HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Tories are promising to introduce a “no-boondoggle guarantee” if they are elected in the May 30 provincial election.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says any time a government project exceeds its budget by more than 10 per cent, that would trigger an automatic internal audit, the results of which would be made public.“It’s a guarantee to the taxpayers of this province that when their tax money gets squandered that they’re going to know about it,” he said Friday at his campaign headquarters in Halifax, though he had few details to offer when asked how the new law would work.Baillie would not set a threshold when asked what level of government spending would be covered by the guarantee. And he said a Conservative government would work out the details later when asked if the new rules would come with any legislative teeth, like fines or other penalties.He was also unclear about who would conduct the audits, saying only they would be independent.“The main benefit is that it would be made public and everyone would know, and the premier and responsible ministers would be held accountable for the boondoggle itself,” he told a news conference. “There’s no greater cleaner than the light of day.”As an example, he pointed to the reconstruction of the schooner Bluenose II, which was plagued by cost-overruns and legal wrangling for years. In 2014, less than a year after the Liberals assumed power, Premier Stephen McNeil said the previous NDP government’s handling of the file resulted in a “boondoggle” that required a full review by the province’s auditor general.Baillie said such a review would be automatic under his no-boondoggle guarantee.“It’s a guarantee of accountability and transparency,” he said.Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil argued that the province’s projects are already “stage-gated,” a project management approach to keep project budgets and timelines in check.“You’re adding more bureaucracy on top of what is already taking place,” he said, noting that government projects are already accounted for.On the Bluenose II file, McNeil said his government knew “very quickly that the former government had put it in the wrong department and that the process had gotten out of control.”He said the schooner was moved back into the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, where projects are monitored closely.McNeil added that if Baillie is “looking for accountability,” he should start with the “$480 million hole in his budget.”As for other projects, Baillie cited the province’s decision to invest heavily in the private ferry service that links Nova Scotia with Maine.Last year, Baillie said the company running the service, Bay Ferries,”hosed” the government so badly it resulted in a “boondoggle.”Baillie’s latest campaign pledge was part of a package of reforms aimed at increasing accountability among the political parties and the government.He said the province also needs an independent office to oversee ethics of conflict of interest. That office would report to the legislature and not to the governing party, he said.One of his more unorthodox commitments is a plan to have all political parties submit their election platforms to independent audits prior to every election.He later confirmed that his party platform had not been audited, and he declined to subject it to an independent financial review now, saying there wasn’t enough time left in the campaign.Baillie also promised to introduce fixed election dates for the province, which is the only one in Canada that doesn’t already have them.“No more elections decided by the whim of the premier,” Baillie said, adding that McNeil spent tens of millions of dollars prior to calling the election, all the while claiming he was not motivated by a political agenda.“We had three years of cuts, then three months of record spending — that only increases the frustration that people are feeling.”As well, Baillie pledged his government would order a full review of provincial finances six months before each election to ensure no future government could go back on their promises by claiming they didn’t know the state of the province’s books.“That sorry excuse will be gone,” he said.
PARIS — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says China is “inventing excuses” to block imports of Canadian canola.Speaking at a press conference Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trudeau used his toughest language yet over the Chinese government’s decision to reject Canadian canola on the grounds that inspectors have found pests in it.Trudeau calls the decision to block canola imports “unjustified” and part of a wider diplomatic row between the two countries.He suggests the Chinese might do something similar to block other Canadian exports.Canada-China relations have deteriorated since December, when the RCMP arrested Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the behest of the United States.China was outraged by Meng’s arrest and has since detained two Canadians on allegations of espionage and sentenced two other Canadians to death on drug-related convictions.“We know that China has been engaging in ways that aren’t necessarily aligned with our values around the world through various corporations and through various entities,” Trudeau said.“We are having significant political difficulties right now with China because of the two Canadians who have been arbitrarily detained and their unjustified decisions on canola, which is the best in the world and the cleanest in the world, and they’re inventing excuses around that to block canola and perhaps next steps as well.”Trudeau says the government continues to “engage in diplomatic measures” with China, but has yet to decide whether to seek a face-to-face meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a G20 leaders’ meeting at the end of the month in Japan.Huawei is also at the centre of a decision the Liberals have yet to make about which companies will be allowed to supply technology for Canada’s next generation of wireless networks.Blocking Huawei from competing for the right to sell its products to companies building “5G” networks, as the United States and other Canadian allies have done, could further enrage the Chinese government.Trudeau says that decision will be made based on what gives Canadians access to the best technology while also keeping their data safe.“It’s not about politics. It’s very much about listening to the experts in Canada and elsewhere,” he said.The Canadian Press
CALGARY — Pembina Pipeline Corp. is acquiring a 700-kilometre pipeline system that originates in North Dakota that will give it access to the U.S. state’s North Bakken formation for natural gas liquids.The US$650-million transaction with private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC also includes an interest in a Saskatchewan extraction plant for ethane, a liquid byproduct of natural gas production.Pembina says the Vantage pipeline system links a growing supply of ethane from North Dakota to the petrochemical market in Alberta.The fee-for-service pipeline, terminating near Empress, Alta., is expected to have an ultimate capacity of about 60,000 barrels per day, up from its current 40,000, Pembina said.“We have watched the development of these assets with great interest as they represent an excellent opportunity to expand our footprint into one of the most promising hydrocarbon plays in North America and, as such, the transaction is a low-risk, logical step-out for Pembina,” president and CEO Mick Dilger said in a news release Monday.Pembina said the transaction is expected to add cash flow per share in 2016.The deal also includes Mistral Midstream Inc.’s interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant, which will connect to the Vantage pipeline system.The deal is subject to regulatory approvals, including from the National Energy Board and the Canada Transportation Act. It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.Pembina owns and operates pipelines that transport various hydrocarbon liquids including conventional and synthetic crude oil, heavy oil and oil sands products, condensate (diluent) and natural gas liquids produced in Western Canada.The Canadian Press
“In the North, protests by victims indicate their growing frustration over the slow pace of reforms. I encourage the Government to act on its commitment in Resolution 30/1 to establish transitional justice mechanisms, and to establish a clear timeline and benchmarks for the implementation of these and other commitments,” he said. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called on Sri Lanka to swiftly operationalize the Office of Missing Persons and to move faster on other essential confidence building measures, such as release of land occupied by the military, and resolving long-pending cases registered under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.Making a statement during the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein reiterated that the Prevention of Terrorism Act must be replaced with a new law in line with international human rights standards. The High Commissioner noted that meeting the commitments should not be viewed by the Government as a box-ticking exercise to placate the Council, but as an essential undertaking to address the rights of all its people. He said the absence of credible action in Sri Lanka to ensure accountability for alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law makes the exercise of universal jurisdiction even more necessary. (Colombo Gazette)
“A generous response to this appeal will be critical to help people in need,” Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Chief of Staff to UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, told a news briefing in New York. Speaking within hours of the launch he said initial indications from donors so far amounted to around $70 million. The appeal covers life-saving and early recovery activities for a six-month emergency phase in a remote region with enormous logistical difficulties, where landslides have cut off many roads, access is only possible by foot or helicopter, and more than 80 per cent of buildings have been destroyed in some areas. Priority needs include shelter (winterized tents, plastic sheets, blankets, mattresses), nutrition (pre-cooked canned food, high energy biscuits, survival rations), medicines (antibiotics, typhoid medicines, first aid and surgical kits, water purification tablets) and transport (helicopters). “The situation is very, very critical, very severe, 60 to 70 per cent of all the housing, of accommodation has been destroyed,” Mr. Strohmeyer said, citing a report today from a disaster team of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), one of the first to get into the main city of Muzaffarabad by helicopter. “The rest of the city is uninhabitable. We have heavy rain in the area, mudslides that make access to even those in need very, very difficult. General access to the area is incredibly difficult. We only have one small road open for light vehicles. There is no road that would allow heavy truck traffic into the area,” he added. “We are dependent at the moment on heavy lifting logistics equipment, helicopters,” he said. “Airlifting logistics capacity at the moment is critical life-saving assistance and is needed.” One of the most urgent needs is shelter materials for the 2.5 million homeless. Medical care is also required immediately, as most of the hospitals and health care centres have been destroyed, OCHA said. Food and clean water are also in short supply. Many cities and villages in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the most affected areas, have been wiped out. UN agencies are already on the ground bringing in convoys of relief aid. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun distributing basic relief supplies for up to 100,000 people using its existing stockpiles throughout the region, including family tents, blankets and stoves. The first truckloads bound for Mansehra in North West Frontier Province left the Peshawar warehouse yesterday. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is initially airlifting 200 metric tons of high energy biscuits, sufficient for 240,000 people, vital in the first days of a natural disaster when survivors have no means to cook their own food. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has begun trucking in medical supplies, warning that tens of thousands of women in the affected areas are currently pregnant and need adequate nutrition, medicines and antenatal care to deliver safely. Many other UN agencies are already at work too, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) said the quake proved again how important it is to build safe hospital and schools in disaster-prone areas. Many schools were damaged during the earthquake with the result that children were buried alive under the rubble. “Reinforcing buildings in disaster-prone areas is essential. Losing hospitals becomes a ‘double disaster’ if they are not built to withstand earthquakes: a disaster in that they are destroyed, but also that their equipment and their staff are no longer available to rescue other victims,” ISDR Director Salvano Briceño said. “The destruction of schools, as has tragically happened last Saturday, means the loss of new generations. New constructions need to be built safe, and old ones need to be systematically reinforced or retrofitted to avoid future disasters.”
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MILAN — This could be the season that AC Milan finally makes it back into the Champions League.Milan has won Europe’s premier club competition seven times but hasn’t played in the Champions League since the 2013-14 season.However, Gennaro Gattuso’s team came from behind to beat Parma 2-1 and moved into fourth spot in Serie A — the last qualifying berth for the Champions League.Milan is two points above Lazio, which visits Chievo Verona later. It is also three points below city rival Inter Milan, which plays at Roma in the evening match.Only two points separated Milan and Parma going into the match at San Siro, but Parma had already beaten Inter at the famous stadium and was looking to add another chapter to its fairytale-like rise in its first season back in Serie A since going bankrupt three years ago and being forced to restart in Serie D.Milan dominated but Parma took the lead against the run of play when Roberto Inglese headed in a corner at the near post in the 49th minute.Parma’s lead lasted less than six minutes before Suso’s ball was deflected through to Patrick Cutrone and he fired in off the base of the far post.And Milan’s comeback was complete in the 71st when Franck Kessie converted a penalty after Alessandro Bastoni handled Hakan Calhanoglu’s cross.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDaniella Matar, The Associated Press
Opponents of Mr Craig believe he is too old to run perhaps Britain’s best known private club, which has made literary history thanks to Fogg, hero of Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.There have even been grumblings – raised in one email seen by The Telegraph – about his wife Anne. Mrs Craig, a personal development coach, has been embroiled in her own row with a countess, who tried to take her to court over claims – which a judge ruled were “ill-founded” – that she had “poisoned” her daughter’s mind.The Reform, founded in 1836 as a bastion of liberalism, has attracted many of the great and the good, among them Sir Winston Churchill, who resigned his membership in 1913 in protest at the “blackballing” of a friend.In 1981 the club was the first of the traditional gentleman’s clubs to allow women members. When Phileas Fogg wagered £20,000 he could circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, he departed from the Reform Club in Pall Mall, London.Had he set off today, Jules Verne’s creation might not have bothered returning. The Telegraph can reveal that the Reform Club, whose honorary members include the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, is being torn apart by faction-fighting.The increasingly poisonous rows, amid claims of bullying, ageism and blackmail, have come to a head over plans to appoint a retired naval commander to run it. After the club lost two secretaries, effectively chief executives, in the past four years, attempts to appoint Rod Craig, 66, to the £80,000-a-year post have met fierce opposition. But one supporter of Mr Craig said he was disgusted. “It’s insane if people think he is too old. There are lots of rumours being spread and it’s nasty,” said the member, who declined to be named.Mr Craig, who is currently chief executive of the University Women’s Club, stepped down from a similar role at the Army and Navy Club amid fears for its financial future.One Reform member has circulated an article in the Army and Navy’s magazine confirming Mr Craig was taking “voluntary redundancy ahead of likely future restructuring of the club’s operations”.Emails circulating among Reform members have warned that Mr Craig’s appointment would be “disastrous”, although there is no evidence that would be the case .Mr Craig was unavailable for comment and the Reform Club declined to respond. I am not prepared to put up with this treatment any longer nor to preside over an organisation that is prepared to allow staff to be subjected to it with no prospect of protection or redressCrispin Morton It’s insane if people think he is too old. There are lots of rumours being spread and it’s nastySupporter of Rod Craig At the heart of the dispute is a battle for control of the club. The 15-strong general committee, which controls the Reform, is said to be split down the middle, with one faction supporting Mr Craig and the other against him.“It has got really nasty,” said one member opposed to Mr Craig’s appointment. “This is all to do with one group of people at the Reform who think the other group are s—- and vice versa. It is just factionalism. It’s as bad as a school playground. But we don’t think a 66-year-old retired Royal Navy commander is right for the job. We need someone a bit younger and forward-thinking.” Lord Balfe, a one-time Labour MEP who now sits as a Tory peer, is understood to have demanded an extraordinary general meeting in an attempt to block Mr Craig’s appointment, writing that it “risked dividing and damaging the Club”. Mr Craig’s predecessor, Crispin Morton, a management consultant and former Royal Naval officer who saw active service in the Falklands, made allegations before stepping down in May of staff being bullied and effectively blackmailed by members .“I am not prepared to put up with this treatment any longer nor to preside over an organisation that is prepared to allow staff to be subjected to it with no prospect of protection or redress,” he wrote in an email. The Reform Club’s grand interiorCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Phileas Fogg, who set off from the Reform ClubCredit:Corbis Historical
NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.Gardai search woodland at the Mayne in Clonee, west Dublin. (Niall Carson/PA)IRISHFurther remains were found today in Clonee, County Meath after the search resumed in the area after the discovery of a human arm in a field yesterday. [RTE]A body has been discovered in a search for a missing hillwalker who went missing four days ago.The PSNI have issued an appeal after a woman in Northern Ireland was held down by three men last night and sexually assaulted.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said the Revenue Commissioners should “reconsider” the property tax deadline.A woman who was arrested over Brigid Bernadette Cash death was released without charge today.Minister for Health James Reilly said that everyone in the coutry will have free GP care by the next election.The largest abortion provider in Britain has told Ireland to stop exporting its abortion problem, with anti-abortion groups calling the advert “disgusting”.The Minister for Social Protection has called for a “living wage“.Kildare County Council said it is increasing output level from the River Barrow to 20 million litres per day to combat the water shortage.The Restaurants Association of Ireland said the authorities should offer compensation to restaurants over water restrictions.It’s reported that Martin O’Neill will be confirmed as the new Ireland football team’s new boss, with Roy Keane reportedly set to be his number two.Workers preparing to install a statue of Jesus, a 40 foot tall, bronze statue on Mount Sednaya, Syria. (AP Photo)WORLD#PAKISTAN: A US drone attack has killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban.#LOS ANGELES: Police in the US have begun an investigation in to the motive behind the LAX shooting which left one person dead yesterday.#MALI: Two french journalists have been killed in Mali.#SYRIA: Armed groups in Syria held their fire so that a giant bronze statue of Jesus could be erected on top of a mountain.INNOVATIONWant to see what Google’s new office in London looks like, two years before it is schduled to open. [Quartz]Older people are more successful and innovative than younger ones, apparently. [INC.]Ever wanted to watch pee in super-slow motion. Your prayers have been answered. [Sploid]PARTING SHOTIt was damn windy out there today. Here are some of your best shots you sent in of mother nature flexing her muscles today.Here’s What Happened Yesterday>
TEACHERS’ UNION ASTI has recommended a ballot of members based on the outcome of talks between its representatives and the Department of Education and Skills today.Members of the union had originally rejected the Haddington Road Agreement, though the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) voted to accept it.Talks on the public pay deal and other issues concluded today. The union said a number of concerns were discussed and this has resulted in “important proposals”.This includes new commitments in relation to supervision and substitution, the employment conditions of part-time and temporary teachers, the reform of the Junior Cycle, posts of responsibility and the use of additional working hours.The ASTI Central Executive Council will meet this Saturday to consider the recommendation of the Standing Committee that a ballot be held.Related: Quinn “hopeful” for progress in ASTI dispute as areas of discussion identified>Read: Movement in teachers dispute as ASTI to meet department officials tomorrow>
THE EARLY DAYS of a relationship are like a rollercoaster.You’re deliriously happy when you’re with them, but when you’re apart you’re in the depths of despair.If they don’t text you back, you’re sure they’ve gone off you, but a kiss is like a tropical storm of love surrounding your heart.After a while though, things change.Here are fourteen ways to tell you’re in a long term relationship.You only get dressed in proper clothes if you’re leaving the houseWhy would you, like? Who are you trying to impress?BuzznetYou have ‘jobs’Whether it’s the bins, or the dishwasher, you know your role.You can’t really remember what flirting is like or how it worksCan’t see the image? Try re-loading the page. Via ImgurYou sometimes go days without feeling their tongue in your mouthGone are the days when every kiss involved the swapping of saliva.You gleefully announce the arrival of a juicy squeezable spot or blackhead to each otherOne of you is probably into squeezing them as well.(If this isn’t your thing just ignore us and forget this ever happened.)You have developed a specific way of speaking to each otherIt’s not for public consumption, but when you’re at home you really go for it.YouTube/jayrandall22011You’re not afraid to spend an evening in busting out your best dance moves for each otherThat ’embarrassing’ dance you would never have done in front of them is now that ‘hilarious’ dance you break out when they need cheering up.This is how a significant portion of your time together is spentQuickmemeAll of your texts are entirely functionalNo more of this:TumblrInstead, it’s this:Same for phone callsThere are certain TV shows you’re not allowed to watch on your ownIt would be a betrayal.Screengrab/AMCYour approach to certain aspects of grooming and hair removal is relaxedCould you be arsed?You kind of sort of look forward to them going away for a weekendYou get the place all to yourself! You can do whatever you want!Yeah, you’ll miss them, but they’ll be back!It’s easyYou don’t have to stress about it anymore. You’re comfortable, happy, and probably think you’re best couple in the world.VIVE L’AMOUR!9 tips on how to ‘get that guy’, according to the internet>13 best office romances of all time>
The Fourth of July is always a busy day for emergency responders. Fireworks complaints and fires of varying significance are mainstays for the holiday, but this year was different due to the blanket ban on fireworks in Vancouver city limits.“The season was definitely quieter than last year. Most people up until the Fourth were following the new law,” said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. “On the Fourth of July, we found there were people who took their chances and tried to elude the new law.”Most of those people knew about the law and apologized, she said. Her office took a “zero tolerance” policy toward anyone illegally discharging fireworks in the city. By Wednesday morning, the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office had issued 59 citations and seized 44 fireworks. (In some cases, the fireworks were already spent and the fire marshal had no more to seize.) Each citation came with a $500 fine. Most citations were given on the Fourth of July, Scarpelli said.Those seized fireworks will be kept in a magazine designed to hold explosives until adjudication, and burned in a disposal tube after that.In October 2015, the Vancouver City Council banned the use and sale of fireworks following a particularly dry and hot summer. The ban didn’t take effect until after July 2016. That year, Scarpelli said, Vancouver firefighters were so tied up with fires at one point that they had to suspend going to medical calls for 90 minutes.She said that while the law is new and not everybody followed it this year, people will become more accustomed to it and more compliant the longer the ban is in effect.
