Advertisement Video producer Michael Rizzi, who’s based in Toronto, says he’s concerned with the message it sends to loyal YouTube users. He’s seen 176 of his 236 videos disappear in “restricted” mode, representing 75 per cent of the clips he’s uploaded over the past five years.Rizzi says he wished Google’s YouTube executives would’ve been more transparent about the problem. Instead, they appeared to sit back as YouTubers made the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty a trending topic on Twitter over the weekend.“It’s more a feeling of being pushed to the side,” Rizzi says. “It’s a pretty big screw-up on their end.”In an emailed statement on Monday, YouTube acknowledged the filter saying “some videos that cover subjects like health, politics and sexuality may not appear for users and institutions that choose to use this feature.”YouTube added that “some videos are incorrectly labelled by our automated system and we realize it’s very important to get this right.”“We’re working hard to make some improvements,” the company said without offering further details.The lack of information has left YouTubers struggling to figure out what’s being sifted out, what isn’t and why it’s happening.Rizzi suspects video tags like “LGBT” or “gay couple” may be triggering the filter for “7 Things I Love About My Boyfriend,” a video he says shouldn’t be restricted for a younger audience.Even his clip commissioned for YouTube’s #ProudToBe campaign, timed to last year’s Pride Month, is now filtered out.“YouTube’s own equality campaign is restricted, which is probably the weirdest part of everything,” Rizzi says.Toronto-based transgender YouTuber Stef Sanjati also had 48 of her videos blocked as of Monday, including clips discussing transgender student bathrooms and makeup tutorials. Advertisement Advertisement “It sends a bad message to young gay kids and young trans kids that their lives are not normal or acceptable.”At issue is YouTube’s “restricted” designation, which lets parents, schools and libraries filter out content that may be considered inappropriate for users under 18. YouTube calls it “an optional feature used by a very small subset of users.”It’s unclear whether the types of videos in question are being categorized as “restricted” for the first time, or if the filtering is only now getting attention. Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A chorus of Canadian LGBTQ YouTubers, including pop duo Tegan and Sara, is calling for the video service to stop filtering out gay and trans-themed videos for some users.The Calgary-raised sisters took to social media to question why YouTube’s “restricted” setting appears to block a wide variety of LGBTQ-friendly content for no clear reason.“If you put YouTube on restricted mode a bunch of our music videos disappear. I checked myself. LGBTQ people shouldn’t be restricted. SAD!” Tegan and Sara tweeted. Among the missing clips were music videos from their latest album, including for “That Girl” and “U-turn.” They were joined by Halifax singer Ria Mae, who said her video for “Gold,” which features the singer in a lesbian relationship, was also being filtered out.“Young gay kids need to see themselves represented and they need to know it’s normal, it’s OK and it’s not X-rated,” Mae posted in a video on her Instagram account.
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsLiberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted his government needs to do more to combat the high number of youth suicides in Canada but could offer no concrete plans on what the Liberals would do if re-elected this fall.Instead Trudeau highlighted what the party has done over the past four years.“[We’ve] made investments in mental health service workers, in a hotline to help out Indigenous communities, investments in education and in new schools and health centres and investments in Indigenous languages and culture,” Trudeau told reporters while in Winnipeg Thursday afternoon.Earlier this week child advocates from across Canada released a new paper on youth suicides.They also called on the federal government to implement a national suicide prevention strategy.Read More: Child advocates call for a national youth suicide prevention strategyTrudeau said it’s not just about creating a strategy it’s about making investments in Indigenous communities.“Everyday longer we take means more kids are struggling for longer,” he said. “But we have to get this right and we have to do it in the full spirit of respect and partnership.“That has been what our government has been focused on and will continue to be focused on.”First Nation people are dying at much earlier than non-Indigenous people in Manitoba, according to a new study released this week by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba.Researchers say early death rates are three times higher for First Nation people.The report also determined, “approximately 23 per cent of First Nations living on-reserve identified suicide as a community challenge.”In August, God’s Lake First Nation activated a state of emergency because of a suicide crisis. Four young people died by suicide over the summer and another 22 attempted to take their own lives.Trudeau said there is still a long way to go, “what took generations and indeed centuries to break is going to take time to fix.”Brielle Beardy-Linklater is a two-spirit advocate in Manitoba.She wasn’t impressed with what Trudeau told reporters Thursday.“What he needs to be doing is listening when people are talking. Not being defensive by reinstating the same thing over and over, which is being recited because it’s all public relations. It’s all a game,” said Beardy-Linklater.She says youth need more resources and they need them now.“It’s a big problem and it’s growing. It’s an epidemic and we’re being ignored,” said Beardy-Linklater.“Our people are not being heard so this is the time to do it.”What are the other federal parties saying?APTN reached out to each major party and asked if they would implement a national suicide prevention strategy if elected.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said on Tuesday he will support the development of a national suicide crisis if elected prime minister.“Especially when it relates to Indigenous Canadians, there’s a unique responsibility for the federal government to do that,” Scheer said. “We had a private members bill in our party for a national suicide prevention strategy. That’s something I certainly supported. And will commit to doing more as prime minister to tackle that very issue.The New Democratic Party did not provide a response from party leader Jagmeet Singh.They did refer to a motion Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus tabled earlier this year – but the statement from the party is vague on a strategy.“Youth need to be an important part of a national suicide prevention action plan. Our motion called for an analysis of priority areas and needs, followed by implementation and regular reports to Parliament on implementation,” the statement said.The People’s Party of Canada said they would not.“Health care and social services, including the issue of youth suicide, is an exclusive provincial jurisdiction. Provincial governments already have such prevention strategies. The People’s Party has promised to respect the Constitution and not intervene in these areas. We therefore do not commit to implementing a national strategy if we form government,” Martin Masse, a PPC spokesperson, wrote by email.The Green Party did not email@example.com
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – MGM Resorts International drew criticism Tuesday for saying hundreds of survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting, who are being sued by the casino operator, could opt to have the money that will be used to serve them a lawsuit instead donated to a charity.The company in July sued more than 1,900 victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at one of its properties and has been working to notify them as it faces a standard 90-day deadline.MGM told the victims’ attorneys it would rather make the donations to charities than spend the money to pay people to serve the legal notices.“The money spent on personal service of process — up to $250 per person — could be better directed to do some affirmative good,” MGM’s attorneys wrote in the letter shared with The Associated Press.MGM offered to make a $500 charitable donation for each person who waives being served or authorizes an attorney to accept service on their behalf, but a victims’ lawyer quickly called it all “nonsense.”Attorney Robert Eglet, part of a group representing most of the victims, said the company is just trying to “spin” its attempt to save money on serving legal notices.“It will cost the MGM significantly more than $250 to serve them,” Eglet said. “This is just more outrageous conduct by them.”Serving defendants is a crucial step in a civil lawsuit. It informs a defendant that a lawsuit has been filed against him or her, provides the individual a copy of the complaint and starts running a 21-day deadline for the person to respond to the lawsuit.Eglet said the firms representing most of the victims have not been authorized to accept the legal notices. That would force MGM to find and serve each of the 1,977 people it sued.Letters explaining the offer of charitable donations were sent Tuesday to 37 attorneys representing victims.As part of MGM’s offer, each defendant would choose a charity that supports survivors or families of slain victims, and the donation would be made in his or her name.If the offers are not accepted, “we will personally serve the complaints courteously and respectfully,” MGM spokeswoman Debra DeShong said.The casino operator filed the lawsuits in an attempt to have a federal judge declare that it has no liability to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The law limits liability when a company or group uses services approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. MGM argues it is free of liability because the security vendor for the outdoor venue was federally certified at the time of the attack.Twenty-two thousand people were at an MGM-owned outdoor venue for a country music festival, when a high-stakes gambler broke the windows of his 32nd-floor casino-resort suite and began shooting. The gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 800 before taking his own life.MGM has insisted its lawsuits, which don’t demand money, are meant to avoid years of costly litigation.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNO
Welcoming the appointment today of an independent high-level inquiry into allegations of corruption in the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme, the Security Council called on all concerned to cooperate fully with the probe.The move came as Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that the panel would be chaired by Paul A. Volcker, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System. Its other two members are Justice Richard Goldstone of South Africa, who previously served as the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and Mark Pieth of Switzerland, a Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel with expertise in money-laundering.Speaking to reporters in New York today following the announcement, Mr. Volcker pledged a thorough probe “so that the UN in fact can fulfil the responsibilities and take advantage of the opportunities that arise to contribute to not only the situation in Iraq but situations that are bound to come along in the rest of the world.”In its unanimously adopted resolution, the Council called upon “the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), Iraq and all other Member States, including their national regulatory authorities, to cooperate fully by all appropriate means with the inquiry.”The resolution refers to the Council’s “desire to see a full and fair investigation of efforts by the former Government of Iraq, including through bribery, kickbacks, surcharges on oil sales, and illicit payments in regard to purchases of humanitarian goods” with respect to the programme.The text further affirms that “any illicit activity by United Nations officials, personnel and agents, as well as contractors, including entities that have entered into contracts under the Programme, is unacceptable.”Under the panel’s terms of reference, the Secretary-General will receive a report on the status of its work within three months.
OSU then-sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) and Michigan State then-senior center Thomas Ebbing (28) try and locate the puck after a faceoff in the third period of a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost, 5-4. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerThe No. 19 Ohio State men’s hockey team was defeated by the Canadian-based Ryerson Rams 7-4 in its only exhibition game.The Buckeyes seemed to be in control as they took a 4-1 lead in the second period, but Ryerson came back with two goals in 26 seconds late in the period which cut the lead to 4-3 going into the third.“It’s like a reset button,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “You give up a goal and how do you respond, and we didn’t respond very well.”The Rams continued battling in the third, and managed to tie the game at four with 3:33 to go with a slap shot off the stick of senior defenseman Alex Basso. Just 51 seconds later, junior forward Vince Figliomeni scored on another strong shot to give the Rams a 5-4 lead late in the game.The Rams added a sixth goal less than a minute later, then iced the game with a final goal after Ohio State pulled its goalie late in the third.“It was a learning experience for all of us,” Jobst said. “First game of the year, there’s a lot of things that we’re going have to work on this week in practice.”The Buckeyes started the scoring early, as junior forward Mason Jobst found senior defenseman Janik Möser for a quick goal off a one-timer just over three minutes into the game.Ohio State added to that lead 10 minutes later, as sophomore defenseman Gordi Myer was able to beat junior goalie Taylor Dupuis with a nice move to the net, extending the lead early on. But the Rams were able to get one back shortly after, as senior forward Aaron Armstrong got to the back door and gave redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo no chance to stopping the shot.Sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski netted one goal before the first period was over, giving the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead after twenty minutes.Not so dominant power playThe Buckeyes did not capitalize on any of their attempts with a man up in this game, which included a 5-on-3 early in the third period. Ohio State was first in the NCAA last year with a 31.4 percent success rate on power plays, over three percent more than any other team in the nation.New faces filling some big shoes The Buckeyes lost some key players from last season, and are looking for new players to step up in order to be where they were a season ago. Romeo, who transferred from Maine and redshirted the 2016-17 season, stopped 26 of the 32 shots he faced, and freshman forward Austin Pooley picked up an assist on the Myer goal in the first period.Strong first half, weak second halfOhio State started off the game in dominant fashion, as it was able to jump out to a 4-1 lead, while outshooting Ryerson 22-10 halfway through the second. The Rams then scored six unanswered goals, and outshot Ohio State 23-7 from that point forward.“We jumped off to a good start,” Rohlik said. “If you ever get out to a lead like that you have got to make it difficult on teams, we just didn’t do that in the second half of the game.”The Buckeyes travel to Madison, Wisconsin next weekend to play two games against Big Ten opponent No. 12 Wisconsin to open the season.
EVER POUR MILK into your tea without realising it’s gone sour? It’s happened to the best of us, but such a problem may be avoided if a new tag is adapted commercially.Researchers from Peking University in Beijing, China are developing colour-coded smart tags, which can tell you if milk or any other product inside a container is fresh or not.The small tags can be attached to containers of food or medicine and start off red to indicate freshness. After that, it changes to orange, yellow and eventually green, which shows that the food is spoiled.The lead researcher Chao Zhang, PH.D., said that the tag has a “gel-like consistency, is really inexpensive and safe, and can be widely programmed to mimic almost all ambient-temperature deterioration processes in foods.”It also takes into account moments when foods are exposed to higher temperatures, which could cause unexpected spoilage, providing a reliable indicator of how fresh a product is.The tags contain tiny metallic nanorods that change colour as they react to the length of time microbes grow in food. The gold nanorods the researchers used are red, which is why the colour represents freshness. Silver chloride and vitamin C are also in the tags, reacting slowly and controllably. Over time, the metallic silver gradually deposits on each gold nanorod, forming a silver shell layer.That changes the particle’s