A Buddhist monk running a meditation centre at Gaya district was arrested for the alleged sexual exploitation of 15 child monks. On Thursday, the monk, Bhante Shanghpriya, was remanded in 14 day judicial custody and the statements of the children were recorded before a judicial magistrate. The International Buddhist Council has condemned the incident and sought a probe. A Special Investigation Team headed by the Bodh Gaya Deputy Superintendent of Police had been formed to probe the case, said Gaya Superintendent of Police Rajeev Mishra. The IBC held an emergency meeting at Bodh Gaya and condemned the incident. “We demand a thorough probe … the organisation running the monastery was not registered with the IBC,” general secretary Pragya Deep said. Informed sources told The Hindu that out of 160 monasteries running in Bodh Gaya, only 55 are registered with the IBC. “The police are investigating details of the Trust running the monastery and if any fraud was found, an FIR will be lodged against all members of the trust,” said Mr. Mishra.Managed by TrustOn Wednesday, all 15 child monks, along with their parents had complained to the Bodh Gaya police about physical and sexual abuse by Bhante Sanghpriya. The police swung into action and arrested the accused monk. All the child monks were studying at Prajana Jyoti Buddhist Novice School and Meditation Centre located at Mastpura village under the Bodh Gaya police station. The school-cum-meditation centre was managed by the Prajana Social Welfare Trust.Later, an FIR was lodged with the Bodh Gaya police under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. “The child monks had complained about their physical and sexual abuse by their head monk to their respective guardians…they also informed us that they were thrashed, mistreated and sexually abused while staying in the school…we are investigating the matter now,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajkumar Shah told journalists. A board of doctors had been set up for their medical examination.From AssamAll the child monks, aged seven to 12, are from Karbi Anglong district of Assam. The incident came to light when one child monk somehow came out of the centre and rang up a previous teacher of the school who was in Mumbai and narrated their ordeal. The teacher from Assam knew parents of the victim monks and informed them about their trauma. The parents reached Bodh Gaya on Wednesday and took out them to the police station.The police have lodged all 15 child monks along with their parents at the Assam Bhawan in Gaya town.
The former vice-chairman and managing director of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Hari Sankaran was arrested by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) on Monday and remanded in police custody till April 4. Mr. Sankaran was arrested in connection with the ongoing investigations into the affairs of IL&FS and its group entities, an official spokesperson said. “He has been arrested on the grounds that he abused his powers in IL&FS through his fraudulent conduct and in granting loans to entities which were not creditworthy or have been declared non-performing assets (NPAs) and caused wrongful loss to the company and its creditors,” the spokesperson added. Trouble surfaced at IL&FS in the July to September quarter of 2018, when two of its subsidiaries started defaulting on repayment of loans and inter-corporate deposits to lenders. A subsequent series of defaults caused a systemic problem with many non-banking finance companies running into financial issues. On October 1, 2018, the Central government took steps to take control of the company through a directive by NCLT and arrest spread of the contagion to the financial markets. A new board under the leadership of banker Uday Kotak was constituted. as the earlier board was deemed to have failed to discharge its duties. At that time, the SFIO was asked to probe the procedural lapses at the firm and its subsidiaries. as the top management was believed to be involved in diverting money for ulterior motives. The SFIO counsel Hiten Venegavkar sought Mr. Sankaran’s custody for five days “for ascertaining all the fraudulent activities carried out under him, to prevent him from influencing any witnesses and destroy the evidence, to examine him about the loan and advances approved without proper collaterals.”The remand copy, reviewed by The Hindu, says: “SFIO examined details of the funds raised by IFIN (IL&FS Financial Service Limited) from different public sources. Approximately ₹17,000 crore has been raised by IFIN from the public through bank loans, debentures, commercial papers and corporate deposits, etc. The amount borrowed by these means has been used by IFIN to advance both short and long term loans. The company is said to have advanced 80% to 85% of the total borrowings as loans and advances.”It was also argued that IFIN had also provided loans and advances to group companies, which have no financial capacity to service the debt. The group companies, which were given loans, were having heavy operational losses and were heavily debt-ridden. IFIN had funded the group companies to avoid the defaults of loans taken by them from banks. The quantum of loans and advances given by IFIN to the group of companies of IL&FS Limited has been continuously increasing, both in quantum as well as percentage of total borrowings.
India’s Foreign Tax and Tax Research (FTTR) division has sought information from various countries, including Singapore, on the ₹6,500-crore investment by Singapore’s Biometrix Marketing in companies belonging to Reliance Industries (RIL) or its promoter group.Read it at The Hindu Related Items
Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Pacers: Indiana has made 11 or more 3-pointers in six of its last nine games.UP NEXT:Magic: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Pacers: At Houston on Wednesday night. Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) loses the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Magic 121-109 on Monday night, handing Orlando its ninth straight loss.Orlando cut the Pacers lead to 95-91 five minutes into the fourth quarter, but Indiana put together a 13-0 run that lasted nearly three minutes. The Pacers’ fourth quarter surge on offense ultimately proved to be the difference in a game where the Magic fought desperately to snap their losing streak. Oladipo, who was back in the lineup after missing Indiana’s last game due to a bruised right knee, made his first 11 shots before finishing the game 11-for-14.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Pacers had five players in double figures as Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points while Myles Turner and Lance Stephenson each added 18.Orlando gave Indiana everything it could handle through the first three quarters. The Magic managed to close the deficit and trail 85-84 heading into the fourth quarter after falling behind by double digits in the third quarter. But the Pacers hit their stride during the final 12 minutes and outscored the Magic 36-25 in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJonathan Simmons led Orlando with 21 points.STEADY PACE Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Since losing 118-95 to Houston on Nov. 12, the Pacers are 6-1. During the same seven game stretch, Indiana has scored 100 or more points in each of its six wins. The Pacers — who average 108 points per game — are now 11-4 in games where they score 100 or more points.MAGIC SPELLDating back to the 2012-13 season, the Pacers have won 17 of their last 19 regular season meetings with Orlando, including the last six matchups with the Magic, leaving former Pacers coach Frank Vogel winless against his old team.TIP-INSMagic: Orlando has now lost nine straight games during a stretch in which it is 2-11 in its last 13 games. … The Magic are now 3-12 when allowing their opponent to score 100 or more points. … With 16 3-pointers Monday night, the Magic have now made at least one three in 841 consecutive games, the fifth longest streak in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IOC judges back truthful whistleblower, ban 5 more Russians
Indian women managed to retain their number one status in the International Cricket Council’s ODI women’s rankings with Mithali Raj leading the batting chart and Jhulan Goswami topping the bowling list issued in Dubai on Monday.Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.According to an ICC release, Mithali has 823 ranking points at an average of 49.83 while Jhulan has 777 points averaging 21.66. England’s Charlotte Edwards has also climbed up in the batting chart to third position despite her side losing the recently-concluded three-match ODI series in Australia.Edwards scored a total of 188 runs in the series, but her efforts with the bat went in vain as England lost the series 1- 2.Australia’s all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar has climbed two places to occupy sixth place after a positive performance.
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Is Mike Gundy really going to go to Gainesville? (Getty Images)OSU has entered silly season early — would anyone be opposed to just canceling the Baylor and OU games and getting on with recruiting and this Gundy/Florida thing?I wouldn’t. Especially because Saturday in Waco might make the 1916 Cumberland-Georgia Tech game look like a barnburner.So instead of discussing what a real-life sports massacre looks like, let’s talk about Mike Gundy and the Florida Gators.I’ve written over and over again that I don’t think it’s happening but lots of folks keep pumping the idea. Here are a few things I’ve thought in the last 24 hours:• Earlier this year Gundy said he wanted to coach 12ish more years.“I would like to finish this contract and then coach another contract,” Gundy said. “I would probably like to do another six- or eight-year deal and then I would look and see where I am at.“That would add up to 12 more years probably. I would probably do it pretty consistently until I am 60.”That would be 20+ years at OSU or 10 at OSU and 12 more elsewhere. For some reason 20 seasons at OSU feels about right for Gundy.Maybe I’m totally naive.• The breaking down of what Gundy was wearing to his Monday press conference. I just…you guys know I’m a uni guy but that is a step beyond where I’m prepared to go.This is a guy who struggles to manage timeouts at the end of games and you think he’s clandestinely tossing daggers at Mike Holder and Boone Pickens based on his attire to a press conference?I love Conspiracy Theory Guy but that’s a little much.• This is interesting (only two have been with their teams longer than Stoops, by the way):Here’s a crazy stat: There are 128 FBS coaches. Only nine have been with their teams longer than Mike Gundy.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 18, 2014• Gundy’s buyout is $3 million. That’s not insane but it’s not nothing, either.• I’m fascinated to see what happens in this poll. I was talking to my dad the other day about how under-appreciated Gundy is and he noted something interesting (and that I agree with):In terms of who we (OSU) could reasonably get (and would stay) and the level of talent in a coach that we would want, the Gundy Venn Diagram is pretty much perfect.Now this has changed since Gundy was hired (because of Gundy?) but it still applies to some degree, I think.• If you’re on the “he’s leaving” side and believe that Florida would want him to begin with, this point by Amilian is sobering:“Typically when a big school goes after a good coach at a lower-tier school, that lower-tier program is doing much better at the time (i.e. Baylor) so he might not mess with it. How often is a 5-7 coach a popular candidate?”You also have to believe that OSU isn’t close to being really good again. I’m probably on the optimistic side of things there.They need three lineman and a better QB and all of a sudden you’re probably a 9-3 team next year. Easier said, I know.• This was funny. But yeah, if Gundy hates his schedule right now. I mean……..Gundy: “I’m taking the Florida job.”Holder: “You’ll have to play Florida State out of conference every year.”Gundy: pic.twitter.com/dbQrEOM5jO— Matt Amilian (@mattamilian) November 18, 2014• Above all — and I know this is the most ambiguous and ridiculous of all reasons — I just don’t see Gundy in blue and orange on the Gainesville sideline next season. I can’t fathom it.Like I said yesterday, this isn’t 2004 or 1994 where you have to be at Florida, Texas or Georgia to win conference titles. The landscape is flat these days, or at least more flat than it was.Sure, you can shoehorn Gundy’s best attributes (whatever they are?) into whatever job you want to shoehorn them into but at the end of the day I think his heart and his mind are forever tied to Stillwater.Change is a difficult, difficult thing and even though we want to make mountains out of molehills (see: Pickens, Boone) the answer with the fewest variables (and assumptions) is almost always the correct one.Now he just needs to go get himself an offensive coordinator.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.
SEC GradesIf you’re a long-time college football fan, you know that it was the SEC that came up with the idea of having two different divisions and a league championship game – back in 1992. One ESPN writer thinks that the league should reverse course and actually get rid of them.Edward Aschoff has a radical idea for the conference – get rid of the two divisions, pick four or five “permanent” rivalry games and put the two best teams in the title game.Aschoff isn’t a fan of the current 6-1-1 format, and doesn’t believe that having Missouri in the East is helping anyone. He also thinks that doing away with divisions would allow older rivalries – like Florida vs. Auburn – to be reborn.The SEC should fight to abolish divisions in college football https://t.co/lX8xMBaktC— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) May 4, 2016Obviously, the SEC would need to petition the NCAA to do away with its current system or rules to make this happen. But it’s an interesting idea, for sure.What do you think? Would leagues be better off doing away with divisions and just having their best two teams meet in a league title game?
DALLAS — H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, has died.Family spokesman James Fuller says Perot died early Tuesday. He was 89.Perot rose from Depression-era poverty to become one of the nation’s richest men as the founder of computer services giant Electronic Data Systems Corp.In 1992, Perot jumped into the presidential campaign as an independent candidate, challenging President George H.W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton.Perot drew nearly 19 per cent of the vote, the biggest percentage for a third-party hopeful in 80 years. Republicans blamed him for Bush’s defeat.He had founded EDS in 1962 and sold control of it to General Motors for $2.5 billion in 1984. He later founded another company, Perot Systems.More to come.The Associated Press
A third person later died while the fourth person also later died. (Colombo Gazette) Four people had been admitted to hospital after attending the party at a hotel in Wadduwa.Two people died and another two were in hospital. Two people who were arrested over the death of four people after a party in Wadduwa recently, were today ordered to be further remanded till August 27th.Among those arrested was the publicity officer of the organisers of the party.
FILE – In this December 10, 2015 file photo Harrison Ford walks during a Star Wars fan event in Sydney. Ford is in Australia to promote his latest film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. British health authorities said on Thursday Feb. 11, 2016 that criminal charges have been laid against producers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” over an on-set accident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File) LONDON – British health authorities announced Thursday they have issued criminal charges against the producers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” over an on-set accident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.The actor was struck by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon — his character Han Solo’s spaceship — at Pinewood Studios near London in June 2014. He was airlifted to a hospital where he underwent surgery.Production on the film was suspended for two weeks after the injury to Ford, who was 71 at the time.The Health and Safety Executive said Thursday it had charged Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. — a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. — with four breaches of workplace health and safety laws.It said “by law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers — this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.”Foodles Production said the safety of cast and crew was “a top priority” and it was disappointed by the decision to prosecute.The first court hearing is scheduled for May at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court, near the studio.“The Force Awakens” is the seventh instalment in the space saga and has taken more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office since its release two months ago.Filming is underway on episode eight, directed by Rian Johnson and due for release late next year. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2016 7:35 am MDT Last Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Star Wars’ producers charged over Harrison Ford accident
Ohio State senior forward NickSchilkey has his shot blocked aside by Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvort (35) during the Buckeyes’ 1-0 loss on Feb. 25. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOne final series at the Schottenstein Center remains on the 2016-17 schedule for the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team (17-9-6, 8-7-1-1), as the Scarlet and Gray welcome the Michigan State Spartans (6-21-3, 2-12-2-0) to Columbus for two crucial conference clashes.This weekend will mark the second series of the season between the Buckeyes and Spartans. The first series on Feb. 17 and 18 featured two one-goal wins for OSU at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan — 3-2 Friday and 4-3 Saturday — to seal the sweep.Despite those vital victories, Buckeyes coach Steve Rohlik said his team must continue to respect a visiting Michigan State squad — and at this point in the season, this weekend represents two must-win games for his team.“We were fortunate to get out of (East) Lansing there with two wins, and we’ve got to be better this weekend,” Rohlik said. “We want to come out and get a quick start, and hopefully put together a 60-minute game.”Although the Buckeyes left the state of Michigan with six Big Ten points earlier this month, senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey said OSU looked at its previous meetings with the Spartans in order to make adjustments, and will enter the series with a “do or die” mentality.However, Schilkey said the result of this weekend will depend ultimately on the Buckeyes’ effort on the ice.“We watched video this week, and learned what worked well for us, areas they exposed us,” Schilkey said. “We play each team twice, and it’s just like any other second weekend of playing a team in this conference. We watched tape, learn from some things, but at the end of the day, it comes down to us and our work ethic.”Currently, OSU sits in the 15th spot of the PairWise rankings for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA tournament — and have rested on the bubble down the stretch of the season. In light of this, Rohlik said his team is aware of its present situation regarding postseason play, and that the NCAA tournament truly begins for his unit with the first faceoff Friday night.“I think everybody in (the locker room) knows exactly where we’re at, and I think that just jumpstarts our playoffs,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to start our playoffs earlier than most teams right now, and Friday to me is a playoff hockey game.”Puck drop for the final home series of the season is set for 7 p.m. Friday night, while Saturday’s clash is slated to begin at 8 p.m.
E – Can’t we all just get along? (449) C – Both. I’m very good at time management. *SMUGFACE* (1312) Poll Results: B – Barbecue all the way. Mmm, sausages. (771) A – TO THE BEACH! Sun, sea and 99s – what’s not to love?B – Barbecue all the way. Mmm, sausages.C – Both. I’m very good at time management. *SMUGFACE*D – Neither. I spend my bank holidays trying to do as many interesting things as possible and always end up feeling vaguely dissatisfied with my choices.E – Can’t we all just get along?VoteGot a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See previous entries in The Burning Question > Are Penguins chocolate bars or biscuits? > Do you listen to voicemails on your mobile? > D – Neither. I spend my bank holidays trying to do as many interesting things as possible and always end up feeling vaguely dissatisfied with my choices. (547) A – TO THE BEACH! Sun, sea and 99s – what’s not to love? (159) WE KNOW HOW you feel. You’ve had a great bank holiday but it’s back to work tomorrow and you have the whole week stretching out in front of you.So do like we do here at TheJournal.ie HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.Possibly.This week: The weather wasn’t bad this weekend, was it? No freezing temperatures, little rain, and even – gasp – some sun. And yet, with the weather comes The Fear: how do you make the most of these brief hours of sunshine?Do you go to a barbecue, or even brave holding one yourself? Where you get to sit outside with your friends, drink some beers and spend your time moving around your back garden chasing the sun so nobody has to sit in the shade? Or do you go to the beach, where you can resurrect your swimsuit for one day of the year, brave the mercies of the Irish seawater and lay on a towel, soaking up the (weak) rays?It’s a tough one. So what do you do?
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The chairperson of a federal parliamentary inquiry into multiculturalism has called for the re-establishment of an independent research institute, focusing on migration to Australia. The Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research was shut down by the Howard Government in 1996, as part of its cuts to the public service that year. Federal Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou says she will be pushing for the Bureau to be re-opened in her role as chairwoman of the current parliamentary inquiry into multiculturalism. Ms Vamvakinou says she believes the Bureau could help guide immigration policy by providing governments with more reliable research data on migration. “We’ve noted the impact of the abolition of that institute and there is a view on the committee that we need to come back to maybe recommending the re-establishment of a similar institution that could assist with research in this area and also help develop a new generation of Australians who can develop expertise in this area” she said. The federal parliamentary inquiry into multiculturalism held its final public hearing in Melbourne yesterday. It is expected to release its final report in August this year.
Des toilettes portables bientôt installées dans l’Everest ?L’organisation environnemental Eco Himal a demandé au Népal d’installer des toilettes portables dans l’Everest jonchés de tonnes de détritus, parmi lesquels des “déchets humains” abandonnés là par les alpinistes. Le tourisme peut être un véritable fléau pour certains sites naturels et l’Everest, malgré son statut de toit du monde, n’échappe pas à la règle. Ces derniers jours, une association environnementale baptisée Eco Himal a ainsi de nouveau alerté le gouvernement népalais au sujet de la pollution dont est aujourd’hui victime le mont qui culmine à 8.848 mètres. Mais c’est un type bien particulier de déchets que ces militants ont dénoncé : les “déchets humains” abandonnés par les alpinistes au cours de leur expédition. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueLe responsable d’Eco Himal, Phinjo Sherpa, explique : “De nombreuses cordées emportent de petites toilettes mobiles mais les porteurs n’ont souvent d’autre choix que de se soulager dans la neige. Ces déchets humains sont problématiques, évidemment. Mon avis est que si nous disposons des toilettes publiques, elles seront utilisées”. Car en effet, c’est la demande que l’association a fait parvenir au Népal : faire installer des toilettes portables au sommet du Mont qui a récemment reçu le triste titre de “décharge la plus haute du monde”. “Ce projet de toilettes sera discuté avec le gouvernement népalais dans le cadre plus large d’un plan de gestion des détritus pour les grands sommets de la région”, précise ainsi le porte-parole d’Eco Himal. Néanmoins, la proposition est loin de faire l’unanimité. “La glace se déplace beaucoup pendant l’année. Si on construisait des toilettes (…), la glace bougerait et la structure serait détruite”, estime Wangchhu Sherpa, président de l’Everest Summiteers Association cité par l’AFP. En vérité, une mesure est normalement mise en place pour empêcher les alpinistes de polluer : avant l’ascension, ils doivent remettre un chèque de 4.000 dollars qui ne leur est redonné que lorsqu’ils rapportent leurs déchets à leur retour. Mais les infractions sont rarement constatées, selon Eco Himal.Depuis 2008, Eco Everest Expedition, un collectif d’associations népalaises qui oeuvre pour la préservation de la montagne, a ramassé plus de 13 tonnes de déchets, 400 kilos de déchets humains et même quatre corps d’alpinistes qui ne se sont pas décomposés en raison du froid extrême. A ce jour, il resterait encore au moins 10 tonnes d’ordures.Le 16 octobre 2011 à 10:38 • Maxime Lambert
On July 20, 1969, NASA made history when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and Neil Armstrong took one giant leap for mankind.One of the most significant achievements in human history, however, would have been nothing but a false promise if not for the Apollo Mission Control Center.MCC at NASA Johnson Space Center is where the flight control team planned, trained, and executed spaceflight missions. In 1985, the Houston-based “cathedral of engineering” was named to the National Register of Historic Places.Apollo Mission Control Center now and then (via Space Center Houston)But more than three decades of treading visitors and declining budgets have taken a toll on the revered site. And the National Aeronautics and Space Administration needs your help to restore it.In preparation for the Apollo 11 mission’s 50th anniversary in 2019, Space Center Houston launched a $5 million campaign to support the rehabilitation effort. Which, thanks to a generous $3.1 million donation from nearby Webster, Texas, is already well on its way to realization.Home to many of the Apollo program’s flight controllers, engineers, scientists, and other personnel, the city of Webster seems pretty determined to ensure Historic Mission Control gets the overhaul its needs.“The Webster Challenge” encourages public participation with the promise to match backers’ gifts dollar for dollar, up to $400,000.Visit Space Center Houston’s Kickstarter campaign to contribute—and snag some pretty cool rewards, including the iconic NASA logo “meatball” sticker ($15), a commemorative T-shirt ($35), a punch-out model of the Apollo 11 or Saturn V rocket ($75 each), a VIP tour of NASA’s Johnson Space Center ($1,000), or lunch with Apollo flight controllers ($2,500).With 17 days left, the project has rocketed past its $250,000 goal, collecting more than $337,000 from 2,627 backers.Apollo Mission Control Center then and now (via Space Center Houston)The budget, according to Space Center Houston, includes the cost of initial restoration, as well as future maintenance and development of a visitor experience “that will interpret the historic Apollo program for the public,” the Kickstarter page said.Anyone who’s watched basically any spaceflight film ever will recognize the operations control room—stacked with rows of outdated monitors and display screens, with a wall of windows separating visitors from the action. Two control rooms—simulation and recovery—abut the main chamber.Starting this month, NASA’s refurbishment is expected to wrap up in January 2019, six months before the Apollo 11 bicentennial.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Tune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISSNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend
Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 4 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $59 at eBay $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $520 at HP 8:39 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Google Home Hub review 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. 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. 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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. $299 at Amazon Comments Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Rylo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sprint The 15 coolest things you can do with your Amazon Echo Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Amazon Comments Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 39 Photos Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It 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). Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Turo Share your voice $999 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Tags 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. See at Turo 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $210 at Best Buy Smart Home Tech Industry Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 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. Best Buy $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET $999 The e-commerce giant will also release an upgraded version of its Echo speaker, which is apparently being developed at the same Sunnyvale, California, lab as Vesta, Bloomberg reported. The speaker may be wider than the current Echo to fit the additional components.In an emailed response to the report, Amazon said it doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.First published at 6:06 a.m. PT.Updated at 8:30 a.m. PT: Adds Amazon response. The Cheapskate See It Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple iPhone XS See It See it 7 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Amazon Echo Show 5 helps Alexa fit nicely on your… 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon may be putting extra resources into a home robot project. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon is reportedly putting more engineers to work on a smart home robot, a secret project called Vesta that was hinted at last year. The robot isn’t ready for mass production yet.The waist-high robot moves around on wheels, uses computer-vision cameras and may be a mobile version of Amazon voice assistant Alexa, according to Bloomberg, which cited anonymous sources familiar with the project. $155 at Google Express 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.
4 The Cheapskate Share your voice Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Are you a Spotify subscriber? Then you’ve no doubt discovered the limitations for listening offline. It requires a phone, which isn’t always convenient — like when you’re at the gym or out for a run. And even if you do have your phone, you’ll have to devote a chunk of precious storage to your Spotify playlists.The Mighty Vibe solves those problems. This portable player — a dead ringer for Apple’s dearly departed Shuffle — absorbs your Spotify playlists and podcasts for easy offline listening. Read CNET’s Mighty Vibe review to learn more.It normally sells for $86 (currently on sale for $5 less), but for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Mighty Vibe for $69.99 with promo code MIGHTYCHEAP. Shipping adds $5.See it at MightyThis is the second-gen version of the Mighty, featuring better battery life (at least 5 hours of play time), broader Bluetooth compatibility, better Bluetooth range and a redesigned mobile app.It’s also now available in a couple snazzy colors. In addition to basic black, you can choose a teal or red case.As noted, the Mighty Vibe looks and operates much like an iPod Shuffle, right down to its spring-loaded clip and simplistic controls. What’s handy here, though, is that you can pair it to Bluetooth earphones for a wireless listening experience. I just tried it with a wire-free set — pretty nice!There is a headphone jack if you want to go wired, and that jack is also used to charge the Vibe. A spare cable will run you $7. The player can hold up to 1,000 songs, but you can’t sync specific artists or albums, only playlists.That minor limitation aside, I can’t understand why this is product isn’t better known or more popular. It is, to my knowledge, the only offline-Spotify gadget currently available, and it’s a very affordable way to carry around your favorite playlists and podcasts without a phone.Note: This post was published previously and has been updated regarding pricing and discount code.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 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. Tags MP3 Players
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