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Edinson Cavani signs on at PSG until 2020

first_imgEdinson Cavani, Uruguayan international, has renewed his contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2020, saying that his “absolute desire” is to continue his “story” with the French club. 25/04/2017 IN SPORT.ES CEST EFE/SPORT Upd. at 22:05 center_img The Matador, whom they paid 64.5m euros to Napoli for, is one of the best strikers in their history with 125 goals in 192 official games, behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has 156 goals in 180 matches.  In a statement PSG announced the 30 year old hitman will stay at the club “until June 30, 2020”.  He has won 11 titles with PSG including three league titles, four French league cups and two French Cups. He is the best paid player in the country now, beating Thiago Silva with his 13m a year deal. He also gets a special 1m bonus for being the league’s top goalscorer. Cavani seguirá en el PSG hasta 2020last_img read more

A week – a long time in cricket

first_imgBy Russell Bennett WGCA PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 12 (Day one) What a difference a week makes. A little…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Worth his Waite in wickets

first_imgBy Tyler Lewis WGCA OTHER GRADES REVIEW – ROUND 6 (DAY TWO) B GRADE Clyde hung on in a tight run chase against Gembrook…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Watch Live FBI Chief Says He Had To Tell Congress Of Clinton

first_img Share Under fire from Democrats, FBI Director James Comey insisted during repeated questions Wednesday he was consistent in disclosing information about an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails before Election Day while keeping quiet about a probe into possible contacts between Russia and the Donald Trump’s campaign.Comey, in his most impassioned public defense of how he handled the case, also said it made him feel “mildly nauseous” to think his actions in October might have influenced the race won by Republican Trump over Democrat Clinton. But he told the Senate Judiciary Committee the FBI cannot take into account how its actions might benefit or harm politicians.“I can’t consider for a second whose political futures will be affected and in what way,” Comey told the senators. “We have to ask ourselves what is the right thing to do and then do it.”Persistent questions from senators, and Comey’s testimony, made clear that the FBI director’s decisions of last summer and fall involving both the Trump and Clinton campaigns continue to roil national politics and produce lingering second-guessing about whether the investigations were handled evenly.On Tuesday, Clinton partly attributed her loss to Comey’s disclosure to Congress less than two weeks before Election Day that the email investigation would be revisited. But Trump tweeted a bit later that Comey actually “was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!”Speaking at times with a raised voice, Comey said he faced two difficult decisions when agents told him in October that they had found emails potentially connected to the Clinton case on a laptop belonging to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who separated last year from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Weiner’s laptop was seized as part of a sexting investigation involving a teenage girl.Comey said he knew it was unorthodox to alert Congress to that discovery 11 days before Americans picked a new president. But he said he decided it would have been “catastrophic” to keep silent, especially when he had testified under oath that the investigation had been concluded and had promised to advise lawmakers if the probe needed to be reopened.“I sat there that morning and could not see a door labeled, ‘No action here,’” Comey said.The FBI obtained a warrant to search the laptop and sifted through thousands of emails, Comey said, including ones with classified information that had been forwarded to the laptop by Abedin to be printed out. Though officials found many new emails, there was nothing to change the FBI’s decision from July not to recommend charges, Comey said.He also said he had not intended to harm the Clinton campaign with his unusual public announcement in July that Clinton and her aides had been “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information though there was not evidence to support criminal charges.He said he had been concerned for months about how to report the investigation’s findings to the public, and because of Justice Department actions including an impromptu airplane meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch he had concluded he needed to make the announcement himself.“My goal was to say what is true. What did we do, what did we find, what do we think? And I tried to be as complete and fair” as possible, Comey said.He said he himself had been interviewed by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office as part of the watchdog’s investigation into the Clinton email case. He said he welcomed that review and continues to believe he did things the right way.Under questioning from Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Comey said he did not treat disclosures about investigations into Clinton’s emails differently than potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.The FBI began a counterintelligence investigation last July into whether Russia had coordinated with Trump campaign associates to influence the American election, but he did not disclose that until a hearing in March, after Trump had been elected and taken office.That prompted Democrats to complain of a double-standard in the way the investigations were treated.But Comey said that other than confirming the Clinton investigation existed, he did not discuss it until after it concluded last year. And he said the FBI does not expect to have anything to say about the Russia investigation until that one was over.He declined on Wednesday to discuss that investigation or to say which Americans the FBI was looking at.last_img read more

Did FBI Miss A Warning Before Florida High School Shooting

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @uchangenowThe massacre at a Florida high school is again raising concerns about whether the FBI missed signs that might have stopped a mass shooting.Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and video blogger noticed a comment on one of his YouTube videos that said, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” He immediately reported it to YouTube and the FBI and the next day two agents came to his office to take a printout of the comment and ask him whether he knew anything about the person who posted it.Although the commenter’s username was “Nikolas Cruz” — the same name as the 19-year-old man who authorities say killed 17 people at his former high school on Wednesday — the FBI couldn’t identify the poster, Robert Lasky, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Miami, said Thursday.Federal agents interviewed the man who reported the comment and searched public records databases, actions in line with those done during an FBI assessment — the lowest level, least intrusive and most elementary stage of an FBI inquiry — but came up short. The FBI says it still hasn’t conclusively linked the account to the alleged shooter.Cruz walked into his former high school in Florida with an AR-15 rifle on Wednesday and opened fire, shooting at students and teachers in hallways and on school grounds.It was the latest attack to raise questions about whether people who once caught the attention of law enforcement should have remained on the FBI’s radar. In the last two years, a man who massacred 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, another who set off bombs in the streets of New York City and a third who gunned down travelers at a Florida airport, had each been looked at by federal agents but later determined not to warrant continued law enforcement scrutiny.FBI assessments are routinely opened after agents receive a tip, which could be sparked by something as simple as noticing odd activity in a neighbor’s garage or a classmate’s comments. Agents routinely face a challenge of sifting through which of the tens of thousands of tips received every year — and more than 10,000 assessments that are opened — could yield a viable threat.Had agents been able to confirm Cruz was the same person as the YouTube poster, they would have found dozens of photos of rifles, ammunition, targets filled with bullet holes, which likely would have led to a face-to-face interview. The FBI did not notify police in Florida about the post before the mass shooting.“They owe us some more detail on what they did,” retired FBI assistant director Ron Hosko said.The questions come as the FBI is already under intense scrutiny and facing unprecedented attack from President Donald Trump and some congressional Republicans, who have seized on what they say are signs of anti-Trump bias, particularly as it relates to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.But it’s not clear the agency dropped the ball in this case, Hosko said.“With anything that the FBI receives they are constrained to act based on what they have in front of them,” said Hosko. “You have a random internet posting that suggests the person wants to do something, not that they are planning on doing something.”FBI guidelines meant to balance national security with civil liberties protections impose restrictions on the steps agents may take during the assessment phase.Agents, for instance, may analyze information from government databases and open-source internet searches, and can conduct interviews during an assessment. But they cannot turn to more intrusive techniques, such as requesting a wiretap or internet communications, without higher levels of approval and a more solid basis to suspect a crime.“It’s a tricky situation because sometimes you get information regarding individuals and they may be just showing off, blustering,” said Herbert Cousins Jr., a retired FBI special agent in charge.A vague, uncorroborated threat alone may not be enough to proceed to the next level of investigation, according to Jeffrey Ringel, a former FBI agent and Joint Terrorism Task force supervisor who now works for the Soufan Group, a private security firm.Many assessments are closed within days or weeks when the FBI concludes there’s no criminal or national security threat, or basis for continued scrutiny. The system is meant to ensure that a person who has not broken the law does not remain under perpetual scrutiny on a mere hunch —- and that the FBI can reserve its scarce resources for true threats.Had he had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic state, for example, investigators might have had enough evidence to proceed with a more intrusive probe.Tips like the one that came in about the Florida gunman are among countless complaints that come into the FBI daily with varying degrees of specificity.“How many of these do you expect the FBI to handle before it becomes the Federal Bureau of Complaints,” said Hosko. “They could spend their entire workforce tracking down internet exchanges that never going to go anywhere.”last_img read more

Howard Gospel Choir Returns to its Birthplace for Live Recording

first_imgAfter over four decades of service, not only domestically but, within the countries of Republic of Georgia, Slovakia, Croatia, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Ukraine famous collegiate choir returns to its home ground for its first live recording in over 20 years.The Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University is set to record its new project, Glorious God, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 4, Cramton Auditorium, located on the campus of Howard University. Admission is free. Tickets can be picked up at Cramton Auditorium or by emailing tickets@howardgospelchoir.com.Under the production advisory of Grammy and Stellar Award Winner Kevin Bond, this special recording will feature other artists such as: former Howard Gospel Choir director, Howard University Alumnus and BET Sunday Best Season 2 finalist, Clifton Ross III; gospel recording artist and Morgan State Alumna Brittney Wright; BET Sunday Best Season 7 finalist and Howard University Bison Ayodele Owolabi; Morehouse Man and BET SundayBest Season 7 Winner Geoffrey Golden; and other special guests.The project will be produced by the current directors of the Howard Gospel Choir and alumni of Howard University, Reginald Golden and Darrell Brown; along with Kevin Golden.For more on the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, visit www.HowardGospelChoir.comlast_img read more

Molecules autonomously propelled by polymerizing DNA strands

first_imgThis 125 nm x 85 nm rectangular DNA origami (“A”) contains Rickettsia polymerization motors growing from closed-circle sites. Credit: Venkataraman, et al. ©2007 Nature. Citation: Molecules autonomously propelled by polymerizing DNA strands (2007, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-09-molecules-autonomously-propelled-polymerizing-dna.html Representing the Departments of Bioengineering, Computer Science, Computation & Neural Systems, and Applied & Computational Mathematics at Caltech, researchers Suvir Venkataraman and colleagues have published their results in a recent issue of Nature Nanotechnology. In contrast to previous synthetic molecular motors, the current motor is powered by non-covalent interactions and operates freely in solution without a substrate.“Propulsive locomotion is achieved by harnessing a hybridization chain reaction (HCR), in which metastable DNA hairpins polymerize upon encountering a target molecule,” coauthor Niles Pierce told PhysOrg.com. “Strikingly, the propelled DNA strand remains firmly in contact with the growing polymer while performing successive handshakes with inserting hairpins.”In geometric mimicry of Rickettsia’s comet tail, the researchers used atomic force microscopy to demonstrate patterned polymerization on one side of a rectangular DNA origami (a method of constructing nanoscale objects recently invented by coauthor Paul Rothemund). The researchers do not yet know whether the polymerization of nanoscale nucleic acid monomers can propel microscale objects freely through solution in more complete functional mimicry of Rickettsia. “This study provides a proof of principle that DNA hybridization can be used to power autonomous molecular locomotion,” said Pierce. “Researchers at the NSF Center for Molecular Cybernetics, of which our team is a part, are now working to develop logical walkers that can work cooperatively and respond to their environment. It is possible that synthetic molecular motors may one day be routinely used in medicine, basic research, and manufacturing.” Citation: Venkataraman, Suvir, Dirks, Robert M., Rothemund, Paul W. K., Winfree, Erik, and Pierce, Niles A. “An autonomous polymerization motor powered by DNA hybridization.” Nature Nanotechnology, Vol, 2, August 2007, 490-494.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Scientists from the California Institute of Technology have fabricated a motor that runs autonomously, and is powered only by the free energy of DNA hybridization. The molecular motor was inspired by bacterial pathogens such as Rickettsia rickettsii that propel themselves through host cells by polymerizing protein “comet tails.” The synthetic mimic operates by polymerizing a double-helical DNA tail out of metastable DNA hairpins (a pattern named for its 180-degree turn). Explore further Are the ‘viral’ agents of MS, ALS and schizophrenia buried in our genome? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

ITE dept looks to delve into potential of digital marketing

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to tap the enormous employment potential in the sphere of digital marketing, the state Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) department has adopted the same as a strategy, particularlyin Tier II and Tier III cities in the state. “Business and commerce are heading to digital marketing or publicity tools and techniques, as they provide business owners the best chances for competition, survival and even business growth. So, we feel that this could be an area in which small groups, particularly the youths, could work upon,” a senior official of the state IT department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeState IT&E Additional Chief Secretary Debashis Sen, on Wednesday paid a visit to a digital ecosystem maker start-up at Ecospace in New Town. The private company has been working in the area of digital marketing and has developed a 360 degree strategy to capture the digital marketplace. “We are planning to use a similar strategy for our visitors in Eco Park. The concept is to make people witness the suitable advertisement at the right time at the right place,” a senior official of West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedElaborating on the idea, he said: “If a visitor is hungry and is looking for a restaurant at noon, we can advertise that a restaurant is near and guide him to a culinary treat.” It may be mentioned that Webel, on behalf of the state, has been conducting introductory workshops on start-ups throughout their 100-plus district units. “Places like Burdwan, Asansol, Durgapur and Purulia are some of the places where this digital marketing strategy can be adopted successfully,” the IT department official added. Officials of the state IT department, during their visit to IT parks across the state, have come across a good number of youths who have evinced interest in working in the digital marketing area. “Most of the companies are adopting a focused and planned digital marketing strategy for capturing a growing and very lucrative online marketplace. They are changing their business models to the online mode as they feel it can attract targeted audiences online that spells the difference between a successfully thriving business and a failed one,” the IT department official maintained.last_img read more

Get rid of underarm discoloration

first_imgIf discoloration or darkening of skin in underarms is bothering you, don’t fret as it can be tackled in different ways, says an expert.* First of all remove underarm hair. Your underarms can look dark because of the ingrown hair under skin. You can clear it by waxing but avoid shaving as shaving only removes the hair above skin and creates an illusion of darkness.* Apply some skin lightening creams. Buy some good quality skin lightening products like scrubs that contain peptides and various natural extracts that help in removing the darkness of armpits. These scrubs should be used twice per week for removal of dirt and dead skin cells. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Clean your underarms daily. Wash and clean underarms every day while taking bath. Washing it every day can make skin dry, and hence remember to moisturize it.* Use aloe vera gel that can be used as a natural exfoliating product. Apply the aloe vera gel under your arms. This gel provides antioxidants and moisture that helps to clean our pits and make it soft.* Potatoes are rich in a natural skin lightening enzyme called catecholase. This enzyme is very helpful in removing dark spots, scars and lightening dark skin. Take a potato and cut a thick slice from it. Rub this slice to your armpits for 15 minutes and then wash it. Repeat it daily for getting positive and more effective results.last_img read more