Stuff 6 Jan 2012Getting high Downunder is more common than anywhere else in the world, according to new research. New Zealanders and their Australian neighbours have been found to have higher levels of marijuana and amphetamine use than any other region. The findings, part of a study examining global drug use and law enforcement, will be published in the medical journal The Lancet today, according the to the West Australian newspaper. The study found that up to 14.8 per cent of Oceania’s population aged between 15 and 64 used cannabis in 2009, while up to 2.8 per cent used amphetamines, west.com.au said. Globally, cannabis was found to be the most widely used illicit drug, with an estimated 155 – 250 million users, and heroin and other opiates were found to cause the most harm. Study author Professor Wayne Hall, of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Clinical Research, told the newspaper the most common harms resulting from illicit drug use were found to be drug dependence, overdose deaths, accidents, violence, HIV and other blood-borne infections.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/6221097/Downunder-drug-use-high
MAYANK Agarwal’s double-century helped India build up a huge lead before spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja tightened their grip on the first Test against South Africa.Batting in only his eighth Test innings – and his first in India – Agarwal (215) became the 23rd Indian batsman to post a double-century in the longest format, having shared a 317-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma (176).Virat Kohli eventually called his men in when they were 502-7 in the day’s final session, and Ashwin and Jadeja took three wickets between them in the 20 overs South Africa’s batsmen faced, to leave them firmly up against it.Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn and Dane Piedt all fell as the Proteas closed on 39-3, still 463 runs adrift.Rohit resumed on 115 and Agarwal, 84 overnight, soon joined him in reaching three figures – the openers then going on to become only the third Indian pair to have a first-wicket partnership worth 300.South Africa finally made a breakthrough when Rohit, one shy of his best Test score, was stumped off Keshav Maharaj (3-189) in his first innings as an opener.Cheteshwar Pujara fell from the first ball after lunch and captain Kohli (20) meekly chipped back to bowler Senuran Muthusamy to give him his first Test dismissal before Agarwal reached his double-century off 358 balls.After Ajinkya Rahane became the fourth man out, Agarwal’s knock was finally ended when Piedt took a diving catch at deep midwicket from Dean Elgar’s only over, with Kohli declaring after Jadeja (30 not out) helped take India past 500.South Africa then lost Markram at the start of their eighth over, a delivery from Ashwin (2-9) that snuck between bat and pad, and the same bowler found De Bruyn’s edge to leave the Proteas two down.Nightwatchman Piedt was bowled by Jadeja (1-21) six balls later, meaning Elgar (27 not out) and Temba Bavuma (7 n.o.) will start day three needing to drag their team out of the mire.INDIA 1st inningsMayank Agarwal c Dane Piedt b Dean Elgar 215Rohit Sharma stp. Quinton de Kock b Keshav Maharaj 176Cheteshwar Pujara b Vernon Philander 6Virat Kohli c & b Senuran Muthusamy 20Ajinkya Rahane c Temba Bavuma b Keshav Maharaj 15Ravindra Jadeja not out 30Hanuma Vihari c Dean Elgar b Keshav Maharaj 10Wriddhiman Saha c Senuran Muthusamy b Dane Piedt 21Ravichandran Ashwin not out 1Extras: (b-4, lb-1, nb-2, w-1) 8Total: (seven wkts, 136.0 overs) 502 decl.Fall of Wickets : 1-317 Sharma, 2-324 Pujara, 3-377 Kohli, 4-431 Rahane, 5-436 Agarwal, 6-457 Vihari, 7-494 SahaBowling: Vernon Philander 22-4-68-1, Kagiso Rabada 24-7-66-0, Keshav Maharaj 55-6-189-3 (nb-1), Dane Piedt 19-1-107-1, Senuran Muthusamy 15-1-63-1 (w-1, nb-1).SOUTH AFRICA 1st inningsDean Elgar not out 27Aiden Markram b Ravichandran Ashwin 5Theunis de Bruyn c Wriddhiman Saha b Ravichandran Ashwin 4Dane Piedt b Ravindra Jadeja 0Temba Bavuma not out 2Extras: (lb-1) 1Total: (three wkts, 20.0 overs) 39Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-31, 3-34.Bowling: Ishant Sharma 2-0-8-0, Mohammed Shami 2-2-0-0, Ravichandran Ashwin 8-4-9-2, Ravindra Jadeja 8-1-21-1.
Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, flew to London on Wednesday in an attempt to resolve his future. The clubs had been some way apart in their valuation of the striker, with United wanting to recoup at least the £75m they paid Everton two years ago.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Inter Milan are close to signing Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku after submitting an improved bid.In July, United rejected Inter’s £54m bid for Lukaku, who has been fined by the club after missing training without permission on Tuesday.Belgium international Lukaku, 26, has trained at his former team Anderlecht for the past two days. Romelu Lukaku
PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Ben Wright – Sky BetThe new executive team of Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet) has moved to create a new in-house role focusing on developing safer gambling directives, procedures, schemes and communications.Sky Bet, the new online sportsbook property of Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc, has developed the senior management role of ‘Head of Safer Gambling’, which will be fronted by Ben Wright.A long term company stalwart, Wright is promoted to the new management position, which will see him work with leadership and a number of industry’s wider stakeholders, as Sky Bet bolsters its safer gambling and sustainability directives this 2019.Sky Betting & Gaming Executive Chairman Richard Flint, personally approved the promotion of Wright, highlighting his nuanced knowledge of betting intricacies, engagements, and customer behaviours, following an eleven-year tenure as a Sky Bet trading director.Richard Flint tweeted, on the appointment of Wright – “Delighted with this appointment. Ben knows the gambling business and most of all has a passion for this area. His focus is making things genuinely better and safer, not positioning or spin. I know Ben is keen to learn from those with real experience & different perspective”.Securing UK regulatory approval to acquire Sky Bet last October 2018, new owners The Stars Group, detailed within the firm’s combined prospectus that its enlarged enterprise would seek to deliver market-leading online gambling products, within the safest environments possible.Entering 2019, Sky Bet undertakes a change in corporate leadership as former Financial Officer Ian Proctor takes over the Chief Executive role from Richard Flint.Proctor is supported by the promotion of Conor Grant as Sky Bet’s new Chief Operations Officer (COO), an appointment confirmed on October 2018, following the approval of the Stars Group $4.7 million takeover bid. ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Share
Toumani Diagouraga starts for Brentford against Watford at Vicarage Road, where Alex Pritchard drops to the bench.Billy McKinlay, taking charge of his first match since being appointed as Watford manager, makes three changes, with Joel Ekstrand, Diego Fabbrini and Lloyd Dyer coming in for Sean Murray, Ikechi Anya and the injured Gabriele Angella.Watford: Gomes; Paredes, Ekstrand, Cathcart, Pudil; Tozser, Munari; Fabbrini, Vydra, Dyer; Ighalo. Subs: Bond, Hoban, McGugan, Murray, Abdi, Anya, Mensah.Brentford: Button; McCormack, Tarkowski, Craig, Bidwell; Douglas, Diagouraga; Odubajo, Judge, Jota; Gray. Subs: Bonham, Dean, Tebar, Toral, Betinho, Pritchard, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Ray Maota The Every-Can-Counts campaign wasable to raise R8.5-million throughSouth African support of beverages inenvironment friendly cans.(Image: Freepik) Through Nampak Bevcan’s bursaryscheme, pupils will be able studyfurther and have the opportunityto work for the packaging company.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free images, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nampak Bevcan+27 11 719 6300South Africans have helped raise R8.5-million (US$1.2-million) for education simply by buying environment friendly canned beverages.Nampak and Bevcan, which generated the funds through the sale of canned beverages, named the campaign Every-Can-Counts.Nampak is a packaging company, while Bevcan is a subsidiary of Nampak specialising in canned packaging.The funds will benefit underprivileged pupils and millions of other school-goers through televised education programmes.Erik Smuts, Nampak Bevcan MD, said: “Thanks to the South African public, we are thrilled to be able to contribute this incredible amount to assist with education.“We are very happy with reaching the R8.5-million ($1.12-million) mark and we are thankful to the many people who supported the cause by purchasing beverage cans.”Smuts added that it was not just Nampak Bevcan, but all the people of South Africa who contributed to the success of the campaign.Nampak contributed R5-million ($701 000) towards the initiative, while a further R3.5-million ($492 000) was raised by ensuring 3% of each can sale went to the campaign.According to Nampak, the cans are 100% recyclable and 70% of them are collected for such a purpose, making them the most recycled form of packaging.Distribution of fundsNampak’s initial contribution has been earmarked for the maintenance and development of science and computer labs, libraries and infrastructure at schools. It will also help boost teacher upgrade programmes and fund bursaries for students who excel in maths, science and accountingThe Gauteng schools that will benefit from this are Lethulwazi High School in Vosloorus, Amogelang High School in Soshanguve, Lebohang High School in Boipatong and Nkumbulo High School in Kwa-Thema.KwaZulu-Natal’s Swelihle High School in Umlazi, and the Western Cape’s Belhar High School in Belhar and Luhlaza High School in Khayelitsha will also gain from the initiative.Through its corporate social investment programme, the packaging company has pledged a further R2.18-million ($283 000) to provide 61 pupils with bursaries.These bursaries will be awarded to scholars who excel in maths, science and accounting at schools belonging to the Nampak Partnered School Bursaries Scheme.According to Nampak, approximately 240 individuals have completed the company’s two-year graduate programme since 2001. From that number, 12 came from Nampak partner schools and were awarded Nampak bursaries.To be considered for a position at Nampak, beneficiaries must first do well in their final year of high school, complete their tertiary education using the bursary, and then take part in the graduate programme.Due to the competitive nature of the programme, graduates must have a degree in one of the following fields: accounting or finance, engineering, human resources, information technology or business systems, logistics or supply chain, sales and marketing, or production and manufacturing.Televised education programme The Every-Can-Counts campaign will also contribute to SABC Education, thereby benefiting pupils at schools which aren’t earmarked for upgrades or bursaries.SABC Education will receive R2.5-million ($350 000) for content in their Matrics Uploaded show, which is broadcast daily. The show focuses on helping pupils from grades 10, 11 and 12 prepare for their final exams.Danie Swart, head of marketing for SABC Education, said: “SABC Education is delighted to be a recipient of these funds as it is only through sponsors such as Nampak and Nampak Bevcan that we can make our show a possibility.”The beneficiaries of the remaining R1-million ($140 000) will be announced before the end of September 2011.
Director Kunal Kohli must be a very nervous man these days. He pulled off Bollywood’s latest casting coup by signing ex-lovers Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra for his ambitious next film.However, after an elaborate spat the two stars had earlier this week, Kohli must now be spending sleepless nights over whether he will manage to complete his multicrore film peacefully.For those who came in late, Kohli recently announced his yet-untitled project with fanfare, declaring that Shahid and Priyanka would play four sets of characters each in the film whose story spans four cities.”The film explores four aspects of love represented by four couples, with Shahid and Priyanka featured in quadruple roles. Each segment will see the two stars sport a new look and will be set in a new city,” a source in the film’s unit said.The Shahid-Priyanka spat happened earlier this week when they met and he expressed his ire at reports that said he was stalking her. They had an argument, which left Priyanka in tears.”Shahid was surprised and angry at the cooked-up reports that said he was so desperate to get Priyanka back that he had started stalking her. He decided to confront her and clear the air,” a source said. However, the confrontation led to an argument and Priyanka breaking down, complicating affairs.The spat couldn’t have come at a worse time because shooting of Kohli’s film is scheduled to start within a week.”Shahid and Priyanka parted ways a while ago but they have maintained a friendly and professional relationship. Now, the reports have created a rift,” the source added.advertisementFor Kohli, who has directed hits such as Fanaa and Hum Tum in the past, his current film is his most ambitious venture yet. However, after the recent spat, the trade is apprehensive about the project. “Kunal Kohli took a calculated risk by choosing to cast estranged lovers Shahid and Priyanka solely because he was convinced only these two actors would suit the roles. Bollywood has a long history of ambitious films being shelved because of co- stars with personal problems.A recent case where personal problems affected a film’s fate was Boney Kapoor’s Milenge Milenge. The film was launched when Shahid and Kareena Kapoor were an item. The two stars fell out while it was being shot, and producer Kapoor struggled against odds to finally release it last year.
Saina NahiwalM.C.Mary KomSPORTY GIRLS…She was Saina Nahiwal, with a first name uncannily similar to another racket star who flickered this year. She became the first Indian woman to win a four-star badminton grand prix event and reached the finals of the world juniors. Then there was M.C. Mary Kom, a,Saina NahiwalM.C.Mary KomSPORTY GIRLS…She was Saina Nahiwal, with a first name uncannily similar to another racket star who flickered this year. She became the first Indian woman to win a four-star badminton grand prix event and reached the finals of the world juniors. Then there was M.C. Mary Kom, a 5ft 2in Manipuri, winner of two world amateur women’s boxing titles, who led the charge when the world women’s boxing championship came home. A hat trick of titles completed in the first bout of finals night watched by her mother, husband and father-in-law, the pinweight champion then cheered on the rest of the Indians to the overall title with four gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Indian women’s boxing is on the map. Mary Kom is its poster girl.SreesanthParimarjan Negi…AND GUYS At 23, S. Sreesanth floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, while Parimarjan Negi, at 13, checkmated opponents. The Michael Jackson-loving, break dancing Kerala bowler knocked the South Africans out to help India to a maiden Test victory in Johannesburg. Negi became the youngest Indian Grand Master, faster to the GM norm than either P. Harikrishna or V. Anand.
Villarreal coach Luis Garcia: Cazorla is a phenomenonby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVillarreal coach Luis Garcia hailed two goal Santi Cazorla after their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.They were the first goals scored by the former Arsenal star since 2012.Garcia said, “Santi is a phenomenon, the first two games he did not play with me, but he is an example, I think he’s going to get more, he’s starting to find things better.”He’s an example not only for what he’s done today.”The good work of Santi Cazorla is a good example for players to see that the important thing is not individual work and that one player or another stands out more or less, what is important now is Villarreal.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say