Assault at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

first_imgTwo male offenders were involved in an altercation at about 11:50 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10, at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth. Onsite health-care professionals responded. One offender was transported and admitted to hospital with facial injuries. Halifax Regional Police are investigating the incident. This information is being released under the Justice Department’s policy to inform the public of major incidents involving people in custody. The policy can be found at http://gov.ns.ca/just/updates.asp . -30-last_img read more

BJPs pseudonationalism exposed Cong on disability pension taxation

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Wednesday accused the BJP government of “betraying” the armed forces by taxing the disability pension of soldiers and alleged that the ruling party’s “pseudo-nationalism” stands exposed.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Finance Ministry in a circular on June 24 said it has decided to tax Armed forces personnel who get ‘disability pension’ on ‘account of injuries suffered in the course of service’ at the time of their superannuation or premature retirement. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaDuring the course of arduous service to the nation, Armed forces personnel receive injuries resulting into disability, he said, adding taxing them is another “betrayal” by the BJP towards welfare of the Armed forces. “The simple question is if the Armed Forces are recognizing an injury suffered while serving the Nation, as fit for payment for disability pension out of Government’s treasury, why should the same be taxed? More so, when a provision of exemption of tax has existed under the Income Tax Act, 1922 which was reiterated by Govt of India on January 14, 1970,” he said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”Another betrayal towards welfare of the Armed Forces by BJP in taxing disability pension. BJP’s Pseudo-Nationalism is out in the open as its Govt shall now tax the disability pension to Armed Forces personnel,” he alleged in a statement. Surjewala said as soldiers become unfit to be promoted to higher operational ranks and duties, majority seek premature retirement with disability pensions and many other superannuate with disability pension under the law and rules applicable to the Armed Forces. “This Tughlaqi Farman of Modi Government 2 seeks to rub salt on the wounds of our brave soldiers. The BJP Government is a habitual offender in insulting the Armed Forces by ‘back door’ cuts in spending,” the Congress leader alleged.last_img read more

Shia LaBeouf says playing John McEnroe in TIFFs BorgMcEnroe was cathartic

first_imgTORONTO – Playing notoriously hot-headed tennis legend John McEnroe on the big screen was “quite cathartic” for Shia LaBeouf.“To watch it now is something I’m very proud of,” LaBeouf said at a press conference Thursday before the movie’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.“I’m very proud of the movie and I think it expresses something I feel deeply.”LaBeouf stars opposite Sverrir Gudnason in “Borg/McEnroe,” a film that recreates the match between McEnroe of the U.S. and Sweden’s Bjorn Borg at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships.As the film shows, McEnroe was known for his expletive-laden outbursts that got him into trouble on the court, while Borg was portrayed in the media as a more calm player.In one scene, McEnroe remarks on how people talk more about his behaviour than his tennis.LaBeouf, whose personal life and public antics have also made headlines over the years, said he identifies with that aspect of McEnroe’s life.“This is another parallel that I feel with him, for sure. It’s part of the cathartic feeling of the film for me.”McEnroe is misunderstood, said LaBeouf.“I think he’s a tactician. He really added something different to the game,” he said.“When he entered the game, it was baseliners, it was a power sport and Borg was the king of that. (McEnroe) brought touch and feel and a sensitivity to the game that wasn’t there before.“It’s not just screaming rage. He used rage as a tactic to throw people off and he manufactured his intensity to hype himself up. In that way, he’s an artist.”This film marked the second time LaBeouf had been asked to play McEnroe. He said the first script was a satire and “wasn’t treating McEnroe’s story with a whole lot of respect or any empathy at all, he was just sort of a clown, screaming shrew.”He was attracted to this particular project because he was a fan of director Janus Metz’s work and was moved by Ronnie Sandahl’s script.Gudnason said they started training six months before shooting. He trained two hours a day and “had to live that life as an athlete to understand” his character.LaBeouf said the action scenes were carefully scripted and choreographed to resemble the famous match.“It’s a bit like watching ‘Amadeus.’ He’s like the Mozart character,” LaBeouf said of McEnroe. “So I watched ‘Amadeus’ a lot.”Although he spent countless hours learning about the sport, LaBeouf felt he never truly learned how to play.“We rehearsed things like a ballet, including (McEnroe’s) outbursts. I would literally play them on a screen right before we would film and look at where everything was, and it was very paint-by-the-numbers in a way,” LaBeouf said.“You could’ve given me 20 years and I would’ve never played like McEnroe…. I started learning it like a dance, I never actually played tennis, it was something different.”Metz said some moviemaking “magic tricks” were used to “sell” the actors’ performances, given they had never played tennis prior to the film shoot.Ultimately the story is “about how two people individually were able to drive themselves to the edge and beyond in order to achieve something extraordinary,” said Metz.LaBeouf said he hasn’t met McEnroe but would like to. Gudnason recently met Borg, whose son has a part in the film.Though they were depicted as rivals, the two had a mutual understanding, said the stars.“In some ways you could say this is a portrait of two drug addicts,” said Gudnason. “Their drug is tennis, their drug is intensity.”“Borg/McEnroe” officially kicked off TIFF on Thursday, which runs through Sept. 17. Canadian tennis phenom Denis Shapovalov was set to walk the red carpet along with the film’s stars for the gala screening.About 340 films will screen at this year’s fest, which is a smaller number than in recent years — a result of a TIFF mandate to trim the overall number of titles by 20 per cent. Organizers said they made the changes in response to feedback from audiences, the industry and the media.Among the first celebrities to arrive in Toronto for the fest were Charlie Hunnam of “Sons of Anarchy” fame, who stars in “Papillon” with Rami Malek of “Mr. Robot,” Armie Hammer of “Call Me By Your Name,” and supermodel and musician Grace Jones, who is promoting a documentary about her life.Other films in the lineup include “Suburbicon,” directed by George Clooney, Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.”About a third of the films in the lineup are directed by women, including Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father.”Other stars expected to attend the festival include Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba (both of “Molly’s Game”) and Steve Carell and Emma Stone (co-stars of another tennis movie, “Battle Of The Sexes”).last_img read more

More women few minorities Docs detail results of Liberal patronage overhaul

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government’s overhaul of the patronage system has led to gender parity in government appointments, but new figures show few of those women are in leadership posts and visible minorities are being left out.Documents from the Privy Council Office show that as of last year, 55.5 per cent of appointees to federal agencies, boards and organizations were women, slightly above their proportion in the Canadian population.But the Liberals’ “merit-based” process for appointments has screened out nearly 62 per cent of visible-minority candidates as insufficiently qualified, compared to 38 per cent of applicants who are not visible minorities.Visible-minority applicants who made it past that cut and into job competitions were less likely to be recommended on so-called “advice letters” or to be appointed.According to data released to The Canadian Press under access-to-information law, the Liberals have appointed slightly more Indigenous people to government positions than their proportion of the population, but markedly fewer people with disabilities.Queen’s University politics professor Kathy Brock says that raises questions about whether there’s something in the screening process that disadvantages people with certain characteristics or from certain communities.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Top Indian court affirms free speech online strikes down ban on offensive

An Indian man sits on a hospital stairs and looks at his smartphone in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. India’s top court reaffirmed people’s right to free speech in cyberspace Tuesday by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send “offensive” messages by computer or mobile phone. The provision, known as Section 66A of the 2008 Information Technology Act, says sending such messages is a crime punishable by up to three years in prison. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) Top Indian court affirms free speech online, strikes down ban on ‘offensive’ Internet messages NEW DELHI – India’s top court affirmed people’s right to free speech in cyberspace Tuesday by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send “offensive” messages by computer or cellphone.The provision, known as Section 66A of the 2008 Information Technology Act, had made sending such messages a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.In its ruling, the Supreme Court said the provision was “clearly vague” in not clarifying what should be construed as offensive. It also said the provision violates people’s freedom of speech and their right to share information.“The public’s right to know is directly affected,” the judges said in deeming the provision unconstitutional.A law student who filed the challenge in 2012, Shreya Singhal, applauded the court’s rejection of a provision she said was “grossly offensive to our rights, our freedom of speech and expression.”“Today the Supreme Court has upheld that, they have supported our rights,” Singhal said. “I am ecstatic.”The law has been invoked in at least 10 recent cases, most often involving criticism of political leaders.In 2012, a chemistry professor and his neighbour in Kolkata were arrested for forwarding a cartoon that made fun of West Bengal’s top elected official, Mamata Banerjee.Police arrested a man last year for saying on Facebook that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then still a candidate, would start a holocaust in India if elected to office.And last week, police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh arrested a teenage student for posting comments on Facebook he attributed to a top state minister.The student, jailed for two days before being released on bail, told reporters he was happy the provision was scrapped, though he was still recovering from “a very rough time.”Former finance and home minister P. Chidambaram welcomed the court’s ruling, although his son had filed a police complaint in 2012 against a businessman for allegedly disparaging him in Twitter messages.“The section was poorly drafted and was vulnerable,” Chidambaram said of the law, which was passed while his Congress party was in power. “It was capable of being misused and, in fact, it was misused.”Cyber analysts said the ruling marked a positive step in ensuring that the Internet would be governed by the same norms and laws as newspapers, TV commentary and other forms of communication as India’s Internet users increase from today’s 100 million online.“This sets the tone for the future of India’s democracy and participation in this medium,” said Samir Saran of the New Delhi think-tank , Observer Research Foundation. “It’s the ethos around freedom of expression that is being reaffirmed. It tells us that arbitrary executive infringements of the constitution will be struck down.”He and other analysts said, however, that there was still more work to be done in guaranteeing the Internet was governed fairly, including a provision that allows the government to block websites without announcing or explaining its decision to do so. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld that part of the law.“That’s wrong. That’s bad,” Saran said, calling for a review to decide criteria for “why something should be blocked and when it should be blocked.”___Follow Katy Daigle on Twitter: http://twitter.com/katydaigle by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2015 10:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

US stockpiles edged up tiny 01 per cent in July smallest gain

WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles by a tiny amount in July while sales also showed a slight gain.Business inventories increased 0.1 per cent in July compared to June when stockpiles were up 0.7 per cent, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The July gain was the smallest since a 0.1 per cent increase in March. Sales were also up 0.1 per cent in July after a 0.3 per cent rise in June. Sales had fallen for seven straight months through February and have been posting modest increases since that time.Economists are forecasting that sales will keep rising in coming months and that will support economic growth in the second half of the year. However, they think a brief slowdown in restocking will dampen economic growth in the current July-September quarter.Overall economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed to an anemic 0.6 per cent annual rate in the first quarter, reflecting the harsh winter, labour disruptions at West Coast ports and other factors that dampened growth.GDP rebounded to a 3.7 per cent growth rate in the April-June quarter and analysts believe growth will hold steady at around 2.5 per cent in the second half of this year, helped by stronger consumer spending.In a separate report Tuesday, the government said that retail sales increased 0.2 per cent in August after a 0.7 per cent rise in July. The August advance was bolstered by increased spending on cars and clothing.Economists believe spending will remain strong in the second half of the year, reflecting continued solid job gains. The unemployment rate dropped in August to a seven-year low of 5.1 per cent.The July increase in stockpiles reflected a 0.6 per cent gain in inventories held by retailers. Stockpiles held by manufacturers and wholesalers both fell 0.1 per cent. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 11:24 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stockpiles edged up tiny 0.1 per cent in July, smallest gain in 4 months; sales up modestly read more

Opinion Ohio State proved in Cotton Bowl the College Football Playoff committee

Urban Meyer raises the Cotton Bowl trophy following the end of game against the University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt did not take long for the headlines to start appearing, all with a common theme: Ohio State dominates USC in 24-7 victory in Cotton Bowl.Just as soon after those headlines appeared did people begin to criticize the College Football Playoff committee’s decision to omit Ohio State from the top-four teams.But this game proved one thing to me: the committee got it right. Neither No. 5 Ohio State nor No. 8 USC deserved to be included in the playoff.The score shows a defensive battle between two Power Five champions. But the game looked quite the opposite of how the score turned out.USC quarterback Sam Darnold seemed to have Ohio State’s number right out of the gate. He made tough throws look easy and receivers often made similarly challenging catches look routine. He completed 26-of-45 passes for 356 yards, 79 more yards than Ohio State had total offense.The problem for USC and for Darnold was that what mistakes he made, they were major. The pick-6 he threw into the hands of safety Damon Webb was a terrible read, and Webb made him pay. The two fumbles he had were both the result of a constant torment of pressure from Ohio State’s defensive line that the USC offensive line failed to stop for much of the day. His top receiver, Deontay Burnett, also had a bad fumble in Ohio State territory that set the Buckeyes up in great field position. And overall, Ohio State scored 21 of its 24 total points after turnovers. Similarly, the only points USC was able to put on the board came when H-back and punt returner K.J. Hill muffed a punt on the Ohio State 15-yard line. Neither team scored in the second half. The only real chance either team had came when USC missed a 28-yard field goal attempt that bounced off the right upright.USC’s offense crossed the 50-yard line just seven times when it didn’t begin with the ball off a turnover, and Ohio State managed to cross it only three times when not set up by a turnover. Ohio State’s offense, which ranked No. 5 in scoring entering the game, had 13 total first downs while USC, led by a likely top-five NFL draft pick quarterback and a potential early-round running back, had 23.If Ohio State was a playoff team, it would have dominated a porous rushing defense that had given up 1,195 rushing yards to just five other top-30 rushing attacks. It would have decimated a passing defense that had allowed the 30th-most passing yards per game (246.5 per game). It would not have struggled to run the ball and muster just 163 yards on 38 carries. It would not have only passed for 114 yards and completed just 11-of-17 passes. And on the flip side, Ohio State’s defense should have been better against Darnold. While it forced some crucial turnovers, Darnold deserved more blame than Ohio State credit for his interception. He made some throws that were tough to make, but there were plenty others that were more the result of poor coverage. Ohio State’s defensive line and offensive line were really the only two units that lived up to the billing of a potential playoff team. The defensive line dominated USC to the tune of 14 tackles for loss, including eight sacks. On the other side, Ohio State’s offensive line only allowed four tackles for loss, three being sacks.But a playoff-caliber team needs to click more than Ohio State did against USC. Had that been a Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia or Alabama, Ohio State probably does not come out on the winning side of that matchup. It might not have been shutout again, but the way that offense played against a middle-of-the-road USC defense would not have fared well against top-six defenses like Alabama and Clemson. The way Darnold tore Ohio State apart, there is little doubt a Baker Mayfield, who already torched the Buckeyes once this season, would have again had his way with them. Ohio State had a fine season. It ended as Big Ten and Cotton Bowl champions. But it was not a playoff team. I’m sure if Alabama loses to Clemson, many will berate the committee for getting the No. 4 team wrong. But Alabama would have to lay an Ohio State vs. Clemson 2016-edition egg for this to look like the wrong decision by the committee. read more

