9 months agoWATCH: Careful Sarri! Higuain cleans out Gattuso in AC Milan training

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Careful Sarri! Higuain cleans out Gattuso in AC Milan trainingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s coaching staff better be careful if Gonzalo Higuain arrives from AC Milan.Milan training from yesterday shows Higuain taking out coach Gennaro Gattuso much to the delight of his team-mates preparing for the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.The famously volatile manager fortunately saw the funny side too as Higuain, who is looking to push through a move to Chelsea, slid in during a Rondo drill.Gattuso has admitted he expects Higuain to eventually leave for Chelsea this month.Incase you want a longer version. that var gesture from higuain tho. also noticed someone nutmeg on gattuso at the end lololol so funny. famiglia pic.twitter.com/XYSgXwnX0O— —uncommon (@toological424) January 14, 2019 last_img read more

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Probe by judicial council committee recommends Quebec judge be removed from office

first_imgMONTREAL – A committee of the Canadian Judicial Council recommended in a report released Monday that Michel Girouard be removed from his position as a Quebec Superior Court justice for misconduct and failing to perform his duties in office.The report from the council’s inquiry committee was the second investigation stemming from allegations from a police informant in 2012 who said Girouard bought drugs from him in 2010, when the judge was still a lawyer.In April 2016, the judicial council ruled Girouard could return to sit as a judge despite the council’s own inquiry committee recommending he be removed from office months earlier.The federal and provincial justice ministers jointly requested the council conduct a second inquiry into the allegations, primarily into the truthfulness of the judge’s testimony under oath and his integrity.“The committee found that the misconduct particularized in each of those allegations … is extremely serious, and mandates a recommendation for removal from office,” read the report.The council said it would consider its committee’s report and give Girouard the chance to make written submissions.After that, the council said it would make a final recommendation on Girouard’s fate to the federal justice minister.Girouard was named to Superior Court in September 2010 after practising law for a quarter-century in the Abitibi region in northwestern Quebec.last_img read more

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Bloody Thunder Bay murder capital of Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsThunder Bay is the largest city in northwestern Ontario.At first glance it looks like any other Canadian city.Except it isn’t.APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports that after a summer of bloody violence, Thunder Bay is anything but a typical northern community.last_img

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Floyd Mayweather Announces Rematch With Marcos Maidana

Floyd Mayweather wants to end any questions few had about him after last May’s majority-decision win against Marcos Maidana, in a world title 147-pound rematch on Sept. 13.“The rematch with Mayweather is the only fight that really motivates me,” Maidana said in the release. “I feel I earned it in the ring and Floyd owed it to me. I’ve already proved that I don’t care if the man I have in front of me is the best pound-for-pound champion. I was close to ending his reign last time. On Sept. 13, he will not get away undefeated.”Mayweather won a majority decision — 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 — to unify 147-pound world titles in a competitive fight, one of the most competitive and entertaining of his career.“Marcos Maidana is a tough customer and he gave me a fight that had me work for the victory,” Mayweather said in a news release. “His style is difficult at best, but with experience comes a way and will to win. I’m not one to give second chances in the ring, but I want to give the fans what they want to see. I will be as prepared as I always am when I step in the ring on Sept. 13. I only see the outcome one way and that’s another successful night for me and my team.”Although most thought Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs), 37, did enough to win, Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs), 30, of Argentina, disputed the decision and had given Mayweather his most difficult fight in years.Mayweather also probably picked Maidana because he is essentially out of established opponents to face since a showdown with fellow champion Manny Pacquiao — the one fight the public has demanded for years — is not even up for discussion, given their different promotional and network alliances. And that’s even before an argument over the financial split, drug testing and numerous other issues.“It was such a great fight in May and I know everywhere I’ve been going the fans have been saying that and that Floyd should fight him in a rematch,” Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com. “So why not? Maidana thought he won the fight. Floyd knows he won the fight. It was a tremendous fight.”Ellerbe said they considered other potential opponents, but he declined to name names.“I don’t want to get into the names. It comes down to that the first fight was a great fight, and this is a fight that fans wanted to see again,” Ellerbe said.The fight will be promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, which has promoted all of Mayweather’s fights since 2007.  That is noteworthy is because last month, in the wake of the resignation of Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer, who is very close to Mayweather, Ellerbe told ESPN.com that they would no longer work with Golden Boy. read more

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The Bears Dont Need Blitzes To Destroy Your Quarterback

When Vic Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2015, he took the helm of a ship that was essentially already at the bottom of the ocean. Not only were the Bears mired in a four-season playoff drought, but Chicago was also coming off consecutive seasons in which it fielded arguably the worst defense in franchise history.“We obviously aren’t a good team,” defensive end Jared Allen succinctly put it in 2014 after the Bears allowed consecutive opponents to pile up 50-plus points, a feat that had no precedent in modern professional football.Now, Chicago is under the direction of head coach Matt Nagy, atop the NFC North and in the midst of a three-game winning streak for the first time since the beginning of the 2013 season. But seemingly all anyone can talk about is Fangio’s defense.In its most recent victory, Chicago dismantled Tampa Bay’s then-league-best offense in a 48-10 bloodletting. Chicago’s front seven had Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston, who made his season debut, running toward the nearest airport.Fitzpatrick and Winston haven’t been Chicago’s only victims, though.When it comes to getting at the quarterback, the Bears are off to the third-best start in franchise history. Even though the team had a bye in Week 5, its 18 sacks rank second in the league, one shy of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 19. One-fourth of Chicago’s 16 best single-game sack performances since 2015 came in the first four weeks of this season. At 4.5 sacks per contest so far, Chicago is on pace to tie the NFL single-season sack record of 72, a record the Bears set in 1984.Chicago’s 11.6 percent sack rate1Sack rate is the number of sacks of the opposing quarterback divided by the quarterback’s total dropbacks, including passing attempts and sacks. is 1.5 percentage points ahead of the next-best team. If the Bears can maintain that pace, they would set the the fifth-best mark since 1980, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Chicago’s defense is collapsing the pocket better than perhaps any team.But here’s the remarkable thing about the Bears: They are racking up the sacks despite hardly blitzing.The Bears rank last in the league in blitzing, defined as sending five or more pass rushers at a quarterback who’s dropping back to throw, with 5.0 per contest, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information Group. If Chicago maintained its blitz average for the rest of the season, it would be the sixth-lowest rate since 2006, the first year for which data is available. Other teams have used this formula before. Most notably, Jacksonville last season was able to get to the AFC championship game and field one of the best defenses in football while ranking second in sacks and last in blitzes. Chicago’s defense is 7.6 points better than average this season, according to Pro-Football-Reference’s Defensive Simple Rating System. That’s the franchise’s best mark since the 1985 and 1986 campaigns, when the Bears went a combined 29-3 and won a Super Bowl.Blitz-less defenses aren’t always dominant; the 2006 Indianapolis Colts blitzed the least of any team for which data is available and were the fourth-worst defense in the AFC. But Chicago’s defense is dominating, leading the league in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average,2DVOA is a statistic that “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” while ranking no lower than third in pass and rush defense.This weekend, Chicago travels to Miami to take on a Dolphins outfit missing several offensive linemen, setting the stage for more defensive highlights from the Bears. A franchise long synonymous with hard-nosed defense and strong play from the linebacker corps has re-established its identity under Fangio.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This is in no small part a function of the Bears’ new $141 million linebacker. Khalil Mack, who became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history after the Bears traded for him last month, is tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks (five) and tied for first in forced fumbles (four). In terms of pressure applied, Mack is ahead of the pace he set in 2016 when he was named defensive player of the year. In Week 3 of this season, during the Bears’ 16-14 win over Arizona, the Cardinals went as far as tasking three men with containing Mack. Late in the second quarter, after Mack beat every last one of those Cardinals, his teammate Akiem Hicks swooped in for the sack.Mack is not only a transcendent talent capable of getting to the quarterback on seemingly every snap; his play has also raised the performance of his teammates. Mack, Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Aaron Lynch and Roy Robertson-Harris have accounted for at least 1.5 sacks apiece this season. “Those boys inside can raise so much hell, it’s outrageous,” said hell-raiser Richard Dent, a Hall of Fame defensive end and a member of the vaunted 1985-86 Bears defense, in an interview with The Athletic.Blitzing requires a defensive player to eschew coverage in favor of pressure. Like so many other aspects of football, the blitz is a risk-reward proposition. Get to the quarterback quickly enough, and the play is over — and you may have even created a takeaway. Get to the quarterback a step late, and he will likely find a target in the hole you’ve left.Leaguewide, blitzing is trending down, largely because the game has gotten faster and offensive efficiency continues to skyrocket. It seems that defensive coordinators are content to send fewer pass rushers at the quarterback and instead rely on their secondary in coverage. In four consecutive seasons, the number of blitzes faced by quarterbacks has dropped, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information. Opposing quarterbacks saw a 17 percent decrease from 2013 to 2017 in total five-man blitzes.Long a proponent of blitz-scarce schemes, Fangio oversees an optimal situation in Chicago, where the Bears largely abstain from blitzing — yet they still manage to get to the quarterback.“I think the ideal thing is you’d like to pressure when you want to and not feel like you have to,” Fangio told The Athletic. “If you can get to that point, then you feel pretty good.”Fangio was well ahead of the trend of blitz-less defenses. He has held an NFL defensive coordinator role each season since 2011, when he took that job with the San Francisco 49ers, and over that stretch, his defenses have always been among the league’s most blitz-reluctant outfits. read more

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SB91 Expands Discretionary Parole Eligibility For Current Inmates

first_imgWhen the board is making their determination, they consider the seriousness of the offense, the offender’s criminal record, adjustment and treatment while incarcerated, and an offender’s future plans. The board also considers the crime’s impact on the victim and the victim’s future safety. Victims and survivors are notified of all discretionary parole hearings. The victim may express feelings and concerns to the Board in writing or testify before the board in person. 629 Discretionary parole hearings were held in 2017, of those 5% were from Wildwood Correctional Facility. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The total discretionary hearings, prior to Senate Bill 91, were on average around 179 per year. With theimplementation of SB 91 the total amount of parole discretionary hearings more than tripled in 2017. This means that if an inmate has exceeded the court’s mandatory minimum sentence or has served a quarter of their total sentence, they can ask the parole board for release.center_img SB 91 expanded discretionary parole eligibility to all persons who have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least 181 days, except for those convicted of unclassified sex offenses, those serving a mandatory 99-year term for murder in the first degree, those serving less than one year pursuant to a suspended imposition of sentence, or those who have been deemed ineligible by the court. To receive discretionary parole, an offender must complete one-third of his or her sentence and receive the approval of the Parole Board, a five member board that is part of the Department of Corrections. Last year, the Board of Parole released prisoners 57 percent of the time during these hearings, according to the DOC. The vast majority of those eligible for discretionary parole were sentenced on or after January 1, 2017.last_img read more

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WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Helps Raise Funds For NuPath By Networking With

first_imgWOBURN, MA — The Woburn Business Association, Reading/North Reading Chamber, Wilmington/Tewksbury and Stoneham Chambers recently gathered at Boston Appliance for a Young Professionals networking event. Host and President, Christian Jason graciously entertained over 70 guests in their impressive showroom with a Food Network chef, networking Bingo and amazing raffle prizes.In addition to enjoying a great night of networking, attendees also supported a great cause. NuPath is a Woburn-based non-profit human services agency that helps adults with disabilities lead fulfilling lives in their communities. One of the services that NuPath provides is job training and support. Boston Appliance as well as many other businesses in the area have hired through NuPath and found engaged and enthusiastic employees. Attendees donated $400 to support the important work of NuPath.(NOTE: The above announcement and photo is from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Invites Local Business Owners To Woburn Networking EventIn “Business”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Co-Host ‘Women In Business’ Event On July 22In “Business”Massachusetts Lottery Eyeing Wilmington As Location For New Regional OfficeIn “Business”last_img read more

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Laws to prevent violence against women not implemented

first_imgProthom Alo organizes a discussion on ‘Strict measures needed to prevent violence against women’ at its Kawran Bazar office on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloDiscussants at a roundtable on Saturday said the violence against women was worsening by the day.Although there are laws to prevent violence against women, the participants of the Prothom Alo roundtable pointed out, these are not implemented properly.Prothom Alo, in association with the Institute of Informatics and Development, organised the discussion on ‘Strict measures needed to prevent violence against women’ at its Kawran Bazar office. Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum moderated the discussion.  Bangladesh Mahila Parishad general secretary Maleka Banu said there had been movements over four decades to prevent violence against women.“There are many laws to prevent violence against women but these are not implemented. Women are becoming more vulnerable,” she said.Supreme Court lawyer Sara Hossain said the state is not human rights friendly.She said there are court orders regarding violence against women in the streets.These orders are not followed, Sara Hossain said, also pointing to the major problems in the implementation of the laws.She said the police are bound to record complaints, but frequently refuse to do so. No action is taken against the law enforcers, she added.Also a human rights activist, Sara Hossain said two female activists of United People’s Democratic Front were reportedly abducted. No steps were taken in this regard, she said.Sara said the scope to protest against violation of human rights is shrinking.Laws are being applied in the interests of the party in power, she alleged.Public prosecutor of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 5 Ali Asgar Swapan said the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000 was passed in 18 years ago. The law is not properly applied, he said.  Swapan said there is a provision that the trial proceedings have to be completed within 180 days, but this is not followed.Chairman at the women and gender studies department of Dhaka University Syed Md Shaikh Imtiaz said they were working on the repression on women in Gangachhara upazila of Rangpur.He quoted certain male students as saying that it was inevitable that girl students were raped if they dressed ‘indecently’. “We have turned our religious leaders into social leaders,” Imtiaz regretted.The first woman dean of the social science faculty at Dhaka University, Sadeka Halim, said the root cause of violence against women was yet to be identified.“If any teacher sexually harasses a female teacher or student, we can’t take exemplary action against them due to old proctorial rules. We can only send the accused on forced leave,” she said.UNFPA national programme officer for gender, adolescent and youth, Humaira Farhanaz said the government was working to stop child marriage and some upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) were active in their efforts to free their administrative units of child marriage.“But there is information from different areas that families were getting their children married off in microbuses and boats,” said Humaira Farhanaz.IID chief executive officer Sayeed Ahmed, IID associate researcher Falguni Reza, Md Nurul Islam of Asia Foundation and Samia Haque of Brac University, among others, spoke at the roundtable.last_img read more

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UPDATE Britain Raises Terror Level After Concert Attack

first_imgSincerely wish I could have been in #Manchester for the vigil tonight. There’s strength and solidarity in numbers #StandTogether https://t.co/ZXYoTnP906— Natasha Calder (@tasha_calder) May 23, 2017Thousands of people have turned out for a vigil in Manchester, with the crowd holding a minute of silence to honor the victims of the concert attack.Lord Mayor Eddy Newman and the city’s police chief were among the speakers in front of city hall in Albert Square. Several people in the crowd held up signs with “I Love MCR,” an abbreviation for Manchester.A banner with a website for a Muslim group said “Love for all, Hatred for None.”The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Monday night’s blast at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and wounded 59 others. Police have named the suspected bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.___6 p.m.Pop group Take That has postponed its planned three shows at the Manchester Arena Thursday, Friday and Saturday.The band had already canceled its Tuesday show in nearby Liverpool following the deadly bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.The band said it was postponing the Sunday performance “out of respect to all of the people and their families that were affected by the horrific incident last night.”The band Blondie also canceled its Tuesday night concert in London “as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible attack.”Lead singer Debbie Harry tweeted that the Round Chapel date will be rescheduled.Police say the attack in Manchester killed 22 people and injured 59, including many teenagers.___5:50 p.m.Manchester’s police chief has warned that while he understands that “feelings are very raw” after Monday’s concert attack, it is vital that the city’s diverse communities stand together and that hate will not be tolerated.Chief Constable Ian Hopkins also said that the priority for police Tuesday is to establish whether the suspected bomber, named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, was acting alone or as part of a network.Police arrested an unidentified 23-year-old man in southern Manchester on Tuesday. They also raided the house where Abedi was registered as living, but witnesses say they did not see anyone arrested there.Monday’s bombing at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people and injured dozens others.Vigil for #ManchesterBombing victims…crowds listen to the city’s Lord Mayor pic.twitter.com/erzfLddiBZ— BBC Outside Source (@BBCOS) May 23, 2017___5:30 p.m.The chiefs of Italy’s police and intelligence forces, along with a British security official, have met to review anti-terrorism measures in light of the Manchester bomb blast, which occurred four days ahead of a G-7 summit in Sicily.Interior Minister Marco Minniti led the huddle Tuesday at his ministry, with a Rome-based British security official among the participants.The ministry says Italy’s level of threat for terrorism hasn’t changed after the concert bombing in England Monday night. But it said already-heightened security will be further strengthened to protect high-risk targets and places where crowds of people gather.___5:20 p.m.Official records show that Salman Abedi was registered as living at the Manchester house raided by armed police investigating Monday night’s deadly concert blast.The electoral register shows that 22-year-old Abedi — confirmed by British police as the suspect in the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert — lived at the house in Fallowfield in southern Manchester where police carried out a controlled explosion Tuesday.Alan Kinsey, 52, who lives across the street from the raided house, filmed at least 20 heavily armed police in helmets and armor march down the street, surround the house and blast down the door before entering.He said he didn’t see anyone but police leave the house.He said a man in his 20s, whose name he didn’t know, lived there. In the past there had been other residents but for the last six months or more he had just seen the man.8 years old. Imagine her excitement. Dressing up for the concert. Holding her Mom’s hand. This is horrific. #ManchesterBombing R.I.P❤️ pic.twitter.com/ToZPeK9o3J— Mist ?? (@ZIIVRAHD) May 23, 2017___5 p.m.Ariana Grande’s tour has not been canceled or postponed despite reports online, a person close to the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said.The person said that Grande and her team are more focused on the victims at the moment, not the tour.It was unclear if Grande’s next schedule show — Thursday in London — would take place.—By Mesfin Fekadu___4:40 p.m.Concert promoters at London’s O2 Arena, where Ariana Grande is scheduled to perform Thursday and Friday, say they are in contact with the singer’s team about her next steps.“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families,” the arena said in a statement. “We are in contact with the promoters of Ariana Grande’s tour and will update as soon as we have further information regarding the planned dates at The O2.”Grande has yet to tell fans whether she will continue her European tour following the deadly blast at her concert in Manchester.___4:35 p.m.Officials in the United States say British authorities have identified the suspect in the Manchester suicide bombing attack as Salman Abedi.A U.S. official confirmed the identity Tuesday to The Associated Press. No additional details were immediately available.The bombing Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 people and sparked a stampede of young concertgoers.The Islamic State claimed responsibility, but Dan Coats, the U.S. director of intelligence, says that connection has not yet been verified.#PrayForDWTManchester No more injuries! Please be safe. #ManchesterBombing pic.twitter.com/RWOUhoeupf— Huan Liu (@boaeric) May 23, 2017___4:25 p.m.The house where British police performed a controlled explosion as part of their investigation into the concert blast in Manchester is in an ethnically mixed suburb in the city.Police raided a modest red brick semi-detached house in Fallowfield in south Manchester on Tuesday, and forensics officers were coming and going into the house. Neighbors said they had heard the bomber lived there, but most said they knew little about the inhabitants of the house, except that several people lived in it.Neighbor Natalie Daley said she was frightened by a loud bang on Tuesday afternoon, then police yelling “get in your houses — get away from the windows!”She said she was shaken by how close to home it was. She said: “When it’s like two seconds from your house, when you walk past it every day, you do live in fear.”Police on Tuesday also raided another residential road, and arrested a 23-year-old man at a third location in Manchester.___4 p.m.Britain’s queen has marked a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Manchester suicide bombing.Accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the queen stood at the top of the steps leading down from Buckingham Palace into the grounds. The national anthem was then played.The queen was attending a garden party in the grounds of her palace Tuesday afternoon.___3:55 p.m.The U.N. Security Council has condemned “the atrocious terrorist attack” in Manchester “perpetrated against young innocent people.”Uruguay’s U.N. Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, the current council president, delivered the condemnation at the start of a meeting Tuesday on chemical weapons in Syria and asked for a moment of silence.The 15 council members and diplomats in the chamber of the U.N.’s most powerful body then stood in silent tribute to the victims.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also strongly condemned “the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester” and called for those responsible “for this unjustifiable violence” to be brought to justice, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.___3:40 p.m.Poland’s Foreign Ministry says Poles are missing in Manchester following the concert suicide attack, but does not say how many.The ministry said on Twitter Tuesday that Polish consuls in Manchester are in “constant touch with the families of Polish citizens missing” in Manchester and have extended support to them.Many Poles live, work and study in Britain.___3:35 p.m.British police say they have raided two residential areas in Manchester and carried out a controlled explosion at one of them as part of an investigation into Monday’s suicide bombing attack at a concert in the city.At one of the scenes, where armed police raided an apartment Tuesday, heavily armed and helmeted police were guarding what neighbor Asghar Ali said was a “very, very quiet” area. Ali said: “Even if people throw rubbish outside, people complain – never mind this.”Plain-clothes officers wearing gloves removed bags from an apartment.The leafy residential road in south Manchester, populated by a group of tidy-looking buildings, is less than a mile from the supermarket where police reportedly arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack.Neighbors said the complex of three buildings was a mixed area of students, singles and families, with a large south Asian population.___3:15 p.m.The rapper BIA, who opened for Ariana Grande at Monday’s concert in Manchester, says her heart is “broken.”“My heart is heavy today as I extend my prayers to the children and families affected by last night’s horrible tragedy in Manchester,” the artist says in a statement.“We are sending our love to all of Manchester during this incredibly difficult time. We ask each one of you to join us in keeping all who are suffering in your thoughts and prayers.”BIA, whose real name is Bianca Landrau, was, along with Victoria Monet, part of Grande’s support act for her “Dangerous Woman Tour.”On Twitter, Monet wrote: “I wish I could say that I am OK, but I am not. Safe? Yes, but heartbroken that loved ones who came to have the night of their lives ended up losing them.”___3:05 p.m.The United States’ top intelligence official says the U.S. government has not yet verified that the Islamic State group is responsible for the Manchester attack.Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told Congress that the extremist group frequently claims responsibility for terror attacks.The Islamic State group says one of its members planted bomb in crowds in the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show Monday night that left 22 people dead. The group warned in a statement on social media that more attacks are to come.Testifying Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Coats says though he was aware of the IS claim of responsibility, U.S. authorities hadn’t yet verified that.He says the Manchester attack is a reminder the terrorist threat is real. He says, “It’s not going away and it needs significant attention.”___2:50 p.m.Pop group Take That says it is canceling its show in Liverpool, northern England a day after the deadly bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.The band says it is postponing the performance “out of respect to all of the people and their families that were affected by the horrific incident last night.”The band was scheduled to play at Manchester Arena, the site of Monday’s attack, from Thursday to Saturday. Their representatives say there is no official word yet on whether those shows will go ahead.Police say the attack killed 22 people and injured 59, including many teenagers.___1:55 p.m.British authorities say an 8-year-old girl, Saffie Roussos, was among the 22 people killed in the Manchester bombing. And an ambulance official says 12 children under the age of 16 were among 59 injured in the attack as people left a pop concert.___1:30 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative ally in Bavaria have called off a pre-election event at a beer tent in Munich following the Manchester attack.Merkel and Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer had planned to make a joint appearance on Tuesday evening. But Seehofer’s Christian Social Union party said the event was postponed out of “respect for the victims” of the attack on an Ariana Grande concert in England.The event was scheduled as the pair display rediscovered unity after they fell out over Merkel’s welcoming approach to refugees in 2015. Germany holds a general election in September.Police in Manchester say a lone bomber with an improvised device died in the attack. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility and that several bombs were involved.___1:25 p.m.Pope Francis has expressed profound dismay over the “barbaric” attack at a concert in Manchester, England.A condolence telegram sent in his name says he was “mindful in a particular way” of the many children and young people who perished, as well as their grieving families. He prayed for “God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength” upon Britain.The telegram said Francis expressed “heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence” and commended the “generous efforts” of emergency and security personnel.Authorities in Manchester say the bomber was killed in blast. The Islamic State group has claimed one of its “soldiers” was responsible.___12:55 p.m.The Islamic State group says one of its members planted bombs in the middle of crowds in Manchester, England, where 22 people died in an explosion.Police, however, have spoken only of “an improvised device” used in the attack.IS says “a soldier of the caliphate planted bombs in the middle of Crusaders gatherings” then detonated them. It did not say whether the attacker was killed.The group claimed that “30 Crusaders were killed and 70 others were wounded,” higher than the totals confirmed by authorities in Manchester.___12:45 p.m.A school in northern England has identified one of the victims in the Manchester concert bombing as Georgina Callander, a former pupil.Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, told The Associated Press that the school confirmed Callander’s death with members of her family.Rawlinson says “she was academically a very gifted student, very hard-working. Just lovely to speak to.”The school posted a photo of Georgina on its website, smiling and look smart in her school uniform. It said she died of injuries from the attack and described her as “a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff.”12:35 p.m.U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. is working closely with the British government as it investigates the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.Tillerson released a statement Tuesday saying that “our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack.”He says: “While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack.”___12:25 p.m.Queen Elizabeth II has expressed her “deepest sympathy” to all those affected by Monday’s bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert, where 22 people were killed.In a statement issued Tuesday, the monarch said “the whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury”.She thanked police and the emergency services, and expressed admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded to the attack: “With humanity and compassion to this act of barbarity.”Police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack. Police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack.___12:01 p.m.Greater Manchester Police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the apparent suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the city.Police say the man was arrested in south Manchester Tuesday, a day after the explosion killed 22 people and injured 59, many of them teenagers.They did not provide details.Police also said officials arrested a man at the Arndale shopping center in central Manchester — but that the arrest is not believed to be connected to Monday night’s attack.___11:50 a.m.Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni says efforts are underway so that this week’s G-7 summit in Sicily will yield a stronger, common anti-terrorism commitment.Condemning the bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester, England, Gentiloni told reporters Tuesday in Rome that the summit on Friday and Saturday provides the opportunity to insist that “the cowardliness that snuffs out the lives of young people won’t get the better of our freedom.”He said Italians can count on the “dedication and professionalism” of their nation’s security forces to ensure international events are carried out safely.He says he planned to call British Prime Minister Theresa May to express “closeness, solidarity” to Britons.___11:45 a.m.Police have evacuated a large shopping center in Manchester, England. Police declined to comment on media reports that they have arrested a man there.July McKenzie, who was shopping when the Arndale shopping center, said: “We were just in the shop and could hear people screaming and security guards telling everybody to get out.”Some people left the scene in tears, while others waited outside the mall.The Arndale center was rebuilt after an IRA bombing in 1996.___11:35 a.m.Turkish officials say they “strongly condemn” the attack in Manchester and promised to work together with the United Kingdom against terror. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey “shares the pain of the state of England and the English people” in the attack that killed 22 people.Turkey has been hit by a string of attacks blamed on the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants since 2015, killing at least 550 people.___11:15 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May says that it is “beyond doubt” that Britain and the city of Manchester have fallen victim to “a callous terrorist attack.”Speaking outside her offices in London, she says “Although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England.”May says police believe they know the attacker’s name but are not disclosing it immediately.___11:10 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May says police and security staff in Manchester believe they know identity of the apparent suicide bomber who attacked people leaving an Ariana Grande concert Monday night, but they are not revealing the name for the time being.Speaking in London, May said: “This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice.”She says the attack, in which 22 people died, was one of the worst the nation had suffered.___11:00 a.m.Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, has joined the condemnations of the Manchester attack.In a statement, Khan says: “This is horrific, this is criminal. May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next.”He adds: “I urge all those in the region and around the country to pool together to support those affected.”___10:55 a.m.Finance ministers from the 28 European Union countries, including Britain’s Philip Hammond, observed a minute’s silence in memory of those killed and injured in the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.Ahead of the regular EU meeting of finance ministers, Hammond expressed his condolences to the victims and their families of “this barbaric attack” in Manchester.“It is, as far as we know, a terrorist incident,” he said. “We are treating it as such.”Hammond, who was due to speak at a panel in Brussels, is to return to London at the meeting’s conclusion instead.Flags are also flying at half-staff outside the European Commission in the heart of the Belgian capital.___10:40 a.m.France’s interior minister says the government will be issuing instructions Tuesday to regional administrators on working with event organizers on how to secure public spaces.After a high-level security meeting in Paris Tuesday, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said organizers of sports events, concerts and other performances already had a series of instructions on how to secure their venues. Collomb said France’s airports have also been secured.France has been on heightened alert since the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks that struck a concert, the national stadium and cafes and bars.Early Tuesday, the Paris mayor’s office said all shows and concerts scheduled in coming days are going ahead as planned. Ariana Grande is scheduled to perform in Paris on June 7.___10:30 a.m.President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready to boost anti-terror cooperation with Britain in the wake of a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.In Tuesday’s telegram to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Putin offered condolences over what he called a “cynical, inhuman crime” and wishes for a quick recovery of all those hurt.Putin reaffirmed Russia’s readiness to “expand anti-terror cooperation with British partners, both on bilateral level and within the framework of broad international efforts.”Britain and other NATO allies have cut cooperation with Moscow on fighting terrorism over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine.Manchester police say an apparent suicide bomber set off an explosive device at the end of the concert, killing 22 people.___10:15 a.m.Former Manchester United soccer star David Beckham posted on Facebook: “As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me. My thoughts are with all of those that have been affected by this tragedy.”In targeting Manchester, the attacker struck at one of Britain’s cultural hearts. The once gritty industrial city, with London and Liverpool, has been one of the main cultural influences on modern Britain, with its iconic Manchester United football team, its cross-city rival City and chart-toppers Oasis, The Smiths and other globally famous bands. Oasis singer Liam Gallagher tweeted that he is “in total shock and absolutely devastated.”Peter Hook of Manchester bands New Order and Joy Division tweeted that his daughter “made it home safe” from the Ariana Grande concert and added: My heart goes out to all parents & those involved. Manchester stay strong.”___10:05 a.m.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has denounced the “ugly terrorist attack” in Manchester, speaking after a West Bank meeting with President Donald Trump. Abbas says he is sending his condolences to the British prime minister, the British people and the families of the victims.Both Trump and the Palestinian leader opened their remarks with a condemnation of the attack in which 22 people were killed by a bomb blast during a concert in the city in northern England.___9:15 a.m.President Donald Trump is expressing solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, condemning the “evil losers” behind the blast.Trump spoke Tuesday after a meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD’ ah-BAHS’).Manchester police say an apparent suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at the end of the concert, killing 22 people.Trump says the attack preyed on “innocent children.” He says this “wicked ideology must be obliterated. And I mean completely obliterated.”Manchester police so far have said nothing about the attacker’s identity or possible motivation.___9:00 a.m.Social media users are helping the desperate hunt for people missing in the Manchester concert bombing by circulating names and photos with the MissingInManchester hashtag.The city’s regional government and its mayor, Andy Burnham, were among scores of Twitter users that circulated the hashtag to help people seeking missing family members and friends.Those named as missing included Olivia Campbell. Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, said the 15-year-old attended the Ariana Grande concert with a friend from school who has since been found and is being treated in a hospital. But Olivia is missing, having last called home just before the concert, the mother told ITV television’s Good Morning Britain breakfast show.She says: “I’ve called the hospitals. I’ve called all the places, the hotels where people said that children have been taken and I’ve called the police. If anyone sees Olivia, lend her your phone, she knows my number.”___8:45 a.m.A Czech woman who was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester says that “there was almost no security check, rather zero. They let us get in without any check if we have anything with us.”Nikola Trochtova told the Czech public radio that “the only thing they were interested in was if we had any bottles of water with us. They almost didn’t check our bags, they didn’t take a look.”She says she was leaving the venue when she heard an explosion at the entrance, but learned the details only after returning to her hotel.___8:35 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it’s “incomprehensible” that someone would target a pop concert to kill and wound people.Merkel said in a statement Tuesday that the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester “will only strengthen our determination to keep acting together with our British friends against those who plan and carry out such inhuman deeds.”She added: “I assure people in Britain that Germany stands beside you.” Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/23121254/UK-Arena-Blast-CR1.mp400:0000:0001:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Latest on the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England (all times local):9:55 p.m.Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain’s threat level from terrorism has been raised to critical — meaning an attack may be imminent.May says Salman Abadi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, may have been part of a bigger network.She said Abadi was born and raised in Britain.The level previously stood at the second-highest rung of “severe” for several years.May said critical status means armed soldiers may be deployed instead of police at public events such as sports matches._____7:30 p.m.Survivors of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert hall say security screening ahead of the Ariana Grande show was haphazard.Nikola Trochtova said she was leaving the venue when she heard the explosion. She told Czech radio that there was almost no security screening ahead of the concert.It is still unclear how the bomber was able to enter the area undetected. The blast happened right after Grande left the stage and the arena lights went back up.Most of the 130 people killed in the November 2015 attacks on multiple Paris venues were attending a show at the Bataclan concert hall.Pre-event security protocols vary country by country and according to venues. Security experts say one protective measure that could have been taken was extending the security perimeter around the Manchester arena._____6:59 p.m.Former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan says the world must stand together against “the extremists and terrorists” responsible for the attack in Manchester and similar senseless violence elsewhere.Annan told The Associated Press on Tuesday that all countries need to work together and share information to deny extremists “their opportunities” and bring those who commit crimes to justice.Annan now leads the group of former world leaders founded by Nelson Mandela called The Elders.Speaking on behalf of the group, he said it’s “tragic that young people who have gone to listen to music and dance should be cut down so brutally and senselessly.”Annan said: “Terrorists have been around, but they’ve always lost, and they will lose this time, too. It may take time, but they will lose.”___6:55 p.m.European soccer’s ruling body says there will be a minute’s silence before Manchester United plays Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday as a mark of respect for victims of the bombing in Manchester.UEFA says “the opening ceremony will also be considerably reduced” in Stockholm after Monday’s attack. At least 22 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert as the performance ended.Manchester United players observed a minute’s silence for the victims at a morning training session on Tuesday before flying to Sweden.Ajax coach Peter Bosz says the final doesn’t have this glow that it should have” because of the attack.Bosz said: “Tomorrow evening should be a feast. But because of the events in Manchester, we are all affected.”___6:40 p.m. Sharelast_img read more

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Advocacy Group Monitors Air Quality At Local Schools Because Of Deer Park

first_imgAir Alliance HoustonAir Alliance Houston has about 10 monitors installed at schools in Greater Houston.The fallout from the petrochemical fire in Deer Park continues, with a breach in a dike wall containing the scorched tankers and more concern about air quality.Environmental advocates are working to install dozens of air quality monitors at schools in Houston Ship Channel communities, an effort they see as long-term.Air Alliance Houston has about 10 monitors at schools and in neighborhoods to track health hazards. But they’ve just received Friday 50 new monitors they plan to install at schools in Deer Park, Galena Park, Pasadena and other places, plus other quality hand-held monitors. Listen X Corey Williams, the alliance’s research and policy director, said that these new monitors can track the particulate matter created by fire and compounds related to benzene.“The smoke cloud that we all saw is kind of symptom — these particles will settle out of that smoke cloud over the coming days and over the coming weeks,” Williams said, adding how they settle depends on wind and other factors.“Our concern is they will come down and affect Houston area communities,” he said.Particulate matter from smoke can affect people’s hearts and lungs and aggravate asthma.Williams said that the petrochemical fire released a mix of volatile organic chemicals — not just the cancer-linked benzene — which react with sunlight to create ozone.“So, I don’t think it’s any coincidence that we’re having our first Ozone Action Day so soon after this incident,” he said.A map showing the data from the monitors can be viewed, here. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share 00:00 /00:50last_img read more

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Sediment study of African lake may help explain huge number of related

first_img © 2015 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Drilling site in nearly 2000’ of water on Lake Malawi. Drill cores at this location penetrated more than 1250’ below the bottom of the lake. Credit: Jason Agnich, University of Minnesota Duluth. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several universities in the U.S. has conducted a drilling study of Lake Malawi in South-East Africa and suggest their findings may help explain the large number of cichlid species that call the lake their home. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their drilling expedition, what the sediment samples showed and why they believe their findings may help explain the unusual number of related fish species.center_img Study shows evolution does not always mean more diversification Citation: Sediment study of African lake may help explain huge number of related fish species (2015, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-sediment-african-lake-huge-fish.html More information: Continuous 1.3-million-year record of East African hydroclimate, and implications for patterns of evolution and biodiversity, Robert P. Lyons, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1512864112AbstractThe transport of moisture in the tropics is a critical process for the global energy budget and on geologic timescales, has markedly influenced continental landscapes, migratory pathways, and biological evolution. Here we present a continuous, first-of-its-kind 1.3-My record of continental hydroclimate and lake-level variability derived from drill core data from Lake Malawi, East Africa (9–15° S). Over the Quaternary, we observe dramatic shifts in effective moisture, resulting in large-scale changes in one of the world’s largest lakes and most diverse freshwater ecosystems. Results show evidence for 24 lake level drops of more than 200 m during the Late Quaternary, including 15 lowstands when water levels were more than 400 m lower than modern. A dramatic shift is observed at the Mid-Pleistocene Transition (MPT), consistent with far-field climate forcing, which separates vastly different hydroclimate regimes before and after ∼800,000 years ago. Before 800 ka, lake levels were lower, indicating a climate drier than today, and water levels changed frequently. Following the MPT high-amplitude lake level variations dominate the record. From 800 to 100 ka, a deep, often overfilled lake occupied the basin, indicating a wetter climate, but these highstands were interrupted by prolonged intervals of extreme drought. Periods of high lake level are observed during times of high eccentricity. The extreme hydroclimate variability exerted a profound influence on the Lake Malawi endemic cichlid fish species flock; the geographically extensive habitat reconfiguration provided novel ecological opportunities, enabling new populations to differentiate rapidly to distinct species. Scientists have debated amongst themselves the possible reasons for such a large number of cichlid species in one lake—over a 1000, which is more than any other lake. Possible ideas have included unknown environmental factors or biological tendencies of the cichlid in general. In this new effort, the researchers suggest it might have been because lake levels changed so dramatically over the years.To learn more, the researchers traveled to the lake and conducted drilling operations, collecting sediment samples that revealed lake level changes over the past 1.3 million years. In looking at the data, the team found that that there were approximately 24 dry periods where the lake level dropped at least 650 feet and multiple periods where excessive moisture caused the lake to overflow into the surrounding area. There was also a big change that occurred approximately 800,000 years ago where the climate shifted from one that was mostly dry, to one that was much wetter. They noted that during some of the low level periods the lake likely broke into several pieces.The researchers suggest that such dramatic fluctuations in lake levels could account for the huge number of cichlid species, a dominant fish that would have had to be able to change quickly to adapt to new conditions—lower lake levels, for example, would have meant the water would have been a lot saltier with dramatically different pH levels, and if the lake broke up for long periods of time it would have led to isolation of some species.If the theory by the team is correct, it still does not explain, as they acknowledge, how it was that so many of the species that developed managed to survive till today. That answer will likely take a genetic study.last_img read more

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A novel way to put flame retardant in a lithium ion battery

first_img Schematic illustration for the fabrication of the microfibers by electrospinning. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 More information: Kai Liu et al. Electrospun core-shell microfiber separator with thermal-triggered flame-retardant properties for lithium-ion batteries, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601978AbstractAlthough the energy densities of batteries continue to increase, safety problems (for example, fires and explosions) associated with the use of highly flammable liquid organic electrolytes remain a big issue, significantly hindering further practical applications of the next generation of high-energy batteries. We have fabricated a novel “smart” nonwoven electrospun separator with thermal-triggered flame-retardant properties for lithium-ion batteries. The encapsulation of a flame retardant inside a protective polymer shell has prevented direct dissolution of the retardant agent into the electrolyte, which would otherwise have negative effects on battery performance. During thermal runaway of the lithium-ion battery, the protective polymer shell would melt, triggered by the increased temperature, and the flame retardant would be released, thus effectively suppressing the combustion of the highly flammable electrolytes. Safer, more environmentally friendly flame retardant with first-of-its-kind dual effects SEM image of the TPP@PVDF-HFP microfibers. Scale bar, 5 μm. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Schematic of the “smart” electrospun separator with thermal-triggered flame-retardant properties for lithium-ion batteries. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Reports of phones and hoverboards catching fire due to short circuits in batteries have caused alarm in the personal electronics industry—both by users and those that make the devices. Unfortunately, up until now, engineers have not been able to solve the problem completely. Most such efforts involve re-engineering devices to prevent short-circuiting and thus overheating, or attempting to put flame retardant directly in the batteries. Neither approach has proven to be entirely satisfactory. Re-engineering does not always solve the problem and the addition of flame retardant greatly reduces battery efficiency. In this new effort, the researchers describe an approach that thus far appears to offer some help—it does not stop overheating from occurring, but it is able to prevent fire.The new approach involves encapsulating a common flame retardant called triphenyl phosphate in an extremely tiny sheath made of plastic fibers and then inserting several of them into the electrolyte that sits between the anode and cathode. The sheath keeps the retardant from actually coming into contact with the electrolyte material, which is flammable and the source of most battery fires. But the plastic fibers in the sheath have a melting point of 160° Celsius—if that temperature is reached, the plastic melts and the retardant is released into the electrolyte quashing a potential fire. Journal information: Science Advances In test devices using their encapsulated flame retardant, the researchers report that the sheaths melted and the retardant was released and merged with the electrolyte in just 0.4 seconds and because of that fires were averted.In practice, it is presumed that such an occurrence in a device would initiate a hardware error before the battery stopped working to alert a user to what had occurred. Thereafter, a user would also presumably have to purchase a new battery in order to continue using their device which would survive the overheating event. GIF animation showing the EC/DEC electrolyte is highly flammable. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Schematic illustration for the fabrication of the microfibers by electrospinning. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978center_img GIF animation showing the EC/DEC electrolyte is highly flammable. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Explore further © 2017 Phys.org GIF animation showing the flammability of the EC/DEC electrolytes in the presence of the TPP@PVDF-HFP separator. The flames of the electrolyte diminish rapidly and are completely extinguished within 0.4 seconds. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Stanford University has found a novel way to introduce flame retardant into a lithium ion battery to prevent fires from occurring. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their technique and their results when testing it. GIF animation showing the combustion of EC/DEC electrolyte with the flame-retardant TPP. Credit: Liu et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601978 Citation: A novel way to put flame retardant in a lithium ion battery (2017, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-flame-retardant-lithium-ion-battery.html This document is subject to copyright. 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