Tencent kills PUBG MOBILE in China, replaces it with another game where dead players bid goodbye

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 17:27 IST HIGHLIGHTSPUBG MOBILE is currently one of the world’s most popular games.Tencent Games has pulled off the plug on PUBG MOBILE in China.Tencent rolled out a new game that does comply with the Chinese government regulations.PUBG MOBILE is currently one of the world’s most popular games. Whether for all the right or wrong reasons, the game has gathered a lot of attention. Lately, the game started facing bans from many countries, including some Indian states, on account of affecting players across all age groups. A few weeks ago, the Chinese government also changed regulations to tackle some negative aspects of games and PUBG MOBILE falls prey to it – it is dead.Tencent Games has pulled off the plug on PUBG MOBILE in China after the Chinese government required all games to eliminate blood and gore from games. According to a report from Reuters, Tencent took to Weibo announce that the test version of PUBG MOBILE is withdrawn. Therefore, players won’t be able to play or download the test version of the game.However, to counter the effects, Tencent rolled out a new game that does comply with the Chinese government regulations. Called the Game for Peace, this game is more in-line with the requirements of the new regulations. At the same time, it does eliminate the blood and gore that PUBG MOBILE had in abundance. The game is developed by Krafton, previously known as Bluehole – the same South Korean studio that developed PUBG MOBILE. Hence, the graphics quality is pretty similar to what players experienced in PUBG MOBILE.The new game also carries military-themed gameplay similar to the PUBG MOBILE. However, the overall theme falls in line with the anti-terrorism theme. For those who have been playing PUBG MOBILE, their progress will be transferred to the new game with all the achievements and rewards adjusted.advertisementBut you must be wondering how have the developers managed to get rid of dead bodies and blood in a military-themed game? Instead of crates and bloodshed, the new game makes the dead bodies get up and wave goodbye before disappearing.While the new game has replaced PUBG MOBILE in China, Tencent hasn’t mentioned anything about PUBG MOBILE”s plans in other markets. The game is still available to download and play in India on both Android and iOS platforms.ALSO READ | Redmi flagship will offer long-lasting battery life and sport in-display fingerprint sensorALSO READ | Google working on foldable Pixel phone but official release will take timeALSO READ | Apple will soon finalise location for first retail store in IndiaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow PUBG Tencent kills PUBG MOBILE in China, replaces it with another game where dead players bid goodbyeTencent Mobile has pulled the plug on PUBG MOBILE in China after the government regulations for gaming changed. Tencent has introduced another game with similar gameplay.advertisementlast_img read more

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Wisdom Marine’s Earnings Drop by 26 Percent in 1H

first_imgzoom Taipei-based shipping company Wisdom Marine Lines reported that its net income for the first half of the year dropped by 26 percent to USD 25.8 million, according to data provided by the company.Wisdom Marine’s revenue for the period decreased by 3.3 percent to USD 163.6 million compared to the first half of 2015, mainly due to a drop in dry cargo rates.Furthermore, the company’s operating income for the period decreased by almost 30 percent to USD 26.6 million.The company said that its operating income reduced due to charterers’ early termination of time charter contract, adding that it “recognized the compensation for early termination as other income and the difference between last contract and current contract caused the reduction of operating income.”Additionally, Wisdom Marine said that it saw a USD 400,000 loss from the sale of MV Itami.In June, the shipping company decided to enter the tanker shipping market as it ordered two new new 115,000 dwt oil tankers in Japan.The vessels, valued at around USD 100 million, will be built by Japanese shipbuilder Japan Marine United (JMU).The company operates a fleet of 109 vessels, including Handy, Panamax, Supramax, and Cape vessels, and has over 20 newbuildings on order at various yards.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Seniors groups invited to propose projects for Positive Aging

first_imgNot-for-profit groups throughout the province are again invited to develop and propose community-based projects for seniors, by seniors. “These programs have been enormously successful and well-received by seniors’ groups throughout the province who are volunteering to get these projects off the ground,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister of Seniors. “The creative projects and new partnerships we see in the applications are remarkable and exciting.” With a focus on health, well-being and community participation, the Positive Aging Fund offers project grants of up to $10,000 to non-profit organizations that propose new or extended activities for seniors in their area. This funding round has $220,000 available to cover up to 100 per cent of project costs. The Positive Aging Fund also helps advance the Strategy for Positive Aging, a long-term guide for planning for the province’s aging population. It was the first of its kind to be launched in Canada. Since 2008, $554,911 have been awarded to 70 organizations for Positive Aging Grant projects across the province. More information on the grants and application forms are available on the Department of Seniors website at www.gov.ns.ca/seniors or by calling toll-free 1-800-670-0065.last_img read more

