VW Motorsport enters 10th year in India, unleashes rear-engine RWD Polo!

first_img2019 marks ten years of Volkswagen Motorsport in India. Volkswagen has been a very active part of the Indian Motorsport scene starting off with the Polo Cup one make series in 2010 fielding 1.6-litre 130 PS Polos. In 2012, the diesel engines gave way to 1.4-litre turbo petrol units with an output of 180 PS while transmission duties were transferred to DSG auto ‘boxes with an aim to bridge the gap between their Indian and international racing programmes.The VW Vento took over from the Polo in 2015 sporting the same drivetrain. Volkswagen’s motorsport programme in India took a giant leap in 2017 with the arrival of the Ameo Cup cars. Giant because for the first time, VW was fielding a completely localized race car built from the ground up at its facility in Chakan, Pune. The race-spec Ameo also marked the debut of the 1.8-litre TSI petrol mill mated with a sequential gearbox with paddle shifters churning out 205PS making it the most powerful car ever built by the team.VW Motorsport’s Customer Support initiative builds rally cars for customers looking to participate in the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC). It builds rally-spec Polos for the INRC1, INRC2 and INRC3 categories and provides support and spares at rally rounds across the country. Besides rallying, the Customer Support initiative has also seen the creation of the Vento ITC with a 1.8-litre TSI petrol restricted to 205PS. A Track Day derivative of the same without the turbo restrictions makes upwards of 230PS.Winter ProjectTo mark its tenth year in India, Volkswagen Motorsport went all out and created the “Winter Project”. Unrestricted by any racing regulations, this track day tool based on the Polo’s body shell features a rear-mounted 1.8-litre TSI petrol from the Ameo Cup car powering the rear wheels. Like the race-spec Ameo, the “Winter Project” aka Polo RX boasts a sequential shifter controlled with steering mounted paddles.advertisement Extensive work had to be done to accommodate the layout with the creation of mounts for the engine, gearbox and suspension at the back. With the intercooler occupying the space traditionally used by the fuel tank, the latter had to be moved to the front. The rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout helps the car’s dynamic abilities leaving the front wheels to focus on turn-ins while the driven rear wheels, with the weight of the engine and other components in the back, benefit from increased grip. Speaking about this special creation, Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “I am extremely excited about our ‘Winter Project’ car! It is commendable how the team has managed to pull off this project with limited access to high end software and technology. Young engineers and technicians in the team have shown real calibre by getting this masterpiece ready in less than three weeks!”For now, the Polo RX can be commissioned by customers for track day purposes. In the future, though, the company says the car can be adapted to regulations to suit various forms of motorsports such as autocross, circuit racing or rallying.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXI and LDI variants discontinuedALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo revealed ahead of launch on March 15, introductory price expected to be below Rs 5 lakhALSO READ | 2019 Maserati Quattroporte launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.74 crorelast_img read more


Dembele’s massive Barca contract leaked

first_imgTransfers Five times the money! Dembele’s massive Barcelona contract reportedly leaked Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:25 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(18) HD Ousmane Dembele Barcelona Alex Caparros Transfers Barcelona Ousmane Dembélé Borussia Dortmund Primera División Bundesliga The former Borussia Dortmund star made the move to La Liga this summer, and it’s easy to see why after the numbers from his deal were leaked The massive contract that Barcelona handed to 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele this summer has reportedly been seen by German outlet Spiegel, and the numbers involved in the deal make it easy to understand why the youngster decided to make the move, and why Borussia Dortmund were willing to sell. According to the report, which claims that the outlet received the contract from Football Leaks, the youngster received a contract worth five times what he was earning with the Bundesliga outfit, a whopping €12 million per year, up from the €2.4m he earned per season with BVB. Girona and Barcelona to draw at 5/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Dembele’s personal deal also reportedly includes the possibility of a €3.3m bonus should the Catalan side win a treble. The report also alleges that Dembele cost €105m up front, with the possibility of €40m in add-ons. Among those add-ons is an obligation for the Spanish club to pay €5m when the forward reaches each of 25, 50, 75 and 100 matches played. While the numbers are astounding, Dembele’s injury will, at the very least, save Barcelona some money in the short run. With the forward expected to be out until January after tearing his hamstring, it will be difficult for him to reach any of those match numbers before the end of the season.last_img read more


David Warner hammered to new low thanks to Broad mind games

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Ashes 2019 England cricket team Out in the middle on day four, however, the grin from Warner was a more rueful one. Before Smith and Matthew Wade twisted the knife in Australia’s second innings, pushing their lead into miracle-required territory, there was a brief flicker of English hope kickstarted by Stuart Broad inflicting Warner’s first pair in Test cricket and his third duck in a row.Broad, as is so often the case, was off celebrating without deigning to offer an appeal to Marais Erasmus. The sixth ball of his opening over had been sent down with a scrambled seam, allowing it to skid off the top of this wearing, grassless pitch and pin the left-hander plumb in front.Warner has done some remarkable things in the longest format. There have been 21 hundreds. One of them was the rare beast that is a century before lunch – a 78-ball blitz against Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground – while three times he has passed three-figures in both innings.But this summer, after a bumper return in the World Cup, Warner has been kept down by Broad. In eight innings the right-armer has had his number six times. Only once has Warner made it past double figures and in that instance, the gritty 61 on the opening day at Headingley, it involved several heavy slices of fortune with ball doing too much under leaden skies.For the wags on social media, this running one-sided battle has been manna from heaven. There has been a string of recycled jokes about Warner falling out of Broad’s pockets at the end of the day, along with the car keys and the wallet and more references to bunnies than a copy of Watership Down. Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Ashes 2019: England chase 383 runs to beat Australia in fourth Test, day four – as it happened Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Read more The journey from dressing rooms at Old Trafford down to the outfield involves a set of clanking metal stairs for those in spikes and every day, almost without fail, there have been England supporters in the stand alongside it welcoming David Warner with reminders of last year’s ball-tampering scandal.The opener has begun to respond to these now seriously tedious taunts, whooping in the direction of his tormentors with arms aloft and a smile on his face. Warner could not care less about his panto villain status, such that he and Steve Smith are known to be eyeing a return next summer as part of the new 100-ball jamboree. But beyond all this twaddle, how has it been achieved? How has Broad left Warner, the first opener on the teamsheet when drawing up a composite side before the series, fretting over his spot before Thursday’s fifth Test at the Oval?The chat before this match was that Smith is one of cricket’s best problem-solvers but the same also applies to Broad. Before the first Test he sat down to ponder where he had previously been falling short against Warner; why, in 18 previous encounters, he had removed him five times at 65 runs apiece. The conclusion? The left-hander’s outside edge had become too great an obsession.By solely trying to bring the slips into play, Broad realised he had been feeding Warner’s strengths, such that any width or drop in length was allowing those Popeye forearms to crash the ball through the covers or cleave it through midwicket. On Australian pitches in particular, where the bounce is true and the sideways movement fleeting, it was one-way traffic.But with the Duke ball in England he deduced that if he could target the stumps more from around the wicket and looked to bring the ball back into off stump off the seam from a fuller length, he would increase the possible modes of dismissal and reduce the scoring options. If it jags in, lbw and bowled are on; hold its line and the catchers behind the wicket would still be in the game.The former has mainly been at play. Of the six times Broad has dismissed Warner, three have been leg-before and one bowled (that bail-trimming beauty at Lord’s). The other two show the funk he has been experiencing, with feathered edges behind from a dangled bat while trying to leave.It means Warner has drawn level with his old captain Michael Clarke as the batsman Broad has removed most times in Test cricket. Eleven is the magic number and it could well lead to Warner finishing the series as Australia’s 12th man. Australia sport Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Share on Facebook The Ashes features Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Reuse this content Cricket Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter David Warner Australia cricket team The Observerlast_img read more


