$155 at Google Express 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. Microsoft Sony Nintendo,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 $999 $299 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. Walmart Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $210 at Best Buy $60 at Best Buy Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See it The Cheapskate Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Nintendo Switch debuted in March 2017. It became the fastest-selling console in US history. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Nintendo will reportedly start selling its Switch console in China.The Japanese video game maker is partnering with Chinese tech company Tencent, according to a Thursday report by Reuters. Authorities in China’s Guangdong province, where Tencent is based, reportedly agreed to let the company sell a test version of the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Switch game. That decision would allow for sales of the Switch nationwide, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. China has relaxed its restrictions on gaming consoles in recent years, allowing for the sale of devices like Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. Nintendo and Tencent didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The Nintendo Switch debuted in March 2017. It became the fastest-selling console in US history after selling 4.8 million units in the first 10 months of its release. Nintendo is expected to sell 17.3 million consoles globally in 2019, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. $299 at Amazon Tags Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Tags See it $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET See at Amazon See It 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 7 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) 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 DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $59 at eBay Boost Mobile 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 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. Best Buy 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. Sprint Comments Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. 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It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $299 $6 at Tidal Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It Post a comment See at Turo Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Apple iPhone XS Best Buy $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 $299 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. 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It $999 $289 News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? 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Up to 18 people were feared dead after a tour bus carrying pensioners burst into flames following a collision with a trailer truck in southern Germany on Monday, police said.There was “only a glimmer of hope” that some of them would be found alive outside the coach, police spokesman Juergen Stadter told news channel NTV, which showed images of the vehicle’s charred skeleton.”Maybe someone ran away in shock,” he said, adding that 18 people were still missing, raising the figure earlier given by police.Another police spokeswoman, Anne Hoefer, told AFP that the passengers were “old people” and that some may not have made it out of the bus.Some of the 30 passengers pulled out of the burning bus were seriously hurt, added Stadter.The bus carrying 46 passengers and two drivers rammed into the trailer in a traffic jam on the motorway A9 close to the Bavarian town of Stammbach.The crash shortly after 7 am (0500 GMT) sent the bus up in flames.According to the Bild newspaper, the coach was travelling from the eastern region of Lausitz and heading for Nuremberg.The accident struck near the town Bayreuth, which draws thousands of classical music lovers every summer to its opera festival.The region close to the Czech border is also dotted with spas and castles, and the A9 is a trunk motorway leading to many popular summer holiday spots.An emergency team, including firefighters and rescue workers, were at the scene, while traffic on the motorway was halted in both directions.Those hurt were being flown by rescue helicopters to hospitals, many with life-threatening injuries.If those missing are confirmed killed, the accident at the start of the summer holiday season would be one of the worst to hit Germany.Among the deadliest in recent years was a collision in June 2007, when 13 people were killed as their tour bus drove off the road and plunged several metres down a slope in eastern Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state.In September 1992, 21 people died when a bus swerved out of its lane and struck a truck before ramming into the road divider in the southern Black Forest region, a key tourist destination.Across Europe, the last such fatal accident struck on January 21 in Italy, when an accident involving a Hungarian bus carrying teenagers left 16 dead.In France, a head-on crash in October 2015 between a truck and a bus carrying pensioners claimed 43 lives as both vehicles burst into flames.
Prothom Alo file photoStrict enforcement of traffic rules and behavioural change of pedestrians and transport workers as well as proper planning and political commitment are essential to have a disciplined traffic system in this chaotic city of Dhaka, said experts.They said though it looks a herculean task to restore discipline in the city streets, it is possible to do so through a vigorous media campaign and enforcing traffic rules alongside gearing up the decentralisation process.Many countries in the world have turned their unlivable cities livable through innovative ideas and forcing people to abide by rules, the experts said.Professor Moazzem Hossain of Civil Engineering department at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) said eight components — policy, planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, enforcement and finally monitoring — will have to be ensured to bring discipline in the traffic system.Moazzem, also Director of BUET Accident Research Institute (ARI), said it needs to monitor whether the seven other components are functioning properly.Without adequate manpower, management, leadership, engineering, funding and planning, it is not possible to bring discipline in the streets changing the whole system, he said, adding: “It needs to implement all the eight components and for this, it requires organisational setup, manpower, political commitment and funding support.”Besides, a footway network system will have to be developed alongside automating the traffic signal network, the road safety expert said.Professor Moazzem underscored the need for bringing a radical change in the bus operation module.”Buses are plying the city streets under around 250 companies which are absurd. Globally, buses run under a single state-owned agency,” he said, adding that if all the buses run under a single company in the capital, the situation may improve.Ashish Kumar Dey, general secretary of National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), said many, including bikers, auto-rickshaw and tempo drivers, young political party activists and a major portion of pedestrians, do not follow traffic rules properly.”It’s a major obstacle to controlling the overall traffic management and reducing road crashes,” he said.A continued awareness campaign and strict enforcement of traffic rules can bring discipline in the streets, Ashis said.Alongside strict enforcement of law and taking action against errant transport workers and pedestrians, a worker-friendly road transport policy will have to be ensured to bring down the number of road accidents and end anarchy in the sector, he added.The NCPSRR leader said transport workers’ lifestyle should be enhanced.”If their wages and other facilities are not increased, a sense of dissatisfaction and hopelessness prevails among them and many drivers become desperate to earn more, leading to repeated road accidents,” he said.He also alleged that some influential labour leaders and political party leaders protect many drivers and helpers when they are sued by law enforcers, terming it another reason behind drivers being desperate on roads.Shahidul Islam, general secretary of Dhaka Taxi-Taxi Car-Auto-rickshaw Drivers’ Union, said drivers are yet to receive any training and motivation from any quarter.”It would have surely helped reduce road crashes, had drivers been trained and motivated.”A CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver has to give its owner Tk 1,600-1,700 as a daily deposit against the government-fixed Tk 600 while bus drivers run their vehicles on a target basis, he said, adding this makes the drivers reluctant to obey the traffic rules as they have to increase the number of trips to earn more.”If the government ensures that owners are not charging more, the tendency of violating traffic rules among drivers will come down sharply,” he said.Shahidul also said although there is a prime minister’s directive not to run buses on contractual basis, it is yet to be implemented.Meanwhile, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) observed a month-long traffic safety awareness campaign in September following widespread student protests triggered by the death of two college students on a city street in August.During the campaign that ended on 30 September, around 172,000 cases were filed and around Tk 140 million were realised as fine for traffic rules violation.On the last day of the campaign, DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said despite the sincerity of traffic police to bring discipline in the streets, their attempts are not yielding results due to people’s tendency to violate traffic rules.”Though it’s not possible to change habits and behaviour in just one month, we’re hopeful that people will gradually abide by traffic rules,” he said.”It cannot be expected that hundreds of years of practice or irregularity will change overnight. But we hope everyone will be respectful to the law,” he said, urging the city dwellers to cooperate with the police to enforce traffic rules.
Kolkata: The last date of admission has been extended in some Calcutta University-affiliated colleges to fill up the vacant seats, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said today. Talking to media persons, Chatterjee said the deadline was extended from July 10 to August 20 to accommodate as many students as possible in these colleges. “Wherever there are vacant seats, be it in pass or degree courses, the admission process will continue in till August 20,” he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life To a question about the number of seats lying vacant in the CU-affiliated colleges in the city and its neighbourhood, the minister said, “I won’t comment on figures, just based on media reports. But there are enough seats for students. Hence, we took the decision to extend the admission deadline,” he said. In the past, too, Chatterjee had said students should not crowd a few educational institutions for admission. Asked about his response to the reintroduction of admission tests in Jadavpur University, Chatterjee said, “It (JU) is an autonomous institution. The government won’t interfere in its functioning.” The JU had recently witnessed a hunger strike by students in protest against the decision of the authorities to scrap admission test in six subjects. The university, after holding its ground for almost a week, buckled under the pressure of students and reintroduced entrance tests. The entrance tests in the six arts subjects will be conducted in the last week of July.