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US Federal Court judge denies Standing Rock Sioux Tribe request to stop

first_imgAPTN National NewsA U.S. Federal Court judge on Friday denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction to stop the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline.Thousands are gathered on the North Dakota side of the Standing Rock reservation in anticipation of the Friday ruling.It has become one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the U.S. over the past century.The Tribe has argued the pipeline threatens the tribe’s sole water source and will destroy burial grounds and sacred sites.-More to comelast_img read more

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Moroccan F16 Warplane Goes Missing in Yemen

Rabat – A Moroccan F-16 jet-fighter that is taking part in the Saudi-led coalition against the Houtis in Yemen has gone missing on Sunday, the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces said in a statement. The warplane was hit at 6 pm local time, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). It is unclear whether the pilot has ejected himself form the jet. A pilot of the same squadron could not confirm if the pilot ejected himself from the warplane, the communique added, according to MAP. An investigation is underway, the same source added.Morocco is among the countries participating in the military campaign against the Houthi rebels, a Shia group supported by Iran.Since the first day of the bombardment, which started on March 26, Rabat was among the first countries to express its solidarity with Saudi Arabia. read more

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It Will Not be Peaceful For Metta In OKC

James Harden and Metta World Peace will meet again tonight.Tonight will not be so pleasant for Metta World Peace in Oklahoma City.  And he does not plan to make it any easier.Instead of showing remorse about violently elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden three weeks ago – an act that earned the Los Angeles Lakers’ forward a seven-game suspension – the former Ron Artest said he will not offer an apologetic handshake to Harden.That only will make the booing he will hear every time he touches the ball.Why won’t he show more contrition?“I don’t shake hands with substitutes,” he said.Harden, who won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award last week,  was not fazed. “I’m not worried about him or what he has to say,” Harden said.World Peace told reporters that mebers of the Thunder intentionally ignore the pre-game ritual of players shaking hands as a sign of mutual respect. “I shake everybody’s hand before the game, but Oklahoma City, they don’t shake hands … Kendrick Perkins and now (Russell) Westbrook don’t shake hands either.”Lakers captain Kobe Bryant admitted the OKC fans will use the situation as motivation. “The crowd is obviously going to have a field day with that (World Peace’s return). I’m sure their players will generate some type of energy from it. For us, we just got to keep our poise and do what we do.” read more

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Shamima Begums baby is British and could return to the UK say

Begum, 19, was told yesterday Home Secretary Sajid Javid had decided to strip her of her British citizenship, four years after she fled the UK to join ISIL in Syria and marry a Dutch-born Isil fighter. As a result, she will be banned from Britain as her return would “not be conducive to the public good”, a move that could only be taken because the Home Office claims she has dual British-Bangladesh nationality due to her parents being from Bangladesh. The newborn baby of Shamima Begum is a British citizen and could return to the UK despite the teenage mother losing her citizenship over her support for the terror group  Isil, according to lawyers. Without dual nationality, it is illegal under international… read more

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The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance

first_imgIn June 2006, representatives of mining companies, trade associations, retail jewellers and NGOs met in Vancouver, Canada to discuss the potential development of responsible mining performance standards and a system to independently ensure compliance with them. The Vancouver Dialogue meeting was the culmination of a more informal series of prior meetings among a limited number of companies and NGOs. The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) was created as a result of the Vancouver Dialogue.Participants in the Vancouver Dialogue expressed support for an independent, third party assurance system which would ensure that mines operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Recognizing the need for such a system, they agreed on the following goals:The IRMA will outline a system to independently assure conformance to a clear set of performance standards which will demonstrate to communities, governments, consumers, and the public that a mine has been developed and operated in a responsible mannerThe IRMA will draw upon and be guided by other distinct, but complementary, efforts that have been completed or are underway within the mining sector and other sectors, such as the ICMM and its principles for sustainable development, the Framework for Responsible Mining, the Mining Certification Evaluation Project, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices Code, and the International Cyanide Management CodeThe IRMA process will be fully transparent to all stakeholdersThe IRMA will be led by a broadly-based multi-sector group.An IRMA Co-ordinating Committee (RCC) was established to co-ordinate the affairs of the Initiative. The RCC was tasked with finalizing the Vision and Mission Statements developed during the Dialogue as follows:Vision – Mining will be consistent with healthy communities and environments, andleave positive legacies.Mission – To develop a multi-stakeholder generated and supported assurance programme for environmentally and socially responsible mining that:Is independently verifiableEnsures the fair and equitable distribution of benefits to communities (including First Nations and indigenous peoples), while respecting and protecting their rightsResponds effectively to potentially negative impacts to the environment, health, safety, and cultureEnhances shareholder value.The IRMA intends to build upon a number of activities, initiatives, processes and projects, which preceded the Vancouver Dialogue. These resulted in tools that can be used in the establishment of an assurance process, which could create value for mineral product companies, their shareholders, and other stakeholders. Yet none of them are sufficient to stand alone as a basis for a comprehensive programme/system for assurance at a mine site level.IRMA Participants felt that a robust assurance system that effectively and efficiently measured compliance against an agreed set of performance standards would result in genuine added value. The Participants represent a wide range of NGO, community, retail, and industry perspectives. IRMA seeks to be open to participation from companies and stakeholders with direct involvement in these issues. While wanting to be inclusive, participants also recognize that a process needs to be established to review and approve potential participants based on consistent criteria. Therefore the IRMA Coordinating Committee will seek to develop and establish just such a process. The group noted that regional realities – specifically those in the North and South – will need to be considered, and geographic balance should be sought in future discussions. Given the differences and sensitivities inherent in diverse geographies, the development and application of standards should be undertaken with an eye toward adaptability to the regional or local context.If the IRMA is to be successful and create value for its stakeholders, it must achieve outcomes that can be supported by all stakeholders, and to that end, the Participants agreed to work within the spirit of a set of principles described below. The RCC will operate within the same spirit.Although Participants may disagree with elements of the outcomes, the goal is to achieve at least a critical mass of players needed to advance to the next step. Participants may also agree to disagree on some decisions. In such cases, the reasons for disagreement and possible ways forward shall be identified in an effort to build critical mass. Participants will recognize and seek to follow the following principles:· Each Participant has an obligation to engage in a constructive manner by:Fully exploring issues and searching for mutually acceptable solutions in a problem-solving atmosphereArticulating interests, proposing alternatives, listening to proposals and endeavouring to build agreements.Each Participant has the right to expect:Adequate time and opportunity to become informed and to discuss issues as appropriate to their relative complexity and importanceA transparent articulation of areas of agreement and disagreementReasonable and timely opportunity to review and comment on draft outputs and substantive decisions of the IRMA. All documents and other outputs will be considered drafts until each participant has had a reasonable opportunity to consult with her/his constituenciesRespect by other Participants of his/her opinions and the right to be heard.When unable to convey support of an outcome by the home constituency, a participant has an obligation to:Explain how the issue is of importance to that constituency whom she/he representsDescribe how that constituency would be adversely impactedSuggest an alternative that takes into account the interests of other constituentsPrior to reaching an agreement, all Participants collectively will have the obligation to review the draft agreement with their “constituency”All discussions on a possible outcome package are tentative until:agreement by a critical mass is reached, including the possibility that a critical mass of participants come to the conclusion that agreement is only possible on some itemsor a conclusion that agreement by a critical mass cannot be reached.In order to meet the needs of all stakeholders (i.e. mining companies, trade associations, labour, NGOs and civil society groups, communities, retailers, investors and insurers, governments, and others) such a system should:Be designed in a straightforward and open manner, (i.e. so that all stakeholders have the information they need to make decisions about sourcing, investing, regulatory approval, sanctioning, etc.)Include “certification” standards – establish measurable, leading edge best practices against which performance can be measured and independently verifiedAllow for ”continuous improvement” – create incentives for and recognition of improved performance at existing mines that are on a pathway toward certification, or those that may never achieve a certification standard (but where improvement is possible)Create a transparent reporting system.The RCC was established to co-ordinate the affairs of IRMA, including its management and administration. The initial membership of the Committee was agreed during the June meeting as follows:Three members from a mining industry perspective: Mick Roche (BHP Billiton), Dave Baker (Newmont), and Anne Marie Fleury (ICMM)Four members from an NGO and community perspective: Steve D’Esposito (Earthworks), Marta Miranda (WWF) and two remaining community or NGO representatives still to be identifiedThree members from a jewellery retail perspective: Dee Breazeale (Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club), Michael Rae (CRJP) and Rob Headley (Tiffany & Co).The Participants expect that the organizational structure will be developed and operated with a view to keeping it as simple and flexible as possible.Working groups may be established by the RCC utilizing the following criteria:The task, membership, and timeline of these working groups should be clearly identified at the time they are established. When they have completed their mandate they will be dissolvedThose invited to serve on working groups may be persons other than the initial IRMA ParticipantsWorking groups shall inform and support the work of the RCC, and the Participants. The purpose of the working groups is not to reach decisions, but to facilitate decision-making by the RCC and the IRMA by providing information that may include options and recommendations. At the June IRMA meeting, the Participants provided the RCC with a list of initial tasks and guidance to finalize an organizational plan for the IRMA and operating procedures for the RCC, and develop a work plan for the activities to be undertaken within the IRMA.Participants at the June IRMA meeting agreed that:The development of standards will require consideration of underlying issues that reflect diverse and sometimes conflicting interestsThere is sufficient background material on many key environmental, social, and governance issues to begin establishing a “core” set of standards for “responsible” miningNot all issues have been sufficiently considered, researched, analyzed or tested to enable the development of a draft standard immediately.As a starting point, participants discussed the following issues and agreed that IRMA will seek to write a standard for each issue (listed here in no particular order of importance).· Transparency of revenue and payments· Government capacity to monitor/ oversee mine sites· Territorial/indigenous peoples’ rights/access to land· Free prior, and informed consent of communities· Community capacity to engage effectively/consultation· Child labor/human rights· Involuntary resettlement· Artisanal mining· Loss of livelihood· Legacy sites· Reporting/Information disclosure at mine site· Protected areas· Biodiversity protection· Perpetual water treatment· Financial surety and assured closure plans· By-product stewardship and management· Riverine tailings disposal· Submarine tailings disposal· Shallow marine tailings disposal· Emission discharge controlsThe RCC has been mandated to continue its work until July 1, 2007 at which timeprogress toward achieving the above-mentioned goals will be reviewed. At this time, theParticipants will determine whether the IRMA should continue, based on a review of its effectiveness in the preceding 12 months.last_img read more

