Emissions Caps to Improve Environment

first_imgA major step in Nova Scotia’s climate change action plan was taken today, Feb. 26. The province released a discussion paper outlining its proposed approach to capping greenhouse-gas and air-pollutant emissions from the electricity sector. Environment Minister David Morse is asking for Nova Scotians’ comments on government’s proposed regulatory framework. “We all want a cleaner and greener future for our province so we are asking Nova Scotians for their views on the effectiveness of this proposed approach to reducing greenhouse-gas and air-pollutant emissions,” said Mr. Morse. “This proposed regulatory approach sets out the electricity sector’s role in helping our province meet its emissions reductions.” The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act commits the province to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. It also calls for significant air pollutant reductions. The province’s approach to achieve these emissions reductions, includes absolute caps on emissions from electricity producers. In keeping with its climate change action plan, the government is proposing regulations that will require Nova Scotia Power Inc. to cap greenhouse-gas and air-pollutant emissions at 9.7 million tonnes in 2010, at 8.8 million tonnes in 2015, and 7.5 million tonnes in 2020. That is a total reduction of 2.5 million tonnes, down from about 10 million tonnes produced by NSPI in 2007. Since the electricity sector represents about 50 per cent of Nova Scotia’s greenhouse-gas emissions, NSPI’s reductions should be about half of the provincial reduction target. These caps will ensure that happens. A phased approach to transform the province’s electricity system will help incorporate cleaner energy solutions that allow increasing amounts of energy efficiency and renewable energy to be brought onstream, between now and 2020. There will also be a gradual transformation to cleaner energy sources. They may include potential for tidal power and imports of cleaner energy from large hydro projects, such as the Lower Churchill facility. The approach provides flexibility on an annual basis because electricity supply and demand depends on unpredictable variables such as weather, the economy, and fluctuations in renewable resources such as wind and hydro. Significant financial penalties will be imposed daily if emissions reduction caps are not met. The caps will take effect Jan. 1, 2010 and will require increasingly stringent reductions. The discussion paper about the proposed approach to capping emissions in the electricity sector can be viewed at www.climatechange.gov.ns.ca . To comment on the discussion paper, or to obtain a physical copy, e-mail policy@gov.ns.ca, or write to Department of Environment, Policy Division, Box 442, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2P8. People can comment by phone at 902-424-3081 or fax at 902-428-3139. The deadline for submissions is March 31.last_img read more


Inquest into deadly police shooting in Winnipeg focuses on systemic racism

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsIt was the Day 2 of the inquest into the shooting death of a 26-year-old Aboriginal man by Winnipeg police back in 2008.The inquest heard from the young man’s father on the first day, but his testimony was postponed due to his health.On Tuesday, the inquest heard about possible systemic racism that may have led the shooting.last_img


Bell Media among group acquiring Just For Laughs production company

first_imgMONTREAL – Bell Media says it is has joined a group of investors in buying the production company behind Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival.The BCE Inc. subsidiary says it and Groupe CH completed an agreement to join talent agency ICM Partners and comedian Howie Mandel in the acquisition of Groupe Juste pour rire.Bell says the production company remains Montreal-based and is now backed by a leading broadcaster and content creation company. It says the terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.Mandel led an investor group that acquired the festival in March after it was put up for sale following allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against co-founder Gilbert Rozon, who was also a majority stakeholder.Bell Media president Randy Lennox says the company is trying to align itself with brands that have world travel ability.He says Just for Laughs has huge ubiquity in Quebec, some scale in Canada, but that dissipates further away and their endeavour is to grow it.last_img read more


B’luru techie votes after wife gives birth to child

first_imgBangalore: The early morning birth of his second child and immediate medical concerns of his family did not deter Sandeep Mishra, a Bangalore-based techie, from casting his vote for the Lok Sabha polls in the state on Thursday. Mishra (37), whose wife gave birth to their second son at about 5:45 am at a private hospital, rushed to his polling booth in Horamavu road (Bangalore North constituency) as soon as it opened at 7 am. “I had ensured that I carried my voter ID card when I rushed to the hospital with my wife and family at about 3 am after she developed labour pain. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”I quickly drove to my polling centre, about 3 km from the hospital, as soon as saw my newborn son,” Mishra said. The software professional said he was among the first voters at the booth and he cast his vote at about 7:15 am. “It is my responsibility to ensure that I vote and also look after my family and hence by voting early I will now be able to take care of the new member in the family and my wife easily,” Mishra said. He added his wife, Sudha, regretted that she would not be able to cast her vote after the birth of their child but she “fully supported” him in ensuring that he exercised his franchise.last_img read more


WatchCalgary faces both uncertainty and opportunity in 2016 after oil price plunge

CALGARY — A year into the global oil price plummet, and Calgary’s boom-and-bust economy is decidedly leaning towards bust.Home prices are down, unemployment is up, food bank usage is climbing, and no one knows when things might turn around with oil below US$40 a barrel on Monday from highs of well over US$100 less than two years ago.[np_storybar title=”Laid-off Calgarians losing hope as prospects dwindle and money runs short” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/laid-off-calgarians-losing-hope-as-prospects-dwindle-and-money-runs-short”%5D Catherine Appler knew something was amiss that February morning when her boss said hello. He never did that. The big oil-and-gas firm she worked for had been laying off employees and dropping contract workers as part of an industry-wide wave of job losses precipitated by the low price of oil. Later that morning, she was called in to human resources. Only seven months into her year-long contract, she was told it was over. She had two weeks.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]“It’s very uneasy,” Stephen Scott, 45, who lost his engineering job at Cenovus Energy in an October wave of layoffs, said in a recent interview. “There are probably going to be more job cuts. People are still kind of living scared.”Scott says that even when he had a job, he was feeling the pressure.“There’s a lot of stress going around, a lot of negative talk going around; that’s inevitable with this going on in the industry. So it wasn’t fun, it really sucked the life out of the job.”Jackie Rafter, president of the career-counselling service Higher Landing, says the downturn has forced many people to make some tough decisions that include changing industries or even moving away from Calgary entirely.“Unfortunately, a lot of professionals are now considering jobs outside of Calgary. These are people who would have never otherwise thought of leaving their roots here,” said Rafter.But those looking elsewhere for job opportunities are confronting a tough real estate market that may make it difficult to sell their homes. Listings in Calgary are climbing and house prices are down more than five per cent.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press Thomas Keeper, a real estate agent in Calgary, says sellers are struggling even after they slash their listing prices.“I definitely see a lot of sellers that are desperate to sell. And here’s the unfortunate part — they’re desperate to sell, but it still isn’t selling,” he said.Those sinking house prices are also eating into homeowners’ ability to borrow against the value of their houses, said Mark Kalinowski, a credit counsellor with the non-profit Credit Counselling Society.Kalinowski says he’s seen a definite shift in business as more and more people grapple with the downturn. He recently had to advise a contractor who had been making $180,000 a year but suddenly found himself without work or savings, and was behind on his taxes.‘It has been hard and it’s going to get harder’: Calgarians share their stories of being laid offThe average house in Fort McMurray has lost $117,000 or 20% of its in value in one yearMass layoffs in Alberta surge past 18,000 workers as oil’s collapse takes toll“People get into that mentality that it’s only going to get better and better,” said Kalinowski.But he expects the worse is yet to come as severance programs start to run out in the new year.“People are optimistic that they’ll find a job in that period of time, but I don’t know that that’s realistic,” he said. “I think the real pain starts next year.”But while the oilpatch downturn is creating stress in the city, others are seeing it as an opportunity.I think the real pain starts next yearDan Harmsen, a commercial real estate agent in the city, says that oil and gas have been so profitable — and such a dominant force in the Alberta and Calgary economies — that it hasn’t allowed other industries to thrive.“Most other industries — their labour costs and space costs are a significant portion of their profit or loss statement. In oil and gas, office space is an after-thought,” said Harmsen.That means lower rent costs could help the high tech sector, creative industries like advertising and others that have struggled to afford space.“We finally have an opportunity to diversify our economy,” said Harmsen.Some laid-off workers in Calgary are also making the most of their forced time off.Marian Hanna was the president of a Canadian oil services company before the parent company closed the entire office in July and moved it to Houston. She’s says she’s looked for work both in Calgary and internationally, but there aren’t many opportunities.Ted Rhodes/Calgary Herald/Postmedia News In the meantime, she’s taking a director’s education program to get ready to serve on company boards, while also heading a professional society of exploration geophysicists and delving into policy issues.“I’m trying to do the best of all possible things in this rather dismal outlook,” said Hanna.Jon MacConnell, who was laid off from Pengrowth Energy in September, has since incorporated his own company. He said the major companies often cut too many jobs in these situations, and he wants to be ready to fill the gap as a consultant.“The cost point will come down and we will start to see some price recovery here,” said MacConnell. “I think that by mid-way through 2016, most of the deep pain should be over and people will start to get their feet underneath them.”Scott, for his part, says he’s taking the opportunity to look at other industries — including renewables or aviation — to find a career that might better suit his interests. In the meantime, he’s trying to remain positive.“This is my first time being laid off, and sometimes you have to wake up in the morning and say: ’This is when I need to be tough, and once I get through this I’ll be a better person for it.”’ read more


Woman 73 killed in crash near Jarvis

A woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Jarvis on Tuesday afternoon.Police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the crash on Highway 3 east of Haldimand Road 70 at shortly after 5 p.m.A vehicle travelling east on Highway 3 collided with a westbound vehicle, said Haldimand OPP.One of the drivers, a 73-year-old woman from Jarvis, died at the scene. Her name is not being released at the request of her family, said police.The 35-year-old male driver of the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.OPP traffic collision investigators are assisting with the investigation. Highway 3 between Haldimand Road 70 and Old Highway 3 was closed for about five hours for the investigation.Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has any information to assist with the investigation is asked to contact police at 1- 888 – 310 – 1122. read more


US trade deficit jumps 171 per cent in December to 466 billion

WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports — a potentially worrisome development that could weigh on overall economic growth.The deficit jumped 17.1 per cent to $46.6 billion in December, resulting in the biggest imbalance since November 2012, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The widening trade gap reflected a drop in exports, which retreated 0.8 per cent to $194.9 billion. Meanwhile, imports soared 2.2 per cent to $241.4 billion.Economists were split on the implications of the bigger-than-expected December trade deficit. The government estimated last week that the overall economy grew at a moderate 2.6 per cent rate in the final three months of 2014 after turning in a sizzling 5 per cent growth rate in the July-September period.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Markets, said he believed much of the December trade data was already reflected in the first GDP report released last week.But Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said she thought the trade gap numbers, along with weaker growth in business stockpiles, could trim as much as a 0.5 percentage point from the government’s estimate. Michael Feroli, an economist at JPMorgan, also took a dim view of the results. He is trimming his estimate of fourth quarter growth to just 2 per cent, although he still expects a rebound to 3 per cent growth in the current January-March quarter.“This is not good news for the final measure of economic growth,” Lee said in a research note.The deficit for 2014 overall increased to $505 billion, up 6 per cent from the 2013 deficit of $476.4 billion, the Commerce Department said. Economists expect the deficit to widen further in 2015 as strong growth in the United States boosts imports, while weak growth overseas and a rising dollar continue to depress exports.The widening trade deficit comes at a time when the Obama administration is hoping to finally get Congress to approve the fast-track authority it needs to wrap up a major 12-nation trade agreement with Japan and other Pacific Rim countries known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The administration sees the trade deal as one of the areas where he may be able to find common ground with Republicans, who now for the first time in Obama’s presidency control both houses of Congress.U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said that U.S. exports had set a record for a fifth consecutive year — a fact that the administration plans to use to secure votes for the trade deal.“These trade agreements will support the growth of jobs and the growth of middle class economics,” she said in an interview.But critics hoping to block the administration’s trade efforts in Congress pointed to the record level of imports and rising deficits with economic powers such as China and South Korea as proof that the U.S. push for liberalized trade is costing U.S. jobs.“This abysmal data shows how the past agreements that serve as the template for the trade deals President Obama is now pushing destroy more middle class jobs and further suppress wages,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.She cited the deficit with South Korea, which hit a record of $25.1 billion last year and has soared since the U.S. implemented a free trade agreement with that country in 2012.The politically sensitive deficit with China set another record last year, rising 23.9 per cent to $342.6 billion. The trade gap with China is America’s biggest deficit since China surpassed Japan in that category in 2000.Those deficits are creating pressure on Congress and the Obama administration to take tougher actions against what critics see as China’s unfair trade practices. U.S. manufacturers contend that China is manipulating its currency to keep it artificially low against the dollar as a way to make American products more expensive in China’s market and Chinese products cheaper in the United States.The $505 billion deficit for the year was the largest imbalance since a $537.6 billion deficit in 2012.The economy expanded 2.4 per cent in 2014, with trade trimming growth by 0.2 percentage point. Many economists believe growth in 2015 will hover slightly above 3 per cent, giving the country the best growth in a decadeThe trade deficit would have been even larger last year if it weren’t for the energy boom in the United States. Higher production at home has been lowering America’s reliance on foreign oil. For the year, petroleum imports fell 9.6 per cent to $334.1 billion, the lowest level for imports since 2009. U.S. petroleum exports jumped 5.9 per cent to a record $45.7 billion.For 2014, the deficit with the European Union climbed 12.5 per cent to a record $141.1 billion, as growth in imports outpaced U.S. export sales to Europe.The U.S. deficit with Mexico fell to $53.8 billion, the lowest since 2009. The United States ran a record surplus of $34.4 billion with the countries of South and Central America. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2015 6:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Jan. 6, 2015 photo, the MOL Competence, a 1036-foot long, 150-foot wide container ship carrying 45,000 tons of cargo, is moored at the TraPac Container Terminal in Jacksonville, Fla. The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade deficit for December on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky) US trade deficit jumps 17.1 per cent in December to $46.6 billion, highest since late 2012 read more


UN hails Human Rights Declaration as tool for conflict and poverty prevention

Adopted in Paris in 1948, the UDHR was drafted in the aftermath of the Second World War and the Holocaust. The text describes every individual’s inalienable rights, through 30 carefully written articles.Describing its “revolutionary impact”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the Declaration “has permeated policies and constitutions, from the global level to national and regional frameworks”. He added that it had “unleashed the power of women’s full participation”, as well as “spurred the fight against racism, xenophobia and intolerance.”Despite these important achievements, “that progress is under threat,” regretted Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “In many countries, the fundamental recognition that all human beings are equal, and have inherent rights, is under attack. And the institutions set up by States to achieve common solutions, are being undermined.”This lack of recognition is hampering the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and remains too often the root cause of various conflicts around the world, he said.“We have ample evidence that state-sponsored human rights abuses are a sign of weakness, not strength. They are often precursors to conflict and even to collapse,” stressed UN chief Guterres.The Secretary-General called on Governments that have not signed or ratified the two human rights Covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, “to do so urgently”.Every step towards greater implementation of the human rights agenda is an act of prevention – UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet“Every step towards greater implementation of the human rights agenda is an act of prevention – strengthening the bonds between communities, and reinforcing inclusive development and peace,” said Ms. Bachelet. “Every step away from it tugs us down, towards suffering, injustice, hatred and conflict”.Mr. Guterres, who launched on Monday a bold UN-wide strategy for the empowerment of global youth, entitled “Youth 2030”, stressed the important role that young people can play in the advancement of human rights worldwide.“There is a special place in my heart for young women and men who are speaking out for social justice”, he said, urging young people to bring their “energy and passion”, to challenge the ways that things are being done and “to take up the torch for our common humanity”.“You are the true custodians of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the guarantee that it will not succumb,” he added. read more


Field Hockey ready to take on Miami OH

Then-senior forward Danica Deckard passes the ball during a game against Penn State Oct. 19, 2012, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of FacebookAfter back-to-back losses to top-10 squads, the Ohio State field hockey team will continue play away from home when it travels to Oxford to take on Miami (Ohio).Coming off a weekend of play in which the team held opponents to one goal each in both matches, the Buckeyes are ready to battle again Wednesday.Coach Anne Wilkinson said Miami will be coming after them hard on the field.“We, being Ohio State, have a lot of pressure put on us. Miami is going to be coming at us strong with everything they have, so we really need to win this in-state game,” she said.Wilkinson said time in practice has been split between working on defense and offense equally.“We worked a lot on our defense and covering the ball and then we would switch and work with the offense,” Wilkinson said. “We just need to focus on meshing the two together and make sure the defense doesn’t forget what we worked on when we switch to offense.”Senior midfield and co-captain Nora Murer pointed out some of the areas the team has been struggling with, including their inability to capitalize on penalty corners.“We practiced before and after practice on our corners which I would say is still a weak spot of ours,” Murer said.Senior midfield  and co-captain Arielle Cowie said she is coming into the game expecting a win, and wants to see the team live up to its potential.“I am looking forward to winning,” Cowie said. “Last weekend we played so well together. We didn’t finish our chances but those two games just showed the potential that we have and I think coming out tomorrow we are going into that game and we know this is our game.”The main focus is on being a team that works together for the full 70 minutes, Cowie said.“We are just going to focus on really playing together and that’s all we need to do because individually, we have it but we just need to put it together and score on our chances,” Cowie said.Murer said if the Buckeyes continue to play the way they did this past weekend, the team will have no trouble securing the win against Miami.“We just need to really play on the same level from the weekend and we will be good for (Wednesday’s) game,” Murer said.The game is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Buckeyes are then set to travel to face Kent State Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. read more


Lenovo launching quadcore Tegra 3 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet soon

first_imgThe Nvidia Tegra 3 platform and its insane five-core chip have been a long time coming. Now that we’ve seen one tablet and phone that will run Kal-El, it’s safe to assume everyone will start churning out models — just like we saw with the Tegra 2 before. Lenovo has now been confirmed as an early entrant, with its as-yet-unnamed slate spotted by an Engadget tipster.It’s a slick-looking 10.1-inch tablet wrapped in brushed black anodized aluminum, which makes this IdeaPad or LePad look every bit as snazzy as the Asus Transformer Prime. Details on the Lenovo are sparse at this point, though it’s known to pack 2GB of DDR3 memory in addition to the 1.6GHz Tegra 3 chip and a full-sized USB port. The obligatory front and rear-facing cameras are included (resolutions have yet to be revealed), and there’s also a biometric scanner smack dab where your right index finger will likely land on the back. Like Lenovo’s IdeaPad A1, you won’t find an HDMI port on this new tablet.Based on the size of the tablet in relation to elements like that USB port, this Lenovo Tegra 3 will be significantly smaller than Lenovo’s previous Android tablets. It’s also going to be the company’s first running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is thought to be launching before the end of the calendar year.That could mean that the Asus Transformer Prime won’t be the first ICS slate to go on sale. Rather than launch first with Honeycomb and push an OTA update to ICS once the software was ready, Asus opted to hold off and ship with the update pre-installed. That just might give Lenovo the opportunity to sneak ahead in the race to be first — unless, of course, someone else pops up with another tablet before that happens.More at Engadgetlast_img read more


Karius doesnt claim concussion as an excuse

first_imgThe Liverpool goalkeeper does not think this is a valid excuse to say his team lost against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions LeagueIn the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Final, Liverpool was defeated 3-1 against Real Madrid in Kiev, Ukraine.During the match, goalkeeper Loris Karius made two mistakes that at the end cost the team goals and the trophy.He claims to have had a concussion after clashing with Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos, but the Spanish footballer has yet to apologize.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“No. I don’t think that he has got my number,” Karius was quoted by Team Talk.“He’s a hard player but I have nothing against him personally. I don’t know whether he did that on purpose, but that doesn’t matter to me in the end. Only one person knows and this is Sergio Ramos.”“I went down and thought: ‘What’s going on now?’ No reaction from the five referees. I felt the adrenaline rushing through my body and thought only about playing on,” he added.“A concussion was proven, and it harmed my spatial vision. The club asked me to go see a specialist. But again, I won’t use this as an excuse. I performed constantly throughout the whole season, so you can put it this way: under ordinary circumstances, I cannot explain those mistakes.”last_img read more


Moratti sheds more light on Mourinhos gesture

first_imgMassimo Moratti claims Jose Mourinho’s gesture against Juventus was for a good reason as he finds all his feeling and experience in Italy.Mourinho made headlines for storming on to the pitch and cupping his ear to the crowd after Juve’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday, but Moratti felt the former Inter boss had a good reason for his actions.“Mourinho’s gesture overshadowed Manchester United’s win, which came in a game that was important for him and the team,” the ex-Nerazzurri owner according to Football Italia.“It’s part of his character. When he returns to Italy he finds all his feeling and experience, which leads him to react as if he was still here, while also thinking about the club he was at [Inter] and those who antagonised him.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“That puts him in a position to make certain gestures at certain times, which create situations of discussion that, in football, are fun and interesting to watch.“It shouldn’t offend anyone. Am I surprised when he says ‘my Inter’? No. It’s precisely for this reason that he reacts the way he does.“Inter in the Champions League? They have character and depth. Zhang as President? He’s a good lad and he’ll do very well.”last_img read more


Average salaries increase by 89 in the consultancy sector

first_imgAdvertised salaries in the consultancy sector increased by 8.9% year on year in August 2016, according to research by Adzuna.Its latest Jobs market report, which is based on online job vacancy data in the UK, found that average advertised salaries in the consultancy sector reached £47,760 in August 2016, compared to £43,839 in August 2015.The research also found average advertised salaries in the UK grew by 7.9% year on year in the property sector, by 4% year on year in the PR industry, and by 2% in the IT industry.Advertised salaries in the UK increased by 0.3% from July 2016 to reach £32,784 in August 2016, the first time this figure has increased in five months. Compared to August 2015, average advertised salaries in the UK fell by 1.6%.In August 2016, Northern Ireland had the lowest average advertised salary at £28,134, followed by North East England at £28,443, and Wales at £28,789.At the other end of the scale, the average advertised salary in London was £39,607, followed by South East England at £31,817, and Scotland with £30,599.Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “It’s too early to sound a fanfare for the return of salary growth with wages still far below pre-recession levels, but jobseekers are seeing a modest salary boost. Inflation is expected to rise, so higher starting salaries will be critical to maintain real wages.“One sector benefitting from Brexit is the consultancy industry. In an uncertain environment, [organisations] are looking for highly skilled experts, without having to shoulder the burden of an expanding wage bill. Consultants are also helping them demystify the business consequences of the vote. Other industries like PR are also seeing salaries rise as employers prefer to commission projects to outside agencies, rather than hire permanent staff.”last_img read more


LG pairs washers and dishwashers with Amazon Dash ahead of KBIS

first_imgTyler Lizenby/CNET LG has upgraded the smarts of its appliances in time for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) in Las Vegas next week. You can now sync all of LG’s smart washers, dryers and dishwashers from 2018 and 2019 to Amazon Dash. LG announced the upgrade on Thursday, which lets your smart appliance track and reorder detergent or dryer sheets automatically as they run low. To take advantage of the new feature, you’ll need to sync your LG appliance to your Amazon Dash account. Amazon will let you specify your preferences as far as the brand and size of detergent or laundry supply you’d like to order. Your LG appliance tracks your usage through the LG ThinQ app, so it’ll know when you start to run out. The ThinQ app will then tell Amazon Dash to order more and Amazon will deliver the ordered supplies to your door.Again, the upgrade applies to all Wi-Fi-enabled LG dishwashers, washers and dryers from 2018 and 2019. LG isn’t exactly breaking new ground here. Whirlpool and GE appliances have worked with Amazon Dash for years. Still, it’s a handy upgrade if you like Amazon Dash and already own an LG appliance.  Read Google Home Hub review reading • LG pairs washers and dishwashers with Amazon Dash ahead of KBIS TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays CNET Smart Home $999 Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $59 at eBay See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Smart Home I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Angela Lang/CNET 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. 7 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $299 at Amazon $210 at Best Buy The Cheapskate 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. $520 at HP 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. See at Turo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Post a comment Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET Smart Home $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Sprint Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/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. 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). See All GE Amazon LG Whirlpool,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Comments 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read the AirPods review • See it 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. 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. Best Buy $999 See It Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house See It $60 at Best Buy $6 at Tidal 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. Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Rylo Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile Amazonlast_img read more


Democrats net neutrality bill heads to the House floor

first_img Comment Net neutrality Share your voice Internet 1 Tags The full House or Representatives will vote on the Democrats’ bill to restore net neutrality next week. Marguerite Reardon/CNET The bill House Democrats are pushing to restore net neutrality protections made it out of committee and is headed for a full vote on the floor next week. On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 30-22 along party-lines to approve the Save the Internet Act, which would reinstate the Federal Communications Commission’s Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The rules were repealed in December 2017 by the Republican-led FCC. These rules prevent broadband providers from blocking, slowing down or charging for faster access to the internet.The new legislation also restores the FCC’s authority as the “cop on the beat” when it comes to policing potential broadband abuses. As part of the 2017 repeal, the FCC had abdicated its authority to protect consumers online to the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to the committee vote, Republicans tried to gut the bill with more than a dozen amendments, many of which would have undercut the FCC’s authority to enforce the rules. But Democrats rejected them all. Republicans, like Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, complained the Democrats’ bill imposes heavy-handed regulation, and he called on his colleagues to come up with a compromise bill. “This, my friends, is not the net neutrality that people want,” he said. “It’s actually more government socialism and frankly it’s worse.”But Democrats pushed back stating that the FCC is the proper government agency to provide oversight. “We believe [the FCC] needs to be the cop on the beat,” said Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania. “And we believe they need to have the flexibility to address issues that may come down the road that we don’t know about today.”Doyle, who chairs the subcommittee where the bill was introduced, had previously promised it would get a vote on the House floor in April.The bill is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled House, but it faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where Republicans hold a majority. That said, Democrats were able to pass a Congressional Review Act resolution in the Senate last year that would’ve repealed the FCC’s order to dismantle the 2015 rules. But it’s unlikely any Republicans will defect again to pass the legislation. last_img read more



Sensex crashes 700 points in second biggest loss of 2016 Sun Pharma

first_imgEquity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty crashed massively as the market investors feared that Donald Trump’s presidency may usher in higher US interest rates that may lead to capital outflows, thereby making emerging markets less attractive for global investors.Sensex which opened at 27,344.85 points crashed nearly 700 points or 2.54 percent to close at 26,818 on Friday, November 11, marking its second biggest loss of this year. Nifty lost 229 points or 2.69 per cent to close at 8,296.Major Sensex losers were Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) which was down by 6.02 percent and closed at Rs 1,241. Adani Ports was down by 5.86 percent and closed at Rs 276.50. Hero MotoCorp was down by 5.18 percent and closed at Rs 2,981 and Asian Paints was down 5.02 percent and closed at Rs 963.”As euphoria surrounding US election settled, the prospects of outflows from EMs to US, anticipating reform measures from Trump, and rise in US treasury yields has resulted in sharp sell-off in Asian markets,” Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit BNP Paribas, said in a statement.”The anticipated rise in spending in US has also upped the ante for FOMC rate hike in December. Profit booking ahead of the long weekend also exaggerated the falls in Indian markets. Banks resisted for the most part of the day, before giving in after SBI announced Q2 results,” he added.State-run lender State Bank of India (SBI) on Friday reported that its net profit for the second quarter dropped 35 percent on higher provisions for bad loans. The bank reported a net profit of Rs 2,538.32 crore for the July-September quarter as against net profit of Rs 3,879.07 crore for the same quarter in the previous fiscal.last_img read more


Dont Hold Your Breath for News of 13th Doctor

first_imgStay on target Tom Petty was right: The waiting is the hardest part.But wait we must, until incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall (pictured) and the BBC announce who will succeed Peter Capaldi as the 13th Doctor.The Scottish actor last week confirmed the 2017 Christmas special will mark the end of his tenure in the Tardis—launching bookies and fans into a frenzy of speculation.Don’t expect news of the next Doctor any time soon, though. While Capaldi’s departure has been “planned for a long time,” according to Radio Times, Chibnall has not yet begun his search for a replacement.The showrunner-in-waiting remains focused on his own baby: season three of Broadchurch, which returns to the UK’s ITV on Feb. 27, for what is expected to be its final eight-episode arc. Created and written by Chibnall, the crime drama stars former Doctor David Tennant and next-Doctor favorite Olivia Colman as detectives in a close-knit English town.Chibnall told Radio Times last week that, after the series airs, he intends to take a vacation before hunkering down with Doctor Who. A new star is expected to be cast by the fall, ahead of an official proclamation and an on-screen regeneration.Who will materialize out of that fiery rebirth on Christmas Day? UK bookmakers currently have their money on The Leftovers actor Paterson Joseph and Kris Marshall, recognizable to US audiences as Love Actually‘s horny Colin Frissell. Around the same time Capaldi dropped his bombshell, Marshall revealed he will step down from his role in BBC’s Death in Paradise, sparking rumors that the timing is not just a coincidence.Colman, “Missy the Master” Michelle Gomez, Richard Ayoade (IT Crowd), Ben Whishaw (Daniel Craig’s Bond films), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (The Iron Lady, also Broadchurch), Rory Kinnear (also Craig’s Bond films), and Zawe Ashton (Nocturnal Animals) are also in the running.A longtime fan—he appeared on TV in 1986 to represent the Doctor Who Appreciation Society—Chibnall has written half a dozen episodes of the show, including a 42-minute thriller, a two-part introduction to the Silurians, and the sci-fi counterpart to Snakes on a Plane. He’s also penned eight episodes of spin-off Torchwood.As Radio Times reported in May, Chibnall may bring the American-style “writers room” to Doctor Who next year.The 10th series—Capaldi’s last—is scheduled to return to BBC and BBC America on April 15, with the Doctor’s newest companion, Bill (Pearl Mackie). HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more


Meal distribution to take place for EidulAdha

first_imgThe Muslim community will be hosting its Eid-ul-Adha meal distribution on Wednesday (August 22).60 degs of mutton and chicken breyani will be served to the community of Ladysmith on the day, prepared and co-ordinated by Irfaan Bemath.Eid is a joyous day of celebration – a day of giving – and in this spirit, the Muslim community of Ladysmith has not forgotten those in need.Distribution areas and times will be advertised on the various mosque boards.Please feel free to contact 0827869176 for any information.Bring your own pots and utensils to collect your sumptuous meal.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more


IACC set to launch meeting room of the future

first_imgIACC set to launch meeting room of the futureA dynamic new initiative from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) is set to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference room design, audiovisual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management.The project and initial global survey results are be unveiled at IACC-America’s Connect annual conference in New York City this April. The IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ combines innovation and entrepreneurialism with the expertise of meeting industry professionals and planners.The program’s ambitious goal is to predict and showcase a clear vision of what is new for today and what solutions need to be sought for tomorrow’s meeting rooms, to deliver what clients want and need for maximum productivity. Collaboration, productivity and inspiration will be at the heart of the 2016 concept, with the plan to build on this annually.The initiative brings together the brightest minds and companies in the industry, to create both a physical and virtual meeting environment. Contributors include leading universities in the US, Europe and Australia, several meetings and technology companies and leading designers of venue furnishings. “As the only global organisation representing smaller meetings and venues, IACC is singularly-positioned to spearhead this initiative,” affirms IACC’s CEO Mark Cooper.Effective research is at the core of the initiative. IACC is surveying a broad spectrum of the industry to identify and understand needs, track current trends and innovations and determine the kinds of learning environments that foster collaboration, ideas exchange and relationship building.“These environments profoundly influence people, behaviours, companies, politics and ultimately economies.” Cooper notes. IACC will engage with planners, meeting hosts, delegates, operators and suppliers, and is partnering with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) on a survey involving 1000 of the association’s members.The project will address the most challenging issues facing the meetings industry today while showcasing the most innovative and useful aspects of tomorrow’s meeting room. Access to sufficient bandwidth is clearly a critical issue and one that demands thoughtful study and careful investment in equipment and training. As the industry becomes even more global, conference venues must offer first-rate teleconference services. The rapidly expanding number of new mobile devices used by planners and attendees demands powerful, high-speed connectivity that can host any number of devices and any group or number of groups.“Connectivity affects every aspect of the meeting experience. Super high-speed Wi-Fi is essential throughout the facility as part of security and privacy, critical communications within the meeting experience and with colleagues beyond, sustainability and guest services,” Mark Cooper said.The results of the IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ survey will be published globally and at IACC-America’s Connect annual conference this April.Current contributors and research partners include Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Microsoft, Dianne Devitt.net, Corbin Ball Associates, Sli-do, Benchmark Hospitality International, MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre and PSAV. IACCSource = IACClast_img read more