A Possible Cure for Baldness, in 3D

first_imgScientists have successfully grown new hair follicles from the skin cells of balding men. While the research team hasn’t yet shown whether the structures, which produce strands of hair on our bodies, are fully functional and usable for transplants onto a scalp, experts say the discovery is a significant step toward finding new treatments for hair loss.“Their work is very elegant and extremely rigorous,” says Radhika Atit, a skin biologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who was not involved in the new study. “This is a big technical advance.”Balding occurs when hair follicles stop producing new strands of hair in any area of the body. Now, taking drugs that prevent or slow the hair loss or transplanting hair follicles from one area of the body to another are the only viable treatments. Producing new hair follicles in the lab has not been an option—at least for human patients. In mice, researchers have shown that if they isolate dermal papilla cells, which surround hair follicles in the skin, grow them in petri dishes to produce new cells, and then put the cells back in the mouse, new hair follicles will develop. 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They noticed that while the dermal papilla cells from mice naturally formed large clumps in culture, the human cells didn’t. “We began thinking that maybe if we could get the human cells to aggregate like the mouse cells, that might be a step toward getting them to form new follicles,” Christiano says.Her team decided to try a cell-growing approach, called 3D cultures, that’s been successful for other types of cells that need to form complex structures as they grow. The researchers collected dermal papilla cells from seven volunteers who had been diagnosed with male-pattern baldness. Rather than stick the isolated cells on a flat culture dish, they mixed the cells with liquid, then let the mixture hang in tiny droplets from a plastic lid, like condensation on the roof of a container. Because the cells inside the droplets are free-floating, the technique allows them to contact each other in every direction, as they would in the human body, rather than only touch side to side as they do in a flat dish. In the droplets, the cells behaved differently; as they divided to form new cells, they clumped into what the researchers call “spheroids”—balls of about 3000 cells.To test whether the new spheroids were a better mimic for functional dermal papilla cells than those that had been grown in typical dishes, Christiano and her team determined what genes were turned on and off in different sets of dermal papilla cells. In cells grown on flat culture dishes, the expression of thousands of genes didn’t match up with their normal patterns, explaining why the cells from those dishes had been unable to generate new hair follicles. But in the 3D cultures, 22% of those genes had been restored to their correct on or off state.The researchers then took 10 to 15 of the spheroids that had formed from each donor and sandwiched them between two layers of human skin that were grafted onto mice. Six weeks later, spheroids from five of the seven donors had coaxed the skin cells around them to start rearranging, forming the telltale shape of a hair follicle, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In two cases, hairs were even seen beginning to extend from the follicles, though the researchers didn’t continue the initial experiment for long enough to test whether the hairs were fully normal in terms of their ability to regrow.Using one’s own cells to generate new follicles is useful because hair color and thickness will match perfectly with the rest of someone’s head of hair, Christiano notes. And with the new tissue culture technique, clinicians would be able to take just a few dermal papilla cells from a balding patient and expand the number of hair follicles available for transplant, rather than only be able to move follicles around. “Using this technique could change the number of people who would be eligible for hair transplants,” Christiano says.The success of the approach is exciting, but the real breakthrough for other researchers in the field is the new data on gene expression in dermal papilla cells, says George Cotsarelis, a dermatologist at the University of Pennsylvania. The full readout of what genes are on and off in dermal papilla cells has never been collected before, so researchers now have a new list of thousands of genes to study further that may play key roles in hair follicle development. “It could have implications for not just hair, but treating wounds and scarring,” he says.The spheroids capable of producing hair follicles could also be used as a new way to test drugs for their ability to restore follicle function, Atit says. “This is a better model system to use for drug testing than a two-dimensional plate.”last_img read more

World T20: Ireland knocked out after another washout in Dharamsala

first_imgIreland and the Netherlands were knocked out of the World Twenty20 as rain forced abandonment of their second games of Group A on Friday.Ireland’s match against Bangladesh lasted only eight overs while not a single delivery could be bowled in the Netherlands’ game against Oman.Both Ireland and the Netherlands had one point after two games each, leaving Bangladesh and Oman to fight it out for a place in the Super 10s with three points each after two games. (Also read: Netherlands out of World T20 after rain washes out Oman game) Electing to field, Ireland failed to restrict Bangladesh as the group favorite reached 94-2 in eight overs after the game was reduced to 12 overs per side owing to a rain delay.Opener Tamim Iqbal bludgeoned a 26-ball 47 with three fours and four sixes and added 61 runs with Soumya Sarkar for the opening wicket but the rain returned to stop the game once again.Iqbal lofted the ball with ease while also playing some fine pull and sweep shots to frustrate the Ireland bowlers in his short stay in the middle.Bangladesh’s final game against Oman on Sunday will decide who joins India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand in group 2 of the next stage.Oman pulled off a surprise two-wicket win over Ireland in its first game.”For it to end like this after having lost to Bangladesh in a closely-fought game, we are gutted,” Netherlands captain Peter Borren said. “We could have done a lot of things better in that game, it will haunt us for a while. We don’t get a lot of opportunities at this stage.”advertisementlast_img read more

SPORTS RESULTS 2

first_img2nd Race: The Triveni Sangamam Plate, Div-II. 1200M.2nd Race: The Triveni Sangamam Plate, Div-II. 1200M.Schumii (Mr A DSilver and Mrs Kathleen DSilver) 59.5C Umesh, First.Sprinkler 56.5 S Manohar, Second.Warwick 54.5 Ayaz Khan, Third.Admirals Crown 51.5 Shahar Babu, Fourth.All Ran.Won By: One L, 7L and 3-1/4LTime: One min and 17.35 SecsWinner trained by: DSilver.Favourite: Schumii.(MORE) PTI CORR VS KK KK CMlast_img

Spanish police arrest former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell in graft investigation

first_imgSpanish police said on Tuesday they had arrested former Barcelona football club president Sandro Rosell in a money laundering operation.One other person was also arrested and police raided nine offices and homes in the operation in the north eastern region of Catalonia, they said.The arrests form part of an investigation into audiovisual rights sales, a police source said, declining to give further details.Rosell’s lawyers were not available for comment.last_img

From World Cup 2015 to World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma most prolific six-hitter

first_imgRohit Sharma scored only 2 and 19 in India’s warm-up matches ahead of World Cup 2019. The top-order collectively failed at The Oval while Rohit and his opening partner flopped again in Cardiff.In the 2019 Indian Premier League, Rohit Sharma was far from his fluent best but for obvious reasons, he is one of the most dominant batsmen in world cricket in the shorter formats. And in recent years, few batsmen have been as dangerous as Rohit Sharma – he has the most sixes in one-day internationals since the 2015 World Cup.Over the last four years, Rohit Sharma has hit 130 sixes in one-day internationals. England captain Eoin Morgan has hit 100 sixes in the same period while New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has 87 sixes. Jos Buttler has hit 85 sixes since World Cup 2015, Chris Gayle has 76 and Aaron Finch has 61.2 other England stars Ben Stokes (59) and Jason Roy (56) also make the list.India captain Virat Kohli has hit 55 sixes in the last 4 years. While Rohit Sharma has hit a six every 30.6 balls, Virat Kohli hits one every 79.6 balls.After 2015, Rohit Sharma has taken his game in ODIs to a different level. In 2016, he scored 564 runs from 10 matches including 2 hundreds. In 2017 and 2018, Rohit Sharma smashed 2323 runs from 40 ODIs. 11 of his his 22 hundreds in one-day internationals were also scored in those 2 years.In 2019, Rohit Sharma has hit 1 hundred from 13 ODIs and has only been a shadow of himself with the bat. But he is a big tournament player and India are hopeful he will once again play a major role in the World Cup.advertisementIn the 2015 World Cup, Rohit Sharma scored 330 runs from 8 matches including a scintillating 137 in the quarterfinal against Bangladesh. 4 years later, as vice captain of the Indian team and one of the 3 pillars for the side in one-dayers, Rohit Sharma knows the expectations have grown manifold.How Rohit Sharma performs alongside Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli will determine how India do in this World Cup.Also Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: All you need to knowAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Batting with MS Dhoni is a dream, says KL RahulAlso Watch:last_img read more

