Press Statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 6, 2018 – Providenciales – I was taken to task by the Chairman of the PDM because I had the audacity to demonstrate leadership where his party has failed to do so.   My intervention focused on the history of the development of the entire area know as Chalk Sound including the fact that it was under my administration that Belongers were given the opportunity to take up ownership of their own land hitherto seemingly reserved for others.  My real intention though was to appeal for cool headedness at a time when an property owner in Taylor Bay was being wrong and strong in his understanding of the reality, and the vehemence with which he threatened those who had every right to enjoy their heritage albeit no right to trespass over private property.  At my press meeting I indicated that I was undertaking research to better clarify the situation and would inform the public once I had better information.  I now have that information and recount below the important events leading up to today.The Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay Community came into being through a Conditional Purchase Lease between TCIG and Condor Real Estate Limited in 1978 – a company 100% owned by Canadian Developers.   The condition being the pushing of a quarry graded roadway servicing the property along with what would be an extremely low price by today’s standard.  Subsequent to that the narrow strip of land not in Condor Real Estate ownership was itself the subject of a Conditional Purchase Lease.Below is the chronology of the various conveyances of the land directly abutting Taylor Bay Beach and the adjacent beach assess:October 17, 1984 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from the Crown to Clearwater Holdings Ltd. (a company owned jointly by foreign and local developers in return for the construction of road works in the Bight.September 5, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. has a caution registered as purchaserNovember 2, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. changes name to Paradise Cove Ltd.March 4, 1991 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Clearwater Holdings Ltd. to Paradise Cove Ltd. (Dick Clark)October 3, 2007 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Paradise Cove Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd. (a member of the Ashcroft Group of Companies).March 2, 2016 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are mutated into parcels 60400/394-398. Since then a number of easements have been granted by MWE to homeowners in the area givin them access to the Beach.The following is the Chronology of beach access parcel 60612/90 at the heart of the controversyDecember 20, 1988 parcel 60612/90 is created from a mutation of parcel 60612/52 then owned by Condor Real Estate LimitedMarch 21, 1989 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Condor Real Estate Limited to Gibraltar Investments Ltd.December 5, 2007 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Gibraltar Investments Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd.(a member of the Michael Ashcroft Group of Companies).The intention all along seem to have been the prevention of the public – and in particular the local population from accessing the beach – with the full knowledge that the common law position has been for time immemorial and remains that the beach belongs to the public.  My research has uncovered that were private property abuts the edge of vegetation and there is accretion the accreted land becomes the property of the Crown.  Also, where private land is loss because of erosion and this results in an encroachment of the beach on to the boundary of the private property the principle remain that it becomes public.  In all and every case the beach belongs to the public.  However, when challenged in some common law jurisdiction the plaintiffs were successful.So, despite what Don thinks the Taylor Bay Home owners do not own the beach.  However, they do own the access and that is the mischief that has to be cured; that is where the focus of attention ought to be placed.  The pressure must be applied to the Government to use existing legislation to compulsory acquire 60612/90 and any other property it deems necessary to secure access to the beach.   Attacking the Leader of the Opposition is not the answer, neither is a party on the beach. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Robin van Persie looking forward to being the coach of his

first_imgFeyenoord striker Robin van Persie revealed how he’s looking forward to his retirement from football but refused to rule out returning one day as a coachThe 35-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable career that saw him star in the Premier League for 11 seasons at Arsenal and Manchester United.Van Persie left the English top-flight in 2015 for Turkish giants Fenerbahce after managing an impressive tally of 144 goals and 65 assists in 280 league games along with one title.As of January 2018, Van Persie has since been playing his football at boyhood club Fenerbahce where he scored in their 3-0 KNVB Cup final win over AZ Alkmaar last season.But the Dutchman announced in October that he will likely call time on his successful career in June and appears to be looking forward to the prospect of being the coach of his own life.“I was on a good holiday in Dubai – 12 days with friends and family,” Van Persie told NOS.“Nemanja Vidic was there as well. He has been retired for three and a half years and said very fittingly: ‘When you retire, you have to be the coach of your own life’.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Everything is arranged for [players], a team manager and a coach tell you what to do, we are just children often going on school trips.“If that disappears, you have to become the coach of your own life. Is that difficult when your whole life is thought out for you? Yes, but I’m going to try it.DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS – AUGUST 12: Robin van Persie of Feyenoord looks on during the Eredivisie match between De Graafschap and Feyenoord at Stadion De Vijverberg on August 12, 2018 in Doetinchem, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)“I won’t have to do anything anymore, I’m going to swim, play table tennis, tennis, football. I like that a lot. Then when there is a time I can’t do anything, without thinking: there will be another competition soon.”The former Arsenal star revealed he’s held talks with Dutch Football Association director Eric Gudde over getting his coaching badges.“I think [coaching] is nice, but I don’t know,” added Van Persie.“I had contact with Eric Gudde and he provided options for my eventual trajectory, but nothing has been decided yet.”Despite entering what will likely be his last season, Van Persie shows no signs of slowing down with seven goals and three assists in 13 Eredivisie appearances for Feyenoord.last_img read more

Dow Jones Industrial Average latest

first_img Posted: April 2, 2018 April 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:38 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRising Trade tensions are rocking Wall Street.The Dow closed Monday down 459 points, or 1.9 percent.The NASDAQ sunk 2.7 percent and the S&P 500 declined 2.2 percent.The tech industry also saw some trouble with Amazon losing five percent after an attack from President Trump.And Tesla, Netflix and Cisco also all dropped by at least four percent.KUSI was joined by Brent Wilsey of Wilsey Asset Management with more. Dow Jones Industrial Average latestlast_img read more

Demi Lovato Brings Mental Health Front And Center During Tour

first_img Twitter The GRAMMY nominee is raising awareness for mental health while on tour through her CAST on Tour program, which kicked off Feb. 26 in San DiegoRenée FabianGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2018 – 2:24 pm As she embarks on her Tell Me You Love Me tour in support of her 2017 album of the same name, Demi Lovato isn’t just sharing her inspirational music with fans around the world, she’s making a difference by raising awareness for mental health.For the second consecutive tour, the GRAMMY nominee is again bringing along CAST on Tour, an initiative of the mental health advocacy organization CAST Foundation. She previously teamed with the recovery center during last year’s co-headlining Future Now tour with Nick Jonas.The pre-show sessions will allow Lovato and Mike Bayer, founder/CEO of CAST Centers and chairman of the CAST Foundation, to discuss mental health awareness while giving space to attendees to share their own personal experiences with mental illness.The initiative kicked off Feb. 26 in San Diego, where Lovato invited student survivors of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., to attend the session. Lovato also brought the students — Julius Castillo, Mackenzie Marie Chapman, Samantha Megan Deitsch, Maia Hebron, Eden Hebron, and Sarah Stricker — onstage during her performance later in the evening, in addition to inviting the audience to donate toward mental health resources for the students impacted by the school shooting through a CAST Foundation text donation.Tonight is the night! We also have #CASTontour back!! Make sure you guys are following @castcenters and @castontour on Instagram for a chance to join us and see who is speaking — Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 26, 2018CAST on Tour will follow Lovato for 20 tour dates, including stops Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Philadelphia, among others, concluding on March 31 in Tampa, Fla. Lovato’s world tour, with special guests DJ Khaled and Kehlani, will continue around the globe through June 27.”Bringing CAST on Tour was very important to me because I want to be able to reach and inspire my fans. Tonight was our first night of the tour and it was incredibly special,” Lovato said in a statement. “I was able to bring out and meet a few of the students that had to experience the shooting in Florida on the 14th. It was such an honor to meet them and hear their courageous stories. I want to make sure their voices are being heard and we can provide them with the mental health and post-trauma care they need.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Facebook Demi Lovato Advocates For Mental Health On Tour demi-lovato-brings-mental-health-front-and-center-during-tour Demi Lovato Brings Mental Health Front And Center During Tour News last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Candidates Debate How To Help Local Small Businesses Improve

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At last month’s 19th Middlesex State Representative debate, candidates were asked what they would do to help small businesses in Wilmington and Tewksbury, including those along Route 38, be successful.“I think the biggest problem is the street itself,” said Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “Route 38 is not wide enough to take care of the traffic for those businesses. You can’t get out of those businesses during the daytime. The planning is poor. When they put developments on 38, they don’t plan ahead.”“For pedestrians, Route 38 needs sidewalks on both sides of the street so they don’t interrupt the flow of the traffic,” added Meuse. “They need to repair the road. The road is a mess. They probably need to widen it. And there needs to be a plan in each town — if we want new businesses, how do we make it easily accessible and ease the traffic as well?”“I’m 100% pro-small business,” said Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “Speaking to some of the small businesses we currently have, there’s a lot of regulations they’re not happy with and is very expensive. Rent is very expensive. I’d like to work with our local officials to see what we can do for these small businesses and to lower their annual filing fees of $500.”“I will always stand up for small businesses.” added Prinzivalli. “We recently had a situation in Tewksbury with a boycott of a small business. I’m the only candidate here tonight that has stood up for that small business, whose owner is a sitting State Rep and completely beloved, Jim Lyons. I consider him a friend of mine. The business is Dandi-Lyons. This is a business he needs to support his family. I’m 100% small business and will always stand up for them.”“Route 38, when I started driving, I think had six lights on it. Now the towns have exploded in terms of population,” said Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury).  “I’m the only candidate that has said a private landowner cannot develop. I understand we need to be ahead of the curve here, we need to work with local town officials, the state, and local business owners. But to tell someone what they can or cannot do with their commercial property? That’s what the Planning Board and Zoning Board are for.”“The problem [on Route 38] is the flow,” added Robertson. “Mile 16 in Tewksbury, right across from Dandi-Lyons, or here in Wilmington with the stretch of 129 and 38 split off at Burlington Avenue, they’re chokepoints. Why? There’s outdated traffic infrastructure. They’re timed lights. And if they’re smart lights, they’re not timed particularly well. Their turning lanes are restrictive… And we have to take a look beyond Route 38 and make sure 129 and 133 don’t shoulder the burden of traffic diverted from Route 38. It needs to be a complete picture.”Moderator Tom Zuppa then asked the candidates to respond to the Dandi-Lyons controversy.“I just heard about it yesterday,” said Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “I thought I’d stay out of it. Jim is a very good friend of mine as well. If you asked me what type of ice cream I like, I’d say Dandi-Lyons. I think that was a single person who made a statement and she was way off base.”“For those who may not be in the know, the Republican Town Committee of Tewksbury put out something saying I was anti-small business because a fellow Democrat in Wilmington called for a boycott of his business,” said Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “This was a boycott I was not consulted with. It’s not a boycott I support. And it was something she said on her own private Facebook page, which brings up the question of her first amendment rights… This is a discrattionary issue. I want to get to work as State Rep on things like taxation, Route 38, smart development, new schools.”“My opponent is saying the person who put this out has the right to do so,” said Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “And that’s fine. But if you’re pro-small business, and it’s your party that’s putting the boycott out there, you should have spoken up. I was the only candidate that stood up for that small business.”“I not only have, but my committee has responded and done so in public and to all these panelists’ media outlets,” clarified Robertson. Watch the debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below. Fast-foward to 15:11 for the discussion on Route 38.—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/7/7/6/b/a/b776ba68-25f6-40b8-ba64-296deaed181f1540570938.027%2B45353637.070%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405738551540571121202980.vod.720p.181025_State_Rep_Debate.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/7/7/6/b/a/b776ba68-25f6-40b8-ba64-296deaed181f1540570938.027%2B45353637.070%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405738551540571121202980.vod.720p.181025_State_Rep_Debate.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Meuse, Prinzivalli & Robertson Talk TRAFFICIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Economic Development, Opioid EpidemicIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Meuse Says She’s The Best Person For The Job, Not Just “That Other Candidate”In “Government”last_img read more

Belkin readies new USBC and Lightning headphones at CES 2019

first_img Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Headphones Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 85 Photos Enlarge ImageBelkin’s RockStar headphones with Lightning connector arrive this summer. Now word yet on pricing. Belkin Belkin makes an accessory called the Rockstar Lightning Audio + Charge Splitter that allows you to use your Lightning headphones while charging your Lightning-equipped Apple device. Now it’s announced a new RockStar in-ear Lightning headphone that’s due to ship this summer followed by a USB-C version of the same product.There’s no word on pricing yet but hopefully they’ll sound better and cost around the same as a pair of Apple Earpods, which can be found online for around $25. You can also (obviously) make calls with them. Here are the Belkin RockStar headphones’ key specs:Durable construction with MFi certification.Silicon ear tips provide enhanced fit and seal for noise isolation.Sweat and water resistant.On sale summer 2019 from Belkin.com.RockStar Headphones with USB-C Connector coming later this year.Available in black or white.rockstar-lightning-whtEnlarge ImageIn white. Belkin Tags 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • Belkin readies new USB-C and Lightning headphones at CES 2019 See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Post a comment Apple • CES 2019 Belkin CES Products Applelast_img read more

Target takes aim at Amazon Prime Day with Deal Days summer sale

first_img Read Google Home Hub review Now playing: Watch this: 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 Read the Rylo camera preview $999 $59 at eBay Comments Boost Mobile $299 at Amazon See it You can get another 5% off your purchase using a Target REDcard.On Monday, Amazon said its Prime Day 2019 sale will start on July 15 just after midnight Pacific Time and run for 48 hours, its longest sale ever after last year’s 36 hours of deals. And if you’re sick of hearing about it all on social media, there are ways to make it disappear from your feeds.First published at 4:25 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:55 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review 1:43 $6 at Tidal 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. $155 at Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sprint Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. 7 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Amazon 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. 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. See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Turo The Cheapskate Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Share your voice Tags Target doesn’t want Amazon to be your only option for deals this summer. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images Target isn’t letting eBay have all the fun in trying to take a bite out of Amazon’s summer sale dominance — the retailer announced its own Target Deal Days sales for July 15 and 16. It didn’t offer too many specifics, but said the deals would include home, apparel and toy brands.”Last year’s Target.com One-Day Sale was one of our biggest days of the year for online sales,” said Mark Tritton, Target’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, in a release.”This year, we’re giving guests more discounts across even more of our assortment with two days to save on hundreds of thousands of items and offering the best options in retail for delivery and pick up on their terms, including same-day.” Rylo See at Amazon 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. $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags $999 See at Turo 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Angela Lang/CNET Comments Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best Buy See It Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $210 at Best Buy 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). Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Share your voice Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Internet Services,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. $999 2 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90)last_img read more

7th Pay Commission Approval of pay panels salary hike proposals could trigger

first_imgThe 7th Central Pay Commission’s (CPC) proposals, if accepted by the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday at the proposed Cabinet meeting, could trigger a rally on Sensex and select stocks.The biggest gainers could be fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) stocks that outperformed the respective benchmark indices — BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty — on Tuesday ahead of the likely Cabinet meeting. The Sensex was up 0.46 percent and the Nifty 50 closed 0.41 percent higher.On the BSE, FMCG index gained 1.75 percent, while the Nifty FMCG was the highest sectoral gainer, up 2.07 percent, followed by Nifty Realty at 1.04 percent.FMCG gainers The biggest FMCG gainer on the BSE was cigarette-making company Godfrey Philips that closed 8.77 percent higher at Rs. 901.95. Other prominent companies that ended in the green included Hindustan Unilever (up 3.25 percent at Rs. 887.75), ITC (up 2.59 percent) and Britannia Industries (2.16 percent). On the NSE also, these companies were the top gainers in the Nifty FMCG sectoral index. The rally in FMCG stocks was apparently in response to the buzz in the media that the Modi government could accord its approval to the 7th CPC’s recommendations.Auto stocksSelect scrips in the auto space rallied on Tuesday in the range of 1.2 to 3 percent, with tyre maker MRF being the biggest gainer at 2.98 percent, followed by Bosch, Eicher Motors, Motherson Sumi Systems, Maruti Suzuki, Apollo Tyes and TVS Motor Co.Incidentally, automobile companies will be declaring their volume sales for June on Friday.Realty stocksGodrej Properties gained 7.17 percent to close at Rs. 359.30, followed by Phoenix Mills, Unitech and NBCC. A spurt in home buying is also bound to lead in an increase in demand for home loans, bringing relief to commercial banks that are saddled with bad loans, predominantly to large industries.IT stocks extend lossesIn contrast, the information technology indices on both the exchanges lost about 1 percent, on persisting fears of Brexit on their revenues and future growth. Infosys, TCS, Tech Mahindra and Wipro ended in the red.last_img read more

7 BNP leaders granted bail

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra RoyThe High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bails to seven top BNP leaders including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case filed with Hatirjheel police station, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and justice Kashefa Hossain passed the order after the BNP leaders appeared before it with bail prayers in the case.The other leaders are BNP standing committee members Nazrul Islam Khan, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, the party’s vice-chairmen Amanullah Aman and Ruhul Kuddus Talukder.Moudud Ahmed, advocate Zainul Abedin and Mahabub Uddin Khokon stood for the BNP leaders.Advocate Zainul Abedin said the HC granted them bail for four weeks till submission of the charge-sheet of the case.The case was filed with Hatirjheel police station on charges of preventing police from discharging their duties and for “instigating” subversive activities on 1 October.last_img read more

BNP shares concerns over polls with diplomats

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP on Monday briefed foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka about the outcome of the two-phase dialogue with the ruling alliance and the party’s various concerns about the 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, on behalf of the party, also apprised the diplomats of the party’s various observations on the country’s latest political situation at a closed-door meeting at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, said party insiders.BNP chairperson’s adviser Sabihuddin Ahmed said they briefed the foreign envoys about the country’s latest political situation.He said the meeting began around 4pm and continued for an hour.BNP organising secretary Shama Obaed said diplomats from around 35 countries, including the USA, the UK, EU, UN, Canada, India, Pakistan, China, Japan, France, Germany and Switzerland, joined the briefing.BNP standing committee members Rafiqul Islam Miah, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Nazrul Islam Khan, and chairperson’s adviser Sabihuddin Ahmed were, among others, present at the meeting.Shama said the BNP leaders talked about the country’s overall situation, dialogue over the election and other political issues.Wishing anonymity, a BNP leader who was present at the meeting told UNB they informed the diplomats that though they held talks with the prime minister-led 14-party alliance twice to reach a political consensus aiming to ensure a credible election, the dialogue outcome is almost zero due to the government’s ‘rigid’ stance and non-compromising attitude.They also told the foreign envoys that their party and alliances have decided to join the election for the sake of democracy, but the government and the election commission are not taking any step for ensuring a level-playing field and holding an acceptable election.The BNP leaders also talked about the continued arrest of BNP leaders and activists in ‘fictitious’ cases despite the prime minister’s assurance to stop it.”We also informed the diplomats about the election commission’s biased role in announcing the election schedule and rescheduling it,” he said.The BNP leader said they also shared their various concerns about the election.He said the foreign envoys appreciated BNP for their decision to join the election and hoped that democracy will be consolidated in Bangladesh through a fair election.last_img read more

Nobel laureate Yunus calls for new approach to hunger

first_imgNobel laureate professor Muhammad Yunus. File photoBangladeshi Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus on Tuesday called on countries to revolutionise the way they address the frequently interconnected issues of hunger and conflict, urging initiatives to foster social cohesion and rural entrepreneurship especially among the young.”If you continue the same way as you have done before, you’ll always end up with the same result…particularly on the issues of food security, agriculture, and the environment,” Yunus said.He was addressing an event at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s headquarters here to assess progress made by the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace.Mustering 12 Nobel prize-winners, the advocacy group was set up in 2016 and aims to break the cycle of conflict and hunger.”Unless we think differently, unless we work differently, (these issues) are not going to be resolved,” said Yunus, who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of micro-credit and micro-finance.Hunger and conflict are intrinsically linked, the FAO said.According to FAO figures, over 60 per cent of people suffering from hunger live in areas of conflict. At the same time, there are a growing number of conflicts over natural resources to produce food, the UN agency noted.The Rome meeting reviewed an experimental peace-building project in the Central African Republic involving Christians and Muslims in agricultural production, training and social business development, as well as community dialogue to encourage social cohesion.The pilot project demonstrates that agricultural entrepreneurship can help transform communities which in turn encourage people to stay in their community rather than being forced to seek better opportunities elsewhere, Yunus said.”Farmers are excellent entrepreneurs,” Yunus underlined.The project is taking place on land owned by the Catholic Church outside the CAR capital Bangui where around 3,000 people displaced by conflict live, FAO said.The CAR project is designed by FAO, funded by the Italian government and is being implemented by its overseas aid department.The initiative draws on Yunus’ expertise in encouraging agricultural entrepreneurship, particularly among young people, and on the expertise of Yemeni human rights activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawakkol Karman in encouraging inter-religious dialogue for peace.Other Nobel peace prize winners who are part of the Alliance include Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Mura who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her campaign against the use of rape as a weapon of war, and former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, who won the prize in 2016 for his efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.last_img read more