AllAmerican gymnast notches another Wynn

Ohio State senior Brandon Wynn won his second consecutive individual National Championship in rings this weekend at the NCAA men’s gymnastics finals. Although OSU didn’t qualify for team finals on Friday night, seven individuals qualified for the all-around and individual group, and four of those seven qualified to move on to individual finals Saturday night. Wynn is just the second gymnast in program history to win two straight national titles in rings, tying interim co-coach Blaine Wilson. “I’m real happy I won an All-American,” Wynn said. “I just did what I needed to do.” Also competing for the Buckeyes in Saturday’s individual finals were freshmen Kris Done and Jeff Treleaven and junior Ty Echard. All four Buckeyes who competed in individual finals placed in the top eight for their event. Wynn tied for eighth on the parallel bars, was eighth on high bar and took home the National Championship in rings. Done took fifth on high bar, Treleaven placed third on vault and Echard placed second on the pommel horse. Treleaven and Done said they were just happy to have made it to the individual finals their freshman year. “I had nothing to lose,” Treleaven said. “There are a lot of juniors and seniors here, and they have four years of college experience compared to just one.” Wynn and Done were the only two Buckeyes competing in the all-around to move on to Friday night’s finals. “I was a little disappointed I messed up on the pommel horse,” Done said about his performance Thursday night. “But I still qualified for something (Friday) night.” Also qualifying into the individual group Friday night were senior Sean Regan and freshman Misha Koudinov for the floor exercise, Echard on the pommel horse, Treleaven on vault and junior Mike Behles on rings. The Buckeyes posted a total of seven top-ten scores in the six events Friday night. Placing for OSU were Wynn, who placed first on rings, sixth on parallel bars, seventh on the high bar and fifth in the all-round; Treleaven, who placed seventh on vault; Echard, who placed fifth on the pommel horse; and Done, who placed 10th on the high bar. Interim co-head coach Doug Stibel said he thought his team did well Friday night. “It’s hard to get back up and perform,” he said, “but the guys stepped up and had good routines.” Overall, the team said it was happy with the way it ended the season. “(This season) has been a roller coaster ride,” Done said. “But on the days it counted, we hit our routines.” read more

