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NOT welcome here: Exclusive poll shows that Brits DON'T want Donald Trump to visit the UK

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PRESIDENT Donald Trump need not expect a warm welcome when he comes to Britain. The US President has been invited for a State visit by Theresa May, but an exclusive poll for the Sunday Express found that fewer than one in three thought it should go ahead.


Kremlin 'regrets' Ukrainian law recognising Russian occupation

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Of course, Russia will remain committed to the word and spirit of the Minsk accords with other guarantor countries France and Germany, but we regret that such steps only distract us from the desired goal," the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. The EU-brokered Minsk peace agreement, backed by Moscow and Kiev, was first reached in late 2014 and then re-worked in early 2015 with the help of Germany and France, but is violated almost daily.


No. 5 Duke rolls past Pittsburgh 81-54 for 4th straight win (Jan 20, 2018)

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Wendell Carter Jr. had 21 points on 9-for-10 shooting while fifth-ranked Duke shot 52 percent in Saturday's 81-54 win against Pittsburgh.


The Great Ace Attorney 2 - Ryunosuke Naruhodo's Resolve (3DS) Review | VGChartz

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VGChartz's Thomas Froehlicher: "Capcom had planned everything from the start. The Great Ace Attorney might have felt disappointing, but it was clearly meant to be the prelude to a greater story; one which finally comes together here in The Great Ace Attorney 2. It features all of the elements that make the series so enjoyable: tricky cases, hilarious characters, splendid music, and unforgettable turnabouts. It finally makes for a spin-off that is, in the end, as great as the main series."

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Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet

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Kazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe.  A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue.  This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan “real independence” and help it join the “information world”. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An “against apostrophes” hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a “No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!” petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were.  “With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,” he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short “a,” or consonants similar to “s” and “sh”.  Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for “bottle,” pronounced “shisha,” is written “s'i's'a”, while “east,” pronounced “shyghys,” becomes “s'yg'ys”. Those are hardly the worst: The word for “skier” will be “s'an'g'ys'y” and that for “crucial” will be “s'es'u's'i”. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written “Qazaqstan Respy’bli’kasy”. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border.  “The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,” Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph.  Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused “much discussion,” this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards.  But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words.  “From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,” said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to “work with the new alphabet” before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. “He wants to go into history … as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,” Mr Sarym said. “You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.”

Flu outbreak: role of simple breathing far greater in spreading virus than previously thought

Added: 20.01.2018 17:02 | 0 views | 0 comments

Flu can be spread from person to person simply via breathing, a new study has found, casting doubt on Government health adverstisements that on focus on sneezing. A groundbreaking experiment on flu patients in the US revealed the virus’s capacity to aerosolise and linger in the atmosphere is significantly greater than previously thought. By contrast, sneezing appeared to play a relatively small part in spreading influenza, which has killed at least 120 people so far this winter and has now reached epidemic levels in some areas. The results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, call into question the relevance of some of Public Health England’s advertisements which prominently warn of the dangers of sneezing. While sneezing can transfer the virus, particularly by contaminating surfaces, people with flu sneeze relatively rarely, the researchers at the University of Maryland observed. However, the study suggested that at least four in ten flu sufferers will aerosolise - turn into droplet nuclei - the infection simply by breathing. It can then linger in the atmosphere for “hours” according to the lead scientist. The analysis of 142 flu patients found they were more likely to deposit the virus into the air around them during the early stage of their infection. It also showed that flu sufferers who were overweight or obese were more likely to aerosolise the disease. More and more of England is experiencing a flu epidemic Coughing was found to be a significant spreader of the disease. This is thought to be because obese people with flu suffer higher levels of inflammation and because their airways are prone to close up intermittently, meaning increased aerosolisation occurs when they reopen. “Influenza comes on hard and fast and you are probably infectious right then,” said Dr Donald Milton. “I would like people in my workplace who are coming down with the flu to please go home and not infect me. Dr Milton said that based on previous studies the virus lingers 'hours' in the air. “Staying home could make a real difference,” he said. Latest data from Public Health England shows that cases of flu have risen by 150 per cent in two weeks. The outbreak has reached epidemic levels in some parts of the UK with the “Japanese” strain now dominant after the NHS failed to vaccinate adults against it. Figures released on Thursday show that York is is now suffering an epidemic - meaning 109 people have the disease for every 100,000 - and that Herefordshire and north Somerset are approaching that rate. Health officials have said the current flu season is the worst for seven years. A spokesman for Public Health England said: “Scientific consensus remains that important lines of defence against flu are to avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu, and to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene – which is what the Public Health England advice says. "Our advice about what the public can do to reduce the spread of flu is underpinned by the best available evidence and directed by multiple scientific papers.”


Hot-shooting Army bounces back to beat Lehigh, 93-81 (Jan 20, 2018)

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WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Luke Morrison scored 21 points and dropped in 5 3-pointers as Army shot its way past Lehigh 93-81 in a Patriot League battle on Saturday afternoon.

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Maye, Pinson help No. 15 UNC beat Georgia Tech 80-66 (Jan 20, 2018)

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Luke Maye had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 15 North Carolina beat Georgia Tech 80-66 on Saturday.


Jason Mantzoukas Does an Excellent Impression of Fans Who Yell at Him on the Street

Added: 20.01.2018 15:40 | 0 views | 0 comments

While at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new movie The Long Dumb Road, actor and comedian Jason Mantzoukas told us which role people most often recognize him from. Turns out, viewers of The League are very vocal about their love of the show. “RAFI! I swear to GOD, ...

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Kremlin 'regrets' Ukrainian law recognising Russian occupation

Added: 20.01.2018 14:18 | 0 views | 0 comments

Of course, Russia will remain committed to the word and spirit of the Minsk accords with other guarantor countries France and Germany, but we regret that such steps only distract us from the desired goal," the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. The EU-brokered Minsk peace agreement, backed by Moscow and Kiev, was first reached in late 2014 and then re-worked in early 2015 with the help of Germany and France, but is violated almost daily.


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