Chronology of events of the UK phone hacking scandalNovember 2005: News of the World royal reporter Clive Goodman writes story saying Prince William has a knee injury. Buckingham Palace complaint prompts police inquiry.August 2006: Goodman arrested along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire for suspected hacking into voice mails of royal household.January 2007: Goodman jailed for four months; Mulcaire given six-month sentence. News of the World editor Andy Coulson resigns.May 2007: Conservative Party leader David Cameron taps Coulson to be his media adviser.July 2009: Coulson tells parliamentary committee he never “condoned use of phone hacking.”September 2009: Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the News of the World and its sister paper The Sun, named chief executive of News International, News Corp’s British arm.February 2010: Parliamentary committee finds no evidence that Coulson knew about phone-hacking but states it’s “inconceivable” that only Goodman knew about it.May 2010: Conservative David Cameron becomes prime minister; Coulson named his communications chief.January 2011: British police reopen investigation into phone hacking. Coulson resigns Downing Street post.May: News of the World agrees to pay actress Sienna Miller 100,000 pounds ($161,000) to settle claim her phone had been hacked.June: News of the World pays another settlement, this time with former football player and Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray.July 4: The Guardian newspaper publishes report saying phone of 13-year-old murder victim Milly Dowler was hacked by News of the World when Brooks was its editor. Brooks refuses to resign, says she knew nothing about the hacking.July 5: News of the World advertisers boycott the paper.advertisementJuly 7: News International announces it will close 168-year-old News of the World.July 8: Coulson arrested over phone hacking; he’s not charged. Goodman arrested again, this time for suspected illegal payments to police. Cameron announces inquiries.July 10: 168-year-old News of the World publishes final edition. Rupert Murdoch flies into London to deal with the crisis.July 11: News Corp withdraws offer to spin off Sky News in attempt to save bid for complete control of satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).July 12: Cameron backs opposition motion urging Murdoch to back out of BSkyB bid.July 13: News Corp pulls its bid to take full control of BSkyB.July 14: Rupert Murdoch agrees to appear before a parliamentary committee; defends News Corp’s handling of scandal in interview with The Wall Street Journal. Reports emerge that FBI opens inquiry into possible phone hacking of 9/11 terror victims.July 15: Brooks resigns as CEO of News International, is replaced by Tom Mockridge, former head of News Corp’s Sky Italia television unit. Les Hinton, former News International chairman, resigns as CEO of Murdoch’s Dow Jones & Co and publisher of The Wall Street Journal. Murdoch meets with Dowler’s family to apologise.July 16: News Corp runs a full-page ad in seven British newspapers apologising for “serious wrongdoing” at the News of the World.July 17: Brooks is arrested by UK police in the hacking scandal. London police chief Paul Stephenson resigns amid criticism over his alleged links to Neil Wallis, a former News of the World executive editor arrested in the scandal. Murdoch publishes another ad in British newspapers titled “Putting right what’s gone wrong.”July 18: London police assistant commissioner John Yates resigns. He made the decision two years earlier not reopen police inquiry into phone hacking.- With AP inputs
Anywhere in the world, but particularly in India, women pushing beyond the defined realm of motherhood and a regular?? job, and daring to fight it out, against all odds, on the most competitive of all world arenas, speaks of extraordinary grit of the body and mind? Some life lessons to take away Do right by your child: All three Indian mothers at the Olympics Mary Kom (29), Krishna Poonia (35) and Sahana Kumari (30) come from relatively humble backgrounds. Krishna would often milk buffaloes at her fathers dairy in their village Agroha (Hisar) as part of her training regimen. Mary, daughter of jhum farmers, had critics expressing doubts about her? None of them attended public schools; no Westernised, elitist lifestyles either. Down-to-earth, humble. And gritty enough to keep at it, never mind the difficulties. Takeaway: We need to a sk ourselves are we giving our children too much and robbing them of their ability to fight odds?Away from the popular:Mary excelled at boxing; Krishna is a discus thrower and Sahana is a high jumper sports far from the glamour and glitz of tennis, golf, badminton, shooting or cricket. Take away: If your child shows an interest, get her to explore avenues beyond the popular?? sports. You may have a Mary in the making!Dont stop believing: Mary tasted success but was disappointed in having to settle for the Bronze; Krishna, a Commonwealth Games medalist, put in her all but the competition was tough and she finished seventh. Said the gutsy mother of 11-year-old Lakshya: I will continue to work hard. Things do not end on one missed chance. Sahana, arriving just a week before the Games, when others took about a month or so to acclimatise, did not qualify. She could clear only 1.80m in London as against her national record of 1.92m. Takeaway: You can only work h a r d ; yo u c a n n o t g u a r a n te e success. Accept that luck does play a part, or that one may have been good, but not good enough. Its back to the drawing board.Family first, always: All three have supportive families. The husbands encouraged their wives to excel, never holding them back to look after home, hearth and children. Marys husband Onler, does not mind looking after their twin boys while she goes out to practise. Krishnas husband, Virender, is her coach as well. When she got married, her in-laws encouraged the new bride to pursue her passion in sports. Six months after giving birth to her son, Krishna was ready to get back to her game, thanks to their support. Sahanas husband Nagaraj is also a national level athlete and has been with her every step of the way, helping her pursue her dreams. Takeaway: Being wives and mothers did not hold the women back; instead, having family around spurred a nd suppor ted their endeavours, and continues to do so. Teach your youngster to value and make time for immediate and extended family.advertisement
