Contracts Awarded for Road Work on the Eastern Shore

first_img A well-travelled route along the Eastern Shore will have newpavement this fall. A $1.4-million contract has recently been awarded to repave morethan 10 kilometres of Trunk 7. “The province is fulfilling its commitment to upgrade Trunk 7 tohandle heavy commercial trucks,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “Improvements to this popularroute will provide a smoother ride for motorists travelling onNova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.” The contract is for repaving two sections of Trunk 7 in HalifaxRegional Municipality — from the Highway 107 access road to thewest end of Pinehill Drive; and from 5.5 kilometres east of UpperLakeville Road, easterly towards Ship Harbour. The contract was awarded to S.W. Weeks Construction. Work isexpected to be completed by Oct. 31. Once Trunk 7 is repaved and strengthened, commercial trucks willbe able to carry full loads along the entire length of thehighway, boosting the economic strength of the local community. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from district offices inBridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Contracts Awarded for Road Work onthe Eastern Shorelast_img read more

Health Canada approves safe injection site for Calgary temporary site opens soon

first_imgCALGARY – Health Canada has approved a safe injection site for opioid drugs in Calgary.Alberta Health says a temporary site will open soon in the parking area of the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre while a permanent site inside the centre is being constructed.Alberta Health says patients will also be able to get treatment, including suboxone, methadone, and counselling.Evidence shows that supervised consumption services save lives, reduce transmission of infections by providing sterile needles and equipment and build safer communities by reducing public substance use and discarded needles.Last week, Health Canada approved four safe injection sites for Edmonton and one for Lethbridge, and those are expected to open later this year or early next year.Jessica Holtsbaum of the group Changing the Face of Addiction, called it great news.“It will save lives and provide those with substance-use disorders an access point to further treatment. It is a long overdue step in the right direction. However, this is only one small step and momentum can’t end here.”The province is providing $2.2 million for startup costs and for construction of the temporary and permanent locations at the Chumir health centre. The province will also provide operational funding for all six supervised consumption sites approved for Alberta.As of mid-August 2017, 315 people have died of apparent fentanyl-related overdoses in Alberta. There were 586 suspected opioid-related deaths in the province last year.The Canadian Institute for Health Information has said data from Alberta suggests emergency room visits related to heroin and synthetic opioid overdoses spiked almost 10-fold in the last five years.The first safe consumption sites in Canada were set up in Vancouver. Health Canada has approved other sites in Montreal and Toronto.Last month, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said at least 2,816 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016 and that number is expected to grow this year.last_img read more

BC New Democrats invite public input on electoral reform Liberals cry foul

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbians are invited to help shape a referendum planned for next fall that could reform the province’s voting system in time for the next election in 2021.Attorney General David Eby said Thursday that the government has launched its How We Vote website, asking for public input on the question or questions that will be on the referendum ballot.The New Democrats promised electoral reform during last spring’s election campaign and last month introduced legislation calling for a mail-in vote that requires a 50 per cent, plus one margin to be successful.The government also wants suggestions about possible voting systems, Eby said at a news conference.“We want to hear from all British Columbians so the people of our province can help shape the key elements of the referendum, including: ‘What will the ballot question look like? What type of voting systems should be considered? Should government fund advocacy groups and if so, by how much?’ “But the proposed electoral reform law is getting a rough ride in the legislature from the Opposition Liberals who say the NDP hatched a plan to bring in undemocratic reforms and reward Green party members, who are backing the minority New Democrats with three seats.“The small Green tail continues to wag the bloated orange dog,” said backbench Liberal Doug Clovechok in the legislature, referring to the orange colour of the New Democrats. “Can you say, tyranny of the majority? That’s exactly what proportional representation under Bill 6 represents.”Clovechok said the current first-past-the-post electoral system has provided the foundation for stable governments since Confederation.He said moving to a system of proportional representation will put more power in urban ridings at the expense of the rural voters he represents in B.C.’s Kootenay region.“Our democratic system of government is a proven system of governance that provides citizens with the most possible personal freedoms and the most personal opportunity — opportunity to create prosperity and a good life for their families. It is the most stable form of government on this planet,” he said.Eby said he finds Liberal opposition to electoral reform baffling.“I have yet to hear how it is that going to British Columbians to ask them to vote on something is anti-democratic,” he said.Andrew Wilkinson, the Opposition’s attorney general critic, said B.C. residents rejected electoral reform in two previous referendums and a third is not needed.“We’ve had peace, order and good government in this country for 150 years with the current electoral system,” he said. “It’s time for the NDP government to realize they are going down the wrong track.”Eby said the public process ends Feb. 28, and his ministry will prepare a report with recommendations that will go to the B.C. cabinet for approval.Premier John Horgan has said B.C.’s current electoral system is not fair. He said in the past five B.C. elections, only one political party formed government after receiving more than 50 per cent of the votes.last_img read more

Privacy and other matters with Facebooks videocall gadget

first_imgNEW YORK — There’s a new category of home gadgets best described as screens for making video calls, listening to music and responding to voice commands for tasks you can also do on your phone.Unlike tablets, these microphone- and camera-equipped screens are meant to rest at a fixed location in your living room, kitchen or, gasp, your bedroom.Facebook’s Portal is a great option for video calling. But given the company’s shoddy record on user privacy, do you even want one?There are also some alternatives, from Amazon and Google, but they are not primarily built for video calling. That said, they are better than Portal at the other stuff, like voice-assisted tasks.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

JNU student commits suicide in study room

first_imgNew Delhi: A JNU student allegedly committed suicide Friday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room of the university, police said. They said they were informed about the incident around 11.30 am. The MA 2nd year student of the prestigious university was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, a senior police officer said. Police and crime team are at the spot and further details are awaited.last_img

Egypt TVsuspends controversial satirists show

first_imgCAIRO – Controversial Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s host television channel suspended his programme on Friday, a week after he returned from a four-month break and fired barbs at the country’s military.Youssef, known as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” after modelling his Al-Bernameg (The Programme) on the US comedian’s popular satirical news programme, had already run afoul of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by themilitary in July.On Friday, the CBC channel that airs Youssef’s show pulled the plug. “The channel has decided to suspend Al-Bernameg. The CBC board confirmed that today’s episode indicated that the producers and presenter insisted on violating the editorial policy of the channel,” the network said in a statement read out by a presenter.It did not elaborate on how the editorial policy had been violated, but said the show would remain suspended “until the technical and commercial problems are solved.”In last week’s episode — the first since Morsi’s ouster — Youssef did not spare the military, provoking fury from some spectators.He mocked the media coverage of the overthrow, particularly exaggerated claims about the number of demonstrators who took to the streets on June 30 — to call for the Islamist government’s resignation.The ex-heart surgeon even mocked the country’s new military-installed interim government, in which Adly Mansour is president but army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely seen as calling the shots.Sisi is leading the popularity charts in Egypt since the ouster of Morsi, with the general’s posters displayed across the country.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX advances amid Fitch downgrade of Spanish banks rising hopes

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday amid hopes for more stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve even as a downgrade of Spanish banks added to strong doubts about the effectiveness of a planned bailout for that country’s financial sector.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,497.30 +95.52 0.84%S&P 500 — 1,324.18 +15.25 1.17%Dow — 12,573.80 +162.57 1.31%Nasdaq — 2,843.07 +33.34 1.19%Rising mining stocks helped take the S&P/TSX composite index up 95.51 points to 11,497.3. The TSX Venture Exchange shed 7.01 points to 1,269.7.The Canadian dollar was up 0.43 of a US cent at 97.4 US cents.Traders were encouraged by comments from a Federal Reserve official that he supported more measures to stimulate the economy.Charles Evans, president of the Fed’s Chicago bank, told Bloomberg News that he supported action to produce faster job growth. Last week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said he was ready to act if the economy needs, but made no promises.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 162.57 points to 12,573.8, the Nasdaq composite index was 33.34 points higher at 2,843.07 and the S&P 500 index gained 15.25 points to 1,324.18.Ratings agency Fitch said it was downgrading 18 Spanish banks as a result of a previous downgrade of the Spanish sovereign debt on June 7. Fitch said it had conducted stress tests, both on the Spanish banking sector as a whole and on individual banks, updating results from tests done in 2011.Eurozone finance ministers said Saturday they would make 100 billion euros available to Spain to revive banks crushed by bad real estate loans. But early relief about the deal turned to doubt as traders worry the money will just add to the Spanish government’s already considerable debts and perhaps force it to seek its own sovereign bailout.That investor wariness was evident on bond markets where the yield on Spain’s 10-year benchmark bond shot up 0.28 of a point to 6.81%, a record high and dangerously close to the 7% yield that has forced other countries to seek rescue loans. The bond rate fell back to 6.67% in late trading.Italy’s yields rose to just over 6% amid market frustration that European authorities seem unable to get ahead of the debt crisis.“What we’ve had over the last year and a half is reactionary policies out of Europe,” said John Tsagarelis, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“They have to become more proactive.”There was also nervousness ahead of Sunday’s election in Greece. The worry is that a left-wing party that advocates tearing up the country’s bailout agreement will be the big winner. If that happens, Greece could end up leaving the eurozone with unpredictable consequences for other debt-laden eurozone countries such as Italy.The TSX was also supported by a major deal for transportation giant Bombardier Inc., which could reap up to US$9.6-billion from the sale of business jets and related services.One of Warren Buffett’s companies, NetJets Inc., has signed a deal to buy up to 275 Bombardier Challenger business jets that could be worth up to US$7.3-billion. Bombardier said it has also signed a 15-year service and maintenance agreement for the aircraft, worth as much as an additional US$2.3-billion if all options are exercised. Its shares jumped 22 cents or 6.03% to $3.87 on heavy volume of 21.2 million shares.The gold sector was up about 0.9% as August gold gained $17 to close at US$1,613.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. ran ahead 51 cents to $40.46 and Kinross Gold Corp. rose nine cents to $8.57.The base metals sector was up 0.9% as July copper edged a cent lower to US$3.34 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines climbed 34 cents to $10.62 and Teck Resources improved 56 cents to $31.81.Oil prices were higher after three days of declines as traders also closely watched a quarterly meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries on Thursday.Some members of the cartel have suggested recently that OPEC is producing too much crude and the group could decide to cut supplies to help boost prices. The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 62 cents to US$83.32 a barrel and the energy sector rose 0.36%. Talisman Energy ran ahead 42 cents to $11.23 and Suncor Energy rose 64 cents to $28.97.Bargain hunters have been attracted to the TSX over the last week in the wake of a string of sharp slides in May as the eurozone debt crisis worsened and worries grew about the pace of the global economic recovery. The TSX is still down almost 10% from its 2012 highs in late February.In other corporate news, Canadian agribusiness Viterra, which is on the verge of being acquired by Swiss commodities giant Glencore, says its profit rose to $67-million in the second quarter. That is more than double what it had the same time last year. Earnings came in at 18 cents a share, beating analyst forecasts by six cents. Viterra shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the $6.1-billion takeover offer but the deal still requires certain approvals in Canada and abroad. Viterra shares added a penny to $16.12. Here’s the news investors were watching today:Why Spain’s bailout may be a bad ideaCanada to skirt global turbulence, record healthy growth this year: RBC20 stocks that will do well no matter whatON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Retail sales (May): Economists expect 0.2% decline Producer price index (May): Economists expect 0.6% decline from month before, 1.2% gain year over year 10 a.m.Business inventories (April): Economists expect 0.3% gain CORPORATE NEWSCANADADollarama Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 50¢ a share Patheon Inc Q2 earnings read more

LeBron To Be Named NBA MVP For Third Time

LBJ: Three times the MVP.It was when LeBron James was a kid that he developed the mindset of team.”I was always taught it’s team first,” James told the AP on Friday. ”My first time playing basketball, we went undefeated and won a championship and Frank Walker Sr. gave everyone on the team a MVP trophy. Right then and there, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to see my teammates reap the benefits as well.”He has maintained that disposition, but his individual talent has been overwhelming, so much that he will for the third time be named the NBA’s most valuable player, putting him in rarefied air.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the MVP six times, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell five times each and Wilt Chamberlain four times. They are the only players with more than James. Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone also have been so honored three times.James likely will receive the trophy in Miami Sunday before Game 1 of the Miami Heat’s second-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.James said last week that while another MVP award ”would be amazing and would be humbling,” it’s not what drives him. In his ninth year in the NBA, he is determined to win a championship.”I think he’s probably as committed as he’s ever been in his career,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said this week, asked to summarize James’ season. ”And he’s always been committed. … We all respond to his energy on the court.”James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists – making him only the fourth player with those totals in at least two different seasons, according to STATS LLC, joining Oscar Robertson (five times), John Havlicek (twice) and Bird (twice). read more

Tigers Miguel Cabrera Captures The Triple Crown

Williams, BOS194236137.356 PlayerYearHRRBIAVG F. Robinson, BAL196649122.316 Klein, PHI193328120.368 Hornsby, STL192242152.401 “I am glad that he accomplished this while leading his team to the American League Central title,” Yastrzemski said in a statement, pointing out that his Boston Red Sox advanced all the way to the World Series when he won one of baseball’s most coveted titles.The Tigers will have that chance when they open the postseason Saturday against Oakland.“It was hard the last two days because everybody talked about it. I just had to focus, I had to go out there and do the job,” Cabrera said. “The hardest part was to go out there and focus and win games. I said, ‘If we win the division, everything would take care of itself.’”Commissioner Bud Selig also offered his congratulations, calling the Triple Crown “a remarkable achievement that places him amongst an elite few in all of baseball history.” Hornsby, STL192539143.403 — The Associated Press Yastrzemski, BOS196744121.326 Mantle, NYY195652130.353 Gehrig, NYY193449165.363 Foxx, PHI193348163.356 Medwick, STL193731154.374 Cabrera, DET201244139.330 Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won Major League Baseball’s Triple Crown Wednesday night, a feat not accomplished since Carl Yaztrzemski in 1967. That’s how difficult is to achieve.Further, Cabrera became just the 10th different player to lead the league in batting, home runs and runs batted in in the same season, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera’s numbers:  .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, tops in the American League in all categories.“It was like, everybody said to me it was unbelievable,” Cabrera said. “They were excited to see this, enjoy this, be a part of something big, and winning, I feel better.“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” he said. “I can’t describe the feeling right now.”Cabrera’s achievement wasn’t assured until the Yankees pinch hit for Curtis Granderson  in their 14-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox. Granderson had homered twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton and just one short of CabreraCabrera went 0 for 2 in his last game of the regular season in Kansas CIty against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation. He finished the regular season hitting four points higher than Angels rookie Mike Trout, his toughest competition for AL MVP. Cabrera was the runaway leader in RBIs. Here are other Triple Crown winners and their statistics for that year: Williams, BOS194732114.343 read more

Forget 10 inches we want this 65inch Android tablet

first_imgFor those who subscribe to the axiom that bigger is better, we have found the tablet for you. Stop messing around with a ten-inch tablet when you can have this monstrous Android-powered sixty-five incher pictured above. While it is not the most portable of units, it certainly conveys “geek cred” to those who see it in your living room.Developed by ARDIC Technology based in Istanbul, the 65-inch LCD itself isn’t a tablet per se, but rather a display unit for a connected Motorola Xoom tablet. By putting the regular sized tablet into a HDMI dock, the developers can project what appears on the Xoom on to the LCD and interact with it.Right now the display only has two touch sensors, which allows for simple gestures such as pinch and zoom alongside general navigation. There are plans to install four touch sensors into the display at some point in the future, which will allow for many more multi-touch interactions.The audio and video (including 1080p playback) from the tablet is transported over HDMI, while the touch responses are pushed across a USB connection. In watching the demo video of the unit in action, there is no lag in the interactions at all, it operates smoothly as the user navigates through the Android Market and browses the web.ARDIC is currently in talks with schools and businesses to bring its display to a broader audience. The developers are hoping to integrate the technology with existing smart boards, as well as creating interactive displays for retail outlets. You can see all of this action in the video below.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Kevin Butler is being sued by Sony

first_imgA few weeks ago a few websites were making jokes that (now) ex-PlayStation personality, Kevin Butler, was appearing in an advert promoting the Wii.Well it turns out that advert was taken a little bit more seriously by Sony who has launched a legal case against Jerry Lambert, the actor who plays Kevin Butler, Jerry’s advertising company Wildcat Creek, and tire company Bridgestone.The argument began after Bridgestone did an advert involving the Wii as they were giving them away free with certain tire purchases. The advert showed Jerry helping his colleagues play Mario Kart with the Wii wheel. Sony feels that even though Jerry isn’t playing Kevin Butler, he’s still breaking his contract. They say a great amount of time and resources were put into bringing the character Kevin Butler to life and by having the actor in this advert, who of course looks exactly like KB down to the suit, creates confusion, causes damage to Sony, and abuses Sony’s intellectual property.It’s hard to judge who’s in the wrong here or even if there’s a legitimate case to be heard. Jerry Lambert has been removed from all images and adverts Bridgestone have done with him for now, as well as getting rid of the YouTube video for the Wii advert completely.If Jerry Lambert has broken his contract, Sony has every right to sue him, but we won’t know what his contract contained until the court case gets underway. However, most consumers will see this argument as petty and not needed. Jerry is an actor after all, and he hasn’t done much as Kevin Butler for a while now, so surely an entire court case isn’t needed over one advert.If Jerry was working for Nintendo, that would be a different matter, but this isn’t the case. We’ll have to see how this unfolds.More at NeoGaf, via Gamesindustrylast_img read more

She died alone and unaided Woman jailed for killing her cousin

first_img By Declan Brennan Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 3:43 PM A WOMAN HAS been sentenced to four and a half years for the unlawful killing of her cousin.Donna O’Brien (25) sobbed as Judge Melanie Greally described how Bernadette Cash “died alone and unaided” after being attacked by O’Brien.The victim was found dead the next day lying close to the same place she was left after the beating. Judge Greally said that O’Brien and three men who were in the house at the time left the 20-year-old victim in a critical condition to die alone.These men told gardaí afterwards that O’Brien said was rowing with the victim over comments O’Brien believed the victim had said about her child.Kicked repeatedlyDetective Sergeant Dan Callaghan told Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, that Cash’s dead body was discovered lying in a hallway of a house at Blanchardstown, Dublin the morning after the assault.O’Brien of Cherryfield Lawn, Hartstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to manslaughter of Cash at Warrenstown Walk, Blanchardstown on 30 October 2013.The court heard that O’Brien repeatedly punched the victim in the face after a verbal row. She was knocked to the ground and witnesses said that O’Brien then kicked her repeatedly in the head and body.One man told gardai that he grabbed O’Brien to try to pull her away, but she broke away and kicked Cash again. O’Brien admitted punching her cousin but denied she ever kicked the victim.The witness told gardaí later that at this stage the victim “was not fighting back”, was “in a bad way…hurt bad” and that “she was in trouble”.Another man said that her arm began moving and he was worried she was having a fit. The four others all left the house through a window and went to leave in a car.One man went back into the house to see if she was moving but then left with the others.‘In trouble’Judge Greally said that after she was left in the house the victim may not have been fully cognisant due to the level of drugs in her system. The court heard that Cash was caught up with people who were dangerous.A post mortem found that the woman suffered brain swelling and died from head injuries. It also found the possibility of a pre-existing clot. Judge Greally noted that O’Brien could not have been aware of the haematoma.Judge Greally noted that O’Brien knew her victim had been badly injured in two severe assaults in the recent past but still persisted in striking her.She said that O’Brien had left the house afterwards knowing and indifferent to the fact that Cash was “in trouble” and in need of assistance.She took into account in mitigation her appalling personal history, her remorse, her youth and the birth of her child.Judge Greally imposed a four and a half year jail term on the manslaughter charge. She also imposed a consecutive 18 month suspended term for unrelated theft offences committed in September 2013.Read: Man gets four-year sentence for setting a motorbike on fire on a Dublin city street>Read: Man who punched and kicked victim in head over disputed taxi given community service> Image: Richard Woffenden ‘She died alone and unaided’: Woman jailed for killing her cousin Bernadette Cash was left in a critical condition from being punched and kicked in the head. Feb 9th 2017, 3:43 PM 29 Comments 21,696 Views Image: Richard Woffenden Short URL Share6 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New Star Wars Anthology Book Celebrates 40 Years of the Franchise

first_imgStay on target When George Lucas wrote the screenplay for A New Hope, I wonder if he ever thought his heroes journey story arc would spawn into so many different side stories in the future to come? Once Luke, Han, Leia and Vader’s story presumably ended, Star Wars became “The Fans Story.” Not only were kids creating their own adventures with their action figures, but publishers were given the rights to expand on the already growing galactic phenomenon. Authors like Timothy Zahn, Steve Perry, and Michael A. Stackpole were brought in to expand the Star Wars universe in so many different ways. They were given one of the most fun universes to play in. Some were strictly told not to meddle with the main cast, but have fun with any alien race you’d like, pilots you’d want to know more about, bounty hunters you’ve been itching to flesh out. These side stories were all fans had for quite a while and slowly became canon in their universe.Fast forward to the present and the powers that be have drawn a firm line in the sand as to what is canon and what simply are legends. Either way, these intergalactic tales touch us in many ways that most stories do not. We are familiar with the planets, ships, and races. Even down to the color of milk in the universe. These side stories are crucial to the main events in the Star Wars universe and truly make it all feel more alive.Luckily for us fans, a beautiful book is being published by Penguin Random House that brings some of the best Star Wars authors together to tell some rather unique tales. Most of the book centers around the main events of the first film. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this epic tale, Del Ray has pulled together 40 fantastic authors to spin 40 different tales that will release this October. Here are the current list of authors with more being announced closer to publication.Ben Acker & Ben BlackerRenee AhdiehTom AnglebergerMeg CabotRae CarsonAdam ChristopherZoraida CordovaDelilah S. DawsonPaul DiniAlexander FreedJason FryChristie GoldenEK Johnston & Ashley EcksteinPaul KempMur LaffertyKen LiuGriffin McElroyJohn Jackson MillerNnedi OkoraforDaniel José OlderMallory OrtbergMadeleine RouxGary D. SchmidtCavan ScottSabaa TahirGlen WeldonChuck WendigGary WhittaOne of the most beautiful things about this project is that all the authors have written their short stories for charity, as the proceeds from this book will go towards First Book – a non profit organization that provides new books, learning materials and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need.“To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books — valued at 1 million dollars — to support First Book and their mission of providing educational resources to children in need. Over the past 16 years, Disney has donated more than 57 million books to First Book.”Whether you are a Star Wars novel fan, film buff or just a casual fan looking to help out a great cause, this is definitely worth a purchase. (You can pre-order the book here)This is such a fun a exciting idea that I hope two more are made for the 40th anniversary’s of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well.Need more Star Wars in while waiting, check out our gift guide for amazing things from a galaxy far far away. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

