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Supreme Court upholds fraud conviction against former Harper advisor exposed by APTN

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN NewsA man who was once a top adviser to former prime minister Stephen Harper had his conviction of influence peddling upheld Friday by the Supreme Court of Canada.Bruce Carson tried to use his government contacts to line the pockets of his former fiancée, who was once an escort, by attempting to sell water filtration systems to First Nations with dirty drinking water.Before any of that could happen APTN News found out and broke the story in March 2011.APTN’s investigation triggered the RCMP investigation and Carson was charged in 2012 with influence peddling.The Supreme Court heard arguments Nov. 3 on the influence peddling conviction against Carson after the three-member panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned his 2015 acquittal on the charge, in a 2-1 ruling, and registered a conviction in February 2017.At issue before the Supreme Court is whether Carson’s attempts to secure deals with First Nations was the same as doing business with the federal government.The Supreme Court, in a 8-1 ruling, agreed it was the same and sent his case back to lower courts for sentencing. He faces up to five years in prison for influence peddling, which is a fraud on the government. Carson has numerous previous fraud convictions dating back several decades.APTN began its investigation in February 2011 after a former business partner of Carson went to an APTN reporter with the allegations against Carson that he was trying to lobby federal ministers and bureaucrats on behalf of an Ottawa-based water company, known as H20 Pros, to sell water filtration systems to First Nations.That sparked a meeting between the reporter and an unidentified man in Kingston, Ont. who provided a box wrapped completely in duct tape. Inside the box were dozens of emails that Carson sent to various people involved.The emails outlined most of the operation.But it would be Carson himself who would give up the rest in a series of interviews with APTN, including details of his meetings with federal ministers and his struggles with the former department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).He did so under the belief that APTN was doing a story on the water company and its so-called desire to solve historic drinking water issues on First Nations.Before APTN published a word Harper called in the RCMP to investigate his former aide after APTN revealed a portion of its investigation with the Prime Minister’s Office.What APTN also knew was that H2O Pros had a side contract with Carson’s then-fiancée Michele McPherson, a former escort who went by the name of Leanna VIP, guaranteeing her a cut of profits from any water filtration sales to First Nations.Carson never disputed those facts in court.The Ontario Court of Justice acquitted Carson Nov. 17, 2015, after Justice Bonnie Warkentin concluded doing business with First Nations was not the same as doing business with the federal government.The Ontario Court of Appeal disagreed and ruled Warkentin took too narrow of a view on the law’s wording. In a split decision, the appellate court overturned the acquittal.The Supreme Court ruled Warkentin erred in her interpretation of law.“At the time of the offence, First Nations could have purchased decentralized systems such as H2O’s with INAC funds without obtaining INAC’s approval,” wrote Justice Andromache Karakatsanis for the majority in Friday’s ruling.“However, INAC could have changed its mode of operations, modified its funding structure or terms and conditions, or created new pilot projects in a manner favourable to H2O.”The pilot project was something Carson pushed for at the time.Two RCMP investigators interrogated Bruce Carson. video imageFirst Nation bands under the Indian Act are almost completely funded by the federal government and their spending is overseen by federal bureaucrats.Carson did all this from his Calgary perch as the head of the now defunct Canada School for Energy and Environment, which was created by a $15 million grant from Industry Canada.Carson used his extensive gilded Rolodex and set out to convince the Harper government that water filtration systems were the cheap answer to dealing with the water crisis faced by First Nations across Canada.Between January and March 2011, Carson met with John Duncan, minister of the then-named Aboriginal Affairs department, and Peter Kent, the former environment minister. He also met with the ministers’ staff to “discuss means by which H2O’s water treatment systems could be funded and placed in First Nations communities.”After Carson was told by federal bureaucrats that the federal government couldn’t directly purchase systems from the Ottawa water company, he wrote the Aboriginal Affairs department in February 2011 about possibly setting up a project with Tyendinaga, a Mohawk community which sits about 200 km east of Toronto.Carson was also trying to get H2O Pros on a list of vendors compiled by federal and Ontario officials developing a water filtration system pilot project for First Nations. The project was changed after the scandal erupted to make First Nations in charge of the vendor selection process and to exclude systems sold by H2O Pros.Carson was also trying to leverage his relationship with former Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo and the two famously had a Valentine’s Day dinner with their respective partners at Hy’s, a now shuttered steakhouse that was once a favorite of Ottawa’s political class.It all came crashing down on Carson after APTN approached the PMO with documented and videotaped evidence that the former Harper aide was trying to use his extensive political contacts to help enrich his fiancée who was guaranteed between 15 and 20 per cent of gross revenues from any sales by H2O Pros to First Nations.The Harper PMO moved swiftly to sever its ties with Carson. Ray Novak, Harper’s principal secretary, wrote the RCMP, the lobbying commissioner and the ethics commissioner to investigate Carson. A little over a week after the scandal broke the minority Conservative government fell and the country was plunged into an election.The Harper Conservatives then went on to win a majority government.Carson was also found guilty on three counts of illegal lobbying and fined $50,000 in 2016. The charges stemmed from an investigation launched by the RCMP after they seized 50,000 of Carson’s emails as part of the original influence peddling investigation.kjackson@aptn.ca– with APTN fileslast_img read more


Loonie closes up ahead of jobs data rate cut from European Central

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2014 6:32 am MDT Loonie closes up ahead of jobs data, rate cut from European Central Bank AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday as the European Central bank moved to spark a tepid economic recovery in the eurozone and traders looked ahead to the release of employment data.The loonie was ahead 0.08 of a cent to 91.5 cents US as traders also focused on Friday’s release of Canadian employment data for May. Economists expect about 21,000 jobs were created last month after the economy shed 29,000 the previous month.On Thursday, the ECB announced it was cutting its lending rate to 0.15 per cent from 0.25 per cent.And in a more drastic step, it is also cutting its overnight deposit rate to minus 0.1 per cent from zero. Charging banks for parking funds with the ECB is an unusual step aimed at pushing banks to lend that money rather than hoard it.At a news conference, ECB president Mario Draghi says the bank will also offer long-term loans to banks at cheap rates until 2018.The targeted loans would be charged a fixed rate, meaning that the rate could not rise over the life of the credits, even if the bank raises its benchmark, giving banks confidence that they have cheap funding through to 2018.Draghi also said the ECB’s policymakers unanimously agreed to consider more unconventional measures to boost inflation if it stays too low.Investors had been counting on the ECB to take action to save the eurozone region from falling into a deflationary spiral that would choke off growth. Worries about deflation increased earlier this week with the release of data showing that inflation in the eurozone came in at 0.5 per cent in May, down from 0.7 per cent in April.The latest data also showed that gross domestic product in the eurozone grew by a paltry 0.2 per cent in the first quarter.Meanwhile, traders also looked ahead to another major economic event: the release Friday of the U.S. government’s employment report for May. Economists have forecast that about 219,000 jobs were created during May following a much stronger than expected 288,000 gain in April.Doubts about reaching that figure were raised Wednesday after payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector created 179,000 jobs during May, the fewest number in four months.Prices were mixed on commodity markets with June crude in New York down 16 cents to US$102.48 a barrel.July copper was unchanged at US$3.09 a pound.August bullion gained momentum after the ECB announcement, rising $9 to US$1,253.30 an ounce. Traders think that the ECB might launch its own version of quantitative easing to stimulate the economy, which involves buying assets such as bonds. read more


Mikel Aguirrezabalaga to HC Dinamo Minsk

AguirrezabalagaF.C Barcelona IntersportHC Dinamo MinskMikel Aguirezabalaga ← Previous Story Richar Kappelin to replace Sjostrand in Aalborg! Next Story → Torsten Jansen one more season with HSV Handball Spanish NT left back from F.C Barcelona Intersport, Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (29) will play in Belarus in the upcoming season. His new team is HC Dinamo Minsk, team who played at EHF Champions League TOP 16 this season. Aguirrezabalaga lost his place in the team by signing of Nikola Karabatic, who will make stronger duo with Serhei Rutenka.Belarus champion has already signed three players and Slovenian coach, Boris Denic.


Joe Jackson father of Michael Jackson has died

first_img Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 6:13 PM By Aoife Barry Short URL JOE JACKSON, THE patriarch of the famous Jackson family, has died.A family source told the US press that the father of Michael Jackson passed away today. He was suffering from pancreatic cancer.Jackson was 89 years old and died in Los Angeles. The New York Times said that his family confirmed his death in a statement. It’s understood he was admitted to hospital on Friday.In the mid-1960s, Jackson and his wife Katherine were responsible for encouraging his sons to enter the music business as the group the Jackson 5. They went on to have a huge career, and Michael Jackson became incredibly successful with his own solo career.Jackson was fired as the Jackson 5 manager in 1983. The children did not have easy relationships with their father, with allegations of abuse and beatings being reported over the years.- With reporting from AP Share50 Tweet Email Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, has died He had pancreatic cancer. 33 Comments Jun 27th 2018, 6:13 PM http://jrnl.ie/4095736 28,173 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Après Free et SFR Bouygues propose lillimité vers les mobiles

first_imgAprès Free et SFR, Bouygues propose l’illimité vers les mobilesBouygues emboîte le pas à Free et SFR. L’opérateur se lance dans l’illimité pour les appels vers les mobiles via sa box. L’option sera officielle mi-janvier.L’illimité vers les mobiles est-elle une nouvelle norme pour les opérateurs ? Après que Free a lancé le mouvement, SFR a suivi. Et aujourd’hui, selon Challenges.fr, Bouygues telecom devrait en faire de même avec sa box. L’opérateur propose déjà 3 heures de communications vers les portables dans son offre quadruplay “Ideo” à 39,90 euros. Ainsi, Challenges.fr estime que l’opération serait peu coûteuse pour l’opérateur, contrairement à ces concurrents, puisque peu de clients passent plus de 3 heures par mois à appeler les mobiles avec un téléphone fixe. Pour le moment, Bouygues a refusé de commenter l’information mais l’annonce de cette nouvelle option devrait intervenir dans quelques jours. Le 12 janvier 2011 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


La NouvelleZélande en lutte contre un opossum ravageur

first_imgLa Nouvelle-Zélande en lutte contre un opossum ravageurLe Trichosurus vulpecula, un petit marsupial connu sous les noms de Phalanger-renard ou Opossum d’Australie, s’est attiré les foudres des Néo-Zélandais. Et pour cause : le petit animal arboricole engendre de sérieux dégâts dans l’environnement, et notamment celui des kiwis, l’oiseau emblématique du pays.S’il a été introduit en Nouvelle-Zélande pour sa fourrure, le Trichosurus vulpecula, appelé Phalanger-renard, Phalanger commun, Opossum d’Australie, Opossum à queue en brosse, Cousou ou encore simplement Possum, n’est aujourd’hui plus du tout le bienvenu dans le pays. Le petit marsupial est une espèce invasive, qui fait des ravages partout où elle passe…L’opossum s’attaque aux arbres, pille les nids qu’ils abritent et détruit les oeufs, notamment ceux des kiwis, espèce d’oiseau emblématique du pays. Qui plus est, le petit animal, qui n’est menacé par aucun prédateur naturel sur l’archipel, transmet la tuberculose bovine. Les Cousou sont alors véritablement haïs par les Néo-Zélandais, qui n’hésitent pas à les tuer dès qu’ils en ont l’occasion. “C’est un fléau, les gens donnent volontiers un coup de volant pour les écraser sur la route”, explique à l’AFP Jake McLean, un ancien chasseur d’opossum. “Ils dévastent les jardins, tuent les arbres et détruisent la faune sauvage. Ce sont des petits animaux vicieux” affirme-t-il.Aujourd’hui, quelque 70 millions de petits marsupiaux sont recensés en Nouvelle-Zélande, un pays qui ne compte que 4.331.600 habitants. Certains toutefois se réjouissent de cette prolifération. C’est le cas des fourreurs, adeptes du manteau très souple de l’opossum, qui ressemble à celui de l’ours polaire. Cette fourrure est composée de fibres creuses, et ceux qui l’exploitent la mélange à de la laine Mérinos pour fabriquer un matériau léger très apprécié pour ses qualités isolantes. Elle représente un marché estimé à 100 millions de dollars, et offre un emploi à 1.200 personnes d’après les chiffres de l’organisation professionnelle des fourreurs néo-zélandaise, note l’AFP.Mais les trappeurs, qui selon Jake McLean peuvent tirer jusqu’à 30.000 euros chaque année de la vente des peaux d’opossum, ne sont pas les pires ennemis de l’espèce. Les chasseurs amateurs font bien plus de victimes que les professionnels. Tuer des petits marsupiaux est devenu un véritable loisir pour des milliers de néo-zélandais. Dans les années 1990, des peluches représentant un possum écrasé par un pneu ont même été commercialisées. Chaque année, deux millions de possum sont ainsi tués. Un massacre auquel les associations de protection ne s’opposent pas, consciente de la nécessité de limiter la population sans cesse grandissante de l’espèce. Quand les trappeurs demandent une aide de l’Etat pour ouvrir un marché extérieur et ainsi vendre leurs peaux à l’étranger, le WWF est opposé à cette idée et va jusqu’à réclamer l’arrêt du commerce de la fourrure des possums pour enrayer leur prolifération. “Le WWF n’approuve pas le commerce de la fourrure de possum, car il existe une possibilité que les entreprises qui en vivent aient un intérêt à assurer la survie de cette espèce nuisible” explique l’association à l’AFP.Le 23 avril 2012 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


EPLs difficulty is growing

first_imgFor Marouane Fellaini, the competition in the English Premier League is growing every day but United is not far from City according to himManchester United is currently in the eight positions of the English Premier League.The Red Devils have 20 points, 12 behind leader Manchester City.And for United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, competition is growing in the English tournament.“I remember when I arrived in England it was a top four, now it is a top six, so every year it is more difficult,” he told Sky Sports.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Next season we will see how it changes and in two and three years I think every year it is more difficult, the intensity is higher, so that’s why the Premier League is attractive.”“Manchester City are strong, but I think they will lose. Ok, they are very good and they have good players but it’s possible to beat them,” he added.“We lost, but we have the second game at Old Trafford and we will see.”“They are very confident, all of them, they play good football, they play attacking football and they have a good dynamic,” he commented.last_img read more


Two shootings two men hospitalized and Rapes reported

first_img Police involved shooting in Lewis Yard, details scant TCI Police Investigate shooting in Providenciales; two escape injury Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – Police are silent but a set of shootings in Blue Hills has left one man reportedly in critical condition at hospital. The first on Saturday night involved two gunmen at a small grocery store called Life Saving store. The store keeper, described as a 36-year old Haitian man, tried to defend himself and was shot as a result… the second was late last night in Wheeland in the Millennium Heights community; one man was shot and up to news production time Magnetic media was unable to confirm the condition of that man or the possible motive for the shooting. Police have also been quiet on a spree of home attacks; reportedly sexual assaults here in Providenciales; we have been told of at least two rape cases being reported. Manhunt on for Kim’s Crescent killer, Bahamas police report two other shootings Recommended for you Related Items:blue hills, life saving store, police, rape, shooting, wheelandlast_img read more


Senators Thank the Governor General for Reading of Speech from the Throne

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 21, 2017 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling on Friday, November 17, 2017 welcomed Members of the Senate to Government House in a courtesy call at which they thanked her for the Reading of the Speech from the Throne.Pictured from left: JoBeth Coleby-Davis, Dr. Jasmin Turner-Dareus, H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling and Ranard Henfield.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)last_img


Spotify is revamping Your Library for paying members to be more personalized

first_imgSpotify is redesigning Your Library.  Taylor Martin/CNET Spotify is morphing its Your Library section, saying the new design will make it easier to find the music you’re looking for quickly and help discover new podcasts, according to a blog post Thursday. The company says music will be organized in a more personalized way to find what you’re looking for quicker, and podcast will be easier to discover and keep up with. Spotify is the world’s biggest subscription music service by users and paying members. The company said that its new Music tab automatically drops you into your Playlists section, where you can swipe to find all the artists you follow and albums you’ve saved. Pulling down will let you search, sort, and filter in any way you’d like. The revamp adds a new playlist, Liked Songs, that records every time you heart a song. This will give you a way to quickly download all its content at once for offline listening. For podcasts, the new design sorts everything in episodes, downloads and shows. An Episodes tab allows you to quickly find new episodes or resume podcasts you’re listening to, while the downloads tab is your cache of episodes you have available to listen to offline. The new Shows tab surfaces podcasts with th emost recent episode available.  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). 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. 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. Comments Tags Share your voice Share your voice 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. 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. Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal Read DJI Osmo Action preview Amazon Rylo Read Google Home Hub review $155 at Google Express $999 $999 Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple iPhone XS JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $60 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Angela Lang/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $520 at HP 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify,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. See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Post a comment CNET Apps Today The Cheapskate 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. Mobile Digital Media Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the Rylo camera preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon See It Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 7 Sprint $299 at Amazon See It $210 at Best Buy $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the AirPods review 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. 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. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 0last_img read more


Blackstone nears deal to buy HP Enterprise stake in Indias Mphasis Reuters

first_imgBlackstone Group LP (BX.N) is nearing a deal to acquire Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) (HPE.N) controlling stake worth about $940 million in Indian IT outsourcing services provider MphasiS Ltd (MBFL.NS), according to three sources directly involved in the deal.HPE owns roughly 60.5 percent stake in MphasiS, and the U.S.-based parent had been looking to exit from the Indian venture to shore up its capital.Bids for buying the MphasiS stake were submitted earlier this month and the U.S. private equity firm has emerged as the front-runner for taking majority ownership of the mid-sized Indian IT services exporter, the sources said.Financial details of the possible deal were not immediately known. Based on MphasiS’ stock price on Thursday, the HPE stake in the Bengaluru-headquartered company is valued at about $940 million. The company’s total market value is about $1.6 billion.Blackstone and HPE declined to comment, while MphasiS did not respond to emails seeking comment.MphasiS, whose rivals include outsourcers Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS.NS) and Infosys Ltd (INFY.NS), is not likely to command a very high valuation as a major part of its business depends on subcontracting by HPE, one of the sources said.Until a few years ago, MphasiS generated roughly half of its revenue by providing services to HPE’s clients. This has now come down to 24 percent of the firm’s total revenue, it said in its latest annual report.The MphasiS deal, if closed, will be one of the biggest M&A transactions in India’s $150 billion outsourcing sector, and underscores foreign investors’ confidence in growth potential as western clients send more jobs to India to cut costs.Last month, Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte [GIC.UL] and PE investors Advent International and Bain Capital jointly bought a minority stake in India-focussed outsourcing firm QuEST Global Services for $350 million.MphasiS was formed in 2000 and six years later Electronics Data Systems Corp acquired a majority holding in the company. In 2008, EDS was acquired by Hewlett Packard, which resulted in the transfer of the shareholding to the computer maker.A pact on the deal could be signed by early next month, two of the sources said, cautioning the acquisition terms had not yet been finalised.last_img read more


Shujan branch president among 2 killed in road crash

first_imgtangailAt least two people were killed and five others injured as an vehicle hit a microbus on the link road of the eastern side of Bangabandhu Bridge in Hatia of Tangail early Saturday.One of the deceased, Syed Shah Jamal, is a lawyer and president of Chapainawabganj unit of Sushasoner Janya Nagorik (Shujan) and the other is the driver of the microbus.Mosharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Bangabandhu Bridge police station (east), said the accident took place around 4:00am.“All the victims of the road accident are the passengers of the microbus,” he said.The OC said they could not identify whether a private car, bus or truck hit the microbus.The injured were admitted to Tangail General Hospital.last_img


Trump brands Biden a dummy in Iowa duel

first_imgFormer vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden laughs as greets attendees during a campaign event on 11 June in Davenport, Iowa. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump branded his leading Democratic opponent Joe Biden a “dummy” Tuesday as they gave dueling speeches in the 2020 battleground state of Iowa.Leaving the White House for the campaign trip, Trump unloaded on Biden, a longtime member of Congress and former vice president under Barack Obama, calling him “weak mentally.”Biden, who arrived in Iowa slightly earlier, used a speech to portray Trump as “an existential threat to America.”According to Biden, 76, his presence in the midwestern state on the same day as Trump, 72, was a coincidence. But his speech amounted to a point-blank broadside aimed at sinking the president’s man-of-the-people image.Far from championing American blue collar workers and farmers, as he repeatedly claims, Trump has made them “pawns” in tariff wars with countries ranging from rival China to close trading ally Mexico, Biden said.”He thinks he’s being tough. Well, it’s easy to be tough when someone else is feeling the pain,” Biden said of Trump.”Trump may think Wall Street and the super rich built this country. They didn’t… The middle class built this country. The unions built the middle class,” Biden said.Trump, a real estate developer who has always burnished his image as a high-living tycoon, relies heavily on blue collar voters buying into his nationalist slogan of “America First.”During his trip to Iowa, the president visited an ethanol plant to tout his backing for the biofuel supplied by Iowa’s politically important farmers. Later, he was addressing a Republican party dinner.”Under my administration we will always protect and defend our great American patriot farmer,” he said in a speech at the factory that also saw him veer off into insults against “sleepy Joe” Biden.Even before hitting the road, Trump delivered a volley of zingers at his rival.Mocking his past failed presidential runs, Trump called Biden a “loser” and appeared to feed a conspiracy theory spread in rightwing circles that the former vice president is in poor health.”He looks different than he used to, he acts different than he used to, he is even slower than he used to be,” Trump said.According to Trump, Biden and the nearly two dozen other Democrats vying for their party’s nomination to seek the presidency next year, are the ones whose left-leaning economic and social policies are out of touch with ordinary Americans.And far from regretting his bruising trade war strategy, the president is on something of a high after Mexico said it was agreeing to his demand for more action against migrants flocking to the United States in order to avoid threatened tariffs.Celebrating the deal — although questions have been raised over how much of it recycles measures already agreed to months ago — Trump said his bigger tariffs war with China would be equally successful.”Right now, China wants to make a deal very badly. It’s me right now that is holding up the deal. And we are going to either do a great deal with China, or we are not doing a deal at all,” he said.”China ate our country alive during Obama and Biden.”Country for old men?Trump officially kicks off his reelection campaign next week at a Florida rally.In reality, he has never stopped campaigning since he entered the White House after a shock win over the widely predicted winner of the 2016 race, Hillary Clinton.Backed by the incumbency and a booming economy, Trump should be a heavy favorite in 2020. But his presidency has so polarized the country and energized opponents that previous electoral patterns could be upended.Biden, meanwhile, holds a strong lead in the Democratic nomination contest, but that is partly due to overwhelming name recognition — an advantage that will steadily erode.He is also struggling to maintain his centrist platform when the most active section of the Democratic Party veers strongly to the left, boosting the likes of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.The latest poll by Quinnipiac University released Tuesday had Biden up 53 to 40 per cent against Trump nationally, though the numbers likely mean little so far ahead of election day.An issue facing both Trump and Biden is their age. Trump revels in boasting about his energy.”I am a young, vibrant man,” he said in April, baiting the slightly older Biden.But Democratic candidates in their 40s and 50s — and even 37-year-old Pete Buttigieg — could yet seize the momentum and make their youth an issue in a country where many Democrats yearn for radical change.last_img read more


Cardinal Women Ranked No 19 in the USTFCCCA Rankings

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville women’s track and field team was ranked 19th in the second week edition of the USTFCCCA Indoor Team Rankings, the organization announced. It is the first Top 25 ranking for the women’s team this season.  The Cardinals were previous ranked No. 25 last season on Feb. 28, 2018.This weekend the Cardinals won the Notre Dame Invitational with 145.5 points. Six athletes won events to lead the women’s team to the win in the second week of competition. Louisville has six athletes ranked in the Top 30 nationally.  Makenli Forrest is has the highest ranking at fourth in the weight throw and Dorcas Wasike is ranked fifth in the 5,000 meters.  Gabriela Leon rounds out the athletes ranked in the Top 10 at No. 6 in the pole vault. Morgan Zacharias is ranked 17th in the pole vault while Renate von Tonder has the 26th best mark in the long jump.  Alexis Gibbons is ranked 30th in the long jump.   The rankings are tabulated using data from only this season, including combined events. Prior to this week, previous season data had been used when it came to combined events only. It should also be mentioned that next week’s rankings will change as only declared and accepted entries to NCAAs will be scored. Print Friendly Version USTFCCCA Rankings Story Linkslast_img read more


NASA Reveals Data Breach Employees Personal Information at Risk

first_img Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images Stay on target NASA  admitted on Tuesday to getting hacked in October, when one of its servers was compromised in a data breach involving current and former employees’ personal information.The agency disclosed the data breach in an internal memo posted to Spaceref. NASA said that on October 23, 2018, an unknown intruder gained access to one of its servers where personally identifiable information (PII) of employees was stored. Social Security numbers were also compromised, according to the memo.“Upon discovery of the incidents, NASA cybersecurity personnel took immediate action to secure the servers and the data contained within,” Bob Gibbs, NASA Assistant Administrator, said in the memo.“NASA and its Federal cybersecurity partners are continuing to examine the servers to determine the scope of the potential data exfiltration and identify potentially affected individuals. This process will take time. The ongoing investigation is a top agency priority, with senior leadership actively involved,” he added.NASA doesn’t believe any Agency missions, including that of the InsSight lander, the spacecraft currently on a two-year mission to study Mars’ deep interior, were jeopardized by the data breach.More on Geek.com:40 Incredible Images of the Surface of Mars42 Stunning Images of Snow and Ice on Earth from SpaceNASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Reaches Interstellar Spacelast_img read more


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first_img News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Related Content News | November 11, 2009 Hologic Maintains 60 Percent Share in U.S. FFDM Market News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more center_img News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more November 11, 2009 – With more than a 60 percent share in the U.S. full-field digital mammography (FFDM) market, Hologic said it increased service revenues by 22 percent to $210 million and boosted diagnostic revenues by approximately 13 percent to $548 million during its fiscal year ended September 26, 2009.The company generated $402.8 million in revenues for its fourth quarter 2009 non-GAAP adjusted net income of $72.4 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, and adjusted EBITDA. For its fiscal year ended September 26, 2009, Hologic reported non-GAAP net income hit $302 million, up from $295 million in FY-08 and non-GAAP net income hit $302 million, up from $295 million in FY-08. Hologic has thus far shipped 5,000 Selenia systems worldwide since it started shipping them more than six years ago. For more information: www.hologic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more last_img read more


Home Sales Set New Records

first_imgHome Sales Set New Records February 17, 2017 637 Views Home sales reached new heights nationwide in January, with last month seeing a record number of home sales at the highest prices, according to RE/MAX.The Denver-based real-estate company released a report on Friday that also found that these sold homes spent the fewest days on market than in any year over the last nine years of its reporting.According to RE/MAX, total sales in January leapt up by 4.5 percent across 53 metro areas, demolishing records previously set for the same category in the same month last year.The median sales price also rose to $208,500, reflecting the tenth such consecutive month of year-over-year increases.”January may have set the tone for the coming home-buying season with homes selling faster and at higher prices,” RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger said in a statement.”Home-buyer demand is strong, and not enough sellers are listing to keep up with the demand, despite rising prices. At any rate, the beginning of 2017 continued the strong pace of 2016,” Liniger added.Of the surveyed metro areas, RE/MAX found that home sales ticked up in some two thirds, with double-digit increases occurring in twelve cities.Markets with the most significant increases in home sales included Charlotte, Hartford, Honolulu, Providence, and Seattle.Those with better-than-average median sales included Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Portland.As home sales set new milestones, however, they also spent much less time on market than on average—at a new January low of 66 days—continuing declines in housing inventory that have been ongoing since the heady days of the financial crisis in October 2008.RE/MAX found that 46 metro areas reported falling below what might typically be considered a seller’s market.The number of homes listed for sale declined 4.3 percent from December last year, down 16.9 percent from the start of 2016, according to the company’s report. high Home Sales January record 2017-02-17 Rachel Williamscenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, Market Studies, Technology Sharelast_img read more


Tourism in Cambodia is on an upward trajectory wi

first_img“Tourism in Cambodia is on an upward trajectory with growing international interest in the country for its incredible historical sites, great beaches, rich culture, and warm, welcoming people,” said Shu Ping Liang, Director of Brand & Marketing, Marriott International, Select Service Brands. “Marriott International is tremendously excited about the future of Courtyard by Marriott in such an important emerging market as Cambodia.” Marriott has announced the opening of its first Courtyard by Marriott in Cambodia with the debut of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort, the hotel group’s first hotel in Cambodia, with a second hotel to follow when Courtyard Phnom Penh opens in the capital later this year. CambodiaCourtyard by Marriott Siem ReaphotelsMarriott Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort features modern Khmer architectural design, an innovative lobby space, locally inspired food and beverages and 233 contemporary guestrooms. “Cambodia is an amazing country, full of exotic destinations, making it perfect for a unique and memorable holiday—one is Siem Reap,” said Ashley Lai, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort. “We are blessed that our resort is located strategically only 15 minutes away from Angkor Wat, a short ride from the buzzing Pub Street and only 500m away from the largest local fresh market in Siem Reap. It’s a place where one can almost have a taste of the daily lives of locals going about their day, yet close enough to all the major hot spots in town.”last_img read more


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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWhen the doors swing open and welcome guests to Art Series Hotel Group’s first Queensland property in mid-September, the completion of The Johnson will be a salute to two of Australia’s most important players in modern art and architecture: artist Michael Johnson, for whom the hotel is named, and Karl Langer, who meticulously designed the building in 1967.Binding these two champions across two eras is their borrowed inspiration from nature, texture and timelessness. With rhythmic grid work seen throughout the concrete structural frame of the heritage-listed building, half a decade later, the same usage of hypnotic horizontal and vertical bars can be seen in Johnson’s works which will be permanently housed in the communal areas and 83 suites of the boutique hotel.Austrian-born Langer and Sydney-residing Johnson are both indebted to their time spent in Queensland. With a 10-year period spent in Townsville, Johnson took a dramatic shift in his work owing to the subtropical climate he experienced. Similarly, Langer’s work in Brisbane led to his significant influence on the evolution of Queensland architecture and many momentous urban design projects such as the site for the Sydney Opera House.Similar to Langer’s love of harmoniously introducing landscape into his pioneering designs, Johnson has worked tirelessly with Art Series Hotel Group to restore high levels of daylight, outdoor spaces and raw materials to its interior look. The Johnson will forge its own unique identity in the Group, with a modern, monochromatic undertone that will allow for the vivid artwork on display to come alive.The former ‘Main Roads Building’ is a significant example of Langer’s ideology to create spaces that are highly functional yet flexible, with the original intention for commercial, residential and public purpose. Following the three-year restoration, The Johnson will provide just that, with the expansive public forecourt reimagined with connected and inspiring spaces created for all to enjoy.Guests to The Johnson will be offered the chance to get up close and personal to Johnson’s works, including ‘Armour 2008’, which reveals his highly gestural application of paint and his capacity to retain the liveliness of colour within his work. Heritage-listed artwork has also been restored, including ‘The Red Cube’, a large metal sculpture standing on the path in front of the property, commemorating its original opening and the ‘history of the wheel’ bronze sculpture. Visitors will be able to learn more about the encompassing art on the highly sought-after art tours, in-room art channels and art libraries.Upon completion of its design, Langer expressed the building was to be a ‘sculptural landmark’. Fifty years on, the notion lives on with a celebrated synergy of rare, classic architectural features and contemporary, out of the ordinary interior design.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


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