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Zidane Benzema is a real team player

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first_imgFormer Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes that Karim Benzema is “a real team player”The French forward managed just 11 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions in Zidane’s final season in charge of Real.Yet the 46-year-old kept faith in Benzema, who repaid the coach by playing a key role in securing their third straight Champions League title.But, following Zidane’s departure in May, questions over Benzema’s importance to Real have arisen.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Karim was important for the balance of the side in terms of how I wanted the team to attack,” Zidane told UEFA.“He helped to implement our possession game by playing his teammates in. He makes himself available and is a real team player.”Benzema has begun life under new head coach Julen Lopetegui in impressive fashion by scoring five goals in four games.last_img read more

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Jordi Alba discusses move for a new deal talks about bond

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first_imgFollowing Barcelona’s 2-0 win against Celta Vigo yesterday, Barca left-back  Jordi Alba’s discussed his contract with the club as well as a plan to move for a new deal.Jordi Alba’s contract won’t expire until the summer of 2020, but he confirms he wouldn’t mind moving forward with talks on a new deal.“It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said when asked about a new contract after the game via Marca.“When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.“I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.“In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.“A deadline? When the contract ends.”Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba played together again in the clash against Celta Vigo and the left-back spoke of the bond with Lionel Messi.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“For the first goal he was looking for me and I held the run well,” he said afterward.“On the second, [Ousmane] Dembele and Luis Suarez’s runs left him alone and he never fails.“I know that most of the assists I give will end up going on [the goal].”“We faced a great team that like to play football,” he added.“The first half was very good and in the second we dropped our rhythm a bit and they were able to create.“We are happy with the result.”Barcelona won’t have any more fixtures until a clash with Getafe on January 6.last_img read more

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Hasenhuttl Next few games will be crucial for Southampton

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first_imgSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes their upcoming matches in the Premier League could have a vital impact on their seasonThe Saints are looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s disappointing FA Cup third-round replay exit at the hands of second division side Derby County.And, with Southampton just a point above the relegation zone in 16th-place, Hasenhuttl is aware of how important it is that they quickly bounce back ahead of clashes with some key rivals.“Every win is very important at the moment,” said Hasenhuttl on the club website.“We showed against Leicester how much we wanted to fight for the three points, because we knew exactly that it could help us to leave the relegation zone.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“The next few weeks are very important and the good thing is, after this Everton game, we have more time to prepare for Crystal Palace and the other games, so that’s important for us.“The next opponents after Saturday – Crystal Palace, Burnley and Cardiff – are teams that are in our zone.“This game on Saturday and then the next ones maybe show us in what direction our development is going – is it going in the upper regions or do we stay there where we are?”Top-scorer Danny Ings has returned after recovering from his hamstring problem ahead of Saturday’s game against Everton with captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Charlie Austin and Yan Valery also available.last_img read more

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City Officials Request BOF Rescind Decision Reschedule Vote

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first_imgBoard chair Reed Morisky said, at the meeting on January 18, there was interest in revisiting the decision, because Anchorage is central, and is home to many fishery user groups and has a greater capacity to house and hold the meeting attendees. The letter was signed by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen, and Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander. Ostrander:“We want to bring to their attention that we don’t feel that the process that they followed was appropriate, and I think we would like to see them reconsider that vote in recognition that the process that they followed was flawed.”  Ostrander: “When we got there we were told that they were going to postpone that vote and hold it later in month. We talked to all of the board members and spent a couple of hours up there, and when they convened for lunch we confirmed with the chair that they were not going to hold that vote that day. We were concerned that we should probably stay around if they were going to have a vote, but since we were assured they wouldn’t hold the vote and that we could leave, we did. By the time we got back Soldotna we found out that they did in fact hold the vote.”  In March 2018, the board voted to hold the UCI area meeting on the Kenai Peninsula. The vote taken on Friday, January 18, was a reversal of that decision. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享City officials on the Kenai Peninsula have submitted a request to the Board of Fisheries requesting they rescind their decision to move the 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting from the Kenai-Soldotna area back to Anchorage. The letter states, the vote held on January 18 during the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim finfish meeting was taken without reasonable public notice and after peninsula officials were assured that no action would be taken. Legislative representatives on the Kenai Peninsula have also submitted a letter to the Alaska Board of Fisheries requesting that they rescind their decision. In a surprise vote, the Board of Fisheries voted 4-3 to relocate the Upper Cook Inlet 2020 regulatory meeting from the Kenai Peninsula back to Anchorage.last_img read more

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Bengaluru Army Major rapes colleague in car released on interim bail

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first_img Close (Representational Image)Creative CommonsIn a shocking incident, an army major in Bengaluru had allegedly raped his colleague in his car on the Old Airport Road in East Bengaluru. The incident occurred on February 4, 2019, and a case was registered against the army major two days later.The victim said that she had attended a senior colleague’s party on the night of February 4 and had returned home late at night. The accused, Major Choudhary, had gone to her house later and asked her out for a drive. The victim agreed since she was hungry and thought they could grab a bite to eat.According to a report by the Times of India, the accused then took the victim to an isolated location and they both consumed alcohol in the car. The victim, in her complaint, said that Major Choudhary then began to behave in an inappropriate manner with her.The major then started to touch her in an improper manner which made her uncomfortable. She asked him to take her back home and he started the car and began to drive. However, he stopped the car, pushed the victim to the backseat and went on to rape her. “He pushed me forcefully on to the back seat of the car and raped me before dropping me at my residence,” the victim said in her complaint.The woman was in shock for a few days. She mustered up courage and told her family members and her senior officials. She proceeded to give an oral complaint to them and as admitted at the Command Hospital for medical treatment.On February 15, the woman went to the Viveknagar police station to file an FIR since it was required for the court. A case was lodged against Major Choudhury under Sections 376 (rape) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Major Choudhury was then arrested but let go on interim bail.The case was then transferred to the Ulsoor police after the Viveknagar police identified the crime scene and saw it was not in their jurisdiction. “We’re investigating the case and will take legal action against the accused,” Rahulkumar Shahapurwad, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (east division) was quoted as saying by TOI. Therapeutic Applications Of Recreational Drugs On The Risecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/3:15Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:09?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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Rajinikanths fake picture alert This mystery man mistaken to be Thalaivar Rajini

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first_imgThis picture of Rajinikanth’s lookalike is doing rounds online.TwitterEvery single gesture of top celebrities in public will usually have positive or negative reactions. In case of Rajinikanth, people considers him as a model man for good behaviour. Photos of him captured in public only proved that he is the epitome of simplicity.To give you an example, Rajinikanth holding a Nokia 1130 phone was widely circulated on internet for years stating that despite being a big star he found joy in using a basic cell phone. Likewise, Rajini wearing a simple dress and a slipper during a trip with his friends had also indicated that success had not gone to his head.Time and again, such photos and videos have only made the belief stronger about the Tamil superstar. However, not all we read or see about him is true and one such instance is the latest viral picture. A photo of a man wearing a simple t-shirt and shorts while speaking over a phone is doing rounds on social media sites and fans have mistaken it to be Thalaivar.The man in the picture has close resemblances to Rajinikanth. The white beard and overall look easily make one believe that it is the picture of the superstar.The fans have been spreading the picture on social media claiming that the picture is one more example for Rajini’s simplicity. However, it has now been clarified that it is not the superstar in the picture and someone else.Rajinikanth’s Next Film Rajinikanth, who is basking in the success of Petta, is yet to begin his next film to be directed by AR Murugadoss. The shooting is expected to commence next month. Rajinikanth’s Petta ends its 2nd weekend on a positive note.PR Handoutlast_img read more

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This Game of Thrones star wishes to replace Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

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first_imgLogan/FacebookAquaman and Game of Thrones movie star Jason Momoa has recently admitted that he is up for replacing Hugh Jackman in the next human-mutant movie featuring Logan aka Wolverine.As per the recent reports, Jason Momoa has reportedly expressed his desire for playing Wolverine at Celebrity Fan Fest in San Antonio, Texas. If Marvel Studios hire him, then it would be another celebrated superhero role which Jason would play. As we all know, he is famous for playing Arthur Curry in DCEU’s Aquaman movie.Chances of Marvel Studios hiring a DCEU actor play the role of Wolverine are pretty slim but it would still be interesting to see how this Game of Thrones star will replace Hugh Jackman as one of the most loved superheroes of all time.As we all know, after almost seventeen years of portraying the role of Logan, the Australian-born Hugh Jackman decided to exit from the role. He portrayed the role of Wolverine for the last time in the 2017’s critically acclaimed film Logan. Ever since then fans and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds are requesting Hugh to portray the role of the clawed mutant for one more time. Fan are desperately waiting to see Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman together in an action-thriller superhero movie. Jason Momoa with his facial hairInstagramMeanwhile, there have been several other actors who have shown interest in replacing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Earlier this month, Dark Phoenix movie director Simon Kinberg stated that he cannot imagine anybody but Hugh Jackman to play Logan but still, as per him, Venom star Tom Hardy would be an interesting choice.In addition to this, director Kevin Smith also stated in April this year that if Mission Impossible movie star Tom Cruise would star as Wolverine, then that superhero movie has the potential to earn over $1 billion at the box-office.Jason Momoa said if he were to play any role in the MCU it would be WOLVERINE! #CelebrityFanFest pic.twitter.com/Q5B8W1OFNM— SuperBroMovies (@SuperBroMovies) June 15, 2019Whatever the scenario is, it is hard to state who is going to replace Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the future X-Men movies. As we all know, Marvel Studios has acquired Fox and with that, they now have the rights to reboot the franchise in its entirety. After the failure of recent X-Men movies, it is most likely that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige would like to reboot the entire mutant saga and with that, he is going to cast some young actor who will stay with the franchise for at least two decades.last_img read more

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Telangana woman arrested for posing as ETV Telugu producer and cheating people

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first_imgFacebook Crashes And People Are Freaking OutIBTimes UKThe Hyderabad cybercrime division has arrested a woman in Bengaluru for posing as a fake television producer and director for ETV channel.The accused, Y Sreelatha, had opened a Facebook account under the name Sridevi Tummala. She masqueraded as the producer for the TV channel and siphoned money from aspiring TV and movie actors.”She admitted that she regularly watched Telugu serials and was impressed by TV artists Nishama, Sirisha, Karuna and others. While watching a TV serial during July 2018, she saw the name of Sridevi Tummala as a producer of ETV Telugu. She got an idea of opening a Facebook account in the name of ‘Sridevi Tummala’ and interact with aspirants, who wanted to become television or movie artists. She used to collect money from them and thus led a luxurious life,” the police’s statement read, according to ANI.The police went on to explain that the woman impersonated the TV producer and went on to send friend requests to popular TV actors such as Nishama, Sirisha, Karuna and spoke to them regularly via the social media website.Soon, many aspirants began contacting her and asked her for help to enter the industry. She promised to give them a chance and took money in return. She had the unsuspecting aspirants to transfer money to her bank accounts and lived a luxurious lifestyle with the money.At one point, she got a man to fall in love with her and got him to deposit Rs 6 lakh in her account over a period of time.”She sent a friend request to one Kranthi Kumar of Manikonda and developed a close friendship with him through Facebook messaging and sent photos of some other woman. He believed and fell in love with Sreelatha by seeing those fake pictures. She took advantage of this and made him pay an amount of Rs. 6,00,000 in her bank account at different times,” the police said.However, this is not Sreelatha’s first offence. She was arrested by the Hyderabad cybercrime department for allegedly committing matrimonial fraud.last_img read more

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Action against PO ministry staff if found guilty

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first_imgEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid. Photo: UNBEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Monday said departmental action will be taken against his detained personal officer (PO) Motaleb Hossain and another education ministry staff Nasir Uddin, if they are found guilty, reports UNB.Talking to UNB at the secretariat Nahid said, “If the duo is found guilty of corruption, the ministry and the department will take stern action against them. None will be spared in the case of corruption. I’m very strict in this regard.”The ministry will render all kind of assistance to the law enforcers for their investigation, he added.Earlier on Sunday night, Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested the missing Lakehead Grammar School owner Khaled Hasan Motin, PO of Nurul Islam Nahid, Motaleb Hossain and the education ministry staff Nasir Uddin from different areas of the city.Earlier, Motaleb had reportedly gone missing from the capital on Saturday.Motaleb’s brother filed a general diary with Hazaribagh police station in this regard.Lakehead Grammar School owner Khaled Hasan Motin also reportedly went missing on Saturday.Nasir Uddin, an upper division clerk of education ministry, reportedly went missing from the city on Thursday afternoon.Nayem Ahmed Julhas, brother-in-law of the victim, filed a general diary (GD) with Banani police station in this connection.last_img read more

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BCL Juba League men in drug dealing at 6 edu institutions

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first_imgA total of 24 people, including seven leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and two Juba League men, are involved in drug dealing in six educational institutions of the capital.A sub-inspector of police is also involved in the drug trading, according to the home ministry’s latest list of drug dealers. Three private universities – Eastern University, United International University and World University – are on the list. The list also includes Dhaka University’s Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology, Jagannath University and Dhaka College.The home ministry list of drug peddlers in educational institutions reveals that Md Parvez, Md Showrav, Md Tushan, Md Jewel and Md Samrat, all of them BCL activists of the Jagannath University unit, are involved in the drug trade on the campus. An employee of the university cafeteria, Anwar Hossain, is on the list. “We are struggling to locate the students as the list doesn’t give their full names,” said Jagannath University proctor Nur Mohammad when asked about the matter.The proctor added that one man has so far been identified.About the cafeteria employee, the proctor said, “We have confirmed that he is not involved in drug peddling.”Earlier on 25 August 2011, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained Joynal Abedin aka Russel, general secretary of university’s BCL unit, among three others with 522 yaba pills from the capital’s Shantinagar area.Though Joynal was caught red handed with 200 yaba pills, he denied his arrest to Prothom Alo.The home ministry list did not include Joynal Abedin’s name.Monir, a sub-inspector of New Market police outpost, and two others were found involved in the drug trade on Dhaka College campus.Two others were named as Mamun and Md Polash.Prothom Alo investigation identified a few hot spots of the drug trade around the college campus. Priyangan Shopping Mall’s lane, the lane opposite Eastern Mollika Shopping Mall, Bakusha Market’s Babupura Gali, the road behind New Market, and the third gate of BGB headquarters are on the list.Asked about the SI, Md Atikur Rahman, an officer-n-charge of the Newmarket police station, said seven or eight months ago, Monir was in this police station. Senior officials are investigating the matter after receiving the list.Raisul Islam aka Robin, Md Rajib, Md Sohel, Md Alauddin and Mosammat Jamila are involved in the drug trade on the campus of Hazaribag’s Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology.An officer of Hazaribag police station, on anonymity, said Raisul Islam is an organising secretary of Juba League unit in Hazaribag area. Hazaribag police station’s inspector Mojubur Rahman said Jamila is a professional drug peddler while Sohel faces several cases filed with the police station.Former president of BCL’s Dhanmondi unit, Sujauddin Tuhin, general secretary SS Ashfaq and Rashedur Rahman, Md Pavel, Md Jasim and Moshiur Alam aka Sohag are in the drug trade in the three private universities.Sujauddin Tuhin and SS Ashfaq denied such charges.Kalabagan police station inspector ASM Asaduzzaman told Prothom Alo, they could not find Rashedur Rahman, Md Pavel and Md Jasim at the addresses given in the home ministry’s documents.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

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One plane crash survivor returning today three others soon

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first_imgRescue workers work at the wreckage of a US-Bangla airplane after it crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Photo: ReutersFour of the injured passengers of crashed US-Bangla Airlines plane are being brought back home from Kathmandu soon, reports UNB.Shahreen Ahmed is expected to be the first who is scheduled to land in Dhaka on Thursday afternoon.”I’m going back to Dhaka for continuing my treatment. There is no point to get stuck here on foreign land,” Shahreen told reporters from the hospital bed in Kathmandu just before her departure.She said her brother will accompany her in the Biman flight which is scheduled to land in Dhaka at 3:15pm.Responding to a question, Shahreen who sustained burn injuries said, “Almighty Allah saved me. Rescuers pulled me out from the aircraft.”Besides, two other injured — Eakub Ali and Emrana Kabir Hashi — will be taken to India soon, according to external publicity wing of foreign affairs ministry on Thursday.Severely injured Mehedi Hasan, Saiyada Kamrunnahar Shwarna and Almun Nahar Annie, will be brought to Bangladesh by their relatives.In this regard, no objection certificates (NOCs) have already been issued for them, it added.Moreover, three severely burnt injured were taking treatment at Kathmandu Medical College.Earlier on Wednesday, Rezwanul Haque, a severely burnt passenger of crashed US-Bangla Airlines flight, was sent to Singapore for better treatment.At least 51 people, including 26 Bangladeshi nationals, were killed as the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed and burst into flames at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan county Nepal on Monday.last_img read more

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Fakhrul could not meet Khaleda

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first_imgKhaleda Zia and Mirza FakhrulBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir could not visit jailed party chairperson Khaleda Zia as she was ill.Shairul Kabir Khan, an officer of the BNP chair’s press wing, said this on Thursday quoting Fakhrul.Fakhrul was supposed to meet the former prime minister at 3:00pm, Shairul added.On Wednesday, a lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Commission said the BNP chair could not be produced before the court in Zia Charitable Trust for unavoidable reasons. A Comilla court then served a show cause notice on the Dhaka jail authorities regarding Khaleda’s failure to appear before the court.On 8 February last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the BNP chief and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the case. She was then sent to the abandoned central jail on Nazimuddin Road in the capital.last_img read more

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Indonesia judge finds conspiracy to kill Kims brother with VX

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first_imgIndonesian Siti Aisyah, center, is escorted by police as she leaves her court hearing at the Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The Malaysian court has ordered the two women, Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong to enter their defense over the murder of North Korean leader`s half-brother in a brazen assassination that has gripped the world. Photo: APTwo women accused in the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother were told Thursday to make their defense after a Malaysian judge found evidence they participated in a “well-planned conspiracy” to kill, extending their murder trial until next year.Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah and Vietnam’s Doan Thi Huong are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face in an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on 13 February 2017. They face the death penalty if convicted.High Court Judge Azmi Ariffin found inadequate proof of a political assassination and said he wasn’t persuaded by defense arguments that the women thought they were playing a prank for a hidden-camera show. But enough evidence had been presented in the six-month trial to infer the women and four North Korean suspects at large had meticulously engaged in a “well-planned conspiracy” to kill Kim “systemically,” he said.”I must therefore call upon them to enter their defense,” the judge said after reading his ruling for more than two hours.Indonesian Ambassador Rusdi Kirana told reporters outside court that he was shocked by the decision but his government will abide by it.In Huong’s village in Vietnam, her family said they were sad to hear she was not acquitted. Her father, Doan Van Thanh, said he could not sleep the night before, anxious to hear the ruling.”I had hoped the court would announce that she is innocent but now we are really worried for her,” he said. Huong’s brother, Doan Van Binh, said the family hopes she will receive a fair trial.Aisyah, 25, and Huong, 29, told the court they would testify under oath in their defense. Aisyah, who will be the first to take the stand when the trial resumes Nov. 1, later cried and was consoled by her lawyers and Indonesian officials. Huong was calm. The judge set hearing dates that extend until next February.The women are accused of colluding with four North Korean suspects who fled the country the morning Kim was killed. Aisyah and Huong are the only suspects in custody.According to the case presented so far, the four men known to Aisyah and Huong by code names recruited and trained the women and supplied the banned chemical weapon they smeared on Kim’s face.Airport security footage shown in court captured the moment of the attack and prosecutors also said the camera images linked the women to the four male suspects. Shortly after Kim arrived at the airport, Huong was seen approaching him, clasping her hands on his face from behind and then fleeing. Another blurred figure was also seen running away from Kim and a police investigator testified that it was Aisyah.Kim died within two hours of the attack.Defense lawyers have said the prosecution failed to show the two women had any intention to kill – key to establishing they are guilty of murder.But the judge said their intention to kill can be inferred from targeting Kim’s eyes, where the nerve agent would penetrate faster. He said evidence pointed to a “simultaneous act” by the women and that their subsequent hurrying to separate washrooms was not a “mere coincidence” but established their intention to cause Kim’s death.”There is no slightest doubt in my mind that it can be inferred that their desperate act of rushing to the toilet was solely for the purpose to decontaminate the poisonous VX on their hands,” Azmi said. He said they seemed worried and tense before washing their hands, but relaxed afterward.”The onus is on the accused to explain their conduct,” he added.Lawyers for the two women have said their clients were pawns in a political assassination with clear links to the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.The judge said the four North Koreans played a “substantial role” and were “part of the chain that led to the murder” of Kim. The defense has argued the real culprits are the four North Korean suspects and have pointed to an embassy employee who helped arrange their travel as evidence of embassy involvement.Azmi said he “cannot rule out that this could be a political assassination,” but found no concrete evidence of one.Malaysian officials have never officially accused North Korea and have made it clear they don’t want the trial politicized.Kim, the eldest son in the family that has ruled North Korea since its founding, had been living abroad for years after falling out of favor. It is thought he could have been seen as a threat to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s rule.last_img

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France fears further protests

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first_imgPeople are at work to build a wooden wall aimed at protecting the shop window of store, on 7 December 2018 on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on the eve of a fourth wave of `yellow vests` anti-government protests. Last Saturday`s riots in Paris, where the Arc de Triomphe war memorial was sacked, dozens of cars torched and shops looted, were the worst in decades, plunging president Emmanuel Macron`s government into a deep crisis. Photo: AFPBusinesses in Paris battened down the hatches on Friday and streets were cleared of material that could be used as weapons amid fears of further violence during a fourth round of “yellow vest” protests.The French capital experienced its worst riots in decades last weekend, plunging president Emmanuel Macron’s government into its deepest crisis so far.The Arc de Triomphe war memorial was sacked, dozens of cars torched and shops looted by the radical fringe of a three-week-old rebellion over taxes and inequality.Interior minister Christophe Castaner on Friday vowed “zero tolerance” towards those aiming to wreak further destruction and mayhem during a new round of protests set for Saturday.”These past three weeks have seen the birth of a monster that has escaped its creators,” Castaner told a news conference, adding: “It’s time now for dialogue.”Shops around the famous Champs-Elysees boulevard — epicentre of last week’s battle — were busy boarding up their windows and emptying them of merchandise on Friday.”We can’t take the risk,” said a manager at a Ducati motorcycle dealership as employees loaded luxury Italian racers onto trucks for safekeeping.The operators of leading museums and landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Musee d’Orsay all said they would be closed on Saturday, along with department stores, operas, theatres and libraries.Foreign governments are watching developments closely.The US embassy issued a warning to Americans in Paris to “keep a low profile and avoid crowds”, a warning echoed by the Turkish foreign ministry for Turkish travellers.The Belgian foreign ministry advised Belgians planning to visit Paris over the weekend to postpone their visit.- School pupils rounded up -Macron this week gave in to some of the protesters’ demands for measures to help the poor and struggling middle classes, including scrapping a planned increase in fuel taxes and freezing electricity and gas prices in 2019.But the “yellow vests”, who have become increasingly radicalised, are holding out for more.The government has vowed a tough response in the event of further trouble.Calls on social media for protesters to attack the police or march on the presidential palace have particularly rattled the authorities.Prime minister Edouard Philippe said 8,000 police would be deployed in Paris out of 89,000 nationwide, and that a dozen armoured vehicles would be stationed around the capital — a first.The police were already facing accusations Friday of being heavy-handed.A video showed officers in riot gear barking orders at dozens of high-school pupils kneeling on the ground with their hands behind their heads following a demonstration in Mantes-la-Jolie near Paris.”Whatever wrong was done, nothing justifies this filmed humiliation of minors,” Socialist leader Olivier Faure tweeted.- ‘Not the people’ -The “yellow vests”, named after the high-visibility safety jackets worn by demonstrators, began blocking roads, fuel depots and shopping centres around France on 17 November over fuel price hikes.Since then the movement has snowballed into a wider revolt against Macron’s economic policies and his top-down approach to power.Protests at dozens of schools over stricter university entrance requirements, and a call by farmers for demonstrations next week, have added to a sense of a government under siege.Opposition parties, particularly on the far right and radical left, have sought to capitalise on the protests to try to bring about Macron’s downfall.The protesters accuse the centrist president of favouring the rich and city-dwellers over those trying to make ends meet in car-dependent rural and small-town France.Many are calling on him to resign.Castaner on Friday estimated the number of people still taking part in demonstrations at 10,000 nationwide.”10,000 is not the people, it’s not France,” he argued, despite polls showing the protesters enjoying strong public support.- Macron’s silence -Macron’s “cardinal sin”, in the eyes of the protesters, was to slash wealth taxes shortly after taking office.The 40-year-old former investment banker, dubbed “the president of the rich” by critics, has so far ruled out re-imposing the “fortune tax” on high-earners, arguing it is necessary to boost investment and create jobs.But his climbdown on fuel taxes — intended to help France transition to a greener economy — marks a major departure for a leader who had prided himself on not giving into street protests.Prime minister Edouard Philippe has signalled a willingness to make further concessions.Macron himself has not commented publicly on the crisis since his return from the G20 summit in Argentina a week ago.Parliament speaker Richard Ferrand said the president did not want to “add fuel to the fire” in the run-up to Saturday’s demonstrations.He is expected to address the protests in a speech early next week.last_img

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Texas Gets Extension of Crucial Hospital Payments Until 2018 But Feds Demand

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first_img 00:00 /01:39 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The federal government has agreed to continue sending billions annually to Texas, to support hospitals that treat large numbers of uninsured patients. In return, the feds expect Texas health officials to work towards a more permanent solution for the uninsured.The payments were set to expire in September, ending a five-year deal between Texas and the Obama administration known as an “1115 waiver.” Hospitals feared an abrupt cut-off of the funding would disrupt hundreds of community-based health programs and hurt their bottom lines.The waiver began in 2011, and gave Texas officials more flexibility in distributing supplementary Medicaid funds across the state. The original intent was to help Texas hospitals continue caring for the state’s five million uninsured residents, while also developing innovative programs such as drop-in mental health clinics and ambulances with laptops on board, providing live video links with ER doctors.On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid informed Texas that the payments will continue through the end of 2017, a 15-month extension.Without the extension, many hospitals would have been in big financial trouble, said John Hawkins, vice president for governmental affairs for the Texas Hospital Association.“The reality is it’s about $6 billion a year in supplemental payments,” Hawkins said. “Hospitals are using those to offset the cost of the uninsured, and deal with the Medicaid shortfall, since the state is reimbursing hospitals at about 51 percent of cost.”The original funding deal was negotiated years ago, before the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed the Affordable Care Act and ruled that one major facet of the law could be optional: states did not have to expand Medicaid to low-income adults. Thirty-one states have chosen to do so, but Texas and 18 other have not.Without the force of law, federal officials must rely on other incentives to encourage Medicaid expansion, according to Anne Dunkelberg, a health policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning Austin think tank.One powerful incentive in Texas would be if federal officials withheld some of the supplementary Medicaid payments that were set to expire in September. Although Texas won an temporary extension, CMS officials explained in a letter that future funding agreements must meet certain conditions.“A 15-month stopgap means the story is far from over,” Dunkelberg said.Some of the current funds help reimburse Texas hospitals for money spent treating uninsured Texans in emergency rooms, Dunkelberg said. In the future, the Obama administration wants Texas to spend federal healthcare dollars on providing Medicaid coverage to more Texans, so there are fewer uninsured patients showing up in emergency rooms in the first place.“They have basically said ‘We’re not going to pay uncompensated care payments for people you could have covered by Medicaid,’” Dunkelberg said. “That’s just the new rule.”While the 15-month extension is in place, the Texas legislature will re-convene in Austin. In the past two sessions, Republicans have blocked any efforts to expand Medicaid, calling the program a costly and inefficient entitlement. But Democrats now hope that with more pressure from hospitals over these payments, and a new deadline, some sort of permanent compromise can be found for the uninsured in Texas. Share X Listenlast_img read more

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Rep Beto ORourke Launches Bid to Unseat Sen Ted Cruz in 2018

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first_imgOffice of Congressman Beto O’RourkeU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX 16th District)As expected, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke has announced he’s running against Senator Ted Cruz in 2018. The third-term House member and former punk rock guitarist officially kicked off his campaign at the Alcantar Sky Garden in his hometown of El Paso.“Friends, vecinos, paseños, tejanos [neighbors, El Pasoans, Texans], I’m running to represent the great state of Texas in the U.S. Senate,” O’Rourke said.O’Rourke recently gained publicity from a cross-country road trip with Republican House colleague Will Hurd. His bid is widely viewed as a longshot. Cruz finished second to Donald Trump in last year’s crowded GOP presidential primary field. He remains powerful in Texas, which hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.But the 44-year-old O’Rourke insists Cruz is beatable. He said the state needs, “a senator who’s not using this position of responsibility and power to serve his own interests, to run for president, to shut down the government, when there are so many people who pay taxes into or served in uniform for this government to work for them.”Before challenging Cruz, though, O’Rourke will have to win the Democratic senate primary. That primary race could feature fellow Congressman Joaquin Castro, who might be favored because of stronger name recognition. Sharelast_img read more

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ExUS Rep Anthony Weiner To Plead Guilty In Sexting Case

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first_img Share Former congressman Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers online ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, will appear in federal court Friday to plead guilty to charges in connection with his online communications with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, officials said.A law enforcement official said Weiner has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court.Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the court hearing, which was scheduled for at 11 a.m.The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan confirmed the court appearance but declined to immediately release additional details about the charges against the Democrat.The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site, the Daily Mail, that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.She also accused him of asking her to undress on camera.The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife.In October, just days before the election, FBI director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Clinton’s handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyze the newly discovered correspondence.That inquiry was brief. Comey announced shortly before the election that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Clinton could not be charged with a crime. But Clinton partly blamed her election loss to Republican Donald Trump on Comey’s announcement.Weiner’s lawyer, Arlo Devlin Brown, didn’t immediately return a message Friday.last_img read more

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The American Kidney Fund Receives Grant to support Children with Kidney Disease

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first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe Robert I. Schattner Foundation awarded The American Kidney Fund (AKF) with a $150,000 grant to help children living with kidney disease and provide financial support for low income dialysis patients in the D.C. area.“The Foundation’s Board chose AKF for this gift as a meaningful extension of Dr. Schattner’s philanthropy and to honor Dr. Schattner by helping others who are living with kidney disease,” said Robert H. Sievers, treasurer of the Robert I. Schattner Foundation in a press release. “Though AKF helps thousands of patients nationwide, we know they also help many people right here in our backyard. We are pleased to know the Foundation’s gift will be well spent on programs that really make a difference in people’s lives.”The Robert I. Schattner Foundation awarded The American Kidney Fund (AKF) with a $150,000 grant to help children living with kidney disease and support low-income dialysis patients in the District.  (Courtesy Image/Logo)The Foundation’s gift will provide funding for three AKF programs in 2019:The Safety Net Program provides grants to low-income dialysis patients to help pay for treatment-related costs that are not covered by health insurance. This includes things like transport to and from treatments, over the counter medications and other needs.The Calendar Kids Art Program is an annual nationwide art contest for children and teens living with kidney disease.The Summer Enrichment Program provides financial support to help children and teens with kidney disease attend specialty camps that offer all the fun of traditional camps and are also equipped with the facilities and staff needed to handle the unique medical needs of kidney patients.The Robert I. Schattner Foundation, based in Rockville, MD, was established by Dr. Robert I. Schattner, a local dentist, inventor, businessman and philanthropist. Schattner died in 2017 from complications of kidney failure.“We are so grateful to the Robert I. Schattner Foundation for its generous gift to help ease the financial and emotional burden of children and adults living with kidney disease,” said LaVarne A. Burton, AKF president and CEO. “The Foundation’s gift will allow us to open exciting new avenues for the Calendar Kids Art participants to illustrate their journey with kidney disease, support summer enrichment activities for young patients and provide desperately needed funds to help dialysis patients in the Capital Region who have nowhere else to turn.”Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an often-preventable condition that can go undetected until it becomes life-threatening. As the leading nonprofit working on behalf of Americans with kidney disease, AKF has planned Kidney Month activities to inform and inspire at-risk individuals, policy makers and the public about kidney disease and living kidney donation.Many of the 30 million people in the U.S. don’t even know they have the disease, so AKF is taking action to provide several engagements and tools to help DMV residents get tested and stay aware of their kidney health.The AKF is offering several free screenings throughout the month of March in honor of Kidney Month.In Washington, D.C., there will be free screenings at the AmeriHealth Caritas Nutrition Wellness Day (March 16), Children’s National Medical Center Health Fair (March 19) and Hoop for All Foundation Flag Football Tournament (March 23). In addition to the D.C. kidney health screening events, AKF will host a Kidney Month presentation at the Washington Senior Wellness Center (March 19). Through Know Your Kidneys™, AKF helps people understand their risk for CKD and the importance of early detection to slow down or prevent its progression to kidney failure.There are also screenings in Richmond,VA (March 22-24) and the B’More Healthy Expo in Baltimore (March 16).For more information about AKF Kidney month activities go to KidneyFund.org/kidneymonth. The AKF also has developed a quiz for people to learn what they may know and don’t know about kidney disease. To go to the quick click here, or go to www.kidneyfund.org.last_img read more

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E3POD electric vehicle concept wins the Double Challenge Project

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first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: E-3POD electric vehicle concept wins the Double Challenge Project (2011, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-e-3pod-electric-vehicle-concept.html (PhysOrg.com) — It’s a car. It’s a bike. It’s the winner of the Double Challenge project sponsored by Citroen. It may look like a prop from the move TRON, but in actuality it is an ultra-compact electric vehicle. Somewhere between a motorcycle and a car this vehicle is light, aerodynamically efficient, economical and cheap to build. The project, which was designed by Heikki Juvonen, a masters degree students at London’s Royal College of Art, is called E-3POD Antistatic. Honda Introduces All-New Insight Dedicated Hybrid Concept Vehicle at Paris Motor Show Explore further The bike sets the driver in a large wheel, sans the hub of course, along with two other wheels, which provides for a greater amount of stability than a traditional two-wheeled motorcycle could hope to have. The E-3POD was designed as an entry-level electric vehicle for young professionals and students. It has a specific focus of the daily commute and other short distance trips, as the designer expects that most users would still rely on more traditional fossil fuel based combustion engines for trips of any long distance. At least in the near future. The design in low weight thanks to several features such as the shared suspension for both front wheels, the choice of a scratch resistant plastic in the vehicle canopy, and a rear wheel that doubles as a supportive structural element. Some choices, such as the plastic canopy are only possible because of the electric motors, which produce less vibrations than their gasoline and diesel fueled counterparts.The vehicle also has some unique advantages on road as well. Unlike a motorcycle this design allows for an isolated personal space, and the vehicle can also tilt slightly in order to get a better grip on the road during turns or lane change maneuvers. In addition, the compact size of the vehicle may make parking in crowded urban areas easier, though probably not any less expensive. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Heikki Juvonen, the designer of the E-3POD, in addition to getting the bragging rights of having his design chosen as the best overall design by representatives from Citroën’s Style Centre and Electric Vehicle Development Team, will also receives a six month employment contract to at the PSA Design Centre in Paris, France.last_img read more

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Researchers reveal insights into the nature of an extremely massive galaxy cluster

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first_img PLCK G287.0+32.9 was detected by ESA’s Planck telescope in 2011. First observations revealed that it is an extremely massive galaxy cluster at redshift of 0.39 with a mass of approximately 1.57 quadrillion solar masses. Subsequent studies of PLCK G287.0+32.9 found a pair of giant radio relics towards this cluster.Radio relics are diffuse, elongated radio sources of synchrotron origin. They occur in the form of spectacular single or double symmetric arcs at the peripheries of galaxy clusters. These sources are believed to originate in acceleration and re-acceleration at merger shocks. Thus, in the case of PLCK G287.0+32.9, radio relics confirmed that it is a merging galaxy cluster.However, the asymmetry of radio relics in PLCK G287.0+32.9 suggests a complex merging scenario. In order to investigate this assumption in detail, dark matter distribution in high resolution was required. Therefore, a team of astronomers led by Kyle Finner of the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, has performed a weak-lensing analysis of the dark matter distribution of this cluster.Finner and his colleagues employed the 8.2m Subaru Telescope in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) for their observations. They observed PLCK G287.0+32.9 with the Subaru Telescope on February 26, 2014, and with HST on August 3, 2016 and on February 21, 2017.”In this study, we present the first constraints on the mass distribution of PLCK G287.0+32.9 from a weak-lensing analysis of Subaru and HST observations. Our analysis with this new data set provides substantial improvements over the previous weak-lensing study of Gruen et al. (2014),” the paper reads.Subaru and HST observations allowed the researchers to probe the mass distribution of the cluster and to discover its five substructures. PLCK G287.0+32.9 was found to be more massive than previously estimated, as the analysis indicates that it has a mass of approximately 2.04 quadrillion solar masses. The astronomers revealed that the mass of PLCK G287.0+32.9 is dominated by the primary cluster with three of the substructures being about 10 percent of the mass of the primary cluster, while the least massive fifth substructure cannot be considered a galaxy cluster.”Our analysis shows that the mass distribution features four significant substructures that stretch in a northwest to south-east direction. Of the substructures, the primary cluster dominates the weak-lensing signal. This cluster is likely to be undergoing a merger with one (or more) subcluster whose mass is approximately a factor of 10 lower,” the authors wrote in the paper.The researchers hope that future deep HST imaging would provide more details about the substructures of PLCK G287.0+32.9. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers reveal insights into the nature of an extremely massive galaxy cluster (2017, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-reveal-insights-nature-extremely-massive.html Radio relic discovered in a low-mass merging galaxy cluster More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1710.02527.pdf © 2017 Phys.org New observations carried out by an international team of astronomers have provided important details about an extremely massive galaxy cluster named PLCK G287.0+32.9. The results of these observations, presented October 6 in a paper published on arXiv.org, reveal insights into the structure and mass distribution of this cluster. Color-composite Subaru image with enhanced radio (green) and X-ray (red) emissions. Radio emissions are from GRMT observations (Bonafede et al. 2014) and X-ray emissions are from XMM-Newton. The overlaid convergence contours (white) peak in the X-ray emitting ICM with the highest contour enveloping the BCG. The mass is distributed along a direction similar to the axis connecting the radio relics. The HST F814W pointing is outlined in light blue. Image Credit: Finner et al., 2017.last_img read more

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