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NL village looking to get rid of massive longdead humpback whale

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A tiny Newfoundland village is hoping to quickly remove the massive body of a humpback whale that has been stuck there since last fall, fearing the impending odour and mess as warmer weather approaches.The whale’s body was frozen and covered with snow for the winter months in Nameless Cove, but has become an urgent issue for the village.“The warmer temperatures are coming and you obviously know what’s gonna happen next,” Hank Diamond, a member of the local service district committee, said Wednesday.“You won’t be able live in that community in the summer, probably, if you don’t move it.”Nameless Cove is waiting on a price quote from contractors, and Diamond said the community is hoping for provincial assistance to remove the sizable creature that he estimates to be 25-30 feet.“It would take a fairly fair sized vessel to move that off the beach even at high tide, you know, and it seems to be settling in the sand more, so it’s gonna be harder and harder to get outta there, and it’s starting to rot.”The body is in close proximity to some residences, wharves, and is less than 100 metres from a graveyard.The beach is also a tourist attraction for its proximity to Flowers Island. The whale’s body is currently in the line of vision for anyone hoping to snap a photo of the island’s famed lighthouse.Diamond reached out to Service NL after Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) told Nameless Cove the removal of the whale carcass is the municipality’s responsibility.In an e-mailed statement, Service NL said it is working with the district and “the whale will have to be moved and disposed of, either by towing it to a more secluded location to decompose or by burial.”Dead smelly whales are not uncommon an issue for seaside Newfoundlanders: Last June, a dead humpback was lifted by crane in Outer Cove, N.L., and taken to a disposal site.But small communities like Nameless Cove, armed with tiny boats and a population under 100 people in northern Newfoundland, are faced with a difficult task when whales wash ashore.Diamond said DFO officials visited the site last fall to assess the beached whale, leading many locals to believe they would return to remove the body in the spring. Then villagers were surprised and upset when DFO told them it fell outside the department’s responsibility.“It’s like Russian roulette, whatever community it lands on, it’s on you,” Diamond said.So far, Diamond said the response from Service NL has been encouraging. But the town needs to move fast on the difficult removal, with or without the government’s help.“If they support it or if they don’t, it’s got to move,” said Diamond. “We’ll see to it I guess.”last_img read more

Improve your posture with this clever deskchair accessory for 71

first_img reading • Improve your posture with this clever desk-chair accessory for $71 • $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Computer Accessories Mobile Accessories Digital Media $999 Boost Mobile It may look like a backpack, but the Posture Keeper is a clever new way to keep you sitting upright at your desk. Posture Keeper Yesterday I shared a deal on a desk and a desk chair. Today, let’s talk about how to improve your posture while you’re sitting there.I’ll preface this by saying that I’m a pretty typical desk-bound worker (because writer, duh). And I’ve definitely experienced my share of neck and shoulder pain — some of it severe. I know my chair posture is terrible, alternating between slumping, leaning and rigid uprightness when I catch myself doing the other two.This is pretty common. Lots of people suffer from neck, back and shoulder issues resulting from poor posture. And so Posture Keeper was born. It works with most desk chairs to help you correct your posture — and, hopefully, reduce pain.The PK just transitioned from successfully funded Kickstarter project to commercially available product, and I’ve got an exclusive deal for you. For a limited time, and while a fairly limited first batch lasts, Lifecycle Gifts (via Amazon) has the Posture Keeper for $71.10 with promo code cheapskate10. It’s normally $79.See it at AmazonI realize that’s not much of a discount, but I also think that for anyone who suffers from the kind of desk-related pain I described, even full price is a bargain — assuming the PK actually works.Does it? I’ve been test-driving an early production sample for the past couple months. And I like it — a lot — but with a couple caveats.Imagine putting a backpack over your chair and then putting the straps over your shoulders. Presto: Now you’re effectively strapped to the chair and forced to sit upright — with lumbar support to round out the equation.For me this prevents my two biggest issues: slumping and craning my neck forward. Consequently, I’ve seen a noticeable reduction in neck and shoulder pain. Your mileage may vary, of course, and I can’t comment on how this might affect back issues, because luckily I haven’t had them.Although it’s quite easy to get in and out of the straps, I do find it a hassle sometimes when I need to reach for something across my desk. I’m literally trapped, so I have to unstrap myself, grab what I need, then strap in again. That can be annoying, no question.It also takes a bit of doing to get the Posture Keeper positioned just right. The included instructions are helpful, but plan on some trial and error — possibly over the course of a few days. Once I got it placed to my liking, however, I never had to move it again.I have no idea how this compares with less expensive posture-correcting braces, because I’ve never tried one. I’ll just say that I like the Posture Keeper much more than I thought I would, and it seems to be helping me exactly the way it’s supposed to.Your thoughts?Bonus deal: As you may know, I’m something of a Battlestar Galactica fan. (Just wrapped up a podcast covering the entire series, in fact.) You can currently stream the show on Amazon Prime and Hulu, but if you’d rather own it outright, here’s the best deal I’ve seen to date.For a limited time, Vudu is offering Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series: Volume 1 (HD) for $14.99. That bundle includes the mini-series, season 1 and season 2. It normally sells for $112 (!).See it at VuduWhile you’re at it (as if you could stop with S2), grab Volume 2 for $14.99 — it completes the series with S3 and S4.If you prefer to stick with Apple’s ecosystem, good news: iTunes also has Volume 1 and Volume 2 for $14.99 each. Wherever and however you watch it, I can’t recommend this show highly enough. It’s in my top five of all time.Bonus deal No. 2: I love mobile chargers that have built-in cables. One less thing to deal with, you know? If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, here’s one you might like.olala-s102-iThe Olala S102-i comes with an internal Lightning cable and can charge two devices at once. Olala For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Olala S102-i 10,000-mAh power bank with Lightning cable is just $15.05 with promo code OLALA57OFF. It normally sells for $32-$35.See it at AmazonThe MFi-certified cable that accompanies this is fully removable, meaning you can also use it to sync your device if need be. And there’s a secondary USB port for charging additional devices.A few reviewers cited issues with the reliability of that cable, hence the 3.9-star average. However, the S102-i is backed with a one-year warranty, should you encounter a similar problem. For $15 out the door, I’m liking this deal.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate Health and Wellness Apple iPhone XS See It See it Best Buy $999 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 8 Comments Sprint Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice See All Apple See It See It 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. Amazon Applelast_img read more

Economy and markets All you need to know to start your day

first_imgTraders work at the post where shares of Patheon NV is traded on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeReutersAsian shares edged higher on Friday after comments from a Federal Reserve official ebbed concerns that the central bank might raise rates faster-than-expected this year.St Louis Fed President James Bullard tried to tamp down of expectations of four rate hikes in 2018, instead of the widely anticipated three increases, Reuters reported.His comments come after Fed officials on Thursday agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Three rate rises are now almost fully priced in for this year, compared to two as recently as December.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.4 percent, but was still on track to end the week barely changed.Overnight, the Dow added 0.7 percent while the S&P 500 ended a tad firmer.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex lost 25 points or 0.07 percent to close at 33,819 on Thursday.The partially convertible rupee ended down 0.42 percent at 65.05 per dollar on Thursday from its previous close of 64.77 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 1.9 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1.1 billion in local equity and $1.8 billion in debt markets.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.20 percent at $66.26 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.16 percent to $62.67 a barrel.Fed meeting: Data released after the meeting showed the unemployment rate holding at 4.1 percent in January, while the consumer price index, excluding food and energy, was 1.8 percent for the 12 month period.last_img read more

August 4 2007 To continue our report from 81

first_imgAugust 4, 2007 To continue our report from 8/1/07, three individual frames have been painted and prepared to be installed in one of the door panels on the east balcony of the Crafts III building at Cafe level. [Photo & text: sa] This photo taken from the inner balcony at the top level of the Crafts III building, the Visitors Center – Gallery, gives some indication of scale of the three-level interior space and of the scale of the door panels. The panels have been installed and welding crew Philip Bonham and Darina Trendafilova fine tune placement and clip in the fly-screens. [Photo & text: sa] In past years, during the summer month, both door panels on the east and south balcony were kept open to allow a natural breeze to flow through the cafe space. Recent feedback from the health department frowned on this easy access for the fly population. To screen these giant doors presented quite a challenge and it was elegantly solved. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Russian technology investment firm GS Group is due

first_imgRussian technology investment firm GS Group is due to launch a new set-top-box that it claims will help facilitate the Russian viewers’ switchover from analogue to digital television.Speaking at the Digital & Connected TV Russia conference last week, Andrey Bezrukov, strategic marketing director of GS Group, announced a GS box that will combine satellite and terrestrial TV.The new E503 model of digital set-top-box will appear under the brand of General Satellite and is due is to enter the market this summer, he said.The device will “combine the functions of receiving both satellite and terrestrial digital signals,” enabling customers using satellite pay TV to also receive terrestrial signals, according to GS Group.last_img

French broadcaster TF1 has tapped broadcast techno

first_imgFrench broadcaster TF1 has tapped broadcast technology specialist Ionoco to provide Twitter integration for the NRJ Music Awards in France, generating 1.8 million Tweets around the show, which took place on Saturday evening.The Cannes event was by a giant screen that featured ive infographics on the digital activity created around the event such as trending hashtags, number of tweets and related images.Throughout the awards ceremony, presenter Nikos Aliagas read out a selection of the best tweets of the night. The most popular stars and performances in terms of number and quality of tweets also appeared on a giant leader board screen on stage.Ionoco’s system provides a web-based aggregation and moderation function that enables it to pull down Tweets related either to the awards show or the featured bands. These are then made available to be used in a range of feeds, which are pushed through to producer consoles for publishing to air.The Tweets are used live on set throughout the performances, fed through to LED screens featuring Tweet walls, live Tweets and leader boards. The latter automatically calculates the total number of Tweets posted for each band, along with the rate at which they are generated during the performances.“Our social-media tool has been used with great success on a number of primetime shows in the US, the Middle East and, now, Europe. It’s a massive honour to be asked to work with TF1 on a show as popular and prestigious as the NRJ Music Awards,” said Simon Ingram, CEO of Ionoco.“We believe this will be the first of many great television projects with Twitter at their heart.”last_img read more

Deutsche Telekom Croatian telecom operator THrvat

first_imgDeutsche Telekom Croatian telecom operator T-Hrvatski Telekom is to offer its MAXtv to new subscribers for the token price of HRK1 (€0.13) for the first six months to drive take-up.The offer gives new customers access to the Pickbox package, offering on-demand access to 250 seasons and over 2,600 episodes of TV series and films.last_img