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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

Montreal museum says Picasso ads back online after running afoul of Facebook

first_imgMONTREAL – A museum exhibit ad featuring a painting by world-renowned artist Pablo Picasso was back online Friday after originally being rejected for violating Facebook’s anti-nudity policy, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts said.Museum spokeswoman Pascale Chasse said the advertisement was blocked by the company’s ad-review algorithm because it showed Picasso’s painting entitled, “Femmes a la toilette,” which features two nude women.The artwork, which is drawn in the artist’s cubist style, features two women grooming themselves against a red background.It is among the featured works in the museum exhibit, “From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present,” which ends in September.Chasse said her initial reaction to the rejection notice was one of surprise.“It’s true that there’s some nudity, but it’s in good taste,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s a very important work of Picasso recognized everywhere in the world.”“How can you be in museums all across the world, but you can’t be on Facebook?”Chasse said she found the situation slightly funny at first, but eventually contacted Facebook after two different ads were subsequently rejected by the company’s ad-review algorithm.She was eventually able to speak over the phone to a Facebook representative, and later received an email from Facebook stating that the original ad was being put back online.Facebook said in a statement it is reviewing its advertising standards in light of the incident.While Facebook’s advertising standards don’t allow nudity, even in paintings, the company suggested that exceptions could be made for fine art.“We want to make sure that museums and other institutions are able to share some of their most iconic paintings and (we) are currently reviewing our approach to nudity in paintings in ads on Facebook,” it read.Chasse said she was satisfied with how Facebook handled the incident, once she was able to finally speak to a human being rather than a machine.She added that the museum intends to follow up with Facebook to make sure its campaigns, and those of other museums, won’t be affected in the future.last_img read more

UN assessment team calls for strengthening aid efforts in Zimbabwe

26 February 2009A United Nations inter-agency mission to Zimbabwe today stressed that the country’s humanitarian crisis remains grave, and urged both the Government and the international community to support the strengthening of aid efforts. The team, led by UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg, visited the southern African nation from 21 to 25 February to assess responses to, among other things, a food emergency in which up to seven million people need food aid and a cholera epidemic, which has infected some 83,000 people and already claimed more than 3,800 lives. “Despite tremendous efforts by both the Government and the humanitarian community in Zimbabwe to contain the cholera epidemic, major challenges remain,” Ms. Bragg said in a news release issued at the end of the visit. While noting the international community’s generosity to the people of Zimbabwe so far, the team highlighted the need for further resources in the coming months. This includes resources to effectively contain the country’s worst-ever cholera outbreak, including through public health outreach and repairing water and sewage systems.Additional resources will also be crucial for food aid and to help improve food security, noted the team, which included representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).“We have to ensure farmers have all the agriculture inputs they need for the next planting season, which begins in September. If we do not act now, we could end up next year with a situation similar to what we have today,” Ms. Bragg said.While in Harare, the mission met with Government officials, including President Robert Mugabe, who expressed his appreciation for the support Zimbabwe has been receiving from the humanitarian community, and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.Mr. Tsvangirai was sworn in earlier this month as Prime Minister in a unity government with President Mugabe, following months of political tensions after disputed presidential elections last March.The mission stressed that the welfare of the people was largely the responsibility of the Government of Zimbabwe. “We trust that the all-inclusive government will quickly take the necessary steps to address the fundamentals of governance that would allow stability and economic recovery,” it stated. read more

US producer prices increase in March on gains for food clothing jewelry

US producer prices increase in March on gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals prices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 15, 2009 file photo, Kolleen Irwin and her daughter Ariel, 3, shop for groceries at a Target store in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on U.S. producer prices in March later Friday April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2014 6:38 am MDT WASHINGTON – The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals.The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 per cent in March, the Labor Department said Friday.Overall inflation remains relatively tame. Producer prices increased 1.4 per cent during the past 12 months.Wholesale food prices rose last month, led by a 30.4 per cent leap in the costs of hogs and 12.4 per cent increase in poultry. Those increases were partially offset by a 2.4 per cent decline in gasoline prices and a 0.7 per cent drop for electric power. Excluding the volatile categories of food, energy and retailer and wholesaler profit margins, core prices ticked up 0.3 per cent.Some of the higher prices were due to a “distortion caused by the unusually bad weather” in previous months, said Paul Dales, senior US economist at Capital Economics. Snowstorms kept many shoppers at home and hurt retail sales. The margins of clothing wholesalers and retailers bounced back in March, rising by 3.3 per cent to push up overall producer prices.Inflation has been near historic lows during the past two years. The producer price index rose just 1.2 per cent in 2013 after a 1.4 per cent increase in 2012. Both figures are far below the Fed’s preferred target of 2 per cent.Stronger growth usually leads to higher levels of inflation. But the economy has struggled to accelerate during the 4 1/2-year recovery from the Great Recession. Wage growth has been close to flat, while unemployment remains at historically high levels. This limits consumer spending and limits the ability of businesses to raise prices.Low inflation has enabled the Federal Reserve to pursue extraordinary stimulus programs to boost spending, hiring and overall economic growth.The Fed has begun to unwind some of that stimulus, although it intends to prolong its near zero short-term interest rates, in part, because inflation has been so low. The U.S. central bank has cut its monthly bond purchases to $55 billion, down from $85 billion last year. The bond purchases are aimed at lowering long-term interest rates to bolster growth.The economy has started to improve after a winter slowdown. Employers added 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 in February, according to a government report issued last week. Snowstorms and freezing temperatures cut into job gains in December and January.Hiring over the past two months suggests the economy may be gaining steam with the start of spring, likely encouraging the Fed to continue reducing its stimulus despite concerns about low inflation. read more

UN rights office names hiphop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis equality champions

“We’re so honored to be working with the United Nations and Free & Equal to help spread a message of equality and respect,” Mr. Macklemore said in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR).“Ryan and I have always believed that human rights are for everyone – no exceptions,” he added. The award winning duo will leverage their massive following on social media for the campaign.Their anthem ‘Same Love’, from the 2012 album ‘The Heist’, has become an anthem for LGBT equality in several countries.The song with includes the following lyrics has also won an MTV Video Music Award for ‘Best Video with a Social Message’:‘A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it Gay is synonymous with the lesser It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference! Live on and be yourself’ A number of other celebrities have pledged their support for the Free & Equal campaign, including pop star Ricky Martin, Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly and Brazilian singer Daniela Mercury.The campaign was launched by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in Cape Town, South Africa on 27 July at an event featuring Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and South Africa Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron.In 2011, 85 States signed a statement expressing their concern at human rights violations perpetrated against LGBT people, and the UN Human Rights Council adopted the first ever resolution to specifically address the issue.Last year, OHCHR produced a guide to LGBT rights entitled ‘Born Free and Equal’ that sets out States’ core legal obligations. read more

Brock Biological Sciences department to be featured on CBC this Friday

Imagine putting your arm in a live colony of mosquitoes on a regular basis.That’s everyday life for Bryan Giordano, a Biotechnology student here at Brock University.Bryan, and the department of Biological Sciences, will be featured this Friday on CBC’s Marketplace after agreeing to test a new product that could potentially keep what some refer to as the “nasty critters” away.“We were very excited and surprised when first contacted by CBC whoheard of our laboratory and research through Dr. (Fiona) Hunter’s appearance on The Nature of Things, as well as our last broadcast with the Discovery Channel,” Giordano said.“We gladly accepted their proposal to test a new mosquitorepellant product as we thought this would be a great way to showcaseour research and our beautiful new lab here at Brock.”And as for using his own arm as feed for the mosquitoes, Giordano knows it’s all for the greater good.“When I tell people that I maintain, and sometimes arm feed, a live colony ofmosquitoes people often wonder why I would feed and care for insectsthat cause such a nuisance?This program is a great example of the unique experiments we are able to perform using our mosquitoes. I also hope that by doing so we are able to raise awareness of mosquito-borne disease, and emphasize the importance of protecting yourself when going outdoors during peak mosquito feeding times,” Giordano added.Marketplace airs this Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m on CBC. read more

US coal use predicted to rise slower than earlier thought

first_imgInternational Mining‘s leader in the January issue will examine, in the light of latest Kyoto discussions in Bali, the world need to generate power from coal. Clean coal technologies must be embraced and furthered, particularly coal-to-liquid (CTL) fuels.Last week the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the USA, in an early release of its Annual Energy Outlook 2008, predicted that coal’s share of the electricity generation market in America will increase to 55% by 2030. The outlook also revised upwards by 40% its previous projection regarding the amount of coal needed by 2030 to meet demand for domestic CTL fuels.The 55% figure includes power production, combined heat and power, as well as end use generation. For power production, EIA estimates coal will produce 57.8% of America’s electricity in 2030, compared with the 60.8% figure predicted in the 2007 outlook. The revision is largely a result of EIA’s projected slowdown in economic growth and electricity demand.In total, EIA’s latest outlook projects annual coal production to reach 1,447 Mt in 2030 compared with 1,534 Mt the agency predicted last year. The projections are predicated on a doubling of electricity generated from renewable sources of energy as a result of new state-level renewable portfolio standards and an assumed 18.5% increase in nuclear generating capacity.The forecast predicts a rise in coal use for CTL, predicting that 142 Mt will be needed for domestic CTL production by 2030, marking a 40% increase over the agency’s previous projection of 102 Mt.Furthermore, as 2007 draws to a close, US coal exports are poised to approach a level not reached in seven years. Exports for the year are projected to total some 52.6 Mt, a level exports have not reached since 2000 when 53 Mt were exported. This year’s projected total marks a 16.8% jump over 2006 exports and is well above the 43 Mt America has exported on average over the previous four years.The projected increased in exports for 2007 is largely the result of strong demand for metallurgical coal in Belgium, Brazil and Italy, although shipments of steam coal to overseas destinations are also up significantly. The increased demand for US coal is also being driven by factors in traditional exporting countries, such as Australia and Colombia, due to port and infrastructure constraints, as well as significantly increased demand coming from Asia, particularly China and India. In the past several years, US coal exports have been destined primarily for Canada, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.In addition, the lowered value of the US dollar makes the coal competitively priced with other nation’s coal.last_img read more

NIKOLA KARABATIĆ – MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015

Mizuno WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015Nikola Karabatic ← Previous Story HANDBALL WORLD UNITED: Over 117.000 votes for the best handball guys Next Story → MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015: Nikola Karabatić proud to be elected! Handball-Planet.com is proud to announce the results of our traditional Contest for the MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015. French playmaker and PSG Handball star, Nikola Karabatić, has got the highest number of points based on cumulative votes of 29 members of the international jury of handball journalists and visitors of our website. His outstanding performance during the Men’s World Championship 2015 in Qatar, where France won the gold medal in glossy style, but also TOP quality presented in FC Barcelona EHF Champions League winning campaign 2014/2015, with good start in Paris, were the best recommendation for this prestigious award.The 31 years-old Nikola Karabatić is the first player who defend title! He succeed Domagoj Duvnjak (2013), Filip Jicha (2012) and Laszlo Nagy (2011), guys who won the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER’s awards in the previous years.In three weeks of voting, all of 32 nominated players have got amazing support by the handball community. Handball lovers voted (117.147)  for their favorite players in eight categories.TOP 5 IN 2015FINAL RESULTSVOTING PROCESSHandball-Planet team want to thank all media, teams, TOP players, coaches and handball fans worldwide for making our project so big this year! Based on fantastic experience in the last three weeks, HP will soon announce the nominations for the MIZUNO World FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2015. read more

BREAKING NEWS from Skopje Welcome to SEHA GAZPROM Final4 2018

The SEHA Gazprom League Final4 will take place in Skopje’s hall “Jane Sandanski”, the home of RK Vardar Skopje between April 13 and 15, announced SEHA Gazprom League.The four best teams in current season – RK Vardar Skopje, RK PPD Zagreb, HC Meshkov Brest and RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko will fight for the trophy at one of the best organized event in world of handball in the recent years.Take a look what Stojance Stoilov has to say…“It is our great pleasure and honour to announce that the 7th Final 4 will once again take place in Skopje, Macedonia. We are delighted to have Final 4 in Skopje, for the 2nd time since Vardar are current European and SEHA titleholders. Vardar have a long, successful handball history, last season they won everything one club can win in a single season and we are sure that the Macedonian fans will experience and enjoy the best handball in the region and that the stands will be full. We will give our best to organize the event on the highest level and we are sure that the teams, which will compete on Final 4, will show the best of regional handball. Let the best one win”, said Sinisa Ostoic, managing director of the SEHA – Gazprom League.“We are happy that the SEHA – Gazprom League management decided that this season’s Final 4 will be in Skopje in our hall SC Jane Sandanski. As the reigning champions of this regional competition and one of the rare teams that has been in SEHA from its start, it is an honour for Skopje to host it for the second time. This once again confirms that handball is the sport number 1 in Macedonia, and Vardar is a team that is recognised not only in the region, but in European and World circles. 3 SEHA titles are a plus as well and now we are playing in front of our fans. Participation of big handball like PPD Zagreb, Meshkov and Celje is a great sign for an exciting and a high-quality tournament. SEHA- Gazprom League has grown to become more than a regional competition and we are better every season, so I know this tournament will be a success. I believe that we will enjoy in great matches. I invite you to come to Skopje from 13th to 15th of April”, said Davor Stojanoski, executive director of HC Vardar and co-organizer of the Final 4 in Skopje. SEHA Gazprom Final4 2018 ← Previous Story RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko secure SEHA Gazprom Final4 2018 Next Story → SC Magdeburg book last ticket for DHB Cup Final4 2018! read more

48 des personnes ont repris du poids après le régime Dukan

first_img48% des personnes ont repris du poids après le régime DukanSelon une enquête réalisée par les sites Le journal des femmes et Sante-medecine.net du groupe CCM Benchmark, près de la moitié des personnes ayant démarré un régime Dukan ont constaté la reprise de leur poids d’origine au bout d’un an. Trois ans après l’arrêt du célèbre régime, 75% des sondés confient avoir repris des kilos.”Le régime Dukan : et après ?”. C’est ainsi qu’a été baptisée la récente enquête, menée auprès de 4.761 internautes (90% de femmes), qui met en avant une reprise rapide des kilos superflus après ce type de régimes. En effet, selon les premiers résultats dévoilés le 30 mai, 11% des adeptes du régime Dukan ont retrouvé leur poids initial entre trois et six mois. Au delà de six mois, le taux s’élève à 24%, pour ensuite rencontrer un pic à 30% pour ceux qui ont arrêté depuis un à deux ans. Enfin, 22% de ceux qui ont arrêté Dukan depuis deux à cinq ans ont repris leur poids initial.À lire aussiAnorexie mentale : symptômes, causes, conséquences, qu’est ce que c’est ?A quoi cette (re)prise de poids est-elle due ? Plus de la moitié des personnes interviewées (60%) expliquent ne pas avoir suivi la phase de stabilisation, ultime phase du régime. Et 37% des sondés estiment leur régime inadapté à leurs besoins.Trois principaux dangers liés au régime Dukan Doctissimo rappelle qu’en novembre 2010, l’Anses avait analysé en détails 15 régimes, dont le régime Dukan. Ce rapport pointait en particulier trois dangers principaux liés à ce dernier : un danger rénal (l’apport massif initial de protéines surcharge les reins), un excès de sel/sodium qui représente un facteur majeur d’élévation de la pression artérielle et donc un facteur de risque de maladies cardiovasculaires, et une possible augmentation de la mortalité. Suite à cette analyse de l’Anses, le Dr Dukan n’a pas vraiment nié ces risques mais a insisté sur les dangers de l’obésité. Le régime Dukan, qui permet une perte de poids très rapide, est très populaire dans l’Hexagone. Il est basé sur une alimentation hyperprotéinée quasi-exclusive en phase d’attaque, puis hebdomadaire en phase dite de stabilisation (“Jeudi Protéines”). Près de deux millions de personnes en sont adeptes en France.  Le 5 juin 2011 à 14:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Police identify body found decomposing in Miami apartment

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have identified the body that was found decomposing inside a Miami apartment on Thursday.Detectives said 28-year-old Michelle Aranda was found dead at the Serenity on the River complex along 17th Street and Northwest North River Drive.RELATED: Decomposed body found in Miami condo unitHer car, a black Mini Cooper with the Florida tag, EACZ50, is missing.If you have any information that could help investigators, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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

TMobile Comcast launch crossnetwork antirobocall feature

first_img News • Enter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phone Mentioned Above LG G8 ThinQ (128GB, aurora black) Share your voice Comcast LG T-Mobile LG G8 ThinQ 13 $835 $829 Phones See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img AT&T Wireless Amazon Tags NurPhoto/Getty Images T-Mobile and Comcast are teaming up to fight robocalls.The companies said Wednesday they’re rolling out a feature that protects consumers from robocalls and spam across their networks. It uses the Stir/Shaken standards recommended by the Federal Communications Commission to spot authentic calls.The verification feature is already available for T-Mobile customers and will come later this year for Comcast Xfinity Voice home phone service customers. It’ll mean T-Mobile customers can be assured calls from Comcast home phones aren’t from a scammer spoofing a number, and vice versa, the companies say.”Robocalls and spam calls are an industry-wide problem, and we’ve got to join forces to keep consumersprotected,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. “Today, we’re the first to cross industry lines to do just that.”T-Mobile also said Caller Verified, its implementation of Stir/Shaken, is now available on 10 phones, including the LG G8 ThinQ and the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus. It’ll soon be available on the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy A6. Customers with the most recent software update will see “Caller Verified” show up on their screen when they get authentic calls from T-Mobile’s network and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service. T-Mobile expects it’ll do this with more companies as they begin implementing Stir/Shaken in the coming months, said Grant Castle, vice president of engineering at T-Mobile.”As the other carriers get on board, we’ll be able to use this technology to verify nearly all of your calls,” Castle said.Two years ago, T-Mobile rolled out free scam protection that analyzes calls and alerts customers about likely scams. In January, the carrier became the first wireless company to apply the Stir/Shaken standards after launching Caller Verified on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In November, T-Mobile said it had blocked more than 1 billion spam calls in the last 18 months.  $599 Comments See it See It Review • LG G8 ThinQ review: LG’s flagship can’t beat the Galaxy S10Elast_img read more

Rangpur City Corporation polls 21 Dec

first_imgElection CommissionThe second election to Rangpur City Corporation will be held on 21 December, according to UNB. The Election Commission (EC) took the decision at a meeting on Tuesday, EC acting secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said, adding that the schedule for the polls will be announced on 5 November. He said closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in important (vulnerable) polling stations and electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in a polling centre on a trial basis in the local body election. Helaluddin said the commission will take the decision about the CCTV cameras after receiving a list of important polling stations from intelligence agencies, local administration, and the returning officer. About national identity (NID) cards, the EC acting secretary said the fresh voters will be given laminated NID cards first. Some 11.8 million people became new voters after 2012, he said, adding that the Commission decided to provide them with laminated NID cards. The meeting was held with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair. The maiden election to Rangpur City Corporation was held on 20 December, 2012.last_img read more

Deputy sheriff 11 others killed in California shooting

first_imgA Ventura County Sheriffs officer stands near a vehicle near the Borderline Bar and Grill, where a mass shooting occurred on 8 November 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. Photo: AFPA gunman killed 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy after he walked into a Southern California bar and started shooting late on Wednesday night, police said.The gunman was also killed, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told a news conference early on Thursday, though it was not immediately clear by whom.An unknown number of people were wounded during the attack at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a country & western venue in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks.“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Dean said. “There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that.”Officials said shots were still being fired when the first officers arrived at the scene.The dead officer was identified as Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, Dean told reporters. Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer were the first to arrive at the bar and went inside just before 11:30 p.m. PST (0730 GMT).After a lull of about 15 minutes, more officers went inside and found the suspected gunman dead of a gunshot wound. It was not clear whether he killed himself or was killed by officers, Dean said.It was the latest mass shooting to rock the United States, six days after the death of two women at a yoga class in Tallahassee, Florida and 12 days after an anti-Semitic gunman entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 worshippers.President Donald Trump, who has resisted a surge in calls for tougher gun controls since 17 students were shot dead at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, said on Twitter that he had been “fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California.”Witness John Hedge told ABC News he was near the front door of the California bar when the shooting began. “I just started hearing these big pops. Pop pop pop,” he said. “There was probably three or four. I hit the ground. I look up. The security guard … was shot, he was down. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. I saw him point to the back at the cash register and he just kept firing.”Dean estimated that 10 to 15 people, including one with a gunshot wound, had gone to area hospitals. He said he thought their injuries were minor, and that most of them were likely injured as they escaped, some by breaking windows.“There were people hiding in restrooms, people hiding in attics,” Dean said.Dean said that the shooter had a handgun and that at this early stage in the investigation he believed he had only one gun. Witnesses described a rapid sequence of shots that it made them think he was using a semi-automatic weapon.Thousand Oaks was named the third-safest city in the United States for 2018 by the website Niche.“I’ve learned it doesn’t matter what community you’re in,” Dean told reporters when asked if he was surprised this happened in Thousand Oaks. “It doesn’t matter how safe your community is. It can happen anywhere.”Taylor Von Molt, 21, told CNN that the shooter was wearing what looked like a bandana and a hoodie and was a burly man.She said she was part of a group of line dancers that met at the bar for a college night every Wednesday.None of the civilian victims were identified. Helus died while being treated at an area hospital several hours after he was shot, Dean said.last_img read more

Full Show Bullet Train Update And Buyouts As Flood Prevention Feb 5

first_imgOn Monday’s Houston Matters: Northwest Mall has been selected as the site for the local station for a proposed high-speed rail connecting Houston to Dallas. Mayor Sylvester Turner discusses the station’s potential impact with us.Also this hour: Among the many strategies for mitigating future flooding in Greater Houston is buying out flood-prone homes. But one group wants buyouts to be an even greater part of post-Harvey recovery. We learn more about a panel discussion the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium is holding on the topic.Then, we learn about the challenges faced by the roughly 200,000 Americans with early onset Alzheimer’s disease — those who get the disease before the age of 65.And Jeff Balke joins us to talk about the Super Bowl, the latest on the Rockets, and all the recent Houston sports news.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Abu Dhabi welcomes almost two million hotel guests in first five months

first_imgDuring the period between January and May 2017, the emirate of Abu Dhabi recorded nearly  two million hotel guest arrivals (1,965,436), a four percent growth compared to the same period in 2016, as per figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) show.Of this figure, domestic visitors account for more than 600,000 hotel guests across the emirate’s 167 hotels and hotel apartments in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Region and Al Dhafra Region. Internationally, China is the largest source market with 160,902 hotel guests so far this year. India stays as the second largest international source market with 136,000 hotel guests, followed by the UK with 104,000, U.S. with over 67,000 and Saudi Arabia with more than 62,000 arrivals.H.E. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said, “Our efforts in May capitalised on the growing popularity of the emirate in China as a tourist destination, with our promotional team conducting a four-city roadshow and participating in the ITB China Exhibition 2017 in Shanghai. Our Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau team spearheaded a delegation representing an array of new products to Germany to participate in IMEX Frankfurt 2017, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events (MICE), targeting corporate business growth from high-performing sectors of the German economy, in particular the medical, automotive and financial services sectors.”Ghobash further added, “Looking ahead, we have some exciting upcoming events including the welcome return of Abu Dhabi Summer Season to the emirate between July 20 and August 20, with its standout selection of exciting entertainment and promotions across the emirate, which is expected to appeal greatly to domestic visitors, and especially those from India and Saudi Arabia.”last_img read more

McLean Mortgage Corp Closes 15B in Volume in 2012

first_img January 30, 2013 432 Views “”McLean Mortgage Corporation””:http://www.mcleanmortgage.com/, a privately held full-service mortgage lender based in Fairfax, Virginia, announced that the company closed more than $1.5 billion in mortgage volume in 2012, a 140 percent increase in production levels over 2011.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]McLean president Nathan Burch credited the company’s strong performance to its expanding sales force and superior service throughout the refinance boom–especially with regard to purchase loans.””While much of the industry focused upon refinances which ran at over 70 percent of total industry volume for the year, McLean Mortgage Corporation was able to average more than 40 percent purchase volume in 2012,”” Burch said. “”Our ability to hold underwriting turnaround times for purchase transactions to an average of 48 hours throughout 2012 was a key contributor to this success.””McLean CEO Pat Peavley said more growth is on the horizon for 2013 as the firm prepares to open its first office in Maryland.””We already have demand coming from the State of Maryland as our reputation for delivering great service has spread throughout the entire Washington Region,”” Peavley said. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-30 Tory Barringercenter_img Share McLean Mortgage Corp. Closes $1.5B in Volume in 2012last_img read more

LenderLive Names New Regional Account Executive for its Correspondent Lending Division

first_img in Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Correspondent Lending Division LenderLive Regional Account Executive 2016-01-07 Staff Writer LenderLive Names New Regional Account Executive for its Correspondent Lending Division January 7, 2016 586 Views center_img Share Jenny KlamfothDomestic-based, end-to-end mortgage services provider, LenderLive recently announced that Jenny Klamfoth will occupy the role of regional account executive for the company’s Correspondent Lending division.She will report to Bob Kallio, SVP of Correspondent Lending at LenderLive.Klamfoth will work with current and prospective clients, primarily community banks and credit unions in Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, that are participating in or considering the LenderLive correspondent program.Klamfoth has over 15 years’ experience in the mortgage industry. In her most recent role, she was an account manager for Stonegate Mortgage, where she assisted in the development of its correspondent and emerging banking business channels. Prior to this, she was an account executive with Flagstar Bank where she was responsible for correspondent and wholesale business development. In addition, she also successfully managed the start up branch of Aegis Wholesale supporting North Carolina and South Carolina production.The correspondent program offered by the firm is designed to serve the needs of mid-tier and smaller originators that want to protect their customer relationships.“LenderLive’s Correspondent Lending division was designed to help our clients protect their customer relationships as they build their mortgage businesses,” said David Vida, president of Mortgage Services at LenderLive. “I’m confident that Jenny’s experience in both correspondent and wholesale lending will not only make her a valuable addition to our team, but also help us better serve our clients’ needs.”last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 25 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Related LinksA tale of two halves; Josh Rosen has up-and-down start in road winRapid Reactions: Wilks, Cardinals take home first win of seasonAndre Smith leaves game with hamstring issue against San FranciscoArizona Cardinals defense shines in win over San FranciscoRosen wasted little time getting adjusted to his road settings, finding a wide open Christian Kirk for the 75-yard strike.One pass. One touchdown.The Cardinals moved the ball 75 yards down the field in 10 seconds thanks to Rosen’s arm and Kirk’s legs while San Francisco took more than five minutes off the clock to march down the field.Rosen closed out the first half completing seven of his 13 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. – / 23 (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Both the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals moved the ball down the field on their first possessions for touchdowns on Sunday.And while both drives went 75 yards, rookie quarterback Josh Rosen made it look a whole lot easier in his first road start of his career.Not more than 10 seconds after 49ers running back Matt Breida crossed the goal line on a five-yard run, Rosen and the Cardinals responded with a score of their own.last_img read more