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Reilly wont be forced to give more details on primary care criteria

first_imgHEALTH MINISTER James Reilly will not be forced to offer extra information on the criteria he used to compile a final list of towns being considered for new primary care centres.The Dáil chairman, Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, says Reilly has fulfilled his requirements under Dáil rules to answer parliamentary questions put to him by Sinn Féin’s health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.Dáil rules require ministers to address “each and every request for information” made by any TD in the course of a parliamentary question, but not to specifically answer each question.Barrett had upheld a complaint from Ó Caoláin, who complained that his own parliamentary questions – which asked Reilly “detail the exact criteria which were used to identify the 35 priority primary care centres” – had not been fully answered.In a statement this evening, the Oireachtas said Barrett had upheld the complaint because Reilly had not responded to one part of the question.“The Ceann Comhairle examined the Minister’s reply and found that it had failed to address the request for information in relation to the final list of 35 centres only,” the statement said.This was communicated to both Reilly and Ó Caoláin on Wednesday, leading Reilly to issue a further response naming the 35 towns on the final shortlist.An examination of Ó Caoláin’s questions, however, shows Ó Caoláin did not explicitly ask for the list of 35 towns – and openly referenced the fact that the final list of 35 centres had been announced in mid-July.Though Ó Caoláin also asked for the full list of 200 centres, from which the final 35 had been selected, Barrett said Reilly’s response – that “it was not proposed to publish the list at this time” – was a sufficient response as far as Dáil rules were concerned.Barrett said he believed this correspondence fulfilled Reilly’s requirements, and that therefore no further complaint could be made against him.“The Ceann Comhairle is satisfied that the Minister has discharged his obligations under Standing Order 40A,” he said.The Oireachtas statement said Barrett had wanted to put some facts on the record “in the interest of ensuring that the Office of Ceann Comhairle does not become involved in controversy of a party political nature”.Read: Kenny pressed to publish all documents on primary care site selectionlast_img read more

