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first_imgSenior BJP leader Lalji Tandon took oath as Governor of Madhya Pradesh on Monday at a function in Raj Bhawan here. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Tandon, 84, served as the Governor of Bihar. Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Ravi Shankar Jha administered the oath of office to Mr. Tandon in the presence of Chief Minister Kamal Nath, State ministers and bureaucrats, a Raj Bhawan Official said.Mr. Tandon replaced Anandiben Patel, who was appointed as governor of Uttar Pradesh recently.last_img


first_imgThe thrum of a hovering helicopter with a Minister on board was what hooked Shivangi, a wide-eyed 10-year-old from Bihar’s Muzzafarpur, to flying. But then, as a regular moffusil girl born to a school teacher and a housewife, life moved on and she went on to graduate in mechanical engineering from the Sikkim-Manipal Institute of Technology. While in college, a naval presentation made as part of a university entry scheme again stoked the latent desire in her to fly. She cleared the Service Selection Board (SSB) at Bhopal, but failed to get a call thanks to fewer vacancies. A few months into her MTech at the Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, she attended another SSB in Bengaluru and made the cut. That was in 2018. After a six-month-long Naval Orientation Course at the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala, she spent another six months getting the hang of flying on a Pilatus basic trainer at the Air Force Academy (AFA). The last six months were with the Kochi-based Indian Naval Air Squadron 550, known as ‘Flying Fish’, the alma mater of naval aviation in India, where she learnt to fly the Dornier maritime reconnaissance aircraft. Making historyOn December 2, Sub Lieutenant Shivangi will earn her ‘wings’, going down in history as the first-ever woman to steer an Indian naval aircraft to the skies.“You don’t need to be super talented to fly an aircraft, but you need to work really hard and stay focused,” she says.“Flying goes against your natural instincts. Hence the importance of focus and skill sets,” she adds. “But she’s an altogether different person in the cockpit – a quick learner and an adept flyer,” vouches Lieutenant Commander Rahul Yadav, one of her instructors at INAS 550. Before joining the Navy, Shivangi had only seen the sea in Goa as a tourist. “At Muzzafarpur, Navy meant sailing to people and naval aviation was unknown. Maybe now it will have better visibility,” she says.Bigger dreamsShe has logged some 100 flying hours so far, with over 60 on the Dornier as part of the course. This will be followed by another six months of mission-based flying in which she will get to learn to exploit the aircraft for its operational role. The bigger dream, however, is to eventually qualify to fly the P8I long-range maritime recce aircraft. By December-end, two more women pilots of the Navy, Sub Lt. Shubhangi and Sub Lt. Divya will also get their wings at Yelahanka where they trained with the Air Force. They will then join Shivangi and three other officers for the Dornier Operational Flight Training.last_img read more


first_imgMikael SilvestreWhat is it that makes the World Cup so special, so different? Everyone will have their own reasons and their own special memories as to why this competition captures not only the imagination but also the attention of the world’s media for five weeks, every four years. I feel,Mikael SilvestreWhat is it that makes the World Cup so special, so different? Everyone will have their own reasons and their own special memories as to why this competition captures not only the imagination but also the attention of the world’s media for five weeks, every four years. I feel privileged that I managed to be a part of two World Cup campaigns with Les Bleus, the French national squad, in 2002 and 2006. But my passion and love for this tournament began a long time ago.Part of the magic of World Cups is that they leave a huge legacy. You can play for some of the biggest clubs in the world in domestic football-and I did-but many games and results can easily be forgotten. However, in World Cups, great goals, great players and great moments tend to stick in public memory. My earliest World Cup memories are from Mexico ’86. And even then as a kid, I remember thinking the World Cup was very special and it felt like the best competition in the world, better than the Champions League, or the European Cup as it was then.The closing ceremony ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final in Johannesburg, South AfricaWhen I was growing up in France, we had a golden generation with the likes of Michel Platini, Luis Fernandes, Jean Tigana, Patrick Battiston and Alain Giresse playing for Les Bleus at the time. I don’t remember them winning the European Championship in 1984, I was too young, but I do recall France beating Brazil in a penalty shootout in Mexico ’86. It’s moments like these, the drama of a do-or-die shootout, that make World Cups so memorable.advertisementSpain celebrate their win over Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup finalAnd if World Cups are special to impressionable, excited youngsters, imagine what it’s like to be a player involved in one, when you know the whole world is going to be watching you. A World Cup feels like a giant carnival. You feel the magnitude of the event just from the way people talk about it, not just in the media but also your friends and family. The treatment you receive feels like a step up, no matter how big your club might be. At World Cups you get the best of the best-the best hotels, the best medical attention in terms of preparation, the best support from your sponsors, more attention from the media than ever. You know when you’re part of a World Cup, that’s for sure.P For Passion, Pressure, Positivity, PerformanceA World Cup is very different from club football but the elements that set them apart are quite unique. The pressure is so much more in an international competition featuring the 32 strongest nations from around the world. But pressure is there in any game of football at any level. It’s about how you deal with that pressure-the pressure associated with a World Cup need not be so intense if you approach it in a positive way. You only really feel pressure through the media and unless you’re at home, like France were in ’98, when I wasn’t in the squad, the buzz associated with a World Cup doesn’t feel like pressure. It is like the whole country is with you and you are one striving for the same goal. We wouldn’t want to feel like we are up here and the fans are down there and we are more special than the fans.At the same time, I am not saying the pressure is less than with club football because it is obviously a bigger stage. It is just there in a different way. In club football, your home fans are there with you every other week and it is more of a direct pressure. Ultimately it is better, psychologically as a player, if you don’t interpret fans’ expectation as pressure but instead treat it as support for you and the team. This is the same in whatever competition you’re playing. For this reason I believe Brazil will be dangerous in this World Cup, purely because of that strength of support they will have. To view this support as pressure would be a negative way of looking at it from a player’s perspective.The Zidane Head-Butt And Other Low PointsA giant FIFA World Cup 2014 banner is placed at the foot of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilI was delighted to be involved in two World Cups, but in 2002 the back four was almost set in stone with Marcel Desailly, Lilian Thuram, Bixente Lizarazu and Frank Leboeuf-it was an established defence so there was no room for me at that time. After all, France were the World Cup winners in 1998 and European champions in 2000, so these players were still very much part of the squad. We did have some suspensions and that was maybe a chance to play youngsters but that didn’t happen, which was a big disappointment for me. In fact, that whole tournament was an unhappy one for France from the first game when we lost 0-1 to Senegal. Then Thierry (Henry) got sent off in the next match against Uruguay (which ended 0-0), before we lost (0-2) to Denmark to finish last in our group.So while World Cups are special to be part of, they can also bring pain when things don’t go your way-as a team or as an individual. That World Cup in Japan and South Korea was simply a disaster for us. And I don’t just refer to matters on the pitch, but we were in a shambles off the pitch as well. We were hot property at the time as World and European Champions, and the French Football Federation exploited this by making a lot of money commercially. We had so many commercial deals that it was almost unreal. It was like the Hollywood film Rocky, when the hero was the champion of the world and became distracted by the external aspects of the sport. Because we didn’t have to qualify as reigning champions, we travelled to places like Chile and Australia for friendlies and it was the worst preparation that we could have hoped for.advertisementWe made a lot of money out of those commercial deals but it was a huge distraction. I was even more frustrated in 2006. Even though we reached the final, I thought I was going to play more because I was doing well for Manchester United at the time but still only managed to play one game against Togo when I replaced Eric Abidal, who was suspended. I was ready to go and do battle in all our games: You train hard and feel the adrenaline pumping as though you’re in with a chance of playing and then, when you don’t get a shirt, it’s a massive disappointment.I know sports gurus say we have to keep an equilibrium between the highs and the lows, but that is impossible. You cannot train for days to play on the biggest stage and then not be disappointed at not playing. A World Cup, especially, is a roller coaster of emotions-high, low, high, low.That 2006 World Cup was doubly frustrating for me because we were so close to being world champions but had to settle for runner-up. It was particularly sad that our most inspirational player, Zinedine Zidane, was sent off in the final against Italy. I say ‘sad’ not only because it affected our chances of winning but also from a sentimental perspective, because Zidane is the best player I have ever played with or against and it was a shame that this incident had to happen. That final is a memory I try to blank out of my mind. I went on holiday to Corsica after that to escape the fallout of coming so close.advertisementZidane, though, is at the top of my list when people ask me who the greatest players are that I played with or against. And I say that as a teammate with Les Blues and as an opponent when I was with Inter Milan and he played for Juventus. I also faced him for Manchester United when he was with Real Madrid. His ability to read the game, his awareness and his all-round skills were second to none.It was fitting when Zidane nominated Paul Scholes as the greatest player he had faced because I trained with ‘Scholesy’ every day and played with him for years and I could see the similarities. Scholes was like a conductor of an orchestra, controlling a game as he wanted. Zidane is number one on my ‘best-ever’ list though, and the Brazilian striker and a former World Cup hero, Ronaldo, would not be too far behind because of his supreme ability to finish. He was so clinical.Why Hosts Brazil Will Uncork The ChampagneJapanese football fans cheer their team on a TV screen during the 2006 World CupSo, back to the present-which are the teams to watch at the 2014 World Cup? It is clearly a difficult question to answer because there is so much quality on show. But I can safely say Brazil are my number one team to win the tournament, which would be their sixth success at a World Cup. I don’t make this comment lightly just because of their fantastic history in the competition. I saw them win the Confederations Cup 3-0 in the final against Spain last year and I thought they had a really good work ethic and the best attitude and team spirit, along with their natural skills. That’s a pretty dangerous combination-not to mention their passionate home support.Teams are going to have to be really good to beat Brazil this year. If they can keep Neymar fit, they have an excellent chance to win it. Other than Brazil, I would say Germany, Italy and Argentina, who will obviously enjoy the familiarity of the South American climate, are in with a chance too.My own team, France, have an outside chance but they will be relying on a big performance from their number one striker Karim Benzema. He really needs to be on top of his game. He’s done well for Real Madrid but he hasn’t been as good for France, so we French will be hoping he can rediscover his goal-scoring form.A World Cup in Brazil will, no doubt, create a very special atmosphere. As I said, the World Cup is like a carnival, and no footballing nation knows how to carnival quite like the Brazilians. So let the fun begin.The writer played for Inter Milan, Manchester United, Arsenal and Werder Bremen and was part of the French team in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup campaigns. He will be a guest for Sony SIX, the broadcaster of 2014 FIFA World Cup in India.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more


first_imgCelebrating pregnancy with a designer finesse, mom-to-be superstar Kareena Kapoor arrived at a B-town birthday bash in true diva style on Wednesday night, hijacking all limelight.The occasion at a south Mumbai five-star was the 60th birthday party of Kareena’s aunt and late Raj Kapoor’s younger daughter Reema Jain, and present were bigwigs including Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, and Anil and Tina Ambani. What set off frenzy among the gathered shutterbugs, though, was Bebo’s baby bump fashion. As she emerged with hubby Saif Ali Khan, the media went on an excitement overdrive.WHAT WAS KAREENA WEARINGSo much so, Saif looked visibly surprised. Kareena nailed it with a one-shoulder, olive-hued chiffon gown from Deme by Gabriella. The loose-flowing designer wear accentuated her appeal with a thighhigh slit on one leg. She accessorised the dress with a Roland Mouret clutch and a Bvlgari watch. Completing the look were her nude tieup sandals and pink lips.The royal touch to her ensemble was rendered by a gorgeous neckpiece that belonged to Saif’s great grandmother.Posing by his better half, Saif too looked stylish as ever. He made a traditional statement in white kurtapyjama and Nehru jacket, worn with dark designer boots.WHO ELSE CAME TO THE PARTYAmitabh and Jaya Bachchan arrived with daughter Shweta Nanda. Filmmaker Karan Johar was spotted giving quick photoops, though he avoided talking on the MNS threat to his Diwali biggie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, over the inclusion of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in the cast.advertisementSridevi and Boney Kapoor, director David Dhawan and wife Karuna, a sexily decked-up Amrita Arora, Suniel Shetty with daughter Athiya and wife Mana, Chunkey and Bhavna Pandey, and former Union minister Praful Patel were also on the guest list.The Kapoor khandaan turned up in force. Seen toasting their sister’s special day were Randhir, Rajeev and Rishi Kapoor, who came with wife Neetu Singh. Karisma Kapoor was there too, as were Shashi Kapoor’s sons Karan and Kunal. Birthday girl Reema Jain was seen posing with hubby Manoj Jain and actor-son Armaan. Kareena and Saif are expecting their baby in December, and she is expected to start work on Anil Kapoor’s next production, Veere Di Wedding, soon afterwards. The film, co-starring Sonam Kapoor, is said to have accommodated Kareena’s date in a way that she can shoot March onward. Kareena, rubbished rumours that she will play a pregnant woman.Also ReadWith Kareena and Aishwarya wearing her designs, Tanieya Khanuja’s all set to showcase at Paris Fashion Weeklast_img read more


first_imgThe International Cricket Council’s USD 390 million offer to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) still stands, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar has told India Today.Manohar said ICC recognises India’s contribution but insisted that distribution has to be based on equity and good governance.”ICC is still agreeable to increase BCCI’s share to USD 390 million of the total net revenue of USD 1800 million. It is 21.5 percent of the net revenue,” Manohar told India Today.WATCH VIDEO HERE”England which gets the second largest share is 7.5 percent. India will get Rs 1500 crores more than England. We recognise India’s contribution but distribution has to be based on equity and good governance. ICC is aware and conscious of how much money is required to run the game.”Manohar said no revenue model which said India were to get USD 570 million was ever discussed. He termed this hypothetical talk.”To say India was to get USD 570 million is not true. Such a model was never ever implemented. It was supposed to be implemented from 2016 but many boards had objections and a working group was constituted.”It is all hypothetical talk which has no basis in fact,” Manohar said.BCCI representatives had tried to play the Champions Trophy card at the ICC meeting. India badly rebuffed. Members told India, if you use a gun, we will use other firearms.According to the earlier cycle, every board got 62 million.The revenue model feud between the ICC and the BCCI had taken a turn for the worse when the Indian cricket body outrightly rejected the world body’s offer of an additional USD 100 million in the proposed format.  “Yes, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar gave us an offer of an additional USD 100 million in the new financial model. In fact, he gave us a deadline to get back to him. From our end, we won’t get back to him as we don’t even consider it an offer,” a senior BCCI source present in Dubai had told PTI this week.advertisement”The offer came from Manohar. He is the chairman but ICC is a members’ body and the chairman doesn’t decide who gets what share of the pie. It’s the members who decide. We are still working on the formula with all nations. They are receptive. Mr Manohar doesn’t decide what should be BCCI’s share,” the official had said. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators wants a resolution and is keen to sit with the ICC and resolve the standoff. The CoA said it does not want to jeopardise players’ interest and it would be now interesting to see how India respond to the “standing offer”.last_img read more


first_imgArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said his greatest challenge was to get the best out of Lionel Messi and reach next year’s World Cup finals in Russia as he was officially unveiled on Thursday with a contract through to the 2022 tournament in Qatar.Sampaoli, identified as Argentina’s choice in April but tied to Spanish club Sevilla until the end of the Liga season 11 days ago, said his first contact with captain Messi was positive.”I spoke with Leo yesterday and we are both excited about this project. It’s a boost for us to see how excited he is with this new stage (for Argentina),” Sampaoli told reporters.The 57-year-old, who is fulfilling a long-time dream of coaching his national team, said he had signed a deal with the AFA until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”The liaison will go through to the 2022 World Cup. Let’s hope we can generate something important for Argentine football,” said Sampaoli, who leaves for Australia with his squad for a two-match friendly tour on Friday.Sampaoli’s long-term deal should bring some stability after nearly two years of turmoil at the Argentine FA (AFA).Gerardo Martino quit as national team manager last July over the AFA’s poor organisation and six months of salary arrears with Edgardo Bauza employed as a stop-gap manager.Sampaoli took fourth-placed Sevilla to their highest finish in La Liga since 2010 during his only season in European soccer after a long career in South America.He is thrilled to have 29-year-old Barcelona forward Messi on his team having faced him in the 2015 Copa America final when his Chile side upset Argentina on penalties.advertisementKNIFE EDGESampaoli replaced the sacked Bauza to ensure Argentina’s form improves and they reach the 2018 World Cup.But their hopes are on a knife edge in the 10-nation South American group from which the top four qualify for Russia.Bauza was sacked in April with Argentina in fifth place in the qualifying group, which would put them in an intercontinental playoff against a team from Oceania.There are four rounds of matches to go with Argentina on 22 points from 14 matches, behind already-qualified leaders Brazil (33), Colombia (24), Uruguay and Chile (both 23).”The South American qualifiers are very complicated. There are some very good teams trying to do the same thing as us,” added Sampaoli.Argentina face Uruguay next in Montevideo on Aug. 31. Then they have home matches against Venezuela and Peru and finish with a visit to Ecuador, who are sixth with 20 points.Sampaoli will make his debut in charge of Argentina against their arch-rivals Brazil in Melbourne on June 9 before his side move on to face Singapore in another friendly on June 13.”Playing a World Cup is complicated,” said Sampaoli, whose Chile team reached the second round before losing to hosts Brazil at the 2014 finals.”It’s a tournament that has to find you consolidated. I dream of building a strong squad.”last_img read more


first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag in his hand.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)If the Oklahoma Sooners want any chance at making the College Football Playoff, defeating Texas in the Big 12 Championship is pivotal.Earlier in the season, the Sooners lost to the Longhorns on a last-second field goal. With the rematch set for Saturday, it’ll be another fun duel between Kyler Murray and Sam Ehlinger.While Oklahoma still has time to prepare for its championship showdown, the team already decided which uniforms to wear. The Sooners will wear their road Roughrider alternate jerseys this weekend.??? IT’S HAPPENING ???#Sooners will wear their road Roughrider alternate uniforms for this Saturday’s #Big12Championship game against Texas. pic.twitter.com/Ivqkh2zOXJ— Sooner Tracker (@SoonerTracker) November 29, 2018The Sooners are currently the No. 5 team in the nation, and there chances of making the playoff greatly increase if they win their conference championship.In their first meeting against Texas, Oklahoma’s defense struggled to provide any resistance. After all, Mike Stoops was fired just two days later.The Big 12 Championship is set for noon and will be available on ABC.Will the Sooners get revenge on Saturday?last_img read more


first_img It’s a tremendous comeback story for Bowen, who suffered a broken leg back in 2017.Day believes that Bowen will have a nice season at right tackle, saying “This is a guy who I think is going to have a great year.”Thayer Munford will start at left tackle and Branden Bowen will start at right tackle for Ohio State on Saturday.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 27, 2019Ryan Day on Branden Bowen: “First off, his attitude was as good as I’ve been around … He has been through a lot … I just love his approach right now. He’s practicing at a high level … This is a guy who I think is going to have a great year.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 27, 2019It’s going to be an interesting year for Ohio State, specifically since the program underwent an overhaul to its roster and coaching staff. Following his transfer from Georgia, Justin Fields will serve as the Week 1 starter at quarterback.The Buckeyes need to keep Fields healthy if they want to compete in the Big Ten. In order to do so, they’ll need great protection from Bowen and the rest of the offensive line. Ohio State coach Ryan Day looking over his notes during a football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Ohio State is only four days away from its season opener against Florida Atlantic. With the season just about ready to begin, head coach Ryan Day announced the team’s starting right tackle.This will be Day’s first year as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He’ll be replacing legendary coach Urban Meyer, who announced his retirement last winter.While Day didn’t have too many tough decisions to make for his starting lineup, there was a legitimate position battle taking place at right tackle. Branden Bowen had to compete against redshirt freshman Nicholas Petit-Frere for the starting job.Bowen must have done enough to impress the coaching staff because Day has announced him as the starter.last_img read more


first_imgAPTN National NewsThis is a story that made headlines across the country last week.An international human rights organization released a report on the RCMP with allegations of abuse by their officers on Aboriginal women and girls, including a woman saying she was gang-raped on a number of occasions. She said police threatened to kill her if she said anything.Now, Human Rights Watch says the RCMP is dismissing their research that involved hours of field and interviewing dozens of people.This comes after the organization travelled to Vancouver to meet with province’s top RCMP brass.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the story.last_img


TORONTO — Sluggish manufacturing data from China weighed heavily on commodities and sent stock markets in Toronto and New York into broad-based declines.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto retreated 157.95 points at 13,707.68 as concerns over global growth dragged down the commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar.After some fairly strong recent gains that saw the loonie briefly touch 80 cents US late last week, the currency plunged 1.11 cents to 78.66 cents US.In commodities, the June contract for benchmark North American crude was down $1.13 at US$43.65 a barrel, while June gold bullion shed $4 to US$1291.80 a troy ounce.July copper was off five cents at US$2.22 a pound.June natural gas rebounded, climbing four cents to US$2.09 per mmBtu after having declined 14 cents on Monday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average more than erased Monday’s 117-point gain, falling 140.25 points to 17,750.91.The broader S&P 500 lost 18.06 points to 2,063.37 and the Nasdaq fell 54.37 points to 4,763.22.Overnight, the Caixin magazine’s purchasing managers’ index reported that China’s manufacturing sector declined to a reading of 49.4 points from March’s reading of 49.7.A number below 50 indicates that manufacturing is contracting and spurred fears that growth in the world’s second-largest economy is slowing. read more


Fleets and retailers urged to check vehicles for outstanding safety recalls or risk a £20,000 fine or prison.2.3 million consumers get peace of mind from industry‘s Vehicle Safety Recall Service in 2018.Now online tool for fleets allows bulk checking of more than 100,000 vehicles at a time to help them stay legal.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), together with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), is today calling on UK fleet operators to join the millions of consumers who have checked if their vehicles have an outstanding safety recall. In the first three months of this year, SMMT’s online Vehicle Safety Recalls Service was used 2,334,385 times by drivers to check their car was safe.Manufacturers work closely with the DVSA to ensure the UK has one of the world’s most successful vehicle safety recall processes. However, recalls can be missed when a vehicle transfers between keepers so, in 2015, SMMT and its members developed a consumer-facing online look-up service to make it easier for individual drivers to check for themselves. The service has now been rolled out to meet specific commercial needs.For fleet owners, operators and businesses that provide fleet services, a vehicle with an outstanding recall could see insurance voided. Further, the DVSA has the power to prosecute businesses that sell vehicles to consumers with an outstanding safety recall. Failure to check a car for an outstanding safety recall could lead to a fine of up to £20,000 and/ or up to three months imprisonment.To ensure every vehicle on a company’s books is compliant, the SMMT has launched a fleet-dedicated version of its Vehicle Safety Recall Service. The service provides a bulk automated look-up tool, allowing companies to check any size fleet and up to 100,000 or more in a single batch. The service is fully automated with results usually returned within the hour.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The UK vehicle recall process is one of the most robust in the world, and manufacturers are committed to ensuring vehicles remain safe throughout their lifecycles, constantly striving to make the process even better. Our vehicle safety recall tool has already given peace of mind to millions of consumers and now it is supporting businesses, helping to keep fleets and retailers compliant, and vehicles safe on the road by enabling entire fleets to be checked quickly and regularly.Safety recalls are issued by vehicle manufacturers, which are responsible for contacting owners to notify them that their car may have a problem that needs to be rectified by an authorised repairer. The General Product Safety Regulations 2005 say that dealers must get vehicles with outstanding recalls fixed before selling on to a consumer. If they do not, they can be prosecuted by Trading Standards.All recall repair work linked to safety issues is free of charge for customers and scheduled as a matter of urgency. A recall notice remains open indefinitely to ensure as many cars as possible are sent back to dealerships to be fixed.The SMMT’s Vehicle Safety Recall Service is an easy way for fleet owners and retailers to check, all at once, if their vehicles are subject to a safety recall that they, or a previous owner, may have missed.For more information on the SMMT’s Vehicle Safety Recall Service visit: https://www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/vsrsClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) falls to the ground after a carry in a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorComing off another rather unconvincing win against Northern Illinois, Ohio State will have a chance to redeem itself on Saturday against Western Michigan. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.Here are five things that The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be on the lookout for during the game. Check back after the game to see how these points played out.The discombobulated offense’s turnover problemsThrough three games, OSU has turned the ball over a total of eight times. In all of college football, there are only eight teams that have more turnovers than the Buckeyes.Coach Urban Meyer expressed his concern with that statistic during the week, calling the rate at which his team has turned it over “alarming.”Against Virginia Tech, OSU had three of them — two fumbles and an interception by redshirt junior Cardale Jones. The Hokies scored on each of the ensuing possessions, totaling 17 points.The Buckeyes didn’t cough it up against Hawaii in Week 2, but against NIU the turnover problems reappeared as OSU had five.But unlike against VT, points off turnovers were less of an issue as the Huskies only managed 10 points because twice OSU’s defense forced an NIU to turn the ball over on the ensuing possession.Meyer said the coaching staff will focus during the week on fixing the issue of turnovers.It will be interesting to see if the Buckeyes were able to address the problem enough during practice, as a team on a quest to repeat as national champions cannot afford to be giving opponent’s extra possessions, especially with Big Ten play on the horizon.Will Elliott’s explosiveness reappear?Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for over 100 yards in all three contests in 2015 but the preseason Heisman Trophy hopeful has yet to look like the same player who carried OSU on his back during last year’s postseason games by running for over 200 yards thrice.The only hint of that player came on his first run of the season by way of an 80-yard touchdown. But other than that one play, Elliott’s explosiveness has been kept in check.Sans the 80-yarder, the St. Louis native’s season long rush is only 13 yards.With Elliott, it is more of question of when — not if — he regains his form from 2014. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, this weekend might be a good chance for him as Western Michigan’s run defense has been dreadful.WMU ranks 109th in the nation in run defense. Opponents have been torching the Broncos on the ground. Michigan State had 196 yards in Week 1, but that pales in comparison to the 413 Georgia Southern racked up the following game.So, as for when Elliott’s explosiveness will resurface, Saturday could be the day. Who will Jones be able to throw the ball to?Three.That’s the number of receptions the players on OSU’s roster listed as wide receivers and not named Michael Thomas have this season.While the redshirt junior Thomas has done his part despite getting the defense’s top assignment with 10 catches for 158 yards and two scores, the Buckeyes have had an extremely tough time finding any other options.Redshirt senior Corey Smith has two catches for 15 yards and redshirt freshman Johnnie Dixon has a 29-yarder.Beyond that, receivers such as redshirt freshmen Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin have given Meyer nothing in terms of catching the ball. Campbell, who had two drops in the opening game, is also expected to miss at least a week with a leg injury suffered early against Northern Illinois.When sophomore Noah Brown went down with a broken leg before the season, many speculated about how thin OSU’s receiving corps might be.This has to be considered worse than imagined, however, and is a big reason for the offensive struggles thus far.While players like sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett have kept the offense clinging to life, a true wideout not named Thomas stepping up could be the only true remedy.Can Braxton find his early effectiveness?After an electrifying start to the season for H-back Braxton Miller, the redshirt senior has seen his usefulness dwindle each week.Against VT, Miller caught two passes for 78 yards and a score and ran six times for 62 yards and another touchdown. He was undoubtedly the offensive star of that contest, and his spin move around a defender on his rushing touchdown was the highlight of the week.The following week against Hawaii, Miller actually had more touches, but with much less effectiveness. Meyer had his rushes come out of direct snap runs, and his catches came mostly on shovel passes across the middle. In all, he finished with two catches for 16 yards and eight runs for 57 yards, but did not find the end zone.Then last week against NIU, Miller had just seven yards on four carries. He was targeted once by Jones, but a miscommunicated route led to the interception that caused Meyer to pull Jones out of the game.As discussed above, the OSU offense is struggling to stay afloat from a major lack of playmakers. Miller could be the answer to Meyer’s prayers, but whether it’s because of the learning curve of a new position or just not being used correctly, he has not been a big help in OSU’s two home games. Before beginning Big Ten play next week, the Buckeyes will need the former quarterback to rediscover his playmaking abilities.Who wants the sack lead?OSU’s defensive line is arguably the best in the nation, with nine different players already being involved in at least one sack. But with only so many hits on the quarterback to go around, no one is off to a huge individual start.Three players — redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee, redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard and redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis — have 2.5 sacks each to tie for the team lead.Lewis paced the way early with 1.5 sacks against VT, Lee pulled in the season-high of two sacks against Hawaii and Hubbard was credited with 1.5 against NIU.Lurking in the wings as well is junior Joey Bosa. The defensive end was suspended for the opener, had his first sack of the year called back due to penalty against Hawaii and combined with Hubbard for a sack last week.While Bosa commands double teams on every play — and quite often triple teams — it is hard to rule out a guy who had 13.5 sacks last year for putting his name in the sack-lead hat. At the very least, Bosa’s presence makes it easier for other players to get through the offensive line, something Hubbard said Bosa does not let him forget. read more


Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter ending their last trip to Florida on a two game losing skid, Ohio State’s baseball team made sure to end their second trip on a much higher note.The Buckeyes sent three opponents packing in Orlando, Fla., this weekend at the UCF Baseball Tournament, defeating Central Florida, The Citadel and Oklahoma.“It’s huge to get the sweep and finish the weekend,” coach Greg Beals said. “We didn’t finish last weekend the way we wanted to so it was big to make a statement against three good opponents.”Against the Sooners on Sunday, freshman pitcher Zach Farmer started his second game for the Buckeyes and bounced back nicely after getting roughed up a bit last weekend.After giving up one run in the first, Farmer settled down going 5.1 innings and only allowing two hits.The Buckeyes scored three of their six runs in the fourth inning with junior outfielder Pat Porter driving in two runs and scoring the third on a wild pitch.The teams traded runs for the remainder of the game, with OSU coming out on top 6-3 after a two run eighth inning.Saturday’s game versus The Citadel was a matchup of lefties as the Buckeyes’ junior Ryan Riga took the mound against the Bulldogs’ junior James Reeves. The start was delayed three and a half hours because of heavy rain.Although The Citadel took the lead in the first inning, OSU used a four run second inning to pull itself back into the lead after RBIs from senior outfielder Tim Wetzel, sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn and two from Porter.The Citadel tied things up in the fifth inning setting the stage for freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson.Dawson came to the plate with three men on base in the bottom of the ninth and no men out. His single to left field was enough for Kuhn to score from third, winning the game for OSU, 5-4.Kuhn said winning the first two games of the weekend was a confidence booster for the Buckeyes.“I think we gained a lot of momentum from the first two games. Just real exciting games and late finishers.” Kuhn said. “We came out on top (this weekend) and I think those first two games meant a lot.”Even though the Buckeyes won Friday’s matchup against Central Florida by six runs, the game wasn’t a blowout as the score line suggests.If not for two runs in the top of the ninth inning, OSU would have come away with a loss, but a two run single from Wetzel sent the game to extra innings, with the teams tied 3-3.After neither team scored in the 10th, 11th or 12th innings, the Buckeyes scored six in the 13th, and held Central Florida scoreless for the 9-3 victory.“The whole weekend, we grinded.” Porter said. “We never gave up. We trusted our pitchers and trusted our hitters to get it done.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play Friday in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. read more


first_imgOn my way to the @Wimbledon champions dinner 🐧 pic.twitter.com/J1CLMosSkH— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 16, 2017 That might not stop the 2017 winners though.On Sunday night Spain’s Muguruza tweeted “@rogerfederer are you ready to dance? #ChampionsDinner”. Garbine Muguruza @rogerfederer are you ready to dance? #ChampionsDinner— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) July 16, 2017 In a post-match press conference, when asked who she would prefer to dance with at the dinner, Muguruza said: “Roger. And I like Cilic, I have to say seriously.”But I want to see if he’s that elegant also dancing.” Traditionally, the men’s and ladies’ singles champions celebrate their victories by dancing together.But a spokeswoman for the All England Club said there was no dance floor at the venue, and that part of the evening was discontinued in the 1970s. The event will be a special night for Federer, who won his eighth men’s singles title at SW19 on Sunday, an all-time record.He beat Croatian Marin Cilic in straight sets, in an emotional final. Jamie Murray and wife Alejandra GutierrezCredit:Lauren Hurley /PA Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza swapped their tennis whites for glamorous evening wear as they arrived at the champions’ dinner on Sunday night. The event, which marks the end of the tournament, took place at the Guildhall, London. 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.  Roger Federer and wife MirkaCredit:Karwai Tang/Getty  Roger Federer and wife Mirka Muguruza was keen to danceCredit:Karwai Tang /Getty Last year Andy Murray declined to dance with women’s singles champion Serena Williams, but later partied into the early hours of the morning at a London nightclub. The previous year Williams and Novak Djokovic did take to the floor together.  Jamie Murray and wife Alejandra Gutierrez Tommy Haas and wife Sara Foster arriving at the dinner  Tommy Haas and wife Sara Foster arriving at the dinner Credit:Lauren Hurley /PA The Swiss star replied: “Bring it on champ”, as well as posting a selfie of himself on the way to the dinner, dressed in a suit and tie. Muguruza, 23, lost a Wimbledon final to Serena Williams two years ago, but came back fighting on Saturday. She beat Venus Williams to win a second grand slam title.last_img read more


first_imgWhile wind turbines allow us to harness the power of the wind to create a renewable source of energy, their spinning blades can also serve as a potential danger to wildlife. But a group of researchers in the UK may have found a solution to keep birds and bats away from the blades: by painting them purple.According to the report, the reason that so many birds and bats flock to the turbines is that they offer up a feast of bugs to feed on. But by painting the turbines a different color, as opposed to the standard white or light grey, it may deter insects from landing on them, which in turn would keep birds and bats safe from the blades.AdChoices广告“Our major conclusion from this work is that turbine paint colour could be having a significant impact on the attraction of insect species to the structure, both during the day and at night,” PhD student Chloe Long told the BBC. By testing various colors, the team determined that purple was the least attractive to insects and that white and grey where two of the most attractive colors.“If the solution were as simple as painting turbine structures in a different colour this could provide a cost-effective mitigation strategy,” explained Long. However, there may be other factors that make the turbines attractive to insects, such as the heat they give off.last_img read more


first_imgWhen you decide to purchase a song or album from a digital music service like iTunes you expect the very best quality for your money. The problem is, that quality is downgraded before it even leaves the music publisher.When the music is recorded in a studio it typically gets captured at 24-bit. But before the music is distributed on CD or digitally the quality is downgraded to 16-bit, so it will never sound as good as the original studio version.Apple apparently wants to change that, and is talking to music publishers about getting the original 24-bit version on to iTunes. That bit of information comes via Jimmy lovine, chairman of Universal Music Group’s Interscope-Geffen-A&M record label.While demonstrating a HP TouchPad tablet with Beats Audio tech in it he commented:We’ve gone back now at Universal, and we’re changing our pipes to 24 bit. And Apple has been great. We’re working with them and other digital services — download services — to change to 24 bit. And some of their electronic devices are going to be changed as well. So we have a long road ahead of us. This suggests that future iPhone and iPod products will be capable of 24-bit audio playback, where as Macs and iTunes already support it.Read more at CNN, via AppleInsiderMatthew’s OpinionYou can see why Apple would push for this “highest quality” audio from music publishers on a couple of fronts. First of all it’s an opportunity to introduce a new tier of quality on iTunes allowing more to be charged for 24-bit tracks. It also means an advantage over other digital music stores that don’t have 24-bit tracks to offer.At the moment there aren’t many portable media players that support 24-bit playback, so iPhone and iPod devices can advertise such playback in new models as a feature competitors don’t have. Higher quality music, higher prices, and the need to buy a new protable device to listen to it on all equals lots of profit for Apple. You can see why this could be seen as important internally at the company.I see no reason for the publishers to say no, especially if Apple is going with a higher price for the higher quality. How soon it happens is anyone’s guess, but as soon as one publisher signs up then the others will likely follow quickly, not wanting to miss out on the potential extra revenue.last_img read more


first_img Apr 4th 2017, 6:15 AM http://jrnl.ie/3322589 2 Comments Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 6:15 AM Short URL 10,044 Views THE SEARCH IS on for a small and cute dog with acting potential to star in La Boheme at The National Concert Hall this month.The dog will need to be well-behaved and his owner will need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after him or her.Award-winning opera director and producer Ellen Kent said, “People say never work with children or animals but I love to do both.“The first time was 20 years ago when my pet cat Holly Go-Lightly was in one of my productions and was an instant hit. Since then we’ve had horses, dogs, goldfish and even a golden eagle with a ft wingspan on stage.Many years ago when we last did La Boheme and asked local people to volunteer their pets it was a huge success. We even used a rescue dog once and found him dozens of new owners.center_img Share810 Tweet Email10 A cute and well-behaved dog is needed to star in an opera in the National Concert Hall this month The dog does not need to sing. By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “We’re a nation of animal lovers after all. I’m sure there is plenty of doggie talent out there.”A dog called Julius Caesar which belongs to the French soprano Olga Perrier, who sings the role of Musetta on the tour, is currently filling the position during the rehearsals in Moldova.The romantic opera is coming to Dublin on Sunday 16 April.To audition your dog send a photograph to Jules Bath: Jules@ellenkent.co.uk include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog as well as a bit of info about your dog’s character. Read: Hollywood star Doris Day finds out she’s 95 on her 93rd birthday>last_img read more


first_imgPanasonic dévoile une TV contrôlée par les gestesLe prochain téléviseur de Panasonic, le DMP-HV200, se veut révolutionnaire. A l’instar du système Kinect de Microsoft, il veut permettre à ses utilisateurs de tout gérer à distance grâce à des capteurs.Adieu la télécommande ?  Il se pourrait en effet que les Japonais n’en aient plus besoin dans le futur. En tout cas ceux qui succomberont au nouveau modèle de téléviseur de Panasonic, le DMP-HV200. Le fabricant indique qu’il s’agit d’une TV contrôlée par les gestes. Le tout fonctionne grâce à des capteurs capables de détecter les mouvements. Il sera ainsi possible de changer de chaîne, augmenter/diminuer le volume, modifier les réglages, d’un simple geste de la main.Selon Engadget.com, le téléviseur sera doté d’un écran LCD 10.1″ (résolution 1024 x 600 pixels), du WiFi ou encore d’une batterie offrant 3h30 d’autonomie. Un autre modèle, comportant un lecteur Blu-ray, a également été annoncé par Panasonic. Le téléviseur DMP-HV200 sera commercialisé dès mars prochain au Japon.Le 22 février 2011 à 12:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgThe officers were able to persuade Dalton to turn off his vehicle. As the officers attempted to convince him to exit, however, Dalton turned the car back on and tried to ram the blocking police cars out of the way, which failed and led to him trying to escape by foot. While Dalton was attempting to escape from the officers, he discarded a bag. According to court documents, on April 29, 2017, APD responded to a report of a man “passed out” behind the wheel of a running vehicle on Tudor Road. When officers arrived, they blocked the car, and were eventually able to wake the driver, who was identified as Dalton. Dalton was also ordered to forfeit $4,830. Dalton previously pleaded guilty on Oct. 10, 2017, topossession with intent to distribute controlled substances and carrying a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking. Upon Dalton’s arrest, he was in possession of approximately $4800 in drug proceeds, which was going to be used to purchase more drugs for future distribution.center_img The investigation revealed that the bag contained distributable amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine – in both forms: powder and crack. The investigation further revealed that Dalton had been in possession of a stolen pistol during the offense. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Abreain Terron Dalton, 36, of Victorville, California, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District JudgeTimothy M. Burgess, to serve 15 years in prison, followed by a five-year term of supervised release for federal drug and gun offenses in Anchorage.last_img read more


first_imgnonameTwo more Hajj flights of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines were cancelled on Thursday due to insufficient passengers.The flights BG-1073 and BG-5073 were scheduled to take off at 6:05am and at 1:25pm respectively, Biman Bangladesh Airlines general manager (media) Shakil Miraz told Prothom Alo. With this two, a total of 23 Biman flights and three others of the Saudi Airlines have so far been cancelled since the inception of the Hajj voyages on 24 July. A total of 127,198 pilgrims are scheduled to fly to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year, said the Hajj Office in the capital’s Ashkona area. As many as 68,512 pilgrims have already reached Saudi Arabia while the last flight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines is on 26 August, the Hajj Office addedlast_img