Vissel Kobe set to unveil Iniesta

first_imgTransfers Iniesta set for Vissel Kobe unveiling after agreeing Japan move Dom Farrell 23:15 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta - cropped Getty Images Transfers Vissel Kobe Barcelona Primera División J1 League The Spain international bid farewell to Barcelona on Sunday and is now set to play out the twilight years of his career in the Far East Vissel Kobe have announced a news conference for Thursday where the J-League club are expected to confirm the arrival of Barcelona great Andres Iniesta.The briefing, to unveil the signing of an unnamed new player, will take place in the Japanese capital Tokyo – 326 miles north east of Kobe.Iniesta was understood to be bound for Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan after confirming a break in his career-long association with Barcelona at the end of April. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, Vissel emerged as an alternative for the 33-year-old Spain international over recent weeks.The club’s chairman Hiroshi Mikitani is also the chief executive of Japanese electronics company Rakuten, who are Barcelona’s shirt sponsors.They have already acquired the services of German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski and reportedly beat off competition from the A-League in Australia to sign Iniesta.Iniesta has won nine Liga titles, four Champions League crowns, a World Cup and two European Championships throughout an incredible career and will travel to Russia 2018 as part of Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad.last_img read more

India to impose retaliatory tariff on 29 US items from Jun 16

first_imgNew Delhi: After extending the deadline for several times, India has decided to impose additional customs duties on 29 US products, including almond, walnut and pulses, with effect from June 16, sources said. A notification with this regard will be issued by the finance ministry soon, they added. The move will hurt American exporters of these 29 items as they have to pay duties on these products. India would get about USD 217 million additional revenue from such imports. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The government had on June 21, 2018 decided to impose these duties in retaliation to the US decision of significantly hiking customs duties on certain steel and aluminium products. India has informed the US about its decision to go ahead with the retaliatory duties, the sources said. America had in March last year imposed 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent import duty on aluminium products. As India is one of the major exporter of these items to the US, the US decision has revenue implication of about USD 240 million on Indian steel and aluminium products. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize India extended the deadline for imposition of these duties multiple times in the hope that some solution would emerge during a negotiation between India and the US on a proposed trade package. But those negotiations came to a halt following the decision of the US to withdraw export incentives to Indian exporters under its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme. These benefits were rolled back from June 5. It would impact goods worth USD 5.5 billion from India to America. As part of the imposition of higher import duties on 29 US products, India has notified higher tariffs on several goods. While import duty on walnut has been hiked to 120 per cent from 30 per cent, duty on chickpeas, Bengal gram (chana) and masur dal will be raised to 70 per cent, from 30 per cent currently. Levy on lentils will be increased to 40 per cent. The duty on boric acid and binders for foundry moulds would be hiked to 7.5 per cent, while that on domestic reagents will be increased to 10 per cent. Duty on artemia, a kind of shrimp, will be hiked to 15 per cent. The other products on which duties will be hiked include certain kind of nuts, iron and steel products, apples, pears, flat rolled products of stainless steel, other alloy steel, tube and pipe fittings, and screws, bolts and rivets. India has also dragged the US to the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism over the imposition of import duties on steel and aluminium. India exports steel and aluminium products worth about USD 1.5 billion to the US every year. India’s exports to the US in 2017-18 stood at USD 47.9 billion, while imports were at USD 26.7 billion. The trade balance is in favour of India.last_img read more