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Glissement de terrain en Colombie déjà 20 corps retrouvés

first_imgGlissement de terrain en Colombie : déjà 20 corps retrouvésLe nombre de victimes du glissement de terrain survenu dimanche dans la région de Medellin,  en Colombie, est actuellement de 20. Un chiffre qui pourrait s’alourdir au fur et à mesure du travail des secouristes, plus d’une centaine de personnes étant toujours portées disparues.C’est à mains nues – sans doute pour éviter de blesser d’éventuels survivants – et aidés de chiens renifleurs que les sauveteurs fouillent les dizaines de maisons de Bello, dans la banlieue de Medellin (nord-ouest de la Colombie), ensevelies dimanche par un glissement de terrain. Selon le ministre de l’Intérieur German Vargas, 4 victimes sont venues s’ajouter aux 16 dont faisait état hier matin le maire de la localité. Plus de 100 personnes sont toujours portées disparues.Provoqué par des semaines de pluies torrentielles, le glissement de terrain s’est produit dans le quartier de La Gabriela. Plusieurs familles ont été relogées dans des refuges, tandis que d’autres ont quitté le secteur par crainte d’une nouvelle catastrophe. Le président Juan Manuel Santos a indiqué que le gouvernement envisageait de déclarer l’état d’urgence.Le 7 décembre 2010 à 11:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Michelle Gomez Breaks Whovian Hearts Announces Departure

first_imgStay on target Another one bites the dust: Michelle Gomez this week revealed plans to leave Doctor Who at the end of season 10.The Scottish actor appeared in only a handful of episodes since her debut as Missy in 2014.But in every one of them, she’s brought style, charisma, levity, and a chilling brilliance that I (and I’m sure many fans) will deeply miss.A familiar face among UK viewers, Gomez has been working steadily since the mid-’90s, gaining fame for comedy parts in The Book Group, Green Wing, and Bad Education.She became an instant hit among international audiences, as well, playing the mysterious Missy, revealed to be a female regeneration of the classic villain.Childhood frenemies reunite (via BBC America)“Short for Mistress,” she explains to childhood frenemy the Doctor in “Dark Water.” “Well, I couldn’t very well keep calling myself ‘the Master,’ now could I?”Let’s have a moment of silence for that acerbic wit we’ll so heartbreakingly be deprived of come 2018.Fans aren’t the only ones mourning the impending loss of Gomez’s steampunk-Mary Poppins Time Lord.“[I’ll miss] the fact that it was probably one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” she told Radio Times. “The fact that I’m a woman of a certain age who’s this ass-kicking action figure.”The Doctor, Missy, and her army of Cybermen (via BBC America)There were, of course, a few downsides to the character.“I won’t miss the corset because that was agony, and I’m a woman that likes a big lunch. And that’s not fun to wear after you’ve had two helpings and dessert,” Gomez continued.“So I won’t miss that. But I’ll miss the amazing, wonderful, incredible Peter Capaldi, who I think is one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had,” she added. “I’ll miss somebody like Steven Moffat writing me the best lines I’ve ever had in my career.“I won’t miss the rain in Wales [says the native Glaswegian], but I will miss Wales. And the incredible crew that work so hard. It does not work for them, it’s a passion, and that’s wonderful to be surrounded by. It’s very inspiring and energizing.“Yeah, I’m gonna miss a lot about that job” Gomez concluded. “It was a great job.”Kindred spirits (via BBC)It’s not over yet, though. Starting with this week’s “Extremis,” the self-proclaimed queen of evil is set to return for at least three more episodes—including the two-part series finale when Missy is expected to team up with (or battle against) former Master incarnation John Simm.This year’s Christmas special also marks the end for Twelfth Doctor Capaldi and showrunner Moffat.“My pals are going, so I’m going,” Gomez told Radio Times. “I mean, what would I do without Peter and Steven? Who would I be?“Nah, it’s done now,” she confirmed. “It’s over. It’s the end of a chapter.” HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Conch facing sharp declines development and poachers blamed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamian conch is in grave danger and while there is dispute on how much danger the mollusk is facing when it comes to its population; there is no doubt that something must be done to save the Bahamian conch and the conch fishing industry.    An InterAmerican Development Bank report says that declines are at 80% and that one way to stem the drastic drop in conchs is to cut back on exportation.The Bahamas Commercial Fisheries Alliance, BCFA said that suggestion was made before by their organization and he disputes that the decline in conchs is as high as 80%.   The IDB report supports a half a million dollar project, to be spearheaded by the Bahamas National Trust, which is to unravel in the Family Islands.   The report also said that significant number of families are impacted by the fall in conch numbers; this impacts food security and the economy – in fact the IDB says fishing for conch has now become unviable, ie, a waste of time for 9,000 fisherman.It is a staggering analysis which Adrian LaRoda, President of the BCFA explained is mainly caused by  foreign poachers and increased coastal development.   Tribune Business carries the story where the IDB report outlines that “Densities in the Bahamas have dropped since the 1980s from 50 per hectare to 10 per hectare, a density too low to sustain reproduction.   Low queen conch densities observed at several Family Islands such as Andros Island suggest that queen conch fishing is no longer viable in some locations.”#MagneticMediaNews#conchfacingsharpdecline Related Items:#conchfacingsharpdecline, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Hundreds gather for the service of San Diegos own Brandon Stapper

first_imgHundreds gather for the service of San Diego’s own Brandon Stapper March 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of people showed up tonight to celebrate the life of a local entrepreneur who was killed in a tragic accident in Africa.Friends and family of Brandon Stapper gathered at the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park to remember the man they say was “extremely good at what he did.”33 year old Stapper and 2 other men from San Diego were among a total of 5 people killed when their sightseeing helicopter crashed in a national park in Kenya.Strapper was known as a successful businessman in San Diego last_img read more

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Digital Platform ePals Acquires Carus

first_imgIn order to aid its move into the home subscription market, educational digital platform ePals Corporation acquires Carus Publishing Company, along with its magazine, book and retail assets. Under terms of the deal, ePals will pay $5 million in cash and $10 million in stock and will merge Carus into an indirect subsidiary.Carus’ 2010 revenues were $16 million and EBITDA was just under $1 million. The company’s net loss in 2010 was about $270,000.Carus Publishing Company includes the Cricket Magazine Group, Cobblestone Publishing and Open Court Publishing divisions. The Cricket Magazine Group houses 14 titles for children aged up to 14 years. Consumer subscriptions total 300,000, with institutional subscriptions bringing in 80,000 subs. The acquisition also includes Carus’ Ladybug iPhone app, as well as a content licensing business with three localized Chinese publications.ePals, which went public earlier this year, will have ownership of 600,000 paid subscriptions upon completion of the acquisition; this in addition to 7 million registered users in classrooms and homes in over 200 countries and territories. The company’s current content partners include National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institute. ePals’s digital Global Community is represent by brands like email program SchoolMail, communication and collaboration tool LearningSpace and e-mentoring program In2Books. Carus launched in 1887. Its flagship magazine, Cricket, debuted in 1973. In addition to its magazine and book sector, Carus’ portfolio also includes crafts, toys and gifts.More on this topic Printer Launches Updatable Mobile Magazine App Service Paste Returns? Music Mag Acquired, Set to Relaunch as Digital Edition Hearst Completes U.K. Portion of Lagerdere Acquisition Digital Newsstand Zinio.com Reports 154 Percent Growth in Transactions Over 2005 (posted 10/18) Quebecor Finalizes $55M Reader’s Digest Deal Former Meredith Exec Joins National Journal as PresidentJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered bylast_img read more

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Prospecting UpSells with Behavioral Analytics

first_imgThe first chart shows the daily use profile for two different individual subscribers by graphing the total number of reports accessed over a 90-day period. Each daily use profile is color coded based on the unique devices used to access the reports. The daily use profile with just the blue color shows how one subscriber’s account accessed reports via a single device. The daily use profile with multiple colors shows how the other subscriber’s account accessed reports via five devices.Whereas the daily use profile with one color represents a loyal subscriber, the daily use profile with five colors is a prospect for an up-sell because of unmonetized demand of multiple users sharing one subscriber’s account. But how can you be sure the multi-color profile isn’t simply a raving fan? In paid content, one of the challenges for corporate sales is finding demand for content that can be monetized—finding a good lead. Our research shows one of the best sources for leads is within existing individual subscribers where several individuals are sharing access to the paid content. The charts below show a typical example of how to identify an individual subscriber that is a lead for an up-sell to a corporate or group agreement. The number two is a good start. In the hourly use profile for each account, the shared account has twice as many active hours as the individual account. Additionally, some devices are active earlier than other devices, but overlap on their activity which means they are used in different time zones. Also, note the individual account profile shows inactivity for lunch in the middle of the day. There are no low activity hours for the shared account, rather it peaks at the periods of most overlap between devices.Looking at the quarterly use profile, it becomes clear that each of the shared account devices were active throughout the period. Unlike the individual account which had ten inactive work-days during the period, the shared account had no inactive days.  Digging deeper into the quarterly profile, the shared account consumes three times the content as compared to the individual account. Matt Shanahan is senior vice president of marketing and strategy for Scout Analytics.last_img read more

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The toprated Tribit XFree Tune wireless overtheear headphones drop to just 3249

first_img Share your voice 9 Tags 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. Comments The folding Tribit XFree Tune headphones look and sound luxurious, but the price tag is all cheapskate. Sarah Tew/CNET Just last year, CNET audio guru David Carnoy was delighted to discover that the $50 Tribit XFree Tune over-the-ear wireless headphones offered “terrific sound for the money.”Right now, today, I’m delighted to tell you that Cheapskate readers can score the Tribit XFree Tune over-the-ear wireless headphones for $32.49. That’s after clicking the on-page 5% off coupon and then applying promo code DLTXFREE at checkout.See at AmazonCarnoy’s XFree Tune review is the best place to start if you want the full scoop on these, as I haven’t had the chance to try them myself.I can tell you that the carrying case is included at this price; it’s not $5 extra as mentioned in the review. And speaking of reviews, the headphones scored a genuinely impressive 4.6-star average rating from over 700 buyers.Other important things to know: Tribit promises a whopping 40 hours of playtime on a charge (though it takes a full 4 hours to recharge), and you can also bypass Bluetooth in favor of a wired connection (cord included), which requires no power at all.I think these would make a great gift for a mom, dad or grad.Read more: The best headphones for 2019 Bonus deal: One of my favorite recent sci-fi books is on sale for $2Not to be confused with the sci-fi TV series of the same name, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a twisty, trippy sci-fi novel that was among my favorite reads of the past few years.The Kindle edition normally sells for $10, but for a limited time, you can grab Dark Matter for just $2. If you’re more into the Barnes & Noble or Google Play e-book ecosystems, it’s on sale in both those stores for the same price.See at AmazonI’ll just add that this isn’t “hard sci-fi,” if that’s what you’re hoping for. Rather, it’s a fast-paced page-turner, with some fresh twists on old tropes. I couldn’t put it down. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Now playing: Watch this: 1:25 The Cheapskate Tribit XFree Tune: A cheap Bluetooth headphone that sounds… Headphones Digital Media Amazonlast_img read more

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Infrastructure Repairs After Harvey Expected To Exceed 100 Million In Harris County

first_img Share Photo by Harris County Flood Control DistrictErosion, failed concrete, sinkholes and slope failures are some of the problems that the Harris County Flood Control District notes need to be fixed in the county’s drainage infrastructure because of the damages caused by hurricane Harvey.The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) expects the total cost of repairs of drainage infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey to exceed $100 million.The HCFCD noted in a news release that it has identified more than 500 repair projects that cover over 150 channel miles across Harris County’s 22 watersheds.Erosion, failed concrete, failed pipes, sinkholes and slope failures are some of the problems that the HCFCD notes need to be repaired.Repairs in Buffalo Bayou’s south slope, near Briar Forest Drive and Gessner Road, and in a section of Brays Bayou near Calhoun Road are two examples of operations that are already underway. Executive Director of HCFCD, Russ Poppe, said that repairing the damage “will require sustained effort over many months.”The projects will be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies that assist in disaster recovery for reimbursement under the federal Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration.last_img read more

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Councilman Larry Greens Replacement Sworn In

first_img Share Twitter via @SylvesterTurnerThe new city council member for Houston’s District K will be sworn in today.Martha Castex-Tatum won the special election earlier this month to replace the late council member Larry Green, who died in March of an accidental drug overdose.Castex-Tatum will serve the remainder of Green’s term, which ends in 2019.It’s official! Congratulations on new District K City Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum who was officially sworn in this morning #HouCouncil pic.twitter.com/ScxAb5Tdle— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) May 16, 2018last_img read more

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Entertainers Political Figures Lead Pomp and Circumstance for Class of 2014

first_imgCommencement season for colleges and universities in the Baltimore-Washington corridor will feature controversial figures as major entertainers and personalities address the graduates of the class of 2014 and receive honorary degrees.Baltimore native Wes Moore, best- selling author, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and broadcast executive, will deliver the keynote address at the University of Maryland, College Park, May 16. Moore, a Rhodes Scholar and Johns Hopkins graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate at the commencement exercises.At the UMD graduation, the list of honorary degrees includes an honorary doctor of public service to be issued to Michael Cryor, chairman of the Board of Visitorsof the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine. Cryor, president of The Cryor Group, is a past chairman of the Maryland State Democratic Party and a member of the board of directors of Baltimore Gas & Electric.Patricia L. Schmoke, wife of former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke and a practicing ophthalmologist in Baltimore, will be the commencement speaker at Coppin State University’s graduation ceremony May 17. She earned her undergraduate degree at Coppin State.Dr. Schmoke, a Baltimore native, is a member of Links Incorporated Harbor City Chapter; The Monumental Medical Society; University of Maryland Cancer Center, and a diplomat of the Maryland Board of Ophthalmology.Calvin Butler, chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric, will be the commencement speaker at Morgan State University’s ceremony on May 17. Butler, who received the YMCA’s African American and Hispanic Leadership Award, received his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.Shirley Sherrod, a civil rights activist who was forced to resign as Georgia StateDirector of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture after a maliciously edited video suggested she was a racist, will be the commencement speaker at Sojourner Douglass College graduation exercises June 29 in Baltimore.In D.C., Mother’s Day weekend will mark graduation ceremonies for Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).Entertainment mogul and Howard dropout Sean Combs is to deliver the mainaddress at Howard’s graduation exercises when honorary degrees are to be awarded to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer; Clive Callender, a surgery professor at Howard’s medical school (and the first doctor to perform a transplantat Howard University Hospital); jazz artist Benny Golson, and PepsiCo chairman and chief executive Indra Nooyi.Also on May 11, Mary Frances Berry, former chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will deliver the commencement address at UDC. She also was the Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) and has held the posts of provost of the University of Maryland and chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder.She will join Marie Johns, former Deputy Administrator for the Small Business Administration, and William R. Spaulding, who served on the first elected D.C. City Council, as UDC honorary degree recipients.On May 19, Norman R. Augustine, regent of the University System of Maryland, will be Bowie State University’s commencement speaker. The event will be held at the Comcast Center in College Park.last_img read more

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Olivia Wilde Alexandria OcasioCortez AAP Rocky Added to SXSW Conference

first_imgPreviously announced keynotes include Jessica Brillhart (film), Joseph Lubin (interactive), Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry (music), Marti Noxon (film), and Kevin Systrom with Josh Constine (interactive).SXSW Conference programming is organized into 25 tracks divided between interactive, film, music, and convergence. The conference will launch on March 8 in conjunction with the 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, which will open with Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us.” The fest will announce the rest of its film lineup on Wednesday.The conference will include sessions with Jim Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, and journalist Soledad O’Brien; Pixar Animation executives Deanna Marsigliese, Josh Holtsclaw, and Paul Abadilla; and Neil Gaiman, author of “Neverwhere,” “Coraline,” “The Graveyard Book,” and “American Gods.”Katzenberg and Whitman will appear with journalist Dylan Byers. Katzenberg is a co-founder and managing partner of holding company WndrCo. He’s also the founder/chairman of Quibi and Whitman is CEO. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Olivia Wilde, and Henry Winkler have been added as speakers at the South by Southwest Conference.Wilde, Endeavor exec Bozoma Saint John, and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger are part of the keynote lineup. Ocasio-Cortez and Winkler are featured speakers, along with A$AP Rocky, Pamela Adlon, Neil Gaiman, Sen. Mazie Hirono, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman, David Crosby, and Cameron Crowe.“We’ve been fortunate to have Olivia Wilde at SXSW numerous times as an actress and producer, and we’re always impressed by her talent and her intelligence,” said Janet Pierson, the festival’s director of film. “We could not be more excited to have her here as a Film Keynote on the eve of her outstanding directorial debut, ‘Booksmart.’”Ocasio-Cortez, who won a Congressional seat in New York last year, will be seen in a discussion with Briahna Gray, senior politics editor at the Intercept. Winkler, who recently earned an Emmy for his role as an acting teacher on the HBO series “Barry,” will appear in an acting workshop session. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Vapium Summit The Vape for the Great Outdoors

first_img DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer Review: Vaping Gets TinyMysterious Incident at E-Cig Plant Left 29 Sick, Fire Chief “Bewildere… Lots of people like being outdoors. Not geeks, usually (hyuck hyuck), but a lot of people. And, unfortunately for, presumably, some of those folks, there aren’t too many solid portable vaporizers that could take a hit if you dropped it. The Firefly 2 I reviewed, for instance, had a chip in the glass after I dropped it five inches once, and I doubt it’d survive a bigger drop.Enter the Vapium Summit Plus, a rough-and-tumble portable vape that you’d feel safe taking on a camping trip. It’s thick, hard shell, is a tough polycarbonate material that feels sturdy enough to tank some serious hits. Making something durable is easy, though, what matters is if it works — and the Vapium Summit is a surprisingly capable machine.Everything about the Summit is impressive. It’s not going to come coated with aluminum or with snazzy, fancy leds all over like the Davinci or PAX. It’s simple, and direct. Pop off the cover to load the bowl, hit the power button once and wait for it to heat up — then you’re ready to go. I could just knock-off there and say the experience is great all the way through and leave it there, but there’s a bit of cleverness and care put into just about every step of that process.If you happen to be worried about losing your bowl cover (as I am wont to do), the Summit’s got you covered with a little string that links it to the frame of the unit. If you’re worried that a ding will make it impossible to attach some critical component — don’t be. Almost everything is held on with the magic of magnets — usually, a feature reserved from top-end portable vaporizers.There’s not too many bells and whistles beyond that, and there doesn’t really need to be. The Summit offers a simple, direct experience. The buttons don’t do anything fancy; you won’t find smoking profiles or other largely unnecessary features. You just have power and temperature settings. Three buttons. Simple, even for *ahem* experienced *ahem* folks. Plus, if you’re genuinely out using this in the wild, there’s an appeal to cresting a literal summit and being able to work a vape with one hand as you gaze out over creation.via vapium.comAnd man is this thing ready to go with you basically anywhere. With an IP54 rating, it’s a lot more rugged than its colleagues, and capable of handling a good deal of water and dust. Even better is that it comes with a dry bag to keep the rest of your gear safe. Vapium doesn’t just care about your vape, they care about your phone, too. The Summit works in basically any temperature you’ll find naturally on Earth, too (for now, anyway). So, as long as you’re where you can breathe, you can probably vape with this in tow.Smoking isn’t quite indulgent here, as it might be with some higher-end models, but even here, it’s clear that corners weren’t cut just to make this the thing a bit more rugged. Chamber heating is a bit slow, but even, and I rarely had to stir my material to keep going. The monstrous 3300 mAh battery holds its charge pretty damned well, too, so you’ll get plenty of hits before needing to charge up. And even then, the Summit uses a standard micro USB, unlike most of its brethren, which means you could plug this into a portable battery bank and be good to go in short order, without having to fiddle with any other attachments, adapters or stands.Vapium’s Summit Plus is a smartly designed masterpiece for the masses. It’s cheap, simple, effective, easy, and it just works.ProsToughLongevitySimple to UsePriceCompact SizeConsCan get uncomfortably warmBottom-line:The Vapium Summit Plus is a great companion for your latest smoking adventure, even if it’s not amidst the reeds of a lake or on the face of a craggy mountain.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Cowboys Should Trade Zeke

first_imgAlso:-Russell Wilson is the NFL’s Steph Curry-Can’t win with Westbrook as a #1-Aaron Rodgers isn’t a Top 3 NFL QB Dallas should trade ZekeEzekiel Elliott is threatening a hold out, and Colin thinks Dallas should trade their star running back instead of being held hostage. He thinks Zeke is an elite talent, but running backs have less value than ever right now, and Elliott’s off field problems are a constant headache.Dallas would be better off trading Zeke and getting a haul of assets than sucking up cap space with a mega deal for a running back. Guests:Chris Broussard, Albert Breer, and TJ Houshmandzadehlast_img read more

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Dam levels update Spioenkop Dam still overflowing

first_imgAlso read: Spioenkop Dam at 101% fullWoodstock Dam is on 98.6% and Sterkfontein Dam 100.7%.The lowest dam in KZN is Goedertrouw Dam, which is at 36.4%.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The water levels in dams in the Ladysmith area are still looking good and are remaining constant due to the good rainfall we have been experiencing over the past few weeks.There has been rain in most of the catchment areas, which has helped to boost water levels in dams and rivers.The following levels are the most recently recorded from this week.Spioenkop Dam is at 100.7% and the Driel Barrage Dam at 98.3%, almost reaching 100%.Also read: Water levels in dams around Ladysmith stay constant, with Cape dam levels droppingAlso read: This is what you need to know about dam levels in the Ladysmith area WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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