OTTAWA — U.S. authorities say companies in Canada were among the targets of two Chinese citizens charged with carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data.An indictment was unsealed today against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong, who prosecutors said were acting on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency to pilfer information in several countries.Papers filed in Manhattan federal court allege the hackers were able to breach the computers of enterprises involved in activities ranging from aviation and space to pharmaceutical technology.U.S. prosecutors allege the hackers were able to steal “hundreds of gigabytes” of data from targets in 12 countries.In Canada, the RCMP had no immediate comment on the U.S. charges.In the last several months, the U.S. Justice Department has filed charges against several Chinese intelligence officials and alleged hackers.The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in November, adding just 155,000 jobs. That’s below this year’s average monthly gains but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market.The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average hourly pay rose 3.1% from a year ago, matching the previous month’s figure, which was the best since 2009.The economy is expanding at a healthy pace but rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China, ongoing interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, and slowing global growth have roiled financial markets. Analysts expect growth to slow but remain solid in 2019 as the impact of last year’s tax cuts fade.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Hembert Figueroa just wanted a taco.So he was surprised to learn the dollar bills in his pocket were no good at Dos Toros Taqueria in Manhattan, one of a small but growing number of establishments across the U.S. where customers can only pay by card or smartphone.Cash-free stores are generating a backlash among some activists and liberal-leaning policymakers who say the practice discriminates against people like Figueroa, who either lack bank accounts or rely on cash for many transactions.Figueroa, an ironworker, had to stand to the side, holding his taco, until a sympathetic cashier helped him find another customer willing to pay for his meal with a card in exchange for cash.“I had money and I couldn’t pay,” he said.The issue got some high-profile attention this week when retail giant Amazon bowed to pressure from activists and agreed to accept cash at more than 30 cashless stores, including its Amazon Go convenience stores, which have no cashiers, and its book shops. Amazon declined to say when the change would happen.There is no federal law that requires stores to accept cash, so lawmakers are working on the issue at the state and city level.Earlier this year, Philadelphia became the first city to ban cashless stores, despite efforts by Amazon to dissuade it. New Jersey passed a statewide ban soon after, and a similar ban is working its way through the New York City Council. Before this year there was only one jurisdiction that required businesses to accept cash: Massachusetts, which passed a law nearly 40 years ago.“The potential societal cost of a cashless economy I think outweighs the potential benefits for businesses,” said Ritchie Torres, a New York City councilman for the South Bronx who introduced the bill.Policymakers argue that while cashless stores and restaurants aren’t widespread now, the practice could expand to more services, including some that cater to lower-income customers.Walmart-owned Sam’s Club opened its first cashier-less store in Dallas last year, using technology that allows customers to scan and pay for items with their smartphones. Kroger has installed similar technology in about 400 stores nationwide.Stadiums in Tampa Bay, Florida, and Atlanta have started to go cashless, or nearly cashless, and the Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets play, is now effectively cashless as well.Advocates for cashless bans worry technology is moving too fast for the 6.5% of American households — 8.4 million — that do not have a bank account, according to figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.Figueroa is among the much larger group considered “underbanked,” meaning they have a primary bank account but regularly rely on alternative financial services like check cashers. More than 24 million U.S. households are underbanked, according to the FDIC.The issue disproportionately affects African-American and Hispanic communities. About 17% of African-American and 14% of Hispanic households have no bank accounts, compared to just 3% per cent of white households, according to the FDIC.Figueroa, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, only opened a credit union account two years ago. It took another year to build up enough funds to use his debit card regularly.He still occasionally relies on a check casher if he needs money quickly, and much of his income comes in cash from his weekend job as a busboy. He has no credit card and no apps on his phone and has only shopped online three times.Business owners who go cashless say they are following the lead of the majority of customers who are abandoning cash payments. Retailers are under pressure to cater to customers with heightened expectations for fast and seamless service, driven by companies like Amazon, Uber and Grubhub.Leo Kremer, co-owner of Dos Toros, the taqueria where Figueroa tried to use cash, said the volume of cash transactions at his stores fell from about 50% a decade ago to 15% last year. That made the cost and logistics of handling cash especially onerous. Before going cashless, Dos Toros locations were robbed twice.Still, Kremer said the company would adjust if legally required to accept cash.“There are no bad guys on this issue. Everyone is trying to do the right thing and make sure there are no unintended consequences,” he said.Critics say banning cash-free stores is an over-reaction.There are no overall estimates of how many stores in the U.S. have gone cashless, but it remains a rarity. In New York City, the trend appears to be gaining traction mostly with “fast casual” dining establishments like Dos Toros. Far more common are stores that require a minimum purchase for non-cash payments.“To call this a trend is a bit of an exaggeration. There are a handful of retailers trying this in certain situations here and there, but it’s not something the average customer would expect to see at every store at the mall any time soon,” said J. Craig Shearman, a spokesman for the National Retail Federation in Washington.Even among the wider U.S. population, cash is still used in roughly 30 per cent of all transactions, according to a 2018 Federal Reserve study. The study found that most consumers prefer cash for transactions under $10.Indeed, Shake Shack abandoned plans to open cashier-less locations after its first such store in Manhattan triggered a customer backlash. The burger chain is instead keeping cashiers while installing order-taking kiosks at more stores.In testimony to a New York City Council committee, Kremer argued that businesses that “consistently serve the unbanked and underbanked population aren’t going to go cashless. It wouldn’t make sense for them.”But financial experts who work with low-income people caution against making assumptions about the shopping preferences or buying power of those who rely on cash.“I’m uncomfortable with the idea that certain people don’t shop here so it’s fine to exclude them,” said Justine Zinkin, CEO of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, a financial counsellingnon-profit affiliated with the credit union where Figueroa banks.Like many New Yorkers, Figueroa regularly spends $10 to $15 a day on lunch. He says he would return to Dos Toros with his debit card now that he knows about the cashless policy.“It was a good taco,” he said.Around him, commerce is quickly moving online and cash-free. Card-only Uber is eviscerating the yellow cabs he hails once or twice a month. He does most of his shopping at corner shops and drugstores, and has never availed himself of the home-delivery services that chains like Walgreens and CVS are introducing to keep Amazon at bay.Even services like Citi Bike, the bicycle-sharing company, require a debit or credit card. The service, which is affordable and even offers a $5 monthly program for low-income New York City residents, directs those with no debit or credit card to open an account at a credit union.Beyond targeting cashless stores, Zinkin said the greater urgency in the digital era is finding ways to better include low-income people in the banking system, such as compelling banks to offer no-fee starter accounts and encouraging banks to open branches in underserved areas. In the Bronx, where Figueroa lives, the borough has the lowest concentration of bank branches per household of anywhere in the nation , according to a 2015 report by the New York City Comptroller’s office, while check cashers are common. Nearly one-fifth of households in the Bronx have no bank accounts, and one-third are underbanked, according to 2013 figures cited in an Urban Institute study.“We hope the spotlight shifts from punishing small businesses to the financial services market,” Zinkin said. “We don’t want to be scared of technology, and hoping that technology goes away.”___AP Retail Writer Joe Pisani contributed to this report from New York.Alexandra Olson And Ken Sweet, The Associated Press
“We are shocked by this disastrous situation that has claimed the lives of several thousand people and continues to rage in the region, without provoking national or international attention,” said Bacre Waly Ndiaye, President of the Team of International Experts appointed by the Human Rights Council.The experts believed that following an upsurge in violence, which has swept the Kasai region since 2016, civilian killings, including children, and atrocities – such as mutilations, rapes and other forms of sexual violence, torture and exterminations – were committed in a generalized and systematic fashion, constituting crimes against humanity.“It is high time for justice to put an end to impunity if we do not want the ethnic dimension of the conflict to worsen,” he added.The experts revealed that two years after the conflict began, the crimes and destruction continue – resulting in some 1.4 million people internally displaced, and another 35,000 who have fled to Angola. Women have been enslaved and some abuses may also amount to ethnic persecution.While warning of an alarming humanitarian situation that has been particularly harsh on children, the team flagged that the Kamuina Nsapu militia also recruited boys and girls. According to the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization, about 3.2 million people continue to be severely food insecure, and malnutrition rates, especially for children, are high.Among other recommendations, the experts demanded that the militias be disarmed and that a reconciliation process be implemented to avoid another wave of violence and allow the return of the displaced and refugees. They emphasized that the responsibility to prosecute those guilty of international crimes – and to end the impunity that persists – lies first and foremost with the Congolese authorities. The team proposed that the capacity of military investigative entities be built up so that the perpetrators of the international crimes committed in Kasai since 2016 – including by officials in the highest positions – can be investigated and prosecuted. It also called for proper care to be provided to the survivors of rapes and sexual violence.Meanwhile, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which is already investigating the situation, has expressed her concern about the acts of violence committed in the Kasai region and that she intends to monitor the situation closely.
Increase A&E waiting times in a ‘minor illness’ area and stop trying to achieve targets for the sake of itSurvey respondent The A&E department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital BirminghamCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Our survey shows that a significant proportion of doctors believe that co-located GP services could help to alleviate the problem, while improving patient education and access to primary care and out-of-hours services are also key.”Taj Hassan, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “The results here bear out what this college has been advocating for many years.”It is important to match the level of services available to reflect both rising demand and our ageing population.”Co-location of primary care services can offer some solutions to the challenges faced by the rising tide of patients arriving at emergency departments.” A&E departments are now routinely missing the national target to deal with 95 per cent of patients within four hours.Major type 1 A&E departments – those that are located in hospitals – perform the worst, with 87.9 per cent of patients admitted, discharged or transferred within that target in 2015-16.The poll found that only 28 per cent of doctors did not think GP services should be co-located in hospitals.Educating patients on when they should go to A&E was viewed by 72 per cent of doctors as a key step to relieving pressure on emergency departments.Improving access to GPs was seen as necessary by 60 per cent of doctors, while 40 per cent said increasing the availability of doctors out of hours would have an effect.One doctor said: “Inappropriate A&E attendances should be redirected to primary care services for review and patients should be given education at the same time.”Another said: “Increase A&E waiting times in a ‘minor illness’ area and stop trying to achieve targets for the sake of it. If patients have to wait, they won’t use it. Also increase the number of GPs and increase patient responsibility for self-care.” GP surgeries should be placed in accident and emergency departments to deal with patients who turn up to hospital inappropriately, according to a poll of doctors.With key targets for waiting times being missed at A&E departments across England, the survey found that 61 per cent of GPs and secondary care doctors believed this step was necessary to relieve pressure on emergency departments.There are widespread concerns that patients arrive at A&E rather than attempting to see a GP first. The poll of more than 500 doctors found that 27 per cent believed up to a third of people go to A&E when they should be seen by a GP or nurse.Some 13 per cent said that more than half of patients should be redirected to GP services on arrival at A&E. Another said: “We should not be discouraging patients from attending A&E, but should be providing the services that they need and want at one convenient destination – this could include pharmacy, primary care, minor injuries, emergency department and rapid access.”Gareth Thomas, the managing director of Wilmington Healthcare, said: “Urgent action must be taken to tackle the escalating crisis in A&E departments across the country, where patient numbers have been increasing for more than a decade and estimates suggest that many patients should be directed to primary care services. Official NHS figures show about 13 per cent of people who attend A&E are discharged without requiring treatment. A further 35 per cent are discharged after being given advice or guidance only.In the poll, carried out by health care intelligence firm Wilmington Healthcare, 75 per cent of doctors said they thought people went to A&E without needing to because they believed they would be seen faster. Some 74 per cent said patients misunderstood the purpose of A&E and 62 per cent said they believed patients thought they would get to see a specialist.In November, MPs on the Commons health committee warned that poor performance in A&E has “become the norm” for some NHS trusts.
I always say that the river flows well to it’s destiny because of the guidance of a solid rock #engagement #eugieandjack @TheDukeOfYork @TheDukeOfYork pic.twitter.com/hvCnnOwZpo— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) January 22, 2018 “Her Royal Highness and Mr Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month.”The wedding will take place in the Autumn of 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, with further details to be announced in due course.”As Royal-watchers will note, the venue of the wedding matches the choice made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who will marry at St George’s Chapel on May 19th.Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank, who have been dating for around seven years, will no doubt enjoy a calmer lead-up to their wedding, with their lower profile affording them more freedom in their planning and suggesting their ceremony will not be televised. The ring, they said, was designed together, with Mr Brooksbank picking out a padparadscha sapphire before waiting for the Princess to “sign off” the final creation.He selected the sapphire, he said, because “it changes colour from every different angle that you look of it”, reminding him of the “amazing Eugenie”. On wedding planning, he joked he was “not sure I’ll get a word in edgeways”, with his fiancee vowing they would “do it together”. Princess Eugenie said she had not yet decided on the type of dress she wanted, beyond “no meringue shoulders”. “Planning will start tomorrow, I assume,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank pose in the Picture Gallery of Buckingham PalaceCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Total joy!! #engagement @TheDukeOfYork pic.twitter.com/Th58YD0rHa— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) January 22, 2018 The celebrations, excluding security, will be paid for privately.The couple are intending to move into Ivy Cottage, at Kensington Palace, together.A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh “are very pleased and wish the couple all the best” following their engagement announcement.The Duke of York, father of Princess Eugenie, said he was “thrilled”, calling his future son-in-law an “absolutely outstanding young man” who has got to know his daughter “over a number of years”. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank attend Goodwood Racecourse, 2015Credit:Getty The ring, including padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds Credit:Jonathan Brady/PA He added: “But today it’s their day. I’m just completely overjoyed for them and wish them every happiness.”Mr Brooksbank’s parents, Nicola and George, hailed the news in a statement, saying: “We could not be more delighted with the news of the engagement.”We are completely over the moon and are very excited for them both.”Sarah, Duchess of York, who sent a series of tweets sharing her pleasure. The Duke said attention would turn to planning for the wedding and “getting it all organised” but “we can’t fix a date yet, we’ve got to look at everyone’s diaries. It’s a bit more complicated than that.” In formal engagement photographs taken at Buckingham Palace, the Princess is wearing a dress by Erdem, shoes by Jimmy Choo and a ring described as “padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds”.It closely resembles the ruby engagement ring worn by her mother after Prince Andrew proposed in March 1986.The couple divorced in 1996, but still live together at Royal Lodge, with the Duchess speaking regularly about their close continuing relationship and mutual focus on their daughters. The wedding announcement styled them the “Duke and Duchess of York”.The two Royal weddings of 2018 are not without precedent. In 2011, Prince William married the then-Kate Middleton, with Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall tying the knot three months later.Mr Brooksbank is not expected to be given a new title after the wedding. In December 2016, the Duke of York said it was “complete fabrication to suggest I have asked for any future husbands of the Princesses to have titles”. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, who are engagedCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA “I was over the moon, crying.”Asked about the Queen’s reaction to the news, she added: “Granny actually knew right at the beginning. She was one of the very few people right at the beginning.“We left her this weekend [after a visit to Sandringham], and had a lovely time. She was very happy, as was my grandfather.” The Duke and Duchess of York at their 1986 weddingCredit:Rex Buckingham Palace announced the engagement in a statement, saying: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank. Princess Eugenie has described how she was left in tears of happiness after her boyfriend Jack Brooksbank proposed in front of a Nicaraguan volcano. In an interview due to be broadcast on The One Show on Monday night, Princess Eugenie said she had been taken “completely” by surprise by the proposal, “even though we’d been together seven years”. The couple, who announced their engagement via Buckingham Palace on Monday morning, will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in the autumn.In an interview celebrating their news, Mr Brooksbank described how he had got down on one knee in Nicaragua, against a backdrop of “a beautiful volcano” where “the sun was setting, birds were flying.”Princess Eugenie said: “The lake was so beautiful. The lake had a special light I’d never seen. I actually said ‘this is an incredible moment’, and then he popped the question. Asked by presenter Matt Baker to introduce Mr Brooksbank to the watching public, Princess Eugenie said: “We share the same passion and drive for life. It’s nice that we get to share this moment with everyone.””It’s very, very special to be a part of your family now,” Mr Brooksbank told his fiancee. “But we’re just Jack and Eug, I suppose.”I love Eugenie so much and we’re just really really happy and over the moon for what’s to come. Very, very excited to spend a lifetime together.”Asked whether, after a relationship of seven years, she had wondered “what was taking so long” with the proposal, Princess Eugenie joked: “Maybe! No, I knew, I knew.”
Boat captain Orlando Pillard of Itaballi Landing, Mazaruni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), who allegedly was busted with 45.5 grams of cannabis hidden in his bedroom on December 13 last, has been remanded to prison by Georgetown Magistrate Faith McGusty, before whom he appeared and denied the offence.The Prosecution is contending that the 28-year-old Pillard had the narcotics in his possession for the purpose of trafficking; and Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman, in presenting the facts to the court, said that at 09:00hrs on December 13, Police ranks acting on information went to the home of the defendant and conducted a search, resulting in the illegal drug being found in a transparent bag under his bed.Magistrate McGusty has remanded Pillard to prison, and has set the case to continue on January 3, 2019 before the Bartica Magistrate. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTaxi driver accused of trafficking drugs to spend Christmas in prisonDecember 17, 2018In “Court”Miner remanded for possession of marijuanaNovember 25, 2015In “Crime”Accused in $5.7M fraud remanded to prisonDecember 18, 2018In “Court”
Filmez en 3D pour moins de 100 euros !Spécialiste des produits photo et vidéo accessibles, Vivitar commercialise un caméscope 3D au prix ridiculement bas : 75 euros ! Il devient presque plus facile de filmer en 3D que d’avoir une TV 3D pour afficher son œuvre ! Avec ses deux capteurs 5.1Mégapixels, le DVR790HD peut filmer en 3D 720p à 25 ips (à ce prix là, il ne fallait pas attendre du 1080p, c’est sûr). Cela fait tenir 192 minutes de film sur une SD 32Go. En VGA et QVGA, il monte à 30ips. La résolution des photos atteint 2592 par 1944 en 4/3, quant à son zoom X4, mieux vaut de pas trop lui en demander car il est numérique.Pratique, peu onéreux et disponible en 5 coloris plus ou moins flashy, le DVR790HD fera parfaitement office de caméra d’appoint. Il dispose de quelques technologies intéressantes (bouton Youtube Express, capteur avec détection automatique des visages) qui en feront craquer plus d’un…Reste après à pouvoir afficher ces images !Le 27 novembre 2011 à 09:00 • Maxime Lambert
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. — A gunman fatally shot a man inside a Kroger and then killed a woman in the grocery store’s parking lot before exchanging gunfire with a bystander, police said. Officers then captured the suspect as he tried to flee.Gregory Alan Bush, 51, was booked early Thursday on two counts of murder and 10 counts of felony wanton endangerment, according to Louisville Metro Department of Corrections records.Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers said in an initial news conference at the scene that “we have no idea” what motivated the shootings. The FBI later announced that it “is evaluating the evidence to determine if there were any violations of federal law.”Rogers said the suspect fired multiple rounds at the man inside the store and then shot the female victim multiple times out in the parking lot at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Both died at the scene. A citizen armed with a gun engaged the suspect, trading gunfire in the parking lot, but no one was hit, Rogers said.Bystander video shows a white man in a distinctive neon-yellow shirt trying to get away. He’s recorded driving out of the lot while an officer chases after him on foot. Other videos show police making the arrest.
“Big and Beautiful” cats, or those that tip the scale at more than 14 pounds, can be adopted now at a discounted price. o The Humane Society for Southwest Washington has a sliding-fee scale for cat adoptions, ranging from $80 for kittens younger than 6 months old; $50 for adult cats 6 months through 6 years old; and $25 for senior cats older than 7.o Fees include sterilization, initial veterinary care and microchipping. The shelter is at 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave.o Information and hours:360-693-4746 or Humane Society for Southwest Washington.This election season, there’s a different kind of fat cat dominating attention at the local animal shelter.These cats aren’t necessarily fat, shelter staff say, just “Big and Beautiful.”There are lots of them at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, and the heftier cats are looking for a home and a good weight-loss coach. The shelter’s counselors say the supersized cats get a bad rap next to their kitten counterparts, but, really, what’s not to love?“Heavier cats are often not the type of cats people want to adopt,” said Erin Griffin, the humane society’s spokeswoman. “We want to encourage people to give them a second look.”In response to an influx of shelter cats, big and small, the humane society has launched the “Big and Beautiful” promotion this month, offering the overweight cats at discounted prices. For cats tipping the scale over 14 pounds, the humane society will discount adoption fees by $1 for every pound of their weight.That means adopting a 21-pound tabby, like 6-year-old Halbert, would bring the adoption price to $29, down from $50 for a cat his age.Many of the plus-size felines are prominently on display in cat colonies facing the shelter’s lobby. They are distinguished by a sign on their kennel that reads “Big and Beautiful.” Halbert is the humane society’s largest.
A woman was transported to a local hospital with a gunshot wound on Monday afternoon. Few details were available about what transpired during the incident reported in rural Brush Prairie. The injury was reported at 2:31 p.m. when the woman arrived at her house, which is off Northeast Rawson Road in the Hockinson area near a rifle shooting range, according to emergency radio traffic. She was awake and talking despite the wound. Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman said there weren’t any additional details available Monday. The major crimes unit is investigating what happened.
Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $999 See All 1 Google Play possibilities The other big difference is the absence of the Google Play store on smart displays. This is where the GE Kitchen Hub really made its point. At first, I was disappointed to realize this giant smart home screen was actually just a mega tablet. But the tablet OS offers nearly endless customization thanks to the Google Play store, which is completely absent on Android Things smart displays. With a large tablet like the Kitchen Hub, I could watch Netflix or any streaming service I subscribe to, download any other app I use on my Android phone or play any Android-compatible tablet game (a little Cut The Rope, anyone?). GE’s Kitchen Hub does include a guided recipe app called Flavorly for a more hands-free experience. Screenshot by Molly Price/CNET That level of customization is what draws me to the Kitchen Hub. The idea that I can make it exactly what I want it to be is so appealing. Yes, the smart home controls will be a little less intuitive and hands-free, but they are still there. Everything you do on a smart display is still possible on a tablet and much much more. After WWDC earlier this month, I looked into why we may never see an Apple smart display. It’s the iPad. After spending time with the GE Kitchen Hub, I think the folks in Cupertino might be right to shrug off the smart display. At first, I was sure GE had made a mistake in choosing a tablet approach over a smart display. I was disappointed that I couldn’t get the hands-free simplicity of the Google Nest Hub. Now that I’ve used it, I see the advantages. As tablets integrate better with voice assistants and large appliances get their own built-in displays, I’m not sure the smart display will have as long a shelf life as we first imagined, unless it opens up to more user customization. Read more:Smart display debate: Are these speaker-tablets worth it or not? Google Home vs. Amazon Echo Show: Should you buy a smart speaker or a smart display? GE Kitchen Hub 23 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above GE Kitchen Hub (Stainless Steel) Tags All the coolest kitchen tech we saw at CES 2019 Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart Home Smart Display Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Smart displays are getting a lot of attention in the smart home, especially in the kitchen. The Google Nest Hub, Lenovo Smart Display and Amazon Echo Show are all fine-tuned to manage tasks like controlling smart home devices and getting important information quickly. Their focus on voice commands and simple graphics for things like timers and quick questions makes them a good fit for the kitchen. While that’s all well and good, more than once I’ve asked myself, “Why not just use a tablet?” The answer seemed simple. Smart displays are tailor-made for the smart home. Guided recipes, drop-down smart home controls. Who wouldn’t want all that sweet smart home simplicity controlled by the sound of their voice? Then I tested the GE Kitchen Hub. Chris Monroe/CNET A light bulb suddenly went off. Smart displays might not be the smartest option. Sure, I had known about, at least on paper, the differences between using a smart display and a tablet, but when you mount a 27-inch Android touchscreen above a range, those differences become much more tangible. Here’s what I mean. Android OS vs. Android Things Most people probably won’t get in the weeds about the operating systems running the screens in their home, but it does make a difference. Smart displays and tablets use two different Android systems (there’s no Apple smart display yet) and those systems change the entire experience. Smart displays, designed for the smart home specifically, run an OS called Android Things. Good examples of this are the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL Link View. Whereas a Samsung Galaxy Tab, a Pixel Slate and the GE Kitchen Hub all use an iteration of the standard mobile Android OS that’s on your Android phone. The two systems are remarkably different, especially when it comes to voice control. Android Things began as a simpler version of Android for IoT products. Since then, it’s become the go-to for Google-enabled smart displays and smart speakers. These Android Things smart displays are centered around your voice: They’re built to be navigated predominately with voice commands instead of taps or swipes, making them a theoretically great kitchen assistant. Ask Google to show you a recipe for macaroni and cheese, and you’ll get a recipe you can swipe through using voice commands without ever putting messy fingers or wet hands on your display. Chris Monroe/CNET A tablet running on Android OS (currently version 9, nicknamed Android Pie), won’t display those nice pop-up recipe cards. Instead, you’ll still be able to ask Google for a recipe hands-free, but you’ll get a web page of internet search results instead of interactive cards. You’ll need to scroll and tap the result you want to pull up the recipe, which won’t be navigable via voice. It’s not nearly as easy as the voice-first smart display approach. There are other smart-home centric qualities of smart displays, too. Most include swipe-down dashboard controls for things like lights, cameras and thermostats for quick, easy access. Of course, with a simple voice command you can also adjust the thermostat or turn off the lights. All of that is slightly more difficult on an Android OS tablet. You’ll get a less intuitive home menu from the Google Assistant or you’ll need to use the Home app or product-specific app to control your devices. No matter how you slice it, smart displays win in these areas. But the fight isn’t over. 4:05 reading • Why GE’s giant Android screen for the kitchen changed my mind about smart displays Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected CNET Smart Home See it Share your voice Review • GE’s 27-inch Android touchscreen is coming for your kitchen Now playing: Watch this: The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… • CNET Smart Home Comment Nest GE Google Assistant Alexa KitchenAid Amazon Google Lenovo Apple
Share your voice 2020 Toyota Corolla review: More emotional, still sensible 5 things you need to know about the 2020 Toyota Corolla 15 Photos 3:13 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: Sip with subtlety Toyota Toyota Preview • 2020 Toyota Corolla first drive: A better value in the compact sedan space 0 More From Roadshow Sedans Hatchbacks Post a comment More about 2020 Toyota Corolla Review • 2020 Toyota Corolla review: More emotional, still sensible 2019 Hyundai Elantra review: Staying relevant in a changing segment Enlarge ImageBack in black. Toyota Blackout packages are all the rage these days among automakers. Why let precious dollars go to the aftermarket when the brand can sell popular black accents bundled in one package?Toyota is no stranger to this thinking and has revealed the fifth and sixth model to earn what it calls its Nightshade Edition looks. On Thursday, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition bowed in both sedan and hatchback form. Each model receives the typical slew of darkened elements that the 4Runner, Camry, Highlander and Sienna Nightshade Editions all draw on.The Corolla sedan with the Nightshade Edition starts life as an SE model with a CVT and adds blacked-out badges throughout the exterior. The same dark color finds its way to the grille surround, 18-inch wheels, rocker panels and mirrors. At the rear, a black spoiler and exhaust diffusor is finished in, you guessed it, black. Buyers don’t have to go totally dark, as the car will come in three colors: Super White, Classic Silver Metallic and Black Sand Pearl.The more utilitarian Corolla hatchback Nightshade Edition is also based on the SE model and sports a CVT. It gets all the same black equipment as the sedan except the black headlight frames that add to the look. Like the sedan, white, silver and black are the only exterior colors offered, too.The looks don’t require much additional charge either. The Corolla sedan Nightshade Edition will cost $23,705 after destination and the hatchback will command $23,245. That’s $700 more for the sedan and $900 more for the hatchback compared to either model’s respective starting price for the regular SE trim. Production for both special edition vehicles kicks off this fall. Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade Edition darkens the mood
Kolkata: Bidhannagar City Police arrested a person on charges of sexual assault on a woman at New Town and another three for assaulting her husband and son. The victims are residents of DD 94 under the jurisdiction of New Town police station.The sexual assault victim’s husband Biren Pradhan is the caretaker of an under-construction building adjacent to their residence.According to police sources, Pradhan and his son Sujoy had ventured out of their house at around 1 am on Thursday night, after hearing a ruckus in front of their residence. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAs they protested, they were beaten up by three miscreants. When the woman came out to rescue her husband and son, she was taken to the first floor of the under-construction building and was sexually assaulted.The person who committed the offence also took away her mobile phone and a small bag containing some money and the voter ID card and pan card of her husband.The woman lodged a written complaint on Thursday night at New Town police station and the police immediately took action and arrested one Kamaluddin Dhali (25), a resident of Thakurdari Muslimpara in New Town, on charges of sexual assault.The sleuths also conducted the medical examination of the victim at Bidhannagar Sub Divisional Hospital.The police also arrested three persons: Jakir Hossain Dhali (18), Kamal Dhali alias Chotobabu (28) and Sadique Hossain Dhali (25) alias Notu, residing at the same police station area, for being involved in the assault of the victim’s husband and son.
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Videos | Radiation Oncology | November 07, 2018 VIDEO: Use of Liquid Biopsies to Assess Radiotherapy Response Aadel Chaudhuri, M.D., assistan read more News | Radiation Oncology | October 30, 2018 Biomarker Blood Test Accurately Confirms Remission in HPV-associated Oral Cancer October 30, 2018 — A highly sensitive blood test that detects minute traces of cancer-specific DNA has been shown to read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 10, 2018 Exact Imaging Becomes UroGPO Imaging Partner Exact Imaging announced that it has become a UroGPO Imaging Partner, joining the North American urology-specific group… read more News | Prostate Cancer | September 19, 2018 Exact Imaging Partners to Improve Prostate Cancer Detection With Artificial Intelligence Exact Imaging, makers of the ExactVu micro-ultrasound platform, has partnered with U.K.-based Cambridge Consultants to… read more June 25, 2009 – CIVCO Medical Solutions introduced a new disposable needle guide for use with Aloka’s UST-677P prostate transducer. 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Qantas celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first jet service between New Zealand and Australia.On 10 April 1965, a 104 seat Qantas Boeing 707 aircraft departed Sydney for Christchurch, where it was welcomed by a 10,000 strong crowd.Previously the Tasman route was serviced by a propeller-driven Electra International aircraft, and prior to that, Shorts Empire Flying Boats which seated a maximum of 15 passengers and took around nine hours to travel from Auckland to Sydney.The inaugural V-jet service was commanded by Chief Pilot Line Operations, Captain “Torchy” Uren and NZ-born cabin crew members Bob Bishop, Alan Williams and Alan Gill as well as Anne Claydon from Lyttelton in Christchurch.Qantas International chief executive officer Gareth Evans, said the fifty year milestone highlighted Qantas’ ongoing commitment to New Zealand.“Qantas is proud of its flying history across the Tasman and New Zealand remains an important part of our international network. Our humble beginnings of twice weekly jet services have evolved to a schedule of more than 200 flights per week, mostly operated by our fleet of next generation B737-800 aircraft,” Mr Evans said.“The milestone comes in a year when Qantas is investing significantly in the customer experience across the Tasman with a new dining experience in Economy, Champagne and luxury amenities in Business and a dynamic schedule enabling more flexibility and choice for customers.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
With 3,500 exhibitors from over 150 countries, buyers can get stuck into some serious business at IMEX which is scheduled to take place on May 21-23 in Frankfurt. New exhibitors confirmed so far include Mallorca Tourist Board, Associated Luxury Hotels, the Faroe Islands, Pacific World Congresses & Exhibitions and Nobu Hotels. Jordan Tourism Board, Hilton International, Evintra, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Azerbaijan and H-Hotels are among the exhibitors who have an increased presence at the show this year.“IMEX in Frankfurt is truly a global gathering of the MICE industry – bringing together 14,000 senior industry professionals each May to meet, do business and advance the sector. The show is a melting pot of ideas, connections and shared experiences that can only happen when meeting face to face. IMEX constantly seeks to innovate and deliver fresh and surprising content at each show – and this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt is no exception,” Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.Exhibitor announcementsNew Leonardo hotel openings in Frankfurt and Zurich; the launch of a new tall ship for Sea Cloud Cruises; Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Economic Impact Study results; Peninsula Hotels’ new Global Art Programme plus the launch of new exclusive experiences for Eurostar clients are just a few of the updates buyers will hear when talking business with exhibitors. More than 10 organisations also plan to make news announcements during IMEX including SITE, Airport Authority Hong Kong, European Cities Marketing and Thailand.New Discovery Zone – powered by imaginationImagination is IMEX’s talking point for this year and the theme informs content throughout the show, bringing with it a range of exciting new experiences, exhibitors and educational events. Imagination powers the show’s new Discovery Zone, which is set to showcase the latest in experiential concepts and event technology. This specially curated area will be packed with education and experiences to fire up the imagination of event planners and exhibitors alike, helping them to question the conventional and explore fresh approaches.A talking robot, holographic show and 360-degree photography booth plus an interactive art mural are among some of the surprises in store.EduMonday launches with keynoteLearning opportunities are core to IMEX in Frankfurt, beginning with EduMonday, an afternoon of free professional education taking place the day before the show on May 20. Anne Kjaer Riechert, Co-founder & Managing Director of ReDI School of Digital Integration, launches EduMonday with her keynote at She Means Business.For the first time, MPI (Meeting Professionals International, Strategic Partners to IMEX America) will also be offering high-level education sessions during EduMonday: event marketing; risk management and inclusivity. Erwin Steijlen, who was a huge hit at MPI’s recent European Meetings and Events Conference (EMEC) with also bring his show-stopping presentation on ‘The Power of Music’ to IMEX.Young planners learn ‘how to put the roar into their career’Young professionals will learn ‘how to put the roar into their career’ in Living life with a purpose, a session that’s part of Rising Talent, personal development education designed for planners under 35 years. Other sessions focus on how to develop leadership qualities, networking and career advancement strategies, and also The impact of associations and their conferences on destinations detailing the importance of legacy.Explore social learning, food waste and emotional engagementWith over 250 complimentary learning sessions in both English and German taking place on EduMonday and throughout the three days of the show, there’s no shortage of opportunities to update industry knowledge and contacts.New for this year is the Red Lab where experts from outside the events sector will deliver fresh and imaginative perspectives in sessions such as Social learning: Connect. Share. Learn from game-based learning platform and What a waste! Finding solutions for world problems using co-creation – a session delivered by Laure Berment from Too Good To Go, the world’s number one app for fighting food waste.The importance of mindfulness in talent management will be presented by Jan Esswein, one-time monk and now Germany’s most widely-read author on the subject of mindfulness. Emotional engagement in event design is explored by experts including James Morgan, Founder of Event Tech Lab. There’s also a brand new Event Innovation Lab, by EventManagerblog.com – an immersive event planning training workshop aimed at high-performance agencies and corporate event teams.
Go back to the enewsletterSingapore Airlines and wellness brand COMO Shambhala, which forms part of the COMO Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week on a wide-ranging partnership aimed at enhancing the customer experience for travellers.The initial phase of the partnership will see COMO Shambhala’s award-winning wellness cuisine introduced on selected Singapore Airlines’ flights departing Singapore in the second half of 2019, elevating the airline’s range of food and beverage offerings on board.Using seasonal and sustainable ingredients each with their own nutrition profile, this style of cooking aims to inspire the palate with memorable and delicious flavours, marrying healthy eating with pleasurable gastronomy.The inclusion of co-developed wellness dishes will progressively be made available in SIA’s Book the Cook service. In addition, a new wellness menu featuring specially curated dishes will be introduced.Future collaborations may also extend to onboard amenities and inflight entertainment content relating to wellness, among other features.“It’s an exciting moment for the COMO Group, as this collaboration marks the coming together of the world’s most awarded airline and COMO’s passion for holistic wellness and nutritious cuisine that has been at the heart of our brand offering since the beginning of COMO Shambhala and COMO Hotels and Resorts” added Mr Olivier Jolivet, CEO of the COMO Group.Lead image: Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore Airlines and Olivier Jolivet, COMO Hotels ink the MOU.Go back to the enewsletter
Increasing numbers of Brits are expected to travel on flights to Nepal next year thanks to the country’s Tourism Year.This is according to the nation’s tourism board, whose Nepal Tourism Year is expected to attract one million international visitors to the south Asian country, a figure that would represent a significant increase from the 400,000 recorded in 2009.Nepal Tourism Board spokesman Laxman Gautam said that Nepal is traditionally known among tourists for the Himalayas and its mountain trekking.”It is equally known to the world that Nepal is the birth place of Lord Buddha and is a treasure house of vibrant cultures and festivals,” he commented.Mr Gautam went on to say that the country is expecting “an unprecedented rise” in the number tourist arrivals from the UK over the course of 2011.According to the country’s tourist board, 24.3 percent more travellers visited Nepal in August compared to the same month last year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMozambique more accessible for touristsMore Brits are expected to book flights to Mozambique now that the country’s tourism market has opened up.More Brits travelling on flights to TunisiaMore Brits travelling on flights to TunisiaDemand for flights to Brazil expected to increase in run-up to 2016 OlympicsMore people are expected to book flights to Brazil after the country won the 2016 Olympic bid
27Aug Rep. Potvin encourages public opinions, ideas at Dept. of Education forums Categories: News State Rep. Phil Potvin invites residents of the 102nd House District to attend and provide new ideas at public meetings held by the Michigan Department of Education to discuss updates to the state’s science and social studies standards.“The Michigan Department of Education puts a lot of thought into changes in their curriculum, and I encourage all members of our community to attend one of these forums,” said Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac. “It’s exciting to see our dynamic education system changing right before our eyes.”Members of the community will have an opportunity to comment on proposed changes to Michigan’s science and social studies content standards for the state’s public schools. Developed by education experts from around the nation, the proposed changes have been designed to provide young Michiganders the best educational experience possible.People can learn more about the proposed standards at www.michigan.gov/science and www.michigan.gov/socialstudies.Sessions in and around the 102nd House District will be held at the following times and locations:Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., located at Central Michigan University’s Bovee University Center in Mt. Pleasant;Monday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, located at 303 Pearl St. NW in Grand Rapids; andMonday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District, located at 1101 Red Drive in Traverse City.“The quality of our kids’ educations depends on these standards,” Rep. Potvin said. “Because a child’s education is the product of a partnership between teachers and parents, I encourage everyone to bring their thoughts to the table.”No appointment is necessary. Residents with questions about the forum are encouraged to contact Rep. Potvin’s office by phone at 517-373-1747, or by email at PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov.