WCTV To Host Drone Photography MeetUp On May 19

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — You’ve likely seen stunning drone footage taken around town by aerial photographer Jamie Boudreau. How does he do it? What type of drone does he use? And what advice does he have for those looking to get a drone of their own?Jamie will be part of a WCTV Meet-Up on Sunday, May 19th at 11am to talk about drone photography. Our exact location is TBD, but we plan on being somewhere around Silver Lake. Lisa Kapala is hosting the event. Contact her to RSVP and to learn more at lisa@wctv.org or 978-657-4066.This is not a sanctioned class on drones, nor should it be seen as a formal instruction. But WCTV hopes it’s informational and gives you a sense for how drones work and how Jamie gets such great footage around the region.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV To Host Drone Photography Meet-Up On July 21In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”last_img read more

Sen Marco Rubio is latest lawmaker to propose federal privacy law

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment 0 Mark Zuckerberg addresses Data Privacy at Facebook’s annual developer event in 2018. James Martin/CNET US lawmakers are pondering the best way to regulate consumer privacy, and they’ve put forward several bills in the past few months. Now Sen. Marco Rubio is adding his to the list. Rubio, a Republican from Florida, introduced on Wednesday the American Data Dissemination Act (PDF), saying in a press release that it would protect consumers while allowing businesses to innovate. What’s more, the bill “will protect small businesses and startups while ensuring that consumers are provided with overdue rights and protections,” Rubio said in a statement.The bill follows one introduced in December by a group of 15 Democratic senators that has tech industry support, and another drafted by Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, in November. That one would penalize CEOs with jail time for lying in transparency reports required by the bill. In September, Rep. Suzan DelBene introduced a privacy bill to the US House of Representatives. Silicon Valley companies have been asking for federal privacy legislation since June, when California passed the country’s strictest data privacy law. With the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation in May, the industry is already adjusting to tighter controls on how it uses consumer data.Rubio’s bill would put it up to the US Federal Trade Commission to draft privacy regulations that would then be approved by Congress. The regulations would be based on guidelines established in the Privacy Act of 1974.In an op-ed published Wednesday in The Hill, Rubio said the legislation was necessary in light of the tech industry’s vast power over our personal data, and that the patchwork of state laws in effect today is inadequate. That’s made clear by the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other incidents where consumer data was mishandled, he said.”Tech industry leaders should encourage responsible legislation that provides clear rules for companies to operate under and prevents future scandals,” Rubio said.Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal.The Honeymoon Is Over: Everything you need to know about why tech is under Washington’s microscope. Tech Industry Security Privacylast_img read more

Stan Lee gets starstudded tribute He made us proud to be misfits

first_imgMark Hamill, Seth Green and others celebrated Stan Lee in Hollywood on Wednesday night.  Legion M Late great Marvel legend Stan Lee got the illustrious sendup he deserved Wednesday night in Hollywood, where stars of film, TV, music and comics came together with cosplaying fans to celebrate Lee’s extraordinary life. To kick off the evening, cheering fans gathered outside the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre to hear filmmaker Kevin Smith and many others share their most cherished memories of Lee with hundreds of fans.”Stan wrote simple stories about extraordinary people running toward danger,” said Smith, a longtime friend of Lee’s who hosted the event. “Stan always wanted to write the greatest American novel, but without realizing it he did over and over again,” Smith said. “We didn’t need another In Cold Blood. What we needed was Spider-Man, Hulk and the Avengers.”Lee died in November at 95. But as fans dressed as X-Men, the Avengers, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and other Lee creations posed with excited celebrities and Marvel execs, the feeling in the air was less of sadness than happiness and camaraderie.The event at the TCL Chinese Theatre was aptly titled “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee,” and as actors, producers and writers came on stage to share their favorite memories of working with Lee, their tributes painted a picture of an amazing, fantastic life indeed. As expected there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  The evening also included discussions with stars from the comics world, including Tom DeSanto (X-Men producer), Michael Uslan (Batman producer) and Marv Wolfman (Blade creator).”X-Men were a group of superheroes who protected the very people who hated them, and that taught me what humanity can be,” DeSanto said. “Stan made you always feel like you were capable of anything.”captainamericaA Captain America cosplayer salutes at the tribute to Stan Lee in Hollywood.  Bonnie Burton/CNET Throughout the evening fans laughed, cried and cheered as they were entertained with special presentations from celebrity fans. The American Legion honored Lee for his service in WWII with military musicians playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Fishburne recited Lee’s favorite poem, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. Musician RZA read a quote from Lee about the importance of standing up to tyranny.  Actor Seth Green told a moving story about how he met his wife Clare when they bonded over their mutual love for Lee’s comics. “Stan made us all proud to be misfits and made us feel less alone,” Green said. There were also multiple video tributes from William Shatner, The Rock, George Takei, Doug Jones and others shown on the big screen. A video montage of Lee’s cameos in every Marvel film from Iron Man to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was also shown. Tags More Stan Lee 1:07 TV and Movies Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen Post a comment Stan Lee gets star-studded tribute in Hollywood Stan Lee Mark Hamill Marvel Spiderman The Hulk The Avengers Praise pours in for Marvel’s biggest icon Watch for these Stan Lee cameos in upcoming movies The best Stan Lee characters Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Many of the celebs talking about Lee’s legacy also took a few well-placed jabs at comedian Bill Maher, who mocked Lee’s fans on his talk show last week for still reading comic books as adults. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave an emotional speech about his love of comics — including his rare Wolverine comics collection — when he presented a key to the city to Lee posthumously.  18 Photos Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp actor Laurence Fishburne chimed in with heartwarming stories about growing up reading his favorite comics full of Lee’s creations. He revealed that Lee helped him understand through his superhero stories that “you can be more than just what your surroundings say you’re supposed to be.”But it wasn’t just Lee’s superheroes and villains who taught fans to strive to be better people, Lee also served as an example of how to treat fans.”Stan really connected on a deeper level with everyone he met and spoke with,” actor Felicia Day said on stage. “Stan was great at showing me how we should all treat the people who love what we do.” 0 Watching @ThatKevinSmith, @HamillHimself, Laurence Fishburne, @clarkgregg, @feliciaday & Tom DeSanto share their favorite stories about working with @TheRealStanLee. “Stan loved his fans as much as we loved him.” – Hamill said. #StanLeeTribute @cnet @LegionMOfficial pic.twitter.com/YffjViMAKx— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) January 31, 2019 “Stan would have had a great career in politics,” Garcetti added. “Politics is all about making connections with people, and really listening to them. And Stan did that.”Fans in attendance also had the chance to see a special art exhibit celebrating Lee’s work that included Marvel movie costumes and props of his comic book character creations. All net proceeds from the event’s ticket sales raised money for the nonprofit charity The Hero Initiative, which supports comic book creators, artists and writers in need.  “Stan loved his fans as much as we loved him,” Star Wars star Mark Hamill said. Hamill and Lee recently joined forces on Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest animated series last year, where Hamill voiced the Hydra scientist Arnim Zola. One of the amazing comic book art pieces of Stan Lee in the lobby of @ChineseTheatres in Hollywood for tonight’s #StanLeeTribute. Cc @CNET @LegionMOfficial @TheRealStanLee 😍 pic.twitter.com/ZbI1wvFVAJ— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) January 31, 2019 Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.How to watch every MCU property in the perfect order: From Marvel films to the shows on Netflix, here’s the best order to experience the MCU. Oh look! #XMen cosplayers at #StanLeeTribute 😍 – Stan would have loved this! ❤️ @TheRealStanLee @cnet @LegionMOfficial pic.twitter.com/CjLim5Zb0e— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) January 31, 2019last_img read more

