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A Goa boat that’s set for smooth sailing

first_imgCommander Abhilash Tomy, the only Indian to sail around the world non-stop and solo in the Goa-built yacht INSV Mhadei, was set to launch his new sailing boat Thuriya on Monday at Aquarius Shipyard, Naroa, in North Goa.The 32-foot wooden sailboat is a replica of the iconic Suhaili, which was built in Mumbai and was sailed by the legendary Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world in The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968.Thuriya has been specially built by the Goa-based Aquarius Shipyard as the sole Indian entry in the solo, round-the-world, non-stop Golden Globe Race 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic feat.Abhilash Tomy will sail Thuriya around the world in this historic race in conditions that were similar to 1968 and without modern navigation aids.Raw challengeAshwin Tombat, Director, Adventure Breaks, Goa said the anniversary edition of the race was “a celebration” of the original event. Competitors will sail simple boats with basic equipment.The challenge is pure and raw and for “those who dare”, just as it was for Sir Robin Knox Johnston. Navigation is with sextant on paper charts, without GPS or other electronic instruments or autopilots; not even pocket calculators.last_img read more

Farmers will get all mill dues: Yogi

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised that every farmer of the State will get “each and every paisa” the sugar mills owe them, while addressing a public rally at Ambehta in Saharanpur on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Adityanath was launching the campaign for the Kairana by-poll. “Our government will ensure that no injustice is done to our farmer brothers. It is our responsibility to see to it that no farmer is exploited,” he said. “We will make sure that every farmer gets each and every paisa of the cane dues. Those who try to exploit farmers will be sent to jail,” he told the audience. Mr. Adityanath targeted the previous governments and accused them of not working for the welfare of the farmers.last_img read more

How Asian Are You?

first_imgMay, in case you missed out, was Asian American Heritage Month. Chances are it passed you by.The idea of some sort of broader Asian American identity is probably alien not just to most Indians, but I suspect other Asian subgroups as well. Asia is a geographic concept and nothing more. Most Asian countries have far greater trade and travel linkages with Europe and America than they do with other Asian countries. There are few cultural bonds between the various Asian countries, except perhaps some bordering ones. And the continent does not share a common religious heritage, history or language, which can sometimes form the basis of cross national identity, such as is true for Hispanics and African Americans.Fact is, the Asian American category is an artificial construct, drawn up in the bureaucratic maze of the Census Bureau as an artifact of convenience to lump the disparate groups – and even it is not very accurate, considering that several major groups (such as people from Israel and some Arab countries) are excluded.There have been well-meaning attempts by socially conscious groups to attempt to bridge the different Asian communities, who by happenchance discover themselves lumped together. But these smattering of efforts, driven often by crass political (and sometimes economic) expediency have received only a tepid response within the different Asian communities.Identity cannot be imposed. It is not some artificial construct that can be willed. It has to felt and shared. Its rhythms are found in the music we strum to, in the jokes that we erupt at, in the fashion trends that we emulate, in the celebrities that we hoot, in the food that we lap up. It is constructed not by high-minded sermons, but in the mundane business of life.You wish it were different? That we could rise above our narrow parochial shells to embrace the larger us? The funny thing is that we have. Remarkably, Indians and Asians more so than any other group. It is hreflected most dramatically in the one voluntary step we take that is most far-reaching in its impact on individual and group identity – marriage. Asians have the highest proportion of interracial marriages in this country. But few of these marriages are with other Asians; the vast majority of Asian interracial couplings are with Whites.The encounter with America has most surely transformed us. But expanding it to an Asian American identity is not one of them. Related Itemslast_img read more

Former Mumbai cricketer Baindoor passes away

first_imgMumbai, Apr 4 (PTI) Former Mumbai Ranji Trophy cricketer Ranjan Baindoor passed away at his residence here today following a massive heart attack. Baindoor, an off spinner who could also bat lower down the order, died aged 61 and was a former secretary of Tata Sports Club, said his former teammate Ravi Thakkar. “He was scheduled to go for an angiography today morning, had gone to the toilet after having a cup of coffee. His wife was waiting for him to come out, but as he did not do so after 15 minutes, felt something was wrong. He, apparently, had collapsed inside,” Thakkar said. “He was a dear friend and we have played together for so many years. We are all deeply saddened,” said Thakkar, a former Mumbai left-arm spinner and currently member of its senior and under 23 selection panels. Baindoor was also the chairman of Mumbais under 19 selection committee. In 16 Ranji Trophy matches between 1974-75 and 1984-85, Baindoor captured 20 wickets at 37.20 per victim, his best innings figures being 4 for 32. He also scored 316 runs with 96 as his highest knock averaging 19.75 per innings. PTI SSR NRB AT AT RDSlast_img read more

