first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has accused Romelu Lukaku of deliberately kicking him in the face in the goalless Premier League draw with Manchester United on Saturday.Lukaku’s heel struck Lovren below his left eye after the Croatian’s challenge on him before half-time and the Football Association backed referee Martin Atkinson’s decision by taking no further action against Lukaku.”I made a tackle and felt he was over me and he could just have moved away,” Lovren told a news conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions league game against Maribor in Slovenia.”My honest view is that he did it on purpose. It was on the face.”If he did it normally, you would apologise after that. I saw that he was nervous during the game so maybe that was the reason.”That is what happens on a pitch. It is over. I cannot change it. It is what it is now. That’s football.”Liverpool are third in Group E behind Sevilla and Spartak Moscow after two draws from their two games.last_img read more

first_imgDutch surprise Kiki Bertens saved a championship point before going on to earn a shock Cincinnati Masters final triumph 2-6 7-6(6) 6-2 over a fatigued world number one Simona Halep on Sunday.Bertens came back from the brink against Romania’s top seed in an exhausting second set tiebreaker, then won five of the final six games in the decider to lift the sixth and biggest title of her career.A gutsy forehand by Bertens saw her stave off a match point in the tiebreaker before she went on to take control in the third set and eventually served a sixth ace to finish the contest after an absorbing two hours and five minutes.”I cannot find words for this moment. I’m so happy,” a tearful Bertens, whose previous titles had all come on clay, said on court.The victory was the 26-year-old Bertens’ first ever over a world number one and her sixth consecutive triumph over a top-10 opponent and will see her move up to a career-high number 13 in the world rankings.It also ended a nine-match winning streak by Halep, who lost in the Cincinnati final for a third time.”Maybe once I will win one because I love to play here,” said Halep. “I was a little bit tired this week but it was a pleasure to come here and play.”Definitely, I want to congratulate Kiki. You played amazing and you definitely deserve this title.”Despite the loss, Halep will still go into the U.S. Open later this month with the number one ranking.advertisementThe Romanian dominated the first set, taking the final three games, but Bertens stormed back in the second, taking a 4-1 lead before Halep fought back to level and earned herself the match point in the tiebreak.But a Bertens crosscourt forehand forced an error wide from Halep, tying the breaker at 6-6.After Halep then netted a forehand at 7-6, Bertens won her third straight point to send the match into a decider.After the pair exchanged breaks to start the final set, Bertens claimed a third break of the set to lead 2-1, then blasted forehands beyond the reach of Halep to claim a decisive love break at 4-1.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgDuring Saturday’s Bedlam contest, donation buckets were passed around for those who were victimized during the homecoming parade tragedy. According to Senior Associate AD Larry Reece, $42,274 was raised during the game.The OSU family is the best..$42,274 raised for homecoming victims during Saturday’s game! We are #stillwaterstrong #okstate proud! @CowboyFB— Larry Reece (@cowboyvoice) December 1, 2015What’s even cooler is that the Stillwater hospital announced last week it will not bill the homecoming parade crash victims. Everyone knows Stillwater has a home town feel, but this is just another example of Oklahoman hospitality in its finest form.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgAston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton: Embrace top 2 testby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton says they must embrace their upcoming two games.Villa travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday before hosting current leaders Liverpool the following weekend.Goalkeeper Heaton said: “They are widely regarded as the two best teams in the league and we are playing them back-to-back – that is what the Premier League is all about.“There is no fear or worry there. It is just a hunger to go and embrace the games, to go and put our stamp on them and try and get the wins.“Of course, it is going to be tough. We know how much quality they gave got. They are both great sides.“But we have a lot of quality here. These are the kind of teams you want to go up against. We have seen already this season it can be done. We just want to make sure we give ourselves the best chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAn Ontario woman says she’s shocked by the depths of human cruelty after discovering a young cat with duct tape wrapped around its face.Nicole Paling of Burlington, Ont., says only fortunate chance brought her to the cat’s aid on Tuesday night roughly an hour after it had been dropped off in the parking lot of a local veterinary clinic.Paling says she originally thought someone had left a carrier in the lot by mistake, confusing the clinic for animal control.But when she looked inside, she says she saw the three-year-old tabby with her head encased in silver duct tape, leaving only enough room for her nose.A shaken Paling summoned her boyfriend to the clinic, who spent a painstaking 10 minutes carefully removing the multiple layers of tape that had constricted the cat’s ears and mouth.The cat has been named Lucky and is making a full recovery, but Paling says she and her boyfriend are still grappling with the shock and horror of the incident.“We’ve never seen this kind of abuse,” said Paling, founder of the Every Life Matters Cat Rescue in Burlington. “We’re used to seeing sick cats and we’re used to dealing with feral cats, but we’re not used to seeing torture.”Paling said she had not originally planned to stop by the clinic where she works as a volunteer, but did so shortly after 8:30 on Tuesday night in order to tend to the medical needs of one of her other rescued animals.Discovering the cat carrier on the curb outside the clinic, she said, brought on a wave of panic and revulsion that left her trembling and barely able to punch in the access code for the building.Her boyfriend, Brett Norton, came to the scene after receiving Paling’s urgent call for help. In a video shot by Paling, Norton is seen calmly trying to reassure both his girlfriend and the cat while he uses a pocket knife to find an opening in the tape.Paling said he performed his delicate task under difficult conditions.“Her ears were folded as well, so he had to do it millimetre by millimetre at some points because he didn’t want to cut her ears,” she said. “We couldn’t see where her eyes were. It felt like forever, but it probably wasn’t more than 10 minutes to get it entirely off her face.”The next day, while clinic staff examined Lucky, Paling said she combed through video surveillance footage from neighbouring businesses.She said she believes she has pinpointed a car that pulled into the lot at around 7:25 p.m. and remained for less than five minutes before dropping off the carrier.Paling said she has been in touch with Halton Regional Police, who have told her they’re investigating the incident. The police force did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Paling said hundreds of adoption offers have flooded in for Lucky, who must remain at the clinic for a couple of weeks for more evaluation.She said the outpouring of support and compassion will hopefully help dull the memory of what the cat endured.“I don’t want to think about it,” Paling said. “I’m trying to look at her and see her beautiful green eyes and know she will be going to a wonderful home.”last_img read more

Afghans overtook Iraqis as the nationality with the largest number of asylum applicants in 2009, according to a report issued today by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Last year, 26,800 Afghans submitted asylum applications, a jump of 45 per cent from 2008 figures. Iraqis submitted some 24,000 claims in 2009, with Somalis coming at third with 22,600 applications. Russians, Chinese, Serbians and Nigerians also submitted large numbers of applications.UNHCR defines an asylum-seeker as an individual who has sought international protection and whose claim for refugee status has not been determined. A person is considered a refugee, the agency said, if he or she fulfils criteria set out in the 1951 Refugee Convention.In its annual report, UNHCR analyzes asylum levels and trends in the 27 European Union (EU) member States and more than one dozen other countries, including the United States, Canada, Turkey, Australia and Japan.It found that the overall number of asylum-seekers in industrialized nations remained constant in 2009, with 377,000 applications, with most originating from Asia and the Middle East.“The notion that there is a flood of asylum-seekers into richer countries is a myth,” said High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “Despite what some populists claim, our data shows that the numbers have remained stable.”The number of asylum applications rose in 19 countries, but fell in 25 others. The Nordic region saw a 13 per cent spike, receiving 51,000 requests, the highest in six years. By contrast, the number from Southern Europe dropped one third, down to 50,100 claims, with the greatest decreases recorded in Italy, Turkey and Greece.The US remained the main destination for the fourth year running, with 13 per cent of the claims, or 49,000 people, mostly from China. France came in second with 42,000 new applications, representing a 19 per cent increase from the previous year, due mainly to increasing claims from Serbian citizens originating mostly from Kosovo.Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany rounded out the top five destination countries, which together received nearly have of the total claims recorded in 2009. 23 March 2010Afghans overtook Iraqis as the nationality with the largest number of asylum applicants in 2009, according to a report issued today by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). read more

Opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe says Minister Maithripala Sirisena should go to Geneva and complain that his human rights is being violated by the government.Speaking at an event in Kandy today Wickramasinghe said that Sirisena had alleged that a private newspaper was attempting to destroy his life. “Politically we are on the opposing sides. But at no point would be say that his life should be harmed. We should see what is happening in the government. If what he is saying is true then his human rights is being violated. He must then go to Geneva. If he has no security here then he must go to Geneva and speak out,” Wickramasinghe said.The UNP leader also urged Sirisena to make a statement in Parliament regarding his concerns as there clearly seems to be a rift in the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO PART TWOCLICK HERE FOR AUDIO PART THREE Wickramasinghe says if the government house is cracking then the “stones” should be removed, the house demolished and Presidential elections held early.The UNP leader also insisted that he does not intend on taking the UNP to power for personal gains but in the best interest of the party.He also said that the opposition should be ready to take to streets from June and gather support against the government and prepare for an election at any time. (Colombo Gazette) He quoted the Minister as saying that the private newspaper is more pro-government than the State owned Lake House newspapers and is yet trying to harm him. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO PART ONE Wickramasinghe says that by saying a newspaper which is more pro-government than the State owned Lake House newspaper is trying to harm him, the Minister is trying to say that the government is trying to harm him. read more

Ali Farhat fled the fighting in Edlib, Northern Syria almost a year ago with his wife and four children. He also takes care of his brother’s family, who disappeared in Syria a few months ago. Photo: WFP/Dalia Khamissy E-cards can be redeemed against a variety of items in local shops, allowing refugees the freedom to buy the food they need whenever they need. Photo: WFP/Dalia Khamissy By the end of the year, WFP aims to assist around 800,000 Syrian refugees across Lebanon with the cards. Each card is automatically loaded with US$27 for every family member each month. Photo: WFP/Dalia Khamissy Syrian refugees gathered at a basketball court turned into a distribution site in Nabatiyeh South Lebanon where WFP launched the pilot project for food assistance using Electronic cards. Photo: WFP/Dalia Khamissy The E-card system in Lebanon combines MasterCard expertise in payment system with WFP’s expertise in delivering food assistance. Photo: WFP/Dalia Khamissy Unlike paper vouchers, the E-cards refugees are not obliged to spend the full amount at once, which means they can use it to buy fresh vegetables and fruits when needed. Photo: WFP/Dalia Khamissy The United Nations food relief agency today announced that a new electronic voucher programme in Lebanon will allow hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to meet their food needs while boosting the local economy.By the year’s end, some 800,000 refugees could be using electronic cards – or “e-cards” – at participating shops in Lebanon under an initiative realized with the technical support of the World Food Programmes’s (WFP), private sector partner, MasterCard, the WFP said in a news release.“The new e-cards will allow Syrian refugees to choose the foods they want, when they want,” said WFP’s Assistant Executive Director for Partnership and Governance Services, Elisabeth Rasmusson. Besides Lebanon, WFP will be introducing a similar e-card programme for Syrian refugees in Jordan, in a phased rollout for an initial 300,000 refugees by the end of 2013 that will continue into next year.“We are grateful for MasterCard’s assistance in setting up the e-voucher system in Lebanon and Jordan, the two countries hosting the largest number of refugees,” Ms. Rasmusson said. “It’s just one example of how our combined efforts can offer powerful and innovative ways to fight hunger.”The collaboration is part of a larger, multi-year partnership with MasterCard, launched in September 2012. The new programme was first tested in September for some 2,000 Syrian households in the southern Lebanese town of Nabatiyeh, and is meant to replace WFP’s paper vouchers. Families will receive a card loaded monthly with $27 per person, which can be redeemed against a list of items at participating local stores. That allows them to buy the foods that fit their needs, including fresh produce which is not normally included in traditional food rations. ‹ › “This is a real boon for Syrian refugees who have endured tremendous hardship over many months,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Emergency Coordinator for the Syrian crisis. “The e-cards also bring business to local merchants, and they make WFP’s operations more time and cost effective. This is a win for all of us.”The e-cards reflect WFP’s broader shift away from physical food deliveries to vouchers and other cutting-edge forms of assistance that can be more effective and have a larger impact. This year, WFP has injected roughly $192 million into the local economies of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt through voucher programmes for refugees.The Syria response is WFP’s largest and most complex emergency operation. The agency needs $30 million each week to meet the needs of more than 4 million people affected by the conflict. read more

OSU coach Urban Meyer during the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State community was shocked yesterday by an accusation against new defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. The new coach, according to a testimony by former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary, knew about and even witnessed abuse toward young boys by the Nittany Lions former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.Schiano publicly has denied the claims since word reached major media outlets, and today the one-time Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach gained a big name on his side: OSU coach Urban Meyer.Meyer addressed the issue after playing in the Marathon Classic Buckeye Broadband Pro-Am at Highland Meadows Golf Club. He claimed he has known about the issue for an extended period of time now, but he does not feel things should turn into a controversy.“There’s no issue as far as I am concerned,” Meyer said while talking to columnist Dave Briggs of the Toledo Blade.McQueary’s testimony during a jury hearing lead to the current discussions. Former Penn State assistant coach and defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has also been put under scrutiny by the testimony.According to McQueary, Schiano spoke to Bradley, saying he had witnessed Sandusky engage in inappropriate acts with a minor.Schiano has over 20 years of coaching experience, serving as the head coach at Rutgers University from 2001 to 2011, and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012 to 2013.Sandusky is currently serving a 30 to 60 year sentence on 45 counts of child abuse. read more

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.The scene of a gas main explosion that killed two people in in Hounslow, West London during storm St.Jude. Pic: (Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment)IRISH Donal Drohan, originally from Waterford, was one of four people who died in a violent storm that swept across the south of Britain this morning. Four others died in northern Europe.Courses in Chinese and computer coding are among two of the additions to the Junior Cert as part of a major overhaul of the programme cycle.A woman died following a house fire in Portadown Co. Armagh early this morning.A man is in a serious condition in hospital after collapsing at the finish line of today’s Dublin marathon.Six months after the problem emerged, some residents in Roscommon are still waiting for a solution to their contaminated water supply.A 19-year-old was killed on the roads in Co. Louth.Environmental group An Taisce are not happy with Ireland scrapping the Air Travel Tax.Being Irish is great for your business life. Apparently.WORLD#UK: The phone hacking trial of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson got underway at the Old Bailey in London today.#NSA: As the US spying scandal spreads throughout Europe, there are reports that the NSA monitored 60 million telephone calls in Spain in a month. [BBC]#CHINA: Five people died after a jeep plowed into a crowded part of Tiananmen Square and caught fire. [CNN]INNOVATIONEver find yourself gazing up at the stars wondering what’s out there? Our guide to the best amateur astronomy apps should help you find what your looking for.The Dublin Web Summit have added another A-lister to their line-up this week, billionaire PayPal co-founder and general visionary Elon Musk.PARTING SHOTPic: James Crosbie/InphoSean Hehir celebrating breaking the tape as he became the first Irishman to win the Dublin marathon for 20 years. Maria McCambridge made it a double win for Ireland.last_img read more

first_img Twitter WhatsApp WWE posted to Twitter Friday a short clip (view below) with Triple H and William Regal announcing the official signing of international wrestling star Kushida to the NXT Brand.Kushida is a former New Japan Pro Wrestling Jr. Heavyweight Champion and also is former Ring of Honor Television Champion.You can read the official statement from WWE below on Kushida’s official signing:International Superstar Kushida joins NXTKushida, one of the most celebrated competitors in modern Japanese wrestling history, has arrived in NXT.Hours before TakeOver: New York streams live on WWE Network, Kushida made his long-rumored arrival official, signing his NXT contract with WWE COO Triple H and NXT General Manager William Regal looking on.A ring veteran of more than 10 years, Kushida was originally trained in mixed martial arts. He amassed an undefeated 6-0-2 record in pro fights before deciding to pursue sports-entertainment. Kushida has captured numerous championships in New Japan Pro Wrestling, won several of Japan’s most prestigious tournaments and faced the likes of Finn Bálor and the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger over the course of his decorated career.Will it be long before the NXT Universe witnesses the brand’s latest blockbuster free-agent signee in action? WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Pinterest Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Videos Articles WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns With @TripleH & @RealKingRegal looking on, international Superstar @KUSHIDA_0904 signs his #WWENXT contract! pic.twitter.com/aCaDOCQIrC— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) April 5, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Facebook Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Triple Hlast_img read more

first_imgPaul Pogba is already dreaming big and hopes to add his own star to the France shirt by winning Sunday’s World Cup final against CroatiaLes Bleus are hoping to end a wait of two decades in Sunday’s final by claiming only their second world title against Croatia.History favours the French, who defeated Croatia in the semi-finals of the 1998 tournament on route to winning the World Cup, but Pogba is aware that both himself and his teammates will have it all to do at Moscow against a side that have performed above all expectations at Russia this summer and have proven themselves to be worthy contenders for the World Cup“Croatia do not have stars – they want one. They have done very well and they want the victory, like us,” said Pogba, according to Sky Sports.“But I do not have a star. It’s on the shirt, but I did not win it. We want to go looking for it like all players. It will be a World Cup final, a great match, difficult.”Croatia have played into extra-time in their last three games now and fatigue has been a concern.“We are not thinking about it,” said Pogba.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“Croatia played a very tough match against England. They did not give up. They were losing 1-0 and came back.“There are two teams and one cup. They have played 90 minutes more than us – I don’t know if it’s a disadvantage for them or if they’re going to want to show that they want to win even more.“For me, we are not favourites. We did not forget the doubts about us at the beginning of the competition, about our ability to play together.“We haven’t done anything yet.”While Croatia do have Luka Modric in their ranks, Pogba knows better than to just concentrate on him.“It’s not only Modric – there is also (Ivan) Rakitic, (Ivan) Perisic and even the defenders,” he said.“I don’t think there will be a plan for Modric. There will be one for everyone.”last_img read more

first_imgA 26-year-old Beaverton, Ore., man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 3-month-old boy pleaded not guilty to one count of vehicular homicide Friday afternoon.Christopher A. Roman appeared before Clark County Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke, who set the trial date for Oct. 3. Roman remains in the Clark County Jail. Bail was set last month at $200,000.During his first court appearance on Aug. 22, Deputy Prosecutor Mike Dodds said Roman was intoxicated and driving at a high speed when he lost control of his Acura and hit another Acura on the side of Interstate 5. The baby’s parents, Terra Pina, 21, and Angel Pena, 23, (authorities said their names are spelled differently) were stopped on the left shoulder to fix a flat tire, Dodds said. The infant, Gabriel, was inside the disabled car and died at the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.Dodds said prior to the crash Roman was seen passing cars and swerving all over the road. Roman’s vehicle first hit a medial barrier before striking the disabled car.last_img read more

first_img Tags 1 The brutal heat is the continuation of a climate-change trend that is rapidly turning into a locomotive with no brakes. Three studies published this week highlighted the drastic impact of human activities on the Earth. That means these new European heat records may not stand for long. If it stands, the new record will just barely beat out the previous one of 38.5 Celsius from Faversham in August 2003. The Met Office is in the process of vetting the temperature by checking the recording site and equipment for any potential problems. If it passes muster, 38.7 will reign as the UK’s new historic high. The Met Office warns that heatwaves caused by climate change are likely to become more frequent.The UN’s World Meteorological Organization tweeted an update on Friday tallying the toll of the European heatwave.  NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures) #HEATWAVE2019 continues its relentless hold on Europe! This map uses @CopernicusEU #Sentinel3 data to show the land surface temperature across Europe on 25 July. The white streaks are areas covered by cloud when #Sentinel3 was passing and could not measure land temperature data. pic.twitter.com/qWvQ6kKIVu— ESA EarthObservation (@ESA_EO) July 26, 2019 Comment Paris set a new record at 42.6 Celsius (almost 109 Fahrenheit) on Thursday. Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands also posted new national temperature records. The European Space Agency shared a satellite view of the sweltering temperatures on Thursday. There are plenty of angry red and orange areas on display. Sci-Tech Share your voice ❗Breaking News❗A new provisional recording of 38.7 °C at Cambridge Botanic Garden has been received from yesterdayIt will be quality controlled & if validated would be the highest temperature officially recorded in the UK More here: https://t.co/1SJxix4VWb #UKHottestDay pic.twitter.com/7kfI17nOgx— Met Office (@metoffice) July 26, 2019 Enlarge ImageThe Copernius Sentinel-3 satellite view shows Europe cooking in an extreme heatwave on July 25. Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA Europe is learning firsthand that there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues. It’s blazing hot across the continent, and the UK is the heatwave’s poster child, with a provisional new record for the highest temperature ever recorded in the country.The Met Office, the UK’s meteorological service, announced on Friday the potential record of 38.7 Celsius as marked at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Thursday. That works out to just under 102 Fahrenheit. Update on the Europe #heatwave with new temperature records. pic.twitter.com/DSZIOWyYb9— WMO | OMM (@WMO) July 26, 2019 10 Photos Spacelast_img read more

first_imgSen. Dan Sullivan is out of the basement. His staff announced today that they’ve moved to their new office location in the nation’s capital.  Their new suite is on the 7th floor of the Hart Building, just down the hall and around the corner from Sen. Lisa Murkowski.Download Audio:The move means Sullivan and his staff leave behind their temporary rooms, off a basement tunnel between the Hart and Dirksen office buildings. The move took five months, because in the Senate, office choice depends on seniority. Sullivan, as a freshman who hadn’t held an elected position before, has the lowest seniority, No. 100 out of a hundred. That meant he had to wait for the outgoing lawmakers to pack up and leave. Then he had to wait out a series of other moves as, rung by rung,  higher-ranking senators upgraded.The new Sullivan offices have freshly painted slate-blue walls, new carpet and very high ceilings. The senator’s actual office is spacious, with its own balcony. It overlooks the historic Thompson-Markward Hall, a ladies’ dorm dedicated by Eleanor Roosevelt.Anderson says the best thing about the new office is they have more room. Sullivan plans to hire additional aides to round out the staff, now that they have enough desk space for everybody.last_img read more

first_imgPakistani security officials and volunteers search the site after a suicide bombing at an election rally in Peshawar on 10 July. Photo: AFPA suicide bombing at an election rally killed at least 13 people, including a politician, in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, police said, amid concerns about security ahead of national polls later this month.The attack targeted a campaign event organised in the city of Peshawar by the Awami National Party, which has been targeted by Islamist militants in the past over its vocal opposition to extremist groups like the Taliban.The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman said there were security threats ahead of national elections scheduled for 25 July.“The attack killed at least 13 people, including (Haroon) Bilour,” Peshawar city police chief Qazi Jameel told AFP.Officials said at least 54 people were wounded.Haroon Bilour was one of the ANP’s election candidates and belonged to an influential political family in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital.His father Bashir Bilour, one of the ANP’s top leaders, was also killed by a suicide bomber in 2012.“According to our initial investigation, it was a suicide attack and Haroon Bilour… was the target,” police official Shafqat Malik told AFP.Police said the bomber struck when Bilour was about to address some 200 supporters.Local television channels broadcast live scenes of ambulances arriving at the site and rushing victims to the hospital. Some people were seen crying.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but there have been dozens of such bombings in recent years in Peshawar.They have often been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban and their allies.The city is considered a gateway to Pakistan’s troubled semi-autonomous tribal regions, where many militant groups-including al Qaeda-operated until the government launched operations to oust them.Militants have targeted politicians, religious gatherings, security forces and even schools in Peshawar.‘Big ball of fire’This was the first major attack on a campaign event for Pakistan’s 25 July general election.Police chief Jameel said the number of casualties was high because the ANP event was taking place at a house in a narrow street.An AFP reporter saw human remains, shoes, broken chairs, and caps littered at the scene.Sartaj Khan, an ANP supporter, sustained wounds on his feet.“I lost consciousness after the blast. The last thing I saw was a big ball of fire,” he said.Another party worker, Yaseen Khan, said a deafening explosion rocked the compound as Haroon Bilour shook hands with supporters.Pakistan’s Election Commission has asked the military to help hold a “free and fair election” in the face of security threats.More than 380,000 personnel will be deployed for the elections, according to Major General Asif Ghafoor, the military spokesman.The ANP and its ally the Pakistan Peoples Party were unable to campaign for the last general election in 2013 because of threats and attacks on their events and supporters by Islamist militant groups like the Pakistani Taliban.But ANP leaders have vowed to continue their campaign this year despite the bombing in Peshawar.Pakistan has been fighting a home grown insurgency since 2004, when militants displaced by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan came to its border tribal areas.These groups have often targeted political parties and leaders opposed to their views. Officials have said that while the threat remains, militants have been significantly weakened because of military operations in recent years.Pakistani militant organisations have claimed responsibility for attacks on several prominent political figures, including the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.last_img read more

first_imgUS researchers have found that electronic cigarettes, often targeted at youth and pregnant women, produce a stress response in brain stem cells. Present throughout life, stem cells become specialised cells with more specific functions, such as brain cells, blood cells, or bone. “Although originally introduced as safer, ECs, such as Vuse and JUUL, are not harmless,” said researchers. “Even short-term exposure can stress cells in a manner that may lead, with chronic use, to cell death or disease. Our observations are likely to pertain to any product containing nicotine.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUsing cultured mouse neural stem cells, the researchers identified the mechanism underlying EC-induced stem cell toxicity as “stress-induced mitochondrial hyperfusion,” or SIMH. “SIMH is a protective, survival response,” researchers added. “Our data show that exposure of stem cells to e-liquids, aerosols, or nicotine produces a response that leads to SIMH,” researchers said. Electronic cigarettes, or ECs, are nicotine-delivery devices that aerosolize nicotine and flavour chemicals through heating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe high levels of nicotine in ECs lead to a nicotine flooding of special receptors in the neural stem cell membrane,” they said. “Nicotine binds to these receptors, causing them to open up. Calcium and other ions begin to enter the cell. Eventually, a calcium overload follows,” they said. Researchers explained that too much calcium in the mitochondria is harmful. The mitochondria then swell, changing their morphology and function. They can even rupture and leak molecules that lead to cell death, according to the study published in the journal iScience. “If the nicotine stress persists, SIMH collapses, the neural stem cells get damaged and could eventually die,” they said. “If that happens, no more specialised cells – astrocytes and neurons, for example – can be produced from stem cells.” Damaged stem cell mitochondria could accelerate aging and lead to neurodegenerative diseases, they noted.last_img read more

first_imgAssociated PressHALL, Austria (AP) – Forensic crews scraping away dirt from the remains of the Nazi-era psychiatric patients were puzzled: The skeletal fingers were entwined in rosary beads. Why, the experts wondered, would the Nazis _ who considered these people less than human _ respect them enough to let them take their religious symbols to their graves?It turns out they didn’t.A year after the first of 221 sets of remains were exhumed at a former Austrian hospital cemetery, investigators now believe the beads were likely nothing more than a cynical smokescreen, placed to mislead relatives attending the burials into thinking that the last stage of their loved ones’ lives was as dignified as their funerals. Faced with the horrors of the findings, those involved in the probe struggle to maintain the detached attitude of an investigator.“At first, I sat here and worked through these documents in a relatively dry manner from the point of view of a scientist,” psychiatrist Christian Haring said. “But as you read on at some point, you suddenly find yourself in a world where the goose-bumps appear.”Anthropologist George McGlynn said more than half of the sets of remains have broken bones, many of them unexplained in the patients’ medical records.“Why is a stubbed toe talked about in three different (documents), but six rib fractures that cause terrible pain isn’t even mentioned?” he asked.While such injuries did not kill directly, they may often have led to death. Many of the patients are listed as dying of pneumonia, and McGlynn said the “scary conclusion” is that rib injuries combined with sedation and forced immobility _ patients are suspected to have been strapped to their beds for weeks at a time _ may have generated fatal incidences of the disease.“Nobody is being executed here, like you see in concentration camps,” he said. “It was done in a more sinister, insidious way _ people are loaded up with drugs until they get a lung infection.” But skeletons don’t lie. Forensic work shows that more than half of the victims had broken ribs and other bone fractures from blows likely dealt by hospital personnel. Many died from illnesses such as pneumonia, apparently caused by a combination of physical injuries, a lack of food and being immobilized for weeks at a time.Neither do medical records, which show that medical personnel cursed their patients as “imbeciles,” “idiots” and “useless eaters.”Indeed, there is now little doubt that for many of the dead _ mentally and physically disabled people considered by the Nazis to be human garbage _ their final months were hell on Earth.Nazi extermination of the mentally and physically deficient has been documented since the end of World War II. But information gathered from the hospital cemetery in Hall, an ancient Tyrolean town of narrow, cobble-stoned alleys, cozy inns and graceful church spires east of Innsbruck, has filled out the picture in chilling new ways.Historians, anthropologists, physicians and archaeologists say the Hall project represents the first time that investigators can match hospital records with remains, allowing them to identify, for example, cases in which patients had broken ribs, noses and collarbones that were not listed in their medical histories, suggesting that the patients had been beaten by those responsible for their care. Forensic examination of the bones shows infection that started at the skin level then “goes right into the muscle and all the way to the bone,” McGlynn said.Others apparently starved _ if not to death, then to the point where they were susceptible to diseases that then killed them.“We can assume that the patients suffered massively from hunger,” said Haring, the psychiatrist, speaking of “enormous” losses in weight.The Nazis called people deemed too sick, weak or disabled to fit Hitler’s image of a master race “unworthy lives,” in the terrible culmination of the cult of eugenics that gained international popularity in the early 1900s as a way to improve the “racial quality” of future generations.“Patients, who on the basis of human judgment are considered incurable, can be granted mercy death after a discerning diagnosis,” Hitler wrote in a 1939 decree that opened the flood gates to the mass killings.More than 70,000 such people were killed, gassed to death or otherwise murdered between 1939 and 1941, when public protests stopped most wholesale massacres. From then until the end of the war in 1945, the killings continued at the hands of doctors and nurses. In all, at least 200,000 physically or mentally disabled people were killed by medication, starvation, neglect or in the gas chambers during the war. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy After 1941, McGlynn said, “a lot of the smaller institutions were given carte blanche to take care of things themselves. No longer were people being transported to (killing) centers. They were being put to sleep right there.”Hundreds of psychiatric patients from Hall were among those shipped to killing centers before 1941, but what happened there after that was unknown until two years ago, when an archivist searching through old hospital files discovered the graveyard during a hospital expansion.The records show that as the war progressed, and able-bodied men and women became scarce behind the front lines, the Nazis made a cynical adjustment in their measurement of patients’ value.“‘Worthy of life’ and `unworthy of life’ were the terms used back then,” Haring said. “The difference was ability to work or not.”Excerpts of medical histories provided to The Associated Press described one of the patients as suffering from “imbecility,” but most were objective, bereft of demeaning descriptions. McGlynn, however, said he had examined records that show emotional abuse in addition to the physical violence the remains attest to. Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “People are being threatened: `If you don’t do this we are going to stuff this tube down your nose and pump you full of stuff,’” he said. “These people were at the mercy of their captors.”Other evidence backs up his findings.Documents show that the cemetery was created in 1942, a year after the formal end of the mass-killing campaign meant that Hall patients could no longer be shipped to gas chambers. It was shut down and abandoned in 1945, when the war ended. During that time, deaths in the psychiatric ward rose from an average of 4 percent a month in early 1942 to as high as 20 percent in some months before the end of the war.Haring, an affable, soft-spoken man, is visibly shaken as he speaks of the horrors perpetrated by the previous generation of psychiatrists. But he hesitates to assign individual guilt to anyone caught up in the inhuman machinery of the Third Reich.“It is easy for us now to point the finger and say `what have they done?’” he said. “But … I am not sure that I would have acted differently. We were simply paralyzed.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img

first_imgCustoms confiscated more than 16kg of tobacco and 500 packs of cigarette found in the luggage of passengers at Larnaca airport on Saturday in two separate incidents.The tobacco was located in the luggage of a passenger who was due to depart for London on Saturday afternoon. Officers located and confiscated 16.45kg of tobacco that is believed to have been purchased from the north.The passenger was arrested but was released after agreeing to pay €4,800 which includes the unpaid tax and a fine.On the second occasion, customs officers confiscated 50 boxes containing 200 cigarettes each, found in the luggage of a couple that had arrived from Moscow on Friday evening. The cigarettes were duty free and the couple failed to declare them upon arrival.Customs believe that the couple are members of a ring that brings cigarettes from Russia to Cyprus. The cigarettes the couple were carrying, customs said, were meant to be given to a third person living in Cyprus. The couple were allowed to go after paying the unpaid tax and a fine, totalling €2,000.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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