Videos: Syracuse Football Players Are Pugil Fighting During Training Camp At Fort Drum

first_imgSyracuse lineman perform the fort drum pugil fighting drill.Twitter/@Stephen_Bailey1Every summer, Syracuse football heads up to Fort Drum in Northern New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, to get away from the distractions of campus for a few days and connect with the local military community. Today, the team is incorporating pugil fighting into practice, while in full pads. We’ve never quite seen a football drill like this…Rob Trudo beats Donnie Simmons in bugle fighting: pic.twitter.com/uWBiMjRrW2— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Erv Philips vs. Antwan Cordy pic.twitter.com/76Mv7hzksK— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015An early look at the 2016 QB battle. Eric Dungey vs. Austin Wilson pic.twitter.com/muqELWXjwa— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Freshman OL Colin Byrne vs. DE Jake Pickard pic.twitter.com/xWLfZcmECE— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015The intensity is a welcome sight for Syracuse fans. The Orange opens the season on September 4 against Rhode Island at the Carrier Dome.last_img read more


Will only reply in court on Babri Masjid Kalyan Singh

first_imgLucknow: Kalyan Singh, who was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh at the height of the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid agitation in the 1990s, seems to be clear about his views on the disputed site. In a special interview to IANS, Kalyan Singh said: “The case is in the Supreme Court. We will wait for the court’s decision. We don’t know what will be the judgement — in our favour or against us. Once the judgement is there, the Centre’s role will come into being. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “My take on this subject is very clear. I don’t want to do politics on this, but all the parties should make their stand clear. The Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Congress or others have not made their stance clear on the issue.” Considered as one of the leaders who spearheaded the Ram Mandir agitation, Kalyan Singh said that he will only answer to the court, and not to anyone else about the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “I have no problems in appearing before the court. I will depose before the court whenever I am summoned,” said Kalyan Singh, the two-time UP Chief Minister who on Monday formally rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after becoming the first Governor of Rajasthan in five decades to complete five-year term in office. The 87-year-old politician’s comeback also signalled the return of BJP’s backward face to active politics in his home turf of Uttar Pradesh. Being the Governor of a state, Kalyan Singh could not have been served a summon in the last five years. But now that he is not holding the Constitutional post any more, the court can summon him for investigation. Speaking on Article 370, Kalyan Singh said, “It was a temporary provision, which was invoked on Sheikh Abdullah’s insistence. The Centre has done the right thing by ending it. Kashmir is our integral part.” The veteran politician further said, “My role in the party is like that of an ordinary worker. Whatever the party head tells me to do, I will do that. I am not a competitor to anyone, but I have come here to become companion to all. I will work under the directions of Modiji at the Centre and Yogiji in Uttar Pradesh. My role in Uttar Pardesh has not been decided till now.” On dynasty politics, Kalyan Singh said, “My whole family has been into politics. They have been making their own contributions to this field. My son entered politics at a young age and so did my grandson. My daughter-in-law is also into politics. They are all doing good work and the Opposition has nothing to say. Which party is bereft of the so-called political dynasties?” The former Chief Minister also claimed that BJP is now unbeatable in Uttar Pradesh, and there is no alternative to the saffron party, be it at the Centre or the state. “Many parties are being formed but they split up. In such a scenario, no other party can earn the confidence of the people like the BJP,” he said. On the prospects of the SP and the BSP making a comeback in Uttar Pradehs, Kalyan Singh said, “Their return is not possible. These parties and their leaders have lost the faith of the people. The BJP is moving ahead because of the work it is doing. At present, BJP has the maximum number of members. There is no alternative to (Narendra) Modi at the Centre and Yogi (Adityanath) in Uttar Pradesh.”last_img read more


Rachel Weisz Disobedience Sex Scene With Rachel McAdams Empowers Their Characters

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement When Sebastián Lelio’s “Disobedience” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, everyone couldn’t stop talking about the film’s sex scene between stars Rachael Weisz and Rachel McAdams. The scene earned comparisons to “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” but many felt that Lelio succeeded where Abdellatif Kechiche failed in terms of filming his female stars without a male gaze. It turns out Weisz deserves as much praise as Lelio for making the explicit scene so tasteful.In a new interview with The New York Times, Weisz reveals that originally the scene was to feature shots of both characters having orgasms, but that Lelio made decision to remove the shot of Weisz so the scene would exclusively focus on and empower McAdams’ Esti. Weisz champions the decision.“It was too many orgasms,” Weisz says. “Esti’s was more important, and it robbed her of that.”center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more


Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,407.70 up 177.74 points):Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS). Miner. Up six cents, or 2.56 per cent, at $2.40 on 10,410,572 shares. The metals and mining sector led all the subgroups higher, ending the day up 2.50 per cent at 927.98 points.Starfield Resources Inc. (TSX:SRU). Mining exploration. Down half a cent, or 50 per cent, at half a cent on 8,790,500 shares.Canacol Energy Ltd. (TSX:CNE). Oil and gas. Down 2.5 cents, or 6.10 per cent, at 38.5 cents on 6,854,653 shares. The exploration and production company announced Monday that it will buy Shona Energy (TSXV:SHO) in a cash and share deal that values the junior oil and gas company at more than $130 million. It was the company’s lowest closing price since December 2009. Shares of Shona Energy was up 10 cents, or 27.78 per cent, at 46 cents on 2,255,100 shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up nine cents, or 2.34 per cent, at $3.94 on 5,430,168 shares. The Vancouver-based company posted record gold revenue of US$67.1 million on gold sales of 39,668 ounces. It also posted record third-quarter production of 42,156 ounces of gold from its La Libertad and Limon Mines in Nicaragua.ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Biopharmaceutical. Up 2.5 cents, or 20 per cent, at 15 cents on 3,540,036 shares. The Laval, Que.-based company has signed two strategic agreements with Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. totalling $21 million.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up $1.22, or 3.21 per cent, at $39.21 on 3,175,145 shares. The gold sector rose 2.44 per cent to 341.79 points, buoyed by higher bullion price. The gold December contract jumped US$8.70 to $1,746.30 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.TSX Venture Exchange (1,299.78 up 17.05 points):Prodigy Gold Inc. (TSXV:PDG). Gold. Up two cents, or 2.04 per cent, at $1 on 44,722,938 shares. Its stock closed at its highest level in four years, buoyed by its announcement Monday that Toronto-based company Argonaut Gold (TSX:AR) will acquire Prodigy for shares and cash in a friendly deal valued at $341 million. Argonaut’s shares closed 21 cents or 2.18 per cent higher at $9.86 on 3,174,172 shares.Extenway Solutions Inc. (TSXV:EY). Technology solutions. Up three cents, or 100 per cent, at six cents on 9,520,000 shares. The Montreal-based company announced a private placement financing for a minimum gross proceeds of $3 million and maximum of $6 million.Companies reporting major news:Gildan Activewear (TSX:GIL). Apparel. Up $1.08, or 3.33 per cent, at $33.53 on 523,016 shares. The sock and T-shirt maker faces a trademark infringement and unfair competition lawsuit by Fruit of the Loom affiliate Russell Brand after about $100,000 worth of Russell Brands Jerzees clothing was mistakenly relabelled with the Gildan brand and sold to customers.Loblaw Co. Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Up 84 cents, or 2.48 per cent, at $34.72 on 410,465 shares. Canada’s largest grocer is cutting about 700 jobs, mostly management and administrative positions at its Toronto-area head office in a move that it says will help the grocery retailer reduce costs and become more efficient. by News Staff Posted Oct 16, 2012 6:07 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more


No 1 Penn State too much for Ohio State wrestling in 2414

OSU then-redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe hostile environment of nearly 16,000 Nittany Lion fans proved to be too much for the Ohio State wrestling team on Friday, as the Buckeyes fell to top-ranked Penn State.OSU led twice early on but was never able to stretch out a sizeable lead, and a flurry of top-ranked wrestlers for Penn State were too much for the Scarlet and Gray to keep up with.Penn State (13-0, 8-0) lost two of the first three individual bouts to OSU (9-3, 6-2), but picked up the pace later on to earn a 24-14 win.In the evening’s first bout, redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello started things off right for OSU, picking up a victory against redshirt senior Nico Megaludis.Tomasello was able to escape early in the second period to gain the lead. A defensive stalemate made the crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center tense, holding its breath all the way until the final whistle.Tomasello scrambled well near the end of the bout and was able to score a takedown with just 15 seconds left to earn a 3-1 decision victory.The redshirt sophomore increased his winning streak to an impressive 34-match mark, which leads the nation at the 125-pound weight class.With the momentum on its side, OSU would continue to the dual-meet with redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius at 133 pounds.DiJulius drew a tough opponent in senior Jordan Conaway, who is ranked fifth in the nation.After DiJulius started off with a quick pace and an early lead of 4-0, Conaway came roaring back to score seven unanswered points, also picking up a bonus point to win 8-4.With DiJulius working for back points near the edge of the circle in front of the OSU bench, the whistle was blown and called for the wrestlers to reset in the middle. OSU coach Tom Ryan was clearly animated after the call.DiJulius is now 13-5 on the year and 4-4 in the Big Ten.Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan walked onto the mat with the team score notched even at 3-3 and continued his strong season by beating All-American junior Jimmy Gulibon.Jordan scored a takedown right before the whistle to end the third period, going on to win 6-3 to put OSU on top by the same score.The Buckeyes then turned to sophomore Sal Marandino at 149 pounds to face sophomore Zain Retherford.Retherford entered the match undefeated on the season, while also holding the top spot in the nation.Marandino was under constant pressure from the Nittany Lion sophomore and was unable to fight off the offense. Retherford picked up the win by fall, giving Penn State six team points.OSU redshirt freshman Jake Ryan returned to the starting lineup at 157 pounds after sitting out the last two dual-meets, while Penn State presented another No. 1 overall wrestler in the bout in redshirt freshman Jason Nolf.Nolf attacked early, constantly attacking the legs of Ryan, while preventing Ryan from maneuvering into scoring positions.Ryan sustained a hard hit to his head during a strong shot by Nolf, and the match was stopped to evaluate for a possible concussion. Ryan was cleared by the OSU trainer but could not overcome Nolf, dropping the match 19-6.After the intermission, the Scarlet and Gray found themselves down 13-6, with the 165-pound match up next.Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan would be who the Buckeyes would turn to against junior Geno Morelli to try and turn the meet around.Morelli was unranked coming into the match, but it was anything from one-sided. Jordan could not find a way to finish his shots and could only manage one takedown against the Nittany Lion junior.However, despite the tougher-than-advertised affair, Jordan secured a win by keeping Morelli at bay in the third to win 3-2 and maintain unbeaten on the season and pick up his 13th win this year.OSU freshman Myles Martin matched up against redshirt freshman Bo Nickal next, in what proved to be one of the most intense matches of the meet.After a scoreless first, Martin found himself ahead at the end of the second period, with a 2-1 lead.Nickal would fight back into the mix and tie the score at 4-4. Martin earned an escape to put himself back up, but Nickal stayed active and went on to win 11-5.  With a 16-9 Penn State lead in the team scores, redshirt senior Kenny Courts found no offense against sophomore Matt McCutcheon, scoring no points for the third time this season.Courts could not escape McCutcheon and found himself caught in the grasp of the Nittany Lion for most of the evening before losing 4-0.Penn State rolled out its fourth and final top-ranked wrestler with senior Morgan McIntosh.Redshirt junior Josh Fox was on the mat for the Buckeyes, and he kept things close in the first period, with McIntosh up 2-0 at the end of one. In the remainder of the match, however, McIntosh continued to lead, eventually going on to win 24-9.Even though the Nittany Lions had a team win securely in hand, the night ended on a high note for the Buckeyes at heavyweight.Sophomore Kyle Snyder dominated throughout his bout against freshman Jan Johnson, posting 18 points in the first period alone. Snyder would post the most points by any Buckeye on the evening, racking up 25 before his technical fall victory.Penn State remains perfect on the season with two opponents left on its schedule, while OSU is next set to return home to St. John Arena to meet the Wisconsin Badgers at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 to round out the regular season. Correction 2/6: An earlier version of the story said Penn State had two ranked opponents remaining on its schedule, when in fact one of its opponents is ranked. read more


The Cubs Cant Take The Heat

Make no mistake: The Cubs have good hitters overall. They produced baseball’s seventh-best Weighted Runs Created Plus this past season,3Among non-pitchers. and its 16th-most runs scored per game. And against all pitches (fastball or no), the Cubs tended to whiff less than average — 22.8 percent, against an MLB average of 23.3 percent.But velocity is the Cubs’ kryptonite. On top of their tendency to whiff against the hardest fastballs, Chicago also made a lot of weak contact, reflected by pop-ups and a low batting average. Even when the Cubs could bring the bat to the ball, they failed to do much with it.Maybe, too, the Cubs’ tendency toward whiffs was exacerbated by the low temperatures in New York. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick showed that high velocity is especially effective in the postseason, due in part to the effect of October’s low temperatures. When you combine the Mets’ powerful arms with the pressure of the playoffs and 40-degree fall temperatures, perhaps we should have expected the Cubs to struggle with contact.(As for the Cubs’ pitching woes: Those have been much more unexpected, and much harder to explain.)The outlook for the Cubs is now grim, as only one team in MLB history has come back from a 3-0 deficit. Then again, that one team (the 2004 Boston Red Sox) was also battling a curse with the help of a front office run by Theo Epstein. We’ll have to see if Epstein’s team can pull off the same trick twice, but it’s safe to say that the overwhelming velocity of New York’s pitchers has put the odds firmly against it. Chicago’s worst fear has come to pass: The New York Mets lead the Cubs three games to none in the National League Championship Series. Scoring only five runs in three games, Chicago’s usually powerful bats have been held in check, and a series sweep may be imminent. What happened to a Cubs team that looked like the pennant favorite after winning the National League wild-card game?One oft–repeated explanation of New York’s dominance is that Chicago’s hitters struggle against quality fastballs. According to this theory, that weakness is magnified against a Mets rotation headlined by three of the hardest-throwing pitchers in baseball: Noah Syndergaard (average fastball velocity: 97.7 mph), Matt Harvey (96.5) and Jacob deGrom (95.8). When New York dials up the heat, Cub bats wilt.Here at FiveThirtyEight, there’s nothing we love more than taking down faulty narratives. But this theory does seem to be borne out by the data. While the average MLB hitter whiffs at 96 mph fastballs 22.8 percent of the time,1Using data from PitchInfo from the 2015 regular season. the average Cubs hitter swings and misses 25.7 percent of the time against the same pitch type and velocity.2To get these numbers and generate the following chart, I modeled whiffs with a binomial logistic regression that incorporated count and fastball velocity. read more


Football Ohio State players assisted Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

On Wednesday evening, around 30 members of the Ohio State football team traveled to the Alta E. Butler Elementary School to assist with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. The nonprofit organization uses artistic methods to ease the tensions and hardships of abused children from around the nation.In Arizona, the branch of Free Arts teamed up with Buckeyes players to paint the school building, as well as paint new four square courts and build benches. Of those attending were senior kicker Tyler Durbin, redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes.“It just gives you perspective, that’s what I take from community service every time,” Holmes said. “Just being able to show people we’re regular humans. It’s more than just football. It’s about giving back.”The Buckeyes take on Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. OSU junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes paints a new four square court during the team’s community event with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports Editor read more


Ohio States Chris Fields finds moment when Buckeyes need him late in

Chris Fields hadn’t caught a ball all year long. Not a single one. In an Ohio State offense averaging 39 points a game, the redshirt junior wide receiver found himself reception-less and yard-less two-thirds into the Buckeyes’ 2012 campaign. Cast in the shadow of younger receivers like sophomore Devin Smith and junior Corey “Philly” Brown, Fields, for all intents and purposes, had been a non-factor for an undefeated OSU team. Until Saturday’s 29-22 overtime win against Purdue, at least. And after making the biggest catch of his OSU football career, Fields said he’s used to throwing himself after the ball. “I don’t know if anybody knows but 13 years of baseball paid off for that one. I used to be a center fielder,” Fields said with a wide smile. “I used to dive all over the place, so I’m used to it.” Down 22-14 with 47 seconds to play, though, that opportunity appeared to be doubtful while the first loss of the Urban Meyer era in Columbus seemed like a sure thing. After all, a typically explosive Buckeyes offense had managed to scrap together just two touchdowns points over the course of 59 minutes and 13 seconds. Without sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, who was carted off the field and taken to the Wexner Medical Center at the end of the third quarter, it appeared it would take a small miracle for OSU to eke out a victory against Purdue on the cloudy afternoon at Ohio Stadium. In the Heisman candidate’s place was the man Fields calls his best friend, redshirt junior quarterback Kenny Guiton, who had already thrown an errant interception earlier in the fourth quarter. Sportswriters were writing obituaries for the Buckeyes’ would-have-been perfect season. Hordes of frustrated, exasperated fans headed toward the exits after watching more than 59 minutes of incompetency from the home team. For as shaky as OSU’s offense appeared, though, Fields’ play seemed to be just the opposite. Coming into the contest against the Boilermakers, he had just 11 career-receptions to hang his hat on. Including Saturday’s tilt, the Painesville, Ohio, native had only seen action in five games for the Buckeyes this season. With eight seconds to play, Fields’ moment, as he called it, came. Guiton had improbably driven a once-lifeless OSU offense down to the 2-yard line. “Kenny! Kenny!” chants reverberated off the cement stands of the 90-year-old Horseshoe. The backup signal-caller rolled to his left and saw an open Fields matching his every step along the edge of the goal line – just the way it was drawn up. “I had the like an arrow route, it’s kinda like a flat route and Kenny noticed man coverage,” he said. Eight seconds had become four as Guiton zipped the ball to Fields. Its trajectory, while likely not intended, hurled it toward the red turf of the end zone. In a diving effort, though, Fields pulled the pass into his gut and hugged the ball to the ground. While the catch was immediately reviewed, Fields said there was never a doubt in his mind that he hadn’t made the grab. “Yeah, I knew I caught it. I had it. No question,” he said. Guiton, who Fields called his “brother from another mother,” said he felt the same. “After that catch, I probably told him ‘thank you’ a million times. On the pass, I was just hoping he could get it, and when I saw his hands under it, I knew he caught it,” Guiton said. Having not pulled in a reception all season, what could be a historic grab was Fields’ third and final catch as the junior managed to pull in two earlier receptions to help push the Buckeyes into the red zone early in the third quarter. Arguably, it was Fields’ best day since arriving on campus in 2009. “Chris Fields is a product of, I’d like to say, our program,” Meyer said during the Buckeyes’ postgame press conference. “That means three weeks ago, he wouldn’t have been on the field.” Not anymore, though. “He just changed his whole dynamics, the way he works, his practice habits and his performance,” Meyer said. “You can go out there and work all you want and not make plays. But he’s earned that right to be on the field. He was even playing before that, before Philly (Brown) went down, he was on the field, where three, four weeks ago he wasn’t on the field. “It’s just that whole systematic approach that we have … very proud of him.” The spring rumors that flooded message boards that Fields was leaving the team, now, seemed to be a foreign, distant memory. Even it just was for one day. “The first couple games (leaving) did go through my mind,” Fields said. “Not so much of leaving, just so much of like my future, like after football. You know, I would never leave this university. I mean, this university, it’s so great. And I’d be dumb to leave this wonderful university. So, I mean, I just was thinking about some plans after football and stuff.” For now, though, Fields might need to think more about the immediate future with a 5:30 p.m. contest at Penn State looming Saturday. The catch, perhaps, could be the first of more to come from the receiver. “It just means that you should start putting a package in for me and Kenny,” Fields said teasingly. “I just know that I just can’t, you know, fall down. I gotta keep on going up.” read more


Young people have high card debts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Young adults have higher credit card debt, relative to annual income, than any other group.Research group RFi found that people aged 18 to 24 have card debt equivalent to 11.5 per cent of their income. For people aged 25 to 34 the proportion of credit card debt to income is 10.7 per cent.For people aged 35 to 44 the proportion is 9.4 per cent, and for those aged 45 to 54 it is 9.8 per cent. For those aged 55 to 64 it is 8.9 per cent, and for those over 65 it is 6.8 per cent.Source: Banking Daylast_img read more


Sensex rebounds 233 points on US Fed rate hike delay

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex rebounded 233 points on Friday, paring all the losses witnessed in the previous session amid positive global cues.The Sensex closed at 27,079 points, up 0.87%, while the 50-share Nifty rose by 60 points, or 0.74%, to end at 8,189.”After taking a breather in the previous trading session, the Indian equity market resumed its north-bound journey. Markets indeed were under pressure after opening with smart gains; however, sudden bout of buying in the IT, Telecom, Metals, Auto and Healthcare stocks saw the Nifty close near the 8,200 mark,” said a note from IIFL.Earlier on Thursday, the US Federal Reserve September meeting minutes showed that the central bank was not in a hurry to raise interest rates, lending support to global equity markets, including Indian markets.Most of the Asian markets ended sharply higher, with China’s Shanghai Composite index gaining 1.3% and Japan’s Nikkei closing 1.6% higher. Major European markets soared over 1% after opening.Among the BSE sectoral indices, IT was the top gainer ending 1.51% higher, followed by the Metal index, which rose nearly 1%.Infosys shares rose 3.1% to end at Rs 1,167 ahead of the company’s second quarter results announcement on 12 October.”Infosys is expected to deliver healthy constant currency dollar revenue growth of 3.5‐4% qoq. It will likely carry the growth momentum of Q1 FY16 (delivered 5%+ qoq volume growth) underpinned by execution on deal wins and incremental progress on client mining,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.Mining major Vedanta shares were up about 12% after the company announced that it is planning to foray into “solar segment in India by bidding for some 500 MW of government projects”.Meanwhile, investors also await key economic data release next week, after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a 50bps cut in repo rate on 29 September. Both the September inflation and the August industrial production data will be released on 12 October.”Movement of index in near term will depend on further reform initiatives to be taken by the government, trend in global markets, investment by foreign institutional investors (FIIs), the movement of rupee against the dollar, CPI and IIP data, and also WPI data,” said Vivek Gupta, CMT – Director Research, CapitalVia Global Research Limited.”Technically, Nifty future has bounced from the lowest level and retraced up to 61.80% which is at 8240 levels according to Fibonacci retracements. So, it is likely to face strong resistance around 8250 – 8300 levels. On the upside, if it manages to sustain above its important resistance level of 8300 on closing basis, its next resistance is at 8500 levels and on the downside immediate support level is at 8100,” Gupta said.On the commodities front, gold prices were down Rs 50 to Rs 26,600 per 10 gm, while silver prices gained Rs 100 to close at Rs 36,800 per kg.last_img read more


Postmerger SBI opens with 500 million customers

first_imgThe State Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, March 14, 2016.Reuters filePost-merger of five associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank, top public sector lender State Bank of India (SBI) began operations on Monday with 500 million customers, SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya announced here.The associate banks which merged with the SBI are State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore besides the Bhartiya Mahila Bank.”The SBI opened as ‘one bank’ today (Monday) and will continue to operate in the same manner as before post-merger. New products and services will come across more seamlessly,” Bhattacharya told the media.The treasuries of the SBI and associates have also been completely integrated and have now started work as a single entity after the merger process, she added.The combined entity will enhance productivity, increase operational efficiency, mitigate geographical risks, drive synergies across multiple dimensions while ensuring higher levels of customer delight, she said.With the merger, SBI is now catapulted among the top ranking 50 banks in the world in terms of assets now worth at Rs.37,00,000 crore.It now has a deposit base of over Rs 26,00,000 crore and advances of around Rs 18,50,000 crore, 22,500 branches, including SBI’s 20,000 alone, and 58,000 ATMs. SBI also has 191 foreign offices in 36 countries.Now, the bank will undertake various audits before full data integration which is likely to be completed by April 24 and lead to complete integration of its information technology systems, Bhattacharya added.She said the SBI had made an additional provision of Rs 8,600 crore towards non-performing assets of the associate banks where the cost of funds were higher than SBI.She assured that no nasty surprises on NPAs were expected in the coming days.Bhattacharya added that the shares swap of the associates had also been completed and these were listed on the exchanges.Of the five associates, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Hyderabad were not listed entities.The merger-related blackout of e-channels lasted only three hours and now a seamless integration of web-channels had been achieved, the bank said.last_img read more


Asian Content to Benefit From Netflix as First Global TV Network Says

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The global streaming giant is poised to unveil a substantially expanded slate of new content on Asian themes or produced in Asia. The slate is expected to include 17 new original shows from Japan, India, Thailand and a Chinese-language series from Taiwan.High profile Western talent expected to attend Netflix’s huge trade and consumer event in Singapore on Thursday include” Robin Wright, Michael Pena, Andy Serkis and Diego Luna. The slick and noisy event is intended to show that Netflix is filling out its original production slate in a region where it has yet to gain the kind of market leadership that it has in North America and Europe. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says the global streaming giant has become the world’s first “global television network.” “That is the beginning of very positive transformative force,” he said, and will help Asian content and talent reach wider, new audiences.Hastings touted the advantages of global sharing, and personalization. “There has never been a global TV network until now,” Hastings said. “We saw Singaporean movie ‘Shirkers’ at Sundance. Now we are building the audience for that.” Other shows are conceived as content for the world market. “‘Kingdom’ is a big Korean show designed for the global market,” he said.Hastings’ emphasis on Asian content was endorsed by Ted Sarandos, chief content officer. “Asian big screen talent such as Bae Doo-na and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are working for us,” said Sarandos.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more


How Blockchains Decentralization Narrative Can Redefine Data Privacy

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Blockchain’s prolonged sentiment as a panacea to the world’s problems throughout 2017 was unambiguously representative of what the Gartner Hype Cycle details. However, out of the extended bear markets, which pruned many altcoins from the markets and helped participants in the broader ecosystem become more discerning, emerged several trends that still can drive important change in crucial areas.One of those areas is data privacy, and the future role that decentralizing network and systems architecture can have in mitigating the endemic problems of data security, unethical data sharing and Orwellian-grade mass surveillance.Related: Don’t Let Blockchain Technology’s Security Loopholes Go UnnoticedSurveying the cryptocurrency and blockchain landscape reveals that privacy has been continually emphasized among core proponents of the underlying technology, and is beginning to garner more widespread support following consistent revelations of data hacks and the extent to which governments seek to reduce financial privacy.Privacy is a fundamental principle that has been overlooked for years as social media companies and internet tech giants rose to oligopoly status with enormously popular platforms. The platforms were free and groundbreaking, but behind the scenes, it is the users’ data that drives the business model and is doled out to third-parties without reprehension.  The centralization of these models is inextricably linked to the problems that have increased data privacy concerns, and are gathering momentum.While blockchains and cryptocurrencies do not singularly pose the solution to data privacy, they have reignited the debate about digital privacy and accelerated growth in novel technologies that help to secure better privacy. From a tangential development like zero-knowledge proofs (ZKPs) to distributed storage architecture, the narrative of decentralization provided the foundation for much-needed change.Now, it is just a matter of creating that change.Building a private and decentralized internetDespite its original conception as an open and decentralized digital realm, the internet has not really lived up to its promises in this regard. Tech and financial companies employ siloed data models that contain massive amounts of sensitive, personal information and are subject to influence by governments and attack by hackers as central points of failure.Related: Become a Blockchain Expert for Less Than $20According to a Javelin Strategy & Research study from 2017, roughly $16.7 million was stolen through identity fraud in the U.S. Fraud stems directly from the poor security that centralized data models confer. Voluntary credit freezes following mass data scandals have become commonplace.Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world, not have your information sold to the highest bidder.Decentralizing data storage and transfer, as well as integrating decentralization with innovations such as multi-party computation, encryption and trusted execution environments has the potential to reshape data privacy. Looking past the hype of blockchain, you will find myriad solutions on the horizon that demonstrate the evolving nature of privacy and the unrelenting efforts by people to preserve it.Technical developments such as IPFS alters how the modern web works by creating a distributed, P2P hypermedia protocol, with no central point of failure. With the potential to replace HTTP, IPFS reenvisions the original conception of an open and flat web, removing data duplication and employing cryptography for fingerprinting data without revealing sensitive details within the data.More of an indirect consequence of the proliferation of cryptocurrencies, ZKPs have emerged as a dynamic new technology with wide-ranging potential. The concept, used in public cryptocurrency networks such as ZCash and Monero, is designed to verify the authenticity and integrity of a data transfer (i.e., a financial transaction) across a public medium without revealing any information about the transfer itself. Think verification of identity without needing to disclose the identity or completely private financial transactions without revealing the origin, recipient or amount transferred.While both ZKPs and IPFS represent major steps forward in enhancing data privacy, they are complicated and require significant technical knowledge to implement. Platforms such as Promether are working to change this by providing the modular framework that integrates an “Adaptive Symbiotic Network” for anyone to create secure, decentralized and anonymous networks. An open-source technology, Promether abstracts the details of a secure and anonymous network from mainstream users, making accessing tools that safeguard privacy much more available to non-technical users.Related: Blockchain Could Make Our Food Supply Much SaferThis protection of data can be used in specific industries as well. For example, take the sensitive issue of storing health data. MedRec provides a way of storing health records using fully decentralized access rights via an Ethereum blockchain. According to the developers at MIT (where the project originated), MedRec uses the World Wide Web as a model and provides patients all over the world control over record distribution.As 2019 begins, looking back at the innumerable violations of privacy over the last several years should encourage people to once again emphasize a principle that most would admit they strongly believe in but is often ignored out of the lure and familiarity of centralized platforms.Blockchain has not redefined data privacy, but it has refueled a growing generation of ideas that have the potential to shift the control from centralization to decentralization, once again allowing individuals the ability to take back privacy of their data. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 25, 2019 Register Now »last_img read more


Two killed and four injured on A523 Rushton Spencer and Rudyard figures

first_imgA number of accidents took place on the A523 between Leek and the Cheshire border (Image: Google) The vehicles, their drivers and their destinations: More than half the 10 vehicles involved in the accidents were cars, with a total of six. A van, a lorry between 3.5 and 7 tons, a motorcycle over 500cc and a vehicle classed as ‘other’ were also involved in the collisions. Four of the vehicles were being driven for work, one was commuting and the reasons for the rest are not recorded.. Nine of the ten drivers were male. Four of the drivers were in their 50s, with the youngest recorded driver being 29 and the oldest 69. The age of one motorist is not recorded. Read MoreStaffordshire Police officer guilty of misconduct after showing footage of fatal crash to colleagues The casualties: Five of the six people injured were motorists while the sixth, a 47-year-old man injured in an accident on Dunwood Lane in Rudyard, is listed as a pedestrian. One was female and five male with two in their 40s, two in their 30s and one each in their 20s and 40s. Aside from the two male fatailities, they were all listed as receiving minor injuries. Dates/Times: Two of the accidents took place on Saturdays and two on Mondays – with one each on a Sunday and a Wednesday, according to the figures. A third of the accidents took place between 7am and 7.59am in the morning – with two other accidents in the afternoon/early evening. A fatal accident on Beat Lane in Rushton Spencer in September is recorded as taking place at 2.38am. The accidents were spread out between April and October, with no more than one per calendar month. Read MoreMoorlands Accidents: In your area A523, Bradnop, Onecote and Wetton Cheddleton and Wetley Rocks A53 from Leek to Buxton Cheadle Werrington and Cellarhead Alton, Oakamoor, Ipstones, Kingsley Leek Want the latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands?For the very latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands, visit our dedicated homepage at Leek-news.co.uk, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LeekNews. If you’re interested in news from a particular town, we have dedicated channels for Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph – as well as a number of smaller villages including Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks, Endon, Rudyard, Brown Edge, Bagnall, Cellarhead, Werrington, Knypersley, Alton, Tean, Stockton Brook, Blythe Bridge and Caverswall. For the latest news from Alton Towers, you can visit the theme park’s dedicated channel – as well as our Staffordshire Moorlands District Council page for the latest local authority news and planning applications. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people were killed in road accidents on the A523 and surrounding roads leading from Leek towards Macclesfield over the course of a year – new figures reveal. Another four were injured in collisions on surrounding Staffordshire Moorlands roads, including in Rudyard, Rushton Spencer and Leekfrith, an investigation by StokeonTrentLive has found. In total six accidents were recorded across the area in 2017, according to analysis of new figures released in October by the Department for Transport. The data does not include ‘damage-only’ accidents or other collisions not reported to police. We’ve broken our findings down into a number of sections below discussing the accidents, the roads, those involved and their vehicles and the timing of the accidents. Read MoreWatch out for these roadworks across the Staffordshire Moorlands this week The roads: Of the six accidents only one took place on the A523 in the Staffordshire Moorlands itself – with the others taking place on other routes (although it is worth noting that at least on fatal accident took place just across the border near Bosley in Cheshire during this period). That accident was near Rudyard – which also saw an accident on Dunwood Lane. Two accidents, one of them fatal, were recorded on Beat Lane in Rushton Spencer – while a third took place on Dingle Lane, just off Beat Lane. Another collision was reported on Gunhill Road in Leekfrith in August. The accidents: Four of the accidents involved two vehicles while the other two involved just one, according to the statistics. No one more than person was injured in each collision. Aside from the two fatal accidents, all other casualties were categorised as receiving minor injuries. Read MoreTwo assessed by paramedics after accident on A523 Staffordshire Moorlands Endon, Longsdon, Brown Edge, Bagnall Biddulph and Knypersley A50, Blythe Bridge, Checkley, Draycott Rushton Spencer, Rudyard and A523last_img read more


Starwood Hotels finish strong in 2014

first_imgStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has announced it opened 74 new hotels in 2014, representing approximately 15,000 rooms in 26 countries.In 2014 the company also signed 175 new hotel management and franchise agreements in 2014, a 15 per cent increase over the prior year, marking the fifth consecutive year of increased signings and the most new deals in one year since 2007.Starwood anticipates another year of solid growth in both mature and emerging markets in 2015, fueled by hotel openings and high-quality deal signings.Starwood Hotels president and chief executive officer Frits van Paasschen, said that with more than 1,200 hotels in 100 countries, Starwood is on the frontlines of global change.“Our nine lifestyle brands continue to attract owners as does our loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), which brings high-value guests to our hotels from around the world, driving more than half of our occupancy on any given night,” Mr van Paasschen said.Building on its strong signing year, Starwood continues to grow in all corners of the world across all of the segments where it operates with plans to reach the following milestones in 2015.Starwood Hotels president of global development Simon Turner, said that the balanced growth approach continued in 2014 with consistent, organic signings across all nine of our brands.“Looking ahead, emerging markets remain a focus for us, but recovering economic conditions and increased availability of financing have also led to strong growth in North America and Europe,” Mr Turner said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more


Tomorrow Friday 8 March 2019 is International Wo

first_imgTomorrow (Friday 8 March 2019) is International Women’s Day and a couple of tour operators are celebrating with special offers – for women only.Crooked Compass Agent and Companion RatesCrooked Compass has released an agent and companion rate for its women’s only ‘Remarkable Rwanda’ small group tour on the 2019 departure in October.Founder, Lisa Pagotto said “This is one of our most inspiring and memorable tours – not just for its incredibly unique wildlife experiences but because of Rwanda’s story from ruin to being one of the world’s safest countries and most progressive leaders in East Africa.At the forefront of this incredible re-emergence are the women of Rwanda. Rich in colour, history, resilience, skill and community building, they are a true success story of rebuilding Remarkable Rwanda and have the largest representation in parliament in the world at 65%.”The tour offers the chance to see rare and magnificent Mountain Gorillas, including a behind the scenes interaction with Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Doctors. Encounter other primates, safari animals and stunning vistas, and experience the daily lives of Rwandans though immersive and authentic experiences.Agent price: AUD$7076 per person twin share plus gorilla permit of USD$1500. Companion price: AUD$7500 plus gorilla permit per person twin shareContact info@crooked-compass.com to book.Intrepid Travel Women-Only ToursIntrepid has introduced four new Women’s Expeditions to mark International Women’s Day, giving female travellers an opportunity to learn about the everyday lives and challenges facing women around the world.The women-only tours led by female guides provide a unique insight into the lives of women in Kenya, India, Nepal and Turkey.Travellers will meet people from all walks of life and hear their inspiring stories, from Becky, the first female overland truck driver in East Africa, to Syrian refugees forging a new life in Istanbul.These trips include experiences that would otherwise be off-limits on regular departures, such as swimming on a female-only beach in Antalya or celebrating the female-only Gangur Festival in Rajasthan.The new tours build on the success of the original Women’s Expeditions in the Middle East, launched on International Women’s Day 2018. The range has proven one of the most popular in Intrepid’s 30-year history, growing from just four departures to 36 in the space of a few months.IMAGE: Nairobi, Kenya/Intrepid Travellast_img read more


Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It’s quite an accomplishment for any team, let alone one missing as much as the Cardinals are. Below is a list of players who have missed a significant amount of time this season, and what the team lost when they went down.DT Darnell Dockett – Torn ACLDockett was the first big blow in a long season of lost players, tearing his ACL in training camp and losing 2014 before it got started. The defensive tackle is a three-time Pro-Bowler who served as a veteran run-stopper for and was the Cardinal consistently expected to make life difficult for interior offensive linemen.QB Carson Palmer – Torn ACLPalmer missed a few games early in the season with a nerve injury in his shoulder, but his season-ending torn ACL took place in Week 10 against the St. Louis Rams. This was obviously a huge one for the Cardinals, with Palmer posting his best quarterback rating since 2005 and posting an 11:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.P Dave Zastudil – GroinThe 12-year-veteran only played one game in 2014 (Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers) before before injuring his groin which landed him on season-ending injured reserve. Although the Cardinals had Drew Butler waiting on the practice squad, Zastudil’s replacement has posted a 42.2 yards-per-punt average in 2014, three yards less than what the veteran did for Arizona last season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LB Daryl Washington – SuspensionThe linebacker did not fall victim to the team’s injury bug, but rather to his second drug-related offense in two season, with the league suspending Washington for the entire season at the end of May. The 28-year-old was a Second-Team All-Pro in 2012, when he registered 134 total tackles and nine quarterback sacks.TE Troy Niklas – AnkleThe Cardinals’ second-round pick in the 2014 draft, Niklas’ season didn’t really get off the ground before his second high-ankle sprain of the season in Week 11 led to surgery and a trip to the IR . Niklas was still fighting for snaps behind tight ends John Carlson and Rob Housler when he was injured, only catching three balls for 38 yards during his rookie year.DB Tyrann Mathieu – Knee/Thumb (3 games)Mathieu started the season injured, still recovering from a torn ACL in 2013, and then took another injury hit in Week 13 when he fractured and dislocated his thumb. Mathieu serves as a crucial piece in the Cardinals vaunted secondary, a player that allows defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to vary his blitzes, knowing it will be difficult for a receiver to get behind the defensive back for long pass plays. LB John Abraham – ConcussionThe 36-year-old’s concussion in Week 1 cost him nearly the entire season with a quick trip to injured reserve. Abraham served as the elder statesman in an already-veteran linebacking unit, providing a consistent pass rush for the Cardinals and blessed with an innate ability to pry the ball away from ball carriers.RB Andre Ellington – Hip/Foot/Sports HerniaEllington was battling a foot injury all season, but it was ultimately a hernia that gave the second-year player an early end to his season. Although Ellington’s yards-per-carry were down from last season, he proved to be a constant problem for opponents when catching the ball out of the backfield and helped stretch the defense to open the field for other offensive players.DE Calais Campbell – Knee (2 games)Campbell was at the receiving end of an illegal chop block from Julius Thomas in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos, suffering an MCL sprain that sidelined him for a couple weeks. Campbell has consistently been one of the best players on one of the best defenses all season long, often making timely and game-changing plays to shift momentum back in Arizona’s favor. In his absence, the Cardinals scored one offensive touchdown in back-to-back losses to Seattle and Atlanta.QB Drew Stanton – Knee (2 games — and counting)Stanton subbed in for Palmer a couple times before getting the starting spot for the rest of the season after Palmer’s torn ACL. At least until he went down with a knee sprain after being sacked against the St. Louis Rams in Week 15. Stanton had played admirably this season when thrown into the spotlight, earning a 5-3 record as the starter.Ed Stinson – Toe (7 games — and counting)The rookie out of Alabama didn’t post eye-popping numbers, but he was often praised by head coach Bruce Arians for his performance on the field. He finished the season with nine total tackles. RG Paul Fanaika – Ankle (2 games)Suffering a high-ankle sprain against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13, Fanaika’s solid season was halted for at least a couple of weeks.RB Jonathan Dwyer – Non-Football Illness List (14 games)Providing greater size and strength for the running game when Ellington wasn’t on the field, Dwyer’s season ended quickly when he was charged for felony aggravated assault before Week 3 for an altercation he had with his wife.OLB Matt Shaughnessy – Knee (8 games)Yet another absence to hamper an already depleted group of linebackers, Shaughnessy was placed on IR/designated to return after injuring the meniscus in his knee against the Denver Broncos in Week 5. The linebacker’s value largely comes in his ability to stuff the run, proving even more necessary with the injuries to other run stoppers.He returned to the lineup for Arizona’s Week 14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.WR Larry Fitzgerald – Knee (2 games)The longtime Cardinals superstar went down with a knee sprain in Arizona’s win over the Detroit Lions in Week 11. Although Fitzgerald’s numbers are down from his usually-incredible standards, the receiver keeps opponents honest as physical monster in the middle of the field that can make any quarterback look better.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Next man up.”We’ve heard the phrase countless times this season in relation to the Arizona Cardinals. In fact, we’ve heard it far more times than anyone would have liked.What it means, of course, is that no matter who the Cardinals do not have — for whatever reason — it’s expected that the person replacing them will do so without the team missing a beat.Next man up.It’s a catchphrase, sure, but even more than that, it has become a mantra. The Cardinals have clinched a spot in the postseason and, at 11-3, are a win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night from clinching the top seed in the NFC and thus have homefield advantage throughout the entire postseason. Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more