Christopher Robert in Mumbai to shoot for action filmTenet

first_imgMumbai: Acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan, along with actor Robert Pattinson, is in the city to shoot for their upcoming action epic Tenet. The director-actor duo arrived in Mumbai on September 14. According to photographs surfaced on social media, Nolan was spotted at the airport. Pattinson also obliged a fan with a selfie on his arrival. Though the shooting schedule of the project has been kept under wraps, Nolan will reportedly film Tenet for around 10 days in the Maharashtrian capital. Tenet also stars Dimple Kapadia and will be Nolan’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated war drama Dunkirk (2017). The film will be shot seven countries.last_img read more

I couldnt show fear Saskatchewan woman recounts conversation with a killer

first_imgREGINA – After John Strang shot and killed his wife in their Saskatchewan home, he drove his Jeep — packed with guns, ammunition, handcuffs and duct tape — to the home of a female friend for a chilling conversation.He told Lynn Larsen that she haunted him and he fantasized about raping her.He said he thought about killing a lot of people and that he had killed his wife earlier that day.“It was just out of the blue,” Larsen told The Canadian Press. “I just shot up a quick prayer in my head, not that he saw, to help me through.“I felt that I couldn’t show fear — that would have been a big mistake.”The conversation between Strang and Larsen lasted nearly two hours on the night of Aug. 1, 2015, at her ranch home near Rockford, east of Saskatoon.Her grandchildren were staying with her and had gone to bed.Her husband, Roland, was out at a singing competition, but she told Strang he was expected home at 11 p.m.A few minutes before 11 p.m., Strang headed for the door.“You are lucky your grandkids were here, because I would never hurt a child,” he told her.After Strang left, Larsen called police.Officers found Lisa Strang dead on a basement sofa in the couple’s home in McLean, east of Regina. She had been shot in the back and in the head.Strang was arrested two days later near North Battleford.Details of the case emerged in a Regina courtroom earlier this month when Strang pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his 47-year-old wife and to uttering a death threat against Larsen, now 58.Strang, 50, is to receive an automatic life sentence this Wednesday. Crown and defence lawyers have jointly recommended he not be eligible for parole for 17 years.“I hope that he never gets out,” said Lisa Strang’s aunt, Pat Torgrimson of Swift Current, Sask.She describes John Strang as a controlling figure who didn’t want his wife to have much contact with her family.“I never liked him from Day 1,” said Torgrimson. “He kept her under his thumb.”Court heard the couple met at the University of Regina and married in 1991.In 2004, Lisa Strang became finance director for the governing Saskatchewan Party.“I personally watched over the years how she mentored and helped her colleagues to become, not just better employees, but also better people,” Patrick Bundrock, the party’s executive director, told court in his victim impact statement.He described how she listened to Celtic music and Simon and Garfunkel songs in her office. She crafted blankets each time a co-worker had a baby. She cared about people, he said.“In 2005, I lost my daughter. And every year on the anniversary of her passing I would receive a beautiful homemade card from Lisa. She would always remember, each and every year.”In the last three years of her life, Lisa Strang lost 100 pounds by walking on a treadmill at home each night after work. She became more confident and happy, Bundrock said.She also complained openly about her marriage, court heard. She didn’t like her husband’s spending habits and was frequently paying off his debts.About the same time, John Strang, an off-and-on truck driver, griped to others about a lack of intimacy with his wife.And then he met Lynn Larsen.He was introduced to Larsen and her husband through a friend and developed a secret, erotic fixation on the woman, court heard.In June 2015, Strang phoned Roland Larsen and lied about having stomach cancer and only a few months to live. He asked to stay at their property to get away from things.He then purchased handcuffs and sexual enhancement supplements from the internet.And, showing off four guns in the back of his Jeep, he told a co-worker: “I could shoot someone, no problem.”When Bundrock learned that police were searching for Strang, he knew something bad had happened to her. He sent a text hoping she was OK, but never got a response.“Lisa always put John first,” Bundrock told the judge.“I am so angry because Lisa was on the way to becoming a new person, and she had so much potential and she was killed by the person that she trusted the most.”Larsen says she never got to meet Lisa Strang.And she’s still trying to get over her terrifying night with John Strang.“It hasn’t been easy,” she said. “I don’t think it ever will be.”— By Chris Purdy in Edmontonlast_img read more

Newmonts 10B offer would create worlds biggest gold miner

first_imgDENVER — Newmont Mining will buy Canada’s Goldcorp for $10 billion, creating the world’s biggest gold miner.The combined company could log gold production of 6 million to 7 million ounces over a decade and recognize $100 million in annual pre-tax savings.Miners are consolidating as gold becomes more expensive to procure. Barrick Gold said it would by Randgold for more than $6 billion just four months ago.Newmont will acquire each share of Goldcorp Inc. for 0.3280 of its own, plus another 2 cents per share. Shareholders of Newmont Mining Corp. will own 65 per cent of the combined business, with Goldcorp shareholders owning 35 per cent.The acquisition, expected to close in the second quarter, must still be approved by shareholders as well as regulators in Europe, Canada, South Korea and Mexico.The Associated Presslast_img read more

As fighting continues in Bunia DR of Congo UN fears humanitarian catastrophe

The situation on the ground in Bunia continues to be “extremely difficult and volatile,” with intense fighting going on between ethnic Hema and Lendu militias in the town itself, as well as around the airport, according to a UN spokesman. The local headquarters of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) is wedged in the area between the two groups.Carolyn McAskie, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York that the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation and the ethnic tensions in Bunia conjured up “shades of Rwanda in 1994,” where men, women and children rose up and attacked their neighbours.Whole villages in and around Bunia were slaughtering each other – a deeply disturbing aspect of the hostilities that Ms. McAskie feared was “Rwanda-like,” although “nothing could match the scale of Rwanda.” Still, there had been hundreds of casualties “that we know of” in the last few weeks or so, she added, stressing that the humanitarian situation was “extremely dangerous, even desperate; the focus was on very basic life-saving interventions.”The dire security situation – where a “rather nasty cocktail” of rebel groups and dissatisfaction with local authorities was playing on ethnic hatreds – meant that relief agencies were “down to the minimum in terms of providing the most basic human needs” such as plastic sheeting for shelter and high-protein biscuits.Ms. McAskie noted there were just eight humanitarian personnel on the ground right now – including a surgeon, nutrition specialist, and water and sanitation expert -doing what they could. Despite the evacuations, she and others, including the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), were trying to keep a core group in place. Other teams and supplies were on standby, but needed a more secure environment in which to operate. Supplies were being moved up from Goma, but incoming flights tended to be sporadic. The first priority was to find a way to stop the fighting.Asked how large a force would be needed to suppress the fighting, Ms. McAskie said Ugandan troops had been “keeping a lid on it”. They had anywhere from 7,000 to 9,000 troops. “We have 800 personnel now, and estimates of what was needed were some three times that,” she said.Joining Ms. McAskie at the briefing was Margaret Carey of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. She said that the new troops would have to be able to use force. The Mission was a peacekeeping operation and, therefore, lightly armed. It was basically comprised of guard units. What was needed now was the rapid deployment of well-equipped, well-trained troops, under a mandate that permitted the use of force. In terms of the total numbers needed, she thought the key was enforcement power and capacity.Meanwhile, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said a shell landed in the UN Mission’s compound, killing one person and wounding 13 others. “I can now confirm the reports on the wires yesterday that one woman was killed yesterday while inside the UN Mission’s Bunia headquarters” he said, adding that a civilian was in fact killed by a stray bullet while she was in the compound, and one mortar shell also landed in the compound.MONUC has also reported that two UN military observers have been missing since 11:00 a.m. local time Tuesday from Mongbwalu, five kilometres north of Bunia. “All attempts are being made to locate them,” Mr. Eckhard said.There has also been an increase in the number of internally displaced persons seeking shelter at the Mission’s Bunia headquarters, and a makeshift medical clinic has been organized there to deal with the situation. read more

New bridge linking Louth and Down gets planning permission

first_imgThere is now great momentum behind the project which – as well as its economic benefits – can serve as a powerful symbol of the great strides forward made in this region over the last 20 years as the Peace Process has unfolded. The bridge will be a link in every sense and I now look forward to progress continuing on securing funding.It is now hoped that funding for the bridge, which it’s believed will cost in the region of €18 million, can be obtained from INTERREG IVA, an EU initiative which aims to enhance cross-border cooperation between countries.The initiative has made €30 million available for Northern Ireland, its border region with the Republic of Ireland, and the west of Scotland.Speaking to, Barry Corrigan from consulting engineers Roughan and O’Donovan said that construction work on the bridge is set to commence in mid-2013, in order to ensure its completion by mid-2015.Read: Construction company announces 100 new jobs > A NEW BRIDGE which is set to cross the Newry River and link Omeath, Co Louth and Warrenpoint, Co Down has been given planning permission.The cross-border decision was made by both An Bord Pleanála and the Northern Ireland Environment Minister, Alex Attwood.The total length of the bridge will be 660 metres and will connect Cornamucklagh, near Omeath in Co Louth with Narrow Water in Co Down.(Roughan O’Donovan/YouTube)The Cathaoirleach for Louth County Council, Councillor Finnan McCoy welcomed the announcement, saying:last_img read more

