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US slaps 220 per cent duty on Canadas Bombardier jets

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Commerce Department slapped duties of nearly 220 per cent on Canada’s Bombardier C Series aircraft Tuesday in a victory for Boeing that is likely to raise tensions between the United States and its allies Canada and Britain.Commerce ruled that Montreal-based Bombardier used unfair government subsidies to sell jets at artificially low prices in the U.S.“The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.Canada responded by saying it “strongly disagrees” with the U.S. move.“This is clearly aimed at eliminating Bombardier’s C Series aircraft from the U.S. market,” said Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs.Bombardier, meanwhile, called the decision “absurd …. U.S. trade laws were never intended to be used in this manner, and Boeing is seeking to use a skewed process to stifle competition.”In April, Boeing charged that Bombardier had received at least $3 billion in subsidies from the governments of Britain, Canada and the province of Quebec. The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer asked the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate the alleged “predatory pricing.”Specifically, Boeing said that Bombardier last year sold Delta Air Lines 75 CS100 aircraft for less than it cost to build them.“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the U.S. market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain,” Boeing said Tuesday.But Delta has said Boeing did not even make the 100-seat jets it needed.“Boeing has no American-made product to offer because it cancelled production of its only aircraft in this size range — the 717 — more than 10 years ago,” Delta said in a statement Tuesday.President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to get tough on trade. He has repeatedly criticized Canada, saying it unfairly blocks U.S. dairy products and subsidizes its softwood lumber industry. Trump also has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if he can’t negotiate a better version with Canada and Mexico.Boeing’s complaint against Bombardier drew a backlash even before Tuesday’s decision. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatened this month to stop doing business with Boeing, which is in talks to sell Canada 18 Super Hornet jet fighters. British Prime Minister Theresa May has discussed the case with Trump. Her concern: Bombardier employs more than 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland.Connecticut Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy last week wrote a letter urging U.S. government officials to “refrain from taking action that will endanger the many jobs in Connecticut that depend upon Bombardier.” Engines for the C Series aircraft are made by Pratt & Whitney, based in East Hartford, Connecticut.Commerce’s findings Tuesday aren’t the end of the matter. The department is expected to announce its findings in another case against Bombardier early next month. Then the International Trade Commission — an independent federal agency that rules on trade cases — will decide early next year whether to uphold Commerce’s duties.Bombardier could appeal any sanctions to a U.S. court or to a dispute-resolution panel created under NAFTA. The Canadian government could also take the case to the World Trade Organization in Geneva._____________________________________Gillies reported from TorontoFollow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaulWisemanAPlast_img read more

PM flags off Lucknow Metros NorthSouth corridor

first_imgKanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday flagged off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor through video conference from Kanpur. The length of the North-South corridor is 23 kilometre. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Chandauli MP and state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, Kanpur MP Murli Manohar Joshi, along with other state ministers were present on the occasion. The prime minister also laid the foundation stone for Agra Metro Rail project. Modi also distributed keys of houses to the beneficiaries of PM Awas Yojana.last_img

The Spurs Noticed Serge Ibaka Wasnt on the Court

In the run up to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, the Serge Ibaka story dominated the series. Ibaka injured his calf in the final game of the Thunder’s series against the Clippers and isn’t expected to return, leaving the Thunder without their starting power forward. It was clear how that might become a problem for the Thunder; Ibaka was one of the most active and effective rim defenders this season, according to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking. He defended an average of 9.5 shots at the rim per game (defined as any shot attempt where he was within 5 feet of both the basket and the shooter), seventh most in the league, and held opponents to 43.9 percent shooting on those attempts, sixth lowest among players who defended at least five shots at the rim per game.Without Ibaka on the floor, the Spurs partied down low Monday night, making 67 percent of their shots in the paint, 33 of 49 overall. With Ibaka healthy, the Thunder’s playoff opponents had made only 51 percent of their inside shots.Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City’s coach, decided to go small for much of Game 1, playing Kevin Durant at power forward and entirely neglecting a big lineup that had been instrumental in helping close out the Clippers. According to SportVU, the Thunder defended 34 shots at the rim Monday night, just a touch under the 35.1 they’ve been averaging in the playoffs. But far fewer of those shots were defended by front-court players — the tall guys.Thunder Defense at the RimDurant, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson are fantastic, but their size offers less resistance at the rim than a guy nicknamed “Iblocka.” During the regular season, those three players combined to defend 6.3 shots at the rim per game. On Monday night, they defended 16. The Spurs made 12 of them.In Game 2, there may be an opportunity to play Steven Adams more minutes, but the Thunder simply don’t have the bodies to avoid these small lineups. If they can’t figure out how to assemble a better defensive structure with the players available, this series might not last long. read more

Can The Mariners Finally End Their Playoff Drought

Of all the storylines to watch as Major League Baseball begins the second half of the 2018 season, the most interesting might be whether the Seattle Mariners can hold on to their current position in the standings — and, in the process, end the longest active postseason drought in major professional sports. (The Mariners earned this dubious honor when the Buffalo Bills grabbed an AFC wild card last season.)It’s been a magical start to the summer so far in Seattle. Picked preseason to finish around .500, the Mariners instead sit nearly 20 games over that benchmark. Surprisingly, they spent much of the first half challenging the defending champion Houston Astros for the top spot in the American League West; they’ve also built for themselves a three-game cushion over the division-rival Oakland A’s in the race for the AL’s second wild card. (And they’ve done it even after losing star second baseman Robinson Cano, who was putting up great numbers before getting busted for steroids in mid-May.) If the regular season ended today, the M’s would finally be back in the playoffs.That would be a major accomplishment for a Seattle club that hasn’t tasted postseason baseball since its disappointing five-game exit from the American League Championship Series 17 years ago. When my former colleague Rob Arthur wrote about the Mariners’ streak a few seasons back, he found that no team in baseball had made the playoffs fewer times relative to expectation (based on their regular-season records) since 1998 than Seattle. It’s undeniable that, with just a little better luck, the Mariners would have sneaked into the playoffs at least a few times over the span of their drought. In that regard, they are long overdue to catch a break.In 2018, however, Seattle might be collecting all of the extra good fortune it’s owed at once. According to The Baseball Gauge, no first-half team exceeded its expected record more through luck in close games or favorable “sequencing”1Bunching hits within innings on offense and scattering them across innings on defense. than the Mariners. For instance, if you simply looked at Seattle’s runs scored (412) and allowed (414), you’d think it was precisely the .500-ish team that the preseason projections had called for. Instead, the Mariners have gone 26-12 in one-run games, which — while not exactly in 2016 Texas Rangers territory — suggests they could be due for a serious second-half downturn.In fact, Seattle’s combination of win-loss record and negative run differential is so unusual that it’s tough to find similar historical teams. Since 1950, the Mariners are the only team to be 19 games over .500 through a similar stage of the season2Specifically, between 90 and 100 games into the schedule. while also having a run differential below zero. But if we just limit ourselves to the 13 teams that were at least 10 wins above .500 and had outscored opponents by 10 runs or fewer through 97 games, those clubs won only 51 percent of their games over the rest of the season (an 83-win pace per 162). So the Mariners probably shouldn’t expect to keep cruising along at a clip remotely close to their current .598 winning percentage.Indeed, if the wheels do fall off for Seattle, naysayers may point to the team’s poor play just before the All-Star break — eight losses in its last 11 games — as a sign of when things started to go wrong. But ace pitcher James Paxton will be back from the disabled list soon, and Cano is eligible to return Aug. 14. Meanwhile, the time off should benefit the slumping quintet of Kyle Seager, Jean Segura, Dee Gordon, Ryon Healy and Nelson Cruz, each of whom seemed to be running out of gas heading into the break.In the bigger picture, there’s also something to be said for the team’s overall balance as an antidote to the notion of an impending collapse. The Mariners are one of only six teams in baseball to rank among the top 10 in wins above replacement3Averaging together the WAR values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. from both its pure hitting and its pitching, joining the Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, Indians and Dodgers — pretty good company! Of course, that brushes aside Mariner weaknesses such as baserunning (they rank 24th) and fielding (20th), but it also underscores that despite Seattle’s uninspiring run differential, the fundamentals of the team aren’t necessarily unsound.In order to stay on course for the playoffs, Seattle will need to keep getting unexpected performances like the ones they’ve enjoyed from first-time All-Star Mitch Haniger and journeyman-turned-10-game winner Marco Gonzales. Closer Edwin Diaz (who leads baseball with 36 saves) will have to keep slamming the door shut in the ninth inning, and the lineup will need to continue hitting well in big moments. None of that will be easy, especially not with Oakland zooming up in the rearview mirror. But after nearly two decades of the pieces never falling into place for a postseason push, it’s high time the Mariners had the breaks go their way.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Mens soccer looks to bounce back against Oakland

Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov (32) takes a goal kick during a game against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is getting a break from its Big Ten schedule Wednesday, when it welcomes the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to Columbus.Oakland (5-3-5, 3-0-1) is a member of the Horizon League, but Buckeye coach John Bluem said his team would be wrong to take the small conference school lightly.“We’ve played Oakland many times before and they are a very good attacking team,” he said. “One of the things we’ll have to make sure we do is to first, (is) bounce back after (Sunday’s game). It’s a short turnaround to play again on Wednesday night. We’ll also have to make sure we respect our opponent, we can’t look at Oakland and say, ‘This is a team from a smaller conference and we should be able to win.’ Well you know, that’s not how it’s going to happen for us, we’re going to have to fight every single game as hard as we can if we want to get a result.”Oakland enters the match against the Buckeyes (2-6-5, 0-2-2) coming off a 3-0 loss to another Big Ten team, then-No. 14 Michigan State. The Grizzlies sit in second place in the conference.Defense has been crucial to The Golden Grizzlies’ success this season, as they have only allowed an average of 1.23 goals per game this year. Oakland junior forward Joey Tinnion leads the team with 14 points (six goals and two assists) in 2013.Bluem said the Buckeyes have been “riding the coattails of an incredible goalkeeper this year,” and the defense will have to remain strong in Wednesday’s match.OSU redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said his job is to keep the team in the game at all times and that the team needs to remain focused in its upcoming matches.“It’s very important to keep the spirits of the younger guys up and make sure that they’re still checked in and focused on the season,” he said. “(The season) is still not over — everything is up for grabs. I think because we’ve been so close, the soccer gods will come through. We’ll get something eventually.”Three of OSU’s last four opponents have been ranked in the top 20 at the time it played them. Sophomore midfielder Zach Mason said confidence from playing those teams, after tying all three of them, will help the team finish the season strong.“We’re going to do what we’ve been doing (in practice),” he said. “I think we have a lot of confidence. You know, we’ll stick to the basics, stick to what we’ve been doing, we’ve been really close and I think we are right there.”Wednesday night’s game is set for 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team’s next match is scheduled against Cleveland State Oct. 27, before it resumes conference play against No. 13 Penn State in Columbus Nov. 2.An earlier edition of this story noted that OSU had lost to the last three ranked teams it had played. The Buckeyes have in fact tied all three of these opponents. read more

Mens Soccer Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor to take on No 21

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing off a 0-0 draw at home against Northwestern on Friday while playing nearly half the game down a man, the Ohio State men’s soccer team  (1-5-2, 0-1-1 Big Ten) heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Wolverines (5-1-1, 1-0-1 Big Ten) on Tuesday. Ohio State redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell said even though Ohio State’s battles with Michigan are mostly noted on the gridiron, the rivalry transcends all sports between the two schools. “I think everyone comes here because they know about the rivalry in football obviously, but I think it carries over to every single sport, so we’re not very fond of them,” Blackwell said. “They don’t really like us very much.” The Wolverines come into this week ranked No. 21 in the nation, according to the United Soccer Coaches Poll, and are on a six-game unbeaten streak following their only loss of the season, at home to Tulsa on Aug. 24.Michigan is a team that is both effective and dangerous on offense. The Wolverines have outscored their opponents 15-5 on the season while outshooting them 101-48. The Wolverines’ attack is spearheaded by sophomore forward Umar Farouk Osman’s four goals and two assists, combined with eight points apiece from junior forward Jack Hallahan and sophomore forward Mohammed Zakyi.Meanwhile, the Wolverines are just as strong between the pipes, with sophomore goalkeeper Henry Mashburn currently holding a 0.68 goals against average for the season, accompanied by four clean sheets.“Michigan’s very good this year, very athletic, tough and they get after you,” Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve said. “It’s going to be a battle and we’re going to have to match their fight because you know they’re going to come out a hundred miles per hour.”Maisonneuve said that a top concern of his is how his players will recover on such short rest following the tough double-overtime battle against the Wildcats Friday night in Columbus. “The hardest part about double overtime on Friday is we’ve got to turn around and do it on Tuesday, so it’s going to be a really quick turnaround,” Maisonneuve said. “Managing bodies is going to be the No. 1 thing.”With eight games under their belt, a new coaching staff and system and a whole lot of soccer left to be played, the Buckeyes seem to be settling in.The defense rebounded from a tough outing at Penn State last weekend to shut out Northwestern on Friday despite being a man down, while the offense played its most effective game of the season last time out. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are set to play in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

Disappointed Zouma on City defeat

first_imgDespite their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, Everton defender Kurt Zouma has urged his team to stick to their game plan.Manchester City opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through Gabriel Jesus as the hosts capitalized on a mistake by Yerry Mina.Jesus completed his brace 10 minutes into the second half, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back to reduce the deficit, but substitute Raheem Sterling completed the scoring and killed Everton’s hopes of any comeback.“We are very disappointed but we tried to play our football,” Zouma told the club’s website.“We knew they are strong pressing the ball and are strong on the counter-attack but when you try to push forward you have to take risks and we did.“Unfortunately it didn’t go for us but I think we created chances and we can be happy that we tried to play. It’s a defeat but we need to move on.“The goal gave us a bit more confidence but then we conceded the third goal too quickly. In football, you have to be prepared for everything.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We did our job, we tried to play the way we wanted to. We took our risks but unfortunately, we lost.“As I said, we need to move on to next week. We have another important game at home and we will try to win that.“We created chances against a strong team with strong players.“It’s not difficult to enjoy these type of games against a big team in a big stadium. We had chances, the first one from Richarlison in the first half.“Maybe we should have scored more but it’s done now. Everyone gave 100 percent. Now we’re going to recover and great ready for next week.“We had a game plan and tried to play our match. We will play with confidence. We are at home and will play for our fans. We need to keep the same spirit and move on.”last_img read more

ExMan United youth coach Eric Harrison passes away

first_imgManchester United have announced that former youth coach Eric Harrison passed away peacefully on Wednesday night.The 81-year-old joined United as a youth coach in 1981 from Everton and famously oversaw the Class of ’92 team that consisted of the likes of David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs.Harrison also worked under another United legend in Mark Hughes as an assistant manager at Wales for four years and won an MBE for his services to football last year.Since 2014, however, Harrison had been living in a nursing home after being diagnosed with mixed dementia and died on Wednesday.“We are extremely saddened to report that our former youth coach Eric Harrison passed away last night,” read a statement on United’s Twitter.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eric’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”Also paying tribute was the legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who praised Harrison’s contribution to football and labelled him one of the “greatest coaches of our time.”“Eric’s contribution to football and not just at Manchester United was incredible,” said Ferguson.“When I came as manager I was lucky enough to have Eric on the staff as head of youth development, so I got to see the work he did and not just with the Class of ’92 but with all the young players.“He built character and determination in those young players and prepared them for the future. He was a teacher, he gave these players a path, a choice and he only did that through his own hard work and sacrifice.“He was able to impart that education to the young which made him one of the greatest coaches of our time.”Former United midfielder Beckham wrote on Instagram:  “We’ve lost our mentor, our coach and the man who made us.“He taught us how to play, how to never give up, how important it was to win your individual battles and what we needed to do to play for Manchester United Football Club.“He was always watching and always with us every time we played, I can still hear him telling me NO MORE HOLLYWOOD PASSES.“I can still see him as we played on The Cliff training ground looking down on us either with a proud smile or a loud bang of his fist on the window knowing any minute he would be on his way down to probably advise me in the most polite way to stop playing those passes.“More importantly he made us understand how to work hard and respect each other and not just on the pitch. We won’t forget the life lessons he gave us.“Eric we love you and owe you everything. Gary, Phil, Ryan, Paul, Nicky and David.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Below are some of the tributes that have been coming in today from other United greats.Eric Harrison, one of footballs greatest people has sadly passed away. Responsible for the development of The Class of 92 and so many other great players that came through the @ManUtd academy he was one of the clubs biggest heroes. RIP Eric pic.twitter.com/gainlxov5u— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) February 14, 2019We’ve lost our mentor , our coach and the man who made us. He taught us how to play , how to never give up , how important it was to win your individual battles and what we needed to do to play for Manchester United Football Club. Eric we owe you everything ❤️ pic.twitter.com/iv0uisTGCl— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 14, 2019Such sad news to hear of Eric Harrison’s passing- Eric was a massive part of my education,not only in football but life in general-hard work, desire ,commitment and respect. He built character and determination in all of us , he was a great coach and a great man ❤️ I’ll never— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) February 14, 2019Forget the letter he wrote to me after my release from United , a letter I have to this day , saying that he believed in me and dont give up , Eric along with my family was the reason I didn’t and to this day I will always be so thankful to Eric ❤️— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) February 14, 2019So sad.Thoughts are with Eric’s friends and family.I’ve heard so many stories over the years about the influence Eric had on the lads coming through the youth team. Schooling and developing them into some of the worlds best players.Such an integral part of the club.RIP🙏🏻 https://t.co/gsXhCmDv2l— Michael Carrick (@carras16) February 14, 2019last_img read more

ASA Pushes for National Labeling Standard

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) stressed support of a consistent, science based national food labeling act in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.In the letter, ASA and more than 370 organizations supported the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) that would ensure food labeling in the United States is uniform.“Today interest groups across the country are pushing state-level labeling mandates that will exacerbate consumer confusion and drive up food prices. Instead of informing consumers, these state initiatives are filled with loopholes, exempting as much as two-thirds of foods,” the letter states. “The result will be higher food prices for hard working American families.”  ASA and other agricultural organizations underscore that GMOs have been an important part of the nation’s food supply for the past 20 years and that leading health and regulatory organizations, from the World Health Organization to the American Medical Association, have all concluded GMOs are safe.“The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will give consumers, farmers, and small businesses certainty. The proposed legislation also would improve clarity for foods carrying a GMO-free label and provide uniform rules by creating a national certification program for foods that have been produced without bioengineering,” the groups state in the letter.ASA strongly encourages House members to cosponsor H.R. 1599 and to support its adoption.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

Board Approves Consolidation Of SoHi SoHi Prep

first_imgA meeting for Skyview Middle School and River City Academy students and families will be facilitated by the school principals on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00pm, at Skyview Middle School. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison with KPBSD: “To retain essential elective offerings for 9th-12th grade students in Soldotna, and ease the teaching position reductions caused by a potential rise in the Pupil-Teacher-Ratio (PTR), this move will create an economy of scale that will lessen the amount of staff reductions and allow for more core and elective offerings for Soldotna 9th – 12th grade students. The consolidation and school move will result in a savings to the district of approximately $630,000.” Erkeneff: “The district office will work with Mr. Graham to determine other site administration duties and other staff allocations and duties. A plan will be developed to address equipment and supplies from both buildings, and communications with staff, students, parents, and the community.” Tony Graham will continue to be principal of the consolidated Soldotna High School.  The District Office will work with Graham on determining other site administration duties and other staff allocations and duties. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board voted at Monday nights meeting to move forward with the consolidation of Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna High School. In addition, the board voted to relocate River City Academy to Skyview Middle School. District administration will work with both schools in a similar manner to Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep to facilitate River City Academy’s move to Skyview. This savings would come from reduced building operations and personnel costs to operate the current building housing two schools.last_img read more

Best Australian Amazon Prime Day deals 485 Xbox One X 222 PlayStation

first_img A very expensive speaker is now well over $1000 cheaper! Save $1175! Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Prime Day CNET may get a commission from retail offers. That’s it for now, but come back. We’ll be updating this post with the deals as they come in! $485 for an Xbox One X with game PlayStation VR with Camera and VR Worlds for $222 17 Photos Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) for $75 Save $351 This is your Amazon Echo base model, connects to Alexa, does all the smart home assistant things you might expect like check the weather, play music, news, shopping lists, etc. 50% off See at Amazon Review • Xbox One X review: Is it worthy of the hype? Share your voice 1 25% off Look, you know you’ve always wanted one of these ridiculous scooters. Now is the time. At $538, you’re saving $351 here! 50% off See also See at Amazon Nintendo The PlayStation VR headset is an absolute steal at this price. VR Worlds is also a great intro to VR.  The Echo Dot is Amazon’s smallest and cutest assistant.  $100 off See at Amazon See at Amazon Up to 25% off selected Nintendo Switch games Now playing: Watch this: Beoplay A9 for $2499.99 Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) for $115 50% off Microsoft Xbox One X 36% off Xbox One X with The Division 2 TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones for $67 Carn Amazon, you can’t take the full 50% off?Still this is a decent deal for premium assistant. See at Amazon 32% off Segway Ninebot ES2 Folding Electric Kick Scooter Save $177! Tyler Lizenby/CNET Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 are on there See at Amazon Prime Day 2019: The leftovers Walmart’s final day of anti-Prime Day deals After Amazon Prime Day 2019: You can still snag deals on the Echo and Echo Dot 4 great cheap deals you can get anytime Amazon Prime Day 2019: Fire TV deals end, but Roku discounts still going strong Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals on Chromebooks, gaming laptops and MacBooks Post-Prime Day deals from Vizio: Save up to $1,200 on TVs, $200 on an Atmos sound bar See at Amazon The Xbox One X is the most powerful console on the market right now. If you’re looking for a console to sit under your 4K TV, this is about as good as it gets. Amazon See at Amazon 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. If you’re looking for a cheap pair of noise cancelling headphones you could go worse than this. Preview • Xbox One X coming November 7 for $499: Everything we know Echo Show (2nd Gen) for $249 Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $39 Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One X This Amazon site handles your biggest, bulkiest purchases The Echo Plus is good if you’re after high quality sound to go alongside your regular smart home assistanting (is that a word?). $319 Breath of the Wild is $52, Mario Kart 8 is $47 and Super Mario Odyssey is $47. Nintendo games don’t typically go cheap, so worth checking in on this one. $369 Amazon See it TaoTronics See It See at Amazon Get sweet deals on the Amazon Echo. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Hello Australian friends, it’s Prime Day. The days of us being totally excluded from Prime day are over. Australia has had its own Prime Day, with its own sales, since 2018. So if you want to spend money and buy all the Echo Dots at 50% off, we have you covered. We have a massive suite of sales posts, some of which Australians may or may not be eligible for. But in this post? It’s Australian deals only folks. Strewth, bloody oath galah.Quick note for overseas folks stumbling across this post, all prices in this post are in Australian dollars.Two quick notes before we beginFirstly, many Amazon workers have gone on strike during Amazon Prime day. Depending on your where you sit, that may or may not affect your decision to shop at Amazon during this time period.Secondly, you have to be an Amazon Prime member to take part in Prime deals. Again, your call if you think it’s worth it, but there are sales all year round on products and Prime video is a pretty solid alternative to Netflix. I recommend The Terror, that show rules. It cost $6.99AU per month but you can try the 30-day free trial if you like and shop through the deals.Alright, now for the deals! James Martin/CNET Comment See at Amazon 1:43 Tags Tyler Lizenby/CNET Appliances Smart Homelast_img read more

Why road accidents

first_imgThe daily Prothom Alo in association with non-government organisations Brac, Nirapad Sarak Chai (‘We demand Safe Roads’) and the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), organises the roundtable on ‘Effective measures needed to stop road accidents.’Growing pressure on roads due to shrunken waterways and neglected rail communications is mostly responsible for the increasing numbers of road accidents.Speaking at a roundtable on Monday, professor Moazzem Hossain, director of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)’s Accident Research Institute (ARI), said in the past few decades, the pressure on roads has increased tremendously as 70 per cent of the people travel by roads and 75-80 per cent of cargo is transported by roads at present.The daily Prothom Alo in association with non-government organisations Brac, Nirapad Sarak Chai (‘We demand Safe Roads’) and the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), organised the roundtable on ‘Effective measures needed to stop road accidents.’Moazzem Hossain said all concerned persons, including drivers, transport owners and pedestrians, must be aware of road safety to reduce the accidents.He said the BUET institute has submitted two projects to the government to improve road safety.The projects will primarily take care of speed-check on highways and setting up driving schools across the country.Addressing the roundtable, he also said the speed-check will help identify drivers of the speeding vehicles while the proposed school will help produce skilled drivers.Renowned movie star Ilias Kanchan, chairman of Nirapad Sarak Chai, said in the last two and half decades, the number of road accidents had significantly been reduced.“In 2012, a total of 8000 persons were killed in road crashes, but the number of deaths was reduced to 5000 in 2016 due to awareness initiatives,” he said.Ilias Kanchan said prior to 2011, there were more than two hundreds ‘black-spots’ on the highways. With the help of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), the number of these ‘black-spots’ has now been reduced to 65.He also said that local people’s representatives and politicians have made the process difficult for the authorities to bring the culprits to book.BRTA former chairman Mohammed Ayubur Rahman Khan said, though nearly 10 per cent drivers did not comply with the traffic rules, they are not the sole catalysts to the indiscriminate road accidents.“The engineers who create the black-spots on roads,the committee members who give licences to unskilled drivers and the authorities who certify unfit vehicles are equally responsible for the road accidents,” he added.He also said the most important thing is awareness. If the owners themselves are aware and guide their drivers, road accidents will significantly decrease.Awareness is the key to stop the road crashes, he added.Valerie Ann Taylor, founder of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), said the number of deaths by being strangled by scarves (urna), is on the rise.Valerie Ann Taylor, who treated 45 cases of this kind, said, “If we counsel our relatives about this when they were going out, these accidents may be prevented.”Dilu Rikoba, whose only daughter was killed and husband and son seriously injured in a road crash, said, “I’ve lost my daughter and I can still feel her presence. Now my question is how much more news of such deaths of daughters do I have to witness in my life?”She urged the government to take quick initiatives to reduce the number of the casualties.Dhali Al-Mamun, who is one of the survivors of the accident in which famous film director Tareque Masud and journalist Ashfaque Munier Mishuk died, said corruption and mismanagement are behind every road accident.“I would call this a planned murder.”“I thinkthe case filed in connection with the incident is a wakeup call for all of us,” he added.Khandakar Enayet Ullah, general secretary of Dhaka Bus Owners Association, said, “We are usually blamed for every incident. But, many of the owners like me are working in this regard though the number is few.”He also said the over-speeding and over overloaded vehicles are considered prime causes behind road accidents.“I think the poor conditions of roads and traffic signals are also responsible for the road accidents.“Not only owners, but are the other government authorities involved with the process are responsible, as well,” he added.He also said the number of illegal vehicles – CNG-run local transports and three-wheeler –on highways is on the rise that is a key factor for accidents on highways.BRTA director Mahbub-E-Rabbani said, extra hours on the road for drivers and their lack of education also contribute significantly to road accidents.“Driving is very complex thing. A driver must keep in mind simultaneously some engineering and scientific aspects while he is driving a vehicle. Most of the drivers do not understand all this due to their lack of formal education,” he added.Educated people do not feel encouraged to work in the sector.Mohammed Atiqul Islam, deputy inspector general (DIG) of the Highway Police, said, “We conducted a study to find out causes behind increasing road accidents during Eid.”Among 18 causes, unawareness about road safety and roadside markets top the list, he added.He said Japan was faced with the problem in 1960s. But using the road safety awareness tool they had reduced number of accidents by 50 per cent.“If we can transform our mindsets towards the idea of safe transportation and if the authorities take it seriously, accidents will significantly be reduced in the near future.”Esha Chowdhury, director of operations, Traumalink, that provides emergency support to road accident victims, said, “It is a terrible situation. Our organisation provided medical assistance to 150 road crash victims since 22 August this year.”Brac Road Safety Programme director Ahmed Najmul Hossain told the roundtable that awareness about road safety has been increased more than any time in the past.He said, “We have developed a national action plan following the United Nations’ ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020programme’.”He urged all the stakeholders to help bring the action plans into force.He also said women are mostly victims of the road accidents. “Thus we have included gender issue to the road safety guidelines.”Not mentioning the brand name, he also said there are huge numbers of vehicles of a certain automobile brand was rated ‘0’ by an UN agency, are running on our roads.“Thus, we should be very careful about vehicle rating while permitting new vehicles,” he added.Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman also addressed the roundtable, moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum.last_img read more

Faridpur road crash kills 2

first_imgMap of FaridpurTwo people were killed and nine others injured when a truck rammed a human hauler on Dhaka-Khulna highway in Faridpur on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Sujon Patwari, 22, a construct worker and son of Manirul Islam of Kanaipur and Azizul Islam, 45, the headmaster of Raikali Hazi Badshah Mia Government Primary School in Kanaipur.Sub-inspector Nizamul Islam of Karimpur highway police camp said the accident took place around 9:45am when a Magura-bound truck from Faridpur hit a human hauler after a tire of the truck got burst, leaving one dead on the spot and injuring ten others.The injured were taken to Faridpur Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared one dead.On information, a firefighting unit rushed in and conducted a rescue operation.last_img

How To See Mars At Its Brightest This Month

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /10:37 X center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houstonians who love observing the night sky can expect an exciting event later this month: Mars will be brighter than it’s been in 15 years. That’s because the Red Planet’s orbit will bring it to its closest point to Earth — a distance of 35.8 million miles.Mars will appear brightest July 27-July 30, with the planet’s closest approach occurring on July 31. It will reach its highest point around midnight — about 35 degrees above the southern horizon, or one third of the distance between the horizon and overhead. Mars will be visible for much of the night.If you miss your chance to see it, the next Mars Close Approach is Oct. 6, 2020.In the audio above, James Wooten, the planetarium astronomer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, joins Houston Matters to explain what to look for, and he answers listener questions about stargazing in general in Greater Houston. NASA/JPL-CaltechMars will be at its brightest in the night sky July 27-30.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday Dec 29

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uIn our final live broadcast of 2016 we focus on the theme of gratitude as we wind down one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory. We talk to three people who do vital work in our communities; Ericka Bridgeford of Community Mediation Maryland, Kenyatta Moon of the Nsoroma Academy and Changa Bell of the Black Male Yoga Initiative.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Cardinals Down Bowling Green State in Home Opener

first_imgIn doubles, UofL’s Diana Wong and Aleksandra Mally were first to finish with a 6-2 win over Vanessa Pardo and Marta Bertinelli  at No. 3. At No. 1 doubles. Sena Suswam and Raven Neely beat BGSU’s Paula Comella and Maharita Tavpas  6-3 to clinch the point.   BGSU’s Polina Radeva/Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) defeated Nikolina Jovic and Chloe Hamlin 6-2. Louisville (1-0) carried its momentum over to singles play when Raven Neely made quick work of Polina Radeva with a 6-2, 6-2 win.  Bowling Green pushed back with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 6.  Cardinal newcomer Chloe Hamlin scored next with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Marta Bertinelli at No. 6.  At No. 2, Nikolina Jovic handled Marhita-Sophia Tavpash 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match.  Cardinal Diana Wong outlasted Ayumi Sasaki 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4.  At No. 1 singles, Sena Suswam won her first set 6-3, fell 6-3 in the second before falling 6-4 to Paula Comella. “The opening day nerves make it tough to play at the level that we normally play,” said Mark Beckham, UofL head coach.  “It is a bit of a sticking point for me because I want us to play as well as we practice. We have been practicing really well and it did not translate to match play today.  It is to be expected on the very first dual match of the season. Our goal is to pick it up where we left off in our second match this evening. For the most part, I am happy with how we played.” Story Links Louisville 5, Bowling Green State 2 Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team beat Bowling Green State 5-2 in the home opener of the 2018 dual match season.   The Cards took the doubles point and then won four of six singles matches for the win.center_img  Doubles competition1. Sena Suswam/Raven Neely (LOU) def. Paula Comella/Maharita Tavpas (BGSU) 6-32. Polina Radeva/Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) def. Nikolina Jovic/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 6-23. Diana Wong/Aleksandra Mally (LOU) def. Vanessa Pardo/Marta Bertinelli (BGSU) 6-2  Singles competition1. Paula Comella (BGSU) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-42. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Maharita Tavpas (BGSU) 6-3, 6-23. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Polina Radeva (BGSU) 6-2, 6-24. Diana Wong (LOU) def. Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) 6-3, 6-45. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Marta Bertinelli (BGSU) 6-2, 6-26. Vanessa Pardo (BGSU) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-2, 6-0 Tennis Match ResultsBowling Green State vs LouisvilleJan 20, 2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center) Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,5,2,4,1) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Louisville Womens Golf 11th After Day One in Dominican Republic

first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville women’s golf team sits in 11th place after the first 36 holes at the Tar Heel Classic. The tournament is being played at the Teeth of the Dog Course at the Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic. PDF Results Louisville turned in rounds of 9-over par 297 and 12-over 300 on Friday and is 21-over with a two-round total of 597. Wake Forest (567) holds a four-shot lead through 36 holes over Virginia (571). Tournament host North Carolina (576) is in third with Ohio State (580) and Ole Miss (582) rounding out the top five. Olivia Cason parred 27 of her 36 holes through the first two rounds and is tied for 41st at 7-over heading into the final round. Lauren Thibodeau is 13-over after 36 holes and tied for 65th. Lauren Hartlage was the low Cardinal on the course on Friday. The junior birdied her first hole of the day as part of a round of 2-over 74 and backed it up by shooting 73 in the second round. Hartlage is tied for 25th overall at 3-over. Mairead Martin posted the lowest opening round for the Cardinals with a pair of birdies in a 1-over round of 73. She followed it up with 76 in round two and is tied for 34th heading into Saturday. Linda Trockel is one shot behind Martin after rounds of 76 and 74 on Friday. Trockel carded five birdies on the day and is in a tie for 37th. The tournament wraps up with the final 18 holes on Saturday. Louisville gets rolling with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Dolphins have ability to sense electrical signals

first_img Group calls for ban on dolphin therapy © 2010 PhysOrg.com Credit: Wkipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers reveal the discovery of how the Guiana dolphin, Sotalia guianensis, is able to sense electric fields of prey in the water using structures found on the animals head.center_img Explore further While electroreception is often seen in fish and amphibians, it is not common in mammals. As a matter of fact, until this new research, the only mammal to show the ability to sense electric fields was the platypus.The researchers, led by Wolf Hanke from the University of Rostock in Germany studied some rare captive Guiana dolphins at a zoo in Muenster, Germany. When examining the rostrum of the dolphins, or the forward part of the head that contains the jaw, the researchers noticed small depressions. When one of the dolphins died, the researchers examined these depressions and found that they are crypts and hold whiskers when the dolphins are in the womb. These whiskers later drop off after the dolphin is born. It had been assumed these were just the depressions left after the whiskers were gone, but the researchers believed they were somehow still aiding the dolphin’s senses.Turning to the remaining dolphin in captivity, the researchers trained the dolphin to rest it’s head on a platform fitted with electrodes designed to deliver electrical signals into the water. When the researchers delivered a signal, the dolphin was rewarded if it swam away. If there was no signal, the dolphin was rewarded for staying in place.To prove that the signal was indeed being sensed through these crypts, the researchers then fitted the dolphins with a plastic shield that covered the crypts. With the shield in place, the dolphin did not move regardless of whether an electrical signal was present or not.The Guiana dolphin is similar to the more commonly known bottlenose dolphin but lives off the east coast of South America. Similar to other toothed cetaceans, the Guiana dolphin hunts and locates prey using echolocation, or sound waves.While echolocation is good for finding prey from a distance, it does not work well at close range. The Guiana dolphin routinely feeds at the bottom of the ocean where the water can be very murky. It is here that the researchers believe that electroreception comes in handy.The researcher’s next plan is to examine other dolphin species to see if they too have the same ability. Citation: Dolphins have ability to sense electrical signals (2011, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-dolphins-ability-electrical.htmllast_img read more

Wing part arrives in France as MH370 link investigated

first_imgA piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early Saturday, after Malaysian authorities said the part was almost certainly recovered from missing flight MH370.Paris’ Orly airport website confirmed the Air France flight transporting the piece of wreckage landed at 6.17 am local time (0417 GMT) from the French island of La Reunion. A police escort will accompany the two-metre (6.5 foot) part on its journey by road to a defence ministry laboratory near the southwestern city of Toulouse. Also Read – Separatists vacate key offices in Yemen’s Aden, says MinisterExperts will begin their analysis on Wednesday, along with an examination of parts of a suitcase discovered nearby.If confirmed, the discovery would mark the first breakthrough in a case that has baffled aviation experts for 16 months. “I believe that we are moving closer to solving the mystery of MH370. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean,” Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP. Also Read – Afghan peace deal: Trump meets top advisers to discuss progressThe Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board.Boeing said in a statement yesterday that it would send a technical team to France to study the plane debris at the request of civil aviation authorities.“Our goal, along with the entire global aviation industry, continues to be not only to find the airplane, but also to determine what happened – and why,” the US aerospace giant added.last_img read more

JK Spices to focus on exports to tieup with US etailers

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata-based packaged spices major J K Spices is scouting for aggressive overseas opportunities including tie-up with US based e-tailers to expand its market, a top company official said today. “We are looking to grow both in the domestic and overseas markets. We have tied up with Amazon.com and later propose to extend the same with Ebay for the US market. The US Amazon will be be unveiled tomorrow,” JK Spices and Food director (sales & marketing) Vijay Jain said here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He said along with it the company was also negotiating with a leading seller on Amazon India for the online space in India. The company was optimistic about the US market to tap the huge Indian diaspora. “We are even launching new products exclusively for the US markets,” Jain said. JK Spices has three manufacturing locations in India and all the three units are US FDA approved, he said. The company would also explore Middle East and African markets beside exporting in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. JK Spices claimed to enjoy about four per cent of the organised national spices market of about Rs 6,000 crore. JK Spices is leader in the West Bengal market with at least 35-40 per cent market share and had posted Rs 245 crore in FY18′.last_img read more