19 Bella A quick housekeeping note: If you’ve been wishing for a better way to find Cheapskate deals in the CNET app, your wish is granted! The latest iOS version of the app (Android update coming soon!) features an all-new Deals tab, with all the latest Cheapskate posts right up top. Check it out!Today’s deal isn’t my usual cup of stew, but it’s too good to pass up — especially if you like stew.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Macy’s has the Bella 13973 5-quart programmable slow-cooker for $25 shipped. A $15 mail-in rebate (PDF) drops your total price to just $10. It normally sells for $45. Update: Not surprisingly, this is sold out.See it at Macy’sA mail-in rebate? Man, haven’t seen one of those in a while. And this one does indeed need to be mailed; there’s no online option (though you can track the status that way, at least). The $15 comes back to you in the form of a prepaid Visa card. Although the turnaround time isn’t specified on the rebate form, expect it to take anywhere from six to 10 weeks.If you don’t already own a slow-cooker, do yourself a favor. They’re ridiculously easy to use — just dump stuff in and let it cook — and they’re good for everything from soups and stews to bread and hot wings. Here’s a Kindle ebook with 1,001 slow-cooker recipes for just 99 cents.Read more: 10 easy and delicious slow-cooker recipesThis model is noteworthy not just for its spiffy stainless-steel finish, but also because it’s programmable: You can set a countdown timer anywhere from 20 minutes to 30 hours. Bella backs the unit with a two-year warranty.Also noteworthy: Over 500 buyers collectively rated this 4.6 stars out of 5. And it’s a good bet many of those were based on a higher price.Your thoughts? Are you willing to deal with rebate hassles in order to score a killer crock-pot deal?Read more: 3 unexpected ways to use your slow-cooker Freshen up your house for the holidays with a slow cooker Bonus deal: If one smart outlet is good, four must be better, right? That’s the idea behind the Incipio CommandKit, which might otherwise be mistaken for a traditional four-outlet power strip.Four smart (for Apple HomeKit) outlets for just $10. Incipio It debuted at CES 2017 with a rather steep $100 price tag. Today, however, and for a limited time, Daily Steals (via Facebook) has the Incipio CommandKit Power Strip for just $9.99 shipped.See it at FacebookJust to be clear, this isn’t a surge protector, and it doesn’t appear that Incipio added Alexa support, as originally announced at CES. Instead, the CommandKit supports Apple HomeKit (and, by proxy, Siri), though you can also use the CommandKit app to set up automation for the outlets.That app also lets you monitor energy consumption, which is kind of cool. Just take note that this now-discontinued product doesn’t even exist on Incipio’s site, and reviews for the app aren’t great. (As for the power strip itself, I haven’t found a single review to speak of.) But if your home is already doing the Apple/Siri-automation thing, this is an awfully cheap way to add some smart outlets.Bonus deal No. 2: Game time! If you like Metroidvania-style games — tricky action-platformers that combine elements of Metroid and Castlevania — you’ll love this: For a limited time, the Epic Store is offering Axiom Verge (for Windows) for free. Regular price: $13.99.See it at EpicThis retro indie platformer debuted in 2015 to mostly glowing reviews. To get it, you’ll need an Epic account and the Epic client on your desktop. Now playing: Watch this: Tags The Cheapskate 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! 0:43 Share your voice 23 Photos 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. 22 games we want to see on the Nintendo Switch Comments Small Appliances Video Games Smart Plugs and Switches
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Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows a flooded garage in Woodland Heights, near White Oak Bayou, on Aug.27, 2017.The City of Houston announced this week it is proposing to expand eligibility for Hurricane Harvey survivors to receive federal funds for housing repairs.The city explained in a news release its programs for long-term housing recovery from previous disasters have only been available to households below 120 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).“Recognizing that some of the worst flooding from Harvey occurred in higher-income areas of Houston, the program guidelines have been revised to remove the income cap for a portion of Homeowner Assistance Programs (HoAP) funds from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD),” the news release said.The city’s proposed guidelines have been updated from the version posted on October 16, 2018 to expand eligibility for the reimbursement program, one of five programs included in the HoAP guidelines.Public comment period The public comment period closes on November 30, 2018. The draft guidelines and associated public notice are available at http://houstontx.gov/housing. The guidelines will be submitted for City Council approval in December.“With our limited resources, our highest priority must continue to be helping the most vulnerable and lowest income Houstonians to recover,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “But Harvey hit hard for Houstonians at every income level. So, while 80% of the more than $1.17 billion in recovery funds will be available for families who are low- and moderate-income, we are also making $150 million available for families above this threshold.”The City of Houston will receive $1.17 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for assisting in long-term recovery from Hurricane Harvey.Potential agreement with the Texas GLOThe City expects to sign a grant agreement for these funds with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) by the end of 2018.To receive this funding, the City submitted a Local Action Plan, approved by City Council, to the GLO, which has been incorporated into the State of Texas Plan for Disaster Recovery: Hurricane Harvey. The plan was the subject of extensive public input and comment and is available at http://houstontx.gov/housing.The City of Houston’s Local Action Plan includes $392 million for five programs under HoAP:Reimbursement: Homeowners who have completed partial or full repairs on their home may be eligible for reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred prior to application to the program, for work performed to minimum program standards.City-managed Rehabilitation and Construction: The City will manage and complete the construction process for the rehabilitation or reconstruction of Harvey-damaged homes on behalf of homeowners.Homeowner-managed Rehabilitation: The City will assist homeowners who have started the process, or who can manage a contractor, to navigate program compliance requirements and funding processes.Acquisition: Owners of substantially damaged homes may be eligible to exchange their homes for a newly constructed or rehabilitated home built to flood resilient standards.Interim Mortgage Assistance: Interim Mortgage Assistance (IMA) may be provided to homeowners being serviced under the HoAP who are making both a mortgage and a rental payment.Affordable housingThe primary purpose of these funds is to support the expanded availability of affordable housing in Houston for low- and moderate-income (LMI) people.An individual or family is considered LMI if its household income is less than 80 percent of AMI.The draft guidelines identify four priority populations: 1) elderly or disabled LMI households; 2) LMI households with young children under age 5; 3) very low-income households (below 50 percent AMI); and 4) households under 80 percent AMI.The city has found that low-income households have been the least able to recover from Harvey, with the highest risk for households still living in mold or otherwise dangerous conditions more than a year after the storm.The primary program area for non-LMI households will be reimbursement. To maximize the number of individuals and families assisted under these programs, the draft guidelines cap individual awards for non-LMI households.Public comments on the draft guidelines may be submitted by email to: Kennisha.London@houstontx.gov or by mail: HCDD, ATTN: Kennisha London, 601 Sawyer, Suite 400, Houston, TX 77007. View the draft at:HCDD website http://houstontx.gov/housingMain Public Library – 500 McKinney, 77002HCDD Office – 601 Sawyer, Suite 400, 77007 (copies may be obtained at this location upon request) Share
Mohammed Sajid, Minister of Tourism and Air Transport of the Kingdom of Morocco, announced the opening of first tourism office in New Delhi, India, recently. Morocco in an endeavour to double its tourist footfall from India by 2019, has set up a full-fledged Moroccan National Tourism office in New Delhi as the first step towards promotion of Morocco as a desirable destination for Indians.”This office will help us in planning various strategic promotional and awareness programs to tap the robust tourism sector in India”, the minister said. He further stressed that Morocco is keen to enhance its cooperation with India in the tourism sector, in harmony with its new orientation towards emerging as a preferred destination outside the traditional asian tourist market.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMoroccan-Indian relations are getting stronger, as Morocco prepares to implement several measures to welcome more Indian tourists in 2019. Tourism remains a vital pillar of the Moroccan economy and the country’s second biggest employer after agriculture, while India is the fastest growing outbound market after China with UNTWO predicting 50 million travelers by 2020. With 7% GDP global growth rate, rising personal income levels and changing lifestyles and a huge middle class with the availability of low-cost airfares and diverse travel packages, India is rapidly Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivebecoming one of the fastest growing outbound travel markets in the world. Indian tourists are among the world’s highest-spending globetrotters. Their spending power has been estimated to be four times that of the Chinese and Japanese. Mohammed Sajid, Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy of the Kingdom of Morocco, is on an official visit to India, along with an important delegation including Adel El Fakir, Director General of the Moroccan National Tourism Office, Imad Barakka, Director General of Moroccan Society of Tourism Engineering, Zakaria Belghazi, Director General of Civil Aviation and Fatima Zahra Jabri, Head of the Department of Partnership in Royal Air Maroc.
Bilaspur: A man was arrested from Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur city in connection with the killing of a Trinamool Congress worker in West Bengal on June 4, police said Sunday. TMC worker Nirmal Kundu was shot dead by unidentified bike-borne persons in Nimta area of north Dum Dum municipality, part of North 24 Paraganas district and the area under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. The accused, Sudip Das, was nabbed by a team of the West Bengal Police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday from the house of a relative of his friend in Chilhati village here, SHO of Sarkanda Police Station Santosh Jain said. “The Kolkata Police got a tip-off about Das’ presence in Sarkanda, following which they alerted us. A raid was carried out and he was nabbed,” Jain added. The Kolkata Police got Das’ transit remand from a local court on Saturday and took him to West Bengal on Sunday for further investigation, he added.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 6, 2018 Welcome to the club, Waymo.Uber has been there. Tesla has been there. And now a self-driving car from the Google self-driving subsidiary has been involved in an accident on the open road. (Though, to be fair, in Waymo’s case the incident was far less serious than those other deadly crashes, and was caused not by Waymo’s software but instead a human driver who veered into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist.)Related: Police Catch Tesla Autopilot Driving Home Sleeping DrunkBut, whatever the cause and severity, all of these cases have raised new questions about autonomous cars and the related liability issues.This technology was supposed to make driving safer. But, will self-driving cars end up making our roads more dangerous? More importantly, who will be held responsible when the inevitable happens?As Car and Driver magazine writes: “Who is to blame? Who gets sued in these scenarios? The tire company? The software maker? The drivers who touched ‘Agree’ on their startup screens? In all cases, we appear to be exchanging one set of understood risks for another more opaque sort. And the implications of these new risks will need to be figured out before driverless cars can operate in the real world.”At its root, these are questions of product liability.Consider the current situation: In 2017, 40,100 people were killed in vehicle accidents in the U.S., according to National Safety Council estimates, up roughly 6 percent from 2015. Road deaths have been trending higher because distracted driving is rising as a result of smartphone use. This comes even as automakers have improved vehicle safety by adding air bags and collision avoidance systems.Related: General Motors’ Layoffs Present Ample Opportunities for EntrepreneursIt’s reasonable to assume that autonomous cars will beat current safety benchmarks — human error is responsible for more than 90 percent of crashes. Autonomous cars won’t speed or text while driving, become distracted by their phone, or drive drunk or aggressively.But, with human error taken out of the picture, automakers and auto suppliers are going to find they become the unwilling participants in a new blame game. It’s as if the car and its components will take on all of the liability borne by the driver in the past. If an accident happens, it’s because of a failure of a car part. That’s a new role for many suppliers.But, amid all of this change, there are a few key facts about product liability that automakers and suppliers should keep in mind going forward.This will happen over time. We’re in a transition phase right now where we don’t have fully autonomous vehicles on the road yet, but that will change over the next 10 to 20 years. We have a collective interest in moving toward fully autonomous vehicles because they will very likely dramatically reduce the number of traffic-related deaths and injuries, but the transition is going to be a process. We’re going from a world where about 95 percent of automobile related liability claims are related to driver error to one where effectively zero are. This won’t happen overnight.Related: Tesla Says Autopilot Was Engaged in Fatal Model X CrashThe law is still unsettled. One of the complexities of tort law is that in the United States we have at least 51 different systems of law, for each of the states and then the federal level. There are some similarities, but they can be quite different. Eventually we’re going to need a federal regulatory solution that would preempt state law claims, so that manufacturers will have one common set of criteria or requirements to meet. That will take time as well, but it should be a key legislative goal.Software is going to play a key role. We’re getting to a world where eventually all accidents are going to be arguably attributable to defects in programming. That’s new. Of course we will still have occasional mechanical failures, but the real issue is going to be how the underlying algorithms that are controlling the vehicle respond in a given situation, with liability falling back on the software developer. Traditional tort law will address this like any other product liability claim, because it’s a product that doesn’t conform to consumer expectations and isn’t safe. But, I don’t expect it to end there. There will likely be a new regulatory regime built up around this, with corresponding changes to tort law that could have wide-reaching impact.This is a privacy issue. There have long been stories about security researchers hacking into cruise control systems and other fairly primitive automotive electronics, but that’s worlds away from a third party taking control of a fully autonomous vehicle at, for example, highway speeds. This is another source of liability that is probably going to come back to the manufacturer and the software developer, assuming that they should have anticipated that malicious actors might try to seize control of an autonomous vehicle and protect it against that.Related: Police Release Footage From Fatal Uber Self-Driving Car CrashWe still don’t know who’s really in charge. The truth is, if everything is being controlled by the car itself, then liability will be solely a manufacturing concern. But, it likely won’t be that simple. It all depends on where we land in terms of complete autonomy. It’s reasonable to expect that the “driver” will still be able to manually override the system in the event of an emergency. Who takes responsibility for what happens after that point?Whatever happens around product liability and autonomous vehicles, automakers must work closely with regulators to raise public awareness of the implications of this transition. This isn’t the first time the law has gone through an evolution like this. The question now is whether our legal regime, which is essentially a 19th century construct, can keep up with today’s new and more complicated technology, without getting drowned out by the outsized media coverage that every driverless car accident attracts. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »