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Yahoo Finance Now Offers Trading of 4 Cryptos on Its iOS App.

Yahoo Finance, one of the world's largest news sites for real-time stock quotes and market information, has added a feature allowing cryptocurrency trading on its platform.

According to a blog post on Thursday, the company now supports trading of four types of assets – bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, and dogecoin – on its iOS mobile app.

The announcement came amid various tweets online yesterday indicating the service appeared to be also available on the desktop version of Yahoo Finance – although, the feature is not visible on desktop browsers at the moment. Yahoo Finance said in the announcement it plans to extend the service to Android, desktop and mobile web platforms in the future.

For the new feature, Yahoo partnered with TradeIt, a platform that integrates with brokerage services to act as a hub for trading financial assets. TradeIt notably integrated with the U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase last year, according to a statement at the time; though it isn't yet clear which brokerage Yahoo is connected with for the new offering.

The financial news service first started its partnership with TradeIt in September 2017, letting users carry out in-app trading of traditional financial assets. The exposure to cryptos at the time was limited to data on prices and portfolio performance.

The site first started tracking bitcoin's price in 2014, as CoinDesk reported. Last year, the company expanded its price tracking service to cover over 100 cryptocurrencies across all its platforms globally.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 31, 2018 12:17

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Champions League draw

Champoins League is back again, and Man Utd face Juve, Spurs take on Barca,Liverpool do have a difficult group - Paris St-Germain and Napoli

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 30, 2018 17:27

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Crypto Exchange Huobi Acquires Public Firm for $70 Million

Crypto exchange Huobi has become the largest shareholder of a public firm listed in Hong Kong, inching a step closer to a possible back-door listing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Pantronics Holdings, the acquired firm, released a statement on Aug. 29 saying Huobi Group had completed the deal by purchasing about 199 million of its shares via two of the group's subsidiaries – Huobi Capital and Huobi Universal.

With that amount, Li Lin, chairman of Huobi Group and controller of the two subsidiaries, now own 66.26 percent of Pantronics and is effectively the largest individual substantial shareholder.

The deal could further give Huobi the opportunity of a back-door listing in the future – a process where a private firm enters the secondary financial market by purchasing a major number of shares of a public company.

Based on the announcement, the transactions were made at an average price of HK$2.72 (or $0.35) per share with a total amount close to $70 million. However, the number of shares acquired appears to fall short of what the exchange intended.

As CoinDesk previously reported, in a disclosure of interests filed by Pantronics on Aug. 21, Huobi was seeking to purchase 73.73 percent of the firm's ordinary shares which would have cost a total of $77 million. Pantronics' shareholding disclosures were further amended on Aug. 28 to reflect the change.

A spokesperson for Huobi Group declined to comment on the issue and said the firm is not authorized to disclose information other than what was in the announcement.

Further, the latest document on Wednesday offered a peek into Huobi's corporate structure, such as the stakes held by notable investors of Huobi.

Based on the document, while Huobi Capital is fully owned by Li himself, Huobi Universal's largest owners include Techwealth (58.44 percent), Sequoia Capital CV IV (23.32 percent) and Zhen Partners Fund I (7.46 percent). Among them, Techwealth is an investment company, of which Li owns 89.09 percent.

Meanwhile, Sequoia Capital CV IV is a fund that's solely owned by Sequoia Capital China and Zhen Partners is a venture capital firm launched by Chinese entrepreneur Xu Xiaoping together with Sequoia Capital China.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 30, 2018 17:14

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Boeing Dreamliner nose dives on its way to Tokyo’s Narita airport

This is the terrifying moment a passenger plane nosedives while landing during a typhoon. In dramatic footage, the plane’s nose can be seen suddenly dropping before rectifying itself on approach to Japan’s main airport. The incident happened as Typhoon Cimaron barrelled across Japan, bringing winds of 134mph.

The plane, believed to be a Boeing Dreamliner, is seen on approach to one of the runways at Tokyo’s Narita airport. As it attempts a difficult landing, the pilot is forced to fight against the winds to stop the plane ploughing straight into the tarmac. Typhoon Cimaron caused chaos over Japan last week and commercial airlines cancelled around 300 flights on Thursday and Friday. The typhoon made landfall late on Thursday and passed over the islands of Japan overnight.

As well as winds of almost 134mph, it also dumped 600 millimetres (24 inches) of rain in 48 hours, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Television pictures showed torrential rain, flooded streets and some structural damage with roof tiles blown off and one lorry overturned on a bridge by the high winds. Television footage also showed a 60-metre (198-foot) wind turbine felled by gusts on Awaji island, western Japan, crushing two nearby power pylons. The storm left nearly 100,000 households without power.

As well as hundreds of cancelled flights, bullet train services in the region were temporarily cancelled. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 30 people were injured while non-compulsory evacuation orders and advisories were at one point issued to more than one million people in western Japan. Cimaron followed Typhoon Soulik, which passed through southern Japan earlier last week, bringing heavy rain to parts of the main southern island of Kyushu. The typhoon is the latest weather front to batter Japan, which has also been sweating through a record and deadly heatwave. This followed devastating heavy rain in central and western parts of the country in July that killed more than 200 people.

paxex Posted on August 30, 2018 16:49

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Mother warns others not to sleep with their babies after she woke to find her 'beautiful' six-week-old son dead

A 'deeply heartbroken' mother has warned of the horrific consequences of co-sleeping with young babies after the death of her six-week-old son. 

Rowan Leach accidentally fell asleep while feeding her 'beautiful baby boy' Hadley, only to find he was unconscious and face down beside her when she woke up.

Winchester Coroner's Court heard Hadley was not breathing when his mother woke at around 8am on September 10 last year.

Ms Leach, 20, immediately rang 999 and began performing CPR before paramedics arrived and rushed her six-week-old to hospital.

However, despite their best efforts Hadley could not be revived and was pronounced dead a short time after.

Ms Leach said the death of her son (pictured) had left her 'deeply heartbroken'

Ms Leach, who was raising Hadley with the help of her mother, had brought him into her bed from his cot at around 3am for a feed when she felt dizzy and fell asleep.

Hadley had been on his back on his mother's pillow when he was being fed, but was found lying on his front when she woke.

Senior coroner Grahame Short was unable to establish exactly how Hadley, of Southampton, Hants, had died but said he had no criticism of Ms Leach as a mother.

Detective Sergeant Matt Parker, who was tasked with investigating the death but found there were no suspicious circumstances.

And Pathologist Dr Sam Holden told the inquest she was unable to find a definitive cause of death.

Recording an open verdict, senior coroner Grahame Short said: 'I have considerable sympathy for a mother caring for a baby in these circumstances, particularly when they don't have a partner to help.'

Addressing Ms Leach, he added: 'I find there is no criticism of you as a mother.'

Following the inquest, grieving Ms Leach said: 'Although there was no conclusive evidence to suggest bed-sharing impacted on this tragic event, I am hoping more can be done in future to raise awareness of the risks of bed-sharing to prevent any more parents suffering as I have.

'The loss of my precious son Hadley has left me deeply heartbroken. I was hoping this inquest would provide me with some answers surrounding his tragic death.

'Unfortunately, no conclusion could be reached. However, we do know that it was not accidental and could not have been prevented.

'My baby boy's life was short but beautiful, all he ever knew was love. We miss and love him more than I can possibly explain.'

An average of 133 babies have died each year over the past five years in cases where co-sleeping is a factor, according to Department for Education data.

It revealed a total of 141 children died while co-sleeping in 2017.

paxex Posted on August 30, 2018 16:02

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Footballer Gareth Bale ‘calls off wedding’ to childhood sweetheart

English footballer Gareth Bale has reportedly called off his wedding to his childhood sweetheart, Emma Rhys Jones amid family turmoil.

The couple have been engaged for two years and planned to wed in a ceremony this summer.

However, they decided to call a stop to the proceedings until she could make up with her father.

Martin Rhys Jones was released from prison on financial fraud charges in September, after spending five years behind bars.

‘There’s so much family turmoil right now, they want things to settle down before tying the knot,’ a source alleged to The Sun.

They added that Gareth and Emma are still very much besotted with one another. Emma’s father has reportedly struck up a romance with a new woman.

The source continued to say that she wants to meet the woman before she turns up to their wedding.

Gareth and Emma have three children together – five-year-old Alba, two-year-old Nava and newborn Axel who they welcomed two months ago.

They are expected to exchange vows in Italy next summer.


paxex Posted on August 30, 2018 15:44

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White House counsel Don McGahn will leave Trump administration in the fall


           President Donald Trump insists that his White House counsel isn't a "RAT" like the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon, and he is blasting the ongoing Russia investigation as "McCarthyism." (Aug. 20) AP. WASHINGTON – White House counsel Don McGahn, who had extraordinary access to President Donald Trump during some of his most controversial dealings and decisions, will leave his post this fall, the president said Wednesday.

      Trump announced McGahn's departure on Twitter hours after a report by Axios broke the news that the lawyer planned to leave.Trump thanked McGahn for his service and confirmed his counsel would leave in the fall after the Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh, the president's pick for the Supreme Court. 

          "White House Counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his position in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court," Trump tweeted. "I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!"   

                Later Wednesday at the White House, Trump said McGahn was a "good man" and may next work in the private sector. Asked about whether McGahn's departure was related to the recent news that he had cooperated heavily with special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump said no and added he wasn't concerned with what McGahn may have told investigators. Less than two weeks ago, McGahn's cooperation with investigators was publicized.

Mueller is leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and is probing any possible obstruction of justice by the president. That has led to speculation that Trump was not pleased with McGahn's 30 hours of interviews with investigators. 

"I knew he was going, also. I had to approve it," Trump said. "We do everything straight. We do everything by the book." 

McGahn's legacy in the White House is a mixed bag of both helping protect the president's conservative agenda and preventing worsening scandals inside the administration. McGahn also worked as counsel to Trump's campaign.

"It might not have always been on the flashy things, but you can see his fingerprints on many policies," said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor. 

                    He helped pad deregulations at the Environmental Protection Agency and had his hands in the legal debate of the president's so-called Muslim travel ban, Tobias said. His office helped the Interior Department with slashing the amount of federal land protected in national monuments, including the Bears Ears National Monument, and likely helped in the legal vetting of a proposal to significantly cut car emissions rules.

Republican leaders lauded his work on helping the administration reshape the judiciary, concluding with one final mission: guiding Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

"There's not been any White House counsel who has worked so well and so efficiently with the chairman’s office and the Senate Judiciary Committee on judges," said George Hartmann, a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

Grassley was perhaps more plaintive in his plea for McGahn to stay.

"@realDonaldTrump I hope it’s not true McGahn is leaving WhiteHouse Counsel," Grassley tweeted at the president. "U can’t let that happen."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said McGahn's departure was a "big loss" and seemed blindsided by Trump's announcement.

"If the reporting is true about Don McGahn’s time at the White House coming to an end later this year, it will be sad news for our country," McConnell said, after Trump himself tweeted it.


He added McGahn was the "most impressive White House Counsel during my time in Washington, and I’ve known them all."

But McGahn's legacy in the White House was also weighed down by the constant barrage of scandals, some of which McGahn tried to prevent. 


                              "This position is such a high-power job and a difficult one in this administration in particular," Tobias said. "You're always in the hot seat."

McGahn reportedly threatened to quit last year when Trump proposed firing special counsel Mueller.

McGahn and others convinced the president that firing Mueller would be a bad idea and eventually Trump pledged to work with the special counsel's office. Officials also told USA TODAY at the time that Trump was well aware of the political fallout from a dismissal of the special counsel.

McGahn and other Trump administration officials also had unsuccessfully sought to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions to remain in control of the investigation into Russia's election interference, even as the attorney general faced mounting pressure to recuse himself, two officials familiar with the matter told USA TODAY in January.

More: Trump confirms that White House counsel interviewed with Mueller

More: White House lawyer Don McGahn: 5 things to know about his cooperation with Russia probe

More: President Trump: Special counsel Robert Mueller is just 'looking for trouble'

The news of McGahn's departure comes less than two weeks after his cooperation with Mueller was publicized. McGahn sat down with Mueller's team for interviews that spanned about 30 hours in total, a person familiar with McGahn’s contact with the special counsel’s office told USA TODAY. 

Trump railed against the news media after the scope of McGahn's interviews with federal prosecutors was published. Trump said he wanted McGahn to cooperate with Mueller's team in hopes that the transparency would quicken the pace of the investigation, which has dogged his presidency since it began.

The New York Times reported McGahn took Mueller's team through Trump's comments and actions in some of the most controversial topics that have surrounded the White House. 

McGahn reportedly told investigators what he knew about the president's role in the firing of former FBI director James Comey. He also discussed Trump's repeated criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe.

Additionally, McGahn talked about his role with the Russia investigation before the president hired outside counsel to deal with the matter, the Times reported.

McGahn reportedly felt the president's willingness for him to cooperate with Mueller could be a trick. He feared the president and his team of lawyers might be setting him up to take the blame for any possible criminal charges that arise. 

This was the partially the case during Richard Nixon's presidency. Former White House Counsel John Dean ended up cooperating with investigators, becoming a star witness after fearing Nixon was setting him up to be a scapegoat in the Watergate scandal. 

McGahn's lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment. In announcing the departure, Trump did not name McGahn's successor or offer a reasoning for McGahn leaving. 

Axios reported McGahn wants Emmet Flood to replace him. Flood represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment and was hired by the Trump White House to deal with the Russia investigation. Flood also worked for former President George W. Bush.


sarah Posted on August 30, 2018 12:27

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India is Exploring a Central Bank Digital Currency for Payments.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) joins a growing list of global counterparts in exploring a central bank digital currency (CBDC) that would constitute the digital equivalent of the Indian rupee.

The RBI has established an inter-departmental group to explore the demand and plausibility of a blockchain-based digital currency to be used in domestic payments, the central bank said in its Annual Report 2017-18 [DPF] released on Wednesday.

The monetary regulator cited “rapid changes” in the global payments industry bought on by disruptive factors like the “emergence of private digital tokens and the rising costs of managing fiat paper/metallic money” as factors for the RBI exploring its own digital asset.

The central bank said:

“[A]n inter-departmental group has been constituted by the Reserve Bank to study and provide guidance on the desirability and feasibility to introduce a central bank digital currency (CBDC).”

As reported by CCN earlier this week, the RBI discreetly established the new internal unit with a mandate to research cryptocurrency and blockchain technology under its roof. It is also believed that the unit has been operational for over a month and will also take an interest in drafting regulations for the usage and trading of public, decentralized cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

The developments come at a time when Venezuela launched the world’s first state digital currency ‘petro’, a controversial token which Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro claims is backed by the country’s vast oil reserves.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 30, 2018 12:27

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Top 10 Ways to Help Poor and Needy People

1. Education





                Imparting knowledge can help the poor and needy to stand on their feet. Education is the beginning of getting out from hardships of life. Giving free education to the poor and needy people help them to grow as individuals and help them lead a better life. Education can help them to get a job, be employed build career and achieve success, capability of handling problems and lead a successful life. The poor and needy people can become independent, self-sufficient and better human being through the power of education. Through education, we can help the poor and needy people to develop their skills so that they can take over efforts to revitalize their life rather than always depending on the outsiders to do so for them.

                       2. Better Understanding






                          Understand the needs and requirements of the poor and needy people. Help them overcome the adversities of life. One can help the poor and needy people by understanding their wants, desires and thoughts without diminishing their dignity and helping them achieve those wants in a respectable manner. Also, one should treat the poor and needy people with respect and understanding. This would make a huge difference in their lives. Give them the same respect and courtesy you would accord your friends and family members. Respond them with a kind word and a smile.

                                  3. Donate Old Belongings





                               In order to help the poor and needy, one can donate the old stuff from old clothes to appliances, furniture and other materials. Rummage through your belongings and give them away to the needy. Delving through old stuff and donating does help the poor people and makes a difference to those who needs such stuff. Donating clothes especially in winter season when the weather is too cold is of great help to the poor and needy people. Unneeded stuff can be donated to brighten someone else’s day.

                             4. Group Involvement/Volunteering Teams



                                    Volunteering time and skills can help the poor and needy people. Creating awareness among the people for helping the poor and needy people can get more and more individuals join the drive. Groups can be formed that can help the needy, buy them a meal, give them a ride to shelter and other necessary assistance. Volunteers can help and teach them. These volunteers can help in arranging free health camps, doctors can be invited to treat the poor and needy people.Even the smallest efforts count. By sparing just few hours a week and doing even the smallest bit possible can do great wonders for the poor and needy people. Also, one can encourage friends or family members to join for just a noble cause.

                                                     5. Collection Drive





                                    By conducting collection drives for food, clothes, books, blankets and other necessities one can help the poor and needy people. These collection drives can be conducted in schools,offices or locality and reaches to the neediest people. It is one of the easiest way to help the poor and needy people. Contact the organizations who work for poor people to find out what they need and then organize collection drive by setting up containers at schools, or local premises in which people can drop off donations, ask offices to donate to the drive.

