Darren Clarke rift will not sway Paul McGinley!

Victorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley says his strained relationship with Darren Clarke will not influence his opinion on who should succeed him.
McGinley is part of a five-man committee that will choose the European captain for 2016.
Clarke initially backed McGinley’s bid to be the 2014 captain, only to put himself forward and then move on to supporting Colin Montgomerie.
“I’m going to be very professional in my input,” said McGinley.
Former Open champion Clarke wrote to McGinley in 2011, offering his support to the Irishman’s bid to lead at Gleneagles.
But, in December 2012, Clarke told the BBC that he was in the running to become captain, before appearing to back Montgomerie – who had led in 2010 – after the United States appointed Tom Watson.
“We do have an (unwritten) rule where we don’t ask anybody to do it again, but we might have to look at that,” said Clarke.
Ultimately, McGinley was named captain in 2013 and took Europe to a 16½-11½ success to earn praise from players Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.
McGinley recently admitted that his conversations with Clarke were now “short and sweet”, but, when asked if his relationship with Clarke would be a problem for the Northern Irishman’s captaincy bid, McGinley said: “Absolutely no problem whatsoever.
“I’m going to get opinions from a lot of players and a lot of people before I put my opinion forward as to what it will be. Just like I was very much pushed over the line by the players, I want to get the opinion of the players.
“We’re very fortunate in Europe, a little bit like the Liverpool soccer team and the boot room. A lot of us have benefited hugely from being vice-captains. Darren has been a vice-captain along with many other guys.
“We will see where that all evolves and I’ll make a professional decision based on the views of people that I respect.”
McGinley will choose the new captain along with previous two skippers Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal, the European Tour chief executive and a representative from the tournament committee.
But the 47-year-old, who won the trophy three times as a player, says his Ryder Cup career is now over and that he has no desire to be captain or vice-captain again.
“I don’t think I’d be vice-captain to anybody going forward to be honest,” said McGinley, who was a vice-captain in 2010 and 2012.
“I’m very happy to help in an unofficial capacity but I don’t think I have the personality to go back in as vice-captain.
“That’s six I have been involved in and six wins. Like a heavyweight fighter, I will retire undefeated.”

Leonardo Da Vinci ‘Painted Three Ermine Portraits’

A French scientist has revealed a major new discovery about one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, shedding new light on his techniques.

Engineer Pascal Cotte has spent three years using reflective light technology to analyse The Lady with an Ermine.

Until now, it was thought the 500-year-old painting had always included the ceremonial animal.

Mr Cotte has shown the artist painted one portrait without the ermine and two with different versions of the fur.

Leonardo experts have described the new findings as “thrilling” and said the discovery raises new questions about the painting’s history.

The Lady with an Ermine is a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, a young woman in the Milanese court who was mistress to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan.

It is believed to have been painted between 1489 and 1490.

The Duke was Leonardo’s main patron during his 18 years in the city, and he was nicknamed “the white ermine”.

Mr Cotte, who is a co-founder of Lumiere Technology in Paris, has pioneered a new technique called Layer Amplification Method (LAM).

It works by projecting a series of intense lights on to the painting. A camera then takes measurements of the lights’ reflections and from those measurements, Mr Cotte is then able to analyse and reconstruct what has happened between the layers of the paint.

Following the discovery, new theories have now been applied to the well-known portrait, including a suggestion the artist may have introduced the ermine into the painting to symbolise Gallerani’s lover, later enhancing the animal to flatter his patron.

Another theory is that Gallerani asked the artist to add the animal into the painting, so that the Milanese court was made fully aware of her relationship with the Duke.

U.S. Trade Show 2014 in Sri Lanka

Top American companies from a wide variety of sectors showcased their products, technologies, and services in Sri Lanka at the U.S. Trade Show 2014 held today at the Hilton Residences.

This year, the U.S. Trade Show focused on expanding the variety of American goods and services for local businesses and consumers.

Along with hundreds of visitors, U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison attended the one-day event, which was jointly organized by the U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (AmCham).

With U.S. Ambassador Michele Sison looking on, Amcham President Suren Rajanathan is using innovative technology from American company Virtusa to light the oil traditional lamp.

Many of the American companies were major international brands, but the trade show also helped introduce some new American companies to smaller businesses in Sri Lanka as well.
“Today’s U.S. Trade Show 2014 is designed to introduce local consumers and businesses to a broad selection of American products, technology, and service,” said Ambassador Sison. “It is our hope that these partnerships will further promote shared prosperity for the United States, Sri Lanka, and the region.”

Key sectors such as tourism, transportation, food and beverage, renewable energy, and power generation are areas where American companies provide high quality at a competitive cost. For these companies, U.S. Trade Show 2014 was an opportunity to highlight the excellent value-for-money that U.S. products and services provide, as well as expand their business contacts in Sri Lanka.

“Sri Lanka�s outstanding private sector holds great potential for U.S. companies to engage in win/win partnerships,” added Allison Areias-Vogel, Economic and Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy.

Happy Birthday Marilyn McCoo!

Singer who sang the soul duet “It Takes Two” with her husband Billy Davis Jr. She was the lead female vocalist for the group The 5th Dimension.

She came in first place in the Miss Bronze California Pageant in 1962.

Her fist hit with the 5th Dimension was 1967’s “Up, Up and Away.”

She married Billy Davis Jr. on July 26, 1969.

She opened for Ray Charles in the early 1960s as a member of the Hi-Fi’s.

Australia Under-19s Tour of Sri Lanka!

3rd Youth ODI: Sri Lanka Under-19s v Australia Under-19s at Colombo (PSS), Sep 29, 2014.

Sri Lanka Under-19s Squad
C Karunaratne*, KIC Asalanka, SSD Arachchige, PWH de Silva, WIA Fernando, TP Isira†, CBRLS Kumara, PHKD Mendis, S Nanayakkara, BADN Silva, R Tillakaratne, D Timidya

Australia Under-19s Squad
L Banthorpe, L Beckett, I Boylan, D Grant, S Grimwade, S Harper, TA Healy†, C Hinchliffe, MP Kuhnemann, P McKenna, J Pattison, MT Renshaw, J Richardson, KG Scrimegour, JL Winter

Match scheduled to begin at 10:00 local time (04:30 GMT)