IFC Supports Small &Medium Enterprises to Cope with Ebola

first_imgThe International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, yesterday delivered hygiene and educational materials to Access Bank Liberia as part of the partners’ wider efforts to help Liberian private sector combat the health and financial risks posed by the Ebola outbreak.The materials were made available through IFC’s Conflict Affected States in Africa Initiative (CASA) and consist of hundreds of Veronica Buckets, soap, boxes of bleach, medical thermometers, and educational posters, all to help control the spread of the Ebola, which has killed about 2,800 people in Liberia and taken a toll on its economy.Access Bank’s Acting Head of SME Banking, Horatio Weedor, said, “This contribution from IFC will help ensure that our clients’ business activities can carry on as safely and normally as possible. We support hundreds of smaller businesses across Liberia with loans and training and their continued operations are vital to the overall health of Liberia’s economy, especially in this challenging time.”IFC’s Resident Representative for Liberia, Frank Ajilore, said, “As a long-standing partner with Access Bank Liberia, IFC is committed to helping Liberia’s private sector thrive, even as Ebola slows business activity and trade. This contribution is a small part of a much wider effort involving many institutions designed to stop Ebola’s spread and allow normal social and business activity to resume in Liberia and the region as quickly as possible.”IFC is an Access Bank Liberia shareholder and has helped the institution increase its support for smaller businesses and expand financial services to underserved parts of Liberia.To help businesses in the wider region, IFC previously announced a support package consisting of at least US$450 million in commercial financing that will enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The private sector initiative will include US$250 million in rapid response projects, and at least US$200 million in investment projects planned to support post-Ebola epidemic economic recovery.The initiative also includes a US$75 million Ebola Emergency Liquidity Facility to fund critical imports for Ebola-affected countries.IFC’s CASA supports private sector development in nine countries recovering from conflict, helping them attract investment and building strong private sectors as a foundation for growth and stability. CASA is supported by donor partners Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway, and additionally by Sweden in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Francis: Hughes’ results mean he should expect to be under fire

first_imgFormer QPR boss Trevor Francis believes current manager Mark Hughes can have no complaints about the pressure he is under.Disgruntled fans want Hughes out following a dismal run that has seen the team fail to win a league match this season.And Francis told Sky Sports News: “If you haven’t won a game and it’s the middle of November, you expect to be under pressure.“I think Mark expected his team to do better. They were desperately close to getting relegated last season and Mark actually predicted that he would never be in that position again – but that’s where they find themselves.“I’ve watched QPR live twice this season and on both occasions I was somewhat disappointed with the manner in which they defended.“Until they start keeping clean sheets they’re going to have huge problems.”Click here for Wednesday’s QPR quizShould Hughes keep his job? Click here to voteSee also:Listen to Hughes insist QPR are ‘very close’ to turning things 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Are You Really Wasting Your Time?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Is what you are doing right now aligned with your mission and your purpose? Is it something that moves you closer to the ultimate outcomes you need to achieve? Or, is it something less than that?Is what you are doing important? Is it something that matters? Is it the proactive work that moves the needle on your overall results? If what you are doing isn’t going to make a difference were you not doing it, is it the best use of your time?The goals that you have written down require that certain actions be taken, in most cases, with a discipline that ensures they are achieved. Is what you are doing something that is so closely tied to those goals that anyone watching you right now would immediately understand what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what your long-term goal is? Or would they be confused by the incongruity of your written goals and your current actions?When you complete what you are doing right now, are you going to be proud of having done so? Will you point to what you are doing right now as an outcome that was worthy of your time and effort, assured that it made some contribution to the project or outcomes that are most important in your world?Should someone else really be doing what you are doing now? Does the task or the outcome belong to another person who is really charged with this responsibility? Would someone else create a far better outcome than you when they to do what you are doing now?Is what you are doing trivial or meaningless? Is it a distraction from what you should be doing? If you weren’t doing it right now, would you have time to do more important and more meaningful work? Is it stealing your time from more difficult, but more important work?In the future, will you wish that you hadn’t spent the time doing what you are doing right now because some other outcome could have been obtained?If you are grateful for the time you have, you will recognize how short that time is, and you will use it to do what’s important.last_img read more

The state apparatus vanished when floods swept Jammu & Kashmir. But it must get its act together to deal with the aftermath. Is it up to the task?

first_imgA flood victim with her children in SrinagarZinda ho?” As the people of Srinagar return to the forced sham that passes for normalcy two weeks after the fury of the Jhelum changed their lives forever, that brutal, forthright question seems to have been transformed into a straightforward term of endearment.,A flood victim with her children in SrinagarZinda ho?” As the people of Srinagar return to the forced sham that passes for normalcy two weeks after the fury of the Jhelum changed their lives forever, that brutal, forthright question seems to have been transformed into a straightforward term of endearment. The ‘Assalaam aleikum’ will come later, perhaps next week or the week after. Today, just these words, part-reassurance-part-statement, are enough. Are you alive? Already, Srinagar’s world is being circumscribed by the events of the last fortnight. Seven days ago, by September 12, the fury of the flood was abating a week before that, on September 6, it was just about beginning. As reminiscences of those hours take over, survivors report their slow oscillation between a crowded bunch of memories-and emptiness.The slow rise of water as it, surprisingly, lapped at your feet that unforgettable morning of September 7 in the kitchen, at about 6.30 a.m. So you step out of your ground floor apartment in Jawahar Nagar to see where it is coming from, open the small gate that leads to the street and look right. There’s a wall of water moving rapidly in your direction, about 8-10 feet high, carrying a whitecoloured Scorpio vehicle in its wake. You step back and run back home, fear overwhelming your thudding heart. The next hour is taken up in transporting the goods of your elderly landlord from the second to the third floor. By the time you return to your own ground-floor apartment, the gas cylinders are floating in the water, hitting your chest. You can hardly keep your grip on the floor. It is impossible to retrieve the hand-written, 250-year-old Koran normally kept on the top shelf, out of reach of children and all other harm, that has been especially gifted to you by the family.advertisementNearly two weeks later, as Srinagar fights to hold on to a semblance of its old dignity, the fragility of its citizenry is exposed for all the world to see. On the Bemina-Tengpora road close to the airport, several people displaced by the waters have set up tents on the flyover’s central verge. By the middle of November, winter will set in, which means they have two months to find a house to live in. In these parts, the winter is so severe that cement doesn’t take long to freeze over. The normally short working season, from April to November, has just become even more truncated.In Jawahar Nagar and Raj Bagh, colonies of the middle bureaucracy and the new rich, the water is still chest-high. But several residents have already returned home to protect the remainder of their worldly goods. That’s because the looters, allegedly shikarawallahs offering a helping hand to victims desperate to get away, are said to return in the dead of night. What the Jhelum gives, it also takes away. Meanwhile, two heavy-duty pumps sent by the Central government started working in the Rajbagh area more than a week after the disaster. But as the water level recedes, local volunteers are finding more and more bodies of those who didn’t make the escape.Apathy fuels outrageAcross Srinagar, old men grown grey with unkept promises made by successive governments are slow to anger, as you ask them about that morning and how and why the Jhelum broke its banks. Younger men, fed on a cyclical diet of conflict and resentment, curfew and hartal as well as much bigger words such as “intifada”, have a much shorter fuse. But as they ride the waters in wooden boats, some of them converted from coffins borrowed from the local masjid, their anger wells over into cursing beneath their breath.Flood waters inundate Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of Srinagar”Where are our MLAs? They haven’t shown their faces to us in our hour of need. This Nasir Wani, before he got elected as the National Conference MLA from Amirakadal constituency, used to have a monthly account in my provision store in Jawahar Nagar and would often find it difficult to pay up. Today he is a very rich man. Where did he get his money from? All these men know is to make money off our pain and our grief,” says Mushtaq, riding on a local volunteer’s boat to shore up supplies at home.This mounting anger against an apathetic political class, which failed to stand by its people as the life-giving river became a river of death, is fuelled by an insensitive civil administration which preferred to fall back on bureaucratic lethargy and red-tapism rather than cut short the rules in the distribution of food supplies in this hour of crisis. Stories abound of godowns full of rice and wheat which could not be opened because the man who had the key to the lock had gone to Jammu. In an exclusive interview with INDIA TODAY, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah admitted that 24 crucial hours were lost in one instance because officials insisted that trucks carrying supplies would need to be first registered, their dispatch order signed and only then released.advertisementBut the anger that manifests against Abdullah’s government is also spilling over into resentment against the army, the air force as well as National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) personnel, who are being increasingly perceived as demanding gratitude from an ingrate people-although, Kashmiris admit, they have all performed yeoman service. As they put it, “a completely insensitive mainstream media” has changed the tone of the army/air force/NDRF rescue, by forcing Srinagar’s citizenry to publicly admit homage.”Don’t get us wrong,” says Manzoor Ahmed, a retired driver who lives in downtown Srinagar. “We know that the Indian Army saved hundreds of people in this flood, and we are grateful for that. When the army men went in with their boats, they didn’t worry whether people were Kashmiri or tourist, Muslim or Pandit, their only concern was who was in greater danger and needed to be rescued first. We appreciate that very much. But when your media keeps rubbing it into our face that we are ungrateful for all that is being done for us, then it really bothers,” he adds.Ahmed says people should also not forget that hundreds of Kashmiri civilians also put themselves into grave personal danger by taking their shikaras into the roiling waters of the Jhelum and rescuing ailing men, pregnant women and children. Several worked alongside the army, several alone. “We must all acknowledge their contribution,” he adds.Asked why he and his government were missing from the streets of Srinagar, Abdullah said, “At first, we were constrained by the lack of communications. The telephone network was completely down and even I couldn’t get in touch with my ministers or my senior officials. Then we were trying to get the people out. But I agree, the government needs to be seen interacting with the people in their hour of crisis. The crowds may get hostile, but we have to understand that,” he added.Here and nowIn this volatile climate, Abdullah admits the challenges ahead are grave. Large parts of the city are still under water -notably Jawahar Nagar and Rajbagh, where the Jhelum breached its banks and converted these colonies into a veritable death-trap, as well as parts of Bemina, Tengpora and Batamaloo-and stagnant water is a direct invitation to water-borne diseases such as gastroenteritis, dysentery and diarrhoea. Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, who flew into Srinagar to take stock, and his doctors have advised that all children in the age-group of 0-15 years be inoculated against measles. Dog bites are being reported, and the fear of rabies is rising, as scared and famished street dogs who have survived the flood look to assuage their hunger.advertisementVIP colony Jawahar Nagar is one of the worst-affected areas in SrinagarWith insulin and anti-blood pressure drugs in high demand, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon is believed to have sent a few tonnes of the former from Bangalore. Relief organisations are in fact putting their best face forward, among them the Kashmir Valley in Delhi for Flood Relief (KVIDFR), which started out as a group of well-meaning as well as well-to-do South Srinagar kids from out of town, but has grown into an organised group that has gone into the deepest parts of the city to provide relief to people.The fear of an impending epidemic, especially if the water-logged areas are not cleared soon, gnaws at government and private doctors alike. Old British records from the 1902 flood that last submerged the Kashmir Valley reveal that while only 92 died in the Jhelum’s fury, as many as 15,000 were killed by the diseases that came in the wake of the flood. According to Dr Naqshbandi of the private Ahmed hospital near the Srinagar airport-to which several patients were shifted since the government hospitals were shut-the lack of diagnostic equipment, now lost in the flood, will significantly deter the detection of even simple diseases.Moreover, with the winter looming large, the forced proximity of people is likely to aggravate infections. Orders have also been issued to remove carcasses of animals- chickens, dogs, cows littering street corners. On the outskirts of Srinagar, more than half the cattle at the army’s 330-strong dairy farm have died; the government is still looking for place to bury them. People who were rescued from their flooded homes even 3-4 days after the arrival of the flood and happened to walk past the army dairy, reported a thunderous lowing of the cattle those nights, as if it were a prophecy of doomsday.The telecommunication network, both government owned and private, remains spotty at best. Bitter that the lines are still down, Abdullah holds fort from Hari Nivas, one of several beautifully appointed pleasure houses of the former maharaja of Kashmir. He has finally been able to call a meeting of his council of ministers here more than a week after the flood, as his Secretariat is still under a couple of feet of water. But these elected representatives are said to be mutinous, and don’t want to stay in Srinagar.Volunteers distribute drinking water bottlesStories abound. Health minister Taj Mohiuddin was so keen on leaving the capital that he barely met his wife for an hour before rushing to his constituency, Uri. Revenue, relief and rehabilitation minister Ajaz Ahmad Khan would rather stay in the Jammu region, near his constituency Gool Arnas, as does Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture and Sports, Raman Bhalla. None of them have been sighted on the streets of the capital since the deluge, although several were spotted on the freshly mowed lawns of Hari Nivas. Plans are now believed to be afoot to persuade them to accompany trucks of food supplies into the flood-affected areas so that the people, furious at being abandoned in their hour of need, do not take out their pent-up frustration and anger on them.Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey, also standing on the lawns of Hari Nivas in the company of Bhalla, Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies minister Nawang Rigzin Jora and Abdullah’s confidante Devinder Rana, is unwilling to answer questions about why he and the rest of his civil administration have failed to lead the civilian relief effort. Asked where the government relief camps are located, Khandey at first points to the Dal, upon which a junior official softly interjects to say that most people have left from there, then adds that there are a few in the Nishat Bagh area.Meanwhile, the city has been divided into three zones, one senior official in charge of each to supervise the removal of garbage. Restoring the city’s water supply is a priority, which even in ordinary times was mixed with alum and chlorine; a few days ago 200 tonnes was ordered to be flown in. The army is supplementing the effort by providing reverse osmosis (RO) systems that churn out 300,000 gallons of water a day. But everywhere in the city, in areas like Maisuma considered to be the stronghold of separatist leader Yasin Malik as well as in the innards of Barbar Shah, the filthy streets are being cleaned by the people who live there. Elsewhere in Sheikh Bagh, close to Lal Chowk, shopkeepers have deployed their own hosepipes to pump the water out. If the state is deploying people, they are few and far in between and largely invisible.Certainly, the army has played a stellar role in providing medical services in Srinagar, treating infants as young as four days. As many as 80 medical teams and six army field hospitals have been established, which are likely to remain operational at least for another month.Economy under waterThe loss to life and property in the Jammu region has also been severe. Intersected by the mighty Chenab and the Tawi rivers and their various tributaries and feeders, the shock effect of the late monsoon deluge was felt when a bus carrying a marriage party fell into the river below, killing as many as 63 people, out of the total toll of 164 so far. According to Northern Army Commander Lt-Gen D. S. Hooda, who led the army’s rescue operations in the state, “No one expected the speed at which the water came. Many casualties occurred as people tried to cross causeways,” he said. Luckily, the rains stopped around September 8, allowing the waters to flow onwards into Pakistan in the following 24 hours, making the task of connecting Rajouri and Poonch much easier. Electricity and water supply was restored, as was communication and the vital road supply route.A flooded ward in SMHS hospital, the valley’s top general hospitalAccording to Shakeel Qalander, entrepreneur and member of former PM Manmohan Singh’s economic advisory council, back-of-the-envelope calculations puts the estimated loss to the Jammu & Kashmir economy at a staggering Rs 100,000 crore. With the floods also having affected several districts in south Kashmir like Anantnag and Pulwama, about three lakh houses (out of approximately 20 lakh in the state) have been either fully or partially destroyed; the stagnant water is expected to undermine the plinth by about 25 years. The expected loss in this sector alone amounts to Rs 30,000 crore, even as the government has announced Rs 75,000 for a damaged house and Rs 3.5 lakh for death. Abdullah said he had requested the central government to extend insurance against fire also to floods. Other key sectors, namely agriculture and horticulture -the current standing crop of paddy and apples respectively- shaves off another fraction of the state GDP.Tourism, including hotels, houseboats and commercial establishments (and each shop’s goods worth about Rs 25 lakh), will set the state back by another Rs 25,000 crore. Additional losses from the extensive damage to infrastructure- roads, bridges, etc-add up the rest. “This has been a huge flood which has caused such extensive damage that we will take decades to recover. We are grateful to civil society and state governments elsewhere in the country for helping the people of Jammu and Kashmir, but we also demand that the Central government allow foreign countries such as the UK, as well as international organisations such as the UN, to disburse aid to us in our time of need,” Qalander said.Winter threatAs the winter looms large, officials point out that the state only has until the middle of November to carry out its major tasks. Kashmiris are hoping that national infrastructure companies will build prefabricated houses and supply them quickly perhaps, some wealthy enterprises will even adopt villages or parts of Srinagar city. Operationalising the national highway and keeping it open is another priority as that is the lifeline of the Valley. The Srinagar-Baramullah railway track has just been restored, but it will take some time to normalise the link to Banihal. The exodus of outside labour, back to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, will add to Kashmir’s woes.Victims take shelter in boats in PulwamaCertainly, the 2014 flood has irrevocably changed the way Srinagar looks at itself, as well as the rest of the country. But as it waits for its fate to change, it focuses on tales of heroism that no one can take away. Like the story of Fazil, a 22-year-old small-time businessman dealing in tiles, who bought a boat for Rs 5,000 on the morning of September 7 and didn’t rest until he had rescued over a 100 people from the watery jaws of death in Jawahar Nagar.Or like the story of Talha Jahangir, satirist and much loved broadcaster on Radio Kashmir, who was in conversation with a government official the evening before the waters struck, just as the Jhelum began her assault of the city. The well-meaning official, hoping to avoid a general panic, kept assuring the Kashmiri people on air that there was nothing to fear from the encircling rumours of devastation, until Jahangir gently told him that the water had reached his feet inside the studio and that he was cutting short the show. Radio Kashmir as well as the local Doordarshan station shut down soon after.Or even like the rescue of Srinagar’s very important people on Church Lane, carried out by jawans of the CRPF’s 79th Battalion in the adjacent Badami Bagh cantonment area: senior bureaucrats, including chief secretary Khandey, three senior judges besides Chief Justice M.M. Kumar, as well as the state’s intelligence chief B. Srinivas were taken out, along with 40-50 hired help who had been left behind. All the government ministers for whom they worked had fled the previous night, warned by news of the impending tide. Even in its worst hour of crisis, Kashmir’s elite had not been afraid of invoking a caste system of entitlement.With inputs from Manu PubbyFollow the writer on Twitter @jomalhotraTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Jobless Goalkeeper Savita hopes Asia cup win ends 9 yr wait

first_img(Eds: After correcting spelling in byline)By Mona ParthsarathiNew Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) India goalkeeper Savita Punia has received many accolades for her on-field heroics but she could not secure a job for herself despite all the success in a nine-year international career.Last Sunday, Savita produced a stunning save in a tense shootout in the thrilling final against China to help India win the Asia Cup womens hockey title and secure a berth in next years World Cup.The team broke a 13-year-old jinx when Savita foiled an attempt from the rivals to ensure a 5-4 win.India had failed to qualify for the last World Cup and finished ninth in the 2010 edition.”I am very happy that I could contribute in teams win. I work harder to bring more laurels and will not let my unemployment affect my game,” Savita told PTI Bhasha after teams return from Japan.”I have been trying for a job for last nine years. I was promised a job under the Haryana Governments Medal Lao, Naukri Pao scheme, but I have only been given assurances by officers.”I am 27 now and still depend on my fathers income. I am playing for my country for last 9 years and every time after a win, I hope to get a job but nothing changes.”Savita, who hails from Hisar, made her international debut in 2008 and has just completed 150 caps in Asia cup. She started playing Hockey as per the wish of her grandfather Mahinder Singh and starred in Indias bronze medal effort in Junior Asia Cup in 2009.advertisement”I should take care of my parents but it is opposite in my case. My father is a pharmacist and it is not easy to run a family with his solo income,” said Savita.She had also applied for a coaching job with SAI after Rio Olympics but did not get any response from them.”Sometimes I get very tense when I see my parents. My mother is worried that I dont have a job. My father encourages me to do well and I never let my game affected with my unemployment. But it is constantly in my mind when I am out of the ground,” she said.Savita hopes that Asia Cup win will help her to get a job.”We have a sports minister who has been an Olympic medallist. I hope he will understand this and this title win also help me to get a job,” she said while giving credit to goal-keeping coach Bharat Chhetri and chief coach Harendra Singh for her performance. “I also hope that this will raise the profile of women Hockey in India and more girls will take up the game.” PTI MJ ATK CMlast_img read more

Mòshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival set to take over Ottawas National Arts Centre

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsIn two weeks Ottawa will play host to the Mòshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival.The two week event will feature some of the top Indigenous artists in music, theatre and food.Buffy Sainte Marie, Jeremy Dutcher, Susan Aglukark and Cody Coyote are among the headlining acts.The play “The Unnatural and Accidental Women” from director Marie Clement will put missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls front and centre.The play tells the story of the spirits of 10 women who bear witness to each other’s lives and deaths.Jennifer Brousseau, an actor in the play, says the work “is a bit heavy — but it’s to start tearing down those walls and to be really honest and raw about our stories.“Because the only way to heal through this and the only way for change to happen is to be talking through it,” she explains, “and art is an incredible form to bring these through to the open and to the public.”The play will mark the first production in the first season of the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre program, led by Artistic Director Kevin Loring.“We’re going to see some amazing stuff,” he says of the festival. “There’s Buffy Sainte Marie, Susan Aglukark with the orchestra — we have theatre, we have dance, we have a main stage, we have our first ever production as Indigenous theatre…it’s going to be amazing.” Mòshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival runs Sept. 11-29 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

CNN taps Magic Leap to give your news an interactive AR spin

first_imgCNN’s app will make news more interactive with Magic Leap One. CNN In case simply watching the news on your TV or phone isn’t enough, CNN added its app to the Magic Leap One AR headset Friday. The integration into the headset gives you the power to “go there,” CNN said, through what the company calls a “robust interactive experience in mixed reality.”If you’re a Magic Leap One owner, you can use the CNN app by launching Screens in the headset. Follow the prompts on the activation screen to sign in with your TV service provider to start watching live TV. Once you’re logged in, you can navigate the app with gesture control.The Magic Leap One headset uses AR to enhance the world around you with digital objects and images. The gadget is a bit more expensive than your regular VR headset. A Magic Leap will set you back about $2,300. For now, the devices are mostly geared towards creators and developers.”CNN’s app on Magic Leap One allows the user to dig deeper into the topics they care about while interacting with news and information through a dynamic video experience,” the company said. Gadgets Mobile Nreal Light headset is a small Magic Leap One 1:36 Tags Magic Leap One Preview • Magic Leap’s AR headset is real: Here are the details Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment The app will showcase Live TV, CNN shows, CNN Originals Series and CNN Films. You can also interact with exclusive reporting, data and live video feeds from around the world with TV authentication. Magic Leaplast_img read more

In unusual move Netflix show will get extended cut exclusive to Bluray

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. TV and Movies,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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice 0 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Well this news got out there a LITTLE earlier than we wanted… but yes, it’s true! More details to come, but it was a blast restoring several episodes to their original form. Hope you all enjoy! https://t.co/svyPirSIMi— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 16, 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $520 at HP See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags See It The Cheapskate Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Good news, @haunting fans! Just listed, new to the market. Why lease when you can own a lovely estate like Hill House, now even more spacious with director @flanaganfilm’s extended cut of the series! Preorder now, this House is priced to move.https://t.co/2E02P76lAs— Amblin (@amblin) August 16, 2019 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 The Blu-ray release of Haunting of Hill House is available for preorder now on Amazon. The show debuted last year, starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Pedretti, Michiel Huisman and Carla Gugino. A second season of the series, called The Haunting of Bly Manor, is scheduled for a 2020 release. It’ll be a different story that’s based on the 1898 horror novella The Turn of The Screw by Henry James. $60 at Best Buy Best Buy Read Google Home Hub review Turo See It $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET See it Post a comment Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Turo Rylo Comments Amblin Entertainment tweeted the news on Thursday, saying, “Just listed, new to the market. Why lease when you can own a lovely estate like Hill House, now even more spacious with director @flanaganfilm’s extended cut of the series!”  Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The Haunting of Hill House is getting an extended director’s cut on Blu-ray. Steve Dietl/Netflix An extended cut of Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is headed to, of all places, Blu-ray, director Mike Flanagan tweeted Friday. The 10-episode horror series about a dysfunctional family’s past in their old home is based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel. “Well this news got out there a LITTLE earlier than we wanted … but yes, it’s true! More details to come, but it was a blast restoring several episodes to their original form,” Flanagan tweeted. Chris Monroe/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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 AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Angela Lang/CNET $999 Amazon Boost Mobile Sprint Share your voice 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. $59 at eBay $155 at Google Express 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 7 See at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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).last_img read more

Sri Lanka attacks carried out by suicide bombers Investigator

first_imgSeven suicide bombers took part in the devastating attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, a senior investigator said on Monday, April 22. Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo’s seafront, said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government’s forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels.A fourth hotel and a house in a suburb of the capital Colombo were also targeted, but it was not immediately known how the attacks were carried out.”Still the investigations are going on,” Welianga said.There was no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks, which mainly took place during church services or at hotel breakfast buffets.”Guests who had come for breakfast were lying on the floor, blood all over,” an employee at Kingsbury Hotel, one of those targeted, told Reuters.”We just picked up everyone, dead or alive and evacuated them.”Four of the bombs went off at roughly the same time, at 8.45 am, with two others coming within 20 minutes. The explosions at the fourth hotel and the house were in the afternoon.Sri Lankans accounted for the bulk of the dead and wounded although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed, including British, US, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.President Maithripala Sirisena, who was abroad when the attacks happened, had called a meeting of the National Security Council on Monday, a government source said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would attend the meeting, the source said.The US State Department said in a travel advisory “terrorist groups” were continuing to plot possible attacks in Sri Lanka and targets could include tourist spots, transport hubs, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship, airports and other public areas.The government announced a curfew in Colombo from 8 pm until 4 am. A Sunday night curfew was lifted in the morning.The Sri Lankan military, who were clearing the route from Colombo airport late on Sunday in preparation for Sirisena’s return, found a crude bomb near the departure gate, an air force spokesman said.They destroyed the device in a controlled explosion.There were fears the attacks could spark a renewal of communal violence, with police also reporting late on Sunday there had been a petrol bomb attack on a mosque in the northwest and arson attacks on two shops owned by Muslims in the west.Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka was at war for decades with ethnic minority Tamil separatists but violence had largely ended since the government victory in the civil war, 10 years ago.Sri Lanka’s 22 million people include Christian, Muslim and Hindu minority populations.The explosion at the house in the Colombo suburb occurred when security forces raided a house there on Sunday afternoon, several hours after the attack. Police reported an explosion at the house and said three officers were killed. Crime scene officials inspect the site of a bomb blast inside a church in Negombo, Sri Lanka.ReutersPolice said on Monday 24 people had been arrested, all of whom were Sri Lankan.SOCIAL MEDIA BLOCKEDTraffic was uncharacteristically thin in normally bustling Colombo after the island-wide curfew was lifted.Soldiers with automatic weapons stood guard outside major hotels and the World Trade Centre in the business district, where the four hotels were targeted, a Reuters witness said.Scores of people who were stranded overnight at the main airport began making their way home as restrictions were lifted.The government also blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, making information hard to gather.A British mother and son eating breakfast at the luxury Shangri-La hotel were among those killed, British media reported.An Australian survivor, identified only as Sam, told Australia’s 3AW radio the hotel was a scene of “absolute carnage”.He said he and a travel partner were also having breakfast at the Shangri-La when two blasts went off. He said he had seen two men wearing backpacks seconds before the blasts.”There were people screaming and dead bodies all around,” he said. “Kids crying, kids on the ground, I don’t know if they were dead or not, just crazy.”There were similar scenes of carnage at two churches in or near Colombo, and a third church in the northeast town of Batticaloa, where worshippers had gathered for Easter Sunday services. Pictures from the scene showed bodies on the ground and blood-spattered pews and statues.Dozens were killed in one of the blasts at the Gothic-style St. Sebastian church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo. Police said they suspected that blast was a suicide attack.DOMESTIC FEUDWickremesinghe acknowledged on Sunday that the government had some prior information about possible attacks on churches involving a little-known Islamist group but said ministers had not been told.The apparent lapse could feed into a feud between the prime minister and the president.Sirisena fired the premier last year and installed opposition strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his stead. Weeks later, he was forced to re-instate Wickremesinghe because of pressure from the Supreme Court but their relationship is still fraught as a presidential election nears. 290 killed in serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:02Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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