April 2016

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In 2014, Armatix attempted to introduce a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol that prevented anyone but the wearer of a special watch with an RFID chip from firing it. Gun advocates protested gun stores attempting to sell it. Credit: Armatix

A proposed rule will help ensure appropriate information is reported about individuals prohibited from buying a gun for mental health reasons

The White House today released the findings from a study by the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security Departments on ways to spur the development of smart-gun technology, which restricts who can fire a weapon.

Smart-gun technology uses RFID chips or biometrics, such as a fingerprint scanner or grip recognition, to release a locking mechanism on a weapon. The technology was initially developed to prevent police officers' weapons from being grabbed in a struggle and used against them. The military has also expressed interest in the technology for the same reason.
For two decades, smart-gun technology has advanced in fits and starts as wary investors kept purse strings tight and gun rights proponents at times fought its uptake.
Then, in January, President Obama directed the federal government to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology, along with ways to promote it.
"If we can set it up so you can't unlock your phone unless you've got the right fingerprint, why can't we do the same thing for our guns? If a child can't open a bottle of aspirin, we should make sure that they can't pull a trigger on a gun," Obama said in January.
Obama also instructed various defense and law enforcement agencies to "review the availability of smart-gun technology on a regular basis, and to explore potential ways to further its use and development to more broadly improve gun safety."
He also commissioned a study by the various defense and law enforcement agencies on the state of the technology.
The study, Report to the President Outlining a Strategy to Expedite Deployment of Gun Safety Technology, stated that smart-gun technology "holds great promise."
"By incorporating electronic systems into a firearm's design, manufacturers can give gun owners greater control over how a weapon is used, both by limiting who can fire the gun ("user-authorization technology") and by making a gun easier to retrieve if it is lost or stolen ("electronic recovery technology")," the report stated.
Additionally, the DOJ and DHS have begun a process to define, for the first time, the requirements that manufacturers would need to meet for federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies to consider purchasing firearms with enhanced safety technology. They've committed to completing that process by October, and will also identify agencies interested in taking part in a pilot program to develop the technology.
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A 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol was the initial prototype for the New Jersey Institute of Technology's smart gun, which uses sensors to detect each gun owner's unique grip.
The report also stated that through the DOJ, state and local governments can apply certain federal grants to the purchase of new firearms, including those equipped with advanced safety technology.
"Together, these actions have the potential to jumpstart the development of proven gun safety technologies that can save lives and preserve the effectiveness of our firearms. There is no problem that America's innovators cannot solve, and we are confident that by focusing the private sector's attention on smart-gun technology, we will unlock life-saving innovations," Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, stated in a news release.
Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), a proponent of smart-gun technology, applauded the study and its call for action.
"Smart guns are smart gun safety policy," Markey said in a statement. "By unleashing the power of American research and innovation, we can literally keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them and give law enforcement the tools they need to keep communities safer from gun violence. Smart-gun technology has the potential to save lives, especially those killed accidentally by guns."
Last year, Senator Markey and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced The Handgun Trigger Safety Act, legislation that would support the use of personalization (or smart-gun) technology that allows the purchaser of a gun to designate authorized user(s) who can operate the gun and would make the gun inoperable for all others.
A recent Johns Hopkins survey found that six in 10 Americans want safer guns.
"This announcement gets us closer as a society to giving consumers the choice for reliable, proven and affordable personalized firearms technology," said Margot Hirsch, president of the Tech Challenge Foundation, an organization that promotes innovation in smart-gun technology for safer communities.
In 2013, the Tech Challenge Foundation, created by a group of Silicon Valley entrepeneurs, sponsored a $1 million "Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge," which resulted in the funding of 15 smart-gun innovators.
The new report stated that the DOD will continue to help manufacturers test "smart" firearms under real-world conditions at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland. Manufacturers would be eligible to win cash prizes through that program as well.
"The federal government stands ready to assist state and local governments as smart gun technology continues to be developed," Jarrett said. "This effort presents a unique opportunity for law enforcement agencies to improve their own operations and encourage the development of advanced gun safety technology."

Mental health and guns

In January, Obama also called for a new $500 million investment in mental health treatment and underscored the increased mental health coverage that the Affordable Care Act has made possible.
The study stated the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now moving forward with one aspect of that effort by publishing a proposed rule to help ensure appropriate information in its records is reported to the background check system about individuals prohibited from buying a gun. The rule would also provide a way for people to seek relief from the federal prohibitions on possessing a firearm for reasons related to mental health.
This is just the first step in the rulemaking process. Once the rule publishes in the Federal Register, the public has 60 days to comment on the proposal to ensure the SSA can incorporate feedback from a broad range of stakeholders before finalizing the rule.
Next month, the White House will host a 50-state Gun Violence Prevention convention that will bring together state and local elected officials -- including governors, attorneys general, state legislators, and city and county officials -- who have been leaders in the fight to save lives from gun violence.
The agenda will focus on state and local efforts to prevent gun violence through legislative and executive actions, including those focused on reducing gun violence in domestic abuse incidents and furthering research and development of smart-gun technologies.
Convention participants will also have an opportunity to discuss ways states can improve their reporting to the background check system, particularly in light of new data recently released by DOJ about the number of records each state has submitted to a key national database.
"The actions the administration takes will help make our communities safer and keep more guns out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them," Jarrett said. "That is just common sense."
This story, "White House releases study on how to spur smart-gun tech" was originally published by Computerworld.

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PowerApps allows employees to build business-focused apps without knowing how to program

PowerApps allows line of business employees to take data from a variety of sources and create apps that run on phones and tablets without requiring them to do any coding. Developers' time is often constrained, so doing something like creating a mobile expense reporting app might not be a top priority, even if it would save time and money.
Applications built with PowerApps, which can run on iOS, Android and the web, can pull data from sources including Dropbox, OneDrive, Dynamics CRM and SharePoint Online. That's notable, since it shows Microsoft reaching outside its own products to include some that it competes with.
Apps built with PowerApps can then be loaded into the PowerApps app on iOS and Android, and accessed on the go. The apps aren't full native mobile apps, so companies shouldn't think of it as something that could be used to create a product for consumers or for external use.
When users first sign into PowerApps, they're greeted by a set of sample applications that help show them how to do things like track a budget. Once they're comfortable with the service, they can download the PowerApps Studio from the Windows Store onto a computer running Windows 10, and build applications with it.
They can then make that application available for colleagues to use on their phones, tablets and the web.
Businesses that rely on Microsoft Access to build applications should pay particular attention to this launch, since this seems to be something that replaces the app-creation capabilities of Microsoft's prosumer database product. PowerApps's capabilities feel similar to some of what Access is capable of, and also extend those powers to mobile devices.
Microsoft hasn't said that it plans to replace Access, but giving it major updates and improvements doesn't seem to be one of Microsoft's priorities. At the very least, PowerApps should be of interest to Access-reliant organizations because it could do what that application does better, even if Microsoft doesn't choose to replace it wholesale.
With PowerApps, Microsoft is playing in a rough and tumble market, which includes Salesforce and SkyGiraffe, a startup that the company funded through its Microsoft Ventures program. The latter has said that it looks forward to competing with Microsoft in this arena.

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OpenAI Gym helps programmers improve their artificial intelligence systems

"I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence," Musk said about a year and a half ago during an MIT symposium. "If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it's probably that... with artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories with the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he's sure he can control the demon. It doesn't work out."
Today, Musk is moving to help programmers use A.I. and machine learning to build smart robots and smart devices.
"We're releasing the public beta of OpenAI Gym, a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms," wrote Greg Brockman, OpenAI's CTO, and John Schulman, a scientist working with OpenAI, in a blog post . "We originally built OpenAI Gym as a tool to accelerate our own RL research. We hope it will be just as useful for the broader community."
The OpenAI Gym is meant as a tool for programmers to use to teach their intelligent systems better ways to learn and develop more complex reasoning. In short, it's meant to make smart systems smarter.
Musk is a co-chair of OpenAI, a $1 billion organization that was unveiled last December as an effort focused on advancing artificial intelligence that will benefit humanity.
While Musk has warned of what he sees as the perils of A.I., it's also a technology that he needs for his businesses.
Tesla Motors, a U.S. electric car company of which Musk is CEO, uses machine-learning algorithms to enable its autopilot feature to learn and improve with use.
Musk is also the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, a commercial space transportation company and aerospace manufacturer. Machine learning and A.I. could both easily play roles in its operations.
"The irony is that Musk needs much-improved A.I. to make his businesses automated," said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. "He doesn't hate A.I. He just thinks it should be controlled before it gets too powerful and the machines turn on humans. This announcement very well could be a way for him to keep an eye on everything happening in the space."
The OpenAI Gym is made up of a suite of environments, including simulated robots and Atari games, as well as a site for comparing and reproducing results.
It's focused on reinforcement learning, a field of machine learning that involves decision-making and motor control.
According to OpenAI, reinforcement learning is an important aspect of building intelligent systems because it encompasses any problem that involves making a sequence of decisions. For instance, it could focus on controlling a robot's motors so it's able to run and jump, or enabling a system to make business decisions regarding pricing and inventory management.
Two major challenges for developers working with reinforcement learning are the lack of standard environments and the need for better benchmarks.
Musk's group is hoping that the OpenAI Gym addresses both of those issues.
"I think this could be quite helpful for someone developing smart robots and autonomous devices," Moorhead said. "What Musk is enabling is a way for developers to compare their results. With this, developers can gauge how far they have come or how far they have to go. Nothing beats a competitive environment to motivate developers. It's like a monster truck rally for A.I. programmers."
This story, "Elon Musk opens virtual gym to train your robots" was originally published by Computerworld.

After recently reuniting at Coachella, Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio were spotted together once again, this time at Intrigue Nightclub's grand opening at Wynn Las Vegas.

The 27-year-old pop star was already in Vegas this weekend for her ANTI World Tour, which stops at Mandalay Bay on Saturday night, and an eyewitness told ET that she decided to make a surprise appearance at Friday's star-studded bash during the wee hours of the morning.
Upon her arrival at 3:25 a.m., Rihanna made her way through a frenzied crowd and into the VIP area of the nightclub, where she was eventually seen chatting with DiCaprio. The eyewitness revealed that the two were "whispering into each other's ears."
RiRi sported a black trench coat with "Hellboy" written on the back and kept her hair slicked back in a tight ponytail, while DiCaprio dropped by in a a long-sleeve shirt and sweater, jeans and a grey Newsboy cap.
Later that night, The Revenant actor ducked out with a buddy and a large group of other clubgoers just as Rihanna left with her entourage. "She walked behind Leo and not close to him," the source told ET. DiCaprio eventually ended up at Wynn Tower Suites, along with Rihanna and One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, who was also seen at the grand opening.
The lavish bash was a total who's who of Hollywood, with a guest list that also included Kate Hudson, Vanessa Hudgens, Olivia Culpo, Charlotte McKinney, Ne-Yo, Karrueche Tran, Lauren Conrad and Michael B. Jordan. 

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Hudson was a beaming beauty in a black MILLY jumpsuit that featured an ultra low-plunge, which she paired with Brian Atwood black open-toe pumps and a Jimmy Choo clutch.
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After dining at Wynn restaurant SW Steakhouse, Hudson sipped on a vodka cocktail at Intrigue, where the 37-year-old actress got her very own Belvedere bottle. Check out the pic of her personalized souvenir from the party, which Hudson posted to her Snapchat. 

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Hudson turned the grand opening celebration into a "girls night," partying in Sin City with a few of her gorgeous pals.
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The Mother's Day star also posted a photo of herself letting loose in her hotel room before the event, wearing just a fringe bikini, sunglasses and a Las Vegas baseball cap. "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas....or...ends up on Instagram to 4.1 million people," she captioned the snap.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas....or...ends up on Instagram to 4.1 million people 👙😳💃😬👯👙
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Election Polls 2016: Donald Trump In Tight Race With Ted Cruz In Indiana

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. EDT -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was the big winner Saturday as several states allocated delegates at their Republican Party conventions.
But Cruz's rival, Donald Trump, and his supporters were reportedly fighting mad after Cruz bested Trump in Arizona, even though Trump had previously won the state's primary election.
In fact, Trump's Arizona campaign chairman, Jeff DeWit, said the campaign plans to file a lawsuit over the results, in which Trump lost about 40 of the 55 delegates up for grabs in Arizona, Politico reported.
"This stinks to high heaven!" DeWit shouted at reporters, decrying the results, as the Arizona Daily Star reported.
Republicans in Arkansas, Alaska, Massachusetts, Missouri and Virginia also allocated delegates Saturday, with Cruz winning about 80 of the more than 170 total slots up for grabs, Politico reported.
Aside from Trump, other delegates were allocated to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who ended his candidacy March 15.
UPDATE: 8:35 p.m. EDT -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz won 10 of the 13 at-large delegates up for grabs Saturday at Virginia's Republican Party convention in Hariisonburg, the Washington Post reported. The remaining three delegates went to Donald Trump, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich receiving none.
But Cruz’s victory matters only if he can prevent Trump from clinching the nomination before the convention, the Post reported. 

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and vice presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speak to the media at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis, April 29, 2016.
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Original story:
For Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Indiana’s primary is a make-or-break race as businessman Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner,  keeps coming off of primary wins. Tuesday’s primary in the Hoosier State has 57 Republican delegates up for grabs and 92 delegates on the Democratic side.
In an average of Indiana Republican presidential primary polls conducted by RealClearPolitics, Trump has a 6-point lead on Cruz with 39.2 percent support to 33.2 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to trail in third place with 19 percent support.
In a poll conducted by Clout Research Wednesday that surveyed 423 likely Republican voters in Indiana, 37.1 percent supported Trump, while 35.2 percent favored Cruz. The poll had a 4.75 percentage point margin of error.
On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads in Indiana polls ahead of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 49.6 percent support to 43 percent, in an average conducted by RealClearPolitics.
Trump continues to lead the overall Republican delegate count with 994, according to the tally made by the Associated Press. Cruz follows with 566 delegates; Kasich has 153. To gain the Republican nomination, 1,237 delegates are needed. If the New York businessman is able to sweep Indiana, his delegate count will rise to 1,050. With wins in Oregon and Kentucky later in May, Trump could reach the amount needed.
On the Democratic side, Clinton leads the delegate count at 2,165, compared with Sanders’ 1,357. To secure the nomination, 2,383 delegates are needed.
The delegate process in Indiana is simple compared with other states'. On the Republican side, three delegates come from each of the nine congressional districts and go to the candidate who gets the most votes. The other 30 delegates also go to the candidates with the most votes in the state.

Idris Elba is stepping up his style game!

On Monday, the Star Trek Beyond actor will serve as a co-chair at fashion's biggest party, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Met Gala in New York City, with Taylor Swift. Joining them are Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, as well as designers/honorary chairs Karl Lagerfeld, Nicolas Ghesquière and Miuccia Prada.
We have no doubts the 43-year-old father-of-two will slay at the Met Gala, as he's already impressed us with his red carpet looks year after year. Check out some of his most dapper ensembles below!
1. Trendy and Polished 
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Back in February, Elba pulled out all the stops at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, stepping out to the red carpet in a gray tuxedo jacket and matching pants. He styled his handsome get-up with sunglasses, a black tie, plaid newsboy cap and tan leather shoes.
2. The Perfect Suit and Tie Combo 
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The navy blue suit Elba wore to the SAG Awards earlier this year gained him a spot on many best-dressed lists that night. His best accessory of all, however, was his 15-year-old daughter, Isan, who walked the red carpet with her famous father. "This is my beautiful daughter. She's my date today," the doting dad told ET at the time.
3. Keeping It Classy 
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Clad in a black tuxedo with matching frames, Elba was a clear style standout at the NAACP Image Awards in February 2014. Just two months later, he took to Twitter to announce the birth of his son, Winston, with his then-girlfriend Naiyana Garth.
4. Shades of Gray 
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Gray is definitely his color! Elba sported the hue on the red carpet again in November 2013 for a screening of Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, which was hosted by Wintour, U2 and Bob and Harvey Weinstein in New York City.
5. Handsome in Blue 
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That same month, he turned heads again by donning a baby blue peacoat, which he styled with shiny loafers and black trousers, to the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in London, England.
Elba isn't the only stylish dude our eyes will be peeled on at this year's Met Gala. A source tells ET that Jay Z will likely be attending the fashion extravaganza with his wife, Beyoncé, despite all the drama that's unfolded since the diva dropped Lemonade last weekend.

They have some big shoes to fill! Ever since Michael Strahan announced he will be departing Live with Kelly and Michael on May 13 for a full-time position at Good Morning America, everyone has been wondering: Who will join Kelly Ripa as her new cohost next month? Us Weekly Video rounded up the top four potential replacements who are rumored to be in the running for the morning talk show gig.
Extra host Mario Lopez may be one of the front-runners for the empty seat. The 42-year-old actor recently hinted to Ellen DeGeneres that he might be appearing on the show again soon. “I’m looking forward to going back and guest-hosting again,” the Saved by the Bell alum revealed.
One of Ripa’s closest friends in real life, Anderson Cooper, is one of her top choices to replace Strahan. The CNN anchor, 48, kvelled that it would be a “dream” to work with Ripa, 45, during an interview on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, April 28.
Watch the video to see who Us Weekly thinks the four most likely candidates are!

The Labour Movement intends to raise S$50 million to work with universities to support mid-career workers in training, and the Government will match S$3 for every dollar that NTUC raises.

SINGAPORE: Up to S$200 million more could soon be available in the NTUC-Education and Training Fund, with the goal of helping 30,000 mid-career workers a year in learning new skills, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
Speaking at this year's May Day Rally on Sunday (May 1), Mr Lee said the Labour Movement intends to raise S$50 million to work with universities to support these workers, including professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), in training.
The Government will, in turn, match S$3 for every dollar NTUC raises – up to S$150 million.
The scheme is an extension of what NTUC has been doing with polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs). It will start first by partnering Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and will focus on short courses to help working people keep up with technology and industry development.
Mr Lee added that down the road, NTUC will expand the programme to more universities and develop more programmes to cater to more workers.
In his speech, Mr Lee outlined how Singapore will deal with changes in industries, jobs and the workforce amid a slow global economy.
Mr Lee noted that industries are changing rapidly, with new business models disrupting existing ones. He cited examples like online retailer Taobao, home-share booking site Airbnb, and private-car hire services like Uber and Grab.
"But we cannot stop this phenomenon nor should we try," he said. "We would end up hurting ourselves because these new businesses have improved our lives as consumers."
Instead, Singapore will make sure that businesses with new models compete on fair terms with existing ones. For example, authorities are reviewing regulations to ensure a more level playing field between traditional taxi operators and apps like Uber and Grab.
More fundamentally, the Government is helping industries and companies to compete by supporting them as they transform, such as setting aside S$4.5 billion dollars over five years for the Industry Transformation Programme in this year's Budget, Mr Lee said.
But as the economy is being transformed, the jobs that are available will also change, stressed Mr Lee.
"That is why even while the economy is growing, retrenchments have gone up," he said, adding that this loss is not only felt among rank and file workers but also supervisory and management jobs.
This is even though there is a steady flow of quality investments coming into Singapore at the same time.
"So our problem is not that there aren't enough jobs. Our problem is in matching workers' skills and expectations with what is needed in the market. This means we have to prepare our people for the jobs that are becoming available."
For PMETs who have been retrenched mid-career, Mr Lee said the new Career Support Programme has seen promising signs in its first five months.
The initiative sees employers provided with wage support for one year, to defray the cost of hiring. About 200 mature PMETs have participated in the programme, with half of them securing employment.
But Mr Lee also stressed that with changing industries and jobs, the shape of the workforce is also changing and he called for the Labour Movement to be strengthened.
While it traditionally catered to blue collar workers, the Labour Movement needs to adapt to meet new needs and stay relevant, with a growing number of PMETs in Singapore, he said.
Today, about half the workforce is made up of PMETs. By 2030, this will grow to about two-thirds.
He also called for employers to be bolder, as the unions try to negotiate collective agreements to include PMETs.
"Do not believe that if the Labour Movement leaves your PMETs alone, you will be able to manage them more directly and easily," said Mr Lee. "If employers work with us, you will find that here in Singapore, we have a different Government and a different Labour Movement."

Vladimir Putin rides with Alexander Zaldostanov, leader of Nochniye Volki (the Night Wolves) biker group.
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A Russian nationalist biker gang have said that they want to ride to Berlin for a rally marking the anniversary of the end of World War II. Following on from their previous journey covering the same route in 2015 - which aims to retrace and re-enact the Soviet Red Army's march towards Berlin 70 years ago at the end of the conflict - the gang say they want to "remind" the world of Russia's role.
Last year, in 2015, Germany made the decision to ban leaders of the ultranationalist Russian motorcycle gang - whose translation is Nochnye Volki - from entering its territory. It followed the gang earning international scorn for their open support of Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
The annual anniversary takes place in Berlin on Thursday (5 May) and marks the allies' victory over the Nazis at the end of the Second World War in 1945. Gang leader Alexander Zaldostanov, also known by nickname The Surgeon, said "We would like to remind Europeans that it was Russia that saved them from the fascist hell.
"It was first and foremost us - 30 million Soviets paid the price for this victory. We want people to remember this sacrifice," during an interview with Sky News, which was conducted at the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle Creator, an orthodox church in the city of Sofia, Bulgaria, as the convoy make their way across Europe, by bike, to Germany.
Sky News also asked Zaldostanov about the desecration and demolition of Soviet war graves in Poland, with the gang believing that "special forces" were trying to take the victory away from Russia in support of their number one enemy, the Polish government.
"This is a serious provocation. It is a provocation against truth. It goes against our conscience, against our honour, against our people. So many people died for the liberation of Poland and it will not go unnoticed," he said. Last week it was also reported that a further 500 Soviet War Memorials were due to be demolished in Poland.
However, in echoing the opposition that the Wolves faced in 2015, this year the Polish government claims it will set up its best efforts to not let them across the border for a second year in a row.
Zoldostanov receiving a medal from Putin in 2013.
When asked their thoughts on Poland's proposed actions, one of the gang members simply replied "Whatever. We are going to go there anyway."
In the past, it has been widely stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin is an official fan of the Night Wolves gang, regularly endorsing and riding with the gang on his own three wheeled Harley Davidson cycle. It had also been alleged that the gang's operations have, in part, been supported and funded by the Russian government.

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North Korean soldiers parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The UN has dismissed North Korea's allegations of the US antagonising its troops.
A UN spokesperson has dismissed allegations that US soldiers had been "winding up" North Korean troops with "disgusting acts". Pyongang officials said that American personnel were making facial gestures, mimicking guards and making "strange noises" at North Korean soldiers, an allegation which has been found to be unsubstantiated by an investigation, it was reported on 30 April.
North Korea also claimed that US soldiers had encouraged South Korean military members to take aim at their troops, which North Korea branded "a dangerous provocation". That came as part of a wider statement, in which it warned US soldiers to end "hooliganism", or else they would meet "a dog's death any time and any place", according to a report by Sky News
The demilitarised Panmunjon village – where the incident allegedly took place, which is
the site where the armistice heralding the end of the Korean War in 1953 was signed –
is situated on the border of South and North Korea.
The new allegations were investigated but have been determined as unfounded, according to Christopher Bush, a spokesperson for the UN command in the region.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches on during a missile test launch.
It's not the first time that both North Korea and South Korean and US troops have accused each other of trying to provoke its troops. After North Korea's first nuclear bomb test in 2006, the US accused the country's troops of spitting across the border's demarcation line, while making throat-slashing hand gestures and flashing their middle fingers in provocation.
The latest news follows revelations on Friday, 29 April, that North Korea had sentenced an American citizen to 10 years of hard labour for "unpardonable espionage" and the failed launch of a Musadan missile on Thursday (28 April).
Another missile had previously been fired
on 15 April, to mark the birthday of North Korea founder, Kim Il-Sung, but
crashed into the sea. The country's latest failed missile launch – the second in under a month – also came amid heightened tensions in the region which followed a nuclear test and the launch of another long-range rocket by Pyongyang in early 2016.
North Korea: Listen to the K-pop song blasted out by South Korea for Kim Jung-Un's Birthday.
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Fans protesting against long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger were drowned out by supporters backing him before Welbeck's 59th-minute strike settled proceedings, keeping Norwich in the bottom three.

LONDON: A quick-fire goal from substitute Danny Welbeck united squabbling supporters as Arsenal defeated Norwich City 1-0 on Saturday (Apr 30) to advance their pursuit of a Premier League top-four finish.
Fans protesting against long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger were drowned out by supporters backing him before Welbeck's 59th-minute strike settled proceedings, keeping Norwich in the bottom three.
Arsenal established a provisional eight-point cushion over the teams below the Champions League places, ahead of next weekend's high-stakes trip to Manchester City, who trail them by three points ahead of their trip to Southampton on Sunday.
"We lacked pace and seemed subdued. It was better in the second half and in the end we got a good win," said Wenger.
On the protesting fans, he added: "We respect the opinion of everybody and we give absolutely the best.
"I think I have shown my commitment for this club and care for this club, and for the fans. I'm really sorry if I cannot make them all happy, of course. We'll continue to work hard to achieve it."
Meanwhile, Andros Townsend scored a stunning free-kick as Newcastle United edged Crystal Palace 1-0 to escape the relegation zone at the expense of northeast rivals Sunderland.
In a pre-planned protest at the Emirates Stadium, a smattering of fans held up A4 posters bearing the words "TIME FOR CHANGE" in the 12th minute of the game, in a nod to Arsenal's 12-year league title drought.
In response thousands of fans chanted "There's only one Arsene Wenger!", with some holding aloft placards in support of the under-fire Frenchman, who has been in place since 1996.
However, with Norwich creating the best of the first-half chances, there were boos at the half-time whistle.
Injury forced Wenger to send on Gabriel for centre-back Per Mertesacker early in the second half, but it was his second change that was to prove decisive.
Welbeck replaced Alex Iwobi in the 56th minute, drawing more boos, but less than three minutes later Olivier Giroud nodded Hector Bellerin's cross into his path and the England striker slashed home the winner.
Norwich finished the day two points from safety, but with a game in hand on fourth-bottom Newcastle, who beat Palace courtesy of Townsend's memorable strike and a Karl Darlow penalty save from Yohan Cabaye.

Newcastle United's Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring. (Photo: AFP/Scott Heppell)
"The victory means a lot. It gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans," said Benitez, who succeeded Steve McClaren as Newcastle manager last month.
"We still have to play another two games. We will enjoy this weekend because we won and then we will focus on the next one against Aston Villa, which will be a tough one."
Townsend broke the deadlock in the 58th minute at St James' Park, the one-time England winger sending a free-kick from wide on the right whistling into the top-left corner.
Twelve minutes later, Cabaye had a chance to equalise, but the France international, who angered Newcastle fans by leaving for Paris Saint-Germain in 2014, saw his penalty brilliantly turned away by Darlow.
Jermain Defoe scored a stoppage-time penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw at Stoke City for Sunderland.
Although Sam Allardyce's side were left a point behind Newcastle in the bottom three, they, like Norwich, have a game in hand.
"Where would you be without Jermain Defoe? Relegated probably," said Allardyce after Defoe scored his 17th goal of the season to cancel out Marko Arnautovic's 50th-minute opener. "I am going home satisfied it is a point gained rather than two dropped."

Sunderland's forward Jermain Defoe (C) scores the equalising 1-1 goal during the English Premier League football match against Stoke City. (Photo: AFP/Lindsey Parnaby)
West Ham United captain Mark Noble scored twice for the second game in succession as his side won 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion to replace Manchester United in fifth place, with Cheikhou Kouyate also on target.
Leighton Baines scored the winner as Everton prevailed 2-1 at home to Bournemouth, after Tom Cleverley's seventh-minute opener for the hosts had been swiftly cancelled out by Marc Pugh's deflected strike.
But it was an uncomfortable afternoon for Everton manager Roberto Martinez, with protesting supporters paying for a plane trailing the banner "TIME TO GO ROBERTO" to fly over Goodison Park during the game.
Meanwhile, skipper Troy Deeney scored a last-gasp brace as Watford twice came from behind to inflict a 3-2 defeat on already-relegated Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Leaders Leicester City can become England's first new top-flight title-winners since Nottingham Forest in 1978 if they win at Manchester United on Sunday.
Should they fail to win, they will still be crowned champions on Monday if second-place Tottenham Hotspur cannot better their result when they visit Chelsea.
Collated English Premier League results on Saturday:
Arsenal 1 Norwich 0
Everton 2 Bournemouth 1
Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0
Stoke 1 Sunderland 1
Watford 3 Aston Villa 2
West Brom 0 West Ham 3

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Marcin Jaworski was arrested for breaching a police order prevenin ghim from drinking in public
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A convicted rapist from Poland was given sanctuary in Britain and his identity protected by British police in order to protect him from reprisals by vigilante groups. Marcin Jaworski, 20, left his home in Czarnkow in northern Poland after he was found guilty of attacking a girl in 2014.
In a bid to protect his family from public shame he relocated to Shirebrook in Derbyshire. Jaworski's disgraced family had reportedly sent him to the UK to"make a new start" after being left ashamed by his crime. According to Mail Online, a former neighbour of the family said: "Marcin and the girl were about the same age and were both drunk when he raped her. He comes from a respectable family and they were so horrified and ashamed they thought it best to send him away.
"Britain made perfect sense. It's in the EU so there was no problem with him living and working there and he could make a new start.'
The truth of his earlier conviction was only discovered by Derbyshire police when he breached a court order banning him from drinking in the town centre Detroit NewsTime reports.
While the constabulary applied for his name to be added to the sex offenders register, they controversially asked for the hearing to be held in private in order to maintain the offender's anonymity in a bid to prevent 'community tension '.
The application, calling for Jaworski's hearing to be conducted without the presence of the press, said the rapist 'lives in an area where there are high tensions between the Polish and British communities, to the extent that there have been episodes of violence between the groups'.
The request was rejected by the court after certain sections of the media argued that reporting of the case was in the interest of public safety. Rejecting the application for a reporting restriction District Judge Andrew Davison told Chesterfield magistrates' court: "A fundamental principle is open justice which is the hallmark of the law. The media plays a vital role in the upholding of that principle on behalf of the public."
Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon has since admitted the force made 'a mistake' by trying to prevent Jaworski's identity and his rape conviction from being disclosed to the public. Chief Constable Creedon said: "With all sex offender management we are seeking to protect the vulnerable, especially children. The media coverage of the recent hearing reflects a mistake made by the Derbyshire Constabulary.
"The reasons for the application were well-intentioned and reflected our concerns about some recent local community tensions, but the media was right to challenge this and the court was right to reject the application.
"He has no right to secrecy. Whilst we were concerned that a community protest might drive him underground, he should not have been afforded any protection other than that given to any other offender placed on the sex offenders register."
An investigation into why Jaworski was given entry into the UK despite having a prior conviction for sex offences is expected to be conducted.

American political and social activist and Roman Catholic priest Daniel Berrigan speaks into a microphone, 1981.
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Daniel Berrigan, a renowned Jesuit priest and poet who was among the most influential voices against the Vietnam War, died Saturday in New York City, according to America magazine, a national Catholic review published by Jesuits. He was 94.
Berrigan, who was a Jesuit for 76 years and a priest for 63 years, authored more than 50 books on scripture, spirituality, poetry and resistance to war. But he was best known for helping to shape the protest movement against the war in Southeast Asia during the late 1960s, a defiant position that eventually landed him in federal prison in 1970. He also played a key role in inspiring the anti-draft and anti-nuclear movements along with his brother, Phil Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who died in 2002.
Here are some of Daniel Berrigan's most memorable quotes:
"If you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood."
"No principle is worth the sacrifice of a single human being."
"The gift we can offer others is so simple a thing as hope."
"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the U.S. around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better."
"Faith is rarely where your head is at. Nor is it where your heart is at. Faith is where your a-- is at!"
"The Jesuits I know who have died and all their lives were great teachers, they're the least remembered people."
"You have to struggle to stay alive and be of use as long as you can."
"Because success is such a weasel word anyway, it's such a horribly American word, and it's such a vamp and, I think it's a death trap."
"You can't bank on the outcome."
"Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even."
"A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal."
"I don't have to prove my life. I just have to live."
"Because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total — but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial."
"Start with the impossible. Proceed calmly towards the improbable. No worry, there are at least five exits."
"Instead of building the peace by attacking injustices like starvation, disease, illiteracy, political and economic servitude, we spend a trillion dollars on war since 1946, until hatred and conflict have become the international preoccupation."
"Of course, let us have peace, we cry, 'but at the same time let us have normalcy, let us lose nothing, let our lives stand intact, let us know neither prison nor ill repute nor disruption of ties ... ' There is no peace because there are no peacemakers. There are no makers of peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison, and death in its wake."

An Iraqi Kurdish border guard stands near the closed gates of the Iranian side of the Iraq-Iran border post of Haj Omran.
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Five Kurdish border guards were killed in a blast in the north-east Syrian city of Qamishli on Saturday 30 April. Kurdish news website Rudaw said a suicide bomb had killed the five members of Asayish, the Kurdish security organisation under the command of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and wounded several others in the Corniche area of the city.
The identity of the bomber has not yet been revealed, but violence on border posts in the region is not uncommon.
Many refugees trying to escape violence in Syria have been abused or killed by guards on both sides of the Turkey-Syria border, as documented by
Amnesty International. Sixteen were killed in March 2016
alone while trying to cross from Syria into Turkey.
Tirana Hassan, crisis response director at Amnesty International, told IBT "Turkey's highly selective practice is appalling — only severely injured people are allowed entry to seek medical treatment while everyone else fleeing the violence is left unprotected."
Qamishli has been a focal point of clashes between Syrian government forces and Kurdish fighters. Most of the city is under Kurdish control, with pockets controlled by the Syrian regime.
Fierce battles in April between the two sides prompted a truce on 22 April, after an earlier ceasefire agreed in Geneva in February failed to hold. A Syrian Kurdish official told Reuters that was the second biggest outbreak of fighting between President Bashar al-Assad's government and regional Kurdish forces since Syria's civil war began in 2011.
Kurdish groups voted in March 2016 to form an autonomous federation in Northern Syria, mainly under the control of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Areas under Kurdish control in Iraq are also trying to hold off against Isis, after they launched chemical weapons attacks in Kurdish areas.

Smuggled goods are displayed for sale in Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 12, 2015. Thousands of Venezuelans have left their jobs to dedicate themselves full time to waiting in lines to purchase consumer goods at stores and then resell them for higher prices at informal or black markets.
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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday night increased the country's minimum wage 30 percent, amid rampant inflation that has destroyed purchasing power in the crisis-hit country.
As of May 1, the minimum wage will jump to 15,051 bolivars per month - $1,505 at the strongest official exchange rate but just $13.50 at the black market rate.
Maduro also increased a monthly food ticket to 18,585 bolivars - around $17 at the black market rate.
The president celebrated that the rise would be the twelfth since he was elected president in April 2013 after the death of his predecessor and mentor Hugo Chavez.
"Only a president like Nicolas Maduro, son of Hugo Chavez (could achieve this)," said the president in an hours-long address on state television.
Critics counter that the repeated wage hikes reveal the government's utter failure to stem inflation and a deep recession.
"This man's 'increases' are a joke. Inflation is rocketing!" said opposition leader Henrique Capriles on Twitter, adding that inflation in the month of March was at 20 percent.
Since Maduro took over, the bolivar has fallen 98 percent against the dollar on the black market rate. Inflation is in triple-digits.
The president claims a U.S.-backed opposition is waging an "economic war" against him by fanning inflation and hiding scarce goods.
The wage hike takes effect on May Day, traditionally celebrated by the left as International Workers' Day, when Maduro supports are scheduled to march in capital Caracas.

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People practise Tai Chi in the snow at a park in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China
A global 'healing wave' celebration on 30 April will begin in New Zealand and spread across time zones to include hundreds of cities in six continents. Extensive displays involving thousands of people will introduce people to World Tai Chi & Qigong Day.
The use of Tai Chi in business is practiced by billionaire Jack Ma, worth $23.1bn according to Forbes. He is the second richest man in China and CEO of e-commerce company, Alibaba Group. In a Tech In Asia report, he characterised the essence of Tai Chi, and also the running of a successful business, in three words: "calm" (no matter what happens, remain calm); "follow" (follow the trend); and "abandon" (learn to abandon burden in life).
Ma regularly practises Tai Chi and said in an interview, "I love Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a philosophy about how you balance. When people asked me if we hated eBay, I said no. eBay is a giant company, and if he hits me here I will hit him there, he comes and I go, I am smaller than him so I can jump while he can't.
"He applies Tai Chi philosophy which is "Keep calm, and you will find a way out. Competition is interesting. Business is not a battlefield. It's not necessary that I will be alive after you die".
So highly does Ma value Tai Chi that he chose Li Tianjin as his personal bodyguard, an expert in the martial art. At eight years old, he started practising Tai Chi and in 1998, when Li was 19, he won his first award in a Tai Chi competition with many more titles in the years that followed.
Alibaba Group's Executive Chairman Jack Ma swears by Tai Chi

Health benefits

The ancient martial art of Tai Chi, which literally means Supreme Ultimate Boxing, is practised by nearly 250 million people worldwide as a defence training and also because of its health benefits. It is said to help to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity using a series of slow movements. According to NHS Choices studies have shown that this ancient Chinese practice can help those over the age of 65 in stress reduction, balance improvement and improve strength in leg muscles.
"A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for Tai Chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age," says Peter M. Wayne, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Programme.
Public Health England also endorses Tai Chi as a valuable boost to physical activity. "Keeping physically active at any age is important for health, especially as you get older.
"Simple exercises like Tai Chi can be beneficial for mental health and wellbeing as well as building the confidence and stability," said Dr Justin Varney, its national lead for adult health and wellbeing.
"This contributes to the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate activity and two sessions a week of muscle strengthening and balance exercises for older adults."


The inventor of Tai Chi is unknown although some historical accounts assert that Chang San Feng, a Taoist priest in the 15th century was the first practitioner. He is said to have left his monastery to become a hermit and created his own form of martial arts fighting based on gentleness.
According to historical texts, Feng is thought to have said: "In every movement, every part of the body must be light and agile and strung together. The postures should be without breaks. Motion should be rooted in the feet, released through the legs, directed by the waist and expressed by the fingers. Substantial and insubstantial movements must be clearly differentiated."

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Pesticides spread by aeroplanes have been linked to a 25% increase in autism and developmental delays in children living nearby. Researchers say that while their findings should not be cause for alarm, pregnant women and children should avoid being outside during and shortly after the aerial dispersal of pesticides.
The research, presented at the Paediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting, builds on a 2014 study that found a link between pesticides and autism. Previous findings indicated pregnant women living within 1.5km of agricultural pesticide application had a 60% increased risk of their child being diagnosed with autism.
Steven Hicks, lead author of the latest study – Aerial Pesticide Exposure Increases the Risk of Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder – told IBTimes UK: "That study showed increased autism/developmental delay risk with specific pesticide types and during periods of vulnerability [e.g. 3rd trimester of pregnancy]. This study [also] suggests the manner in which... pesticides are applied might also affect the risk of autism and developmental delay."
In the latest study, scientists investigated if the method of pesticide dispersal was related to autism rates. They looked at a region of Central New York where officials had used aeroplanes to spray pesticides across the land every summer since 2003. "In contrast, surrounding areas are exposed to standard methods of pesticide application, such as controlled droplet application, by commercial applicators," they study said.

Too preliminary to cause alarm

Their findings showed children living in zip codes where aerial pesticides were used were 25% more likely to have autism or developmental delay, compared to children in areas where other dispersal methods were employed.
Hicks, from Pennsylvania State University, said the findings indicate the way pesticides are distributed could impact autism and developmental delays. However, he also said the study is observational and does not establish cause: "This study is too preliminary to cause alarm, but highlights an area that deserves some more research and attention.
"Communities that use these spraying methods might take steps to insure residents are receiving warnings about spraying events and assess whether they are following recommendations (i.e. covering gardens, keeping children indoors during and shortly after spraying)."
"I would recommend that pregnant women and children not be outdoors during and shortly after periods of aerial pesticide application [the department of health already issues these guidelines]. There is not enough evidence to suggest that pregnant women should move from these areas during their entire pregnancy."
He said the next steps of the research will be to see if the same increase is observed in other areas where aeroplane spraying is used. "[After that] we would look in the blood/urine of children with autism or developmental delay in those areas to see if they have increased pesticide metabolites. This would begin to provide some causational evidence."
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Danny Welbeck scoring the winning goal
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A second-half strike from Danny Welbeck against Norwich City helped to ease some of the pressure on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The England striker found the net in the 59th minute to give Wenger a much-needed win in front of a disgruntled crowd at the Emirates.
A significant proportion of the club's fans staged a protest against the club's manager during the game, holding up signs calling for him to be sacked. But a well-taken goal from substitute Welbeck in a generally drab encounter moved Arsenal up to third in the table and boosted their hopes of Champions League football next season.
Jermain Defoe scores from the spot
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Elsewhere, a stoppage-time penalty from Jermain Defoe rescued a dramatic point for Sunderland at Stoke City. The 33-year-old striker scored in the 93rd minute of the match at the Britannia Stadium to cancel out Marko Arnautovic's goal.
The Stoke star earlier found the net in controversial circumstances, after Peter Crouch held off Black Cats defender Younes Kaboul inside the box.
Sam Allardyce's men struggled to fashion clear-cut chances in the game but were given a lifeline in the closing moments, as Geoff Cameron tangled with Defoe.
Referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot and Defoe - who already had seven shots at goal - stepped up to fire home.
Despite Defoe's last-gasp goal at the Britannia, the Black Cats find themselves back in the relegation zone following Newcastle United's similarly dramatic 1-0 win against FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace. The Magpies moved out of the relegation zone thanks to Andros Townsend's 20-yard free-kick.
Andros Townsend celebrates his goal
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However, the real hero of the afternoon for the Toon Army was goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who saved a second-half penalty from former Newcastle player Yohan Cabaye. The win moves the Magpies one point above their local rivals in the table, but Benitez's men have played one game more.
"We still have to play another two games. We will enjoy this weekend because we won and then we will focus on the next one against Aston Villa, which will be a tough one," the Spaniard told the BBC after the game at St James' Park. "The victory means a lot - it gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans."
The win eased the pressure on Everton boss Roberto Martinez
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At Goodison Park, Everton eased pressure on their under-fire boss Roberto Martinez with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth. The Toffees, who lost their FA semi-final to Manchester Unite last weekend, won courtesy of 64th-minute goal from Leighton Baines.
The fullback's strike ended Everton's run of eight league games without at win, and came after goals from Tom Cleverley and Marc Pugh, both of whom scored inside the opening ten minutes.
Some Everton fans protested against their manager during the match, but the Spaniard subsequently insisted he did not allow the issue to cloud his thinking. "In football you have to concentrate on affecting the game and just winning. The winning feeling allows you to move on. That's what we can take from today," he said to the BBC.
"Those aspects (fans organising banners to be flown over Goodison) are not for me. My concentration is preparing the players and preparing for the game."
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Meanwhile, Watford striker Troy Deeney scored two late goals to deny Aston Villa their fourth league win of the season. The Championship-bound Midlands club took the lead at Vic
arage Road through Ciaran Clark, while Jordan Ayew's second-half goal meant they led 2-1 going into the dying moments of the game.
But Deeney struck twice in three minutes to seal victory for the Hornets and helped ease their fans' pain of losing their FA Cup semi-final to Crystal Palace last weekend. Villa's misery was compounded by the sending off of Aly Cissokho in the 73rd minute.
Mark Noble scored a brace for the Hammers
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And at The Hawthorns, Slaven Bilic's West Ham United side boosted their hopes of European football next season with a one-sided win against West Brom. A brace from Mark Noble and a headed effort from Cheikhou Kouyate saw the Hammers win 3-0 to reclaim fifth place in the Premier League.
West Ham are now unbeaten in 10 league matches and they leapfrog Manchester United, who play Claudio Ranieri's table-topping Leicester City side on Sunday (1 May).

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Minecraft is a widely popular online video game played by million across the globe
Hackers are reported to have stolen login details of over seven million members of Lifeboat, the Minecraft site that provides players with the option of running servers for playing customised and varied versions of the game on the smartphone edition. The data is now believed to be on sale on the dark web. Lifeboat confirmed that it was aware of the data breach but chose not to inform those affected.
The data breach included information about gamers' email and passwords.
Minecraft was actually
hacked in early 2015 but information about the breach has emerged only now, thanks to security researcher Troy Hunt, who has a list of Lifeboat members' stolen credentials,
as reported by the BBC. A spokesperson for Lifeboat said: "When this happened [in] early January we figured the best thing for our players was to quietly force a password reset without letting the hackers know they had limited time to act. We did this over a period of some weeks. We retain no personal information (name, address, age) about our players, so none was leaked. We have not received any reports of anyone being damaged by this."
Lifeboat passwords were understood to have been weakly hashed using an MD5 algorithm. According to Hunt, this essentially allowed anyone to discover and verify people's passwords simply by Googling it. Lifeboat requested gamers to reset their passwords after they uncovered the breach. However, they choose not to alert the users about the hack, in efforts to keep the hackers in the dark. They may have feared that alerting the public would also simultaneously alert the hackers pushing them to act in haste and steal all the data.
Lifeboat maintains that the data breach caused minimal damage since they are yet to receive reports from anyone affected by the hack.


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