CNET Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Fold is one of the most lust-worthy tech products in a long time. See, it’s a phone that unfolds to become a tablet. Or, if you prefer, a tablet that folds up to become a phone.However you italicize it, it’ll cost you: The Fold starts at $1,980. Let me just check under the couch cushions real quick, and… yep, nope.I’m not saying it won’t be an amazing product, just that my $1,980 could be put to much better use. Indeed, I started thinking about everything I could buy for that kind of money and came up with the following list. It’s not meant to duplicate the Fold’s functionality, but rather to sanity-check the expense. Sure, you’ll get a fancy phone and a tablet, but also a whole bunch of other goodies.Samsung Galaxy S9 unlocked: $600 at Amazon. Still a flagship phone, now at a lower price.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: $199 at Samsung. Preorder Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch now and get a free Wireless Charger Pad. The Active is loaded with fitness-minded features.Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet: $60 at Amazon. Just use your phone’s hotspot feature for anytime, anywhere connectivity. Amazon’s 8-inch tablet does just about everything you could want. Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S9 (64GB, Midnight Black) 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. TCL 6 Series 55-inch Roku TV: $550 at Best Buy. It’s the best picture for the money, period.Why not? Costco Wheeler Power Fabric Recliner: $440 at Costco. The only thing better than watching TV is watching TV while reclining. And charging your phone, which you can do via the built-in USB port.Four Tile Mate trackers and a Google Home Mini: $60 at Best Buy. This is a deal I just happened to catch earlier today. You can’t always get this particular bundle, but you can right now, so why not throw it into the mix?Wyze Cam Pan Wi-Fi security camera: $38 at Amazon. Hey, there’s money left over, so definitely grab one of these. It’s a surprisingly full-featured camera for the price.Five months of Hulu: $30. Starting Feb. 26, the streaming service will drop its with-commercials rate to $6 per month — meaning you can enjoy it for five full months without tipping the $1,980 scale.Those are just examples, of course. You could swap out that chair or TV and buy yourself a decent laptop. The point is, $2,000 is a lot of money to spend on a single gadget, especially when there are less-expensive alternatives that give you the same capabilities.What would you buy for that kind of dough? Now playing: Watch this: See it Preview • Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Hands-on with Samsung’s new phones (updated) $599 News • I bought a used Samsung Galaxy S9 for $315 — and I liked it $599 See It 60 Photos Amazon Google Samsung 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! See It Share your voice See It 7 Samsung Galaxy S9 Sprint $319 Amazon Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Comments 8:28 Phones The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Galaxy S9 review: The Galaxy S10’s arrival means a cheaper S9 for you Tags Best Buy $599 Samsung Galaxy Fold and S10: Editors react
Workers seen working without safety measures, risking their lives. File Photo: Abdus Salam At least 456 construction workers were killed and 463 others sustained injuries during their respective works across the country in last five years till December 31 in 2016.M Yusuf Al Mamun, Information Coordinator of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) disclosed this while presenting a paper titled ‘Professional Protection of Construction Workers and Social Security: Bangladesh Perspective’ at a journalists’ orientation workshop at BILS’ Dhanmondi office on Wednesday.Among the casualties, 85 workers were killed and 97 others injured in 2016, 61 killed and 119 other injured in 2015, while 102 were killed and 64 injured in 2014, 95 killed and 63 injured in 2013, and 113 killed and 120 injured in 2012.He said around 3.7 million workers across the country, including the capital city, are involved in construction related works. They are risking their lives by not using protection equipment.Moderated by BILS executive director Sayed Sultan Uddin Ahmed, among others, BILS joint secretary Wajedul Islam Khan, leader of Sramik Karmachary Oikkya Parishad Noimul Ahsan Jewel, general secretary of Imarat Nirman Sramik Union Bangladesh Abdur Razzak, general secretary of Bangladesh Nirman Sramik Federation Farid Ahmed and general secretary of Nirman Sramik League Sheikh M Nurul Hoque took part in the discussion.
A woman writes a note to leave among flowers left in tribute to victims in Christchurch on 17 March 2019, two days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city. — Photo: AFPAs the gunman drove to the two New Zealand mosques where he carried out his mass killings, a Serb nationalist song was heard playing in the background of the haunting video he broadcast live on Facebook.The mass shooter’s weapons also bore the names of several historical Serb nationalist figures, revealing an unexpected interest in Balkan conflicts that stirred bad blood in a region fractured by war.Hours after 50 people were gunned down in two mosques by the Australian right-wing extremist in Christchurch, Bosnia’s ambassador went on local television to express concern about the song heard in the suspected killer’s video that went on to show him murder victim after victim.It was a “Serbian nationalist song in which the name of Radovan Karadzic is mentioned and called on to lead Serbs”, he said, referring the convicted war criminal who led Bosnia’s Serbs during the 1992-95 war.Karadzic will go before a UN court this week to hear the final verdict on his 40-year sentence for the genocide of Muslims in Srebrenica and other atrocities during the inter-ethnic conflict in Bosnia that left 100,000 dead.According to the Bosnian diplomat, the song’s lyrics also say “Turks must be killed”, a term hardline Serb nationalists still routinely use to refer to Bosnian Muslims.Though linked the 1990s war, the song played by the 28-year-old suspect Brenton Tarrant appears to have more recently been revived as an internet meme in the extreme-right circles he circulated in online.But Tarrant also connected his savage act to figures deep into Balkan history, alongside a roster of other right-wing extremists from across the globe he paid homage to in his hate-filled manifesto.- Ottoman obsession -Among the historical military figures whose names were scrawled on Tarrant’s weapons were several Serb nationalist icons.They were men who fought in famous battles against the the Ottoman Empire’s armies, such as Milos Obilic, a knight in Serb folklore, and Stefan Lazar, a 14th-century Serbian prince.The names of two other 19th century Balkan military leaders against the Ottomans, including Montenegrin general Marko Miljenov, were also written on the guns.During the Ottoman empire the Balkans was a site of frequent contact and conflict between the Muslim and Christian worlds.That history remains a key reference point for Serb ultra-nationalists today.According to local authorities, Tarrant travelled to the region himself in 2016 and early 2017, passing through Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, and then Bulgaria in November 2018. He also visited Turkey.- ‘Inspired by Serb nationalism’ -In Sarajevo, the Islamic Community of Bosnia said it was alarmed that the “assassin started his bloody escapade to the sound of a song glorifying war crimes in Bosnia”.He “was clearly inspired by this same extremist ideology and hatred” of the 1990s, the group added.The shooter’s Balkan references also aroused bad memories in Kosovo, a mostly Muslim and ethnic-Albanian former Serbian province that broke away in a 1998-99 guerilla war. Some 13,000, mostly Albanians, were killed in the conflict.Writing on Twitter, Kosovo’s former foreign minister Petrit Selimi said the Australian gunman was “inspired by a particular brand of white supremacist nationalism rooted in #Serbia”.He added: “Wars and genocide perpetrated by Serbian ideologues, in Kosovo and Bosnia, seem to have become a point of inspiration for far right across the globe.”- ‘Anti-Serb hysteria’ -Officials in Serbia and Bosnia, whose Serb community is semi-autonomous, have been quick to denounce the finger-pointing.Bosnia’s ethnic Serb Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak condemned the “anti-Serb hysteria” he felt seized the region after the Christchurch massacres.”It is dangerous and irresponsible to establish a link between the crazy actions of a disturbed and sick person and an entire people,” he said in a statement.The country’s Serb co-president Milorad Dodik, who shares the post with a Croat and Muslim counterparts, also criticised the “vile campaign” against his community.Meanwhile in Belgrade, foreign minister Ivica Dacic insisted “Serbia had nothing to do with” the massacre.And the ultra-nationalist Serbian politician Vojislav Seselj, who was convicted of crimes against humanity but still serves in parliament, appeared to see himself as the victim of the story.”The demonisation of the Serbs will continue until our country has surrendered,” he told the local channel Happy TV.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, email@example.comWhile spring break is normally the time kids are running far away from books, Operation Pathways brought programming to children that offered an opportunity to make reading just as fun as looking stylish.Organized under Resident Services Coordinator for Operation Pathways, Adeela Abbasi, “Stories for Styles” took place at Benning Heights Community Room on April 18, and allowed for students to read books in exchange for a free haircut or hairstyle.“Stories for Styles,” was an “Academic Achievement,” programming effort hosted by Operation Pathways, where kids read books in exchange for free hairstyles. This is barber Akil Wilson who volunteered to cut hair for the event. (Photo by Micha Green)“I had heard of a barber doing something similar to ‘Stories for Styles’ in another state and I think he called it ‘Trims and Tales’ or something. Anyway, I loved the idea and I immediately jumped on the chance to encourage literacy for the young people in the community,” Abbasi told the AFRO. “I knew the kids would be on spring break and Easter was that same weekend. It seemed to all come together so the kids could have some fun while they were off and get fresh for the holiday too.”While literacy and free hairstyling sounds appealing for many people, the fact that Operation Pathways held “Stories for Styles” at the Benning Heights community was no coincidence. As Resident Services Coordinator, Abbasi said she is, “ tasked with building programs and offering services which will ultimately improve quality of life for families within affordable/ subsidized housing.”“I specifically work in three core areas Health & Wellness, Academic Achievement and Financial Literacy,” Abbasi explained.“Stories for Styles,” fell directly under the core of “Academic Achievement,” and Abbasi felt it important that she met the kids where they were- by targeting their needs, offering enrichment, bringing food and fun and building more opportunities for connection and growth.“Just asking the kids to join me in the community room to read books would never work. However, mixing it in with a fresh haircut, food, music, other educational activities such as ‘Create Your Own Story’ and an opportunity to run around and enjoy themselves is the perfect way to get them engaged,” she told the AFRO.Further, adding the element of looking fresh for their “Easter Sunday’s Best,” was a bonus.Children in Benning Heights in Southeast, D.C. pose doing the “Black Panther” Wakanda pose at the “Stories for Styles” event held by Operation Pathways on April 18.“The communities I work in are comprised of families on fixed incomes. So an opportunity to get a free haircut was surely a financial relief.”While children waited to get their hair done, they read books, played outside, ate hamburgers and hotdogs, danced, colored, wrote stories and participated in an Easter egg hunt.“The day was really about the kids. I wanted them to have a good time and know that educational activities can be fun. And spring break doesn’t mean turn your brain off,” Abbasi said. “We had a ‘Create Your Own Story’ activity where the kids were given paper to draw a picture and write a story.”And some of these children have heavy stories. One girl shared with the AFRO that her father killed her sister and that she was hoping to simply have happier times. A day of fun and enrichment was just what they needed.“I wanted to come to the party,” 9-year-old Aiden told the AFRO. “I like that you can come and play games and do an Easter egg hunt.”While Aiden’s hair was already Easter Sunday ready, she said she loved the concept of “Stories for Styles.” “It’s great because they get to learn to read and look better with their new hair,” Aiden said.Sixth grader, Laila Crawford, served as a volunteer for the event. “I think it’s good. It encourages kids to read and get a nice haircut,” she told the AFRO.With one volunteer barber, another volunteer hairdresser and good samaritans, about 30 children enjoyed “Stories for Styles,” and 17 kids walked away with fresh new styles.Inspired by “Stories for Styles,” Abbasi hopes to continue similar efforts in addition to the work that is already taking place with Operation Pathways.“We would love to have another event like this. Every year we participate in National Night Out which is an evening to encourage the community to come together with law enforcement. Last year I combined the event with a back to school backpack give away. I am always looking for donations of school supplies and backpacks to put them in. This year I want to step it up and include the ‘Stories for Styles’ so kids can go back to school looking fresh,” she told the AFRO.Abbasi also wants to recruit more volunteers.“I learned from this event that the more barbers we have, the better, so if anyone is interested in offering their services that would be great. I would also love to find a shoe sponsor that will allow me to put new shoes on all the elementary age kids on the property,” she said.In addition to the summer plans, Abbasi told the AFRO that she will be conducting financial literacy seminars in May that are free and open to the public.Abbasi encourages all those interested in volunteering or learning more about Operation Pathways to contact her directly. “Anyone who wants to give their time or treasure can reach me at 301-370-9097 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the organization visit www.operationpathways.org.”