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Ethiopia Commercial Ship Dock In Eritrea First Time In 20 YearsA

An Ethiopian commercial ship docked in an Eritrean port for the first time in two decades on Wednesday,state - affiliated media said in a concrete sign of a stunning repproachment between the neighbours and former foes.

The mekelle entered the red sea port of Massawa and was due to carry 11,000 tonnes of Eritrea zinc to china,Ethiopian broadcaster Fauna Broadcasting Reported.

Ethiopian prime minister Ahmed Abiy offered to make peace with Eritrea after taking office in April - part of  a series of reforms that has turned politics on it's head in his country and the region.

Land locked Ethiopia has said it wants to make the re-opening of two roads connecting it to two of Eritrea's ports a priority in reconciliation process.

Eritrea's information minister,Yemane Ghebremoskel said on Twitter that Abiy had arrived in Eritrea on a two day working visit.

The premier would visit Massawa and the capital Asmata he added.

Abiy first visit Eritrea in July as the countries agreed to end a two decade  old  military stand-off over their border and other issues.

 

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 18:07

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Abu Dhabi;the most beautiful city in UAE and the richest in the world

the most beautiful city in UAE and the richest in the world

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 17:54

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Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: the most beautiful city in UAE and the richest in the world. This wonderful city is the capital the United Arab Emirates and is without a doubt the most developed and richest city in the entire world.

First inhabited by the nomadic Bani Yas tribe in 1760, the settlement remained a small fishing village until oil was discovered.

Abu Dhabi has turned into a busy, modern city with boulevards, silver skyscrapers, high-rise apartment buildings, mega-malls and the world’s most luxurious palaces.

In addition, the landscape around Abu Dhabi is arresting with a golden coastline, sand dunes, lush oases, green palm trees and attractive gardens.

If you decide to visit the city the best place to stay is near the Corniche, the city’s seafront promenade, with its beaches, parks and fountains and modern buildings facing the sea. Other places of interest are mentioned below and should not be missed while you visit Abu Dhabi.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 17:50

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Alibaba, IBM Ranked Top Globally for Number of Blockchain Patent Filed

Tech giants Alibaba and IBM are vying for the top spot on a new list that ranks global entities by the number of blockchain-related patents filed to date, published August 3.

iPR Daily — a media outlet specializing in intellectual property — says it consolidated data as of August 10 from across China, the EU, America, Japan and South Korea, as well consulting the International Patent System from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

China’s Alibaba only just seals first place, having filed a total of 90 blockchain-related patent applications, whereas IBM has to date filed a total of 89.

In third place is Mastercard — with 80 filings — followed by Bank of America, with 53. Fifth on the new list is China’s central bank, People's Bank of China (PBoC), which has filed a total of 44 patent applications devoted to its project for central bank digital currency.

WIPO data has previously indicated that the highest number of patent filings for blockchain technology in 2017 came from China, which filed 225 that year as compared with the America’s 91 and Australia’s 13.

China’s embrace of the technology is counterbalanced by an increasingly stringent stance against decentralized cryptocurrencies, which has intensified yet further in recent weeks.

This split position is mirrored by Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma, who has been vocal in his endorsement of blockchain, even while reserving skepticism for cryptocurrencies.

IBM for its part has been steadily expanding its involvement in blockchain across diverse fields, recently signing a five-year $740 million deal with the Australian government to use blockchain and other new technologies to improve data security and automation across federal departments, including defense and home affairs.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 17:40

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Crypto Mining Accepted as an Industry by Iranian Authorities.

The Secretary of Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council revealed that various ministries of the country’s government have accepted crypto mining as an industry, local news agency IBENA reports September 4.

According to the report, the Cyberspace Council’s secretary Abolhassan Firoozabadi stressed that the mining of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) has been approved as an industry by major government authorities. However, official legislation forming a legal framework for the industry has yet to be introduced in the country.

Firoozabadi said that crypto mining has been accepted as an industry by Iran’s major authorities, including the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, the Central Bank, the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, the Ministry of Energy, as well as the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance.

Firoozabadi stated that the Iranian National Cyberspace Center is developing a platform for cryptocurrency mining regulation. He added that the government is also considering the launch of a national cryptocurrency in order to create a financial tool to cooperate with Iranian business partners amid economic pressure from U.S. sanctions.

The secretary reportedly claimed that the relevant authorities will introduce a regulatory framework for crypto-related startups and firms in late September.

In late August, Iran’s National Cyberspace Center revealed that the draft of the state-backed cryptocurrency project is ready, following instructions from President of Iran Hassan Rouhani. At that time, the deputy director in charge of drafting regulations for Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council claimed that the idea of launching a national cryptocurrency is being actively pursued.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 16:17

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Baidu, BYD to partner on mass production of self-driving cars

Last year Baidu launched Project Apollo, named after the Apollo moon landing project, to mark the start of its push to get self-driving cars on the road in China. A technician from Baidu said that Project Apollo will deliver the software platform that can be used by car manufacturers.

At Baidu's AI Worldwide Developers Conference in April, BYD became tech giant's 100th partner in the company's ecological cooperation initiative. And on Wednesday, BYD invited Baidu to attend its Worldwide Developers Conference where it unveiled its self-driving car called Qing Pro, which is the only car that passed Apollo's certification process.

The Apollo platform will improve efficiency in the auto industry, Baidu's CEO Zhang Yaqing said on Wednesday. He said that it can prevent nine out of 10 traffic accidents, cut 40 percent off travel times, and reduce fuel consumption by 40 percent. According to Zhang, half of the work invested into developing the Apollo platform was focused on its security. He said that the partnership between Baidu and BYD will guarantee the safety of drivers.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 15:17

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UK charges two Russians for attempted murder of Skripals, blames Moscow

Britain charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, saying the suspects were military intelligence officers almost certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

British police revealed images of the two men they said had flown to Britain for a weekend in March to kill former spy Sergei Skripal with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent.

Skripal’s daughter Yulia and a police officer who attended the scene also fell ill in the case, which has caused the biggest East-West diplomatic expulsions since the Cold War. A woman later died from Novichok poisoning after her partner found a counterfeit perfume bottle which police believe had been used to smuggle the nerve agent into Britain.

British authorities identified the suspects as Russian nationals traveling on genuine passports under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Prime Minister Theresa May said the government had concluded they were officers in Russia’s military intelligence service GRU.

“The GRU is a highly disciplined organization with a well-established chain of command, so this was not a rogue operation, May told parliament. “It was almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state.”

Skripal, himself a former GRU officer who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service, was found unconscious with Yulia on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Police released security camera images of the two suspects and outlined a three-day mission that took them from

Moscow to London to Salisbury, where they sprayed poison on Skripal’s door before flying back to Moscow hours later. Russia’s foreign ministry said the names given by Britain did not mean anything to Moscow, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack.

“We have heard or seen two names, these names mean nothing to me personally,” Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow. “I don’t understand why this was done and what sort of signal the British side is sending.” Britain and dozens of other countries have kicked out scores of Russian diplomats over the incident, and Moscow has responded tit-for-tat with an identical number of expulsions.

The affair has worsened Russian relations with the West, already under strain over Ukraine, Syria and other issues. May’s spokesman said May had briefed U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening. U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson said on Twitter the United States stood with Britain in holding Russia accountable for its “act of aggression”.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for them, but prosecutors said Britain would not ask Moscow to extradite Russian citizens because Russia’s constitution forbids it.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 15:02

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2 Consolidated Bank staff steal GH¢200,000

Two employees of Consolidated Bank, Ghana (CBG) who stole GHC200,000 from the vaults of former Beige Bank have been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

Bobic Kwamena Yeboah and Prince Ababio were alleged to have conspired to steal the money to invest in car business in the event that they were laid off by the bank because of the consolidation of the Beige Bank with four other struggling banks in the country.

Prince Ababio, according to police, claimed he was already into a car dealership business and could introduce his colleague, Yeboah, into the business provided he could deposit GHC200,000 for a start.

Yeboah who was employed as a bullion teller managed to bloat the cash requirement for banks by GHC100,000 on two occasions and handed same to his accomplice Ababio.

He managed to cover the theft by simply rendering account of the cash in the vaults to reflect the stolen money.

Luck, however, eluded them when the vault supervisor decided to do a recount of the money in the vault and realised that a sum of GHC200,000 was unaccounted for.

Yeboah is said to have owned up that he stole the money when the theft was detected but his accomplice initially denied any knowledge of the offence after he had gone into hiding.

He, however, later confessed to agreeing with his accomplice to steal the money to invest in a car dealership business.

They are said to have told police during investigation that they had given the money to a certain Daniel Kyei Nimo aka Chairman, to buy cars for them from Togo.

Bobic Kwamena Yeboah and Prince Ababio have been arraigned on two charges of conspiracy to steal and stealing.

They both pleaded not guilty to the charges and the court presided over by Marian Affoh remanded them into custody as the police make efforts to arrest Daniel Kyei Nimo.

The prosecution led by DSP George Amega told the court that with the collapse of the Beige Bank, Yeboah and Ababio together with seven others were retained under the supervision of one Christian Ekow Aidoo to manage what has been named the central vault of the Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG).

He said the duties of the accused persons included distributing cash to the various branches under the CBG.

“On August 23, 2018, the two accused met to discuss what their future would be with the eminent lay-off of staff of the merged banks which is likely to affect them. Prince Ababio boasted that he was already into car sales business and in the worse scenario of a lay-off, he would continue with the said business. Bobic Kwamena Yeboah was helpless as he had no business in addition to the banking work. Prince Ababio promised to help him get into the car sales business if he is able to raise the needed fund”, DSP Amega told the court.

The prosecutor stated that an amount of GHC100,000.00 was agreed upon for a start which they agreed to steal from the bank’s vault

He said on that the same day when Bobic Kwamena Yeboah went to receive the cash requirement for distribution to bank branches assigned him, he increased the requirement by GHC100,000.00

“He went for the said amount from the Central Vault which he handed over to Prince Ababio to take away. Yeboah was able to hide the theft when after the day’s work, he was the same person assigned to do cash counting in the vault. He simply added the stolen figure to the cash in the vault before rendering account”, DSP Amega told the court.

He said Bobic Kwamena Yeboah repeated his modus operandi and stole another hundred thousand Ghana cedis from the vault which he again handed over to Ababio. Luck eluded them this time, when after close of work, the Vault Supervisor decided to do a re-count of the cash in the vault and detected the theft.

He said efforts to retrieve the money was unsuccessful and a report was made to Police leading to the arrest of the two.
 

sly Posted on September 05, 2018 13:50

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The joy of a £4m jackpot

Melissa Ede won £4m last Christmas thanks to a National Lottery scratchcard. The money has transformed her life, writes the BBC's Mike Thomson, and even seems to be bringing her happiness.

On a grey and blustery afternoon in Hull, I'm a passenger in a gleaming white BMW convertible gliding through the city's wind-blown streets. People turn their heads as the car cruises past, top down and radio blaring. Many smile in recognition as they spot the face behind the wheel.

"There's not many blonde-haired people driving about in an open-top car on a day like this, is there?" says the driver, turning to me. "It could only be Melissa Ede."

Fifty-seven-year-old Melissa has become a bit of a local celebrity. She used to drive an old Ford Mondeo and lived in a run-down rented bedsit. But everything changed in December last year when she walked into a Hull petrol station and bought a scratchcard. It was to be the biggest Christmas present of her life.

 

 

"Once I'd scratched it, once I'd realised, I had to check it and keep checking it," she says. "Within three days my bank balance went from £1, to £4m."

She now lives in a five-bedroom detached house, complete with what she describes as a "massive garden with all the mod cons".

When the police opened the door the man still had both his hands around my neck

For more than 15 years before her win she had scraped by as a taxi driver, working mostly nights. Some weeks, she says, she earned so little that she struggled to pay her rent and could only afford one meal a day. But the risk of violence from passengers was even worse than going hungry. It's something all taxi drivers have to live with, but one factor made Melissa a particular target. She is transgender.

"I've been strangled, I've been punched and been called all sorts of names. Once I picked up somebody and was driving along when he just started attacking me from behind. He suddenly leaned forward, put his arm around my throat and started throttling me," says Melissa.

"I was really lucky because I was near a police station at the time and managed to pull up right outside. When the police opened the door the man still had both his hands around my neck."


Find out more

Watch Melissa Ede in an excerpt from Mike Thomson's TV documentary, Winning it Big

Listen to the radio documentary, in which Mike meets lottery winners from around the globe

Meet Rachel Lapierre, who is giving her lottery winnings away

Explore other programmes in the BBC World Service's Money and Power season


One result of Melissa's win is that she doesn't have to work again.

Formerly called Les, Melissa was once a married man with a crop of wavy brown hair, and sometimes a moustache too. Though she says she never felt right as a male, even as a child - she never wanted to play with boys' toys and didn't like her hair being cut.

 

 

"I did try telling my parents that I wasn't a boy but that was unheard of in those days," she says.

Her mum and dad just laughed and told her not to be "so stupid". Many assumed the young Les was gay, and bullying blighted her years at school.

She went on to marry and became the father of four children. But the relationship didn't last.

"It was an existence, it wasn't really a life," Melissa says of her time living as a man.

 

 

"It was a very, very difficult time because you are pretending to be something that you actually are not. Your whole life is a lie. It's a big act."

That act continued until 2008 when Les finally became Melissa. Though now much happier - she has an infectious laugh - she says she lost many friends who could not accept the change. Sadly, it was also the beginning of the end for her relationship with her parents, who have since died.

"They told me never to go round there dressed as a female," Melissa says. "I wasn't welcome in their home and that was that. I was cut off from that point on from my parents. I could have gone round and seen them if I'd dressed as a man, but I wasn't willing to do that."

 

 

Melissa had also lost contact with her children, following the break-up of her marriage. Her transition was not the main reason she and her children became estranged, but she accepts that it would be "difficult for anybody to get their head around" what happened.

The same may apply to Melissa's many humorous, musical videos, which she posts on social media. She routinely performs these while half naked with pieces of bread, fruit or other objects hanging from her breasts. Melissa tells me that many have gone viral, with one clocking up more than 40 million views on Facebook.

This is one of the problems with winning such a vast amount of money - who do you trust in your life any more?

Predictably, not all feedback has been positive. In fact some of the videos have generated a barrage of vitriolic, transphobic abuse. True to form, Melissa seems to take this in her stride.

"I get a lot of trolls. It's something that you've just got to accept when you're so out there like I am, it's part and parcel of it all. I don't take it personally, because half of it will be down to jealousy. Let's face it, many people want to go viral and there's not many who can do it. And I've done it time and time and time again. These people don't really hate me, they just hate the fact that they're not me."

Melissa is now in touch with all her children, though one of them only re-contacted her again after her big win, leaving Melissa to wonder whether it had been a factor.

"I had contact with one of them a few years ago and he decided to walk away and not have anything to do with me. So, this is one of the problems with winning such a vast amount of money. Who do you trust in your life any more? Who is there because they want to be or who is there because you are now a millionaire?"

One person Melissa doesn't have any doubts about is her fiancee, Rachel Nason. The 37-year-old, who has five children from a previous relationship, is 20 years younger than her. But Melissa says they had agreed to marry several days before her lottery win.

 

 

"Rachel is absolutely amazing, you know, she's just so selfless. She really, really is. She's just not money-orientated and so I've got no fears over that. After all she was going to marry before I even had money."

You might have thought that with her new fortune, Melissa would be planning some kind of eye-popping, no-expense-spared extravaganza of a marriage. Yet instead the pair plan to tie the knot in the company of just a few nearest and dearest in a local register office - though I suspect that some serious partying is likely to follow.

 

 

Along with Rachel's children, they have already moved into what Melissa describes as their "dream home" (though in fact it was not the first spacious house Melissa tried to buy - her first attempt fell through when residents of neighbouring properties complained that her media profile would be disruptive).

Researchers who have studied the lives of thousands of lottery winners say the initial euphoria doesn't last long

As for multi-millionaire Melissa's wedding dress, she might even buy that in a charity shop. She admits to visiting her favourite one in Hull at least once a week.

"It's surprising what you can find and I do know from past experience and even from people who are into designer labels, that you can find them in charity shops as well," she says. "Why pay full whack for something when you can get it for cut price and you're also helping out a charity. And at the end of the day, bargains are great."

It's perhaps this streak of down-to-earth pragmatism that has led the otherwise carefree and impulsive Melissa to invest three-quarters of her £4m win. Given her love of bargain hunting in charity shops, cheap make-up and humble sausage rolls perhaps she has little need of so much cash. But that doesn't mean that Melissa, who likes nothing better than dancing the night away at a nearby LGBT club, fails to appreciate how lucky she is.

 

 

"The other night I was sat out in the garden and it was a little bit nippy and I thought, 'Oh it would be so nice to have a garden heater.' So I went on eBay and just ordered one. And it's like, 'Wow, I can do this, if I want these things I can buy them.' I love that. It's such a buzz!"

Researchers who have studied the lives of thousands of lottery winners say the initial euphoria doesn't last long.

They have found no evidence that those who hit the jackpot are any happier than the rest of us after the first year. Melissa has a few months to go before she can put this theory to the test - but I would not be surprised if she proves to be an exception.

"I don't have to worry now about having to save for the everyday things. It's a hard life out there having to live on a wage and I don't have to worry when I go to the shops or anything like that," she says.

"If Rachel and I decide we want something, we can have it, without even having to think about it. It's wonderful and I do feel so blessed."

syllasasante Posted on September 05, 2018 13:32

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Army kills three as tension ruins schools resumption in Cameroon

Cameroon's army on Wednesday said it had killed three people in the capital of the country's English speaking North-West region on the same day that the education minister visited the area with tensions spiking as children return to school.

 Separatist in the region say the education system marginalises anglophone pupils and have decreed a boycott of schools in the areas they lay claim to.

Three people were "neutralised"after having "burst into the city"of Bamenda in a car with three others on Tuesday,army spokesman Didier Badjeck told AFP.

According to a wiyness ,numerous shots were heard Tuesday around the hotel where Education Minister Youssouf Adidja Slim was staying during a visit to the city to coincide with the reopening of schools.

 A source close to Slim said the occupants of the vehicle had been spotted and repelled before they could reach the minister.

 Separatist unrest in Cameroon's two minority English speaking regions-North-West and southwest has left scores dead and displaced about 200,000 people since late 2016.

Years of resentment at perceived discrimination at the hands of Cameroon's majority French speakers have led to almost daily acts of violence and retribution, triggering an army crackdown.

 On Monday seven pupils and a head master were kidnapped by armed men at a school in Bafut,near Bamenda.Two students and school head were freed on Tuesday according to information obtained by AFP.

Some secessionist have said on social media that they could not guarantee the security of children who returned to school in defence of the boycott.

 

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 13:31

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Crime-hit Mobike suspends Manchester sharing scheme

Bike sharing firm Mobike is to pull out of Manchester after losing 10% of its cycles each month to theft and vandalism.

The Chinese firm said too many had been stolen, dumped in canals and bins, had locks hacked off or been set on fire.

Manchester has become the only city among 200 worldwide to lose the service because of persistent crime.

Mobike said it had already "processed refunds" and would start removing its fleet imminently from the city streets.

General Manager Jan Van der Ven said the company was "very grateful" to the city, which was the first in Europe to adopt the scheme last July.

'Throwing rocks'

However, he said: "As a private company, we have a duty to ensure our revenues cover our costs since, unlike some operators, we do not use taxpayer money to help balance our books.

"Unfortunately the circumstances in Manchester have not made this possible."

He added: "We have all learnt valuable lessons that will help cities continue to make urban life more sustainable, more active and more healthy through cycling."

 

 

Mobike had insisted its bikes were theft and vandal-proof but Greater Manchester Police received 17 reports in the first 10 days of the scheme.

A gang in Ancoats, east Manchester, was filmed throwing rocks at a bike, trying to destroy it, while thieves would break locks and disable electronic tracking systems.

In April the firm announced a price hike from 50p to 69p per half-hour in a bid to counter the damage.

Mobike said it would conduct "a full review of its time in Manchester".

The company said it would continue to operate in London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Oxford and Cambridge.


Analysis

By Tom Mullen, BBC News

Mobike's distinctive orange-rimmed cycles had become a familiar sight in Manchester, and the scheme was well-used.

I clocked up more than 79 miles (128km) on the bikes, which I found handy for whizzing to the gym or shops, or even all the way to work.

But the bikes were obviously an easy target for vandals. The sight of stray bikes dumped by canals, broken or even set on fire was becoming more and more common.

To combat this, Mobike began to shrink its operating area and ramp up fines for people who abused the service. But today's decision shows the company's losses had simply become unsustainable.

With Mobike operating successfully in 200 cities around world, people are wondering why it couldn't work here. It's certainly not a great advert for Manchester.

syllasasante Posted on September 05, 2018 13:22

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Samsung: Time for folding smartphones

Samsung's head of mobile has said it is "time to deliver" foldable smartphones, fuelling speculation the company is about to reveal a bendable device.

In an interview with CNBC, DJ Koh said Samsung's consumer research suggested there was demand for a foldable phone.

Several phone-makers are rumoured to be developing devices with flexible screens that can be folded in half, without a hinge or seam in the middle.

However, Samsung told the BBC it did not currently have "anything to share".

DJ Koh told CNBC that the development process for foldable phones was "complicated" but added that the company had "nearly concluded" it.

However, he said, a foldable phone would need a clear purpose before the company released one.

"Even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet?" he said.

"If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would [people] buy it?

"Every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end-customer."

Samsung faces fierce competition from Chinese phone-maker Huawei. In July, Huawei became the second-biggest smartphone seller in the world, overtaking Apple.

syllasasante Posted on September 05, 2018 13:11

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Google bosses expected to snub Senate

When Silicon Valley companies once again appear in front of the US Senate on Wednesday, there will be one major absentee: Google.

The Senate Intelligence Committee wanted to hear from Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, or his boss Larry Page, the chief executive of Google’s parent firm, Alphabet.

Barring a dramatic, last-minute change of plan, the BBC understands neither will attend. It would mark the first time a technology firm has refused to comply with the wishes of Congress since the far-reaching inquiries into misinformation and meddling began in the wake of the 2016 election.

Google had instead hoped to send Kent Walker, one of its top lawyers. The offer was abruptly shut down by the committee. Its vice chairman, the Democratic Senator Mark Warner, said an empty chair would be left out to represent Google’s non-appearance.

Eventually, senators may issue a subpoena, forcing an appearance under the threat of prosecution.

“If Google thinks we’re just going to go away, they’re sadly mistaken,” said Senator Warner, speaking to Wired magazine.

The hearing, scheduled to begin at 09:30 (13:30 GMT), is entitled “Foreign Influence Operations’ Use of Social Media Platforms”.

As well as Google, Twitter and Facebook have been called to appear.

@jack leaps to Twitter’s defence

Twitter will be represented by its chief executive, Jack Dorsey, while Facebook is sending its chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg. It will be the first time either executive has faced a congressional committee.

Mr Dorsey will also appear, alone, in a hearing on Wednesday afternoon looking specifically at transparency on his platform. He is expected to strongly oppose the suggestion that conservative voices are being silenced on Twitter – a growing claim from the US political right, one that has not been backed up with reliable data.

“Conservative voices have a strong presence on Twitter,” he is expected to say.

“For example, in 2017, there were 59.5 million tweets about Make America Great Again or MAGA. According to the Pew Research Center, people on Twitter used #MAGA an average of 205,238 times per day from Election Day 2016 through May 1, 2018. It was the third most Tweeted hashtag in 2017.”

Where Mr Dorsey may come under fire, however, is over his decision not to ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from Twitter, instead giving him what was described as a “time out”. It was later reported by the Wall Street Journal that Mr Dorsey had overruled staff who had decided to ban Mr Jones altogether – though Twitter later described that suggestion as “totally false”.

In short, the question facing Mr Dorsey on Wednesday is to what extent his own politics and power influences how Twitter conducts itself.

Sandberg in the spotlight

Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is sufficiently famous to satisfy the Senate’s demand for a big company name at its hearing. It means chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who appeared here in April, can sit this one out.

On Tuesday Ms Sandberg spent the day in private meetings with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss the issues. In Wednesday morning's hearing, Facebook will go over familiar territory - Ms Sandberg will try to draw attention to its expanding workforce, and share statistics showing its efforts to block millions of suspicious accounts automatically.

The company may also share details about its so-called “war room” – a division of specialists solely working on policing content that may be wrongly targeting US voters as they prepare to cast their votes.

Based on her testimony – released on Tuesday by Facebook – she will offer little new information to the Senate about the company’s efforts, other than to update some statistics relating to the amount of content being removed.

But one important moment may arise when Ms Sandberg argues that Facebook needs more help to solve the crisis, turning the demand to “do more” back on the US government.

“The threat we face is not new,” she is expected to say.

“America has always confronted attacks from opponents who wish to undermine our democracy. What is new are the tactics they use.

“That means it’s going to take everyone - including industry, governments, and experts from civil society - working together to stay ahead.”

This may be Ms Sandberg’s first hearing, but she’s no stranger to Washington politics. Before working at the social network she was chief of staff at the US Treasury.

A brewing crisis for Google

Google’s Mr Walker submitted a written testimony for the hearing, despite the fact he will not be attending the session. In a blog post he said he would be providing private briefings to senators, but did not address the row over his seniority.

The affair risks becoming a public relations crisis for Google, which just last week was doing its best to bat back claims from President Donald Trump that it was censoring conservative news outlets in its search results. The White House did not provide any evidence to support the president’s complaints, but the topic may well come up at Wednesday’s hearing.

“I don't know if it's because [Page] wants to avoid being asked about those things or because they think they're so important and so powerful that they don't need to provide congressional testimony,” said Republican Senator Marco Rubio, speaking to the Washington Post.

He also told the newspaper: “They should be careful with that. When a company gets too big to become accountable, they become a monopoly.”

A looming threat of regulation

The question of new regulation designed to control the powers of technology companies has been a recurring theme since the firms first appeared here to talk about this issue, almost a year ago to the day.

Any regulation concocted in the wake of these hearings would likely end up being enforced by the US telecoms regulator, the Federal Communications Commission. Ahead of the hearings – which the FCC is not a part of – its chairman Ajit Pai criticised what he sees as a serious lack of transparency among the tech giants.

“The public deserves to know more about how these companies operate,” he wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“And we need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations.

“After all, just as is the case with respect to broadband providers, consumers need accurate information in order to make educated choices about whether and how to use these tech giants’ platforms.”

Also under scrutiny will be the ability of Congress to competently probe the tech bosses. During April’s hearing with Mark Zuckerberg, many members were mocked for asking basic, easily-ducked questions of the Facebook chief executive.

Senator Warner has said he is hopeful questions this time round will be better. He suggested his colleagues on the committee had “done their homework”.

syllasasante Posted on September 05, 2018 13:09

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Malaysia, Singapore sign agreement to defer construction of high speed rail till 2020.

The government of Malaysia and Singapore signed an agreement on Wednesday to defer the construction of the high speed rail (HSR) project linking the two countries by two years till 2020

At Malaysia's request and in the spirit of bilateral cooperation, Singapore has agreed to suspend the construction of the HSR project for a period up to May 31, 2020, according to the joint statement issued by the two countries.

Malaysia will bear the agreed cost in suspending the HSR project, said Khaw Boon Wan, Singaporean coordinating minister for infrastructure and minister for transport, who signed and exchanged the legal documents on the deferment with Malaysia's Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali in Malaysia's administration center of Putrajaya.

If the project is not resumed after the suspension period, Malaysia will bear the cost incurred by Singapore in fulfilling the HSR project, Khaw told a joint press conference with Azmin.

Although the agreed postponed period is two years, the commencement date of HSR service is expected to be pushed back to 2031, rather than the original plan of 2026, said Khaw.

Given the length of the suspension period, both sides will be calling off the ongoing international joint tender for the project, according to the joint statement.

The governments of Malaysia and Singapore signed a legally-binding pact on the project in 2016 to build a high speed rail linking Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur to the city state, which would cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes once in operation.

However, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced shortly after taking office in May that the high speed rail would be dropped, citing high cost and low usage. He later changed tone that his country would seek deferment on the project, saying it has to pay a penalty of around 500 million ringgit (123.1 million U.S. dollars) to Singapore for the cancellation. 

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 12:38

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Chelsea perfect start helps Arrizabalaga settle in.

Chelsea convincing start to the premier league campaign has helped new goal keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga settle in to life at Stamford Bridge, following his world record transfer,the 23-year-old has said.

Chelsea signed Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for 80million euros last month and the Spaniard has kept the clean sheets in the sides four-game winning street to start the season.

" I'm getting used to new life,a new city,new team,but it's been positive because when things start well on the pitch,it makes everything easier.

 Arrizabalaga,who was called up to the Spain squad for their UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia and England said moving to London as Thibaut Courtois replacement had felt like the right move.

"I'm happy to take this step,I want to enjoy it........I have felt valued,in the last few years,a lot of Spaniards have done important things here and that's good for those of us to arrive most recently" Arrizabalaga told Spanish paper.

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 12:34

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China's self-developed anti-cancer drug approved.

Made by Shanghai-based pharmaceutical company Hutchison China MediTech Limited, the oral drug, called fruquintinib, is reportedly effective at fighting colorectal cancer, and has a low toxicity to humans.

Fruquintinib is a highly selective and potent inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFR). This means that it can inhibit the growth of solid tumors by preventing them from developing the new blood vessels that they need to grow.

At least 370,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in China each year. By the time most of them are diagnosed, the disease has already entered a late-stage, which makes it difficult to treat.

The drug regulator said that the new drug brings hope to colorectal cancer patients who have undergone at least two prior chemotherapy treatments without seeing a remission of the disease.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 12:04

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$400G in GoFundMe cash for homeless vet is gone, lawyer claims.

The $400,000 raised through a GoFundMe account to support a homeless veteran in Philadelphia after he gave his last bit of money to help a stranded motorist is reportedly drained.

A lawyer representing Johnny Bobbitt, whose story garnered national attention last year after he gave Kate McClure his last $20 to fill up her gas tank, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that news of the depleted account “came as a complete surprise.”

Chris Fallon, the lawyer, said he became aware of the financial standing of his client’s account after a conference call with attorneys for McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico – the couple who started the GoFundMe account for Bobbitt after his kind gesture, promising him a home.

"It completely shocked me when I heard," Fallon told the paper.

Bobbitt’s attorneys requested that the couple remain in New Jersey, surrender their passports, post a bond and restrict access to their bank accounts after they failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to deliver any remaining money from the GoFundMe account, according to the paper.

Last week, Superior Court Judge Paula T. Dow ordered the couple to wire the remaining funds to a trust for Bobbitt, and submit an accounting report of the donated money within 24 hours. 

Bobbitt has received roughly $75,000 dollars of the funds, which he used to purchase a camper and SUV – both of which he no longer has, the paper reported.

D’Amico told the paper during an interview in August that the he controls the money in the account, and that he would dispense the funds when Bobbitt gets a job and stops using drugs.

"Giving him all that money, it's never going to happen. I'll burn it in front of him," he said, adding that giving an "addict" the money would be like "giving him a loaded gun."

Bobbitt admitted to the paper that the couple once gave him $25,000 and he spent it on giving it to relatives and friends, and some on drugs.

Fallon told the paper on Tuesday that his client hopes to enter a residential detoxification program.

Bobbitt, who questions the couple's motives and fears they may have squandered the money, claims they used the funds to buy a new BMW and take lavish vacations. He also questions if the couple has the legal authority to deny him the money.

Three lawyers are representing Bobbitt pro bono.

Jacqueline Promislo, another lawyer for Bobbitt said the couple’s lawyer, Ernest E. Badway, never responded regarding the request to transfer the remaining GoFundMe funds or if the money had been moved, according to the paper.

The paper could not reach McLure or D’Amico for comment. 

Badway declined to comment to Fox News late Tuesday.

The couple earlier said the new car was paid for with their own money. McLure, who is a receptionist, and D’Amico, who is a carpenter, said they have done nothing wrong and did everything they could to help Bobbitt.

Badway claimed in court last week that Bobbitt stole at least $200,000 of the funds since the account was created, the paper reported. He also argued the court-order to wire the money within 24 hours was a “harsh remedy.” 

A hearing regarding the disputed funds is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 10 a.m., the paper reported.

GoFundMe has donated $20,000 into an escrow account created by Bobbitt’s attorneys to help with housing and goods as the legal proceedings continue, a spokesman told the paper on Tuesday.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 11:43

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French and Riviera News Wednesday 5th September 2018

Local

Two bodies found in apartment - The emergency services of Monaco have found two dead bodies in an apartment in Beausoleil. Firefighters made the discovery on Tuesday evening shortly after 5.30pm. Their identities have not yet been revealed but according to reports the victims are believed to be a son and his mother.

Car Crime - A man from Cannes, who ripped off the parking barrier of a local car park, before running over the parking attendant, has appeared at court in Grasse. When he was arrested, the 65 year-old claimed he was a secret agent, but later admitted he was drunk on rum. The court gave him a 2 year jail sentence.

Summer - Meteo France has confirmed that this summer was one of the hottest in Nice in recent history. With an average temperature of 24.7 degrees recorded from the beginning of June to the end of August the hottest day was August 5th when temperatures reached 33.4 degrees in the shade. August saw an average maximum temperature of 29.9 degrees, making it the 2nd hottest in history after that of 2003.

Hotel - The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Cap d’Antibes has retained its title as Best Hotel in Europe. The hotel is a favourite with film stars attending the Cannes Film Festival and this year John Travolta put on a special 40th anniversary showing of Grease at the hotel. The hotel was also famous for not accepting credit cards, only dropping its ‘cash only’ policy in the last few years.

National

Scallop row - Talks are to be held in London later today in a bid to resolve tensions between French and British scallop fisherman. The British fish producer organisation will meet with their French counterparts to try and find a solution. Around 40 French boats clashed with five UK craft last week in a row over scallop fishing off northern France. French agriculture minister Stephane Travert said on Tuesday that France's navy was ready to intervene to prevent further clashes.

Vaccination - The eastern French region of Hautes-Alpes has begun vaccinating cows and sheep against anthrax after an outbreak of the fatal disease in the region. Anthrax has been detected in 23 locations, with 54 animals killed.  Vaccination doses for 5,000 cows and 10,000 sheep have been rushed to the area to tackle the worst anthrax outbreak in France in nearly 20 years.

Environment campaigners - French environment campaigners have warned that Emmanuel Macron is doing too little to combat climate change and must radically rethink his environment policy if he is to honour his promise to “make this planet great again”. Renewed criticism of the French president’s approach to green issues came as Macron replaced his former environment minister, the TV personality Nicolas Hulot, who quit last week. Macron replaced Hulot with the parliament speaker, François de Rugy, a former Green party figure.

France offers to help restore historic Museum - France has announced it is ready to help restore the historic Brazil National Museum in Rio de Janeiro after it was ravaged by a fire on Sunday. Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves le Drian described the 200-year-old museum as an "exceptional place of culture", while the president of Paris's Museum of National History described the blaze as "a loss for humanity in general".  The museum has a collection of more than 20 million objects and a library with more than 530,000 books.

Business

The former governor of the Bank of England has described the British government’s preparations for Brexit as “incompetent”.
Lord Mervyn King,who’s been a public supporter of Brexit said on Tuesday that it “beggared belief that the world’s 6th largest economy should be talking of stockpiling food and medicines”.He said that left the government without a credible bargaining position.
Lord King said that “a government that cannot take action to avoid some of these catastrophic outcomes illustrates a whole lack of preparation”.
The former Bank of England governor concluded that the UK would be left in a position that’s been dubbed ‘Brino’-Brexit in name only which he said was the worst of both worlds and would see the issues drag on for years.

Amazon has become the second US-listed firm to have a market value of more than a trillion dollars.
Shares in the e-commerce giant rose by 2 percent in morning trade in New York before slipping back.
The company is the world’s largest online retailer and its chief executive Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man with a fortune of more than 160 billion dollars.
Amazon is expected to account for roughly half of all online shopping in the US this year and its adding to its business model with new products such as Prime Video which is taking on Netflix and other streaming services.
It’s also the global leader in cloud computing services.

And-The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has confirmed that the government is to press ahead with the new pay-as-you-earn income tax system from the first of January.
Amid reports that the new system has suffered multiple glitches in testing,Mr Philippe said that it would be simple to use  and that “serous work had been done to review the reform and iron out problems”.
Last week,President Macron said that he wanted “precise answers” before deciding whether the new system should be introduced on the first of January.
Speaking on TF1 news last night,Mr Philippe said that the two years of studies and tests had been carried out to make sure that the system is ready and that it had been “technically complex” to set up.
Last year income tax  brought the French government 74 billion euros in revenue or around 11 percent of total tax revenue.
VAT is the largest source of state funding.

Sport

Tennis-Serena Williams has reached the semi finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. The 17th seed trailed her opponent Karolina Pliskova 4-2 in the first set but came back to win 6-4 6-3. The 36 year old is seeking her 24th major title which would equal Margaret Court’s all time record.She’ll now face the 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova in the last 4.She beat Sloane Stephens  earlier on Tuesday to reach the last 4. In the men’s event Juan Martin del Potro is into the last 4 after beating John Isner in 4 sets.

Golf-Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have both been named in the US Ryder Cup team. Woods returns after a 6 year absence and says that his inclusion feels “very special”.He was named as one of three wild card picks along with Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau.

The Ryder Cup takes place at Le Golf National near Paris from the 28th to the 30th of September.

Football-A number of top coaches in Europe have called on Uefa to review the use of the away goals rule in continental competitions.

There are also calls for the transfer window to be ended at the same time in all the major leagues.

A spokesman for Uefa said that there is a feeling that scoring an away goal is not as difficult as it was in the past and that the organisation would carry out a review accordingly.

Rugby Union-Leicester Tigers say that Geordan Murphy will be given every opportunity to secure the head coaches job on a permanent basis.

Murphy replaced Matt O’Connor at the start of this week on a temporary basis and Leicester say that there are no plans to make any further changes unless “the wheels completely come off”.

Leicester were beaten heavily by Exeter on the opening day of the new English Premiership season and they failed to make the play-offs for the first time in 14 years last season.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light variable winds and a high of 27 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Partially cloudy with some showers and thunderstorms inland tomorrow and a high of 25.Mainly fine on Friday with a high of 24.

Finally 

Brits are among the world’s laziest with more than a third failing to get enough exercise. The UK ranked 46th out of 168 in a World Health Organisation list of the least active countries — and ninth worst of the 28 EU nations.

Thirty-six per cent of people in the UK fall short of WHO’s recommendation to carry out 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

Women are less likely to reach the goal with 40 per cent here moving too little compared to 31.5 per cent of men. Kuwait is the worst-performing nation overall with 67 per cent failing to reach WHO’s exercise guidelines.

Half of Greeks miss the target, making it the least active EU nation. Uganda and Mozambique are the world’s most active with both having more than 94 per cent of the population hitting the goal.

syllasasante Posted on September 05, 2018 11:08

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BTC/USD Near Breakout.

Bitcoin on Tuesday continued its uptrend, rising close to 3 percent since its intraday low from yesterday.

The BTC/USD pair today opened near 7272-fiat while correcting from its previous low around 7248-fiat. At the beginning of the Asian trading session, the pair stayed on a stable and steady uptrend. As the session matured, and European hours came into play, the uptrend intensified and eventually formed higher highs towards 7415-fiat. At the same time, BTC/USD continued to flirt with the Rising Wedge resistance level.

While BTC/USD continues to trend upward inside the Rising Wedge channel, introduced in one of our previous analysis, we are also noticing a bull pennant formation to confirm a stable bullish sentiment in the market. The BTC/USD on hourly charts is also above its 100H and 200H moving averages, while the RSI and Stochastic Oscillator indicators have also jumped close to the overbought regions, further strengthening in the near-term bullish bias of the Bitcoin market.

We are of course waiting for a potential breakout above the Rising Wedge resistance to confirm a strong medium-term rally towards the next upside targets, primarily towards 7460-fiat while eyeing 7819-fiat. Let’s discuss our intraday positions further in the section below.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 09:20

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Luke Shaw: Man Utd defender says he nearly lost leg after injury.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw says he "nearly lost" his leg after breaking it in two places in 2015.

The full-back, 23, missed the rest of the season after suffering the injury in a Champions League 2-1 defeat by PSV Eindhoven.

Recalled by England for this month's games against Spain and Switzerland, Shaw said he feels "privileged" to be part of the squad again.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about stopping playing," he said.

"I had a lot of complications with my leg and that was the really hard moment for me in my career.

"No-one knows but I was really close to actually losing my leg. I never knew that until six months later when the doctor told me.

"At the time, they were thinking about flying me back and if I'd have flown back, I would probably have lost my leg because of the blood clots and stuff.

"I've got - I don't want to talk about it too much - two scars down the side of my leg where they had to cut it open and pull them out because of how severe it was.

"But I don't really care about that any more. I feel really strong and my right leg is exactly as it was before my leg break."

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 08:29

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Christiano Ronaldo yet to score for Juventus

After he moved to Juventus, Christiano Ronaldo is yet to net for his new team. His eight year son, Christiano Ronaldo Jnr has hit a double brace for his team.

Pre-Paid Posted on September 05, 2018 08:28

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Davido under fire over alleged flouting of NYSC Bye laws

 Nigeria pop star,David Adeleke popularly known as Davido,has come under fire for allegedly travelling to Boston for US tour when he is supposed to be at the Lagos camp observing the mandatory 3 weeks orientation period of the one-year National Youth Service corps,NYSC scheme.

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 07:23

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US ex-senator Jon Kyl named as successor to McCain

Minority Whip Jon Kyl,Republican of Arizona,leaves a bipartisan meeting of US Law Makers working on legislative frame work for comprehensive deficit reduction hosted by US vice president Joe Baden at Blair House House across the street from the White House in Washington DC, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is scheduled to unveil former senator Jon Kyl as McCain's successor at a news conference at the Arizona capitol on September 4, 2018.

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 06:59

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Ronaldo,Salah and Modric nominated for FIFA best player award

Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the FIFA'S men's player of the year award on Monday as his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo was named alongside Luka Modric and Mohammed Salah.
Messi has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade but the Barcelona star has been ommitted from the list of contenders after featuring in the top three for 11 straight years.

The 31-year-old Argentine was runner-up for the prestigious prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning it for the first of five successive years in 2009.

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 06:29

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Advice for a More Romantic Relationship.

When you were dating, all you could think about was how amazing and romantic it was to be together. You looked forward to more romantic dates, holding hands, spending time at the beach and the works! Romance comes easy before marriage: after all, there were no kids to bother you, no financial worries, no annoying habits to live with. But after you got married and as time passed, you got so accustomed to married life that you stopped wooing each other or making any special efforts. After all, with so many responsibilities and details to take care of, where is the time for romance anymore? Maybe you already sense the lack of romance in your marriage and your spouse feels so too. Maybe you need a few romance tips to spruce up your relationship…Know that there are many things you can do to put romance back into your marriage.

Desire is a key part of romance; and two people can only feel desirous of the other if they share mutual feelings of care, respect, and attraction towards each other. Truly uniting as a married couple, sharing thoughts, communicating regularly, laughing together and practicing forgiveness can have a great and positive impact on the couple’s intimate and romantic life. In this section, we offer you a variety of romance advice that is sure to bring back the spark in your married life. Think candlelight dinners, soft music, longing looks and a lot more – yes, all of this can be an integral part of your life even after many years of marriage.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 04:35

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Roast chicken, ham and leek pie.

Debbie Major’s comforting chicken pie recipe is made with a creamy filling and a quick and easy-to-make flaky pastry.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 lemon, pierced with a skewer

4 bay leaves

35g butter, softened

1 large onion, halved and sliced

200g leeks, trimmed and sliced

1.2 litres fresh chicken stock, preferably homemade

200g roast ham, cut into strips

150g frozen peas, defrosted

2 tbsp chopped fresh curly parsley

80g plain flour

1-2 tbsp single cream

1 large free-range egg yolk

For the quick flaky pastry

250g butter, plus extra to grease

350g plain flour, plus extra to dust

¾ tsp fine salt

9-10 tbsp ice-cold water

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 04:23

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US wife accused of 'fatally poisoning husband with eyedrops'

A South Carolina woman has been charged with murder after allegedly poisoning her husband by putting eyedrops into his water for several days. Lana Clayton, 52, was arrested weeks after her husband, Stephen Clayton, 64, was found dead at home. She was detained when a toxicology test discovered a chemical called tetrahydrozoline in his body.

The substance is found in over-the-counter eyedrops and nasal sprays that are available without a prescription. On Friday, York County police also charged her with unlawful malicious tampering of food between the dates of 19 and 21 July, when the alleged murder occurred. In a statement, police say she admitted to poisoning her husband "without his knowledge". She was arrested and held in custody on Friday.

Police have not announced any potential motive. Mr Clayton, who founded a physical therapy company, was pronounced dead after appearing to suffer a fall down stairs in the foyer of his home in the upmarket neighbourhood of Clover - about 20 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. A funeral was held for him in the couple's backyard in early August - friends and neighbours say - before investigators discovered his cause of death.

According to the Herald newspaper, Mrs Clayton has no previous criminal record, and has not been arrested before. Prosecutors say they are now reviewing a 2016 incident, in which she shot her husband in the head with a crossbow as he slept. Police determined that that shooting was "accidental", according to a police report obtained by the Charlotte Observer.

Investigators found Mrs Clayton at home "crying and upset" after the crossbow incident, according to the report. She said at the time that her husband was mentally abusive to her, and had "mood swings" but never physically hurt her. Tetrahydrozoline can cause seizures, stop breathing and induce comas, according to the US National Library of Medicine. Even a few drops of the drug, which is intended to reduce redness, can cause "serious adverse events".

The couple had been together for eight years, friends told WSOC-TV. Others added that she was known to attend the neighbourhood Bible study group. Mr Clayton's family told the station that they were "shocked and mortified at the cause of Steven's death". "All of our family and friends know how much he loved his wife, Lana, and how devoted he was to her. We are all still trying to process this."

According to the York County Probate Court, Mrs Clayton was appointed to represent Mr Clayton estate after his death. Mrs Clayton's Facebook page states that she worked for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlotte. Their home, worth about $800,000 (£620,000), was modelled on the Mount Vernon estate of the first US President, George Washington.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 03:04

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Japan has been hit by its strongest typhoon in 25 years, causing at least seven deaths and 200 injuries.

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western areas, bringing heavy rain and reports of winds up to 172km/h (107mph). In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of a railway station roof came down. Officials ordered more than a million people in affected areas to evacuate their homes amid warnings of high waves, flooding and mudslides. It has already left tens of thousands without power and authorities have urged people to move to safety.

The storm made landfall on Shikoku island around noon on Tuesday local time and then moved across Japan's largest main island of Honshu. It is expected to weaken as it moves north.

Jebi is the first typhoon classed as "very strong" by the country's weather agency to make landfall on Japan's main islands since a typhoon left 48 people dead or missing in 1993, Kyodo reports.

Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries have had to be cancelled. Flooding covered the runways at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, which is built on a man-made island in a bay.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an emergency meeting and called on people "to take action to protect your lives, including preparing and evacuating early". Footage from the storm making landfall showed giant waves crashing against the coastline, and flying debris. Japan's weather agency has warned of possible landslides, flooding and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes in the areas affected.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 02:58

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Deal for NHS to offer exciting new child cancer therapy

A deal has been struck to let the NHS offer children an expensive new cancer therapy that has been called the most exciting treatment advance for decades.

CAR-T is a cutting-edge treatment for aggressive leukaemia when other drugs have failed but usually costs hundreds of thousands of pounds per patient.

NHS England boss Simon Stevens says a fair and affordable price has been reached with manufacturer Novartis.

Hospitals could start giving it to a small number of children within weeks.

The first three NHS hospitals to apply to use the CAR-T (chimeric antigen receptor T-cell) therapy are in London, Manchester and Newcastle.

The NHS has a limited pot of money, meaning tough choices have to be made about which treatments are affordable. The cash for CAR-T will come from theCancer Drugs Fund, set up to fast-track access to the most promising new cancer treatments.

How does it work?

CAR-T is a novel way of treating cancer that is "personalised" to the individual patient.

It involves giving patients genetically modified immune cells.

Immune cells, called T-cells, are taken from a sample of the patient's blood and reprogrammed in the lab to create ones that are genetically coded to recognise and destroy the patient's cancer cells. This "living therapy" is then given to the patient.

It has been shown in trials to cure some patients, even those with advanced cancers where other treatments have failed, although it can also cause serious side-effects and is not guaranteed to work.

Plus it is complex and expensive to make.

Image copyrightNOVARTIS

The deal means the NHS can use the CAR-T treatment called Kymriah for eligible patients, those up to 25 years old who have advanced B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia that is not responding to standard therapies.

About 400 children are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia - a type of blood cancer - every year in the UK. But only about 15 of these might be suitable for the CAR-T treatment each year.

It is the first in what is expected to be a rapidly expanding class of personalised cancer therapies available on the NHS.

Dr Alasdair Rankin, from the blood cancer charity Bloodwise, said: "CAR-T cell therapy is the most exciting advances in treatment for childhood leukaemia for decades.

"Intensive chemotherapy can now cure the vast majority of children but a significant number still tragically die every year because they do not respond to treatment.

"CAR-T cell therapy offers the genuine chance of a long-term cure for children who otherwise would have no other hope."

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45407514

Archimedeskay Posted on September 05, 2018 02:55

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WHO warning over global lack of exercise.

Very little progress has been made in reducing levels of inactivity worldwide, experts have warned.

A WHO report estimates that more than a quarter of people worldwide - 1.4 billion - are not doing enough physical exercise, a figure that has barely improved since 2001. Inactivity raises the risk of a raft of health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some cancers. High-income countries, including the UK, were among the least active. And women were found to be more sedentary throughout the world, with the exception of two regions of Asia.

'Major concern'

Researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) looked at self-reported data on activity from 358 population-based surveys in 168 countries, including 1.9 million people, for their study in The Lancet Public Health. They found in high-income countries, which include the UK and the USA, the proportion of inactive people had risen from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016, while in low-income countries it had remained stable at 16%. Those who were classed as inactive did less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise - or 75 minutes at a vigorous intensity - a week. Countries driving the upwards trend included Germany, New Zealand and the US. Women were less active than men in all but East and South-East Asia, with the biggest differences being in South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, north Africa and high-income Western countries. The authors said this was likely to have been caused by a combination of factors, including extra childcare duties and cultural attitudes that made it harder for them to exercise. In the UK, inactivity levels in 2016 were 36% overall - 32% of men and 40% of women. Experts said the transition in wealthier countries towards more sedentary jobs and hobbies, along with increased use of motor transport, might explain their higher levels of inactivity. In lower-income countries people are more likely to be active in their jobs and walk or use public transport.

The report's authors warned that as things stood the WHO's 2025 target of reducing global inactivity by 10% would be missed. Dr Regina Guthold, lead author of the study from the WHO, said: "Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health. "Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases." Co-author Dr Fiona Bull, also from the WHO, said: "Addressing these inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets and will require interventions to promote and improve women's access to opportunities that are safe, affordable and culturally acceptable."

Exercise guidelines for 19- to 64-year-olds

How much? at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles break up long periods of sitting with light activity . 

What is moderate aerobic activity? walking fast water aerobics riding a bike on level ground or with a few hills doubles tennis pushing a lawn mower hiking skateboarding rollerblading volleyball basketball . 

What counts as vigorous activity? jogging or running swimming fast riding a bike fast or on hills singles tennis football rugby skipping rope hockey aerobics gymnastics martial arts . 

What activities strengthen muscles? lifting weights working with resistance bands doing exercises that use your own body weight, such as push-ups and sit-ups heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling yoga

What activities are both aerobic and muscle-strengthening? circuit training, aerobics running footbal,  rugby netbal,  hockeY. 

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 02:49

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Mercedes-Benz reveals 2020 EQC

The all-electric crossover is expected to have a driving range of around 200 miles.

 

Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the 2020 EQC after a lengthy teaser campaign.

The EQC 400 4Matic is the company's first fully electric SUV and the first model to launch under the new EQ sub-brand, which stands for 'Electric Intelligence.'

A dual-motor drivetrain provides 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque delivered to both axles, with an estimated driving range of 'up to' 200 miles.

Drivers can expect to hit 60 mph from a stop in just 4.9 seconds, eventually topping out at an electronically limited 112 mph.

The EQC presumably has been benchmarked against the Model X 75D, which also carries a 4.9-second zero-to-60 mph time. Mercedes-Benz' range estimate falls short of the 75D's 237 miles, however, despite the EQC's larger 80-kWh battery.

The German automaker has adapted its Mbux multimedia system with various EQ-optimized features, including a new navigation system that considers remaining battery range and shortest charging times.

Production is scheduled to start next year at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.

 

https://www.leftlanenews.com/mercedes-benz-reveals-2020-eqc-101294.html

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Top 10 Greatest Superhero Movies of All-Time (Part 2)

Posted By: Taylor Coleon: September 04, 2018In: FeaturesMoviesNerd NewsNerdCultureOpinionTags: Marvelmovies1 Comment

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Yesterday, I posted Part One of my Top 10 Greatest Superhero Movies of All-Time. Today, we’re going to round out the Top 5. (this list was inspired by IGN’s recent top 25 best superhero movies and will include some heavy spoilers)


#5 Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 took everything I loved about the original and just simply made it better.

Almost every joke in Deadpool 2 hits its mark and the deep moments in between further develops Wade Wilson into a sympathetic character. Both Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz put out great performances that actually made me excited for the upcoming X-Force movie.

With no real “super” villain present for the majority of the film, this could have very easily flopped and acted as a cash-grab of the original Deadpool. Instead, we got a hilarious sequel with a heart of gold. A lot of that credit I think has to go to star Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds knows this character and loves playing the merc with a mouth. Like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, I don’t think I could see any other actor pull off this role. Just don’t sew his mouth shut. Again.

Luckily, Deadpool fixed that problem in this film.

#4 Logan

I haven’t been more bittersweet while walking out of a theater in a long time. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart put in their final performances with characters that they’ve been playing for almost two decades.

An R-rating was exactly what this superhero movie needed. These were two guys who were clearly at the end of their rope and have definitely seen better days. Dafne Keen’s Laura was also a standout as Logan’s daughter.

The main talking point here is obviously the crushing ending for our heroes. Charles being killed by what he thought was his last friend in the world with Logan (in reality it was Logan’s clone, X-24).

Wolverine suffered a similar fate, dying at the hands of his superior clone. The film ends with Logan finally getting a chance to actually love something in his life (his daughter) before succumbing to his injuries.

Oh, and the cherry on top to that depressing, emotional ice-cream sandwich of an ending is the fact that there is no guarantee that Laura and her newfound friends even made their way to safety from the unrelenting Reavers.

#3 The Dark Knight

I don’t know why but I feel like this will be the most controversial pick on this list. Not because that it shouldn’t be here, but because most people I know have The Dark Knight as their top superhero flick.

I’ll admit, it’s hard to disagree with you if you feel that way. The Dark Knight changed the game for this genre.

We all know exactly who I’m about to praise here. Heath Ledger’s role as The Joker is legendary and his incarnation of the character is still talked about today as the golden standard for villains.

Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent served as a perfect foil for Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne. Dent’s fall from grace and eventual turn into Two-Face is actually one of the most underrated aspects of the film in my opinion.

Nolan took his grounded world from Batman Begins and stuck a semi-realistic take on these cartoonish villains. Looking back, there isn’t really anything I actually dislike about The Dark Knight. The only reasoning for it being at the third spot has to do with my thoughts on the superhero movies ahead of it.

Funny thing is, I remember that some people actually thought that this would be a flop (back in the early development stages). Going to The Joker already and bringing in Heath Ledger as the clown prince of crime was mocked by a lot of people, both online and in person. Check out this article from Newsarama back in 2013 detailing some of the statements said by fans regarding Ledger’s initial casting. This criticism even included yours truly. To be fair, I think I was around 12 at the time so what did I know.

#2 Guardians of the Galaxy

I think of The Dark Knight and Guardians of the Galaxy as equally awesome movies. What just barely sets Guardians of the Galaxy apart has to do with a simple achievement that The Dark Knight just couldn’t accomplish.

Guardians of the Galaxy made me care about a talking raccoon and a tree who only says one phrase.

To say that this movie came out of nowhere is an enormous understatement. For all intents and purposes, this was the sink or swim moment for the MCU. They had to stay fresh in a competitive industry and take risks.

A superhero movie starring Andy from Parks and Rec as the main protagonist with four other equally strange co-stars was definitely a risk.

The only complaint I have about Guardians of the Galaxy is a semi-weak villain but I could make the case that we didn’t need Ronan to be a terrifying antagonist. This movie was about the Guardians coming together and developing the cosmic side of the MCU. It’s safe to say that they exceeded expectations.

This is going to sound a bit uncomfortable to some out there due to recent events but I don’t think Guardians of the Galaxy is what it is without James Gunn. His meshing of sci-fi, music, and comedy made this standout from not just MCU titles but other great films in the sci-fi genre.

#1 Avengers: Infinity War

I’ve been sitting at my keyboard for the past 10 minutes trying to sum up Avengers: Infinity War in only a few short paragraphs. I’m not sure that I can do this but I’m going to try.

This was 10 years in the making. Over 19 movies. Most ambitious crossover in history. All of the stuff you’ve heard before at nausea. Yeah, I’m not going to go on about how they got here because you know that.

Avengers: Infinity War was the dark film that I honestly didn’t think Marvel or Disney had the guts to go to. Many times throughout, I kept expecting it to do what most superhero movies do.

Good guys lose early. Good guys make jokes, comeback, and win. The villain looks like a fool in the end. Rinse and repeat.

Not this time. Thanos actually wins and sets up an intriguing conclusion to our decade-long journey. Yes, most of these deaths aren’t permanent but I wasn’t even expecting them to go this far. If you still aren’t a fan of the ending, I don’t know what to say except this. Look at it this way, the ending sets up a final assembling of our original crew of Avengers for an epic battle with The Mad Titan.

The Russo brothers crafted a well-developed story with jaw-dropping action pieces that don’t leave any one character out of the game for too long. Along with that, this may be one of the more comedic and quotable MCU films to date, which is surprising considering its darker tone.

Avengers: Infinity War is the pinnacle of superhero movies. It is what the DCEU is trying so desperately to get to. It is what other non-superhero franchises like Godzilla and The Mummy aspire (in The Mummy’s case “aspired”) to achieve. There are some minor problems but considering everything that this movie had to accomplish there is no denying that this a superhero film that will stand-out for years to come.

 

https://thenerdstash.com/top-10-superhero-movies-5-1/

Archimedeskay Posted on September 05, 2018 02:17

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Celebrity Big Brother reject Rodrigo Alves claims he used the N-word because he struggles with speaking English

RODRIGO Alves says he used the 'N-word' because English is his second language.

The Human Ken Doll, 35, also said his heritage and street culture in his native Brazil meant he didn't know how controversial the word would be.

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Rodrigo says he used the n-word due to his poor English and multi-cultural heritage

He plastic surgery enthusiast said: "English is not my first language. Through my Brazilian upbringing, my black family members and street/hip hop music in Brazil I was not naturally conditioned against the word.

"I was naive not to realise how offensive what I said is in English speaking countries, and what that word represents in terms of the horrific and sustained human rights abuses against black people over many generations."

Rodrigo added: "For this, I offer my sincerest and heartfelt apologies for any offence I may have caused. Racism is a state of mind often manifesting itself in abusive language. In my case, my use of a particular word has been used to portray me as having a mindset that I don't have and never have had.

"In Brazil, I was bought up in a multicultural, multiracial society. I am very proud of my Latino and black heritage."

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Rodrigo Alves will not be attending the CBB final

 

Play VideoCelebrity Big Brother housemates shocked as they're told Rodrigo Alves has left the house

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The 35-year-old has also been banned from CBBOTS

 

Play VideoCelebrity Big Brother's Natalie Nunn says the N-word on night out in London with Rodrigo Alves

Rodrigo was given a dressing down for using the term whilst discussing what kind of boys he likes.

Many people were stunned he wasn't booted off the show.

Rodrigo added: "I used an expression frequently used in Brazil that describes a particular look because I could not find the right words in the English language.

"Channel 5 could have chosen not to broadcast the footage and I am surprised they did. However, it was me that made the mistake and me who will take responsibility for it.

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Rodrigo caused mass controversy during his stint on the show

 

Play VideoKirstie Alley refuses to explain what Scientology is when quizzed by CBB housemate Rodrigo Alves

"I can only assure people that I understand the offence I caused; that it was not intentional; and apologise. It won’t happen again."

He was kicked off CBB and banned from Bit On The Side for serious inappropriate behaviour.

The scenes were so shocking Channel 5 bosses took the decision not to show them.

 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/7179585/celebrity-big-brother-rodrigo-alves-n-word/

Archimedeskay Posted on September 05, 2018 02:03

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Travel to the sacred mountains of Japan to train body and mind in the ancient ways

For world travellers, Japan is a country like no other. A vibrant contradiction where new and diverse cultures meet ancient tradition and cherished beliefs, it offers a rich bounty of experiences that are completely unique. One such example is Yamabushido, a project that for the first time ever offers international visitors the chance to travel to a sacred mountain to immerse themselves in a special programme aimed at benefiting both body and mind.

Visitors immerse themselves in nature and take part in hikes across sacred Japanese mountains.Image by Yamabushido

Taking its name from Yamabushi, the ancient mountain priests of Japan and Bushido, the way of the samurai, the training programmes follow the teachings of Shugendo, one of Japan’s most ancient practices. A mixture of Shinto, Buddhism, Animism and mountain faith, it aims to help people understand themselves better by immersing them in the natural world with zero distractions.

The courses are held under the watchful eye of Master Hoshido. Image by Yamabushido

Yamabushido offers two different programmes (both held under the direction of a 13th generation Yamabushido Master Hoshido) that see participants disconnecting from the modern world. The first programme is a full five-day experience (only offered three times a year) that takes place on the Three Mountains of Dewa (Mount Haguro, Mount Gassan and Mount Yudono) in Yamagata Prefecture, and includes waterfall meditation, mantra recitation, jumping over fire, visiting sacred shrines and hiking up 2446 stone steps. The less intensive two-day mountain training course is offered 13 times a year, and sees participants taking part in orientation and training before a celebratory lunch to wrap up the experience. Throughout the courses, guests stay at the Daish?b? Pilgrim Lodge at the foothills of the Dewa Mountains.

The celebratory meal offered at the end of the course. Image by Yamabushido

“It’s a training that will give a renewed sense of power, and you’ll gain the ability to disconnect from distractions, noise and stress. You’ll have a powerful opportunity to begin again by letting go of anything in your life that needs to be left on the mountain,” a representative of Yamabushido told Lonely Planet Travel News. The courses are specially arranged with international visitors in mind, but are based on a programme that has been operating for many years for Japanese people. Tailored to be practical for people aiming to improve their lives, the courses aim to help visitors learn skills that can help manage stress and promote mindfulness.

Participants jump over fire after coming out of the mountains on the final day of the course. Image by Yamabushido

“Our participants from abroad have been very pleased with our program. One man living in the Netherlands participated in our programme last year and came back to do our longer one again, and he said he will come next year. Two participants from Spain and Finland this year also said that they will come back next year, and would like to become certificated Yamabushi by attending a one-week programme,” a representative said.

 

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2018/09/05/japan-yamabushido-mountain-training/

Archimedeskay Posted on September 05, 2018 01:43

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Can China Pursue Blockchain Innovation Amid Cryptocurrency Ban?

Over the past two weeks, the government of China has effectively banned everything related to crypto trading and investment including news sites, social media accounts, events, and exchanges.

Subsequent to putting an end to virtually all communication and investment channels related to the cryptocurrency market, China has said that it will continue to accelerate blockchain development, doubling down on its $3 billion investment in the technology since the second quarter of 2018.

Centralized Blockchain Networks

Every public blockchain network is equipped with its own native cryptocurrency because every individual on the network has to be incentivized to run an operation, whether that is to mine blocks, develop blockchain-related solutions, and process transactions on the mainnet.

The blockchain can operate without a central authority because of its unique incentivization system that discourages anyone on the network to conduct an activity that does not satisfy one’s financial interest.

But, if there exists no native currency and incentivization system, then a central authority has to be in place to enforce regulations of the protocol.

Throughout the past three months, the government of China has invested more than $3 billion in blockchain-focused funds, despite its heavy crackdown on cryptocurrency publications, events, and trading.

It has encouraged local investment firms, technology conglomerates, and government agencies to do the same, pushing the commercialization of the blockchain at a large scale.

Speaking to CNBC, Beijing-based investment firm BlockVC has said that it is investing in 40 to 50 blockchain-related projects by the end of 2018, focusing on underlying technological development at a protocol level.

Xi Jinping, the president of China, and CCTV, the largest state-owned television network in the country, have consistently described the blockchain as a breakthrough technology, recently reaffirming that the blockchain will remain as one of the core technologies the country will focus on in the years to come.

Structurally, a blockchain network is run by a set of nodes that are not controlled by a central entity or authority. By rejecting cryptocurrencies and focusing solely on blockchain technology, China is leading the development of centralized blockchains that grant a certain group of people more authority over others in the protocol.

But, it remains to be seen whether the blockchain is needed to increase transparency in systems utilized by conglomerates in insurance, finance, and supply chain sectors. Many analysts have said that blockchain technology is necessary as a security system because it is capable of reducing the possibility of rogue actions by employees and bad actors in the space.

Digital signatures and cryptographic time stamps can achieve a similar result, without the implementation of blockchain technology.

Still Some Hope

China has not completely blocked all efforts of public blockchain networks and projects. Last month, the Xiongan government, responsible for building Chinese President Xi Jinping’s dream city the Xiongan New Area, asked New York-based blockchain studio ConsenSys to develop dApps that can be used within the new region.

Founded by Ethereum co-creator Joseph Lubin, ConsenSys is the biggest Ethereum-focused blockchain company in the global market with more than 900 employees that have developed applications like MetaMask to improve the usability of Ether.

The Chinese government’s decision to cooperate with Ethereum developers showed a glimpse of hope in the country’s intent to push blockchain innovation.

 

https://www.ccn.com/can-china-pursue-blockchain-innovation-amid-cryptocurrency-ban/

Archimedeskay Posted on September 05, 2018 01:39

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Sport: Mixed results for Guam footballers

The Guam men's football team have been beaten 2-0 in their latest East Asian Cup match against Macau.

The Matao conceded a goal in either half to suffer their first defeat under new head coach Karl Dodd.

"It is always nice to play competitive games and something I would like to do more often," he said.

"We are just focusing on improving on our new playing style in this tournament as it is the first time the players have come together and implemented it, so we expect teething problems at the start but we know that this style will allow us a more success in the long run."

Guam suffered their first defeat against Macau. Photo: Facebook/Mongolian Football Federation

Hosts Mongolia thrashed the Northern Mariana Islands 9-0 in the other fixture to go top of the competition standings with one round to play.

Guam will need to beat Mongolia by six or more goals in tomorrow's final round of group matches if they're to finish atop the table and advance to the second preliminary round.

Karl Dodd said the Matao need more matches.

"I have been waiting for these games for 8 months now," he said.

The Northern Mariana Islands were no match for hosts Mongolia. Photo: Facebook/Mongolian Football Federation

"We have had training camps and practices on the island on a regular basis and have come along way in the six months of training on the island. It would be good if we could access the off-island players more though so that they can be brought up to speed on the playing style.

"The lack of competitive games that Guam plays in is a disadvantage for the Matao and is something that we need to address."

Meanwhile the Guam national women's team, the Masakåda, face Mongolia later today, after opening their account with a 5-0 thrashing of Macau on Tuesday.

 

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/365738/sport-mixed-results-for-guam-footballers

Archimedeskay Posted on September 05, 2018 01:21

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Indian police seek last Nizam's stolen gold lunchbox

Police in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are investigating the theft of a gold, diamond-studded lunchbox that belonged to a former royal family.

The thieves also stole a ruby and gold teacup, saucer and teaspoon. Weighing 3kg, the items are valued at about $7m.

They belonged to Mir Osman Ali Khan - the last Nizam (king )of Hyderabad - and once the richest man in the world.

The theft was discovered on Monday morning. Police suspect it occurred the previous night.

The valuables were removed from their display vaults in the Nizam's palace, which is now a museum.

A sword belonging to the same royal family was stolen from another museum in the city 10 years ago.

Police told BBC Telugu that they suspect two people were involved in the latest theft.

According to the Hindustan Times, police told local reporters the thieves tampered with CCTV cameras so there would be no recording of the raid. They added that the glass door to the cabinet that contained the items was unscrewed to avoid damage.

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Image captionMir Osman Ali Khan was once the world's richest man

The items were in the Nizam Museum, which opened to the public in 2000. Its collection comprises expensive gifts given to Mir Osman Ali Khan in 1937.

Khan ruled what was then India's largest princely state. He died in 1967.

His fabled wealth included the world-famous Jacob's Diamond - which was the size of an egg - in addition to many other pieces of exquisite jewellery.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45405931

Archimedeskay Posted on September 05, 2018 00:59

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Ghana and China deal

Ghana government to borrow $50 billion from China and pay it in 100-years

Waga Posted on September 04, 2018 22:44

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Tax fraud

Jose Mourinho gets suspended jail sentence for tax fraud.Tax

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New Inside Book: Trump is Ignorant, White House Dysfunctional

Former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward speaks during an event sponsored by The Washington Post to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate, June 11, 2012 at the Watergate office building in Washington.

A new inside look at U.S. President Donald Trump paints him as dangerously ignorant of world affairs and his White House as dysfunctional and devastatingly beset by internal feuds.

Legendary journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," based on hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants in Trump's 20-month presidency, describes the U.S. leader as obsessed with the ongoing criminal investigation into whether he obstructed justice by trying to thwart special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

At one point, early this year, Woodward writes that former Trump lawyer John Dowd staged a practice interrogation of Trump about his campaign's ties to Russia and his actions as president, but that Trump stumbled so often with the facts that he eventually erupted in anger.

“This thing’s a goddamn hoax,” Trump said about the investigation that ended with him saying, "I don’t really want to testify.” Dowd, according to Woodward, told Trump he would end up in an orange prison jumpsuit if he testified before Mueller.

Months later, Woodward recounted that Trump told Dowd, "I'll be a real good witness.”

“You are not a good witness,” Dowd replied. “Mr. President, I’m afraid I just can’t help you.”

The next morning, Dowd quit as one of Trump's lawyers.


FILE - Lawyer John Dowd exits Manhattan Federal Court in New York, May 11, 2011.

The president's current lawyers have negotiated for months with Mueller's legal team about arranging an interview with Trump but have not reached an agreement. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has repeatedly said he fears that if Trump testifies under oath, he would be caught in perjury, the criminal offense of lying to authorities.

Woodward, who decades ago as a young Washington Post reporter wrote investigative stories about White House corruption that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, quotes current and former White House officials as disparaging Trump, saying he is uninquisitive about how his actions as president could endanger world security and often ignorant of everyday facts.

Woodward's negotiations for an interview with Trump fell through, although the president tried belatedly to talk to the journalist after the manuscript had been completed.

The author, an associate editor at the Post, quotes current White House chief of staff John Kelly as calling Trump an "idiot" and "unhinged." Woodward reported that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis describes Trump as having the understanding of "a fifth or sixth grader."

"He's an idiot. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything. He's gone off the rails. We're in crazytown," Woodward quotes Kelly as saying at a staff meeting in his office. "I don't even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I've ever had."


FILE - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends an Oval Office meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House in Washington, July 30, 2018.

Woodward said that aides often plucked documents off Trump's desk in the Oval Office to prevent him from signing them to carry out actions that the aides felt would endanger world security or U.S. interests. The author called it "an administrative coup d'etat" and a "nervous breakdown" of the executive branch.

Woodward said Trump frequently mocked his aides behind their backs, once saying the way former national security advisor H.R. McMaster dressed in cheap suits made him look "like a beer salesman," and describing his first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, "like a little rat. He just scurries around."

syllasasante Posted on September 04, 2018 18:15

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Liverpool FC News & Transfer Latest | 4th September 2018

Morning Reds! The international break is upon us which can only mean one thing – an in form Liverpool player is going to pick up an injury. Until then, we can look at more lighter news mainly regarding what’s happening once all the players are back at their clubs.

11:24 – Wijnaldum on upcoming fixtures

Despite his upcoming national team duties Gini Wijnaldum is already focusing on what lays ahead for Liverpool in the coming weeks, speaking to Liverpool’s official club website, the Dutchman knows that every player will be needed in order to negotiate these tricky fixtures saying “It’s going to be a really important period for us, not only because they’re big games, but also because we play a lot of games,”

“In these kinds of periods you need your whole squad.

“We know PSG are a good team. We played Napoli already in the pre-season and we won 5-0. But we still know they are a good team and there were situations in that game where there was stuff to deal with.”

Barring any international injuries, Liverpool look set to have a full strength squad barring the obvious omission of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dejan Lovren will be returning after his stomach injury and Klopp has admitted Fabinho is ready to now play for Liverpool. With pretty much two games a week for the foreseeable future rotation will be key for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

11:08 – Lazar Markovic speaks out

A few days ago it seemed certain that Liverpool were finally getting rid of Lazar Markovic for good as he had his pick of two giant Belgian teams.

Unbelievably, the transfer broke down at the last minute and the story followed that it was due to personal terms; now the Serbian winger has spoken out against those rumours.

If it wasn’t due to the money then what could it be over? I’ve heard Belgium is lovely this time of year and he’ll certainly be getting more game time there than he would be at Liverpool.

Ah well, I look forward to occasionally seeing you on the training photos Lazar.

11:00 – Henderson’s new contract

Yes we know this news broke early last night but its announcement has once again split the fanbase, Henderson didn’t have the best of games against Leicester at the weekend but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve the contract.

Jurgen Klopp put it best, saying “Jordan embodies entirely what it means to be a Liverpool player in this modern era of football.”

There can be no higher praise from the boss and Henderson just gets what it means to be a Liverpool player, saying “There is no other place in the world I would rather play football. I want to be here for as long as I can be.”

If Henderson fulfils the new contract then that will see him still at the club by the time he is 33, whilst he probably won’t be featuring as much at that age; his influence behind the scenes will be vital for the club.

 

 

syllasasante Posted on September 04, 2018 18:09

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Brett Kavanaugh hearing repeatedly interrupted by Dem objections, protests.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing was overtaken by political theatrics on Tuesday, as Democratic lawmakers and protesters delayed the formal start of proceedings by more than an hour – and Republicans fired back by touting Kavanaugh’s credentials and decrying the breach of decorum.

The spectacle underscored the political nature of the confirmation hearings, coming two months before the midterms and as some senators gear up for a possible 2020 presidential run against President Trump. Several of those senators led the charge Tuesday in objecting to Kavanaugh. 

Within moments of Tuesday's kickoff, top Democrats tried to sideline the session with a rapid-fire string of objections concerning access to the nominee's records. 

When Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley first tried to deliver opening remarks, Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris raised objections to the committee just receiving a batch of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee's work with past administrations. 

“We cannot possibly move forward," Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, said. 

Grassley told her she was "out of order," but other Democrats chimed in to back up Harris, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who moved to adjourn. 

This prompted applause from some in the audience, and touched off protests and shouting. Then, after New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker added his voice complaining of a "rush," Grassley countered: “I think you are taking advantage of my decency and my integrity.” 

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 04, 2018 18:04

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Obama: US Might Put N. Korea on Terror List

FILE - President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington, Dec. 19, 2014.

President Barack Obama said the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its lists of state sponsors of terrorism following a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which U.S. officials blame on the communist nation.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Obama said he did not consider the hack an act of war, but a "very costly, very expensive" example of cyber vandalism.

North Korea denies it was responsible for hacking Sony Pictures' computer network and posting embarrassing e-mails and other private data.

The hackers call themselves the Guardians of Peace and warned there would be a "bitter fate" for anyone attending a public showing of the movie The Interview, a film in which the CIA hires two journalists to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Sony has canceled the scheduled December 25 release of the satirical comedy.

Not aware of hackers

On Sunday, North Korean state media reported the country's Policy Department of the National Defense Commission issued a statement saying it is not aware of the country of residence of the hackers. It said is has evidence the Obama administration was involved in the making of "The Interview" and warned that North Korea has already launched a "counteraction."

On Friday, Obama criticized the film's cancellation and warned such digital attacks are something the country will have to adapt to.

Pyongyang has said it can prove it was not involved in the attacks and has warned of "grave consequences" if Washington fails to accept the invitation to join an investigation.

The United States has rejected the offer and is in talks with China to help block cyber attacks from Pyongyang.

A U.S. official has said that both the U.S. and China agree that conducting destructive cyber attacks is outside the norm of a civilized country.

Cyber threats

The request could be problematical because Washington has long said Chinese cyber theft has threatened U.S. defense secrets, hurt American companies' competitiveness and cost American workers jobs.

Sony Pictures chairman Michael Lynton told reporters Friday that the studio had no choice but to cancel the film's release because American theaters were unwilling to show it.

Lynton did, however, tell interviewers that Sony did not "give in" or surrender to the hackers, and is trying to find some format for people to view the film, possibly through a video-on-demand service or over the Internet.

syllasasante Posted on September 04, 2018 18:03

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Croatia Presidential Poll to Go to Runoff

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the presidential election in Zagreb December 28, 2014. Croats were voting for a new head of state on Sunday but none of the four candidates for the largely ceremonial post in the European Union's newest

roatia's presidential election goes to a runoff after no candidate won more than 50 percent in Sunday's first round.

Liberal incumbent Ivo Josipovic, a Social Democrat, finished first with 38.6 percent, followed closely by conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the HDZ party with about 37 percent.

Two others finished far behind.

President Josipovic and Grabar-Kitarovic will meet again on January 11.

The Croatian presidency is mostly a ceremonial post, but still has a large influence on foreign policy and defense issues.

Croatia and its leftist government have faced criticism for failing to pull the country out of its economic troubles.

The country has been in recession for six years and unemployment is around 20 percent.

Croatia, which joined the European Union in July of 2013, also has one of the weakest economies in the 28-nation bloc.

syllasasante Posted on September 04, 2018 18:02

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China Regulator Blasts Alibaba for Illegal Business Deals

A China regulator has accused Alibaba Group Holding Ltd of failing to clean up what it called illegal business deals on the e-commerce titan's platforms, in an unusually strong government criticism of one of the country's biggest private firms.

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), in a report published on its website on Wednesday, said many products sold on Alibaba's e-commerce websites and services infringed upon trademarks, were substandard or fake, were banned or endangered public security.

The report was later removed from the main page of the SAIC website.

Alibaba declined to comment on the report. SAIC said the report summarized a July 16, 2014, meeting between government business regulators and Alibaba, and that it had delayed releasing the report to avoid affecting the e-commerce firm's initial public offering, which took place in September.

SAIC did not elaborate. Alibaba, which raised a record-setting $25 billion from its New York IPO, is due to release its quarterly results on Thursday.

"Alibaba Group has long paid insufficient attention to the illegal business activities on Alibaba platforms," the SAIC report said. Alibaba "let that abscess fester until it became a danger", it added.

The report said Alibaba officials, for their part, pledged during the July meeting to take the necessary steps to rectify the problems. The SAIC has a broad supervisory role over online trading platforms and business in China.

Alibaba, which until a few years ago was on a U.S. list of "notorious markets" for intellectual property infringement, has fought hard to tackle counterfeit products to keep its reputation from being tarnished in the run-up to, and after, the IPO, the world's biggest ever listing.

Earlier this month, it agreed with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to stop the sale of up to 15 illegal or dangerous toys in the United States. Online fakes, however, remain a big problem in China.

Joe Simone, director of Hong-Kong based intellectual property consultancy SIPS, said the regulator's comments about counterfeit goods were no surprise. "The frankness of the report and its condemning tone are unprecedented and speak volumes about what the SAIC found in its inspection," he added.

In the report, the regulator said Alibaba had misled consumers during sales events, including its popular Nov. 11 annual "Singles Day" shopping extravaganza.

At last year's event, Alibaba reported a surge in sales transactions to a record high of $9 billion, but merchants told Reuters in they felt pressure from Alibaba's Tmall to boost their figures on the day with heavy discounts and delayed recognition of earlier sales.

On Wednesday, Alibaba's consumer-to-consumer shopping website Taobao said it would lodge a complaint with the SAIC over a separate investigation by the regulator that allegedly uncovered a range of counterfeit products on the site.

syllasasante Posted on September 04, 2018 17:55

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Texas Judge Lets DACA Live — for Now

FILE - Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) and others demonstrate outside the U.S. District Court 9th Circuit in Pasadena, Calif., May 15, 2018.

 

A federal judge in Texas has refused to kill the DACA program immediately.

District Judge Andrew Hanen had been expected to end the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals program when seven states led by Texas filed suit against DACA on May 1.

That he did not do so Friday gives the almost 700,000 DACA recipients additional time to request renewals, which would keep them in the United States legally for an additional two years.

DACA protects them from deportation and grants them work permits in two-year stints.

President Donald Trump announced a year ago he would end the program and called on Congress to replace it. Congress so far has not been able to agree on a future for DACA.

Judge Hanen said if DACA were causing harm to the states that brought the suit against it, they should have sued six years ago, when President Barack Obama first started it.

“Here, the egg has been scrambled,” he wrote in his ruling. “To try to put it back in the shell with only a preliminary injunction record, and perhaps at great risk to many, does not make sense nor serve the best interests of this country.”

The judge said that after so much time, canceling DACA might cause more harm than the states claim it caused in the first place.

“DACA is a popular program and one that Congress should consider saving," he added.

Hanen joined two other courts that have ruled the program must continue for now and renewals must be permitted.

But unlike the other district court judges, Hanen has a conservative record. In 2015, he ruled a companion program that would have granted temporary legal status to DACA parents — Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) — was illegal, effectively blocking it before it could take effect.

And like DAPA, he indicated that in his opinion, DACA is unconstitutional. He gave the seven states three weeks to appeal his ruling to the also-conservative Fifth District Court of Appeals.

Should the states not appeal or the appeals court refuses to overrule Hanen’s decision, opponents of DACA would have to wait until one of the cases in four courts makes it to the Supreme Court.

The delay is good news for DACA recipients who will have more opportunity to request renewals and keep their benefits longer.

syllasasante Posted on September 04, 2018 17:41

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US: killing of US troop Monday Was by Afghan policeman

Kabul, Afghanistan

 

The U.S. military says it has determined that the shooting death of an American service member Monday in Afghanistan was a so-called insider attack.

Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Kabul, said in a telephone interview Tuesday the American was killed in eastern Afghanistan by a member of the Afghan national police force. Another U.S. service member was wounded; O'Donnell said that person is in stable condition.

When the attack was announced on Monday, the coalition called it an apparent insider attack.

O'Donnell said the Afghan attacker was apprehended and is now in Afghan custody.

Monday's insider attack was the second this summer. One American was killed and two were wounded in a July attack in southern Uruzgan province.

syllasasante Posted on September 04, 2018 17:30

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European Club Power Rankings: September 2018

When the first international break of the season arrived, it was a time when every club team was settling in and trying to build momentum. It is hard to deal with these breaks for clubs as some of their crucial players might get injured and it will take some time again to settle back after the break. Anyhow, we can't eliminate it as it is part of football, and the priority for the national team is second to none for any player.

The Champions League, the most sought-after competition in club football, is set to kick off from 18th September and in the first round itself, we are going to see some mouth-watering fixtures, with Liverpool against PSG the most entertaining.

We have updated our list of previous articles and ranked the top-15 teams in Europe at present based on their performances this season.

Let us dive into the rankings.

#15 PSV Eindhoven

PSV Eindhoven is in red-hot form as they maintain their perfect start to the campaign with four wins in a row. The team also qualified for the group stages of the Champions League and will face Barcelona away in their opening fixture.

With a thumping 6-1 victory over Willem II, PSV scored 14 goals already in their first four games and the Dutch youngster Steven Bergwijn impressed in those games, the defending Eredivisie champions deserved the spot at the moment on our list.


#14 Arsenal

Unai Emery's men have breathed a sigh of relief after winning a five-goal thriller against a recently promoted Cardiff City that ensured two wins in a row after a difficult start to the season.

Arsenal strikers Aubameyang and Lacazette finally started clicking under the new system, which is a promising sign for the 'gunners', albeit things looking gloomy on the other end where the Arsenal defence looks shaky and they are the first team to concede against Cardiff.

If Arsenal can reduce their defensive mistakes, they will be given a tough fight for any team.


#13 Inter Milan

In the absence of Icardi due to injury, Nainggolan took responsibility for scoring as he provided the opener against Bologna, Antonio Candreva and Ivan Perisic were also on the score sheet. Inter goalkeeper Handanovic ensured the team's first clean-sheet of the season.

Inter is one of the strongest contenders for the Serie A title, but their major rival will be Juventus, and it remains to be seen how the 'Nerazzurri' play with the 'Bianconeri,' which will decide the fate of its champions.


#12 Borussia Dortmund

A difficult game away saw the 'Black and Yellows' draw with Hannover 96 in which Marcos Reus came close twice with goalkeeper and woodwork denied him on those occasions. This was the first time a goalless draw happened between these two sides.

Lucien Favre, the new manager, is in a transitional period with a team that could take the positives away from the match as they looked solid in the defence.


#11 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham's defeat against Watford saw them drop to eleventh place in our current rankings. They won a difficult fixture against Manchester United and failed to grind out a result against the Hornets.

This result ended their perfect start to the season, presumably a wake-up call for taking anything for granted.

#10 Manchester United

Manchester United ended their troubles with an emphatic victory over Burnley. Mourinho's men displayed a brilliant all-around performance as the midfield pairing Fellaini and Matic in front of the defence gave wing backs Luke Shaw and Valencia to roam high up the pitch and looked entertaining throughout the match.

Romelu Lukaku could have scored a hat-trick but ensured the team victory with a brace in a dramatic encounter where Pogba missed from the spot and Rashford was sent off for head-butting Bardsley.

With this victory, the team re-entered the top-10 positions after missing out the last term.


#9 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid witnessed their first defeat of the season with a defeat against Celta Vigo. It was a poor second-half performance against Celta, where the team conceded two goals and defender Stefan Savic got sent off.

"This is a wake-up call for us. I have no doubt this is the best thing that could happen for us." - Diego Simeone after the defeat.

This result saw Atletico drop from fourth to ninth spot on the list.


#8 Chelsea

Chelsea's fourth win in as many games enabled them to top the league table with Liverpool. The blues continued to impress under the new boss Maurizio Sarri as Pedro and Eden Hazard strikes gave all three points in the match against Bournemouth.

Chelsea moved up one place in our current rankings following their victory.


#7 Liverpool

Liverpool moved one place up to seventh from the last rankings following their victory over Leicester City.

The 'Reds' grind out a victory in a difficult second half after an error from Alisson that didn't prove costly as their defence was solid and maintained their 100 per cent win record for the season going.


#6 Bayern Munich

Bayern has got their Bundesliga title defence off to a superb start defeating Hoffenheim 3-1 and Stuttgart 3-0 in their two matches.

New signing Leon Goretzka opened the scoring for the 'Bavarian' giants with a nice and controlled finish followed by goals from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller kept Bayern on top of Bundesliga table after defeating Stuttgart.

#5 Juventus

Although Juventus won all three games in Serie A, Ronaldo has yet to score. Juventus worked hard for their victory against Parma in which an early goal from Mandzukic gave them the lead later that former Arsenal man Gervinho equalized for Parma and Matuidi's angled shot gave their lead back and also three points.

It seems Juventus has yet to reach full flow; this saw them dropping from third to fifth on our list.


#4 Paris Saint-Germain

The goals will flow when a team has an array of talented players like Mbappe, Neymar, Cavani and Di Maria, and the same happened in a dramatic game against Nimes.

PSG won the game 4-2 with Mbappe scoring a brilliant solo goal at the end, but it was overshadowed by the red card moments later.

Anyway, with continuous good performances, PSG stood on the fourth spot on our list and after the international break, PSG is going to face their first real test of the season in the Champions League game away to Liverpool.


#3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid's La Liga campaign is off to a cracking start as the team has already changed under Julen Lopetegui with their new passing game that set a record for the highest passes (798 successful passes) against Leganes for Real in La Liga since Opta started collecting the stats.

Real Madrid has won all three games, and in a recent victory against Leganes Bale, Benzema was impressed by scoring with Ramos, also on the score sheet with a goal from the penalty spot.

Real Madrid moved to the third spot with its continuous good performances.


#2 Manchester City

Manchester City emerged victorious by 2-1 in their recent match against Newcastle United which made them sit in the fourth on the table with two points behind the leaders Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford.

Manchester City is so dominant in possession, but they lack ruthlessness in the absence of De Bruyne and Leroy Sane. Raheem Sterling and David Silva both performed brilliantly, but Kyle Walker was the one who saved the day for Manchester City on their 10th anniversary with a stunning 30-yard rocket that would make Aguero and also the Twitterati proud.


#1 Barcelona

No doubt in the top spot, Barcelona is the most deserving team in this week's rankings. They ran riot in the home game against Huesca with a scoreline 8-2 against the minnows.

It was a game of finishing at the highest level, with Messi scoring an unbelievable goal to put on level terms after they went behind early in the third minute. Luis Suarez also joined the party as he opened his account of the season.

In the end, both Suarez and Messi scored two goals each, with Rakitic, Dembele and Alba also registered their names on the scoresheet.

majsdesaint Posted on September 04, 2018 16:04

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KenTrade Partners with Singaporean Distributed Ledger Platform to Trade on the Blockchain.

Global eTrade Services (GeTS) Asia and the Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade) have announced a partnership that will see Kenya leverage a new open trade blockchain platform to step up efficiency, security, and transparency in its international trade business.

Crimsonlogic’s subsidiary, Global eTrade Services (GeTS), signed a Collaboration Agreement with KenTrade as a partner for the recently launched Open Trade Blockchain (OTB) at the August 2018 Africa Singapore Business Forum. OTB is an inclusive and trusted blockchain platform. It is built for the trade communities to bring together diverse perspectives and co-creation of innovative services.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 04, 2018 16:01

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Over US$8 Million Lost by 2,600 Investors in South Korea’s ‘Treasure Ship’ ICO.

Millions of dollars are estimated to have been sunk by investors seeking a piece of the ‘Russian treasure ship’ ICO fronted by a South Korean ‘treasure-hunting’ firm.

According to South Korean police, it has been tentatively concluded that about 2,600 people invested around 9 billion won or slightly over US$8 million in Shinil Group which claimed to have discovered a shipwreck containing gold worth US$130 billion.

As initially reported by The Korea Herald, investors also poured money on a token known as Shinil Gold Coin which the South Korean firm claimed would be backed by the treasure from the wreckage of the Russian warship known as Dmitrii Donskoi. The Russian warship was run aground off the South Korean coast by her crew following severe damage during combat with the Japanese in the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese war.

There could be More Victims Out There

Per the police, the investor losses could be larger since the estimates they have come up with are based only on the trading accounts which they have so far managed to track.

“If we find more related accounts or confirm cases in which investors used cash, the amount could go up,” the Sophisticated Crime Investigation Unit of Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said.

There is also a possibility that the victim count could fall according to the Seoul police: “The number of victims could go down, however, if we exclude cases where the same person transferred money using different accounts.”

As previously reported by CCN, plans by the Shinil Group to conduct an ICO were announced in mid-July after the company posted a video on YouTube alleging that had managed to find the Russian warship’s wreckage containing 200 tons of gold coins and 5,500 boxes of gold bars. Suspicions immediately arose primarily because this was not the first alleged discovery of the Russian warship.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 04, 2018 15:32

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