Bose family members slam Gumnaami maker Srijit Mukherjee rebuts criticism

first_imgKolkata: A fresh controversy has erupted over director Srijit Mukherji’s latest flick with 32 members of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s family claiming that the filmmaker has altered the movie’s name from ‘Gumnami Baba’ to ‘Gumnaami’ to get the Censor Board’s clearance. The upcoming film has already raked up controversies for delving into theories over Bose’s ‘disappearance’. The director, who had on Sunday screened the film’s trailer at the office of All India Forward Bloc – the party founded by Bose – termed the charges levelled by some of the descendants of the freedom fighter as “untrue”. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The film, which got the CBFC clearance in the last week of August, will hit the screens on October 2. A statement, signed by Netaji’s niece Chitra Ghosh, his nephew Dwarka Bose and 30 other members of the Bose family, said on Monday, “For the past year, ever since Srijit Mukherji announced the film ‘Gumnami Baba’, he had said it is based on the book ‘Conundrum’ by Chandrachur Ghosh and Anuj Dhar and (he) had appeared with the authors (at events). Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Now he (Srijit Mukherji) has suddenly changed his stance to get past the Censor Board and says the film is based on the Justice Mukherjee Commission report. He has also changed the name of the film.” Denying the charge, Mukherji said in a Facebook post, “What absolute nonsense and a bunch of lies! The name of the film from day one was Gumnaami, in all announcements including the teaser poster. “And the decision to base the screenplay on the Mukherjee Commision report and not Conundrum, was made before the film was shot, “months before this controversy.” “Clearly the Bose family thinks one can overnight change the screenplay of a film and shoot it,” the award winning filmmaker said. Mukherji also iterated that the film without arriving at any conclusion refers to all three theories over Netaji’s ‘disappearance’ – his death in a plane crash in 1945, his death in Russia and the appearance of a hermit in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad in the 1970s, who many believed was Subash Chandra Bose in disguise. “The third theory (Gumnami Baba’s appearance) only remains a theory even if it was negated by the Mukherjee Commission, in the absence of clinching evidence,” he said. Mentioning that people of the country “deserve to know the theory about Gumnami and its negation” along with the two other theories over Netaji’s disappearance, Mukherji said by issuing statements, the members of the Bose family were “resorting to fascist arm twisting” technique. The fresh statement by some of the members of Bose family also flayed the AIFB for having allowed screening of the trailer at the party office. “It is shocking that the Forward Bloc has been taken in by this and invited Srijit Mukherji to show a trailer in the presence of media,” the statement said. The statement, under the title ‘Majority members of Bose family’ demanded the film should not be screened on the scheduled date and said “It is imperative the AIFB immediately dissociate themselves from this and actively oppose the screening which is nothing but denigrating Netaji.” Mukherji had said on Sunday that senior AIFB leaders had seen the trailer and agreed to see the premier of the film. “A 20-member AIFB delegation will decide whether ‘Gumnaami’ hurt the sentiments of the people and followers of Netaji,” the filmamaker had said. Senior AIFB leaders Naren Dey, Haripada Biswas, Debabarata Biswas, Naren Chatterjee were present at the screening on Sunday at the state party headquarters. The party secretariat will take a call on the invite to attend the premier, Chatterjee had said. Last week, a statement signed by the 33 members of the Bose family had contended that “a misleading and defamatory campaign was being made to malign the image and legacy of the legendary leader”.last_img read more

