12 days agoBrighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potential

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potentialby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens has no doubts about the potential of Aaron Connolly.he 19-year-old grabbed the headlines with a double strike against Tottenham on his first Prem start. Asked whether Connolly has the ability to get under defenders’ skins, Stephens replied: “Yes, he’s got that side to his game and he’s going to need it.“He’s not a big lad, and he has got different abilities to a big centre-forward but he can use what he has got to his advantage.“Being a pain and a pest is what he is good at and that proved good for us (against Tottenham).” last_img

Michael Moore Contemplates Mass Murder Motivation

first_imgIn the developed world it is not only the USA that has millions of guns and children who watch violent movies and play violent video games, but activist and documentary film maker Michael Moore says that people in other countries, “simply don’t kill each other at the rate that we do.” Moore thinks he knows why: poverty, fear and a ‘me’ society.“One in five Americans goes hungry at some point during the year,” says Moore. “The majority of those who aren’t poor are living from paycheck to paycheck. There’s no doubt this creates more crime. Middle class jobs prevent crime and violence.” No one making $50 thousand per year will be breaking into homes and shooting people for television sets, he says.As for the Americans’ exaggerated sense of fear, Moore links it with racism that is perpetuated by media. “Too many white people are afraid of black people. What’s the image of a perpetrator in our heads?” It isn’t the freckle-faced kid from down the street.He also criticizes America’s every-man-for-himself ethos: “I have noticed in my travels that other civilized countries see a national benefit to taking care of each other. In other countries people see each other together, with each person existing as an integral part of the whole.”Moore doesn’t think banning semiautomatic weapons, regulating ammunition, improved background checks and increased mental health services, although all welcome, would bring an end to mass murders in his country. The alleged killer at the recent Newtown school tragedy had no criminal record, the guns he used were legally purchased, none fit the legal description of an assault weapon, the murderer’s mother had sought help for his mental health problems, and the school where the rampage took place had been locked down before the killer showed up.“Most [citizens in other developed countries] are raised with a sense of connection, if not outright solidarity,” says Moore. “And that makes it harder to kill one another.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Gov Amazon largest jobs commitment in Tennessee history

first_imgNASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that an Amazon operations hub expected to create 5,000 jobs in Tennessee will be “the single largest jobs commitment made by a company in Tennessee’s history.”Amazon will invest $230 million-plus to locate its Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville Yards, a 15-acre (6-hectare), mixed-use downtown development still under construction in the booming southern city. Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy says Nashville will become the eastern U.S. hub for its retail operations division, with hiring to begin next year.Amazon announced the Nashville site the same day it revealed it would split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and Arlington, Virginia, each getting 25,000 jobs.“This is a game changer for Tennessee. The ripple effect of Amazon’s decision to invest $230 million in our state and create 5,000 high-paying jobs in downtown Nashville will be felt for years to come,” Haslam said in a statement.Amazon’s new 1 million square-foot Nashville office space will host tech and management functions, including customer fulfilment, customer service, transportation and supply chain. The project is expected to add an estimated incremental tax revenue of more than $1 billion over the next 10 years, according to the company.Amazon says it will receive up to $102 million in performance-based incentives based on the creation of 5,000 jobs with an average wage exceeding $150,000 in Nashville.“We think it’s just a great location for our employees, but also a great location to really further the resilience and the vibrancy, and just the overall coolness of Nashville, Tennessee,” Sullivan said Tuesday at a news conference with Gov. Haslam.The company received 238 proposals for its new headquarters before narrowing it down to 20 in January, a shortlist that included Nashville.Haslam said that in the past 30 days or so, the conversation shifted toward the possibility of the smaller hub in Nashville. For perspective, Haslam said the Amazon headquarters proposal could have resulted in 50,000 new jobs in one location, and Nashville currently only has 70,000 jobs downtown.“I think we realized, Nashville realized and Amazon realized, to do something that big, as much as Nashville has grown, would still be a challenge to infrastructure and to the talent demand,” Haslam said at the news conference.Amazon’s choice also followed the resounding defeat of a multibillion-dollar Nashville transit ballot measure in the May election, a plan that banked on tax increases to introduce a light rail system, expand bus routes and build a downtown underground tunnel. In fielding proposals for the second headquarters, Amazon stressed the importance of direct access to mass transit.Nashville Mayor David Briley said the city still continues to invest in expanding its existing transit system.Amazon’s incentives package includes a cash grant for capital expenditures from the state of $65 million based on the company creating 5,000 jobs over the next seven years — equivalent to $13,000 per job.Meanwhile, Nashville has agreed to give up to a $15 million cash grant based on each job created within the same timeframe. The annual payment from the city, however, will be dependent on the actual number of employees added.Finally, Amazon will receive a job tax credit to offset 50 per cent of Tennessee’s franchise and excise taxes based on $4,500 per job over the next seven years — worth about $21.7 million.A free market think-tank, Beacon Center of Tennessee, became a quick critic of the deal. Beacon Center spokesman Mark Cunningham said officials “got scammed into giving the company more than $100 million in taxpayer giveaways for a consolation prize.”But Briley and Haslam contended that Nashville and the state are getting great deals that will quickly pay themselves off. Haslam said he expects 1.6 more jobs in the state for every direct job created, for a total of 13,000-plus.The state says Amazon currently has six Tennessee facilities employing more than 6,500 people.___Associated Press writer Kimberlee Kruesi in Nashville contributed to this report.Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Patient falls off bed, dies; kin allege medical negligence

first_imgKolkata: A woman died after she fell off the bed at the newly built super-specialty hospital in Bongaon on Wednesday night.The family members of the patient have brought the charges of negligence against the hospital authorities and demanded a probe into the incident. Munmun Mondal (43), a resident of Chalki village at Gopalnagar in Bongoan was admitted to the hospital by her family members on April 23 as she complained of severe respiratory distress. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a preliminary check up the patient was admitted to the female medicine ward of the hospital. The patient was recovering well as observed by the hospital doctors. The family members of the victim spoke to the attending doctor in the night of April 24 who told them that patient may be released from the hospital in one or two days. The incident triggered tension among the patients at the female ward of the hospital on Thursday morning. The victim’s family members said that they received a phone call from the hospital saying the patient died. The family members then rushed to the hospital and came to know that the patient fell on the floor from the bed and this led to her death. It is suspected that she suffered internal injuries after falling from the bed. The real cause of her death is yet to be ascertained. The hospital staff members however denied the allegation of negligence. They termed it as an accident. The family members met the hospital authorities and urged them to conduct a probe into the death. They also alleged that the patient died due to negligence by a section of the hospital staff members. The hospital officials assured the deceased’s family members that a probe would be conducted into the incident.last_img read more

Lawyer Jonathan Martins Texts To Richie Incognito Were Vile

The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin drama just won’t go away. And it picked up momentum Thursday when Incognito’s attorney, Mark Schamel, said Martin was equally vulgar in text messages to Incognito.“The coarse and unacceptable comments and text messages that were sent to Jonathan Martin were of the same poor taste as those sent by him,” Schamel said. “All of these communications were provided to Ted Wells and the NFL investigation. What they show is banter between friends, not bullying.”Incognito was suspended by the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 3 and remained on the NFL’s suspended list with pay for the rest of the season for “bullying” fellow offensive lineman Martin, who left the team. Incognito missed out on two game checks ($470,588) after agreeing to a compromise with the Dolphins in November when his suspension was extended with pay. He agreed to another extension in December.Schamel alleges that Martin sent text messages to Incognito which “included threats to send someone over to Richie Incognito’s home with a ‘tranquilizer gun and sandpaper condoms’ to homosexually rape him” and “another that said he would ‘kill [Richie’s] whole family.’”“Richie Incognito has owned his inappropriate comments, despite the fact that they were made in jest, and it is time for Jonathan Martin to do the same,” Schamel said.The attorney claims that Martin didn’t raise accusations of bullying until his performance on the field had suffered to a point where his spot on the roster might be in jeopardy and he had already left the team in October.According to Schamel, Martin had confided to Incognito his own concerns “that he was not playing well, about how upset he was at being ranked by Pro Football Focus as among the worst linemen in the NFL, about his poor performance on the field, his demotion to right tackle and how he was concerned about what the outcome might be for his missing team meetings and, about how he felt his job was at risk.”“Rather than deal with his poor on-field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations. The result undermines the real problems of bullying and demeans what is a very real problem for many young people,” Schamel said.Martin said earlier this week in an interview with NBC’s Tony Dungy that he felt “trapped” after alleged repeated bullying by Incognito. Dungy was part of a task force established by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to improve the culture of the franchise.Schamel, however, said that Martin’s claims ring hollow.“Jonathan Martin was a full participant, who at times led some of the exact same pranks and gags and text and email exchanges he now claims, ‘crossed the line,’” he said. read more

Darmian to undergo medical at Juventus

first_imgManchester United defender Matteo Darmian is set to undergo a medical with Juventus after arriving in Milan, reports Football-ItaliaThe Italy international has been heavily linked with a move to the Bianconeri for over the past year after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.Since arriving from Torino in 2015, Darmian has struggled to adapt to the demands of English football and has recently expressed a desire to return to his homeland in the summer.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…United boss Mourinho is planning to sign two new full-backs in the upcoming transfer window and will likely use the reported €12m transfer fee generated from Darmian ’s sale to reinvest in his defence.The 28-year-old is currently in Italy finalising the move to Juventus with Daley Blind also expected to leave Manchester after admitting that he was left feeling frustrated over his lack of opportunities in the second half of this season.Across all competitions this season, Darmian only started seven matches.last_img read more

