3D Imaging Creates Closer Relationships Between Clinician and Patient

first_imgOur latest video showcases how 3D imaging technology is used with mobile devices to help radiologists deliver improved patient care in hospitals.I think we have all seen radiologists who would normally use a light box to analyse x-rays. Nowadays this has been replaced by powerful graphic workstations, which are usually stationary, making results difficult to move around in a hospital. Intel technology, with powerful in-built rendering and networking capabilities, have made these images mobile – truly mobile.More powerful processing technology is enabling the production of 3D images that enable healthcare professionals to view fractures from every angle on a mobile device in today’s hospital. Being able to zoom in and rotate the injury on a tablet is no longer a futuristic vision. Intel technology has bought 3D visualisation to the patient’s bedside.When I speak to doctors they tell me they get a real feel for how bone fragments are positioned and consequently can provide the best possible treatment for realignment. And the patient benefits too, as treatment plans can be discussed in detail with a highly visual explanation of their injury on a tablet device. Clinicians have known for decades that the most effective patient outcomes are achieved when the patient is educated about their medical injury and buys-in to the treatment plan.We’re helping to bring images to life for doctors and patients here at Intel – check out our healthcare device selector tool to find the best solution for you and your patients.Keep in touch with the latest healthcare IT news by following us on twitter via @intelhealth and join our healthcare professionals’ community to receive a monthly email with best practice solutions to help you deliver better patient care.last_img read more

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Five Reasons to Embrace Enterprise Cloud in 2019

first_imgWhether your organization is migrating to the cloud for the first time or starting to embrace a hybrid cloud solution with a mix of on-prem storage, 2019 is the year to transform your enterprise.If your company is only beginning to adopt cloud infrastructure, whether that’s migrating infrastructure, applications, or services, then you have some catching up to do. In a recent survey, IDC found that nearly every organization researched had or is planning to have at least a portion of their computing infrastructure within the cloud by next year.The upside, however, is that technology options have never been better. In its Service Provider Pulse, IDC noted cloud services demand is causing cloud service providers (CSPs) to develop new offerings to meet customer demand. Some of these new offerings are coming from next wave providers, which can tailor specific solutions for customers.Whether your enterprise is considering upgrading legacy IT to meet current trends or preparing to deliver new products and services to your customers, here are five reasons why cloud infrastructure is necessarily for any enterprises in the new year.PerformancePerhaps even more important than speed is predictability. Migrating workloads to the cloud requires trust—that if you run the same workload multiple times, you’ll get the same results each time. CSPs give enterprises reliable infrastructure to build new services and retain customers, who have little patience for costly downtime. This is especially important for health care providers, government agencies, and telecommunication companies, which base their much of their value on dependability.DemandThis year UKFast, which hosts thousands of ecommerce sites, saw a 30% spike in Black Friday web traffic.1 Consumer demands for internet services are growing across world. Cisco predicts IP traffic will grow three-times larger than it is today over the next four years.2 No matter what your business happens to be, you’re going to have to rely on cloud infrastructure to reach and serve your clients.ScalabilityCSPs can predict and prepare for workload demands during seasonal events like Black Friday, but every business can be unpredictable. Service demands can fluctuate due to a variety of factors—for instance Approved Food, an online discount retailer specializing in selling short-dated food, needed to grow almost immediately to prepare for national TV appearances and handle shipping requests for over 45,000 items per day. Staying competitive requires a cloud infrastructure that can respond on-demand with the flexibility for high-growth phases when needed.PortabilityPart of an enterprise’s growth can require new applications, which need to be deployed easily in the cloud with the option to move them to where they can be optimized. Choosing a CSP that operates on standardized infrastructure can ensure your company has the ability to move from public, private, and hybrid solutions as business or regulation dictates.Cost EfficiencyOf all the reasons to migrate to the cloud, above all is cost efficiency. Whether you’re a company with decades of experience or a newer player growing quickly in a competitive market, everyone is looking to save wherever possible. Moving off legacy equipment to a cloud infrastructure can help lower TCO in the long run, more than making up for the initial investment. This process can be complex, and consulting firm McKinsey & Company have suggested a transition with hybrid cloud configurations can help lower operating costs.As I stated earlier, if your enterprise is just now beginning to move to the cloud, you likely know how fast you need to catch up. Thankfully, there’s never been a better time. Learn more about Intel cloud technologies and the benefits they bring to CSPs at intel.com/csp.This post originally appeared on UKFast.1 https://www.ukfast.co.uk/press-releases/ukfast-network-sees-30-black-friday-spike.html/2 https://www.networkworld.com/article/3323063/internet/cisco-predicts-nearly-5-zettabytes-of-ip-traffic-per-year-by-2022.htmllast_img read more

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Fletcher faces test against Kirsten in Johannesburg

first_imgTeam India’s fortunes have really crash-landed since the departure of Gary Kirsten about a year ago when he quit as the world champions’ national coach.Kirsten’s exit became more painful for India as their continuous slide over the year has been coinciding with the rise of South African team, currently being guided by the former cricketer himself.With the Proteas now within striking distance of the coveted Test No 1 status, Kirsten’s climb has further exposed India’s current coach Duncan Fletcher’s fall.”Just hope they learn from what they have played. Just come back from Australia, where we played quite well in the one day series and hopefully we can just move on from there,” Fletcher said on Thursday, a day before India’s one-off Twenty20 international against the hosts.Kirsten said, “I think the quality of our cricket was of a higher standard… We know what we want to achieve and we are all looking forward to that Test series.”As under fire Fletcher cut a sorry figure, his predecessor in the Indian camp has been beaming with positive energy and confidence. The contrasting fortunes of the two coaches is truly telling.While Fletcher’s reign with Indian team has seen its fall from the top of the charts with shameful series whitewashes in England and Australia, Kirsten has guided the Proteas to within striking distance of snatching the Test No 1 ranking with quality performances over the Aussies, Lankans and the Kiwis on the trot.Fletcher’s poor numbers spell Team India’s sorry story since the 2011 World Cup. While Kirsten has successfully guided his men through some tough Tests home and away, Fletcher has struggled to match his superiority in the ODIs as well. His record so far has left Indian cricket buffs hoping against hope to get his act right with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and team.advertisement”We have quite a lot of young players here and we have been trying to develop a young One Day squad and Twenty-20 squad. These blokes have quite played well in the subcontinent and any game they play out of it must be very good for an inexperience point of view,” Fletcher said.While Fletcher might be one of the most respected in the business, his struggle with the Indians has indeed damaged his reputation. But Kirsten is truly on the ascent, marching ahead with his marshals. In the little over six months that Kirsten has been in charge of the Proteas, he has already shown signs of guiding them to the next level.”Very happy with the whole tour actually. I thought it was mission accomplished certainly for what we wanted to achieve as a team through all the formats… I was very pleased the way we went about with our business,” Kirsten said.With a series of home battles lined up in the coming season, Fletcher might well succeed in turning the fortunes for Dhoni and his men. But it is imperative he quickly adopts Kirsten’s winning formula if he wants the Indians to be respected a world force again.last_img read more

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Over the hump

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “I am very happy,” Ricky Dandan, thrust to the head coaching job after Chris Gavina resigned two weeks ago, said of his first win that was tainted by a fight between Eric Camson and Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan late in the second quarter.“This [win] will go a long way in the rebuilding of our ballclub,” said the former University of the Philippines Maroon of the win, which the Picanto last tasted on May 21, 2017 under Gavina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingMagnolia won a third straight game later in the night, outlasting Phoenix Petroleum, 97-91.The Hotshots rose to 4-1, half-a-game behind solo unbeaten leader San Miguel Beer, while the Fuel Masters tied the Elasto Painters at 2-3 after a second straight loss. Eric Camson vs Raymond Almazan. PBA IMAGESKia Picanto is rebuilding, only to find out that this ragtag crew could do just fine.Lumbering in obscurity and ridicule for the early part of the PBA Philippine Cup, the Picanto on Saturday night snapped a four-game skid in the tournament—and an eight-month losing streak—by bringing down Rain or Shine in a fight-marred contest, 98-94, at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte “It wasn’t intended,” Camson said.  “ I was just boxing out.  I am willing to apologize.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READcenter_img SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais A day before, Kia signed up Carlo Lastimosa from the free agent market after getting a release from NLEX.  Team consultant Joe Lipa, the former national coach, also hinted that they will still look to sign a big man and another scorer.Kia came into the game losing its last three contests by an average of over 35 points, while the Painters had all sorts of momentum going their way after a 120-99 ripping of the Fuel Masters on Wednesday.“I’m relieved,” Dandan said. “We really had no choice but to move forward and look at the positives of those blowouts. Our confidence was shot [during that losing streak].”Fines are expected to be stiff for Camson and Almazan, though it was clear in replays that the Kia bruiser took the first shot by landing an elbow on the Gilas Pilipinas center’s head.They were later heard hurling invectives at each other on their way to their locker rooms.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacking funds, Team Manila scrounges for ways to compete—and win View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy: Karnataka hang on to force draw against Baroda

first_imgHolders Karnataka just about managed to hang on to force a draw with Baroda in the Group A Ranji Trophy league match on Saturday.A half-century by young Shreyas Gopal (51, 142b, 4×4) and skipper CM Gautam’s battling 30 rescued Karnataka from certain defeat as they finished the day on 153 for 7, chasing a target of 288 after being 50 for 6 at one stage. Earlier, Baroda added precious runs to their overnight score of 204 for 8 with overnight not out batsman Swapnil Singh scoring 50 (114b, 9×4) to raise visions of a possible victory.Baroda seamer Sagar Mangalorkar scythed through the Karnataka innings with a four-wicket haul before Gautam and Gopal added 85 runs for the seventh wicket to save the blushes for the hosts. Yet again, the Karnataka batting proved to be a let down with the top order crumbling under pressure and yet again it was Gopal who is shaping into a fine allrounder after playing a key role in forcing a draw.Baroda, who had taken the first innings lead, picked up three points while Karnataka had to be content with one.Brief scores:At Surat – Vidarbha vs Gujarat, Vidarbha 1st innings 236 all out, Gujarat 1st innings 248 all out, Vidarbha 2nd innings 307 for 8 (Srikant Wagh 20; Ramesh Powar 5/99, Rush Kalaria 3/44) Gujarat 2nd innings 175 all out (Parthiv Patel 73, Bhargav Merai 32; Akshay Wakhare 7/70). Vidarbha won by 120 runs.At Porvorim – Goa vs Assam, Goa 1st innings 175 all out, Assam 1st inninings 435 for eight, Goa 2nd innings 268 all out (Amogh Desai 63, Keenan Vaz 59; Swarupam Purkayastha 6/76, Abu Nechim 2/24) Assam second innings 12 for no loss, Assam won by 10 wickets.advertisementAt Mysuru – Baroda 335 and 254 all out (Deepak Hooda 67, Arvind Sreenath 3 for 27, Ronit More 2 for 50) vs Karnataka 302 and 153 for seven (Shreyas Gopal 51; Sagar Mangalorkar 4/54). Match Drawn.At Dharamsala – Himachal Pradesh vs Andhra, Andhra 1st innings 336 for eight declared (Murumulla Sriram 105; Vikramjeet Malik 3/78) Himachal Pradesh 1st innings 186 for seven (Rishi Dhawan 55 not out; DP Vijaykumar 3/47) Match DrawnAt Delhi – Railways vs Jammu and Kashmir, Railways 1st innings 234 for five declared (Rohan Bhosle 54; Ram Dayal 2/50) Jammu and Kashmir 1st innings 114 all out (Anureet Singh 5/48) Railways 2nd innings 18 for no loss, Match DrawnAt Ranchi – Jharkhand vs Hyderabad, Jharkhand 1st innings 556 for 9 declared, Hyderabad 1st innings 455 all out (Akshath Reddy 133, Ashish Reddy 104; Varun Aaron 5/131) Jharkhand 2nd innings 189 for four declared (Ishan Kishan 84; Akash Bhandari 2/46) Hyderabad 2nd innings 7 for no loss, Match Drawn.At Pune – Maharastra vs Delhi, Maharastra 1st innings 330 all out, Delhi 1st innings 307 all out, Maharashtra 2nd innings 366 all out (Shrikant Mundhe 104; Parwinder Awana 4/68) Delhi 2nd innings 78 for three, Match Drawn.At Agartala – Tripura vs Kerala, Tripura 1st innings 179 all out, Kerala 1st innings 301 for nine (Abhishek Hedge 82; Rana Dutta 4/45), Tripura 2nd innings 295 for nine (Bishal Ghosh 82; Amit Verma 5/61) Match Drawn.At Ghaziabad – Uttar Pradesh vs Bengal, Bengal 1st innings 141 for four (Sudip Chatterjee 60, Wriddhiman Saha 45; Kuldeep Yadav 2/58), second and third day’s play abandoned due to rain, Match Drawn.last_img read more

