Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has accepted the club’s decision to drop Adrien Rabiot indefinitely after the midfielder requested a transfer.The France international’s current deal at the Parc Des Princes is set to expire at the end of the current season, with Barcelona reportedly closing in on his signature.Parisian sporting director Antero Henrique recently stated that Rabiot had expressed his desire to leave and he has been dropped from the first-team as a result. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Tuchel has now publicly addressed the situation, revealing that he completely understands the club’s decision, but still admires Rabiot as a player.”It’s a decision of the club that Adrien is not with the team,” he told Goal. “I understand and respect this decision, now we’re going to wait.”I’ve said a lot of times I love the player, but the situation has been going on for a long time, that’s how it is … The club made this decision and I have to respect it.”Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal had also been monitoring Rabiot’s situation, but Barcelona now reportedly have an agreement in place to sign him next summer.The PSG outcast has featured in 14 Ligue 1 matches for the French champions so far this season, contributing two goals, but it now looks unlikely that he will play any further part in the club’s bid for silverware on domestic and European fronts.Tuchel spoke after watching his team secure a Coupe De Ligue round of 16 win away against US Orleans on Tuesday, with Edinson Cavani and Moussa grabbing the goals for the visitors.The 45-year-old head coach was not pleased with the overall display but was happy that they managed to continue their defence of the trophy unscathed.”We did not expect to suffer as much but we knew it was possible,” Tuchel added. “We made a mistake, we took a goal and after that it’s complicated.””There were many obstacles to overcome today I am very happy that we have been serious only the last 8 minutes that I did not like, I would have liked us to keep the ball and we can finish this match quietly.”PSG are due to face Manchester United in the Champions League knockout phase in February and Tuchel concluded by refusing to be drawn on whether Jose Mourinho’s recent departure from Old Trafford will affect the final outcome, as he stated: “Today was the League Cup, there are many things to come by February I do not have an opinion on the departure of José Mourinho.”
India have been confirmed as the hosts of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020, All India Football Federation’s twitter handle announced on Friday. Ever since India hosted the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017, they were in talks to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup as well and they were confirmed as hosts on Friday.By virtue of being the hosts, India’s U-17 women’s football team will be part of the World Cup. This will be only the second time that India will play in a FIFA World Cup.The last time India played in a World Cup was the U-17 Men’s World Cup, where also India qualified by virtue of being the hosts.We are delighted to announce that India has been confirmed as the host of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020 #ShePower #BackTheBlue #IndianFootballIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 15, 2019India had hosted the U-17 World Cup in 2017 successfully and all of the national team’s games were held in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where they had an average attendance of 50,000.The final of that tournament was held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, where England defeated Spain to lift the U-17 Men’s World Cup.When India host the U-17 Women’s World Cup next year, Spain will be defending their title. In the 2018 edition of the event, Spain had defeated Mexico in the final to lift the title.CONFIRMED: @IndianFootball will host the 2020 #U17WWC in #India . pic.twitter.com/kvRMR80RMO FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) March 15, 2019Also, New Zealand and Canada had finished third and fourth in the event last year.advertisementJavier Ceppi, the tournament director for the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup that India hosted in 2017, took to Twitter after the news was confirmed and expressed his happiness.@IndianFootball will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020. Amazing news for India and the women’s game!!! Javier Ceppi (@JavierCeppi) March 15, 2019Also AIFF president Praful Patel took to Twitter and said, “A very proud moment and a honour that our country #India and #AIFF has been confirmed as the host of #FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020. We will strive to make it a grand success.”
The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar In an attempt to make alcohol a little less physically destructive and a little more scientifically advanced, Bellion Spirits came out with a new specialty vodka that uses NTX technology to minimize the damage drinking does to the body.When infused into a spirit, NTX is supposed to render the drink safer for your liver, DNA, and eliminate much of the oxidative damage caused by throwing a couple back.So in theory, drinking is now healthy! (Sorta.)The developers of NTX Technology, Chigurupati Technologies, took more than 10 years to test the damage that drinking can have on our DNA and whether their patented NTX tech can offset those affects. This multi-million-dollar project was done by a group of wicked smart pharmaceutical PhDs.Their results showed that within only 15 minutes of drinking, oxidative damage occurs to our DNA. This type of damage has the potential to mutate into diseased cells, changing the epigenetic expression of the genes, and boosts the probability of other possible complications such as allergies or even cancer.Trial testing for NTX in India and the U.S. showed, “alcohol infused with NTX technology reduced damage and protected the liver and DNA from alcohol induced stress by up to 93%,” says Harsha Chigurupati, Founder of Chigurupati Technologies.At its most basic level, NTX is a blend of natural, FDA-approved ingredients including Glycyrrhizin -Licorice Root Extract, Mannitol, and Potassium Sorbate— fancy Bill Nye the Science Guy language for low calorie sugar crystals found in fruit and plants, and white salt.The taste is undoubtable sweeter than your average vodka, so be prepared for that difference when you take your first drink. Bellion’s expert cocktail makers suggest pairing the mild licorice sweetness of the vodka with citrus or cucumber for a refreshing concoction, or used in a spicy Bloody Mary.The greater sweetness should also eliminate the need for adding simple syrup or other sweeteners to your cocktails. So with all those calories saved, have a double.In our opinion, the sweet licorice is hard to get past at first sip— especially if you’re using Bellion for a vodka classic like the Moscow Mule.Instead, we suggest going spicy and using Bellion in a Hells Bells shot, made with chilled Bellion, a dash of Tabasco, and salt and lime.And even if the taste throws you off, enjoy the added satisfaction in knowing that while you guzzle, NTX is hard at work to protect you at the cellular level.Let’s be honest, your liver probably needs a little more of that.
A central Ontario community was searching for answers on Saturday as police investigated the suspicious deaths of four people.Ontario Provincial Police offered few details, but said they received a 911 call at 7:30 p.m. Friday from someone who found the bodies in a home in Ryerson Township, Ont., about 300 kilometres north of Toronto.Officers who arrived on the scene found two men and two women dead inside, said OPP Sgt. Carlo Berardi.“The deaths are suspicious,” he said. “I don’t know whether it’s all four or just a portion of them.”He said all four bodies — two men and two women — showed signs of trauma.Berardi said police are still trying to identify the bodies and do not know what, if any, relationships existed among the victims.He declined to comment on the cause or time of death, but said there is no threat to the public.An official in Ryerson Township said she was shocked to learn about the grisly discovery.“This is just horrible,” said Deputy Reeve Barbara Marlow. “I feel so sorry for the people.”She said little information was available nearly 24 hours after police arrived on scene.“You just don’t hear of this sort of thing going on that often,” she said.
Washington: Amidst a fast American military build-up in the Middle East, US President Donald Trump Monday warned Iran against any misadventure. “We’ll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything, it would be a very bad mistake,” Trump told reporters at his Oval Office of the White House. He was responding to questions on US military build-up against Iran and if he was at war with Tehran. “I’m hearing little stories about Iran. If they do anything, they will suffer greatly. We’ll see what happens with Iran,” Trump said, as his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped in Brussels to brief NATO allies on the latest developments with regard to Iran. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Pompeo cancelled his scheduled trip to Moscow on Monday to make an unannounced visit to Brussels. “The secretary shared information and intelligence with allies and discussed the multiple plot vectors emerging from Iran. We know that Europe shares our concerns about stability in the Gulf and in the Middle East,” Special US Representative for Iran Brian Hook told travelling American press in Brussels. Pompeo, he said, had always been diligent about sharing information with allies as threats to peace and security warrant.
Marrakech – King Mohammed VI, chairman of Al Quds Committee, who was accompanied by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, solemnly opened this Friday at the Royal palace in Marrakech the 20th session of Al Quds Committee, in the presence of President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas. Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, is holding its 20th session from January 17 through 18.Foreign ministers of the committee member-states, the OIC secretary general, High-level emissaries representing the UN Security Council permanent member-states, the EU, the Vatican, the UN and the Arab league are attending the Marrakech meeting.
“Without full donor support many of Mine Action initiatives will have to be cancelled and more civilians will be at risk of losing limbs, lives and livelihood,” Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions Dmitry Titov told a news conference in New York, presenting the $459-million UN Mine Action Service portfolio for next year, with only $22 million raised so far.“The portfolio of mine action projects is critical in our view to efforts to protect civilian populations and we urge again and again donors, traditional and untraditional ones, to step forward to help us meet this funding shortfall,” he said of the 300 projects to address the problem of land mines and explosive remnants of war in 33 countries and territories. Of these, 32 deal with cluster munitions, which have gained added prominence with this week’s meeting in Oslo, Norway, to sign the new pact. First used in World War II, they contain dozens of smaller explosives designed to disperse over an area the size of several football fields; 15 per cent of them fail to detonate upon impact, creating large de facto minefields. They have claimed over 10,000 lives, 98 per cent of them civilians, and 40 per cent of these children.The Convention will enter into force after ratifications by 30 States, making its commitments to assist victims, clear contaminated areas and destroy stockpiles binding on its Parties. Hailing it as “a step forward in international efforts to protect civilians and control the spread of deadly weapons,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – in a statement issued by his spokesperson – urged more States to sign and ratify the Convention.The Portfolio of Mine Action Projects is an annual analysis by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ Mine Action Service, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). At a similar time last year the smaller $404-million 2008 portfolio had secured $40 million.Over the past year 72 countries were reported to be affected by landmines or the explosive remnants of war, and there were 5,426 casualties although the actual number may be much higher as there is often a problem with under-reporting. About one quarter of land mine victims worldwide are children and the country with the most casualties last year was Colombia.Anti-personnel mines are not only used by governments. Last year, usage by non-state groups was reported in Afghanistan, Colombia, Ecuador, Iraq, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Peru and Sri Lanka. Mr. Titov stressed that Mine Action also helped the safe deployment of peacekeepers in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lebanon and Sudan.“In Sudan over 25,000 kilometres of roads have been cleared extending the reach of peacekeeping operations and civilians even to areas where no cars or trucks have been seen in 30 years,” he said. “In Afghanistan, under the most difficult conditions, over 1 billion metres of land have been cleared, halving the number of casualties from unexploded ordnance and freeing up vital agricultural land for cultivation.” 4 December 2008While 94 countries signed an historic United Nations-sponsored treaty renouncing the use of cluster bombs, the larger effort to rid the world of ordnance that kill and maim thousands of people years after they are laid is facing a gigantic shortfall, with less than 5 per cent of funding secured so far for 2009.
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 8:07 am MDT US construction spending up tiny 0.1 per cent in February despite drop in housing construction AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Friday, March 21, 2014, photo, a single family housing construction is underway in North Andover, Mass. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in February on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) WASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending posted a slight increase in February as a rebound in construction of hotels and other nonresidential buildings offset a decline in housing.But housing construction fell as activity was still being depressed by the harsh winter.Construction spending increased a scant 0.1 per cent in February after a 0.2 per cent drop in January, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The increase left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $945.7 billion, 8.7 per cent above the level of a year ago.The small increase in February came from a 1.2 per cent advance in nonresidential projects, led by a 3.5 per cent rise in construction of hotels and motels. Spending on government projects edged up 0.1 per cent, helped by a big gain at the federal level. Residential construction dropped 0.8 per cent, the biggest setback since July.The increase in nonresidential construction was a rebound from January when spending in this area had fallen 1 per cent. The February increase was helped by gains in spending on construction of lodging establishments which offset weakness in office building and the category that includes shopping malls.The 0.1 per cent rise in public construction reflected a 5.8 per cent rise in spending at the federal level which offset a 0.5 per cent decline in spending on state and local government projects. Even with the small February advance, government construction spending is down 1 per cent from a year ago government projects have been restrained by tight budgets.The 0.8 per cent decline in housing construction followed sizable gains in the previous three months and was expected to be a temporary drop. Housing is expected to continue being a source of strength for the economy in 2014. Economists say a strengthening economy will boost employment and the employment gains will provide the income gains needed to convince potential home buyers to take the plunge.Most economists are looking for sales of new and existing homes to show improvement as the spring buying season gets into full swing. They expect pent-up demand to help sales following an unusually severe winter which depressed sales.Housing, while still a long way from the boom of several years ago, has been recovering over the past two years.One assumption underlying the optimism on housing: Even as the Federal Reserve keeps scaling backs its bond purchases, which were used to keep long-term rates low, mortgage rates will rise only gradually this year.In her first major speech as leader of the Federal Reserve, Chair Janet Yellen delivered a strong statement on her concerns about a labour market she said was still too weak. Even though the Fed has been gradually trimming its bond purchases, Yellen said the central bank still needs to provide significant support to the economy.She said that the extraordinary support the Fed is providing will be needed “for some time,” a view she said was widely held by other Fed officials.Her comments lifted spirits on Wall Street where investors had been worried that remarks Yellen had made last month following a Fed meeting might indicate that the central bank could start raising a key short-term interest rate sooner than expected.
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) holds up a framed jersey on senior night prior to the start of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAn emotional Jae’Sean Tate made his entrance at the Schottenstein Center with his parents, brothers and sister as the last of the group of seniors to receive flowers from head coach Chris Holtmann and a framed jersey Tuesday.Fighting back tears, the senior forward stood at half court with the jersey raised above his head, rotating to recognize the crowd of 15,620 that has grasped the Buckeyes’ surprise season along with Tate’s unwavering effort through his four seasons. Surrounded by his fellow seniors — guards Andrew Dakich and Kam Williams — and next to his classmate, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, Tate prepared to play in his 72nd and final game as a Buckeye in Columbus.Nearly two hours later, Tate and the same teammates celebrated a dominating 79-52 win against Rutgers in a postgame encore recognition. The win snapped a two-game losing streak in which the Buckeyes were overwhelmed against both Penn State and Michigan.“That was part of the perfect storm,” Bates-Diop said. “Part of just because we came off a couple losses, but then it being Senior Night, we obviously wanted to get the win against a good Rutgers team and kind of send everybody off.”Ohio State’s Senior Night began by recognizing the players before those same players all joined together as starters on the court, the first time that group opened the game together. Tate, Bates-Diop, Williams and Dakich helped push Ohio State out to an early 13-6 lead before the first substitutions were made.Dakich, a former walk-on at Michigan who came to Ohio State as a graduate transfer, had never started a game in his four-year career until he was given that start Tuesday. And while he was grateful for the chance to start in front of his parents, he was more focused on how his group played.“I appreciate coach Holtmann giving me the opportunity to start in front of my family like that,” Dakich said. “But it wasn’t about really the start. It was about how we came out in those first few minutes and set the tone and obviously C.J. [Jackson] has set the tone and for him to accept [me starting in his place].”Starting all the seniors in the same lineup is not something Holtmann has always done. He said he would not have started that five in a normal situation, but a conversation with an older coach convinced him the final game at home is a special moment for seniors.“I almost didn’t do it until I had a former player that was on my coaching staff my senior year,” Holtmann said. “But he kind of said, ‘Hey coach, this is kind of a big deal to players.’ I started doing it my first year.”Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) speaks to the crowd on senior night on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe game itself had some ups and downs. Ohio State watched its lead shrink to just five points going into halftime before it gained some separation from the Scarlet Knights. The Buckeyes pushed its lead out with a 22-4 run to open the second half and never looked back to ensure Rutgers would not upset the Senior Day festivities.“I’ve lost on Senior Day and had to go through that — not had to go through it, it’s my decision, I like doing that,” Holtmann said. “But it’s not fun when you lose.”But they didn’t lose. The class honored before the game, just as it had done all year, helped lead the Buckeyes to a win. During the post-game ceremonies, Holtmann focused on how much the senior class has impacted the team in his only year he has with them. The leadership exhibited by the group made this season’s senior class worthy of the large recognition, he said.At the beginning of the season, Holtmann talked about how Tate and Bates-Diop would be counted on to be the team’s leaders. By the end of the year, it seemed that had been exactly the case. Bates-Diop is the team’s most productive player, and Tate seems to be the clubhouse leader.Williams, Bates-Diop and Tate have all been through a lot at Ohio State. They were with the Buckeyes as they struggled to even reach the NIT, and they are now with the team when it looks to make its final push into the NCAA Tournament. And while this is not the last time any of them will suit up in scarlet and gray, it will mark the final time the trio do so in Columbus.“I ain’t going to cry,” Tate, a Pickerington Central High School product, said during his post-game speech, turning to his teammates. “But I mean, we’re family. Like you guys pick me up. Almost every day I get in touch with one of y’all. We just have a supporting cast where y’all care about me and y’all think about me and it’s great man. I ain’t going to cry.”But he couldn’t help himself. As Williams and Bates-Diop watched and began to jump with excitement, their teammate finally broke down before the two came over to embrace him.Then, just as it has done all year, the rest of the team followed its seniors and joined in the group hug at center court.
IHFJapan 2019Japan handball The 24th IHF Women’s World Championship in Kumamoto, Japan throws off in just over a year, on 30 November 2019.Representatives of the Japanese Handball Association (JHA) as well as the Japan 2019 Organising Committee (JOC) met with the International Handball Federation (IHF) at the IHF head office in Basel, Switzerland to discuss a number of general organisational matters and to officially sign the 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship contract.Items on the agenda at the meeting today included venues, hotel, transportation, marketing issues, the spectator concept, bid development and the 2018 AHF Women’s Asian Championship as a test event this December. Five venues were confirmed as hosting games with the JOC targeting a total of 300,000 spectators. At the end of the meeting, both the IHF and the Japanese Handball Association signed the World Championship contract, writes IHF.info. ← Previous Story SEHA Player of the Month – Dejan Milosavljev Next Story → Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz is back for Sweden!
GERMANY HAS BECOME the first European country to allow babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female, but advocates have called for broader reforms.Under the new legislation, the entry for gender can be left blank on birth certificates, effectively creating a category for indeterminate sex in the public register.But activists promoting the rights of intersex people said they hoped the creation of a third gender option would open the door to broader changes limiting genital surgery on newborns with both male and female characteristics.“It’s a first, important step in the right direction,” said Lucie Veith, an intersex person from the northern German city of Hamburg.But Veith said leaving the gender undefined on birth certificates was never the main lobbying point for her group, the German chapter of the Association of Intersexed People, or others in the intersex community.“That we forbid cosmetic genital surgeries for newborns, that is our first demand,” Veith said.The German law is intended to remove pressure on parents to quickly make a decision about controversial sex assignment surgeries for newborns, but many advocates say it does not go far enough.“The surgeries are likely to continue in Germany,” said Silvan Agius, policy director at ILGA Europe, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights group.“Parents can already refuse these surgeries,” Agius added.“You can already say, ‘No, thank you very much, I don’t want any surgery until my child can choose his or her gender.’”Operations on intersex babies and infants in many European countries take place without adequate informed consent by the patients, according to a 2012 European Commission report on the topic.The report also found that many adults born intersex are angry these surgeries were performed without their consent.Without consentExperts estimate one in 1,500 to 2,000 births result in a baby of indeterminate gender or both male and female gender features.The Council of Europe for the first time last month addressed the issue in a parliamentary assembly resolution calling on member states to study the prevalence of “non-medically justified operations” that may harm children and take steps to “ensure that no-one is subjected to unnecessary medical or surgical treatment that is cosmetic rather than vital for health during infancy or childhood”.Agius and other advocates worry that the new German law creates a de facto third gender category legally, but does nothing to change a society that operates largely on a genderbinary with facilities such as separate male and female public toilets.“There could be many other laws that could follow it and make it implementable and good,” Agius said. “My point is that if it remains as is… then it’s greatly deficient.”© – AFPColumn: Ireland’s continuing disregard for transgender citizens is inexcusable >Read: Mixed reaction from transgender group to gender recognition bill >
