Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas said he was keen to carry on racking up the international accolades after equalling the record for most caps by a European player but acknowledged he was closing in on retirement.The 34-year-old Porto keeper showed his class with a couple of fine saves in his 166th Spain appearance, a goalless draw away to Romania on Sunday.”The time of my retirement is getting closer and closer,” Casillas told reporters.”It’s clear that time passes everyone and I am no exception of that.”But I have hope and I would like to be with this team full of youngsters. I don’t know if it’s my last year with Spain, I only think about enjoying each day.”Casillas went level with Latvia’s Vitalijs Astafjevs in the continent’s record books after his 166th appearance in his 16th international season.The former Real Madrid keeper, who has not conceded a goal in 710 minutes for Spain, made his senior international debut on June 3, 2000 against Sweden when he was 19 years and 14 days old.He has gone on to win Euro 2008 and 2012, the 2010 World Cup as well as five Spanish league titles with Real and three Champions Leagues.He left Real last year to join Porto but has been first choice for Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, playing in seven of 10 matches despite Manchester United’s David De Gea pushing for a starting spot.”I am happy to reach 166 games and be the player with the most games for the national team,” Casillas said.advertisement”In these years I have lived good times and bad times, but I will stick with the good ones.”
Former world number one Maria Sharapova eased past fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5 6-1 on Thursday to reach the Stuttgart Grand Prix quarter-finals and continue her winning comeback from a 15-month doping ban.The 30-year-old Russian, who has won five Grand Slams and is among the highest-paid athletes in the world, returned to action on Wednesday with a straight sets win over Roberta Vinci following her suspension for the use of banned substance meldonium.Sharapova, who had tested positive at the 2016 Australian Open, picked up where she had left off against Vinci, powering through her first two service games without dropping a point but struggling somewhat with her return consistency.Makarova also cleverly mixed up the height and depth of her shots during rallies on the very quick Stuttgart clay with Sharapova still lacking match practice.Makarova wasted her only break opportunity at 5-5 and Sharapova never looked back. She earned her first break points a game later, powering a crosscourt forehand winner to grab the first set.She broke Makarova twice in the second set to race 5-1 ahead and served out the match with an ace to set up a quarter-final clash against Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit.
The OnePlus 5 is coming soon. Should it stick close to OnePlus’s taste for high-end flagship hardware, chances are the OnePlus 5 might just get Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 835 processor. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium belong to the first wave of smartphones in the market to be powered by the Snapdragon 835. A new report doing the rounds, not only corroborates that the OnePlus 5 would come with Snapdragon 835, it also goes on to show that OnePlus’ soon-to-be-announced phone would beat both the Galaxy S8 and the Xperia XZ Premium at GeekbenchAccording to the report, the OnePlus 5 scores an impressive 1963 in single-core and 6687 score in multi-core. The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, scores1929 in single-core and 6084 in multi-core. The Xperia XZ Premium, meanwhile, scores 1943 in single-core and 5824 in multi-core.Based on the screenshot shared, the OnePlus 5 is seen running Android 7.1.1 Nougat (based OxygenOS) out-of-the-box.OnePlus has confirmed the launch time frame and the name – OnePlus 5 — in a statement. “OnePlus, a global startup challenging conventional concepts of technology, confirms that the next flagship smartphone will arrive this summer and it will be called OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5 will be the successor to the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The name OnePlus 5 has been inspired by former NBA player Robert Horry, who has a huge fan-following among OnePlus staff members. OnePlus’s Shenzhen office sports two Robert Horry’s paintings and his number five jersey inspired the smartphone’s name,” according to the company.The OnePlus 5 will come with a full-metal body and a dual camera system on the rear. A recent report – giving leaked sketches of the alleged OnePlus 5 – also went on to suggest that the phone would come with a dual camera system on the front as well.advertisementEarlier in the day, there were reports that OnePlus had officially discontinued the OnePlus 3T 128GB Gunmetal version. The company then went on to deny the same saing, “We will continue providing OnePlus 3T 128GB Gunmetal to the market in the future. People who want to get the device will have to wait for next wave of inventory. Currently, for Gunmetal lovers, they can still purchase 64GB ones now at amazon.in & OnePlusstore.in. OnePlus 3T Midnight Black which was limited edition has been sold out.” Also Read: OnePlus 3T 128GB is officially dead, OnePlus 5 coming soon
For nearly 14 years since his debut, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been among India’s greatest match-winners in limited-overs cricket.The former India captain was booed for the first time in his career, that too on a day when he became the fourth Indian to get to the 10,000-run mark in one-day internationals, at the Mecca of cricket – at Lord’s.On Monday, on the eve of the series decider, India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar came to the defence of the under-fire Dhoni, saying losing wickets at regular intervals did not allow the veteran campaigner to play freely in the second ODI at Lord’s.READ – Virat Kohli needs to work out the MS Dhoni conundrumHe was jeered during his 37-run knock off 59 balls, following which Virat Kohli and Yuzvendra Chahal, Bangar coming to his defence.”With the combination we are playing, we do not have the depth at numbers 8, 9 or 10 (the lower order), and when you lose couple of wickets, it becomes really difficult to bat with that sort of freedom. Due credit to the England bowlers, they didn’t allow us to score any boundaries in that period and that was the reason the run rate kept climbing up,” Bangar said.The third and final series-deciding ODI of this short series will be played at Headingley on Tuesday.”He was just hoping someone would bat with him and we were just hoping that he could bat till the 40th over and then take the bowlers on. But, every time he looked to do that, we lost wickets – first there was Raina and then Hardik [Pandya], and then there was no batting to follow for him to do the usual stuff he does,” he added.advertisementNotwithstanding the envy it evokes among opposing teams, Bangar said India’s batting line-up is still a work in progress, as the middle order needs to spend more time at the crease.#ENGvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/SVl7h0whzW BCCI (@BCCI) July 16, 2018″The way our top order is batting, our middle order hasn’t got the opportunities as the top order is doing the bulk of the scoring. At times, they straightaway walk into game situation. Mind you, not all of them are playing all the formats of the game so you have to give some weightage to that,” Bangar said at the pre-match press conference.”Coming straight to international cricket and doing the sort of things you are expected to do in this format (is tough), so continuity factor also plays a part.”The series is locked at 1-1 after India won by eight wickets in Nottingham, while England won by 86 runs at Lord’s.”Going forward, there are still 16 to 17 games to go, we’re looking at the games remaining wherein we could look at settling the middle order slots. I am pretty sure that things are fluid at the moment. It’s not that a guy is only going to bat at a particular number,” he added.KL Rahul failed at get going in the second ODI and India might be forced to have a rethink about their middle order for this finale.”Obviously, the plan was to have a left-hander batting in the middle-order. That is the reason why Suresh [Raina] was picked ahead of Dinesh [Karthik]. We did change a bit in the T20 format, where KL batted at three and Virat batted at four. Looking at this series, and the performances that Virat has got at three, especially in the last series, he scored three hundreds versus South Africa in five games.”It is going to be a very fluid situation. We’ll see as to the players available and the fitness of the players. Ambati Rayudu was someone who can bat very well in the middle-order, but unfortunately he couldn’t clear the fitness test. But I am pretty sure going forward, if he passes the fitness test, he could also be a candidate.”Lot’s of spots are open. The good thing is that the bench strength that we have in Rayudu, Manish Pandey and Ajinkya Rahane. There are enough spots for each and every eventuality that we might face leading up to the World Cup,” he added.Look who’s having a go at the nets.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/D7LMR2GVVtBCCI (@BCCI) July 16, 2018A key element for India going into the decider will be the availability of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. While Kohli, Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan were absent from the optional practice, Kumar was seen bowling at full tilt. He will, however, undergo a fitness test before the game.advertisement”He’s a quality bowler. We’ve obviously been missing our two frontline bowlers in the ODI format. Also provides us an opportunity, because there are not too many games to go before the World Cup – only 16 or 17 games. It gives us an ideal situation to test the bench strength.””Also with the upcoming Test series, we never wanted to take any chances with Bhuvi. He’s very critical to the team plans. He’s in with a chance to play. He’ll have to go through some sort of a fitness test before we can confirm his availability for the next game,” Bangar said.With the 2019 ODI World Cup now less than a year ahead, Bangar outlined that the team is concentrating hard on preparation.”I think the amount of cricket we’re playing and the results we’ve got in the last 12 months or so, the team is pretty used to it (criticism). That is something we cannot control but the guys are very focused,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)
Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 11:46 IST IOA chief Narinder Batra said a negligent NADA sat on the issue for a long time despite repeated reminders from WADA. (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWorld Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the National Dope Testing Laboratory in Delhi for six months NADA can still carry on with sample collection (blood and urine) but will have to get them tested by a WADA-accredited laboratoryIOA chief said a negligent NADA sat on the issue for a long time despite repeated reminders from WADAThe Indian Olympic Association on Friday lashed out at the National Anti-Doping Agency for the suspension of the country’s only WADA-accredited laboratory, saying NADA’s “mistakes” have jeopardized the anti-doping programme here.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the National Dope Testing Laboratory in Delhi for six months “due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)”. The NADA can appeal the suspension in the next 21 days.The NADA can still carry on with sample collection (blood and urine) but will have to get them tested by a WADA-accredited laboratory outside India. NDTL had got WADA accreditation back in 2008.”We will now have to pay in dollars instead of rupees. My only concern now is who will bear the extra cost?” Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra told PTI.”The National Sports Federations (NSFs) are not in a position to bear the extra cost. And why should we bear the extra cost for NADA’s mistakes?” he asked.The WADA said the suspension came after it’s Laboratory Expert Group (LabEG) initiated disciplinary proceedings with regards to status of WADA-accredited laboratories across the globe.The IOA chief said a negligent NADA sat on the issue for a long time despite repeated reminders from WADA.”This issue has been going on internally for the last one year. The WADA has been pointing drawbacks in the NDTL’s testing methods but the NADA has failed to manage its affairs,” Batra said.NADA Director General Navin Agarwal remained unavailable for comments despite repeated attempts to reach him by PTI.advertisementAlso Read | WADA suspends India’s National Dope Testing LaboratoryAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Indian Olympic AssociaitonFollow National Anti-Doping AgencyFollow World Anti-Doping Agency IOA blames NADA for NDTL’s suspension, asks who’ll bear cost for testingThe World Anti-Doping Agency suspended the National Dope Testing Laboratory in Delhi for six months “due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)”.advertisement Next
Previous La Colombe 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go La Colombe La Colombe La Colombe Todd Carmichael might be the most influential figure in the coffee industry. (And the most traveled.)The adventure traveler, inventor, and CEO/Co-Founder of La Colombe coffee doesn’t get a power ranking like that without knowing his java. Carmichael’s expertise is a unique combination of extensive travel and a pursuit for the best cup. As a result, he’s the first American to complete a solo trek across Antarctica to the South Pole (we mean on foot, no assistance), and the footage of this became an award-winning documentary called Race to the Bottom of the Earth. He’s also the host of both the Travel Channel’s Dangerous Grounds and Uncommon Grounds, where he traverses the globe for the finest coffees. If you ask us, his La Colombe Draft Latte invention makes the list of bests, as this beverage changed the way America drinks coffee.The Manual sat down with Carmichael to talk about one thing: where he’s found the best coffee in the world.But first…Todd CarmichaelWhat is the tell-tale sign of a perfect cup of coffee?You can tell a coffee is good by the way it smells— its aromatics. To put it simply, if it smells beautiful and is brewed with care, it will likely taste beautiful as well.What is the worst cup of coffee you’ve ever had?Oh, this is easy. Airplane coffee.The Seven Best Coffee Spots According to CarmichaelNew York CityIt’s definitely fair to say that New York City is the epicenter of good coffee. My favorite time to have coffee is around 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. and in NYC I’m definitely going to have a cortado.EthiopiaEthiopia is the birthplace of coffee. You can enjoy a cup brewed in any home, anywhere in the country, and it will be exceptional. It’s their tradition and the ritual of this tradition is very much part of their way of life. The central market at Addis Ababa is the best place to experience this. Take a seat on the ground or on any stool and watch. This is where you will see coffee go from roasted to brewed. Ethiopia is where you will find the best green coffee in the world.RomeBut not just anywhere in Rome. One of the best places to have coffee is at the foot of the Spanish steps in Rome. The coffee may taste like shit, (as is tradition), but the scenery is truly something. This is the setting you dream about as a young coffee creative. In Rome, it’s not about the bean, it’s about where you consume it. Coffee there is all within the same range of quality, so in Rome you are not looking for a single cup of coffee, but instead you are looking for a view.Los AngelesLos Angeles is starting to give New York a run for its money when it comes to cafes and coffee roasters. Just take a stroll down Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. There are scores of cafes all putting unique touches on coffee and cafe culture. For me, I’d order a pour over in LA and I would sit outside. You are in LA, so take your time.TokyoThe price of coffee in Tokyo may be insanely high, but the technique in brewing coffee is sushi style: meticulous attention to detail in both preparation and presentation. In many ways, Tokyo is where we saw the rebirth of cold brew coffee. I would order a slow drip cold brew, for sure.Panama CityPanama City [Panama, not Florida] is a relatively new city for coffee and cafes, but the bean is the best on the planet earth. Some of the rarest and most sought after beans are harvested on mountains not too far from Panama City. It is coffee utopia. It is also where Geisha coffee reigns. In the few third wave cafes within the city, you can get Geisha espresso, on drip, and on the cold bar. In Panama, you should have all three. Then have a bowl or two of ceviche because…well, you’re in Panama.SeattleSeattle is another great place to get a cup of coffee, after all, it’s where it all began. Having a coffee in Seattle is like taking a stroll down second wave memory lane. There are a lot of coffee and beer collaborations coming out of Seattle, so for me, I would drink a nice cold coffee stout.Need something to keep all that coffee in while traveling? Try these travel mugs to keep your cup of Joe hot all day. How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker La Colombe Next La Colombe 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters La Colombe 1 of 6 Editors’ Recommendations The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches
Three new members of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council will help grow Nova Scotia’s creative economy with their knowledge and experience. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra announced the appointment of Gerald Gloade, Mary Jane Lamond and Jamie MacLellan, today, Sept. 14. “The arts and culture industry in Nova Scotia enhances our quality of life and brings important social and economic benefits to our communities,” said Mr. Preyra. “This council provides a foundation for growth for the province’s creative economy. It will clearly benefit from the addition of these new members who bring with them a wide range of experience and enthusiasm.” The new members reflect the artistic and cultural diversity of the province: — Gerald Gloade, Millbrook, is a Mi’kmaw artist, carver, storyteller and cultural educator. Mr. Gloade is a program development officer with the Department of Education, member of the Tripartite Forum and program development officer with the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre. — Jamie MacLellan, Halifax, is a visual artist and public art facilitator with Halifax Regional Municipality. Mr. MacLellan is a former board member of the Khyber Arts Society. — Mary Jane Lamond, Glendale, Inverness Co., is a singer, interpreter of Gaelic songs and musician. Ms. Lamond is former co-chair of the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia, active in the Gaelic community and received the 2010 Portia White Prize. They join current members Ronald Bourgeois, Paula Davis, Chris Ball, Terrilee Bulger, Fiona Diamond, George Klass, Maria Osende, Charlie Rhindress, Scott Simpson, Susan Tooke, and department staff representatives Marcel McKeough and Peggy Tibbo-Cameron. Outgoing members are Linda Ross, Devon Strang and Jim Morrow. “Although we say farewell to three valued colleagues who made their mark in the sector and on this council, it is with great pleasure that we welcome these talented and experienced individuals to our team,” said Mr. Bourgeois, council chair. “Together with our returning members, they will play an important role in representing the interests of our arts and culture sector here in Nova Scotia.” In consultation with the arts and culture sector, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council provides advice and recommendations to guide the department about strategy, policy and ongoing investment in Nova Scotia’s artists, cultural industries and cultural activities. Council members represent a cross-section of Nova Scotians with geographic and cultural diversity, and a broad range of experience in the arts and culture sector.
Calgary: Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap produced yet another stellar show to enter the men’s singles final of Canada Open Super 100 tournament, outplaying fourth seed Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei in a gruelling three-game encounter here. Kashyap, seeded sixth, came from a game down to pip Wang 14-21 21-17 21-18 in a hard-fought semi-final contest that last an hour and 10 minutes Saturday night. By virtue of this win, Kashyap, 32, has extended his head-to-head record against Wang to 3-0. He had defeated the World No 30 at the India Open in March earlier this year. The Indian will take on unseeded Li Shi Feng of China in the title clash of the USD 75,000 tournament. Feng had defeated Koki Watanabe of Japan 20-22 21-10 21-11 in the other semi-final. The last time Kashyap had reached the finals of an event was at the Austrian International challenger last year.
New Delhi: Rapper Badshah admits he “somehow managed” to get the audience’s favourite on-screen couple — Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol — together for a quirky video he posted on Instagram, with a little help from technology. The video is actually a lighthearted tribute to the hit pair. Badshah basically has morphed a dance shot of the two superstars from the song “Yeh ladka hai Allah” in Karan Johar’s “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” onto the beats of his latest record-breaking song, “Paagal”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot While the morphed video has left many rolling on the floor with laughter, Badshah now wants the real deal. Working with SRK, Kajol and Karan, he says, would be like being part of a “dream team” for him. “Isn’t it awesome? Kajol ma’am also liked it,” Badshah tells IANS of his morphed video. “Karan Sir is my lucky charm. He released the song (‘Paagal’) to the world. I would love to work with them, they are my dream team,” said the rapper, who has earlier sung for Karan’s productions such as “Kapoor & Sons” and “Baar Baar Dekho”. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Meanwhile, he is thrilled about setting a new world record with “Paagal”. The music video of the song crossed 75 million views in 24 hours on YouTube, and became the highest-viewed song in that span of time, dethroning the popular South Korean band BTS. “I knew I wanted to do something big with this song. I worked really hard, but didn’t know I could achieve this global feat. It’s just unbelievable. It feels humbling and proud to be an Indian to be doing it,” said the “Abhi toh party shuru hui hai” hitmaker. It is being loved by many, but some people have also criticised the song by calling it trash and that they are ashamed of it. “Haters will be haters, you gotta acknowledge them and move on as the ratio of love to hate is too high,” he said. Badshah is set to make his acting debut with “Khandaani Shafakhana”, also starring actress Sonakshi Sinha. Is he nervous how people will react to his acting skills? “I’m nervous, but also excited. I hope for the best. The film is funny but has a reality quotient about it,” he said. Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta, “Khandaani Shafakhana” depicts the journey of a young woman who inherits her dead uncle’s sex clinic in Punjab.
BURNABY, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demonstrated a new virtual camera used by game makers at an Electronic Arts Canada studio near Vancouver on Thursday after promoting the country’s technology sector to officials in Washington state.Trudeau held the camera on his shoulder as two actors wearing special suits pretended to box at the company’s Capture Lab, an animation facility in Burnaby.The prime minister also attended a roundtable at Electronic Arts with business leaders from health care, clean technology, digital animation and visual effects.“We’re going to talk about how the government can be a better partner, or better get out of your way in some cases, to allow you to continue to grow, to succeed, to create great opportunities for innovations that are going to advance success in Canada, create good jobs for Canadians and draw in great people from around the world,” Trudeau said before the discussions began.Jon Lutz, vice-president of financial planning and strategy at Electronic Arts, said the company that has created some of the world’s most successful video games is always looking for the most qualified people.“We need the best people from all over the world so we welcome any strategies that grow the talent pool in Canada and enable us to compete on the global stage,” he said.“We certainly welcome greater collaboration with our partners in the U.S. and anything that helps build the talent base up in Vancouver,” Lutz said, adding the interactive entertainment industry is a key subsector of technology and could continue growing in Canada.Later Thursday, Trudeau attended a Liberal party fundraiser in downtown Vancouver, where he applauded local members for signing up 7,000 newcomers since last summer.Trudeau called on his supporters to keep working hard as he warned about the momentum that upcoming leadership races could give the party’s rivals.“We’ve got competition. The Conservatives are electing a new leader next weekend. The NDP will do the same later this year. And history has shown that these things matter,” he said, speaking to a room of a couple hundred people.Outside the venue, protesters carried signs calling for an end to Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, whose terminus is in Burnaby, and to the Site C hydroelectric megaproject in the province’s north.Earlier in the day, Trudeau met Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in Seattle where they discussed the development of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, an initiative that aims to strengthen technology industry ties between British Columbia and Washington.The pair also spoke about trade, investment opportunities and innovation in the energy sector, said Trudeau’s office. In brief remarks before the meeting, the prime minister said Washington and Canada share common goals.“We’re both strongly engaged on issues of climate change, on issues of openness to trade, on leadership on refugees as well and an understanding that diversity can be a real source of strength,” he said.Inslee said the state and country share an “incredible commitment” to defeating climate change and a recognition that they can grow their economies at the same time.“It is a great pleasure to know we have a national leader in the North American economy that is committed to that,” he said.But protesters clad in yellow hazardous material suits that read “Keystone XL Toxic Cleanup Crew” gathered outside the hotel to criticize Trudeau’s environmental record, arguing his support of pipelines is at odds with any global warming promises he has made.Chanting “Tar sands or clean lands, Trudeau you have a choice,” the group of about a dozen people demanded that the prime minister rescind his support of Keystone XL and the Trans Mountain expansion, two pipelines that have generated considerable debate in the U.S.Janene Hampton of the Colville Okanagan Tribe in northern Washington said Trudeau claims he cares about indigenous people yet he sides with companies that want to build pipelines that threaten the water sources of Aboriginal Peoples.“He’s approving these pipelines and the things that they’re asking for. He’s supporting the corporations. He says that he’s an indigenous peoples’ ally. Well, that’s not being an ally,” she said.Protester Mike Foster said he’s especially concerned about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to the West Coast and the impact that increased tanker traffic will have on Washington state’s endangered killer whale population.“We have 78 orca whales left in Puget Sound and the number of tankers coming through these waters would be increased 700 per cent,” he said.Kinder Morgan Canada’s $7.4 billion pipeline expansion, approved by Trudeau’s government last year, would increase the number of tankers in coastal waters from about five per month to 34 per month.In 2015, former U.S. president Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Alberta to Nebraska, but President Donald Trump overturned the decision this year.— With files from Laura Kane in Seattle.
British actor Daniel Craig, who has supported United Nations mine action work over the last two years, has filmed a video message for the 10 year anniversary of the observance of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.Video: Daniel Craig Message for Mine Action DayTo find out more about the United Nations Mine Action, click here.
The army spokesman said that of the six, five soldiers had sustained only minor injuries while the other soldier had suffered “moderate” injuries.He said that the authorities are conducting further investigations into the explosion. (Colombo Gazette) A group of soldiers were injured when detonators hidden by the LTTE had exploded in Udayarkattukulam, Mullaitivu today.Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that the explosion took place when construction work was underway in the former rebel held area. “In a former LTTE base in Udayarkattukulam area where Army troops are deployed at present a minor explosion had occurred during preparatory work for a construction. Preliminary investigations revealed that a stock of detonators hidden by the LTTE had exploded when a soldier unknowingly dug the ground for some construction work,” he said. He said that a soldier had dug the ground not knowing that detonators had been hidden there.
Loonie jumps on rising commodities, signs of recovering U.S. housing sector by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2012 4:26 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed up almost a full US cent Wednesday amid higher metal prices and positive economic data from Canada’s biggest trading partner.The dollar gained 0.91 of a cent to 102.25 cents US after having tumbled almost 3/4 of a cent a day earlier.The loonie had sold off in the wake of a speech late Monday by Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, which traders interpreted as containing a more dovish tone toward the possibility of hiking rates. The bank makes its next announcement on interest rates next Tuesday.The dollar took off mid-morning following the release of data that provided a further indication that the housing sector recovery in the U.S. is strengthening.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that builders broke ground on homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 in September, an increase of 15 per cent from the August level.And applications for building permits, a good sign of future construction, jumped nearly 12 per cent to an annual rate of 894,000, also the highest since July 2008.Canada’s commodity sensitive currency was supported by rising metal prices as December copper ran ahead five cents to US$3.75 a pound while December gold gained $6.70 to US$1,753 an ounce.Oil prices were little changed after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a bigger-than-expected rise in crude supplies last week. The November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange inched up three cents to US$92.12 a barrel as data showed that crude supplies rose by 2.9 million barrels, against an expected rise of 1.5 million barrels.Risk sentiment also improved after Moody’s rating agency did not cut its credit grade on Spain to junk status, as had been widely feared in recent weeks.Moody’s said after the European market closed on Tuesday that it was keeping its Baa3 rating on Spain, the lowest investment grade.Investors think it’s only a matter of time before Spain will make a request for help to Europe’s bailout fund, a necessary condition for the European Central Bank to start buying its bonds in the markets.The Spanish government said Wednesday it will decide within the next few weeks whether to ask for outside financial help.The Canadian dollar and commodity prices could find themselves impacted by the release Wednesday night of the latest growth data for China. The consensus view of economists is that the data is expected to show third-quarter growth eased to 7.4 per cent from a year earlier, down from 7.6 per cent in the prior quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In his message for the Day, focused this year on the interdependence between the management of water and energy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that “they interact with each other in ways that can help – or hinder – our efforts to build stable societies and lives of dignity for all.”According to the 2014 World Water Development Report, which was released earlier in the week by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN Water, some 768 million people do not have access to an improved source of water, and 2.5 billion do not have access to appropriate sanitation. The report further reveals that places where people do not have adequate access to water largely coincide with those where people have no electric power. It goes on to describe the various ways in which water and energy relate to each other, explaining, for example, that energy is needed for the collection, transportation and treatment of water, and that at the same time, water is required in the production and extraction of fossil fuels. Likewise, droughts make energy shortages worse, while lack of electricity reduces farmers’ ability to irrigate their fields.“On World Water Day, let us pledge to develop the policies needed to ensure that sustainable water and energy are secured for the many and not just the few,” said the UN chief. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) estimates that approximately 70 per cent of the world’s water resources are used for agriculture and warns that by 2025 two-thirds of the population could struggle to get access to this resource.Warning about climate change and its worsening effects on water scarcity in many regions, Mr. Ban called for a sustainable and just use of this vital natural resource: “Water must be used – and electricity must be generated and distributed – equitably and efficiently, so all users get a fair share.” Noting that these goals are in line with UN-Water and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, the UN chief added that they are also “crucially important elements in our discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.”On a similar note, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, stresses in a press release that “ill-thought out allocation of water has a disproportionate effect on the poorest sectors of society” and that “it is crucial that Governments apply a human rights framework to guide their actions.”“People should not have to spend such a big part of their household income on securing water that their access to other human rights, such as the rights to food or health care is undermined,” Ms. De Albuquerque says, declaring: “Governments have a crucial role to play in making sure that increased electricity and water demands do not impose a disproportionate or unfair burden on the poor, and that water allocation prioritizes water for human consumption.” For her part, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova emphasized that “improving access to freshwater is about enabling millions of girls to go to school instead of walking kilometres to fetch water. It is about improving maternal health, curbing child mortality, and preserving the environment.” “We need to better understand the complex interactions between resources that are closely interlinked, such as water, food and energy. And we must acknowledge that it is impossible to manage these resources sustainably if we treat them in isolation” she said, adding: “There is enough water in the world for everyone. What we continue to lack is better governance and the collective courage to craft fair compromise solutions.”UNICEF estimates that 1,400 children under five die every day from diarrhoeal diseases due to lack of safe water, and adequate sanitation and hygiene. The children’s rights organization further estimates, along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) that 10 countries are home to almost two-thirds of the global population without access to improved drinking water sources: China (108 million), India (99 million), Nigeria (63 million), Ethiopia (43 million), Indonesia (39 million), Democratic republic of the Congo (37 million), Bangladesh (26 million), United Republic of Tanzania (22 million), Kenya (16 million) and Pakistan (16 million).
Toni McLachlan has denied having anything to do with Alesha’s deathCredit:PA The teenager, who gave evidence for more than two hours, told the court he saw Ms McLachlan in the early hours of that morning after she asked if he wanted to meet for a cigarette. A teenage boy has claimed he is the victim of an “extraordinarily wicked” plan to frame him for the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail.The 16-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, said he had never met Alesha and never knew her name before her body was found on July 2 last year.Giving evidence on his own behalf at the High Court in Glasgow, after the prosecution closed its case, he told the jury: “I would never do something like that.”He denies abducting, raping and killing the schoolgirl and has lodged a special defence blaming the crime on 18-year-old Toni McLachlan, the girlfriend of the victim’s father Robert MacPhail.The body of the schoolgirl, who died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck, was discovered in a wooded area on the Isle of Bute.The court heard earlier on Tuesday that DNA found on Alesha’s body matched the teenager, with odds of more than a billion to one that it came from another person.He claims in his defence that he had sex with Mc McLachlan on July 2 and that she must have taken a condom he used and planted his DNA at the scene. He said he had previously had sex “fairly frequently” with her in late 2017, despite her being in a relationship with Mr MacPhail, and that he had previously bought cannabis from them.He claimed the pair started chatting that morning, before having sex again in a lock-up garage.The court heard earlier that Alesha was found at 8.54am later that morning in the grounds of the former Kyles Hydro Hotel on Bute.Asked by Brian McConnachie QC, defending, if he had sex with the schoolgirl, he said: “Absolutely not. I have never met Alesha in person. I did not even know her name.”He claimed he could “speculate” as to how his DNA could be at the murder scene, adding: “I cannot think of any other way that it could get on Alesha…that Toni took the condom when I left and just went and killed Alesha.”Iain McSporran QC, prosecuting, branded the boy a “confident liar” and asked him why Ms McLachlan would want to implicate him in the murder. The boy told the court: “I agree.”The prosecutor also told the teenager that Ms McLachlan would have taken a “big risk” to have met him that morning before returning to the home she shared with Mr MacPhail and his family to get Alesha.The boy said: “I cannot think of how else she would have done it.”Mr McSporran told him: “Someone brutalised Alesha MacPhail. It is either you or Toni McLachlan.”He replied: “Not me, absolutely not. I would never do something like that.”The trial continues. Robert MacPhail, Alesha’s father, at the High Court in GlasgowCredit:Getty The teenager replied: “To get away with it. Maybe she is mad at me for something.”Mr McSporran said: “So, she had murder in mind and would fit someone up. Someone, you say, she had sex with, someone she got on with. If that is right that makes her an extraordinarily wicked person?” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Marko VujinMen’s EHF EURO 2016Momir Ilic ← Previous Story Sigurdsson announces German squad for Men’s EHF EURO 2016! Next Story → DENMARK 2015: Battle for quarterfinals is battle for RIO! Serbian NT coach Dejan Perić announced the squad list of 28 players for the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland. The biggest news is that “Eagles” will play without two biggest stars in Krakow – left back Momir Ilić and right back Marko Vujin.GOALKEEPERS:STANIC Darko, DJUKANOVIC Slavisa, MILOSAVLJEV Dejan, KOCIC Miroslav, MARJANAC DraganWINGS:NIKCEVIC Ivan, MARJANOVIC Filip, DUKIC Darko, RADIVOJEVIC Bogdan, ILIC Nemanja, ILIC Vanja, STANKOVIC StrahinjaBACKS:MLADENOVIC Nemanja, RNIC Momir, SESUM Zarko, CUTURA Davor, NENADIC Petar, ABUTOVIC Ilija, SRETENOVIC Stevan, ELEZOVIC Uros, ZELENOVIC Nemanja, BOSKOVIC Novak, ORBOVIC MilosLINE PLAYERS:PUSICA Miljan, STOJKOVIC Rastko, BELJANSKI Bojan, BASARIC Davor, MARSENIC MijajloTEXT: Ivan Ilić
Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – Taoiseach Enda Kenny will get a grilling from the leaders of the Opposition at 12 noon.Dáil: Charities – Sinn Féin’s Private Member’s Bill on the Charities (Amendment) Bill 2014 is sure to throw up some questions about the transparency of charitable organisations in light of the CRC controversy. This is at 7.30pm.Seanad: Irish Water – The Minister of State for the NewEra Project Fergus O’Dowd will be in the Seanad to hear statements on Irish Water at 11.45am.Committees: Poolbeg Incinerator – Mr Owen Keegan, City Manager of Dublin City Council will be in front of the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht in Room 4 at 2.15pm.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilThe Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will be answering questions at 9.30am.At 10.45am and 2.40pm discussions will surround The Local Government Reform Bill 2013 which is back in the Dáil following amendments from the Seanad.The Order of Business will be taken at 12.21pm.This is followed by Topical Issues at 12.51pm.The ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013 – which enables ESB to engage in electronic communications networks and electronic communications services – reaches it second stage at 2.40pm.The Dáil adjourns at 5.30pm.Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadSenators start the day by discussing anything and everything on the Order of Business from 10.30am.At 2pm the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney will be in the Seanad to hear statements on the Common Agricultural Policy and Rural Development Programme.Private Members Business on the recognition of the Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill 2013 will be raised by Senators Mark Daly, Thomas Byrne, Labhrás Ó Murchú at 4pm then it’s Matters on the Adjournment at 6pm.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn will be in front of the Education and Skills Sub-Committee in Room 3 at 1pm to discuss the Revised Estimates for Public Services.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister Joe Costello will be at Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee in Room 1 at 2.30pm to discuss the Revised Estimates for Public Services.Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will be discussing the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 – which looks at imposing community service to those convicted of crimes but who do not have the finances to pay the imposed fine. This is in Room 2 at 10am.A private meeting of the Public Accounts meeting is being held at 6pm in Room 1.Private and public petitions will be discussed from 4pm at the Public Service Oversight and Petitions Committee in Room 3.Representatives from the National Transport Authority will attend the Transport and Communications Committee at 9.30am in Room 4 where the implications of the proposed competitive tendering of 10 per cent of routes currently operated by Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus will be discussed.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WANT TO KNOW what’s going on in Leinster House today?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…4 things will keeping an eye on
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An increase in land tax bills will lead to jobs losses due to increase business costs according to Nick Grigoriadis, owner of the Royal Melbourne Hotel.Tax has increased by almost 400 percent following the Brumby Government’s dumping of a cap limiting annual tax increases to 50 percent. Mr Grigoriadis is angry that his land tax bill has increased in three years from $1,926 in 2007 to $57,600 in 2009 . “It’s going to cost jobs,” he said. “I am letting two full-time staff go next month and reconsidering the casual staff arrangements.”Grigoriadis relayed his concerns about the impact of the increases in land tax on small business to Premier John Brumby two weeks ago, and his email was redirected to the Treasurer John Lenders. He yet to receive a response.“The bigger issue here is keeping people employed. The Government should re-introduce the cap so that small businesses will not be forced to shed jobs. The Government has sent out the first of 22,000 land tax bills based on property valuations made at the peak of the housing market in 2008. Since then landowners have seen their properties’ value plummet by up to 15 percent. Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu called the tax grab “madness.” “At the very time the government should be doing everything to preserve jobs, they’re threatening jobs.”Government spokesperson Matt Nurse responded by saying that a recent Institute of Public Affairs report found that businesses in Victoria pay the second-lowest level of land tax in Australia and if they are experiencing hardship businesses should contact the State Revenue Office.The Property Council of Victoria is campaigning for a 1.5 percent decrease in rate of land tax because of its impact on business. “The Government’s over-reliance on property tax could squeeze a lot of Victorians out of business, and the increased costs will at some point be passed on to leasees and in turn consumers,” said Jennifer Cunich Executive Director of the Property Council of Victoria.
Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) currently account for approximately $415 billion of Australian superannuation assets, and investments through SMSFs are expected to more than double to around $1.0 trillion by 2020. Fifteen per cent of assets in SMSFs across Australia are allocated to real estate with a value of $60 billion, which is up from 11 per cent in June 2006 and indicates interest among SMSF trustees in investing in property is growing. If you have an SMSF, you can invest in all types of real property including residential property, commercial property, industrial property and even a farm (under certain circumstances). Prior to September 2007, the capacity to use borrowed money to purchase an SMSF asset, such as real property, was extremely limited. Since then, the rules relating to borrowing within a SMSF have been relaxed slightly and fine-tuned, although the specific type of borrowing arrangement now permitted within SMSFs is still subject to strict requirements. You can only borrow money to purchase an asset within a Self Managed Superannuation Fund by using a limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBA). A limited recourse borrowing arrangement means that any recourse the lender has under the borrowing arrangement is limited to the single asset purchased using the LRBA. The good news for many SMSF investors is that the ATO’s interpretation of what SMSF trustees can do to maintain properties subject to a LRBA provides greater investment opportunities. For example, the ATO has clarified that it is possible to borrow via a LRBA and invest in an older investment property, and to renovate (but not ‘improve’) this property using borrowed money under the existing LRBA, under certain circumstances. SMSF borrowing rules When a self managed superannuation fund uses a limited recourse borrowing arrangement to purchase an asset, then the arrangement must satisfy the following conditions: The SMSF uses the borrowed monies to purchase a single asset, or a collection of identical assets with the same market values; The SMSF can’t use the LRBA monies to improve a purchased asset; The SMSF trustees receive the beneficial interest in the purchased asset but the legal ownership of the asset is held on trust (the holding trust also known as a bare trust); The SMSF trustees have the right to acquire the legal ownership of the asset by making one or more payments; Any recourse that the lender has under the LRBA against the SMSF trustees is limited to the single fund asset (including rights to income). Lenders can legally demand an individual to provide a personal guarantee against personal assets; Replacing the asset subject to the LRBA is possible only in very specific circumstances; and Once the loan is repaid, legal ownership of the asset can be transferred to the SMSF. Benefits of a property loan As you may be aware, there are a number of benefits of borrowing to buy property through a SMSF: Rental income – the proceeds of the rental income can be used to help pay off the loan. The SMSF also benefits from any capital growth. Potential tax benefits – interest and other expenses relating to the property may be tax deductible. Where the rental income exceeds the deductible expenses, the net income of the SMSF is taxed at a maximum rate of 15 per cent. This drops to 0 per cent if your fund is in pension phase. Possible CGT benefits – if you hold the property for more than 12 months, any capital gain will be taxed at a maximum rate of 10 per cent if sold in the accumulation phase (or 0 per cent tax rate if sold in the pension phase). Aspects SMSF need to consider Although borrowing to invest in super may seem relatively straightforward, it isn’t simply a matter of applying for a loan and buying a suitable property. SMSF trustees will first need to weigh the benefits of the strategy against the costs of setting up and maintaining the arrangement. Legal considerations The trust deed must allow for borrowing through an LRBA, and the investment must be consistent with the SMSF’s investment strategy. Those thinking about an LRBA must also consider likely risk and return, the liquidity needs of the fund and the extent of diversification in terms of the SMSF’s portfolio as a whole as well as the SMSF’s ability to meet loan repayments. The final word Borrowing to invest in property can help your Self Managed Superannuation Fund maintain an appropriate level of diversification within your fund. You need to carefully assess the risks associated with property in a SMSF against the long term investment objectives of maintaining bricks and mortar in the super environment. *Nick Davos is an Associate Director of Moneywise Personal Financial Management. Email Nick on email@example.com with any queries you may have or call (03) 96497611 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
More than two-thirds (67%) of respondents feel that domestic issues such as childcare, looking after elderly parents and financial pressures, have an impact on their work performance, according to research by MetLife Employee Benefits.Its survey of 1,052 full-time employees, also found that 52% of respondents who say their home life impacts their work believe it would be beneficial to discuss home-based issues with managers and colleagues.The research also found:19% of respondents are more stressed at home than at work.21% of female respondents say their home life is more stressful than work, compared to 15% of male respondents.Less than half (46%) of respondents feel able to discuss home stress with their manager.61% of respondents feel able to talk to colleagues about home worries.Tom Gaynor (pictured), employee benefits director at MetLife UK, said: “When thinking about work-life balance, it’s important to factor in the need for employees not just to spend time away from work, but also to potentially discuss home and family problems with supportive colleagues and managers without fear of being seen as unable to cope.“Managers have a crucial role to play in helping employees to manage their own stress and we know from our Employee benefit trends study that a supportive manager is a significant driver of employee engagement. Creating a supportive leadership culture helps managers tune into employees’ emotional ups and downs.”