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MLS MLS Review: Toronto still searching for first league win Sacha Pisani 12:20 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eric Bolte MLS Toronto DC United Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union Columbus Crew Chicago Fire Orlando City Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United New York RB Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake Minnesota United FC DC United v Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union v Columbus Crew Minnesota United FC v Chicago Fire Montreal Impact v Toronto New York City v Orlando City Atlanta United v Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC v SJ Earthquakes Real Salt Lake v New York RB Videos The defending MLS champion lost for the second time in two league matches, while Atlanta returned to its dominant form against Vancouver Toronto’s title defence failed to ignite after the winless MLS champion crashed to consecutive defeats, while Atlanta United routed a 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps side.Saturday saw Sebastian Giovinco’s Toronto upstaged by Canadian rivals Montreal Impact 1-0 at Stade Olympique.Toronto has been flying high in the CONCACAF Champions League , where the club is set to meet Mexican giant America in the semifinals, but the MLS titleholder has struggled domestically. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Greg Vanney’s side is still searching for its first win of the MLS season after Jeisson Vargas’ deflected shot four minutes before halftime lifted the Impact to victory number one in 2018.TFC is rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, along with the Chicago Fire, which lost 2-1 at Minnesota United.Atlanta made the most of a numerical advantage as the Five Stripes eased past the Whitecaps 4-1 .Playing in front of 45,000 fans in Atlanta, the hosts crushed Vancouver thanks to Kendall Watson’s 13th-minute red card and Josef Martinez’s hat-trick.Watson was dismissed for a foul on Leandro Gonzalez Pirez following a video review and Martinez converted the subsequent penalty.It was one-way traffic from that point as Aaron Maund scored an own goal in the 58th minute before Martinez added a third on the hour-mark.Substitute Erik Hurtado managed to pull a goal back for the visitors but Martinez completed his hat trick with two minutes remaining after heading past Stefan Marinovic.Atlanta is third in the east and three points behind unbeaten New York City, which made it three wins from as many matches thanks to their 2-0 victory over Orlando City.After a scoreless first half, Ismael Tajouri scored his first MLS goal thanks to some shocking play in the back from Orlando.No David Villa? No problem for @NYCFC .Ismael Tajouri scores his first! #NYCvORL https://t.co/7UYyehggny — Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 17, 2018 Maximiliano Moralez added a second for NYCFC as part of a brilliant team move, continuing a rough start to the 2018 season for Orlando.Luciano Acosta was the hero for D.C. United, with his 97th-minute equalizer salvaging a dramatic 2-2 draw at home against the Houston Dynamo. The match was notable for taking place at Maryland SoccerPlex, the smallest venue to ever host an MLS game. Sporting Kansas City overcame the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 in a thriller that saw Chris Wondolowski net his 135th MLS goal, the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew played out a goalless draw and Real Salt Lake edged the New York Red Bulls 1-0.