                                    6. Donate Groceries/Eatables





                             Provide nutritious meals to the poor and needy people. Donating groceries can help end the hunger of poor and needy people. They cannot even afford a single time meal for themselves and their family, so donating food will make their stomach fill and stay healthy. Rather than wasting food or throwing it, it is better to give it to a needy person.

                               7. Fund Raising






                              One can join the fund raiser community or engage himself or herself with some organization who are involved in raising funds for the poor and needy people. They can join various activities and plan various strategies for fund raising like help in creating awareness in the society through various modes, conduct various shows like road shows, etc. They can organize activities and become an active member of an organization’s board or membership. Fund raising can involve donating items for free and holding auctions for those items. This would help raise funds.

                                    8. Personal Financial Help






                               Individuals can help the poor and needy people monetarily also. Providing financial assistance to the poor can help them solve the basic problems of living. By providing money to the poor and needy people, they can get the essentials of living. One can get associated with charitable houses and donate money there to help the needy. By providing monetary help to the needy people, they can get meal for their family, a place to live or some clothes.

                               9. Social Media





             Social Media has become one of the most used way to help the poor and needy people and perhaps, the easiest way as well. Through the use of Social media and Social Networking Sites like Facebook or twitter, one can raise his or her voice and create awareness and get a helping hand; can connect to various charity organizations or community centers involved in helping the needy people; can buy products online from websites that donate a portion of their proceeds to charity that helps the poor and needy people.

              10. Moral Consolation






                  One of the better ways to help the poor and needy people is to give them a hand up rather than a hand out    Giving them moral support, showing heartfelt humility and respect makes them aware that someone really does care about them and trying to improve their condition. By providing them with the opportunities to improve their condition on their own would increase their self-esteem and help them in overcoming barriers they face everyday. Work with the poor and needy people and help them discover their own capabilities and capacity and putting them to use at the right place at the right time. Support them and let them know that they have something of value which can be used for meeting their basic requirements.

                    On one hand, there are people who live their life lavishly. They are not only enjoying the joy of essentials but also have what they want and desire; a luxurious living providing them an extra comfort. On the other hand, there are people who cannot even afford the basic requirements of living. They do not have shelter to live, food to eat, and clothes to wear.People who have extra are living a comfortable and a posh life. While those who have barely the vitals are fighting each day for life.They fail to meet the basic requirements.

             There are people who have much more than they need to live while others have barely enough to survive.

              Poor people do not have enough clothing, food, education and healthcare. Being poor means deprived economically, politically and socially. They hardly get opportunities. They have inadequate nutrition, higher risk of diseases and lack access to healthcare and basic essentials for living resulting in low achievement.

                   One cannot make such people opulent but can at least help them achieve the essentials of life and lead a prosperous life. Helping the poor and needy people is a good deed. Caring for the poor and needy people and helping them is a noble endeavor. The more you give to poor and needy people, the more you strengthen their dependency. If you give them the chance or opportunity, you’ll see an effective and long-lasting improvement in their lives. Create a new system built on inter-dependency which motivates them to work and move forward and their dignity is maintained. Tossing out money or other kinds of donation do help the poor and needy people but the need is to direct your energies and efforts in raising them, building relationship, teaching them and moreover, regaining their self-confidence and self-esteem to work for themselves.

                     Change your perspective. Instead of considering them as a project to help, view them as people to love and respect. Following are the few ways to help the poor and needy people.

ruby Posted on August 30, 2018 11:46

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European Club Power Rankings updated: August 2018

Hello readers! Welcome to the latest European Club rankings. This is an update to the previous one. Now all the top leagues in Europe have joined the party as Bundesliga also kick-started the season with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund dominating as usual. The Premier League had some twists as favourites Manchester City dropped points for the first time this season whereas Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham continued their winning runs.

In Italy, Juventus continued their winning run even though Cristiano Ronaldo failed to open his account on both occasions, while Napoli stole the show with a brilliant second-half comeback against AC Milan, Inter Milan and Roma settled for draws that made Inter Milan lose some points and also a spot in the top 10. In Spain, there were no surprises as all the big teams won their matches.


So let us see the rankings of the top teams in Europe based on their overall performances in the past couple of weeks, these rankings will be updated after the next round of matches.

#10 Tottenham Hotspur

With three wins in a row, Spurs are one of the four teams who are yet to lose a point. With brilliant performance against Fulham, Spurs went to Old Trafford for the third round match, although Manchester United were dejected after their defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion, Old Trafford was not an easy place to go and win.

Spurs defied odds by beating Manchester United and that too with a clinical and professional performance stunning Manchester United in front of their fans by a 3-0 victory.

This victory is a statement of intent and Tottenham Hotspur is the team that can undoubtedly lay down a marker for the title race. With this performances, Tottenham stormed into the top 10 rankings while Manchester United missed out of the top list with their abysmal performances.

#9 Chelsea

In the last ratings, Chelsea were not inside the top 10 but with three consecutive wins and with one against their city rivals, Arsenal. Chelsea started their new campaign under Maurizio Sarri in a perfect way. These results set the tone for the 2016-17 Premier League champions to bring back the glory.

Although they had plenty of possession in the game against Newcastle United, they found it extremely difficult to break the deadlock until the later parts of the game against the Magpies. It remains that there is still a work in progress under the new manager for Chelsea, but these victories will boost their morale and lift their confidence after a disappointing season last term.

#8 Liverpool

Liverpool not only had a decent transfer window, but the team also showed their strength on the pitch as well as they are the only team in the Premier League yet to concede a goal and are on top of the table after third-round matches.

Liverpool has bolstered its squad in areas where they were lacking in the last season and that is paying dividends as they not only have fierce attacking power but are also very strong in the back thanks to the signing of the wonderful goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who looks like a strong contender for the Premier League Golden Glove already.

If Liverpool could maintain this level for a prolonged period they are the team who can compete with Manchester City neck and neck, this time the battle will be more interesting.

#7 Bayern Munich

Bundesliga's new season started with regular favourites Bayern Munich winning their opening match against Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich at one stage found it difficult as Bayern's lead from Thomas Muller was cancelled out by Adam Szalai and then Lewandowski kept Bayern ahead with a penalty in the last ten minutes of the play and Arjen Robben sealed the game at the dying moments thanks to wonderful linkup play.

The Bavarian Giants are the usual favourites to land the Bundesliga unless Borussia Dortmund poses some serious threat as they also win their match comfortably.

#6 Paris Saint-Germain

PSG maintained their winning momentum as they won all their three matches and they are undisputed favourites for the Ligue 1 title.

PSG's Champions League hopes to be hugely dependent upon the front three. PSG have not strengthened their squad significantly, although the star player Gianluigi Buffon is a good signing, it remains to be seen how far they will go this season.

#5 Real Madrid

Champions League winners have taken a toll after selling Cristiano Ronaldo. They tasted defeat against their city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.

The European champions did not have any such trouble in La Liga with comfortable wins against Getafe and Girona.


In the absence of Ronaldo Benzema and Bale stole the limelight. The young player Asensio should step up and it will be the season to watch out for the Spanish youngster.

#4 Atletico Madrid

They began their season in stunning fashion with a sensational win against Real Madrid claiming the UEFA Super Cup. With that victory, Atletico Madrid sent a clear statement of intent to the European Giants and they are serious contenders for the Champions League this season.

Their league season didn't go well as they dropped a couple of points in their opening fixture against Valencia and sailed through a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in a typical Diego Simeone style.

Simeone knows how to play in big games, and he is a master in grinding out the results at tough times; his style of play will not bring many goals but slim margins are enough for his team as he has also proved that in the past, so with the more added firepower they probably look like they can have a better season than not.

#3 Juventus

With all the ingredients hitting the top gear in the European elite competition, Juventus team is one to watch out for this season.

Their season began in rusty fashion as they saw off Chievo with Federico Bernardeschi's dying minutes winner. They defeated the talented Lazio side with a comfortable 2-0 win in the second round. A notable point in those two games was that Ronaldo has not contributed to the Juventus scoresheet yet which in perspective is a positive for the Bianconeris. Although Ronaldo did not score, it was a matter of time before he could find his golden touch.

#2 Manchester City

The Premier League champions started the season where they left with a comfortable win over Arsenal and a huge victory over Huddersfield with Sergio Aguero's hat-trick before hitting a speed breaker in the form of Wolverhampton.

Although they were unlucky to lose against the Wolves, this is the Premier League where any unexpected thing can happen at any time.

#1 Barcelona

Barcelona started their season in brilliant fashion against the Alaves with a thumping 3-0 win. They had 79% possession in that game and didn't gave any chance to the opponent, and Messi opened his account with a brace and Coutinho also had his name on the scoresheet.

Their second match was a difficult one against Real Valladolid not because of the opponent but because of the condition of the pitch, the match should not be allowed on such a pitch but luckily no player got any injuries.

Ousmane Dembele provided the winner, which ensured Barcelona's 100% record in the league and also kept their top spot on our list.

majsdesaint Posted on August 30, 2018 11:22

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FIFA World Ranking - 2018



  • World
  • Europe
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • N/C America
  • Oceania

Year          2018         2017         2016         2015         2014         2013         2012         2011     

Month          8         6         5         4         3         2         1     

# Team Points   Change
1 France 1726.00   -
2 Belgium 1723.00   -
3 Brazil 1657.00   -
4 Croatia 1643.00   -
5 Uruguay 1627.00   -
6 England 1615.00   -
7 Portugal 1599.00   -
8 Switzerland 1597.00   -
9 Spain 1580.00   -
10 Denmark 1580.00   -
11 Argentina 1574.00   -
12 Chile 1570.00   -
13 Sweden 1565.00   -
14 Colombia 1563.00   -
15 Germany 1561.00   -
16 Mexico 1560.00   -
17 Netherlands 1540.00   -
18 Poland 1538.00   -
19 Wales 1536.00   -
20 Peru 1535.00   -
21 Italy 1532.00   -
22 United States 1508.00   -
23 Austria 1502.00   -
24 Tunisia 1498.00   -
25 Senegal 1498.00   -
26 Slovakia 1493.00   -
27 Northern Ireland 1492.00   -
28 Romania 1490.00   -
29 Republic of Ireland 1484.00   -
30 Paraguay 1477.00   -
31 Venezuela 1476.00   -
32 Costa Rica 1471.00   -
33 Iran 1471.00   -
34 Iceland 1471.00   -
35 Ukraine 1468.00   -
36 Serbia 1459.00   -
37 Congo DR 1456.00   -
38 Turkey 1455.00   -
39 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1452.00   -
40 Scotland 1444.00   -
41 Montenegro 1440.00   -
42 Greece 1436.00   -
43 Australia 1431.00   -
44 Czech Republic 1430.00   -
45 Ghana 1424.00   -
46 Morocco 1418.00   -
47 Bulgaria 1416.00   -
48 Cameroon 1416.00   -
49 Russia 1410.00   -
50 Nigeria 1410.00   -
51 Hungary 1409.00   -
52 Burkina Faso 1408.00   -
53 Norway 1406.00   -
54 Jamaica 1400.00   -
55 Japan 1392.00   -
56 Slovenia 1392.00   -
57 Korea Republic 1387.00   -
58 Albania 1384.00   -
59 Bolivia 1378.00   -
60 Ecuador 1376.00   -
61 Honduras 1368.00   -
62 Finland 1364.00   -
63 Mali 1360.00   -
64 Cape Verde Islands 1356.00   -
65 Egypt 1355.00   -
66 Algeria 1351.00   -
67 Côte d'Ivoire 1344.00   -
68 Guinea 1344.00   -
69 Panama 1343.00   -
70 Saudi Arabia 1336.00   -
71 FYR Macedonia 1336.00   -
72 El Salvador 1332.00   -
73 Syria 1328.00   -
74 South Africa 1327.00   -
75 China PR 1320.00   -
76 Zambia 1315.00   -
77 UAE 1312.00   -
78 Belarus 1306.00   -
79 Canada 1304.00   -
80 Lebanon 1304.00   -
81 Curaçao 1300.00   -
82 Uganda 1296.00   -
83 Congo 1292.00   -
84 Oman 1288.00   -
85 Luxembourg 1286.00   -
86 Gabon 1284.00   -
87 Cyprus 1280.00   -
88 Benin 1276.00   -
89 Iraq 1274.00   -
90 Faroe Islands 1268.00   -
91 Trinidad and Tobago 1264.00   -
92 Kyrgyzstan 1260.00   -
93 Israel 1256.00   -
94 Estonia 1250.00   -
95 Uzbekistan 1247.00   -
96 Georgia 1242.00   -
97 India 1242.00   -
98 Qatar 1236.00   -
99 Palestine 1230.00   -
100 Armenia 1227.00   -
101 Libya 1224.00   -
102 Vietnam 1220.00   -
103 Niger 1216.00   -
104 Haiti 1212.00   -
105 Azerbaijan 1207.00   -
106 Mauritania 1200.00   -
107 Madagascar 1199.00   -
108 Central African Republic 1196.00   -
109 Korea DPR 1196.00   -
110 Jordan 1192.00   -
111 Sierra Leone 1188.00   -
112 Kenya 1182.00   -
113 Bahrain 1180.00   -
114 Mozambique 1176.00   -
115 Philippines 1172.00   -
116 Kazakhstan 1167.00   -
117 Namibia 1166.00   -
118 Zimbabwe 1164.00   -
119 New Zealand 1157.00   -
120 Tajikistan 1156.00   -
121 Guinea-Bissau 1148.00   -
122 Thailand 1144.00   -
123 Malawi 1140.00   -
124 Togo 1136.00   -
125 Chinese Taipei 1135.00   -
126 Antigua and Barbuda 1132.00   -
127 Lithuania 1130.00   -
128 Sudan 1128.00   -
129 Latvia 1122.00   -
130 Andorra 1120.00   -
131 Turkmenistan 1120.00   -
132 Nicaragua 1116.00   -
133 Yemen 1112.00   -
134 Swaziland 1105.00   -
135 St. Kitts and Nevis 1104.00   -
136 Rwanda 1100.00   -
137 Angola 1096.00   -
138 Myanmar 1092.00   -
139 Botswana 1089.00   -
140 Tanzania 1084.00   -
141 Kosovo 1080.00   -
142 Hong Kong 1076.00   -
143 Equatorial Guinea 1072.00   -
144 Solomon Islands 1072.00   -
145 Afghanistan 1068.00   -
146 Guatemala 1064.00   -
147 Lesotho 1064.00   -
148 Burundi 1056.00   -
149 Comoros 1052.00   -
150 Maldives 1048.00   -
151 Ethiopia 1044.00   -
152 Dominican Republic 1040.00   -
153 Suriname 1036.00   -
154 New Caledonia 1032.00   -
155 Mauritius 1028.00   -
156 South Sudan 1024.00   -
157 Tahiti 1020.00   -
158 Liberia 1016.00   -
159 Kuwait 1012.00   -
160 Barbados 1005.00   -
161 Nepal 1004.00   -
162 Vanuatu 1000.00   -
163 Belize 999.00   -
164 Indonesia 992.00   -
165 Fiji 985.00   -
166 Cambodia 984.00   -
167 Papua New Guinea 984.00   -
168 Grenada 980.00   -
169 Singapore 976.00   -
170 St. Lucia 972.00   -
171 Malaysia 971.00   -
172 Gambia 964.00   -
173 Puerto Rico 960.00   -
174 St. Vincent / Grenadines 960.00   -
175 Moldova 957.00   -
176 Chad 956.00   -
177 Dominica 952.00   -
178 Bermuda 948.00   -
179 Laos 948.00   -
180 Liechtenstein 944.00   -
181 Cuba 940.00   -
182 Guyana 936.00   -
183 Bhutan 932.00   -
184 Malta 928.00   -
185 Macao 924.00   -
186 Mongolia 920.00   -
187 São Tomé e Príncipe 920.00   -
188 Aruba 916.00   -
189 Seychelles 916.00   -
190 Guam 912.00   -
191 Timor-Leste 912.00   -
192 American Samoa 908.00   -
193 Cook Islands 908.00   -
194 Bangladesh 904.00   -
195 Brunei 900.00   -
196 Gibraltar 900.00   -
197 Djibouti 896.00   -
198 Samoa 896.00   -
199 US Virgin Islands 892.00   -
200 Sri Lanka 888.00   -
201 Pakistan 884.00   -
202 Cayman Islands 880.00   -
203 San Marino 876.00   -
204 British Virgin Islands 872.00   -
205 Montserrat 872.00   -
206 Anguilla 868.00   -
207 Bahamas 868.00   -
208 Eritrea 868.00   -
209 Somalia 868.00   -
210 Tonga 868.00   -
211 Turks and Caicos Islands 868.00   -

paxex Posted on August 29, 2018 19:41

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5 Legendary boxers who changed their names for professional or religious reasons

A name is just a name. Most people keep their name unchanged, but some change it due to certain reasons. The reasons could be personal, religious, astrological, and commercial. A lot of sportsmen have changed their names. Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jeff Pendergraph to Jeff Ayres and so on.

There have been legendary boxers in the history of the game that changed their names before or during their professional career. I have discussed them today and revealed the reason for their name change.

#1. Eligio Sardinas Montalvo to Kid Chocolate

Widely considered a boxer with incredible boxing talent. He took part in the lightweight division and won the world championship by defeating Benny Bass. Sugar Ray Robinson admired him and learned a lot from his boxing style.

He carved a niche for himself by defeating world champions like Fidel LaBarba, Al Singer, and Vic Burrone. Eligio changed his name to Kid Chocolate when he entered the world of professional boxing.

#2. James Joseph Tunney to Gene Tunney

James was an American boxer, born in Ireland. He fought in the light heavyweight and heavyweight division, and won the world title four times, from 1922 to 1928. Tunney defeated Jack Dempsey, Georges Carpentier, and Harry Greb.

James changed his name to Gene Tunney very early in life, and they nicknamed him “The Fighting Marine.”

#3. William Harrison Dempsey to Jack Dempsey

William was born in Colorado and became the world heavyweight champion in 1919. He remained unbeaten for the next 7 years. William had tremendous punching ability, and they consider him as one of the best boxers of all time.

He fought as Jack Dempsey and was one of the sporting icons of the 1920s. Besides boxing, his main contribution was being a soldier in the World War II. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954.

#4. Cassius Marcellus Clay Junior to Muhammad Ali

Considered as the best heavyweight boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali was born in Kentucky as Cassius Marcellus Clay Junior. Ali grew up at a time when America was burning due to racial segregation which played a major role in his life. He defeated legendary boxers such as Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson, and Sonny Liston to become the WBC heavyweight champion.

Clay met his spiritual mentor Malcolm X who brought him into the fold of Islam while fighting against racial discrimination. He then changed his name to Muhammad Ali (One worthy of high praise).

#5. Walker Smith Junior to Sugar Ray Robinson 

Sugar was born as Walker Smith Junior in Georgia. He was a welterweight and middleweight champion whose professional record stood at 128–1–2 with 84 knockouts. Walker defeated Jake LaMotta, Henry Armstrong, and Sammy Angott to become the world champion.

He changed his name to Sugar Ray Robinson to bag his first fight as an amateur boxer in 1936. Muhammad Ali wanted him as a mentor when he was preparing for his world heavyweight championship bouts.  

majsdesaint Posted on August 29, 2018 17:09

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Karius ready for fresh start after convincing Klopp to let him go

Loris Karius was unveiled at Besiktas on Wednesday after joining on a two-year loan and the goalkeeper is eager to move on from his Champions League final blunders with Liverpool.

The German was Jurgen Klopp's first-choice keeper at the end of last season but made two costly errors in the loss to Real Madrid in Kiev.

Liverpool signed Alisson from Roma in the transfer window to take over from Karius, who has now been given a chance to start afresh in the Turkish Super Lig.

Karius, who tests later revealed had suffered a concussion during the final against Madrid, may be forever be associated with his high-profile gaffes, yet the 25-year-old wishes to consign them to history.

"This is life, this is football," Karius said.

"If you give the circumstances - with the serious injury as well - that you don't know in what way it affected me, you have to move on.

"It was an unlucky day, but it's football. I don't think a lot of players reach a Champions League final. If you look at how many goalkeepers in the league reach a Champions League final, I don't know. So, it was a great achievement.

"Unfortunately, on this day we were unlucky and it wasn't the best performance. But there was a lot of things that came together, it's in the past now and I look forward to the future."

Karius also revealed Klopp wanted him to remain at Anfield but that a move away from Liverpool was "important" for his career.

"He told me he would like to have me in the squad because he wants to have the best quality players," Karius added.

"I asked him for my wish and that is important for me to make this move and play for Besiktas. I talked with him a long time. He understands my situation.

"I think it was a good deal for everyone. He wished me well but he said he would have liked to keep me."

majsdesaint Posted on August 29, 2018 16:55

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How to setup PAXEX masternode.


System requirements - USE AN UBUNTU LINUX 16.04 VPS for best results

The VPS you plan to install your masternode on needs to have at least 1GB of RAM and 10GB of free disk space. We do not recommend using servers who do not meet those criteria, and your masternode will not be stable. We also recommend you do not use elastic cloud services like AWS or Google Cloud for your masternode - to use your node with such a service would require some networking knowledge and manual configuration.

Funding your Masternode

  • First, we will do the initial collateral TX and send exactly 50,000 PAXEX to one of our addresses. To keep things sorted in case we setup more masternodes we will label the addresses we use.

    • Open your PAXEX wallet and switch to the "Receive" tab.

    • Click into the label field and create a label, I will use "MN1"

    • Now click on "Request payment"

    • The generated address will now be labelled as MN1 If you want to setup more masternodes just repeat the steps so you end up with several addresses for the total number of nodes you wish to setup. Example: For 10 nodes you will need 10 addresses, label them all.

    • Once all addresses are created send 50,000 PAXEX each to them. Ensure that you send exactly 50,000 PAXEX and do it in a single transaction. You can double check where the coins are coming from by checking it via coin control usually, that's not an issue.

  • As soon as all 50K transactions are done, we will wait for 15 confirmations. You can check this in your wallet or use the explorer. It should take around 30 minutes if all transaction have 15 confirmations

Installation & Setting up your Server

Generate your Masternode Private Key

In your wallet, open Tools -> Debug console and run the following command to get your masternode key:

masternode genkey

Please note: If you plan to set up more than one masternode, you need to create a key with the above command for each one.

Run this command to get your output information:

masternode outputs

Copy both the key and output information to a text file.

Close your wallet and open the Paxex Appdata folder. Its location depends on your OS.

  • Windows: Press Windows+R and write %appdata% - there, open the folder Paxex.
  • macOS: Press Command+Space to open Spotlight, write ~/Library/Application Support/Paxex and press Enter.
  • Linux: Open ~/.paxex/

In your appdata folder, open masternode.conf with a text editor and add a new line in this format to the bottom of the file:

masternodename ipaddress:5555 genkey collateralTxID outputID

An example would be

mn1 93HaYBVUCYjEMeeH1Y4sBGLALQZE1Yc1K64xiqgX37tGBDQL8Xg 2bcd3c84c84f87eaa86e4e56834c92927a07f9e18718810b92e0d0324456a67c 0

masternodename is a name you choose, ipaddress is the public IP of your VPS, masternodeprivatekey is the output from masternode genkey, and collateralTxID & outputID come from masternode outputs. Please note that masternodenamemust not contain any spaces, and should not contain any special characters.

Restart and unlock your wallet.

SSH (Putty on Windows, on macOS) to your VPS, login as root (Please note: It's normal that you don't see your password after typing or pasting it) and run the following command:

bash <( curl )

When the script asks, confirm your VPS IP Address and paste your masternode key (You can copy your key and paste into the VPS if connected with Putty by right clicking)

The installer will then present you with a few options.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not choose the advanced installation option unless you have experience with Linux and know what you are doing - if you do and something goes wrong, the Paxex team CANNOT help you, and you will have to restart the installation.

Follow the instructions on screen.

After the basic installation is done, the wallet will sync. You will see the following message:

Your masternode is syncing. Please wait for this process to finish.
This can take up to a few hours. Do not close this window.

Once you see "Masternode setup completed." on screen, you are done.

To check your masternode status on your VPS, navigate to /usr/local/bin (this is where the script moves files)

cd /usr/local/bin
./paxex-cli masternode status

For Windows setups, use this config in your masternode.conf or paxex.conf (depending on if you are using a VPS or local wallet)

masternodeprivkey=<MASTERNODE GENKEY>

Non-interactive installation

You can use the installer in a non-interactive mode by using command line arguments - for example, if you want to automate the installation. This requires that you download the installer and run it locally. Here are the arguments you can pass to

-n --normal               : Run installer in normal mode
-a --advanced             : Run installer in advanced mode
-i --externalip <address> : Public IP address of VPS
-k --privatekey <key>     : Private key to use
-f --fail2ban             : Install Fail2Ban
--no-fail2ban             : Don't install Fail2Ban
-u --ufw                  : Install UFW
--no-ufw                  : Don't install UFW
-b --bootstrap            : Sync node using Bootstrap
--no-bootstrap            : Don't use Bootstrap
-h --help                 : Display this help text.

paxex Posted on August 29, 2018 15:41

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NASA: Our Solar System Has a 9th Planet

NASA has stated that it's quite likely that our solar system is home to a massive, distant ninth planet. Its existence could shed light on some burning questions about the cosmos.


Earlier this month, NASA issued a press release stating that it’s likely that our solar system has a ninth planet—even if it’s proving difficult to find.

The planet could have a mass ten times that of Earth’s, and be situated twenty times as far from the sun as Neptune. It’s being referred to as “Planet Nine,” and while it’s very difficult to procure clear evidence of its existence, some scientists are absolutely convinced that it’s out there.


In a 2016 paper, Batygin and co-author Mike Brown detailed six known objects in the Kuiper Belt that behave rather strangely. All of them have elliptical orbits pointing in the same direction, and all of those orbits are tilted the same way. Both of these traits serve as clues to the presence of Planet Nine.

Computer simulations that took the hypothesized planet into account indicated that there should also be several other bodies with more extreme tilts from the solar plane, on the order of 90 degrees. Brown realized that astronomers are already aware of five such objects, meaning nature did fit with the simulations.

Planet Nine would also explain why the plane in which the other planets orbit is tilted about six degrees away from the sun’s equator: over time, Planet Nine’s distant gravity has made the entire solar system plane wobble away from center.

paxex Posted on August 29, 2018 15:03

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Chinese company reportedly hacked Clinton's server, got copy of every email in real-time.

A Chinese state-owned company reportedly hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server, then inserted code that forwarded them a copy of virtually every email she sent or received after that -- a revelation President Trump is demanding be investigated.

The Daily Caller reported that the firm operating in the D.C. area wrote code that was then embedded in the server and generated a “courtesy copy” for almost all her emails -- which was then forwarded to the Chinese company.

The code reportedly was discovered in 2015 by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), which then warned FBI officials of the intrusion.

A source briefed on the matter confirmed to Fox News the details of the Caller’s reporting, and said that the ICIG was so concerned by the revelation that officials drove over to the FBI to inform agents -- including anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok -- of the development after it was discovered via the emails' metadata.

The source told Fox News the hack was from a Chinese company, describing it as a front for Chinese intelligence.

A second source briefed on the matter told Fox News that officials outside of the FBI indicated code on the Clinton server suggested a foreign source was receiving copies of emails in real time.

The hacking report caught the attention late Tuesday of President Trump, who warned that the FBI and DOJ should act or “their credibility will be forever gone.”

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 29, 2018 14:55

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Boat full of African migrants washes up in Spain.

Stunned beachgoers watch as ANOTHER boat full of African migrants washes up in Spain before dozens of young men rush on to shore to cheers

A boat carrying young migrants has landed on a beach in southern Spain, catching holidaymakers by surprise in the second such incident in two days.

Video footage shows the boat approaching the shore and at least two dozen people jumping off into the shallows before running across the sand. 

The migrants, seemingly all young men, dash past beach-goers on their towels as they try to make it off the sands before being caught by authorities.

Some of them even wave to the people enjoying a day out on the beach, who are heard wising them luck, cheering them on and offering them water.

The incident took place on the beach of Fontanilla, in Conil de la Frontera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz in the region of Andalusia.   

According to local media, authorities detained those who had arrived on the boat, of which 13 were minors, shortly afterwards.

The incident took place two days after another similar incident on a beach located just a few miles north of Fontanilla.

Holidaymakers watched a semi-inflatable carrying around 50 people, including at least 19 children, land on Barrosa Beach, some seven miles from Fontanilla.

Footage shows refugees sprinting up the popular beach at about 3.30pm on Sunday before attempting to scale cliffs.

The incident happened near a purpose-built residential and tourist resort called Sancti Petri which boasts shops, restaurants and several four and five-star hotels.  

According to local police, some 25 of the migrants, all Moroccan citizens, had been intercepted - 19 of whom were minors. 

A spokesman for the force said the six adults would be taken to an adult migrant holding centre before being returned to their country of origin as part of an agreement with Morocco.

Local media report that at least 500 migrants have landed on the Andalusian coast on 18 different boats since Friday. 

Last month around 50 migrants were filmed landing on a packed beach and sprinting up the sand at a beach in Zahora, a 20 minute drive from Fontanilla.

The men and women videoed jumping from the rickety wooden boat known as a patera in the July 28 arrival, were from sub-Saharan Africa.

Days earlier, dozens of migrants were filmed storming another southern Spanish beach as confused sunbathing nudists watched on.

The dramatic clip, taken on the beach at Tarifa, showed a group of more than 30 migrants landing in a dinghy before sprinting off into woodland surrounding the beach to evade the pursuing Spanish border guards.

Spain has overtaken Italy as the preferred destination for migrant arrivals in Europe this year after Italy's new hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini introduced a blanket ban on migrant boats entering the country's ports.

The number of migrants and refugees using the western Mediterranean route to reach Spain stood at 20,992 between January 1 and July 25 according to the IOM, close to the 22,108 people who used it during the whole of last year.

paxex Posted on August 29, 2018 14:51

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UEFA Champions League 18/19: Everything you should know before Thursday's Draw

The UEFA Champions League is just around the corner, with the group-stage draw set to happen on the 30th of August in Monaco. Real Madrid come off the back of their third consecutive Champions League title, while Juventus are without the services of Gianluigi Buffon, who decided to pen a contract with PSG in July.

Barcelona's new captain Lionel Messi openly expressed his ambitions to reclaim the prestigious trophy, while Jose Mourinho looks to bring back United's former glory. All of the above statements only exaggerate the level of intensity and the amount of excitement this new season will bring to us, so before we begin, let's have a look at everything we need to know before the draw on Thursday.

Date: August 30th, 2018

Time: 18:00 GMT (22:30 IST)

Venue: the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

Where to Watch: (live streaming)

Number of Teams: 32

Defending Champions: Real Madrid CF ( ????????)

Most Titles: Real Madrid CF (13)

Location of the Final: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid, ESP)

Pot 1 consists of the champions of the top six leagues in Europe according to their UEFA ranking along with the winners of the previous Champions League and Europa League. Consistent domestic league winners such as Bayern Munich, PSG, and Juventus find themselves in Pot 1 yet again and are the favorites to top their respective groups.

The three most followed Spanish teams of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and FC Barcelona are looking to continue the country's European dominance as fans expect them to seamlessly reach the latter stage of the tournament.

Real Madrid did lose star player Cristiano Ronaldo to fellow pot members Juventus, who have spent an enormous amount of money to bring in players like João Cancelo and Douglas Costa to the club.

The 2015 finalists are shaping up for another lengthy European campaign after narrowly falling short ever since. Ronaldo is expected to form a fearsome front three with the aforementioned Costa and Argentinian sensation Paulo Dybala.

Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow recently won the Russian Premier League, and have bolstered their squad with the loan signings of Benedikt Höwedes and PSG midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will naturally want to improve their record in the Champions League, and the addition of Riyad Mahrez on the right wing means that they have one of the fiercest attacking three in the competition, something that has proved vital for the previous winner's campaign.

Pot 2 of this Champions League consists of the Portuguese and Ukrainian League winners, the 3rd place team in the Bundesliga, and both the second and third place of both the Premier League and the Serie A. Household names like Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, and SSC Napoli all make their way into Pot 2 after failing to lift their respective domestic titles last season.

Pot 3 consist of some very entertaining teams. French clubs Monaco and Lyon, who are known names in the Champions League, German club FC Schalke 04, Marcelino's Los Che and Russian club CSKA Moscow will all be drawn into different groups from this pot.

Domenico Tedesco is on a mission to rebuild Schalke after seeing many of their star players leave the club for free, while both Monaco and Lyon are looking to be the first French club to lift this prestigious title. Moscow manager Viktor Goncharenko would be looking forward to the new season even though World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin left the club for Monaco.

Spanish club Valencia CF and Czech winners Viktoria Plzen have been highlighted in Blue above because both those clubs can either be in Pot 3 or Pot 4 based on the playoff's outcome and the distribution of teams in each group. Like Liverpool, both clubs are, however, guaranteed a spot in the group stage of the league.

Meanwhile, Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam and Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv have been highlighted in red because they are currently contesting in the playoffs to secure a position in the group stage.

In their first playoff game, Ajax thumped Dynamo 3 - 1, with goals scored by Hakim Ziyech and Dusan Tadic at the Johan Cruyff Arena. The winner of this playoff round on aggregate is expected to join Pot 3.

Note that the decision on which Pot the playoff winners go to are not finalized, and so either the winner of PSV Eindhoven ( ????????) vs. BATE Borisov ( ????????) or the winner of Red Bull Salzburg ( ????????) vs. Red Star Belgrade ( ????????) could also join Pot 3.

Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Internazionale and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are going to be drawn to their respective groups from Pot 4. The Belgian champions haven't quite made their mark in the Champions League yet, with only 33 wins in 90 matches, a paltry 37% win rate. Internazionale, however, was quite the dominant force in the early 200's and even won the treble under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho in 2010.

Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray, who boasted big names such as Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba in the past, would look to reach the knockout stages after seeing their local rivals Besiktas JK rise above them in recent years, while Julian Naglesmann knows his team are set to face a challenging group and hopes to exit the group stage in his last year as Hoffenheim coach.

Note that there are only four teams that are confirmed in this pot. Valencia CF and Viktoria Plzen may join this pot based on UEFA's decision, and the other spots are expected to be occupied by the teams highlighted in red above.

BSC Young Boys played Dinamo Zagreb in the first round of the playoff, with the result being 1 - 1 for both sides. Hungarian champions and potential newcomers MOL Vidi lost to Greek club AEK Athens by 2 goals to 1 in their first Champions League playoff game. The winners of both these games based on aggregate will be joining Pot 4.

Also, there is a chance that the winner of SL Benfica ( ????????) and PAOK ( ????????) would join this pot by UEFA's regulations concerning the group stage draws.

majsdesaint Posted on August 29, 2018 14:50

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World's oldest person at nearly 118 says she loves eating cakes, singing folk songs and playing with her chickens

Bolivian woman thought to be the world's oldest person at nearly 118 says she loves eating cakes, singing folk songs and playing with her chickens

Bolivian woman Julia Flores Colque is thought to be the world's oldest person, with a recorded age of almost 118.

She still sings in her indigenous Quechua tongue and strums a tiny Andean guitar known as the charango at her home in the rural town of Sacaba.

In her long life, she has witnessed two world wars, revolutions in her native Bolivia and the transformation of her home town from having a population of 3,000 people to a bustling city of more than 175,000 in five decades.

Her national identity card says Ms Flores Colque was born on October 26, 1900 in a mining camp in the Bolivian mountains.

Aged 117 and ten months, she would be the oldest woman in the Andean nation and perhaps the oldest living person in the world.

However, Guinness World Records has said it has received no application for her and Ms Flores Colque does not seem to care that her record has not been confirmed. She has not even heard of the reference book.

Growing up, the now-centenarian herded sheep and llamas in the Bolivian highlands until she moved in her teenage years to a valley, where she began selling fruits and vegetables.

The produce became her main source of sustenance, and she still maintains a healthy diet though she does indulge in the occasional cake and glass of soda. She never married and has no children.

The previously world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, died earlier this year. Nabi Tajima was born on August 4 1900. Her passing apparently leaves Ms Flores Colque as the world's oldest living person.

Birth certificates did not exist in Bolivia until 1940, and births previously were registered with baptism certificates provided by Roman Catholic priests. 

Ms Flores Colque's national identity card, however, has been certified by the Bolivian government. 

paxex Posted on August 29, 2018 13:47

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Pope Francis facing calls to resign; sexual abuse scandal exposes rifts in the Vatican.

The Catholic Church is reeling after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania found that possibly more than 1,000 children in six dioceses had been sexually abused by about 300 priests or higher ranking officials.

On top of that, the report said that bishops and other top church officials had tried to contain the public outcry and liability by covering up the crimes, which Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro claimed “went all the way to the Vatican.”

But the report, and the Vatican’s subsequent tepid response, has exposed a split within the Holy See which threatens to bring down Pope Francis just five years after he replaced Pope Benedict XVI.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 29, 2018 13:25

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding outfits to be displayed at Windsor Castle.

LONDON –  The outfits Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wore at their wedding are to go on public display later this year at the ceremony's venue, Windsor Castle.

Royal fashion fans will be able to get a close look at the bride's silk Givenchy wedding dress and 16-foot (5-meter) veil, as well as the diamond-and-platinum tiara loaned to Meghan by Queen Elizabeth II.

There will also be a copy of the frock-coat uniform of the Blues and Royals regiment that Harry wore for the May 19 service, which was watched by millions around the world.

The exhibition "A Royal Wedding: The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex" will be at Windsor Castle from Oct. 26 to Jan. 6, and at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland, from June 14 to Oct. 6, 2019.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 29, 2018 11:42

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MYSTERY ball of light zoomed over parts of Australia before exploding

Giant burning fireball stuns Aussies in Western Australia

A HUGE bang was reportedly heard by residents in Western Australia after a giant, mysterious ball of light beamed across the night sky.

Social media went nuts with reports from baffled Aussies who said the “flaming object” ominously lit up the sky at about 7.40pm local time last night. Some said the object appeared to explode and “continuing off into the clouds”

Several residents reported hearing a “huge bang” which took place about the time there was a “flash in the sky”.

Dashcams and security systems captured the spectacle and many took to social media to describe what they saw.

“(My) son saw a big ball of light fall overhead then a minute later there was a huge bang that shook our house,” Kate Clare commented on a post on the York Community Resource Centre Facebook page.

“I jumped off the couch and my partner went running out the front to see who was throwing something at our window and all the neighbours did the same thing,” Esmeralda Harmer said.

The suspected meteor is believed to have crashed to earth some 100km east of Perth.

paxex Posted on August 29, 2018 11:23

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Super snake: Burmese and Indian pythons crossbred, invaded South Florida, study suggests

                     Burmese pythons invaded South Florida nearly 40 years ago, devouring local animals and slithering through the Everglades.

But a new study suggests at least some of those Burmese pythons are partly Indian pythons, indicating a giant snake hybrid that could spread farther than either species alone. 

For the study, published this month in the journal Ecology and Evolution, wildlife researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey examined the tail tissue from about 400 Burmese pythons across South Florida. At least 13 of those snakes showed genetic signs of Indian pythons, according to a USGS statement.

                        Interbreeding may have resulted in what is known genetically as "hybrid vigor," offspring with the best traits of both species. Breeding between Burmese pythons, which prefer wetlands, and Indian pythons, which favor higher ground, could result in snakes able to spread beyond the marshy terrain of South Florida, lead author Margaret Hunter said. 

? July 29: 14-foot python escaping California wildfire gets loose on the streets
? June 16: 23-foot-long python swallows Indonesian woman
? April 15: Python trackers find record breeding group in Florida


“Hybrid vigor can potentially lead to a better ability to adapt to environmental stressors and changes," Hunter, a research geneticist with the USGS, said in the statement. "In an invasive population like the Burmese pythons in South Florida, this could result in a broader or more rapid distribution.”

The study's authors believe any interbreeding probably occurred before pythons became fixtures in South Florida in the 1980s.

Since their arrival, pythons have sparked steep declines in small-mammal populations across South Florida. Knowing more about the snakes' genetics can help researchers "better understand these invasive predators’ capacity to adapt to new environments,”said Kristen Hart, a research ecologist on the study.

Follow Josh Hafner on Twitter: @joshhafner


Photos: Conservancy snake team tracks, captures and studies pythons


Ian Bartoszek, from right, Jaimie Kittle, and Ian Easterling, lift a Burmese python into a container after capturing it along a tracking route at the edge of urban Collier Country along U.S. 41 East on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The science department at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has a team of researchers dedicated to studying, tracking and capturing the Burmese python. Nicole Raucheisen/Naples Daily News

sarah Posted on August 28, 2018 15:38

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5 managers who could replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

It all looks to be going wrong at Manchester United. After a transfer window where they failed to bring in any of Jose Mourinho’s top targets, they have made a poor start to the season, and have won just one of their opening three games. 

This was always going to be a big season for the club. Last season, they saw their neighbours across the city run away with the title and playing some of the best football that the Premier League has ever seen

There was a lot of pressure on them to at least close the gap on Manchester City, and play better football than last season, that often left their fans less than impressed. The pressure also comes from the recent improvement from rivals Liverpool, who reached the Champions League final last season and have bought well to strengthen their squad.

It is also a massive season for Mourinho, who is starting a crucial third season. His record in his third season at clubs in notoriously bad, most recently in his second spell at Chelsea, where he was sacked before Christmas after making a shocking start to the campaign.

There are clear fractions between him and the board, particularly after their failure to bring in a centre back over the summer. The questions grew louder on Monday night, when they were torn apart by Tottenham, in one of the most embarrassing defeats of Mourinho’s reign. As he walked off, he stood and applauded in front of the fans for a noticeable period of time, raising questions about what the next step is.

There is a chance that Mourinho is running out of time at United. He looks a broken man, and it looks a near impossible task for him to turn it around. If he does go, here are five men who could be bought in to replace him.

#1 Zinedine Zidane

No manager in world football has had more success over the last few years than Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman enjoyed a sensational two and a half years at Real Madrid, where he won three consecutive Champions League titles, becoming the first team to do so in the modern era. However, he left Real in the summer, which came as a surprise to many given the volume of success he had in his time in charge at the Bernabeu.

If he were to come to United now, he would be taking over a team in crisis, and make no mistake about it, United are a team in crisis. It was a similar situation when he took over at Real, maybe not as bad, but the team weren’t in a good situation under the management of Rafa Benitez. He is a winner, and United will want a winner. Zidane will also want to prove he isn’t just a one trick pony, so the Manchester United job could be one that excites him.

#2 Antonio Conte 

This sounds like a strange one, but it almost makes sense. In his first season with Chelsea, Conte was a great success, taking the club from 10thto the title, where they played some brilliant football, and he led a successful transition to the 3-4-3 formation. Obviously, it was a pretty disastrous second season at Stamford Bridge, even though he won the FA Cup. He appeared to lose the dressing room and missed out on Champions League qualification.

Conte has proved he is capable of providing short-term success, and maybe that is what United need at the moment. Fans may argue that this is not the Manchester United way, but that doesn’t exist anymore. The second that they refused to give David Moyes time, the United way was gone, so this club is not the same one that Sir Alex Ferguson left. Conte can bring success, even in the short term, so don’t be too surprised if the Italian turns up at Old Trafford.

#3 Mauricio Pochettino

Over the last few years, Pochettino has regularly been linked with the job at Manchester United. He has done a superb job at Tottenham over the last few seasons and has made them into Champions League regulars, without having too much money to spend in the transfer market. In fact, Tottenham failed to sign a single player in the transfer window this summer, and they still looked a class above United on Monday night at Old Trafford.

He has shown that he knows how to get the best out of a group of players, and that is certainly something that would work at United. The only issue is, why would Pochettino want to leave Spurs? They are in a much better position that United now in football terms. Harry Kane and Dele Alli have been excellent under the Argentine boss, and it looks like there is still more to come. He could be part of something special at Tottenham, and it would be a bizarre decision if he were to leave.

#4 Leonardo Jardim

Jardim’s name isn’t one that has been mentioned much with regards to the Manchester United job, but he might be a man worth looking at. He may not be the most high profile manager in Europe, but he has done an exceptional job at the helm of Monaco and deserves the opportunity to show what he can do at a bigger club. He has constantly had to deal with the sale of his best players, but he has consistently led Monaco to Champions League qualification.

One thing that Jardim has done brilliantly is find a way to get the best out of his players. He took Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in the 2016/17 season, during which he also took them to a Champions League semi-final. This was despite having a squad that was, on paper, weaker than that of PSG, and many of the sides they went further than in Europe. There are a lot of underperforming players in this Manchester United squad, and Jardim might finally be the man to get the best out of them.

#5 Diego Simeone

This may seem like an outside bet at this stage, and it probably is, but there are a number of reasons why United should consider Simeone as their new manager. What he has achieved at Atletico Madrid is nothing short of extraordinary. In terms of stature, and financially, they are a million miles behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, but somehow, under Simeone, the clubs are in a very similar position on the pitch. He has taken them to two Champions League finals and won the title in the 2013/14 season.

However, there is a feeling that Simeone has taken Atletico as far as he can, and there isn’t much more he can achieve there. He may feel that his job is done there, so he may be looking for a new challenge, and that is something he will get at United. He has made Atletico one of the top defensive sides in Europe, and that is an area where United really need improvement. He might just be the perfect man for the top job at Old Trafford.

majsdesaint Posted on August 28, 2018 12:49

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Bitcoin Exchange Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles Disputes U.S. Fraud Lawsuit.

Mark Karpeles has urged a U.S. federal judge in the state of Illinois to dismiss a fraud lawsuit brought on by former customers of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, by insisting that the U.S. court has no personal jurisdiction over him in Japan.

Representatives for Mark Karpeles told U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feinerman that their defendant has no sufficient ties in Illinois, nor did he conduct any business in the state to justify a lawsuit from disgruntled former customers in the state who have accused the former Mt. Gox CEO of conversion, negligence, and fraud, according to Law360.

The accusations are in relation to Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy as a result of hacking and alleged embezzlement in 2014. At the time, Mt Gox lost approximately one million bitcoins, worth around $400 million at the time and nearly 7 billion in current day prices.

A French national living in Japan, Karpeles faced an entry of default claim against him after Judge Feinerman directed the court to name the former CEO as the lead defendant in the customer claims case on Monday, August 13. Karpeles had until Friday, August 24, to oppose the request for entry of default for a hearing that was to be held on Tuesday, August 28. On the day of the deadline, attorneys for Karpeles filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming he did not have the required ‘minimum contacts” of established ties in the state.

In an excerpt from his motion to dismiss the claims against him, his attorneys said:

“Mr. Karpeles expressly asserts that this Court lacks personal jurisdiction over him and preserves this objection and argument for all purposes…Because this Court lacks personal jurisdiction over Mr. Karpeles, this proceeding against him must be dismissed with no further actions taken, including but not limited to the entry of any default.”

Mt Gox creditors are now being asked to submit claims for reimbursements with a deadline on October 22. 

“Plaintiffs bear the burden of establishing personal jurisdiction,” Karpeles said in his motion while arguing he shouldn’t’ be named in the suit. “Blanket, conclusory assertions that this court has personal jurisdiction are insufficient.”

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 28, 2018 11:29

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Outfits unveiled: Tennis couture ready to make a statement at US Open

            With the US Open getting underway in New York City, Marija Zivlak of Women’s Tennis Blog reveals what the exciting world of WTA couture will present at tennis’ most fashionable tournament.

                            Tennis has recently been pronounced the most fashionable sport in the world, based on a research and analysis conducted by global fashion search platform Lyst. Now that the US Open is just about to start in New York City, Marija Zivlak of Women’s Tennis Blog will show us what the exciting world of WTA couture will present at tennis’ most fashionable tournament.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens will rock the vibrant orange Nike Fall Slam Dress. A large side slit exposes eye-catching printed shorts, which sell separately. A keyhole at back is teamed up with the all over pindot mesh fabric equipped with Nike Zonal Cooling technology to ensure maximum breathability.

In qualifying rounds, a lot of players sported Stephens’ NikeCourt dress, only the guava ice color variant, seen here on Eugenie Bouchard.

There are two versions of Maria Sharapova’s Nike Fall Maria NY Dress, both including cut-out sections for stylish breathability.

The soft, stretchy fabric and Dri-FIT Technology ensure ultimate comfort. The shape of waist-slimming colorblocks is coordinated with the V-neck.

Nike cooperated with Off-White’s Virgil Abloh to create a bold ballerina dress for Serena Williams' US Open appearance. While tulle skirts are not a novelty in WTA fashion, the dress' one-long-sleeve design definitely is. Adding to the shocking effect is the nude colorblock that gives the effect of an off-shoulder.

        Moreover, the tennis icon will step onto the court wearing a special PE edition of her NikeCourt Flare 2, featuring all the signature markings.

Karolina Pliskova posted this promo image on Twitter, saying that she’s in love with her new Fila Fall Heritage Print Racer Tank, a V-neck design which boasts a sparkle star print and shimmery, breathable fabric that shines as it moves. Moisture-wicking technology, UPF 30+ sun protection and built-in shelf bra make this tank a complete package.

Even though the new Heritage collection also features a solid white pleated skirt, the Czech opted for the print all over, picking the night-sky-inspired Fila Fall Heritage Print Flirty Skirt.

Venus Williams will wear the EleVen Prima Donna collection which pairs 80s graffiti punch with streamlined US Open-ready athletic silhouettes. The collection offers a variety of tops, skirts, leggings, and accessories that combine the bold print with pops of colors called pink yarrow and lime popsicle.

The American never wears just one dress at Grand Slams, as she likes to present as many outfits as possible. This photo shows the Prima Donna Portal Tank and the Prima Donna Shimmer Skirt.

Just like Venus Williams sticks to prints, all Stella McCartney’s designs in recent years play with colorblocks and laser cuts, plus snakeskin detailing in recent months. The NYC-ready adidas Barricade Tank and Skirt follow along those lines. It goes without saying that the outfit is made of technologically-advanced fabrics that keep players dry and cool.

Garbiñe Muguruza's black adidas Fall Barricade Warp Tank features a secure fit that forms to your shape and seamless design for minimal chafing and distractions. Engineered cutouts around the upper chest and back are stylish textural details that serve as ventilation channels. The Spaniard will debut the tank with the Barricade Shorts made of smooth satin with a little bit of shine.

Angelique Kerber’s adidas Fall Barricade Dress is not just a simple black dress -- a closer look reveals beautiful diamond pattern mesh, while the back includes strappy design with triangular hardware accessorized by adidas Barricade Code printed on the central strap. The quick-dry dress includes a bra and short tights.

Lacoste’s official promo imagery shows Christina McHale in the Fall Cap Sleeve Top, featuring a white mesh back panel for ventilation, and the windowpane-patterned Fall Pleated Skirt.

Lotto-sponsored athletes Agnieszka RadwanskaMagdalena RybarikovaElise Mertens and Alizé Cornet will wear the new Barre Flash collection, highlighted by the Lotto Barre Dress, a feminine design featuring elongated back hem with stylish ruffles and racerback silhouette with mesh construction. The striped print is dominated by pink tones.


The collection also includes the Lotto Barre Top, Lotto Barre Tank and Lotto Barre Skirt.

Heather Watson battled through the US Open qualifying in the New Balance Fall Tournament Tank and New Balance Fall Tournament Skirt. The striped tank is beautifully paired with a solid grey stretch woven skirt that boasts a variety of subtle features, such as a hidden elastic waistband, rounded bottom hem and laser perforations.

Asics places special gel on the back of tanks and dresses, which in contact with sweat expands to create a ventilation space between the skin and the fabric, allowing air to flow. The Gel-Cool technology and stretch construction that adapts to every move help players bring out their best game. CoCo Vandeweghe is seen here wearing the Asics Fall Court Dress and Solution Speed FF shoes.

Tennis fashion enthusiasts can look forward to the 2018 US Open, as once again a plethora of unique, stylish and comfortable outfits are ready to grace the courts at Flushing Meadows.

sarah Posted on August 28, 2018 11:17

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Dear Kim - Pls help! My marriage is collapsing.

Dear Kim, my marriage of 3 year is collapsing.

I caught my husband cheating with a lady where he works. I felt so betrayed and I left with our kids. He has sent messages apologizing and pleading for a second chance. I have no issue forgiving him but how do you get to love someone again after something like this?


sivak Posted on August 27, 2018 17:24

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DEAR DEIDRE I’m having a passionate affair with a guy I met in a bar but lover’s wife is blackmailing me


I’m having a passionate affair with a guy I met in a bar but lover’s wife is blackmailing me

Read Deidre's personal replies to today's problems


I NEED excitement in my life, so I looked outside my marriage.

I found all the passion I wanted with an amazing lover but now his wife is blackmailing me.

I’m 38 and have been married for 13 years. My husband is 50.

He’s kind but he isn’t a passionate man. We have a big comfy house but it wasn’t enough. I found myself a fabulous lover in a man I met on a night out with friends about four years after I’d got married.

He chatted to me when I went to the bar. I’d had a few drinks and thought he was friendly and hot so I gave him my number.

How could a chance meeting like that lead to such a great love? We were perfectly suited in so many ways and we began an affair that went on for eight years.

We were perfectly suited and began an affair

He’s 41 and, of course, he’s married too.

We talked about leaving our partners but he has two sons and I knew in my heart he would stay with his wife.

In the end, I decided to end the affair before someone found out. It was the hardest decision I have ever made but I followed it through and I hadn’t seen him for three months.

Then came the twist. His wife checked his phone and found dozens of video clips of me and her husband being silly and sexy in the way that we were. She went crazy, of course, and told him to leave.

Then she had a better idea. She says she wants £5,000 from me or she will tell my husband, plus the world and his wife, all about our affair. I think blackmail is totally wrong. Plus, I don’t have the money anyway.

I can’t really ask my husband for that kind of sum without an explanation.

I could lose all I’ve got. I don’t know what to do.


Yes, of course blackmail is wrong but then cheating isn’t something to be proud of either. Years of cheating means years of lies.

I get why she’s angry but don’t give her money. That would just encourage her to ask you for more.

Tell her that she should be sorting this out with her husband not blackmailing you and that, if you hear from her again, you will contact her husband to explain what she’s up to.

paxex Posted on August 27, 2018 15:47

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The 5 highest paid (weekly wages) footballers in the world right now

Football has become a commercialised sport today. As per a study carried out in 2017, the average weekly wages of a footballer in the Premier League is £50,000. While that is still a huge amount of money for the average person, it is minuscule compared to the insane amounts that the best footballers earn.

With the humongous TV deals in England, an average Premier League player earns more than double (£2.6 million) of that earned by a Bundesliga player (£1.26 million) annually. Players in the Spanish league (£1.68 million) and the Italian league (£1.33 million) are not far behind in that aspect.

Therefore, we take a look at the 5 footballers who enjoy the highest weekly wages in the world right now:

#3 Oscar and Alexis Sanchez (£400,000)

Oscar joined Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea in January 2017 in a £60 million move that shocked the whole world.

The Brazilian was an extremely talented player and had played 203 games for Chelsea, scoring 38 goals in the process. He was a part of 2 Premier League-winning teams, one League Cup and one UEFA Europa League during his time at Stamford Bridge.

He was just 25 years old, part of a talented Brazil team but the transfer to the Chinese League was considered a step downwards for such a gifted footballer.

However, the move to the Chinese Club saw him get a huge salary hike and almost one and a half years on, Oscar is still among the highest weekly wage earning footballers in the world right now. According to Sillyseason, Oscar's weekly wages at Shanghai SIPG is £400,000 and it sees him earn more than all of his ex-colleagues at Chelsea.

Oscar joined Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea in January 2017 in a £60 million move that shocked the whole world.

The Brazilian was an extremely talented player and had played 203 games for Chelsea, scoring 38 goals in the process. He was a part of 2 Premier League-winning teams, one League Cup and one UEFA Europa League during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal in the winter transfer window of 2018, in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Sanchez had joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014 and had played 166 matches for the Gunners, scoring 80 goals. He had won 2 FA Cups at the Emirates during his stay with the gunnars.

With a year remaining on his contract, Manchester City were apparently interested in signing the Chilean, but it was United won the race in the end and brought him to Old Trafford. There were a lot of speculations regarding his weekly wages ever since his rumoured move and it was later confirmed that Manchester United had made the Chilean their highest-paid footballer.

SIlly Season reports that Alexis Sanchez's weekly wages at Manchester United is also an astonishing £400,000. That is far more than Paul Pogba or David De Gea, the two star men of the team. In addition, Sanchez is also entitled to a bonus of £75,000 for every first-team start and will also enjoy a £1.1 million annual signing-on fee.

#2 Neymar (£453,000)

Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for a world record fee of £200 million, in the summer of 2017. He had played 186 games for Barcelona over 4 seasons, scoring 105 goals, but finally decided that he wanted to move out of Lionel Messi's shadow and create a legacy of his own.

Since joining PSG, Neymar has played 34 games for the Ligue 1 side and has scored 31 times. Along with his record-breaking transfer fee, Neymar's salary at the French side is also one of the highest in the world. According to Sillyseason, Neymar's weekly wages at PSG is an epic €500,000, which converts to £453,000.

However, even after earning such a huge salary, he could not put himself on top of this list.

#1 Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (£500,000)

Fittingly, it had to be Messi and Ronaldo at the top of this list. While the two of them have been competing with each other at all levels of the football game, it seems that they are at a truce in terms of their weekly earnings as well.

Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid this summer, for a fee of approximately £105m. At Real Madrid, he had spent 9 seasons, creating and breaking records at will.

He played 438 games in total for the Spanish giants and scored an impressive 450 goals. Even though his transfer fee was not enough to shatter the World Record again, it saw him take a significant pay hike and made him the footballer with the joint highest weekly wages in the world.

According to Sillyseason, Ronaldo now earns a mammoth £500,000 per week at Juventus.

Lionel Messi has spent his entire senior career at Barcelona thus far. This is his 15th season at Nou Camp, an unbelievable record in the modern football.

Since his debut, he has played 638 times for Barcelona and has scored a staggering 554 goals. He has created uncountable records himself and seems to be breaking new records every other day.

At the Nou Camp, he has broken almost every possible attacking record. He has taken Barcelona to new heights and the Catalan Club rewarded him with an improved contract last season, which saw his earnings significantly improved. According to Sillyseason, Messi's weekly wages at Barcelona stands at a colossal £500,000.

£500,000 is definitely a lot of money, but then, the players it is being spent on are certainly priceless.



majsdesaint Posted on August 27, 2018 13:05

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India’s Central Bank Quietly Forms New Cryptocurrency, Blockchain Research Unit.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reportedly established a new internal unit dedicated to researching and regulating new emerging technologies, specifically cryptocurrency, blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI).

Holding back on a formal announcement, the RBI has discreetly formed a new unit to research and possibly supervise disruptive technologies through draft rules in the future, the Economic Times reported on Monday.

The unit has been operational for a month and already sees an as-of-yet unnamed general manager leading it, according to the report citing two sources aware of developments at the central bank.

One of the sources reported added:

“As a regulator, the RBI also has to explore new emerging areas to check what can be adopted and what cannot. A central bank has to be on top to create regulations. This new unit is on an experimental basis and will evolve as time passes.”

The development comes at a time when the central bank – after years of public caution against trading cryptocurrencies like bitcoin – said it was necessary to regulate the sector during a Supreme Court hearing in July this year.

Earlier in April, the RBI issued a circular to all regulated financial institutions – including banks – to forbid them from transacting or providing services to companies associated with cryptocurrencies. The effect of the mandate has had a crippling effect on domestic cryptocurrency trading and has seen crypto exchanges oppose the banking ban that is now a matter being contested at the Supreme Court.

Senior government officials – not directly associated with the central bank – who are part of a panel discussing regulations for the sector have ruled out a complete ban, insisting that cryptocurrencies are likely to be classified as commodities.

State Cryptocurrency Powered by Blockchain

In a significant endorsement of the underlying decentralized technology powering cryptocurrencies, the research arm of the central bank insisted that blockchain technology had “matured enough” to enable the digitization of India’s fiat currency, the rupee, into a digital currency. The white paper backing those notable claims was published in January 2017.

The RBI’s executive director confirmed research toward a ‘fiat cryptocurrency’ in late 2017 with reports of naming the token ‘Lakshmi coin’ after the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.

The RBI is also developing a blockchain platform of its own to enable and support multiple commercial banking applications in the country. As detailed previously, the central bank has already determined various areas in banking, financial and registry services ripe for blockchain implementation.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 27, 2018 12:07

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Celebrity Big Brother 2018 contestants: CONFIRMED housemates line-up

The Celebrity Big Brother 2018 line-up has been revealed and it promises to be quite a series. Thirteen new stars entered ‘The Eye Of The Storm’ on Thursday night as the launch show descended. Among the contestants is a TV psychic, a cosmetic surgery addict, soap actors, reality stars and a glamour model who rose to fame after being kidnapped. Following reports that one contestant ’caused chaos’ for not signing their contract at the eleventh hour, the 22nd series of the Channel 5 reality series – said to be ‘the most expensive series ever’ – went ahead regardless.

Chloe Ayling

British glamour model Chloe, 21, was accused in court of plotting a ‘publicity stunt’ last year when she was kidnapped in Italy and released after six days. She said she was drugged and bundled into a suitcase after arriving at a Milan address for a modelling job, but later had her motivations questioned in the media and some doubted her story. Her kidnapper, Polish national Lukasz Herba was sentenced to nearly 17 years in jail for Ayling’s imprisonment in Italy recently.

Ryan Thomas

Actor Ryan 34, is best known for playing Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street from 2000 until 2016, but he recently landed a part-time role in Australian soap Neighbours. His personal life has made headlines a few times, including when he was declared bankrupt and when he was reportedly arrested after a drunken pub brawl. He has a daughter with his former partner and fellow Corrie star Tina O’Brien, and is currently in a relationship with former The Only Way Is Essex star Lucy Mecklenburgh.

Kirstie Alley

The 67-year-old Emmy-winning actress is best known for her role in hit US sitcom Cheers. She is also famous for starring in the Look Who’s Talking series of films, sitcom Veronica’s Closet, the film Drop Dead Gorgeous and Star Trek II. As well as her acting, Alley membership to the Church of Scientology has sparked a lot of interest.

Jermaine Pennant

Footballer Pennant, 35, played for Arsenal for seven years, before moving to clubs including Leeds United and Birmingham City. He was signed to play for Liverpool in 2006 for £6.7 million. Jermaine became the first player to play while wearing an electronic tag after his three month jail sentence for drink-driving and driving while disqualified in 2005. After his release, he went on to join clubs including Real Zaragoza and Stoke.

Roxanne Pallett

Emmerdale actress Roxanne – frequently nominated in soaps’ Sexiest Women categories – played Jo Sugden from 2005 until 2008. Since the soap, she has appeared in TV programmes Waterloo Road – where she played a teenager 12 years younger than her – and Casualty, and films Lake Placid 3 and Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort. Last month, Pallett, 35, was involved in a crash at a stock car racing track, which saw her have to be cut out of the vehicle and airlifted to hospital. She had sprained wrists and internal bruising following the incident. She also recently became engaged to her partner after just one week of dating.

Dan Osborne

Reality TV star Dan, 27, was previously a cast member of structured reality show The Only Way Is Essex, from 2013 until 2015. He made headlines in 2015 when recordings were leaked of him reportedly verbally abusing his ex-partner, the mother of his eldest child. He has since married and had two children with former EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa, but earlier this year during a reported split from heavily pregnant Jossa, he was romantically linked to new CBB housemate Gabby Allen.

Gabby Allen

Last year’s Love Island contestant Gabby, 26, came in fourth place with former Blazin’ Squad star Marcel Somerville. However, their relationship came to an abrupt end this year, after Somerville admitted to cheating on her. Allen then hit out at rumours that she had been intimate with Osborne on a trip together while he was still married to Jossa.

Rodrigo Alves

Better known as The Human Ken Doll for this self-confessed cosmetic surgery addiction. A tabloid and daytime TV regular, the Brazilian personality, 35, is believed to have undergone more than £500,000 worth of plastic surgery. Among the myriad of alterations he has undergone, Alves has had Botox, fillers, an eye and neck lift and even had ribs removed to get a more sleek build and a fake six pack.

Natalie Nunn

American TV personality Nunn is already appeared in five reality series, but is best known to audiences for appearing in reality series Bad Girls Club, which centres around seven aggressive, unruly women and their daily altercations. 

The feisty 33-year-old has appeared on US shows Hair Battle Spectacular, Bad Girls All-Star Battle, Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too and a series of Bad Girls Club called Redemption, although she was removed from the show following a physical altercation with a fellow housemate.

Nick Leeson

Rogue trader Leeson was sentenced to more than six years in jail after losing hundreds of millions of pounds in risky trades that resulted in the collapse of Barings Bank, Britain’s oldest investment bank, in the mid-1990s. He went on the run for all of three days as the institution that the Queen banked with went bust in February 1995, before being arrested at Frankfurt airport. While in prison, he wrote his autobiography Rogue Trader, which was later turned into a film starring Ewan McGregor. Leeson left prison in Singapore after serving less than four years to battle colon cancer.

Sally Morgan

Morgan, 67, is a TV and stage psychic has had shows of her own called Sally Morgan: Star Psychic and The Psychic Life of Sally Morgan. She claims to have seen a ghost at the age of four, and has also penned a number of books, including Life After Death and Healing Spirits. In 2011, she was paid ‘substantial’ damages for unfounded allegations that she wore a hidden earpiece at a show in Dublin. The article suggested she had ‘perpetrated a scam’ on a theatre audience.

Ben Jardine

Businessman and property developer Jardine, 37, starred in Channel 4 series Married At First Sight, and tied the knot with his love match Stephanie. But he made headlines earlier this year when he was reported to have kissed another woman, and their marriage ended. A day before entering the Celebrity Big Brother house, Jardine revealed he is expecting his first child at the end of the year, but he did not reveal his current partner’s identity.

Hardeep Singh Kohli

A former broadcaster for BBC’s The One Show, the 49-year-old was struck off for several months in 2009 after ‘stepping over the mark’ with a female researcher. He was removed for six months after the researcher lodged a complaint about his behaviour two months previously. He has also appeared in Celebrity MasterChef and Newsnight Review, hosted shows on BBC Radio 4 and performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Kohli was an outspoken supporter of a ‘yes’ vote for the Scottish referendum, and in 2014 he joined the Scottish National Party.




paxex Posted on August 27, 2018 09:38

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Isaac Dogboe destroys Hidenori Otake in round one.

Junior featherweight world titleholder Isaac "Royal Storm" Dogboe had a very tough fight when he won the 122-pound belt in April. He had no such issues in his first defense on Saturday night.

Dogboe overpowered Hidenori Otake, knocking him down twice and knocking him out in the first round of spectacular performance in the co-feature of the Raymundo Beltran-Jose Pedraza lightweight world title fight on the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card at the Gila River Arena.

Dogboe blitzed Otake, who had no answers for anything in the utter blowout.

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"We knew we were coming in hot and that we were coming with the heat," Dogboe said. "I tried to take him out as quickly as possible. That was the plan -- to take him out."

Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs), 23, of Ghana, won a junior featherweight world title on April 28 in Philadelphia when he knocked out Jessie Magdaleno in an enthralling fight of the year candidate. Dogboe survived a first-round knockdown and stormed back to drop Magdaleno in the fifth round and twice more in the 11th round for the victory. This time it was much quicker and way more ferocious.

Dogboe, a 2012 Olympian, who was at a four-inch disadvantage against the 5-foot-7 Otake, dropped him for the first time with a clean left hand to the head. Otake was flat on his back, and though he beat the count, his legs were unsteady and he looked glassy-eyed.

Dogboe did not relent. He went right after him, and when he nailed him with a right hand, Otake buckled and touched his glove to the canvas for the second knockdown.

 Junior featherweight world titleholder Isaac "Royal Storm" Dogboe had a very tough fight when he won the 122-pound belt in April. He had no such issues in his first defense on Saturday night.

Dogboe overpowered Hidenori Otake, knocking him down twice and knocking him out in the first round of spectacular performance in the co-feature of the Raymundo Beltran-Jose Pedraza lightweight world title fight on the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card at the Gila River Arena.

Dogboe blitzed Otake, who had no answers for anything in the utter blowout.

Punch Stats













-- Courtesy of CompuBox

"We knew we were coming in hot and that we were coming with the heat," Dogboe said. "I tried to take him out as quickly as possible. That was the plan -- to take him out."

Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs), 23, of Ghana, won a junior featherweight world title on April 28 in Philadelphia when he knocked out Jessie Magdaleno in an enthralling fight of the year candidate. Dogboe survived a first-round knockdown and stormed back to drop Magdaleno in the fifth round and twice more in the 11th round for the victory. This time it was much quicker and way more ferocious.

Dogboe, a 2012 Olympian, who was at a four-inch disadvantage against the 5-foot-7 Otake, dropped him for the first time with a clean left hand to the head. Otake was flat on his back, and though he beat the count, his legs were unsteady and he looked glassy-eyed.

Dogboe did not relent. He went right after him, and when he nailed him with a right hand, Otake buckled and touched his glove to the canvas for the second knockdown.

 Junior featherweight world titleholder Isaac "Royal Storm" Dogboe had a very tough fight when he won the 122-pound belt in April. He had no such issues in his first defense on Saturday night.

Dogboe overpowered Hidenori Otake, knocking him down twice and knocking him out in the first round of spectacular performance in the co-feature of the Raymundo Beltran-Jose Pedraza lightweight world title fight on the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card at the Gila River Arena.

Dogboe blitzed Otake, who had no answers for anything in the utter blowout.

Punch Stats













-- Courtesy of CompuBox

"We knew we were coming in hot and that we were coming with the heat," Dogboe said. "I tried to take him out as quickly as possible. That was the plan -- to take him out."

Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs), 23, of Ghana, won a junior featherweight world title on April 28 in Philadelphia when he knocked out Jessie Magdaleno in an enthralling fight of the year candidate. Dogboe survived a first-round knockdown and stormed back to drop Magdaleno in the fifth round and twice more in the 11th round for the victory. This time it was much quicker and way more ferocious.

Dogboe, a 2012 Olympian, who was at a four-inch disadvantage against the 5-foot-7 Otake, dropped him for the first time with a clean left hand to the head. Otake was flat on his back, and though he beat the count, his legs were unsteady and he looked glassy-eyed.

Dogboe did not relent. He went right after him, and when he nailed him with a right hand, Otake buckled and touched his glove to the canvas for the second knockdown.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 27, 2018 08:41

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ISIS leader in Afghanistan killed in airstrike

The leader of the ISIS terrorist group in Afghanistan was killed by U.S. forces in a drone strike, officials said.

“The emir of Daesh in Afghanistan—along with 10 others—was killed,” it said, using the terrorist group’s Arabic acronym, the Afghan National Directorate of Security said, according to Qatar-backed Al Jazeera. A number of weapons, explosives, and ammunition were also destroyed in the airstrikes, the agency said.

U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell said that the ISIS branch leader, Abu Sayeed Orakzai, died in the drone strike.

“I would also add that the United States unrelentingly continues its counterterrorism efforts against ISIS-K, al-Qaeda, and other regional and international terrorist groups,” he told Fox News. ISIS in Afghanistan is sometimes known as ISIS-K.

O’Donnell referred to a statement by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani about the leader’s death.

paxex Posted on August 27, 2018 08:00

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Youngest face transplant recipient in US history finds hope after suicide attempt

After a 31-hour procedure, Katie Stubblefield emerged from an operation room last year with a new face and new possibilities. Now she's sharing her story with the world.

      Stubblefield survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 18. Three years later, she became the youngest person to receive a face transplant in United States history. Her surgery was funded by the Department of Defense as part of an initiative to research treatments for soldiers with wounds like the one she survived.

       A photograph of Stubblefield, taken after her injury and before the transplant, appears on the cover of National Geographic's September issue. "The Story of A Face" shares the journey before and after the young woman's surgery and her hope for the future.

"So many people have helped me," Stubblefield, who hopes to speak on suicide prevention, told the magazine. "Now I want to help other people."

                Before her suicide attempt, as Stubblefield told writer Joanna Connors, she never saw herself as beautiful. After a barrage of hardships — chronic gastrointestinal issues, the loss of her mother's job, a painful breakup — Stubblefield in March 2014 placed her brother's .308-caliber rifle beneath her chin and fired, according to the magazine.

                      She lost her nose and parts of her mouth and forehead, but she survived. In two years, she found herself on a waiting list for a face transplant, CNN reported, and in 2017 a match was found: Stubblefield would receive the face of Adrea Schneider, a 31-year-old organ donor.

                        Specialists at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio transplanted the scalp, forehead, eyelids and nose as well as parts of her cheeks, jaw, muscle, teeth and more, the hospital explained in a report, "effectively replacing 100 percent of the patient’s facial tissue."

It was the first total face transplant for the hospital, which became the first in the U.S. to perform a face transplant of any kind 2008. Stubblefield is the 40th known person in the world known to receive a new face, according to National Geographic.                                                                                                                                                                                                               The hospital declined to identify Stubblefield after the surgery last year, but released a statement from the transplant recipient. 

"To call my surgeons, physicians, nurses and caregivers ‘world class’ would be an understatement," she said. "And to my donor and her family — words cannot express the appreciation I have for this incredible gift."

sarah Posted on August 25, 2018 13:19

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Africa Is Physically Splitting Into Two Continents

On March 19, 2018, geologists confirmed a big ol' crack in the Earth that split the Nairobi-Narok highway. The photos look like the end of days, as the crack was a staggering 50 feet (15 meters) deep and more than 50 feet wide.

What's happening here? News of this crevasse renewed conversation about the continent of Africa breaking into two. Believe it; it's true. In northeastern Africa, the continent is slowly cracking into what will eventually become two separate land masses, not unlike how Africa and South America once fit together like puzzle pieces. But whether that cracking caused this crack is up for debate.

While the crack seems terrifyingly urgent, it's a bit misleading. Scientists have known for quite some time that Africa is splitting, thanks to tectonic plate action. You probably know that the Earth's lithosphere, which is formed by the crust and the upper part of the mantle, is broken up into multiple tectonic plates. These plates slowly glide around, bumping up against each other in some instances and stretching to the point of tearing in others. That's exactly what's going on here: the African plate is ripping itself in two, between the Nubian and Somalian plates. The East African Rift Valley, which stretches 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) from the Gulf of Aden to Zimbabwe, is where that'll occur.

It's Time We Broke Up

As for when we'll have two separate Africas? Not for a while. The rifting in northeastern Africa began about 25 million years ago and will take 50 million more years to totally break off at the current rate of spreading (which is just a few millimeters per year). When it's finished, Earth will have a big new island in the Indian Ocean. Making up this island will be parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

As for now, there's nothing we can do except sit back and watch. Geologist David Ahede tells Daily Nation, "You cannot stop a geological process because it occurs from deep within the crust of the Earth." In the meantime, the East African Rift is giving scientists a pretty fascinating look at the different stages of rifting in real-time.

paxex Posted on August 25, 2018 13:09

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Isaac Dogboe predicts KO win; eyes unification fight.

After impressing Bob Arum in his last outing in America, Isaac Dogboe wants to make another statement on this weekend’s Top Rank card.

On Saturday night, the 23-year-old makes his first defence of the WBO Super-Bantamweight crown he won from Jessie Magdaleno live on BoxNation.

Dogboe was the underdog but ripped up the script back in April. Next he takes on Hidenori Otake – a veteran Japanese warrior whose last title challenge came back in 2014 against England’s Scott Quigg.

“What we want to do is shake up the division and make this division great again. Mike Tyson said back in his days they were killers but nowadays they are businessmen. We are not looking to go down that road,” Dogboe told Fightnews. “I know he is physically strong, he’s got a great record and he’s a come forward fighter and I’m also a come forward fighter. August 25th is going to be a great night because we are both coming forward and one of us will be taking a step back…and it will be Otake who does that.”

Nicknamed ‘Royal Storm’ due to his Ghanaian heritage, Dogboe destroyed Magdaleno, recovering from a first-round knockdown to put the Champion down three times en route to an 11th-round knockout.

After Otake, he wants to face the other World Champions: “We are looking to unify the division, and right now Otake is the one guy standing in the way. We have to take him out and then look forward to [Daniel] Roman, [Rey] Vargas…these guys. I’m looking forward to taking on any of them any day. They just need to sign the contract and step up to the plate.”

Vargas is currently the longest reigning titlist with three defences of the WBC belt, while Roman has defended his WBA strap twice. Last week Ireland’s TJ Doheny upset Ryosuke Iwasa to become IBF Champion.

“It’s all about the best fighting the best. That’s what causes boxing to be great. When you think about Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran; these people, they lit up boxing,” continued Dogboe. “All these great names, we want to go down as one of the great fighters to come out of boxing.”

“It’s going to be a knockout victory for Isaac Dogboe. Win number 20. Knockout number 14,” he confidently predicted.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 24, 2018 18:06

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Ukraine The deadly rape case that shocked and shamed Ukraine

              Oksana Makar fought for her life, but the 18-year-old victim of rape and attempted murder whose grisly injuries shocked Ukraine succumbed to her injuries. On 9 March, Makar, a resident of Mykolaiv, was raped, strangled and left for dead at a construction site, her body having been set on fire. She spent 10 hours with her body slowly burning, calling for help, until she was discovered. Two of the three men who committed the crime were initially let go. According to news reports, they are well-connected – but a wave of public anger in Ukraine caused the police to "rethink" the situation, and all have been placed in custody. Now that Makar is dead, they are being charged with murder.

            This is a video (be warned – it's extremely upsetting) of Makar that her mother shot in the hospital. She is in obvious pain, being pestered by her mother to make some sort of statement. The girl says her assailants need to have "their balls torn off". She's angry and defiant, showing where her arm was amputated, waving the bloody stump.


                                                        "Tell them, I'll live while I'm alive," the mother urges.

         "                                                        I'll live while I'm alive," Oksana repeats.       

                  Both mother and daughter obviously come from a simple background – that much is obvious from the way they talk. And the mother is so intrusive with her camera that you don't know whether or not you ought to look away. The thing is – we can't look away. Not now.

             Makar was a pretty girl. According to the video testimony of the man who did the actual strangling (his police statement was leaked to the press and posted on YouTube), she accompanied her assailants to their apartment of her own free will – although the man's testimony is somewhat muddled as it would appear he raped her while she was alive, then choked her, then raped her again when he thought she was dead. While police sources have said that Makar knew one of the men, and thought she was safe hanging out with him and his friends, tabloid reports have painted her as slutty and irresponsible or, at the very least, not particularly saintly. (Has there ever been a rape victim out there that was saintly enough? Just asking.)

              According to a poll by 24 TV, roughly two-thirds of the Ukrainian population think that Makar "has some blame to bear for this tragedy". As frankensstein, a popular blogger in eastern Ukraine put it, "her lifestyle lead to a logical conclusion" – and that is one of the gentler things her critics have said about her. Her horrible fate, her mutilated body, her defiant suffering, and her lower-class background reveal a lot about Ukrainian society. The truth is, there are many Oksanas out there. In Ukraine, stories of violence against women abound. Most victims obediently go to their grave right away and if the perpetrators' families have money and/or connections, there is little hope of justice. Legal nihilism is rampant.

                                    But most of the people who believe Makar has some "blame" to bear for having been raped, strangled and burned also believe that something is rotten both in the Ukrainian justice system and in society as a whole. The crime has caused protests against police corruption and general lawlessness in various Ukrainian cities, as well as a lot of general soul-searching. As frankensstein, the same guy who said that what happened to Makar was predictable, put it: "The story from [Mykolaiv] is like a diagnosis for the whole of our society ... This is Ukraine, guys. Even the Brothers Grimm can't compete with us."

                 People in Ukraine don't believe in the rule of law, because it doesn't exist. They believe that nothing can stop violence against women – because it's as unremarkable as knock-off designer gear and gas wars with Russia. And most, I would argue, are resigned to this. It took a case as disturbing as Makar's for society to erupt in protest.

                       "She died in vain," a friend argued when I posted news of Makar's death, "I don't think the government will really start changing things – until, perhaps, people start lynching criminals themselves." It was hard to say anything optimistic back. Although the Ukrainian president and a handful of other prominent officials have made a lot of righteous noise about Makar's case, the sad truth is that until Ukraine has a proper civil society in place, well-connected men will still assume that they can destroy another human being and likely get away with it. And even the not-so-well-connected men will continue acting brutally towards women, while it remains normal and acceptable in their social circles to do so.

                 Today we can only take comfort in the fact that for Oksana Makar, the pain has come to an end.

ruby Posted on August 24, 2018 18:00

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Japan's first woman fighter pilot to blaze a trail in skies.

A Japanese woman will be flying through the glass ceiling as she becomes her country's first female fighter pilot.

First Lieutenant Misa Matsushima, 26, will begin duty on Friday having completed her training to fly F-15s, Japan's military has announced.

"As the first female (fighter) pilot, I will open the way," she told reporters.

Japan's air force began recruiting women in 1993 - except as fighter jet and reconnaissance aircraft pilots. It lifted that final ban in late 2015.

"Ever since I saw the movie Top Gun when I was in primary school, I have always admired fighter jet pilots," the graduate of Japan's National Defence Academy told journalists.

"I wish to continue to work hard to fulfil my duty - not just for myself but also for women who will follow this path in the future."

Three other women are currently training to join the elite group of fighter pilots.

The F-15J fighter jets they will pilot are twin-engine aircrafts designed for air-to-air combat with other jets. They can reach top speeds of about Mach 2.5 - 2.5 times the speed of sound or about 3,000 km/h (1,864 miles/h).

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 24, 2018 17:59

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Apple watch Series 4, Google Pixel Watch: The future in a watch.

Apple Registers Apple Watch Codes, World Misunderstands

I mean, I might be the one who's wrong, but my take on what the new codes recently revealed in the run-up to the launch of the next Apple Watches is different from everybody else's.

Apple filed six all-new Watch model numbers with the EEC, that's the Eurasian Economic Commission.

So, what does this all tell us, and what are we still in the dark about? If you've heard that the upscale ceramic Watch Edition is on its way out, then I think what you've read is based on a misunderstanding of the evidence…

The reasons you've read elsewhere are that six [codes] means fewer Apple Watches are on their way, being two short of the eight different Series 3 models currently on sale. Some people feel this perhaps indicates the end of the top-end Apple Watch Edition models in their spiffy ceramic casing.

I disagree with the suggestion that this year will see fewer Watches.

You see, when Apple Watch Series 3 was released, although there was a total of eight different models (two GPS only, two GPS and cellular in aluminum, two GPS and cellular in stainless steel and two GPS and cellular in ceramic) Apple only used four model numbers in total.

So, for all the models with GPS and cellular connectivity, there were two codes in total, one for each size, irrespective of case material.

Google Pixel Watch

Another week, another Google development which seems to endorse the view that a Google-built smartwatch is coming soon. This week, the update of Google's health and fitness apps might be linked to the new wearable.

But today, as reported by Fast Company, Google redesigned its Wear OS app on iPhone and Google Fit app on Android, with a look that seems strangely reminiscent of Apple's Activity app.

It's almost like there's a new piece of hardware coming. Like, you know, a Google Pixel Watch, perhaps?

The Apple Activity app, you may know, has three concentric rings. The outer ring is red and crawls round the dial as you burn calories. The middle, green ring, measures brisk exercise (clock up 30 minutes and the ring is complete) and the inner ring counts how many hours you've been active, which involves not sitting down for the entire 60 minutes.

paxex Posted on August 24, 2018 15:22

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Tottenham goalkeeper charged with drink-driving.

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has been charged with drink-driving after being stopped by police in west London.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper was stopped by a routine patrol in Gloucester Place in the early hours of Friday.

Lloris has been at Spurs since joining from Lyon in 2012, making 256 appearances for the Premier League club.

He captained France as they won the World Cup for the second time in Russia this summer.

The Metropolitan Police said Lloris has been released on bail and is due at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 11 September.

Tottenham have started the Premier League season with a 2-1 win at Newcastle and a 3-1 home victory over Fulham.

Their next match at Manchester United on Monday.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 24, 2018 13:49

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Biggest myths about wrestling people actually believe

It's a land of suplexes, slams, Superkicks, and scripted promos, but is wrestling "real?" While the average person who doesn't watch professional wrestling might describe it as being "fake," the truth is that it's actually a very active and dangerous profession. Even if every superstar gets formal training to learn how to hit the mat properly, pull their punches, and support the guy lifting them up for a suplex, there are still all kinds of crazy events and occurrences that can happen throughout the life of a professional wrestler. We've assembled the ultimate Survivor Series team of myths people actually believe, so we could try to shine some light on these weird and bizarre rumors from behind the curtain

Wrestling is fake

We'll address the elephant in the room when it comes to myths about professional wrestling. Is it fake? It depends on what you mean. Wrestlers have lost teeth, broken bones, and even died in the ring for the sake of putting on a performance for the fans. Yes, that's right: performance. The events and matches are predetermined and scripted by the promotion's bookers and writers. It's on the wrestler to make it look as real as possible without actually injuring his or her opponent. Some people look at it as glorified stuntman work, but most people should have a lot more respect for it than that. You don't hear people complaining about a Jackie Chan or Avengers fight scene saying, "you know that stuff is fake, right?"

The matches are super-scripted

Many people expect wrestling matches to be tightly choreographed, where every thrown punch was itemized like a grocery bill. Well, wrestling's a lot more chaotic than that. Interviews, backstage segments, and the rest are very tightly scripted. Wrestlers know the story around the fight, and how it's supposed to end. But what ends up happening in the matches is almost entirely up to them. Usually, there's discussion backstage, where ideas for big moves ("spots") are planned and placed in the sequence. Mostly, however, things just go where they will, and the wrestlers must take note of how a match is sinking in with the crowd (or just plain sinking) and adjust accordingly.

If someone's injured, they have to improvise to end things quickly. However, this isn't always possible. For instance, Triple H ripped his quad in half during a 2001 match — despite finishing the match, he had to endure one of Chris Jericho's brutal submission moves, one that involved H's already-shattered leg being bent and stretched to the point of his feet being over his head. And that's not even the worst in-ring injury forcing a change in plan. So if you hear a wrestler screaming in pain, there's only a halfway-decent chance they're pretending.

The blood is 'fake'

Let's get this straight: the blood is real. The circumstances, however, usually are not. Many wrestlers employ "blading", where they use a hidden razor blade or small box-cutter to get the blood flowing. Some performers use sports tape to wrap their fingers, with a razor (or a piece of one) cleverly concealed inside. Others carry their blades in their wristbands.

Sometimes the ref passes a blade to someone at an opportune time. If you ever see a wrestler take a chair shot to the head (which he probably blocked with his hands at the last second), and he's writhing around in pain on the ground with his arms around his head—he's probably blading. Some wrestlers, such as the late, great Dusty Rhodes, would cut straight across their forehead, but this habit changed over the years in order to hide the scars (like the ones pictured here) by blading in areas covered by hair.

Wrestlers lift their opponents by themselves

It looks impressive when the 300 pound man made of muscle is easily lifted into the air by the guy two-thirds his weight. Ever wonder why wrestlers make it look so easy without blowing their backs out? Their opponents are helping them with as many moves as they can. If the wrestler is going for a body slam or suplex, you'll see the victim place his hand on the other guy's body for support and to alleviate a lot of the weight to be carried. Likewise, wrestlers lightly jump when being thrown into German Suplexes and other moves where they appear to be lifted as if they were nothing. It's all about proper timing between the wrestler doing the move and the recipient. Let's get something straight: the lifting they do is dangerous and can easily injure if improperly done. Many veteran wrestlers end up with knee, spine, and quad issues due to lifting their opponents up so many times over the years.

The belts are meaningless props

So why do people get flustered over wrestling being "fake," when they get emotionally attached to TV and movies? If everything's scripted and planned, why do wrestlers cry tears of joy when they win a title? Doesn't it actually mean as much as a third grader declaring himself the crown prince of Uranus?

Thinking about a pro wrestling title being earned like any other combat sport title isn't quite right. It's less "winning by knockout in the third round," and more "getting a promotion at work for doing an excellent job." If somebody wins a world championship, it's a reflection of years of hard work . That wrestler had to build up their character over the years and earn the love (or ire) of the fans.

Being a world champion reflects the confidence the company has in that wrestler to represent the company. Some wrestlers like Mick Foley, Daniel Bryan, and Steve Austin didn't get that confidence at first. It was only after they turned the fans to their side, and made themselves impossible to ignore, that the company was forced to put the title on them.

Wrestlers are really hitting their opponents

Wrestlers aren't really punching each other as hard as they can. They make it look like they are, but they're pulling their punches and kicks at the last second. Likewise, the receiver of the blows sells the move as it happens, making it as believable as possiblecan. Just like how stuntmen perform while filming a Hollywood movie—everything looks convincing in motion, but if you took a frame-by-frame look at each hit, you'd see that they're holding back at the last second. They're also not clenching their fists, resulting in more of a slap with your fingers closed only a portion of the way to make minimal impacts that kind of look real. Most kicks to the head (including Shawn Michaels' iconic Sweet Chin Music superkick), is often blocked by the wrestler putting their hands up at the last second to block the foot from hitting their face. Meanwhile,the person doing the move slaps their thigh or chest to make it sound like they connected. The same can be said for chair shots. If a giant, muscular man was swinging a chair at your head with all the force he's capable of, you'd probably, y'know, die.

Wrestlers abuse steroids

You can thank Vince McMahon for the whole wrestlers-abusing-steroids thing. While most professional wrestlers are in peak physical form, steroid abuse became widespread throughout the WWE in the '80s and '90s. The WWE has been investigated many times over the years due to concerns about steroid abuse. Modern wrestlers like Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose are much smaller and more natural-looking compared to their gargantuan predecessors like Rick Rude, British Bulldog, Ultimate Warrior, and Hulk Hogan. McMahon usually goes for potential wrestlers with bodybuilder physiques, but if you look at most wrestling companies in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Japan, the rosters are nowhere near as jacked as Vince's guys.

Wrestlers party like rock stars

Unfortunately, the widespread popularity of professional wrestling throughout the '80s and '90s and the touring nature of the business led to most WWE superstars going crazy while on the road 300 days a year. We're talking parties, booze, drugs, groupies…the whole shebang. Combined with the constant stress wrestlers put on their bodies, many of these athletes become addicted to painkillers and spiral down into all kinds of other addictions. Many famous wrestlers like Scott Hall, Jake "The Snake" Roberts," Lex Luger, and Shawn Michaels have had well-known problems with substance abuse. Fan faves like Eddie Guerrero and the British Bulldog both died from heart failure at young ages while in peak physical condition, but it was their bad habits and lifestyle choices that likely did them in. Fortunately, the WWE locker room has started to phase out of all the hardcore partying that it was known for decades prior and offers rehab treatment for many of its former superstars.

Referees are there to enforce the rules

If you think all the referee does is enforce the faux rules of the predetermined wrestling match, you're wrong. Referees are often as involved in the planning as the wrestlers. Refs do enforce the rules—but no one really gets disqualified for not breaking a submission when told to, which would be a very anti-climactic finish. Refs also organize the match and keep things on track. They remind the wrestlers how much time is left, when they have to do major sequences, when they need to finish, if there are any changes needed, and any other major audibles they'll whisper to each other.

That's not to say they can't legitimate mistakes that weren't part of the plan. When you think the ref is asking John Cena if he'll ever give up (spoilers: he never does), he's probably telling him to bury the guy already and take the show home. Don't forget, most refs nowadays wear earpieces. That way they can get directions from the producers backstage to keep the show moving. They only look like they suck at their job…because they're actually awesome at it.

Pro wrestling debacles that weren't supposed to happen

There's a fine distinction between "fake" and "scripted." Professional wrestling isn't fake, per say—those wrestlers really do pummel, punch, and poke each other, and they really do get hurt, often quite badly. But it is, in fact, scripted—matches have predetermined outcomes, and wrestlers must follow a loose series of plot points. But sometimes, things just go haywire, forcing wrestlers to react on the fly, or in some cases, just plain suffer on the fly.



majsdesaint Posted on August 24, 2018 13:20

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African Print Dresses and Styles that will trend in 2018

African Print Dresses are industrially produced, colorful cotton cloths with batik printing. In recent times, African fashion Dresses are what you see at most events.

In Ghana, the designs of African prints are made with emotions attached…every design comes with a name and its meaning. Adinkra symbols are mostly used.

African print skirts and tops

These days, women’s native wear don’t have to come in matching tops and trousers only, we have only tops or shirts that are printed in African or Ghanaian colors or even lace material that can be comfortably worn on a pair of women’s jeans that combination you will like because it is unique and stylish. The trendiest of women in West Africa have traditional outfits in their wardrobe.

African print tops can go together with jeans, blouses, maxi skirts or any other nice dress you can think of. Just make sure the combination is simple and perfect.

Browse through these beautiful African tops made with Kente, Ankara or Ntoma, Batakari, and Dashiki.

Yasmeen desperately wanted her own unique kente swimsuits to wear while on vacation as she loves to travel. This became an obsession, which eventually inspired her to create her own collection of Kente and African print Swimsuits for other women like herself.

The following African print bathing suits (bikini) features her collections and from Islay African on Instagram as well.

sarah Posted on August 24, 2018 13:20

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Freshly baked homemade pastry is one of the best things in life. And biscuits, a lovely, soft snack, are always welcome. Usually split down the middle and enjoyed with sweet or savoury fillings, they are so very soft and fluffy, with a gorgeous crispy and crunchy exterior. The ingredients are simple, but the baked biscuits are very delicious, as all old-fashioned pastries are.

They are very easily tailored; you can make them larger, by dividing the dough into six or less pieces, so they can be a fantastic version of burger buns. You can also make them smaller, and serve them with dips, or as sliders. They are amazing with marinara sauce, and all cheese-based sauces, as well as tangy jams and clotted cream.

400 grams soft bread flour
2 teaspoons dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
120 ml light olive oil
250 ml tepid water
100 grams butter, softened



Sift the flour twice, add in the yeast and the salt, and make a little well in the middle. Pour in the oil and water, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to form, then knead with your hands for 5-10 minutes, until you get a smooth and elastic dough that doesn't stick to your hands. Depending on the flour, you might need to add a tablespoon or two more, if the dough sticks too much to your hands. Once the dough is smooth and ready, oil the bowl, place the dough in, oil the dough surface, then tightly cover it with cling film, and let it rise overnight in the refrigerator.

After the dough has slowly risen, knead it briefly or a floured work surface, then roll it out to a very large rectangle - as large as your work surface allows you. Take one half of the softened butter, and spread it evenly over the entire dough surface. Fold the dough in half, then spread the other half of the butter evenly. Fold the dough in half again, very lightly roll it out, just to thin it out to about 1.5 cm, then cut it into eight square biscuits. Place them on a large baking sheet lined with baking parchment, let them rest for about 15-20 minutes, then bake in a preheated oven, at 200°C (400°F), for 18-20 minutes. Serve warm. Yields 8 large biscuits.

it has a neat and nice taste

sarah Posted on August 24, 2018 12:58

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A Fight Is Breaking Out Over Bitcoin Cash – And It Just Might Split the Code.

With bitcoin cash developers at each other throats, the year-old cryptocurrency might just split into two.

Created from a hard fork off the original bitcoin network after the scaling debate boiled over last year, bitcoin cash stakeholders seemed unified in their goal of boosting the cryptocurrency's block size parameter in the hopes of attracting more users and enabling more transactions.

But a few cracks started to pop up in this united front over the past year, as bitcoin cash developers had one technical disagreement after another.

And a new software release by leading bitcoin cash implementation, Bitcoin ABC, has been perceived by some as a subtle declaration of war within the developer community.

The software includes a suite of upgrades, including a smart contract feature that would support atomic swaps, a way of trading one cryptocurrency for another without traditional exchanges. And while many cryptocurrency projects are excited about the idea of interoperable coins, some big names in the bitcoin cash community don't agree with the changes and have – no surprise – been very vocal about it.

Leading the opposition is Craig Wright, nChain CEO and the cryptographer who claims to be bitcoin's pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto, though he's not provided any proof of this claim so far. And he's teamed up with Calvin Ayre, an entrepreneur and founder of crypto news site CoinGeek, to lead the resistance with a new bitcoin cash implementation called Bitcoin SV.

Bitcoin SV scraps Bitcoin ABC's scripts for its own – as well as pushes the block size parameter to 128 MB (bitcoin cash's block size is currently at 32 MB).

S they'd like to see activated.

This voting system, he hopes, will help resolve not only this caustic debate but also similar situations in the future.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Cobra announced a similar effort called the Cobra Client. But rather than allow users to vote, the client simply removes all contentious code changes and replaces them with replay protection, a code change that will protect users from accidentally losing their money in the case bitcoin cash does indeed split into two.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 24, 2018 09:26

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China Seeks to Block Access to 124 Foreign Crypto Exchanges.

Chinese regulators are moving to block more than 100 overseas crypto exchanges offering trading services to domestic investors.

Shanghai Securities Times, a mouthpiece of the Chinese financial authorities, reported on Thursday that the China National Fintech Risk Rectification Office has so far identified 124 trading platforms with overseas IP addresses but that are still available in the country.

The office now plans to step up its efforts in monitoring the space and to block internet access to these trading platforms, the report said.

Authorized in 2016 by China's State Council, the National Fintech Risk Rectification Office is a government agency that aims to protect against financial risk related to issues like peer-to-peer lending and cryptocurrency trading.

In September 2017, the People's Bank of China notably announced a rule banning initial coin offerings (ICOs) and, in effect, crypto trading platforms in the country. Following the notice, major exchanges based in China at the time moved their businesses overseas.

Currently, internet access to several major exchanges such as Binance, OKEx, and Bitfinex appears to be unavailable in China.

Today's report also said the agency will permanently shut down domestic websites and official accounts on the WeChat messaging app if they are found to be providing crypto trading and ICO services.

The agency is also in talks with third-party payments vendors that are required to scrutinize and halt accounts that are suspected of handling cryptocurrency transactions, the report added.

Just two days ago, several Chinese cryptocurrency media outlets were banned from operating on WeChat.

WeChat's owner Tencent confirmed with news source Caixin on Wednesday that the ban was instigated because the accounts were found to have provided crypto trading and ICO services. Some of them were ordered to shut down permanently, the report said.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 23, 2018 16:08

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Canadian Government Launches Ethereum Block Explorer.

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched a blockchain explorer built on Ethereum. According to a news release, the organization said the blockchain explorer application, dubbed Catena, was developed by Bitaccess and will be hosted by its Industrial Research Assistance Program on the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS).

This makes the hosted data always accessible and immutable, as it’s not organized in one location, which could subject it to site failure or access issues. According to Bitaccess, the explorer application is similar to a search engine, and it allows users to instantly “search the Ethereum blockchain” for “published grants and contribution data” stored on the network through Catena.

Moe Adham, co-founder of Bitaccess, in a statement said, “We built the Catena Blockchain Suite as a simple, low risk, application for institutions to get introduced to blockchain technology. So far the reception has been terrific”.

Using the IPFS function, users will be afforded a “peer-to-peer method of storing and sharing data” in a distributed method that makes them “unalterable” and preserved “far into the future” long after the original web host has gone offline.

The NRC statement read in part:

“These are early days, but NRC IRAP’s experiments with blockchain are expected to provide constructive insight into the potential for this technology and how it may be used for more open and transparent operations for public programs.”

Earlier this year, the NRC launched the Canadian government’s first live trial of public blockchain technology with the aim of building a transparent administration of government grants and contributions.

At the time of the launch, the government was able to use the blockchain to publish information on “new and amended Contribution Agreements with firms in real time.” Adham says his company’s goal is to help institutions “become fully transparent” and help constituents participate in the “verification and validation of public information.

Dominic Solomon Posted on August 23, 2018 14:44

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Reports: Real Madrid prepare a stunning late swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo replacement

What's the rumour?

Having endured a relatively tame transfer window this summer, Florentino Perez is willing to go all out to bolster Real Madrid's squad for the upcoming challenges.

According to ASLos Blancos will do their utmost to land Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe if Les Parisiens are punished by UEFA for Financial Fair Play violations. Mbappe's one-year loan to PSG will expire on August 27, and although PSG have an option to buy him for €180 million, they won't be able to accomplish the deal if the club is found guilty of FFP violations.

In case you didn't know...

Paris Saint-Germain are currently being investigated by UEFA over money paid into the club in the form of sponsorship. The Parisian club's finances came under intense scrutiny in 2017 thanks to the world-record signing of Neymar from Barcelona, which was followed by a loan transfer of Kylian Mbappe, with an option to sign him in a deal valued at €180 million.

The ruling of UEFA's appeals committee will arrive at the end of August, which could hand PSG a serious punishment, who have already been penalized in 2014 for breaking the FFP rules.

The heart of the matter

Real Madrid are yet to fill the massive void left by Cristiano Ronaldo even though they have been linked with a host of big names since the Portuguese's departure.

Consequently, Perez has now set his sights on the talented Mbappe, who caught the eye of several high-profile clubs by virtue of his sterling performances in the World Cup that paved the way for France national team.

Rumour rating/probability: 7/10

The report comes from a decent source, and should UEFA coerce PSG into selling Mbappe, the Spanish giants will definitely be waiting in the wings with a ridiculous offer for the 19-year-old.

What's next?

UEFA's ruling is expected to arrive on 30 August, and if it is against PSG, Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez will only have 24 hours to finalize what could be a world-record deal.

By Muhammad Saad

majsdesaint Posted on August 23, 2018 13:16

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5 ways in which Guardiola has improved Manchester City

In January 2016, Manchester City had announced that after chasing and flirting for about 3 years, the object of their desire; Pep Guardiola had agreed to join the club as a replacement for Chilean Manuel Pellegrini.

In the two and half seasons since he has been in Manchester, Guardiola has completely changed the team from a band of players loosely put together at great cost, to an efficient, entertaining team that looks set to be at the top for a long time. The Spaniard has looked at home at the Etihad Stadium and looks set to stay there for a long time (something he has never done in his career).

The team’s effervescence, attitude and breathtaking football thrilled the Premier League last season and they have started the 2018/2019 season like a house on fire.

Here is a look at how Guardiola has gone about delivering on his remit of making the Citizens a powerhouse:

#5 He has improved the players he met

When the Catalan genius took over at the Etihad in 2016, he met a huge problem. The City side he inherited was one that was in decline with the oldest average age (30.5) in the league.

While there were still talented players in the team, the lack of a defined style of play and the issues with age made them look hapless and undynamic in Pellegrini's last two seasons at the club.

Pep came in and has revitalized some players he met, and they have gone on to become important members of the team. Before Guardiola's arrival, Raheem Sterling had looked like a lost boy, David Silva no longer looked capable to delivering, Yaya Toure had slowed down badly, Nicolas Otamendi was a joke and Fabian Delph barely played for the team.

It took a while but last season, Sterling really took off to show why £50m was spent to get him in from Liverpool. Otamendi was voted as one of the best defenders in the league, Silva rediscovered the magic of old and has once again become Merlin. Meanwhile Delph became an auxiliary left back (due to Benjamin Mendy's injury) and did so well that he made England's World Cup squad.

#4 His ruthlessness in clearing the deadwood

In his very first season as coach of City, Guardiola noted just how much dross the team had. While football director Txiki Begiristain has done well since the Catalan manager arrived, the former Barcelona director made a lot of questionable buys during the Pellegrini era.

Guardiola tried to work with what he had in his first season while adding a bit of quality. He tried Aleksander Kolarov as a centre-back, gave game time to Fernando and tried to utilize Jesus Navas better as a right back but these players just couldn't deliver on what he and the team needed.

Showing the same ruthlessness he had when he became Barcelona manager and got rid of the likes of Ronaldinho, Deck, Samuel Eto'o, Guardiola started his 2nd season in Manchester like an avenging fury. Out went Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Kolarov, Gael Clichy, Navas, Fernando among others.

The result was that in one transfer window, he reduced the team's average age (28.4 the previous season) and added quality young players (average age of 26.8) to the side. The Citizens side that won the league last season was a million years away from the 2016/2017 iteration as they were faster, fitter, more intelligent and executed the coach's instructions better. 

#3 His man-management has been top-notch

This is one of the areas that Guardiola has most improved the Manchester City side and it has shown in the results.

Before he came in, a lot of the current top players were playing way below their capacity and basically going through the motions. His work on the training ground and motivation (examples of which can be seen in the #AllOrNothing documentary) has helped the players and therefore, the team, play better.

A prime example is Raheem Sterling. Thanks to his "bold" decision to leave Liverpool and the manner in which he left, the Jamaican-born England star had been hounded by constant media negativity. His every performance for both club and country was dissected and analyzed to death.

The manager put his arm around the player and gave him the confidence boost needed. This resulted in Sterling delivering his best ever goals tally last season.

Despite having to deal with the premature birth of his son, thanks to Guardiola's clever management, David Silva still played a pivotal role last season for City.

Otamendi was another one who was struggling a lot before Guardiola came in. The Argentine had been imperious at Valencia and was brought to Manchester for £32m in 2015.

However, he struggled badly given the lack of a defined pattern of play and looked uncomfortable defensively. He struggled less in Guardiola's first season but was imperious last season, this saw him selected for the Premier League's Team of The Season. 

#2 Installing a clearly defined style of play

Perhaps the most important thing that Guardiola has done since he arrived in Manchester was properly defining things.

Like every other human being, players need a structure within which they can perform at their most optimum level. Already renowned for his emphasis on quick passing, intelligence, and control, he has brought his philosophy to bear on the team.

Derided by some rather unintelligent English pundits for his emphasis on a ball-playing goalkeeper, he has been justified. While the Claudio Bravo experiment was an absolute failure, the arrival of Ederson in his second season uplifted the team.

When John Stones came in for severe criticism for his errors at the back which led to lots of goals in the 2016/2017 season, his manager stuck to his guns and encouraged the Englishman to continue what he was doing. The result was a vastly improved 2017/2018 season for the former Everton player.

Every player in the Manchester City now understands clearly what the coach wants and their roles in the setup. Even a legendary striker like Sergio Aguero has had to adapt his style of play to fit in better and he has been rewarded by an amazing run of goal scoring under the former Bayern Munich manager.

#1 He has gotten transfers right

The best thing that he has done since he has been at City, the transfer work under his watch has been largely flawless.

Unlike the mess at Old Trafford, players have been bought with a specific plan in mind. In his first season, John Stones, Nolito, Bravo, Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane, and Gabriel Jesus (in January) were brought for £192m in to fix specific needs; Bravo was brought in to be a sweeper-keeper, Gundogan a creative presence, Jesus was supposed to complement Aguero and so on.

Ultimately, Nolito and Bravo proved to be disappointments as the title challenge faltered very early in Guardiola's first season. In his second season, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Mendy, Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte (January) were added for £285m and these players have helped in taking the team to its present level.

This season, only Riyad Mahrez was added for £60m as the sterling work over the last two seasons continued. Given the team's potent mix of youthful vigour and experience, Manchester City are well placed to continue taking care of business for the foreseeable future.

By Omene Osuya

majsdesaint Posted on August 23, 2018 13:01

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What Jose Mourinho Must Learn From Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United

It is well known that Jose Mourinho is on borrowed time at Manchester United, especially with Manchester City playing so well and even Liverpool looking like they can mount a decent Premier League title challenge.

The fact that United are being written off with just two games of the season played and after just one defeat tells its own story. Mourinho was clearly given a vote of no confidence by the board in the transfer market and the players' dissent towards him (think of Paul Pogba's cryptic interview) shows things are not right at Old Trafford.

Of course, United fans are used to this. Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013, it has all gone downhill. Countless articles have been written on what David Moyes and Louis van Gaal did wrong and, in some ways, Mourinho is repeating those mistakes.

He has alienated the players (particularly big-name stars) and creating a culture of fear and negativity among the players. Perhaps justifiably, Mourinho has come in for a lot of stick and criticism from the ex-players and pundits, though perhaps the answers to United's problems are actually a lot simpler than most people think.

All they have to do is to return to the tactics and strategies that served them so well in the Sir Alex Ferguson era. Whether Mourinho chooses to do this is a different matter, given how famously stubborn and rigid he can be.

Whereas Mourinho seems to create a culture of fear among the players, making them scared to attack and jittery in defence, Sir Alex created a culture of fear among the opposition. It's often been cited that before opponents played United (particularly at Old Trafford) that they were beaten before the game had even started.

It's no wonder when you were facing a team full of stars such as Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Rio Ferdinand. The names Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, and Romelu Lukaku don't command quite the same level of fear.

These days when a team plays United it seems that if they want it more then they will be victorious no matter how inferior they may be. This has certainly been the case with Brighton and, on many other occasions, during Mourinho's tenure (Sevilla, Huddersfield etc.).

What tactics can Mourinho employ?

The fear factor is just not there anymore. How can Mourinho restore that?

Again the answer is easy, go back towards what served the club so well in the past. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, from a purely tactical point of view, he would opt for a traditional 4-4-2 formation most times.

He was always a fan of at least two strikers up front. It's no wonder given some of the attacking partnerships he's had over the years - Rooney and Ronaldo, Cole and Yorke, Rooney and Van Persie, the list goes on.

On other occasions, he would go for a 4-3-3, in particular during the 2007/08 season when he had Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez all firing goals in. That kind of forward line put fear into the opposition.

Conversely, Mourinho is more in favour of a solitary striker up front, often Lukaku. However, he has plenty of forwards to make reverting to a more old-school formation like 4-4-2 or an attacking 4-3-3 feasible and it would do a lot of good for United's morale and for the fans as well.

It would address a lot of United's issues, which are mainly in the attacking department. Last season, United were even outscored by a struggling, sixth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League which shows just how modest their goals return was.

Mourinho needs to approach games like Sir Alex

That covers the changes that need to be made from a purely tactical point of view, but there clearly also needs to be a change in approach. The biggest criticism of Mourinho when judging him against Sir Alex is that his brand of football is anathema to the club's traditions and that criticism may actually be warranted.

Under Sir Alex, the emphasis was on United to attack, which explains the number of comeback victories that they enjoyed. They would blow teams away and particularly enjoyed continued success against the smaller sides, simply because they could not cope with United's attacking resources.

United's attacking approach under Ferguson paid dividends and they often enjoyed extended unbeaten runs against sides - they went 11 years unbeaten against Spurs between 2001 and 2012. It's hard to imagine that sort of run ever happening against anyone these days, particularly against a team of the quality of Tottenham Hotspur.

Even though he probably won't, Mourinho needs to go back to United's attacking principles and actually look to attack teams rather than sit on a one-goal lead and play with one striker up front. If he went for a more attacking approach, then perhaps that would give more confidence to his players, the majority of whom look like they are playing with very little confidence right now.

If Mourinho listened to this advice, it might actually be enjoyable to watch United again and it's been a long time since it was actually exciting to watch the Reds.

By Sam Curran

majsdesaint Posted on August 23, 2018 12:37

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11 Ways To Make Your Long-Term Marriage Happier, Starting Today

                                             HELP TIPS FOR COUPLES

The honeymoon period in most marriages has a shelf life. But does that mean you can’t bring back those fluttery butterfly feelings of excitement and anticipation everyone experiences at the beginning of a relationship? Absolutely not. All marriages maneuver through rough patches. Some don’t survive long enough to come out the other side unscathed. But many do. Here are 11 ways to keep your marriage fresh.

1. Remind your partner (and yourself) that you appreciate them.

After you’ve been married for many, many years, that passionate kiss when your partner walks in the door can easily morph into a peck on the check that can then morph into an inability even to look up from your computer. Over the course of my 23-year marriage, there are times when I’ve felt my own husband and I were starting to become so familiar with each other that we were settling into a stultifying — albeit comfortable — routine. But there’s a real danger in that. Studies show that nearly half of men who have cheatedsay it was because of emotional dissatisfaction — and not sex. When men don’t feel connected or appreciated by their wives, they are vulnerable to the advances of any attractive woman who casts a lustful glance their way. And fellows, it works the other way as well.

In his film “Annie Hall,” Woody Allen charged that “a relationship is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.” I believe he was right.

2. Say thank you for the little things.

I’ve been guilty of keeping score, constantly calculating who had done what. “I cleaned out the kids’ closets, so you have to clean the basement.” “I moved for your job when we first got married, so now you need to move for mine.” “I initiated sex last time, so now it’s your turn.” But playing tit for tat is childish and will do nothing but chip away at the trust and connection you’ve built with your spouse. If you are so inclined, keep score of all the positive things your partner does in a day — and then thank them. Hopefully they’ll get the hint and do the same for you.

3. Practice honesty, even when you’re ashamed.

If you have maxed out a credit card or two and find yourself hiding the bills each month, you can bet it’s going to come back to bite you. Eventually, whether you’re applying for a home loan or simply talking about the costs of summer vacation, these kinds of money issues will either be brought to light by a credit report or by the simple fact you can’t afford a trip away. Although infidelity usually happens in bed, it also can happen with money. And it will be a tough road gaining back your spouse’s trust if you’ve lied about overspending.

Along that same vein, if you feel you aren’t connecting with your partner the way you used to, you need to say something — now. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. I once let communication issues fester for months on end, failing to verbalize my displeasure, and my husband and I wound up in marriage counseling for nearly a year. It took a third party — and a real investment on our part — to get us back on track. If I had not kept telling myself that things would get better on their own, we might not have reached what I call the danger zone.

4. Take care of your appearance.

With many years and a few kids under your belt, it’s easy to let your appearance slide. Think about when you first met your partner. Would you have walked around in stained sweatpants and without brushing your teeth? My guess is no. I’m not saying you have to look like Julianne Moore every time you settle in for a night of TV. But I’ve seen too many couples transform from Cliff and Clair Huxtable into Dan and Roseanne Connor — with disastrous repercussions.

Sometimes my husband will say “wow, you look nice” as I’m walking out the door for a girls’ night out. At least pay your spouse the same courtesy you do your friends by fixing yourself up for him or her every once in awhile.

5. Foster relationships outside your marriage.

I’ve been going on girls’ trips for as long as I’ve been married. Yes, I love traipsing off with my spouse and three kids. But these weekends away with friends are also important. Swapping stories with others and enjoying new experiences make me — I hope — a more interesting person for my spouse to be around. When Katie Couric asked Barbra Streisand the secret to her happy 14-year marriage to James Brolin, she replied “time apart.” “It gets romantic because even the conversations on the phone get more romantic. You need some distance,” Streisand said.

Your marriage should be your primary relationship — but it needn’t be the only one.

6. Watch your words.

There are many things you should never say to a longtime spouse, the first being: “Don’t you think our new neighbor is attractive?” That’s a question you just think you want to know the answer to. It’s also never a good idea to start a sentence with: “You know it’s always been your problem that...” Who wants to hear that from their partner? We hopefully all have a pretty good sense of ourselves at this point and having someone you love point out a failing in this way does little to engender a loving relationship.

“You always...” or “You never...” Think about it. Neither of these is true. If you start a sentence with these words your mate is certain to shut down or start a fight. Stop for a minute and think about what you really mean to say — and then say that instead.

7. Put away the jumper cables yourself.

In life, there are big things and there are little things. The big things — draining the bank accounts to support a gambling habit, forgetting to mention that he’s in the federal witness relocation program living under a false identity or that he has a second family stashed in Queens — are of course one-way streets to divorce court. But most of us don’t have problems of that magnitude. Most of us have problems that are more like petty and repeated annoyances, which when fed the steroids of resentment and anger, balloon up like Arnold Schwarzenegger. And we all know what steroids did to his heart, right?

Most of our problems start out small enough — he borrows the jumper cables from your car and then leaves them sitting in the driveway just waiting to get run over — and from that sprouts a giant festering sore. It leads you to utter words like, “If you loved me you would have put the jumper cables back in my car so that when I get stuck in a bad neighborhood with a dead battery I could save myself,” which, in my household, generally results in a reply like “When do you ever drive in bad neighborhoods?”

It is the small annoyances that, if left unaddressed, do us in. For a happier marriage, address them right away and keep it simple. “Honey, did you put jumper cables back in my car?”

8. Relish the silence.

Sometimes the best way to address a problem is to just walk away from it — as in seriously let it go. Not every slight must be addressed. Know that not every insult is intended. Practice letting go as much as you can. Forgive more. Forget more. Bite your tongue until the tip bleeds. And once in a while, remind yourself of why you married this person. Focus on those reasons and let stuff pass without mention.

The trick to successful silence, however, is that you really let the problem pass. If you stay silent and still harbor bad thoughts, well, that’s where ulcers come from. As the Beatles told us, “Let It Be.”

9. Recognize the ebb-and-flow.

Relationships aren’t flat-lined; that’s death, actually. Life has ups and downs, peaks and valleys. We all go through periods where the mere thought of life without our partners can bring tears to our eyes and then a week later we can’t stand the sound of their breathing next to us. We’ve all been there. The trick is knowing that you won’t stay in either place forever. Truth is, in a marriage, you spend most of your time in an emotional middle ground. It’s not songbirds chirping, nor is it considering which poison in his pasta will cause the most painful demise.

This middle ground isn’t the couple who sit in the restaurant across from one another without conversing. Those people have actually flat-lined and just don’t know it yet. No, the middle ground is when months meld into years and you know what the reaction will be before you say something. It’s when the book you finished last night just migrates automatically to the nightstand on his side and he tells you about the recorded “Modern Family” episode you slept through. It’s the every day ebb and flow without the waves.

10. Be kind.

We tend to take advantage of those we love the most — probably because we know they love us and we can get away with it. It’s the old kick-the-cat syndrome. You have a bad day at the office and come home and take it out on your mate. A much healthier pattern is to start out each day by asking yourself, “What can I do today to make my partner happy?” And mean it. Doesn’t it make more sense to put your best face on for someone you love? Look for ways to say “yes.” This rule applies to parenting as well, but in a happy marriage, people are busy trying to please each other. That sometimes means sitting through endlessly long ball games, putting on a tie, watching a horror movie with your eyes closed, and traveling around old Civil War battleground sites when you really wanted to be vacationing on a beach in Hawaii. It’s doing things for your partner.

11. Maintain intimacy and passion, both inside and outside the bedroom.

Intimacy isn’t just sex and passion isn’t just doing it on the kitchen counter. Bedroom habits age along with the marriage. There may be no stronger aphrodisiac than a moonlight walk on the beach that ends in a kiss. There may be no greater display of passion than the zeal of a partner in a hospital room trying to get the nurse’s attention for an ailing wife. Don’t let others define what is a “normal” or “healthy” amount of sex for your marriage. Know that things change, but that doesn’t make them less exciting or fun. And intimacy comes in many shapes, including conversation and cuddling.


sarah Posted on August 23, 2018 12:20

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