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Jan 28 , 2019 / By :

A Sudanese judge has sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom.

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“We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,” Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa told the woman on Thursday, addressing her by her father’s Muslim name, Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah.

Her Christian name is Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag.

Khalifa also sentenced her to 100 lashes for “adultery”.

Ishag, who rights activists say is pregnant and 27 years old, reacted without emotion when Abbas delivered the verdict at a court in the Khartoum district of Haj Yousef.

Earlier in the hearing, an Islamic religious leader spoke with her in the caged dock for about 30 minutes.

Then she calmly told the judge: “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”

Sudan’s Islamist regime introduced sharia law in 1983 but extreme punishments other than flogging are rare.

After the verdict about 50 people demonstrated against the decision.

“No to executing Meriam,” said one of their signs, while another proclaimed: “Religious rights are a constitutional right.”

In a speech, one demonstrator said they would continue their activism with sit-ins and protests until she is freed.

A smaller group supporting the verdict also arrived but there was no violence.

“This is a decision of the law. Why are you gathered here?” one supporter asked, prompting an activist to retort: “Why do you want to execute Meriam? Why don’t you bring corruptors to the court?”

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The corporate owner of the Soma coalmine, scene of Turkey’s deadliest mining disaster, says 450 workers have been rescued with 80 of them still hospitalised.

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With hope of finding more survivors largely gone, the company on Thursday repeated the official toll of at least 282 killed in the explosion and devastating underground fire two days earlier. At Soma, weeping relatives buried their dead.

The national broadcaster reported late on Thursday that the fire in the mine had been extinguished.

Pressure on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan intensified after a photograph showing one of his advisers kicking a protester at the disaster site was widely circulated on social media.

Yusuf Yerkel, a prime ministerial aide, is shown about to kick a protester who is being wrestled to the ground by two police officers.

Yerkel confirmed to the BBC’s Turkish Service that he was the individual pictured. Turkish media later quoted him saying the protester was a militant leftist who had attacked and insulted Erdogan and him.

Erdogan had visited the Soma mine on Wednesday, only to be confronted by angry locals attacking his car and calling him a “murderer” and a “thief”.

Erdogan has pledged a full investigation into the accident, while protesters across Turkey have called for his government to step down.

Police used tear gas and water canon against thousands of demonstrators in the western Turkish city of Izmir. About 20,000 people attended the rally in Turkey’s third-largest city.

Trade unionists in a range of industries held a one-day strike, protesting Turkey’s poor record on mining safety and charging that regulations had gone unenforced since the formerly state-run Soma mine was leased to a private company.

Citing rescue workers, news agency DHA said that 14 of the dead miners had taken refuge in the pit’s only safe room and took turns wearing oxygen masks before they suffocated. Rescuers found the 14 bodies lying on top of one another.

The report said there was just one safe room for 6500 miners at Soma.

The holding company responded on its website that the mine had been inspected every six months, most recently in March, and nothing had been found amiss.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said earlier that 787 workers had been in the mine when the explosion and fire took place. Citing 282 dead and 450 rescued, the company did not explain the discrepancy with Yildiz’s figures, which would leave 55 people unaccounted for.

The cause of the mine fire has still not been established, but media said an electrical defect was suspected of causing a transformer to explode, setting off the blaze.

Visiting the scene, Turkish President Abdullah Gul promised to shed light on what happened, saying the investigation had begun.

“Whatever is necessary will be done so we do not suffer such pain ever again,” he says.

The Soma explosion and fire is the world’s deadliest mine disaster in nearly 40 years.

Jan 28 , 2019 / By :

A “morally bankrupt” financial adviser who stole millions of dollars from brain-damaged and other vulnerable victims has been jailed for at least 10 years.

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Describing Tina Louise McPhee’s actions as callous, persistent and relentless, Judge Simon Stretton said she lavishly spent the money on holidays, fashion and plastic surgery including breast enhancements.

“You committed this offending purely and simply out of greed and for your own benefit,” he said in the South Australian District Court when sentencing the 40-year-old on Friday.

McPhee, pleaded guilty to 181 counts of dishonestly receiving property, stealing $1.9 million from six clients over a six-year period from August 2006 while she was trustee of their compensation payouts.

The judge said he was only sentencing her for those offences, but he took into account the fact that more than $4 million was lost, which included the substantial interest the payouts would have earned.

McPhee was appointed trustee to look after payouts made to two brain-injured crash victims and to four children whose relatives died in a car accident.

“It is difficult to conceive a worse or more serious breach of trust,” the judge said.

“You are a callous, dishonest and morally bankrupt woman.”

The victims have not recovered any money and have launched court action, which the judge said, could be expensive and long-running.

He had “very significant reservations” about her claim of remorse and apology, given that the offending was relentless and involved helpless, trusting victims whom she had been duty-bound to protect.

“That you would spend six years stealing their money, spending it by and large extravagantly on yourself while they suffered and went without … is simply outrageous.”

He noted McPhee, who was once a disability worker, did not suffer from any psychiatric disorder, or have a drug or alcohol problem.

The judge set a maximum term of 13 years.

Aug 30 , 2019 / By :

One heart-wrenching note stood out among the thousands of tributes at Martin Place.

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“Love you mum. Love Sasha,” it read.

Barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson died along with Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson and gunman Man Haron Monis after the dramatic Sydney siege ended on Tuesday morning.

Four members of the Dawson family slowly made their way around the enormous Martin Place memorial on Thursday, painstakingly reading cards, taking photos and embracing each other.

The two men and two women became visibly upset when they discovered a colourful drawing clearly done by a young hand.

It depicted two figures with yellow-blonde hair, one tall and all pink, and the other in a blue dress with brown arms and pink legs.

Ms Dawson’s three children are under 10, with Sasha set to start school next year at Ascham in Sydney’s east.

Thousands of people flowed into the makeshift memorial site carrying flowers and tributes on Thursday, the third day since the end of the 16-hour ordeal.

A new section had to be added to accommodate the growing sea of flowers.

Mosman collar bomb victim Madeleine Pulver and her mother, Belinda, made a tearful visit to the shrine.

Senator Jacqui Lambie said Tasmanians, who were still “heartbroken” by the Port Arthur massacre nearly 20 years ago, were mourning with Sydneysiders.

“We know what’s it’s like,” she told AAP in Martin Place.

“It affects the whole nation.

“The last few days in Tasmania, it’s been a very harsh reminder and a reality check for us.”

Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs said the incident raised questions over the granting of bail, access to firearms and mental health.

“How do we get these balances right in times of terror?” Professor Triggs asked while paying her respects.

Pakistani consul-general Abdul Aziz also laid flowers, expressing solidarity with the victims after his nation suffered a devastating school attack that killed at least 140 people.

Aug 30 , 2019 / By :

Australian retailers want items bought from overseas websites for as little as one cent to be subject to the GST.

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New Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the federal government will consider whether to apply the tax to such low-value purchases as part of its white paper process in the new year.

Goods purchased online worth less than $1000 are currently not subject to the 10 per cent GST.

Local retailers, many of whom have online sales sites, complain it’s unfair because the loophole gives overseas retailers a price advantage.

Australian Retailers Association head Russell Zimmerman said the current GST-free threshold has “done nothing but damage our retail sector” and would like to see it scrapped altogether.

“I think it’s vital that the government does something on this very quickly,” he said on Friday.

“The threshold should be at least $30, but preferably down to zero.

“If it was brought down to zero, obviously all the books that come into Australia would be captured.

“But we’ve got some great online and bricks and mortar retailers.”

Myer chief executive Bernie Brookes welcomed the planned review, claiming current regulations are only serving to boost job numbers overseas – not locally.

Australia’s largest department store collects more than $300 million in GST every year, plus corporate tax.

“The problem is, we’re competing against people throughout the world that aren’t paying that level of GST and tax,” Mr Brookes told AAP.

“There’s no extra money in it for us if the GST is on or off – the reality is it goes to the government.

“And if the government is struggling to be able to balance things, then there’s a $1 billion in potential income through being able to put the GST online.

“The government at the moment are doing a really good job creating jobs – but they’re creating jobs in Birmingham, England, they’re creating jobs in Los Angeles, they’re creating jobs in China.

“They’re not creating jobs in Australia because of the free kick they give all these people.”

Aug 30 , 2019 / By :

Woolworths says it is normal practice to audit invoices amid claims it is billing suppliers for accounting mistakes more than five years old.

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Australia’s largest supermarket chain is accused of billing suppliers for the old mistakes and deducting money it claims it’s owed from their accounts without permission.

Suppliers are receiving bills, claiming they have charged the supermarket the wrong amount or supplied an incorrect quantity of a product, in a bid by Woolworths to recoup tens of millions of dollars from them by the month’s end, Fairfax Media reports.

“I have received an invoice for thousands of dollars dating back from 2010,” one unnamed supplier told The Age newspaper.

Woolworths says it is usual practice to audit its invoices, just like most companies, and it has done so for some time.

“Where we find an error, in our favour or the supplier’s favour, we take steps to recover or return the money owed,” a company spokesman said on Friday.

The revelations come after Coles was on Monday ordered to pay $11.25 million in fines and costs in a settlement with the competition watchdog over charges of unconscionable conduct in its treatment of grocery suppliers.

The Federal Court found the nation’s second largest supermarket chain deliberately and illegally misused its market power to squeeze small suppliers for money.

The court verdict was welcomed by the Australian Food and Grocery Council, which has also warned its members about Woolworths seeking to recoup money for “profit gaps”, although it is not facing any charges.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it has received complaints about supermarket supplier issues in relation to Woolworths.

“We have received complaints about supermarket supplier issues which we will consider,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said in a statement on Friday.

Mr Sims said suppliers or others who want to provide information to the ACCC should contact the organisation and talk to the senior manager involved in supermarket supplier investigations.

Aug 30 , 2019 / By :

BMC Racing Team have vowed to do all they can to ensure Cadel Evans shines in his farewell WorldTour race at the Tour Down Under next month.

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They have named a strong line-up including experienced Swiss riders Michael Schar and Danilo Wyss, Australian star Rohan Dennis and newcomer Campbell Flakemore who is the world under 23 time trial champion.

Team director Fabio Baldato said they were determined to give their 2011 Tour de France champion Evans a fitting farewell before his home fans.

“The team will be working hard for Cadel to support him to do his best,” said Baldato.

“The course will be challenging but I think he can perform well just one more time.”

Former Swiss national road champion Schar will bring his Grand Tour experience to Adelaide, having competed at all three grand tours including helping Evans to his Tour de France triumph three years ago.

Wyss first rode in Adelaide in 2010 and since then has completed seven Grand Tours, including the Giro d’Italia for the last five years.

Dennis will take to the start line for the fourth time in his hometown Adelaide, having won both the King of the Mountain and Young Rider classifications in 2012.

“I am fortunate to be racing alongside Cadel, working for him and the team as well as learning from him how he handles the pressure both on and off the bike before he hangs up the bike from WorldTour racing,” said Dennis.

Every time I compete at this race, it is a special event for not just me but for all Australians. It is bigger and bigger every year.

“Being on Willunga Hill is as close as most Australians will ever get to experience what it is really like, the crowds, the atmosphere on a Tour de France mountain finish.”

Young Tasmanian talent Flakemore will make his WorldTour debut at the event.

“Cadel Evans is massive in Australia and to be a part of his team at his last WorldTour race is really exciting, I am just looking forward to being a part of the whole show,” said Campbell.

The BMC Racing Team: Cadel Evans (Aus), Michael Schar (Swi), Peter Stetina (USA), Danilo Wyss (Swi), Silvan Dillier (Swi), Campbell Flakemore (Aus) and Rohan Dennis (Aus).

The Tour Down Under will be staged in and around Adelaide From January 17-25.

Aug 30 , 2019 / By :

Carol Earl isn’t content with running her own personal training business and a busy home life with husband Wayne and their three kids.

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After 25 Thai Boxing bouts she’s serious about starting a professional career and has even got a former Australian champion in her corner. 

 “Everyone knows who I am now because of my veil and I guess being unique is good.”

“The skill of just one punch that Nader Hamden taught me did wonders and I’m looking forward to the gruelling training he’s going to put me through,” Ms Earle told SBS.

