Arsene Wenger Contradicts Bayern Munich’s Claim They Turned Him Down for Managerial Spot

first_imgMunich: Arsene Wenger has contradicted a claim by Bayern Munich that they turned him down for the vacant head coach’s job and accused the defending German champions of a lack of discretion.Bayern need a new coach after Niko Kovac was sacked last Sunday with former Germany assistant Hansi Flick appointed interim boss for Wednesday’s win over Olympiakos and Saturday’s home league game against Dortmund. On Thursday, Bayern put out a statement claiming Wenger had called club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to express interest in replacing Kovac, but said the former Arsenal boss had been turned down.However, Wenger, 70, rejected those version of events and criticised Bayern for leaking “rumours from everywhere”.”My name came out of nowhere,” said Wenger in an interview with beIN Sports on Friday.”On Wednesday, Rummenigge called me, I called back out of courtesy.”We talked for four or five minutes, maximum, and he reported that they signed Flick (as interim coach) for the next two games.”He asked me if I would be interested, because they are looking for a coach.”Wenger says he told Rummenigge that he would think about it and “we decided together” to talk again “next week because I am in Doha until Sunday night. This is the true story.”After a decade as Bayern’s president, Uli Hoeness will step down on Friday and Wenger said Bayern are at a “turning point” with Rummenigge also set to quit as chairman within the coming year.Between them, Hoeness and Rummenigge have helped grow Bayern into one of the most successful clubs in Europe.”It seems that the future is uncertain” at Bayern, said Wenger who added that the German club had always been “very discreet and direct” in the past, “but today (they are) very exposed with rumours coming from everywhere”.Wenger wished Bayern “good luck” in finding a replacement for Kovac.Other candidates for the vacancy, Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, already made it clear last week that they will not join Bayern before at least the end of the season. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Arsene Wengerbayern munichfootballniko kovac First Published: November 9, 2019, 3:13 PM ISTlast_img read more

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BCCI lives to fight another day as Supreme Court reserves order on Lodha recommendations

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and president Anurag Thakur lived to fight another day after the Supreme Court asked the board to give a time-frame by when the Lodha Committee recommendations would be implemented.This is what happened at the apex court, which also deliberated the affidavit filed by Anurag Thakur and dismissed the BCCI’s objection to the one state-one vote recommendation: 15.51 IST: Order reserved on if the bcci top brass should be removed and on other aspects of implementing SC judgement on reforms.  The Court has reserved the order on whether the BCCI top brass should be removed and on other aspects of implementing the Lodha reforms. 15.49 IST: Supreme Court reserves order after BCCI seeks more time to implement Lodha Committee reforms. 15.40 IST: Supreme Court to BCCI: The board has shown defiance and obstruction at every stage. Can BCCI give an undertaking as to in what time frame will they implement the pending reforms.15.37 IST: BCCI lawyer Kapil Sibal to Supreme Court: One-State-One-Vote will lead to corruption- Founding menbers must have voting rights- It is projected as if BCCI is a villain- Not able to get 3/4th majority to implement the LOdha reforms- Reinstating the board is a remedy worse than the disease- Cricket should be allowed to flourish 15.25 IST: Chief Justice of India to BCCI: Tell us which of the recommendations have you implemented so far and which ones would you be implementing, give us a time frame. 15.23 IST: BCCI seeks more time to implement Lodha reforms, saysone-state-one-vote difficult to execute.advertisement15.12 IST: CJI TS Thakur to BCCI: At every stage there appears to be obstruction.15.10 IST: Chief Justice of India to BCCI lawyer Kapil Sibal: You are accusing ICC CEO Dave Richardson of lying. 14.59 IST: Gopal Subramanium says administrators need to be appointed. No options left. 14.52 IST: Gopal Subramaniam points out that in his affidavit Anurag Thakur says he did ask for a clarification from the ICC chairman on outside interference if a CAG nominee is inducted in the apex council but denies asking for any letter from the ICC CEO.Chief Justice Thakur: The fact that Anurag Thakur asked for the letter can be for the argument purpose but not for compliance with the order.  14.41 IST: Supreme Court asks: how Thakur’s affidavit admitting a request for a letter can be reconciled with BCCI’s reply to the Status Report by Ratnakar Shetty, where it was said that no such request can be made. 14.25 IST: Thakur’s affidavit being discussed now. We are waiting to see what the Supreme Court does today. The BCCI president had earlier hinted at falling in line but said he needed more time to ensure the state associations also complied with the Lodha reforms. 13.44 IST: Anurag Thakur, in his affidavit, has denied asking ICC to intervene and say that the Lodha reforms would amount to government interference.    13.39 IST: BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in Supreme Court for the hearing today. Shirke says Anurag Thakur will not be present. The apex court has come down heavily on the BCCI time and again for its rigid stand against the Lodha recommendations. (BCCI refuses to blink again, says will not accept Lodha reforms in totality)In a latest, BCCI president Anurag Thakur has hinted at implementing the Lodha committee recommendations but said the board needs more time to do so. Thakur’s remarks are in contrast to what BCCI decided in its meeting on October 15. Sticking to its guns, the board refused to accept the reforms suggested by the Lodha committee. (BCCI president Thakur now part of ICC’s finance committee)The Supreme Court conducted a hearing on the status report filed by Justice R.M Lodha on the BCCI reform process. The scathing report openly criticises the BCCI for stalling reforms and being in complete contempt of the Supreme Court order. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)Here are the key points of difference between the Lodha Committee and the BCCI.1. Disbursement of funds to state cricket authorities- Lodha Panel recommendation was accepted by the Supreme Court that the board must have a disbursement policy to ensure rational and fair disbursement of funds to the state boards. Earlier during the hearing CJI T.S Thakur had pointed out how some state associations were given disproportionate amount of funds and others starved completely without any reason given. The apex court had also openly alleged political motivations and affiliations working backstage in deciding the allocation of funds. However the Lodha panel alleges that the board is in clear violation of the Supreme Court order. “It has come to the notice of this Committee that despite the express directions of the Committee and the Timelines framed by it, the BCCI has taken decisions ..to disburse large funds to each Association, without framing the Disbursement Policy which was mandatory,” said the report. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)advertisement2. BCCI assured to take up a ‘new memorandum’ however did not keep its promise, instead called a meeting to ‘consider’ the proposed changes. The apex court directions are binding on the BCCI.3. No directions issued to the State authorities for compliance with SC orders. (Supreme Court bars BCCI from giving funds to state associations)4. BCCI did not comply with SC directions on selectors, selection process. (BCCI’s key differences with the Lodha panel)5. Appointment of officials at the BCCI board – SC barred politicians holding public offices, mandated a cooling off period. BCCI made appointment to the post of Secretary in violation of these norms. (BCCI vs Lodha Committee: A timeline)6. Attempt to delay the process of reform, no attempt to cure the defects of the filed review petition or to get it numbered.7. No attempt to comply with one state one vote policy.last_img read more