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IOWA LEGISLATURE HAS MUCH WORK TO FINISH AS ADJOURNMENT TARGET DATE…

first_imgThe Iowa Legislature is nearing an unofficial target for adjournment, but lawmakers still are working on key measures such as approving a budget and providing details on promised tax cuts.Republicans control both chambers and are working privately to come up with spending targets for this year’s state budget.Senate President Charles Schneider, a West Des Moines Republican who also chairs a key budget committee, says GOP leadership isn’t focused on meeting artificial deadlines.Representative Chris Hall, a Sioux City Democrat, says he’s worried Democrats and the public will have little say in important decisions.It’s unclear how long lawmakers will remain at the Capitol.Their reimbursement for daily expenses ends April 17, and that’s traditionally the target for adjourning.APlast_img read more

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a day agoFreund: Why Liverpool boss Klopp world best

first_imgFreund: Why Liverpool boss Klopp world bestby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund believes Lucien Favre is a good coach for Borussia Dortmund – but Jürgen Klopp’s emotional link with his players has no equal.Liverpool boss Klopp is the best football coach in the world because of the connection he establishes with players on an emotional level, according to Freund. “That is, of course, the wonderful thing when you compare the coaches: Lucien Favre and Jürgen Klopp,” Freund told Omnisport. “Favre is calm and well-balanced, with a good tactical instinct. But I would always prefer Jürgen Klopp, because he is the coach who can also reach players emotionally because he himself is like that, and because he knows that the day has come when he will sweep the players along with special moments, through his emotions. And that’s why Jürgen is the best in the world right now.”Freund thinks the “passion” Klopp has helped to instil within his Liverpool squad will serve them well in the title race – particularly when their form deserts them.”If you look at the Premier League so far, everything is playing for Liverpool,” said Freund. “Even their own games are won late. It’s not always good football, but they have played with a lot of passion. Jürgen Klopp also exemplifies this passion. “They also have the necessary luck at the moment, but because I also played in the Premier League for five years and I also worked there as an assistant coach [with Tottenham], there will come a phase where Liverpool will lose. It looks so safe and clear at the moment, but that’s not how they play. And then the question is how quickly they get back into the corner. Along with Manchester City, Liverpool are favourites for the title.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Sheer gratitude Celebration honours NB teen who inspired kindness movement

first_imgRIVERVIEW, N.B. – A New Brunswick teen who inspired a movement dedicated to spreading acts of kindness was remembered Wednesday as a courageous, big-hearted person who never let her terminal diagnosis get in the way of celebrating the generosity of others.More than 700 people gathered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Riverview, N.B., for an ecumenical funeral service in honour of 18-year-old Rebecca Schofield, who died of brain cancer on Saturday.“While we gather in sorrow, the more dominant feeling in my own heart is one of sheer gratitude,” said Rev. Phil Mulligan.In December 2016, when doctors determined she had only months to live, Schofield drafted a bucket list that included a request for people to record personal acts of kindness on social media with the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo. Schofield’s Facebook post went viral, attracting heartfelt responses from around the world.“She rapidly put her fear aside and … focused on living, not on dying,” her uncle, Denis Savoie, told mourners. “By putting her fear aside, she was able to live with purpose until the end.”Before the funeral service began, a freezing rain warning was lifted for much of eastern New Brunswick, the clouds parted and the church was bathed in warm sunshine. Arriving mourners squinted their eyes and shed their heavy coats.Katie Roberts, a friend of Schofield’s in high school, said she was stunned by the young woman’s determination.“She had a strength and a kindness, and even positivity going through something that the rest of us can’t really ever imagine,” said Roberts, now studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art at Design in Halifax.“She didn’t lose that. It’s really important for us to be here to support such a great family and to honour her.”Maurise Levesque, who sings in the church’s choir, said she, too, was taken with Schofield’s remarkable poise.“I admired her ability to speak about her death with such acceptance,” she said. “She inspired me to do kind acts — and every time I did one, I thought of her.”Earlier this winter, when a snowstorm buried her neighbourhood, Levesque took it upon herself to shovel her neighbour’s driveway and dig out his car.Chris Collins, the member of the provincial legislature for Moncton Centre, said he hoped Schofield’s family will be able to begin the long process of healing.“She was a spectacular person and we were very proud to have her as a New Brunswicker,” he said outside the church. “She is loved by her community — and her community wasn’t just New Brunswick, it was worldwide.”Inside the church, Mulligan meditated on the mixed, confused feelings so many mourners seemed to share.“We honour and celebrate not only the way that she lived, but also the graceful way that she let go of life and died,” he said. “And we celebrate … the wake that she leaves behind: all of the good that will continue on in her memory.”Her feel-good campaign attracted the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recognized Schofield’s “inspiring commitment to community” in a February 2017 tweet.Trudeau acknowledged her again in a tweet Wednesday, saying “let’s make sure the legacy of #Beccatoldmeto lives on, and continue to be kind to each other.”New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant has called her an “amazing young woman” whose selfless dedication to helping others would inspire others for years to come.From as far away as Australia, people posted accounts of good deeds, ranging from holding the door open for someone to sending a box of bath items to Canadian soldiers in Kuwait.Schofield’s family issued a statement Sunday saying the rapid accumulation of good deeds online had created a legacy that gave Rebecca immense hope.“We pray #BeccaToldMeTo will live on,” the family said. “Keep her dream alive, and our beloved Becca will live forever. Be kind.”On Monday, hundreds of members of a Facebook group dedicated to her movement said they had turned on their porch lights Sunday evening in her honour, in places like California, Texas, Florida and across Canada. Many commented that they would continue to fulfil Schofield’s final request.Savoie said Schofield spent much of her time in the last two months sleeping, sometimes for 24 hours a day.But on Feb. 14, when she woke up for the last time, she mustered the strength to tell her family it was time for her to go, Savoie said.“She was ready,” he said. “This was more than just a gift of love. She gave them the permission, the courage, the serenity to let her go. She gave them peace. This was her last act of kindness.”— Follow @NovaMac on Twitterlast_img read more

