NIH expands program to crack medical mysteries

first_imgAn effort at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to diagnose mysterious diseases is undergoing a major expansion. Representatives of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP), administered by NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), announced today that six medical centers will join the program, forming a network of clinical sites to investigate intractable cases from patients around the country. The program aims to offer patients a long-awaited diagnosis—and sometimes treatment—while building up data for scientists studying the genetic basis of rare diseases.The new sites—Baylor College of Medicine; the Harvard teaching hospitals (Boston Children’s, Brigham and Women’s, and Massachusetts General); Duke University; Stanford University; the University of California, Los Angeles; and Vanderbilt University Medical Center—will each receive a 4-year grant of roughly $7.2 million to participate. Like the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, that served as a pilot site, the centers will host patients for about a week at a time, performing extensive clinical tests and genetic sequencing in search of an explanation for their symptoms.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Harvard Medical School in Boston, which received a $9 million award in January to act as “coordinating center,” will facilitate collaboration between researchers and will make patient data widely available through public repositories such as NIH’s database of Genotypes and Phenotypes, explained Anastasia Wise, director of NHGRI’s Division of Genomic Medicine, at a press conference today.Since the program launched in May 2008, it has received applications from about 3200 patients, 750 of which were selected for study. “There has never been a shortage of referrals to the program,” UDP Director William Gahl said today. (Indeed, in 2011, the program temporarily stopped accepting applications to catch up on the flood of inquiries.) The program’s track record for medical sleuthing depends on how you define a diagnosis, Gahl said. Between 25% and 50% of cases are considered “resolved” based on a clinical, molecular, or biochemical diagnosis, while about a quarter are closed without an answer. “You can see that this is a difficult work, in which we sometimes fail,” he added.The program now admits about 150 patients per year at the NIH Clinical Center, but plans to accommodate 50 per year at each of the seven sites by the summer of 2017.last_img read more

Tallo returns with a bang

first_imgTallo said that he expected a lot from himself in his PBA D-League debut, but never imagined to produce churn out a scintillating sniping in the rout of the Titans.“I expected that I’ll be able to contribute but my expectations weren’t that high. I know for myself that I still needed to practice, but my first D-League experience was truly great,” he said.Despite his confidence-building start, the two-time CESAFI Most Valuable Player believes that he still needs to improve a lot before he can fill up the hole left by Racal’s stars last conference.“I want to improve my defense because I saw my deficiencies earlier. I’m still adjusting to the system and the officiating,” he said.And he’s hoping to make his adjustments with the guidance of his veteran teammates in Racal, while also trying to raise his stock for the upcoming 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bid “My teammates are helping me. Kuya Allan (Mangahas), kuya Roider (Cabrera), everyone of them are sharing their experiences to me because I’m the youngest one here,” he said. “As for the draft, I still don’t know. We’ll see if I think I’m already prepared for the PBA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Mac Tallo. PBA IMAGESWith his academic obligations over with, Mac Tallo can now fully focus on his basketball career anew.And he feels grateful that Racal Motors gave him another shot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I missed the Aspirants’ Cup because I got injured, and I opted to finish my studies first with SWU. I’m lucky that I was able to recover and coach Jerry Codiñera picked me up again after this team made it to the Finals,” he said in Filipino.The 23-year-old Tallo also shared that he has no regrets over his decision to leave the comforts of La Salle to test his mettle in Southwestern University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I just went on a different path, but the destination is still the same,” he said. “When I came back to Cebu from La Salle, nobody wanted me but Southwestern. So what I did there was improve myself and do everything I can to be a better player.”And on Thursday, Tallo showed that he really means business in his return to Manila, unfurling 20 points built on four triples that went with four assists and three rebounds to carry the Alibaba to a 118-100 victory over AMA Online Education to start the 2017 Foundation Cup. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – LeBron

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ James, who has long been outspoken about matters of race in America and endorsed Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton for president, had tweeted his dismay at the events in Charlottesville over the weekend.“It’s sad what’s going on in Charlottesville,” James tweeted on Saturday. “Is this the direction our country is heading?“Make [America] Great Again huh?! He said that,” added James in a dig at Trump’s celebrated campaign slogan.While James has attempted to use his celebrity to combat racism, his wealth and fame haven’t made him immune.On the eve of the NBA Finals in June his house in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood was daubed with a racial slur.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Woods had marijuana, painkillers in system at arrest — report Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img A suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured.Trump’s reaction on Saturday, that there was violence “on many sides” provoked a backlash and on Monday he singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis involved as criminals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingREAD: Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violent clashes in VirginiaBut in an exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, a clearly irked Trump again said that both groups were at fault in inciting violence and insisted that those who gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee form a park were not all racist. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ “Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” James said at the time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James. AP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” James tweeted shortly after Trump angrily defended his controversial initial response to the white supremacist rally on Saturday that erupted in clashes with counter-demonstrators.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