UK weather Black Ice Monday travel disruption as thousands stranded at airports

first_imgThe RAC said journeys by road would take up to three times longer than usual, as it warned of “treacherous” driving conditions.Western Power Distribution said engineers worked through the night as they aimed to restore power to 10,000 home in the Midlands, South Wales and South West. SSE said they restored power to 48,000 customers on Sunday and that 2,900 remained without power on Sunday night. People wait at Heathrow Airport after flight cancellations due to weather At the west London airport, passengers complained of being trapped on a British Airways plane on the ground for more than four hours with no information from the airline on Sunday.Four British Airways flights headed for Heathrow had to be diverted to Newcastle, 300 miles away.  State of @HeathrowAirport T5 thanks to all flights being cancelled by @British_Airways #weatheraware #baggage #TravelChaos pic.twitter.com/Md8sr49AVz— Rohan Mathur (@mathur02) December 10, 2017 However, Highways England claimed it had eight gritters patrolling the road continually but said there had not been enough cars in the morning to adequately spread rock salt across the road.“There was a lot of snow, and the action of the salt relies on traffic, and it was a Sunday and the emergency services were telling people not drive, so there were not enough cars for it to be effective,” said a spokesman. “We understand how frustrating this experience is for customers and we are offering refunds for those who no longer wish to travel from Heathrow today or tomorrow regardless of whether their flight is cancelled or not.”The airline also extended the offer to rebook until December 18 and added they had additional staff at call centres.TrainsNational Rail said poor weather conditions were affecting travel across England and Wales.Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Great Western, and Virgin Trains will all be affected, while East Midlands Trains customers are being advised to check their trains are running before setting off. Passengers endured long waits at Heathrow Airport after flight cancellations due to poor weather conditionsCredit:Laura Bryce/Twitter Snow brought traffic chaos to Britain  Settled snow has turned to treacherous ice and caused disruption on roads and railways across the country on what has been dubbed Black Ice Monday following a wintry blast that left thousands of people stranded at airports.The deep freeze has also seen hundreds of schools close, thousands left without power and flights delayed on Monday – including at Heathrow where passengers have complained of waiting hours for travel to be rescheduled.The Met Office has extended its yellow weather warnings for snow and ice to cover vast swathes of the country, including London and the South East, much of the Midlands, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as the eastern coast of England and northern and western Scotland.Forecasters warned that clear skies on Monday night could see temperatures drop as low as minus 15C (5F), potentially beating Sunday night’s low of minus 11.6C (11F) in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland.Heavy snow still lying on the ground, particularly around the Hereford area, has disrupted services on West Midlands Railway and Great Western Railway, while London Northwestern Railway trains to Milton Keynes from London have been delayed or cancelled. Heathrow said it was operating three-quarters of its full schedule as airlines dealt with the knock-on effects of Sunday’s heavy snowfall, which turned to ice overnight as temperatures plummeted.Passengers shared images on Twitter of long queues and scores of suitcases lined up on Sunday evening, while others complained of a lack of information from the airport and airlines. Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “It was chilly in Chillingham Barnes, but it wasn’t the coldest night of 2017 – that was Saturday night when temperatures went down to -12.4C.”We could well beat that tonight and could go as low as -12C and even -15C.”Road, trains and flights affectedDisruption from the wintry weather continued on Monday after difficult conditions on Sunday, with roads, trains and planes all affected.AirportsDozens of flights were cancelled at the UK’s busiest airport as the fallout from the weekend’s heavy snow continued to cause disruption for passengers. In Wales, 71 schools are closed in Flintshire, 11 in Wrexham and 49 in Denbighshire. An abandoned car on the roadside in the Peak District after heavy snowfallCredit:Danny Lawson /PA BA passengers trapped on plane for four hoursFlights were diverted, delayed and cancelled at Heathrow, where disruption was blamed on planes having to be de-iced before take-off, resulting in a lack of “parking space” for incoming flights. ‘Thought I was clever’: Michael Owen’s idea to park Bentley under tree to shelter from snow backfiresFormer footballer Michael Owen thought he was being clever when he parked his car under a tree in order to shelter it from snow, reports Helena Horton. A Heathrow spokeswoman said: “Some flights at Heathrow are disrupted today.”However, the airport remains open and is operating three-quarters of scheduled flights. Before coming to the airport, passengers must check their flight status with their airline. If the status of your flight is cancelled, please do not travel to the airport, keep updated via the airline’s website.”The safety and comfort of our passengers is always our first priority and we are working closely with our airlines to ensure affected passengers are looked after. We apologise to those whose travel has been impacted and regret the inconveniences that have been caused.”A British Airways statement said: “We are very sorry that customers continue to suffer from the disruption to flights at Heathrow caused by the severe weather conditions that have affected airports across northern Europe.”Time spent on de-icing aircraft to ensure safe operation plus air traffic control restrictions and the re-positioning of aircraft and crews from yesterday have led to further cancellations and delays today. Passengers wait for their delayed flights at Heathrow on Sunday afternoonCredit:Tolga Akmen /LNP A Tube train in snowy conditions early on Monday  What have your travel experiences been during the snow? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. However, gravity was not his friend when the snow-laden branches collapsed under the weight, causing the tree to lean over onto his car. Many of Mr Owen’s Twitter followers were sympathetic, with one writing: “Poor Michael Owen, even his car is injured.” Others offered tips, with one tweeting: “Catch the bus Michael.”Some advised he invest in a garage – while others said it was “festive” to find a car under a tree.Highway officials blame ‘lack of cars’ for chaosTraffic was brought to a standstill on the M40 in Warwickshire, with motorists complaining that they had not seen any gritters, and that the road had been left covered in dangerous ice and slush.Driver Carl Palmer said the motorway looked “like a war-zone, with crashed cars everywhere, others spinning around”, while motorist Rebecca Matthews said the situation was “shambolic” with people forced to get out and push their cars up slip-roads.center_img A car that had spun out of control in Buckinghamshire on Sunday amid road chaosCredit:Ben Cawthra/LNP Lorries and cars queue as motorists begin to get stuck in the snow on the A417 outside Cirencester, GloucestershireCredit:Stephen Shepherd/LNP  RoadsPolice said lane three on the M42 in the West Midlands, between junctions 1 and 3, and lane three on the M5 between junction 4a and junction 3, were impassable on Monday morning, with only lanes one and two running on both motorways.The slip road to Stansted airport on the M11 eastbound was closed overnight for carriageway treatment due to freezing temperatures, according to Highways England. Thousands of air passengers had spent the night at Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham and Luton airports after dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed.On Monday morning, an estimated 50,000 British Airways passengers were said to have been affected by cancelled or delayed flights – 30,000 in Britain and 20,000 others in Europe. Not ideal at 5:30am when you’ve got a train to catch! Thought I was clever sheltering my car from the snow! 😂🙈 pic.twitter.com/9Oqz8UxiPR— michael owen (@themichaelowen) December 11, 2017 An abandoned car on the roadside in the Peak District after heavy snowfall Should we expect more snow?Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “We are not expecting too much more in terms of fresh snowfall and the risk now transfers to ice.”We have got fairly widespread clear skies, which will bring temperatures down and where there is lying snow, that creates an ice risk.”He said a weather front coming in from France would affect the east coast and South East, bringing with it wintry showers, and possibly snow, but he added it would be “nothing like what we’ve seen already”.RAC expecting 11,000 breakdownsPete Williams, the RAC’s road safety spokesman, said they are expecting 11,000 breakdowns on what has been dubbed Black Ice Monday, a figure which is 20 per cent above the seasonal norm.”I think the big thing is people are not going to leave enough time,” he said.”Journeys will take two to three times longer. It’s going to be treacherous driving conditions.”Mr Williams said low overnight temperatures could cause black ice and urged people to drive slowly, leaving plenty of space between them and the car in front. A sign warns of an icy road as a driver navigates their snow covered car down a road in Hockley, BirminghamCredit:Michael Scott/Caters Heathrow in chaos with flight cancellations, over 27, 000 people stranded. pic.twitter.com/8vS2OMjMmu— Robert Glover (@robnchina) December 11, 2017 Weather forecast for today – and the week ahead A Heathrow spokesman said: “Heathrow airport remains open however we regret that weather across the UK is resulting in some passengers experiencing disruption to their travel arrangements.  “Airlines are responsible for ensuring their flights are fully de-iced before they are operated and this is resulting in some delays and cancellations.”Hundreds of schools closed in freezing conditionsAs a result of the snow and freezing conditions, Birmingham City Council has been forced to cancel all council-run school and related transport services on Monday, the authority said.More than 200 schools will be closed in Gloucestershire, and more than 100 in Shropshire. Towards the southeast there’ll be a mix of rain and sleet, with some snow over higher ground for the morning rush hour. Elsewhere it’s looking drier but cold with some showers and the risk of ice #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/vF6xZVcu6c— Met Office (@metoffice) December 10, 2017 Passengers wait for their delayed and cancelled flights at Heathrow   A sign warns of an icy road as a driver navigates his snow covered car down a road in Hockley, Birmingham The deicing process is believed to have affected both outgoing and incoming flights, with planes not able to land because other aircraft were still in the stands. British Airways was inundated with messages from unhappy customers on social media, who complained of long waits and no response on their customer service phone line. The airline apologised on Twitter for the “problems and inconvenience”. Emergency services warned motorists to drive with caution, even on motorways, with icy slush on the M40 between junctions two and three causing a van to flip over following a collision with two other cars. . Lorries and cars queue and ssome tart to get stuck in the snow on the A417 outside Cirencester, Gloucestershire A Tube train in snowy conditions early on MondayCredit:JEREMY SELWYN /eyevine 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

New highend venue in London designed for magicians with just 90 seats

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. Tickets will cost from £100 to £1,500 His passion for magic developed when he was a child. His grandfather taught him his first tricks to fend off bullies: “I had a pretty tough childhood. My grandfather showed me magic… That was the thing that technically did save my life… So I owe a lot to my grandpa for that.” Dynamo is working with Fire Global Media, a company that stages corporate events for the likes of Spotify.Mark Emms, founder of Fire Global Media, said: “The world’s top magicians are most commonly seen on television performing primarily to a camera, or in theatres performing large-scale shows to thousands of people at one time.£The Abandoned Room is a concept designed to give the best of the best a unique and intimate environment in which to push the boundaries of close-up magic and create a penetrating sense of wonder and intrigue which is impossible to achieve in a theatre or through a screen.”Dynamo’s television show “Magician Impossible” attracted more than 400 million viewers worldwide between 2011 and 2014. But he has never lost his love of the intimate setting.In performing for just 90 people, he is recalling how he honed his craft by busking on the streets of Covent Garden: “If I’d had 90 people watching me when I first started, I would have been well happy.”He added: “I still feel at home when I’m performing close-up. I’ve wanted to create the perfect intimate show in the centre of London. The problem was that, as my success grew bigger, it was more difficult. There was such demand for me to do the bigger shows and travel the world.” Dynamo, the British magician, is to become the first performer in residence at a new high-end venue in London with just 90 seats. The new theatre, called The Abandoned Room, will recreate an “underground speakeasy” for magic in the basement of The Mandrake, a boutique hotel that opened last year. It is hoped the intimacy of the space will spark magicians’ imaginations and allow them to perform magic that would never work in a big auditorium.Dynamo told The Sunday Telegraph: “How amazing is it going to feel when the performer is right in front of you? Everything that should technically make it difficult for a magician is what this room gives you. The magic is undeniable.”Dynamo will be the first performer-in-residence, between Nov 15 and 22, with a show called Times Are Gone for Honest Men: “Without giving too much away, it’s going to be a show where the audience is fully involved and the magic happens to them directly.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––As both producer and performer, he is planning to host some of the world’s greatest magicians: “In Vegas, David Copperfield has famously got his theatre at the MGM and now I’m excited to be the one to bring it to London.” Dynamo, aka Steven FrayneCredit:Richard Saker/REX/Shutterstock  Dynamo, aka Steven Frayne read more

Valentines Day banned in Pakistan with immediate effect

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS expands travel ban to include Venezuela, N KoreaSeptember 25, 2017In “World”US reverses travel ban over court ruling as Trump fumesFebruary 4, 2017In “World”Sharapova fights back over ‘distorted’ reporting of doping caseMarch 13, 2016In “Sports” (CNN) The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan’s capital issued an order Monday that banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day across the country ‘with immediate effect.’The order prohibits the display of adverts on electronic and print media that reference Valentine’s Day, bans the sale of associated merchandise and states that the day cannot be celebrated in “any public space or government building.”Sultan Zaib in front of his garlands of roses (CNN photo)The court has requested Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to monitor these platforms and share any information that shows that the ban has been compromised.The court’s order came after a petition was submitted by a citizen called Abdul Waheed — who claimed that ongoing promotions of Valentine’s Day were “against the teachings of Islam and should be banned immediately.”Valentine’s Day backlashIn Pakistan, Valentine’s Day is seen by some as amoral and an appropriation of Western culture.Resistance against it is not completely unusual. Religious groups like the Islamic political party jamat e Islami have often protested against marking Valentine’s Day in the country and hold rallies annually against the celebration on February 14.In 2016, the local government in the city of Peshawar in the country’s northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhua also banned celebrations.The country’s president Mamnoon Hussain, made a statement in February 2016, asking Pakistan’s not to celebrate the day since it was “not a part of Muslim tradition, but of the West.”The Islamabad High Court’s decision has also divided social media users, with some tweeting for the ban and others vehemently against it.A chance to promote businessThough Valentine’s day tends not to be celebrated widely across the country, in recent years, various companies have used the event to promote their products.In the first week of February, vendors start selling heart-shaped balloons and the price of red roses increases.In Islamabad’s markets Monday, florists standing amid large heart-shaped garlands of roses and bouquets of daffodils and jasmine were worried by the effects of the ban.“We spend four to five days making these, I’ve got forty of them ready to be sold for tomorrow,” Sultan Zaib, told CNN.Mohammad Naveed, who runs a roadside flower shop, told CNN that he had invested close to the equivalent of $2000 on buying blooms for Valentine’s Day.Florists source flowers from abroad and from the nearby fields of Punjab. Usually they earn about $80 for a day’s sales, but the amount increases tenfold on Valentine’s day. “If they ban us from selling these tomorrow then it will be a disaster, we simply cannot afford this,” said Naveed read more

Car Review Suzuki Kizashi Makes Driving Fun

first_imgThe Suzuki Kizashi is a smallish four-door midsize sedan at 183 inches long. That’s almost as big as a Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, or Volkswagen Passat, bigger than a Honda Civic or Volkswagen Jetta. (Suzuki also fantasizes that this is a competitor to the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, or Mercedes-Benz C-Class. On specs, yes; on sales conquests, that’s a reach.) Hop in the cockpit and your first two thoughts are, “What a well-trimmed interior; this is no Suzuki I remember,” not that you remember many Suzukis, and, “Is that the smallest navigation system or biggest radio display in the center stack?” That would be the radio. Every Suzuki Kizashi comes with keyless entry and pushbutton start, dual-zone climate control, and eight airbags. That’s impressive for the price. The other surprise-and-delight feature is how well the Kizashi handles. Except for the name, you’d think you were in a sporty VW. The name approximates, in English, to “something great is happening.” Fair enough. You can get it with a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) in front- or all-wheel-drive versions ($1,350 more than front-drive), but there’s only one engine, which develops 180 hp, 185 hp on models with the manual transmission. It’s willing but it’s a little buzzy when you push it hard. Want Technology? Add $6,000The cheapest Kizashi is the Kizashi S at $19,744 with front drive, 16″ steel wheels, and a six-speed manual. The mid-range SE, $22,744 and up, adds 18″ alloy wheels. The Sport GTS and Sport SLS have 18″ sport alloy wheels. If you want a car equipped with the right technology, you need to head for the Kizashi Sport models, which start at $25,574 and rise to $28,024 for the model with all-wheel drive and the CVT (clutchless) transmission. (AWD adds $1,350 to the price. Navigation and a backup camera run $1,399 (not on the test car), available only on the Sport GTS (it has a sport suspension) and Sport SLS. Fully optioned, a Sport SLS can run $29,948 list. The top-line Sport SLS has standard rear parking sonar, automatic headlamp control, rain-sensing wipers, and heated front seats. These aren’t even options on other models. The sunroof is standard on the Sport GTS and Sport SLS, not available on the other two models. Bluetooth and Excellent Audio (Sport Models Only)The Kizashi S and SE get a 7 speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. The two sport models get a Rockford Fosgate 10-speaker, eight-channel AM/FM/CD/XM audio system with 425 watts of amplification. That’s not an upgrade option on the cheaper cars. Only the two Sport models offer Bluetooth streaming audio and handsfree phone calling. It’s standard on the Sport SLS, optional ($250) on the Sport GTS. A couple footnotes in the online brochure indicate some limitations: If you order navigation, the Bluetooth is downgraded to phone-only Bluetooth, and the USB jack is replaced by an iPod cable. Bluetooth isn’t available on the entry S model and it’s included, says the build-your-own tools, on the SE with all-wheel-drive but not the front-drive version. As automakers scramble to add features more tech features, sometimes a higher-end option (navigation) that has been around for a while interferes with another one, such as streaming Bluetooth audio.Satellite Radio: Expensive or More Expensive XM satellite radio is a costly $350 option. Free is the right price, since the embedded chipset doesn’t cost a lot, and when it’s included on every car, a decent number of drivers opt to continue the free starter trial. If you don’t order a Kizashi with factory-embedded satellite radio, you can buy a retrofit kit for $590, or the price of two or three iPods. On the Road I drove a Suzuki Kazashi SE with all-wheel drive and the CVT transmission. The car was fine around town, excellent in wintry conditions. Even in this mid-range configuration, the cockpit seemed plenty upscale, and the handling was first-rate. It would probably be better on the Sport models but make sure, if you head toward the Sport GTS, that you test drive it on typical roads with your spouse or partner because it has a lowered sport suspension and there are times when a sport suspension is just too harsh. The music coming out of the head unit was fine, even if this was not the Rockford Fosgate. I was underwhelmed by the large type on the radio display. Usually big type is good, but in this case it meant you only saw a few characters of any track, artist name, or album name.  Suzuki needs to make another pass at the non-navigation interface, perhaps considering a small LCD display (smaller than on the navigation system).The back seat is smaller that most of the true midsize competitors in its segment. This is not the car of choice for four adults on extended trips. Typical Steering Wheel The steering wheel buttons are typical in that they’re just-adequate most of the time and too small when you’re wearing gloves. Suzuki is another automaker that imitates Audi’s world-class roller wheel buttons (photo above). With Audi, you roll the wheel up to increase the volume or tune up a channel. It’s the fastest way to change a setting. With Suzuki and a few other imitators, it looks like a roller wheel but it’s really a one-step-at-a-time adjuster. Want the volume up four steps: Press the roller wheel upward four times. The steering wheel is typical of most every car I’ve driven: When it’s set to a comfortable position, it cuts off the tops of the gaugesUnderwhelming Suzuki Web Site The website is adequate. There’s an online features comparison among trim lines that is helpful. There’s also an online version of the print brochure, but on one PC it wouldn’t expand to full screen; on another it would. You will be baffled by the options lockouts (option A on model B precludes having option C) that are not fully explained and in places seem to be contradictory. The dealer could probably sort this out for you, but one reason for an automaker website is to let the handful of car shoppers who don’t love the dealership experience hone up at home. The build-your-own tool has glitches. It won’t lock out conflicting options, so you could spec out a Kizashi with both factory-installed satellite radio and the dealer-installed satellite kit. Should You Buy? As a driver’s car, the Suzuki Kizashi should be on your short list so long as you’re happy with an energetic 180-hp our cylinder engine. (A V6 should arrive in 12 to 18 months.) It’s attractive outside and in. Keyless entry, dual zone climate control, and eight rather than six airbags, and standard USB are unusual on compact cars. That’s the good story about the Kizashi.The downside is the muddled technology story. Much of the tech gear is reserved for the top trim line, the Sport. Satellite radio is expensive, and if you get navigation, you lose some Bluetooth capabilities. Still, it’s good to see one more serious contender providing competition that moves the industry forward. 2011 SUZUKI KIZASHI KEY FEATURESInfotainment Base audio —  7-speaker AM / FM / CD audio systemUpgrade audio – Rockford Fosgate 8-channel, 425-watt, 10-speaker audio system AM / FM / CD with subwoofer and digital sound processor .   USB / iPod jack – Standard  Line-in jack – Standard Bluetooth — $250, standard on Sport SLS Bluetooth audio – Included with Sport GTS / SLS, N/A other models with Bluetooth, N/A on navigation-system models  Satellite radio — $350 factory-install,  $590 dealer kit  HD Radio – N/A 12 volt adapters – 2   120-volt adapter – N/ANavigation — $1,399, Sport models only Rear seat entertainment – N/A Driver Aids Parking sonar – Standard on Sport SLS, N/A other models Rear camera – With navigation   Blind spot detection – N/A   Lane-departure warning – N/A Adaptive cruise control – N/ASafetyAirbags – 8 total: 2 front, 2 front side, 2 rear side, 2 air curtain Antilock braking system (ABS) – Standard Dynamic stability control (DSC) —  Standard Traction control – Standard Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) – Standard Active headrests –Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) –  Standard Embedded telematics – N/A Mayday calling – N/A 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Specifications General specs: 4- to 5-passenger, four-cylinder gasoline engine (180 hp with CVT, 185 hp with manual), continuously variable transmission (CVT) or six-speed manual transmission, front-drive or all-wheel drive, 183 x 72 x 58 inches, 3,241-3,3290 pounds, four-door compact- to midsize sedan. EPA fuel rating: 21 mpg city / 30 mpg highway, S with MT or CVT. 23/30, SE. 23/30 MT. 23/29 MT, 23/29 CVT, Sport GTS.  21/29 MT, 23/30 CVT Sport SLS. 16.6 gallon tank. Price:  $19,744 (includes $750 shipping) to $29,948 list. Competitors: Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, VW Passat, Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry (same size or bigger); Honda Civic, VW Jetta (smaller). Aspirational competitors: Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Suzuki Kizashi in BriefPro: Cockpit materials, fit and finish. Performance. Standard USB jack, keyless entry / start, 8 airbags. Con: Limited tech options on cheaper models. Navigation removes streaming audio half of Bluetooth. Non-navi radio display with big letters displays few characters. Snug back seat.   Bottom line: The finest Suzuki automobile to reach our shores has a cockpit to die for, very good handling, a nice design, and a hard-working engine. The availability of tech options is hard to figure out. It’s skewed toward the top Sport model. After two decades selling forgettable cars in the U.S. (Suzuki Samurai, anyone?), Suzuki got serious recently and its best car ever is the new, midsize Suzuki Kizashi. It’s a fun-to-drive car with decent technology once you move past the entry models. Each of the Kizashi model offerings includes a USB jack, but for a well tech-equipped Kizashi you have to choose the top-of-the-line Sport model.  last_img read more

