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DGCA suspends use of civilian choppers for relief operations

first_imgThe Aviation regulatory body Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Saturday suspended the use of civilian helicopters for disaster management in Uttarakhand following two air crashes in the past week, including one that killed all three on board.“Current operations will remain suspended till UCADA, operators and SDMA make Standard Operating Procedures for such operations,” a senior DGCA official said. UCADA is Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority and SDMA is the State Disaster Management Authority.However, the DGCA will permit operations on case-to-case basis under its supervision.‘Clearly define roles’The DGCA wants the role and responsibilities of the State departments to be clearly defined to ensure safe operations and wants the local regulatory agency to maintain a database of various terrain hazards and obstacles, including cables, which should be shared with helicopter operators.Civilian helicopters were pressed into rescue and relief operations by the local administration on August 19 following landslides due to heavy rainfall. On the first day itself, a helicopter of Heritage Aviation was involved in a crash that killed all three on board after the chopper got entangled in apple cart cables. Two days later, a chopper of Aryan Aviation crashed similarly after hitting apple cart cables, and the two on board sustained minor injuries.last_img read more

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IOA chief overruled secretary on observer for boxing elections

first_imgMumbai, Sep 27 (PTI) Differences of opinion within the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) over sending an observer for the elections of the newly formed Boxing Federation of India on September 25 resulted in none present at the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana in Kandivli here, the venue of the elections and AGM.It was learnt by PTI through copies of official communication between IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta and president N Ramachandran that while the former wanted to send an observer he was vetoed by the latter.Ramachandran sent a mail to Mehta on September 24 saying there was no need to send an observer and the reason he gave was that the IOA needed to “respect the decision taken by the members at the IOA AGM.”Mehta had earlier pointed out to Ramachandran that boxing “is a priority sport and is in limelight for non-existence of a recognised federation for quite some time now.”Mehta had also mentioned in his mail that the IOA was working with an ad hoc body (approved by world boxing body AIBA) and salaries of all officials, expenses and office space was being provided to the ad hoc body by IOA and not to any elected body.Mehta had also said that the entry of the boxing team at the August Rio Olympics “was finalised and sent to IOA by the ad hoc body.””Moreover, IOA has also received instructions from IOC to support the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) to send an observer from IOA for the election meeting being held on 25th September, 2016 in Mumbai,” Mehta wrote in his mail to Ramachandran.advertisement”Government of India has also recognised the ad hoc body recognised by AIBA and also sent their observer for the election meeting.”As you may recall that IOA didnt approve the affiliation of Boxing India because the International Federation didnt invite IOA observer for the meeting. Now the International Federation (AIBA) as well as IOC has requested IOA to send their observer,” Mehta wrote to Ramachandran. (More) PTI SSR NRB BS BSlast_img read more

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West Indies look to deny India 6th successive series win at home

first_imgOctober 25, 2015: That was the last time India had lost an ODI series at home. A lot has changed since then. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli are unstoppable. The middle-order, India’s most problematic area in recent years, now suddenly looks a lot more solid with the return of Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav.Most significantly, India have one of the most balanced bowling attacks in the world. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was a part of the Indian team which went down to South Africa three years ago, has grown in stature. Jasprit Bumrah, who was still three months away from his international debut, is the world’s No.1 ODI bowler while Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have become India’s first choice spinners in the shorter formats.Throw Hardik Pandya (currently recovering from an injury) into the mix and you have a potent bowling attack. In Pandya’s absence, Ravindra Jadeja adds much needed teeth to the lower middle order.The defeat to South Africa was a rude wake-up call and the changes were gradual. India travelled to Australia in early 2016 and lost another high-scoring series. But that was the end of a losing streak for India.READ – Given the opportunities MS Dhoni will come good: Bharat ArunAfter winning successive series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, MS Dhoni stepped down as India’s captain in limited-overs cricket. And that was only the start of India’s domination in ODIs under new skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli led India to victories in bilateral series over England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand besides the final of the Champions Trophy – and when he took a short break late in 2017, Rohit Sharma oversaw a series win over Sri Lanka. Again earlier in 2018, Kohli was rested for the Asia Cup but Rohit stepped up again as India lifted the trophy in UAE.advertisementIndia have lost only one bilateral ODI series since January 2016. At home, they have been nearly invincible, having won five successive series after losing to South Africa.READ – 5th ODI: Young West Indies ready to learn from star-studded IndiaWest Indies, without Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, have the chance to become the first team to deny India victory in an ODI series in three years. India cannot lose the series but the Windies have the chance to earn a draw – after losing the first ODI, West Indies secured a thrilling tie in Vizag.Then the West Indies successfully defended 283 in Pune before being blown away in Mumbai. The series, therefore, is wide open. It will no mean achievement if No.9 West Indies walk away with a 2-2 result against the world’s No.2 side. But it will be easier said than done despite the spunk West Indies showed in Vizag and Pune. The Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram and nobody knows how the pitch will behave. West Indies have been dependent on Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer – the two have scored 250 runs apiece. Jason Holder with 136 runs, is the next best.In stark contrast, Kohli has smashed 420 runs, Rohit Sharma has 326 under his belt while Ambati Rayudu has made 217 including a fine 100 after a rare failure for Kohli in Mumbai.Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar returned after the first two ODIs and that has given the Indian aresenal an edge. Ashley Nurse has been impressive for the Windies but he has not received a lot of support from the others.READ – MS Dhoni faces the biggest test of his career as World Cup looms closerIt will still be a stern test for the Indians. What happens if both Rohit and Kohli fail? Shikhar Dhawan has not converted any of the starts in this series – can MS Dhoni step up with the bat? There are several answers India are looking for as well.Moreover, there aren’t too mamy ODIs left for India before the World Cup and they will be thankful to the Windies for their fight. India’s biggest gain from the Asia Cup and this series has been Rayudu – he is fit and he is determined to be consistent. He has the backing of his captain to do the job at No.4 and that should hold him in good stead.last_img read more

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Infographic: OSU-Missouri State

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PM Hails Dr. Joyce Robinson as a Strong, Determined Woman

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Dr. the Hon. Joyce Robinson, who died on Sunday, May 12. In paying tribute, the Prime Minister said that in the many different areas in which she served, Dr. Joyce Robinson was a pioneering, truly outstanding and highly accomplished Jamaican woman who dedicated her life to public service. As the first Jamaican to head the National Library Service, Dr. Robinson played an invaluable role in the vibrant development of the Service between 1957 and 1979. She again proved her enormous capacity for public service by managing the operations at the H.E.A.R.T Trust during its formative years, and also steered the success of the national literacy campaign in the 1970s which saw over 200,000 Jamaicans learning to read and write. As a result of the programme, she was recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with an international literacy prize. In 1987, the Government of Jamaica also recognised her with the Order of Jamaica for outstanding public service. The Prime Minister said Dr Robinson’s life and enormous accomplishments represent the true spirit of a strong and determined Jamaican woman, who loved and served her country with pride and distinction. Expressing her sympathies, the Prime Minister said: “On behalf of all Jamaicans, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Dr Robinson’s daughter, son and other family members and pray they will find peace and be comforted by the Almighty during this very difficult period.” Contact: OPM Communications Unit Tel: 926-0244 Fax: 920-4684 Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jm Website: www.opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

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Province Launches Impaired Driving Enforcement Pilot Project

first_imgA new, integrated police unit is patrolling Southwest Nova Scotia, targeting motorists who choose to get behind the wheel while impaired. The one-year pilot project, launched by the province today, Dec. 20, will be based out of the Chester RCMP detachment and will be responsible for enforcement in Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings counties. The RCMP will provide the unit with vehicles, office facilities and four traffic services officers. Bridgewater and Kentville police services will also provide officers. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott said the pilot program complements other government initiatives, such as photo radar and ignition interlock, that are part of the province’s commitment to provide safer streets and communities for all Nova Scotians. “Alcohol continues to be the leading contributing factor to fatal collisions in our province,” said Mr. Scott. “This team of dedicated professionals will be involved in enforcing federal and provincial laws pertaining to impaired driving on a full-time basis for the next year.” Justice Minister Cecil Clarke said the integrated unit is a key initiative of the province’s crime prevention strategy. “The unit will develop enforcement strategies, based on the unit’s combined experience, expertise and awareness of community needs,” said Mr. Clarke. Nova Scotia RCMP Chief Supt. Tom Bennett said the RCMP is excited to have an opportunity to work with police partners. “We believe the integrated unit will save lives by removing impaired drivers from Nova Scotia’s highways,” said Chief Supt. Bennett. Chief Brent Crowhurst, of the Bridgewater Police Service, said he is pleased to participate with the province and policing partners in this exciting new initiative. “We are confident this pilot project will demonstrate improved safety on the highways in Southwest Nova Scotia over the next year,” said Chief Crowhurst. Chief Mark Mander, of the Kentville Police Service, said the unit will build on other impaired driving enforcement and educational strategies. “This team of dedicated peace officers will be able to target specific areas in Southwest Nova Scotia and send a clear message through enforcement that impaired driving is a serious crime with real, and far too often tragic, consequences,” said Chief Mander. Law-enforcement officials also demonstrated in-vehicle video cameras and a breath-testing instrument at the event. The province is providing resources to train an additional 48 Datamaster technicians to operate breath-testing instruments throughout the province. It is purchasing 20 additional screening devices to help front-line officers detect and process impaired drivers and 10 in-vehicle video cameras, which will allow officers to capture and retain relevant evidence when interacting with impaired drivers. Costs for the equipment, training and pilot program will be covered under existing budgets from the departments of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Justice, Health Promotion and Protection, and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations within the current fiscal year.last_img read more

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Humanitarian situation in Yemen tense and volatile says UN agency

29 September 2009The situation in northern Yemen, where Government forces have been fighting rebels, remains “tense and volatile,” the United Nations refugee agency reported today, noting that civilians are unable to leave Sa’ada and there is still no humanitarian access to the embattled city. Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said a fragile calm was reported over the weekend in the city, which has been virtually cut off from the rest of the world for more than six weeks. “Local residents and displaced people, caught up in the fighting between the Government troops and Al Houthi forces, continue to face a dire humanitarian situation, unable to leave the embattled city to seek safety and shelter elsewhere,” he said.Although there is still no access to the city, UNHCR managed to distribute some assistance through a local non-governmental organization (NGO) partner.There is very little information on the situation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Yemen, which raises concerns about their safety, said Mr. Mahecic.He voiced concern about recent reports of clashes close to Al Sam camp, one of three remaining IDP camps in Sa’ada province. “People in the camp are worried as residents of a nearby village of Al Aqad, half a kilometre away, had been reportedly alerted by the authorities to vacate the area.”UNHCR has also received “sketchy but worrying” reports of an attack on a makeshift IDP settlement in Al-Azqool, also in Sa’ada province. Meanwhile, the Al Mazraq camp in neighbouring Hajjah province continues to grow and is now sheltering some 7,000 IDPs. The camp has passed its planned capacity as more people are arriving from Sa’ada province. A new site has been identified in cooperation with Yemeni authorities and work to set up a new camp will start immediately, Mr. Mahecic said, adding that more camps will also be set up in Amran province.UNHCR also said it received a formal agreement from authorities in neighbouring Saudi Arabia to carry out a cross-border operation to support the displaced population in northern Yemen, and the agency has positioned tents, mattresses, blankets and other aid items for more than 2,000 people on the Saudi side of the border. Mr. Mahecic added that the UNHCR operation in Yemen is still short by some $2 million. “Timely contributions would allow UNHCR to organize management of the camps, expand registration and protection of IDPs and provide tents and other humanitarian assistance until the end of the year,” he noted.Yesterday, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubakr Al-Qirbi told the General Assembly’s high-level debate that the displacement of thousands of people in Sa’ada was the result of the Government’s need to fight “saboteurs” or subversive groups that exploited religious doctrines to gain support for their causes.He said his Government was dealing responsibly with the situation and had provided camps and other measures to help meet the needs of the IDPs, and was trying to open corridors to reach refugees with aid, but had been restricted by the actions of the rebels. read more

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Government extends hand of friendship to all countries

Those who presented credentials were Ambassador of Chile Andres Barbe, Cyprus High Commissioner Dementrious Theophylactou, Ambassador of Czech Republic Milan Hovorka, Danish Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Guatemala Ambassador Georges de La Rochew du Renzet Plihal, Ivery Coast Ambassador Sainy Tiemele, Cambodian Ambassador Pichkun Panha and Iran Ambassador Mohammed Zaeri Amirani. President Sirisena, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys expressed confidence that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in many areas including trade, investment and tourism.The President also recalled the close cooperation between Sri Lanka and those countries at the international forums and thanked them for the support extended to Sri Lanka. He said Sri Lanka too would extend every possible assistance to those countries. The President briefed the envoys about the middle-path foreign policy of Sri Lanka and said that the country extends a hand of friendship to all the countries in the world. “Today Sri Lanka has only friends in the world,” he said. The Government today extended a hand of friendship to all the countries in the world.Seven Ambassadors and a High Commissioner presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House today. While the new Ambassador of Iran is based in Colombo, others will function as non-resident Ambassadors/High Commissioner with residence in New Delhi. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Halifaxbased Irving shipyard gets 500 million frigate maintenance contract

Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has been awarded a $500-million federal contract to carry out maintenance work for the Royal Canadian Navy.The initial five-year contract guarantees a minimum of three Halifax-class frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early 2020s.The contract is expected to rise in value as additional work is added.Public Services and Procurement Canada says the contract is expected to result in up to 400 jobs at the shipyard, plus hundreds of related jobs for marine sector suppliers and subcontractors across the country.Last month, Ottawa awarded similar contracts to Seaspan Victoria Shipyards in British Columbia and the Davie shipyard in Levis, Que.Overall, the federal government is spending more than $7.5 billion on the navy’s 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s.Irving is expected to begin construction of new warships for the navy in the early 2020s.Of the current fleet of Halifax-class frigates, seven have their home port in Halifax, while five others are based in Esquimalt, B.C.The Royal Canadian Navy requires that at least eight of the 12 frigates are able to deploy at all times in order to meet its commitments.The Canadian Press read more

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UN envoy discusses December elections with Iraqi leaders

The preliminary results of the elections will be announced by the Independent Electoral Commission for Iraq later this week.Mr. Qazi exchanged views with President Jalal Talabani regarding the meeting for the Iraqi National Accord Conference, to be held in Baghdad next month. They both agreed on the importance of national reconciliation in Iraq, according to the UN spokesman.In his meeting with Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Mr. Qazi discussed the impact of the elections on the composition of the next government and the potential for participation by different political groups.In another development, Mr. Qazi held talks at the Buratha Mosque in Baghdad with Imam Jalal al-Din al-Saghir. They reviewed the current situation in Iraq, the potential for the Iraqi National Accord Conference, and steps to enhance the creation of a national consensus in Iraq, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).“Mr. Qazi and Sheikh al-Saghir also discussed a number of important educational and cultural projects in the district surrounding the Buratha mosque, which will be considered by several UN agencies operating in Iraq,” UNAMI said. read more

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Charm Diamond Centres acquires Ben Moss Jewellers set to reopen 16 stores

HALIFAX – Charm Diamond Centres has acquired the rights to the Ben Moss Jewellers banner and will reopen 16 stores that were closed when Ben Moss filed for creditor protection last year.Charm says it will also retain more than 100 Ben Moss Jewellers employees and hire additional staff for a total of 175 jobs.The stores, some of which will reopen as early as today, are in Ontario, B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg.Charm says it plans to announce details of a grand re-opening event, which will take place in time for Valentine’s Day.Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.Ben Moss, which suffered financial difficulties in recent years, was acquired by a wholesaler in 2013. The company filed for creditor protection in May 2016 and closed all of its stores.Controversy erupted when the company said it couldn’t fulfil jewelry guarantees.Charm Diamond Centres president Troy Calder says he’s “delighted” to be able to give the Ben Moss brand a fresh start.“We have great respect for the Ben Moss Jewellers legacy and its long history,” Calder said in a statement.“Like Charm, the company has a similar story — it is a family-owned Canadian fine jewelry brand that customers have trusted for their most treasured memories.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Charm Diamond Centres acquires Ben Moss Jewellers; set to reopen 16 stores by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 1:12 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Le Banc dArguin une réserve doiseaux sous haute surveillance

