As growth slows developing countries face uncertainties over debt UN conference told

“As the frequency and severity of such debt crises have increased, and they are no longer isolated to developing countries, the need for timely, impartial and transparent resolutions of debt problems has become more acute for all countries,” the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Mukhisa Kituyi, told participants in Geneva.This will require reforms to the international financial architecture that create more effective mechanisms for the prevention of crises as well as their timely resolution, he added.Mr. Kituyi called for the UNCTAD-formulated set of Principles on Responsible Sovereign Lending and Borrowing should be increasingly applied, and called for international reforms leading to an “agreed mechanism for debt workouts” to be used if a new round of debt crises occurs.The three-day Debt Management Conference – organized every two years by UNCTAD – focuses on debt sustainability, mechanisms for preventing crises, and management strategies.The event brings together representatives of Governments, international organizations, academia, the private sector, and civil society, according to its website. This year’s meeting comes as the trend of debt to GDP has reversed for the first time since 2000 to 22 per cent, up from 21 per cent in 2011.Continued stagnation in advanced economies recently caused a “sharp contraction of export growth” in developing and transition countries, Mr. Kituyi said, noting also the impact of high levels of unemployment and a corresponding need for social services increased Government expenses. Additionally, capital flows to poor countries had become more volatile as the picture for long-term interest rates in the advanced economies shifted, over speculation on when government stimulus measures there would be “tapered off.”While “no reason for alarm”, Mr. Kituyi said, the new challenges are a cause for vigilance. read more

The Most Disciplined MLB Batters

In the course of researching an article about Albert Pujols, I looked at measuring a hitter’s “decision-making” skills at the plate. Some great work on the topic was done years ago by the great Russell “Pizza Cutter” Carleton (who now writes at Baseball Prospectus), and I’m not adding to the research except by updating it. (The Hardball Times’ Derek Carty also wrote on this topic many years ago.)Basically, Russell’s idea was to apply signal-detection theory to baseball by measuring a hitter’s ability to discern balls and strikes compared to pitch-tracking systems such as PITCHf/x. If the PITCHf/x strike zone says a pitch was a ball, but the player swung at it, that’s akin to a “false positive” — the player thought the pitch was in the strike zone when it wasn’t. If PITCHf/x says a ball was in the zone, but the batter didn’t swing, that’s a “false negative” — a hittable ball disregarded by the player. (Of course, swinging at a ball in the zone, or taking a pitch outside the zone, would be coded as correct decisions by the batter.)This is all theoretical and a gross oversimplification of baseball in general. For instance, sometimes players have a good reason to lay off a pitch in the zone, and, conversely, sometimes they have to expand their strike zone because of the situation. Even so, it’s a fun application of the “Plate Discipline” section of stats at FanGraphs, which lists the percentages of pitches that were in the strike zone for each player, as well as the proportion of pitches swung at inside and outside the strike zone (as determined by Baseball Info Solutions‘ pitch-charting data, which goes back to 2002).The best decision-making season in the data set belongs to Moises Alou in 2002. Alou faced 1,785 pitches, 54.5 percent of which were in the strike zone. Of those pitches in the zone, he swung at 80.1 percent, while he let all but 14.8 percent of balls outside the zone go by without a swing. As a percentage of his total pitches faced, then, Alou made the “correct” decision 82.4 percent of the time — the tops of any season in the FanGraphs data.(I, too, was surprised that Vladimir Guerrero would should up as a positive example of plate discipline.)Meanwhile, the worst decision-making season happened last year; A.J. Pierzynski spent the season swinging. Pierzynski correctly swung at 76.7 percent of pitches inside the zone (the Major League Baseball average was 65.5 percent), but he was undone by his hacking of 49.6 percent of balls outside the strike zone — about 1.6 times the rate of the average hitter. That gave him a “good decision” rate of just 61.1 percent. (For what it’s worth, no qualified season in the FanGraphs data saw a hitter swing more at pitches outside the zone than inside.)Among active players, the best decision-maker by this metric (since 2012) is Dexter Fowler of the Houston Astros. Over the past three seasons, Fowler has made the correct decision 74.2 percent of the time, swinging at 71.9 percent of balls in the strike zone and laying off 75.9 percent of pitches outside the zone.And the worst? Martin Prado of the Arizona Diamondbacks made the correct call on only 62 percent of the pitches he faced. But unlike Pierzynski, who had the worst decision-making season of anyone since 2002 because he hacked too much at pitches outside the zone, Prado comes in last among active players because he wasn’t aggressive enough on pitches inside the zone. The average MLB player offers at about 66 percent of pitches inside the strike zone, but Prado has only swung at 50.8 percent of balls in the zone over the past three seasons. Prado does a good job at avoiding swings on balls outside the zone, but he can’t seem to tell when a hittable ball is coming in over the plate, often committing what statisticians would call false negatives, or Type II errors.Again, this metric is by no means a perfect gauge of plate discipline. There are many situations in which it would be a suboptimal strategy to strictly follow the “good” or “bad” decision algorithm measured by the charts above. But it’s illuminating to begin to measure which players appear to have the best and worst conceptions of the strike zone as determined by an objective standard. read more

The NBAs Age Limit Is Broken

Could the NBA’s age limit be on its way out? In October, during an appearance on ESPN’s Mike & Mike, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that “it’s clear a change will come.” Silver indicated that he was open to working with the players’ union to potentially eliminate or at the least revise the age restriction. It was a reversal for Silver, who, as recently as 2014, made raising the league’s age minimum from 19 to 20 years old his top priority.The commissioner cited three reasons for his change of tune: recent NCAA scandals; that the two most recent No. 1 overall picks came from programs that didn’t make the the NCAA tournament;1Markelle Fultz at the University of Washington and Ben Simmons at Louisiana State University. and an increase in one-and-done college players declaring for the draft.Silver’s comments suggest that the league is ready to acknowledge that the age restriction is broken. In fact, the recent draft cycles indicate the draft is trending in the opposite direction of the age policy’s intended effect: Prospects are getting younger, not older.In 1995, Kevin Garnett was the fourth player ever drafted straight out of high school. His selection that year led the way for the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and other high school phenoms to make the leap. But since 2006, players have had to be at least 19 years old, or one year removed from high school for international players, in order to be eligible for the draft.Initially, the age limit worked like anyone would have expected. The players who were taken in the 2006 draft were, on average, older and more experienced than the year before. In the first year under the age restriction, only two one-and-done players were drafted.Fast forward to 2015, when a record-breaking 13 freshmen were taken in the draft. The next year, that number increased to 14, and in the most recent draft, 18 one-and-done players were selected. That upswing in the number of freshmen in the draft has led to an overall decrease in the average age of draftees.Twenty players under the age of 20 were drafted this summer. In fact, more teenagers were drafted this year than in 2005, when 17- and 18-year-olds were eligible. Not many could have predicted that when the age limit was introduced.Below is a distribution of the ages of each player drafted each year since 1995. The past two draft classes were among the three youngest on average since the prep-to-pro era. In 2017, the youngest players were selected early and often. Nine of the top 10 picks were one-and-done players,2Frank Ntilikina, a 19-year-old international player, was the lone exception. and eight of the top 10 were under 20 years old. Meanwhile, the last picks of the draft were used on some of the oldest, most experienced college players. The only seniors drafted in the first round this year, Derrick White and Josh Hart, were taken with the last two picks by the San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz.This makes sense from a talent development perspective. Why draft a 22-year-old prospect when you can take a 19-year-old and spend those three additional years on developing him? The counterargument is that upperclassmen may be more NBA-ready their first year in the league. Malcolm Brogdon, last year’s 36th overall pick at 23 years old, was a fifth-year senior at the University of Virginia and later became the 2016-17 Rookie of the Year for the Milwaukee Bucks.With so much demand for the youngest players in the draft, you’d think organizations would be the most vocal supporter of eliminating the age restriction. But when GMs were polled this month about which NBA rule they believed needed to be changed the most, the age minimum received fewer votes than revisions to playoff seeding, the draft lottery/odds system, the timing of the draft combine and the advance-the-ball rule.The NBA itself is also partially to blame for the increase in one-and-done players. That’s because the incentives to leave school early are becoming harder to resist.Under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, rookies are offered a base salary that’s scaled according to when they’re taken in the draft3Rookies can sign to a team for as little as 80 percent and as much as 120 percent of that base salary. and is far below their true market value. That base that has increased sharply in recent years, with this year’s No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz at a base of $5,855,200, 36.6 percent more than the base salary five years ago for Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick from 2012, and 56.1 percent more than the base 10 years ago for Andrea Bargnani, the No. 1 overall pick from 2006.But higher base salaries aren’t the only motivation for young players to enter the draft as early as possible: It also starts the clock on the rookie scale. Talented young players on a rookie contract are the most underpaid group in the league, and they remain that way for the duration of their deal. For a first-round pick, that means four seasons, with a massive bump in pay in their fifth season. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s salary leaped from a little under $3 million in 2016-17 to more than $22 million this season. The sooner a player enters the league, the sooner he has access to that second contract.In the end, it’s difficult to say what brought the influx of one-and-done players because of the inherent chicken-and-egg nature of the question. Did the demand for young talent drive up the supply? Or did the supply of young players increase because the incentive to leave college early became irresistible?Regardless, barring opposition from the players’ union, which has supported dropping the age minimum to 18, we’re likely to see a change that will send shockwaves through the NCAA, future drafts and the league as whole. Who or what is responsible for the sudden change?For starters, we can look at NBA organizations, which are increasingly valuing youth. In recent years, the difference in the age between the earliest and the last draft picks has increased. read more

Back to school costs fall in 2014 but are still crippling too

first_imgCLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND school book expenses continue to put pressure on family finances as a new school year approaches, according to the latest education costs survey by Barnardos.Over 2,000 parents responded to this year’s survey – the ninth annual review of school costs carried out by Barnardos.While some of the price categories surveyed by the children’s charity stayed level with 2013 expenses, each category was less expensive than last year – though all were hundreds of euros higher than the back to school allowance. (You can read an interactive version of the survey results here.)On average, this year’s survey said the per-child expenses for three different age groups are:Senior infants: €345 (down €5)4th class: €380 (down €20)1st year: €735 (down €50)Footwear increased €10 to €55 on average for senior infants while remaining at €60 for 4th class kids and 1st year students.The average clothing costs for senior infants showed the highest rise since last year – up from €95 to €110, while the average for 4th class pupils stayed level at €120 per child. Clothing costs for students heading into their first year of secondary school fell from €275 to €200 on average.The voluntary contribution fell €25 to €75 for senior infants, rose €25 to €75 for 4th class, and stayed level at €125 for 1st years.Books varied significantly in cost even among students in the same categories, with some parents paying €85 for 4th class texts, and others paying over €140 for the same curriculum. While 68% of parents with children in primary school had access to a book rental scheme, just one-fifth of parents with secondary school kids could access one.Extra expenses such as school bags, trainers and expenditure surrounding extra-curricular activities were not included in the survey.‘Crippling’ cost of ‘free’ educationBarnardos chief Fergus Finlay says the costs of sending children back to school “is crippling too many families”:We are told we have a ‘free’ education system, but as our annual survey shows, this is far from the case.We are pleased to see ‘parent pressure’ is having an effect, with indications school uniform costs are levelling off and the voluntary code for publishers (to minimise reprinting) is being adhered to. This coupled with the introduction of more school book rental schemes in primary schools is encouraging. But it is nowhere near enough.Finlay said it is time for the government to show “real leadership” on cheaper uniforms and school book rental schemes.“As one of the parents said, ‘The great equalizer in any society is education. A poor child has the right to the same education as a child from a wealthy family’,” Finlay added.“Only the government has the power to ensure that every single child in Ireland can access a complete education irrespective of their parents’ ability to pay.”Comments made by parents to the children’s charity about the costs they are facing in sending their children back to school in September included:I am struggling to ensure my son has what he needs to return to school even if that means having to skip a dinner or count how many slices of bread we have before I can make a sandwich for what? So my son can sit in a class of 33 kids and maybe get five minutes’ attention a week. I cannot afford to pay for all the school necessities in September and through the school year since the Child Benefit payments have been reduced and cost of living is increasing constantly. I am stressed, struggling and ill from worry because of family finances.Barnardos is calling on the government to raise the applicable rate for the back to school allowance and to remove the 23% VAT applicable to e-textbooks. It also wants to see the government quickly finalise and implement the Department of Education’s digital strategy concerning the use of technology in the classroom, including low-cost devices.Read: Hundreds of teachers won’t be trained for the new English curriculum by September >last_img read more

NASA Starts Testing Habitat Designs for Its Lunar Gateway Space Station

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor NASA’s Lunar Gateway space station is a cool concept, yet no one knows what the massive structure will look like when it’s built. However, NASA is taking the next step in the Gateway’s design process: It announced five new deep space habitat prototypes that it will test on the ground over the next few months.The mock designs, which were constructed by five U.S. companies, show different perspectives on how astronauts will live and work at the Gateway, the first spaceship that’s designed to stay in orbit around the Moon, said a NASA press release. These habitat prototypes won’t actually serve as designs to use at the moon, but NASA will test them to learn more about the design standards, common interfaces, and requirements for a future U.S. Gateway habitat module, Space.com noted.“These tests were formulated so that we can do a side-by-side comparison of very different and innovative concepts from U.S. industry,” Marshall Smith, who leads human lunar exploration programs at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said in the press release. “While we won’t dictate a specific design when we procure the U.S. habitat, we will enter the procurement phase with far less risk because of the knowledge we gain from these tests.”In 2015, NASA’s NextSTEP Habitation effort started with four companies that completed 12-month concept studies. Those studies helped the project move to prototype development from 2016 to 2018, with five companies submitting concepts to NASA. Their prototypes are shown below, along with a concept study outline from NanoRocks, a sixth company. Each company’s prototype also includes basic necessities for astronauts, such as environmental control and life support systems, sleeping quarters, and more.Lockheed Martin – Testing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FloridaLockheed Martin’s Gateway habitat design. (Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin/NASA)Based on a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), the Lockheed Martin prototype design leverages capabilities of Lockheed’s robotic planetary spacecraft and the Orion capsule, which will transport astronauts to and from the Gateway station. The prototype combines hardware prototyping and software simulation during the test, and focuses on how logistics could help benefit astronauts in space.Northrop Grumman – Testing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, TexasNorthrop Grumman’s Gateway habitat design. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman/NASA)Delivering supplies to astronauts is critical, and Northrop Grumman’s Gateway habitat design leverages the company’s Cygnus spacecraft, which took its maiden flight six years ago. This mock habitat highlights a comfortable and suitable living environment for cosmonauts.Boeing – Testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AlabamaBoeing’s Gateway habitat design. (Photo Credit: Boeing/NASA)Boeing’s Exploration Habitat Demonstrator leverages space station heritage hardware. It emphasizes heritage design elements, and prioritizes interior volume and isolated areas that provide the capability to use different atmospheres for payloads.Sierra Nevada Corporation – Testing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, TexasSierra Nevada Corporation’s Gateway habitat design prototype. (Photo Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation/NASA)Inflatables (also known as expandables) have a final configuration that’s capable of providing astronauts with a larger living space. Sierra Nevada’s Large Inflatable Fabric Environment (LIFE) mock habitat is designed to launch a “deflated” configuration that will inflate once it’s in space. The cool part? Cosmonauts will have three floors of living areas.Bigelow Aerospace – Testing at Bigelow Aerospace, North Las Vegas, NevadaBigelow Aerospace’s Gateway habitat design prototype. (Photo Credit: Bigelow Aerospace/NASA)Larger living spaces are also key for Bigelow Aerospace’s B330 prototype, an expandable module that gets larger in space and provides soft-goods resilience to the solar system’s tough environment. The company sent the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) to the International Space Station four years ago, where it eventually became a storage unit after it was expanded at the ISS.NanoRacks – Concept StudyNanoRack’s habitat concept for the Lunar Gateway space station. (Photo Credit: NanoRocks/NASA)Maximizing habitable volume for astronauts is key with NanoRocks’ Gateway habitat concept. The company aims to refurbish and repurpose a spent rocket propellant tank, which would be used as a high tech “deep space habitat” for cosmonauts.More on Geek.com:NASA Reveals Top Three Designs for Space-Friendly Homes on MarsNew NASA Robots Will Be ‘Busy As a Bee’ Aboard ISSNASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Two Solar Eclipses on Mars Stay on targetlast_img read more

ECOWAS fact finding delegation meet stakeholders in election

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangThe five men team from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), led by the chairperson, who arrived in Banjul on Tuesday, December 13 2016, held discussions with the outgoing president Yahya Jammeh and the incoming president Adama Barrow and his team at a hotel in Bijilo.The team comprised Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia who doubles as the chair of ECOWAS, Mr. Muhammadou Buhari, the president of Nigeria, Mr. John Mahama, the outgoing president of Ghana and Mr. Earnest Koroma, the president of Sierra Leone.The delegation held separate talks with the out-going president, the president-elect, IEC chairman and heads of security apparatus.Speaking to journalists, Halifa Sallah, the spokesperson for the elected coalition government said they still maintain that Adama Barrow is the president-elect of the Gambia and he will assume office after the expiration of the term of the outgoing president Yahya Jammeh. According to Sallah, there will be constitutional crisis if Jammeh refuses to step down at the end of his tenure in January on the 19 and there is likely to be conflict in the country. He said they have indicated this to the delegation formed by ECOWAS, AU and the UN who have been following the situation in the country as a fact-finding mission to know what all the sides are saying and help the Gambia not to move into crisis.“We have cleared it to them that there is a relative peace in the Gambia today because of our adherence to the Constitutional provision that even though president-elect Barrow is the incoming president we are also conscious of the fact that there is transition in our Constitution that makes President Jammeh to stay in office until the expiration of his term,” said Sallah.Mr Sallah could not share with the media what Jammeh’s stance is as he said they are concerned to share their own position.Also speaking briefly, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the chairperson of ECOWAS said they have met with all the stakeholders including the outgoing president, the incoming president and his team, the IEC and the security chiefs. She said they got assurances from all stakeholders that peace will be maintained in the country throughout the transition period. She could not speak further as they will report to the ECOWAS headquarters in Abuja regarding the findings. She concluded: “We came to help The Gambia find its way to a transition and that’s something that can’t happen in one day.”However, attempts to talk to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Ousman Badjie, could not materialize as according to him, he does not have the permit from his commander in chief to talk to the media.last_img read more

Police search for carjacking suspect in Mission Valley

first_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man robbed two women, then took off in their friend’s car in Mission Valley, police said Sunday, and officers were still searching for both the suspect and the car.A 22-year-old woman, a 31-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were talking in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant on Rio San Diego Drive near Camino Del Este at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when a man approached the trio with a small black pistol, according to San Diego Police Sgt. Michael Tansey.The suspect took the two women’s purses, then got in the male victim’s car and drove away, Tansey said.The stolen car was a 2010 Chrysler 300 sedan with a California license plate number of 6KVX405.Police described the suspect as a black man in his early 20s, about 5- feet-9-inches tall with a thin build. He had short dreadlocks and was wearing a light-colored hoodie and blue jeans, Tansey said. May 27, 2018 Posted: May 27, 2018 Police search for carjacking suspect in Mission Valley KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

School workers set noconfidence vote on superintendent

first_imgVancouver public school employees distributed ballots to members Tuesday, setting the stage for a “no confidence” vote in Superintendent Steve Webb.About 140 members of the Vancouver Association of Education Support Professionals (VAESP), mired in a contract dispute with the district, approved the proposal to conduct a building-by-building vote this week.The VAESP represents more than 600 clerical workers, school secretaries, tech assistants and paraprofessionals who work with students. Votes must be turned in Friday morning.Several members of the Vancouver Education Association, which represents the district’s teachers, also attended the one-hour meeting at the Water Resources Education Center.If the school workers do approve a no-confidence vote against Webb, it would be a public-relations move.“There is no legal action, but it is a shout-out to the community,” said Lynn Davidson, regional UniServ union representative for the VAESP.“It’s not about the superintendent’s leadership; it’s about a labor dispute,” Missy Hallead, Vancouver’s executive director of human resources, said later Tuesday evening.While money does come into play for both sides, the disagreement centers on a contract provision dealing with seniority and layoff language. It was part of the new two-year contract unilaterally approved a week ago by the Vancouver school board after a one-year contract extension expired.last_img read more

Annual Wear Your Life Jacket To Work Day Promotes Safe Boating Practices

first_imgKelli Toth the Education and Spokesperson for The Office of Boating Safety: “This is actually a national effort, and the national safe boating council has started this effort internationally now. There are places all over the world participating in wear your life jacket to work day.” The annual “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” event is the public kickoff for Safe Boating Week in Alaska, which runs from May 19-25. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the versatility and comfort of modern life jackets. Boating is a way of life in Alaska but every year, several people die in boating accidents. Participants in this event can post their photos on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/akboatsafety/ or Instagram using #AKBoat and #SafeBoating.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaskans are invited to join the Office of Boating Safety in promoting safe boating behavior by wearing their life jackets to work on Friday, May 18, and sharing their photos on social media. The Office of Boating Safety works to promote safe, and enjoyable boating. Additional resources for boaters can be found atwww.alaskaboatingsafety.orglast_img read more

More on the FY 2020 Budget

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Pentagon comptroller has launched a website with all the materials it has released about the fiscal 2020 budget request.House Armed Services Committee Republicans released a policy paper supporting the growth in the budget.The committee’s chairman continued to push back against the President’s wall funding request and padding the overseas contingency operations (OCO) fund to get around budget caps. “It’s FOCO – fake OCO,” Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said in a speech Wednesday, according to CQ.DOD’s budget request cuts commissary funding by 21 percent, but the Defense Commissary Agency insists it will not impact customers, according to Military Times.The budget would also cut about 15,000 military medical positions, making them civilian positions instead, according to Military.com.last_img read more

Twitters new camera makes it easier to post pics fast

first_img 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. The Cheapskate Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read the Rylo camera preview Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Applications Mobile Digital Media,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. 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. Read the AirPods review $60 at Best Buy Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. $999 $210 at Best Buy Turo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Tags Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Best Buy Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Boost Mobile Read Google Home Hub review Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The updated camera looks similar to Snapchat. You can now swipe left to take a picture or video and post it on Twitter right away with captions. Last month, it was rumored that Twitter was working on a “News Camera” feature that lets you add Snapchat-style captions to photos, videos and live broadcasts. The feature was rumored to be called Moments. Twitter removed its original Moments feature from its Android and iOS apps in October. Share your voice $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET 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 Rylo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock 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. Twitter gave its camera tool a makeover. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Twitter wants you to get the shot fast — and share it, of course.The social media platform on Wednesday said it’s rolling out an updated camera to all mobile users over the next few days. Twitter says the updated camera is simpler to use and lets you post photos “with a swipe and few taps right from your Home timeline.” DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon $999 See at Amazon Tags $520 at HP See at Turo Angela Lang/CNET See it? Tweet it! Our updated camera is just a swipe away, so you get the shot fast. Rolling out to all of you over the next few days. pic.twitter.com/moOEFO2nQq— Twitter (@Twitter) March 13, 2019 See It See It $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. $59 at eBay See it Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal 0 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. Apple iPhone XS Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Chris Monroe/CNET 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. Post a comment 7 Amazonlast_img read more

State looks to update Bicycle and Pedestrian plan

first_imgThe Alaska Department of Transportation is working to update the state Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The Bike and Ped plan is a policy document that guides road design and education surrounding non-motorized transportation. The plan was last updated in 1995.Listen nowAs part of their process, the DOT is seeking input from Alaskans about what they want to see in terms of bike and pedestrian access.Marcheta Moulton is a statewide Bike and Ped Plan coordinator. She said DOT wants input from communities of all sizes.“On the urban areas like Anchorage and Fairbanks, there’s already a good infrastructure there, there’s roadways, there’s pathways,” Moulton said. “Farther out in the rural areas and the remote areas, you know, we’re dealing with gravel roads. We’re dealing with trails. So there’s a lot more interaction between smaller, off-road, vehicles and pedestrians.”The DOT is accepting input at akbikeped.comlast_img read more

ONGC to get some drilling assets from Reliance Industries BG Group

first_imgIndia’s Reliance Industries and U.K.-based natural gas company BG Group said Wednesday they would transfer drilling infrastructure of an abandoned gas field to state-run Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC). This would help ONGC develop a large gas reserve, sources were quoted as saying by Reuters.Executives of Reliance Industries, BG Group and ONGC had inked an agreement Tuesday night in New Delhi to finally close the long battle between the partners of shutting down the depleted Tapti Oil Field, situated in the Arabia Sea.Meanwhile, ONGC was reportedly planning to invest about $1.5 billion (about Rs 9,996 crore) to develop the Daman Field, which is located next to Tapti. By finalising this deal, the company would maintain control of the costs.The Tapti gas field, off the west coast, used to yield 0.6 billion cubic feet (BCF) during the July-September quarter, down from 3.9 BCF during the same period a year earlier. The gas field, which is owned by Reliance Industries, closed production in December 2015, Press Trust of India reported.”Production from Tapti (was) lower on account of natural decline. Production from the Tapti field is expected to cease in 3Q FY2016,” Reliance Industries had announced in a regulatory filing with the BSE.The Reliance Industries stock closed at Rs. 1,065.45 Wednesday, up 1.75 percent from its previous close. The ONGC stock closed at Rs. 213, up 1.28 percent from its previous close.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Amar Sirohi The Stand Out Food Blogger in the Crowded Blogging World

first_imgBlogging has become quite a rage as of late. In every niche there are countless bloggers. To make a name for yourself amongst this crowded field is a massive job. Amar Sirohi has done it in food blogging through his Instagram page: @foodie_incarnate . When we talk of the best food bloggers in India, his name definitely pops up in the mind and when it comes to vegetarian food bloggers in India, he is right there at the very top of the mountain.In his own words, ” You have to be different to stand out from the crowd. I never followed any trend of the blogging industry, i set up my own trends. When bloggers were only posting restaurnat food on their pages, i covered the streets of Delhi and started posting street food delicacies. When everyone started posting street food of Delhi, i moved on to explore Mumbai & other Indian cities. People do not wanna see the same content over and over again. It’s ad nauseam. I work really hard to bring new content to my followers, something that people have not seen before. Fresh content keeps people attached. Having said that, unlike other pages where people see the same content over and over again, people out there know that I shall post something new. Another thing i do is, i do all my posts with proper details in the caption. Posting a picture and just writing the name of the dish without any info, i don’t consider it blogging. A lot of people are doing this, i always write meaningful captions with all the details about the picture that i post. It takes extra efforts but it also creates a connection between me and those who read the caption.”His unique approach reflects in his Instagram feed which is so properly organized and has so many dishes from different parts of the country. Doing new things, bringing new content and good content has made him a force to be reckon with in the food blogging world. One of the most popular food blogger of India already, he looks set to carry the baton of food blogging in India for a long time to come.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

The Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration

first_imgSeventy-five years ago legendary contralto Marian Anderson stood before a sea of 75,000 faces at the Lincoln Memorial to give what would become one of the most memorable and historic operatic performances in history.In honor of Anderson’s life and legacy, the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), in collaboration with BET Network’s ‘Centric,’ hosted ‘Of Thee We Sing,’ a dazzling two-hour celebration filled with music, history and storytelling inside Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall.Led by WPAS gospel choir artistic director Stanley Thurston, the 300-member choir stood proudly on the Hall’s grand stage behind a twinkling starlit backdrop; their voices resonating throughout the grand hall as they sang a collection of spirituals and classical arias.Celebrity performances and guest speakers at the evening’s soulful jubilee included the hostess, Grammy award winning soprano, Jessye Norman; composer Ysaye Barnwell, American singer and actress Dionne Warwick, opera singer Soloman Howard, 16-year old gospel singer Annisse Murillo, actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and brother’s Marvin, Carvin and BeBe Winans (3WB).Retold through a collection of narratives, audio clips and contemporary videography, audiences listened intently as speakers shared stories of Anderson’s life, her unwavering humility in the face of prejudice, and the events leading up to her performance at the Lincoln Memorial that cold, Easter Sunday in 1939.“Anderson’s historic Lincoln Memorial concert started at Howard University,” said Howard interim president, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, as he took to the stage. In 1936, Anderson was invited to sing at a concert at Howard’s School of Music. Over the years, the crowd to see Anderson perform grew larger, until the University was unable to accommodate them all. In 1939, Howard solicited the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for use of their spacious Constitution Hall for Anderson’s performance. DAR’s decision to deny Anderson access to the Hall because of her race was the catalyst for the now infamous outdoor Easter concert at the Lincoln Memorial.“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” remarked Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton in a video clip. “Ever since [Anderson] sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, it has been a place for freedom fighters.”The 1939 concert, attended by those of every race and creed, was broadcast live on radio. “It was impossible to be alive that spring and not know about that recital,” Wolf Blitzer said at the podium. “[Anderson’s performance] only lasted 30 minutes, but Mary McCleod Bethune said it was a revolution, saying “We are on the right track, we must go forward.”Billie Allen Henderson recalled her experience watching Anderson sing that Easter. “Anderson was so regal, so royal. Her voice was so deep; it sounded like a pipe organ.” Henderson delighted in telling the audience of a later encounter with Anderson, where, at the age of 14, she presented Anderson with a bouquet of pink roses during an awards event. “I was so thrilled to stand on stage in my first evening gown,” Henderson beamed.There was nothing less than pure talent in Constitution Hall, with vocalists wowing audiences and nearly every performance concluding with a standing ovation. From the timeless July 1936 Paris recording of Anderson’s “Ave Maria,” to the world premiere of Ysaye Barnwell’s “An Ave for Marian Anderson,” audiences sat delightfully transfixed in spiritual reverie.Bass Soloman Howard’s performance of Simon Boccanegra’s “Il Lacerato spirito,” left audiences audibly gasping with joy at the vocalist’s ability to hit such deep notes with ease and grace. 3WB and the WPAS choir nearly brought down the house with their powerful rendition of “Let Us Break Bread Together,” noted as one of Anderson’s favorites, and audiences clapped and sang along as the legendary Dionne Warwick and American Idol’s Candice Glover collaborated in singing the classic spiritual “Wade in the Water.”As a final surprise, hostess Jessye Norman thrilled audiences with her impromptu a cappella performance of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and then later, led the audience, the performers and speakers in singing the first song Anderson sang at the Lincoln Memorial, “America” [My Country ‘Tis of Thee].Possibly one of the most piercing statements of the celebration came from an excerpt of Anderson’s biography, My Lord, What a Morning, which recounted that when [Anderson] walked into Constitution Hall, “it felt no different than when [she] sang in other halls.” For Anderson, there was no sense of triumph or self-praise in singing at Constitution Hall. Adored by audiences’ world-wide and revered as one of the greatest talents of the twentieth century, Anderson would forever remain modest, gracious and humble.last_img read more

Of art and introspection

first_imgLooking Inward An Art Exhibition is a Group Show by 20 Artists, the show has been Curated by Elizabeth Rogers. The Exhibition is a part of the ongoing festival of Buddhism The Inner Path directed by Aruna Vasudev.The Artists who are participating are The 12th Kenting Tai Situpa , Shobha Broota, Arpana Caur, Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar, Qamar Dagar, Vinita Dasgupta, Saba Hasan, Cannon Hersey,Jasleen, Rajeev Kumar , Bryan Mulvihill, Shefali Munjal, Felicia Murray , Sohan Qadri , SirajSaxena, Niren Sen Gupta, Sidharth , Kshipra Simon, Deepak Tandon, Aruna Vasudev. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Exhibition will be on from 21 – 24 November at the Alliance Francaise Lodhi Road. As this exhibition is a part of a Buddhism Festival all the Artists have created their art works related to the same topic.Creativity in art, even more so the spiritual, is an often misused, abused and misunderstood concept. How to render such an introspective, private process in an actual, tangible entity; such is the nature of art. The myriad manifestations are beyond sheer definition. The realms of sacred or spiritual inspiration inculcate complex relations between the artist and her/his work, and eventually the viewer. Historically, such work has required dedicated devotion, discipline and years of study. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixContemporary practice takes beings on varied trajectories, deploying a complex lexicon of form, imagery and iconography. Looking Inward presents works by artists from varying geographical and personal backgrounds. An underlying thread is their quest for a broader meaning and circumference for their vision. Beyond the medium, whether painting, calligraphy, sculpture, photography or ceramics, such a sense of deeper significance to their visual representations reigns. Buddhism in Art traditionally has evolved from the non-figural depiction of the Buddha to all forms. Thus, what imbues the creator is that upon which the energy of the work lies. As with meditation, the creative process delves into deeper levels of consciousness and awareness.The path to explore, question, and understand involves and challenges all beings. It is hoped that this project shall proffer fertile ground for renewed discourse, examination and insight.last_img read more

Friday is the day for the ANC to get together

first_imgThe crowd grew larger as ANC supporters gathered at Wimpy Park this afternoon for an ‘ANC Friday’…At about midday, the ANC Women’s League embarked on a march from the Town Hall down to Wimpy Park, where activities were planned to take place.One of the supporters stated that the day was for all ANC comrades to see that they are a big family and to bring them together.A second march was held at about 3pm when other supporters and members marched from the ANC offices in Murchison Street to Wimpy Park.Regional spokesperson Mlungisi Ndlangisa commented that it was just an average ANC day, as this is just part of the programme they have been running since the voter registration date.“The ANC work every day to campaign for their party, but Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the time they do the most work, and every Friday is ‘ANC Friday’,” said Mr Ndlangisa.When asked how he, as well as other ANC members and supporters, felt that Julius Malema was in town, Mr Ndlangisa said, “I was not even aware he was coming into town until this morning. It does not give us goosebumps, as all parties are currently active and it is just a normal day for us all.” The entertainment started at approximately 4pm, as the programme was running a bit late (it could not commence at 1pm as planned), and ANC members waited for others to knock off work.Artists such as Lvovo, Professor, DJ Merlon and Zakes Bantwini were booked for this ‘ANC Friday’.They also stated that one of the next ANC events to look forward to will be the Mini Rally tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am at the intersection of Newcastle and Helpmekaar Road. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgAlthough we’ve had many false hopes for the paving of the road from 27 de Abril to Villareal, it looks like the day may finally have arrived. On May 28, Dr. Pedro Castro Fernandez, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, signed a contract for the Raasa Construction Company, SA, to do the much needed work on the vital road. Two days later, the contract was endorsed by the Legal Affairs Management at CONVI, and the preparations for the work are underway. With this order, Raasa has 210 calendar days to complete the execution of work on the road. The 13.5-kilometer route goes from 27 de Abril to Villareal, and will be two lanes with ballast and asphalt payment, as well as cement sidewalks.Some really good news out of Hacienda Pinilla. Looks like the 4,500 acre project, which maintains a very ecologically sound perspective in its development, will not be sold to outside investors. Instead, Hacienda Pinilla will remain in the family of its founder and former president HG “Pat” Pattillo. Instead, the developer’s granddaughter, Bree McClure Pattillo will be the new president of the Board of Agroganadera Pinilla, S.A. She has been a director of the company and holds positions at Pattillo Construction Corporation and various real estate companies in the United States.Local Rex Barnes has put the word out that he is a United States licensed general contractor available for remodeling, roofing and gutter, ceramic tile, ceilings and drywall, electrical, painting and patching and plumbing. You can reach the talented man at 2653-1432 or email him at rexbarnecr@gmail.com.On June 16, there will be a bike ride called Ciclistica Recreative, sponsored by the Villareal High School and Cindea Haucas. The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. and to join up its ₡3,000 for students and ₡5,000 for the general public. The proceeds from the event will go towards buying a water system and lighting for the students. To find out more, call 2653-0716 or 8824-7955.It looks like the 3 Kings Poker League has a new champion. In the final standings, which came about after the year’s final tournament a few weeks ago, Henrik Bodholdt was no. 1 with $3,008 in the annual winnings. Even though Luis Alejandro Giralt won the final tournament, he was no. 2 in the final standings with $1,731 in earnings for the year. Remember, there is a Texas Hold’em poker game every Friday at the Diría Casino. For more information, email threekings.henrik@gmail.com.June 20 is International Surfing Day, and once again the Tamarindo Surfrider Foundation is having a fundraiser to support the people who clean up area beaches. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Langosta Beach Club, with live music, food and drink specials, as well as a silent auction. You can get more information by facebooking: Mike Clifford, Wendy Boerner, Clifford Lock Cooper or Murray Greer. –Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Zika virus US issues travel warning for pregnant women

first_imgMIAMI – The United States warned pregnant women Friday to avoid travel to 14 countries and territories in the Caribbean and Latin America due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.“The virus is spreading fairly rapidly through the Americas,” said Lyle Petersen, director of the division of vector-borne infectious diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a conference call with reporters. “We thought it was very important to warn people as soon as possible.”The level two travel alert applies to Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.“Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing,” the CDC said.Zika virus can cause fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, with symptoms usually lasting under a week. But in pregnant women, the virus can spread to the fetus and cause brain shrinkage or death.Along with a rise in Zika cases in Brazil, more than 3,500 cases of microcephaly have been documented in the country between October 2015 and January 2016. Four of those cases have recently been analyzed, showing that babies were infected with Zika virus while they were in the womb and that it reached their brains. Two of the cases involved miscarriages, and two of the babies died soon after birth.“All four mothers reported having experienced a fever and rash illness consistent with Zika virus disease during their pregnancies,” the CDC said. “Genetic sequence analysis showed that the virus in the four cases was the same as the Zika virus strain currently circulating in Brazil.” Countries that have past or current evidence of Zika virus transmission as of January 2016. (Courtesy CDC)Special precautions for pregnant womenExperts say they don’t know just how much of an increase Brazil is experiencing in microcephaly, but that there is a rising number of cases.The virus appears to destroy brain tissue that had already formed, resulting in smaller brain sizes and birth defects.“Until more is known, and out of an abundance of caution, CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant.”Those who are trying to become pregnant “should consult with their health care provider before traveling to these areas and strictly follow” steps to prevent mosquito bites, including wearing long sleeves and pants and applying insect repellant.There is no vaccine to prevent Zika and no medicine available to treat it.There have been 26 travel-related cases of Zika virus in the United States since 2007, but no locally acquired cases so far, Petersen said. He added that the situation is changing rapidly and urged women to “take these recommendations quite seriously.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic Costa Rica’s inclusion in Zika travel warning has tourism leaders worried Zika alert: Costa Rica increases surveillance of travelers entering the country The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseaseslast_img read more

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