HRC to hold inquiry on Kandy violence from 9 – 12 May

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka will hold an inquiry from 9 – 12 May, 2018 in Kandy on the violent incidents based on religious hatred that took place in Kandy District in March 2018.The Chairperson and Commissioners will conduct the inquiry. Prior to the said inquiry, the Commission called for written submissions and evidence from the public regarding the incidents. (Colombo Gazette)

Quebec finance minister to table 201516 budget March 26

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao makes a financial declaration before question period Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the legislature in Quebec City. Leitao will table the provincial budget on March 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot Quebec finance minister to table 2015-16 budget March 26 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao will table the provincial budget on March 26.Leitao has said he will balance the books when he delivers the 2015-16 budget.He announced in an economic update in December that Quebec was imposing an additional $600 million in tax increases and other revenue-generating measures in its zero-deficit drive.He also warned the government had reached only 85 per cent of its cost-cutting goal and that he had to find another $1.1 billion in savings before the 2015-16 budget was tabled.Last spring, Philippe Couillard’s Liberals said that without a strict cost-cutting plan, Quebec’s deficit would have reached $7.3 billion by 2015-16.The government action has not gone down well with everyone, particularly unions and other groups feeling the brunt of the cuts.Quebec has been beset by street protests, with demonstrators demanding the government reverse its cost-cutting measures. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 9:45 am MDT read more

Time to prune the losers from your portfolio investment advisers suggest

Time to prune the losers from your portfolio, investment advisers suggest by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 2, 2015 12:20 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – With the Toronto stock market down about seven per cent this year and some sectors down even more, chances are you have a loser or two in your portfolio.Investment advisers say now is the time to consider selling them and taking your losses to offset any gains you might have in other stocks and reduce the taxes you owe.Portfolio manager Cynthia Caskey at TD Wealth Private Investment Advice says investors may be licking their wounds in many cases after the rough ride for stocks this year.“This is a way to have a silver lining to offset some taxes,” she said.Tax-loss selling means crystallizing a loss so that you can offset a capital gain and reduce the amount of tax owing. The loss then can be used against capital gains going back three years or carried forward for future use.If the investment is only down a little and you think it may come back, Caskey says this probably isn’t the strategy for you. But if your investment has taken a significant hit and is unlikely to bounce back, then selling for tax purposes is something you will want to consider.The strategy cannot be used for investments held within accounts like RRSPs or TFSAs, which do not face the same taxes as non-registered investments.To take advantage of a loss, the sale has to settle by the end of the year. That means this year, for Canadian stocks, you will need to sell your shares by Christmas Eve to have it completed by New Year’s Eve. For U.S stocks, the deadline is Dec. 28.You are also not allowed to repurchase the security you’re selling within 30 days. Otherwise it will be ruled a superficial loss and not permitted under the tax rules.However, you could look to buy shares in a similar company or an ETF to maintain exposure to the sector if you still believe in your original investment.For example, if you have an energy stock with a big loss, you could sell it and use the cash to buy an ETF with similar exposure to the price of oil if you think energy prices are going to bounce back.“It won’t mirror it exactly because it is a different security and has different fundamentals, but at least you’d be able to participate in any sort of movement,” Caskey said.For foreign stocks, it is important to remember that your loss is calculated in Canadian dollars.Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning at CIBC Wealth Advisory Services, cautioned that even if an investment in a U.S. stock may have fallen, the drop in the loonie will boost your bottom line.“If you purchased securities in a foreign currency, the gain or loss may be larger or smaller than you anticipated once you take the foreign exchange component into account,” he said.“The recent decline in the value of the Canadian dollar may increase capital gains or decrease capital losses, or, in some cases, turn what looks like a loss into a gain.”Caskey said whatever you do, it needs to be done within the context of your portfolio, and that the tax considerations shouldn’t be the only factor in your decision.Like a garden, she said it is important to recognize where things are working and where they aren’t and make adjustments.“Sometimes you have to weed your garden. Sometimes things get overgrown and need to be cut back, similarly unexpected combinations that aren’t working so will need to be rearranged,” she said. read more

Motor show news update – 29 May

Lotto winners spoilt for choice at Motor Show Live Families see show as a holiday highlight Bentley lays on VIP trips to show from Cheltenham, Leeds & Rochdale Lotto winners spoilt for choice at Motor Show Live If the car of their dreams is the first luxury purchase of many lottery winners, then the winner of tonight’s estimated £21.5 million triple roll-over jackpot would be spoilt for choice at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live.In fact, they would be able to buy all of the 400 cars on display and still have £6.5 million left in loose change!Taking the biggest dent out of the winner’s newly inflated bank balance would be the £313,465 Mercedes SLR McLaren, closely followed by the £300,000 Porsche Carrera GT and the £281,380 Maybach. Also likely to figure prominently in any list of dream cars are the £214,500 Rolls-Royce Phantom, the £177,500 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti and the £112,000 Aston Martin DB9 Volante. Families see show as a holiday highlight A whole new family audience is making a Bank Holiday B-line for The Sunday Times Motor Show Live, attracted by new interactive features that make the show a great day out.This year’s event is a radical departure from previous shows, with the emphasis as much on all-round family entertainment as the 400 new cars that are on display.Already proving a star attraction at the show is the BSM Driving School, at which children as young as 14 can actually drive a car for the first time. Younger family members will delight at the Lego-built Fomula 1 car and play area on the Fiat stand in Hall 5.The whole family, meanwhile, will enjoy the thrills and spills of the 4×4 Experience, a specially built off-road course, before getting a pure adrenalin fix at the Motropolis Live Action Arena, the MINI Open Air Theatre and Comma Caterham Experience.The show’s PR director, Andrew Andersz, says: ‘The show is no longer simply the preserve of car enthusiasts and petrolheads, it’s now an interactive experience that’s a must-visit event for the family over the Bank Holiday weekend and throughout the School holidays. Bentley lays on VIP trips to show from Cheltenham, Leeds & Rochdale Three competition winners and their partners are travelling to The Sunday Times Motor Show Live in the lap of luxury this weekend – chauffeur driven to and from the show in a Bentley Arnage.The winners are being given the VIP treatment after taking part in a poll of Auto Express readers, which revealed that Britain’s best loved car of the last 50 years is the Jaguar E-Type. The three winners are: Graham Owen from Cheltenham, Ben Fox from Leeds and Iain Brown from Rochdale.They all voted for the Jaguar E-type in the poll, paying homage to a model favoured by racing legends Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill. Visitors to Motor Show Live can catch a glimpse of the E-type, as it makes a cameo appearance in the Motropolis Live Action Arena.Graham Owen, who was accompanied by his wife Dawn on their visit to the show, said: ‘We’ve had a fantastic day. We really enjoyed seeing all the extra features including the Metropolis Live Action Arena and Thunderbirds. This was only bettered by being treated like royalty for the day thanks to Auto Express!’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Norway without Reinkind – Bergs boys to repeat fantastic January 2016 in

The biggest surprise of European handball in 2016 with winning fourth place at EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, Norway, will try to keep high level of performance at the start of the new Olympic cycle in France. The roster of Christian Berg, however, will be weaker for Harald Reinkind, one of the leader of Norwegian “new wawe”. The 24-years old right back of Rhein Neckar Lowen had abdominal injury and won’t be able to help his team-mates.Berg’s choice for France 2017:Goalkeeper: Torbjørn Bergerud, Ole Erevik, Espen ChristensenWings: Magnus Jøndal, Andre Lindboe, Kristian BjørnsenBack line: Espen Lie Hansen, Gøran Søgard Johannessen, Sander Sagosen, Christian O`Sullivan, Magnus Abelvik Rød, Kent Robin Tønnesen, Eivind Tangen,Line players: Joakim Hykkerud, Bjarte Hakon Myrhol, Petter Överby, Magnus GullerudNorway will try to find a way to 1/8 finals through Preliminary Round in Nantes where Scandinavians will meet France, Poland, Russia, Brazil and Japan. france 2017 handballNorway handball ← Previous Story France 2017 with €30.000.000 budget! Next Story → Syprzak and Wyszomirski to miss France 2017!

Simon Hick column The horizons have shifted after Leinsters Garden party

first_imgTHINGS DIDN’T LOOK too promising for Leinster at the start of this season.They’d come off their worst Heineken Cup display since the Gary Ella days, with signs they could be bullied by bigger sides. After the home loss to Clermont Joe Schmidt admitted there’s only so many times the small guys can outsmart the big bullies.They had lost their most influential player in Sexton, their most consistent player in Nacewa, and Schmidt departed, taking his ideas with him.Matt O’Connor was coming from very different cultures at The Brumbies, Japan and Leicester, with no proof he could make a backline sing.He was both a backs coach and a head coach for The Tigers but most of the big decisions were made by their director of rugby, Richard Cockerill. O’Connor had won back to back league titles in his time with the club, but winning the Premiership with Leicester is like winning the Ulster club championship with Crossmaglen — it seems to happen no matter who is involved.The Australian is approachable and friendly but says almost nothing in press gatherings, a big change from the previous head coaches, so the media have had to read more into what he has done on the field to gain any insight.INPHO/Andrew FoskerEven there though, before Saturday at least, there wasn’t a huge amount to report. Some slight tinkering with selection, no definitive change in gameplan, and solid if unspectacular displays.While results were good from the start, the fluidity in the backline wasn’t there.Ian Madigan’s non selection appeared significant too. A fan favourite and heir to the Felipe Contepomi ‘flawed genius’ role, Madigan had his momentum halted by O’Connor, which built on the idea that the team would be more risk averse from now on.The performance in Franklin’s Gardens, however, told us something new about this team, and about the head coach.Over the last three years the province was reliant on Schmidt and Sexton and Nacewa, but as often happens when leaders depart, others step up. Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip, two superstars of the 2009 Grand Slam Heineken Cup double season, have once again found the form of their lives. Luke Fitzgerald, the unluckiest of that generation, is clearly relaxed and enjoying himself again.The supremely talented Sean Cronin, in the past a frustrating player to watch, has added brilliant basics to the subtle skills he always possessed. Gordon D’arcy, meanwhile, has carried on from the New Zealand game, and even last year’s fringe players, Rhys Ruddock, Devin Toner and David Kearney, have become central figures this term.INPHO/Andrew FoskerIn spite of fears to the contrary, it’s clear the loss to New Zealand has energised the players, and the similarity in styles of play was striking. The rucking technique, and the ability for a whole range of lone ball carriers to break tackles is on a new level to what we’ve seen before.O’Connor, though, has to be given credit for not only the mental preparation and so many players being in form, but also the ambition and variety shown in attack. It was always likely he’d get the defence right, but the lines of running, composure in possession, option taking and offloading were as good as anything this province has delivered in the past.The coruscating style they adopted against Northampton, apart from helping to win the game, had a few fringe benefits. They killed it as a contest in the first 30 minutes, preserving nervous energy and drawing Northampton’s sting.They usually sought space as opposed to contact so the attrition rate was low, and when they did seek collisions, they had the inertia, inflicting rather than absorbing the contact.Northampton are deemed to have the most athletic pack in England, and can wear a team down over a two-legged affair, but that advantage was negated by Leinster’s style.Given the changes over the summer, solidity and consolidation would have been acceptable this year, but after last weekend, the horizons have shifted. He has now proven his team are capable of great things, so is expected to do it two weeks in a row.INPHO/Andrew FoskerNorthampton won’t play that badly again, are free of pressure, and Leinster are unlikely to be as accurate. History is against them too, teams rarely get hammered by the same opposition two weeks in a row, and Northampton themselves bounced back from a similar loss at home to Ulster last year.Players talk about fear being a great motivator, but embarrassment is probably an even greater motivational force.O’Connor and Leinster haven’t proven anything yet, but last Saturday was the first real window into his mind, and his playbook.They don’t need to set any benchmarks in the Aviva, just get a win, but more of the same would tell us the province have once again chosen the right man for the top job.Analysis: Leinster’s accuracy returns to blitz the Saintslast_img read more

See how lucky you are that Mario was in 2D

first_imgIn our constantly evolving world of advanced physics engines, retina displays, and that are graphics cards that are  pushing games over 100 frames per second, it’s hard to look at a game like the original Super Mario Bros. and imagine what it would be like if it was published today. As a 2D scroller, Mario was a fun but challenging even in the early levels. The creator of the original First Person Mario (Freddie Wong) has come back to show everyone how unbelievably impossible the ending of this game would have been in 3D.First Person Mario: Endgame is the sequel to the original demonstration of what Mario would look like if it were made using today’s FPS happy world. In the original, it was made pretty clear that the experience would be chaotic. It sounds almost as crazy as playing the 2D version with a 5-foot wide Lego controller, but that’s been done already.The first part of Mario, at least in 2D land, is pretty easy though. The obvious question is whether or not you could survive in that same experience later on in the game. A quick look at FPM: Endgame pretty clearly makes the answer a flat “no”. Even if you were able to survive jumping from tank to tank and taking out the baddies, there’s no way you could manage jumping on the sheer volume of cannonballs being shot at you. Even in a 3D space, being stuck on those tanks makes it impossible to strafe or dodge in any way. There’s only one thing to do: jump and pray.Once you get beyond the tanks, of course, you’ve got to take on the final boss. 3D Bowser is infinitely more menacing that his 2D self, and seeing his massive body flung towards you makes it hard to imagine you’re going to be able to run underneath of him in time. Of course, you know you you’re going to win, and you’ve got that HUD showing you life in 2D is so much simpler while you panic. The battle comes rapidly to a close and Bowser inevitably puts his massive body through the floor and plunges to his doom. Everything is as it should be, and Mario ends as the hero we all remember him.The most impressive part of this visual experience is that it comes at the hands of five talented individuals after four weeks of rendering and anmation. Brandon Laatsch lead the way to the sequel with a combination of 3dsMax, After Effects, Premier, Vray, and Krakatoa. Brandon comments that on a single computer this project would have taken 50 hours in just rendering, but through a networking his computers together the process took significantly less time overall. You can take a look at a behind the scenes for this impressive video on Brandon’s YouTube channel.last_img read more

Use an Arduino to send emails and write novels by rocking out

first_imgRemember when you first got Guitar Hero or Rock Band, and you realized that the plastic guitar is actually just a normal video game controller stretched out into the shape of a guitar, and the colored buttons are really just the same buttons as the regular controller’s buttons? Well, we know you plugged that plastic guitar into the console and loaded up a non-rhythm game to see what happened. Yeah, we found out that we’re terrible at playing non-rhythm games with the guitar controller too. Now, though, David Neveel, who works for the ad firm that created those funny Old Spice commercials, made a guitar that can coherently type out and send an email.By employing a combination of a special pickup that hooks up to a Roland synthesizer pedal, Neveel is able to output a MIDI signal to an opto-isolator circuit. The opto-isolator outputs to — what else — and Arduino, which Neveel programmed to translate the individual MIDI signals into letters. The Arduino is then plugged into the computer via USB, and the computer recognizes the rig as a regular keyboard. So, whenever someone plays that guitar, letters corresponding to the notes are entered into a word processor. Though one can use the rig on any word processor — perhaps writing the next great teen paranormal romance through the use of a guitar writing utensil — Neveel states that you can now practice your guitar shredding skills while replying to emails from your boss.This emailing guitar isn’t the only extremely useful rig Neveel has created, as he is the person responsible for that machine that removes the filling from an Oreo. One might say he’s doing God’s work.last_img read more

Atlantis la Nasa donne son feu vert pour un lancement le 14

first_imgAtlantis : la Nasa donne son feu vert pour un lancement le 14 maiÉtats-Unis- La Nasa a officiellement donné son feu vert pour un lancement de la navette Atlantis le 14 mai prochain. Elle décollera vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) pour une mission de douze jours, avec six astronautes à son bord.A l’issue d’une réunion au centre spatial Kennedy près de Cap Canaveral en Floride, les responsables de la mission ont décidé de donner leur feu vert pour un lancement de la navette le 14 mai.À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?Atlantis devrait être lancée du centre spatial Kennedy à 18H20 GMT (14H20 locales), avec six astronautes à son bord. Leur mission, censée durer douze jours, aura pour principal but de livrer sur l’ISS un petit module russe de recherche, mais aussi un système de livraison de fret baptisé “Integrated Cargo Carrier” et destiné aux chargements non pressurisés. Trois sorties orbitales de 6h30 chacune sont également prévues.Cette mission sur l’ISS, dont la construction est désormais presque achevée, sera la troisième de l’année. Il ne restera ensuite plus que deux vols programmés de navettes, le dernier étant prévu en novembre. Quant à Atlantis, il s’agira de son 32e et dernier vol avant qu’elle ne prenne sa retraite.Le 7 mai 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Van Dijk admits he has a lot to learn

first_imgVirgil van Dijk believes he still has a lot to learn after winning the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for December: “There is still so much to get better at.”The Liverpool defender was in excellent form as 2018 drew to a close, featuring in every game as the Reds climbed to the top with seven consecutive league wins.Van Dijk helped secure four clean sheets and bagged his first Premier League goal in the 2-0 victory against Wolves.The Dutchman saw off strong competition to claim the individual honour for his performances and is the first defender to scoop the award for almost six years.“I didn’t know that but I’m very proud to win this,” he told LFC.TV upon receiving the trophy at Melwood on Friday.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“All credit to everyone that helped me win it and the fans who have been supporting me. December was a great month and hopefully, we can keep going.“It was a fantastic month for all of us, there were some great games. I enjoyed every bit of it. The Arsenal game was a great game to play in – it was obviously a fantastic win.”“I’ve improved in every aspect of my game but there is still so much to learn and to get better at,” he said ahead of Saturday’s league meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion.“I’m working every day to get to where I want to be – I want to get the maximum out of myself. That’s [done] by working every day and making sure that you give everything for the team and for your club.”last_img read more

Synagogue shooting suspect had invalid license to buy gun

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP Synagogue shooting suspect had invalid license to buy gun AP, SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 19-year-old nursing student accused of opening fire at a California synagogue didn’t have a valid hunting license, which is the only way someone under 21 who isn’t in the military or law enforcement can legally buy a weapon under state law.The California Fish and Wildlife Department said Wednesday that John T. Earnest was issued a hunting license, but it had not gone into effect yet.It’s unclear how Earnest bought the gun. The hunting license was not set to go into effect until July 1, said California Fish and Wildlife Department spokesman Peter Tier.Authorities say Earnest opened fire on April 27 at the Chabad of Poway, killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring three others, including the rabbi and an 8-year-old girl. He picked up the weapon the day before from a San Diego store, according to court records.San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan said it is believed Earnest bought the weapon legally but has not provided details on how or when that occurred.Earnest picked up his AR-15 rifle from a San Diego gun store the day before the shooting, according to investigators. Earnest paid $963.41 to San Diego Guns for the rifle. The store has declined to comment when contacted by reporters.California bars anyone from buying a rifle under the age of 21 unless the person has a hunting license, is a member of the military or law enforcement. Former Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation in response to the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 people.California hunting licenses run on the state’s fiscal year and do not go into effect each year until July 1, Tier said, though they can be obtained ahead of time so hunters can enroll in competitions and prove they will be licensed in time for such events.The licenses have dates printed on them showing when they go into effect, he said. Earnest’s license would have stated it went into effect July 1 and was valid through June 30, 2020.Recently unsealed search warrants showed police found a hunting certificate at Earnest’s home proving he completed his coursework and had passed a test.Before a hunting license can be purchased, an applicant must receive a minimum of 10 hours of training from a state approved instructor. Six of those hours can be done online, Tier said. The certificates differ in look from licenses.State Sen. Anthony Portantino, who authored the state gun law that took effect this year, said in a statement that he is working to close the loophole.The Democrat said he wants the law amended to prohibit the sale of semi-automatic weapons to anyone under the age of 21.Earnest, who voiced anti-Semitic and white supremacy beliefs online, has been charged in state and federal courts in the synagogue shooting. He is eligible for the death penalty if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.He fired off 10 rounds before fumbling while trying to reload the weapon, according to investigators. An off-duty Border Patrol agent who is a member of the synagogue grabbed a fellow worshipper’s handgun and fired off four rounds, causing the shooter to flee. Earnest later called 911 and said he had just shot up a synagogue. Police arrested him without incident. Posted: August 15, 2019 August 15, 2019last_img read more

Vancouvers dry spell ends at 51 days

first_imgIt wasn’t much, but 0.04 inches of rain early Monday was enough to end Vancouver’s recent dry spell. Pearson Field went 51 consecutive days without measurable rain before the streak was broken Monday morning.Vancouver had last experienced measurable rain on July 20, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. The city saw traces of precipitation on July 27 and Aug. 18, but not enough to register 0.01 inches on the rain gauge.Long-term precipitation records aren’t available for Vancouver. But at the Portland International Airport, the same 51-day dry spell was the eighth-longest ever recorded there. The longest recorded run without measurable rain is 71 days, spanning June 23 to Sept. 1, 1967. Included in that streak were 41 days without a drop — not even a trace — of precipitation, according to the weather service.This week’s taste of rain will be short-lived, according to the weather service. Sunny skies are expected for the next several days, with temperatures in Vancouver climbing back into the 80s by midweek, forecasters said.last_img read more

Woman nearly drowns near Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A water rescue took place, Monday morning, along Miami Beach.Miami Beach Police responded to someone who nearly drowned off 26th Street and Collins Avenue. The woman reportedly tripped and fell in the water.Officers and fire rescue used a construction pipe to pull the woman to a nearby rowboat.She reportedly had minor injuries and was checked out by doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sandow Media Buys Eight Magazines from RBI

first_imgReed Business Information has sold off another big chunk of its once-giant trade magazine business. Worth magazine publisher Sandow Media is expected to announce today that it has acquired eight magazines from RBI. The deal includes Interior Design and the Furniture Today group, which is made up of Furniture Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Home Textiles Today, Casual Living, Home Accents Today, Kids Today and Playthings.Financial terms of the deal, which closed Wednesday night, were not immediately available.According to Sandow chairman and CEO Adam Sandow, this is “a rare opportunity for Sandow Media to acquire a group of industry-leading magazines and a very strong management team. These brands each have robust print, digital, event and research businesses and hold the category leader position in each of their respective markets.” As part of the deal, Sandow Media will take on more than 100 RBI staffers and will assume management of RBI’s Greensboro, North Carolina facility.RBI announced in July that it put the majority of its U.S.-based trade magazines back on the block. In December, it sold Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) to Wicks Group-owned NewBay Media. In January, it ceased publication of Video Business, Manufacturing Business Technology and Industrial Distribution, as well as their associated Web sites.Earlier this month, RBI sold sold Library Journal and School Library Journal to Plain City, Ohio-based Media Source Inc. Last month, it sold Electronic Design News, Design News, Test & Measurement World and Packaging Digest to Los Angeles-based Canon Communications.last_img read more

Cigar Aficionado Publisher Buys Malt Advocate

first_imgM. Shanken Communications, publisher of Cigar Aficionado and Wine Spectator, has acquired Malt Advocate Inc., publisher of 19-year-old Malt Advocate Magazine and producer of the WhiskeyFest event series, which are held in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. John Hansell remains publisher and editor of Malt Advocate while Amy Westlake remains director of WhiskeyFest. Terms of the deal were not released. “Our activities dovetail perfectly with those of M. Shanken Communications Inc. from a publication and events standpoint,” said Hansell in a statement. “The M. Shanken Group will take Malt Advocate magazine and our WhiskeyFest events to levels that we could not have achieved on our own.”last_img read more

Scientists create lowcalorie butterlike spread thats 80 water

first_img Read the AirPods review $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $210 at Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sci-Tech,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.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. See It Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See It $60 at Best Buy 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It Enlarge ImageIt’s not butter, but it feels like it. Jason Koski/Cornell University Cornell scientists have invented a low-calorie butter-like spread that’s made up of 80% water and 20% oil. What should we call this magnificent marvel of modern science? Butter-ish? Butteresque? No Butters About It?The low-calorie spread is made using a high-internal phase emulsions process, also known as HIPE. Suggested marketing copy: “Believe the HIPE! It feels just like butter on your tongue!” HIPE has a water-to-oil ratio of 4 to 1, which makes the emulsion spheres squeeze in tight against one another.”They start squishing against each other, and the squishing and packing results in high friction,” Cornell food scientist Alireza Abbaspourrad said in a statement Tuesday. “They can’t slide easily anymore. They can’t flow anymore. It’s firm, as you’ve created something with the consistency of butter spread.” Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Amazon 2 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $6 at Tidal 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Share your voice $520 at HP 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags 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 SearsMore to come! Note: 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160)center_img Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Share your voice Read Google Home Hub review See at Amazon $155 at Google Express Rylo 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. Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 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. 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. Comments Turo 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. $999 NASA’s Apollo 11 astronauts honored in… a butter sculpture Oscar Mayer hot dog ice cream sandwich is real and terrifying CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Chris Monroe/CNET The spread can be modified and adjusted to carry vitamins or have different flavors. Hello, garlic butterish. The quest for a less fattening butter has seen many butter pretenders, but this new innovation seems promising. A tablespoon of this science spread has just 2.8 grams of fat and 25.2 calories. Compare that with real butter’s 11 grams and 100 calories.The research team published a paper on the spread and the process behind it in the American Chemical Society’s Applied Materials and Interfaces journal in June.The only major problem with this newfangled spread is that you probably can’t carve Apollo 11 astronaut-tribute sculptures out of it. 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. 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). 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Comments Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The Cheapskate Boost Mobile Odd foodslast_img read more

HoustonBased Spectra Energy To Be Sold To Canadian Pipeline Company Enbridge For

first_imgSpectra Energy A large diameter pipeline construction by Houston-based pipeline company Spectra Energy. Share 00:00 /01:08 Listen Xcenter_img Houston-based pipeline company Spectra Energy will be sold to Enbridge Inc. for $28 billion in stock, making the Canadian company the largest energy infrastructure firm in North America.In a conference call with investors, the two firms’ CEOs called the deal a win-win. Greg Ebel, president and CEO of Spectra, will be chairman of the new Enbridge once the merger is complete, expectedly early next year.“We’ve said on many occasions that we’d like to grow our liquids footprint and this transaction does this in a specific, accelerated way,” Ebel said.Spectra’s main focus is on natural gas, while oil makes up 80 percent of Enbridge’s pipelines. The new company will be more or less balanced between the two.Together, they operate nearly 19,000 miles of pipelines moving oil and related liquids, and more than 100,000 miles of pipelines for natural gas.“From that standpoint, by combining the two companies, I think we’re going to be able to reach more customers and fuel the economy here in the U.S.,” said Michael Barnes, communications manager with Enbridge, which already has its U.S. headquarters in Houston.The new company will have a total value of $127 billion, more than any other North American pipeline company. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Cryogenic Phonon Scintillators to Help in Search for Dark Matter

first_img Citation: Cryogenic Phonon Scintillators to Help in Search for Dark Matter (2006, March 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-03-cryogenic-phonon-scintillators-dark.html What do WIMPs and MRIs have in common?Besides being acronyms, both the dark matter candidate and the medical diagnostic technique could benefit from the next generation of cryogenic scintillators being developed. While physicists are primarily focusing on the search for dark matter and answers to how the universe is built, they’re creating a detector with superior energy resolution and distinguishing capabilities that could have repercussions beyond the questions of the universe. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This cryogenic detector can distinguish space background radiation from the recoil energy of a WIMP interacting with the nuclei of normal matter. Labeled parts: 1 – scintillating crystal, which physicists measured different materials for best fit, 2 – reflector, 3 – light detector, 4 and 4’ – thermometer calorimeter film, which can sense a small temperature difference caused by energy released during WIMP events, 5 – particle, 6 – phonons, which result when the crystal vibrates, and 7 – light. Image credit: Mikhailik, V. B. and Kraus, H. Based on the way that galaxies spin, cosmologists believe that a form of matter which doesn’t reflect light must exist in the universe. Not only does this dark matter affect how galaxies spin, but a particular amount of it would balance out the total mass of the universe so that it’s not so light that one day it collapses back in on itself. Cosmologists wonder what dark matter could be made of that makes it so enigmatic and massive, and theorists favor a type of particle called a WIMP (Weakly Interacting Massive Particle). On very rare occasions, WIMPS may interact with nuclei in normal matter and impart a tiny amount of recoil energy to the nuclei.Although physicists may be able to detect this recoil energy, they face a couple of large challenges. For one, the amount of recoil energy is so small that current detectors haven’t been able to pick up any signals. Also, a background of space radiation and cosmic rays interfere with the energy of the nuclei, and make it difficult for detectors to distinguish the two sources. Physicists V. Mikhailik and H. Kraus from the University of Oxford are looking for materials that might work for a new type of detector called a cryogenic phonon scintillator detector (CPSD). As they report in a recent Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, CPSDs could have superior energy resolution and the ability to discriminate between particles and radiation, and possibly be able to detect rare WIMP interactions. The high hopes for the new CPSDs stem from the way that these detectors work. CPSDs are constructed of crystals that increase in temperature when energy is deposited in them. Because these scintillating crystals can distinguish the subtlest temperature differences at the lowest temperatures, CPSDs operate optimally at temperatures close to absolute zero (in the 10-15 millikelvin range, or nearly –459°F) for the best chance of detecting WIMP events. Since operating CPSDs at extremely low temperatures is an entirely new area of research, Mikhailik and Kraus experimented with different types of materials to determine which give sufficient light at extremely low temperatures. At the same time, the materials must have very low intrinsic radioactivity in order to discriminate between different types of radiation. “In the first phase of the experimental search for WIMPs, a few CPSD detectors made of CaWO4 crystals (material which is used worldwide as x-ray screen in medical diagnostics) have already been tested and delivered excellent results,” Mikhailik told PhysOrg.com. “The next experiment will plan to use different scintillation targets with a total mass of about 100 kg, which should allow verification of a WIMP signal.”The physicists’ deeper understanding of the potential of CPSDs at low temperatures also has applications in fields such as medicine and security inspection. For example, CPSD technology could enhance image quality in diagnostic tools and reduce a patient’s radiation doses. CPSDs at low temperatures could also pick up signals from neutrons and use their ability to penetrate metal shielding made of heavy nuclei, which interact predominantly with the lighter nuclei in materials of interest. “Apparently the search for cryogenic scintillators today is the science-driven initiative that will prepare the grounds for technological progress in respective areas tomorrow,” wrote Mikhailik and Kraus.Citation: Mikhailik, V. B. and Kraus, H. Cryogenic scintillators in searches for extremely rare events. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 39 (2006) 1181-1191.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 Physorg.comlast_img read more

Canada lifts all travel alerts for Playa del Carmen

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Canada has joined the US in lifting its travel alert for the city Playa del Carmen. The alert was lifted over the weekend and is without any restrictions or advisement about travel to the area.The Canadian travel alert was issued a few days after the US Embassy in Mexico City issued a travel advisory for its employees traveling to Playa del Carmen. However, after an investigation in which the FBI participated, and the implementation of additional security measures, the travel alerts for both countries were lifted.Canada is the second most important tourism market for the Cancun, Riviera Maya region after the United States. Millions of Canucks head south each year, landing at the Cancun International Airport to vacation in both the resort city or surrounding areas including Playa del Carmen.According to the Government of Canada, their latest update on safety and security for Playa del Carmen included “the removal of information on threat in Playa del Carmen”, including the use of the ferry services and travel to all areas within the state.The Government of Canada does remind citizens regarding organized crime, “Although it does not target tourists, violence related to organized crime increased throughout the country in 2017.”They also add that “The level of crime in resorts and major tourist cities and destinations is relatively low compared to the national average.“More than 2.1 million Canadians travel to Mexico each year, the vast majority of them without incident.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more