Lebanon's ongoing economic crisis has left countless individuals and businesses to adapt to the harsh realities of the collapsing economy. FRANCE 24 met with Pierre, an officer in one of the state's security agencies, and Houssam, the owner of a trendy café in Beirut, who explain the challenges to sustaining their livelihoods.
England's Reece James has withdrawn from the squad ahead of their European Championship qualifier against Ukraine due to an injury and will return to Chelsea, the team said on Saturday.James, who missed the World Cup due to a knee injury, has also struggled with a hamstring injury. He played only five min
England batsman Jonny Bairstow will miss the Indian Premier League (IPL) season after failing to recover from surgery in time for the two-month tournament, his team Punjab Kings said on Saturday.Bairstow was forced to undergo surgery on a broken leg and dislocated ankle after a freak injury suffered on th
SAITAMA, Japan : Shoma Uno retained his men's figure skating world title with a stellar free skate on home ice on Saturday after Madison Chock and Evan Bates overcame a fall in their free dance to win their first ice dance world title.After overcoming an ankle injury this week, Uno landed four clean quads
The US president praised the West’s alliances, while calling relations between Moscow and Beijing ‘vastly exaggerated’
The global community is focusing too much attention on cooperation between China and Russia, US President Joe Biden said on Friday. His comments came several days after Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded a landmark three-day visit to Russia.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Biden was asked to comment on China’s efforts to deepen economic ties with Russia. The president...more replied that the Western countries have “significantly expanded our alliances.”
“I haven’t seen that happen with China and/or Russia or anybody else in the world,” he added.
Biden went on to say that he has met with 80% of the world leaders since being sworn into office. “We’re the ones expanding the alliances. The opposition is not,” he claimed.
“We’re in a situation in the United States where NATO is stronger, we’re all together – the G7, the Quad [security agreement between Australia, India, Japan, and the US], the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], Japan, and Korea,” Biden said.
The president stated that while he does not take China and Russia lightly, “we vastly exaggerate” their ties. “I've been hearing now for the past three months about ‘China is going to provide significant weapons to Russia, and they’re going to…’ They haven’t yet. Doesn’t mean they won’t, but they haven’t yet.”
The US has said that China is considering arms shipments to help Russia in the Ukraine conflict. This claim has been vehemently denied by Beijing, which has positioned itself as a neutral party in the context of hostilities between Moscow and Kiev, while repeatedly calling for a peace settlement.
Earlier this week, Xi wrapped up a three-day visit to Moscow, which included talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and resulted in the signing of more than a dozen agreements on cooperation in the defense, economic, and industrial spheres.
Moscow and Beijing also pledged to “deepen relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction entering a new era,” while urging the US “to stop undermining international and regional security… in order to maintain its own unilateral military superiority.”...
Jordan Poole saved 19 of his team-high 33 points for the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry broke a late tie with two of his 29, and the Golden State Warriors overcame a 46-point performance by Joel Embiid to topple the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 120-112 on Friday night in San Francisco.Klay Thompson chipp
NEW DELHI: Top Indian opposition figure Rahul Gandhi said Saturday (Mar 25) he would keep fighting for democracy after blaming his expulsion from parliament on his demands for a probe into a key business ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi, 52, was
March Mindfulness is an annual Mashable series that explores the intersection of meditation practice and technology. This article is the first in a two-part series that looks at choosing an app based on your personality. So you've decided to download a meditation app. Maybe you're happy to trust a friend's recommendation or go with an employer discount. But otherwise — well, I've been exploring and testing meditation apps since 2017, and I can tell you it's surprisingly difficult to make that choice. That's because meditation apps frequently position themselves as lifestyle and wellness ...moreproducts. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Bundling sleep, exercise, yoga, and meditation content into a single app with a friendly design can be a great convenience for users: one-stop shopping for wellness needs. But all that bundling can make it challenging to navigate the crowded meditation app market. Apps can be maddeningly vague about their features, leaving you little option but to sign up for a free trial that'll end before you know it. It helps to know what you want before you're in that position, and that's what this series addresses.
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In the next part of the series, we'll share our specific guide to meditation apps based on responses from seven of the market leaders, including Headspace, Calm and Simple Habit. But ultimately, your choice may depend less on the specifics of each app, and more on finding the best match for your personality and style. Consider the following three steps: 1. Know what you want from a meditation app. If it feels like some of the apps are competing fiercely with each other to land the biggest celebrities, that's because they are. Headspace hired John Legend as chief music officer. On Calm, Matthew McConaughey narrates a sleep story. Russell Brand shares his own guided meditations on Insight Timer. These kinds of cultural references might be exactly what you need to open your meditation app day after day.
Celebrities like Matthew McConaughey can be big draws for meditation apps.
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Yet it's also important to make that choice consciously. Otherwise, without clarity about your needs, it's easy to become distracted by high-profile names, flashy features, and digital bells and whistles. If you want your app to multitask, for example, your best choice might be products that offer various forms of movement like stretching, yoga, and "mindful" workouts. Such content is available on apps like Calm, Headspace, and Simple Habit. And while Apple Fitness isn't a meditation app, it does include guided meditations in its content library, too. But if your goal is to learn basic meditation techniques or deepen your practice, and you don't need other types of functionality, apps like Ten Percent Happier, Balance, and Healthy Minds Program are likely a better fit. Beginner meditators often go to Insight Timer, which has what it promotes as the as the largest meditation app library in the world, with over 160,000 guided meditation and music tracks in 44 languages, many of them for free. It also hosts yoga, breathwork lessons, live events, and journaling. When making a decision about an app, the answers to questions like these matter, too: Do you want an app with meditation resources for kids? Are you looking for content to help you sleep? Do you have a disability and need an app with ac...
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At least 23 people were killed and dozens injured as a tornado and strong thunderstorms swept across Mississippi late on Friday, the state’s emergency management agency said after the twister left a trail of damage for more than 100 miles (160 km).
MUNICH, Germany : Bayern Munich's current squad is among the best in Europe and taking over the German champions comes with instant pressure to succeed, new coach Thomas Tuchel said on Saturday.Bayern surprisingly parted ways with Julian Nagelsmann on Friday and wasted no time in bringing in former Chelse
Many people understand they are not getting the kind of reporting that they should, the Pulitzer Prize winner says
Not a lot of real journalism is currently happening in America or internationally, veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has said on ‘Direct Impact,’ which is broadcast on RT.
“The class of people, who believe in journalism... doesn’t seem like a class that exists today,” Hersh lamented during the show, which aired on Saturday.
One of the reasons why that happened was because Donald Trump &ldq...moreuo;scared the living hell” out of the liberal media, he told host Rick Sanchez.
The Pulitzer Prize winner recalled that his bombshell report, blaming the Biden administration for blowing up the Nord Stream gas pipelines last fall, was simply ignored by the likes of the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC.
However, the same outlets have been promoting a story alleging that the sabotage was carried out by a pro-Ukrainian group with no connections to the governments in Kiev or Washington.
This narrative “is falling apart,” but the media sticks with it “because the US knows who did it. They know the president [Joe Biden] did it,” Hersh claimed.
Seymour Hersh makes new Nord Stream sabotage claim
According to the journalist, if the reporters in the White House press corps were willing to find out what actuality happened to Nord Stream they would ask President Biden or his press secretary one simple question: “Have you guys ever done… an all source study of who blew it up?”
With the “incredible” level of US intelligence, “we could’ve had an answer to that story in a few days,” he said. “But of course, nobody has asked [such a question] and the White House isn’t going to do it because they know who did it.”
“There’s a lot of journalism that isn’t going on right now, not just in America – this is an international thing. Many people around the world understand that they’re not getting from the American press the kind of reporting they should get,” especially on the conflict in Ukraine, Hersh said.
“If you read the NYT you would think that the Ukrainian army is doing quite well. But it’s going to be Putin’s call,” the veteran journalist pointed out, adding that acknowledging the situation on the ground didn’t make him a supporter of the Russian president.
READ MORE: US trying to ‘cover up’ Nord Stream sabotage role – Seymour Hersh
Watch the full program for more of Hersh’s conclusions on the Nord Stream sabotage and how the story could affect Biden’s bid to stay in the White House in 2024....
Honda's Marc Marquez stormed to pole position at the season-opening Portuguese Grand Prix on Saturday on a day where the lap record at the Portimao circuit was broken four times.Marquez first set a lap record at the Portimao circuit to top Q1 and breeze into Q2 along with local favourite Miguel Oliveira.
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A slice of space rock no larger than a credit card could run up a big sale price at a Christie's auction in the next few days. The item up for bid is a small piece of the first recorded meteorite seen as it dropped through the sky and landed in a wheat field. In some history books and manuscripts, it was the only major world event mentioned for the year that it fell to Earth — 1492. "This is back in a time before there was scientific consensus that meteorites actually existed," said James Hyslop, head of scientific instruments, globes, and natural history for the auction house, "So this ...morewas very much seen as something sent by the Divine."It's not the first time a piece of the famed Ensisheim meteorite has hit the auction block — small chips weighing mere ounces have appeared at Christie's and its competitor Sotheby's before — but it remains a popular and intriguing item for collectors because of its historical significance and story.
A meteorite punched a hole in a dog house. Now it's a collector's item.
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As of Friday, it had already racked up over 20 online bids and was nearing $3,000, with four days remaining before the auction closes March 28. The last time Christie's had a piece to sell — a heavier, half-ounce sample in 2021 — it went for $15,000.
"This was very much seen as something sent by the Divine."
The origin of meteoritesScientists estimate about 48.5 tons of billions-of-years-old meteor material rain down on the planet daily, but recovering them is still like finding a needle in a haystack: Much of the rubble vaporizes in Earth's atmosphere or falls into the ocean, which covers over 70 percent of the planet.More than 60,000 space rocks have been discovered on Earth. The vast majority of them come from asteroids, but a small fraction, about 0.2 percent, comes from Mars or the moon, according to NASA. At least 175 have been identified as originating from the Red Planet.
The bulk of the storied Ensisheim meteorite remains in the town where it fell to Earth in 1492.
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Want more science and tech news delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for Mashable's Top Stories newsletter today.The Ensisheim meteorite is known as an ordinary chondrite, the most commonly found sort of alien rock on Earth. But in medieval times, there were no words to describe such a marvel. It would take about 300 more years, after several meteorite sightings in Europe and the United States in the early 1800s, for scientists to accept that rocks could fall from space. Weeks after Christopher Columbus reached the Bahamas, the meteorite struck near the Alsatian town of Ensisheim in France, according to The Meteoritical Society. A young boy saw it firsthand on Nov. 7, 1492, and brought residents to the 280-pound black stone, to gawk at its perplexing fusion crust and the one-yard-deep hole it bore into the ground. People 100 miles away from the crash site in the Alps heard the fireball's boom, unlike any thunderclap.
A 17th century engraving depicting a meteor falling to Earth.
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Townspeople swiped chunks of the rock, believing it to be a good luck charm before city leaders forbade the vand...