Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Trump is very sound in health, both mentally and physical - Dr. Ronny Jackson

Trump is very sound in health, both mentally and physical - Dr. Ronny Jackson

President Trump needs to lose 10 to 15 pounds but is generally in excellent health and has no problems “whatsoever” with his mental ability, his official military doctor said Tuesday. Dr. Ronny Jackson predicted that Trump would stay in good health throughout his time in office, even if it stretches to a second term.
Dr. Ronny Jackson
“Absolutely he’s fit for duty,” Jackson told reporters at the White House. “I think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term, and even for the remainder of another term if he’s elected.”

Jackson said that he had not planned to run cognitive tests on the 71-year-old president, but that the patient had insisted. Trump’s perfect 30 out of 30 score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment rules out issues like Alzheimer’s or early onset dementia, the doctor said.

The simple, 10-minute test requires a patient to draw a clock with the hands telling a specific time, as well as to identify a series of animals, and repeat some sentences.

“It screens for all those things. it screens for any type of cognitive issues, you know, Alzheimer’s and all those other things,” Jackson said.

“I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think that the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process.”

Jackson disclosed that the president himself had directed him to answer every question from reporters — an apparent effort to dispel stubborn rumors that Trump’s mental state has deteriorated. The White House’s eagerness to quiet that talk led Trump to undergo what was thought to be the first formal cognitive test administered to a sitting U.S. president.

“There’s absolutely nothing that I’m withholding from this,” the doctor said.

The doctor, who holds the rank of rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and has led the White House medical team since 2013, declined to condemn Trump’s television habits, and sidestepped a question about whether the president would cut his ice cream intake. “I don’t limit his diet,” Jackson said.

The briefing came after Jackson and 12 consultants and specialists ran a battery of tests on the president over roughly four hours on Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just outside of Washington.

Trump measures 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 239 pounds, making him borderline obese, the doctor said. He takes Crestor to lower his cholesterol and Propecia to battle male-pattern hair loss, as well as another medication to treat rosacea (a common skin condition characterized by redness, typically on the face) as well as a multivitamin for general health.

“He would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates,” coupled with exercise, to reduce his weight, Jackson said. “A reasonable goal over the next year or so is to lose 10 to 15 pounds.”

The doctor added: “He’s more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we’re going to do both.”

Despite his well-documented fondness for fast food, Trump benefits from a lifetime of abstaining from tobacco and alcohol, as well as “incredible genes,” giving him better-than-average heart health, the doctor said.

Jackson blamed himself for a Dec. 6 incident in which the president appeared to slur his words during a speech on moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“I had given the president some medication, specifically some Sudafed over the days previous, and I think I had inadvertently, kind of, dried up his secretions more than I intended to,” he said.

Jackson said Trump was “a good patient” who “doesn’t come to me for Band-Aids or things of that nature.”

But “he’s just like every other president I’ve taken care of: On occasion I have to get the first lady involved to make sure that he’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing,” Jackson said.

Trump may undergo a colonoscopy at his next physical examination next year, and could be sedated, the doctor said. That could lead the president to temporarily pass powers to Vice President Mike Pence. President George W. Bush put Vice President Dick Cheney in charge for a couple of hours in 2002 and 2007 while the commander in chief underwent colonoscopies.

Asked to guess Trump’s life expectancy, Jackson declined to comment specifically but declared: “He probably won’t live to be 200.”

Saturday, 30 December 2017

The USA army needs more troops in Europe in case of war with Russia - USA chief of army lament

The USA army needs more troops in Europe in case of war with Russia - USA chief of army lament

The USA army needs more troops in Europe to counter Russian aggression in the region, Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley warned on Wednesday, Defense One reports.
General Mark Milley
“We, the Army, think that additional capability is probably needed, in combination with our NATO allies, to ensure deterrence of further Russian territorial aggression,” Milley told reporters Wednesday morning.

Milley said the military is “on track” in the region but maintained additional forces and resources would bolster its position.

The U.S. military needs more troops in Europe to counter Russian aggression in the region, General Mark Milley, Army chief of staff, warned on Wednesday.

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“The air [and] maritime capabilities are very important, but I would submit that ground forces play an outsize role in conventional deterrence and conventional assurance of allies. Because your physical presence on the ground speaks volumes,” Milley added.

In this regard, Milley argued a small increase in “ground maneuver” would improve the military’s position in Europe, which would include “heavy, armored forces, because they’re best used in that physical environment.” He also said the U.S. military should consider adding more long-range artillery, additional aviation and additional ballistic missile defense.

The U.S. and NATO allies in Europe have sought to strengthen and modernize their presence in the region since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. In this context, Milley is not alone in calling for more troops in the region.

In May, General Curtis Scaparrotti, the head of the U.S. military command in Europe, told a Senate subcommittee the U.S. military needed more manpower to deter Russia. “Five or six years ago, we weren’t concerned about being ready [to fight] today. That has changed,” Scaparrotti said at the time.

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“Russia’s posture is not a light force, it’s a heavy force. In order to have the posture that is both credible and of the right composition, we need more armored forces…to make sure that we do have a force of enough size that enables us to deter Russia,” he added.

The U.S. and NATO allies in Europe have sought to strengthen and modernize their presence in the region since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

A version of the $700 billion defense funding bill passed in the House on Tuesday asks for more troops in Europe, setting aside $4.6 billion to be dedicated to countering Russian aggression.

The budget called for the U.S. military to “develop and implement a policy and deter and, if necessary, defeat Russian aggression, which will require enhancing United States military capability and capacity in Europe, including strong consideration of investments in increased permanently stationed and continued rotational forces.”

At present, the U.S. has around 62,000 troops in Europe. Comparatively, it had roughly 300,000 troops in the region during the Cold War.

USA army prepares for winter war with Russia and North Korea by buying thousands of skis

USA army prepares for winter war with Russia and North Korea by buying thousands of skis

The USA army is buying thousands of skis for the USA Marine Corps to enhance its preparedness for cold weather operations as tensions grow with Russia and North Korea—countries known for having brutal winters.

The Marine Corps is spending $7 million on the winter equipment—a total of 2,648 sets of new skis, boots and binding for scout snipers, reconnaissance Marines and infantry Marines, Military Times reported Friday. This move is reportedly due to the fact the old skis were breaking. Marines stationed with the rotational force in Norway, deployed to the country back in January, will be the first to receive the new skis.

There are currently roughly 300 Marines in the Scandinavian country—a fact that has provoked ire from Russia, which shares a border with Norway. When plans to send the Marines to Norway were announced last year in October, Russia swiftly decried the decision. At the time, the Russian embassy in Oslo told Reuters, “Taking into account multiple statements of Norwegian officials about the absence of threat from Russia to Norway we would like to understand for what purposes is Norway so...willing to increase its military potential, in particular through stationing of American forces in Vaernes?”
As Russia has become increasingly aggressive across Europe, engaging in conflicts from Georgia to Ukraine (and annexing Crimea), the U.S. military has sought to modernize its forces in the region. The U.S. has also butted heads with Russia over their competing roles in the conflict in Syria.

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On Christmas, Robert Neller, a four-star who currently serves as the 37th commandant of the Marine Corps, visited the U.S. Marines stationed in Norway and told them they should be prepared for a “big-ass fight.” “I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming. You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence,” Neller said.
Beyond Russia, the U.S. is also clashing with North Korea over its nuclear program. The rogue state has conducted a slew of long-range missile tests in 2017, prompting condemnation from the international community, harsh economic sanctions and a rhetorical battle between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. None of this has stopped the U.S. from continuing military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.

Earlier this month, from December 4 through December 22, U.S. and South Korea troops participated in winter war drills in Pyeongchang—the South Korean city set to host the upcoming Winter Olympics. The drills involved simulated combat on skiing slopes.

Seoul recently asked the U.S. if it would consider delaying next year’s joint military exercises, typically held in March but not yet scheduled, until after the Winter Olympics, in an effort to avoid provoking North Korea as the South hosts countries from around the world.

Espect more blast of bitter cold for freezing new year's eve

Espect more blast of bitter cold for freezing new year's eve

There have been record-low temperatures from Minnesota to Michigan to New York in the last few days -- and the bitter cold isn't letting up yet.

One of those records was set in Flint, Michigan, where the temperature hit minus 18 degrees -- the coldest temperature ever recorded in the month of December in the city. Temperature records were broken three days in a row this week for Flint.

One of the coldest temperatures measured was in Cotton, Minnesota, where it dropped to minus 41 degrees Wednesday morning.

And more Arctic air is on the way for the Midwest and the Northeast over the holiday weekend.

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Saturday morning wind chills will be well below zero from the upper Midwest to northern New England. The temperature will feel like the teens in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.

The dangerously cold, bitter temperatures will be in place as much of the country rings in 2018. This year may be the coldest New Year’s Eve in decades for parts of the U.S.

As the ball drops in New York City's Times Square on Sunday night, the temperature is forecast to be 11 degrees, with a wind chill of minus 4. If this happens, it would tie the record set in 1962 for the second-coldest ball drop.

Wind chills will be below zero at midnight from the northern Plains through much of the Northeast.

Winds chills will be in the single digits from Nashville to Washington, D.C., and dip into the teens across much of the South.

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A quick-moving clipper system is bringing a blast of snow to the Midwest today. By 7 p.m., snow will be falling from Illinois to Ohio, including Chicago and Columbus.

Overnight the snow will move from the Ohio Valley into portions of West Virginia, northern Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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Around daybreak Saturday morning the snow will be falling across parts of the Northeast, likely around Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, before reaching New York City by mid-to-late morning.

The light snow will then move into southern New England by the afternoon.

But then the lake effect snow will ramp up again, moving from the Great lakes across the interior Northeast.
A lake effect snow warning is in effect for Rochester, New York, as well as Erie, Pennsylvania, where another 18 inches of snow is possible after being buried in several feet of snow just days ago.

That blast of snow will bring around 1 to 3 inches of accumulation from the Midwest to Northeast Saturday. The major cities along the I-95 corridor will likely only have a light coating.

Larger snowfall totals are expected along portions of the Great Lakes. Parts of western Michigan could see 6 to 12 inches of snow through Saturday night.

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Snow and icy conditions are hitting the Northwest, from northern Washington state through Montana.

Rain and wind are coming to Seattle and Portland tonight. A wind advisory is in effect in Seattle and a flood watch is in effect from Seattle to Portland.
12 people dead in New York City apartment fire outbreak

12 people dead in New York City apartment fire outbreak

At least 12 people, including a 1-year-old girl found with her mother in a bathtub, died in a massive apartment fire in New York City, city officials said.

Calling it "one of the worst losses of life in many, many years," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that another four people who were critically injured in the Thursday night blaze were "fighting for their lives."

"This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter-century," de Blasio told reporters. "The search of the building continues so we know that even though it's horrible to report 12 are dead already, we may lose others as well."

The fire broke out in a five-story brick apartment building on Prospect Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx at around 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Residents fleeing the flames were forced out into the bitter cold, many without coats.

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New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the fire started on the first floor and quickly spread upstairs. Firefighters arrived on scene within minutes.

More than 160 firefighters braved frigid temperatures to battle the flames and had quelled them completely by about 10 p.m. Eastern Time, according to the New York City Fire Department. But the instability of the charred building has not allowed firefighters to make a full sweep of the building yet for any more fatalities.
Investigators are working to determine the cause and why the fire moved so quickly. They are looking at the possibility that the blaze burned into a natural gas line in the building, according to city officials.

At least one person on every floor of the building was killed, according to city officials. Five people were pronounced dead on the scene, and seven later died in area hospitals.

"I came out through the window. Yeah, there was smoke everywhere. I couldn't see the door. The door was ... I couldn't see the door. Was covered in smoke already," Matthew Igbinetion, a resident of the building, told WABC.

Among the dead were four children -- three girls ages 1, 2 and 7 and a young boy whose age has yet to be released.

"They were burned, even little kids on the stretchers, burned," a resident of the building told ABC station WABC in New York City.

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Four women were killed, including three ages 19, 37 and 63 and one who has yet to be identified. The dead also include four men whose identities are not yet known.

One family is still looking for a missing son, according to WABC.

The fire is the city's deadliest, excluding the Sept. 11 attacks, since the fire at the Happy Land nightclub in the Bronx in March 1990, which killed 87 people. 

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

We will maintain our communication with Indian on artificial lakes - China

We will maintain our communication with Indian on artificial lakes - China

China will maintain communication with India to deal with massive lakes formed by landslides on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet following an earthquake, which caused concerns of a sudden flooding on the Indian side, a Foreign Ministry official said today.

According to reports, three huge artificial lakes, whose size and volume of water in them are yet to be ascertained, were formed in the Brahmaputra river, locally known as the Yarlung Tsangpo, due to landslide after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Tibet last month.

The massive accumulation of water has caused concerns that if the lakes join or burst, millions of people residing along the banks of both Siang (in Arunachal Pradesh) and Brahmaputra (in Assam) downstream could get affected.

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"The Chinese side, through the existing channels, will maintain communication with the Indian side on the cross- border rivers," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media persons here.

She said verification by the Chinese authorities has revealed that lakes are on the eastern section of the India- China boundary.

"It is caused by natural factors. It is not a man-made accident. I noticed that authorised Indian professionals have made an analysis and clarified," she said, referring to reports of the lakes being detected by satellites.

"We hope the Indian media will not make a groundless speculation on this," she said.

She said the Chinese officials concerned will maintain communication with the Indian side on the issue.

Earlier, China had refuted reports that the highly-polluted water in the Siang river was caused by attempts to build a massive tunnel to divGert the water to neighbouring arid Xinjiang region.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the recent 20th border talks between NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor, Yang Jiechi on December 22 in Delhi.

The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as Southern Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.
Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

Pakistani troops on Sunday resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, a day after a similar incident took the lives of four Army personnel in nearby Rajouri district.

The Pakistani troops started firing from heavy and light weapons from across the border, targeting forward posts and villages in Shahpur sector around 12.55 pm, a police official said.He said the Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated effectively and that the firing between the two sides was going on when the last reports came.

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However, there is no immediate report of any casualty in the skirmishes, the official said.

The latest ceasefire violation comes a day after the Pakistani troops killed an Army Major and three jawans and injured another in Keri sector of nearby Rajouri district.

Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a total of 881 ceasefire violations this year, highest in the past seven years, along the LoC and the International Border (IB), resulting in the death of 34 persons.

According to officials, Pakistan has violated ceasefire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 771 times till December 10, and 110 times along the IB till November-end this year.

Thirty persons -- 14 Army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel -- were killed in such incidents.

The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir came into force in November, 2003.India shares a 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

In 2016, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations wherein 13 civilians and 13 government forces personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured.In 2014, there were 583 incidents of ceasefire violation in which 14 civilians and three security personnel were killed and 101 civilians and 28 security personnel were injured.

In 2015, the number of ceasefire violations was 405; 347 in 2013, 114 in 2012, 62 in 2011 and 70 in 2010.
Surgical strick as Indian Armies surprised Pakistan's with this key weapon

Surgical strick as Indian Armies surprised Pakistan's with this key weapon

The Indian Army troops planted explosives on Pakistani side to surprise the enemy during the ‘mini surgical strike’ it carried out on Monday.

According to the new details emerging from the last night’s cross-border raids, the IED blasts were targeted for initial damage on the Pakistani side. It was followed by heavy firing by the Indian troops.
A newspaper had first reported on Monday about the ‘mini surgical strike’. The sources say that the toll in the cross-border raids could be much higher than the three dead and one injured identified on Monday.

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The Indian security forces had crossed over to the Pakistani side on Monday to retaliate the Saturday’s ceasefire violation in Rajouri that had killed three including an Indian Army officer.

The Pakistani soldiers killed in the Monday raids have been identified as sepoy Sajjad, Sepoy Abdul Rehman, and Sepoy M Usman. The injured soldier on the Pakistani side has been identified as sepoy Athzaz Hussain.

“We got a go-ahead to cross over and carry out an operation to avenge the killings of four soldiers including a major rank officer,” said government sources confirming the army strike in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

According to a statement by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations, the Indian forces opened fire along the Line of Control killing three of their soldiers. The raid happened in 12 Division of the 59 Baloch Unit in PoK, sources said.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

The effect of addiction and excess of sugar to your health

The effect of addiction and excess of sugar to your health

Who hasn’t been in a relationship we know is bad for us, but one we just can’t quit? For many people, it’s like that with sugar.

Breaking up is hard to do.

“People generally know that sugar isn’t good, but they don’t appreciate how powerfully negative it really is,” says Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “If you look at all the things in our diet we can change, pulling away from refined or added sugar will do more good than anything else.”

Nutritional experts don’t suggest that you abandon the sugar that occurs naturally in fresh and frozen fruit. Rather, they’re talking about the stuff that you add to cookie dough or sprinkle onto your morning oatmeal. Sugar has many forms (high-fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, raw sugar and honey, among others), but it’s still sugar. Manufacturers put it in countless processed foods, including soda, packaged cereals, ice cream, pastries, candy, flavored yogurt, granola bars and dried fruits. It’s also added to such products as salad dressings, ketchup and pasta sauces.

Eating too much sugar contributes to numerous health problems, including weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, cavities, metabolic syndrome and heart disease, and even indirectly to cancer because of obesity. It also can keep you from consuming healthier things. “Kids who are drinking sugar-sweetened beverages aren’t drinking milk,” Hensrud says.

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Between 2003 and 2010, Americans consumed about 14 percent of their total daily calories from added sugars, much of it from sugar-sweetened beverages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend an intake of added sugar of less than 10 percent of calories. In a 2,000-calorie daily diet, that means less than 200 calories. Ten percent would amount to about 50 grams of sugar, according to Hensrud, who points out that food labels list sugar-per-serving in grams, making it easy to calculate. (With four grams to a teaspoon, that’s about 12 teaspoons.)

While the World Health Organization also recommends a 10 percent limit, it stresses that 5 percent would be even better. That amounts to less than one serving (about eight ounces) of a typical sugary drink, according to WHO. “The lower the number, the better,” Hensrud says.

Over the past 30 years, American adults’ consumption of sugar increased by more than 30 percent, from 228 calories a day to 300, according to a study released last year. “This is equivalent to eating an additional 15 pounds of sugar a year,” Hensrud says.

For many years, saturated and trans fats were regarded as the big dietary villains. While some fats are unhealthy, experts now believe it is wiser to focus on cutting back sugar than on paring fats.

“Quality sources of red meat, like grass-fed bison, beef and yak, are a great source of minerals, [conjugated linoleic acid] and protein, which will provide health benefits to our bodies,” says Jessica Murgueytio, a clinical dietitian in Bethesda, Maryland. Most people do better limiting saturated fat — red meat has high levels of saturated fat — than they do sugar, “primarily because saturated fats don’t have the same addictive quality” as sugar, she adds.

Indeed, when people say they have a sweet tooth, they really are suffering from a “sweet brain” — because that’s where sugar rules. Sugar resembles other abused substances in that “it is reinforcing and can change how you feel,” says former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler, whose 2009 book “The End of Overeating” describes the science behind Americans’ obsession with sugar. “It’s rewarding. And it’s self-administered.”

Past memory of eating sweet things produces cues that induce the craving for more, he adds. “I had that chocolate chip cookie in the past, and it changed how I feel. I had the momentary bliss from the consumption of sweetness, and that makes me want more,” he says. “Sugar is an effective agent that produces excess calories and stimulates further eating. That’s why the old saying ‘A calorie is a calorie’ is a fallacy.” The source of that calorie matters, he says.

Animal studies have shown that sugar releases opioids and dopamine in the brain, which suggests that sugar dependence is real. “Consuming large amounts of added sugar activates the reward center and makes us want to eat that food again,” Murgueytio says. When this happens, “you can have increased cravings for sugar, feel a lack of control when around sugar, and also increased tolerance for sugar, which causes one to eat more to feel the same impact.”

Artificial sweeteners don’t help because they can have the same effect. “Artificial sweeteners in small amounts, like one pack in your coffee or tea, are safe and not harmful, but having large amounts, like in diet sodas and sugar-free candies daily, can make sweet cravings a lot worse,” Murgueytio says.

Recent research suggests that a high intake of artificially sweetened products can result in increases in body fat, waist circumference and body mass index.

This is, of course, the best of times and the worst of times to end it with sugar — the best because most people have their biggest weight gain between Thanksgiving and New Year’s (and often can't get rid of it) and the worst because there are so many holiday temptations.

Save the sweets for special days, like Christmas morning and New Year’s Eve, and avoid them when they matter less, like at 3 p.m. in the office. At parties, don’t stand by the buffet table. Freeze your leftover desserts, or send them home with family or friends. Try to stay out of grocery store food aisles that feature sugary holiday treats, and avoid gourmet and specialty shops whose shelves seem to be overloaded with them this time of year.

As for the remainder of the year, read the labels on your unopened processed foods. If they have high levels of added sugar per serving, several grams, for example, return them. Use the store credit to buy fresh fruit.

If you drink fruit juice, dilute it with unflavored club soda or seltzer. Gradually reduce the amount of sugar you put in your coffee and tea. You’ll get used to it. Make your own salad dressing. If you think you can stop with just one small piece of chocolate, great. But stick to the dark variety, which has less sugar than milk chocolate (and has some health benefits of its own).

Restaurant eating can be tough. Put olive oil and vinegar on your salad, and have grilled chicken or fish — no sauces. Skip the mixed drinks and cocktails and switch to a dry wine. Avoid baked goodies, and have fresh fruit for dessert.

You can live without sweetness, Kessler says. “If you moved to a continent where there was no sweetness, you would adapt,” he says. “After a while, if you couldn’t have access, you would stop wanting.”

But if you must, retrain your palate to appreciate the sweetness of foods in their natural state. Fresh fruit has sugar, but it also has water, fiber and other nutrients. The average candy bar has 270 calories. A small piece of fruit has about 60. You can eat an apple, an orange, a pear and a peach and get fewer calories than in that one candy bar.

You can end that toxic relationship. “Sugar does have a powerful hold on us, but there are ways to separate gently,” Hensrud says. “If you can’t totally break up with sugar, consider finding a new partner — in fruit.”
How a tumor grows can tell which drug to use

How a tumor grows can tell which drug to use

New research out of the University of Southern California suggests the growth patterns specific to a tumor can predict which cancer therapies are likely to work best.
Like the patients in which they grow, every tumor is unique. Doctors and researchers are becoming increasingly aware of this fact as they devise individualized cancer treatments. Because each tumor is unique, cancerous growths respond differently to various drugs.
Cancer drugs can have deleterious side effects, so finding the most effective drug -- or combination of drugs -- on the first try is imperative.

"Identifying a measurement or quantity that predicts how specific tumors will respond, called a predictive biomarker, is extremely valuable to cancer research," Stacey Finley, a assistant professor of biomedical engineering at USC, said in a news release.

Tumors need nutrients to fuel their growth. To get what they need, the cancer growth hijacks a process known as angiogenesis, which generates new blood vessels from the existing vasculature. Previous studies have shown tumor growth can be slowed by blocking or curbing vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF, a protein that promotes angiogenesis.

To better understand why some tumors reposed better to VEGF-blocking treatments than others, researchers built a computational model of tumor-bearing mice. They used the model, which was designed using real experimental and clinical data, to identify relationships between the drug's efficacy and certain properties of tumor growth.

"We found that certain parameters about the way the tumor grows could successfully and accurately predict the response to anti-angiogenic treatment that inhibits VEGF signaling in the mouse," Finley said. "Using the characteristics of the tumor's growth, we can predict how effective the anti-angiogenic therapy will be, or whether the tumor's growth will slow down, even before treatment begins."

Scientists published the results of their modeling work in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.

The next step is to reverse engineer the model and use it to analyze mice tumors in order to predict the efficacy of VEGF-inhibtor drugs.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Vikas and Shilpa shed tears seeing her mom in the house

Vikas and Shilpa shed tears seeing her mom in the house

Tonight’s episode of Bigg Boss 11 is going to be oozing with emotions. After all the family members of the housemates are to visit them tonight. According to the latest promo, Shilpa Shinde’s mother, Vikas Gupta’s mother, Priyank Sharma’s ex-girlfriend Divya Agarwal, Hiten Tejwani’s wife and kids are to visit the sets tonight. It was an emotional affair but the most shocking scene was to see the braveheart Shilpa Shinde sitting all stunned while her mother caresses her. The actress was distraught or say rather surprised to see her mom on the show.

She was sitting with her gaze fixed at the wall while her mother showers her love on her. Tears start flowing from her eyes incessantly. Surprisingly, her friend on the show Vikas Gupta is also seen crying while they were having a mother-daughter moment. Either was missing his mom or he was too overwhelmed to see Shilpa bond with her mother.

Shilpa Shinde’s mother faces the camera and says, “I am very glad that my daughter is being hailed as a mother in the show. I am the mother of that mother.”

This is for all the #Shikas fans who felt like hitting the screen when someone other than maa, beti & jamai came into the frame.

She also whispers praises in her daughter’s ear about how well she is going on the show so far. Shilpa Shinde is then rushes to hug her mom. Vikas is also seen hugging Shilpa’s mother. Rest of the housemates exchanged pleasantries with her mother.

Earlier, Hina Khan was heard saying in the show that Shilpa Shinde doesn’t share a cordial relationship with her mother, due to which she has become so ‘heartless’. Going by their display of the affection on the show, it doesn’t seem that Shilpa is anywhere distant to her mother.

Vikas Gupta’s mother is also scheduled to visit the show tonight. Priyank Sharma's estranged girlfriend will also visit him in the house. Before entering the house, Divya Agarwal spoke her heart out in an interview with IB times. She said, "’I wanted people to stop judging him and me with each other's name. Now that he knows that I have parted ways, he is free to do anything. Now people won't judge his actions - this saved both our image. I can't deny what all happened inside the house. I was hurt and one last meeting was important.’’

Let's see tonight if Diyva and Priyank reconciled or parted their ways forever for better. 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Bigg Boss 11, check out unseen pictures of Vikas Gupta in Lambe Kale Ghane baal

Bigg Boss 11, check out unseen pictures of Vikas Gupta in Lambe Kale Ghane baal

Vikas Gupta is making right kind of noise since the day he entered Bigg Boss 11. He is rightly being called 'mastermind' as he knows how to play his game. The famous TV producer who had fight with TV actress Shilpa Shinde on the eve of grand premiere looked quite different in his early days. Vikas loves experimenting with his hair and you will know this after seeing his old pictures. From shoulder to waist length hair, Vikas sported different hairdo and these pictures are proofs.

The guy who is regarded as one of the finalists of Bigg Boss Season 11 has support from many TV stars. Vikas has produced several TV shows like Gumrah, MTV Fanaah, talaash, etc. He gets along very well with daily soap queen, Ekta Kapoor and the duo have many pictures together.
Vikas who owns a production company Lost Boy Productions, is also close friend with actress Kritika Kamra. In this picture from Anita Hassanandani's wedding reception, Vikas is carrying his long hair like a boss.
During his initial days in Bigg Boss house, Vikas had a huge fight with Hina Khan after she told housemates that Priyank informed her about Vikas's bisexuality. Though, Vikas has never opened up but there are rumours that the TV producer is bisexual. Vikas also had weeks-long fight with Shilpa Shinde who accused that Vikas is behind her ouster from Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai. Vikas was then heading '& TV', however, the duo has patched-up now.

Are you stunned after watching unseen avatar of Vikas Gupta? Stay tuned to this space for all Bigg Boss updates.
Shilpa or Dadlani, who will loss in Bigg Boss 11 tonight? Here's the answer

Shilpa or Dadlani, who will loss in Bigg Boss 11 tonight? Here's the answer

Bigg Boss 11 house will once again bid adieu to one of its members. While you must be thinking that tonight's elimination is predictable but let us inform that you might be wrong. Makers can come up with any idea at any time. While we saw Salman Khan and guest Rohan Mehra mocking Akash Dadlani and hinting that he is the next to be ousted but no such thing is going to happen in December 10 Weekend Ka Vaar.

As per media reports, no one will be eliminated tonight from the house. While there were lot of speculations about the secret room but the latest buzz says that nothing as such will happen. Some reports claimed that one of the contestants will be sent to the secret room. If this happens then it will be interesting to watch, whether it is Shilpa or Akash. Shilpa's popularity saw a rapid surge on social media as fans posted lakhs of tweet in praise and support of her.

Few days back, family members of contestants visited the show and the house witnessed an emotional atmosphere. Shilpa's mother entered the house and requested everyone not to abuse. Arshi received a lot of flak for disrespecting Shilpa's mother. Even the host Salman Khan lashed out at her.

Last week, Bandgi Kalra was evicted from Bigg Boss Season 11. The Delhi girl was quite upset on her elimination and said that she didn't expect it. Bandgi made news due to her closeness with another contestant Puneesh Sharma. After her elimination, she said that Hina Khan is self-obsessed and praised Vikas Gupta and Shilpa for performing well.

Friday, 8 December 2017

I will be resigning from U.S.A Senate, Al Franken blasts Donald Trump

I will be resigning from U.S.A Senate, Al Franken blasts Donald Trump

Refreshed with more points of interest: "Today I am reporting that, in the coming weeks, I will leave as an individual from the United States Senate," Al Franken said from the floor of the Senate Thursday morning – one day after more than 30 Dem associates all of a sudden requested he advance down finished claims he had bugged ladies with undesirable touching and kissing.

"I, surprisingly, am mindful there is some incongruity I am leaving while a man who has gloated on tape about his history of rape sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has over and over gone after young ladies crusades for the Senate with the full help of his gathering," Franken said.

"Two or three months prior, I felt that we had entered a critical crossroads ever. We were at last start to tune in to ladies about the route in which men's activities influence them… I was energized for that discussion and cheerful it would bring about genuine change that improved life for ladies the nation over and in all aspects of our general public. At that point the discussion swung to me."

Saying he had been "stunned" and "vexed" by the charges, Franken clarified he "likewise needed to be conscious of that more extensive discussion. Since all ladies should be heard and their encounters considered important." And, while proceeding to demand that had been the proper activity (in checked difference to the forceful disavowal technique of others) Franken recognized "I likewise think it gave a few people the false impression that I was confessing to doing thing I haven't done."

"A portion of the charges against me basically are not valid. Others I recollect in an unexpected way," he said.

Franken reproved his partners for denying him a full Senate Ethics Committee hearing, calling it the best possible scene to decide his destiny in governmental issues, and reminding those in the corridor who, on Wednesday, requested his quick ouster, that he had volunteered to participate completely and acknowledge the result of that examination.

"A critical part o the discussion we been having most recent couple of months is about how men manhandle their energy and benefit to hurt ladies. I am pleased that amid time in the senate I have utilized m energy to be a champion of ladies, and that I have earned a notoriety for being somebody who regards the ladies I work close by consistently. An altogether different picture of me has been painted in the course of the most recent couple of weeks, however I know my identity."

Franken recognized he will dependably lament "walking far from this activity" yet said he has confidence in his staff, the individuals who chose him, and "the dynamic promotion I have the benefit to be a piece of."

With regards to the senate itself, Franken included, distinctly, "and I have confidence – or possibly trust – that individual from this senate will locate the political fearlessness important to continue asking the intense inquiries, consider this organization responsible, and go to bat for reality."

As he wrapped his discourse, "Al Franken" started top-drifting around the world.

While staggering, originating from the floor of the U.S. Senate, Franken's declaration wasn't precisely a stunner, as media outlets started revealing his goal late Wednesday, and Thursday morning TV news ability started playing "I Said It First" as he made a beeline for the Hill:

Source discloses to me Franken trusts he can never again serve successfully as a congressperson and is leaving

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 7, 2017

Franken got pushed to this minute one day sooner when his Dem associates abruptly rushed him. Inside only a couple of hours Wednesday, more than 30 Dem congresspersons had requested he give up the seat he'd held since 2008.

The surge agreed with GOP's drawing ever nearer to Alabama's contender for the U.S. Senate Roy Moore, a denounced pedophile, with that vote set for Tuesday. John Conyers having declared his immediate"retirement," Dems required Franken gone to possess the ethical high ground, TV news intellectuals noted. Some swayed their fingers at the Dems for having pushed out Franken without due process, while savaging Trump for attacking democratic establishments.

"It's tied in with winning, not tied in with taking the correct good position," reproved/Washington-clarified one.

Franken said Wednesday evening that he would create an impression Thursday morning, after a seventh lady's provocation claims against the previous Saturday Night Live author/entertainer.

A few media outlets revealed late Wednesday he would declare his renunciation, however his camp demanded no choice had yet been made.

Wednesday began with four female Dem representatives calling for Franken to advance down. By end of day the number had developed to more than 30, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who said in an announcement, "I consider Senator Franken a dear companion and significantly regard his achievements, yet he has a higher commitment to his constituents and the Senate, and he should advance down quickly."

DNC seat Tom Perez reverberated that assumption:

"Sen. Al Franken should advance down. Everybody must share the obligation of building a culture of trust and regard for ladies in each industry and work environment, and that incorporates our gathering."

A few more ladies had approached Wednesday with claims the Minnesota congressperson had snatched them or attempted to compel a kiss. An anonymous previous Democratic Congressional assistant told political site Politico that Franken endeavored to compel a kiss from her in 2006 toward the finish of one of Franken's radio shows, asserting it was "my perfectly fine performer."

Franken called this most recent assertion "completely not valid," after already for the most part adhering to different cycles of a got-no-memory however apologize reaction to prior cases, again saying he would happily coordinate with the Senate Ethics Committee test.

A month ago, radio host Leeann Tweeden was first to affirm she had been pestered by Franken. Tweeden charged the previous Saturday Night Live essayist/entertainer with "pounding" his face up to hers and putting his tongue in her mouth, while practicing a play he'd composed for their USO visit execution, in 2006. She knew about the kissing bit, however said she consented to the practice kiss just reluctantly, so he would quit baiting her about it.

On the flight home from that USO visit, Franken had postured in a photograph, with his hands floating over her bosoms as she was dozing, which Tweeden delivered amid her presser, and on different TV programs.

Franken apologized, which Tweeden said she acknowledged.

"I wasn't requiring his renunciation, I wasn't requiring his vocation to end," Tweeden said the following day. "I didn't need any of that. I simply needed to sparkle the light and remain on the shoulders of these other ladies to go, 'This isn't right, this isn't what ought to occur in our general public.'"

Later a month ago, female staff individuals from Saturday Night Live discharged a letter guarding Franken in the midst of the lewd behavior charges against him.
more than 1.2million people in Southern Sudan are one step far from starvation - United Nations (U.N)

more than 1.2million people in Southern Sudan are one step far from starvation - United Nations (U.N)

More than 1.2 million individuals in war-torn South Sudan are one stage far from starvation — twice the same number of as in the meantime a year ago — and in mid 2018 a large portion of the nation's populace will be dependent on crisis nourishment help, the U.N. compassionate boss said Thursday.

Stamp Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council that despite the fact that 2 million individuals have fled the nation in the course of recent years, 7 million individuals inside the nation — "just about 66% of the rest of the populace" — still need helpful guide.

"The following lean season starting in March is probably going to see starvation conditions in a few areas the nation over," Lowcock said. "We could turn around starvation conditions this year — with noteworthy assets and dangers — and we should keep away from a rehash of this."

U.N. peacekeeping boss Jean-Pierre Lacroix called the security circumstance in South Sudan "dubious" and cautioned of raising military clash and intercommunal battling as the dry season sets in. He refered to a resurgence of battling in southern Unity states over the most recent two weeks between restriction powers unified to previous VP Riek Machar and current First Vice President Taban Deng.

Moreover, he stated, clash related human rights infringement keep including plundering, house burnings, murdering of regular people, discretionary captures and sexual viciousness, "with sorted out powers being ensnared as culprits in many examples."

Lacroix encouraged the Security Council "to stay watchful and apply more push to denounce and stop the savagery, ensure regular people and desperately encourage a political settlement of the contention."

There were high expectations that South Sudan would have tranquility and strength after its autonomy from neighboring Sudan in 2011. Be that as it may, the world's freshest country dove into ethnic brutality in December 2013 when powers faithful to President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, began fighting those faithful to Machar, a Nuer who now lives in South Africa.

An August 2015 peace assention has not ceased the battling, and conflicts in July 2016 between supporters of Kiir and Machar set off further savagery. The contention has murdered a huge number of individuals.

Lacroix emphatically sponsored the rejuvenation procedure set forward by the eight-country East African territorial gathering known as IGAD which expects to accomplish a truce, execute the 2015 peace understanding and build up "a changed and sensible timetable for its usage."

He said the U.N. trusts the IGAD-drove High-Level Revitalization Forum, which is planned to begin in mid-December, won't be an erratic occasion however "a supported procedure" that considers the legislature and resistance responsible to end dangers and guarantee a fruitful change.

Lacroix said the gathering and a national exchange under path at the nearby level in South Sudan "can address the spiraling emergency, if very much planned."

"In any case, battling can't proceed pair with endeavors to make a tough peace," he cautioned. "The two are essentially contradictory."

U.S. Ambasador Nikki Haley cautioned South Sudan's administration and adversary powers a week ago that the United States is prepared to seek after extra measures on the off chance that they don't make a move to end savagery, begin arrangements, and facilitate the compassionate emergency.
U.S.A former gymnastics team specialist Larry Nassar sentenced to 60 years in jail

U.S.A former gymnastics team specialist Larry Nassar sentenced to 60 years in jail

Larry Nassar, the Michigan specialist charged by many young people and ladies of ambushing them, was condemned to 60 years in government jail on Thursday for youngster explicit entertainment wrongdoings.

Elected judge Janet Neff passed on the sentence, following the suggestion of the administration.

Neff said Nassar "ought to never again approach kids."

Dr. Larry Nassar was condemned to the most extreme 60-year sentence on Thursday in his government tyke explicit entertainment case. Many ladies have likewise blamed him for rape. (AP)

Agents discovered more than 37,000 pictures of tyke explicit entertainment on Nassar's electronic gadgets a year ago. Pictures of youngsters as youthful as babies were among his store.

The 54-year-old Nassar had worked at Michigan State University and with USA Gymnastics; through his last part, various present and previous gymnasts, including Olympians Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, blamed him for rape when they were young people.

Competitors at Michigan State additionally blamed Nassar for attack.

Nassar has additionally confessed to attacking gymnasts with his hands in the Lansing, Michigan zone, under the appearance of giving treatment. He will be condemned in those cases in January.

Since this Nassar case included kid erotic entertainment and not the strike charges, Neff denied a demand from the legislature to have his asserted sex-attack casualties make explanations, however she said there will be a period for those, once the court turns it regard for condemning in the ambush cases.

Maroney has said she was as youthful as 13 when Nassar started "treating" her at each shot he could get, asserting that he gave her a dozing pill for a flight to Tokyo for an opposition when she was 15. The following thing she knew, Maroney was distant from everyone else with Nassar in his inn room.

"I thought I would kick the bucket that night," Maroney wrote in a letter to Neff.

"Surprisingly, much to my downfall, Dr. Nassar was not a specialist, he in reality is, was and perpetually should be, a tyke molester, and a creature of a person," Maroney composed.

"He manhandled my trust, he mishandled my body and he cleared out scars on my mind that may never leave."
first class pure breed race horses died in California's fire outbreak

first class pure breed race horses died in California's fire outbreak

Many first class pure breed race horses dashed far from blazes Thursday as one of California's significant out of control fires tore through an instructional hub in San Diego County.

Not all made it.

There was no official check of what number of creatures were slaughtered in the cloudy disarray as the two steeds and people cleared, however coaches at San Luis Rey Downs assessed that no less than twelve had kicked the bucket, conceivably significantly more.

Stallions worth a huge number of dollars who are typically precisely strolled from place to put were basically set free and urged to flee as blazes overwhelmed the inside close Bonsall, which is only a couple of miles from where the fire broke out.

Macintosh McBride, who was working with the middle's mentors, said it was "add up to anarchy when a few hundred stallions were cut free," however he trusts the majority of the around 450 steeds stabled there survived. McBride, who works at the Del Mar race track, said a few steeds were cleared to the adjacent track where a considerable lot of them contend.

"There was so much smoke it was hard to see," said horse mentor Dan Durham, who got his 20 stallions gathered together and was stacking them into vans to be cleared. "A portion of the stallions were turned free so they could be sheltered. They were scattered around."

San Luis Rey Downs is home to stallions that keep running at close-by Del Mar and other best flight California tracks like Santa Anita Park. Doug O'Neill, whose steeds have won the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup races, is among the mentors who keep at any rate some portion of their stable there.

The sign at the front calls it "Home of Azeri," the now-resigned horse who was the 2002 U.S. Stallion of the Year who earned over $4 million in her profession.

Steed coach Scott Hansen said he knows a portion of the 30 stallions he had at the office were slaughtered.

"I don't know what number of are living and what number of are dead," Hansen said. "I figure I'll need to make sense of that in the morning." For now, he said he was focusing on getting his steeds that made due to clearing focuses.

Another coach, Cliff Sise, informed KFMB-TV that he saw concerning 10 stallions bite the dust, including his own particular filly.

"It was dim, everything was hot and she wouldn't turn out. I opened the pen and attempted to get behind her and get her out, and she wouldn't get out," Sise said. "She consumed to death that fast."
Southern Texas experience uncommon snowfall

Southern Texas experience uncommon snowfall

Bone chilling temperatures behind a frosty front joined with dampness off the Gulf of Mexico have yielded an uncommon snowfall in many parts of South and Southeast Texas.

The National Weather Service reports snow from San Antonio into East Texas. National Weather Service meteorologist Brett Williams said up to 2.5 crawls of snow had been measured starting at 9 p.m. Thursday in the San Antonio region. The latest practically identical snowfall in San Antonio had been in January 1987, when 1.3 crawls of snow amassed, yet the latest real snowfall was 13.2 creeps in January 1985.

Up to 3 creeps of snow was normal in the Corpus Christi region by Friday morning. Climate Service meteorologist Kevin Wagner said the latest practically identical snowfall in Corpus Christi was 4.4 creeps on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 2004.
Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrawaled from Australian Open due to her left side wrist surgery

Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrawaled from Australian Open due to her left side wrist surgery

Two-times significant winner Svetlana Kuznetsova has pulled back from one month from now's Australian Open in the wake of having surgery to her left side wrist.

Tennis Australia on Friday said No. 12-positioned Kuznetsova and China's Sasai Zheng, with correct knee damage, were the main players positioned in the best 100 who are affirmed as not playing the Jan. 15-28 competition at Melbourne Park.

Serena Williams, who was pregnant while winning the 2017 Australian Open title and brought forth her first tyke in September, ''is foreseen to return,'' Tennis Australia said.

Williams could level with Margaret Court's record-breaking record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles with another win at Melbourne Park. Serena Williams' positioning has dropped to No. 22 amid her break from the visit.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Jones made a fantastic game saving, as Falcons won Saints 20-17

Jones made a fantastic game saving, as Falcons won Saints 20-17

With the season possibly remaining in a critical state, Deion Jones jumped high noticeable all around, about as high as he could go.

He came to significantly higher, grabbing the ball away before it could achieve the proposed target.

Hanging on for dear existence with the two arms, the Atlanta Falcons linebacker landed level on his back at last zone, the ball secured firmly against his chest.

No chance he was giving up.

Jones made a jumping capture attempt at last zone with 1:25 remaining and the Falcons hung on for a urgent 20-17 triumph over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, setting up a three-route race for the NFC South title.

"It was about the ball," Jones said. "I simply opened up my eyes, and every one of my siblings were in that spot, remaining over me. It was incredible."

Matt Ryan shook off three capture attempts to control the Falcons to Matt Bryant's 52-yard field objective with 3:49 to go. The Saints (9-4) were in position to haul out the triumph, heading to the Atlanta 11 after Drew Brees changed over on fourth-and-1 with a quarterback sneak, as mentor Sean Payton passed on endeavoring a tying field objective.

On second down, Brees endeavored to hit tight end Josh Hill in the back of the end zone.

Jones had different thoughts.

"When it requires a long time to arrive, you know you're up there," Falcons mentor Dan Quinn said. "He unquestionably went up and went after it."

The Falcons (8-5) moved inside one round of the division-driving Saints with three weeks to go, as New Orleans misused an opportunity to manufacture a three-amusement lead on the safeguarding division champs. Atlanta is back in the race and gets another split at New Orleans when the groups meet again in the beside a week ago of the customary season at the Superdome.

The Carolina Panthers (8-4) likewise are right in the thick of things.

Ryan had three interferences in an extend of nine plays toward the finish of the primary half and the start of the second. Yet, he tied the amusement with a 8-yard touchdown go to Mohamed Sanu with 9:55 residual , completing 15 of 27 for 221 yards.

Brees was 26 of 35 for 271 yards and two TDs. However he was kicking himself for attempting to drive one toward the end.

On the opening ownership, New Orleans lost portion of its dynamic 1-2 punch in the backfield when new kid on the block Alvin Kamara made a go to the cap and stumbled off with a blackout.

Check Ingram was left to convey the heap as the "Blast and Zoom" team turned out to be essentially "Blast." He was held to 49 yards on 12 conveys as the Saints to a great extent surrendered one of the alliance's best hurrying assaults. Michael Thomas had 10 gets for 117 yards and a TD .

With Atlanta endeavoring to crash into position for a tiebreaking field objective in the melting away seconds of the opening half, Ryan threw a frightful pass that was picked off by new kid on the block Marshon Lattimore, who was back in the lineup in the wake of missing two amusements with a lower leg damage.

Lattimore returned it 33 yards to the Atlanta 29 with 4 seconds remaining, setting up Wil Lutz to boot a 47-yard field objective as time terminated. Yet, the Falcons got a break when the Saints neglected to have seven obstructed on hold of scrimmage, and the punishment brought about a compulsory 10-second spillover that finished the half with the score tied at 10.


Subsequent to getting picked off on Atlanta's last play of the main half, Ryan went to the air again on the principal play of the second half.

Same outcome, however it wasn't Ryan's blame.

The ball experienced the arms of tight end Austin Hooper, moved up on his back and was caught by Chris Banjo, setting up the 1-yard scoring go to Thomas.

On Atlanta's next ownership, Ryan guided the Falcons to the New Orleans 9. On third down, he endeavored to drive a go into the end zone for Julio Jones just to be picked off again by Marcus Williams.

It was the second time this season and ninth time in his vocation that Ryan has tossed three interferences in a diversion.


It was a merciless night for the Saints, which is certain to bring up more issues after the wellbeing dangers of playing on Thursday evenings.

Notwithstanding Kamara's damage, New Orleans lost another hostile protect and three starters on resistance.

Monitor Senio Kelemete, filling in for harmed starter Andrus Peat (crotch), left with a blackout. That constrained the Saints to run with Josh LeRibeus, the reinforcement focus.

On safeguard, the Saints lost linebacker A.J. Klein in the principal half with crotch damage. Beginning guarded end Trey Hendrickson left with a lower leg damage and solid security Kenny Vaccaro was sidelined with crotch damage.

"Various folks go down," mentor Sean Payton said. "That wound up noticeably difficult."


Holy people: Host the New York Jets (5-7) on Dec. 17 in the first of two straight home amusements.

Hawks: After a short turnaround for the Thursday night diversion, Atlanta has a 11-sunrise before coming back to activity with a Monday night challenge at Tampa Bay (4-8) on Dec. 18.