Finance Minister Oliver says he wont meddle with banks decisions on rates

Finance Minister Oliver says he won’t meddle with banks’ decisions on rates by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2015 12:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver says he has no intention of pushing Canadian banks to follow the Bank of Canada’s lead and drop their rates.The central bank unexpectedly cut its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday to 0.75 per cent in response to the oil-price collapse.Financial experts have said borrowers shouldn’t automatically expect Canada’s big banks to cut their prime rates just because the central bank decided to do so.For his part, Oliver says he won’t interfere with internal decisions of commercial banks.He also says he has no current plans to introduce new rules for residential mortgages.Oliver’s approach differs from that of his predecessor, Jim Flaherty, who called the Bank of Montreal in 2013 to express his disapproval of its decision to offer a special low rate.“I do not intend to interfere with the day-to-day operations of the banks,” Oliver said in a statement Friday. read more

Fairfax India lines up US300million deal with PVC manufacturer Sanmar Chemicals

Fairfax India lines up US$300-million deal with PVC manufacturer Sanmar Chemicals by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2016 5:32 am MDT Last Updated Apr 8, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Fairfax India Holdings Corp. (TSX:FIH.U) is leading a plan to invest US$300 million into the Sanmar Chemicals Group, an Indian PVC manufacturer that’s expanding into Egypt.Fairfax India will provide an initial round of US$250 million, which is the maximum it’s currently allowed to make in any single investment. The investment depends on certain conditions but it’s expected to close by the end of June.The remaining US$50 million will be funded by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH), or another investor, within 90 days of the initial tranche.Fairfax India says the funding will be through a combination of equity and fixed income securities. It expects to own 30 per cent of Sanmar’s equity as a result of the investment.PVC, or polyvinyl choride, is widely used to make rigid plastic pipes and other building materials and for flexible plastic consumer products such as water bottles.The Sanmar investment is the second large deal lined up in recent weeks by Fairfax India. It announced March 28 that the Fairfax group would buy a one-third ownership of the Kempegowda airport near Bengaluru for about C$321 million. read more

Lumber prices see major jump after wildfires in British Columbia

VANCOUVER – The wildfires in the B.C. Interior that have forced some sawmills to halt operations have resulted in a boost in lumber prices at a time when forestry companies have been squeezed by softwood duties on exports to the U.S.By Friday, the benchmark price of Western spruce-pine-fir lumber rose 7.12 per cent to US$406 per thousand board feet from US$379 last Friday, according to figures from Random Lengths, which tracks lumber and panel prices.It’s a “major jump,” said Shawn Church, Random Lengths editor.Ketan Mamtora, an analyst with BMO Capital Markets, said he expects prices will rise between six and eight per cent over the next couple of weeks, partly due to a limited supply.As early as Sunday, several companies temporarily closed some of their mills as evacuation orders, displaced employees, road closures and other factors made operations impossible or difficult.It’s possible for the industry to increase capacity at other facilities, but Mamtora said it’s unlikely they can make up for all lost production. Fear over possible lumber shortages also “really pushes up the prices,” he said.If the fires persist for a long time, that will have “a much more meaningful impact on pricing,” Mamtora added.In the case of mills staying shut for months or even sustaining damage, he estimates prices could rise between 15 and 17 per cent.But Harry Nelson, an assistant professor of forestry at the University of British Columbia, said essentially the province’s entire production would have to be wiped out for such a spike to occur.“At the end of the day, whatever hole these wildfires create gets filled in somewhere else,” Nelson said.For weeks, Canada’s softwood lumber industry has been hit by U.S. duties, and companies operating in B.C. have been hit particularly hard.On average, the lumber industry faces tariffs of 27 per cent. But West Fraser Timber (TSX:WFT), Canfor (TSX:CFP) and Tolko, all of which are headquartered in the province, have been charged duties of 31, 28 and 27 per cent, respectively.The short-term lift in prices is good for producers, Nelson said, as it means more money in their pockets after tariffs are paid.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lumber prices see ‘major jump’ after wildfires in British Columbia read more

