Alberta mom served cleaning solution instead of latte McDonalds says sorry

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A southern Alberta mother who is pregnant with her third child says she was served a cleaning agent from a McDonald’s restaurant instead of the latte she ordered.Sarah Douglas says she was taking her son to a baseball tournament Sunday morning in Lethbridge when they stopped at the drive-through for the coffee.When she took a sip she knew something was wrong and pulled over to spit out the beverage.Douglas says when she returned to the restaurant to complain a staff member told her that two cleaning lines were hooked up to the latte machine.She then contacted Alberta Health Services’ Health Link and was transferred to poison control.A spokeswoman for McDonald’s issued an apology on behalf of Dan Brown, the restaurant franchisee.Douglas says she wanted to share her experience to ensure that this never happens again.“As a mother, I want to make sure I have voice and that I’m being heard in terms of the safety of consumers, and how (alleged) negligence can affect people in such a drastic way,” she said.Alberta Health Services says public health officers are investigating.McDonald’s says a health inspector has visited the restaurant and is not investigating further.“What happened is that the machine was being cleaned — as it is every morning. Unfortunately, the milk supply line was connected to the cleaning solution while this guest’s drink was made,” Brown said in a statement.“We have taken immediate action to review the proper cleaning procedures with the team and have put additional signage up as an added reminder.” (Lethbridge News Now)last_img read more

Invasive goldfish found in BC lake biologists act to stop spread to

first_imgVICTORIA — Recreational fishing in a lake in northwestern British Columbia is being shut down after the discovery of invasive goldfish.The Ministry of Natural Resource Operations says Lost Lake, about 10 kilometres north of Terrace, will be closed until further notice starting Saturday in an effort to prevent the spread of the goldfish.The government says in a news release that experts aren’t certain how long the fish have been in the lake, but their multiple sizes indicate they are reproducing.The introduction of the invasive fish has had destructive effects in other B.C. lakes in the past.The ministry says biologists are completing assessments of the lake to determine the extent of the goldfish problem and treatment options in order to stop them from spreading into the Skeena watershed.It’s illegal to dump aquarium fish into local waterways and the ministry says the public should return any unwanted fish to pet stores rather than release them to the wild.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Budget passed with amendments TNA votes for SLFP absent

The 2019 Budget was passed in Parliament with amendments today with 119 MPs voting for and 74 against it.The Tamil National Alliance and the Ceylon Worker’s Congress voted for the budget with the United National Party. The Joint Opposition and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna voted against it. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the vote showed the confidence Parliament has on the Government.The budget, which is usually presented in November, was delayed as a result of a political coup last October following a deep first between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette) The budget was presented to Parliament last month and after one month of debate it was passed today.The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna had attempted to seek support to defeat the budget but those attempts failed. Sri Lanka Freedom Party members were absent during the vote.

WatchGrowth of lowcost airlines giving boost to Canadas biggest secondary airports

Airlines are attracted to Hamilton due to fees that are 30 to 50 per cent lower than Pearson’s. Its smaller size cuts the amount of time required for passengers to get to departure gates and allows planes to spend less time on the ground between flights.“The emerging carriers are looking for partners that share the same philosophy and the same vision in growing the business opportunities,” Puckering said.Hamilton airport is not only a convenient alternative for people west of Toronto, it has a large catchment area of its own. More than two million people live within an hour’s drive, and there are nine million Canadians and Americans within two hours drive.Abbotsford International Airport offers similar advantages, which have allowed the airport to grow especially in the past few years, after the municipality purchased it from the federal government in 1997 for $10, says Mayor Henry Braun.Traffic increased 38 per cent between 2015 and 2017, reaching 677,000 passengers last year, he said. The airport expects to surpass one million in a year or two, and has the capacity to accommodate more than 2.5 million passengers annually.Braun said the airport is the lowest cost operation in Canada and likely North America.The lack of an airport improvement fee alone saves about $3,000 per Swoop flight.“The welcome mat is out and we’re doing everything from a cost platform basis to make it enticing for the airlines,” he said in an interview.Braun said the low fares offered by its airlines is stimulating demand from people who don’t typically fly and helping to repatriate some of the millions of travellers who cross the border to depart from Bellingham, Wash.“We’re not trying to become YVR (Vancouver International Airport),” he said, pointing to Abbotsford’s spartan air terminal. “We are trying to service the region and we have the capacity to take on way more passengers here and we’re happy to do that.”Canada doesn’t have the same history with secondary airports as Europe and the United States. The country’s low population and proximity to the U.S. have allowed border airports to effectively pick up the slack from larger hubs.It’s also been only about 25 years since the federal government spun off airports to local operators. Airports have begun to specialize as the country’s largest airports are getting full because of strong traffic growth, said Canadian Airports Council president Daniel-Robert Gooch.“The airports are starting to work together and saying how can we structure our offering so that we’re able to serve the needs of this region, maybe in a more co-ordinated way.”Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has expanded its offering of turboprop service, and debate continues on the potential construction of an airport in Pickering, east of Toronto.There are also nearby airports in the Region of Waterloo and London, Ont., that offer year-round service to cities including Toronto and Calgary and seasonal flights to sun destinations. Among the airlines are WestJet, WestJet Encore, Air Canada, Air Transat and Sunwing.Montreal has been primarily served by Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport since the closure of Mirabel as a commercial airport in 2004. However, efforts are underway to expand Montreal’s original airport at St. Hubert on the city’s south shore to accommodate smaller commercial aircraft.The key to success for secondary gateways is to keep costs contained and attract a variety of airlines to strengthen their positions as airport alternatives, said Rod Hayward, an associate professor of business at University of the Fraser Valley.“As more ultra low-cost carriers fly into a market you get better schedules, more options and more choices at the airport so it becomes a more credible choice for the consumer.” MONTREAL — Formerly sleepy secondary airports in Canada’s two busiest air markets are in for a new lease on life thanks to the rise of discount airlines and projected growth in travel over coming decade.Airports in Hamilton, Ont., and Abbotsford, B.C., that have traditionally played second fiddle to Vancouver International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport, were buzzing last week as low-cost WestJet offshoot Swoop launched service between the two, catering to the country’s most price-sensitive passengers.“It’s been a crazy week,” says Cathie Puckering, chief executive of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, which got an additional boost when Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA announced plans last week to enter Canada and offer direct service to Dublin next spring.After an 80 per cent increase in passengers last year, the airport hopes renewed interest from airlines will help spur a return to its heyday in 2003 when it accommodated one million passengers.Everything you need to know about Swoop and other ultra low-cost carriers in CanadaWestJet’s ultra low-cost carrier Swoop ready for takeoffUltra-low cost airline Swoop’s launch sets the stage for new era of deep discounts for travellersHamilton, which is also Canada’s top domestic cargo airport, flew nearly 600,000 passengers last year, well short of its capacity to handle more than three million people. Interest waned after WestJet moved its eastern Canadian base of operations to Toronto Pearson following Air Canada’s merger with Canadian Airlines and Globespan Airways ceased operations to Europe.Established in 1940 as a military flight school, civil flights began in 1964 after military activities ended. Management of the airport changed several times before ownership was transferred in 1996 to the regional municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth, which in turn contracted a private company to operate it for 40 years.Swoop Airlines Boeing 737 on display during their media event, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ont. Tara Walton/The Canadian Press read more

Broken wheel factor in New Brunswick train derailment safety board

Broken wheel factor in New Brunswick train derailment: safety board PLASTER ROCK, N.B. – A broken wheel was a factor in the derailment of a freight train that caught fire earlier this year in northwestern New Brunswick, the Transportation Safety Board said Thursday as it released an update on its investigation.The CN (TSX:CNR) train was hauling crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas when 19 cars and a locomotive went off the tracks Jan. 7 near the village of Plaster Rock, sparking a fire that burned for days.The board said early on that its investigation would centre on a cracked wheel near the front of the 122-car train, which was en route to Moncton, N.B., from Toronto when it derailed.Ian Perkins, a senior investigator based in Dorval, Que., said the wheel remains a focal point.“We know any accident has multiple causes,” he said in an interview. “We know the wheel definitely played a role. To say the wheel equalled the derailment, we’re not at that point yet.”No one was hurt in the derailment, but 150 people in the surrounding area were forced from their homes as the fire burned.The board said the wheel, located on the 13th car, was manufactured in 1991 and had a crack under its surface that led to a shattered rim.Perkins said investigators know the wheel came off the track about 16 kilometres before the other cars derailed.“From then, that 10-mile period up to where the pileup occurred, there were multiple broken rails and multiple … spots where the base of the rail got battered,” he said.Perkins could not say how long the crack had been there, but he said it “was due to a porosity … back during the manufacturing process.”“It’s not a build defect, it’s a quality control issue,” he said. “In that sense, we haven’t been able to identify if it’s a systemic issue.”The board said wheels manufactured today are subject to ultrasonic inspections to check for areas of porosity. Wheels with “significant areas of porosity” are prevented from being placed into service, it said in an update posted on its website.The board also said two older DOT-111 cars built in 1984 and 1996 were the primary source of the oil spill that led to the fire.The federal government has promised to pull all DOT-111s off Canada’s rails over the next few years.Perkins said the next step in the investigation is to review the broken wheel’s history and the manufacturing process. The train’s crew will also be interviewed and the damaged cars will be examined.Once the investigation is complete, the board will write and a release a report into the derailment. Perkins could not say when that would be. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2014 11:44 am MDT read more

UN official urges respect for human rights restoration of rule of law

“My office has been closely monitoring the political turbulence in Thailand for the last five months and I am deeply concerned about the forcible replacement of an elected Government, the imposition of martial law, the suspension of the Constitution and the emergency measures that are restricting the enjoyment of human rights,” said Navi Pillay. A news release issued by the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR) noted that since yesterday, 21 announcements and three Orders have been issued by the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC) – the new body that has seized power from the caretaker government. The 11th announcement suspended constitutional rights and freedoms. Six announcements severely restricts freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, including censorship of all media outlets, closure of television and radio stations, prohibition of information critical of the NPOMC, restrictions on internet and prohibition of political gatherings of more than five people. “I am very concerned by the restrictions on fundamental freedoms imposed by the NPOMC,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are particularly important in resolving difficult political issues through dialogue and debate. OHCHR also noted that yesterday afternoon before the first announcement was made by the NPOMC, senior leaders of political factions were invited to the Army club, subsequently detained, before being transferred to the First Infantry Regiment, King’s Guards. Overnight, under three successive Orders issued by the NPOMC, 155 individuals were summoned to the army bases, including former cabinet members of the Government, Redshirts leaders, family members of Pheu Thai parliamentarians and some PDRC leaders. They continue to be under detention in different army bases. According to media reports, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and a number of her family members have also now been detained.“The military detention of senior politicians and civilians is very disturbing and I urge the NPOMC to immediately release them,” the High Commissioner stated. “I remind the authorities that the implementation of any emergency measures must comply with international human rights standards. The right to life and the prohibition against torture cannot be breached, regardless of the circumstances.” read more

Keeping it positive

Lynne Prout and Marla Portfilio display a Positive Space poster.After six years, they are becoming ubiquitous — white rectangular cards with rainbow swirls, and uplifting words written in distinctive font. “Positive Space.”The cards are a show of support for the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, two-spirited, queer and questioning community. This fall, the Positive Space campaign enters its sixth year. Organizers hope it has made the campus a little more accepting since 2004.“Generally speaking, it raises visibility and shows that this is a sector of our community that is welcome here,” said Lynne Prout, manager in the Office of Human Rights and Equity Services.“I would hope that when students in particular see (the cards), they feel empowered.”About 500 members of the Brock community have participated in the program since 2004, displaying a Positive Space card or button upon completion. Staff and students take a two-hour workshop that first clarifies the definitions of terms such as two-spirited, queer and transgender. Participants are guided through individual and group activities that challenge them to see life through someone else’s eyes. It also suggests how they can promote a more accepting environment.Once the workshop is completed, participants are given cards to display in their rooms or workstations. The cards act as a beacon for those looking for assistance or a friendly face. But more than that, they are a symbol of welcoming, especially for newer students, Prout said.“Fairly early on, I got an email from an incoming student who saw the posters,” she said. “He said, ‘I’m so excited to see that this is a place where I’m welcome. My high school wasn’t like that.’”A graduate student first started the program as a social justice masters thesis. Since then, there have been about 75 workshops. Three sessions are planned between now and November.Volunteers facilitate sessions and sitting on the steering committee. Attendees are often allies of the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, two-spirited, queer and questioning community who want to become more comfortable and knowledgeable, Prout said. Some join to learn to better support their friends.Not everyone who joins has to display a card or button, said Marla Portfilio, human rights and equity officer in the Office of Human Rights and Equity Services.“You don’t have to make that level of commitment,” she said. “You can just come for the information.”Upcoming Positive Space sessions:Monday, Sept. 27: 2 to 4 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 13: 4 to 6 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 23: 5 to 7 p.m.To register, email read more

I was flat on my back in a neck brace head brace

first_img COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER DENIS Naughten has told of the injuries he suffered after being knocked off his bike at the start of the year.The independent TD was cycling with his wife when he was struck by a vehicle on the Castlecoote Road near Roscommon town.Although he was released from hospital two weeks ago, Naughten is in a spinal brace but doctors have told him that he is expected to make a full recovery.However, his road accident brought back memories of losing his father in a car crash 20 years ago.Speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke, Naughten said: “I’ve soft tissue damage so standing is difficult at the moment. Hopefully I’ll make a full recovery.“I’ve a spinal brace on. I’ve to wear this for a couple of months. I’ll have to have patience with it which will be challenging.”Naughten described the moment he was thrown from his bike and said he remembers the paramedics working on him, fitting him with a neck brace and speeding down to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Galway. Share49 Tweet Email ‘I was flat on my back, in a neck brace, head brace and spinal board. It was scary.’ Minister Naughten was knocked off his bike at the start of the year. Jan 19th 2017, 12:06 PM 19,283 Views By Garreth MacNamee Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 12:06 PM I can remember the whole lot. I was lying on the flat of my back on the road. I had the paramedics and emergency first responders there. For anyone in that situation when you’re lying on your back with a neck brace and spinal board, it’s a scary feeling.“From my own perspective, it brought it all home to me (father’s passing). It’s not something I’d like to see someone else experience.”While it is taking some time to recover physically, Naughten said he is now very wary of cars coming up behind him and busy road traffic.When pressed about what he thought of a potential Fine Gael leadership change, he added: “It was the last thing on my mind.”Read: Gardaí arrest man with sawn off shotgun after chasing him through gardens in Dublin >Read: Former manager admits to stealing €4.5 million from singer Alanis Morissette >center_img 36 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Short URLlast_img read more

School districts put levies before voters

first_imgSchool districts around the county will turn to voters on Feb. 14 to help fund various school programs and amenities.In some of the county’s smaller cities, the Camas School District, Washougal School District, Woodland Public Schools and Hockinson School District will all hold special elections for levies.Levy dollars are typically used to make up the difference between state funding and providing various educational services.Camas“Without our local levies, we would not be able to meet needs,” Camas Superintendent Jeff Snell said.In Camas, there are two replacement levies up for vote: a maintenance and operations levy and a technology levy. In Camas, levy money makes up approximately 20 percent of the district’s budget.The maintenance levy would collect $16.1 million, $16.6 million, $17.1 million and $17.6 million over the next four years, while the technology levy would bring in $1.70, $1.75 million, $1.80 million and $1.85 million to Camas during that same time frame.The district estimates residents would pay 6 cents more a year if the two replacement levies pass, with the district’s projected rate going up to $6.31 per $1,000 of assessed home value for 2018-2020. The current rate is $6.25 per $1,000 of assessed home value. In the levies’ fourth year, the district estimates the rate will go down to $5.83 per $1,000 due to paying off bond debt.The district doesn’t control the actual rate, though.The extra money will be used to deal with enrollment growth through staff for smaller class sizes, textbooks, curriculum materials, health room staff, AP, Hi-Cap and accelerated programs, special education staff and technology support staff. It will also be used for extracurricular programs and grounds, maintenance and utilities.last_img read more

New Roads Project To Begin This Year Says Premier

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newroadprojectsthisyear, #newroadprojectstobegininTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Providenciales – The Premier, in her budget address to the House of assembly, introduced new plans for Infrastructural Development in the Turks and Caicos.   The Premier has allocated some $3.4 million to the development of infrastructure throughout the islands.    “In our change document, we have articulated the need to have a four year plan for the paving of major roads in the Turks and Caicos islands.”, she announced.It is said that the new infrastructure projects will commence this year with the allocation of 1.2 mil to road and associated drainage work.  The Premier says this project will continue until there is a proper, integrated road network in the country.    The Premier also said that she will introduce a new metering system for water, along with new measures to protect the water system in Grand Turk, which is constantly being tampered with.Story by: Sheri-kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#newroadprojectstobegininTCI#newroadprojectsthisyear Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Wandering 4yearold boy struck by truck on freeway offramp

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:10 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 12, 2019 March 12, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An overnight collision near a freeway in City Heights sent a four year old child to the hospital.On Tuesday morning, around midnight, the boy was struck by a truck while walking in the University Avenue off-ramp on southbound Interstate 15. The child was alone and without his parents.The California Highway Patrol said the driver of a Chevy Silverado saw him in the traffic lanes, tried to swerve but hit the child as he attempted to slow down. The boy survived, but sustained major injuries.One of the most puzzling aspects of the story is how did the child wind up at the freeway? San Diego Police said they have subsequently learned the identify of the four year old and his parents. The police department said it received a report of a missing child following the collision. Detectives who went to investigate then discovered the link to the boy’s parents.We asked other parents in the area what they thought of the odd circumstances. A parent of two named ManMan told us he could not understand how any responsible adult could lose track of their child. “How long does it take for you to notice that your kid’s not with you?” Another dad, Kevin Miranda said he would also question the actions of the parents. “There’s no excuse for that. To be honest, I guess the parents weren’t around. They were probably on drugs right, you know? Just for that little kid to be wandering off like that, (the) parents had no responsibility,” Miranda said.The injured boy remains at Rady Children’s Hospital. San Diego Police said the incident will be reviewed by the Child Abuse Unit to see if a crime was committed. KUSI Newsroom, Wandering 4-year-old boy struck by truck on freeway off-ramplast_img read more

Hundreds of firefighters train in Annual Wildland Fire Preparedness exercise

first_img Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s an annual event and it’s more important than ever following the 2018 fire season– the worst in California history.Every morning over the course of three days at “this year’s” venue– the Viejas Reservation, fire departments from all over the region, including Imperial County train for the real thing.It’s the Wildland Fire Preparedness Exercise. In it’s 17th year, it’s usually held in April or May– before the heat arrives and with it,  big-time fire danger.Each day, each of the area’s fire departments sends a different crew or crews for a day-long simulated incident. Over the course of the three days, some 750 firefighters will participate in the coordinated attacks.There are water drops and  unfamiliar and hilly terrain.  And, an incident “within the incident.”  An unexpected accident involving a firefighter or perhaps a resident trying to escape the flames, a sudden change in conditions.Heartland Fire Captain Sonny Saghera live with us on Good Morning San Diego:  “We try to change it up from year to year. Keep the basic concepts the same, but some of the areas are different…. throw curve balls at ’em, make them think, this is going to happen in a real fire.”After-action review of the training– next week.  Real thing?  Could be just around the corner. Ed Lenderman, Hundreds of firefighters train in Annual Wildland Fire Preparedness exercise Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: April 18, 2019 Updated: 8:22 AM April 18, 2019last_img read more

Microsoft Office alternative A year of WPS Office Premium for 18

first_img Comments WPS Office Writer closely resembles Microsoft Word, right down to the templates that greet you on startup. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET Howdy, cheeps! I’m on the road this week, but I’m leaving you with a rerun of one of my favorite deals — which I last shared almost exactly a year ago.Regular readers know that I have some anger issues when it comes to Microsoft Office. I won’t dive too deeply into the reasons, but here’s an example: My poor, sweet mother, a Word user for many years, is routinely confused and frustrated by the little interface changes that Microsoft pushes to the word processor — without warning, without explanation, without help. The latest: The Save As option was replaced by Auto Save, the latter enabled by default. This represented a huge change to the way many, if not most, people were accustomed to working, and it caused no end of hassles and confusion. This happened totally out of the blue.Oh, and then there’s the price: Microsoft Office costs $70 to $100 per year depending on your number of users, when all most people need (or want) is Word and maybe a little Excel. To me that’s no different than the cable company overcharging for a zillion channels when all we want is a few. And do not get me started on the garbage heap that is Microsoft Outlook.Whew. Sorry. Like I said: Issues. Alternatives? There are lots, some of them free, many of them good. I’ve long been partial to WPS Office, which closely mimics the look and features of Word, Excel and PowerPoint but costs considerably less. In fact, for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get a one-year subscription to WPS Office Premium for $17.99. That link should take you directly to the checkout page, with the discount already applied. Regular price: $29.99. See it at WPSIf you want to learn more about the product itself, start here. And let me note straight away that the free version of WPS Office is an excellent desktop suite in its own right, with most of the same features as Premium. (You can compare editions here.) The free version, however, is ad supported: pop-up ads appear when you perform certain tasks, such as printing, and often make you wait a bit before you can bypass them.Premium does away with that while adding various PDF-manipulation features and support for more users and devices: three PC, six mobile. As noted, the suite’s interface does a fine impression of Microsoft Office’s ribbon interface, but you can also toggle the more old-fashioned UI (closer to what you’d get in, say, LibreOffice) if that’s your preference. Choice! What a concept! Best feature of all? Support for tabbed documents. That’s right, just like your browser, WPS Office opens multiple documents in tabs, not separate windows. Um, hello? Microsoft? Where has this been? You also get a OneDrive-like cloud-storage service, though only 1GB of space unless you buy more. I’m old-school. I like a desktop client for word processing, spreadsheets and the like. Microsoft Office is full of bloat that most users don’t need, and it’s overpriced. WPS Office Premium is reasonable at $30 a year and attractive at $18. Can you get by on free alternatives? Absolutely. Should you consider this as well? I think so. Originally published on March 20, 2018. Updated, Feb. 19, 2019: Modified deal parameters. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! WPS Office The Cheapskate 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. 68 Tags Share your voice Review • WPS Office review: A fantastic, free mobile office suite Applications Microsoft Office Microsoftlast_img read more

CMs of all North Eastern states to protest if Citizenship Bill

first_imgITANAGAR: If the Centre brings the Citizenship Amendment Bill once again, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prema Khandu Tuesday said he, along with his counterparts in the northeastern states, will protest jointly. Khandu, who heads a BJP government, informed the assembly that earlier also he had urged the Centre to exempt the tribal-state from the purview of the Bill. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The contentious Bill provided for according Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document. Replying to a question by Congress MLA Ninong Ering on the steps taken to protect the interest of the indigenous people if the Bill is imposed, Khandu said the state would appeal to the Centre not to impose the bill as it would have a strong ramification. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “The Lok Sabha passed the bill on January 8 but it was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha. I along with the Manipur chief minister had gone to Delhi and apprised the then home minister Rajnath Singh of the probable impact of the bill. (We told him that) it might dilute the rights of the indigenous people of the North East,” Khandu said. A citizenship bill would be brought to give Indian citizenship to Hindus coming from neighbouring nations, Union Home Minister Amit Shah informed the Rajya Sabha on July 1. Advertise With Us “If the Centre wants to bring the Bill again, we will oppose it jointly by taking into confidence all the chief ministers of the region,” he said. A largescale protest had broken out in the Northeastern states earlier this year as the indigenous people of the region were apprehending that if the bill was enacted, it would endanger their identity and livelihood. Khandu said the state government had made its stand clear to the Centre on the citizenship bill citing the violence in the state capital during February over the Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC) issue. The state government had proposed grant of PRC to six communities that are not natives of Arunachal Pradesh but are living there for decades. It led to violent protests and two persons were killed in Itanagar in February and Khandu had declared: “Never again will we take up the issue of PRC. The issue is closed.” Responding to another question of NPP member Mutchu Mithi, Khandu made it clear that there would be no dilution in the inner line permit system in the state. “Arunachal is protected by the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873 and Chin Hill Regulations Act, 1896. These are enough to protect the rights of the tribal people,” the chief minister said.last_img read more

Microsoft patent uses Kinect to detect TV audience limit content

first_imgIt doesn’t matter how much evidence you throw at Hollywood or their associated copyright enforcement agencies, piracy and the viewing of illegally acquired content will always be something they want to wipe out. A new patent application from Microsoft could well aid them in that quest.The patent has the ominous title of “Content Distribution Regulation by Viewing User.” It details a system whereby the people sitting in view of a TV can be detected using cameras and sensors like those found in the Kinect motion controller. Once logged, the content provider can assess the audience and either choose to charge more for viewing the content or block access based on there being too many people.Those are just two of the extremes such a system could be used for. A cable provider could just as easily log the ages and gender of the people watching the TV and adapt advertising or limit (mature) content accordingly. But even so, this isn’t a system that would go down well with consumers, and how are they going to enforce its use? “This content can only be viewed with the Microsoft Kinect turned on.” is not a message I can see working as part of a content distribution system.This patent has come about because the Kinect exists. The inventors include lead Kinect developer Alex Kipman, director of Xbox Incubation Andrew Fuller, and executive director of Xbox Incubation Kathryn Stone Perez. Xbox Incubation is Microsoft’s team working on new hardware and where the final Kinect controller was originally developed. It’s no surprise the team is continuing to figure out new ways to use the device, I just wish they were coming up with ideas that are a little less draconian.More at GeekWire and the US Patent & Trademark Officelast_img read more

Firefox gets Always open in Container option

first_imgFirefox gets “Always open in Container” option by Martin Brinkmann on April 28, 2017 in Firefox – 16 commentsContainers is a new feature of the Firefox web browser that is currently being tested and in active development.The feature allows you to launch websites and services in containers to separate them from one another in various ways.You may use the feature to separate work from entertainment sites for instance. Some browsing data is restricted to the container it is generated in. This is the case for cookies for instance, so that you may open the same site in different containers to sign in to different accounts at the same time without having to use different profiles or other means for that.Since cookies are separated, it reduces the tracking impact of cookies as sites cannot access cookies in different containers anymore.Mozilla launched Containers back in mid 2016 (in Nightly), and runs a Firefox Test Pilot experiment currently that brings Containers to all versions of Firefox.Always open in Container in FirefoxWhen Mozilla launched Containers in Firefox Nightly in mid 2016, it revealed plans to improve the functionality of containers over time.One of the features on that list was an option to launch sites always in specific containers. The feature made a lot of sense, considering that you may want to launch news sites always in news containers, your bank’s website in the banking container, or entertainment sites in the entertainment container to separate them always from anything that is not run in the container.The feature has launched as an update for the Test Pilot Containers add-on for Firefox. If you have not already, you may download Test Pilot and the Containers experiment to get the full functionality.The current work flow requires that you open a site in a container, and assign it to the container afterwards.You can launch sites by right-clicking on links for instance to select “Open Link in new Container Tab” to launch it in one of the available containers.Once the site has been launched in the container, right-click anywhere in the content area, and select the “Always open in this container” option from the context menu.A prompt is displayed the next time you open the site, be it with a click on a link that points to it, or by typing the address manually in Firefox’s address bar.To open the site in a container, click on the take me there button. You may check the “remember my decision for this site” option to always open it in the container without the prompt being displayed again to you.Note: Site means entire domain in this regard. Any page on the domain will be launched in the container if you select that option.You may remove the assignment at any time by repeating the process. In short: open the site in the container, right-click on the content area, and remove the checkbox from “always open in this container”.Firefox displays a desktop notification each time you add or remove sites to or from containers.Closing WordsThe option to link sites to containers so that they are opened in the linked containers is a welcome addition to the feature. The main reason for that is that it ensures that a site will be opened in a selected container, and not anywhere else.You get added benefits from this. Phishing sites won’t be opened in the same container by default for instance, as they use a different domain than the copied site.  You ensure as well that the site’s cookies stay in that one container.SummaryArticle NameFirefox gets “Always open in Container” optionDescriptionMozilla updated the Containers Test Pilot experiment recently. It features a new “always open in container” option now that users may utilize.Author Martin BRinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Chris Crocker announces social media break to avoid nasty comments

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘I’m way too sensitive to be reading reviews about something so close to my heart’‘I spent a year of my life pouring my heart into my album. I spent all of my savings $ on it. I wrote every word.‘I’m way too sensitive to be reading reviews about something so close to my heart. Part of putting yourself out there is being able to handle negativity. Even from people who didn’t even listen to it.‘I can handle negative comments on my comedy because comedy isn’t my heart. It isn’t even fun for me. It’s forced and something I only did because I thought that’s what people wanted from me. Songwriting is who I actually am. So no, I can’t handle reading negativity towards that.‘I never hid the fact I have issues related to anxiety and depression.‘So for now I’m going to take a break and let the music speak for itself. Because I’m way to close to the songs to read criticism. Thank you to those who do support.’Many fans have wished him well and urged him to take care of himself.‘As someone who also suffers from anxiety, depression, panic attacks and PTSD I understand it can get hard,’ said Facebook user Ashley Batchelor.‘You are such a wonderful talent and role model. Please know you are worthy and loved. Will miss you from social media but know your well being is first and foremost the most important thing.’Despite Crocker’s comments about dealing with negativity, others have been less kind.‘It’s good to take a break maybe u should take a long one and really try to understand that u r funny but to be honest your singing isn’t even for the birds,’ said Jennifer Traboulsi. ‘You must redirect yourself but do as u wish it’s your life.’GSN has contacted Crocker for comment.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A pastor told my parents I’m spreading the work of the Devil through my musicKaty Perry’s takedown is pure misogyny – gay men must play no part in itMilo Yiannopoulos whines about ‘life’, tells murdered girl to ‘enjoy hell’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- The reason? Nasty comments from other social media users about his music.The internet celebrity shot to fame in 2007 with his Britney video, which he followed with up with further YouTube offerings. He’s since taken a brief, career detour into porn, but has spent much of his time over recent years working on writing and recording songs.After releasing a handful of tracks over the last ten years, this week he dropped his debut, self-titled album to iTunes.‘I hope you take the time to give it a chance’Posting on Facebook, he said on its release: ‘I know what most of you are thinking. “You sing?” I am a songwriter. I spent a year of my life writing every word of this album.‘Music is the one place I don’t have to worry about “putting on a show for people” and just be myself. I wrote about everything from my issues with drinking, to falling in love with someone who does not love me. It’s inspired by the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s in music when it was about the lyrics and not the beat. I hope you take the time to give it a chance.’The album has received plenty of positive comments from fans. However, he’s clearly also come across some negative comments. Today he posted a message saying the following.Taking a break from social media.— Chris Crocker (@ChrisCrocker) April 11, 2018center_img Chris Crocker (Photo: Chris Crocker | Facebook) Chris Crocker – the Britney Spears fan who shot to fame 11 years ago with his ‘Leave Britney alone!’ video – has announced he is withdrawing from social media. At least temporarily. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Silversea Cruises has opened an exclusive presale

first_imgSilversea Cruises has opened an exclusive pre-sale* for its Venetian Society members, and has announced 54 new summer 2020/2021 voyages. Guests can enjoy included round-trip economy class flights, or reduced business class upgrades, and transfers on most voyages in the new collection (exceptions and market-specific conditions may apply). Travellers can also benefit from a 10% early booking bonus. Comprising the summer itineraries of Silver Muse, Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow, Silver Spirit and Silver Moon ­­­– an ultra-luxury sister ship to Silver Muse, due to join the fleet in August 2020 – the new collection of voyages will showcase the wonders of the Caribbean, springtime in Asia, and the best of both Australia and South America. – Sydney to Sydney (three voyages): By combining three voyages, travellers will be able to complete a 50-day circumnavigation of Australia aboard Silver Muse, discovering the delights of Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia in the process. Departing Sydney on 31 October 2020, guests will discover a number of stunning destinations in New Zealand including Wellington, Akaroa and Milford and Doubtful Sounds–among the most naturally beautiful destinations in the world. From here Silver Muse makes ports of call in Burnie and Melbourne before continuing onto Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Albany and Busselton, arriving in Fremantle on 21 November 2020. The second sector departs Fremantle on 21 November 2020, on a 12 day voyage to Bali through Western Australia and Indonesia, taking in the incredible destinations of Ende, Flores and Pink Beach, Komodo. The final sector departs Bali on 3 December 2020, sailing down the east coast of Australia and taking in sights such as Thursday Island, Cairns and Airlie beach before arriving into Sydney on 20 December 2020.In Asia, Silver Muse and Silver Spirit will unlock 58 spectacular destinations in 18 countries for guests, with each ship completing seven voyages between September 2020 and May 2021. In addition to calls in the major ports of Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo, the new collection’s Asian highlights include multiple overnights calls in various Vietnam destinations and roundtrip voyages from Tokyo during the cherry blossom season. Guests will dive deep into the enchanting cultures of Asia through immersive shore experiences and various onboard enrichments, as they travel in superlative comfort. Among the new voyages on offer in Asia is the following sample itinerary:– Tokyo to Tokyo: completing a 15-day circumnavigation of Japan’s largest island, Honshu, Silver Muse will depart Tokyo on 5 April 2021. Aboard the cruise line’s flagship, Silversea’s guests will journey closer to the authentic beauty of Asia, calling at Shimizu; Kobe, on an overnight call; and Hiroshima; before reaching Yeosu in South Korea. Subsequently, travellers will explore Kanazawa, Niigata, Akita, Aomori, and Hakodate, ahead of arriving in Tokyo on 19 April 2021.A combined total of 26 voyages aboard Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Moon will enable guests to form meaningful connections with 46 destinations in the Caribbean. In addition to many quintessential experiences—such as immersive journeys into the rainforests of St. Lucia, opportunities to explore the chic boutiques of St. Barth, and tranquil moments spent in the Spanish-tiled courtyards of San Juan—Silversea’s guests will discover more intimate, lesser-visited ports, such as Jost Van Dyke, Bequia, and Mayreau. Guests will also have the opportunity to travel deeper into the vibrant culture and spectacular landscapes of Cuba. For guests’ convenience, many Caribbean voyages will depart and/or culminate in Fort Lauderdale. A sample itinerary from the new Caribbean voyages on offer includes:– Fort Lauderdale to Bridgetown: Silversea’s Silver Whisper will depart Fort Lauderdale on 10 November 2020, on a 10-day voyage to Bridgetown, Barbados. Guests will journey to San Juan, Jost Van Dyke, St. John’s, Fort-de-France, Mayreau, St. George’s, and Bequia, before arriving in Bridgetown on 20 November 2020. A rich variety of immersive shore experiences in each destination will complement Silversea’s trademark level of luxury on board to make for a unique voyage.In her inaugural season in the region, Silver Moon will journey throughout Central and South America between January and April, 2021, enabling guests to discover 55 destinations in 27 countries. S.A.L.T., Silversea’s pioneering new culinary concept, will enrich guests’ experience aboard Silver Moon, enabling travellers to form meaningful connections with visited destinations through unique culinary experiences. Aboard what will be Silversea’s newest flagship, guests will be able to complete an incredible circumnavigation of South America over 69 days, when combining four voyages:– Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale (four voyages): The first segment of this journey travels from Fort Lauderdale to Callao, departing 7 January 2021, calling at Cozumel, Quintana Roo; Belize City; Roatan Island; Puerto Limón; San Blas Islands; and a transit of the famous Panama Canal. Subsequent overnights in Fuerte Amador (Panama City) and Guayaquil will precede a call in Salaverry, before Silver Moon reaches Callao (Lima). The second voyage, a 22-day route from Callao to Buenos Aires, will enable guests to travel deeper into the majestic Chilean Fjords and Ushuaia, among other alluring destinations, before setting sail for Argentina’s capital city. Travellers on the third voyage will explore destinations in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil ahead of arriving in Rio de Janeiro. Concluding the roundtrip circumnavigation, Silver Moon will unlock various experiences for guests in Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, French West Indies, and Puerto Rico, prior to reaching Fort Lauderdale on 17 March 2021.* Pre-sale is open to Venetian Society members only. Itineraries will open for sale to the public on 7 May 2019. All itineraries are subject to change based on a variety of external factors.View the new summer 2020/2021 itineraries HERE. 20202021cruiseSilversea Cruiseslast_img read more


first_img2020AfricaagentsAgentsFirstincentivesTrafalgar First launched in 2018, Trafalgar has now released its new series of Africa trips for 2020. The continent holds particular significance as the home of the Tollman Family, owners of Trafalgar as part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) the largest privately-owned travel company in the world. “For me, it’s hard to describe in words what it is about Africa that penetrates one’s spirit” says Gavin Tollman, Trafalgar’s CEO. “As the AgentsFirst brand, we want to ensure our agent partners can sell with confidence that Trafalgar is the right choice for customers. The level of personalisation and family love we have put into these trips is unmatchable, and we guarantee that guests will leave with an understanding and passion for Africa in the same way that we feel.” With the brand’s 2019 Agent Acclaim trip taking part in Africa, every booking goes towards getting agents one step closer to exploring Africa with Trafalgar. IMAGE:Photo Gavin Tollman/Trafalgar last_img read more

QA Chadwick Boseman on his own personal Wakanda

first_imgQ&A: Chadwick Boseman on his own personal Wakanda by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2018 3:07 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Feb. 14, 2018 photo, actor Chadwick Boseman poses for a portrait in New York to promote his film, “Black Panther.” The film opens nationwide on Friday. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – No one is more at the epicenter of the watershed pop-culture moment that is “Black Panther” than Chadwick Boseman, the Panther himself.On the eve of Ryan Coogler’s juggernaut of a film arriving in theatres — and shortly before stepping out with his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day — Boseman has the relaxed air of a politician who knows election day is going to go very, very well. Not only is Marvel’s acclaimed “Black Panther” expected to gross at least $150-180 million this weekend in North America, it’s already considered a brilliant milestone in African-American big-budget moviemaking.Mobbed wherever he goes by selfie-seeking fans, the 41-year-old Boseman has experienced the excitement firsthand. “People are thirsty for it,” he says. “That’s what you’re witnessing now.”For Boseman, the role of the Wakanda prince T’Challa (Black Panther), follows what he calls “a string of gifts”: the high-profile biopic roles of Jackie Robinson (“42”), James Brown (“Get on Up”) and Thurgood Marshall (“Marshall”). The South Carolina-native’s acting career only blossomed in his ’30s. He initially planned to be a writer and director, something he hasn’t given up on. “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins last month signed on to direct a thriller titled “Expatriate,” co-written by Boseman.“Black Panther” is about the mythical and highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, where T’Challa inherits the throne but is challenged by a Wakandan exile named Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan. Many people have their own personal Wakanda, including Boseman.AP: Did the production of “Black Panther” feel historic?Boseman: In some ways. I think what we were just trying to do is make a good movie. We all knew from the comic book and/or the script that there were elements here that you’d never seen before in a movie like this — in a Marvel movie, in an action movie, in a blockbuster. So I felt like we knew there was an opportunity here if we put the work in and paid attention to detail. Each day was just a grind. It was a war. If there’s anybody I want to go down a dark alley with in movies, it’s Ryan Coogler. We didn’t know how people would respond to that opportunity. We just wanted to create the art.AP: How did Ryan explain his vision for the film in your first meetings?Boseman: Our initial conversations were about the conflict between myself and Michael in the movie. We talked about the fact that he wanted to cast him. And I was right on board with that. I think the other aspect was: How does a Wakanda exist in the world? So he had this concept of the spy and War Dog and I think it fit in line with what Kevin Feige had originally pitched as the idea that there’s a James Bond element to this, that Black Panther is the James Bond of the MCU.AP: Jordan’s character can’t really even be called a villain, can he? There are laudable aspects to him.Boseman: He’s an antagonist. But if he was just a villain, it wouldn’t be as compelling as it is. For all intensive purposes, in the comic-book genre, he is a villain. But we’re two sides of the same coin.AP: In that conflict, who do you identify with?Boseman: I identify with both. It’s easier for me, in some ways, to identify with his character because it’s the place where you start. All African-Americans — unless they have some direct connection — have been severed from that past. There’s things that cannot be tracked. And if you are tracking it, you’re tracking it based upon the commercialization of your humanity. You’re tracking it because you were cargo freight. You were a product sold. So it’s very difficult as an African-American to connect directly to Africa. I have made that part of my search and my life, so those things were already there when I got to the role. So I was born with some Killmonger in me and I have learned T’Challa throughout my studies.AP: Tell me about some of those studies.Boseman: Well I went to Howard University. That’s all I really have to say. It is a Wakanda to a certain degree. There is definitely a lot of T’Challa there. If you have a blanketed idea of what it means to be of African descent and you go to Howard University, you’re meeting people from all over the diaspora — from the Caribbean, any country in Africa, in Europe. So you’re seeing people from all walks of life that look like you but they sound different.AP: You’ve now played Robinson, Brown, Marshall and the Black Panther. Yet it doesn’t seem as though you’ve been burdened by such iconic characters.Boseman: I’m not in front of the camera all the time so you don’t get to see the moments where I’m like, “Oh my God!” I just try to take it day to day and enjoy the process. I try not to look at it as pressure but as opportunity.AP: Are you surprised to have been cast so frequently as a heroic lead? Is there something of you in that?Boseman: There is now. (laughs) There is now because I’ve played them. I feel honoured to have taken on those roles and to get to learn from embodying them and trying to walk in their shoes and get lost in it. Certainly there’s a lot to learn from Jackie Robinson. There’s a lot to learn from James Brown. There’s a lot to learn from Thurgood Marshall. I would like to say that some of those qualities have infused themselves into me at this point.AP: How do you plan to spend opening weekend?Boseman: First I got to get some rest because we’ve been on this tour for a minute. I plan to find a quiet place. And I think also we want to surprise some people and show up. Sneak in and listen to some people while they watch the movie and just get a sense of what it is. So you won’t know I’m there unless I come out and surprise you. It’s just going to be fun to see how people respond. I think everyone’s enjoying the festive nature of this moment.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: more “Black Panther” coverage: read more