He said he hoped the work of the child protection office would ensure “the inadequate response of the past would truly become a thing of the past” and spoke of the anger that that response had evoked, “especially in parents”.“The fact that so many members of our parish communities committed themselves to tackle a scandal, for which they bore no responsibility, is a true sign of their genuine love of the Church.“Your work has rendered the Church a safer place for children.”The Archbishop said that more still needed to be done to reach out to survivors, in order to “create an open door and a safe space for those survivors who have still fear telling their story and who still live alone with their anguish”.And he warned that continued vigilance was needed in respect of the continued existence of sexual predators who will “seek out our weak points and break through the weaknesses of our system”.“We cannot afford to let our guard down.”Read: Irish priest found guilty of child sexual abuse in AustraliaRead: Irish priest accused of child sex abuse in US ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN has spoken of the “all-too-slow recognition” of the extent of the child abuse by some priests in the Diocese in years gone by, and of slow progress in recognising “the profound hurt that those children endured and in many cases still bear within their hearts today”.He made the comments in a homily at the Pro-Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the diocese’s Child Safeguarding and Protection Office, which was set up to deal with complaints and concerns in the area, and to provide training for priests and parish workers.Martin acknowledged that people had been “angered by the Church’s response” to the scandals, and at revelations that “the institution in protecting its own, failed those children”.“I am reminded of the words of Pope Francis on the eve of his election: ‘The evils that, in the passing of time, afflict the ecclesiastical institutions have a root in self-referentiality, in a sort of theological narcissism’. The institution in protecting it own, failed its children.
PYRITE REMOVAL WORKS on 122 homes in Ballymun in Dublin are “nearing completion”.The “imminent” handover of the first 60 units in the Sillogue 4 Ballymun Regeneration housing scheme has been welcomed by Labour TD John Lyons, who noted that works totalling €10.5 million have been carried out to remove pyrite from the homes.“The completion of the Sillogue 4 scheme – which has 122 homes overall – was held up after the discovery of pyrite in 2008,” he said. “When this work stalled, it delayed the de-tenanting of the housing blocks in Ballymun and the completion of the Ballymun Regeneration Programme.”The first 60 homes of the 122 nearing completion and are almost ready to be handed over to Ballymun Regeneration Limited (BRL), and the first residents are expected to move in during the month of March. The remaining homes are expected to become occupied in the coming months.“I know many people have been frustrated by the delay in these homes becoming available but as they will be occupied, they will be a huge boost to the area. Full credit must be given to all those involved in getting the works to this point, including BRL and the Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan,” said Lyons.Read: Pyrite homes, disabled accommodation to receive Property Tax exemption
Updated at 10.11pmA BOMB EXPLODED in a crowded shopping centre in Nigeria’s capital Abuja earlier this evening, killing at least 21 people in a city already gripped by fear after a series of deadly attacks by Boko Haram Islamists, police and the government said.The blast shook the Emab Plaza at 4:00 pm local time (1500 GMT), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said, as shoppers were buying groceries ahead of the country’s World Cup match against Argentina, which kicked-off an hour later.“The casualty figure for now is 21 persons dead, 17 injured,” national police spokesman Frank Mba said, adding that an arrest had been made.Senior government spokesman Mike Omeri confirmed that the blast was the result of “a bomb attack”.Rescue teams were deployed to the scene and evacuated the victims from the area, NEMA spokesman Manzo Ezekiel told AFP.“The explosion struck at peak business time,” he said, adding that the area was busy at the time of the blast and that 40 cars had been destroyed. Image from the bomb blast by Emab plaza wuse 2, Abuja @IFM923 @NigeriainfoFM pic.twitter.com/6sk1HhHUUn— Abimbola Olamijulo (@Abeamborelar) June 25, 2014 Source: Abimbola Olamijulo/Twitter The blast, at the entrance to the mall, was powerful enough to blow out windows in buildings on the opposite side of the street, an AFP correspondent on the scene in the immediate aftermath said.The area, sandwiched between two other shopping centres and one of the busiest in central Abuja, was littered with the burnt out wreckages of cars and soaked in pools of congealed blood.Rescue workers could be seen picking through what appeared to be the scorched body parts of victims.An employee of the nearby Newcastle Hotel in the Wuse II area of the city, who did not want to be named, said she clearly heard the explosion.Soldiers and police cordoned off the scene of the blast and firefighters were at the location, as thick smoke billowed into the sky, an AFP reporter said.A soldier close to the scene but who demanded anonymity told reporters that two suspects who tried to flee the scene were caught.One of them who was shot by soldiers as he was fleeing later died from his injuries.- © AFP 2014. Originally published 6.07pmRead: Boko Haram have abducted another SIXTY women and girls>Read: At least 21 dead in bomb attack on World Cup viewing centre in Nigeria>
Using data from TxDOT, the Houston-Galveston Area Council zeroed in on crashes in the eight-county Houston region. What they found was a sharp increase. Between 2012 and 2016, crashes were up by 40%. Fatalities rose by 20%.As for what’s causing the crashes, researchers say speeding is one of the major contributors, with speed-related crashes up 30% in 2016 alone. The H-GAC’s Eulois Cleckley said distracted driving is also a big factor. Of the over 18,000 distracted driving crashes in the region in 2016, 42% were caused by mobile phone use.Cleckley said that’s now a big focus of their educational campaigns.“We’re trying to educate folks in a couple of high-priority safety-risk areas, risk factors, that we’ve identified about ways you can travel safety and not put yourself in harm’s way,” said Cleckley.The study also shows that impaired driving is still a big problem around Houston. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of drunk-driving fatalities rose 38%. To try to stem those high numbers, H-GAC has been providing financial help to local police departments so they can conduct enhanced enforcement during the holidays.Click above to hear our interview with Cleckley where he discusses the study in-depth.View Fullscreen Listen 00:00 /02:22 Share – / 2 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
00:00 /09:42 The Texas State Association of Fire Fighters (TSAFF) is urging the City of Baytown to drop a lawsuit against Patrick Mahoney, a cancer-stricken battalion chief who works for the Fire Department of that city. The City of Baytown is suing to deny Mahoney’s claim.The legal dispute is over coverage for medical treatment. In a news release, the TSAFF notes that Mahoney, who underwent treatment and surgery for thyroid cancer but is now back on the job because his treatment has been completed, won worker’s compensation proceedings twice.According to the union’s news release, the City of Baytown blamed its workers compensation administrator, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool, for the denial of coverage.In a letter recently sent to Baytown Mayor Stephen DonCarlos and Baytown City Manager Rick Davis, TSAFF president John Riddle urged the city “to immediately reverse course and ensure Mr. Mahoney that he will receive the insurance benefits promised to him.”The City of Baytown said in a statement that it has “paid all of the benefits” it was ordered to pay “by the state agency” and continues “to do so.”In the statement, the city added that “the state agency charged with addressing these types of disputes has taken inconsistent positions on the types of cancer covered under the applicable law” and that the city “has the right to appeal the state agency’s decision to District Court.”“The City has chosen to exercise that right and Mr. Mahoney continues to be afforded all benefits he is due, pending the outcome of the City’s appeal,” the statement concluded.Mahoney reacted to the city’s comments with a statement of his own in which he said that “the city’s statement makes no sense.”“A few days ago, the city blamed the insurer for the denial of coverage of my medical treatment. Now, the city claims it ‘has chosen’ to sue me. Either way, the city has not paid for my medical bills – despite having twice been ordered to do so,” added Mahoney.In an interview with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin, Riddle also referred to the city’s statement saying: “I’m not sure what they are talking about because Patrick Mahoney’s claim is not being covered by workers’ comp and that’s the benefits that he is due.”The TSAFF indicates that studies show firefighters are at increased risk of developing thyroid cancer and numerous other illnesses caused by repeated exposure to hazardous materials, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer and other organizations.According to the union, Chapter 607 of the Texas Government Code ensures treatment of job-related illnesses and Riddle commented the law basically means that, with the type of exposures that firefighters are exposed to on the job, if a cancer can be caused by exposure to heat and radiation through carcinogen elements, then “the cancer is presumed to have been contracted while on the job and the burden of proof then is on the city, or workers’ comp, to prove that it was not.”The TSAFF president warned that if the city doesn’t drop the lawsuit, they will go to court.Houston Matters reached out to the City of Baytown and its attorney, but they didn’t respond by the show’s deadline. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Photo: Courtesy of the Texas State Association of Fire FightersPatrick Mahoney (second from the left) has been sued by the City of Baytown in regards to the coverage of his treatment to battle thyroid cancer. Share
Back in the day, dog poop was actually a valuable resource to leather makers. So the coats people wore, the handbags, briefcases, and all the leather goods they used were thanks, at least in part, to dog dung. Not surprisingly, entrepreneurial folks also found a way to benefit from this need for poop by keeping their streets and alleyways free of the brown mess, because it held currency for them at local tanneries.Tanning, c. 1880.Long before the days of modern manufacturing with chemicals and clean environs, tanneries had such a powerful smell that they were located outside of the town.But in London, for example, people knew that poop was an important part of the tanning process — so off it went, effectively helping keep the streets poop free. Dog feces contain enzymes that break down collagen in hides, part of the tanning process called “bating.”Leather Tanners in Morocco. Photo by Peter van der Sluijs – Own work CC BY-SA 3.0It’s no wonder the New Research Encyclopedia refers to tanning as “noxious,” and “an odoriferous trade.”Skins arrived at a tannery bloody and wet with whatever animal remains still clung to them. First, they were soaked in water to clean them. Then came urine to help make them pliable enough that the hair could be removed with knives.And that’s where the poop came