Cal State San Marcos named safest college in California 13th in nation

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Cal State San Marcos named safest college in California, 13th in nation Posted: March 8, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — California State University San Marcos is the safest college campus in California and the 13th safest in the U.S. according to a recent study, the university announced Thursday.The National Council for Home Safety and Security created the rankings using data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and a campus safety survey administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Most schools with at least 10,000 students were ranked by looking at violent and property crime rates for the cities in which the schools are located and the number of law enforcement officers employed by the institution, according to CSUSM.“Keeping our students safe is the University Police Department’s No. 1 priority,” said CSUSM police Chief Scott Ybarrondo. “There are enough stresses in college life, and worrying about your safety on campus should not be one of them. We are committed to ensuring CSUSM remains one of the safest universities in the nation.”The Mormon-run Brigham Young University-Idaho topped the national list.UC Irvine came in 44th, followed by Cal State Fullerton at 59. UC San Diego was ranked 71st and San Diego State University came in at number 97. March 8, 2018last_img read more


Comcasts Xfinity apparently suffers outages across US

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy $155 at Google Express Share your voice 7 Sprint Internet Services Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $299 at Amazon The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. Tags 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. Chris Monroe/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. Comcast’s Xfinity internet service is struggling in huge pockets of the US. Down Detector Comcast’s Xfinity is suffering nationwide outages, according to Down Detector and Twitter users, with the internet service down altogether or slowing right now. The problem is hitting areas of California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington state. 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) Comcast,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. 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Angela Lang/CNET Tags See It Sarah Tew/CNET See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) damnit xfinity I was literally 5 minutes from the end of the second to last episode of big little lies and you had to do me like this— Sarah Flourance (@BookishFeminist) August 6, 2019 See it 0 Comments $60 at Best Buy Read the AirPods review 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. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img $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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. $210 at Best Buy 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Turo Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read DJI Osmo Action preview Post a comment Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Boost Mobile See at Amazon 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). Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo $999 Read the Rylo camera preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 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. $520 at HP CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The first outages were reported around 1:40 a.m. ET, according to Engadget. Some people got text messages about routine system maintenance — these noted that the disruption was expected to end at 6 a.m. ET.  However, Down Detector’s chart suggested that the problems continued well into Tuesday morning.The company hasn’t made a general announcement yet, nor has it responded to requests for comment.Xfinity suffered a similar outage last summer, and ultimately linked those problems to fibre cable cuts.First published at 1:48 a.m. PT.Updated at 9:15 a.m. PT: Noted Down Detector’s chart results. Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Turo 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. Apple iPhone XS Share your voice $6 at Tidal 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 Amazonlast_img read more


Red faces raised voices over late hitch in Foxconns Sharp deal

first_imgA late hitch to Foxconn’s takeover of Japan’s struggling Sharp Corp brought simmering distrust between the two close to boiling point, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.The two companies have eyed each other warily since Foxconn founder and billionaire Terry Gou pulled out of a planned capital tie-up and strategic partnership with Sharp in 2012.Missteps in communication last week, when Sharp’s board met and announced a decision to sell a two-thirds stake to the Taiwanese group, ratcheted up tensions, upsetting Gou and causing embarrassment at Sharp.On the eve of that board meeting, Foxconn had asked Sharp to delay voting on a deal as it had just received “new material information” from Sharp that it hadn’t seen before and needed to clarify.”It seemed Sharp simply ignored Foxconn,” said one individual familiar with Foxconn’s take on the matter.The information listed around 300 billion yen ($2.66 billion) in contingent liabilities at Sharp. The list was pulled together by working level officials at Sharp and forwarded, without top officials seeing it, to Foxconn as a goodwill gesture to make the buyer aware of worst-case scenario risks, sources said. They were not liabilities that required formal disclosure.It didn’t go down well on the Taiwan side.”They felt violated,” said a person briefed on the issue. Another person said Gou shouted at his team for not having discovered these liabilities in the first place.By late Friday, the mood had calmed and the two companies’ CEO’s met in China to clear the air, sources said. Sharp and Foxconn have now agreed to extend a deadline for the takeover talks by a week or two, reflecting the importance of a deal, estimated to be worth nearly $6 billion, to both sides.Sharp would have a much-needed financial lifeline, while Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, would get control of technology it needs to strengthen its hand with major client Apple Inc.RUNNING DEEPThe hitch revives lingering ill-will from four years ago, when Foxconn agreed to take a stake in Sharp at 550 yen a share as part of a broader partnership. Then, Sharp warned of losses, and Foxconn walked away.Sharp shares sank 74 percent over the next seven months.Gou, however, personally bought a stake in Sharp’s LCD TV panel plant in Osaka, and some at Sharp credit him with improving operations there.A turning point in the latest deal came when Gou wowed Sharp’s board, independent directors and creditors with his presentation of a takeover plan on Jan. 30, according to those briefed on the matter.”Terry’s a very convincing guy. I’ve seen him use his magic,” said a person familiar with how Gou operates.Another person familiar with Gou said: “Sharp’s blueprint, Terry is very clear about it and knows this stuff like the back of his hand.”But there were still nagging doubts in Japan.”There are some doubts whether Hon Hai will really keep its promise,” one official involved in the negotiations said on Feb. 4, when Sharp’s 13-member board decided to prioritise talks with Foxconn over a competing offer from state-backed Innovation Network Corp of Japan. INCJ had been seen as strong favourite to take over Sharp and keep Japan’s insular tech industry out of foreign hands.The next day, Gou flew his team to Sharp’s Osaka headquarters and emerged triumphantly waving a document, proclaiming Sharp had granted Foxconn preferred negotiation rights.Sharp officials said the document actually referred to Foxconn’s extension of a takeover offer for Sharp.”This made (Sharp CEO Kozo) Takahashi and other executives rethink how trustworthy Gou would be,” said one of the sources familiar with thinking in the Sharp camp.That is now in the past.”From these negotiations and from experience, Terry (Gou) has told his team time and again to be more respectful of and have more understanding of Japan’s traditions and way of doing things,” said one of the sources familiar with the thinking at Foxconn.”Through the communication of the last 2-3 days, from the top level to the team level, I hope (the cooperation) will improve,” the person said.last_img read more


Russias increasing influence in Cuba stirs ghost of Cold War

first_imgCuban president Raul Castro delivers a speech during the last ceremony to pay homage to the late Cuban leader, his brother Fidel Castro, in Santiago, Cuba on 3 December 2016. AFP File PhotoRussia is stirring the ghosts of Cuba’s Cold War past as it looks to re-establish its influence in the Communist-run island nation, although this time analysts say Moscow has no intention of bankrolling Havana.Whereas once the Soviet Union and Cuba were linked by an ideological bond, now pragmatism and a shared rejection of US foreign policy is drawing them together again.At Havana’s colourful May Day parade Wednesday, Raul Castro, the first secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party, received the highest distinction from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation: the Order of Lenin.The former Cuba president said the prize — first presented in 1930 by the Soviet Union — pointed to the “historic relations” between the two countries that “have endured different scenarios and today are being reinforced and renewed.”This rapprochement is not new but has been consolidated by shared opposition to sanctions imposed on Cuba by Washington, which accuses the Caribbean nation of providing military support to Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro, another Moscow ally.”The effect of this policy is that it isolates the United States on Cuba and we’re opening the door for greater Chinese and Russian presence on the island,” said Ric Herrero, executive director of the Cuba Study Group, which connects Cuban-Americans advocating economic and political freedom on the island.Relations between Havana and Washington had thawed under former president Barack Obama, but have chilled considerably since Donald Trump’s administration took over.’Lovers triangle’The Soviet era may have been confined to history, but it hasn’t been forgotten.”In Cuba, we’ve always had fond memories of Russia,” said 82-year-old Luis Corredera Rodriguez as he played dominos with friends on a Havana sidewalk. “They supported us in everything.””They’re friends for life,” added Julio Garcia, 59, although he noted that “the Russians have changed.” In effect, he said, the Cubans have become more Russian than the Russians themselves.”They’re no longer Soviet, they’re capitalist like everyone.”Behind the dominos table — Cuba’s national pastime — a parked Russian Lada is passed by a revving classic 1950s American car.”It’s almost like a lovers triangle between the US, Cuba and Russia: it’s an old relationship, there’s a lot of emotion here,” said Scott B. MacDonald, senior associate of the Americas program at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.He said the last two years have seen Cuba slide into “a new Cold War,” although with a different dynamic this time.”At the end of the Soviet Union, it was about $4 billion a year that went to prop up the Cuban economy.”That came to an end when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1990.Now, Russia is only Cuba’s third largest commercial partner, after the European Union and China.”Russia likes the idea of warming up this relationship, but does Russia want to spend $4 billion a year to keep Cuba alive economically?” asked MacDonald.The US may be wary of Russia sidling up to Cuba but the EU seems to have no issue with it.The EU ambassadors in Cuba invited their Russian counterpart to their monthly meeting, where Andrei Guskov talked about the collaboration between Moscow and Havana and his desire to increase it, several participants said.After agreeing to business deals worth $350 million in 2018, Russian investments will allow Cuba to increase its energy production by 20 percent and renew the 14-strong fleet of the national airline, Guskov said.’No ideological dimension’On top of that, Russia has agreed a 38 million euro ($42 million) loan to modernize Cuba’s military, $1 billion to refurbish its railway lines and agreements in civilian nuclear power and cybersecurity.This “is part of a larger effort by Russia to destabilise the United States, rather than” a bid “to form a Soviet satellite 90 miles off the (US) shores like during the Cold War,” said Herrero.However, the friendship between the two countries today is “built on a pragmatic base, without the ideological dimension there was during the Soviet era,” said Nikolai Kalashnikov, deputy director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.While Russia is no longer communist, socialist Cuba is driven in part by the threat it will lose its oil aid from crisis-wracked Venezuela — itself creaking under the strain of US sanctions — and its need for cash.”Cuba needs to export and Russia is a market of 143 million” people, said Santiago Perez, deputy director of the Cuban Research Centre for International Policy.There may no longer be a common ideology, but there are “mutual interests.””The relationship with Russia is crucial for us right now, and I think it’s the same for them too.”last_img read more


Pakistan expels Indian envoy suspends trade with India

first_img.Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership on Wednesday decided to downgrade diplomatic relations, expel the Indian High Commissioner and suspend bilateral trade with India in the wake of New Delhi’s move of revoking special status for Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was taken at a second session of National Security Committee (NSC) within a week presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan to review the situation following the Indian government’s move on Kashmir. “Our ambassadors will no longer be in New Delhi and their counterparts here will also be sent back,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told ARY News. According to a statement issued after the meeting, the NSC decided to downgrade diplomatic relations, suspend bilateral trade with India, review of bilateral arrangements, take the matter to the UN and observe Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14 in solidarity with Kashmiris. “The Prime Minister directed that all diplomatic channels be activated to expose brutal Indian racist regime, design and human rights violations,” said the statement issued after the meeting. The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Hayat, Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, ISI Director-General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and other officials. “Independence Day this August 14 to be observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination,” the statement read. “August 15 will be observed as Black Day,” it added. On Tuesday, Imran Khan, addressing a joint session of the National Assembly, had said that Pulwama-like attacks can follow the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, which can lead to a war between India and Pakistan. “I can already predict this will happen. They will attempt to place the blame on us again. They may strike us again, and we will strike back,” the cricketer-turned-politician told his country’s Parliament. Slamming the repeal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Khan had called on the world to raise its voice “for the people of Indian-Administered Kashmir”. The last NSC meeting was held on August 4 to discuss India’s “use of cluster ammunition to target the civilian population on the Pakistani side of Kashmir”.last_img read more


YO Baltimore Helps OutofSchool Youth

first_imgA youth oriented group, Youth Opportunity (YO!) Baltimore, helps serve out-of-school youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 at two youth-friendly centers in East and West Baltimore.  The program helps members build important life skills and help young people increase their wage earnings and educational attainment.YO! Baltimore was founded in 2000 is operated by the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s Youth Services division.  The program is funded by the Mayor and Baltimore City Council, and works in partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Juvenile Services, Baltimore City Public Schools, Civic Works, the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Adolescent Health, and Sinai Hospital.For many students, YO! Baltimore gives them an alternative educational route after facing challenges in traditional classroom settings, and it also gives many of the students second chances.Many of the teenagers and people in their 20s who come to the organization for assistance face major challenges.  Three-quarters of the members left high school without finishing, another quarter of them have children, some have criminal records, some are in foster care, some are homeless.The program helps students receive their high school diploma and mentors them to become valuable assets in the city’s workforce, because even for young adults without such difficulties, it’s hard to find a job.Ernest Dorsey, assistant director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development who leads the Youth Services division, commented on the impact the program has made on many of the member’s lives.“There are not many large programs in Baltimore City that are focusing on kids who are out of school and out of the workplace. But we are working with 700-800 young people a year,” said Dorsey.  “The mayor has realized that that is an important population, and the mayor and city council actually allocated funding to support this project once the U.S. Department of Labor funds ended.”Lois Mitchell, acting program director at YO! Eastside Center, says it is “gratifying to see young people that want to make a change in their lives” and that it is great the program can “help them and see them realize their hopes and dreams.”Since being founded, YO! has provided academic, career/job training, advocacy, mentoring, health and social support services to more than 7,000 out-of-school, out-of-work city youth.“It’s really preparing young people for future workforce, giving them that exposure that perhaps they did not get before they left school,” Dorsey said. “We work with young people who have graduated, but haven’t made that next step to employment or post-secondary and so they are still searching for what they want to do.  We certainly help them try to identify that particular area as well.”Youth Opportunity Baltimore hosted a special graduation event in June for its 2014 class of 93 young adults. Fifty-seven of the students graduated from YO! Academy, which is an alternative high school that operates in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools.  The other 36 students earned their Maryland high school diplomas through the city’s two YO! Baltimore centers in East and West Baltimore.  The ceremony was held at Johns Hopkins University’s Shriver Hall, and Shina Parker, a local entrepreneur and CEO, delivered the keynote address.Lois Mitchell said many alumni from the YO! program come back every day to help those who are in the program now.  She has even witnessed people who were in the program 10-12 years ago coming back to help. She says it helps to give current students a model of what they can be by alumni returning and saying, “I was here and this is where I am now.”This summer, YO! members are participating in multiple workforce readiness activities and projects, as they continue to work towards earning their GED. One of the job readiness activities is the Sherwin-Williams Certified Renovators Training, which was provided at no cost by Sherwin-Williams. This training program teaches its participants proper painting techniques and gives them skills to find work with painting contractors.The week-long session covers how to prepare an area for painting, how to determine how much and what kind of materials are needed, proper painting techniques, dressing for the job, properly cleaning the work area, along with other topics. Participants receive hands-on experience by completing a painting project at the Westside YO! Center, and all YO! members who complete the training will receive an EPA certification in lead paint usage and removal. This is the third year that Sherwin-Williams has partnered with YO! Baltimore to offer this training to YO! members.last_img read more