1 October 2008The annual United Nations treaty event to promote universal participation in more than 500 multilateral global pacts drew to a close today with a total of 43 Member States signing or ratifying 80 separate conventions, agreements, treaties and optional protocols. This year’s event – which began on 23 September – has seen the participation of many world leaders, with treaty actions from six heads of State and 21 foreign ministers. Three Member States today took part in the closing day of the event with four treaty actions. Cameroon signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, bringing the event total to six signatures and three ratifications for the Convention and seven signatures and two ratifications for its Optional Protocol. Following in the footsteps of Laos and Tanzania from Monday, Greece and Iceland today signed the Convention on Enforced Disappearances, which received five signatures and one ratification during the event, leaving it five States short of the 20 required to enter into force. As 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the treaty event’s ethos “Universal Participation and Implementation – Dignity and Justice for All of Us,” similarly reflected this theme. The 80 treaty actions endorsed through this year’s edition of the annual event, which has taken place at the UN Headquarters since 2000, will work to support international law concerning the environment, trade, human rights and disarmament.
TORONTO — Ontario’s finance minister says he will be looking “very closely” at British Columbia’s tax aimed at foreign homebuyers as he looks for ways to address eroding affordability in Toronto’s housing market.Charles Sousa says he welcomes the 15 per cent tax that the B.C. government will charge foreign nationals looking to snap up homes in Vancouver’s scorching real estate market.Ontario should take ‘long, hard look’ at B.C.’s new tax on foreign home buyers: economistB.C. government approves plan for Vancouver tax on those leaving property vacantSousa says he is part of a committee, alongside Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong, that’s looking for ways to improve housing affordability in Canada’s hottest markets.He says it’s important to consider that any policies introduced to cool down Toronto’s hot real estate sector could have effects on other parts of the province that aren’t seeing the same problem.BMO chief economist Douglas Porter has urged the Ontario government to follow B.C.’s move, given that single detached houses in the Greater Toronto Area have jumped almost 20 per cent year-over-year.
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Notes to editors1 SMMT UK new car registrations outlook – January 20192 The Road to Zero Strategy 2018, p13: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-road-to-zero-strategy-to-lead-the-world-in-zero-emission-vehicle-technology SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATAThe UK’s new car market dipped -1.6% in January, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 161,013 new cars were registered for use on UK roads, with trends in fuel choice seen last year continuing in the first month of 2019.Following a decline in December, private buyers returned to showrooms – up 2.9% – registering 71,378 models in the month. Conversely, demand from business and fleet buyers fell by -33.5% and -3.4% respectively.Meanwhile, appetite for alternatively fuelled vehicles grew 26.3%, resulting in a total 6.8% market share. The performance supports the latest forecast for this sector, currently expected to rise more than a quarter by the end of 2019 to around 177,000 units.1 Some 86,000 of these cars are set to be ultra low emission plug-in hybrids and battery electrics – taking plug-in market share to around 3.7% as an ever-increasing number of models come on sale. However, this level is still at the lower end of government ambitions, underlining the need for greater purchase incentives and investment in charging infrastructure.2Petrol demand also grew in January, up 7.3%, but this was not enough to offset another month of decline for diesel, as registrations fell -20.3%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,It’s encouraging to see car registrations in January broadly on par with a year ago as the latest high tech models and deals attracted buyers into showrooms. This, however, is still the fifth consecutive month of overall decline in the market. To restore momentum, we need supportive policies, not least on vehicle taxation, to encourage buyers to invest in new, cleaner vehicles that best suit their driving needs – from the latest petrols and diesels to an ever growing range of exciting electrified vehicles. This would be good for the environment and good for the industry and those who depend on it. UK new car market dips -1.6% in January as 161,013 models leave forecourts.Private buyers boost the market in first month of 2019, but fail to offset declines in business and fleet registrations.Demand for electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars surges – up 26.3%, with petrols rising 7.3%.
The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Oct. 15 to 19.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Science thesis defencesJay Douglas, a Master of Science candidate in the Computer Sciences Department, will present his thesis “Efficient Merging and Decomposition Variants of Cooperative Particle Swarm Optimization for Large Scale Problems” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. in Mackenzie Chown H313. This defence will be a report defence. His examination committee members are Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Shahryar Rahnamayan, External Examiner (University of Ontario Institute of Technology); Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, Supervisor; and Brian Ross and Robson De Grande (Committee Members).—Eseroghene Balota, a Master of Science candidate in the Earth Sciences Department, will present his thesis titled “Western Pacific Paleoceanography Across the Early-Middle Pleistocene Boundary ~773 KA, Marine Isotope Stage 19): Dinoflagellate Cysts of the Chiba Composite Section, Japan” by video conference on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. in McKenzie Chown H313.His examination committee members are Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Audrey Limoges, External Examiner (University of New Brunswick); Martin Head, Supervisor; and Francine McCarthy and Rich Cheel, Committee Members.
DANNY KEEFE ISN’T your average six-year-old.Small for his age, he stands out of the crowd in his dapper suit, tie and jaunty fedora.When he was born, the Bostonian suffered a brain haemorrhage, and his parents were told he would have serious health problems.But the plucky kid hasn’t let anything – including speech issues – stand in his way, and is the water boy for the Bridgewater Badgers Division 5 Peewees team.So when his teammates heard that some people were picking on Danny for the way he speaks, they decided to do something very special…(WCVB Channel Boston/YouTube)Read: Dog survives 90km ride stuck in bumper after being hit by car>
Washougal – Washougal Superintendent Mike Stromme has announced that he is leaving the district after the current school year to work for Vancouver Public Schools.The Washougal school board is inviting the community to a public forum to provide input on the skills and qualifications they feel are desired for Stromme’s successor. The group is scheduled to meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the commons at Columbia River Gorge Elementary School and Jemtegaard Middle School, 35300 S.E. Evergreen Highway, Washougal.The district hired Northwest Leadership Associates to conduct the candidate search. Those unable to attend the forum can fill out an online survey to provide input into the process. The survey can be found at www.washougal.k12.wa.us.
SEATTLE — The state of Washington is counting on the average marijuana user to smoke a joint every three days.Under the state’s consumption estimate for a legal pot market, the math breaks down to 80 million joints, or the equivalent in pot, smoked by roughly 650,000 adults every year. That’s 123 joints per user annually.The state’s consumption estimate is important because it drives licensing for pot production, including the number of growers and the size of their operations. Underestimating statewide consumption could hand customers to illicit dealers, according to state officials. Overestimating could lead to surplus weed being diverted to other states.But the state recognizes that the joint is losing popularity, particularly with younger stoners. A panel discussion at the Drug Policy Alliance’s upcoming biennial conference is even titled: “Is the joint obsolete?”Edibles, topicals and concentrates, such as hash oil, have become so popular that the state figures the market for those products will be as large as the more traditional buds and flowers combusted in joints and pipes.When the state-regulated system starts selling pot next year, consumers are expected to annually use 40 metric tons of buds and flowers, and another 40 metric tons of the so-called extracts: pot-infused edibles, liquids and topicals, plus hash oil in various forms called wax, shatter and budder.
The Association of Magazine Media has hired a new market research head. Anthony Sarcone will be the association’s senior vice president of marketing initiatives and insight, reporting directly to president and CEO Mary Berner.Sarcone will be leading MPA‘s research initiatives as they relate to showing how magazine media can influence branding and culture.Also under Sarcone’s watch will be PIB, of which he’ll be president. Sarcone was most recently owner and partner of Solveris Marketing Communications. He’s also held marketing director positions at Bon Appétit and Condé Nast’s bridal group. Sarcone joins just as Berner has been touting magazine brands as a cross-platform media opportunity for marketers, simultaneously pushing the power of print, but also the overall impact magazines can have digitally as well.Accordingly, the MPA is looking for new ways to report market information—print is only one part of a larger story, after all. In April, Berner told FOLIO: that PIB reporting is evolving and the MPA is examining ways to broaden its traditional print advertising metrics to digital. “We’re very focused on trying to expand PIB measurement to include all of the digital advertising as well. We should have that in the next several months,” she said.Berner didn’t offer any more details in light of Sarcone’s appointment, but the intention is clear. “I hired Tony because he is a very experienced research and marketing executive, and we look to his considerable talents to help lead our efforts in establishing and communicating metrics that more accurately represent the reach and effectiveness of Magazine Media,” she says.
Tumblr’s ban on adult content went into effect Monday, and it didn’t take long for users to bare their naked thoughts on the move.The blogging platform announced the change Dec. 3 in a post titled “A better, more positive Tumblr.” On Monday, a new post apologized for what the site admitted has “not been an easy transition.” Flagged content will be hidden, not deleted, the site reported.”Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, specifically sculptures and illustrations, is also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr,” the post says. “Although, photorealistic imagery or photography – images, videos, or GIFs — with real humans that include exposed genitals or female-presenting (yeah, we know you hate this term) nipples or depict sex acts is not allowed per our guidelines.”Breastfeeding and nudity in art are still OK to post. Users quickly found flaws in Tumblr’s implementation of the ban. Some found tricks to get around the flagging process, others saw legitimate content hidden.Asked for comment, Tumblr referred CNET back to the Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 posts, as well as the site’s posted updates to its community guidelines. Tags Images Tumblr users said were incorrectly hidden include:Photos of cats, birds and rocks: Things that were flagged on @tumblr: -Smoke art-BNHA fanart-A field of flowers-woman in cosplay-leather boots-men kissing-A puppy-Fat sphinx catThings that weren’t flagged: -75% of the nsfw content on my side blog-Bots-Literal NAZISFIX YOUR SHIT TUMBLR.#TumblrLogOff— Snow F. (@SnowySpaceship) December 17, 2018 A pixelated Pokemon: FREE THE FEMALE PRESENTING NIPPLE #tumblrprotest pic.twitter.com/u90s08qiXc— bukkake bitch (@bipolarhippy) December 14, 2018 Post a comment #tumblrprotest if you are boycotting tomorrow make sure to pass the plan around pic.twitter.com/4pXpsp23RK— Angharad Griffiths (@Angiepose) December 16, 2018 Too late. You blew it #TumblrIsDeadParty #nsfw #tumblrpurge pic.twitter.com/PagEG2QOIr— xstumbl (@xstumbl) December 12, 2018 I’m doing #TumblrLogOff because their idiotic algorithm thought a text post with a single pixelated pokemon was NSFW. Thanks @tumblr, your already nigh-unusable site just got worse!— Duke (@laangdons) December 17, 2018 Anyways tumblr is dead to me because they flagged these set of pictures pic.twitter.com/eqjED9mVTH— 🌙 litchi 🌙 (@suicunepng) December 16, 2018 This cosplay tutorial: In a fairly meta move, some people posted their Tumblr issues on Tumblr itself.Although the ban may have been well-intentioned, many users clearly disagreed with how it was implemented. #Tumblr how’s this for female presenting nipples #tumblrlogoff pic.twitter.com/PRNm2eoTiv— Momo (@AS_Flow_MoMo) December 17, 2018 I’m officially off #Tumblr for the next 24hrs in protest of their new policy changes that do nothing to stop porn bots & child predators but do harm artists, gamers, social justice blogs, body positivy blogs & many others #TumblrLogOff— LevelUpLynn 🦄 (@LevelUpLynn) December 17, 2018 hey @tumblr maybe you might want to listen to the people using your site, and actually ban literal nazis and pedophiles instead of “female-presenting nipples” and content you’ve deemed “nsfw” (how the fuck is my aesthetic picture of a pool nsfw?) #tumblrprotest #tumblrpurge— december chrimms time babeys 🙂 (@AgentAngelace) December 17, 2018 0 Today, we mourn the loss of female presenting nipples, but celebrate their legacy.. #tumblr— 🧛🏻♀️Nicole Maines🧛🏻♀️ (@NicoleAMaines) December 17, 2018 “…female-presenting (yeah, we know you hate the term) nipples…”……well that doesn’t sound patronizing at all…. #TumblrLogOff #Tumblr https://t.co/E4mHjR4ulj— RecordRewind (@record_rewind) December 17, 2018 And even Tumblr’s own post announcing the ban: A photo of a pool: First published Dec. 17, 11:18 a.m. PT. Update, Dec. 17 at 11:57 a.m. PT: Adds response from Tumblr.Update, Dec, 17 at 12:17 p.m. PT: Adds Tumblr user posts relating to ban. Prudishness aside, can we address the hyphen? It implies the nipples are presenting the females.— Sad Lieutenant (@unocajone) December 17, 2018 An ancient Egyptian tomb: maybe the real female-presenting nipples were the friends we met along the way pic.twitter.com/UdyMRZoCzV— Animated Text (@animatedtext) December 10, 2018 not the best look for tumblr to try cutesily distancing itself from “female-presenting nipples” while actually doubling down on it pic.twitter.com/nCQnHLLUgC— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) December 17, 2018 A man’s chest, but not when next to an owl: A sleepy penguin: #Tumblr just flagged as “adult” this post I published relative to the recent archaeological discovery in Egypt … pic.twitter.com/nqARBqEcMf— bittenapple (@bittenapple) December 16, 2018 YOU FLAGGED A PICTURE OF MISTER ROGERS AND A MAILMAN!That is all. #TumblrProtest— Kaylee Fuhr (@KayleeFuhr) December 17, 2018 The term “female-presenting nipples,” mentioned in the Tumblr post about images that aren’t allowed, came in for special ridicule from users, especially for the way the site acknowledged the term was problematic. the problem isn’t that We Hate That Term;), although it’s stupid and we do, it’s that the whole idea that the female body is inherently sexual is Fucked Up And Bad, yall— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) December 17, 2018 Hashtags including #TumblrLogOff, #TumblrPurge, #TumblrIsDeadParty and #TumblrProtest objected to the way the changes were being implemented, and some urged users to stay off the site for 24 hours in protest. My most popular #cosplay tutorial was flagged on Tumblr as inappropriate… What are they smoking over there? pic.twitter.com/OpgWOTQRoN— Quinn-tessential (@HorrorShadows) December 17, 2018 #tumblr #tumblrisdeadparty”We did it! We fixed our site by deleting all the porn!” pic.twitter.com/fu8fmkZ3eV— Takashi Shirogane (@Starry_Paladin) December 3, 2018 Signed out of @Tumblr for 24 hours. If they’re going to crash and sink their own ship, might as well make it go ALL THE WAY DOWN. #TumblrIsDeadParty— Merry Impmas (@ImperfectXIII) December 17, 2018 So here’s something. Users are testing the limits of Tumblr’s new algorithm that flags adult content (aka “censorbot”). This one found that a man’s chest was flagged, but a man’s chest next a 50% scale owl went unnoticed. Things seem to be going greathttps://t.co/FU1MudA0K9 pic.twitter.com/Tmm0JyPWJC— Chappell Ellison ٩( ᐛ )و✎ (@ChappellTracker) December 7, 2018 #tumblrpurge remember when THEIR OWN POST ANNOUNCING THE BAN WAS FLAGGEDYeahThe only people arguing that #tumblr staff know what theyre doing is the staff themselves #tumblrban #tumblrpurge #tumblrboycott pic.twitter.com/o8sAlcIP2r— Team True Alpha ⭕️ (@VOlDlAS) December 17, 2018 Share your voice Mister Rogers and a mailman (was it Mr. “Speedy Delivery” McFeely?): Pictures of my cat and photos of birds and rocks got flagged but i still had to block four porn bots yesterday #TumblrIsDeadParty #Tumblr— European Gay Disaster Girl (@kissesgrell) December 17, 2018 The items on this list, which includes “a puppy” and “leather boots”: tumblr users: “hey guys, if you could do something about the pedophiles, porn bots, and white supremacists, that would be great.”tumblr staff: “ban the female nipple but let the nazis stay. got it. 👌”users: “no, that’s not what–”staff: “w e g o t i t 👌👌👌”#TumblrLogOff— beam me up, guy (@cali4niaenglsh) December 17, 2018 this just in: porn bots on tumblr are evading being flagged/taken down by just straight up tagging their sexy posts as ‘SFW’ and it workslike, this is some Looney Tunes shit 2018 pic.twitter.com/JdnP8aoMcL— Girls and Gay (@InsomniaArrest) December 11, 2018 Online Pornography Tumblr
Read Google Home Hub review Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher Read the Rylo camera preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. 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. $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. See It Sprint $6 at Tidal 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. 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Comments Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It See at Turo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Tags 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. 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). Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET On this podcast, we talk about: New reports that President Donald Trump may have known about Wikileaks’ 2016 dump of Democrats’ hacked emailsA new task force at the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize Silicon ValleyThe lifting of the last constraint on AT&T’s takeover of HBO parent Time Warner The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Wikileaks may bring Trump’s latest crisis (The 3:59, Ep. 526) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $520 at HP 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. $155 at Google Express $999 Politics Security Mobile Read the AirPods review $60 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. Apple iPhone XS Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The Daily Charge Turo $999 The Cheapskate See it 7 $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Time Warner AT&T WikiLeaks Donald Trump FTC,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. Boost Mobile 2 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Your browser does not support the audio element. $210 at Best Buy Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazon
Several large earthquakes have hit Southeast Alaska recently. But State Seismologist Michael West with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center says it’s unclear whether the activity is related.Download Audio
The Bering Sea red king crab fleet finished catching 10 million pounds of quota last week — and they’re facing some lackluster prices as the crab goes to market. It could be due to higher catch limits in Alaska and Russia.Download AudioThere’s also the problem of pirates. Illegal crab harvesting is declining, but industry groups say it’s still their biggest concern.Crab economics can be a tricky business. Take it from Jake Jacobsen, who heads up the state’s biggest crab harvesting collective, the Inter-Cooperative Exchange.“Supply is really the thing that drives the market, and the Japanese exchange rate is pretty close up there too,” he says. “And then, of course, the quality of the crab and other issues all factor in.”Dockside prices for Alaskan red king crab were down as much as a dollar this season, to around $6.10, according to the state Department of Fish & Game.There are plenty of reasons why that could be: like the higher quotas in Alaska and Russia, and currency values giving big Japanese importers a better deal in Russian rubles than in dollars.And Jacobsen says Alaska’s fleet had another problem this year: unexpected barnacles on some of their catch.“Those crab don’t typically receive the same price as a clean-shell crab,” he says. “So there’s a little bit of a discount there.”But it’s all secondary to what he says is still the biggest problem for Alaska: illegal fishing and overharvesting by pirate boats in Russia.Years ago, Russian pirates caught and delivered more than four times as much king and snow crab as the country’s legal harvest limit. Since then, that number’s declined to its lowest point in a decade, says Heather Brandon of the World Wildlife Fund.“But even in the last year that we have data for, which is 2013, there was still about a 69 percent harvest over the legal catch,” she says. “So we can see from trade data that there’s still a huge amount of illegal crab entering the market from Russia.”Brandon co-authored a recent WWF report on illegal crab fishing. It calls for countries that import and export crab to work on stamping out pirate fishing — like by asking for more documentation as the crab makes its way from dock to market. One agreement between Russia and Japan will do just that starting in December.Japan takes most of Russia’s exports, due to proximity — but plenty of Alaska’s catch winds up there too. That leaves American consumers buying crab that’s estimated to be 40 percent illegal. Jake Jacobsen, with the harvester co-op, says it’s tough to verify where the product comes from:“The boats that supposedly made the landings are fictitious. They’re signed with names of captains that don’t exist,” he says. “All the documents look legal because they’ve been professionally forged.”That’s why groups like his are pushing for stricter labeling and tracking requirements. And as always, they want customers to buy domestic. They say Alaska’s fishery is better regulated, better documented and more sustainable than any other.Of course, that makes it more expensive than illegal crab, too. Mark Gleason is the president of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, which estimates Alaska has lost $600 million to pirate crabbing since 2000.“The people that I represent — they’re capitalists. We thrive on competition. We’re very proud of the product that we produce, and we will put that product up against anyone’s,” Gleason says. “But it’s gotta be a level playing field in terms of the competition. We all need to be playing by the same rules. We all need the same opportunity to bring our product to market. And we welcome the competition with the legal production — it’s just the pirates that have a leg up.”Still, Gleason thinks it’s possible to stop illegal crab fishing. He points to signs of progress — more international cooperation and regulatory support from lawmakers, who groups like his have been lobbying. And there’s last year’s lower illegal harvest, too.But what about this year? It’s kind of a wild card, since there’s also more legal crab on the market than in the past. Heather Brandon, with the WWF, says she isn’t sure if higher legal quotas will make for less pirate fishing. And she won’t get to find out for about a year.“I’m really looking forward to looking at the 2014 data to understand that,” she says. “There are a lot of factors in play.”That means it’s not clear if pirate fishing is to blame for this year’s lower red king crab prices in Alaska. Still, fishermen say they have to control what they can. The fleet can’t alter the laws of supply and demand. But they’ll still lobby to rid that supply of crab that shouldn’t be there.
Pollock photo by NOAA FishwatchDemocrats in the U.S. House are urging President Trump to give fisherman caught in the trade war with China the same benefits announced Tuesday for farmers.Listen nowThe Trump administration said it will provide $12 billion in emergency aid to American farmers. Producers of soy and other crops are facing stiff import taxes on products they send to China, now that China has retaliated in response to President Trump’s first round of tariffs.Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a statement yesterday calling the aid to farmers an admission that “tariffs are hurting, not helping, our country.” She said American fishermen are also caught in the crossfire.Four U.S. House Democrats, including Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, sent a letter Wednesday addressed to the president and the Commerce Secretary. They say America’s fishermen are hurt coming and going. First, they wrote, fishermen were disadvantaged by the U.S. tariff on imported steel and aluminum, which raises the cost of boats, crab traps and other metal gear. Now China has slapped a 25 percent retaliatory tariff on American seafood.Alaska companies export about $1 billion worth of seafood to China annually.
Share EPAAn EPA image of the “Many Diversified Interests” Superfund site in Houston’s 5th Ward.A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change.The testimony by EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Barry Breen before a House oversight subcommittee conflicts with the agency’s policy positions under President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax. Breen’s boss, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, is an ardent fossil fuel promoter who questions the validity of mainstream climate science.During a hearing Thursday, Rep. Jerry McNerney, a California Democrat, asked Breen whether extreme weather events like hurricanes and wildfires could damage the highly toxic sites and cause contamination to spread.“We have to respond to climate change, that’s just part of our mission set,” replied Breen, a career official who leads EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management. “So we need to design remedies that account for that. We don’t get to pick where Superfund sites are. We deal with the waste where it is.”There are more than 1,300 Superfund sites in the U.S.Under the Obama administration, EPA issued a robust plan for prioritizing cleanup and protection of toxic sites located in flood zones and areas vulnerable to sea level rise. However, a Superfund Task Force appointed by Pruitt last year issued a 34-page list of recommendations that makes no mention of climate change, flooding risks from stronger storms or rising seas.EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox did not respond to questions Thursday about whether Pruitt agreed with Breen’s testimony or precisely what the agency is currently doing to address to risks posed to Superfund sites by climate change.The Associated Press first reported in September that more than a dozen Superfund sites in the Houston area were flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey. Spills of potentially hazardous waste were reported at two of those sites, including a release of cancer-causing dioxin into the San Jacinto River.A subsequent AP review of EPA records and census data revealed that more than 2 million Americans live within a mile of 327 Superfund sites located in flood-prone areas or those at risk from rising sea levels.The Government Accountability Office told Congress earlier this month it was assigning investigators to study the risks to human health and the environment posed to Superfund sites by natural disasters.EPA’s 2014 Climate Adaptation Plan noted that prolonged flooding at low-lying Superfund sites could cause extensive erosion, carrying away contaminants as waters recede.Pruitt says he has made faster Superfund site cleanups a high priority for the agency. Pruitt’s task force on the issue is led by Albert “Kell” Kelly, a former Oklahoma banker with no experience as an environmental regulator.Kelly had been expected to testify at Thursday’s hearing, but was replaced by Breen due to what EPA told the House committee was a scheduling conflict.AP reported in August that Pruitt hired Kelly as a senior adviser at EPA after federal financial regulators cited Kelly for unspecified violations while serving as the top executive at a community bank in Oklahoma. Kelly previously served as chairman of Tulsa-based SpiritBank, which provided a $6.8 million financing when Pruitt and his business partners purchased Oklahoma City’s minor league baseball team in 2003.Asked by Democrats for details about why Kelly was barred by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from working for any U.S. financial institution, Breen said Thursday that Kelly had elected to settle the case against him and “is fully willing to discuss this matter.”An email and voicemail to Kelly seeking comment on Thursday received no response. Wilcox also did not respond to a request seeking details about why the FDIC barred Kelly from the banking industry.
In times of trouble, you can count on the Internet to make it worse.As riots tore through parts of Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Twitter users took to the service to urge calm and pray people stayed safe. However, one group tried to use the service to amp up the outrage and urge people to steal and destroy.Using the hashtag #baltimorelootcrew, people began posting images of destroyed restaurants, shoes they said were stolen, and prescription pills they said had grabbed. A group of masked young Black men holding bats and chains showed off seemingly stolen laptops and sneakers with the caption “li jo n da crew wid that newnew loot #BaltimoreLootCrew”Let us take a moment here to acknowledge that even while there are horrible events taking place, a certain segment of society has always enjoyed trying to make it worse. Think of prank calls while breaking news is taking place. No matter what is happening, there is someone bored looking to make themselves and their friends laugh by humiliating someone.Last week was Baltimore’s turn. The pictures and tweets were put together by a group of trolls who, essentially thought it would be funny to portray a group of loosely organized semi-literate Black thugs who went out and stole sneakers while the city convulsed. They gathered on messageboards with names like 8chan that are dedicated to discussing video games and Japanese anime. As the journalist Eoghan mac Suibhne wrote on Medium.com many if not all of the images posted with #BaltimoreLootCrew were not not pictures from the riot, they were from different parts of the world.A picture of a bunch of cosmetics spilled on the floor had the caption “Got back from the protests, and I hauled it in 2nite! Wont need 2 buy makeup for 2yrs, at least! #BaltimoreLootCrew.” Suibhne found that the picture had been online for at least two years. A destroyed KFC with the caption “me n da niggas just cleard out da kfc #BaltimoreLootCrew free wings 2 night.” That picture, according to Suibhne, was taken in Pakistan in 2012. As for “li jo n da crew,” they were actually British and the picture was taken overseas.Articles on Gawker and Motherboard showed that a small group of racists from the message board 8chan.com had been behind most of the #BaltimoreLootCrew messages. During Hurricane Sandy, the similar hashtag #SandyLootCrew made the rounds and is believed to be the work of the same individuals. Many people who responded did so in good faith and said they were going to report the posting and images to the police while several news organizations took them at face value and wrote about them. An article on the National Review web site entitled, “What Are Baltimore’s Rioters Trying to Communicate?” used the hashtag to note, “Under the hashtag “#BaltimoreLootCrew,” rioters have been posting photographs of their prizes. At least one user – who yesterday posted a picture of four new iPhone 6s – has suspended his account.”This is not to say there wasn’t damage and looting during the riots. There was plenty across several parts of Baltimore including Fells Point. What is distressing is the ease with which people believe this sort of thing happens. Baltimore is better than that. One example is the homegrown #Onebaltimore, which is been listed on businesses, church, and school signs throughout the city. At a rally on Sunday at City Hall hundreds of people gathered under that banner to sing, chant, dance, and rally peacefully.Kamau High is a journalist living in Baltimore. He has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Billboard and The Baltimore Sun. He can be reached at email@example.com.
If you’ve been desperately waiting to get your hands on the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer beta, which was due out tomorrow, December 4, then your waiting will be over a day sooner. You’ll be able to get your hands on the beta today, from 12pm EST (9am PST, 5pm GMT).News of the 24 hour shift forwards came via the PlayStation Europe Twitter account, which also reminded us that the beta is exclusively for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection owners (physical or digital) who also have an active PlayStation Plus membership. But let’s face it, the majority of gamers hyped for Uncharted 4 will have picked up the Collection already experience the existing games in enhanced form.The beta will be available to play worldwide and runs from today until December 13. Access is granted via the Uncharted Collection game icon. Ensure the game disc is inserted if you own a physical copy, then highlight the game icon and select “Overview.” From there you should be able to select the Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta tile and pressing X will begin the 7GB download.Sony’s servers are sure to be extremely busy over the coming days, so don’t be surprised if you’re waiting a while for that download to complete. I suspect this weekend will see the highest spike in usage as people spend the whole weekend playing it. And if you spot any bugs, Sony has setup a discussion thread in the PlayStation Forum so you can report them. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Uncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 MultiplayerUncharted 4 Multiplayer
50 years ago, Night of the Living Dead rewrote the rules for movie zombies. But it also had an impact on America’s burgeoning civil rights movement back in 1968. Made in the same year as the assassination of Martin Luther King, it cast in the lead role Duane Jones, an African American actor. Jones’ presence was an eye opener in a divided country, and gave the strict and moralistic conventions of horror a good shake.Actor Duane Jones as Ben gives actress Judith O’Dea, playing Barbra, her slippers in a scene from the movie Night of the Living DeadJones played Ben, the hero of the piece who takes female lead Barbara (Judith O’Dea) into the claustrophobic farmhouse that becomes the main setting of the action. In his book Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever (2010), Joe Kane comments that “As originally written, Ben was a resourceful but rough and crude-talking trucker, a role initially envisioned for Rudy Ricci.”Ben, played by Duane JonesImpressed by his audition, director George A. Romero and his company decided to hire Jones instead. This groundbreaking move alone was enough to make Night of the Living Dead noteworthy. RomeroThe Wrap quotes co-writer John Russo, who says “we always had black actors and we always gave a lot of work to people who had a tough time getting it. That was our nature, so we didn’t blink at casting a black actor in that role.” However the team also chose not to draw attention to the character’s race or make it an issue. This small yet seismic detail set the movie apart.Evans City cemetery in 2007, a filming location for George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Photo by Willjay CC BY-SA 3.0The context was there onscreen for all to see. For Romero and Jones, Ben was just another human being battling the ghouls.These zombies (a term Romero didn’t use and which was never spoken in the film) created a level playing field, where all were equally zombified notwithstanding race. Celebrating the 50th anniversary, the Hollywood Reporter points out the movie’s overarching theme of indiscriminate damnation.Ghouls swarm around the house, searching for living human flesh.Its article comments, “Modern zombie efforts are often driven by hope… there is a sense that the zombie apocalypse isn’t the end but a chance for a new beginning, a biblical flood… In Night of the Living Dead, morality and goodness don’t mean salvation. These characters were damned from the start. Romero’s zombie film is driven by the nihilism of the American variety.”While Romero saw Jones’ casting as a happy coincidence rather than an opportunity to hammer home a point, his leading man had a big influence on the writing of the part. Jones altered some of his dialogue, and helped shape the film’s bleak conclusion.As quoted by The Wrap, Jones says it was he who ensured Ben was killed by his own side. “I convinced George that the black community would rather see me dead than saved, after all that had gone on, in a corny and symbolically confusing way…. The heroes never die in American movies. The jolt of that and the double jolt of the hero figure being black seemed like a double-barreled whammy.”Read another story from us: 5 Classic Horror Movies Inspired by Crazy Real Life EventsThe legacy of Ben has lived on as a groundbreaking moment for both horror and African Americans in film. And Night of the Living Dead stands as a seminal, genre-defining film, spawning countless remakes and sequels, the true grandfather of the zombie movie.
Cancun, Q.R. — Bank robbers have reportedly made off with millions after assaulting a Banamex bank in a Cancun plaza.The robbery was recorded Tuesday around noon when a undisclosed number of armed people entered the bank in Plaza Punta Tulum on Colosio Boulevard in Cancun. Reports say that 12 million peso was taken from the bank during the heist.Emergency 911 was alerted to the robbery. Police were sent to the plaza who reported no injuries, and also no detainees.Paramedics from the Red Cross arrived to help those suffering shock.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
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