Get A Private Drum Lesson With OneRepublic

first_imgGRAMMY Charity Online Auctions will offer an exclusive VIP experience with GRAMMY-nominated pop/rock band OneRepublic, including a 30-minute private drum lesson with OneRepublic drummer Eddie Fisher.The package also includes two premier tickets to OneRepublic’s Los Angeles concert on Sept. 11 and an autographed copy of the band’s latest album, Native.The experience is available for bidding now through Sept. 5 at www.charitybuzz.com. All proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation.last_img

Air Canada purchased safety options reportedly missing on crashed Boeing planes

Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Air Canada says its grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft are equipped with two optional safety features reportedly lacking in the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.The New York Times is reporting the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air jets involved in recent fatal crashes were not equipped with angle of attack indicators and disagree lights that are used by the aircraft’s software system during flight to avert stalls.According to the report, the safety features are not standard on the aircraft and are offered by Boeing as upgrades.Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur says the airline purchased the features for its fleet of 24 Max 8 planes.The causes of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 and the Lion Air crash five months earlier, both on takeoff, are being investigated. Investigators are looking at whether a new software system added to avoid stalls may have been a contributing factor.Air Canada has removed its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months. read more

Bolivia UN aid agencies bring relief in wake of deadly floods

Nearly $2 million has been allocated from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) so that immediate life-saving programmes can be implemented in the worst affected areas, according to officials from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The Bolivian Government has declared a state of natural disaster in response to the floods, which follow protracted heavy rains in the landlocked Andean nation. The department of Beni in the northeast is by far the worst hit, but the departments of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz are also suffering. In total, some 24,000 hectares of arable land have been destroyed.The World Food Programme (WFP) is giving out 10 tons of high-energy biscuits while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided at least 14,000 portions of baby food. 14 February 2008United Nations humanitarian agencies are helping the survivors of floods sweeping across large swathes of Bolivia that have already claimed at least 52 lives and affected more than 55,000 families. read more

California jury says Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents awards 120 million

by Paul Elias, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2014 1:29 pm MDT California jury says Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents, awards $120 million AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN JOSE, Calif. – A California jury has determined that Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents and awarded $120 million damages.The panel delivered its verdict in federal court in San Jose on Friday in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants.Apple Inc. had sought $2.2 billion after accusing Samsung Electronics Co. of infringing five of its patents covering functions such as slide-to-lock, universal searching and quick linking.Samsung had sought $6 million after arguing Apple that had infringed two of its smartphone patents related to camera use and video transmission.The verdict marked the latest intellectual property battle between the world’s top two smartphone makers. Apple and Samsung have sued each other in courts and trade offices around the world.Two years ago, a separate jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $930 million after finding it had used Apple technology to create older generation devices. Samsung is appealing that order. read more

10 Months After Baby Serena In Wimbledon Final vs

Serena Williams of the US serves to Julia Goerges of Germany during their women’s semifinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Neil Hall/Pool via AP)LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has been saying it over and over and over: Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby.“Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward,” she said. “Keep taking giant steps, but keep improving.”Williams played a total of seven matches in 2018 before arriving at the All England Club, and she’ll be playing her seventh match in the last two weeks when she meets 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Certainly didn’t take long for the 36-year-old American to get her game in gear and close in on what would be an eighth Wimbledon title, one short of Martina Navratilova’s record, and 24th Grand Slam trophy in all, equaling Margaret Court’s all-time mark.It was only 10 1/2 months ago that Williams had far more serious concerns.After giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, on Sept. 1, Williams dealt with health complications that included blood clots and led to what she said were multiple operations.“Almost didn’t make it, to be honest,” Williams said shortly after completing her 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges on Thursday.Serena Williams of the US lifts her leg during their women’s semifinal match against Julia Goerges of Germany at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)She’s been wearing compression leggings during her matches as a precaution and says she remains nervous.“I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: ‘Oh, my God, I have a (pulmonary embolism) in my leg,’” Williams said. “I didn’t know I would have such, kind of, traumatic thoughts. Especially now that I have a daughter, I want to be around as long as I can to support her. It’s interesting how that mental recovery is actually taking much longer than I ever expected.”The tennis? That’s come quite naturally, not surprisingly.She was off the tour for more than a year after her Australian Open title in January 2017 — won while she was pregnant, she later revealed. Williams first came back by playing doubles with her older sister, Venus, for the U.S. Fed Cup team in February. Then came her singles return, at Indiana Wells in March, when she won her first two matches before losing to her sibling.Next was a first-round loss at Miami.“I honestly felt I would have done better in some of the earlier tournaments. That was the hardest part — accepting that I didn’t,” Williams said. “I know that sounds weird, but I worked out a lot and I worked hard.”Following another two months away from competition, she entered the French Open in late May, and won three matches before pulling out before the fourth round because of an injured pectoral muscle.Williams rested some after that, not practicing serving at all for a couple of weeks, and was able to ease into things once Wimbledon began because of a draw that allowed her to avoid playing any seeded opponents — or anyone ranked inside the top 50, for that matter — until Goerges, who was making her Grand Slam semifinal debut.Now will come the sternest on-court test Williams has faced: Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion with a lefty stroke and never-give-up-on-a-ball defense.Williams is 23-6 in Grand Slam finals, and Kerber is responsible for handing her one of those rare defeats, at the 2016 Australian Open. Kerber also won that year’s U.S. Open, replacing Williams atop the WTA rankings right afterward. That was also the year that Kerber reached the Wimbledon final, losing to Williams in straight sets.They’ve played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2.After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams.“I see a champion,” Kerber said, “that’s for sure.” read more

Suzy Lamplugh may have used Mr Kipper as a cover story

The police investigation centred on identifying this mystery man and in 2002 Scotland Yard named convicted rapist and killer John Cannan as the key suspect. In her office diary she recorded details of a lunchtime appointment with a ‘Mr Kipper’, at a property in Shorrolds Road. The 33-year hunt for missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh has taken a startling twist, with a former detective claiming to have unearthed compelling new evidence contradicting the theory that she had ever arranged to meet the mysterious ‘Mr Kipper’. Miss Lamplugh, 25, disappeared in July 1986 after apparently arranging to show a client around a house that was for sale in Fulham, west London. Last November they even began… read more

Now Canadas considering a ban on large devices on Middle Eastern flights

first_imgNow Canada’s considering a ban on large devices on Middle Eastern flights Earlier today, the UK government confirmed the new measure, while US reports hinted at a similar ban. Mar 21st 2017, 10:45 PM Updated 10.45pmCANADA IS CONSIDERING prohibiting personal electronics on board flights from Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa after both the US and Britain announced bans today.“We are looking at the information that has been presented to us, we’ll look at it carefully and have a fulsome discussion amongst our colleagues,” Transportation Minister Marc Garneau told reporters.“The (threat) information has been provided to us by other intelligence communities.”The three countries routinely share intelligence, including on terrorism threats, as part of the Five Eyes intelligence gathering alliance.Garneau said he would discuss this latest possible threat to airlines with Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and “we’ll make that public when we make a decision.”Earlier, the UK government announced a ban on large electronic devices on board flights from some Middle Eastern nations, hours after reports hinted at a similar ban in the US.Passengers flying directly to Britain from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey will be banned from taking large devices such as laptops and tablets into the plane cabin.“Our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals,” a spokesman said. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe announcement from the US about a large electronics ban was less planned.A tweet from Saudi Airlines and one, subsequently deleted, by Royal Jordanian airlines informed their customers of an imminent cabin ban on electronic devices larger than a cellphone.Royal Jordanian said all such devices, including laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, would need to be checked in under new US government rules coming into force 21 March.Only cell phones and medical devices needed in-flight would be excluded from the ban, it said. The tweet was later removed amid suggestions the airline had released the information prematurely.Al-Qaeda threatCNN quoted a US official as saying the ban was believed to be related to a threat posed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.In a statement, the US Department of Homeland Security said: “We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate.”According to the Financial Times, which cited a US official, the new rules will concern eight Middle Eastern nations, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.The Guardian said the edict, distributed in a confidential email from the US Transportation Safety Administration, would affect 13 nations.The move would mark the latest attempt by President Donald Trump’s administration to tighten security at US borders, after its bid to curb travel from a group of Muslim majority nations was twice blocked by the courts.© – AFP 2017Read: For the first time ever, a dinosaur tail has been found encased in amber >Read: A 25-year-old PhD student at Trinity has just discovered that sharks used to eat their own young > Image: Chris Ison/PA Images By AFP https://jrnl.ie/3298325 91 Comments 37,074 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 10:45 PM Image: Chris Ison/PA Images Share118 Tweet Email6 last_img read more

Flying Sports Car Could Be the Smallest in the World

first_imgStay on target Futuristic vehicles are not new, but one man’s small “flying sports car” is the latest tech innovation to dominate social media feeds.According to Tech Insider, Kyxz Mendiola, a Filipino inventor, invested millions of his own pesos to develop and build this high-tech ride over the past six years. Dubbed “Koncepto Millenya,” this flying sports car uses a combination of drone and computer technology to work. With 16 motors, 16 propellers, and 16 onboard computers, the vehicle can propel itself skyward, fly in the sky, and land smoothly. More on Geek.com: $150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersWatch: This ‘Robot Cowboy’ is Helping Make Cattle Herding SaferDrone Fleets Could Aid Forest Searches for Lost Hikerscenter_img Flying cars, such as Mendiola’s model, could help ease urban commutes in the future. In major metropolis areas worldwide, including Manila and New York City, traffic congestion is one of the top issues for residents. If people were allowed to fly these “car-like drones,” they might be able to get to places in a shorter period of time. Until then, it will be interesting to see what other flying cars pop up, as people continue to reimagine how technology can make our lives (and commutes) easier. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit last_img read more

Museum offers free writing workshops

first_imgWriters of all ages and experience levels can learn about various writing genres at the National Unpublished Writers’ Day. The free public event is from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St.The annual event is in partnership of The Clark County Historical Museum, the creative media and digital culture program at Washington State University Vancouver, and the WSU Vancouver writing center. It features workshops, activities and creation stations that offer writers of all skill levels a wide array of information, theory and hands-on writing practice in screenwriting, poetry, journalism, electronic literature and six-word memoirs. Professional writers from WSU Vancouver and the community will help lead the workshops and provide participants with a broad approach to writing. For information, call 360-993-5679 or visit cchmuseum.org.last_img read more

Guy checks missile launcher in his luggage still catches plane

first_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $210 at Best Buy See it Originally published July 30, 9:45 a.m. PT.  Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read the Rylo camera preview 2 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. $520 at HP 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. Tags Turo Amazon 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. Best Buy $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The missile launcher was not live and didn’t pose a danger. A photo of the launcher shows it was a Griffin missile system component made by Raytheon. The company describes it as “an air and ground-launched, precise, low-collateral-damage weapon for irregular warfare operations.”The state fire marshal confiscated the missile launcher for disposal. “The man was permitted to catch his flight,” the TSA noted.The TSA offered up a helpful reminder for all of us that military weapons are not allowed in checked or carry-on bags. But mummified heads are A-OK. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 7 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 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). Boost Mobile Comments $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Apple iPhone XS Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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. Rylo 20 weirdest items confiscated by the TSA, in pictures Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sprint $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry vs. Clear: Cost and benefits of each US airport security is slowly getting just a bit better Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 See It Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Comments See It See at Amazon $155 at Google Express 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. Angela Lang/CNET Read the AirPods review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 $59 at eBay TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $60 at Best Buy $6 at Tidal $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon 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. Enlarge ImageThe TSA found this missile launcher in checked luggage. TSA The Transportation Security Administration has found some bizarre items in checked bags, but TSA officials still must have been surprised to spot a missile launcher in a traveler’s luggage at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Monday. The officers contacted airport police, who tracked down the missile launcher’s owner. The unnamed Jacksonville, Texas, resident told the authorities he was active-duty military on his way home from Kuwait. “He wanted to keep the missile launcher as a souvenir,” the TSA said in a release about the unusual find.  TSA things you need to know Share your voice 20 Photos 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice Tags Random,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. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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.last_img read more

ACC quizzes 8 more officials over Barapukurua coal theft

first_imgAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday interrogated eight more officials of Petrobangla in connection of the mysterious disappearance of a huge stack of coal from Barapukurua Coal Mine, reports UNB.Those who faced the interrogation are — former managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed, two former company secretaries Abul Kashem Pradia and Mosharraf Hossain Sarker, general manager (general service) Masudur Rahman Hawlader, manager (production management) Ashok Kumar Haldar, Manager (maintenance and operation) Arifur Rahman, manager (design, construction and maintenance) Jahidul Islam, and deputy manager (safety management) Ekramul Haque.On August 13, some 32 officials of Petrobangla were asked to be present for interrogation at ACC in phases.The third phase of the interrogation began at9 amat the ACC office in the city,ACC’s public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam, who is serving as the investigation officer, is quizzing the eight officials, he said.He added that the remaining officials are scheduled to face interrogation onAugust 30in the last phase.The Petrobangla officials who faced the interrogation on August 28 in the second face are-General Manager (Mine Operation) Abu Taher Mohammad Nuruzzaman Choudhury, Deputy Manager A K M Khaledul Islam, Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Morsheduzzaman, Deputy Manager (Production Management) Habibur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Mine Development) Zahedur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Ventilation Management) Sattyndranath Barman, Deputy General Manager ( Mine Planning Operation) Jobayer Ali and Manager (Security) Syed Imam Hasan.Earlier, ACC interrogated seven Petrobangla officials on August 16 in the first phase. The officials who faced the interrogation that day are – Deputy General Manager Nazmul Haque, Manager (Coal Handling Management) Shoyebur Rahman, Manager (Production Management) Syed Masud, Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Mahbub Hossain, Assistant Manager (Production Management) Moniruzzaman, Assistant Manager (Coal Handling Management) Md.Mahbud Rashid, and Manager (Store) Md, Didarul Kabir.Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant had to be shut down for the mysterious disappearance of a huge volume of coal from the Barapukuria Coal Mine.The disappearance of coal came to light onJuly 22, when a team from the Power Development Board visited the coal mine and found that there was no adequate reserve of coal in the yard of the mine. As per the official investigation, the stock was found to have a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal.A case was filed with Parbatipur Police Station onJuly 24against 19 officials. The case was later transferred to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation.last_img read more

What Active Shooter Training Could Add To School Safety

first_img X Still, 10 people were killed and 13 injured.Of course, there might have been more victims without the school’s preparations.Scott Hare is a retired police lieutenant and now with Armoured One. The firm provides active shooter training in school districts across the country.Lacking details, he wouldn’t comment on anything that might have mitigated the Santa Fe High School shooting further.In general, he said, it has to be a holistic approach and include every single staff member, including school bus drivers. “The world has changed and you may have to defend yourself or your students with deadly force because somebody’s using deadly force against yourself or your students,” Hare said. “And if they’re not prepared to take that action, unfortunately society is going to dictate that they need to think about a different job.”Other things could include bulletproof classroom windows and having staff monitor all kids that come into the school every day.Hare visited Santa Fe High School after Friday’s shooting. He said they’re learning new things after every school shooting and adjusting their training accordingly.Hare said he offered his firm’s services to the Santa Fe Independent School District and is waiting to hear back. 00:00 /00:45 Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s Office via Twitter / @HCSOTexasLaw enforcement agencies are deployed at Santa Fe High School, located in Galveston County, because of the shooting incident that happened in the morning of May 18, 2018.Santa Fe High School was already what some would call a “hardened” school.It had done active shooter drills and was considering arming some teachers. It even received a safety award. Two school officers were on site and stopped the massacre after four minutes. Sharelast_img read more