The multicam feature in FCPX isn’t just for concerts and live events! In this post we show you a powerful multicam workflow for narrative video editing.Use multicam in Final Cut Pro X to consolidate your takes of your narrative video project into one clip. This results in a much more streamlined editing experience (especially useful for big projects with TONS of takes).In the tutorial above I walk you through each step of this efficient FCPX multicam workflow. You’ll start by making Smart Collections of the audio and footage for the different scenes in your project. This will make it easier to identify each of the audio and video clips to add into a multicam.We’ll then select each of the audio files (per scene) and add them to a new multicam clip. Once the new multicam is created (and the audio automatically synced) you can bring the video into the mix by adding an angle. Choose one audio source to be your reference point for syncing (monitored angle) and sync the video file to it.Now, you’ll simply repeat this process with each of your takes. Combining each of the takes into one multicam clip allows you to supercharge the organization of your Final Cut Pro X projects.How are YOU using the multicam in FCPX?Share your experiences and suggestions in the comments below or send me a message on Twitter: @BenConsoli
December 9, 2019
If there is no difference between the value that you offer and the value that your competitors offer, your clients are right to make price the deciding factor. If you can’t differentiate your offering from your competitor’s offerings in a meaningful way, you cannot expect your client to be able to do so on their own. .It is likely that you do many things different from your competitors, and that the things that you do differently make a difference for your clients. Not being able to name them and point to how they create value is the same as not being different. .If you don’t believe that the value your company creates is different in a way that makes a difference for your clients, then your dream clients will never believe that you are different in a way that makes a difference either. If you don’t believe that you are different from other salespeople in a way that makes a difference for your clients, then you are not going to be part of the difference that makes you worth paying more to obtain. .If you are not personally part of the value creation and the reason your dream client should choose to pay more to obtain you, then your dream client is right to choose to buy from a salesperson that is part of the value they are paying more to obtain. QuestionsWhy should your client pay more to obtain you than they would pay your competitors?How easily can you differentiate your offering from your competitor’s in a meaningful way?What makes you personally part of the value creation for your clients?Why should your client choose to pay more to obtain you and add you to their management team? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
November 26, 2019
Los Angeles, Mar 12 (PTI) Pop star Justin Bieber surprised his fans by posting a photo of him, sporting a nose ring.The “Love Yourself” hitmaker shared the selfie on Instagram.In the photo, the 22-year-old singer went shirtless as he lay on a bed while showing off a small stud in his nostril, reported Aceshowbiz.Bieber had his nose pierced by Pip Holcombe, a Body Piercer at Millenium Ink and the owner of Wildcat Body Jewelry.He, along with his friends, visited Pips workshop in Vancouver, Canada on Thursday, March 10.According to Pip, Bieber “took it like a champ.” He went on saying that Bieber only bled “a little” and “he was great.”Pip revealed that the stars nose ring was a “clear gem bioplast nose stud.”Pip also pierced one of Biebers friends ears and said that everyone in the singers crew was “really nice.” He asked to take a picture of Bieber after the piercing, but unfortunately the singer turned him down.It seems like a lot of Biebers fans love his new nose ring.One of his followers wrote, “Justin Bieber look damn good with nose piercing,” while another one said, “Justin Bieber got his nose pierced and Im obsessed.”However, some of his fans apparently dont like his nose piercing. A user wrote on Twitter, “justin bieber needs to remove that nose ring ASAP.” PTI PSHB PSH
November 26, 2019
Striker Marcus Rashford has signed a new contract at Manchester United which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020 with an option to extend for a further year, the club said on their website(www.manutd.com) on Monday.The 18-year-old United academy graduate scored eight goals in 18 appearances this season, including two on his debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League. (Latest Football stories)He followed up with two goals against Arsenal and scored the winner in the Manchester derby against City in March.”I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I have always been a Manchester United fan, so to be playing in the first team really is a dream come true,” Rashford said.”I am grateful for having the chance to prove myself. To be able to play football at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family.”‘NATURALLY TALENTED’The emergence of Rashford under former manager Louis van Gaal was one of few positives for United in a disappointing campaign in which they finished fifth in the Premier League.”Marcus is a naturally talented footballer with great potential. He has taken his chances well and has integrated into the first team very quickly,” United’s Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward told the club’s website.”I am delighted that Marcus has signed a new contract, he is at the right club to continue his development.”ENGLAND CALL UPRashford’s performances caught the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson, who named the youngster as a surprise pick in his 26-man provisional squad for the European Championship.advertisementRashford became the youngest player to score on his England debut, when he netted 138 seconds into his first senior start in the 2-1 win over Australia on Friday.BORTHWICK-JACKSON PENS NEW DEALLeft back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson also signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2020, with an option of extending for a further year.”I have grown up at United and have enjoyed every minute of being here. Last season was an incredible experience to make my first team debut and a dream come true for myself and my family,” the 19-year-old said.”I will continue to work hard and take advice from the manager and his coaching team to improve with every training session.”
November 16, 2019
Trent Boult provided the impetus needed for New Zealand with a five-wicket haul as the hosts completed an innings and 52-run victory over Bangladesh on the fourth day of the first Test in Hamilton on Sunday.Boult broke a resolute 235-run stand between Soumya Sarkar and stand-in captain Mahmudullah that frustrated New Zealand’s bowlers as they toiled in warm conditions at Seddon Park.The left-arm seamer got the second new ball to swing back, brush Sarkar’s pad and cannon into his off-stump to end the 26-year-old’s 171-ball innings on 149. It was Sarkar’s first Test century.The breakthrough effectively ended Bangladesh’s resistance, even if Mahmudullah did his best to protect the tail, and they were eventually dismissed for 429 about 20 minutes after tea.Mahmudullah made 146 and was caught on the boundary by Boult, who finished with figures of 5 for 123, before Tim Southee had Ebadot Hossain caught by BJ Watling, who broke Adam Parore’s New Zealand record for Test dismissals by a wicketkeeper.BJ Watling now has the record for most dismissals by a NZ keeper! #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/SpJqJC5aND BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 3, 2019New Zealand had scored 715 for 6 declared, with captain Kane Williamson making 200 not out, while openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval also scored centuries.The visitors had been in danger of being dismissed inside three days when they were reduced to 126 for 4 after tea on Saturday before Sarkar combined with Mahmudullah.The pair managed to take the visitors through to 174 for 4 at the close of play and continued to thwart the hosts’ bowlers during Sunday’s first session with Sarkar going from 39 to his century, bringing it up with a single off Southee.advertisementThey took their side to 322 for 4 at lunch and continued to resist New Zealand after the break, even when they took the second new ball.A really satisfying win. We knew it was going to be a challenging day & I thought the bowlers were brilliant as they were all match. – Kane Williamson #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/YrFK4TKYY7 BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 3, 2019Boult, however, managed to dismiss Sarkar and then bowl Liton Das for one and Khaled Ahmed for three before Southee had Mahmudullah caught in the deep after tea and then ended the match when Hossain nicked behind.The second match of the three-Test series starts in Wellington on Friday.
November 14, 2019
Copa del Rey Espanyol vs Barcelona: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & Copa del Rey preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 23:25 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Copa del Rey Barcelona Espanyol v Barcelona Espanyol The Blaugrana are aiming to make it 30 competitive games without losing when they take on their cross-town rivals in the Estadi Cornella-El Prat Barcelona take on local rivals Espanyol in the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey as they look to continue their defence of the trophy.Ernesto Valverde’s men come into the game following an impressive comeback victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga and they will be eager to extend their unbeaten run to 30 games on Wednesday.As well as putting a 29-game unbeaten streak together, the Blaugrana boast the mental edge over Quique Sanchez Flores’ side, having already thrashed them 5-0 at Camp Nou back in September. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Espanyol vs Barcelona Date Wednesday, January 17 Time 20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM The game is not being shown live on television in the United Kingdom, but Goal will be providing updates here. US TV channel Online stream BeIN Sports fuboTV In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Espanyol players Goalkeepers Pau Lopez, Diego Lopez, Dominguez Defenders Navarro, Aaron, Naldo, Duarte, Didac, Javi Lopez, Hermoso Midfielders V. Sanchez, Melendo, David Lopez, Fuego, Piatti, Granero, Darder Forwards Gerard, Baptistao There are concerns over the availability of Sergio Garcia and Pablo Piatti, while goalkeeper Adrian Lopez is definitely out. Other than that, Sanchez Flores has no fresh issues to contend with.Potential Espanyol starting XI: Pau; Duarte, J. Lopez, Hermoso, Martin; V. Sanchez, Jurado, Granero, Darder, Moreno; Baptistao. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Vermaelen Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Rafinha, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes, Alena Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Arnaiz One player who is certainly out is Ousmane Dembele, who suffered a flare up in his hamstring. Samuel Umtiti is also out due to a thigh issue, but Nelson Semedo, who was a late withdrawal from the game against Real Sociedad with tonsillitis, is available again. Javier Mascherano and Andres Iniesta have been ruled out of the game with respective thigh and calf injuries.Philippe Coutinho is recovering from an injury, but is getting closer to being involved, while new signing Yerry Mina has also been training with the team, but has yet to receive clearance to play. Potential Barcelona starting XI: Cillessen; Pique, Vidal, Vermaelen, Digne; Busquets, Paulinho, Rakitic, Gomes; Messi, Suarez.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Despite being away from home, Barcelona are heavy favourites to beat their rivals at 1/3 according to dabblebet, with Espanyol rated 15/2 bets. A draw is available at 4/1.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. GAME PREVIEW Barca’s aura of invincibility was threatened briefly on Sunday when Real Sociedad had the audacity to take a two-goal lead on the Catalan outfit, but those notions were quickly extinguished thanks to a masterclass from Lionel Messi and his partner-in-crime Luis Suarez. Valverde’s men did not panic after conceding twice away from home and were particularly impressive in the second half as they left San Sebastian with maximum points.Such is the nature of Barcelona this season that they will soon be incorporating reinforcements such as Coutinho and Mina into the fold, which should take some pressure off those regular starters who may be feeling the busy fixture schedule in their legs. The game against Espanyol comes just three days after their intense match against Real Sociedad and Valverde may be forced to rest some of his key players, but changes are likely to be minimal as he generally opts for consistency.Indeed, with the Periquitos enjoying a decent run of form of late – which includes a Liga victory over Atletico Madrid – the Barca boss will be keen to field his strongest possible XI as they look to bring a favourable result back to Camp Nou for the second leg next week.
October 24, 2019
The continued strengthening of regional institutional capacities for the design, implementation and monitoring of public policies geared towards reduction of intentional homicides is critical. She said citizens within the Americas deserve to live free from crime and violence, adding that “in our capacities as decision-makers and leaders in society, it is our civic duty to safeguard this right”. Story Highlights The continued strengthening of regional institutional capacities for the design, implementation and monitoring of public policies geared towards reduction of intentional homicides is critical.This was emphasised by Acting Chief Technical Director, Research, Rehabilitation and Diversion Policy Division, Ministry of National Security, Shauna Trowers, at the second workshop on ‘Targeted Public Policies for the Prevention and Reduction of International Homicide’, at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Kingston, on December 13.She said citizens within the Americas deserve to live free from crime and violence, adding that “in our capacities as decision-makers and leaders in society, it is our civic duty to safeguard this right”.“We cannot successfully prevent and reduce homicides in the region without data and effective policies, nor can we evaluate the efficacy of our efforts to reduce violence, crime, and feelings of insecurity without really understanding the landscape within which we operate. We need to know what works,” she added.Turning to Jamaica, Ms. Trowers said that citizen and community security can be strengthened through a multidimensional approach, focused on addressing the potential causes of crime and violence.She argued that this can only be done if valid, reliable and comparable citizen security data are readily available and accessible to design effective and sustainable policies and interventions.Ms. Trowers said Government places the highest priority on the immediate reduction of the present levels of crime, violence and public disorder.“As we participate in this workshop, I would like us all as a regional network to reflect on how we can capitalise on our different perspectives and mandates to accelerate the achievement of preventing and reducing the homicide rate in the countries that we serve,” she said.Ms. Trowers expressed confidence that the results of the workshops that will be implemented in the region will provide the added knowledge, technical know-how and capabilities “for us to prevent and reduce intentional homicide, as well as ensure that the implementation of the policy is sustainable in the long term”.She thanked the Organization of American States (OAS) for arranging the event, which brought together senior government representatives within the region.“The Ministry of National Security and by extension the Jamaican Government is especially grateful for your participation in this activity and your partnership in providing technical support to design policies geared towards preventing and reducing intentional homicides,” she said.The project is being implemented by the Department of Public Security of the OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security. Beneficiary countries include: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica.Some of the objectives of the project are: to promote inter-institutional collaboration and coordination between State institutions to address intentional homicide; and create common spaces where public officers may share their experiences on intentional homicide prevention and reduction. This was emphasised by Acting Chief Technical Director, Research, Rehabilitation and Diversion Policy Division, Ministry of National Security, Shauna Trowers, at the second workshop on ‘Targeted Public Policies for the Prevention and Reduction of International Homicide’, at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Kingston, on December 13.
October 22, 2019
With more cases of seasonal flu confirmed, Nova Scotians are encouraged to get immunized and take preventative action to avoid getting sick with the flu. Dr. Maureen Baikie, Nova Scotia’s deputy chief medical officer of health, says while flu is not widespread in the province, health officials are starting to see people getting sick with seasonal flu, both H3N2 and H1N1. “We’ve been seeing flu activity for about a month and while we don’t have a lot of influenza activity, some people are getting quite ill,” said Dr. Baikie. “It’s important that Nova Scotians take preventative measures to reduce the spread of illness, and most importantly, that they get immunized. This year’s vaccine protects against both H3N2 and H1N1.” Since the beginning of the 2010-11 flu season, which runs from September 2010 to September 2011, the province has had 19 lab confirmed-cases of H3N2 and H1N1, including some hospitalizations. Certain areas of the province are seeing more flu activity including, the Capital District, Guysborough Antigonish Strait and Cape Breton District health authorities. As the flu season continues, there will be more cases of influenza across the province. “What we’re seeing in Nova Scotia is similar to what’s happening in other jurisdictions,” said Dr. Baikie. “It’s important to note that it’s never too late to get your flu shot and protect yourself and your family from getting the flu. And this year’s vaccine is a good match for the flu strains that are circulating.” Nova Scotians who want to get immunized should call their doctor or local public health office. In the meantime, the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. People with flu-like symptoms should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. The province publishes a report on respiratory illnesses, including seasonal flu and H1N1, every Wednesday. It can be found at: www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/cdpc/respiratory-watch.asp .
October 17, 2019
OTTAWA – More than 125,000 people have signed a petition asking Canada to put a stop to the sale of all elephant ivory.Tessa Vanderkop, director of strategic relations and advocacy for Vancouver-based Elephanatics, says when the petition was launched last year the hope was to get 1,000 signatures.“Our next target was 5,000 and then it just went nuts,” she said. “I think it says that people just do not have any kind of tolerance for this kind of thing anymore and they want governments to do the right thing.”Last week, 95 politicians and animal rights activists from Canada and around the world signed a letter to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna repeating the petition’s request to ban all domestic trade in elephant ivory and to also make it illegal to import, export and re-export elephant ivory.Among the signatories to the letter are a handful of politicians and animal rights groups, including Wildlife SOS India, which runs the elephant sanctuary Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family visited during their recent trip to India. Vanderkop says she does not think the ivory issue was raised with Trudeau during that visit and the operators could not be reached for comment Friday.Currently the ban on elephant ivory in Canada affects only that from elephants killed since 1990, but Vanderkop says it is so difficult to date ivory that it is easy for people to hide more recent ivory among legal products.“We have to close the trade period,” she says.Canada was one of only four countries at the most recent conference of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature that objected to banning the ivory trade domestically. Japan, Namibia and South Africa also objected. Canada’s objection came at least in part because of concerns about the Inuit trade in legal narwhal and walrus ivory.However Vanderkop says Elephanatics isn’t asking for all ivory trade to be banned, just elephant ivory, which she says can be distinguished from other types.Internationally, elephants are among the rapidly declining species in the world, in large part because international ivory prices were high. An estimated 20,000 elephants are killed each year by poachers seeking to profit from their valuable tusks.Since 1980, the number of elephants in Africa fell to about 415,000 from 1.3 million. The Asian elephant population has been cut in half in the last seven decades, Elephanatics says.Several countries have or are looking at banning all domestic ivory sales, most notably China, which used to be the world’s biggest market for ivory. China announced its ban would take effect in December 2017, but as soon as that announcement was made in 2015, the price of ivory started falling, from an estimated $2,100 a kilogram before to less than $500 a kilogram now.France banned ivory sales in 2016, Hong Kong will ban it by 2021 and Taiwan in 2020.President Donald Trump last week quietly allowed the U.S. government to cancel a ban on importing elephant trophies like ears, feet and tails. He had given the ban a reprieve last fall while he further studied the issue, but in early March the ban was lifted.Canada never banned elephant trophy imports. The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, database which tracks imports and exports of animals which need protection, shows that between 2007 and 2016, Canada allowed the legal importation of 83 trophy elephants, as well as 434 elephant skulls and 260 elephant feet.A spokeswoman for McKenna would not say if Canada is even considering a domestic ban on elephant ivory. Caroline Theriault said Canada is part of CITES which ensures trade doesn’t threaten the survival of species.“We have in place legislation which implements the convention in Canada that includes penalties for illegal possession, trade, or commercial sale of restricted plant and wildlife items,” she said. “We’ll continue to work to advance conservation benefits for species around the globe that are impacted by trade.”— follow @mrabson on Twitter.
October 14, 2019
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October 12, 2019
By Zakaria WadghiriRabat – In Morocco, new and amended laws become effective the moment they are publicly announced in the official gazette. The general secretariat of the government (SGG) publishes laws and legal notices in the Official Gazette, known in French as Le Bulletin Officiel.The national printing office provides a print edition, available only in Rabat at L’imprimerie Officielle, and the SGG an online version. The Official Gazette is published in four editions: a general edition for laws, decrees, treaties, and other decisions in Arabic, sometimes translated into French; a weekly legal notices edition of judicial and administrative affairs in Arabic; a weekly record of the debates of the House of Representatives in Arabic; and a general semi-monthly edition with French translation.Subscribers can receive the paper version by mail, but it can take up to one month after the publication date to receive it. Problems with the digital versionThe website gives direct and free access to all official gazettes since the first issue, whether in French or Arabic, and the site is regularly updated. Moroccan lawyer Zineb Laraqui, who has worked extensively on these issues, explained to MWN that “not all the laws are translated into French, a regular language of business in Morocco. In addition, investors using English as a business language will find there is no official translation into English.” Only the first, general edition for laws in Arabic and French (when it is translated) is online.Language barriers aside, the inability to search the online pdfs is a major hindrance to finding the right information on the gazette, according to the Marrakech-based lawyer and co-founder of online platform jurisprudence.ma. Because the PDFs in the website are not plain-text documents but scanned versions of the printed publication, users have to look for information page by page. Users sometimes find missing pages. On the international conventions page, the links for some pages return 404 errors. The error message indicates the web page has been removed but has not been redirected to a new address, becoming a “dead link.”Let’s make it searchableBy comparison, Algeria’s SGG started annotating the PDFs of its recent gazette editions with text. The Tunisian official gazette website offers legal documents in a searchable format, using the PDF/A (accessible PDF) format. The official Saudi journal offers a dynamic view where users can search and retrieve information without leaving the page.The online version of the London Gazette, one of the British government’s official journals, has a similar layout to the Tunisian website. It has scans of the print publication and a text layer added to each page. The layered pdf makes it possible to search and copy text from the document as it looks in the print version.The online Official Journal of the European Union has other features. The documents are not only multilingual and searchable but also clickable. Readers can click summary paragraphs to open the relevant detailed pages. The RSS service provided in the website allows registered users to follow documents and get notifications if they are changed.A potential negative impact for businessesIn the past few years, the SGG has made fewer French translations of laws, including most commercial and corporate legislation. According to Laraqui, “the lack of translated legal material could drive away potential investors.”Most countries investing in Morocco speak French or use English as a first or second language. France and the US are Morocco’s biggest investors by far, while only three of the top eight investing countries are Arabic-speaking.Laraqui explains that “when a new law amends or supplements an existing law, the website is not updated with the consolidated law, in contrast to Tunisia’s legislation website.”The legal notices issue is also not available online. The edition contains important legal notices on companies so that third parties can see information about bankruptcy, etc. The electronic portal for the publication of legal announcements in the gazette is also accessible to advertisers who can upload their legal announcements. However, the portal is only available in Arabic.Next steps According to Laraqui, “It might seem reasonable to have an official translation of all business and corporate laws, but a more urgent need for the business community is the actual availability of current laws.”To enable readers to search for keywords, such as their company’s name or register number, the contents of the gazette’s website need to be presented in plaintext.Using optical character recognition (OCR) would turn the scanned images of text into machine-readable text. Of course, OCR can contain errors depending on the clarity of the image and whether the letters can be easily distinguished. But OCR would be an improvement for the gazette. The French Protectorate in the Cherifian Empire established by the Franco-Moroccan Treaty of Fez, published the first gazette in Morocco on November 1, 1912. Meanwhile, between 1918 and 1956, the Tetouan-based General Secretariat of the High Commission of Spain in Morocco published an official journal for northern Morocco.After independence, King Mohammed V established the official gazette under the “Royaume du maroc” letterhead.While Morocco’s official gazette is a continuation of its historical gazettes, it can move into the future by becoming more accessible.
October 12, 2019
Rabat – The administration of Casablanca’s Ain Sebaa 1 prison has categorically denied that a Hirak Rif activist was filmed inside the prison.The prison’s statement was published a few days after a video, purporting to be footage of a Hirak activist, circulated on social media.The prison says that it has no cells similar to the one that appears in the video. According to the statement, the footage was clearly faked because the face of the alleged activist did not appear in the video, which has since been removed.According to the prison, this was not the first attempt of the video makers, as they have allegedly tried to mislead public opinion and undermine the image of the prison with other faked videos.On June 26, Casablanca’s Court of Appeals sentenced 54 Moroccan activists for their involvement in the 2016-2017unauthorized protests in the Al Hoceima province.Four prominent activists, including Nasser Zefzafi, received sentences of 20 years, while others received sentences ranging from 1 to 15 years.All the activists finally agreed to appeal their sentences, except Rabie El Ablaq.El Ablaq received a sentence of 5 years and a fine of MAD 2,000, but decided not to appeal the court’s decision.El Ablaq has also been on a hunger strike for more than 40 days now. The activist was transferred to Moulay Youssef Hospital in Casablanca on Monday due to his hunger strike.
October 12, 2019
WASHINGTON — Spending on U.S. construction projects was unchanged in April as another decline in home construction was offset by a big gain in government spending on projects like highways and hospitals.The Commerce Department says the flat reading followed a small increase of 0.1% in March, which was revised higher after an initial estimate showed a sharp decline. Construction spending jumped 1% in February.The data suggests that Americans cut back on home renovations in April. And spending on new home construction was flat. Higher mortgage rates have weighed on home sales this year, though in recent weeks rates have dropped below 4%, potentially reviving sales.Public construction jumped 4.8% to reach a record high of $299.4 billion, led by big gains in state and local government and federal spending.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
October 11, 2019
23 January 2012The Security Council today strongly condemned this weekend’s attack on a United Nations-African Union patrol in Darfur, which resulted in one death, and called on the Sudanese Government to bring the perpetrators to justice. One Nigerian peacekeeper serving with the mission, known as UNAMID, was killed in Saturday’s attack and three others were wounded, one of them seriously. “The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the family of the peacekeeper killed in the attack, as well as to the Government of Nigeria,” Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa, which holds the 15-member body’s presidency for this month, said in a statement read out to the press.“They called on the Government of Sudan to bring the perpetrators to justice, and stressed that there must be an end to impunity for those who attack peacekeepers,” he added.Council members also reiterated their full support for UNAMID and called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate with the mission.Fighting and large-scale displacement has convulsed Darfur since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the Government, whose military forces responded with the support of allied militiamen.Deployed at the start of 2008, UNAMID is tasked with protecting civilians, promoting an inclusive peace process and help ensuring the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance across Darfur, an arid region on Sudan’s western flank.
September 16, 2019
State regulators have ordered Five Star Limousine to shut down limousine and charter bus operations in Washington and to pay a $2,000 fine for operating without a valid Washington operating permit.The fine and service ban were announced Thursday by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.Five Star, which had been based in Portland but now appears to be out of operation, was implicated in the Sept. 29, 2012, death of 11-year-old Angie Hernandez of Milwaukie, Ore., the utilities and transportation commission noted in a news release. The girl fell out of the window of a bus operated by Five Star in downtown Portland when an emergency window allegedly popped open. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration, which regulates interstate commercial vehicles, ordered Five Star to cease operations in December.Dave Pratt, assistant director of transportation safety for the state utilities and transportation commission, said the Portland accident brought the company to the state’s attention. The commission’s action was based on two charter trips last June and July in Clark County.
September 14, 2019
The Atlantic photographer who posted spooky manipulated photos of her shoot with Republican presidential nominee John McCain on her own Web site has drawn the ire of the Atlantic and McCain camps, but—perhaps not surprisingly—a mixed reaction from the design and photo community.Here’s a quick summary for those who haven’t been following this made-for-election-year media saga. Jill Greenberg—the photographer and noted monkey retoucher who has done cover work for Time, Fast Company, New York, Wired and Portfolio and a slew of other titles—was hired by the Atlantic to shoot their October cover. During the end of the shoot, she apparently made McCain stand above a strobe light, snapping some ghostly shots before he left. “He had no idea he was being lit from below,” Greenberg, a self-proclaimed “hard core Democrat,” told Photo District News a few days ago.She posted the extra shots on her Web site (with the fitting manipulator.com URL) this week—apparently after the Atlantic’s two week embargo was lifted—adding blood, shark’s teeth and other elements (one caption read: “I am a bloodthirsty warmongerer”; see more shots here). UPDATE: A rep for the Atlantic says Greenberg posted the photos before the embargo had passed. And, understandably, the Atlantic and McCain camps were outraged. Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote the cover story for the Atlantic, called Greenberg an indecent person who should not be working in magazine journalism. James Bennet, the Atlantic’s editor, told the New York Post the magazine was “totally blindsided.” (The Atlantic is refusing to pay Greenberg, Bennet says, and is looking into legal action.) But judging from some of the comments on the PDN site, the reaction was decidedly more mixed. A number of commenters slammed Greenberg for her lack of professionalism (“unprofessional, derogatory and a slur on decent photographers everywhere,” one wrote). But others defended Greenberg:[G]reenberg delivered what her client (the magazine) asked her to do—a hero shot of [M]c[C]ain. [F]or proof, one need look no further than the actual cover of the magazine. [N]ow, [I] know that most people commenting here probably have never actually been paid to take a photo, but here’s a secret: for this kind of job one owns one’s own negative. [S]o that [G]reenberg decided to mess around with her own copyrighted material having done exactly what was asked of her by her client is utterly appropriate, and she has acted as a consummate professional. … [I] find it hard to believe that on PDN other photographers are begrudging someone their artistic (and legal) license.What do you think? Did Greenberg cross a line? And should magazines vet their photographers’ political peccadilloes before hiring them to shoot politicians? Post your reaction in the comments section below.
September 14, 2019
Todd Klawin served as southwest regional sales executive for CurtCo’s Home Office Computing and Small Business Computing. In 1999, he left to join a founding team to start a venture-funded e-mail marketing company called Radical Mail, which was later sold to Silverpop Systems. And while Klawin stayed on to handle business development with Silverpop, he knew he wanted to return to publishing. “More than anything, I’m an entrepreneur,” he says. “I understood publishing and believed it was a model that allowed me to start another business that didn’t require huge outside investment and would enable me to maintain control of the business.” Klawin saw an opportunity for a micro-regional network of lifestyle magazines. “The goal with the magazines and the Web site is to create a community-driven media experience that is hyper-local in its approach but still world class in its quality,” he adds.Klawin raised $100,000 from a former business associate who he brought in as an equity partner and created Moon Tide Media. Toward the end of 2006, Klawin launched his first magazine, Luxury Life & Style. While Klawin’s original plan to create a series of regionally distributed luxury titles for the local market was profitable, in the middle of 2009 Moon Tide decided to reposition away from the “lux” approach. Today, Moon Tide publishes two magazines—one called South Bay Magazine, the other called West Side Magazine, which serves communities including Malibu, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills and Bel Air.The magazines are controlled circulation, with the bulk mailed to the most affluent homes in the area based on home value. Subscriptions and newsstand copies are available but are not a core part of the plan, says Klawin. Distribution is about 18,000 copies per issue for each edition.Klawin expects to launch another two to three micro regional editions of the magazines in the Los Angeles area in the next 12 months. “We’re doing well, we’ve stayed profitable and we’re focused on an extremely lean cost structure,” he adds. “A lot of people who get into the publishing business bring a little too much ego into it. For these businesses to work—and they can as well as ever—you need to be ruthlessly focused on containing costs.”Cost control cuts both ways, Klawin adds. “On one hand we’ve focused on maintaining profitability but as an operator, there’s always an opportunity to spend more money and to grow too quickly. This past year, there’s been substantial headwinds in our business. We anticipated having four magazines by now.”Klawin has very specific criteria for evaluating potential launches. “The markets we want to serve have four things in common: an inherent sense of community or place; an existing and vibrant set of businesses that want to talk to residents; an inherently affluent community; and finally, we want to enter into markets that are not being served by world class print and online media,” he says. “There are a lot of fantastic city-wide magazines serving Los Angeles but that doesn’t always make the best sense for companies doing 95 percent of their business in the micro region.”Product Mix: E-Commerce OpportunityWhile the magazines remain the core product, Moon Tide is developing a series of community-driven Web sites. “Right now it’s a repurposing of content in the magazines but that’s not enough so we’ll have a number of blogs in each community and we’re launching some compelling e-commerce solutions as well,” says Klawin. “Local directory-based models are where we see revenue as opposed to display advertising.”A strong online presence can help compete against pure-play companies trying to tap local markets, according to Klawin. “A lot of pure-play online companies and big media companies are trying to figure out a way to provide solutions to the online ‘micro market,’” he says. “In my experience, working with these local businesses, they are still doing a huge amount of learning about online. To tell them anything about online, it needs to come from a trusted source.”Moon Tide also offers a custom publishing business. “That opportunity presented itself organically,” says Klawin. “We didn’t launch with a custom publishing offering but learned we had the in-house resources to provide it.” Today, that includes custom magazines for the Trump National Golf Club and Shade Hotel. Seventy-five percent of the overall revenue mix comes from print, with another 15 percent from custom and 10 percent from online. Klawin says he expects Moon Tide to generate more than $2 million in total revenue in 2010. It’s something playing out over and over again in the publishing industry today: former executives of existing publishers leaving to start new companies. Sometimes, it’s not amicable (such as Cygnus Business Media suing Impact Business Media, a startup by a former employee, alleging theft of intellectual property). Other times, it is. As the industry changes, often these startups result in smaller but healthier business models. Here, FOLIO: profiles five former CurtCo Media executives who each launched their own company (just miles from each other). Each one talks about how they applied the skillsets and best practices they learned at CurtCo to launching a new business. While they’ve taken different approaches and have differing opinions on key products and the value of digital, they all come back to two core tenets: market selection and cost management. Todd KlawinCEO, PublisherMoon Tide Media Terry CarrollCEO, PublisherStyle Media Group Terry Carroll joined Bill Curtis in 1994, working as West Coast sales manager for Home Theater. In 1997, he became publisher of Home Theater, which was sold in 1998 to Petersen/Emap. Shortly after, Carroll rejoined Curtis as vice president and group publisher for CurtCo’s computing magazines. In 2001, after CurtCo was purchased by Freedom Communications and sold some of the computing magazines, Carroll began consulting and started his first independent publication, DVD Etc.A second magazine launch followed with HVD Etc. but Carroll’s first efforts as an independent publisher offered some hard lessons. “I’d have to say we were under-funded,” he says. Carroll sold out to his business partner in 2003. With his wife Wendy Sipple, Carroll moved to Folsom, California and launched Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills (Sipple is COO). “People know of Folsom from the Johnny Cash song but it’s a nice place,” says Carroll. “It was voted by Money as the 30th best place to live in the U.S.”The goal was to launch a local product with editorial integrity. “That can be hard in a small market, where there are lots of expectations for pay-and-play,” says Carroll. Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills started with 10,000 copies, placed in driveways and a few newsstand racks. “We called it ‘controlled complimentary distribution,’” he adds.The startup has evolved into Style Media Group, which publishes more than 2 million copies per year, with three style magazines (Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills, Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin and Style-El Dorado County Foothills) focused on the outskirts of Sacramento as well as wedding magazine Real Weddings and a series of direct mail coupon books. Real Weddings publishes twice per year with newsstand distribution of about 40,00 copies. “At the time we launched, people were used to one of the big regional magazines like Sacramento,” says Carroll. “That’s a good magazine but our readers don’t live in ‘Sacramento,’ they live in Folsom and Roseville and Granite Bay. We delivered product to where they live, eat, drink and shop. Part of our business plan is saturation—to provide a product you can’t miss in Folsom.”In Folsom, which is an area with approximately 33,000 single-family homes, Style Media puts out 20,000 copies. In Roseville and Granite Bay, the publisher puts out 25,000 copies per month and another 15,000 in El Dorado Foothills. “That’s 60,000 copies in a market of several hundred thousand people,” says Carroll. “To put that in perspective, Sacramento has a circulation of about 32,000 copies in a market of two million people. It’s a number’s game—the more copies, the more people see it and the more these businesses are in front of them.”Currently, Style Media offers free subscriptions to its digital editions but is considering a paid model for the future. The company made a big investment last year in online. “This is a revenue positive model for us,” Carroll says. Style Media is launching new online products with Two Clicks to Save and the Style Savings Guide. “We’re keeping it simple. The biggest problem with online coupons is saying, ‘Here’s some coupons but we want to know everything about you first.’” Style Media also offers custom publishing. “We’re somewhat picky about the projects we take on and one of the areas that’s a perfect fit is the local chamber of commerce,” says Carroll. “We do a number of publications for them and we can offer back-end services as well. We spend three quarters of a million dollars on printing each year and they can ride off our printing.”Today, Style Media generates between $2 million and $5 million in total revenue. “Anybody getting into this now has to be multi-platform,” says Carroll. “If you think you can make it on print alone, it’s tough. If the only way you can compete is by cost and price breaks, you don’t belong in the market. You need to offer value.” Mark MendelsohnPresident, PublisherHome Entertainment, Luxury CEMark Mendelsohn started as a sales rep with CurtCo in 1995. In 2002, he took over as vice president and publisher of Robb Report Home Entertainment. By the end of 2007, he acquired the magazine from CurtCo. The transition from executive to owner was difficult. “I went from a big company that handled everything to a small company where I had to handle everything,” says Mendelsohn. The circulation of the magazine was stable and at the time Mendelsohn took it over, it had hit a sweet spot of about 35,000. Mendelsohn tapped a circulation consultant and newsstand consultant he worked with in the past and retained many of the contributors and freelancers for Home Entertainment. “The magazine doesn’t have a huge staff and everybody is pretty much freelance,” he says. “One of the good things about running my own publishing business was I could set it up that way without having a bunch of people on salary.”Expanding into B-to-B, Marketing ServicesIn 2009, Mendelsohn launched bi-monthly trade magazine Luxury CE (and Web site LuxuryCE.com), which targets professionals in the consumer electronics market. “Home Entertainment is tracking about 80,000 uniques online and doing well. Luxury CE is a trade magazine and requires specialized content,” says Mendelsohn. “The challenge is, how do you generate content and be different from everybody else?”In addition to the magazine, Mendelsohn has launched a custom publishing arm and a series of search engine optimization and search engine marketing services where he connects experts in those categories with clients. “People are looking for new ways to market. Some people want to leverage our brand and we offer it through a licensing agreement,” says Mendelsohn. “With others, we’re helping them build custom publications.”Online advertising has grown significantly in the last two years (Mendelsohn says it’s about 20 percent of overall revenue). Total revenue is between $1 million and $5 million, according to Mendelsohn. In 2010, Mendelsohn is planning to launch a Web-only magazine for the consumer side as well as developing a series of online directories. “I think consumers in the CE space will like that,” he says. “There are challenges in the market. Being a small business owner, I can relate to the trade side. The key is to keep your eye on the selling. Revenue solves all.” Arthur ColdwellsPresident, PublisherCoram Publishing Arthur Coldwells started with CurtCo in early 1995 in the corporate video department. By the time “CurtCo III” started in early 2000, he was senior vice president of multimedia and technology. But as a long-time motorcycle enthusiast, Coldwells saw an opportunity for CurtCo. “The baby boomer revolution really focused on motorcycles—the average age is 48 years old with household income of $80,000,” he says. “Clearly, there was room in the market for an upscale magazine aimed at affluent motorcyclists. In 2003, Bill Curtis said, ‘Why don’t you do it?’ I didn’t know anything about magazines, I was the multimedia guy. But he said not to worry about that. It was my dream shot.”Robb Report Motorcycling started as a special section in The Robb Report in 2003. In 2004, it spun off as a quarterly standalone, moving up to five issues in 2005 and six in 2006. “This was a coffee table-quality magazine,” says Coldwells. “It had the best production values with great edit without being too technical.”The magazine quickly grew to 20,000 subscribers but CurtCo didn’t see a fit with the brand anymore. “We were more broad appeal,” says Coldwells. “It got to the point where I had wanted to own this for a long time and Bill agreed to sell it.”Coldwells acquired the magazine in September 2008. “I’m looking for investors now—once the recession is over, this magazine will have huge potential,” he says. “Everything is going fantastic except ad revenue—everybody has the same problem.” Today, overall readership is 50,000, with Ultimate Motorcycling distributed to select dealers as well. Taking the magazine over was a steep learning curve. “I’d certainly been running the sales side of it but I’d never been involved in production or circulation before,” says Coldwells, who got assistance from former colleague Mark Mendelsohn, who helped him hire newsstand and circulation consultants. Focus on PrintWhile Coldwell’s multi-media background would suggest an aggressive digital strategy, he is focused primarily on the print product. “The problem with online is, the publishing business model is not a strong one,” he says. “That’s not to say if you have a lot of traffic, you won’t generate plenty of money. But for a traditional magazine to make money online, you need a lot of resources. Something like 90 percent of the traffic on our site comes from Google and people don’t tend to bookmark our site. We try to update it as much as possible but you need a dedicated staff to make it work.”Print ad revenue accounts for about 80 percent of Ultimate Motorcycling’s revenue (the company generates about $1 million overall). “Everybody talks about how print is dead and I certainly think some aspects of print are dying—I wouldn’t want to be in any kind of news publication or something that’s time sensitive like classified advertising,” says Coldwells. “Where magazines can succeed is the high quality arena that differentiates the magazine from the Internet. Ads in our magazine are as highly regarded as the content. Online, everyone has a banner ad. Tell me any banner you saw today. I bet you couldn’t.”Carla BlancoCEO, Publisher3Digit Media LLCWhile many of her fellow CurtCo execs-turned entrepreneurs started in sales, Carla Blanco came out of circulation. “I was hired in 1997 to launch Co. Magazine, which was going to compete against Inc. and Small Business Computing,” she says. “Shortly after we acquired Small Business Computing and folded Co. into that.”After running several of the computing titles, Blanco left CurtCo in 2000 and launched a circulation service called Blanco Circ. Then in 2003, she teamed with former Elle and Seventeen marketer Lynne Andujar to launch an independent media venture—3Digit Media. In 2004, Blanco and Andujar launched 805 Magazine (serving the 805 area code of Los Angeles) with a July/August issue. “I knew I always wanted my own publishing company and there really wasn’t anything in my backyard here,” says Blanco. “We first built a business plan to see what it was going to cost and how much we needed before we had a revenue stream. That’s the problem with a lot of startups, they put something out there without thinking about the costs. We had to think about the circulation model—should it be paid or unpaid—and ultimately we chose controlled consumer circ to keep costs down. We didn’t have the capital for subscriptions and if we set a page rate too high, advertisers wouldn’t be able to afford it.”Both Blanco and Andujar sold ads for the first issue, door-to-door and strip mall-to-strip mall. We divided the responsibilities,” says Blanco. “We both sold ads, and I handled everything from finding distributors and drivers to handling the Post Office. We wore a lot of the same hats. Today, Lynne oversees editorial, freelance and photography while I deal with sales and the back-end.”Several thousand copies are sent to high-value homes and high-end hotels. “We’re audited by ABC to fend off other magazines who may come into the market and say they’re ‘x circ,’” says Blanco. “It’s a good sales tool, it’s legitimized us in the community and it’s helped us land some national business.” In 2008, 3Digit Media launched its first extension with 805 Weddings. “It sold well on the newsstand and we made money on it,” says Blanco. However, 3Digit Media has decided not to publish the special wedding title again until the economy recovers. In 2010, 3Digit Media will be a sponsor of Stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California, a U.S. version of the Tour de France. “This is a big sponsorship opportunity for us that starts and ends in the 805,” adds Blanco.While she won’t share specifics, Blanco says revenue is down. “We’ve been able to adapt to that,” she adds. “We’ve never overspent. I learned a lot from Bill Curtis on how to run a company and manage money. We’ll come out of this, definitely.”Publishers have to accept a new reality, according to Blanco. “It’s hard to have visibility in publishing these days,” she adds. “The days of annual contracts are gone. It could be three to six months but it’s often month-to-month. But the key to our success has been cost management—we never overspent anywhere.”
September 12, 2019
Twitter News Email Brooklyn Names Street For Notorious B.I.G. picture-brooklyn-will-have-street-named-notorious-big Picture This: Brooklyn Will Have A Street Named For Notorious B.I.G. Facebook Brooklyn Community Board 2 voted to approve the re-naming of the late rapper’s childhood street. Find out here what the street will be called Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2018 – 5:46 pm Brooklyn has spoken and late rapper Notorious B.I.G. will get the block he grew up on named after him. “Christopher Wallace Way,” the rapper’s given name, would become what is now a section of St. James between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street.Rolling Stone reports that Brooklyn Community Board 2 approved the re-naming petition 33-1, with four abstentions. While expected to be approved, the name change still has to pass through the City Council and Mayor Bill De Blasio.“Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man,” the man who spearheaded the re-naming LeRoy McCarthy told Rolling Stone. “It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide.”Wallace, a four-time GRAMMY nominated artist, is known as one of the East Coast’s most iconic rappers that helped bring attention to the hip-hop scene in New York with Sean “P Diddy” Combs in the 90s. Outside of New York, he is known as one of the most influential rappers in hip-hop history.Flashback To 1993: A Good Year In Music Or The Best Year In Music?
September 10, 2019
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. See It 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint 0 Read Google Home Hub review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $155 at Google Express Share your voice Limited coverage of the Olympics will be available on Twitter. Etsuo Hara / Getty Images When the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo roll around next year, Twitter and NBCUniversal will team up on the broadcast.Twitter will offer limited live coverage, the companies said Thursday. Daily Live Look-Ins will be determined by fans voting on what they want to see. Those clips will be 5 minutes long or less. NBC will also create a 20-minute live show daily for Twitter. There will also be real-time highlights and pre-game content. “Over the last four Games, we have worked with Twitter to fuel the Olympic conversation and connect fans and brands with the cultural moments that unite the nation and the world,” Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics, said in a statement, noting that this is not the first time the companies have worked together. Read more: 6 new and returning sports for the 2020 Summer Olympics Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Culture,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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. $59 at eBay See it Tags 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 0 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. Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $6 at Tidal Share your voice Read DJI Osmo Action preview Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review See at Amazon See It Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon Best Buy $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo 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. $520 at HP See It null 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). See at Turo $999 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. 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. Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 $999 Boost Mobile 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. $60 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The Cheapskate Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Post a comment Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $210 at Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Chris Monroe/CNET
September 6, 2019
Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP stalwart B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as chief minister for a fourth time on Friday in a sudden twist to the protracted high political drama in the state with a big challenge to manage numbers staring him in the face. Yediyurappa alone took the oath succeeding H D Kumaraswamy three days after the Congress-JDS coalition government crumbled under the weight of a rebellion by a big chunk of its lawmakers when it lost the motion of confidence in the state assembly. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 76-year old Yeddyurappa, credited with leading the BJP to its first-ever government in the south in 2008, at a brief function in the Raj Bhavan in the evening. The Lingayat strongman’s move to stake claim for the government formation came as a sudden development on Friday morning, a day after three rebels Congress-JDS MLAs were disqualified by the Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, heightening suspense over a new dispensation being in place. Also Read – Pakistan ISI agents copy most hi-tech feature of Rs 2,000 notes Advertise With Us Speaking about the sudden turn of events on government formation, Yeddyurappa told BJP workers before the swearing-in that party national president and Home Minister Amit Shah spoke over phone to him in the morning and asked him to prepare for the oath on Friday. The BJP veteran, who changed the spelling of his name from Yeddyurappa to Yeddyurappa with the move becoming public Friday, is making it to mantle of chief ministership 14 months after he demitted the coveted office being unable to prove the majority in the state assembly. Advertise With Us His swearing-in came after weeks of murky political drama and legal battle triggered by the resignation of 15 rebel Congress and JDS MLAs that led to the fall of the coalition government on Tuesday. In 2018, he survived barely for three days before stepping down as chief minister in May as he was unable to shore up numbers to get the majority despite the BJP having emerged as the single largest party in the 2018 assembly polls that threw up a hung verdict, leading to the Congress-JDS rule. In Delhi, BJP Working President J P Nadda dismissed opposition’s claim that his party engineered defections to bring down the coalition government and said it fell due to its internal reasons and asserted the saffron party will provide a stable regime. On Yeddyurappa being over the 75-year age bar the party has stipulated for its leaders holding any government position, Nadda said the Karnataka veteran was the leader of the BJP Legislature Party in the state and was natural for him to be the party’s choice for the chief minister’s post. Replying to questions from reporters, he said “It depends… you see, first of all, he is a leader, he is an elected leader of the legislature party. Accordingly, he is taking oath. It is a continuous process and the party takes note of ongoing developments from time to time.” Yediyurappa became the chief minister for the first time in November 2007 but his term in office lasted just seven days as Kumaraswamy reneged on a power-sharing arrangement and walked out of the JDS-BJP alliance then. He assumed the high office very next year after the BJP came to power on its own but had to step down in July 2011 following his indictment by the then Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde in an illegal mining case. The day’s drama unfolded when Yeddyurappa made a sudden announcement in the morning that he would meet the Governor to stake claim to form the government Friday itself and rushed to the Raj Bhavan. Soon thereafter, he emerged out of the meeting with Vala with a letter from the governor inviting him to form the government. “I have requested Governor to administer me oath between 6-6:15 p.m as the Chief Minister. The Governor has agreed and given me a letter,” Yediyurappa told reporters. The BJP leader also said as he is already Leader of the Opposition, there is no need to call a Legislature Party meeting to elect him the leader of the party in the assembly. Proving majority in the assembly, winning by-elections to seats vacated by the resignation of rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs or their possible disqualification, and ministry formation will pose tough challenges for Yediyurappa, senior BJP leaders said. Yediyurappa has to play a balancing act by ensuring that those within the party are not sidelined, while also accommodating the rebel Congress-JD(S) legislators, they added. After the disqualification of three rebel CongressMLAs, the current strength of the 225-member assembly excluding the Speaker is 221 and the half-way mark 111. Present party position is BJP along with one independent 106, Congress 76 (including MLAs decision on whose resignations and disqualification plea is pending), JD(S) 37 (including resigned and pending disqualification), one BSP, one Nominated and the Speaker, who has a casting vote in case of a tie. The Speaker is yet to decide on the resignations of 14 MLAs and disqualification petitions against them, three of whom are from JD(S) and the rest from the Congress. He had on Thursday disqualified three rebel Congress MLAs. In the trial of strength on Tuesday, 105 members had voted against the confidence motion and 99 in favour with 20 members being absent. As political uncertainty continued to hover over the state even after the fall of the JDS-Congress ministry, BJP leadership was awaiting “instructions” from party’s central leadership to stake the claim for forming the government, which finally came Friday. In his letter to the Governor staking claim, Yediyurappa noted at present the BJP’s strength is 105 and it was the single largest party in the assembly. “Therefore, I request your Excellency, I may be invited to form alternate government today itself and I will take oath as chief minister of Karnataka at Raj Bhavan between 6 pm to 6 15 pm,” the letter said. The Congress slammed the move for government formation, saying that since the BJP did not have the numerical strength, it could not stake claim nor take the oath for any reason. “Corruption Icon and Former Jail Bird Shri @BSYBJP has used his excellent Horse Trading skills to subvert democracy and come to power,” the state Congress tweeted. Condemning the BJP’s move, former chief minister and Congress leader Siddarmaiah said Karnataka has become an experimental lab of the BJP. “In what article of the Constitution is the governor allowed to permit the party to form govt that doesn’t have majority? It is shame!!” he tweeted. The JD(S) dubbed the Governor’s decision to permit the BJP leader to take oath without raising any questions on the numbers was “anti-democratic”. Ahead of taking the oath as Karnataka chief minister, S Yeddyurappa asserted there would be no politics of vengeance in his rule and he would take the opposition along.