City council looking for ways to rein in dockless bikes and scooters

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 20, 2018 John Soderman City council looking for ways to rein in dockless bikes and scooters Posted: June 20, 2018 John Soderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego City Council committee today agreed to create a working group to explore the creation of a permit and fee system for companies providing dockless bikes and scooters.The dockless transportation options were introduced in San Diego in February by companies including Ofo, Lime Bike and Bird.Although the devices align with local climate action goals and offer an affordable solution for the first and last mile of a daily commute, city officials have said they also create chronic nuisance issues.Vehicles are frequently parked in business and transit entrances, but operating companies aren’t always quick to relocate them. Users also, at times, exhibit poor etiquette by riding on sidewalks, riding without helmets and in some cases throwing vehicles into “bodies of water and off cliffs,” said Ray Khan, policy adviser for City Councilwoman Barbara Bry.During a presentation to the council’s Budget and Governmental Efficiency Committee, Khan outlined several potential payment options to fund dockless vehicle infrastructure, user education and enforcement mechanisms.Other cities across the country have implemented their own policies as dockless vehicles have exploded in popularity. Proactive regulations on the city’s part could prevent headaches, Bry said.“It’s a new technology, and I think we’ve let other new technologies — I’ll say Airbnb — get ahead of us in terms of how we as a city deal with it,” she said. “…We all want this to work for everyone, and we have to figure out the best way to accomplish it.”Khan outlined several potential payment mechanisms used elsewhere, including operator application fees, annual per-bike fees and bike-removal fees.He also noted a handful of regulations and practices that could be used by city staff and operators to alleviate dockless vehicle-related issues.One potential policy: a response requirement — typically two hours — for parking complaints.Behavior could be improved with additional education, including videos within the application reminding users of local laws, he said. Other cities also use incentive programs to reward users who obey regulations, or show good etiquette by relocating vehicles from improper parking spots.Dockless infrastructure in other regions has also proved effective, Khan said. Some cities stripe off dockless parking areas, or install vehicle corrals on sidewalks and unused parking spots.A dockless vehicle study conducted in Seattle showed that 70 percent of bikes were parked correctly after corrals were installed.“This is usually a creative solution to solving the clutter issue we see with different bike providers,” Khan said. The Seattle study also found that 75 percent of dockless bikers used the vehicles to access transit.Khan said vehicle operators could share data with the city to identify high-use areas in need of infrastructure.Councilwoman Georgette Gomez, a dockless scooter user, said improved infrastructure should precede regulations and fees. “If you don’t have the infrastructure, then people are still utilizing (a dockless vehicle) but they’re utilizing it in a way that makes them safe — and perhaps sidewalks are those spaces. Is it right? No. But we need to deliver that infrastructure,” she said.Councilman Chris Ward proposed the creation of a stakeholder working group with city staff, council staff, residents, business owners and operators.Local Ofo General Manager Paul Vidal, who attended Wednesday’s meeting, said his company is receptive to community concerns.“There is a learning curve. All of us have gone through it, but we take it seriously,” he said. “If it’s picking up bikes and putting them in better places, or making them safer overall — we’ll do whatever we can.” last_img read more

Vista Unified School District All Schools Showcase

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Vista Unified School District All Schools Showcase Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Vista Unified School District is putting on an All Schools Showcase an impactful and challenging educational program for students.The Mission Vista Steel Drum Ensemble visited Good Morning San Diego to preview what people can expect to see at the showcase.The Showcase will feature:Resource and information booths representing all schoolsOnsite registration and transfersMagnet school information and on site applications will be acceptedThe All Schools Showcase is Thursday, Jan 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vista Innovation Center located at 836 Olive Ave. Vista, CA 92083For more information click here. January 24, 2019last_img read more

Asus ROG 2 gaming phone could launch in July

first_img $520 at HP Comments 2 Tags The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Phones Gaming Mobile $299 at Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Google Home Hub review Angela Lang/CNET See it Apple iPhone XS DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It Read the AirPods review Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Best Buy $6 at Tidal Tags 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 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).center_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $59 at eBay Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The original Asus ROG phone. Aloysius Low/CNET Asus and Tencent could be launching the ROG 2 phone in July, a post on Chinese social media site Weibo has said.The phone will be optimized for gaming content, according to the post.The original Asus ROG phone provides one of the best ways to play games on an Android phone and was priced at $900.It came with pressure-sensitive buttons called AirTriggers, two USB-C ports, dual rear cameras and a 4,000-mAh battery that lasted for 15 hours in CNET’s battery lab test for continuous video playback on airplane mode.Neither Asus nor Tencent immediately responded to requests for comment. 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. $155 at Google Express See It Read the Rylo camera preview 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See at Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. 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. Comments $999 $999 See It Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Chris Monroe/CNET 7 Turo Sprint Asus,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. $210 at Best Buy 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. Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 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. See at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Amazonlast_img read more

Hyderabad doctor held for molesting nurse

first_imgA doctor was arrested by the Chandrayangutta police on Wednesday for molesting a nurse. The police produced him before a local court and sent to remand. According to the police, the accused, a bachelor of Unani medicine and surgery (BUMS) is working at two hospitals in Old City. A nurse working at one of the hospitals lodged a complaint with the police three days ago alleging that the doctor molested her. The accused and the victim are married. She said that the accused has been harassing for the past two years.last_img read more

Anurag Kashyap goes gaga over Revolver Rani

first_imgAnurag Kashyap goes gaga over ‘Revolver Rani’281 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Anurag Kashyap goes gaga over ‘Revolver Rani’281 viewsEntertainmentMumbai, April 25 (ANI): Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who recently attended the special screening of Kangna Ranaut’s ‘Revolver Rani’ went gaga about the film and said that its needs great courage to make such a film. While Kangna who plays a criminal politician in the film looked quite confident and happy with the reviews. Directed by Sai Kabir the film also stars Vir Das, Piyush Mishra and Zakir Hussain and is out on theaters near you to watch it.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Mumbai, April 25 (ANI): Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who recently attended the special screening of Kangna Ranaut’s ‘Revolver Rani’ went gaga about the film and said that its needs great courage to make such a film. While Kangna who plays a criminal politician in the film looked quite confident and happy with the reviews. Directed by Sai Kabir the film also stars Vir Das, Piyush Mishra and Zakir Hussain and is out on theaters near you to watch it.last_img read more

Screening of The Accidental Prime Minister cancelled in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: The screening of “The Accidental Prime Minister” was on Friday cancelled at a Kolkata theatre due to security reasons amid protest demonstrations by youth Congress activists, police said. The film, directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, released on Friday. It is based on a book with the same title written by Sanjaya Baru, who was media advisor to Manmohan Singh when he was Prime Minister. Baru’s book was published on April 20, 2014. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalActor Anupam Kher portrays the role of Singh while Akshaye Khanna stars as Baru. According to the viewers at the Hind Cinema near central Kolkata’s Chandni Chowk area, the show was cancelled after screening for just 10 minutes on its opening day. “The afternoon screening of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has been cancelled due to security reasons. There was an agitation by a certain group outside the hall,” a senior officer of Kolkata Police said told IANS. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed However, he could not confirm whether the next shows of the film will be screened as scheduled. State youth Congress leadership claimed the content and the title of the film is derogatory towards Singh and other senior leaders of Congress and demanded that the film be banned. “The tile of the film itself is derogatory. What did the filmmaker want to imply by calling Manmohan Singh an accidental prime minister? Close to 100 activists of youth Congress in Kolkata protested in front of the theatre. It is good the screening has been stopped,” Bengal Youth Congress President Shadab Khan told IANS. Asked whether forcing to cancel the screening of a film can be termed as violation of freedom of speech, the leader said sentiments of the party workers have been hurt by the film. “The agitation was held as the sentiments of our activists were hurt. However, we are not planning any other agitations here as of now,” he added.last_img read more

Answering awkward Xmas questions

first_imgHow does Santa give children gifts that don’t have a chimney in their house? Answering this question is rather simple. Tell them that technology has advanced so much that he can teleport through walls.You might be in a shopping centre and there are more than one Santa, so how do you explain that? The answer is quite simple. Tell them that those are just regular people helping the real Santa.How does Santa get to all the houses in one night? is a very popular one. Well, Santa experiences time differently to how we do, thus he can always make all his stops in time. As we know it, television has portrayed Santa as a large man who makes use of a chimney to deliver his gifts to boys and girls who have behaved well during the year. This image has been known to spark the little ones’ imaginations and raise a ton of questions.Some of the questions you might want to prepare for are: WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more