Jennifer Garner Finds The Words For Save The Children

first_imgOn International Literacy Day on Sept. 8, Save the Children will join forces with actor and artist ambassador Jennifer Garner and other stars to host a day-long virtual word-a-thon and bring attention to the poverty-induced early learning gap.Video: Jennifer Garner #FindtheWordsThe event is part of the organization’s newly launched #FindtheWords campaign, designed to give voice to children in poverty who hear 30 million fewer words by age three than children from well-off families.“Every child has something to say, but 250 million children living in poverty in the United States and around the world don’t have the words they need,” said Jennifer Garner in a recently released public service announcement. An avid supporter of early childhood education, Garner will hold a virtual Q&A during the word-a-thon. “In this back-to-school season, please join me in supporting Save the Children to help kids in need #FindtheWords.”Leading up to the big day, 30 of the top influencers in the blogosphere have been riling up their audiences and garnering support through Save the Children’s 30 Days/30 Words blogger challenge. To raise awareness, each blogger has written a post highlighting a specific, meaningful word. The 30 posts in 30 days symbolize the 30 million words too many kids miss out on.“Each and every one of us can make a difference in the lives of all those children who continue to fall behind before they even start school,” said Save the Children president and CEO Carolyn Miles. “We call on all Americans to join us on Sept. 8 in helping shed light on this early learning crisis — we all have a favorite word, so post yours and tag it #FindtheWords.”Save the Children provides kids from poverty-stricken communities in the United States and around the world with access to books, essential learning support and a literacy-rich environment, setting them up for success in school and a brighter future. The organization’s domestic and global education programs receive support from a variety of corporate funders, including Bulgari, Carter’s, IKEA, Mattel, OshKosh B’gosh, Primrose Schools, PVH, Scholastic and T.J.Maxx.To learn more about Save the Children’s #FindtheWords campaign and how to get involved, visit read more

