The Global Citizen movement continues its efforts to motivate and educate socially-active youth about the causes and consequences of extreme poverty with a newly announced DC-area concert featuring Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Alvin Risk, and more.Presented in partnership with World Childhood Foundation, the multi-act ‘Thank You Festival’ will take place June 26, 2014 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The event will recognize the pivotal role of U.S. foreign aid in helping to cut global child deaths by nearly one-half since 1990, and will emphasize the topic of child survival and protection.The ‘Thank You Festival’ will focus attention on the world’s children, asking leaders to not only ensure children survive beyond their first years, but also that they have an opportunity to thrive throughout their childhood to reach their development potential. The concert will also underscore the fact that today’s youth considers the wellbeing of children across the world to be a human rights imperative.“To become a global citizen, we must extend our compassion beyond our borders. The United States has played a pivotal role in leading child survival and protection efforts worldwide and this event celebrates that,” said Hugh Evans, CEO of The Global Poverty Project. “But this is also a chance to educate the younger generation and motivate our leaders to act. The bottom line is increased investment in child survival initiatives could ensure that no child dies for the lack of a 30 cent vaccine.”Globally renowned headliner Tiesto stated, “Through my work with the World Childhood Foundation, I’ve learned about the millions of kids who are battling abuse and even dying from diseases that have known cures. I hope all my fans will join me in working with these amazing organizations to help these children all around the world live and become healthy and strong so they can enjoy their childhoods.”Princess Madeleine of Sweden, an Ambassador for World Childhood Foundation stated, “Every child deserves a happy childhood. Yet, children around the world still face insecurity in the form of abuse and sexual exploitation. Together we can help children live a childhood free from disease, violence and abuse on the path to a sustainable world without extreme poverty by 2030.”Since 1990, U.S. aid dollars have helped to significantly reduce the number of children who die before their fifth birthday. U.S. aid funding has also helped to cut new polio cases from 1000 a day in 1990, to just 1 a day in 2013, preventing millions of children from becoming disabled. Despite the encouraging statistics, 6.6 million children under five still die each year, most from preventable causes. Children from all socioeconomic backgrounds continue to face challenges of exploitation and abuse, preventing them from having a happy and healthy childhood. Concertgoers can learn about the role the U.S. has played in helping to ensure children everywhere can live a healthy, full life by visiting globalcitizen.org.Tickets to the ‘Thank You Festival’ go on sale to the public on Friday, April 11 at www.ticketfly.com. One hundred free tickets will be given away through globalcitizen.org, where fans can take “action” to encourage the United States government to continue its efforts to keep millions of children alive.The ‘Thank You Festival,’ is named after World Childhood Foundation’s global initiative, Thank You by Childhood. The event builds on the success of the 2012 and 2013 Global Citizen Festivals on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City, and the Global Citizen Nights concert series, which launched in March 2013 with a concert by The Fray in Austin, TX.This event is produced by AEG Live in partnership with Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation. It is generously supported by the United Postcode Lotteries and Clear Channel, and is promoted in association with Glow Washington, DC.For more information and a chance to win free tickets visit, visit www.globalcitizen.org/thankyou.
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — The U.S., Japan, New Zealand and Australia say they’ll bring electricity to 70 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s people by 2030, boosting the West’s response to growing Chinese influence in the South Pacific.The four countries and Papua New Guinea signed the electricification agreement Sunday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting behind held in the capital Port Moresby.U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence says it shows the strength of their commitment to the region.Only about 20 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s 8 million people have electricity and for a significant proportion of them the supply is not reliable.The announcement comes after the U.S., Japan and Australia in July announced a joint effort to finance infrastructure in Pacific island states which China has aggressively wooed with loans and aid.The Associated Press
Eleven countries shared their experiences measuring land degradation while linking it to poverty levels s at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Changwon, Republic of Korea (ROK). China, for example, revealed that poverty rates declined with a concurrent increase in productive land between 2000 and 2009.The data provided will be used to create global indicators as there are currently no agreed universal scientific measures for desertification, largely because of the lack of available data.According to UNCCD, every decade an area of productive land the size of South Africa is lost due to land degradation, and reversing this phenomenon has become a priority to achieve sustainable development as the global population continues to grow, requiring an increase in food production.The 11 countries taking part in the desertification measurement initiative, known as the UNCCD Impact Indicators Pilot Programme, are: Algeria, Argentina, China, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa, Spain and Tunisia. 19 October 2011Better measurement standards for land degradation and poverty were the focus of discussions today at the United Nations desertification conference, with country representatives and scientific experts debating effective ways to establish global indicators to measure land degradation.
30 December 2011The head of the United Nations refugee agency voiced deep regret today at the killing of a Somali refugee leader in the Dadaab complex in north-eastern Kenya, describing the slaying as senseless. António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), issued a statement after last night’s killing of the chairperson of a community peace and security team in Hagadera camp, which is part of Dadaab.The man – whose name has not yet been released – was shot several times as he entered his compound about 7:45 p.m., according to UNHCR, which said the gunmen reportedly escaped. The victim was rushed to a camp hospital and later died as he was being evacuated to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, for further treatment.The peace and security team which the man headed is run by refugee residents in Dadaab, and UNHCR said they have been instrumental in helping to maintain security inside the camp.Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee settlement, home to more than 460,000 people, overwhelmingly Somalis who have fled famine and fighting in their neighbouring homeland.Aside from the humanitarian suffering and violence, Somalia remains beset by political tensions, and the UN and other international organizations have been working to help Somalis resolve their differences.In a statement issued late today by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended Somali political leaders for committing under the so-called Garoowe Principles to a clear process and timeline for finalizing a draft constitution, reform of Parliament and the conclusion of the transition.“The Secretary-General reminds the leaders that the people of Somalia and the international community expect them to keep up the momentum on the Roadmap and resolve outstanding differences to enable the transition to be completed on time,” the statement noted.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2012 6:19 pm MDT Quebec finance minister backtracks on plan to abolish health tax QUEBEC – The Parti Quebecois government’s minority status has forced it to backtrack on a major campaign promise.The PQ had promised to abolish an annual $200 health tax paid by all Quebecers.But Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau said Wednesday the tax will vary on a sliding scale, depending on income.”I agree that we’re not relieving (the burden) on the middle class as much as we wanted to,” Marceau told a news conference.”We can’t go much further given the government’s minority situation.”The PQ won 54 seats in the 125-seat national assembly in last month’s election, four more than the Liberals who introduced the health tax a few years ago. The Coalition for Quebec’s Future won 19 seats.Both Opposition parties were opposed to the abolition of the tax.”We want to be a government that listens,” said Marceau.Under Marceau’s new proposal, someone earning between $18,000 and $42,000 will pay a health tax of between $1 and $199, while those earning between $42,000 and $130,000 will continue to pay $200.The tax goes up for those who earn more, hitting a maximum of $1,000 for individuals earning more than $150,000.The new measures will kick in for the year 2013 when Quebecers send in their tax returns in the spring of 2014.Former Liberal finance minister Raymond Bachand accused the PQ of not being transparent during the election campaign.”This was one of their major campaign promises and today Quebec voters have been betrayed,” said Bachand, one of three candidates in the race to succeed Jean Charest as Liberal leader.”I had voters come up to me and tell me they didn’t vote for me because of the health tax.”Marceau said the new system will mean four million taxpayers won’t pay any health tax whatsoever or will see their contribution reduced as of 2013.Quebec is also hiking the income tax rate for people who earn $100,000.Quebec has decided to not increase the capital gains tax. It has also abandoned plans to reduce a tax credit on dividends.
Leaders of the commercial vehicle industry descended on the British Museum today for the Commercial Vehicle Forum 2013 organised by SMMT, the Road Haulage Association and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers.In his first public address as Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill opened the event, telling delegates how the UK freight and logistics industry, worth £75 billion and employing more than two million across 190,000 companies, was vital to economic growth.Goodwill also reaffirmed government’s investment of more than £24 billion to deliver 52 new national road projects, and outlined plans to triple annual investment in road enhancements to more than £3 billion by 2021. “Over 400 miles of improved motorways will be added, linking a number of stretches to create a smart motorway corridor between the north, west, Birmingham and London,” he said.With commercial vehicles as the basis of the logistics sector’s development, and having pushed for it when he was in the opposition, Goodwill said he was pleased to see the trial of longer, heavier vehicles now in full flow. “Longer trailers enable freight companies to transport bulk goods more efficiently, and will give economic and environmental benefits,” he commented, adding that the change in the allocation procedure to a first come, first served basis had led to requests for an additional 500 longer semi-trailers, to be delivered in the next six months.Finally, Goodwill vowed to deal with the issue of the length of time taken to book appointments for inspections, and said that VOSA will be working closely with trade bodies, especially SMMT, to identify and address concerns with delays.Click through to see Robert Goodwill’s speech in full.Varied and lively debatesThe CV Forum debates featured a variety of speakers from all corners of the industry, who addressed key issues that affected efficiency and offered solutions to help operators improve their effectiveness.Responding to the question of how government spending cuts were affecting transport businesses, Giles Margerison, Sales Manager, TomTom Business Solutions, called on operators to embrace technology, such as his own telematics systems, to save money. “We have a great sector, and we see these challenges more as opportunities that wouldn’t have been presented to us if it wasn’t for the spending cuts.”David Weller, Former Head of UK logistics, at the Mothercare Group, and Transport Manager (UK), at WH Smith, agreed, saying that while the 400 Mothercare stores might not represent a huge retail network, every penny spent on fuel meant an increase in costs across the fleet. This, he said, lead to difficult decisions within the company that wouldn’t normally have to be made. “Mothercare invested in telematics technology and got a payback in six months,” he revealed. “It allows assessment of driver efficiency, and the data that you get back on individual drivers enables you to educate them, reduce delivery times and save money.”The debate then moved to out-of-hours deliveries, with Weller suggesting that last year’s Olympics had made operators re-think how they deliver goods. “There are legal and environmental issues, but it would be worth looking at ways in which we could make out of hours deliveries work in the future,” he proposed. Margerison made the point that the technology was already available to help people become more efficient with keeping track of delivery times, and it was essential to use it to “keep the wheels of industry turning.”Henry Foy, Automotive Correspondent at the Financial Times, drew from his time in India, to highlight how restrictions in daytime deliveries had changed things for the better. “There is an opportunity for hauliers to work with all other parties to look for possible solutions,” he commented.When talking about the most important future technology, and the effect it could have, Sarwant Singh, Senior Partner at Frost and Sullivan raised the prospect of autonomous vehicles. “They would save a lot of costs for operators, even platooning vehicles would help improve efficiencies,” he said.Light Commercial Vehicle regulationAway from heavy vehicles, there was some discussion about vans, largely regarding the need for their regulation, amid concerns of their maintainance, and the standard of drivers. “Regulation would bring to light a lot of vehicles that may not be roadworthy,” commented Beverley Bell, Senior Traffic Commissioner. “The drivers have no formal qualifications and the MOT pass rate is around 50% at the moment. With more people buying products online, and more vans on the road, it is only going to get worse,” she added.Laura Moran, Commercial Vehicle Director at Hertz UK, said that her company felt a responsibility to impart their knowledge onto those driving its vans and recognised there is a huge option for education of drivers, and the need to maintain the momentum of the FTA’s Van Excellence Scheme. “Training means better drivers and more efficiency, which means more revenues and profits for transport operators,” she reasoned.Bell agreed, highlighting the importance of the behaviour of the driver, and the van’s maintenance. On the latter point, she referred to regulation for commercial vehicle repairers. “If we don’t have industry standards, how can we say we are doing it right,” she questioned. “The IRTE’s irtec accreditation scheme offers a third-party maintenance qualification, and with innovations such as that, I think we can be leaders on maintenance schemes in the future.Later on in proceedings, referring back to the topic of longer semi-trailers, Singh offered another suggestion: “I think we should also trial megatrucks. Planes and trains are getting bigger, so why not trucks?”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Zoos français : un bilan désastreuxUn rapport qui a été présenté hier au Parlement européen montre à quel point les zoos français ne respectent pas suffisamment les animaux.Une enquête évaluant 25 zoos sélectionnés au hasard parmi les 300 à 900 zoos français montre que les animaux en captivité ne vivent pas dans des conditions adéquates. Non seulement la sécurité des visiteurs n’est pas assurée puisqu’ “en moyenne, un zoo sur cinq mettait le public en danger de blessure ou d’exposition aux maladies”, mais en plus les animaux sont conservés dans des cages trop petites ou des enclos mal adaptés.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuLes ONG à l’origine de ce rapport qui a été présenté au Parlement européen ont illustré leurs propos de photos montrant ces conditions de détention et précisant que les zoos français “ne fournissent pas suffisamment d’informations significatives et de valeur sur les espèces qu’ils exposent”. Ils sont ainsi d’une valeur éducative “limitée” et ne contribuent que “très faiblement” à la conservation de la biodiversité. De plus, ils “ne prennent pas suffisamment leur responsabilité sur la santé et le bien-être de tous leurs animaux”, affirme le rapport.Sciences et Avenir précise que ce rapport est le dernier d’une série qui dresse un tableau complet de la situation des zoos européens. Les études effectuées en Autriche, en Bulgarie, à Chypre, en Estonie, en Grèce, en Irlande, en Lettonie, en Lituanie et en Roumanie ont également fait l’objet d’un rapport. Les premières études révélaient déjà que les normes n’étaient pas respectées dans de nombreux zoos à travers l’Union Européenne et que la loi européenne en la matière n’était pas respectée, comme l’indique Daniel Turner, le biologiste chargé de ce projet d’évaluation.Le 26 mai 2011 à 16:04 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le Samsung Galaxy S2 est prêt pour Ice Cream SandwichLe Samsung Galaxy S2 et le Nexus S auront le droit à une petite cure de jouvence en passant à Android 4.0 dans les prochains jours.Les mises à jour sur les smartphones Android sont un véritable casse-tête, les constructeurs devant chacun opérer leurs modifications pour chaque mobile de leur catalogue avant de mettre en ligne le logiciel. Les possesseurs de Samsung Galaxy S2 et de Nexus S auront donc la joie d’apprendre que leurs mobiles préférés pourront profiter des améliorations d’Ice Cream Sandwich, soit la version 4.0 d’Android.À lire aussiArirang AS1201, Achim : la Corée du Nord se dote d’un smartphone Android et d’une tablette tactile Pour le Nexus S, Google a annoncé que la mise à jour était dans les tuyaux. Selon Clubic, elle s’effectuera par vagues dans les semaines à venir, via un téléchargement “over-the-air”. Pas besoin donc de raccorder son téléphone à son ordinateur et de réinstaller un système tout entier, seules les modifications seront amenées dans le smartphone. Les versions GSM sont déjà prêtes à l’emploi, les européens ayant un Nexus S peuvent à priori déjà opérer la transition.Pour les Galaxy S2, Samsung travaille à modifier Ice Cream Sandwich pour y inclure TouchWizz, son interface propriétaire qui vient en sur-couche. Un site internet a pourtant mis à disposition une version bêta d’Android en 4.0.1, qui aurait été compilée directement par les équipes de Samsung. La prudence est donc de mise si vous souhaitez immédiatement profiter de l’Android nouveau, mais elle montre que Samsung aussi souhaite rapidement faire basculer son téléphone vedette vers Ice Cream Sandwich.Le 25 décembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
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Share your voice 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. Tech Industry,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. 7 Apple iPhone XS The Cheapskate 0 Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. See at Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $60 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Southwest was one of the airlines impacted by Monday’s delays. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Computer problems are causing flight delays across the US Monday.The Federal Aviation Administration said airports in Chicago, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami and Detroit suffered computer issues, the Associated Press reported.There was an outage with a vendor that gives flight planning data to several carriers, Southwest Airlines told the AP. The news gathering service noted that some Delta flights were impacted too.However, the FAA later tweeted that the issue has been resolved and travelers should contact their airlines to see if their flight will be delayed.”Several airlines are experiencing issues with a non-FAA flight-planning weight and balance program called Aerodata,” the FAA said in an emailed statement.”Mainline operations and regional operations are affected to varying degrees. Airlines included Southwest (SWA), United (UAL), JetBlue (JBU), Alaska (ASA) and Delta (DAL),” it said.Southwest issued a 40-minute internal ground stop as a result of the problem and anticipated “scattered flight delays,” a spokesperson said via email. A ground stop slows or halts the flow of aircraft inbound to a given airport.A Delta spokesperson added, via email, that “no cancellations are expected due to the issue and our teams are working to resolve some resulting delays.” Read the AirPods review 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). See It How United Airlines prepares a Boeing 777 between flights Read the Rylo camera preview Read DJI Osmo Action preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon Angela Lang/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. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $155 at Google Express $299 at Amazon Originally published April 1, 5:45 a.m. PT.Update, 7:29 a.m. PT: Adds more details.Update, 8:36 a.m. PT: Adds statements from Delta and Southwest. Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy 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. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. See It See it Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 2:33 Tags Post a comment Amazon $520 at HP 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 $999 Sprint TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Now playing: Watch this:
Members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before he won the White House, The New York Times reported Tuesday.Citing “four current and former American officials,” the Times report said that intercepted phone calls and phone records showed the repeated contacts with Moscow’s intelligence community.US “law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee,” the Times said citing three of the officials who spoke privately due to the ongoing investigation.The nature of the purported calls was not disclosed.The only Trump aide named was Paul Manafort.Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman for several months last year and a former political consultant in Russia and Ukraine, shrugged off the report.“This is absurd,” he told the paper. “I have no idea what this is referring to. I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today.”“It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer,’” he added.The Times said US intelligence was investigating “whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.”The officials interviewed by the paper had so far seen no evidence suggesting that cooperation had existed.In January, US intelligence officials said in a report that Russia intervened in the US electoral process at least in part to help Trump win. He has spoken often about the need for a closer relationship between the United States and Russia.
X 00:00 /01:54 Share Listen Florian MartinKroger employees cut the ribbon to a new Kroger Marketplace in Katy.Kroger just opened its fifth store in Greater Houston this year – and the grocery store chain has more planned. “We’ve made a commitment to invest over $500 million over the next five years, continuing to build stores just like this Kroger Marketplace,” Mike Krell, Kroger’s vice president of operations for the Houston division, said after a new store opening ceremony in Katy.And Kroger is not alone. According to real estate services firm JLL, the Houston area leads the nation in retail development activity.Simmi Jaggi, senior vice president with JLL, said many retailers stopped expanding during the Great Recession.“So since 2008, our city on a residential basis has exploded and done extremely well, with a lot of corridors that needed and had large demand for retail,” she said. “Those retailers are now coming in and filling in those pockets, so there’s been a tremendous amount of pent-up demand.”Jaggi says that’s true for retailers in general. Grocery stores actually kept expanding even during the recession.But will the strong retail growth in Houston continue?Jaggi expects it to slow down once the currently high need is satisfied, and the effect of the oil slump will probably catch up to retail as well – simply because fewer jobs mean fewer people move here, which will have an effect on demand for new stores.“If energy and office, if they have been impacted for the past 18 months, I would expect another 12 to 18 months and then we’ll see that more of a considerable slowdown with retail,” Jaggi said.For now, retailers are trying to come up with creative ideas to stay ahead of the growing competition, such as pickup windows or even drive-thrus at grocery stores. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit based in D.C. that aims to protect significant historical sites, recently launched the African American Cultural Heritage Fund. The fund is part of a campaign to help support, preserve and protect important African-American sites across the nation.The National Trust and its partners are in the process of raising $25 million for the multi-year national initiative to encourage the movement to uplift and recognize the contributions of African-Americans. The fund will restore and address the funding gaps for the preservation of African-American historic sites and help uncover hidden stories to assist in telling the full American story.Southside Community Art Center in Chicago is one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation National Treasures. (Photo Courtesy Southside Community Art Center Archive)Brent Leggs, the director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, said the fund was created after the series of events and protests in Charlottesville, Va. last summer. “Preservation was now at the forefront of a national conversation where history, culture, and public spaces collided, forcing our nation to confront the unfinished business of race, emancipation, and inequality,” Leggs told the AFRO. “It was evident to us at the National Trust that the human conflict witnessed by the American citizens and the world demanded national leadership. We at the National Trust felt a social and professional responsibility to help lead our country towards its moral compass and ideals.”The goal of the fund is to also influence and empower young advocates and preservationists to conduct research on contemporary urban problems that affect underrepresented communities and communities of color, according to its website.It is the largest preservation campaign ever undertaken on behalf of African-American history since the birth of the national preservation movement started in 1917 by the National Association of Colored Women, according to Leggs.“A century plus later the African-American preservation movement still remains undervalued, underfunded,” Leggs told the AFRO. “The time is now through the action fund for the National Trust to play a leadership role in helping grassroots organizations and cities have access to the resources to be able to save American history.”“We believe that historic preservation is a form of social justice,” he added. “It is a way to provide equity and resources to advocates on the ground that are working tirelessly and are committed to the preservation projects.”Some sites the fund will directly support are Clayborn Temple in Memphis, Southside Community Art Center in Chicago and Founder’s Library at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Leggs said their vision is to also bring greater recognition to the role of Black women in history by identifying significant places that honors African-American female historical figures.The non-profit works with the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, among a number of leading funders. The advisory council includes notable national leaders and the co-chairs of the advisory council include acclaimed actress and director Phylicia Rashad and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.“Without a thorough reckoning with the complex and difficult history of our country, especially when it comes to race, we will not be able to overcome intolerance, injustice, and inequality,” said Walker, according to a National Trust for Historic Preservation press release. “We have an opportunity with this fund to broaden the American narrative to reflect our remarkably rich and diverse history.”
By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comLost behind the well documented stories of acrimony between law enforcement and Black me, there is the less publicized saga of Black women who sit behind bars because they can’t afford to pay bail. Often the women who are held on non violent charges and haven’t demonstrated they were a threat to society pay a hefty price sitting in holding cells waiting for a helping hand to bail them out.However, this year 106 women were released in time to spend Mother’s Day with their families after the National Bail Out collective, the coalition behind “Black Mama’s Bail Out”, helped reunite mothers with their families to spend quality time on their special day.“Black Mama’s Bail Out,” helped over 106 moms make bail and be released in time for Mother’s Day (Courtesy Photo)“This year was the largest “Black Mama’s Bail Out” yet and we couldn’t be more proud,” said National Bail Out collective Project Director Arissa Hall, in a public statement. “But our fight is far from over. The existence of cash bail and criminal legal system that entraps Black communities continues to devastate families across the nation. We will keep bailing caregivers out of jail, supporting our communities and raising awareness of the broader impacts of bail money and pretrial detention.”The Free Black Mamas movement has raised nearly $1 million to bail out more than 400 women from jails across the country since its inception in 2017. This year alone 106 women were released in 30 cities that participate in the annual movement from New York to California. This year, the effort raised more than $350,000 and made bail payments for those Black mothers on and around Mother’s Day according to reports.“One hundred moms were able to spend the holiday with their families, said Erika Maye, Color Of Change deputy senior director, Criminal Justice. “One hundred communities are one step closer to healing because they’ve been reunited with caregivers.” Black Mama’s Bail Out is a subsidiary of National Bail Out collective (NBO) which promotes itself as a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support Black communities and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. NBO is made up of a dozen organizations including Color Of Change, Southerners on New Ground, and others.According to the 2018 report from the Prison Policy Initiative, women are disproportionately stuck in jails and avoiding pre-trial incarceration is uniquely challenging for them mainly because they can’t afford cash bonds for release.“The number of unconvicted women stuck in jail is surely not because courts are considering women, who are generally the primary caregivers of children, to be a flight risk,” the report concludes. “The far more likely answer is that incarcerated women, who have lower incomes than incarcerated men, have an even harder time affording cash bail. When the typical bail amounts to a full year’s income for women.” Of the more than 102,000 Black women who are incarcerated around the United States 89,000 remain in holding by local authorities waiting for their cases to be heard in court. This puts a strain on families and has a catastrophic effect families on children when ladies are the primary caregivers for them. “We know that the racist system of cash bail continues to hold Black people back across the nation,” Maye adds. “Color Of Change and our members will continue to fight for the complete elimination of cash bail and the collective liberation of Black communities.”The Collective has even established the Free Black Mamas Fellowship, an eight-week paid fellowship to help mothers who have been bailed out to engage in effective political organizing.
Cyber Monday 2018: Best Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home ItemsBest Nerdy Fitness Gear to Rep Your Fandom at the Gym Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ThinkGeek just announced a slew of new products to kick off this April, and they’re all either unique new concepts or surprising takes on popular brands. It starts with stats and spit, and ThinkGeek’s new 4d6andMe Stat Discovery Kit.4d6andMe is like a genetic analysis kit, only useful. Just send in a saliva sample and in six to eight weeks ThinkGeek will send a full analysis of your stats. STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, and even CHA can be measured with an easy swab and a prepaid mailer. ThinkGeek partnered with RPGenotech for this service, which seems to be using the most up-to-date measurements from 5E. You can even get extra reports for your race and alignment, and I’m not sure whether that’s problematic or not.If you want to go into the other direction of gamification, ThinkGeek’s new Quest Management Kit helps produce artificial satisfaction for millennials in the workforce. This is specifically for managers looking to connect with their dissatisfied subordinates by turning tasks into quests. It even comes with a Convertible Status Hat with a yellow exclamation point to indicate you’re ready to give your employees a quest. And if you haven’t gotten the joke of this story on this day, I have to say that I’m terrified at how feasible this is as a genuinely marketed and wildly misguided product.Speaking of kids these days, Fortnite Battle Royale is the hottest streaming fodder for certain Twitch personalities and Toronto rappers, so ThinkGeek made a remote control blimp. Well, bus. Well, bus-blimp, or blusp. The Fortnite R/C Battle Bus is a flying drone modeled after the Battle Bus from the game, and even connects to your smartphone or tablet to give you AR navigation with the Fortnite Battle Royale map.ThinkGeek reached into some deep nostalgia for its Bluetooth Pet Rock. The Pet Rock was released in 1975, but that was years before any consumer digital wireless standard was established. The Bluetooth Pet Rock connects to any mobile device over Bluetooth 4.0, and even supports Qi charging. ThinkGeek says it can last eight hours on a charge, but we’ll have to test it to find out.It’s still pretty chilly up here in New York, but spring and summer will be coming soon, and eventually you might want to hit the pool. That’s why ThinkGeek released the Alien Facehugger Snorkel Mask. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a snorkel that looks like a Facehugger from Alien. On that note, Alien: Covenant suuuuuucked.Just in time for Jurassic World: Lost Kingdom, ThinkGeek also announced the Jurassic World Dinosaur Detection System. Just fill the container with any compatible liquid and set an IFTTT recipe to send you a message if it ripples! Other tricks up ThinkGeek’s sleeve include Tesla vs. Edison Rock ‘Em Shock ‘Em Robots, a Rick & Morty screaming sun clock, and Klingon language fridge magnets. Check them out!Then realize what the date is, if you haven’t already figured it out. Stay on target
MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target — The following piece includes MAJOR SPOILERS for The Book of Henry —Is The Book of Henry Good?No. But, since it came out last week and is already Film Twitter’s favorite punching bag of the moment, you probably already heard that.It sounds like you disagree?Not exactly. It’s a bad movie, but I can’t get onboard with it as some kind of legendarily bad cautionary tale in the making (and the idea that it should get Colin Trevorrow “fired” from his Star Wars movie is ridiculous on its face.) As crummy “precocious wonder-child” movies go, it’s not anywhere near as ghastly as Little Boy or The Odd Life of Timothy Green.What’s it about?Henry is a 12-year-old super-genius. He talks like an adult and builds complex Rube Goldberg inventions for fun. He knows everything about math, medicine, science, history, psychology, criminology, etc. And he has the kind of suped-up treehouse no actual child has ever actually constructed, has made his family rich(ish) with savvy stock market investments and basically manages all scheduling and finances for his younger brother and single mom (Naomi Watts). The “gimmick” at play is that said Mom is Henry’s exact opposite: She’s well-meaning but scatterbrained, immature and kind of dumb – he sits at a desk going over bills and rolling his eyes with exasperation while she gets way too into Gears of War on the couch, that sort of thing.That sounds harmless…Oh, he’s also discovered that the girl living next door to them is being raped by her stepfather. He tries to report it, but said stepdad is also the Chief of Police and well-connected so no one can do anything about it. So Henry begins using his superhuman brain to figure out a scheme to deal with the problem himself. Unfortunately, just as he’s getting started his super-brain turns out to be afflicted with a super-tumor and (SPOILER!) Henry dies about midway through the movie.What!?Yeah. As it turns out, the story is actually mostly about how Henry’s mom is going to cope with having to finally become something like a functioning grown up now that she doesn’t have a magic genius-kid handling all her problems.So why is it called “The Book of Henry?”After Henry is gone, it turns out that he’s left a handwritten notebook (and audio tapes) laying out ridiculously complex step-by-step instructions for his mother to follow to save the neighbor girl. Like purchasing an illegal high-powered sniper rifle, learning to use it, luring the evil stepdad into a trap and killing him.That sounds completely bonkers.Well… it is and it isn’t, in my opinion. That preposterous second-half premise is what people are freaking out about, but what I think is being missed/ignored is that (SPOILER!) the big denouement is that mom ultimately decides not to follow through on the final part of the plan. Mostly because she’s finally realized that even though she and everyone treated Henry like an adult because he was smart, he was still a kid and “just kill the bad guy” is a kid’s (wrongheaded) solution to an adult problem. And that she needs to solve it like a grownup, instead. In essence, The Book of Henry is trying to be a deconstruction of the “wonder-kid who’s more of a grown up than the grownups” wish-fulfillment genre. Hence why Henry effectively becomes a “ghost” at the midpoint: It’s not about his kind of character, it’s about the way movies/culture idealize them (and how it’s maybe not the healthiest idea.)Interesting. So why doesn’t it work?It reminds me of The Lovely Bones (remember that one?) in that I’m not sure what it’s “going for” could ever be made to work as a narrative film. But where it mainly breaks down is that it’s nowhere near tightly-constructed enough for such a preposterous premise to stand up (the succession of coincidences and contrivances that play out to make sure we get a happy ending even though mom doesn’t pull the trigger is laughably sloppy). And it has a major tone problem. Once you clue-in on the genre-deconstruction angle at play, you keep expecting it to drop the “Spielburbia” nostalgic-whimsy atmosphere in tandem with dialing back our illusions about Henry’s righteousness… but that moment never comes, so the darker the story gets the more absurd the myriad Amblin-isms start to feel.Example?There’s a talent show happening during the will she/won’t-she sniper climax. The school principal, who had previously ignored and brushed off all of Henry’s pleas to call Child Services about the evil stepdad, sees the girl next door getting super sad and emotionally “intense” during her ballet routine and suddenly realizes that he was telling the truth and runs off to make the call. This is repeatedly cut back to because the show is serving as our obligatory Act 3 “ticking clock” – will Naomi Watts make it back from not murdering someone in time to see her son do his magic act?So you don’t recommend it?No. It’s bad. But I see people trying to turn it into a kind of ironic, “So bad you have to see it.” But it’s just a regular ordinary not-good movie that’s getting an undue amount of attention because Colin Tervorrow is the poster child for “over-promoted” tentpole directors of the moment.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
It’s gotten more difficult for hard drive manufacturers to increase areal density in recent years, but manufacturers never stop pushing. Take Western Digital, for example. They’re currently working on 40TB drives.That’s more than three times the capacity of the largest drive the company offers today, and it wouldn’t even be possible without a major storage breakthrough called MAMR. It stands for microwave-assisted magnetic recording, and Western Digital says the technology will lead to drives with an areal density of a mind-blowing 4TB per square inch.MAMR itself isn’t a new discovery. Carnegie Mellon engineering professor Jimmy Zhu is credited with having invented the recording technology all the way back in 2007. Hey, it takes time to take things like this from the lab and slide deck to the factory.AdChoices广告This new generation of drives will utilize a “spin torque oscillator,” a tiny device that produces the microwave field. Western Digital says that it allows for read and write operations at the levels of speed and reliability required by data centers — which, like most new high-capacity storage devices — is where you’ll see MAMR drives deployed first.WD will also leverage many of its existing technologies in its new drives. Critically, they’ll continue the use of helium to reduce turbulence and drag as the platters spin.One other thing Western Digital wants you to know is that 40TB is just a starting point. They’re looking to push MAMR drives well beyond that mark as the technology matures. According to this week’s press release, they expect to bump capacities — and reduce cost — by around 15% every year.As for when you might be able to purchase one of these capacious new drives, that day isn’t as far off as you might think. WD plans to have the first MAMR drives up for sale in 2019.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.