in. It may sound wholly unappetizing now, but at a time when there were no ready-to-use chemicals, the lovely sheen of fine leather goods was achieved by soaking the hides in a mixture of water and dog poop. Or pigeons – their poop was used too.Tanner, Nuremberg, 1609.British writer, artist, and librarian Julian Walker discussed the subject in his article, “More Poo, And Some Words on Tanning.” Walker confirmed that, “dog excrement was not an ingredient in tanning until the second half of the 18th century,” but until chemicals were introduced into tanning in the mid-20th century, it was a key step in the grueling process.Which begs the question: could we solve the modern problem of dog poop on our streets by turning to a very old method? Not in tanning, of course; best to leave that to the professionals and the chemicals. But what about other uses for it?Woman tells her Dog She Ate All His Halloween Candy.Some individuals have taken note of the forward-thinking ways being used to motivate dog owners to pick up after their pets. And in some rather unexpected places, too.Terra, a telecommunications company in Mexico City, installed bins across the city’s parks into which people could put put poop in exchange for free Internet service.Pet waste sign at the park in Miami.Jonathan Fincher, in the May 3, 2012 edition of the New Atlas, described the innovation as a win-win for everyone: the firm gets free P.R., the city gets tidier parks, and dog owners get free Wi-Fi in exchange for picking up after their pets.In his article, “Mexican Internet Company Exchanges Public Wi-Fi For Dog Poop,” Fincher wrote, “It may sound like a bizarre concept, but if it motivates people to keep their public spaces cleaner, it could prove to be a good method, in the long run.”Sign ordering owners to clean up after pets, Houston, Texas, 2011.No doubt, the limitations of poop’s uses are set only by our imaginations and the “yuck” factor. But if we can offer rewards for diligent dog owners, maybe one-day dog poop in the streets will be much more than a societal nuisance.Read another story from us: Monks, Monkeys, and Cappuccino – They Have More in Common than You KnowMaybe that feeling of “gross!” we get when we step in it can be replaced by a feeling of, “look what I found!” Is that such a stretch? Perhaps, but that’s probably what they said to the guy who invented the elastic band.
Peter Bierhorst’s machine is no pinnacle of design. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains inside a facility for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the photon-generating behemoth spans an entire building. Its lasers, mirrors, and lenses are split among three laboratories, two of them at opposite ends of the L-shaped building. The whole thing is strung together with almost 900 feet of optical fiber. “It’s a prototype system,” the mathematician explains. “Something might drift out of alignment, and the whole thing stops working. It might take a few days to figure out what went wrong.”On a good day, the machine produces 1,024 bits of data every 10 minutes, equivalent to typing 13 letters per minute. But it promises what even monkeys on typewriters can’t: completely random text.Which is much more important than you might think. Cryptography protocols, like the ones that secure your credit card info online and your encrypted e-mails, rely on long strings of random numbers. The less guessable the number, the higher the security.But the numbers often aren’t as random as you’d hope. “There are a number of papers that show weaknesses in cryptography because keys don’t have enough randomness,” says Grégoire Ribordy, the CEO of ID Quantique, a Swiss company that makes commercial random number generators. Some devices actually encrypt information using algorithm-generated numbers—which means that if you guess the algorithm, the numbers are entirely predictable. Other random number generators might convert electrical noise, like small fluctuations in voltage, into strings of numbers. But over time, these generators deteriorate and end up producing numbers that exhibit patterns. (Typing monkeys would exhibit patterns too, dictated by the relative lengths of their fingers and the layout of the QWERTY keyboard.) Any discernible pattern is a security risk. But for Bierhorst, the random number generator isn’t just a practical tool. His tests are further evidence that quantum mechanics particles really do exist in weird probabilities and can’t be predetermined. “It’s exciting to be able to say that randomness exists in the universe,” he says. And now, maybe—we can use that randomness to secure our digital destinies.Quantum Cryptography Chinese and Austrian physicists participate in the first quantum-encrypted teleconference ever Physicists use the Bell Test to confirm that quantum spookiness is real Physicists anticipate a future “quantum internet.” What is it? So Bierhorst’s team set out to design a machine that could prove its own randomness. This involved a lot of math. Using a quantum mechanics theorem known as Bell’s inequality, Bierhorst designed a test that could show whether anything could have tampered with the photons to introduce patterns or bias. You can apply this test every time you generate a number, and it spits out a number that tells you, for sure, whether anyone has messed with its representative photon.They added an extra feature to ultra-certify the number generator’s randomness: In order to for someone to mess with output numbers, they’d also have to tamper with a detector in one lab while simultaneously signaling to someone else at another detector what they’d done.That’s why they built the machine to be so huge. A hacker would have to send a message faster than the speed of light to signal opposite ends of the machine. Which is, according to the laws of physics, impossible. Their machine produces random signals encoded in photons, and nothing can alter the photons unless it can travel faster than light. QED. Which is why, a couple years ago, Bierhorst’s team decided to develop a number generator that was perfectly, provably random. In the cryptography world, that means “numbers that cannot be predicted,” says Ribordy. And what’s random? Quantum mechanics. It’s like this: Even if you repeat a quantum experiment by preparing a quantum particle in exactly the same initial state, subjecting it to the exact same conditions, measuring its orientation after the same amount of time, you can still end up with totally different results. This is unlike flipping a quarter, where its initial conditions—the force of your thumb, the direction of the winds—determine the outcome before it lands. The outcome of “flipping” a tiny quantum particle only exists as probabilities until the moment it “lands.” Electrons, photons, and atoms are really, actually random.For several years now, companies like Ribordy’s have sold quantum random number generators based on photons. The encoding scheme can get complicated, but more or less, photons oriented in one direction represent 1, while ones oriented in another direction represent 0. However, these products still have a potential vulnerability. Someone—or something, like environmental noise—could have infiltrated the machine and inserted bias into the photons’ states, a blemish on their perfect randomness. A user can’t prove that these generators are random, says Ribordy. It’s not clear whether this machine could eventually be marketable, says Ribordy. It’s too expensive right now, requiring a pricey cooling system—and it’s very large. For encryption, they’d also need to generate random numbers faster. Eventually, it would be great if they shrank the setup to fit on a chip, says Bierhorst: a random number generator in every laptop, so that nobody ever uses those algorithm-based numbers for encryption again.But at NIST, he’s not worrying about commercializing the technology. Instead, they want to turn it into a public service: an online, government-run, reliably random number generator.Beginning in 2013, they’ve actually offered a beta version of this service, called the NIST Randomness Beacon. It produces a 512-bit random number every minute and is currently based on commercial random number generators, but they want to incorporate Bierhorst’s machine into the system soon.Since these numbers are public, they can’t be used for encryption. But Rene Peralta, a NIST computer scientist in charge of the service, says that governments are interested in using the random number generators to prevent corruption. For example, Peralta is working with the government of Chile to potentially use the Randomness Beacon for running government audits. They’d like to use random numbers to fairly choose which officials to audit, which will also help them avoid accusations of collusion. Brazil’s government, too, is interested in using random numbers to assign court cases to judges, in an effort to show the citizens that the judicial system is fair.
Posted by Air Transat signs agreement for seven new Airbus A321neos Tags: Air Transat, Airbus MONTREAL — Air Transat has signed a long-term lease of seven new Airbus aircraft set for delivery between 2020 and 2022.The agreement with AerCap will bring two A321neos and five A321-new LRs (long-range) to the airline’s fleet, replacing wide-body A330s whose leases will expire during this period. With 199 seats in a two-class configuration, the A321neo will be used for feeder flights and service to the South (short- and medium-haul), while the A321neo LR will be deployed for Sun and transatlantic destinations (medium- and long-haul).The fuel efficiency of this type of aircraft will keep cost per seat as low as possible, while at the same time reducing its carbon footprint. Additionally, because of the cockpit commonality of the A330 and A320 (including the A321), Air Transat’s pilots will be able to fly both types of aircraft, which will result in greater operating flexibility and savings.“We are continuing our fleet transformation in order to achieve greater efficiency and versatility,” said Jean-François Lemay, President of Air Transat. “With their smaller size, the A321neos will enable us to implement our air strategy, which involves increasing our flight frequencies, expanding our network and strengthening our position in several markets.”More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThese next-generation, single-aisle jets will be added to the 10 new A321neo LRs, on lease from AerCap, announced in July 2017, which will gradually be introduced to Air Transat’s fleet starting in spring 2019.Air Transat’s fleet currently consists of 33 permanent aircraft. By 2024, it will have an all-Airbus fleet. Travelweek Group Share Wednesday, June 27, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans introduced a two-month extension of the federal highway and mass transit program Friday, barely two weeks before the government’s authority to finance projects around the country expires.Republicans from both chambers said they expected Congress to approve the legislation next week.Lawmakers are scheduled to leave the capital by next Friday for a weeklong Memorial Day recess. Without an extension, officials worry that federal cash infusions to projects around the country would halt just as the summer construction season begins. Legislators have long wanted to craft a long-term extension of the program but have repeatedly gridlocked over how to pay for it. As a result, Congress has approved a series of short-term extensions — most recently, one enacted last summer that expires June 1.The bulk of federal road-building money comes from the federal gasoline tax, which has been 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. Fearing retribution from voters, lawmakers have been leery of raising that tax, even in the face of more fuel efficient vehicles and rising inflation.Two top House lawmakers — Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. — said in a written statement that they want to extend the program through 2015. Financing it through July will provide more time to find a way to do that, they said.“Doing so will require our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be constructive in working toward a solution,” they said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain