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At the top of the order, there is perhaps no scarier pair in world cricket today than Australia’s two Ws – Shane Watson and David Warner.With a victory already under their belt, the opening batsmen will look to sew up their semi-finals spot against South Africa here on Sunday. But standing between them and their destination will be the best new-ball combination in the world.Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel couldn’t prevent Pakistan from getting over the line on Friday, but if there are two bowlers who could get into Australia’s untested middle-order in a jiffy, it’s these two. And Aussie skipper George Bailey is wary of the Proteas batting too, despite their disappointing performance against Pakistan.”South Africa are an outstanding team. It will be an interesting game in the way the two teams set up and how they play. When we used the short ball against India, we were pretty smart about how we used it. If (our pacers) are bowling a bouncer that is on the money, it is still going to be pretty hard to get away,” Bailey said.Spin has dominated matches in Colombo so far, but Bailey believes in fielding his best bowlers, regardless of the type. “If your best bowlers are quick bowlers, you still bowl your best bowlers. They have to find ways to adapt. Even as the wicket turns a bit more, I think the quicks will be able to have an impact. Whether later on the track, we need to start using Xavier Doherty as well – I guess that is something we will look at,” he said.Regarding Watson winning man of the match awards in all three of their games so far, Bailey said: “I think he’s really set himself to be the man of the tournament, to be the person who leads Australia as far as he can in this tournament.” Proteas skipper AB de Villiers admitted he had missed a few tricks against Pakistan, but his team would be desperate to shed the ‘chokers’ tag and make the final four.”It was great game of cricket. I’m proud of the way we fought back. We lost it in the last five overs,” he said.advertisement
Rohit Sharma once again mesmerised cricket fans smashing his third double hundred in one-day internationals in the ongoing second ODI against Sri Lanka at Mohali.He was already the first batsman in the history of the game to smash more than two double tons when he scored the world record 264 against the same opposition at the Eden Gardens in 2014.During his 153-ball stay at the crease, Rohit (208*) took the Lankan bowlers to the cleaners smashing 12 sixes and 13 boundaries. India ended up with 392 for 4 in 50 overs after being put into bat by the Lankans.LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7GrZKtv2DA- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017He shared a 115-run opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (68) and then added 213 runs with young Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88.Speaking on Rohit’s double hundred, Iyer said, “I think I was just a spectator at the non-striker’s end. He got his hundred off 112 balls and it was just the Rohit Sharma show. There was a patch where I just saw Rohit Sharma and I was stunned.”A captain’s knock. @ImRo45 has looked in full flow and has marched on to a well-made century. ODI Century no. 16 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/qWtwNpp7dr- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Iyer was looking good for his maiden hundred today but fell short by just 12 runs in the quest for some quick runs in the death overs.”Yesterday, I batted in the nets and I took the same confidence onto the field. I believe in myself and my instincts. Its a little bit cold but it still a nice wicket. We have an amazing total on the board.advertisement”Me and Rohit just decided to take it on till the 40th over, that was the plan. If anyone of us stays, it will be great for the other batsmen,” Iyer added.
NICOSIA (AP) — The Cyprus Football Association says police are investigating eight second-division games for suspected match-fixing.Federation spokesman Constantinos Shamboullis told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the investigation revolves around UEFA-provided information about increased betting activity on those eight matches. That led the federation to suspend all second-division matches last week, with play set to resume on Friday.In the wake of the investigation, the federation introduced tougher penalties for match-fixing on Tuesday, with lower-division teams now facing funding cuts, point deductions and even relegation if they are found guilty of cheating.The federation board also decided to split the second division into two groups as of next season.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
After Amazon, now Flipkart is holding a three days sale on its website called the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale. The sale starts on July 16 and ends on July 19. The sale will start at exact at 4 PM. While there is still some time for the sale to begin, the e-commerce giant has announced some of the top deals that you will see during the sale.The sale will offer a 10 per cent instant discount on buyers using SBI credit cards. The company is also offering shopping solutions such as No Cost EMIs with Bajaj Finserv EMI Cards, EMI on Debit Cards, Product Exchange offers, Buy Back Guarantee and Cardless Credit.Flipkart has announced all the offers. The sale will also see the new Infinix Hot 6 Pro going on sale. The phone will go on the sale for the first time. There are also instant discounts on Panasonic and Honor phones. There is up to 70 per cent off on televisions and other home appliances from brands like Samsung, Vu, and Haier. There is also up to 80 per cent off on laptops, cameras, tablets, powerbanks, trimmers and more. Here are top 5 offers that you will see on Flipkart during the Big Shopping Days sale:– Google Pixel 2 at Rs 42,999- One of the first top offers that we suggest you should consider is the Pixel at Rs 42,999, a steep drop from its original price of Rs 70,000. The offer price includes both the exchange & HDFC Bank cashback offer. There is also a buyback offer of Rs 37,000.Pixel 2 is the latest flagship phone from Google. The phone sports a 5-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. The phone runs Android 8.0 with Google UI and is powered by Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB RAM. Pixel 2 comes with a 12.2MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The device is backed by a 2700mAh non-removable battery with 18W rapid charging support. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back and a connectivity options include a USB Type-C , Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. There are two storage models of the phone- one with 64GB and the other with 128GB.advertisement– Samsung On Nxt (64 GB) at Rs 10,900: Samsung Galaxy On Nxt 64GB will be available at Rs 10,900 instead of Rs 17,900 during the sale.The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt sports a metal unibody design and features a 5.5-inch full-HD display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection on top. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870 SoC with 3GB of RAM and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The camera modules include a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera, both with f/1.9 aperture. It is backed by a 3300mAh battery.– Acer Predator Gaming Laptop at Rs 63990: For the gaming enthusiasts, Acer’s Predator Gaming laptop could be a good deal if purchased from Flipkart during the sale period. The Acer Predator Helios 300 sells at Rs 89,990 on other days but will be available at Rs 63,990 during the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale.The laptop was launched last year in India. It is a budget gaming laptop and comes with an Intel Core i7 processor. The display size of the laptop is 15.6-inch and is equipped with PredatorSense software which provides real-time system information and monitors the CPU and GPU usage.– Fitbit Blaze Smartwatches at Rs 9,999: There will also be a heavy discount on Fitbit Blaze smartwatches that sell at 19,999 on other days. You can buy them on as low as Rs 9,999 during the Flipkart sale.Fitbit Blaze is a fitness tracker band built for fitness freaks. The tracker looks like a watch but is also a fitness band. It sports a colour LCD display and is compatible with both Android and iOS. It comes with a heart rate tracker and can run up to 5 days with a one-time charge.– Vu 102cm (40) Full HD TV at Rs 17999: If you are planning to buy a new television and don’t want to spend more than Rs 20,000 on it, then Flipkart has a deal for you. While Mi Tv will any day be a better option but in case you are not a Xiaomi fan and want to buy from some other brand other than Xiaomi then Vu TV is one option for you.ALSO READ: Flipkart Big Shopping Days deals announced, big discounts on Pixel 2 XL and iPadsFlipkart will sell the 40-inch Vu TV for Rs 17,999 instead of Rs 19,999. The television sports a 40 Inch, LED, Full HD, 1920×1080 display with 16:9 aspect ratio. It supports features like AllShare, One-touch Connect, Display Mirroring, Photo share, and WiFi Direct among others.advertisement
Indian hockey’s former technical director and a hugely celebrated player and coach Richard Charlesworth felt Indian hockey saw the decline in late 80s and 90s because they became stagnant and began the blame game.India last won an Olympic medal in hockey, which was a gold, in 1980 in Moscow. Before that, India had won six straight gold medals from 1928-1956 and then bagged two gold medals, one silver and two bronze till 1980. Post that, none at all.Charlesworth spent some 10 unhappy months in the Indian hockey system and he said that when he was here, too many changes were happening at all times.”I was the technical advisor and the coaches were changing a lot, there were too many changes at that time. I feel India went through a period, 1980s-1990s. Into the 80s, they were still good but in 90s, it began with them blaming everyone and it’s not our fault, it’s the astro turf and I think they took their eye off the ball,” Charlesworth told indiatoday.in at the sidelines of a Royal Stag Perfect Strokes event in New Delhi. Ric Charlesworth felt Indian hockey stopped their development at one point of time. (India Today Photo)He further described how he learnt all the hockey from the subcontinent and his coaches were all Indians but then it all changed one day.”When I was young, all my coaches were Indians. They would come after their retirements and stuff and we learnt our hockey from the subcontinent. But then India just stopped their development, constant learning. What also contributed was that India won the Cricket World Cup in 1983 and that took priority. Hockey was put behind in public memory and it suffered.”advertisementHowever, Charlesworth said that he sees the change happening in Indian hockey and he feels things are now moving in the right direction.”I think that’s changed in the last decade and I think Hockey India League was a part of the reason it changed. Players interacted with foreign players more, they learnt tactically, they were physically more prepared in a whole range of ways, they can match with anybody and they’ve started to believe it. Once you start believing it, you can do anything.”Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningIndia recently lost to Malaysia in the semi-finals of the Asian Games in Indonesia and lost their chance to directly qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. India were defending champions at the Asian Games and were expected to retain their title. However, they dramatically faltered before salvaging a bronze medal against Pakistan.After the semi-final loss, there were calls that the Indian team needed a sports psychologist to handle the pressure of important moments. Coach Harendra Singh was initially defiant but soon changed his stance and asked for sports psychologist.Charlesworth feels that half the battle is won if one is mentally strong but also added that most countries don’t focus on the mental part of the game.”The biggest competitive advantage in sports I feel is in human behaviour. You have to do the sports sciences well and the analysis, be smart and fit but in human behaviour, you have the biggest advantage and you have to do that well but most countries don’t. Like I’m someone who has an expertise in coaching and technique and tactics but I’m not an expert in human behaviour so I need someone who is to help me.” (L-R) Mo Farah, Garry Kasparov, Ric Charlesworth and AB de Villiers were in New Delhi for an event. (Royal Stag Photo)Charlesworth excelled as the coach of the Australian women’s and men’s teams. With the women from 1993 to 2000, Charlesworth won four Champions Trophy titles, two World Cups, two Olympic gold medals and a Commonwealth gold.With the men’s team from 2009 to 2014, Charlesworth won three Champions Trophy titles, two World Cups and one Commonwealth Games gold medal. Charlesworth has almost had a perfect coaching career in Australia.”For me as a coach, having a connected team is the most important thing and then comes the execution of skills at the most important moments.”What I believe the good thing for me was that I coached the women’s team [Australia] first and I thought that I would expect the same from them as I would of the men’s hockey players. Then I found athletes in the team who had the passion and wanted to be the best in the world because of which there was a very good and healthy internal competition in the camp. Then what I looked for a coach was how everyone fit in the team and how they would execute things on the pitch as a unit.”advertisementAlso read – India beat Pakistan 3-1 in Asian Champions Trophy hockeyCharlesworth also had words of praise for AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli as he detailed on what he believes are the two facets of a good leadership.”Leadership particularly has two facets. First is as a captain in which direction do you want to go and take the team. Secondly, what example they set. Like in the case of AB de Villiers, he just mentioned, and Virat Kohli, they lead by example. The demeanour of a captain is extremely important for the team.”Asked who he felt is the perfect sportsperson, Charlesworth took the name of Lionel Messi. “Messi, he is special.”The Hockey World Cup 2018 is set to begin on November 28 in Bhubaneswar and Charlesworth believes India have a chance to win a medal but listed three other countries for the chance at the trophy.”I think there are three teams that are most likely to win it — either Belgium or Australia or Holland. But India can win a medal.”
India Today Web Desk New DehliMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 14:25 IST Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan will begin their World Cup 2019 campaign against West Indies on May 31Pakistan will face arch-rivals India on June 16 in ManchesterPakistan lost to Afghanistan in their World Cup warm-up match on FridayPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has eased its stance on Pakistan players staying with their wives in the United Kingdom during World Cup 2019.Days after banning wives and family members of the national team to travel with the Pakistan players, PCB has now allowed the players to stay with their close ones after the much-anticipated India vs Pakistan clash on June 16 in Southampton, according to Dawn.Pakistan will be opening their World Cup campaign on May 31 against the West Indies and will play 3 more matches England (June 3), Sri Lanka (June 7), Australia (June 12) before they take on their arch-rivals.Nonetheless, two Pakistan cricketers in Asif Ali and Harris Sohail have been allowed to stay with their immediate families from the start of the tournament. While Ali had lost his 2-year-old daughter to cancer days ahead of the World Cup, Sohail has been granted permission due to personal reasons.PCB’s move to change their decision came after noticing the trend followed by other teams in the 10-team World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.When it comes to India cricketers, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier announced that players’ wives and immediate families will be allowed to travel with the team for just 15 days.The BCCI also decided that the wives and relatives can join the India stars only after the first 20 days of World Cup 2019.Notably, Pakistan Cricket Board had allowed wives and relatives to stay with the players during their ODI series loss in England earlier this month.advertisementSarfaraz Ahmed’s men have had a woeful run in the World Cup year, losing bilateral ODI series to South Africa, Australia and England.Pakistan were whitewashed 5-0 by Australia in United Arab Emirates after which they were blanked 4-0 by England.Pakistan suffered a shock 3-wicket defeat to Afghanistan in their 1st warm-up match of World Cup 2019 on Friday at the County Ground in Bristol. The former champions will face Bangladesh in their 2nd and final warm-up match in Cardiff on Sunday.