Ginobili set to return to Spurs for 16th season—reports

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili is poised to return for a 16th season with the NBA giants, reports said Tuesday.The Argentine star, who turns 40 later this month, had hinted he may retire after the Spurs were downed in the Western Conference finals by Golden State last season.ADVERTISEMENT Back at 1: Kiefer Ravena on point in old spot “The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my whole family. Whatever it is, it’s two unbelievable options.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Is it over for Spurs’ Manu Ginobili?However ESPN reported that Ginobili, a veteran of four NBA championship-winning Spurs teams, was finalizing terms on a new deal for at least one more season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGinobili has played the entirety of his NBA career with the Spurs, encompassing 922 regular-season games and 212 postseason appearances.He has averaged 13.6 points per game with 3.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in regular-season play. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img In May, Ginobili was given a rousing ovation on an emotional night in San Antonio as the Spurs’ season ended with a 129-115 defeat to the Warriors.The Argentine star lapped up the adulation but insisted he still felt fit enough to continue playing.“I do feel like I can still play. But that’s not what is going to make me retire or not,” Ginobili said.“I have to choose between two truly wonderful options.“One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more

Vector: simplified measurement and calibration of ECUs and ADAS sensors with CANape 16.0

first_imgVector integrates many new functions in the new version of the CANape measurement and calibration tool. In this way, calibration engineers can simplify their work and interactions with their ECUs. The storage of configuration files in containers accelerates important project transfer operations. Improvements have also been made in the field of ADAS development, in particular for the visualization of LIDAR sensor data.According to Vector, the day-to-day exchange of CANape projects with colleagues or customers/suppliers is now faster and more secure. The user saves all the relevant information and files in a data container at the touch of a button – so nothing is left out when projects change hands.The new “vCDM” option assists calibration data management tasks to improve data handling efficiency and reliability. Every user works with completely up-to-date data sets and change tracking information. Users now benefit from the full functionality of the vCDM server-based management system (for example, submitting revised calibration data or retrieving work packages) directly in CANape without having to open an additional tool. CANape 16.0 automatically loads a sequence of files and joins them into a single contiguous measurement that can be visualized and analyzed as a whole. As a result, the laborious manual alignment and merging of the files by the user is a thing of the past.Reliable object detection using LIDAR sensors is a vital step on the way to autonomous driving. CANape now also captures LIDAR data at the same time as other ADAS systems and displays this data as a highly informative point cloud. Alongside the already available capture of raw radar data, LIDAR sensors from Velodyne (VLP-16, HDL-32E and HDL-64E), Ibeo LUX and Quanergy M8 are also supported. The Scene Window provides various views, as well as rotation and zoom mechanisms. These permit rapid access to optimized object recognition algorithm analyses and the results of multi-sensor data fusion.CANape can be linked to Vector’s vMDM measurement data management solution via the new “vMDM” option. The measurement data is transferred from the user’s PC to the vMDM server either manually or automatically, for example directly after a measurement in CANape. If there is no IP connection to the server during the test drive, vMDM buffers the upload and performs it automatically as soon as an active connection is available again.Another new option – “Thermodynamic State Charts” – allows air conditioning and cooling system developers to view thermodynamic state charts such as pressures at specific volumes. It is possible to select the thermophysical properties from an extensive materials data library.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Keysight receives certification for eCall test emulator softwareNext Rohde & Schwarz: EMC test and measurement solutions at EMV 2018last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 will be smarter and stylish than ever before, launch set for June 11

first_imgXiaomi is on a roll and the company doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon. The company just announced two new Redmi phones — Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro — and is now looking to launch Mi 9T on June 12. By now we know that Xiaomi is way more than just a smartphone manufacturer. The company sells several smart devices and is now all set to announce a new one. Xiaomi has officially confirmed to launch the Mi Band 4, the successor to Mi Band 3, on June 11, a day before Mi 9T’s launch.Xiaomi has confirmed the launch of Mi Band 4 via a post on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo. The poster reveals some details about the Mi Band 4. It suggests that the Mi Band 4 will come with coloured display — first time for a Mi Band — and will be available in several funky colours. The poster also hints that compared to the Mi Band 3, the Mi Band 4 will sport a much bigger panel. Notably, these details about the Mi Band 4 have already been revealed by the numerous leaks and rumours. Ahead of the official launch Mi Band 4 has been subjected to several leaks. Some of the newly leaked images suggest that the Mi Band 4 will come with a colour OLED display that will be much bigger than the Mi Band 3, that was launched in India last year alongside the Redmi 6 series of phones. Leaks and rumours also suggest that the Mi Band 4 will offer long-lasting battery life and an enhanced heart rate sensing over the previous Mi Bands. Leaks also suggest Mi Band 4 will come with NFC support but sadly that is expected to be limited to just the top-end model of the smart band.advertisementXiaomi is yet to reveal the price of the Mi Band but going by Xiaomi’s track record the price of the Mi Band 4 is expected to be at par with the Mi Band 3. This means that the Mi Band 4 will cost around Rs 2,000 when it launches in India. The Mi Band 3 costs Rs 1,999 in India right now. Recently Xiaomi India announced that the company managed to sell over 1 million Mi Band 3 in India since launch. We expect the Mi Band 4 to hit the Indian market very soon.ALSO READ | Free World Cup match livestream on Hotstar for Jio users, extra 102GB data also available for Rs 251ALSO READ | iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max camera and storage details revealed in new leakALSO READ | Samsung brings world’s first QLED 8K TV to India: Price and availabilitylast_img read more

College Football’s Biggest “Sleeping Giants”

first_imgCollege Football Map.CFB Map“Sleeping giant” is a term people love to throw around in the college football world. Everyone kind of has their own definition for what a “sleeping giant” is, but it can basically be summed up like this: a college football program that, for whatever the reason, has yet to reach its full potential, a potential that is at a national title-level. Who are the biggest sleeping giants in college football, then? SB Nation’s Bill Connelly tweeted out this question this morning. Sunday pop quiz: What program do you consider the biggest potential sleeping giant in college football?— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) July 10, 2016He didn’t himself give an answer. Other people responded, though. Here are the answers: @SBN_BillC UNC UCF is a P5 starter kit but in P5 probably UNC but that’s 60% bc of schedule. I can’t believe I’m typing this but Miami?— Geoffrey Mitchell (@geoffmitchell) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Miami— ᴏsᴄᴀʀ ɢᴀᴍʙʟᴇ (@OscarGambler) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC Neb or Miami. I would say my AU Tigers but they never really sleep, they just nap from time to time. They’re waking up for ’16.— Jarred Graves (@guitarist1984) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Houston or Colorado— Joel Smith (@joelestra) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC Georgia should be way better. Top 5 HS FBall state and no in state rivals for the top crutes. They could be ‘Bama.— That Guy (@improbus00) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Maryland.— THE KEY PLAY (@thekeyplay) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC unc— Allen Kenney (@BlatantHomerism) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Arizona State.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC Washington.— RS (@godaytonflyers) July 10, 2016You can read all the responses here.My answer: Georgia.last_img read more

Gov’t Addressing Housing Deficit

first_imgMinister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Morais Guy, says the Government is committed to the implementation of policies and projects that will further develop the housing sector and alleviate the current shortage of housing solutions in Jamaica. He said that recent surveys have indicated that Jamaica is facing a deficit of approximately 450,000 housing solutions with the sector averaging fewer than 3,000 units per year. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on Tuesday (January 22) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, the Minister said that a programme, involving the construction of an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 units annually “is what is desirable and necessary” to bridge the current gap.Already projects are in place to alleviate the shortage. The initiatives, launched last August, are targeted at low income groups.“We have two programmes; the first is for the indigent and for those persons, who are living in substandard housing conditions and (this) is an initiative, which is funded by the PetroCaribe Development Fund, in partnership with Food for the Poor, to build 1, 200 (wooden) units per year over the next five years,” Dr. Guy said.The entire island will benefit from the project, with approximately 20 units to be built in each constituency per year. Interested persons, who meet the criteria, can submit applications to Food for the Poor.In addition, a number of concrete structures are to be built under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) for National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors, who are considered minimum wage earners.The programme came out of a partnership with Food for the Poor and the NHT, and already, 67 houses have been built in Hampden, Trelawny. The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is managing the project.“The NHT will be taking applications from its contributors, who are at that particular scale, and we hope that 600 of these houses will be constructed on an annual basis over the next five years,” the Minister informed.Meanwhile, Minister Guy outlined that the Ministry, in recognition of its commitment to housing, has recently established a public/private partnership to provide more homes and solutions to Jamaicans, especially those that fall within the “lower-middle income” and “middle income” group of earners.“The public private partnership will see the Ministry, and by the extension, the Government providing the land, in addition to utlising the Housing Act to expedite and facilitate the process, while the investor comes with his capital to build houses that would be sold on the open market,” Dr. Guy explained.He said that, as a result of the established public/private partnership, the Ministry is seeking Cabinet’s approval for the implementation of another housing project that will lead to the construction of an estimated 1,300 units in Bernard Lodge, St. Catherine.last_img read more

Thieves steal truck trailer and two side by sides from Archer CRM

first_imgOn the hood of the vehicle is large “50” written in white on a black background.The Fort St John RCMP is asking anyone with information about this incident or location of any of the vehicles to call Cst Nicole CAMPBELL of the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or attend the detachment during office hours at 10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477.A second photo of the truck stolen from Archer CRM Partnership – RCMP a 2018 GMC Sierra pickup with BC licence plate MM3839,a 2018 black trailer with BC licence plate 85805U,a 2015 red Honda Side by Side with BC licence plate 10584X (4 seater) and,a 2017 red Honda Side by Side with an unknown BC licence plate (2 seater).The truck is very unique with “Archer” written in black on the side of the front door panel and a red and black checkered pattern on the rear door panel and onto the box of the truck. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a break into the yard at Archer CRM Partnership on 109 street.At approximately 2 a.m. on June 27, thieves broke into the Archer yard and stole a truck, trailer and a pair of side by sides. The vehicles taken are described as:last_img read more

BJP seeks Tripura Chief Electoral Officers removal

first_imgAgartala: The BJP on Friday demanded the removal of Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti and accused him of being a “conspirator”, a party official said here. State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that a six-member delegation led by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met Election Commission (EC) officials in Delhi and demanded that Taranikanti be replaced by another senior officer. Bhattacharjee said that the CEO, during the Lok Sabha election to the Tripura West parliamentary seat on April 11, had directed election officials to “escort voters to the polling booths and their safe return at the behest of the CPI-M”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “Not only the CEO, a section of officials in the state’s Election Department and in the districts acted in league with the CPI-M and the Congress. The CPI-M-led Left Front was in power in Tripura for 25 years consecutively. Hence, a large portion of the administrative machinery is still under their control,” Bhattacharjee told the media. Reacting to the development, BJP leader and Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath told the media: “The CEO is one of the conspirators against the BJP. He helped the CPI-M and the Congress in the just concluded elections to the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “The Election Commission must remove the CEO immediately in the interest of democracy and the people of the state.” Meanwhile, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Congress, have strongly condemned the BJP for making “unfounded charges” against the CEO. “When the BJP came to power defeating the Left parties in last year’s Assembly polls, Sriram Taranikanti was the CEO that time too. He (Taranikanti) was a ‘hero’ for BJP and now he is a ‘villain’,” CPI-M Tripura state secretary Gautam Das told the media. “The CEO never asks people to cast votes in favour of a particular political party. During the Lok Sabha elections he played his constitutional role.” Das said that the BJP’s “gameplan to rig the elections in the entire Tripura West Lok Sabha seat was now exposed”. “We had on February 21, lodged a complaint against the Returning Officer to Tripura West seat Sandeep Mahatme. Removal of Mahatme and Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Rajiv Singh from election related duties by the EC, vindicated our allegations,” he added. Tripura Pradesh Congress Vice-President Tapas Dey said that the BJP’s demand was “unprecedented and unbelievable”. “It was Sriram Taranikanti, who led the state Assembly election just a year ago when the BJP had won defeating the Left parties in one of their strongholds,” Dey told reporters.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX tumbles as earnings misses remind traders of flagging global

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market tumbled more than 150 points Tuesday amid sliding commodity prices as U.S. earnings disappointments and a fresh round of worry centred on Europe’s debt crisis reminded investors about flagging global growth.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,225.84 -177.70 -1.43%S&P 500 — 1,413.11 -20.71 -1.44%Dow — 13,102.53 -243.36 -1.82%Nasdaq — 2,990.46 -26.50 -0.88%The S&P/TSX composite index closed off the worst levels of the session, coming back from a 262-point slide to fall 177.71 points to 12,225.84 with losses spread across all sectors, while the TSX Venture Exchange lost 18.9 points to 1,289.5.U.S. markets were sharply lower in the wake of disappointments from Dow heavyweights DuPont and 3M.The Dow industrials plunged 243.36 points to 13,102.53, the Nasdaq was down 26.5 points to 2,990.46 while the S&P 500 index fell 20.71 points to 1,413.11.The Canadian dollar pared early losses as the Bank of Canada said it was keeping its key rate unchanged at one% while keeping intact language warning that it will raise rates at some point.The currency dipped 0.01 of a cent to 100.74 US cents. It had earlier traded as low as 100.23 cents, its lowest level since early August, amid speculation that the central bank’s statement would take a less hawkish stance on raising rates.Instead the bank maintained the key message of previous statements – that there will need to be modest rate hikes – with the slight modification that added “over time” to the equation.Meanwhile, chemical maker DuPont reported net income of US$10-million Tuesday, or a penny per share. Excluding one-time items, DuPont earned 44 cents per share, compared with 69 cents per share for last year’s third quarter. The results fell short of the average estimate of 46 cents per share, and DuPont’s stock slid 9% to US$45.25.And conglomerate 3M said its third-quarter profit edged up to $1.16-billion, or $1.65 a share, which met estimates. Sales dipped 0.4% to $7.5-billion, which missed expectations of $7.63-billion. 3M also cut its 2012 profit estimate to reflect “current economic realities.” The variety of 3M’s businesses and its worldwide footprint make it an economic bellwether and its shares fell $3.80 to US$88.73.Some of the disappointing revenue is because of weakness in foreign markets. Multinational companies are having a hard time selling to Europe, which is struggling under a debt crisis and a spreading recession.“The recession in Europe is very real,” said Bernard Schoenfeld, senior investment strategist for Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management in New York.“It’s not going to disappear very quickly, and it will certainly negatively affect earnings of exporters in the United States.”The red-hot growth enjoyed by emerging markets like China and India is also slowing.Expectations for this earnings season were already muted with analysts expecting the first year-over-year drop since 2009.Analysts at Credit Suisse said in a report Tuesday that “roughly 25% of the way through the U.S. reporting season, annual earnings per share growth is broadly flat.”The financial sector fell 1.3% amid major acquisition news from the Canadian banking sector.Royal Bank of Canada confirmed it will acquire the Canadian auto finance and deposit business of Ally Financial Inc. The bank says its net cost for the deal will be about $1.4-billion but its shares got caught in the overall market downdraft and lost $1.66 to $56.94.And U.S. discount retailer Target is selling its credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group for about $5.9-billion. TD also agreed to a seven-year deal to underwrite, fund and own the retailer’s future credit card and Visa receivables in the United States. TD stock shed 83 cents to $82.09.Commodities weakened amid a move by Moody’s Investor Services to downgrade five Spanish regions to below investment grade.Spain has been the flashpoint of the eurozone’s credit crisis as the country endures its second recession in three years with near 25% unemployment after the property market collapsed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, at the same time crippling the country’s banks.The base metals sector dropped 2.25% as copper prices fell back with the December contract on the Nymex down five cents at US$3.57 a pound. Copper is viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many applications. Teck Resources shed 79 cents to $30.54.Oil prices headed lower as concerns about demand prospects sent the December contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.98 to a three-month low of US$86.67 a barrel.The energy sector lost almost two% as Suncor Energy gave back 72 cents to $32.66.December bullion gave back $16.90 to US$1,709.40 an ounce, its lowest close since early September, and the gold sector lost about 2.5%. Goldcorp Inc. faded $1.13 to US$42.25.Apple Inc. shares closed down $20.67 or 3.26% to US$613.35 after it unveiled the iPad Mini, with a screen that’s about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and said it will cost US$329 and up. The price fits into the Apple product lineup between the iPad 2 at $399 and the latest version of the iPod touch at $299. But company watchers had been expecting Apple to price the iPad Mini at $250 to $300 to counter the threat of less expensive tablets like Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire, which starts at $159.The Canadian quarterly earnings reporting season kicks into gear this week. Canadian Pacific, Rogers Communications, gold producer Agnico Eagle Mines and energy company EnCana are among the companies reporting Wednesday.Here’s the news investors were watching today: Bank of Canada keeps rate hike on radarRBC to buy Ally Financial’s Canadian armSpain’s economy shrinks again as bailout pressure intensifiesThe 9 best insights from the smartest people in financeON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSBank of Canada releases monetary policy report at 10:30 a.m. U.S. Federal Reserve reveals rate decision at 2:15 p.m. UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Markit Flash Manufacturing PMI (Oct): Economists expect a reading of 51.5, up slightly from last month 10 a.m.New Home Sales (Sept): Economists expect 3.2% rise from month before FHFA House price index (Aug): Economists expect 0.3% rise from month before CORPORATE NEWSCANADARogers Communications Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 89¢ a share Teck Resources Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 69¢ Encana Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 22¢ Celestica Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 20¢ First Service Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 67¢ UNITED STATESAT&T Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 60¢ The Boeing Co Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.12 Bristol-Myers Squibb Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 42¢ Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 77¢ Kimberly-Clark Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.33 Eli Lilly & Co Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 82¢ Lockheed Martin Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.85¢ Motorola Solutions Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 73¢ Nasdaq OMX Group Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 61¢ read more

Garth Brooks smashes record

Garth Brooks has smashed his Hamilton and Toronto ticket sales record combined in 45 minutes.He last played Copps Coliseum, now FirstOntario Centre in 1996 and SkyDome, known as the Rogers Centre, in 1996 and sold a combined 47,910 tickets.On Friday, he has sold 54,048 tickets for FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton and tickets are still selling. In total Garth Brooks has 5 concerts in Hamilton.Thursday, March 24 7:30PMFriday, March 25 7:00PMSaturday, March 26th 7:00 PMSaturday, March 26 10:30PMSunday, March 27 7:00PMTickets can only be purchased at ticketmaster.ca or Ticketmaster Express 1-855-985-5500 or 1-855-985-5000. read more

Annan urges US donors to support proposed global fund against AIDS

In setting the stage for this appeal, Mr. Annan gave members of the Council on Foundations a sketch of the damage caused by the deadly virus, noting that last year alone, AIDS had killed 3 million people. “It is as though the population of two cities the size of Philadelphia had been wiped out in a single year,” he said.The Secretary-General, who just returned from an African summit meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, said he witnessed there a great deal of commitment to fight the AIDS menace, especially among young activists, some of whom had the virus. “Their strength filled me with hope even in the midst of tragedy, but they desperately need help, and we must see that they get it,” he said.Mr. Annan, who has proposed the creation of a $7-10 billion annual fund to fight AIDS and other infectious diseases, said even though that figure “sounded a lot when I said it in Nigeria last week,” the sum was not unattainable. “It is actually less than you, the charitable foundations of a single country, are giving away each year.””The world has the resources to defeat this epidemic, if it really wants to,” he emphasized. Governments and taxpayers in industrialized countries would have to do much of the “heavy lifting,” while the UN system would play a vital role in coordinating the struggle. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as the corporate sector would also be key to the effort, he added.For their part, charitable organizations could stimulate others to emulate their generosity, he said, telling the assembled philanthropists, “If you make the fight against AIDS a top priority, I wager that governments and the general public will not be far behind.”Mr. Annan’s intensified efforts to galvanize the fight against AIDS are geared towards producing concrete results at the June General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS, which he said should agree on a global strategy to defeat the scourge, and have firm commitments of money to finance the effort. “We cannot do it without your help,” he told the Council members.Comprised of over 1,800 foundations, the Council in 1999 had combined assets of some $318 billion and grants totalling an estimated $14 billion. read more

New Orleanss Breakout Star Was Always There

In a series with MVP candidates like Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard, or even a scorer like C.J. McCollum, Jrue Holiday wasn’t the most likely player to have the biggest impact on the first-round series between the Pelicans and Blazers. Yet that’s what is happening so far, and the New Orleans guard — who has put the Pelicans up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series with clutch play after clutch play — is on the cusp of giving Blazers fans the sorts of nightmares they haven’t had since the Greg Oden era.Perhaps the most fascinating element of Holiday’s performance, though, is how many of the little, often unnoticeable, things he’s done to help seal each victory. A handful of plays in these two games have shown just how underrated the 27-year-old has been at times during his career, one in which many of his best attributes haven’t always been captured by traditional box-score statistics.Take a look at this reel of eight plays from the first two games of the series. Each is an example of Holiday doing something to earn an extra possession for his team while taking one away from his opponent. Also take note of the time of some of these plays: Half occur in the fourth quarter, when the stakes are highest.So far, Holiday has had a hand in basically every facet of this series, which would mark the franchise’s first playoff-round victory since 2008, when it had Chris Paul and was still named the Hornets. Holiday is executing a scary two-man game with Davis, hitting nail-in-the-coffin jumpers and averaging 27 points and 5.5 assists. On the other end of the floor, he’s suffocating Lillard (0-for-4 for zero points and two turnovers when guarded by Holiday on Tuesday night) and McCollum. In fact, the team as a whole is shooting only 25 percent (6-of-24) for the series when guarded by Holiday, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information Group.And then there are the momentum-busting 50-50 plays you just saw in the video above, in which he’s blocking shots and winning crucial loose balls. He’s single-handedly responsible for enough extra New Orleans possessions to potentially tip the scales of the series.But here’s the thing: It shouldn’t be surprising that Holiday is doing all this. He’s basically been doing it all season, despite getting limited attention. Consider, for instance, that he finished the season tied for fifth in the NBA in loose balls recovered per game, with 1.6. He had active hands on defense, ranking seventh in the number of deflections per game he caused. And he blocked 64 shots this past season, more than anyone standing 6-foot-5 or shorter, according to Basketball-Reference.com. He ranks best in the NBA among starting guards in defensive efficiency in guarding pick-and-roll ball handlers, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology.“He’s been really, really good the whole season, so this is not a surprise or anything,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “In my opinion, and I may be a little bit biased, but if you can tell me a better two-way player in the league right now — Kawhi’s not playing, and I understand that — I’m willing to listen. What we ask him to do, and the things that we ask him to do offensively? He was just great tonight.”This isn’t to say that Holiday hasn’t ever gotten credit for his play. Once upon a time, he was an All-Star in Philadelphia, before The Process began. And he was certainly paid like a star last summer, when the Pelicans signed him to a five-year, $126 million contract. And he at least figures to be in the mix for an All-Defensive team honor this season.Still, you aren’t alone if you weren’t familiar with his game until this past weekend. Injuries held him back for a couple of years after he needed two surgeries on his right leg. And he drew headlines and well-wishes throughout the league last season when he essentially took a leave of absence to be with his wife, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the midst of a pregnancy.His offensive game took a bit of a backseat in the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins trade, which forced Holiday to figure out a way to adjust his game to fit with that of two post-oriented stars. (If he maintains this level of play, the Pelicans may be forced to make a difficult choice on whether to re-sign Cousins, the All-Star free-agent-to-be who ruptured his Achilles in the middle of the season.)But in a number of ways, this was a breakout season for Holiday, who shined in his role offensively. He was a fantastic finisher around the basket, ranking inside the top-10 in restricted-area field-goal percentage among guards. Holiday was one of the more accurate midrange shooters in the NBA. And despite playing alongside Rajon Rondo, who sometimes plays so unselfishly and records so many dimes that it can disrupt the flow of the offense, Holiday — one of the NBA’s most prolific long passers — was often the man setting up Rondo first, finishing in the top 10 in the league in secondary assists. That would get him recognized in the NHL but goes unnoticed in the NBA.So even though it has been a shock for many to see Holiday emerge before our very eyes, much of that may be because there weren’t enough eyes being directed on a player of his caliber in the first place.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Womens volleyball Ohio State set to play Missouri State in first round

Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team was selected for the NCAA tournament draw and will play Missouri State in the first round of postseason competition in Manhattan, Kansas at 6 p.m. on Friday.The tournament selection tallies 22 NCAA appearances for the Buckeyes during the program’s history. In 2016, OSU advanced to the regional semifinal game before falling to Washington in five sets. The Buckeyes will be going into the match with the Missouri State Bears carrying a 20-10 overall record and 10-10 within the conference. OSU experienced all the emotions that playing in the Big Ten brings during the regular season. Upsets were common on both sides of the net, referred to by senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe as “the nature of the beast” that is the conference’s competition. The Buckeyes stunned the No. 1 Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln on Oct. 1 with a 3-1 victory. OSU also broke a decade-long losing streak to Penn State when they defeated the Nittany Lions in five sets in front of the fourth-largest crowd in St. John Arena history. On an individual scale, Sandbothe and fellow senior Valeria León made their own marks when they broke the career blocks record and career digs records, respectively.Amidst the victories, the Buckeyes also were surprisingly unraveled by other Big Ten foes. They split the series 1-1 with both Maryland and Indiana, two teams ranked at the bottom of the conference standings. OSU faced a tough schedule draw that required the team to adjust to life on the road. The Buckeyes went weeks without seeing the floor of St. John Arena, and on many occasions, the team members said that being away from home was an exhausting factor. Friday won’t be the first time that OSU has battled with the Bears. The Buckeyes traveled to Springfield, Missouri, early in the season and lost a tight five set match to Missouri State as part of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational tournament. The Bears are currently hitting .238 as a team, led by outside hitter Lily Johnson with 596 kills this season. This marks 12 NCAA tournament appearances for Missouri State. Last year, the Bears were knocked out in the first round by Missouri, 1-3. If the Buckeyes can secure a win against the Bears, they will move on to the next round to face the winner of the Lipscomb and No. 14 Kansas State match. read more

Former head of the Navy says decision to scrap she title for

“Political correctness is getting out of hand, the few are trying to bully the majority,” said Harry Silvers. “There is room in this world for everyone.”Lloyd’s List, a weekly shipping publication which ran in print for more than 250 years, has already abandoned centuries of seafaring tradition by calling all vessels “it”.Julian Bray, the former editor, wrote: “The shipping industry does need to move forward if it is not to risk becoming a backwater of international business.”They are maritime real estate. The world moves on. I can see why ‘she’ would suit a magnificent cruise liner but to a rusting old hulk it could be rather offensive.”However, I don’t think there is anything wrong with calling ships ‘she’ in conversation. It’s a respectable maritime tradition.”  A spokesperson for the Royal Navy agreed that the tradition should not be changed, and added: “The Royal Navy has a long tradition of referring to its ships as ‘she’ and will continue to do so.”The row began after the Scottish Maritime Museum near Troon changed its naming policy after vandals scratched out references to boats as “she” on information signs, forcing the charity’s director to scrap the gender-specific term altogether.A 19th century steam yacht called ‘Rifle’, which once carried Queen Victoria across Loch Arkaig while she was visiting Inverlochy castle in 1873, had its display signs defaced last week in the latest attack.Museum director David Mann has vowed to update all signage around the building with gender neutral terms.“We are moving in line with other maritime institutions,” said Mr Mann, who reported the incident to the police.“The debate around gender and ships is wide ranging, pitting tradition against the modern world. But I think that we have to move with the times and understand the way people look at things today.”On social media, supporters of the museum expressed their dismay. “This isn’t how it works. You don’t get to erase history, and like it or not ships have always been referred to as she,” said Jennifer Sorbara. A decision to scrap the “she” title for boats will “insult generations of sailors”, the former head of the Navy says.Admiral Lord Alan West, former First Sea Lord, has spoken out after a British maritime museum began referring to ships it exhibits as “it” in a bid to appear gender neutral.In a rare move, BBC Radio 4’s today programme took a call from a listener, Lord West, after he was so incensed by the news that he rang the show.He said that the move is “stark staring bonkers” and “political correctness gone mad”, adding: “It’s a sort of insult to generations of sailors, the ships are seen almost as a mother to preserve us from the dangers of the sea and also from the violence of the enemy. To change it in this trite fashion is just absolutely stupid.”We’ve done it for centuries as that’s how we refer to them, we have to be very careful with little tiny pressure groups that make people change things. It’s a very dangerous road we are going down.”I don’t think it’s dated at all…sometimes things that are dated are there for very good reasons and I am very proud of some of those facts.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Womens importance in mining being recognized

first_imgIn a world first, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and Australian Federal Government held the Inaugural Women and Mining Symposium on May 29 as a critical input to the development of a five year strategic agenda to increase the participation of women in the minerals industry.“The business case for increasing the numbers of women working in the minerals industry is compelling at any time, let alone when there is – as now – an acute and prospective chronic people shortage in our industry, most notably in the professions and trades. In addition to the business case, the industry considers it is simply the right thing to do”, MCA Chief Executive Mitchell H Hooke said, as he opened the Symposium.The Hon Julie Bishop, MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Women’s Issues delivered the keynote address at the Symposium, launching a new report: Unearthing New Resources – attracting and retaining women in the Australian minerals industry. The report was commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia and the Australian Government’s Office for Women and prepared by the Women in Social and Economic Research at Curtin University and the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland.The report makes a number of recommendations, key among them, that the industry: Demonstrate stronger leadership regarding women’s participation in the industry Address the negative image held by prospective women employees through a range of attraction strategies Establish a comprehensive university program to facilitate transition from education to employment Review recruitment strategies to increase female applicants across all categories of professional disciplines Implement operational systems/processes to directly address identified gaps in workforce management for gender diversity Implement ‘special measures’, such as dedicated mentoring, to assist in the attraction and retention of Indigenous women Improve current work practices in relation to flexibility in rostering and the provision of part-time career opportunities Improve current work environments from a quality of life perspective Address the strong masculine culture through awareness raising and effective senior leadership Support all employees to achieve a balance between work and family commitments Provide a range of initiatives aimed at developing women’s careers.The Symposium was the first event of a busy week of activities during Minerals Week 07, which is designed to showcase the Australian minerals industry’s strategic direction and achievements as well as to engage with key opinion leaders and stakeholders in the industry.“The Inaugural Symposium is the culmination of the MCA’s Women and Mining Dialogue which was established in 2004 to identify and address the key structural and cultural barriers limiting the participation of women in the minerals industry and to examine how best to optimise the social and economic benefits of the industry’s activities to women in the communities in which we operate”, Hooke told the Symposium.In promoting the business case for increased participation of women in the minerals industry, Hooke said: “the statistics are stark – women comprise 18% of the minerals industry workforce, compared with a national participation rate of 45%. Women represent 3% of all employees at mine sites and minerals processing operations and Indigenous women represent 12% of all Indigenous employees”.“As an industry we can increase the gender and cultural diversity of our workforce if we improve the methods we use to engage women in operational decision making, create a working environment that is non-discriminatory and that values diversity and develop structures to maximise the community development benefits to women resulting from mining activities.”last_img read more

Green light for commissioning operation of Tanami gas pipeline to Newmont Granites

first_imgConstruction of the Tanami Gas Pipeline is complete, and Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby, has granted pipeline owner AGI Tanami conditional consent to commission and operate the infrastructure. Consent to commission means AGI Tanami can now test the pipeline by introducing gas at the pressure under which it will operate. Once testing is successfully completed and independently verified, the pipeline will be able to go into full operational mode.The Tanami Gas Pipeline will provide gas to Newmont’s Granites gold mine located approximately 550 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert. Historically the mining operations have had to rely on diesel to operate, which meant a pause in production if roads became impassable and diesel could not get through.Kirby stated: “The Territory Labor Government supports the delivery of job-creating infrastructure, so I am pleased to approve the next stage of works for the Tanami Gas Pipeline. Newmont’s Territory mining operations are some of the most successful gold operations in Australia. This pipeline will provide year-round, cleaner power – supporting existing jobs and creating the potential for more jobs. The Territory Labor Government will continue to focus on attracting private sector investment across the Territory, and on getting job-creating projects out of the ground as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Microsoft is accidentally sending takedown requests for OpenOffice

first_imgWhen it comes to its Office suite of programs, Microsoft certainly has bigger fish to fry than the relatively puny OpenOffice. Foremost among its opponents is the venerable Google Docs, which is free, fully featured, and built into every Google account. This free, in-browser alternative to MS Office is never downloaded, so its dissemination cannot be blocked. But a small-time competitor like OpenOffice, one that distributes itself through pirate-heavy channels like torrent sites, is an easy target for surreptitious attacks.In this case, the attacks seem to come from poorly aimed auto-takedown bots, programs written to trawl the Internet for pirated copies of Microsoft software and deliver legal takedown requests to search engines and the pirate sites’ administrators. It’s arguably an understandable mistake for a simple program to make, the distinction between Microsoft’s Office programs and the open-source alternative that has a similar name. Still, this comes as part of a growing series of mistaken or simply false accusations of copyright infringement under the DMCA laws first passed back in 1998.With the introduction of automated complaint programs, the number of complaints has skyrocketed.For instance, it was only a few weeks ago that HBO began demanding torrent sites remove download links for VLC media player, the most popular media player with pirates — and one of the most popular, period. This was also ostensibly the result of faulty DMCA takedown programs, as were the numerous requests to take down websites listing the takedown requests themselves.Though the impact of these poorly aimed notices is small, it is also growing. There seems to be a fundamental problem, one which should have been easy to foresee, with putting the power to mete out legal notices to a program with no human oversight to check for basic errors such as these ones. With the recent spike in the number of takedown notices being sent out, it’s becoming ever more likely that a particular site will be harassed in error.The burden of sending all these requests ought to be on the sender, in this case Microsoft, rather than the recipient, as it currently is. As things stand, websites must either remain vigilant about the sometimes staggering number of requests that arrive, or else end up censoring non-infringing content and undercutting their commitment to their own basic premise. There is currently no disincentive for these companies to err on the side of scatter-shot tactics that catch more offending content, but also attack more innocent parties. For those programs which rely on torrenting as a distribution method, such attacks can be very damaging, indeed.last_img read more

At IO Google Trades Search for AI

first_img 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on target This week, Google’s been hosting their I/O conference. It’s an annual event where the giant shows off the best they’ve got cooking. And throughout the show, one theme has been clear — Google loves AI and wants you on board.Google made its billions by being the people’s search engine. While it was far from the first, more robust algorithms and software helped the company build an empire. Now it’s looking to take the next step and replicate past success, this time, by mastering AI.Machine learning, cloud computing, etc. are the way of the future. They can already best humans in all kinds of tasks, and the exponential speed of development shows no signs of letting up. A good chunk of that progress can be attributed to Google’s TensorFlow software — one of the most advanced AI tools available. It’s so useful; it’s practically ubiquitous.“There’s hardly a way around TensorFlow these days,” Samim Winiger, head of machine learning design studio Samim.io, told The Verge. “I use a lot of open source learning libraries, but there’s been a major shift to TensorFlow.”The software works wonders. It’s fast, scalable, and effective, plus it integrates into Google’s own cloud services so that you can easily take advantage of the tech giant’s server farms for storage or computing power. And the company has an array of specialized chips that mimic neural networks and work well with the kind of parallelized software that AI and machine learning use.Everyone, of course, is at least working on AI. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, all have their own tools and services and software, but Google’s ease of use, and willingness to buy up third party competitors and integrate those systems and techniques into their own have allowed them to subsume just about everyone else in the game. And that mean’s the search giant is leap-frogging just about everyone else. The Android Now personal assistant now has two billion monthly users — a significant chunk of the planet’s internet users. Plus, Google has no qualms about launching their services on rival platforms.We may not have heard too much from the Big G in a while, but it’s clear the company’s been hard at work fighting the next major battle for tech dominance years before everyone else.last_img read more

Watch Killer Whale Caught Swimming With Dolphins in Unbelievable Video

first_img“It was kind of breathtaking, to be honest. It didn’t sink in until today. I had a couple [of] lifelong harpoon guys contact me and tell me I saw a unicorn,” Zimmerman told The Boston Herald. “They said 35 years of being on the water almost every day, they’ve never seen one.”In the video, which was captured from Zimmerman’s vessel, the killer whale is shown swimming side-by-side with the pod of dolphins in a peaceful formation. Zimmerman said he wished the killer whale could have been seen during a charter trip tour, since it would have been awesome for “more people to have witnessed it.”According to OceanConservancy.org, the killer whale, also known as an orca, is a very powerful hunter that eats fish, seals, sharks, and other marine animals. Killer whales use echolocation to communicate with each other and capture prey for meals.More on Geek.com:Watch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish CoastWatch: ‘Russian Spy’ Whale Saves Woman’s Phone That Dropped in OceanDead, 37-Foot Humpback Whale Washes Up on New York Beach Stay on target Rare, Gray Orca Calf Spotted in CaliforniaWatch: Orca Performs ‘Belly Roll’ During Close Encounter With Boat center_img Three fishermen recently spotted an enormous killer whale swimming with a pod of dolphins off the coast of Cape Cod and it was a beautiful scene.Kelly Zimmerman, a Got Stryper Fishing Charters captain, along with two other fishermen, Greg Gibbs and Charlie Whitcomb, spotted the whale roughly 50 to 70 miles east of East Chatham, Massachusetts, while they were trying to catch giant bluefin tuna on June 9, The Boston Herald reported. Got Stryper Fishing Charters shared a video of the rare sighting on Facebook, which has racked up more than 140,000 views so far.last_img read more

Suspects in Ridgefield burglary appear in court

first_imgOne of the three men accused of burglarizing a Ridgefield house had driven from Texas to Vancouver to visit a friend a day prior to the alleged crime.Jean Carlos Bachemolina, 31, told investigators that he had only been in Vancouver for one night when he, Edgar Bulles Torres, 43, and Omar R. Ortega, 35, both of Monroe, La., went out driving around in a van at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.Ortega, who was driving, stopped at a dark house in Ridgefield, 2021 S. Osprey Drive, and he stayed in the car while Torres and Bachemolina pushed on a glass door, broke it and went inside, the affidavit states.They didn’t think anyone was inside the house, but Bachemolina found a 31-year-old woman hiding in an upstairs bedroom closet, according to the court document.The woman had called 911 and was talking with a dispatcher, who reportedly heard “a female scream, the sound of a struggle and then the line went dead,” the affidavit states.last_img read more

Amazon will open a new Denver office add 400 jobs

first_img Share your voice Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 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. 4:00 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. $210 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. See It 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. 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Rylo 7 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $520 at HP Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET 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. $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 1 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. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Amazon is expanding its Denver tech hub. Amazon Amazon is opening a new office in downtown Denver and adding 400 new high-tech jobs, the company said Tuesday. This expansion of its Denver hub will more than double Amazon’s tech workforce in the area. The e-commerce giant opened an office in Boulder last fall. The new jobs will be in fields such as software and hardware engineering, cloud computing and advertising.”We’re excited to continue to grow and invest in the Denver area,” said Dave Wood, site lead for Amazon’s Denver tech hub, in a statement. “Our new office will offer our teams the convenience of a downtown location with an array of outdoor adventures just up the road.”The Denver office will be part of a network of 17 development centers across North America, in addition to the company’s main headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and its future second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. These hubs employ more than 20,000 in total, according to Amazon. In November, Amazon said it’d build two 25,000-employee campuses: one in Long Island City in New York’s Queens borough and another in Arlington. In February, Amazon canceled its plans to build the New York City campus, but said it’d continue with the Virginia location.  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). 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 It $999 Turo See at Turo Best Buy Comment Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Sprint $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon kills plans for NYC headquarters 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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 Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See it Comments Tech Industry Boost Mobilelast_img read more