AI unveils revamped premium class to woo customers, increase revenue

first_img(Eds: Correcting name in para 11) New Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI) Air India today unveiled the revamped first class and business class in its fleet of Boeing aircraft flying to international destinations to woo high-end travellers and increase the occupancy from 60 per cent to over 80 per cent.The launch of the revamped service, along with new uniforms for the crew and cuisine, came in an eventful week when the government decided to put the breaks, for now, on the disinvestment plans for the loss-making State-run carrier.The revamped premium class has been christened as “MaharajahDirect” and the airline is expecting to boost its revenue to Rs 6.5 crore per day from the existing Rs 4 crore it nets from these premium classes.At present, the airline has a 17-per cent market share on international routes. It has over 2,500 international prime-time slots per week, spread across 43 overseas destinations.”The important revenue stream for any airline is the business class and the first class. Therefore, revamping the Air India business class is an attempt by the airline to be on par with the business class of any airline worldwide.”Passengers will get a much better experience for the same money they were paying earlier. They are not going to be charged anything extra,” Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said at the unveiling of “MaharajahDirect”.He added that following the upgradation, the revenue of Air India was expected to go up by about 20 per cent.On the occasion, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said, “The government is committed to making Air India a far better company than what it is today.”advertisementHe added that while the airline and its staff had little control over its financial and legacy issues, they could certainly improve the delivery of services and do wonders for the airline.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha also spoke on the occasion.Air India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Pradeep Singh Kharola said the existing first-class and business-class seats in its fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft flying to destinations such as the US would be upgraded by July-end, while the upgradation of the Boeing 787 aircraft, which mostly fly to European destinations, will take another month.Passengers travelling in the upgraded premium class will get a feel of the new ambience and provided with better upholstery, better nightwear, woolen blankets and travel kits, a statement from the airline said, adding that ipads will also be made available for personal viewing.The cabin crew will sport a new uniform — a mix of traditional and western attire.The passengers will also be treated to delicious gourmet food and region specific beverages — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. PTI SAN RC RClast_img read more

MS Dhoni equals Rohit Sharma record with 17th man-of-the-match award in IPL

first_imgMS Dhoni won his 17th man-of-the-match award in the Indian Premier League after his unbeaten 44 off 22 balls scripted an 80-run win for Delhi Capitals at the Chepauk on Wednesday.MS Dhoni has now equalled Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma’s record for most man-of-the-match awards by an Indian in the IPL.MS Dhoni did not play against Mumbai Indians when Chennai Super Kings were handed a heavy defeat on Friday. 5 days later, he returned to lead CSK and said he was still weak but the fever had subsided. When Dhoni walked out to bat, he looked anything but weak as he ran hard and hit 4 fours and 3 sixes.#Thala MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match for tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/jime9Dlko4IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 1, 2019Behind the wickets, MS Dhoni was as brilliant as always. He affected 2 stumpings and took 1 catch to oversee a huge win for CSK who returned to the top of the table.MS Dhoni, who has scored 358 runs from 11 matches in the 2019 IPL, has won 3 man-of-the-match awards this season. He had last won 3 man-of-the-match awards in the IPL in 2013 when he scored 461 runs from 18 matches.In 2018, MS Dhoni was on fire and scored 455 runs from 16 matches as Chennai Super Kings won the IPL for the third time.#Anbuden, Ungal Chennai Super Kings! Sealing the final home match in the league stage, with a terrific win! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/5h6e6veur5Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 1, 2019MS Dhoni was asked about his quick glovework by the host broadcaster and he said it has all come from tennis ball cricket and the desire to stick to basics.advertisement”I think it’s something that’s come from tennis ball cricket. But you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and CSK spinners hammer Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | Rishabh Pant stops Suresh Raina from taking strike. All in good funlast_img read more

Video: Houston Danced, Blasted Future’s “Commas” In Post-Game Locker Room Celebration After Beating Louisville

first_imgThe Houston Cougars carrying the American flag and UH flag enter the field before playing against the Rice Owls sat TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 16: The Houston Cougars carrying the American flag and UH flag enter the field before playing against the Rice Owls sat TDECU Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Houston knocked off Louisville on the road today, coming from behind to beat the Cardinals 34-31. Afterwards, the ecstatic Cougars celebrated with a raucous locker room celebration set to rapper Future’s hit song “Commas.”#HTownTakeover pic.twitter.com/WzWi4fhhnP— Adrian Mayes (@aqmayes) September 12, 2015That video is courtesy of Adrian Mayes, Houston’s Director of Recruiting. Notice the Texas state flag making an appearance as well.Huge win for new head coach Tom Herman and his team.last_img read more

Big 12 Head Coach Says He Turned Down Tennessee 3 Times

first_imgFans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 01: Fans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers on October 1, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Mike Gundy is an Oklahoma State kind of guy – it’s just who he is.Earlier this week, ESPN ran a profile on the Oklahoma State head football coach and why he chooses to stay in a small market. He’s had opportunities to leave, as he mentioned in the piece, but decided to to remain with the Cowboys instead.“No, I wouldn’t have thought I would still be here, but I do now,” Gundy told ESPN. “This is who I am. This is what I am. This is where I belong. This is me. There’s no reason for me to go anywhere else.”But he almost did leave. Gundy revealed he nearly accepted the Tennessee job that ultimately went to Jeremy Pruitt in 2018. In fact, he’s been offered the Tennessee job three times.“I’ve had that (Tennessee) job offered three different times…Tennessee put together an unbelievable package [in 2018], and it’s hard to tell somebody no when that happens. But I made the right decision.”Gundy parlayed his flirtation with Tennessee into a significant bonus from Oklahoma State. He received a $625,000 one-time increase to a five-year contract he signed in 2017.Gundy eventually revealed the one job he thought he would leave for was the Dallas Cowboys, but they never came calling.[ESPN]last_img read more

Moroccan Police Officers in Court For Covering Drug Dealers Activities

Rabat – Police officers suspected of covering the activities of drug traffickers who were arrested in July in Fez will face trial for their crimes.An investigation conducted by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) under the General Directorate of the National Territory Monitoring found evidence confirming suspicious connections between the drug traffickers and the accused police officers in Fez.Following the arrest of a group of drug dealers in July in Fez, investigations revealed that the police officers in question received bribes to cover the drug dealers’ criminal activities. A statement from BCIJ published on Wednesday by the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) indicated that the police officers who were allegedly involved in these criminal activities, will be brought before the General Public Prosecutor at the Appeal Court of Fez, which supervises all the procedures and stages of this case. read more

Fintrac completes penalty review clearing way to issue fines again

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada’s anti-money laundering agency has completed its internal review of its penalty system, ending a nearly three-year period of limbo and clearing the way for the organization to start issuing fines again.Fintrac has not issued any administrative monetary penalties against offenders since 2016 when the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the watchdog’s process for calculating fines lacked transparency.A spokesman for Fintrac says those 2016 rulings prompted the federal agency to review its policies, including monetary penalties, and since that time it has relied on enforcement tools other than fines.Fintrac has the power to issue monetary penalties as large as $1 million for offences such as failing to report suspicious transactions.The watchdog today issued a revised penalties policy, which lays out the steps it takes to determine and calculate fines, as part of a broader transparency package that marks the end of its review.Spokesman Darren Gibb says with a penalty policy now in place, Fintrac will begin levying penalties again when warranted.Since the end of 2008 until 2016, Fintrac had imposed 79 administrative monetary penalties totalling $3,535,550, according to its website. read more

Queen to honour young person from Sri Lanka with Queens young leader

The application process to become a 2017 Queen’s Young Leader opens on Friday 24 June 2016. The programme is looking for people aged between 18 and 29 who are dedicated to creating positive changes to the lives of people in Sri Lanka. Following his meeting with Nushelle British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives James Dauris said, “The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme recognises the achievements of exceptional young people who work tirelessly for the betterment of their communities.  Nushelle has used her affinity for the creative arts as a platform to encourage reconciliation and to draw attention to the need for understanding and good relations between young people around Sri Lanka.  Her work should encourage other young people to look for their own ways to promote and encourage peace-building measures”. Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street and the UK headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, have meetings with UK business leaders, and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK. Selected through a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Nushelle said: “I’m incredibly honoured to be named a Queen’s Young Leader for 2016. I look forward to using this award to amplify how the creative and practical arts can be used towards reconciliation in post-war states like Sri Lanka. In particular, I will be working with the Building Bridges team to continue expanding our youth arts offerings, and will be sharing my QYL learnings with my team and community over the course of the year”.This year’s Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and improving the lives of people with disabilities. Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Sri Lanka at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 23rd June.As the Commonwealth celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s Award winner, Nushelle De Silva is being recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community. As a Queen’s Young Leader, she will be representing Sri Lanka as she joins winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for five days of high-level engagements, all designed to help them further their life-changing work. read more

Reports of abuses by Iraqi Kurdish forces against Sunni Arabs increasing UN

“Reports indicate that Iraqi security forces, Kurdish security forces and their respective affiliated militias have been responsible for looting and destruction of property belonging to the Sunni Arab communities, forced evictions, abductions, illegal detention and, in some cases, extra-judicial killings,” Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Cécile Pouilly told a news briefing in Geneva. Voicing concern at these reports, she also noted that gross human rights violations continue to be documented in ISIL-controlled areas, including the burning and beheading of civilians. A joint report by OHCHR and the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in July highlighted the conflict’s continuing “terrible” and deadly toll on civilians, particularly in ISIL-controlled areas, but also documented violations by Iraqi Security Forces and affiliated forces, including indiscriminate airstrikes and shelling as well as actions of reprisal against civilians. “We urge the Government of Iraq to investigate all human rights violations and abuses, including those committed against the Arab Sunni communities, to bring the perpetrators to justice and to ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies,” Ms. Pouilly said today. She noted that Sunni Arabs have also faced increasing discrimination, harassment and violence from other ethnic and religious groups who accuse them of supporting ISIL, and are reported to have only limited access to basic services and essential goods, such as water, food, shelter and medical care. She voiced particular concern at the situation of some 1,300 Sunni Arabs stuck near Sinjar in the no-man’s-land between Kurdish security forces and ISIL. Turning to ISIL, she said OHCHR has received reports that some 16 mass graves containing the bodies of individuals murdered by ISIL have been discovered in Sinjar. “Gross human rights violations continue to be documented in ISIL-controlled areas,” she added. “Individuals suspected of disloyalty or of not conforming to the ideology of the group continue to be targeted, and there are reports of kidnappings and the burning and beheading of civilians.” She also called on the Iraqi authorities to ensure that the return of internally displaced people to their places of origin is carried out in accordance with humanitarian principles – voluntarily, in dignity and safety without coercion or harassment of any kind, and that they are guaranteed access to essential services such as shelter, water, food, sanitation, and healthcare. Meanwhile, UNAMI and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) voiced grave concern at the conflict’s heavy toll on children, with 189 killed and 301 injured since the beginning of 2015. “UNAMI and UNICEF urge all parties to the conflict to abide by the principles of proportionality and distinction in the course of military operations, to protect children and other civilians from the effects of violence to the maximum extent possible, and to respect the civilian nature of schools and medical facilities,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Ján Kubiš and UNICEF Iraq Representative Peter Hawkins said in a joint statement. “UNAMI and UNICEF remain very concerned with the safety of Iraq’s children who continue to suffer from the effects of hostilities across the country. Ongoing operations in Ramadi, Mosul, Tala’afar and other conflict-affected areas in Iraq raise the risk of additional grave violations of child rights.” read more

The Penn State CoverUp Emails Emerge

Spanier and PaternoDetails in the Penn State sex abuse scandal continue to disturb, even after ex-assistant football Jerry Sandusky was convicted last week. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 different boys, after apparently being shielded by Penn State officials for years.Over the weekend, emails between the school’s former president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, and retired vice President Gary Schultz emerged, regarding a graduate assistant’s report that he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the team’s locker room in 2001.The emails revealed that Curley and Schultz had originally intended to report the assistant’s allegation, but decided not to. Spanier told the pair that he was supportive of their plan, but feared they might “become vulnerable for not having reported it.” More than a decade later, Spanier’s worst fears have come true. Upon the public revelation of Sandusky’s sexual abuse Spanier was forced out of the university, as was longtime football head coach Joe Paterno before he passed away. Curley and Schultz are both currently facing criminal charges for perjury and failing to report child abuse.It is said that Curley decided not to report the assistant’s claims after speaking with Paterno, leading to questions about the coach’s involvement in the cover-up. CNN specifically cited an email from Schultz to Curley on Feb. 26, 2001, 16 days after the graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, told Paterno about the apparent assault. Schultz suggests notifying Sandusky and his charity organization, as well as the Department of Welfare, which is responsible for investigating child abuse.However, the next day, Curley contacted Spanier, saying that after considering that course of action and talking to Paterno, he was “uncomfortable” with that plan. “We would work with him. …. If not, we do not have a choice and will inform the two groups,” Curley said via email. Spanier co-signed, calling Curley’s approach a “humane and a reasonable way to proceed,” though he warned of the consequences. “The only downside for us is if message isn’t `heard’ and acted upon and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it, but that can be assessed down the road.”Just weeks after being removed from his position, Paterno passed away, adding to the Penn State tragedy. Accusations of the coach’s involvement will likely be limited, even as Schultz and Curley are locked in a legal struggle. They have a status conference for their case scheduled for July 11, and have asked for their charges to be dismissed.

Nearly 700 refugees rescued off the coast of Sicily

first_imgNEARLY 700 REFUGEES including dozens of Eritreans have been rescued off Sicily in five operations, as leaders grapple with the issue of illegal immigration at a European Union summit.Patrol boats, navy vessels and a Maltese-flagged cargo vessel rescued asylum-seekers from five boats over the past 24 hours, the coastguard said in a statement today.The 318 migrants picked up by the navy were all packed on two boats and were later transferred onto the San March amphibious assault ship taking part in a massive search and rescue operation.The operation was launched by the Italian government in the wake of a 3 October refugee shipwreck tragedy just off the Italian island of Lampedusa in which 366 asylum seekers perished.Some of the refugees rescued between Thursday and Friday were also Eritrean, where most of the passengers on the boat that sank came from.More than 33,000 migrants have landed in Italy so far this year — nearly three times more than the number for last year. The most common countries of origin are Eritrea and Somalia and now also Syria.The mayor of Lampedusa, the island where most of the migrants land, warned European leaders of the need for an urgent rethink of immigration policies.“Unless Europe’s approach to asylum and immigration changes, it won’t only be the migrants but the EU that drowns off Lampedusa,” Giusi Nicolini said in Brussels, where she met with European Parliament head Martin Schulz.Rome protestThe statement from Italy’s navy came as Eritrean refugees staged a small rally outside the Italian parliament following shipwreck tragedy earlier this month in which 366 migrants — most of them fleeing Eritrea — drowned.Protesters called for more rights for migrants in Italy and railed against the regime of President Issaias Afeworki, who has ruled Eritrea with an iron grip since independence in 1993.“The only person responsible for the Lampedusa tragedy is the regime of Afeworki,” read a T-shirt worn by one of the activists at the protest. “Enough fear, enough dictatorship,” they chanted.© – AFPRead: Malta refuses entry to 102 rescued refugees (including four pregnant women and a baby) >last_img read more

Verizon to offer iPhone 4 for 50 off HTC Thunderbolt for free

first_imgVZbuzz has the iPhone community talking today about a rumored iPhone 4 sale price. The blog apparently caught wind of a potential upcoming sale on some of the most sought after Verizon phones in all the land.The iPhone 4 16GB is reported to be on sale for $150.99 with a two-year contract. That’s about the same price as a refurbished iPhone 4 usually goes for at Verizon. The 16GB model normally runs you $199, so the $50 price break may suggest that Verizon is gearing up for the new line or iPhone 5 models rumored to be hitting shelves this fall. In fact, as we reported toda,  Apple has ordered 15 million new iPhones from Pegatron Technology. With that many iPhones in production, it’s no wonder Verizon is starting two months early and clearing out the old stock before the September launch.Though we can’t confirm the sale to be real, it sounds like a reasonable thing to do. Walmart did the same thing when it offered the iPhone 4 for $147 in the month of June to get rid of some excess stock in preparation for the new iPhone 5.The purported sale will also include the HTC Thunderbolt, which will be free. That’s not bad considering the phone was previously $249.99. Other phones on sale include the Motorola Droid X for 50 percent off, and the BlackBerry Bold 9650 also for 50 percent off.The sale date is still to be determined, but keep a lookout on the Verizon website to be the first to grab your discounted iPhone or Android handset.via VZbuzzlast_img read more

Apple increases product warranty to 2 years across Europe

first_imgIn late December last year Apple got hit with a $1.2 million fine by the Italian courts for misleading consumers. The issue stemmed from Apple’s one-year limited warranty combined with sales of the AppleCare Protection Plan.What Apple had been doing is offering customers a paid-for Protection Plan to extend their product warranty to 2 years. The problem is, under EU law the 2-years should come as standard in the country. The courts decided Apple was breaking consumer laws and handed them the $1.2 million fine. Apple was left considering what to do next.Four months later and Apple has failed in its attempts to have the fine payment suspended. Apple has now agreed to introduce 2 year warranties on its products for those countries covered by EU consumer law. That means by default a new Apple product will be covered for 2 years. It also means that taking out AppleCare can extend that to 3 years.Although Apple has been told to pay the fine (again) the company still intends to appeal the decision in May. Regardless of the outcome, at least this action has resulted in extended warranty coverage for Europeans purchasing Apple products. However, it’s important to remember the 2 year coverage is for products bought from Apple’s official stores or online store. If you purchase Apple products from another retailer you need to find out what their warranty is.Outside of the European Union nothing has changed and unless stated otherwise Apple will continue to offer its one-year limited warranty with extensions available through AppleCare.Read more at Yourdailymac and The Registerlast_img read more

Record tourist numbers this year

first_imgThe number of foreign visitors to Greece is expected to reach an unprecedented 16.5 million this year, according to the head of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, who met with Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday. Andreadis confirmed that the trend suggests a 10 to 12 per cent annual increase both in arrivals and in revenues, adding that the Greek destination can hit the 20 million figure on an annual basis without any further investment in new hotel beds. The SETE president stressed that a 50 per cent reduction in Greek airport taxes would go a long way toward making Greece more competitive, given the high cost of Athens’ airport in particular. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

1 detained after being spotted driving stolen scooter in North Bay Village

first_imgNORTH BAY VILLAGE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have taken one person into custody after they were spotted in North Bay Village driving a stolen scooter.Cellphone video captured the scooter heading west along the 79th Street Causeway, Thursday night. Moments later, North Bay Village Police officers are seen following the vehicle.Officials said they began trailing the scooter after they learned from Miami Beach Police that it had been stolen.Officers caught up with the rider near the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. Police then detained that person.Investigators have not specified where the scooter was stolen.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Microsoft unveils its new Office app for Windows 10

first_img Share your voice Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) See it 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. 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. $179 See It $169 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Abt Electronics See it 5 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Sprint Microsoft Office Microsoft Windows 10,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo Comments $155 at Google Express $6 at Tidal $520 at HP Angela Lang/CNET Comments $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET Best Buy See at Turo Tags Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy $999 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). Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $145 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. Read the Rylo camera preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $299 at Amazon $999 See at Amazon 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. The Cheapskate Laptops Read Google Home Hub review Read the AirPods review Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It 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. 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. See It Microsoft Windows 10 7 $143 Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $210 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Enlarge ImageYour Microsoft Office documents are in one place. Microsoft Microsoft is trying to make it even easier to use its Office apps. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced its new Office app for Windows 10.The app will act as a central hub for all your Microsoft Office needs, replacing the current My Office app. Open it up and you’ll get access to all the Microsoft Office productivity apps at the top of the window, making it easy to switch back and forth. It will also show you the documents you’ve recently worked on, and it comes with a search function so you can find documents that aren’t immediately onscreen.Microsoft says it’s modeled this experience after the Office.com, which also acts as a central hub for but for web users.Microsoft has been redesigning its range of Office software lately, including a recent update to the Outlook app for iOS.The new Office app is available to select Windows Insiders now and will roll out to all Windows 10 users soon. The app is free and compatible with any Office 365 subscription, Office 2019, Office 2016 and Office Online. It’ll be available through the Microsoft Store, and starting in summer 2019 it’ll come preinstalled on new Windows 10 devices. Amazon See It Rylo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. $59 at eBay $999 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best Buy Tags 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. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock reviewlast_img read more

3 schoolgirls raped in 3 districts

first_imgA schoolgirl has allegedly been abducted and raped being confined to resident hotels for 10 days in Bandarban while two others have been ‘raped’ in Narayanganj and Manikganj districts as the rape menace goes on.In Bandarban, police arrested a man on Friday afternoon on charges of abducting a Class-IV girl from Roangchhari upazila and raping her after confining her to two resident hotels in the district town. The arrestee is Ushoy Singh Marma, 45, son of Ongshoynu Marma of Gheraomukhpara in Roangchhari. He had been married twice but got separated from both the wives. He has a son aged 15, said locals. Officer-in-charge of Roangchhari police station M Shariful Islam said Ushoy abducted the girl while she along with her brother was going to their rented house in the upazila headquarters of Roangchhari from their village home of Chhinyamukh on 23 April.He later took the girl to a resident hotel in the district town and raped her confining to a room for five days, he said.The man checked in at another nearby hotel along with the victim and stayed there for some days.A team of police arrested Ushoy from the bus stand area of the town on Friday afternoon while he was trying to take the girl to Cox’s Bazar, the OC said.Later, he was produced before a court which sent him to jail, Shariful said, adding that they freed the girl under her father’s custody following the medical test.In Narayanganj, a Class-V student was ‘raped by a neighbour’ at Hazirtek village in Araihazar upazila on Friday evening. Officer-in-charge of Araihazar police station Akhtar Hossain said the girl was going to a shop nearby her house when Alauddin, 35, son of Miraj Uddin, picked her up, took her to an isolated place and raped her there.As the girl was delaying to return home, her parents came out in search of her and heard her screams from the isolated place. Later, they rescued her from there but the alleged rapist managed to flee. The victim’s father filed a case with Araihazar police station on Friday night in this regard.In Manikganj, a sixth grader girl was ‘raped’ by a sexagenarian man at Pipulia village of Harirampur upazila on Friday evening.The victim’s mother said they and Kifaz Uddin, 60, cousin of her father-in-law, live in a house in the same courtyard.On Friday evening, Kifaz raped the girl finding her alone as the parents were away, she said.The victim’s father heard screaming after returning home from a local bazaar and caught Kifaz red-handed.Later, he was handed over to police.Officer-in-charge of Harirampur police station Aminur Rahman said the victim was sent to Sadar Hospital for medical test.last_img read more

Mister Donut and Kyoto Tea Makers Join Forces For Tasty Matcha Donuts

first_img Matcha is delicious, no matter how you take it. Whether you like it in your tea or mixed in with a Kit-Kat, it’s to be savored. Now the Japanese donut chain Mister Donut is getting in on all the green goodness. Mister Donut is popular for offering donuts based on Hello Kitty, Snoopy, and other culturally significant characters as well as decadent sweets, and now the chain has teamed up with Gion Tusjiri, one of the most respected tea manufacturers in Japan.The green tea company has joined forces with Mister Donut to bring us six different donuts as well as yummy drinks all based on matcha. There’s the Warabi Mochi Matcha donut, which has a bittersweet matcha chocolate spread inside, soy milk whip, and a piece of wasabi mocha in the middle of the donut, which is made with yeast and brown sugar.The Shiratama Matcha donut has a whipped green tea cream, salted red bean paste, and a shiratama mocha candy made from glutinous rice flour in the center. The donut has a mix of soybean flour and brown sugar mix on top of it as a light dusting, made from black beans and unpolished rice.The Adzuki Matcha Whip donut has a filling of green tea and Hokkaido adzuki red bean paste with kinako roasted soybean sugar on top, made out of a yeasted dough for the donut itself.The Matcha Soy Milk whip takes a regular plain yeast dough with a smooth whipped soy cream filling, a dusting of icing sugar, and bittersweet green tea chocolate icing on the side of the donut. The Premium Matcha Fashion is a crispy donut that has matcha chocolate on one side as well.But the most famous of Mister Donut’s products is the Pon de Ring, which gets a layer of matcha on top of it to make the Pon de Ring Premium Matcha donut. To wash it all down, you can choose from the Match au Lait Soy Milk Whip, or the Matcha au Lait drink.The drinks and donuts will be available from April 7 through the middle of May, so any of you lucky Japanese citizens who have Mister Donut, or you vacationers, give them a try! How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan Stay on targetlast_img read more

Toshiba Showcases CT Technology at RSNA 2016

first_imgNews | Computed Tomography (CT) | October 06, 2016 Toshiba Showcases CT Technology at RSNA 2016 Offerings will focus on improving image resolution while keeping radiation dose as low as possible The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more October 6, 2016 — Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. announced it will be displaying a wide array of diagnostic imaging technologies at the 2016 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Chicago.Regarding computed tomography (CT) technology, Toshiba is highlighting its latest features that improve resolution while keeping radiation dose as low as possible. Toshiba’s Forward projected model-based Iterative Reconstruction SoluTion (FIRST), a clinically viable model-based iterative reconstruction technique, is now indicated for imaging of body parts, including cardiac and musculoskeletal (MSK). FIRST improves image quality with significant noise reduction while lowering radiation dose and drastically cutting the time needed for model-based CT image reconstruction. Toshiba will also showcase its efficient Pure ViSION CT detector that results in 40 percent better light output for better use of X-ray photons. Pure ViSION technology is available on the entire line of Aquilion systems, the detector featuring 0.5 mm slices.In addition, Toshiba is showcasing its 16-detector row system that combines premium CT technology with the economic advantage of an entry-level system. The Aquilion Lightning is ideal for routine volumetric scanning and features what Toshiba calls the industry’s thinnest slices, at 0.5 mm, a wide 78 cm bore and a small installation and cost footprint. With premium features found in high-end Aquilion scanners, including the PureViSION Detector technology and AIDR 3-D Enhanced dose reduction technology, the system ensures customers do not need to compromise quality to meet their business goals, while reducing their total cost of ownership and helping them to meet XR-29 compliance standards. In addition, the inclusion of Adaptive Diagnostics technologies, including Single Energy Metal Artifact Reduction (SEMAR) and SureSubtraction means complex scans are simplified and outcomes are more consistent.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Lawmakers to probe Culture Minister about International Arts Festival fiasco

first_imgCulture and Youth Minister Elizabeth Fonseca Corrales will appear next Tuesday before lawmakers to explain thefailed organization of this year’s International Arts Festival (FIA).All party leaders unanimously agreed Thursday to call Fonseca to explain before the full Legislative Assembly the reasons behind the festival’s flop.The hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday because Monday is the deadline set by President Luis Guillermo Solís for the minister to submit a full report on the festival failures.Solís said at a public event Thursday that dismissals at the Culture Ministry “are among the possibilities” depending on Fonseca’s report. The president said he hopes the report “will shed light on the causes of the organizational problems that left everyone in Costa Rica disappointed.”He wouldn’t confirm whether Fonseca’s job was on the line.This year’s arts festival was scheduled to take place from April 23 to May 3 in the capital’s southern communities of Desamparados, Alajuelita, Acosta and Aserrí. However, the traditionally-successful festival, which started in 1989, angered artists and the general public after many of the major events — including concerts, performances, workshops and artisan fairs — were cancelled.Improvisation, inexperience and lack of coordination between ministry officials have been cited by many members of the country’s cultural circles — including musician and former Culture Minister Manuel Obregón — as the major reasons behind the festival flop.Some of the concerts, including performances by Argentine singers Miguel Mateos and León Gieco, and Chilean band La Ley, were rescheduled for June at the Antigua Aduana, east of downtown San José.Recommended: How Costa Rica’s 2015 International Arts Festival flopped Facebook Comments Related posts:FIA conspiracy? Former culture minister blames ‘plot’ for festival failure Costa Rica’s culture minister sacked over failed international arts festival Ousted culture minister blames subordinates for arts festival woes President Luis Guillermo Solís confirms new culture ministerlast_img read more

LOS ANGELES — Spike Lees firstever competitive O

first_img LOS ANGELES — Spike Lee’s first-ever competitive Oscar award turned a mostly staid ceremony into a joyful, passionate, and briefly profane one.Lee, who captured the best adapted screenplay trophy for “BlacKkKlansman,” jumped into the arms of presenter, longtime collaborator and friend Samuel L. Jackson when he took the stage Sunday to accept his award with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott. The audience gave him a standing ovation.The veteran filmmaker had waited a long time to be recognized by his peers in the movie industry beyond the honorary Oscar he received in 2016 for his contributions to movies. He received his first Oscar nod in 1989 for best original screenplay for “Do The Right Thing.”After unleashing an expletive as he warned Oscar producers not to put a clock on his speech, Lee noted that his award came during Black History Month, and recited a litany of facts, among them the 400-year-old enslavement of Africans and transport to America. He also said his grandmother was a graduate of the predominately black Spelman College, despite her mother having been a slave.“Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who helped build this country,” Lee said. “We all connect with our ancestors … when we love our humanity.”He also waded into politics, citing the 2020 presidential election and calling on people to mobilize and “be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”“Let’s do the right thing, you know I had to get that in there.”Lynn Elber, The Associated Press by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2019 7:59 pm PDT Spike Lee wins first competitive Oscar for KKK moviecenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more