This 32inch Toshiba Fire TV just hit an alltime low 100 Update

first_img Amazon Fire TV Tags Share your voice The Cheapskate Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming 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. Commentscenter_img Amazon Toshiba News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV This 32-inch Toshiba smart TV is only $100. Toshiba Just when I thought all the best TV deals were in the rear-view, bam: Today only, and while supplies last, the Toshiba 32LF221U19 32-inch Fire TV is just $99.99. Are. You. Kidding. Me?See it at AmazonI was pretty excited a week ago when you could score a 24-inch Insignia Fire TV for the same price. This is 35 percent larger!Like Roku TVs, a Fire TV comes with lots of streaming apps: Netflix, Hulu, HBO and so on. (No YouTube, though, which is a definite deal breaker for some.) And you get the benefit of an Alexa-enabled remote, so you can just tell the TV which channel or show you want.What’s more, Fire TV affords access to various Alexa skills and a huge library of Amazon apps. For example, you could play the excellent party game Quiplash — something Roku can’t do. The screen itself tops out at 720p, or a 1,366×768-pixel resolution. This means it’s not ideally suited for computer use. But don’t let that “low” resolution dissuade you: At this size, 1080p isn’t really necessary to enjoy HD goodness.Toshiba provides three HDMI inputs for things like cable boxes and game consoles. Over 3,100 Amazon customers collectively rated this 4.1 stars out of 5.Crazy-good deal. Crazy.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! TVs 6last_img read more

Game of Thrones cinematographer defends too dark episode

first_img 26 Tags Game of Thrones: Every character who died in the Battle of Winterfell Game of Thrones: The Battle of Winterfell was an all-time great episode Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell by the numbers: Who was the MVP? Share your voice Game of Thrones TV and Movies The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, rankedcenter_img Comments 38 Photos Related stories Game of Thrones can get dark in more ways than one. HBO The night is dark and full of terrors… they’re just really hard to see.That’s one of the takeaways of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, The Long Night, shown on HBO on Sunday. It featured a battle that was the culmination of seven seasons of buildup in the war between men and the undead.It’s just many viewers couldn’t see what in Winterfell was happening. The battle itself took 55 nights to film. Here’s how Twitter reacted and here are some tips to adjust your TV in case you had the same issue.In response to that angry horde, the episode’s cinematographer, Fabien Wagner, who also shot acclaimed episode Battle of the Bastards, spoke out about the episode to Wired. He addressed the not-ideal methods people used to watch it.”A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” Wagner said. “A lot of people also unfortunately watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.”Game of Thrones is a cinematic show and therefore you have to watch it like you’re at a cinema: in a darkened room. If you watch a night scene in a brightly-lit room then that won’t help you see the image properly.” Wagner explained that the darkness was a creative choice. “The show runners decided that this had to be a dark episode,” Wagner said. “We’d seen so many battle scenes over the years — to make it truly impactful and to care for the characters, you have to find a unique way of portraying the story.”Another look would have been wrong. Everything we wanted people to see is there.”With the many deaths and character arcs finally paying off in this episode, Wagner pointed out the significance of the non-visual.”Personally, I don’t have to always see what’s going on because it’s more about the emotional impact.”last_img read more

Honda Mean Mower Facing my fears at tripledigit speeds

first_img More From Roadshow Honda 29 Photos (Not) strapping inApparently, I was born to drive the Mean Mower. It uses a fixed seat, which means anyone taller than 5 feet, 11 inches and heavier than 180 pounds is out of luck. I’m 5 foot 10 and 135 after gorging myself on 11 tacos, so even on my most gluttonous day, I fit the bill.But as thin-boned as I am, even I struggle to shoehorn myself into the Mean Mower’s seat. This is the first time in my life that my hips are too wide for anything, but once I’m in, the snugness provides a modicum of security, at least in my mind. The Mean Mower lacks a safety belt or a roll cage, but has a weight-to-power ratio superior to that of the 1,500-horsepower Bugatti Chiron. Once I’m seated and staring down a quarter-mile of 100-degree asphalt at Honda’s Proving Center in Cantil, California, Team Dynamics team manager James Rodgers briefs me on how to get this bladed brute up to speed. He points out that the clutch, brake and accelerator pedals are made of thin steel bars, not unlike the setup you’d see in a shifter kart. The problem is, the pedals are separated by a centimeter, and I’m wearing wide, MotoGP-style Alpinestars boots, so the threat of simultaneously stepping on the gas and brake pedals is real. My blood pressure is climbing.Honda Mean MowerEnlarge ImageThe controls may look conventional, but they aren’t, which only adds to the sheer terror. Honda Rodgers then shows me the carbon-fiber paddle shifters that actuate the six-speed, sequential-shift transmission. The gear pattern is like a motorcycle’s: you grab the left paddle for first gear and the right paddle for second through sixth. Having been a licensed motorcycle rider for 15 years, “one down, five up” is second nature to my left foot, but not for my left and right hands. Oh, and to initiate a gear change, simply touching the shifter paddles won’t do. Instead, you have to hold the paddles for one whole second, otherwise you’ll miss a shift and freak out the 999-cc chinchilla ahead of your feet.My four quarter-mile runs will take three minutes to complete, which means I have only 180 seconds to rewire years of muscle memory. The Mean Mower can get up to 85 mph in first gear, so messing up a shift at that speed could mean bricking a vehicle that’s estimated to be worth $120,000, and that’s the best-case scenario. Worst-case scenario? Uhh…Honda Mean MowerEnlarge ImageYou haven’t experienced quick until you’ve mashed the loud pedal of a lawn mower than can out-accelerate a Nissan GT-R to 100 mph. Honda Quick doesn’t even begin to describe itEarlier that day, Rodgers warned me that the clutch is extra grabby, like that of a racing car, but as I carefully release the left-most pedal, the engagement is actually more progressive than I’d expected. Rodgers coaches me as I take off. “So clutch out gently. Nice and gently. Feel the bite and then ride the clutch,” he says. I smoothly slip away at a conventional ride-on lawnmower’s pace. So far so good.In spite of my smooth start, I feel in over my head. I attempt to grab second gear, but my brain gets in the way. I still have “one down, five up” in my mind, so I grab the left paddle to shift into second, failing to realize that I only have to grab the left paddle for first gear and that the rest of the upshifts are all on the right. Good thing my habit of pushing in the clutch pedal took over at the same time, so my misguided hands really only amounted to the jerkiness of engaging and disengaging the clutch while in the same gear. Not really harmful to the sequential transmission; the only thing I hurt was my pride.I redeem myself with the second part of my first run, successfully short-shifting at 8,000 rpm all the way up to fourth gear, never lifting off the gas. But then on my next run, I miss another shift into second. Coasting in neutral, I make the mistake of engaging second gear at a slow speed without using the clutch. This time, the transmission makes the sound of a gunshot inside a meat freezer. I can’t believe I haven’t shattered the gearbox, but somehow, the transmission looks past my utter incompetence and engages second gear.Honda Mean MowerEnlarge ImageIf this engine were music, it would be speed metal cranked up to 11 in a nursing home. Honda Seconds later, as though I’m kicking down a front door while leading a SWAT team, I crush the throttle pedal in anger and frustration. Once again, I redeem myself on the second half of my run, but I’m still miffed. After what feels like a week of mental anguish in the span of three minutes, everything begins to click on my final run. I gradually apply throttle through first gear, and about a second after pinning it, I shift into second gear and hold it past 12,000 rpm, then I blast into third gear past 12,000 rpm again before letting off.Returning to the staging area, Team Dynamics test engineer Craig Smith gives me a thumbs up and is smiling. “The last one sounded good,” he says. Then he points to the Racelogic speedometer on the steering wheel hub that’s reading out my top speed: 104 mph. Sure, it’s not 150 mph, but 104 mph on a lawnmower is still absolutely terrifying.The bewildermentThe Mean Mower is certifiably insane, and unlike anything I’ve ever driven. Sure, 0-100 mph in 6.3 seconds might be comparable to supercars, but this goes so much farther beyond the numbers. The Mean Mower is a million miles removed from a supercar with a carbon fiber body, windshield, cocooning leather interior and federally mandated safety equipment. The Mean Mower is a friggin’ lawn mower, and its brutal acceleration is enough to cram several souls’-worth of terror and excitement into one body. Honda’s wild creation has intimidated, terrified, upset and depressed me more than any other conveyance. Yet at the same time, the Mean Mower is the one machine that’s done the greatest job (so far) of helping me appreciate the benefits of facing my own fears. As a result, this ridiculous lawnmower has made me feel more alive than anything I’ve ever driven in my life. Honda worked with its British Touring Car Championship partner Team Dynamics to convert what was once a run-of-the-mill Honda HF 2622 lawn tractor into the fire-breathing harrier we now know as Mean Mower V2, or version two. The original Mean Mower, with half the V2’s horsepower, earned the Guinness World Record for fastest lawnmower when it achieved 116.58 mph in 2014. That record has since been surpassed, thus the creation of the V2.When the pedal hits the metal, the Mean Mower V2 is supercar-quick: this grass-muncher can sprint from a standstill to 100 mph in 6.3 seconds. As Roadshow reported earlier this month, that time was good enough to earn Honda the Guinness World Record for “Fastest Acceleration 0-100 mph for a Lawnmower.”If you’re brave enough to keep your right foot buried, the Mean Mower will surpass 150 mph, which would make it officially the fastest lawn mower on the planet. Honda, naturally, is still working on organizing that Guinness certification. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Honda Mean Mower is the most terrifying thing on four… 7 Enlarge ImageThis image captures one of my life’s most horrifying moments. Honda Imagine trying to learn how to drive a stick-shift at 100 mph. That’s precisely how terrifying it is to attempt high speeds in the Honda Mean Mower. Honda’s hellacious grass-cutter (yes, it can still cut grass) is the antithesis of a Sunday cruise. This work of mad science is a sub-500-pound machine that makes more than 200 horsepower at 13,000 rpm and 86 pound-feet of torque at 11,000 rpm. Beneath the front cowl, you’ll find a tachycardic 999-cc, four-cylinder engine ripped from the Honda CBR1000RR sport bike. 3:53 Honda Mean Mower is 200 horsepower of bladed terror 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Honda Tags Share your voice Performance Cars Commentslast_img read more