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Champions League: Liverpool patience pays off with 3-0 win over Maribor

first_imgLiverpool were rewarded for their patience as they eventually overcame some resilient defending from Slovenia’s Maribor to win 3-0 at Anfield in their Champions League Group E match on Wednesday.The result leaves Juergen Klopp’s side top of the group on eight points — one ahead of Sevilla and three clear of Spartak Moscow — and a win in Seville in the next game will secure their place in the last 16.Maribor had learned their lesson after suffering an embarrassing 7-0 home defeat in Slovenia and defended in numbers, keeping a compact shape and allowing Liverpool plenty of possession but few chances.Yet second-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and substitute Daniel Sturridge wrapped up the win and ensured Liverpool did not pay a heavy price for James Milner’s failure to score from the penalty spot.Liverpool were without defender Dejan Lovren and Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who were both ruled out with thigh injuries, and Klopp gave only a second start to former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left of a front three.Liverpool suffered a further injury blow when their Dutch central midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum pulled up with an ankle problem after 17 minutes to be replaced by captain Jordan Henderson.Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic was well protected by his defenders, but had to produce a superb save on the half hour to tip a Roberto Firmino header on to the bar.After a frustrating first half, Liverpool finally broke through in the 49th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross from the right was expertly flicked home by Salah, who leapt to meet the ball and turn it goalward from a tight angle.advertisementThe home side should have doubled their advantage four minutes later when Firmino turned superbly to beat his marker Aleksander Rajcevic, who then brought down the Brazilian inside the area to concede a penalty.Yet Handanovic was up to the task again, guessing right and diving to push Milner’s spot kick on to the post. It was Liverpool’s fourth straight missed penalty at Anfield.The cushion of a second goal arrived though in the 64th minute when Can upped the tempo, playing a swift one-two with Milner before confidently driving home from the edge of the box.Substitute Sturridge made it 3-0 in the final minute when he was spotted, unmarked at the back post by Alberto Moreno following a short corner and had time to control before firing home.last_img read more

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Erin Jackson, Speedskating “Newbie,” is Surprise Olympian

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Erin Jackson is the rawest of Olympic rookies. As a kid careering around roller rinks in Florida, she never dreamed of gold.She just loved going fast on wheels, earning the well-deserved nickname “Speedy.”Spotted by an inline coach one day, Jackson was soon on a team and spent 15 years piling up titles and traveling the world.But inline skaters can only go so far in their sport. There is no grand stage like the Olympics.Last February, Jackson crossed over from inline skating to try the ice for the first time in Salt Lake City. She traveled a well-worn path that had been paved by such inline-to-ice successes as Apolo Ohno, Brittany Bowe and Joey Mantia.Jackson was tabbed to be part of the International Skating Union’s Development Transition Program that aims to help athletes from other sports to adapt to speedskating.“She’s one of the most talented girls I know,” said Bowe, a longtime friend who skated inline with Jackson in their hometown of Ocala, Florida.Jackson had been contemplating the change for a while, but wanted to finish college first. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in materials science and engineering and a natural curiosity about technique in a sport where a thousandth of a second can decide a race.She was already well established on wheels, winning 47 national championships and being named Female Athlete of the Year for roller sports three times.Blades were a different story. Jackson struggled to adapt to skating on the edge of a 1-millimeter-wide blade. The 25-year-old skater stayed in Salt Lake City for a month, then left to spend the summer competing in inline.By September, she was back in Utah. She got better every time out, but saved her biggest improvement for just before the U.S. Olympic trials in January. She planned to compete in Milwaukee only as a way to gauge how she was doing, with her long-term plan to qualify for the 2022 Beijing Games.But she shocked everyone, including herself. Jackson finished third in the 500 meters — consisting of two runs — to claim a spot in the Pyeongchang Olympics.Her times of 39.04 seconds and 39.22 were her first results under 40 seconds.“I surprised myself a lot,” she said. “I really wasn’t expecting any of this, just coming in as a newbie, just trying to do the best I can.”Jackson became the first black woman to compete for the U.S. Olympic long track team.“I’m happy to be someone kids can look to,” Jackson said. “Someone who looks like them.”In sport not known for its diversity, she isn’t alone, either. Shani Davis, the first black athlete to earn an individual gold at the Winter Olympics, is skating long track at his fifth Olympics. Maame Biney, who was born in Ghana, is the first black woman to make the U.S. short-track team.Jackson has been a good sport when people confuse her with Biney, who at 18 is seven years younger.Jackson makes her Olympic debut on Sunday in the 500 at Gangneung Oval, where the Americans have been kept off the podium in the first seven long-track events of the games.“I’m just crazy excited,” she said. “Really excited to get out there for my race and see how things add up.”She was confined to her room at the athletes village during her first days at the games after getting sick. She passed time binging on the Netflix series “Stranger Things” when her roommates moved out, and she skipped the opening ceremony to rest. Now she’s feeling better.“It’s just a matter of making up for the lost time on the ice,” she said. “I haven’t been out there very long total, like, in my life, so every practice that I lose is just like kind of another step back, just things that I have to re-learn.”Clearly, she’s a quick study.—By BETH HARRIS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Grovemade Desk Shelf System is the Handsomest Way to Declutter Your Desk