chemical composition and shape, so the tag color now would be different. Therefore, as the silver layer thickens over time, the tag color evolves from the initial red to orange, yellow, and green, and even blue and violet. The researchers developed and tested the tags using e.coli – food-spoiling bacteria that cause stomach problems – in milk as a reference. The best part is the tags are cheap to produce; the researchers say the chemicals in one tag alone would cost $0.002.The findings was presented at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The tags aren’t available yet, but the researchers said they’re reaching out to manufacturers, showing them how the tag would be useful for them and their customers.Read: Here is why your veins look blue >Read: Drug experts slam reports with ‘misleading statistics’ on legal high deaths >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras on Friday night called on Greeks to back his party to secure the country’s future in the eurozone and ward off the “drachma lobby” in his last campaign speech ahead of a general election tomorrow that promises to be a two-horse race between the conservatives and leftist SYRIZA, which rejects the country’s bailout.Addressing a moderately sized but lively crowd in central Syntagma Square, Samaras said that the stakes at tomorrow’s election were higher than ever. “Our existence as a nation is at stake,” he said.The conservative leader accused his rival, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, of putting the country’s eurozone position in jeopardy. But, he said, the leftist’s strategy would backfire. “Mr Tsipras wants to reject the debt deal but he will end up signing a much worse memorandum later,” he said.He added that SYRIZA was not the only problem but there was also the “drachma lobby.” “We know there is the lobby of the drachma that is trying to push Greece out of the euro,” he said, referring vaguely to oligarchs who have taken their money out of Greece “with the aim of returning and buying everything at half-price.”Samaras, who had initially objected to Greece’s bailout, said that a modified version of the deal was the only recipe for Greece to emerge from a crushing two-year debt crisis.He said ND was seeking “a government of national salvation” that would renegotiate the memorandum and keep Greece in the eurozone. The leftists want the opposite, he said. “SYRIZA wants lack of governance and new elections. But there will be no third elections. The economy, the society, the banking system, the foreigners cannot handle the uncertainty of extended Greek instability.”The conservative leader declared that his party was the only one capable of guaranteeing security amid rising crime and a growing population of illegal immigrants. He said that SYRIZA, by pledging to disarm riot police and offer greater rights to immigrants, would aggravate both problems. “While Greek families struggle, SYRIZA offers immigrants unemployment benefits and travel documents,” he said. Samaras called for a crackdown on immigrants. “The mass invasion of immigrants will stop and the mass return to their homelands will begin.”Elsewhere in Athens, the leaders of smaller parties gave their last shot at winning round voters while Tsipras spoke in the northern port of Thessaloniki.Source: Kathimerini
Governor Bill Walker signed the statewide smoke-free workplace bill into law today at the Lucky Wishbone, reportedly the first restaurant in Alaska to go completely smoke-free. Businesses affected by the ban are required to put up signs that reads “Smoking Prohibited by Law–Fine $50.” Businesses that fail to post these signs will be liable for a fine between $50 and $300. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Starting on October 1, a new law goes into effect in the State of Alaska, the smoke-free workplace bill was signed into law today. If a community decides it wants to allow smoking in those environments, they can choose to “opt out” by putting the question on the ballot for the residents of the area to vote on. Smoking in pretty much any workplace whether it’s a public-facing business like restaurants, bars and music venues or more closed to the public like an office or hotel room is also banned. Senate Bill 63, commonly called the “Take it Outside Act,” was sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), to protect Alaskans working indoors from secondhand smoke. The law includes marijuana and electronic cigarettes. The new law will also ban smoking outdoors at open-air venues like the seating area of outdoor concerts and sporting events, as well as near entrances to buildings affected by the ban and near playgrounds when children are present. Smoking on public transportation or in shared work vehicles would also be banned.