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni’s inputs to Virat Kohli will be crucial, says Sachin TendulkarAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Asif Ali World Cup 2019: Pakistan players can stay with wives but only after India matchPakistan, who have been on a poor run in ODIs in the World Cup year, will take on arch-rivals India in a much-anticipated clash on June 15 in Manchester. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men will open their campaign against the West Indies on May 31.advertisement
Editors’ Recommendations A couple years have passed since Sony introduced its ultra-premium full-frame compact, the Cyber-shot RX1R. During the hiatus, Sony has been batting balls out of the park with its Alpha A7, Cyber-shot RX100, and Cyber-shot RX10-series of cameras. And now, the company is taking some of the tech advancements it has achieved in those cameras, and putting them into the new Cyber-shot RX1R II, which will go on sale in November.The RX1R II is the smallest, highest-megapixel full-frame camera you can buy (if you have $3,300) without going to the interchangeable lens camera (ILC) route. It’s a street photographer’s dream — or anyone who wants the best photos from a compact camera that’s lightweight and takes up hardly any room in a bag. The camera has a solid construction and feel, not unlike the A7-series mirrorless cameras. Design wise, it looks and feels like the previous RX1R and RX1 models — just a tad thicker, but still fits in the pocket.But perhaps it’s what Sony was able to squeeze inside the body that is notable — another pat on the back for its engineers. The RX1R II uses the same back-illuminated, 42.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS full-frame (35mm) sensor — a first for the industry — that is used in the new A7R I. “The sensor’s back-illuminated structure, with an expanded circuit scale and copper wiring design, enables faster transmission speed and outputs data approximately 3.5 times faster than the original RX1R, ensuring high-speed performance,” Sony says. Paired with the Bionz X image processor, the camera has a high-sensitivity ISO of 100-25,600 (expandable to 50-102,400).Related: Full-frame fury: Comparing Canon’s 5DS R and Sony’s A7R IILike its predecessors, the RX1R II also uses a fixed 35mm F2 Zeiss Sonnar T* lens. While you lose zoom capability, this prime lens delivers sharper images, from the center and out to the corners. (Even with many ILCs we’ve been testing, we prefer to use quality prime lenses than ones with zoom.) But the fixed lens design in the RX1R II has an advantage over interchangeable glass: It’s built into the camera and the sensor is mounted onto the lens structure, with an alignment precision down to the micron level and allows the lens to maximize the most out of the sensor. This is how the camera achieves that all-around sharpness, and it also gives the camera a low profile.“The closer the two components are to one another, the wider the angle through which light can pass through the lens and directly reach the sensor, resulting in imagery that is rich in detail and resolution,” Sony says. “Also, unlike the focal plane shutter common to ILCs, RX1R II utilizes an in-lens shutter, allowing 1/2000-sec flash synch speed and a significant reduction in overall body size.”Unique to this camera is an optical variable low-pass filter, which Sony says is the world’s first. In previous RX1-series models, you either had the filter (RX1) or not (RX1R). With the RX1R II, you can turn it off, or choose “standard” (balancing between resolution and removing moire and color artifacts) or “high” (reduce moire and artifacting). If you are shooting a landscape scene, for example, you could turn it off. But if you’re shooting something with, say, weaved fabric (which can cause a weird pattern effect in the image), you can select the amount of filtering needed. A nice function is low-pass filter bracketing, which lets you shoot multiple photos in different filter settings, and compare them.When Sony figured out a way to squeeze an electronic viewfinder (EVF) into the RX100 III, it was a great feat of engineering. Sony brought the feature to the RX1R II (an EVF was optional with the RX1 and RX1R, which attached to the hot shoe), but unlike the version in the RX100 III andRX100 IV, you don’t have to manually pull out the EVF after it pops up.The 2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF “features ZEISS T* coating and four glass elements including two aspherical lenses that work together to deliver a magnification of 0.74x and clear corner-to-corner visibility with minimal distortion,” Sony says. In addition to the EVF, there’s a 3-inch, 109-degree tilting LCD (1.2-million dots). The user interface and menu system is very similar to the one used in new A7-series cameras. In addition, there are physical mode and exposure compensation dials that mimic a high-end camera.The RX1R II uses a Fast Hybrid AF system for focusing, with 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that covers 45 percent of the sensor, in addition to 25 contrast AF points. Sony says it’s the widest AF coverage on a full-frame sensor, and it makes the RX1R II 30-percent faster than its predecessors. In our brief hands-on during Sony’s product demo, the camera’s autofocusing was very speedy.“Additionally, the camera has adapted an advanced motion-detection algorithm that offers superior tracking performance of moving subjects and allows for the addition of AF-C mode that accurately tracks a subject after focusing,” Sony say. “It also can achieve up to 5-frames-per-second continuous shooting with AF tracking. Other focusing improvements on the new model include multiple AF area settings including Wide, Center and Flexible Spot and Expand Flexible Spot. The camera also has Eye AF and lock-on AF.”Related: Sony adds 14-bit uncompressed RAW, 5-axis stabilization, to high-sensitivity A7S II cameraAlso new is Wi-Fi and NFC, with support for downloadable PlayMemories apps; multiple aspect ratios; and support for 14-bit uncompressed RAW (introduced in the A7S II) for maximum quality.Unfortunately, Sony wasn’t able to put everything into the RX1R II, like 5-axis image stabilization or super-slow-motion modes. There’s also no 4K recording; the RX1R II shoots Full HD at up to 60p (XAVC S compression for higher bit rate). Sony says the camera is designed with traditional photography in mind, although you can shoot movies if you want to (although Sony didn’t show off any videos shot with the camera, so quality remains to be seen).We didn’t have the opportunity to review any images (the demo units were most likely pre-production models), but from the samples Sony displayed during the demo, they look very impressive, both in print and onscreen. We’ve been testing the A7R II ILC, which has the same sensor, and we’ve been impressed with image quality, so we have the same expectations with the RX1R II. It’s not an affordable camera (although it’s less expensive than the Leica Q), but it’s so strong and feature-rich that we think its users won’t miss having an ILC.This was originally a post on our brother site, Digital Trends. Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? 1. Sony RX1R II 2. Sony RX1R II 3. Sony RX1R II 4. Sony RX1R II 5. 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zoom MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed contracts for four subsea cranes with subsidiaries of a Malaysian shipbuilding, shiprepair and chartering group, Coastal Contracts Bhd.MacGregor 100-tonne SWL active heave-compensated (AHC) subsea cranes will be installed on four subsea support vessels (SSV) under construction at the shipyard. Delivery of the cranes is scheduled from June to December 2015. “This latest contract builds on several similar orders from the Coastal Group,” says Tom Svennevig, Vice President, Advanced Load Handling. “It demonstrates the confidence that the company has in our technology and the high degree of reliability and performance delivered by our subsea cranes.”Two units of 85m newbuild SSVs, currently under construction within the Coastal Group, will shortly be delivered. They also each feature a100-tonne SWL AHC offshore crane from MacGregor.Cargotec, April 30, 2014
A photo of the Sambro Island lighthouse, taken by the lateHeadley Doty, is depicted on a new coin issued by the RoyalCanadian Mint. Born in Yarmouth, Mr. Doty joined the provincial government as aphotographer in 1946. He established the first still photographysection of the former Bureau of Information. He retired from thepublic service in 1970. “Lighthouses are an important part of Nova Scotia’s landscape andheritage, so it is very symbolic to have the Sambro Islandlighthouse featured on this new coin,” said Ernest Fage, ministerresponsible for Communications Nova Scotia. “As a province, weshould all be very proud to have the work of a talented NovaScotian depicted on this coin.” The Sambro Island lighthouse, located at the entrance to theHalifax Harbour, is the oldest working lighthouse in NorthAmerica. “The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to commemorate the rich historyof Canada’s historic lighthouses,” said David Dingwall, presidentand CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “As one of North America’soldest operating lighthouses, the 2004 Sambro Island Lighthousecoin has appropriately launched this collector series.” The new limited edition coin is the first coin to be unveiled inthe Royal Canadian Mint’s 2004 Lighthouse Collection. For more information about the coin, visit the Mint’s website atwww.mint.ca . COMMUNICATIONS N.S.–Sambro Island Lighthouse Featured on NewCoin
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TORONTO — North American were mixed as investors digested U.S. Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen’s hawkish comments late Thursday about the American economy.The S&P/TSX composite index closed 39.90 points higher at 13,378.57.The loonie was up 0.01 of a U.S. cent to 75.10 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 113.35 points to 16,314.67, while the broader S&P 500 index gave back 0.90 points to 1,931.34. The Nasdaq fell 47.98 points to 4,686.50.On the commodity markets, the December gold contract fell $8.20 to US$1,145.60 an ounce, the November crude oil contract was up 79 cents at US$45.70 a barrel and the November contract for natural gas was down four cents at US$2.63.The December copper contract slipped two cents to US$2.28 per pound.
Vice President McDowell will also inspect ongoing construction work to upgrade wastewater infrastructure in Colombo financed by the European Investment Bank in conjunction with the Asian Development Bank. In January the European Investment Bank agreed to provide EUR 50 million to support improvement and expansion of sewage networks across the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. The loan will help Colombo Municipal Council to achieve its goal of providing full sanitation coverage to benefit people living and working in the greater Colombo area and represented the EIB’s fifth sovereign loan in the country. “The visit by the European Investment Bank is an opportunity for the Sri Lankan Government to showcase their plans for the sustainable development of the country. I am confident that strengthened engagement by the European Investment Bank will lead to new investment across the key sectors that are vital for the modernisation of the country’s infrastructure. These investments have the potential to deliver benefits for all Sri Lankans,” highlighted HE Tung-LaïMargue, European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.On Tuesday the European Investment Bank Delegation will visit a number of sites around Colombo to see how new investment is improving the supply of clean water and treatment of waste water in the capital city. The European Investment Bank is one of the world’s largest financiers of water related investment.“I look forward to seeing at first hand the hard work being done across Colombo to improve water services for the city’s inhabitants and discussions with government ministers and other Sri Lankan partners how the European Investment Bank’s unique global experience can contribute to strengthening new sustainable development and climate related investmentacross the country.” added Vice President McDowell. This week’s visit represents the first visit of a Vice President of the European Investment Bank to Sri Lanka in more than five years.“The European Investment Bank has a strong track record of supporting transformational investment that improves lives and economic opportunities across Asia and around the world. This week’s visit to Sri Lanka builds on the fruitful discussions with Minister Karunanayake following the European Investment Bank’s first ever support for water investment in Sri Lanka and the first loan for public sector investment agreed with this government.”confirmed Andrew McDowell, European Investment Bank Vice President, before his arrival in Colombo. A high-level delegation from the European Investment Bank, the world’s largest international public bank, will make a three day official visit to Sri Lanka at the start of a South Asia regional tour, the EU office in Colombo said.Andrew McDowell, newly appointed Vice President of the European Investment Bank responsible for South Asia, will discuss recent engagement and future investment with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and senior government ministers, business leaders, members of the diplomatic community and local and international financial institutions. The European Investment Bank is Europe’s long-term lending institution and owned directly by the 28 European Union member states. The European Investment Bank has supported investment in Sri Lanka since 2002 including backing climate related investment, private companies and post-tsunami recovery. The new water investment programme will include provision of a new sewage network in currently un-served areas of Kirillopone. Under the initiative a new wastewater treatment facility will also be built to reduce pollution at the Wellawata sea outfall.The Asian Development Bank will also support the water investment project and this new initiative marks the first time that the European Investment Bank has financed a project alongside another International Financial Institution in Sri Lanka.Looking ahead the European Investment Bank expects to provide more than EUR 1 billion each year to support new investment across Asia. Last year the European Investment Bank Group provided EUR 84 billion to finance new investment around the world, including EUR 19.6 billion for climate related investment. (Colombo Gazette)
The Education Ministry has decided to transfer the Principal of Anula Vidyalaya Nugegoda with immediate effect.
MONTREAL — The operator of the Aeroplan loyalty rewards program still faces the prospect of a shareholder revolt after a U.S. investor vowed to vote against the existing board of director nominees at this month’s annual meeting.22NW Fund LP of Seattle blames Aimia Inc.’s poor performance and plummeting share price directly on the board’s actions including the “botched” Air Canada renegotiation and the sale of the British program Nector to retailer Sainsbury.The airline served notice last year that it does not plan to renew its 30-plus year partnership when the current contract ends in 2020.“My view is that these people should be fired immediately,” fund manager Aron English said in an interview Friday.The fund said it owns about 4.3 million shares or about three per cent of Montreal-based Aimia.22NW Fund said it will vote at the April 27 annual meeting against chairman Robert Brown and CEO David Johnston along with directors Roman Doroniuk, Thomas Gardner, Emma Griffin, Robert Kreidler and William McExan.It will support new director nominees Brian Edwards, Philip Mittleman and Jeremy Rabe.English said he’s heard from other shareholders who are equally outraged with the board, signalling there’s a “good chance” they’ll win the battle over directors.“This board has driven the share price down 80 per cent in less than a year so yeah I would say that people are pretty unhappy,” he said.Aimia’s share price has fallen to a low of $1.40 from its 2014 peak of $19.88. It was down 1.8 per cent at $1.66 in Friday afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.English threatened to take undisclosed action if board members who receive less than half of votes cast refuse to honour the company policy to resign.After meeting with the company several times, he said he’s had enough.“They’ve given it their best shot, they failed and it’s time for somebody else who actually owns equity in the company and is aligned with shareholders to have a shot here.”Aimia didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The company averted a battle with its largest shareholder after reaching an agreement with Mittleman Brothers Investment Management, which owns nearly 15 per cent of Aimia.As part of the deal, Rabe and the chief executive for Mittleman Brothers LLC were nominated to the board and signed a standstill agreement.English called that a good first step, but not sufficient to satisfy his concerns.Mittleman has agreed that until July 1, 2019 it won’t take any actions against Aimia, including soliciting proxies, voting any shares, calling a special meeting, proposing the removal of board members, engaging in short selling or making disparaging comments about the company.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2015 2:14 pm MDT Dow, S&P 500 indexes extend a decline to a 3rd day; Kraft soars on news of Heinz acquisition NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock indexes are closing lower, bringing the market further below record highs reached earlier this month.Kraft bucked the trend, soaring 36 per cent Wednesday after reaching a deal to be acquired by Heinz.The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell dropped 30 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 2,076. The index is 2.6 per cent below the all-time high it reached March 2.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 292 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 17,718. The Nasdaq slid 118 points, or 2.4 per cent, to 4,876.Nine of the 10 industry sectors in the S&P 500 index fell. Energy was the only sector to rise, helped by a gain in the price of crude oil.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.93 per cent.
CHENEY, Wash. — Sam McPherson ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns and No. 3 seed Eastern Washington scored 39 straight points to beat Nicholls 42-21 in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.The Eagles (10-2) will host the winner of No. 6 seed UC Davis and Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals next weekend.Eastern Washington trailed 14-3 after the Colonels (9-4) scored touchdowns on their first two possessions and Nicholls looked to add to the lead with a 37-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half. But Dylan Ledbetter blocked the kick and Kedrick Johnson scooped it up and returned it 55 yards for a score.The Eagles never looked back, scoring on five of their first six possessions of the second half, four of them touchdowns. Ketner Kupp’s 95-yard interception return with 3:34 left in the game made it 42-14.Eric Barriere passed for 162 yards, a touchdown and an interception and ran for 54 yards for Eastern Washington. Andrew Boston caught five passes for 89 yards and a score.Chase Fourcade passed for 146 yards and ran for 89 yards and two TDs for Nicholls. The junior quarterback became the program’s all-time leading passer, surpassing Doug Hudson (7,690 yards, 1986) on a 16-yard completion to Damion Jeanpiere Jr. Dontrell Taylor ran for 112 yards and a touchdown.The Associated Press
Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) stands up after catching a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter in the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOver the past two games, no Ohio State wide receiver has demonstrated as much potential as sophomore wideout Binjimen Victor.With six catches for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Victor is quickly showing why coaches have praised the 6-foot-4 wideout, as demonstrated Tuesday afternoon by head coach Urban Meyer’s comparison between Victor and former Ohio State wideouts Michael Thomas and Cris Carter.Though he got off to a slow start to the year, Victor has shown why the Thomas and Carter comparisons are warranted as he has now added the weight needed to fulfill the various responsibilities of a wide receiver in Meyer’s offense, while also putting on display his ability to make leaping, athletic catches over cornerbacks and serve as a red-zone target for quarterback J.T. Barrett.Barrett, who has been the starting quarterback during both the tenures of Thomas and Victor, said Victor has something Thomas lacked: early opportunity.After both were used sparingly as freshmen, Thomas redshirted his second season in Columbus whereas Victor is listed as a starter and has begun to flourish.Though Victor is still far from being the true No. 1 wideout Thomas developed into, Barrett said he believes Victor has that potential if he continues to develop physically.“He’s a taller guy and [strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti has] been pushing him in the weight room,” Barrett said. “So make sure he’s physical in that aspect. But I think he’s coming along well.”Out of high school, Victor weighed only 170 pounds. Victor’s height has always given him the potential to be the red-zone, jump-ball target Barrett needed, but his weight limited his usefulness on the field. Meyer has often discussed the importance of being physical enough to block at receiver in order to see extended playing time.Two years since arriving in Columbus, Victor has bulked up to 195 pounds — though he still remains lanky. Victor said his increased size has led to an ability to fulfill the blocking requirement for Meyer’s receivers, aiding him in his quest to see more playing time.“Here you have to block to play receiver and also play special teams,” Victor said. “So offseason I try to work on getting stronger, getting bigger as well, so when it comes to blocking, I can be blocking from my slots and perimeter running.”The ability to block might have been what put him on the field, but he is far from the blocker several other receivers, like redshirt junior Terry McLaurin and sophomore Austin Mack, are currently. What separates Victor from everyone else is his height, which causes problems for the typically smaller cornerbacks because there is rarely a pass Victor can’t get his hands on.Victor said the trust Barrett has in him to come down with the catches stems from chemistry the two have built up over the spring, summer and into the fall.“You’ve got to trust in your quarterback to give you a chance on that 50/50 ball and using my height to my ability to go make a play,” Victor said. “It comes easy because you know we work on it throughout the week and come game time, we’ve got to make it happen.”That trust works both ways between quarterback and wide receiver. Just as Victor said he counts on Barrett to give him a chance, Barrett said Victor’s size gives him much more room for error on passes, making him a more comfortable target.“I think with Ben, I guess not necessarily be as accurate with his wingspan being so wide. He helps you out a lot,” Barrett said.Throw in the size and added confidence Victor has picked up from his recent successes and involvement in the offense, and Barrett said he has a guy he can continue to count on throughout the season. Having limited usefulness and thus a limited role in the offense last season diminished the confidence Victor possessed in his game, Barrett said. The three-time team captain said he now sees a receiver who believes in his own ability to make plays for the team.“Last year, he would be timid at times, and with that wouldn’t be open. And I see now he’s being more confident,” Barrett said. “Even when a guy is hanging onto him, he’s able to go up there and grab the football … So I think there’s something that has been really good for him just being more confident in what he’s doing being that this is his second year.”Though Victor no longer lacks confidence, the potential dynamic playmaker said he has more left to give the Buckeyes. As Meyer said, Victor believes he still has yet to scratch the surface.“I have a lot to work on. I’m not where I need to be right now,” Victor said. “I feel like I can become [that well-rounded receiver], so I can make this offense and help my teammates get better on it.”
New Swansea City signing Barrie McKay is looking to rebuild his career after joining the club from Nottingham Forest.The former Rangers winger is hoping to recreate his goal scoring form at the Ibrox Stadium with his new club Swansea as they prepare for life in the Sky Bet Championship.McKay has signed a three-year deal with the Swans after joining the club from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.The winger found the back of the net 17 times for Rangers but struggled to replicate the same form at Forest scoring just five times in 28 appearances.“Being at Rangers was a good feeling for me the football we played at the club was very good as we got the club back into the Scottish Premiership,” he said according to BBC.Report: Sanches is on a collision course with Bayern chief George Patchias – August 21, 2019 Renato Sanches is apparently on a collision course with Bayern Munich chief after recent comments.According to beIN sports network, Renato Sanches has publicly criticised…McKay featured more than 100 times for the Glasgow based club and the highlight of his Rangers’ career came when he scored against great rivals Celtic in the Scottish cup semi-final.“I was a young lad when I got into the club’s first team. I was just 17 but I featured in a number of games for the club,” he said.“The goal I scored against Celtic was definitely one of my best and I hope to score a few more like that.”“I will try to play as many games as I can and provide as many goals as I can as well for this club.”McKay who has been capped once by Scotland could make his Swansea debut when the club face Sheffield United in the Sky bet Championship opener.
Magnitude 3.5 quake felt in San Diego KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A small earthquake shook parts of northern San Diego County Saturday.The United States Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 3.5 temblor at 12:26 p.m. with an epicenter in Riverside County, north of Aguanga and near the Cahuilla Indian Reservation.There were reports of light shaking in the Oceanside and Escondido areas, according to the USGS. The quake was also felt farther away in Riverside and Cathedral City.No damage was immediately reported. Updated: 3:16 PM Posted: May 19, 2018 May 19, 2018
Autumn Budget 2018: The government will support defined contribution (DC) pension funds to invest in growing UK organisations and start-ups through the British Business Bank, according to the Autumn Budget 2018 statement.The British Business Bank is the government’s UK-wide economic development bank aimed at making finance markets work more effectively for smaller employers. According to the latest Budget document, several of the largest DC pension providers in the UK have committed to work with the bank to explore options for pooled investment in patient, or long-term, capital.The providers include Aviva, HSBC, Legal and General, Nest, The People’s Pension and Tesco Pension Fund.“Defined contribution pension schemes have a vital role to play in long-term financing for UK growth and innovation,” said the Budget document.However, Kay Ingram, director of public policy at financial adviser LEBC, warned that this type of investment was unlikely to offer a suitable level of risk for the average pension saver.She said: “While encouraging start-up capital investment is a worthy aim of the government, it is unlikely to be a suitable investment risk, except for the wealthiest savers. The higher returns possible from this type of investment come with higher risk of losses and are usually only considered suitable for those with surplus assets and capacity to wait for the investment to deliver, without needing access to their funds.”Ingram added: “A more suitable proposal would be to offer these higher-risk investment opportunities to wealthier savers, who have funds in excess of the lifetime allowance for pension savings, [which is] £1,055,000 from next April.“They are more likely to have the capacity to bear the risk of loss. If they were offered forgiveness of the 55% tax charge on funds in excess of the lifetime allowance in return for investing in patient capital, we believe many of them would take this up.”The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is due to publish a discussion paper by the end of 2018 that will explore how effectively the UK’s existing fund regime enables investment in patient capital. This will accompany ongoing work by the treasury in exploring the feasibility of a new long-term asset fund.The FCA will also consult at the end of 2018 on updating the permitted links framework to allow unit-linked pension funds to invest in “an appropriate range” of patient capital assets.Lorna Blyth, head of investment solutions at Royal London, said: “Pensions investments are long term-savings but pension savers currently can’t access longer-term investments such as patient capital.“Any further help to allow pension savers to access patient capital and further diversify their pensions investments must be explored in the interests of maximising risk-adjusted returns for consumers. We welcome moves to consider the ability to hold these assets within a unit-linked pension fund.”The Budget also announced that the Department for Work and Pensions will consult in 2019 on the function of the pensions charge cap to ensure that it does not “unduly restrict” the use of performance fees within default pension schemes while maintaining member protections.