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IPL 2016: De Kock optimistic about Delhi Daredevils’ chances despite consecutive defeats

first_imgDelhi Daredevils opener Quinton de Kock remained optimistic and said there was nothing to worry about the team’s back-to-back defeats in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. After their seven-wicket loss to Rising Pune Supergiants, the Zaheer Khan led side lost by nine runs to bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab here on Saturday.The batting mainstay also said his team would soon get back to winning ways.  “No, there’s no worry. I don’t think we’re the only team with which (such a thing) has happened in the campaign this year. We’ve got enough games still to play, so just need to make sure we get back into our winning ways. Winning is a habit, I guess,” he said in the post-match press conference.De Kock defends resting key players vs PuneDe Kock, who hit a half-century against KXIP on Saturday, defended the decision to give rest to DD’s key performers in their game against Pune, saying with tournament half-way over, the team wanted to make sure that there are no injury worries at the wrong time. (Also read: Kings XI Punjab eye playoff berth after stunning Delhi Daredevils) Delhi were on a roll having won five out of their seven games until they lost against Pune. They lost against Punjab yesterday even though top players including skipper Zaheer Khan were back in the side.”Well there were a couple of guys that needed it (rest), they were a bit sore. A bit of the older guys were a bit sore.””We’ve played a lot of cricket lately, so they just needed some time. We are only halfway through our campaign at this moment, so just making sure we don’t have any injuries at the wrong times,” he said.advertisementBit sloppy in the field Losing by nine runs while chasing 182 for victory, de Kock blamed some fielding lapses.”I think we were a bit sloppy in the field, but our bowling was perfect,” he said.Mohit, Sandeep bowled wellThe 23-year-old South African import further said it was a good wicket in Mohali. The wicketkeeper-batsman credited KXIP medium pacers Mohit Sharma and Sandeep Sharma, saying a tight bowling spell by the duo, especially towards the end, choked them for runs.”I think that (death overs) was kind of where we lost it a little bit. With the new ball, it was quite nice to play and then towards the end of the game, it got a lot harder.”They bowled pretty well also. We tried our hand, but Mohit and Sandeep bowled well and to their fields. They also hit their yorkers. But saying that, we were also in a good position at that stage. It happens I guess.”last_img read more

Jhajharia, Sardar recommended for Khel Ratna

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) Two-time Paralympic gold-medallist Devendra Jhajharia today became the first paralympian to be recommended for the countrys highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award — along with former hockey captain Sardar Singh. The 36-year-old Jhajharia, who is the first Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals, was the first choice of the awards selection committee headed by Justice (Retd) C K Thakkar. Jhajharia had won his medals in the javelin throw event. The committee has picked 31-year-old midfielder Sardar as its second nominee for the top honour and has suggested that both Jhajharia and Sardar be considered for the award jointly. The final call on this would be taken by the Sports Ministry. Besides, the awards selection committee has recommended 17 names for the Arjuna award. The list includes cricketer mens team Test regular Cheteshwar Pujara, womens team World Cup star Harmanpreet Kaur, Paralympic medallists Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati, golfer SSP Chawrasia and hockey player S V Sunil. PTI AT PM PMlast_img read more

Pakistan can end World Cup losing streak against India: Inzamam-ul-Haq

first_imgPakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is confident that the national team will break its six-match losing streak in the World Cup against India when it takes on the arch-rivals at the mega-event on June 16.Pakistan have never won against India in a World Cup match but the former Test captain feels that they can post a breakthrough victory against the neighbours this time around when the two teams meet at Manchester next month.”People take a Indo-Pak match very seriously and some even go on to say that ‘we will be happy even if only we can win against India during the World Cup’,” said Inzamam.”I’m hopeful that we will end our losing streak against India in World Cup matches,” he told a Pakistan Cricket website.The veteran of 120 Tests, however, said that the World Cup is not just about the match against India, and Pakistan have the potential to beat other sides as well”.Pakistan go into the World Cup having suffered 10 successive ODI defeats and were also beaten by Afghanistan in the warm-up match of the World Cup.Inzamam, who is under-fire in recent times for making late changes in the World Cup squad, spoke about the difficulties of selecting national team and the pressure that comes with it.”People think it is easy to jot down 14-15 players in order to form a squad but it’s nothing like that because there is a lot of pressure. For example it was very difficult for us to select fast-bowlers for the World Cup because there were a lot of good names around including the likes of (Mohammad) Amir, Junaid (Khan) and (Usman Khan) Shinwari,” said the 49-year-old.advertisementDefending the selections of pacers Mohammad Hasnain and Wahab Riaz, Inzamam said: “Like I said before pace of Hasnain, who can touch 150 kph, would add a new dimension to our bowling attack because the rest of the bowlers penetrate only around the 130-140 kph mark.”On threat posed by minnows like Afghanistan during the upcoming tournament, Inzamam said no team should be taken lightly in the World Cup.”I think we should not take any team lightly during the World Cup. Teams like Afghanistan can upset some of the bigger teams. Even if you play, for instance, against Afghanistan or England, you get the same value with two points.”He said it was important to get off to a good start in the World Cup.”Getting off to a good start is important and I think our team has the ability to do that.”Inzamam included Pakistan along side England, India and New Zealand in his list of four semifinalists.”I think England, as they are the number one side in the world, India, because of the balance of their side, New Zealand, as they have played good cricket in the build up to the event, and of course Pakistan will be my final four,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan players can stay with wives but only after India matchAlso Watch:last_img read more

This win keeps World Cup campaign in our own hands: Jonny Bairstow after England win

first_imgEngland opener Jonny Bairstow has been in the news in recent times for all the wrong reasons. With pundits criticizing the English outfit, Bairstow had made headlines when he criticized them and said that they have been looking for an opportunity to pull the players down.While skipper Eoin Morgan said after Sunday’s loss that Bairstow does tend to get fired up (after confrontations), Bairstow said he wasn’t literally looking for such war of words.”I’m not saying I want everyone to come out abusing me, not by any means. I think there are different ways to look at it. Along the way, people have questioned techniques, conditions and other things. It is important to react to different scenarios and circumstances and work out how you can play your best.”You go out every time with the intention of scoring a hundred. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes you nick one behind and sometimes the edge goes for four and you’re up and running.”Bairstow though did agree that the team hasn’t done enough to justify the favorites tag that was given to the outfit at the start of the tournament.”It was obvious that over the past couple of weeks we have not played our best cricket,” he said. “This was a game that keeps the World Cup campaign in our own hands rather than needing other people to win.”I think the application everyone showed with the bat, and the way we started with the ball against India’s dangerous opening batters was outstanding.”advertisementWhile England reaped the benefits of starting cautiously, Bairstow made no bones about the fact that the Indian pacers started really well.”It was a difficult start with the way their seamers bowled. The way we played spin, which has been one of India’s strengths in the middle overs, wasn’t calculated but just came about and we built confidence there from the way Jason started.”Jason (Roy) has been frustrated with the setback to his hamstring. He was very relaxed, in good touch and it was great to be back out there with him.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | India vs England, World Cup 2019: Fans troll MS Dhoni after strange knock in BirminghamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Any team would want to have Jasprit Bumrah in their side, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to EnglandAlso Seelast_img read more

Jason Roy set to make Test debut after World Cup 2019 heroics

first_imgJason Roy set to make Test debut after World Cup 2019 heroicsEngland will hand debuts to Surrey batsman Jason Roy and all-rounder Olly Stone during the one-off Test vs Ireland in London.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 18:13 IST Jason Roy’s long wait for a Test debut is set to end on July 24 (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSEngland have announced their playing 11 vs IrelandJason Roy and Olly Stone will make their Test debutsJoe Denly and Rory Burns are expected to open the innings for EnglandFirebrand opener Jason Roy is all set to make his Test debut as England announced their playing XI for the one-off Test against neighbours Ireland starting on July 23. Fast bowler Olly Stone will be 2nd Englishman to make his debut in the absence of veteran James Anderson being ruled out of the Test due to a right calf injury.Stone had to leave midway on England’s tour of the Caribbean earlier this year having suffered a back injury, right before he was supposed to make his long-version debut.An injury to England’s pace spearhead would be a major concern for England leading into the Ashes.James Anderson will be assessed ahead of the first Test of Ashes series against Australia in Birmingham and will not be risked against Ireland.England team are already without the services of fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer as both players had suffered side strains.Wood has been ruled out for four to six weeks while Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for Ashes selection.Stuart Broad is expected to lead England’s pace attack in the one-off Test match against Ireland. Ireland had made their Test debut against Pakistan at home in May and the Test against England will be a four-day affair from July 24-27.England Playing XI vs Ireland: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris WoakesAlso Read | In a 1st in Test cricket, Ashes jerseys to have players’ names and numbersAlso Read | James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test as Ashes loomsadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow England vs IrelandFollow Rory BurnsFollow Olly StoneFollow Jason Roylast_img read more

We Have Barbour and Orvis to Thank for This Epic Land Rover Restoration

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 1 of 20 East Coast Defender Automotive/Deremer Studios LLC The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected Next The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Previous File this one as a great idea brought to life.Outdoor outfitter Orvis and British heritage brand Barbour have commissioned a special 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 fully clad in Barbour fabric as a promotional vehicle for their new Land Rover Defender Collection.“Barbour has always been associated with the ‘British Country Lifestyle’ and this vehicle invokes memories of country life and being in the outdoors,” says the brand’s US General Manager Tom Hooven.This Rover was definitely built for adventuring around the countryside: Completed through East Coast Defender, the vehicle is powered by a rebuilt Rover V-8 connected to a 5-speed manual transmission. It’s wrapped in a glorious Coniston Green paint with matching 16-inch, Wolf Steel wheels sitting on BF Goodrich all-terrain tires.East Coast Defender Automotive/Deremer Studios LLCThe SUV, codenamed “Project Barbour,” has been on a tour of East Coast Orvis stores and has two more stops before heading to additional stores in the Midwest.Fans of the Defender will get a chance to see an interior fully designed by Barbour. The front seats and rear benches are made from saddle leather with the brand’s tartan inserts as a nice complement. The doors also feature tartan with Barbour zip closures. The Rover is a fantastic tribute to the off-roading vehicles of yesteryear with the addition of modern automotive conveniences.And if you’re curious where Project Barbour will go after its touring wraps up, it could go straight into your garage. The SUV is part of Orvis and Barbour’s co-branded “Great Defender Adventure Sweepstakes.” One lucky enthusiast will take home this rugged SUV and all it requires is an entry on Orvis’ website.The Defender is essentially new, with its only test at a launch event in New York before touring began.Remaining East Coast Dates:Nov. 3 at Greenville, South Carolina– Orvis Retail StoreNov. 4 at Atlanta, Georgia– Orvis Retail StoreMidwest Dates TBA Spring 2018Images courtesy of East Coast Defender Automotive and Deremer Studios LLC. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities last_img read more

Unnao SC refuses to seek status report on 20 cases against rape

first_imgNew Delhi:The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to direct the Uttar Pradesh government to file a report regarding the status of 20 cases registered against the Unnao rape survivor and her family members. A bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and B R Gavai said that they don’t want to widen the scope and interfere in other cases lodged against them in the state. The apex court was told by an advocate appearing in the case that proceedings in the four cases, which were transferred to Delhi, are going on in a day-to-day basis before a special court here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench said it would hear the Unnao case again on August 19. The apex court had transferred four criminal cases from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi — the 2017 rape case; a fake matter under the Arms Act against the father of the rape survivor; his death in police custody, and the gang rape of the woman — and directed to hold trial on a daily basis completing it within 45-days. The daily trial of the case is ongoing in the court of District Judge Dharmesh Sharma at the Tis Hazari district court here. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The woman, allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor, is battling for life after a truck rammed into the car she was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the accident. Along with charges of rape, the district court has also framed Sengar and others for allegedly framing the survivor’s father in an Arms Act case, assaulting him and murdering him in judicial custody. The rape survivor is being treated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences after the top court’s order to airlift her to Delhi for better medical care. The court had also shifted Mahesh Singh, uncle of the rape survivor to the Tihar jail in Delhi from a jail in Uttar Pradesh to ensure his safety. Singh has been convicted in a 19-year-old case and sentenced to 10-year jail term on a case filed by Sengar’s brother, Atul Singh. Sengar, a four-time legislator who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, is the main accused in the rape case and is lodged in jail since April, 2018.last_img read more

Karunanidhi says India trying to shield Colombo

Keeping up the pressure on the Centre to support the US resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC, UPA ally DMK on Wednesday wondered why India was still treating Colombo as a friendly nation when it had dumped various treaties and ‘insulted’ leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi, the Press Trust of India reported.“It is not clear and has been an unending agony for us to see why India is trying to shield the Sinhala Government which had insulted Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi. However, we are still confident India will support at least the U.S. resolution at the eleventh hour,” DMK chief M. Karunanidhi said. While his party backed TESO believed the U.S. resolution was not final as regards the Tamils issue, it still supported it since a superpower like America had moved it at a forum of world countries where around 30 members have pledged their support to it. “TESO (Tamil Eealam Supporters Organisation) has been pressing for India to support the US resolution with adequate amendments,” he added. Referring to Sri Lanka’s reported rejection of India’s advice that it negotiate with the U.S. to arrive at an acceptable solution on the UNHRC resolution, he said “we fail to understand on what basis those at the Centre believed Sri Lanka will accept it. How did those at the Centre forget the lessons being taught by Sri Lanka over a long time?” The DMK chief, who has of late been focusing on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, said in a letter to party men that Colombo ‘ignored’ various pacts including the Rajiv-Jayawardene accord and those agreed to by Sinhala and Tamil leaders earlier. read more

Ruwan says country must uphold the peace

He said since the Government has allocated significant amount of funds for the Education and Defence sectors, the authorities will take measures to develop schools in the country. (Colombo Gazette) State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene says the country must uphold the peace and live in coexistence with all communities.He says Sri Lanka was not able to enjoy full freedom or to engage in religious celebrations or carryout faith based activities. However he says today the situation has changed and the entire society is reaping the benefits of an undivided way-of-life. The event had been organized by the Old Boys Association (OBA) of St.Sebastian’s Central College, Katuneriya.Wijewardene went on to say that the Government has made notable efforts to revive the education sector in parallel with the allocation of considerable amount of funds. “We as a Government have created such a peaceful unified background for people,” the Ministry of Defence quoted him as saying at an event in Katuneriaya. read more

3MT contest returns with impressive new research ideas

The finals of the Three Minute Thesis contest will take place Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the fourth floor mezzanine of the Plaza Building at Brock University. Five finalists are competing to claim the title of Brock 3MT champion, who will then go on to the provincial 3MT finals later this month. The 3MT contest encourages students to talk about their research and explain why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. The challenge is that this must be accomplished in three minutes or less, while using only one PowerPoint slide. The five Brock finalists this year are:– Hasam Madarati, Mississauga (Master’s student, Biotechnology) Hasam’s research focuses on studying wet, water-filled cells in the body responsible for transferring protein from one cell to another. He hopes to use this to better understand the intake of fatty foods and keep people healthy.– Matthew Nikitczuk, St. Catharines (Master’s student, Earth Sciences) Matthew’s research focuses on a particular type of micro-fossil that eats volcanic glass. The implications of the study allow for new insight into early life on earth, as well as beyond it.– Emma Stares, Wellington, New Zealand (PhD student, Chemistry) Emma will present on improved MRI scans and her proposal to develop a new family of contrast agents that are safer for patients and will produce more early and accurate disease diagnosis.– Mikel Ghelfi, Trimbach, Switzerland (PhD student, Chemistry) Mikel is focusing on Vitamin E. Specifically, he will highlight a Vitamin E analogue he created that offers new insight into the movement and interaction the protein has with the cell membrane. The analogue is already gaining interest from brain disease researchers.– Natalie Trojanowski, Niagara Falls (Master’s student, Health Sciences) Natalie’s presentation focuses on the inefficiency of a specific protein within those suffering from muscular dystrophy. She will highlight how diet could be used to improve the efficiency of the protein and as a result conserve muscle strength in muscular dystrophy patients.This year’s contest will be judged by: Kevin Cavanagh, Brock’s Director of Communications and Marketing; Kim Meade, Brock’s Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Student Services; and Mark Lalama, a world-class musician, solo artist and producer who spent six years on Canadian Idol.The 3MT contest winner will be announced at 5:30 p.m. at Isaac’s. The winner will receive $500 and the runner-up $250. Brock’s top place finisher will advance to the Ontario finals, being held Thursday, April 23, at Western University in London. From there, the top finishers will advance to a national competition read more