70 business leaders sleep rough to raise money for homelessness

first_imgSOME 70 BUSINESS leaders, from grafitti artists to accountants – led by Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn – ditched their warm beds to brave the elements in Dublin and Cork last night to raise money for homelessness.The businesspeople were sleeping rough in order to raise up to €400,000 for homeless charity Focus Ireland. A total of 54 bedded down in the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin and a further 16 slept in the Cork City Gaol.The people taking part had just some cardboard and a sleeping bag and they each raised €5,000 for the charity.Grafitti artist Maser was among those sleeping under the stars – or rather under a bush – in Dublin last night:Speaking ahead of the sleepout yesterday, Director of Fundraising for the charity, Lisa Nicole Dunne said: It’s important to stress that this is not just about the terrible problem of homelessness. It’s also about prevention. The recession is taking a terrible toll on families all over Ireland and nearly 20 per cent or mortgages are in arrears and many thousands of households are struggling to pay their rent. Focus Ireland is working to directly support people in this situation and to try to prevent them from losing their home.The sleepout is part of a campaign called “Shine A Light 2013″ which got underway yesterday as recent figures show that up to seven new people become homeless every day in Dublin alone. The charity said it urgently needs to raise funds in order for its services to continue.Read: Dublin Simon Community has only van stolen by thieves>Read: Two-thirds of Cork’s homeless have mental conditions – report>last_img read more

Warner adds 5 new movies to Facebook rentals

first_imgAt the beginning of March Warner Bros. decided to run an experiment by offering Facebook users the chance to rent a movie directly through the social network. The movie on offer was The Dark Knight, and the price of a rental was 30 Facebook credits, or roughly $3 for a 48-hour viewing period.While a surprise offer, it did represent a better deal than iTunes which usually charges $3.99 per movie. For Warner it meant offering up a rental to tens of millions of users for very little effort.The experiment seems to have been a success as Warner has now decided to expand the movie offerings on Facebook with 5 new titles. From 10am PDT today you will be able to rent the following movies:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneHarry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsInceptionLife as We Know ItYogi BearEach movie will be accessible through the Facebook fan page for that particular title. Visit the page, click “Watch Now” and the movie will start streaming right away with a number of viewing options. If you are outside the U.S. you are out of luck though, but this will surely expand to other countries if Warner continues to see success with it.If you are wondering how Warner chose the movies to offer, it looks as though they based it on the popularity of the Facebook fan pages for each one. Harry Potetr and Inception in particular are some of the most visited movie fan pages on the social network.Read more at The WrapMatthew’s OpinionWith younger generations of users spending the majority of their online time talking with friends and navigating around the growing social network, movie rentals were an inevitable revenue stream for publishers on the site.Facebook loves this kind of service because it adds value to the network while bringing them in new revenue streams. I would guess 30% of that $3 rental goes directly into Facebook’s pocket. Warner will have little problem with that because this is an easy way to sell without any of the hassle and cost of printing a disc to distribute.If and when movie rentals get opened up to other regions the number of potential users escalates from tens of millions to hundreds of milions. What movie company is not going to want to have their movies available  on such a paltform?last_img read more

Steam Box demo unit codenamed Piston appears at CES

first_imgValve grabbed the headlines last year with a number of announcements, not least of which was the introduction of Big Picture Mode and a move to support Linux with Steam. Gabe Newell also confirmed in December that Valve will be releasing a Steam games console, and an early version of the so-called Steam Box has appeared at CES.Valve isn’t developing the Steam Box alone. Instead it has taken the intelligent move of teaming up with a hardware company already experienced in creating tiny PCs. That company is Xi3, and the codename for the Steam Box is fittingly “Piston.” Whether that name remains for the final product is unknown, but it makes a lot of sense to keep it.There are very few specific details about Piston, but Xi3 already has a number of tiny PCs available to purchase. They start at $499, are small enough to be picked up with a single hand, and have the option of running Linux if you desire. It is thought Piston will be based around the design of Xi3’s $999 X7A performance PC.The Piston demo unit brought to CES has four USB 3.0, four USB 2.0 ports, four eSATAp ports, two Mini Display Port ports, and one Display Port/HDMI port. There’s also audio in/out, SPDIF optical audio, and Ethernet connections.The components inside will include a 1TB hard drive and a CPU/GPU combination you can choose to upgrade. It’s safe to assume the performance on offer will be well beyond what any of the game consoles on the market can produce, and it needs to be if Piston intends to support the next generation of games being released when the Xbox 720 and PS4 launch.Hopefully more details will be released soon as to what hardware Xi3 and Valve are using, and most importantly what the price point of Piston will be.via Polygonlast_img read more

The important role to be played by the Greek Australian Councillors Network

first_imgLocal government is often referred to as the closest level of government to the people. This is on a daily basis; as constituents can approach their local councillor about their issues at the shopping centre, on the footpath, or in the bank, as we all go about our daily tasks. For this reason local government has a unique mandate well beyond the three-Rs of roads, rates, and rubbish. The complexity of the role spreads across a plethora of social, economic, planning and environmental issues and in many respects the council becomes an essential and significant conduit with other tiers of government. The intimate understanding between a Greek councillor and their constituency has become a comfortable space for the Greek Australian community to voice their views and concerns and have them addressed.Now in my fourth term with the City of Whittlesea, and as their first female mayor of Greek heritage, the advocacy function has been galvanised. My serving on the boards of Pronia and the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria means the issues of the Greek community can be addressed in a broader context. The activation of the Greek Australian Councillors Network can be an important forum to expand advocacy on behalf of our community. An initiative of former MP John Pandazopoulos a few years ago, there is a resurgence of interest in the idea following the recent local government elections. The network would provide opportunities to mentor newly elected councillors as well as prospective candidates. The network’s draft terms of reference are being developed and the process will involve consultation with interested councillors and others. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Prospective Plantings Report Projects Slight Dip in 2013 Planted Acreage

first_imgAs reported by DTN Markets Editor Katie Micik today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its Prospective Plantings Report issued earlier today, estimated 2013 soybean planted acreage at 77.13 million acres, down slightly from 2012 and opposite many analysts’ projections. According to the report, USDA expects farmers in the Great Plains, with the exception of North Dakota, to plant fewer soybean acres this year. Nebraska and Minnesota lead the decline while Illinois and North Dakota show the largest increases.Also released this morning was USDA’s Quarterly Grain Stocks report, which showed soybean stocks totaling 999 million bushels, which represents a 27 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2012. The report details the total stocks reflect 457 million bushels stored on farms while off-farm stocks are estimated at 543 million bushels, down 18 percent and 34 percent from Q1 2012. Disappearance during the quarter totaled 967 million bushels, down 3 percent from the same period in 2012.last_img read more

South Florida protests against transgender military ban

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The South Florida community fought back against President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.A rally was held at the Torch of Friendship monument on Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast Third Street in Miami, Thursday afternoon.Dozens arrived to speak out against the ban.“Donald Trump stated that this is a burden on healthcare costs and a distraction. However, we fervently disagree, and we are here supporting our troops, especially our transgender troops. We believe that anyone who is willing and qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve our country.”A study done by the Pentagon last year estimated that nearly 2,500 transgender people serve as active duty members in the military.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

When does Apex Legends first season start In March but not quite

first_img DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Post a comment Share your voice 0 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $210 at Best Buy $999 $6 at Tidal 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. Best Buy Video Games,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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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). Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Share your voice $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sprint 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. 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. 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. $999 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. Read the Rylo camera preview Comments $60 at Best Buy See at Turo 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. 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. The Cheapskate Respawn Entertainment Apex Legends has only been around for a month, but after tallying 25 million players in its first week, it’s clear it has quickly become one of the most popular games around. Amid all the excitement, Respawn posted a broad development roadmap for the game, revealing there would be a Battle Pass and three month “seasons” (both of which are things we’ve seen in Fortnite) and that the company would be adding new Legends (playable characters), new weapons and more.Respawn said the Battle Pass and first season would be coming in March, but never gave a specific date. Here’s the roadmap Respawn tweeted in February:apexlegendsroadmap Respawn Entertainment Today is March 1, so it’s not surprising fans are wondering when we’ll see the update. Neither of Respawn’s main Twitter accounts, @PlayApex and @TitanfallBlog, have said a word about it yet.When we get more information about the update, Battle Pass or new Legends, we’ll update this post. Until then, there’s always Fortnite’s new season 8 update. 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. Rylo See It See It See It Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Read the AirPods review See at Amazon 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tags Read Google Home Hub review $59 at eBay $299 at Amazon Apple iPhone XS 7 $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazonlast_img read more

Are You Up for a Vista Upgrade

first_imgJanuary 18, 2007 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Vista has superior security features and account protection. Go Vista! Though Vista has an improved media center, it’s only built into the Home Premium and Ultimate editions. Vista offers improved networking and wireless capabilities. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Vista’s improved security features could also be seen as a con since Vista repeatedly asks users for input when performing routine tasks. If users see this as a nuisance, they could turn the feature off entirely and reduce the security of Vista. The average user could also be tempted to enable things that shouldn’t be enabled and vice-versa. Vista’s security enhancements also make it more difficult to run some forms of software. XP has a more familiar, well-known interface that users have become accustomed to. Stick with XP Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Vista’s multimedia and entertainment support are a step above XP. Vista boasts a more sophisticated interface and enhanced search tools. The interface includes Live Taskbar Thumbnails that allow you to mouse-over a taskbar button and see a live preview of the application window, in addition to Sidebar gadgets that display important information. Amidst delays and some initially negative buzz, Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows Vista, is on its way to a store shelf near you come January 30. Though it was already released to businesses that had volume license agreements with Microsoft in November last year, this will be its first worldwide release. It’s the first major upgrade to the Windows OS since Windows XP back in 2001.When I began researching Windows Vista, I discovered that my limited computer knowledge kept me from fully comprehending the pros and cons. Most of the articles I found were geared more toward tech-savvy, computer experts eager to test out the new product.So I contacted several tech pros to break down the information into user-friendly terms that can be applied to the way entrepreneurs and small-business owners do business. My team of technical gurus includes Preston Gralla, author of Windows Vista in a Nutshell, and Singu Srinivas and Michael Wexler, co-founders of HiWired, a services and support company for small businesses and consumers.Understanding Windows VistaSo what sets Windows Vista apart from its predecessors? For starters, it boasts a higher-level of security, a more sophisticated interface, better search tools and improved network and wireless capabilities.The team of technicians at HiWired found that overall, they like the new look and feel of Vista. They spoke highly of its consumer-oriented security, which includes such features as parental controls that make it a safer OS for the family, which is extremely nice if you have a home office. Gralla agreed that the security features are critical. “As a small-business owner,” he says, “you’re on your own to a great extent. So security is really important, and Vista’s is built into the guts of the operating system itself.”Gralla was particularly impressed by the security surrounding Internet Explorer on Windows Vista, pointing out that extra protection was built into it in the form of a phishing filter. When you come across a scam website, the new system will most likely be able to identify it and warn you before you proceed with your transaction.The security features also help create a safer network for your company. “Windows Vista is extremely good if you’re setting up wireless networks,” Gralla says. “You can do it far easier than any system before, and you can do it more securely. If mobile computing is vital to your business, Gralla points out that Vista laptop users on the go will have a safer connection to multiple networks when using their laptops at cafes, airports or other network hotspots.Vista’s new search feature is also a positive change from Window’s XP: It’ll save you a lot of time and effort when trying to locate lost files. “The search is now built directly into the operating system at every level, and it’s extremely easy to find anything–it happens lightening fast,” Gralla says.There are definitely some pros for Windows Vista, but what about the cons? While the increased security sounds great in theory, what about the recent rumors about hackers trying to break down Vista’s barriers? Based on Microsoft’s questionable history of hackers being able to break into its operating systems, Wexler says he’s almost certain Vista will be no different. Though Vista was built to be more secure than XP and other previous versions of Windows, it will always be vulnerable to attack.Making the UpgradeBefore you consider upgrading to Vista, Srinivas recommends asking yourself whether you have the right hardware and a configuration that will allow it. Surprisingly, Srinivas claims that only a relatively small percentage of the population will be able to immediately answer yes. (Srinivas says that only about 20 percent of HiWired’s clients have the key elements needed to install Vista and operate it effectively.) Wexler recommends checking Microsoft’s specific guidelines for the minimum requirements needed to run the new operating system before you purchase it.When HiWired’s seasoned technicians attempted to upgrade from XP Pro to Vista, they spent as much as six hours getting it configured. Wexler and Srinivas recommend that if you do decide to upgrade your current machine to Vista, the best way to do it is to erase everything on your PC and start from scratch.According to Gralla, there’s really no clear-cut answer as to whether you should upgrade. It really comes down to whether your company would benefit from Vista’s key components, such as the increased security, improved search options and new networking features. “Look at how much it’ll cost to upgrade the hardware,” Gralla suggests, “then decide if it’s worth it to get that extra bit of security and easier networking.”If you do decide Vista’s features are worth the upgrade, the next step is to choose the right version. Microsoft offers four versions: Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate. How do you know which is right for you? Check out our Windows Vista Upgrade Guide for a quick-hitting look at all the key points and a comparison between Vista and XP.The Bottom LineIf you’re unsure about upgrading, Gralla suggests testing the waters by upgrading just one computer in your office as your test machine. Then see how it works over a period of time–if you like what you see, expand it to the other computers in your office.Wexler says he and Srinivas are telling most of their customers to skip the upgrade and stick with their XP machine for now. Then, when they’re ready to upgrade in a year or so, they can buy a fully loaded Vista machine. “By that point,” Wexler says, “they’ll be on the second or third patch of Vista and you’ll get a new Vista machine that’s even better than today’s Vista machine.”But what about Wexler’s customers who need to upgrade now? Wexler’s pretty adamant about his response: “We say absolutely get a Vista PC.”Down to the DetailsWe asked our Vista experts to name the best version of Vista for the following group of entrepreneurs:1- to 2-Person Office: Either Ultimate or Business. If the small office doesn’t have a need for the most stringent security, the Business edition will suffice. However, if the company is dealing with sensitive records or patient data, for example, Ultimate’s Bitlocker will provide the higher level of security necessary. Do keep in mind, however, that the Business edition doesn’t include the Windows Media Center, so if photos and entertainment are important to your business, you may want to upgrade to Ultimate.Laptop Users: Ultimate. Since laptops are more likely to be stolen, the Ultimate version is best because of its security features. And since many laptops perform double duty for both work and entertainment purposes, Ultimate’s additional multimedia capabilities would be a nice perk.10-or-More-Person Office: Either Ultimate or Business. If the company has more than 10 employees, it may be eligible to enter into a multi-volume licensing agreement with Microsoft and receive the Enterprise version of Vista. This version has special features that would most likely overwhelm a small business but could benefit a larger company.Windows Vista vs. Windows XPSo what exactly are the differences between Vista and XP? Read on as we break down the facts. Vista requires more up-to-date (read: expensive) hardware than XP, including a processor with a speed of 800 MHz or better, 512MB of system memory and a graphics processor that’s DirectX 9 capable. Register Now »last_img read more

Springsteen turns song into book with unflinching Outlaw Pete

first_imgRelated posts:Leonard Cohen announces new album for 80th birthday Singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen makes everyone feel good in Costa Rica debut Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg New York hip-hop legend AZ gets ‘back to himself’ in new video filmed in Costa Rica With the publication of his not-quite-for-children children’s book, “Outlaw Pete,” Bruce Springsteen has surprised even himself. Writing such a book “was the last thing I saw coming,” he says, never mind the many other rock stars who have delved into the children’s section lately — including, most recently, Keith Richards with “Gus & Me.”The Boss says “there’s no grand plan behind this.” Still, he admits publishing the book, inspired by his song of the same name, is a kick, and in a phone interview joked, “maybe I’ll have a whole series now.”Despite the many Springsteen songs that might make a good children’s story — he admits that “Blinded by the Light,” with its antic rhymes, “would be fun to read” — this book is not the first of a series. “Outlaw Pete,” which was launched last Tuesday, was a bit of a lark, and, he writes in the afterword, “I’m not sure this is a children’s book.”Indeed, the book deals with some heavy themes — death, violence and abandonment among them — and does not sugarcoat them. The book’s illustrations, by cartoonist Frank Caruso, include vivid scenes of a knife fight and a man lying dead in a pool of blood.Essentially an illustrated version of the song from his 2009 album “Working on a Dream,” the 50-page picture book begins with Pete, as a 6-month-old, robbing a bank and follows him through the course of a life as “an outlaw killer and a thief.” Wherever he goes, “women wept and men died.” About midway through the story, Pete seeks redemption, marrying a Navajo girl and having a child.But for him there is no escape from who he is — “I’m Outlaw Pete” is the refrain he repeats more fervently as the book moves into its dark second half. A bounty hunter comes to remind him, “you think you’ve changed but you have not.” And to prove the point, Pete kills him. “We cannot undo these things we’ve done” are the man’s final words.Pete rides off into the proverbial sunset — in this case an icy ledge — into legend, a bereft young girl calling out after him: “Outlaw Pete! Outlaw Pete! Can you hear me? Can you hear me?” The story, Springsteen writes in the afterword, “is not easy.” But, he adds, “I believe children instinctively understand passion and tragedy. And a 6-month-old, bank-robbing baby is a pretty good protagonist.”On the phone, he describes the book as a cross between the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone and “Goodnight Moon,” a favorite book of his three children, Evan, Jessica and Sam, who are in their 20s. “The characters are outlandish. They’re not real. They’re mythical. The tale is a fable,” he says. And while it has an admittedly a challenging lesson “about the difficulty of redemption,” this shouldn’t scare off kids — or their parents.“If ‘Bambi’ is for kids, this is fine,” he says. “If ‘Lion King’ is for kids, this will be fine also.”“The act of growing up is filled with so much raw passion and tragedy that they can’t escape it,” he says. “Children’s lives revolve around these things, and as parents we do our best to guide them through these things, but we can’t protect them from occurring.”As a friend once told him, he recalls, “Parents give their kids the best they have to offer, and the world takes care of the rest. There’s no escaping from the blues or whatever you want to call it.”Springsteen had no plans to make a book — children’s or otherwise — out of the song until he heard from Caruso. The cartoonist was immediately drawn to the dark tale when he first heard the song version in 2009.“I stopped what I was doing and thought it was like a story being read to me,” Caruso says. “Everyone’s got to be seeing this.”He made some pencil sketches and presented them to Springsteen and Caruso’s mutual friend, music critic Dave Marsh. About a year and a half later, Caruso got a call out of the blue one Sunday morning from Springsteen, who was excited about the project. “This was the first time anyone has approached me to do a book of this kind,” Springsteen says.The collaboration went smoothly, according to both the writer and the illustrator, with about three or four dummy copies of the book passing back and forth between them.“He dug the pencil drawings,” Caruso says of Springsteen. “It was just a matter of tweaking a color to get the right emotion.”On the eve of the book’s publication, Springsteen says he feels the work has a universal appeal.“It’s a very human story,” he says. “We start carrying some of the baggage of our past as small children. And then at some point, we either try to sort it out or outrun it. You can’t outrun it, which is what this character tries to do. And it’s very difficult to sort it out. But it’s the only way to go.”© 2014, The Washington Postcenter_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

DIMONT Poised for Growth in Mortgagerelated Insurance Services

first_img January 22, 2018 607 Views in News, Servicing DIMONT Poised for Growth in Mortgage-related Insurance Services The hurricane season of 2017 saw unprecedented destruction of home and property, with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma claiming numerous homes in their wake. For households whose mortgage included insurance against floods or natural disasters, the claims are being settled at a hectic pace by government agencies and private insurers.Playing its part in this process is DIMONT, one of the country’s leading insurance claims adjusting and collateral loss mitigation services providers for residential mortgage and auto loans, as evidenced by the recovery of more than $2 billion in hazard claims proceeds for its clients since 2010. In October, as part of its commitment to recovering insurance claims easily for its clients, the company launched an online loss drafts portal that enables all parties—including borrowers, servicers, and DIMONT’s claims personnel—to upload claims-related documentation and share case status information electronically. The portal also allows servicers to maintain direct borrower contact through existing call centers.In its quest to deliver quality, drive productivity and create growth for this sector, the Dallas-headquartered company has added several industry experts to its team in recent months, including the most recent addition of Laura MacIntyre as Chief Revenue Officer.In her new role, MacIntyre, a 25-year industry veteran, will oversee key growth areas, including sales and marketing, for DIMONT. As a leader, MacIntyre has led the financial growth and expansion of multiple companies during her illustrious career.“Laura’s track record is exemplary,” said DIMONT President and CEO Denis Brosnan. “She is an innovative and accomplished executive with demonstrated ability to deliver mission critical results. Her contributions will position DIMONT for great success in serving our mortgage and auto clientele.”Most recently, she served as Director of Sales and Operations at DocMagic, where she grew the revenue and market share of the company while successfully deploying their digital strategy to the marketplace. MacIntyre also led significant growth revenue at Fidelity National Financial and Lender Processing Services where she served as COO for both companies.”DIMONT is uniquely positioned to bring disruptive technology to the industry that can help our customers achieve optimization, digitization, efficiency, and increased output at a lower cost. I look forward to showcasing these offerings and demonstrating the great value they bring to the table for our customers,” MacIntyre told MReport. “The culture at DIMONT is absolutely fantastic and I’m excited to work with a group of professionals who are really focused on the customer and on delivering the best service to the industry.”Apart from MacIntyre, DIMONT has expanded its expert team in recent months to include: Lynette Richter, Director, Investor Claims; Suzi Straffon, Director, Engagement Marketing; Steve Garcia, Director, Auto Claims; Holly Baya, Anthony DiStaulo, and Taylor Thurman, Client Development Director(s); and auto industry executive Mark Floyd as a DIMONT board member.“The DIMONT team has never been so well positioned to effectively and efficiently serve our auto and mortgage customers,” said Brosnan. “We look forward to providing professional and innovative solutions to address the collateral protection needs of our clients.”center_img DIMONT Growth Insurance mortgage team 2018-01-22 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact A defensive back from LSU, Mathieu enters the league as one of the more talented and intriguing rookies. In two seasons with the Tigers, he had eight fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles, four interceptions, 133 tackles, 16 passes defensed and six sacks. He also returned 27 punts for 421 yards and two touchdowns. However, Mathieu was dismissed from the team before the 2012 season due to drug-related issues, and he has not played a down of football since.Mathieu is the sixth member of the Cardinals’ 2013 draft class to sign, leaving them with three to go, as first-round pick Jonathan Cooper along with fourth-round selections Alex Okafor and Earl Watford have yet to sign. So grateful & blessed to be apart of #ArizonaCardinalsFamily ! This was a child good dream & now I can…— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) May 23, 2013 – / 33 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals came to an agreement with another one of their draft picks, inking third-round pick Tyrann Mathieu to a four-year deal.Details of the contract were not released, though there was early speculation that it might include no guaranteed money. However, Mathieu’s agent said that would not be the case, and according to’s Ian Rapoport the player will get his full slotted signing bonus, with some of it will be paid up front and the rest coming as roster bonuses. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more