Shivraj Singh faces protestsin Odisha

first_imgMassive protests by farmers and political activists groups greeted Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as he reached the western Odisha town of Bargarh to address a ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ meeting on Saturday.Members of the Biju Janata Dal, Aam Aadmi Party and Paschim Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samanaya Samiti staged protests at different places and chanted ‘Shivraj Singh, go back’ and ‘Shivraj Singh, killer of farmers’. They were livid over the death of six farmers in M.P.’s Mandsaur.The Bargarh district police carried out preventive arrests by taking 183 persons into custody.Mr. Singh, however, dismissed the allegations.last_img

RSS claims two lakh new recruits in western U.P.

first_imgThe Rashtriya Sawaymsevak Sangh (RSS) has substantially enhanced its presence across western Uttar Pradesh, senior leaders of the Hindutva group said, ahead of “Rastrodaya 2018” — a mega mobilisation event which more than three lakh people are expected to attend. Prant prachar pramukh Ajay Mittal said, “When the BJP government came to power in 2014, about 2,400 shakhas (branches) used to be held in Meerut alone in a day. Now the number has gone to 4,500. There is much more renewed energy, enthusiasm among the common people towards the organisation,” he added.Senior leaders told The Hindu that the RSS wanted to spread the reach of the organisation further ahead of the 2019 general elections. Pracharaks have been tasked with mobilising and bringing people together for the largest congregation in the RSS’s history. The RSS now claims to have more than two lakh new members from western U.P. Mr. Mittal emphasised that the focus of the campaign was on rural areas adding that among the participants, 2.18 lakh will be from the villages and 93,364 from the urban areas of the districts.last_img read more

Hizb was backed by JeI: Centre

first_imgA day after it banned the Jammu and Kashmir-based group Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) under the anti-terror law, the Centre said the organisation was responsible for the formation of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), the largest terrorist organisation active in the State. A senior Home Ministry official said the JeI had been providing all kinds of support to the HM in terms of recruits, funding, shelter, and logistics. “In a way, the HM is a militant wing of JeI (J&K),” the official said.The organisation was banned twice in the past — in 1975 for two years by the J&K government and in April 1990 by the MHA which continued till December, 1993. “JeI is the main organisation responsible for propagation of separatist and radical ideology in the Kashmir Valley,” said the official. “Jel has been pursuing the agenda of setting up an independent theocratic Islamic state by destabilising the government,” said the official.According to him, a sizeable section of JeI cadres overtly worked for militant organisations, especially HM. “Its cadres are actively involved in the subversive activities of HM by providing hideouts, and ferrying arms.” “The strong presence of HM in the area of influence of JeI is a clear reflection of separatist and radical ideology of the organisation,” the official said.last_img read more

UFC: Anderson Silva addresses 2nd failed drug test

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next His last match resulted in a unanimous-decision victory against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 last February.With another lengthy suspension likely ahead of him, the seasoned fighter looks to have no intention of hanging his gloves anytime soon.“I will not give up, much less stop doing what I love, not because of fame or money, it’s because I love to fight,” he explained.“So no matter what happens from now on, nothing changes, my plans are the same, nothing has changed. A big kiss for everyone and see you soon.” /ra Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES Once heralded as MMA’s pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, the 42-year-old Brazilian legend is facing scrutiny after once again getting flagged for a performance-enhancing banned substance. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC How the mighty have fallen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis idiom perhaps best describes former longtime UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.ADVERTISEMENT Shortly after the promotion removed Silva from his main event bout against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122, “The Spider” took to Instagram to address the situation.“Obviously, I think everything is part of a process of evolution, with each passing day, I can learn more about who I am. I’m here to thank all my fans, especially my coaches and all the contributors for this long journey,” Silva wrote in a lengthy post.“I can’t express my feelings and how sad I am, because we all invest love, passion and time in this camp, I don’t know exactly the plans of GOD for me, but anyway, I can only thank him and all of you, for the love and affection, nothing is more gratifying at this moment than having you by my side.”After going undefeated in the UFC from 2006 to 2013—with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses—Silva lost twice to former Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman.His victory over Nick Diaz got overturned after testing positive for drostanolone and androsterone, then lost two more fights against Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championship QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

PBA gives Chot OK to form best nat’l team

first_imgView comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet At the same time, the league has also moved the opening of its next season to December to accommodate Gilas in the first three home-and-away series of the WCQ as the PBA has now made it sure that Reyes can have the time with his players.Commissioner Chito Narvasa made this announcement in a teleconference with a small group of Filipino media covering the 39th Jones Cup Invitational here and it ends weeks of speculation as to who will represent the Philippines in the Lebanon showcase slated Aug. 8 to 20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It was agreed upon by the board (of governors) that the PBA should participate,” Narvasa said. “The PBA, its coaches in particular, were just informed of the schedule (of the Gilas events), which is important to all of them.”Another thing which the PBA will do is tweak the schedule of the Governors’ Cup, which is set to open on Wednesday, so as not to disrupt the teams that will lend its stars to the team that will play in Beirut. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ TAIPEI—The PBA has just gone “all in” for Gilas Pilipinas.In order to help the National team program field the best team possible, the PBA has given the green light to coach Chot Reyes to tap its multimillionaire veterans for the coming Fiba Asia even if the event is not part of the hectic World Cup Qualifying series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Magsayo world title bid put on hold Gilas Cadet members who are now playing in the Jones Cup will also represent the country in the Southeast Asian Games from Aug. 20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, practically assuring the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva will play in Lebanon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

The hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos

first_imgSimply Gujarati plays gadget guru this month, bringing you the hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos in the city. Picture perfectThe Canon EOS C300 is all you need to make your next big documentary. The camcorder represents a giant leap forward for cinematic HD video production. The most expensive,Simply Gujarati plays gadget guru this month, bringing you the hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos in the city.Picture perfectThe Canon EOS C300 is all you need to make your next big documentary. The camcorder represents a giant leap forward for cinematic HD video production. The most expensive Canon in the market, Canon India has introduced this advanced Cinema EOS range cameras to facilitate high quality filming without the huge load of equipment that usually needs to be lugged around. It offers a newly developed super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor with 8.29 million effective pixels and has a pixel size that is larger than that of conventional professional cameras. This enables greater light gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise that is ideal for digital cinematography.Where: Nonac Services 305, Corner Point, Jetalpur Road, Vadodara.Cost: Rs 13, 90,000.Tel: 0265 2310099.Swift drivePowerful, dynamic and bold-these are the words that come to mind when you look at the R8 Spyder, the open high-performance sports car by Audi. The sporty Audi single frame and large air intakes are instant indicators that this is a smart, sleek and stylish sports car. The rear spoiler is automatically extended at 100 km/h and retracts into the vehicle silhouette at 35 km/h. The hand-made V8 mid engine generates 316 kW (430 bhp) and the Audi R8 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds going up to a top speed of 300 km/h. The mid-engine concept ensures a balanced load distribution and excellent handling properties. The interiors have a classic motor racing feel-plus ergonomically shaped sports seats with high-quality seat covers.Where: Audi Showroom and Workshop, Surat Dumas Road, Surat.Cost: Rs 1,47,00,000.Tel: 09662515080.advertisementGame onThe perfect gift for a die-hard gaming fan, the Vita is a revolution in portable entertainment. This next generation device packs in countless innovative features into a stylish and compact form to bring you games-on-the-go. The 12.7 cm OLED multi touch screen has an optimised touch menu interface and dual analog sticks to enhance the gaming experience. There are front and rear cameras that allow you to enjoy what Sony calls Augmented Reality. The Vita is light and convenient to carry. You can also download games on the device which are stored on a memory stick that comes in various Gigabyte sizes. As an added feature, it even comes with 3 G and Wi-fi connectivity.Where: Shop No 1 Piplod Plaza, Opp Lancer Army School, Dumas Road, Surat.Cost: Rs 24,990.Tel: 0261 2720048.Power packedFor some, flying commercial is passe-travelling in your own aircraft is the utmost luxury. Invision air offers just this as the company provides high-end, ultimate-in-luxury, chartered jet planes, making long queues and security checks a thing of the past. The aircrafts boast of classic interiors and the airline company provides the client with all that they need for either a personal or a corporate trip. The company which began operations last year has been serving the flying needs of the rich and powerful in the state ever since and offers various ownership options. Currently two aircraft models, the Embraer Phenom 100, a four seater aircraft and Embraer Phenom 300, an aircraft that can accomodate nine passengers is available with Invision air. Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the both the aircrafts. With the interior being designed by BMW Group’s Designworks USA, onboard conveniences include a wardrobe and refreshment centre, an aft cabin private lavatory with toiletry cabinet and satellite communications.Where: Purchase online at Price on request.Tel: 18002665387 (Toll Free Number).Cool talkBrace yourself for lightning fast web browsing, remarkable picture quality and seamless gaming visuals. You’ll love the minimalist design and the camera that captures every moment (even in low light) with crisp, vivid, beautiful photos. It allows still photography even while shooting HD video. Plus, with Beats Audio you hear authentic, deep sound with true, finely-tuned details. The HTC One X features a beautifully crafted polycarbonate unibody that has the ruggedness of metal but is super light. With seamless construction, the unibody combines a unique high gloss ‘piano’ finish and a matte back. The HTC One also has an amazing 4.7 inch, 720p HD screen crafted from contoured Corning Gorilla Glass. HTC One X will also be available in select 4G LTE markets with a LTE-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s. The HTC One X handset is available in Polar White and Glamour Grey colours.Where: Bonkers, National Plaza, Alkapuri, Vadodara.Cost: Rs 42,999.Tel: 09898401694.Tech proAn ideal on-the-go companion that can manage your files, send emails, play music, movies and crunch numbers-the MacBook Air is everything you need and more. Being a little over an inch at its thickest end, it fits conveniently into any bag and has therefore been holding the title of the world’ thinnest notebook ever since its launch. After a series of designs and updates since its maiden version in 2008, the new Macbook Air comes with fancy features like a glossy LED backlit display and a full-size keyboard, a large trackpad that responds to iPad-related multi-touch gestures like pinching, swiping and rotating. The Intel Ivy Bridge processor that runs the machine, sports HD 4000 graphics, has higher capacity storage and memory options as compared to the earlier version and comes with an improved 720p Facetime HD camera. When you flip open the MacBook Air, it starts up in seconds. Even after a month in standby mode, the screen springs to life and apps launch quickly. So if you’re looking for a product that is high on aesthetics while doing the job as well, this is the gadget dreams are made of.Where: CROMA, Himalaya Mall, Memnagar, Ahmedabad.Cost: Rs 99,900.Tel: 079 6609 5000.advertisementMean machineWho doesn’t love a Harley? It’s what every biker’s dreams are made of. The Ultra Classic Electra Glide CVO takes those dreams a step further, leading a cruise into the future of motoring. Fitted with an air-cooled, dual exhaust engine with a torque of 150 NM @ 3500 rpm throttles, this wide-snouted bike is perfect for cruising on the highway. With an overall width of 970mm and height of 1448mm, the bike offers a ground clearance of 130mm. The machine has a fuel capacity of 22.7 litres and weighs 421.4 kg. Among its unique features are the anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Brembo brake callipers and the CVO-specific inserts. The hydraulically actuated nine-plate clutch with high performance spring is complemented with a six-speed cruise drive transmission. The tubular frame of the chassis is made of mild steel and has a two-piece stamped and welded backbone, and the 41.3mm telescopic front forks come with blow-by valves. The Ahmedabad showroom currently offers a range of 15 models including variations of the Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod and Touring models. In addition to the motorcycle line-up, the dealership offers a range of genuine Harley-Davidson riding gear, apparel, and parts and accessories to customize your bikes.Where: Nine Bridges Showroom, New York Complex, SG Highway, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad.Cost: Rs 35.45 Lakh.Tel: 09824000707.Classic driveThe all-new Passat is the epitome of luxury and comfort. With electronic parking breaks, keyless entry and start options, there are plenty of hi-tech features available in this all-new version. The new front-end design gives the car an even more dominant, high-class look which is reinforced by the bi-xenon headlamps, along with rounded in-set headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The exteriors of the car are elegant and give it a unique appeal with chrome finished radiator grills. It is a fashionable yet practical mid-size sedan with impressive driving dynamics and a remarkable number of standard features and unique options. It is power packed with the new 1.8L, 1798cc TSI petrol engine, enabled with a six speed manual gearbox and direct injection supply system, making the engine both powerful and fuel efficient. Many advanced safety and comfort features are an added benefit too, like the ABS (Anti lock Braking System), Traction Control System, Cruise Control, Electronic Differential Lock, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), 8 Air bags and so on. The Passat is just what you need to add that extra bit of class while you’re on the road.Where: Automark Motors Pvt. Ltd Gondal Road, Gondal Ahmedabad Bypass Circle, National Highway 8B, Vavdi, Rajkot.Cost: Rs 2,156,564 (for the basic model).Tel: 0281 6693333.advertisementCool glideWhy walk when you can glide on the new Segway I2 PT (Personal Transporter). It makes travelling short distances an exciting adventure while being good for the environment too. Segway entered the Indian market with two base models-the X2 and I2. The I2 is meant for indoor use while the more rugged X2 can be used outdoors. This little transporter lets you hop on board and scoot along to your destination with zero effort. Segway PT’s are highly intelligent transportation devices that run on Saphion lithium-ion batteries. For minimal maintenance you need to ensure that your PT never drains out of battery. Battery life depending upon usage and terrain can give a mileage of approximately 20,000 kms if used on smooth surfaces. Moreover, operating and maintenance costs are almost negligible.Where: Purchase online at Rs 5, 62,050 (X2) Rs 4,94,890 (i2).Tel: 9810399443.last_img read more

Dhoni in Forbes list of world’s highest paid athletes

first_imgIndian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the lone Indian sportsman to figure on Forbes’ list of world’s 100 highest paid athletes.The is being been topped by American boxer Floyd Mayweather and includes golfer Tiger Woods and tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.Dhoni is ranked 22nd on the list with total earnings of $30 million and endorsements worth $26 million.His salary and winnings total $four million as of June 2014, Forbes said.”Dhoni cemented his legacy as one of India’s best captains of all time when he led the Indian national team to victory in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and became the first national captain to ever win all three ICC trophies,” the publication said.Dhoni signed bat sponsorship deals with leading brands like Spartan Sports and Amity University in late 2013 reportedly worth a combined USD four million annually, up from the USD one million Reebok was paying previously, it added.The earning figures include salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, as well as licensing and endorsement income paid out during the last 12 months between June 2013 and June 2014.Mayweather earned USD 105 million during the past year for 72 minutes of work in the ring for fights against Canelo Alvarez and Marcos Maidana.The payday puts Mayweather at the top of Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the second time in three years. .Mayweather is the first athlete, besides Woods, to crack the USD 100 million earnings threshold.Real Madrid and star Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo leads a group of 15 soccer players in the top 100.advertisementRonaldo ranks second overall with total earnings of USD 80 million.American basketball player LeBron James ranks third with earnings of USD 72.3 million, followed by Argentine footballer Lionel Messi who ranks fourth at USD 64.7 million. Woods is ranked sixth on the list with earnings of USD 61.2 million.Forbes said Woods’ golf course-design business has picked up after multiple blowups.Developers plan to open a new course in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this year which will be the first completed Woods-designed course.Federer, who holds the record for most singles Grand Slam wins (17) and career prize money (USD 81 million) is ranked seventh on the list with earnings of USD 56.2 million.”Federer continues to be among the world’s best players 16 years after he turned pro. His sponsors collectively pay him more than USD 40 million annually,” Forbes said.Nadal is ranked ninth on the list with earnings of USD 44.5 million.The list also includes tennis player Novak Djokovic on the 17th rank with earnings of USD 33.1 million, tennis star Maria Sharapova (34), Jamaican runner Usain Bolt (45), tennis player Serena Williams (55) and German Formula One racing driver Sebastian Vettel (83).last_img read more

