Indian Affairs books on schools are a mess PBO

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn 2009, Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page examined the way Indian Affairs oversees on-reserve schools.Page said the record books at Indian Affairs are in terrible condition and, as a result, the schools are suffering.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis tells us what Page discovered in Indian Affairs’ files.last_img

Spain 25 Moroccans Arrested for Fraud

Casablanca- Spanish authorities have recently arrested 25 Moroccans for generating 126 fraudulent labor contracts and defrauding €750,000 from the Employment and Social Security Public Services, according to El Pais. The 25 Moroccans were arrested in Lleida, a city in northeast Spain. However, the leader of the group is still on the run.According to the same source, the suspects had created a partly fictitious service company between 2008 and 2010, which employed around 126 people, mostly of Moroccan origin, who had never worked nor reported their work to the authorities. The company subsequently claimed contracts for its Moroccan employees so that they could legitimize their legal situation in Spain and enjoy unemployment benefits or subsidies.According to the same source, the police of Lleida are still on the lookout for the head of the fictitious company. In the meantime, the arrested suspects are accused of fraud and counterfeiting between 300,000 and 450,000 Euro.The investigations that led to the arrest of the 25 Moroccans began after some irregularities were spotted by labor inspectors and social security services in Lleida. The fake company showed no capital movement that would justify normal commercial activity.Edited by Jessica Rohan read more

Reverse Sexual Harassment When Men Are Harassed

Rabat – The website Buzzkito posted a video on YouTube showing reversed sexual harassment.Opposite of what actually happens, a group of pretty women tried to harass and abuse men in the streets to raise awareness of sexual harassment in Morocco on the occasion of March 8, which is International Women’s Day.In this social experiment, some women used verbal attacks, physical touching, insults, and sometimes intimidation, which are some of the practices that are unfortunately commonly used by some Moroccan men to seduce women. The aim of the video is to raise people’s awareness about the hardships that Moroccan women face on a daily basis because of sexual harassment.

Mawazine Draws Locals and Foreigners to Rabat

By Erin DunneRabat – After a successful opening weekend featuring performances by international stars including Wiz Khalifa, Ellie Goulding, MHD and others, the Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World was off to a good start. For those who attended some of the many shows, it is easy to understand why: the free festival is easily accessible and the musical acts are phenomenal. On Saturday night, Wiz Khalifa drew thousands of fans to OLM Souissi where the crowd sang along to the rapper’s iconic songs including “Black and Yellow,” “Sucker for Pain” and “See you Again.”Other shows were more family friendly such as Sunday nights performance by Amadou & Mariam who encouraged the crowd at the Bouregreg stage to dance the night away. Concerts later this week include DJ Snake, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato among others.In addition to providing entertainment and access to internally known acts for Moroccans, the festival also boosts tourism to Rabat and, more broadly Morocco. According to festival officials, “a total of 3,000 direct and indirect jobs benefit from the festival.”The Moroccan government also indicated that Mawazine “generates 22% growth in tourism turnover of Rabat.” This is an invaluable boost to Morocco, where the growing tourism industry increasingly generates a significate portion of the GDP.Among the industries that directly benefit from the festival are retail, catering and transportation, all of whom see a dramatic increase in sales, sometimes as much as 30%, during the festival. In addition, the hospitality sector, in particular upscale hotels, see two to four times more reservations during Mawazine.Mawazine also provides an important boost in international media for the Kingdom as stars and celebrities spend the week in Rabat. As Morocco hopes to increase tourism in the coming years, positive media highlighting cultural events is invaluable. While the festival is still mostly attended by locals, tourists are increasingly among the crowds.The Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World music festival, held in Rabat under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, draws locals and foreigners alike to performances at stages across Salé and Rabat. The majority of the shows are free to attended and cater to a wide range of musical interests.Photo by Youness HamiddinePhoto by Youness Hamiddine read more

Candu signs JV deal with China to build nuclear reactors

Candu Energy, a division of SNC-Lavalin, has signed a joint venture agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation to build nuclear reactors in China. The framework deal was signed over the weekend in Beijing during Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s state visit to China. It follows a memorandum of understanding signed between the two companies in July to build reactors in China and seek other global opportunities. Each advanced fuel Candu reactor (AFCR) can use the spent fuel from four light water reactors, creating a large potential market, Candu said Monday. China operates 22 nuclear power reactors, including two Candu 6 reactors at Qinshan that have been in commercial operation for more than a decade. The country has 26 reactors under construction and others under proposal. The joint venture follows a supportive recommendation last week from a Chinese Expert Panel Review on AFCR technology, and a memorandum of understanding signed Saturday between Natural Resources Canada and the China National Energy Administration to collaborate on civilian nuclear energy including the development and export of advanced fuel reactors. Meanwhile, SNC-Lavalin lost a long-term contract it has had for a decade to manage 3,800 federal government buildings, facilities and properties across Canada. Ottawa says it has awarded contracts worth up to $9.6 billion to Brookfield Johnson Controls Canada, a joint venture between Johnson Controls and Brookfield Property Partners. The contract which starts when SNC’s contract expires in March is for an initial eight years but can be extended for up to six more years, raising the total price to $22.8 billion. Analyst Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said the contract loss is “slightly negative.” It is believed to be one of the less profitable contracts in SNC-Lavalin’s operations and maintenance division. He said the loss could reduce SNC-Lavalin’s annual earnings by four to seven cents per share or cut the company’s share price by up to $1. SNC-Lavalin announced last week that it is moving quickly to cut its global workforce by 4,000, including about one quarter in Canada, as it adjusts to underperforming business segments. read more

Annan names Finnish general top military observer for IndiaPakistan mission

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of a Finnish general to the top post at the United Nations Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).Major-General Pertti Juhani Puonti takes over as the mission’s Chief Military Observer from Major-General Hermann K. Loidolt of Austria, who has led the Group since July 2001.Major-General Puonti, who is currently the Chief of Staff of Finland’s Northern Command Headquarters, previously served as a military observer in the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). In 1992, he was commanding officer of the Finnish Construction Battalion in the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

AsiaPacific governments must do more to stop spread of HIV UN official

“We are at risk in the Pacific of a serious HIV epidemic,” Asia-Pacific Regional Director for the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, Prasada Rao told the audience of more than 300 delegates representing government, scientific and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the Pan Pacific Regional HIV/AIDS conference in Auckland.”The question is not whether this will happen, but when this will happen,” he predicted. ‘Whether it does or not will depend on the decisions made now, not in ten years,” he added, underlining that governments and donors must do more to shore up the inadequate resources for HIV prevention, treatment and care across the Pacific.In Papua, New Guinea an estimate 1.7 per cent of the adult population or approximately 47,000 people are already infected with HIV, and the epidemic is on its way to spreading through the rest of the Pacific region, with potentially devastating results, Dr. Rao said.”In small nations, we are talking about the very survival of peoples, cultures, languages,” and security of the country, Dr. Rao said. “We need governments throughout the Pacific to make substantial commitments by investing now,” he added. read more

Pickleball Not Yet a Local Classic but Definitely a Craze

By Julie JohansenOne of the fastest-growing crazes in the sports world right now is pickleball, a game that is a unique blend of tennis, badminton and ping pong.In the game, players use a paddle, volleying the ball in the same manner as tennis. However, players must serve underhand and the ball must be contacted below the waist. The ball is hit behind the service box and must reach the adjacent service box, as in tennis. Professionals say players should be stopped and set before hitting the ball.Pickleball can be played as single or doubles. One can only score when serving and when serving, players should voice the score, much like tennis. Each game is played to 11 and the winner must win by two points.It is a fast, fun, friendly game that appeals to all ages. Experts say it is easy to learn and play for those who have never given it a try. Set up costs are minimal, according to those who have built courts, which are smaller than tennis courts, but similar. It is a game for all generations and has had tremendous, rapid growth.Local cities have taken note of the game’s popularity and considered placing courts in the area. Price City discussed the possibility of courts in the fall during two different city council meetings. While a decision on whether or not to proceed was not given at that time, council members said that the idea for pickleball courts was a viable one and it will be readdressed in the spring.The new year also brought the possibility of courts to the Castle Dale City Council. In January, the council host a public hearing to garner community input on applying for a $30,000 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) to build pickleball courts in the city. While there was no public comment made during the hearing, the council made the decision to apply for the grant. If it is awarded, another hearing will be hosted before the funds are allocated. read more

Fall with 20 points UCF beats Northern Kentucky 6653

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tacko Fall scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds as UCF served Northern Kentucky its first loss of the season with a 66-53 victory on Saturday night.Fall was 7 of 8 from the field for the Knights (5-1). Aubrey Dawkins added 12 points and five rebounds and B.J. Taylor had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.UCF shot 44 per cent from the field overall compared to 32 per cent for Northern Kentucky and had a 51-35 rebounding advantage.UCF led by a slim margin through most of the low-scoring first period and back-to-back 3-pointers by McDonald and Dawkins pushed it to 24-19 with 7:24 left in the half. The Knights were up 34-32 at the break.The Knights opened the second half on a 19-6 run featuring 3-pointers by Dawkins and Collin Smith and dunks by Fall and Smith to stretch it to 53-38 with 14:55 left.Drew McDonald scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Norse (6-1).The Associated Press read more

iOS makes gains thanks to Verizon iPhone according to Mobile Mix report

first_imgApple is reaping the benefits of having the iPhone available on two different U.S. carriers. According to Millennial Media’s Mobile Mix report for March, the Verizon iPhone helped iOS achieve an 11% increase in market share for smartphone operating systems. The increase gives iOS 31% market share while the Android OS continues to dominate with 48%. March marked the fourth month in a row that Android has been the leading smartphone OS. Helping Android to achieve this milestone is the fact that 14 of the top 20 smartphone devices currently run the operating system.Speaking of smartphone devices, Research In Motion (RIM) had some gains in March showing there is still a demand for BlackBerry handhelds. The BlackBerry Curve moved back into the #2 spot in the list of the top 20 smartphones while demand for the BlackBerry Torch grew 23% month-over-month. RIM may also soon contribute to the growth in a category Millennial Media calls “connected devices” as it launches its much anticipated PlayBook since the category includes tablet computers.  Adoption of the iPad 2 will assist with that growth as well.AdChoices广告New tablet devices overall helped push the category of connected devices up 21% month-over-month to put the category’s overall market share at 17%. This is in comparison to feature phones which make up 19% market share and smartphones which dominate at 64%. In addition to hardware, there was growth reflected in applications which may show that the economy is beginning to make a turn. That’s because the most significant month-over-month growth came from shopping and retail apps which experienced a 40% increase.Rounding out the report was a list of the top 15 manufacturers across all devices. Leading the pack was Apple at 32% followed by Samsung, HTC, RIM and Motorola. Apple’s lead is considerable since RIM is the next closest manufacturer with a 15.22% share. Clearly, iPad and iPhone sales across both AT&T and Verizon Wireless are helping Apple retain its crown among manufacturers.Read more at Millennial Medialast_img read more

Polite man with 431 previous convictions must have highest record in Irish

first_img Short URL By Louise McCarthy Share Tweet Email3 ‘Polite’ man with 431 previous convictions ‘must have highest record in Irish criminal history’ – judge Anthony O’Sullivan appeared in Naas District Court this week. Mar 11th 2017, 6:30 AM Naas Courthouse No Comments 36,549 Views center_img Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 6:30 AM Image: Google Streetview A CORK MAN who has one of the largest rap sheets in Irish criminal history claims he has never been offered rehab.Anthony O’Sullivan (30), Araglen Court, DeansRock Estate, Togher is charged with being intoxicated while driving, speeding and having no insurance or licence at Newhall, Naas, on 20 December 2016.At Naas District Court on Thursday, Judge Desmond Zaidan confirmed it was the most previous convictions that he has ever dealt with in his 30 years in business, with long-established solicitors agreeing with him.He said: “This must be the highest record in Irish criminal history.”O’Sullivan – who appeared by order of bench warrant – is charged with driving at high-speed on the M7 motorway, having cannabis in his system while driving and not having insurance.Garda inspector Mel Smyth outlined how O’Sullivan was driving at a ‘very high-speed’ of 160km/hr in a 120km/hr zone.The court heard how O’Sullivan overtook a car in the fast lane while road conditions were ‘very wet’ with ‘poor visibility’.Smyth said: “He squeezed past the patrol car, there was no space.”Evidence was given that O’Sullivan drove on for about two kilometres while being followed by blue sirens.Smyth told the court the accused’s past convictions include eight for dangerous driving, 81 for no insurance, 132 for driving licence related matters, five for giving a false name and address, six for being drunk and driving, 15 for the unauthorised taking of a car, seven for driving while disqualified, six for burglary, seven for criminal damage, one for theft, 12 related to the Misuse of Drugs Act and seven for public order, as well as others for minor road traffic offences.The latest drink-driving offences led to him being disqualified from driving for five years at Cork Circuit Court on 19 May 2015.The court heard how O’Sullivan obtained his first conviction at the age of 15 for driving with no licence or insurance.Judge Zaidan asked the accused, ”Why do you behave like this all the time?”O’Sullivan said he was sent to an auto apprenticeship school when he was 13 years of age and developed an addiction to cars.He added that he is awaiting rehab for drug addiction. He claims he has never been treated by a psychologist.I have a drugs problem. I have never been referred anywhere.Defence solicitor Timmy Kennelly described his client as ‘very polite and forthright’. He requested O’Sullivan be allowed enter a restorative justice programme.Judge Zaidan ordered that the accused get a detailed probation report and see a psychologist while being remanded in custody to appear at Naas District Court on 6 April for sentencing.Comments have been closed as proceedings are ongoing.  Naas Courthouse Image: Google Streetview Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Herrera Beutler gives weekly Republican address

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, delivered the weekly Republican address on Saturday.In the address, the fresman 3rd District congresswoman said senators should confront President Barack Obama on his veto threat and approve $61 billion in spending cuts. She said senators should “step up” and follow the House to rein in federal spending. But the House bill does not have enough support to pass the Senate. It’s unclear what progress can be made toward compromise with Congress headed on a 10-day vacation.Beutler accused Obama of staying on the sidelines instead of offering a long-term spending plan.And she blamed an “army of lobbyists” in Washington for blocking efforts to address the country’s debt. She said gridlock is preventing the job creation the country needs. Click here to see a video of her address.last_img read more

DWP consults on future of Nest

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a consultation on the future of the National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) to investigate whether the service needs to better reflect the current pensions market.The consultation will consider the role and breadth of Nest in relation to pension reforms, such as the introduction of the pension freedoms, and the new state pension, to ascertain if its is best meeting members’ needs.It will also consider providing new ways for members to access their pensions, as well as possible expansions to the scheme, for example, to allow individuals, employers and other schemes to access Nest’s services.The consultation, which will be open for 12 weeks, will collect views from both the industry and the public.Baroness Ros Altmann, minister for pensions, said: “The pensions landscape has changed significantly in recent years and automatic-enrolment has meant millions more people are saving for their retirement, with the help of their employer.“Nest has played a vital role in the success of automatic-enrolment and its importance is likely to increase in coming years. It is right, therefore, that we now consider how it continues to deliver its services in future.”Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, added: “It should be remembered that, unlike the pensions industry, Nest is propped up by government loans allowing it to offer low-cost options. Extending Nest into the wider retirement income market, effectively subsidised by the taxpayer, will give Nest a competitive advantage.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE PWC to discuss gender pay gap regulations at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgPricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) will discuss the key considerations for organisations ahead of the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting requirements at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Anna Sanford, solicitor at PWC, will speak alongside Helen Corden, legal director at Pinsent Masons, in a session titled Mind the gender pay gap on Tuesday 11 October.Sanford will talk through the content of the regulations, which employers they apply to, the calculations organisations will have to make to comply with the regulations, and the areas where organisations might want to go above and beyond the minimum requirements set out by the government.During the session, Sanford will also discuss the areas of uncertainty that remain around the draft reporting regulations, which are yet to be published in their final format.She will also look at the steps employers can take to examine the root causes of the gender pay gap and the action they can take to close the gap.Sanford said: “[I hope those attending the session will go away with] an understanding of what the regulations will require and start thinking about what they will do, whether it’s the minimum required under these regulations or whether they are going to go further and explore the causes of their gap and take action to close this, as well as consider any narrative or explanation they might want to put around the calculations that they have to publish.”Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National London. Register to attend for free and view the full conference programme.last_img read more

Girl accidentally inhales pin while headed to prom

first_imgThe next morning, however, she took a precautionary trip to the hospital, and doctors were shocked to see the pin sitting in her bronchial tubes.In a quick 45-minute surgery, the pin was out, leaving her with memories of the prom she said from the onset was destined to be a prom she’d never forget.Emerson initially asked Garvey to prom on the Red Sox jumbotron at Fenway Park.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WELLESLEY, MA (WHDH) – It’s supposed to be a night to remember, but prom night for one teen was a little tough to swallow.When Kathleen Garvey was getting ready for prom with her boyfriend Colin Emerson, she was having trouble pinning the boutonniere on her date.She held the pin in her mouth, until her boyfriend made a joke, and the pin ended up down her throat.Garvey didn’t actually swallow the boutonniere, but she inhaled it.“I was scared the pin was there and I said ‘Oh my god did you swallow it?’, and she said, ‘I don’t know’,” Emerson said.The Wellesley High School senior said she wasn’t in pain, and thought the pin might have gotten lost. last_img read more

See snake catchers remove 45 rattlesnakes under one house

first_img Apple iPhone XS $59 at eBay $6 at Tidal Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Comments 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. Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET Best Buy 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile 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. 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. The Cheapskate See It In case you don’t have the guts to hit play, I’ll tell you what it’s all about. Residents of a house in Albany, Texas, called Big Country in after a man who lived there crawled under the house to try to fix the cable TV. He noticed a “few” venomous snakes and quickly beat it back to safety.Big Country dove into the fray and discovered 45 rattlesnakes, big and small, lounging under the house. “The interesting thing here was they only see a few each year, their yard was very well kept and their house was nice and clean,” says Big Country. $299 at Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read the AirPods review $155 at Google Express See It Spectacular snakes $520 at HP $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. $210 at Best Buy $999 Sprint 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. Animals behaving badly amuse the internet $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Scientists found a new venomous snake that can strike sideways Rare two-headed venomous snake offers double the nope Tags Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tags The video is a fascinating meditation on bravery and snake-catching skill, all of which takes place in a cramped crawlspace. The main tool Big Country uses is a long snake tong that has a grabber on one end.We last caught up with Big Country for a 23-snake capture in 2017. The company relocates the snakes it catches, so this latest batch will get to start new lives far away from anybody’s house. And just in case you were wondering, “rhumba” is the collective noun for a group of rattlesnakes. We can use it in a sentence: A crew of courageous catchers relocated a rhumba of raucous rattlers. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See it Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 6 Rylo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Turo 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. 7 Random,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. See It $999 $60 at Best Buy See at Amazon 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. Enlarge ImageBig Country Snake Removal put the snakes in containers. Video screenshot by CNET Of course this happened in Texas, where everything is bigger.The reptile specialists at Big Country Snake Removal shared a video on Facebook this week that will either fascinate you or give you nightmares, or both. Are you ready? Here it is in all its 18-minute-long glory. 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. 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. 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Canadian firewood stalemate leaves Haines residents out in the cold

first_imgDozens of Haines residents who buy firewood from Canadian company Dimok Timber, will have to look elsewhere for their fuel source this winter. The company, located near Haines Junction, has been asked by the Haines Borough to pay sales tax and obtain a business license. But the owners say they shouldn’t have to because all sales are taking place outside the borough, and the country, for that matter. The borough attorney weighed in earlier this month, supporting the borough’s decision. So, with both sides at an impasse, the company said it’s done with the Chilkat Valley.(Photo courtesy of Dimok Timber)Dimok has been doing business in Haines for a decade. Each year, it sells hundreds of cords of wood to residents who use it to heat their homes. Dimok owner Dorothy Clunies-Ross said customers continue to reach out to her about their displeasure, but, she said,  there’s nothing more they can do.“We’ve had a number of calls and emails and nobody is pleased,” Clunies-Ross said.She said if the borough rescinded the request for the Yukoners to collect and pay borough tax, they would consider coming back.“We don’t feel that we have any right to actually collect tax. We’re a Canadian company, we’re a Yukon company,” Clunies-Ross said. “It just doesn’t seem right that they should put this pressure on us, because we don’t feel that we can comply, legally. We’re not a U.S. corporation.”Dimok said for 10 years it would meet its Haines customers on the Canadian side of the border to purchase firewood. The customer was responsible for importing the wood, and other paperwork. But Dimok representatives would physically drive the product to the desired location, escorted by the customer.“We had a working relationship with customs, we were doing everything according to their rules,” Clunies-Ross said. “So, there was no problem with the wood itself.”The beetle-killed spruce is dry and ready to burn, which is why so many in Haines liked it. Clunies-Ross said Haines customers made up about 10 percent of their overall business.“We’re not going to go under because of this, but when you’re in business, you make your projections based on your customer base and so, this definitely has affected us,” Clunies-Ross said.Dimok is now in the process of letting its Haines customers know that they won’t be providing firewood anymore.But some customers aren’t taking this development sitting down. Earlier this week, Steve Virg-In, who is a customer and a personal friend of the owners, wrote letters to the governor’s office, the attorney general, and the commissioners of revenue and economic development for the State of Alaska. He said he doesn’t believe the borough has the right to demand local tax from a foreign corporation. He calls the act an overreach of authority.He wrote a letter to the borough and in it, he said he feels their demand for the tax is “politically, personally or monetarily motivated.”The borough is shooting themselves in the foot, he said, because they’re also losing a dry source of wood for the upcoming biomass project.Haines manager Bill Seward said the borough is within its rights to ask the business to pay.“So, our position has essentially remained the same and the interpretation of our attorney is that Dimok is subject to our tax given the way they currently do business in Haines,” Seward said. “Now, should they change their business model perhaps to incorporate a common carrier for delivery of their product, that would change.”In a response to an appeal from Dimok last week, Seward, with the help of the borough’s attorney, wrote that “the borough’s sales tax is to be ‘broadly interpreted’ in favor of taxability.” He went on to say that even though the transactions happen outside the borough, the product is driven into the borough and delivered in Dimok trucks. Therefore, the company must collect sales tax from its customers and pay the borough accordingly, the letter said.“That was our hang up, was that they bought the product from a Canadian company,” Seward said. “The same company isn’t using a common carrier, they’re delivering it themselves.”Seward said he’s gotten plenty of calls and emails from upset residents, but he adds it would  be “foolish to not embrace the legal advice of our attorney.”He said borough staff became aware of the discrepancy in 2014, eight years after Dimok starting selling wood to Haines customers.In an interview with KHNS last month, owner John Clunies-Ross said he had been threatened with fines and jail time if they didn’t start paying sales tax. He said he’s not interested in fighting with bureaucrats and so, the relationship between Dimok and Haines has been extinguished.last_img read more

Supreme Court Permits Sahara To Sell Properties Valued At ₹ 2700 crore

first_imgReutersThe Supreme Court on Tuesday permitted the Sahara Group to proceed with sale of four domestic properties that is likely to fetch ₹  2,710 crore.The court’s nod will aid the Group’s efforts to raise ₹ 10,000 crore towards securing bail for its incarcerated chief, Subrato Roy, said Business Today report.But it would have to wait for raising $650 million to deal with a liability owed to a Chinese bank.The court allowed the sale of properties in Mumbai, Jodhpur, Pune and Gurgaon on confirming that the transaction adheres to its June 4 order.The June order stated “such sales are not for a price lower than the estimated value indicated in the statement filed before this Court or the circle rates fixed for the area in which such properties are situated.”A bench comprising Justices T S Thakur, Anil R Dave and A K Sikri heard counsel for Sahara confirming that the transaction would be concluded by May 2015.Sahara handed over ₹184.50 crore, received as down payment for the properties.The balance amount is to be paid by the buyers by depositing post-dated cheques in the name of SEBI-Sahara refund account, undertaking to honour them on due dates. SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) is India’s market regulator.Sahara Group said in the court that the agreement for sale of its Pune property, valued at ₹₹550 crore, is yet to be signed due to unavoidable circumstances, adding that the deal would be closed soon. A sum of ₹ 50 crore is expected as initial payment. The bench accepted the proposal.However, the Group would have to wait for the court’s nod for raising “junior loan” of $650 million ( ₹3,600 crore) as a part of a scheme to overcome a liability with Bank of China.The bank had lent to the Group to purchase stakes in three overseas hotels, Dream Downtown and The Plaza in New York, and Grosvenor House in London.SEBI’s counsel Arvind Dattar and senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, amicus curiae in the case, sought details on the “part of the scheme to overcome the liability with Bank of China,” and the issue of escrow agent.The bench directed Sahara to provide all information sought by the market regulator and amicus curiae in the next two weeks, and posted the matter for further hearing on December 17. The Plaza, partly owned by the Sahara GroupReuterslast_img read more

Juba League mans tactics to avoid arrest stun police

first_imgAmit MuhuriIt had been difficult for the law enforcement to nab a certain youth on suspicion, even though he had kept a dead body in hiding for four days into the killing. On top of that, the young man is an activist of the ruling party.The name of the youth who claims be a local leader of Awami Juba League, the youth wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), is Amit Muhuri. He is a follower of a central leader of the Juba League. He also tops the list of Chittagong terrorists of the Chittagong police.Amit had been using a flat on the fifth floor of Bengal Holding in Harish Dutta Lane of Nandankanan area of Chittagong, as a ‘torture cell’ since March.The ‘torture cell’ came to light after police recovered a body in a drum from a water body, sealed with bricks, sand and cement on 13 August.Police on 31 August unveiled the murder mystery and said Amit with his other friends killed a close friend and kept his body in the flat for four days.Police also said Amit killed his friend, suspecting him of having an affair with his wife.The police started a drive to find and arrest Amit after the killing was unearthed. The law enforcement was stunned at Amit’s tactics to fool them.Chittagong metropolitan police assistant commission (Kotwali Zone) Jahangir Alam said Amit has mastered the tactics of avoiding law enforcers’ surveillance, learning the tricks from Hindi and English movies and as per the instructions of his gurus.The police officer, however, did not say who his gurus are.As the police were hunting Amit, he gave his cell phone to one of his friends asking him to go to Benapole in the border district of Jessore, keeping the phone switched on for few days. This would make the police think he fled the country to neighbouring India.And the trick worked. The police spotted the cell phone in Benapole while Amit visited Dhaka and Comilla from Chittagong. He disguised himself, shaving his head and beard.Even he got admitted into a rehab centre in Comilla as part of his tactics and his accomplices in Chittagong meanwhile spread news that Amit fled to India.Amit had thought that the police would then halt their search.However, the police finally detained him in Comilla on 2 September.Police officer Jahangir Alam told Prothom Alo that Amit has mastered all the latest tactics as to how to befool the police after committing crimes, how to remove evidence of crimes, and how to avoid arrest.The police officer said this terrorist remains very cool and calm always, though he has a habit of opening up gunfire. He was even quiet during the interrogation. He has no sense of remorse.The police produced Amit before a Chittagong court on Wednesday.While talking to Prothom Alo in presence of police on the court premises, Amit said, “One needs to undertake certain tactics to save oneself.”He said he feared being killed in crossfire once he is detained.He, however, claimed that he fell victim of a conspiracy just because of his involvement in politics.Police said Amit is accused in 14 cases, including murder and mugging.He was also accused in the Chittagong double murder case. A man and a child were killed during a clash between ruling party’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Juba League over a tender of the railway department on 24 June 2013.Amit is a follower of Juba League central committee’s deputy finance secretary Helal Akbar Chowdhury aka Babar who is also accused in the double murder case.As per the request of the police, the court has shown Amit arrested in a case over the murder of Chittagong City College BCL leader Yasin Arafat.Yasin was knifed to death at Amtal of Nandankanan in Chittagong on 11 February this year when he was returning home after attending classes. Amit was arrested on a number of occasions earlier. But he got involved in crime immediately after coming out of jail on bail.Amit came to the limelight after the police discovered his ‘torture cell’ in early August.Police recovered a body in a drum from a water body, sealed with bricks, sand and cement at Ranirdighi of Enayetbazar of the port city on 13 August. The police had primarily thought the drum contained bombs, but then recovered a body from inside it.Police could not identify the decomposed body first. Two men – Imam Hossain and Shafiqur Rahman – were arrested in connection with this on 31 August.They told the police that the decomposed body found inside the drum is of Amit’s friend Imranul Karim, also a city Juba League activist.Amit called in Imranul to his Harish Dutta lane residence of Nandankanan in the city on 9 August and killed him inside his own residence.Police officers who quizzed Amit said Amit tried first to cut up the body of his boyhood friend into pieces to remove the evidence and later he poured acid and slaked lime into the drum so that the flesh eroded quickly and only the bones remained. Amit sealed the drum with concrete and then threw it into a water body.The police officers said Amit was sure that the drum would not be found and even if it is found, the body inside it would disintegrate by the time it would be recovered.*The article is rewritten in English by Abu Taib Ahmedlast_img read more

Iran threatens US to retaliate for sanctions against chief judge

first_imgIran`s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders (unseen) at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium on 11 January 2018. ReutersIran said on Saturday it would retaliate against sanctions imposed on its judiciary head by the United States as president Donald Trump stepped up efforts to ‘fix’ a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the “terrible flaws” of the 2015 nuclear deal.Washington also announced sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.“The Trump regime’s hostile action (against Larijani)… crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic,” Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state media.On Friday, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on that Trump’s decision undermined the multilateral agreement.last_img