ATK sign Jobby Justin on three-year deal from East Bengal

first_imgATK sign Jobby Justin on three-year deal from East BengalJobby Justin will be trading his red and yellow for the red and white as he was signed by Indian Super League side ATK from I-League club East Bengal.advertisement Next Press Trust of India KolkataApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 16:10 IST Jobby Justin scored nine goals, the most by an Indian in the I-League last season (I-League Photo)Former Indian Super League champions ATK on Wednesday announced the signing of East Bengal forward Jobby Justin for a three-year pre-contract, commencing June 2019.The 25-year-old from Kerala, who also plays as forward for the national team, had scored nine goals, the most by an Indian, in East Bengal’s runners-up finish in the I-League.The ISL’s Kolkata franchise also extended contracts of the Spanish duo of captain Manuel Lanzarote and Edu Garcia, along with Englishman John Johnson.ATK Squad: Foreign players: Manuel Lanzarote, John Johnson, Everton Santos, Andre Bikey-Amougou, Gerson Vieira, Edu Garca;Indians: Aiborlang Khongjee, Arnab Mondal, Ricky Lallawmawma, Komal Thatal, Avilash Paul, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Balwant Singh, Jayesh Rane, Pronay Halder, Hitesh Sharma, Pritam Kotal, Sena Ralte, Debjit Majumder, Ankit Mukherjee, Arindam Bhattacharya, Ashish Pradhan.Also Read | Forget quadruple, focus on Cardiff, says Manchester City coach GuardiolaAlso Read | Lionel Messi great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope FrancisFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jobby JustinFollow three yearFollow DealFollow ATKFollow East BengalFollow ISLFollow i-leaguelast_img read more

CMU Develops Online Matriculation Programme

first_imgThe Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) has partnered with United Kingdom-based education publishing and assessment company, the Pearson Corporation, to develop an online matriculation pathway for students.The pilot for the programme commenced in September.It offers alternative entrance through the online matriculation programme, allowing students the opportunity to sit those subjects required for enrolment.The online platform provides students with notes, assignments and examinations for courses. Course content is supplied by the CMU.CMU President, Professor Fritz Pinnock, in providing details, said that the web-based programme is “driven by algorithms and artificial intelligence, which creates a unique pathway for each learner, thereby raising their level of competence”.He noted that approximately 100 students are enrolled in the pilot programme.“The key for us is not how you come in but how you exit, giving you credentials, discipline and professional certification. The CMU is committed to bringing access to learners on demand,” he said, noting that within the next two years, 60 per cent of all CMU courses will be offered online.Professor Pinnock was speaking at the university’s 2018 graduation ceremony held recently at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Downtown Kingston.last_img read more

Partnerships Result in New Protected Areas

first_imgNova Scotia’s old-growth forests, wood turtles, and several species of rare plants are being protected by the designation of four new nature reserves, the expansion of a fifth, and an addition to a wilderness area. “We’re continuing to use our effective land protection legislation and to work with our partners to meet green plan commitments to conserve our natural environment,” Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent said today, July 21. “As a result, we now have nearly 300,000 hectares of Nova Scotia’s natural environment protected forever.” Close to 12,000 hectares of wilderness area and nature reserve lands have been designated since October 2004. These latest nature reserve designations total 900 hectares — about double the size of McNab’s Island, in Halifax harbour. Amendments made to the Special Places Protection Act last spring helped make new land available for designation. The amendments reduced red tape and made it more attractive for private landowners to offer their land for protection. “These amendments are working,” said Mr. Parent. “Our partnerships with land trusts, companies, private land owners and the Department of Natural Resources are achieving conservation goals that no single organization could achieve on its own.” “Protecting our forests and wildlife in this way is sound ecological planning,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “The commercial and private partners who worked with us are to be congratulated for their contributions which will help preserve these precious natural resources.” Private citizens Henry Fuller and James O’Brien offered 67 hectares for the new Washabuck River Nature Reserve in Victoria Co. and Jubilee Minerals Ltd. voluntarily gave up its mineral exploration rights to land in this reserve. The property features a large natural forest and 2.6 kilometres of undisturbed coastline on the Bras d’Or Lakes. DDV Gold Limited also gave up its mineral exploration rights in the new reserve at Abraham Lake in Halifax Regional Municipality. The 400-hectare reserve is on land donated by Neenah Paper Ltd., formerly Scott Paper Inc., to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The new reserve features an old-growth forest largely of red spruce. Stora Enso Port Hawkesbury Ltd. owns 360 hectares being designated as the new River Inhabitants Nature Reserve in Inverness Co. This reserve is home to wood turtles, a vulnerable species in the province, and to rare plants. It was already designated under the company’s forest management plan as a protected area and was therefore reserved from any harvesting activity. The new 57-hectare nature reserve at Roman Valley in Guysborough Co. is on Crown land. This property features an old-growth forest which, according to department records, has never been logged. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust purchased 16 hectares of land at Gillfillan Lake to add to the existing Tusket River Nature Reserve in Yarmouth Co. The addition features several types of rare and endangered coastal plain plants. The Nature Trust also provided another 80 hectares of land at Wilson Hill to add to Cloud Lake Wilderness Area in Annapolis Co. The land had been privately owned and is located inside the wilderness area boundaries. The Department of Environment and Labour is continuing to work with partners on the green plan commitment to establish a comprehensive system of protected areas in the province.last_img read more

Win The Ultimate Lady Gaga VIP Experience By Donating To Charity

first_imgGrammy Award-winning artist and international music superstar Lady Gaga has announced via exclusive video that she has launched a campaign on the celebrity charity-fundraising digital platform to raise awareness and funds for Born This Way Foundation.Video: Win An Intimate Family Dinner With Lady Gaga!Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, founded Born This Way Foundation in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.“I have some of the most amazing, creative, inspiring, and brave fans in the world,” said Lady Gaga. “I wanted to do something that would include my fans in our work to create more bravery and more kindness, so I’m doing something that I’ve never done before.”Fans can participate by going to Those who contribute to Gaga’s campaign will be entered into a drawing to win the ultimate Lady Gaga VIP experience: One grand-prize winner and a guest will be flown from wherever they are in the world to New York City to attend one of Lady Gaga’s seven sold-out shows at Roseland Ballroom. But that’s not all: Lady Gaga will also welcome the winner and guest to her hometown by hosting them at a Germanotta family meal at their Manhattan restaurant, Joanne Trattoria.Those who donate at specific price points are also eligible for exclusive rewards, including an exclusive “Born to Be Brave” foundation t-shirt or poster, an autographed Gaga discography — even a personal item from Gaga’s own wardrobe! A full list of campaign rewards is available HERE.The grand-prize winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly after the campaign closes. For full contest rules, click here.Prizeo enables stars to maximize the benefits of their social-media platforms on behalf of charities. Recent Prizeo campaigns featuring celebrities like Will Ferrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristen Bell, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey, and Kobe Bryant have shown the immense power of social media to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes. A 2013 campaign featuring One Direction’s Harry Styles and Liam Payne raised nearly $800,000 for cancer research and prevention programs. Prizeo’s micro-donation model allows fans to donate for chances to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite celebrities whose charities benefit from the online campaigns that run live on the site.last_img read more

Stars Help Launch Find Your Park Campaign

first_imgThe National Park Service and the National Park Foundation has announced the launch of Find Your Park, a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for the next 100 years.First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Laura Bush will serve as honorary co-chairs to promote the celebration of the 2016 centennial and to encourage people to connect with their favorite parks and public lands. First Lady Michelle Obama recently filmed her Find Your Park story, highlighting President’s Park, home to the White House, and her family’s connection to one of the newest national parks, Pullman National Monument in Chicago.Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park is more than just a place – it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide. Further, Find Your Park encourages people to find their own personal connections within the network of national parks and public lands.“I am thrilled to be serving as the honorary co-chair of the National Parks Centennial Celebration with First Lady Laura Bush. Since the launch of Let’s Move! Outside in 2010, the National Park Foundation has been encouraging kids and families to get active, get outside, and take advantage of America’s great outdoors,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “I look forward to celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and encouraging people across the country to ‘Find Your Park,’ whether it’s in your backyard, in your hometown, or in one of our beautiful national parks.”“From Acadia National Park on the East Coast, to Yosemite on the West; from Glacier National Park in the North, to Big Bend in the South; I’ve collected national parks like stamps. I’ve even lived in a national park, the White House,” said Mrs. Laura Bush. “Our national parks are the treasures of our country. I am happy to celebrate 100 years of America’s best idea, our national parks. I invite all Americans to join me in Find Your Park.”As co-chairs, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush will engage young Americans, connecting them with parks and National Park Service programs, and encouraging them to share Find Your Park stories and experiences.The campaign to connect national parks with the next generation comes at a critical time. According to a study conducted by Hall & Partners on behalf of the National Park Foundation, while approximately 80% of Americans have heard of the National Park Service, only 38% are at all familiar with the organization and all that they do.“There is something for everyone in our 407 national parks, whether it is the breathtaking landscapes or the historical and cultural sites that tell the story of our country,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “As we approach the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, this is a perfect time for all Americans – especially young people – to Find Your Park, from neighborhood parks to national parks and all public lands in between.”“The centennial is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the National Park Service to reflect on our accomplishments and to use all of our parks and programs to connect all Americans and visitors from around the world with the natural, cultural and historic treasures in our care,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, “As a new generation responds to Find Your Park, I am confident that this campaign will have a powerful impact that will last through our next 100 years.”“We believe that Find Your Park will inspire people everywhere to engage more deeply and more often with the National Park Service and its transformative work in communities across the country,” said National Park Foundation Interim President Dan Wenk. “By connecting the next generation with our national parks in meaningful ways, we are building a movement that will help ensure that these special places are protected well beyond the next 100 years.”Centennial Ambassadors Bill Nye (scientist), Bella Thorne (TV and film actress), Roselyn Sanchez (TV and film actress), Terrence J (TV personality) and Mary Lambert (singer/songwriter and LGBT advocate) are helping to reach the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. To inspire participation in the Find Your Park movement, each of them has filmed and shared their own personal national park story at different places across the country: • Bill Nye at Statue of Liberty National Monument, General Grant National Memorial, Castle Clinton National Monument • Bella Thorne at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area • Roselyn Sanchez at Golden Gate National Recreation Area • Terrence J. at Yosemite National Park • Mary Lambert at Boston National Historical ParkYou can read quotes from each of them and find out how they found their park on the National Park Foundation’s blog today.At the heart of this engagement effort is the public invitation to share park experiences and memories at, which will feature an interactive gallery of inspirational stories from the general public, National Park Service employees, and celebrities. Content will be socialized with #FindYourPark. Also on is a searchable list of ideas for ways to find your park, including in-park and digital activities.Some of the most admired companies in the world are supporting the National Park Foundation’s efforts for Find Your Park, including American Express, Budweiser, Subaru, REI, Humana and Disney. Additional partners include Coleman, Coca-Cola and Accenture.The National Park Foundation is working with GREY NY, one of the world’s leading advertising and communications agencies, to develop and implement the integrated campaign. Find Your Park will include a stream of programs, exhibits, events and public activities throughout 2015 and 2016 that will encourage everyone to find their park.last_img read more


first_imgJoaquin Phoenix (Photo Credit: Dominique Charriau/WireImage LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — A standalone Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, a drama featuring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, and a concert-style film from Bruce Springsteen are among the projects bound for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.Organizers have unveiled the first slate of galas and special presentations for this year’s festival, which runs Sept. 5-15.Galas include the highly anticipated psychological thriller “Joker” by “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips, starring Phoenix as the titular maniacal DC Comics character and Robert De Niro as a talk-show host who influences him. Meanwhile, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” by Marielle Heller stars Hanks as the aforementioned children’s television entertainer alongside Matthew Rhys as a journalist assigned to profile him.And Springsteen will have a gala with “Western Stars” by Thom Zimny, a performance documentary film in which he plays his album of the same name.Last week another major music-focused film was announced for TIFF: “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” by Daniel Roher, which will make history as the first Canadian-made documentary to open the festival.The closing night film will be the biographical film “Radioactive” by Marjane Satrapi, starring Rosamund Pike as physicist and chemist Marie Curie.“Radioactive” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” are among several star-studded biographical films on the docket.Others include Rupert Goold’s “Judy,” starring Renee Zellweger as singer and actress Judy Garland.“Ford v Ferrari” stars Matt Damon as American car designer Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as driver Ken Miles.In “Just Mercy” by Destin Daniel Cretton, Michael B. Jordan plays renowned civil rights defence lawyer Bryan Stevenson in a cast that also includes Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson.Russell Crowe, Charlie Hunnam, Nicholas Hoult, and George MacKay are among the stars in Justin Kurzel’s outlaw story “True History of the Kelly Gang.”And Eddie Murphy stars as comedian Rudy Ray Moore in “Dolemite Is My Name” by Craig Brewer.Over 50 films were unveiled for 2019 TIFF on Tuesday, many of them with acclaimed directors and early Oscar buzz.Other notables include “The Laundromat” by Steven Soderbergh, starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas in a story of journalists probing the so-called Panama Papers money laundering scandal.John Crowley directs “The Goldfinch,” starring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman in a tale of a young man caught up in art forgery.The 1950s crime drama “Motherless Brooklyn” counts Edward Norton as its director, writer and star. He plays a private investigator with Tourette syndrome in a cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis, and Alec Baldwin.Lorene Scafaria’s “Hustlers,” about Manhattan strip-club performers targeting Wall Street clients, has a cast including Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lizzo, and Cardi B.“Knives Out” by Rian Johnson is a murder mystery starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, and Christopher Plummer.The fest also scored the relationship drama “Marriage Story” by Noah Baumbach, starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, and Laura Dern.Johansson is also in the satirical wartime dark comedy “Jojo Rabbit” by Taika Waititi.And three Canadian titles are on the docket: “Guest of Honour” by Atom Egoyan, starring Luke Wilson and Rossif Sutherland in a story of a father and his daughter; “American Woman,” a fictionalized take on events surrounding the radical 1970s group that kidnapped American heiress Patty Hearst, directed by Semi Chellas; and “The Song of Names” by Francois Girard, starring Clive Owen as a U.S.-based violinist reconnecting with his Polish roots.By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

India Sri Lanka Coast Guard chiefs discuss cooperation

“Of late, the Sri Lankan Coast Guard has been proactive in meeting the challenges in the new global safety and security regime in this region. The recent visit is significant in providing continued impetus to the existing ties between the two organisations,” the statement said. It aims at furthering cooperation between the two countries on maritime issues of mutual concern and formulate a cooperative approach, an official statement said. Indian Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh met his Sri Lankan counterpart Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunga in India on Wednesday and discussed more maritime cooperation, especially in the context of fishermen from both countries, the Indo-Asian News Service reported today.A three-member delegation led by Wimalathunga is on a three day visit to India for a high-level meeting with the Indian Coast Guard. The focus of the meeting was on further strengthening operational interaction for search and rescue, preservation and protection of marine environment and revalidating operational and communication procedures between the two Coast Guard.The Sri Lanka delegation also called on Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar and deliberated on issues of common maritime interest. It was mutually agreed to strengthen cooperation on evolving collaborative approach, in addressing a spectrum of maritime issues concerning safety and security and further streamlining the procedure for release/repatriation of fishermen, the statement added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Stock markets pull back despite modest jobs figures in Canada and US

by Linda nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 7, 2016 9:27 am MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets pull back despite modest jobs figures in Canada and U.S. TORONTO – Stock markets in Toronto and New York shied away from making any big moves Friday, as investors appeared lukewarm to the latest jobs figures from both sides of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 29.24 points to 14,566.26, with telecom and utilities stocks being the heaviest weights. The Toronto market is closed on Monday for the Thanksgiving holiday.The loonie was down 0.41 of a cent to 75.27 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that 67,200 net new jobs were added last month, with the majority of the increase attributed to a gain in part-time and self-employed work.The national unemployment rate stayed at seven per cent for the second straight month.A consensus of economists had projected the country to add 10,000 positions and for the jobless rate to stay at seven per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.“We had a fair bit of moving around in the market already this week,” said Stephen Carlin, managing director and head of equities at CIBC Asset Management. He noted that as being one of the reasons why the TSX didn’t move sharply to the upside.South of the border, U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September, slightly lower than analyst expectations but likely still strong enough for the Federal Reserve to continue with a plan to hike rates sooner rather than later.The job gain, though modest, suggested that the U.S. economy remains steady if not particularly strong. Wages also rose and are now increasing at a healthier pace than they were earlier in the economic recovery — a trend that may be drawing more people into the job market to look for work.Carlin said recent polls of market participants believe there is still a 66 per cent chance that the Fed will make a move in December, following the U.S. presidential election.But there are still global risks that could derail from this plan, including the election results, Bank of Japan and European Central Bank policies, or shocking economic indicators.“My personal view is that I don’t think the market has factored in a (Donald) Trump victory. The general view is that it will be a tight race but (Hillary) Clinton is the winner,” Carlin said.“It just adds a layer of uncertainty that the Fed will have to consider.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 28.01 points at 18,240.49, the broader S&P 500 composite index dropped 7.03 points to 2,153.74, and the Nasdaq composite lost 14.44 points to 5,292.41.Commodities were mixed, with the November crude contract falling 63 cents to US$49.81 per barrel and November natural gas up 14 cents to US$3.19 per mmBTU.The December gold contract dipped $1.10 to $1,251.90 an ounce and December copper contracts rose a penny to US$2.16 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Entrepreneur to talk data collection with Brock students

Whether it’s market research into consumer behaviour or academic research into how humans react to various circumstances, collecting data effectively is an important piece of the puzzle. Adam Froman has long made innovative data collection his business.The founder and CEO of digital innovation company Delvinia will share insight into his business this week while speaking with Brock University students about how leaps in technology — from virtual reality to the ‘internet of things’ — have changed the game in the field of data collection.“With the prevalence of digital technologies and the ever-changing business landscape, organizations today are looking for new and innovative ways to gain consumer insights,” says Froman.“For an institution that’s engaging in research, it’s important to be aware of the disruptive technologies that are emerging and shaping the industry today, and to understand how to apply them within an academic setting.”Froman’s talk, taking place at Brock on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m., is co-hosted by the University’s Department of Political Science and the Centre for Business Analytics in the Goodman School of Business. The lecture is the second in the Innovation Speaker Series organized by Political Science Assistant Professor Nicole Goodman.Goodman says Froman will get students and faculty thinking about how innovations in data collection may be applied in their own research to improve results and transform the traditional timeframe for collecting data.“We live in a rapidly changing and complex world where political problems and issues are increasingly multi-sectoral,” says Goodman. “Adequately understanding and interpreting these problems and issues requires new ways of thinking and, perhaps, new ways of collecting data and carrying out research.”Goodman and Froman have collaborated on several projects in the past, including the creation of the Centre for e-Democracy in 2014. The centre is a charitable organization dedicated to generating, translating and disseminating scholarly findings and knowledge about how digital technologies affect politics and democracy.Delvinia is also partnering with Brock University on a Mitacs-funded research fellowship to study brain drain, examining where Canadian STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) talent is going and why.“One of the biggest challenges facing tech companies is managing the talent pipeline and keeping great talent in Canada,” Froman says. “It is my hope that the research conducted through this Mitacs Accelerate fellowship will provide us with a better understanding of how to address this issue.”Froman’s lecture takes place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Brock’s Plaza 600F. read more

NFL Week 10 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

Going into Week 9, the No. 1 slot in our Elo ratings had been the exclusive province all season long of last year’s Super Bowl participants, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. In fact, the last time a team other than Denver or Seattle ranked first in Elo was Week 19 of last season, when the San Francisco 49ers owned first place after beating the Carolina Panthers on the road in the NFC divisional playoffs. (They would cede that ranking to Seattle the very next week.)This week, though, the New England Patriots have finally broken the Denver-Seattle duopoly on No. 1 after the Patriots crushed the Broncos 43-21 Sunday afternoon. How unusual was the Seahawks’ and Broncos’ long stranglehold on the top slot? Going back to the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978, it’s the eighth-longest span into a season it’s taken for a third No. 1-ranked team to emerge. Last season, it took seven weeks for Seattle to wrest No. 1 away from a Denver/New England duumvirate.For the Patriots, it’s a long-awaited return to a familiar spot. New England occupied No. 1 in 27 (!) consecutive editions of the Elo rankings between Week 19 of the 2011 season and Week 2 of the 2013 season. And since 2000, they’ve spent more weeks at No. 1 (102) than the next three most frequently top-ranked teams (the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams) combined.But of all teams, the Patriots should know that a No. 1 Elo ranking midway through the season is no Super Bowl guarantee. They sat atop the league through the first nine weeks of both the 2012 and 2007 seasons but failed to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy either season. (Since 1978, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has gone on to win the Super Bowl at a 41.7 percent clip.)New England also faces a difficult schedule. It has a bye this week, but after the break it will have to travel to Indianapolis to face the fifth-ranked Colts. Then, following a home date against the 17th-ranked Detroit Lions, the Patriots must go on the road against the No. 12 Packers and the No. 14 San Diego Chargers in back-to-back weeks, with the surging No. 16 Miami Dolphins waiting in the wings after that. An average (1500 Elo rating) NFL team would be expected to win only 46.6 percent of the Patriots’ remaining games, which means they have the seventh-hardest remaining schedule of any team in the league.Our Elo-based simulations give the Patriots just a 16 percent probability of winning the Super Bowl, which is well below the aforementioned historical average for top-ranked teams through nine weeks. Part of that is simply an artifact of league and playoff expansion. Since the NFL adopted its current size and divisional format in 2002, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has won the Super Bowl 25 percent of the time, a rate more in line with New England’s simulated odds. But 2014 has also been a strange year in terms of the distribution of ratings across the league’s 32 teams. The Patriots’ 1677 Elo rating at No. 1 is 21 points below the average for that slot through Week 9 from 2002 to 2013, while 18 of the next 22 highest-rated teams have better Elo ratings than the average for their ranking from the previous 12 NFL seasons.In other words, New England isn’t as strong as the typical No. 1, and there is an unusual number of solid teams out there for the Pats to tangle with en route to the Super Bowl. That lends credence to the growing talk of 2014 being a banner season for parity in the NFL.Meanwhile, the league’s nine worst teams by Elo are far worse than usual, culminating with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders each falling more than 50 points behind the typical ratings of the NFL’s two worst teams through nine weeks. It will be worth monitoring whether this year’s atypical dispersion of Elo ratings is a one-year quirk or part of a larger trend.Here are the current playoff and Super Bowl odds for all teams:I mentioned that San Francisco had defeated Carolina (who ranked fifth in Elo at the time) to briefly claim the No. 1 ranking during last season’s playoffs. This year, however, neither team has enjoyed the same kind of success, going a combined 7-9-1. And there’s a 55 percent chance that both will be shut out of a return trip to the postseason.After starting the season 1-2, the 49ers had regained some measure of playoff probability with three straight wins over the Philadelphia Eagles, Chiefs and Rams in Weeks 4 through 6. Going into Week 7, they even had an NFC West-leading 65 percent probability of making the playoffs, as well as the division’s best projected end-of-season win total in our Elo simulations. But a pair of losses sandwiched around a bye week have left San Francisco on the verge of missing the playoffs entirely. Its current playoff probability stands at 32 percent after taking into account their mediocre record (4-4), the difficulty of their remaining schedule (ninth-hardest), and the strength of the teams they’d have to beat out for a wild card (as their hopes of winning the NFC West have been all but extinguished).Carolina’s chances of returning to the playoffs look even worse. Despite failing to win five of its previous six games (it lost four and tied one), Carolina still had a 44 percent probability of qualifying for the postseason before its game against the New Orleans Saints — but our weekly playoff implications article also identified Panthers-Saints as one of the most crucial matchups of Week 9. Sure enough, New Orleans’ 28-10 victory dropped Carolina’s playoff probability by 25 percentage points, leaving it with less than a 1-in-5 chance of making the playoffs.In addition to the Panthers and 49ers, the other teams who lost the most from their playoff odds in Week 9 were the Baltimore Ravens and the Chargers in the AFC.The cause for Baltimore’s decline was all about the division odds — predictably, its head-to-head loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night had huge ramifications for the AFC North race. Going into the game, the Ravens had a 33 percent chance of winning the division, with the Steelers sitting at 28 percent; after the game, Pittsburgh’s chances had increased to 45 percent and Baltimore’s had dropped to 13 percent. (Neither team’s wild card odds really budged at all.)San Diego’s dip, on the other hand, had little to do with a division race. The Broncos are rated so much higher than their AFC West competitors that our simulations see little chance they don’t win the division. That leaves the wild card as the only real viable path to the playoffs for the Chargers and Chiefs, both of whom are in a dogfight with each other — as well as the losers of the AFC East and North — for one of those two slots. (The AFC South loser is unlikely to make much of a wild card push.) Miami’s 37-0 pasting of San Diego on Sunday had direct consequences in that regard, boosting the Dolphins’ wild card probability by 17 percentage points as the Chargers’ chances dropped by 19 (with scarcely a change to either team’s division odds).Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 64-62-3 (7-5 in Week 9)Straight-up record: 94-39-1 (9-4 in Week 9)Although the Elo ratings are performing better against the spread in recent weeks, we still would strongly advise you not to take them to Vegas as a betting tool. Even so, it is always interesting to see how they differ from the spreads offered by the major sportsbooks.This week’s biggest disparity is in the Dallas Cowboys-Jaguars game, which is not only taking place in London, but adds the wrinkle of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo’s availability being in question. With the possibility that the Cowboys will once again have to start backup QB Brandon Weeden, who oversaw the team’s Week 9 defeat to the Cardinals, the oddsmakers have dropped Dallas to a mere 6-point favorite against the lowly Jaguars, rather than the 10.5-point favorite the Elo ratings would suggest.Aside from that change, the other big discrepancies against Vegas this week involve the Cardinals and Rams (the books have been comparatively down on Arizona all season, relative to Elo) and the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns (Elo rates Cincinnati slightly higher — and Cleveland slightly lower — than Vegas’s power ratings would value the two teams). But in the Detroit-Miami tilt, which may go down as the biggest game of the week from a playoff-implications perspective, both Vegas and Elo agree: The hosting Lions should be favored by about a field goal.CORRECTION (Nov. 6, 11:56 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Elo is 62-44-3 against the point spread. It is 64-62-3.(Nov. 6, 2:04 p.m.): A previous version of this article said the Dallas Cowboys had a 75 percent chance of defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Dallas should have an 82 percent win probability, because it has an Elo difference of +259 and there is no home-field effect in either direction. read more

Westgold loses HBJ mining contract as it hits first ore at Big

first_imgWestgold Resources’ wholly-owned mining contractor, Australian Contract Mining (ACM), has had its mine development and production services contract at the HBJ operation in Western Australia cancelled.The ASX-listed company was advised by HBJ owner Northern Star Resources (NST) that it will terminate the contract on a “without cause basis” effective December 23.ACM continued to provide complete mine development and production services to NST at HBJ following the A$80 million ($58 million) sale of the South Kalgoorlie operations by Westgold to NST earlier this year.Westgold was under the impression most of the equipment currently employed at HBJ could be placed into immediate use at project expansions within Westgold’s existing operations. It hopes to continue to offer employment to the majority of both fly-in, fly-out and residential personnel employed at the mine.Related to this, Westgold announced it had just hit first ore at its Big Bell underground mine (pictured), which is a milestone for the ramp up in its Cue gold operations in the Murchison Region of WA. Westgold has been dewatering and refurbishing the Big Bell underground mine for over two years.The base load for the Cue 10-year development plan is based around the Big Bell underground mine – which is expected to provide 10.1 Mt at 3 g/t Au from the company’s 2020 financial year.last_img read more

Dockable Toshiba Android tablet leaks with Tegra 4 chip

first_imgToshiba may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of Android tablets, but maybe that’s due to change. The company’s unannounced  Tegra 4 powered AT10LE-A might change that.It’s a 10.1-inch slate with Nvidia’s latest and greatest under the hood clocked at 1.8GHz. Like the Asus Transformer series, the AT10LE-A can be docked into a keyboard accessory. There’s no pointing device on Toshiba’s keyboard, but that’s not a complete surprise. While a keyboard definitely enhances productivity in certain situations on Android, a mouse doesn’t. Pointer duties are still best left to a finger.The lack of a trackpad isn’t necessarily a big deal, but it’s also not known whether this keyboard includes a secondary battery. Many Android tablet makers have gone that route so they can offer all-day unplugged use. It would be surprising to see the AT10LE — which looks like a premium device — launch without one. Like the Tegra 3, the quad-core Tegra 4 does include a fifth low-power core that helps boost endurance, but a second battery would still be a nice touch.Toshiba isn’t skimping on ports, at least. The AT10LE includes HDMI and USB ports as well as a micro SD expansion slot — something you don’t always find in a high-end Android device.As for the OS, the leaked Toshiba unit is running Android 4.2.1. That could always change before the AT10LE launches, of course, particularly if it’s not going to hit store shelves until after Google I/O.There could very well be a new version announced in San Fran, and a tablet with a cutting-edge Tegra 4 chip shouldn’t ship with anything but the latest and greatest software, right? Then again, that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from shipping outdated Android versions on tablets before.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img By Sinead O’Carroll Feb 3rd 2017, 4:54 PM Friday 3 Feb 2017, 4:54 PM The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… 7,653 Views No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Dmitri Ma Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Dmitri Ma Share1 Tweet Email1 EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #FRANCE The Louvre will remain closed until tomorrow after a ‘serious public attack’ on a French soldier.2. #COLD WAR? The US has slapped fresh sanctions on Iran today as a form of punishment for its recent missile tests.3. #GUILTY A Royal British marine has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges related to dissident republicanism in Northern Ireland, BBC News reports.4. #APOLLO HOUSE The occupation of Apollo House has officially come to an end.5. #RAIN The weather is still muck.last_img read more

Endless Horizons fundraiser for new centre

first_imgIn the spirit of Easter, charity organisation Endless Horizons will be hosting a drive-through sausage sizzle to raise funds for the opening of a new centre. Currently based in Campbellfield, the husband and wife team Jim and Neda Mangioros are eager to cater to more disadvantaged youth across Melbourne, looking to open a second kids, youth and outreach centre warehouse located in Melbourne’s inner north. The event aims to raise awareness about the organisation and the significant role it plays within the wider community, which includes counselling, and feeding and clothing families in need. However, they don’t plan on stopping there. Following the establishment of a second centre, Endless Horizons is also planning on expanding the reach of its services to the western and eastern suburbs in the hope of mentoring and counselling a larger percentage of disadvantaged youths across Melbourne.“In the very near future we want to branch out into more programs, such as having a youth farm retreat camping facility where kids can go away on camps and hang out, with full activities,” said Mr Mangioros. “Plus we want to open up a male and female drug and alcohol detox and rehab centre in the outer Melbourne country area of Victoria where there’s a huge need from 18-year-olds onwards.” The sausage sizzle will also feature entertainment for the little ones, with a free animal farm and face painting. The fundraiser will take place over two days on the Easter long weekend, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April, 2015 at 10.30 am to 4.30 pm in the Officeworks car park, 230 Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy. To donate or for more information, email or call 0435 931 691. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un télescope souterrain pour mieux comprendre lUnivers

first_imgUn télescope souterrain pour mieux comprendre l’UniversLe télescope souterrain Einstein devrait être capable de détecter des ondes gravitationnelles jusque là jamais décelées. Ce projet pourrait permettre aux scientifiques de comprendre un peu mieux l’Univers, bien avant la survenue du Big Bang à l’origine de la Terre.Une équipe de scientifiques dirigée par l’Observatoire européen pour la Gravitation a mis au jour un projet de télescope capable de détecter des ondes gravitationnelles. Ces ondes, jusqu’à présent jamais enregistrées, se créent dans l’univers à partir d’événements d’une extrême violence. Trous noirs, étoiles à neutrons, Big Bang… tous ces phénomènes produisent une puissante propagation des ondes qui se déplacent à travers l’Univers, telles des ondulations à la surface de l’eau formées par le jet d’une pierre.Des échos antérieurs au Big Bang Le télescope Einstein a beau être à l’état de projet, il aiguise dès à présent les ambitions et les attentes de la communauté scientifique. Les physiciens espèrent notamment que les résultats récoltés permettront de mettre en évidence un trou noir. Le phénomène n’a pour le moment été révélé qu’à partir d’observations. Plus grandes encore, les espérances des chercheurs se tournent vers la capacité du télescope à révéler des échos de Big Bang antérieurs à celui à l’origine de la Terre. Le Professeur Sathyaprakash, astrophysicien à l’Université de Cardiff et président du département à l’origine du projet déclare : “Le télescope devrait permettre de voir l’univers d’une manière entièrement nouvelle, avec des ondes gravitationnelles. Ces ondes sont très faibles au moment où elles atteignent la Terre, mais avec un détecteur sensible, nous sommes en mesure d’obtenir des preuves directes de l’existence des trous noirs”. Il ajoute : “Si nous sommes vraiment chanceux nous recevrons peut être des signaux antérieurs au Big Bang qui pourraient aider à expliquer ce qui existait avant notre propre univers”.Un télescope construit dans des tunnels de 19 kilomètresÀ lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoritePour l’heure, une réunion se tiendra à Pise le mois prochain afin que l’Observatoire européen pour la Gravitation puisse exposer ses plans sur le futur projet. Actuellement, 14 sites ont été retenus pour accueillir le nouveau télescope. Il s’agit notamment de mines abandonnées en Pologne, Hongrie, Roumanie, France, Italie ou encore Allemagne. Les sites subissent actuellement un contrôle afin de vérifier leur capacité d’isolation contre les perturbations sismiques susceptibles d’interférer avec les mesures des ondes gravitationnelles. Le télescope devrait être construit à l’intérieur d’un réseau de tunnels de 19 kilomètres de long et enterré jusqu’à 800 mètres sous la terre. Le projet concurrence, par son ampleur et son ambition, le Grand collisionneur de hadrons, mis en service le 10 septembre 2008 en Suisse.Le 18 avril 2011 à 17:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les moteurs de la sonde PhobosGrunt seraient en marche

first_imgLes moteurs de la sonde Phobos-Grunt seraient en marche Mardi, le commandement stratégique américain a annoncé que plusieurs éléments suggéraient que les moteurs de la sonde Phobos-Grunt seraient en marche, provoquant un changement de l’orbite de l’appareil. Perdue ou pas perdue ? Telle est la question qui ne cesse de revenir depuis l’échec du lancement de la sonde Phobos-Grunt lancée la semaine dernière et qui n’a pas réussi à rejoindre la bonne trajectoire vers Mars. En début de semaine, l’agence spatiale russe a indiqué que toutes ses tentatives pour reprendre le contrôle de l’engin avaient échoué mais que la situation n’était pas perdue. À lire aussiSpaceX : la Tesla envoyée dans l’espace a déjà franchi une étapeOr, si bon nombre de scientifiques du secteur spatial estiment qu’il y a désormais très peu de chances que Roskosmos y parviennent, il semblerait qu’on ne sache pas encore tout sur l’engin qui erre en orbite autour de la Terre. En effet, aujourd’hui, le commandement stratégique américain a annoncé que des calculs permettaient d’affirmer que les moteurs de la sonde russe Phobos Grunt étaient actuellement en marche. Les calculs en question concernent en fait l’orbite à laquelle évolue l’engin. Mardi matin, le commandement a évalué que ceui-ci se trouvait sur une orbite d’un périgée de 209,2 kilomètres, alors que ce dernier était de 207,7 kilomètres la veille et de 206,6 kilomètres le 9 novembre.  “Si la sonde évoluait passivement, ce serait impossible. Des facteurs non-gravitationnels sont donc à prendre en compte. Un appareil en chute non contrôlée doit perdre de l’énergie (…) et le périgée de son orbite doit diminuer. Mais ce n’est pas le cas”, a confirmé un représentant de l’industrie spatiale russe cité par Ria Novosti. Selon un observateur italien, Simone Corbellini, l’apogée de Phobos Grunt a ainsi diminué de 342 kilomètres à 334 kilomètres depuis le 9 novembre, alors que le périgée a augmenté de 206,6 kilomètres à 207,8 kilomètres. Une information qui pourrait s’avérer importante dans la poursuite des tentatives de reprise de contrôle de Phobos-Grunt.  D’après le directeur de l’Agence fédérale spatiale russe Vladimir Popovkine, la sonde restera en orbite jusqu’en janvier 2012, laissant ainsi encore du temps aux scientifiques. En revanche, le deuxième étage du lanceur Zenit-2SB, qui évoluait sur la même orbite avec la sonde après le lancement, poursuit toujours sa chute à une vitesse d’environ 4 kilomètres par jour et devrait entrer dans les couches denses de l’atmosphère terrestre entre le 24 et le 27 novembre, rapporte Ria Novosti.Le 15 novembre 2011 à 18:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sergio Aguero brace wraps up Community Shield for City

first_imgManchester City continued from where they left off last season as a Sergio Aguero double helped them to clinch the Community Shield title.Sergio Aguero,29, proved deadly in front of goal and helped nullify the early stages of ‘Sarri-ball’ under the newly-hired Maurizio Sarri.The Blues were ahead regarding preparation having played more pre-season games with most of the first team players present in those games.However, Pep Guardiola’s Blues are at a far more advanced phase and showed just why they strolled to the title last term, with Aguero capitalizing from good work from Phil Foden to break the deadlock.It was Bernardo Silva, another player likely to take a leap in his development this term, who set up the second with a lovely ball in behind that Aguero duly gobbled up.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Cityzens still look the clear favourites ahead of their Premier League opener vs. Arsenal next week, while Chelsea have plenty of work to do before their trip to Huddersfield.The Community Shield is ours!— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2018last_img read more

FA charge Mourinho over alleged postmatch comments

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been charged for comments he made following the club’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United on October 10Television cameras filmed Mourinho mumbling some rather abusive and improper choice of words in the aftermath of United’s stunning comeback win against Newcastle at Old Trafford.Reports in the British media suggested that the game was a must-win for Mourinho, whose job at United was on the line following a four-match winless run.But goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez in the second half secured the three points for United.However, Mourinho’s post-match remarks have been brought to the attention of the Football Association (FA).Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Upon a review, the FA have now charged the Portuguese coach.“Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on October 6, 2018,” read an FA statement on the Telegraph.“It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”The Red Devils coach has till 18:00 (BST time) on October 19 to answer to the FA’s charge.last_img read more

Hazard has improved under Sarri says Sean Dyche

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche believes Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard improved this season under new manager Maurizio Sarri.If fit, Eden Hazard will return to Chelsea’s starting lineup on Sunday as they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley, and Sean Dyche is aware of the threat the Belgian poses.Hazard missed Chelsea’s 3-1 Europa League win against BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, owing to a back injury.“He continues to improve I think and he continues to show that again this season,” Dyche told Sky Sports.“I think he’s shown his flexibility as a player, under different managers as well. I think most managers would like to have the chance to fit him in their side.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Top player. But you can pick out top players in all the teams in the Premier League, but particularly the top sides.“The real big sides don’t just have one, trust me. Chelsea are a fine outfit you saw that last night [against BATE Borisov] they made eight changes and you saw what happened, still a very, very strong outfit.“We certainly don’t rely on what might happen with one player but you’ve got to be aware of how good some of those players are and he’s certainly right up there.”last_img read more

Amazon will reportedly close its Chinese online store

first_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Amazon is reportedly downsizing its e-commerce operations in China. Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Amazon will shut its online store in China by July 18, a report said Thursday,It’ll mean shoppers in the most populous country (with 1.4 billion people) in the world won’t be able to buy from local sellers, but can still order from the US, Britain, Germany and Japan via the Amazon’s global store, according to Reuters.The e-commerce giant will also continue to operate its lucrative cloud computing business — Amazon Web Services — in the country, but its move away from local retail highlights the intense competition it faces from Alibaba and, the outlet reported. Those local rivals apparently held 82% of the Chinese market in 2018.Amazon bought Chinese book, music and video retailer for $75 million in 2004 and rebranded the company as in 2007, the BBC noted.The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 5:31 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:06 a.m. PT: Adds more details. Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 2 Read the Rylo camera preview See It Internet Services Tech Industry $999 Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 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. Comments See it Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $60 at Best Buy Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. 7 Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Tags Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Share your voice Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $155 at Google Express Amazon’s going to space, HomePod gets price cut Share your voice $299 at Amazon See at Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Comments Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 1:28 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 The Cheapskate Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Amazon $520 at HP Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint Boost Mobile See It See at Amazonlast_img read more