Prison tattoo and needle programs would help curb hepatitis internal memo

first_imgOTTAWA – Setting up tattoo parlours and needle-exchange programs in penitentiaries would help reduce the spread of hepatitis C, the federal prison service has told the Trudeau government.A Correctional Service memo obtained under the Access to Information Act advises Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale the proposals “warrant consideration” to round out existing and planned measures to fight hepatitis and HIV in prison.Prison tattooing and needle-exchange programs for drug users have generated intense controversy over the years and the March 2017 memo says detailed research should be carried out before embarking on a syringe needle program, in particular, “to avoid unintended and negative consequences for inmates.”In response to questions, the prison service and Goodale’s office said Monday they were exploring options “to better prevent, control and manage infectious diseases” but did not provide details about possible tattoo or needle programs.The current approach to prevent and control blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections includes screening, testing, education, substance-abuse programs and treatment.The prevalence of HIV among federal inmates decreased to 1.19 per cent in 2014 from just over two per cent in 2007, according to the memo. But it stood at six times that of the general Canadian population.Similarly, the proportion of inmates with the hepatitis C virus fell to 18.2 per cent in 2014 from 31.6 per cent in 2007. Yet the incidence was still about 23 times that of the general population.Federal prison ombudsman Ivan Zinger recently called on the Correctional Service to bring back its safe tattooing program.His annual report said tattooing in prison frequently involves sharing and reusing dirty homemade equipment — linked to higher rates of hepatitis C and HIV among inmates — and there is often no safe means of disposing of used tattoo needles.In 2005, the prison service began a pilot program involving tattoo rooms in six federal institutions, but two years later, the Conservative government of the day ended it.The memo to Goodale says an internal evaluation of the pilot indicated that it increased awareness about disease prevention and had the potential to reduce exposure to health risks. In addition, neither inmates, staff, nor volunteers reported health and safety concerns with the program.“In fact, the evaluation indicated that the majority of staff believed the initiative made the institution safer for both staff and inmates.”Safer tattooing could reduce hepatitis C virus transmission within federal prisons by 17 per cent a year, the memo says.The Correctional Service has tried to keep illicit drugs from entering prisons, but acknowledges that some still make their way into penitentiaries. Although the prison service has made bleach available, it has drawn the line at offering clean needles.A program to provide clean drug-injection needles to prisoners could reduce the spread of hepatitis C by 18 per cent a year, the memo says.In the case of both safer tattooing and needle programs, it wasn’t possible to gauge the potential effect on HIV prevalence or spread among prisoners due to the existing low HIV rates.The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has long argued for needle-exchange programs in Canadian prisons. However, Correctional Service officials have raised concerns about syringe needles being used as weapons.The memo to Goodale recommends weighing the effect a needle program might have for workplace safety regimes, and it suggests more research be done on the effectiveness of such an initiative from both clinical and cost standpoints.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

The Force is now with Disney World but the weather isnt

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Force is strong with Disney and Star Wars, but it may be no match for Hurricane Dorian.Expected to make landfall in Florida early next week, Dorian couldn’t come at a more inopportune time for Walt Disney World: It just opened “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” its most anticipated major new addition in decades.On Thursday, the day the Star Wars land opened, visitors waited for hours to get on the Star Wars land’s “Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run” ride under blue skies and a bright sun.But the weather was expected to deteriorate each day as Dorian approaches.As of 11 a.m. EDT Friday the storm was just 1 mile per hour below the 111 mph (178 kph) threshold for becoming a major hurricane. Meteorologists expect it to become a major storm later in the day and keep growing until it becomes a Category 4 intense hurricane.Dorian is forecast to hit southern Florida with winds around 140 mph late Monday or early Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. There’s increasing talk among experts about the possibility, still unlikely, of a Category 5 storm with winds of 155 mph or more.“It is the perfect storm,” said Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services Inc., an Ohio-based consulting firm. “Here they’ve been waiting to open this — the attraction was delayed from the earlier part of the season — and they finally get situated to get it opened and they have a hurricane.”In the long run, it may be just a blip for Disney, but the storm’s impact for the week could cost Disney $60 million to $90 million as locals stay away to make hurricane preparations and out-of-town tourists cancel their reservations, Speigel said.Disneyland in California also opened a Star Wars land earlier this summer, and that too had smaller crowds than expected.In an earnings report earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that some people had stayed away from Disneyland out fear there would be huge crowds at the Star Wars land. That contributed to a 3% dip in attendance at U.S parks for the third quarter.The Star Wars land wasn’t the only thing opening this week at Disney World.The resort was kicking off its beloved annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on Thursday and its annual Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party is revving up.Before Hurricane Dorian started menacing Florida, Jessica Armesto and her 1-year-old daughter, Mila, planned to go to the Halloween party and attend a breakfast with Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy at Disney World. Instead, Armesto now plans to be sheltered at her mother’s hurricane-resistant house in Miami with a kitchen full of nonperishable foods in case the power goes out.“It felt like it was better to be safe than sorry so we cancelled our plans,” Armesto said.During past hurricanes, Disney World in Florida has closed the gates to its four parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Disney World hotels remained open, but the parks were closed briefly during Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.On any given day, Disney World can host more than 300,000 visitors.Disney World’s policy says that if a hurricane warning is issued within seven days of a planned vacation, the guest can reschedule or cancel. Armesto said she had no problems with that, though there was a tinge of regret with the character breakfast since she had stayed up until 2 a.m. one night trying to land a hard-to-get reservation with the classic characters.An inquiry to Disney World about the number of cancellations or change requests this week wasn’t answered.Ben Cline, his wife, Jen, and their two grade-school-age children were ending their Florida vacation to head back to North Carolina a little bit earlier than planned on Saturday because of the hurricane.“We don’t want to be caught travelling,” he said.But the family managed to get into the Star Wars land in the wee hours Thursday by arriving at Disney’s Hollywood Studios by 3:45 a.m. They said the visit was worth it, despite the prospect of getting stuck in traffic with people fleeing Florida ahead of the storm.“It’s amazing! The details of it are out of this world, literally,” Cline said. “It’s certainly worth coming down for.”__Follow Mike Schneider on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MikeSchneiderAPMike Schneider, The Associated Press read more

Annan targets landmines ecological damage in call to curb wars impact

“Landmines, booby-traps and other improvised explosive devices aggravate and prolong the horrendous consequences of armed conflict, threatening our societies and future generations,” he said in a message to a meeting in Geneva of the Parties to the Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.“Both during and after hostilities, they kill indiscriminately and maim vulnerable civilians, especially women and children. They cause excessive, yet random, suffering of combatants. They endanger the lives of peacekeepers and humanitarian-aid workers, and hamper the repatriation and reintegration of refugees and internally displaced persons. And they impede post-conflict reconstruction,” he added. In the message, delivered by UN Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament Tim Caughley, Mr. Annan stressed the importance of exchanging information on how to better protect civilians. “I urge you to also consider how to promote universal adherence to the Protocol, and strongly appeal to those countries that have not yet ratified this instrument to do so as soon as possible,” he said. In another message, marking the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, Mr. Annan cited the oil spill from a Lebanese power station resulting from this summer’s Israeli-Hizbollah war in calling for steps to ensure that international accords on war and armed conflict cover deliberate and unintentional damage to the environment.“Parties engaged in hostilities have a responsibility to observe international rules and agreements, such as the Geneva Conventions, that govern the conduct of war,” Mr. Annan said. “Some of these rules, such as a prohibition of the deliberate destruction of agricultural land, have an environmental emphasis. But, by and large, the environmental consequences of war are overlooked by contemporary laws,” he added.“It is high time that we review international agreements related to war and armed conflict to ensure that they also cover deliberate and unintentional damage to the environment.”The past year has provided “yet another tragic example,” he said, noting that 15,000 tons of fuel oil from the Jiyyeh power station south of Beirut was released during the Israeli-Hizbollah conflict, affecting 150 kilometres of the Lebanese and Syrian coast, polluting beaches and coastal waters and damaging fishing and tourism operations.In recent years, an increasing number of Governments have asked the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to conduct post-conflict environmental assessments and a team is currently assessing the environmental impact of the conflict in Lebanon, while others are working closely with the Governments of Sudan and Iraq.“In Sudan, UNEP’s preliminary findings indicate widespread and severe environmental degradation in much of the country, especially related to desertification and deforestation. In Darfur, environmental degradation, resource competition and regional climate change are major underlying causes of food insecurity and conflict,” Mr. Annan said.“In Iraq, the draining of the marshlands of the Euphrates/Tigris Delta during the 1980s and 1990s provides a classic example of the deliberate targeting of an ecosystem to achieve political and military ends,” he added, noting that UNEP is helping the Iraqi Government to restore the marshlands.“On this International Day, let us recognize the threat that war poses to the foundation of all our sustainable development objectives – and let us pledge to do more about it,” he concluded. read more

SP 500 index rises above its record closing high from October 2007

S&P 500 index rises above its record closing high from October 2007 and keeps going AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2013 12:10 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is trading above its previous closing high reached in October 2007, a year before the peak of the financial crisis.The S&P 500 was up four points, or 0.3 per cent, at 1,567 shortly before noon Eastern time Thursday. That’s two points above its record close.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 46 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 14,572. The Nasdaq composite rose four points, 0.1 per cent, to 3,260.Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, rose 3 per cent to $14.95 after surprising analysts with a profitable quarter and better-than-expected sales of its touch-screen BlackBerry 10s.The government reported that the U.S. economy grew faster than first estimated in the fourth quarter. However the annual rate of 0.4 per cent was still anemic. read more

Barrett McMillan and others yet to decide on NFL draft Price and

OSU cornerbacks redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore (2) and redshirt junior Gareon Conley (8) embrace while redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) looks on following the Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss against Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorGLENDALE, Ariz. — The six returning starters from the 2015 Ohio State football team were put on draft board to begin the season. Following Saturday night’s 31-0 loss to No. 2 Clemson in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl, a few of them answered questions about their future.“It will be really hard for me to walk away when we lost 31-0,” said redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley said they will have to sit down and talk to their families and coaches about possibly leaving early for the NFL draft. However, two Buckeyes who were draft eligible declared their intentions to return to the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior guard Billy Price and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said they will return to the program in 2017.“We just got to get to work in the offseason,” Hubbard said. “We know what it takes now and we got to do more.”Price listed getting his degree and his performance tonight as motivators to play next season.“We’ll start off the season training, and this is going to be a burning feeling in my stomach,” he said. “I didn’t do enough to win tonight.”Having to fill a total of 16 starting spots on offense and defense opened the door for a few players to have breakout season. So good, in fact, that some of those breakout stars have to decide if they will return to Ohio State for the 2017 season.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore all echoed McMillan, Lewis and Conley.McMillan said it would be difficult to leave on a bad note.“I gave my all to this program,” he said. “I want to finish it off the right way.” read more

The worst penalty at EHF EURO 2014

France crushed Serbia 27:16 (11:3) in the second match of the EHF EURO 2014 Group D in Osijek. Runners-up from the last World Championship 2013 in Serbia set the new record in the lowest number of goals for 30 minutes in the history of EHF EURO events.  One of the worst moments was also a penalty shot of Biljana Bandelier in the finish of the match… ← Previous Story EURO 2014: Croatia is out – Serbia scores only 3 for half-time! Next Story → CROATIAN DISASTER: Vladimir Canjuga resigns

Canadian student expelled after reporting vulnerability in online services

first_imgA student at Montreal’s Dawson College has been expelled after pinpointing a flaw in the Omnivox web portal software that could allow an attacker to access records of thousands of students.20-year-old computer science major Ahmed Al-Khabaz was busy developing a mobile app that worked in tandem with Omnivox when he discovered “sloppy coding” that could have easily led to the second massive education-related data breach in Canada. The last one happened less than a month ago.Al-Khabaz quickly reported the vulnerability to the Directory of Information Services and Technology, who extended congratulations to the student and his collaborator for their discovery. The duo were told that Skytech — the company that develops the Omnivox software — would be alerted immediately so that a fix could be implemented. Omnivox is in use at hundreds of colleges and universities in Canada, so it’s quite likely that the exploit could have affected schools other than Dawson, too.No alarm bells had gone off yet, but when Al-Khabaz decided to fire up the Acunetix web exploit testing kit to see if the hole had been patched Skytech took notice. Skytech noticed the activity in its log files and subsequently informed Al-Khabaz that he was breaking the law and could face charges and possibly jail time. Edouard Taza, president of Skytech, admitted being impressed with the students’ ability to spot the flaw, but noted that the use of Acunetix crossed a line.And apparently Dawson College agreed. The computer science department voted 14 to 1 to expel Al-Khabaz, who has now seen his straight-A grades reduced to zeroes across the board. A pair of attempted appeals were denied, and he’s now left wondering what his academic future will hold.Al-Khabaz told The National Post that if it wasn’t for their discovery, “Students could have been stalked, had their identities stolen, their lockers opened and who knows what else.” He added, “I found a serious problem, and tried to help fix it.”It’s hard to believe that another college in Canada won’t step up and turn a blind eye to the expulsion in the wake of all this publicity, but it’s too bad that a student that was operating in the open to protect his classmates had to be made an example of.Queue Anonymous backlash in three… two… one…More at The National Postlast_img read more

Golden Dawn trial resumes

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The long-awaited trial is to resume on Monday 8 June at a specially-designed high-security courtroom at the Korydallos Prison, despite local authorities and residents’ objections.Residents have lobbied an order to move the trial from the precinct of Korydallos to the Athens Appeals Court, as the prison facility is located next to schools and residential areas.Outside the landmark trial sessions, hundreds of Golden Dawn supporters are engaging in riots with individuals shouting slogans against Nazism.Meanwhile, defence lawyers representing the Golden Dawn MPs asked that alleged victims of GD should not be allowed to appear in court as civil claimants.In what appeared to be a symbolic move, judges allowed the mother and sister of Pavlos Fyssas, a leftist rapper murdered in 2013 by a self-professed Golden Dawn supporter, to address the court as civil claimants. The decision resulted into a massive brawl between the families of the victims and members of the extreme far-right Greek political party, causing damages to several properties and cars. Local authorities asked for the trial to be moved to another venue but the government said that a new space cannot be designated until September. The presiding judge, Maria Lepeniotou, has also confirmed that the trial would continue at Korydallos Prison until further notice, adding that she had asked the leadership of the Greek Police to increase security.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Stevensonarea woman her baby found safe

first_imgSkamania County sheriff’s deputies say a missing Stevenson woman and her baby have been found safe. In a bulletin issued at about 10 p.m. Monday night, officials thanked Kelly Ann Hill’s friends, family members and news outlets for helping find the 34-year-old woman.According to Jacqueline Garrity, assistant public information officer for the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, the well-being of both the woman and her son, five-week-old David Zachary Barresse, was verified by law enforcement officers.No other information — including where Hill and her son had been — was available at press time.Hill and her five-week-old son had been reported missing from the Stevenson area in a sheriff’s news release issued Sunday evening.On Saturday, Hill apparently sent text messages indicating she’d been involved in a domestic violence incident with her boyfriend, James Barresse, the baby’s father, said Undersheriff Dave Cox.Deputies went to the couple’s home and the three were gone.Cox said deputies called Hill’s and Barresse’s mobile phone numbers, including trying to “ping” them via cell towers. Deputies knew the phones were active, but got no response.Cox said he didn’t know if Hill wanted police to be involved. The couple’s older children were safe with a grandfather, Cox said.The couple has no known vehicle, Cox said.last_img read more

Oil terminal review process extended

first_imgThe state panel reviewing a proposal for an oil-by-rail transfer terminal in Vancouver agreed Tuesday to extend to early next year the timeline for completing a review of the proposal and for making a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee.The decision by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which was expected, adds six months to a review process that includes an environmental impact examination, judicial hearings and a recommendation to Inslee. That moves the deadline for a recommendation to March 2, 2015.But if the evaluation council’s discussion of the matter Tuesday is any indication, even the new deadline may not be realistic. By law, the evaluation council must reach a recommendation within 12 months of receiving an application for a large energy project proposal. But the law also allows deadline extensions, which are not unusual given the size and complexity of proposals. The Tesoro-Savage application, filed on Aug. 29, 2013, is nearing its one-year anniversary.In an Aug. 6 letter to the evaluation council, Kelly Flint, senior vice president and general counsel for Savage, requested the six-month extension. “While we understand that a precise schedule to complete (evaluation council) review is difficult to predict,” he wrote, “we are suggesting this 6-month extension as reasonable and appropriate, given the current status of project review.”During its regular public meeting in Olympia that was accessible by telephone, the evaluation council voted unanimously to approve the extra six months.At one point during the discussion of the extension, Bill Lynch, chairman of the evaluation council, addressed Jay Derr, an attorney for Tesoro and Savage. “This is the only time this is going to happen, Mr. Derr,” Lynch said.last_img read more

Lorenzo Pellicioli voted in as new IGT Chairperson

first_img“I am honored to serve as Chairperson for IGT and I look forward to working with the Directors and senior management to guide continued success in the future,” Pellicoli said.The board also appointed James McCann as Vice Chairperson and Lead Independent Director. McCann has served on the Board since 2015 and currently serves as the chair of the board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark Load More IGT announces offering of €500,000,000 senior secured notes RelatedPosts Global gaming product sales push IGT to 5% growth in 2Q19 IGT has announced the official appointment of Lorenzo Pellicioli as its new Chairperson.The company’s former Vice Chairperson has been filling the role in an acting capacity since the departure of Phil Satre – now Chairman of Wynn Resorts – in August but on Monday the board voted to hand him the reins permanently.last_img read more

Glasgow City Council is refused appeal in equal pay case

first_imgScotland’s Court of Session has refused Glasgow City Council’s appeal bid in a long-running equal pay case.Around 6,000 female staff brought equal pay claims against Glasgow City Council, arguing that pay protection measures that had been implemented as part of a pay re-structure to equalise men and women’s pay discriminated against female employees due to historical sex discrimination.The case involves claimants represented by unions Unison and GMB, and law firm HBJ, with some pay claims dating back to 2006.The pay re-structure had been designed to bring administrative and professional staff and manual workers together on to one pay scheme. As part of this process, bonuses that were earned by manual staff, who were mainly men, were no longer included. Employees whose pay would decrease as a result of the re-structure were classified as ‘in detriment’, and ‘red circled’ to be given the benefit of pay protection. Employees who would not see their pay decrease were ‘green circled’ and not included in the pay protection scheme.Under the pay protection scheme, the red circled employees would have their pay protected for three years before the pay changes would be implemented, effectively lessening the impact of a pay decrease for higher earners. It was largely male staff who were red circled because they predominantly held the better paid positions and received bonus payments.The claimants argued that because their work had been defined by the council to be comparative, hence the initial pay re-structure, treating red circled and green circled employees differently with regards to the pay protection scheme could not be justified.The Employment Tribunal (ET) originally found that the pay protection provisions were ‘tainted for sex’, but that they could be objectively justified. The claimants responded by appealing to the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT), which ruled in the claimants’ favour. The case was then taken to the Court of Session.The Court of Session refused Glasgow City Council’s appeal of the EAT decision, with the final decision published on 31 May 2017. The court ruled that there was no evidence to support the objective justifications Glasgow City Council had cited, such as cost or to avoid becoming uncompetitive, for not including green circled employees in the pay protection scheme.A spokesman at Glasgow City Council said: “The council implemented a new pay and benefits structure, designed to ensure equal pay more than ten years ago. The matter before the court on this occasion related to the initial implementation of that scheme and, more specifically, the decision to offer a three year period of payment protection as a ‘soft landing’ for members of the workforce facing a drop in earnings.”Councillor Susan Aitken, leader at Glasgow City Council, added: “This is a complex legal ruling. However it is now clear that the award of pay protection was done in a way which discriminated against some of our female [employees] at that time. The right thing to do now is for the council to have open discussions with those [employees] and their representatives about how we give effect to this ruling. I hope there will be goodwill on both sides during those discussions.”Mike Kirby, Scottish secretary at Unison, said: “The pay protection win is great news. The way Glasgow rates and pays workers has been the source of conflict and division for ten years. These women have already waited long enough to receive the pay they have worked hard for and deserve. It’s time for Glasgow City Council to do the right thing and pay up on equal pay.”Moving forwards, employers are going to need to be wary of using a pay protection scheme to justify pay differentials, said Josephine Van Lierop, employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon Edinburgh. “The ramification for employers is they’re going to have [to] have very good reasons to rely on where they still may create or preserve old pay differentials. In ongoing and in new equal pay claims, employers won’t be able to just safely rely on the defence of pay protection to justify their gender pay gap. It’s the objective justification defence which the court has attacked,” she added.To be non-discriminatory, female employees should have had their pay increased to the same level as male employees immediately, rather than red circling male employees and reducing their pay over time, said Stefan Martin, partner at Hogan Lovells. “In situations where an employer has identified an imbalance and takes steps to address it, if [it does] it in a way which in itself effectively discriminates against women then that will be something that [it] will be exposed to claims for,” he added.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 2 Wilmington Man Arrested On Warrant Family Causes

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, July 2, 2019:A passerby stated that a red light was flashing on the outside of the Advantage Sportswear Building on Middlesex Avenue. Passerby believes an alarm is sounding from the inside. Police responded. An employee threw his iPad into a bucket of water which created some smoke that set off the smoke detector. Police notified the Fire Department. (12:42am)Police responded to Town Beach after a family refused to show their ID upon entry, refused to leave, and was making a scene. Family left prior to police arrival. (3:27pm)Silas D. Williams (31, Wilmington) was arrested on a warrant. Police received three calls that a male was outside a Salem Street residence arguing with a resident and refusing to leave. (4:14pm)Joseph Andrade (58, Peabody) was arrested on a warrant. Andrade was initially pulled over on Salem Street for a broken tail light. (10:20pm)A Shell Gas Station employee reported a customer left the store and appeared to be intoxicated. Police checked area and wasn’t able to locate the vehicle. License plate came back to a Tewksbury resident. Wilmington Police notified Tewksbury Police. (11:46pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 15: Police Called Over Pizza Delivery Dispute; Bad Crash At Woburn St. & Lowell St.; Injured FawnIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Serial fans watch the HBO trailer for new Adnan Syed documentary

first_img The Cheapskate 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. Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET 0 HBO has released a trailer for its upcoming four-part documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed. Best Buy 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. Apple iPhone XS Read Google Home Hub review 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 at Amazon $210 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $6 at Tidal 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. Chris Monroe/CNET 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. $60 at Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo $999 Angela Lang/CNET $999 7 77 Photos $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sprint Boost Mobilecenter_img See at Turo Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET 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. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read the Rylo camera preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The closer you look, the more you see. #TheCaseAgainstAdnanSyed is coming soon to @HBO. pic.twitter.com/ixyDcJowrj— HBO Documentaries (@HBODocs) February 5, 2019 Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Like the first season of the hit Serial podcast back in 2014, the documentary will explore the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, 18, and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for the crime.The voices and faces in the trailer will be familiar to those who closely followed Serial’s first season and the news that’s broken since then about Syed’s case. Rabia Chaudry, a lawyer and childhood friend of Syed who has her own podcast, Undisclosed, is seen researching the case, and controversial figure Jay Wilds, who testified against Syed, is briefly heard saying, “I know there are things that don’t look good for me.” A press release from 2016 promises “new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state’s case,” aided by “exclusive access to Syed, the defense team, the Syed family, friends and teachers of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed, and members of City of Baltimore law enforcement.”The four-hour series is directed by Amy Berg, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 2006 documentary Deliver Us From Evil, about sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, and who also directed and co-wrote West of Memphis, about the West Memphis Three. Syed was granted a new trial in 2018.HBO did not immediately respond to a request for a release date, but a tweet promises the series is “coming soon.” Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Post a comment TV and Movies Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 HBO,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $520 at HP $155 at Google Express Comments Share your voice 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. Rylo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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.last_img read more

Toyota will build new SUV at jointventure plant with Mazda replacing more

first_img More From Roadshow 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? 3:44 Toyota Mazda 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: More form, function and fuel… More about 2019 Toyota RAV4 Tags Preview • 2019 Toyota RAV4: Best-selling SUV gets personality injection Comment Share your voicecenter_img 2019 Mazda3 review: Still sporty, but more complete SUVs Car Industry Future Cars Enlarge ImageIt will be tricky to position a new SUV in a way that doesn’t have an effect on the RAV4’s sales, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Andrew Krok/Roadshow Mazda and Toyota broke ground on their joint-venture plant in Alabama last November. At the time, it was believed that the plant would initially produce the current-generation Toyota Corolla, eventually growing to include an as-yet unnamed Mazda crossover. Now, those plans have changed.Toyota announced on Wednesday that it will replace the Corolla’s spot in its new Alabama JV with a “new, yet-to-be announced SUV.” The automaker offered no additional details about the SUV or where it would land in the automaker’s lineup. As for the Corolla, it will continue to be built at Toyota’s plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi.The reason for the shift is pretty straightforward. In its release, Toyota cites “changing market demands and a growing consumer appetite for light trucks and SUVs,” which has been the direction the market’s been moving for years now. That much is evident in sales numbers. The Corolla is the world’s best-selling vehicle, and it’s still showing strong in the US, with monthly sales this year hovering around 20,000 units. But the RAV4 is even more popular, commanding north of 30,000 sales per month. Finding another RAV4-like success story would do more for Toyota than simply boosting Corolla production.The $1.6 billion Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA facility in Huntsville should be up and running in 2021. Hiring is already happening, and the plant is expected to create about 4,000 new jobs. It’s Mazda’s first factory in the US, if you don’t count the brief slice of time the automaker shared production with Ford. Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Toyota RAV4 is the best it’s been in years 48 Photos 1 Review • 2019 Toyota RAV4 review: A lovable SUV, but rough around the edges Mazda Toyotalast_img read more

Meshik Processing Center aims to be operational for the 2018 salmon season

first_imgThe Meshik Processing Center has been in the works for several years. (Avery Lill/ KDLG)There are still stacks of construction materials inside the two-story industrial building that the Native Village of Port Heiden hopes will soon be an operational fish processing center. The village’s target to finish renovations and install freezers is summer 2018.Listen nowThe Meshik Processing Center, a project that has been in the works for several years, is funded largely through the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and through the village itself.“The hope is that we can have a longer fishing season that’s not as hectic, and the hope is that we can pay our fishermen a higher and more fair [price] per pound for their fish and that our workers get paid a decent amount and that those dollars will stay in Port Heiden,” Adrianne Christensen, a consultant for the village, said.The village still needs to install freezers and finish facility renovations before Meshik Processing Center will be operational. (Avery Lill/ KDLG)With six to eight workers, Christensen anticipates the plant will be able to process 10,000 pounds per day at maximum capacity. They are marketing the fish within the United States.Currently the handful of permit holders from Port Heiden mostly fish in Ugashik for a month during peak sockeye season. The goal of the Meshik Processing Center is to run from May to September, providing a local market for fishermen during shoulder seasons.Jimmy Christensen is one of the commercial fishermen looking forward to being on the water longer and closer to home. He used to fish silvers from Port Heiden over a decade ago when more frequent air freight service allowed him to ship fish out more easily.“We used to get anywhere between 20 and 40 thousand pounds a piece of silvers. That’s a big income per person for a village, and now we don’t have it. So this would be a big improvement for us,” Jimmy Christensen said.Adrianne Christensen said it will be several years before the processing center turns a profit. When it does, the proceeds from the tribally-owned business will go toward services for the Port Heiden community.last_img read more

Heres why Air Costa has halted flight operations for two days it

first_imgRegional airline Air Costa, which has been mired in a number of controversies in recent times, including for non-payment of salary to its employees for a few months last year, has suspended its operations for two days due to “financial issues.” As a result, both aircraft it operates in India have been grounded, and its website seems not to be taking any new bookings.Also read: After Air Pegasus, Air Costa halts operations over payment issuesAir Costa Marketing and Brand Communication Vice-President Kavi Chaurasia confirmed to International Business Times, India, that the carrier had indeed halted operations, but only for two days, and that it would resume operations from Thursday. This is hardly the first time the carrier — whose destinations are all in southern India with the exception of Jaipur — has halted operations.Chaurasia added that the operations had been halted because there was some issue with a lessor, and that this was being ironed out. He also said that the passengers on the flights cancelled as a result of this halting of operations had been given two options: Take a refund or be booked on an alternate flight to your destination.Air Costa has had a choppy ride in recent times, despite using two aircraft to operate 16 flights daily to eight destinations. It’s market share has fallen from 0.7 percent in August last year to 0.5 percent in January 2017, despite an increase in passenger load factor by several percentage points between the same period, according to official data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).It now remains to be seen how Air Costa performs when it resumes operation on Thursday, March 2. Meanwhile, there seems to be no problem in booking tickets for the carrier, online, despite the live chat feature on its website going missing.last_img read more

Three sentenced to death for killing RU teacher Shafiul

first_imgAKM Shafiul IslamA Rajshahi court on Monday sentenced three people to death for killing Rajshahi University professor AKM Shafiul Islam in 2014, reports UNB.The condemned convicts are Abdus Samad Pintu, former Katakhali municipal unit Jubo Dal organising secretary Ariful Islam Manik, and Lutfor Rahman Sabuj. Among them, Sabuj was tried in absentia.The court also fined them Tk 10,000 each.Rajshahi speedy trial tribunal judge Anup Kumary Roy handed down the verdict.Besides, the court acquitted eight other accused in the case.They are—district BNP joint secretary Anwar Hossain Ujjal, Pintu’s wife Nasreen Akhter Reshma, Sirajul Islam Kalu, Al-Mamun, Sagar, Jinnat Ali, Ibrahim Khalil and Arif.Earlier on 6 April, Rajshahi speedy trial tribunal set 15 April for delivering the verdict in the murder case.On 15 November 2014, sociology department teacher Shafiul Islam, known as a progressive and a Lalon songs enthusiast, was stabbed by some unknown assailants at Chouddapai near the RU campus on his way home.He succumbed to his injures at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital.A murder case was filed the following day accusing unknown persons.On 30 November 2015, inspector Rezaus Sadik of Detective Branch submitted a charge sheet against 11 people and ruled out any militant outfit’s involvement in the murder.last_img read more

Chicago and Los Angeles Could Get Google Fiber And Thats a Very

first_imgDecember 9, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img The second and third largest cities in the U.S. have the potential to score some serious startup swag: Google has just announced that it is considering bringing its ultra-fast Google Fiber Internet service to Los Angeles and Chicago.The deals are far from complete, and if approved, will take years to be up and running, but the wheels are in motion. Faster Internet would mean more opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups in both cities.“In Chicago, fiber Internet will help bolster a fast-growing startup scene by fueling incubators like 1871, venture capital funds like Chicago Ventures and hundreds of small businesses,” says Jill Szuchmacher, the director of Google Fiber Expansion, in a blog post announcing the news. “In L.A., faster Internet may mean that indie musicians and YouTube stars can spend less time worrying about bandwidth, and more time creating their next project.”  Related: Chicago: The New B2B BoomtownLos Angeles and Chicago are the biggest cities Google Fiber has considered so far. The first step in the process of determining feasibility for Google is to do a detailed analysis of the city’s existing infrastructure and land structure.Right now, only three cities have the Google Fiber Network: Provo, Utah; Kansas City, Mo.; and Austin, Texas. Another half dozen cities are in various process of installation, including Salt Lake City, Nashville and Atlanta.Google Fiber delivers Internet at 1,000 megabits per second, or 1 gigabit per second. That’s many multiples faster than the Internet in most U.S. cities, though not all. The city of Chattanooga, Tenn., is a — potentially surprising — leader in Internet connectivity speed in the U.S. The Southern city’s economy got a boost when the metro-area installed 1 gigabit Internet service, which it claimed that was 200 times faster than the national average. In October, Chattanooga upgraded the Internet broadband again and now it has service as fast as 10 gigabits per second available. The service has proven transformative for the once dilapidated, rundown and polluted city.Related: 3 Sizzling Stats to Consider About Silicon Beach 2 min readlast_img read more

Mr Gay World makes shock decision to move 2019 competition from Hong

first_imgMr Gay World winner Jordan Bruno. | Photo: Daniel Enright / Gerhard Meiring eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Mr Gay World’s organizers made the decision after a ‘clampdown’ on LGBTI events on mainland China.‘It is with great disappointment that I’ve been informed that Mr Gay World will not be able to go ahead in Hong Kong due to the struggles that our Chinese colleagues and their families are facing in their homeland,’ said president and founder of Mr Gay World, Eric Butter.‘The safety of our delegates and their families is of utmost importance.’Hong Kong is an administrative region of China and generally regarded as more progressive. In 2022, Hong Kong will become the first Asian nation to host the Gay Games.But allegedly the production company responsible for putting on the 2019 event is based in mainland China. The company reportedly had been having trouble with Chinese authorities.Due to run from 28 April to 4 May, Mr Gay World will head back to South Africa in 2019. Mr Gay World confirmed Cape Town will replace Hong Kong as the 2019 host. South Africa has successfully hosted the event three times; in Johannesburg and earlier this year in Knysna.‘Disappointing’Mr Gay World chose Hong Kong to host because it is ‘a popular destination for global supporters of the LGBTQ+ community’. But organizers said Hong Kong did have a long way to go on issues such as marriage equality.Australian Jordan Bruno won the top prize in Knysna.‘I’m disappointed in the Chinese authorities for being unwilling to celebrate and uphold LGBTQ equality, but their stance demonstrates why Mr Gay World is still such a relevant and important competition,’ Bruno said. South Africa has replaced Hong Kong as the new host of the global gay pageant, Mr Gay World.center_img Hong Kong’s Gay Games bid just got a big boostBREAKING: Hong Kong court finally rules in favor of same-sex couplesRisqué business: first Mr Gay China shows new, more public face of LGBTRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mr-gay-world-makes-shock-decision-to-move-2019-competition-from-hong-kong/ GAYSTARNEWS- ‘I’m really looking forward to returning to South Africa. The spirit and inclusion of the country is strongly reflected in the values of Mr Gay World, and I can’t help but feel it is the perfect country to once again host the competition.’Mr Gay World in ChinaHomosexuality is not illegal in China, but LGBTI topics remain very taboo in the Asian country. The country does not allow the positive portrayal of LGBTI people in film and television, and even, social media.While China does not criminalize the LGBTI community it has used its laws barring public assembly to prevent LGBTI events from going ahead. Police detained organizers of a LGBTI conference detained and questioned for nine hours in the north-western city of Xian.Organizers of a LGBTI conference in China’s most ‘gay friendly city’, Chengdu, kept having their plans to hold the conference thwarted when venues kept cancelling their booking at the last minute. Speak Out tried to host the conference in Chengdu but were repeatedly told venues has been double-booked and cancelling their reservations.In May, footage emerged of private security staff attacking LGBTI people who handing out rainbow badges in Beijing. Police arrived at the scene but did not arrest anyone, event the security staff.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more