FREDERICTON – A lawyer representing dozens of alleged Catholic sex abuse victims in New Brunswick says he expects hundreds more complainants may emerge.Robert Talach said he believes more people will seek compensation through the courts after a 2012 reconciliation process that saw 80 victims compensated, and that the actual number of victims in the province is in the hundreds.“It’s going to be shocking for people,” he said Wednesday from his office in London, Ont.“You are talking dozens of victims for each priest. These guys were left in the field operating and abusing for decades.”Talach said he believes that a CBC News estimate of 56 current lawsuits against the Catholic Church in the province is low, noting that he’s handling about 32 involving the late Camille Leger alone.Leger was a priest in Cap-Pele, N.B., between 1957 and 1980. He died in 1990 and his accusers only came forward after his death.“I’m not surprised by that,” said Talach. “People wait for a juncture in their life where they can deal with it. Sometimes people wait until their elderly, very Catholic parents pass away. There are triggers that are very individual to every person.”The hockey rink in Cap-Pele had been named after Leger, but once the allegations surfaced, the village council voted to change the name and the sign was quickly removed.Former Supreme Court of Canada judge Michel Bastarache was hired in 2012 to conduct a reconciliation and compensation process for alleged victims of sexual abuse involving priests. He had to delay his final report a number of times because more people kept coming forward with their stories.At the time, Bastarache said payments to 80 people ranged from $15,000 to $300,000 each.But others have emerged since, and turned to the courts.Moncton Archbishop Valery Vienneau was not available Wednesday to comment, but he told CBC the church is going through a very difficult time.In 2012, when Vienneau was bishop-administrator of the Diocese of Bathurst, he issued a statement dealing with abuse by priests.“I ask the victims and their families and the people of our diocese for forgiveness on behalf of my deceased predecessors. People in the past did not recognize the damages caused by sexual abuse on the minds and dispositions of victims. In today’s world, assisted by professionals and their research, we know that past approaches were wrong and that some people do suffer,” Vienneau wrote.Talach said the reconciliation process shook a lot of people and prompted them to come forward, and he expects that to continue for some time.“I would be surprised if any of these complaints are from the 1990s. You’re looking at the 80s, 70s and 60s. It’s part of the human condition that you have to reach a certain level in your life that you’re willing to go back to deal with something that was a trauma in your childhood,” he said.Talach — who has represented complainants in similar cases across the country — said many of the victims were only young boys when they were abused.The Roman Catholic Church has faced similar accusations in jurisdictions around the world.In September, Pope Francis acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving pedophiles around rather than sanctioning them was to blame.Francis met Sept. 21 for the first time with his sex abuse advisory commission, a group of outside experts named in 2014 to advise him and the Catholic Church on best practices to keep pedophiles out of the priesthood and protect children.In its three years, the sex abuse commission has held educational workshops in dioceses around the world, but has faced such stiff resistance to some of its proposals at the Vatican that its most prominent member, Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins, resigned in frustration in March.
11 June 2009Coca Cola and Microsoft are among dozens of companies which are adding to their bottom line while helping Africa and Asia meet their development targets as part of a United Nations-backed scheme. Global business leaders gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, today to celebrate the first anniversary of the Business Call to Action International Partnership, which was launched in May 2008 in London by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom.The programme “builds upon the enlightened self-interest of the private sector to find financial gains while contributing to development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs],” said Bruce Jenks, Director of UNDPs’ Partnership Bureau, referring to the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.“At a time when global business leaders are facing difficult decisions about how to manage growing costs and dwindling profits, it is even more important for companies to boldly explore business models that include the poor in their core strategies,” he added.In just its first year, over 60 CEOs have signed on to the Business Call to Action Declaration, committing their companies to invest in ending poverty.So far, 18 companies – including PepsiCo and Cadbury – have launched initiatives creating thousands of new jobs, setting up hundreds of small independent businesses and boosting trade and sourcing from Africa and Asia.Coca Cola has created 700 small distribution centres in Africa, generating 4,500 new jobs, while Microsoft has launched its Students to Business Programme in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal.For its part, Cisco Systems is currently establishing several Connected Community Research Centres in Kenya to bring many affordable services to local residents, and SABMiller is trying to double the amount of barley it sources from India, in an initiative benefiting 7,500 farmers.
Footage of a man allegedly shooting dead his ex-wife, mother-in-law and pet dog in an execution-style killing were captured on a security camera.The jury at the double murder trial were shown images of Craig Savage arriving at the house where Michelle Savage and her family were enjoying a Friday night takeaway.Police found the bodies of 32-year-old Mrs Savage, her dog Zeus and her mother Heather Whitbread, 53, in the house on Bexhill Road, St Leonards, East Sussex, on March 16.Mrs Savage had been shot about six times and her mother around seven times, Lewes Crown Court heard. Her pregnant sister Raven Whitbread, 24, and 80-year-old grandmother Patricia Groves hid and escaped unharmed, the trial heard.The recording, made by a camera near the front door, shows the 35-year-old arriving with a bag on his back and carrying something covered in his hand.He smashed a window to enter, the court heard, and less than a minute later the first round of alleged shots can be heard. Thirty seconds later, there is a similar sound. Savage is then seen emerging three minutes later. He appears to drop something metal on the ground outside the front door before picking it up and “calmly” making his way down the busy street holding an assault rifle in his hand. Seconds later, the video picks up armed police arriving as vehicles are forced to screech to a halt to allow the officers to take cover as they scream instructions at the alleged gunman. Savage was arrested about an hour-and-a-half later.Jurors also listened to the sounds captured by the camera when shots were fired. A smashing sound can be heard, followed by screaming, dogs barking and gunshots. The clip’s sound was enhanced for the jury.Benjamin Aina QC, prosecuting, said the audio recording depicts the moment Savage carried out the “execution”-type killing at almost point-blank range.He said: “This is not indiscriminate shooting. This is shooting as you heard, and then gaps and then more shooting, and then gaps.”Savage, a lorry driver, admits stealing the gun prior to the incident but he claims it went off accidentally during a struggle at the house after he tripped.A 999 call made by neighbour Tyler Sergent was also played to the jury in which he reports someone breaking into a nearby house.He told the police operator he could hear “someone screaming” and later adds: “Oh no, he’s leaving the house now. He’s walking out the house with a, a gun, is it a gun or a weapon in his hand. 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. “Looks like a, could be a gun in his hand, he’s got a gun in his hand. Yeah, got a gun in his hand, he’s going to the car park now, oh the police are here, he’s shooting, he’s shooting at them.”Last week, the jury was played the 999 call made by Raven Whitbread, who had locked herself in the conservatory with her grandmother.In it, she said her sister’s “crazy ex” broke into the house with a gun. Savage, of no fixed address, denies two counts of murder and possessing a firearm with the intent to endanger life, but admits robbery.The trial continues.
DAVY FITZGERALD SAYS Cork didn’t get the credit they deserved for their performance in the drawn All-Ireland SHC decider three weeks’ ago.The Rebels were seconds away from claiming a 31st senior All-Ireland hurling title before the Banner snatched a late equalising point. This was despite most pundits agreeing the Banner were clearly the better team on the day.“They actually created five or six goal chances so they did, they could have ended up with five the last day and my own honest opinion is that they didn’t get the credit they deserved,” Fitzgerald told reporters at the county’s press night recently.“I thought Cork played pretty decent, especially in the second half I thought they played well. I think they had only three or four wides. That shows any use of the ball they had the last day, they used it pretty well.“I know everyone is saying that Cork are going to play way better the next day, if they do, Jesus, we’re going to have to do some unmerciful rising of our game again so we will. We have to be ready for them playing the next day, we have to be sure we try not to give them five goals. What are Cork going to do the next day? They’re going to get the ball and run at us every chance they get. So that’s what they’re going to do.“They’re going to be going for goals and 21s and that’s what we expect is coming.”The Rebels looked out of the game at several stages in the first tie; was Fitzgerald tempted to drop a player back into the famous sweeper position to close it out?“No, because that would be inviting them,” he says. “They pick scores there at will. You look at Patrick Horgan in the first half — where did he get his score from? If we do that, they’re going to pick score after score after score. That’s only my opinion, maybe it could be different but they’re able, you look at them, they’re able to shoot.“If I remember right, I did an event with ye before the League started and I said it to you then, I thought Cork would be in the shake-up. You can go back and check it, before the League started I reckoned Cork would be in the shake-up and that was a quote that I had before the League.“People were asking me who I thought would be team this year and I said I thought Cork and I believed that so I did. I think they’ve decent hurlers down there, really decent, and they’ve shown it, they’ve beat some great teams this year.” Clare senior manager Davy Fitzgerald at the U21 All-Ireland final in Thurles. Pic: INPHO/James CrombieSince the drawn game last time out, some of Fitzgerald’s young panel have won an All-Ireland U21 title, steamrollering Antrim in the Thurles decider. Was the game a welcome distraction from the senior manager’s point of view?“It’s been the same for their All-Ireland semi-final, their Munster final and their Munster semi-final — after nearly every big game we’ve played they’ve had an U21,” says Fitzgerald. “To be honest, it’s great. It’s well noted that we have 13 or 14 of them U21s in our senior squad so they’re training with me since last October at a serious level.“I suppose I have to also say fair play to Donal and Gerry and them, it was a great victory, but the trust that they have in myself and Paul Kinnerk to train most of their team is great. That’s a fantastic trust that they trust us to do that. It’s great, maybe to get a break away for a week is no harm. What would we do after a big game. What would we do after a big game? We would train probably on the Thursday night after a big game, then have a recovery session on the Tuesday, we train on the Thursday, we only do 35 minutes so basically we’re not doing anything hard until the following Sunday.“The 21s have their game on the Saturday so it’s the exact same thing. They come back in and their mad for road after a week of a break. I think it’s good for us.“The only question you’re asking yourself is: since the start of February probably we’ve been flat out because we played National Hurling League at a Championship pace because we had to try and survive in the National League so we were going flat to the boards from very early on so I’d be saying to myself ‘will these games catch up on them?’“That’s the only concern but it doesn’t seem to have. They seem to be good. I think the only really flat game we had was the Tipperary league game, we were extremely flat in that game and I think that just came off the back of three league matches that we had. The doubt does be in your head – will they be able to keep this going?”Friends reunitedThe meeting with the Rebels on Sunday will be the sixth between the sides this year. Would the Banner prefer to meet an opponent less familiar? “Of course you would, I’m sure they’re the same, we’ve learned stuff about each other. We know them fierce well at this stage but I think we’re two hurling teams.“Very little dirty strokes between ourselves and Cork the last day, very little. We hurl, we go out, we work hard, two big work-ethics, but I also think there’s a lot of skill involved in both teams. Playing them a sixth time? No, let the hurling do the talking out there and I think that’s a good way to be.”avy Fitz names unchanged Clare side for All-Ireland hurling replay
FINE GAEL MAYOR of Tralee Pat Hussey has said he feels ‘abandoned’ by his party and accused Minister Phil Hogan of trying to phase out town councils.Hussey withdrew his name from the running for the Tralee Electoral Area after it was announced at a meeting that the party’s gender quota directive would implemented and one of the two female candidates would definitely be going forward for the convention on Friday.He told TheJournal.ie that there was no opportunity to question or debate the issue, which he said demonstrated the “arrogance” of the party.“I remember listening to Garrett Fitzgerald back in the 70s and 80s, he was a great debater – the hair in the back of my head would stand up – and now they’re afraid to debate,” he said. There’s no communication in Fine Gael anymore. Once they get into power, they lose the run of themselves.Martin Luther King said he had a dream – Phil Hogan said he had one as well. Luther King’s dream was to free his people and Phil Hogan’s is to get rid of town councils. The Tralee mayor said he feels “abandoned” and “humiliated” by his party and advised the Irish people to “watch out because these people will make changes”.However Hussey said he “won’t walk away” and intends to continue doing his work as mayor and as a member of the council for the duration of his term.Read: “Arrogant” Phil Hogan’s visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors>Read: Hogan: No point having elected mayor for Dublin unless position is meaningful>
GARDAÍ IN ANGLESEA Street, Cork arrested seven people, four women and three men, this morning as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected organised fraudulent motor insurance injury claims.One man has since been released without charge but the remaining six are still being questioned.They are detained at various stations in the Midlands and Cork under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.The arrests form part of the second stage of this investigation named Operation Nascar.Five people were arrested in Munster on the 6 February 2013. They were released without charge, pending a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN space experts will today discuss a “very serious” ammonia leak outside the International Space Station, a Russian official said.“Indeed, they have a serious defect, very serious,” Vladimir Solovyov, flight director for the Russian segment of the space station was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.The US space agency NASA earlier said the ammonia leak detected in the cooling system did not pose a danger to astronauts on board the station.Solovyov said officials were considering whether to send ISS crew members into open space to fix the leak.Interfax, citing a space industry source, said NASA astronauts Tom Mashburn and Chris Cassidy are likely to step into open space tomorrow to find the source of the leak.Another Russian official played down the danger from the leak, saying it only affected the US segment of the station and the Russian segment was operating as usual.“This is not critical,” the state RIA Novosti news agency quoted Alexei Krasnov, head of manned flight programs at the Russian Space Agency, as saying.“It’s not the first time such a situation happens, unfortunately.”There was no official statement from the Russian Space Agency.Increase in rate of leakingNASA said crew members had spotted small white flakes floating away from an area outside the craft before reporting the incident.The space agency said on its website that while the rate of ammonia leaking from the station’s truss structure had increased, the “station continues to operate normally otherwise and the crew is in no danger.”“Ammonia is used to cool the station’s power channels that provide electricity to station systems,” NASA said, revealing that the leak was coming from the same general area it did in a previous episode last year.“This ammonia loop is the same one that spacewalkers attempted to troubleshoot a leak on during a spacewalk on Nov. 1, 2012,” the statement said.“It is not yet known whether this increased ammonia flow is from the same leak, which at the time, was not visible.”The ISS is currently crewed by six staff, under the command of Canadian Chris Hadfield.- © AFP 2013.
Researchers at Georgia Tech have demonstrated the ability to use an iPhone to log keystrokes from a nearby desktop computer. If it sounds like something out of a James Bond movie, you might be surprised at the relative simplicity of the tech behind it.As it turns out, all that is used is the iPhone’s accelerometer. It’s the part that detects motion and tilt in our phones and tablets (you can thank it for letting you steer in games like Real Racing 2 by tilting your device). If an iPhone is lying on a desk next to someone who is typing, the accelerometer will record subtle movements caused by that typing.If this sounds familiar, we told you recently about a University of California professor who theorized that something like this was possible. What differentiates this Georgia Tech team is that they have actually applied the theory and demonstrated that it’s possible with up to an 80 percent success rate.While the iPhone can’t directly pinpoint the letters that are being typed, it can figure out what side of the keyboard each letter is on, as well as their relative distance to one another. Once that information is compiled for a series of consecutive letters, it can be matched against a dictionary database to find the most likely words that were typed.For example, if I’m typing the word “password,” a malicious app could break the movements down into pairs of characters, and then log them in relation to the keyboard. It might get p-a as “right-left-far,” a-s as “left-left-near,” s-s as “left-left-near,” s-w as “left-left-near,” w-o as “left-right-far,” o-r as “right-left-far,” and r-d as “left-left-near.” This could then be abbreviated to the code RLF-LLN-LLN-LLN-LRF-RLF-LLN. That code would then be matched to the database, which would speak the same character-spacial language. According to these researchers, it could then decipher the word ‘password’ with about 80 percent accuracy.It may actually be difficult to detect apps that are secretly logging your keystrokes using this method. Apps can get accelerometer permissions for a variety of harmless reasons, and then it would just need to upload the results to a remote computer somewhere. The rest is done on their end.But before you get paranoid and leave your iPhone in the next room while typing, note that these researchers were only able to reproduce this when an iPhone 4 was placed within three inches of a keyboard. The iPhone 4 was specifically mentioned because it (and the iPhone 4S) features a gyroscope to increase the accelerometer’s accuracy. Only a small handful of high-end Android phones currently have a gyroscope. So even if someone managed to use this method to get a keylogging ring going, they would only get any relevant information if your phone was practically hugging your keyboard.There is no evidence that anyone has ever created anything malicious that uses this method, and this team at Georgia Tech is simply trying to raise awareness that sneakiness like this is possible, in order to beat the malicious guys to the punch. The researchers said that the odds of this affecting anybody right now is “pretty low,” citing the difficulty that the experiment required.Will anyone bother reproducing this, to see if they can actually get away with stealing passwords and personal data? Whether they do or not, the easiest fix is already available: just keep your gyroscope-equipped smartphone more than three inches away from your keyboard.More at Georgia Tech
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri believes his former club Napoli deserves to win the Serie A title this season.Sarri guided Napoli to 91 points last season, their highest in history, but Juventus still went on to win the Scudetto the seventh time in a row.Carlo Ancelotti is the new Napoli manager and he is hoping to lift the Scudetto in Naples, as they haven’t won it since 1990.“I hope he can do it, for the city and for the fans,” Sarri told Il Mattino, via Football Italia.“Naples is an extraordinary city, one which deserves to win the league. As a Napoli fan, I’m happy that Carlo is the Coach now, because not only has he won everywhere he’s been, he’s brought out the best in people.”Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Sarri then admitted that he’d like to go back one day and finish his career at Napoli, but also expressed his happiness at being the Chelsea boss.“It could be a goal of mine to finish my career at Napoli,” Sarri said.“First though I want to stay at Chelsea, this wonderful club, for a long time. Here everything is stupendous, there’s nothing that doesn’t work well.“It’s a dream to coach this club.”
Is Community Choice Energy beneficial to San Diegans? Posted: July 29, 2019 July 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – When you flip a switch in your home where is that electricity coming from? It’s and important question to ask because your city may soon be buying energy on your behalf instead of SDG&E.KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports it’s called community choice aggregation. Updated: 2:39 PM
Dan Cohen AUTHOR In a reversal of plans, LStar Management, which assumed control of the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station in May, has decided to renovate an old Navy hangar for filmmakers after it was approached by a company interested in using the space to make a movie. Instead of demolishing the 33,000-square-foot hangar as part of its plan for turning the Boston-area site into SouthField, the project’s latest master developer has been readying the hangar for the movie maker, reported Wicked Local Weymouth.The first phase of the renovation will cost about a half-million dollars and covers remediation of the soil and lead paint, and the replacement of 400 broken windows, said LStar managing partner Kyle Corkum. A second phase would upgrade an office attached to the hangar.“We have not got an estimate on that,” he said. “It has not been remediated and we want to repaint the outside. We want to renovate it quickly for motion picture production teams,” Corkum said. The renovation represents the first step the master developer is taking toward creating a major film production studio at SouthField.“For now we are taking space that we have available and letting them occupy it,” he said. “The goal is to renovate space like the building attached to it.”Corkum would not say, however, who is making the film or what it is about. Filming would take place on the installation’s runways as well as the hangar.LStar completed its purchase of Starwood Land Ventures’ stake in the reuse project in May.
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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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 0 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read the Rylo camera preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $155 at Google Express Tags Sprint Hurricane Michael ripped into the community of Mexico Beach, Florida, last October. US Coast Guard Hurricane Michael smashed into Florida on Oct. 10 last year, with the state’s governor, Rick Scott, calling it an “absolute monster.” The storm was directly responsible for 16 deaths and left parts of the state’s panhandle devastated. The hurricane was even worse than we knew at the time.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center finished analyzing the storm and announced Friday it has been upgraded to a category 5 from a category 4 at landfall. That one step up can make a difference in how we view the hurricane.The storm’s estimated intensity at landfall is now pegged at 140 knots (160 mph, 257 km/h). That’s five knots higher than originally estimated and enough to bump it into category 5 territory. $999 See It Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. See at Amazon 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. Angela Lang/CNET 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. 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. 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). See It Sci-Tech,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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Hurricane Michael menaces Florida in startling space views After Hurricane Michael, Florida skies turned purple. Here’s why See it HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Post a comment $999 $6 at Tidal Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo Revisiting Hurricane Michael 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $59 at eBay $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate Best Buy $60 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the AirPods review Amazon
The Narendra Modi government’s growth strategy for fiscal 2015-16 is three-pronged – increase in public investment, easing fiscal roadmap and higher revenue generation from oil, spectrum and disinvestment.Sources believe that the government is building a war-chest of about ₹1,00,000 to ₹1,50,000 crore, as additional budgetary resources, aimed at infrastructure spending.Additional financial resources would enable the government to embark on massive public investment and also offer tax concessions to individuals and corporates.Mid-Year Economic AnalysisThe Mid-Year Economic Analysis of the finance ministry issued in December 2014 stressed on the need for improved public investment and ensure revival of the private sector. Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian oversaw the study, which found India’s growth issues to be affected by “excessive private sector debt,” choking possible investment. The study called for public investment to pick up the slack.Balance-sheet SyndromeMaking comparisons to Japan and America, the study characterised India to be afflicted by a “balance-sheet syndrome with Indian characteristics.”Japan’s real estate and equity boom of the late 80s and the US financial crisis, are examples of overextended balance sheets. In Japan, the debt involved corporate’ balance sheets, featuring excessive liabilities, while in the US, it was consumer debt fuelling the 2008 financial crisis.India, like Japan, is sitting on a pile of corporate debt, constraining investment.It is in this scenario that public spending is to be understood as a key to generating future growth, not as a replacement to the private sector, but to help with revival and to complement it, read the study.Fiscal DeficitIt is possible that the government may try and tweak the fiscal deficit milestone, or may leave it unstated, while it tries to revive growth. Under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, the government is to cut its fiscal deficit by 0.3% annually and by 0.5% for the revenue deficit.If the 2015-16 fiscal deficit is held at 4%, the government could mop up ₹30,000 crore in additional revenues, with the economy clocking 6% growth and inflation remaining stable at 4%, read Firstpost.If inflation is higher, the nominal GDP would rise proportionately and therefore resources available would also be higher.Revenue AvenuesSince October 2014, the government has increased excise duties thrice; on Thursday, duties rose up ₹2 per litre on unbranded petrol and diesel.Revenue through the three hikes for the branded and unbranded fuel is expected be about ₹54,000 to ₹58,000 crore, in a full year.For the current fiscal, the government is expected to benefit by about ₹16,000 to ₹17,000 crore.However, next year, would see duties bring in ₹54,000 crore, if oil prices continue to remain depressed.For the current year, excise duty income would help Arun Jaitley meet his 4.1% fiscal deficit target, while next year, the bonanza could help fund a road-building programme.Railways InitiativeThe Railways Ministry under Suresh Prabhu would see the Railways make inroads into uncharted territory, as it tries to improve its revenues. Part of the plan centers on raising non-tariff revenues. While a marginal hike in fare or freight could not be ruled out, a committee has been formed to look into all possible avenues to generate investments.The railway committee headed by former finance secretary DK Mittal, has recommend corporate branding for trains and stations, for a fee. The plan envisages bringing India Inc. on board the railway infrastructure with trains and stations that would enable firms to enhance their brand equity. The financial benefit through the measure could generate as much as ₹8,000 crore in revenues. Conservative estimates suggests ₹3,000 crore in revenues for the first year.Bank RecapitalizationThe government in December 2014 allowed public sector banks (PSBs) to firm up plans for stake dilution. The scheme would see the government ownership come down to 52%. The stock sale is expected to raise ₹1,60,000 crore, sufficient for PSBs to satisfy Basel III capital norms. State Bank Of India had lent over 1,000 crores to SISReutersThe move would liberate the government from its annual recapitalisation obligations. On an average, the government budgets around ₹10,000 to ₹11,000 crore annually, which can now be used for public investment purposes.Bank recapitalisation is of fundamental importance, as PSBs fund the additional spending requirements for public and private sector investments.Spectrum SaleThe Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has proposed pan-India 3G spectrum sale prices to be set at a 22% discount to the base price, to help bidding become more competitive. Spectrum bandwidth increase is also part of the proposal to avoid excess bidding.Estimates suggest that the government could realise about ₹1,20,000 crore through the auction, with a third of it realizing in 2015-16.Stake DilutionThe government is keen to divest its holdings in certain key assets to raise funds that could be used for taming the fiscal deficit and improve investment. Stake sale in ONGC and Coal India would net the government about ₹50,000 to ₹58,000 crore for the year.Specified Undertaking of The Unit Trust of India (SUUTI) holdings in L&T, Axis Bank and ITC, worth about ₹50,000 crore could also be divested.Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd. (BALCO) and Hindustan Zinc divestment could bring in an additional ₹20,000 crore.A public infrastructure fund worth ₹1,00,000 crore would be a significant boost to the economy. These measures would have a tremendous impact on the economy. If the plans materialise, India would be embarking on a voyage that would not only make the economy vibrant, but also have the potential to pull out millions from abject poverty.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II pose for a picture during the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony on June 26, 2018 at Buckingham Palace in London.JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle has given birth to a baby boy, and among his first visitors will be none other than the Queen herself. Reportedly the Queen is expected to travel from Windsor Castle on Tuesday, May 7, to meet the new royal baby for the first time.Meghan Markle gave birth to the royal baby boy at around 5.26 am on May 6, with the baby weighing around 7lb 3oz. Apparently, Meghan’s hopes of a home birth were dashed off when she was taken to hospital on Sunday by Prince Harry and their Scotland Yard security team.Meghan Markle was on maternity leave and was a week overdue, when she went into labour. The Duchess of Sussex was whisked away amid such secrecy that even senior royals weren’t informed.It is understood that she was taken to a London hospital, most likely the Portland, where even a ‘basic’ delivery costs upwards of £15,000. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were delivered there. It is still not known if Meghan was induced but reportedly the Duchess remained there overnight. Meghan Markle may not be up for visitors just yet, but the Queen is not just any visitor. The monarch will be visiting her great-grandson a day after he was born. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesNow that the gender of the baby has been confirmed, the next thing Royal observers and fans want to know is what the Royal baby will be called. Reportedly, bookies are heavily favouring the name “Arthur” for the newborn. But these very bookies went wrong about the sex of the baby. So, we’ll just have to wait for an official announcement from the Palace.The Royal baby is seventh in line to the British throne and as such not expected to become a monarch. But the newborn Royal shares a few similarities with the Queen. Supposedly, The Queen was, like Baby Sussex, the child of a second-born royal son – George VI – and Princess Elizabeth was never thought likely to be a sovereign when she was born.The Queen might have special plans for her great-grandson after all.
A passenger plane of Cathay Pacific Airways parks at the airport in Colomiers near Toulouse, Southwestern France, November 24, 2016Reuters fileCathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong’s flahship carrier, after posting its first annual loss in nine years, has decided to lay off 600 employees, said to the biggest in 20 years, even as Singapore Airlines reported weak results for the financial year ended March 2017.”We have had to make tough but necessary decisions for the future of our business and our customers,” Rupert Hogg, the new chief executive of Cathay Pacific, said in a statement.The carrier had around 33,700 employees at the end of March this year and reported $76 million loss for 2016.The job cuts are the biggest since the 1998 global financial crisis and could potentially result in savings of about $64 million annually, Reuters quoted Singapore-based UOB Kay Hian analyst K. Ajith as saying.”It’s not just Cathay that has to do it but other carriers as well. We have to see global capacity additions come down and airlines would have to mothball aircraft, instead of trying to still utilize and cover some of the costs associated with that,” he told the news agency. Dishes are prepared inside Cathay Pacific Airway’s inflight kitchen near Hong Kong Airport January 14, 2016.Reuters fileIn a related development, Singapore Airlines reported fall in group revenues, operating profit and net profit for the financial year 2016-17, despite growth in passenger traffic.”Group revenue fell S$370 million year-on-year to S$14,869 million (-2.4%). Passenger flown revenue declined S$382 million (-3.2%) despite traffic growth (+2.6%) as yields continued to come under intense pressure,” Singapore Airlines said in a statement. Net profit for 2016-17 dropped 55.2 percent to S$360 million from S$444 million, “attributable in part to the net loss recorded in the fourth quarter,” according to the company. Passenger load factor dropped to 79 percent. People pass a Singapore Airlines signage at Changi Airport in Singapore May 11, 2016.Reuters fileIts low-cost carrier SilkAir posted all-round improvement. “SilkAir’s operating performance improved $10 million (+11.0%) compared with the last financial year. Total revenue grew $25 million, backed by a 9.5% increase in passenger carriage against a 10.6% capacity injection, partially diluted by a 7.4% decline in yield.”The emergence of other aviation hubs in Asia to connect with the rest of the world has sharply affected carriers in Singapore and Hong Kong, according to the Financial Times.On Monday, Singapore Airlines shares were trading 1.90 percent down at S$9.79 apiece on Singapore Stock Exchange, at around 12.19 pm IST. Singapore Airlines flight attendants walk to the departure gate at Changi Airport in Singapore May 11, 2016.Reuters file
hillaryHillary Clinton Monday accused WikiLeaks of working with Russia to deflect attention away from an infamous tape of Donald Trump bragging about groping women in the run-up to the US presidential election.The former secretary of state’s devastating election loss to Trump remains raw and she again lashed out at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his alleged role in damaging her candidacy.”Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,” she said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin.”WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully-owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence.”The US intelligence community concluded Putin ordered an influence campaign to discredit Clinton and had a “clear preference” for Trump in last year’s poll.Clinton used the bombshell Trump tape as an example of how WikiLeaks allegedly tried to deflect attention away from a bad news story, resurrecting the incident in the wake of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace over his treatment of women.In the 2005 videotape, which surfaced in October last year, Trump brags about being able to get away with groping women.”When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he said. “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” Trump added.Trump said the comments were “locker-room banter”. Several women subsequently accused him of sexual misconduct, which he denounced as lies.Within hours of the tape emerging, WikiLeaks published more than 2,000 hacked emails from the personal account of Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, which she said blunted its impact.”WikiLeaks, which in the world in which we find ourselves promised hidden information, promised some kind of secret that might be of influence, was a very clever, diabolical response to the Hollywood Access tape,” she said, referring to the Trump recording.”And I’ve no doubt in my mind that there was some communication if not coordination to drop those the first time in response to the Hollywood Access tape.”Reacting on Twitter, Assange attacked Clinton as “creepy”.”There’s something wrong with Hillary Clinton. It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement,” the Australian tweeted with a link to the ABC interview.”Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen.”Clinton claimed WikiLeaks’ actions were motivated by Assange’s personal dislike of her.”I had a lot of history with him because I was secretary of state when WikiLeaks published a lot of very sensitive information from our State Department and our Defence Department,” she said.”If he’s such a martyr of free speech, why doesn’t WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia? You don’t see damaging, negative information coming out about the Kremlin on WikiLeaks,” Clinton added.Assange, who has spent five years inside the Ecuador embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, has denied Russia was the source behind the leaked documents.
Stella ChavezUSPS mail carrier Fateyva Miles delivers mail to the Scarsdale area.United States Postal Service carrier Fateyva Miles has been a mail carrier in the Houston area for the past 3 years. She moved to the city from Michigan.“I kinda don’t like the flooding, but I love Houston,” says Miles.Postal workers in Miles’ Scarsdale delivery area have been off for four days due to Harvey and its aftermath. Due to the overwhelming pileup of mail, carriers like her are currently delivering mail on weekends and holidays.“I think my route is the most affected out of the entire station. They kind of feel bad for me. But seeing these people makes me appreciate… You know, I didn’t get affected. And this is bad. This is really bad,” she says.Miles walks her delivery route wearing a face mask to protect her from the mold and fiberglass insulation particles that are in the air due to flooding and subsequent home demolition. The doors of homes stand open as homeowners attempt to air them out.“[W]hen I’m walking, I’m in between them throwing [the insulation] out, so that stuff flies back at me. I go home with stuff in my hair, and I have to wash it every day. So that’s not fun!”Though she’s doing the same job and the same route post-Harvey, she has to watch her step.“But I’ve gotta do it!” says Miles. Share