TORONTO — Large crowds, especially in confined spaces, can turn deadly in the case of a security incident or panic. Some expert tips for staying safe:— Retain situational awareness i.e.: know what’s going on around you— Have several escape routes— Know where the nearest exit is, including alternatives— In the event of panic or stampede, stay calm, don’t fight crowd, work toward the periphery— Suffocation can occur even while upright, so try to ensure you can breathe — If you fall and can’t get up, roll up in a ball and try to keep from being trampled.— Have a designated meeting place in case of separation from friends and familyQuote: “These are really sobering things that nobody really wants to talk about (but) it’s important to have a dialogue about what do you do when a bad thing happens.” _Russ Simons, managing partner Venue Solutions GroupSOURCE: York University, Venue Solutions GroupThe Canadian Press
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite Trump’s promises as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington.A week after his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that bars former lobbyists, lawyers and others from participating in any matter they worked on for private clients within two years of going to work for the government.But records reviewed by The Associated Press show Trump’s top lawyer, White House counsel Don McGahn, has issued at least 37 ethics waivers to key administration officials at the White House and executive branch agencies.Though the waivers were typically issued months ago, the Office of Government Ethics disclosed several more on Wednesday. The White House had previously released more than a dozen waivers granted to its staff.One allows FBI Director Chris Wray “to participate in matters involving a confidential former client.” The three-sentence waiver gives no indication about what Wray’s conflict of interest might be. The FBI declined to comment Thursday.Before returning to the Justice Department last year, Wray represented clients that included big banks and other corporations as a partner at a law firm that paid him $9.2 million a year, according to his financial disclosure statement.Trump’s executive order on ethics supplanted a more stringent set of rules put in place by President Barack Obama in 2009 to avoid conflicts of interests. Nearly 70 waivers were issued to executive branch officials during Obama’s eight years, though those were generally more narrowly focused and offered a fuller legal explanation for why the waiver was granted.Craig Holman, who lobbies in Washington for stricter government ethics and lobbying rules on behalf of the advocacy group Public Citizen, said just five of the waivers under Obama went to former lobbyists, most of whom had worked for non-profit groups.Although he was initially optimistic when Trump issued his executive order, Holman said Wednesday, “It is now quite evident that the pledge was little more than campaign rhetoric. Not only are key provisions simply ignored and not enforced, when in cases where obvious conflicts of interest are brought into the limelight, the administration readily issues waivers from the ethics rules.”Asked about the waivers, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said, “In the interests of full transparency and good governance, the posted waivers set forth the policy reasons for granting an exception to the pledge.”An analysis by the AP shows that nearly half of the political appointees hired at the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump have strong industry ties. Of 59 EPA hires tracked by the AP over the last year, about a third worked as registered lobbyists or lawyers for chemical manufacturers, fossil fuel producers or other corporate clients. This is the very type of revolving-door conflicts of interests that Trump promised voters he would eliminate.Most of those officials have signed ethics agreements saying they would not participate in actions involving their former clients while working at the EPA. At least three have gotten waivers allowing them to do just that.Erik Baptist, a top EPA lawyer, worked until 2016 as senior lawyer and registered federal lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade group for the oil and gas industry. According to disclosure reports, he lobbied Congress to pass legislation repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard, a program that sets minimum production quotas for biofuels to be blended into gasoline, heating oil and jet fuel.Baptist signed an ethics agreement pledging to recuse himself from any issues involving his former employer. But in August, McGahn granted him approval to advise EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on issues surrounding the renewable fuel law.McGahn wrote that he was exempting Baptist from the ethics pledge because “his deep understanding of the RFS program and the regulated industry, make him the ideal person to assist the administrator and his senior leadership team to make EPA and its renewable fuel programs more efficient and effective.”Pruitt, a Republican who was closely aligned with the oil and gas industry as an elected official in his home state of Oklahoma, proposed modest cuts last summer to production quotas for ethanol and other biofuels, despite promises from Trump to leave the Renewable Fuel Standard alone.“Scott Pruitt has called on yet another fossil-fuel industry lobbyist … to help him tear down important protections for the American people,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat on the Senate Environment Committee. “And the White House plays along, granting the lobbyist an ethics waiver.”Jeffrey M. Sands previously worked as a top lobbyist for Syngenta, a major pesticide manufacturer. Following a request from the EPA, McGahn determined it was “in the public interest” to allow Sands to work as Pruitt’s senior adviser for agriculture.Dennis “Lee” Forsgren, the deputy assistant administrator helping oversee the EPA’s enforcement of clean water regulations, was allowed to work on the EPA’s hurricane response efforts involving the Miccosukee, a Native American tribe in Florida for whom he was a registered lobbyist up until 2016.“All EPA employees get ethics briefings when they start and continually work with our ethics office regarding any potential conflicts they may encounter while employed here,” EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said when asked whether the ethics waivers violate the spirt of Trump’s executive order.At the White House, another former lobbyist with ties to the oil and gas industry is advising Trump.Michael Catanzaro, special assistant to the president, was given a waiver to participate in policy matters relating to methane regulations and environmental programs including the Clean Power Plan, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the National Air Quality Standard.The Treasury Department asked McGahn for three waivers. Anthony Sayegh, appointed as the assistant secretary for public affairs, previously worked as a Fox News contributor. His waiver allows him to “participate in matters involving his former client.”Brian Callahan, the top lawyer at Treasury, was granted a waiver concerning issues involving his former position as general counsel at Cooper and Kirk PLLC. The law firm represents Fairholme Funds, which recently filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the Fair Housing Finance Agency.McGahn’s waiver allows Callahan to participate in discussions about policy decisions pertaining to housing finance reform, even though “some of these discussions could at some point touch upon issues that might impact the litigation.”The State Department got five waivers. The former law firm of Edward T. McMullen, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, represented Boeing. The Swiss government recently announced its intent to purchase military equipment and accept bids from American companies.Another waiver allows communications director Heather Nauert to work with employees of Fox News even though she used to work as a broadcast journalist for the network. Nauert is identified in the waiver, which was heavily redacted before release, by her legal name, Heather Norby.At the Pentagon, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver got a waiver allowing him to “participate in any particular matter involving specific parties,” including his former client: the Japanese government.Health and Human Services asked for waivers for senior counsellor to the secretary Keagan Lenihan, a registered lobbyist who recently worked for a pharmaceutical and health services company, and for HHS chief of staff Lance Leggitt, who recently lobbied on behalf of his law firm’s health law practice group.Agriculture Department policy adviser Kailee Tzacz is allowed to “participate personally and substantially in matters regarding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” a guide that offers nutritional information and recommendations.McGahn’s waiver didn’t offer much detail into the potential conflict Tzacz’s appointment would pose. But other records show she most recently served as food policy director for the Corn Refiners Association, a trade organization representing producers of corn starch, corn oil and high fructose corn syrup.Before that, she lobbied on behalf of SNAC International, a trade association for snack food manufacturers.___Follow Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbieseck , Linderman at http://twitter.com/JulietLinderman , and Lardner at http://twitter.com/rplardner
Khouribga – Four women died and two others were seriously injured in a road accident on Sunday morning on the National road n11 linking Khouribga to Fkih Ben Salah.A truck and a car collided which killed four people and injured two gravely, local authorities said.The wounded were rushed to Hassan II provincial hospital of Khouribga to receive the necessary health care.
OTTAWA — Canada’s largest private sector union has been dealt a blow in its long legal battle with a Walmart store in Saskatchewan.The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the United Food and Commercial Workers’ appeal of decisions by the Saskatchewan Labour Board on the union’s accusations of unfair labour practices.That means an application to decertify the union will proceed, and include votes already cast by employees at the store in Weyburn, Sask., which had been set aside.The union first applied for certification in 2004.The application was granted in 2008 but was overturned in Court of Queen’s Bench the following year. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal also opted to dismiss the union’s appeal in December 2012.As is standard practice in the case of applications for leave to appeal, the Supreme Court did not give reasons for its decision.
Door Dash is warning that about 4.9 million users of its food delivery app had their personal information stolen during a data breach.The California-based company says in a statement it launched an investigation after it noticed suspicious activity involving a third-party service provider and determined some Door Dash user data was accessed on May 4. It wasn’t immediately clear when it discovered the breach.The food delivery app company believes the breach affects about 4.9 million customers, drivers and merchants who joined the app on or before April 5, 2018.The stolen data may include profile information, the last four digits of consumer payment cards or bank account numbers, and driver’s licence numbers.However, the company says the perpetrator did not obtain enough information to make fraudulent charges on customers’ payment cards or fraudulent withdrawals from driver and merchants’ bank accounts.The company is reaching out directly to affected users, though may not have yet connected with every individual involved.It is encouraging users to change their passwords via a dedicated reset site, and has set up a call centre for round-the-clock support.The Canadian Press
by Lisa Lerer And Ken Thomas, The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2015 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 13, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaks in Ames, Iowa. Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a qualified endorsement of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, underscoring the deeply tangled links between President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy and the presidential aspirations of his former Secretary of State. “This isn’t diplomacy _ it is appeasement,” said Bush, one of the many Republicans who lashed out of the landmark deal. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) Iran nuclear deal sets up 2016 clash between Clinton and Republican White House hopefuls WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced a landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, calling it the most effective path for the U.S. to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. But she warned it would need strict enforcement, underscoring the tension between President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy and the White House aspirations of his first secretary of state.In a lengthy statement released late Tuesday, Clinton said she supported “the agreement because it can help us prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”But her written statement, following a day of meetings with Democratic lawmakers in Congress, also called for a “clear-eyed” assessment of the threat Iran represents to the U.S. If elected, she vowed a tough response if Iran failed to live up to its end of the bargain.“We can never permit Iran to evade its obligations or to place any suspicious site off limits to inspectors,” Clinton wrote. “And the response to any cheating must be immediate and decisive – starting with the return of sanctions but taking no options off the table, including, if necessary, our military options.”Clinton has largely supported the Obama administration’s negotiations over the past two years. She has stayed involved with their progress with regular briefings, according to aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss private meetings.But navigating the political nuances of a historic agreement with a decades-long U.S. enemy heading into a presidential election year may end up being far more complicated.On Tuesday, Republican candidates signalled that Clinton would be forced to defend her position in the general election and warned of violent chaos in the Middle East as a result of the agreement while calling on Congress to try to halt it.Campaigning in Iowa on Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Obama’s actions “naive and wrong.”“This isn’t diplomacy — it is appeasement,” said Bush, one of the many Republicans who lashed out over the agreement.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said the bargain “will be remembered as one of America’s worst diplomatic failures.” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who, like Walker, has vowed to rescind the agreement should he be elected president, said: “I believe this deal undermines our national security.”Though a slim majority of Americans back diplomacy with Iran, 56 per cent consider Iran an enemy of the U.S., according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll taken before the deal was announced.Israeli leaders — who hold sway with some Jewish voters — see the agreement as a threat to their country’s very existence. And Republicans have already spent months trying to link Clinton to Obama, who has seen approval ratings for his foreign policy sink in his second term.Clinton’s current place in the Iran debate marks a striking role reversal for the second-time presidential candidate and her long-ago rival. In 2008, she called Obama’s offer to meet with Iran’s leader without preconditions “irresponsible and, frankly, naive.” And when Clinton said she would “obliterate” Iran if the country used nuclear weapons against Israel, Obama likened her “bluster” to the “tough talk” of then-President George W. Bush.Four years later, as secretary of state, Clinton dispatched a top adviser, Jake Sullivan, to participate in the secret meetings with Iran through the sultan of Oman that led to the start of the international negotiations.Sullivan, who could serve as Clinton’s national security adviser if she’s elected, declined to speak for Clinton during a breakfast with reporters. When asked for his own views, Sullivan said: “I believe that this deal is the best and most effective way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. That’s my personal view.”Clinton, however, has long wondered publically whether a deal would ever take shape. She told an American Jewish organization last year that she was “skeptical the Iranians will follow through and deliver.” She said she had “seen many false hopes dashed through the years.”Now, skeptical congressional Democrats are looking to Clinton for direction as they weigh the completed agreement. With the deal between the world powers now finalized, Congress has 60 days to assess the accord and decide whether to pursue legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran or try to prevent Obama from suspending existing ones. If Clinton wins, her commitment to implementing the agreement will play a huge factor in its potential success.“She’s one of two of the most important, most influential voices in this debate, the other being President Obama,” said New York Rep. Steve Israel, who met with Clinton on Tuesday morning. “Her opinion is critically important.”Though Clinton praised the deal, she warned that the agreement would not end Iran’s “bad behaviour” in the region, such as sponsoring terrorists, and noted that the country remains a major threat to Israel.The Democratic Senate leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, said Clinton had told the rank-and-file privately “let’s find out for sure what’s in it.”After meeting earlier with Clinton, House Democrats said she offered a far more positive assessment behind closed doors, though they noted that Clinton did not explicitly urge them to vote in favour of the deal.“She endorsed it. Full-throated,” said Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly, who attended the closed-door meeting. “She was not equivocal at all in her support of the deal as she understands it.”__Associated Press writers Nicholas Riccardi in Las Vegas and Laurie Kellman and David Espo in Washington contributed to this report.
Interactive Arts and Science students took home the People’s Choice Award for their game Stop Running! at this year’s Level Up Showcase in Toronto.The 13 Brock students worked together as 4 Monsters Studio to design, create and market their game in front of other students, developers, industry recruiters and judges at the competition held Wednesday, April 4.“The People’s Choice Award was something we all had our eyes on when coming into the class, so we did everything we could to make a game that was worthy of such an award,” said fourth-year student Aaron Coomber, who was responsible for production. “Winning the award was an incredible experience for all of us and I am incredibly honoured to have worked with such a great team.”The video game Stop Running! designed and created by Brock IASC students took first place in the People’s Choice category at this year’s Level Up Showcase in Toronto.The game is a fresh take on party games. Rather than the player being the hero who has to chase down the monsters, the players in this game are the monsters who must evade the boss. Contrary to the game’s name, the goal is to not stop running. A player gains points by outlasting their rivals and the person with the most points after three rounds wins the game.The IASC 4L00 course is student-driven, with Assistant Professor Jason Hawreliak, instructor Justin Howe and technologist Andrew Roth on hand to guide and mentor students through the process of designing, creating and marketing their games.“We couldn’t be more proud of our students this year as they demonstrated the power of a cross-disciplinary interactive media degree,” said Howe, Project Co-orindator for the Centre for Digital Humanities.“Creating these kinds of complex experiences and products is no less a people challenge than it is a technical one. This means diligently and passionately working together as a team toward their goal and being ambassadors of their work, their program and Brock as an institution.”Level Up Showcase is held each year in Toronto and brings together the top post-secondary students in game development from more than 15 Ontario colleges and universities. Last year, more than 2,000 people came to try some 75 games featuring the latest technology including virtual reality and augmented reality.Brock’s Centre for Digital Humanities has taken on an increased role with the Level Up Showcase this year, becoming one of the organizing schools, alongside Ontario College of Art and Design, University of Toronto and Algonquin College.“The Level Up Showcase is a unique opportunity for students all over Ontario to show their talents,” said Howe. “Having corporate sponsors from industry mainstays like AMD, Microsoft, Unity and Zynga, to name a few, further illustrates the importance and power of this type of experiential opportunity.”Watch the official Stop Running! trailer below:
Tim Adams is in the midst of his 16th season as the full-time equipment manager for the OSU men’s hockey team, and 18th with the program overall.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsTim Adams has never ventured into what he calls the “real world.” In his 18th season with the Ohio State men’s hockey team, the equipment manager has never seen the necessity.The man with a degree in natural resources has made his career within the confines of ice rinks, handling hockey equipment for the Buckeyes.Adams’ career path began at the OSU Ice Rink where he was a student employee under longtime manager Duke Johnson. Shortly after graduation, Adams received an offer he wasn’t expecting: become OSU’s equipment manager for the second half of the 1997-98 season.“I thought, ‘Hey, this will be a fun thing to do for a few years, then I’ll get out in the real world and get a real job,” Adams said. “Eighteen years later, here I am.”The job presented itself when the Buckeyes’ former equipment manager left the team mid-season to dress for the now-defunct Columbus Chill, OSU’s then-coach John Markell said.On New Year’s Eve of 1997, Markell, shorthanded, asked Johnson to serve as temporary equipment manager during a road series against Michigan. Shortly after, Markell requested an equipment manager for the rest of the season. Johnson recommended Adams for the position.“He was here the longest, had the most experience and he liked hockey,” Johnson said of Adams. “He probably had as much hockey experience as any of the kids working here.”Adams learned basic skate sharpening and skate repair skills during his time at the OSU Ice Rink, but had to familiarize himself with some of the job’s non-technical requirements such as operating a budget and ordering custom equipment, he said.The learning curve brought valuable lessons. After packing heavy for the first couple road trips, Adams gradually realized what he needed to take with the team and what he could leave in Columbus, he said. Fellow equipment managers from opposing teams guided his development, Adams said. “The equipment guys are kind of a fraternity in their own right,” Adams said. “We aren’t winning or losing the games for our teams.”For the Buckeyes, winning wasn’t a problem once Adams joined the team. After going 9-10-1 through New Year’s weekend, the Buckeyes went 18-3-1 for the remainder of the regular season.The second-half surge was enough to boost OSU in its only Frozen Four appearance in school history. After the season, Markell switched the equipment manager’s position from part-time to full-time, he said. Adams was offered to continue with the team. “There was no thought of ever having (Adams) replaced and I was very happy that he wanted to take it on full-time,” Markell said. “I think he was excited about the direction of the program.”Markell, who was replaced in 2010 and now coaches two Ohio AAA Blue Jackets girls hockey teams, said Adams’ success was a result of his organization and passion for the game.OSU coach Steve Rohlik, who replaced former Buckeye coach Mark Osiecki in 2013, is the third coach with whom Adams has worked. He echoed Markell’s thoughts. “He’ll die for this program, he’s passionate for this program, he’ll do what it takes,” Rohlik said. “That’s just the person he is.”Despite the turnover of coaches, Adams maintains his daily structure. During the week, Adams is at the rink by 8 a.m. and out at about 4:30 p.m. His shift is extended on gamedays. He pulls double-duty for home games, as he’s responsible for handling the visiting team’s laundry as well as OSU’s. The process can delay his departure until 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Adams made $60,524 in 2013 — $14,180 was overtime pay.The players he accommodates are appreciative of his work. “He’s always been great,” senior forward Matt Johnson said. “Whenever you need something, he’s always got it for you.”As the longest-tenured member of the Buckeyes , Adams has done his best to meet the needs of the players, a task sometimes complicated by unusual requests.“It’s always to do with skates,” Adams said. “When you get that weird stuff to do with players, it’s always to do with skates.” Adams meets the needs of his team without making personal judgments, he said. In-game requests to change a skate’s cut are met with nods, not inquiries. An hour after a midweek practice, it was a request for new shorts that took Adams’ attention. Prior to the request, Adams’ phone had buzzed three times. For a man who works outside the “real world,” his job seems quite demanding.
President David Granger, this morning, received a handcrafted wooden plaque from the Prime Minister of Barbados, The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart as a thank you gift for attending that country’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebration in November last year.A press release from the Ministry of the Presidency said the beautiful piece of art was done by accomplished Barbadian artist, Mr. Ashanti Trotman and captures the Barbadian ‘tuk band’, which is similar to the Guyanese masquerade band.Prime Minister of Barbados, The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart telling President David Granger about the Barbadian ‘tuk band’, which is depicted on the wooden plaque that presented to him, earlier todayJestingly, the Prime Minister told President Granger that, “given your Barbadian ancestry, we thought we would make this presentation and say thanks to you for supporting the 50th Anniversary of our Independence.”The President in response explained the similarities in the cultural retentions of Guyana and Barbados and said that the piece represents a historical connection between the two countries, the MOTP said.On November 30 last year, President Granger and First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger joined with the Government and people of Barbados in celebration of their 50th Anniversary of Independence. Additionally, as a gift to Barbados, ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) pulled off a magnificent firework display in commemoration of the historical event. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBarbadian PM to be bestowed the ‘Order of Roraima’May 25, 2016In “Politics”Barbadians urged to take advantage of investment opportunities in GuyanaDecember 5, 2016In “latest news”President Granger confers Order of Roraima on Barbados PMMay 26, 2016In “latest news”
“A visit by a high-level delegation of Turkish mining officials may open the door to commercial opportunities for Queensland’s worldclass mine safety training and technology,” says a statement from Australia’s Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham. He said the 17-person delegation of Turkish government and mining industry officials was in Queensland from tuntil June 25.“Queensland has one of the safest mining industries in the world and is recognised internationally as a leader in cutting edge mine safety training and technology,” Lynham said. “Just over a year ago Turkey experienced its worst mining disaster when 311 miners were lost in an underground coal mine explosion at Soma in May 2014. Senior Queensland Government mine safety officials visited Turkey in the wake of the Soma disaster at the request of the Turkish mines minister to provide the government with expert advice on mine safety.“Queensland is happy to work with the visiting delegation and show them the high standards of mine safety practices, training, research and technology we deliver for our mining industry.“Commercial opportunities may also arise from this visit for Queensland to export our worldclass safety technology and training expertise to help Turkey minimise risk in its mining industry.”One of the visits by the Turkish delegation is at the Queensland Government’s Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station (Simtars) at Redbank.Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services and Member for Bundamba Joanne Miller said Simtars was a recognised world leader in innovative mine safety training, research and technology.“Its gas monitoring and analysis systems and software packages enable a mine to have early warning against the build-up of dangerous gases,” she said. “They have generated more than A$3.5 million in export earnings over the past five years.”Lynham said Queensland exported its monitoring systems and mine safety expertise to countries all over the world including China, India, South Africa, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Western Europe, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.“We have great potential to develop our strengths in mining equipment, technology and services (METS) to diversify our exports,” he said. “METS have been identified as one of the five areas of the future with high global growth potential and where Australia is well positioned to take advantage of that potential.“Queensland has 436 operating METS companies, more than any other state, with a concentration of METS company headquarters, regional METS hubs and world renowned resource focussed R&D institutions and universities.”The 17-person delegation is being coordinated by Austrade and led by the Republic of Turkey’s Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Dr Nevzat Kavakli. It will also look at mining research at the University of Queensland and CSIRO as well as visit coal mines in central Queensland.
Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd has announced record levels of quarterly and annual gold production for Q4 2018 and full-year 2018, respectively. Production in Q4 2018 totalled 230,993 oz, 28% higher than the previous record of 180,155 oz achieved in the third quarter of 2018. Q4 2018 production was significantly above target levels for the quarter and was driven by record quarterly production at both Fosterville (124,307 oz) and Macassa (69,936 oz). Production in 2018 totalled 723,477 oz, a 21% increase from 596,405 ounces for full-year 2017. Three of the company’s mines achieved record annual production in 2018, including 356,230 ounces at Fosterville, 240,126 ounces at Macassa and 58,633 ounces at the Taylor Mine, with the Holt Mine producing 67,770 oz for the year. The company’s cash position at December 31, 2018 totaled approximately $332 million.Highlights of Q4 2018 and 2018 production results include:Q4 2018 production of 230,993 oz, 39% increase from 166,579 oz in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 28% higher than 180,155 oz the previous quarterGold poured in Q4 2018 totalling 224,770 oz, with total gold sales of 225,692 ozProduction at Fosterville totalling 124,307 oz in Q4 2018, increase of 57% from 79,157 oz in Q4 2017 and 37% higher than 90,618 oz in Q3 2018; production growth in Q4 2018 reflected average grade of 39.7 g/t, significantly above target levelsProduction at Macassa of 69,936 oz in Q4 2018, 36% increase from 51,608 oz in Q4 2017 and 26% higher than 55,582 oz in Q3 2018; average grade in Q4 2018 of 25.9 g/tProduction from Holt Complex in Q4 2018 included record quarterly production of 19,305 oz at Taylor and production of 16,774 oz at the Holt Mine (compared to 16,541 oz at Taylor and 19,263 oz at Holt in Q4 2017 and 13,333 oz at Taylor and record production of 20,609 oz at Holt in Q3 2018)2018 consolidated production totaling 723,477 oz, 21% higher than 596,405 oz in 2017, with increase reflecting production growth of 92,385 oz or 35% at Fosterville, 45,889 oz or 24% at Macassa, 7,869 oz or 16% at Taylor and 1,093 oz or 2% at Holt2018 gold poured of 722,894 oz, with 2018 gold sales of 722,277 oz.Other key developments during Q4 2018 include:Continued exploration success at Fosterville, with infill drilling in Swan Zone continuing to return intercepts containing exceptionally high-grades, substantial widths and visible gold; Company continues to target significant growth in Swan Zone Mineral ReservesIncreased financial strength with cash position increasing by approximately 29% during Q4 2018, with year-end 2018 cash totaling approximately $332 millionQuarterly dividend increased to $0.04 per share effective Q4 2018 payment on January 11, 2019 to shareholders of record on December 31, 2018; company paid Q3 2018 dividend payment of $0.03 per share on October 12, 2018 to shareholders of record on September 30, 2018Strong share-price performance with Kirkland Lake Gold commons shares closing on December 31, 2018 at $35.60 per share on the TSX, representing share-price increase of 85% for full year 2018.Tony Makuch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kirkland Lake Gold, commented: “2018 was an outstanding year for Kirkland Lake Gold. We achieved record production of 723,477 oz and, just as important, embarked on a program of growth that could see the company achieve a million ounces of annual, low-cost gold production as early as 2021. A key part of our progress has been the continued transformation of Fosterville into one of the world’s greatest gold mining operations. As clearly demonstrated in Q4 2018, we continue to see much greater levels of high-grade quartz-veins with visible gold at Fosterville than had previously been estimated, which was the main driver of the mine’s substantial outperformance during the quarter and is a key reason why we expect a significant increase in Swan Zone Mineral Reserves. Turning to Macassa, our grade performance in the South Mine Complex has been excellent, with many stopes outperforming in Q4 2018, and our operations team continuing to perform very well in moving our production profile to the deeper, high-grade parts of the mine. Macassa is a very solid, consistent operation that is poised to achieve substantial production growth once our new #4 Shaft is completed, with Phase 1 completion on track for early 2022. In addition, we had record production at Taylor in Q4 2018, reflecting both improved tonnage and higher grades, and also turned in a solid performance at Holt. Entering 2019, we are well positioned for continued growth, with three-year production guidance including 740,000-800,000 oz in 2019, 850,000-910,000 oz in 2020 and 945,000-1,005,000 oz in 2021.”Production in 2018 was a record 723,477 oz, an increase of 21% from 596,405 oz in 2017. Excluding production from mines currently on care and maintenance, total consolidated production of 722,759 oz in 2018 grew 26% from 575,523 oz for the previous year. The company exceeded the 670,000 oz minimum production target included in its current consolidated production guidance for 2018 by $53.5 million or 8%. During 2018, the company improved its consolidated production guidance three times from the initial consolidated guidance of over 620,000 ounces, announced on January 17, 2018. Improvement in consolidated production guidance during the year were primarily driven by Fosterville, where average grades consistently outperformed target levels during the year.The Fosterville Mine produced a record 124,307 ounces in Q4 2018, based on processing 98,797 t at an average grade of 39.7 g/t and average recoveries of 98.6%. Q4 2018 production increased 57% from 79,157 oz in Q4 2017, when the mine processed 118,877 t at an average grade of 21.5 g/t and average recoveries of 96.3%. Production in Q4 2018 increased 37% from 90,618 oz in Q3 2018, based on processing 113,101 t at an average grade of 