Football Five takeaways ahead of Urban Meyers return

Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the game against Oregon State game on Sept. 1 in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor Ryan Day, Saturday’s season debut was different. The offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Ohio State served as a head coach for the first time in his coaching career, continuing his role as the acting head coach for the Buckeyes while Urban Meyer serves his three-game suspension. However, Day’s time as acting head coach, at least during the week, is complete. Per the suspension, Meyer is allowed to coach Ohio State for practices starting Sept. 3 despite not being allowed to coach in games. After Saturday’s 77-31 win over Oregon State, Day said he will be excited to bring Meyer back into the fold. “When Coach gets back, we’re looking forward to getting him back and looking forward to those meetings and kind of building as we go to Rutgers,” Day said. “It will be business as usual for us. We’ll look at the film, make corrections, go from there.” Here are five things Meyer will see when he returns to his head coaching role. Dwayne Haskins with a start under his beltComing into the 2018 season without a collegiate start, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins had expectations to be successful without a lot of experience to back it up. On Saturday, the Buckeyes caught a glimpse of what the Ohio State offense could be with Haskins at the helm. Completing 73.3 percent of his passes, Haskins threw for 313 yards, becoming the first quarterback in Ohio State history to throw for more than 300 yards in his first collegiate start. That was not it for the redshirt sophomore. He also threw five touchdown passes, the most in Ohio State history for a quarterback in his first start. Haskins did have the help of Ohio State’s veteran wide receiver room, throwing 21 of his 30 total pass attempts to redshirt junior K.J. Hill, junior Austin Mack, redshirt senior Parris Campbell, who recorded a touchdown reception, and redshirt senior Terry McLaurin, who brought in four catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Like McLaurin said in his postgame interview, the older receivers seemed to help Haskins feel more comfortable as the starter and, therefore, increasing his confidence as the game continued. Now, with one game started and completed, Haskins goes into the Big Ten opener with that in-game experience as the starting quarterback at Ohio State. A “two-headed monster” running game Haskins was not the only player helping move the ball for the Ohio State offense. Both running backs, sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber, helped outrush Oregon State 375 to 196 in Saturday’s 46-point win. Against the Beavers, even though both backs split carries, Weber took control. Leading the way with 20 carries, the Detroit, Michigan native recorded 186 yards on the ground, a career-high, and four touchdowns, including the first touchdown reception of his collegiate career. With 15 carries, Dobbins got his share of playing time as well. But, the sophomore back averaged 4.9 yards per carry compared to Weber’s 9.3, with his longest rush going for 10 yards. However, as Day said in the Big Ten Coaches Teleconference prior to the season opener on Saturday, Ohio State has a “two-headed monster” at running back. The Ohio State coaching staff has been known to give the ball to the hot hand, especially in the running game, but dispersed carries pretty evenly in the first game of the season. In Saturday’s opener, Day even used both Dobbins and Weber in the same backfield, using the sophomore to block for the redshirt junior as he received a 3-yard shovel pass from Haskins to score in the second quarter. It’s that balance, that belief that no matter who’s in the game, Dobbins or Weber, that the offense will continue to run efficiently, that Ohio State wants. An as-advertised defensive line From the moment Ohio State’s defensive line took the field for the first time, opposing offenses began to feel its effects. After driving to the Ohio State 39-yard line to start the first drive of the game, Oregon State senior quarterback Jake Luton dropped back to pass and was instantly met by junior defensive end Nick Bosa, who brought him to the ground, recording his first forced fumble of the day and giving the offense good field position to start the day. In Saturday’s win, the Ohio State defensive line recorded five of the six total tackles for loss, including two sacks by Bosa and two sacks by redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, who had one career sack heading into Saturday’s game. Bosa also forced and recovered two fumbles including one in the end zone for an Ohio State touchdown. Even from the other side of the line from Bosa, defensive linemen were making the quarterback feel uncomfortable. Sophomore defensive end Chase Young recorded two of Ohio State’s three total quarterback hits in the season opener. A secondary with work to doBehind the defensive line, Ohio State struggled to stop Oregon State in both stopping the pass and stopping the run at the second level of the defense. When taking over for Luton after the first drive of the game, redshirt sophomore quarterback Conor Blount completed 12 of 19 passes for 169 yards and two touchdown passes, including a 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter. In the running game, when junior running back Artavis Pierce passed the defensive line, he could not be stopped, recording an 80-yard touchdown run and a 78-yard touchdown run, giving him 168 yards on 11 rushes. With the loss of junior safety and team captain Jordan Fuller to a hamstring injury, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch called it a “game-time decision,” the Ohio State secondary, specifically sophomore safeties Isaiah Pryor and Jahsen Wint, had more responsibility in the defense as a whole. At times on Saturday, the Buckeyes struggled to stop an offense that struggled to score one year ago. With Fuller, supposedly, on the verge of returning against Rutgers, the Ohio State secondary will likely be glad to have him back. However, he is just one player. Ohio State could have some work to do in the defensive backfield. Freshmen impacting early The 26-member 2018 recruiting class has already made an impact in the first game of the season. Nine true freshman made their college debut against Oregon State on Saturday. Both running backs, Master Teague and Brian Snead, each took snaps in the Ohio State offense. They combined for 81 yards on 13 rushes, each recording their first rushing touchdown of their careers. In the passing game, wide receiver Chris Olave recorded his first career reception, taking in a 5-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell in the second quarter. Defensive linemen Tommy Togiai, Tyler Friday, Taron Vincent and Tyreke Smith each received playing time, with Togiai leading the way with two solo tackles. Linebackers K’Vaughan Pope and Dallas Gant each got playing time in special teams along with safety Josh Proctor. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson also made his debut for the Buckeyes after coming in as the No. 3 JUCO prospect in the country heading into the season. read more

Female estate agent guilty of sexism after she offered male colleague sex

first_imgA female estate agent has been found guilty of sex discrimination after she offered to perform a sex act on a male colleague if he banked £180,000 in income. Sarah Thompson, 51, made the remark to senior financial consultant Paul Elworthy, 45, at a boozy Christmas do.Judges at an employment tribunal in South London unanimously ruled that Mr Elworthy had been subjected to direct sex discrimination by Ms Thompson and should be compensated.They said that they had “no hesitation in finding that the comment was made because of the claimant’s gender.” “We find that Ms Thompson would not have made an equivalent comment to a woman,” the judges added.  At the tribunal Mr Elworthy accepted that he had never cleaned and that he had never been disciplined or reprimanded for failing to carry out cleaning duties in the seven-year period he worked at the firm.A further hearing will determine the amount of damages. Paul Elworthy, 45, at appearing at a employment tribunal The tribunal heard evidence from members of staff who were at the Christmas lunch which contradicted what Ms Thomson said.One colleague, Giles Barrett, recalled the remark being made and the reference to £180,000.When he heard Ms Thompson make the comment he said “does that count for everyone?” and she replied “no, you’re married” – this was followed by laughter. It was a highly sexualised comment and we have no hesitation in finding that the comment was made because of the claimant’s gender.Tribunal judges The panel said that although the comments amounted to sex discrimination they weren’t harassment.As well as striking out that claim they also found against Mr Elworthy’s claim of constructive unfair dismissal.In their judgement, the tribunal ruled: “We have found that Ms Thompson’s comment left the claimant feeling ‘a bit uncomfortable’ and ‘not great’.”It did not meet the bar for harassment but we find that the effect on him was nevertheless a detriment.”It was a highly sexualised comment and we have no hesitation in finding that the comment was made because of the claimant’s gender.”They added: “We find that Ms Thompson would not have made an equivalent comment to a woman.”We therefore find that the comment was less favourable treatment because of sex and the claim for direct sex discrimination succeeds.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Estate agent Sarah Thompson was found guilty of sex discrimination at an employment Paul Elworthy, 45, at appearing at a employment tribunal  Mr Elworthy had also claimed that he was constructively unfairly dismissed as he was ‘forced’ to clean toilets – but judges threw out this claim. Estate agent Sarah Thompson was found guilty of sex discrimination at an employment tribunal Mr Elworthy told the hearing in south London: “I attended a senior consultants’ reward lunch.”At that meeting Sarah Thompson stated she would provide me with a blow job if I hit £180,000 banked income.”This was said in the presence of a number of people. It made me feel very uncomfortable. I did not report it as she was my line manager. I would not get a fair hearing.”Ms Thompson, who works at Your Move’s regional HQ in Chessington, South London, had denied the claims.When asked by her firm’s HR department in 2015 if she had made the comment she said: “Absolutely not, do you really think I would ever say that? He might have wanted me too.”last_img read more

OOPS THEY DID IT AGAIN HSG Wetzlar beat Kiel in away clash

1.Rhein-Neckar201703618:48434 14.Gummersbach205015499:56310 2.Hannover-Burgdorf211533606:55233 6.MT Melsungen211326576:53728 16.Stuttgart214116505:5899 15.N-Lubbecke213414473:55310 11.Goppingen21669568:57418 7.SC Magdeburg201316602:54227 10.Lemgo21849543:57920 If THW Kiel stay without title in DKB Bundesliga for the third year in a row, the first “suspected” will be HSG Wetzlar, the team who once again beat “Zebras” in current season. After home 30:22, team of Kai Wandschneider once again beat THW Kiel, this time, for the first time in the history of the club, in away clash at Sparkassen Arena – 26:25.THW Kiel: Landgraf (54.-60), Wolff (8 saves); Firnhaber, Weinhold (4), Dissinger, Wiencek (3), Ekberg (6/3), Frend Öfors (n.e.), Rahmel, Dahmke (1), Zarabec (3), Vujin (1), Bilyk (1), Nilsson (6), Santos; Trainer: GislasonHSG Wetzlar: Klimpke (), Buric (1.-60., 10/1 saves), Weber; Kneer (1), Björnsen (7), Pöter (1), Ferraz (3), Mirkulovski (3), Schreiber, Volentics, Holst, Forsell Schefvert (1), Kvist (3), Lindskog (7), Cavor (1); Trainer: WandschneiderResult: 0:1 (2.), 2:2 (5.), 2:4 (7.), 3:4, 3:9 (17.), 6:9 (22.), 6:11 (25.), 7:12 (27.), 9:12; 9:13 (31.), 11:14 (35.), 11:16 (38.), 13:18, 14:19 (42.), 16:19 (44.), 18:21 (46.), 19:22 (49.), 20:23 (53.), 20:25 (54.), 24:25 (60.), 24:26, 25:26STANDINGS: 13.Erlangen214512493:57313 5.Kiel211416622:53229 ← Previous Story Jose Manuel Sierra to French Saran Next Story → FRANCE: Montpellier continue strong in Chambery towards Championship title! 8.Leipzig201217549:52425 9.HSG Wetzlar219210550:53120 3.Flensburg-H.211524614:53432 4.Fuchse Berlin201523587:53432 17.Ludwigshafen202315459:5397 18.Huttenberg202315494:5837 PHOTO: HSG Wetzlar 12.Minden20569528:56316 HSG WetzlarTHW Kiel read more

September 2016s Loot Crate Is All About SPEED Gotta Go Fast

first_img September 2016’s Loot Crate theme is SPEED, which is why I was surprised by a dearth of Sanic the Hidgeheg swag in the box (though the Loot Wear extras include some classic Sonic socks, along with a great Mario Kart blue shell t-shirt). Check out the video for a closer look at what’s all in the box, which you can turn inside-out and make into a box car. Not a boxcar, a car that’s made of a box. Because it’s still cardboard, with no wheels or internal motive force.The t-shirt is straight from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically Iron Man 2. It’s a Stark Enterprises Stark Motor Sports crew shirt, and it looks pretty rad even if that movie kind of sucked compared with Iron Man 3.Hope you like stuff on your desk, because this month has plenty. There’s a vinyl Titans figure of the scarred Cylon raider, with a clear base so you can pose it in mid-flight. There’s also a not-Hot Wheels version of Eleanor, the Shelby Mustang GT500 from Gone in 60 Seconds (the Nic Cage remake, and really the GT500 from that movie looks so much cooler than the 1971 Ford Mustang Sportsroof from the original film).If that isn’t enough, how about a magnetic Hoodies hood ornament, either Green Arrow from Arrow or The Flash from The Flash (I got Green Arrow)? And, finally a metal Batwing keychain.A Flash hood ornament would have been more in-line with the SPEED theme, but the Arrow ornament is still cool and I don’t have a car anyway. However, the whole crate seems oddly time-warped. A shirt that evokes Iron Man 2 from 2010, a Cylon raider figure from the Battlestar Galactica series that ended in 2009, a car from the Gone in 60 Seconds remake from 2000? And the Batwing isn’t from the Nolan or new DC movies. It looks more in line with the Burton/Schumaker Batman vehicles. Man, this crate went so fast it traveled back in time!As always, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box of geeky stuff every month, each with its own theme. There are also more specific Loot Crate subscriptions like Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, and Loot Pets, to fulfill all of your nerdy collectible needs. Stay on target The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat last_img read more

Uruguay name 20man squad for upcoming friendly

first_imgUruguay Interim coach Fabian Coito has named his 20-man squad for their upcoming friendly against MexicoParis Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who was one of the star players in Uruguay’s World Cup campaign this summer has been left out.The 31-year-old has only just returned to full fitness following a hamstring injury sustained in their last-16 win over Portugal.Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has been named along with Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, who sustained a knee ligament sprain at Russia, has also been left out.Uruguay will be without long-time head coach Oscar Tabarez, who has yet to agree on a contract after his original deal expired at the end of the World Cup.Therefore, Under-20 coach Coito will temporarily take charge of the senior side.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“The aim was to give continuity to the work that has been done in the senior side,” said Coito on Fútbol.“To guide the national team is a beautiful responsibility.“The idea is for everything to go as best as it can as Uruguay is a prestigious team and we have to ensure it remains that way.”Uruguay will take on Mexico at the NRG Stadium in Texas on September 7/9.Fabián Coito convocó a 20 futbolistas de @Uruguay para el amistoso del viernes 7/9 ante México, a disputarse en el NRG Stadium de Houston a las 23:06 h (Uy).— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) August 29, 2018last_img read more

Man reportedly paid 11 for a PS4 after pretending it was fruit

first_imgThe PS4 is a lot of things, but it isn’t a tomato. Sarah Tew/CNET It’s the most white-collar of crimes: lying at the self-serve at the supermarket. You know the drill: you approach the self-serve desk at the shop. You scan the barcode or you weigh the fruit and pay the money. Or do you? Maybe you just tell a little white lie… It’s a trick usually employed by hucksters trying to buy fancy tomatoes at regular tomato prices, or avoiding paying extravagant prices for grapes. This time the trick was used to pay 9.29 euros for a 340-euro game console.That works out roughly $11, £8 or AU$15 — instead of $390, £295 or AU$540. Good price if you can get it. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. $155 at Google Express Now playing: Watch this: Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game.CNET en Español: Get all your tech news and reviews in Spanish. 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. 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. 7 Comments Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read the Rylo camera 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP $999 Angela Lang/CNET $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice $210 at Best Buy $999 Read the AirPods review 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. Best Buy $59 at eBay $999 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Share your voice 5 The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Sony,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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile Comments Turo The new Spider-Man game is the one we’ve been waiting… Read Google Home Hub 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The Cheapskate Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $299 at Amazon Sprint Chris Monroe/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags See at Turo 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). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. See it See It 2:40 Online Consoles See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $60 at Best Buy See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. As initially reported in L’Est Républicain, a 19-year-old man was convicted on Jan. 24 for pretending a PlayStation 4 was produce at a supermarket in Monbeliard in eastern France. Easy mistake to make.Only this man made the same mistake twice, which suggests it probably wasn’t a mistake, but a nefarious plan to buy consoles at fruit-and-vegetable rates. That’s right, the man in question did this twice. Only the second time he was caught. Apparently he stole the consoles to help pay for a ticket back to Nice.According to reports, he was sentenced to four months in jail. 28 Photos Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250)last_img read more

Five trade unions plan to stage stir on Aug 2

first_imgPatancheru: Trade unions CITU, INTUC, AITUC, HMS and TNTUC at a meeting in Shramika Bhavan here on Wednesday resolved to stage a dharna at the Sangareddy Collectorate on August 2 under the auspices of the employees federation to protest against the anti-labour policies of the Narendra Modi government. Leaders of the trade unions Panduranga Reddy, K Rajayya, Narsimha Reddy, Wajid Ali, Manohar Prasad gave a call for dharna, warning the government to give up the anti-labour policies. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us They wanted the Bill introduced in Parliament to amend wage code and other laws to be withdrawn. The leaders alleged that the Centre was favouring corporate forces to the detriment of the working class. They accused the government of backing corporates after promising job security before the 2019 elections. The TU leaders called for a united struggle of working class for protecting their laws. They also urged other TUs to make the dharna a success by joining the protest. Among those present at the meeting were trade union leader was Srinivas.last_img read more

New Zealand skydiver survives plunge to ground

first_imgPolice say the reserve chute eventually deployed automatically when the man was about 230 meters (750 feet) from the ground but did not function properly, although it did help slow his fall.Nelson Hospital reports the skydiver remains there in a stable condition.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A New Zealand skydiver has survived a harrowing plunge to the ground after his main parachute failed and a reserve chute only partially worked.Police say the 35-year-old man suffered serious injuries after he hit the ground at high speed and with enough force to make him bounce.According to a police statement, the man was parachuting Thursday afternoon at the Motueka Airport on the South Island when his main chute failed and he was unable to open his reserve chute. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Brisbane Convention Bureau shines in international awards

first_imgBrisbane’s reputation as a world-class destination for business events was internationally recognised this week with the announcement the Brisbane Convention Bureau had received an international award for the quality of two of its guides.The Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau’s Meeting Planners Guide and Unique Venues Guide were awarded the silver medal in the Best Brochure category at the prestigious international Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA).The Meeting Planners Guide 2011-13 is a definitive source of information on Brisbane venue and accommodation options, professional support services and leisure activities and the Unique Venues Guide offers an insight into the unique, unusual and intriguing venues in Brisbane and the service suppliers who can make an event come to life.With a vision to be Australia’s most sustainable city and carbon neutral by 2026, the Guides and packaging are made from recycled, FSC certified materials. Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau director Annabel Sullivan said the award, which was presented at a banquet dinner in London, was great recognition of the world-class venues and business events products and services on offer in Brisbane. “As Brisbane continues  to grow, the Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau has met this growth, consistently producing new and innovative ways to showcase all that is on offer in Australia’s new world city,” she said.“This award, coming on the heels of the announcement Brisbane would hosting the G20 Summit in 2014, is a ringing endorsement of the forward-thinking, innovative and collaborative business events offerings in Brisbane.“The Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau is committed to ensuring it continues to build on what we offer event planners.“In fact this is the last year we will provide printed guides, as we have just combined our award-winning Meeting Planners and Unique Venues Guides and produced the online Brisbane Event Planning Directory,” she said.  “This dedicated online city directory is the first of its kind in Australia and was driven by the demand for online business tools.” The Brisbane Event Planning Directory ( )   has become the go-to-tool for meeting planners organising events and conferences in Brisbane.The directory incorporates venues, accommodation and services and users can compare venues, create and share a shortlist and learn more about what Brisbane has to offer. The new Brisbane Event Planning Directory will complement the Convention Bureau’s website.Planners can view the new directory on smartphones and tablets making this essential information easier to access anywhere, anytime.Site visitors also have the option to subscribe to monthly directory updates to always keep apprised of the latest developments, openings and renovations occurring throughout different venues and services around Brisbane. Source = Brisbane Convention Bureaulast_img read more

Greek medical association backs Cypriot counterparts over Gesy

first_imgThe Greek medical association on Tuesday said it was against the move of doctors from Greece to Cyprus to work as family doctors (GPs) and specialists under the National Health Scheme (Gesy), pledging solidarity to their Cypriot colleagues.Head of the Greek medical association Michalis Vlastarakos told the Cyprus News Agency he did not eye positively the possible mass arrival of doctors from Greece to offer their services under Gesy.The association took a stance following reports that the Cypriot government would try to bring in doctors from Greece in the case an insufficient number of Cypriot doctors did not join Gesy.The Cypriot medical association (CyMA) said some two weeks ago that it had the authority to refuse to grant medical licences if it deemed this would threaten local physicians.“As the Panhellenic Medical Association, we are against this,” Vlastarakos said. “We do not want to experience a new migratory wave of doctors, like that we have experienced in previous years. Nor do we wish the possible influx of Greek doctors to be a problem for our Cypriot colleagues.”Vlastarakos said his association is in constant communication and cooperation with CyMA and is monitoring the public debate concerning Gesy.He said that CyMA’s concerns as regards Gesy, are the same expressed by his association when the same dialogue took place in Greece for the introduction of the country’s health scheme.Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Monday that there has been interest by doctors from other countries, mainly Greece, due to the salaries offered which he said are much higher than in Greece.He said he did not know if this would result in a mass arrival of Greek doctors but his ministry’s intention, he said, was not to bring in doctors from abroad but get those in Cyprus to join Gesy.Last week, the Citizens Alliance said it would table an amendment to the law which would prevent CyMA from stopping the employment of foreign doctors in Gesy.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Price invites 89th District residents to June office hour events

first_img State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will continue her monthly office hour visits during the summer months, making regular stops in Spring Lake, Park Township and Grand Haven.“My commitment to the residents of the 89th District does not change, whether the state House of Representatives are in session or not,” said Rep. Price. “I have scheduled office hours on the first and third Fridays, as well as the third Monday of every month to make it as simple as possible for area residents to share their thoughts on state government. I look forward to meeting constituents to discuss issues of importance to them.”During the month of June, Rep. Price will be available atFriday, June 17, 9-10 a.m. at Coffee Grounds, 41 Washington Ave. No. 180, Grand Haven 08Jun Rep. Price invites 89th District residents to June office hour events Categories: Newscenter_img Monday, June 20, 10-11 a.m. at the Park Township Hall, 52 152nd, HollandNo appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend the office hour events can contact Rep. Price’s Lansing office at 517-373-0838. The representative also can be reached by email at or by mail at N-1193 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.last_img read more

House committee approves Johnson bill to repeal case mandate

first_img21Feb House committee approves Johnson bill to repeal case mandate Categories: Steven Johnson News This week, the House Judiciary Committee approved Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 5417, which would remove a mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased while being transported in a vehicle.“I view this change as a simple criminal justice issue,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “By not knowing and following this subtle aspect of Michigan law, hunters simply traveling from one location to another with a bow or crossbow could be found guilty of a misdemeanor, putting them at risk of jail time.”Rep. Johnson’s bill removes the current mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased when transported in a motor vehicle, including an off-road vehicle. The legislation includes a provision that bows, crossbows and slingshots would need to be unloaded and uncocked to transport without a case. This change would bring Michigan in line with several other Great Lakes states that have similar transport provisions.House Bill 5417 now moves to the full House for consideration.###last_img read more

Rep Calley approves more money for road repairs

first_img Plan includes money specifically for Barry and Ionia countiesRoads in Barry and Ionia counties would benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Julie Calley and the Michigan House.The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer.“Our drivers need safe, dependable roads, and the winter is really taking a toll on our streets and highways,” said Calley, of Portland. “Our communities need the funding to combat the seasonal damage and our save roads from further decay.”In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for county, city and village roads throughout Michigan. Estimated local allocations include Barry County ($539,459), Ionia County ($538,333), the cities of Portland ($32,483), Hastings ($57,157) and Freeport ($5,685), and the villages of Middleville ($24,546), Nashville ($13,545) Woodland ($3,391), Pewamo ($5,504), Lake Odessa ($16,221), Saranac ($10,429), Clarksville ($3,858), Lyons ($8,441) Muir ($5,541) and Hubbardston ($5,336).The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment. The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes providing more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.### Categories: Calley News 21Feb Rep. Calley approves more money for road repairscenter_img Tags: road funding last_img read more

Rep Julie Calley Michigan House school safety plan emphasizes teamwork and unity

first_img10May Rep. Julie Calley: Michigan House school safety plan emphasizes ‘teamwork and unity’ Categories: Calley News,News A plan approved by the Michigan House this week would establish a system to help all schools in the state become safer and more secure, state Rep. Julie Calley said.Calley, of Portland, supported the legislation establishing a statewide commission to help review and audit security procedures in school buildings. Grants to improve security would be distributed with priority going to schools with the greatest need. Schools would have local liaisons to work with the statewide commission.The commission is the cornerstone of the multi-faceted plan that received overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and is now headed to the Senate for further consideration.“This plan stresses teamwork and unity,” Calley said. “Everyone must do their part to make our schools safer for students, teachers and all who visit. This legislation is a significant step in the right direction, providing a structure and support to improve school security, while upholding local control for school districts.”Other details of the plan include:–Requiring schools to submit incident reports to the statewide commission. The reports would provide the commission with examples of how incidents and threats were handled to develop best practices for other Michigan schools to follow.–Requiring new school construction or major renovation projects include safety features such as reinforced entryways and remote door locks.–Making the OK2SAY program permanent by eliminating an expiration date currently in state law. The program allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings.–Mandating consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents in the requirements to be a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan.###The legislation: House Bills 5828-30 and 5850-52.last_img read more

A Manmade Famine in South Sudan

first_imgShare7TweetShare3Email10 SharesKuay Makuach, farmer, Lankien, South Sudan / Oxfam East AfricaFebruary 20, 2017; GuardianThe ongoing ethnic conflict in South Sudan, which has displaced over a quarter of its population, now threatens the food security of the people who remain. According to a government official, South Sudan is suffering from famine in Unity State, along the northern border with Sudan. As the Guardian reports:About 4.9 million people—more than 40 percent of South Sudan’s population—are in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance, according to an Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) update released on Monday. […] The IPC update, which was based on information built up over recent months, added that the total number of food insecure people is expected to rise to 5.5 million in July if nothing is done to curb the severity and spread of the food crisis.The United States recently lifted sanctions on Sudan, South Sudan’s neighbor to the north, hoping to quicken the flow of international aid, but aid workers in both countries have struggled to safely reach the rural areas where their help is needed. Aid workers have claimed that government and rebel forces have prevented their movements, and though the UN maintains over 10,000 peacekeeping troops in the region, it is often unsafe for convoys to travel.The United Nations defines famine as when at least 20 percent of households in an area face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 percent, and two or more people per 10,000 are dying per day. So by the time famine is officially declared, it’s already an enormous problem that aid agencies have been trying to solve.South Sudan has a great deal of oil. However, it has not been able to capitalize on its wealth due to ongoing conflicts among leaders and ethnic groups as well as the lack of modernization in its industry. NPQ has covered the civil war, which was recently restarted when President Salva Kiir dismissed several officials and accused one, former warlord Riek Machar, of plotting a coup.South Sudan actually has a large amount of arable land, and 85 percent of its people rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Its farmers grow cereal crops like sorghum, millet, and rice, which are among the easier crops to transport and sell, since they don’t spoil in the heat like produce, and they don’t carry water weight. However, according to the African Development Bank, the lack of modernized techniques, the difficulty of market access, the lack of farmer associations that can provide loans and stabilize prices, and the uncertainty of property rights force farmers to operate at a subsistence level rather than for market production, leaving them unable to build long-term wealth.According to the AFDB,Two and a half decades ago, the country was a net exporter of agricultural product to regional markets; due to war-related destruction, poor infrastructure and lack of investment in the agriculture sector, South Sudan is now a net importer of food. It currently imports as much as 50 percent of its needs, including 40 percent of its cereals from neighboring countries, particularly Uganda and Kenya. Total food imports are estimated to be in the range of $200–300 million a year.Since President Kiir cut off the oil supply lines in 2011, the country experienced a freefall in revenue and inflation rates of over 800 percent, making it impossible to pay for so much imported food.Neighboring Uganda now has well over half a million South Sudanese refugees from violence and famine, in addition to nearly 50,000 refugees from violence in Burundi. Refugee camps, which are already filled to over capacity, may soon be facing their own food shortages.World Food Program director Joyce Luma said, “This famine is manmade.” Astronomical rates of displacement and violence have made it impossible for farmers to grow food, and subsistence farming means that they rely on yearly production for survival. The WFP, the UN, and other agencies are importing and distributing food, but according to Luma, “There is only so much that humanitarian assistance can achieve in the absence of meaningful peace and security.”— Erin RubinShare7TweetShare3Email10 Shareslast_img read more

Slovenian cable operator Telemach has struck a dea

first_imgSlovenian cable operator Telemach has struck a deal with sports broadcaster Ikomedio whereby it will retain the rights to air the latter’s existing Sportklub channels.The company will also air two new Sportklub channels – Sportklub Prime and Sportklub HD – in the near future. SBB-owned Telemach has also secured the exclusive rights to the Golfklub channel, which will also be made available in HD soon.The Sportklub channels include rights to Spanish First Division and English Premier League football, Euroleague baskeball, and various tennis, hockey and golf tournaments.The latest deal will give Telemach rights to air seven SD (Sportklub, Sportklub Plus, SK Prime, Sportklub 3, Sportklub 4, Sportklub 5 and Golfklub) and five HD channels (Sportklub HD, Sportklub Plus HD, SK Prime HD, Golfklub HD and SK Premium HD).last_img read more

Some 945000 individual UK households that use sig

first_imgSome 945,000 individual UK households that use signal amplifiers and a further 953,000 homes that use communal aerials could experience TV interference when 4G mobile networks are launched, according to a written parliamentary answer by culture minister Ed Vaizey.Citing Ofcom’s second consultation on the co-existence of DTT services and new mobile services in the 800MHz band, Vaizey said that some 8,500 homes across the country could still be affected once a mix of consumer-based and “selective mobile network-based mitigation methods” are applied.Under government proposals, companies that buy licences in the 800MHz range will have to contribute to a fund to buy filters for homes affected. The government committed in February to £180 million (€225 million) in funding to find solutions to the problem.last_img read more