Instagram wants to work with memers after purging accounts

first_img Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sprint 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. 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. $59 at eBay $999 $520 at HP Apple iPhone XS Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read Google Home Hub review Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Comments 1 Mobile JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Comment Sarah Tew/CNET Tags 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. Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img $999 $299 at Amazon $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. 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. Instagram wants to work more closely with meme accounts. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Instagram is apparently looking to strengthen its relationship with meme accounts. The photo- and video-sharing site posted a job description last week for a strategic partner manager who will work with “emerging digital media publishers.” The listing comes after Instagram reportedly suspended dozens of meme accounts last month for violating its terms of service.  As part of the role, the strategic partner manager will find and plan initiatives with up-and-coming media publishers such as meme accounts, according to the job posting. They’ll also strengthen relationships with publishers and help them be successful on the platform. Instagram has faced backlash for purging meme accounts. After permanently suspending accounts in July, users started petitions to have their accounts reinstated. Instagram also shut down several accounts in December. 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. 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. $999 Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Best Buy See It $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It 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). $155 at Google Express Share your voice Rylo Instagram,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. See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview 7 See It Boost Mobile $6 at Tidal TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Fold will reportedly come out on Sept 6

first_img Tags Comment Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 60 Photos Share your voice Foldable Phones Now playing: Watch this: 1 Galaxy Fold set for September relaunch (The Daily Charge,… 8:07 We got a look at a render of the redesigned Fold last month — it showed that the screen, internal structure and hinge area have been reinforced.Huawei’s rival foldable, the $2,600 Mate X, was originally due to arrive in September as well, but the company reportedly said we’re unlikely to see it before November.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 5:11 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:50 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold may see the light of day next Friday. Angela Lang/CNET We’ve known for a while that Samsung plans to release its redesigned Galaxy Fold in September, but Korean news agency Yonhap may have revealed the exact date: Sept. 6. The company has talked to three telecoms about that date, Yonhap reported. Tt happens to be the first day of the IFA 2019 trade show in Berlin, which would give Samsung a platform for an announcement.The $1,980 foldable phone was originally meant to go on sale on April 26, and preorders sold out on the first day. But four days before that date, Samsung delayed the release of the phone after reviewers reported screen breakages, flickering and bulging.  Samsunglast_img read more

Aggressive bears concern Sitka Police

first_imgSitka Police Lt. Lance Ewers urges residents to keep their garbage indoors until the day of pickup. (Photo by KCAW)The Sitka Police Department is on a bear hunt.Listen Now There’s been a recent spike in bear sightings around town and even a few close calls.It’s not uncommon for bears roam neighborhoods in search of trash, especially in the months leading up to hibernation, but all the usual tricks for keeping Sitka’s bears at bay haven’t been working.It’s safe to say it’s been a bad summer for bear encounters in Southeast.There have been four maulings in the last two months and a few charging bears have been shot in self-defense.“It’s kind of an unusual year, I think we all can agree,” Sitka Police Lt. Lance Ewers said. “There (have) been so many people that have had to defend themselves from a charging brown bear or actually were attacked by a bear.”But all of those encounters took place outside of Sitka. While there hasn’t been a violent bear encounter or a bear killed in town this year, Ewers said tensions are rising.“You had the bear that broke into the car, which is the same bear that broke into two different people’s garages, so that’s three,” he said. “Then you had the bear that chased the man on the bicycle, and that’s four.”Those encounters have all happened in Sitka within the last two weeks.That list doesn’t include the handful of bear sightings residents report to the Sitka Police almost every night.Ewers said, unless they’re tied up with another call, an officer is sent out to respond to each and every one of those calls.“Sometimes the officer will blare the siren, sometimes they’ll beep the air horn, other times they’ll get out and yell at the bear and 90 percent of the time the bear runs away, which is good,” Ewers said.But that hasn’t been the case in recent weeks.Ewers said the two bears that have been charging pedestrians  and tipping over trash cans don’t seem to be scared off by loud noises.So this past weekend officers used rubber bullets on one of the bears seen wandering between Sitka’s Indian River and Whale Park, but again, to no avail.“They’ve gotten to the point now where they’re not even affected by the rubber bullets,” Ewers said. “They just walk away.”The Sitka Police and Alaska State Troopers have been working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to find other ways to scare off the bears.Fish and Game wildlife biologist Steve Bethune said they’ve tried trapping the bears as well, but even then, a live release wouldn’t be likely.“Almost universally when you move bears they inevitably come back, so it’s really not an effective strategy for eliminating the problem and if they don’t come back you’ve often taken that problem and given it to some other community,” Bethune said.So now, as Ewers describes it, the strategy is simple to “destroy” the two bears.“If we have an opportunity to euthanize one of the bears that are between that Indian River area and Whale Park, and the officer could do it safely, then the trained professional officer who practices will destroy that bear,” Ewers said.Ewers urges residents to continue reporting bear sightings to the police and to stay alert, especially in forested areas.Another thing he urges the community of Sitka to do? Keep your garbage indoors until the day of pickup. And if you, like Ewers, don’t have a garage?“I keep my garbage up on my porch until garbage day and then I bring it out there, because I don’t want it to be my fault that, a month after a bear got into my garbage, they’re forced to destroy a bear.”As for the two bears roaming downtown Sitka, their fates are likely sealed.last_img read more

Money management at Mental Health Trust raises concerns

first_imgWilliam Foster holds some of the ornaments he helped make at Bean’s Cafe as part of a project funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Congress set up the Alaska Mental Health Trust in 1956 to make sure the state could provide mental health care programs to its residents far into the future. But the Trust has had a tumultuous history, and now, some state leaders fear it could be in danger once more. Legislators are considering a special audit of the Trust and how the trustees are investing its money.Listen NowWilliam Foster stood in Bean’s Cafe late last week sifting through a pile of ceramic ornaments he helped design, then pulled one out of his pocket. It was an image of a raven pressed into clay and painted a deep grey. He carries it with him everywhere, he said, because it reminds him of his late mother.Foster was participating in the Healing Faces Project, a program focused on art and healing circles for clients of Bean’s that was funded in part by the Alaska Mental Health Trust.“It calms us down. Relaxes us,” Foster said of the project. “Keeps our mind off a lot of stuff.”Healing Faces is just one of hundreds of projects made possible by the Trust. Programs range from job training for young people with disabilities to detox centers to criminal justice reform. There are tens of thousands of people in Alaska who rely on Trust funds.Now, some of the people involved in creating the public entity think the Trust may be at risk.Alaska statute reads “the mental health trust fund shall be managed by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.” Phillip Volland, one of the lawyers who helped create the Trust, said that law is really straightforward.“That’s where you put the money. It’s just, that’s what it says. It says all the money goes there,” Volland said in a phone interview.But since October 2008, that is not where the money has gone. For eight years, members of the Board of Trustees have voted to suspend transfers of the principal to the Permanent Fund and instead are investing and managing it themselves. That includes buying $39 million worth of real estate.Trust Authority CFO Kevin Buckland said $17 million was spent on an office building in Washington state in 2014. Another $9 million went to property in Texas this past summer. The board also passed a resolution to spend $2 million to try to develop a mine at Icy Cape, near Yakutat in Southeast Alaska.A list of the Trust Authority’s current LLCs as provided by John Morrison, executive director of the Trust Land Office.Volland said that’s exactly what he and other state leaders were trying to prevent.The Mental Health Trust has a complicated history. When it was first established in 1956 by Congress, one million acres were set aside to be used by the Alaska Legislature to fund a comprehensive mental health care system. But by 1982, most of that land trust was whittled away – given to municipalities and individuals – and little money was being spent on mental health. So a group of people sued the state. Volland represented one of the plaintiffs.“The original rulings by the state Superior Court declared that the state had mismanaged and destroyed the Trust and had to go about re-establishing it,” Volland said.It took more than a decade for the plaintiffs and the state to agree on how to do that. Volland said the plaintiffs wanted two main things: “Sufficient funds to provide for mental health programs” as well as “all kinds of assurances to make sure that there wouldn’t be another dissipation of the Trust in the future.”In the 1994 settlement, the state re-constituted the original one million acres with mostly new land and added $200 million to re-establish the Trust. They installed a board of trustees to oversee it. The cash principal was invested by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. The land was managed by the Trust Land Office at the Department of Natural Resources.Money generated by the investments and the land went into two different pots – some to be used for mental health programs, and the rest to be added to the principal and re-invested by the Permanent Fund.Volland said splitting the responsibilities and asset management was intentional “to prevent any sort of rogue action by the Trustees. It was just, what I would say was a prophylactic measure.”Greg Jones is the new CEO of the Mental Health Trust Authority and a former executive director of the Trust Land Office. He said the Trust Land Office is “more nimble” than the Permanent Fund and can bring in more money for the Trust.“We believe that we can add to what the Permanent Fund does and diversify and perhaps add a little more with a carefully managed real estate program,” Jones said.The way the Trust is laid out in state code, revenues from things like mineral sales goes to the principal, but rent money – that all goes toward programs that help people.“What we’ve done with the real estate program is create an investment that creates income,” Jones explained. “That pays millions of dollars in income that goes straight to programs.”Jones and Board chair Russ Webb both said they are legally allowed to use the principal to buy land and invest it as they choose. However, they would not provide copies of written legal counsel explaining their authority, could not cite specific statutes or regulations and would not allow their attorney to speak on the matter.Volland is not the only person concerned about the legality of the Trust’s investments. Bruce Botelho was the Attorney General back in 1994 and was sitting on the opposite side of the table from Volland, looking out for the state’s interests.Botelho said they purposely separated the Trust’s money management from their land management during the settlement, in part because the Permanent Fund was already managing money and doing it well. “And we saw little reason to duplicate that effort,” he said.Botelho would not comment on how well the Trust is managing its assets, and he said that’s the point.“We saw a check and balance in trying to separate those functions out,” Botelho said. “And to me, that is the underlying concern.”Botelho, Volland and others want a special legislative audit of the Trust Authority, the Land Office and the Board of Trustees. They say it’s up to legislature to decide if the Board’s actions are legal.Representative Mike Hawker is requesting an audit, and the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee will make a decision at its December 13 meeting. If lawmakers act, auditors will look into everything from the legality of the Trust’s financial management, to potential open meetings act violations.last_img read more