WILMINGTON, MA — Domenic R. Danieli, Sr., age 98, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2018.Domenic was born in Boston, MA on February 23, 1920; he was the dear son of the late Lorenzo and Antoinetta (Conti) Danieli. Dom was raised and educated in Somerville, MA and was a graduate of Somerville High School.Dom enlisted in the United States Army on October 21, 1940; he bravely served in the Southern Philippines, the Northern Solomon Islands and at Guadalcanal during World War II. Dom received several commendations including the Good Conduct Medal GO 35 Headquarters 182nd Infantry 44, the Presidential Unit Citation GO 67 Headquarters American Division 43, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon as well as the Marksman Rifle 43 Combat Infantry Badge. Dom was honorably discharged on August 21, 1945 and returned home to his family.Following his return from the Army, Dom, went to work at the Cozy Grill in Somerville before taking a position as a Machinist for the Wakefield Engineering Company. Dom was a very hardworking and dedicated employee; he made lots of friends with his co-workers throughout the years.Dom then married his beloved wife Mary. The couple moved to Wilmington where they raised three wonderful sons, Dom Jr., Tom and Arthur. Dom and Mary shared many wonderful years together before her passing.Dom met Florence Lawrence and the couple became inseparable. Dom instantly became a member of the “Lawrence Clan” and he and Florence married shortly after. Dom and Florence loved spending time with their blended family in Wilmington and also heading to Pompano Beach, Florida during the winter where they had many friends.In his spare time, Dom liked to go walking, swimming in the pool and attending many potluck parties in Florida, family cookouts, and cooking. Dom was always cooking for his family and friends; he loved having everyone around the table for a good meal.Dom will be fondly remembered as a quiet and happy guy who loved being with family and friends. Dom would do anything for anyone and he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.Domenic was the beloved husband of Florence M. (Conlin) Lawrence, devoted father of Domenic Danieli & his wife Jeryl of Cornish, NH, the late Gloria, Thomas and Arthur Danieli, loving “Gramp” of Domenic, Eric & his wife Vicky and Teresa, loving great-grandfather of Noah, Kaya and Lynzie, step-father of Robert Lawrence of Wilmington, Linda Maloney & her husband Robert of The Villages, FL, Donna Blizzard of Wilmington and Jeanne Schneider of Tilton, NH, also survived by many Lawrence family grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Domenic was the husband of the late Mary Danieli and son of the late Lorenzo and Antoinetta (Conti) Danieli. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, June 14th from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.Domenic R. Danieli, Sr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Charles G. Reekie, 88In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 10, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Mary R. (Causi) Marinello, 94In “Obituaries”
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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo See It Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X There are a lot of iPhones out there. Angela Lang/CNET Apple may not share how many iPhones it sells each quarter anymore. But it did offer a tantalizing tidbit as part of its latest earnings.The consumer electronics giant has an active install base of more than 900 million iPhones, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestra said on a conference call with analysts on Tuesday. The number is up year over year, with 75 million units added to the total over the last 12 months, he said.The number offers a little clarity on the health of Apple’s iPhone business, which suffered a 15 percent decline in revenue in the fiscal first quarter. But be wary of these types of numbers: companies tend to cherrypick the statistics they share to put their business in the most favorable light. Maestra said Apple would share the active installed base figure “periodically.” See It Comments Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. 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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. 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Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Earnings Apple,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. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See at Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. 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Cook Inlet has some of the most dramatic tidal shifts on the planet. From scientists to startups, many have speculated how this fast-flowing water could be harnessed to produce electricity. Professor Tom Ravens (University of Alaska Anchorage) and Chris Rose (Renewable Energy Project Alaska) discuss the potential and challenges of tapping hydro-kinetic energy.
Quthbullapur: Residents of Venkateshwara Nagar in Chintal are quite aghast that their numerous demands to lay a road in their street are falling on deaf ears. Due to the negligence of the government, roads are not laid and residences dread to walk on the muddy roads which are becoming slippery even after a small rain, according to a local Rameshwara Rao. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The uneven stretch is causing a big trouble to the commuters every time. This is the only stretch witnessing a huge amount of traffic flow towards Main roads and other routes. Many people fall off vehicles due to slippery mud. Numerous minor accidents occurred on this road in the past. Two-wheeler riders are the worst affected. Adding to the bad condition of the roads, poor illumination on this stretch at nights is another problem that people face. The stretch is nothing but a heap of sand and soil, broken bricks and broken debris. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us “Motorcyclists can be seen applying brakes suddenly due to potholes on these troublesome stretch and are incurring injuries as they fall off their vehicles,” rue commuters. “This stretch is not only affecting motorists but also affecting pedestrians. Pedestrians face immense hardships to walk on it,” says Hanumath Rao. “The situation is so worse that we are not even coming out and our friends or relatives are not visiting our homes because of these muddy roads,” said the residents. Mohan, a shopkeeper, said they had taken their plight to the notice of the officials, but to no avail. The locals of this area say it is very difficult to travel on these roads and are extremely inconvenienced during the monsoon season.
.Electricity and gas connections of a building that housed a chemical warehouse were cut off at city’s Bakshi Bazar area on Saturday noon amid protests by locals, reports UNB.It was part of a drive launched in the aftermath of the 20 February fire at Chawkbazar that has so far claimed 71 lives.In the morning, the taskforce formed by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to evict chemical warehouses in the Old Dhaka was forced to stop in the face of unrest by locals.DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon later joined the drive around 2pm and cut off the utility connections.Chawkbazar police said a DSCC team found a chemical warehouse at a residential building on Joynag Road in the morning. Locals started agitation when the team tried to disconnect electricity and gas lines, forcing the taskforce to halt the drive.Representatives of Fire Service and Civil Defence, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, Department of Explosives, officer-in-charge of local police station, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, and Dhaka Power Distribution Company were present.
Tulum, Q.R. — Turtle nesting season has begun for Tulum with the discovery of a few nests, however, officials are concerned about the plastic that is washing up with the seaweed.The director of municipal ecology, Francisco Chan Chablé, explained that while their is sargasso along the Tulum beach areas, it is not a problem for turtles. The worry lies in the plastic material that arrives with the seagrass, he says, adding that the plastic stays on the beach and is material that traps the turtles.He explained that another issue for the turtles are the nocturnal animals that roam the beaches at night attracted by hotel food waste. Chan Chablé says that hotels have been asked to keep their organic waste covered to help prevent the animal attraction and reduce the risk to the sea turtles.Members of the sea turtle committee say this year, they are reinforcing efforts in an attempt to combat sea turtle egg looting, something that is a common problem.Lucelly Ramos Montejo, president of the State Committee of Sea Turtles, says that for this sea turtle nesting season, municipal committees will be installed in the south of the state to coordinate surveillance and protection in the nesting areas that registered looting last year.Chan Chablé notes that they are anticipating an even more successful egg-laying season this year over last year. Last year in the state, nearly 100,000 sea turtle nests were counted.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
The ongoing renovation of theGran Hotel Costa Rica, one of the most iconic buildings in downtown San José, has elicite outrage from citizens, architects, and others who claim the new design will strip the building of the characteristics that earned it a declaration of Historical and Architectural Heritage by the Culture Ministry.Renovation work on the hotel, inaugurated in 1930 in front of the National Theater, began in June and are expected to be completed in December.The investor group Elite Hotels and Resorts Costa Rica signed a Hilton Worldwide franchise to operate the hotel under its Curio Collection by Hilton brand.On Sunday, the daily La Nación published an detailed story about the changes being made, including renderings of the expected results provided by construction company OBP Arquitectos. The images show a total transformation of the building façade, which provoked severe criticism of the firm and of the Culture Ministry’s Heritage Conservation Center, responsible for granting the work permit.Op-Eds, letters and messages on social media from citizens and groups have since criticized the design. Former President Laura Chinchilla who described it as an eyesore on her Facebook page.Architect Andrés Fernández, a specialist in the capital’s architecture, told La Nación that “more than remodeling, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica is undergoing a reconstruction.” Top: Render of the approved plan by the Culture Ministry. Bottom: Render provided to La Nación by OBP Arquitectos. (Culture Ministry)‘Just paint’Culture Ministry and Heritage Conservation Center officials met with members of the Federated Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) on Wednesday to discuss the situation, prompted mostly by public backlash against the project.The Culture Ministry issued a news release on Wednesday evening saying that “the only visible change that the Gran Hotel Costa Rica will undergo after renovation work is done will be in its color,” adding that “in that sense, only the use of shades of gray was approved.”The statement denied that the colors will be black and white, as shown in the La Nación story. The ministry also provided renders of the approved plans, and noted that officials from the Heritage Conservation Center are supervising the work and conducting weekly inspections.The ministry said that the hotel’s arcades, one of its most popular features, will not undergo any modifications.Fifth floor controversyHowever, it seems clear the conservation is far from over. Citizens and architects who criticized the works lamented the total demolition of the hotel’s fifth floor. The Culture Ministry’s statement noted that it authorized the works as “that floor was not part of the original construction in 1930.”According to Heritage Conservation Center research, the fifth floor was built years later and has already been replaced and rebuilt several times.Describing changes to that floor, the ministry said: “the last renovation, which remains in the people’s collective imagination, was made about 30 years ago […] We were able to verify that it was the product of a combination of interventions and construction techniques dissimilar from the original building, and using low quality materials… Clearly, it was not part