No enhanced surcharge on FPIs for capital gains in equities derivatives

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Saturday clarified that enhanced surcharge has been withdrawn for foreign portfolio investors on capital gains in both the equity and derivatives segments. The Centre on Friday had announced a slew of measures to boost the economy, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors imposed in the Budget. The derivatives (futures and options) are not treated as capital asset and the income arising from the transfer of the derivatives is treated as business income and liable for normal rate of tax for domestic investors, an official statement said on Saturday, clarifying the stand of tax authorities on gains made from derivatives trading. However, in the case of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), derivatives are treated as capital assets and the gains arising from the transfer of the same is treated as capital gains and subjected to a special rate of tax as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act. “Therefore, it is also decided that the tax payable on gains arising from the transfer of derivatives (Future & options) by FPI which are liable to special rate of tax under section 115AD of the (Income Tax) Act shall also be exempted from the levy of the enhanced surcharge,” it said. However, the tax payable at normal rate on business income arising from the transfer of derivatives to a person other than FPI shall be liable for the enhanced surcharge, it added. In the 2019-20 Budget, the government had increased surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent on taxable income between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, and from 15 per cent to 37 per cent for income above Rs 5 crore. Following the increase in surcharge, the effective income tax rate for individuals with taxable income of Rs 2-5 crore has gone up to 39 per cent from 35.88 per cent and for those above Rs 5 crore to 42.7 per cent. The government on Friday had announced a raft of measures to revive growth momentum, including exemption of startups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks. Meanwhile, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said these comprehensive measures will ensure adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans. “The goverment has taken care of sectors ranging from MSMEs to auto and from NBFCs to banks, thereby ensuring adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans,” he said.last_img read more

China pledges support to Lankas development

President Rajapaksa, who is currently on a four-day state visit to China, expressed gratitude for the assistance rendered by the Bank for several development projects in Sri Lanka and pointed out that through those projects, improved infrastructure facilities in the country have enhanced the living standards of the people. The President further said that his government hopes that the Bank will continue to support Sri Lanka’s future development initiatives. Exim Bank Chairman said he is satisfied with the progress made in the development cooperation with Sri Lanka and assured the Bank’s continued support, particularly in the areas of road development, the construction of highways and water supply projects.The Bank has provided financial assistance to 37 development projects in the country during the past seven years, including the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port and the Southern Expressway. Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank), Li Ruogu, called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the China World Hotel this morning.Headquartered in Beijing, the Export-Import Bank of China is a state bank solely owned by the Chinese government and provides overseas development funds to promote international economic and trade cooperation. “We have suffered from terrorism for 30 years,” President Rajapaksa said. “Now there is peace in the country. The main priority of the government today is economic and social development.”“My government has deviated from the city-centered development strategy and embarked on the development of rural areas by enhancing infrastructure facilities,” President Rajapaksa further said. “We have completely changed the development pattern inherited from Colonial rule, and our people are reaping the benefits of it.”President Rajapaksa invited Mr. Ruogu to visit Sri Lanka. Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr. P. B. Jayasundara joined the meeting. read more

Central Africans flee to Chad to escape violent attacks UN refugee agency

About 200 CAR refugees are arriving each day and most cross into Bekoninga, a Chadian village of some 600 inhabitants about 500 metres from the CAR border, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. That number is up from the previous estimate of 100 arrivals each day and has pushed the total number of CAR refugees in southern Chad to more than 43,000.The northern party of the republic is becoming increasingly volatile and refugees report they are being attacked by bandits, government forces who suspect they are supporting rebel groups and rebel groups who raid their villages for food and cattle and recruit young men.Tomorrow, UNHCR plans to move 300 new arrivals from the border to the Gondje refugee camp, about 12 kilometres north of Gore, southern Chad’s main town. The Gondje refugee camp was opened in December to ease conditions at the overcrowded Amboko camp nearby and shelter some of the 15,000 refugees who arrived in southern Chad during the summer of 2005.UNHCR and Chadian officials are considering whether to open a third refugee site near Gore to handle the continuing influx of homeless people.At least 43,000 CAR refugees live in three camps in southern Chad – Yaroungou, Amboko and Gondje. UNHCR is also caring for more than 200,000 refugees from Darfur in 12 UN agency camps in eastern Chad. read more

At Least Phil Jackson Didnt Leave The Knicks In Ruins

Naturally, that surplus is made possible by the nature of the rookie scale, which artificially depresses pay for young players, but even going only by the real and projected value, this group of young players has been and will be worth far more than the veterans Jackson acquired. And the value isn’t all tied up in Porzingis, either — Hernangomez and Ntilikina both project to produce at a high level.With Jackson on the way out, the expectation is that coach Jeff Hornacek will have the freedom to move away from Jackson’s much derided triangle offense. Dolan is teasing the idea of chasing former Denver Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri, who helped pants New York in the ill-advised trade for Anthony, and then again in the even more lopsided Andrea Bargnani deal a few seasons later when Ujiri was working for the Toronto Raptors. (Somewhat infamously, Ujiri nearly traded Toronto’s star point guard Kyle Lowry to New York before Dolan, hesitant to be humiliated by Ujiri once again, called off the trade at the 11th hour.)The Knicks, who were 80-166 under Jackson, 29.5 games under their preseason Vegas win totals, are in possession of all of their future first-round draft picks for the first time in a decade.2Hell, the last time the Knicks’ draft outlook was promising for consecutive years was 2005 and 2006, when they had back-to-back seasons with multiple first-rounders. In 2005 they drafted Channing Frye and David Lee, and traded Kurt Thomas for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. The following season, the team drafted Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins. Things are looking up.And so the Knicks move on to the next stage of their development, better off than they were three seasons ago. Phil Jackson did a good job — except for the parts where he didn’t. Or perhaps he did a world-historically bad job, except for a few draft picks that went his way. It was a mixed bag, full of drama and triangles, and maybe the best thing to be said about Jackson’s Knicks is that they never managed to completely bungle the future. But in this town, that’s not nothing. It’s borderline groundbreaking. Stick around long enough and even the New York Knicks might have a bright future to sell you.VIDEO: Phil Jackson’s legacy with the Knicks isn’t all bad In just three full seasons, Phil Jackson inflicted as much psychic distress on the New York Knicks fanbase as any executive in New York’s recent, storied, terrible history. Jackson signed with the Knicks on March 18, 2014. News broke on Wednesday morning that he’s leaving.Yet the fans’ discomfort was only possible, in large part, because Jackson’s front office drafted well and unearthed talented young players. Jackson built the team of the future, and then set about imperiling it.Jackson’s exit ends several weeks of turmoil which saw him feud openly with Carmelo Anthony over his no-trade clause (which Jackson himself negotiated) and entertain trade possibilities for Kristaps Porzingis, either in earnest or to send the young star a message to fall in line. It was a messy end, but then, things have been a mess for a while now.In Jackson’s first offseason, he made the biggest decision of his tenure: re-signing Anthony to a 5-year, $124 million contract, which included a no-trade clause. He also traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton for then-33-year-old Jose Calderon, a handful of cap filler and a pair of second round picks. Not quite an earth-moving rebuild, but not terrible.The following season, the Knicks made a three-team deal that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland (and three straight Finals appearances), but returned three marginal players and a 2019 second-round pick. That offseason, the team drafted Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick, and signed Robin Lopez to a 4-year, $55 million deal. The roster rounded out with peripheral free agents Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams and a trade for Kyle O’Quinn. Then the real trouble began.In the summer of 2016, Jackson signed Joakim Noah to a 4-year, $72 million contract, and traded Lopez (and his favorable contract), rookie Jerian Grant and Calderon to the Chicago Bulls for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a second round pick. Rose remained a ghost of his former self; Noah was injured, ineffective and more expensive than Lopez.Going by FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system,1CARMELO has been updated to once again use Real Plus-Minus, though it’s now blended with Box Plus-Minus. We’ll have more details in a few days, but for now, these numbers won’t match the ones in the interactive. we can see just how badly Jackson overshot on the veterans he acquired. The seven most significant players he brought in or re-signed — Anthony, Rose, Noah, Afflalo, Courtney Lee, Lopez and Calderon — made or will make a combined $253 million from the 2014-15 season to the end of the 2019-20 season from the Knicks. Over that same time, they will have produced $134 million of value. The Knicks overpaid by half. The rookies were a different story. Jackson famously preferred Jahlil Okafor to Porzingis, but should be credited for taking a talented but risky prospect. The same goes for trading second-round pick swaps for Willy Hernangomez, a viable center of the future, provided we live long enough to see a future without Joakim Noah on the books, and signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas. And last week’s draft selection, 18-year-old Frank Ntilikina, is a risky, home-run type pick at a draft position in which Jackson could have taken safer players with lower ceilings.Using the same CARMELO method as we did for the veterans, the key Knicks rookies look far better. They project to produce $203 million by 2020, but will have been paid just shy of $43 million. read more

Liza Phase 1 on track for first oil in 2020 as

…says second PGS vessel released following Venezuela incidentStabroek Block: The fields explored by Exxon and its partners in the Stabroek BlockHess Corporation said on Monday that drilling has begun on the Haimara-1 exploration well offshore Guyana, the first of two planned exploration wells in January.The company in a statement said that the Stena Carron drillship is drilling the Haimara-1 well, located 19 miles (31 kilometers) east of the Pluma-1 discovery in the southeastern part of the Stabroek Block.It was also outlined that another drillship, the Noble Tom Madden will drill the second well, Tilapia-1, located three miles (five kilometers) west of the Longtail-1 discovery. The Tilapia-1 well is located in the growing Turbot area.Moreover, it was explained that ExxonMobil is progressing the Liza Phase 1 development, which has moved into its peak execution phase ahead of expected startup in early 2020.“Drilling of development wells in the Liza field is continuing using the Noble Bob Douglas drillship, subsea equipment is being prepared for installation, and the topside facilities modules are being installed on the Liza Destiny floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in Singapore” the statement said.Preparations are underway for the commencement of pipe-laying activities in the Liza field in the spring.According to Hess, “The Liza Destiny FPSO is expected to sail from Singapore to arrive offshore Guyana in the third quarter of 2019. The growing resource base on the Stabroek Block underpins the potential for at least five FPSOs producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025. Liza Phase 2 is expected to start up by mid 2022. Pending government and regulatory approvals, project sanction is expected in first quarter 2019 and will use a second FPSO designed to produce up to 220,000 barrels per day. Sanctioning of a third development, Payara, is also expected in 2019 with start up as early as 2023.”Furthermore, the company said that ExxonMobil plans to deploy a seismic vessel operated by Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) to the Turbot area to acquire 4-D seismic data similar to a 4-D campaign conducted in the Liza area in 2017.Hess explained that “A second PGS vessel has been released after seismic acquisition activities were suspended on Dec. 22 when vessels were approached by the Venezuelan navy in the northwest portion of the Stabroek Block.”It said that drilling and development operations offshore Guyana are unaffected by the incident, which occurred more than 110 kilometers northwest of the Ranger discovery.Following the incident, Government with the support of the Opposition called on Venezuela to cease its intimidatory tactics and respect Guyana’s territory.It was revealed that the Venezuelan Navy on the day of the attack attempted to land a helicopter on the Ramform Tethys (ship).The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres.Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBREAKING: ExxonMobil announces 13th discovery offshore GuyanaApril 18, 2019In “Business”9th oil discovery announced as Hess hits Hammerhead-1 wellAugust 30, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 2 to produce over 200,000 barrels of oil per dayMay 3, 2019In “Business” read more

Worlds Oldest Whisky Still Discovered in Scotland

first_imgStay on target Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Ron Swanson may have to make another stop on his next trip to Scotland. Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the world’s oldest whisky still on the site of an abbey in Fife.Lindores Abbey itself dates to 1191, when construction began on land in Newburgh that was granted by King William the First to his brother. The distillery was a much later addition.Whisky was mentioned in King James IV’s Exchequer Rolls of 1494. That year, Friar John Cor was commissioned by the king himself to produce a large quantity of aquavitae. How much? The Manual did a bit of math and came up with a figure of about 790 gallons.Based on the new evidence found among the Abey’s ruins, it’s now known that the spirit Friar John distilled was indeed whisky.Image: Lindores Abbey DistilleryThe remains of a kiln were unearthed and the design lines up with others constructed during the Medieval period. The archaeological team also found traces of charcoal, barley, oats and wheat as well as Medieval pottery shards.The small structure in the background of the photo was the Abbey’s grain store. Its proximity to the kiln reinforces the importance of distilling at the site.Fittingly, there’s a modern distillery operating on the site of the old Abbey. The new Lindores Abbey Distillery opened its doors last year and “spirit started flowing once again from copper stills… after a break of 523 years.”Founder Drew McKenzie Smith is understandably excited about the team’s findings. “Lindores Abbey has long been considered the spiritual home of Scotch whisky, and this discovery underlines the historical importance of this site.”If you’re a whisky aficionado and you’re looking for a place to soak up some history (and some fine, fine whisky), you’ll want to seriously consider catching a plane to Edinburgh and heading north to Newburgh.More on Ancient Painted Mummies Discovered in EgyptChocolate is 1,500 Years Older Than We ThoughtHidden Treasures Uncovered in Hungary as Danube Dries Uplast_img read more

Evergreen talks end for day strike continues

first_imgSchool has been canceled Tuesday in the Evergreen School District as negotiations continue with the district and the Evergreen Education Association.“We have been negotiating all weekend and have spent countless hours working together in an effort to reach an agreement that would allow us to begin school as soon as possible. We are continuing at the bargaining table today with sincere hopes of reaching an agreement,” the two sides said in a joint statement released Monday afternoon.“Given the fact that it is Monday afternoon, we want to update you that we are continuing to work towards reaching an agreement, but under the best of circumstances, would not be able to logistically start school Tuesday,” the statement said. “Thank you for your patience.”The conciliatory tone took a harsher edge at about 7:30 p.m. when the union posted a statement on Facebook saying the talks had ended for the day.“It is with great disappointment we announce that bargaining is done already,” the statement said. “At around 6:45 p.m., the district e-mailed the EEA bargaining team their only proposal for the day and packed up and went home without explaining the proposal.”“We will remain on strike Tuesday,” the statement continued. “Please contact John Steach and the school board and demand the district return to the table and work toward settlement!”last_img read more

Police search for Miami driveby shooter

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a gunman in Miami, Friday morning.A shooting broke out near Northwest 70th Street and Eighth Avenue, Thursday night.According to officials, two men in their 30s were walking down the street when someone in a car drove by and opened fire.One person died on the scene and another was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.The shots were fired from a gray or silver Chevrolet, said police.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Man caught on camera swiping book bag with iPad at Miami McDonalds

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who, they said, snatched a book bag containing an iPad at a McDonald’s in Miami.Surveillance cameras captured the Feb. 3 theft at the fast food restaurant, located along Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 82nd Street.The footage shows the thief slowly picking up the bag, which the victim had left at his booth when he went to place his order.The thief is then seen speaking to four people sitting at the next booth for a few seconds before he walks out of the restaurant with the bag.Detectives said the subject is between 25 and 30 years old, stands between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs between 150 and 160 pounds.He was last seen wearing a dark colored baseball cap with yellow wording, a gray T-shirt with white wording, gray cargo shorts and dark colored shoes.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Governor Declares War On Criminals

first_imgScotty and Aaliyah Barr receive a standing ovation during Governor Dunleavy’s State of the State Address. Dunleavy: “Tonight, I’d like to recognize two Alaskan families that know firsthand the personal devastation that comes from violent crime. Edie and Ben Grunwald from Palmer, who lost their son David; and Scotty and Aaliyah Barr from Kotzebue, who lost a daughter and a sister, Ashley.Unfortunately, we all know their tragic stories too well — two beautiful young Alaskans taken from their families by individuals who have no regard for human life.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“To the criminals, and to the rapists and molesters who see women and children as nothing more than opportunities, I say this to you: We will do everything in our power to stop you, apprehend you, and put you in prison for a very long time,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy in his State of the State address on Tuesday. Dunleavy promised that a wide range of proposals would be announced in the upcoming days. Including initiatives that were introduced during a press conference on Wednesday that will roll back Senate Bill 91, the 2016 law that overhauled criminal justice in the state. Scotty and Aaliyah Barr of Kotzebue are the father and sister of 10-year-old Kotzebue girl Ashley Johnson-Barr, who was tragically murdered in September 2018. Governor Dunleavy: “I say to you, and to everyone, today begins a new day in our state. From this day forward, we will not cater to the criminals and ignore the victims. We will not make excuses and turn a blind eye.”  Dunleavy: “To law-abiding Alaskans, I say this to you: I care if your house is burglarized; I care if your car is stolen; and I care if your loved ones are threatened.” Read and watch Governor Dunleavy’s full State of the State Address here. Dunleavy announced the following public safety actions that he has planned:We will expend the necessary resources for additional State Troopers, provide more local control, and more prosecutors.We will ensure that our courts will remain open five full days a week in order to hear cases.We will provide the focus and the resources necessary to combat the scourge of opiates and other illicit drugs driving up our crime rates and ruining lives.And we will repeal and replace SB 91.last_img read more

Hearst Launches Private Ad Exchange

first_imgAnd while Condé Nast went with Google-owned AdMeld for its exchange, Hearst partnered with competitor PubMatic, which just got a $45 million shot in the arm two weeks ago with a mezzanine round of capital. In all, Audience Exchange takes care of two distinct needs: It handles remnant inventory or broader branding campaigns and it also taps the Core Audience DMP to cater to campaigns that rely on specific audience characteristics and segments. As an example, Welker says they worked with the women’s brands to identify five food-related categories that are essentially packaged audience segments that can be marketed to. The same concept can be duplicated across other markets, such as automotive, she says. Hearst announced today that it’s launching its own private ad exchange. The Hearst platform comes about seven months after Condé Nast debuted its own ad exchange, but this one highlights audience data services to help advertisers create targeted campaigns, in addition to broader branding efforts across Hearst’s portfolio of more than 25 digital brands. “We wanted to find a way to increase the value of our audience segments,” says Kristine Welker, chief revenue officer of Hearst Digital Media. “Also, our advertisers talk to us about how they value our brands and audience and we have to recognize they have a greater need for efficient and effective buying platforms.” Called “Audience Exchange,” the service uses the Red Aril platform that Hearst bought via its digital marketing agency iCrossing in late 2011. Red Aril is now called Core Audience, but the audience data management concept is the same. The exchange doesn’t just rely on data management and collection from Core Audience, it also pulls in data from other providers. last_img read more

Avatar at 10 Travel back to Pandora ahead of upcoming sequels

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET 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. See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Post a comment 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. Share your voice 0 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See It Disney,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo Turo: Save $30 on any car rental We go inside Pandora, Disney’s Avatar-themed land $210 at Best Buy Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Chris Monroe/CNET Be sure to check out D23 coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and 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. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 2:51 Amazon There’s also a themed area called Pandora — The World of Avatar, which opened in 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme part at Florida’s Walt Disney World. It includes a boat ride, thrill ride, two restaurants, a gift shop, and daily themed entertainment. Models, costumes and props from that themed land and from the 2009 film were on display at Disney’s D23 fan expo in Anaheim, California, over the weekend. Visit that exhibit, ranging from weapons to character busts to costumes, in the gallery below. Tags HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Comments Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Sprint $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Angela Lang/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $59 at eBay $155 at Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $299 at Amazon 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsMore to come! Note: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $60 at Best Buy 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 $999 See at Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. Best Buy 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). 7 Twentieth Century Fox In 2009, Avatar, director James Cameron’s blockbuster hit sci-fi movie, was everywhere. It earned $2.7 billion, topping all movies until the recent Avengers: Endgame finally knocked it off the throne. And Avatar won three Academy Awards for its incredible look, winning Oscars for best art direction, cinematography and visual effects.As for the plot — well, some think it hasn’t aged as well. CNET editor Mark Serrels calls it “a bizarre, post-colonial Pocahontas,” and “a cinematic experience elevated by a heroic commitment to world building and aesthetic, but brought back down to earth with clunky dialogue and a wooden Sam Worthington performance.”That isn’t stopping Cameron from making four — count ’em, four — sequels, the first of which will hit theaters in 2021. Cameron says those films will follow the family of Jake and Neytiri from the first film. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 22 Photos $999 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. TV and Movies $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Avatar’s vivid world comes back to life at D23 ahead of sequels See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS Boost Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See at Turo $6 at Tidal Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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.last_img read more

Venezuelas military backs Maduro

first_imgDemonstrators clash with police during a protest against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro`s government in Caracas, Venezuela on 23 January 2019. Reuters File PhotoVenezuela’s powerful military threw its weight behind president Nicolas Maduro on Thursday as the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido pressed a direct challenge to his authority, and the fate of the crisis-wracked country hung in the balance.As the death toll from days of street protests jumped to 26, a defiant Maduro announced the closure of Venezuela’s embassy and consulates in the United States, a day after president Donald Trump’s administration declared his regime “illegitimate.”The oil-rich but economically devastated country was plunged into uncertainty Wednesday when Guaido, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, proclaimed himself “acting president” — earning swift endorsement from Washington and a dozen regional powers including Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.Maduro’s re-election last year was contested by the opposition, and criticised internationally — but the socialist leader has until now retained the loyalty of the powerful military, whose response was being keenly watched.Flanked by military top brass, Defence minister Vladimir Padrino, himself a general, declared the 56-year-old Maduro “the legitimate president” — and vowed to defend his authority against an attempted “coup d’etat.”Following Padrino’s lead, eight generals in turn reiterated their “absolute loyalty and subordination” to the socialist leader in messages carried on state television.And the Supreme Court — made up of regime loyalists — doubled down by reaffirming its allegiance to Maduro’s “legitimate authority.””A coup is brewing in Venezuela with the consent of foreign governments,” charged the court’s president Maikel Moreno.’Debate is done’In a Skype interview with Univision, Guaido said he did not rule out including Maduro in an amnesty he is offering for military and civilian officials who lead a transition in Venezuela. But he said such an option would have to be evaluated because, he said, Maduro is responsible for the death of protesters.Analysts at the Eurasia Group consultancy noted that while international recognition of Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president cemented his position as the main opposition leader, he had failed to win over senior elements of the military.In that light, “Maduro’s fall does not appear imminent,” the analysts wrote.In Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kept up the pressure on the leftist leader, as the United States called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting on the crisis.”The time for debate is done. The regime of former president Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate,” Pompeo said in a speech to the Organization of American States, warning him against the use of force towards demonstrators.A furious Maduro on Wednesday issued US diplomats a 72-hour deadline to leave the country, and on Thursday said he was recalling all Venezuelan diplomats from the United States.The State Department meanwhile ordered its non-emergency staff to leave Venezuela but refused to comply with a full expulsion, saying it would maintain diplomatic ties with “the government of interim president Guaido.”Trump meanwhile has openly mused about military intervention in Venezuela, saying “all options are on the table,” and analysts suggest he could consider further economic sanctions against the country, a third of whose oil production goes to the US.The Republican president has found rare support from the Democratic Party over Venezuela, but one prominent dissenting voice was independent Senator Bernie Sanders.”We must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups — as we have in Chile, Guatemala, Brazil and the Dominican Republic,” the 2016 presidential hopeful said in a statement, while also condemning Venezuela’s crackdown on protesters.Outside South America, the United States has been joined by Canada and Britain in recognising Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader, while France has also rejected Maduro’s legitimacy.Security forces run after a demonstrator during a protest of opposition supporters against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro`s government in Caracas, Venezuela on 23 January 2019. Reuters File PhotoBut both Russia and China and have thrown their weight behind the embattled Maduro.Russian president Vladimir Putin called Maduro to express support, charging that the “crisis has been provoked from the outside.”China, Venezuela’s main creditor, opposed “interference in Venezuelan affairs by external forces.”Maduro has retained the support of Mexico, Cuba and Bolivia, all led by leftist governments.Military support keyMaduro has presided over a deepening economic crisis that has left the country facing shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.Some 2.3 million people have fled the country since 2015, according to the United Nations. Inflation is forecast to hit 10 million percent this year.Guaido’s bold move capped three days of high tension that began Monday when a group of soldiers took over a command post in the capital Caracas and rose up against Maduro.That uprising was quickly quashed and officials said 27 people were arrested but it set off a wave of smaller protests that were met by security forces using tear gas and rubber bullets.Wednesday then saw the first mass street protests in Venezuela since a crackdown on anti-government protests between April and July 2017 claimed the lives of 125 people.Leading figures around the world have appealed for calm to avoid a repeat of the bloodshed — as a Caracas-based NGO, the Social Conflict Observatory, said 26 people had been killed since this week’s protests began four days ago.Speaking at the World Youth Day in Panama, Pope Francis’s spokesman said he was “praying for the victims and for all the people of Venezuela.”last_img

PC Gaming Show Is Full of Cool E3 2019 Games Youve Never

first_imgStay on target With so many video games being announced all at once, at E3 most folks paying attention tend to gravitate toward the heavy hitters, the known qualities, the big franchises. Microsoft may have technically showcased 60 games at its press conference, but pretty much everyone walked away talking about the same small handful of hits like Halo Infinite, Gears of War 5, the next gen Xbox Project Scarlett, and Cyberpunk 2077 now featuring Keanu Reeves. What makes the annual PC Gaming Show so cool then is that without a major first-party publisher skewing the agenda and focus, this scrappy little event can pretty much purely focus on intriguing indie games, games that remind you that PC gaming’s legacy isn’t just shooters but also niche strategy games and sims, weird and small games you’ve never heard of but you definitely should know about. And we saw a lovely amount of those games at this year’s show.That’s not to say there weren’t any big games on display. We got new looks at Borderlands 3, Shenmue 3, Baldur’s Gate 3, Warframe updates, Vampires: The Masquerades Bloodlines 2, Vermintide 2, and Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey from the original creator of Assassin’s Creed. But even these big games have a kind of quirky humility that fit with open-source platform spirit of the show.AdChoices广告And some powers behind the scenes definitely had an agenda. While not every game shown is coming to the Epic Games Store (a sponsor for the event) a lot of them are, showing you just how quickly the new store is gobbling into the competition. Beyond games we got also ads for PC gaming gear like premium gamer chairs and Samsung’s curved 240Hz G-Sync gaming monitor.But the heart of the show was just the tons of cool little games revealed for the first time that are now instantly on my radar. Maneater is an open-world RPG about playing as a shark. Griftlands (great name) is a new deckbuilding roguelike from Klei. That chibi Conan Chop Chop April Fools joke is a real game now. Planet Zoo has you caring from animals in the stars. Telling Lies is shaping up to be an excellent Her Story follow-up. Auto Chess is the hot new mod of Dota, itself already a mod. Starmancer is sci-fi Dwarf Fortress, which should excite anyone who already knows what that all means.Per Aspera has you terraforming Mars for humanity. Chivalry 2 has more medieval melee combat. Evil Genius 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the super villain simulator. Zombie Army 4: Dear War is pretty self-explanatory. Cris Tales, Valfaris, Genesis Noir, and Mosaic are gorgeous-looking JRPG homages, 2D shoot ‘em ups, stylish adventures, and contemporary social thrillers, respectively. And those are only the games we can remember!So throw out your consoles. If the PC Gaming Show is anything to go by, a good rig is all you need for nonstop fun and varied gaming experiences. Although let’s be real a lot of these games will also randomly show up on Nintendo Switch. For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers.center_img Play These E3 2019 Video Games Right NowThe 10 Biggest Games of E3 2019 last_img read more

Google Images may soon feature shoppable ads

first_imgGoogle Images may soon feature “shoppable ads” by Martin Brinkmann on March 07, 2019 in Google – 17 commentsGoogle Images is a popular image search engine that returns images based on search terms that you enter into the search box on the site.Advertisement may be displayed on Google Images depending on the search query and region of the searcher.Google announced recently that it plans to extend advertising on Google Images by introducing what it calls “shoppable ads” to the supported ad formats.The basic idea behind the new ad format is that advertisers may use it to highlight multiple items in a single image that are up for sale. Think of an interactive image that lets you interact with certain elements in it.A home office ideas advertisement might show an image of a home office. Upon user interaction with the element, it might highlight the desk and a bookshelf on the image, and display prices for each of the items.Let’s say a shopper is searching for home office ideas on her mobile device or desktop and goes to Google Images to explore ideas around how to organize her room. She can scroll through the images, hover over any sponsored ad with the price tag, and see the items for sale in the image — along with prices, the brand, and more.Google notes that it is testing the format currently “on a small percentage of traffic with select retailers” and on certain broad queries currently. The company plans to roll out the new ad format to more categories in the coming months.Google Images will feature Showcase Shopping ads as well soon. The ad unit is also available on Google Search and provides advertisers with options to highlight products or their brand at the top of the search results.The new ad formats will show up on mobile and desktop searches on Google Images.Google Images alternativesUsing an ad-blocker may block the ads from showing up on Google Images. You may also use a different image search engine that uses less or even no ads at all.Google has been criticized recently for removing the View Image button in image search. While you can restore it using extensions, you may also use different search engines altogether.Here is a short list of image search engines that you may want to try out:DuckDuckGo Images Search — supports size, type, layout, and color filters. DuckDuckGo supports bangs that you may use to redirect searches to certain image search engines (and others) automatically.Startpage Image Search — works similarly to Google Images. Supports size, color, and type filters. Check out these Startpage search tips to get you started.Now You: Which image search engine do you use, and why?SummaryArticle NameGoogle Images may soon feature “shoppable ads”DescriptionGoogle Images is a popular image search engine that returns images based on search terms that you enter into the search box on the site.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Love takes Costa Rica Costa Rica takes Hollywood

first_imgRelated posts:‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: Baby, it was born to run Costa Rica’s love-hate relationship with ‘Jurassic Park’ International Cinema Festival starts rolling this Friday New Costa Rican movie explores ‘the happiest place in the world’ Facebook Comments Manuel Antonio National Park, on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, has become the stage of a new Hollywood love story: “After Words.” Filming began in 2012, and the film will premiere in New York City tonight.The movie stars Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, known for her roles in “Into the Wild” (2007) and “Mystic Rivers” (2003), alongside Oscar Jaenada Catalán, winner of a Goya for his role in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011).The script, written by Joel Silverman and produced and directed by Juan Feldman, tells the romantic story of Jane (Harden), a highly introverted librarian, who loses her job because of budget cuts. While Jane spirals downward into depression and is considering suicide, she finds a book about Costa Rica whose images inspire her to take an end-of-life-journey to Central America, as Jane thinks that dying in Costa Rica might be the best thing she can do.In Costa Rica, Jane meets a young guide named Juan (Jaenada), who shows her the profound meaning of the essential Costa Rican saying “pura vida” (“pure life”) as they embark on an adventure through beautiful Costa Rican sights and experiences. Will they be enough to change Jane’s plans to end it all in paradise? Only time will tell.Costa Rican scenery provides the perfect background of the love story. Filming locations inclueded Manuel Antonio National Park, Portasol Living eco-community south of Manuel Antonio, Quepos, the Tárcoles River, and, on the Caribbean Coast, Puerto Viejo and Tortuguero.Guillermo Piedra Gonzalez, Portasol Living eco-community General Director, when asked what it was like to meet and host Hollywood movie stars, said that “Oscar was really focused on his work. Marcia was really nice, down-to-earth and fun. She went into our kitchen when our cooks were making their lunch, and started talking to the ladies about their recipes. She said she would like to come back to Costa Rica with her kids. We welcome her back anytime!”Part of the film’s inspiration came out of the coffee-table book “Costa Rica: A Journey Through Nature,” by Adrian Hepworth, which is based on his 13 years of photography fieldwork in Costa Rica.“I have no doubt [this movie] will tempt visitors to come and experience Costa Rica for themselves,” Hepworth said in a statement.Check out the trailer:last_img read more

Rep Maturen interviewed for documentary on dark store tax loophole

first_img04May Rep. Maturen interviewed for documentary on ‘dark store’ tax loophole Categories: Maturen News NMU students producing ‘Boxed In’ to air on public access TVRep. Dave Maturen, R-Vicksburg, was interviewed Tuesday by a crew from Northern Michigan University filming a documentary on recent decisions by the Michigan Tax Tribunal.NMU journalism professor Dr. Dwight Brady and three students traveled to Lansing to film footage for “Boxed In,” a documentary about the “dark store” assessing theory the tribunal has used in recent years when determining the assessed value of big box retail stores.“I thought this would be a great project to get my students involved with the community,” Brady said. “It’s a compelling subject that has a lot of people talking.”In the interview Rep. Maturen discussed House Bill 5578, legislation he introduced that requires the Michigan Tax Tribunal to determine the “highest and best use” of the property that is the subject of the appeal and ensure the comparable properties have the same use.“The Michigan Tax Tribunal should not be using old, vacant structures with deed restrictions as comparable properties for new retail stores,” said Rep. Maturen, who is the only real estate appraiser in the Legislature. “Requiring the tribunal to look at ‘highest and best use’ ensures that they’re following the same solid appraisal principles every appraiser uses.“My legislation makes sure the Tax Tribunal is using comparables that truly are comparable – not just for big box stores, but for all properties.”The students also filmed footage of testimony on HB 5578 during Wednesday’s meeting of the House Committee on Tax Policy, where the bill is under consideration.Brady expects the documentary to air on WNMU in the Marquette area.#####center_img Photo: Northern Michigan University student AnnMarie Kent, left, and journalism professor Dr. Dwight Brady, center, interview state Rep. Dave Maturen, R-Vicksburg, Tuesday for a documentary on the “dark store” assessing theory.last_img read more

Alexander Taxpayers deserve increased government transparency

first_img Categories: Alexander News 01Feb Alexander: Taxpayers deserve increased government transparency State Rep. Julie Alexander, R-Hanover, stated that today’s introduction of bipartisan legislation to make state government more transparent is another sign of the House’s commitment to be more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan.Alexander joined her colleagues today in announcing and co-sponsoring the reform plan to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and create a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).The LORA bill exempts some records: including letters to and from people from the representatives’ districts, human resources files and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.“I’ve always believed that a more transparent government is better government,” Alexander said. “That hasn’t changed now that I’m a member of the Legislature.”Alexander noted that the House has made itself increasingly transparent this term by putting more information into people’s hands.“In January, we announced that the Michigan House website now includes easy public access to salary information for all representatives and staff members,” she said.Michigan is one of just two states in which the public records disclosure does not apply to the Legislature and the governor’s office. Alexander reports that she’s pleased to see changes underway.###last_img read more

Allor plan allowing DNR firefighters to provide mutual aid becomes law

first_img26Mar Allor plan allowing DNR firefighters to provide mutual aid becomes law Categories: Allor News Firefighters with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will now be able to assist with search and rescue operations following natural disasters in other states – something that was not allowed prior to legislation introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor, which was signed into law last week.Allor, of Wolverine, said DNR firefighters were previously able to respond to forest fires in other states, but not other emergencies such as floods, hurricanes and other disasters.“Every year, and often multiple times a year, requests are made asking our state to help during emergencies,” Allor said. “Last year, the DNR deployed more than 150 employees to fight out-of-state forest fires but state law prevented the DNR from assisting people in need following other events, like Hurricane Harvey. This reform allows us to step up and help our neighbors in need.”Allor said Michigan is reimbursed for all costs incurred when responding to emergencies in other states, and the DNR is not required to send assistance when a request is made.“The DNR will weigh each request against in-state work, with the safety and security of Michigan residents taking top priority,” Allor said. “But if the time is right and we can provide assistance, Michigan firefighters will gain valuable experience and learn skills they can put to use here at home.”Allor said Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush played a key role in the legislative process.“I want to thank Chief Forbush, first for bringing the issue to my attention and also for testifying in support of the bill during committee,” Allor said. “He provided a tremendous amount of helpful insight and knowledge.”Allor’s legislation, House Bill 5198, is now Public Act 80 of 2018.###last_img read more

Rep Marino votes to make state government more accountable

first_img Categories: Marino News,News 19Mar Rep. Marino votes to make state government more accountable Plan extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Steve Marino today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Marino, of Harrison Township, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal.“The public deserves access to information about the way their state officials are spending taxpayer dollars,” Marino said. “People must be able to evaluate our decisions and hold us accountable, just like their local elected officials.”Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved today would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more