Alberta banks on expanded Trans Mountain pipeline in budget forecasts

first_imgEDMONTON – Finance Minister Joe Ceci says Alberta is banking on anticipated revenue from an expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline to balance the budget within five years.Ceci says revenue from the yet-to-be built expansion, along with expected revenue from a replacement Enbridge pipeline to Wisconsin, will be factored into forecasts in the budget he is to table on Thursday.He says it makes financial sense to include the pipelines now —given the expectation they will get completed — and the figures can be adjusted as the situation develops.“That is definitely the hopes of the companies that are involved,” Ceci said Tuesday. “We’ve built (the revenue) into budget because that’s what everybody believes will happen.”In 2016, the federal government approved the Enbridge Line 3 replacement to Wisconsin, as well as Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, which would triple the amount of crude shipped from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.But the Trans Mountain expansion is facing delays and challenges.B.C. Premier John Horgan is asking for a legal ruling on whether his province can restrict higher levels of oil from coming into B.C. while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said Trans Mountain is critical to Canada’s energy future and she plans to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to give her the power to curtail oil shipments to B.C. in retaliation.She has said that pipeline bottlenecks and limited access to overseas markets are forcing Alberta’s crude to sell at a discount, costing thousands of jobs and leaving billions of dollars of profit on the table.Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said it’s risky for Ceci to count on future revenue from Trans Mountain.“We obviously hope that Trans Mountain gets built quickly, but what we’ve seen is a year of delays already and the very strong potential of yet further delays,” Kenney said.“This is putting a lot of eggs in one uncertain basket, and that’s not how you budget.”Ceci made the pre-budget announcement at a downtown tech startup company that creates virtual simulations for proposed homes and work sites.Finance ministers traditionally get new shoes prior to budget day. This year, Ceci stood next to a screen displaying a computer-generated avatar of himself in loafers that toggled from shimmering electric green to dark purple to traditional black and grey.He said the budget will continue with key NDP themes, but will include a detailed plan to balance the books.“The budget is going to be balanced in 2023,” said Ceci. “We are focused on constraining expenditures (and) costs down the road, eliminating … waste where we find it, and diversifying our economy.”The government won’t make deep cuts to balance the budget earlier, he said. This year’s deficit is pegged at $9.1 billion.Kenney said a plan tied to the mercurial ups and downs of oil prices is not a plan.“He (Ceci) has put on those virtual reality goggles and he can’t see clearly,” said Kenney. “He seems to be counting on good luck to get the budget balanced.”Notley took over in 2015 as oil prices, the wellspring of Alberta’s economy, were falling by half from previous highs of more than US$100 a barrel. Oil prices have inched up since then, but Notley’s government has avoided deep cuts to programs and services, saying that would worsen the economy.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML; TSX:ENB)last_img read more

Potential Trans Mountain pipeline buyer says it agrees with federal principles

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – One of the leaders of a First Nations consortium planning to offer $6.8 billion for majority ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline says federal government principles for Indigenous buyers are “exactly aligned” with its goals.Harrie Vredenburg, a Project Reconciliation executive board member and professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, says the principles unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday don’t affect his group’s plan to invite all Indigenous communities in Western Canada to join in a united bid for 51 percent of the pipeline.The four points suggest that discussions of potential Indigenous ownership of the pipeline can proceed only if the communities involved have “meaningful economic participation,” if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and goes forward on a commercial basis. Vredenburg says the principles are consistent with messages his organization has shared in meetings with federal department officials over the past five months.He says the project, led by executive chairman Delbert Wapass, a former chief of the Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan, is well-advanced and there have been meetings with investment banks, oil companies and First Nations.Morneau has said the government won’t negotiate the sale of the pipeline it bought for $4.5 billion last summer until after construction of its controversial proposed expansion is “de-risked.”Court-ordered consultations with affected Indigenous groups are expected to wrap up in May, allowing the expansion to go to Ottawa for a decision on approval.last_img read more

Sheila Dikshit slams Modi govt for sealing

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress’ North-East Delhi candidate Sheila Dikshit said that she fully understands the difficulties of the voters, particularly the women voters, as before entering active politics, she had played the role of a devoted mother and a housewife. She said that she realizes the anger and helplessness of the people affected by the sealing and demolition drive, as these reckless moves by the BJP and AAP Governments have ruined the lives of lakhs of people. She said that these drives have particularly affected the mothers and their children, as they stare at an uncertain future with anxiety. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSheila Dikshit on Tuesday made extensive tour of her constituency, interacting with the people to seek their votes and support for her in the Lok Sabha election. She visited the Shiv Vihar tiraha, near dispensary, Mustafabad and Gali No 1, Vikas Samiti, Durgapuri. Dikshit alleged that due to the shadow boxing and theatrics by the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, the people of Delhi have been driven to the edge of ruin. “The BJP Govt at the Centre did nothing to stop the sealing, demolition drive, which could have easily saved the livelihood of lakhs of people, and protect the jobs of several lakh workers,” she said.last_img read more

Security Council African Union agree to bolster cooperation

16 May 2009Members of the United Nations Security Council today held talks with their African Union (AU) counterpart in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, agreeing to enhance cooperation, especially in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peacekeeping and peace building. During today’s consultative meeting, a follow-up to two previous gatherings in 2007 and 2008, the Security Council and the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) “agreed to pursue their consultations on ways and means to strengthen their cooperation and partnership,” according to a communiqué issued after the talks. They reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing collaboration in areas including the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Africa. Among topics discussed by members of the Security Council and the PSC were the situations in Somalia and Sudan relations between Sudan and Chad and unconstitutional changes in African governments. The meeting at AU Headquarters today is part of the Security Council members’ week-long trip to Africa, which will also take them to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Liberia. The Ambassadors of France, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States will lead or co-lead the different segments of the trip, which wraps up on 21 May. Last June, the 15-member body visited Djibouti, Sudan, Chad, DRC and Côte d’Ivoire last June during a 10-day trip to the continent. read more

Fishermen set free by Sri Lanka return home

Sixteen Indian fishermen, released by Sri Lanka after being arrested on charge of entering the island nation waters, reached India yesterday.The fishermen, belonging to Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam districts of Tamil Nadu, were repatriated by Indian Coast Guard onboard its ship after Sri Lankan Navy handed them over at the International Maritime Boundary Line. They were received at the Port near Nagapattinam by the Assistant Director of Fisheries Sivakumar and other officials. Later, they were sent to their homes. Sri Lanka had ordered the release of the fishermen, arrested on September 1, as a “goodwill gesture” ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to India. read more

Sri Lanka invites Saudi to set up oil refinery

According to Saudi officials, Sri Lankan was ranked as the third country in terms of outward remittances to home countries.“Although, we have a tiny population here compared to other countries, law-abiding Sri Lankans send their monies through official channels,” Mahendran said.This is appreciated by the host as well as their country of origin, he added. Explaining the purpose of his visit, he said the government is interested in projecting its potential and explore new areas of cooperation with the Kingdom.“We are exporting tea for some $800 million to the Kingdom. This could be improved and there are several other areas where the two countries could benefit from viable projects,” he added.Representatives from leading banks such as Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, Commercial Bank, HNB, NDB, Amanah, Seylan Bank, Sampath Bank and Deutsche Bank AG accompanied the governor. He pointed out that around 550,000 Sri Lankans working in Saudi Arabia remit some SR10 billion annually. Mahendran, an economist and a top banker, who was leading a high-powered delegation to the Kingdom, comprising chairmen and CEOs of commercial and state banks in Colombo, ended his Saudi visit on Wednesday. “We need more schools, hospitals, houses and elders’ homes,” he said.To help expatriates working in the Kingdom, Mahendran said he was negotiating with the SAMA governor to enable Sri Lankans’ remittances from Saudi Arabia to reach their banks at home in 60 seconds. “SAMA has responded positively to consider opening the payment gateway to enable this services in a year or two,” he added.Speaking about Sri Lanka, he said : “A new chapter has opened under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, who maintains inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony in the country.Two rival parties have joined together in running the government and to work for rapid development.The unity government gives political stability and builds confidence among foreign investors, he said,The Board of Investments has introduced a package of incentives to viable ventures, he added. Sri Lanka has invited Saudi Arabia to set up a petroleum refinery in the southern part of the island, the country’s Central Bank Gov. Arjuna Mahendran said in Riyadh, Arab News reported.In addition to meeting the needs of Sri Lanka, he said such a refinery could tap markets in neighboring countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He said that the proposed refinery could be set up in Hambantota, some 300 miles away from Colombo. Hambantota hosts a full-fledged sea port, which could export crude and refined oil to other countries.He said that international players such as SABIC and Saudi Aramco could easily come into this project.Mahendran also said that Saudi construction companies could participate in infrastructure developments in the island. Mahendran held talks with Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) Gov. Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Mubarak on Tuesday. read more

In major new report UN environment chief urges ambitious action to save

Pollution has significant negative impacts on human health and ecosystems, according to UNEP’s most comprehensive assessment ever, which urges political leadership at all levels, high-level champions and commitments to achieve a pollution-free planet. The 2017 Executive Director’s Report: Towards a Pollution-Free Planet, presented Thursday by UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim, analyzes impacts on human health and ecosystems brought on by air, land, freshwater, marine, chemical and waste pollution. “It provides a clearer picture than ever before of the scale of the pollution menace – and the scale of action that will be needed,” he said, stressing: “None of us is now safe, so now all of us have to act.” The report highlights that nearly a quarter of all deaths worldwide – or 12.6 million people a year – are due to environmental causes. The health effects are stark, with air pollution alone killing some 6.5 million annually, affecting mostly poor and vulnerable people, according to the report. Meanwhile, ecosystems are also greatly damaged by coastal, wastewater and soil pollution. The vast majority of the world’s wastewater is released untreated, affecting drinking water to 300 million people. The report lists implementation, knowledge, infrastructure, limited financial and industry leadership, pricing and fiscal, and behavioural as five main gaps that limit the effective actions. “What makes this report different is the breadth of its analysis and the new ambition of its solutions,” explained Mr. Solheim. The report’s five key messages to advance towards the goal of a pollution-free planet are: political leadership and partnerships at all levels, mobilizing the industry and finance sectors; action on the worst pollutants and better enforcement of environmental laws;Sustainable consumption and production, through improved resource efficiency and lifestyle changes, better waste prevention and management;Investment in cleaner production and consumption to counter pollution, alongside increased funding for pollution monitoring and infrastructure to control pollution; andAdvocacy to inform and inspire people worldwide.Environmental governance, also spotlighted in the report, is a key enabler to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“The only answer to the question of how we can all survive on this one planet with our health and dignity intact is to radically change the way we produce, consume and live our lives,” said Ligia Noronha, one of UNEP’s coordinators for the Report. In this regard, UNEP will convene the third UN Environment Assembly from 4-6 December in Nairobi, Kenya, where UNEP is headquartered. As the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, the Assembly aims at engaging high-level participation to tackle the global threat of pollution. read more

Couple suing previous owners of house claim Facebook post proves they hid

first_imgJohn Corson and his wife Margaret A few weeks later, the same thing happened and on a third occasion their basement flooded as well, it is alleged.But the Edwards’s claim that the couple who sold them the house, John and Margaret Corson, did not declare any flood risk to their Newcastle property in their Home Information Pack.To the contrary, they claim the vendors ticked a box on the Property Information Form saying there were no flooding problems.To support their legal claim, they discovered an apparently damning photograph published on Mr Corson’s Facebook page in July 2012, showing the back garden flooded, accompanied by the comment: “Our garden during the deluge.”One of his friends commented: “Maybe you should pull the plug.” A couple whose garden has repeatedly flooded are suing the previous owners, claiming a Facebook photograph proves they were aware of the problem but failed to highlight it.Paul and Hazel Edwards purchased the five-bedroomed property, which boasts a beautiful, sprawling back garden, for £750,000 in December 2014 but the following winter, they say they woke one morning to discover their garden had been transformed into a lake.The flooding was so bad that the couple, who own a commercial cleaning company, were forced to buy a pump and industrial hoses. A High Court writ issued by their solicitors, BTMK of Southend and quoted by the Mail on Sunday reportedly claims: “Under the heading “Flooding” the Defendants were asked whether any part of the property (whether buildings or surrounding garden or land) had ever been flooded. To that question the defendants ticked the box “No”.’The couple are still living at the house but are said to have applied for “rescission on the sale contract”.They want the Corsons to take the property back and refund them the full amount paid, as well as their mortgage payments and damages for “physical inconvenience and mental distress”.Martin Roberts, presenter of the BBC property show Homes Under The Hammer, said using the Property Information Form, also known as a TA6 as key evidence in legal proceedings was “extremely rare”.He said: “The forms have been around for ages but the nature of them has changed. Previously it was for you to volunteer information you felt could affect the value or future of the property. In recent years, they have become a legal part of the sale.“It is very easy to think you can get away with just ticking these boxes, but you have to answer these things to the best of your ability and truthfully, otherwise you are misleading the buyer. “If that information is deliberately misleading and induced someone to buy the property, I’d say you have every right to renege on the sale.”Neither the Corsons and the Edwards’s responded to requests for comment by the Telegraph. 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.center_img They also have a letter allegedly sent by Mrs Corson to Kevin Batey, Town Moor Superintendent of Newcastle, in December 2012, claiming that water from Nuns Moor, which backs onto the house had tipped into their garden “like a waterfall”. The house in question which has flooded John Corson and his wife Margaret The house in questionlast_img read more

Man nabbed with 11kg cocaine at Stabroek Market Square

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPromoter sentenced to 2 years for cocaine traffickingJuly 9, 2019In “Court”2016 cocaine in plywood bust: Duo charged with attempting to bribe CANU officerJanuary 9, 2018In “Court”3 men remanded on cocaine, illegal gun possession chargesOctober 5, 2018In “Court” Wyette AmsterdamAn East Bank Demerara resident was on Wednesday evening nabbed with over one kilograms of cocaine in the vicinity of Stabroek Market Square by agents of the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).The drug enforcement unit confirmed that Wyette Amsterdam of Land of Canaan Public Road, East Bank Demerara and another man who were under surveillance by CANU Ranks were intercepted at Stabroek Market Square.A search was conducted on the haversack that Amsterdam was carrying during which 1.160 kilograms of cocaine and $600,000 in cash were unearthed.  No illegal substance was reportedly found in possession of the other male.the cocaine found in the haversack during the searchHowever, Amsterdam was charged and placed before the court earlier today. He was arraigned with the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking to which he pleaded not guilty.As such, he was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on November 1, 2018 for disclosure of statements. read more

Igor Anic to replace injured Wiencek in Kiel

Igor Anicpatrick wiencekTHW Kiel 2010–2012 VfL Gummersbach 2007–2010 THW Kiel 2012–2014 Cesson-Rennes Métropole HB THW Kiel will re-sign their former member Igor Anić in order to keep high level of performance after serious injury of Patrick Wiencek, who is lost for the rest of the season! The 28 years-old line-player has to be officialy presented as the new “Zebra”, write French NT member has already played in Kiel in period 2007-2010.Anić was also a vital part of the French NT with whom he won gold medals at EURO 2015, WCh 2015…IGOR ANIĆ CAREER: 2014–2015 HBC Nantes 2003–2007 Montpellier HB ← Previous Story World Young Best Goalie 2014 Peter Johannesson to HBW Balingen! Next Story → HEADACHE IN VESZPREM: Zeitz three weeks out! read more

Share socks with Share in Sole Mates effort

first_imgVancouver — What’s life without clean socks and underwear?Share, a leading Vancouver provider of services to the hungry and homeless, has launched its fifth annual “Operation Sole Mates” sock-and-underwear drive. All donated items will be distributed to clients of Share’s Outreach program, serving people living on the streets as well as clients in shelters. All sizes of socks and underwear, for men, women and children, are welcome.“So often we see street homeless asking for spare change or food,” said Katherine Garrett, director of Share House and Share Outreach, “but we feel this is a much more productive way to raise awareness, help address their needs and, hopefully, move them into shelter.”New athletic socks and underwear can be dropped off throughout October.Bring them to the Share Volunteer Center, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1708 Main St. in Vancouver; or to any of these shelters: Share House, 1115 W. 13th St.; Share Homestead, 4921 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave.; or Share Orchards Inn, 5609 N.E. 102nd Ave.Learn more about Share at read more

Philippines SEC approves backdoor listing for Dennis Uys new IR entity

first_img Load More RelatedPosts PH Resorts Group considering funding options for Philippines casino resorts Rise of the machines Dennis Uy merges Philippines gaming entities The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has given the green light to local businessman Dennis Uy’s plan to transform water utility business Philippine H20 Ventures Corp into a new tourism and gaming vehicle, with the venture’s portfolio to include integrated resort projects in Cebu and Pampagna.The company revealed on Wednesday that it had been granted approval by the SEC earlier this week to change its name to PH Resorts Group Holdings and its primary purpose to “the hotel and/or gaming and entertainment business.” Uy’s holding company, Udenna Corporation, acquired a 62% stake in Philippine H20 Ventures Corp in June with Uy appointed Chairman soon after.The backdoor listing comes after Udenna was granted a provisional license by Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR to build and operate the country’s first privately owned integrated resort outside of Metro Manila, with ground broken on the US$341 million Emerald Resort and Casino in Mactan, Cebu, last December. The resort, designed by renowned casino architect Paul Steelman, will target both foreign and local players with a particular focus on Chinese and Koreans.Udenna is also looking to invest another US$200 million into a casino resort at Clark Global City in the Clark Freeport Zone.After taking control of Philippine H20 Ventures Corp earlier this year, Uy said that the newly named PH Resorts Group Holdings “will allow the Udenna Group to take advantage of the many opportunities in the tourism sector; create stronger synergies among our existing businesses and make more meaningful contributions to the Philippine economy.”The company is also set to increase its capitalization from Php500 million to Php8 billion.last_img read more

People on the Move 100109

first_imgCrain Communications promoted KC Crain to vice president and group publisher, overseeing Plastics News, Rubber & Plastics News, Tire Business and Waste & Recycling News. Crain will continue to serve as publisher of AutoWeek.New York magazine appointed Scott Brown as theater critic. Brown previously served as a writer at Entertainment Weekly, covering theater, movies and television.Time Inc. named Katy Delehanty executive design director of corporate sales and marketing. Most recently, Delehanty served as creative director at Harper’s Bazaar. Ahead of launching its App Lab, Hearst Magazines appointed Avi Zimak advertising director of tablet media. Since July 2007, Zimak served as advertising manager at Town&Country.The National Journal Group has made yet another editorial hire. Kathy Kiely is joining the group as managing editor for politics. Previously, Kiely covered Congress and national politics for USA Today.Harper’s Magazine named Zadie Smith as books columnist, replacing Benjamin Moser, who is transitioning to contributing editor. An author, Smith also serves as a creative writing professor at New York University.Penton Media appointed William O’Conor to the newly-created post of vice president, financial services group. Most recently, O’Conor served as president and managing director of the Wealth Market Segment of Dow Jones Group.Longtime Newsweek correspondent Howard Fineman reportedly is leaving the magazine to serve as a senior editor at the Huffington Post. Fineman had been with the magazine for three decades.Cygnus Business Media named Gloria Cosby executive vice president, diversified portfolio—responsible for managing several brands including Mass Transit and the CPA Technology Advisor. Most recently Cosby served as a brand director.Michael Speier joined Nikkie Finke’s as managing editor. Previously, Speier served as executive editor at rival Variety.Scientific American announced three editorial additions: Christine Gorman was hired to edit the magazine’s health and medicine features, Anna Kuchment was brought on to edit the front of the book section and Bora Zivkovic was named blog and community editor.United Business Media’s Everything Channel appointed Lisa MacKenzie senior vice president of events. MacKenzie previously served as senior vice president of sales.Former People en Español editor-in-chief Richard Pérez-Feria was appointed business editor at Greenspun Media Group and editor of its In Business Las Vegas newspaper. After leaving People en Español, Pérez-Feria served as founding editorial director of Glam Media’s Web vertical and most recently as senior vice president of editorial and entertainment at Miami-based República.Theresa Gonzalez was named editor-in-chief of Future US’ Crochet Today. Gonzalez replaces Brett Bara, who is leaving the company.Kiplinger’s Personal Finance announced a pair of personnel changes: Lawrence Carrel was named a contributing editor and Jennifer Schonberger was named a staff writer. Less than a month after Blood-Horse Publications president and CEO Stacy V. Bearse announced that he will retire this fall, the company has promoted Marla Bickel as publisher and CEO. Bickel joined Blood-Horse in 2006 as director of circulation and was named vice president of operations in 2008.Ziff Davis Enterprise has appointed Kristin Beaulieu senior vice president of event sales. Beaulieu joins the company from virtual event vendor INXPO, where she served as vice president of client services.Simon Barnett was named director of photography for Before working on a documentary project, Barnett served as director of photography at Newsweek.last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting September 24

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, September 24, 2018 at Town Hall (Room 9). An Executive Session begins at 6pm. It appears the public portion of the meeting may not begin 7:30pm, not the usual 7pm, but items could always be taken out of order.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will meet with Health Director Shelly Newhouse to discuss changes to Board of Health regulations. Selectmen will consider approving fees relative to the permitting of Recombinant DNA (RDNA).Selectmen will meet with Fire Chief Joe McMahon to discuss the Fire Department’s budget and staffing.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide Selectmen with a memo from DPW Director Mike Woods relative to a seasonal skating rink.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide Selectmen with a memo about the Pickleball Courts at Palmer Park.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide Selectmen with a memo about the town’s upcoming plastic bag ban.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple sometimes live-tweets the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Expansion, Ristuccia Arena, Open Space, Flood Insurance On Agenda For MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

The Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch hits an alltime low 180 Update Expired

first_imgHey, a smartwatch that actually looks like a watch? Nice. Sarah Tew/CNET Michigan cheeps! I have two more library programs coming up, including a new one on cord-cutting! First, I’ll be at the Warren Public Library (Civic Center) tomorrow, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. The topic: My favorite ways to save money when shopping online.Then, this Saturday, April 13, join me at the Ypsilanti District Library at 3 p.m. to learn everything I know about cord-cutting — by which I mean saving money on TV and movies, of course. Both programs will end with a raffle, so come on out to learn new things and maybe win a prize!Gear up for lessIf the Apple Watch is the de facto choice for iPhone users, I’d say Samsung’s Gear range of watches is the top pick for Galaxy owners. It also tends to be a pricey pick, which is why I’m excited by this deal.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Samsung Gear S3 (Frontier) smartwatch for $179.99 when you clip the on-page coupon, which shaves $49.01 off the regular price. The Gear S3 originally sold for $350, and this deal puts it $10 below the lowest price to date. Update: Sorry to say the coupon option is now gone. However, if you’re a Costco member, you can get the S3 for the same $180 price there.See it at AmazonLet me note straight away that the Gear S3 works with many other Android-powered phones, and it can even work with iPhones — though functionality is limited there. (You can get text-message notifications, for example, but you can’t reply to them.)The Gear S3 debuted just over two years ago, which begs the question: Hasn’t it already been succeeded by a Gear S4? Sort of: Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Watch last summer, effectively killing the Gear branding in favor of this new nomenclature.But is the S3 too out of date? Hardly. Just as the one-generation-old Series 3 is now the best Apple Watch deal, here we have a perfectly cromulent Samsung watch for close to 50% off its original price.I’m not intimately familiar with it, so I’ll steer you to Scott Stein’s Gear S3 review for all the important details. The key things to know: For better or worse, it runs Samsung’s Tizen OS, not Android Wear. It’s an extremely attractive watch, one that supports Samsung Pay and LTE and Spotify streaming. And it has a 4.2-star average rating from over 3,000 Amazon customers.At this price, I think it’s a steal.Read more: The best smartwatches for 2019 Star Trek Samsung Apple Samsung shoots for the moon with Gear S3, but you don’t… • Apple Mentioned Above Samsung Gear S3 Classic 20 1:24 See it Own the first 10 Star Trek movies for $30I’m not sure how much longer this deal will be alive (I first spotted it over the weekend), but for a limited time, Vudu is offering the Star Trek 1-10 Collection for $29.99. The nets you everything from Star Trek: The Motion Picture to Star Trek: Nemesis. Most of these movies sell for $10 apiece, so this is a $120’re not all gems, but 10 Star Trek movies for $30? Yes, please. Vudu See it at VuduBecause I shared this deal with you, I’m now entitled to rank the movies. Obviously Wrath of Khan comes first, and I’m going to put Search for Spock (which is way better than most people give it credit for) and The Voyage Home side by side, because the whole three-movie arc works so well.First Contact is also excellent, and I have a special fondness for The Undiscovered Country. Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Generations and Insurrection are OK. But The Final Frontier and Nemesis: total misfires.Discuss.Your chance to win a Galaxy S10 Plus!Our friends at ZDNet have a killer giveaway going on: Your chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus with 1TB of storage. That phone has an approximate retail value of $1,600 — and it’s freakin’ awesome, according to CNET’s review.You’ve got until April 24 to get your entries in. Start by filling out a simple form, then hit up social media if you want to score extra entries. Good luck! Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Tags CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Preview • Samsung Gear S3 is a supersized smartwatch that brings Spotify and GPS to your wrist (hands-on) Comments Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Wearable Tech Phones TV and Movies Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Samsung Gear S3 Review • With Gear S3, Samsung tries to throw it all on a watch, but it doesn’t all stick A super-close look at the Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus under a macro lens 28 Photos Share your voice $159 Now playing: Watch this: reading • The Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch hits an all-time low: $180 (Update: Expired) The Cheapskatelast_img read more

Syndicate Bank begins consultative workshops

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Syndicate Bank kick-started multi-level consultative workshops for ideation, in association with Union Ministry of Finance for idea generation at grassroots level across 4,063 bank branches. The objectives of the workshops is to provide bottom-up approach to stimulate the ideation process at the bank and the ideas aimed at optimising banking by increasing use of technology and aligning banking with the national priorities. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us According to bank regional manager TV Krishna Mohan, all the staff of Visakhapatnam and Kakinada regions participated in the workshop held at Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Ideation and consultative process was initiated at branch level. Later, it was held at city level, region level, state level and finally national level. Bank general manager KJ Prahlad said, “We are serious and dedicated at undertaking these ideation sessions as directed and brainstorming sessions also being held in all the branches where senior bankers were aimed at generation of ideas that keep national priorities and customer service as importance. The suggestions and ideas will be discussed with bank’s core team to take a final decision.”last_img read more

Twitter users younger better educated than general public

first_imgTwitter users in the United States are younger, better educated and more left-leaning than the general population, a survey showed recently. The Pew Research Center study found those using the micro-blogging platform are more likely to come from higher-income brackets but that their gender and racial or ethnic makeup is largely similar to the adult population as a whole. The Pew analysis indicates that the 22 per cent of American adults use Twitter – far less than the 69 per cent using the leading social network Facebook. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTwitter users are younger, more likely to identify as Democrats, more highly educated and have higher incomes than US adults overall, Pew researchers found. The median age of adult US Twitter users is 40 – seven years younger than the overall population. The survey found 42 per cent of adult Twitter users have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 31 per cent for the general public. And 41 per cent had a household income above USD 75,000 – nine points greater than the general population. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers found 36 per cent of those surveyed identify with the Democratic Party, compared with 30 per cent of all US adults, while 21 per cent said they identified with Republicans, in contrast with 26 per cent of the US population. Only 14 per cent of Twitter users characterised their political views as “very conservative” compared with 25 per cent of the overall population. Similar shares of Twitter users and US adults identify as “very liberal.” The survey found 90 per cent of Twitter users rarely tweet, while the active 10 per cent are responsible for 80 per cent of all tweets created by US users. The median Twitter user posts two tweets a month, follows 89 accounts and has 25 followers. The “active” tweeters are much more likely to be women – who make up 65 per cent of this group – and more likely to say they regularly tweet about politics, according to the researchers. The survey comes amid intense pressure from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies who claim that Twitter and other social platforms are biased against conservatives – a claim roundly rejected by the companies. Pew surveyed 2,791 US adults in November and December 2018 who were willing to share their Twitter handles – enabling the researchers to analyse the content from their accounts. The margin of error for the study was estimated at three percentage points.last_img read more

Deshaun Watson has proven hes the 1 quarterback in the NFL Draft

first_imgColin has been consistent in saying that he thinks Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is the best quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft class, and he just can’t understand the lengths to which some critics in the draft process will go to point out his weaknesses. He was clearly the best quarterback at the combine, but some scouts and front office people still aren’t ready to commit. What more do you want to see?It baffles him how a quarterback like DeShone Kizer, who had a 12-11 record as a starter at Notre Dame, a completion percentage below 60%, and was awful late in games, is touted in the pre-draft process for his measurables and “high ceiling.” In his game film from this year, his measurables and upside looked terrible.I’m watching this draft and everyone keeps telling me Deshaun Watson has a “low ceiling.”Hey, a “low ceiling” is a luxury item for all the teams that can get Deshaun Watson. Here’s what you get. Maturity. Stability. Success. Workaholic. Production.Don’t worry about the ceiling, get guys who are reliable.”Snapchat just went public and made 300 twenty-somethings into instant millionaires. Colin observed that when tech companies make their employees rich they don’t just buy another house and a boat like Wall street brokers who get a fat bonus. Millenials often better their econnomies by starting new companies that instead of taking the money and socking it away.Colin compared LeBron James to the Snapchat because wherever he goes he doesn’t just collect a massive paycheck, he literally betters the economy wherever he plays. He’s packing the bars in the Flats in downtown Cleveland for crying out loud. Most max players just draw paychecks and go to the bank, LeBron grows economies. No other athlete comes close to doing that.“LeBron is the human Snapchat. He creates economies that didn’t exist.”Guests:Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Commentator discusses the combine; what he makes of Washington receiver John Ross’ record 40 time; if the Browns should draft Myles Garrett at #1; why Deshaun Watson is getting picked apart while DeShone Kizer is being talked up; and why Christian McCaffrey is his top back in the Draft.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA is in-studio to talk on the NBA MVP race; why Westbrook shoud win MVp if he averages a triple double; if the Warriors can drop to the #2 seed without Durant; and why he doesn’t think the Warriors are done without Durant; and why people need to stop talking about Andrew Bogut like he’s Patrick Ewing.Bruce Feldman  – Fox Sports College Football Writer is in-studio to discuss NFL Combine takeaways; why he thinks Myles Garrett is the clear #1 pick in the NFL Draft; the varying opinions on the quarterback class; how Deshaun Watson separated himself with his combine workout; why he thinks the NFL did Joe Mixon a favor by not inviting him to the combine; and why Penn State is a legit title contender next year.last_img read more

Arrested LGBTI people face public caning next month in Indonesia

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The two men arrested by vigilantes in Aceh on suspicion of being gay. | Photo: Instagram/Muhamad Nasir via @kabaraaceh GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Last week, the vigilantes raided a boarding house where the two men were spending time together. The mob arrested them because they thought they were gay and then handed them over to police.This latest in a long list of raids carried by vigilantes happened in Indonesia’s Aceh province. It is the only province allowed to rule with Islamic Sharia Law in Indonesia.Introduced in 2014, Qanun Jinayat is a strict Islamic Sharia Law code unique to the Aceh province. Aceh is the only Indonesian province that can legally adopt by-laws derived from Sharia due to a ‘Special Status’ agreement brokered in 1999. Essentially, the Indonesian government allowed Aceh the Special Status to calm its desires during negotiations to become an independent state.Last year, Aceh became the first place in Indonesia to arrest and convict two men for homosexuality. The students were caned 82 times in a public square.The latest men arrested were charged under Article 63 of the 2014 Islamic Criminal Code, the anti-homosexuality law. They face a penalty of 100 lashes if convicted.It takes up to two months to process these charges and convictions in Aceh, which means the pair could face the caning as early as next month.The latest arrests bring the total of four LGBTI people in police custody in Aceh. In mid-March vigilantes rounded up a trans woman and man were from a beauty salon. Police also charged them with Article 63 of the Islamic Criminal Code.LGBTI people laying low or trying to escapeThe LGBTI community along with religious minorities and women have been the targets of a brutal crackdown in Indonesia over the past couple of years.center_img The crackdown has been felt most strongly in Aceh, a very conservative religious province.LGBTI advocacy groups have helped to transport people out of the region to Medan in North Sumatra or the capital, Jakarta. Once they have escaped the organizations provide them with shelter, job training, counselling and food.But as the numbers grow the organizations are struggling to keep up with the demand, according to Indonesian researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), Andreas Harsono.‘Aceh is the worst… all of Aceh is becoming a police state’ he told Gay Star News.‘The Jakarta and Medan LGBT groups are asking for money. The number of victims is growing. Everyone’s chipping in money.’Harsono himself once drove six LGBT people to safety from Aceh to Jakarta. He said the fear of persecution and need to leave Aceh has a devastating impact on people.‘I met with two young lesbian women, one was 20 when she was arrested in 2015. Her parents asked her politely not to come back (to Aceh) because it’s not safe,’ he said.The two women lost education opportunities because of their arrest. One missed out on a place at university and the other dropped out of her college course.Like many other persecuted LGBTI people the women are traumatized and miss their families greatly.Aceh’s trans womenAn LGBTI activists in Aceh who is sheltering formerly arrested trans women said the province’s 600-700 are ‘lying very low’ to avoid vigilante raids.Earlier this year Aceh police forcibly shaved the heads of detained trans women in a public square. Police released them only on the condition they ‘live like men’.Harsono said it was time the Indonesian government did something to protect LGBTI people, especially if it would continue to allow Aceh to rule with Sharia Law.‘The Indonesian government should do something to protect these individuals. Transgenders are especially often targeted due to their physical appearances,’ he said.‘The government at least should provide shelter in Medan, North Sumatra, providing them with training and later job, if the national government cannot revoke the discriminatory regulations in Aceh.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Vigilantes have once again raided the private residence of people they suspect to be LGBTI in Indonesia. Vigilantes strike again in Aceh, rounding up a trans woman and manAceh has just banned trans women working in hair salonsIndonesian gay couple flogged 80 times in front of cheering crowdRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more