ICC suspends Ajmal for illegal action

News4u-Sports Desk- The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who is currently perched at the top of its ODI rankings, after his bowling action was found to be illegal following an independent analysis.

“The International Cricket Council today confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,” the ICC said in a statement.

The analysis of the 36-year-old’s action revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.

“Saeed, who was reported after the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle last month, can apply a re-assessment after he has modified his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions,” the ICC statement read.

The analysis was performed on August 25 by the ICC’s accredited team of Human Movement Specialists at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

Reported to match referee Andy Pycroft by on-field umpires Ben Oxenford and Ian Gould, Ajmal played the second match only to see his team lose the game and the series.

The venue and time of the analysis was decided in consultation with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Ajmal has played 35 Tests for Pakistan, grabbing 178 wickets. His ODI record stands at an impressive 183 wickets from 111 matches. His 63 T20 appearances have yielded 85 wickets.

He was first reported for a suspect action in 2009 his debut year but was cleared after tests at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

The bowler was reported for his ‘doosra’.

This time, the ICC changed its protocols for testing bowling actions reported by umpires and match referees and the tests were held in Brisbane.

Apparently, the change was made after too many bowlers were cleared by the biomechanics in Perth.


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Emirates launches daily service to Brussels from Dubai

News4u-Travel Desk- Emirates has launched the new daily service to Brussels in Belgium which will see up to 16,000 Emirates customers travelling on the daily Boeing 777-200LR between Dubai and Brussels each month.

As the airline’s 145th worldwide route, Emirates will play a key role in further developing natural business links between Belgium and key markets in the Far East.

Emirates also estimates that it will deliver a boost to the country’s tourism sector, with Belgium a popular jumping off point for Europe bound travellers from Australasia.

“We’ve had lots of customers asking us to fly to Brussels over the years so this really is fantastic news for them.

“Belgium’s tourism is thriving and we believe that we can drive demand even higher by providing great competition with our multi-award winning product and service,” said Thierry Aucoc, Emirates senior vice president commercial operations Europe and Russian Federation.

“Emirates is the only airline offering First Class seats from Brussels to destinations in the Far and Middle East, providing an unrivalled premium experience for our passengers.

“As headquarters for a huge number of major global corporations we are already seeing strong bookings from markets like China, the UAE, Japan and India, one of Belgium’s largest trade partners.”

Emirates has been working with a number of Belgian based suppliers for many years, most significantly the luxury chocolatier Godiva.

In the last 12 months nearly four million boxes of twin Godiva chocolates, manufactured in Brussels, have been handed out globally to the airline’s First Class and Business Class passengers.

The UAE is a key trading partner of Belgium with more than €4 billion of goods exchanged between the two countries each year.

Both import and export of goods have grown steadily since 2009 with 1504 Belgian companies exporting goods to the UAE in the last year.

Tourism to Brussels from the UAE has grown significantly in the last five years with the number of visitors more than tripling since 2009.

The new direct link from Dubai to Brussels is expected to grow this sector even further, as well as increasing inbound traffic from key markets in the Far East and Australasia.

Belgium’s cargo exports account for 86 per cent of the country’s GDP and Emirates SkyCargo will help boost this by adding up to 17 tonnes of cargo per day.

Key export commodities include pharmaceuticals, automotive spare parts, chocolates, machinery and equipment and electronics.

Emirates’ new daily flight to Brussels departs Dubai as EK183 at 07:50 and arrives at Brussels International Airport, at 13:15 the same day.

The return flight, EK184 will depart at 14:45 and arrives at Dubai International Airport at 23:25 the same day.


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Cilic routs Nishikori to win US Open

News4u-Sports Desk- Marin Cilic clinched his first Grand Slam title, shattering Kei Nishikori’s bid to become the first Asian man to win a major with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory in the US Open final.

Cilic, the 14th-seeded 25-year-old, on Monday became the first Croatian man to win a major since Goran Ivanisevic, now his coach, at Wimbledon in 2001.

It also comes 12 months after he was forced to skip the tournament to serve out a controversial doping ban.

Cilic, playing in his 28th Grand Slam event, is the lowest-ranked champion since Pete Sampras, then 17th in the world, claimed the 2002 title in New York.

But victory was well-deserved with Cilic saving eight of nine break points, firing 17 aces and 38 winners past a weary-looking Nishikori who had defeated three top five players to make his maiden major final — Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and world number one Novak Djokovic.

Monday’s final was the first at a major not to feature either Djokovic, Federer or Rafael Nadal since the 2005 Australian Open so long ago that it was pre-Twitter.

It was also a battle of contrasting styles between the 5ft 10in (1.78m), 150lbs (68kg) Nishikori and the bigger, heavier 6ft 6in (1.98m), 180lbs (82kg) Cilic who had knocked out five-time champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals.

Under overcast skies and on the coolest day of a two-week tournament marked by punishing heat and high humidity, the championship match began inside a half-full Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Once he had saved a break point in the first game, Cilic was comfortably the dominant player breaking for 4-2 and claiming the opening set in 33 low-key minutes when Nishikori, on the defensive and pinned behind the baseline, patted a meek backhand into the net.

The big Croat’s 11 winners to the Japanese’s two illustrated the one-sided nature of the contest.

The winner of 20 of the previous 21 men’s finals in New York had claimed the first set. However, Nishikori had dropped the opener to both Raonic and Wawrinka in the fourth round and quarter-finals but still came out on top.

Cilic, finding the tightest angles, pounced again in the third game of the second set when his opponent sliced another apologetic backhand into the net.

He backed it up for 3-1 after Nishikori was unable to convert two break points.

“Special K playing too defensive especially with his backhand. A lot of slices for some reason,” tweeted Brad Gilbert, who coached Nishikori in 2011, from the sidelines.

Four successive aces helped Cilic to 4-2 which was soon 5-2 as he clinched his third break of the final.

Nishikori briefly rallied for a first break of the match but Cilic went to set point courtesy of a misdirected overhead by the 10th seed and sealed it 6-3 with a pinpoint forehand drive which found the corner.

The 24-year-old Japanese player, who had spent more than 16 hours on court to make the final, cracked again to fall 1-3 down in the third set off a wild, wide backhand.

Cilic then saved three more break points for a 5-2 lead before Nishikori clung on with a hold.

Moments later, it was all over as Cilic went effortlessly to three match points.

He double-faulted on the first but claimed the title after one hour 54 minutes with a sweet backhand crosscourt.


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‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius faces murder verdict

News4u-News Desk- The Oscar Pistorius trial, which live television broadcasts have turned into a blend of international soap-opera and tragic TV reality show, will finally reach judgement day this week.

Viewers around the world will learn whether the star South African sprinter known as the “Blade Runner” is guilty or not guilty of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

The judge will begin delivering her verdict on Thursday, six months after the celebrity athlete first wept and vomited when the court heard that Steenkamp’s head had “exploded” like a watermelon under the impact of a hollow-point bullet.

At its heart, the trial is simple.

Pistorius killed the blonde law graduate when he fired four shots through a locked toilet door in his upmarket Pretoria home.

The only question is why he did it.

He says he thought he was shooting at an intruder and that Steenkamp was safely in bed.

The prosecution says he killed her in a fit of rage after an argument.

The personality of the Paralympian gold medallist, who won worldwide fame when he competed on his prosthetic ‘blades’ against able-bodied runners at the London Olympics, was a focus of the trial.

Prosecutors described him as an egotistical liar obsessed with guns, fast cars and beautiful women, who was not prepared to take responsibility for his actions.

Defence lawyers said there are “two Oscars” a world-class athlete and a highly vulnerable individual with a serious disability who acted out of fear, not anger, when he fired the fatal shots.

After testimony from almost 40 witnesses, including neighbours who said they had heard screams and shots and defence experts who said this was impossible, the cast reassembles with Judge Thokozile Masipa taking a central role.

While Pistorius is doomed as always to play the star of a show he would rather not be in, prosecutor Gerrie “Pitbull” Nel and defence lawyer Barry “I put it to you” Roux have become co-stars with their own following.

And behind Pistorius in the public gallery, as always, will be his supportive sister and the implacable mother of the 29-year-old woman he killed.

As in the famed live television trial of US football hero OJ Simpson, who was accused of murdering his wife 20 years ago, most viewers seem to have already decided on Pistorius’s guilt or innocence.


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World Bank warns of global jobs crisis

News4u-Business Desk- The world is facing a global jobs crisis that is hurting the chances of reigniting economic growth and there is no magic bullet to solve the problem, the World Bank warned on Tuesday.

In a study released at a G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting in Australia, the Bank said an extra 600 million jobs needed to be created worldwide by 2030 just to cope with the expanding population.

“There’s little doubt there is a global jobs crisis,” said the World Bank’s senior director for jobs, Nigel Twose.

“As this report makes clear, there is a shortage of jobs and quality jobs.

“And equally disturbingly, we’re also seeing wage and income inequality widening within many G20 countries, although progress has been made in a few emerging economies, like Brazil and South Africa.”

He said that overall emerging market economies had done better than advanced G20 countries in job creation, driven primarily by countries such as China and Brazil, but the outlook was bleak.

“Current projections are dim. Challenging times loom large,” said Twose.

The report, compiled with the OECD and International Labour Organisation, said more than 100 million people were unemployed in G20 economies and 447 million were considered “working poor”, living on less than US$2 a day.

It said despite a modest economic recovery in 2013-14, global growth was expected to remain below trend with downside risks in the foreseeable future, while weak labour markets were constraining consumption and investment.

The persistent slow growth would continue to dampen employment prospects, it said, and warned that real wages had stagnated across many advanced G20 nations and even fallen in some.

“There is no magic bullet to solve this jobs crisis, in emerging markets or advanced economies,” said Twose.

“We do know we need to create an extra 600 million jobs worldwide by the year 2030 just to cope with the expanding population. That requires not just the leadership of ministries of labour but their active collaboration with all other ministries a whole of government approach cutting across different ministries, and of course the direct and sustained involvement of the private sector.”

In the face of below trend growth, Group of 20 leaders, who meet in Brisbane in November, have called for each member country to develop growth strategies and employment action plans.

They emphasised the need for coordinated and integrated public policies, along with resilient social protection systems, sustainable public finance and well-regulated financial systems.

“Coordinated policies in these areas are seen as the foundation for sustainable, job-creating economic growth,” the report said.

Earlier this year, G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Sydney agreed to work towards lifting their collective gross domestic product by more than two percentage points over the next five years.

However, an IMF report in July warned that the pledge could be wiped out by rising interest rates and weakening emerging economies.


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Industry leaders welcomed to Travel Tech Show at WTM 2014

News4u-Travel Desk- Following the success of the Travel Tech Show at WTM last year, the Travel Tech Show at WTM 2014 will be an impressive 20 per cent bigger than last year’s inaugural event, seeing it retain its position as the largest dedicated travel technology event in the UK.

Anna Chomse, industry head at Google Travel and Andrew Jones, head of search account management at Yahoo! will both offer valuable knowledge to keep the industry up to date; delving into the right tactics to increase search engine optimisation.

The Search Engine Update Session will take place on Tuesday November 4th from 12:30-13:30 in WTM Platinum Suite 3 & 4 is one of six seminars for The Travel Tech Show which are being organised by Paul Richer, founding partner at travel technology consultancy Genesys.

The first day at WTM, which is by exhibitor invitation only, welcomes John Straw, chairman of Thomas Cook’s digital advisory board to the panel along with Fleur Hicks-Duarte, head of e-commerce at HolidayTaxis and Alec Dent, partnership manager at BlaBlaCar to the WTM Travel Innovation Summit in association with TTI.

The WTM Travel Innovation Summit, which takes place at 14:30-17:00, on the WTM Global Stage, will look at the newest technology that the industry is adopting and how delegates can ensure they offer the best customer service possible.

Other technology sessions taking place on Tuesday at WTM will look at mobile, big data, social media and the latest trends.

The Travel Tech Show at WTM sales manager Jo Marshall said: “We’re delighted with this year’s line-up for The Travel Tech Show at WTM. Search Engine optimisation is central to the success of travel companies and Google and Yahoo! are best placed to inform delegates of the most effective strategies.

“Anna and Andrew are just two of many senior executives sharing their expertise at WTM – it is an indication of the high calibre of speakers that WTM and The Travel Tech Show at WTM can attract and demonstrates why our seminars are must-attend events.” Agencies


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Russia threatens to close airspace in response to sanctions

News4u-News Desk- Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned the country could close airspace to international flights of the European Union goes ahead with further sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

The EU will announce shortly whether further sanctions will take effect now or be put on hold, with sanctions largely depending on developments on the ground.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have recently made big gains, but a fragile ceasefire in the area appears to be holding after beginning on Friday.

Medvedev warned that Moscow would respond “asymmetrically” to further sanctions.

“If there are sanctions related to the energy sector, or further restrictions on Russia’s financial sector, we will have to respond asymmetrically. For example, restrictions in the transport sector,” said Medvedev.

“We work on the basis of friendly relations with our partners, and that is why Russia’s skies are open to flights. But if we are restricted then we’ll have to respond,” he told Vedomosti in an interview.

Airlines would have to pay far more for fuel if Russia blocked their routes to Asian destinations, and flight times would be longer in many cases.

Russia has repeatedly denied accusations by Ukraine and the West that it has been sending troops into Donetsk and Luhansk regions to help the rebels, who want to establish an independent state.


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United Airlines welcomes first Boeing 787-9 to North America

News4u-Travel Desk- United Airlines has become the first North American carrier to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9, a stretched version of the Dreamliner that will allow the airline to accommodate more customers and further capitalise on its worldwide route network.

The aircraft is the first of 26 of the newest member of the Dreamliner family United has on order.

“The 787-9 builds on the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency and customer comfort while giving us even more flexibility and range,” said United vice president of fleet Ron Baur.

“Last year our customers gave the 787 the highest customer satisfaction scores of any aircraft in our fleet, and we know they’ll enjoy what the 787-9 has to offer.”

The airline’s technicians will now perform United-specific software installations and hardware upgrades.

United pilots will then fly the aircraft to the airline’s Houston hub for additional flights before it is expected to enter domestic service in late September.

The 787-9’s extended range – 8,550 miles compared to the 787-8’s 8,200 – will enable United to launch its Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, service on October 26, the airline’s first regularly scheduled international deployment of the aircraft.

It will be the longest Dreamliner route in the world to date.

In advance of the Melbourne route launch, United will primarily fly the aircraft between Houston and Los Angeles.

United’s 787-9 will be configured with 252 seats – 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

United’s 787-9 fleet comes with factory-installed Wi-Fi connectivity.

Starting with this aircraft delivery, all of the airline’s subsequent Dreamliners, including the -8 and -10 variants, will be delivered with Wi-Fi. United currently has Wi-Fi on more than 300 aircraft, including all of its Airbus and Boeing 747 aircraft, and plans to equip the vast majority of its mainline fleet with Wi-Fi by mid-2015.Agencies


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Prime Minister exhorts citizens for Ganga ‘seva’

News4u-News Desk-Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday solicited the cooperation of all sections of society for “Ganga seva”, while reiterating his call to turn rejuvenation of the Ganga river into a mass movement.

“Modi has called for making Ganga rejuvenation a mass movement. He called for specific action plans to unite the strength of various sections of society dedicated to Ganga seva,” said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Modi, who chaired the first high-level meeting on “Namaami Gange”, an integrated plan for Ganga rejuvenation, said the first priority towards their mission for a clean Ganga should be to stop fresh generation of pollutants.

Teams of volunteers from various parts of the country could be involved in Ganga seva by maintaining specific stretches of the river, Modi suggested at the meeting attended by union ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Uma Bharati, Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Sitharaman.

Modi referred to his vision for solid waste management and waste water management in 500 urban centres across India, through the PPP model, and said the first priority under this vision would be given to towns on the banks of the Ganga.

He said Ganga rejuvenation could also be envisaged as a major mission to conserve the environment, with the involvement of nearly half the country’s population.

“This would invite positive global attention, expertise and commitment,” he added.


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Indian movie ‘Court’ bags best debut award at Venice Film Fest

News4u-Entertainment Desk-Indian writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane’s debut feature “Court” won the Lion of the Future award at the recently concluded Venice Film Festival.

The 27-year-old filmmaker’s multilingual courtroom drama won the trophy for its striking narrative style and also bagged the Orizzonti Award for Best Film in the festival.

Swedish director Roy Andersson won the top Golden Lion prize for absurdist drama “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence”.

The film, which is the third in its trilogy, was hailed by critics for its intricate shots and quiet reflections on what it means to be a human being.

The director accepted the award, saying movies should be “humanistic” and that he will keep trying to make great movies.

The Silver Lion for best director went to Andrej Koncalovskij for “The Postman’s White Nights”. His documentary-style narrative set in a small Russian lake town, was widely praised for its beautiful cinematography and strong storytelling.

“Girls” star Adam Driver took home the best actor for his performance in Saverio Costanzo’s drama “Hungry Hearts”.

Alba Rohrwacher also won best actress for the same film. where the actors play a couple who meet in New York City and face dire circumstances.

Joshua Oppenheimer, accepted the grand jury prize for “The Look of Silence, from a video message in Chicago where he was stuck in the airport due to heavy storms. He was grateful to the festival for recognising the film as a message of reconciliation.


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