Trans Mountain approval met with promised resistance by First Nations

first_imgJustin Trudeau announced Tuesday the government has fulfilled its duty to consult Indigenous peoples and will move ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline despite opposition from several First Nations who say they do not consent to the project.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Trudeau government has approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and is promising to have shovels in the ground this summer.But First Nations are responding swiftly with commitments to resist the pipeline in order to protect the land, Indigenous rights, and to address the climate emergency.The long-awaited decision was announced Tuesday in Ottawa, following months of renewed consultations with Indigenous communities as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeal last August.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified the government’s decision on the basis it “has the potential to create thousands of solid middle class jobs for Canadians,” and that expanding the existing Trans Mountain pipeline’s oil sands output remains within the government’s carbon emission targets under the Paris agreement.On Monday parliament passed a non-binding motion from Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna declaring a climate emergency in Canada.Trudeau announced Tuesday the government will work with Indigenous stakeholders who have expressed interest in purchasing the pipeline in part or in whole.He said up to 100 per cent of the pipeline could end up in Indigenous investors’ hands.But the government’s consultations with First Nations, and its interpretation of free, prior and informed consent — a principle it has vowed to respect to through its commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) — fall far short of Indigenous peoples expectations.’Speaking at a press conference in Vancouver Tuesday, Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) Chief Leah George-Wilson responded to the government’s decision to approve the pipeline with a promise of renewed litigation in the Federal Court of Appeal.“We believe that the consultation, once again, missed the mark set by the Supreme Court of Canada — and we will defend our rights,” she said.“TWN continues to withhold our free, prior and informed consent and are prepared to use all legal tools to ensure our governance rights are respected.”First Nation leaders in B.C. also predicted a swell of grassroots resistance if the government attempts to begin construction in territories where consent has not been granted.Speaking of an old village and burial site on his people’s lands, Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver said, “should any equipment come on to that site, we’ll be there to meet them.”A coalition of First Nations leaders in B.C. responded to the June 18 announcement by vowing legal and grassroots resistance. Photo: Simon Charland/APTN.Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band said the Liberals’ second attempt to consult with First Nations “still doesn’t uphold the United Nations Declaration o the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ minimum human rights standards.“Clearly, there has been no adequate consultation…and also, most importantly, no consent,” she added, speaking at the joint First Nations’ press conference in Vancouver.Wilson referenced citizens of the Secwepemc Nation who have asserted themselves on their unceded lands.“I wanted to acknowledge our land defenders that are out on the land, I want to acknowledge our water keepers that are out on the land, that are continuing to uphold our Secwepemc and our Indigenous laws and legal orders and jurisdiction,” she said.“Because we hold the underlying title to the land. It has not been ceded, surrendered or sold, or relinquished in any way, shape or form to the provincial government or to the federal government.”Wilson called Trudeau’s approval of the pipeline “a continuation of the colonial acts of genocide” against Indigenous peoples.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Tuesday that the government’s renewed process fulfilled the Federal Court of Appeal’s conditions on Indigenous consultation.“Our consultation was very thoughtful, meaningful, two-way, and we listened very carefully to the concerns from the communities,” he said.“We are satisfied that we have discharged our duty to consult with Indigenous communities.”Asked by APTN News what definition of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) the government adhered to in determining whether it had adequately consulted with First Nations, Trudeau said FPIC “is what we engaged in doing with Indigenous communities over the past number of months.“It is engaging, looking with them, listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible,” he explained.The prime minister said the consultations resulted in “changes to the process, to the NEB conditions…and that is an essential part of free, prior and informed consent.”The NDP came out strong against the government’s decision.In question period Tuesday, before Trudeau’s anticipated green light of Trans Mountain, New Westminster—Burnaby MP Peter Julian said “climate leaders don’t try to ram through raw bitumen pipelines and they don’t run roughshod over Indigenous rights. Just one spill could wipe out thousands of jobs in the fisheries and tourism for a generation.”NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said the Liberals should have gone further than the Federal Court of Appeal’s order on Indigenous consultation and instead used UNDRIP as the “roadmap” for engaging with Indigenous nations on the project.He referenced Cree MP Romeo Saganash’s private member’s bill, C-262, which has reached the final stages of the legislative process but is up against significant resistance from the Conservative Party.If passed the bill would require Canada to align its laws with UNDRIP.“That’s the roadmap that we’ve presented in law, and that law has been passed in the House; it’s being held up in the Senate,” said Singh. “But that’s the law that lays out the ground plan for how we move ahead with any project, and how we move forward in a way that respects Indigenous sovereignty and in a way that respects the rights of Indigenous peoples.”Conservative leader Andrew Scheer criticized the Liberals on Tuesday over their “failure…to get the Indigenous consultations done properly.”He said consultation “has to be more than someone just showing up with a notebook and ticking a box. It has to be a dynamic consultation that actually addresses the concerns of Indigenous communities and takes those into account.”Scheer also said if the “very high standards” laid out by the courts “are met by project proponents, that the project has to be able to proceed.“We don’t live in a country where any one person or any one group has a veto,” he continued. “We have an obligation to do consultations properly, and as the government we will continue to find avenues to ensure that Indigenous communities benefit from these projects, like the dozens and dozens of Indigenous communities who signed benefit agreements with both Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway.”Project Reconciliation, an Indigenous-led organization vying for a majority stake in the pipeline, applauded the Liberals’ decision Tuesday.“We see the possibility to make this a pipeline to reconciliation,” the group’s executive chair and founder, former Thunderbird First Nation Chief Delbert Wapass, said in a written statement Tuesday.“It’s high time Indigenous Peoples had a seat. This is about us taking the lead on protecting the environment and controlling the revenue that will allow us to move from poverty to prosperity.”While some Indigenous leaders see the fossil fuel industry as an avenue out of poverty, others argue addressing the climate crisis and strengthening Indigenous rights are more pressing issues to ensure the well-being of future generations.Khelsilem, a councillor with the Squamish Nation, said Tuesday that the feds’ second attempt at consulting with Indigenous groups was inadequate.“This government is not committed to reconciliation when they choose to fight us in court, when they choose to approve these pipelines without our consent, and when they choose to behave in such a dishonourable way.”Trudeau said that regardless of how much Canada tries to get consent, some First Nations just don’t want to give it.“There are people out there for whom no amount of accommodations or conditions or changes to the plan would have made the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, acceptable,” he said.Trudeau was joined by several cabinet ministers at Tuesday’s announcement in Ottawa. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.“Those people will not be convinced by the arguments that we have put forward. We accept that, and they will use the legal means at their disposal to advance that argument.“But we also know…that people expect us to move forward that both create good jobs for the future and protect our environment for our kids.”The government hired former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci to ensure Canada met the Federal Court of Appeal’s requirements for the renewed consultation process with Indigenous communities.“We are confident that we have responded to what the court laid out as the right pathway forward towards an approval for this project,” Trudeau said. “And that is the determination we made this morning in cabinet.”Responding to Tuesday’s announcement, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde, who represents communities that both support and oppose Trans Mountain, reiterated AFN’s position that First Nations “are the rights and title holders and our rights, title and jurisdiction must be respected.”Bellegarde said in the written statement that Trans Mountain “is an important reminder why the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and free, prior and informed consent is the way forward.“It’s the way we avoid conflict, lengthy and costly court cases. It’s how we create peaceful approaches and economic certainty for everyone.”He reiterated his call that Senators pass Bill C-262 before Parliament rises for the summer.“Implementing this basic international standard should not delay development. It’s a way forward and a way to better ensure economic certainty. Avoiding it actually creates economic instability for the country.”Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs remarked Tuesday that the government’s response to Indigenous concerns is cyclical.“It’s amazing that governments never learn. They keep making the same mistakes over and over again and somehow they expect a different result,” he said.“The springtime is a time when the land renews itself, the land reawakens. And in regard to the Trans Mountain expansion project, I think what you’re witnessing here is a reawakening of the spirit of resistance,” Phillip continued.“And like the sun that brings forward the spring, this decision today will bring forward that growing resistance on the part of Indigenous peoples walking once again in solidarity with their friends and neighbours, and their allies.” read more

African Development Bank Supports Morocco’s Agriculture

Rabat – African Development Bank (BAD) has outlined EU 200 million loan dedicated to finance the program of support for the inclusive and sustainable development of agricultural sectors in Morocco.The new operation aims to support job creation in rural areas through the inclusive development of agricultural value chains, the African bank said in a statement.“This program will thus strengthen the sustainability of jobs created through green governance and even more effective management of water resources,” adds the same source, stressing that “in the continuity of the Bank’s historic support, the program will contribute to the implementation of agriculture, environment, employment, and professional training.” Aligned with three of the Bank’s five strategic priorities, the project responds primarily to the “Feeding Africa” goal and hopes to promote the two other strategic objectives, namely “Improve life quality of the African people” and “Industrialize Africa,” according to BAD.The agricultural support is one aspect of the 2017-2021 Country-Strategy document for Morocco, in line with its second pillar focused on improving living conditions through employment for young people, women, and men living in rural area.The country manager of the BAD in Morocco, Leila Farah Mokaddem, highlighted how the project is projected to boost Morocco’s exports revenues to MAD 45 million by 2030 and save 990 million cubic meters of water. By 2020, it aims to mobilize MAD 4 billion of private investment in the agricultural sector to create thousands of jobs for young people and women in rural areas.Foundational infrastructure, covering the energy, water, transport, agriculture, and social development sectors, will compose 80 percent of the total financing. read more

Ban Kimoon signs agreement to bolster ties with Southeast Asian forum

At a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban and ASEAN Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong signed a memorandum of understanding to increase cooperation in achieving regional peace and stability as well in reaching the Millennium Development Goals, a series of eight targets to eliminate poverty and other ills by 2015.Under the memorandum, ASEAN and the UN will collaborate – through the exchange of information and expertise and joint technical assistance programmes – on issues of mutual interest in political, economic and socio-cultural areas, among others. Both leaders will ensure that the agreement is implemented and that there is effective communication between the two Secretariats.The granting of UN observer status to ASEAN by the General Assembly and today’s agreement reflect the recognition of the role of the 10-member forum in regional peace and development, Mr. Ong noted.Acknowledging ASEAN’s contributions, Mr. Ban said the new pact is built on the long-standing relationship between the two organizations as well as the UN’s commitment to work closely with regional groups.The signing ceremony was witnessed by ASEAN’s foreign ministers, who held a working luncheon with Mr. Ban today. 27 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today entered into an agreement with his counterpart at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to boost ties between the two organizations. read more

UN envoy meets with officials in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, is in Skopje today for talks with officials, including the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and envoy dealing with the “name issue.”According to UN spokesperson Marie Okabe, Mr. Nimetz reported that he had a constructive session with the leaders who expressed their views in detail.He also voiced hope that the pace of the talks between the two countries can be accelerated, and noted that those in Skopje had a positive attitude towards finding ways to reach a solution.The Envoy will meet with Greek leaders on this issue in Athens on Wednesday.On his initiative, representatives of the two countries met in New York early last month.Article 5 of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries regarding the official name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement on their dispute. 3 December 2007A United Nations envoy today met with officials from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia today to discuss the official name of the country and related issues. read more

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh highlights pledge for universal drug coverage

ESSEX, Ont. — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh highlighted his universal pharmacare pledge today, saying everyone should have access to the medications they need.The New Democrats are proposing to spend $10 billion a year to ensure that all necessary medication is free at the point of care.Singh, who was in the southern Ontario town of Essex, near Windsor, says the Liberals have long been promising pharmacare, but have not yet done it.The NDP plan would start in 2020, and would look to examples from around the world and base coverage on the broadest formulary possible.Singh also spoke about racism and inequality, following revelations this week that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has donned blackface on multiple occasions.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Singh says he wants to put the focus on people who are hurting because of those incidents, telling them they do belong, and are valued. read more

Oil price falls amid fiscal cliff pessimism lower consumer confidence

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of crude fell slightly Thursday following a reported drop in consumer confidence and growing pessimism that political leaders in Washington can reach a budget deal.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell 11 cents to finish at US$90.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, fell 27 cents to finish at US$110.80 a barrel in London.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the United States appeared headed for automatic tax hikes and spending cuts on Jan. 1 because of a lack of progress in budget negotiations between President Barack Obama and Congress.With time running out to avoid a “fiscal cliff,” traders fear that the U.S. could slip into another recession, which would cut demand for energy.The budget negotiations have begun to drag on consumer confidence, and that too can affect energy prices.The consumer confidence index fell this month to 65.1, down from 71.5 in November, the Conference Board said Thursday. It was the second straight monthly decline and the lowest level since August.Thursday’s decline in oil followed a big gain the day before, when reports of higher U.S. home prices and hopes of a budget deal fuelled optimism in the market.Investors will be monitoring fresh information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products over the next day. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration is expected to report that crude oil supplies shrank by two million barrels in the week ended Dec. 21, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.That drop could be due in large part to refineries using more crude to produce gasoline, diesel and other refined products. Tom Pawlicki, director of market research at EOX Live, told Platts that gasoline supplies should rise as refineries ramp up.“Demand has been trending lower since mid-November and shouldn’t pressure inventories much,” Pawlicki said.Analysts surveyed by Platts think U.S. gasoline inventories rose by 250,000 barrels last week.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose less than a cent to end at US$2.82 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose two cents to end at US$3.07 a gallon and natural gas lost four cents to finish at US$3.35 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 27, 2012 4:12 pm MDT Oil price falls amid ‘fiscal cliff’ pessimism, lower consumer confidence read more

Pearson ground crew workers reject offer begin strike

People carry luggage at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on December 20, 2013. About 700 ground crew at Canada’s busiest airport could be setting up picket lines later today. The members of Teamsters Local 419, who include baggage handlers, cargo handlers, cabin cleaners and other ground staff at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, are voting on a contract offer from their employer, Swissport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch Pearson ground crew workers reject offer, begin strike TORONTO – About 700 ground crew workers at Canada’s busiest airport went on strike Thursday night after they rejected a contract offer from their employer.The members represented by the Teamsters union marched at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport waving picket signs and chanting “respect.”“We’re hoping to have little or no impact on the public, Local 419 vice-president Harjinder Badial told reporters after the membership voted.The labour dispute could have an impact on some operations at Pearson, but the Greater Toronto Airports Authority earlier said it had a contingency plan in place in the event of a strike or labour disruption but did not provide details.The GTAA posted a message on its website warning that the “labour disruption may affect some flights” and advises travellers to contact their airlines to check their flight status.The arrivals and departures board at Pearson displayed only a handful of flight delays as of early Friday morning.The unionized workers are employed by Swissport, a company that services 30 airlines at the airport including Transat and Sunwing, and large global airlines such as Cathay Pacific, KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways, Alitalia and El Al.The workers include baggage handlers, cargo handlers, cabin cleaners and other ground staff, as well as some employees who tow planes for the airlines Swissport services.The workers rejected a contract proposal from Swissport by a 95 per cent margin, Badial told reporters. He scoffed at the notion that Swissport said it was the final offer.“I’ve heard that many times before in my career as a labour unionist and I assure you eventually I will get a call,” he said.“We’re certainly open to meeting with the company, sitting down and negotiating a collective agreement, but at the end of the day we’re going to wait.”The union says Swissport is attempting to impose a three-year wage freeze on the majority of the workers, require staff to work a minimum of 30 hours a week to qualify for full benefits, and is seeking the right to change schedules with 96 hours advance notice.“We tried our best to reach an acceptable agreement with the company. Swissport just wasn’t interested,” said Badial.“Sadly, the company is insisting on forcing a bad deal on workers.”Workers will be picketing at the airport but Badial said they would not interfere with passengers trying to catch planes.“Our fight is not with the general public, it’s with Swissport management and we’re not here to delay any sort of flights or anything like that,” he said.Some of the airlines serviced by Swissport also said they were prepared if workers walked off the job.Air Transat said it was taking measures to ensure none of its flights would be delayed if a strike occurs. British Airways said it had a contingency plan and would continue to operate all its flights.WestJet, which like Air Canada does not work with Swissport, said it was aware of the situation and advised passengers to arrive early for their flights to avoid delays.Pierre Payette, Swissport Canada’s vice president of operations, said the company has bargained in good faith throughout contract talks. It also put out a memo to employees Tuesday, asking them to vote in favour of the company’s final offer.“We remain hopeful that there will be a positive outcome when employees vote today as our offer is fair to all parties,” Payette said in a statement issued earlier Thursday.The union, however, has described Swissport’s contract as unfair to its workers. It has also taken issue with the company’s decision to hire 250 temporary workers last May.The union filed a complaint with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board over that matter, alleging the temporary workers are poorly trained and have been involved in multiple accidents over the past few months.Swissport said it “categorically denies” those allegations.The last collective agreement expired on July 23, 2017. by Brennan Doherty, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 10:08 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Cameroon host to families fleeing Nigeria Lake Chad basin – UN relief

“Many fled overnight, leaving all they had behind,” Toby Lanzer, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, said after a week-long visit to Yaoundé, Cameroon, and the Far North region to assess the mounting humanitarian impact of the crisis in neighbouring northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.“They now rely on humanitarian assistance and the scarce resources of host communities that were already on the brink before the crisis,” Mr. Lanzer said.Grave concerns persist for some 20 million people in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Recurrent conflict, erratic weather patterns, epidemics and other shocks continue to weaken the resilience of households across a region still suffering chronic levels of food insecurity and malnutrition.And beyond the chronic threats of food insecurity, malnutrition and epidemics, violent conflict in and around the Sahel region has led to a surge in population displacement.Cameroon’s Far North region hosts almost 200,000 forced migrants, including 80,000 internally displaced persons and over 57,000 Nigerian refugees who fled the violence and settled either in the Minawao refugee camp or with local communities along borders areas.“Families on the run often survived brutal attacks and face severe trauma,” said Mr. Lanzer. “As if this was not enough of a burden, we now worry that their lives are threatened by the lack of food and water, malnutrition and deadly epidemics such as cholera and measles.In the Far North, food insecurity has dramatically spiked in recent months, affecting one in every three people. Insecurity is undermining population movements, daily commercial and agricultural activities, adversely impacting the livelihoods of communities still recovering from a decade of droughts.“As farmers were forced to flee away from their lands, many will miss the harvest next month. Without timely humanitarian assistance, communities may take years to recover,” he urged.Funding of Cameroon’s humanitarian appeal covers barely 40 per cent of the needs, threatening the viability of humanitarian response to the Far North over the coming months.“Food distributions, access to health services and psycho-social care are among our top priorities to save lives and restore the dignity of the displaced,” according to Najat Rochdi, the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Cameroon. “A renewed engagement by development actors is also essential if we are to address the root causes of chronic vulnerability and ensure stability of the region in a durable manner.” read more

COP21 UN joins France and private sector partners for action on electromobility

Among the events was the launch of the Paris Declaration on Electro-Mobility and Climate Change & Call to Action. Endorsed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Energy Agency, as well as Tesla Motors and Michelin Nissan-Renault, it reportedly builds on commitments from companies, cities, States and associations that have undertaken decisive efforts towards sustainable transport electrification.“Of course, I think the sector of transport is one of the most important to succeed in fighting climate,” Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy told the UN News Service. “So I announced three concrete initiatives,” she explained. “First, an open bid about less expensive electric cars – less than 7,000 dollars [per car]; second, an initiative for towns to build a plan of mobility inside cities; and third, roads with positive energy which [would see thruways] covered with panel and would solve the problem between agriculture areas and road areas.”With energy-related CO2 emissions expected to jump from one quarter of total energy-related emissions today to one-third by 2050, the actors that are part of the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) are underlining that significant changes can be made in transport to keep the global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. The LPAA was launched one year ago at the the previous UN climate change conference in Peru, and aims to strength climate action beyond COP21.The effort comes as demand for public and freight transport is projected to grow rapidly, especially in emerging and developing countries. Yet, projections reveal a 50 per cent reduction of transport CO2 emissions compared to a “transport-as-usual” scenario can be achieved by 2050, without hampering sustainable economic growth.Moreover, according to the International Energy Agency, if global warming is to be limited to 2 degrees or less, at least 20 per cent of all road vehicles (cars, two and three-wheelers, trucks, buses and others) must be electric-powered by 2030, in conjunction with the low-carbon production of electricity and hydrogen.Other announcements today at COP21, which centered around the themes of ‘Transport’ and ‘Building,’ included new efforts to stabilize emissions from the aviation industry by 2020. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), said it has received 74 action plans to advance the implementation of mitigation measures by States, which accounts for 80.6 per cent of global CO2 emissions from international flight. read more

Jerry Kill Out of Hospital After Seizure

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has been released from the hospital after suffering a seizure late Saturday afternoon.The school confirmed Kill’s release Sunday. Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys told local reporters Sunday that Kill’s seizure was minor and that the coach could return to the team as early as Sunday afternoon.Kill was taken to the hospital Saturday as a precaution and was reported to be resting comfortably by Saturday night.Kill, 51, has had seizure disorder since being diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2005. He suffered a more severe seizure on the sideline during a game last September and had to be hospitalized for several days.That hasn’t stopped Kill in the past from getting right back out there.“What the hell am I supposed to do? Stop? I mean, sit in the chair and wait for the next dang seizure to come along?” Kill said last year.It’s the latest bit of adversity for the Gophers, who started the season 4-0 to generate optimism among the program’s long-suffering fans that a bowl game could be had.But they were thumped 31-13 at Iowa in the Big Ten opener, then delivered a sloppy and mistake-filled performance in the loss to the Wildcats on Saturday to fall to 0-2 in the conference. read more

LETTER 6 days away from constitutional deadline and still no date

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMPs will not return to National Assembly to extend caretaker Govt time in office – PPPAugust 4, 2019In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Subverting…January 12, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”President must dissolve Parliament – fmr National Assembly ClerkJuly 15, 2019In “latest news” Dear Editor:I respond to this view that is emanating from the President and those on his bandwagon that he remains president until the next president is sworn in. Is President Granger seeking to preach he will be President for life because he and his government have not demonstrated any seriousness as it relates to the holding of elections?Article 106(6) & (7) says the following: a) the President and cabinet shall resign upon the successful passage of a no-confidence vote. Their final day on the job is 90 days or three months after in this case March 21st 2019 since the no-confidence motion was passed on December 21st 2018. b) they remain in office purely for the purpose of holding an election article 106 (7) envisages an election in three months’ time at which time the President shall hand over to the incoming President.To be defeated by a no-confidence vote and not hold elections within the constitutionally mandated time-frame of three months and in bravado style declare to people of Guyana “I remain the President until the new President is sworn in”. The President’s henchmen are perfectly correct when they say that the “President should remain in office until the next President is sworn in.” However, what they omit to mention is that subject to article 106(7) of the constitution and in keeping with the ruling of the Chief Justice, elections had to be held before 21st March 2019 and a new President sworn in by that date or shortly thereafter. Their perverse logic seems to suggest that Granger can ignore the Constitution of Guyana, have or not have the election at his will and the people of Guyana must keep him as President. For example, the President can or not hold the election in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 and we must accept him as President. We reject this.Editor, this Guyanese will publicly declare for the President and his merry band, I will not sit idly by and allow this abuse of power and I encourage all decent, sane, right thinking and independent Guyanese to reject this nonsense and to see this action of the President as a misuse of the trust that was given to him by the people of Guyana in May 2015. President Granger and his government lost their mandate on December 21st 2018. Their only reason for being in office was to facilitate the holding of elections and the maintenance of good order.Bill No. 14 of 2000 EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUMClause 5 alters article 106 to provide for the resignation of the Cabinet and the President following the defeat of the Government in the National Assembly on the vote of confidence. Although defeated the Government shall remain in office for the purpose of holding an election.They have done everything to frustrate the holding of elections. We don’t have a date and we are six days away from the constitutionally mandated deadline.The only business that this President and his ministers’ should be engaged in, is ensuring elections are held, it’s not business as usual. Any attempt to stay in power beyond March 21st can be deemed a reckless and irresponsible action by this Government. This claim that the doctrine of necessity kicks in can be deemed an absurdity and to date the most visible act of desperation. The constitution never contemplated a defeated government remaining in office beyond ninety days without a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly. That is to say, the opposition that defeated you facilitating an extension beyond ninety days, because of some reasonable and rational ground. No such grounds exist; it is clear for all to see the intention of the APNU+AFC coalition Government was not to have elections by March 21st. So whether it was the National Assembly, the Courts or GECOM, they sought a refuge.GECOM with it’s unilaterally appointed chairman and the three government-sponsored commissioners has provided that much-needed smoke screen. We are not buying this asinine behaviour from GECOM for the purpose of all Guyanese. The constitution envisages a GECOM on any of the three eventualities: a) a no-confidence vote b) the president at any time during the five-year term proclaiming a dissolution of the national assembly on calling a national election and c) the end of the five-year cycle of the National Assembly. On every occasion, elections is to be held within three months stop the charade, the “mamaguying” and the bravado behaviour. Call elections now. March 22nd you are illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional. You are not the President Mr Granger.Editor, while at it may I express my utter disgust at the misuse of state resources that funds the DPI which have now become the propaganda and political attack arm of this coalition government. Further erosion of governmental institutions and a harsh return to party paramountcy. Yours truly,Bishop Juan Edghill  read more

Drama in Jaipur as Jos Buttler mankaded by R Ashwin

R Ashwin mankads Jos Buttler (BCCI)R Ashwin has reignited the spirit-of-cricket debate by running out non-striker Jos Buttler without bowling the ball. It turns out the dismissal was touch and go when it comes to being within the laws of the game.Running in to deliver the penultimate delivery of his final over, Ashwin stopped after entering his delivery stride. Buttler didn’t have his eye on the bowler and slipped out of the crease. As soon as he saw that, Ashwin simply turned around and broke the stumps at the non-strikers’ end with the batsman out of his crease. The decision was sent up to the third umpire, who didn’t need much time to send Buttler on his way.Rajasthan Royals’ Buttler had an unpleasant exchange with Ashwin, the Kings XI Punjab captain, while the third umpire made his decision. He walked off angry, and was seen shouting in the general direction of one of the dugouts.Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ashwin said of the incident: “Look, it was very instinctive. On my part, it was very instinctive. It was not planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t understand where the spirit of the game comes, naturally if it’s there in the rules it’s there.”Responding to a comparison drawn between this incident and the 1987 World Cup match between West Indies and Pakistan – where Courtney Walsh did not run non-striker Saleem Jaffar out in the last over of the match, despite the latter being well out of his crease – Ashwin said the question of ‘sporting’ didn’t arise when it came to rules.“I don’t understand the point of sporting or sportive in that point because it’s rules. What applies for one man does not apply for everyone else. Neither was Jos Buttler playing there nor was I played so it’s very pertinent to just not compare two people…”This was not the first time Buttler had been run out backing up too far. On air in host broadcaster Star Sports’ “Dugout”, Kumar Sangakkara pointed out how, in a game against Sri Lanka in 2014, Buttler was run out in a similar fashion after two warnings by Sachithra Senanayake. Ashwin, too, had attempted dismissing a batsman in similar fashion a few years ago. During an ODI against Sri Lankain 2012, Ashwin had run out Lahiru Thirimanne for backing up too much. The appeal was withdrawn by then India captain Virender Sehwag, who stated that Ashwin had warned Thirimanne before attempting the dismissal.The question here, though, was whether Buttler would have been inside his crease had Ashwin not stopped at the point of delivery. The updated Law 41.16 says: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out.”The wording “expected to release the ball” leaves room for subjectivity, which is where Ashwin’s assertion that he hadn’t even loaded becomes critical. If the bowler hadn’t even loaded, as Ashwin said, is it possible to estimate a time when he was “expected to release the ball”?Royals’ coach Paddy Upton, though, didn’t bother about the technicalities. He was miffed, and it showed in the press conference. “I think R Ashwin’s actions tonight speak for him and represent him, when I looked at his team-mates,” Upton said, “and I’m not sure it represented his team-mates. I think we’ll leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of things they want to see, and we’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. But for us, we’re certainly here to play cricket and entertain the fans and be good role models for people who love the game.”Buttler was looking in control of the chase of 185 at that time, having scored 69 off 43. His wicket, though, triggered a collapse as hosts Rajasthan Royals lost seven wickets for 16 runs to lose by 14 runs. Every wicket brought about loud boos from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium crowd.At the end of the match, Buttler shook Ashwin’s hand, but refused to look his way. Just behind Buttler, Upton seemed to have said something to Ashwin while shaking his hand, which made Ashwin stop in his tracks and give them a bemused look.“Part and parcel,” Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane said at the post-match presentation. “Sadly we are not allowed to comment on controversial issues. I am sure the match referee will take a call. We take these decisions sportingly.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL: KL Rahul unbeaten, but Royals beat rest of Kings XIMay 8, 2018In “Sports”Jos Buttler earns ‘best in the world’ tag after immense centuryJune 25, 2018In “latest news”Andre Russell steals the show as Knight Riders make it two in twoMarch 27, 2019In “latest news” read more

Comstock Mining to test out Mercury Remediation System in Nevada

first_imgComstock Mining and one of its subsidiaries have entered into a definitive agreement with Mercury Clean Up (MCU), in collaboration with Oro Industries, for the manufacture and global deployment of mercury remediation systems with “proprietary mechanical, hydro, electro-chemical and oxidation processes to reclaim, treat and remediate mercury from tailings and industrial effluents derived from mining and other industrial applications”.Oro owns all of the intellectual property and MCU has the exclusive worldwide rights to the proprietary mercury treatment system: the Mercury Remediation System. MCU, in partnership with Comstock, will deploy that solution globally, Comstock said.Comstock provided some detail on why it was signing such as deal.“Worldwide unregulated activity has released thousands of tonnes of mercury into the environment,” the company said. “The continued worldwide use of mercury in unregulated activities, primarily outside of the US, is polluting air, soils, and waters and poisoning marine life and endangering lives. Ongoing, unregulated artisanal mining outside of the US represents more than 40% of the ongoing mercury contamination and represents an enormous opportunity for cleaning up the environment in a sustainable, profitable manner.”The almost 140-nation, globally-sponsored, 2017 Minamata Convention on Mercury represents a relatively new international treaty designed to prioritise, support and protect human health and the environment from releases of mercury, according to Comstock. “This treaty is uniting governments, scientists, non-government organisations and now MCU, in eliminating the use of mercury in mining. Mercury will not go away by itself and must be removed to stop the pollution. Mercury can’t be broken down or destroyed, and MCU, in collaboration with Oro and Comstock, is pioneering the solution for removing the mercury efficiently and effectively.”Over the past seven years, Comstock has implemented several approved plans, by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), intended to address NDEP’s and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols, guidance and goals for sampling, characterising, transporting and managing mercury within the Carson River Mercury Superfund Site. “These plans, and Comstock’s existing permitted infrastructure, provide an ideal platform for evaluating and fine-tuning the MCU process. MCU will work closely with NDEP for any additional approvals, engineering design changes (EDC) or permits,” Comstock said.From 2013 to 2016, Oro conducted a series of scientific, international studies that tested over 50 samples of mine tailings from widespread uses of mercury in numerous artisanal mining sites. The study developed a safe and economical Mmrcury recovery process that remediates historic contamination and prevent new contaminations, according to Comstock. “The study showed that gold recoveries could self-sustain the remediation.”Comstock will invest $2 million in MCU, with the right of first refusal on both business and capital investments. Comstock will own up to 25% of MCU and separately, 50% of a new 50-50 venture called Comstock Mercury Remediation LLC, effectively resulting in a 62.5% profit interest for Comstock.Corrado De Gasperis, Comstock Executive Chairman and CEO, said: “The goal of eliminating mercury contamination from the environment and current, ongoing mining processes profitably is a staggering opportunity for our planet, our partners and our company and represents a significant step forward in our strategy for delivering conservation-based, economically enhancing mining technologies and processes, and our partners are already receiving and analysing domestic and international enquiries.”MCU will demonstrate the feasibility of the Mercury Remediation System within the historic, world-class, Comstock Lode mining district as part of the next steps. Comstock will provide the platform for testing the Mercury Remediation System and MCU will conduct the initial trials starting with a 2 ton per hour (1.81 t/h) pilot operation that could scale up to 25 ton per hour (22.68 t/h) and deliver the final feasibilities, the company said. Comstock and MCU would enable the 50-50 Comstock Mercury Remediation venture for pursuing these global business opportunities.Oro will commence manufacturing for the deployment of the 2-25 ton per hour mercury recovery plant coupled with a 200 gallon-per-minute (12.62 l/s) dissolved air flotation water recycling treatment plant and field laboratory. The entire system will be mounted on three separate trailers for mobility. Initial equipment setup will rest on the company’s fully contained, double-lined processing facility, Comstock said.This will see:Samples from the within the Comstock and identified Carson River mercury sites, will be analysed, extracted and transported per the SAP to the MCU processing facility located at Comstock’s American Flat processing facility, in Storey County, Nevada;Comstock and MCU work closely with the NDEP on all protocols, including test areas, documentation standards and routine, periodic reporting, and;Full technical and economic feasibility processes will continue for 12 to 18 months.Paul Clift, founder of Oro and Co-founder of MCU, said: “Both parties have a proven track record of environmental excellence and innovation and we welcome this partnership for solving a critical, global contamination problem. We have been bombarded with requests for a mercury solution and Oro has been committed to chemical free, safe solutions for global miners. Together, through MCU, we will deliver the only safe, efficient and economically feasible solution for what is truly a global dilemma.”last_img read more

Systemax Build Your Own PC Race confirmed for CES

first_imgWhen it comes to PC’s there is nothing more satisfying than building your own. In fact, in some ways it’s a right of passage, as you are not really a true tech head until you have experienced the thrill of researching, buying and sweating over a PC build. This ethos seems to have sparked the same interest from three companies, Systemax Inc, CA Technologies and AMD who are teaming up at CES 2011 for the 14th Annual Build Your Own PC Race which will benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.So far this event has helped raise over $2.5 million for charities around the country. This year’s event will be held from 5:30-8:00pm on Thursday, January 6 at the Wynn Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. The objective of the Race is simple, the competitors each have to assemble a computer based on the new AMD Phenom II X61090T Black Edition processor in the fastest amount of time. Last year’s winner was Chris Ramseyer of Tweak Town, who assembled his PC in just under 7 minutes.This year, the participants include tech journalist from major media outlets in the technology and PC industry. All computers built by the journalists, along with other peripherals, will be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, along with cash donations in the total amount of $13,500 in the names of the top three racers.How fast could you build a PC? Personally, I used to be able to strip and re-build a PC in just under 14 minutes.Read more at Charity PC Racelast_img read more

Kodak veut vendre son service en ligne Gallery

first_imgKodak veut vendre son service en ligne GalleryKodak étant en faillite depuis le 19 janvier dernier, il veut vendre Gallery pour 23,8 millions de dollars, au groupe Shutterfly.Kodak doit absolument restructurer son activité. Ses dettes seront en partie honorées grâce à la vente de Gallery. Dans un communiqué, la firme annonce que le groupe Shutterfly s’en est porté acquéreur.Kodak précise que le prix de vente du service sera de 23,8 millions de dollars et qu’il comprendra non seulement la banque d’images, mais également les comptes des clients inscrits sur le site. Pradeep Jotwani, chef du marketing de Kodak ajoute que le service “possède déjà 75 millions d’utilisateurs et peut attirer potentiellement de nouveaux membres via des solutions innovantes comme les applications mobiles”.Notons également que Kodak avait récemment étendu son service Gallery avec une application Android… Comme sur leur site, on peut commander, à partir des images que l’on envoie, des livres photo, des décors muraux, des cartes de vœux, des tirages papier ou divers autres cadeaux photo comme des mugs ou des horloges.À l’origine, Gallery était un service nommé Ofoto lancé en 1999, acquis par Kodak (lien non disponible) en 2001 et renommé en 2005. Shutterfly a été son principal concurrent, dans une guerre qu’il emporte grâce à cette acquisition.Les photos seront soigneusement conservées pendant la migration des serveurs vers Shutterfly. Ceux qui souhaitent les récupérer peuvent le faire via téléchargement ou demande de DVD gravé.Le 5 mars 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BirdFest Bluegrass dates announced

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — BirdFest & Bluegrass 2016, the celebration of the return of the Sandhill Cranes to the refuge and the natural and cultural richness of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, will be Sept. 30 until Oct. 2.The event will feature entertainment at the refuge and within the city of Ridgefield throughout the weekend, including sandhill cane tours, guided nature and bird walks, children’s activities, kayak tours, Cathlapotle Plankhouse tours, naturalist workshops and the Birder’s Marketplace.Officials estimated BirdFest attracts 3,000 to 5,000 people every year.Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge are putting out a call for vendors for the 17th annual event. The deadline for space reservation is Sept. 1.More information is available at read more

Oncology Specialist visits the Turks Caicos Islands

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 18, 2018 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomes Dr. Armando Sardi to the TCI this week.   Dr. Sardi is the Medical Director of the Institute for Cancer Care in Baltimore, Maryland and a renowned Surgical Oncologist.   Dr Sardi will be visiting the TCI between 17th-21st January 2018, during which time he will meet with a variety of stakeholders including; Ministry of Health personnel, TCI Hospital, NHIP, Turks and Caicos Medical Association in addition to the Cancer Society and Foundation.   Dr Sardi will also engage with the Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services to discuss the issue of cancer in the TCI.The government shares the concerns of the general public in relation to the number of cases of cancer being diagnosed in the TCI.  Globally cancer is the second leading cause of death with nearly one in six deaths worldwide attributed to cancer.   The incidence of cancer is expected to rise by 70% over the next twenty years. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use. These risks are modifiable.Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common in some lower and middle income countries.The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing.Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented.  This can be accomplished by avoiding risk factors through lifestyle changes.   The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer.   Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.   Modifying or avoiding key risk factors can significantly reduce the burden of cancer. These risk factors can be addressed by:Avoiding the use of tobacco containing productsMaintaining a healthy weightEating a healthy diet with a variety of fruit and vegetablesEngaging in regular physical activity at least three times a weekReducing alcohol use Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer-related deaths globally.  The Ministry of Health has taken a number of steps to address cancer in the TCI including the following;Development and implementation of a Non-communicable disease action planPromoting healthy lifestyles through various media and activities to educate the general public about steps they can take to live healthier livesDevelopment of National Cancer Screening GuidelinesDeveloped the Tobacco Control Bill which was approved in 2016Developed a Nutrition Policy which will address risk factors associated with diet.The Ministry of Health Agriculture and Human Services looks forward to engaging with Dr. Sardi and local stakeholders in reviewing existing and developing additional strategies and interventions targeted at reducing the burden of cancer in the Turks and Caicos.For further information, please contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338 2771.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Tesla and Panasonic solar cells are reportedly being sent to the Philippines

first_img $59 at eBay Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 0 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $299 at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Post a comment Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. Boost Mobile Amazon Sprint $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Panasonic Tesla,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. Rylo The Cheapskate 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. $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice Culture Car Tech Tech Industry Car Industry Car Culture Read Google Home Hub review $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP $210 at Best Buy See at Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The Tesla-Panasonic solar cells are shipping mainly to a Singaporean-owned factory in the Philippines, a report says. Tim Stevens/Roadshow A majority of the Panasonic solar cells made at a Tesla plant in New York are reportedly being sent to a factory in the Philippines rather than staying in the US.The solar cells are being purchased by HRD Singapore, which supplies solar panels to Ichijo, a Japanese eco-home building company, according to a report Thursday from Reuters. Tesla and Panasonic teamed up to make solar cells and modules in 2016 following Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity.However, Reuters said Panasonic’s plans to ship most of the cells to Tesla for its Solar Roof trademark have fallen through “because of low demand from Tesla and a trade loophole that had fired up new foreign interest.”Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 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.center_img Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. 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. 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. $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read the Rylo camera preview 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. 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags $999 See It Read the AirPods review Tags See It See at Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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). See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See it Apple iPhone XS TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday June 29 2015

first_imgA Dark View of Arctic GeopoliticsLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.World leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, have talked of the Arctic as a zone of peace and co-operation. But continued tranquility is just one forecast for the region.Shell’s Arctic Drilling Rig Arrives to Dutch HarborEmily Schwing, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Transocean Polar Pioneer, a drill rig contracted by Royal Dutch Shell, has arrived in Dutch Harbor.Gov. Walker Signs Fuels Tax IncreaseAssociated PressAlaska Governor Bill Walker has officially signed off on the state’s first tax increase in a decade.What the Supreme Court’s Redistricting Decision Means For AlaskaAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauOn Monday the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of citizens to make changes to the congressional redistricting process through initiatives.Kachemak Residents Buck A Hatchery Proposal in Tutka BayQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerCook Inlet Aquaculture Association is a salmon research and advocacy center fighting for an opportunity to temporarily move 80 million artificially bred pink salmon fry into Tutka Bay every year.Katmai Bear Cams Draw International Audience of MillionsHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamLast year 16 million viewers tuned in to watch a reality show with no dialogue, no celebrities, and hardly any humans. They were watching’s bear cams at Katmai National Park and Preserve, where brown bears catch salmon and hang out at Brooks Falls. The cams went live for their fourth summer on last week.Bristol Bay Salmon Camp: ‘Can We Eat the Fin?’Matt Martin, KDLG – DillinghamEvery summer the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation holds salmon camps for middle school and high school kids. It’s a mix of a little fun and little education on the region’s number one renewable resource, salmon. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more