Education leaders in Donegal have slammed today’s budget saying school leaders and pupils have been ‘short-changed’. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) led a nationwide campaign to ensure that every politician in Dail Eireann was educated on the challenges facing our primary education system.School leaders say class sizes are supersized, leaders are not supported, and the system grossly underfunds the running of primary schools to the tune of €46 million per year. West Donegal native and INTO Secretary-General, John Boyle, said: “Ireland’s national ambition to become the best education and training service in Europe by 2026 can’t be secured if our pupils and school leaders are not adequately supported.“Our school leaders deserve better – we need to see a restoration of assistant principal posts in our schools and teaching principals need a minimum of one leadership and management day per week.John BoyleBoyle added: “Despite acknowledging the class size differential in small schools and the school funding challenges facing all of our primary schools, today’s budget will do little to lower class sizes to eurozone levels or reduce the funding pressures facing schools.”“Regrettably, in the first school year of the new decade, class sizes in Irish primary schools will still be the largest in the Eurozone. “Ireland’s expenditure on primary education will remain in the bottom half of the European league and primary school leadership will continue to be neglected.”“Our prudent and legitimate calls for a reduction of one pupil in all classes, the restoration of school capitation to pre-recession levels of €200 per pupil and supports for primary principals including middle leadership teams and more administrative release time have been ignored by the government.“We simply cannot become the best if we fail to invest in the best.”‘Schools deserve better’ – Education leaders in Donegal slam Budget 2020 was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The new M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism is set to make waves in South African investigative reporting. (Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stefaans BrümmerM&G Centre for Investivative JournalismRELATED ARTICLES • Reshaping reportage on Africa• Rewarding good African reporting • Fifa guarantees press freedom • The media and open justiceJanine ErasmusThe non-profit M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism has opened its doors with a threefold aim – to produce quality investigative journalism stories; to train suitably qualified journalists; and to help improve the environment for such individuals in South Africa, allowing them to do their work freely and efficiently.The project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, which is a grant-making organisation committed to promoting the principles of democracy, and M&G Media.The Open Society Foundation, which funded the initiative to the tune of R1-million (US$138 000) for the first year, was established in 1993 by Hungarian-born philanthropist George Soros, now living in the US.Soros founded the South African foundation to help promote an open society in the country. This, he hoped, would result in democracy, tolerance for opposing opinions, acceptance of and respect for minorities, a strong economy, and an active civil society.M&G Media owns the Mail&Guardian newspaper as well as the corresponding online portal, which claims to be Africa’s oldest newspaper website.The company is also responsible for The Teacher magazine, a monthly, and a number of other online publications including blogs Thought Leader, Sports Leader and Tech Leader, as well as Campus Times and entertainment portal The Guide.The foundation’s executive director Zohra Dawood said that a free media culture is vital to the growth of democracy, and support for initiatives that drive such a culture is a priority for the organisation.“In supporting the Mail&Guardian over the years, we salute its commitment to investigative journalism in particular,” she said. “We are proud to be a part of an initiative that will continue a fearless tradition of exposing wrongdoing in the public interest.”Quality investigationsThe team is known collectively as amaBhungane – the dung beetles. Members of the scarab superfamily of beetles, these creatures, although small, help to improve agricultural conditions by consuming dung.Stories produced by the centre’s staff will be distributed through the two M&G publications, the Mail&Guardian and the Mail&Guardian Online.Already a host of top journalists have come on board. Among them are Adriaan Basson, Stefaans Brümmer and Sam Sole of M&G – all of them multiple award winners. Investigators Jackie Mapiloko of City Press and Ilham Rawoot and the first group of interns support the veteran complement.According to Mail&Guardian newspaper editor Nic Dawes, good investigative journalism is central to the publication’s ability to embody the constitutional idea of a free press.“With greatly compromised institutions of state – from parliament to the prosecuting authorities – it increasingly falls to the media to do the crucial work of insisting on accountability, both in government and in the private sector,” he said.Having a dedicated investigative journalism unit will help alleviate the financial pressure that media houses increasingly struggle with, said Dawes, and at the same time allow M&G Media to enhance the quality of its investigative journalism work.“From corruption and governance issues to health, the environment and poverty,” he said, “amaBhungane will be working to turn the dross of greed and self-interest into fertiliser for democracy”.Improving African journalismThe centre is just one of a number of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of all genres of journalism in South Africa and on the continent.Among them are the partnership between Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and Unesco, which focuses on improving the standard of reporting through the training of journalism teachers, especially with regard to the efficient use of new media.Further afield, the science journalism mentoring project spearheaded by the World Federation of Science Journalists with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development, has produced not only a group of well-equipped young science journalists, but has also given rise to new science journalism associations in South Africa and a handful of other African countries, as well as new science publications and TV and radio programmes.Through internships, the M&G centre aims to produce much the same effect. Budding journalists from any media house in the Southern African region are encouraged to apply for an intern position.
“We are the backbone of our communities; with our love and commitment we protect and nurture our orphaned children. Africa cannot survive without us.” Grandmothers have become indispensable caregivers in Aids-ravaged communities across Africa. (Image: James Hall, Irin PlusNews) MEDIA CONTACTS • Felicity Heyworth Communications Officer Stephen Lewis Foundation email@example.com 1 416 533 9292 ext 243 1 888 203 9990 ext 243 RELATED ARTICLES • The great granny revolution• New research key to HIV treatment• Zimbabwean fathers fight HIV• African TB nurses laudedGrandmothers from all over Africa have joined hands with grandmothers in Canada to call for greater support and recognition of their role in caring for grandchildren orphaned by Aids.“We are the backbone of our communities; with our love and commitment we protect and nurture our orphaned children. Africa cannot survive without us,” declared a manifesto released for the first African Grandmothers’ Gathering, held in Swaziland.Eunice Simelane, who has supported and cared for five grandchildren since her son and daughter-in-law succumbed to Aids-related illnesses, read the manifesto at the meeting attended by 200 grandmothers from Swaziland, 232 from other African nations, and 42 Canadian grandmothers representing 7 000 others who have formed groups in Canada to raise funds and awareness to help elderly African women struggling to raise Aids orphans.The first Grandmothers’ Gathering took place in 2006 in Toronto, Canada, the brainchild of former United Nations Special Envoy for Aids in Africa Stephen Lewis. His Stephen Lewis Foundation has been channelling funds to community-led Aids organisations that support grandmothers in 15 sub-Saharan African countries.Swaziland’s Aids epidemic is among the worst in the world: around 160 000 children are classified as orphans and vulnerable children in a population of less than 1-million – and was a natural choice to host the first Grandmothers’ Gathering held in Africa.Traditionally the extended family has looked after its own, so there are few orphanages. Grandmothers have become the primary caregivers, but their vital role has been largely overlooked, and their need for help to feed, clothe, house and educate their grandchildren ignored, said Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, executive director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.“I was reviewing funding proposals, and many of them dealt with orphan funding, but they seemed written in code. They always referred to ‘guardians and caregivers’, but didn’t say who these persons were. We found the caregivers were the grandmothers of Africa,” she said.People have given generously to support the Foundation’s programmes, so Landsberg-Lewis wanted her fellow Canadians to meet African grandmothers personally. “They came to Swaziland, paying their own way,” she said. “I knew they would be moved by the heroic grandmothers.”The three-day conference in Swaziland’s central commercial hub, Manzini, was an emotional meeting, often joyous but sometimes harrowing, with many of the grandmothers giving accounts of abuse and poverty.The delegates compiled a list of demands from their governments, including financial assistance and sustainable projects, created with their involvement. Swaziland’s prime minister and several cabinet officials attended the gathering.“The grannies had hoped to be retired now, and to be taken care of by their children, and to play with their grandchildren, instead of having to raise them. This has to be acknowledged and assisted,” said Siphiwe Hlope, executive director of Swazis for Positive Living, a support group for HIV-positive women which organised the event with the Stephen Lewis Foundation.Hlope led a march in 2009 to protest lavish spending by the royal family, in contrast to the meagre resources for those affected by HIV and Aids, yet she was embraced by the Swazi Queen Mother, who attended the gathering. “We are all grandmothers, and what brings us together is our love for children,” Hlope said.Sharing their storiesThe grandmothers shared their stories at workshops in Swahili, SiSwati and English. “It was difficult for me to tell my granddaughter that she was HIV-positive, and because of that she was told by the people in the neighbourhood, who made fun of her,” said Esther Mango from Kenya. “She was very hurt. She said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’”They described their battles with discrimination because of their age, gender and HIV status. “When my husband was very sick, his family refused that I visit him in the hospital. He told my eldest son that when he died, no one should marry me because he knew what was ailing him, and he knew that I had it too and would make another ill,” said one woman.“I went to the hospital after he died and I took a test; I learned I was HIV positive. His family wouldn’t let me see my husband, but it is me who takes care of the grandchildren.”Staff from the Stephen Lewis Foundation showed African grandmothers how to apply for grants to run community projects. One Foundation project in Kenya employs 300 women who make jewellery that is sold in Canada, and a third of profits used to fund programmes in Africa. Source: Irin PlusNews
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Change the World visited Winnie Mandela Secondary School in Tembisa to hold a Connecting Leaders workshop, during which teachers were introduced to Microsoft office programs before taking a test to evaluate their newfound skillsEducation and computer literacy are central to finding jobs in a rapidly changing workplace; recognising this Natalie Emery started the Change the World Trust, to develop office-based computer literacy skills among South Africans.After founding and running literacy programmes in Delhi, India, for three years, Emery now develops and runs computer literacy projects through the trust, with sponsorship from the Dell Development Fund and Rectron.In 2008, the Change the World Trust started with one IT training centre in Olievenhoutbosch just outside of Centurion, Pretoria, before moving its main centre to Midrand after a series of robberies.Now the organisation runs its main operations from Midrand, with two smaller training centres in Zandspruit and Diepsloot, and holds tutorials on programs such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.The organisation also offers advanced courses in web design and maintenance, and equips students with marketable IT skills.SKILLS FOR JOBS“It’s not just educational projects but also giving our students tangible skills so that they can actually go out and get jobs as well,” says Emery.“So we decided to go with computer basics and more advanced courses because we see that as a skill that is needed in the business community … if you have that skill it’s easier to get a job.”Change The World’s field team at Winnie Mandela Secondary School in Tembisa for their Connecting Leaders Programme (images: Mathiba Molefe)On what motivates her team, Emery says, “I think it’s seeing the success.“When we first started off what really motivated me was when we had 29 single young moms in our training centre in Olievenhoutbosch who weren’t able to finish high school and had very little opportunity to work because they had to care for their children.“After the training it was still very difficult for them but most of them got jobs. That was very rewarding; it showed us we were doing something right.”Emery says that just over 60% of the students who completed the training course in 2009 went on to get permanent jobs.The organisation also runs an outreach project, its IT Workshops programme, visiting schools across Gauteng.It offers school children, many of whom do not have access to a computer, lessons on how to operate one, and advanced courses similar to those available at the training centres.The organisation’s Connecting Leaders programme aims to improve teachers’ computer literacy skills to supplement their teaching and make tasks such as setting tests, and organising timetables and class rosters, easier.CONNECTING LEADERSOn 13 March 2014, Change the World visited Winnie Mandela Secondary School in Tembisa to hold a Connecting Leaders workshop, during which teachers were introduced to Microsoft office programs before taking a test to evaluate their newfound skills.Teachers successfully completing the test received proficiency certificates, and felt more confident about using the programs.Daniel Modiba, a home languages and social science teacher, said what he had learnt during the training session would make his life a lot easier; “This was very fascinating, I didn’t have an idea how to use this thing [a laptop] but as of now I have a little light at the end of the tunnel.“It was a problem for me but as of now I’m going to use this thing in front of my learners and for more personal things too.”Steven Masemola, head of the English department, said he has had a computer for some time but wasn’t quite sure how to use some of the programs, but “now I know how to use Excel and PowerPoint. I want to get a projector so that I can use the computer in the lessons to the benefit of my students and teachers during meetings.”The organisation’s Connecting Leaders programme aims to improve teachers’ computer literacy skills to supplement their teaching and make tasks such as setting tests, and organising timetables and class rosters, easierFaith Moyengwa, a trainer at Change the World, says she finds being a part of the organisation “fun and rewarding”, “especially the projects that we do going out to the schools and working with kids”.“Right now we’re busy with a project, Boot Camp; we gather high school students and they do basic web design, so that’s pretty cool.”The Boot Camp project teaches high school students how to create websites using popular programming language HTML/CSS, and techniques to create functional, attractive websites.The Boot Camp culminates in a competition in which the most promising pupils compete individually or in groups to create functional websites in four hours.The competition winners receive a tablet and a certificate of proficiency, while second and third place contestants receive 16 gigabyte and eight gigabyte flash drives respectively with their certificates.PLAY YOUR PART“All these projects would not have happened without the support from the Dell Development Fund and our fantastic sponsors,” says Emery.She encourages individuals to “get involved”, and help the non-profit to continue its work by visiting the organisation’s how-to-help page, calling its offices on +27 (0)11 455 2282, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The much awaited green signal has finally come to the Eden Gardens from the International Cricket Council (ICC).The Eden GardensStripped off the money-spinning India-England match by the ICC due to lack of preparedness, the Eden Gardens is set to hold the remaining three World Cup matches allotted to the venue.Kolkata fans can now look forward to some cricketing action as the venue is set to host the South Africa- Ireland match on March 15, the Ireland-Netherlands game on March 18 and the Zimbabwe- Kenya clash on March 20.Confirming the news that the threemember inspection team was happy with the progress in work, ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said that the historical ground will hold the remaining matches. “I have received a preliminary report (after Monday’s inspection) and we are pleased with the progress made since January 25 and if that pace of work is maintained, we believe that the stadium will be ready for the games in March,” Lorgat said.An ICC official confirmed that a positive report has been sent to the tournament director which would be forwarded to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).”The report was sent this morning at 9am to the host tournament director with the request that it should be forwarded to the venue, in the usual manner,” he told MAIL TODAY. The CAB wanted the India- Ireland game to be shifted to Kolkata now that Bangalore already had the India- England match, but Lorgat squashed their hopes.”That will be extremely difficult. A shifting requires all sorts of logistical changes which may not be possible in such a short duration,” Lorgat said.advertisementAlthough the ICC will conduct two further inspections on February 14 and 22, a CAB official said that the report came as a huge relief after the January 25 fiasco when the ICC deemed the Eden unfit to host the February 27 match.”We are relieved. We were behind time, but we are not a new Test or ODI centre.Having held international matches for a while, I can assure you that although the ICC has decided to inspect the venue again, we are ready to hold World Cup matches,” he told MAIL TODAY . “It is easy to build new stadiums. But our establishment dates back to 1865. For us, while we brought in state- of- the- art facilities in keeping with the ICC’s guidelines, we had to ensure that we didn’t completely do away with our rich legacy.As a result, our work was very challenging,” he said.Some people have raised questions over the lack of giant screens and electronic scoreboard. But the CAB official said that the main work was done and the association was now waiting for the screens to arrive from BCCI.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews are working to re-rail a Metrorail train car less than a day after it partially derailed between stations in Northwest Miami-Dade, leaving 30 people stranded.7News cameras captured crews using a crane to lift the car onto the rails near Northwest 41st Street and 23rd Avenue, Saturday afternoon.The train was leaving from the Miami International Airport on Friday evening when, passengers said, they heard a loud noise.Transit officials said the train was transitioning tracks when it hit a concrete barrier east of the Earlington Heights Station.Twenty-eight commuters and two employees were stuck for about an hour before crews arrived.No one was hurt.The cause of the partial derailment is still under investigation.
France has millions in back taxes coming to it from Apple. Chesnot / Getty Images Apple reached a deal with French authorities to back-pay 500 million euros ($571 million) in taxes, reports said.The Cupertino, California, company’s French branch confirmed the tax agreement to Reuters on Tuesday, without revealing how much it would pay.However, French magazine L’Express reported the sum and noted that the deal was made at the end of December. See it $59 at eBay Sprint 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple reading • Apple reportedly agrees to pay France nearly $600M in back taxes $60 at Best Buy See It 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. 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. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 7 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 3 Tags Sarah Tew/CNET EU: Apple, you owe $14.5 billion in taxes 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). Tags Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Turo Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. In December, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said his country would start taxing tech giants at a national level if European Union countries couldn’t agree on a joint tax on digital revenues. Last May, Apple handed over the first billion in a $15 billion Irish tax fine ordered by the EU in 2016.Neither Apple nor the French tax authorities immediately responded to requests for comment. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazon Rylo Read Google Home Hub review 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. Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today 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. Share your voice Comments • $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Comments $999 See All Read the AirPods review 1:58 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. $999 $520 at HP 48 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The Cheapskate $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Boost Mobile See It Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. $6 at Tidal 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. $155 at Google Express Tech Industry Politics Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Amazon
May 15 • Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 CNET’s Mother’s Day gift guideThese are our favorite gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Cool cheap gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Mother’s Day gifts under $50Best Mother’s Day gifts from $100 to $250Mother’s Day gifts to get her streaming with ease, starting at $30Mother’s Day gift ideas for health nuts and fitness buffsBest Mother’s Day gifts for foodie momsMother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got gameThoughtful gifts for every kind of momMother’s Day gifts for moms who love coffee (Chowhound)CNET’s Mother’s Day gift hub Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice reading • Mother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got game James Martin/CNET For the budget-conscious mom: Dell G5 15, Aukey KM-G6 keyboard, Logitech G300s mouse See at HP Read full review Read full review Tags Sarah Tew/CNET For the unconventional mom: Roccat Kova ambidextrous mouse, Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller Read full review When mom’s in that demon-killing mood, she should be able to frag with the best of them. Help her overcome the annoyance of gaming in a world designed around right-handed people or the frustration of using mainstream game controllers. Like the Logitech G300s mentioned above, the Roccat Kova (see at Amazon) is an ambidextrous mouse that feels responsive and comfortable in women’s smaller hands, comes in a snazzy white and costs less than $40. For more challenging input issues, Microsoft’s $100 Xbox Adaptive Controller maps all the typical controller functions to a design which requires less coordination to operate. While it works with an Xbox console, it also works with PC games. Sarah Tew/CNET They may thrive on the gore of a slash-and-hack, but some will still shudder when they see the unsightly cables that enable their zombie-killing sprees. For the mom who likes an uncluttered gaming space, Logitech’s sub-$100 each wireless mouse and mechanical keyboard (see at Amazon) play way above their price. And the $120 HyperX Cloud Flight (see at Amazon) is one of the lightest, most comfortable headsets you can find, but with sufficient battery life to make it through the war. See at Dell 31 Photos See All May 17 • Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day For the mobile-gaming mom: Nintendo Switch, Steelseries Stratus Duo or Nimbus controllers When mom goes on the road for work, the Zenbook (see at Amazon) and Spectre are a couple of laptops she’ll feel comfortable pulling out in a meeting but still will let her play some lightweight games in a hotel room at night. Both have a little more graphics oomph than a typical thin-and-light notebook, enough to power a platformer, puzzler or 8-bit adventure. The convertible Spectre is convenient for gaming at bedtime: Just flip it into the tent position, connect the controller and she can Gris until her eyes close. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET If “why did you spend so much on me?” is a familiar refrain, reassure mom that you didn’t with one these cheap-for-their kind presents. The 15-inch Dell G5 is one of the best budget gaming laptops we’ve tested — and the design doesn’t scream “I game!” — and it starts at only $900. Not a cheap gift, but a great value. If your budget only stretches to accessories, the Aukey KM-G6 (see at Amazon) is a terrific-feeling mechanical keyboard (I’m typing on it right now) with RGB lighting that costs less than $35. The Logitech G300s (see at Amazon) is a highly rated wired mouse for only $20 that’s good for the righty or lefty mom. See at Razer Asus HP Logitech Razer Nintendo If mom’s snatching moments here and there to indulge her gaming, get her a console she can carry: the Nintendo Switch. If that’s too expensive a gift ($300), a controller designed to work with her phone is a lot more affordable and still gives her an edge when jumping into a quick battle royale while carpooling. The Steelseries Nimbus (see at Amazon) is a good choice if she uses an iPhone, while the Stratus Duo (see at Amazon) goes with her Galaxy — or any other Android phone or Windows PC. For the cool mom: Anything Razer Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Thoughtful gifts for every kind of mom Read preview Instead of eyeing that Apple Watch for Mother’s Day, give her something that will really get her heart pumping instead of just tracking it. She may not have as much time as she used to for gaming, but you can make it more fun by equipping her for those days when she can grab a few stolen hours to beat back a demon incursion or even let her join your squad in battle.At a loss as to what mom might like? Here are some suggestions to get you started, no matter how little — or how much — you want to spend. Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Post a comment James Martin/CNET Laptops Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Desktops For the cables-be-gone mom: Logitech Lightspeed G903 mouse, G613 keyboard and HyperX Cloud Flight headset May 12 • Mothers Day 2019: How not to piss off your mom this year May 24 • Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 Razer’s gaming gear is almost uniformly great, if pricey, and doesn’t go overboard on the gaming bling. Mom would be proud to tote one of the company’s laptops into a board meeting, and the accessories can be as tasteful as she wants — or even pink, if that’s how she rolls. There’s also a Mercury White model of the Blade 15. And the laptops are fast, despite being thin and relatively light, so they’re up for accompanying Lara Croft on her latest adventure. 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Sundarbans. Prothom Alo file photoThe Bangladesh government has denied that it issued approval for any heavy industry close to the Sundarbans, country’s only, and the world’s largest, mangrove forest. However, the records show that so far 320 new industrial projects have been approved by the government around the forest.The government issued a letter to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) denying their approval of the industries and also saying that they conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) accurately before implementing the Rampal power plant project.Sundarbans’ biodiversity is widely important for the world’s ecosystem. The Bangladesh government submitted a progress report to the World Heritage Committee on 3 December last year as to maintain the status of Sundarbans as world heritage. The report said that the government has taken some additional initiatives to protect the Sundarbans as well as to meet UNESCO’s conditions.However, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO will make the decision in July this year, whether or not the status as the Sundarbans will retain its world heritage status as its natural resources are at stake.However, the National Committee to Protect Sundarbans sent a letter to the UNESCO citing the government has approved 320 factories within 10 kilometre surrounding the forest despite UNESCO’s time and again objections.The letter also said, among the projects, 24 are highly prone to release deadly environmental pollutants which will push the Sundarbans gradually towards destruction.Apart from this, UNESCO was told that the EIA of Rampal power plant was not done accurately, it would have to be done afresh. But the government has not conducted any EIA anew.Deputy minister of environment, forest and climate change Habibun Nahar said, “The people of Rampal and Mongla used to starve. Only industrialisation can eradicate poverty in the area and this will not be possible without electricity.”“That is why we proposed the Rampal power plant. We are doing it with proper measures to protect the environment,” she claimed.In the meeting of World Heritage Committee held in Krakow, Poland in July 2017, Bangladesh was given several conditions to protect Sundarbans. There were eight conditions, including stopping the operation of the Rampal power plant and not allowing industrialisation around the Sundarbans.It is said an evaluation report will be discussed in the 2019 meeting on what Bangladesh did to fulfil these conditions so far.Earlier, in December 2018, UNESCO asked Bangladesh government to submit a report in this regard.Following that the government said in report in December last year, the task of assigning an organisation to carry out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) on the south-western region of the country including the Sundarbans has been finalised. Also, the government is said to have taken initiatives to avoid any kind of pollution at Rampal coal-based power plants project.The report also stated that a special action plan including the Tiger Recovery Programme was taken up with special supervision to protect the Royal Bengal Tigers in Sundarbans. It was mentioned that the filling of Gorai river is one of the main obstacles to fresh water flow through the Ganges from India. Initiative has been taken to dredge the river. Also, EIA was carried out before the river dredging.However, the National Committee to Protect Sundarbans convenor Sultana Kamal said, “Whatever the government’s official statements say, we have seen that the EIA of Rampal power plant was faulty. It has to be done afresh.”“The Sundarbans cannot be preserved unless the projects the construction of industries there is halted for once and for all,” she added.*This report originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat