Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 – Could it be… no construction company in the Turks and Caicos wants to build phase one of the new school for our teenagers. Education Minister, Deputy Premier, Akierra Missick said it is a shame that the tender closed last week with no interest expressed; the date is now extended. The big issue is that this could cause a further delay for the school’s construction; which would mean no new school in time for September. Media learned that an extra $1.6 million has been budgeted for the construction of the institution to be located in Long Bay Hills. This is the seventh time, explained the Minister, that an MOE project has not attracted bids. Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Related Items:akierra missick, bidding, construction companies, long bay hills, school construction Education Minister tours schools this week
Posted: June 21, 2019 Audit says CSU stashed away $1.5 billion and raised tuition Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP AP, June 21, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California State University system kept $1.5 billion in discretionary reserves while it raised tuition and lobbied the Legislature for more state funding, according to a report released Thursday by the state auditor.Auditor Elaine Howle’s report says that CSU accumulated the surplus from 2008 to 2018, primarily from student tuition. During that same time period, it nearly doubled student tuition at its 23 campuses but did not fully inform legislators and students about its surplus.Tuition at CSU campuses rose from $3,048 in 2008-2009 to $5,742 in 2017-18.The audit says the chancellor’s office used the money to cover the cost of instruction and other operating costs. It said CSU kept the money outside of the state treasury and did not disclose the surplus in key documents it provided to legislators and students.“By failing to disclose this surplus when consulting with students about tuition increases or when projecting CSU’s resources and needs to the Legislature, the Chancellor’s Office has prevented legislators and students from evaluating CSU’s financial needs,” the report said.The audit’s findings are the latest to tarnish the image of California’s public university systems. In a 2017 audit of the University of California, Howle found misleading budget practices and that administrators had kept tens of millions of dollars in reserves not properly disclosed to the public.CSU Chancellor Timothy White said in a statement Thursday the report was misleading and mischaracterized the purpose of reserve funds, which help to deal with state recessions and cover the cost of maintenance or other expenses previously paid for by the state.“It is irresponsible to imply that these one-time funds could have been used in lieu of ongoing revenue sources, such as state funding, or student tuition, for ongoing costs,” White said. He also said it was incorrect to claim that CSU did not fully disclose the funds. He said the audit’s conclusion “overlooks dozens of presentations of publicly available reports that included information about these funds.”The report also criticized CSU for building expensive parking facilities at four of its campuses, which did little to alleviate parking problems but resulted in higher fees for students. It said CSU raised the cost of parking permits as much as $236 per semester to pay for the new structures at its campuses in Sacramento, San Diego, Fullerton and the Channel Islands.The report recommended that the chancellor’s office be required to publish details of its discretionary surplus and take other steps to improve financial transparency, to ensure that details are easily available to trustees, legislators, students and the public.
Space,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. Amazon $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Sci-Tech Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects 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 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy 27 Photos 7 See at Amazon Share your voice 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. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the AirPods review See It $59 at eBay $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo The Cheapskate $999 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. Comments $155 at Google Express 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). $299 at Amazon 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. 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 1 Read the Rylo camera preview Comment Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 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. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET The exoplanets are located in the star’s habitable zone. University of Göttingen, Institute for Astrophysics As far as the universe goes, Teegarden’s star, a faint red-dwarf, is located pretty much next door. Astronomers have discovered two intriguing planets located in the star’s habitable zone where they could possibly host liquid water.A research team led by the University of Gottingen in Germany announced the Earth-like exoplanet discovery on Tuesday. Teegarden’s star sits just 12.5 light-years away from us, but it’s very different from our own sun. It’s much cooler and dimmer and wasn’t even discovered until 2003.Enlarge ImageThis illustration imagines the view from the Teegarden’s star exoplanets back toward our solar system and Earth. University of Göttingen, Institute for Astrophysics “The two planets resemble the inner planets of our solar system,” said Mathias Zechmeister, lead author of a study on the exoplanets in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. They are both slightly heavier than Earth and might be part of a larger system with more planets.Before we get too excited, it’s important to remember that “Earth like” is no guarantee of a planet hosting life. The discovery came about through the Carmenes project, which is focused on finding exoplanets around small, cool stars. Carmenes had already located nine other exoplanets.One fun feature of the planets around Teegarden’s star involves the star’s particular location. Possible alien occupants could conceivably look toward our solar system and spot Earth transiting the sun. This creates a faint dimming of our own star as our planet passes in front of it.Perhaps at the same time we’re looking toward Teegarden’s star, extraterrestrials are looking back at us, wondering if Earth could sustain life as they know it. In this wide, wonderful universe, it’s a possibility. Tags 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. 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90)
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Kolkata: A 54-year-old man from Malda died at a hospital after he was beaten up by his two grandsons who were fighting with each other over some dispute.It was learnt from police sources that the victim, Yusuf Ali (54), had received injuries on his head when he tried to dissuade his two grandsons from fighting. The victim was a resident of Jadupur area under English Bazar police station in Malda. On Sunday morning, the two youths got involved in a heated altercation over some family dispute. A scuffle soon broke out between the two. The incident occurred at the courtyard when the victim was taking rest inside the house. On hearing the quarrel, he rushed to the spot and tried to calm them. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDuring the scuffle, the victim was beaten up and he received fatal injuries on his head. He was rushed to a nearby hospital in a serious condition. He was put under observation and in the afternoon, the victim succumbed to his injuries. The incident triggered tension among the locals. The body has been sent for an autopsy. After being informed police reached the spot and detained the youths for interrogation. A detailed probe has been initiated. The other family members of the victim and some locals are also being interrogated in this connection. A specific complaint was also lodged at the local police station in this regard.