US factories expanded at slowest pace in more than 2 years

first_imgWASHINGTON — American factories grew last month at the slowest pace in more than two years.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index dropped to 54.1 in December, down from 59.3 in November and lowest since November 2016. Anything above 50 signals growth, and American manufacturing has been on a 28-month winning streak.Still, the December drop was bigger than economists had expected.New orders, production and factory hiring all grew at a slower pace last month. Eleven of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month, led by textile mills and apparel makers.Several respondents cited higher costs and uncertainty arising from President Donald Trump’s import taxes on steel, aluminum and hundreds of Chinese products.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

BP scales back exploration plans off NS gives up half its offshore

first_imgHALIFAX — BP Canada is scaling back its oil and gas exploration plans off Nova Scotia, giving up half the offshore area included in its exploration licence.The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board says the energy giant is surrendering 50 per cent of the area included in its licence — a consolidation of four offshore parcels roughly 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax.The move comes after BP failed to drill four wells within the first phase of its exploration licence, required for the second phase to be approved.The board says the company will pay a $1-million deposit to extend the first phase of its exploration licence, which ended Monday, by one year.It says if BP decides to drill a well during the extension period, the energy firm will need to apply for authorization.However, the board says if BP does not drill a well during that period, the company would forfeit the deposit and either surrender the remaining area under its exploration licence, or be required to make a $2-million deposit for another one-year extension.The Nova Scotia government has heavily promoted the province’s offshore oil and gas sector in recent years, estimating a potential resource of 121 trillion cubic feet of gas and eight billion barrels of oil.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Plantbased burger maker Beyond Meat beats forecasts in 1Q

Plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat beat Wall Street’s expectations in its first earnings report since its IPO last month.The El Segundo, California-based company lost $6.6 million, or 95 cents per share, in the first quarter, up slightly from a 98-cent loss in the same period a year ago.Adjusted for compensation costs and other items, the company lost 14 cents per share. That was better than the 15-cent loss analysts had forecast, according to FactSet.Beyond Meat reported revenue of $40.2 million, more than triple the prior year. That also beat Wall Street’s forecast of $39 million.The company was the first pure-play vegan meat maker to go public. Its $25 opening share price jumped 163% in the first day of trading.Beyond Meat’s shares were flat at $99.85 in after-hours trading.The Associated Press read more

UN climate talks begin amid uncertainty over US position

by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2017 3:41 am MDT Last Updated May 9, 2017 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BONN, Germany – Despite uncertainties about whether the United States will remain committed to the Paris climate accord under President Donald Trump, envoys convened talks Monday in Germany on implementing the details of the deal to combat global warming.During ten days of talks in the western city of Bonn, officials will try to agree on how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut carbon emissions, a treaty that former U.S. President Barack Obama’s government played a leading role in forging.The Paris accord calls for limiting the global average temperature increase since the industrial revolution to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or less — a goal that has been called ambitious.Patricia Espinosa, head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change that is hosting the Bonn talks, said it was important to make progress on the nuts and bolts of the agreement before November’s annual climate summit. Her agency’s budget is also up for discussion.Espinosa refused to comment on the impact of a possible U.S. withdrawal from the talks or even the entire climate change accord.“I would rather wait until a decision has been taken,” she said.The White House postponed a meeting that had been planned Tuesday to discuss whether to withdraw from the Paris deal that Trump has said he would “cancel” — or find a way to back away from emissions targets set by the Obama administration.Fiji, which holds the presidency of the upcoming climate summit, said it was important to press ahead with the talks.“Irrespective of the position of particular countries, I think it’s very important that we continue to move this process forward,” said Fiji envoy Nazhat Shameem Khan. “That’s the short answer to the issue about the United States.” UN climate talks begin amid uncertainty over US position read more

UK automotive receives major investment boost from £1bn Regional Growth Fund

More than 15 automotive manufacturers and supply companies selected to receive funding.Funding ensures facility expansion, plus creation and safeguarding of thousands of jobs.Aston Martin, Cab Automotive, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Cars and TRW Systems Ltd are just some of the vehicle manufacturers and supply chain companies set to receive significant investment from the third round of government’s Regional Growth Fund.Announced today, the £1bn third round of funding has been awarded to 130 companies and projects across the UK. From more than 400 applicants, successful bidders demonstrated the potential for to create long-term jobs and sustainable economic growth in their respective regions.“News that these automotive companies will benefit from government’s Regional Growth Fund demonstrates that government recognises the importance of our sector and its ability to sustain economic growth and create high-value jobs for the long-term,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “It is vital that industry continues to work collaboratively with government to maximise new opportunities, increase competitiveness and raise awareness of the wealth of job opportunities available.”Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, “This £1bn boost for growth in towns and cities across England is creating jobs that will last in the parts of the country that need it most.“In tough economic times the Regional Growth Fund is good value for taxpayers’ money – this £1bn round of the fund is pulling in £6bn of private sector investment. The Regional Growth Fund is working, on track and supporting businesses to create jobs and grow the economy.”Bidders will contribute £6bn of private funds for projects and programmes creating and safeguarding more than 240,000 jobs. This comes in addition to the 300,000 jobs created or safeguarded in rounds one and two of the RGF.Further details about the winning projects will be announcement today by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg at a visit to two companies in the North East that have previously benefitted from the Regional Growth Fund.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Commentary Bengals with many unanswered questions despite being in 1st place

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is sacked by Miami Dolphins defense end Cameron Wake during a game at Sun Life Stadium Oct. 31. Miami won, 22-20 in overtime. Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals enter week 10 of the NFL season first place in the AFC North, but many questions are left unanswered.The Bengals (6-3), lost All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins for the season in a week nine loss to the Miami Dolphins. Quarterback Andy Dalton struggled mightily, throwing three interceptions and getting sacked in overtime in the end zone to end the game. The loss ended a four-game winning streak, but Cincinnati looks to get back on track Sunday when it heads to Baltimore.The Ravens (3-5), meanwhile, have struggled all season after losing key members of last year’s Super Bowl winning team. They have lost three straight games and now sit third in the division behind Cincinnati and the Cleveland Browns (4-5). Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco has thrown almost as many interceptions (nine) as he has touchdown passes (10) and running back Ray Rice is averaging only 2.7 yards per carry.Against the Bengals, the Ravens will face a defensive line that still does not have a clear rotation. While second-year defensive tackle Brandon Thompson will take Atkins’ place in the lineup, rookie defensive end Margus Hunt may get more playing time and even move inside in order to generate the type of pass rush the Bengals have grown accustomed to from Atkins.Cincinnati’s best cornerback, Leon Hall, is out for the season with an Achilles injury leaving 35-year-old Terence Newman as their most reliable corner. Newman was exposed for his lack of speed when he got beat by Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace in overtime. The play would have been a game winning touchdown catch of 86 yards, but Newman wisely pulled Wallace to the ground resulting in a pass interference penalty and the Dolphins punting shortly after. But he may not be so fortunate when facing the Ravens’ fleetfooted wide receiver Torrey Smith (36 receptions, 701 yards).The Bengals have the weapons to outscore most opponents, but Dalton must first learn to settle down in pressure situations. Now that the Bengals are no longer feared on defense, Dalton and the offense must step up and take advantage of whatever opportunities they are given in order to leave Baltimore with a victory.Kickoff between the Ravens and Bengals is scheduled for 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse trying to bounce back against Penn State

Senior midfielder Jesse King (19) carries the ball during a game against Denver on March14 in Columbus. OSU won. 13-11.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern reporterDuring its three-game series over spring break, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team went 2-1 and broke into the Inside Lacrosse top 20 at No. 15, but immediately returned to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for what the players call “truth day.”The truth is the team is not sugarcoating its 9-0 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame last Saturday, but rather using it as motivation heading into the Buckeyes’ first-ever Big Ten game Sunday against Penn State, coach Nick Myers said.“There’s a lot we can grow from,” Myers said. “People will make more of the shutout than it was. And obviously it’s something you don’t want to see, but the defense played its tails off. We were 3-0 at the half against a team that averages 14-15 goals a game. So we don’t make anything more of it than what it is.”While OSU’s defense held it together against the Fighting Irish, its offense failed to capitalize on five extra-man opportunities. But junior midfielder Kacy Kapinos said the team does not play the blame game, even after a shutout loss.“You can’t really blame one side or the other, it was a team loss,” he said. “We’re a very tight group, and we never point fingers when something goes wrong. If someone makes a mistake, we’re there for them.”A mere seven days before the loss against Notre Dame, OSU defeated then-No. 3 Denver, 13-11, in a victory Myers called “one of the greatest top-five wins in program history.” Myers said his team “played tired” against Notre Dame, but the physical and mental exhaustion is expected and something to push through.“At this point in the year, no one is 100 percent fresh or feels perfect, but your ability to stick together and continue to grind it out, that’s what separates good teams from great teams,” he said. “I’m not sure any team played two top-five opponents with a top-20 team in between in seven days, but we want to challenge our young men.”And for the players, that challenge continued this week at practice, returning to the drawing board in preparation for conference play this weekend in State College, Pa.Though the team prepares similarly each week, its loss to Notre Dame marked the conclusion of non-conference play. So with a conference tournament spot in its sights, OSU has added motivation heading into this week’s first-ever Big Ten matchup, Myers said.“To be on the edge of history on Sunday is something that re-energizes you through the rest of the season,” Myers said. “For all of us, it’s wide open now. You kind of throw the records out the window … These are two very hungry teams trying to get that first league conference win.”The Buckeyes recognize the challenges the Nittany Lions present, but attitude and preparation give them the confidence to bring home a win, senior midfielder and Dublin, Ohio, native Ryan Borcherding said.“We’re the most positive team I’ve been on since I’ve been here and we prepare better than anyone,” he said. “We’re not gonna let anything from the season so far affect how we play against Penn State. Growing up in Columbus, just about every kid’s dream is to put on that Buckeye jersey, so to play in the first game in the Big Ten with this team, it’s a blessing.”The game against the Nittany Lions is set for 3 p.m. read more

Soham murder inquiry chair backs Telegraph campaign as he demands Government keep

The Soham murders inquiry chair has backed the Telegraph’s Duty of Care Campaign, as he demands that ministers do more to keep children safe online.Lord Bichard, a crossbench peer, said that while awareness about child safety has improved in the past 15 years, the Government needs to “get real” and understand that “we live in the different world now”.He said there is an “urgent” need for new legislation to protect youngsters on social media and digital platforms, since “grooming takes place online more than anywhere else”.Lord Bichard was appointed by the Government to investigate major safeguarding failures in the wake of the murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002 by a local secondary school caretaker, Ian Huntley.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Applying under a different name, Huntley had been able to get the job at the local secondary school despite coming to the attention of police on numerous occasions, including for grooming teenage girls.“I feel as a result of Soham that the Government responded positively,” he told The Sunday Telegraph. “But the world has changed dramatically since 2004 and it is this issue of online access and online grooming that we need to focus on.” In what became known as the Bichard Report, he made a number of recommendations which were subsequently  acted on by ministers. The disclosure and barring scheme was introduced, so that people working with children and  and vulnerable adults had to undergo background checks. A police national database was set up so that information about dangerous individuals can be shared between forces.”None of us want there to be a tragedy like the Soham tragedy to prompt action,” said Lord Bichard, a former permanent secretary.”We want to see action taken to prevent that kind of tragedy. That is where we need to revisit the current arrangements. How do you make sure children are as protected when they are online as when they are walking around the streets?” The Daily Telegraph has launched the Duty of Care campaign calling on ministers to make social media and online gaming companies subject to a statutory duty to protect children from harms such as addiction, bullying and grooming when using their services.Ministers are considering new measures to rein in the worst excesses of online tech companies amid  fears a generation of young people is being harmed by unregulated use of social media and online gaming platforms. A female gamer uses an XBox One game controller. The Duty of Care campaign calls on the government to do more to protect youngsters online. Credit:WOLFGANG RATTAY/ REUTERS Lord Bichard is a non-executive director at The Key, a safeguarding information service for school leaders.He said that there is currently “no comprehensive strategy” for a joined up safeguarding approach that connect schools, parents and social media providers.“We need social media providers to accept the kind of duty of care that The Telegraph is promoting,” he said.He urged the Government to act quickly as he voiced frustration at the current pace of change.“[We have been promised] a white paper in the turn of the year, followed by consultation, followed by legislation who knows when,” he said . “I think they should be heeding the call of The Telegraph’s campaign and do something about it sooner rather than later.” Two boys walk by a reward poster for ten-year-old schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman that was tied to the village sign of Soham in Cambridgeshire on August 19, 2002. Lord Bichard said that social media and online providers should take on the responsibility of helping parents understand security settings, enforcing age restrictions and preventing children from communicating with strangers.”They ought to have a responsibility to get information and material out there to help protect the users of your product,” he said.“How do providers educate, how do they inform, how do they help parents to manage the risk, how do they define the risk: all of these would go with a duty of care.” Two boys walk by a reward poster for ten-year-old schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman that was tied to the village sign of Soham in Cambridgeshire on August 19, 2002.Credit:DAN CHUNG/Reuters A female gamer uses an XBox One game controller. The Duty of Care campaign calls on the government to do more to protect youngsters online.  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. read more

Facebook begins testing out ads service on thirdparty apps

first_imgIn this test, we’ll be extending Facebook’s rich targeting to improve the relevancy of the ads people see, provide even greater reach for Facebook advertisers, and help developers better monetise their apps.Currently, it’s working with a select group of advertisers and partners, although it hasn’t revealed what app developers who display its ads get from the deal.This isn’t the first time Facebook has experimented with placing ads in third-party sites. In 2012, sponsored stories appeared on Zynga.com, the company behind games such as Farmville, but nothing more came out of it.During its last earnings call, Facebook revealed that it generated $2.02 billion in revenue, 49 per cent of which came from mobile. Third-party ads would allow the company to increase this figure and address the problem of advertising on mobile, mainly limited screen space.Facebook’s next earnings call will take place on 29 January.Read: Revenue is NOT snooping on your Facebook page >Read: Anti-Muslim ‘Irish voice’ page to be reported to Gardaí, Facebook > FACEBOOK ADS COULD be appearing in more places than its own site as it announced it’s testing ads on third-party apps.In a post announcing the move, the company described the service as a “mobile ad network” where it works directly with advertisers and publishers as opposed to an outside ad-serving platform like Google.The company confirmed to TechCrunch that these ads will use Facebook’s standard targeting and won’t look like traditional ads found on the site. Facebook’s advertising relies on targeting demographics and showing users relevant ads based on their profiles information.Speaking about the ads, it said:last_img read more

Samsung PC7 One Slick Convertible Tablet

first_imgYeah, I know, ces has yet to actually officially begin, and we’re already up to our ears in tablets. Samsung’s newly announced device definitely deserves mention, however–it’s easily one of the slickest gadgets I’ve seen this week.The PC7 is really a reimagining of the whole netbook concept, with a screen that slides right over the keyboard, turning into a slate tablet.The device has a multi-touch 10.1 screen and runs Windows 7, making it arguably the coolest device built around that hardware.Inside you’ll find an Intel Atom Z670 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and either 32- or 64GB of storage.The PC7 can do both WiMax and 3G, and it weighs in at just over two pounds. Check out some closeup shots, after the jump. \last_img

5 Game Enhancements PS4 Pro Enables

first_img During September’s PlayStation Meeting, Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 Pro. The event focused on the enhancements PS4 Pro would have over the current PlayStation 4. This includes High Dynamic Range support, checkerboard 4K scaling, and more stable frame rates. Even those who play on standard 1080p televisions will notice these improvements. While it was admittedly difficult to see these enhancements from a live stream, it was simple to understand the power of the PlayStation 4 Pro.Out of all the games shown, the highlight was Horizon: Zero Dawn. More than any title at the event, Horizon nicely demonstrated how the PS4 Pro’s more robust horsepower will benefit PS4 games going forward. During the event, we got to see how the game looked with and without HDR and all of the other enhancements. While the title still looks impressive running on a stock PS4, it looks significantly better on a PS4 Pro.These enhancements will be something most upcoming titles can benefit from if developers choose to enable them. Below are five ways the PS4 Pro will make games better for PlayStation users.Looks great even on 1080pThough the PS4 Pro’s enhancements will be more noticeable on 4K HDR-enabled televisions, those with 1080p TVs won’t be left out of the party. Thanks to supersampling, players will get a more stable image with “virtually no jaggies.” This is possible because the game is internally rendered at a high resolution before it is shrunken down to 1080p. Some detail is lost, but users will still get vastly improved graphics.Higher detailed texturesA game like Horizon with its lush, vast environments will benefit from higher quality shadow maps and anisotropic filtering. These techniques will increase the quality of textures overall. Everything from rocks, trees, villages, people, and of course, robot dinosaurs will look real enough to touch. For Horizon specifically, the team is still working on how to tweak all of this for 1080p output, but on 4K TVs, users will easily see the richer texture quality in the game.Checkerboard renderingWith some exceptions, most titles on PS4 will not run at native 4K. However, instead of simply upscaling games, the PS4 Pro will use a special technique called checkerboard rendering to enhance visual fidelity. This will produce images that are nearly indistinguishable from true 4K. The technique itself is pretty involved, but what’s important is that checkerboard rendering will make all games on PS4 Pro look fantastic.HDRHigh Dynamic Range is something that is relatively new to gaming and 4K TVs. HDR enhances the range of colors that can be displayed on a screen, giving games a richer look. With normal rendering techniques, a lot of color fidelity is lost when converting images for normal TVs. With an HDR capable television, none of that data is lost. This is something that even owners of regular PS4s can benefit from, provided they play games on a 4K HDR television.Stable frame ratesSome games on PS4 Pro will benefit from having more stable, or higher frame rates. This isn’t something that is as widely publicized, but it is worth noting. One example is Rise of the Tomb Raider which will give players the option to play with an unlocked frame rate that will go up to 45 frames per second (provided they play at 1080p). Even though the vast majority of games won’t get higher frame rates, most will have a stable 30 frames per second at 4K resolution.The PlayStation 4 Pro will be released on November 11. Best TV For PS4 ProNYCC 2018: Devil May Cry 5 is a Hell of a Good Time Stay on targetlast_img read more

Rogue One Gets New Trailer As Tickets Go on Sale

first_img If you’re as excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as we are, then you might want to get a head start on tickets, as opening night screenings just went on sale.Advance tickets went on sale early Monday morning EST for all screenings, including a few special ones in IMAX 2D on a 70mm screen.IMAX announced that people who attend certain screenings are in for small giveaways. Viewers who attend on opening night will receive an exclusive poster, and those who go to showings on Christmas and New Year’s Day are also in for special posters.While expectations for Rogue One are high, they don’t reach the same level for executives as The Force Awakens did. Disney chief Bob Iger said “We never felt it would do the level that Force Awakens did” due to it being a separate story in the Star Wars universe and not attached to any new franchise.However, Iger changed his tone based on the response to the trailers, saying “the level of interest [in Rogue One] is as high as it was for Force Awakens.”Rogue One tickets didn’t go on sale as early as they did for Force Awakens–they went up two weeks before release date versus nearly two months in Force Awakens’ case–but movie tickets sites are already seeing similar slowdowns. People reported that sites like Fandango had crashed due to the load, with some customers waiting hours to make their purchase. Fandango announced shortly after sales went live that it had created a waiting room. Share The Force With This Star Wars Gift Guide!George Lucas’s 11 Worst Decisions Stay on targetcenter_img Due to an overwhelming amount of traffic, a wait room has been activated. Get #RogueOne tickets soon, you will. https://t.co/Hw6l2LkDYZ pic.twitter.com/4XiYvTMRhT— Fandango (@Fandango) November 28, 2016Of course, that means that competitive sites like Atom Tickets to swoop in and attempt to snatch a few customers.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on Dec. 16. In the meantime, Disney has released a brand new trailer with new footage, including more humorous moments for Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO, a Jyn Erso flashback, and more shots from inside the Death Star.last_img read more

Final 1126 WWE Smackdown rating drop for Thanksgiving

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Last week’s 11/26 “Thanksgiving” edition of WWE Smackdown drew a 1.15 cable rating with 1.65 million viewers, down from last week’s 1.64 rating with 2.23 million viewers.Last year’s Smackdown during Thanksgiving week, airing in the old Friday timeslot on 11/28/14, drew a 2.09 rating with 3.054 million viewers.Smackdown drew a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 on Thanksgiving.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 36.33%0:05Remaining Time -3:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Roman Reigns is in Remission Ben Roethlisbergercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Facebook Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Impact Ratings: Viewers see another drop on June 28 featuring Rayne vs. Blanchard main event Twitter Kickoff Show match set for No Mercy, Look back at Sting vs. Seth Rollinslast_img read more

Spring Valley Kmart expected to close its doors by November

first_img Posted: August 26, 2018 August 26, 2018 Spring Valley Kmart expected to close its doors by November KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Kmart store in Spring Valley is among 46 unprofitable outlets slated to start closeout sales this week, according to an announcement from the Sears Holding Corp.Five stores in California are among the 12 Kmart and 33 Sears stores slated to close by November. This includes the Kmart store at 935 Sweetwater Road in Spring Valley.The other California closures are Kmart stores in Los Angeles, Antioch, and Clovis and a Sears in Santa Cruz. Sears Holding Corp. owns both the Sears and Kmart chains.The 125-year-old retailer has closed hundreds of stores in recent years to improve its bottom line.“We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which is a critical component to our integrated retail transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed,” the company said in a statement.This latest announcement comes just days after Lowe’s announced it is closing all of is Orchard Supply Hardware stores five years after purchasing the chain out of bankruptcy from its previous owner, Sears Holdings Corp.The latest Sears and Kmart liquidation sales are expected to begin Thursday, Aug. 30. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Officials Break Ground on Solar Plant at Alabama Depot

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from Alabama Power, the Army and other federal agencies celebrated a groundbreaking Thursday on a 10-megawatt alternating current solar farm at Anniston Army Depot in northeastern Alabama.The photovoltaic solar generating plant, which will be located on about 90 acres of land at the depot, is scheduled to be operational later this year. Alabama Power will develop, construct and operate the facility, and the energy generated by the project will flow back into the grid. The utility will retain the renewable energy credits from the project, according to a press release. The depot will continue to procure power from the utility through an existing General Services Administration (GSA) area-wide contract.The project is a collaboration involving the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, the depot, the Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, GSA and the utility.The company shortly will break ground on a 10-megawatt solar project at Fort Rucker, in southeast Alabama. The post similarly will continue to purchase electricity from Alabama Power through an existing service contract.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For April 23 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, April 23, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. An Executive Session precedes the public meeting at 6pm.At Wilmington Public Schools: The WHS CATS will hold its monthly meeting at 7pm at Wilmington High.At The Library: Little Movers at 10am. Networkers: The Hero’s Journey and Your Job Search at 10am. PJ Storytime at 6:30pm. English Conversation Group at 7pm. Domestic Affairs Discussion at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Caregivers Support Group at 10:30am. Special Exercise at 11am. Quilting at 1pm. Book Club at 1pm. Butterfly & Bird program at 1pm. Mason Dinner at 5:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 7 Wilmington High School games are scheduled. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau of Airgoz Aerial Photography. What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 22-28)In “5 Things To Do Today”What’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 15-21)In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Valentines Day warning Romance scams will cost you bigtime

first_imgThe FTC warns against giving strangers money online.  Jamie Grill / Getty Cupid’s arrow could be aiming for your wallet instead of your heart.Folks lost $143 million to romance scams in 2018, according to a report from the US Federal Trade Commission out Tuesday. That’s more than any other type of consumer fraud, and it’s way up from $33 million in 2015.The report said scammers will create fake accounts on not just dating apps, but social media platforms as well, and eventually ask for money for things like an emergency medical procedure. They might also hit you up for money purportedly to fund travel to see you, with the scammers claiming to be abroad or far away.”The median individual loss to a romance scam reported in 2018 was $2,600, about seven times higher than the median loss across all other fraud types,” the report said. While those most likely to be affected are between the ages of 40 and 69, the FTC advises everyone to use caution — don’t send money to people you haven’t met in person, do reverse image searching of profile pictures, talk things over with friends and family, and just take it slow. See It Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. 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). Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express $520 at HP $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read the AirPods review See at Amazon 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. Apple iPhone XS Tags Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Boost Mobile Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 0 1:08 Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $210 at Best Buy 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. Amazon 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. Best Buycenter_img 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See it Rylo $999 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. 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. Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Culture,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 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. 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. 7 $59 at eBay $6 at Tidal Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Gifts for your ‘foodie’ Valentine 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. See at Turo $299 at Amazon See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

Alleged Zetas members to stand trial for 2011 massacre of Guatemalan farmworkers

first_imgNo related posts. GUATEMALA CITY –Eight men – four Mexicans and four Guatemalans – suspected of belonging to the violent drug cartel Los Zetas, will stand trial for the May 14, 2011 murder of 27 farmworkers in the department of Petén, 600 kilometers north of the capital near the Mexican border, a Guatemalan judge said on Tuesday.Judge Carol Flores said the eight defendants will stand trial on charges of kidnapping and murder. A trial date will be announced at an upcoming hearing.Flores ordered the trial to move forward after hearing testimony from two protected witnesses who linked the eight defendants to the brutal crime. The judge also admitted fingerprint evidence from the crime scene and information gathered via phone taps.Flores said evidence in the case indicated that the defendants allegedly planned and carried out the massacre of poor farmworkers at Los Cocos farm, in the La Libertad municipality in Petén. Victims – both men and women – were decapitated during the brutal crime.Prosecutor Aldo Chapas said the massacre was ordered by Guatemalan drug trafficker Mauricio Cruz Cárdenas, alias “Z200,” whose target was the farm’s owner, Otto Salguero, one of Cruz’s rivals.The eight defendants already have been convicted of killing an adjunct prosecutor from the department of Cobán who was investigating the massacre. A judge sentenced each of the eight men to 158 years in prison, although Guatemala’s maximum sentencing guidelines reduced prison terms to 50 years.Los Zetas – a brutal Mexican drug cartel – have been operating in Guatemala since at least 2008, when members of the group were involved in a deadly gun battle between rival drug cartels that left 11 dead in the eastern region of the country.Interior Minister Mauricio López admitted that members of Los Zetas control strategic drug-trafficking regions in heavily forested areas along the 1,000 kilometers that border Mexico. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Islamic State terrorists talked of entering US through Mexico

first_imgRelated posts:Obama admits US underestimated IS threat The Islamic State’s trap for Europe Obama cannot keep ignoring Bashar Assad in Syria France, allies signal major response after Paris attacks leave at least 127 dead WASHINGTON, D.C. — Islamic State extremists have discussed infiltrating the United States through its border with Mexico, a U.S. official said Wednesday.Francis Taylor, under secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, told a Senate committee Wednesday that the Sunni militants have been tracked discussing the idea on social-media sites such as Twitter.“There have been Twitter and social-media exchanges among ISIL adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility,” Taylor said. Islamic State is also known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS. Referring to the 1,933-mile (3,110- kilometer) boundary with Mexico, Taylor said he was “satisfied that we have the intelligence and the capability at our border that would prevent that activity.”Taylor’s comments before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee came hours before President Barack Obama is to outline in a speech plans to expand the U.S. offensive against Islamic State. Steps under consideration include blocking foreign fighters from entering Syria and Iraq, delivering more aid to moderate factions among Syrian rebels, and expanding air strikes to Islamic State targets in Syria.Taylor said the security of the U.S.’s southwest border remains a high concern for his department, and that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has ordered “a comprehensive southern border security strategy that will include national security risks to border.”Officials testifying before the committee said that Islamic State poses the greatest threat to U.S. interests in Iraq and within the region. At the moment, Islamic State’s ability to develop significant, large-scale attacks diminishes with distance from Syria and Iraq, said Nicholas Rasmussen, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center.“We do not assess right now they have the capability to mount an effective large-scale attack on the United States,” Rasmussen said.Islamic State’s sweep across Iraq and a campaign of terror that has included the beheading of two U.S. journalists have galvanized fears among U.S. citizens of a rising terrorist threat and stirred demands from lawmakers that Obama articulate a plan for dealing with the issue. A Border Patrol vehicle is driven along the U.S.-Mexico border fence as agents carry out “special operations” on July 30, 2009 near the rural town of Campo, some 60 miles east of San Diego, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFPSixty-five percent of U.S. citizens back bombing strikes against the extremists in Syria, more than double the level of support from a year ago, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released yesterday.Islamic State members have surfaced in Europe — specifically in a shooting that killed four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels and through arrests in Paris — “a clear indication of ISIL’s ambition to operate outside the Middle East,” Rasmussen said. If the group is left to grow, that threat will only increase, he said.“Left unchecked, ISIL poses a threat to all governments it considers apostate,” Rasmussen said, adding that the group’s targets would include governments in Europe, the U.S., Africa and the Middle East.Lawmakers concentrated on the threat posed by foreign fighters who join Islamic State, either Americans or Europeans who wouldn’t need a visa to enter the United States.Rasmussen estimated that “over 100 persons from a wide variety of backgrounds have attempted to travel to the region” from the U.S. to fight alongside extremist groups active in Iraq and Syria.Many go “simply looking to join the fight” and engage with extremist elements, not necessarily searching to join Islamic State in particular, Rasmussen said. “Where they end up actually affiliating plays out over time,” he said.Rasmussen said the estimate of 100 people included individuals who show intent to travel but haven’t left the U.S. as well as those who remain there, have been killed and who have returned.One wild card will be U.S. citizens who may be radicalized through the Internet and decide to take up arms here, Rasmussen said.“We can’t account for homegrown terrorists,” Rasmussen said, “people who might self-affiliate.”If there is any good news, Rasmussen said, it is the “aggressive information-sharing with all of our partners who have the same problem.” This has given the U.S. and Europe “a significant leg up” in attempts “to disrupt travel when these individuals attempt to leave Iraq,” he said.Gathering data on Islamic State and other extremists groups has become more difficult since disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Rasmussen said, as intelligence agencies have seen terrorists change their methods and means of communication to avoid detection.Those changes “frustrate our counterterrorism efforts,” he said. “We cannot connect the dots if we cannot collect the dots.”With assistance from Roger Runningen and Mike Dorning in Washington.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more