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Russell stars but Thunder lose again

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Not even a fine all-round effort from West Indies star Andre Russell was enough to save Sydney Thunder from crashing to a 30-run defeat to Perth Scorchers, in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday.Chasing 176 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder slumped to 17 for two in the third over before crawling to 145 for nine off their 20 overs.The 27-year-old Russell unfurled a whirlwind 42 off 20 deliveries with five sixes but wickets continued to fall as Thunder slid to their third straight loss, leaving them fourth in the BBL standings.With their victory, Scorchers moved to the top of the standings on eight points along with Adelaide Strikers but with a superior net run rate.Sent in, Scorchers recovered from a position of one run for two wickets in the second over to rally to 175 for five off 20 overs.The revival came through Cameron Bancroft who struck 72 off 53 balls in anchoring two key stands. He first put on 63 for the third wicket with Shaun Marsh, who hit 28 from 22 balls and a further 105 for the third wicket with Ashton Agar, who blasted 68 off 34 deliveries.Pacer Russell, who knocked over Michael Klinger with the third ball of the game without a run on the board, returned to claim Bancroft in the penultimate over and end with two for 31 from four overs.In reply, Thunder lost South African Jacques Kallis (7) and Aiden Blizzard (7) cheaply to left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff before Russell came to their rescue with his cameo.RUNRATEHis first nine deliveries yielded eight runs without a single boundary, but with the required run rate jumping to 13 at the end of the 11th over, Russell launched an all-out assault.He twice cleared the ropes with left-arm spinner Brad Hogg in the 12th over, which went for 16 runs, and then smashed leg-side sixes off English left-arm seamer David Willey in the next over, which also cost 16 runs.It took the return Behrendorff and a stunning catch from Joel Paris at fine leg to account for Russell in the 14th over with the score on 97 for five.Once he departed, the innings lost momentum, with four more wickets falling for the addition of just 40 runs.last_img read more

MH370: Another piece of wreckage confirmed

first_imgAir safety investigators have confirmed that it is “highly likely” a piece of wreckage found off the coast of Tanzania, Africa, is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester  Minister confirmed late Friday that an analysis of the wing part, believed to be part of a flap, by theAustralian Transport Safety Bureau had established the link.  Flaps are moveable panels extended when a plane lands to increase the wing surface area.“The experts will continue to analyse this piece to assess what information can be determined from it,” Mr Chester.The latest finding brings the tally of parts from the wreckage to six. A flaperon – another type of moveable wing surface that combines the attributes of an aileron and a flap – found on Reunion Island a year ago was confirmed by French officials as coming from the plane.The ATSB  has also determined a segment of engine cowling found on a beach in South Africa and a piece of interior panel found in Mauritius are almost certainly from the plane. It made this same finding for two pieces of debris found in Mozambique and thought to be part of the horizontal stabiliser.Mr Chester said in his statement that the debris  pieces were located in areas consistent with drift modelling performed by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and affirmed  the focus of search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean.He said the underwater search, continuing about 2600kms west of Perth in the  120,000 sq. km priority search, was expected to be finalised by December.“We remain hopeful that the aircraft will be located in the remaining search area,” he  said. “As agreed by Ministers from Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China and Australia at the tripartite meeting on July 22, in the event that the aircraft is not located in the current area, the search for MH370 will be suspended on the completion of the 120,000 square kilometre high priority search area unless credible new evidence about the specific location of the aircraft emerges.’’A European drift study published this week also confirmed  the Indian Ocean as the  impact  zone but  suggested that the plane could be as far as 500kms north of the current search area.The study by Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change looked at five of the pieces of debris found so far and attempted to model how they had travelled and their origin.The study’s simulation defined an area which overlapped the northern half of the zone the ATSB is currently searching.”However, our simulation shows that the debris could also have originated up to around 500 km further to the north,” said centre researcher and lead author of the study, Eric Jansen.  “If nothing is found in the current search area, it may be worth extending the search in this direction.”last_img read more

GlobalGiving helps NPOs maximise online fundraising

first_imgThe GlobalGiving Accelerator, a virtual training programme, teaches non-profit organisations how to crowdfund. They are also entered into a campaign where they can raise a minimum of R68,000.The initiative help2read has reading clubs in townships. Adults in the programme help children improve their reading skills. Help2read undertook GlobalGiving’s training programme and became part of its crowdfunding campaign. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanAbout 500 projects have been supported by GlobalGiving in South Africa since 2002. The group is a global crowdfunding community that connects non-profit organisations, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world.One of the 500 is Lifeskills for 2,743 Children in South Africa, an initiative of the non-profit organisation, Keep The Dream196. It is located in Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo, and has raised $67,840 (R924,578) through the GlobalGiving crowdfunding website.Another South African project on the GlobalGiving site is the drive to collect library books for 25 rural schools by Biblionef South Africa. Currently, $2,877 has been raised online. This project will provide a crucial injection of high quality, home language storybooks to the school libraries.“We make it possible for non-profits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) to access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place,” explains GlobalGiving.Since 2002, it has helped to raise more than $258-million from 587,642 people who have supported 16,729 projects in 165 countries.Non-profits and social mediaA South African social media survey published on the Nonprofit Network found that 29.1% of NPOs in the country frequently use social media for fundraising, 45,7% use it occasionally and 25,1% rarely use social media for fundraising.Nonprofit Network is an online resource centre that helps South African NPOs with their online presence, such as websites, social media, e-newsletters and blogging.The research and analysis was conducted by Ruendree Govinder, founder of Nonprofit Network and Interiority Consulting. In undertaking the survey, 222 organisations completed the questionnaire.Conducted in 2015-2016, the survey found that 72% of NPOs used social media frequently for marketing and branding, while 20.3% used it occasionally for marketing and branding. Regarding the results, 38.5% were very successful, 47.1% were somewhat successful and 8% were unsuccessful.Regarding fundraising on social media, 9.5% said they were very successful, 32.6% were somewhat successful and 40% said they were not successful at all. One of the biggest obstacles to using media successfully was little or no budget, according to 68% or respondents, while 48.6% said their biggest hurdle was insufficient social media expertise.A database of South African NPOs was compiled during the survey. “The database included 1,000 South African non-profit organisations with at least one active social media account,” read the survey. “The database was used to establish the median number of Facebook and Twitter followers, the level of activity on their social media accounts, and the status of their website.”More information on this survey can be found here.Maximise your sustainabilityEleanor Harrison of GlobalGiving UK told Charity Digital News that although crowdfunding would be important for some charities, it was an excellent way to engage with your existing database online and access new supporters. “It’s not the be all and end all — it’s never one size fits all.“I think it can help people access individual donors in new and exciting ways. You should put it into your fundraising plan as a whole so that you can maximise your sustainability,” she said.“It’s also about communications and marketing — how can you tell people about your work and bring them along with your journey.”Celine Morolong, the consultant for GlobalGiving in South Africa, said GlobalGiving had driven $1,634,111 (R22,317,217) to projects operating in the country. “GlobalGiving has about 75 South African partners.“This is additional funds driven to projects in South Africa since the founding of GlobalGiving. In other words, this is money from matching funds or foundations.”Watch how GlobalGiving helps projects worldwide:Where it startedGlobalGiving is an international crowdfunding platform founded in 2002 by Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle — before crowdfunding, or raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, became popular.It connects NPOs with donors and companies in more than 160 countries. NPOs on the platform get access to funding, tools, training and support to help their work.Morolong said: “Our mission is to democratise aid and philanthropy, and crowdfunding helps non-profits connect directly with people who want to support their programmes.“Non-profits across the world need to diversify their funding avenues as traditional sources of financing such as grants are harder to come by. Online fundraising is just one of these avenues.”Watch how to make a video for your NPO:How it worksAny NPO can apply to be a partner on the GlobalGiving site. Morolong explained: “We have four onboarding initiatives throughout the year, in the form of a virtual crowdfunding training programme called the Accelerator.”The Accelerator was an opportunity for NPOs to participate in a time-bound fundraising campaign. “[They also] gain skills through our webinars, workshops, and one-on-one consultations, all geared to enable organisations to fundraise effectively online.“Organisations are required to post a project that tells their story in a compelling way to get donors to give them what they need. Then the fun part starts with actual fundraising of at least $5,000 from 40 donors in a three-week period,” she said.“The organisations that meet these targets become partners on the platform and have their projects featured on our site. Additional benefits for partners include training and support, access to corporate partnerships, credibility and visibility, to mention just a few.”The Accelerator, a virtual training programme and crowdfunding campaign, is open to any registered NPO.Online fundraising versus crowdfundingKuraishi, co-founder of GlobalGiving, says that “the power of crowdfunding is not in the funding, it is in the crowd”.Morolong explained: “Online fundraising is the act of raising money online while crowdfunding specifically relies on small donations from many individuals, which makes GlobalGiving a true community of innovators and givers.”Celine Morolong of GlobalGiving in South Africa.Why do online fundraisingOnline fundraising should be used in collaboration with other fundraising tools, said Morolong. “In South Africa, there was 52% internet penetration in 2016, giving access to an international network to more people,” she added“Going online with their fundraising opens up networks to a global scale quickly, cheaply and efficiently for non-profits.”Advice on online fundraisingHer advice those who want to try online fundraising or crowdfunding is:Always tell a compelling story that engages donors.Have a clear call to action.Remember to say thank you to all your donors.Set smart fundraising goals.Use images that empower the people that you serve.Training for NPOsGlobalGiving provides various live training opportunities for current and prospective NPO partners. “This includes workshops where we discuss crowdfunding and techniques to help organisations fundraise more effectively, such as network mapping, storytelling and social media,” said Morolong.“We also conduct webinars throughout the year on various topics and run a more powerful online fundraising academy and social impact academy for our partners. Sometimes, other non-profits that are not currently on our platform also attend the workshops.”It also ran joint workshops with other like-minded organisations in South Africa on similar topics. “Most of our trainings are free, or available for a small fee.“We will be having free workshops later this year in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, and low-cost training sessions in Gauteng and the Western Cape. We also offer free tips, tools, and resources — including a crowdfunding strategy guide — for non-profits 24/7 on our Learn Library.”GlobalGiving has already hosted workshops on online fundraising in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth this year.NPOs can go to the GlobalGiving website to register for the Accelerator https://www.globalgiving.org/.Sources: GlobalGiving, Nonprofit Network, Interiority Consulting and Charity Digital News.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

3 countries + 2 geocachers + 1 geocoin = an incredible twist of fate

first_imgGabi, Mary, and the My Froggy Friend geocoinA German geocacher and a Canadian geocacher walked into a geocaching event… well, they actually met at an event, and through a twist of fate, discovered they had something amazing in common.Last January, Gabi (Whaleshark) travelled from cold, snowy Germany to vacation in warm, sunny Florida. She did a lot of geocaching on her trip, but the crown jewel was logging Florida’s oldest cache, Christmas Cache GCFA. It’s an arduous 3.5 mile hike full of everything you’d expect from a Florida adventure: trails, lush greenery, mud, swamps, deer, mosquitoes, rats, snakes, and alligators. But the publish date of the cache is December 25, 2000 (hence the name Christmas Cache) which helps a lot of people fill their Jasmer Challenge grid. Thus, the desire to find this particular (and popular) cache.The path to GCFA begins easily enough…But along the way… Seriously, there are alligators. Here’s a pic. There are literally dozens of photos just like this one in the cache gallery.After the sweaty and buggy journey of finding and logging the cache, Gabi headed back. Along the trail she spied a piece of plastic partially buried in the dirt. She bent down to pick it up thinking it was merely garbage (any good geocacher knows to always CITO).Gabi at GCFA in January 2017Surprisingly, the plastic bag was packed tightly under quite a bit of dried mud. After some digging, out popped a bag with a Signal the Frog geocoin inside. Gabi thought, “Wow! What a great find again after finding a very historical cache. What a great day it turned out to be!” Gabi planned to clean up the coin and contact the owner once she had a little downtime.Gabi found a muddy geocoinThe very next evening she headed to a nearby Geocaching Event which had been organized, “to celebrate geocacher friendships that develop across borders, connect continents.” About two dozen attendees from many areas came together to meet, mingle, discover coins, and talk geocaching.Gabi, Mary, and other geocachers at the event where they metGabi struck up a conversation with a geocacher named Mary (Muskoka Pearl) who was down for the third year in a row from Canada. The topic of the Christmas Cache came up, and Mary told the story of her trek to the cache with 6 other Canadians the previous year — which also happened to be one of the wettest on record. The trail to the cache was 6 inches deep with water in some areas, and the mud was beyond anything imaginable. She told Gabi of how she had taken trackables to drop into this special cache, but somewhere along the way she lost her favorite one, probably in the watery, muddy path.This is how wet and muddy the path was in February 2016 for Mary & crewMary’s visit to GCFA the year before was the wettest year on record for the areaAt this point Gabi’s eyes widened, “Oh my! Could it be? Wait right here!” She ran to her car, looked in her rucksack, found the plastic bag caked with mud, then rushed back in to show Mary. Yup. The My Froggie Friend geocoin was in sad shape and covered with mud, but it was the exact coin Mary had lost almost a year before. The Froggy GeoCoin when it was brand newThe Froggy GeoCoin after it had been foundThe Froggy GeoCoin after a good cleaningThe women gave each other a big hug because they couldn’t believe the series of events that led up to their meeting. What are the chances of something this amazing happening?As Gabi puts it, “So Mary and me are thinking now, we are two very happy people, come together in an unbelievable, wonderful and miracle way, to get know each other, so this must be a very special friendship, that starts right now…”And as Mary sums it up, “Clothing is wet, but spirits are high. Mission accomplished.”Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedPhenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017December 26, 2017In “Community”August’s Geocacher of the Month: I hope you’re not afraid of awesomeAugust 20, 2014In “Community”Houma Travel GeoTour (GT53)July 3, 2018In “GeoTours”last_img read more

Republican State Senator Brian Jones discusses Gov Newsoms proposed state budget

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 10, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- With the release of Governor Newsom’s proposed state budget and a democratic majority in both the assembly and senate, what does that mean for republicans in Sacramento?Joining KUSI to discuss Governor Newsom’s proposed budget is Republican State Senator Brian Jones. KUSI Newsroom, January 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Republican State Senator Brian Jones discusses Gov. Newsom’s proposed state budgetlast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Tewksbury Republican Town Committee Accuses Robertson Of Flip Flopping

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — On Friday, the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee released the following statement, accusing Democratic State Rep candidate Dave Robertson of “flip flopping” on his statements about ICE:“Dave Robertson is showing the people of the district exactly the type of Representative he will be, a flip flopper who talks out of both sides of his mouth,” said Joe Dunn, secretary of the Tewksbury RTC. “He’s using one side to satisfy his far left base, and the other to trick moderate and right leaning people of the district into thinking he’s something that he is not, a ‘conservative democrat.’ No matter how much Robertson wants to spin his position, in the Wilmington Apple on July 4, 2018, he sided with the dangerous criminals who are here illegally when he called ICE ‘disgraceful.’ If Dave Robertson truly wants to break away from the Democratic party’s pro illegal immigration & anti ICE platform then we call on him to put people before party and unregister as a Democrat.”“When the next Legislative session begins in January, one of the top priorities for the Massachusetts Democratic Party is to refile a bill to make Massachusetts a Sanctuary State, added Dunn. “There is only one candidate in this race for State Rep who has committed to voting NO, and that’s Pina Prinzivalli.”###Editor’s NoteJust so readers understands what the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee is referring to, here is what Robertson wrote regarding ICE in July during a Q&A on illegal immigration:As many folks know, immigration is controlled by the federal government and is a contentious topic of the day. I for one, believe the federal government is concentrating too much on who is here already without stopping the flow. It’s like mopping up a puddle while the pipe is still leaking! ICE is unbelievably broken and disgraceful, especially when compared to itself years ago, and both sides in Washington are refusing to compromise. In fact, they haven’t had any truly strong showing at fixing our immigration issue since the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” proposed immigration overhaul years ago that was logical. I also believe that felonies have occurred regarding the treatment of immigrants being detained; what has emerged needs to be investigated.Then, earlier this week, here is what Robertson wrote regarding ICE when asked to highlight two issues in the State Democratic Platform he disagrees with:… I break hard with the more left elements of the democratic party with respect to sanctuary cities. As I’ve said before, immigration is a federal matter, and while I hate that families are separated by ICE (why they do this and increase logistical complication, I am unsure), ICE is an integral part of our national sovereignty. Sure, there are plenty of ways it can be improved, but to abolish it outright because our system is slow and ineffective is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Hiring additional officers, allocating more people to conduct background checks and to process paperwork is what’s needed, not leaving the post abandoned completely.###Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”last_img read more

Game of Thrones Grey Worm pops up in Pete Davidsons SNL rap

first_img Angela Lang/CNET Amazon 187 Photos Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Post a comment Boost Mobile $155 at Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos TV and Movies $59 at eBay TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 0 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. Chris Monroe/CNET Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint Rylo See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Game of Thrones,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. Read Google Home Hub review $999 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 See at Amazon The Cheapskate $60 at Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See it 57 Photos Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read the AirPods review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780)center_img 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). $6 at Tidal 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. $299 at 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. 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 at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice See It $999 Tags 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. 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 After eight heart-pounding seasons, Game of Thrones ends Sunday, and it seems everyone wants to get in on the farewell. On Saturday Night Live this week, Pete Davidson starts rapping as if the HBO fantasy hit was his favorite show. The problem is, he supposedly has never seen the show, thinks it involves Muggles, and doesn’t recognize Jacob Anderson, the actor who plays Grey Worm, when he suddenly shows up.Caught up in his big lie, Davidson switches to rapping about a show he supposedly does love and unrolls a tribute to Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie. Stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda make an appearance. SNL musical guest DJ Khaled and host Paul Rudd get involved, and well, you have to see it to appreciate it.The real Game of Thrones wraps up Sunday night on HBO. Best Buy 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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the Rylo camera preview 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.last_img read more

Facebook Valued At 104 As Public Trading Set To Begin Shares Priced

first_imgFacebook raised $16 billion in the largest initial public offering (IPO) by a technology company in history as it increased the price of its offering to $38 per share on Thursday. The social media giant’s valuation shot up to about $104 billion before public trading begins Friday on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker symbol FB.The mega valuation catapulted Facebook into the big league and its IPO even exceeded the $15.8 billion raised by General Motors in 2008. But it fell short of $17.9 billion raised by Visa the same year, IPO tracker Renaissance Capital noted.The California-based company has hired 33 underwriters for the offering, including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. Around 337 million were initially decided to begin trading at a price range of $28 to $35. But Facebook on Wednesday raised the number of shares almost 25 percent to 421 million due to overwhelming demand.Selling stockholders have accorded underwriters the right to purchase an additional 63,185,042 shares within 30 days should stock demand exceed supply. Shareholders will receive a major chunk of the IPO settlement at 60 percent, said the Wall Street Journal.Major investors include Accel Partners and Russian-based Digital Sky Technologies, both holding a significant stake in Facebook. Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital are also among the top stakeholders.”We do expect strong investor demand for Facebook as we are seeing great interest in the company from our institutional and private wealth clients,” Cyrus Pirasteh, managing director and head of equity trading, technologies and operations at Wedbush Securities said according to Reuters. “While we do not expect a frenzy, we think there will be a strong open and for the stock to rise significantly in the first few days of trading.”Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is expected to ring a bell remotely from Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters to mark the official opening of trading at Nasdaq exchange in New York’s Time Square.The 28-year-old founder owns 57 percent, or 533.8 million shares, giving him a fortune worth $20.3 billion, the Wall Street Journal said.Amid the excitement surrounding the IPO, Facebook is also faced with several challenges including profit generation capabilities and revenue growth on mobile platforms. These concerns have worried investors, particularly since the company reported a revenue drop in the first quarter.Though the social networking giant has as many as 900 million members on its platform, only about $5 is generated per user, which meant the company earned only $1 billion in profits last year, according to the BBC.”Facebook will need to generate annual revenue of $30bn-$40bn in order to justify the likely valuation of the business,” Victor Basta at Magister Advisors was quoted saying to the BBC.”This is a tenfold increase over the revenues that it currently generates. The question is where from?”last_img read more

Jet Airways seeks loan moratorium plans to cut more jobs Report

first_imgIn July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersCash-strapped Jet Airways is seeking a loan moratorium from the banks in a bid to tide over the liquidity problems, reports said on Tuesday.The embattled airline, where salary payments were delayed on many occasions, is also seeking a fresh infusion of funds, Business standard reported, citing sources.The airline, India’s biggest full-service carrier, has grounded planes, cut pilots’ pay and deferred salary payments in a bid to preserve cash. The latest report also says the carries is planning to send more staff home. The incoming job cuts will be in the non-core areas, the paper said citing sources.Jet Airways hasn’t made a profit in nine of the last 11 years. The launch of Jet Airways in 1993 had marked the opening up of the rusty Indian economy. The carrier now has a debt load of 81.5 billion rupees ($1.2 billion).In the year ended 31 March, the airline reported a loss of Rs 636.45 crore. Most of Jet’s debts are dollar-denominated and hence a continued fall in the rupee has worsened the debt problem.Jet Airways, in which Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has a 24 percent share, has been looking for suitors ever since it started facing cash flow issues.It was reported last week that the Tata Group has held talks to buy a substantial share in the ailing carrier. Jet however, denied that it is in talks with Tata.It was reported earlier that Etihad was interested in taking a controlling stake in Jet Airways, but Naresh Goyal, who holds 51 percent, had declined the offer. It remains to be seen if Etihad will raise its stake in the current context.Jet Airways had tried to raise loans in the markets but banks have insisted on a turnaround commitment. Loans are unlikely to be approved without significant cost reduction.Bloated costsApart from bloated costs, surging fuel prices and a weaker rupee are hurting Jet Airways. The other reasons cited by senior management in parleys with the staff are an erosion in market share in recent years and the inability to expand into other markets. The rise of Indigo and the launch of Air Asia had also eaten into Jet’s formidable market share.BS said that a Jet Airways representative did not comment on the news that the airline was seeking a loan moratorium. Meanwhile Jet Airways shares rose as much as 4 percent on Tuesday on hopes that a positive move from the banks would shore up the company’s finances.last_img read more