La GrandeBretagne offre des patchs antitabac aux fumeurs

first_imgLa Grande-Bretagne offre des patchs antitabac aux fumeursA l’occasion de la nouvelle année et afin d’inciter les Britanniques à tenir leurs bonnes résolutions, la Grande-Bretagne a décidé de rendre gratuits les patchs antitabac durant la première semaine de l’année 2011.Le ministère de la Santé britannique a fait savoir que les patchs antitabac seraient gratuit lors de la première semaine de l’année 2011, afin d’aider les Britanniques qui auraient décidé d’arrêter de fumer. Le ministre Andrew Lansley explique ainsi : “Les deux tiers des fumeurs veulent arrêter de fumer, et le nouvel an est la période la plus populaire pour arrêter (…). Pour donner aux fumeurs une aide supplémentaire, nous avons lancé un nouveau kit avec une semaine de patchs”.À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?Ces kits antitabac seront disponibles dans les établissements partenaires. Et le ministre d’ajouter : “Le tabac coûte des milliards de livres à la sécurité sociale et peut coûter environ 2.000 livres (2.347 euros) par an à un fumeur qui consomme 20 cigarettes par jour. Aider les fumeurs à arrêter n’améliore pas seulement leur santé, mais leur permet d’économiser de l’argent, ainsi qu’à la sécurité sociale”.Reste à savoir si la gratuité des patchs pendant une période de temps aussi courte suffira à aider les fumeurs qui souhaitent arrêter la cigarette pour de bon. Le 29 décembre 2010 à 12:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Doublehomicide suspect has history of mental illness

first_imgThe man accused of stabbing two men to death early Sunday morning at a Vancouver apartment complex has a history of mental illness and competency issues, which in the past led to the dismissal of other criminal cases, a prosecutor said Monday.Dustin L. Zapel, 35, appeared Monday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.Court records list two victims as a 42-year-old man and a 55-year-old man. The victims’ names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. A third surviving victim was identified as David Garner, 51.All of the men reportedly lived at the Central Park Place Apartments, which is on the Portland VA Vancouver Medical Center campus and is a transitional housing program for people who are low-income, homeless or at risk of being homeless. It is managed and operated by the Vancouver Housing Authority.Daniel Herrigstad, a spokesman for the medical center, said he could not comment on how long Zapel had lived at the apartment complex, or any information about the residents.last_img read more

Bielsa expects Leeds to have quiet transfer window

first_imgLeeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has revealed he expects the club to have a quiet transfer window in January.The Argentine gaffer believes the club won’t be bringing in any new faces when the transfer window opens next month.The Whites were very active during the summer transfer window, and the club’s recruitment has led to Leeds sitting pretty in second place in the Sky Bet Championship standings, one point behind league leaders Norwich City.Bielsa’s men will be linked with a number of players over the coming weeks, but the former Athletic Bilbao boss insists he may keep the same squad for the second half of the season.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.At a press conference, the former Argentina national team head coach told reporters, as quoted by Sports Mole:“When a new player comes, then he does not have the same advantage as the ones who are present. He has to adapt to the team, the style of play, the city, the club.”“For the second part of the season, when you buy a player it has an impact on the club’s finances because the big players are not easily available. Apart from the situation where the team needs someone, the possibility of having a player is clear. We will not buy anyone.”Bielsa has rotated his squad on a regular this season with 24 players having feature for Leeds in the Championship this season.last_img read more

Power outage hits downtown Portland

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland General Electric hopes to restore service Monday to an area of downtown Portland that was darkened Sunday by a failure in underground cables.The outage shut down several government buildings, including the Multnomah County Courthouse, Portland City Hall and the Portland Building.The Oregonian reports city employees have been told not to report to work until power is restored.The outage also affects traffic lights.last_img

Shoosmiths reports a 1541 mean gender pay gap

first_imgLaw firm Shoosmiths has reported a 15.41% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 12.98% as at 5 April 2017.The mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 17.98%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 0%. Over this period, 92% of female employees received a bonus payment, compared to 94% of male employees.More than half (60%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Shoosmiths are women, compared to 73% in the second quartile, 81% in the third quartile, and 69% in the lowest pay quartile.In order to address its gender pay gap, last year Shoosmiths formed the Gender Equality Working Group. The group, which reports directly to the organisation’s board will work towards reducing Shoosmiths gender pay gap.Furthermore, Shoosmiths will also continue to establish and run a network of groups that have been set up across its offices. These groups contribute to the organisation’s diversity and inclusion strategy to support staff with their personal and work lives in order to improve career development. The law firm will additionally introduce agile working, and offer alternative career progression routes, for example with the introduction of new job roles such as a legal director.Claire Rowe (pictured), chief executive officer at Shoosmiths, said: “We are pleased that Shoosmiths’ median pay gap stands below the national average, but we recognise there is still more work to be done.“We are confident that [the aforementioned] initiatives and further discussion across the organisation will help Shoosmiths to reduce its gender pay gap.”last_img read more

Essence Appoints New CEO and Expands CSuite People on the Move

first_imgHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Liz DoupnikMeredith Corp. announced that Liz Doupnik is the new executive editor of SHAPE.com and Dara Kapoor is the new executive editor of Health.com. Both appointments are effective immediately and both will report directly to Amanda Wolfe, senior director, content strategy of the Health and Parents verticals. In their new positions, Doupnik and Kapoor will be responsible for managing the editorial and social teams for each of their respective brands. Doupnik was most recently the deputy editor of strategic content development at WWD and prior to that, she was the digital fashion editor for StyleCaster and Seventeen. Kapoor has over 15 years of experience working in media including working for brands like Babble and Conde Nast Traveler, and is joining Meredith from CoveyClub where she served as a consultant on digital strategy and operations.Special projects director Ruthie Friedlander announced her departure from InStyle last week, shortly after longtime editor Kahlana Barfield Brown announced she, too, is leaving the brand. Friedlander had been at the magazine for two years and prior to that, she served as the deputy editor of Elle.com. Currently, Friedlander is continuing in her capacity as the co-founder of The Chain, a non-profit peer support network for women in fashion and entertainment industries who struggle with eating disorders, which she has been working on since the start of this year.James HansonJames Hanson was appointed as the first publisher of Government Executive Media Group’s tech-focused brand Nextgov this week. Hanson is joining the brand from ConnellyWorks where he served as managing director, and in his new role, he will be responsible for leading business development, product planning, and client relations for the government contractor technology community. He will be based in the Washington, D.C. office and will report directly to GEMG CEO Tim Hartman and president Constance Sayers.Julia Turner announced on Twitter that she is leaving her post as editor-in-chief of Slate and will take over as the deputy managing editor of Arts and Entertainment coverage for the Los Angeles Times this November. She will report directly to senior deputy managing editor Kimi Yoshino. Julia Turner“Slate’s journalism and its team have never been stronger, which makes it both harder and easier to leave,” Turner said in a tweet. She continued that Lowen Liu will become acting editor-in-chief and will work with executive editor Allison Benedikt and writer and editorial director Josh Levin to “plot the magazine’s coordinates. Former ESPN anchor and reporter Jemele Hill is joining The Atlantic as a staff writer and will be based in the Los Angeles office starting next week. In her new role, she is tasked with covering controversies in the sports industry, including both race-related and political topics, for the brand’s website and magazine.The hire comes shortly after Hill accepted a buyout from ESPN after serving 12 years as a columnist, sideline reporter and as a host of “SportsCenter,” with two years left on her contract. In an interview with the New York Times, Hill stated that her departure was “amicable” and that ESPN was aware of her “desire to do things beyond sports.”Jemele HillIn a statement from The Atlantic’s EIC Jeffrey Goldberg, he said that the brand was drawn to Hill because of “her deep commitment to reporting,” and that “there are a million stories to be uncovered at the intersection where sports, race, money and politics meet, and Jemele is the exact right person to do this uncovering.”Paul Hodkinson was tapped as editor-in-chief of ALM’s UK-based Legal Week. Starting in mid-December, Hodkinson will work to drive the brand’s digital growth strategy and oversee the online transformation of the publication as it’s added to ALM’s common CMS, Law.com. Most recently he served as deputy editor of Dow Jones’s Financial News, but earlier in his career, he served as a reporter and news editor for Legal Week from 2002 and 2008.Forbes tapped USA Today’s tech and science editor Laura Mandaro as its San Francisco-based assistant managing editor for technology and innovation. Starting on Oct. 29, Mandaro will take over for Mark Coatney, who has held the role interim since Miguel Helft left the position earlier this year, and she will be tasked with hiring additional writers to cover the tech industry.Shawn ShinnemanD Magazine announced two recent appointments to its editorial team. Shawn Shinneman is moving from his role as senior editor of D’s business and economy vertical, D CEO, where he ran its healthcare blog, and is taking on the role of online managing editor for news at D. In this new position, he will report on and edit for the brand’s local news blog, FrontBurner, and will also focus on SEO strategy and scheduling print content. He is taking over for Alex Macon who departed the magazine in August and is now an editor at Pace Communications. Natalie Gempel also joined D as the new online arts editor from PaperCity Magazine where she was the Dallas digital reporter and social media editor. She will be running the arts section and covering everything from profiling local artists to sharing goings-on in the city. Monique KakarMonique Kakar was promoted to AMG/Parade’s SVP/chief marketing officer, digital and in her new role, she will oversee the planning and execution of the company’s digital marketing initiatives in order to reach target audiences and appeal to brand advertisers. Kakar was most recently the VP of corporate marketing and video solutions at the company and was tasked with managing the brand’s partnership with the Made in Network, something she will continue doing in her new role. Moana LuuEssence Communications is expanding its C-suite with the addition of two new roles, as well as the promotions of president Michelle Ebanks, to CEO, and general manager Joy Profet, to COO. New roles include the positions of chief content & creative officer and chief digital officer, which will be filled by Moana Luu and Darline Jean, respectively. These appointments are all effective immediately. Following its sale earlier this year from Time, Inc. to independent owners, the newly formed Essence Ventures, headed by Richelieu Dennis, Essence has undergone several structural changes, including the departures of 15-year veteran editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca and longtime editorial projects director Patrik Henry Bass. Luu joins the brand from Trace Media Group, where she served as chief creative and brand officer. In her new position, she will be tasked with directing the creation and sharing of content across all of Essence’s platforms, work to develop the creative vision of the brand, and oversee the editorial and creative teams. She will report directly to Ebanks.Darline JeanJean most recently served as the chief operating officer for PulsePoint, a programmatic advertising technology company. As chief digital officer, she will lead an expansion of Essence‘s online offerings, and will also oversee digital revenue operations, audience development strategy, digital syndication and distribution, e-commerce and product development, reporting to Ebanks.“As we’ve continued to assess the needs of our business and our team, it became clear that a critical part of this transformation was creating a c-suite that allows us to meaningfully invest in the areas most critical to our future across content, creative, digital, commerce and technology,”  said Ebanks in a statement. “As well as to create a space where Black women can consistently have opportunity and see themselves at the highest levels of business.”center_img Business Insider tapped Meghan Morris as its new asset management reporter. Morris most recently spent three years at Private Equity Real Estate magazine as a senior reporter.Greg Kaufmann is rejoining the Nation as a contributing writer with a focus on poverty. Kaufmann wrote the magazine’s “This Week in Poverty” series from 2011 to 2013 and most recently was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Eric KohnIndieWire made several moves within its editorial staff this week, including promoting Eric Kohn from deputy editor and chief critic to executive editor and chief critic. He will now oversee the New York office’s editorial operations. Christian Blauvelt was tapped as IndieWire’s new managing editor with oversight of film and television news. He most recently was at BBC Culture as deputy editor, but also made several appearances on TV as an awards show analyst, as well as authored two books on the Star Wars films. And Tambay Obenson is joining the brand as a staff writer covering African-American film and television. He is a writer and filmmaker, as well as the founder of  independent film distributor Voyager Film Company, which focused on promoting independent film by and about people of African descent. Both Blauvelt and Obenson will report to Kohn.Oliver Staley was promoted from senior reporter to deputy finance editor of Quartz this week. He will report to global finance and economics editor Jason Karaian and will be editing Quartz’s new cryptocurrency newsletter, Private Key.Slate hired Mary Harris to create its new daily news podcast. She most recently served as a host of WNYC’s “Only Human” podcast.  Diana D’Abruzzo left her position as Politico’s home-page editor this week and is becoming a full-time freelance copy editor.Highsnobiety named Herbert Hofmann, former German-based retailer Voo Store’s head of buying & creative director, as its first creative director of commerce. He will work to create a new type of e-commerce model for Highsnobiety using the brand’s range of storytelling and communications channels and network of creative partners and influencers.last_img read more

Heres Game of Thrones Season 8 poster

first_img 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. Chris Monroe/CNET Amazon Tags 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. Comment 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). TV and Movies,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. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Tags Comments $59 at eBay 1 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo $999 The Cheapskate 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. $999 See It Game of Thrones has a new poster out for its final season. Video screenshot by Mike Sorrentino/CNET It’s just a few weeks till Game of Thrones’ final season kicks off.On Thursday, HBO tweeted an image of the official Season 8 poster, showing what appears to be the Iron Throne. If you look toward the bottom of the poster, though, there’s a dragon locking you in a death stare. 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. Boost Mobile 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. $155 at Google Express 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the AirPods review Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo 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. Share your voice $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. 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. See at Turo Sprint Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $60 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read DJI Osmo Action preview The final season. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/Q4n9IO71BJ— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) March 21, 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It See it Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $299 at Amazon See at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 $6 at Tidal 7 Best Buy $210 at Best Buy Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Game of Thrones returns April 14.last_img read more