Dan Cohen AUTHOR Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked the fiscal 2017 defense spending bill and the conference agreement for the military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing, the latest signal that all facets of defense operations will need to rely on a continuing resolution (CR) when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. Each of the failed procedural votes represented the chamber’s third attempt to advance the legislation.In the case of the defense spending measure, Democratic opposition is part of a strategy to ensure any increase in DOD spending does not come at the expense of domestic programs, reported CQ. The Senate version of the defense spending bill adheres to the spending cap, but the House measure sidesteps the cap by using $15.7 billion from the overseas contingency operations account to pay for weapons and equipment, and higher end strength levels that the administration did not request.The vote to block the milcon-veterans affairs conference agreement reflects Democrats’ opposition to the $1.1 billion funding package addressing the Zika virus included in the measure. Democrats have criticized the anti-Zika component over the spending offsets Republicans rely on and language related to contraception services.After that vote, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), chairman of the Military Construction-VA Subcommittee, said the House should drop language opposed by Democrats.“Americans have waited too long for Washington to pass the $74.4 billion funding bill for veterans and $1.1 billion to stop the spread of Zika. The House should drop the poison pill language so we can pass a clean bill immediately,” Kirk said in a statement.One possible response is that congressional leaders include Zika aid in any CR that is passed to keep the government running past Sept. 30, according to the story.
HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Now playing: Watch this: See It The Cheapskate The best smartwatches and fitness trackers for new graduates Share your voice $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 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. 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. Wearable Tech Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 0 $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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 Amazon Garmin,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.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. $60 at Best Buy Comments Best Buy Rylo $6 at Tidal $299 at Amazon 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Garmin Vivosport melds the fitness band with the smartwatch Read Google Home Hub review 17 Photos hereO GPS Watch $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $59 at eBay Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Share your voice 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. $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the Rylo camera preview $999 The Fenix 6 series starts at $599. Garmin Garmin on Thursday introduced its new Fenix 6 series of multisport GPS watches. The watches in the collection have Garmin’s largest round display, a rugged design and features like Power Manager for longer battery life. The Fenix 6X Pro Solar also offers solar charging, with a transparent solar charging lens that can use the sun’s energy to extend battery life. Garmin says the battery on the Fenix 6X Pro Solar, in smartwatch mode, can last for 21 days, plus an additional three days when utilizing the solar charging. It has a 1.4-inch display, which Garmin says is 36% bigger than previous Fenix 5X watches.The Fenix 6 and 6X models appear to be largely the same, but with the 6X having a 1.4-inch display and the 6 with a 1.3-inch display. Sapphire editions are also available for these models, along with new nylon QuickFit bands and silicone color options.All of the watches come with topographic maps, ski maps for over 2,000 resorts, and maps of 41,000 golf courses, Garmin said. The Fenix 6 watches can also store up to 2,000 songs and come with Garmin Pay. In addition, the watches track heart rate, as well as underwater heart rate for swimming, and have a Body Battery energy monitoring feature. Garmin says Body Battery gathers data from stress, heart rate variability, sleep and activity to show your body’s energy level and help you decide when to schedule workouts and rest times. The Fenix 6 watches start at $599, with the final price depending on the straps and finishes you pick. The Fenix 6X Pro Solar starts at $999. Tags Chris Monroe/CNET 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It $210 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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). 1:51 Preview • 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 SearsMore to come! Note: 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 It $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR
The draft National Online Media Guideline-2017 has been approved in the cabinet. Photo: Focus BanglaDraft National Online Media Guideline-2017 gets cabinet nodStaff CorrespondentThe cabinet on Monday gave the go-ahead to the draft National Online Media Guideline-2017, making mandatory the registration of online-based media outlets with the proposed Broadcast Commission.The information ministry will discharge the functions of the Broadcast Commission until the commission is set up.The draft guideline also stipulates that the online version of a newspaper does not require the registration.The cabinet meeting was held in parliamentary complex with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Cabinet secretary Md Shafiul Alam briefed newsmen at Bangladesh Secretariat about the outcome of the meeting.The cabinet secretary said newspapers registered under the Printing Presses and Publication (Declaration and Registration) Act 1973 would not require the registration again for their online versions.But, the newspaper authorities should inform the commission about its online version and will have to pay the registration fees, he added.He said the commission will fix the registration fees.The cabinet secretary said the guideline has been drafted in light with the National Broadcast Policy.He said there are some 1,800 online media outlets in the country now and some of them were given approval.UNB adds: Besides, the commission will make recommendations to the government for giving licences to television, radio, internet TV or other digital broadcast stations and it will issue licences upon the government’s approval.Alam said the commission could issue show cause notice, initiate investigation, recommend to the government for further proceedings against online media outlets if they broadcast something in violation of the National Broadcast Policy-2014.On its own, the commission will be able to take action against online media outlets if it believes that they have violated the code of conduct and breached discipline, he said.The commission will also be given the authority to take measures against a online media outlet if any content poses a threat to security, territorial integrity, peace, public order and unity of the country or if it is vulgar, false and malicious or if the content is against the spirit of the liberation war and distorts national history and heritage.
