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Benayoun to make first start for Chelsea against Zilina

Benayoun to make first start for Chelsea against Zilina

Yossi Benayoun will make his first start for Chelsea on Wednesday against Slovakia’s MSK Zilina in their Champions League Group F clash.

The former Liverpool midfielder was one of three players handed their first starts of the season by coach Carlo Ancelotti who unusually named his side 24 hours early.

Yury Zhirkov will play alongside skipper John Terry in central defence while Daniel Sturridge will join Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda in an attacking line-up.

Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have not travelled

“We score a lot of goals, we started well this season but you have to pay attention to every game,” Ancelotti told Chelsea’s website on Tuesday.

Chelsea has scored 17 goals in four Premier League games this season and will be expected to add to their tally against Zilina who are making their debut in the group stages.

However, Ancelotti warned against complacency.

“We are here to win obviously because we want to start this season well. Our aim is to win this group but it will not be easy,” the Italian said.

The newly-laid track at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

The newly-laid track at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

Pakistan are 277 for seven

Sri Lanka were strong with their bowling at the death and made it tough for Pakistan to get away with easy runs despite Shahid Afridi trying to get things moving. Mishah anchored the innings while Younis accelerated at will in the middle stages to leave Pakistan with a platform to build on in the third powerplay.

Rangana Herath was the pick of the bowlers with 2/46 from his 10 overs while Muttiah Muralitharan was as miserly as ever- conceding just 35 off his 10 overs for the wicket of Umar Akmal.

Kamran Akmal contributed 39 and looked set for a big score before being done in by Herath. Afridi fell to Angelo Mathews, trying to get as many as possible, with just about an over left.

This is a challenging total- match on from now. Pakistan will rely on their spinners to check a strong Lankan middle-order though the crowd would be behind their local heroes.

Three pakistani cricketers charged for bribes

Three pakistani cricketers charged for bribes

LONDON  British prosecutors on Friday charged three Pakistan cricketers with taking bribes to fix incidents in an international match in England last year.

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are accused of fixing certain incidents, such as the bowling of no-balls at pre-agreed times, during the fourth test at Lord’s last August.

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said the trio, along with a fourth man, sporting agent Mazhar Majeed, had been charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and with conspiracy to cheat.

“These charges relate to allegations that Mr Majeed accepted money from a third party to arrange for the players to bowl `no balls’, during Pakistan’s Fourth Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London,” said Simon Clements, head of the CPS Special Crime Division.

He said Majeed had been ordered to appear at London’s City of Westminster Magistrates Court on March 17.

“Summonses for the same court date have been issued for the three players and they have been asked to return to this country voluntarily, as they agreed to do in September last year,” Clements said.

“Their extradition will be sought should they fail to return,” he added.

“Pakistan must learn from Tendulkar”: Miandad

“Pakistan must learn from Tendulkar”: Miandad

Javed Miandad has urged Pakistani cricketers to learn from the achievements of India’s Sachin Tendulkar. Rather than letting their on-field performance speak for them, Miandad, former captain and director-general of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) feels the players are happy bragging about their performance in the media. “We keep on reading and hearing about some of the players making claims about how they will deliver, but on the field that is not happening and it is a big let down for the nation.”

“I would advise them to just focus on their game and go for improvement and take every match seriously. The players need to realise cricket is played on the field.

“They should learn from Sachin who has had a wonderful career and scored century after century but one never hear him making tall claims about his performances or achievements.

He is a proper professional and someone our players can learn from,” the veteran of 124 Tests insisted.

Miandad also called on captain, Shahid Afridi to take more responsibility as a player and lift the team by example and said that the all-rounder has got enough amount of talent and he should channelise it properly.

“He shouldn’t be playing the way he is. Imran Khan is a great example of how a captain should perform.

“Imran lifted the team in the 1992 World Cup. Afridi needs to start doing that himself. He did it during the World T20 Championship so he is perfectly capable of delivering,” Miandad said.

He emphasized, “He (Afridi) has an immense talent which he does not utilise properly at times.”

Urging the players to take the current one-day series against New Zealand seriously Miandad said,”Unfortunately what I noticed was that the players didn’t appear serious about their business in the first match in Wellington they took things lightly. In international cricket, this is not acceptable.”

Pakistan who are currently engaged in an ODI series against Kiwis failed to replicate their performance in Tests against the hosts and lost the series opener by nine wickets after being bowled out for just 124 runs in 37.4 overs.

Adding greater significance to ongoing series in view of the upcoming World Cup, Miandad reiterated that losing it could have a big impact on their performances in the mega event.

“It is important for the players to realise that once they get into a losing streak it will be difficult for them to come out of it in a high-pressure event like the World Cup,” the former batsman cautioned.

“The players must realise they are fortunate to get such a series just before the World Cup,” Miandad said while expressing his surprise at the relaxed attitude of the players in the first match.

“They need to realise the significance of the World Cup when every Pakistani is praying for their success. The tournament comes once in four years and everyone expects the team to fire in the World Cup.”

“No excuses can be accepted and the players must also realise that if they perform well in the World Cup how much of a boost it would be for Pakistan cricket which is facing so many problems,” he added.

“The players just need to get more serious about their performances. I believe they have the capability of winning the series in New Zealand and also doing well in the World Cup but for that they need to focus on their shortcomings and strengths and use them properly,” Miandad said while pinning hope on the present ODI outfit.

Kashmir’s showpiece shopping plaza Sangarmaal thrown open

Kashmir’s showpiece shopping plaza Sangarmaal thrown open

With front porches lifted from Chrar-e-Sharief shrine, façade worked on stones and bricks’ influenced by Jama Masjid and water fountains a replica of Mughal garden Chesmashahi — Srinagar’s first government-owned showpiece shopping mall, Sangarmaal, was thrown open to the public on Saturday evening by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

The much-talked multi-story shopping mall is the biggest of the state and first to epitomize Kashmiri architecture by using Khatam Bandh (woodwork) ceiling, mud-shade walls, mat-style windows and shrine-influenced porches.

“I was conscious of style while conceiving the mall. I traveled through the old city and was fascinated by Jama Masjid. I also visited other historical places in the run-up to conceive the idea. So I lifted architectural pieces from here and there. I wanted Srinagar architecture to come under one roof,” said Sharad Das, the chief architect of the mall.

With association of more than two decades with Kashmir, Das said he did not want to tear a page of architecture from Gurgaon or New Delhi for the mall. “It has to be pure Srinagar architecture. Everything we used is local. Nothing was imported from outside,” he added.

Constructed on eight-and-a-half acres of land for Rs 21 crore, the Sangarmaal, which means the first ray of dawn, is equipped with the state-of-art facilities like escalators, underground parking.

“To maintain temperature we have used cavity walls. In summers, it will be 4-5 degree Celsius lower than outside and in winters it will be 4-5 degree Celsius higher than outside,” said Das, adding escalator was included in the plan after the then chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed dropped in from his residence, then next to the mall, and suggested a few things.

Das insists the mall is not just for shopping. “I wanted a place of gathering for Kashmiris where families, friends hang out and meet over a cup of coffee or for meals. We have deliberately kept open spaces for people to meet at ease and with all comforts,” said Das.

The shopping mall has expansion plans too. Besides a children park, a multiplex-cum-convention centre has been conceived on the premises of the mall.

“Oce the police headquarters are shifted, one can see the mall while passing by M.A. Road,” said Das, who won the project in a contest thrown open in 1999 by the Srinagar Development Authority.

The opening of the mall in the violence-torn state has given its residents a reason to smile. “Finally, we have a place to meet at with good ambiance. Of course also brands to choose from. It will be a good place for middle-class Kashmir to shop and dine,” said Manzoor Ahmad, a government employee.

Architect points to laxity of administration authorities

Architect points to laxity of administration authorities

CHANDIGARH: Former professor of Chandigarh College of Architecture, Kiran Joshi, on Friday claimed that she was the one making sincere efforts to persuade the administration to inventory and digitize all records on the pattern of Foundation Le Corbusier and had also submitted two detailed reports on the same. A committee for the purpose was also set up in 2004-05 but the project was never completed, she said.

Addressing a press conference, she pointed out that the catalogue of Artcurial auction house in Paris, on February 16, clearly mentioned that the blueprints had originated from the collection of Giani Rattan Singh.

She said tapestry sketches and many other drawings in the very same art curial catalogue were mentioned as having originated from “private collections of an old collaborator of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret”, but the UT administration did not even care to find out who this old collaborator was.

She added that it would be wrong to say that the urban planning department maintained no records of documents in its possession.

Leh Ladakh Packages Delhi-Leh air fare packages

Leh Ladakh Packages Delhi-Leh air fare packages

Leh Ladakh is emerging as a new offbeat destination during Summers for Indian tourists. One can travel by road via Manali or Srinagar or take a flight from Delhi to reach Leh.

Suggestive Itinerary for Leh Ladakh Tour. Day-01
Arrival at Leh Airport. Leh is at an elevation of  (3500 Mtrs) above the sea level. You will be received by our representative and transferred to hotel dragon. Traditional Check-in, welcome tea/coffee will be served. Complete rest to get acclimatize. After lunch drive to visit Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and drop at Leh Market, nice walk while returning to the Hotel. Overnight Hotel.

The full day of the visit, after Breakfast drive about 40 Kms (3 to 4 hours) en route visit Sindhu Ghat, Shey, Thiksey and Stok Palace Museum. Overnight Hotel

The full day of the visit, after Breakfast drive 40 Kms (3 to 4 hours) visit  Spituk Monastery, Kali Mata, Pather Sahib, Magnetic hill, Confluence of Zanskar – Indus river and Hall of fame.  Overnight Hotel.

Full day trip, after early Breakfast leave for Pangong Lake, drive 154 Kms (7 to 8 hours)  through Changla Pass (5300 Mtrs,17,350fts) one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Visit the beautiful Pangong Lake forms a part of the border area between India and China. This Large, serene Lake at an altitude of 13,930 fts above the sea level has a brilliant colour variation including deep blue, turquoise etc.  Enjoy your Packed Lunch on the bank of Lake. Drive back to Leh. Overnight Hotel.

After Breakfast drive 39 Kms (2 to 3 hours) World Highest Motorable Road, Khardongla Pass ranging at (5603 mtrs, 18380 fts. At the top enjoy the natural beauty of the snow-capped mountain. Return to Hotel.
After Lunch one is free to explore Leh Baazar and surrounding. Overnight Hotel.

After Breakfast Transfer to the Airport and fly back to Delhi with Sweet memories of Ladakh.
Tour End
Package Includes:-
•       Welcome Tea / Coffee on arrival.
•       Fruit Basket and Cookies in every room.
•       Accommodation in well appointed Deluxe Double Room with LCD TV(A Category Class Room).
•       Daily Bed Tea, Buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
•       Airport Pick up and Drop.
•       Transportation for all sightseeing places as per the itinerary.

How to get rid of blackheads

How to get rid of blackheads

How to get rid of blackheads quick using home remedies? It is easy and manageable. But first, before we get into that we should have a look at what blackheads are to be able to deal with them efficiently. Blackheads are a common skin problem that many who have them want to remove fast. They are very small bumps on the skin that are as a result of clogged hair follicles. Their dark surface that occurs due to oxidation is quite unsightly. They are similar to acne but not quite as they are way easier to treat than the acne itself home remedies for blackheads are affordable, effective and quite safe to use on the skin. This article will provide you with some of the remedies that you could try out.

Apply tomatoes to the affected places

Believe it or not, tomatoes have antiseptic properties that have been proven to very effective in de-clogging skin pores and getting rid of the blackheads. All you have to do is mash up the tomatoes and use the juice and the peels as a facial treatment. Be sure to concentrate on the areas that are affected by the blackheads. If it is possible you could let the treatment stay overnight. It will dry up the blackheads and they will fall off by themselves.

Use lemon to remove the blackheads

Lemons are citrus fruits that have oxidative and antiseptic properties. They are probably the most popular home remedy for blackheads used by many persons. Given that lemon juice is quite acidic, you should dilute it in some water so that the skin is not irritated. You could add salt to the juice to make it even more effective. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it throughout the night. In the morning, wash it out using lukewarm water. The natural acid and the salt make a perfect duo in drying up the blackheads. You will feel your skin glow and feel a little bit cleaner.

Apply egg and honey

By mixing honey with the egg whites of a raw egg, you create a very effective paste against blackheads. You will have to apply this paste all over the affected areas and leave the paste for about thirty minutes or at least until your skin feels tight. Afterwards, rinse your skin with warm water. After this cleansing, your face will be clear and will be glowing.

Turmeric paste

It is an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spice. There are several types of turmeric; those used to spice up the food and the non-edible variety commonly known as Kasturi turmeric. The turmeric used to spice food stains the blackheads while the Kasturi turmeric does not.

To use this turmeric as a home remedy against blackheads, all you have to do is mix it in coconut oil or water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the blemishes on the skin and leave it on for about fifteen minutes. Afterwards, you can rinse off using warm water. While the organic Kasturi can be a challenge to find, is daily use can help prevent the reoccurrence of blackheads.

The dangers of alcohol addiction

The dangers of alcohol addiction

Alcohol is addictive and destructive effects of which are psychologically and physically. Psychologically, beyond hang drinking and tolerance to the increasing amount of Sltzrichth and sometimes more often, when it turns into a haven for every problem, is dangerous because it increases risk Therefore, it can cause hallucinations and hearing voices. Unfortunately, we often encounter cases of stabbings clubs caused by the influence of alcohol and drunk driving cases in which caused traffic accidents, resulted in death. Physical effects of drinking are difficult. It can cause irreversible damage as serious liver disease, skin problems, bad teeth, it makes alcoholics rate of hospitalization and even death.

The country there are many rehab centres alcohol withdrawal aimed. The centres work with addicts using psychotherapy and psychological as well as by way of medication and preventive of drinking. The first phase will be held at the treatment centre’s medical tests blood alcohol level, the heavy state how much he hurt and the rest of their systems in the body. In the second phase will be discontinued consumption and prescription medication to calm the pain at the moment, as well as psychological and emotional. Weaning is considered difficult. About a month addict will try to overcome the physical phenomena accompanying cessation of drinking. Next steps it will try to deal with all the factors that caused him to turn to in the long run forever. Usually, an addicted person experiencing symptoms after a few hours without alcohol will tremors, sweating, a strong heartbeat and loss of appetite. Also, sometimes after a longer period of time, after several days of weaning process may also delusions, hallucinations and hearing voices. And muscle cramps, hunger, fainting, increased blood pressure, excessive sweating and shaking.

Therapy should be given by doctors and psychiatrists and will include processing trauma, coping with difficulties and developing learning skills and skills to solve problems of daily life more normative and Fichhiim more. This is actually the focus will be more mental stability, mentally and emotionally, Htmodddot with eating disorders, problem-solving everyday life normative form as much as possible, focus on self-empowerment, healthy eating and physical fitness in support of advocacy groups. the treatment is psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and there are therapists who integrated the alternative treatment, like hypnosis.

In conclusion, treatment of alcoholism, which is harmful and destructive consequences so expressed psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural, pharmacological treatment Lsichoh difficulty weaning itself Slash and prevention. In addition, there is also integrate alternative methods.

Vitamins Identified as Key Nutrient Which May Promote Harmful Algal Blooms in Coastal Waters

Vitamins Identified as Key Nutrient Which May Promote Harmful Algal Blooms in Coastal Waters

Harmful algal blooms, which negatively affect coastal ecosystems, public health, economies and fisheries around the world, may be promoted by vitamins B-1 and B-12 according to Stony Brook University scientists, whose findings were published in an early online edition (Nov. 10) and in the current issue (Nov. 30) of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS ).

Professor Christopher J. Gobler, Ph.D., research scientist Ying Zhong Tang, and PhD candidate Florian Koch of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook conducted experiments to evaluate whether the species of phytoplankton which form harmful algal blooms (HAB’s) require B-vitamins to grow. Harmful algal blooms are caused by phytoplankton and have a negative impact on coastal ecosystems and fisheries worldwide and cost the U.S. economy alone hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The impacts of harmful algal blooms have intensified in recent decades and most research has focused on chemical nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus as causative agents of these blooms. Vitamins have not been considered as prime suspects since prior investigations suggested that only a small portion of phytoplankton species require B-vitamins for growth.

“Harmful algal blooms are not a new phenomenon, although many people may know them by other names such as red tides or brown tides,” Dr Gobler said. “These events can harm humans by causing poisoning from shellfish contaminated with algal toxins and can damage marine ecosystems by killing fish and other marine life. The distribution, frequency and intensity of these events have increased across the globe and scientists have been struggling to determine why this is happening.”

Every coastal state in the United States experiences harmful algal blooms, according to Dr. Gobler.

While previous studies have examined the role of nutrients in harmful algal blooms, “the importance of coenzymes and particularly vitamins (vitamins B-1, B-7 and B-12 ) in regulating and stimulating harmful algal blooms has rarely been considered,” the researchers wrote.

“New methods have recently been developed to measure concentrations of vitamins B-1 and B-12 in the ocean and we discovered that vitamin levels were co-varying with the occurrence of HABs,” Dr. Gobler said.

The researchers examined more than 40 harmful algal bloom species in the laboratory and reported that all but one of the species tested (96%) required vitamin B-12 and that 20 of 27 species (74%) required vitamin B-1. In addition, the concentrations of vitamins B-1 and B-12 needed by the toxic algae were higher than those previously reported for other phytoplankton. The concentrations measured as needed for growth in the lab correspond closely to vitamin concentrations reported in coastal waters, suggesting that HAB demands for vitamins may exhaust the available supply of vitamins in hours to days. These findings demonstrate the potentially significant ecological role of B-vitamins in regulating the dynamics of HAB’s, the authors wrote.

The larger than expected vitamin requirements of harmful algal blooms partly stems from the fact that most of these events are caused by a class of algae called dinoflagellates. Dinoflagellates often consume large organic molecules such as amino acids and proteins that are similar to vitamins. The authors wrote “vitamins are among a suite of organic compounds dinoflagellates exploit for growth. Since dinoflagellates are notorious for the ability to form HAB’s, this study suggests vitamins are key organic compounds that may influence the occurrence of HAB’s of dinoflagellates.”

Harmful algal blooms have had a devastating impact on many fisheries and ecosystems and there is great interest in curtailing these events. However, discovering the most important source of vitamins to HAB’s may prove challenging. Dr Gobler said. “There are a lot of efforts right now to protect coastal ecosystems against HAB’s. Many efforts have been made to curb nitrogen loads since this nutrient has been considered the primary chemical promoting these events. This study demonstrates that vitamins must also be considered in order to understand the dynamics of HAB’s.” While the sources of nitrogen to coastal waters are well known, Dr Gobler notes that “we now need to identify the major sources vitamins promoting harmful algal blooms.”