25.6 g/t and average mill recoveries of 97.5%. The average grade in Q4 2018 of 39.7 g/t was the highest ever quarterly average grade at Fosterville by a significant margin and far exceeded target levels for the quarter. The outperformance largely relates to increased operating development activity around the Swan Zone and higher than planned grades from development tonnes processed. In addition, stope production in Q4 2018 from both the Swan and Eagle zones achieved substantially higher than expected grades. Based on the completion of increased operating development metres, the company added two Swan Zone stopes to the mine plan for Q4 2018, which also is contributed to higher levels of production.Production at Fosterville in 2018 totaled 356,230 oz, a 35% increase from 263,845 oz in 2017. Record production in 2018 resulted from processing 456,909 t at an average grade of 24.9 g/t and average recoveries of 97.3%, which compared to processing 547,476 t at an average grade of 15.8 g/t and average recoveries of 95.0% for YTD 2017. A 58% increase in the average grade compared to 2017 mainly resulted from the continued transition to mining deeper, higher-grade stopes in the Eagle and, as of Q3 2018, the Swan Zone, which include quartz veins containing significant amounts of visible gold. The reduction in tonnes milled compared to the prior year reflected the mine’s focus on extracting high-grade stopes at depth. At current grades, the Fosterville Mill’s refining capacity is being fully utilised, with an expansion of the refinery and gold room planned for 2019. The company is also working to establish additional mining fronts, which is expected to contribute to higher throughput by 2021.The Macassa Mine produced a record 69,936 oz in Q4 2018, based on processing 85,523 t at and average grade of 25.9 g/t and average recoveries of 98.0%. Q4 2018 production was 36% higher than 51,608 oz in Q4 2017, when 119,129 t were processed at an average grade of 13.9 g/t and average recoveries of 96.8%. The increase in production from the same period in 2017 reflected an 86% increase in the average grade, resulting from mining higher-grade stopes deeper in the South Mine Complex (SMC), as well as the impact of grade outperformance, particularly in SMC stopes around the 5,700-ft level, where mining commenced near the end of 2017. The significant increase in grade more than offset a reduction in tonnes processed. Lower tonnes processed in Q4 2018 largely reflected increased selectivity in processing development material for the purpose of maximizing average grades. Q4 2018 production increased 26% from 55,582 oz in Q3 2018, when the mine processed 92,503 t at an average grade of 19.2 g/t and average mill recoveries of 97.3%. The increase from the previous quarter resulted from higher average grades in Q4 2018, mainly reflecting more favourable grade reconciliations compared to Q3 2018.Production at Macassa in 2018 totalled 240,126 oz, an increase of 24% from 194,237 oz in 2017. Production in 2018 resulted from processing 354,468 t at an average grade of 21.6 g/t and average recoveries of 97.7%. All tonnes processed in 2018 were from mine production. For 2017, a total of 409,064 t were processed at an average grade of 15.2 g/t and average recoveries of 97.1%. Of tonnes processed in 2017, 387,053 t related to mine production and averaged 16.0 g/t, with the remaining 22,011 t being drawn from low-grade stockpiles and averaging 1.6 g/t. The 35% increase in the average grade from mine production in 2018 compared to the previous year resulted from mining higher-grade stopes deeper in the SMC during YTD 2018, as well as the impact of favourable grade reconciliations and improved grade control practices.During Q4 2018, production at the Holt Mine totaled 16,774 oz, based on processing 118,347 t at and average grade of 4.7 g/t and average recoveries of 94.3%. Q4 2018 production compared to production of 19,263 oz in Q4 2017, which resulted from processing 127,494 t at an average grade of 5.0 g/t and average recoveries of 94.9%, and record quarterly production of 20,609 oz in Q3 2018, based on processing 135,849 t at an average grade of 5.0 g/t and average recoveries of 95.0%. Lower average grades compared to both prior periods reflected mine sequencing, while a reduction in tonnes processed largely reflected some stockpiling of ore from Holt in favour of processing high-grade ore from the Taylor Mine during the quarter.In 2018, Holt produced 67,770 oz, a 2% increase from 66,677 oz in 2017. The small increase in production resulted from a 2% increase in tonnes processes, with the average grade of 4.7 g/t unchanged from the comparable 2017 level. Production in 2018 was based on 471,819 t processed at and average grade of 4.7 g/t and average recoveries of 94.6%, which compared to 462,987 t processed at an average grade of 4.7 g/t and average recoveries of 94.8% in 2017.In Q4 2018, the Taylor mine achieved record production of 19,305 oz, a 17% increase from 16,541 oz in Q4 2017 and 4% higher than 13,333 oz the previous quarter. Q4 2018 production resulted from 103,793 t at an average grade of 6.1 g/t and average recoveries of 95.0%, which compared to 89,297 t processed at an average grade of 6.0 g/t and average recoveries of 96.2% in Q4 2017 and 94,092 tonnes at an average grade of 4.7 g/t and average recoveries of 94.3% in Q3 2018. The increase from Q4 2017 was mainly related to a 16% increase in tonnes processed, while a 30% improvement in the average grade, reflecting both mine sequencing and grade outperformance in Q4 2018, was the key driver of the increase compared to the previous quarter.For full-year 2018, Taylor produced 58,633 oz from processing 382,059 t at an average grade of 5.0 g/t and average recoveries of 94.7%. Production in 2018 increased 15% from 50,764 oz in 2017, when a total of 292,003 t were processed at an average grade of 5.6 g/t and average recoveries of 96.2%.
The hacktivist group Anonymous is known for its prowess in being able to hack into supposedly locked down systems and cause havoc for their owners. Anonymous likes a challenge, so its members must been a bit insulted at how easy it was to break into Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s personal email account. For some reason the dictator President had used the second weakest password in the world to “secure” his personal email, that being “12345.” Using that rather difficult to remember password (I hope you are detecting the sarcasm), Anonymous was able to access 78 different inboxes, all of which either belonged to the President himself or his staffers. The group found that many of the accounts had the same 12345 password sequence, which would be laughable if it wasn’t such a scary proposition. al-Assad has been under global scrutiny for some time. The UN has stated that his regime has killed over 2,700 protesters who have been demonstrating for his removal from power. Among the emails that were compromised was one that talked about the December 2011 interview with Barbara Walters which aired on ABC. Advisers to the President urged him to use language that would sway American citizens who watched the interview, to convince them that what had been reported by foreign journalists were lies. The suggestions included talking about Facebook and YouTube as examples of how open the country is and the discussions that are taking place.With this latest operation, Anonymous has improved its “Robin Hood” image, and has once again sought to stand up for those who are oppressed and denied freedoms. It will be interesting to see what kind of fallout comes from the leaked emails.Read more at Mashable
42 Comments By Michelle Hennessy Friday 12 Apr 2019, 4:41 PM Share1132 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 12th 2019, 4:41 PM 26,897 Views https://jrnl.ie/4589520 Investigation into deaths of two protected falcons found in Wexford quarry The birds were found close to the remains of a pigeon which the National Parks and Wildlife Service said may be connected. AN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched into the deaths of two falcons after their bodies were found in a Wexford quarry.The two dead Peregrine falcons, one male and one female, were found at Oaklands Quarry in Ballykelly.These birds are a protected species in Ireland. Source: NPWSThe birds have been taken for analysis to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s regional veterinary laboratory in Kilkenny.The department said there will be a physical examination and their livers will be removed for toxicology examinations to establish the cause of death.“Both birds were found close to vestigial remains of a pigeon,” said Tony Murray, the local conservation ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). We suspect that the pigeon was treated with substances that poisoned the Peregrines and the toxicology examinations will confirm this and identify the products used. Short URL Source: NPWSThe Peregrine population declined in the 1950s and 60s due to the use of organic pesticides like DDT. Following a ban on the use of these, the population recovered significantly to what it is today.Murray pointed out that Peregrine falcons are a protected species and “the deliberate killing of them is a criminal offence”.The National Parks and Wildlife Service has opened a file on the case and investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the service on 076 1002662 or contact their local garda station.
Syngenta and the Analytics Society of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) are proud to name Xiaocheng Li, Huaiyang Zhong, and Associate Professors David Lobell and Stefano Ermon, a team from Stanford University, as the winners of the inaugural Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics.The team was awarded a $5,000 prize for their entry, “Hierarchy modeling of soybean variety yield and decision making for future planting plan,” which modeled a system for predicting soybean seed variety selection.“It has been a wonderful experience working with Syngenta on this project, and we are excited about the impact our work can have on improving crop yields and addressing food security challenges,” said Xiaocheng Li. “Operations research and advanced analytics can contribute to variety development and evaluation, reducing costs and improved efficiency. Extracting useful insights from massive, unstructured datasets informed our findings and proves to us there is a lot of potential for modern operations research and computer science techniques in agriculture.”The Challenge tasked participants to develop a model that predicts the seed varieties farmers should plant next season to maximize yield. The inaugural competition aimed to address the challenge of global food security by fueling innovation among experts applying advanced analytics in biochemistry and agriculture.“Global food security is one of the greatest challenges facing the next generation, and there is a significant need to engage a broader talent base into agriculture,” said Joseph Byrum, Syngenta head of soybean seeds product development and lead for the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics committee. “This competition clearly demonstrated that people outside and adjacent to the industry can make noteworthy contributions.”“The submissions from the Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics represent best in class science,” Byrum said. “What is striking is the overall professionalism, quality, and effort that the finalists put into the presentations. The teams were clearly committed and had a deep connection to the challenge.”Syngenta, an award-winning company for its innovation in plant analytics, proudly supports this competition sponsored by the Analytics Society of INFORMS. Syngenta donated the prize money from its 2015 Franz Edelman Award win in support of a commitment to run the Syngenta Crop Challenge for the next four years.“Syngenta is a great example of a company using operations research to better both its own performance as well as to help better society,” said Melissa Moore, executive director of INFORMS. “In 2015 Syngenta won the Franz Edelman award for using operations research and analytics to make better breeding decisions to reduce the time and cost required to develop crops with high productivity. Their efforts, including the Crop Challenge in Analytics, are putting them at the forefront of utilizing operations research to transform the agriculture industry.”
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The Mount Sinai Cancer Center is hosting an annual spa day for some ladies who are battling cancer.Mount Sinai treated the women to massages, yoga, hair treatments, and more for their spa day Tuesday.They also got to spend time with survivors who lifted them up. “I share my experiences, and it makes it a little bit easier for them,” said breast cancer survivor Beverly Anderson. “We laugh, we cry, but in sharing and communicating with others, it makes it just a little bit easier for them.”This is the 15th year the cancer center has hosted the special day.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, September 10, 2018 at 7pm at Town Hall (Room 9).There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will discuss economic development with Massachusetts Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Jay Ash and Wilmington’s state legislative delegation — Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) & Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford).Selectmen will receive a letter from Police Chief Michael Begonis and Fire Chief Joe McMahon regarding the tragic drowning at Silver Lake on August 29.Selectmen will receive an update from Town Manager Jeff Hull regarding the town’s agreement with Russell Disposal.Olin/NET Update (Pt.1): Selectmen will receive a letter, presumably from Town Counsel, sent to the Surface Transportation Board in opposition to New England Transrail’s petition for a change in ownership.Olin/NET Update (Pt. 2): Selectmen will receive a letter from Attorney Mike Newhouse requesting a meeting regarding a proposal to develop a warehouse facility on the Olin site. Selectmen will also receive a letter from Steve Goodman, Manager of Wilmington Woburn Intermodal LLC in response to questions regarding the proposal.Selectmen will consider the request of the Recreation Commission to hold its 51st Annual Horribles Parade on Sunday, October 28.Selectmen will consider the request of the Wilmington United Methodist Church (John Arvanitis) and Boy Scout Troop 56 (John Mainini) to obtain the necessary license to sell Christmas trees in town.Selectmen will consider the request of Wilmington Farmers Market President Dana Burnham to extend the Farmers Market’s season by adding Sunday, October 7 and Sunday, October 14.Selectmen will consider the request of RMLD Communications Manager Joyce Mulvaney to place signs on the Town Common.Selectmen will receive correspondence from Wilmington’s Health & Recovery Coordinator Samantha Reif regarding the town’s National Recovery Month efforts.Selectmen will receive a memo from Town Manager Jeff Hull regarding 2018 Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon. The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple sometimes live-tweets the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Olin Update; Good News From DPW; Ice Rink Committee & More On Agenda For May 28 MeetingIn “Government”
Angela Lang/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 2:14 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo $520 at HP See It Read the Rylo camera preview $6 at Tidal 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. The Cheapskate Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Share your voice Boost Mobile Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Google Apple,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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Amazon 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Comments $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays reading • Google Fit leaps into the iOS arena 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. 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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). $155 at 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay 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 DJI Osmo Action preview Sprint Google Fit adds ‘Move Minutes’ and ‘Heart Points’ Google In a bid to make further inroads into the Apple ecosystem, Google announced Wednesday that its fitness-tracking platform, Google Fit, would be available in Apple’s App Store beginning today.The app, which until now had been the provenance strictly of Google wearables and Android mobile devices, now works with Apple devices running iOS 12 or later. (Google Fit will aggregate data from an Apple Watch, but the app itself will need to run on an iPad or iPhone, not the Watch.)The fitness app features enticements called “Move Minutes” and “Heart Points” to encourage you to become more active and keep track of how they’re doing. Various Apple Health applications such as Sleep Cycle, Headspace and Nike Run Club will now sync with Google Fit. That means users can chalk up Move Minutes and Heart Points as they move throughout their days, Google says, ideally becoming more mindful, sleeping better and getting more exercise.Read more: How to buy a smartwatch or fitness tracker Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Post a comment Tags 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. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See it Apple 0 Read the AirPods review Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $210 at Best Buy $999 Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Wearable Tech Mobile Apps Fitness $999 Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Chris Monroe/CNET Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $299 at Amazon • Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See All See at Turo See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Amazon
Share prices of utility vehicles and agricultural tractors manufacturer Force Motors (formerly Bajaj Tempo) have surged by 36% in the past seven trading sessions, even as the benchmark S&P Sensex index was up only 4.7% in the same period.Force Motors shares ended 7.67% higher at Rs 3,041 on Thursday, reaching the highest level since 5 August 2015.The rally in the stock is largely led by growing optimism among investors about the company’s earning potential.Overall, the share price of the company went up by a whopping 435% in the past 14 months, compared to a closing price of Rs 569.70 on 4 August 2014. The stock hit a life-time high of Rs 3,288 on 5 August this year.”It is net debt-free company, sitting on cash and cash equivalents of around Rs 290 crore (Rs 220/share) as on 31st March 2015,” Business Standard quoted analysts at IndiaNivesh Securities as saying in a recent report.”The company’s net sale is expected to grow at the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) 21% while the company’s profit is expected to grow at CAGR of 43% for FY15/FY17E,” analysts said.Force Motors had opened a new engine manufacturing and testing facility near Chennai on 21 July last. The plant is expected to receive an order to make engines for BMW India. Analysts also expect the company to set up another manufacturing facility in Pune.The company has recorded a robust increase in net profit by 84.33% to Rs 35.76 crore in the June quarter, compared to Rs 19.40 crore in the same quarter last year. Besides, it also posted more than 30% rise in net profit for the fiscal year ending March 2015.
India’s central government on Tuesday said the Border Security Force (BSF) and Assam Rifles have been sensitised to ensure that members of the Rohingya Muslim minority do not enter the country.Indian states have also been asked to enumerate and confine those who have immigrated illegally.India’s home minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that his ministry had issued an advisory to the states in February concerning the Rohingya.“The BSF and Assam Rifles have been fully sensitised to ensure that Rohingyas are not able to enter,” Rajnath Singh replied to a query posed by a Shiv Sena member.He said Rohingyas have, however, entered the country in “large numbers”.“It should not happen that the Rohingyas spread out and stay wherever they want,” he said, adding that the states have been advised to prepare their “biography” (profiles) and take biometrics.“The advisory also says that their movement should also be monitored and the states should be fully alert,” the Minister added.Rajnath Singh said the state governments have the right to deportation under the Foreigners Act.“We have requested the state governments that after identification and enumeration of the Rohingyas, they should send the information to the Central government. Once we get this information, we will share it with the external affairs ministry. The ministry will talk to the Myanmar authorities and try to deport them,” the minister said.Earlier, state minister for home Kiren Rijiju said Rohingyas were illegal migrants and there was no question of the government giving them any facilities.“We will first take care of Indian citizens, take care of their rights. We are not here to take care of illegal migrants,” he said.Answering another query, Rijiju said Jammu and Kashmir has the largest number of Rohingyas followed by Hyderabad. They were also present in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and some other places.“We have taken firm steps that they do not become a threat to the country’s security and become a burden in the future,” he added.Referring to the issue of ration cards, he said the government has not allowed the move and “if registration has taken place in a fake manner, action will be taken”.He said every state and union territory should ensure that Rohingyas do not get a legal document.Regarding border fencing, Rijiju said: “There is no fencing with Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, China. We have a different agreement with every country.”The minister said about one million Rohingyas in Bangladesh have not been able to enter India due to steps taken by the government.Trinamool Congress member Sugata Bose said he was saddened by the reply of the home minister and noted that India has 40,000 Rohingya refugees while there were over 900,000 in Bagladesh.Noting that the government was carrying out “Operation Insaniyat” (Operation Humanity) in Bangladesh, he asked if Centre will give shelter to all persecuted people, specially refugees.Rijiju said he was “surprised and saddened” by Bose’s remarks, saying that despite India not being a signatory to the UN convention on refugees, millions of them were still staying in the country.The minister said India has a tradition of receiving persecuted people but that does not mean that “we cannot regulate our system”.“Does that mean that you can allow anybody to walk into this nation and claim the rights of this nation. We have to have a system. We have to take care of our people first and then other people,” Rijiju added.
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