By Carol ChurchWhen the time comes to retire from the military, there are so many decisions to be made and transitions for service members and their families to think about. One major one is whether to stay in the community they’re currently living in or to move on to an area that may have more to offer in various ways. For many, this may be a welcome opportunity to return to an area where family live, or to a region they enjoyed when stationed there. But there’s more to consider, particularly from a financial point of view!The situation will, of course, vary from person to person. Many military retirees will be quite young and looking to start a second nonmilitary career. (Did you know that the average military retiree is only in his or her 40s?) Some may still have children in school, which comes with its own set of considerations. Of course, others will be at a different stage of life and feel ready to stop working and pursue hobbies, travel, or relaxation.So, keeping the diversity of the “military retiree” in mind, what are some possible considerations when choosing where to live after retiring from the military?Does the state tax military retirement pay?This can be a big one if the servicemember will be drawing a retirement pension. Of the 50 states, 9 have no state income tax. 14 of those that do have chosen not to tax military retirement pay. Another 20 offer some kind of tax credit or tax exemption for military retirees. Others offer no breaks. These laws change frequently, so it’s a very good idea to research the current laws for any state under consideration. Retirees may also want to compare state income tax rates, which vary widely. Some tax higher earners at a fairly significant rate.Are there industries in the area that draw on skills gained in the military, if planning to still work?Government and defense contract jobs are obvious choices, but the medical, security, manufacturing, and IT fields (among others) may all hold opportunity. The unemployment rate may also be something to consider if the “retiree” plans to pursue a second career or if his or her spouse will be looking for work.Are there VA hospitals in the region, and what do other vets and rating systems say about them?Although not every retiree will choose to utilize the VA system for healthcare, it can be important to have the option. VA systems vary, so just knowing there is one in the area may not be enough—it pays off to look into ratings.Is this a popular area for military retirees?The military is nothing if not a huge community, and for some it will be hard to leave. Retirement may feel more comfortable and enjoyable with other veterans in the area. It’s even possible to move to specialized military senior living communities, if this is of interest.How affordable is housing in the area?Military families may be excited to finally purchase a “forever home” after holding back from purchasing or “making do” during years of PCSing. The VA loan program makes this dream even more attainable. For some, however, the realities of home buying may also be a bit of shock. Doing background research on the price and attainability of housing stock in the area is a must.Are there any bases nearby?Though this may not be a big consideration for some, others enjoy being near bases and having access to the amenities they can provide, such as the commissary, exchange, Space-A flights, etc.What is the area’s cost of living?Retirees will want to see how the costs of common expenses like groceries, health care, utilities, and son compares from region to region. (Property and local taxes are a big factor, too.) While it can be difficult to obtain a reliable estimate of this figure, some sites offer cost of living calculators, like this one and this one.What about climate, cultural opportunities, and general demographics of the area?These are more typical “where to retire” considerations are still going to be relevant. Many websites and articles provide information on these factors.This is all quite a bit to consider—all the more reason to start thinking about these big choices early. Service members should start planning for retirement two to three years ahead of time. It will take time to get everything worked out and all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed. Many sites, lists, and articles rate the “best” cities, states, and area for military retirees, but of course, in the end, this decision will be very personal. Considering the financial implications of where to settle should certainly be part of the picture.We’re hosting a 3-day learning event June 6-8 focused on retirement issues. Learn more about this Virtual Learning Event here.
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now It feels like theory precedes practice, but the opposite is true. Theory follows practice.It’s not uncommon for people to believe that a new theory is generated, and then that new theory is put into practice, and new and better results are generated. This is exactly backwards. The practice comes first, and then the theory is generated to provide that practice with a concept, a structure, and a set of rules.Look at something like The Challenger Sale. The idea that salespeople create value by challenging their dream clients with an insight that allows the client to break through their present thinking and discover a reason to change was a not a theory that was converted into a practice. Instead, it was what some salespeople were doing to succeed in creating and winning new opportunities. Only later was the idea codified so that is could be shared with other salespeople. (Watch this YouTube video on why I believe The Challenger Sale is one of the most important books on sales in the last two decades).While the theorists often get attention and the accolades, it’s the practitioners who are doing the real work of discovery. It’s the practitioner who grabs the machete and hacks a path through the jungle. The practitioner is the one sitting in front of customers making observations about what works, what doesn’t work, and making the adjustments that allow them to create and win new opportunities. It’s the practitioner who wins or loses, succeeds or fails.The person that provides the map of the terrain and the person that hacked the path are not often the same person. A practitioner would share with you what they know and believe about their map, and the theorist would explain why the map is correct. Another practitioner would show you a different way, and another theorist would happily explain to you how it is the right map. The theorist may have never seen the actual terrain.Theory is necessary, but not sufficient when it comes to producing better results. It provides a map, a useful tool for understanding the terrain. But if you want someone to guide you through the jungle, you might also be served by a practitioner, someone who as actually seen the terrain for themselves, and someone whose experience allows them to intuit what the right choices are when you run into trouble.
India could lose a vital U.S. trade concession, under which it enjoys zero tariffs on $5.6 billion of exports to the United States, amid a widening dispute over its trade and investment policies, people with close knowledge of the matter said. A move to withdraw the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) from India, the world’s largest beneficiary of a scheme that has been in force since the 1970s, would be the strongest punitive action since President Donald Trump took office in 2017 vowing to reduce the U.S. deficit with large economies.Read it at Financial Express Related Items
She is the middle one of three sisters, an ace at academics, and such a tomboy, that if a girl ever called the house asking for her, her dad would do a double take and actually take the girl’s number down. Today at 23, she is India’s newest silver screen sensation and Bipasha Basu has indeed left the tomboyish days far behind. Bipasha won the Famous Ford Supermodels contest at 17, and then became a household name starring in one prestigious ad after the other, as well as the famous video ” TU” for Sonu Nigam’s album “Kismat.” Currently, the hottest and most happening star on the silver screen, Bipasha is recognized not just for her sultry looks that prompted Paul McCartney to dub her the Sophia Loren of India, but also for choosing subjects that have nothing clichÈd about them.Warm, down to earth, and very forthright, Bipasha, in an exclusive with Little India, talks about why she made the choices she did and why being a film actress is just part of her journey, but not her destination.Winning the Ford Supermodel Contest, as a teenager was quite a switch from being a tomboy!It is true that I was a tomboy. I come from a middle class family and my dad is an engineer. I was really my parents’ pet, obedient and an ace student. In fact, if my dad has any regrets, it is that I did not pursue an academic career, because I was so good in studies, but my life took a different turn when I got into modeling. I loved traveling around the world and enjoyed my independence, and the money that came with it, some thing a normal college-going girl does not get to do. It started for me when I was only 17.Nevertheless, you decided to quit international modeling because you were homesick and felt you would not make it, when on the contrary the dusky look is so in nowadays.When I went abroad, it was 1997 and India was not big on the international map then. Today everything about India is considered exotic, but at that time it was not so. I did a lot of work, but I knew I could not stay. Everything is very professional abroad, but it is a very hectic and lonely life. I met many girls from different parts of the world, got to learn a lot and became more responsible as I saw them making the wrong choices all the time, things I had not seen before, like people doing drugs and not respecting themselves. Eventually it is all about you, and all up to you. Your parents can only teach you this much, but it is you who has to make the right decision. I am very close to my parents and they know everything about me. My mother was always supportive and proud of me, but for my academician father it took a year to understand what I was doing and that I was serious about it.So after making it big on the domestic modeling scene, you finally agreed to give films a shot. After turning down offers for a couple of year, you started with a murder mystery and a role with negative shades in Ajnabee. You did look very much like Sophia Loren, though it was funny seeing you look very sultry but mouth an inane dialogue like “Mera Jism dekho”,(look at my body) to Bobby Deol. It wasn’t sultry in the least!Do you know to this day Bobby can get me on that line? It was the worst scene of my life. Even in English, I would not be able to say a ridiculous line like “look at my body,” but to say it in Hindi in front of all that crew, to a stranger especially when you are acting in a film for the first time in your life and I had no clue about acting. It’s been two and a half three years, and I am still tortured with that line.How easy was it to switch from modeling to acting?It was a very strange feeling because, the world of modeling is so different and a 90-man film unit behaves differently. I had to start from scratch, but I met a fabulous bunch of people, who helped. The first shot I had in Ajnabee was with Kareena Kapoor discussing our life. I was nervous, but the director told me to be natural, and since then in every film, I have done just that. I believe in following the character I am playing to a T and to be natural and understated. I believe less is best. It doesn’t matter what background you come from, if you are open minded and in touch with your emotions and yourself, you will always act well, because after all acting is nothing but a display of emotions and how you really feel. The only thing different is that modeling drills into you a need to look good all the times, in acting you have to forget that aspect totally, because you may not always play a glamorous character. The first time I saw myself on the screen I didn’t want to see myself again. It was a shock and I hated everything. At that time I was just parroting my lines, but now I am more focused, and though I am not the best actress around, I think I have improved with each film.I heard Paul McCartney saw the film and was bowled over by you?Yes, I was in Goa and I get a call in the middle of night and I say who is this? My friends fool around with me all the time and Dino Morea had made that call once and I said stop fooling around, but it was indeed Paul McCartney and that was very sweet.Let’s talk about the film that was the big blockbuster and has catapulted you into a different league altogether – Jism. It was a bold subject where a married woman manipulates her way and uses her body and her beauty to get her lover to murder her middle-aged rich husband. The ending was very interesting. Even though it was touted as your film, John Abraham was the surprise package as your lover. Since you are a couple off screen was it easier to do those much-hyped erotic scenes with him?It was indeed hyped as a woman oriented film, but in reality, it was about two people who are very different from each other -characters nobody had seen before. What I really liked about Jism was the freshness of the theme and the script. No other film had been made like that in commercial cinema. It is always parallel cinema, which focuses on things like a mature adult love story, but commercial cinema is content with popcorn and college romances and it’s a little tiresome to see that again and again. I am as much a member of the audience also, and I try and look at each script and decide will I be able to sit through this film. I really love sensible cinema and I love directors who know what they are doing. You might be a good actor or actress, but if the director puts together the scenes badly that can kill you, so the presence of Mahesh Bhatt, a man who has gone through so many phases of life and has a good sense of real cinema helped a lot, even though his nephew Vikram was the captain of the ship and he is very sensitive and accomplished.Which was the toughest scene?The last one, where Kabir realizes that Sonia has manipulated him all along and she tries to tell him she is finally really in love with him, after trying to shoot him and that is why she could not kill him, but he kills her. Mahesh said do what you feel is right, but we want a mixed reaction from the audience, to leave them wondering. It was interesting, that after the movie was released, a lot of men came up to me and said oh its so sad you fell in love with him in the end and he still killed you, but there were also many women who came up to me and said oh my god you played such an evil character: till the end she lied to him.As for the love scenes that were hyped up so much, I said yes I am a woman, yes we are talking about attraction very openly. There are love making scenes, but they are very beautifully done; there is no nudity, and I have shown nothing except my legs, in the entire film, which they show at the drop of the hat, long with the midriff and cleavage in every commercial Bollywood film. We didn’t cross any limits. I had just started shooting Aitbaar, and had met John for may be 10 days, and we really liked each other. I must say my chemistry with John worked on screen, because off screen we were very fond of each other. So certain intimate scenes came very naturally with John and may not have otherwise. John is a thorough gentleman, and that matters.There have been times, I have problems even hugging another actor. In a film – the situation, the scene, the people around you, and their behavior or what they may be thinking affects your performance and every film unit is not the same. But the whole setup of Jism, from Pooja Bhatt, to Vikram and Mahesh Bhatt, to the director, the cameraman comprised of very classy, sensitive people. My director gave me the liberty to discuss what I wanted to do with me. I was never coerced or forced into doing anything I didn’t like. Jism as a film was a group effort where every one’s sensibility matched.The censor board, which is always criticized for its incompetence and close mindedness, surprised you by just two minor cuts.Yes, that was amazing. The censor board people called us and said though the title of the film is very bold; you have made an excellent film. Majority of our Hindi films don’t have half the emotions that were portrayed in Jism, but it did have a bold name “Jism-the Dark Side of Desire,” and the promos were a bit misleading. But I guess it was a marketing strategy to get the people inSo far every single film of yours has been unconventional. Raaz was a supernatural thriller and that too was a huge hit. Gunah had you play a police inspector who falls in love with a criminal, to name a couple. So is it the adventurer in you who likes to take chances or are you just pure reckless, especially when every one wants to make their debut in a candyfloss family drama?Personally, for me, doing unconventional films has never meant taking a risk, because this is what I like doing. I like seeing new kind of cinema and watching films with different themes. I hate seeing the same actors do the same thing again and again. I will never repeat a Jism. We have so many talented people in the industry, but every one limits themselves and does not fulfill their potential because they want to play it safe. But today that security zone does not provide any security, because most run of the mill movies are flopping these days and the only thing that seems to be succeeding are films with unusual, fresh themes.It also seems that actors are a lot more professional these days.I think it is because we come to the scene from professional or academic backgrounds. We have learnt to respect our work and not to take things or people for granted or to believe that you are so great that you are going to be here forever.So what are the forthcoming films that you are excited about?Aitbaar, with John Abraham and Amitabh Bachchan. Finally, I am playing a college girl, which is what every actress starts her career with! I started by playing a wife and a married woman! In fact it was so funny when in one of the scenes the director Vikram Bhatt said “Okay so you are this college girl, so go sit and study, I wailed, but I don’t know how to” and everyone burst out laughing!I play this vulnerable girl who has never experienced love and she has this really possessive father, played by Amitabh Bachchan, and he does not like her falling in love with a man and the whole pressure of being a daughter and a lover consumes her. John plays a very possessive lover. For me, the gamut of being a soft character that turns into a rebel has been interesting. Bachchan is so down to earth, always cracking jokes. He would complain mischievously, “Why can’t I play Bipasha’s lover. I don’t want to play her father,” and he would constantly fool around and pull my leg. For me he is the ultimate, because he has earned the respect of others by his professionalism and his humility. He walks into a room and people stand at attention. That is the kind of class he has. He is a thorough professional and a gentleman.I’m also excited about Mani Shankar’s Rudraksh with Sunjay Dutt, where all the amazing special effects have been done in house in India. I play a scientist in the film. I will have five releases this year – Footpath, Rudraksh, Jaane Hoga Kya, Aitbaar, and Ishq Hai Tumse. I think the winners would be Aitbaar and Rudraksh though all my films are great. Ofcourse, one never knows. I thought Gunaah was a great film. I worked 70 days in a row, day and night for that film but that didn’t work.You don’t act in multistarrers much do you?Well that is because of the date problems that invariably crop up with various stars that are roped in. I like to act in films that are quickly made, and it gets chaotic, but I am doing a comedy by Inder Kumar with Ajay Devgun, Fardeen Khan and Saif Ali Khan, but things have been worked out and dates are all coordinated, so as long as that is done I don’t mind.So where do you see yourself as an actress a few years from now?The excitement of getting so much creative satisfaction and that I am continuing to improve and grow with each film is wonderful and ofcourse I get to travel and enjoy the perks that being an actress gives. There is lot of hard work involved, but I also know that this is not that I will be doing forever. I give myself maybe five years at the most as an actress. I don’t want to be a legend. I just want to be happy with whatever it is I choose to do at any given point of my life.Is there anything about Bipasha Basu that we don’t know?That I have big feet! I hate my feet and I talk about it all the time – all my costars make fun of them. 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A Hindu priest of Indian origin was shot dead at his house at Arouca, a town in Trinidad and Tobago this weekend. Suni Ragbirsingh was killed when he walked in while a robbery was in progress on Nov. 25, the T&T Guardian reported.When Ragbirsingh reached home, he saw that his wife and her parents were tied up. “I feel, maybe when they were leaving, the men, who had on face coverings, must have removed it when they were leaving and when Sunil walked in he probably saw their faces and that was when they shot him once in the chest. He fell right there and died,” his father-in-law was quoted as saying.He added that he had closed all the doors and windows before going to sleep. He heard noises from outside his bedroom when he decided to check out the source of the commotion.“That is when I saw two men with guns standing there. They tied up my wife and I with extension cords and then took us to a room where my daughter (Ragbirsingh’s wife) was already tied up,” he said. An undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry was stolen from their house that night.Ragbirsingh had been married for three years and had no children. He was described as “the best husband ever,” and “the most humble and kind person.”His death was mourned by the community in the town. “He was one of the good ones…..it don’t have many like him…..a very humble person. He will be missed by many. …..a village mourns today,” Simi Raghoonanan posted on Facebook.Ragbirsingh’s last prayer was the Hanuman Chalisa at the Endeavour Temple. He was a full-time priest and “loved what he did. Imagine, he just came home from conducting prayers and was killed. How sad. How terrifying is this to happen in your own home,” his father-in-law said.Ragbirsingh is said to have been the first person to answer the call for a Kali Yatra in T&T. Related ItemsCaribbeanTrinidad
AdvertisementThe negotiations are heating up to make a catch-weight showdown between Australian rivals Anthony Mundine and Jeff Horn. Horn was beaten last month in Las Vegas in his fight against Pound-for-Pound king Terence Crawford in MGM Grand, Las Vegas.According to New Corp, the fight is being targeted to take place in Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane later this Year. It’s the same stadium where Jeff Horn beat Manny Pacquiao in a sold out 55,000 seated stadium.According to Local Experts, both boxers could walk away with $4 million each with a 50-50 deal based on the domestic revenue and pay-per-view profits. Horn also admitted that money will probably be the major motivator for his next fight.“We’re coming up to seal a deal,’’ said Mundine’s advisor Emaid Dib.“Anthony is approaching the bout like it will be the fight of his life. He is very determined to put on the best performance of his career. He knows Jeff is a great fighter but his whole life has been about taking on big challenges in rugby league and boxing.’’After losing to Crawford, Horn brushed aside the idea of facing Mundine – but now he’s changed his mind when reviewing the financials involved.“I’m up for the Mundine challenge,’’ said Horn.“He was the big star when I was just a young amateur starting out so it would be exciting to face him in front of a big crowd. We sparred once five years ago and I did pretty well so let’s see what happens in a real fight.’’And Horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, is also on board with this contest taking place in the fall.“Anthony is the perfect fight for Jeff coming back,’’ Rushton said.“I think the fight is big enough to be held at Suncorp Stadium. Dean Lonergan, Jeff’s promoter, has presented us with a list of possible opponents and there is the possibility of a rematch with Manny Pacquiao at some stage but I think for now the Mundine fight could be huge and I’m sure that thousands of Mundine fans would come up from NSW to watch.“It could be very good for tourism in Queensland at a time when there won’t be too many other big sporting events in Brisbane. We haven’t agreed to anything yet but I like the idea of the fight. I can assure you we will not be underestimating Anthony. Even at 43 he is still a dangerous fighter and Jeff will be ready.’’Advertisement
Hardik Pandya’s unbeaten knock of 79 provided India some hope in a rain-hit opening day of the second four-day Quadrangular A Series match against Australia as India finished the day on 169/9.India were put into bat first by the hosts but were soon undone as the top order collapsed and it took a fightback from the lower order to save the day to some extent. Pandya’s unbeaten 79 came off 112 balls which had nine fours and a six. Jayant Yadav was the second highest contributor with the bat as he managed to get 28 runs off 69-balls.For Australia Kane Richardson and Jackson Bird grabbed three wickets apiece.Australia A captain Joe Burns won the toss and elected to bowl first under overcast conditions.Richardson (3 for 37) was the pick of the bowlers early on, striking first with the wicket of Faiz Fazal (0), who edged to Nic Maddinson at second slip.Karun Nair (1) followed, run-out by a direct hit from Hilton Cartwright to leave the tourists 2-11. The collapse that followed garnered three wickets for the home side at the expense of zero runs, leaving India A in serious trouble at 4-11.India A captain Naman Ojha (19) fell immediately after lunch, trapped lbw by Bird to give the quick his second wicket of the day.Ojha and Sanju Samson (13) had set about negotiating their side out of a tricky position, but the latter’s innings didn’t last until lunch, as Cartwright switched ends for his second over and snuck one through the batsman’s defence to hit leg stump and claim a breakthrough.advertisementThe seventh wicket stand of 78 between Jayant and Pandya steadied India’s rocking boat before Yadav’s wicket was snared by Richardson.Brief Scores:India A: 169/9 in 66 overs (Hardik Pandya 79 not out; Kane Richardson 3 for 37).(With PTI Inputs)
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Manchester United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be in charge of the club until the end of the season.His first task will be to rally the team together after the cracks within forced Jose Mourinho to walk away from the job. Later comes injecting some life into what has been a fraught campaign.On his return to Old Trafford on Thursday, he said that he wants to “get the players enjoying their football”.Mourinho walked away from Manchester United having made the club’s worst start to a season for 28 years and in his final few months in charge were dominated by media reports of his falling out with the club’s 90 million pounds ($114 million) France midfielder Paul Pogba while his side laboured on the pitch playing dull defensive football.Solskjaer, who as a player was part of United’s era of dominance under Alex Ferguson and scored the goal that secured an unprecedented treble almost 20 years ago, wants to return a feel-good factor to their under-performing squad.”I am just going to be myself… get the players enjoying their football and looking forward to seeing the supporters again,” Solskjaer, 45, told MUTV on Thursday in his first interview as caretaker boss.”We are in a results business and we want to win games and that is my job. We just want to see them play the football they can.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: #MUFC caretaker managerWatch the rest of Ole’s interview in our official app download now for free: https://t.co/XN0xvwDZOO pic.twitter.com/egHH9dORpuadvertisementManchester United (@ManUtd) December 20, 2018Solskjaer, who has left his role as manager of Norwegian club Molde, said the busy upcoming schedule of matches would give all of his squad a chance to impress him.Ahead of his first match in charge against Cardiff City , a team Solskjaer has disastrously managed back in 2014, may not be litmus test many would consider ‘difficult’, but a task nonetheless. Their game on Saturday begins a run of five in 15 days.”The amount of games coming up is no problem because we’ve got an amazing squad, we’ve got 23-24 players,” Solskjaer said.”They are all quality and they’ll all get a chance now with the amount of games coming up. They’ve got a chance to show they are Man United players.”Solskjaer’s place in United’s folklore means he is likely to receive a rapturous welcome when they play their next home match against Huddersfield Town on December 26.The Norwegian, who was the hero on one of the club’s most famous nights when got the winner in stoppage time as United completed a 2-1 comeback triumph over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final, said he would relish his time in charge.”As a player I gave everything I have and now walking out and leading this team and being part of this team. Playing for pride, history, it will be very special.”(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | Jose Mourinho will soon get offers from top European clubs: Former assistant ClarkeAlso Read | Manchester United announce Solskjaer as caretaker manager after Mourinho exitAlso Read | Manchester United is in my heart, says caretaker manager Ole Solskjaer
All eyes will be on R Ashwin and Jos Buttler as Kings XI Punjab host Rajasthan Royals in Match 32 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Tuesday in Mohali. The last time these two sides met, a huge controversy erupted as Ashwin Mankaded Buttler.Rajasthan Royals were looking set for opening their account as early as their first match of IPL 2019 as Jos Buttler was striking it cleanly in their chase of 185 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Match 25. However, Ashwin removed Buttler by running him out at the non-stiker’s end by employing the controversial Mankading technique.Buttler’s dismissal saw the start of collapse as RR lost their last eight wickets for just 56 runs.The Mankad act of R Ashwin became a huge talking point in the first week of IPL 2019. The Kings XI Punjab captain left the cricket fraternity divided even as several English and Australian stars brought up the ‘sportsman spirit’ debate and lashed out at Ashwin.Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, Rajasthan Royals’ ambassador, came down heavily at Ashwin, saying he was disappointed with Ashwin as a captain and as a person.Warne ranted about the ’embarrassing and disgraceful’ act, adding that “win at all costs mentality” has to stop and that cricketers need to set examples for “young boys and girls playing cricket”.”Last point on the embarrassing & disgraceful act of @ashwinravi99 ! This win at all costs mentality has got to stop & the integrity of the game along with the spirit of the game must be of the most importance, as we need to set examples to the young boys & girls playing cricket!” Warne wrote on social media.advertisementHow R Ashwin and Jos Buttler reacted after the Mankading incidentNonetheless, the criticism did not affect R Ashwin one bit as the KXIP skipper defended his actions, saying Mankading a batsman is well within the rules of the game.Speaking to AajTak, Ashwin said: “The most important thing for me is what is my conscience saying, and my conscience is clear. Those who know me well know that I will never do something illegal. You can’t say that ‘Ashwin is a villain because of this’.”Jos Buttler, meanwhile, said he has buried the hatchet with Ashwin and insisted that he wouldn’t get Mankaded ever again in his career.”So, I didn’t like what happened and I didn’t agree with it, but what can you do? After a day or so I was pretty relaxed about it and I’ll make sure it never happens again. It won’t happen again,” Buttler told ESPNCricinfo.Can Buttler overcome spin threat?So it’s certain that Buttler wouldn’t cross the line on Tuesday. However, it will be interesting to see how the big-hitting Rajasthan Royals opener will go about tackling the Kings XI Punjab spinners in Mohali. While the Englishman has been in fine form in IPL 2019, his numbers against spin will keep Ashwin interested.Ashwin’s men will be hoping to keep distractions away and get back to winning ways at home. Kings XI Punjab had stitched a 7-match winning run at home before it came to end on Saturday against strugglers Royal Challengers Bangalore.Also Read | KL Rahul in a good space now after a tough couple of months, says Karun NairAlso See:
The Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 have been successful in India, allowing Samsung to sell over 2 million units since the launch of the series earlier this year. Reason? These phones have offered impressive designs and hardware at prices competitive enough to make even brands like Xiaomi and Realme worry. The Galaxy M40 is the fourth phone in the Galaxy M series, and Samsung hopes to maintain that aggressive run.The Galaxy M40’s defining feature is its Infinity-O punch-hole display, which is a first for this segment. It also packs a mid-range Snapdragon chipset and a 32MP triple camera setup. But all of this comes with a few trade-offs – no AMOLED panel, no headphone jack and a smaller battery compared to previous Galaxy M phones. Do these sacrifices hurt the Galaxy M40 with a price of Rs 19,990? We try to find out in our Galaxy M40 review.Galaxy M40 DesignThe front side of the Galaxy M40 gets a new Infinity-O display, which is a first for a Galaxy M phone. Like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy M40 gets a small circular hole on the top corner of the screen to house the selfie camera. This solution removes the need for a notch in an attempt to minimise distraction while viewing the display.Compared to the Galaxy M30, the bezels around the Galaxy M40 are thinner, so you get more screen real estate. The screen is 0.1-inch smaller than the Galaxy M30, but you won’t be able to tell the difference. The Galaxy M40 also offers a slightly smaller form factor and a slimmer profile with a thickness of 7.9mm, which makes it feel great in hand. At 168 grams, the Galaxy M40 is also delightfully lightweight.advertisementThe rear panel of the Galaxy M40 looks similar to other Galaxy M phones, but still manages to look fresh thanks to two new gradient finishes – Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue. The unit I received for review was in Midnight Blue, which offers a dark blue hue almost throughout the face of the panel, while the curved edges give off a lighter shade of blue. It’s almost like a dual-tone effect, which looks really nice. The Seawater Blue offers light blue gradience that also looks quite attractive and would be my pick between the two. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is extremely quick to enroll your fingerprint. The triple camera setup is vertically placed on the top left corner. The power and volume buttons on the right side are easy to reach and so is the fingerprint sensor. All of this is to say that the Galaxy M40 offers good ergonomics.Samsung has taken a bold decision by omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy M40, which is unlikely to go down well in a segment that still sees love for the jack. The removal of the port doesn’t seem to offer any benefits as the battery capacity is smaller compared to the M30 and the phone isn’t as slim as the Galaxy A50. Samsung has tried to make up for it by offering Type-C earphones with the box. The Galaxy M40 supports a hybrid SIM slot and offers a single speaker grille on the bottom.To further reduce the top bezel, Samsung has removed the earpiece and has opted for an On Screen Sound tech which essentially means sound is delivered from under the display. The quality of this under display earpiece is quite average and lacks a certain clarity that a traditional earpiece delivers.Galaxy M40 DisplayThis is where things get tricky. While on the one hand Samsung has offered a segment-first punch-hole display, which looks unique, the company has also made a tradeoff. Instead of offering a Super AMOLED display like it did with the Galaxy M30, Samsung has used an LCD panel for the Galaxy M40. While Samsung displays are generally some of the best in the business, an LCD display is still an LCD display and will not offer the kind of richness, colour depth and appeal that an AMOLED panel offers. Right off the bat, you can tell that the colours on screen look a little pale and washed out on the Galaxy M40 as opposed to the deep and bright colours on the Galaxy M30’s display. Blacks are not as deep and dark as one would have liked, which is particularly disappointing considering One UI comes with a system-wide Night mode that looks fantastic on AMOLED display.That said, the Galaxy M40’s 6.3-inch FHD+ display still offers excellent sharpness with clear texts and sharp videos. It looks great for an LCD panel, that’s for sure. It also helps that the phone comes with Widevine L1 certification, which means you will be able to stream content on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in true HD quality. Viewing angles and brightness levels even under peak sunlight are great as usual.advertisementGalaxy M40 Performance and SoftwareApart from the punch-hole display, another feature Samsung is boasting about is that this is the first Galaxy M phone to run on a Snapdragon chipset. The 2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 675 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM is enough to make sure the Galaxy M40 runs smoothly for most day-to-day tasks. It is a reliable processor as we have seen it work effortlessly with the Redmi Note 7 Pro as well.Out of the box, the Galaxy M40 feels quite snappy as one would expect. Apps are quick to open and load times are fast as well. Scrolling through the UI is swift and touch response is good. The chipset is capable of running games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on medium graphics without any slowdown or jitters. That being said, consumers who are serious about mobile gaming and want to play at max graphics settings at this price may want to consider the Poco F1 instead. Notably, the Galaxy M40 is the first in the Galaxy M series to ship with Android Pie out of the box. On top of Pie, you get One UI which is Samsung’s custom software that is really well optimised and adds to the smooth user experience. You get features such as system-wide Night mode and a redesigned interface that focuses on making one-handed usage easier. You do get a few preloaded apps like Prime Video, Amazon, Dailyhunt and Helo, all of which can be uninstalled.it should also be noted that there are some One UI features that are not present on the Galaxy M40 such as the blue light filter and Bixby Home page that offers customisable cards for relevant daily information. It is unclear why these features are missing, but Samsung may add them with future updates.The phone offers an internal storage of 128GB, which I feel is sufficient for downloading and storing music, photos and movies offline. But if you feel that’s not enough, you can expand it further up to 512GB using a microSD card. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is quite snappy and mostly accurate. Face unlock is present, but it isn’t as fast indoors and definitely not under low lighting conditions. The in-box Type-C earphones sound decent enough especially with Dolby Atmos enabled. But if you have a better pair of wired earphones lying around, you will need to use a Type-C to 3.5mm dongle to make things work, which is a bit of work.Galaxy M40 CameraThe Galaxy M40 is yet another phone in Samsung’s portfolio to offer triple rear cameras (that includes a wide-angle lens). Triple camera setups have become a staple in 2019 as brands look to offer versatility. The Galaxy M40’s camera setup on the Galaxy M40 includes a 32-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree FoV, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor, which is similar to setup on the more expensive Galaxy A70. Up front, the M40 gets a 16-megapixel selfie camera housed within the cutout.advertisementThe 32MP main camera aims to offer great clarity and detail. However, one should note that the camera shoots in 12MP resolution by default. You can switch to full 32MP by changing the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 3:2H, but the difference in picture quality is barely understandable. You also won’t be able to use auto HDR while using the full 32MP mode. During daytime, photos look sharp and detailed (as long as you don’t zoom into the photos) although there is a lack of contrast.IMAGE SAMPLESThe Galaxy M40 has a fast autofocus and shutter speed, which means you won’t be getting a lot of blurry photos in daylight. The same cannot be said when you’re shooting indoors or in low-light as photos often come out looking soft and blurry. Without a dedicated Night mode (long-exposure mode), low-light shots just cannot compete with what the Redmi Note 7 Pro or Realme 3 Pro offer.You can easily switch to the wide-angle lens with a tap of the button, which is always a useful mode to capture landscape shots. The 8MP sensor is decent enough to capture wide-angle shots in daylight, but don’t expect a lot of clarity. The rear and front cameras get Live Focus support so you can adjust background blur in real time. For the rear camera, bokehs look decent as long as the blur effect isn’t kept at high levels. There is decent subject separation although colours reproduction isn’t the best. The 16MP selfie camera is average at best as colours look washed out and facial features look smooth. Skin tones and the blacks of hair don’t look natural, which is strange as the Galaxy M30 delivered better results while offering a similar 16MP sensor. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A50’s 25MP front camera offers sharper selfies. As for videos, the main camera on the Galaxy M40 lacks any form of stabilisation, so don’t expect clean and jitter-free videos. The camera supports recording up to UHD (3840×2160) resolution.Galaxy M40 BatteryThe Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 offered large 5,000mAh batteries, so it comes as a surprise that the Galaxy M40 packs a smaller 3,500mAh capacity. That’s quite a downgrade and it comes as no surprise that the Galaxy M40 won’t last beyond a full day usage. With basic tasks like messaging and social media browsing through the day, you should be left with around 30 per cent in the tank by bedtime. Throw in some gaming and video streaming and you should expect the battery to drain faster during the day. Notably, the Galaxy M40 offers a good standby time, so you’ll most likely find yourself charging the phone in the morning.The Galaxy M40 supports fast charging and you get a 15W charging brick with the box that takes around 100 minutes to charge from zero to 100 per cent.Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy M40?The Galaxy M40 is a sweet addition to the Galaxy M lineup, but one cannot deny that Samsung has cut quite a few corners with this one. The reason Galaxy M30 and Galaxy M20 worked is because they offered a robust set of features at aggressive prices.The Galaxy M40, on the other hand, misses an AMOLED display, drops the headphone jack and chops down the battery, which are some serious downgrades for its price of Rs 19,990. The best parts about the Galaxy M40 is its Infinity-O display which is a unique offering in this segment paired with a snappy and lag-free Snapdragon 675 chipset and One UI out of the box. But it’s easy to see that the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30 offer more for less. Both the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30 sport stunning AMOLED displays, large batteries and decent set of cameras. More importantly, you also get a headphone jack with them and a better selfie camera with the Galaxy A50.Samsung has made sure consumers get a Samsung phone at every price bracket, so the options out there are plenty. While the Galaxy M40 offers some neat feature, it is ultimately undone by Samsung’s own Galaxy A series. With a great Galaxy A50 in the fold, it’s hard to find a place for the Galaxy M40.Samsung Galaxy M40 review7.5/10ProsInfinity-O displaySmooth performanceOne UI out of the boxConsNo AMOLED displayNo headphone jackBattery could have been better
“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography. Pinterest The Knowledge Share on Messenger Twitter Share via Email Has a goalkeeper ever been substituted for playing badly? Share on LinkedIn features Pinterest unrulyupstart (@unrulyupstart)@TheKnowledge_GU Hi! Me again. This weekend Glentoran’s goalkeeper scored his first goal for the club on his 723rd appearance. Has any player scored their first goal after amassing more appearances than 723?January 13, 2019 Top-scoring defenders“Chorley’s top scorer in all competitions is their left-back despite the club being top of the Vanarama National North,” tweets Gaz F. “What is the highest league finish a team has achieved with a defender top-scoring over the season?”Sometimes the best form of attack is a defender. The original slabhead, Steve Bruce, was Manchester United’s top scorer with 19 goals in 1990-91, when they finished sixth in the old Division One and beat Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona Dream Team to win the Cup Winners’ Cup. “While trawling through early Welsh Cup campaigns on Wikipedia, I found that Swansea RFC initially entered the inaugural 1877-78 competition, only to withdraw after realising it was a football tournament,” writes Iain Orkisz. “Aberystwyth were awarded a walkover. Are there other examples of teams from other sports mistakenly entering a football competition?”“Josh Magennis scored a hat-trick for Bolton in the FA Cup third round,” begins Dan Wood. “The last (non-loan) player to score a hat-trick for Bolton was Dean Holdsworth in 2001, also in the FA Cup. Have any clubs out gone longer than 18 years without a hat-trick hero of their own?” Twitter Share on Pinterest “I noticed the xG score for Cardiff v Huddersfield was 0.12 v 0.39. Is it the lowest-xG-scoring game ever?” asks Phil Dodds. “Is 0.12 the lowest individual xG recorded?”Email your questions and answers to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU. Liquid 🏴 (@GTPLiquid)Conference title and FA Trophy double winners:Wealdstone 1984/85Colchester United 1991/92Wycombe Wanderers 1992/93Pre-Conference, both Macclesfield Town (1969/70) and Stafford Rangers (1971/72) did the Northern Premier and FA Trophy double.January 9, 2019 Facebook Share on WhatsApp Brendan Rodgers and Craig Levein had a public spat after last year’s Celtic game at Hearts, and then there’s Trelleborgs FF. “When hosting Hammarby IF during the 2018 season, Trelleborgs decided to not only leave the grass long but also not water it before the game, all to slow down the tempo,” writes Gillis Holgersson. “It didn’t work – Hammarby won 3-1 and Trelleborg ended up relegated. Their stadium is frequently voted the least enjoyable away game in Sweden.” The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Steve Bruce celebrates after scoring against Barcelona. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images Share on Twitter Football There are a few teams who have won their league with a defender as top scorer. “In the 2001-02 season Plymouth Argyle won Division Three with a then record total of 102 points,” notes Tom Aldous. “Our joint top scorer was current Bristol Rovers manager Graham Coughlin with 11 goals. I imagine that all of them were imperious headers from set pieces.”Alastair Bourne nominates Lincoln centre-half Sam Ellis, who used his loaf to score 15 times when they won the old Division Four in 1974-75.But Bruce, Coughlin, Ellis and the rest must bow down and kiss the left boot of Eric Van Meir. “When Lierse were surprise winners of the Belgian Pro League in 1997, the central defender Van Meir was their highest scorer with 16 goals,” writes Stijn. “He was excellent in the air and had a left foot like a traction engine, scoring headers, free kicks and penalties. Lierse’s attacking duo Dirk Huysmans and Bob Peeters (once of Millwall) only managed 14 goals between them during their fairytale season.”Teams experiencing non-league double delight“Has any team managed to win the non-league double of National League champions and FA Trophy winners?” muses CB Kendall.This is an easy question to answer, especially when a cherished reader does all the work for us. “Wealdstone were the first team to achieve this feat back in 1984-85 when the National League was known as the Gola League,” writes Rob Read. “They followed up winning the league by defeating Boston United 2-1 at the old Wembley. Fun fact – Vinnie Jones was in the Wealdstone squad, but didn’t play at Wembley. Since then Colchester United (1991-92) and Martin O’Neill’s Wycombe Wanderers (1992-93) have managed the non-league double. However no team have won the double since the (Vanarama) National League has been in existence.”A couple of teams did achieve the feat in the pre-Conference days, however. The Bernabéu grass was left long in April 2011, according to Xavi. Photograph: Elisa Estrada/Real Madrid via Getty Images Read more Adam (@adz_365)Which club since the inception of EPPP (2012-13) has had the most academy produced league debuts at other clubs?January 15, 2019 Reuse this content Topics Stuart Smith cites a famous example from the legendary match between Wolves and Honved in 1954. “When Ferenc Puskas and the mighty Honved came to Molineux to play under floodlights, Wolves manager Stan Cullis had the pitch flooded and then rollered to appear playable. Honved took an early 2-0 lead, but the pitch turned into a bog reminiscent of a cattle field and Wolves ran out 3-2 winners, prompting Cullis to declare his side the best in the world.” You can read more about that famous match right here.José Mourinho has a tale or two to tell, too. He was Chelsea manager when, in February 2005, Blackburn saturated the pitch on the afternoon of their Premier League game. Chelsea won 1-0 and Mourinho had plenty to say afterwards. “During the afternoon it rained only in this stadium – our kitman saw it. There must be a microclimate here. The pitch was like a swimming pool.”There was apparently a hosepipe ban within the Bernabéu, and a drastic shortage of lawn mowers across Madrid, when Mourinho’s Real Madrid hosted Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in April 2011. Xavi accused Madrid of preparing a dry, hard pitch with much longer grass than usual. “It’s deplorable,” said the ambassador for the Qatar World Cup. Facebook Share on Facebook Knowledge archiveYears ago my boyfriend told me that Bob Wilson’s middle name is Primrose,” wrote Sharon Barnes in February 2002. “Is this true or am I a victim of an elaborate hoax?”It’s true Sharon. Bob Wilson’s middle name really is Primrose. If you don’t believe us, log on to the Association of Football Statisticians website. We’d also be interested to know of any other sporting stars with unusual middle names.• For thousands more questions and answers look through our archiveCan you help?“The Premier League reaches viewers in 185 countries,” begins Matthew Atkinson. “The United Nations recognises 193 countries with two observer members. Which of these member states do not receive broadcasts from the Greatest League in the World™️? Do Premier League broadcasts recognise any nations the UN does not?”“My best mate (lifelong Wycombe fan) recently named his cat ‘Bayo’ after Adebayo Akinfenwa,” writes Rich Booth. “Have any professional footballers or famous personalities got pets named after other professional footballers?”“Has anyone ever scored against a team with a stand named after them?” wonders Janne Kippola.
Kieran Tierney thanks fans after winning Arsenal debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Tierney was delighted with a winning Arsenal debut against Carabao Cup opponents Nottingham Forest.Tierney signed for Arsenal from Celtic during the summer transfer window, but had been suffering from a groin problem since May.The Gunners were not put off by those issues given that the 22-year-old is seen as a long-term solution at left-back, and Tierney was named in Unai Emery’s starting lineup for the first time in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup tie against Nottingham Forest at the Emirates.Tierney was afforded a warm welcome by the Arsenal fans in north London, and his debut was a strong one as the Gunners eased to a 5-0 victory over Forest.Later, Tierney wrote: “Thank you so much for all your support… very grateful. Great feeling making my debut!”Thank you so much for all your support… very grateful. Great feeling making my debut! @Arsenalpic.twitter.com/GrHSLhTNNl— Kieran Tierney (@kierantierney1) September 24, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 10: Kylian Mbappe of France in action during the Semi Final FIFA World Cup match between France and Belgium at Krestovsky Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Fred Lee/Getty ImagesIt’s here, the final match of the 2018 World Cup. Who would’ve thought a month ago that not only would we have an all-European semi-final round, but that we’d see Croatia become the second-smallest nation to head into World Cup finals? If you’re like most of us here, our brackets were mostly busted by the end of the Group Stage (thanks, Germany, Argentina, Portugal, et cetera).That being said, the two teams that have made it, France behind the newly-recognized superstar talent of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé and Croatia behind a team effort led by their captain, Luka Modrić. Both have busted their asses to get where they are. Good on them for that. No matter which team you are cheering for, it is going to be a good match this coming Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.With that in mind, we thought we’d revisit the two countries left standing and the beers that we initially picked for each. Based on brew alone, who do you think will win? Is it going to be the craft beer or the beer of the entire nation? Let us know in the comments.The FinalsFrance – Thiriez Blonde d’EsquelbecqThe first (and most popular) beer from France’s oldest functioning craft brewery, Blonde d’Esquelbecq is a biere de garde that expresses itself through citrus notes and bitterness, while maintaining qualities similar to Belgian beers, which are located only a hop, skip, and a jump away.Croatia – OzujskoOžujsko, or Žuja, is the most popular beer in Croatia and the sponsor of the Croatian soccer team. The golden lager highlighted by sweet corn and malt notes was first introduced in 1892.Article originally published June 14, 2018. Last updated July 13, 2018, to include information about the 2018 World Cup finals.The Original BracketIn case you want to revisit the original bracket, the Group Stage information has remained untouched. Just because these countries are out of the 2018 World Cup doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their delicious beer.Group ARussia – Baltika #3A Russian standard, Baltika is the second-largest brewery in Europe. Baltika produces a range of beers (named, simply, #1, #2, et cetera), with #3 being the most popular since the mid-90s. Baltika #3 is a pale lager that you’re sure to see in the stands during the World Cup.Saudi Arabia – N/AAs a predominantly Muslim country, Saudi Arabia completely bans alcohol. While a few people might produce it under the cover of darkness, the country as a whole is against it. There has already been controversy surrounding this during this World Cup.Egypt – Sakara WeizenWhen your country is more than 90-percent desert, you’re going to want a beer that will easily slake your thirst. This Weizen beer by Sakara does just that. With a crisp body and a refreshing finish, you really can’t beat it when it’s a thousand degrees outside.Uruguay – Davok IPAMade by one of Uruguay’s most popular breweries, Davok IPA is an American-style IPA that (thanks to its 6.2% ABV) cuts through the heat and humidity of summer. Hop-forward, the malt body rounds Davok IPA out into an easy-drinking beer.Group BIran – N/ADespite a deep history of beer drinking dating back to the 3,500 B.C., beer and other alcoholic beverages have been illegal in Iran since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Sad.Morocco – Société des Brasseries du Maroc CasablancaThe Castel Group operates several breweries, Société des Brasseries du Maroc, in Morocco, which makes a few beers, including the premium pale lager Casablanca. Casablanca is a dry, bready lager.Portugal – Super Bock OriginalThe 11th largest beer producing country in Europe, Portugal has two main breweries. Super Bock is produced by Unicer and is the best-selling Portuguese beer in the world. The Original is a pale lager, but they make a number of other varieties.Spain – Alhambra Reserve 1925Spain is highlighted by Mahou-San Miguel, which makes an array of beer across the globe, including Alhambra 1925 in a unique green bottle and a sweet and bitter caramelized fruit flavor.Group CFrance – Thiriez Blonde d’EsquelbecqThe first (and most popular) beer from France’s oldest functioning craft brewery, Blonde d’Esquelbecq is a biere de garde that expresses itself through citrus notes and bitterness, while maintaining qualities similar to Belgian beers—which are located only a hop, skip, and a jump away.Australia – Coopers Sparkling AleMade by Australia’s largest brewery, Coopers Sparkling Ale is bottle-conditioned and one of the signature beers produced by the brewery. Fruity and floral (but backed by sweet malty notes), this is a solid year-round option.Peru – Cusqueña DoradaNamed after the residents of Cusco, Cusqueña Dorada (Gold), is the flagship beer for the brand. Light and crisp, this is everything you expect in a beer for hot days and long nights.Denmark – Øl Brewery Gose to Dim Sum Restaurant, Orders One of EachWe’ll admit, we were hooked by the bottle image to begin, then by the pun, then by the fact that this beer is a gose made with lychee, dragonfruit, and soya. With that combination, how could you go wrong?Group DArgentina – Quilmes CristalFounded in 1888 by Otto Bemberg, Argentina’s “national” beer is Quilmes, representing more than 60 percent of the beer market. Quilmes Cristal is light and refreshing, although will show nothing new on the palate.Croatia – OzujskoOžujsko, or Žuja, is the most popular beer in Croatia and the sponsor of the Croatian soccer team. The golden lager highlighted by sweet corn and malt notes was first introduced in 1892.Iceland – Ölgerdin Egill GullBanned for most of the 20th century, beer has seen a resurgence in Iceland since Prohibition ended in 1989. Ölgerdin is the oldest brewery in Iceland (in operation since 1913) and its Egill Gull won World’s Best Standard Lager at the 2011 World Beer Awards.Nigeria – Star LagerBeer is big in Nigeria (especially Guinness), but Nigerian Breweries is the oldest and largest brewery in the African nation. Star Lager was the first and flagship brand of the company and is a traditional pale lager.Group EBrazil – Cervejaria Nacional Mula IPAMade in São Paolo by one of Brazil’s most popular craft breweries, Mula IPA feels like a kick from the beer’s namesake, a mule. You’d have to be a jackass not to try it. Slightly citrusty and all IPA, you’ll see why it’s a local favorite.Serbia – Jelen PivoJelen is the most popular beer in Serbia, with Pivo (their pale lager), being the most popular release. As a light lager, this is everything you expect of the style. Perfect for having a number of them while watching multiple soccer matches in a row.Costa Rica – Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Company’s Segua Red AleBrewed by the country’s largest craft brewery, Segua is a malty beer (as you would expect from a red ale) that manages to still toes the line on being a crisp refresher as well—a perfect thing when you take a second to think about Costa Rica’s climate.Switzerland – Appenzeller Quöllfrisch NaturtrübBrewed with three different types of hops, this beer from one of Switzerland’s premier breweries is fruity, yeasty, and eternally drinkable. Slightly hazy (Naturtrüb means “naturally cloudy” after all), you can expect an easy-drinking beer from first to last sip.Group FGermany – Brauhaus Riegele Hefe WeisseRecently crowned German Craft Brewer of the Year, Brauhaus Riegele’s Hefe Weisse is the epitome of a good wheat beer. Unfiltered, the beer is refreshing and fruity, with a slight yeasty tartness.South Korea – Oriental Brewery Cass FreshTwo breweries, HiteJinro and Oriental Brewery, dominate the beer market in South Korea, including OB’s Cass Fresh brand. The light pale lager became the top-selling brand in the nation in 2011 and was once endorsed by Gordon Ramsay.Mexico – TecateMexico is a land of beer production, with well-known Mexican lager brands like Corona, Modelo, Sol, Pacifico and Dos Equis all brewed there. Tecate is one of the most well-known brands in Mexico thanks to its support of sporting events nationwide.Sweden – Pripps BlåPripps Blå has been brewed since 1959 and the light lager is one of the best-selling beers in Sweden. Now owned by Carlsberg, the beer is made with 51-percent barley. There’s also an extra strong version, Pripps Blå Extra Stark.Group GBelgium – Westmalle TripelYou could close your eyes and point at a Belgian beer and it’d be worthy of leading its team to the finals. What’s not to love about them? Take Westmalle Tripel, for example. The beer is 9.5%, but the clove and banana on the nose, then the sweet biscuit body hide that fact well. It’s a beer many might call perfect.Panama – Casa Bruja Chivo Perro IPANamed after an inside joke among the owners (one’s goat eats the other’s dog’s food), Chivo Perro is a tropical IPA is the brewery’s most popular beer. Passionfruit and mango explode on the tongue, masking what is already a fairly low level of bitterness.Tunisia – CeltiaUnlike Saudia Arabia where the is a complete ban on alcohol, Tunisia (with an overwhelming majority Muslim population) does have both domestic and imported beer available for consumption. One of those is Celtia, which you’ll likely be able to find in most hotels. Celtia is a pale European-style lager that is a great thirst-quencher.England – Weird Beard Beer Company Black PerleIt’s got beard in the name, how could we not? (We’re fans, after all.) A coffee milk stout, Black Perle is sweet, roasty, dark, and a wonderful sipper (or a wonderful beer to drop a shot of whiskey in).Group HColombia – Cervecería Bavaria PilsenA large microbrewing culture exists in Colombia, but the market is still dominated by large breweries, including Cervecería Bavaria, which makes the brand Pilsen, a 4.2-percent pilsner.Japan – Asahi Super DryIn America, Sapporo reigns supreme as Japanese beer, but in Japan? Sapporo is the oldest brand in Japan, but Asahi and Kirin lead the way in market share. Asahi Super Dry is the dominant beer, with a taste reminiscent of northern German lagers.Poland – Kompania Piwowarska Lech PremiumThe Polish brewery Kompania Piwowarska has a 45 percent market share of the country’s beer, with Lech Premium pale lager as the flagship brand, along with Lech Pils and Lech Mocny, a strong lager.Senegal – West African Brewing Company La GazelleBeer can be sipped pretty much anywhere in this West African nation, and it’s almost a guarantee it was brewed at the West African Brewing Company in the capital city of Dakar. It’s also likely La Gazelle, a pale European lager — light, a little watery, and perfect to battle the heat all day long.Ready to taste them all? The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try)
The Humane Society of the United States has named Universal Picture’s “Big Miracle,” Imax/Warner Bros.’ “To the Arctic” and Sony Pictures’ “Darling Companion” among the diverse selection of nominees in contention for its 2013 Genesis Awards, which honor the news and entertainment media for their role in raising awareness of animal issues.Humane Society Genesis Awards 2013Credit/Copyright: HSUSComedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and “Futurama,” and NBC’s “The New Normal” are in the running for the Genesis Sid Caesar Comedy Award, while ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” are up for the dramatic series award.Winners in select categories will be presented at The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala, hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” Carrie Ann Inaba, on Saturday, March 23, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.In broadcast news, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and “Nightly News,”ABC’s “20/20,”“Nightline” and “World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer,”and CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” and “CBS This Morning” are allin line for the hotly contested Genesis newsmagazine, national news and morning show awards.On the cable television front, HBO’s “One Nation Under Dog” takes on Discovery’s “Ivory Wars” and Animal Planet’s “Street Dog of South Central” for the Genesis TV Documentary award. And in reality programming, Nat Geo’s “Wild Justice” and “Philly Undercover” are nominated alongside Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” and MSNBC’s “Caught on Tape.”“For 27 years, the Genesis Awards have celebrated the power of the media to shed light onanimal protection issues,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of The Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. “This yearone nominee, ‘Big Miracle,’reflects the Genesis credo with its true account of how one TV reporter’s story triggers a worldwide effort to save a family of imperiled whales, proving that the media can and does make a difference.”
Kolkata: State Labour minister Moloy Ghatak reiterated on Thursday that the one-day strike call of jute mills by Centre of India Trade Unions (CITU) will prove futile with labourers joining work the next day. “The Left Front government had not increased the wages of jute mill workers from 2002 to 2010, which was Rs 100 a day during that time. In 2010, it was hiked to Rs 157 a day. We had raised it to Rs 258 per day in 2015 and on Wednesday we signed a historic contract hiking the daily wages of the employees to Rs 370 per day. This will immensely benefit the labourers of the jute mills,” Ghatak said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersGhatak added that those who will work for 24 days a month will be getting an additional amount of Rs 15 per day. “A section of jute mill workers have often raised allegations against feeble attendance in jute mills. So the government has decided to pay those workers who are regular in their duties,” said Dola Sen, president of Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress. Terming the strike call by CITU as an attempt to create an atmosphere of disturbance in the state, Ghatak asserted that all 84 jute mills will remain open on Thursday and foil the strike called by CITU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSixteen of the 22 unions existing in jute mills in the state assured the minister that the employees will join work. Ghatak asserted that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken significant steps to ensure that the workers’ interest and the work culture in the jute mills are upheld without resorting to any strikes. “The Left Front has not even paid dearness allowance (DA) for the workers for many years but we have been paying the DA to the workers along with Providend Fund and have almost fully cleared it. Ninety percent of the gratuities have also been cleared. So the strike call by the CITU union is nothing but ego satisfaction,” reiterated Sen. The state government has also constituted a three-member committee headed by a retired judge of High Court which will look into other issues of the jute mills and come out with a solution.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as the European Central Bank moved to deal with the threat of deflation and give some lift to a tepid economic recovery.TSX — 14,800.18+3.39 0.02%S&P 500 — 1,940.46+12.58 0.65%Dow — 16,836.11+98.58 0.59%Nasdaq — 4,296.23 +44.58 1.05%The S&P/TSX composite index edged 3.39 points higher to 14,800.18 as the ECB announced that it’s cutting its lending rate to 0.15% from 0.25%. It is also dropping its overnight deposit rate to minus 0.1% from zero. Charging banks for parking funds with the ECB is an unusual step aimed at pushing banks to lend that money rather than hoard it.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.08 of a cent to 91.5 cents US.It was a record-breaking day on Wall Street as ECB president Mario Draghi also said the bank will offer long-term loans to banks at cheap rates until 2018, which gives banks confidence they have cheap funding for the next few years. Draghi said the ECB’s policymakers unanimously agreed to consider more unconventional measures to boost inflation if it stays too low.Both the Dow Jones industrials and the S&P closed at record highs. The Dow gained 98.58 points to 16,836.11 while the S&P jumped 12.58 points to 1,940.46. While the Nasdaq did not hit a record, the index still ran up 44.59 points or about 1% to 4,296.23.It had been widely expected that the ECB would take action to save the eurozone region from falling into a deflationary spiral that would choke off growth. Worries about deflation increased earlier this week with the release of data showing that inflation in the eurozone came in at 0.5% in May, down from 0.7% in April.“I don’t know that it was a big surprise… what they’re doing certainly seems appropriate given the overall economic backdrop,” said Tim Caulfield, co-Lead manager of the Franklin Bissett Canadian Equity Fund in Calgary.“The focus now will be on the non-farm payrolls number tomorrow (Friday) to give us a sense for how things are progressing in the U.S.”Economists have forecast that about 219,000 jobs were created during May in the U.S., following a much stronger than expected 288,000 gain in April.Doubts about reaching that figure were raised Wednesday after payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector created 179,000 jobs during May, the fewest number in four months.Canadian job figures for May also come out Friday and economists expect about 21,000 jobs were created after the economy shed 29,000 the previous month.In commodities, the gold sector led advancers, up 1.5% as August bullion erased early losses following the ECB announcement to climb $9 to US$1,253.30 an ounce. Traders think that the ECB might launch its own version of quantitative easing to stimulate the economy, which involves buying assets such as bonds.The base metals group was down 0.24%, while July copper unchanged at US$3.08 a pound.The TSX energy sector dipped 0.09% while June crude in New York shed 16 cents to US$102.48 a barrel. In corporate news, Just Energy Group Inc. (TSX:JE) sold its water heater and HVAC home services business to Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership for $505 million. Just Energy says it’s also cutting its dividend and will repay about $400 million in debt. Its shares rose 40 cents to $6.55.Saputo (TSX:SAP), the country’s largest cheese and dairy processor, posted quarterly earnings ex-items of $151.9 million or 78 cents per diluted share, four cents better than analyst forecasts. The Canadian division’s pre-tax operating profits (EBITDA) decreased 8.6% to $108.9 million and its shares dipped 14 cents to $58.95.TOP STORIES‘We aren’t finished’: ECB boss unveils historic measures to rescue Europe from deflationGM CEO says 15 workers fired after probe into botched ignition recall reveals ‘pattern of incompetence’Central banks are about to awaken the markets they had hypnotized into a slumberBombardier CSeries could fly again in a few weeks, says engine maker executiveClimate Change? Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s going to massively move marketsWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Employment Report (May): Economists expect gain of 25,000 jobs and jobless rate to remain unchanged at 6.9% Labour productivity (Q1): Economists expect no change UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment Report (May): Economists expect gain of 215,000 jobs and jobless rate to tick up to 6.4%
WASHINGTON — The United States trade czar is expressing frustration with Canada in the NAFTA negotiations.That’s according to a U.S. lawmaker who attended a meeting with him today.Congressman Ron Kind says U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is even talking about finishing NAFTA negotiations with Mexico first, then doing a separate negotiation with Canada later.Kind is a Democrat and one of numerous lawmakers who attended a rare briefing with the U.S. trade representative on Capitol Hill.Three other congressmen who participated in the meeting didn’t confirm or deny Lighthizer’s comments. Lighthizer himself also refused to comment afterward.But some say Lighthizer’s remarks might be tactical — to simply up the pressure on Canada. Some Democrats called it strange to say things are going smoother with Mexico — when key issues related to labour costs and outscourced jobs have yet to be sorted out.
The UNP said that a police complaint has been filed over the false document. The United National Party (UNP) has filed a Police complaint over a forged document claiming to be a deal reached between the UNP and Tamil National Alliance (TNA).In a media statement today, the UNP insisted that a written agreement had not been reached between the UNP and the TNA to obtain the support of the TNA for UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament. The UNP said that a false document is also being circulated with the forged signatures of Wickremesinghe and TNA leader R. Sampanthan. The UNP said that false claims are being made of a written agreement being reached between the TNA and the UNP.
It’s come down to the wire for public elementary teachers and school support staff.If the unions representing them don’t reach contract agreements by the end of the day on Sunday, school boards could dock members’ pay.Over a week ago, Premier Kathleen Wynne set November 1st as the deadline for the teachers to end their work to rule campaign or be penalized.According to the unions involved, there is a province-wide media blackout in effect Sunday as requested by the Ontario labour relations board mediator.A spokesperson for CUPE – the union representing education workers including custodians, early childhood educators and office staff, says “At the request of the mediator, the parties have agreed to suspend public communications regarding the substance and process of negotiations, while bargaining continues.”On october 23rd, Premier Wynne gave education unions still without contracts until Sunday to reach a deal with school boards and halt work to rule action which now includes teachers not participating in extra-curricular activities.