The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called The contest’s theme, “A World Fit for Children,” was chosen in honour of the 5th anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s Special Session for Children in 2002 and its adopted agenda “Building a World Fit for Children.”UNICEF is asking youth video makers to look at the four priorities of the agenda – Promoting healthy lives; Providing quality education; Protecting children against abuse, exploitation and violence; and Combating HIV/AIDS – and to demonstrate how one or more of the goals have affected their lives.“Have these goals been achieved in your community? What problems still exist where you live? What suggestions do you have to solve them? What can be done to build a world for children?” it said in a press release. All entries must be received by 30 March 2007. For information on acceptable formats and how to submit, please visit www.unicef.org/voy. The winning video will be featured on the UNICEF and Voices of Youth (VOY) websites, vodcast by UNICEF, featured in the Media Magic Digest and be included in the Fund’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) 2007 materials, which are available to broadcasters around the world. A vodcast is the delivery of on-demand video content.The winning director will also be honoured at a New York awards ceremony during a conference for PROMAX/BDA, the worldwide association of entertainment marketers, promoters and designers that is also one of the co-sponsors of the competition. The other sponsors are Voices of Youth (VOY), an online portal for young people to learn more about global issues, and the oneminutesjr network of young videomakers worldwide. 24 January 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on young people under 25 to submit a one-minute video highlighting such issues as protecting children against abuse and promoting healthy lives, for its “Media Magic Make a Difference!” video contest, which will see the winning entry made available to broadcasters worldwide.
VANCOUVER — A woman with a degenerative and chronic illness has been told she qualifies for a medically assisted death, causing the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association to adjourn a lawsuit in her case.Julia Lamb has spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative disease, and has been fighting for the right to medical assistance in dying.The Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear an appeal in December in a bid to accelerate the 28-year-old woman’s lawsuit.The civil liberties association launched the lawsuit in 2016, arguing the federal government’s law on medically assisted death is too restrictive because it is only available to people whose natural death has become “reasonably forseeable.”But the association says the government of Canada’s expert witness has admitted that Lamb would now qualify for an assisted death if she requests the procedure.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Grace Pastine, the association’s litigation director, says the decision is a “huge victory for our client and for the many Canadians like her who might find themselves suffering unbearably with no end in sight.”“The government’s expert evidence provides new clarity to health-care providers. It confirms that Canadians who are seriously ill and face enduring and intolerable suffering have the right to die with dignity, even if they are not at or near the end of life and their deaths are not considered ‘forseeable.”‘Earlier this month, Justice Christine Baudouin of the Quebec Superior Court ruled invalid the Criminal Code requirement that a natural death be “reasonably foreseeable” before someone can be eligible for assisted death. She also invalidated a section of the Quebec law that says people must “be at the end of life” to receive the procedure.The civil liberties association says if the federal government doesn’t appeal that ruling, reasonable foreseeability will no longer be a barrier to eligibility in Quebec after March 11, 2020.
“From trade to telemedicine, from education to environmental protection, we have in our hands, on our desktops and in the skies above, the ability to improve standards of living for millions upon millions of people,” Mr. Annan told the Heads of State and government in the audience of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva.But an open, inclusive information society that benefits all people will not emerge without sustained commitment and investment, he added. “We look to you, the leaders assembled here, to produce those acts of political will.”Over the next three days, nearly 14,000 representatives from government, science, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry and media will work to forge a global commitment on ways to harness the power of ICTs towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of measurable and time-bound actions adopted by world leaders in 2000 to combat such global ills as poverty and hunger, inequality in education and diseases such as HIV/AIDS, all by 2015.Among the goals included in the Summit’s Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action is for half the world’s people to be within reach of ICTs by 2015, and for more multilingual content and programming. The roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders, including government and industry, are outlined in the plan, which will be reviewed at a second phase of the Summit in November 2005 in Tunisia.“We have all of this potential. The challenge before this Summit is what to do with it,” the Secretary-General said.Speaking earlier Wednesday, Nitin Desai, Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser for the conference, and Shashi Tharoor, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, told a press briefing that the event was a “Summit of opportunities.”It also was about democracy and development, Mr. Desai added, and contentious issues had been “thoroughly discussed and happily resolved.” He stressed that the emphasis was on the use of ICTs for development and the media were key actors in the process.Mr. Tharoor noted that ICTs had the potential to improve the lives of people everywhere, but pointed out that the digital divide was actually several gaps – technological, content, gender and commercial – in one.In his address, Mr. Annan also stressed that while information and communication technologies were “not a panacea or magic formula, they could improve the lives of everyone on this planet.”“We are going through a historic transformation – everything is changing about the way we live, the way we learn, the way we work, the way we communicate and do business. We must do so not passively, but as makers of our own destiny. Technology has given birth to the information age. Now it is up to all of us to build an information society,” he said.