Road Accident logoAt least 26 people were killed and 46 others injured when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in northern Pakistan, police said Thursday.The crash took place near Dhok Pathan village, some 115 kilometres (70 miles) southwest of the capital Islamabad late Wednesday.”At least 26 people have died and 46 others were injured when a passenger bus lost control at a slope and veered off into a deep ravine,” local police official Fazal Abbas told AFP.The bus was carrying members of Tableeghi Jamaat — a Sunni evangelical group — from the northwestern town of Kohat to the eastern city of Raiwind, near Lahore where their annual gathering was taking place, he added.Abbas said that most of the injured were discharged from hospital after receiving medical treatment, but at least 10 seriously wounded passengers were sent to Rawalpindi, a garrison city adjoining the capital Islamabad.Officials added that the bus was not driving on its usual route when it crashed and was plying hilly roads after another motorway had been closed due to dense fog and traffic.A local government official confirmed the accident and toll.Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for fatal traffic accidents, many of them blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
Listen For decades, the story of Houston has been of growth – growth that sometimes meant Houston led the nation in creating jobs and in gaining new residents.But what if in coming decades that growth slows or stops?A new report commissioned by the Center for Houston’s Future raises concerns.It found three big factors that could limit growth: not enough educated workers, a diminishing oil industry, and a region plagued by too much traffic and too little done to prevent flooding.In the first of three installments, News 88.7 looks at specifically how flooding could stymie growth in the decades ahead.Houston has long been known as a business-friendly city with few regulations and of course, no zoning.“Discover the unlimited opportunities awaiting you in Houston: the city with no limits,” narrates a video as part of the Greater Houston Partnership’s City with No Limits marketing campaign, underscored by positive, dramatic music.But how “limitless” should Houston be after the destruction Harvey caused last summer?That’s a question policy makers have been asking themselves a lot lately.Stephen Klineberg is a sociologist at Rice University and author of the annual Houston Area Survey. He says at least twice before did Houstonians experience wake-up calls that led to changes in how things are done here.The first was in 1999 when Houston made national news as the nation’s smog capital. The second was in 2002, when Houston lost its bid to host the 2012 Olympics. The reasoning: Houston was too ugly. “Got the business world’s attention, major improvements in quality of life in the city and Discovery Green and Buffalo Bayou Greenways Initiative,” Klineberg said. “Will Harvey be a wake-up call like that?”If you ask Houstonians, it may have been. The Houston Area Survey revealed two-thirds believe stricter regulations would have reduced the damage from Harvey. Seventy-one percent want to prohibit new construction in flood-prone areas.“It’s not a question of alternatives to growth but of alternative ways of growing,” Klineberg said. “How do we grow in a way that makes us more resilient, less prone to flooding, more attractive to the people who we need to attract into this city.”The city of Houston, for one, has been working on more stringent building regulations.The City Council recently passed changes to its Chapter 19 floodplain ordinance. Starting in the fall, new construction must be built at least two feet above the 500-year floodplain.“We want you to build, we want you to develop in the city of Houston,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “But we have to do it in a more resilient manner.”In another vote on April 25, the City Council hammered home its willingness to balance its business friendliness with the need to do more to prevent the impact from flooding.In a unanimous vote, council members supported a developer’s plan to build homes in a west Houston floodplain.Jim Blackburn, co-director of Rice University’s severe storm center, or SSPEED Center, calls it a bad decision.He said it’s a sign that Houston is not quite where it should be in this post-Harvey world.“Nothing less than our economic prosperity is at stake,” he said. “I just don’t think it’s being perceived that way. And I think that’s where I talk about the fact that there’s an urgency to addressing these problems. There’s a need for a vision and there’s a need for leadership that I have not seen so far.”That’s echoed by that report by the Center for Houston’s Future. It warns that the city’s existing growth model is not sustainable. “Flooding is only one of our problems,” Brett Perlman, the Center’s CEO, said. “We need to look at a broader definition of resilience to understand that there might be other shocks – cybersecurity, coastal storm surge, drought – that need to be dealt with.”The report suggests looking at what other cities have done to deal with similar challenges.For example, after the 1989 earthquake, San Francisco redesigned some of its infrastructure.In part 2 of this series, we’ll look at how Houston’s dependence on oil and gas may have to change for the city to remain on top. Share X Wikimedia CommonsDowntown Houston, the I-45 freeway and Buffalo Bayou, taken from Sabine Street. 00:00 /04:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
The scientists, Alexander Kendl and Joseph Peer from the University of Innsbruck, analyzed electromagnetic pulses of repetitive lightning discharges and compared them to the magnetic fields used in clinical transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Their results suggest the variable magnetic fields produced by lightning are in the same order of magnitude and frequency as those applied in TMS that stimulate hallucinations, such as balls of light known as cranial phosphenes. They postulate that balls of light known as ball lightning, which are occasionally reported during thunder and lightning storms, could often be hallucinations arising from lightning electromagnetic pulses affecting the brains of close observers.Ball lightning was first reported in St. Petersburg in Russia in 1754 by a Dr. Richmann, who was attempting to copy Benjamin Franklin’s kite-lightning experiment, and who was instantly killed by the lightning. It is rarely seen and photographic evidence is almost nonexistent. There are dozens of theories of how ball lightning could form, including the burning of hot silicon particles produced when a lightning strike vaporizes the ground.TMS is a non-invasive method of stimulating areas of the brain, and is used in psychiatric treatments and in studying the brain. It is known that when the visual cortex is stimulated by pulsed magnetic fields in TMS, patients will sometimes see hallucinations of luminous shapes in their visual field. With the stimulation coils attached to the head, the visions can occur with single or repeated pulses at frequencies of around 1-50 Hz. The cortical phosphenes appear as bubbles, lines, ovals or patches of either white or a variety of colors. When the stimulation coil is moved, the phosphenes also appear to move. Rare but natural long (1-2 seconds) repetitive lightning strikes produce electromagnetic pulses, which the researchers thought might produce currents within the brain in the same order of magnitude in terms of duration, strength and frequency as in TMS in observers 20-100 meters away from the lightning strike. They calculated the time-varying electromagnetic fields of various types of lightning strikes for observers at various distances from the strike.The calculations showed that only lightning strikes consisting of multiple return strokes at the same point over a period of seconds could produce a magnetic field long enough to cause cortical phosphenes. This type would account for around 1-5% of lightning strikes, but very few of these would be seen by an observer 20 to 100 m away, and of those the researchers estimate seeing the light for seconds would occur only in about one percent of unharmed observers. The observer does not need to be outside, but could be inside an aircraft or building. Kendl and Peer also said an observer would be most likely to classify the experience as ball lightning because of preconceptions. Citation: Ball lightning may sometimes be explained as hallucinations (2010, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-ball-lightning-hallucinations.html A New Kind Of Lightning Discovered Electric field transcranially induced at various observation points (from bottom to top: 20 – 100m distance from strike point) by the time derivative of the lightning magnetic field during the decline phase of an average negative cloud-to-ground subsequent return stroke. Phosphene perception can be expected for induced fields above 20 V/m. Long duration repetitive stimulation of phosphenes up to seconds can be caused by higher multiplicity strokes. See arXiv:1005.1153v1 paper for details. (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists in Austria have calculated the magnetic fields associated with certain types of lightning strikes are powerful enough to create hallucinations of hovering balls of light in nearby observers, and that these visions would be interpreted as ball lightning. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: J. Peer, A. Kendl: Transcranial stimulability of phosphenes by long lightning electromagnetic pulses, arXiv:1005.1153v1 [physics.med-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1005.1153 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.