The half-dozen times sports made you smile in 2018

first_imgLATEST STORIES BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FILE- In this Nov. 27, 2018, file photo, Loyola of Chicago’s Sister Jean shows off the NCAA Final Four ring she received before an NCAA college basketball game between Loyola of Chicago and Nevada in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)Sports contributed plenty of the same old agita this year — bad bets, empty boasts, taunts, tiffs and scuffles, plus the occasional riot — but its fair share of wry smiles, too.There were courageous losers, random acts of kindness and a handful of wins handled with such grace it made you want to get up and dance.ADVERTISEMENT It was the welcoming party waiting for her there.In a touching display of sportsmanship, Australian runners Celia Sullohern (who finished sixth), Madeline Hills (eighth) and Eloise Wellings (16th) lingered there, clapping and cheering Chaka on, then embraced her after she took her final strides.“I’d like to think,” Hills said, “that if I had that day, there would be someone standing on the track for me.”TRY TOPPING THIS, SANTARaining teddy bears down from the stands got off to a modest start in a quiet corner of western Canada 25 years ago.That’s when Kamloops Blazers fans, asked to bring stuffed animals to the game for a donation to local charities for kids, bypassed the collection boxes and instead flung some 2,400 onto the ice after a hometown goal.The tradition grew modestly in the years after that, usually observed around Christmas and largely at minor league hockey rinks across Canada and the United States. There were occasional, but limited, sightings in the intervening years in places as far-flung as Sweden, Italy and Australia.But 2018 could be remembered as the year a new competitive spirit took hold around the globe.Fans of the Calgary Hitmen drew a line in the ice in December 2015 when they tossed almost 29,000 cuddly toys onto the ice. Not to be outdone, Hershey Bears fans put the “Teddy” back in their team’s name for a Dec. 3 game, loosing an avalanche of 35,000 furry creatures onto the rink.Teddy-bear tossing never quite caught on in soccer, largely because of crowd size and a general prohibition against throwing anything on the pitch. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LeBron James hurt but Lakers still rout Warriors But when traveling fans of Dutch club ADO Den Haag learned they would be sharing the visiting grandstand in Rotterdam with young patients from a local hospital, they put out an emergency teddy-bear gram on Twitter.“Children from the Sophia Children’s Hospital will be under us at the away end,” the statement read. “Make an unforgettable day a lasting memory!”And so they did.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Never mind that Sister Jean Delores Schmidt arrived at the Final Four a few months shy of 99. Or that her last minute of playing time — for her girls’ high school team — was chalked up in the late 1930s. Or that she’s listed in the team media guide (way too generously) at 5-foot, wearing custom-made maroon and gold-trimmed Nikes that would make any baller proud.Because every time little Loyola of Chicago sprung another upset on its improbable run to the Final Four, Coach Porter Moser and his Ramblers’ postgame interviews were just the opening act. If you really wanted to know how a small Jesuit university kept knocking over rivals twice its size — the tactics AND the theology behind it — you stuck a microphone in front of Sister Jean.The team’s chaplain, unofficial scout and eternal optimist was a natural on TV. Rarely at a loss for words, she wasn’t shy about crediting faith for Loyola’s surprising basketball bounty, either. She had a wicked sense of humor to boot.As the season of Lent — 46 days when Christians swear off worldly pleasures ahead of Easter — was nearing its end with the Ramblers still playing, a CBS reporter leaned in:“What did you give up for Lent?” she asked.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sister Jean smiled impishly.“Losing,” she said.A bobblehead was commissioned. The “Today” show came calling. After the Ramblers lost the semifinal, she spent the next few months recuperating from hip surgery, celebrating a birthday and collecting awards. But she was back in her office by the start of the new basketball season, updating scouting reports and tailoring pregame prayers.“When we came off the court after the Michigan loss, the players said to me, ‘Don’t worry Sister Jean, we’ll do it again next year,’” she recalled during a recent interview, then bowed her head, smiled and sighed.‘I DIDN’T THINK, I JUST RAN OVER THERE’Ty Koehn and Jack Kocon were buddies dating back to Little League. In early June, in the ninth inning of a Minnesota high school baseball sectional final, they stood 60 feet, 6 inches apart.Koehn, on the mound, was putting the finishing touches on a 4-0 win for Mounds View High. Kocon, at the plate for Totino-Grace High, was the last out in his way.Three strikes later, Koehn’s teammates raced out of the dugout and began celebrating on the mound. But their star pitcher was somewhere else, standing at home plate with his arms around Kocon.“I told him I loved him,” Koehn said afterward, “and he’s my brother and our friendship will always last longer than this silly game and its silly outcome.”A video capturing that moment went viral, but no one who knew the young men was surprised. “He’s a tremendous competitor,” Mounds View coach Mark Downey said about Koehn, “but he understands there is a bigger picture.”Koehn’s, teammates understood, too, even if it didn’t stop them from playfully stealing hugs in practice for the rest of Mounds View’s tournament run.WHAT TO GET THE GIRL WHO HAS EVERYTHINGWinning either contest would have provided Kaylee Foster with the memory of a lifetime. She had a good feeling about one, but not the other.“I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be homecoming queen,” the Ocean Springs senior recalled, “but I was pretty sure I was going to make that kick.”Foster notched both — thanks to years of preparation and one of the more unusual costume changes in sports.Moments after being crowned in a pregame ceremony, she handed off her tiara and flower bouquet, swapped her gown and heels for a jersey and cleats and wondered if her night could get any better.Then, with game in overtime and the score tied 12-12 — thanks to a pair of Foster field goals earlier in the game — she split the uprights with the decisive extra point. Afterward, she donned her tiara again and posed for photos wearing No. 15.Foster’s confidence on the field came as no surprise. She played soccer at Ocean Springs and had kicked for the varsity football team since her sophomore year.But her win in the pageant wasn’t such a long shot, either. Foster was a member of the homecoming court all four years. BACK TO SCHOOLLeBron James struggled just to get to school as a kid. He missed 82 days in fourth grade because his single mother, Gloria, didn’t have a car or another way to get him there.So even though he makes his living in Los Angeles these days, James made sure to be on hand and on time when the “I Promise School” opened this year. And not just because he was footing the bill.“I know the ups and downs,” James told the first class of third- and fourth-graders during the opening ceremony. “I know everything they dream about. I know all the nightmares they have because I’ve been there.”The school, a partnership between James’ family foundation and Akron City Schools, offers year-round programming, family development skills and days that begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. It also provides parents of I Promise students with help to earn their GEDs or high school diplomas.A planned expansion will include grades 1-8 by 2020, but James is already seeing dividends from his efforts. He launched the “I Promise Program” in Akron in 2011 with a handful of community-based events. Young men and women who took part in those programs routinely approach him now to boast about where they’re going to college.“Half the battle,” James said, “is the kids just having someone that they are like, ‘Oh, this guy believes in us.’”IT AIN’T OVER ’TIL IT’S OVERLineo Chaka of Lesotho was an afterthought as runners toed the line for the women’s 10,000-meter final at the Commonwealth Games last April in Australia.The 25-year-old had little experience at the distance, and it soon became apparent she was struggling just to complete the race. For her last three laps, Chaka had the oval to herself. So the real surprise was not that she crossed the finish line five minutes behind the winner, Uganda’s Stella Chesang, or three minutes behind the 18th and next-to-last competitor, Scotland’s Beth Potter. Whoever called March mad never dreamed a 98-year-old nun would steal the show at the Final Four. In Mississippi, a homecoming queen swapped her tiara for a helmet and wound up kicking the game-winner for her high school team. In Akron, Ohio, LeBron James went back to the future and unveiled a state-of-the-art school for at-risk kids, promising the kind of support he yearned for in the same town as a youngster himself.And as feel-good moments go, this might have been the most hopeful development of all: teddy-bear throwing became “a thing,” stretching from the west side of Canada to the heart of Europe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefHere are six of the most heartwarming moments of 2018:LOYOLA’S NOT-SECRET-FOR-LONG SECRET WEAPON Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

U-17 WC venues at Kochi, Kolkata will be ready by May 30: Goel

first_imgKolkata, May 5 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today expressed happiness over the preparation for the Under- 17 FIFA World Cup in October and said both Kochi and Kolkata venues would be ready by May 30. Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangans preparation is well on track. The venue hosts the final of the mega event. “I am quite satisfied with the progress here, though some finishing touches are needed. They will finish everything by May 30,” Goel told a news conference after an inspection of the stadium and training centres at the Sports Authority of India Eastern Centre Complex. “At SAI Complex, some work related to changing room and floodlights are being done. I have given them instruction to finish work by May 30.” Goel earlier went to Kochi where he was disappointed with the progress work but Goel today said they would also finish by May 30. “There has been a lot of delay in work at the Jawaharlal Nehru Athletic Stadium. But they have assured that latest by May 30 the work will be finished. I will come back again and play a demonstration match when the venue is ready. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking special interest. I want it to be organised in a proper way. We will finish the work by May 30 at any cost. We will coordinate from Delhi.” Goel, who will next head to Navi Mumbai and then Guwahati, said they would try to ensure that all stadiums are packed during the tournament as they have plan to engage 15,000 schools. “In FIFA preparation meetings, our full effort has been to ensure that not a single stadium remains empty. We want to see that the stadiums look small. We will try to ensure that the fever of football is spread across India.” “Its a great opportunity and proud moment for India that for the first time India will host the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Through this World Cup, we will touch 15,000 schools and will reach Mission 11 Million.” “We have also distributed football to Parliament members to promote the sport in their constituency. I will also have the same message for the Chief Minister of West Bengal. “The good news is our ranking has progressed.” PTI TAP BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

AAP to hold dharna outside Harsimrat Badals Delhi residence

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 22 (PTI) Punjabs main opposition party, the AAP, today threatened to stage a dharna outside Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badals residence in Delhi on August 24 to protest against the Centres decision of extending “industrial incentives” to the hill states.Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Khaira alleged that “discriminatory” concessions to the neighbouring hill states have wrecked havoc upon the industry of Punjab by denying it a level playing field.Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the Union food processing minister and the wife of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal.Earlier this month, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that industries in the northeastern and Himalayan states will continue to get tax exemption till March 2027, albeit as refund, under the current GST regime which was rolled out on July 1.”The Vajpayee government had announced major tax concessions to the hill states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and others. The said policy of tax holiday to these states, was carried forward by the Manmohan Singh-led Congress government for 10 more years.”Now the Modi government has decided to extend for another 10 years the tax benefits available to these hill states,” said Khaira in statement.The “anti-industry” decision of successive central governments has left a devastating effect on small and medium scale industries in Punjab.”It became very difficult for the manufacturers of the state to compete with their counterparts in these hill states, who are enjoying tax benefits,” he said.Opposing the Centres decision to extend special incentives to the hill states, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on August 18 said he would pursue Punjabs demand for extending similar incentives to the border areas and Kandi (sub mountainous) belt.advertisementUrging Singh to take a “bold stand” on this issue, Khaira said the steel rolling mills and induction furnaces of Mandi Gobindgarh, hosiery industry of Ludhiana, sports and leather industry of Jalandhar and others have been severely affected by the “erroneous” policies of the Central governments.”The agrarian economy of Punjab has already collapsed due to colossal debt burden of over Rs one lakh crore, forcing farmers to commit suicides in large number.”Instead of bailing out the farmers of the state by giving a package, the Centre has further added a body blow to Punjab by extending tax benefits to hill states for 10 more year,” he said.Khaira said AAP MLAs from Punjab, led by him, will hold the dharna outside the official residence of Harsimrat Badal who is a “signatory to the anti-Punjab decision of the Union Cabinet”. PTI CHS NSDlast_img read more

Kerber upsets Serena Williams to win Australian title

first_imgMELBOURNE (AP) – Serena Williams put up both hands after a sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber.For the second time in as many majors, nerves got to Williams as she tried to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.No. 7-seeded Kerber had never played in a Grand Slam final and had lost five of her six career meetings with Williams, but she responded with a stunning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 upset win over the six-time Australian Open champion.Williams had won the title every previous time she’d reached the final at Melbourne Park, and was overwhelming favorite to continue that streak against Kerber, who joked she was «one leg in the plane to Germany» when she faced match point in her first-round win over Misaki Doi.«I mean, every time I walk in this room, everyone expects me to win every single match, every single day of my life», Williams said in her post-match news conference. «As much as I would like to be a robot, I’m not. I try to».Williams opened with an impressive service game, without dropping a point, but left-hander Kerber held her ground and then broke for a 2-1 lead. She broke again in the seventh game as Williams’ unforced error count rose.The 28-year-old Kerber used acute angles to keep Williams guessing, and continually passed the 21-time major winner or forced errors at the net.And she had five service breaks -two in the first, and three in third set- against Williams, who hadn’t dropped a set in the previous six rounds.«Μy whole life I was working really hard and now I’m here and I can say I’m a Grand Slam champion», said Kerber, who had only ever reached the semifinals twice at the majors and hadn’t gone beyond the quarterfinals since Wimbledon in 2012. «It sounds really crazy and unbelievable».She is the first German woman to win the Australian title since Graf in 1994, and is projected to rise to No. 2 in the rankings next week.Williams admitted previously she became nervous and was stalled for a while trying to get to 18 major titles, to equal Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s career marks in second spot in the Open Era. For three majors, she didn’t reach the quarterfinals, but when she finally won her 18th, it triggered a roll of four straight major titles.Now she’s been stuck on 21 since Wimbledon.Williams won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles last year before losing to Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals. She was so close to a calendar-year Grand Slam in 2015, but now has no chance to push for that honor in 2016 after losing the first major of the year.Despite a rash of uncharacteristic unforced errors, Williams made Kerber push all the way.She had a chance to serve for the match at 5-3 in the third but couldn’t hold. Williams, so used to coming back from seemingly losing positions, had a chance to level the third set but dropped her serve. It finished when she hit a forehand volley long on championship point, her 46th unforced error of the match.Kerber dropped her racket on the court and lay flat on her back as Williams walked around the net to embrace her.«Let me be the first to congratulate you», Williams said in her on-court speech. «Enjoy the moment. I’m so happy for you».Told later that she appeared to be as happy about the result as Kerber, Williams said: «Really, I should get into acting»!But, she added, «I was really happy for her. She’s been around a long time. She had an attitude that I think a lot of people can learn from -to always stay positive and never give up».«If I couldn’t win», she said, «I’m happy she did».Kerber had cried as she walked over to her support team, after the match, then back to the center of the court with one arm raised.At the ceremony, she was all smiles again.«You are really an inspiration for so many people, so many young tennis players». Kerber said in tribute to Williams. «You created history, you are a champion, you are a really an unbelievably great person, so congratulations for everything you did already».TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Jos Buttler’s injury leaves England sweating ahead of West Indies clash

first_imgEngland wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is “responding well to treatment” on his hip injury but remains a doubt for Friday’s World Cup match against West Indies.Buttler, 28, sustained “heavy bruising” on his right hip while batting and did not take to the field during the second innings as England beat Bangladesh by 106 runs on Saturday.”He is responding well to treatment and will be reassessed later this week,” the ECB said in a statement.”We anticipate he will train with the rest of the squad at the Hampshire Bowl on Wednesday ahead of the match against West Indies on Friday.”Jonny Bairstow took the gloves during the England innings in Cardiff and could take up the role again if Buttler fails to recover in time for their fourth league stage game in Southampton.Buttler, who scored 103 in England’s defeat by Pakistan last week, is the third-highest scorer in the tournament with 185 at an average of 61.66.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Afghanistan cricket board conspired against me, says Mohammad ShahzadAlso See:last_img read more

Copa America 2019: Hosts Brazil get favourable draw, Argentina and Colombia in same group

first_imgCopa America 2019: Hosts Brazil get favourable draw, Argentina and Colombia in same groupThe third of the three top seeds Uruguay are in perhaps the most difficult Group C, along with the other invited side Japan, plus Ecuador and reigning champions Chile.advertisement Reuters Rio de JaneiroJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 11:04 IST The draw at a cavernous Rio concert hall was led by former Brazil captain Cafu (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrazil will face Peru, Venezuela and BoliviaArgentina have been placed alongside Colombia, Paraguay and CatarCopa America 2019 will kick off with Brazil facing Bolivia in Sao Paulo on June 14Hosts Brazil were given a kind draw and will face Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia in the 2019 Copa America, a tournament they have not won since 2007 and one they will be under huge pressure to win on home soil.Thursday’s draw also placed Argentina, another side desperate for a major title after an even longer trophy drought, with Colombia, Paraguay and invited team Qatar.The third of the three top seeds Uruguay are in perhaps the most difficult Group C, along with the other invited side Japan, plus Ecuador and reigning champions Chile.This year’s tournament will kick off with Brazil against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on June 14 and take place in five Brazilian cities. The final is at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium on July 7.”People have questioned me about the draw and some said, it’s easy, others said, be careful,” Brazil coach Tite said. “Our responsibility is to perform at the highest level, to play with joy and to be proud of representing Brazil.””We need to play really well, and that’s how you become champions.”The draw at a cavernous Rio concert hall was led by former Brazil captain Cafu and aided by soccer luminaries like former Inter Milan defender Javier Zanetti, Uruguayan Diego Lugano and six times FIFA Player of the year Marta.It marked the starting gun for what promises to be a high pressure year for both Brazil and Argentina.The host nation have not won a major title since lifting the Copa America in 2007 and coach Tite, whose side were knocked out the World Cup at the quarter-final stage last year, is under pressure to deliver some silverware.advertisementArgentina, meanwhile, have reached the last two finals of the Copa America and lost both times on penalties. Another loss would extend a trophy drought that stretches back to 1993.The two-times World Cup winners will come to the tournament with Lionel Scaloni in charge and although the interim coach, who has a contract until after the Copa, would not be drawn on his rivals he said his aim was to triumph.”It’s going to be difficult and no matter who we play we have to win,” he told reporters. “The idea is that we are as good as anyone; we just need to keep notching up the victories.”They could also be without Lionel Messi. The Barcelona forward took a sabbatical from international soccer after a disappointing World Cup in Russia and has not said whether he will return to play in Brazil.The Copa America is the oldest international tournament in the world and is played between the 10 South American nations and invited teams.In addition to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, matches will be held in Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte and Salvador.”Undoubtedly, there is always a great respect and admiration for Brazil’s footballing culture.”I think that will guarantee a great tournament,” said Chilean coach Reinaldo Rueda.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Copa America 2019Follow Copa America drawlast_img read more

Insecurity is a human thing should be embraced Vicky

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Vicky Kaushal, who has tasted the highs of high in a career just spanning four years, admits that being an actor comes with its share of insecurities, but it is a human thing that should be embraced. “Of course (being an actor comes with insecurities), and it is a very human thing. Everyone feels insecurity and in this profession you get so much love that the stakes of insecurities become higher. Several ‘what ifs’ creep in because nothing is permanent. No success or failure is permanent. No good or bad time is permanent. So, it leads to insecurities,” Vicky said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe actor says it is important to be surrounded by people who know you for the person you are. “For me, it is important to surround myself with people who know me for the human being I am and not the actor. I am with my family and I am very close to my college friends. I get my grounding from them. So they help me be secure and help me be in touch with who I am,” he said. “Without success or failure that the person that I am… But I think insecurities are a very human things and we should embrace them and live through it and flush them out. Live them and flush them out as they will teach you things.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaVicky’s filmography is loaded with hits each different from one another. He ventured into the world of acting in 2015 with the critically acclaimed film Masaan and was later seen in successful movies like Raazi, Sanju, Manmarziyaan and Uri: The Surgical Strike, which earned him a National Award for Best Actor. Asked if he feels pressure with so many hopes riding on him, Vicky said: “Of course there is pressure. But it is a healthy pressure. It is a pressure that I am craving for and I have been wanting. When you begin, when you give auditions and struggle and looking for opportunities that time you think that people believe in you and give you more responsibilities and they give you more work. This is what you were looking for when you started.” The 31-year-old star says he has “lived many years of struggle” and is now welcoming the pressure with open arms.last_img read more

Senate committee recommends Beyak suspension over letters on Indigenous people

first_imgSenator Lynn Beyak has been under fire for racist letters posted to her government-funded website. (APTN file)The Canadian PressThe Senate’s ethics committee is recommending that Sen. Lynn Beyak be suspended without pay for the duration of the current Parliament over letters about Indigenous people she has posted to her website.The committee’s recommendations include that Beyak attend educational programs at her own expense related to racism toward Indigenous people in Canada.The committee’s report also says the Senate administration should be directed to immediately remove five letters from her website if she won’t remove them herself.The Senate ethics committee was tasked with recommending appropriate remedial measures or sanctions for Beyak based on findings from the Senate’s ethics officer.The officer reported in March that the Ontario senator posted letters on her Senate website that contained racist content and therefore breached two sections of a code of conduct for senators.Beyak could not immediately be reached for comment in response to the Senate committee findings.last_img read more

Muslim Surgeon Who Treated Manchester Bomb Victims Stabbed in ‘Hate Crime’

Rabat – Syrian-Jordanian surgeon Nasser Kurdy, who volunteered to treat the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, was stabbed from behind with a knife on September 24 while walking to a mosque.After the attack, Kurdy was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital, where he works as a consultant orthopedic surgeon, and received treatment for the three-centimeter wound on the back of his neck.“God was merciful to me yesterday. It could be a nerve, an artery, a vein, the gullet. The neck is the contact between the body and your head, but fortunately it was just the muscle,” the 58-year-old Muslim surgeon told British newspaper The Independent. Police confirmed that they had arrested Anthony Rook, a 28-year-old homeless man, as a suspect and are treating the offence as a hate crime.Rook has been charged with assault and possession of a lethal weapon and is due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates Court, Greater Manchester Police said.Kurdy indicated that he couldn’t exactly recall what the attacker told him, but was in “no doubt” the attack occurred because he was entering a mosque. Nevertheless, the surgeon forgave the attacker.“He is not representative of what this country stands for,” he said. “I have absolutely no anger or hate or anything negative towards him. I have declared it. I have totally forgiven him. He could be a marginalized person within his own community.”He continued to say that “people need to know there are Muslims like myself. I’ve worked hard, I’m a surgeon, I treat people. I have a wonderful community. My colleagues at work respect me and value my contribution. I’m sure people don’t get to see that, all they get to see is those crackpots.” read more

Concerns raised over moves to curtail Auditor Generals powers

In light of these three provisions the draft National Audit Bill incorporates, to varying degrees, the venerated guidelines on public auditing: the Lima Guidelines. Most notably the powers of investigation and enforcement of audit findings, and financial independence of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) have been recognised. The principle on enforcement recognises that SAI’s could be empowered to issue legally valid and enforceable judgments (e.g. powers of surcharge). The National Audit Bill, which has been certified by the Attorney General, has three key provisions. First the power of the Auditor General to impose personal financial responsibility or surcharges on individuals who have caused financial loss to a state entity through fraud, direct wilful negligence, misappropriation or corruption; second the power to examine bank accounts in which the Auditor General believes that monies belonging to a state entity have been fraudulently, irregularly or wrongfully deposited; and third an independent budgeting mechanism designed to safeguard the independence of the prospective National Audit Office. Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is concerned by reports that the cabinet of ministers plans to curtail the proposed powers of the Auditor General, under the National Audit Bill, which would limit the Auditor General’s ability to hold individuals personally liable for losses caused to state entities.TISL urges the government to retain these surcharging powers, which are in keeping with international best practices, whilst being mindful of the opportunity to further detail the surcharge and appeals process at the committee stage of Parliament. TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeysekere stated that ‘whilst surcharging powers should be retained, it would be prudent to ensure that the law specifies ever clearer processes for the imposition of a surcharge. At the same time, the appeal procedure needs to be unbiased and devoid of any appearance of conflict of interest for the Auditor General. TISL believes that the current Bill raises issues in these two matters, which can be remedied and strengthened at the committee stage of Parliament’.The National Audit Bill has been deferred on numerous occasions since it was initially proposed in Cabinet in April 2015. As a key pledge of President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 day manifesto, the passage of the National Audit Bill is essential to strengthen financial accountability across the state structure. TISL calls on the Cabinet to display its commitment to fighting corruption and enhancing the scrutiny of public finance by tabling the National Audit Bill before Parliament. read more

Security Council tightens sanctions on DPR Korea in wake of latest nuclear

Detailing the new sanctions through a resolution adopted unanimously by the 15-member body, the Council demanded that the country retract its announcement of withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and reaffirmed its decision that “the DPRK shall abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes, in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.”Toward that goal, an existing ban on DPRK trade in items related to the nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and officials involved in it was specified as applying to a raft of items detailed in the resolution’s annexes, ranging from “pyrotechnically actuated valves,” to luxury goods such as jewelry with pearls and race cars.The travel ban and asset freeze was extended to additional individuals and companies, including those involved in the trade of arms-related material and to the Second Academy of Natural Sciences in Pyongyang.Welcoming the adoption of the resolution, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called its measures “effective and credible,” adding that “the Security Council has sent an unequivocal message to the DPRK that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons and related acts,” according to a statement released by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban called on DPRK and all other Member States to fully comply with the resolution, reaffirming his commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula through dialogue.The statement noted the Secretary-General’s deep concern over heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula, and urged DPRK to refrain from any further destabilizing steps or “bellicose rhetoric.” “At a time of new political leadership throughout the region, the Secretary-General urges Pyongyang to reverse course and build confidence with the country’s neighbours,” it stated. Sanctions were first imposed on DPRK by the Council following nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, including a ban on the import of nuclear and missile technology. The sanctions were further tightened in January 2013 after the country reportedly launched a long-range Unha-3 rocket from its west coast. read more

UN Security Council arrives in Mali vows to support country during key

“We are here—the whole Council is here with its entire weight, with one voice, and with the same wish to see Mali reconciled, Malians united to build peace and to continue building the great country you have,” Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins, the Permanent Representative of Angola and Security Council President for the month of March, told reporters at a press conference in the capital, Bamako. “It’s the main message we’re bringing with us,” he added. “During this visit, we will meet with Malians, we will be close to them instead of just listening from afar and reading the reports. We will let them know directly that our main objective is to see the rebirth of Mali.” The Malian Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical extremists. The country has also been wracked by a series of humanitarian crises. Echoing the Angolan Ambassador’s message was France’s Permanent Representative François Delattre, who said the road travelled by the West African country during these past years has been “spectacular.” Building on this progress, he explained that the Security Council is putting all its weight on three items in particular. “First, it is important to give renewed impulse to the implementation of the peace accords. These mark a historic step, they mark the coming together of all Malian stakeholders and of the whole international community supporting the agreement,” he underlined, referring to the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation, signed by the Government, the Coordination of Movements of Azawad, and the Platform coalition of armed groups. “The second objective is to put all the Security Council’s weight on the fight against terrorism which counters the peace agreement,” Mr. Delattre continued. “It is the reason why are honoring the Malian security forces which are at the forefront of this battle. We are also honoring the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which works alongside the country’s people and authorities.” Finally, he said the Security Council’s third message is to promote reconciliation. “It’s the key word I think,” the Ambassador stressed. “To move forward with reconciliation between all Malians, no matter where they are, so they feel includes in this dynamic I have described.” “We are at your side. You have, dear Malian friends, the destiny of your country in your hands. We are at a key moment in the history of your country. We will support your efforts especially in the implementation of the peace agreement. You have a historic chance, so cease it,” he concluded. read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 18

Africa’s last two hopes take the field Monday, but neither of them have much of a shot. Can one (or both) of them shock a European power?France vs. Nigeria: 12 p.m. EDTGermany vs. Algeria: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHDespite losing its final match of the group phase to Argentina (yielding a pair of goals to the incomparable Lionel Messi), Nigeria was still able to qualify for the World Cup’s knockout round by way of an Iranian defeat against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Now it has to face France, which ranks as the world’s fifth-best national team in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). Do the Super Eagles have a chance?Our current projections give Nigeria only a 24 percent probability of toppling a tough French side that’s as balanced as it is talented (France ranks sixth in SPI offense and fifth in defense). Nigeria will need to keep particular tabs on Karim Benzema, France’s all-universe forward. In the tournament’s round-robin phase, he terrorized Group E with three goals and two assists, and has been one of the best players of the World Cup thus far. He was a big reason why France scored eight total goals in its first two group-stage matches (before being held scoreless by Ecuador in a match France didn’t really need in order to win the group).Nigeria’s best hope to shut down France lies in its defense. Before Messi menaced the Super Eagles in the group-stage finale, they had kept clean sheets in each of their first two matches. According to the metric of individual contribution I computed here, five of Nigeria’s six most instrumental performers during the group stage were defensive-minded players — goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Efe Ambrose, and holding midfielders John Obi Mikel and Ogenyi Onazi. Life won’t be easy for them Monday (our model says there’s a 56 percent chance France scores at least two goals during regulation time), but it will be tough for Nigeria to prevail unless they keep France’s offense in check.In the other matchup of the day, Germany faces Algeria in what looks to be one of the Round of 16’s most lopsided affairs. I wrote about the Germans at length when they faced the United States last Thursday, so I won’t belabor the point. They’re one of the best sides in the world, incredibly dangerous offensively and composed almost entirely of players in their soccer primes. It’s going to be a tall order for the Algerians to stop them, especially since Algeria has (by far) the worst defense of any team to advance to the knockout round, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) numbers.Algerian attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli enjoyed a good start to the tournament, racking up a goal and an assist in his first two group-stage appearances, but the pressure will be on him to perform against Germany as one of the few Algerian players of world-class quality. Then again, Algeria’s defense is so porous (and Germany’s offense so potent), that it may not matter. With just an 17 percent probability of victory according to the FiveThirtyEight model, it would be the upset of the tournament thus far if Algeria somehow manages to topple the German juggernaut.YESTERDAYFor 87 minutes, Mexico looked ready for el quinto partido. It took just seven minutes for crushing defeat to set in.Wesley Sneijder’s goal in the 88th minute and a penalty kick by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the fourth minute of added time brought Mexico’s tournament to an abrupt end.In the first half, El Tri matched the Netherlands touch-for-touch in possessions in the attacking third (50-46 in favor of the Dutch). The Mexicans held the Dutch to one chance created and one shot on goal, both tournament lows for the Oranje.But the Netherlands exploited a Mexican weakness to score the latest equalizer in Dutch World Cup history. Mexico leaves the tournament having allowed opponents eight chances created off set pieces, tied with South Korea and Uruguay for most of any country. Holland’s first goal came off a corner kick, as Huntelaar’s back-post run left him open to head the cross back to the center of the box. As Sneijder struck the ball just inside the penalty area, the closest Mexican defender in front of him was just outside the 6-yard box. That was more than enough room for Sneijder.Miguel Herrera, whose team had been in almost constant attack throughout the tournament, became conservative over the last 90 minutes. Before the 61st minute (when Dos Santos subbed off), the Dutch had a 75-62 lead in attacking-third touches, a respectable margin for Mexico against the Oranje. But after Dos Santos left for midfielder Javier Aquino, the Dutch had a 63-30 advantage in attacking-third touches.More important, they translated that advantage to two goals and extended the drought for that elusive quinto partido. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHTrying and failing to colonize Nigeria in the early 18th century hasn’t stopped France from holding influence in the country. According to AidData, France provided Nigeria with $4.5 billion in aid between 1973 and 2011. The bulk of the aid ($4.2 billion) was distributed for debt alleviation in 2005 and 2006, after Nigeria was overlooked for debt relief in 2004 due to its oil revenues. More recently, France hasn’t provided as much aid, but it’s been allocated more broadly. Six of the 18 projects to which France contributed in 2011 were for building education infrastructure, three were for building technical expertise in education, health and government, and one was for developing agriculture. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWorld Cup Players to Know: Costa Rica’s Keylor NavasWere the Billions Brazil Spent on World Cup Stadiums Worth It? read more

5 things we saw between Ohio State and Maryland

OSU redshirt junior linebacker Craig Fada (38) celebrates during OSU’s 49-28 victory over Maryland on Oct. 10.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorBefore Ohio State’s 49-28 victory over Maryland, The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz gave the five things they would be looking for on Saturday. Here is what came of those five items.Can OSU convert on third down?Coming into Saturday, OSU had successfully converted just 23 of 66 third-down attempts — a mark that ranked 103rd nationally.OSU coach Urban Meyer said during the week that the Buckeyes would have to improve their third-down opportunities in order to run a more efficient offense — and they did just that against Maryland.The combination of redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett at quarterback combined to convert five of 11 third downs, plus a fourth down.Early in the game, OSU was tested with a 3rd-and-16 after Barrett came in for Jones near the red zone. Barrett threw his first pass attempt of the game with a strike to redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas for 20 yards and a first down.That conversion ended up leading to a touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7, and is even bigger when considering that redshirt senior kicker Jack Willoughby has missed all three of his kicks from more than 31 yards away, including a wide-left 44-yarder on Saturday.PenaltiesGetting flagged for mistakes due to both over-aggressiveness and lack of discipline was another item Meyer said concerned the coaching staff on both offense and defense.While an improvement over the eight penalties for 109 yards the week before against Indiana, the coach likely still wasn’t pleased with the performance in avoiding the laundry.The Buckeyes were flagged six times for a total of 45 yards on Saturday, including four by the offensive line.Redshirt senior Chase Farris, redshirt sophomore Billy Price and redshirt sophomore Evan Lisle were whistled for false starts. Additionally, senior center Jacoby Boren was called for a hold, which negated a positive run and led to Willoughby eventually missing the field goal.The other two penalties came on the defensive side of the ball, namely by junior defensive end Joey Bosa. First came an offsides penalty on Maryland’s first drive, then a nearly critical one on the first drive of the second half.Bosa flew in with a late two-handed shove to the helmet of Maryland redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills, immediately drawing a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer. That wasn’t all, however, as Bosa was also tabbed with targeting, meaning a possible ejection from the remainder of the contest.An automatic review of the targeting call led the referees to overturn it, allowing Bosa to stay in the game. The Terrapins ended up finding the end zone and tying the game at 21.Will Curtis Samuel factor in more?After having only one touch against Indiana, sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel equaled that low number on Saturday.Meyer said after the Indiana game that Samuel was limited in practice leading up to the game because of back spasms. It remains unclear if that ailment resurfaced or if he was just unable to generate any offense.A carry for one yard on OSU’s second possession marked the extent of Samuel’s offensive day.With just two runs for five yards making up the last two games for the Brooklyn, New York, product, it is possible that he is simply falling out of the offensive picture for the time being.Red zoneAgainst Indiana, the Buckeyes did not score a touchdown in any of their three trips to the red zone. They came away with two field goals and a turnover, dropping their scoring rate to just 75 percent overall and 37.5 percent of trips resulting in touchdowns.That negative statistic turned completely on its head Saturday.The Buckeyes went to the red zone six times, and came away with 42 of its 49 points by scoring touchdowns every time.A big reason for that success was the implementation of a quarterback system that saw Barrett check in for Jones when OSU got near or in the red zone. Of the Buckeyes’ six red-zone scores, five came with Barrett at the helm — three rushing touchdowns by Barrett and two by junior running back Ezekiel Elliott.In the postgame press conference, Meyer was asked about the team going six for six in the red zone. Meyer asked for the question to be repeated, only to quip, “I heard you the first time. I just wanted you to say it again.”It truly was music to the coach’s ears, and should be an enormous difference-maker for the offense if it keeps up at anywhere near that success rate.Total turnoversThough OSU and Maryland came in as two of the worst teams in the country in terms of coughing up turnovers, each kept it mostly clean on Saturday.Maryland — which came into the game with 17 turnovers including 15 interceptions, both the worst in the nation — did not allow any turnovers until toward the end of the game.At that point with the game already out of reach, the wheels came off, as Hills was intercepted on consecutive possessions.Redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell grabbed the first on an errant throw right into his lap for his second interception of the year and seventh of his career. Four plays into the Terrapins’ next possession, redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard dropped into coverage and snagged his first collegiate interception.To the Buckeyes’ credit, they did not allow a single turnover after coming into the game with 13, the ninth-most through five weeks.The only major mistake came late in the game, when a shotgun snap flew over Barrett’s head and traveled 25 yards downfield back into OSU territory. Barrett fell on the ball to avoid a turnover, but it took the Buckeyes out of field-goal range. Had the scoreboard not read 49-28, it could have stood as a costly error. Regardless, Saturday’s contest was a big step for multiple facets of the heavily scrutinized OSU offense. read more

Always buy the cheapest bottle on the wine list in restaurants food

first_img​​ He told the audience he was once dining at City Social – Jason Atherton’s restaurant in central London, where one bottle of wine can cost £2,990 – when he caught out a waiter, who did not know details about some of the establishment’s wines because its list was “stratospheric”.“I asked the waiter if he could find me a bottle of Pinot Noir for under £50,” he said. “He looked at me as if I was some kind of scum on his heel and he couldn’t so I then called him back and said, ‘there’s one for £49, you didn’t even know your own wine list’.” Wine lists are fraught with problems but mostly because of the b——- spouted by wine connoisseursJay Rayner Diners should only buy house wine in restaurants in protest at complex and overpriced wine lists, Jay Rayner has suggested.The critic, 50, recommended that customers buy the “cheapest bottle on the list” due to the snobbery of wine connoisseurs.He went as far to say that expensive wines should only ever be bought in shops and enjoyed at home. Jay Rayner Jay Rayner hit back at the snobbery of wine connoisseurs Credit:Clare Molden for The Telegraph  I do not hold to being intimidated by anything in this lifeJay Rayner Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he said: “I refuse to be intimidated by a wine list.“Wine lists are fraught with problems but mostly because of the b——- spouted by wine connoisseurs. They irritate me profoundly.”He added: “I do not hold to being intimidated by anything in this life and if a wine list irritates you just buy the cheapest on the list and tell them all to p— off.” During the talk, Rayner also hit out at those who criticise others for eating takeaways.“There is a group out there who will make an assumption and wag their finger at you and say ‘if you don’t cook everything from scratch you will be unhealthy’,” he said.“The evidence based on all the academic papers I have looked at is not conclusive on that and it is the home cooks, the ones who absolutely love cooking at home, who can also turn out to be the greedy b——-. So you just can’t make an assumption.”The Telegraph has contacted City Social for comment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Digital Chocolatier 3D prints your perfect chocolate treat

first_imgWhile all the recent chatter about the way that 3D-printing technology has advanced is pretty cool, there’s a new prototype that has us thinking about printing out custom chocolates instead of Companion Cubes. Called the Digital Chocolatier Prototype, it allows you to quickly design and assemble different kinds of chocolate candies via a touchscreen interface. Using a chocolate extruder, the device puts the delicious confection into a thermoelectric cup that rapidly cools the candy ready for consumption.The mastermind behind this awesomeness is a man named Marcelo Coelho, a Canadian designer and researcher who is currently finishing his doctorate a the MIT Media Lab. When he’s not getting smarter in Cambridge, he runs a studio called Zigelbaum + Coelho in Montreal. His goal with tackling food-based printing is to continue the convergence that’s going on between technology and everyday life. What’s more a part of our culture and our identities than food?As mentioned above, this machine is simply a prototype. It consists of a carousel of 4 different delicious items that you can layer to your hearts content. The pictured user interface is simply a concept as to how the device would work. There are no plans to build a fully working unit for mass production, so you can view this as adding to the body of work that Coelho is trying to develop for his doctorate work. Of course, if a working prototype emerges, we’ll be first in line to try it.Using chocolate or other confections as the material for 3D printing is not a new concept. Rather than extrudable plastics, you simply replace the building material with molten chocolate to create a layered object that you can actually eat.How long before an established chocolate company gets wind of this and commercializes it?Read more at Coelho’s page at the MIT Media Lab sitelast_img read more

Assange aide arrested trying to leave Ecuador

first_img By AFP Short URL 33 Comments Apr 12th 2019, 7:01 AM 15,033 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4588542 Friday 12 Apr 2019, 7:01 AMcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Assange aide arrested trying to leave Ecuador Assange was arrested yesterday morning. A COLLABORATOR OF WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in Ecuador while trying to flee to Japan, the South American country’s interior minister said.Maria Paula Romo did not identify the person but told Sonorama radio he was very close to Assange, who was arrested yesterday in London on a US extradition request after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy there.Channel Teleamazonas identified him as Ola Bini, a software developer focused on privacy, security and cryptography, but did not name its source.Earlier yesterday, the minister had linked the collaborator with alleged attempts to destabilise the government of President Lenin Moreno. He “has been detained simply for investigation purposes,” she said, adding he had taken foreign trips with former Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino, who gave political asylum to Assange in 2012. “We have sufficient evidence that he was collaborating in attempts to destabilise the government,” she said.Romo’s announcement followed the arrest of Assange.British police moved in after Ecuador pulled its asylum for Assange and cancelled his citizenship, granted in 2012. He had been living in the embassy, fearing arrest, but the Ecuadorian government says that Assange ”repeatedly violated” the conditions of his protection.The US Justice Department said Assange was being charged with a computer hacking conspiracy relating to his work with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in March 2010.© – AFP 2019 Share1 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Middle school teacher accused of sex act with student denied bond

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A middle school teacher accused of engaging in a sex act with a student has been denied bond.Wendell Nibbs appeared in court Friday morning, charged with two counts of engaging in a sexual act with a child.A judge ordered him to stay behind bars.The 51-year-old was a physical education teacher at Brownsville Middle School in Northwest Miami-Dade.An investigation began in 2015 after several female students claimed he engaged in improper sexual conduct.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Arlos smart video doorbell may be coming soon

first_imgThe video doorbell appears in the rightmost position. I-View Now A video doorbell has been missing from Arlo’s popular lineup of home security solutions, and now it looks to be on the horizon. Partner I-View, which provides alarm-monitoring services for some of Arlo’s products, posted an ad on its site a couple of weeks ago as part of a news release, showing the Arlo lineup — including the video doorbell labeled as “Coming soon!” It was spotted recently by Zatznotfunny.com. The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sprint 8 Photos Read Google Home Hub review Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Turo Read the AirPods review Comments $60 at Best Buy 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Arlo’s smart doorbell doesn’t have a security camera Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Amazon Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 security cameras bring HD video… Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best Buy 1:49 Post a comment 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. Read the Rylo camera preview Boost Mobile See It 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The ad shows a long, oval doorbell, typical of the genre, with camera at the top and a depression button at the bottom, which looks like it has illumination. The ad says: “See and respond to guests from anywhere with crystal clear 2-way audio and 2MP full HD video.”Arlo didn’t reply to a request for comment. $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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 See at Amazon $520 at HP Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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). Tags See It 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. $299 at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Smart Home,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 $6 at Tidal $999 Share your voice Rylo Now playing: Watch this: Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See it 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 0 $59 at eBay See It Tags HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Apple iPhone XS 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. $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160)last_img read more