Japan and South Korea top list of biggest coal financiers by export credit

More than $73bn of international public finance was given to coal between 2007 and 2014 via credit export agencies

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Lotus leaf-inspired aircraft wing coating may repel bugs to ease fuel consumption

NASA and Boeing researchers counting insect residue on the right wing of Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 757 aircraft

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Splattered insects may seem like the least of your worries when you’re tearing through the air at more than 500 mph (800 km/h), but for those working with Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 757 they present a pretty unique opportunity. NASA has carried out testing of a series of non-stick coatings on the aircraft’s wings, finding that one inspired by lotus leaves showed good potential to shrug off blasts of bug guts to lessen drag and, by extension, ease the consumption of fuel.

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Mow Down More Zombies in ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Exo Zombies Carrier

Activision has premiered a new trailer for Carrier, the next saga in the Exo Zombies script that will be included in the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC pack. Bruce Campbell joins the fight as Sentinel pilot Captain Lennox in Exo Zombies Carrier, which stars Rose McGowan, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, and Jon Bernthal. Players will be afforded access to a slew of new weapons and power-ups, like the “Open Fire” perk which will grant unlimited ammo for a short time. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s Supremacy DLC will hit Xbox platforms tomorrow.

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Mow Down More Zombies in ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Exo Zombies Carrier

Activision has premiered a new trailer for Carrier, the next saga in the Exo Zombies script that will be included in the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC pack. Bruce Campbell joins the fight as Sentinel pilot Captain Lennox in Exo Zombies Carrier, which stars Rose McGowan, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, and Jon Bernthal. Players will be afforded access to a slew of new weapons and power-ups, like the “Open Fire” perk which will grant unlimited ammo for a short time. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s Supremacy DLC will hit Xbox platforms tomorrow.

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Christian Benteke Transfer News: Latest Details and Rumours on Aston Villa Star

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has caught the eye of multiple Premier League clubs, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal currently linked to the Belgian’s signature, as reported by Sky Sports. According to Bruce Archer of the Express, Chelsea are also interested.

Benteke has admitted he wants to play Champions League football, but Sky Sports suggest Villa won’t accept a fee lower than his £32.5 million buyout clause.

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Benteke: ‘I Want to Play in the Champions League’

Tuesday, June 2

Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur provided significant comment from Benteke: “My agent knows my ambition. I once want to play in the Champions League. That’s a dream and my ambition.”

The player admitted maintaining a first-team club place is also important along Belgium’s run to Euro 2016, per Terreur: “But we are building up to a European Championship. It will also play an important part in my decision.” 

Benteke provided more details in the Sky Sports article: “It’s important to play. If you want to be in first 11 you have to play in your club.”

The prolific frontman has racked up 49 goals in 101 appearances for Villa, netting 12 during an injury-ravaged 2014-15 season, per Sky Sports. At 24 years old, this is the right time for him to step into top-level European football, as he has time to adapt and improve.

While Benteke’s confirmation that he wants to feature in the Champions League seemingly rules out a move to Liverpool, Terreur believes things aren’t so simple: “When a player says he fancies Champions League, fans immediately react that he doesn’t want to join Liverpool. Of course he wants.”

It’s worth noting that Benteke suggests he wants to play in the Champions League “once,” meaning it doesn’t necessarily have to be next year.

Sam Wallace of the Independent believes Liverpool “retain an interest” in Benteke but will not trigger his £32.5 million release clause.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood will look to stop Benteke leaving by eliminating his buyout clause in a new contract for the player, per Jacob Steinberg of the Guardian. In doing so, he would eliminate the safety net of such terms, leaving Benteke more susceptible to an open bidding process.

The powerful striker notched vital strikes during Villa’s escape from relegation and run to the FA Cup final. It’s likely neither the relegation escape nor the cup final appearance would have been achieved without Benteke in the team. It seems inevitable he will move on—his quality and ambition far outweighs that of Villa—but the midlands club will want to get their money’s worth.

Benteke has the quality to make an impact in the Champions League, but he needs to receive regular game time if he’s to become a star away from Villa Park.

India’s central bank cuts key interest rate to 7.25%

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut interest rates for the third time this year on June 2, 2015, in a bid to further spur Asia's third-largest economy, with inflation well below its target levelIndia's central bank cut interest rates for the third time this year on Tuesday in a bid to further spur Asia's third-largest economy, with inflation well below its target level. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lowered the benchmark repo rate — the level at which it lends to commercial banks — by 25 basis points to 7.25 percent with immediate effect. It was in line with analysts' expectations and marked the RBI's third cut in five months, raising the amount the bank has sliced off the key rate in 2015 to 75 basis points.


Mexico vs. Uruguay: Date, Time and Live Stream for U-20 World Cup 2015

Mexico will hope to recover from a shocking 2-0 setback against Mali when they take on Uruguay at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. While the junior Aztecs were being stunned, the South Americans began their tournament with a narrow win over Serbia, courtesy of a goal from mercurial midfield ace Gaston Pereiro.

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Mexico’s team selection could well be affected by the two red cards received in their dire opening match. That’s bad news for a squad that really needs to be at full strength to see off a talented Uruguay team.

Here are the relevant schedule and viewing details for this Group D clash:

 

Date: Wednesday, June 3

Time: 4 p.m. Local time/5 a.m. BST.

Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go.

 

Preview

As CONCACAF under-20 champions, Mexico are expected to be a powerful contender at this tournament. But an almost team-wide loss of discipline derailed their chances against Mali.

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Gama was sent to the changing room early. He was soon followed by Oscar Bernal, according to AFP (h/t Yahoo Sports).

Despite also seeing a player receive red, Mali soon made their numerical advantage count. It was Barcelona’s gifted young winger Adama Traore who nudged a deft header over the line to give his nation a lead it would never relinquish.

If they are going to recover quickly, Mexico will have to control midfield. But that won’t be easy against a Uruguay team that doesn’t just count Pereiro as a star in the middle.

West Ham United’s Diego Poyet is also a schemer to watch. The 20-year-old is a loping runner who covers ground well and possesses excellent technique.

A contingent of talented playmakers will look to supply precocious, pocket-edition forward Franco Acosta with chances. The 19-year-old Villarreal prospect bagged four goals for his country at the U-17 World Cup in the UAE in 2013. His pace and instincts could certainly cause a host of problems.

For Mexico, Pachuca duo Hirving Lozano and Erick Gutierrez represent their main attacking threat with Gama set to miss out. The pair have been identified as players to watch by ESPN writer Cesar Hernandez. They are key to the quick and intricate combinations Mexico love to produce.

Winger Lozano is a particularly keen attacking talent. Still just 19, his pace, intelligent movement and close control make him a constant menace from the flanks or ghosting through the middle.

Freeing Lozano in space will be a key for Mexico, but the greater concern will be approaching the game in a more professional manner than they did against Mali. Manager Sergio Almaguer has called on his young players to keep their cool, per an AP report (h/t ESPN FC): “We need to critically analyze what happened in this game. As a team, we need to play with a bit more intelligence and focus.”

With plenty of attacking talent on display, and Mexico having to chase the game, expect goals here. However, Uruguay’s own talent means a scoring stalemate is the most likely outcome.

Verizon’s Microsoft Lumia 735 reportedly slated for June 11 launch

The Verizon Lumia 735 has been rumored as coming to Verizon since late last year until further reports from our sources pushed the phone back to “early 2015″. That earliness has slipped in late spring and after being recently outed at the FCC, the phone finally has a launch date.

Thursday, June 11 appears to be the set launch date for the mid-range phone first launched under Nokia. The Verizon variant ships with CDMA plus 4G LTE bands for Verizon’s network and presumably Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2, which may have held up the release.








Kim Kardashian Opens Up About Loving Caitlyn Jenner While Dealing With Morning Sickness From Her 2nd Pregnancy!

Kim sure is juggling a lot right now!

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On top of just announcing her second pregnancy on Sunday, Kim Kardashian West is also experiencing a very public change in her life the form of Caitlyn Jenner‘s transition.

While walking the CFDA Fashion Awards red carpet with husband Kanye West on Monday night, the 34-year-old opened up about being supportive of Caitlyn while trying to get through all of the pregnancy pains she’s feeling!

In an interview with Extra, Kim once again voiced her love for Caitlyn and spilled that she actually got a sneak peek of her Vanity Fair cover, saying:

“This is Caitlyn’s moment and it’s her time to express herself and just be herself, and that’s really what life is about and she just wants to help people that don’t feel comfortable in their own skin, just to be confident in who they are.

I stopped by the shoot, so I saw her at the shoot and then I sat on a flight next to Annie Leibovitz, and I had a blanket, I had to hide under my blanket and secretly look at the photos, so that no one would see what we were talking about or doing.”

Keeping that secret must have been tough!

[ Photos: Kimye Disappoints On The CFDA Fashion Awards Red Carpet ]

And while Caitlyn finally revealing her true self to all of the world has been most of the focus of Kim’s day, she shared that morning sickness is what was taking up most of her attention for the past three months:

“I’ve never felt sh***y in my life, I literally can’t even get out of bed some days, I have morning sickness, afternoon sickness, night sickness, it’s all day and night. I just lay there, it’s really hard, cause I want to give a hundred, million percent attention to my daughter, but sometimes I can’t even get out of bed, but’ she’ll lay with me and she’s been so patient and great, but I think it’ll pass.”

We bet North West makes the best caregiver — she’s gonna be such a great big sister!

[ Related: Everything We Know About Caitlyn Jenner So Far! ]

Feel better though, Kim!

Would U be have been able to keep all of these secrets hidden as well as Kimmy??

[Image via Vanity Fair/Vogue.]

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