BURLINGTON, Ont. – A lost pet pig is home safe and sound thanks to a Toronto-area police officer who proved herself handy with a makeshift lasso.Two Halton regional police officers were called to a residential neighbourhood in Burlington, Ont., Thursday morning after a man came across a pot-bellied pig wandering in the street.Sgt. Rhonda Paxton said the man stayed with the pig until she and her partner arrived, keeping an eye on it as it moved off the road and into a yard.“When we arrived on scene it was eating shrubbery and nosing around in the dirt with its snout,” Paxton said.Paxton said her partner, Const. Renee Harnack, went to their car, grabbed a strap normally used to restrain to prisoners and fashioned a leash with it.“She was able to lasso the little pot-bellied pig so she had it secured,” said Paxton.Harnack said she’s used that trick with dogs in the past, but she had never encountered a loose pig before.After neighbours told the officers that the pig belongs to a woman who lives in a nearby home, Harnack tried to lead the animal across the road, she said.“It went a little bit, but it didn’t really want to walk, so I picked it up,” she said. “It was squealing very loud.”The pig’s owner was alerted by the noise and came outside.She told the officers her beloved pet pig’s name is Chanel, and said the animal was a year old, Paxton said.The owner was then able to pick up the pig in a way that didn’t make it squeal — one hand under its bottom and the other under its chest — and carry it home without issue, Paxton said.“I can say that in my 20 years, a call with a loose pig wandering around is a first,” said Paxton.“It’s always something different at work,” Harnack added.
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TORONTO — The company that runs Canada’s largest newspaper by circulation is laying off more than a dozen employees who work on its free commuter papers.Torstar, which operates the Toronto Star and owns a share of The Canadian Press, is cutting 13 jobs in its StarMetro department.The company says those affected are mostly involved in editing and production, and are all based in Toronto.It says the work will be moved to its Star editorial department, its copy editing centre in Hamilton and its pagination centre in northern Toronto.None of the company’s publications, which include StarMetro papers in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Halifax, will be cancelled.Torstar launched the StarMetro brand in April, adding 20 jobs in what it called a “major national expansion.” Companies in this story: (TS.B)The Canadian Press
11 June 2010Commending the agreement reached by Eritrea and Djibouti to peacefully resolve their two-year border dispute, the Security Council today called on the two countries to engage fully in the mediation process to ensure they can strike a final deal. Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, read out a press statement in which the 15-member body also urged the Horn of Africa nations to refrain from threats and the use of force and to abide by commitments they made to each other under the agreement.“The members of the Security Council attach great importance to the resolution of the border dispute and to the normalization of the relations between the two countries for the overall stability and security in the region,” the press statement noted.Last Sunday the leaders of Eritrea and Djibouti signed a pact – reached under the auspices of Qatar and its Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani – in which they agreed to pursue a negotiated settlement to their dispute.The deal ends the conflict that erupted in early 2008 when, after weeks of tensions and military build-up, the two countries’ armed forces clashed over an un-demarcated area in the Red Sea known as Doumeira, killing 35 people and leaving dozens of others wounded.Earlier this week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement through his spokesperson in which he also welcomed the deal and said he believes it will “contribute to long-term peace and stability” in the region.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Uhuru Kenyatta on his election as President of Kenya, and urged Kenyans to remain calm following a decision by the country’s top court that settled the ballot win. In a separate phone conversation, the Secretary-General commended Mr. Kenyatta’s rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, for participating in the political process and accepting the decision of the Kenyan Supreme Court. Mr. Ban reiterated his congratulations to Kenyans on holding “peaceful, credible elections that should strengthen Kenya’s democracy and its unity.” He pledged the UN’s strong support for the country, and wished the newly-elected government and people of Kenya “every success” in meeting the many challenges and opportunities they face. Earlier on Saturday, the Kenyan Supreme Court upheld Mr. Kenyatta’s victory with approximately 50.1 per cent of the vote. Mr. Odinga, who received 43.3 per cent, had challenged the result on grounds that it was flawed and marred by technical challenges. He has since said that he will abide with the judgement. Mr. Ban and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) have praised the 4 March election for being peaceful and characterized by an absence of any systematic violations of human rights. The election was the first presidential polls in Kenya since the December 2007 vote, which was followed by post-election violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced.
Globally, some 40 per cent of the population is excluded from access to healthcare, the ILO said in a statement today. The study Addressing the Global Health Crisis: Universal Health Protection Policies, found that in Africa, countries where 80 percent of people are without health care include Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Similar major gaps exist in Asia. For example, in India more than 80 per cent of people lack health protection coverage. Other countries showing substantial coverage gaps include Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Haiti, Honduras, and Nepal.But universal health protection is “key” to fighting poverty, reducing inequity and nurturing economic growth, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder reiterated ahead of Universal Health Coverage Day, which will be observed on 12 December.“These linkages cannot be ignored in policy development,” he said. Since 2010, national fiscal consolidation policies have stalled or even reversed steps towards universal health coverage by increasing the financial burden on private households, cutting back health services and capping wages of the health workforce.In countries like Sierra Leone, 75 per cent of total health expenditure comes from private resources in the form of out-of-pocket payments, which has led to deep impoverishment.“It is the poorest with the highest needs who suffer the most from having to pay out-of-pocket healthcare expenses,” explained Xenia Scheil-Adlung, Health Policy Coordinator at the ILO.Health workers are often poorly paid, too. ILO estimates that 10.3 million additional health workers are needed to close the current gaps. In countries like Haiti, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone, as many as 10,000 people have to rely on services provided by five or fewer health workers. In a high-income country like Finland there are 269 health workers available for 10,000 people.The situation gets worse in rural areas, where 56 per cent of the global population do not have health protection coverage, compared to 22 per cent of the urban population. Seven million out of the total 10.3 million health workers who are missing globally are needed in these areas.Investment in health systems leads to sustained economic growth, increased productivity and wellbeing for populations, a reason why countries like Benin, Gabon, China, the Philippines or the United States have expanded health coverage in recent years. Isabel Ortiz, Director of the ILO Social Protection Department, said that “quick fixes” like small vertical programmes – for example, immunization – are not enough.Overcoming the current global health crisis requires a policy shift towards universal health protection and points to ILO Recommendation 202 concerning national floors of social protection as a useful tool for achieving that goal.The ILO study shows that a precondition for such a move is that countries are committed to fully implementing rights to health, minimizing impoverishing out-of-pocket payments and ensuring sufficient numbers of skilled, decently paid health workers.
Then-senior Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson (28) tackles then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller (5) during a game against Purdue Oct. 20, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 29-22.Lantern file photoPlaying on the road against Purdue has not been an easy task for the Ohio State football team in recent years. Purdue has won three of the last four games between the two at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind., including the teams’ two most recent meetings there, in 2011 and 2009.OSU is heavily favored to reverse that trend with a win when the Buckeyes play the Boilermakers Saturday.While OSU (8-0, 4-0) has not lost a game since the final game of the 2011 season, Purdue (1-6, 0-3) has not won a game yet this season against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.The Boilermakers have lost five straight games since defeating Indiana State, a Football Championship Subdivision program, Sept. 7 by a score of 20-14.Even with its struggles so far this season, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said he has been “very pleased” with his team’s effort.“Obviously we’re not where we want to be on the win-loss column, but I’m not disgruntled with our football team on how they’ve prepared and how they’ve stayed together,” Hazell said Tuesday. “There’s a lot of teams that will go in different directions at this point in time and that has not happened with us.”Hazell is in his first year as Purdue’s coach, but he is not new to the matchup or the challenges OSU has faced in beating Purdue on the road. During his years as an assistant coach at OSU from 2004-10, OSU only won one of its three games played in West Lafayette.While Hazell said he has not ignored Purdue’s recent success at home against OSU in preparation for Saturday’s game, he said it has not changed the way he looks at this year’s contest.“Every team has its own separate identity,” Hazell said. “It’s about this year, this team and our preparation here.”Hazell is not the only coach on Purdue’s staff with OSU ties. Marcus Freeman, who played linebacker for the Buckeyes from 2004-08 and was a graduate assistant at OSU in 2010, said he expects Saturday to be a “little bit different” coaching against his former team.“I love everything about Ohio State, but on Saturday, it’s about doing what it takes to compete to win,” Freeman said. “It’s not fair for me as a coach to not have my guys as prepared as they can to be successful on Saturday.”If Purdue is going to find a way to end their five-game losing skid and OSU’s 20-game winning streak, preparation and execution will be key, Freeman said.“You can’t do the same things you’ve done for the first six or seven weeks and think the results are going to change,” Freeman said. “So we’ve been on (the players) hard, they got to work harder and then on Saturday, you got to go out and execute. You have to execute the game plan and you have to do your job every single time you’re in the game, and that’s how you become successful.”Purdue has made a number of changes in its effort to turn around. One of those changes came Oct. 2, when freshman quarterback Danny Etling was named starting quarterback.Etling said it is important for the Boilermakers to make a “big step forward” this week.“This is a big week for us,” Etling said. “I think every week’s a big week, but we really need to go out there and play well, and we just need to keep getting better each week.”Etling said it has been a challenge to prepare for the OSU defense because it does a good job of masking its play call.“They really do a great job of hiding what they’re going to be doing until the last possible second,” Etling said. “They’re a very well-coached defense, that’s the best way I can put it. We’re going to have a tough matchup with them but I think that we’re getting coached really well and we have a great gameplan.”After allowing 40 or more points in four of its seven games this season, Purdue has also been making changes on the defensive side of the ball. The Boilermakers switched from a 4-3 defense at the beginning of the season to a 3-4 alignment prior to their Oct. 12 game against Nebraska, Meyer said, which makes the Purdue defense a difficult one to prepare for.“I see a team that’s kind of searching for an identity, and I think they’ve kind of found it on defense,” Meyer said Monday. “They’re all over the place, blitz-a-thon, they weren’t that way the first five games.”Purdue’s new-look defense will be tasked with attempting to slow down an OSU offense that ranks fifth nationally in scoring offense.Hazell said OSU has “four major weapons” on its offense: junior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior running back Carlos Hyde, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown and junior wide receiver Devin Smith.“Their offense stretches the field both horizontally and vertically,” Hazell said.Brown, who worked with Hazell when he was OSU’s wide receivers coach in 2010, said he respects the job Hazell has done so far.“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around,” Brown said Wednesday. “Obviously you can’t turn a program around in one year. So it’ll take him a couple years, and I think they’ll be back.”Freeman said the OSU offense is “really hard to stop.”“The more you watch it, the more you aggravated at it and frustrated and you get mad as a coach,” Freeman said. “It makes you think exactly how you’re going to try to stop all these guys, ‘cause they have many threats and when you stop one thing, I think they got another thing that comes open. It’s going to be a huge task for our defense.Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon.
Ask anyone working in the digital art industry what their graphics editor of choice is, and the number one response is going to be Adobe Photoshop. But using Photoshop, or any of Adobe’s applications, is not a cheap past time making it difficult for newcomers to source a legal copy to learn and experiment with.Adobe seems to have realized this finally, and today is introducing a new range of subscription editions alongside the mid-cycle Creative Suite 5.5 release. What that effectively means is, with the launch of Creative Suite 5.5 you do not need to pay thousands of dollars upfront to start using the latest versions of the applications you rely on or want to try out.There are several editions of the Creative Suite offering up different selections of Adobe tools. These include Design Standard, Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium, and Master Collection. Prices range from $1,299 for Design Standard all the way up to $2,599 for Master Collection, putting them out of reach of many people. Even individual application pricing is high for popular tools such as Photoshop ($699), Illustrator ($599), Flash Professional ($699) and After Effects ($999).With subscription editions you get the full functionality of the software you want to use, but with the cost being significantly lower as it is spread over time. For example, the $699 required to purchase Photoshop is replaced with a monthly subscription of just $35. Want the top-level Master Collection, but don’t have $2,599 to spare? Then pay a $195 per month subscription instead.Here’s the complete breakdown of the subscription edition pricing and options:The other benefit of a subscription is always up-to-date editions. So when Adobe release the next version of Creative Suite or the application you are using, your subscription means you get instant access to it as an upgrade. Also, it means if you don’t use certain applications for a few months you don’t have to pay for them during that time, potentially saving you even more money.The pricing for subscriptions depends on whether you pay month-by-month or subscribe for a whole year and save some additional cash. Whatever the case, Adobe’s software range just got a lot more affordable.Read more at the Adobe press release
Gaming on mobile devices is becoming more commonplace every day, but the design of a 10″ tablet isn’t really very friendly when it comes to playing your D-Pad style games. There have been tons of attempts to fix this, but for some games there’s just no replacement for the traditional controller.We’ve seen people connect the Wii remote to an Android device, and at Google I/O they showed off being able to connect a PC controller to Android 3.1 devices, but what about the PS3? Can we get some Sixaxis love on our Android devices? Turns out we can thanks to a pair of apps in the Android Market and some cables.The Sixaxis Controller app is $1.74 in the Android Market, and requires that you be rooted in order for it to work on your phone. However, you can still connect your PS3 controller to your tablet via USB and take advantage of the traditional controller feel for your Android games.If you’re rooted, you can connect up to 4 PS3 controllers and use them to play any game that supports controllers. The first thing that comes to mind are some of the emulator apps, load up your favorite multiplayer Nintendo game and go nuts, but we’re going to give it a shot with some of the native Android titles in the video below.Without root access, you’re offered the same functionality as you would connecting an Xbox Contoller or a PC gamepad, but with a USB extender you can sit back and enjoy yourself with many of the Android games in the market. I have noticed that many Tegra Zone games don’t support controllers, particularly the games that have their own virtual controllers. What about you, what game would you play?
Monica Lewinsky Image: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images Short URL Monica Lewinsky Lewinsky calls Clinton affair a ‘gross abuse of power’ Lewinsky writes in the March issue of Vanity Fair. 117 Comments Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 11:53 AM https://jrnl.ie/3876476 By Associated Press Share8 Tweet Email2 Feb 28th 2018, 11:53 AM 31,996 Views MONICA LEWINSKY SAYS that the affair that led to impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton “was not sexual assault” but “constituted a gross abuse of power”.Lewinsky writes in the March issue of Vanity Fair that she is “in awe of the sheer courage” of women who’ve been confronting “entrenched beliefs and institutions”.The former White House intern says she was recently moved to tears when a leader of the #MeToo movement told her, “I’m so sorry you were so alone.”Lewinsky says she’s been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress from being “publicly outed and ostracised,” and lauds the “#MeToo” movement for providing “the safety that comes from solidarity.”“There are many more women and men whose voices and stories need to be heard before mine. (There are even some people who feel my White House experiences don’t have a place in this movement, as what transpired between Bill Clinton and myself was not sexual assault, although we now recognise that it constituted a gross abuse of power,)” Lewinsky wrote.Clinton initially denied the affair before admitting to it in 1998; the Democrat was acquitted by the Senate.Clinton’s representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.“Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern,” Lewinsky said.“I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot. (Although power imbalances — and the ability to abuse them — do exist even when the sex has been consensual,)” she wrote.“But it’s … very, very complicated. The dictionary definition of “consent”? ‘To give permission for something to happen.’ And yet what did the ‘something’ mean in this instance, given the power dynamics, his position, and my age? Was the “something” just about crossing a line of sexual (and later emotional) intimacy? (An intimacy I wanted — with a 22-year-old’s limited understanding of the consequences.)“He was my boss. He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better. He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career, while I was in my first job out of college,” she said.Lewinsky added that “none of the above excuses me for my responsibility for what happened. I meet Regret every day.”Read: Met Éireann issues red alert for Munster and Leinster, warning of ‘blizzard-like’ conditions Image: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at Geek.com stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.This week, we go through the looking glass by having a group of people who build PCs for a living play PC Building Simulator, a video game about building PCs for a living.Subscribe and watch Geek.com’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Purchase PC Building SimulatorLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games
Anastasiya Volkov’s parents brought her to this country from Russia in 1994, when she was about 2.The Vancouver woman became a U.S. citizen Wednesday during the sixth annual naturalization ceremony at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Volkov was accompanied by her daughter, Sophia Searcy, who is almost 2.The age similarity is what Volkov focused on after the ceremony as she reflected on her new status as an American citizen.“I won’t have to worry about the things my parents worried about when I was her age,” Volkov said as Sophia licked the frosting off a cupcake. “Now I can have a positive life for my child.”The 2011 graduate of Evergreen High School was among 21 people from 11 nations who took the oath of allegiance in the historic hangar at Pearson Air Museum.The National Park Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were partners in the event.It was one of 13 naturalization ceremonies around the U.S. this summer with a “Westward Ho!” theme, celebrating the westward expansion that brought so many new arrivals to this part of the country in the 1800s.“Like you, they left their homes for the promise of new lands,” Quinn Andrus, an official with Citizenship and Immigration Services, said as she welcomed the group. “They came to seek their fortunes, to live better lives, and just start over.”
Avoiding identity theft and tax scams December 3, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With the holiday shopping season underway and the 2019 tax filing season approaching, the IRS and its Security Summit partners will hold a third annual National Tax Security Awareness Week.The goal of the week is to raise awareness to continued data security threats posed to individuals, businesses and tax professionals.A Facebook live event will be held from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the San Diego Better Business Bureau. KUSI Newsroom,
A Hazel Dell woman was arraigned Wednesday on accusations that she severely beat her boyfriend with an unconventional type of deadly weapon: an upright plastic Dirt Devil vacuum.Michelle D. Hawn, 37, pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault. She remains in the Clark County Jail on $100,000 bail.Trial was set for Oct. 11.First-degree assault carries a minimum sentence of seven years and nine months in prison. Prosecutors filed a deadly weapon enhancement that could bring five more years of incarceration.She is accused of using the vacuum cleaner to beat her boyfriend during an argument Aug. 3.Todd D. Proetel, 41, suffered several blows to the head with the vacuum, which fractured his skull and the bones around his eyes, according to court documents. Proetel was rushed to Southwest Washington Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for several days. At one point, he was in critical condition.Still ‘pretty beat up’Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Duncan Hoss said Wednesday that Proetel was still “pretty beat up” but slowly recovering.Deputies had responded to Callaham’s Mobile Manor, 10804 N.E. Highway 99, where the couple lived, and found the Dirt Devil with blood on it, along with blood splatter on an orange bucket nearby. Proetel was unconscious.The responding deputy’s report said that Hawn ran to a neighbor’s house after the attack, crying and saying, “Todd beat me up.” However, Hoss wrote that after her arrest, “there were no outwardly visible signs of recent abuse” on Hawn’s face and body.
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. Tags $59 at eBay Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $6 at Tidal Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags See at Amazon $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It See it The Cheapskate JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy 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. Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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). 0 7 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. 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Getty Images/Zhang Peng China has more problems when it comes to food.The country’s food regulator has discovered up to 35,000 restaurants illegally using food delivery apps with a fake license or no license to operate at all.China’s Beijing Market Supervision Administration also blamed these food delivery apps for not having a strict inspection system to review its vendors, reported the South China Morning Post.China has long been plagued cases by fake rice, milk powder, recycled cooking oil and even tainted fast food, and as a result, has been taking food safety very seriously. It even uses blockchain technology to prevent food fraud.The offending restaurants were not identified, but delivery apps such as Meituan Dianping, China’s version of Deliveroo, has vowed to strengthen its inspection system as well as set up food safety insurance for users.Together with Alibaba platform Ele.me, both food delivery services together make up for 98 percent of food delivery services in China, with the size of the market exceeding $46.5 billion last year.Read more: The best meal-kit delivery services Comments 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. 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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. Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. 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. 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. $60 at Best Buy Sprint Post a comment Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It $999 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Angela Lang/CNET 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. 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Medically unnecessary caesarean operations increased by 51 per cent in Bangladesh over the last two years costing patients 483 million dollars per year, according to a report revealed on Thursday, reports UNB.The report published by Save the Children Bangladesh found that in 2018 alone, the country saw estimated 860,000 of such unnecessary surgeries, while up to 300,000 women in need of C-section were unable to afford or access it.Ishtiaq Mannan, deputy country director of Save the Children in Bangladesh, said the surge in popularity is lining up affluent mothers for unnecessary C-sections under the belief that it will be more comfortable.”Poorer women who desperately need the operation can’t access it. It’s simply astonishing,” he added.He pointed out that unnecessary C-sections put mothers and babies at risk such as increasing the likelihood of infection, excessive bleeding, organ damage and blood clots as well as ensuring a significantly longer recovery time for the mother. “It also takes away the benefits of a natural birth.”Major shortage of accredited midwives in country is a challenge in combating the issue. Across the country there are just 2,500 midwives while the recommended number is 22,000, said the report.Study shows that about 80 per cent of all births in private hospitals in Bangladesh are now C-sections due to poor regulation of the medical sector.Between 2004 and 2016 the C-section rate increased from 4 per cent to 31 per cent, it said.
Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoices The View Conference also is accepting submissions for its two film competitions in 2019: The View Award for short animated films and the ItalianMix Award for short Italian films.Entries for the View Award must be 2D or 3D animated films of 30 minutes or less created after Jan. 1, 2017. An international jury from the roster of conference speakers will judge the competition, which features a prize of 2,000 euros.ItalianMix entries can be animated, experimental or documentaries created after Jan. 1, 2017, of 30 minutes or less. The top prize is a Wacom tablet.All entries must be submitted to Festhome.com by Sept. 15. Registration is now open for the 2019 edition of the View Conference in Turin, Italy. No speakers have been announced yet, but past conferences have featured some of the world’s top creative talents in visual effects, animation, gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. Last year’s edition featured composer Hans Zimmer, Paramount Animation topper Mireille Soria, ILM’s Rob Bredow and Dennis Muren, and many others.View Conference will take place this year from Oct. 21-25 in its new Officine Grandi Riparazioni venue. To register, visit the View Conference website.The conference is popular with speakers and attendees alike for its relaxed atmosphere, Italian setting and high-level networking opportunities.“View is not just a conference; it’s a community of people,” says View Conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. “Folks love attending and staying the week to network and relax. Turin is such a rich, magical city with a solid history in the arts. To play host to the best artists in the world is an honor.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Aside from being a great new approach to the VR helmet, one of the really exciting additions to the Oculus Rift after the Kickstarter is the support that has been gained from Valve. The possibility of having even a fraction of the Steam Store ready to play on the Oculus Rift is terribly exciting for anyone eagerly awaiting one. At this year’s Game Developers Conference, the fruits of this collaboration will exist in the form of an Oculus Rift-optimized Team Fortress 2.Key members of Valve and John Carmack make up a short list of partners that Oculus has been collaborating with in order to build a proper developer kit for Rift. If you follow him on Twitter, Carmack has been raving about Oculus Rift, while Valve has been fairly silent about their work so far. The Oculus Rift team has been quoted as saying that building a game for Oculus Rift requires a different approach, such as removing some of the flat screen realism elements like a player character that bobs up and down while walking. At GDC this year, Valve’s Joe Ludwig will be hosting a presentation he has dubbed ‘What We Learned Porting Team Fortress 2 to Virtual Reality’ to discuss the work that has gone into the port so far.As one of the more popular shooters available today, having Team Fortress 2 available to play on the Oculus Rift is enough to make any gamer happy. These presentations will also give developers a rare look into Valve’s development process. The successes or failures that the team met along the way will either help dozens more develop for the platform, or give the Oculus team a reason to make some potentially vital adjustments to their platform. To compliment this presentation, Valve’s Michael Abrash will be holding a separate presentation named ‘Why Virtual Reality is Hard,” which could provide further insight into the problems that lay ahead for developers looking to bring Oculus Rift support to their games.It will be interesting to see, between the two Valve developer presentations, if there are more problems found with porting an existing game versus developing a new one. Developing a new title specifically for the Oculus Rift shrinks your demographic considerably, but offers you a loyal and dedicated audience so long as the game is engaging.Given the volume of Kickstarter supporters, plus the users who have signed up for the pre-order that is now available on the Oculus website, it’s difficult to say how Valve views this ever increasing audience.via GDC
Solution: The three-night Nescens Better-Ageing programme at La Reserve Geneva, on the shore of Lac Léman and a short transfer from Geneva airport. Think of this spa break as a full-body MOT. It covers you top-to-toe with a comprehensive health and diet check-up, a session with an osteopath to assess joint health, daily personal training sessions, a tailored meal plan plus anti-cellulite massages, body wraps, scrubs and balneotherapy (relaxation baths with jets, bubbles and changing mood lights). You’ll emerge refreshed, relaxed and armed with realistic advice on how to age gracefully. What’s special about La Reserve Geneva is its team of therapists. Many have been there for more than a decade and have a background in medicine – hence their brilliant bedside manner. They are knowledgeable specialists you can really trust. Optional add-ons include laser therapy to remove thread veins (great for legs and faces) and ‘cool sculpting’ to freeze areas of stubborn fat. 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While here, you can try golf, fencing, tennis, hiking, archery, yoga, cricket, aquafit, windsurfing, Zumba, jive, salsa, table tennis…The list includes up to 30 classes a day. Your itinerary will be put together according to your goals and interests, and because most sessions are drop-in, you can chop and change throughout the week as you discover the types of exercise you like – and those you really don’t.Life-changing impact: Finding a form of exercise you love means you’re much more likely to keep it up when you get home, leading to a life-long fitness habit. When and how: Any time of year – you can compare prices for The BodyHoliday on Skyscanner. Most activities are included in the accommodation price.Duration: One week.Find flights to St LuciaIssue: Feeling over the hill Issue: Totally stressed-out Related5 healthy holidays your body will thank you forWant to start 2019 as you mean to go on? Giving yourself a well-deserved break and a chance to relax and restore your body is now a necessity, not a luxury, right? Whether you’re travelling solo or want to get away with a friend or partner, we’ve scoured our hotel search to…10 things you should never do at the airportAirports can be stressful, alright. While there’s a lot of advice out there for what you should do at an airport, forget there are lots of things that you should never, ever do – from gate lurking to chatting up staff.How to get a good night’s sleep on long flightsGetting to sleep on long-haul flights can be tricky, whether you’re on a cramped, cheap flight to Bangkok, or you figured out how to get an upgrade on that red-eye flight to Dubai. 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Life-changing impact: Expect to come home lighter, brighter and full of optimism.When and how: Any time of year – you can compare prices for the Chablé Resort & Spa on Skyscanner. Book your Temzcal ceremony ahead of your visit.Duration: Three nights.Find flights to Merida, MexicoNeed to relax on a budget? Check out these beautiful Budapest spas.Enjoy a long hot soak at one of the luxurious and inexpensive bath houses in the ‘City of Spas’.Fight flight fatigue with our definitive guide to beating jet lag.Follow these tips before, during and after the flight for a more restful start to your holiday. 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Designed to alleviate pain, improve posture and help you to achieve the fitness routine you want, there’s no better way to loosen up your vertebrae.Life-changing impact: You’ll stand taller, breathe easier and have more energy for the activities you love.When and how: Any time of year – you can compare prices for Chiva Som on Skyscanner. Contact the resort at least seven days before arrival to book the Optimal Performance programme.Duration: From three nights to 14 nights.Find flights to ThailandIssue: Emotional baggage weighing you down