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first_imgHere’s a true story: One non-hustler says to another non-hustler, “How’s it going?” The second non-hustler says, “I am on the right side of the dirt.” The first non-hustler says, “Well, that’s as good as it gets.”No. That is not “as good as it gets.” “It” gets way better than just being on “the other side of the dirt.”What You Tell YourselfNon-hustler’s make very poor language choices. Those choices provide a clear view into their mindset, and the language they use puts them in a disempowered state. Words like, “I am on the right side of the dirt,” or “Any day above ground is a good day.” That’s not setting the bar very high, is it?If you ask a non-hustler how they are, they’ll say, “I’m okay.” Why on Earth would you want to be “Okay.” They’ll tell you that they “hate Mondays,” “can’t wait for Fridays,” that Wednesday is “hump day,” and that you shouldn’t “work too hard.” Who wants to be “okay?” That sounds like mediocrity, doesn’t it?They’ll also tell you they are “living the dream,” but said in such a way to make sure you know that they aren’t deeply engaged with what they’re doing and that they are cynical. This is how non-hustlers identify each other.Empowering Words, Empowered MindsetHustlers are different. If you ask them how they are, they will say something like,“Excellent,” or “Wonderful.” They tell you that they are “killing it,” or that they are “crushing it.” This is a very different mindset than that of the non-hustler, and so it comes with very different language choices.The hustler doesn’t notice anything different about Mondays and Fridays. On both days, they’re engaged with their work and their life. Because they are engaged in their lives, they don’t see Wednesday as being significant because it is half way to the weekend; they like all the days.You’ll never hear a hustler say, “Don’t work too hard,” or that they are “just happy to be on the right side of the dirt.”Your brain is designed to keep you alive. That is its primary function. But that doesn’t mean that your goal should be simply survival. You are capable of way more.You are here to do something meaningful, to passionately engage with life, and to thrive.last_img read more

first_imgTwenty people, including the four main accused, have been arrested by the J&K police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the fatal mob assault on DSP Ayub Pandith on June 22.“Twenty assailants have been arrested so far. One of the accused, Sajad Ahmmad Gilkar, alias Saja Bilu, was killed in an encounter on July 12 at Redbugh, Budgam,” said Inspector- General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan in Srinagar.The killing of Pandith, who belonged to the security wing, by a mob on the premises of historic Jamia Masjid on Shab-e-Qadr during Ramzan, shook the Valley and evoked widespread condemnation. Eyewitnesses helpThe police claimed there was “a very good response from the general public as eyewitnesses voluntarily came forward to render assistance in the investigation”.Mr. Khan said four of the main accused were identified and arrested first. “It led to subsequent arrests. It has surfaced that a group of assailants saw the officer checking the security personnel deployed for the access control duties of the Jamia Masjid and as soon as the officer came out of the premises of the mosque, the assailants heckled him,” he said.The police have also recovered crucial evidence, including an iron rod used to assault the officer, a service pistol in a damaged condition and the deceased officer’s cellphone. “The officer — in self-defence — had fired some shots below the waistline, causing injury to three assailants. However, the mob continued to beat him, which ended in his lynching,” said Mr. Khan.More arrests soon“Some more arrests are expected, which will lead to the completion of the investigation,” Mr. Khan said. The IGP however, ruled out any delinquency on the part of the police on the day of incident.Meanwhile, Independent MLA Engineer Rashid on Monday held a protest in Srinagar over the alleged thrashing of policemen by Army jawans on Saturdaylast_img read more

first_imgPanaji: The Goa police on Thursday began implementing the Supreme Court committee directions on tackling deaths due to traffic violations. The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety had recently issued directions to suspend driving licences, of offending drivers, for at least three months for committing traffic violations such as over-speeding, jumping red light, carrying overload in goods carriage, carrying persons in goods carriage, drunken driving/riding and using mobile phone while driving/riding, among others.In order to ensure strict compliance of these directions, Goa Police apart from issuing/compounding challan for these traffic violation, will be confiscating the licence of the defaulter under due acknowledgement and then forward it to the concerned State Assistant Director of Transport recommending suspension of the same, said a senior Goa traffic police officer.last_img read more

first_imgClick here to EnlargeThey’re the 25 most powerful professional women of the country. They come from different walks of life but what they have in common is a search for excellence. They are the embodiment of grit and grace. Whether it’s banking, sports, cinema or philanthropy, they’ve put India Inc on the map of the working woman’s world.Saina Nehwal, 21 National Badminton ChampionThe prodigal childBecause: She is ranked number 5 by the Badminton World federation. Because she is the first Indian badminton player to win the super-series title after winning the Indonesian Open in June last year. Because she is consistent in her performance, having not only won the India Open Grand Prix gold, but also the Singapore Open and the Hong-Kong super-series titles last year. Because she made a cricket obsessed nation notice her game by winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2010. Because she is a role model for youngsters with her single minded focus.Secret to success: “Analyse your achievements from time to time and work towards doing better everyday. Don’t set yourself targets that will scare you. “Biggest challenge: Being born in a Jat family in Haryana, her birth was a great disappointment to her grandparents. Her mother, Usha Rani, a state level badminton champion, was the one who showed immense faith in her talent and pushed her to excel in her sport. Her father, Harvir Singh, drove her down to the training centre every morning on a scooter. Eventually, they moved to Hyderabad in order to avail of better sports facilities.Through the looking glass: 2011 is a crucial year for her, as her focus will be to win as many tournaments as possible. Another major event. she is targeting is the world championship in August being held in London, England.advertisementKatrina Kaif, 27 ActorQueen beeBecause: She has gone from being a half English girl who knew no Hindi to being one of leading stars of Bollywood as well as one of its highest earners. Because she proved her critics wrong giving a fine performance in Rajneeti, holding her own besides actors like Ajay Devgn and Manoj Bajpai. Because she had the whole nation dancing to and drooling over her Sheila Ki Jawaani number. Because she was named the sexiest woman in the world for the third time in a row in 2010 by the London newspaper Eastern Eye. Because she is the only Bollywood actor with a Barbie doll made in her image.Biggest achievement: Learning Hindi and speaking it like a professional.Secret to success: Hard work. She is not a diva who throws her weight around. She always reports to shoots on time, knowing not only her lines but everyone else’s too.Through the looking glass: To do a film she will be remembered by.Schauna Chauhan Saluja, 34 CEO, Parle AgroYoung and restlessBecause: She is the force behind the aggressive new face of the Rs 1, 500-crore FMCG group Parle Agro. Because she has challenged international giants such as PepsiCo by first launching LMN, a lemon based drink in the Rs.1, 500 crore non-carbonated segment, and Hippo, a baked health snack in the Rs. 6, 500 crore branded snacked segment. Because she has expanded her company’s international presence by exporting to over 20 countries. Because she refuses to stop there and is keen on taking over the beverage sector. Because she recently diversified into the carbonated water segment.Biggest achievement: Adding a new factory in Orissa within a year with the aim of bolstering manufacturing capacities.Through the looking glass: “We have two more manufacturing locations coming up in Mysore and Varanasi and are looking at becoming leading players in not just beverages but the food segment as well.”Role model: “I admire Warren Buffet because of his beliefs and way of doing things. It’s not just for his business, but also for society at large.”Chanda Kochhar, 49 Managing Director and CEO, ICICI BankMoney mattersBecause: She heads the country’s largest private bank with total assets of Rs. 3,634.00 billion and a network of 2,528 branches. Because she put ICICI’s growth chart back on track after recession. Because her focus on performance has lead the bank to post a 30.5 per cent rise in net profits amounting to Rs 1,437 crore for the third quarter of this fiscal year.Biggest achievement: She was recently awarded the Padma Shri, one of the country’s highest civilian honors for her contribution to the field of banking.Secret to success: Constantly being in the loop. She never misses a single detail and reads every single mail in her inbox. She believes that one can excel in banking only if one takes feedback seriously.Through the looking glass: She aims to add 400 to 500 branches every year to the bank for the next three years along with a focus on infrastructure projects.advertisementPooja Shetty, 34 Joint Managing Director, WalkWater FilmsReel womanBecause: This heiress refused to sit pretty in her comfort zone and enthused the Gen Next feel in her father’s entertainment company. Because she launched her own production house WalkWater Films, with the aim of promoting experimental cinema in the country. Because her film Tere Bin Laden recovered its production cost of Rs 5 crore on the opening weekend subsequently earning a total of Rs. 14 crore, making it both critically acclaimed and commercially successful.Learning curve: When she started working at her father’s one-time company, Adlabs, she found herself pitted against a somewhat unpleasant colleague. Every day she would go home and moan about it. Finally her father (Manmohan Shetty) told her to figure out a way to work with him. After that, she really had no option but to learn to survive.Through the looking glass: She wants to focus on right kind of films and not just go along with the bandwagon. She recently called for auditions for young scriptwriters across the country.Ashita Nawalgaria, 32 IVAX Paper ChemicalsPage turnerBecause: At the young age of 32 she heads IVAX Paper Chemicals, the company that in 1988 introduced paper sizing chemicals to India and changed the way paper was manufactured. Because she has turned a small family business into a corporation through statistical analysis and emphasis on technology. Because in the six years that she has been with the company, it has gone from a single manufacturing unit to four, doubling profits. Because IVAX holds 45 per cent of the Rs 250 crore paper chemicals market.The biggest challenge: Reorganising and sorting the company accounts at a time when the turnaround rate was high and the oldest employee was six months old. A finance person, she streamlined processes, organised spreadsheets and automated information flow. “I was new to the manufacturing industry and it took me almost a year to set things right, to see the right numbers in the right format which would facilitate decision-making.”Through the looking glass: She wants to start her own securities firm to help the less privileged as they have very little or no knowledge of investing. “I would like to teach them the importance of saving by investing in simple structured products which are risk-free and give reasonable returns.”Nandini Sundar, 44 AcademicRevolutionary roadBecause: As professor of sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, she has moved beyond the classroom to give a voice to the marginalised, consistently and passionately, for over 20 years. Because her book Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar brought into the public sphere questions of justice and fundamental rights for tribals, much before the country recognised it as its biggest domestic ‘problem’. Because she has the courage to challenge authority and jointly petitioned the Supreme Court against the Salwa Judum. Because she showed courage in spearheading the campaign to clear Binayak Sen, accused of sedition against the state. Because as a recipient of the Infosys Award for Social Sciences, 2010, she has shown the possibilities of social science research.Through the looking glass: She is all set to resume her research once her current administrative duties as dean of the faculty of social sciences are over. Next up? A book on the Salwa Judum, democracy and violence. In the works is also a volume she is editing on civil war in South Asia as well as a reader on the scheduled tribes of India.advertisementMeher Pudumjee, 44Chairperson, Thermax LimitedPower houseBecause: Under her leadership, Thermax has grown from a Rs 850 crore revenue generating company to a a staggering Rs 3,300 crore enterprise today, at an annual growth rate of 40 per cent. Because she was instrumental in divesting the non-core businesses and restructuring the business portfolio of Thermax towards alternative energy sources and a green portfolio.The sound of music: She is passionate about western classical music and is a part of The Chamber Singers, a Pune-based western classical choir. They meet every Tuesday to practice and hold concerts once or twice a year in Mumbai and Pune.Biggest achievement: Repositioning Thermax as a sustainable energy and environment solutions company. It recently designed a unit to provide solar power to a village in Maharashtra in a public-private partnership.Sneha Rajani, 40 Executive Vice President & Business Head, SET MaxMatch pointBecause: She brought a new dimension to cricket viewing by spearheading the programming of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to Indian television. Because the IPL has been topping TV ratings with IPL3 securing the highest reach at 143 million last year. Because the company SET Max will collect at least Rs 2,100 crore from the first IPL three seasons and is expected to earn revenues of over Rs 1,000 crore this season. Because she is the force who lobbied for Amitabh Bachchan to host Kaun Banega Crorepati on Sony. Because his return generated peak ratings (TVR) of 6.7 and an average show ratings of 5 for Sony.Biggest challenge: “The biggest challenge for me was relocating from London to India 15 years ago. The Indian economy was not booming and people thought I was really stupid, but I stuck on simply because I believed in perseverance and hardwork. The first couple of years were tough but it eventually paid off for me.”Through the looking glass: To contribute towards making Sony a bigger and a better brand in the coming years.Anuradha Desai, 48Chairperson, Sri Venkateswara HatcheriesSunny side upBecause: She is the first Indian to take over an English Premier League (EPL) football club, the Blackburn Rovers, for almost Rs 165 crore. Because the club climbed up the ladder in the EPL rankings ever since she bought it. Because she is the chaiperson of the Sri Venkateswara Hatcheries (popularly known as Venky’s), a Rs 3,850-crore poultry giant. Because she has fuelled the company’s growth from Rs 400 crore to Rs 5,000 crore since she took over the reins in 1996.Secret to success: Is what her father taught her all along: business is common sense. She likes taking decisions and is not afraid of them. She never considers herself number one, as it hampers her urge to do betterMethod in madness: At a time when the competition was making profits by injecting hormones, she maintained her conventional business tactics, priding herself on producing the most hygienic chicken.Rekha Menon, 50 COO, Accenture IndiaTechnically soundBecause: She leads the corporate functions of Accenture, in one of the company’s largest geographies. Because her company is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing giant with a net revenue of $ 21.55 billion. Because through her work, she connects India Inc to a global network of technology, outsourcing and industry skills. Because she merges her corporate responsibility with social projects such as providing micro-credit facilities to small farmers and generating livelihood projects for entrepreneurs in the company.Striking the balance: She manages the work-life balance with support from her children, Ishan, 17, and Anishi, 13. And if not working, she loves exercising, reading and indulging her best stress-buster-cooking her speciality, banana bread.Sangeeta Pendurkar, 45 Managing Director, Kellogg IndiaCereal champBecause: In a country where breakfast cereals are still a fast growing concept, she heads the Indian division of the world’s leading producer of cereal and convenience foods. Because Kellogg India has a market share of 65 per cent in the Rs 400 crore cereal industry category. Because at a time when the market is getting competitive she holds the challenge of keeping the company’s top spot.Biggest achievement: “My ability to build high performance teams in my assignments. There is great joy in seeing people develop and it is gratifying when they come together to achieve the impossible. As an individual I believe I have managed to strike the right balance between my professional and personal priorities, without making life seem like a compromise on either front.”Kirthiga Reddy, 39 Head of operations, Facebook, IndiaConnecting peopleBecause: She heads the India division of the world’s fastest growing website. Because Facebook.com is not only the third most popular website in India with a reach of 37.6 per cent but also the top social networking site with over 20.9 million visitors a month. Because she is the one responsible for driving the growth of the company in the Indian market.Role model: Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel. “I am inspired by his journey, coming from a middle-class family in Hungary, emigrating to the US, and then going on to build the most valuable company during his tenure as CEO is an achievement.”Through the looking glass: “I aim to continue building Facebook India in line with the global culture, an organisation that will have an impact on our global users, developers and advertisers, and also to drive growth within India.”Nandita Lakshmanan, 41 Founder and CEO, The PracticeThe social networkBecause: She made The PRactice, the public relations firm she founded, international after entering an alliance with Porter Novelli. Because her clientele includes technology giants such as Infosys, Oracle and Logitech among others. Because her firm won two silver awards at the Public Relations Council of India’s Corporate Collateral Awards 2010. Because in a post-Radia age of bad PR for PRs, she restores faith in the profession.Biggest achievement: Setting up her firm with just Rs 35,000 and four employees and taking it to an “unimaginable” height of a mid sized venture with the country’s most important tech client, Infosys, in its bag.Through the looking glass: “I would love to get back to studying at some stage in my life. But right now, it’s my company all the way.”Passion besides work: “I have been pursuing Hindustani classical music for the last three years. I find it therapeutic and after a day’s work, the thought of being a student is beckoning. I also spend time with my nine year old, Aryaman.”Nandita Gurjar, 49 Senior Vice President and Group Head, HR, InfosysThe people treeBecause: She is responsible for introducing the learning and development wing at Infosys. Because Infosys added 27,000 employees to its base of more than one lakh employees last year. Because her company has some of the best HR practices in the industry such as performance-driven compensation and benefits for women employees.The biggest challenge: “A career woman is always concerned with whether she’s doing the right thing by her family, her job and herself. I believe that realising the correct balance between the three is an a-ha moment in itself. A woman should not have to compromise with her space and time and should be allowed to excel.”Apart from work: She loves to listen to music. And travelling with her family. This also gives her the opportunity to meet new people and build relationships. Also, she spends her weekends working with missionary sisters in Bangalore who take care of children with HIV.Secret to success: “I am passionate, confident and honest. I believe life is short and beautiful. So I don’t carry baggage, believe in calling a spade a spade and trust the spirit of human nature.”Zarin Daruwala, 45 Group Executive, Wholesale Banking, ICICI BankPenny wiseBecause: She is now the Group Executive, Wholesale Banking, ICICI, which is India’s largest private bank. Because the net profit of ICICI wholesale banking was close to Rs 3,445 crore in December 2010, up from Rs 2, 590 crore for the same period in the previous year. Because she manages more than 4,000 corporate clients and is a key member in CEO Chanda Kochhar’s formidable new team.Biggest challenge: When in 2002 she was asked to lead a team of 10 people when ICICI ventured into rural and agricultural banking. Having been a corporate banker all her life, she had no idea how to set that business up. At the end of her tenure in 2005, it was a successful venture worth Rs 8,000 crore.Secret to success: “Believe in your ideas, put the right resources into it, drive the change agenda and watch it culminate into a business plan. And most of all trust the people you’re working with. Give them the freedom to exercise their opinion.”She looks upto: “My role model is undoubtedly Chanda Kochhar because of her colossal achievements at a young age.”Anjali Bansal, 40 Managing Partner, Spencer Stuart, IndiaThe talent scoutBecause: Not only does she head the Indian arm of the world’s leading executive search consulting firm, top rated in corporate governance and CEO search, but she also set up the business in India. Because under her leadership, the firm has made a formidable name for itself, despite strong competition and presence of older players in the sector. Because she belongs to a small set of influential women whom top Indian companies have come to rely heavily for advice on leadership. Because as a member of the firm’s global board she is a frequent commentator on corporate governance.Secret to success: Be the best you can be, live every single day to its potential, and never stop striving for excellence. Be true to your work, your family and yourself.Family ties: “Besides work, it is my family that keeps me occupied. I have two boys, aged 8 and 10, and I love to spend time with them.”On the side: She’s passionate about development and entrepreneurship, and chairs the board of Friends of Women’s World Banking, a global livelihood promoting institution.Akhila Srinivasan, 49 Managing Director, Shriram Life InsuranceRest assuredBecause: She is the managing director of Shriram Life Insurance, part of the Rs 40,000 crore Shriram Group. Because she is not an heiress and has worked her way through the ranks from an executive trainee in 1986 to the woman in charge. Because in its three years of operations, the insurance wing of the company has grossed over Rs 1,700 crore in policy premiums.Giving thing: She spearheads the group’s CSR initiatives through a trust, Shriram Foundation, that provides education to over 3,000 underprivileged children as she feels education is what separates the haves from the have-nots.Rohini Nilekani, 50 Founder and CEO, Arghyam and Pratham BooksWe are the worldBecause: Since she set up Arghyam, an organisation that works closely with the government to conserve water, she has contributed about Rs 150 crore of her own money to the cause. Because her second initiative Pratham Books is trying to create a shift in the paradigm publishing children’s books in India at an affordable cost in multiple Indian languages and has reached over 15 million children in the past six years. Because she chose not to fall back on her husband, Infosys co-founder, Nandan Nilekani’s identity and forged ahead to carve her own. Because she is one of India’s most radical philanthropists.Role model: “Elaben Bhatt, Founder, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA); Aloysius Fernandes, Chairman, NABARD; and the late Gandhian activist and writer L.C.Jain among so many others.”Through the looking glass: “I hope to do more of the same, as long as I can and so long as I am wanted.”Priya Paul, 44 Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park HotelsBoutique baronessBecause: She has turned a two hotel entity into a chain of 12 boutique hotels synonymous with cutting edge style. Because her latest baby, The Park, Hyderabad, has set a new bar for green luxury. Because she is playing a larger role in the hospitality business as the president of the Hotel Industry of India. Because she finds time to indulge her twin passions of art and education, by building an eclectic personal collection of art and being on the advisory board of directors of IIM Lucknow.Through the looking glass: “Aligning people and processes to achieve the goal of 20 Park Hotels in the next 10 years. On the personal front, I constantly work towards a better balance between work and family to maximise my time with them.”Naina Lal Kidwai, 50 Group General Manager and Country Head, HSBC IndiaFirst among equalsBecause: Not only does she head the India division of HSBC, the largest bank in Europe, but because she was also elevated to HSBC’s Asia Pacific board last year. Because under her leadership, HSBC India saw a headline rise of 82 per cent in pre-tax profits for 2010, up to Rs 3,070 crore. Because she is a key player in the banking industry and is chairperson of the Population and Health Committee, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as well as member of the National Council of CII and the Corporate Governance Council of CII.Secret to success: “It’s about hard work and being passionate about every project that I undertake. Another thing that I feel works for me is my urge to continue learning.”Punitha Arumangam, 44 CEO, Madison MediaBranded for lifeBecause: She heads the third largest media agency in India with gross billings of Rs 30 billion a year. Because she is the master of the medium, whether it is in strategy, planning, buying, research or operations and has contributed to the company’s growth from a twoclient agency to one with over 40 blue chip clients, from Tata Tea to Airtel. Because under her leadership, Madison World launched its fourth media unit, Crest, recently. Because she is pushing the bar and experimenting with innovative mediums, having just announced a joint venture with Onmobile for mobile marketing.Learning curve: “It is not the area of work, but the people I interacted with. That’s who I learnt from. Clients who have demolished my presentations, media owners who have walked out of meetings, colleagues who had a better idea and anyone who has told me a no. I learnt from all of them.”Defining moment: “The turning point in my life was my decision to shift base to Mumbai in order to live life on my own. It was a daunting task since I had had a very pampered and protected existence in Chennai.”Mallika Srinivasan, 51 Chairperson, TAFEGood earthBecause: she is the chairperson of, a Rs 2,500 crore enterprise, Tractors and Farm Equipment Company (TAFE ). Because in the year 2010, under her aegis as CEO, TAFE became the third largest manufacturer of tractors in the world. Because the company opened its first overseas manufacturing unit in Turkey last year. Because she was the first woman in the macho tractor manufacturing business. Because when she joined the company in 1986, its turnover was Rs 85 crore and has now crossed Rs 4,850 crore and joined the $1 billion club.Family ties: She is the wife of Venu Srinivasan, chairman and managing director, TVS Motors and mother of the soon-to-be-wed Laxmi Venu, Director, Strategy, Sundaram Clayton Limited.Shikha Sharma, 51 MD and CEO, Axis BankImportance of being earnestBecause: She heads the third largest private sector bank in the country with over 22, 000 employees, capitalised at Rs 409 crore. Because under her leadership Axis performed consistently at a time when most banks took a hit. Because she has sharpened its focus and powered the bank towards a growth of 36 per cent. Because since she joined, she has drawn on Axis’ strengths such as retail banking, infrastructure finance, processing payments and lending to small and medium-size enterprises. Because she debuted in the Forbes list of 100 most powerful women in the world at number 89 last year.Through the looking glass: Her strategy is to pursue profitable growth in the areas that will lend momentum to the economy.Besides work: She is passionate about going to plays, reading Mills and Boon romances and watching movies. She is also trained in Hindustani classical music.Renu Karnad, 58 Managing Director, HDFC IndiaThe householderBecause: She is on the board of directors of India’s largest home loan enterprise. Because the company registered a 25 per cent increase in profits last year, from Rs 2,650 crore to Rs 3,310 crore. Because she is also on the board of several of the group’s companies including HDFC Bank which she headed for eight years until 2010. Because she has built brand HDFC since the nascent stages of the housing finance industry in the country three decades ago and is part of the senior management team responsible for overall policy. Because HDFC was adjudged the most admired company in the financial sector in India by The Wall Street Journal’s Asia 200 survey in 2010.Biggest achievement: “That the company is perceived as a role model not only for housing finance in India but is also a benchmark for several developing countries.”Besides work: She has a passion for travelling. “Being the daughter of a railway officer, it is in my genes. I love visiting new places.”last_img read more

first_imgEver wondered why all computers-besides the smashingly spiffy iMac are egg-grey? Ever wondered why all browser bars have dull, boring looks? Then visit www.hotbar.com to make life more interesting. Select from more than 3,500 skins to dress up your browser and reflect your interests. Now available: sports, art, kids, nature,,Ever wondered why all computers-besides the smashingly spiffy iMac are egg-grey? Ever wondered why all browser bars have dull, boring looks? Then visit www.hotbar.com to make life more interesting. Select from more than 3,500 skins to dress up your browser and reflect your interests. Now available: sports, art, kids, nature, lovers, photographs, psychedelic and educational themes. All it takes is a click and a 20-second download. While you are changing the look and feel of your browser, how about investing approximately $30 for a browser that recognises your voice? Visit http://or-ders.xoom.com/cnvswb/pxcc-nvswb1129 for details.last_img read more

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Somehow, someway Folayang, with the help of his wife Genevieve found a way to manage his time.“It was a huge sacrifice for both of us. I’m thankful for my wife, who was so understanding, and for friends, who were more than willing to help,” he said. “Our situations complemented [each other] in the sense that she was going through a lot, which gave me more motivation to do well in preparing for the match.“It gives me the motivation to provide for their needs because I had the realization that I need to fulfill my responsibility as a father and provider for them when my second child came.”With his wife behind him and his two daughters fuelling him even more, Folayang hopes to retain the lightweight strap in a title rematch with Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in the main event of ONE: A New Era on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.“I [would like for them to see] that I have shared my gifts through martial arts to the world,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I hope they see that through my accomplishments, I have inspired even just a handful of people to be better in their own endeavors.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That’s why as hard as Folayang trains and as tough as he is inside the cage, keeping himself healthy is his utmost priority.“[Having two daughters] helps me think smarter and work harder in my endeavors, and I get the urgency to become better in balancing my time and priorities,” stressed the two-time ONE lightweight world champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You can’t take away the desire of self-preservation from a person, especially when thinking about our children’s future.”His youngest was born last December when he was working tirelessly to recapture the lightweight belt he yielded to Martin Nguyen. A world title is nice and all but Eduard Folayang’s most prized possession is his family especially now that he already has two daughters—two-year-old Yeshuareigns and Yahamaziach.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Ramil De Jesus admits struggling to juggle La Salle, F2 coaching duties Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) The Centre has released over Rs 113 crore to six border states as part of its plan to ameliorate the problems of people living in these isolated locations, officials said Monday. The Home Ministry recently released Rs 113.36 crore to Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP). With this, the home ministry has released a total of Rs 637.98 crore so far during 2018-19 to states having International Border, a government official said. The funds released so far this fiscal were in addition to Rs 1,100 crore released in 2017-18 for the all-round development of villages located along the International Border in 17 states. The BADP covers 111 border districts in 17 states to meet special development needs of border population with a focus on the people living within 50 kilometres of the International Border. The BADP schemes include construction of primary health centres, schools, supply of drinking water, community centres, connectivity, drainage to enable sustainable living in border areas. It now covers schemes or activities relating to Swachhta Abhiyan, skill development programmes, promotion of sports activities in border areas, promotion of rural tourism, border tourism, protection of heritage sites, construction of helipads in remote and inaccessible hilly areas, which do not have road connectivity. Skill development training to farmers for the use of modern and scientific techniques in agriculture, organic farming is also part of the BADP now, another official said. As many as 61 model villages are also being developed under the BADP to improve the quality of life for the border population.advertisement A total of Rs 13,400 crore has been released since the BADP programme was initiated in 1986-87. India shares border with Pakistan (3,323 km), China (3,488 km), Nepal (1,751 km), Bhutan (699 km), Myanmar (1,643 km) and Bangladesh (4,096 km). PTI ACB ACB INDINDlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Philippine port developer International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) posted a revenue from port operations of USD 1.244 billion for the year ended December 31, 2017.The results are 10 percent higher compared to USD 1.128 billion reported in 2016.Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) were also 10 pct higher year-on-year standing at USD 578 million.Net income attributable to equity holders for the full-year was USD 182.1 million, up one percent from the previous year.ICTSI said the increase in net income was mainly due to the continuing ramp-up at its new terminal in Matadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), strong operating results from the terminals in Iraq, Mexico, Honduras, Madagascar, China, Poland and Brazil, along with the gain related to the termination of the sub-concession agreement in Lagos, Nigeria.The port operator’s handled consolidated volume came at 9.15 million TEUs in 2017, five percent more than in 2016.“The increase in volume was primarily due to continuing improvement in global trade activities particularly in the emerging markets, continuing ramp-up at ICTSI’s operations in Basra, Iraq, new services at Manzanillo, Mexico and contribution of new terminals in Matadi, DRC and Melbourne, Australia. Excluding the new terminals, the consolidated volume would have increased by four percent,” the group said.For 2018, the group has earmarked USD 380 million for capital expenditure, which will mainly be allocated for the capacity expansion in its terminal operations in Manila, Mexico and Iraq.In addition, ICTSI capital will be directed to the rehabilitation and development of its container terminal in Honduras, procurement of additional equipment and minor infrastructure works in its newly acquired terminal operations in Papua New Guinea, and the completion of its new barge terminal project in Cavite City, Philippines.last_img read more

OSU competes in a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For the LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team had it’s toughest game of the season against No. 17 Minnesota, and was unable to hang on in five sets.The Buckeyes won the first set before losing the next two and the final frame (25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 29-27, 12-15).In the first set, the Golden Gophers got off to a 5-2 lead, but a 11-4 run by the Buckeyes helped OSU to take the first set.In the second set, the Gophers had all the momentum from the beginning, as they took a 7-3 lead, but the Buckeyes would rally back multiple times in the beginning of the match, before the Gophers took control after a 12-12 tie.After intermission, the Buckeyes came out and fell victim to a Gopher 6-0 run, however the Buckeyes would come back. While they had chances to tie, they could never overcome the one-point deficit and the Gophers eventually took a 2-1 lead.The Buckeyes found a way to win the crucial fourth set, as they survived four match points to avoid defeat and tie the match up at two apiece.The final kill of the fourth set came from sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall, where she was able to give the Buckeyes the only two-point lead of the set that mattered.After coming off a set in which neither team led by more than two, the Gophers and Buckeyes continued to fight out for the final game. The Gophers would gain their largest lead of the game with their final point, winning their third and clinching set 15-12.Three Buckeye seniors led both teams in multiple categories. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 58 and was tied for the lead in service aces with two. She also added six digs. Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger led all players with 21 kills and added nine digs. Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner led all players in digs with 14.Junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson led the team in blocks with nine. Richardson added seven kills and a block, while Randall added 10 kills and three digs.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face No. 5 Wisconsin on Sunday. The match is set for 2 p.m. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice serious accident: Drunk driver suspended from driving for 2 yearsAugust 19, 2017In “Court”Update: Police confirm three dead in Coverden Smash upOctober 18, 2013In “Crime”5 injured in 4-vehicle accident at MahaiconyAugust 6, 2017In “Local News” -Minibus driver was under the influence of alcoholA reportedly intoxicated minibus driver, 47, and the driver of a motor lorry, 45, are in police custody assisting with the investigation of a serious accident which occurred Thursday evening on the No. 19 Public Road, East Coast Berbice, and resulted in five of eleven passengers of the minibus being hospitalized; four at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital and one at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). They are said to be in serious but stable conditions.According to a statement from the Police, their investigations revealed that motor lorry GLL 8559 with trailer TSS 458, was proceeding east along the northern carriageway, whilst mini bus BNN 9791 with the passengers, was in the rear, proceeding in the said direction, when it was alleged that the minibus in attempting to overtake the lorry and trailer collided with the rear of the trailer which was said to be unlighted.As a result of the impact, the passengers, all from Topoo, Albion, Corentyne, received injuries, whilst the driver of the mini bus and lorry were unhurt.The passengers were rushed to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where six of them were treated and sent away.Treated and sent away1.      Lilawattie Basdeo, 26 years2.      Eshan Looknauth, 5 years3.      Dinesh Looknauth, 22 years4.      Yashi Looknauth, 3 years5.      Fardeen Kiodeen, 3 years6.      Chari Narine, 45 yearsAdmitted at New Amsterdam Hospital1.      Shazar Kiodeen, 7 years2.      Ryan Gorad, 10 years3.      Beesham Kiodeen, 12 years4.      Fizeea Kiodeen, 10 years,Transferred to GPHC1.      Mohamed Safraz, 44 years.According to the police, breathalyzer tests were administered to both drivers and whilst the driver of the lorry, who hails from Nigg Settlement, Corentyne, Berbice, was not found to have any alcohol in his breath, the driver of the mini bus was found to be above the legal limit.The investigation is in progress. read more

first_imgPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reports that junior mining companies on the TSX Venture (TSX-V) Exchange had a tremendous year in 2006. Their total market capitalization rose to $27.6 billion, a dramatic 86% increase from $14.8 billion in 2005. According to the inaugural PwC report on Canada’s junior mining sector review of trends in the TSX-V mining industry, investors showed their confidence and strong metal prices continued to lift the value of mining companies in these remarkable boom times for the industry.   The PwC survey examined the financial position of the top 100 of the 967 junior mining companies on the TSX-V based on market capitalization as of September 30, 2006. According to Paul Murphy, PwC partner and Canadian Mining Practice Leader, “Gold was a key reason for the growth on the TSX-V in 2006. Four of the five largest mining companies on the exchange list gold as their commodity of focus.”   The survey found that one of the most impressive numbers of 2006 was the $1.2 billion that exploration companies were able to raise through issuing shares, a 253% increase from 2005. Murphy adds, “The TSX-V is a good home for Canada’s junior mining companies who can then graduate to the larger TSX when they become bigger scale producers.”   The single greatest investment by TSX-V mining companies in 2006 was the $409.4 million they put towards mineral properties and exploration. This was 79% more than in 2005. More was also spent on property, plant and equipment in 2006 for a total of $103.9 million, more than double from the year before.   In 2006, all junior mining companies had $4 billion in total assets, $2.6 billion more than in 2005. These results follow last year’s predictions by PwC that 2006 would be an even stronger year for the mining industry than 2005. PwC’s mine:let the good times roll report looked at how continually strengthening commodity prices has placed the sector in a prolonged boom period. The 40 mining companies included in mine represent over 80% of the total global industry by market capitalization. Mine showed that investor confidence in the worldwide mining industry and its prospects have continued to strengthen – much like they have for junior mining companies on the TSX-V.   This year’s junior mining survey showed that the combined market capitalization of the top five companies on the TSX-V more than doubled in 2006 to $3.7 billion from $1.7 billion in 2005. The top five’s share of the TSX-Vs total value rose slightly from 11.4% to 13.4%. This demonstrates the overall growth of the TSX-V during the year, as most companies of all sizes saw value appreciation for their shareholders. The top five companies in 2006 by market value (exploration/production)were:      1. Urasia Energy ($1.23 billion)- production   2. Aurelian Resources ($826.6 million) – exploration   3. Northern Dynasty Minerals ($657.4 million)- exploration   4. ECU Silver Mining ($569.2 million) – production   5. Seabridge Gold Inc. ($474.9 million) – explorationlast_img read more

first_imgCompanhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN), one of the largest industrial groups in Brazil, has selected IBM Power Systems and Storage to run its SAP HANA® in-memory analytics applications. CSN is one of the largest exporters of iron ore in South America, and also develops and offers high value steel, mining, cement, logistics and energy products for the automotive and construction industries and manufacturers of household appliances and packaging.“With the amount of data companies like ours are producing daily, it is critical that we have an IT infrastructure that enables us to run our analytics workloads efficiently,” said Fabio Faria, Chief Information Officer at CSN. “The stability and flexibility of IBM Power Systems and storage does just that by providing a reliable system for running SAP HANA and our SAP applications.”The combination of IBM Power Systems E880 servers running SAP HANA and IBM Storwize V5000 storage systems will enable CSN to adapt its IT infrastructure to support the company’s anticipated growth. The Power Systems E880s being implemented at CSN provide memory spaces of up to 16TB on a platform designed for data analytics. The POWER8 processors in the Power Systems E880 boast four times the multithreading capability per core along with four times the memory bandwidth and cache per chip compared to x86 Haswell chips.IBM and SAP will also increase support for SAP HANA running on IBM Power Systems via the latest support package stack 11 (SPS11) for the SAP HANA platform. The new enhancements ensure that Power Systems can bring its capabilities in flexibility, resiliency, and performance to the broad community using SAP HANA. New enhancements include:Virtualisation of SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems — Clients can now consolidate multiple production instances of SAP HANA onto smaller footprints virtualised with IBM PowerVM, which is available exclusively on IBM Power Systems. IBM Power Systems is the first and only platform generally available for deploying multiple production instances of SAP HANA on individual virtual machines, which can reduce the number of servers that are needed. Virtualisation can help organisations avoid the management complexity found on bare metal infrastructures and significantly enhance the efficiency of production deployments of SAP HANASAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems — IBM customers will be able to select from a wider range of application choices with the newly released availability of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems on which to run their SAP HANA-based ERP and analytics applicationsBusiness warehouse scaling with SAP HANA — Clients can also take advantage of scale-out architectures when deploying SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems. This expands deployment options for clients, enabling them to choose the infrastructure path that is most appropriate for their environments running SAP HANA.“IBM’s Power Systems are uniquely suited to provide rapid access to critical business data stored with in-memory database technologies like SAP HANA,” said Vicente Moranta, Director And Business Line Executive at IBM, responsible for IBM Power Systems running SAP HANA. “With the addition of virtualisation through PowerVM, SAP Business Suite and scale-out architectures, IBM and SAP are providing a choice of different performance levels to meet today’s big data demands.”last_img read more

Nenad Perunicic ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest take away points from Kristianstad Next Story → Marin Sego saves Pick Szeged away win against PPD Zagreb Serbia will get a new head-coach of the national team. His name is Nenad Perunicic, one of the greatest handball players of 90’s.The 47-years old Perunicic, who won EHF Champions League as a player with Spanish Bidasoa and German SC Magdeburg, working at RK Crvena zvezda Beograd as a coach since 2011.

first_imgThe State could not be expected to solve employers’ funding problems given the financial implications it would have for taxpayers.“However, the State can intervene to ensure a fairer deal for workers and sufficient protection for pensioners while allowing employers to get to grips with their pension problems. That is the purpose of this Bill.”The measures were welcomed this evening by business union IBEC, calling the existing system “desperately unfair”.A dispute over a defined benefit scheme is the reason behind an upcoming ballot for industrial action at the ESB.Union bosses said in September that changes were made to employees pension schemes “without nay agreement of consultation”.Read: Warning over defined benefit pension schemes >More: Union boss warns that ESB industrial action could hit power supplies > SOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER Joan Burton has announced a raft of measures to tackle problems associated with defined pension benefit schemes.Those paying into such schemes, but are still working, can be left severely out of pocket if the fund becomes bankrupt, while those in receipt of a pension will receive 100 per cent of what is owed to them.The legislation will also cover when a fund is being restructured, or when both the employer and the fund are insolvent.However this situation, known as “double insolvency”, will not be covered by the legislation in historic cases. An EU Insolvency Directive can instead be relied on, as seen in a European Court of Justice ruling against Ireland over the pension funds of Waterford Crystal employees.Funds up to €12,000Minister Burton received government approval today for measures which would protect pensioners’ funds up to €12,000, the same level as the State pension. If an insolvent scheme can not pay that amount to each person, the state will make up any shortfall using the Pension Levy fund.Any pensions above this level will be protected at 50 per cent.Minister Burton said that this new legislation, the Pensions [Amendment] Bill, will leave the State pension fully unaffected, and that it creates a fair situation for the taxpayer:last_img read more

first_imgUS MEDIA OUTLETS have reported that an eight-year-old boy was killed in this afternoon’s explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line.Citing two law enforcement sources, the Boston Globe said the child was one of the three confirmed victims.More than 130 others were injured in the attack and have been treated at area hospitals. It is understood that dozens of the injured have lost limbs.Boston Children’s Hospital confirmed that it is treating 10 patients.According to Reuters journalist Edith Honan, the injury list includes leg traumas, fractures and two head injuries to a 14-year-old and a two-year-old.Brigham and Women’s Hospital is treating 20 patients who were injured today. The hospital is currently on lockdown because of what it describes as “an abundance of caution”. This means that no visitors will be allowed into the hospital until further notice. Television reporters have said there are FBI personnel and SWAT teams at the campus.Reports indicate that there is a possible person of interest being treated at the hospital.Police chief Ed Davis dismissed rumours that a suspect is in custody.“There is no suspect at Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” he told a press briefing at The Westin hotel at 1.45am, adding he wanted to “fix” those erroneous reports.“There are people we are talking to,” he confirmed.Massachusetts General Hospital is treating 29 adult patients, eight of whom are in a critical condition. The injuries range from cuts and bruises to amputations.Dr Alisdair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital, told reporters that in his 25 years working at the hospital, he had never seen such “carnage in a civilian population”.“This is what we expect from war,” he added.Boston Medical Centre has also received 23 patients from the blasts, most of whom have received lower leg injuries. In a statement, doctors said: “Of those 23, seven are listed in fair condition and the remaining 16 are serious.”Marathon organisers, Boston Athletic Association, issued a statement this morning to extend its “deepest sympathies” to all those affected by the day’s events.“Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance,” it said.All runners who were still on the course at the time of the simultaneous explosions have been returned to a community meeting area.The club thanked “the countless people from around the world who have reached out to support”.UPDATED: Two dead, more than 100 injured in Boston Marathon blastsUpdated: So far no reports of Irish caught up in marathon blastsRead more coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions>last_img read more

first_imgThe Hellenic Diaspora has to obtain the right to vote in Greece and has to be able to elect its own representatives in the Greek Parliament according to former Foreign Minister of Greece Dora Bakoyannis, who spoke to Neos Kosmos during her private visit in Melbourne this week. Bakoyannis, the daughter of former conservative Prime Minister of Greece Konstantinos Mitsotakis, was the first female mayor of Athens. She was also a contender for the leadership of the governing conservative New Democracy (ND) party in November 2009. Ms Bakoyannis is currently an MP for ND. During her visit to Melbourne she also stated her support for the Diaspora to pay lower taxes for its assets in Greece, whilst at the same time expressing her surprise, even though “progress has been made” as she said, about the fact that the negotiations between Australia and Greece for the working holiday visa have not been completed. “As a modern European country Greece is obliged to give the voting right to its citizens who live abroad. The voting right should be given to the Greeks of the Diaspora who retain the Greek citizenship, and they should also have the right to elect their own representatives in the electorate regions where they live”, Bakoyianni said. For the issue of taxing Greeks living abroad she stated that: “It is not possible to avoid taxing the Greek of the Diaspora who has economic interests in Greece. Perhaps we should examine where and how we can alleviate the tax burden of the expatriate, in order to retain and to strengthen his link with Greece and in order to encourage him to invest or to establish a business in Greece” Talking to Kostas Nikolopoulos, deputy editor of Neos Kosmos, Ms Bakoyannis was optimistic about the future of the Greek economy and said that recovery will come to Greece in the second half of 2014, but this means that the average citizen will not be able to see its results until a later time. “The government of Antonis Samaras is the only government that can get Greece out of the crisis and secure its future”, she said. In an interview to the Greek Program on SBS radio, Dora Bakoyiannis said that “Greece today is an ideal place for anyone to invest”. The prominent MP from Greece met this week in Melbourne with Nick Kotsiras, Victoria’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship and Minister for Energy and Resources and discussed the current state of Affairs in Greece, in the economic and political front. Both Mr Kotsiras and Ms Bakoyiannis expressed their deep concerns over the popularity of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, and stressed the need for Greek Australians to promote Greece as a holiday destination for Australians wishing to holiday in Europe. The former Foreign Minister of Greece during her Melbourne visit stated her admiration for the harmonic multicultural society of Australia as well as for the achievements of the Greek community in this country. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of ag stakeholders sent a letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee, supporting two bipartisan nominees to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The Senate Ag Committee held their nomination hearing on July 27, 2017.Dawn DeBerry Stump has been nominated as a Republican commissioner; Rostin (Russ) Behnam as a Democratic commissioner. Both are former Senate staffers. Additionally, the nomination of Brian Quintenz was previously reported out of the Senate Ag Committee.The Commission consists of five commissioners appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to serve staggered five-year terms. The President, with the consent of the Senate, designates one of the commissioners to serve as Chairman. No more than three commissioners at any one time may be from the same political party. Currently Commissioner Chris Giancarlo is serving as acting chairman of the Commission; the only other commissioner is Sharon Bowen, who will step down when a replacement is confirmed.“Now more than ever it is important to have strong advocates for agriculture at the CFTC,” the letter states.  “As CFTC’s oversight responsibility and regulatory footprint has grown, the agricultural futures markets remain as vital and integral to our industry as they were before the financial innovation that led us to today’s derivatives markets… Given the vacancies that have existed for a number of years, we also consider it timely to have all five Commission seats filled. Therefore, we respectfully request the Senate confirm the nominees as soon as is practical to ensure a fully functional Commission moving forward.”The full text of the letter can be found here.last_img read more

first_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best Buy $6 at Tidal Read DJI Osmo Action preview 2:27 TV and Movies See at Turo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Marvel Netflix,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. 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). Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo Share your voice See at Amazon Comment $59 at eBay Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read the AirPods review $155 at Google Express Iron Fist is just one of the Marvel shows Netflix canceled but still wants considered for an Emmy. Netflix Netflix may have canceled all of its Marvel series, but that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten about them.Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Punisher are among the series Netflix is promoting on its “For Your Consideration” website as part of its campaign for the 2019 Emmys. Jessica Jones is absent presumably because the third and final season of the show doesn’t air until later this year (the eligibility period for this year’s Emmys runs from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019).In total, Netflix is campaigning for 13 series this year — not counting unscripted shows like reality TV and standup — that have already been cancelled, according to Business Insider. Last year, Netflix walked away with 112 Emmy nominations, while HBO took 108, dethroning HBO from its position as most-nominated network, a title it had held for 17 years. They ended up tying for actual number of awards at the 2018 Emmys.The voting process for the 2019 Emmys begins in June and nominations will be announced in July. The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sept. 22.Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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. $999 $520 at HP 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It 1 $210 at Best Buy Comments 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. Share your voice Tags The Cheapskate 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. 7 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Tags 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. See it $999 $299 at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile 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. Rylo Angela Lang/CNET Read Google Home Hub review $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint $60 at Best Buy What’s new to stream in April 2019 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. 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