of the original four-story building.”CFIA members agreed to appoint a group of additional experts who will join Heritage Conservation Center officials on their inspections in coming days.Conservation requirementsThe Gran Hotel Costa Rica was inaugurated in October 1930, with U.S. architect Victor Lorenz in charge of the project.Besides its architectural heritage, the hotel’s suites hosted several important visitors including U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter. U.S. actor John Wayne, Mexican comedian Mario Moreno “Cantinflas”, Panamanian boxing champion Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Durán, and Brazilian football legend Pelé have also spent the night there.For those historical reasons, the Heritage Conservation Center permit demands building owners’ strict compliance with a series of requirements to maintain the hotel’s original design.These include recovering the original texture of the terrace floors — currently covered by lower-quality flooring — and keeping all original floors and mosaics in the building, except for carpets.The room used by President Kennedy must be preserved, maintaining all windows and their original closing mechanisms, as well as the arcades as they exist today at the hotel’s entrance. The work permit stipulates renovation works must preserve the arcades in the hotel’s entrance and its mosaic floors. L. Arias/The Tico Times Both the north and east faces of the building on June 6 were fully covered, as well as part of the hotel’s façade. L. Arias/The Tico Times Construction works on the new fifth floor are visible from the Plaza de la Cultura. L. Arias/The Tico Times The east face of the building, in front of Plaza de la Cultura, is fully covered. L. Arias/The Tico Times A Tico Times archive photo from the early 1980s shows tourists at the Grand Hotel Costa Rica, across from another landmark of San José, the National Theater. María Esquivel and Katherine Lambert/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:San José’s Plaza de la Cultura scheduled to reopen in November Tourism entrepreneurs oppose license, royalty payments to canopy patent holder VIDEO: Rebooting Costa Rican cuisine at Al Mercat Only 17 cantons will enforce dry law during Holy Week
Go back to the e-newsletterHilton’s luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, will welcome its first guests in Southeast Asia in Q3 2018 with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. One of the region’s most anticipated hotel openings this year, the debut will introduce the brand’s iconic experience to discerning travellers in the Thai capital, in the heart of the bustling Ratchaprasong intersection.With a global portfolio of 30 hotels and resorts, Waldorf Astoria is known for its commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Waldorf Astoria offers a strong sense of arrival and impressive public spaces worthy of hosting history. Numerous historical figures – from Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra to world leaders – have been associated with the brand.“Waldorf Astoria Bangkok will mark the brand’s first foray into Southeast Asia and herald the introduction of Unforgettable Experiences in Bangkok and beyond,” said Daniel Welk, Vice President of Operations, Luxury and Lifestyle, Hilton, Asia Pacific. “The hotel’s timeless environment and exclusively crafted guest experiences, combined with the brand’s unparalleled True Waldorf Service, will set a new benchmark for luxury in Asia.”In tribute to the owners of the property, Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited, the building has been designed to give the effect of springing from the ground like a magnolia tree. Towering above the city, the sculptural appearance of the property cuts a dramatic profile in the skyline of Bangkok.The hotel will boast 171 guest rooms and suites, which reflect the artistry and craftsmanship of award-winning architect André Fu and his design studio AFSO. The hotel’s crown jewel will span the top three floors from levels 55 to 57, comprising three dining outlets by design and concept firm AvroKO, headquartered in New York.In line with Waldorf Astoria’s culinary heritage, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is primed to be a dining destination, featuring three restaurant concepts, a lounge and two bars. Chef Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, or Chef Fae, will bring her experience of working at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe to head the restaurant Front Room, which will present an elegant new blend of “new Nordic” and Thai flavours in a relaxed setting.Go back to the e-newsletter
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” won best film and best director on Saturday at the 33rd Independent Film Spirit Awards, a day before the horror sensation will vie for top honours at the Academy Awards.The wins for Peele’s directorial debut gave the Spirits, a celebration of indie filmmaking, something unusual: a box-office behemoth. Made for just $4.5 million, “Get Out” grossed $255 million worldwide.“We are in the beginning of a renaissance right now, where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honoured and recognized and celebrated,” Peele said.Peele was presented the award for best director by Spike Lee, whom Peele said paved his way. “Let’s make no mistake,” he said. “I wouldn’t be standing here if wasn’t for this man.”“Get Out” is only the second horror film to win best picture at the Spirits. The other was 2010’s “Black Swan.”“This project didn’t start as a statement,” said Peele. “It began as me wanting to make a film in my favourite genre. I sat down and would smoke a little weed and try to write a mind-bending horror film, my favourite genre and at some point I followed the truth and I realized there are people locked up for smoking less weed than I smoked writing the movie.”Held in a beachside tent on a floor soaked through from rain earlier in the day, the Spirit Awards are the dressed-down, boozy prelude to Sunday’s Academy Awards.But as the Oscars have gravitated toward honouring indie films, the two have come closer to mirroring each other. The last four Spirit winners for best film (“Moonlight,” ”Spotlight,” ”Birdman,” ”12 Years a Slave”) have won best picture at the Oscars.“It’s Saturday,” Peele said backstage of his Oscar expectations. “Tomorrow’s tomorrow. That’s what’s up.”The Spirits are also a party to mark the (almost) end of a long and sometimes repetitive awards season.“I continue to be amazed that you let me get to the microphone. What are you crazy?” said Frances McDormand, who again won best actress for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” ”Do you know how hard it’s been not to swear over the last couple of months? Because this awards convention goes on for (expletive) forever.”Allison Janney likewise continued her sweep of the best supporting actress awards for “I, Tonya.” The supporting actor Oscar favourite Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) added to his string of awards.Timothee Chalamet, the “Call Me By Your Name” breakthrough star, took best actor, a category that at the Spirits didn’t include the Oscar favourite Gary Oldman. The 22-year-old said he was trying to savour the moment.“I don’t know if this kind of thing is ever going to happen again,” said Chalamet.Returning hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll opened with a lively monologue that managed to touch on everything from Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner to the pronunciation of Saoirse Ronan’s name (“Sour Shoes Ronan,” Mulaney said) and Mulaney’s wife’s infatuation with “Call Me By Your Name’s” Timothee Chalamet.Mulaney said he once had a meeting with Weinstein where the fallen mogul proclaimed that his legacy, and what would be written on his tombstone, wouldn’t be for the films he’s done, that it’d be for “Project Runway.”“Your tombstone isn’t going to say ‘Project Runway.’ It’s going to say double XL unmarked grave,” Mulaney said.Kroll and Mulaney joked about separating the artist from the art for some of the men accused of misconduct.“Like with Kevin Spacey: Can we still love ‘K-PAX?” Kroll pondered.Added Mulaney: “Or Woody Allen and his last 21 unwatchable films? Can we still not watch them?”“Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig won best screenplay for her partly autobiographical family drama.“Thank you to my parents for watching the plays that I put on in the living room and thank you to my brother and sister for acting in them,” said Gerwig.Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” received the Robert Altman Award, an ensemble honour given to one film’s director, casting director and cast. In an impassioned speech, Rees celebrated each element of the film, a Netflix release, and concluded by pronouncing: “‘Mudbound’ is cinema.”Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon won best first screenplay for “The Big Sick,” which they based on the real-life drama of the beginning of their own relationship. They are also up for the original screenplay award at the Oscars. They both thanked their parents, who provided some of the inspiration for the parents in the film, with some artistic license.“My dad never cheated on my mom,” said Gordon. “That was something we made up for the movie.”“That we know of,” quipped Nanjiani.The social-media satire “Ingrid Goes West,” starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, won best first feature. Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” from Chile, won best international film. The film, about a transgender woman whose partner has died, is up for best foreign picture at the Academy Awards.“I thought the film was going to encounter, to say the least division, and that hasn’t been the case,” Lelio said backstage. “What surprises me most is that the film has been understood.”“The Rider” director Chloe Zhao was given the inaugural Bonnie Award, for a mid-career female director, which includes a $50,000 grant. Agnes Varda, the 89-year-old French filmmaking legend, won best documentary with her co-director JR for their “Faces Places,” also a nominee at Sunday’s Oscars.Winners are chosen by Film Independent, which includes critics, filmmakers, actors, festival programmers, past winners and nominees, and members of its board. The Spirit Awards cap nominees at a budget of $20 million or less, which eliminates some bigger-budget awards contenders like “Dunkirk.”But the film many consider the Oscar front-runner — Guillermo del Toro’s modestly budgeted “The Shape of Water,” up for a leading 13 nominations Sunday — was completely overlooked by the Spirits.___Follow Coyle on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP and Bahr at http://twitter.com/ldbahr___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason by Jake Coyle And Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2018 2:58 am PDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2018 at 3:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Get Out’ wins for best film, director at Spirit Awards Hosts John Mulaney, left, and Nick Kroll speak on stage at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A woman was injured on the Nicosia-Larnaca highway early Monday when a drunk driver collided with oncoming traffic near Kofinou.The woman is in serious condition but out of danger, police said. The man driving the other vehicle was 11 times over the limit, they said. He had entered oncoming traffic at some point near the Kofinou exit.The 47-year-old woman was trapped in her car and had to be freed by the fire service. The driver was arrested and is being detained.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola