Defending champions Mumbai Indians will host newcomers Rising Pune Supergiants in the opener of Indian Premier League 2016 on April 9.The tournament opener will take place at the Wankhede Stadium, it was announced on Thursday. The final on May 29 will also be played in Mumbai.MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina will lead two new teams Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions respectively.A total of 60 matches (including the 4 play-offs) will be played over a period of 51 days, in the ninth season of the tournament.The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium at Raipur will play host to two home games of Delhi Daredevils, while the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium at Nagpur will host three home games of Kings XI Punjab.”All the top players from around the world will be seen in action this year. This season the IPL will be played at 10 venues – Mohali, Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Rajkot and Raipur. I am excited to join the fans to see a lot of exciting cricket over the next three months,” IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said.Check out the fixtures here.. 30 DAYS TO GO… #IPL 2016 pic.twitter.com/vDq3P98NWN IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 10, 2016(With inputs from PTI)
Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:04Places to see in Kawit, Cavite03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue James Kwekuteye led all scorers with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Calvin Oftana added 15 points and seven boards. Evan Nelle orchestrated the offense for San Beda with 14 points and eight assists while AC Soberano added 12 points.“Evan, we really knew that he would lead this team this season,” Fernandez said.Noah Lugo had 14 points and 10 boards for Mapua.Jaycee Marcelino shot 23 points to lead Lyceum past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-71, in the other game.The Pirates notched their sixth straight victory by getting back at their first-round tormentors but can no longer catch up with San Beda on top.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man UP eyes other options after commissioner nixes appeal “We just need to win one of the last three games and we get that top spot,” he said, noting that even with the twice-to-beat advantage, there was a tactical edge to facing the No. 4 squad in the men’s basketball semifinals.“That’s our first goal; the other [goal], we can talk about that when we get that one win,” he added with a knowing chuckle. “Not now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe other unspoken target that Fernandez was referring to was an undefeated elimination round run, and the Lions are now just two games within that feat after ripping Mapua apart, 83-55, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Even as San Beda held a comfortable 38-28 lead at the end of the first half, the Lions still went into hunting mode in the third, outscoring the Cardinals, 21-9, there for a 59-37 buffer heading into the fourth. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Fifteen games into the NCAA Season 95, coach Boyet Fernandez found himself at a very comfortable perch. Not only were the defending champions unbeaten, they were three wins clear from their closest pursuers.Fernandez did the math.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect
Kevin De Bruyne ‘He makes absolutely everything’ – Guardiola hails De Bruyne after Chelsea winner Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 03:53 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Guardiola Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Premier League The Belgian attacker and stand-in left-back Fabian Delph received special praise for their display against the reigning Premier League champions Pep Guardiola has singled out match-winner Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph for individual praise after his Manchester City side put in a dominant display to beat Premier League champions Chelsea 1-0. A sensational strike midway through the second half from former Chelsea man De Bruyne secured all three points for unbeaten City, who controlled proceedings throughout Saturday’s contest at Stamford Bridge.Napoli 7/2 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Delph, meanwhile, put in another superb performance at left-back – filling in for the injured Benjamin Mendy, who will be out until at least April – and Guardiola was delighted for both players.”He makes absolutely everything. Goals, assists and he is the most humble guy,” Guardiola said of De Bruyne when asked by BT Sport for his thoughts on the Belgium playmaker.“I am so happy for him, because I know how happy he is. De Bruyne and David Silva and Fabian Delph were excellent.”Fabian, again, he made an outstanding performance. He’s a guy who doesn’t lose the ball, he is so smart, so clever on the ball.”I am so happy for him. Last season was tough, because he didn’t play, but was injured a lot as well.”Chelsea’s attack was blunted 35 minutes in when Alvaro Morata hobbled off with an apparent hamstring problem, leaving City looking composed both on and off the ball.Marshalled by the excellent John Stones at the back, the visitors were never troubled, and only a goal-line clearance from Antonio Rudiger prevented Gabriel Jesus extending their advantage late on.City have now taken 19 points from their opening seven fixtures, and sit top of the table courtesy of goal difference, but Guardiola refused to get carried away so early in the season.”It’s September. There’s a lot to do. But that’s the path,” Guardiola added.9 – Kevin De Bruyne has scored nine of his last 11 @ManCity goals from outside the box, including each of the last four. Range #CHEMCI pic.twitter.com/bQLpiXQ2p6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2017″The win is the most important thing, but the way we played, especially in the second half. In the first half we did not find the right positions.”Chelsea want to play through the middle and attack with a lot of people. But we keep the ball as well as possible and regain possession as quickly as possible.”It’s not easy to do that, especially against players like [Eden] Hazard and Willian and Pedro, because one mistake and it is a goal. But it’s the way we play and feel football. So we are happy for that.”It’s important to win. It’s three points we win and three points Chelsea didn’t win. We’ve won all the games in September and most playing really well and scoring goals.”Everybody is going to fight to keep this going.”