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep As devices change and evolve, we find that we’re always running out of space for the next great thing.Portland wooden case and accessory manufacture Grovemade has come up with an updated version of their desk system to help solve this problem. Enter the Grovemade Desk Shelf System.The four-piece collection is made from premium, all-natural materials and is the result of months of research concerning how professionals work and organize their environments. We’re talking lots of cork, wood, and aluminum as beautiful, thought-out finishes.“You shouldn’t need to bulldoze your things out of the way to get to work,” said Grovemade co-founder Ken Tomita through a press release.It starts with the Desk Shelf, which raises your monitor to a more appropriate eye level and frees space on the top of the desk for extra storage. The Walnut Desk Shelf features blackened cork hand-dipped into sumi ink, which results in a handsome black hue. The Maple Desk Shelf is lighter in appearance and takes its cues from the natural cork color.Next, the Wool Felt Laptop Lift is an excellent place setting for the core piece of your office environment: the computer. German merino wool felt and authentic full-grain leather help protect the exterior of your computer from scrapes and dings with movement. A similarly built Desk Pad makes a great coaster or home to a wireless mouse.Lastly, the Desk Tray gives a home to smaller items like pens, pencils and a notepad that seemingly find themselves all over traditional desks.The entire setup would surely give you the best-looking college dorm on campus or even for a new apartment. It’s a great way to get maximum functionality out of a minimum setup without breaking the bank. Each piece is available separately, but the entire collection can be had for under $400.Everything is lightweight too, so transport is a breeze.All these stellar design pieces are on sale now over at Grovemade’s online store. Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Knowlast_img read more

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Seventh Home Cook of Season 5 Exits the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen on

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook TORONTO – The pressure was on as esteemed MASTERCHEF CANADA judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung revealed that Marissa Leon-John, Tech Support Manager from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., would be the seventh home cook to relinquish her white apron and depart the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen. With six home cooks remaining in the competition, MASTERCHEF CANADA returns next week on Tuesday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 MT on CTV and CTV GO.Faced with a massive Mystery Box as the Top 7 home cooks entered the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen, the home cooks receive an unexpected surprise when the judges opened the box to reveal the stars of the hit comedy series CORNER GAS ANIMATED, including Brent Butt, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Lorne Cardinal, and Nancy Robertson.In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, “On the Line of Fire” (Tuesday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 MT on CTV and CTV GO), the Top 6 home cooks face a super-charged Restaurant Takeover Team Challenge at Judge Claudio Aprile’s Toronto restaurant, Copetin. The teams must make two technically demanding appetizers and two entrées for a restaurant filled with discerning dinner guests. After the Restaurant Takeover, the home cooks return to the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen where the teams learn their fate; the losing team is left to compete in a sweet and precise Pressure Test that will see one of the home cooks sent home. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The remaining Top 6 home cooks vying for the title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 cash prize are:Eugene Cheng, Financial Advisor and Rowing Coach from Vancouver, B.C.Kaegan Donnelly, Software Sales from Vancouver, B.C.Michael Griffiths, Mathematician from Richmond Hill, Ont.Andy Hay, Small Business Owner from Dartmouth, N.S.Nadia Rehman, Account Executive from Markham, Ont.Beccy Stables, Tile Setter Assistant from Sherwood Park, Alta.Fans are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada throughout the season for exclusive content, including background on this season’s finalists and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. CTV.ca also offers viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season’s challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.Throughout Season 5, viewers across the country can satisfy their MASTERCHEF CANADA cravings by tuning to the series’ previous seasons, now streaming on CraveTV™. Following the finale of Season 5 on CTV, the current season of MASTERCHEF CANADA will be available in its entirety on CraveTV, and is also slated to air on Gusto this summer (check local listings).Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA has also partnered with Chefs Plate and SPLENDA® Sweeteners.The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam. MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Co-President Cathie James is the Executive Producer and Showrunner and Co-President Lesia Capone is Executive Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:#MasterChefCanada@CTV_Television@MasterChefCDAMichael Bonachini – @Michael BonaciniAlvin Leung – @TheDemonChefClaudio Aprile – @ClaudioAprileFacebook:Facebook.com/CTVFacebook.com/MasterChefCDAInstagram:@ctv_television@MasterChefCDAEugene Cheng – @eugeneachengKaegan Donnelly – @kaeganMichael Griffiths – @michaelsfoodexperienceAndy Hay – @andyseastcoastkitchen_Nadia Rehman – @nadzlandBeccy Stables – @beccystableslast_img read more

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Over 5 million in grant funding for local communities

Every year, the Local Issues Conference focuses on empowering local communities and elected officials to transform the lives of those they serve.DLG is proud to award these grants and provide critical resources for communities to continue moving Kentucky forward, said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG):Related Article: Division of Waste Management announces grant recipients• $1,000,000: City of Vanceburg, Lewis County, for major waste water system improvements.• $835,000: City of Mortons Gap, Hopkins County, for water system infrastructure improvements.• $508,000: Mason County, on behalf of the Maysville Mason County Industrial Association, for the purchase of radio frequency welding equipment to boost economic development.• $1,000,000: Simpson County, on behalf of the Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority, to expand water and wastewater infrastructure.The CDBG program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.Flood Control Matching Grant Program:• $656,980: Pike County, to assist with implementation of a floodplain management program.• $425,000: Pulaski County, on behalf of Above 2019 Aerial Photography Acquisition, to secure current and accurate elevation data for 63 counties across central and eastern Kentucky.The Flood Control Program uses state bond funds as grants to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with flood mitigation projects funded by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and USDA Rural Development.Energy and Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Grant:• $100,000: Bell County, to make improvements to the courthouse that will result in both energy savings and a reduction in operational expenses.• $100,000: Johnson County, to make improvements to local buildings that will result in both energy savings and a reduction in operational expenses.• $68,350: Butler County, to implement lighting upgrades to public facilities.• $84,028: Woodford County, for energy savings measures including HVAC upgrades, control upgrades, and LED lighting replacement.The EEC Grant program is part of an ongoing effort by DLG in cooperation with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Energy Development and Independence to assist city and county governments to reduce energy consumption and lower overall utility costs.Recreational Trails Program:• $250,000: Menifee County, to improve the safety of nearly 21 miles of water trail at Cave Run Lake. Grants Image via MGN Online FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – At the annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference the Department of Local Government (DLG) Commissioner announced over $5 million in grant funding for Kentucky communities. The grants will fund community projects across the state, ranging from infrastructure improvements to flood control projects and energy conservation initiatives.- Advertisement – read more

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Bosnia and Herzegovina coal mine opts for more Terex Trucks ADTs

first_imgExisting Terex Trucks customer, Rudnik Uglja Gracanica has purchased two additional TA300 articulated dump trucks for hauling coal at the company’s Gracanica mine in Bosnia and Herzegovina, bringing the total of Terex Trucks in the fleet to nine. The 28 t capacity TA300s will work two shifts per day hauling coal from the pit to the storage yard. The coal is then transported to a power plant by on-highway trucks or rail. Situated 9 km northwest of Bugojno, the Gracanica mine measures 2,000 m by 800 m alongside the River Vrbas.“These new Terex Trucks are a welcome addition to our truck fleet, joining seven TA30s already working on the mine,” said Eldin Mustajbegovic, Head of Mechanical Maintenance, at Rudnik Uglja Gracanica. “The trucks are fuel-efficient and have proven to be extremely productive, so we’re looking forward to putting the new TA300s to work.”Terex Trucks states: “A proven performer in the toughest applications, the Terex Trucks TA300 is equipped with independent front suspension to enable excellent traction control, making it ideal for the rocky Bosnian and Herzegovina coal mine.” The articulated dump truck has a maximum payload of 28 t, and 276 kW engine power.The TA300s are being supplied by Terex Trucks dealer LAGER D.O.O. Headquartered in Bosnia and Herzegovina, LAGER D.O.O covers countries throughout south-east Europe including Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia and Albania.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door…1. #DISTRESSED MORTGAGES: AIB is to grant the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation (IMHO) €150,000 towards the running of a new third-party body that will advise distressed mortgage holders. The move is part of the bank’s attempts to increase engagement with distressed borrowers.2. #TV3: The TV3 Group which represents TV3 and 3e, reported profits of €1.4 million for 2012. That is up 52 per cent on 2011’s profit of €900,000.3. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The Justice Minister Alan Shatter indicated the vote on gay marriage may be delayed until early 2015, stating it might be best to keep 2014 referendum-free.4. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: The National Trust charity, An Taisce has written to the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste with its concerns over the site of the planned National Children’s Hospital, stating that the project will fall foul of the planning laws, as it won’t be co-located with a maternity hospital.5. #AER LINGUS: Cabin crew in Aer Lingus voted in favour of industrial action today by a margin of 91 per cent.last_img read more

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Intels Haswell NUC does 4K video in a 4inch box

first_imgGood things come in small packages — like Intel’s Next Unit of Computing. That’s especially true for the new NUC D54250WYK, which packs 4K video processing power into its tiny chassis.So what do you get in this tiny package? Like a lot of barebones rigs, there’s a soldered CPU — in this case a Haswell Core i5-4250U with a maximum Turbo Boost speed of 2.6GHz. The mainboard also features two SODIMM sockets that can handle up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a SATA port, two PCIe connectors, four USB 3.0 ports (two front, two rear), and gigabit Ethernet.It’s also ready for HDTV hookups, with a mini HDMI port and mini DisplayPort. Either one should suffice for 4K video output — which is no problem thanks to the chip’s integrated Intel HD 5000 graphics. There’s also an infrared sensor on the front of the NUC for receiving commands for your snazzy Logitech Harmony.At just four inches square, you shouldn’t have any trouble making room for the NUC in your entertainment center, either. Concerned that even the small amount of noise the little guy will produce might disrupt your big-screen gaming or movie watching? No worries, there are companies that make silent cases for the NUC.The Haswell-powered NUC should make a nice little DIY Steam Box, and the timing couldn’t be better — what with Valve recently announcing family-friendly sharing. You’ll get plenty of use out of the system, too: Intel’s providing three full years of warranty coverage.Intel hasn’t offered up a release date or pricing information yet, but the original NUC was priced pretty competitively at around $400. You can expect that to be true this time around, too.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img Mar 31st 2017, 4:58 PM Image: Shutterstock/Alexey Seleznev http://jrnl.ie/3317637 No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Alexey Seleznev EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #TRANSPORT: Dublin Bus and Irish Rail seemed to have returned to normal service after some workers refused to pass Bus Éireann pickets.2. #BALLOT: Bus Éireann’s school bus drivers will be asked if they want to join the strike action, escalating the crisis at the company.3. #DENIS O’BRIEN: The businessman has lost his High Court case against the Dáil and the State.4. #NÓIRÍN O’SULLIVAN: The garda commissioner was asked a lot of questions by the Justice committee – here’s how she answered them.5. #DENTAL PLAN: Self-employed people are now entitled to a free dental and optical check-up. Share3 Tweet Email The 5 at 5: Friday 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock… By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 31 Mar 2017, 4:58 PM Short URL 6,604 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Trump vows to hit Taliban harder than ever on 911 anniversary

first_img Wed 3:41 PM Trump vows to hit Taliban ‘harder’ than ever on 9/11 anniversary It has been 18 years since Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four US commercial airliners. Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 3:41 PM US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has said that a US military assault against the Taliban in Afghanistan is to continue just five days after he scrapped peace talks.Speaking at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Trump said that over “the last four days” US forces have “hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue.”Trump said the assault was ordered after he canceled secret peace talks with the Taliban over the weekend in retaliation for a bomb attack that killed one US soldier last week.It has been 18 years since Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four US commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.Like Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Trump marked today with the war still ongoing. In a proclamation marking the anniversary as “Patriot Day”, Trump reflected on how many Americans recall the moment when the terror group conducted the largest attack on American soil, killing nearly 3,000 people.“A beautiful September morning was marred by stark disbelief, agonising sorrow, and profound suffering,” Trump said in a statement. “America’s strength, courage, and compassion, however, never wavered.”Moment of silenceWith the American flag flying atop the White House at half-staff, Trump participated in a moment of silence on the South Lawn with first lady Melania Trump and dozens of members of the executive branch. He then headed to a commemoration at the Pentagon, where he laid a wreath and observed another moment of silence.The moment of silence at the Pentagon traditionally is observed at 9.37 a.m., when one of the hijacked airliners was flown into the headquarters for the US military.Trump told families that “this is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss,” and he said that their loved ones “will never ever be forgotten.”Members of Congress held their own moment of silence on Capitol Hill. Vice President Mike Pence was to deliver remarks at a commemorative service in Shanksville.Less than a month after the terror attacks, Bush announced on 7 October 2011 that US and British troops had begun striking Afghanistan for harboring the Al-Qaeda terrorists blamed for 9/11.The massive air campaign initially targeted troops, training camps and air defences of the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan under a harsh version of Islamic law from 1996 and hosted Osama bin Laden as the masterminded the Sept 11 attacks.For nearly a year, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has been negotiating with the Taliban on issues including a US troop withdrawal and Taliban guarantees to keep Afghanistan from again becoming a launch pad for global terror attacks.Those talks came to an abrupt halt last weekend when Trump tweeted that he had cancelled talks with the Taliban and members of the Afghan government at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.It’s unclear if the US -Taliban talks will resume, but Trump has said he wants to withdraw about 5,000 of the 14,000 US service members still in Afghanistan. More than 2,400 American service members have been killed in the conflict.Ground ZeroIn New York, meanwhile, the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11 2001 were remembered in a solemn ceremony at Ground Zero where hijacked Al-Qaeda planes brought down the Twin Towers.Relatives of victims, police officers, firefighters and city leaders gathered at the National September 11 Memorial to mark the anniversary of the deadliest single attack on US soil.They held poignant moments of silence at 8:46 am and 9:03 am, the precise times that the passenger jets struck the North and South Towers.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and his predecessors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani were among those who attended.In what has become an annual tradition, relatives began reading out the long list of those who were killed, saying a few words about those who died, in a ceremony that takes almost four hours.“We love you, we miss you and you will always be America’s heroes,” said one woman after reading out the names of her brother and cousin.Relatives hugged and consoled each other and left roses at the memorial. Some held up placards with images of their loved ones who were killed.Bagpipes played as police officers walked into the ceremony carrying the US flag before the US national anthem was played.With reporting from Associated Press 16,253 Views Share6 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4804918 By AFP Image: Evan Vucci/PA Images Short URL Image: Evan Vucci/PA Images 38 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Facebook le cerveau humain ne pourrait pas gérer plus de 150 amis

