10 months ago​Chelsea assistant Zola lauds Loftus-Cheek improvement

first_img​Chelsea assistant Zola lauds Loftus-Cheek improvementby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola is happy with Ruben Loftus-Cheek.The club legend has been impressed with what he has seen from the English youngster this term.And he believes that if Loftus-Cheek can keep improving, he has a big future at the club.”I think Ruben has gone a long way from the beginning,” he said during a press conference.”He has improved a lot. “You can’t doubt his abilities, to play as a midfielder he is learning duties. I am very pleased with him. “He is an impact player, he was suffering when he didn’t play and being recognised is good for him.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved their 1-0 win at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday.Karim Benzema’s second half header made sure that Zinedine Zidane’s side responded in the right way after their 3-0 defeat in Paris on Wednesday.”Today we saw a good Real Madrid team,” Monchi said.”They were a team that performed at a very high level, nothing like the level of Wednesday.”They were a team made to win and at this level it’s not easy.” last_img

16 days agoMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibaly

first_imgMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibalyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will pursue Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.The Norwegian is under to pressure to keep his job, with reports stating he could be sacked if United are pummelled by Liverpool after the international break.A poor start to the season which sees them lie in 12th has prompted the club’s board to plan transfers for January, with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen considered.Goal says the transfers of West Ham youngster Rice and Napoli defender Koulibaly are being targeted for the summer.Both players could cost a combined total of over £200m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending January 13, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. First Man2. A Simple Favor3. Crazy Rich Asians4. Book Club5. Bad Times At the El Royale6. Venom7. Night School (2018)8. Mid90s9. BlacKkKlansman10. The Hate U GiveiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Mid90s2. Rust Creek3. The Old Man & the Gun4. Eighth Grade5. Wildlife6. Diet Fiction7. What They Had8. Madame9. Three Identical Strangers10. A Man Apart__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img

One charged after incident on Highway 43 near Crooked Creek

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One person has been charged after an incident near Crooked Creek Alberta.At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, a Grande Prairie RCMP member attempted to stop a stolen vehicle near Crooked Creek, Alta off Highway 43. A confrontation occurred between a lone male suspect and the officer which resulted in the discharge of a police weapon.The suspect fled in the vehicle on to Highway 43. The suspect vehicle then rolled near Range Road 254A and Township 710. The suspect was later arrested with the assistance of Police Dog Services near the Greenview Golf Course. The suspect was not injured as result of the confrontation but sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.No injuries were sustained by the involved officer or members of the public.Gordon Randal Rawlyk (42) of Grande Prairie has been charged with the following offences:Assault Police Officer with a weaponFlight from policePossession of property obtained by crime over $5,000Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 (x2)Dangerous operation of a motor vehicleFraudulent concealmentRawlyk was held for a bail hearing and released for a court appearance on Jan. 23, 2019 at Grande Prairie Provincial Court.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.last_img read more

James Bond should always be played by a man Eva Green

first_imgLos Angeles: Former Bond Girl Eva Green is not in the favour of flipping the gender of 007 spy as she believes it would be wrong to ignore the history of the character, which has always been played by a man. The “Casino Royale” star, considered one of the best Bond girls in the history of the franchise, says women should create their own action film legacy. Daniel Craig is set to leave the franchise after the release of Cary Fukunaga’s “Bond 25” in April 2020 and there is already a lot of speculation about his replacement with names such as Idris Elba and Richard Madden doing the rounds. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Some actors and fans are in favour of giving a gender swap to the character as they believe it is time for a female actor to take on the role, created by Ian Fleming. “I’m for women, but I really think James Bond should remain a man. It doesn’t make sense for him to be a woman. Women can play different types of characters, be in action movies, and be superheroes, but James Bond should always be a man and not be Jane Bond. There is history with the character that should continue. He should be played by a man,” Green told Vanity Fair on the “Dumbo” red carpet. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Green is proud of the fact that her character Vesper Lynd brought about a change in the way Bond girls are perceived. “I originally had reservations about being a Bond girl. I didn’t want to be a bimbo. The women are now perceived differently. They are intelligent and sassy and fascinating. I loved playing Vesper. She’s the only one to get to Bond’s heart and has a big impact on his life,” she said. “Bond 25” will be Craig’s fifth outing as 007 following “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”, “Skyfall” and “Spectre”.last_img read more

Receive no monetary benefit from MI Tendulkars letter to Ombudsman

first_imgNew Delhi: Legendary Sachin Tendulkar has categorically refuted all allegations of Conflict of Interest levelled against him as he claimed to have neither “received any compensation” nor holding any decision making role in the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Tendulkar on Sunday filed a 14-point written response to a notice sent by Ombudsman cum Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain. It was with regards to a Conflict of Interest complaint filed by the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) member Sanjeev Gupta. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuAs per the complainant, Tendulkar and Laxman are allegedly performing dual roles, first of a “support staff” in their respective IPL franchises Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), and second as members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). “At the outset, the Noticee (Tendulkar) denies the contents of the Complaint in totality (except the statements specifically admitted herein). No part of the Complaint should be deemed to be admitted by the Noticee for lack of specific denials,” Tendulkar wrote in his response which is in possession of PTI. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersSince Gupta’s complaints harped specifically on Tendulkar’s role in the MI, the iconic cricketer in his response have made a full disclosure of his role in the franchise. “The Noticee (Tendulkar) has received no pecuniary benefit/ compensation from the Mumbai Indians IPL Franchise in his capacity as the Mumbai Indians ‘ICON’ since his retirement, and is certainly not employed with the Franchise in any capacity. “He does not occupy any position, nor has he taken any decision (including selection of team players) which could qualify as being in governance or management of the Franchise. Accordingly, there is no conflict of interest, either under the BCCI Rules or otherwise,” world’s leading run-getter further explained. As far as his role in the CAC is concerned, Tendulkar mentioned that he was appointed as a member of the BCCI committee in 2015, which was only years after his involvement with the MI. “The Noticee was appointed to the panel of the Cricket Advisory Committee (“CAC”) in the year 2015. The Hon’ble Ethics Officer will appreciate that the Noticee was named as the ‘ICON’ for Mumbai Indians much prior to his empanelment with the CAC – which fact has always been in the public domain. “Accordingly, the BCCI aware of the Noticee’s association with the Mumbai Indians Franchise at the time of his appointment to the CAC.” Tendulkar, in his disclosure, further makes it clear that the role of an icon — the one he is performing right now in the IPL franchise team — in no way is a position either in the management or the governance of the franchise. “The Complaint wrongly assumes that the Noticee’s association with the Mumbai Indians IPL Franchise ( Franchise ) is in the capacity of “governance”, “management” or “employment” – thereby attracting a conflict under Rule 38 (4). “His role is limited to providing guidance to the Franchise team by sharing his insights, learnings and working closely with the younger members in the team to help them realise their true potential.” On his reply to Gupta’s question of him sitting in the team’s ‘dugout’ — place specified for players and support staff only — he termed the allegation as “absurd”. “A mentor cannot be qualified as “management” of the Franchise. If the Complainant’s absurd logic were to be applied, a physiotherapist, trainer or a masseur would also be qualified as “management” of the Franchise,” Tendulkar responded, making it clear that he is answerable to none of the support staff. “It is also pertinent to note that the Mumbai Indians team has a head coach, who works side by side with coaches for specific disciplines such as bowling, batting etc. in ultimate coordination with the Director of Cricket Operations – none of whom the Noticee is answerable to or vice versa since his role is limited to that of providing guidance and motivation to the team.” Also, in case of the Ombudsman willing to “continue proceedings”, Tendulkar has requested for a “personal hearing along with his legal representatives.”last_img read more

NBA Playoffs Preview Do The Grizzlies Have Any Chance Against The Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are an insanely dominant team. To answer the question in this article’s headline: Yes, the Grizzlies have a chance — about a 6 percent chance according to our Real Plus-Minus-based projections. The Warriors projected Real Plus-Minus (RPM) of +15.8 points against the Grizzlies is easily the best of any team; Golden State has about a 10-point advantage per 100 possessions.So the Warriors are likely to win, yes, but the series has several interesting contrasts for the basketball geek.Take speed. If the Warriors do succeed against Memphis, they’ll probably do so playing their breathtakingly fast style. Golden State had by far the fastest pace in the league this season, at 98.3 possessions per game. The Grizzlies play at a lumbering gait: at 92.0 possessions per game, Memphis ranked in the bottom five of the league. The Warriors are also in the top four in total blocks and steals, which ignite fastbreaks. The Grizzlies are content playing solid half-court defense, forcing turnovers and limiting your total shots. It’s fast vs. slow.Shot selection is another difference. The Warriors, especially Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, excel behind the 3-point arc. The team led the NBA in both 3-point percentage (at nearly 40 percent!), and in the total number of threes attempted. The Grizzlies? They attempt the second fewest 3-pointers of any team in the NBA, with below-average success. Memphis’ strength is near the basket, where you’ll find their two big men, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. It’s outside vs. inside.Curry, who might just win the MVP award, leads the way for a stacked Warriors team; his projected +8.8 RPM is the second highest of any player (behind Cleveland’s LeBron James). At the other end, the Warriors will rely on defensive superstar Draymond Green, the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year. Draymond will have a unique challenge against the two Memphis big men. If he can handle one of them one-on-one, the Warriors could cruise.For the Grizzlies, their (already slim) chances took a hit when point guard Mike Conley suffered a facial fracture. He’s projected to play only 15 minutes per game by these RPM calculations. But if he plays through the injury, and if the Grizzlies can slow the pace and prevent the 3-point-happy Warriors from blowing the roof off, Memphis could make this series interesting. read more

A Lazy OutOfShape Amateur Won Two More Super Bowls Than Tony Romo

The list of sub-par quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl despite being nothing more than “game managers” just grew by one. FiveThirtyEight’s own Walt Hickey has joined the ranks of Brad Johnson, Doug Williams and Trent Dilfer.Sure, Walt did it in a video game, while the other three did it while wearing cleats in real life, but the taste of victory was just as sweet. Walt’s triumph is courtesy of two Madden savants, Tim Curry and Luke Barr, who answered the call on our sports podcast Hot Takedown a few weeks ago. We laid down a challenge to see if anyone could win it all in Madden NFL 16 with Walt as their quarterback. Curry and Barr turned Walt’s depressing player ratings into a championship.Below are notes the two victors sent us about their journeys. As promised, we’ll be giving them a shoutout on this week’s podcast and sending them a signed poster of Walt in full pads.Curry, who won with the Philadelphia Eagles, provides a thrilling game report:I have done it. After smacking the Cowboys in the divisional game and beating the Seahawks in the NFC championship, Walt Hickey and the Eagles defeated the Buffalo Bills in an epic comeback, 21-17. After falling behind 14-0, Walt threw a pick with less than a minute left in the first half, leading to a Bills field goal. But the Eagles came out swinging in the second half, with Ryan Mathews taking a pitch from Walt 80 yards to the house. In the fourth quarter, Mathews hit another long option run, being caught at the 10. This time DeMarco Murray took it in for 6, bringing the game to 17-14 with just under two minutes to play.After the Bills recovered the onside kick attempt, the Eagles brought the house to stop the run three times, using up all three timeouts, but getting the ball back at their own 20 with 1:30 left. This time it was a mix of Murray and Mathews leading the way, with Murray taking a short pass 20 yards and Mathews finding another 30 on a pitch. With just under a minute, DeMarco found the end zone to give the Eagles the lead. The defense held, and Walt Hickey was a Super Bowl champion!And here’s Barr, who won with the Dallas Cowboys:Some observations:I ended with an 11-5 record, the 2nd seed and a first-round bye.He cannot throw downfield. Any throw more than ten yards downfield was almost always intercepted.The best routes to run were definitely screens and swing passes, he could hit those fairly reliably.Curl routes against bad cornerbacks in man coverage were also okay, but if he missed, it was usually an interception.I chose the Cowboys to play with because I thought the offensive line would help. Joseph Randle led the league in rushing with 1759 yards.Before the season I signed free agents Aldon Smith and Terence Newman and traded a draft pick for CB Josh Robinson. Terence Newman led the league in INTs with 12.Hickey’s quarterback rating of 42.6 was actually better than Matt Flynn’s who had a 40.2 rating on 76 attempts.Of Hickey’s 1872 yards, 1457 were gained after the catch.Here is Walt’s game log, individual stats and team stats. Walt is galled that, as a New York Giants fan, he won the Super Bowl with the Eagles and Cowboys. But that does make him better than Tony Romo and Sam Bradford. So he’s got that, at least.And there you have it. Once again, congrats to Tim and Luke. Now please go outside. Read more: How Madden Helped A Schlub Like Me Make It Into The NFL read more

OSU freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo excels at US Junior Open

Francesca Di Lorenzo competes during a match at the 2015 U.S. Junior Open. Credit: Courtesy of United States Tennis AssociationWhile most Ohio State students have started hitting the books, freshman tennis player Francesca Di Lorenzo has been busy hitting the courts at the 135th edition of the U.S. Open.The fourth leg of the Grand Slam, which began on Aug. 31 in New York City and concluded on Sunday, featured more than 300 of the best tennis players in the world.Di Lorenzo, who was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2015 by the Tennis Recruiting Network, advanced all the way to the semi-finals of both the U.S. Open Junior girls’ singles and doubles draws.Di Lorenzo said the experience was one of the highlights of her career so far.“It was one of the best weeks I’ve had in terms of tennis,” she said. “The atmosphere there in New York was just unbelievable. The fans, everyone supporting you, you’re in the U.S. as a U.S. player. It doesn’t get better than that.”Surrounded by famed tennis stars like Serena and Venus Williams, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Di Lorenzo got a taste of life with the pros.“It was interesting to be with the pros. You got to eat in the same restaurants as them and be right by the locker room with them,” she said. “It’s nice to see the level that you want to get to.”The New Albany, Ohio, native was unseeded in the singles draw but was ranked fifth in doubles alongside partner Luisa Stefani of Brazil. Despite what the rankings might have depicted, Di Lorenzo said it is competing in singles that she enjoys most.“I enjoy doubles and having a partner out there, but I like being out there competing on my own,” she said. “If I win, it’s on me. If I lose, it’s on me.”Throughout the singles draw, Di Lorenzo faced off against two players ranked in the top five in the world. She defeated Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova, the No. 4 seed, in the third round of the tournament. She later fell to the No. 2-ranked, and eventual single’s champion, Dalma Galfi of Hungary, in the semi-finals.Di Lorenzo said her mindset does not change regardless of where her opponent is ranked.“I don’t like looking at the rankings as much as focusing on what I have to do to be successful in the match,” she said. “I knew that whatever match I was playing that the girl was going to come out playing her best and competing hard, and I would have to do the same.”However, she admits that taking out a high-ranked player adds more excitement to a win.“(Mihalikova) was the Australian Open junior champion, so that was cool to be able to beat a girl that has had so much success,” the freshman said. “That gives you a lot of confidence going into your next matches.”Di Lorenzo and her doubles partner Stefani met through their siblings who both play tennis at Xavier University. The pair had recently won doubles championships in Brazil and Belgium.They took out the No. 4-ranked pair of Russians, Anna Blinkova and Olesya Pervushina, in the quarterfinals before having their run end in the semi-finals against the eventual champions, Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova and Russia’s Aleksandra Pospelova.Having only been on campus for two weeks before the tournament began, Di Lorenzo is now adjusting to life at OSU.“It’s tough, I’m not going to lie,” she said. “It’s much harder than you think to try and keep up with the academics and tennis. I just missed the last week, so hopefully I can catch up. Luckily we have amazing tutors and help.”The transition is eased by growing up in the Columbus area and a familiarity with campus and her coaches, both of which played a role in her choice to attend OSU.“I go to a lot of games. I love the big school atmosphere and most importantly the coaches. They’ve all really helped me become the player I am,” she said.Women’s tennis coach Melissa Schaub said she is proud to have a highly rated prospect on the roster.“It means a lot. Not only is she a one recruit, but she’s an Ohio kid and from Columbus. It’s huge for us at Ohio State to keep someone home like that,” she said. “I think we’ve been able to get ourselves to a level where we are able to get someone like her. It means a lot for the future of the program and for right now.”While new to OSU, Di Lorenzo said she is already comfortable with her new teammates.“I’d come here for the clinics when I was younger, and I’d meet the girls,” she said. “They’re great girls. I just love being with the team.”The team atmosphere is what Schaub said she sees as one of roster’s strengths.“Team chemistry is really strong. They’re definitely very tight-knit. I think this year with the addition of Francesca, there’s really good competition amongst the team. I think that’s good,” she said.As the season gets under way, Di Lorenzo already has some goals in mind.“I’d love to be the Big Ten freshman of the year and hopefully make the NCAA individual tournaments,” she said. “I’d love to go a round of 16, at least, for the team championship. That’d be cool.”Schaub views Di Lorenzo’s determination as one of her best qualities.“I think that’s the greatest thing about Francesca, she was a No. 1 recruit in the country, but there’s also things that she can get better at,” she said. “Her goals are beyond college, and no one is willing to work harder than she is. It’s pretty exciting.”  Di Lorenzo and the women’s tennis team are scheduled to kick off their 2015 season in tournaments in Waco, Texas, and Miami from Sept. 18-20. read more

Nice Balotelli wants to stay

first_imgPresident Jean-Pierre Rivere has said that “Mario Balotelli expressed his wish to stay at Nice,”.Balotelli was expected to join Marseille this summer, but the move fell through.The Italian forward even had a medical with Marseille and refused to report for pre-season training with Nice.Nice club president has said that talks with Balotelli have gone well and that he will be staying at the club. Football Italia reports.“After last night’s meeting, we gave each other 24 hours to reach a decision. In the end, Mario Balotelli expressed his wish to stay at Nice,” Rivere said.“The situation is very simple. We had a player who was approached. There were some very big offers coming from China, but the player turned them down.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“He was upset we were not playing in the Champions League this season and was approached by Marseille. They worked hard on him, but in the end, he decided to stay and we are very happy with that.“At the start of July, Marseille called to find out if Balotelli had a release clause. I said we had a gentlemen’s agreement to let him go for €4-5m if we failed to qualify for the Champions League. There was no offer for a month, then they finally stepped forward with a proposal of €5m plus Cabella on loan.“Another offer was that we had to buy Cabella for €5m in return for them paying €2.5m for Balotelli. After that, we couldn’t possibly negotiate. It was time to put an end to the whole thing.“All I know is, if they had offered €4m, then Balotelli would’ve left. This soap opera dragged on for two-and-a-half months. I can justify Balotelli not attending pre-season training because, in his mind, he was leaving.“The situation became more complicated and today Mario is fully involved in the Nice project, otherwise he wouldn’t be with us.”last_img read more

Blizzard Warning In Effect For Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on February 18th, 2019 at 11:13 amThe National Weather Service out of Anchorage has issued a blizzard warning for most of the Kenai Peninsula. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are expected. Sean Baines Meteorologist: “Essentially what we are looking at is snow is expected to accumulate this afternoon and the winds will  pick up overnight. The snow with the winds will produce white out conditions.”  The advisory is in effect starting at midnight tonight until 6am on Saturday. The advisory includes the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing.center_img Travel will be very difficult. While the worst conditions will occur overnight, snow showers and gustywinds will persist in Homer and vicinity through at least midday Saturday, so occasional visibilities down to one half mile may persist. Blizzard conditions expected. Southwest winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow.  Significant drifting of the snow is likely.last_img read more

Salmonfest Turning The Tide On Music Scene

first_imgAnother of many Alaska great bands, Hope Social Club takes the stage twice throughout the weekend. Salmonfest is supported by and benefits several non-profit organizations on the Kenai Peninsula and in the State of Alaska. Two prominent supportors are the Kachemak Bay Conservation Soceity and Cook Inletkeeper. Both are longstanding Homer-based non profit organizations that seek to educate the public, and both protect and promote Alaska’s fish-filled waters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Salmonfest kicks off it’s three day event this weekend to emphasize and celebrate the connection of all Alaskans to the fish and the waters that “provide this magnificent resource”. On Saturday music begins at 11:15am and later Alaska’s Blackwater Railroad Co. takes the stage at 7:10PM followed by The California Honeydrops before headliner and Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz begins at 10:15pm. In addition, ARCHES Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula Fair Association have teamed up to help make Salmonfest a successful event. View the entire lineup of entertainment at Salmonfestalaska.org. Friday’s headliner and Grammy winner Ani DiFranco hits the Ocean Stage at 9:15pm followed by WookieFoot. Music opens at 12:30pm with Food For The Soul along with the Rainbow Girls first appearance in Alaska playing twice over the weekend, just to name a few of the many great bands.last_img read more

Venezuela arrests terrorists over Maduro attack

first_imgIn this still from a video provided by Venezolana de Television, presiden Nicolas Maduro, center, delivers his speech as his wife Cilia Flores winces and looks up after being startled by and explosion, in Caracas, Venezuela on 4 August. Photo: APSix “terrorists and hired killers” have been arrested in Venezuela accused of trying to assassinate president Nicolas Maduro in an alleged drone attack, the government said on Sunday.Interior and justice minister Nestor Reverol announced the arrests on state television, saying more could be on the way “in the coming hours.”Three soldiers were in critical condition and four more were injured in the alleged attack that involved two remote-controlled drones, Reverol said.He described it as “a crime of terrorism and assassination” and said that the “material and intellectual authors inside and outside the country” had been identified.Venezuela’s opposition braced itself for “persecution and repression” as the armed forces vowed “unconditional” loyalty to radical socialist leader Maduro, who, standing with his wife on a reviewing stand, was unharmed in the incident.Maduro vowed to inflict “maximum punishment” on those who tried “to assassinate me.” He pointed the finger at outgoing Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and “the ultra-right wing”-a term he uses to describe domestic opposition, even as a mysterious rebel group claimed responsibility.‘Wave of repression’“There will be no forgiveness,” Maduro warned, for what a military statement said was an act of “barbarism in a desperate attempt to destabilize” the government.But Nicmer Evans, a former government loyalist and now leader of the opposition Frente Amplio party, said he feared the government’s measures “open the door to persecution and a wave of repression.”Those worries came as defense minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez voiced the military’s “unconditional and unrestricted loyalty to our commander in chief.”Army general Padrino Lopez described Saturday’s incident as “an aggression against the military” aimed at provoking regime change “through unconstitutional means.”Attorney general Tarek William Saab said the names of those arrested would be published on Monday.The alleged attack involved two drones, each carrying a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of plastic explosive C4, which Reverol said on state television is “capable of causing effective damage over a 50-meter (164 feet) radius.”He said one drone flew over the tribune where Maduro was giving a speech but that it became “disoriented by signal-inhibiting equipment” and was thus “activated outside the assassins’ planned perimeter.”The second drone lost control and crashed into a nearby building, Reverol added.State television images showed Maduro looking up with a start after hearing a bang, as National Guardsmen lined up in the parade scattered in fright.No drones could be seen in the television broadcast, which showed bodyguards jumping in front of Maduro to protect him with flexible ballistic shields. The broadcast was quickly cut.Maduro ‘has to fall’Once back in the presidential palace, Maduro said he had “no doubt” that Colombia’s Santos-a Nobel Peace Prize winner who negotiated a historic peace accord with Marxist guerrillas FARC-was “behind the attack.”Santos, who is due to hand over power to the hardline right-winger and vocal Maduro critic Ivan Duque on Tuesday, had said this week that the Venezuelan “regime has to fall” and that he could “see it happening in the near future.”Colombia’s Foreign Ministry denied involvement, calling the allegations “absurd.”Maduro said investigations pointed to financial backers who “live in the United States, in the state of Florida. I hope that President Donald Trump is ready to fight these terrorist groups.”US national security advisor John Bolton insisted Sunday that there was “no US government involvement” and even suggested on “Fox News Sunday” that the incident could have been “a pretext set up by the regime itself.”Late Saturday, a rebel group calling itself the National Movement of Soldiers in T-Shirts claimed responsibility in a statement passed to US-based opposition journalist Patricia Poleo, who read it on her YouTube channel.“We cannot tolerate that the population is suffering from hunger, that the sick do not have medicine, that the currency has no value, or that the education system neither educates nor teaches, only indoctrinating communism,” said the statement, accusing the regime of having “made public office an obscene way to get rich.”A collapsing economyOn Saturday, a policeman who requested anonymity told AFP that drones may have been released from a nearby apartment that suffered a fire after one exploded. However, other accounts blamed the fire on the accidental explosion of a gas cylinder.Maduro’s allies Cuba and Bolivia condemned the incident, as did Russia.Last year, 125 people were killed over four months of violent clashes between anti-Maduro protesters and armed forces.Maduro, a 55-year-old former bus driver, has remained in power despite a collapsing economy and a long-running political crisis, thanks in large part to unwavering support from the military.Hundreds of thousands have fled the country due to food and medicine shortages and hyperinflation that the International Monetary Fund says could reach one million percent this year.Maduro often accuses the opposition and the United States of working together to topple him.last_img read more

UPDATE Lobbyist confirms he was at meeting With Donald Trump Jr And

first_imgRichard Drew/APDonald Trump Jr. met with two Russians in an effort to gather opposition research into Hillary Clinton last June. The Latest on President Donald Trump and the investigation into his campaign’s potential ties to Russia (all times local):12:05 p.m.The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says reports that a second Russian person was in a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. last summer “adds another deeply disturbing fact about this secret meeting.”Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Trump Jr.’s shifting explanations “paint a portrait of consistent dissembling and deceit.”A Russian-American lobbyist says he attended the June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son. The detail marks another shift in the account of the meeting, which was described as part of a Russian government effort to help the Republican’s White House campaign. Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his participation to The Associated Press on Friday.Akhmetshin has been reported to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies, though he denies ever working as an intelligence agent.___9:50 a.m.House Democrats are renewing calls for a vote on an independent commission to investigate Russia’s election meddling and ties to the Trump administration.Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California also says that presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance should be revoked.Pelosi and other top House Democrats spoke at a news conference Friday insisting they would try to force votes on the issue on the House floor — although their ability to do so is limited.Pelosi said that “House Democrats are not going to let the Republicans off the hook for their complicity, … They have become enablers of the violations of our Constitution, the attack on the integrity of our elections.”She added that “House Republicans will have to answer for their actions.”___9:40 a.m.A Russian-American lobbyist says he attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son that was billed as part of a Russian government effort to help the Republican campaign.Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his participation to The Associated Press Friday. His disclosure marks another shift in the account of the meeting.Donald Trump Jr. did not disclose Akhmetshin’s presence in statements and emails he released on the meeting earlier this week.Emails posted by Trump Jr. show that he was told by an associate that the meeting was part of a Russian government effort to help Donald Trump in the election. The associate who helped arrange the meeting told Trump Jr. that the lawyer had damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton.Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and current White House senior adviser, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting.—9 a.m.President Donald Trump’s campaign data and digital director says he will speak with the House intelligence committee later this month as part of its Russia probe.Brad Parscale says in a statement to The Associated Press he’s “unaware of any Russian involvement” in the data and digital operations of Trump’s campaign. He says he will appear voluntarily before the panel.Rep. Adam Schiff is the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee. Schiff says lawmakers are reviewing whether the campaign worked with Russians in any way, including distributing “fake news.”Parscale says the campaign “used the exact same digital marketing strategies that are used every day by corporate America.”Trump’s campaign paid Parscale’s firm more than $90 million to advertise on social media, analyze data and perform other functions. Sharelast_img read more

Louisville Baseball Continues Excellence in Classroom

first_imgOverall, 33 student-athletes amassed a 3.0 GPA or better during the spring semester, with 16 members on the Dean’s List. The span of 16 straight semesters with a team GPA of 3.0 or better coincides with unparalleled success on the field for Louisville, which has three College World Series appearances, five NCAA Super Regional berths, seven NCAA Regional bids and seven conference championships during those eight seasons. Louisville baseball wrapped up the spring semester with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.32 to mark its 16th consecutive semester with a 3.0 or higher. Five members of the Louisville baseball program earned their undergraduate degrees from UofL at the conclusion of the semester. Current players Bryan Hoeing, J.D. Mundt, Zeke Pinkham and Pat Rumoro, along with bullpen catcher Gabe Burchell received their bachelor’s degrees. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team has been experiencing great success on the diamond, the Cardinals have also excelled in the classroom.center_img Story Links FOLLOWING THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Simulation suggests nonwater based life could exist on Saturns moon Titan

first_img Explore further As scientists continue to search for life on other planets, more and more they are beginning to concede that if it does exist, it may not necessarily exist in the Goldilocks, or habitable zone. Such planets are all the “right” distance from their star, and hopefully, also have water. But recent evidence has suggested that some chemical reactions could lead to types of life forms where there is no water, which further suggests that it may exist outside of what is now considered the habitable zone. For life to come about in such places, researchers reason, there would likely need to be some sort of action going on—and that is why there has been so much focus on Titan; it is the only object in our solar system, besides Earth, that has both rainfall and erosion due to liquid movement. But the water it has is locked far underground and the moon is too cold to support an impact by water anyway. But, as the researchers with this new effort discovered after poring over data sent back by Huygens, the surface does have hydrogen cyanide in its sediment, brought down from the atmosphere by methane and ethane rain. It was those molecules that drove the design of the simulations—the team wanted to see if they could form the basis of reactions that could lead to the creation of polymers such as polyimine, which the team notes, are conducive to the formation of prebiotic reactions leading to a form of life. Their simulations showed that such reactions are possible and that the structures that came about were also able to absorb sunlight in the wavelengths present on the Titan surface.The researchers suggest their work, and that done by others indicates that a return to the planet by a new probe might be in order, one able to test for a different form of life, or at least its precursors. © 2016 Phys.org Life on other planets could be far more widespread, study finds An image of Titan’s surface, as taken by the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe as it plunged through the moon’s thick, orange-brown atmosphere on Jan. 14, 2005. Today, Cornell scientists have chemical evidence that suggests prebiotic conditions may exist there. Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona 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.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Cornell University has built and run a simulation that showed prebiotic reactions could possibly occur on the surface of one of Saturn’s moons, Titan, suggesting the possibility of life evolving in a place where it is too cold for water to be a factor. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the simulation they created in response to the discovery (by the Huygens probe) that polymers such as polyimine might have already developed on the moon’s surface. Citation: Simulation suggests non-water based life could exist on Saturn’s moon Titan (2016, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-simulation-non-water-based-life-saturn.html More information: Polymorphism and electronic structure of polyimine and its potential significance for prebiotic chemistry on Titan, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1606634113AbstractThe chemistry of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is believed to be central to the origin of life question. Contradictions between Cassini–Huygens mission measurements of the atmosphere and the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan suggest that HCN-based polymers may have formed on the surface from products of atmospheric chemistry. This makes Titan a valuable “natural laboratory” for exploring potential nonterrestrial forms of prebiotic chemistry. We have used theoretical calculations to investigate the chain conformations of polyimine (pI), a polymer identified as one major component of polymerized HCN in laboratory experiments. Thanks to its flexible backbone, the polymer can exist in several different polymorphs, which are relatively close in energy. The electronic and structural variability among them is extraordinary. The band gap changes over a 3-eV range when moving from a planar sheet-like structure to increasingly coiled conformations. The primary photon absorption is predicted to occur in a window of relative transparency in Titan’s atmosphere, indicating that pI could be photochemically active and drive chemistry on the surface. The thermodynamics for adding and removing HCN from pI under Titan conditions suggests that such dynamics is plausible, provided that catalysis or photochemistry is available to sufficiently lower reaction barriers. We speculate that the directionality of pI’s intermolecular and intramolecular =N–H…N hydrogen bonds may drive the formation of partially ordered structures, some of which may synergize with photon absorption and act catalytically. Future detailed studies on proposed mechanisms and the solubility and density of the polymers will aid in the design of future missions to Titan.Press releaselast_img read more

Baker Institute forum to examine legal battle behind stem cell research

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduBaker Institute forum to examine legal battle behind stem cell researchScientific research using human embryonic stem cells was thrown into turmoil in August when a federal judge ruled it violated a congressional amendment. An Oct. 4 presentation at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, “The Fate of Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Examining the Legal Battle Behind the Science,” will look at the impact of the ruling on scientists and stem cell research, future legal actions and how the Obama administration and Congress can address the issues created by the court’s decision. Speakers the will include Robert Riddle, a patent lawyer with the law firm of Baker Botts, and Richard Behringer, professor of genetics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Neal Lane, senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute and Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, will deliver the opening remarks.On Aug. 23, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled in the preliminary motions of Sherley v. Sebelius that funding human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research violated the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. The amendment prohibits the creation of hESC lines from destroyed embryos. The court issued an injunction blocking all National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for hESC research, which resulted in the NIH removing all hESC grants from review and blocking funding to newly awarded grants. Research at NIH’s Bethesda, Md., campus was halted as well. On Sept. 8, the Department of Justice appealed; in response, a federal appeals court temporarily suspended the injunction to hear arguments from both the plaintiffs in Sherley v. Sebelius and the Department of Justice. Though hESC research is permitted — pending the appeals court ruling — Lamberth’s decision could ultimately ban funding regardless of whether the appeals court permanently stays the injunction. These tumultuous court rulings have left scientists uncertain of the future of the $140 million in grants currently funded by the NIH. For more on the presentation, go to http://www.bakerinstitute.org/events/esc1010. Support for the Oct. 4 program has been provided by the State of Qatar Endowment for International Stem Cell Policy.The event begins at 4 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Center. For directions, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more