Senator 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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.
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?
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.
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 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.
While 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 site
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 AM 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
NORTHWEST 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.
The 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. 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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. 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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. 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Stock market investors are ready for the first U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike in nearly a decade next week, but they may not be fully prepared for all of the nuanced remarks likely to accompany that announcement.If the Fed lays out an aggressive schedule of future rate increases, stock markets could become very volatile and even plummet, say strategists who expect a market-calming central bank announcement detailing the patience of policymakers.Activity in the options market suggests stock traders are being cautious ahead of the Fed policy meeting on Dec. 15-16, and options expiry at the end of next week could amplify volatility in either direction.”If…(policymakers) came out saying that over the next two years they will raise by ‘this’ much, that would be very destabilizing,” said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago.”The market will take great relief in the Fed communicating it will be very patient for the next increase.”Even so, traders hoping to profit on the Fed’s expected statement lack a playbook. The markets haven’t been through the current scenario of a rate lift-off after years in which the central bank’s short-term interest rates have been locked near zero.That could partly explain the jittery trading on Wall Street this week, during which volatility has risen and the benchmark S&P 500 dropped 3.5 percent.A slew of economic data due to be released before the Fed meeting, including readings on growth in manufacturing, industrial production and consumer prices, could cause some choppiness if traders take any robust data as a sign that the Fed may be more aggressive with future rate increases.Furthermore, markets could face an interruption next week if Congress and President Barack Obama trigger a government shutdown by failing to finish work on a $1.5 trillion government funding bill.OPTIONS POSITIONINGThat uncertainty has helped trigger bets in the options market by investors trying to cover themselves against a wide array of outcomes in stocks, and similar uncertainty has been apparent across other asset classes as well.Crude oil futures fell to seven-year lows while the euro, expected to decline against the dollar as the Fed tightens, rallied after many covered those bets.As expected, exchange-traded funds and individual stocks in rate-sensitive sectors such as financial firms and real estate investment trusts have attracted a lot of options trading activity betting on sharp moves – in both directions – in the wake of a Fed announcement.”We are seeing a lot of heavy positioning” in front of the Fed, said Steven Sosnick, equity risk manager for Timber Hill, the market-making division of Interactive Brokers.That positioning is leaning more heavily toward seeking protection against a broad stock market move lower, said traders who expect volatility to spike after the Fed meeting.S&P 500 .SPX options expiring next Friday imply a 2.9 percent move in the index by the end of the week.The CBOE Volatility Index .VIX, the market’s favored barometer of trader angst, has crept over its long-term average of 20, after having stayed mostly below that level since early October. On Friday, it was up 28 percent at 24.72.That level is higher than futures show the VIX going forward, signifying that traders are more worried about near-term volatility than they are about a long-term breakdown.But a sharp move to the downside could be amplified since the Fed decision comes just two days ahead of “quadruple-witching,” when options on stocks and indexes and futures on indexes and single-stocks all expire, making the index particularly prone to a jump in volatility.JPMorgan derivatives analysts estimate that nearly $1.1 trillion of S&P 500 options are set to expire on Friday morning, about 60 percent in put options, typically used as portfolio hedges.In case of an adverse reaction in stocks, the accumulation of large blocks of open SPX put contracts at the 2,000, 1,950, and 1,900 levels, could force more selling. Market makers who have sold those contracts would be forced to sell equities to reduce their risk.This kind of activity was one of the key reasons for the market selloff in late August, when the S&P entered its first correction in more than four years.
University of ChittagongUnelected vice chancellors (VC) have been running the Chittagong University for the last 26 years. The polls to elect registered graduates’ representatives have not been held in the last 28 years either. As a result, the university authorities have no accountability and the VC’s word is final in any situation.As per the 1973 Ordinance, on which the CU is run, the president would name a VC from a panel of three nominated by the Senate. Since 1991, as many as nine VCs and acting VCs have run the institution, but none of them were elected. All of them got the position through an executive order of the government. None of them called for an election of the university panel, too. A few tried to hold an election, but that was an attempt to secure the position for a second term. However, the elections were never held. A number of senior teachers told Prothom Alo, the 1973 Ordinance is outdated now. Whoever has been named the VC has turned a blind eye to the ordinance to serve his own purpose. As a result, the authorities have no one to hold him accountable. Professor Moinul Islam of the university’s economics department said only those who are good at lobbying are becoming VCs now. As far as these elections are concerned, the CU lags the farthest behind among the universities, he observed. The Chittagong University was established in 1966, some 22 kilometres off the port city. Around 24,000 students are studying at the university at present. During the tenure of military ruler HM Ershad, two VCs were elected to the chair. In 1986, Mohammad Ali became the first elected VC. When he left the post in 1988, Alamgir Mohammad Sirajuddin was named an acting VC. He then called an election of the VC’s panel, which he subsequently won. However, when the BNP government came to power in 1991, Sirajuddin was removed. And that was the beginning of this unfortunate practice.The present CU vice chancellor Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury told Prothom Alo that they would soon start getting the graduates registered. Once the registered graduates’ representatives are elected and the other vacant Senate posts are filled in, an election to the VC’s panel could be held, he hoped. A senior teacher seeking anonymity said when a VC is elected by a senate, he is accountable to them. But unelected VCs don’t have to answer to anyone. So, they do whatever they want, including appointing people loyal to him. University Grants Commission chairman Abdul Mannan, a former VC of the university, claimed that he had taken preparations to hold an election to the VC’s panel, but that could not be held due to a court order. An election to the VC’s panel is a must, he added. As per the rules, at least 25 of the 101-strong Senate have to be registered graduates who would serve for three years. The last time these representatives were elected was in 1986. The next election was to be held in 1989, but that did not take place. The university rules say if no polls are held, the elected ones will continue to serve on the Senate. However, the ones elected in 1986 are uncomfortable to stay on so long. Many among them have passed away too.Professor M Abdul Gafur, who was elected in 1986, said these elections should be held on a regular basis. Thousands of students graduate every year, but they regrettably have no representation in the Senate, he added.
[via BoingBoing] There’s apparently a strong intersection between freerunners and Super Mario Bros fans. This gym, Tempest Freerunning Academy, located in Los Angeles, has been decked out with platforms, trampolines, borders to climb on, and other hand-holds for freerunning enthusiasts to jump onto, bounce over, and spring themselves off of. The catch is that the entire gym looks like it was lifted straight out of a Super Mario game. All the way down to the pixel art question blocks and the 8-bit bricks, the entire gym is a tribute to the game and the people who love it, including the people who work and play there. The setup is also used in their Parkour 101 training class, so if you’re interested in learning how freerunning works in a geeky setting, that may be the class for you.Check out a video of the gym behind the jump.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While companies such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and HTC have invested billions of dollars into virtual reality, startup castAR co-founder Jeri Ellsworth sees an augmented reality future. Anyone who’s played the 2016 hit mobile game Pokemon Go has had a taste of augmented reality, which blends virtual characters with the real world.Serial inventor and entrepreneur Ellsworth worked at Valve Software, helping to found and grow the hardware department. The hardware department teams went on to release other products including the HTC Vive and the Steam Box controller, while she focused more on augmented reality. Related: 10 Amazing Uses of Virtual RealityThat augmented reality platform allowed players to wear specially-designed glasses and use a wand to interact with holographic creations that came to life on a flat surface like a tabletop, much like a real-world version of the HoloChess concept introduced in the original Star Wars back in 1977.In 2013, Ellsworth decided to leave, and since Valve was focused on virtual reality, she asked Valve president and owner Gabe Newell if she and colleague/programmer Rick Johnson could take that still-early prototype technology with them. He agreed, and castAR was born.“What I learned from working at Valve and some of the amazing people there was that the company is hyper-focused on the customer experience,” Ellsworth said. “Almost every decision that’s made is studied under the microscope of how it impacts the end-user experience.”Ellsworth has a solid track record of succeeding across multiple male-dominated industries. She dropped out of high school in her small hometown of Dallas, Ore., and decided to build and race cars — with no experience.