India-England draw first Test at Trent Bridge

first_imgIndia’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni is bowled by England’s Liam Plunkett for 11 runs during the first cricket test match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England July 13, 2014. Reuters India drew their first cricket Test with England thanks to some heroics from Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the final day at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday.India finished the day with 391 for nine declared in the second innings, a massive lead of 430 runs, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar unbeaten on 63, his second half-century of the match, and Mohammad Shami, who was not out on four.England raised hopes of an unlikely win after picking up three quick wickets for 17 runs in the vital first session to reduce India to a precarious 184 for six. But followed next was a great fight-back by the tailenders, who ensured that England continue their winless streak to nine matches, with some gutsy batting.Binny struck a valuable 78, his debut Test fifty, to save the day for India. It was an entertaining knock from Binny, who had two crucial partnerships with Ravindra Jadeja (31) and Bhuvneshwar.Binny, who hit eight fours and a six in his 114-ball knock, was first involved in a 65-run stand with Jadeja that helped the team recover from a precarious 184 for six and then took India to a position of strength adding 91-runs for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar.Resuming the day at 167/3, India were put on the back-foot right in the first over of the day after Virat Kohli (8) was trapped plumb in front by fast bowler Stuart Broad. The local boy struck again in his next over to get rid of Ajinkya Rahane (24), who flashed outside the off and edged to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.advertisementWith India struggling at 173 for five, the expectations were immense from India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a repeat of his heroic 82 in the first innings. But Dhoni managed barely 11 before being castled by a Liam Plunkett.Jadeja, who took 38 balls to get his first run, and Binny then fought back valiantly with their 46-run stand for the unfinished seventh wicket stand. Jadeja had a tough time right from the start and finally found the first run, a four straight over the pacer James Anderson’s head that also drew an applause from the bowler.Having gone wicketless, Binny was also determined to prove his credentials as a handy batsman. The Karnataka all-rounder used his feet well for his three fours and the cover drive off Liam Plunkett was a treat to watch.Binny and Jadeja helped India recover well from a precarious 184 for six to reach 230 at lunch. It was the introduction of the new ball that ended the partnership after Jadeja edged to Prior off Anderson ending his 98-ball vigil that had five fours. It was the first time in his career that Jadeja played more than 50 deliveries.Binny and Bhuvneshwar then scored quickly as 91 runs of the partnership came from 19 overs. Binny got to his debut Test half-century in style plundering Plunkett for 11 runs in the 90th over that also had two well-timed fours. He had a century in sight but was trapped lbw by Moeen Ali with a tossed up delivery.Bhuvneshwar got to his second half-century of the match in style as he struck part-time spinner Joe Root for two crisply timed fours as he scored nine runs from the over. Bhuvneshwar and Ishant Sharma (13) added another valuable 47 runs for the ninth wicket to take the lead past the 400-run mark. Ishant became England skipper Alastair Cook’s maiden Test wicket before both the sides decided to settle for a draw.last_img read more

Started from the bottom, now on top: The rise of Germany’s most hated club- RB Leipzig