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BCs minimum wage increasing to 1265hour on June 1st

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government says that B.C.’s minimum wage will be increasing to $12.65 per hour on Friday.The increases in the minimum wages are the result of recommendations from the independent Fair Wages Commission, which was established last October to advise the government on an approach to raising provincial minimum wages with regular and predictable increases. Effective June 1st, minimum wages will increase for both general workers and liquor servers by $1.30 per hour. The general minimum wage will be rising from $11.35/hour to $12.65/hour, while liquor servers will see their minimum wage rise to $11.40 per hour. Resident caretakers will see an 11.5 percent in their minimum wage. Those workers that manage from nine to 60 units will be getting $759.32/month plus $30.43 per unit, while caretakers managing 61 or more units will receive a minimum of $2,586.40 per month. Live-in camp leaders will also be getting a wage increase, and will be making at least $101.24 per day. The wage increases are the first of four annual increases that will take effect on June 1 of each year, except for farm workers who are paid piece rate. Those workers will be getting a minimum wage increase as of January 1st, 2019. At that time, there will be an 11.5% increase to all minimum piece rates.By June 2021, B.C.’s minimum wage will rise to at least $15.20 per hour, and the separate lower liquor server wage will be eliminated. B.C. currently has the eighth-highest minimum wage in the country. Ontario ranks 1st with a minimum wage of $14.00/hour, though Alberta – the current home of Canada’s second-highest minimum wage – will see an increase to $15.00/hour on October 1st. Saskatchewan’s minimum wage of $10.96 is currently the lowest in Canada.last_img read more

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El Salvador UN rights expert hits out against rise in killings of

24 March 2010Violence against women and girls in El Salvador remains prevalent and pervasive, with the number of murders on the rise and kidnappings, sexual assaults and sexual harassment all too frequent, an independent United Nations human rights expert has warned. Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, wrapped up a three-day visit to El Salvador on Saturday by stressing that the Central American country still faces “significant challenges” in dealing with gender-based violence.“Of particular concern to me is the growing prevalence and forms of such violence, especially the alarming rise in the numbers of murders of women and girls and the brutality inflicted on their bodies, which is often accompanied by kidnapping and sexual assault,” she said in a statement.Ms. Manjoo expressed concern that the violence against women and girls is taking place in so many different settings.“Domestic violence, sexual abuse against women and children in the home and the community, violence and sexual harassment in the workplace, particularly in the maquila sector [factories operating in duty-free zones] and the domestic sphere, police-related violence and sexual commercial exploitation” are all serious problems, the Special Rapporteur said.She said that although El Salvador “has come a long way in institution-building and human rights protection since the end of the 12-year civil war in 1992,” impunity for crimes, socio-economic inequalities and a macho culture “foster a generalized state of violence,” as had been noted by her predecessor during a visit in 2004.Ms. Manjoo, who met with Salvadorian Government officials, UN staff and civil society representatives during her visit, serves in an unpaid and independent capacity and reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

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Police bust major currency racket

The police today busted a major currency printing and distribution racket in Chilaw and arrested four suspects so far.According to the police the racket was headed by a 31 year old who had studied only till the 9th grade in school. Most of the fake currency was said to have been distributed to Chinese restaurants and fuel sheds.The police seized computers, a printer and printing paper as well as some fake currency notes during the raid today. (Colombo Gazette) The suspects had being carrying out the racket over a period of time before they were arrested today. Investigations revealed that the suspects had distributed the money through their agents at various locations. read more

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Grocery chain Whole Foods to cut about 1500 jobs over the next

FILE – In this Monday, July 29, 2013, file photo, produce is placed on a Whole Foods paper bag in Andover, Mass. Grocery chain Whole Foods is cutting about 1,500 jobs, or 1.6 percent of its workforce, over the next eight weeks as it looks to lower prices and keep up with competition, the company announced Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) Grocery chain Whole Foods to cut about 1,500 jobs over the next 8 weeks by The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2015 6:41 am MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Grocery chain Whole Foods is cutting about 1,500 jobs over the next eight weeks as it looks to lower prices and keep up with competition.The cuts represent about 1.6 per cent of its workforce.But Whole Foods Market Inc. said in a regulatory filing on Monday that many of the reductions will come through attrition. It anticipates workers whose jobs are cut will find other jobs from the almost 2,000 open positions across the company or from new jobs that’ll be created by more than 100 new stores in development.Whole Foods said it has added more than 9,000 jobs in the past year and created nearly 35,000 jobs over the last five years.Whole Foods was recently hurt by bad publicity when New York City officials found it was overcharging customers. New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs said that Whole Foods stores were overstating the weight of some pre-packaged products, like chicken tenders and a vegetable platter. Whole Foods has said that it is taking steps to prevent overcharging, including training for workers and a pledge to give away products if customers discover they were overcharged.The company has also been facing intense competition, with the organic offerings it’s known for becoming more widely available.It’s trying to appeal to a broader audience, with plans to open a new chain of “365” stores with lower prices. The first location is set to open next year in Los Angeles, and leases have been signed for additional locations in Bellevue, Washington; Houston; Portland, Oregon; and Santa Monica, California.Whole Foods shares slipped 9 cents to $31.01 in morning trading Monday. Its shares are down about 38 per cent so far this year. read more

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Has the AL East Just Been Unlucky

The weakest division of the American League so far this season is the one that has been the most dominant in recent years: the AL East — featuring the Yankees and Red Sox, the two winningest AL teams since the league expanded to three divisions in 1995.Baltimore is leading the division with a puny 16-14 record, the worst for any division leader in baseball. Four of the AL East’s five teams are being outscored. And it could get even bleaker: All five teams have put up these poor results while facing schedules that are significantly weaker than average.There’s plenty of time for things to turn around; four-fifths of the season remain. Even if just one or two AL East teams get better, that could be enough for the division to win another pennant and even the major-league title.Winning pennants and titles has been the forte of the AL East since the majors reorganized after the 1994-95 players’ strike. Teams from the division have represented 36 percent of all AL clubs but have won 11 of 19 pennants and eight of 10 World Series titles for AL teams — twice as many as any NL division. (NL East teams have won four.) The division has also claimed 71 percent of available AL wild-card slots, twice as many as it would be expected to by chance alone.Much of that postseason success was achieved by New York and Boston, and the division has had plenty of underachieving clubs, too. But the AL East’s overall results stand up nicely, too. Its teams won 51 percent of regular-season games between 1995 and 2013. That understates its success because division games each had winners and losers, so they canceled each other out. Against opponents from outside their division, AL East teams won 52 percent of games, including the same proportion against both intraleague rivals and against NL teams.Surprising early-season results often stem from bad luck: Opposing batters’ grounders find gaps in the infield, and their fly balls sail for home runs, at unsustainable rates. One way to measure this luck is to compare teams’ skill-interactive ERA to their ERA. SIERA tries to control for factors beyond pitchers’ control — so it’s roughly what a pitching staff’s ERA would be if it had the same luck, and fielding ability, of the average team. And all five AL East teams have a SIERA below their ERA. The Yankees’ gap is nearly a run per nine innings.Then again, last year, all five AL East teams also had ERAs worse than their SIERAs. And while that doesn’t appear to have been due to bad fielding, this year most of the AL East clubs have below-average fielding.There’s one more sign that its slow start could mean real trouble for the AL’s worst division. A few days ago, Dave Cameron at FanGraphs calculated teams’ expected scoring margins — based on how well they’ve hit the ball, run the bases, fielded and pitched — relative to their actual scoring margins. If the AL East really has been the victim of hard luck, we’d expect its teams to have better scoring margins than they do. Yet overall, they’ve done about as poorly as expected. Because they’ve won even more than we’d expect by scoring margin, if they keep playing as poorly as they have, their luck — and tougher opponents — could make it even harder for AL East teams to maintain the mediocre level they’ve established so far this season. read more

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Future iodine prices influenced by increasing South American supply and steady demand

first_imgA report by Roskill has suggested that growth in supply is expected to increase faster than demand and lead to prices falling from record levels. Crude iodine supply is expected to be more than sufficient to meet forecast demand.  The main reason for this is the increase in Chilean and, in the longer-term, US capacities. The report shows that iodine prices increased throughout 2011 reaching a peak of 97.5/kg in June, caused by the combination of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan and a supply shortage in South America. These reductions in supply along with strong growth in consumption from applications such as X-ray contrast media, biocides and OPF led to a surge in prices.Iodine prices reduced to an average of $67/kg in early 2012 although supplies remained tight. This fall followed a slight rise in supply as shipments from ACP Minera’s Algorta Norta project started and output from Japanese producers recovered to normal rates.In 2012 crude iodine production was around 28,700 t including 5,000 t of secondary material. In 2013, production is expected to increase by around 8% if targets from Chilean producers are reached. Global demand is expected to rise by 3.5% py to 2017, from 30,600 t in 2012.In the first quarter of 2013, prices continued to soften, dropping to around 11.5% below Q1 2012 levels.  This may have resulted from production rising at a higher rate than consumption.  If production targets are reached, and demand rises as forecast, prices may decrease further through 2013 and by Q1 2014, contract price may be 10% below Q1 2013 levels. Prices are then forecast to rise progressively at low rate to 2017.Iodine is used in a diverse applications by a wide variety of industries with around half used in applications directly related to human health, for example X-ray contrast media, iodophors (biocides) and pharmaceuticals.  Most of the remainder is used in industrial applications including OPF (Optical Polarizing Film) for liquid crystal displays (LCDs), catalysts, heat stabilisers and the production of fluorine derivatives.  Markets for iodine tend to be long-established and mature so show low growth rates.  The exception is that for OPF, which has risen from an estimated 200t in 2000 to 3,950t in 2012.The main trade flows of iodine and iodine derivatives are from Chile and Japan to North America and Europe.  Asian imports, especially to China, India and South Korea, have become increasingly important over the last decade and exceeded those of North America in 2010 and 2012.  In terms of consumption, Asia is the leading region followed by Europe and North America.The supply of secondary iodine has grown significantly over the last ten years.  Most of this has been from waste generated during OPF production in South Korea, Japan or Taiwan.  Japanese companies account for an estimated two-thirds of secondary production, or 3,000t in 2012.Output of crude iodine takes place in nine countries, ordered by size: Chile, Japan, USA, China, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Indonesia, and Russia.  Production is dominated by Chilean and Japanese companies, which accounted for an estimated 58% and 32% respectively of global output during 2012.  However, an estimated third of Japanese production is of secondary output recycled from waste.SQM of Chile is the leading producer, accounting for over a third of global output in 2012.  The other major Chilean producers are ACF Minera and Cosayach.  In 2011, Cosayach lost an estimated 2,700 tpy of capacity following the closure of unlicenced wells supplying water to its processing plant.  Japanese producers, led by Ise Chemical and Godo Shigen, has a global capacity of over 10,000 tpy.The report by Roskill suggests that supply of crude iodine is expected to be more than sufficient to meet forecast demand.  The main reason for this is the increase in Chilean and, in the longer-term, US capacities.  SQM, ACF Minera, Sirocco Mining and SCM Bullmine are planning to increase capacity by a combined 5,000 tpy by 2014.  Japanese secondary production is likely to increase in line with growth output of OPF.last_img read more

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416 years ago today Explosion kills 1pc of Dublins population

first_imgTODAY MARKS the anniversary of one of the worst single tragedies in the history of Dublin city – an explosion that killed over 1 per cent of the capital’s entire population.126 people died in the Dublin Gunpowder Disaster, which struck in the area around the site where the modern headquarters of Dublin City Council are located.In 1597 this area was around the centre of the city, which had a population of around 10,000 – and marked the point where 140 barrels of gunpowder exploded in a shipping accident on March 11 of that year.Gunpowder was being shipped to Ireland to supply the English army, which was fighting the ‘Nine Years’ War’ against Irish clans to assert British control over the island. It was common for ships to transfer their load to barges off the shore, and for those barges to carry the loads into shallow water.The explosion effectively ruined the area around Fishamble Street and Cook Street – with dozens of riverside homes destroyed – while areas further afield also suffered damages due to the rain of debris caused by the massive blast.Worse, however, was the discovery of the body parts of dockside workers in the areas near the scene – with those working to unload the gunpowder killed instantly by the devastating scale of the blast.The cause of the explosion was never formally identified, though the Irish History Podcast summarises that the days before the blast had seen tensions between Dublin Castle authorities and porters over the working conditions of the latter.An informal strike had followed, which had left a backlog of gunpowder waiting to be moved from the docks – which contributed to the sheer scale of the disaster.The accident was the catalyst for the dramatic expansion of the city, however – with the older timber buildings replaced by brick, while the reconstruction of the area resulted in development moving east along the quays towards the modern city centre.That land had been newly reclaimed, and the expansion of the ‘central’ city area allowed a dramatic growth in the city’s population. By 1700 the population had grown to 60,000, making Dublin the second biggest city in the British Empire.Hidden Ireland: Supplying ‘a long-felt want’ – Dublin’s public toiletslast_img read more

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Palin hacker sentenced to one year in a federal prison

first_imgWe reported yesterday that George Bronk was arrested for hacking Gmail accounts and other obscene offenses, well it looks like he may be joined in his cell by David Kernell: the 23-year-old that was found guilty of hacking into Mrs Palin’s private Yahoo! e-mail account during the run-up to the critical 2008 presidential campaign.At first it looked like he was going to get a long term sentence at a halfway house, but when it involves the government you aren’t going to get off lightly and the U.S. government stepped in and changed his sentence to one year in a federal corrections institute in Ashland, Kentucky.Lets just say Kernell and is close friends/family were not pleased, especially as the low-security level prison camp is approximately 300 miles from his home in Knoxville, Tennessee.Mrs Palin believes the incident was one of the reasons why she failed to win the U.S. vice presidency (which could explain the sentence turn-around). Kernell managed to break into her private inbox and then subsequently shared her private details online. More specifically he shared the information with Wikileaks who subsequently published her private messages onto several media outlets. Because of this her family received abusive emails and phone calls.Surprisingly it took five days for the FBI to track down Kernell and arrest him (I would have expected this to be a lot quicker).Read more at the BBClast_img read more

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Les ÉtatsUnis dévoilent leur nouveau programme dexploration spatiale

first_imgLes États-Unis dévoilent leur nouveau programme d’exploration spatialeÉtats-Unis – C’est jeudi que Barack Obama présentera son nouveau programme d’exploration spatiale. La Maison Blanche a déjà donné les grandes lignes de ce projet, dont le but ultime est d’envoyer des hommes sur Mars.Après avoir essuyé de nombreuses critiques suite à sa décision d’abandonner le programme lunaire initié par George W. Bush, Barack Obama présentera jeudi, depuis le centre spatial Kennedy, une “nouvelle vision pour atteindre de nouvelles frontières de l’espace”.Ce programme spatial prévoit notamment une importante augmentation du budget de la Nasa sur cinq ans, qui pourrait s’élever à 6 milliards de dollars environ. Barack Obama entend également restructurer le programme Constellation, qui prévoyait un retour des Américains sur la Lune en 2020 et à plus long terme, des vols habités sur Mars.Première modification de ce projet qui a déjà coûté quelque 9 milliards de dollars : développer une capsule Orion plus simple et plus petite que celle initialement prévue. Lancé par des fusées commerciales, ce module sera amarré à la station spatiale internationale (ISS), devenant un véhicule de secours en cas d’urgence.Alors que les navettes Discovery, Endeavour et Atlantis prendront leur retraite fin 2010 ou au plus tard début 2011, Orion permettra aux États-Unis de réduire leur dépendance vis-à-vis des capsules russes Soyouz, qui assureront les missions de ravitaillement et de relève d’équipage de l’ISS.”Le président va détailler les objectifs et stratégies de cette nouvelle vision pour la Nasa, y compris des destinations dans l’espace correspondant aux capacités technologiques grandissantes (…) jusqu’à ce que nous puissions atteindre Mars”, explique la Maison Blanche. Par ailleurs, les États-Unis lanceront les travaux de développement d’un nouveau lanceur lourd, destiné d’abord aux missions habitées vers l’orbite lunaire, puis vers les astéroïdes, et enfin vers le but ultime : Mars. C’est en 2015 que sera prise la décision quant à sa conception, soit deux ans avant la date fixée par le programme Constellation.Cette nouvelle stratégie d’exploration spatiale devrait, d’après la Maison Blanche, engendrer d’ici à 2012 la création de 2.500 nouveaux emplois à Cap Canaveral, en Floride. Inversement, ce sont 9.000 postes (soit près de 60% des effectifs actuels) qui seront supprimés au centre spatial Kennedy, lorsque les navettes seront mises hors service.Le 14 avril 2010 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Legends of Tomorrow Has Altering Time Gone Too Far

first_img John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn completed supervillain team-up that’s lurked in the background of Legends of Tomorrow‘s second season. Now with the entire evil team assembled, we finally know what they’re after. We also finally found out where Rip Hunter ended up when the team was scattered throughout time in the first episode of the season. Honestly, it’s a little strange that those two plot points weren’t given more attention throughout the season. Did everyone involved just forget? Well, better late than never, I suppose.The midseason finale brought the team to 1920s Chicago, where Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawne, Damien Darhk, and Merlyn have joined up with Al Capone to set a trap for the Legends.  What does Capone get out of it? They give him a heads up about Eliot Ness, the prohibition agent who eventually takes down Capone for tax evasion. Without Ness, Capone will eventually become the mayor of Chicago.This episode introduced a bit of sibling rivalry between Atom and Steel. Now that Nate has grown more powerful and confident as Steel; Ray is acting like a jealous older brother. It doesn’t help that, given Nate’s knowledge of history, Sarah lets Nate take the lead on this mission. Not that it really matters. Darhk and Thawne see them at Capone’s speakeasy and capture Sarah and Martin. This is the point where Mick Rory becomes the focus of the episode. Since acting as a prohibition agent didn’t work, Mick shows everyone how to act like a criminal.The Legends rescue Eliot Ness from Al Capone’s concrete boots. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Mick had a lot more to do in this episode than he has in the past. We know from the team’s 1980s adventure that he misses Captain Cold. After his attempt to groom Ray into a new partner didn’t go anywhere, that thread was dropped. Now, he’s being haunted by visions of Leonard Snart telling him to stop playing the hero. He’s able to shrug the visions off temporarily, but even at the end of the episode, it’s still bothering him. Not only does it give his character something to do, but it also adds a bit of conflict to his budding friendship with Vixen. Even as he convinces her to start breaking the rules once in a while, he is slowly turning into a hero and doesn’t know how to feel about that.We also deal with the fact that Martin changed his own past created an anomaly (his daughter). Now, while he and Sarah are captured, Merlyn offers to undo everything that led Sarah to this point. No shipwreck, no assassin training, no losing Laurel.  Sarah refuses and tells Martin that he taught her the importance of preserving history. Martin admits to inadvertently changing is own life. Sarah is pissed, but she doesn’t get much time to deal with it before Martin is taken away by Thawne.Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) returns to torment Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell). (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Following Mick’s lead, the team breaks out Sarah and Martin and brings them back to the ship. Kind of. It turns out Thawne has taken on Martin’s face and infiltrated the Waverider. (Remember season one of The Flash? He can still do that.) Jax, of course, instantly knows somethings up and his suspicions are confirmed when he sees the old man running around the ship’s library at superspeed. He’s looking for the artifact that Vixen stole from him and Darhk back in the ’80s. The team keeps him from finding it, but Thawne is able to uncloak the ship and open the doors, allowing Darhk, Capone and a couple of other 1920s gangsters aboard.All that leads to a pretty great fight scene on the Waverider. You get the sense that we didn’t spend much time on the period sets because the budget for the episode was spent on this scene. Putting classic gangsters with Tommy guns in a sci-fi superhero setting is just cool. We also got to hear Brandon Routh’s Sean Connery impression. It’s not bad, honestly.Unfortunately, the fight has an anticlimactic end. Sarah gets the drop on Merlyn, telling him she prefers her life the way it is before bringing a knife to his throat. Just as she’s about to kill him, he makes her a deal. The team gets Martin back, and the bad guys get the amulet. As the episode ends, we finally learn what Thawne and Darhk have been after this whole time. The amulet is a compass that points the way to the Spear of Destiny, an artifact that can rewrite reality. They just need to find Rip Hunter to help them find it. And hey, we now know exactly where he’s been this whole time: In the 1960s directing a sci-fi movie about himself. And he has an American accent for some reason. What?Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) also returns. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)There was no way Legends of Tomorrow was going to top the ending of last week’s crossover, but the midseason finale was still one of the better episodes so far this season. We went to a new time period that was perfect for the pulpy, campy superhero fun this show delivers. More importantly, we finally know what the villains are after. They have a purpose. That should hopefully raise the stakes when the series returns.The characters are also in really interesting places right now.Though it was weird going through the entire first half of the season without Rip Hunter, it seems like the right move. Without him, the characters had room to grow in exciting ways, and work better together as a team. Sarah is great in the captain role; Mick is slowly becoming a more complex character, and Martin is now conflicted when it comes to messing with time. The team is in a great place now. Of course, now it’s time for Rip to come back. And now that we know where he is, we’re left with even more questions. How did he end up in 1960s Hollywood? Is he directing this movie as a way to send a message to the Legends? What’s with the American accent? Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until January to find out. Stay on target DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked last_img read more

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Magazine Distributor Shuts Down While It Restructures Debt

first_imgHDA is a  St. Louis-based distributor that has been the magazine and book supplier of specialty magazines to specialty stores since 1983. Recent events, however, have indicated the company is dealing with some major problems. A client of mine had been blindsided by HDA’s refusal to receive 57,000 copies of their magazine. The copies were bound for Lowes, Menards, and Dollar General. A confused shipper contacted the client to find out what was up. The publisher had no idea.Neither, it appeared, did anyone else. Calls to national distributors were received with shock and confusion. Calls to some of HDA’s retail partners were met with blank disbelief. Even now, no official announcement has been made. There is no press release, notice, explanation, or any kind of acknowledgement at all on the HDA website. More on this topic Distributor to U.S. Military Overseas Ceases Operation Advertising Specialty Institute Buys Three Prism Titles, More Prism Layoffs Prism Sale Brings More Layoffs Primedia Inc. Time Inc. Drops Source Interlink’s Wholesaler Services Source Interlink Files for BankruptcyJust In Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by According to Bob Ketterer, HDA Inc.’s president, CEO and chairman, the company is working through a significant debt restructuring. “We don’t intend to file for bankruptcy protection,” he said in a phone call. “We are in a reorganization, but have neither declared nor been forced into bankruptcy. Our intention is to continue as a book and magazine distributor. The process had to be sped up because of our arrangement with the bank. We ship to 16,000 locations around the U.S. The locations are 100-percent SBT (scan based trading). What that means is that we own that debt load. It drove up the debt to a level the bank and the secured creditors found unacceptable, and we were forced to cut overhead dramatically. Banks are both risk-averse and unfamiliar with the way our business works. The restructuring process was hastened based on the bank demands.”HDA employees, I am told, showed up at work Monday morning to find the doors to their company locked. Each received a letter indicating that it was the last day of work and the last day of insurance coverage. People with whom I spoke were stunned. There had been a shared perception that things had been going well; only a few days before they had been informed by Lowes that they could count on continuing as magazine category manager for the Loews stores through 2017.“It wasn’t ideal,” Ketterer acknowledged. “In fact, it was one of the saddest days of my life. I started this business 30 years ago. Some of those people were with us 15-20 years. It was rough. But we really had no choice.”  What about the hundreds of magazine and book publishers with whom they work to distribute several thousand titles to the specialty market? What about the outstanding payments owed? I asked Ketterer about my client’s receivables—the publisher, whose publication is Lowe’s top-selling magazine, is looking for contractually agreed-upon payment that hasn’t been received. “We want to continue to do so. We’re still very much in business. We are working with the bank and an investor to restructure and move forward. We are going to be leaner and meaner. We would like our publishing and retailer partners to work with us.”According to a source, HDA hopes to re-open within eight to ten days, and hire back a team from the employees turned away on Monday. Ketterer did not immediately confirm this.I mentioned this to my publisher client. “It’s got to be a two-way street,” the publisher replied. “We have always worked cooperatively with HDA, delivering to them Lowes’ top-selling magazine. Lowes has been paying HDA every week, based on the very-healthy POS sales. I haven’t seen that money, and I haven’t had a return call from the distributor. If I’m to work with HDA, HDA needs to work with me.”last_img read more

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Twitter is testing little profile icons that show up in replies

first_img Angela Lang/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple iPhone XS Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review 7 Comment Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. 1 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) We’re testing icons instead of labels within replies. Check it out and let us know what you think! pic.twitter.com/5CBoTZ40Hq— Twitter (@Twitter) July 18, 2019 $6 at Tidal Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it $999 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. $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 1:17 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice The Cheapskate 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. Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo See It 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 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy Twitter desktop overhaul, new Snapdragon chip Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img 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. $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Comments 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Amazon 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. Read the Rylo camera preview See at Turo $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags $999 $59 at eBay Twitter’s running a new test to make it easier to follow conversations.  James Martin/CNET Twitter wants it to be easier for you to follow and join conversations on its platform. Part of that apparently is adding small icons to users’ profile pictures in replies. Twitter on Thursday said it’s testing icons instead of labels within replies. The icons appear toward the bottom right of users’ profile pictures in replies. Twitter is testing three icons: a small microphone for replies from the author of the original tweet in a conversation, an @ symbol for replies by users who were mentioned in the original tweet, and a person with a check for replies by users the viewer is following. Twitter previously tested labels on replies for author, mentioned and following. A Twitter spokesperson said a small percentage of users globally will be seeing the test. $999 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. 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Best Buy Sprint Twitter has been working to make its site easier to navigate. On Monday, the company started rolling out a redesigned look for its desktop site that includes more white space and that moves tabs for Home, Moments, Notifications and Direct Messages to the left rail. Twitter also tweaked direct messages so users can see conversation threads from other users and send messages from the same page instead of having to switch to another screen.Originally published July 18 at 1:22 p.m. PT.Update, 2:25 p.m. PT: Adds more information from Twitter. Twitter,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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It Tags 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It $60 at Best Buy 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). 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. Amazon $999 CNET Apps Todaylast_img read more

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