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As the United Nations system gears up to celebrate 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered an impassioned plea today to the world community to eradicate racism once and for all. “The international community cannot accept that whole communities are marginalized because of the colour of their skin,” he told an event at UN Headquarters in New York to launch the Year. “People of African descent are among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education. Such fundamental wrongs have a long and terrible history. “The international community has affirmed that the transatlantic slave trade was an appalling tragedy not only because of its barbarism but also because of its magnitude, organized nature and negation of the essential humanity of the victims. “Even today, Africans and people of African descent continue to suffer the consequences of these acts,” he added, calling for their full integration into social, economic and political life and at all levels of decision-making. The General Assembly proclaimed the Year in December 2009 in a resolution citing the need to strengthen national actions and regional and international cooperation to ensure that people of African descent fully enjoy economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights, to advance their integration into all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society, and to promote a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture. “As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms, ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,’” Mr. Ban said. “If we are to make those words real, then we must eradicate racism once and for all. The success of the International Year requires concerted efforts across the United Nations system and at the regional and national levels, with the widest possible engagement and participation.”Also addressing the event was the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, who said the International Year offers a unique opportunity to redouble efforts to fight racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance that affect Afro-descendents in all parts of the world.“The International Year must become a milestone in the ongoing campaign to advance the rights of people of African descent and it deserves to be accompanied by activities that fire the imagination, enhance our understanding of the situation of people of African descent and are a catalyst for real and positive change in the daily lives of the millions of Afro-descendents around the world,” he told the gathering. 10 December 2010As the United Nations system gears up to celebrate 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered an impassioned plea today to the world community to eradicate racism once and for all. read more

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Sprint buys majority control of Clearwire for $100M as follow-up to Softbank deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Flush with the promise of cash from a Japanese investor, Sprint Nextel Corp. on Thursday said that it’s buying out the founder of Clearwire Corp. to gain majority control of the wireless network operator.Sprint said in a regulatory filing that it will pay wireless pioneer Craig McCaw and his holding company $100 million for a 5 per cent stake in Clearwire, pushing Sprint’s voting stake in the Bellevue, Wash., company to 53 per cent.Clearwire has the right to use a large chunk of the nation’s airwaves, but lacks the money to renovate and expand its network. Sprint has been struggling financially too, and hasn’t been in a position to invest in Clearwire. That changed with Monday’s announcement that Japanese cellphone company Softbank Corp. will buy 70 per cent of Sprint for $20.1 billion.Clearwire shares fell 16 cents, or 7 per cent, to $2.10 in pre-market trading Thursday. They have already nearly doubled in price on speculation that the Softbank deal means Sprint will buy Clearwire outright.Sprint shares rose 3 cents to $5.76 in premarket dealings.Sprint and Clearwire have a hot-and-cold relationship. Sprint rolled part of its own operations into Clearwire in 2008, gaining a stake of just over 50 per cent. But Clearwire’s weak financials threatened to drag Sprint down with it, and Sprint reduced its stake to less than 50 per cent.Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint is also Clearwire’s largest customer, buying wholesale access to its network and reselling it as “Sprint 4G.” But Sprint is also building its own 4G network, and has shown little interest in supporting Clearwire for the long term. by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:28 am MDT read more

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In January, Security Council sanctions previously imposed on Iran through resolution 2231 (2015) were terminated following the release of a report by inspectors from the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The report confirmed the country had completed necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action aimed at resolving the nuclear issue. “In that resolution, the Secretary-General notes, the Council called upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General also notes that it is for the Security Council to examine information regarding resolution 2231 (2015),” it added, noting that the UN chief urges all concerned to act with restraint. read more

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Mr. Haysom will succeed Haile Menkerios of South Africa, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and commitment.A lawyer with a long international career focused on democratic governance, constitutional and electoral reforms, Mr. Haysom was and he remains for a few more weeks, the Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) where he has served since 2014 as Head and Deputy from 2012 to 2014. A UN spokesperson also announced that replacing Mr. Haysom as Special Representative in Afghanistan will be Tadamichi Yamamoto of Japan. Mr. Yamamoto has served as Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan since 2014. Prior to working with the United Nations, Mr. Yamamoto has held several positions in the Japanese Foreign Ministry.In turn, the new Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan will be Pernille Dahler Kardel of Denmark. Ms. Kardel brings twenty-five years of experience in diplomacy, political affairs, international cooperation and economic development, spanning several continents. Most recently she served as Ambassador of Denmark to the Egypt. read more

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Nearly everyone in the world of college football is aware of the impending suspensions of star offensive players Terrelle Pryor and Dan Herron on the Ohio State football team. However, the defense, which was ranked No. 2 in total defense last season, must replace seven starters for the upcoming season. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward is expected to be drafted at the end of the first round in this month’s NFL draft, and the Buckeyes must also replace starting cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrence. With all new starters and just a week left before the Spring Game, the defense dominated the OSU offense in Saturday’s scrimmage, forcing five turnovers and not allowing a single touchdown. Although the offense struggled, junior defensive lineman John Simon said he is not worried about its performance when the season begins. “We see them in practice every day, and we know the offense is very good,” Simon said. “I just think all week we’ve focused on relaxing a little bit and just playing together, and I think it paid off.” Simon said losing Heyward is a huge loss for the defense, but he has been encouraged by its performance this spring. “Seeing a lot of the young guys improve and get better every day and just seeing the excitement even though we aren’t working toward a big game or anything,” Simon said. “Just seeing the excitement and passion we have.” During Saturday’s scrimmage, the defense was on target. After sophomore Dorian Bell recovered a fumble by redshirt freshman wide receiver Verlon Reed, he was hit hard by freshman quarterback Braxton Miller to end the play. The defensive players and coaches on the sideline were joking with, and yelling at, Bell, something Simon said is important for a defense. “We were having a good time,” Simon said. “That’s the way defense should be: Just let loose and have fun.” Junior defensive back Travis Howard has been impressive this spring, making big plays at the cornerback position, and he said his experience behind Chekwa and Torrence at the end of last season helped his progress in spring practice. “It helped tremendously,” Howard said. “I feel like I knew a lot, and I feel like I had a lot of experience. So, coming into this spring my confidence level just went up, and it allowed me to make a lot of plays this year.” Junior defensive back Orhian Johnson, a returning starter for the Buckeye defense, said he has seen a lot of promise from Howard this spring. “I believe that he is one of our next corners,” he said. “If he keeps on the path, he could be one of the next great corners out of here.” As a returning starter, Johnson has become a leader for the young Buckeye defense. “I’ve been really trying to just go out there and make sure I can help out in any way necessary that the defense needs me,” Johnson said, “whether it be being vocal and telling someone something, or stepping in and making a play.” Although the defense was impressive, Simon said there is still room for improvement before Saturday’s Spring Game. “We’ve got to clean up a lot of stuff,” Simon said. “We’re gonna watch the tape, and then I’m sure as long as everyone does their one-eleventh, we’ll be all right.” Johnson agreed. “I hope we have no more injuries, and we just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Johnson said, “keep learning and keep getting better.” Coach Jim Tressel, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas join Pryor and Herron on the five game suspension of the upcoming season. read more

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first_img“What we’re now seeing is people doing the same on some of these really popular series. What they’re really worried about is that somebody’s going to tell them what’s happened in their favourite series before they get a chance to watch the next episode.” Increasingly, watching TV is a solo activity. People see it as a way of me-time, downtime, during the day and at the end of the day.Lindsay Fussell, Ofcom consumer group director The concept of family viewing is alive and well, a survey has found, except each member of the family is watching a different programme on a separate screen.One-third of people say members of their household sit together as a family in the same room to watch their favourite shows.But while parents watch something on television, one child might be streaming a show on a laptop and another with headphones plugged in to their mobile phone.The transformation of family viewing is detailed in Ofcom’s annual report, which noted that there is “general acceptance of this behaviour” among adults and children. The regulator dubbed the country ‘box set Britain’, with people able to ‘binge-watch” series via catch-up services.Four-fifths of those surveyed said they watch back-to-back episodes of a programme, with one-third admitting they do so even though it means staying up too late and feeling tired.Lindsay Fussell, Ofcom consumer group director, said: “Increasingly, watching TV is a solo activity. People see it as a way of me-time, downtime, during the day and at the end of the day.”For younger viewers, binge-watching is driven by the fear of seeing “spoilers” on social media.Lindsey Fussell, Ofcom consumer group director, said: “I can remember some years ago people trying to avoid finding out a football result before they got home. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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…the watchmen?One problematic of democracy has been when giving ultimate power to any person or group of persons or institution has been the worry that they’ll then abuse that power, unrestrained by any control. During antiquity, it was expressed in the Latin phrase, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – Who will watch the watchmen??In the bitter battle over in the US for their Senate to confirm Kavanaugh as a Justice of their Supreme Court, both sides knew exactly what was going on: President Trump was “packing the court”. Meaning, he was pushing a nominee whose record on judicial decisions was solidly “conservative” and “right wing” – like Trump – and expected the Republican-dominated Senate to go along with the like-minded Justice.He wasn’t proven wrong!! And the US Supreme Court now has a built-in majority of conservative Justices who’re expected to promote the ideological bent of Trump on issues that’ll be coming before them. Now while all Presidents who preceded Trump wanted to have Justices of their apex court sharing their orientation, the “packing” was never done so blatantly and in a country that was so divided ideologically. The danger lies in the fact that in the US, the Supreme Court ends up pretty much creating most of the law on social issues – through sometimes rather creative methods. For instance, their famous “right to privacy” was discerned by one Supreme Court in “the penumbra of the Bill of Rights”!! Who will now watch the watchmen??Trump himself exemplifies the cleavage of a right-wing upsurge against the Liberal paradigm that had dominated in the US for decades. One issue that will prove to be a lightning rod has been what the liberals had described as “the right of a woman over her body” as decided by the Supreme Court in the case of Roe v Wade in 1973. Women from then were able to legally have abortions until the foetus was “viable”.  Conservatives oppose this position vehemently, stressing, “the right to life of the child” and thus opposing abortions. The division is summarised as “pro-choice vs pro-life”, but extends into almost every facet of life – political, social, economic. Kavanaugh’s confirmation, therefore, presages a seismic shift in US social positions.But while we’ve all been transfixed on the fight over US Supreme Court Judicial appointments, very few Guyanese have been commenting on President Granger’s determined effort to unilaterally appoint our top judicial officer – the Chancellor. Granger’s attack dog, Basil Williams, hounded Justice Carl Singh from the office and now has sidestepped his own acting appoint who was bumped up.He wants an ex-GDF squaddie turned Judge to fill the spot. “Packing” doesn’t get more blatant than that!! …coastal agri?Guyanese can’t complain that the PNC didn’t tell them about their plans for agriculture. Since it was dominated on the coast by supporters of the PPP, in their manifesto they announced they were pushing “hinterland agriculture”. And we know supporters of the PPP are notoriously tied to their homes and family and aren’t about to relocate to the “bush”! After facilitating the movement of THEIR supporters to those locales, the PNC mightn’t even NEED  gerrymandering!!Agri Minister Holder just announced he’s setting up “agricultural stations” in interior locations to provide seedlings, etc, for a host of crops. Expect other goodies to follow – like back in the “co-op” days to make the “small (PNC) man into the real man”!! But that wasn’t their entire plan to kill coastal agri – Candidate Granger had announced he’d privatise sugar but pretended to change his position on the entreaties of the AFC. But as soon as the vote was counted – wham!! There went four sugar estates!!Now we know why fired coastal sugar workers weren’t facilitated to enter into cash crops!…Ramnarine’s back?Khemraj Ramjattan, the putative Public Security Minister, wants ex-COP (ag) Ramnarine to return and work under five persons who were his juniors!!Your Eyewitness hopes Ramnarine, unlike Ramjattan, has a modicum of self-respect!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Moving on…November 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Trump picks conservative judge Gorsuch to shift Supreme Court balanceFebruary 1, 2017In “latest news”Supreme Court sides with Trump on immigration detentionMarch 19, 2019In “latest news” read more

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← Previous Story F.C Barcelona wins in historical 5000th match of ASOBAL! Next Story → Mladen Bojinovic goes to Paris Frantisek SulcPeter DavidSlovak HandballSlovakia EHF Champions League Topscorer from Pick Szeged, Frantisek Sulc (34) is ready for a new start in the Slovakian National Team under new coach, Peter David:– He called me and was quite positive debate. I explained to him my ideas, I think he knows I understand. Certainly will remain in touch with the fact that if I do not extremely busy, and my health permits, I will come to help. Peter understands handball and now is the right man at the right place. I hope the team will bring a new wind. ”Slovakia will play against Belarus in the Qualification for WCh 2013 in Spain: They are typical Russian school with Serhei Rutenka as the leader – said Sulc for slovakhandball.sk read more

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first_imgAFTER WORKING ON developing driverless cars and Glass, Google has announced its latest wearable technology project: a smart contact lens that can keep track of glucose levels.The company announced that it’s working on a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears.The device uses a tiny wireless chip and miniaturised glucose sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.Google say that it’s currently testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second and whether it can give wearers an early warning when their glucose levels are dropping low.The project is still a long way from completion, but it has completed a number of clinical research studies to help refine its prototype version.Google is saying that it’s in discussions with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will look for partners to bring the technology to the market.The project is part of Google X, a section of the company that is dedicated to projects dealing with future technologies. It’s been responsible for developing technologies such as Google Glass and driverless cars.Read: Only people who wear glasses will understand these trials and tribulations >Read: Google Glass update lets users snap photos by winking >last_img read more

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first_imgTHE VATICAN BANK has closed thousands of customer accounts in an effort to rid itself of associations with corruption and money laundering.In a statement issued this afternoon, the Instituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) blamed a near-eradication of profits on the “reform process”, among other factors.Profits at the bank for last year tumbled to €2.9 million from €86.6 million in 2012. However, the bank appears to have returned to normal activity in the first six months of this year, reporting a net profit of €57.4 million.ReformAs past of its reform process, the bank blocked the accounts of 1,329 individual clients and 762 institutional clients. In addition to this, it “terminated” around 3,000 customer relationships.The IOR now has 17,419 customers, the majority of which it says are individuals or Catholic organisations.In a statement issued along with its 2013 results, the bank said that “a series of special investigations led by the new management have improved transparency and enabled a number of legacy investments which required extraordinary and precautionary write-down in year 2013.”President of the banks’s Board of Superintendence Ernst von Freyberg said:“At the beginning of my mandate, I repeatedly said that I would proceed with zero tolerance for any suspicious activity. We have carried out our reforms in this spirit and have not only improved procedures to make the Institute safer and more trasparent, but have also put the Institute’s owner in a position to act on the basis of facts.” It’s fair to say that over the past months this often painful but very necessary process has opened the door to a new, unburdened future of the IOR – as a financial service provider that is fully and solely dedicated to serving the mission of the Catholic Church.Read: Vatican’s 007 speaks out on money laundering>Read: Top officials at scandal-hit Vatican bank resign>last_img read more

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first_imgShortly after we gazed into the future to see what sales we could see, Valve kicked off this year’s Steam Summer Sale. So far, on just day one, our crystal ball of discounts seems like it was totally worth trusting the street vendor we bought it from who mysteriously vanished right after we made the purchase. Day one of the sale starts off with a bang.Headlining today’s sale is BioShock: Infinite, the third installment in the ominous-city simulator where nothing bad happens and everyone always has a nice time. Don’t Starve makes an appearance as expected, as does Hotline Miami, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Toki Tori 2+, Left 4 Dead 2, and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. The TV show tie-in MMO, Defiance, is being offered at a steep discount for just $13.59, and some of us might be a little annoyed that they just bought it a week ago for the full $40.The real star of today’s sale, though, is Antichamber, which is discounted to $6.79. The game is absolutely phenomenal — from the white-splashed-with-color aesthetic style, to its outdoorsy soundscape, to the hidden chambers and mind-bending puzzles, to being able to beat it in around five minutes if you can figure out how.The sale also kicks off its eight-hour flash sales with the Skyrim legendary edition, as certain astute bloggers pointed out earlier today, as well as GRID 2, Dragon Age Origins, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Every eight hours, these sales disappear and a new set takes their place.Also, make sure not to forget that one of the secrets of the Steam Summer Sale is that if you feel like playing the odds a little bit, you can wait until the last few days, as large portion of the games are put on sale again, and often times at an even more significant discount. Head on over to Steam now and start amassing a bunch of games that you’ll likely never get around to, but bought anyway because they’re so cheap.last_img read more

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first_imgQuatre cigognes blanches abattues en Charente-MaritimeQuatre cigognes blanches, ont été abattues par balles en Charente-Maritime, a annoncé vendredi la Ligue de protection des oiseaux qui a décidé de porter plainte pour qu’une enquête soit réalisée.Ce sont des actes jugés “honteux” qu’a révélés aujourd’hui la Ligue de protection des oiseaux (LPO). Dans l’ouest de la France, en Charente-Maritime, quatre cigognes blanches ont été trouvées mortes cette semaine, abattues par une arme à feu si l’on en croit les autopsies qui ont été réalisées. “Des balles ont traversé le corps de ces oiseaux, entrainant des hémorragies internes et leur mort” a indiqué dans un communiqué la LPO qui a décidé de porter plainte contre X.À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsL’Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS) s’est ainsi associé à la LPO en établissant un procès-verbal d’infraction. Une enquête de police est donc lancée afin d’identifier les coupables qui risquent une amende pouvant atteindre 15.000 euros et/ou une peine d’emprisonnement pouvant aller jusqu’à un an.  Les dépouilles de ces cigognes blanches, espèce protégée, ont été retrouvées près de Saintes, en Charente-Maritime. En novembre 2010, une cigogne noire avait déjà été victime de tirs. Au printemps, la Charente-Maritime abritait 320 couples nicheurs de cigogne blanche, soit 30 de plus qu’en 2010. Un record pour ce département qui se classe ainsi deuxième juste derrière le Haut-Rhin.Le 29 juillet 2011 à 18:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – The recommendations made by the visiting Elections Observer Mission during the last General Elections are to cause a change in the current Political Activities and the Elections laws.  During Cabinet meeting this week, Governor Peter Beckingham returned to chairing the session and approved amendments to both bills.  Cabinet minutes said the amendments were recommended by the Elections Observer Mission during the November 9, 2012 General Elections and the Supervisor of Elections during the March 2013 by-elections.  Not only will there be some outright additions to improve the relatively new law, but the amendments will tidy up some technical and typographical errors and provide procedures for independent candidates.  General Elections in the TCI are due next year, 2016. Related Items:2016 elections, Laws Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_img See at Amazon Apple iPhone XS Comments Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay $299 at Amazon 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. 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. Crutchfield $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See it 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Google Home Hub review Read the Rylo camera preview $49 Smart Speakers & Displays Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. 7 Rylo Adorama Alexa Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It 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. News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 $999 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. 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best Buy The Cheapskate See It See at Turo $29 Read the AirPods review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Boost Mobile $210 at Best Buy See It Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense Chris Monroe/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $60 at Best Buy Sales of the Echo Dot were better than expected during the holidays, Amazon says. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon has sold more than 100 million devices with its Alexa smart assistant built in. Sales of the Echo Dot during the holidays also exceeded Amazon’s expectations, the company said. In addition, nearly one million people signed up to receive invites to buy the Echo Auto, a dash-mounted device that brings location-sensitive Alexa functionality to any car.Dave Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Amazon, earlier shared the numbers with The Verge. An Amazon representative confirmed the information to CNET.Last month, Amazon released vaguer year-end stats about its Alexa smart assistant and Amazon Echo devices. It said the number of people who use Alexa every day — and who own more than one Echo device — doubled in 2018. It also said it sold tens of millions of Echo devices last year. Sarah Tew/CNET $49 $29 Turo Tags $155 at Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments $999 $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It Best Buy Sprint See it 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). Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice Amazon Echo Dot Tags 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. $6 at Tidal Share your voice Amazonlast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Everyone under the age of 60 remembers the frustration of trying to generate a work of art on an Etch A Sketch.The mechanical drawing toy, introduced in 1960 by the Ohio Art Company, features an iconic gray screen, red plastic frame, and two white knobs that move a built-in stylus, displacing aluminum powder to leave a solid line.I personally prefer the Magna Doodle, which allows for more creative freedom. But the Etch A Sketch—despite its precision controls and lack of eraser—is, undoubtedly, one of the most quintessential toys of the century.(It even earned a place among Andy’s conscious curios in the first two Toy Story films.)And what better use is there for classic playthings than to upcycle them into modern displays of artificial intelligence?Can you combine code and motors to make this toy produce nice pictures? The answer is… (via Sunny Balasubramanian)“The Etch A Sketch is one of the most frustrating drawing toys from childhood. Can we combine some code and motors to make this toy produce nice pictures?” wondered Sunny Balasubramanian, quantitative researcher by day and hacker by night.His plan, as detailed in a blog post, was to write a Python program that could “draw things better than I could.”Weilding a Raspberry Pi, a piece of wood, two motors, two shaft couplers, a handful of jumper cables, and, of course, an Etch A Sketch (purchased via Amazon for $15), Sunny got to work.While hardware setup is relatively easy, you’ll need a knowledge of certain software to make the magic happen.“I’m not going to kid myself about being able to create intricately detailed pictures using this Etch A Sketch,” Balasubramanian said. “However, I do want a process that will take the original pictures and strip them down to the main details.“I wanted to do it in a fully automated way where the only input is a picture and the output is a cleanly drawn image,” he added.Balasubramanian used the Canny edge detector to outline figures and convert their pixels into a network of connected nodes. Since the Etch A Sketch can’t make jumps, though, he tends to focus on the largest available network—say, an elephant among trees and grass. He then connects the dots in a path, which gets converted into a series of steps for the motors to follow.“And … voila!” Balasubramanian boasted, sharing a timelapse video of the toy drawing an cartoonish elephant.The final build (via Sunny Balasubramanian)Not every image works: Some get squished along the way, others don’t properly detect 3D aspects. But every once in a while, a masterpiece is born.“I’m happy with how this turned out,” the tinkerer said of his project. “I feel like I’ve accomplished the goals I had.”There is certainly room for improvement, though—specifically in terms of pathfinding and edge detection, which Balasubramanian said he may “revisit … at some point.”“My current plan is to draw a few of these on the screen at the same time, maybe freeze it, and then just put it on my wall as a little art piece,” he wrote in the blog.With Raspberry Pi, the sky’s the limit: DIY a desktop arcade cabinet, make your own MP3 player, hack a home karaoke machine. Check out our recent Geek Pick, the Retroflag SUPERPi case for Nintendo Lovers. And stay up to date on all things Raspberry Pi here.last_img read more

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first_img Counterintuitive physics may help everyone drive home quicker Explore further The researchers, Chuanfei Dong, et al, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Science and Technology of China, Syracuse University, and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, have recently reported the results of their new intelligent traffic system, called the prediction feedback strategy (PFS). In simulations, the researchers demonstrated that PFS could control traffic flow better than three other information feedback strategies. Even if only some drivers choose to use the information, the improved strategy could help to alleviate traffic congestion and enhance the capacity of existing infrastructure.“The greatest significance of our work is that PFS can predict the future situation of roads, so then we can know what will happen and how to prevent congestion in the future,” Dong told PhysOrg.com.While intelligent traffic feedback strategies have almost always been applied to two-route systems, in this study the researchers investigated how the strategies performed in a more complex three-route scenario. In this model, drivers choose one of three routes according to real-time information feedback. The researchers then performed simulations with strategies based on previous vehicles’ overall travel times (determined at the end of the route), the average velocity of vehicles (determined at various steps of the route), or congestion of each route, which is calculated by vehicles sending their location using GPS to a control center (determined at various steps of the route). Out of these three strategies, the last one that calculates congestion has shown to be most efficient.The researchers’ new strategy, PFS, takes the congestion information from the previous strategy, but then takes another step by predicting the road situation in the future based on the current road situation. By predicting the future, PFS can overcome a lag effect that hinders the other strategies. This advantage enables PFS to accommodate an increased vehicle capacity compared to the other strategies. Although the average vehicle speed is slightly slower using PFS (since more vehicles mean lower speed), the flux (which measures a combination of average velocity and vehicle density) is largest using PFS.“In [the previous strategies], the travel time reported by a driver at the end of two routes only represents the road condition in front of him, but perhaps the vehicles behind him have gotten into the jammed state,” Dong explained. “Unfortunately, this information will induce more vehicles to choose his route until a vehicle from the jammed cluster leaves the system. This effect apparently does harm to the system. On the other hand, PFS can predict the future situation of the road and the effects to the route situation caused by the traffic jam at the end of the traffic system; therefore, the new strategy may improve the road situation.”More information: • Dong Chuan-Fei, Ma Xu, Wang Bing-Hong, and Sun Xiao-Yan. “Effects of Prediction Feedback on Multi-Route Intelligent Traffic Systems.” arXiv:0909.5202v2• Prediction feedback in intelligent traffic systems, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Volume 388, Issue 21, 1 November 2009, Pages 4651-4657, doi:10.1016/j.physa.2009.07.018Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. In the three-route system, information on a display board lets drivers know the predicted future congestion of each of the three roads, helping drivers choose the fastest route. Image credit: Dong, et al. Citation: Intelligent Traffic System Predicts Future Traffic Flow on Multiple Roads (2009, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-intelligent-traffic-future-multiple-roads.html (PhysOrg.com) — In urban areas, there’s almost always more than one way to get somewhere, but often it’s difficult to predict which road will be fastest. In an attempt to improve traffic flow and decrease congestion, researchers have been developing intelligent traffic systems that display real-time information about various roads on a display board, helping drivers make the best road choice. Until now, this information has always displayed traffic conditions from the immediate past. A new system can now predict future traffic conditions based on real-time data, giving drivers more relevant information to choose the fastest route. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgFrom 1979 to 1985, a television spinoff of the movie Moonrunners, starring Tom Wopat as Luke Duke and John Schneider as Bo Duke, became very popular – not for the actors but for the car used in the series. The “General Lee”, an orange/red 1969 Dodge Charger with the Confederate battle flag painted on the roof, named after the famed Confederate general, usually stole the show.The car would jump rivers, roads, hills, and other cars, and land perfectly to race off at high speeds. In reality, the jumps would damage the cars so severely that they had to be scrapped, usually at least one or two cars per episode.Dukes of Hazzard cast. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty ImagesIn the beginning, a couple of cars were wrecked by flipping over during a jump until ballast, in the form of sand bags or concrete, was put in the trunk. It is believed, according to Road & Track, that more than 300 1969 Dodge Chargers were totaled during the run of the show, many because of bent frames from jumping.If, by some chance, a stuntman actually lost control, the film of the accident was written into the show. Because of the number of cars that were destroyed, the producers had people going through parking lots and flying over residential homes offering to buy any 1969 Dodge Chargers that were found.Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Car. Photo by Ichabod CC BY-SA 3.0AMC Ambassadors were redone to look like Chargers for some episodes. It got to the point that 1968, 1970, and 1971 Chargers were modified to look like the 1969 version; cars that would have normally been scrapped were fixed just enough to jump them again — some even had the engine and transmission taken out and were pushed into the jump; old footage was used; and finally, some jump scenes were filmed using miniatures, which was not supported by the actors. Some of the wrecked cars were cut up for interior shots but more than 200 were crushed in junkyards.John Schneider at the 2010 Sacramento Autorama. Photo by Nick Ares CC BY-SA 2.0When the Dukes of Hazzard was canceled, there were still 18 General Lees on the CBS lot. They sat for about five years until someone had the idea of selling them off.All but one were sold to private collectors. In 2001, the original General Lee was found in a junkyard, bought and restored, and sold to a professional golfer, Bubba Watson, for over $100,000.1969 Dodge Charger Photo by Moto100 CC BY 3.0Watson displayed the car at various functions. When he announced that he would be painting over the Confederate flag on the roof, the director of the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois, Brian Grams, offered to buy the car from Watson but was turned down.Warner Bros. stopped manufacturing toy General Lees in 2015 due to the flag — once seen as a symbol of rebelliousness and a quest for independence — having gained a negative association with slavery and hatred in recent years.69 Dodge Charger. Photo by Greg Gjerdingen CC BY 2.0The creation of the battle flag was to differentiate between the two armies in battle because the actual flag of the Confederacy looked too much like the Stars and Stripes.According to Ben Jones who played “Cooter” on the show, “I think all of Hazzard Nation understands that the Confederate battle flag is the symbol that represents the indomitable spirit of independence which keeps us ‘makin’ our way the only way we know how.”Sheriff’s car from the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard movie at the shooting location off Potrero Road in Thousand Oaks. Photo by Richard E. Ellis Eeekster CC BY 3.0According to Tampa’s News Channel 8 website, John Schneider remarked “I take exception to those who say that the flag on General Lee should always be considered a symbol of racism. Is the flag used as such in other applications? Yes, but certainly not on the Dukes.”Jones has founded a chain of stores, Cooter’s Place, in Nashville and Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Luray, Virginia selling Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia, clothing, toys, and household goods as well as Confederate flags, clothing, and other items.The ‘General Lee’ on public display, one of several Dodge Charger automobiles used in the filming of the American television series, ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’, 1979-1985. Photo by Schmendrick CC BY-SA 3.0Jones also organizes events featuring the cast from the television show and the music of Tom Wopat and Whey Jennings (son of country music star Waylon Jennings). Jones is currently working on a documentary about the making of the Dukes of Hazzard television series.Read another story from us: Hellboy’s Quarter Century: 5 Fiery Facts About the Demonic Anti-HeroNo matter what your stance on the flag controversy on the car, it is impossible to deny that a 1969 Dodge Charger with the doors welded shut made quite an impact on American culture.last_img read more

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first_img Advertisement The Super Bowl is the final bet of the NFL gambling season and after going 2-0 last week in the conference championship games, and Colin is ready to close out the gambling season with a big, fat cover on Sunday.Houston, we have a payday.Here’s Colin’s Super Bowl LI Blazin’ 1 pick and analysis:Super Bowl LI: New England (-3) vs. Atlanta (Under 59) –  The Falcons have only been held under 360 yards twice this season, and in one of those games they still scored 32 points. Atlanta’s going to move the ball. Atlanta’s going to score. Matt Ryan has 18 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last 6 games. He’s a precision quarterback, and should be able to consistently gain small chunks of yardage against the top ranked Patriots defense. There’s a reason the Patriots are a favorite. They’re the more complete team. The Falcons are weak at corner, and don’t generate much of a pass rush after NFL sack leader Vic Beasley, Jr. The Falcons defense is schematically simple, and historically, Tom Brady has been able to shred opponents if they aren’t disguising coverage.Colin thinks Belichick will counter the high-powered Atlanta offense by slowing the game down, and maintaining long, time consuming drives by pounding LeGarrette Blount.Matt Ryan has never won a playoff game outside of Atlanta. He’s also been slightly better at home this season (26 TD, 72% Comp.), than on the road (67% Comp., 19 TD), and Matty Ice’s All-Pro center, Alex Mack, is injured and nowhere near 100%.The key matchup in the game is the inexperienced Atlanta defense versus Tom Brady. The Falcons are only the 7th team to make the playoffs after giving up over 400 points in a season. The statistics say Brady is going to methodically carve up the young, basic Falcon defense. The Falcons defense improved late in the season, but they didn’t face any elite quarterbacks. When they faced Drew Brees, a savvy elite veteran in the mold of Brady, they lost.Colin sees both teams putting points on the board, and it tightening up in the fourth quarter. Brady and Belichick pull it out in the end, again. New England covers the field goal, and barely sneaks in under the total. 31-27, Pats.Ra-jah, hand him the Trophy.last_img read more

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first_img November 16, 2012 466 Views “”Capsilon’s””:http://www.capsilon.com/ revenue in this year’s third quarter was double that of the same period last year, the company announced.[IMAGE]The San Francisco-headquartered provider of cloud-based document sharing, imaging, and collaboration solutions for mortgage lenders reported its revenue for the first nine months of 2012 is also double that of the first three quarters of 2011. [COLUMN_BREAK]The company attributes its revenue growth to the enhancement and expansion of its cloud-based services to more effectively serve the mortgage industry. Earlier this year, Capsilon updated its cloud-based electronic document management and collaboration solution, Katalyst, adding more sophisticated automated document recognition capabilities and a high-performance desktop application.In addition, the company released the Katalyst mobile application to allow users to access loan documents when out of the office. These enhancements have stimulated sales, boosting them to record heights during the first three quarters of 2012, the company reports. “”Our financial success throughout the year is a result of our ability to help mortgage lenders solve problems during the loan origination process,”” said Sanjeev Malaney, CEO of Capsilon. “”Capsilon’s continued technology enhancements and service extensions have allowed us to exceed our sales target and our customers’ expectations, which is fueling our company’s rapid growth.”” Capsilon Announces Revenue Growth, Record Sales Numbers in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-16 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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