first_imgAfter Leicester City’s title win last year and Champions League run in this one, people would have happily settled with the idea of the ‘greatest fairytale ever’ in football history. After earning promotion to the Premier League in 2014-15 by winning the Championship, they were perhaps ‘THE’ choice to go down, especially, after being at the bottom of the table for more than four and a half months. Nigel Pearson’s men however, scripted a fantastic comeback and put together a run of seven wins from their last nine fixtures to survive comfortably and the rest as they say is history.Well, for football fans however, history might be re-written soon enough. A small team set up in 2009 have been making the headlines off late in the not so followed competition of Germany – RB Leipzig.Dominated by Bayern Munich and Bayern Munich only followed by Borussia Dortmund briefly, the Bundesliga has been always overshadowed by the fancier Premier League and the mercurial duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga. But, 12 games into the season and with the winter break coming soon, Leipzig has reached the peak, surprising the football fraternity largely. (Also read: From predators to prey, Bayern Munich must turn corner)Reuters PhotoSet up seven years back,  energy drink company Red Bull walked in and bought the club’s licence, built the club’s character completely from the scratch – from the badge to the nickname and set out on an ambitious journey: reach the Bundesliga in eight years.advertisementThe largest city from the federal state of Saxony, Germany, did one better – they took seven.After seven years of hard work and little bit of help from Borussia Dortmund, a team they defeated 1-0 with a gutsy performance on Matchday 2, they are on top of the table – leading Bayern Munich by three points.THEY ARE HATEDComing from East Germany and being the only club in the top flight from that part of the country, it hasn’t helped Leipzig’s cause as such. The two parts are still very different from one another and the tension hasn’t eased out yet, thus, making life for the newbies really hard in Bundesliga in terms of popularity.Red Bull funded them largely and handed them a large transfer budget and in the process earned more haters as they were accused of overspending.  They were the Bundesliga’s biggest net spenders on 45 million pounds last summer, but only the third highest behind Borussia Dortmund (100 million pounds, net 1 million pounds) and Bayern Munich (63 million pounds, net 16 million pounds). Red Bull’s ownership was also a controversial move as a German club has to have 51% public ownership and Red Bull bypassed it, creating major issues for the team.  They have shoved everybody aside in the lower rungs as they made their way up after buying a small Leipzig club in 2009. They only have 17 club members and all of them are Red Bull employees. It takes 900 million pounds a year to be a member and that’s basically to prevent fans from signing up and having a say. A season ticket costs less than the membership fee but local fans don’t mind because Leipzig didn’t have a top-flight club for 22 years until this season.DESERVING LEADERSBut, despite all the hatred, the side from Saxon are record breakers. They are unbeaten for the last 12 games and no promoted side had ever gone 12 games unbeaten at the start of a Bundesliga season. They have managed to get nine wins and three draws, thus, earning 30 points in the process.What makes the team so impressive is their fantastic away record. While Leipzig managed to eke out four wins and a draw with their raucous crowd behind them at home, the team has a better record on the road as they picked up for 17 points out of 21 while travelling.YOUTH POWEREven though Red Bull invested on them heavily, the fact that they have one of the best academies in Germany is clear as they are very successful at the under-19 and under-17 levels.They have a talisman in Sweden’s  Emil Forsberg (25), who has managed two goals and three assists in his last two games. Accompanying him are a host of young and talented group of players like Naby Keita (21), Timo Werner (20), Youssuf Poulsen (22), Davie Selke (21) and the German left-back, Lukas Klostermann (21), who came off a good showing at the Olympics in Rio. Since then, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are on an incredible journey of their own.The average age of Leipzig’s starting eleven this season has been just over 24 years, which really makes their phenomenal journey so far a little bit more special. The oldest player being goalkeeper Fabio Coltorti (35) followed by defender Marvin Compper (31), a good four years younger.advertisementThe youth game is also evident with the fact that Leipzig top the Bundesliga’s running charts as they have covered an average of 116.4 kilometres per game.Reuters PhotoBut, what acts as a major boost for Leipzig is that they also have a good back-up team in Austria and it came into play when Klostermann got injured and they immediately drafted in Brazilian Bernardo (21) from their neighbours. Most of their players have played for RB Salzburg in Austria and have a decent experience, which really comes in handy for Hasenhuttl.PLAYING STYLELeipzig has a high-octane style and it is based on pressing and fast transitional play, but they have also showed their ability to adapt to the situation. A solid back-line helps Hasenhuttl to carry on the pressing play to ease. They conceded just 32 times in 34 games last season in the Bundesliga 2 and currently they are joint-third best (with Eintracht Frankfurt), having conceded just ten times in 12 outings. Not only that, they have also scored seven times in the final 15 minutes, only Borussia Dortmund and FSV Mainz 05 have managed to scored more goals in the same period.CAN THEY DO ONE BETTER THAN LEICESTER?Well, that’s a long shot really and with 25 more games to go, Bayern can sail away in a whisker. But, then again, didn’t Leicester start off with their odds on winning the Premier League at 5000/1? Leipzig defeated Dortmund on MatchDay 2 and overcame another strong team in Bayer Leverkusen 3-2  at the BayArena last week and has shown consistently that they can perform on the big stage.There was a point when Leicester went into Christmas on top and people said now that the busy schedule has come, they will falter but the Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Claudio Ranieri bandwagon only got stronger. Much like the current English champions, Leipzig doesn’t have European glory to chase and that gives them a huge advantage over their title rivals Bayern and Dortmund – who had already committed the mistake of taking them lightly once.With Bayern Munich hosting Leipzig on December 21, just before the winter break, Hasenhuttl’s men have a daunting task ahead in going to 2017 as the leaders and continue their magical journey but then again, haven’t we all been proven wrong a few months back itself?last_img read more

Sri Lankan security delegation to visit Pakistan ahead of Lahore T20I

first_imgA delegation from Sri Lanka will visit Lahore on Wednesday to inspect the security arrangements for the lone Twenty20 match scheduled for October 29 before giving final clearance for the Island nation’s tour to Pakistan.Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president has insisted that his team will play in Lahore despite the pullout of some key players for the lone Twenty20 match.In response to the refusal by their key players to play the match in Lahore, the SLC and selectors have picked a new look but depleted squad for all three T20 matches, two of which will be held in Dubai before the team flies to Lahore for a day.According to details, the Sri Lankan security delegation during their visit will be given detailed briefings on the arrangements and shown dress rehersals by the concerned security officials in Lahore.The delegation will also visit the team hotel and ground to see all arrangements beforehand before they report back to their board and the government after which clearance will be given to the Sri Lankan team to fly from Dubai to Lahore.The Sri Lankan team’s visit is seen as very significant by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and fans as it was after militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March, 2009 that international teams stopped visiting Pakistan because of security concerns.”Even if they are coming for just one match but it’s significance is enormous because they were the ones who came under attack and if their board and government shows confidence in us to send their team, it will send a positive message to other boards as well,” a senior PCB official said.advertisementTickets for the October 29 match are already on sale and there has been a big demand from fans for the match to be played at the Gaddafi stadium.last_img read more

Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad: TV, stream, preview

first_imgPrimera División Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 15:05 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid Real Madrid v Real Sociedad Real Sociedad Los Blancos will be aiming for a win as they look to set themselves up nicely for a crunch Champions League match next week Real Madrid will attempt to move up to third place in La Liga when they host Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.Zinedine Zidane’s men surprisingly missed an opportunity to leapfrog Valencia last week when they drew 2-2 with Levante, but they will be determined to do so by winning against the struggling San Sebastian outfit.Despite their wobbly form, Zidane will be confident in his side’s ability to pull it off, having already defeated their visitors 3-1 in the corresponding fixture back in September. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, while climbing up as high in La Liga is certainly high on their agenda, Madrid will also have one eye on their Champions League last-16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain which takes place next week, just four days later. Game Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Date Saturday, 10 February Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live StreamIn the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Moha Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Marcelo, Varane, Ramos, Achraf, Nacho, Theo Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Vasquez, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Kovacic, Ceballos Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Mayoral Real Madrid have near to a clean bill of health, with only Jesus Vallejo definitely ruled out of the game. Dani Ceballos is considered a doubt for the match too.Even though he has a near-full complement of players available, it will not be surprising to see Zidane rest a number of key men for the upcoming match against PSG.Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Asensio, Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale. Position Real Sociedad players Goalkeepers Rulli, Tono Defenders Martinez, Llorente, Elustondo, Odriozola, Rodrigues, Navas, De La Bella, Moreno, Gorosabel Midfielders Illarramendi, Zubeldia, Januzaj, Prieto, Pardo, Canales, Zurutuza, Guridi, Guevara, Concha Forwards Juanmi, Agirrtxe, Jose, Oyarzabal, Bautista Willian Jose is expected to miss out due to injury, while former Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj and Carlos Martinez will also be unavailable.Potential Real Sociedad starting XI: Rulli; Navas, Elustondo, De La Bella, Odriozola; Prieto, Zubeldia, Illarramendi; Agirrtxe, Oyarzabal, Juanmi.Betting & Match OddsReal Madrid are 2/7 favourites to win accoring to dabblebet, with Real Sociedad rated at 8/1 to triumph. A draw between the teams is an 11/2 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match PreviewZinedine Zidane Real Madrid 2017Ahead of the game, Zidane conceded that his side’s lack of consistency had been an issue this term, but reiterated his view that they are more than capable of salvaging their season.”Consistency has been the problem. You might slip up over the course of a season but we’ve still got a challenge awaiting us and we’ll do all we can,” Zidane told reporters. “We believe we can do great things and that’s all I care about. I want my players to go out and play, be aggressive in the best possible sense, defend, battle hard. That’s what we train for when we prepare for matches.” In Sociedad they are coming up against an opponent that they have already beaten this season and a team that has been performing well below expectations. However, Eusebio Sacristan’s side have shown signs of improvement, particularly following their 5-0 pummelling of Deportivo La Coruna last week.Given their patchy home form – three losses and two draws in La Liga – Madrid will have to be extremely wary of the Basque outfit’s resurgence when they take to the field on Saturday evening in the capital, but it may be difficult to retain focus, with the spectre of PSG looming large on the horizon.”We want to pick up points in La Liga and close the gap on the leaders, without letting our minds drift to Wednesday’s game,” Zidane noted. “We’ve worked on all the necessary elements for tomorrow during the week and we hope we can put them into practice on the pitch. We believe we can still do big things this season.”last_img read more

‘Chelsea might have to sell Hazard to improve’

first_imgTransfers Selling Hazard might be Chelsea’s best option, says Clarke Chris Burton 21:51 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Premier League Eden Hazard The former Blues player and assistant manager believes whoever is in charge at Stamford Bridge might have to generate cash to finance additions Eden Hazard may have to be sold by Chelsea in order to free up for funds for summer additions, says Steve Clarke.The Blues continue to be bankrolled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, but elaborate spending sprees have dried up in recent windows.With more attention being paid to balancing the books, sales are now required in order to counter purchases. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hazard is the most saleable asset currently at the club, and continues to be linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, with it possible that he could be sacrificed on the back of failure to secure Champions League football.Former Blues player and assistant manager Clarke fears that approach may have to be taken, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “You can always look to replace players.”They come and go, they always move on. The club is the most important thing.”They have to rebuild that squad a little bit. It wasn’t good enough to be in the top four. They have got a lot of work to do over the summer.”To help fund other transfers for the club this summer, maybe they do have to sell Hazard.”Eden Hazard Chelsea sell to buy Steve ClarkeHazard has already admitted that his future will be shaped by the ambition shown by Chelsea this summer, with exciting additions required in order for him to stay put.He said ahead of a match-winning performance against Manchester United in the FA Cup final: “I’m waiting for new players next season.”I want good players, because I want to win the Premier League next season.”Thibaut Courtois – another of those to be generating plenty of transfer talk – echoed those sentiments after helping to secure major silverware at Wembley.He told BT Sport: “I love this club but we need to see how the club is going forward.“We want to win trophies, but we want to play for the title, too. We need to see how Man City and United are spending. If Chelsea want to be on top, we need to show it.”last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham set to help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadini

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham set to help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadiniby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham can help Southampton offload Manolo Gabbiadini.The Mirror says Sampdoria need to off-load a couple of players before they can afford to end Gabbiadini’s St Mary’s nightmare with a loan for the rest of the season.They will then have an obligation to buy the Italian International, 27, for £10 million in the summer but a deal would depend on Grégoire Defrel, on-loan from Roma, moving on.The Hammers are keen on the French hit man who has scored seven goals this season along with Fulham who are looking for goals to avoid the drop as well as Watford.But they may have to offload some fringe players themselves before being able to push through a deal for Defrel who is keen on a move to the Premier League. last_img read more

Provincial Parks Celebrate Canada Day

first_imgNo matter the weather, enjoying the natural beauty at some of Nova Scotia’s 120 provincial parks is a great way to celebrate July 1. “There were one-and-a-half million visits to provincial parks last year, proving they can be great fun and a great value for visitors,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. With a mix of day parks and overnight camping parks, visitors will find traditional activities such as swimming, camping, hiking and much more. Geocaching, an outdoor activity that is becoming more popular every year, marries nature, technology and problem solving in a way that is fun for people of all ages. Park visitors can check off their finds in a geocache passport and submit completed passports to receive a medallion. This holiday weekend, especially on Canada Day, there is a wide variety of activities available. At Five Islands park, on the Bay of Fundy, for example, families can find new appreciation for Nova Scotia’s aboriginal communities, learn about the Great Creator and Mother Earth, and participate in the talking circle. At Whycocomagh, Inverness Co., people can try a yurt, a round, domed shelter originally used by nomads that is becoming increasingly popular with campers. Yurts can be reserved, throughout the parks season, for $58.20 per night for four people and up to $79.40 per night for six people. Regardless of the park, there is fun and opportunities for everyone. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-544-3434 or online at, which also provides more information about park events. In the case of inclement weather, visit the website and follow the Events link to ensure they will go ahead as scheduled.last_img read more

Lawyers urge Canada to stop Chinese execs extradition to US on fraud

first_imgVANCOUVER — Defence lawyers for a senior Huawei executive have asked Canada’s foreign affairs minister to stop the extradition process against their client, saying the request made by the United States was for political purposes, not legitimate law enforcement reasons.Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers say in a statement they decided to deliver written submissions to Chrystia Freeland following former prime minister Jean Chretien’s comments that withdrawing extradition proceedings would improve relations with China and win the release of two Canadians being held there.Freeland has rejected Chretien’s view, which was reported in the Globe and Mail based on anonymous sources, saying heeding to external pressure in a single case would set a dangerous precedent that could make Canadians less safe around the world.In the statement released Monday, Meng’s lawyers say Canada is at a “crossroads” regarding the United States’ request to extradite Meng to face a fraud trial for alleged conduct that would not be an offence in Canada.Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport last December and a B.C. Supreme Court judge has accepted her defence team’s plan for the start of an extradition hearing in January, which would conclude in about 16 months.The U.S. Department of Justice laid charges of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction of justice against Meng and Huawei, alleging they misled a bank about Huawei’s ownership of a subsidiary called Skycom in an effort to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran.Both Meng and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.Her defence team says the extradition proceedings are unprecedented.“What is most glaring about the extradition request is that the conduct alleged against Ms. Meng could never ground a criminal prosecution in Canada,” the lawyers say in the statement.“Canada does not police the conduct of foreign persons in foreign lands that have nothing to do with Canada.”They say all the allegations relevant to the extradition request occurred in Hong Kong, involving Meng, a foreign national, and a foreign bank.“None of the conduct occurred in the United States or Canada. No alleged victim resided in Canada. No aspect of any fact violated any Canadian law.”The statement from Meng’s legal team says the United States has stood alone since May 2018 in maintaining strict sanction laws against Iran, which neither Canada nor any of its allies support.Meng remains under house arrest at one of her two Vancouver homes and has filed a separate civil lawsuit against the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency.Both have denied officers searched her electronic devices at the airport in Vancouver, saying border officials only examined Meng and her luggage for immigration and customs purposes.Relations between China and Canada have been strained since Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained by Beijing last December for alleged spying after Meng was arrested.Freeland has maintained Meng’s arrest is lawful and her rights are being protected while rebuffing China’s demands to free her.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Russell Brand And David Lynch Bring Meditation To AtRisk Youth

first_imgDavid Lynch and Russell Brand joined forces to help bring Transcendental Meditation to 1,000,000 at-risk youth at the U.S. premiere of Meditation Creativity Peace at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 2.Russell Brand and David LynchCredit/Copyright: Amy Graves via The TASC GroupThe premiere marked the launch of the “Meditation in Education” global outreach campaign.“Proceeds from the global distribution of the documentary will be used to help students in the United States and across the world overcome traumatic stress, improve learning ability and raise performance through Transcendental Meditation,” said Lynch.Russell Brand and David Lynch On StageCredit/Copyright: Amy Graves via The TASC GroupMeditation Creativity Peace is scheduled to premiere in London, Paris, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Toronto and other global cities during May and June. The film will also be screened at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in West Palm Beach, FL on Saturday, April 6.The documentary chronicles Lynch’s 16-country tour of European and Middle Eastern film schools in 2007, when he addressed tens of thousands of students about his creative processes, filmmaking and his 40-year practice of Transcendental Meditation.The Billy Wilder Theater holds nearly 300 people, but more than 1,000 people unexpectedly showed up at the box office. The additional film buffs were able to view the documentary in an overflow hall at the museum and on large outdoor screens mounted in the museum courtyard.Russell Brand, a four-year meditator, said that TM had helped him overcome his decades-long addiction to drugs and alcohol. “I have become a better human being through meditation,” Brand said.Lynch and Brand were joined onstage after the film by Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, for a 20-minute Q&A. Roth said the David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for over 250,000 at-risk youth to meditate worldwide and is expanding its work to support veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress and women who have survived domestic abuse.The David Lynch Foundation (DLF), a nonprofit charity, brings Transcendental Meditation to underserved populations including inner-city youth, women and teens who have been victims of violence, veterans with post-traumatic stress, homeless adults and teens and incarcerated adults and juveniles. The Foundation has received public support from Hollywood luminaries such as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman, Martin Scorsese, Naomi Watts and Laura Dern.The benefits of meditation have been studied and found effective by the Harvard School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. Meditation has been proven to reduce acute and chronic stress and stress-related disorders, decrease anxiety and depression, help individuals overcome addictions and simultaneously develop the brain and creative potential of the individual for a healthy, productive and self-sufficient life.last_img read more

Cannabis marketing rules still hazy postlegalization

first_imgTORONTO — Despite strict rules limiting the promotion of now legal recreational pot now in effect, cannabis promotions continue to pop up amid loopholes and a lack of clarity on how the legislation’s grey areas should be applied.Nearly one month on since legalization, there is disagreement in the sector on murky portions of the Cannabis Act governing marketing, with some licensed producers taking a more aggressive approach and others holding back.“The fact that you aren’t seeing that an overwhelming wave yet of those kinds of tactics, to me, demonstrates that there is still uncertainty,” said Rebecca Brown, founder of Crowns Agency, a Toronto-based marketing consultancy focused on the marijuana industry.Canada legalized pot for recreational use on Oct. 17, when strict guidelines governing the plant’s promotion came into force.The blitz of cannabis industry billboards, sponsored concerts and pop-up information kiosks seen ahead of legalization have abated, but marijuana brands can be seen on taxi cabs or on social media — which may or may not run afoul of the law depending on interpretation.The Cannabis Act prohibits promotion of cannabis to young people and ads in places where it can be seen by those under the age of 18.Also barred is the use of endorsements or a depiction of a person, character or animal or marketing which presents “a way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”Some companies have run afoul of this particular clause in the Act, Health Canada says.Since legalization, the health agency has reached out to seven regulated parties “to promote an understanding of the new prohibitions relating to the promotion of cannabis… and to bring specific concerns to their attention,” said agency spokesman Eric Morissette.All regulated parties contacted have addressed, or are in the process of, addressing the issues raised, Health Canada added.The government agency would not detail what portions of the Act were violated, but did say “for example” it raised concerns about “promotion using the depiction of persons and promotions that present a product or brand that associates it with a particular way of life, such as a glamorous or recreational lifestyle.”Health Canada said it would not identify the parties involved “provided that they have acted in good faith and taken the necessary corrective measures.” Still, government guidelines on pot promotion also has several exceptions and clauses which, some say, are open to interpretation.One exception allows for promotion using a “brand element” on a “thing that is not cannabis or a cannabis accessory,” if that thing isn’t associated with young persons or “vitality.”To some, this means ads with just a brand name or logo and a website may be allowable on things such as billboards, said Brown.“If you are reading the act plainly or literally, that should be allowed… There are certainly LPs that do feel uncomfortable with that.”Earlier this month, a cannabis ad was seen on a taxicab in Toronto with its brand name and the tagline: “Buds don’t travel high. Drive safely.”The Canadian Marketing Association’s cannabis marketing activities guide says advertising solely with a brand element, without appealing to young people or suggesting a glamorous lifestyle may be allowed, but “proceed with caution and consult legal counsel.”Canada’s largest newspaper publisher Postmedia Network Inc. intends to run ads that fit into the loopholes in the act, said spokeswoman Phyllise Gelfand.Postmedia announced earlier this month that it would stop delivering print editions to schools for fear that sending the papers containing ads directly to students would violate the law. The last newspaper delivery to schools was on Oct. 31, but papers can still be delivered to homes if directly to people over the age of 18, Gelfand said in an email.When asked whether ads with simply a brand element and a website in a newspaper would be considered compliant, Health Canada said it could not comment on a specific situation.“Newspapers available to the public should not generally contain any promotional material, including advertising, related to cannabis,” said Health Canada spokeswoman Maryse Durette, noting that any promotion related to pot can only be in a publication that is addressed and sent to someone 18 years of age or older.The exemption was likely designed for things such as T-shirts and hats but more clarity from Health Canada is needed, said Trina Fraser, an Ottawa-based lawyer who advises the cannabis industry.“Certainly, I don’t think it was intended to provide essentially for mass brand promotion through conventional advertising means, even though, again, I think it at most it would be limited to the actual logo or brand name,” said Fraser.Nick Dean, chief executive of Emblem Cannabis, said the pot producer won’t be running ads on billboards on highways or in newspapers but will look to leverage social media influencers, he said.“There’s lots of opportunities for us to still be creative in how we market these brands, post-legalization,” Dean said.Other exceptions include ads in age-gated areas where young people are not permitted.Canopy Growth Corp.’s marketing campaign utilized billboards, concerts and informational kiosks but promotions stopped on the night of Oct. 16, said its co-chief executive Bruce Linton on a recent analyst call. Now, the licensed producer is using ads in age-gated areas, such as posters in bar bathrooms, he said.“We did not receive a letter from Health Canada to say that we were not in compliance,” Linton said.Another exception is in the digital realm where “reasonable steps” must be taken to ensure it cannot be accessed by non-adults. However, it is unclear whether a social media page with a description asking that its followers be adults is a “reasonable step,” the CMA said in its guide.Yet, many cannabis companies continue to post on Instagram, with the phrase “By following, you confirm that you are 19+” on their accounts.The industry desires more guidance from Health Canada on cannabis promotional activities, and more transparency about the warning letters issued thus far, said Fraser.“We don’t know what they were about, who they were sent to or what the basis for the objection that Health Canada took in the letter was… That is limiting us all as an industry from learning and growing.” — with files from Nicole ThompsonArmina Ligaya, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN hands out shelter materials to Haitian quake survivors hit by storm

27 September 2010Residents of more than 160 of the numerous temporary settlements that sprang up in Haiti following January’s catastrophic earthquake have been hit by a deadly rainstorm that lashed the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Friday and are in urgent need of shelter material, the United Nations reported today. At least 1 million people are still living in tent camps or makeshift housing, eight months after the earthquake struck the country, killing around 200,000 people.Needs assessments in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have identified 11,000 families requiring shelter assistance after the brief but intense storm. Humanitarian agencies have so far distributed more than 5,400 tarpaulins and nearly 4,670 tents to over 3,200 families, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).While sufficient stocks of shelter material are available to meet the needs created by the storm, they will need to be replenished quickly.Camp health facilities that were identified as having been damaged by the storm have since be repaired, according to OCHA.UN Police have conducted 191 joint patrols with the Haitian National Police in IDP camps and no incidents have been reported. Some 200 soldiers have provided escort security to aid workers distributing tarpaulins to camp residentsAccording to media reports, at least five people in Port-au-Prince died as a result of the storm, which was brief but sharp and brought heavy rains and high winds to the city, including the many camps for internally displaced persons who have been homeless since the quake.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness on Saturday at the loss of life and damage caused by the storm and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.He stressed the need for donors to continue to support post-quake relief and recovery efforts across Haiti, with an estimated $450 million in additional funding still required. read more

2013 wasnt a great year financially for most Canadians survey finds

TORONTO — Sun Life Financial says 2013 wasn’t a great year financially for most Canadians.An Ipsos Reid survey conducted in November for Sun Life found that, overall, 57% of Canadians felt they were not any better off financially than they were a year ago.Those feelings were even stronger among women and those aged 55 and older, with 61% of both groups saying their financial position had not improved year over year.On the flip side, 38% of those surveyed did say their finances had improved compared with a year ago.Albertans were most likely to say they felt better off, at 47%, followed by those in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, at 45%, and Atlantic Canadians at 43%.Quebecers were least likely, with 63% saying their financial position was no better than a year ago.“It’s concerning that a majority of Canadians aren’t feeling better off financially than they were last year as we head into a holiday season where we tend to spend more and save less,” Sun Life president Kevin Dougherty said of the results.“Canadians can take steps toward feeling better by putting a financial plan in writing and perhaps consider it as a new year’s resolution.”As it is, the survey found only 36% of Canadians contribute to an RRSP, although that number rose to 50% among those who felt their financial situation had improved.The Ipsos Reid survey interviewed 1,239 Canadians online between Nov. 25 and Nov. 29. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

78 Magnitude Earthquake hits Nepal

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal today around noon, local time.It rolled through Nepal’s densely populated Kathmandu Valley.The death toll is at 688 and rising. Included in the death toll are a group of climbers at a Mount Everest base camp who died in a quake-triggered avalanche.Rescue efforts are now underway to find countless missing people in the rubble.The Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa and Canadian offices abroad are working with local authorities to help Canadians in Nepal.Canadians with family or friends in the region can get information by emailing or online at read more

HBC takes out 20year mortgage on Saks Fifth Avenue store in New

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2014 5:49 am MDT HBC takes out 20-year mortgage on Saks Fifth Avenue store in New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) says it is taking out a US$1.25 billion, 20-year mortgage for the ground floor of its Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City.The mortgage has an expected interest rate of less than 4.4 per cent, with the transaction anticipated to close in early December.“What we love about it is that we have locked in these historic low interest rates for the next 20 years, which is going to be substantial cash savings to the company,” HBC governor and chief executive Richard Baker told analysts during a conference call Monday.Shares in HBC were up $1.78 or nearly nine per cent at $21.98 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the announcement.The Canadian retailer said the building at 611 Fifth Ave. has been appraised at approximately $4.1 billion (US$3.7 billion), leased at current market rates.The mortgage is expected to save the company at least $5 million in annualized cash interest expenses. The transaction will incur approximately US$76 million of one-time expenses.HBC said it also plans to spend US$250 million to renovate the New York store in the first half of 2015.Baker said the deal gives the company flexibility and control over its most important flagship property, including the possibility of setting it up as part of a potential real estate investment trust.“It allows us to maintain all the options of doing other things with the building over time as we decide if it’s something that should be or needs to be done,” he added.Baker said in June that the company was “committed to surfacing the value of our real estate, which we believe is unappreciated by the market.”Last year, the company signed a $650-million deal to sell and lease back its Queen Street store and Simpson Tower office complex in Toronto.Across Canada, the company has 90 Hudson’s Bay department stores and one outlet location as well as 69 Home Outfitters locations.It also has 50 Lord & Taylor department stores and 39 Saks Fifth Avenue locations in addition to 80 Off 5th discount stores.In 2011, Hudson’s Bay sold more than 200 Zellers locations in Canada to U.S. discounter Target as part of a $1.8-billion deal. read more

Global trust declining our world needs steppedup global leadership

“On the other hand,” he added, “ambitious climate action will not only slow temperature rise, it will be good for economies, for the environment and for public health. Climate solutions represent opportunity, and technology is on our side.  They are wise investments in an equitable, prosperous and sustainable future.  Green business truly is good business.”Turning to the funding needed for climate change mitigation and adaptation, the Secretary-General recalled the pledge to mobilize $100 billion per year for climate action in support of the developing world by 2020, and welcomed Germany’s Wednesday announcement to donate $1.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund: “the members of the G20 (group of industrialized nations) are responsible for more than three-quarters of greenhouse emissions. Yet it is equally true that G20 members have the power to bend the emissions curve. They also have the resources to provide the financing needed for both mitigation and adaptation.”Ahead of the opening of the G20 on Friday in Buenos Aires, Mr. Guterres has sent a letter to the Heads of State taking part, in which he warns of the “increasingly acute” threats to human prosperity posed by climate-change and rising inequality, and underlines the need to preserve and renew multilateralism in order to “redirect globalization towards sustainable development for all.”To achieve the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the UN’s blueprint to transform the world for the better, the Secretary-General outlines 7 areas for G20 leaders to prioritize: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Financing for Sustainable Development, Climate Action, Sustainable Food Future, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, The Future of Work, and Migrants and Refugees.The letter ends with an appeal to the leaders to conclude with an ambitious communiqué that “responds to the challenges of our time and upholds the spirit of cooperation.” In a press briefing on Wednesday, Mr. Guterres said that the meetings, both of which he is attending, come at a crucial moment: “Our world is obviously facing a crisis of confidence. Those left behind by globalization are losing trust in governments and institutions,” he told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.“Inequality is pervasive and increasing, especially within nations. Trade disputes are escalating. And an undercurrent of geopolitical tensions is adding further pressure to the global economy.”The UN Chief outlined some examples of the stark, climate-related challenges the world is facing, such as Tuesday’s UN Environment report – calling for a five-fold increase in climate action to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century – and the World Meteorological Organization’s announcement that carbon dioxide levels have increased to levels not seen in 3 million years.Mr. Guterres made a passionate call for immediate action, pointing out that the social, economic and environmental costs of climate change dwarf the costs of acting now: “Failure to act means more disasters and emergencies and air pollution that could cost the global economy as much as US$21 trillion by 2050.” read more

UK Four new products found to contain horsemeat

first_imgMakro frozen MQ 100 per cent Aberdeen Angus Beef burgers 12 6ozThe Burger Manufacturing Company – a range of beef productsThe FSA has published 1797 new results, which show that over 99 per cent of its tests continue to show no horse DNA at or above the level of 1 per cent.ConfirmedThere are now 17 products confirmed as containing over 1 per cent of horse DNA, and to date, no tests of products containing such DNA have found the presence of the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone (bute).The FSA said its focus continues to be on gross contamination of beef products with horse meat – more than 1 per cent horse DNA detected in them – and it believes:such levels of horse DNA indicate either gross negligence or deliberate substitution of one meat for another.The FSA said that industry will continue to test for the presence of horse DNA in its beef products, reporting to the FSA, and these tests will be published at quarterly intervals. However, food businesses will report any cases of contamination of above 1 per cent. These figures will be published, as soon as they are received, on the FSA website.Next week, the FSA will publish the first wave of data from the UK-wide sampling programme being carried out by local authorities on behalf of the agency.Read: Traces of horsemeat DNA found in Polish beef> THE UK’S FOOD Safety Authority has released the latest information on its tests for horsemeat in food products.It said that four new products were found to contain horsemeat, since the previous set of industry results was announced last week.These are covered by 10 test results that show horse DNA at or above the threshold. The products have been withdrawn from sale.last_img read more

Greek NGO heralds a new dawn in the battle against leukaemia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A special piano recital took place last month in Athens, marking the launch of Aurora, a charity born to celebrate the life and memory of Nicola David-Pinedo and embody her vision of supporting patients in their fight against haematological diseases.While undergoing leukaemia treatment in Athens, Nicola witnessed firsthand the needs facing patients and their families in Greece, and, along with her husband Clemente, envisaged an organisation that would make a difference in these peoples’ lives.Aurora’s stated mission is eradicating leukaemia and other haematological diseases by promoting research in the field of onco-haematology, while improving patient care, offering support to their families and investing in specialised medical centres.Clemente Pinedo announcing the launch of Aurora in the memory of his beloved wife, Nicola.The launch event, held at Parnassos Literary Society in Plateia Karytsis, was inspired by an idea shared by 17-year-old pianist Alexandros Kyriakopoulos, a friend of Nicola’s sons, who suggested to hold a tribute dedicated to her memory.The talented young performer interpreted pieces of classical music that Nicola loved dearly, by Bach, Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin.“I feel deeply moved that I have been given the opportunity to honour the memory of the mother of my dear friends, Pavlos, Alejandro and Sergio, who lost their loving mother at such a tender age with this evening’s special artistic tribute,” says Alexandros.Born and raised in Greece by a Greek Australian mother, Alexandros began piano lessons at the age of five, and most recently he was invited to perform at the 8th International Symposium of Kytheraismos to be held in November in Brisbane.Knowing the Pinedo family personally, Alexandros described Nicola as an inspiring and compassionate woman whose loss caused profound sorrow and pain.Her legacy, Aurora, honours her memory and brings into fruition her vision of supporting those afflicted by haematological diseases win their battles.Among its undertakings, Aurora provides free accommodation for patients travelling to Athens for treatment, counselling support for patients and families, and research grants for scientific projects.To find out more about the organisation and how you can support its work, visit read more

Emery Victory can push Arsenal on in top four challenge

Emery Victory can push Arsenal on in top four challenge

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery was delighted to claim a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town today and hopes it will give his side a boost in their challenge for a top-four spot.The Gunners got off to a promising start at the Kirklees Stadium this evening with Alex Iwobi’s deflected goal handing them a deserved lead in the 16th-minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross then found Alexandre Lacazette, who pulled off a tidy finish just before half-time for his 10th Premier League goal of the season.The French striker and Iwobi wasted opportunities to extend Arsenal’s lead in the second half with Saed Kolasinac’s own goal in stoppage time setting up a nervy ending.However, Arsenal held on to claim a badly needed victory that moves them within a point of fourth-placed Manchester United and level with Chelsea, who will face Manchester City on Sunday, in fifth.Speaking afterwards, Emery hailed the significance of the three points today and voiced his confidence over Arsenal’s prospects of finishing in the top four this season in the Premier League.“It was very important, this victory, it is three points for us to be closer to the top four, and our target is this,” said Emery on“Knowing we need to take the regularity at home and away, and today this victory I think can give us confidence and the possibility to continue our target in the Premier League.”He added: “It is game 26 and there is a one-point difference between Manchester United and us. If we ask if it’s easy or difficult for us then I think it’s difficult, but we can [do it].Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“On game 26 we are on our way. Our motivation is very great and every player wants to [work hard] in every match and have regularity and consistency in the Premier League in 38 matches, and now we are getting close to our target and to the other teams.”Kolasinac’s own goal denied Arsenal a fifth clean sheet in the Premier League this season.Emery’s side have conceded the most goals of the top six teams in the league at 37 and are currently down in 17th-place in the clean sheets tally with leaders Liverpool having collected 14 in comparison.“Yes, but we won. The clean sheet is important but above all is to win,” said Emery.“We can take a clean sheet and draw only. We spoke before with the team and we said that above all it is important to win and take individual targets also.“The most important thing is to score one more goal than them, and after that, a clean sheet.“But I think every player worked very well, and in the last action unfortunately for us they scored, and maybe they deserved it.”Arsenal will next face BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Round of 32 Europa League tie on Thursday.HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal FC at John Smith’s Stadium on February 9, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)last_img read more