TORONTO – As the arrival of legal cannabis looms, school boards across Ontario are grappling with how to discuss the drug with underage students barred from consuming it while ensuring rules and policies reflect the province’s new legal and social reality.Like alcohol, recreational cannabis will be off-limits to those under 19 and banned from school property when it becomes legal on Wednesday, and school boards say they are working to update their codes of conduct and disciplinary processes to reflect the details of provincial law.Many boards say they are also training staff to deal with questions and issues surrounding cannabis both in and out of the classroom as they await further direction from the government.“This is new territory for everyone,” said John Yan, spokesman for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. “As someone who grew up in the 60s, I didn’t think there would come a day when marijuana would be legalized in this country and it’s a reality that is going to take some adjustment for everyone.”The Catholic board noted that its staff would be guided on various potential circumstances that could involve cannabis.“Some of our students may be exposed to smoke, whether vape or anything related to cannabis, and not have consumed,” Yan said. “So we have to train our teachers and school administrators to be able to tell the difference as best they can.”Ontario’s Ministry of Education has published some resources for educators and parents highlighting the changes contained in the Cannabis Act, which is expected to pass this week. But it has yet to give specific instructions to school authorities on the issue.What’s more, consultations are currently underway on the health and physical education curriculum, which deals with substance use as well as sexual education. An interim curriculum put in place by the government this summer does not discuss the legalization of cannabis.“Once legalized, policies and resources on suspension, expulsion, and code of conduct will be updated and posted on the ministry’s website. School boards will be expected to update their policies accordingly,” ministry spokeswoman Heather Irwin said in an email.“Additional resources for principals/vice principals and educators are being developed for release this fall to help ensure they have the necessary information to support students and keep schools safe. The ministry is also currently consulting on the best way to efficiently support the training needs of staff in school boards and schools.”At Canada’s largest school board, educators began writing lesson plans over the summer to reflect details of cannabis legislation, said George Kourtis, the health and physical education co-ordination for the Toronto District School Board.Those plans will touch on topics such as driving under the influence of cannabis, he said, and strive for a non-judgmental tone. And while substance use and abuse is technically in the curriculum for December, teachers are being encouraged to discuss it this week since cannabis will be a “hot topic,” he said.“It’s going to be very similar to the conversation about alcohol that we’ve been used to having over the last few years but now for the first time we’ve been talking about an illegal substance for many, many years and now it’s becoming a legal substance,” he said.The board is also working with its guidance counsellors and mental health support staff so that they, too, are equipped to discuss cannabis with students.“I think the more people we get involved, the better we can not only address the issue, but address issues as they arise because of legalization,” Kourtis said.Abby Goldstein, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and Canada research chair in the psychology of emerging adulthood, said legalization opens the door to conversations about cannabis that may have been unlikely in the past.“There are sort of lessons to be learned as far as what wasn’t done with alcohol, and the opportunity to do this differently here is around having more of a harm reduction perspective,” she said.“So recognizing that teens and young adults are going to use cannabis and so how can we inform them in a way that makes the harms known to them so that they can make educated and healthy decisions about responsible cannabis use once they do reach the legal age.”Urmila Persaud, a Grade 11 student in Richmond Hill, Ont., north of Toronto, said her school hasn’t yet broached the issue of legalization or how it may affect school rules and policies.Persaud, who believes those under 19 shouldn’t use cannabis, said having those conversations in school could help prevent problems down the line.In the past, she said, students have been given literature on drugs in gym class, which is mandatory in Grade 9.“I think it would be a lot more effective if they actually talked to us because with the pamphlet someone could easily just throw it away,” she said.Students aren’t the only ones seeking information on the transition, said Stephen Sliwa, director of education for the Upper Canada District School Board, in the region surrounding Ottawa.The board has been hosting community information sessions in collaboration with public health officials, partly to address concerns from parents, he said.“I think parents are looking to us to partner with them about strategies and conversations that they can use at home, that are carry-overs and enhancements to what we’re doing at school,” he said. “They’re looking for insights on how is this playing out once Oct. 17 arrives.”
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsThe United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday in New York.The document sets out the rights of Indigenous peoples around the world including Canada, that for years fought against endorsing it.And some say Canada has some catching up to email@example.com
BUCHAREST, Romania — The European Union and Britain’s prime minister are seeking new ways to avoid a no-deal departure of the U.K. from the bloc but the EU Commission president insists there cannot be a renegotiation of the draft Brexit deal.Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that despite the difficulties of British Prime Minister Theresa May to get the deal through parliament, he continues to hope she can pull it off next Tuesday.To help her get the deal through, “We are checking with Downing Street what the clarifications could amount to,” he said, adding: “They should not be confused with a renegotiation.”“I don’t like the prospect of a no deal. It would be a catastrophe,” he said on a visit to Romania, which has taken over the rotating EU presidency.The Associated Press
Companies in this story: (TSX:BHC)The Canadian Press LAVAL, Que. — Bausch Health Companies Inc. raised its guidance as it reported a first-quarter loss of US$52 million.The Quebec-based drug company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the loss amounted to 15 cents per share compared with a loss of $2.58 billion or $7.36 per share a year earlier.Revenue totalled nearly $2.02 billion for the first quarter of 2019, up from nearly $2 billion in the first quarter of 2018.On an adjusted basis, Bausch Health says it earned $358 million in its most recent quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $312 million a year ago.In its outlook, the company says now expects full-year revenue in a range between $8.35 billion and $8.55 billion, up from its earlier guidance for between $8.30 billion and $8.50 billion.Bausch Health also says it now expects its adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amoritization for the full year to come in between $3.40 billion and $3.55 billion, up from its earlier guidance for between $3.35 billion and $3.50 billion.
FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines accuses its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity.The airline says mechanics have caused about 900 cancellations or long delays since early February by taking an unusually long time to repair planes and refusing to work overtime.On Monday, American filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Fort Worth against the Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which together represent American’s aircraft mechanics.American says the slowdown will affect 3,400 passengers a day if it continues into summer.The Transport Workers had no immediate comment. The IAM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Press
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Yemeni women set fire to veils on Wednesday in protest at the government’s crackdown on demonstrators, after overnight clashes in the capital left 25 people dead, officials said. The protest came as clashes intensified between Saleh’s forces and renegade fighters who have sided with the protesters. Medical and local officials said up to 25 civilians, tribal fighters and government soldiers died overnight in Sana’a and the city of Taiz, despite a ceasefire announcement by Saleh. Scores of others were wounded. The women spread a black cloth across a main street in Sana’a and threw their full-body veils, known as makrama, on to a pile, sprayed it with oil and set it ablaze. They chanted: “Who protects Yemeni women from the crimes of the thugs?”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Restructuring the Greek business sector will require some 25 billion euros for the viable enterprises to stand out from the unsustainables, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) estimates in a report presented this week in Athens.Titled “The Prospects of Greek Enterprises on their Way Out of the Crisis: Stars & Zombies,” the study is expressly in favour of the immediate liquidation of 650 problematic corporations with the write-off of 15 billion euros of debts by the banks, while the funding needs of the companies with sustainability features amount to 10 billion euros.The PwC study, which focused on 2,950 firms, has concluded that 650 enterprises have trapped funds as they absorb more resources than they produce and therefore deprive potentially healthy firms of the resources they have greater need of.According to PwC’s general director in Greece, Costas Mitropoulos, the liquidation of troubled enterprises and the write-off of those debts is feasible for banks as they have already made their provisions. Such an initiative would allow for the more efficient management of the firms that have resisted the pressures from the financial crisis and are showing potential.The survey found that 1,269 enterprises are showing cash flow and borrowing problems and require initiatives for restructuring, funding and share capital increases, with which the banks will have to deal separately and individually. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the economic climate favours the restructuring of enterprises, as it confirms the liquidity that exists in the market and the investment interest by private equity firms, with over 2,000 investment opportunities waiting.The debts of the 650 so-called zombies amount to 25 per cent of loan portfolios and their restructuring will release liquidity and assets worth 2 billion euros that will return to economic production, the study found. Source: ekathimerini
Vers un pic du bois tropical en 2012 ?Selon une étude australienne, le pic d’exploitation du bois tropical sur la planète serait proche. Selon une étude publiée dans la revue Biological Conservation, les coupes effectuées dans le bois des arbres tous les 30 ou 40 ans ne permettent pas à celui-ci de se régénérer de manière suffisante. A tel point que l’idée d’un pic d’exploitation du bois tropical sur la planète est avancé. Au même titre qu’un pic des ressources en pétrole. Des scientifiques australiens se sont basés pour leur étude sur l’exemple de l’exploitation forestière des îles Salomon. Ils ont plusieurs fois alerté le gouvernement de l’île en insistant sur le fait que le volume de bois prélevé dans la forêt primaire est trop important. Par conséquent, une pénurie pourrait être observée cette année. Les chercheurs ont comparé la courbe de la production de bois du pays avec celle observée pour l’exploitation des ressources en pétrole : c’est-à-dire que l’on peut observer une augmentation rapide, un pic de production avant le déclin. Les chercheurs australiens ont expliqué : “le phénomène est observable dans les îles Salomon parce que l’extraction du bois a été menée à un degré bien supérieur aux capacités de la forêt à régénérer son stock de bois commercialisable.” Le 25 janvier 2012 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambert
A 19-year-old Vancouver man was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday night in Camas.The Camas police and Camas-Washougal fire departments responded shortly after 7:30 p.m. to the 700 block of Northwest Lake Road for a motorcyclist down in the road. The man, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, police Sgt. Stefan Hausinger said.The crash is under investigation by the Clark County traffic unit, Hausinger said, but speed appears to have been a factor.Lake Road was closed for several hours between Northwest Lacamas Drive and Lacamas Lane for the crash investigation.
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has lashed out against the “exceptionally harsh” treatment towards former teammate Joe HartThe duo were previously teammates at Manchester City before Schmeichel opted to leave for League Two side Notts County in 2009 after falling down the pecking order at Eastlands.Now it is Hart who has left City nine years later after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola and had been forced to spend the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham United respectively before finally completing a permanent move on Tuesday to Burnley.Although Schmeichel feels that Guardiola never gave Hart a fair chance at the Etihad Stadium, he has tipped the England international to bounce back.“I’ve known Joe for a long time and I think he’s been exceptionally harshly treated in many respects,” the Dane told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Not just what happened at Man City, where I don’t think he was given a chance to prove what he could do, and then the whole England debacle I found that quite staggering at the time.“But for Joe, the important thing is to get home, stay living at home and get a bit of normality back into his life.“Two years of uncertainty is tough for anyone and having everyone call your ability into question is bound to be tough. But if there’s one thing I know about Joe then it’s his mentality, his strength of mind and if anyone can bounce back from that or come through that, it’s definitely him.”Hart made nearly 350 appearances for City and won the Premier League twice along with an FA Cup in his time at the club.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, August 4, 2017 – London – The IAAF World Games have begun in London, England. The Turks and Caicos can keep its eyes on a few athletics competitors including Delano Williams, Ifeanyi Otuyonye, and Teray Smith. Smith is a member of Team Bahamas but is also a Turks and Caicos Islander who once competed for these islands.#MagneticMediaNews#worldgamesLondon#IAAFWorldGames2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#IAAFWorldGames2017, #magneticmedianews, #worldgamesLondon Recommended for you Bahamas’ Fraser makes it through round one opening day of IAAF World Championships Must see IAAF events today, Gardiner in 400m men’s final Abaco’s Steven Gardiner wins first medal for Team Bahamas at IAAF World Champs
A bill that would make Oregonians shopping in Southwest Washington pay some retail sales tax is being considered by Washington lawmakers in an attempt to raise about $18 million in state revenue.If the proposal passes, out-of-state shoppers would pay the retail sales tax — 8.2 percent in Vancouver, for example. Later they could apply for a refund of the state’s portion of the tax, which is 6.5 percent. They would still have to pay the local sales tax, which in Vancouver totals 1.7 percent.To get a refund, shoppers would apply online through a process that proves their out-of-state residency. They would only apply once a year for their refunds and the refunds would have to total at least $25.The legislation, Senate Bill 6061, was proposed by Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R-Maple Valley. She said it is expected to raise state revenue by creating a minor inconvenience for shoppers and also by cutting down on tax fraud that sometimes occurs at stores. Now shoppers need only to show Oregon ID to receive a tax exemption.Pflug said her bill is similar to the rules in British Columbia, Canada. She said she hopes her legislation can help with the state’s $1.5 billion budget shortfall.
Brett Dalton (as Gavin Stone): “How did you know my name?”D.B. Sweeney (as Alan Richardson): “It was at the top of your rap sheet. I’m Alan Richardson, pastor.”In “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” a former child star, played by Brett Dalton, has to perform community service at a local megachurch.But after pretending to be religious to get the lead of Jesus in the church play, Gavin realizes there is more to life than stardom.Brett Dalton (as Gavin Stone): “I don’t know how this thing we have with God works, but I like what it does.”D.B. Sweeney (as Alan Richardson): “We really do believe in second chances here.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. When it comes to raising her son in 1979 California, a single mom, played by Annette Bening, gets help from her two tenants in “20th Century Women.”Betty Buckley (as Dr. Karen Fletcher): “I’ve never seen a case like this before. Twenty-three identities live in Kevin’s body … Did something happen?”“Split” is a psychological horror from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan. Starring James McAvoy and Betty Buckley, the thriller is about three teenagers who are kidnapped by a man with 23 personalities. Creepy!Brett Dalton (as Gavin Stone): “Do you know where the pastor’s office is?”D.B. Sweeney (as Alan Richardson): “You’re Gavin Stone.”Brett Dalton (as Gavin Stone): “You recognize me.”D.B. Sweeney (as Alan Richardson): “Should I?” Vin is in. Vin Diesel is back in theaters this weekend, and he’s even bringing McDonald’s for this week’s Showtime.Vin Diesel (as Xander Cage): “There are no more patriots, just rebels and tyrants.”Vin Diesel is back in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”Xander comes out of a self-imposed exile to recover a weapon that, in the wrong hands, could control military satellites. And, while saving the world, he gets mixed up in a deadly conspiracy.Michael Keaton (as Ray Kroc): “McDonald’s can be the new American church, and it ain’t just open on Sundays, boys.”“The Founder” tells the true story of businessman Ray Kroc, played by Michael Keaton, who turned a single hamburger stand in California into the empire we now know as McDonald’s. It looks at his ruthless methods to grow the business and all the people he stepped on along the way.Annette Bening (as Dorothea): “This is the really hard part, and then it gets better, and then it gets hard again.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Defense Department would need to brief the House Armed Services Committee on the potential impacts to host communities of its policy of opening family housing projects to the general public when occupancy rates drop below certain levels.The request, an amendment to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill added during last week’s committee markup, directs DOD to focus on community impacts stemming from changes in the number of non-federally connected civilian children residing in military housing. Officials also should develop recommendations to mitigate possible community impacts.A growing number of installations recently have expanded eligibility to live in family housing projects to DOD civilians, military retirees, and in some cases, the public as occupancy rates have dropped due to cuts in end strength. The amendment, offered by Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney (D), acknowledges that opening up housing projects to the public is needed to ensure the financial viability of the public-private partnerships. “[But] this approach could also pose unanticipated challenges to the communities that support them,” the amendment states.The language calls for DOD’s analysis to include:a site-by-site census of non-federally connected civilian children living in housing under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative annually from FY 2011 to FY 2015; andan evaluation of projected force structure trends over the next decade that may influence the levels of non-federally connected civilian children.
Projectors 2:33 Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage The front-facing edge of the projector features an integrated sound bar designed by Optoma-owned audio brand NuForce. The sound bar includes aluminum full-range drivers, but there is no word on subwoofer-out capability. The P1 also works with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Optoma Looking for a huge home theater in a single box? Optoma’s solution is this “smart-home-enabled all-in-one AV system” that integrates a sound bar into a short-throw 4K projector. The Optoma P1 Smart 4K UHD Laser Cinema TV delivers a 100-inch image from just 10 inches away and is capable of 3,000-lumen brightness, which should be suitable for partly lit rooms. Its 4K resolution comes from a TI 0.47-inch DMD chip, which achieves a higher pixel count thanks to 1080p-worth of discrete pixels and some fancy mirror work. Comment CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Now playing: Watch this: The projector offers a number of specialized modes, including InfoWall for displaying customized information and DecorWall, which “creates the right ambience for the right occasion.” 3,000 ANSI lumens4K UHD 8.3M-pixel resolutionHDR10- and HLG-compatible Mercury-free DuraCore laser light technology with 20,000-hour lifetime100-inch image at 10 inches from the wallDolby Digital Plus compatibilityOptoma Connect App for iOS/AndroidRemote controller features an air mouse function for faster channel selectionGoogle Assistant / Alexa voice assistant supportThe Optoma P1 Smart 4K UHD Laser Cinema will be available in late Q2 for an expected street price of $2,999. 1 CES Products Amazon Tags 85 Photos CES 2019 See also Six things to know about home theater projectors All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Share your voice
The best smart speaker reading • The best smart home devices of 2019 We often point to smart plugs as the entry point for anyone interested in trying out a connected home device. They’re cheap, they’re simple to install, and they perform a function that’s pretty easy to grasp, toggling power on and off remotely. The best smart plugs of 2019You can find a lot of smart plugs out there. TP-Link’s Kasa Mini is our favorite. It includes a single outlet that connects to your network via WiFi. The app is well-designed and lets you program the plug to turn on or off on a schedule or even based on your location. It works with Google Assistant and Alexa, and it doesn’t cover up the adjacent outlet on a standard two-outlet wall fixture. Read the CNET review $79 at Google Nest Hub $25 at Amazon Share your voice Google Nest Hub Read the CNET review Chris Monroe/CNET August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Bundle SimpliSafe Read the CNET review Ry Crist/CNET • Read CNET’s review The best home security system Chris Monroe/CNET Read the CNET review The best smart plug Chris Monroe/CNET CNET Smart Home Tyler Lizenby/CNET Nest Hello 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. Philips Hue White LED Cameras are one thing, but if you’re really concerned about security across your entire home, your best bet is the SimpliSafe 3.0 kit. It starts at $229 for the base station, a keypad, a motion sensor, and an open/close sensor. That’s a start, but one of the things we like most about SimpliSafe is the ability to customize your set up from a selection of eight different sensors, from smoke to glass-break. Unlike many whole-home security systems, SimpliSafe requires no contract to lock you into its service plan. You can opt into a $15-a-month professional monitoring package, but it’s not required, and you can cancel at any time. The best home security systems of 2019Competing systems from Ring, Nest, ADT, and Vivint all offer similar-seeming combinations of hardware and a la carte service, but they all offer either too few features if you don’t opt-in to a service package, or start at significantly higher price points than SimpliSafe without making up the difference in better hardware. The one system we like that comes close is Abode, which has a higher starting price, but deeper integration with other smart home devices. Look into Abode if you don’t mind paying a little more upfront and you want it to work with other products. As a standalone product, SimpliSafe is our top pick. Ecobee SmartThermostat 12 Read the CNET Tyler Lizenby/CNET If you’ve already started connecting the various devices and fixtures around your home, you’ll know that there are a lot of ways to approach the problem. You might just want one device to solve a particular issue, like a smart plug to add some automation to a lamp. You might also be invested in an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant-powered smart speaker, or maybe you’re one of the rarer breeds of Siri and Apple HomeKit adherents. I tend to think of the voice assistants as the starting point for building an off-the-shelf smart home since they offer a convenient way for multiple family members or co-residents to interact with the various devices in your home. Many, but not all of the products on our list of the best smart home products will work with multiple voice assistants. Our list focuses narrowly, though, on the best product in each smart home sub-category. If you want to know the best smart thermostat or the best smart lighting kit, regardless of which voice platforms it works with, we have you covered. What this list is not, is a roadmap for a single, coherent smart home installation (you won’t get far trying to pair an Amazon smart speaker with a Google smart display). For that, please refer to our platform-based lists linked below. The best Amazon Alexa devices of 2019The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2019The best Google Assistant devices of 2019In each sub-category entry, I’ve also added a link to the best list for that particular product type. If you’re looking for more options for lighting or locks, you’ll find a list of our favorite products if you’d like to see a broader selection. Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected The best home security camera The best smart display $29 at Amazon $350 at Amazon $20 at Amazon The hardwired Nest Hello video doorbell connects to your WiFi network so you can see who’s at the door in real time. It can also capture and store three hours worth of video clips for free. But the most compelling thing about it is the owner-controlled facial recognition feature. The best video doorbells of 2019Facial recognition has its controversies, but the way Google uses it in the Nest Hello doorbell seems like the right way to do it, at least until the next data privacy scandal. Unlike many commercial systems which pull from existing databases to make a match, Nest Hello helps you build your own personal facial recognition database based on the people that come to your door. Once you tag the most common visitors, the app will eventually recognize them, and alert you when they show up at your door. The Nest Hello’s normal listing price is $230, which is on the high end of the scale. A discount running now at Walmart and other retailers will get you one for $180. That’s a good deal for the best video doorbell on the market. The best smart lock The competition for the best smart speaker couldn’t be closer, but Amazon’s entry-level Echo Dot has the edge over the Google Home Mini. Both speakers will run you about $50 on a normal day, and you can find both of them discounted regularly. The two voice assistants are pretty much at parity right now. Amazon usually boasts about more skills and support for more third-party devices, but the numbers for both voice platforms are in the tens of thousands, meaning the difference isn’t enough that you’ll really miss out on anything significant with Google. The best smart speakers of 2019Google Assistant does a better job at mimicking natural conversation flow, but the difference is that it isn’t really that noticeable in your day-to-day interaction with each speaker. Most of the time you’ll ask a smart speaker for the weather, to set a timer, and maybe have it play a song or two. Both devices are good at all of that.The Amazon Echo Dot is our pick due to one small hardware advantage. It has an audio-out jack. The Google Home Mini doesn’t. Both devices can transmit audio to another source over Bluetooth, but only the Echo Dot can connect to a standard wired speaker set-up. That might not make a difference to everyone, but especially for audiophiles, it gives you an easy, cheap way to add Alexa-based smarts to your existing speaker hardware. $189 at Walmart $249 at Best Buy Philips Hue smart light bulbs have been our top pick for years, and with good reason. The company’s range of products is the broadest in the category, encompassing standard A19 bulbs, flood lights, light strips, fixtures and most recently an entire range of outdoor lighting options. That kind of variety makes it easy to bring the lighting scheme for your entire home onto the Hue service.The best smart lights of 2019The Hue line came to prominence with its color-changing bulbs, but the best way for most people to get started is with its standard white light bulbs. For $70, you can get a set of two bulbs and the Hue hub to get them online. Already own an Alexa or Google Assistant device? $30 will get you the new Bluetooth version of the bulbs, no extra hub needed.Honorable mention: Wyze Bulb. This $8 smart bulb works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and it doesn’t require a hub. It’s not quite as fully featured as Philips Hue (it only comes as a standard A19 bulb, no HomeKit support), but it’s the best deal in this category. Chris Monroe/CNET Ry Crist/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET The best smart thermostat Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug Mini Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation) Like its competitor, the Nest Learning Thermostat chief among them, the Ecobee SmartThermostat is a WIFi-based thermostat that lets you control your home heating and air conditioning system with an app or with your voice. A few features help it stand out.Ecobee set itself apart with its earlier products by including a remote temperature sensor in the box with the thermostat. The thermostat itself can read the ambient temperature of whatever room it’s in and adjust accordingly. If you want it to adjust the temp based on the conditions in another room, just switch it over to the remote sensor. This is a useful accessory if your thermostat install point isn’t in a central location, or if you want to make sure a nursery or your home office is the focal point for the Ecobee’s temperature readings, rather than a far-flung hallway. The best smart thermostats of 2019You can buy the same accessory for a Nest thermostat, but Ecobee includes one in the box. Ecobee is also more agnostic about working with voice assistants than its Google-owned competitor. Where Nest will work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (maintained perhaps as a legacy function from before Google purchased Nest), Ecobee supports Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Perhaps most unique, the Ecobee SmartThermostat is itself an Amazon Echo speaker. You won’t be impressed by its audio output for playing music, but as a basic extender for Alexa around your home, the Ecobee does an admirable job. Maybe you actually want Alexa in that far-flung hallway. Smart locks make people nervous because they insert another point of failure between you and your physical security. With a smart lock, a malicious hacker, or even a plain old technical failure or connectivity issue could all of a sudden compromise the entry point of your home. There might be some truth to that. A keyless design with no physical failsafe could indeed lock you out but the August Smart Lock Pro isn’t one of those locks.The best smart locks of 2019The August Smart Lock is a breeze to install. It fits over the internal thumb latch of most existing deadbolt designs, and you can set it up in 15 minutes. Because it doesn’t replace the lock mechanism itself, you can still use your original, physical key. The lock itself connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and from the August app, you can assign and revoke timed virtual keys to anyone you like, from your in-laws to your dog sitter, at no extra cost. Many other locks will charge extra for virtual keys. The August Connect accessory included in this bundle bridges the lockout to the internet by getting it on your wireless network. From there, you can not only control the lock from anywhere, but you can also connect it to Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri (be sure to make each of them require a PIN to accompany the unlock command) for added convenience. Another accessory with the Pro model is the tiny open/close sensor. This lets the lock not only tell you if it’s locked or unlocked but also if the door itself is open or closed. It’s the most complete solution available on the market. It’s not a small investment to buy into the Arlo Pro 2 security camera kit. The starter kit, which includes two Arlo Pro 2 indoor/outdoor cameras and the base that connects them to the internet, will normally run you $480 when it’s not on sale. Every additional camera after that will cost $150. That’s comparable to the per-camera cost for a Nest Cam or another well-regarded WiFi security camera, so at least Arlo’s economics are sound. Free cloud storage for seven days worth of video clips helps, too. Most other cameras will charge you extra for that. What’s better is the sheer flexibility you get with the Arlo Pro 2, its weatherproof design makes the cameras suited for indoor or outdoor use. You can power them with a cable, or with the included, rechargeable battery for up to six months. An easy-to-install magnetic base also gives you almost infinite flexibility in terms of how you want to position each camera. They can also stand by themselves without a base on any horizontal surface. In short, you can put these cameras anywhere, or move them between locations with incredible ease. The best smart home security cameras of 2019Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility seal the deal. You can view their feed on any compatible video device, from your phone to your smart displays, to a Fire TV or Google Chromecast-equipped television. Want just an affordable indoor cam? The Alexa-supporting $30 Wyze Cam Pan is our current favorite. No other camera comes close to the Wyze in terms of features for the dollar. But for an indoor/outdoor, whole-home installation, the Arlo Pro 2 gets the nod. Read the CNET review Read the CNET review Read the CNET review CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Amazon may have introduced the smart display with the Echo Show, but Google refined the concept with the Nest Hub (formerly the Home Hub) both in terms of its design, and in the way it leverages its voice assistant. You get the same Google Assistant features in the Nest Hub that you get with the Google Home speaker line, along with a screen interface that gives you just the right amount of visual feedback. It will show you your spoken commands so you know Google heard you correctly, it can deftly walk you through a recipe from popular cooking websites, and it works seamlessly with Google-supported smart home cameras and video doorbells to display their camera feeds onscreen. The best smart displays of 2019Google prudently opted out of including a video camera on the Hub itself, getting ahead of some privacy concerns, and likely prompting Amazon to include a manual video shutter on its new, smaller Echo Show 5 display. If you really want a Google-based smart display that allows for video chatting, a few third party options can make that happen. Even without it, the Nest Hub is the best, most affordable marriage of a voice assistant and a display interface on the market. 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Alaska State Troopers say an 18-year-old man is facing an attempted murder charge after shooting another man in the head at a Palmer residence.The victim was reported to be in critical but stable condition after the Saturday shooting.Troopers had responded to a report of a shooting at a Palmer home on the Old Glenn Highway when they arrived to find a 35-year-old man shot in the head. The alleged shooter had fled the scene.The suspect was later found during a traffic stop.Troopers say they have recovered the rifle used in the shooting.The suspect is being held at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility without bail.An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.