first_imgLe Banc d’Arguin, une réserve d’oiseaux sous haute surveillanceLa réserve du Banc d’Arguin, en Gironde, abrite quelques 30.000 oiseaux et la cohabitation entre les hommes et les volatiles nécessite une surveillance de tous les instants.Les oiseaux sont les rois du monde dans la réserve naturelle du Banc d’Arguin, en Gironde, indique Sciences et Avenir. En effet, plus de 30.000 d’entre eux sont là pour hiverner, nidifier ou simplement faire escale sur ce pan mouvant de terre, à l’entrée du bassin d’Arcachon. Une équipe de quelques personnes est ainsi chargée d’assurer la surveillance du site de 800 hectares (100 à marée haute). Sa priorité : maintenir le “modus vivendi” qui existe entre les près de 250.000 visiteurs (en 2010) et les oiseaux.Avant la création de la réserve, en 1972, les gens se livraient à des batailles d’œufs de sternes ou lançaient leurs chiens, raconte le biologiste Dimitri Delorme, responsable du dispositif de protection. C’est donc notamment pour assurer la sécurité des sternes caujeks, une espèce de migrateurs rare en France, qu’une ZIP a été mise en place par les pouvoirs publics. Située dans la partie nord de la réserve, cette zone où toute présence humaine est bannie, accueille, lorsque la marée monte, courlis, pluviers, goélands, sternes ou cormorans.Mais la réserve profite aussi à tous les migrateurs de passage. Le Banc d’Arguin a accueilli, depuis près de 40 ans, 200 espèces d’oiseaux différentes, dont une majorité provient du littoral africain ou du cercle polaire. En effet, ce minuscule morceau de territoire gascon se situe sur l’un des grands couloirs migratoires de la planète. Ainsi, c’est parce que l’avenir de l’imposante colonie reste fragile qu’une surveillance constante a été mise en place. “On ne veut pas tout mettre sous cloche mais nous devons avoir un œil sur l’île tout au long de l’année. Même en période de gros temps, nous continuons de l’observer à la jumelle à partir du littoral”, souligne le responsable.Des menaces multiples à surveillerÀ lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsEn été, les touristes ne cessent d’affluer sur le Banc d’Arguin qui, en dehors d’un mini-centre d’information, ne comprend pourtant aucune structure d’accueil. Ainsi, une “grosse journée”, voit débarquer 5.000 personnes sur le sable et jusqu’à 1.200 bateaux mouillent aux abords de l’île. “Ces jours-là, notre tâche est de prévenir les infractions mais aussi de verbaliser”, indique M. Delorme qui dispose de pouvoirs de police. Les chiens ne doivent pas débarquer sur cette terre, les intrusions dans la ZIP sont interdites, les bateaux ne doivent pas naviguer trop près du rivage ou les kite-surfs s’en approcher. Ces derniers constituent d’ailleurs un péril particulièrement redouté des oiseaux. En effet, selon les ornithologues, ils assimilent les gros cerfs-volants aux ailes d’un rapace. A plus long terme, les spécialistes craignent également que les oiseaux viennent à manquer de nourriture, car les réserves d’anchois et de sardines dont ils se nourrissent sont en voie de diminution. De plus, l’’île est “mangée” par les vents, les marées et les courants marins, ce qui réduit son pourtour en permanence. “Inexorablement, rappelle Dimitri Delorme, le banc de sable se rapproche du continent et finira par s’y fondre”.Le 13 août 2011 à 15:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Oil tanker spills fuel on Okeechobee Road in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An oil tanker overturned in Northwest Miami-Dade, leaking fuel onto Okeechobee Road, Saturday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the rollover took place on West Okeechobee Road, near the Florida Turnpike exit.The Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resources Management responded to clean up the leak.Officials said the roadway was not blocked.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Modern sounds and the Q Acoustics Concept 300 speakers Review

first_img The Audiophiliac Comments 2 Tags Share your voice Audio Speakers The Q Acoustics Concept 300 speakers Q Acoustics The first Q Acoustics speaker I heard was just a couple of years ago with its little 3020, and that one’s spunk really clicked with me. Then a year later, I heard the improved 3020i and the 3050i towers. All of them contenders, but they didn’t prepare me for this one: the Concept 300 aims higher — a lot higher. It’s $4,499 a pair in the US, £2,999 in the UK.The sound is unerringly precise, the Concept 300 stays out of the way and lets the music speak for itself. Right away I noted it’s a “fast” speaker. The music’s leading edge transients and subtle inner details were exceptionally clear, so brass instruments sounded crisp, cymbals shimmered and sparkled, and piano’s harmonics sounded just right.It’s a stunning thoroughly modern design — I really love the look. The Concept 300 is a two-way speaker that sits on a skinny Tensegrity tripod stand. The cabinet feels supersolid and features a 1-inch (28mm) soft dome tweeter, 6.5-inch (165mm) woofer, and a rear-mounted bass port. Impedance is rated at 6 ohms, and the beefy custom biwire connectors are very impressive. The Concept 300 comes in two-tone finishes: Gloss Black/Rosewood, Gloss White/Oak and Silver/Ebony.Modern soundsVocals sounded clear and immediate, an amazingly direct connection to what went down at the recording session. Take Gregg Allman’s terrific 2011 solo album Low Country Blues; its meaty sound was music to my ears. Allman’s growling vocals blasted through the Concept 300s with startling presence.  gconcept300-pairs-stands-silverEnlarge ImageThe Q Acoustics Concept 300 speakers, those tripod stands look cool.  Q Acoustics As I listened to my Mongo Santamaria at the Village Gate LP from 1963, I realized how little progress has been made in recorded sound over the last 50-plus years. Santamaria’s conga drums and his big band’s brilliant dynamics shone through, and the cymbals and percussion had plenty of snap. I could also hear the club’s atmosphere, which added to the sense of being there.  For a round of comparisons I set up a pair of Harbeth P3ESR 40th Anniversary monitor speakers. The Concept 300 is a much larger speaker, and it handled dynamics with greater ease. The P3ESR countered with a richer, more full-bodied tone that goes down easy, but the Concept 300 won on transparency and a bigger room-filling sound. It tells the truth, but can you handle the truth? If the recording is harsh or bright, the Concept 300 will let you know in a hurry. The P3ESR’s sound is more forgiving. One downside, I found the very low bass lacking — it quit at around 50 Hertz in my room. If you need more bass, add a subwoofer or step up to the larger Q Acoustics Concept 500 tower speakers, which run $6,000 a pair in the US, £4,000 in the UK.The Q Acoustics Concept 300 speakers are designed with the discerning audiophile in mind, but one who also appreciates a cutting-edge look.  last_img read more

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Wavelike clouds roll over Virginia skies in breathtaking viral photo

first_img Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Rylo Chris Monroe/CNET 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo $60 at Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 Read Google Home Hub review 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. 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 Post a comment 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. Angela Lang/CNET 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. $59 at eBay Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 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). Waves, or clouds? Both! Amy Christie Hunter Let’s look at clouds from both sides now. Amy Hunter snapped a remarkable photo of some unusual clouds over Smith Mountain near the town of Moneta, Virginia, and posted it on Facebook late Tuesday. “When I saw the clouds rolling over the mountain, I grabbed my phone as quickly as I could to capture the moment,” Hunter told me. “It only lasted a few seconds or so, it was literally like a wave crashing.”Hunter shared the picture on a Facebook Smith Mountain Lake picture group, and the image started making waves of its own. In a good way.  “A local meteorologist saw it and asked if he could share it on the news,” she said. “The next thing I know, all the major news outlets are asking my permission to use the photo.”The meteorologist told Hunter the clouds are called “tsunami clouds,” but the more formal name for the wave-like clouds is “Kelvin-Helmholtz waves,” CNET parent site CBS News reports. They usually form on windy days. “I knew it was an unusual cloud formation but I had no idea it is so rare,” Hunter said. “I was very happy to share it with the world because it is such a phenomenon.”Hunter isn’t a professional photographer, but enjoys taking pictures of nature and landscapes as a hobby, noting that she shares them on her Instagram page.There’s also an artsy accent to the cloud formation. According to EarthSky.org, this kind of cloud formation may have inspired Vincent van Gogh’s famed painting The Starry Night, the iconic blue and yellow painting showing the swirling sky as the artist saw it from his asylum room in 1889. Originally published June 19, 2:13 p.m. PT. Update, 2:52 p.m. PT: Adds more comments from Hunter.  $6 at Tidal 0 Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sci-Tech Photography,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 See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $520 at HP TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Amazon Sprint $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Turo $299 at Amazon See it Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Share your voice Tags 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. $999 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. 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. Best Buy See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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 $210 at Best Buy Read the Rylo camera preview null Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 0 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Boost Mobilelast_img read more

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Rescue of 5 more trapped in Thai cave depends on weather

first_imgRescue personnel walk at the site of the Tham Luang cave complex during a mission to rescue the remaining members of a soccer team trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand on 9 July. Photo: ReutersEight of the 12 boys trapped with their soccer coach in a labyrinthine flooded cave complex in northern Thailand have been freed, authorities said on Monday, adding that the time for rescuing the others will depend on the weather.The mission which started Sunday is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected this week which would again flood the tunnels with fast-flowing, rising water.A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided four boys on Sunday and a further four on Monday through narrow, submerged channels from the muddy bank deep inside the Tham Luang cave where they had been stranded for more than two weeks.“All four boys have arrived at hospital, all are safe,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters of those freed on Monday.Asked whether the remaining four “Wild Boars” team and their coach would come out at the same time in the next rescue effort, he said: “It depends on the plan… We have set the plan for four people so if they want to take five out (at the same time), then they need to change the plan.”The operation on Monday went more smoothly than on Sunday and took two hours less as the practice became more refined, he said.But he added rescuers may need more than 20 hours, to replan and replenish oxygen supplies, to be ready to mount the next mission.Then it will depend on the weather. Heavy rain has struck the region intermittently over the last three days and further downpours could set back draining efforts at the cave.“As all of us said, the main thing is we still need more than 20 hours to get ready,” Narongsak said. “And it is up to the environment. If the rain god helps us, then we may be able to work fast. But if the rain god doesn’t help, then it could be challenging.”Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the cave to inspect the operation, with navy rescuers giving him a rousing cheer.“The prime minister said that this kind of event should never happen again on Thai soil,” Narongsak said. “We should learn from this experience to prevent it from happening again.”The team became trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the cave after soccer practice and rains flooded the tunnels, trapping them inside.British divers found the 13 a week ago.“Rescue has been immense”But the efforts to rescue the boys – aged between 11 and 16 – have proved a monumental challenge. Some are not even strong swimmers, and have had to learn to dive in conditions that claimed the life of a former Thai Navy SEAL on Friday.Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit make up the main team guiding the boys to safety.Authorities have said the boys are being held close to divers and wear oxygen masks to enable normal breathing.“The rescue has been immense,” said volunteer helper Somjit Saenset, 56. “I’m so happy the children came out safely. I want to send my moral support for all involved” in the rest of the mission.Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the rescued boys. Some of the parents told Reuters they had not been told who had been rescued and that they were not allowed to visit the hospital.Narongsak said the rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, adding that the boys were being kept away from their parents due to fear of infection.Medical teams previously said concerns included hypothermia and an airborne lung infection known as “cave disease”, which is caused by bat and bird droppings.Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday’s operation the “strongest children” would be brought out first.“We have not been told which child has been brought out … We can’t visit our boys in hospital because they need to be monitored for 48 hours,” Somboon told Reuters.“I’m hoping for good news.”The president of soccer’s governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time.last_img read more

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Get things in place for a beach wedding

first_imgA destination wedding is a lot of fun for the couple as well as guests. After all, it turns out to be mini vacation for everyone around. But the preparations for such an occasion also depend on the kind of location you are choosing along with many other aspects, says an expert.Here is a list of a few steps that the would-be bride should keep in mind before preparing for her big day.Time of your functions: When you’re having the wedding functions at the beach, make sure you pick the right month. Avoid summers or monsoons because not only will you be feeling hot and humid in your wedding attire but also your family and friends, who will be running around doing most of the work for you! And when you have decided the season for the wedding, set the time of every function too. For the beach wedding, it’s best to get married when the sunlight is not too harsh. Therefore, sunset is the best time to get pretty pictures! Don’t forget to carry sunglasses! Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDeciding the outfit for beach functions: While picking a wedding outfit, make sure you go for something light both in colour as well as the fabric. Also, hassle-free outfits in pastel colours work extremely well for day weddings.No heels: Heels are a big no-no because they will sink in the sand. And don’t even think of walking barefoot on the sand as it will be very hot. But if you want to add some extra height, opt for wedges as they won’t sink in. The ideal thing to do is to make sure you have the outfits tailored according to your actual height.Hair an makeup: For functions at the beach, you’ll have to apply lots of sunscreen to avoid tanning. Go for matt lip colours as the glossy ones might make the sand stick on your lips. Also, weather at the beach can become breezy in the evening, therefore, go for an updo hairstyle so that your hair is tied and you’re able to move freely.last_img read more

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Dr Rodolfo Hernández pulls out of Costa Ricas presidential race

first_imgNo related posts. UPDATED at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 3Dr. Rodolfo Hernández Gómez, the Social Christian Unity Party’s presidential candidate announced Thursday that he was no longer running for office, according to a statement from the former candidate, as provided by Semanario Universidad.  Dr. Hernández described a campaign riddled with party infighting, where he faced “backstabbing” from his own party, comparing himself favorable to the Biblical story of Cain and Abel.The former-PUSC candidate said he never imaged that he would face so much “intrigue, envy, egoism, betrayal and disloyalty.”“This is not the democracy I dreamed of, this is not the party I always defended. This is not what I wanted for Costa Rica,” Hernández wrote in his jeremiad.The doctor said that he plans to return to his previous position as director of the National Children’s Hospital.Hernández came in second place in a national poll of the candidates by the daily La Nación, behind frontrunner Johnny Araya of the National Liberation Party and former mayor of San José.The PUSC candidate’s resignation from the race comes one day after the 2014 election season started on Wednesday.Hernández was the only candidate from a major party not to attend the kick-off event at the Supreme Elections Tribunal in San José. Victor Vargas, the candidate press chief, told The Tico Times then that Hernández had a previous meeting schedule with his erstwhile vice presidential candidates.“The motivation has left me, and I don’t think it will come back before Feb. 2,” he concluded.This story is developing. Follow updates at ticotimes.net.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Platinum Data Focused on Risk Mitigation for Reverse Mortgages

first_imgPlatinum Data Focused on Risk Mitigation for Reverse Mortgages in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology May 11, 2012 460 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-05-11 Abby Gregorycenter_img California-based technology provider, “”Platinum Data Solutions””:www.platdata.com/, has announced a new reverse mortgage client partnership in San Diego. The company recently revealed that “”Plaza Home Mortgage Inc.””:www.plazahomemortgage.com/ has implemented Platinum’s RealView platform, targeting quality appraisal review for reverse mortgages across the U.S.RealView gives companies like Plaza an advantage when evaluating the consistency and quality of appraisals for reverse mortgage loans by eliminating the ambiguity that often exists when lenders rely on more basic modules such as automated valuation models or desk appraisal reviews. Following Plaza’s decision to engage Platinum’s platforms in January, the company went on to tap RealView as part of its underwriting process on all transactions.””RealView’s consistent, objective evaluation allows our underwriters to make accurate decisions, knowing that the appraiser used the best comps available ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and if not, they now [COLUMN_BREAK]have data to rebut appraisers directly, in a methodical, scientific manner,”” said Mark Reeve, Plaza’s reverse mortgage division manager. “”RealView helps us make our underwriting decisions with confidence. That’s the bottom line.””[IMAGE] Sharelast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2018 1:01 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rose McGowan wishes ‘solace’ for family of late manager NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rose McGowan has broken a days-long silence to express sympathy over the suicide of her former manager, whose family has criticized the actress and activist.In an Instagram post Saturday, McGowan wrote that she hopes the family of Jill Messick can find some “solace” and blames her death on Harvey Weinstein.Messick killed herself last week, reportedly distraught after details emerged about alleged sexual misconduct by Weinstein.McGowan has said that the Hollywood producer raped her in 1997 and that Messick failed to support her. Messick’s family has disputed that account, saying McGowan reported an incident to her without calling it rape.McGowan cancelled some public appearances after arguing with a transgender activist during a reading at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan. Her memoir “Brave” came out Jan. 30.center_img FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2018 file photo, Rose McGowan participates in the “Citizen Rose” panel during the NBCUniversal Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. McGowan says it’s time for Harvey Weinstein to drop his story about a “consensual” relationship. The actress was responding to Weinstein’s denial that he raped McGowan. McGowan told The Associated Press on Thursday that she wished Weinstein would “fall of the planet.” She added that “truth” and “reality” were on her side. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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