Wildlife tally says mosquitoes and blackflies are not among species at risk

first_imgOTTAWA – If you’re planning to enjoy the great outdoors this summer, there are good reasons to stock up on bug spray.The latest edition of a national report on wild species in Canada shows there are 160 different species of blackflies and 80 different species of mosquitoes in the country and the majority of them are flourishing.Wild Species 2015, is the fourth version of a report on the general status of species in Canada which is required every five years under Species at Risk Act.The report collected data from provincial and federal departments which monitor wildlife, assessing nearly 30,000 of the country’s 80,000 known species, ranging from mammals and reptiles to lichens and insects.Dan Kraus, national conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, said the report is a pretty good check list on the status of about one-third of the wild species in Canada.“Which is pretty good although, you know, here we are one of the wealthiest countries in the world and we can’t even assess the status of over half the wild species that occur here,” he said. “It’s good progress but clearly there is a lot of work to be done.”The 2015 report assessed more than twice as many species as the 2011, report, when fewer than 12,000 species were looked at closely. In 2000, when the first version was completed, only 1,670 species were assessed.The 2015 report lists 122 species which are extinct or possibly extinct in Canada including the black footed ferret, Blanchard’s cricket frog and the frosted elfin butterfly.There are 39 insects on this list — three butterflies, two kinds of ants, 22 different beetles, and 10 grasshoppers.To every camper’s frustration, there are no mosquitoes or blackflies among them.There are 456 species in critical danger of going extinct in Canada including the common grey fox, the eastern prickly pear cactus, the spruce-fir moss tarantula and the Oregon spotted frog.There are 88 insects on the critically imperilled list but again no mosquitoes or blackflies. One species of blackfly is on the verge of being labelled critically imperilled, and four are imperilled, but 106 of the 160 species of blackflies are considered to be secure. Another 42 are unranked because there isn’t enough information about them to determined their status.Of the 80 types of mosquitoes, 65 are secure, while 12 are unranked.There are 11 yellowjacket wasps considered at risk, out of more than 100 different species of wasps.Threats to wild life in Canada take many forms including habitat encroachment, pollution and disease.According to the report, the American black bear is secure, but both the polar bear and the grizzly bear are vulnerable.Canada’s fabled beaver is also doing just fine.Of species which were given a ranking and are not extinct, they are assessed on a scale of one to five, with one being critically imperilled and five being secure. Level three is considered vulnerable.Kraus said one of the species that jumped out at him for its changed ranking was the early hairstreak butterfly, which is now considered imperilled. The butterfly feeds on beech trees and those trees are in trouble because of an invasive disease which is leaving the butterfly at risk, he said.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Woman man charged in 2012 killings that stymied police in Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX – A hefty reward helped crack the cold-case deaths of two Halifax men at a burned-out camp outside the city, RCMP said Thursday.Elmer Percy Higgins, 65, and Karen Marie Higgins, 49, face charges of second degree murder and related firearms offences and were to appear Thursday in Dartmouth provincial court.The remains of Matthew Allan Hebb, 22, and 59-year-old Earle Clayton Stewart, both from Spryfield, were found after firefighters responded to a fire at the camp off Highway 374 near Sheet Harbour in December 2012.The homicides had stymied police over the years as they searched for evidence, and they issued several public appeals for help — authorities even offered a $150,000 reward.“Today’s charges represent over four years of tireless investigative work …. These investigators, they’ve worked around the clock,” Insp. Trudy Bangloy said.“Our investigators persevered and in the end it is our hope that we find answers for the Hebb and Stewart families.”In December 2015, police divers conducted searches in ponds and lakes near the crime scene around Sheet Harbour.The Mounties said they arrested two people in December 2012 and again in March 2017, but they were released without charges in both instances.The pair were arrested for a third time Wednesday at a home in Halifax without incident.“There may be enough evidence to arrest, but sometimes there’s not enough evidence to charge,” Bangloy explained to reporters.“When there’s a new charge, there’s always new information that comes forward in order to make that arrest. What I can tell you is yesterday’s arrest, we had new evidence that allowed us to lay those charges.”Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, an RCMP spokesman, declined to describe the nature of the evidence that led to police to the point where they could lay charges, saying it would be presented in court.However, he and Bangloy did confirm that police used information obtained as a result of the Department of Justice’s rewards for major unsolved crimes program.“The information . . . resulted in police laying charges,” Hutchinson said.Under the program, the reward money is only payable if the information leads to a conviction.Police would not discuss the relationship between the two accused, but said they knew the victims.In January 2016, when the reward was first offered, then-provincial justice minister Diana Whalen issued a statement saying the victims’ families deserved answers.last_img read more

Railway department suspects foul play

The train was plying from Colombo to Vavuniya when the incident took place.According to eyewitnesses, the youth’s body was severed in half following the accident but he was still alive for several minutes and died on the way to hospital. The Railway Department says it suspects sabotage led to the footboard of a train giving way in Veyangoda on Saturday which killed a youth.The General Manager of the Railway Department B.A.T Ariyaratne told reporters this afternoon that a three member committee has been appointed to investigate the incident. He said that 3 bolts were missing from the footboard at the time of the incident. A 24 year old youth from Veyangoda died after he fell onto the tracks after the footboard gave way and the train ran over him. read more

At request of UN tribunal for Rwanda defence investigator arrested in Tanzania

The investigator – who has been travelling on a passport from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under the assumed name of Sammy Bahati Weza – is actually Simeon Nshamihigo, formerly deputy prosecutor in Cyangugu Prefecture during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, ICTR said in a statement issued today in Arusha. At the time of his arrest he was working for the defence team of Samuel Imanishimwe, one of the three defendants in what is known as the “Cyangugu Trial.” The other defendants are former Minister of Transport Andre Ntagerura and the former Prefect of Cyangugu, Emmanuel Bagambiki.Mr. Nshamihigo, who was briefly detained by ICTR security last Saturday before being arrested by the Tanzanian police outside the Tribunal premises, is still in the custody of the Tanzanian authorities pending a formal handover to the ICTR. Ms. Del Ponte today made an application to a Tribunal Judge for provisional detention of the suspect under a specific ICTR rule that allows provisional detention of a suspect for an initial period of 30 days, which can be renewed by the Tribunal.”Defence investigators are not staff members of the ICTR,” the Tribunal statement said. “They are independent contractors recruited by defence counsel as part of the defence teams and their fees are part of the legal aid package for indigent accused persons funded by the ICTR. Defence teams are independent in the manner in which they prepare their defence.” A UN report issued last February concerning allegations of fee-splitting between some defence counsel and their clients pointed out that none of the defence investigators had ever visited Rwanda during the course of their work. In light of that report, the Tribunal early this year instituted a more rigorous screening process to ensure that legal aid given to the accused was not abused. read more

Security Council condemns attack against Russian embassy in Libya

In a statement issued today, the members of the Council expressed deep concern at the attack and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.“Such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whosoever committed,” the statement said.According to reports, the Russian foreign ministry evacuated its embassy in Libya yesterday after armed men stormed the complex the day before. The 15-member Council called on the Libyan authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, and to respect fully their international obligations in this regard.They also recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host governments to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic premises, agents and consular officers. read more

Dinamo Minsk again leader in Belarus

HC Dinamo Minsk VELUX EHF CL TOP 16 team, Dinamo Minsk beat Meshkov Brest 34:26 in away match and got back to the leading position in Belarusian championship:BGC Meshkov (Brest) – “Dynamo” (Minsk) – 26:33 (14:16)BGC: Božić, Čerepenko; Ataevas (5), MARKOTIĆ (5), Knudsen (1), Novickis (2), Prakapenâ (2), Šumak (1), Vukic (2), Baranov (6), Grosas (1) , KOSTADINOVIĆ, Karacic, tartar, USALI, Volyncev (1).Dynamo: Pejanović, Bogdanov, Miâtovič; Ševajević (2), Babic, Skopincev (1), Ševelev, Doroŝuk, Čepulis, Nikulenkov (6), Atman (12), Nikolic, Stecûra (4), Ostrouško, Onufrienko (4), Brovki (4). ← Previous Story EHF CL (W): Györi Audi ETO are in the semifinals! Next Story → End of season for Mate Lekai read more

You tell us The best tech gifts of 2011

first_imgRegardless of what you celebrate, you probably gave and received a few gifts this holiday season. Among those gifts, we’re betting that (since you’re reading and all) some of them were pretty geeky. So fill us in: What was the best tech gift that you gave or received this year?It doesn’t matter if it’s something that you made, someone we’ve never heard of, or something that everyone has, it’s all about the thoughtfulness of the gift and the impact it will have. Was it a copy of Skyrim? How about an awesome LED bulb? This is your chance to geek out, to brag about that perfect gift you gave to the geek in your life, and even to show off a little.Personally, I think the best tech gift I gave this year was an Amazon Kindle Touch. My dad is an avid reader but had yet to jump on the ebook reader bandwagon. What can I say — I tried to convince him, but he goes to the library all the time, buys used books when they are available, and couldn’t believe that ebooks bought from Amazon weren’t transferable to other readers.Then why get him a Kindle, you ask? First off, he’s doing some traveling soon, so good luck taking that stack of books on a plane. Next, my mom informed me that with those “free” library books he’s been getting killed with late fees. Third, I was going to buy him a $26 book that ended up being free through Amazon’s Free Book Collection (it’s an out of copyright work). This shaved a third of the price off the Kindle from the start. Finally, my parent’s are Amazon Prime subscribers, so that have full access to the Kindle Lending library, which is over 60,000 works at this point — with no late fees or driving to the library. (So yes, I gave this a lot of thought.) I’m fairly sure that he loves it (the text-to-speech was a major hit) and it’s going to have a positive impact on his reading.I typically ask people not to get me tech stuff as gifts — for the obvious reasons — the best tech gift that I received this year was an awesome La Crosse battery charger. It works with NiCd and NiMH, different battery brands, and various battery sizes. And I think everyone knows that you can never have too many AAs lying around.So… what about you?last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Image: Shutterstock/Natalia Van Doninck Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 8:53 AM By Paul Hosford EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #WATER: Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will take place today as the water committee report threatens to bring down the minority government.2. #FAI: A deal has been reached between the FAI and members of the Irish women’s national soccer team.3. #TRACKER MORTGAGES: A widower who is battling to keep his home after being taken off his tracker mortgage says he will fight to keep the house.4. #MEETING: Donald Trump will meet Chinese president Xi Jinping today – with North Korea, Trade and Taiwan on the agenda.5. #CENSUS: The results of the 2016 census will be released today. Here’s what they’re used for.6. #MIGRANTS: People fleeing war are being beaten and made walk back over the border by European police according to an NGO report.7. #COURTS: A manager at an Xtra-Vision who took around €10,000 from dormant accounts has avoided jail.8. #MYANMAR: Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi has denied claims of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.9. #SEIZURE: Cannabis worth €500,00 has been seized near a shopping centre in Kildare. Share Tweet Email Short URL Apr 6th 2017, 8:53 AM Image: Shutterstock/Natalia Van Doninck No Comments 8,444 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

OGM le gouvernement promet son aide pour les vignes de Colmar

first_imgOGM : le gouvernement promet son aide pour les vignes de ColmarColmar, France – Le ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire et la ministre chargée de la Recherche, Valérie Pécresse, se sont rendus mardi sur la parcelle expérimentale de vigne transgénique saccagée la semaine dernière à Colmar. Le gouvernement a promis son aide financière pour relancer la recherche menée à l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique (Inra).Après le saccage de soixante-dix pieds de vigne par des militants anti-OGM sur le site de Colmar, le gouvernement est venu apporter son soutien à l’Inra, Bruno Le Maire lui promettant “les moyens financiers nécessaires pour qu’il puisse relancer ses recherches”.À lire aussiPrix Nobel de médecine 2018 : le traitement sur le cancer récompenséL’expérimentation vise à trouver un moyen de lutter contre la maladie du court-noué, un virus transmis par un ver et qui affecterait 60% des vignes françaises. Mais après sept ans de recherche, les équipes semblent découragées, a déploré le directeur de l’Inra de Colmar, Jean Masson. “Je suis retourné. La recherche, ce sont des gens qui travaillent, qui s’investissent, et quand vous leur tapez dessus tout le temps, à la fin du compte, ça fait mal” a-t-il déclaré. Et le ministre de l’Agriculture de lui répondre : “Je comprends ce désarroi, mais on est là pour lutter contre le découragement, pour dire “ça vaut le coup””.Rappelant que les OGM détruits n’étaient pas destinés à être commercialisés, mais seulement à la recherche fondamentale, Valérie Pécresse estime nécessaire que la France ait des “chercheurs capables de mesurer le potentiel et le danger des OGM”. Si cela ne pouvait pas être le cas, “nous importerons, nous consommerons des produits qui nous seront imposés par d’autres et dont nous ne connaîtrons pas les effets ni sur l’environnement ni sur la santé” a-t-elle souligné.Le 25 août 2010 à 17:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Geek Artist Gift Guide

first_imgDrawing on a tablet is a great time, but you may find your hands are smudging your screen or messing up your image. These gloves just cover the bottom of your hands to avoid all that while leaving your thumb, index, and middle finger free to manipulate your pen! Comes in men’s and women’s sizes.Watercolor Paint Set by Crafts 4 All Motivational Pencilsdry eyesEvery artist has a bad day now and then. Maybe you lack motivation. Maybe you just don’t feel like you’re progressing as fast as you should be. How about you pick yourself up with these great pencils with motivational phrases? “Make It Happen,” you say, pencil? I think I will!CREATIVE ART MATERIALS Sketcher Non-Photo Blue Pencil In terms of coloring by hand, few options are more bright and vivid than watercolors. This set gives you dozens of colors to start and different brushes for different occasions.XL Watercolor Pad, 9″X12″ Fold Over Wacom is the gold standard of digital drawing tablets. Connects easily to Mac or PCs. There are a lot of different options varying in price from around $100 to closer to $2000 to fit a wide variety of needs so please look through and make sure you’re getting the tablet that closest matches what you’re looking for. Whether you just wanna have some fun or you’re a seasoned professional, there is a Wacom Tablet for you!American Gods Coloring Book Where there are geeks, there are Neil Gaiman fans. Many of you were probably familiar with American Gods back when it was a Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel nearly 15 years ago. Now with the success of the TV adaptation on Starz, even more, people are talking about it! Enjoy the rich, mythological world that Neil Gaiman created while you practice your coloring, or just relax and unwind with this beautiful coloring book!The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics While watercolor is great, not all paper agrees! You need the right kind of paper to absorb the water properly to avoid excessive warping. This pad of paper has you covered! Practice your watercolors or if you’re a seasoned veteran, bang out some gorgeous works of art on this 9”x12” paper!3D Printing Pen There’s a lot of overlap with geeks culture and the arts. It can come in the form of comics, video games, nerd-core music, and more! This gift guide is for the geeky artist that likes to work with their hands. Whether it’s just for fun, or they’re a seasoned professional, you’ll find a gift just for them!Wacom Tablet 11 Geeky Splurges to Spend Your Tax Refund On’Doctor Who’ Gifts for the Ultimate Whovian Okay, this just sounds cool so I had to include it! It’s a pen that’s also a 3D printer. You read that right. The pen ejects quickly cooling hot plastic that you manipulate with the pen to help create fun little items. It might have a bit of a learning curve to do the really cool stuff with, but come on! This sounds amazing! Stay on target Practicing how to draw as they do at DC? Get the kind of paper the artists there draw on. These comic book art boards are a blown up 11”x17” just like what the pros use!Colossal Ship Drawing Tablet Glove A lot of art geeks out there dream of breaking into comics if they haven’t already. Some want to do more quirky, offbeat indie comics. Others are more interested in the mainstream monthly comics. This guide to penciling will show you how to draw things the DC way. It’s written by SVA professor and legendary comics artist Klaus Janson whose credits include inking the smash hit The Dark Knight Returns. If drawing the DC way is what you want, you should check this out!Comic Book Art Boards Pad, 11″X17″ Many artists that draw by hand and scan into their computers will use these non-photo blue pencils, so they don’t get picked up by the scanner and saves on clean up time. Maybe more appealing to people who are a little more advanced, but if you’re looking to be a pro whether it be with commissioned art pieces or making comics, you should check these out!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our surveylast_img read more

Report Barcelona lineup €50m bid for Adrien Rabiot

first_imgBarcelona are reportedly plotting a late €50m swoop for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien RabiotThe France international’s future at PSG remains uncertain with under 12 months remaining on his current contract.And Rabiot has no shortage of admirers with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona having been heavily linked with a summer move for him.But now that the Italian transfer window has closed, Barcelona now have no major competition left for Rabiot.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Catalan giants have already signed the likes of Malcom, Arthur, Arturo Vidal and Clement Lenglet this summer.But, with 10 days of the Spanish transfer window remaining, Mundo Deportivo reports that they are still not satisfied with their summer business and are willing to splash out around €50m for Rabiot.The offer may prove tempting for PSG to accept, rather take the risk of losing him for nothing next summer.A possible trade deal involving either Ivan Rakitic or Sergio Busquets could be another option with PSG allegedly interested in both players.last_img read more

PCs continue their slow and steady decline says IDC

first_img 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). 8 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. Comments 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. Chris Monroe/CNET Comments Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. The Cheapskate Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice Best Buy $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. 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. See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Computers Gadgets Tablets Computer Accessories,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. 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. $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. See all the best laptops of CES 2019 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. 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.center_img JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read the Rylo camera preview $299 at Amazon 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. Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Angela Lang/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $999 See It $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It See It See at Turo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $210 at Best Buy 17:56 Tags Well, that’s one PC out there, at least. Sarah Tew/CNET The long retreat continues for the PC market.In 2019, sales of computing devices, including desktops, laptops and tablets, are expected to drop 3.3 percent around the world, according to a new forecast from market researcher IDC. That continues a trend that’s been going on for years now.The computing device market will shrink to 372.6 million shipments in 2023, according to IDC’s release. Detachables, notebooks and mobile workstation will increase their market share in the next five years. “While the long-run [personal computing device] market remains in persistent decline, the constitution of the market continues to churn for the better,” said Linn Huang, research director for devices and displays at IDC, in the release. “And with ray-tracing ramping up and 5G-connected, dual-screen, and foldable devices on the not-too-distant horizon, consumers and professionals will likely find something compelling at the premium end.” Sarah Tew/CNET Amazonlast_img read more

AK Garrison Keillors Sitka pen pal

first_imgThe first time Keillor and Woods met was in 2013, after his show in Boone, North Carolina. Woods, whose red hair is somewhere between copper and strawberry blonde, stuck straight up. “He thought this was hilarious,” Woods said, “and took a picture peeking through my hair.” When they re-met in Palmer in 2015, Woods included the picture with a note. From then on, the two became regular pens pals. (Photo courtesy of Jasa Woods)With a new year often comes the resolution to be well. Do good work. Keep in touch. Sound familiar? That’s the famous outro to the daily “Writer’s Almanac,” hosted by legendary writer and radio host Garrison Keillor. He visited Alaska last year on a cruise and made a pit stop in Sitka to visit a pen pal. Because it turns out, when it comes to resolutions, Keillor is good on his word. KCAW’s Emily Kwong has more. Listen nowAudio transcript:Jasa Woods first met Garrison Keillor like most people do, as a disembodied voice on the radio. She said she has “a lot of beautiful memories of sunsets listening to Prairie Home Companion.”Woods grew up with that voice. And she met him in 2013, briefly in her hometown, and then last summer in Palmer. Woods was working as a park ranger in Denali and at the end of his performance, gave him a note.Garrison Keillor came to Sitka on the two-week Prairie Home Companion cruise, which previously traveled through Alaska in 2006. He also paid a visit to pen pal and former Sitka park ranger Jasa Woods. (Kendall Rock/KCAW photo)“I put my address on the back of the card. I just took a chance,” Woods said. “And about a month later, my mom texts me and she goes, ‘You got a letter. I think it’s political because it’s really nice handwriting.’ And she calls me on the phone. I was like, “Oh no, what’s the deal?” She’s like, ‘Jasa, this letter is from Garrison Keillor.’”She wrote him and he wrote back and pretty soon, they were exchanging letters and emails, every week.“Every single time that I would open up my email inbox, it was just like, ‘OMG.’ Even now it doesn’t feel like real life,” Woods said. “That someone I’ve looked up to for so long would want to be friends with me.”In August, the Prairie Home Companion was taking it’s annual cruise through Alaska and on a bright, bluebird day, word got around that Garrison Keillor was coming to Sitka. Sitkans were feeding me questions all day.  Can you ask what his favorite joke is? What’s his favorite cocktail? Berett Wilber was working as a deckhand this summer and would often be standing in the pit, hauling fish, when the Writer’s Almanac came on. WILBER: That’s how I mark the time.So I want to know, when he does that, does he imagine people like me when he’s doing that?KEILLOR: I will now! From now, on for sure. I’m going to imagine a woman half covered with slime and blood and carcasses of fish.Keillor with Woods, photographer Kendall Rock, and reporter Emily Kwong on the front porch of the historic Cable House, home of KCAW – Raven Radio . (Kendall Rock/KCAW photo)Though Keillor has handed over the reins of Prairie Home Companion to Chris Thile, the Writer’s Almanac – a five minute digestive of poetry and history – continues. And most often, Keillor says, he’s writing for someone who is very busy. KEILLOR: “Probably a woman with children who is in the kitchen. It’s early morning. There are children running around. And she’s making scrambled eggs. Everything you do in that five minutes has to be extremely clear. You are not there to blow smoke at her. Poets like Mary Oliver. Her poem, “Wild Geese,” begins:You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.And to me that’s a poem that sends a message to this woman with the frying pan that is absolutely clear. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination.”Woods, the park ranger, and I sat there, kind of breathless, as this was happening. In the past year, through their correspondence, she and Keillor have become really good friends. He turns to her and says, “What’s terrific about you is your life as a park ranger. This adventurous life, never knowing where you’re going to be station.”KEILLOR: “To me that’s a life so unlike my life that I just find it fascinating. I never told you that before, but you’re fascinating.”WOODS: “Thank you.”KEILLOR: “Yeah!”Keillor said he wants to go to places like Alaska because he’s seeking grandeur. And he wants he vividly remembers performing at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer last year.“All of these Alaskans who were dizzy with pleasure of summer,” Keillor said. “And I walked out into the crowd and we sang, we sang ‘Swing low, sweet chariot.’ It was absolutely transformative.”Keillor is working on his memoir. He’s turning 75 this year. When you remove the celebrity of Garrison Keillor from the simple act of keeping in touch. Knowing that words are points of contact – a way to reach out and say, “Hey you, you’re going to be okay.” A few days later, Woods and I talk and she says this is person she’s come to know. “When he’s done autographs, I’ve never seen him turn anyone away,” Woods said. “He will always talk to the oldest to the youngest person and he wants to hear their stores. I think he just admires people for being who they are.Which is fitting, in a way, for a man whose voice alone causes you to slow down, pull up a chair, and stay awhile.last_img read more

Lockheed wins contract worth 109 billion to build PAC3 missiles for US

first_imgLockheed Martin Corp has won a US Army contract worth $1.09 billion to build PAC-3 missiles for the US Army, South Korea, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for use in Raytheon Co’s Patriot missile defence system, the Pentagon said on Monday.The contract runs through 30 June 2019, the US Defense Department said in its daily digest of major arms contracts.Lockheed, the Pentagon’s Number one supplier, said the contract includes Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles for the US Army, as well as PAC-3 missiles for the other countries.Lockheed won a similar contract valued at $1.5 billion in July.The Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced the possible sale of up to $1.75 billion in PAC-3 missiles and associated equipment to Saudi Arabia last October, followed by another deal valued at up to $5.4 billion for more missiles in July.The US government approved PAC-3 missile sales worth up to $1.41 billion with South Korea in November 2014, and the sale to Qatar of PAC-3 missiles in November 2012.Other countries that have ordered the Lockheed missile include the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan and Kuwait.Scott Arnold, Lockheed’s vice president of PAC-3 programs, welcomed the news and said the company’s missile defence interceptors utilized advanced technology that enabled “better accuracy, enhanced safety and improved reliability when it matters most.”The PAC-3 Missile is a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.Lockheed said the PAC-3 MSE missile uses a two-pulse solid rocket motor that increases altitude and range to meet evolving threats.last_img read more

12 million Nintendo NX expected to be manufactured next year

first_imgSo far we know very little about what Nintendo’s next games console is. In fact, the Nintendo NX may not even be a games console in the traditional sense, instead combining a handheld and under-the-TV machine into a single hardware package. However, what we do know is that the NX will arrive in 2016 and developers have been getting to grips with the software development kit for months.We now also know something else: 12 million Nintendo NX are expected to be manufactured in the second quarter of next year.Although Nintendo is keeping quiet on the NX as it continues to try and sell the Wii U, it is working in the background to prepare for an end of Q2 2016 launch. The initial target was to manufacture 20 million NX before the end of next year, but component suppliers have now stated that 12 million is the upper limit/target, with Foxconn Electronics being the manufacturing partner Nintendo has chosen to use.12 million may still sound like a lot, but it’s actually quite conservative considering this will have to cater for a worldwide launch. For comparison, the PS4 managed to sell 4.2 million in its first 2 months on sale. So while 12 million is certainly enough, it could mean shortages if Nintendo has produced something a bit special that gamers eagerly purchase on launch day.As for the competition, the Xbox One is expected to sell around 13 million units next year and the PS4 18 million units. If there are 12 million Nintendo NX in homes by the end of 2016, I think Nintendo can pat itself on the back and will have hit the ground running.last_img read more

A nation that was

first_imgThe four-day photography exhibition Portraits Talk by Aman Chotani showcased a new perspective to learning and art imitating life. Chotani has captured some of his most beautiful pictures in Nepal but those images coming from the picturesque country are tragic beyond belief. As the Himalayan nation reels under a devastating natural disaster, the eminent lens-man decided that proceeds from the exhibition will contribute to Nepal’s relief efforts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition that was held at India Habitat Centre included 28 photographs and a series of reflections culled out from the photographer’s myriad travel trips, detailing such details as the captured innocence of a child to the vulnerable ruggedness of the people of rural India.The exhibition that commenced on May 29 was inaugurated by Sandeep Marwah. Aman believes in telling stories through his captured images. His motto is to travel to beautiful, rusty, adventurous locations to capture untold stories, unseen traditions and unprecedented experiences.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThrough this exhibition, Aman has tried to portray his passion for travel and capturing new people in multiple settings. He not just clicks photographs but essentially translates his feelings and reading of a scene through the right shot.”I take photographs to define my experiences, to capture these moments and share the earth’s most extraordinary places with my friends and all of the aspiring vagabonds and wilderness trekkers that hope to travel one day,” says Aman Chotani.“Nepal is very close to my heart. I have captured some of my best images from Nepal. After the massive devastation in the country, I have decided to donate all the funds we manage to collect at my exhibition to the Nepal Relief Fund. I eagerly want all in Nepal to stand on their feet again. Pray For Nepal.” added Chotani.last_img read more

Wisconsin group health board approves coverage for transgender workers

first_imgWisconsin’s Group Insurance Board approved coverage for trans state employees seeking gender confirmation surgery. This health coverage takes effect on 1 January 2019. Congratulations to the trans workers of Wisconsin! The state insurance board just lifted its ban on trans related health coverage.— Proud Boys USA (@ProudBoysUS) August 22, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS- The Wisconsin ETF board just voted to override their exclusion for trans heath care!— wren, but online this time (@vetenskapp) August 22, 2018Anything else?Last year, the United States Court of Appeals sided with Wisconsin student Ash Whitaker in a bathroom bill lawsuit. The school district paid the trans boy a $800,000 settlement.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Wisconsin State Capitol Buildingcenter_img UnitedHealthCare, which is starting a Medicare Advantage program for state workers and retirees, agreed with this decision. According to The Star Tribune, UnitedHealthCare told the State that refusing coverage for sex reassignment procedures would cause them to be out of compliance with federal Medicare rules.‘What we’re talking about is the improved health and well-being of our members for no cost,’ Board member Herschel Day told The Star Tribune. According to Day, this coverage should not affect premiums.Twitter reactionsSome took to Twitter to celebrate the State’s new policy.Starting January 1, 2019, the exclusion on trans health care for Wisconsin Group Insurance members will be lifted!!!! — Juniper Lewis (@JuniperBarry) August 23, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBT Witch-hunt: North Carolina no longer welcomes transgender travelers and residentsPlanned Parenthood expands transgender services, infuriates conservatives moreRepublican claims state will balance budget by cutting transgender careRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Tell me more!The decision took place on Wednesday, August 22. The Board passed it by a 5-4 vote.‘We are pleased that the state of Wisconsin has recognized that denying transgender people access to necessary health care has no basis in medical science,’ the ACLU of Wisconsin said.‘The board’s decision is an important step in the right direction and we commend them for allowing access to care that the medical community agrees is necessary.’Background‘However, the decision does not undo the harm the exclusion has already caused to some transgender employees, who have been unable to receive the care they need for years or have had to undertake severe financial burdens to obtain it,’ the ACLU continued.These services were previously available to transgender state employees in 2016. However, in 2017, the allowance was reversed at the request of Governor Scott Walker.‘I’ve been waiting so long,’ said Rowan Calyx, a 46-year-old trans man working for the University of Wisconsin. ‘Now that this is actually approved, I can go ahead and feel like this is going to go somewhere, instead of continuing to get disappointed over and over.’The Board’s renewal of the policy came after two trans employees sued the state last year for not having these benefits. Last month, a Wisconsin judge also ruled the state cannot bar the use of Medicaid funds to pay for the surgery.last_img read more

Stretch out summer in Orlando with hot Labour Day deals

first_img Thursday, August 18, 2016 ORLANDO – Labour Day marks the last long weekend of the summer season, and travellers looking for a last-minute, affordable getaway are in luck. Labour Day weekend is traditionally the most affordable holiday weekend of the year in Orlando, with up to 40% savings over other holiday weekends such as Christmas and New Years.Recently named the No. 1 Most Affordable City for Family Travel by Forbes – which noted the destination’s exceptional values in airfare, hotel, car rental and meals – Orlando has plenty to offer this Labour Day for those looking for budget-friendly activities and seasonal deals:LABOR DAY WEEKEND — DINING DEALSFood lovers can experience Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, celebrating Orlando’s emerging culinary scene and offering prix fixe dinners at some of the area’s hottest restaurants for just $33, a savings of 33%.LABOR DAY WEEKEND — HOTEL DEALSRosen Plaza is offering a two-night package for US$169 including 25% restaurants including Jack’s Place and Café Matisse. Additional nights available for $99 plus tax.B Hotels & Resorts is offering rates starting at $107 when purchased seven days in advance.The Point Orlando Resort is offering a rate of $109 for a one-bedroom suite, with free breakfast for 2 daily and no resort fee.Blue Heron Beach Resort is offering a 60% discount on all accommodations with a three night minimum stay.Reunion Resort is offering starting rates of $175 per night with a $25 Visa gift card awarded for each night of stay, using code FAMILYFREEDOM.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerLABOR DAY WEEKEND — ATTRACTION DEALSAmerica’s Escape Game challenges guests to be their own heroes, and escapees can save $10 off standard ticket prices Sept. 2-5, with online code “VOAEG10”.Sammy Duvall’s Watersports invites guests to parasail, water ski, wake board and more with a 20% discount Sept. 2-5, with online code “Labor Day”.Nature lovers can catch a glimpse of alligators, eagles, turkeys, wild boars, roseate spoonbills and other native creatures at Wild Florida, offering free entry for kids 12 and under, limit 4 per family, on Sept 3 and Sept 5.Beautiful Harry P. Leu Gardens is offering free admission to everyone on Labour Day, Sept. 5.ACTIVITIES UNDER $20And, even beyond Labour Day, visitors to Orlando will find a variety of year-round low-cost attractions. For a more complete list of ideas, check out Activities Under $20 in Orlando.The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his famed leaded-glass lamps. Admission prices are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students and free for children under age 12.West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. offers hourly, daily and weekly road bike rentals for visitors to explore Central Florida’s scenic trails, including the 22-mile West Orange Trail. Rentals start at $7 per hour, with hotel delivery and group bike tours available at an additional cost.SAK Comedy Lab combines improv players and audience suggestions for hilarious scenes. General Admission tickets range from $5-$12.Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour provides a relaxing narrated cruise through the lakes and canals of historic Winter Park, and showcasing natural wildlife and mansions that line the waterways. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-11.The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye towers above the entire I-Drive 360 complex to take guests to new heights. Admission, when purchased online prior to arrival, is $20 for adults and $15 for children, with discounted tickets for Florida Residents.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthFor more discounts and deals, guests can check out for savings on hotels, attractions, restaurants, shopping and beyond. Stretch out summer in Orlando with hot Labour Day deals Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Posted by Tags: Orlando << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

AIME 2013 kicks off

first_imgThe Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) launched at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre today with more than 500 buyers from up to 30 countries in attendance this year.The annual expo, launched alongside the new Business Events Week, is set to impress with a range of new initiatives and a renewed focus on technology.According to Reed Travel Exhibition’s Director for AIME Sally de Swart, technology will be fundamental at AIME 2013, with the launch of an all new AIME mobile app, mobile concierge as well as the Future Events Experience.“As the premier exhibition in the Asia-Pacific region for the meetings and incentives industry, AIME is a fitting place to debate the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry and we have tried to encourage this further, particularly around ways to better leverage the potential of new technology,” Ms de Swart explained. In 2013, AIME will also give business travel greater focus, with a dedicated stream focusing entirely on business travel added to the AIME Knowledge program.AIME 2013 will run on 26 and 27 February 2013.Stay up to date with all the lastest from AIME, by keeping your browsers clicked onto e-Travel Blackboard’s Twitter page: @ETBNews and Facebook page: ETB News. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J. New technology keeping AIME 2013delegates connected. Image: AIMElast_img read more