She was brought up in a Muslim household but it was once she met her husband Wayne that her faith in Islam deepened. 

Wayne converted to the religion and three children later he’s now helping his wife pursue her dreams in the sport he persuaded her to take up.

“She inspires a lot of women, not just Muslim women but women all over Australia so the inspiration she gives people is something to be proud of,” he said.

After so many fights wearing the Hijab, the head covering is like part of her own skin and she says the fact so few female fighters wear one has actually helped her career.

“Everyone knows who I am now because of my veil and I guess being unique is good.”

While women’s boxing is now an Olympic sport, some people still feel it’s not right for women to trade punches.  That’s what trainer Nader Hamden thought until he met Carol. 

“She puts in as much as any guy puts in. So if she’s willing to keep doing that I’ll train her,” the man who won 43 of his 54 professional fights told SBS.

Husband Wayne was also a Thai Boxer, and it was with his encouragement that Carol decided to take it up.

Their three children have seen many of her fights, but only after Ms Earl realised how excited,  proud and happy they were to see their mum in the ring doing what she loves.

And she’d encourage any women around the country to try putting on the boxing gloves.  

“If there’s anyone out there wanting to do it,  just go out and do it because it’s probably the best thing they’ll ever do.” 

Ms Earl is hoping to have her first professional boxing bout in March. 

“If there’s anyone out there wanting to do it,  just go out and do it because it’s probably the best thing they’ll ever do.”

Jul 30 , 2019 / By :

Axed Australian paceman Mitchell Starc returns for a Sydney Sixers side looking to continue their home city bragging rights when they play Sydney Thunder in a Big Bash League match at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

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Set up as cross-town rivals for the Twenty20 competition, the results so far have been one-way traffic, the Sixers unbeaten in their five clashes with the Thunder dating back to the inaugural 2011 BBL.

With the mercurial Starc returning to spearhead the Sixers’ attack after being dumped for Australia’s third Test against India, the men in magenta will fancy their chances of making it six in a row.

The 2012 Champions League winners are two from two this season with comfortable victories against the Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes, veteran paceman Brett Lee and allrounder Moises Henriques looking in particularly good touch.

But the Thunder appear a different side to the one that finished last in all three editions of the BBL in which they won a combined three games from 23 fixtures.

The addition of star allrounder Jacques Kallis already looks to be a huge boon, the South African belting 97 not out from 55 balls in the Thunder’s 56-run win over the Brisbane Heat in round one.

“Obviously I haven’t been involved in the last few years and it has been quite tough for the guys so to get away with a victory first game up has really got the guys excited,” Kallis said on Friday.

The 39 year-old wasn’t the only star on a night where the Thunder compiled 1-208 with fellow veteran Mike Hussey slamming 96 off 60 balls.

Lee said he expected that pairing to be key for Thunder.

“They’ve always had a decent side – they haven’t probably played up to their expectations but with the way that Jacques and Michael Hussey played the other night we have to make sure we knock these two boys over pretty early,” he said.

Organisers at ANZ Stadium are hoping the crowd will break the record for a domestic cricket match in the state – the 32,587 that attended the Sheffield Shield final between NSW and Victoria in 1934.

Jul 30 , 2019 / By :

China’s Christian population, currently estimated at around 60 million, is rapidly growing and Christmas is increasingly marked in the country ruled by the officially atheist Communist Party.

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But the government education bureau in Wenzhou, an eastern Chinese coastal city sometimes called “China’s Jerusalem” because of its large Christian population, banned schools from holding “Christmas-related” events, the Global Times reported.

Local officials “hope schools can pay more attention to Chinese traditional festivals instead of Western traditions”, said the tabloid, which has close ties to the Communist Party.

Interest in Christmas has grown in China as an occasion for shopping, with marketeers using everything from saxophones and Smurfs to steam trains to get consumers to open their wallets.

But authorities in Wenzhou this year launched a demolition campaign aimed at local churches, with more than 400 forced to remove visible crosses and some completely destroyed.

The ban came as a university in central China required students to watch a documentary about Chinese sage Confucius instead of celebrating Christmas.

“Be good sons and daughters of your country, stand against kitsch Western holidays,” a banner on the campus of Northwest University in the ancient city of Xi’an said, according to photographs posted online.

“Resist the expansion of Western culture,” read another.

A university spokesman told the state-run Guangming Daily that the school appealed to the students to pay more attention to Chinese traditional culture, and not to “idolise foreign festivals”.

The newspaper added: “Each year Christmas brings debate, with one side saying that the festival can bring a lot of new fun things, and another side saying that we should not fawn over foreign things and overlook Chinese traditional festivals.”

China’s Communist party periodically issues broadsides against “Western cultural infiltration” amid growing consumption of foreign movies, music and other goods.

The microblog of the ruling party mouthpiece, the People’s daily, displayed pictures of around 10 university students in the central province of Hunan holding an anti-Christmas street protest.

“Resist Christmas,” read banners held up by the students, who wore traditional Chinese outfits. “Chinese people should not celebrate foreign festivals.”

Jul 30 , 2019 / By :

The Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions in one of several high-stakes contests in the final weekend of the National Football League’s regular season.

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There are playoff spots and division titles to be determined including the critical Green Bay game which will see the winner earn the NFC North Division title and a first-round bye.

Both teams have already clinched postseason spots and the Packers are a perfect 7-0 at home this season.

Green Bay claimed their spot in the playoffs for the sixth straight season with a 20-3 win over Tampa Bay last Sunday.

If Green Bay beats the Lions and Seattle loses to St. Louis, the Packers will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Lions, who rallied to beat Chicago 20-14 last week, have lost 23 consecutive games at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a left calf injury in the win over Tampa Bay but the Packers say they are not worried.

“I don’t think there’s much concern at all,” said receiver Jordy Nelson. “I think he’ll be ready to go. So, we’ll see how his week goes and we’ll find out on Sunday. I think he’ll be fine, though.”

Two teams with losing records square off in a winner-take-all game when Carolina visits Atlanta.

The winner will claim the NFC South Division title as the Falcons just need a win while the Panthers need a win or a tie.

Carolina has won its past three games and 11 of past 12 in December.

The Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys, who can clinch a first-round playoff bye with a win — but only if Seattle and Arizona also lose.

Cowboys star DeMarco Murray needs just 29 yards to break Emmitt Smith’s 1995 club rushing record.

Washington won the first meeting this season between the two teams, 20-17 in overtime.

Jul 30 , 2019 / By :

The Miami Heat weren’t in a giving mood as they spoiled the Christmas Day return of LeBron James to southern Florida.

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James tallied a team-high 30 points and eight assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 101-91 to his former team in one of five NBA contests on the Christmas holiday.

It was James’s first game in South Beach since spurning the Heat to rejoin his hometown Cavaliers in the offseason.

James, who got a big pre-game ovation from the crowd of 19,800, won two NBA titles in four seasons with his former team, who have fallen to a sub .500 club since he left.

Miami didn’t play like a struggling team this time.

They were a determined bunch, especially James’ former sidekick Dwyane Wade, who finished with a game-high 31 points.

The Heat victory came just 48 hours after a disappointing 91-87 loss to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.

“It could have been easy for us to be down on ourselves but we weren’t,” said Wade, who hugged and chatted with James on the court after the final buzzer.

It seems there were no hard feelings between James and the Heat fans either, as he received plenty of applause and just a smattering of boos during the pre-game introductions.

The Heat also played a video tribute to James during one of the timeouts.

“What me and my teammates created while we were here is going to last forever,” said James, who led the Heat to four championship appearances. “You can never take that out of the (history) books.

“I gave everything and more to the city while I was here. I never disrespected the city, the franchise, or any of my teammates.”

Wade said he was pleased to see the cheers outnumber the boos for James.

“That is the way it should be. There is no reason to say anything negative about LeBron James,” said Wade, who scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half.

In San Antonio, Russell Westbrook didn’t mind picking up the slack for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were missing reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant for the fifth-straight contest.

Westbrook tallied 35 points and 11 assists as the Thunder beat the defending champion San Antonio Spurs 114-106 in front of 18,500 fans.

Westbrook also had five rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, who lost to the Spurs 4-2 in the playoff semi-finals last season. Serge Ibaka added 21 points and Steven Adams engineered 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

In Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Chris Paul scored 22 points as the LA Clippers beat Golden State 100-86, handing the NBA-leading Warriors their second loss at Staples Center in three days.

Klay Thompson scored 15 points and Stephen Curry 14 for Golden State, who have now lost three of five following a 23-3 start that included a franchise-record 16-game winning streak.

In Chicago, former Lakers centre Pau Gasol had 23 points and 13 rebounds against his former team as Chicago beat Los Angeles 113-93 with Lakers star Kobe Bryant resting his sore body for a second staright game.

Jimmy Butler added 21 points, and Derrick Rose had 20 points and six assists to help the Bulls win their season-high fifth straight.

In New York, John Wall had 24 points and 11 assists, eluding the Knicks all day until getting knocked to the floor by a flagrant foul that sparked an altercation, and Washington beat New York 102-91.

Wall toyed with the Knicks for 3 1/2 quarters, highlighted by a spinning, 360-degree layup, before Quincy Acy knocked him down with a forearm shove with 5:31 to play.

Wall got up and pushed Acy, who responded with a punch that appeared to hit Wall behind the neck. Acy was ejected in the Christmas dust-up, and Wall received a technical foul.

Bradley Beal added 17 points for the Wizards, who had their top five of Wall, Beal, Paul Pierce, Nene and Marcin Gortat in the starting lineup for the first time this season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points for the Knicks, who fell to 5-26 and have the most losses in the NBA. They have dropped six straight and 16 of 17.

Jul 30 , 2019 / By :

Big-hitting New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum fell just short of scoring the fastest double century in Test history on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.

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In the form of his life, McCullum put his side in a commanding position, blasting 195 off 134 balls as the Black Caps reached 7-429 at stumps.

The 33-year-old skipper blazed away for 18 fours and 11 sixes, christening New Zealand’s eighth Test venue, Hagley Oval, in style in 200 memorable minutes.

He had plenty of time to beat the double-ton speed record of 153 balls, set by compatriot Nathan Astle against England 13 years ago, also in Christchurch.

And he punched the air with frustration when caught by Dimuth Karunaratne at long off, handing offspinner Tharindu Kaushal a memorable first Test wicket – even if it came at a fearful cost of 117 runs off 15 overs.

“The man is an x-factor player. He has the ability to dominate, to dismantle bowlers very quickly and change the tempo and the way an innings is heading very quickly,” New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan said.

“He’s the most domineering and destructive player that’s played for New Zealand that I’ve seen.”

Having been sent in on a green surface, the Black Caps limped to 3-88 just after lunch before McCullum strode to the crease.

He put on 126 for the fourth wicket with Kane Williamson (54) and 153 with James Neesham (85), the latter a fifth-wicket record for New Zealand against Sri Lanka.

Five more runs would have allowed McCullum to match the exclusive feat of Australian Michael Clarke, who scored a triple century and three double tons in 2012.

McCullum could at least reflect on a host of other milestones as he walked off with the scoreboard reading 5-367.

He beat his own record for the fastest Test century by a Black Cap. His 74 balls faced was four less than it took him during his previous innings a month ago, when he went on to reach 202 against Pakistan in Sharjah.

The 33-year-old became also the first New Zealander to notch 1000 Test runs in a calendar year.

Earlier, openers Hamish Rutherford (18) and Tom Latham (27) made sound starts. The recalled Rutherford’s lean trot continued, having failed to pass 50 in his last 13 Test innings.

Ross Taylor was run out for seven when he slipped mid-pitch in the first over after lunch, while Williamson fell just before tea, ending an innings which lost momentum when McCullum took charge.

BEST OF 2014

1431 – Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka, average 79.5)

1164 – Brendon McCullum (NZ, 72.8)

1096 – David Warner (Australia, 64.5)

1064 – Younis Khan (Pakistan, 66.5)

MOST SIXES IN TESTS

100 – Adam Gilchrist (Australia)

98 – Chris Gayle (West Indies)

97 – Jacques Kallis (South Africa)

92 – Brendon McCullum (NZ)

91 – Virender Sehwag (India)

88 – Brian Lara (West Indies)

87 – Chris Cairns (NZ)

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