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Theodore Tugboats Big New Job as Welcome Ambassador

first_imgTheodore Tugboat, a familiar face on the waterfront, has an important new role as the harbour Welcome Ambassador at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Theodore will help welcome visitors, including new Nova Scotians, to the community and serve as the mascot for the new Welcome Aboard program for school groups. “Theodore, with his enormous smile and helpful tugboat nature, has become a local symbol of friendship on the waterfront,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Theodore is a natural fit to be involved as the Maritime Museum’s Welcome Ambassador – to help new Nova Scotians, especially families, learn about their new home and to meet others in the community.” The Welcome Aboard program includes a guided cultural and heritage orientation of Halifax for newcomers from Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, a family pass for some Nova Scotia museums and an optional harbour tour. Theodore Tugboat’s special role as Welcome Ambassador and as part of the Welcome Aboard program, is a collaboration between the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Museum of Natural History, Murphy’s the Cable Wharf, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation and RBC. Aboard Theodore, visitors will learn about the history of the waterfront as a multicultural port. Student participants can pledge to act like welcome ambassadors themselves, just like Theodore. The program aims to foster a welcoming relationship between newcomer families and the broader community. “We all have a role to play in making people feel welcome, and Theodore Tugboat’s familiar toot toot offers a happy Halifax hello to newcomers and visitors alike,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. The Welcome Aboard program joins the Welcomed in Halifax pass, which is a Halifax municipal services card that offers new Nova Scotians free access to Halifax Transit and all HRM-operated recreation facilities, as well as admission to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Museum of Natural History and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.last_img read more

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Judges lawyers at odds over deal Canada pay 75M in 60s Scoop

first_imgThe Canadian PressA Federal Court judge wants input by the end of the month into whether he has the power to decide how much the government should pay lawyers who successfully pursued an unprecedented lawsuit against Canada for the loss of identity suffered by victims of the ’60s Scoop.The request by Judge Michael Phelan to the lawyers involved comes after Justice Edward Belobaba, in a separate but parallel proceeding in Ontario Superior Court, threw a legal grenade into the Scoop class-action settlement by decrying the $75 million Canada had agreed to pay in legal costs as too rich by half.In a scathing decision in June in which he opened up the larger question of how class-action lawyers are compensated, Belobaba also railed at part of the deal under which lawyers who acted in Federal Court would collect half the fee total – $37.5 million – while the other half would go to the lawyers who had acted in Superior Court.The lawyers who had spent years fighting the landmark case in Superior Court agreed to allow Belobaba to deal with the fee issue separately. That paved the way for his final approval and implementation of the hard-fought Scoop settlement under which survivors are to be paid up to $50,000 each.The lawyers in the Federal Court action, however, made no such concession. They maintained, and still do, that Federal Court Judge Michel Shore, who was handling the matter, had signed off on the settlement on May 11, including the fee arrangement he called fair and reasonable. They nevertheless went back to Federal Court for one more judicial sign-off in light of the change on the Ontario end of the settlement.On Aug. 2, Phelan, who took over the case from Shore, signed an order under which the lawyers in Federal Court would get their $37.5 million.However, the following day, after Belobaba had received a copy of the order, Phelan sent a note to the Federal Court parties in which he said his approval applied to the Scoop agreement “other than fees.”Almost a week later, Phelan questioned whether he could even rule on the fee issue.“In light of Justice Shore’s decision approving fees, what jurisdiction does the court have to consider the issue?” Phelan wrote.In response, lawyer Celeste Poltak with Koskie Minsky in Toronto wrote Phelan to say there never was any new request for the judge to rule on the fees because “the amount was already approved by Justice Shore and Your Honour.”The letter goes on to point out that no one had appealed Shore’s order and, as a result, the fee issue had been “finally disposed of.”Nevertheless, in a case conference call Thursday, Phelan again asked for submissions before Aug. 31 on his authority to deal with the fee issue, and promised to render a decision within a week or so of that date, said Kirk Baert, another lawyer involved in the case.In the interim, the lawyers acting in Superior Court – Jeffery Wilson and Morris Cooper – are waiting to see whether their $37.5 million will materialize. They declined to comment on the latest twist but had previously said it would be grossly unfair for them to have to take home less than their Federal Court counterparts given Belobaba’s criticism.In his decision in June, Belobaba was effusive in praising Wilson, whose small firm took on “enormous” risk by filing the case in 2009 and then put in millions of dollars in time without any guarantee of success.“Bluntly put, this is as close a case of class counsel ‘betting the firm’ as I have seen,” Belobaba wrote.At the same time, the judge slammed “opportunistic” class-action lawyers who had acted in Federal Court, saying he was “stunned” they had admitted to collecting $10 million in fees for essentially having done not much at all.In all, Belobaba said, the total legal bill should have been around $37.5 million – half what was agreed to – of which the Federal Court lawyers deserved no more than $12.5 million.It now remains to be seen whether Phelan makes any changes to the fees and what Belobaba will decide regardless of what happens in Federal Court.last_img read more

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Mala Roy files nomination says confident of victory

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress candidate from South Kolkata Lok Sabha seat Mala Roy filed her nomination on Monday at the office of the District Election Officer (DEO), South Kolkata, at Survey Building in Alipore.”I am 1000 percent confident of victory. The people of South Kolkata have always elected Trinamool Congress and this year, it will be no exception. Our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the candidate for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats and the TMC will win riding on the massive development that she has done in the state,” Roy said after filing her nominations. She reiterated that she is trying to reach every single doorstep in the constituency during her campaign. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSouth Kolkata will go to polls in the last phase of elections on May 19. Roy was accompanied by state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee, state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and state Disaster Management minister Javed Khan. “The people of South Kolkata have full faith in Mamata Banerjee and she has nominated Roy in this seat. So her win is just a matter of time,” Chatterjee said. Subrata Bakshi had swept the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 with a margin of 1,36,339 votes over BJP’s Tathagata Roy. Interestingly, Roy had contested with a Congress ticket in 2014 and had bagged over 1 lakh votes. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRoy was initially surprised when Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee nominated her in the seat but being a seasoned politician, she soon started her campaign to reach out to the voters. TMC celebrity candidate Nusrat Jahan also filed her nomination on Monday for the Basirhat parliamentary constituency. Basirhat will go for the polls in the seventh phase on May 19. Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty (fighting from the Jadavpur constituency) are two new additions to the party’s list of celebrity candidates, which also includes MPs Dev Adhikari, Moon Moon Sen and Shatabdi Roy.last_img read more

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I came to Morocco With My Parents Consent Rebecca Arthur

Rabat – 24 hours after Rebecca Arthur, was reported missing by the Connecticut Police Department, the American teenager appeared in a video on Friday inside the house of Mohamed El Adala, known as Simo, saying “she is safe and OK.”“My name is Rebecca Arthur. I am safe and OK with my boyfriend Simo and his family,” Rebecca said.Contrary to what has been reported in American media, the American teenager said that she had traveled to Casablanca with her parents’ consent. “I am OK, and I have my parents’ permission to come here visit and spend time with them,” she said.Mohamed El Adala said that his girlfriend was hosted by his family with the permission of her family. He showed a paper allegedly signed by Rebecca’s mother where she gives permission to her daughter to fly to Morocco.El Adala said that the media hype was caused after one of Rebecca’s friends- driven by jealousy- went to the police and told them that she was kidnapped.“We were having a good time together in Essaouira with my family,” Simo said.The Moroccan boy said that he has been in contact with Rebecca through Facebook for the past years ago, adding that their relationship has become stronger following regular chatting with her via Skype over the past seven months.“Before she came, I was talking also with Rebecca’s mother who was happy to send her daughter to visit us in Morocco,” he saidThe love story of this young couple has taken a new twist after the American consulate in Casablanca decided to send Rebecca back home at the request of federal authorities, because she is still a minor. read more

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World Bank downgrades its forecast for global economy

WASHINGTON — The World Bank on Tuesday downgraded its forecast for the global economy in light of trade conflicts, financial strains and unexpectedly sharp slowdowns in wealthier countries.The bank, an anti-poverty agency, expects the world economy to grow 2.6% this year. That would be the slowest calendar-year growth since 2016, and it is down from the 2.9% expansion the agency forecast in January.The World Bank downgraded every major region of the world, though it kept its 2019 forecast for U.S. growth at 2.5%. In the 19 countries that use the euro currency, growth is forecast to slow to 1.2%, down from 1.8% last year and the 1.6% the World Bank expected in January.Slowed by the Trump administration’s trade war with China, global trade is expected to expand just 2.6% this year, the weakest pace since the 2008 financial crisis.The Trump administration and Beijing have imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s imports in a clash over China’s aggressive drive to overtake American technological dominance. Their showdown has generated uncertainty for businesses that must decide whether and where to make investments, buy supplies and establish factories.“We are not pushing the panic button yet,” said Ayhan Kose, a World Bank economist. “But we are sending a message” of a possibly deeper slowdown if trade hostilities persist.“This is high time for policymakers to find ways to resolve their differences,” Kose said.China, the world’s second-largest economy after the United States, is forecast to grow 6.2%, which would be its weakest performance since 1990, when it was enduring the aftermath of a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square.The Japanese economy is predicted to eke out 0.8% growth, same as last year.Some developing world countries are contending with financial stress. Turkey’s economy is expected to contract 1% and Argentina’s 1.2%.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press read more

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Flooring contractor charged with fraud theft in Hamilton

Hamilton Police have charged a Kitchener flooring contractor accused of stealing bank cheques from his clients while working inside their homes. A homeowner contacted police on December 15, concerned that the general contractor they had hired to install hardwood flooring had stolen and used their personal cheques.As police continued their investigation, a second homeowner was identified as being victimized in the same manner.Dennis Rodriquez, 27, is facing multiple counts of theft under $5000, possession under $5000, use of forged document and fraud under $5000.Rodriguez is the owner and operator of Southern Flooring and De’South Flooring and police believe there are more victims.Anyone with additional information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Scott Moore of the Major Fraud Branch at 905-546-4521. read more

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Citing promise and potential Annan pledges support for Middle East peace moves

“The sense of expectation is palpable. There is a real feeling that, after long years of suffering, bitterness and despair, better days may lie ahead,” he told an international meeting in London in support of the Palestinian Authority. “At long last, we can all sense a new wave of movement. I urge everyone to engage, do the hard work and turn today’s opening into a real end to the conflict.” Referring to last Friday’s “appalling” Palestinian suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, in which five Israelis were killed and dozens injured, he stressed the need for resolute determination not to be deterred by such violence and said he was encouraged that both sides are working together to find those responsible and prevent further attacks. He noted that good governance is essential if the Palestinian public is to have confidence in its leadership and praised the Palestinian Authority for acknowledging the need for reform. “The United Nations and its agencies continue to help the Authority build up its capacity, and we look forward to working with the Authority and with other international partners to review the progress that has been made,” he added. On security, the lack of which undermines everything for both sides, he welcomed the new coordinating group that is meant to work towards ending all acts of violence against Israelis and Palestinians. “The United Nations will do its utmost to provide support to the new group, and to the security forces of the Palestinian Authority,” he said. As for economic development, “the third pillar of the progress we hope to see,” Mr. Annan stressed that without real and discernible change such as more jobs and the removal of checkpoints and roadblocks, the Palestinian economy will continue to struggle, sowing prolonged, pervasive despair among the Palestinian populace. “The international community must work constructively with the Government of Israel to create an environment in which this aspect of reform is also addressed,” he said. “The United Nations welcomes a review of existing international aid structures and mechanisms. We will do our part to ensure they are as effective as possible.” Mr. Annan called on the international community to continue supporting both sides in further steps towards full implementation of the Road Map, the peace plan devised by the diplomatic Quartet – UN, European Union, Russia and United States – which met on the sidelines of today’s conference. The plan calls on both Israel and the Palestinians to take parallel and reciprocal steps leading to two states living side by side in peace, originally by the end of 2005, and today the Quartet reaffirmed their commitment to help both sides make progress towards this goal. They also strongly condemned Friday’s terrorist attack and, while welcoming Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation of it, emphasized the need for further sustained action by the Palestinian Authority to prevent acts of terrorism. They welcomed last months summit in Egypt between Mr. Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at which both leaders announced steps to halt violence, and Israel’s commitment to withdraw from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, but they stressed that the withdrawal should be undertaken in a way consistent with the Road Map and that a Palestinian state must be truly viable with contiguous territory on the West Bank. “The Quartet remains ready to engage actively, reaffirms its encouragement and support for both sides for the progress they have made in recent weeks, and reiterates its commitment to the fulfilment of the vision of two states, a safe and secure Israel and a sovereign, contiguous, democratic Palestine, living side by side in peace and security,” they said in a statement issued after the meeting. read more

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SecretaryGeneral calls on Burundi to make children a postwar priority

“I am particularly concerned at the considerable number of instances of sexual violence against very young girls and stress the urgency for the Burundian authorities to enact and enforce legislation against sexual violence, carry out thorough investigations and bring those guilty to justice,” Mr. Annan says in a report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict in the country.Mr. Annan urges that children’s rights remain at the forefront of the newly forged peace, which began in September with a Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement that ended 12 years of civil war.“I urge all parties to take all necessary steps to proceed with negotiations towards a final peace agreement, stop recruiting children without any precondition and immediately undertake to and fully demobilize all children,” he says. “I also urge the Government to ensure that the justice mechanisms provide protection to witnesses and victims of human rights violations, especially in the case of children.”The report, covering the period of August 2005 to September 2006, calls on the Burundian Government “to grant unfettered access, for child protection purposes, to all military, security and police detention centres and to cooperate with the United Nations country team and child protection partners,” and on donor countries to make long-term commitments and adopt more systematic approaches to child protection programmes.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, will shortly undertake a mission to Burundi to alert the Government, the UN system and authorities to the need to make the protection of children a post-transition priority.The UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB), with more than 5,000 uniformed personnel, is mandated to support and help to implement efforts undertaken by Burundians to restore lasting peace and bring about national reconciliation. Last month, the Security Council voted to set up the UN Integrated Office in Burundi to replace ONUB, which was established in 2004 and ends on 31 December. read more

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Whats open and closed during exams

Students are in exam mode now that classes are over. It’s exam time. It’s the time of year that sweat pants become a wardrobe staple, late nights and naps in study carrels become part of the circadian rhythm, and meals are all over the map.Here’s a rundown of what’s open and closed for those moments students need to cram for a final or find something to eat.As always, 24-hour study space will be available in the Plaza Building.Walker ComplexApril 6-24Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.Dining ServicesApril 9-23Guernsey MarketMonday-Friday- 7 a.m.-7 p.m.Saturdays- 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.Sundays- 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.April 22- 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.April 23- 8 a.m.-3 p.m.DeCew/LowenbergerMonday-Friday- 7 a.m.-1 a.m.April 22- 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.April 23- 8 a.m.-noonWalker Food CourtMonday-Friday- 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.Saturdays- 8 a.m.-3 p.m.April 22- 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Tims TowerMonday-Thursday- 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.Friday- 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.April 22-23- 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Cairns/Tims Thistle/C-BlockClosedJames A. Gibson LibraryApril 9-22Monday- Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-2 a.m.April 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.April 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Campus StoreBook BuybackApril 13-16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.April 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.April 20-22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.April 23rd: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.Spring booklist available April 23.BUSUGeneral BrockFriday April 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.All other days 9 a.m.-7 p.m.Isaac’s/SkybarMonday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Union StationMonday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. read more

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Mueller Report hasnt been released but Amazons already taking preorders

first_img $59 at eBay Sprint See it 0 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 $60 at Best Buy 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. $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $155 at Google Express Post a comment Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read Google Home Hub review Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. See at Amazon Tags $999 Politics 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. 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. $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Boost Mobile Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Comments JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. 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. The Mueller Report is available for preorder, though it hasn’t been released yet. Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images It’s unclear if or when the Mueller Report, the culmination of a nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, will be released to the public, but you can apparently preorder it on Amazon. There are two listings for the report so far, one to be published by Skyhorse Publishing and the other from The Washington Post. The former is already ranked on Amazon as a bestseller. Both listings contain a disclaimer that the publication date listed, April 30, 2019, is a placeholder. Amazon and the Department of Justice didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for Skyhorse Publishing said via email that it intends to quickly publish the report in book form once it’s released. “We are planning to publish the report with my introduction as soon as it is available,” said Alan Dershowitz, who is listed as the author for the introduction on the Skyhorse version, in an email. Dershowitz said he’s started to outline his introduction based on the summary letter Attorney General William Barr submitted to Congress over the weekend.Likewise, The Washington Post said in February that it would “instantly” publish the report as an e-book and also as a paperback.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Sunday calling for the release of the full report to Congress. Originally published at 8:42 a.m. PT.Update, 12:25 p.m.PT: Adds comments from Skyhorse Publishing and additional information from The Washington Post. $299 at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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). Angela Lang/CNET Amazon 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. 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best Buy See It $520 at HP DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Rylo Tags 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 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. See It Apple iPhone XS Share your voice 7 See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turolast_img read more

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TSCOST comes up with biodigester to produce methane gas

first_imgHyderabad: A small but significant technological intervention by the Telangana State Council of Science and Technology (TSCOST) is all set to save about Rs 40,000 per month to the social welfare residential schools and hostels in the State. According to the TSCOST Project Officer M Nagesh, the TSCOST has come up with a bio-waste digester to convert a daily bio-waste of leftover foods and vegetables of 75 kilograms into methane gas. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us In turn, it will be used to produce bio-gas for the hostels to be used for cooking purpose. The 15 cubic metre bio-digesters balloon volume has the potential to save nearly 7 to 8 commercial LPG cylinders that are being used by these schools in a month. Also, in case of those using firewood, it will save about two to three tons of firewood in a month. Further, usage of the bio-digester will reduce leaving carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us “The bio-digester is commissioned with cow dung initially and the bio-waste coming from the hostels and schools are used to produce the methane gas to be used. As per the calculations arrived at, each school can save around Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per month,” he said. Seeing the advantage of the intervention initially it was installed at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (NIRDPR), National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal and CCMB, Hyderabad on a pilot basis. As it is working fine, now the State government has sanctioned to install 18 more in the welfare schools and hostels, he said.last_img read more

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Three Sistahs Stage Play Comes to Metro Stage

first_img“Three Sistahs” is a musical about three women who reflect on the promise of the future, while revealing the pain of the present and their regrets of the past. The musical was written and directed by Thomas W. Jones II. It will run at the Metro Stage, located at 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria, Va. from Sept. 17 to Nov. 2.For tickets or more information, visit http://www.metrostage.org/three-sistahs.html#.VA7gpMJdWSo.last_img

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Digital screen use may up wellbeing in teenagers

first_imgSpending hours in front of digital screen may be harmful for adolescents. However, but moderate use may not harm but increase their well-being, researchers say.“Digital screens are now an inextricable part of modern childhood. Our findings suggest that adolescents’ moderate screen use has no detectable link to well-being and levels of engagement above these points are modestly correlated with well-being,” said lead researcher Andrew Przybylski, psychological scientist at the University of Oxford. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings showed that as a result of a digital “sweet spot” between low and high technology use, moderate screen time can increase teenagers’ well-being. This sweet spot benefits teenagers’ well-being by providing opportunities to develop social connections and skills, the researchers said.For the study, the researchers examined data measuring screen time and well-being collected from 120,115 teenagers, with an average of 15 year olds.  Nearly all of the participating adolescents reported spending time using at least one type of digital technology on a daily basis. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe also reported spending more time engaging in digital activities on weekend days than on weekdays and that they spent more time using smartphones in overall compared with watching TV.Using statistical methods to determine the tipping point for each type of activity, the researchers found that on weekdays, teenagers’ well-being peaked at about 1 hour and 40 minutes of video-game play, about 1 hour 57 minutes of smartphone use, about 3 hours and 41 minutes of watching videos, and about 4 hours and 17 minutes of using computers.However, above these tipping points, screen time turned potentially harmful and was associated with decreased well-being.The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

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US samesex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

first_imgFilipino LGBTs (Lesbians Gays Bisexual and Transgenders) hold hands as they gather for a Gay Pride rally Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Mania, Philippines to push for LGBT rights and to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all U.S. states as a victory for their cause. The rally was scheduled to commemorate the 1969 demonstrations in New York City that started the gay rights movement around the world. Jonas Bagas, executive director of the pro-LGBT rights group TLF Share, said the U.S. court ruling “will reverberate in other corners of the world.” (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Marriage equality is also not part of the conversation in many parts of Africa, where more than two-thirds of the countries treat homosexuality as a crime.That is true of Cameroon, which has pursued dozens of prosecutions in recent years under an anti-gay law imposing up to five years in prison for same-sex acts.Lambert Lamba, a leading Cameroonian activist who has been imprisoned on accusations of violating anti-gay laws, said he was “exulting” in the U.S. ruling.“It’s a giant step for the fight in the United States,” he said. “And it confirms for me that we can take giant steps in Cameroon as well.”___Associated Press writers Oliver Teves in Manila, Philippines; Nirmala George in New Delhi; Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia; Debora Rey in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Milos Krivokapic in Paris; Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin; and Karin Laub in Amman, Jordan, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories In Australia, where parliament may vote on a same-sex marriage law later this year despite opposition from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, legislators who back the measure said the U.S. ruling leaves Australia alone among developed, English-speaking nations in its refusal to legalize marriages between same sex couples.Opinion polls show backing for the measure has increased in Australia in the month since Ireland endorsed same-sex marriage. Opposition leader Bill Shorten — capitalizing on the momentum building in other countries — introduced the bill in Parliament just days after Ireland voted.He said Saturday that Australians should see the U.S. ruling as “a call to action.” Legislator Janet Rice, Greens Party leader, called the U.S. ruling “the loudest call yet for marriage equality in Australia .”Still, staunch opposition remains, with Australian Marriage Forum president David van Gend calling the U.S. Supreme Court decision proof of “moral dementia.”“We must not let that happen here,” van Gend said.The issue is different in India, where activists believe the U.S. ruling may make Indian judges and legislators feel uncomfortably isolated by the 2013 Indian Supreme Court decision to reinstate a colonial-era law making homosexuality a crime. The law calls homosexuality an “unnatural offense” punishable by 10 years in jail. In the past, police have used it to harass people and demand bribes from gays.Ashok Row Kavi, head of the Humsafar Trust advocacy group, said the U.S. ruling may force India’s highest court to take a fresh look at the issue.“In the light of globalization, the (Indian) Supreme Court judgment is being cited as a totally reactionary judgment,” he said. “A judgment that goes against the whole concept of human rights which had been on a progressive upsurge in India.”At gay pride parades in Dublin, Paris and other cities Saturday, the U.S. ruling was hailed by many as a watershed.“Soon in all countries we will be able to marry,” said Celine Schlewitz, a 25-year-old nurse taking part in the Paris parade. “Finally a freedom for everyone.”The U.S. ruling boosted street celebrations Saturday in Dublin, where Ireland mounted the biggest gay rights parade in the country’s history.Led by rainbow banners and drag queens, more than 60,000 people paraded through Dublin at the culmination of a weeklong gay rights festival in the Irish capital. While the mood was already high following Ireland’s referendum last month to legalize gay marriage — becoming the first nation to do so by popular vote — many marchers said the Supreme Court decision provided a bonus reason to celebrate. Influence is a two-way street. Five years ago, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage. Activists there said they believe their example helped influence the U.S., and that Friday’s U.S. ruling will in turn shape attitudes and actions in other Latin American countries.“The U.S. decision will have a big impact in other countries,” said Esteban Paulon, president of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals, adding that his organization contributed documentation to U.S. legal groups arguing the case before the Supreme Court. “Sometimes U.S. influence is negative, but we believe in this case it will be positive and accelerate the process of approving gay marriage in other parts of the world.”Twenty-one countries now allow same-sex marriage, according to the Pew Research Center, and Mexico permits it in some states, with many other countries offering various legal rights that fall short of marriage to same-sex couples. In most of those countries, well-organized advocacy groups are lobbying for full marriage rights.These movements, and startup campaigns incubating in other countries as well, may get a real but hard-to-measure boost from the U.S. Supreme Court. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img LONDON (AP) — The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause.In the Philippines, in India, in Australia and elsewhere, gay rights advocates think the U.S. ruling may help change attitudes, just as American activists — and judges, educators and legislators — had earlier been influenced by the easy acceptance of same-sex marriage in some European countries, where the laws were changed smoothly without much fuss. Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like In today’s wired world, political movements cross national boundaries in the blink of an eye, and the trend toward legal acceptance of same-sex marriage is gaining pace, though still rejected outright in some parts of the globe. The U.S. is neither laggard nor leader in this movement, which reflects a fundamental change in public views in many parts of the world, but the ruling of its highest court is expected to have a ripple effect elsewhere.In the Philippines, activists seeking to win legal recognition for same-sex marriages believe the U.S. ruling will be useful, particularly since the country’s legal setup is largely based on the U.S. system, said Sylvia Estrada Claudio, a gender rights advocate and professor at the University of the Philippines.“This ruling will have positive repercussions for our own movements here,” she said.The Philippines’ civil code limits marriage to a union between a man and a woman — but the constitutionality of this proviso is being challenged by a lawyer, Jesus Nicardo Falcis III.Countries are taking different routes to the same conclusion: the U.S. pathway relied on a Supreme Court ruling to establish that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, while Ireland last month used a popular vote that showed strong public backing, despite the country’s deep Catholic roots. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology “Everybody seems to be gay in Dublin today,” said Sen. David Norris, Ireland’s most prominent gay rights activist. He quipped that Ireland was pleased to see the United States, though the Supreme Court judgment, “start to catch up to us.”In other countries where gay sex is treated as a crime, beleaguered activists said they took heart from the U.S. ruling even though same-sex marriage is not on the horizon. In most cases, activists seek to decriminalize homosexuality before pressing for marriage rights and other benefits.In the deeply conservative Arab world, where homosexuality is regarded as a crime in many countries, some clerics warned that the U.S. ruling would lead to the collapse of civilizations.In Jordan, where homosexuality is not illegal but is considered taboo, one member of the small gay community said the U.S. ruling is “a victory for human rights in general and gives everyone hope.”He is hopeful same-sex marriage will one day be legal in Jordan.“In this region, we are going through the dark ages, and when we come out, we will move toward full rights,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared the consequences of being identified as gay. Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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Growing Demand Buoys Builder Confidence

first_img builders Confidence Demand homes HOUSING Lumber market National Association of Home Builders Single-Family Homes 2018-05-15 Radhika Ojha Builder Confidence reached a high of 70 points for the fourth time in 2018 according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released on Tuesday. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) derives this index from a monthly survey that gauges builder perception of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months. The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers. The scores for each component are then used to calculate the seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good.Builder confidence in the market rose two points against April according to the survey, while the HMI chart gauging current sales conditions increased two points to 76 in May.Despite the solid numbers of the May report due to “growing consumer demand for single-family homes,” Randy Noel, Chairman, NAHB said that record high prices of lumber were hurting bottom lines and “making it more difficult to produce competitively priced houses for newcomers to the market.”Explaining the factors that were likely to increase consumer demand, Robert Dietz, Chief Economist at NAHB said, “Tight housing inventory, employment gains, and demographic tailwinds should continue to boost demand for newly-built single-family homes.” Additionally, he said that these fundamentals were likely to improve the housing market at a steady pace in the months ahead.The HMI data measuring buyer traffic and builder expectations in the next six months, however, remained unchanged at 51 and 77 respectively.Regionally, on a quarterly basis, HMI data for the West and Northeast remained unchanged at 76 and 55 respectively, while the index declined one point each to 72 and 65 for the South and Midwest. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News May 15, 2018 593 Views center_img Growing Demand Buoys Builder Confidence Sharelast_img read more

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In an act of pure class Arizona Cardinals tight e

first_imgIn an act of pure class, Arizona Cardinals tight end Todd Heap flew to Baltimore on Monday to attend former Ravens owner Art Modell’s funeral.Nestor: Todd Heap is in #Ravens locker room now chatting w/Pitta & Flacco. Flew in for Art Modell funeral. All class…— WNST (@WNST) September 11, 2012 Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Heap played 10 seasons in Baltimore after being drafted from Arizona State University.Modell was 87. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

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