“We have repeatedly asked you to make this stop”, Mr. Lowcock pleaded. “It has not stopped, or even slowed”.A distressing overviewDespite ceasefire efforts in the northwest, hostilities continue unabated. Fighting among Government forces and their allies, armed opposition forces and the Security Council-listed terrorist organization Hayat Tahrir al-Sham continues to impact civilians every day, he said.Last weekend, “we received reports of airstrikes affecting more than 55 communities in Idlib, Hama and Aleppo governorates, and artillery shelling affecting more than 21 communities”, that claimed 32 civilian lives, including women and children, he added.In northern rural Hama, seven others, including a child, were reportedly killed by airstrikes and artillery shelling and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.Mr. Lowcock spoke emotionally about regular attacks on Maarat Al-Numan, in southern Idlib, voicing concern over Maarat National Hospital, which at peak times treated about 20,000 people a month. It is now operating under emergency conditions but remains the main referral hospital in southern Idlib. “While operating in a conflict zone and in an area under the control of a Security Council-listed terrorist organization”, Mr. Lowcock stressed, “they keep their life-saving services going with the support of humanitarian organizations”.“There is serious reason to worry”, he continued saying that on 20 June an ambulance was hit, killing the patient and three medical workers and seriously injuring two paramedics. “We must see an end to such attacks on medical workers, transport and facilities. We must see hospitals like Maarat National Hospital protected”.Beyond Idlib, suffering continuesIn Rukban, along the Syrian-Jordanian border, “some 27,000 people remain in desperate need of humanitarian assistance”, he flagged, adding that “inadequate, basic services are costing lives”. Recalling the UN’s unapproved request for access to Rukban on 9 May, he said “We continue to call for humanitarian access…to deliver life-saving aid, and to assist those who would like to leave the camp”, saying that “another request is being prepared”. We continue to call for humanitarian access…to deliver life-saving aid – UN Emergency CoordinatorIn al-Hol Camp, in northeast Syria, humanitarian agencies continue to respond to the considerable needs of some 73,000 mainly women and children in the camp, particularly in the areas of health, water, sanitation and hygiene.“At the same time”, Mr. Lowcock said, “we continue to be concerned about restricted humanitarian access to the annex, where 11,000 foreign nationals are living”. Both victims of the terrorist group ISIL and families of former-fighters, are sheltering in the camp. While some positive reports of foreign national children being repatriated, thousands more in the camp face uncertainty, prompting him to call upon Member States to repatriate their nationals “for rehabilitation and reintegration, or prosecution, as appropriate, in line with international law and standards”.And in the south of Syria, rising tensions between government forces and local groups threatens to reignite.“We have repeatedly pleaded for the protection of civilians. To ensure humanitarian access. To ensure that the parties fully abide by their obligation to respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law”, he said. “I repeat our call again today” to Syria’s warring parties, said Mark Lowcock, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs: “Ease the suffering, save lives, end the fighting [and] obey the law”.Speaking via video link, he noted that this was the Council’s fifth humanitarian briefing on Syria in the last eight weeks. He quoted High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in summarizing reports of hundreds of civilian casualties and destruction to infrastructure, including hospitals and schools, mainly caused by Government air strikes and to a lesser extent, ground-based armed groups attacks.Today, once again, I updated the @UN Security Council on the the humanitarian situation in Syria. Our plea remains the same:Ease the sufferingSave lives End the fightingObey the lawRemarks: https://t.co/kVIWSoZUnf— Mark Lowcock (@UNReliefChief) June 25, 2019
Tell Rebecca Bunz you’re not a math person and she’ll be ready to refute your claim.Bunz, an instructor at Brock University and Niagara College and a current MEd student, believes everyone is capable of mastering the numerical challenges that math presents; it all comes down to how they digest the information.Rebecca Bunz“Anyone can be a mathematician or a math teacher,” says Bunz. “Just because you didn’t understand math when you were young, doesn’t mean you’re not a math person today. You might just not have been taught in a way that was appropriate to your style.”This belief, along with a passionate interest in educational technology, propelled Bunz to explore how technology in the math classroom could generate the interest — and results — amongst math educators and students.Bunz analyzed completed research on tech in the math classroom and separated the data into three categories: positive results, negative results, and no effects. Dissecting the types of technology used and how it was implemented in the successful cases prompted her to create her own handbook as she pursued her research.“It’s all about what strategies already work in the classroom and enhancing them using technology or being able to do things you couldn’t do without technology,” she said of her findings. “I think there’s a huge push for using math games in the classroom, but there are a lot of teachers doing that incorrectly — they’re using more of a drill and kill type of game where you’re not really doing anything else besides answering a question in a more fun and engaging way. It isn’t a bad thing, necessarily, but they could be doing so much more.”Bunz has delivered presentations on the subject at three conferences this year, and will start 2017 by presenting at the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando Jan. 27.“I caught the presentation bug at CONNECT 2016 and I fell in love with presenting. I realized how big this world was and how important it was going to be. It’s a bit overwhelming, but very exciting,” she said.With declining math scores often a source of fodder for skeptics and researchers alike, Bunz is tapping into a 21st century classroom model that will allow for the types of teaching and learning students can easily understand.“People want information on how to improve teaching math,” she said. “Students can discover things through animations and simulations that you couldn’t show in the classroom (in the past). So it’s easier to help them discover become more independent in their own learning with technology. But it’s how you use it and the pedagogy behind the tech that’s most important.”Bunz’ work highlights the notion that technology is not being used to replace traditional teaching methods, but rather as an aid to learning, evident in her gamification and game-based learning research as well as her evaluation and integration of digital tools.