first_imgFacebook : le cerveau humain ne pourrait pas gérer plus de 150 amisQu’importe la cote de popularité de certains sur Facebook : la science prouve que nous sommes tous logés à la même enseigne en ce qui concerne notre réseau social.Le professeur Rubin Dunbar, de l’Université d’Oxford, vient contrarier quelque peu l’idéologie des inconditionnels de Facebook. Le scientifique vient de rendre les conclusions de son étude sur les groupements sociaux à travers les siècles. Celle-ci s’attarde sur le phénomène Facebook et démontre qu’il est impossible, pour le cerveau humain, d’entretenir un lien social avec plus de 150 amis, quel que soit le niveau de sociabilité.Selon lui, le néocortex, zone du cerveau qui gère la pensée consciente et le langage, serait responsable de cette restriction. Il n’y aurait donc aucune différence entre les membres du site qui posséderaient des milliers d’amis et ceux qui n’en auraient “que” quelques centaines.D’autre part, les femmes seraient plus douées pour les relations sociales sur Facebook que les hommes. Ces messieurs auraient en effet davantage besoin de se rencontrer physiquement pour maintenir le contact.Les conclusions du Pr. Dunbar, qui devraient être publiées cette année, sont attendues par les psychologues qui souhaitent prévenir les utilisateurs des effets néfastes du site. Ce dernier serait, en effet, à l’origine de conduites addictives et causerait un sentiment d’insécurité chez certaines personnes.Le 31 janvier 2010 à 12:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Du brocoli pour lutter contre larthrose

first_imgDu brocoli pour lutter contre l’arthrose ?Une équipe de scientifiques suggère que manger du brocoli pourrait permettre de lutter contre l’arthrose en ralentissant sa progression. Ceci grâce à un composé appelé glucoraphanine, présent en grandes quantités dans le légume.Malgré ses petites fleurs et sa belle couleur verte, le brocoli fait partie des légumes les moins appréciés des enfants comme des adultes. Et c’est bien dommage car ce chou recèle de nombreux bienfaits. Peu calorique, il est particulièrement riche en fer, en protéines et en vitamines C, K et B9. Pas étonnant donc que des scientifiques s’y intéressent de près pour  découvrir quelles applications médicales il est possible d’en faire. Dans une nouvelle étude publiée par la revue Arthritis & Rheumatism, des scientifiques de l’Université East Anglia au Royaume-Uni révèlent ainsi que le brocoli pourrait s’avérer bénéfique contre une maladie devenue assez fréquente : l’arthrose. Consommer de façon régulière, le légume serait capable de ralentir la progression de la destruction du cartilage et même de jouer un rôle préventif. Tout ceci grâce à une molécule bien particulière appelée “glucopharanine”.Le brocoli est particulièrement riche en ce composé. Or, lorsque celui-ci est ingéré, il est transformé, grâce à une enzyme, en une autre molécule appelée “sulforaphane” qui aurait des propriétés anti-microbiennes et anti-cancer. Selon les nouveaux travaux, ce composé pourrait également freiner la destruction du cartilage responsable de l’arthrose en limitant notamment les inflammations. Une étude clinique toujours en cours Pour en arriver là, les scientifiques ont mené une première étude qui a consisté à donner à des souris une alimentation riche en sulforaphane. Ils ont alors observé que les rongeurs montraient bien moins de problèmes de cartilage que ceux qui n’avaient pas été nourris au sulforaphane. Pour prolonger leurs travaux, les scientifiques ont donné à manger à une vingtaine de candidats humains souffrant d’arthrose du genou des brocolis génétiquement modifiés. Ces légumes étaient issus d’un croisement entre un brocoli ordinaire et un autre, originaire de Sicile. Baptisé Beneforte, ce superbrocoli contenait deux à trois fois plus de glucopharanine qu’un brocoli normal. L’expérience a commencé il y a deux semaines seulement et se poursuit encore. Aussi, il faudra attendre avant de savoir si les résultats confirment ou non l’efficacité thérapeutique du brocoli.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Jusqu’à maintenant, les recherches ont échoué à montrer que la nourriture diététique pouvait réduire la progression de l’arthrose. Alors si ces résultats se vérifiaient également chez les humains, ce serait une grande découverte”, a expliqué Alan Silman, professeur au Centre de recherche sur l’arthrose au Royaume-Uni cité par le Huffington Post. Le brocoli et le sulforaphane pourrait alors peut-être permettre de soulager les personnes qui souffrent d’arthrose voire de prévenir son apparition.Une alternative pour éviter la chirurgie ? “Bien que la chirurgie soit très efficace [contre l’arthrose], ce n’est pas vraiment une solution. Dès que vous avez de l’arthrose, être capable de ralentir sa progression et le besoin d’une chirurgie est très important. De la prévention serait préférable et des changements de mode de vie, comme l’alimentation, pourrait être le seul moyen de faire cela”, a ajouté de son côté Ian Clark, qui a participé à l’étude. Ce changement d’alimentation pourrait être d’autant plus bénéfique que pour l’exemple particulier du brocoli, ce n’est pas le seul effet positif qui est en jeu. En effet, d’après les spécialistes, le brocoli serait également très efficace contre les maladies cardio-vasculaires, contre le cancer, l’obésité, le diabète et il contribuerait à ralentir le vieillissement en ralentissant le déclin des performances des mitochondries, les “fabriques à énergie” des cellules.Le 30 août 2013 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews PROFESSOR MARSTON THE WONDER WOMEN

first_img Is Professor Marston & The Wonder Women good?It’s excellent – one of the best and most interesting dramas of the year.Wow! So, um… what IS this, exactly?A historical biopic of Professor William Moulton Marston.And he was…?A Harvard psychology professor credited with developing DISC Theory and as the inventor of the lie detector who eventually became best known as the creator of Wonder Woman.Ah! Okay. But… this is NOT connected to the recent Wonder Woman movie, right?Not in any official capacity, no. It is not.So what makes his story so interesting that we’re getting his biography movie before, say, Stan Lee or the guys who did Superman?Well… y’know how when the public morality crusaders were going after superhero comics in the late-40s, and early-50s and writers got dragged in front of committees. They had to testify that “No, Batman & Robin are not supposed to be gay!” or “No, Superman is not actually communist propaganda!”?I’ve heard about that, yes.Well… William Marston had a much more complicated time grappling with those sorts of accusations.How so?Because Wonder Woman actually WAS, to Marston, a vehicle through which he sought to explore and impart his then-radical theories on human psychology, gender, feminism, sexuality and societal relationships. He literally described the character as “psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.” Additionally, his original conception of Wonder Woman expressed and fought for these ideals through metaphors of bondage, dominance and submission roleplay developed in part through collaboration with his wife Elizabeth and their mutual female partner Olive Byrne; with whom they are widely believed to have lived in a committed, BDSM-practicing three-way romantic relationship.…Oh.Should I assume that’s an “I now want to know more about this movie” ‘oh?’Yeah, let’s go with that.Luke Evans and Rebecca Hall are William and Elizabeth, whom we first meet as married researchers at Harvard developing their early version of the lie-detector. When the professor develops a crush on Bella Heathcoates’ Olive after she turns up as one of his student volunteers, Elizabeth takes it. Interestingly (“I’m your wife, not your jailer,” she tells her husband, only to then take a more prohibitive tone with the younger woman) and the three become fast friends. Only to be thrown a curveball when the less-naive-than-she-appears Olive declares that she’s actually fallen in love with BOTH of them.Soon enough, the three have leapt wholeheartedly into a passionate and genuinely sweet (if unconventional, especially for the time) family unit that includes an ever-expanding roster of children and an increasingly urgent need for Marston to both provide for and protect his loved ones. Eventually hitting on the inspiration to create a comic-book heroine that could earn them some money and also (maybe!) make the world of tomorrow a little more tolerant in the process.…Huh. Well, a whole bunch of the more unusual stuff from those comics suddenly makes a lot more sense.Amusingly, DC Comics (and now Warner Bros) have spent the better part of the last several decades working really, REALLY hard to avoid a lot of extended conversation about any of this. But even though they’ve become more open to the acknowledging this aspect of Wonder Woman’s mythos (see: Grant Morrison’s recent “Earth One” comic series), it’s still fairly surprising that they haven’t tried to distance themselves from this particular film – not even making a fuss about the distributor (Annapurna Pictures) more-or-less openly pitching it as a companion piece to the recent movie.So it’s an interesting story – but what makes it a good movie?It’s a fascinating character study of intriguing people realized through great performances: The always under-appreciated Evans renders Marston as one part swaggering charismatic stud and one part sheepishly grinning overgrown teenager who can’t quite believe this is his real life. Heathcoate continues to impress as the woman who’s quietly formidable even before she understands her own power. But the MVP is absolutely Hall, who’s giving a next-level performance.What makes her the standout?She has the most complicated character – a thoroughly modern woman (especially for the 1940s!) who believes herself to be the most self-aware, open-minded, progressively-inclined person possible… but who, when confronted with unexpected feelings about her sexuality and how she may wish to express it, finds herself wrestling with surprising self-prejudice against her own desires. That’s an intriguing space to explore, and it makes her the focal point of the main dramatic arc: Can William and Olive (idealistic romantics by contrast) help her to accept what she wants and embrace her own happiness? But what’s really remarkable is how “normal” it’s all presented.How so?Well… it’s not often you see a movie where the term “radical feminist” is deployed as an unironic compliment, or that name-drops Margaret Sanger the way other historical biopics might toss out “You know THE Elvis Presley!?” But more specifically, the film’s central iconic scene involves our title character beaming with pride as his wife is seduced and/or gently “coached” into realizing her innate capacity as a dominatrix by their mutual girlfriend. And rather than being played as lurid, sleazy, “weird” or voyeuristic it’s presented with the sort of gauzy cinematography, golden-hued lighting and soaring, inspirational music you’d expect from a scene about someone discovering their hidden talent for dancing or painting or playing an instrument. That, plus the way it presents the trio’s struggle with prejudice against their family and lifestyle in the same righteous terms earlier films presented the tribulations of interracial couples or gay marriage, feels fairly profound – maybe even revolutionary.How much of this is true?The details of how Marston got into comic-book writing in the first place have been streamlined and romanticized a bit to emphasize the idea of Wonder Woman being inspired by Olive, Elizabeth, and their history together; which has long been a popular fan-theory but isn’t 100% known to be a hard fact. Also, accounts vary as to what their friends/family knew of their “real” relationship, since they did keep their lives very private – so there’s a certain degree of conjecture and dramatic license at play.And you recommend it?Without reservation. This is a terrific film: Thoughtful, provocative, funny, moving, smart, sexy, subtly subversive yet welcoming and audience-friendly. It’s easily among the best dramas I’ve seen this year and certainly one of the most unique.Let’s say I’m a Wonder Woman fan who wouldn’t necessarily be interested in a historical drama about prejudice against alternative families – would you still recommend it in that case?I would, yes – for adult fans, obviously. I’d even call it a fitting companion piece to the recent Wonder Woman movie: That film became the surprise mega-success of the Summer in part by faithfully embracing a lot the progressive, still-radical spirit of the source material. And this film offers an affirming, quietly powerful rendering of the remarkable lives where that spirit came from.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

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Motorola is profitable after years of struggles says Lenovo

first_img $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. 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 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7:25 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo bought Motorola in 2014 for $2.91 billion.   Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Motorola is… back? As the rest of the smartphone industry grapples with declining sales, in its fourth-quarter earnings Lenovo revealed that its mobile business group — which houses Motorola — had a profitable year and its second straight profitable quarter. While still nowhere near as strong as the company’s PC business, Lenovo says the mobile unit was “profitable starting from the second half of the year thanks to a clear focus on selected markets, a competitive product portfolio and expense control.” The quarter, which saw the launch of the Moto G7 line of midrange smartphones and the 5G moto mod for Verizon’s Moto Z3, resulted in revenue returning to “year-on-year growth for the first time after five quarters.” It’s been a long road back for Motorola, which was bought by Google for $12.5 billion in 2012 only to be sold to Lenovo for $2.91 billion in 2014. The company has continued to release new phones during all the tumult, building a strong brand around its affordable G-series line. Its Moto G6 is currently listed as the second best-seller on Amazon for unlocked cellphones. The growth and profitably comes as Motorola is rumored to be prepping multiple new phone releases. A successor to the Z3 has recently been leaked and rumors continue to build that the company is planning to release a foldable Razr phone this year.  $59 at eBay Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET See It 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. $999 See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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 at Amazon 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. Angela Lang/CNET Read the AirPods review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Chris Monroe/CNET Apple iPhone XS Motorola,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. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $155 at Google Express Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $60 at Best Buy 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 Rylo camera preview 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. 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. $299 at Amazon See It Tags Comments Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 See it $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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). Amazon Rylo The Cheapskate 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Phones 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. 7 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Turo See at Turo 5 Now playing: Watch this: TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Moto G7 review: A budget phone doesn’t get better than…last_img read more

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Tata Group shares could open with losses on Thursday here is why

first_imgCyrus Mistry has dropped a bombshell that could send Tata Group shareholders scurrying for cover when stock markets open on Thursday. Coming out all guns blazing on the 148-year-old Tata Group, the ousted chairman of Tata Sons said that select companies are staring at cumulative impairments of about Rs 1,18,000 crore.These companies are Tata Motors, Tata Steel Europe, Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), Tata Power Mundra and Tata Teleservices. “…the capital employed in these companies has risen from Rs 1,32,000 crore to Rs 1,96,000 crore (due to operational losses, interest and capex). This figure is close to the networth of the group, which is at Rs 1,74,000 crore. A realistic assessment of the fair value these businesses could potentially result in a write down overtime of about Rs 1,18,000 crore,” Mistry said in his lengthy letter addressed to directors of Tata Sons.Tata Motors closed 4.27 percent lower at Rs 529.50; Tata Steel down 4.01 percent at Rs 398.85; Tata Power ended 2.06 percent at Rs 80.65 and IHCL at Rs 121.40, down 3.38 percent.Slamming the holding company of the $103 billion Tata Group, Mistry said the board of directors “has not covered itself in glory” for the manner in which he was removed from his post without giving him an opportunity to defend himself or explain his position.Potentially costly exit from telecom bizOn the Group’s telecom business, Mistry said, “Of all the companies in the portfolio, the telecom business has been haemorrhaging. If we were to exit this business via fire sale or shutdown, the cost would be USD 4-5 billion. This is in addition to any payout to Docomo of at least a billion plus dollars.”Tata Power’s Mundra projectHe also highlighted the potential losses out of Tata Power’s Mundra project. “Tata Power aggressively bid for the Mundra project based on low-priced Indonesian coal. As regulations changed, the losses in 2013-14 alone amounted to Rs 1,500 crore. Given that Mundra constitutes Rs 18,000 crore of capital employed, this substantially depresses the return on capital for Tata Power as well as carries the risk of considerable future impairment.”Oblique reference to old guard “…I had to take many tough decisions with sensitive care to the group’s reputation as well as containing panic amidst internal and external stakeholders. Apart from hotels, the group made several exits…I had to ease out hangers-on who are prone to flaunt their proximity to power,” Mistry said.Fraud at AirAsia “Board members are also aware that in the case of AirAsia, ethical concerns have been raised with respect to certain transactions as well as the overall prevailing culture within the organisation. A recent forensic investigation revealed fraudulent transactions of Rs 22 crore involving non-existent parties in India and Singapore. Executive trustee Mr Venkatraman, who is on the board of AirAsia and also a shareholder in the company, considered these transactions as non-material and did not encourage further study. It was only at the insistence of independent directors, one of whom immediately submitted his resignation, that the board decided belatedly to file a first information report,” he said in his address to Tata Sons.last_img read more

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RIL Q1 consolidated net profit up by 68 to Rs 10104 cr

first_imgReuters fileReliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) on Friday reported a 6.8 per cent increase in its consolidated net profit for the quarter that ended on June 30 of the financial year 2019-20, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.Accordingly, the company’s consolidated net profit (attributed to the owners of the company) during the first quarter of FY 2019-20 rose to Rs 10,104 crore, against Rs 9,459 crore reported during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.The company reported consolidated revenue of Rs 1,72,956 crore during the quarter under review, up 22.1 per cent from Rs 1,41,699 crore on a YoY basis.According to the company, growth in revenue was led by a sharp increase in revenue from “Digital Services and Retail business”, which recorded an increase of 55 per cent YoY and 48 per cent YoY respectively.Besides, higher refinery throughput on a YoY basis contributed to the increase in revenue for the refining business.On a standalone basis, the RIL reported a rise of 2.4 per cent on a YoY basis to Rs 9,036 crore from Rs 8,820 crore reported during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.Commenting on the results, Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited said: “Our first-quarter earnings were strong despite weak global macroeconomic environment and challenging hydrocarbon market conditions. Our downstream businesses delivered resilient performance in an environment of slower demand growth and incremental supplies”.”The performance reflects the benefits of deep refining and petrochemicals integration, chain economics and feedstock flexibility.” RIL Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani.Youtube screenshot/RILFurther Ambani, the company continues to make major strides in its retail anddigital services businesses led by a focus on growth markets with offerings in the right product segments and compelling value proposition.A”We are pleased with the robust growth both in revenues and operating income for Reliance Retail. Our digital services business continues to transform the mobility market in India while scaling newer milestones,” Ambani said.Reliance retail’s revenue for Q1 FY20 grew by 47.5 per cent YoY to Rs 38,196 crore as against Rs 25,890 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year.Reliance Retail operated 10,644 stores across 6,700 plus towns and cities, with an area of 23 million sq.ft.”Rapid store expansion particularly in Tier 3 or Tier 4 markets, stronger value proposition and catchment focused assortment have been key drivers for robust growth in the retail business,” the company said in a statement.last_img read more

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Meditation may ease stress of Thai cave survivors

first_imgThis Monday, 2 July 2018, file image released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, shows the missing boys and their soccer coach as they were found in a dark, partially flooded cave, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand. The group was discovered 2 July after 10 days totally cut off from the outside world, and while they are for the most physically healthy, experts say the ordeal has likely taken a mental toll that could worsen the longer the situation lasts. Photo : APBefore the 25-year-old was a coach to the young boys on the Wild Boars soccer team – 12 of whom are trapped alongside him – he spent a decade as a saffron-robed Buddhist monk. He still stays at the temple from time to time and will meditate with the monks there each day.At a gilded temple in Thailand’s mountainous north, Ekapol Chanthawong honed a skill that will serve him well as he sits trapped underground in a dark cave: meditation.Before the 25-year-old was a coach to the young boys on the Wild Boars soccer team – 12 of whom are trapped alongside him – he spent a decade as a saffron-robed Buddhist monk. He still stays at the temple from time to time and will meditate with the monks there each day.”He could meditate up to an hour,” said his aunt, Tham Chanthawong. “It has definitely helped him and probably helps the boys to stay calm.”More than 288 hours have passed since Ekapol and the boys got trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave by monsoon floodwaters on 23 June after they went exploring. The group was discovered 2 July  after 10 days totally cut off from the outside world, and while they are for the most physically healthy, experts say the ordeal has likely taken a mental toll that could worsen the longer the situation lasts.”It’s very likely that while the boys were in the cave but not yet discovered by rescuers that they experienced various degrees of anxiety, fear, confusion, vulnerability and dependency, and perhaps hopelessness,” said Paul Auerbach, of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University’s medical school.Videos taken inside the cave show the boys, aged 11-16, and their coach interacting with Thai navy SEAL divers, who have been sent in to supply them, provide medical care and to keep them company. Though they are visibly skinny and weak, the boys and their coach appear to be in good spirits, smiling for the camera as the SEALs crack jokes.Still the group is unable to leave and there is no timeline for their extraction. The only way out of the cave at this time would be for the boys to dive through the same complicated route of narrow passageways that their rescuers entered, something that is extremely dangerous even for expert divers let alone children with no such experience. Yet it is something being considered with storms on the way that could worsen the floods.Cave rescue experts have said it could be safest to simply supply the boys where they are for now, and wait for the water to go down either naturally or by pumping. That could take months, however, given that Thailand’s rainy season typically lasts through October.”Being discovered was a moment of elation,” Auerbach said, “but that is now followed by the reality that a difficult technical rescue might be necessary, which carries with it disappointment for the boys and a new set of fears.”Experts say the Wild Boars come into their situation with some advantages, including their youth, their group identity and, yes, their coach’s experience with meditation.”Adolescents are especially social creatures, and having friends with them as well as their coach would be a tremendous help,” said David Spiegel, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University’s medical school.The boys and their coach are known to be a tight-knit group who go on adventures, including swimming in waterfalls, cycling trips through the mountains, river rafting and cave exploring.Experts say Ekapol’s meditation – a mainstay of the Buddhist faith – likely served the group well.”I’d speculate it could be helpful – even if it functioned solely as a way for the children to feel like their coach was doing something to help them,” said Michael Poulin, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “Feeling loved and cared for is paramount.”Spiegel agreed that meditation could help those trapped manage their mental state, “allowing their fearful and negative thoughts to flow through them like a storm passing, rather than fighting their fear.”Aisha Wiboonrungrueng, whose 11-year-old son Chanin is trapped in the cave, has no doubt that Ekapol’s calm personality has influenced the boys’ state of mind.”Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting. No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing,” she said, referring a video that captured the moment the boys were found.Omar Reygadas, who spent 69 days trapped underground in Chile in 2010 with 32 other miners, said faith and prayer, as well as humor were very important to the miners at times when they doubted they would get out.”They shouldn’t be ashamed to be scared,” he said of the boys. “Because we were scared, too. Our tears also ran. Even as adult men, we cried.”If safety concerns force the boys to stay in the cave for an extended period, it will be important to their mental health for there to be organization and daily routines, said John Fairbank, a psychiatry professor and co-director of the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.He said that could include “daily hygiene routines, regular meal times, age-appropriate cognitive activities, regular physical exercise to the extent feasible in limited space, religious/spiritual practices, and specific times for daily briefings on their situation and for communicating with their families.”All the experts agreed that the group will continue to face challenges even after they make it out of the cave.Thailand’s Department of Mental Health said hospitals are making preparations to care for the boys’ and will monitor them until their mental health is fully regained. They are also working with the families to prepare for how to interact with the boys once they get out, such as not digging for details about what they endured.”Their re-entry into the world outside the cave will predictably be one of massive attention from family, friends and the media,” Auerbach said, noting it could be overwhelming. “The world soon loses interest and moves on to the next story, so it is extremely important that these survivors not be forgotten and be closely monitored so that they can receive the best possible support.”last_img read more

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Facebook Buildings Evacuated After Sarin Scare Tests Find No Toxic Material in

first_imgUPDATED, 7/2: Facebook evacuated four buildings at its Menlo Park, Calif., campus Monday after equipment at the company’s mail-processing facility detected a package that might have contained sarin, a potentially lethal nerve agent.According to Facebook, tests came back negative for sarin and other toxic material.“Authorities have confirmed test results were negative for any potentially dangerous substance and the buildings have been cleared for repopulation,” Facebook director of corporate media relations Anthony Harrison said in a statement early Tuesday.A package flagged as “suspicious” was delivered at around 11 a.m. PT on July 1 to one of Facebook’s mail rooms in Menlo Park. “Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated four nearby buildings and began a thorough investigation in coordination with local authorities. Our rigorous security and safety procedures worked as intended to limit exposure and keep our people safe,” Harrison said. As part of standard procedures, Facebook tests packages sent through its mail facilities for dangerous substances.Facebook’s initial detection of the potential presence of sarin in the package was first reported by NBC Bay Area. Officials said two individuals suspected of exposure to the nerve agent did not exhibit symptoms of sarin poisoning, Reuters reported.Local authorities called in the FBI and the National Guard after the buildings were evacuated. The Bay Area’s ABC 7 reported that after first responders were alerted to the potential presence of sarin, a secondary open-air test came back negative for the chemical.Sarin is a man-made toxin described as a “chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Exposure to large amounts of sarin can lead to respiratory failure possibly leading to death. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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