Woman arrested in Vancouver helped turn Huawei into household name in China

first_imgVANCOUVER — The tech executive whose arrest in Vancouver has sparked outrage from China is the well-educated daughter of a wealthy former military man who founded what eventually became one of the world’s largest telecom companies.Wanzhou Meng, the chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of Huawei Technologies, was arrested at Vancouver’s airport while in transit over the weekend and faces extradition to the United States on unspecified charges.Meng’s bio on Huawei’s website says she joined the company in 1993 and held various positions across the company, including director of international accounting and CFO of Huawei Hong Kong.She holds a master’s degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.Huawei was founded in 1987 by Meng’s father, Ren Zhengfei. It’s grown into a major multinational with more than 170,000 employees doing businesses in more than 170 countries.Meng’s father, now 74, comes from rural roots, according to the Huawei website. His parents were school teachers and he grew up in the remote mountainous town in Guizhou province.Huawei says Zhengfei was a standout in the Chinese military’s engineering corps, retiring in 1983 when the unit disbanded. He was invited to attend the National Science Conference in 1978 and the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 1982.After a stint in logistics with Shenzhen South Sea Oil Corp., his biography says he founded Huawei in 1987. He has held the title chief executive since 1988.Meng, who also goes by the first name Sabrina, is one of four deputy chairs listed on the Huawei website and one of three women to sit on the Huawei board. She is credited in her bio with establishing Huawei’s globally unified finance organization — helping grow the company to the world’s largest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies. The company says it has surpassed Apple as the second biggest maker of cellphones after South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co.Meng led the founding of five Huawei shared service centres around the world, her company bio says. “These centres have boosted Huawei’s accounting efficiency and monitoring quality, providing accounting services to sustain the company’s rapid overseas expansion.”Since 2007, the company says Meng has been in charge of something called the Integrated Financial Services Transformation Program, a partnership between Huawei and IBM.“In recent years, Ms. Meng has focused on advancing fine-grained and comprehensive financial management at Huawei, working to align these efforts with the company’s long-term development plan,” her Huawei bio reads.“Ms. Meng has continually worked to improve treasury risk and tax compliance management systems, and has helped to make financial operations within the company more efficient, agile, and intelligent.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Major UN agency suspends Gaza relief operations after Israeli strike kills driver

The body of another UN worker killed in a bombing several days ago was found today and UN officials said the suspension would continue until they received adequate assurances from Israel that such incidents will not be repeated.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said the clearly marked convoy carrying a UN flag and picking up supplies at the Erez crossing into Gaza had been coordinated with Israeli liaison officers who gave the green light. A second equally coordinated and marked UN medical convoy on its way to fetch the body of an UNRWA staffer killed in an earlier bombardment came under light arms fire in Gaza City. “This is heartbreaking… a very, very difficult decision for us to take,” UNRWA Director of Operations in Gaza John Ging told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, speaking by video link from Gaza. “The population here are in a dreadful state and really need our help at this point but we have also a responsibility to our staff, and eager as they are, and believe me they are, we cannot fly in the face of the security situation.”While UNRWA is perfectly prepared for reasonable risks in a conflict zone, “added to those is the fact that we cannot rely on firm commitments given by the Israeli side, carefully coordinated with them, green lights given to move… specifics provided, carefully coordinated throughout, and to have the Israeli forces on the ground firing at and now hitting aid workers.” He said the movement of all staff would be suspended until UNRWA could be assured of their safety, and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told the same news conference: “We are seeking those assurances… We’re talking very urgently about how we can make better arrangements, more reliable arrangements to avoid these incidents on the ground which we simply cannot see repeated. Otherwise we simply won’t be able to do our job.”Mr. Ging said Israel was investigating the Erez incident, which came two days after Israeli shelling near an UNRWA school killed 40 people and injured more than 100. Israel said it was returning fire from the area of the school. UN officials stressed there were no Hamas or other militants inside the school.On today’s second incident, which occurred during Israel’s stated daily three-hour lull in fighting, Mr. Ging said he had received no credible explanation from Israel as to how “the green light turned into three rounds” of light arms fire. Asked how he could be sure that Israel was responsible for the incidents, he said the Israelis had not so far disputed the cases. “The headlines are that we desperately need a full and immediate ceasefire in Gaza to enable the civilian population to be protected and helped and that need is becoming more desperate by the hour,” Mr. Holmes said, stressing that most of the Strip was without power, although some fuel was getting through, and 20,000 people were in UN shelters.He added that the Israeli lull, which the UN has called totally insufficient, allowed residents to get food supplies, access medical services, get to the dead and wounded in buildings, bury the dead and dig out more bodies from the rubble. Meanwhile rocket fire into Israel continued. He cited credible Palestinian reports that the death toll had now reached 758, of whom 257 were children and 56 women, with 3,100 wounded of whom 1,080 are children and 452 women.He referred to “absolutely horrifying” accounts that the International Red Cross had reached bombed houses in Zaitoun, finding 12 dead people and four children alive next to their dead mother on mattresses in one, and 15 wounded in another, noting that what was particularly shocking was that a nearby Israeli team must have been aware of the wounded, yet did nothing. While UNRWA has suspended its supplies for the 750,000 people classified as refugees, a further 250,000 of Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants receive food aid from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has not yet taken a decision on its operations. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the incidents, once again calling for an immediate ceasefire. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, he noted that four UNRWA local staff have been killed since the conflict started 13 days ago. Mr. Ging said that when another UN convoy came under fire yesterday, Israel said it was not firing at it but over it.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman voiced deep concern that the ongoing violence had forced UNRWA to suspend operations. “This can only deepen an already critical humanitarian situation and put children at even greater risk of death or permanent damage. The distribution of food, water, fuel and medicine should not be impeded,” she said in a statement.“UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict to take every measure to protect children. It is only with an end to the conflict that children’s rights can be fully respected. In the interim, safe spaces and unimpeded humanitarian access must be established in Gaza urgently to ensure that children have access to regular life-saving supplies and support.”UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres told the Security Council today that, with Gaza’s borders closed, the civilian population cannot flee to safety elsewhere. He called for strict adherence to humanitarian principles in and around Gaza, including respect for the universal right to seek and receive asylum. 8 January 2009A United Nations agency that is a lifeline for 750,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza suspended food delivery operations today after Israeli strikes killed one of its drivers and injured a second after they had received Israeli clearance on the 13th day of an offensive launched with the stated aim of ending Hamas militant rocket attacks into Israel. read more

New flu uncovers public healths successes challenges – Ban

19 May 2009Global solidarity is crucial to containing the outbreak of influenza A(H1N1), which has also revealed the successes and challenges public health faces, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Global solidarity is crucial to containing the outbreak of influenza A(H1N1), which has also revealed the successes and challenges public health faces, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.In addition to highlighting the interconnected nature of the world, the new flu’s spread has allowed for a deeper understanding of the need for advance planning for a pandemic, Mr. Ban told the World Health Assembly under way in Geneva. “We have never been better prepared to respond.”Crucial in fighting the new flu is global solidarity, which he said “must be at the heart of the world’s response to this crisis.”This solidarity must be manifested in greater access to drugs and vaccines, the sharing of virus samples and data, and the lifting of “self-defeating” restrictions on travel, the Secretary-General said.“It means that WHO [World Health Organization] and other vital bodies have the resources they need when they need them,” he added. “It means that we all act in the interests of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.”Further, the outbreak has highlighted the importance of transparency and the importance of investing in strong public health systems, which Mr. Ban characterized as “the guardians of good health in normal times and the bedrock of our response to the new outbreaks and emerging diseases.”WHO reported today that 40 countries have officially reported nearly 10,000 cases of influenza A(H1N1), with nearly 80 deaths. WHO’s pandemic alert level remains at Phase 5 – on a six-point warning scale – meaning that sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus on a community level is restricted to one of the agency’s geographic regions, in this case North America.In today’s address, the Secretary-General also emphasized the importance of ensuring continued investment in public health, even in the face of a recession. Curbing funding on health at times of financial downturns is “not just morally wrong, it is economically foolish,” he added.In spite of the need for increased resources, he pointed out that “we also must do more with what we have now,” calling for creative solutions to surmount obstacles, including women’s health, an issue he said ties together with global security, prosperity and progress.Also today, Mr. Ban took part in a meeting, convened by WHO and attended by representatives of some 20 pharmaceutical companies, to ensure that developing countries will have access to vaccines. “Our outreach this morning with the leaders was to discuss how best to ensure that vaccines get to those who need them,” the Secretary-General stated at a joint news conference with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.He pledged to work with companies, governments and other partners to improve vaccine access, including pricing and distribution, in poor communities and countries.“We must act in the interests of the poorest and most vulnerable,” said Mr. Ban. “In addition to being noble, this is also in our self-interest given the nature of infectious diseases. And we must remain vigilant. We may be in a grace period with H1N1, but we are still in the danger zone.” At a high-level gathering on influenza A(H1N1) yesterday, Dr. Chan underscored the importance of obtaining reliable information on the different aspects of the influenza A(H1N1) infection in order to make informed decisions on how to manage the outbreak and prepare for a possible global pandemic.“We are all under pressure to make urgent and far-reaching decisions in an atmosphere of considerable scientific uncertainty,” she said. read more

Taxi fares to increase

Bus fares had also increased from this week. Taxi fares (Three wheeler) will be increased by Rs. 2 per kilometer from today owing to the fuel price hike, the Secretary of the Three Wheelers Association Lal Kalinga said.Accordingly, he said that Three Wheel operators will charge Rs. 32 per kilometer as opposed to Rs. 30 which was the earlier rate.The price increase comes even as the Ceylon Electricity Board and Water Board announced they were also increasing the cost charged on consumers.

Sudan UN helps launch programme to improve capacity of independent judiciary

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and Sudan’s Ministry of Finance have launched a programme designed to strengthen the judiciary in the strife-torn African country.The $18 million initiative, launched yesterday in Khartoum, will provide training and technical and operational support to the National Judicial Service Commission and the National Judiciary. It will also develop judicial training curricula and materials, and train 1,200 judges at the state and central level.In addition, the initiative will establish a pilot National Legal Training Resource Centre, as well as rehabilitate court facilities in several locations across the country, including the judiciary training facility in Khartoum.“A sound and independent judiciary is central to any society striving to achieve sustainable human development,” said UNDP Country Director Jerzy Skuratowicz. “Recovery and reconstruction cannot progress without basic human security and strong national institutions that uphold the rule of law and bring justice to all citizens.”Sudan’s Government of National Unity has provided $5 million for the project, while the international community has funded $13 million through the World Bank. The initiative will be jointly implemented by the judiciary and UNDP over a three-year period. read more

Thousands vote to highlight best garages

Regional winners named in nationwide campaignThe operator of OFT-backed codes of practice for the motor industry, Motor Codes, has revealed the 20 most trusted garages in the UK, as nominated by motorists.Through its Garage of the Year contest, brought to you by Havoline, an annual initiative to help motorists find reliable garages that offer consistently good customer service, Motor Codes has gathered feedback from over 13,500 car service and repair customers.  The top 20 represents the regional winners of the competition and is split to show motorists’ favourite large and small businesses.Motor Codes managing director, Chris Mason, explains the idea behind the contest, “It’s clear to see from the tremendous level of support for the competition – we received double the number of votes compared to last year – that motorists value simple, good old fashioned customer service.  The car service and repair business is a two-way relationship, with word of mouth important for garages and consumer confidence.  Garage of the Year gives people a formal way of showing their appreciation, at the same time as letting other motorists know where to find the garage good guys.”The twenty regional finalists will now have their votes and customer feedback analysed by a panel of motoring experts including The Sun’s Motors editor, Ken Gibson, Emma Butcher, consumer editor at What Car? magazine, Peter Lawton, editor of industry magazine Car and Accessory Trader and John Jackson of Havoline.  In addition, each regional winner will be independently assessed by the RAC, to monitor quality of service, value for money and overall customer satisfaction.Once the assessments have taken place, the overall winners – the UK’s best large and small garage – will be announced. You can view the regional winners on the Motor Codes website.Motorists who voted in the competition will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, as well as a year’s free car servicing* and, as well as the prestige of winning the title, garages are competing for a prize package including Snap-on vouchers and free Motor Codes subscriptions, worth over £10,000.Complementing the Garage of the Year competition, Motor Codes offers a postcode-driven garage finder on its website, www.motorcodes.co.uk, showing over 6,700 garages that subscribe to its customer service guidelines.  Each garage has a profile page, complete with real-time customer ratings.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Core blimey Late frost leaves British apples as big as a babys

first_imgBritish Braeburns are one of Britain's most popular Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Our relationship with our growers meant we were able to take the whole crop from our apple farmers and ensure these huge but delicious apples are eaten.”Melvyn Newman, from Howfield Farm, Chartham, Kent said: “This year’s frost caught lots of growers by surprise.”Over a third of our Braeburns this year are a much bigger size and with a smaller crop overall, it would have been heartbreaking to leave oversized fruit on the trees when they are just as tasty and with better colour.” British Braeburns are one of over 50 varieties of apple available in 491 Morrisons stores nationwide and the second most popular accounting for 17 per cent of apples sold over the year.Gala apples top the nation’s favourites at 25 per cent with crisp and sweet Pink Lady apples coming in third at 11 per cent. British Braeburns are typically picked in the autumn months and require three weeks’ rest at chilled temperatures to sweeten. This year’s giant crop is a result of the latest UK frost for almost 20 years.A cold April stopped apple trees from flowering fully, limiting the pollination essential for fruit growth.However, favourable conditions later in the growing season gave a nutrient boost to the remaining apples, allowing them to grow to their giant size. Braeburns account for 17 per cent of apple sales in BritainCredit:Morrisons Unusual weather conditions surprised farmers with a crop of giants Mark Booth, apple expert at Morrisons, said: “Ideal for snacking, sharing or baking, these giant British Braeburn apples offer great value to our family customers. Apples more than twice their normal size are going on sale this year thanks to late frost, supermarket bosses have said.Morrisons, the Bradford-based retailer, is selling a crop of British Braeburns that farmers say have been ‘supersized’ by unusual weather conditions.Unusually late frosts across the UK in April meant fewer apples growing, but as much as 10 per cent of the British Braeburn crop growing beyond their standard size.However, according to Morrisons, farmers then found that the reduced crop had grown to more than twice the size and weight of the norm.Weighing in at an average of 450g each, the giant apples dwarf the typical 170g Braeburn, and will be the biggest apple the supermarket has sold in living memory.Morrisons, which claims to be British farming’s biggest single customer, has made 120,000 available over the next fortnight. Unusual weather conditions surprised farmers with a crop of giantsCredit:Morrisonslast_img read more

Morila gold mine Mali a lesson and a legacy

first_imgThe Morila gold mine in Mali is a shining example of how a worldclass mineral resource can be optimally exploited to the benefit of all its stakeholders, especially its host country’s government and people, Randgold Resources Chief Executive Mark Bristow said during a visit to the facility last week. Bristow said over the past 15 years Morila had contributed almost $2 billion to the Malian economy in the form of direct in-country expenditure, including more than $1.1 billion transferred to the government as dividends, duties and taxes.Today it continues to deliver value through the planned retreatment of the economic portion of the tailings material, which will continue until 2017. As part of the closure plans, operations to strip the uneconomic portion of the tailings storage facility have begun and the tailings are being deposited back in the pit, helping to clear the surface for rehabilitation. The possibility of mining the satellite Domba deposit, which could deliver an extra 30,000 to 40,000 oz, is currently being investigated.“As closure approaches, we have been stepping up the development of our agribusiness initiative as a sustainable source of economic activity for the local community. This marks the beginning of a new era for Morila, and it is our hope that, in cooperation with the Malian government and other agencies and interested parties, it could become a legacy to the people who worked here and who hosted our operations,” Bristow said.A range of well-established agriprojects – including poultry, fish and fruit farming, as well as honey and off-site initiatives with local farmers – is being expanded, and other opportunities, including ecotourism, are being explored.“Morila’s legacy also extends to the contribution it made to local education and skills development, as well as the infrastructure of water supply, roads and communication it will leave behind,” Bristow says.“At a time when the mining industry is often depicted as a despoiler of its host countries, the words of Mali’s minister of land affairs are worth noting. After visiting this site in May, he said: ‘For a long time, closing a mine has been a source of desolation, but this time, with the agribusiness initiative, closing Morila is a new hope.”The picture shows bee keeping at Morila.Morila was discovered, developed and financed by Randgold. The mine was commissioned in October 2000 and, since inception, has produced more than 6 Moz of gold, and so much more in local community development.last_img read more

Police in Denmark let teens use their car as makeshift waterslide

first_img Source: Eduardo Flyaway/YouTubePolice spokesperson Thomas Kristensen told DR Nyheder THE DANISH POLICE are officially a sound bunch. Usually when police are ‘caught on camera’ it’s showing something sinister. But, not in Copenhagen.A tourist took footage of police setting up a makeshift water slide for teens at at Amager Beach. They went as far as positioning it for optimal sliding, with one cop standing on hand to give them a helping hand. Police officers are ordinary people, and if it helps them have a good relationship with the kids, it’s all good.It comes in the wake of the Danish police being general bad-asses at a youth skate-park, posting a photo Facebook of one of the force grinding crime to a halt. Source: ImgurIt’s looking to be a sunny bank holiday. Your move, @GardaTraffic.89-year-old lady uses golf club to fight off sword-wielding burglar>The Dáil Plinth now has its own Twitter account>last_img read more

Geek Deals Save 50 on YoCam Waterproof Camera

first_imgLooking for a tiny camera to capture sporting events, vacations, or weekend hikes? The HD YoCam from Mofily is currently on sale for 50% for a limited time. • YoCam Waterproof Camera for $99.99 (List price: $199.99)Weighing about two ounces and measuring less than an inch thick, this handy little camera is a great tool that you can bring just about anywhere. And since the 700mAh battery allows for up to two hours of 1080p video capture, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get incredible shots.The best part? The YoCam is waterproof for up to 20 feet. Take it swimming, record your ride on a log flume, and feel free to shoot in the rain. And since it’s also dust-proof, kicking up a little dirt for a sweet action shot is no biggie. It also features a f/2.0 aperture, and a 140 degree wide-angle fixed-focus lens. It captures HDR footage, and it even has built-in image stabilization. All in all, it’s a very solid purchase for those of us looking to capture footage off the beaten path.While this camera normally sells for upwards of $200, you’ll save a hundred bucks right off the top when you make your purchase through StackSocial. It ships in the US and internationally, and the expected delivery date ranges from October 6th to October 9th.Note: All sales final. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

NCI Sells Two Magazines Back to WiesnerMedia

first_imgWiesnerMedia, a consumer and trade publisher based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, has acquired Colorado Homes and Lifestyles and Mountain Living magazines from Network Communications Inc. The deal is a homecoming for the two brands to Wiesner, which sold them to NCI back in 2005.Colorado Homes launched in 1980 and Wiesner bought the title nine years later, spinning off Mountain Living in 1995.Combined, the brands have a circulation of about 73,000 and 18 employees, who will transition over to WiesnerMedia. When Network Communications came knocking in 2005, regional magazines were at the center of a red-hot launch and M&A market. Colorado Homes and Lifestyles and Mountain Living were two of seven home and lifestyle brands that NCI bought from Wiesner at the time for $20 million.The deal was part of NCI’s aggressive move into the home improvement and home design market. The company also owned the Apartment Finder and Real Estate Book brands. But by 2010, in the midst of  a collapsed real estate market, NCI was forced to restructure its debt after defaulting on a loan payment. In 2012 a new company called NewPoint Media Group, formed by a pair of senior managers at NCI, bought six of NCI’s real estate brands. Now that the two magazines are back with WiesnerMedia, CEO Dan Wiesner says they’ll benefit from a multiplatform expansion plan.last_img read more

Port San Antonio to Invest 20M in Former Military Housing

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Port San Antonio is negotiating with a development team to upgrade about 300 townhome-style units located along the northern boundary of the property with the aim of expanding workforce housing at the reuse project at the former Kelly Air Force Base.The initiative, estimated to cost the port $20 million, will more than triple residential offerings for the growing number of families who work there and in the surrounding area. Construction on the vacant apartments at Billy Mitchell Village is expected to begin later this year after a deal is signed with Dallas-based Granite Redevelopment Properties.“This is a huge step forward in the ongoing transformation of our large property as we continue to support the region’s economic growth,” Roland Mower, the port’s president and CEO, said in a news release.The improved residences “will enhance the appeal of Port San Antonio,” former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros told the San Antonio Express-News. “This is a big step for the projection of the port as one of the city’s economic generators,” said Cisneros, a partner in the 210 Development Group, whose subsidiary is working with Granite Redevelopment on the renovations.More residents at the 1,900-acre industrial complex will create demand for future retail development there, he noted. “It’s a necessary step for the full evolution of Port San Antonio,” Cisneros said.The port eventually may invest in new housing, perhaps 300 to 400 residential units. “It will be based on demand. We’ll see how this plays out,” Mower told the paper.Billy Mitchell Village encompasses 374 townhome-style residences on 43 acres within the main port property. It was first established in the late 1940s to house military families at the then-active Kelly Air Force Base. Port San Antonio assumed ownership of the complex in 2010.Beginning in 2011, the port upgraded 82 units among several buildings in the complex and leased them to the general public. Having proven there is a market for the former military housing, officials now want to accelerate the availability of additional housing. Units in the latest initiative range from two to four bedrooms and about 1,000 to 1,600 square feet in size.last_img read more

Jimmy Page Readies New Yardbirds 68 Compilation

first_img Jimmy Page Readies New ‘Yardbirds ’68’ Compilation Jimmy Pages Raids The Vault For ‘Yardbirds ’68’ jimmy-page-readies-new-yardbirds-68-compilation News Set for release Nov. 5, the 18-track set (available on CD, vinyl and deluxe box formats) features eight lost studio recordings and 10 live tracks recorded in New York in March 1968.”We thought this might be lost forever, but we’ve rediscovered it, re-mixed it,” said Page and former Yardbirds bandmates Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja. “It’s of great historical importance. We’re delighted to see the release.”Produced by Page, the live tracks mix covers such as Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man” with Yardbirds originals like “Shapes Of Things” and “Over Under Sideways Down.” Also of note, particularly for Zeppelin fans, are two songs Page would later revisit with Messrs. Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham:  “Dazed And Confused” and his solo instrumental “White Summer,” both of which are featured on 1969’s Led Zeppelin (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2004).Along with his Led Zeppelin bandmates, Page was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Yardbirds ’68 is now available for pre-order.Watch: Repairing Willie Nelson’s Beloved Guitar “Trigger” Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2015 – 12:07 pm Robert Plant, Alison Krauss Win Album Of The Year Email New time capsule to offer a unique look at the legendary guitarist’s pre-Led Zeppelin stint with the YardbirdsTim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 25, 2017 – 12:20 pm Before he scaled the heights of rock with Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page cut his teeth as a member of the British blues-rock band the Yardbirds. Now, nearly 50 years later after the band broke up, the GRAMMY winner has raided the vault for a new compilation, Yardbirds ’68. Facebook last_img read more

Wilmington Offering Rain Barrels At Steep Discounted Rate Orders Due June 23

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington is encouraging residents to harvest and save rainwater by offering The Great American Rain Barrel for $69, a 40% off retail discount.To order, visit www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community and select Wilmington, or call 800-251-2352. Orders must be made by midnight on June 23, 2019.Ordered barrels can be picked up on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 9am to 11am, at the Wilmington Department of Public Works’s Administrative Office (115 Andover Street).ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RAIN BARREL100% re-purposed rain barrels produced in Massachusetts.Dimensions: 39″ tall, 24″ diameter, weight: 20 lbs (empty)Durable and reliable Rain Barrels: 3/16” wall thickness.Lasts for years when properly drained & stored for winter.Screen filter to keep mosquitoes out.Several rain barrels can be linked together — easy 5-minute setupAvailable Colors: Forest Green, Earth Brown, Nantucket Grey and Unpainted.REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PURCHASE A RAIN BARRELOne rain barrel can pay for itself in one season.Rainwater has no chemicals – great for plants and lawn.Rain Barrels help Towns manage water supplies and storm water runoff.At least $200 of precious rainwater splashes off a 1000 sf roof in a seasonHelp stressed trees and gardens during dry spells. In 2016, 48% of towns in MA had water bans.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington DPW.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Wilmington DPW Offering Rain Barrels At Steep Discount; Orders Due June 23In “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, June 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Change Trash & Recycling Company In July 2020; Russell Disposal Near BankruptcyIn “Government”last_img read more

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first_img $999 Chris Monroe/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Rylo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sprint TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $520 at HP Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Angela Lang/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal 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. 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. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Facebook,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. 0 See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. Facebook is introducing a new “Birthday Stories” feature. Facebook Celebrating a friend’s birthday on Facebook is about to get more interactive than just posting a message on their wall.The social network said Thursday that it’s introducing a new way to celebrate birthdays in Stories, a feature that lets users post photos and videos that vanish in 24 hours.Now you can add digital birthday cards, photos or videos to a friend’s Story that’s meant for celebrating the big day. The “Birthday Stories” feature is launching globally today. About 500 million people use Stories every day, according to Facebook.  Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET 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).center_img The Cheapskate Internet Services Tech Industry Share your voice 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. 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. 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. $299 at Amazon $60 at Best Buy 7 $59 at eBay $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice Tags See at Turo Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Post a comment JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Read the Rylo camera preview See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Boost Mobile See it Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999last_img read more

Alaska steps into legal battle over hard rock mining regulation

first_imgAn Environmental Protection Agency employee entering the mine to observe the removal of muck in the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado. Alaska has weighed-in on a legal fight over how much oversight the EPA should have over hard rock mining cleanup. (Photo courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to roll back a regulation to make hard rock mining companies pay for clean up is sparking a new legal battle between Alaska and environmental groups.Listen nowThe state is intervening in a lawsuit over the EPA’s decision to rescind an Obama-era rule that would make sure hard rock mining companies pay for cleaning up their messes, even if they go bankrupt.Hard rock mining refers to any type of mining that deals with metals like gold and copper. The proposed Donlin gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and the proposed Pebble mine in Bristol Bay would fall into that category.Then-President Obama issued the rule under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, also known as CERCLA. That law usually targets superfund sites; many massive superfund sites have to deal with dangerous waste left over from legacy hard rock mining.Cori Mills, a spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office, says the state already has a program in place to make sure mining companies are held financially responsible, so, it doesn’t need the EPA’s help.“You know engaging in this CERCLA just on the release of hazardous substances — that would potentially preempt the state’s program which is really more comprehensive than just that CERCLA requirement,” Mills said.Obama’s decision had come after environmental groups filed a lawsuit a few years ago, arguing that the EPA never created a rule that would make mining companies pay for reclaiming hazardous waste. Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman says the Obama’s rule would not have usurped the state’s program.“The proposed rule explicitly stated that it doesn’t preempt or usurp any state authorities. In fact, it was designed to work alongside existing requirements,” Hasselman said. “I think the key finding that the EPA previously made was that there were gaps in the state system and that there was need for the federal government to set a uniform floor for these kinds of activities going forward.”The Trump administration’s EPA head, Scott Pruitt, rolled back the rule in December of 2017. Pruitt said that there are already regulations in place from states and federal agencies that require financial assurances for cleanup, even if the companies are bankrupt.So environmental groups, including Earthjustice, petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the agency’s decision. This lead to Alaska joining seven other states to back up the EPA’s position in this latest legal fight.last_img read more

Captain Marvel broke two more boxoffice records after earning 9103 million

first_imgCaptain MarvelBrie Larson Official Instagram (brielarson)Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel movie seems unstoppable. The movie has already made more than $900 million and within a couple of days, it will cross $1 billion mark at the box-office collection. So far, this latest addition to Marvel Cinematic Universe has broken several records.As per a report by Forbes, in its third weekend, MCU’s Captain Marvel has grossed $52.1 million worldwide. In the last 17 days, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson’s superhero movie has earned $321.5 million domestically (in the United States and Canada). The collective total of the superhero movie has passed the $900 million mark at the global box-office.After earning $910.3 million at the worldwide box-office collection, Brie Larson’s debut Marvel movie has surpassed previous MCU movies like Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Thor: Ragnarok. When Captain Marvel will earn $10-15 millions more, it will surpass movies like Deadpool 2, Suicide Squad 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman, and Spider-Man 3.Previous superhero movies did exceptionally well in China, for instance, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman earned $298.3 million from the Asian-country alone. There were speculations that Captain Marvel will repeat the history but as it turned out Carol Danvers has fewer fans in China as it has only managed to earn $131.8 million since its release. Captain MarvelMarvel Entertainment Official YoutubeAs of now, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is currently the highest-grossing movie of 2019, the seventh highest-grossing MCU movie of all time, and the 10th highest-grossing grossing superhero movie. There are predictions that in just seven to 10 days, Captain Marvel will officially cross $1 billion marks and by doing that, it would become No. 1 movie in the entire world.Besides Captain Marvel, Jordan Peele’s Us movie was released this weekend and has grossed a record-breaking $87 million at the worldwide box-office. So, it looks like this horror movie would give a hiccup to Captain Marvel in the short run but given the fact that Shazam! (DCEU’s superhero movie) is still a week away from its release, fans will still be going to the theaters to watch a superhero movie which will give a chance to Captain Marvel to earn some more money.Meanwhile, there have been talks about Captain Marvel 2 but fans from around the world are excited to see her fighting next to Avengers in the upcoming superhero movie, Avengers: Endgame.last_img read more

World Cup 2019 Rohit Sharma smacks century India dismantle South Africa Twitter

first_imgRohit SharmaScreengrabIndia vindicated their favourites tag as they thumped South Africa by seven wickets to get their World Cup up and running in an emphatic manner. A battered South Africa were restricted to 227/9 in their allotted 50 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal was the star with the ball as the leggie picked up four wickets to run through the South African middle order.In response, India were rocked early by a fiery spell by Kagiso Rabada as he winkled out Shikhar Dhawan and then Virat Kohli, after a brief stay, was dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma steadied the ship, before Rahul was dismissed in a rather soft manner as Kagiso Rabada got him driving loosely only to be caught at mid-off.However, Rohit Sharma was resolute and played a high-class innings as he notched up his 23rd ODI century and along with MS Dhoni, settled India’s nerves. Dhoni was dismissed for 34 runs, but India were in control of the match and took the match by 6 wickets. South Africa have now lost their first three matches and looked very hapless out on the field.Here is how Twitter reacted to India’s emphatic win:Here’s a picture of #Chahal in action today against #SouthAfrica 10 overs and 4 wickets pic.twitter.com/69aGePkMLI— caught@point (@caughtatpoint17) June 5, 2019#INDvSAFaf Duplesis right now – pic.twitter.com/R4wUp8v5Zl— RAHUL TYAGI??? (@rahulastic) June 5, 2019Rohit Sharma this match! #CMIYC #WhistleForIndia #INDvSA #CWC19 ? pic.twitter.com/w1xyjk0uju— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) June 5, 2019Top century from Rohit Sharma. Composed, relaxed. Rode the early tension well and has been a picture of certainty since— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 5, 2019Not the first time that we have seen Rohit take up the mantle to win the game game on his own when Virat gets out early. India so fortunate to have such batsmen.??????#INDvSA #ICCCWC2019— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 5, 2019Rohit Sharma registers India’s 26th #CWC century and overall the 168th in CWC history!India now equals the tally of Australia – now the two sides with most individual centuries (26) in CWC!#CWC19 #CWC2019 #INDvSA #SAvIND— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 5, 2019Such a special inning from hit man #Rohitsharma So Crucial for any team that their openers gets big 100 in these English conditions #bigplus— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 5, 2019last_img read more

Floods damage 3724 educational institutions

first_imgPurba Shibdebchar Govt Primary School at Chhaola union, Rangpur, threatened by Teesta River erosion. Photo: Prothom AloFloods have caused damage to 3,724 educational institutions across the country, according to the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) and Directorate of Primary Education (DPE).The authorities suspended classes in 1,558 secondary schools, colleges and madrasas till 21 August.Of them, 855 are secondary schools. Another 393 institutions are being used as flood shelters.A total of 2,166 primary schools have been damaged due to floods.Speaking to Prothom Alo, DSHE officials said the list of affected schools have been made following reports by local education officers.According to the reports, some educational institutions were completely damaged while some were partially damaged.DSHE and DPE officials said the damaged institutions will be repaired on priority basis once floodwaters recede.Speaking to Prothom Alo, chief engineer of Education Engineering Department Dewan Mohammad Hanjala said affected institutions will be repaired soon after receiving the actual picture of the damages.Second term examinations at primary schools in Dinajpur were scheduled to begin on 19 August. The examinations were shifted to 7 September due to the floods.According to district primary and secondary education offices, the authorities closed a total of 282 secondary schools and 348 primary schools. Of them, a total of 216 primary schools are being used as shelters.While visiting Upashahar Government Primary School in Dinajpur town Tuesday noon, Prothom Alo correspondent found a number of teachers including the head teacher, cleaning the school. Some students were playing in the grounds.Class V student Jibon Islam said, My studies are being hampered. I cant study without going to school.The authorities closed 196 educational institutions in Naogaon. Studies were halted to 15 more institutions being used as shelter centres. While visiting 30 schools at flood affected Manda, Patnitala and Sadar upazilas between 19 August and 21 August, Prothom Alo correspondent found school premises and classrooms under water.Visiting Boalia Government Primary School at Sadar upazila on Tuesday noon, the correspondent found knee-deep water at the school premises. People took shelter in the classrooms. Speaking to Prothom Alo headmaster Belal Hossain said the school was closed due to floods.District education officer AKM Amirul Islam said the academic activities will resume once the floodwaters recede.Classes remained suspended in 429 schools of Sirajganj due to the floods. District education officers said the schools will opened soon as the flood situation starts to improve.Sirajganj, Nagaon and Birampur Correspondents contributed to writing this report.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

AL govt not to bow down to any pressure Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader file photoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader alleged the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has appointed lobbyists to persuade the US administration to put pressure on the Bangladesh government.  “Public support and the roots of Awami League are not weak. Only the people of the country can create pressure on us. We will not bow down to the pressure of any quarter,” said Obaidul Quader while talking to newsmen at a function of Anwar Khan Modern Medical College to mark its 10th founding anniversary in the city on Friday.Quoting US-based political affairs magazine Politico, local media outlets report that BNP has appointed two firms to lobby with the Trump administration ahead of the next general election.When asked, Obaidul Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said BNP has signed a contract with two US-based agencies at a cost of US$20,000 as down payment, followed by monthly payments of US$35,000.“Can BNP appoint such lobbyists? Is it a necessity?” he asked.   AL general secretary also asked, “Where has the BNP got the money to recruit lobbyists?”Obaidul Quader said after failing in all its movements against the government, a team of BNP has gone to the United Nations to make complaints.“But we have no allegations against it.”“Is Bangladesh a country like Pakistan or Sudan? Is Bangladesh a war-torn country like Iraq or Iran?” the AL leader asked.Obaidul Quader said, “We will solve our problems here in Bangladesh.”last_img read more