Share on Pinterest Willian takes centre stage as Chelsea turn on style to destroy Hull Leicester continued to dominate proceedings after the break, albeit without creating any clear chances to break the deadlock despite the best efforts of Mahrez. That changed in the 66th minute, though, when he picked up the ball on the right touchline. A twisting and turning run that left his marker, George Baldock, bamboozled eventually won him the space to deliver a deep cross to the back post which Vardy did well to loop over the helpless Blackman.The goalkeeper then made amends with a brilliant save from Gray to keep United in the tie, while his counterpart Kasper Schmeichel also had to be at his best to deny Baldock. Vardy had the ball in the net for a second time, only for the assistant to rule that Mahrez had been fractionally offside when he cushioned a header across goal. That would have sealed their progress to the next round but instead Leicester were forced to dig deep against opponents who suddenly fancied their chances of forcing a replay.The hosts stood firm however and there was not a Leicester fan in the house who did not get up to applaud when Mahrez left the pitch in injury time. “We’re disappointed but they had a strong side out,” admitted Wilder. “We tried to hit them on the counter but a lot of things have got to go right for you if you’re going to win somewhere like here.” Read more Coventry City travel to Brighton for a free hit in the FA Cup If Pep Guardiola needed any more convincing that Riyad Mahrez can add to his already star-studded Manchester City squad, then the Algerian’s performance on his first start since his failed move to the Etihad Stadium would surely have done enough.The 2015-16 PFA Player of the Year ran the show from start to finish against Sheffield United, providing the assist for Jamie Vardy’s winning goal in the second half as Leicester reached the sixth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2011. Share on Messenger Topics On this evidence, with Mahrez and Vardy linking up in a manner that was at times reminiscent of their title-winning season, they will be a stiff test for whoever they are drawn against in the next round as Leicester attempt to win this competition for the first time in their history having been beaten in the final on four previous occasions.Claude Puel, who took Southampton to the EFL Final last season before being unceremoniously dumped, was not looking that far ahead yet, although this does represent their best opportunity to return to European competition after reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season. “It was a good feeling to see Jamie and Riyad playing together on the same pitch again,”said Puel. “Now we move on. It’s behind us. He came back with his quality and created the goal against a difficult opponent. We will see what happens but it is an objective. We need to stay ambitious and see what the draw brings.”Guardiola’s attempt to sign Mahrez on the final day of the transfer window angered the usually mild-mannered Frenchman to such an extent that he accused the Premier League leaders of showing a lack of respect earlier this week. City insist that they first approached Leicester a whole week before the end of January but it has undoubtedly been a distraction to the manager and his players.Last week’s 5-1 hammering at the Etihad Stadium in which Mahrez came on as a second-half substitute followed the home draw with Swansea and defeat at Everton, meaning Leicester had not tasted victory since thrashing Peterborough in the previous round of this competition.The announcement of the Algerian’s name before kick-off was greeted with a smattering of boos, although the response from a depleted home crowd was generally supportive. Their opponents also made six changes from their last league outing, with Chris Wilder perhaps mindful of the three crucial Championship fixtures in the space of seven days coming up next week. The Blades have lost their way in recent months following a blistering start to the season and now sit three points behind the play-off places.Setting out with a rigid five-man defence was an indication that they were here to contain their opponents for as long as possible. With Mahrez causing problems from his starting position on the right flank, they just about did enough to keep the scores level in the first half. Jamie Vardy’s effort from Wilfred Ndidi’s precise through-ball was blocked by the impressive Jack O’Connell, while another attempt from the England striker just curled wide of the far post after good work from Demarai Gray.At the other end Leicester were thankful for Harry Maguire’s alertness when a poor clearing header from Danny Simpson fell at the feet of Enda Stevens. The defender, who was a ballboy at Bramall Lane before coming through the youth system, reacted quickly to fling himself in front of the ball and save a certain goal. Vardy, who is also from Sheffield but grew up supporting Wednesday, should have given his side the lead soon after, following a slide-rule pass from Mahrez, but he could not find a way past the goalkeeper, Jamal Blackman. Share on Twitter FA Cup Share on WhatsApp Read more match reports Share via Email Share on Facebook Sheffield United Share on LinkedIn Leicester City Reuse this content
In October 2013, Harry Wilson was having a lie-in, watching television in bed in academy digs in Eccleston, round the corner from Liverpool’s academy in Kirkby, when his phone rang again. He had already missed a couple of calls from an unknown number. “I don’t usually answer them but something told me to answer it, so I answered it and it was Ian Rush,” Wilson explains, smiling. “He was like: ‘Hiya Harry, it’s Ian Rush.’ I was like: ‘What do I call him? Do I call him Ian? Do I call him Rushy?’ I didn’t really know what to call him.” FA Cup fifth round: 10 things to look out for this weekend Pinterest Hide Share on Messenger Show Derby County’s Harry Wilson celebrates scoring against Manchester United in September. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Thank you for your feedback. “It taught me a lot and made me grow up fast. I’m a lot more confident now; I think I’m a lot wiser as well. I was in a struggling team in League One and I’ve seen how tough it is when you are trying to scrape out points at the bottom of the league. Now I’m at a team here where I feel we play really good football, at the top end of the table and you feel you can express yourself that little bit more.”Wilson has certainly done that. Lampard has emphasised how the youngster has improved his all-round play – that he has more than wonder goals to his game – but there is no getting away from the fact that Wilson is a specialist in the spectacular. His biggest weapon is those now commonplace piercing strikes from distance, having built a growing portfolio of bewitching free-kicks, none more so than his preposterous left-footed effort against United. “I didn’t realise it was as good as it was because it just happened and I was off celebrating. It was not until I was on the bus on the way back here that I watched it on Twitter and saw the movement that I had got on it.”Wilson knows the next question is coming but stresses he did not plan on raising the palm of his right hand, a nod to Liverpool’s five major European titles and United’s three. “A few Liverpool fans were messaging me and sending me pictures of Fernando Torres and I think Steven Gerrard doing it and I was like: ‘I can’t do that, I’m not in the calibre of those players.’ But when it happened, it was heat of the moment and it just came out.” FA Cup Reuse this content It was a conversation that culminated in Wilson being whisked to Cardiff the next morning after being called up to the Wales squad, before making his international debut against Belgium aged 16 years and 207 days in a World Cup qualifier almost a week later, breaking Gareth Bale’s record as the country’s youngest player. “We were 1-0 down with five or 10 minutes to go, Chris Coleman said: ‘You’re going on,’ and then it was a mixture of nerves and excitement really. It was all a bit of a blur at the time and I just wanted to go on, try and get a touch of the ball and work hard for the five minutes that I was on. We drew the game 1-1, so I’ll take a bit of credit for that.”Laughter fills the room, and not for the first time, as Wilson goes on to explain how an under-18s game against Blackburn four days after his Wales bow against Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in front of 45,000 quickly brought him back to reality. But when Wilson mentions that De Bruyne tried and failed to obtain his shirt – now framed on the wall at his parents’ house in Corwen, near Wrexham – the interview inevitably sticks for a moment on that memorable night in Brussels.“I went over to Hazard first and he had already swapped but I thought: ‘He’s going to have a spare,’ so I was like: ‘Can I get it?’ He said: ‘Yeah, I’ll pass it to you inside,’ but because they had qualified, they went straight back out and they were doing a lap of the pitch and we were like: ‘Let’s just get out of here,’ really. I went over to De Bruyne, and he wanted mine, but I thought: ‘It’s my debut shirt, I can’t give you this.’” Share via Email Facebook Twitter interviews As the club’s academy director, Alex Inglethorpe, recently said, some players take the elevator, others the stairs, referencing Trent Alexander-Arnold and the winger. Wilson, free-scoring for the under-23s after being named captain in 2016, made his only first-team appearance against Plymouth the following year, replacing Philippe Coutinho. His next is surely only a matter of time. For Derby, Wilson has impressed centrally as well as on the right flank but, despite making a splash in four months at Hull last year (seven goals in 14 games), he acknowledges his first loan, at Crewe in 2015, was not quite so successful. Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Pinterest Liverpool The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Facebook Derby County Share on Twitter Championship Share on WhatsApp Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Wilson’s journey with Wales helps punctuate his early career, from the shock of that debut to waiting 1,619 days to win his next cap. At Euro 2016 Wilson was among the 10,000-plus Wales fans in Bordeaux watching the Group A opener against Slovakia. These days he is 21 years old, a staple of Ryan Giggs’s squad and lighting up the Championship on loan at Derby County, who take on Brighton in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.He makes smashing company at the club’s Moor Farm training base. Wilson is refreshingly humble and politely knocks at the door before beginning a candid conversation that takes in how he has developed under Frank Lampard, a text from Jürgen Klopp after his exquisite free-kick at Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, the subsequent five-fingered salute and how, with the help of the club nutritionist Andreas Kasper, a fortnightly Masterchef challenge at the house in which Wilson lives with Mason Mount keeps any competition healthy. The housemates take it in turns to do the weekly shop at Tesco, play Fortnite and make use of the gym in a property that the former Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant used to call home.There has been plenty of noise around Wilson more or less ever since he signed for Liverpool’s under-nines. Others spotted his talent earlier, his grandad netting £125,000 after placing a £50 bet on Wilson playing for his country while he was a toddler. Up until the age of 16, when Wilson moved into digs with Ryan Kent, he was ferried to and from training from north Wales by his mother, Nicola, and father, Mark, as well as by both sets of grandparents. “I think it was 63 miles door to door,” he says. “Monday, Wednesday and Friday until I was 12, then four times a week and then five times a week. It was a massive commitment. Without my mum, dad and my grandparents it wouldn’t have been possible to get where I am now.” He has been associated with Liverpool since the age of eight and Wilson says the city feels like his “second home”. Read more Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Wales Was this helpful?
Australian Menâ€™s Open player, Stuart Brierty and Australian Womenâ€™s Open representative, Marikki Watego have been named the Ron Hanson Medallists for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. Brierty and Watego were named as Flag Bearers for the event in front of their Australian teammates at the contingentâ€™s Jersey Presentation on Tuesday night. Brierty is a stalwart of the Australian Menâ€™s Open team, first representing at the 2009 Trans Tasman Series and hasnâ€™t missed a series since, competing in two World Cups (2011 and 2015) and five Trans Tasman Series events (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014). Brierty said despite feeling â€˜slightly oldâ€™ he was blown away to be named as one of the Flag Bearers for the event. â€œItâ€™s a great privilege and honour to receive that medal. To carry the flag representing our country, I canâ€™t wait and really look forward to it. â€œWhen they started rattling off the years and the games, I knew it was probably either myself, Dylan (Hennessey) or Prowsey (Matt Prowse), as we are the only three that still remain from 2009. It did make me feel slightly old.â€Watego is the most capped Australian Womenâ€™s Open player, having debuted at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series and hasnâ€™t missed a series since, including playing in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Trans Tasman Series events and 2015 Touch World Cup. Watego said she was thrilled to be given the honour. â€œItâ€™s incredible, I definitely wasnâ€™t expecting it and to look back on past Ron Hanson Medallists and to be named alongside them now, itâ€™s just a real big honour and Iâ€™m really thrilled to be given the opportunity,â€ Watego said. Weâ€™ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you wonâ€™t miss any of the action: Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms and send in your messages of support for the teams on our social media channels.Related LinksRon Hanson Medallists Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat â€“ search for â€˜TFAofficialâ€™
Crystal Palace boss Hodgson can’t fault players for Watford defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson couldn’t fault his players after defeat to Watford.The Eagles were winning 1-0 at the break thanks to Craig Cathcart’s own goal, but would see that quickly turned around thanks to two goals in seven minutes as Cathcart gained some retribution before a fine volley from Tom Cleverley settled matters in south London.Hodgson said, “It’s tough to lose any game, especially at home and it’s made tougher that we’ve been doing quite well lately. I was hoping that this would be the chance for us to get that elusive third victory that would have lifted us to a much more comfortable place in the table.“We were unable to get it, and when that happens there is no other emotion that I can display other than the obvious one of feeling very sad that we couldn’t do it.”He added: “If you want to win games, then you have to take the chances that come your way. Watford must be comfortable in that respect because they hit the post twice and had one cleared off the line and chances to score their two goals. We perhaps weren’t as effective and only scored one goal, but that’s what football is.“There aren’t many games this year where I have thought we were outplayed or didn’t deserve to win, but there have been games like this where the game could so easily have gone either way and you get questions about regrets or frustrations. I don’t think I could have asked for a lot more from the players; we certainly didn’t lose the game because there wasn’t the desire to win it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Petrobras, a Brazil-based integrated oil and gas company, has announced the 7th round of its fleet renewal plan for offshore support vessels (Prorefam).The announcement was made on Monday morning (March 17) at Petrobras headquarters in Rio de Janeiro by the company’s President Maria das Graças Silva Foster and the Director of Exploration and Production, José Formigli.Following the announcement of the 7th round of Prorefam, Petrobras signed contracts for eight vessels from the 5th round. The contracts were signed with Bram Offshore Transportes Maritimos Ltda, Norskan Offshore Ltda and Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda.Petrobras President Maria das Graças Silva Foster highlighted the importance of the program for the industry as well as for Petrobras, emphasizing that the company’s priority is to increase their oil production, as per the 2014-2018 Business and Management Plan.With regard to contracts, Graça Foster stressed that prices must be within international norms. “Petrobras can’t wait. There is absolutely nothing that would justify us falling behind on our oil production curve. No contract that would put this at risk is a priority for us,” she said.Formigli revealed that calls for bids for the 7th and final round will be issued by Friday, March 21, and that proposals must be submitted to Petrobras by June 27. Contract signing is scheduled for October 30 of this year.Speaking about Petrobras’ expectations for the 7th round, the director reinforced the importance of the Brazilian industry setting competitive prices. He also presented the program’s scope, which includes a total of up to 146 vessels over seven rounds between 2008 and 2014.The minimum local construction content varies between 50% and 60% depending on the type of vessel, and is 70% for the offshore operations phase. “At this point, we have managed to sign contracts for 87 of 146 vessels“, stated Formigli, adding that, of these 87 vessels, 61 are under construction and 26 are operating.He also emphasized the importance of meeting deadlines. “We are working hard with the companies to recover from any lags and to find permanent solutions,” he said, and further stressed that problems of this type have been relatively small and have been overcome.Contracts SignedContracts were signed for 13 vessels in the first round, 27 in the second, 16 in the third, 23 in the fourth, and eight in the last round. Of these, 76 vessels are PSVs (Platform Supply Vessels), used for loading platforms with liquid and solid loads, and OSRVs (Oil Spill Response Vessels), which are designed for recovering oil offshore. Eleven are AHTS vessels (Anchor Handling Tug Supply), which are built to handle anchors, tow-vessels, and transport supplies.Out of the fleet of offshore support vessels working with Petrobras, 53% are Brazilian.Construction timeframes are three years from the time of contract execution for PSVs and OSRVs, and four years for AHTSs. Contracts are valid for up to eight years. Minimum local construction content is 60% for PSVs and OSRVs, and 50% for AHTS vessels. For vessel operations, minimum local content is 70%.Schedule for Upcoming RoundsThe 6th Round:Proposals received: February 4, 2014Results published: March 6, 2014Start of negotiations: March 13, 2014Contract execution: by April 30, 2014The 7th Round:Call for bids: by March 21, 2014Submission of proposals: by June 27, 2014Contract execution: by October 30, 2014 petrobras, March 19, 2014
The Council of the Federation meeting, hosted by Premier Darrell Dexter, concluded in Halifax today, July 27, with premiers agreeing to work together to lead Canada’s economic growth. For more information go to, http://novascotia.ca/cof/docs/Economy_FINAL.pdf . The next council meeting will be in Ontario next year, July 24 – 26. For details go to http://novascotia.ca/cof/docs/Ontario-Hosting-COF-2013-FINAL.pdf . -30-
TORONTO – For the last seven years, Sky Zazlov has been fighting the demon of major depressive disorder — and none of the numerous medications, myriad types of therapy or other interventions she has tried have been able to lift the black cloud of despair that has enveloped her life.“It affects hygiene, sleep, diet, emotions,” Zazlov, 40, said of the severe treatment-resistant depression she developed in 2011.“It affects everything, how I interact with my family, whether I’m able to keep friendships, whether or not I can get out of bed and wash my hair and brush my teeth,” said the mother of a 12-year-old boy, who is no longer able to work as a 911 dispatcher in Toronto.“You feel numb sometimes and empty a lot of the time. There’s not a lot of interest in doing anything or seeing anybody or talking to anyone.”The symptoms she describes are classic hallmarks of major depression, which affects about a quarter of the Canadian population at some point in life. Almost 14 per cent of people will suffer recurrent bouts of severe depression; among those, about one in 10 will fail to respond to at least three standard antidepressants and be deemed treatment-resistant.It is a story Zazlov knows all to well.“Nothing has worked well, nothing has even worked OK up to this point.”So in desperation, Zazlov agreed to take part in a six-patient clinical trial of a cutting-edge procedure that uses ultrasound beams directed into the brain to alter a pathway known to be at least in part responsible for such psychiatric conditions as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder.Early Tuesday morning, she became the third patient with intractable depression to be treated at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with MRI-guided focused ultrasound, a non-invasive procedure that sends more than 1,000 beams through the skull to a tiny target in each hemisphere of the brain.Her head shaved and fitted with a halo-like helmet, Zazlov was placed in an MRI scanner, which transmitted images of her brain to computer screens in an adjacent room. Using those images, doctors were able to pinpoint the four- to five-millimetre areas of her brain and precisely deliver the ultrasound beams.Those focused beams create a lesion in the region known as the anterior limb of the internal capsule — medical speak for a kind of circuit or information highway that connects the frontal lobes to emotional centres deeper within the brain, and which is implicated in depression and other mood disorders when its function goes awry.The idea is to “disrupt the activity in a circuit that’s not functioning properly, to effectively reset the activity of that circuit,” said Dr. Nir Lipsman, principal investigator of the trial, the first in North America to use focused ultrasound to try to overcome treatment-resistant depression.The beauty of the procedure is that it’s non-invasive, said Lipsman, a neurosurgeon who heads Sunnybrook’s Centre for Neuromodulation.MRI-guided focused ultrasound doesn’t require holes to be drilled in the skull or a probe passed through the brain, which is the case with such surgeries as deep-brain stimulation, another technique that’s been used to alter the pathway and mediate depression and OCD, for instance.“Now we can generate the same lesion under real-time image guidance without making an incision,” he said.The next challenge is to see if the procedure will be effective — something that won’t be known for at least several months, said Dr. Anthony Levitt, director of the hospital’s brain sciences program and a trial co-investigator.“What I anticipate us seeing in the earliest stages is some change in mood, not necessarily positive or consistent,” he said of Zazlov and the other trial participants.The patients won’t “necessarily feel wonderful and fabulous and recovered … but in that first two months you can see a variety of changes, just evidence that we have tampered with the mood-regulating system. It hasn’t yet adapted itself, it hasn’t come to a settled place, which takes two to six months or more.”Zazlov, who admitted to being apprehensive before undergoing the hours-long procedure, said she enrolled in the trial because she felt she had nothing to lose, even if “they don’t know if it’s going to work.”“I’ve done so many trials of medications, different classes of medications,” she said, following up with a lengthy list of therapies, from individual and group counselling to cognitive processing therapy for trauma, to many rounds of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, in which magnetic pulses are passed through the skull to specific regions of the brain.Some showed promise but then side-effects would set in and it would become unbearable, she said.“I’m not looking for a magic pill, I’m not looking for a magic bullet … I would like to think that this has the potential to make me somewhat OK, Zazlov said of the ultrasound procedure.“I’m hoping that I can have a day where I can get out of bed and I can have a day where I can not feel so hopeless and feel that despair — it’s brutal.“I’d like,” she said pausing with a sigh “to be able to live.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – The man who became the public face of the Humboldt Broncos in the days after the Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus crashed in April has stepped down as president of the organization.Kevin Garinger told a club board meeting on Tuesday he will not be seeking re-election to the top post.Garinger said he wants to devote more time to his family, to his job as CEO and director of education with Saskatchewan’s Horizon School Division and to a doctorate he’s pursuing in educational leadership.“It’s been a decision that’s not been taken lightly. I feel it’s the right time for somebody else to be able to take over and continue to move this organization forward,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Now into the third year of a three-year term on the board, Garinger is to provide support and guidance for new president Jamie Brockman.Garinger said he took on the presidency last year when no one else wanted the job.Brockman, who served as president between 2012 and 2017, said in a news release Wednesday that he did not intend to take the job again, but he wants to ensure the team continues to be strong.“I have a lot of confidence in our current board of directors because these people also want to help, so I feel I have a great support network and look forward to moving the team forward,” Brockman said.He acknowledged the previous executive and the directors who have left since the crash.“Their lives were also turned upside down and I am thankful for the work they did.”Garinger teared up when asked how much of an effect the April 6 fatal collision had on his decision to not seek re-election. He said no one ever expected anything like that to happen and he indicated he needs counselling to help him deal with the tragedy.“In stepping back like this … to make sure that I can look after myself before I look after others. That’s something I need to do for my family. I’m in that place where I’m wanting to pursue the supports that are necessary for myself.”The Broncos board also named Maury Simoneau as vice-president, Curtis Wacker as treasurer and Lee Dufort as secretary.Sixteen people were killed and 13 others were injured when the hockey team’s bus and a transport truck collided at a highway intersection northeast of Saskatoon.The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League club was on its way to a playoff game when the crash happened.Two of the players who survived remain in hospital while a third player who was left paralyzed, Ryan Straschnitzki, is pursuing sledge hockey with an eye to making the national team and competing at the Winter Paralympic Games.Garinger said all the survivors are an inspiration.“There are 13 young men who are with us. We are grateful for that. It’s an amazing feeling to know they’re continuing to progress and heal, in spite of very difficult circumstances.”RCMP have said they will not release any details of the investigation into the crash or what they believe happened.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, of Calgary faces 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily injury.He remains free on bail. His case is to be back in court Oct. 2 in Melfort, Sask.— By Ken Trimble of The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Canada and Britain will co-host an international summit in London this summer on the growing threats to freedom of the press, and to promote better protection of journalists, The Canadian Press has learned.Sources say Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland — a journalist before she entered politics — and her British counterpart Jeremy Hunt have been working on the idea for months.Canadian officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the conference before it was formally announced.Sources say the talks between Freeland and Hunt have progressed to the point where they have now set a date for a two-day gathering starting July 10, which will include members of governments, civil society and journalists.They say Freeland has been influenced by two high-profile cases: the imprisonment of two Reuters reporters who were sentenced to seven-year terms in Myanmar for violating the country’s Official Secrets Act and the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul last fall.U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called the news media “the enemy of the people,” but sources denied suggestions that his anti-media rhetoric was also a factor.“It’s a theme Minister Freeland has been thinking a lot about in general, particularly because of the cases of the two journalists in Myanmar and the Khashoggi case,” said one source.“But also in general, the current climate is affecting journalist’s ability to do their work freely.” Freeland and Hunt “have this shared concern and that was the genesis of all of this.”Freeland, who used to work at Reuters, condemned the seven-year sentences meted out to Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were reporting on the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. A military crackdown drove an estimated 900,000 Rohingya out of Myanmar and into neighbouring Bangladesh.The two journalists were reporting on a massacre of the Rohingya people by the Myanmar military in 2017 and say they were framed by police.“This verdict gravely undermines the rule of law and freedom of the press in Myanmar, and betrays the decades-long struggle by the Myanmar people for democracy,” Freeland said in a written statement in September.Britain and the United States also condemned the verdict, along with numerous international human rights organizations.Freeland has called Khashoggi’s killing “abhorrent and represents an unconscionable attack on the freedom of expression and freedom of the press.” Canada also imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis linked to killing, freezing their assets and barring them from entering the country.She has repeatedly called for an independent international investigation so Khashoggi’s killers can be brought to justice.Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have repeatedly defended a free press as a necessary part of a thriving democracy. While they have not criticized Trump directly, their steadfast defence of the media has come amid unprecedented attacks on press freedom by the American president.Trump has called the news media “the enemy of the people” and derided it for selling “fake news” to its readers. He has also called journalists “crazed lunatics.”“The Fake News Media in our Country is the real Opposition Party,” Trump said in one January Tweet. “It is truly the Enemy of the People! We must bring honesty back to journalism and reporting!”In December, the rights group Reporters Without Borders reported that the United States had, for the first time, formally entered the ranks of the top five deadliest countries in the world for journalists to work.On June 28, four journalists and a sales associate were killed by a gunman who opened fire in the offices of the Maryland newspaper Capital Gazette in what was the deadliest attack on the media in recent U.S. history.In December, the annual report by the Committee to Protect Journalists said the number of journalists killed across the world in retaliation for their work nearly doubled in 2018.It said that 34 journalist were killed in retaliation for their work, while at least 53 were killed overall. In 2017, 18 journalists were killed in retaliation while 47 were counted overall.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
The fund, which focuses on providing support and access for remote communities, reducing reliance on diesel generators and remote electrification, help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and support the transition to clean energy for communities throughout the province.In Budget 2019, CleanBC investments include $18 million to work with Indigenous and remote communities to move to cleaner energy sources. These initiatives are in addition to the projects already announced.Applications for the next First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund intake will be accepted until the end of May 2019.“Since having our Aboriginal title recognized, we have been looking for diverse opportunities within our territory. The development and operation of this solar farm is not only useful for the area, but also brings employment and training to our Nation. As a Nation, we have always said that to do business with us, you need to come through our doors and sit at the table in a meaningful way. The solar farm is a great example of that.” Chief Joe Alphonse, Tsilhqot’in Tribal Chairman“First Nations are moving forward with greener alternatives, such as solar, in meeting their energy needs. This work is an important part of our CleanBC strategy and supports self-determination. All of us in every area of the province have an important part to play in putting B.C. on a path that powers our future with clean, renewable energy and reduces air pollution.” Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation VICTORIA, B.C. – Fourteen First Nations pursued cleaner energy in 2018 with support from the provincial government.West Moberly First Nations received $150,000 for the construction of a biomass conversion project to make the Twin Sister Native Plant Nursery more energy efficient.The 14 Indigenous-driven projects were supported by the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF), with $2.49 million invested in run-of-river hydropower, solar farms, energy-efficiency plans and numerous feasibility studies.
MEXICO CITY — The United States has published an updated list of NAFTA negotiating objectives to reflect some of its tougher-than-anticipated demands in a reminder of the difficult hoeing ahead as parties seek fertile ground for a deal.The U.S. trade czar’s office released the new list on Friday just as the three chief negotiators began meeting in Mexico City for their first encounter after an acrimonious round revealed huge differences.Sources say Canada and Mexico will start the months-long task of probing the U.S. for signs of willingness to compromise, though they expect little progress on the toughest sticking points for another few rounds.A new document from the American side illustrated those big gaps.The U.S. released an updated version of a July document published before negotiations started, in keeping with transparency requirements under American trade law. The new list includes tougher language on Canadian dairy, auto parts and Buy American rules, reflecting negotiating demands adopted in recent weeks.“(Our) objectives represent a serious effort to renegotiate the agreement to update its provisions to the best 21st century standards and rebalance the benefits of the deal so that each country succeeds. … If these objectives are achieved, the United States will obtain more open, equitable, secure and reciprocal market access and the entire NAFTA region will benefit,” says the document.Major changes from the previous version of the document released four months ago include:–On auto parts, ensuring that rules of origin promote production in North America as well as “specifically in the United States.” That reflects a U.S. demand at the last round that cars must include 50 per cent U.S. content and 85 per cent content from North America overall, to avoid a tariff.–Ensuring reciprocity in market access for public-works contracts. This reflects an American demand that would limit access to Canadian and Mexican companies to one dollar in public contracts for every dollar American companies receive in those countries.–Eliminating Canadian tariffs on imports of dairy, poultry, and egg products. The July document did not specifically mention eliminating Canada’s supply management system. But at the previous negotiating round in October, the U.S. requested supply management’s elimination within 10 years.All these demands, and some others, have been deemed non-starters by Canada and Mexico.But those two are starting to demonstrate a willingness to seek compromises on some areas. For instance, both Canada and Mexico say they could envision some form of review mechanism every few years to provide status reports on the agreement.That proposal falls short of the U.S. demand for a so-called five-year sunset clause. In the U.S. position, NAFTA should come with a proviso that the deal gets cancelled unless all parties endorse it after five years.A rare hint of potential compromise from the U.S. came in the portion of Friday’s document referring to that sunset clause. The new U.S. position paper avoids mentioning a five-year cancellation threat, and actually contains language much more palatable to Canada and Mexico.The new document describes the U.S. position on the so-called sunset clause the following way: “Provide a mechanism for ensuring that the parties assess the benefits of the agreement on a periodic basis,” which sounds closer to the types of periodic reviews Canada and Mexico might be willing to live with.Canada also intends to signal its willingness to review auto-parts rules. But again, it views the U.S. starting numbers to be well outside the bounds of an acceptable final compromise.“We’re willing to talk about rules of origin,” said one Canadian official. “But certain figures, or certain proposals, are just not-starters … There are certain starting points that are just unworkable.”It’s considered doubtful too much progress on the thorny issues will happen at the current round, which ends next week. Canadian officials say they anticipate progress on less-controversial issues like digital commerce, regulatory co-operation and labour and the environment.But they expect the more intense decision-making to ramp up in the first quarter of next year, as the talks get closer to the hoped-for deadline of March. In the meantime, they will be looking for signs of potential common ground with American negotiators and watching whether the U.S. president escalates his threats to cancel NAFTA.Canadian union leader Jerry Dias said the sides are frozen far apart. The Unifor boss met with Canada’s chief negotiator at the talks, and suggested Steve Verheul and his American counterparts weren’t doing much budging on the big issues.“He’s showing as much flexibility as the United States is,” Dias said, when asked about the chat with Verheul. Dias also said there’s little room for Canada to cede much ground: “Nobody’s going to capitulate to Trump. Trump is wholly unpopular in Canada and Mexico. So nobody really wants to make it look like a Donald Trump victory party.”
The Kuliyapitiya Superintendent of Police (SP) has been transferred in the wake of the recent mob violence targeting Muslims.The Nugegoda Police SP has been transferred to the Kuliyapitiya Police station.
The embassy has said that the Sri Lankan Government has launched a large scale crackdown on the extremist forces in the aftermath of the Easter explosions. The travel advisory will be in effect until June 21.Nine suicide bombers attacked churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, which killed more than 250 people and injured over 500. The embassy said, however, the security situation in Sri Lanka has not returned to normal.Sri Lanka had enforced a state of emergency since April 22 and has extended the state of emergency for another month since May 22. China says the security situation in Sri Lanka has not returned to normal.The Chinese state media institution, Xinhua, reported that the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka has further amended its travel advisory for Sri Lanka to the primary level of “take safety precautions.” The security has been beefed up in public places, such as schools, hospitals and shopping malls.
Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua and Penn State sophomore forward Nikita Pavlychev face off during their game on Dec. 1. The teams tied at five, but the Nittany Lions won the shootout 1-0. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternAfter losing a pair of games to then-unranked Penn State in early December, Ohio State sat in the bottom half of the Big Ten, far from the NCAA tournament.However, Ohio State responded to the defeats with red-hot play and now sits second in the conference as a rematch against the Nittany Lions looms in the horizon.The No. 8 Buckeyes (14-4-4, 7-4-1-0 Big Ten) continued their stretch of dominant play by winning their fifth and sixth straight games with ease against Michigan State (8-13-1, 2-9-1-1 Big Ten). They defeated the Spartans 4-1 in the first game, then finished the sweep with a 5-3 victory in the second.Special teams remained a strength for the Buckeyes the entire series. They allowed just one goal while on the penalty kill and scored three during power plays in both games combined. Ohio State has now scored a power-play goal in three straight games and remains the best team in the country while a man down.Game OneThe Buckeyes started Friday’s game fast and used the hot start to secure a 4-1 victory in the first game of the two-game series.Junior defenseman Sasha Larocque took just 30 seconds in the first period to find the back of the net for the first time this season. The puck found its way to Larocque at the point, and the wrist shot beat sophomore goalie John Lethemon to put Ohio State up 1-0.The second period felt like deja vu, with Ohio State scoring two goals in the first 32 seconds to take a 4-0 lead, a lead they never gave up. Sophomore forward Ronnie Hein scored his first goal of the season off a rebound from a shot by sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski, then Laczynski scored a goal of his own 17 seconds later after a Spartan turnover.Junior forward Brennan Sanford scored the lone goal for Michigan State in the third period.Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo made 21 saves. Michigan State pulled Lethemon after allowing four goals on 16 shots, and senior goalie Ed Minney made 12 saves after being put in the game.Game TwoWhile the second game of the series featured more back-and-forth action than the previous matchup, Ohio State was able to score in bunches to earn a 5-3 victory and extend its winning streak to six games.The Buckeyes scored two goals in 17 seconds in the first period to take a 2-1 lead with goals by senior forward Matthew Weis and junior forward Dakota Joshua.Midway through the third period, when Ohio State led 3-2, the Buckeyes put two past Minney in less than two minutes to secure a three-goal lead and the victory. Joshua scored for the second time in the game off a faceoff win, then junior forward Freddy Gerard scored the fifth goal of the night for Ohio State on assists by Laczynski and Weis.Laczynski leads Ohio State with 29 points on the season, which is tied for third in the nation. The assist in the second game gave Laczynski a point in five straight games and 11 of the last 12.Michigan State opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by freshman forward Mitchell Lewandowski, and the 1-0 lead held until Weis and Joshua scored with six minutes remaining in the period.The Spartans tied the game at 2-2 with the lone goal of the second period on a power play goal by sophomore forward Sam Saliba.Romeo made 20 saves in the victory. Minney made 26 saves in the losing effort for Michigan State.
Oct. 15, 1978Sun1 (WS Game 5)1355 Oct. 14, 1973Sun1 (WS Game 2)1235 DATEDAYMLBNFLNBANHL Nov. 4, 2001Sun1 (WS Game 7)1374 Another sports equinox is in the booksDates on which all four major U.S. sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL) had at least one game Nov. 2, 2009Mon1 (WS Game 5)153 Oct. 12, 1980Sun1 (NLCS Game 5)1348 Oct. 17, 1971Sun1 (WS Game 7)1236 Oct. 21, 1973Sun1 (WS Game 7)1235 With nine NHL games, three NBA games, an NFL game and an MLB playoff game — made possible by the Chicago Cubs’ victory in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday — Thursday is your (first) sports equinox of 2017.What’s a sports equinox? As my former colleague Reuben Fischer-Baum wrote on a couple of occasions, it’s when all four major U.S. sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB — play at least one game on the same day. Historically speaking, it doesn’t happen often. There have only been 17 sports equinoxes in history, including Thursday: Oct. 15, 1972Sun1 (WS Game 2)1236 Oct. 27, 1985Sun1 (WS Game 7)1315 Oct. 22, 1972Sun1 (WS Game 7)1235 Oct. 14, 1979Sun1 (WS Game 5)1337 Nov. 1, 2010Mon1 (WS Game 5)133 NUMBER OF GAMES Nov. 1, 2009Sun1 (WS Game 4)1274 Oct. 19, 1980Sun1 (WS Game 5)1336 Nov. 1, 2015Sun1 (WS Game 5)1275 Oct. 30, 2016Sun1 (WS Game 5)1178 Oct. 19, 2017Thu1 (NLCS Game 5)139 Amazingly, there was a 15-year period without a single sports equinox, between 1985 and 2001. And after 2001, seven more years passed without it happening. But sports equinoxes have occurred much more frequently in recent years — six have happened in the nine years since 2008. They might become even more common in the future, thanks to Thursday-night NFL becoming a fixture, the World Series often running later than usual, and a new NBA scheduling policy this season that moved the season’s opening night up by a week and a half.If the Cubs can force Game 7 in the NLCS, Sunday will be another sports equinox. As will Oct. 29, if Game 5 of the World Series takes place. But even if those do happen, Thursday’s equinox will be the only one this season with the added bonus of college football — there are two FBS games tonight, including No. 25-ranked Memphis at Houston (A “Super Equinox”?). Good luck finding enough screens to watch it all!
Deportivo La Coruna manager Clarence Seedorf has given a hint that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season after their 4-2 defeat to Barcelona confirmed their relegation from La LigaThe former AC Milan star was appointed in February in a bid to lead the club out of the relegation zone, but he failed to win in his opening eight games in charge.Despite having overseen a four-match unbeaten run recently, Deportivo had their fate sealed on Sunday night against a Barcelona side who sealed their 25th La Liga crown.“We’re very sad about being relegated, but I want to thank everyone at the club, the fans and the players,” said Seedorf, according to Football-Espana.“I’ve found a very good team of workers. We didn’t meet our objective, but that’s football. As for my future, everything is open.”Despite their confirmed relegation status, Seedorf is determined to see Deportivo end the season well.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I want us to finish the season well, with dignity, and keep working like we are. No doors are closed with regards to next season.” insisted the Dutchman.“I congratulate Barcelona, but I think Deportivo had a very good match. We gave a good account of ourselves.”The 42-year-old hinted that his future may be elsewhere while expressing his confidence that Deportivo can quickly return to La Liga.“It’s not the first time that this has happened to Deportivo. We must bounce back, and I wish this club all the best,” said Seedorf.“My players had a great game, and they should come out with their heads held high. There are other important things in life. You have to know how to win and know how to lose.”
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross believes Mesut Ozil’s achievements in his career speak and his talent for themselvesThe German playmaker’s future at Arsenal has been under some rather intense speculation ahead of the January transfer market.Ozil has struggled to earn a regular place under new manager Unai Emery with former Arsenal Perry Groves claiming last week that his time is up.This comes in light of ex-Real Madrid star’s inconsistent performances at the Emirates Stadium since his arrival in 2013.But Gross, who clashed with Ozil in a Boxing Day game last year, believes his fellow German is simply misunderstood.“He is a fantastic player, a fantastic technician,” Gross told The Argus.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“People talk about his body language. It’s not like me. If you are not having the best day or my team, you try everything until the end. That’s my character.“I think he also does that but the body language sometimes – you don’t have the feeling that he is.“That has always been the thinking in his life people moan about. But the football, the technical stuff, you don’t have to say anything, it’s brilliant.“Every human is different. He’s had a great career with his clubs and the national team. He has done everything right for himself and his career. Nobody’s perfect.”Brighton and Arsenal will face other again in a Boxing Day clash today with kick-off set for 18:15 (CET).