Michael Clarke flies young Nepalese spinner to Australia to train at his academy

The young leg-spinner from Nepal Sandeep Lamichhane is currently staying with a local family as he prepares to play for Michael Clarke’s club.

Sandeep Lamichhane,16, from Nepal impressed Michael Clarke recently during his coaching spell in Hong Kong. The former Australian captain was impressed with the leg-spinner’s outstanding potential and that promted him to allow Lamichhane to train at his academy at Sydney and play for his club.

Sandeep Lamichhane

“It is a really exciting opportunity to have such a talented Nepalese cricketer travel this distance to come and test his skills and improve his game at my academy. Sandeep is a fantastic young man who enjoys his cricket and is extremely passionate about the game,” said Clarke, who sponsored the boy to get him to Australia.

Lamichhane who has already represented Nepal under-19s is staying in Sydney with a local family as he prepares for the upcoming season where he is going to play for Pup’s club Western Sydney.

“Thank you very much @MClarke23 for your kind words and for inviting me to Australia. Looking forward to give my best,” Lamichhane tweeted on Tuesday.

Manchester City eyeing nothing less than a win in Manchester derby: David Silva

Table-topper Manchester City sit marginally above Manchester United on goal difference after both sides won their first three league games but the Citizen swill miss Sergio Aguero for the crucial clash on Saturday.

Nothing less than victory will do for Manchester City in Saturday’s feisty Premier League derby against Manchester United, playmaker David Silva has said.

David Silva

Silva, who scored both goals in Spain’s friendly win over Belgium last week and two more against Liechtenstein in their World Cup qualifier on Monday, has featured in all of City’s league games this season under manager Pep Guardiola.

Table-topper City sit marginally above United on goal difference after both sides won their first three league games.

“It’s going to be a very beautiful game. The two teams arrive to this game having taken good results and after making wholesale changes in every sense,” the 30-year-old told Spanish radio station Cope.

“We’ve started the season very well and it should be a great game. But we won’t be playing for a draw. We will go out to win the match.”

City have won three times and drew one in their last five top flight meetings with United at Old Trafford.

“It’s a ground where in the last few years things have gone okay for us. We know they are a very difficult rival – but we won’t settle for a draw,” Silva added.

International Yoga Day: Embrace Yoga to Age Gracefully, Say Experts

Yoga won’t give you immortality but this ancient discipline of bringing union between the body, mind and spirit can definitely help you fight age – both physical and mental, say health and wellness experts.

International Yoga Day: Embrace Yoga to Age Gracefully, Say Experts

“In my practice in India and abroad I have seen several cases where my clients have gotten better by regular yoga, pranayam and meditation,” Preeti Rao, Health, Lifestyle and Wellness Consultant at Max Healthcare.

Regular yoga practice can help fight chronic lifestyle diseases like hypertension, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, reproductive disorders, and respiratory and cardiovascular related health concerns. Besides people with obesity, anxiety, constipation and digestive disorders can benefit significantly from practising yoga, according to the experts.

“From diabetes to high blood pressure, high cholesterol to heart problems, yoga can help you combat many such health issues that usually develop over the years. Also, arthritis is one of the most common problems among elderly people and yoga is a great way to tone it down and help the body become more active and flexible,” said Nidhi Arora, physiotherapist at AktivOrtho, an orthopaedic, neurological and gynaecological rehabilitation centre.

“Individuals prone to osteoporosis or are already suffering from the problem can gain a lot from yoga as a daily life discipline which increases bone density and growth. To keep a watch over increase in weight as well, yoga proves to be very helpful,” Arora noted.

Yoga can improve blood flow in the body and increase oxygen supply to body cells. It helps improve balance which tends to become weak as one ages, acclaimed fitness expert and nutritionist Sonia Bajaj said. What’s more, the benefits of yoga transcends physical fitness alone.

“Yoga is not limited to yoga or physical exercise,” Rao said.

Scholarly studies and research in this area have strongly documented how yoga helps in improving cognitive abilities.

“Pranayama helps one to attain a better balance between the right and left-brain bringing more balance between emotional and rational thinking. Meditation facilitates a process of introspection, and brings more clarity and focus in one’s life. Regular yoga also improves memory,” Rao noted.