Seniors find companionship through Kenaitze program

first_imgNancy Nelson (left) and Laura Hobson (right) browse in a local antiques store. The two spend several hours together each week as part of the Kenaitze Senior Companion Program. (Photo courtesy of Kenaitze Indian Tribe)The Kenaitze Indian Tribe is wrapping up the first year of its new Senior Companion Program. The program pairs volunteers with fellow seniors who live on the Central Kenai Peninsula.Listen NowVolunteers provide help with day-to-day tasks, like grocery shopping and budgeting. Those involved in the program, however, say the companionship is just as important.Sticking to a grocery budget can be tough. According to Kenai resident Rose Guilbeau, having a system is a good place to start.“First I have to write a list down of what we need at home: eggs, milk, juice, salami,” Gilbeau explained.Then she adds up the prices on a calculator, being careful to stay under budget. On her last trip to Walmart, Guilbeau said, she was just a few pennies from her budget.Guilbeau is part of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Senior Companion program. The program pairs volunteers with seniors who have physical, social or cognitive disabilities. Volunteers provide help with day-to-day tasks, allowing seniors to continue living independently.Laura Hobson, who is Athabascan, works with Guilbeau as her senior companion. She’s the one who taught her how to budget.“I was so proud of her,” Hobson said. “She got it all right, right down to the penny.”Hobson received 40 hours of training before she was able to work as a Kenaitze Senior Companion. As part of the training, she learned about a range of topics related to senior care, from fall prevention to effective communication.The program is funded through a three-year grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.Heather Daniels is the Senior Companion program coordinator. One of their main goals, she explained, is connecting the elderly with important resources.“One of our biggest challenges in Alaska is transportation and of course, our geography can isolate us,” Daniels said. “Alaska is such a wide expanse and that can isolate our elders from getting those community resources.”Providing transportation is just one piece of the program, however. Daniels said building relationships is just as important.“They’re gaining a friend, they’re gaining the companionship that they may or not have in their lives,” Daniels explained. “They may or not have direct family, so that companionship through the volunteer is so valuable.”Nancy Nelson is another recipient in the Senior Companion Program who works with Hobson. Nelson, who is Chupik, lives in Soldotna. Once a week, she spends a few hours shopping with Hobson.The two didn’t know each other before joining the program and Nelson says she was a little nervous.“The first day was kind of awkward,” Nelson said. “But by the end of the time, I was kind of hopeful. Then the second time we got together, I felt a whole lot more comfortable after that.”On a blustery December afternoon, the pair head to a local junk shop in Kenai. They carefully comb through room after room, hunting for deals.Hobson, who collects pigs, spies something special on a high shelf.It’s a cookie jar shaped like a pig in a chef’s uniform. But Nelson isn’t so sure about the quality. She taps her nails against the ceramic.“It’s so light,” Nelson said. “I wonder how fragile it is.”After some debate, the pair decide the cookie jar would make a good addition to Hobson’s pig collection.Nelson buys a pack of playing cards for a dollar. She doesn’t usually buy much on these outings, but spending time with Hobson is one of the highlights of her week.“It brightens my week up and it relaxes me,” Nelson said. “It helps me to forget about the stress that I had survived during that week. It does a whole lot better than any kind of artificial medication would do.”The Kenaitze Senior Companion program is open to anyone over age 55, not just Alaska Natives. They currently have just a handful of participants, but they’re hoping to grow next year.last_img read more

SP Adanan Nayeem Asmi pays tributes to AlluriSitarama Raju

first_imgKakinada: East Godavari SP Adanan Nayeem Asmi paid floral tributes to revolutionary and freedom-fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju on his 122nd birth anniversary on Thursday. At the programme at district police office, SP said that the Alluri fought against British imperialism from forest areas in East Godavari and from neighbouring Visakha district. Alluri stood in the forefront of Indian freedom fight, Nayeem Asmi said. Additional SP SV Sridhar Rao, OSD Chakravarti and other police officials were present.last_img

Boris Johnson tries to reassure on Brexit as pound slumps

first_imgLONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Wales on Tuesday as part of a national tour intended to reassure Britons that his hard-Brexit push won’t hurt the economy and rip apart the U.K. Currency markets were far from reassured, however, as the pound slid to a new 28-month low. And Johnson faced a tough reception from farmers — a group central to the Welsh economy — who fear economic havoc if Britain leaves the European Union without a divorce deal. They say millions of sheep might have to be slaughtered if tariffs are slapped on lamb exports to the EU. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us “The bottom line is we’re exporting 40% of our sheep production, we are the second-largest producer of sheep meat in the world, so if we are priced … we’re tariffed out of the EU market, where does that 40% go?” said Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers Union. The government argues that leaving the 28-nation bloc and its rules-bound Common Agricultural Policy will be “a historic opportunity to introduce new schemes to support farming” and will open up new markets for U.K. agricultural exports. Also Read – Bringing nuclear test ban treaty into force central for global disarmament push: UN chief Advertise With Us The government’s Wales Secretary Alun Cairns said “90% of global growth will come from outside of the EU.” However, trade with the EU accounts for almost half of all British exports, and any new trade deals are years away. The trip follows a visit Monday to Scotland, where Johnson was booed by protesters and warned by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that his vow to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a deal, was “dangerous.” Advertise With Us Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the EU divided the country and also strained the bonds among the four nations that make up the U.K.: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A majority of voters in England and Wales backed leaving in the referendum, while Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain. That has emboldened Scotland’s nationalist government to demand a vote on independence, arguing that Scotland should not be forced out of the EU against its will. In Parliament last week, Scottish National Party lawmaker Ian Blackford mockingly welcomed Johnson as “the last prime minister of the United Kingdom.” Johnson also plans a visit to Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. to share a land border with the EU. The status of that currently invisible frontier with the Republic of Ireland has become the main stumbling block to a Brexit deal. The pound has fallen sharply in recent days as businesses warn that no amount of preparation can eliminate the economic damage if Britain crashes out of the 28-nation trading bloc without agreement on the terms. The currency fell early Tuesday to $1.2120, its lowest value since March 2017. Fiona Cincotta, senior market analyst at City Index, said sterling had lost 4.3% of its value since the beginning of July. “Investors’ main concern remains a hard no-deal Brexit which has the potential to pull the economy into chaos,” she said. “Boris Johnson’s new cabinet did little to alleviate those fears, taking a hard-line with Europe on forthcoming negotiations.” Johnson became prime minister last week after winning a Conservative Party leadership contest by promising the strongly pro-Brexit party membership that the U.K. will leave the EU on the scheduled date of Oct. 31, with or without a divorce deal. The EU struck a withdrawal agreement with Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, but it was rejected three times by Britain’s Parliament. Johnson is insisting the bloc make major changes to May’s spurned deal, including scrapping an insurance policy for the Irish border that has been rejected by U.K. lawmakers. The EU insists it won’t reopen the 585-page withdrawal agreement it spent two years negotiating with May’s government. Johnson’s government has been accused of sending mixed messages on Brexit that have unsettled markets. Michael Gove, who heads a new Brexit delivery committee in Cabinet, has said the government is “operating on the assumption” that the U.K. will leave without a deal. But Johnson — who just weeks ago put the odds of leaving without a divorce agreement at a million to one — said Monday he was “very confident” of getting a new deal. There are currently no new negotiations planned between Britain and the bloc.last_img read more

Burglar involved in 17 criminal cases held in Hyderabad

first_imgA Nepal based man was arrested by the Asifnagar police on Friday who was involved in 23 theft cases. Pavan Singh (20), a resident of West Marredpally also has a criminal background and said to be involved in 17 criminal cases in the past. He was also jailed in several times. However, he began committing the offences after releasing from jail. Singh was also accused in a bike theft at Kakatiyanagar colony in Langar Houz in the July second week. The police who registered a case and caught him at Alankar Theatre in Langar Houz with the stolen bike.last_img

KCR begins tour of Kaleswaram

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has started from Begumpet Airport by helicopter to take an aerial view of Godavari river. The Chief Minister will also visit Medigadda barrage and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Dharmapuri. KCR is accompanied by senior officials and irrigation engineers.last_img

The Mega Rail MD NVS Reddy gives a lecture on Leadership

first_imgCiting the founder and prominent entrepreneur of Café Coffee Day, the recent suicide case of Mr. VG Siddhartha, MD, HMRL, Mr. NVS Reddy illuminated a large gathering of businessmen and professionals who belong to the Rotary Clubs of the twin cities in ” Management of leadership failures during the crisis “today (Wednesday). In explaining how extreme passion, impractical objectives, high expectations, and social pressure can exert tremendous pressure on business leaders and high-profile project managers, he stressed the need to maintain emotional balance and equanimity in addressing adversities in business and life. He said that high-profile managers and ambitious entrepreneurs are alone at the top and are generally reluctant to share their problems with colleagues and family members and this sometimes results in a sudden explosion and suicidal tendencies unless they develop a mechanism. of safety valve to let out steam. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Giving examples of his own experience of leading a high-pressure and extremely difficult Metro Rail project with a series of problems in the form of daily turmoil, countless court cases, religious issues and other sensitive issues, invasions, threats and attacks on vested interests, etc. , the MD explained how he addressed the problems and made a PPP Metro Rail project “canceled” a reality and success. Value of conviction, strict personal discipline, communication and negotiation skills; He added that maintaining a cool and calm behavior and not being provoked even by defamatory comments, burning effigy and personal insults have helped. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The MD of the Mega Rail NVS Reddy explained how he kept the spirit of his team members high even during the episode of Maytas’ failure and the initial period of agitation against the project by constantly giving them motivational lectures, etc. He said that the enormous patience, perseverance, attitude, and equanimity finally produced a world-class Metro Rail project and that will help Hyderabad become a global city in the coming years. Rtn K. Mohan Rayudu, President, Rotary Club of Secunderabad, Sri Marri Ravinder Reddy, former governor, Rotary clubs in twin cities and other Rotarians were also present.last_img read more

Pranab Nanaji Bhupen conferred Bharat Ratna

first_imgNew Delhi : Former president Pranab Mukherjee, the late Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and the late singer Bhupen Hazarika were conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, on Thursday. President Ram Nath Kovind gave the award to Mukherjee, Hazarika’s son Tej and Vikramjeet Singh, a close relative of Deshmukh, at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here. Hazarika and Deshmukh were given the Bharat Ratna posthumously. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Vice-President M Venkaikah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, several Union Cabinet Ministes, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal were among those present at the function held at the imposing Durbar Hall. The Bharat Ratna has been conferred after a gap of four years. Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and founder of Banaras Hindu University Madan Mohan Malviya were given the award by the Narendra Modi government in 2015. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Mukherjee, fondly known as ‘Pranab Da’, has been the fifth president to receive this award. He was the president between 2012 and 2017. Mukherjee (83), who was also known as the quintessential ‘Man Friday’ of the Congress, joins the elite club of former presidents Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Rajendra Prasad, Zakir Hussain and V V Giri, who were also awarded the nation’s highest civilian honour. Advertise With Us Mukherjee became India’s youngest finance minister in 1982 at the age of 47. From 2004, he went on to head three crucial ministries — external affairs, defence and finance — and became the first occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to have this distinction. Last year, Mukherjee had drawn flak from certain quarters for attending a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) function in Nagpur. Deshmukh was associated with the RSS from 1928 till his death in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, in 2010 at the age of 94 and was known for starting a chain of RSS-inspired schools throughout India. He was one of the founder members of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, which later evolved as Bharatiya Janata Party. He was considered to be one of the architects of the Jai Prakash Narayan’s movement against the Emergency in 1975 and among the key persons in the formation of the Janata Party government in 1977. Born in 1926, Hazarika was a playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and filmmaker from Assam. He was awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padma Shri (1977), Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992), Padma Bhushan (2001) and Padma Vibhushan (2012-posthumously). Hazarika did his PhD from Columbia University in 1952. He died in 2011. The cultural icon also had a brush with politics and had unsuccessfully contested the Guwahati Lok Sabha seat on a BJP ticket in 2004. He was an Independent MLA in Assam during 1967-72. Hazarika gave music in acclaimed Bollywood movies Rudaali, Darmiyaan, Gaja Gamini, Daman and many Assamese hits, including the award winning film ‘Sameli Memsaab’. The government in January announced it decision to confer the Bharat Ratna upon Mukherjee, Deshmukh and Hazarika. With these three recipients, 48 eminent people have been conferred the Bharat Ratna so far. Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, former Vice President Hamid Ansari, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi were present in the function. However, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi were not spotted.last_img read more

Russian pilot says landing in corn field was his only chance

first_imgMOSCOW: A Russian pilot who managed to smoothly land his disabled plane in a cornfield after birds hit both engines says a quick landing was his only chance and he was not afraid of handling it. Damir Yusupov, 41 said when one of the plane’s engines shut down he hoped to circle the airport and land normally, but then the second engine cut off moments later, leaving him no choice. He landed his A321 so smoothly that just one of the 233 people on board was hospitalized. Yusupov’s feat Thursday drew comparisons to the 2009 “miracle on the Hudson,” when Capt. Chesley Sullenberger safely ditched his plane in New York’s Hudson River after a bird strike disabled its engines. Yusupov told reporters Friday he “saw a cornfield ahead and hoped to make a reasonably soft landing.”last_img read more

BSE closes points 3533 up on Nov 11

first_imgBSE closes points 35.33 up on Nov 114.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 35.33 up on Nov 114.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 35.33 points up to stand at 27,910.06. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 18.40 points up to stand at 8,362.65. AMTEKAUTO and HCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.91 and 8.50% along with JAIN IRRIGATION SYSTEMS LTD. and POLARIS with an increase of 7.74% and 7.24% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include KAILASH and FSL with a decrease of 9.90% and 4.98% along with SREI INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE LTD. and BAJAJ ELECTRICALS LTD. with a decrease of 4.68% and 4.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 124.47 points at 18,400.40 while the banking sector is up 145.18 points at 19,894.58 and the reality sector is up 17.25 points at 1,657.44. The Indian currency is up 0.16 % at Rs 61.60 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 35.33 points up to stand at 27,910.06. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 18.40 points up to stand at 8,362.65. AMTEKAUTO and HCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 16.91 and 8.50% along with JAIN IRRIGATION SYSTEMS LTD. and POLARIS with an increase of 7.74% and 7.24% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include KAILASH and FSL with a decrease of 9.90% and 4.98% along with SREI INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE LTD. and BAJAJ ELECTRICALS LTD. with a decrease of 4.68% and 4.35% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 124.47 points at 18,400.40 while the banking sector is up 145.18 points at 19,894.58 and the reality sector is up 17.25 points at 1,657.44. The Indian currency is up 0.16 % at Rs 61.60 per dollar.last_img read more

Brad Pitts reaction to being officially single again a slap in the

first_imgBrad Pitt seems to be not happy with the recent buzz about his reunion with former lover Jennifer Aniston.ReutersBrad Pitt seems excited to be single again. The Once Upon a Time In Hollywood star is glad that finally some progress is being made in his divorce proceedings. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed for divorce almost two and a half years ago.Reportedly Brad Pitt and ex Angelina Jolie can now declare themselves as officially single again for the first time since their marriage in 2014 as the former couple was granted the legal status change by a judge in a recent ruling, a source told HollywoodLife, even though their divorce has yet to be finalized. Recently Brad voiced his frustration by pointing the blame at Angelina Jolie for dragging the proceedings, to which Angelina Jolie’s people responded by pointing out that she indeed wants the proceedings to be slow and fair.  Director and cast member Angelina Jolie and her husband and co-star Brad Pitt pose at the premiere ofReutersBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie dated for nearly eight years and were married for two. Brad Pitt seems ready to move on, but it looks like Angelina Jolie still doesn’t want to let go of her ex. Supposedly the legal move that granted them their official single status is called bifurcation and both Brad and Angelina requested it, according to court documents involved in the case.”Brad feels great to officially be single and getting these documents filed was really important to him,” a second source exclusively told HL. The source added that Brad Pitt is ready to move on even though there is still a long way to go for his divorce from Angelina Jolie to be official. Reportedly Brad Pitt feels that the recent change in his status is a step in the right direction.last_img read more