Freeland EU minister celebrate landmark trade deal

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland hugged and thanked her European counterpart today as Canada and the European Union marked the entry into force today of a trade agreement that took a decade to complete.“Grazie mille,” Freeland said in Italian as she embraced Federica Mogherini of the EU at the start of a meeting at the United Nations.“It is a very important day, for Canada and I think for Europe,” Freeland said. “And also for the rules-based international trading order. And for progressive trade.”Mogherini, Europe’s high representative for foreign affairs, credited Freeland’s work for getting the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement across the finish line.“Because without your optimism, your energy, your determination, I think it would have been a lot harder to get to this result,” she told Freeland. “It’s a special day.”The two ministers had a trilingual chat, in English, French and Italian.The agreement involved different Canadian governments over many years. The Stephen Harper Conservatives closed the deal with the EU and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals worked out changes that helped get it implementedThe agreement only enters into force provisionally, with portions, such as investment protection, still requiring endorsement by participating legislatures.But Freeland and Mogherini said it stands as an accomplishment.“Because together we have just shown, I think, to the international system that (our) partnership can bring positive results,” Mogherini said.“It’s about free and fair trade. And I’m sure it will continue to be on many things that are common priorities for us: multilateralism, climate change, the fact that we see diversity in our cultures and societies as a value, not as a threat.”The CETA deal comes into effect as world trade grows.An International Monetary Fund report this year concluded the volume of global trade increased 2.2 per cent in 2016, and is projected to grow 3.8 per cent and 3.9 per cent this year and next.last_img read more


CBC News takes home 4 awards from Canadian Association of Journalists

first_img Twitter CBC News has been recognized for its investigative work and strong storytelling with four awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists annual banquet on Saturday.Recipients included senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault and producer Nazim Baksh for The Extremes, which looks at why Belgium was a target for a terrorist attack. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Seismologist and meterologist Johanna Wagstaffe accepted another award on behalf of CBC’s B.C. team for its work on Fault Lines, which won for open broadcast feature.last_img read more


Crushing defeat for Mays deal leaves Brexit path unclear

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s Parliament has delivered a crushing verdict on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal, rejecting it by 432 votes to 202 — the biggest defeat suffered by a government in modern British political history.That leaves the country’s EU exit process in crisis, with just 10 weeks until it is due to leave the bloc on March 29.On Wednesday, May’s government faces a no-confidence vote in Parliament. If it survives, May has until the start of next week to come back to Parliament with a Plan B.Here’s a look at what might happen next.TRY AND TRY AGAINAfter Tuesday’s defeat, May assured the House of Commons that “the House has spoken and the government will listen.” She plans to hold talks with lawmakers from across the political spectrum before announcing a new plan.But May’s office has downplayed the prospect of major changes to the deal that has been negotiated, and EU leaders are adamant that the 585-page withdrawal agreement cannot be reopened.That means May could return to Parliament next week with a tweaked deal that is only slightly different to the previous one. But that is unlikely to win over many opponents of the agreement.Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, said most leaders who had suffered a defeat on this scale would be “either resigning or looking to trash the deal that they’d got and do something utterly different.”May, however, has proven stubbornly resistant to changing her Brexit “red lines.”“It looks as if we’re just going to get more of the same and that she’ll come back in a week or so’s time with nothing substantially different from what we’ve got now,” Bale said.__DELAY BRITAIN’S EXITParliament has rejected May’s deal, but is split on what to do instead. Some lawmakers want to tack toward a softer Brexit that would see Britain keep close ties to the bloc, while others want to walk away from the EU without a deal.With Parliament split, there is a growing chance Britain will seek an extension to the two-year exit process that is due to expire on March 29.Some ministers are urging May to delay Brexit and then consult lawmakers in a series of “indicative votes” to see if a majority can be found for a new plan. And various factions of lawmakers are exploring ways to use parliamentary rules to wrest control of the Brexit process from the government.A delay would likely also be needed in the event of two other possible scenarios: a general election, or a second referendum. Any delay to the date of Brexit would require unanimous approval from leaders of the EU’s remaining 27 member states.___HOLD AN ELECTIONImmediately after Tuesday’s vote in Parliament, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called a no-confidence vote in the government, to be held Wednesday evening.If the government loses, Britain is facing an election for a new Parliament and government. The government is likely to survive, however. Almost all members of the governing Conservatives say they will support May, as will her parliamentary allies in Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.Labour says it will keep trying to force an election, and could attempt more no-confidence votes in the coming weeks.___SECOND REFERENDUMThe campaign to revisit Brexit in a second referendum — driven largely by supporters of the losing “remain” side in the 2016 referendum — has been gathering steam as the pitfalls and complexity of the divorce process become clear.The government is firmly opposed, but many lawmakers believe a new referendum may be the only way out of the Brexit impasse.But it’s unclear what the question would be. Many pro-EU politicians want a choice between leaving on the proposed terms and staying in the EU, but others say leaving without a deal should also be an option.There’s a strong chance any new referendum would be as divisive as the first.___NO DEALThis is the outcome few want — but it is also the default option. If the divorce deal is not approved, altered or put on hold, Britain will cease to be an EU member at 11 p.m. London time on March 29.The Bank of England has warned that tumbling out of the bloc with no deal to soften the exit could plunge Britain into its deepest recession in nearly a century, and businesses warn the sudden end to longstanding trading agreements with the EU could see gridlock at British ports and shortages of food and medicines.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitJill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more


China warns retaliation against Trumps move to ban Huawei

first_imgBeijing: China on Thursday warned retaliation for US President Donald Trump’s order that effectively barred Chinese telecom giant Huawei from the US market, saying Beijing will take necessary measures to safeguard rights and interest of its business firms. Escalating the bruising trade war with China, President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday barring American companies from installing the foreign-made telecom equipment posing a national security threat, a move apparently aimed at banning Huawei from US networks. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Trump’s decision risks escalating tensions with China as the world’s two largest economies clash over whether Huawei – the world’s largest provider of telecommunications equipment – poses a spying risk to Western infrastructure networks. The US and China are already locked in a trade battle that has seen mounting tariffs, sparking fears the conflict will damage the global economy. Reacting sharply to Trump’s move, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here that China will take measures to defend the interests of Chinese companies. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “We have noted the US department of Commerce decision. China always asks its business to comply with laws and regulations in export control and fulfil their international obligations. We always ask them to abide by other country’s laws regulations in their overseas business,” Lu said. “But we are against other countries’ unilateral sanctions based on domestic law and practices that abuses export control measures. We urge the US to stop such practice and create favourable conditions for business cooperation. China will take necessary measures to safeguard Chinese business’ legitimate rights and interests,” he said. He, however, parried questions over what measures China would take, saying the commerce ministry would come out with a response. Asked whether China would now target US firms in retaliation, Lu said, “as for the foreign firms, so long their operations are lawful, they should not be concerned. In international trade, the basis is mutual respect and mutual benefit”. Separately, Huawei in a statement said that “unreasonable restrictions” by the US infringed on its rights. “Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives,” the telecom giant said. “In addition, unreasonable restrictions will infringe upon Huawei’s rights and raise other serious legal issues,” it said. Huawei is already fighting a major legal battle against US to stave off the extradition of its CFO Meng Wanzhou, who has been arrested in Canada, to face prosecution for violations of American sanctions against Iran. Meng, the daughter of Huawei owner Ren Zhengfei, has been accused of misleading banks about the company’s business dealings there. Huawei alleges that the US is stifling its business as it has emerged as a major competitor for the next generation 5G telecom technology. In the media briefing, Lu while replying to a question whether China view Trump’s move as a major escalation of trade war, said, “we are opposed to other countries making every issue a national security and using that as pretext to suppress other businesses . “China will defend its business’ rights and interests. As for China’s view on the executive order (of Trump) we can say that nobody say this as constructive and friendly gesture,” he said. Lu also gave a lukewarm response to remarks made by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, one of the lead American negotiators, that he anticipates going to China for more trade talks in the near future. China always stands for consultations and negotiations to resolve differences, he said, adding that Beijing opted for talks even when US turned away from negotiations in the past. “But I have to point out that in negotiations there has to be good faith,” he said, emphasising respect, equality and mutual trust and good faith. “One must match words with action. There should be no flip-flopping,” he said. Also in a related issue, Lu confirmed that China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained in December last year on suspicion of endangering national security. Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a Canadian businessman based in China, have been arrested in what Canada alleged as tit-for-tat retaliation to Huawei CFO Wanzhou’s detention. The timing of their charges also coincides with US ban on Huawei.last_img read more


UN envoy hails African Union move to extend mandate of Darfur force

African Union (AU) leaders agreed at their weekend summit to extend the mandate of the 7,000-strong force, which had been due to expire on 30 September. While no agreement was reached with Sudan’s President on allowing UN peacekeepers to take over from the AU force, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Sudan Jan Pronk did highlight recent official efforts to disarm the Janjaweed militia in the region.“While welcoming the recent announcement by the Sudanese Government to present a plan for the disarmament of the Janjaweed militiamen in Darfur, Mr. Pronk warned that continued militia attacks on internally displaced persons in Darfur were hampering implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement,” a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York.In his latest report to the Security Council on the region, which covers the month of May and which was issued today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan states that “disarming the Janjaweed, improving civilian protection and strengthening ceasefire monitoring and verification mechanisms are absolute priorities.”Another “serious concern” he highlights is that the “work of United Nations agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) continues to be hindered by banditry targeting humanitarian personnel and assets.”Three years of fighting in Darfur between Government forces, pro-government militias and rebels have killed scores of thousands of people and displaced more than 2 million others amid charges of civilian massacre, rape and other atrocities.In a separate development related to Darfur, a youth spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently returned from visiting camps for internally displaced in the region and emphasized the conflict’s impact on women and children.“Young people have really been at the centre of this conflict. Children have really been hit harder than anyone else. The camps are 90 per cent women and children. That’s a population of 2 million people now,” said UNICEF spokesperson Ronan Farrow.In a further development related to Sudan as a whole, Japan has contributed $1.7 million to a new UN inter-agency project to assist the country’s landmine victims and the wider population with an 18-month project that aims among other things to raise awareness of the dangers of landmines and also provide support for victims’ reintegration.Apart from the conflict still raging in the Darfur region, more than 4 million Sudanese were displaced internally by a decades-long war in the south and, as the latest report to the Security Council on Sudan shows, the problems there are not over.“It is clear that the legacy of the long conflict in the Sudan runs deep and that the country is still in a healing process,” it states. read more


National Driver Licence Service is back up and running today

first_imgYESTERDAY NEW DRIVING licence rules came into effect with members of the public seeking a new license or a renewal now having to visit one of the service’s new centres rather than the motor tax office.However, the new system experienced some teething problems yesterday, with ‘technical difficulties’ leaving members of the public unable to renew or obtain new licences on what was the first day of the new service.IT difficultiesThe glitch affected all 34 national centre offices, but the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) said the service is expected to operate as normal today. There was also problems with the customer service help line yesterday.There were criticisms of the service’s failings yesterday after members of the public travelled far distances to some new centres, only to find that the system was down.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Brian Farrell spokesperson for the Road Safety Authority said all the issues from yesterday have been resolved.‘A lot calmer’“We had a project meeting today and things are a lot calmer on the ground today. We are monitoring things very closely and we have put more people on the ground where we had delays yesterday. There were teething problems yesterday but those issues have been resolved, so things are a lot calmer today,” he said.He added that there were also triage people at the centres to help people with application forms and telling them what documents they need.He said that the important thing for people to do is bring the right documentation with them.“There have been a few issues with people being unsure of what to bring. You need to bring proof of your PPS number, not just the number itself. Also, people need to make sure they have the right application form,” he said.Application formThe application form that people used to get in the motor tax office has been replaced. The new application forms have a barcode on them and are scanned into the system. You can get the new forms from the NDLS website, at any garda station and at the new centres.Applicants can find their nearest centre on the NDLS website or on the NDLS app which is available for both Apple and Android devices.Read: Applying for a driving licence? New rules come into force today>Read: Photo professionals to meet with RSA over new driving licence >last_img read more


Shatter survives Dáil motion of no confidence with 8845 win

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR JUSTICE, Alan Shatter, will remain in office after a Dáil motion of no confidence was amended by TDs voting in his favour.TDs voted 88 to 45 to replace Fianna Fáil’s ‘no confidence’ motion with a Government motion worded in Shatter’s favour.On the amended motion, TDs voted to back Shatter by an identical margin, 88 to 45.Of the TDs in attendance, there was unanimous support for Shatter among Fine Gael and Labour, and unanimous dissent against him among Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin TDs.Colm Keaveney was the only one of the ‘Independent Labour’ TDs to vote with Shatter, while Róisín Shortall, Patrick Nulty and Tommy Broughan all voted against him.Of TDs from the smaller parties or the independent benches, Michael Lowry was the only member to vote in support of the minister.Shatter: ‘Do I think it was a mistake to mention the incident surrounding Deputy Wallace? …Of course I do’last_img read more


Taking rundown Dublin buildings and turning them into homes

first_img The outside of St Agatha’s Court before and after it was renovated. Source: PMV TrustVacant dwellingsFigures from the 2016 Census show that there were 183,312 vacant dwellings in Ireland, excluding holiday homes. This figures does not include derelict buildings that are uninhabitable.In 2014, the PMV Trust began to focus on vacant buildings and derelict sites, looking at how these can be used to increase housing supply.Instead of focusing solely on new builds, the Trust believes that renovating and reusing existing buildings can be a more cost-effective, quicker and more sustainable way to delivering houses.It’s first major renovation project was six apartments on Pim Street in Dublin 8, which were originally local authority housing that were declared void. The Pim Street development in dublin before it was renovated. Source: PMV TrustThe charity followed up with subsequent redevelopments in various places around the inner city. The 11 units as St Agatha’s bring their number to 50.A spokesperson for the Peter McVerry Trust said the charity has “at least” 100 additional units coming on stream in the next three years.As well as this active use, the Trust also operates the reusingdublin.ie website, which aims to map and track vacant and derelict sites in the capital, as well as raise awareness of the issue.Part of the government’s housing action plan – Rebuilding Ireland – is focused reusing existing housing stock. This part was due to be put into action in March of this year, but it had been delayed.Read: ‘I fought to get clean and to get where I am today’: New apartments in Dublin give hope to homeless peopleRead: Coveney’s aim for no homeless families in hotels by July? Not a chance says McVerry Jun 17th 2017, 7:15 AM Share212 Tweet Email3 http://jrnl.ie/3447865 16,603 Views 31 Comments Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 7:15 AMcenter_img Taking rundown Dublin buildings and turning them into homes A homelessness charity sees vacant or derelict sites as a way of alleviating the homelessness crisis. By Cormac Fitzgerald The inside of St agatha’s Court, before and after it was renovated. Source: PMV TrustELEVEN NEW APARTMENTS were unveiled this week in Dublin’s inner city.St Agatha’s Court on North William Street will provide permanent homes to be people who have been homeless or have faced serious housing issues for years.The apartments were developed and will be operated by homelessness charity Peter McVerry Trust, which re-developed an existing derelict buildingThe St Agatha’s Court site was owned by Dublin City Council and scheduled for demolition when it was taken over by the PMV Trust.A €1.4 million project saw the site re-developed into the 11 apartments. This approach – the renovating of vacant or derelict buildings and bringing them back to use – has been a central approach of the PMV Trust in its efforts to combat housing shortage and the homelessness crisis.The 11 apartments of St Agatha’s Court brings to 50 the total number of housing units developed by the charity from old buildings. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Plus de tempêtes et douragans que prévu cette année dans lAtlantique

first_imgPlus de tempêtes et d’ouragans que prévu cette année dans l’AtlantiqueSelon le Service national américain de météorologie la saison des ouragans pourrait être plus intense que prévu cette année dans l’Atlantique. Les scientifiques prévoient la formation de 14 à 19 tempêtes tropicales dans la région, dont sept à dix pourraient se transformer en ouragan.Après que plusieurs tempêtes ont touché les îles de l’Atlantique ces derniers jours, le Service national américain de météorologie a annoncé que la saison des ouragans pourrait être plus intense que prévu dans cette région du globe. Selon les calculs des scientifiques, entre 14 et 19 tempêtes tropicales pourraient ainsi se former dans l’Atlantique nord d’ici le 30 novembre, date de la fin de saison. À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcossePlus inquiétant encore : “entre trois et cinq de ces ouragans pourraient s’avérer très intenses et atteindre au moins la catégorie trois sur l’échelle de Saffir-Simpson (qui en compte cinq)” a confié Gerry Bell, spécialiste des ouragans au sein du Service national de météorologie, qui a également précisé que sur les 19 tempêtes potentielles, sept à dix pourraient se transformer en ouragan.  Selon M. Bell, il y aurait ainsi près de 85% de chances que l’année 2011 soit une saison “au-dessus de la normaleen termes de tempêtes tropicales dans l’Atlantique Nord”. En mai, ce chiffre, n’était que de 65%. Jusqu’à maintenant, la région a été balayée par cinq tempêtes tropicales, mais aucun ouragan, rappelle néanmoins l’AFP.Le 6 août 2011 à 09:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Off Beat Small statue plays big part in community fundraiser

first_imgA homeless boy donated a handful of change for the city’s sculpture of Captain George Vancouver, project organizers say.It’s a reminder that you don’t have to be a high-profile player to contribute to the community.That principle is playing out again with a low-profile version of the 9-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the English explorer. In this case, low-profile means 13-inches tall, from the captain’s shoes to his hat.It is one of a dozen mini-statues made by Battle Ground sculptor Jim Demetro when he shaped the larger-than-life Captain Vancouver in 1999. That statue stands across the street from City Hall.The miniatures were given to members of the statue committee. One has been donated to the annual fundraiser benefitting CDM Caregiving Services.Westby Associates, which organizes CDM’s annual Symbol of Freedom events, is auctioning off the 13-inch statue. Phone-in bids are being accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Call 360-750-3825.The statuette will be on display at CDM’s events on Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are required.As of Friday, the bidding was at $2,500. All bids must be in increments of $500. The “buy it now” price is $8,000. The money will go to CDM’s “Aging with Dignity” capital campaign.Michael Wilson, a senior associate at Westby Associates, was a member of the Captain Vancouver statue committee a couple of decades ago. He recalled a hands-on aspect of that fundraising campaign.last_img read more


County adds 1000 jobs in January state data show

first_imgClark County added 1,000 jobs to the workforce in January and continues to grow at a rate higher than the state and the nation.That’s according to the latest jobs report from the state Employment Security Department, released Tuesday. January was the third consecutive month to add at least 700 jobs, when adjusting for seasonal trends, the report said.Without making the adjustments, jobs fell by nearly 1,700 due to seasonal layoffs. The biggest sectors to cut jobs in the winter are the public sector and leisure and hospitality, both of which cut 300 jobs. Construction shed another 200.Unemployment also ticked up to 5.5 percent, crossing the 5 percent threshold for the first time since spring 2017.Still, Clark County outpaces its peers in job growth. The county has added 6,700 jobs over the past 12 months, amounting to about 4.3 percent job growth. The Vancouver-Portland metro area — which puts Clark and Skamania counties alongside five Oregon counties — added 36,200 jobs for a 2.7 percent growth.Job growth over that same time has been 1.5 percent nationwide, 2.8 percent in Washington and 2.9 percent in Oregon.last_img read more


Ronaldo is responsible for the whole attention Perez suggests

first_imgPortuguese international star Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear to Florentino Perez that he really wants to leave Real Madrid.Real Madrid president, Perez has said that “Ronaldo must take all responsibility for publically announcing, himself, that he intends to leave the Spanish capital and the European champions behind,” Calciomercato, claims.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.This has informed the report that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has made contact with Cristiano Ronaldo directly through numerous phone calls being held between the two. The report also suggests that Agnelli understood Ronaldo’s desires to be at the centre of attention, hence the convincing Ronaldo that he will be the star of Turin or even the star of Italian football.To show seriousness in signing the Real Madrid forward, Agnelli has also got to Ronaldo through his agent, Jorge Mendes, who is at the moment working out the costs and sustainability of the €100-€120 million transfer as well as the €30 million per year wage for the next four years. A deal is underway to be formally agreed between the two clubs, then the transfer, before an announcement.last_img read more


Vehicular homicide witness allowed to live with suspects family

first_imgThe live-in girlfriend of the man accused of killing two women in a crosswalk in a hit-and-run collision in Vancouver will be allowed to live with a couple related to his family.Brandon Smith’s girlfriend, Kalista Andino, and Smith’s mother, Linda Smith, are accused of tampering with witnesses in the vehicular homicide case against him. A court order bars them from having any form of contact with each other or other witnesses in the case.However, Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson today allowed Andino to live with Terry and Maryanna Belland of Washougal, despite objections by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu and a supervised release officer. The Bellands are the parents of Brandon Smith’s sister-in-law, Briana Peterson. Peterson is married to Smith’s half-brother, Craig Peterson, of Camas.Raisa Mosh, 45, and Irina Gardinant, 28, were killed about 8 p.m. Jan. 19 when a white pickup struck them in a crosswalk at Northeast 72nd Avenue and Vancouver Mall Drive. Vancouver police said Smith was the driver. He fled the scene of the collision without calling 911 or trying to help the victims, they said. Mosh’s 12-year-old son also was injured.Since Smith’s Jan. 29 arrest, Andino has been living alone with her 6-month-old daughter in the apartment she shared with Smith at the time of collision.last_img read more


Family Guy and Bobs Burgers renewed for more seasons on Fox

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 2 Comments Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sprint Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. $6 at Tidal $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It 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). Fox,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. See at Amazon Comments Best Buy 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 Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express Apple iPhone XS See It See it JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo Amazon 50 Photos Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20)center_img 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. TV and Movies $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. 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. $299 at Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice 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. Boost Mobile See at Turo 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. 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first_imgAuthorities are investigating the suspected hate crime shooting of a Sikh man at his home near Seattle, media reported Saturday, just days after an engineer from India was fatally shot in Kansas.The 39-year-old Sikh was working on his car in his driveway in Kent, Washington just south of Seattle, when a man walked up late Friday wearing a mask and holding a gun.The Seattle Times newspaper reported that the partially-masked gunman, after exchanging words with the victim, said “Go back to your own country” before pulling the trigger, shooting him in the arm.Authorities are investigating the shooting as a suspected hate crime, according to the Seattle Times, which did not provide the nationality of the victim.The daily reported that police are continuing to search for the gunman.Jasmit Singh, a leader of the Sikh community near Seattle, told The Seattle Times that the victim has been released from the hospital.”He is just very shaken up, both him and his family,” Singh said.”We’re all kind of at a loss in terms of what’s going on right now, this is just bringing it home. The climate of hate that has been created doesn’t distinguish between anyone.”The incident follows a shooting at a Kansas bar last month that killed 32-year-old engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, causing shockwaves felt around the country.A second Indian engineer, Alok Madasani, was injured in the Kansas shooting carried out by a white gunman whom witnesses said screamed racial slurs and told his victims to “get out of my country” before opening fire.The Sikh Coalition, a New York-based civil rights group, asked local and federal authorities in a statement Saturday to investigate the latest shooting as a hate crime.last_img read more


Palantir Buys Fancy That an Indication that BrickAndMortar Shopping Is Increasingly a

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Data analytics platform Palantir is known for working on issues like national security, cybercrime prevention and military defense strategizing. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based tech company has helped coordinate disaster response after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New Jersey Coast, it has leveraged its data analytics software to help reduce human trafficking violations, and it has partnered to help find and protect missing and exploited children.That’s why it’s a bit of a change of tune to see Palantir scoop up the retail analytics company Fancy That, a tech startup that helps apparel companies better manage their inventory, customer interactions and pricing with data analytics.Related: Lessons from a Food-Tech Startup: Big Data Isn’t Just a Buzzword — It Can Be Your Secret WeaponBut the acquisition, announced with a blog post from Fancy That, is an indication of how brick-and-mortar retail is increasingly becoming a “big data” game.For instance, data is used to answer questions about customer behavior, to forecast inventory demand and increase consumer engagement. Where are your customers looking? What are they buying? How are they walking through your store?Related: How This 3-D Printing Startup Is Pushing the Boundaries of the Retail ExperiencePalantir already has some pretty stiff competition in efforts to overlay big data analytics onto the retail industry. For example, IBM says that it can pull information on customer behavior from social media, online shopping transactions and point of sale systems to help retailers market more effectively to specific customers, sending promotions in real-time to individual customers based on their location. Also, its “big data” analysis can help retailers become more efficient on the backend, too, helping stores anticipate demand and distribute inventory accordingly.Terms of the Palantir deal were not released in the Fancy That blog post and an email to Palantir seeking specifics on the purchase had not been returned as of publication of this post.Related: Why These Ecommerce Front-Runners Are Building Brick and Mortar Stores Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Enroll Now for Free February 6, 2015last_img read more


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Which Bank Will be Next to Settle RMBS Fraud Claims

first_imgWhich Bank Will be Next to Settle RMBS Fraud Claims? Last week’s settlement between Goldman Sachs and several regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice, for $5 billion to resolve claims of RMBS fraud has fueled speculation among analysts that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will reach a settlement in the next few weeks to resolve claims.The British-based RBS is one of 18 financial institutions sued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in 2011 to recoup U.S. taxpayer costs following the government’s $187.5 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008. The RBS suit is the last of 18 cases not resolved either through trial or settlement. Out of the 18 lenders sued, 16 of them settled for a combined total of about $17 billion. Nomura Holdings took FHFA to trial in March for a case in which RBS was also a defendant. After a two-month bench trial, Nomura was found liable for deceiving the GSEs in the sale of $2 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities and was ordered to pay $839 million in penalties. Nomura has appealed the verdict.FHFA sued RBS in the U.S. District Court in Connecticut over the selling of approximately $32 billion worth of faulty mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the crisis. FHFA claims that the GSEs relied on false and misleading statements made by RBS when purchasing the mortgage-backed securities, causing the Enterprises to suffer massive losses. Reports surfaced in early July that the FHFA, conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since 2008, is seeking up to $13 billion in damages from RBS in the lawsuit. The bank had set aside about $3 billion for a possible settlement.RBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether or not there will be a settlement or if the bank plans to take FHFA to trial. Analysts believe regulators would like to have the case resolved before the presidential race heats up in the coming months.Last year, RBS attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed on the grounds that the FHFA waited too long to sue. In August 2015, however, a federal judge denied RBS’ attempt to have the suit thrown out.RBS has settled with the FHFA before over mortgage-backed securities. In June 2014, RBS agreed to pay $99.5 million to settle a separate FHFA suit claiming that the bank sold more than $2 billion worth of faulty mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac between 2005 and 2007.Several large financial institutions have settled with the U.S. Justice Department and state regulatory agencies to resolve claims of mortgage-backed securities fraud: Citigroup for $7 billion in July 2014, JPMorgan Chase for a then-record $13 billion in November 2013, and Bank of America for a record $16.65 billion in August 2014. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Department of Justice Residential Mortgage-Backed Security Royal Bank of Scotland 2016-01-18 Seth Welborncenter_img Share January 18, 2016 622 Views last_img read more


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