“A regular yoga practice even for just 20-30 minutes daily that is simple and involves varied breathing exercises and mediation is what I would recommend to remain sharp, alert and for a balanced life,” she added.

A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that a three-month course of Kundalini yoga and Kirtan Kriya meditation practice helped minimise the cognitive and emotional problems that often precede Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, brain disorders that impair the memory.

Kirtan Kriya, which involves chanting, hand movements and visualisation of light, has been practiced for hundreds of years in India as a way to prevent cognitive decline in older adults. Yoga and meditation was even more effective than the memory enhancement exercises that have been considered the gold standard for managing mild cognitive impairment, the findings showed.

“Historically and anecdotally, yoga has been thought to be beneficial in ageing well, but this is the scientific demonstration of that benefit,” lead author of the study Harris Eyre, doctoral candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia, said.

“If you or your relatives are trying to improve your memory or offset the risk for developing memory loss or dementia, a regular practice of yoga and meditation could be a simple, safe and low-cost solution to improving your brain fitness,” Helen Lavretsky, the study’s senior author and professor in residence in the department of psychiatry, University of California-Los Angeles, suggested.

“Yoga forms like asana, pranayama and a regular devotion towards meditation are such strong tools that they are bound to invigorate the brain, help enhance the power of the mind and stimulate the nervous system as well. Yoga should be taken seriously as results from it are long-lasting and life-changing for sure,” Arora noted.

However, with many different types of yoga being practiced today, it is important for you to find out with the help of experts which type of yoga meets your needs, she said.

‘We’re Horrified’: At Stanford, The Impact Of A Sexual Assault Is Searing

It could have been mistaken for any other late afternoon in the expectant days before graduation. Seniors shuttled four years of possessions from the Kappa Alpha fraternity into waiting U-Hauls that would carry them away from Stanford for the last time.

But the students weren’t talking just about commencement, or summer, or jobs ahead. Their conversations this week, like so many on this elite campus these days, kept turning to sexual assault.

'We're Horrified': At Stanford, The Impact Of A Sexual Assault Is Searing

It was inescapable on their phones and laptops, what happened just a few hundred feet away and its lingering impact: A woman left one of their parties drunk, passed out behind a dumpster and was attacked by a Stanford swimmer.

“We’re horrified that this happened here,” said Dominick Francks, 22, a Kappa Alpha brother majoring in atmosphere/energy and computer science. “Everyone is pretty blown away.”

As the nation was riveted this week by the victim’s account of the January 2015 assault and its effects on her, this community has continued to cope with — and learn from — what has become a prime example of the problem of college sexual violence. Here, at Stanford, it overshadowed everything else.

Within an hour of the victim’s letter being posted online, Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers’ phones lit up: “You need to read this.”

Fraternity members said they were deeply shaken by the letter, describing it as eloquent, eye-opening and brave. One said he hoped the letter would become required reading at Stanford.

The case resonated nationally because it encapsulated the problem of sexual assault on campus, with all its complexities and jarring headlines, from the Baylor football team’s assaults that led to the ouster of the school’s football coach and president to high-profile cases at Vanderbilt, Florida State and so many others.

People argued over whether binge drinking was to blame, or fraternity culture or the entitlement of privilege. Some saw it as proof that sexual assault is treated differently when the accused is an athlete, a campus leader, an outstanding student. A statement from Turner’s father — arguing against jail time because the life his son had worked so hard to achieve would never happen and saying “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life” — went viral.

Here in Palo Alto, the impact is visceral. Inboxes and social media are full of links to petitions: People demanding better support from the university for sexual assault victims, calling on Stanford officials to apologize and pay for the victim’s therapy, and asking the judge in the case to step down. A protest is planned for Sunday at an annual commencement event.

“Everyone on campus is talking about it,” said Dulcie Davies, a graduating sorority member who plays field hockey. “Everyone is sharing everything on Facebook.”

The reaction to the victim’s letter was the culmination of many months of soul-searching, said Victor Xu, a rising senior who is managing editor of The Stanford Daily. It’s a constant topic of conversation online and on campus, over dinner, in random conversations with friends and within families, he said.

It was just outside the Kappa Alpha house last year that a freshman left the party drunk and sexually assaulted an unconscious woman. Brock Turner, a varsity swimmer and Olympic hopeful, withdrew from the school, was banned from campus and was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault.

When the 20-year-old from Ohio was sentenced last week — to six months in jail, three years of probation and a life as a registered sex offender — many people were shocked. The prosecutor had asked for six years in prison.

When the letter the victim read in court, 12 pages of eloquent agony, was published on Buzzfeed, it ignited: More than a million people signed online petitions demanding that Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky be removed from the bench, and a formal recall effort was launched. Persky got death threats.

The events prompted difficult questions within the university’s Greek system. Although Turner was never a member of Kappa Alpha, the fact that he met the victim at one of their parties, and assaulted her nearby, was troubling to many at Stanford.

In recent months, fraternities have hosted women’s groups to talk about sexual assault. Kappa Alpha had events on sexual health and masculinity. Members said they saw brothers break down in tears as they shared stories about pressure to succeed — academically, athletically and with women — and not show vulnerability.

Fraternities had been on notice since July 2014, when sexist jokes at a toga party at Sigma Alpha Epsilon led to harassment complaints. The students later permanently lost their house.

News of the Turner assault made women on campus feel less safe, Davies said. But the victim’s letter, released last week, and the campus discussions in recent months, also had some positive effects, she said.

“It just brought to light the smaller situations that happen,” Davies said. “Now people are coming to terms with saying things like sexist comments are not okay. In the past, it would have been played off. Now people are willing to speak out against it.”

Students and faculty were divided about whether Stanford had done enough.

Stanford has taken aggressive action in recent years to combat campus sexual assault, university officials say, including establishing a “yes means yes” affirmative consent standard in 2012 — before it became California law — in an attempt to avoid confusion about whether sexual contact is welcome. The school requires students to learn about prevention and changed how sexual assault cases are judged, with an expectation of expulsion when a student is found responsible for sexual assault. Next year’s budget includes $2.7 million to counter sexual violence.

A Washington Post analysis of federal data put Stanford among the top 10 schools with the highest number of rapes reported in 2014, with 26.

“I think what [the case] boils down to is that there’s a real disconnect between how people perceive rape that happens on campus and rape that happens off-campus. And, really, you know, rape is rape,” said Matthew Cohen, a sophomore and member of the student senate. “It should be treated the same way whether it happens on university campus or not.”

Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor who is friends with the victim, said that the university had yet to apologize. The woman was not a Stanford student.

“They’ve never shown any remorse that this happened on Stanford property,” Dauber said. “You create this culture, not of alcohol but of toxic masculinity, in which misogyny is really deep and it’s always somebody else’s fault.”

Dauber introduced a new course last year for sophomores on sexual assault at universities because she had “a line of girls” outside her door who said they had been assaulted. The students in the course later formed a group that advocates for sexual assault prevention.

“Stanford looks at sexual assault cases from the lens of protecting its brand,” said the group’s organizer, Stephanie Pham. “Maybe it’s this need to forge an image of a perfect university where sexual assault doesn’t happen.”

Francks, the Kappa Alpha member, said he was home the night of the party in January 2015 but went to sleep early ahead of a morning golf event. He said more needs to be done.

“Why are we training girls how not to get raped but not teaching boys not to rape?” Francks said. “A lot of changes need to be made. But some are happening already.”

ISIS Releases Longest ‘Kill List’, Over 8,000 Americans Are Its Targets

A pro-ISIS hacker group has placed nearly 8,000 Americans on its longest ‘kill list’ that also includes names of Canadians, Australians and Europeans, a British media report said today.

The pro-ISIS United Cyber Caliphate hacker group released a list of 8,318 people, including their addresses and email contact details, on a secretive messaging app service.

ISIS Releases Longest 'Kill List', Over 8,000 Americans Are Its Targets

It urged its supporters to “follow” those listed – and “kill them strongly to take revenge for Muslims”, Daily Mirror reported.

It is one of the longest kill lists any ISIS-affiliated group has distributed to date and reportedly includes the names of 7,848 Americans, 312 Canadians, 39 Britons and 69 Australians.

The rest of the targets listed are reported to be from a variety of nations including Belgium, Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, South Korea and Sweden.

They are mostly military or government workers or people in the public eye, like royalty or celebrities.

The list, written in both English and Arabic, was uncovered by the media group Vocativ, which specialises in investigating the hidden side of the web.

It discovered it on a messaging app service called Telegram earlier this week.

Vocativ has refused to share further details of those named on the list.

According to a report by US intelligence firm Flashpoint, the United Cyber Caliphate was formed in April 2015 after a merger of several radical Islamic hacking groups.

‘Time Bomb’: Subramanian Swamy’s New Attack On Raghuram Rajan

BJP lawmaker Subramanian Swamy today launched another attack on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, saying he had planted “a time bomb” in the Indian financial system that will explode in December.

'Time Bomb': Subramanian Swamy's New Attack On Raghuram Rajan

Mr Swamy, who had written twice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking that Dr Rajan be dropped for keeping interest rate high, took to Twitter to criticise the RBI Governor.

He did not specify further. The ‘f.e’ in the tweet apparently refers to foreign exchange.

There was no immediate response to the query sent to RBI spokesperson Alpana Killawala in this regard.

On May 26, Mr Swamy had levelled six allegations against Dr Rajan and asked the Prime Minister to sack him immediately.

He had also claimed that Dr Rajan was “mentally not fully Indian” and alleged that he has “wilfully wrecked the economy”.

On Mr Swamy’s earlier comment, Dr Rajan had said, “There are certain allegations which are fundamentally wrong and baseless and addressing them would amount to giving them legitimacy.”

On his “Indian-ness” being questioned in part because he holds a green card, he said, “Indian-ness, love for your country is complicated. For every person there is a different way that you show respect for your country…my mother-in-law will say karmayogi is the way to go – do your work.”

The RBI Governor clarified that he “welcomes genuine criticism of our policy, but will not address ad hominem attacks” or allegations against him as an individual instead of the policies and the position he holds.

Wanted Australian ISIS recruiter killed in US airstrike in Iraq

New York: Australian ISIS recruiter Neil Prakash, who called on his countrymen to start attacking before being attacked, has been killed in a U.S. airstrike in northern Iraq’s Mosul city.

 Wanted Australian ISIS recruiter killed in US airstrike in Iraq

Australian Attorney General George Brandis said that Prakash was the country’s most prominent ISIS recruiter and its highest value target.

“He was the individual more than any other who had been actively inspiring and inciting domestic terrorism attacks within Australia,” CNN quoted Brandis as saying.

Brandis confirmed that Prakash was killed on April 29 in Mosul by a U.S. airstrike.

Prakash was linked to several plans in attacking his homeland and calling for lone-wolf strikes against Washington.

He also appeared in ISIS propaganda videos in English, where he narrated his personal story, exhorted his countryman to “rise up” and invited them to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria, reports say.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull said that Prakash had been a target for some time and warned others that if they go and choose to fight with ISIS they could meet the same fate.

“They will be targeted. They are waging war against Australia and they are enemies of Australia once they choose to wage that war in those theaters,” Turnbull said.

The Attorney General also announced that another Australian citizen Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad was also killed in an air strike in Syria on April 22.

Mohammad was an active recruiter of foreign fighters for ISIS, Brandis added.

In China, a baby is born with 15 fingers and 16 toes

Hunan: Almost four-month-old Hong Hong has 31 fingers and toes. His parents are now pleading for financial help for their son who is suffering from a genetic disorder called polydactylism.

 

The shocked parents said there were no indications of his deformities on pre-natal scans.

Hong Hong, who was born in January in Pingjiang County in Hunan province, has eight fingers on his left hand, seven on his right, and eight toes on each of his foot. He has two palms on both hands.

This condition seems to be hereditary because the boy’s mother has one extra finger on her toes and feet.

According to the boy’s father, the surgery could cost as much as CNY 200,000.

The couple is now seeking online donations and have raised over CNY 40,000.

IPL 2016: Delhi Daredevils vs Rising Pune Supergiants, Preview – Match 33 at Feroz Shah Kotla

New Delhi: A supremely confident Delhi Daredevils return to their den and have a struggling and injury-ravaged Rising Pune Supergiants in their firing line up next in the Indian Premier League here tomorrow.

 IPL 2016: Delhi Daredevils vs Rising Pune Supergiants, Preview - Match 33 at Feroz Shah Kotla

Injuries to key players such as Steve Smith, Kevin Pietersen and Faf Du Plessis have completely disturbed the team composition and the debutants are now starring down the barrel with only two wins from eight games so far.

Left with six more matches, the task is only getting tougher with each passing day for the team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Now, RPS face a side that has gradually turned into a formidable outfit, thanks to a brilliant team effort under the watchful eyes of the iconic Rahul Dravid.

After years of struggles, Daredevils’ turnaround this season is a perfect example of how a side should be shepherded. They are comfortably placed at number two in the points table.

The players are sticking to the basics whether it is batting or bowling. The seniors are taking more responsibilities and the youngsters are being given enough opportunities to excel at a stage where performances are taken note of.

The biggest plus in the last two games for the Daredevils has been the performance of their skipper Zaheer Khan. When he opened the bowling, he has managed to get early breakthroughs and has been impressive in the death overs, too.

Zaheer has found his rhythm and it is difficult to score off him. Amit Mishra has also played a crucial role in Daredevils’ consistent show this season.

Adding to that, their batsmen are in top form. Quinton De Kock has been scoring runs consistently and the way young Rishabh Pant batted while opening against Lions last night, Daredevils have plenty of options at the top.

The return of JP Duminy has only bolstered the middle-order.

The horses for courses approach has done wonders for the side and it will be not be a surprise if fans again see changes in the playing XI tomorrow.

Carols Brathwaite had returned against Kolkata Knight Riders and made an impact straightaway. He scored 34 off 11 and then took three wickets to be the Man of the Match.

But the West Indian was not played in the game against Gujarat Lions last night. Since the nature of the Feroz Shah Kotla track has changed it is possible that Brathwaite comes back.

Shahbaz Nadeem was impressive last night when he removed two top-order Lions batsman ? the dangerous Dwayne Smith and Aaron Finch ? and the hosts may keep him in the side.

Sanju Samson, though, needs to fire. Except for one match, he has not shown his true worth. He has got starts but has not capitalised on those. He is one player who has managed to keep his place untouched in the side and need to respond to the faith reposed in him by the management.

Pune Supergiants have struggled to defend. Even the score in the vicinity of 200 could not be saved. The bowlers have let the side down, but Dhoni hardly has options.

Ashok Dinda, Albie Morkel, R Ashwin, Thisara Perera have all looked pedestrian. If the side is to move up from its current sixth position, they will have to come up with some inspiring performances.

Teams From:

Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (capt), Mayank Agarwal, Sam Billings, Khaleel Ahmed, Carlos Brathwaite, Nathan-Coulter-Nile, Quinton De Kock, JP Duminy, Akhil Herwadkar, Imran Tahir, Shreyas Iyer, Mahipal Lomror, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz NAdeem, karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Pratyush Singh, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal and Jayant Yadav.

Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (capt), Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Mirugan Ashwin, R Ashwin, George Bailey, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Scott Boland, Deepak Chahar, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khwaja, Albie Morkel, Ishwar Pandey, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Ashok Dinda, Peter Hanscomb, Ishwar Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Saurabh Tiwary and Adam Zampa.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur proposes 10 years of jail term for fixers in private bill​

New Delhi: BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who is also a Lok Sabha MP, has introduced three private member bills including a significant ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ bill which recommends “10 years of jail term” for any sportsperson indulging in match-fixing.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur proposes 10 years of jail term for fixers in private bill​

It is a significant step taken by Thakur considering that the BCCI has been mired by fixing scandal that rocked the 2013 IPL witnessing the arrest of three tainted cricketers including former India pacer S Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan.

“It is only fair to bring in accountability to be fair to sports lovers. As such there is no law which is there to curb match-fixing. It is absolutely mandatory to have a law that can combat the menace,” Thakur told PTI when asked as to what made him introduce the bill in Lok Sabha.

According to the bill that has been placed in the Lower House, it’s objective is “to establish a national sports ethics body to ensure ethical practices in sports as well as strive towards elimination of doping practices, match fixing and fair play, fraud of age, gender and sexual harassment of women in sports.”

The bill further states: “This comes as an aftermath of the recent corruption and match fixing charges that were thrown up in Indian Cricket and other sports by multiple players.

“The concerned players are currently charged under inappropriate sections of Dishonesty and Cheating under Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as Prevention of Corruption Act in the courts but the sportspersons often get easily free because these laws don’t apply for sports.”

The private member bill by Thakur, if passed, will not only impose a life ban but also 10 years of jail time as well as fine of five times the bribe amount in cases of match fixing.