“I’ve always been an inventor and tinkerer since I was a kid,” Ellsworth recalled. “I was always dismantling everything in our home and making something different of things. My father was perpetually frustrated that any device he brought into the house was going to be dismantled.”Ellsworth has spent her career learning from mentors and putting in the work. She found a local machinist in Oregon to teach her how to weld in exchange for her cleaning up the shop. She spent six years designing, building, racing and selling custom racecars. She also spent time dirt track racing with her father and competed in the I5 Challenge.Related: 7 Reasons You Need a Mentor for Entrepreneurial SuccessShe went from designing racecars to customizing PCs in the ‘90s, running her own retail store called Computers Made Easy.“I didn’t know how to run a retail business or coordinate teams, but when I opened up my first store I had an insurance guy who came over at lunch and taught me how to run a business and work with employees and keep customers happy,” Ellsworth said.Once the profit margins dropped for custom PCs, Ellsworth headed to Silicon Valley and began building semiconductors and tackling system-level engineering challenges at companies like Intersil, Ubicom, Rapport, and Zenverge. She designed complicated toys in the early 2000s like the all-in-one video game joystick C64 Direct-to-TV, which put her on the radar of the video game industry. It was ultimately her in-depth weekly science educational webcast with George Sanger, Fatman and Circuit Girl, which dove into tough engineering problems, that attracted Newell’s attention.Ellsworth’s success in every industry she’s tackled has drawn the attention of very successful entrepreneurs.“Coming to Silicon Valley without a traditional education, it was mind-blowing the type of mentors I was able to learn from,” Ellsworth said. “Steve Wozniak and Lee Felstenstein took time to give me advice.”Related: How Augmented Reality Will Shape the Future of EcommerceOne of those mentors along her journey was Andy Rubin, who she first met at Danger Inc. When Ellsworth was looking to evolve castAR from a successful million dollar Kickstarter campaign into a mainstream business, she heard Rubin was doing a venture fund incubator program for startups, Playground Global. So she sent him an email, and eventually (following a successful tour of the Silicon Valley VC circuit) he replied, and invested.“A few weeks into working with Andy and his team, he told us the key to creating a successful product is to leverage the talent of the developers out there,” Ellsworth explained. “If there’s something that’s difficult for them to do, focus on making a tool to make it easier. That same lesson applies to making things easy for the end-user.”Ellsworth said Rubin will randomly drop by the office in Palo Alto and help the team stretch its thinking.“He’ll spend a lot of time talking about where I want to go with the company two or three chess moves out,” Ellsworth said.That blueprint is to launch a rock solid augmented reality experience this fall that anyone, including her father, can reach into and mold virtual clay or play a driving game with the grandkids plowing a tractor through virtual corn fields. By the third generation of the platform, Ellsworth wants to lift the experience off the table and allow them to watch movies in the kitchen on a virtual screen or cook with a virtual recipe book next to the smart stove or use the smart thermostat to see how energy consumption has been over the last month. Within 10 years, the goal is to start to replace today’s smartphones and tablets and some general computing with augmented reality and start to use AR for navigation.“Andy helps you draw a line through all of these things we want to do and how to take the customer on this journey with you,” Ellsworth said. “We talk about creating graphics on glasses and how we can train them up so by the time they’re off the table and moving around they’re already familiar with and comfortable with the technology.”Ellsworth also learned the lesson of moving the company forward, even if it means taking a loss to satisfy the past. After the successful Kickstarter campaign, castAR engineers were torn between building and shipping the older version of the platform, which connected to a home PC, and the newer (and final) retail project, which doesn’t require a PC. Rubin and his team sat Ellsworth down and asked what she wanted to do. And she said she wanted castAR customers to wander around the world tetherless and enjoy these experiences.“Andy told us to refund the Kickstarter backers’ money and focus on the future,” Ellsworth said. “We decided to give back their money and give them a free pair of the fully-integrated glasses when they’re ready. Our CFO had a hard time with us giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars in free AR glasses, but the marketing guys said this was great for marketing the technology.”While introducing brand new technology to consumers will be a challenge, it’s just another hurdle for Ellsworth to navigate. And she has plenty of experience, and great mentors, to help her on this journey. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 10, 2017 Register Now »
News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more May 7, 2009 – Glan Clywd Hospital will soon offer local cancer patients across North Wales advanced radiotherapy treatments using RapidArc radiotherapy technology on two new treatment machines from Varian Medical Systems. The site will install the Clinac linear accelerators with RapidArc to become the first in Wales to offer this new, faster form of radiotherapy that extends more advanced care to more patients.The new machines ordered in March will be installed in new treatment rooms to be constructed at the hospital beginning in June. The project is part of a multi-million pound initiative to replace ageing machines in the hospital, which serves a population of more than 700,000 across North Wales. The new equipment should be clinical by early 2011.Equipped with On-Board Imager devices for advanced X-ray imaging and RapidArc capability, the new machines will be used to deliver image-guided IMRT (intensity modulated radiotherapy) up to eight times more quickly than with conventional IMRT. Faster treatments have significant benefits in terms of precision, since the patient has less time to move during a treatment session, and patient comfort, as the patient is on the couch for less time.”This is a big step forward because our current treatment machines have been used continuously since we opened ten years ago and they do not allow us to perform the most modern and advanced treatments,” says Dr. Jaap Vaarkamp, head of radiotherapy physics at Glan Clwyd Hospital. “RapidArc is very exciting because it makes IMRT much quicker to deliver. We are currently only able to use IMRT on one of our machines, so this is a major step forward.”Nest Bowl, radiotherapy services manager, said the investment project was given the go-ahead by the Welsh Assembly in April 2009 as part of a ten-year strategy to upgrade radiotherapy provision in Wales. She said Varian equipment was selected after a rigorous tender process. “We are very excited about being able to offer our patients image-guided and RapidArc treatments,” she added. “We already use Varian equipment so it also makes sense from an interface and training perspective to acquire the latest Varian technology.”With RapidArc, Varian’s Clinac accelerator can target beams at a tumor while continuously rotating around the patient, delivering a precise and efficient treatment in single or multiple arcs. Conventional IMRT treatments are slower and more difficult for radiotherapy radiographers because they target tumors using a complex sequence of fixed beams from multiple angles. For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ John Brown, right, and Larry Fitzgerald celebrate after Brown’s touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) According to stats, the Arizona Cardinals have the best offense in the NFL.They have gained 280 more yards than the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are second in that category, and trail the Carolina Panthers by just four total points.Arizona can beat you through the air, where they average 296.5 yards per game, as well as on the ground, where they tally 126.4 yards per matchup.Arizona converts on third-down a league-best 47.2 percent of the time, which keeps drives alive. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires They have at times appeared to be unstoppable, and their offense is a big reason as to why they are 12-2 and a legitimate Super Bowl contender.According to ESPN’s Matt Bowen, in an Insider piece, they are the fourth-scariest offense in the entire NFL behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.Bruce Arian’s (sic) system in Arizona has the best vertical passing game in the league. This offense will take shots over the top with quarterback Carson Palmer(4,277 yards, 32 TDs), and the Cardinals have a pretty legit group at wide receiver to haul in Palmer’s bombs. With Michael Floyd, John Brown and the lightning speed of rookie J.J. Nelson, the Cards can stretch the field and create quick scoring opportunities. Plus, with the route running of veteran Larry Fitzgerald, Palmer can dissect defenses underneath versus zone coverage.If you want to play man coverage, you better have the personnel to match up to this group. And if you want to sit back in Cover 2 or Cover 3, Palmer can eat up the secondary by targeting soft windows in those zone shells.But for as much as we talk about this passing game in Arizona, Arians isn’t afraid to run the football, control tempo and cater his call sheet to the power schemes. There is a lot of balance to this Cardinals offense. They can pound the rock — rookie David Johnson rushed for 187 and three touchdowns in Week 15 — and take shots over the top. That’s going to create issues for defensive coordinators. Pick the wrong look and it could be six points against Arizona.Indeed, the Cardinals have a variety of weapons and ways in which they can attack a defense, and for the most part, the only thing that has held them back are careless turnovers and random struggles in the red zone. That has not happened often enough to derail them, though, and as long as the team’s key offensive players can remain healthy, there’s little reason to believe they will be slowed much in the postseason. – / 14 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
May 14, 2012Ernest Callenbach died just a few days ago at age 82. He was an admirer of Paolo Soleri and of Arcosanti. He died April 16. of cancer at his home in Berkeley CA. I first met him back in 1981 when he and I were paired in a keynote dialogue at a statewide conference of gifted high school students from throughout California. He spoke of the ideas underlying his famous book, Ecotopia, I of the ideas underlying our famous project Arcosanti. His book Ecotopia was written in 1975.This past August we were connected again by Richard Register at the 9th Ecocoties World Congress in Montreal. Here’s his last bit of writing, something that was found on his computer after his recent death. Jeff[photo: web & text: Jeff Stein]