Winners & losers of the summer transfer window

first_imgWINNERS: BARCELONAMalcom Barcelona Tottenham ICCThe summer window could not have gone much better for Barcelona, who successfully hijacked two transfers, as well as persuading Everton to take on most of their dead wood.While Inter should probably bear most of the blame for Arturo Vidal rocking up at Camp Nou given the way the Nerazzurri got distracted by the enticing prospect of signing Luka Modric from Real Madrid, the way in which Barcelona stole Malcom away from Roma undeniably killed off the Blaugrana’s ‘Mes que un club’ image once and for all. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Still, Ernesto Valverde will not mind. Malcom’s arrival has added further depth to Barca’s attacking department, while at the same time seemingly sparking Ousmane Dembele into life, while the veteran Vidal adds steel and experience to a midfield that will also benefit enormously from Arthur Melo’s finesse.Clement Lenglet has also arrived to strengthen the centre of defence and his €36 million (£32m/$42m) transfer was almost completely covered by the remarkable sale of Yerry Mina to Everton for a €30m (£27m/$35m), a staggering fee for a player who struggled horribly after arriving in Catalunya in January for just €12m (£11m/$14m).The Toffees also handed over €20m (£18m/$23m) for reserve left-back Lucas Digne, and €2.25m to take the confidence-sapped Andre Gomes on loan for a season.Sevilla stumped up an additional €8.5m (£8m/$10m) for Aleix Vidal, while Sassuolo paid an initial €6m (£5m/$7m) for Marlon, making this an incredibly lucrative summer for Barca, who needed to balance their books ahead of the commencement of the redevelopment of Camp Nou next year.Paco Alcacer’s departure for Dortmund leaves Barca without an obvious Luis Suarez understudy but, all in all, this is a deeper and better-balanced squad than the one that recorded a double last season.WINNERS: SERIE ACristiano Ronaldo JuventusLike millions of Serie A followers, Christian Vieri could not contain his excitement when it emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo was actually on the verge of joining Juventus. “For Italian football, this would be like winning the lottery,” the former Inter striker enthused.Certainly, the financial benefits of Ronaldo’s arrival have, and are, already being felt, both in Turin and beyond. Juve’s shirt sales and share price have both sky-rocketed, while broadcasters across the globe have subsequently acquired the TV rights for Serie A just to see how the Portuguese performs.Perhaps even more significantly, CR7’s bold decision to ditch Madrid for Juve has even capture the imagination of the game’s greatest players. “I think Cristiano Ronaldo will change Italian football,” Neymar prophesised. “It will once again be the Italian football I watched as a child.”Serie A still has some way to go before it reclaims its status as the pinnacle of the footballing world, of course, but, as Fabio Capello pointed out, the league has undeniably been presented with an unexpected opportunity to relaunch itself.”TV rights and merchandising allowed England, Germany and Spain to overtake us, but with Cristiano Ronaldo we can try to lift our heads again,” the former AC Milan coach argued. “Certainly, Ronaldo alone is not enough. We need to have the strength and intelligence to exploit this Ronaldo stimulus to give a boost back to our football.”But Ronaldo’s arrival means that people are speaking about the Italian league again.”And that is a pretty fine start.WINNERS: LIVERPOOLAlisson Becker, LiverpoolWhen Liverpool broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper in July, just six months after breaking the transfer record for a defender, Jurgen Klopp was mocked in some circles over his previous comments on rivals essentially trying to buy success: “Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.”So, why then, did he sanction the acquisitions of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk for £56m ($73m) and £75m ($97m), respectively? For the same reason that he also paid a grand total of £57m (£74m) for Naby Keita, who also arrived this year – because Liverpool were short in quality in three key areas.And, as Klopp explained, “Quality costs a specific price.” And nobody is querying the size of those transfer fees now, with Liverpool having made a 100 per cent winning start to the 2018-19 season, and without conceding a single goal to sit top of the Premier League.The Reds finished fourth last season and reached the final of the Champions League with a top-heavy squad overly reliant on the brilliance of attacking trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane but with Alisson, Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri (who should allow Klopp to rotate his front three with greater regularity) now on board, they look a far more balanced outfit.Whether Liverpool will end up as champions of England remains to be seen but they are undoubtedly one of the winners of this summer’s transfer market. LOSERS: REAL MADRIDFlorentino Perez Real MadridWhen Real Madrid fans saw Cristiano Ronaldo follow Zinedine Zidane out of the Santiago Bernabeu, they fully expected club president Florentino Perez to replace the Portuguese superstar with a marquee name. Thibaut Courtois has arrived from Chelsea but the Belgian hardly represents a significant upgrade on Keylor Navas, just named UEFA’s goalkeeper of the year and still in possession of a starting spot under new coach Julen Lopetegui, while Mateo Kovacic was allowed to move in the other direction.Luckily, Luka Modric was prevented from absconding to Inter but the wait went on for Perez’s late Galactico. But not one of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard or Harry Kane arrived in the Spanish capital.Instead, Real will begin their bid for a fourth successive Champions League with Mariano Diaz as their new No.7, the same Mariano Diaz that the Blancos had sold to Lyon a year ago for just €8m (£7m/$9m). Granted, the 25-year-old enjoyed a fine season in Ligue 1, netting 18 times in 34 appearances, but he was not the signing that the Real supporters wanted to see their side make before the close of the summer transfer window.In truth, Perez didn’t even want Mariano, at least not initially, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas: “Mariano said to me that he wished to go to Madrid and that is why he rejected the Sevilla offer. “I informed Florentino Perez but his response was that Mariano was not the player they were in the market for, before making the offer.”Real’s decision to hijack the move to Sevilla by enacting their buy-back clause, thus, smacks of desperation but it will do little to appease the fans, whose dissatisfaction with the club’s transfer dealings was one of the reasons why only 48,000 of them turned up for the Liga opener against Getafe – Real’s worst gate since their final fixture before Ronaldo’s arrival.His departure has now left a gaping void that has not yet been filled. Yes, there are reasons for optimism – Marco Asensio is an exceptional talent, while Gareth Bale is enjoying a sustained run of excellence and, more importantly, games – but Madrid’s squad is undoubtedly weaker than it was last season.The UEFA Super Cup has already been lost. One wonders if Madrid’s previously irresistible financial might is on the wane too.LOSER: JOSE MOURINHOJose Mourinho Manchester United 2018-19It was amusing to hear Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho demanding greater respect from reporters after Monday night’s 3-0 loss at home to Tottenham, given he has never had the courtesy to afford rivals or referees any throughout his coaching career.However, the Portuguese’s increasingly petulant and often downright bizarre behaviour is no laughing matter at Old Trafford, where chaos and confusion reigns, on and off the field.The reason for Mourinho’s discontent is, of course, Ed Woodward’s refusal to sign a centre-half during the summer transfer window and he certainly has grounds for complaint if United’s executive vice-chairman did indeed counter by claiming that there were no centre-halves out there better than United’s current crop of calamities. Indeed, Mourinho’s team selection for the shambolic showing against Spurs – deploying midfielder Ander Herrera on the right-hand side of a previously untested back three – appeared like a pointed message to the board: “Look what I’ve had to resort to!” However, the inconvenient truth for Mourinho is that he had nobody but himself to blame for the shambolic showing against Spurs, with the hapless Herrara ultimately exposed in an unfamiliar position. It cannot be forgotten either that it was Mourinho who pushed for the arrivals of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, both of whom had been dropped after their dismal displays at Brighton the previous weekend.In essence, he has stripped innumerable players of confidence with his repeated and rash chopping and changing.That his side’s defensive frailties were brutally exploited by Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team only cast Mourinho’s moaning in a more unfavourable light, given the Argentine’s squad hadn’t been strengthened by a single summer signing.It has been suggested that Woodward has unwittingly given Mourinho a way to explain his failure at Old Trafford, should he be eventually dismissed. But the fact of the matter is that the summer window, and indeed this whole affair, has merely exposed Mourinho’s inability to get the best out of the players he has at his disposal, and his reliance on ready-made solutions to solve problems he himself has created.LOSER: JOAO MARIOJoao Mario Ivan Perisic InterWhen several members of Portugal’s Sporting CP contingent terminated their contracts with the club this summer, Inter’s Joao Mario was quick to publicly advise them against even considering a switch to Serie A.The midfielder’s stance was hardly surprising. Joao Mario has endured a torrid spell at San Siro; so difficult, in fact, that he was even willing to join West Ham on loan for the second half of last season.Things didn’t go much better for him in London, however, and a permanent move never materialised.It was still expected that Inter would be able to find a buyer for a man who represented the Seleccao at the 2018 World Cup and Seville looked like the most likely destination until Betis decided to pursue Giovani Lo Celso instead.As a result, Joao Mario is still stuck at Inter, where he has been repeatedly booed by his own club’s supporters, and where he has yet to see a minute of Serie A game time so far this season.Indeed, it’s likely his only run-outs will come in the Coppa Italia, as the €40m (£36m/$46m) man is certain to be left out of Luciano Spalletti’s Champions League squad because Inter are only allowed to register 22 players for this season’s competition after falling foul of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.All in all, it’s going to be another miserable season in Serie A for Joao Mario.last_img read more

Pak-born London terrorist was trying to get job with Wimbledon

first_imgsecurity firm: reportLondon, Jun 11 (PTI) Pakistan-born British citizen Khuram Butt, the London Bridge attack ringleader, had been trying to get a job with a security firm that provides stewards for Wimbledon and other sporting events, raising concerns whether he had considered targeting the prestigious tennis tournament.Security services and counter-terrorism police are now investigating 27-year-old Butts motive in trying to get the job with the security company, the Telegraph reported today.Citing well-placed sources, the paper said that Butt had set up the job interview with the security firm that supplies safety stewards to Wimbledon and to Premier League football clubs. The interview was scheduled to take place at the end of this month.”One possibility is Butt had considered targeting the tennis tournament but decided to speed up the plot, following the Manchester Arena bombing, and switched the attack to London Bridge,” the paper said.Butt had previously worked for six months on the London Underground until quitting in October.Although he was under lowlevel investigation by MI5 and counterterrorism police, Butt was able to get a job working at Westminster station because employers are not made aware of security services concerns when performing criminal records checks, the paper said.”The security firm would check his background but it does not have access to the police watch list or have knowledge of any MI5 investigation. There would have been no reason for him not to get the job. Butt could not only have caused serious damage but potentially helped other terrorists to get into one of these events,” the paper said, quoting a source close to the intelligence services.advertisementButt and his aides Moroccan-origin Rachid Redouane and Moroccon-Italian Yousef Zaghba rammed a high-speed van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing revellers at the nearby Borough Market, killing eight people before being shot dead by armed police officers last week.Scotland Yard last night released photographs of the fake suicide belts Butt, Redouane and Zaghba wore during the attack.The trio had attached water bottles to leather belts and covered them in silver masking tape. The belts were still being worn by them when they were shot dead by armed officers.”It is hard to speculate what the motive was for wearing the belts. It could be that they had plans to take the attack in to a siege situation or it might be that they saw it as protection from being shot themselves,” said Commander Dean Haydon, who is leading the investigation. PTI ZH AKJ ZHlast_img read more

WC Final debutant Ravi Kumar finishes eighth

first_img(Eds: updating with more results)By Abhishek HoreNew Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) Ravi Kumar finished at the bottom of the heap in a high-scoring 10m air rifle final as hosts Indias medal count remained static at one gold in the ISSF World Cup Finals here today.Competing in maiden World Cup Final, Kumar shot 123.4 in the eighth-man event before becoming the first to be eliminated in the third series on the second day of the competition.On day one yesterday, Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu combined to give India the gold medal in 10m mixed air pistol event at the prestigious annual event of the International Shooting Sport Federation, being organised at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges.In the womens skeet final, the days last event, three- time Olympic champion Kimberly Rhode of the USA, won her third WCF gold and sixth WCF medal overall when she bested reigning Olympic gold medallist Diana Bacosi of Italy after a fascinating shoot-off for the top two spots.Rhode prevailed 22-21 over Bacosi, after both were tied on 56 hits after the allotted 60 shots in the final.USAs reigning World champion Dania Jo Vizzi won the bronze.Earlier, with 623.9, Kumar managed a fifth-place finish in the qualification.The 2014 Incheon Asian Games team bronze medallist started the final with a 10.5 and followed that up with a 10.3. A 10.2 in the third shot of the first series kept him in fray, but a very low 9.2 in the following shot pulled him to the last place, from where he could never stage a fightback.advertisementHe produced quite a few high 10s in the next two series, including a 10.8 and two 10.6s, but they were not enough to see him through to a better finish.20-year-old Istvan Peni of Hungary clinched the gold medal with 249.8, equalling the junior world record in the process, while Belarus Vitali Bubnovich won the silver with a score of 249.5 in the final.Peter Sidi, a Hungarian shooting legend and a man the likes of Peni looks up to, bagged the bronze — his seventh air rifle medal in World Cup Final — with 228.5.Serbias Milutin Stefanovic fought gamely before finishing fourth with 207.6.”I am very disappointed with this performance. That one nine let me down and I could not come back. I have been practicing hard for this and that is what I am disappointed. I am now looking forward to the Commonwealth Shooting Championships (in Gold Coast, Australia),” said the 27-year- old Kumar.In the days other event, Frances Celine Goberville bagged the gold medal in womens 10m air pistol with 240.9, Yuemei Lin of China won the silver with 237.0 and Mengxue Zhang, also a Chinese and reigning Olympic champion, finished with the bronze after scoring 218.7.There was no Indian interest in this event.Anna Korakaki of Greece, a bronze winner in this event at the Rio Games last year, missed out on a podium finish here and was placed fifth with 177.5. Mexicos Alejandra Zavala Vazquez was fourth with 198.7. PTI AH CM CMlast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah to be rested for ODI, T20I series vs West Indies

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are set to be rested for the limited-overs series against the West Indies, scheduled in the United States and the Caribbean, starting August 3.Kohli and Bumrah will however be back for the two-Test series which is a part of the inaugural World Test Championship.”Virat and Jasprit will certainly be rested for the three-match T20Is and three-match ODI series. Virat has been playing since start of Australia series and Bumrah’s workload management is also paramount. They will join the team before the Test series,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.There could be a few others too who will be given rest during the series after a gruelling World Cup campaign, where India are all but assured of a semi-final berth with four wins in their kitty.If India make it to the finals, then the key players will be playing till July 14 and it would be necessary to give the premier batsmen and some fast bowlers adequate rest.In fact, the BCCI in consultation with the Cricket West Indies has chalked the itinerary in a manner that Test matches, which were earlier scheduled at the start of the series, will now be held after the T20s and the ODIs.”With first Test in Antigua starting August 22, there would be enough time for the key members in the World Cup squad to get much needed rest,” he said.It is expected that Kohli and Bumrah will join the squad before the three-day practice game in Antigua from August 17-19.advertisementSince Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari will play A games in West Indies, by the time the seniors arrive, the warm-up game could be used judiciously, is what the selection committee feels.The West Indies series will also mark a shift in focus for the outgoing selection panel, which will start the process of T20 team selection keeping in mind next year’s World T20 in Australia.Few like Krunal Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Chahar, Sanju Samson are going to be tried out in the T20 version.In the three-match T20 series, the first two games will be played at Fort Lauderhill in Florida on August 3 and 4.last_img read more

Conte to help decide Chelsea transfers

first_imgAntonio Conte Antonio Conte says he will help decide transfer targets for Chelsea in January Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antonio Conte Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea Premier League The Blues boss has signalled that his word will be listened to as his club await the opening of the winter market Antonio Conte says that Chelsea’s transfer chiefs and him will jointly decide how the club’s money is spent in January transfer market. Everton recently frustrated Chelsea in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park in the Premier League, with Manchester City’s lead now looking untouchable, as their points gap reaches double figures. Chelsea are thought to be interested in a number of players including Alex Sandro, Virgil van Dijk and Thomas Lemar ahead of the transfer window opening. Conte says that he will have his say but remained tight lipped on which players might come in at Stamford Bridge.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I give my opinion when I speak with my club but the club always has the last word,” Conte said in Merseyside. “Like in the summer and it will be the same in January and then we divide the responsibility between me and the club. Not only me, not only the club, but together.”I am very happy to work with my players, then if the squad is big enough to play in all the competitions? Only time will tell this. If we have to work as we are in the Champions League, semi final of the Carabao Cup and we are fighting for the best position in the league. I think we are doing a really good job with my players.”Eden HazardChelsea will be conducting their transfer business without Michael Emenalo after he left the role of technical director at the club to work at AS Monaco. The club have yet to replace him with current staff picking up on his role in identifying targets. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s game on Saturday was overshadowed by Barcelona’s 3-0 win away to Real Madrid in ‘El Clasico’.Conte acknowledged that Barcelona’s win was impressive but he says he won’t use the game to measure up his team against Valverde’s side, who they face in the next round of the Champions League.”After every game it can change. Real Madrid plays in another way and I can’t compare Madrid’s style with our style. It is two different systems, two different ways to play the game.”I think that we have to analyse more the games that they are playing against teams that are playing with our system.”last_img read more

You Can Now Tour Every South African National Park with Google Street View

first_imgSouth African National Parks/FacebookFrom cosmopolitan Cape Town to the wilds of Kruger National Park to the dramatic Drakensberg Range to  the world-class vineyards of Franschhoek, South Africa is amazing. However, for most Americans, the cost and logistics of a trip this stunning country aren’t realistic.Thankfully, Google is doing what Google does best by “solving” that problem with technology. The company has just made every South African National Park — and scores of other points of interest throughout the country — viewable with Google Street View.South African National Parks/Facebook South African National Parks/FacebookTo pull this off, the tech giant partnered with over 200 volunteers, including some of South Africa’s most expert rangers and preeminent tour guides. Additional contributors included many tech-loving enthusiasts with a passion for the outdoors. (Side note: Google actively encourages anyone who’s interested to borrow their custom backpack and help map the world). Every member of the project was outfitted with a 50-pound backpack rigged with 15 integrated panoramic cameras. Gadgetry inside the high-tech pack used GPS tracking to follow the hiker’s precise location every step of the way. Every two seconds (about once every three feet), a 360-degree photo was snapped. Like Google’s car-driven Street View, the final batch of images was stitched together to create an immersive panoramic tour.Seeds of the initiative date back to March 2016 when Google launched The Mzansi Experience. That project succeeded in mapping South Africa’s most popular tourist attractions, including Table Mountain, Cape Point, and Kruger National Park. This newly completed phase of the project adds all of South Africa’s 19 national parks, plus 17 uncharted nature reserves. In total, 170 new trails were photographed, totaling a walked distance of 560 miles (900 km). More than 230 points of interest were also added, so virtual hikers can now tackle multiple trails to the summit of Table Mountain, track African wildlife on foot, visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, and trek the popular Otter Trail.All but one of South Africa’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites were mapped. The list includes trails on the Drakensberg Mountains, the rugged landscape of the Richtersveld, the civilizations of Mapungubwe Hill, and the country’s oldest UNESCO site at iSimangaliso Wetland Park.This project joins a long and ever-growing list of already mapped world destinations. Courtesy of Google Street View, armchair travelers can already visit the U.S. National Parks, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, even the International Space Station.Feature image courtesy of South African National Parks/Facebook. How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Live the High Line Life at This Zaha Hadid-Designed Penthouse Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUVlast_img read more

Economou Takes Over Larger Part of DryShips Debt

first_imgzoom Greece-based owner of dry bulk carriers and offshore support vessels DryShips revealed that its chairman and CEO George Economou has taken over the majority of the company’s debt. Namely, a company controlled by Economou has become the lender of record under DryShips’ USD 85.1 million syndicated loan previously arranged by Germany’s HSH Nordbank.Following this transaction, entities affiliated by Economou control “the vast majority” of DryShips’ debt outstanding with total aggregate principal amount outstanding of USD 154.5 million.The company further said that the remaining debt of USD 16.5 million is associated with third party commercial lenders with which DryShips has either reached or is in discussions to reach an amicable settlement.“With more than 90% of our debt now in the hands of our founder, it is safe to conclude that the company is no longer in any danger from its lenders exercising any of their rights under the company’s existing defaults under their respective loan agreements,” Anthony Kandylidis, executive vice president and interim CFO, said.He added that DryShips is already in discussions with Economou to amend the company’s debt and regain compliance.Last month, DryShips decided to sell its preferred shares for gross proceeds of USD 20 million to British Virgin Islands-registered Kalani Investments Limited. DryShips also said it may further receive up to USD 80 million if all of the preferred warrants are exercised, for total proceeds of USD 100 million.The company said that the net proceeds from the sale would be used for general corporate purposes and/or to repay indebtedness under one or more of existing credit facilities and/or to repay indebtedness incurred under the Revolving Facility with Sifnos Shareholders Inc.last_img read more

Suppliers discuss how to plug the gap in the UK supply chain

Representatives from the UK automotive supply chain and global car manufacturers have been discussing ways to reduce the current gap in the UK supply chain, worth at least £3 billion, at today’s SMMT International Automotive Summit.Delegates representing a range of automotive component and materials suppliers, as well as OEMs with manufacturing facilities in the UK, identified a number of factors that are limiting growth of suppliers.According to research undertaken by Jaguar Land Rover, 29% of UK-based SMEs list a shortage of skilled workers and apprentices as their primary reason for reduced growth  and reluctance to pitch for larger contracts. Meanwhile, 18% of SMEs cited reluctance from investors as a key reason for slow growth.Chris Gane, Divisional Managing Director at Caparo, suggested that it was the role of OEMs to combine their requirements so that SMEs are able to make investments based on larger contacts which would pose a lesser risk to financiers. Luis Olivié, Global Business Development Director at Achilles, suggested that OEMs would also be able to reduce supply chain risk and increase transparency by implementing supply chain mapping.With an increased emphasis based on reducing risk, many manufacturers with UK-based manufacturing facilities are keen to seek out supply contracts from British suppliers. Investment in UK automotive manufacturing has experienced an upturn in recent years. In 2013/14 Jaguar Land Rover has increased its supplier spend by 70% compared to 2011/12; it believes that there is potential for this to increase by a further 50% by 2017.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

OSU building foundation up the middle

All good baseball teams are built up the middle. At any level, the teams who succeed have a strong core built around their catcher, middle infielders — shortstop and second baseman — and center fielder. Managers and coaches openly admit having good defensive players at those key positions is crucial to a team’s success. But these defensive stars are rare commodities.Look at the world champion New York Yankees. Their ability to win five World Series titles since 1996 is no secret. The core of all those Yankees teams was up the middle. Jorge Posada behind the plate, perennial all-star Derek Jeter at short and Bernie Williams patrolling center field, for all but the last of the Yankees championships.The Philadelphia Phillies, who have been to the past two World Series, are built the same way. Shane Victorino in center, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins up the middle and Carlos Ruiz catching. Those four anchor the team and are in large part responsible for the Phillies’ dominance in the National League.Finding players at those positions as good with the bat as they are with the glove is even more rare. That’s why players like Jeter, Rollins and Utley are regarded as some of the best in the game.Having strength up the middle translates to success in the college game as well.“If you’re strong up the middle, I think it makes your team as a whole more solid,” Michael Stephens said. Stephens is Ohio State’s everyday centerfielder. “Every team in the nation that does really well has strong up the middle chemistry,” Stephens explained.So for the Ohio State baseball team to be able to boast outstanding players at each of the four positions is an incredible feat. The Buckeyes are both strong and experienced up the middle, the perfect storm for a team looking to claim a second consecutive Big Ten title.Stephens patrols center field for the Buckeyes, Tyler Engle and Cory Kovanda make up the middle infield and Dan Burkhart takes on the catching duties. Coach Bob Todd understands the importance of keeping that foursome in the line up. “We need all those guys to stay healthy. They give us quality play out there,” Todd said.The Junior College transfer Stephens is in his second year in the Ohio State program, but his final year of eligibility.The California native spent his first two seasons at Fullerton College — a junior college close to his hometown of Victorville, Calif. Stephens says there were many factors that influenced his decision to come to Ohio State, but one that stands out above the rest.“We travel and we get to play everywhere,” Stephens said. “Going down to Florida in the spring is a huge benefit.”Stephens elected to come to OSU due, in large part, to the amount the Buckeyes travel. He explained if he would have gone to a school like Cal State Fullerton, he would have played a majority of his games in Southern California against the same competition.His decision to come to OSU was to the delight of his teammates.“Stephens is great,” Engle said. “He plays a good center field and he’s clutch at the plate too.”Stephens immediately fit into the Buckeyes lineup and has earned his spot in a talented outfield. Last season he started all 61 games for the Buckeyes and is a key contributor in this his senior campaign.The dynamic duoWhen it comes to middle infielders, experience is the key. And that is exactly what Engle and Kovanda, a junior and a senior respectively, possess. This is the third year the tandem has played side-by-side for the Buckeyes, and their chemistry is evident.“Kovanda and Engle have done a great job defensively for us,” Todd said of the duo.Engle and Kovanda’s connection extends beyond the baseball field.“We’re great friends. We get along great,” Engle said. “With our busy schedules in the spring it’s tough, but we make it a point to hang out.” Their time spent together on and off the field is evident in their play as they combine to be the best double-play combo in the Big Ten.“We’re kind of in each other’s minds,” Engle said. “We both have a lot of confidence turning double plays, even the tough ones.”The backstopWhen talking OSU baseball, the conversation begins and ends with catcher Dan Burkhart.He has become a mainstay behind the plate for the Buckeyes. In his first year with the program Burkhart became the first freshman to start at catcher in nearly two decades. Now, as a junior, he’s collecting accolades on a seemingly weekly basis.Burkhart is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and was second-team preseason All-American. As Todd simply stated, “He’s the backbone of this team. There’s no doubt about it.”Burkhart demonstrates why he’s earned that title every game he suits up for the Buckeyes.The catcher handles the pitching staff beautifully, especially ace Alex Wimmers, who was his high school teammate. And Burkhart does it all defensively by blocking balls and throwing out base runners.“He’s a stud. You couldn’t ask for anything else behind the plate,” Engle said of Burkhart. “I wouldn’t have anybody else in the country.”At the plateWhat might be most impressive about the foursome isn’t what they do defensively, but rather on offense. Kovanda, Stephens and Burkhart make up the heart of the Buckeyes order, hitting second, third and fourth.Kovanda is near the top of the team leaders with a .379 batting average and Stephens’ eight home runs are top among the Buckeyes. And although Engle usually fills in the ninth spot in the line up, he’s a consistent contributor and serves as a second lead-off hitter.The foursome’s contributions on both sides of the ball clearly demonstrate that their play will dictate how far the Buckeyes are able to go this season. read more

Coaching carousel connects Ohio State Michigan State

Left: Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio appears on the sidelines during a game against OSU on Sept. 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 17-16. Credit: TNS Right: OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell talks to players on the sideline during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double-overtime, 31-24. Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV News directorWhen Ohio State football fans, players and coaches look across the field Saturday night, there will be more than one familiar face staring back at them.With four straight years of matchups, there was bound to be some familiarity between the two teams as the co-leaders of the Big Ten East Division are scheduled to square off again.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio spent three seasons in Columbus as the Buckeyes’ defense coordinator (2001-03), helping OSU win a national championship in 2002, before taking his first head coaching job less than two hours from OSU at Cincinnati.During his time with the Bearcats, Dantonio coached with current OSU tight ends and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton.When Dantonio accepted the head coaching job at Michigan State in 2007, Hinton said he was on his way to join him, but changed his mind on the way to East Lansing, Mich.“In reality, I was in a car with suitcases in a car driving towards an airport, and I called Mark and I said ‘I can’t go, I’m going to stay at Cincinnati,’” Hinton said Monday. “I was supposed to have gone with him.”Hinton stayed at Cincinnati for two more seasons before following Brian Kelly to Notre Dame for another two years.Now in his third year at OSU, Hinton said he expects Dantonio to use anything he can to motivate the Spartans for Saturday’s matchup.“I do know Mark very well. The thing that’s really interesting about Mark and that group, they are they have a unique way of saying, ‘OK, I’m going to put the chip on my shoulder somewhat,’” Hinton said. “There’s going to be something that comes out of this press conference, I’m going to guarantee you they’re going to put on a bulletin board somehow, some way, the world’s against them.”Dantonio acknowledged his relationship with Hinton during his weekly press conference Tuesday and said he believes a motivated team is key to winning a big game.“Sometimes I do think you have to play with an edge,” Dantonio said. “I think this is a physical type — I’m talking football in general is a very physical game and it’s a very emotional game and you have to have your tank full, emotionally full to be able to play through the ups and downs of a football game.”Dantonio isn’t the only former Buckeye assistant wearing green and white nowadays as longtime OSU offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Bollman (2001-11) is in his second season as the Spartans co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.Current OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, who has been a Buckeye assistant since 2002, said Monday that he considers his peers in East Lansing more of acquaintances than friends.“Friends would probably be someone you talk to on a weekly basis or maybe monthly basis. If that’s the case, I don’t think I have a whole lot of friends,” Fickell said. “The reality is there is a lot of people over there (Michigan State) that I have known, I have worked with and have some long-standing relationships with.”From a game plan standpoint, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he doesn’t expect a big change from the Spartan staff.“The one thing about their coach and coaching staff, they’re pretty set in what they do. They’re really good at it,” Meyer said Monday. “But they’ll have a little wrinkle here and there that we have to be ready for. That’s why we’re watching what we did against them last year. And how do you prepare for it? We anticipate and you give them that rep in practice. That’s the only way to do it.”Friends or not, the Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to kick off from Spartan Stadium at 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

Paragliding instructor died after encountering turbulence inquest hears

His son, Dale Kilburn, was inspired by his father’s career and recently passed a test to join the cabin crew of a commercial airline.He wrote on Facebook: “So I passed my 3rd test today dad! I wish you could see what I’ve done with myself Paul Kilburn you really would be proud I’ve got myself on track! Got myself a job doing cabin crew maybe being in the sky is in our blood!! I miss you!! X”Mr Kilburn was known as a hero after he  helped save a family who were caught in rising tides off the coast of Fleetwood in 2010.According to reports with low fuel, flying low over the sea a kilometre offshore and at some risk to himself, he shepherded two adults and five children from sandbar to sandbar. He then stayed with them, flying circles above them to show the Coastguard where they were. Duty done, he headed back to land where his tank ran dry, before landing. Credit:Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. David Thompson said: “”The sport is not as risky as people perceive it to be. Usually, it is generally safe as long as you have proper training and fly in the right conditions. “He flew in an area where there were houses and tall trees and that is when he started to spiral. “My suspicion is that he has entered some kind of turbulence and has entered into a spin or spiral. When you are flying along at height the only turbulence you encounter is caused by thermal activity or a wave of wind.” Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd A paragliding instructor plunged to his death after encountering turbulence during a test flight, an inquest has heard.Paul Kilburn, 54, had gone up in his machine ahead of escorting a group on a training exercise, but his equipment suddenly became caught in a spin, and he crashed into a field.Mr Kilburn, from Flixton, Greater Manchester was rushed to hospital, but could not be saved, as he suffered multiple injuries.An inquiry blamed the accident on the businessman encountering turbulence as he flew above trees and nearby housing, during the accident at 1pm on December 3 last year.He ran his own paragliding training school in Manchester and was due to take up a group of fliers above the village of Pilling, Lancs.An expert from the British Paragliding Association told the Preston hearing Mr Kilburn had gone out without his usual equipment, including a GPS tracker as he only anticipated a short flight. read more

Pylons being used to rollout broadband could happen as TDs debate

first_imgAN OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE will today discuss draft laws that could see electricity pylons being used to provide broadband access in rural areas.The Communications Sub-Committee will also debate a number of amendments to the bill which was announced by Minister Pat Rabbittee last month and could make it possible for ESB to enter the broadband market.As part of the ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013, the ESB will be allowed to give third-party companies access to all “electricity infrastructure” for the provision of communication services.This is planned to include any distribution systems including electricity power lines.Specifically, the definition of electric lines is expected to contain the provision for the use of “any structure, pole or other thing in, on, by or from which any such line may be supported, carried or suspended”.In areas where ESB infrastructure crosses over private land, the ESB has wayleave rights to access the private lands subject to compensation. It is envisaged as part of the new bill that the third-party companies given access to the infrastructure will have also have similar access to the private land.A number of amendments to the bill submitted by Fianna Fáil’s Michael Moynihan and Sinn Féin’s Michael Colreavy will be discussed by the nine person committee.Among the amendments tabled is one from Moynihan who wants it it be be written into the legislation that any work carried on the land of property owners “shall not be carried out in such a manner that it would dramatically impact on the property rights of the owner”. “Every effort shall be made to ensure the development shall be carried out in such manner that shall have the least detrimental impact on the property concerned,” the amendment proposes.Colreavy wants it it be be written into the legislation that any contract the ESB makes with a third-party company must ensure a certain percentage of work is carried out by small businesses.The ESB says it has “no comment to make on the legislation currently before the Dáil, this is a matter for Government”, the company said in a statement.Read: ESB will use its network to bring broadband to rural areas >Read: EU report fails to find conclusive evidence linking pylons with health risks >last_img read more