Houston City Council Green Lights Study On Disparity In Public Contracts

first_img X Share 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterThe study on disparity aims to analyze the accessibility of minority and women-owned companies to do business with the City of Houston in fields such as construction.The Houston City Council gave the green light Wednesday to a study that will analyze how many businesses and companies owned by minorities and women are getting City contracts.The last comprehensive study of this type was done in 2006, when Bill White was Mayor.It analyzed three years-worth of City contracts.One conclusion was that companies owned by White males received over 80 percent of contracts related to construction.Hispanic and African-American-owned companies received five and three percent of those contracts, respectively.The new study will cover the last five years and analyze the City’s contracting process.“The study is actually looking at minority and women businesses and how they’ve participated in City of Houston contracts and whether or not there have been barriers to doing business with the City of Houston,” notes Carlecia Wright, director of the Office of Business Opportunity for the City of Houston.The study will be conducted by Colette Hold & Associates, a Chicago-based company that specializes in affirmative action and contract compliance.The City will pay close to one million dollars for the study, which has to be done in part because of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.The court ruled that cities that want to cultivate businesses owned by women and minorities must provide evidence there’s a need for such programs.Wright expects the study will be ready sometime around the end of next year.last_img read more

Audit Prompts Changes To Help Houston Fire Departments Building Inspectors

first_imgThe Houston Controller last week released an audit of the Houston Fire Department’s Life Safety Bureau, which inspects buildings. City Controller Chris Brown told “Houston Matters” that, as an example, only 526 of Houston’s more than 5,000 apartment buildings were inspected in the last two years — well below the bureau’s goal of 470 apartment inspections per month.“It could have been that they have inspected more of these units. They don’t have records that are accurately reflecting that they had, in fact. There were records that were found on older databases, in logs and even in notepads in the various inspectors’ desks.”New Fire Chief Samuel Pena is already implementing changes, and says he wants to improve the bureau’s database.“We’re not able to share information between departments to refine our risk-based approach. If the Department of Health has cited a particular company because their range hood extinguishing system is clogged with grease, that’s important for us because that could present a fire hazard.”Pena says a consultant is helping develop a risk-based inspection program. It would prioritize buildings that need more frequent inspections, such as petroleum or chemical companies, schools and day cares and so on. X 00:00 /01:15 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

With Barry Approaching Louisiana Texas Gears Up To Help

first_img Share AP Photo/Matthew HintonAn SUV travels down Breakwater Drive in New Orleans, La., Friday, July 12, 2019, near the Orleans Marina as water moves in from Lake Pontchartrain from the storm surge from Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico. The area is behind a flood wall that protects the rest of the city.A group of civilian volunteers dubbed the “Cajun Navy” helped rescue thousands of people from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters in 2017.Now, with Tropical Storm Barry on track to hit Louisiana this weekend as a hurricane, some Texans are prepared to return the favor.Harvey’s historic rainfall overwhelmed the capabilities of official first responders in Texas and prompted a widespread, grassroots deployment of privately-owned rescue boats, canoes, jacked-up trucks and really anything that could help get people out of harm’s way. The images of “Texans helping Texans” became a bright spot in the storm’s otherwise deadly, disastrous story line, but much of the help also came from across the state line.One Cajun Navy organizer estimated volunteers from Louisiana rescued more than 8,000 people from floodwaters in the Houston area alone. (Others said the broader DIY effort was responsible for as many as 35,000 rescues.)The Houston volunteer group Disaster Rescue Response Specialist is among those now gearing up for a similar, though perhaps smaller, effort in Louisiana.“We are ready to roll,” said the group’s founder Chris Fontaine. “We have not pulled the trigger on rolling yet, because there are already teams there that are kind of feeling it out, and we’re also still watching the radar. But we are getting everything set to deploy if we need to.”Fontaine said his group consists of about eight to ten volunteers, but collaborates with the wider civilian disaster response community, a relatively informal network brought together by social media channels, the walkie-talkie app Zello, mapping technology and a desire to help fill perceived gaps in the government’s response to storms.The online platform CrowdSource Rescue connects volunteers like Fontaine with people who need rescuing after a storm.“A lot of where we come into play is those moments in these big disasters where first responders are overrun,” said Matthew Marchetti, a Houston resident who created the website in the days after Hurricane Harvey. “That is not a knock toward first responders, it’s just simply a reality of things.”Marchetti said the website will be activated for people in Barry’s path this weekend.Texas is deploying official government resources to aid with the response to Barry as well.Governor Greg Abbott said Friday the state is offering assistance to Louisiana and deploying an urban search and rescue team, along with “water rescue assets.”“Texans remember how the state of Louisiana came to our aid during Hurricane Harvey and now we are in turn lending our support as Louisianans face Tropical Storm Barry,” Abbott said in a statement.The City of Houston is offering its help as well, with Mayor Sylvester Turner saying the city’s “Houston Relief Hub” will gather donations for people impacted by Barry. The mayor’s office is calling for donations ranging from diapers to batteries to bottled water that will be delivered directly to New Orleans.George Ruiz, an Alabama resident originally from Houston who runs another small rescue group called Geaux Rescue, said he understands why some local police and fire departments might be wary of  volunteer efforts.“You know, there are people that just go out there and put a 12 pack of beer on their boat and go run around and cause havoc,” he said.Ruiz prefers to approach local officials in a storm-impacted area first, to ask if they need his help.“If they say no, I’d shake their hand, thank them for their service, and I’ll just move on to the next town,” he said.Ruiz said he and the volunteers he’s coordinating with, some from Houston, plan to venture into the “outlying areas” of south Louisiana between Baton Rouge and Lafayette this weekend, where smaller cities might not have as many resources to deal with the storm.last_img read more

The Hour of Power

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROThere’s nothing quite like the sound of a gospel choir.  Sunday morning church service would not be the same without their presence; we love to hear and watch them sing.  Even the choir director plays an important role in making sure a joyful noise is made unto the Lord.  If you enjoy choir music, then mark your calendar for The Hour of Power, held every second Sunday of the month.Elder Eric WaddellHosted by Elder Eric Waddell, each month one of his choirs sings for an hour, and takes the congregation back in time by singing gospel classics from years past.Waddell, a gospel recording artist, is the minister of music at Mt. Pigsah CME Church in West Baltimore, and the founder and director of the Abundant Life Singers, the Baltimore Sanctuary Choir and The Voices of the Hour of Power.Sunday March 11th, the Hour of Power, was held at Brown’s Memorial Baptist Church.  The Abundant Life Singers, The Baltimore Sanctuary Choir and The Voices of the Hour of Power all sang to the glory of God.  This particular Hour of Power was special because the theme was family and friends.  I asked Mr. Waddell about the significance of this and he stated, “Every year the Baltimore gospel community celebrates the importance of worshipping together.  We celebrate family through Gospel Music,” Waddell said.  If you have ever been to an Hour of Power, then you know as soon as the music begins, it feels like one big family reunion.  Everyone begins to sing and reminisce about days ago.  The spirit of God is always felt, and you leave feeling like you have gotten the extra boost that you need to make it through the week.The Hour of Power is such a unique concept.  I was interested in what prompted Waddell to begin this movement in Baltimore.  He informed me that it’s more than just singing for an hour.  “I wanted a platform to educate and showcase the history of choir music,” he said. “The Hour of Power is a city-wide effort as we preserve songs from the past and celebrate where Gospel Music is headed.  The vision is to motivate our church choirs to stay alive, teach younger musicians the hymns of the church and unify our city in singing the good news.”Next month, April 8, The Hour of Power will celebrate five years.  Plans are still underway, but be sure this will be an event you don’t want to miss.  Check back next time to see all the details for the five year anniversary of The Hour of Power.last_img read more