Denmark Open: PV Sindu ousted, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth enter second round

first_imgPV Sindhu suffered a straight game loss against China’s Chen Yufei 17-21 21-23 in the first round of the Denmark Open.While Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy entered the second round.However, B. Sai Praneeth and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy were eliminated in the opening round of the Denmark Open World Superseries Premier on Wednesday.Hyderabadi Saina, 27, ousted Olympic 2016 champion and two-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain with a 22-20, 21-18 victory in 46 minutes.Tough opening round against Carolina Marin of Spain … quite happy with my performance today .. 22-20 ..21-18 ??????.. Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 18, 2017With this win, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina has taken a 5-4 lead in head-to-head record against the 24-year-old Spaniard.Men’s singles eighth seed Kidambi Srikanth eliminated compatriot Subhankar Dey with a 21-17, 21-15 victory in 35 minutes.Good first round win today in straight sets and looking forward to get back on court tomorrow. #denmarkopen #teamindia #believe #achieve Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) October 18, 2017 Joining Srikanth in the second round was Prannoy, who beat Danish Emil Holst 21-18, 21-19 in 48 minutes.First round !! Should be up against Lee Chong wei tomorrow!! #keepfighting #teamindia #DenmarkSSP PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) October 18, 2017 Satwik lost both in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles. He partnered Ashwini Ponappa in the mixed doubles and they lost to Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen 19-21, 17-21 in 39 minutes.Satwik and Chirag Shetty then lost to South Koreans Chung Eui Seok and Kim Dukyoung 21-14, 18-21, 17-21 in 56 minutes.advertisementDanish Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus defeated Praneeth 21-10, 21-15 in 39 minutes.Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy were humbled by Danish sixth seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding, who won 21-13, 21-18 in 35 minutes.last_img read more

New year, new records for Virat Kohli? India captain eyes history in Sydney Test

first_imgVirat Kohli has been breaking records at will over the last few years. Both as a batsman and as captain of India, the 30-year-old is rewriting history books at an unprecedented pace. If the numbers leading up to the fourth Test between India and Australia in Sydney, starting January 3, are anything to go by, Kohli is likely to begin the new year by breaking an array of records.First things first. Kohli is eyeing a historic win in Sydney as his team are bidding to become the first Indian side to win a Test series in Australia. The odds are heavily in favour of the visitors as they showcased why they are the No. 1 Test team by staging a superb comeback in Melbourne after the Perth defeat and taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.It will be a historic moment for Indian cricket and a special moment for the current group of players and support staff if they win in Sydney. India were touted to shed their tag of poor travellers in 2018 after a solid season at home in 2016-17. Their pace battery was looking sharper than ever and their batsmen were scoring aplenty at home.However, Kohli and Ravi Shastri failed in their missions in South Africa and England after the batting unit’s failure to perform collectively.Cut to December 2018, India’s bowling unit, especially the pace trio that set a world record for the most number of wickets between them in the calendar year, was firing in Australia. The batting unit joined the party and the results went in favour of the high-flying visitors.advertisementAhead of the Perth Test, which India lost by 146 runs, Kohli said he is lucky to captain the Indian side when the pace battery, consisting Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, is at its peak.”I am lucky that when they are at their peak I am the captain. To be honest I haven’t gone scouting for them, they have been playing for a while and it is just that these five have come into their own when I was the captain,” Kohli had said.Can Kohli overtake Ganguly in Sydney?Meanwhile, Kohli will also become the most successful Indian captain away from home in Tests if he manages to lead his team past the finish line in Sydney. He is currently tied with Sourav Ganguly with 11 wins from 24 Tests.Kohli will also become the first Asian skipper to win more than two Tests in Australia. Bishan Singh Bedi, who was leading the Indian team that lost 3-2 in 1978, and Mushtaq Mohammad (Pakistan), are the other two from the continent to win two Tests as captain in Australia.Kohli is also bidding to break the record set by Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi as he will become the only India captain to win two series with three wins in each of them away from home. Kohli had previously led India to a 3-0 win in Sri Lanka in 2017.Pataudi had achieved the feat when he led the team to a 3-1 win in New Zealand in 1976-78.Nonetheless, the history at the Sydney Cricket Ground isn’t favouring Kohli’s men as India have won only one of the 11 Tests played at the iconic venue with their last win coming in 1978.Also Read | India vs Australia: Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Bumrah a nightmare to face, Pujara the difference between India and Australia: Brad HodgeAlso See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Michael Clarke backs MS Dhoni to stay focussed despite gloves row

first_img Next World Cup 2019: Michael Clarke backs MS Dhoni to stay focussed despite gloves rowMS Dhoni will be least bothered about the controversy surrounding his gloves when he takes the field for India against Australia in London, World Cup-winning former Australia captain, Michael Clarke said.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 15:05 IST Michael Clarke backs MS Dhoni to stay focussed despite gloves row. ( AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHe wouldn’t have read an article about him, he’s hardly ever on social media: ClarkeMS Dhoni is part of India’s playing XI for big match vs AustraliaRohit Sharma also said India players weren’t aware of the gloves controversyFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke has said MS Dhoni will be least bothered by the off-field controversy surrounding his wicketkeeping gloves with Army Insignia when the veteran takes the field during India’s much-anticipated clash against Australia.Dhoni was spotted sporting a pair of gloves with a “Balidaan Badge” during India’s World Cup 2019 opener vs South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.After the International Cricket Council asked the Insignia to be removed from Dhoni’s gloves, a section of Inidan fans created a stir while backing the World Cup-winning former captain.Nationalistic debates dominated the narrative in the lead up to the big India-Australia clash in London but Clarke believes Dhoni wouldn’t even be aware of the controversy.Speaking to India Today from London, Michael Clarke said: “I wish it bothered. He will be as focussed as ever. He wouldn’t have read an article about him, he’s hardly ever on social media. He couldn’t care less.”Vice-captain Rohit Sharma, speaking to the press on the eve of the big clash between the former champions, said he wasn’t aware of the Dhoni gloves row.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had written to the ICC to reconsider its directive on Dhoni’s gloves but the apex body of world cricket stuck to its decision and asked the India wicketkeeper-batsman to take off the Insignia.”I have no idea about it at all. I am not the captain I don’t know what is happening with that and have nothing to say about it. Let’s see what happens tomorrow,” Rohit told reporters.advertisementIndia Today reported that MS Dhoni and the team management were ready to play it by the rules. According to the ICC rules, equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.India on Sunday won the toss against Australia and opted to bat at The Oval in London. On what seemed a dry wicket, India have gone with an unchanged XI, retaining their two wrist-spinners in the playing XI.Also Read | Had to convince everyone in team to let me bat at three, says Shakib Al HasanAlso Read | Rashid Khan should be fully fit for South Africa clash: Gulbadin NaibAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow World Cup 2019Follow Michael ClarkeFollow MS Dhoni gloveslast_img read more

How to Make Empanadas With 5 Ingredients or Less

first_img8. Lightly drizzle oil on a baking sheet and position your empanada on the top. Add a quick egg wash to make it shine and put into the oven for 15-20 minutes until the dough has turned golden.9. Once you’re done, let them rest for 10 minutes.10. Put all your empanadas in a big basket or tray, pour you and your guest a glass of wine or sangria, and eat with your hands and a napkin.Should you use a knife or fork? Cantarovici says, “No, no, no, no, no. You do not eat with a fork. It was intended to eat with your hands and you can probably even walk with one.”“Empanadas came from Spain and were authentically made with a sheet pan, then cut into pieces. After that, it started to appear in its smaller size and that size came to Argentina. But every country does it differently. In Mexico, empanadas are a sweet dessert and in Uruguay, they’re all made with potatoes. The Finnish, for instance, similarly have pasties,” Cantarovici says, “but they’re made to be cooked and enjoyed with someone you want to spend time with.” [Finnish pasties, though, differ in that they were historically made with a rye crust and stuffed with barley or talkunna.]Major date points with a crush or a best-son ranking with parents. 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Maria EmpanadaDon’t be the guy who “only knows how to cook pasta.” That’s a great start, but frankly, it’s not going to be enough. If you need a new dish to add to your repertoire, you should consider the empanada. Why? Because empanadas are not only easy to make, but they taste heavenly, require no silverware or plates, and serve as a bonding activity to do with a date, friends, family, or all of the above.Jahla Seppanen/The ManualFor the best beginner recipe, The Manual turned to Lorena Cantarovici, founder and head chef at Maria Empanada in Denver, who has been called the ambassador of the Argentinian empanada in America. Her recipes earned her recognition as one of Zagat’s “Hottest New Bakeries” and one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ “Breakout Brands” of 2018, not to mention the Flavortown seal of approval from Guy Fieri himself.Cantarovici welcomed us into her kitchen with a glass of South American yerba mate and explained, “Everyone should know how to make empanadas because it creates unity. It’s a way of bringing people together and making memories, while the process is like a game or craft.”While Cantarovici makes roughly 11 different fillings at Maria Empanada, she taught us the recipe of her signature Caprese empanada, which takes less than five ingredients to make.Caprese EmpanadaJahla Seppanen/The ManualIngredients:Phyllo or empanada doughMozzarellaTomatoesBasilPepper for tasteMethod:1. Go either to your local international grocer or a traditional grocery store and get empanada dough or phyllo dough. In the case of phyllo dough, “use a rolling pin to thin out the dough and cut into a round disk,” Cantarovici says. Thickness-wise, think of a hearty slice of breakfast ham.2. Put to the side. Fill a small bowl of water and also put to the side.3. “Cut the mozzarella into small but not shredded pieces, and the same with the basil. Cut tomatoes into small cubes and mix these ingredients together in a bowl, adding pepper and salt depending on the saltiness of the cheese,” Cantarovici says.4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.5. If you live in a humid climate, dust your surface with flour. High-altitude bakers, add only a sprinkling so as to not dry out the dough.Jahla Seppanen/The Manual6. Take your first disc of dough and, using your hands, run water on one half of the edge. Add two spoonfuls of Caprese filling to the middle and fold the dough to create a half moon. Press hard on the ends (the water helps seal this dough together).7. Now for the repulgue. Pronounced “rra-pull-gay,” repulgue is the unique twist or fold that characterizes each empanada. Fun fact: The way in which the dough is folded is intentional depending on the filling. This is one telltale sign of an artisanal, hand-made empanada, as the use of mass machine-made empanadas yields only one fold on the edge. For the Caprese empanda, press the border closed to seal the filling, then pull up that border until it touches the center. Then make pinches to the side. The job of the repulgue is usually assigned in a family setting to the children, who can play with the dough while the grown-ups continue chopping vegetables and meats. So give the task to your most Gronk-like friend. 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? center_img 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Ciderlast_img read more

Trump defends Mexico deal as criticism continues

first_imgSterling (US): With his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, President Donald Trump was looking to claim victory even as some of his Democratic challengers for the White House criticised him for overselling a deal that mostly ramps up existing efforts. Trump defended the agreement reached by US and Mexican negotiators to head off the 5 per cent tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose Monday as he tried to pressure the country to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the US southern border. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ But he also dangled the prospect Sunday of renewing his threat if the US ally doesn’t cooperate to his liking. “There is now going to be great cooperation between Mexico & the USA, something that didn’t exist for decades,” Trump tweeted before spending a second day at his Virginia golf course. “However,” he added, “if for some unknown reason” that doesn’t happen, “we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs.” Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Business leaders and many Republicans had urged Trump against the tariffs, warning they would drive up consumer prices, hinder the economy and compromise the ratification of an updated North American trade deal. The tweets came amid questions about just how much of the deal announced with great fanfare Friday was really new. It included a commitment from Mexico, for instance, to deploy its new National Guard to the country’s southern border with Guatemala. Mexico, however, had already intended to do that before Trump’s latest threat and had made that clear to US officials. Mexican officials have described their commitment as an accelerated deployment. The US also hailed Mexico’s agreement to embrace the expansion of a program implemented earlier this year under which some asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico as they wait out their cases. But US officials had already been working to expand the program, which has already led to the return of about 10,000 to Mexico, without Mexico’s public embrace. “The president has completely overblown what he reports to have achieved. These are agreements that Mexico had already made, in some cases months ago,” said Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, speaking on ABC’s “This Week.” ”They might have accelerated the time table, but by and large the president achieved nothing except to jeopardise the most important trading relationship that the United States of America has.” Another 2020 candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, chastised Trump for using tariffs as a threat and operating a “trade policy based on tweets.” “I think what the world is tired of and what I am tired of is a president who consistently goes to war, verbal war with our allies, whether it is Mexico, whether it is Canada,” he said. But acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, speaking on “Fox News Sunday” insisted “all of it is new,” including the agreement to dispatch around 6,000 National Guard troops a move Mexico has described as an “acceleration.” “This is the first time we’ve heard anything like this kind of number of law enforcement being deployed in Mexico to address migration, not just at the southern border but also on the transportation routes to the northern border and in coordinated patrols in key areas along our southwest border,” he said, adding that “people can disagree with the tactics” but that “Mexico came to the table with real proposals” that will be effective, if implemented. Trump echoed the same in his tweets, insisting the deal was being misrepresented and demanding more credit from the press. “We have been trying to get some of these Border Actions for a long time, as have other administrations, but were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico,” he wrote, claiming that if former President Barack Obama had made the deals he has, “the Corrupt Media would be hailing them as Incredible, & a National Holiday would be immediately declared.” He also teased the idea that more was agreed to than was announced Friday, saying that “some things” and “one in particular” that had been left out of the release but would be “announced at the appropriate time.” He could have been referring to discussion about Mexico becoming a “safe third country,” which would make it harder for asylum-seekers who pass through the country to claim refuge in the US. The idea, which Mexico has long opposed, was discussed during negotiations. But Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has said Mexico did not agree to it. Mexico’s ambassador in Washington nonetheless said her country is committed to working with the US and that discussions will continue. “We want to continue to work with the US very closely on the different challenges that we have together. And one urgent one at this moment is immigration,” said Martha Barcena. She told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the countries’ “joint declaration of principles … gives us the base for the road map that we have to follow in the incoming months on immigration and cooperation on asylum issues and development in Central America.” The US, she said, wants to see the number of migrants crossing the border return to levels seen in 2018. US Border Patrol last week announced it had apprehended more than 132,000 people at the border in May, including a record 84,542 adults and children travelling together, straining federal resources and leaving officials struggling to provide basic housing and health care.last_img read more

In a race against time Ridley Scott cuts out Kevin Spacey

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Matt Damon walked onto the set of “The Martian” one morning to find Ridley Scott speaking into multiple walkie-talkies and directing an army of camera operators.“He was shooting four cameras at a time. I was skeptical about it, and each frame is, like, a Ridley Scott frame — beautiful,” Damon recalled in 2015. “I said, ‘God, Ridley, each of those shots is perfect.’ He says, ‘They’ve been perfect for a long time!’”Scott’s madman feats of efficiency have long been legend. Now, the director is attempting what could be his greatest trick yet, and all of Hollywood is eagerly watching.Scott on Wednesday summarily decided to cut Kevin Spacey out of the already completed movie “All the Money in the World,” reshoot the actor’s many scenes using Christopher Plummer — the man Scott originally wanted for the role of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty — and still, somehow, make a release date just six weeks away.It is, to say the least, an unprecedented move that most filmmakers (and studios) wouldn’t even consider. With Spacey suddenly deemed toxic following a flood of sexual harassment and assault allegations, Scott — in one of the more audacious acts of damage control in recent memory — simply opted to be rid of him.It’s as if the maker of the epic “Exodus” took to heart the Bible’s advice: “And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee.”Scott even caught the film’s distributor, Sony Pictures, by surprise. But once word got out Wednesday, the studio opted to support the plan. Saying no to Ridley is an unenviable task.“I’m good at pushing the pace and suddenly everyone is running,” the director, now 79, told the Guardian in 2007. “It’s very easy to do only 10 shots a day. On ‘American Gangster,’ we were doing 50 setups a day. We wouldn’t have got through it otherwise.”“I was always fast,” he added. “Now I’m really fast.”The new film is slated for release Dec. 22, and trailers highlighting Spacey’s role are already in theatres. Its premiere at the AFI Fest this month has been scuttled out of concern the scandal around Spacey would spoil the event.Can Scott pull it off? That was the question captivating both moviegoers and Hollywood.Scott has his work cut out for him. Spacey’s scenes were shot over eight days, in multiple locations and a period setting. The movie recounts Getty’s refusal to pay the ransom when his 16-year-old grandson was kidnapped in 1973. The boy’s mother (Michelle Williams) and Getty’s adviser (Mark Wahlberg) work to win his release.While Spacey donned extensive prosthetics for the role of the elderly Getty, that won’t be an issue for the 87-year-old Plummer. Wahlberg and Williams are set to participate in the reshoots.It’s unclear if some shots will be digitally manipulated to erase Spacey or if every shot with him in the frame will be restaged. Sony declined to comment on how the reshoots will be carried out. Advances in digital effects have made such image scrubbing increasingly easy for filmmakers, though they come with ethical questions of their own.“Apparently Spacey’s harassment was well known, yet he still got big acting gigs,” wrote Jeet Heer, an editor at the New Republic. “To edit him out kind of whitewashes complicity of Hollywood.”Films are generally considered finished only once they’re released, and tinkering often continues right up until a movie hits theatres. A World Trade Center scene was removed from the 2002 movie “Spider-Man” after the Sept. 11 attacks, even though the twin towers had been featured in a trailer for the film.But there are few examples in film history that would rival the recasting of a major role of a movie on the cusp of release. Endings have been flipped, scenes removed and lines redubbed, but most major casting changes happen, at the latest, early in production.Eric Stoltz was replaced by Michael J. Fox after shooting began on “Back to the Future,” and Paul Dano was a late addition to “There Will Be Blood” when the initial actor was judged a poor fit. Harvey Keitel was fired after two weeks of shooting “Apocalypse Now.”Late switching has more commonly happened in voice-over roles. In Spike Jonze’s “Her,” Scarlett Johansson replaced Samantha Morton during post-production as the computer operating system’s voice. Ben Whishaw took over for Colin Firth to give the lead voice in “Paddington” a younger sound.More often, post-production creativity becomes necessary because of a death, such as that of Paul Walker of “The Fast and the Furious” movies. When the British actor Oliver Reed died in 1999 during the making of Scott’s “Gladiator,” Scott filmed with a double and digitally mixed it with outtakes of Reed.The director has also made liberal use of “director’s cuts” and reshaped films like his “Blade Runner” and “Alien” years after the fact — sometimes crafting more beloved versions, sometimes not.___This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Ben Whishaw’s name.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: read more

Archbishop meets Muslims in Negombo appeals to Catholics

A clash between two groups in Negombo yesterday turned violent resulting in mobs attacking some Muslims. Accordingly, the Office for Reparations under the Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs has taken immediate steps to assess the damages, the Prime Minister’s Office has announced. (Colombo Gazette)(Image courtesy social media) The Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith visited Negombo today and spoke to the communities affected by the violent clashes yesterday.Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith also visited a mosque and had discussions with Muslim religious leaders in the area. The Archbishop of Colombo also appealed to the Christians in Negombo to live in peace with the Muslim community. The Police later imposed an overnight curfew in the area which was lifted this morning.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has given instructions to pay compensation for the damages caused to public and private property as a result of the tense situation that prevailed in Negombo yesterday, the Prime Minister’s Office said. read more

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Business Highlights AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ___Hollywood struggles against new film meccasLOS ANGELES (AP) — In the old days, filmmakers flocked to Hollywood for its abundant sunshine, beautiful people and sandy beaches. But today a new filmmaking diaspora is spreading across the globe to places like Vancouver, London and Wellington, New Zealand.Fueled by politicians doling out generous tax breaks, filmmaking talent is migrating to where the money is. The result is an incentives arms race that pits California against governments around the world and allows powerful studios —with hundreds of millions of dollars at their disposal— to cherry-pick the best deals.The most recent iteration of the phenomenon came earlier this month when James Cameron announced plans to shoot and produce the next three “Avatar” sequels largely in New Zealand. What Cameron gets out of the deal is a 25 per cent rebate on production costs, as long as his company spends at least $413 million on the three films.___Hollywood poised for best-ever box-office yearLOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite a string of summertime flops, Hollywood is expected to have a banner year at the domestic box office, coming in just shy of $11 billion, the largest annual take ever. But because of higher ticket prices, actual attendance at North American theatres remained flat after a decade of decline.With the current domestic box-office tally nearly 1 per cent ahead of last year at this time, 2013 could surpass 2012’s overall haul of $10.8 billion by more than $100 million, according to box-office tracker Rentrak.___Target: Customers’ encrypted PINs were stolenATLANTA (AP) — Target said Friday that debit-card PINs were among the financial information stolen from millions of customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.The company said the stolen personal identification numbers, which customers type into keypads to make secure transactions, were encrypted and that this strongly reduces risk to customers. In addition to the encrypted PINs, customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on back of the cards were stolen from about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.Security experts say it’s the second-largest theft of card accounts in U.S. history, surpassed only by a scam that began in 2005 involving retailer TJX Cos.Gartner security analyst Avivah Litan said Friday that the PINs for the affected cards are vulnerable and people should change their codes since such data has been decrypted, or unlocked, before.___Predictions from market experts for 2014NEW YORK (AP) — It is an understatement to say stock market investors had a good year in 2013. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index soared 29 per cent, its best year since 1997. Including dividends, it gained 32 per cent.What lies ahead? The AP asked leading market analysts and investment managers where they see the Standard & Poor’s 500 index winding up by the end of 2014 and why.___GE study: No need to expand Hudson River cleanupALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — General Electric Co. said Friday a study requested by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows no need for it to voluntarily expand dredging already underway in a portion of the upper Hudson River contaminated with PCBs.GE said the scientific and legal analysis shows wildlife in the area is healthy, and any concern about the company getting hit with future liabilities for environmental damage is speculative.DiNapoli had asked for the review in a shareholder resolution as trustee of the state pension system. He withdrew the resolution after Fairfield, Conn.-based GE agreed to the study earlier this year.Environmentalists have long been pressing for additional dredging of contaminated sections outside the current Superfund cleanup site north of Albany.___CEO of Hyundai’s North America operations resignsJohn Krafcik, the president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, is stepping down next week after five years at the helm, the company announced Friday. He will be replaced by David Zuchowski, the current executive vice-president of sales who joined the company in February 2007.When Krafcik became CEO of American operations in 2008, the South Korean automaker’s cars were ugly and often broke down. During his tenure, he pushed through quality, style and fuel efficiency improvements to help drive up sales. Hyundai Sonata midsize cars and Elantra compacts became top sellers and multiple models garnered the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick designation.Hyundai had already started to change before Krafcik arrived, offering a 10-year, 100,000 mile warranty with its cars. But the transformation from joke to juggernaut accelerated under his watch. Krafcik didn’t just focus on the engine but how people used their cars as personal living spaces.___1.3 million losing unemployment benefits SaturdayWASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy. A tense political battle likely looms when Congress reconvenes in the new, midterm election year.Nudging Congress along, a vacationing President Barack Obama called two senators proposing an extension to offer his support. From Hawaii, Obama pledged Friday to push Congress to move quickly next year to address the “urgent economic priority,” the White House said.For families dependent on cash assistance, the end of the federal government’s “emergency unemployment compensation” will mean some difficult belt-tightening as enrollees lose their average monthly stipend of $1,166.___GM to recall 1.5M cars in China to replace bracketBEIJING (AP) — General Motors Co. and its main Chinese partner will recall almost 1.5 million cars to replace a bracket that secures a fuel pump, China’s product quality agency said Friday.The agency said the recall affects 1.2 million Buick Excelles made from 2006 through part of 2012 and 250,000 Chevrolet Sails produced between April 2009 and October 2011 and some made last year.The bracket to be replaced might crack and in extreme cases cause a fuel leak, the Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement.The recall is GM’s second this year in China. In May, the government announced a recall of 2,653 imported Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicles to adjust nuts on wheels that said might loosen due to torque.___By The Associated Press=The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 1.47 points, or 0.01 per cent, to 16,478.41. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.62 point, or 0.03 per cent, to 1,841.40 and the Nasdaq composite was down 10.59 points, or 0.3 per cent, at 4,156.59.Benchmark U.S. oil for February delivery rose 77 cents to close at $100.32 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Wholesale gasoline was down 0.4 cents to $2.82 a gallon. Heating oil was rose 3 cents to $3.12 per gallon. Natural gas lost 3 cents to $4.41 per 1,000 cubic feet. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, rose 20 cents to $112.18 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 27, 2013 3:17 pm MDT read more

Track and Field Ohio State mens team wins Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge

Senior Zack Bazile competes in the long jump during a meet in the French Field House. Bazile has a chance to win the NCAA indoor national championship when Ohio State travels to the NCAA indoor national championships. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State men’s track and field team won the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge and the women’s team finished third Saturday in Los Angeles.The meet included Ohio State, USC, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Miami, which each have women who coach both men’s and women’s programs. Karen Dennis is in her fourth season leading both the Buckeyes’ men’s and women’s programs.Ohio State brought the full force of its roster, something that other teams did not. USC did not have its best 4×400-meter relay units for either its men’s nor women’s teams, both of which were indoor national champions. It also did not come with Michael Norman, a world-record holder in the 400-meter dash. Men’s recapSenior Cole Gorski and junior Coty Cobb packed a one-two punch on the pole-vault scoreboard. Gorski took gold when he cleared 5.36 meters and Cobb came in second, clearing 5.16 meters.Ohio State junior DaJuan Seward had an easy path to victory in the 110-meter hurdles. Miami’s Andreas Christodoulou false started and was Seward’s only opponent in the race. Seward also finished first in triple-jump with a leaps adding up to 15.28 meters.Bazile won gold in long jump with a jump of 7.93 meters. Even his first leap, in which he sailed 7.83 meters, would have finished in first.Senior Nick Demaline finished first in shot put with a 20.13-meter throw.The Ohio State 4×100 meter relay team, which consisted of freshman Eric Harrison Jr., junior Nick Gray, senior Drelan Bramwell and Bazile, finished second with a time of 39.36 seconds. That performance was good for the fourth-fastest time in program history.Senior Zack Bazile finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.40 seconds. Harrison followed right behind in third with a time of 10.45 seconds.In the 1500-meter run, sophomore Alexander Lomong finished second with a time of 3:48.Women’s recapOhio State was in second behind Miami heading into the final leg of the 4×400-meter relay before junior Karrington Winters took the baton and overtook the Hurricanes to give her team a first place finish at 3:36.Senior Maggie Barrie finished first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.61, which is the fastest time in the nation thus far in the outdoor season. USC’s Kendall Ellis did not compete in the race despite winning the event at the indoor national championship. The Buckeyes scored 23 team points in the 400-meter dash.Sophomore Julia Rizk took first place in the 1500-meter run while setting a personal record of 4:23.Mikaela Seibert won the triple-jump with a total of 12.72 meters.Ohio State will gear up for its first relay meet at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, North Carolina. read more

Ohio State field hockey set to hit the road for opening Big

Senior forward Peanut Johnson (3) surveys the field during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won, 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to hit the road this week for East Lansing, Michigan, to face off against Michigan State.The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to step on the field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Big Ten opener.After last Friday’s 3-2 home win against Ball State, OSU (3-2) is now on a two-game winning streak with an offense that has come on strong recently. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she is cautious about getting too confident heading into conference play.“Once you get the Big Ten, it’s a whole new ballgame, and they know that,” Wilkinson said.Following in the footsteps of last week’s recipient, sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro, senior forward Peanut Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday for her strong performance last week against Ball State. Johnson earned her team five points by scoring twice and adding two assists, which brought the Dayton, Ohio, native’s season total to 10 points.Johnson said she looks to the individual accolade as a welcome recognition, but she still sees the team as a support system and large factor in her triumph.“It’s such an honor,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely a team effort in the end, and I’m just really grateful.”Johnson and her co-captain, senior back Emma Royce, said they see Friday’s first conference game as a chance for the Buckeyes to truly shine following their winning streak.Royce said that when going up against the Spartans, the team has to be in the right mindset above anything else.“The skills are all there, it’s a lot about mentality at this point,” Royce said. “We just know that Michigan State is a very passionate and aggressive team so we’re looking to win our individual matchups and 50-50 balls.”Wilkinson said she looks for Friday’s game to be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to work on locking down the ball.“Possession is really going to be key,” Wilkinson said. “Michigan has a style where they really like to break up your plays…because we’re a fast team, they like to break that up so we need to work on playing small but opening up also.”Michigan State will go into the game tied for sixth place in the Big Ten alongside Maryland after their loss to Columbia last Sunday, bringing them to 3-3 overall on the season.Last meetingLast season’s matchup between the Buckeyes and Spartans ended in overtime at 4-3, with Michigan State taking the victory on a goal by forward Abby Barker.Players to watchWhile Tamburro and Johnson hold the consecutive titles of Big Ten Player of the Week, sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey holds team leads for Buckeyes with 12 points (five goals, two assists). read more

Giggs Wales can win their Nations League group

first_imgWales boss Ryan Giggs challenged his side to win their group after securing a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday nightThe Dragons prevailed at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin without star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey due to Harry Wilson’s superb free-kick.The result leaves Wales top of Group B4 with six points from three games.Next up will be second-place side Denmark at Cardiff on November 16 and another three points will secure the top spot for Wales.“We set out in this Nations League to win the group and then see where it took us, and that’s good that we can do it with one game to go,” said Giggs in a post-match conference in the FA Wales Youtube.Daniel James, WalesGiggs is full of praise for Daniel James Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs, footballer Daniel James is unstoppable after he helped his team secure a victory against Belarus.“Now the next thing is to look to win it. It won’t be easy – we have got Denmark at home – but Cardiff City Stadium will be bouncing, we’re guaranteed for that, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge now.”🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 We’ve guaranteed a top two finish in League B Group 4. #TogetherStronger #NationsLeague— Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Free rides today on Portlands MAX light rail

first_imgPORTLAND — TriMet says rides are free Monday on the MAX light rail system through the Portland area.The transit agency says on its website, “MAX riders: It’s been a rough week. As a small ‘thank you’ for your patience through last week’s disruptions, we’re offering free rides on all MAX lines all day Monday, August 18.”Maintenance, hot weather, a derailed car and accidents have all caused MAX delays.last_img

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first_img $6 at Tidal 1:39 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The Cheapskate Tags 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. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo Tags Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 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. Now playing: Watch this: The updated terms go into effect on July 31. Facebook said users can preview the changes by visiting its Terms of Service page.Earlier this month, Twitter made a similar move. The social media platform streamlined its rules with simple, clear language and cut its rules from 2,500 total words to under 600. 14 Photos $999 Rylo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. 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. 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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Mobile $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sprint See It Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile $999center_img 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 7 $520 at HP Apple iPhone XS 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. Angela Lang/CNET 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comments 0 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Turo 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. $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Is Facebook spying on you? See at Amazon Read the AirPods review Facebook is trying to clear up a few things. James Martin/CNET Facebook says it wants to give people “clear, simple explanations” about how its business works and how it uses your personal information. In a blog post on Thursday, Facebook outlined updates to its terms of service intended to clarify how the company makes money and to explain users’ rights on the site. The social network said it’s adding more information to its terms of service on how it makes money — including an explanation that points out it doesn’t charge for its products because it sells ads — and what happens when it removes content that violates its policies. Facebook is also updating its terms around intellectual property rights and what happens when you delete content from the social network. Mind you, Facebook said it’s not actually changing any of its policies, just trying to explain them more clearly. Share your voice Post a comment Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Facebook,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. 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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). See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displayslast_img read more