The lights are now even more spectacularCredit:David Hedges /SWNS The lights attracted an angry letterCredit:David Hedges /SWNS The offending lightsCredit:David Hedges/SWNS She said: “They didn’t even put the letter through the door – they posted it. And it had a Christmas robin stamp on it.”We decided the letter was ridiculous, and it’s Christmas, and it’s all about having lights and a bit of fun, so we thought we’d go get some more. “So we went for it and now we’ve got even more. We really like them and think they look great and so do lots of our neighbours.”We’re both elves – and we live on Light Close – of course we’re got to have good lights!”She said currently one other house on a nearby street has outdoor lights, but other neighbours are now planning to do the same in solidarity.”We haven’t had another letter – yet,” she added. She said her family has always decked their home out in lights so when she bought her home in June, she wanted to do the same.The first lot of lights from a number of shops including B&Q and Homebase were put up last Wednesday.She received the letter in the post on Tuesday, and it was even sent with a first-class Robin Red Breast stamp on it. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Instead of taking them down the defiant pair went out and bought another £40 worth of bright lights, and their neighbours have decided to join in the decorating in solidarity. The friends have been offered money to buy even more lights to add to their display. Miss Hughes said of the letter: “How can someone think that? They must just be a Scrooge.”My theory is it must be an older person with far too much time on their hands. It must be some busy-body.” Two professional “elves” who adorned their homes in modest fairy lights were sent a letter from a neighbour, branding the decorations “tacky” and “common”.Alice Hughes, 22, and Jordan Franklin, 24, live in adjoining houses in a quiet cul-de-sac in Corsham, Wilts., aptly named Light Close. They both work in a grotto at their local shopping centre.After decorating their homes, Miss Hughes received an anonymous letter in block capitals saying: “We think your tacky lights have made Light Close very common.” The pair live on Light CloseCredit:David Hedges /SWNS
The journalist, who dedicated much of her time to investigating issues linked to the Troubles and giving a voice to marginalised groups, was remembered by her family as a “gentle, innocent soul” whose “desire to bring people together made her totally apolitical”.Ms McKee was shot by dissident republicans during clashes with police on the Creggan estate in Londonderry on April 18. Hunger for politicians to achieve positive change in Northern Ireland was symbolised by mourners “pressuring” leaders to stand at the funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee, the priest has said.The heads of Stormont’s main parties, including Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald and Arlene Foster of the DUP, gathered at St Anne’s Cathedral for the 29-year-old’s funeral on Wednesday.The leaders were sat beside each other and a short distance from British Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, along with a host of other political figures.Fr Martin Magill asked the politicians why, two years after powersharing broke down in the Northern Ireland Assembly, it had taken the slaying of a young woman to bring them together. The question, delivered with a tone of exasperation, received a standing ovation – although the politicians, sat at the front of the congregation, were the last to get to their feet.Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, the Catholic peacemaking priest suggested the striking images illustrated the wider public will for unity and change in Northern Ireland.”The people, in a sense, really put the pressure on in the cathedral to stand,” he said.”Obviously the politicians realised; ‘Oh goodness, everybody behind us is standing, we need to move,’ and they literally moved because people had moved. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The coffin of murdered journalist Lyra McKee is taken out of the church Credit:REUTERS The British and Irish governments have since confirmed a new round of political talks aimed at re-establishing devolved powersharing.It was announced that talks on the restoration of powersharing institutions will resume on May 7 and all the main parties will be invited.Endless rounds of negotiations failed to break the deadlock, with Sinn Fein rejecting DUP leader Arlene Foster’s latest offer to break the political impasse.Mrs Foster wants a twin-track approach where the devolved institutions are restored quickly to deal with issues such as running the health service, while a separate process addresses disagreements like that over same-sex marriage.Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill has rejected that and said issues such as marriage equality and protection for the Irish language need to be delivered to pave the way for restoration of the devolved institutions.On Friday, Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley called on political leaders to take inspiration from Ms McKee’s life. “To some extent, it’s almost a metaphor – that I get the sense that people want our politicians to move, and they want them to move now.”By that, I mean in terms of entering into those talks and in a way that will bring a positive result at the end of them.”
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La Russie prévoit trois tirs spatiaux pour aoûtL’Agence fédérale spatiale russe (Roskosmos) a prévu d’effectuer trois tirs spatiaux dans le courant du mois d’août. Parallèlement, un télescope destiné à être placé sur l’ISS est en cours de conception.Le porte parole de l’Agence fédérale spatiale russe, Alexeï Kouznetsov, a annoncé que trois lancers spatiaux auraient lieu en août. Deux tirs se feront depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan, tandis que le troisième partira de Plesetsk, dans la région d’Arkhangelsk. Plus précisément : “L’agence fédérale spatiale envisage de lancer le satellite Express-AM4 depuis le site de Baïkonour le 18 août. Le décollage du vaisseau de transport Progress M-12M est programmé pour le 24 août. Le lancement d’un satellite de navigation Glonass-M sera effectué depuis le cosmodrome de Plessetsk le 26 août”, a ainsi indiqué Alexeï Kouznetsov.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe satellite Express-AM4 sera mis en orbite par un lanceur Proton-M, le cargo Progress M-12M par un lanceur Soyouz et le satellite de navigation Glonass-M par un Soyouz-2.1b modernisé, rapporte RIA Novosti.Un télescope pour l’ISS En parallèle, les astronomes russes sont en train de mettre au point un tout nouveau télescope baptisé Lyra-B qui devrait partir pour la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) en 2015. “Lyra-B sera le premier instrument spatial russe fonctionnant dans le spectre de rayonnement visible et le premier télescope installé à bord de l’ISS”, a déclaré un responsable de l’Institut astronomique Sternberg, Mikhaïl Prokhorov.Ce télescope, long de 1,3 mètre, sera équipé d’un miroir de 0,5 mètre de diamètre et de près de 70 kilogrammes. Fixé à l’extérieur de l’ISS, il servira à réunir des éléments pour un nouveau catalogue qui comprendra près de 300 millions d’étoiles et autres corps célestes, rapporte Ria Novosti.Le 2 août 2011 à 12:43 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA), announced on Friday, that it would be distributing $1.9 million in capital credits to its members. The capital credit checks are being distributed to people who were members of HEA during 1988and 1989. The amount of each check is determined by the quantity of electricity purchased duringeach of those years; the more electricity purchased, the larger the capital credit check will be. The capital credits will be distributed to approximately 8,500 members and former members the week of April 22, according to the announcement from the company. Capital credits represent HEA members’ share of equity in the utility and is one of the benefits ofbeing a member of an electric cooperative. Capital credits are based on margins, which are thedifference between total expenses and total revenues of the cooperative. The average check for someone who was a residential member in both 1988 and 1989 will beapproximately $65.00. Each year, HEA allocates margins to its members in proportion to the amount they paid for electric service.
NASA view of Mars looks like a ’70s shag carpet NASA scores with weird Pac-Man crater on Mars 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. The Cheapskate $999 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). $299 at Amazon Read Google Home Hub review Tags Turo Mars is strange Sci-Tech Beyer says the larger, lighter-colored blast area could be caused by winds scouring the surface from the impact shockwave, while the inner pattern is where the impact kicked up the dark sand from beneath the ice layer.The MRO has been in orbit around Mars since 2006. It’s on a mission to image the planet and search for evidence that water may have once persisted on the surface. The fresh impact crater is one in a long line of fascinating Mars observations from the MRO covering everything from a Pac-Man-like crater to fascinating “spider” formations. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo See at Turo $59 at eBay 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. NASA Space,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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $60 at Best Buy Comments Sarah Tew/CNET See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Angela Lang/CNET See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Boost Mobile JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read the Rylo camera preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. Post a comment $210 at Best Buy $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 0 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. Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags 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. Apple iPhone XS Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNET 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. See It 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. 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. $999 See at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview Share your voice $520 at HP $999 Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 43 Photos 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. Enlarge ImageThis crater and its blast pattern are a relatively recent addition to the Mars landscape. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Sometime between July and September of 2018, a rock smacked into Mars and left an impressive mark near the planet’s south pole. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) snapped a view of the resulting impact crater and the explosive signature it left on the icy landscape.”It’s notable because it occurred in the seasonal southern ice cap, and has apparently punched through it, creating a two-toned blast pattern,” NASA planetary scientist Ross Beyer said of the image released on Tuesday.Impact craters result when a meteoroid or other space-faring rock collides with Mars. 7 See It Sprint Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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.
Mike Case’s seat was empty at the April 26 assembly meeting. Also pictured: Mayor Jan Hill, Clerk Julie Cozzi, Assembly members Margaret Friedenauer and Ron Jackson. Friedenauer resigned from her position Wednesday, May 31. (Emily Files)For the second time in a little over a month, a Haines Assembly member has resigned. The move follows a contentious meeting Tuesday night. The assembly had a few big decisions on its plate. But after a more than four-hour meeting, only one had been resolved.Listen nowAssembly member Margaret Friedenauer is resigning from her position in the borough.“I haven’t felt like this assembly has been able to work or focus on a problem or a issue in way too long,” Friedenauer said. “No matter how hard we try as individual assembly members to do that, the current climate right now is not letting us focus on those things.”Friedenauer’s term lasts until the 2018 municipal election. But, she says she will not fulfill that three year term. It is a particularity tense time in the Haines borough, as a group of residents is attempting to recall three assembly members. Friedenauer says, despite her opposition to the recall effort, it’s not the reason for her decision.“Our meetings are supposed to be business meetings,” Friedenauer. “And there is just so much going on around us. And within our own group that I’m not feeling effective. And I’m not feeling like it’s really necessary for me to be there at this time. Especially if not being there would give me some sense of relief and peace.”In April, assembly member Mike Case resigned, following the assembly’s decision to hire Debra Schnabel over Brad Ryan as borough manager.Friedenauer’s decision came a day after a regular assembly meeting. The group had a few key items on the agenda: appoint an interim assembly member, adopt a budget, approve the employment contract for incoming borough manager Schnabel, and conduct an exit interview with interim manager Ryan.The first was fairly easy. Former Haines mayor Stephanie Scott was appointed to the assembly in a 4-1 vote. She takes over Case’s seat.After that, the meeting took a different turn, starting with a prepared statement from Mayor Jan Hill. Hill did not hold back her frustrations with the assembly.“I agree with those community members who have stated that this assembly violated our charter which clearly states that the manager shall be hired based solely on professional qualifications,” said Hill. “This clearly did not happen. I also agree with former assembly member Mike Case who stated that this hire was a setup from the start.”She’s referring to the group deciding to hire Schnabel over Ryan for the permanent manager position.“I am not sure exactly what part of our community this assembly is representing. But it is clear it is not all of the citizens of the Haines Borough,” said Hill.Ryan is wrapping up his time as interim manager. Afterward, he’ll return to his job as public facilities director. The assembly was poised to conduct an exit interview with Ryan in executive session. But, there was a disagreement over whether it should be held in public.“This is ridiculous,” Ryan said. “I’m sorry, absolutely ridiculous.”The group voted against going into executive session. They were on the verge of reconsidering that vote. But at that point, Ryan had enough. He refused to participate in the interview.“You’re asking me, as an employee that’s returning to another position in the Haines borough to be frank and evaluate you in public,” Ryan said. “It’s ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.”The assembly did go into executive session to discuss incoming manager Schnabel’s employment contract. But, after meeting privately for more than an hour, they did not vote on the document.They decided they also need more time to weigh some of the issues at play in the FY18 budget. Several residents spoke up at the meeting about different budget items. The group postponed a vote on that until their June 13 meeting.Earlier in the day Tuesday, borough attorney Brooks Chandler issued a memo related to Schnabel’s new position.Chandler says, the way borough code is currently written, Schnabel’s brother Roger is prohibited from entering new contracts with the borough while she is manager. He says code could be changed to allow that to happen.Roger Schnabel is in the construction business. He owns the company Southeast Road Builders and often works with the borough.Debra Schnabel says she does not doubt her ability to objectively administer contracts. She says the issue is that the code does not allow it. Schnabel says the attorney’s memo is concerning, and the borough would be impacted negatively if it was unable to work with Southeast Roadbuilders.Roger Schnabel did not return requests for comment by the time of this report.The assembly did not discuss the attorney’s opinion at Tuesday’s meeting.At a second meeting Thursday, the Haines Assembly voted unanimously to approve Debra Schnabel’s employment contract for Borough manager. Her new job begins Monday, June 5.
AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli are close friends off the fieldIANSThe love and bromance between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers has been there for all to see. The two batsmen, considered as among the best ever in limited overs cricket, have been teammates in Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for many years and their bonding has moved to the next level. Their friendship goes not only beyond the field but has also encompassed their respective families.In a revealing interview, the former Proteas batsman said that his and Virat’s family have grown close to each other. In fact, the level of comfort between the two is so much that, according to AB, they can happily live together in a big room.”We are neighbors. If it wasn’t for the mosquitoes here, we would’ve left our doors open and probably would’ve shared a big room. Anushka’s here all the time, my family is there, the kids are running around. The kids were knocking on his door, early in the morning waking him up,” said the man nicknamed Mr 360 for his ability to hit the ball around the ground. Anushka has been a constant companion of KohliDAVID GRAY/AFP/Getty ImagesHe even talked about the devotion that the Indian captain has shown towards their friendship. “I’m scared of saying anything to him now because. If I say like, ‘Oh, I like your shoes.’ The next minute he organizes me those shoes. I’m like, ‘Virat, just stop it’. He looks after everyone. I was like, ‘My phone is flat again.’ ‘Oh, you need a power bank,'” the 35-year old revealed.The career of AB in IPL began with Delhi Daredevils but he was then bought by RCB for the fourth season and since then, has been one of the biggest attractions of the Bengaluru-based team. There has often been a debate as to who is the more dangerous player between the two and both men have suggested the others’ name. Last year, the veteran South African decided to retire from international cricket and dedicate himself to playing as a freelancer.
After the console-free Sony PS4 launch event, Microsoft needs to put together an impressive display for its next console. According to multiple sources, May 21st is the date, and it’s all eyes on Microsoft until it happens.It’s not even out yet, but Microsoft’s next console is in the middle of an unfortunate uphill battle. After the recent mess regarding the console being “always on,” a Microsoft employee got himself in a little trouble on Twitter for insulting part of a considerable portion of the US because they still have dial-up and capped service. Additionally, Sony snagged a huge chunk of the next-gen games that are due to come out for the PS4 during their announcement, so Microsoft won’t be able to rely on any of those titles to show off the Xbox 720 (or whatever the NeXtbox is called). MS needs something impressive, at a reasonable price, and an actual photo of the hardware would go a long way to satisfying gamers. Rumor has it we’ll get all that and more on May 21.The console that has been codenamed “Durango”, which we’ve heard whispers of for such a long time now, will reportedly be center stage just before E3 this year. Microsoft is looking to launch a console that is always connected to the internet, and will be the only new device from Microsoft’s Xbox department this year. This information counters earlier rumors that Microsoft was working on a streaming box to offer digital content and possibly behave like a sister box to the new Xbox that would allow LAN multiplayer in different rooms of the same house. The expected launch frame for this console would be early November, no doubt to make it the things ta the top of everyone’s Christmas list.A new report has surfaced claiming the new console will be $500 at launch, with the option to subsidize through an Xbox Live subscription. Similar to the system Microsoft has in place now, you can pick up a special Xbox Live subscription and get the console at a discount, provided you agree to pay for at least a year of service. The details surrounding this new offer aren’t clear, save for the cost of the console up front dropping to $300. Since it’s hard to imagine this console being replaced in two years, it would make sense for Microsoft to look at a two year agreement to offset such a significant cost difference.All will be revealed at the end of May, and it looks like there will be more to come at Microsoft’s BUILD conference in June. No doubt the BUILD talks will surround Windows 8.1 as it affects the new Xbox, offering deeper integration than already available with SmartGlass and Internet Explorer.
Star Wars: Uprising will be the first look we as a audience get into the period of the Star Wars Universe between Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Episode VII: The Force Awakens. What we’ve learned about this December’s Star Wars movie has introduced us to a new political landscape for the titular wars: who we used to call the Rebel Alliance is now the Resistance, and the massive evil power in the galaxy isn’t the Empire, it’s The First Order.How things got to be this way after what seemed like a really nice Ewok bonfire party at the end of Return of the Jedi is one question that encapsulates many questions and many stories — and since this is Lucasfilm, a ton of products to fill in the gaps.Currently, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (next year’s Star Wars movie), Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD, the Marvel Comics Star Wars books (wherein important canonical events happen), and the majority of the Del Rey published tie-in novels have kept the narratives in the gap between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. As the Star Wars Universe expands more into the “future” that will be established by JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens, expect Disney to start pushing product that will fill in the second gap between trilogies. That’s what Star Wars: Uprising represents.The game takes place closer to Return of the Jedi than The Force Awakens, and we can see from the trailer that word about the Rebels’ victory at the Endor moon is spreading across the galaxy. The game — which looks like some sort of RPG variant, though it remains unclear — takes place in the Anoat Sector of the Star Wars galaxy, which is the part that includes Empire Strikes Back planets Hoth and Bespin.The game will make players choose a class and level up that character to find new equipment and abilities. The launch announcement has the classes as “smuggler, bounty hunter, rebel guerrilla, diplomat, gambler, or something new entirely.” The latter sentence might foreshadow the ability to become classes that would have an influence on future movies. For instance, the Jedi and the Sith seem to be left out of these classes entirely, making me wonder if they’ll be hidden features or if they also undergo name changes between Jedi and The Force Awakens.Outside of the launch trailer, Star Wars: Uprising has launched an official site where you can pre-register for the beta test of the game (beta is starting “in the coming weeks”). Those who pre-register will start the game with an additional “Founder” title and get some exclusive equipment. For signing up today, I got a Stormtrooper helmet, which I can presumably put on my character in-game, though wouldn’t that have consequences in a game called “Uprising?” Like, practical consequences?Official Uprising poster.The story looks like the last gasps of the Empire to stay relevant. The official description lets it be known that you are cut off from the Rebel Alliance and need to fend for yourself: “In the days following the Battle of Endor and the fall of the Emperor, The Anoat sector has been locked down by the Empire. With the Rebel Alliance on the other side of the Iron Blockade, it falls to the sector’s smugglers, freedom fighters, bounty hunters and gangsters to join forces and form an uprising.”Will an “Uprising” become a Resistance?This character’s name is “Deathstick.” Not a great sign.The reason to buy into this game now is twofold. One, you get to vote on the official sites for things like races that will be playable in the game or weapons you might want. If your vote wins, it looks like you’ll get that asset in game. Vote now, vote often, and start with a bit more than anyone else. Two, the game will have some sort of galaxy-wide co-op element where teams need to work together to unlock the next leg of the Uprising story. If we’re going to get any hints as to where we are at the beginning of The Force Awakens, we’re going to have to work together.So, sign up at playstarwarsuprising.com and I’ll see you in the Anoat sector.
in Daily Dose, Data, News, Origination Share December 17, 2014 480 Views Credit Standards Demand Fannie Mae Purchase Loans 2014-12-17 Tory Barringer Americans’ demand for mortgages dropped in the past three months, and it’s only expected to fall further heading into 2015, according to responses in a fourth-quarter survey.In a poll of senior mortgage officers conducted in November, Fannie Mae found consumer demand was down across all categories of home purchase loans, with only 42 percent of respondents reporting increases in demand for GSE-eligible loans, 43 percent for non-GSE loans, and 29 percent for government loans. Those shares compare to 53 percent, 65 percent, and 43 percent, respectively, in the third quarter.The responses echo findings in the Federal Reserve’s most recent Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, which showed demand fell for all mortgage types in the three months ending in October.Looking to the early months of 2015, an increasing number of lenders anticipate demand will continue falling off, with 22 percent predicting further declines for GSE-eligible loans (24 percent and 27 percent for non-GSE and government loans).”Overall, lenders’ growing concerns with purchase mortgage demand is broadly in line with major industry indicators and supports our views of a modest housing expansion going into 2015,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “While government regulatory compliance remains the top driver of declining profit margin expectations across all lenders, more lenders, and in particular larger lenders, are increasingly concerned with consumer demand risk.”For the most part, credit standards were little changed in the last few months—though fewer lenders reported tightening their criteria, continuing a trend seen throughout the year. In the first quarter, 28 percent of lenders said they had recently upped standards for GSE-eligible mortgages, while 34 percent and 26 percent said the same for non-GSE and government loans, respectively. Those percentages were down in the fourth quarter to 13 percent, 9 percent, and 13 percent.A survey released this week by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency shows that while underwriting standards loosened overall in the 12-month period ending in June, the mortgage market was an exception, holding mostly steady.Most respondents expect to keep their criteria more or less flat in the coming months.”The increased share of lenders who reported easing of credit standards could be associated with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac releasing updated guidelines to their representation and warranty frameworks, intended to provide lenders with greater certainty and clarity around potential repurchase risk. These efforts indicate industry endeavors to boost housing activities by making mortgages available to more borrowers,” Duncan said, adding: “We believe that some combination of easing of credit standards, relatively low mortgage rates, and ongoing labor market improvements will help the housing market to grow steadily, albeit modestly, in 2015.”In other findings, Fannie Mae found lenders continue to be more optimistic overall than consumers when it comes to the economy, with 57 percent saying they think the country is on the right track economically compared to 36 percent of consumers in the company’s November housing survey.At the same time, they remain far more pessimistic about the credit environment, with 86 percent saying it would be difficult to get a home mortgage today. Fewer than half of respondents in Fannie’s consumer survey said the same. Lenders Sour on Outlook for Mortgage Demand
Go back to the enewsletterAurora Expeditions will introduce a second X-Bow vessel to its fleet in 2021/22, as the company responds to a near sell-out for the inaugural season of its new asset, Greg Moritmer.Aurora Expeditions GM, Robert Halfpenny, this week restated that the 160-passenger expedition ship is ahead of schedule for its debut towards the end of 2019, which will launch with a season in Antarctica.“Business has been fairly phenomenal,” Halfpenny said, with the figures to support the comment.In 2018, and fuelled by the pending delivery of the Greg Mortimer this year, Aurora’s overall business tripled in volume. The company’s 2019/20 Antarctica season is 95% sold out; only the first two sailings later this year have cabins still to be filled. That’s a consequence of cruisers hesitating to commit, believing there could be delays with the new build’s delivery date.Halfpenny, however, is extremely confident the ship will be delivered on time, with its construction in China now centred around the “decorations”, that is, the internal fit-out.Recently, Aurora Expeditions confirmed the company’s co-founder and the ship’s namesake, Greg Mortimer, would be joining the maiden voyage, a move Halfpenny expects will see business “pick up” for the first and second sailing.He said Aurora’s 2020 Arctic season was already 65% sold and that the 2020/21 season has been selling fast since going to market a few weeks ago. That figure was actually around 85% before two additional sailings were recently introduced, increasing opportunities for further sales.The 25-year-old Australian polar cruise operator last year ramped up its global operation, opening offices in North America and London to tap into a greater international audience. Currently, 70% of Aurora Expeditions’ guests are Australian, with the balance made up of Americans, Brits and Europeans. The company also recently expanded its sales and marketing team, which included the appointment of a Head of Marketing, Victoria Primrose, to lead Aurora’s marketing strategy going forward.Halfpenny pinpointed the formula for Aurora Expeditions’ success as the destinations visited and the pace at which it operates, particularly in Antarctica. “We go slow and we get out,” he said. Itineraries in the Arctics don’t have specific locations where the ship must be at a given time, enabling Aurora Expeditions the flexibility to move with the wildlife and the weather conditions.The purpose-built Greg Mortimer will carry all the classifications of a 1A icebreaker, and will have an average of 120 passengers.“Only 100 people can go onto land at any one time in Antarctica, so the other 20 guests can take shore excursions, so we will be able to deliver on those treasured moments with wildlife. Our activities are a core ingredient to our success in our ‘secret sauce’,” Halfpenny said. “We have everything from diving, polar camping, trekking, kayaking, snorkelling, skiing in the early season departures and snowshoeing now. So we have a lot of activities that people can take up.” With Aurora Expeditions’ sales so strong, Halfpenny was also able to confirm another X-Bow ship was already under development and will enter service in season 2021/22.“It’s been a really good start [for Greg Mortimer] and the owners have the reassurance to commit to a second ship,” he said. The yet-to-be-named sister-ship of Greg Mortimer will more or less be a replica of the first vessel.Greg Mortimer‘s maiden voyage is set to depart Ushuaia on 31 October 2019.Lead image: Aurora Expeditions’ Martha Behan, Consumer Marketing Executive; Victoria Primrose; Global Director of Marketing; Robert Halfpenny, Managing Director; with Co-Founders, Margaret and Greg Mortimer.Go back to the enewsletter
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This April 22, 2019 photo shows Zac Efron, left, and Lily Collins posing for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote their film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile”. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES — There is hardly any violence in the Ted Bundy movie “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which premieres on Netflix Friday and stars Zac Efron as the notorious serial killer. It was a deliberate choice on the part of filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, now something of a Bundy scholar with this fictionalized film and his popular Netflix documentary series, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.”Berlinger believes that recreations of crimes have a “numbing effect” that desensitizes audiences.Plus, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” is told from the point of view of Bundy’s girlfriend, Elizabeth (Liz) Kloepfer, a single mom who dated Bundy for about six years starting in 1969 and through some of his trials. He was executed on death row in 1989.Kloepfer believes in his innocence even while everything seems to point to the contrary.“It’s based on what Liz would have seen, which is nothing,” said actress Lily Collins, who plays the part of Kloepfer. “In order to make the audience feel like they’re in the mindset of Liz at the very end of the movie, you have to earn that. And it almost heightens the anxiety because you’re teetering on the edge of ‘is he or isn’t he guilty?’”Collins and Efron decided to take the leap into the darkness of this story together. The two have been friends for over a decade, going to back to when Collins was a teenage Nickelodeon reporter interviewing Efron and the cast of “High School Musical” on the orange carpet.“We had talked about what type of projects we both wanted to do down the line,” Collins said. “It was really exciting for me to see him taking that risk, and I thought to be a part of that felt really natural and very exciting.”Efron had his hesitations about taking the role.“I had heavy reservations about playing a serial killer, especially one so popular as Ted Bundy,” Efron said. “I didn’t want to glorify or be a part of a project that glorifies any aspect of Ted Bundy or what he did. Nor am I interested in telling something just because it was true or shocking.”But the script, which Michael Werwie adapted from Klopfer’s 1981 memoir, “The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy,” was different than he expected.“I liked the idea of bringing attention to the element of Ted Bundy that was so charismatic, and who was able to win over the world and yet be so evil and duplicitous,” Efron said. “I got to really take a look and feel it and it was very uncomfortable.”Collins was able to meet and spend time with Kloepfer and her daughter, who told her stories about their time with Bundy.“There was so much love and so much trust between the two of them (Bundy and Kloepfer), or so-called trust,” Collins said. “There are these two worlds that I think were really important to show in the film because that’s the truth of it. The reality is that there were happy times. She was leaning so far into those happy times that she didn’t see the other side until later, in the trials.”Neither Efron nor Collins are fans of the true-crime genre, which is booming on streaming services and in podcasts, but they understand why it’s so popular. Efron noted that the Bundy case, which was televised nationally in the United States, may have helped contribute to the current obsession.And both are sure they couldn’t have taken something like this on any earlier in their lives.“Honestly, if you would have asked me to try and do this a few years ago I don’t think I would have been capable,” Efron said. “I don’t think I would’ve come out with solid product.”It’s an experiment that has been paying off. Since the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, both have gotten critical praise for their performances, especially Efron’s unsettlingly natural and transfixing portrayal of Bundy.They’re grateful, too, to have each other to bounce creative aspirations off of.“People who are our age who are still around in the area and want to do constructive things?” Efron said. “It’s not a lot of people.”—Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Lily Collins, Zac Efron take on the Ted Bundy story by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2019 9:43 am PDT