Real Madrid have made contact with Aaron Ramsey as they look to add the Arsenal midfielder to their squad when the transfer window reopens in January.Ramsey will be out of contract at the Emirates come end of season, and the Gunners do not plan on offering the Welsh midfielder a contract extension.Madrid, according to reports by the Mirror, are believed to have joined a list of potential suitors for Ramsey, including Juventus and Bayern Munich.The former Cardiff City youngster is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club outside the Premier League in January, and the Los Blancos will be able to offer him more in terms of salary.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Another factor expected to give Madrid an advantage in the race for Ramsey’s signature is the option of playing with international teammate Gareth Bale.The pair were instrumental as Wales reached the semi-finals of the UEFA European Championships in France in 2016, and are good friends off the pitch.Ramsey joined Arsenal as a 17-year-old back in 2008, and has featured in 347 games for the club in all competitions.He also has 60 goals to his name, with his most prolific season coming in 2013/2014 campaign where he found the back of the net 16 times.
Angela Lang/CNET Cardi B posted a rant on Instagram only to delete it minutes laterIs her actions justified or nah?#CardiB #BETAwards #rap #NickiMinaj #Bett2019 pic.twitter.com/WRvcMfQMfS— Bruce Wayne (@Th3_D4RK_NIT3) February 11, 2019 $999 Turo 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. Tags Music See It Apple iPhone XS 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. 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A Cardi B representative didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.Read moreBest Grammys performances 2019 ranked: Cardi B, Post Malone, Lady Gaga and moreBlack Panther roars with two Grammy Award winsDumbo teaser flies high even before Grammy AwardsBest Apple Music alternatives for streaming songs and playlists in 2019 (Download.com)Best Spotify alternatives for streaming music in 2019 (Download.com) Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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). Tags JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Comments Sarah Tew/CNET 7 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. Boost Mobile $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. 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Read the Rylo camera preview See it $60 at Best Buy Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $155 at Google Express $6 at Tidal Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. Comments The Cheapskate Kevin Winter/Getty After getting all that Grammy shine as the first solo female artist to win best rap album, Cardi B has gone Instagram MIA.An Instagram search for the rapper, who goes by “iamcardib”, yields “User not found”, the social media platform shows Monday. Cardi B had 40.7 million followers and 575 posts. Key word: had.According to Twitter user @Th3_D4RK_NIT3, “Cardi B posted a rant on Instagram only to delete it minutes later. Is her actions justified or nah?” Sprint $59 at eBay $299 at Amazon $999 Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Read the AirPods review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Instagram,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70)
The Federal Election Commission slapped Sen. Dan Sullivan’s campaign with a fine of nearly $3,000 for failing to disclose donations.The civil penalty stems from the so-called 48-hour notices candidates are required to file for donations received in the days before an election. The FEC found the Sullivan campaign received four contributions before the Primary and seven before the General Election that weren’t properly disclosed. The total amount of the donations in question comes to just over $25,000. Most — if not all – of them appear to be from out of state. The campaign, all told, raised almost $8 million.FEC documents say the fine was paid in April, before the commission put the case on the public record this week. Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson says the FEC action follows the campaign’s self-reported error.The period covered by the 48-hour rule starts 20 days before and ends 48 hours before Election Day. The FEC must receive the notice within 48 hours of the campaign’s receipt of the donation.The campaign of Sullivan’s rival, Mark Begich, also got letters from the FEC with questions about apparent mistakes in their 48-hour reports. The Begich campaign treasurer acknowledge “inadvertant errors” and filed — or refiled — a series of 48-hour reports months after Election Day.
In a daring event, a pilot of the Myanmar National Airlines became the hero of the airlines after he safely landed the aircraft with no front wheels due to a technical malfunction on Sunday (May 12) morning.The incident took place at Mandalay after the Myanmar Airlines flight UB-103 (Embraer-190 model) carrying 89 people, including the crew, faced some issue after the landing gear of the aircraft failed to deploy and the pilot had to do an emergency landing without the front wheels around 9 am.However, no one was injured in the accident. The pilot of the aircraft Captain Myat Moe Aung was very much praised for his courageous act which saved the lives of the people on board. Myanmar National Airlines pilot did an emergency landing after the front wheels of the plane failed to extend.twitterIn the video that has gone viral on the social media, the plane can be seen landing at the runway with just the back wheels after the front wheels failed to deploy.The aircraft had departed from Yangon in the nation and was approaching Mandalay when the pilot got to know that he was unable to extend the front wheels of the plane. The pilot quickly informed the air traffic control about the situation. Myanmar National Airlines pilot did an emergency landing after the front wheels of the plane failed to extend.twitterAccording to the reports, Captain Myat Moe Aung circled the airport twice before conducting the emergency landing to allow air traffic controllers to determine if the landing gear was down. He followed emergency procedures and burned excess fuel to reduce the aircraft’s weight and then landed the aircraft with its nose gear retracted, said the airline’s officials.This is the second incident reported from Myanmar this month. On May 8, a Biman Bangladesh Aircraft slid off the runway as it was landing at Yangon International Airport due to bad weather, injuring nearly 17 people. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:19Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:17?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Watch | Myanmar plane fails to deploy landing gear, pilot lands without front wheels Close
Explore further (Phys.org) —Having the photoreceptors at the back of the retina is not a design constraint, it is a design feature. The idea that the vertebrate eye, like a traditional front-illuminated camera, might have been improved somehow if it had only been able to orient its wiring behind the photoreceptor layer, like a cephalopod, is folly. Indeed in simply engineered systems, like CMOS or CCD image sensors, a back-illuminated design manufactured by flipping the silicon wafer and thinning it so that light hits the photocathode without having to navigate the wiring layer can improve photon capture across a wide wavelength band. But real eyes are much more crafty than that. Journal information: Nature Communications This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Müller cells separate between wavelengths to improve day vision with minimal effect upon night vision, Nature Communications 5, Article number: 4319 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5319AbstractVision starts with the absorption of light by the retinal photoreceptors—cones and rods. However, due to the ‘inverted’ structure of the retina, the incident light must propagate through reflecting and scattering cellular layers before reaching the photoreceptors. It has been recently suggested that Müller cells function as optical fibres in the retina, transferring light illuminating the retinal surface onto the cone photoreceptors. Here we show that Müller cells are wavelength-dependent wave-guides, concentrating the green-red part of the visible spectrum onto cones and allowing the blue-purple part to leak onto nearby rods. This phenomenon is observed in the isolated retina and explained by a computational model, for the guinea pig and the human parafoveal retina. Therefore, light propagation by Müller cells through the retina can be considered as an integral part of the first step in the visual process, increasing photon absorption by cones while minimally affecting rod-mediated vision. Researchers use human stem cells to create light-sensitive retina in a dish Muller Cells appear to act as living optical fibers. Credit: vision-research.eu Citation: Fiber optic light pipes in the retina do much more than simple image transfer (2014, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-fiber-optic-pipes-retina-simple.html A case in point are the Müller glia cells that span the thickness of the retina. These high refractive index cells spread an absorptive canopy across the retinal surface and then shepherd photons through a low-scattering cytoplasm to separate receivers, much like coins through a change sorting machine. A new paper in Nature Communications describes how these wavelength-dependent wave-guides can shuttle green-red light to cones while passing the blue-purples to adjacent rods. The idea that these Müller cells act as living fiber optic cables has been floated previously. It has even been convincingly demonstrated using a dual beam laser trap. In THIS case (THIS, like in Java programming meaning the paper just brought up) the authors couched this feat as mere image transfer, with the goal just being to bring light in with minimal distortion.Fireflies, in trying to get light through their cuticle, face a similar but opposite challenge—namely, getting light out. Their fascinating solutions to transparency and index matching are an illuminating read. In the retina, and indeed the larger light organ that is the eye, there is much more going on than just photons striking rhodopsin photopigments. As far as absorbers, there are all kinds of things going on in there—various carontenoids, lipofuscins and lipochromes, even cytochrome oxidases in mitochondria that get involved at the longer wavelegnths. Speaking of the mitochondria, one of their most incredible adaptions in the eye came to my attention recently courtesy of O.R. Pagan, author of a cool book about planarians. His blog mentions how these creatures have convinced the endosymbiont microbes in their eyes to accumulate refractive proteins and tightly pack together. After swelling to several times normal size like a liver about to become foie gras, these mitochondria are transformed into a lens about to focus light onto sensitive cells.In considering not just the classical photoreceptors but the entire retina itself as a light-harvesting engine, it seems prudent to also regard its entire synaptic endowment as a molecular-scale computing volume. In other words, when you have many cells that have no axons or spikes to speak of, that can completely refigure their fine structure within a few minutes to handle changing light levels, every synapse appears as an essential machine that percolates information as if at the Brownian scale, or even below.By contrast the brain itself, while containing much the same, appears not quite so tightly strung. That’s not to say that wiping out swaths of cherished synaptic meat memory in the brain would be on par with taking down a few tubules of kidney, lobules of liver, or osteons of bone, it’s just the retina seems even more brain-like than the brain itself. The retinas of different animals clearly employ different tricks. Some reflect incoming light back out through the retina for a second look. Others can detect things like polarization or even angle of incidence.Most incredibly, like the wings of a swallow, the retina more-or-less works right out of the box, even if it has not seen any exercise. In seeking to understand how it then further refines its delicate structure we should perhaps not overlook the pervasive organizing influence of the incoming photons themselves. Now that it is becoming abundantly clear that the whole works can “feel” them, the next question to answer is how. © 2014 Phys.org
Counterpoint: Why I’m keeping my subscription services by Alan Buckingham on February 12, 2019 in Music and Video – Last Update: February 12, 2019 – 28 commentsRecently my colleague, Martin Brinkmann, wrote why he was getting rid of streaming services. That’s fine, he’s entitled to do what he wants, and if he doesn’t watch them, then, by all means, save the money. We are not all the same though.Several years ago I got rid of a DirecTV service that was running me around $100 per month. I have not looked back since that day.I filled the gap with TV that totals much less. Martin ran through the numbers, but in the US those are cheaper and we also don’t have the broadcast fee, which makes a big difference.First, I don’t listen to a whole lot of radio, but I occasionally listen to Pandora on Amazon Echo, better known as Alexa. I originally had a paid account, but dropped it years ago, opting to hear the infrequent ads.I have had a Hulu account for years, ever since I cut off DirecTV, it allows me to watch the few major network shows I like. Because they now allow multiple users I added my daughter who graduated college last May and now lives hours from me. In exchange, she added me to her Netflix. It was a fair trade. I watch neither very much, but they have their place on my screen.Mostly what I watch is Sling, which is live TV with many channels available. I keep it on most of the day, normally on CNN. It’s background noise. I can hear news, but don’t need to look up most of the time.My estimated cost is $53 per month, plus Amazon Prime which is continuing to go up, perhaps because Bezos is about to owe half his fortune. I don’t watch a lot on it, but the free two day shipping is handy.If it weren’t for all of this, my entertainment would now be my dog. So what are your thoughts on all of this. We’d love to know where everyone else stands, so tell us in the comments.SummaryArticle NameCounterpoint: Why I’m keeping my subscription servicesDescriptionAlan explains why he made the decision to keep on using subscription services for entertainment purposes.Author Alan BuckinghamPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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Technology | December 13, 2013 Philips Unveils First Digital Detector PET/CT System at RSNA 2013 “Personalized medicine will require a patient-specific picture of the functional processes associated with disease,” said Pablo Ros, M.D. “Accurate quantification of processes is therefore an important requirement for functional imaging in diagnosis, therapy and research. The quantitative accuracy and remarkably clear images that the new digital PET/CT system delivers are a key step forward.” Based on Philips’ proprietary digital photon counting technology, the Vereos PET/CT is the first PET/CT system in the industry to use digital silicon photomultiplier detectors instead of traditional analog detectors, resulting in a step change in performance that approximately doubles sensitivity gain, volumetric resolution and quantitative accuracy compared to analog systems. These radical improvements can ultimately be translated into high image quality, increased diagnostic confidence, improved treatment planning and faster workflows. PreviousNext X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information: www.healthcare.philips.com, www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 December 13, 2013 — Philips unveiled the Vereos PET/CT fully digital positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging system at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013) in Chicago. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more In a recent survey, nine out of ten referring physicians preferred Vereos digital PET/CT images over images taken with an analog system. Philips has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its digital PET/CT system in the United States. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more