Sadio Mane reveals his two boyhood idols

first_imgLiverpool striker Sadio Mane has named Ronaldinho and El-Hadji Diouf as the top two players he idolised while growing upThe Senegal international’s comments will likely cause a stir at Anfield due to Diouf’s reputation.The former striker spent two years at Liverpool and had a long-standing feud with captain Steven Gerrard.More recently, Diouf publicly blamed Gerrard for Liverpool’s failed title bid in the Premier League back in 2014.“When I was young, I had lots of favourite footballers, but Ronaldinho was my real favourite, along with El-Hadji Diouf from Senegal,” Mane told Bleacher Report.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“They really inspired me. Those two players were examples for me as a footballer. They were skilful players and good dribblers who beat their opponents easily.”Mane also reserved praise for his fellow forward Roberto Firmino, who he describes as an “animal” due to his hardworking nature.“Lots of people like to talk about me and Salah. It’s nice to hear those things, but the strength of this Liverpool team is the collective,” Mane said.“You also can’t forget that there’s a guy up front called Firmino who works like an animal for us and makes things easier. And the guys behind us do some extraordinary work. We try to benefit from that and help the team go forward.“I was a very good dribbler as a young player, but now that I’ve got more experience, there are some useless things that I don’t do anymore. It’s all about making and scoring goals for the team, like my idols did when they were at the peak of their powers.”last_img read more

Varane Real Madrid 100 motivated to make history

first_imgReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane insists that they remain as motivated as ever heading into tonight’s Champions League trip to CSKA MoscowAfter three consecutive Champions League titles with few new signings in the summer, concerns have been raised over Real’s motivation.Julen Lopetegui’s side have also dropped five points in their last three La Liga games with just a single goal to their name in the process.But Varane, who will play in Moscow for the first time since winning the World Cup with France later today, insists that Los Blancos remain as keen as ever to rewrite the history books.“Our motivation is always at its maximum. Just wearing this shirt gives you motivation. We always want to make history and improve,” said Varane on the club website.“This stadium will always be special for me [referring to the World Cup Final], but it’s a Champions League game against a complicated team. It’ll be a difficult game, so we’ll need to be 100%.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We’re not worried, we know what we’re capable of. We have a great team and we know we can beat anyone.“The season is long and there are many games to be played, but the Champions League is a unique competition.“Experience is very important in the Champions League, but we have quality players who can respond to the demands of the Champions League.“Every player in the squad is prepared and has the qualities of playing a match in this competition.”Real captain Sergio Ramos will be rested for the game at the Russian capital.The Group G clash between Real and CSKA will take place at the VEB Arena with kick-off to begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

DEPUTY GOVERNOR OCTOBER PUBLIC SERVICE SPOTLIGHT

first_img TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Dames is first Hospitality Hero Related Items:Adonni Garland, anya williams, Bjorn Griffiths, Demardo Clare, immigration task force, Lorenzo Wilson, Tito Forbes, Velika Brooks, Wendy Seymour DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos Islands, 14 Oct 2014 (TCIG Press Release) – In the October edition of the Deputy Governor’s regular articles that mark and celebrate the contribution of public servants to the Turks and Caicos Islands, the head of the civil service this month turns the attention of the ‘spotlight’ programme to the Immigration Task Force.The Honourable Anya Williams said:“The Ministry of Border Control & Labour’s Immigration Task Force plays a very vital role in the Turks and Caicos Islands and in my belief is second only to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force in terms of ensuring our national security.“Although it clearly has many important functions, I wish to spotlight those key tasks associated with the preservation of national security. These functions act as deterrent to people who arrive on our shores without adequate documentation and people who try to do this are being increasingly detected, arrested and repatriated as necessary.“Clearly, the Immigration Task Force is essential to the operations of the Border Control & Enforcement Department, culminating the efforts of intelligence, compliance and investigation. “Theirs can be a challenging job, yet the team conducts its operations in a professional, lawful and humane manner, with desperate people who have often risked everything that they have to try and get here illegally. The Immigration Task Force works closely with other key agencies such as the Police, HM Customs and the Employment Services department towards the benefit of the Turks and Caicos Islands.“It is to their credit that their work is driven by intelligence and evidence, always ensuring that their efforts are complaint with our ordinances. “So, on behalf of their fellow public servants and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands I would like to recognise and sincerely thank each and every member of the Immigration task force for everything that they do on our behalf.”ENDS Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Arson at Magistrates Court Nassau Foyer charred

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 1, 2017 – Someone tried to burn down the Magistrates court on Nassau Street, and while the damage was severe, only the foyer was burned said ACP, Stephen Dean.   Police do not have a suspect at this time but Dean says there is a vigorous investigation on to find the party responsible. See this link for images of the suspect. (https://youtu.be/RkYYVOPadAc).No one put out the fire, amazingly, it just burned itself out and the charred walls were discovered around 6am Monday morning.   Court proceedings were held as usual said ACP Dean and no one was hurt, nor were any court documents troubled by the fire.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal From Alaska Hovercraft Owner

first_imgSturgeon won an earlier round at the Supreme Court in 2016. The justices agreed Monday to review a federal appeals court ruling that sided with the National Park Service and against Sturgeon. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska resident John Sturgeon is getting a second crack at the Supreme Court in his fight to get his hovercraft back on the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The new case will be argued in the fall.center_img The dispute is over whether the federal government or Alaska has authority over the river inside the boundaries of the preserve. Sturgeon sued the Park Service in 2011 after it told him to stop operating his hovercraft on a stretch of the Nation river that passes through the federally created preserve.last_img

Wilmington High StudentParent Fall Sports Night To Be Held On August 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Fall Sports Night will be on Tuesday, August 21 at 6pm in the WHS Auditorium.This is required for all students who will be trying out for fall sports, plus one guardian for each participating student.Important information will be discussed and students and families will break off by sport to learn about team expectations and tryout procedures. Permission forms will be distributed and should be returned to the coach on the first day of tryouts. A valid physical (within the last 13 months) should be on file in the Athletic Office if one is expired or needed. If a new physical is needed, a form must be submitted before a student can participate.Dr. Ruth Potee has been secured as a guest speaker as part of the night. The talk is titled “Athletes, Opioids & Addiction” and will last about 45 minutes. Learn more about the talk HERE. Potee is a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, MA. In addition to practicing full- scope family medicine, she is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District as well as the Chair of the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County. Dr. Potee engages communities in discussions surrounding substance abuse through her wide ranging series of talks.Ice Bucket Challenge NoteAll students are encouraged to attend the Wilmington Rotary Club’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 18 at 10am at Rotary Park. Last year, more than 140 students and coaches participated. It is a great event to support.(NOTE: The above information is from Wilmington Athletic Director Tim Alberts.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”NOW HIRING: Wilmington High School Hiring Freshman Volleyball CoachIn “Sports”Important Info For WHS Students Wanting To Play Fall SportsIn “Sports”last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Town Discusses Rollout Of Plastic Bag Ban

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The town’s upcoming plastic bag ban may be nearly three months away, but Wilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse has already begun her push to inform the public and storeowners of the coming change.In a memo to Town Manager Jeff Hull, which was shared with the Board of Selectmen at its Monday night meeting, Newhouse outlines several steps she’s already taken relative to the rollout of the plastic bag ban.“All retail food establishments have received a notice in their renewal application form reminding them of the plastic bag ban. This went out in December 2018,” reported Newhouse. “Postcards will go out to other major retailers reminding them of the upcoming ban.”Newhouse also wrote up a Q&A for the Town Topics newsletter, the town’s website, and social media, including the town’s Twitter account. Wilmington Apple recently ran this Q&A, which can be read HERE.Newhouse noted she’s getting some assistance from several Wilmington community organizations.“The Wilmington Rotary Club ordered 500 reusable bags and have been giving them out through the Senior Center an the Library. They have 100 bags left, which are earmarked for Deming Way. Their next order will probably be for 1,000 bags,” wrote Newhouse. “The Wilmington Community Fund is working with the Wilmington Farmers Market to distribute bags.”New dog waste bags will be purchased for distribution at designated kiosks, according to Newhouse.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Begins Taking Steps To Prepare For Plastic Bag BanIn “Government”TOWN MEETING NEWS: Voters Approve Plastic Bag Ban At Grocery & Retail Stores In WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (September 24)In “Government”last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests Issue 1 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between June 6, 2019 and June 12, 2019.Thursday, June 6, 2019NoneFriday, June 7, 2019NoneSaturday, June 8, 2019Kevin MacDonald (56, Wilmington) was arrested for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Threat To Commit A Crime, and 2 counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. (12:10pm)Sunday, June 9, 2019NoneMonday, June 10, 2019Michelle Moriarty (56, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Revoked Registration and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (10:04pm)Tuesday, June 11, 2019NoneWednesday, June 12, 2019Jeffrey M. Doherty (31, Woburn) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License; Carrying A Dangerous Weapon; Marked Lanes Violation; Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; Outstanding Warrant; and Being A Fugitive From Justice On A Court Warrant. (5:40am)Rachel M. Adams (33, Cambridge) was arrested on a warrant. (5:49am)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Nintendo says it wont reveal cheaper Switch at E3

first_img JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 0 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. Consoles HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo 7 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Post a comment Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal 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. 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. Sprint $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET 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). Amazon The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $520 at HP $999 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. Nintendo,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. Share your voice 3:19 Turo Apple iPhone XS Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: 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. 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 Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice 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. $155 at Google Express 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) What we want to see in the new Nintendo Switch $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it 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. $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $60 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. We may have to make do with regular Nintendo Switch for a bit longer. Sarah Tew/CNET Perhaps that cheaper Nintendo Switch won’t be coming as soon as we’d hoped.The Japanese game company’s president apparently poured cold water on reports that it’d launch a new version of its portable console by the end of June, Bloomberg reported Thursday.”As a general rule, we’re always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it,” Shuntaro Furukawa told reporters in Japan. “But we have no plans to announce that at this year’s E3 in June.”Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.On a positive note, the company revealed that mobile game Mario Kart Tour will have a closed beta from May 22 to June 4. It’s restricted to Android devices, and you have to be in the US or Japan to take part. If you tick those boxes, you have until May 7 to sign up.First published at 4:43 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:03 a.m. PT: Adds Mario Kart Tour details. 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Hyundai Motor Plans to Sell SelfDriving Cars by 2020

first_imgHyundai Motor Co on Tuesday said that it plans to sell cars with autonomous driving capabilities by 2020, in a bid to compete with other major players who plan to bring in self-driving technology to their showrooms by the end of this decade, Reuters reported.The South Korean automaker already carries autonomous features in luxury vehicles like the Genesis, which can be programmed to identify an unsafe closing speed with a pedestrian.Automakers such as Mercedes and General Motors Co and technology giants like Google Inc and Apple Inc are already working on driverless technologies which will enable the vehicles to complete journeys without human intervention.In May 2014, Google unveiled a prototype of the self-driven car and said it aims to introduce it in the markets within five years.”We’ve made some pretty exciting progress and at this point we’re pretty convinced this technology is going to come to the market,” said Chris Urmson, director of self-driving cars, Google, to The Globe and Mail.Driverless cars are expected to provide better safety than cars driven by humans as the software is designed to react quickly in case of emergencies.However, some analysts expect self-driving cars are unlikely to make inroads into global markets until the early- or mid-2020s. “We see the widespread adoption of AVs (automated vehicles) as being a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if’,” the Conference Board of Canada said in a report, to thestar.com.Mercedes unveiled its autonomous car concept F 015 ‘Luxury in Motion’ at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. The F 015 is designed with cameras, sensors and displays to communicate effectively with the surroundings.”The car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a mobile living space,” Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz cars, told Tech Times.last_img read more

EC to decide on DNCC mayoral poll in a day or two

first_imgDNCC logoThe election commission is going to decide on the by-polls for the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation in a day or two.EC’s acting secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Sunday told newsmen the commission is scrutinising electoral laws to see if it will hold the by-polls  incorporating 18 new city corporation wards, or keep the wards outside the DNCC polls jurisdiction for the time being.Read more: AL sees risk in DNCC by-polls“The commission will take a decision in this regard in a day or two,” said the acting EC secretary.Asked if there is any legal bar to holding the by-polls, he said, “It doesn’t seem so, because the local government minister has already asked the commission to hold the polls including the 18 new wards. There is no bar to holding the polls.”Following the death of DNCC mayor Annisul Huq on 30 November, the government has declared vacant the mayoral post from 1 December as per Article 15(E) of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009.According to the electoral laws, the election commission will now have to hold by-polls to fill the vacant post by electing a new people’s representative for the remainder of the DNCC tenure,last_img read more

Muslim activists continue to push against Quebec secularism law

first_img Share This! Coalition of 850 religious leaders backs lawsuit against DHS surveillance of pastor Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Civil rights advocates say the law, which would also require citizens receiving public services to uncover their faces for identification or security reasons, will disproportionately impact Muslims who wear the hijab or niqab, Jews who wear the kippah and Sikhs who wear turbans.Quebec’s education minister recently made headlines after he posed for a picture with Nobel Peace Prize-winning Malala Yousafzai, then later tweeted that the Muslim education advocate would only be welcome to teach in Quebec schools if she removed her hijab.An international campaign called “Hands Off My Hijab” created after that tweet has collected about 33,000 signatures this month from critics of the bill in the hopes of urging the Superior Court to reject it.Ali, who helped overturn a local school policy last year that punished some Muslim students for wearing their hijabs, organized the campaign along with Malak Shalabi, a University of Washington law student, and Jülide Saniye, a law graduate in Germany.Women wearing the Islamic veil niqab sit in the audience seats of the Danish Parliament, at Christiansborg Castle, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 31. 2018. Denmark joined some other European countries in deciding Thursday to ban garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)The campaign also focuses on the global nature of bans on religious garb, particularly “the unfortunate growing trend” of bans on the hijab, niqab, burka and burkinis in Europe.“We want to put social pressure on Canadian lawmakers,” Shalabi said. “But we also want to look at the interconnectedness of this issue. Colonial states are imposing their values on women they say need to be ‘liberated,’ while simultaneously depriving them of the same autonomy and freedom they’re claiming to push out.”One study of Muslim girls and women before and after France’s 2014 law banning headscarves in public schools found that the gap in secondary school attainment between Muslim and non-Muslim girls more than doubled after the ban. The gaps in employment and labor force participation also widened significantly.“Muslim women are being deprived of their right to choose,” Shalabi said.The day after Bill 21 passed, the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association challenged its constitutionality, arguing that the law encroaches on federal jurisdiction, is impermissibly vague and excludes citizens from public institutions based on personal characteristics.The process of hearing that full court challenge could take months.No date has yet been set for a hearing on the challenge.The provincial Parliament Building in Quebec City. (via Jeangagnon/Creative Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)Last week, the Superior Court denied a request for a temporary suspension of certain provisions of the law in the meantime, ruling that the groups had failed to prove that the ban was already causing immediate and irreparable harm to religious minorities like plaintiff Ichrak Nourel Hak.“This law has stripped me of my dream and sends me a clear message that I am not a valued part of Quebec society,” Hak, who wears the hijab and is studying education at Université de Montréal, said. “All my years of studying, all my efforts to be among the best teachers in Quebec went up in smoke in a snap … this law has just cut off my wings.”The NCCM and CCLA filed an appeal to that decision on Tuesday, arguing that damage is not “hypothetical” as the judge claimed.“We promised Quebecers and Canadians that we would stand up for their rights and we intend to do exactly that,” Mustafa Farooq, the NCCM’s executive director, said. “We believe, as we always have, that this piece of legislation has no place being on the books in 2019.”RELATED: Quebec’s new law banning religious garments in public fails the reality testTheir broader legal challenge still stands. And the Superior Court judge’s ruling noted that there were serious questions of constitutionality surrounding the legislation.Farooq said the law would “upend people’s lives and livelihoods, pushing many Muslims, Jews and Sikhs to the margins of society,” amounting to “state-sanctioned second class citizenship.”Other faith-based organizations — including B’nai Brith Canada and the World Sikh Organization, whose Quebec representative, Amrit Kaur, told media she has had to pivot her search for teaching jobs outside the province — also condemned the bill.“We are already seeing that the passage of this intolerant law is enabling discrimination, even in the private sector,” the World Sikh Organization’s president, Mukhbir Singh, said. “It is unthinkable that in Canada today, people will be subject to ‘inspectors’ who monitor religious garb at the workplace and that a generation of Sikhs, Muslims and Jews will be excluded from working as teachers, police officers or government lawyers.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 DIY Faith • News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Quebec’s Superior Court recently rejected civil rights advocates’ legal request to suspend the Canadian province’s controversial new ban on religious symbols for state workers.But activists in Canada and around the world say the fight is not yet over.“We will not tolerate politicians interfering in the religious practices of individuals,” said Mussab Ali, a New Jersey-based education policy maker. “We are standing up for all religious communities in our stance against Bill 21. We urge the Quebec government to repeal this bill.”Passed last month, Bill 21 bans public school teachers, police officers, judges and other public sector employees from donning any religious symbols, in order to protect Quebec’s principle of “laicity,” or the religious neutrality of the state.RELATED: What is Quebec’s Bill 21 debate about — and will tomorrow’s vote end it? News Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhancenter_img Aysha Khan ayshabkhan TagsCanada Canadian Civil Liberties Association homepage featured National Council of Canadian Muslims Quebec secularism Top Story world sikh organization,You may also like By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! News Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,‘It’s us or no one’: Nonprofit defends LGBTQ students from their univers … Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019last_img read more

Louisville vs Kent State Postgame Quotes

first_imgStory Links (About [Christen] Cunningham scoring) “He’s a good player and he’s one of those glue guys who played really well tonight for them, but they had a lot of guys play well. I think their team, I’ve watched them a couple of times now, I think they’re growing as a group and getting more comfortable. They have a lot of new faces and guys in different roles than they were in last year and I’m sure Chris would say they’re getting better as they move along. He was certainly one of those guys who played well today.”  (On Louisville being better than what he thought) “No, they’re what I thought they were. When I watched them on film, I thought they were an NCAA tournament caliber team. When you play against them, they’re physical, they’ve got some length up front. They’ve got an elite player (Jordan Nwora), who I know didn’t play great tonight, but he’s an elite player. He hit two huge threes, back-to-back in the first half which gave them separation. They do a lot of things that good teams do. To me in the first half, and I’m disappointed for how we played in the first half, but they did a really good job making it difficult for us to score. It was their defense. Ball pressure, physicality, not allowing the ball to get by guys, keeping it in front and forcing contested shots, keeping us off the foul line. They did a good job with that in the first half. They guarded us more physically than anybody we played this year.” (On last minute adjustments before the end of the non-conference schedule) “I don’t know if it’s clean up. You are always in that mode, whether you are preparing for someone or not. But, we’ll address some things we haven’t had to utilize, so our zone offense hasn’t been seen in the last four or five games because nobody’s played zone. We really have to sharpen that up, for us, not for anyone else or for any future opponent. And, we have to do some defensive things that I am not going to publicly talk about.” (On not relying too much on Jordan Nwora) “My thing with Jordan is just taking good shots. There’s times when a guy gets on a roll and you want to run plays for him, you’re going to highlight him on the scouting report. His looks are going to be a lot more difficult, but I think for the most part, our shot selection is getting better. Our turnovers tonight were cut down. That happens in basketball. There’s going to be times where the team does a great job in scouting and doesn’t score as much. We have other talented players that can pick up the slack.” (On number of shots Christen Cunningham takes) “Not really, I want him to be aggressive and I thought he was. Good point guards do what the game tells them. If people collapse, then he’ll spread it out. He does a great job, I think a couple times he didn’t quite honor the ball screen, he got all the way to the rim. It’s really fun to coach CC because it’s like I’m coaching a 35-year-old veteran out there and that’s a luxury that a lot of college coaches don’t have.”  (About holding teams to under 45 percent and UofL shooting 65 percent) “I was disappointed from our perspective and where we were defensively. We weren’t locked in as we needed to be, but at the same time you got to give them credit. They made shots. They made plays for each other. They competed at a high level and that’s why they were playing as well as they were.” (On defending off turnovers) “A few dead ball turnovers, and those you don’t have to worry about defending. I was just glad that our turnovers were kept to a minimum against a team that relies on them and pressures. They were virtually pressing from the 12-minute mark on down, and for us to do what we did, we didn’t quite convert every time, but I thought we got the shots that we wanted. We missed a few around the rim as usual.” (On defending Jaylin Walker) “A lot, he and (senior guard) Jalen Avery. Those are the two horses for them. It goes against your pack-line principles when you start to say, “Let’s deny him the ball,’ and that’s what we tried to do the last four or five minutes of the game. They ultimately took him out or maybe he fouled out, I’m not sure, he wasn’t in there in the very end. When you choose to deny someone the ball, you start to get very spread out, and that opens up the lane for drives, post-ups, slips to the rim. It never got to the point where the deficit was so intense that we thought this could be a one or two possession game down the stretch, but after he hit that last one, we tried to deny him the best we could.” Kent State Head Coach Rob Senderoff(Opening Statement) “Louisville’s got a really good team, playing very hard. Disappointed how we came out in the first half, it was uncharacteristic of our team, in the second half we competed much better. Hats off to them for the team they have and the program that they have.”center_img (About the slow start) “It’s hard to say why we got off to a bad start. I’m sure Louisville had a lot to do with that, in fact I know they did. But it’s disappointing that we didn’t play as well in the first half as we did in the second half, or even compete as hard, that’s really more than play well. That was disappointing, but again give Louisville credit, and give Chris [Mack] and his group credit. They had a lot of guys, their secondary guys who are really good players too really played well tonight and that’s why they won.” (On team offensive performance in first half) “Pretty good, and I want to go back to the other side of the ball too, because I thought that was as good as we’ve played on both ends of the floor. We got stops, the last two four-minute wars were our best in the game to where we got the separation and from that point it was really an even game, but I don’t know if it would have been, even had Jaylin not hit those shots in the second half. I thought our play in the last eight minutes of the first half was indicative of who we can be.” (On Dwayne Sutton’s season-high 16 points) “Their — what you call ‘role guys’ or ‘secondary guys’ — they all played well tonight. They didn’t miss open shots, they got to the paint, they defended at a high level and they took us out of what we wanted to do in the first half. I’ll watch the film, but in watching it live, it was some of it where we couldn’t get to spots on the floor because of them.” (About [Jaylin] Walker’s second half) “Yeah, he’s an elite scorer and a really good player. We were able to get him some good looks. Once he starts feeling it, he’s able to make some tough ones too, which I’m sure he did.” (On balanced scoring) “Obviously, (junior forward) Dwayne (Sutton) and (graduate guard) CC (Christen Cunningham), and (sophomore forward) Malik (Williams) had his really good game for us offensively. My bigger concern, and it hasn’t been a concern with this team, is sharing the ball. So often, teams fight themselves—don’t want to make the extra pass, that’s not a sign of our team. That’s really fun to coach that when guys are hitting the open man. The go-to guy for us is the guy that’s open. We have to make decisions and find that guy. So, we’re going to have nights where (sophomore forward) Jordan (Nwora) scores a lot, we’re going to have nights where other guys pick up the slack because they put so much attention on Jordan, which I thought they did tonight. And, I thought we were very balanced offensively tonight.” (On playing inside-out basketball) “It was a little awkward game offensively, especially in the second half, because they chose to trap a lot, whether that was the post, whether that was as we were bringing the ball up, first pass. But again, to have 10 turnovers against that, I thought, kudos to our guys for being strong with the ball and making the right decision. I thought we got the ball in the lane as much as we could. We drew some fouls and got to the free throw line as many times as we did. I think we’re getting better with getting the ball in the paint, making decisions from there.” Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack (Opening Statement) “I keep saying it over and over, but we beat a really good team today in Kent State. I thought our team defended at a really high level, minus maybe the first few minutes of the game. I will say this that there are sometimes where you do everything you can defensively and a guy hits shots that you have no control of defending. You see it all the time at the next level, but rarely do you see it at this level, and (senior guard) Jaylin Walker, some of the circus shots that he hit at the end of the game made the margin a bit closer than I really thought it was. I thought our guys played well. We did a great job against a pressure defensive team of keeping our turnovers down. We had 10 turnovers for the game. That was a big point of emphasis all week, and I feel really good about what our team accomplished today against one of the best teams in the MAC. I’ve known (Kent State head coach) Rob (Senderoff) for a long time. I think this is his most talented team, so we’re excited with the win and we’re going to continue to get better and it’s great that we have a few days off and not an opponent here in a couple days.” (On believing that Louisville is an NCAA tournament team) “I do but I mean there’s a lot of games to be played. But I look at that and that to me looks like an NCAA tournament team. In the games they’ve lost, they’ve played well. I look at that and see an NCAA tournament team. They’re playing these non-conference games that are difficult will end up helping them because they’ve played a good schedule. They have toughness for sure.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

How fruit flies taste water

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The ability to detect water and regulate water intake is essential for all animals because if cells have too little or too much water the consequences for the animal can be disastrous. It is unclear whether humans and other animals actually taste the water or just impurities within it, but studies have shown that insects can taste water. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: The molecular basis for water taste in Drosophila, Nature advance online publication 4 April 2010, doi:10.1038/nature09011 Explore further It has been known, for example, that the fruit fly (Drosophila) can taste water, but until now none of the molecular details of how the detection is achieved have been known. Now, scientists have discovered how the nerve cells in the feeding tube of Drosophila sense water and transit the information to the brain. This may lead to other discoveries about how cells sense and control their water content.The scientists found a newly discovered protein called PPK28 forms a channel spanning the membrane of a water-sensing nerve cell in Drosophila’s feeding tube. It is one of a family of ion channel proteins, but none of these proteins had previously been thought to be involved in regulating water flow. The research aiming to identify the water taste receptor in Drosophila was carried out by student Peter Cameron as a PhD thesis project, under the guidance of Kristin Scott, Professor of Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. The researchers compared normal fruit flies to a mutant group lacking the channel. They showed the mutant flies with no active taste neurons drank for only around three seconds, while normal flies drank for about 10 seconds. Cameron and colleagues then compared the genes of the two fly groups and identified a gene called pickpocket 28 (ppk28) that expresses the protein PPK28 in the taste neurons. They then marked the protein with a fluorescent tag and compared its responses to various solutions. When the flies were given water, the protein lit up, indicating it was sending a signal to their brains. The researchers found that when the ppk28 gene was missing, the flies did not respond to water, but when it was present they did. They also discovered the neurons responded more to plain water than to solutions containing salts, acids, sugars, or bitter compounds. When Cameron activated ppk28 genes in nerves usually involved in sensing bitterness, the nerves began to respond to water. Cameron said PPK28 is the only known water taste receptor ever found in Drosophila, but it is possible that other mechanisms may be at work.Cameron said the results may provide a framework for investigating water taste in other animals. The findings are reported in the journal Nature. a, b, ppk28-Gal4 drives GFP in gustatory neurons (a) and their axons (b) in the suboesophageal ganglion (SOG). PPK28 was previously reported in larval tracheae. c, d, PPK28 neurons (magenta) do not contain markers for sugar neurons (GR5A, green) (c) or bitter neurons (GR66A, green)(d). Image credit: Nature, doi:10.1038/nature09011 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: How fruit flies taste water (2010, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-fruit-flies.html Picky-eater Flies Losing Smell Geneslast_img read more