As governments around the world debate steps to slow emissions of greenhouse gases that cause climate change, scientists like Susan Solomon are peering into the future and reaching an uncomfortable conclusion: Even if emissions are stopped in a few decades, the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere will continue to affect the planet for 1,000 years.Solomon, a senior scientist in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chemical Sciences Division, said that long-range computer models show that if greenhouse gas emissions peak in 2100 and fall after that, the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will decline only slowly. Global temperatures, she said, will remain elevated for a millennium, and sea levels will still rise because of thermal expansion, flooding lowland areas around the globe.If carbon dioxide levels reach 750 parts per million by 2100, and then emissions are stopped entirely, after 1,000 years they will have fallen only to 450 parts per million, Solomon said, still higher than today’s 390 parts per million and much higher than the 270 parts per million from preindustrial days.“The temperature we wind up with will be around for 1,000 years, and sea levels will continue to rise,” Solomon said.Solomon was among several speakers at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on Friday (April 15) for the institute’s ninth annual science symposium. Astronomy Professor Dimitar Sasselov, senior adviser to the institute’s science program, introduced the symposium, saying that the event, “Something in the Air: Climate Change, Science and Policy,” was a chance to take an interdisciplinary look at climate change.Harvard Astronomy Professor Dimitar Sasselov, senior adviser to the Radcliffe Institute’s science program, introduced the symposium, saying that the event, “Something in the Air: Climate Change, Science and Policy,” was a chance to take an interdisciplinary look at climate change. The event featured a range of speakers largely from outside Harvard, Sasselov said, to bring other perspectives to campus. Speakers from Princeton University, the Washington University in St. Louis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Calgary, and other institutions discussed topics as diverse as the effect of climate change on oceans and human health, politics and clean-energy innovation, geo-engineering, water vapor and climate change, and past human adaptability to the change.Jennifer Smith, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences at Washington University, said that if humanity is to rely on tried-and-true coping mechanisms that helped it to survive past episodes of climate change, it may be in trouble.In search of lessons that may be applicable today, Smith examined past societies that are thought to have been affected by changing climates, albeit on regional rather than planetary scales. She looked at the Khmer Empire at Angkor, in what is today Cambodia. By the 12th century, Smith said, an agricultural civilization based on the monsoon rains had arisen and lasted until the 15th century. Looking at archaeological remains shows that the Angkor area had elaborate canals and other waterworks designed to harness the seasonal monsoons for agriculture. A combination of severe droughts interspersed with heavy, destructive monsoons appears to have wrecked the infrastructure and contributed to the civilization’s downfall.Smith said the multiple hits at Angkor illustrate the importance of resiliency if a civilization is to survive serial calamities, both natural and manmade, that can intensify the impact of any one disaster.One observation that emerges from the archaeological evidence, Smith said, is the importance of migration as a human coping mechanism for catastrophic change. The archaeological record of North Africa shows that migration has been an important way for humans to deal with periods of drought in the region that today is dominated by the Sahara desert. It may have been a migratory response to drying climate in East Africa’s Rift Valley region, coupled with a wetter period in North Africa, in fact, that fueled one of two major migrations from the area early in human history, Smith said.Migration may have been an important survival tool for early humans, but with humanity spread around the globe and with climate change affecting the whole planet, that may not be a tool that can be used effectively today, Smith said.“What comes out is just how important migration has always been as an adaptive response,” Smith said. “I see it as a warning that we can’t deal with it as we did.”
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo April 27, 2017 In the words U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), a historic event took place from April 23rd-25th, on the island of Cozumel, in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. The country works directly with U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and has sent observers to SOUTHCOM’s Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC), for years. In 2017, however, they offered to co-host the event. The problems with drugs, violence, and human trafficking in Mexico are no different than those in other countries in Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Therefore it is not surprising that Mexico took on a principal role during 2017’s CENTSEC, as per the sentiments of the representatives who spoke to Diálogo at the conference. Mexican Army General Salvador Cienfuegos, secretary of National Defense; Mexican Navy Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, secretary of the Navy; and U.S. Air Force General Lori Robinson, commander of NORTHCOM, co-hosted the event. The purpose of CENTSEC is to provide an executive level forum for SOUTHCOM’s commander and the Central American defense and security chiefs to discuss the way ahead for regional security efforts and strategies. This year’s theme was Cooperation Initiatives to Strengthen Regional Security. “The evolving security challenges in Central America are threatening the security beyond the region and demand a unified approach. We have so much in common. We share a similar heritage. We cherish and uphold the same principals, and we are united by a vision of a better future for all our nations. A future where our citizens are safe, where our institutions are strong and impervious to corruption, where our nations are free from the insidious threat of criminal networks and extremism,” said Adm. Tidd during his opening remarks. “We are certain that the results we achieve in this conference will be seen in the short term in the specific actions that will strengthen the security and development that Central American society needs,” said Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, adding that Mexico and its Armed Forces will join efforts to develop initiatives to confront the various threats that have an impact on the Americas. “We are convinced that through joint efforts, and working as a team toward the same objective, we’ll be able to contribute directly to the well-being and progress of our nations.” Participants Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama participated in the event, while Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the United Kingdom as well as the Central American Armed Forces Conference, the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, and the Inter American Defense Board attended as observers. After each participating country briefed on the security of their respective nation, there were three round tables spread across two days. Round Table 1, “Regional Cooperation to Combat Transnational Threats in Central America,” was moderated by Dr. Richard Downie, former director of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WHINSEC). Round Table 2, “Military Support to Civil Authority and Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief,” was moderated by Dr. Javier Ulises Oliva Posada, coordinator for the National Defense and Security graduate course at the National Autonomous University of Mexico; and Round Table 3, “Cooperative Initiatives to Strengthen Regional Security,” was moderated by Dr. Leonardo Curzio, a Mexican political analyst. Common enemy All three round tables highlighted that it is imperative to set action protocols between all participant countries and create strategic alliances to better combat transnational and transregional crime networks. “All countries stated that our common enemy is transnational organized crime, which respects no borders, and it is towards this objective that all of our efforts must be focused with an absolute respect for human rights,” said Dr. Curzio after the third panel of experts. “The U.S. military is looking for ways to enhance cooperation with its Mexican and Central American partners to address the security challenges that threaten the stability in the region,” said Gen. Robinson during her closing remarks. “At U.S. Northern Command, we recognize that transnational organized crime does pose a challenge to stability of all the countries in the region,” she added. For that purpose, Gen. Robinson said NORTHCOM is working closely with Mexico and SOUTHCOM to counter the challenges. “The threats facing Central America require close cooperation for joint solutions. Challenges in the region include drug trafficking, organized crime, border security, gangs, and migration. CENTSEC 2017 allowed interaction between countries that share common problems but have different realities, reaching agreements that will allow them to inhibit threats through security institutions,” said Adm. Soberón. “With these actions, the Mexican Army, Navy, and Air Force contribute to strengthen cooperation and coordination bonds among countries in our hemisphere,” he concluded. After the conference, the participating countries hold multilateral and bilateral discussions to define specific steps to achieve the objectives defined during CENTSEC 2017. The next Central American Security Conference will be held in El Salvador in 2018.
Press Association Although United cruised to victory in their opening game at Swansea, they were held to a draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford before being beaten by Liverpool at Anfield. The dust was still settling on that unwanted reverse on Merseyside when the Red Devils plunged themselves into a chaotic transfer deadline day, which, farcically, included three men United knew nothing about reportedly turning up at Spanish league (LFP) headquarters in Madrid attempting to broker a deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera. Defender Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United have enough quality to retain the Barclays Premier League title despite a difficult start to the David Moyes era. United have named youngsters Sam Johnstone, Tom Thorpe, Larnell Cole, Jesse Lingard and Will Keane alongside new signing Marouane Fellaini in their Champions League squad. Cole and Keane are both 18 with Johnstone, Thorpe and Lingard aged 20 and their names were among those submitted to UEFA even though they all qualify for the B list because of their age, meaning they could still be promoted to the first team before midnight on the day before any Champions League fixture anyway. Fellaini and Wilfried Zaha, in his first season at Old Trafford after signing in January but returning to Crystal Palace on loan, are set for their first Champions League action with the Red Devils. An 11th-hour attempt to sign Fabio Coentrao on loan from Real Madrid also ended in failure, leaving Moyes and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to go away and lick their wounds with only the arrival of Marouane Fellaini to console them. Yet Ferdinand insists belief in the Old Trafford camp remains high. “We’ve got a strong enough squad to win everything,” the 34-year-old told the London Evening Standard. “We won the league at a canter last season and we’ve not become a bad team overnight. “We believe strongly in what we have got. And anyway, you can’t judge the league after three games.” Clearly, though, results immediately after the international break have taken on additional significance, particularly the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on September 22. For if United were to lose there, the gap to the Premier League summit would look very wide. Prior to that Moyes has his first experience of a Champions League group game against Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford. And it has been confirmed Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher will play no part in the competition until at least after Christmas.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2015)–The 78th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 4 will not only provide fans with world class racing as some of America’s top 3-year-olds compete in their final prep for the Kentucky Derby, it will also be the focal point of an afternoon replete with dining, entertainment, fashion and wagering opportunities at The Great Race Place.From a Derby Day 5K Walk and Run to a KROQ Craft Beer & Music Festival in the Infield, here’s what fans can expect:6:30 a.m. Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to register for the Derby Day 5K Walk andRun in the Santa Anita Parking lot adjoining the Westfield Santa Anita Mall.7:30 a.m. Vehicular traffic on Baldwin Ave., from the 210 Freeway south to Huntington Dr., will beclosed until 9:30 a.m. due to the Derby Day 5K Walk and Run.8:00 a.m. Start time for Derby Day 5K Walk and Run.10:00 a.m. Santa Anita Admission gates open. Santa Anita Derby Day Tee Shirts will be available, free, with paid admission to the first 10,000 on-track Thoroughbreds Club members. (Fast, free sign-up available to all non-Thoroughbreds members). Additionally, fans are encouraged enter the second annual Santa Anita Derby Millionaire Contest prior to 2 p.m.Please note: There will also be FREE General Admission and parking to the Infield Area, through Gate 6, off of Colorado Place.The finest in Derby Day fashion, including high-end Derby Hats, will be on display courtesy of Christine A. Moore Millinery’s “Trunk Show” adjacent to Champions! Gifts and Apparel in the East Paddock Gardens.12 noon Special early first post time for an 11-race card that will also include the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, the Grade III Providencia Stakes, the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes, the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes and the $75,000 Thunder Road Stakes.ALL DAY: FREE KROQ Craft Beer Festival and Concert in the Infield. Food Trucks, Craft Beer and Live Music featuring Metalachi. Chandelier Room–Guest Chef Series featuring BBQ by Barrel and Ashes Chef de Cuisine, Michael Kahikina with Chef Josh Drew. The Premium Gallop Out Package–Santa Anita’s newest Club House destination that combines the timeless class of The Great Race Place with the ambiance of a sports bar. Perched above Santa Anita’s first turn, The Gallop Out puts you on top of the action. Derby Day Trackside Package–Fans can get an up-close view of the stretch run with a private party space located just off the outer rail.2:30 p.m. Post time for Race 6, which is the beginning of the $300,000 guaranteed Pick Six.(approx.)3:30 p.m. Post time for Race 8, which is the beginning of the $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick Four.(approx.) For more information on Santa Anita Derby Day racing and special events, please visit santaanita.com/events or call (626) 574-RACE.
Tobias Bowen, a 47-year-old Liberian and Chief Administrator of the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, who was charged in 2010 with allegedly raping a child in western New York, has been captured in Britain.The Onondaga County, New York sheriff’s office says Tobias Bowen had been spending his time leading Liberia’s Redemption Hospital and was taken into custody after getting off a plane Saturday at a London airport.Officials say Bowen was charged with rape and criminal sex acts in March 2010, when he lived in the Syracuse, New York suburb of Liverpool.After his $10,000 bail was posted, Bowen fled to Liberia, and subsequently became Chief Administrator of Redemption Hospital, in one of Liberia slum communities.After Bowen disappeared, sheriff’s detectives assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were able to track his travels to Liberia and the United Kingdom.It wasn’t long before his seedy past caught up with him and a local newspaper reported in August 2011 that Bowen was a ‘fugitive from justice.’The article said Bowen was wanted for having alleged sexual contacts with two children. A local newspaper had published the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office warrant with Bowen’s photo; yet he continued to run the hospital.With help from the U.S. Marshals International Investigations Branch, investigators found out that Bowen was landing in London on Saturday, where he was apprehended when he got off the plane.Detectives teamed up with the Department of State, Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office to make their move.Bowen is awaiting extradition back to the United States where the Sheriff’s office says he will face several felony related sex offense charges and an endangering the welfare of a child charge.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “I want to clarify Chooks-to-Go is really committed to support the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas all the way to the Olympics in whatever way we can. So my announcement that we’re willing to support a full-time national team, even regarding compensation, there was no intention to put PBA on a bad light,” he said after finishing a meeting with PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa earlier in the day.READ: Chooks To Go willing to offer ‘max salary’ to full-time Gilas playersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMascariñas reiterated that his statements were not meant to offend the PBA teams.“I told the commissioner that I got too overeager to say that we will match the maximum salaries in the PBA. Other owners felt that we’re raiding them of their players and that’s why I’m apologizing,” he said. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “I’m sorry if it came as we’re bragging. We consider ourselves a small fish in this big pond of basketball. We’re new, we know better, and we’re here to support the PBA and SBP.”Narvasa, meanwhile, understood where Mascariñas’ eagerness was coming from and he was glad that the Chooks-To-Go executive was able clear things up.“I think it was done in a sincere effort to be able to show support for the Gilas team,” said the league commissioner.“You have to understand that it’s a sensitive issue and an issue that we’re trying to work out. Comments like that, whether it’s meant to help, are sometimes taken out of context, so it’s always good that you clear it.”Though regretful for apparently hurting some feelings, Mascariñas said that his offer for Gilas Pilipinas is still on the table if the SBP and the PBA decides to give them the green light. ADVERTISEMENT “If they need our support for a full-time national team, if the PBA and SBP allows, we’re there. We just want to do it properly this time, that we’re not stepping on anyone. The end objective is we’re still hoping that we can form a competitive national team, and the possibility that it could be full time will always be there. We will continue to support that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark GiongcoBounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas apologized to the PBA on Thursday after various parties reportedly felt slighted by his earlier pronouncements of willingness to pay Gilas Pilipinas players maximum salaries to go full-time for the national team.Speaking after Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice at Meralco Gym, the executive expressed regret over the misunderstanding that stemmed from his bold declaration, clarifying that his statements are simply reflective on how devoted the Chooks-to-Go brand is on aiding the national basketball team.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ailing knee knocks defending champ Wawrinka out of US Open MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant
Alastair Cook scored his career-best 294 propelling England to a gigantic 710/7 declared in their first easy against India in the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday. Score | PhotosAt stumps, India were 35/1 with Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid at crease. Virender Sehwag, once again failed to provide the visitors with the required impetus as an opener. In the first innings, he had fallen on the first ball; this time round he walked back on the second to the lethal combo of paceman James Anderson and skipper Andrew Strauss.Alastair Cook’s 294 is more than India’s score in the last five innings in the Ind vs Eng series.Hosts England started their third day’s campaign with lead of 232 runs and seven wickets in hand. By the end of it they had three in hand the lead had swelled to a massive 486 – thanks the gargantuan innings by Cook. His 294 went down the history as the highest by a English batsman on the Edgbaston pitch.On Thursday the Day 2 of the Test, an unbeaten century by Alastair Cook had helped the hosts wipe out India’s first innings lead of 224 runs with ease.On Friday, even as Cook was 12 runs short of his maiden double ton, his efforts hit a road block when rain stopped play. Undaunted, he came back post the brief delay and went on to hit his second double hundred in Tests.His 200-run innings spanning across two days saw him play 379 balls and hit 27 fours. Cook’s patience can be gauged from the fact that he did not hit a single six in his long innings.advertisementHe could have asked for a better comeback to form after his poor showing during the first two Test at Lord’s and Trent Bridge.The milestone having been achieved Cook went ahead to beat his highest Test score – 235, which his scored during the Ashes in November last year.Riding on Cook’s impressive double, England were sitting pretty on 503/3 at lunch – lead of 279 runs at the stage. At the other end Eoin Morgan was going easy on 66 not out.The second session didn’t bring any cheer for the visitors as Cook and Morgan kept the scorecard ticking in front of a clueless India attack. Soon Cook surpassed his career-best total of 235, but his thirst for runs remained.And even as Cook added more to his double, Eoin Morgan completed his century in style.No sooner had Morgan scored his second Test hundred of his career that Suresh Raina got the first wicket for India on the day. A top edge off Morgan’s bat got carried to Sehwag at covers and England’s fourth wicket stand of 222 runs came to an end. Morgan’s 104 was decorated with 11 boundaries.There was some more cheer for India on a day that was dominated by England batsmen and listless India bowling. Leggie Amit Mishra trapped Ravi Bopara leg-before and he was seen walking back on 7 when the England score read 605/4.Cook was still in the middle and went on to cross the 250-run mark at ease and this time he had wicketkeeper Matt Prior by his side.Mishra then came around to get rid of Matt Prior cheaply, but the big-scorer Cook was still firm. England lost their sixth wicket on 613. At tea, England were 646/6 with Cook and Tim Bresnan in the middle.The third session wasn’t any different to begin with as Cook – the pivot around which the England’s batting revolved, continued with his array of strokes, but not a single taking the aerial route.However, deep into the third session, Cook’s innings came to close. And it was Ishant, who got the prized wicket.The lanky paceman bowled it wide and Cook went for the ball but didn’t quite connect and ended up lobbing the ball in the deep, where Raina took a smart catch to finish the batsman’s innings on 294. That was the juncture England announced their declaration – at 710/7, with a massive lead of 486.
Indian boxer Devendro Singh’s bid for an Olympic bronze medal was dashed after he succumbed to Ireland’s Paddy Barnes in a high-voltage quarter final contest which was marked by some debatable refreering and controversial warnings at the Excel Arena here.The 20-year-old Devendro fought gallantly last night but could not prevail over his stronger opponent who scripted a 23-18 victory to romp into the semi-finals.But the high-scoring result left the Indian contingent fuming as they claimed that the refreeing had gone heavily against the diminutive Indian who was warned once in the second round.With Devendro’s exit, the Indian challenge in the boxing ring also came to an end with only MC Mary Kom providing the spark with a historic bronze medal in women’s boxing which has been introduced in the Olympics for the first time.Backed by the noisy crowd, Barnes took an early lead by winning the first round 7-5 nd maintained the tempo right through to send the Indian packing out of his maiden Olympics much to the disappointment of the Indian fans.Both the boxers started the contest on a very aggressive note as they uneashed a flurry of punches at each other but the Irish pugilist relied on his experience to gain the upper hand.Trailing by two points, Devendro continued to be aggressive but a warning against him gave his opponent a bigger lead by the end of the second round which ended 10-5.The third and final round saw both the boxers going all out and devendro desperately tried to regain lost ground.advertisementBarnes, who had eked out a comfortable lead by then, was warned in the third round. But he ensured that he did not concede too many points and allow devendro to bounce back.The entire stadium, mostly filled up with Irish supports, burst into cheers when Barnes was declared the winner.Barnes will take on top seed Shiming Zhou of China in the semi finals on August 10. Zhou defeated Birzhan Zhakypov of Kazakistan 13-10 in the quarter finals.The Indians were livid with the point decisions which they claimed had been extremely unfair on Devendro.”There were so many mistakes against our boxers. He (Barnes) was not hitting the right spots and still getting points. It was not fair,” India’s foreign coach B I Fernandez said after the bout.”The refereeing was poor, not only in this bout but many other Indian bouts. It is very sad, but we have to live with it. The opponent was clearly holding, but he didn’t say anything,” Fernandez said.On the mood in the Indian boxing camp, he said, “It’s very difficult. We deserved to get a medal here.”Coach Gurbakhsh Singh Sandhu said some times referees go with the crowd and Devendro was hit hard by that.”Sometimes the referees go with the crowd. The referees use their own mind, I dont want to say too much on it,” Sandhu said.On the performance of the Indian team, he said “I am extremely happy with the overall performance of the Indian boxers. I am very sad because I think I am responsible for not being able to translate those performances into medal winning performances.””We had come for medals. We are very grateful to Mary Kom who has come to our rescue and got a medal,” he said.Sandhu was, however, full of praise for young Devendro who fought his heart out but was unlucky not to make it to the semi-final.”He fought his heart, he was aggressive right through.What else do you expect from such a young boxer. I am happy with his performance,” Sandhu said.Barnes was thrilled with his victory and said he was now looking forward to the semi-finals.”It is a dream come true to be here. I am over the moon.It was a real achievement. The fans make me proud to be Irish.Words can’t describe how I am feeling,” Barnes said.”I knew he would come forward all guns blazing. It was really nerve wracking, but I dug deep and just got on with it,” he said.On meeting ZOU Shiming of China in the semifinal, he said “Bronze medals are for losers. I am fighting a guy in the next fight who beat me 15-0 in Beijing. Our plan in the next fight is to score a point.”On becoming the first Irish boxer to win medals at successive Olympic Games, he said “I don’t really think about that. Just qualifying for the Olympics was a dream come true.”advertisement
Chelsea linked as Lyon coach Genesio leaves Fekir out of Cup squadby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon coach Bruno Genesio has sparked transfer talk after leaving Nabil Fekir out of his squad this weekend.The Mirror says Lyon have left skipper Fekir out of their squad for their French Cup clash this weekend.The French playmaker stayed with Lyon in the summer after his proposed move to Liverpool fell through.Fekir looked set to stay until the end of the season at least, although he has just 18 months remaining on his contract. But just days into the January transfer window, he has been suspiciously omitted from the squad for the clash with fifth-tier Bourges Foot.Fekir has also attracted interest from Chelsea in recent months with Liverpool’s interest in the playmaker seemingly ending in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say