Google antes up $2.6M to settle pay, job discrimination case

first_imgSAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google will pay $2.6 million to more than 5,500 employees and past job applicants. The payments are to resolve allegations that the internet giant discriminated against female engineers and Asians in California and Washington state. The settlement announced Monday closes a 4-year-old case that the Labor Department brought as part its reviews of the pay practices at federal government contractors such as Google. That inquiry resulted in accusations that Google had been paying its female engineers less than men in similar positions during a period spanning from 2014 to 2017.  Google isn’t admitting any wrongdoing, but the settlement still could blemished its once-cherished reputation as an employers that pampers its workers.last_img read more

Ministry, SOEs agree to $67.3m road preservation deal

first_imgThe Public Works and Housing Ministry agreed on Monday to a public-private partnership (PPP) on road preservation in South Sumatra’s eastern road network. The deal is worth Rp 982 billion (US$67.3 million) and is the ministry’s first PPP deal for a non-toll road project.Through the agreement, state-owned construction companies PT Adhi Karya and PT Brantas Abipraya secured a 15-year concession for the operation and preservation of South Sumatra’s 29.8 kilometers of roads under an availability payment scheme.Availability payment is a fee structure where a public agency makes periodic payments to the private sector to provide infrastructure services of a specified standard. It is seen as a cost-saving way to develop infrastructure and ensure its quality. Read also: Corruption risk to Indonesia’s infrastructure push: ExpertsThe concession period for the consortium company, PT Jalintim Adhi-Abipraya (JAA), will be divided into a 3-year construction period and a 12-year service period, according to a project outline released by the Public Works and Housing Ministry.Finance Ministry government support management and infrastructure funding director Bramantyo Istidjoso said the project was backed by the government through the state infrastructure guarantee fund PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur (PII) and that the availability payment scheme fund would be sourced from the state budget.The World Bank previously suggested the government improve its PPP financing schemes to attract more private capital to help cover the government’s budget shortage for infrastructure.The government has also been urged to decrease its reliance on state-owned enterprises (SOE) for the execution of toll and national road projects and to allow private companies to build economically viable projects as SOEs were already highly leveraged.“We recommend the government revise its decision-making and consider whether the project is good for leveraging private financing before looking at the potential allocation for public-sector financing,” World Bank transportation specialist Elena Chesheva said.Last year, the government awarded a consortium that included the investment, consulting and management arms of Singapore’s Changi Airport a PPP to expand Komodo Airport in East Nusa Tenggara.The project, the first PPP for airport development, is expected to attract more tourists to Labuan Bajo, which has been designated a priority tourism site by the government.Read also: Private sector infrastructure funding needs boost as SOEs overleveraged: World BankTopics : Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said he hoped the PPP scheme would boost the reliability of contractors and the quality of roads, after the poor performance of a contractor on the ministry’s West Sumatra eastern road network.“We aim to provide good infrastructure quality for economic activity,” he said in an online press briefing on Monday, adding that the PPP scheme was expected to improve transparency.The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has estimated that the country will require $429.7 billion in infrastructure investment, equal to 6.1 percent of GDP, between 2020 and 2024.The private sector is expected to provide most of the financing, while the government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are expected to contribute between 19.2 and 21.7 percent each.last_img read more

USC to improve Galen Center experience

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team opened the 2011-2012 season earlier this month against Cal State Northridge — a team that finished with a losing record a season ago and remains ineligible for postseason competition this season because of a low Academic Progress Rate score. The NCAA penalizes program with scores below its 925 benchmark.Student engagement · The Galen Center opened in 2006 and holds men’s and women’s basketball games as well as volleyball matches. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanNonetheless, the opening night game, held at the Trojans’ five-year old Galen Center, drew 5,172 fans, including a packed, standing-room-only student section.One of the attractions for USC students was a reusable Trojan Fever cup giveaway that is good for free soda refills all season long.“The students change the atmosphere in the Galen Center, so it is important to fill every game,” said Associate Athletic Director and Director of Marketing Craig Kelley.The USC athletics-marketing department announced other initiatives to improve attendance for men’s basketball games at Galen Center in an email addressed to students signed by Athletic Director Pat Haden in early November.Last season, USC averaged just 4,691 fans per game at the 10,258-seat Galen Center, the lowest in the conference, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times two weeks ago.In an attempt to improve fan attendance, James Slagle, a graduate marketing intern, developed the Trojan Fever Loyalty Program earlier this fall so students can earn points and win prizes each time they attend USC football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and select men’s water polo home games.Large sandwich boards have also been strategically placed around campus to increase awareness about basketball game times, in addition to text reminders from the Trojan Text Alerts program.There will also be free pizza given away in the student section at all games, and more student giveaways are being planned, according to Kelley.The email from Haden vowed to improve food variety and quality at Galen Center concessions, and indicated plans to implement in-seat ordering by the end of the season.USC students already have free admission to basketball games, but there are now reduced ticket prices across the board for men’s and women’s basketball games.In addition, the four entry tunnels at the Galen Center have been painted cardinal and gold and decorated with Trojan imagery to replace the less inviting gray concrete.“[Athletic Director Pat Haden] has made it clear to fans, students and staff that filling the Galen Center is his priority,” Kelley said. “Our student-athletes deserve the support of their fellow students, and we are here to get them into the Galen Center.”The players have noticed the large crowds through the first three men’s basketball games of the season.“I like how the crowd was hyped,” sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon said after the game against Cal State Norhridge. “It was a lot of fun.”last_img read more

Brett Anderson can’t do it all in Los Angeles Dodgers’ rain-delayed loss

first_imgWith one swing of the bat, the Rockies had turned a 4-2 deficit into an eventual 5-4 victory.Garcia had allowed one run in his first 14 appearances of the season. Since then, Garcia has made two appearances, both in save situations. He has failed to convert either opportunity while allowing five runs. The ending spoiled a fine start by Anderson, who allowed five hits and two runs, walked one batter and struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings.A week ago Friday, Anderson was credited with a five-inning, complete-game victory in Denver when the rain became too heavy to continue by the sixth inning and never let up. On Thursday the rain was just as hard, but the heavens closed back up after a 1-hour, 25-minute rain delay. When the game resumed at 10:23 Pacific Time, fewer than 10,000 of the announced crowd of 42,650 remained. Even Anderson was done for the night.The Dodgers were leading 2-1 when Andre Ethier doubled to lead off the second inning. With one out, Anderson belted his first hit of the season — a double — to the left-center field gap. That allowed Ethier to score the Dodgers’ third run, which ultimately left Anderson in line for the win.It was Anderson’s first hit of any kind since August of last year.After finishing April with a 5.49 earned-run average, Anderson (3-1) has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his three May starts.Weather was a constant factor. The infield remained covered by a tarp all afternoon, forcing both teams to take batting practice indoors.Although the game started at 7:10 p.m. as scheduled, a light rain began to fall in the second inning. By the end of the inning, lightning was flashing in the distance. Dodger Stadium organist, Nancy Bea Hefley, cued up “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” when the teams changed sides for the third inning.The rain was falling heavily by the fifth and sixth innings. At one point, Anderson stepped off the pitching rubber to allow a flash of lightning to run its course through the sky.The Rockies had runners on first and third base and one out in the sixth inning when the game was delayed.When the game resumed, Juan Nicasio was on the mound for the Dodgers. The right-hander immediately surrendered a ground ball that allowed Carlos Gonzalez to score from third base. Anderson had done nothing for an hour and a half, yet was charged with a run.But Nicasio came back to strike out Nick Hundley and D.J. Lemahieu with the bases loaded to end the inning, preserving the Dodgers’ 4-2 lead.Nicasio pitched the seventh inning and Chris Hatcher pitched the eighth without allowing a run. Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson apparently has the power to summon rain in the middle of any game in which he is beating the Colorado Rockies. It happened a week ago Friday in Denver, where it often rains, and it happened again Thursday at Dodger Stadium, where it never rains.He did not, however, have the power to close out a game that began just after 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday and ended at 11:45.That job was entrusted to Yimi Garcia with the Dodgers leading the Colorado Rockies 4-2 in the ninth inning, looking to beat their division rival for the ninth straight time.Garcia backed himself into a corner. He allowed singles to Nick Hundley and Drew Stubbs, then faced two-time all-star Carlos Gonzalez with two outs. On a 2-1 count, Gonzalez turned on an inside fastball over the plate and launched it more than halfway up the right-field bleachers.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

House, Senate GOP unveil competing school funding plans

first_imgDES MOINES — About $20 million separates the public school funding plans Republicans in the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate are proposing. Senate Republicans like Majority Leader Jack Whitever of Ankeny favor an increase of 2.1% in general state spending on K-12 public schools.“This is an amount that we feel allows us enough money to continue to fund our other priorities as well,” Whitver says, “Whether that’s state troopers, mental health, health care issues — we want to make sure that fits in the larger budget picture.”House Republicans have joined Republican Governor Kim Reynolds in calling for a 2.5% increase in per-student state funding. Democrats like Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo say schools really need more than 2.5% — or roughly a $100 million boost.“I don’t think it really digs our schools out of the hole,” Smith says, “understanding that we’ve dug a trench and we’re slowly filling it in like a teaspoon at a time and that’s not going to get us where we need to be.”Republicans control a majority of seats in the House and Senate, so GOP leaders will likely negotiate a school funding deal in the next couple of weeks. The decision is for general state aid for the school year that starts next fall.last_img read more

Post-season shaping up: Brashear breaks tie, stays undefeated

first_imgLEADS BULLS—Brashear quarterback Adam Lynch was 10-19 passing and threw two touchdown passes in the Bulls 13-12 win over Perry. (Courier Photos/William McBride) If the City League playoffs were to begin today Westinghouse would, indeed, clinch their first playoff berth in years.However, they still have to go through defending champs Perry and Oliver to get there.USO, a team that encompasses players from various neighborhoods around the city, and in a unified manner, has managed to hang right in there with City powerhouses Perry and Brashear as the second place team.USO captured its fifth shutout of the season and features one of the most experienced and talented rosters in the league.“As a result of our defense, we’re going to have a phenomenal year this year,” USO coach Lou Berry said. “We’ll continue to make big plays… and we’ll continue to dominate the line of scrimmage…. We’re going to play great defense, week in and week out.”Perry coach Bill Gallagher, whose team went down to Brashear on Oct 21 to drop to third place, is looking to be a shoe-in for a playoff berth and an opportunity to defend its title. But he still thinks that the last two weeks have a lot to offer.“We know that every game that we’re going to be in for the remainder of the season is going to be a close one,” he said. “We still have the “house” and U.S.O. left on our schedule and those are sure to be hard fought games.”The Commodores have returned to contention this year after capturing the league’s crown, a season ago.Brashear just survived the 13-12 marathon game that came down to the final minute against Perry on Oct 21.It was the clanging of the West goal post at Cupples by Brashear kicker Matt McHugh that made the game’s final margin. It was one that would keep the Bulls with an unblemished league record and the maintenance of sole possession of first place in the City.“There were plenty of mistakes that we made against Brashear that we can’t continue to make throughout the course of the year, if we want to remain competitive,” Gallagher said. We have to be a more consistent football team. We can’t make eight good plays and then blow two. Consistency will be the key for us.”The score that set up the deciding kick was Brashear quarterback Adam Lynch’s second of the game to Ricky Gayy for 16 yards. His first from 24 was to Dom Patterson.Perry scored on a 1-yard run by Robert Willie and a 16-yard pass from senior quarterback Darelle Carson to Deron Clark in the fourth quarter.(Follow our continuing coverage of and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@newpittsburghcourier.com.) by Malik VincentIn the wake of the final two weeks of City League football’s regular season, there are glimpses of who the ‘final four’ can be.The top four teams in the league rankings after the final week of the season, will advance to the postseason.Despite a horrid 52-0 loss at the hands of USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) on Oct. 21, Westinghouse is currently clinging on to fourth place in the City.last_img read more

Vexospark brings computer and business training to rural Limpopo

first_imgVexospark Community Technology Centre is run in various rural communities across Limpopo. More than 16,000 women have benefitted from this initiative.William Makgaba was 23 years old when he was embarrassed publicly — he was laughed at because he didn’t know how to open an MS Word document. This led to his providing computer literacy training in rural communities so that they would not have to go through similar humiliation. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanMore than 16,000 young women in Limpopo’s rural communities have become computer literate and have basic skills in entrepreneurship through the help of the Vexospark Community Technology Centre.Play Your Part ambassador William Makgaba is the founder of this initiative. He says that in 2006 his life changed drastically when he was not able to open an MS Word document. Those around him laughed at his inability.“Since 2004 I worked as a gardener. In 2006, an old lady for whom I was working, helped to register me with Unisa.“At Unisa we had to type assignments which was something I couldn’t do at that time.”Being laughed at made Makgaba self-conscious and he dropped out. “I then realised that so many people from rural communities will also be victimised if I don’t stand up and do something.”He started the Vexospark initiative in 2008, he says, shortly after he received a computer from the woman who had helped him to get into Unisa. He started training people how to use it.He had studied PC engineering at Pinnacle Business College in 2004 and in 2008 he completed an End-User Computing course at the University of Limpopo.Makgaba says his initiative helps students to register at Unisa at its centres. “The students can also do their assignments for Unisa and change modules at our centres.”VexosparkThe Vexospark Community Technology Centre focuses on disabled people, women and youth.Makgaba, who is from Madiga village in the Ga-Dikgale area of Polokwane, says his project works in five municipalities, namely:Greater Tzaneen – Here, it helps special schools with 3D virtual learning environments and runs Intel’s She Will Connect programme that teaches women computer literacy.Blouberg – Here, it gives information and communications technology in education training and runs She Will Connect.Polokwane – Here, it gives entrepreneurial business skills training and runs She Will Connect.Mogalakwena – As in Blouberg, it gives information and communications technology in education training and runs She Will Connect.Greater Tubatse – Here, it runs She Will Connect.Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan spoke to Makgaba:Melissa Javan: Why did you start this project?William Makgaba: The use of ICT is limited to urban people; people in marginalised communities are being left out of processes that affect their lives. I am also driven by the need to close the gender gap when it comes to technology. I am aware of the danger of not making use of technology for access to information, the lack of speed in implementation and the slow roll out of technology. And I am interested in the evolution of ICT.MJ: What is your project’s name?WM: It’s called Vexospark Community Technology Centre.MJ: As a community worker, what are your highlights so far?WM: She will Connect – 16,330 women from the age of 15 in rural Limpopo are now computer literate and have basic entrepreneurial skills, supported by Intel and Siyafunda.ICT in education – high school maths and science learners are getting great results, supported by the P.E.A.C.E Foundation Trust.Entrepreneurial business skills – women between the ages of 18 and 35 have learned entrepreneurship skills, supported by Siyafunda, Mastercard and Junior Achievement SA.MJ: To play your part in society, how can you get your community involved in a project or initiative?WM: Step one is to love your community. You will always be happy if everything you do for your community is from the heart. Step two is to network. No man is an island. Networking with others will help you to help your community. Step three is to register your organisation. It is very important to have a registered entity to help you get some funding.MJ: Why should all South Africans play their part in their communities and be brand ambassadors for South Africa?WM: We can only reach the highest height if we encourage, teach, guide, learn and support each other.MJ: Are you one of the teachers in these ICT projects?WM: Nope. I have eight trainers now. My job is to go to communities, find the problem and ask for help from institutions to resolve that problem.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Trading Scarcity: Is This the Killer App for the Real-Time Web?

first_imgMost platforms gain traction through a killer app. In the second generation of real time, that killer app was market data for financial traders. What will it be in the third generation?Today, the real-time Web is associated with social networking status updates via services such as Twitter and Facebook. But whether this will be the killer app for this generation is not clear. As we enter a period of “social update exhaustion” (as in, “I really do not care what you had for breakfast”), the real-time Web may evolve into things that we really need to make a living or to get essential stuff done. The killer app matters, because the winner at the platform layer will be the company that hosts it. bernard lunn Related Posts Other Killer App ContendersWe think the killer app is something we call “trading scarcity.” Let’s first look at three other contenders:Data portabilityBecause the real-time Web has grown out of social media status updates, the typical killer app that people have been working on is data portability: automated connections between different social networking sites. This is certainly how Gnip has positioned itself. Question: is this interesting to people other than the social media experts who write about it? Or is the mass market happy to choose one site and stick with it? Will we simply see bilateral negotiations between sites emerge, along with basic best practices?News deliveryQuestion: is this interesting to people other than journalists and bloggers? News is a fairly big business, but in the big picture, it is only one niche. How many journalists are there? If all of them used Twitter all day long, would it be a big business?Customer serviceThe ability to react to problems in real time, to nip problems in the bud, is important to companies of any size. This is big. Question: how practical will implementation be? The ability to respond quickly is only one aspect of good customer service; the other aspects (hiring, training, motivation, corporate policy) are both more critical and more complex.The Law of Supply and Demand Has Not Been RepealedThe free, abundant digital domain is mirrored by an expensive, scarce physical domain.Online, we tend to focus on the free, abundant digital domain. The debate on Freeconomics rages today, but the basics are simple. The Internet is an enormous, almost-free copying machine for anything digital, so price will tend towards $0. Air is the most precious commodity in the world (try going without it for a few minutes), but it is free (notwithstanding negative externalities).But all that free stuff must be paid for by something that people would pay for. That is where the expensive, scarce physical domain comes in. People pay more for things when the demand is high and supply is low. So to make money, you need to sell products and services that are scarce… and in demand.Or you could make money by connecting supply and demand using the real-time Web.But it has to be real time. That is the whole point of scarcity. A hotel room may be available for $75 right now, but 10 minutes later it could be $125 (or $50). Acme’s services are available right now for $150 per hour, but 10 minutes later it is charging $200 because it is more booked up. You see a hand-knit cashmere sweater available right now for $350; it’s the only one, you want it, and it might be gone in a few minutes. Premium ad space is available right now for a CPM of $15… no, make that $17.I could go on and on. This affects almost every market in the world. Plenty of untapped opportunity lies here for enterprises, startups, Main Street small businesses, and individual free agents.Entrepreneurs have big technical challenges to work on. Message delivery (which we explored in our last post on the subject) is challenging enough but very minor compared to the devil-in-the-details issues at the application layer. These will have to be solved in domain-specific ways.In this world, the status update tends to go from a socially driven message (“I just did this. Are you interested?”) to a more commercially driven message (“This is what I have available right now at this price. Are you interested?” or “This is what I need right now. Do you have it?”).Like fresh fish? Are you willing to pay more for fresh, healthy, and delicious than stinky, old, and sickening? Then go here.Trading Attention and EndorsementFor those of us who were steeped in the early days of social media, this all sounds a bit too commercial. Surely we are not just economic animals, are we? No, we are not. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs stated that clearly.But even if you take money out of the equation, we are still trading in scarcity – in this case, the scarcity of our attention.You have only 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year, and the average life span is around 80 years. You are a limited resource. Sorry if that is news to you. 🙂You are getting pinged from all around, forced to constantly make decisions about where to allocate one of your finite resources: time.Your other limited resource is credibility. Social networks want you to endorse (that is, sell) their services to your friends. They may pay you in cash or ‘Attaboys, but whichever you take, you are dipping into a limited pot of credibility. Shill too much, and your friends will abandon you. Ask any Amway or multi-level marketing sales agent, and they will tell you how that works.Eliminating the Curse of “May You Have Much Inventory”Inventory is the curse of any business in the expensive, scarce physical domain. Think of what Dell did in the PC business: it used real-time supply chains to eliminate inventory, building each PC to order. This is as close to magic as you can get in the expensive, scarce physical domain. You turn negative cash flow (working capital that you need to expand) into positive working capital cash flow: you get an order, get paid, and then you pay the supplier. Perhaps on the real-time Web this all happens close to simultaneously, so the very concept of working capital begins to disappear.Explaining the business value of trading scarcity using the real-time Web is not difficult, then. Ask any company, “Do you want to eliminate inventory?” You will get its full attention. This is not technology looking for a problem to solve. This is the biggest problem that most business people in the expensive, scarce physical domain (i.e. the real world) face every day.What This Means for Real-Time Web PlayersEnvision a future where this has played out. Most of the world’s transactional opportunities flow through the real-time Web. You can tap into that flow to buy and sell. And you can be an intermediary, which is fundamentally the role of aggregating demand. What systems would you use in that future?Those systems are the ones that the winners of the real-time Web have to build.It won’t be simple. Meeting the challenge in one domain is complex enough. Building the platforms that accommodate multiple domains will take a lot of work, and we are at a very early stage. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Real-Time Web 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Motorola Moto G7 is now available on Google Fi for 50 off

first_img See It Meet the Moto G7 budget phones for 2019 Share your voice $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Moto G7, G7 Power and G7 Play officially introduced 4:48 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. Tags See it $60 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $217 Sprint $520 at HP $999 Comments $299 at Amazon 2 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $215 $155 at Google Express See It 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. Rylo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Comments $6 at Tidal Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice 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. Sarah Tew/CNET See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See at Amazon $59 at eBay Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Review • Motorola Moto G7 review: The best budget phone just got even better 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. 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. 7 Walmart Google Lenovo Motorola,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. Sarah Tew/CNET Tags $269 See at Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. $999 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Chris Monroe/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Best Buy The Moto G7 is now available on Google Fi and at a discounted price. Sarah Tew/CNET On Friday, Google announced that the Motorola Moto G7 is available on Google Fi, the company’s phone service. If you preorder the $299 feature-packed budget phone, you can get $50 off.Read CNET’s in-depth review of the Moto G7.The Moto G7 follows in the footsteps of last year’s Moto G6 which was also on the service. The Moto G7 is one of six phones, including the Pixel 3 and LG V35, that have built-in Google Fi support. However the service also supports phones from OnePlus, Samsung and even Apple — though support for the iPhone XS and XR is still in beta. It was last November when Google announced it was expanding its network and rebranded Project Fi into Google Fi. The service starts out at $20 per month for unlimited calls and text messages. Google charges $10 a month for each gigabyte of data used up to 6GB after which all data is free.You can preorder the Moto G7 for $249 on Google Fi’s website. 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. See It 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. $210 at Best Buy Adorama 31 Photos See It See It The Cheapskate 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. Turo See It Read Google Home Hub review Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mentioned Above Motorola Moto G7 (ceramic white) Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview $249 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Motorola Moto G7 Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Best Buylast_img read more

Boman Irani to play Farokh Engineer in Ranveer Singh starrer 83

first_imgVarinder Chawla/TwitterBoth the fraternity of Indian cricket fans as well as that of Bollywood lovers are keenly awaiting the arrival of the movie ’83 on the silver screen. This movie, based on Indian cricket team’s memorable triumph in the 1983 cricket World Cup, will have the current Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh essaying the role of Indian cricket legend and captain of that victorious team, Kapil Dev.The cast to play the entire Indian team has been finalised and the actors have appeared together on various occasions. But now, a new name has joined the group and he is bound to make the prospect of the movie even more appealing to the fans. According to movie critic Taran Adarsh, Boman Irani, known for playing memorable roles in movies such as ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ and ‘3 Idiots,’ would play the flamboyant former Indian wicketkeeper and batsman Farokh Engineer.Irani playing Engineer makes sense as both men belong to the Parsi community. The former cricketer had been a commentator for BBC during the 1983 World Cup. His character would, perhaps, provide a unique vantage point to India’s journey to the title.This movie, which is slated for release on April 10, 2020, is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Madhu Mantena as well as the wife of the lead star and leading Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. The director of the movie is Kabir Khan.Boman Irani to enact the part of Farokh Engineer in #83TheFilm… Stars Ranveer Singh as #KapilDev… Directed by Kabir Khan… 10 April 2020 release. #Relive83 pic.twitter.com/aiixjLYoOv— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 27, 2019 Apart from Ranveer Singh, other actors in this cinematic adaptation of Indian cricket team’s triumph include Deepika herself as Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia, Tahir Raj Bhasin as Sunil Gavaskar, Saqib Saleem as Mohinder Amarnath and Sahil Khattar as Syed Kirmani.Other prominent actors in the movie are Pankaj Tripathi as Indian team’s PR manager Man Singh, Jiiva as Krishnamachari Srikanth, Ammy Virk as Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Harry Sandhu as Madan Lal, Chirag Patil as Sandeep Patil, Jatin Sarna as Yashpal Sharma and Adinath Kothare as Dilip Vengasarkar.While Farokh Engineer wasn’t part of the team that won the 1983 World Cup, his colourful personality would ensure that Irani has a lot to play with in the movie. Before retiring from the game, Engineer enjoyed considerable success as wicketkeeper-batsman in the Indian side.He played 46 Tests and scored 2611 runs at an average of 31.08. Many of his runs came while opening the innings. The last Parsi cricketer to represent India, Engineer scored two hundreds including a famous one against West Indies at Chennai (then Madras) in the 1966/67 season where he scored 94 runs in the first session itself.As wicket-keeper, Engineer effected 16 stumpings and took 66 catches. He also holds the distinction of being the first Indian to be chosen as a brand ambassador for Brylcreem and therefore become the first Indian ‘Brylcreem boy.’ Certainly, most fans can’t wait to see Boman Irani bring the character of young Engineer alive.last_img read more