Bronwyn Bishop resigns as Speaker – politics live

Scandal-hit Speaker quits after weeks of controversy over expenses as Tony Abbott announces a full review of entitlements. Follow all the reaction live

Tony Abbott said the hammering Bronwyn Bishop received over her expenses claims exposed a problem with the system, rather than a problem with the way people might use the system.

Abbott:

Plainly the system that we have is deficient.

The public deserves to be absolutely confident taxpayers’ money is not being abused.

The review will be carried out by former Finance Department head David Tune and head of the Remuneration Tribunal John Conde.

Mr Abbott insisted the review would not be a “quickie” but declined to give a specific time frame.

Clive Palmer, who has been campaigning for Bronwyn Bishop’s resignation as speaker for the past four days and even started a petition in the name of #RealDemocracy, is very pleased with this afternoon’s development.

Congratulations #BronwynBishop for finally listening to Australian public & resigning as #Speaker #byebyebronwyn #auspoI

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Bronwyn Bishop resigns as Speaker – politics live

Scandal-hit Speaker quits after weeks of controversy over expenses as Tony Abbott announces a full review of entitlements. Follow all the reaction live

Tony Abbott said the hammering Bronwyn Bishop received over her expenses claims exposed a problem with the system, rather than a problem with the way people might use the system.

Abbott:

Plainly the system that we have is deficient.

The public deserves to be absolutely confident taxpayers’ money is not being abused.

The review will be carried out by former Finance Department head David Tune and head of the Remuneration Tribunal John Conde.

Mr Abbott insisted the review would not be a “quickie” but declined to give a specific time frame.

Clive Palmer, who has been campaigning for Bronwyn Bishop’s resignation as speaker for the past four days and even started a petition in the name of #RealDemocracy, is very pleased with this afternoon’s development.

Congratulations #BronwynBishop for finally listening to Australian public & resigning as #Speaker #byebyebronwyn #auspoI

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Pakistan’s Japanese-dominated car market poised for new entrants

Despite heavy taxation on imported vehicles, enthusiasm for owning a car in Pakistan has remained undented -- thanks in part to underdeveloped public transport in the country's sprawling citiesPakistan's car market has been dominated by Japanese automakers for decades, but a mini-economic revival looks set to attract new players from Europe and Korea into the mix. Despite heavy taxation on imported vehicles, enthusiasm for owning a car in Pakistan has remained undented — thanks in part to underdeveloped public transport in the country's sprawling cities, but also the social status it brings. Toyota, Suzuki and Honda car assembly plants already work around the clock in the southern port city of Karachi and eastern Lahore — yet customers can still wait for up to four months for new vehicles to be delivered.


Holiday guide to Sardinia’s best beaches, plus restaurants and hotels

Sardinia has fantastic, gorgeous beaches. Liz Boulter loses herself among them, and picks the best, and surprisingly affordable, places to eat and stay

Italy offers so much to holidaymakers: food and wine, art and architecture, high peaks and bosomy Tuscan hills, but relatively few Brits come here for sun and sand. To UK tastes, Italy simply doesn’t do seaside very well: beaches are often given over to hotel and bar concessions, with rows of sunbeds differentiated only by the colour of their umbrellas and the trashiness of their euro-pop. Only a corner at the least attractive end will be spiaggia libera – for people who just want to rock up and lie on a towel.

Sardinia isn’t like that: lists of the island’s best beaches run into the hundreds, and there are many more unnamed coves and wedges of white, silver or golden sand around its 1,000km-plus of coastline, peninsulas and islands. Some popular beaches are concessionised – though even these tend to be so spacious that plenty of spiaggia libera remains. There are wild beaches for those prepared to tote their own supplies, but most have a shack selling drinks, ice-creams and snacks.

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Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg Preview Exciting Bundesliga Season in Supercup

Wolfsburg pipped Bayern Munich to the German Super Cup title on Saturday, with the League Cup (DFB-Pokal) winners edging the Bundesliga champions in penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw in regular time. It was the first competitive match of the 2015-16 season for both sides and a good measure of their form as the Bundesliga restart approaches in two weeks’ time.

After a scoreless first half, Arjen Robben put the visitors ahead, winning the ball at the goalmouth following a fumble by Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels. The Dutchman’s opportunistic strike appeared to be the decisive moment of the game until the 89th minute, when Nicklas Bendtner did well to redirect a low Kevin de Bruyne cross into the Bayern net. In shootout, nine players kept their nerve in scoring, but Xabi Alonso was denied by Casteels before Bendtner delivered the decisive spot-kick to seal the win for Wolfsburg.

Bayern have added some real quality this summer, especially in the form of Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal, and they will be out-and-out favorites to win both the Bundesliga and the Pokal titles next spring. However, Wolfsburg‘s resolve after going behind was a good sign that the league may yet be competitive and not a foregone conclusion.

In the end, Wolfsburg were well worthy of their victory. Despite Jerome Boateng rattling the crossbar early on, the hosts were the better team in the first half, with a trio of close calls missing the target. Most agonizing was De Bruyne failing to punish Pep Guardiola‘s men late in the first half after a poor mistake by Manuel Neuer that left him with an open net upon which to shoot.

De Bruyne‘s waste of a rather lucky chance, juxtaposed with Robben‘s precision in a similarly fortunate situation after the break, appeared likely to be decisive in determining the winners of Saturday’s match. It would have been cruel, given that the game overall was quite well played by both sides and deserved a better defining moment. Bendtner‘s goal was huge and set up the penalty shootout that many had been hoping for.

The Super Cup has never been the most prestigious trophy in football, and the fact that Bayern have failed to win it in each of the last three seasons is not the end of the world. In the two previous instances, they went on to win the Bundesliga twice and the Pokal once.

From the perspective of the contenders in Germany, it’s encouraging to see that Bayern remain beatable even after their summer spending spree. Especially to Wolfsburg, given that they were the side that emerged victorious and in a manner that had been fully deserved.

Guardiola will have to take some lessons from Saturday’s action. Alonso and Mehdi Benatia in particular struggled throughout the match. He also was perhaps naive in substituting some of his best penalty takers, Thomas Muller, Thiago Alcantara and Robert Lewandowski, with the shootout still entirely possible. Bayern conceded plenty of opportunities on the counterattack and despite Douglas Costa looking very bright at times, weren’t sharp enough in the final third. Although intricate, their play looked labored, rather forced at times. Perhaps a return to the basics and simplicity is the answer.

Wolfsburg didn’t exactly play their perfect match either, with Casteels‘ rather elementary error not exactly inspiring confidence in spite of his penalty save. And before Bendtner‘s goal, their apparent lack of a reliable striker appeared to be their downfall, with Bas Dost having missed a one-on-one opportunity to equalize and otherwise lacking a cutting edge in attack. Even after the Dane’s goal, serious questions have to be asked of Wolfsburg‘s quality in the center forward position, as one goal certainly is not enough to overcome a reputation for wasting chances.

However, Wolfsburg maintained their composure after going behind and were the better side over the 90 minutes. They were confident even in the lottery of penalties and deserved their win. Dieter Hecking’s men have matured substantially over the last 12 months, and their squad has become deeper as they’ve simultaneously managed to avoid selling stars like De Bruyne and Ricardo Rodriguez.

There are some hurdles to overcome and some questions to be asked, but it appears that the Lower Saxony side are willing to put up a fight. And that kind of competition is exactly what the Bundesliga needs. Based on Saturday’s action, we could well be in for a thrilling and unpredictable season in German football.

 

 

@Mr_Bundesliga

Seahawks finalize contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner (Yahoo Sports)

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner catches a ball in drills during an NFL football training camp on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Right on the heels of signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension, the Seattle Seahawks have locked up All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks and Wagner finalized a four-year contract extension on Saturday night, making sure Seattle keeps Wagner beyond the 2015 season when his rookie contract was set to expire. NFL.com reported the deal is worth $43 million, which would make Wagner the highest-paid middle linebacker in football.


Ice-Cream Recall Sends Chill Through Food Industry

As Blue Bell Creameries prepares to resume production of its ice cream after a sweeping recall, its mistakes are fueling broader rethinking of how to keep ice cream and other foods free of deadly bacteria. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

Rapper Redway Killed In Fiery Car Crash

Shane Redway — a Canadian rapper and close friend of Drake‘s — was killed early Saturday morning in a car crash. He was just 26 years old.

Redway and two others were killed when their car lost control, struck a guardrail and burst into flames. The crash occurred around 4am outside Pearson International Airport in Toronto. It’s unclear who was behind the wheel. Police are investigating the crash.

Drake took to Instagram to remember Redway, posting two different tributes.

The first was a photo of his fallen friend:

Gone way too soon. Just saw this guy yesterday at Bounce. RIP Redway.A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Aug 1, 2015 at 11:42am PDT

The second was Redway’s logo with a halo added:

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