Nursing Home Addition Opens in Cheticamp

first_imgSeniors will be able to stay in their community longer with the official opening today, June 28, of Yesterday’s Youth, a 10-bed addition to the Foyer Pere Fiset nursing home in Cheticamp. With the addition of the residential care facility level beds, Foyer Pere Fiset is now home to 71 people. “This addition will enable Cheticamp area residents to receive the care they need in a facility that feels like home,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “It’s particularly fitting that this addition is being officially opened on the 40th anniversary of the facility.” The Yesterday’s Youth addition reflects the province’s new design standards which emphasize one and two-storey buildings with access to green space and homier surroundings. The design also enables couples who require care to live together in the same household. “Living in a neighbourhood with just 10 people is much quieter and gives us a sense of security,” said resident Marguerite Marie Chiasson. “This is a perfect home.” The addition is a self-contained household with a kitchen, living room and dining room. Residents have private rooms with their own wheelchair accessible washroom. A new outdoor garden can be accessed from the addition. “There was a definitive need for residential care in the Cheticamp area,” said Mike MacDougall, chair of the Inverness County Housing Authority. “Staff were terrific in dealing with the construction that took place while continuing to provide excellent care.” The addition will provide employment for eight new staff.The 10 beds opening at Foyer Pere Fiset are part of the 1,000 new, long-term care beds that will be open by the summer in 14 new facilities and ten additions to existing facilities throughout the province. Access to the Foyer Pere Fiset and other provincial long-term care facilities is through the Department of Health and Wellness’s Single Entry Access system at 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more


Montreal seniors residence holds birthday party for its 20 centenarians

first_imgMONTREAL – In many ways, the birthday party at a Montreal seniors’ home on Sunday was like any other, complete with balloons, gifts and cake.But there was no way to fit enough candles on the cake, as each of the guests of honour is set to turn at least 100 years old this year.The party at the Waldorf seniors’ home was held to celebrate 20 of its oldest residents, who have lived a combined 2,030 years.Among the guests of honour was Emily Clyke, a survivor of the 1917 Halifax explosion and sister of Viola Desmond, who recently became the first black woman to grace Canada’s $10 bill.There was also Ruth Horwitz, who turns 105 on Monday and still remembers lamplighters who used to turn on the street lights.“They used to come when it was getting night and they’d light the lamps,” she said.“Now they just go on by themselves.”The 13 women and seven men, who all wore name tags listing their age and birthday, were surrounded by friends, family and dignitaries who travelled to attend the party.Guests sang “Happy Birthday” and mingled with the centenarians, who were also presented with certificates of congratulations from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Montreal’s mayor and the Queen.When asked the secret to a long life, several of the guests of honour agreed that a good attitude was key.“As my mother said, you have to make the best of everything, whatever the situation is,” said Horwitz, who wore a bright purple suit to the party.Sadie Wohl, who recently turned 103, agreed.“It’s good, honest living,” she said. “Being a good person and acting natural.”Many of the residents, including 101-year-old Donald Brown, said they’d lost friends and family along the way.But Brown, a widower with a penchant for cracking jokes, said he keeps busy by staying active and meeting new people.“My favourite thing is going to the front desk and asking when the exercise classes are,” the former literature professor said.Currently, only 0.02 per cent of the Quebec population lives to be 100 years or more.But that’s a number that could go up as people are living longer and healthier lives, according to Quebec’s minister responsible for seniors.Francine Charbonneau said the government is trying to prepare for that reality by funding home health care and other initiatives that will allow people to live longer in their own residences.“We have to start thinking they can live independently, because they’re in good shape for the age they are, and they have some stories that are out of this world,” she said at the party.“We have to be respectful, but we have to consider them like any other citizen.”Note to readers: This is a corrected version. A previous story misspelled the name of the residencelast_img read more


Metro services affected on Yellow Line due to technical snag

first_imgNew Delhi: Services were disrupted on the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro on Tuesday morning due to a technical glitch, leaving many passengers stranded. Yellow Line connects Samaypur Badli in the city to Huda City Centre in Gurgaon. Due to the snag, commuters had a hard time reaching their destination and many passengers were stranded at the Qutub Minar station. “Due to a technical snag at Chattarpur, train services have been affected on the Yellow Line. The issue is being rectified,” a senior DMRC official said. Trains are being run in following loops temporarily — between Huda City Centre and Sultanpur and between Samaypur Badli and Qutub Minar, he said. “There will be no train movement between Sultanpur and Qutub Minar,” he said.last_img read more


Lululemon: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU) on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $96.6 million.The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company said it had profit of 74 cents per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 71 cents per share.The athletic apparel maker posted revenue of $782.3 million in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Twelve analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $757.1 million.For the current quarter ending in August, Lululemon said it expects revenue in the range of $825 million to $835 million. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $745 million.The company expects full-year earnings to be $4.51 to $4.58 per share, with revenue ranging from $3.73 billion to $3.77 billion.Lululemon shares have risen 41% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $170.89, an increase of 37% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on LULU at https://www.zacks.com/ap/LULUThe Associated Press read more


Tallying up the savings of Ottawas new family tax cuts

MONTREAL — Young Canadian families are beginning to learn the size of savings they’ll glean from new federal tax cuts as they prepare their 2014 tax returns.The controversial income-splitting plan known as the Family Tax Cut promises to save families up to $2,000 — or $1,670 in Quebec — but critics say few Canadians will max out on the benefit.The tax cut applies to couples residing together in Canada who have kids under the age of 18 in which one spouse is in a higher income tax bracket than the other. Up to $50,000 in income can be transferred to the lower-paid spouse or common-law partner.The savings aren’t available to those who were in prison for at least 90 days, went bankrupt in 2014 or split a pension.Eligible taxpayers have to make several calculations and complete one schedule on their tax returns. All tax software will make the calculations and determine the tax credit.A family can max out if one spouse earns $120,000 and another earns nothing. However, parents in the same tax bracket — whether high or low — won’t see any savings. That’s the case for someone earning $80,000, for example, with a spouse who earns $50,000.However, a family would save $423 if one person makes $50,000 and the other nothing at all. Only $277 will be saved in situations in which one spouse earns $50,000 and the other earns $40,000. Savings would total $977 if one spouse earned $70,000 compared to $30,000 by the other.The change is expected to cost Ottawa $2.2 billion a year in foregone revenue, and critics argue the measure only truly benefits high-income earners with stay-at-home spouses who don’t work.The parliamentary budget office estimates that only 15% of households will qualify for the family tax cut, and just 642,000 of the two million households eligible for income-splitting will hit the maximum benefit.Income splitting to cost Canada $2.2B and have ‘near zero’ impact on low-income households: PBOIt’s only 85 baby steps to calculate your new Family Tax Cut credit. You okay with that?The marquee tax cut is the most high profile of several family-friendly tax changes for 2014.Less controversial this year is the children’s fitness tax credit that is doubling to $1,000.Universal Child Care Benefit payment are increasing to $160 per month from $100 for children under six, and a $60 benefit is being introduced for children six to 18 years old. A lump sum will be paid in July followed by regular monthly payments.A new search-and-rescue volunteer credit will allow eligible personnel to claim up to $3,000. The credit for adoption expenses has increased to $15,000, generating $2,250 in tax savings if the full credit is claimed.“It’s a great year for families,” said Caroline Battista, senior tax analyst for H&R Block, the tax preparation company. “For other people, it’s more business as usual.”While many Canadians only turn their attention to taxes just before the April 30 deadline, she said H&R Block is fielding lots of calls from people who want to ensure they don’t miss out on changes that are only partly understood by the public.About half of Canadians were aware of the family tax cut but just 15% expected to receive a larger refund because of it, according to a Leger survey recently conducted for H&R Block.Although critics argue the tax break is a giveaway to high-income earners with stay-at-home spouses, the low maximum benefit means the change doesn’t amount to much for multi-millionaires, said Dimitri Georgoulas, senior manager of Canadian tax for Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.“Certainly they wouldn’t want to pay an extra dollar if they don’t have to, but at the same time it’s not one (program) that is only being given to the rich,” he said.Georgoulas said the tax cuts will help young families, but the transfer of income could reduce other tax credits, particularly for medical expenses, which are tied to the income of the lower-income spouse.Also new this year, tax filers will no longer need to apply for GST/GST tax credits since they will be calculated automatically.This year could also be the last for receiving a tax refund cheque in the mail. The federal government is planning to make direct deposit mandatory by April 2016. read more


UNESCO chief condemns murder of Jordanian writer

“I condemn the murder of Nahed Hattar,” declared Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “This crime constitutes a grave attack on freedom of expression and affects Jordanian society as a whole,” she added. Nahed Hattar was shot on 25 September, outside a court where he was to face charges for sharing on social media a controversial cartoon critical of religious extremists, according to the agency. The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States in 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” read more


Maltesergate First Toblerones shrink now packs of Maltesers are lighter

first_imgThey are billed as the ‘lighter way to enjoy chocolate’, and it now appears that the Maltesers slogan has come true. Bags of the chocolates appear to be 15 per cent lighter, following the controversial shrinking in size of Toblerone bars. Steve Dresser, who provides food retail insight to supermarkets and other companies, tweeted a picture of a pack of Maltesers advertised as containing 103g of chocolates.According to the apparently out-of-date signage next to the Malteser display, the plastic pouches of chocolate treats used to contain 121g of chocolates.On offer, these packs cost £1, but at full price they were being sold for £1.82.Mars told The Telegraph:  “Like all chocolate manufacturers, we have seen the cost of raw materials rise and, while we try to absorb these pressures as much as possible, sometimes we have to make the difficult decision to reduce the size of some of our products so our consumers can continue to enjoy an affordable treat. Our focus is always on offering consumers our great tasting, high quality chocolate brands at the best value for money.” “We chose to change the shape to keep the product affordable for our customers, and it enables us to keep offering a great value product. it had to make a decision between changing the look of the bars or raising their price.” Mr Dresser tweeted: “Forget #Marmitegate, it’s #maltesersgate as Mars are reducing pack sizes again(!) 121g down to 103g.” It also appears Galaxy Counters, also owned by Mars, have shrunk in size. Also looks like #countersgate with a pack reduction here too – 126g down to 112g. pic.twitter.com/WaaVP5DnhU— Steve Dresser (@dresserman) November 17, 2016 Forget #Marmitegate, it’s #maltesersgate as Mars are reducing pack sizes again(!) 121g down to 103g. pic.twitter.com/TtQoHzrtl0— Steve Dresser (@dresserman) November 17, 2016 The new Toblerone The company, which also owns Cadbury, said the move was down to the rise in the cost of ingredients, and denied it was a result of Brexit.But some consumers have described the move as “the wrong decision” and said the bigger spaces looked “stupid”.In a statement on the Toblerone Facebook page, the company said: “We had to make a decision between changing the shape of the bar, and raising the price. 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. According to the image, the amount of chocolate in the pack has gone down from 126g to 112g.A major supermarket chain confirmed the packet reduction was correct and said the size was shrunk in May this year, before the EU referendum.The company which owns Toblerone recently came under fire after their new design, which means consumers get less chocolate per pack.Mondelez International has increased the gap between the peaks as a UK-only cost-saving measure to reduce the weight of its bars. The new, more spaced-out, TobleroneCredit:Alamy The new #Toblerone.Wrong on so many levels. It now looks like a bicycle stand.#WeWantOurTobleroneBack. pic.twitter.com/C71KeNUWF1— James Melville (@JamesMelville) November 8, 2016last_img read more


Maccabi Tel Aviv have a new coach – Nikola Maksimovic

Israeli handballNikola Maksimovic Serbian young coach Nikola Maksimovic will lead Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv in the upcoming season. A 35-years old coach was a member of RK Novi Beograd, team with one of the best handball schools in Serbia, founded by him five years ago. Maksimovic was also a member of coaching staff of Serbian Junior NT, generation 1992… ← Previous Story World Beach Handball Championship start in Recife Next Story → Anti Doping Commision: Suspension for Mimi Kraus!


Turkish incursions on Greek territory unacceptable

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis  addressed Turkey’s provocative policy of questioning Greek sovereign rights in recent weeks at a meeting of the European Union’s (EU) General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) last week. “This policy is unacceptable,” Bakoyannis said at a press-conference at the end of the meeting, noting that EU governments should have a clear picture of the situation in view of the EU Commission’s assessment report on Turkey’s accession course, due to be publicised in December.“Until now, Turkey has not respected her commitments,” Bakoyannis noted, underlying that EU accession negotiations were founded on principles that clearly define the obligation of respecting good neighbourly relations and the peaceful resolution of differences. “Compliance a la carte and selective implementation of what has been agreed upon cannot be accepted,” the Minister said.Greece was the most sincere supporter of Turkish accession, according to Bakoyannis. However she emphasised that Greece’s steadfast support for Turkey’s candidacy was in direct proportion to the need for Turkey to respect international law and practice good neighbourly relations.last_img read more


Un fossile de dinosaure septentrional trouvé… en Australie

first_imgUn fossile de dinosaure septentrional trouvé… en AustralieUn fossile découvert dans le sud-est de l’Australie prouve l’existence passée de dinosaures Spinosauridaes sur ce continent. Problème : ils n’étaient censés vivre que dans l’hémisphère nord. Les paléontologues doivent-ils revoir leur copie ?…Une vertèbre fossilisée du cou d’un dinosaure de la famille des Spinosauridae met en émoi les paléontologues : elle a en effet été découverte dans l’état de Victoria, en Australie, alors que les scientifiques pensaient que ce groupe d’animaux ne vivait que dans l’hémisphère nord. Fort ressemblant aux os de Baryonyx – un dinosaure piscivore de cette famille, plus grand qu’un tyrannosaure – mis au jour dans le Surrey (Royaume-Uni) en 1983 et exposés au Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Londres, le nouveau spécimen suggère une distribution bien plus cosmopolite de ces dinosaures carnivores.Paul Barrett, spécialiste des dinosaures au Muséum de Londres, explique : “Le nouveau fossile est le premier exemple d’un dinosaure spinosauridae en Australie. Il montre que la plupart des dinosaures que nous avons l’habitude de considérer comme distinctement ‘du Nord’ ou  ‘du Sud’ étaient beaucoup plus répandus au cours de cette période particulière de l’histoire de la Terre. Bien que la vertèbre soit clairement celle d’un Spinosauridae, ces restes sont insuffisants (…). Pour cette raison, nous avons décidé de ne pas le nommer, ni d’essayer de le caser de force dans un genre [zoologique] existant. Nous espérons que les découvertes futures nous en diront beaucoup plus sur l’anatomie et les relations de cet animal”. Le 18 juin 2011 à 09:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


NASA engineer tells women in STEM Dont be hidden figures

first_img null Share your voice Poppy Northcutt was the first woman to work in an operational support role in NASA’s Mission Control Center. She spoke Wednesday at the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference in San Francisco. Angela Lang/CNET No one had ever seen a woman in NASA’s Mission Control Center before Poppy Northcutt stepped in the room.In 1968, during the Apollo 8 program, Northcutt worked for TRW, a contractor for NASA. As a return-to-Earth specialist, she and her teammates were tasked with coming up with a quick and accurate trajectory for the Apollo 8 crew to come back to Earth from the moon.”At the time, it was a very big deal that there was a woman in there,” Northcutt said Wednesday at the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference in San Francisco. “No one had ever seen a woman in Mission Control before.”In addition to Apollo 8, Northcutt worked on Apollo 10, 11, 12 and 13. Approaching the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, she reflected on some experiences and lessons that are relevant today, especially as women remain vastly underrepresented in tech.”What the media wanted to know then, and what I’m still asked today, is what was it’s like to be in that room full of men,” Northcutt said. “I expect almost all of you who are working in the field already know that, and if you’re going in the field, you’ll soon discover it.”Women, after all, make up only around 30% of the tech workforce, according to the Kapor Center. In addition, black and Latino employees account for about 7.4% and 8% of the workforce, respectively, according to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.Another question Northcutt gets asked frequently today is how her experience working on the Apollo program impacted her life.”I became a flaming radical women’s rights activist,” Northcutt said to cheers and applause from the audience.At that time, there weren’t books or conferences on sexism and gender discrimination, Northcutt says, but she learned important lessons first hand. One is to beware of sex-role stereotyping.girls-in-tech-0619-sf-3635Northcutt holds up an image of a woman who says she was inspired to become a rocket scientist after seeing press coverage of Northcutt 50 years ago. Angela Lang/CNET After earning a bachelor’s degree in math, Northcutt got a job as a “computress.” The role involved running data, crunching numbers and creating graphs and charts.”I was, to a certain extent, a gendered computer,” she said. “I thought, ‘This is really strange.'”She also learned it can be challenging for women to question or comment on things. When she’d ask engineers why they were doing something or what they were looking for, some were resentful.”I was crossing that invisible line between being a computress and being an engineer,” she said. “Women are expected to take instructions and provide answers.”But as she continued to push back and ask more questions, Northcutt began learning more. One day, it occurred to her that she was just as smart as the men she worked with, but she made much less money than they did. While they were driving nice cars and buying big houses, she was living in an efficiency apartment and drove a decade-old, falling apart Volkswagen bug.Then came the Texas state laws that prohibited women from working for the same employer for more than nine hours a day. That became an issue since her team often worked until 7 or 8 p.m., and sometimes even until 10 p.m. Her boss would come in at 6 p.m. to tell her she should go home.But Northcutt knew leaving while the rest of the team kept working would prevent her from being seen as an equal, and would keep her from knowing what was going on.”Probably the smartest thing I figured out was that I should not go home,” Northcutt said. “I should pay absolutely no attention to that damn law.”Soon enough, the operations chief told her she was being promoted to an engineer.When Northcutt worked in Mission Control, she didn’t know the story behind the book and film Hidden Figures, which follows the lives of three unsung black women who worked at NASA. Her advice to women now is to be as visible as possible.”Your presence affects people,” Northcutt said. “Get out from behind the shadows. Don’t be hidden.” May 27 • Melinda Gates says US is ‘a long way from equality’ for women • Solving for XX Tags 0 Preview • Caavo Control Center: Can this $99 universal remote beat Harmony? Caavo Control Centercenter_img See All Women in tech inspire Girls in Tech at the nonprofit’s Catalyst Conference Aug 22 • Women in tech face discrimination at the intern level too, says survey reading • NASA engineer tells women in STEM: Don’t be hidden figures Solving for XX 14 Photos Apr 24 • Facial recognition errors are bad for business: Most of us aren’t white men Sci-Techlast_img read more


Fortnite season 10 will require DirectX 11 graphics card says Epic Games

first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 2:42 Read Google Home Hub review 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. $155 at Google Express 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Now playing: Watch this: The Cheapskate HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple iPhone XS Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Best Buy Rylo 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. $59 at eBay See at Turo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy See It Computers Gaming 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. 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 It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Turo 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $6 at Tidal See at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Fortnite,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. 7 Read the AirPods review $999 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazon 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. 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. $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 0 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Sprint Tags How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? $520 at HP Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Share your voice 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. Comments Sarah Tew/CNET See it Share your voice Boost Mobile Post a comment Fortnite season 10 may require players to upgrade their PCs. James Martin/CNET One of the advantages of Fortnite is the minimal amount of computer power needed to play the game. As Fortnite season 10 approaches, developer Epic Games gave a heads-up that players will need to have a proper graphics cards to play the game. Fortnite season 10 will require a DirectX 11 graphics card, according to a blog post from Epic Friday. The company explained it previously supported DirectX 10 cards even though the game’s PC requirements say DirectX 11 is required, but that will change with the new season.Fortunately, for many players, this change will not affect them. DirectX is Microsoft’s collection of application programming interfaces (API) for games running on Windows and the 11th iteration of the software came out back in 2009. Most computers sold in the past several years have graphics cards supporting DirectX 11 and the latest version of the API, DirectX 12, that came out in 2015.Fortnite season 10 is just weeks away. Epic already laid down hints of a season-ending event possibly involving a giant beast originally found in Polar Peak.  Read DJI Osmo Action preview CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the Rylo camera previewlast_img read more


Bigg Boss Tamil 3 elimination Mohan Vaidya safe 4 contestants face eviction

first_imgKamal Haasan in Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutWill the people’s anguish on Vanitha Vijayakumar turn into votes against her in Bigg Boss Tamil 3? The audience will have the answer this weekend, but the viewers in larger want her to be thrown out of the house as the countdown for the eviction of the second contestant has begun.Apart from Vanitha Vijayakumar, Jangiri Madhumitha, Mohan Vaidya, Saravanan and Meera Mithun are facing the elimination this weekend.Going by the response online, Vanitha Vijayakumar should be shown the door as Bigg Boss fans are annoyed by her overall behaviour in the house. Her bossy and aggressive attitudes are the reasons why they wish to see her eviction.Will the channel send her out of the show?Whether we like it or not, Vanitha Vijayakumar has been one contestant, who has garnered maximum footage in the last three weeks in Bigg Boss Tamil and provided some form of entertainment through her acts. Without her presence, it could have easily become a boring show as most of them are safe players. In clear words, she is a TRP-material.Considering this, a section of people state that Vanitha might not been evicted at this point of time. It means one among Madhumitha, Mohan Vaidya, Saravanan and Meera Mithun is expected to be out of Kamal Haasan-hosted show.Madhumitha and Mohan Vaidya, although have not won the hearts of the people, have done their bits for tasks. These factors might benefit them.Our prediction: One among Saravanan and Meera Mithun is likely to be evicted from Bigg Boss Tamil 3. The former’s participation has come under scanner and he himself has expressed his desire to be out of the show. Whereas Meera, after Vanitha, is being disliked the most at this stage of the game.The chances of elimination between Meera and Saravanan stand at 40:60 ratio.last_img read more


RBI refuses to extend deadline for data localisation

first_imgReserve Bank of IndiaReutersThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has refused to give an extension to the deadline for global financial technology (fintech) companies to comply with its data localisation norms. The central bank has given a six-month window to global payment companies to store transaction data of Indian customers within India. The data localisation norms will come into effect from Monday.It is to be noted that two United States lawmakers have called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to relax norms on data localisation. They termed these regulations as “trade barriers” between the two countries. Moreover, the global fintech players had sought for an extension of the October 15 deadline but the RBI seems to have rejected their requests.Data localisation mandates data about the residents to be collected, processed and stored inside the country of its origin. The data are allowed to be transferred internationally only after meeting the local norms related to privacy and data protection.The domestic companies have welcomed the regulations, however, the global companies are arguing that the norms would force them to infuse additional capital for the creation of local servers which would eventually lead to cost escalation.Global tech companies, including Mastercard, Visa and American Express, have been lobbying Union Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India. In a recent meeting with RBI, these companies had offered to provide mirror data in place of original data but the proposal was turned down by RBI.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also held a meeting with RBI Deputy Governor BP Kanungo to deliberate on RBI’s data localisation regulations. The meeting also witnessed the attendance of Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar and IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney.In an order issued by the RBI in April, it had said that to ensure better monitoring of payment service operators it is imperative to have unfettered supervisory access to data stored with these system providers as also with their service providers/ intermediaries/third party vendors and other entities in the payment ecosystem.”last_img read more


City Of Houston Unites Behind One Parade For MLK Day

first_img Share Congresswoman @JacksonLeeTX18 speaks at announcement of unified Houston MLK Day parade, encourages entire community to attend @HoustonPubMedia @HPMNews887 pic.twitter.com/jJMIiYnH7a— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) January 7, 2019 – / 4For years, Houston has held dueling parades to mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: the Original MLK Jr. Day Parade, which is organized by the Black Heritage Society, and the MLK Grand Parade. But Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that the city will now partner with the Black Heritage Society on a single parade.“From the start of my administration I have been honest about my desire for the city to have only one MLK Day parade,” said Turner. “And as the nation’s fourth-largest city, Houston should be known for celebrating the best and biggest MLK Day parade.”Turner said the decision was made after meeting with community groups. “It was time for the city to just stand and put its official seal behind one,” said Turner. “And I hope the people will honor the decision.”The mayor said this year’s event will pay tribute to Ovide Duncantell, the Black Heritage Society’s founder who died last year. Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis will serve as parade grand marshal along with Astros outfielder George Springer.The parade is set for 10:00 am on January 21. The route will follow Dallas, Milam, and Louisiana Streets on the west side of downtown Houston. Musical performance marks annuncement of agreement on Houston’s MLK Day parade as two parades become one @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia #HouNews pic.twitter.com/e0WHuYUSeR— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) January 7, 2019last_img read more


AME Church Partners with BlackOwned Banks to Promote Prosperity

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comThe African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church launched a partnership with Black-owned banks across the country in order to promote business development, homeownership and overall prosperity within the African American community.Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, president of the Council of AME Bishops, originally announced the partnership June 26 during the 2018 Council of Bishops and General Meeting in Atlanta.“We are now pleased to announce a partnership with the presidents of the 19 Black banks in the United States, with the goal of increasing Black wealth,” said Jackson.The African Methodist Episcopal Church is working with Black-owned banks across the country in order to encourage African American economic development. (Courtesy photo)“This initiative will strengthen Black banks across the United States and increase their capacity to lend to small businesses, to secure mortgages, to provide personal lines of credit, and to offer other forms of credit to AME churches and our members. This, of course, includes enabling members and their families to become homeowners.”According to Trice Edney Wire, some of the larger goals in the partnership are to increase deposits and loans with Black banks; increase Black homeownership to over 50 percent nationwide; and grow the number of Black businesses from 2.6 million to 4 million and increasing the total gross receipts from an average of  $72, 500 to $150,000.“In the next decade in the global church and in the AME church and in Black banking, we will see both evolution and revolution. Banks must reinvent themselves, not just to respond to the pressures of the day but to be flexible enough to adapt to the world of tomorrow,” said Bishop Vashti Murphy Mckenzie, general board chair.According to Jackson, the partnership grew from a 2015 initiative formed in Washington, D.C. called Black Wealth 2020.“We hear about Black folks have a trillion dollars in spending power,” said Ron Busby, president and CEO of the U. S. Black Chamber and co-founder of Black Wealth 2020. “But that’s usually White folk talking about our dollars and how can they get their share of it.“We came together to say how can we deal with the Black wealth, the gap of it and really to move our agenda forward inside our own community,” Busby said.The day before the official announcement of the partnership, Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, ambassador for the African Union, spoke with the Bishops about the importance of Black institutions unifying.  She also promised to encourage Africans living in the United States to put their deposits in Black banks.“I hope we will all come together and support the idea of putting all of our money in Black banks,” Chihombori-Quao said. “I’m already encouraging all Black people when I do presentations to say we’ve been stupid for too long. We drive past Black banks to give our money to people who don’t give a hoot about us. And they take our money so they can get rich; not only here, but in Africa. We’ve got to change this.”last_img read more



Initial Jobless Claims Climb for Fifth Time in Six Weeks

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing First time claims for unemployment insurance rose to 386,000 for the week ended June 9, from the prior week’s 38,000, (revised from the originally reported 377,000), the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/ reported Thursday. [IMAGE]Economists had expected the report would show 3795,000 initial claims. The bump in claims was the fifth in the last six weeks and eighth in the last 10.Continuing claims ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reported on a one week lag ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô fell 33,000 to 3,278,000 from 3,311,000, the highest level in six weeks. The prior week’s level was revised up from the previously reported 3,293,000.That the prior week’s report was revised upward was no surprise: first time claims have been revised upward for all but three of the 22 weekly reports this year. The claims report continues to show labor market struggles. In the first nine weeks of the quarter, first time claims have averaged 380,700, compared with 371,100 in the first ten weeks of the first quarter.[COLUMN_BREAK]The drop in continuing claims reflected in part the federal legislation enacted in February when Congress approved an extension of the payroll tax reduction which capped unemployment benefit programs cutting off benefits for some individuals. Continuing claims have dropped week-week in all but three of the 14 weeks since the legislation took effect.Initial claims remain above 350,000 which economists consider a tipping point between an expanding and contracting jobs market. First time claims filings were last below 350,000 in March 2008.The four week moving average for initial claims rose to 378,000 an increase of 3,500 from the preceding week. The four week moving average which smooths the volatile weekly numbers has increased in 10 of the last 15 weeks. The four week average for continuing claims fell 2,500 to 3,281,500.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reported on a two-week lag — for the week ending May 26 was 5,824,739, a decrease of 145,990 from the previous week. According to the latest BLS report, 12.72 million people were officially counted as unemployed in May.States reported 2,555,513 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending May 26, a drop of 17,045 from the prior week, the Labor Department said. There were 3,293,507 claimants in the comparable week in 2011.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 2 were in Oregon (+975), Virginia (+838), New Mexico (+531), Wisconsin (+213), and Nevada (+189), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,168), North Carolina (-2,683), Texas (-1,854), Massachusetts (-1,373), and Georgia (-1,367). Initial Jobless Claims Climb for Fifth Time in Six Weeks June 14, 2012 455 Views center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-06-14 Mark Liebermanlast_img read more


FCM Travel Solutions friendly and intuitive chatb

first_imgFCM Travel Solutions’ friendly and intuitive chatbot travel app, Sam, has been awarded for the ‘best user experience’ at the 2019 Mumbrella Travel Marketing Awards in Sydney.“Our AI-powered pocket travel assistant has experienced quite the journey since being conceived,” said FCM Australia Marketing Manager, Kimberley Saddington.“There was a lot of in-depth customer research and development that went into building Sam, including countless interviews with travellers, travel bookers and procurement teams. We wanted Sam to be fun and informal, while at the same time supportive and able to solve a traveller’s problem. “More often than not, Sam is the first to alert our travellers of flight delays and disruptions to their travel plans and Sam is always awake to support our travellers. Sam is a unique traveller focused app that is an essential tool for our clients.“Sam is designed to make business travel easy and enjoyable by employing a blend of AI and integrated consultant support and expertise. FCM was one of the first travel management companies to create an app with Sam’s traveller-specific technological capabilities.”FCM’s app organises and sends corporate customers up-to-date and practical information based on context, relevance and their preferences. From pre-trip information, including weather updates, check-in capability and gate changes or flight delays, Sam is the ultimate pocket travel assistant.Kimberley said FCM as part of the corporate division of Flight Centre Travel Group, had been innovating hard in the past few years to future proof corporate travel programs and the tools business travellers had available to them.“We were also thrilled to see the Flight Centre Travel Group’s corporate division highly commended at the Mumbrella Awards for ‘Bringing AI-inspired business travel to Australian organisations’. Our submission for this award included Sam and our industry leading AI-powered online booking tool Savi, which is also innovating and enhancing the customer travel experience through machine learning and user-specific functionality.” chatbotFCM Travel solutionsMumbrella Travel Marketing AwardsSamlast_img read more


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