ADC AUTHOR A Fort Hood pilot program that pays soldiers while they work for civilian licenses and professional certifications may be expanded beyond Texas, Stars and Stripes reported.Army Sgt. Major Dan Dailey recently told a House subcommittee that the job transition program is expected to expand to all Army installations by Oct. 1.“The U.S. Army has almost 150 military occupational skills, much of which directly translate to necessary high-skilled training jobs out in the civilian sector,” Dailey said. “What (soldiers) lack is the civilian credentials in order to obtain those jobs.”The program, which provides separating soldiers an opportunity to gain civilian credential and licensing, originated at Fort Hood due to the success of its education center, the availability of soldiers in a range of occupations, and partnerships with the local community and nearby Central Texas College.Data on the program is expected to be available following the end of the one-year test period.Army photo by Maj. Paul Oliver
Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order The Cheapskate The Walt Disney Company Falcon and Winter Solider will be teaming up on Disney Plus.The new Marvel teamup show got a quick promo Thursday during the Walt Disney Company’s 2019 Investor Day event, where the show’s logo appeared on stage. If you can’t see it in the above image, here’s a closer look. The Walt Disney Company Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed the show on stage during the event. It will join several other Marvel Cinematic Universe, shows like the previously announced Loki starring Tom Hiddleston and the newly revealed WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.Falcon and the Winter Soldier will unite Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s characters onto a “long form” show destined for the new streaming platform. TV and Movies See at Turo 3:41 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Marvel Disney,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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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). $520 at HP $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Comment 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. $999 Share your voice Sprint Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. Turo Tags See it Apple iPhone XS See at Amazon 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It 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. Rylo $59 at eBay 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. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Now playing: Watch this: Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $6 at Tidal $999 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. Boost Mobile $60 at Best Buy Tags 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. Read Google Home Hub review Read the AirPods review 7 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $210 at Best Buy 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. Share your voice Amazon 1 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Comments $999 Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Sarah Tew/CNET
More than 700 foreign strippers received a special Swiss work permit in 2015, the last issued in a controversial programme that expires on January 1, the immigration office said today.Switzerland began awarding eight-month permits in 1995 to women from outside the European Union who wanted to come to the country to work as strippers and cabaret dancers.The programme was meant to protect people who may have otherwise been vulnerable to sex traffickers, and dancers from Russia, the Dominican Republic and Thailand were among the top recipients.But following a prolonged investigation, Swiss authorities in 2014 announced that the programme was no longer serving a protective role, with some permit holders subjected to forced prostitution after arrival in the country.Migration office spokeswoman Lea Wertheimer confirmed that the programme will formally be cancelled as of the new year.
Railway Stations in Cheshire East by number of passenger entries and exits 2017/18 (and overall UK rank) Crewe: 3,147,094 (175th) Macclesfield: 1,666,718 (356th) Wilmslow: 1,600,286 (367th) Knutsford: 501,806 (887th) Congleton: 348,394 (1,087th) Handforth: 308,104 (1,155th) Alderley Edge: 293,432 (1,193rd) Sandbach: 279,138 (1,225th) Nantwich: 237,480 (1,301st) Poynton: 232,892 (1,315th) Disley: 200,070 (1,385th) Holmes Chapel 195,210 (1,404th) Alsager: 112,590 (1,668th) Prestbury: 63,974 (1,901st) Goostrey: 46,250 (2,012th) Chelford: 35,760 (2,087th) Adlington: 33,152 (2,111st) Plumley: 25,374 (2,175th) Mobberley: 16,534 (2,253rd) Wrenbury: 11,744 (2,294th) Ashley: 8,114 (2,341st) Styal: 5,926 (2,384th) Nationally Waterloo in London was the busiest railway station in the UK – with 94.4 million passengers entering or exiting there. In total nine of the ten busiest stations were in the capital. British Steel Redcar, in the now closed steelworks in the North East, had the lowest number of passengers – being used a total of just 40 times. The busiest station in the North West was Manchester Piccadilly, with 27,724,962 – while Birmingham New Street, with 43,741,712, was the busiest in the West Midlands. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. More detailed information on selected railway stations in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire: Alsager: Operated by East Midlands Trains, Alsager saw a 1.4 per cent increase in passengers from 111,016 to 112,590. Blythe Bridge: The only railway station in the Staffordshire Moorlands, with its facilities operated by West Midlands Trains, Blythe Bridge saw a 0.4 per cent drop in the number of passengers using it 9from 95,918 to 95,570). Read More£35,000 worth of furniture and rope taken after trailer stolen Congleton: The fifth busiest railway station in Cheshire East, Northern Rail managed Congleton saw a 0.3 per cent increase in passenger use from 2016/17 to 2017/18 – from 347,208 to 348,394. Crewe: The busiest station in the region, managed by Virgin Trains, Crewe saw a 2 per cent increase in passenger use from 3,085,604 to 3,417,094 year-on-year. Kidsgrove: Newcastle Borough’s only railway station, Kidsgrove saw footfall increase by 6.9 per cent – up from 228,258 in 2016/17 to 244,258 journeys made to and from the East Midlands Trains operated station in 2017/18. Driver named following fatal collision Railway Stations in Staffordshire by number of passenger entries and exits 2017/18 (and overall UK rank) Stoke-on-Trent: 3,120,812 (177th) Stafford: 2,340,286 (248th) Tamworth Low Level: 1,223,106 (463rd0 Lichfield Trent Valley: 1,093,014 (519th) Burton-on-Trent: 833,122 (646th) Lichfield City: 798,014 (661st) Penkridge (South Staffordshire): 257,154 (1,261st) Kidsgrove: 244,258 (1,289th) Cannock: 200,612 (1,382nd) Shenstone (Lichfield): 199,866 (1,387th) Hednesford (Cannock Chase): 161,856 (1,503th) Rugeley Trent Valley: 160,124 (1,506th) Uttoxeter: 157,900 (1,513th) Stone: 145,340 (1,547th) Bilbrook (South Staffordshire): 129,134 (1,602nd) Codsall (South Staffordshire): 125,408 (1,621st) Wilnecote (Tamworth): 115,806 (1,654th) Rugeley Town: 106,288 (1,694th) Blythe Bridge: 95,570 (1,748th) Landywood (South Staffordshire): 90,336 (1,767th) Longton: 76,536 (1,839th) Longport: 50,912 (1,981th) In Cheshire East, which also has 22 railway stations listed in the figures, Crewe was by far the busiest, followed by Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Knutsford and Congleton. Styal, a village near Manchester Airport, was the least used railway station in Cheshire East – with just 5,926 people entering and exiting the station over the course of the 2017/18 financial year – although this was still a 24.2 per cent increase on the 4,772 the year before (the largest percentage increase in the area). Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Stoke railway station Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore than three million railway passengers started or ended their journeys at Stoke-on-Trent station over the course of a year – new figures reveal. Estimates released today by the Office of Rail and Road show a total of 3,120,812 people started or finished journeys at the railway station over the course of the 2017/18 financial year (April 1 2017 and March 31 2018). This is an increase of more than 28,000 on the 16/17 figures. An approximate total of 11,725,454 journeys started or ended at the 22 active railway stations in Staffordshire over the course of the year – a slight increase on 11,612,723 the year before. The new statistics also reveal that: Longport is the least used railway station of the 22 in Staffordshire, with just 50,912 entries and exits over the course of the year 12 railway stations in Staffordshire saw the number of journeys starting and ending their increase, with the remaining ten seeing a fall in journeys The Staffordshire railway station that saw the biggest fall was Rugeley Town which, due to engineering works, dropped 25.1 per cent. The station that saw the biggest percentage increase was Stone, with 13.9 per cent more passengers starting or ending their journey there For more details about railway stations in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle Borough, the Staffordshire Moorlands, Stafford Borough and Uttoxeter, as well as selected stations in South Cheshire, please see the individual sections below. The area that saw the greatest fall in passenger use was Mobberley, with 11.6 per cent less people using the railway station in 2017/18 than 2016/17. In total the number of journeys starting and ending in Cheshire East rose from 9,206,178 to 9,370,042. Overall the busiest five stations across Staffordshire and Cheshire East were Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Macclesfield and Wilmslow. The five quietest, all in Cheshire East, were Styal, Ashley, Wrenbury, Mobberley and Plumley. Crewe Railway Station Kidsgrove Railway Station Longport: Owned by East Midlands trains, Longport Railway Station saw a 5.5 per cent increase in passengers year-on-year (up to 50,912 from 48,272) Longton: Operated by East Midlands Trains, Longton saw the number of passengers entering or leaving go up from 73,054 in 2016/17 to 76,536 (an increase of 4.8 per cent). Nantwich: Nantwich’s railway station, operated by Arriva Trains Wales, saw a 9.8 per cent jump in passenge ruse – from 216,292 in 2016/17 to 237,480 in 2017/18. Read MoreThese baby-faced yobs – aged 13, 14 and 15 – terrorised two towns… now they’ve been named and shamed Sandbach: Northern-operated Sandbach saw a 2.3 per cent fall in passenger use, down from 285,622 in 2016/17 to 279,138 in 2017/18. Stafford: This railway station, operated by Virgin Trains West Coast, saw a 0.5 per cent increase in the number of passengers using it – up from 2,329,490 in 2016/17 to 2,340,286 in 2017/18. Robert Cartwright’s photography in Stafford Railway Station Stoke-on-Trent: By far the busiest railway station in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent saw passenger numbers increase by 0.9 per cent from 3,092,626 in 2016/17 to 3,120,812 in 2017/18. Read MorePolice name pedestrian killed when he was hit by lorry on the M6 Stone: With its facilities operated by West Midlands trains, Stone saw a 13.9 per cent increase in passenger traffic, from 127,608 in 2016/17 to 145,340 in 2017/18. Uttoxeter: This East Midlands Trains operated railway station saw a tiny decline in the number of passengers using it, from 158,410 to 157,900 (0.3 per cent)