “Our management team is committed to a market focus strategy where we continue to grow and add value primarily in our core markets.”With the disposal of two of their security brands, Bobit still retains law enforcement titles, Police and Police Recruit, while continuing to serve four other markets: Automotive, Automotive Aftermarket, Ground Transportation and Beauty.For EH Publishing, which provides information for the technology-related markets, the two new acquisitions fit well with the company’s portfolio of dealer-centric and commercial end-user publications.
Tags Share your voice 3 Security Comments The Atlanta Hawks may be good at defense on the court, but a security researcher found a different story online. Getty Images The Atlanta Hawks need to play better defense online after a security researcher discovered malware at the basketball team’s online store. The merchandise website for the Hawks, the 12th-ranked team in the NBA’s Eastern conference, was infected with malware designed to steal credit card information, according to Willem de Groot, lead forensic analyst at Sanguine Security. De Groot said he first spotted the malware April 20 and noted it was stealing the names, addresses and credit card numbers of Hawks fans. He said he notified the team on Tuesday. “We take these threats seriously and are investigating,” a Hawks spokesperson said. The malware is no longer active on the site, the representative said.The malware represents the latest example of a credit-card skimming scam that’s gained steam over the last few years. During the last several months, NewEgg, British Airways and Ticketmaster UK were among the victims of the same type of attack, perpetrated by Magecart, the world’s largest credit card-skimming operation, made up of different hacking groups.De Groot said Magecart, which targets popular online stores with security vulnerabilities, also hit Hawks Shop, a site for Atlanta Hawks fans to buy hats, jerseys and other team gear. “The frequency of hacked stores has gone down somewhat. However, the volume of stolen transactions apparently has gone up,” de Groot said. “They seem to have shifted from hacking many small stores (automated breaches) to manual breaches of larger, more profitable targets.”The Atlanta Hawks shop boasted 7 million visits one year, and has more than 1.2 million followers on Twitter. De Groot said he was able to spot the malware embedded on the Hawks Shop website through a Magecart detection engine he developed. The engine searches online stores for active payment skimmers. He said the tool finds between 50 and 150 stores compromised per day. He tested out the malware by using fake credentials to order an Atlanta Hawks hat. De Groot said he found code on the website that was logging his keystrokes as he entered the numbers in the payment form. The data was sent to a domain name first registered March 25 and hosted by a provider popular with online criminals.”The Magecart signature theft is to steal payment data, right when a customer enters them. Because at this stage, nothing has been encrypted yet, and the typical customer has no way of knowing that his data get siphoned off,” he said in a message. It’s still unclear how the hackers gained access to the Hawks Shop website, but de Groot said it’s likely they didn’t have to. In previous attacks, Magecart was able to compromise third-party tools and use them to infiltrate the shops. Originally published April 23, 2:31 p.m. PTUpdate, 6:27 p.m. PT: Adds that the malware is no longer active.
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 TV and Movies See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Post a comment See at Amazon $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy See It 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. 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. 7 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $520 at HP Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. Tags 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. Angela Lang/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $155 at Google Express 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). Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 0 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. $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Rylo “J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team,” Bayona said in a statement. “I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never-before-seen story.”The Barcelona-born filmmaker also directed The Orphanage, The Impossible, and A Monster Calls. Bayona and his producing partner Belén Atienza will also serve as executive producers on the show. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will write the series.Amazon bought the global TV rights to author J.R.R. Tolkien’s (it’s pronounced Tol-KEEN) Lord of the Rings saga back in 2017. Plans are for a multiseason series set in that pre-Fellowship of the Ring time period called The Second Age. Since the company has two years from November 2017 to begin production, we’re expecting more news in the next few months. 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. $999 $59 at eBay DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate Boost Mobile More on Tolkien Share your voice Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) The new Middle-earth maps shows the upcoming terrain of the new Lord of the Rings series on Amazon. Amazon Finally, some news on Amazon’s big-bucks Lord of the Rings series. J.A. Bayona, who directed 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is directing the first two episodes of the much-anticipated show, the company announced on Wednesday. $999 $299 at Amazon Sprint Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon,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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Lord of the Rings Amazon prequel series: Everything you need to know Tolkien movie taught me I’ve been saying Tolkien wrong all this time Are you lying about having read the ‘Lord of the Rings’ books? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $60 at Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. 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Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioGov. Walker, Republican Leadership Tangle Over Proposed LNG Line Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauSince Gov. Bill Walker was inaugurated, he and the Legislature’s Republican leadership have traded reams of angry letters and testy press releases. Now, their paper battle has transformed into outright hostility in dueling press conferences. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is on the line to talk about the disagreements over a proposed natural gas line.Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet The Associated PressA coalition of environmental groups plan to sue to stop Royal Dutch Shell PLC from use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.Nearly $1 Billion Needed To Modernize Rural Sanitation Systems Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageMembers of the Legislative Bush Caucus were told last week in a “Lunch and Learn” session on rural sanitation that the state needs almost a billion dollars to build, replace, and maintain rural sanitation systems. But, the gap between the level of need and funding is large.State Auctions Off Enormous Number Of Caribou AntlersZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game held its annual hide and horn auction in downtown Anchorage yesterday, selling off all the leftover animal products the state comes to possess while managing Alaska’s wildlife. This year, an enormous number of caribou antlers went to bid, the result of a trafficking case stretching from Juneau to the Northwest Arctic village of Selawik.Drones Don’t Fly At Alaska’s Board Of Fish Robert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaThe Alaska Board of Fisheries, in action over the weekend banned the use of unmanned aircraft to aid in salmon fishing.Below Average King Salmon Run Expected on Kuskokwim Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelThe state is expecting a bigger run of king salmon on the Kuskokwim this summer, but still well below average. State managers say they expect strong conservation measures to continue in 2015 to ensure enough fish make it up the river to spawn. They’re seeking early input to make the season a success.Iditarod Trail Invitational Competitors En Route To Nome Evan Erickson, KSKA – Anchorage53 racers are taking on Alaska’s vast wilderness under their own power as part of the the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The race follows the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik to Nome. It’s billed as the world’s longest ultra marathon by bike, foot, or ski.Exploring The Dena’ina Past, Present And FutureAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAnchorage is celebrating its centennial this year, but the area has been inhabited for centuries longer by the Dena’ina, who still live in the area today.
Maggi, a brand name that is used interchangeably with noodles in the country, has seen a plunge in its sales following reports of excess amount of lead and MSG (mono sodium glutamate) in a sample tested for quality. However, many fear that the ongoing Maggi crisis will not only have an impact on Nestle’s flagship product, but also affect the sales of other instant noodles brands. “We have not ordered any new stocks in the last eight days. This news has not just affected Maggi sales, but has also hit sales of other instant noodles brands,” The Times of India quoted the manager of a supermarket in Hyderabad as saying.Several retailers are reportedly reluctant to place any orders, fearing a ban on Nestle’s two-minute noodles, which was once considered a comfort food. The Delhi government has ordered investigation into other noodle brands amid rising health concerns.On 2 June, Kerala’s state-owned Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) decided not to sell the product at its outlets. Other states including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana have also reportedly ordered testing of Maggi samples.Meanwhile, Nestle has asked retailers nation-wide to step up Maggi promotions and “urged them not to be defensive if any customer talks about the controversy,” reported The Economic Times.”Please do not panic with the Maggi news,” Nestle wrote to retailers. “…some recent reports in the media about Maggi noodles are confusing people and we are working to clear the confusion as soon as possible…Nestle is a big enough company and will come clean out of it. Please don’t get into any sort of communication or opinion without legal guidance.”
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Pat HernandezThe Harris County Commissioners Court has tasked the County Engineer’s Office (OCE) with preparing a study about the feasibility and impact of building a parking lot under the Astrodome, although there is the alternative of turning that space into storage areas.A new project to repurpose the Houston Astrodome is gaining some traction.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and the County commissioners are moving forward with a proposal to raise the Astrodome’s floor to ground level and convert it into a 9-acre open space with air conditioning that could be used by local events such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the Offshore Technology Conference, OTC.The county would build a parking garage with room for 1,400 vehicles under that platform.Edgar Colon, board chairman for the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, says the repurposing would efficiently use one of Houston’s best known landmarks.“It’s going to allow us to utilize an underperforming asset of the county. This is an asset of the county and, on top of that, it’s an icon, there is a brand out there, everybody recognizes the Astrodome,” said Colon after the Commissioners Court meeting.However, not everybody is sold on the plan yet.Commissioner Gene Locke represents Precinct 1, where the Astrodome is located, noted “it’s important that we study all options, but I think we have to have a clear blueprint before we commit a lot of public money to a process.”County officials estimate it will cost just around 105 million dollars to repurpose the Dome.The next step in the process is for the Texas Historical Commission to review the plan.The Commission is already studying whether to designate the Astrodome a state antiquity landmark and, therefore, it has to approve any changes to the structure. 00:00 /01:28 X Share Listen
flickrSchlitterbahn WaterparkA water park company co-owner accused of rushing the world’s tallest waterslide into service and a designer accused of shoddy planning have been charged in the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016.With the latest charges unsealed Tuesday, three men connected with Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts and its park in Kansas City, Kansas, have been indicted by a Kansas grand jury, along with the park and the construction company that built the ride. Caleb Schwab died on the 17-story ride when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop.The Kansas attorney general’s office said Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeffrey Henry, 62, and designer John Schooley were charged with reckless second-degree murder, along with Henry & Sons Construction Co., which is described as the private construction company of Schlitterbahn. Second-degree murder carries a sentence of 9 years to 41 years in prison.They also were charged with 17 other felonies, including aggravated battery and aggravated endangerment of a child counts tied to injuries other riders sustained on the giant slide, called Verrückt, which is German for “insane.” The indictment accuses Henry of making a “spur of the moment” decision to build the ride, and that he and Schooley lacked technical or engineering expertise in amusement park rides.Henry was ordered held in a Texas jail without bond Tuesday, pending extradition to Kansas. The attorney general’s office said Schooley is not in custody. Schooley didn’t have a listed phone number and no one answered the phone at Henry & Sons Construction Co. Eric B Terry, who represented the company in an earlier unrelated case, didn’t immediately return a phone or email message.The same grand jury last week indicted the Kansas City park and Tyler Austin Miles, its former operations manager, on 20 felony charges. The charges include a single count of involuntary manslaughter in Caleb’s death. Miles has been released on $50,000 bond, according to one of his attorneys, Tricia Bath.Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement Tuesday that the latest indictment “is filled with information that we fully dispute.” The statement said Henry had designed waterpark rides “the world over” and that “nearly every waterpark that exists today has an attraction or feature based on his designs or ideas.”“The incident that happened that day was a terrible and tragic accident,” the statement said. “We mourn the loss of this child and are devastated for his family. We know that Tyler, Jeff, and John are innocent and that we run a safe operation – our 40 years of entertaining millions of people speaks to that.”According to the indictments, Henry decided in 2012 to build the world’s tallest water slide to impress the producers of a Travel Channel show. Henry’s desire to “rush the project” and a lack of expertise caused the company to “skip fundamental steps in the design process.”The indictment said, “not a single engineer was directly involved in Verrückt’s dynamic engineering or slide path design.” The indictment said that in 2014, when there were news reports emerging about airborne rafts, a company representative “discredited” them and Henry and his designer began “secretly testing at night to avoid scrutiny.”The indictment listed 13 injuries during the 182 days the ride was in operation, including two concussions. In one of those cases, a 15-year-old girl went temporarily blind while riding.Caleb, the son of Kansas Republican state Rep. Scott Schwab, was decapitated after the raft on which he was riding went airborne on a day when admission was free for state legislators and their families.The family reached settlements of nearly $20 million with Schlitterbahn and various companies associated with the design and construction of the waterslide. The two women who rode on the same raft with Caleb suffered serious injuries and settled claims with Schlitterbahn for an undisclosed amount.“Clearly the issues with Schlitterbahn go far beyond Caleb’s incident, and we know the attorney general will take appropriate steps in the interest of public safety,” the family said in a statement released Monday through their attorneys.The indictment said Schooley was responsible for doing “the math” that went into the slide’s design and signed an operations manual claiming the ride met all American Society for Testing and Materials standards. But the indictment lists a dozen instances in which the design violated those standards and says investigators could find no evidence that so-called dynamic engineering calculations were made to determine the physics a passenger would experience. The indictment said Schooley lacked the technical expertise to properly design a complex amusement ride such as Verrückt.The indictment said Schooley admitted, “If we actually knew how to do this, and it could be done that easily, it wouldn’t be that spectacular.”Prosapio said Schlitterbahn does not expect any changes to the Kansas City park’s season, which is set to open May 25 and runs through Labor Day. The Verrückt slide has been closed since Caleb died.Mike Taylor, a spokesman for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, says it does not believe it has the legal authority to shut down a business, other than for an epidemic or contagious disease outbreak.The company also operates water parks in Galveston, Corpus Christi, South Padre Island and New Braunfels, Texas, according to its website. Share
Share Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped measles virus particle.Two more cases of measles have been confirmed in Texas, bringing the total to 14 as of March 21, 2019. In 2018 there were nine confirmed cases, and Texas had just one case of measles in 2017. The two most recent cases are in Bexar County and Tarrant County.The Bexar County case is associated with another measles case from Guadalupe County, according to the City of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District. The last recorded case of measles in Bexar County occurred in 2007.The Tarrant County Public Health Department said its measles case isn’t linked to any other case in North Texas. The patient had traveled out of the United States to an area that’s experiencing an increase in measles cases. The last recorded case of measles in Tarrant County was in 2015.Harris County has the most measles cases in the state, with four reported by health officials. The other counties with confirmed cases are: Bell, Bexar, Collin, Denton, Galveston, Guadalupe, Jefferson, Montgomery and Tarrant.Here is a breakdown of the measles cases by county, as reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS):Texas Department of State Health ServicesDSHS has issued a health alert reminding health care providers to consider measles in diagnoses and immediately report suspected cases to public health authorities.The alert also provides advice to medical providers about limiting the spread of measles in a health care setting and options for preventing illness for susceptible people who have been exposed.Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes virus particles into the air.The best way to prevent getting sick is to be immunized with two doses of the measles vaccine. DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children receive one dose at 12 to 15 months of age and another at 4 to 6 years.A large study by the Annals of Internal Medicine provided strong new evidence that the childhood vaccine for measles is safe, and does not increase the risk for autism in children.