Fox thrives despite scandals involving OReilly and Ailes

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The founder of Fox News Channel was forced out in a sexual harassment scandal last summer. The network’s No. 1 star, Bill O’Reilly, has been accused of crude and vindictive behaviour toward women. Lawsuits depict a toxic environment at the company’s New York headquarters.And yet, by the most important yardstick for television executives, Fox is thriving as never before.The network just finished the first three months of the year with the biggest quarterly audience a cable news network has ever had. It’s watched more than any other cable network, including the entertainment ones, and O’Reilly leads the way. Fox is the home for fans of President Donald Trump and Trump himself, who frequently tweets about its shows and reporting.To some, that’s a disconnect that, so far, recalls Trump’s election as president weeks after an “Access Hollywood” tape revealed his vulgar remarks about women.There’s been a drumbeat of embarrassing Fox News stories in just the past few days. A growing advertiser boycott is threatening O’Reilly as never before. The New York Times revealed over the weekend that O’Reilly and Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, paid settlements totalling $13 million to five women to keep quiet about supposed mistreatment by O’Reilly. A Fox contributor, Julie Roginsky, said in a lawsuit that her career stalled after she rebuffed former chief executive Roger Ailes’ advances. A third black woman came forward to claim racial abuse by a since-fired executive.But many of the stories are background noise to Fox viewers suspicious of bias by the “mainstream media,” said Brent Bozell, president of the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center. Many question the truth of the stories or see them as payback for Fox’s success, he said.Offscreen personnel issues won’t matter to Fox fans who think there are no television alternatives for people who believe as they do, said William Jacobson, a conservative blogger and law professor at Cornell University.“They’re not going to stop watching Hannity because of Roger Ailes,” Bozell said. “I don’t think they connect the two of them at all.”CNN and MSNBC are also benefiting from the interest in politics, and so Fox hasn’t been alone in its success.But last summer’s forced departure of Ailes, who has vigorously denied the charges against him, was a step into the unknown for Fox. Since he was the autocratic leader who invented its shows and set the tone, many wondered if Fox would change direction or lose focus without him and with Rupert Murdoch handing the reins over to his less conservative sons.Instead, Murdoch put Ailes’ old deputies in charge “and they haven’t missed a beat,” said Jonathan Klein, former CNN president.“Fox News is exquisitely adept at targeting and over-delivering to the portion of the audience that believes in Donald Trump, that loves Donald Trump, that doubts the doubters of Donald Trump,” Klein said.Fox has skillfully played to the anger much of its audience has toward Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, even though Trump and the Republicans now control the government, he said. That focus was on display Tuesday, as Fox did frequent stories about whether a top Obama adviser had spied on Trump associates for political purposes, along with stories pointing out that other news organizations had done relatively little on the story.During his time at Fox, O’Reilly has swatted away controversies that would take out many others in the business. One of the settlements involved former Fox producer Andrea Mackis, whose 2004 allegations that O’Reilly had called her to describe his sexual fantasies was widely reported at the time. He fought back in 2015 against stories that questioned the accuracy of his reporting before he joined Fox News.Fox moved swiftly against others faced with accusations of wrongdoing, including Ailes. A Fox executive recently was fired for trying to force a woman to perform oral sex. In February, Fox’s former controller was fired when blacks accused her of racial hostility. The network hasn’t addressed whether O’Reilly has faced any discipline; the prime-time host has said he is a target for lawsuits because of his prominence.His program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” generated $178 million in advertising revenue for Fox News in 2015, Kantar Media reported. No other cable news show does as well.“They’ve got somebody who has a license to print money and they’re going to do everything they can to keep him on the air,” said Richard Levick, a Washington-based crisis communications expert. The Wall Street Journal, Fox’s corporate sister, reported this weekend that O’Reilly’s contract had been renewed.Yet O’Reilly is facing real heat this time. He has hired his own crisis communications expert. National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill on Tuesday called for O’Reilly to be fired and an independent investigation launched into sexual harassment at Fox. At least five advertisers, skittish about the harassment reports, have said they don’t want their products sold on his show, at least for the time being.That represents O’Reilly’s greatest vulnerability, Klein said. Another popular former Fox host, Glenn Beck, eventually lost his job because many advertisers didn’t want to have anything to do with his show despite its large audience.“At some point, even the most popular TV personalities are expendable,” said Cornell’s Jacobson.___Follow David Bauder at His work can be found at Fox thrives despite scandals involving O’Reilly and Ailes by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2017 5:06 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 5 August 2011

DOWNLOAD On this page you will find the current news from Westminster. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Westminster can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Finalists revealed for 2013 AutocarCourland Next Generation Award

Autocar and Courland have announced the six finalists of the 2013 Next Generation Award, who will attend a panel judging day today at Haymarket Consumer Media’s Teddington Studios.The finalists will face a panel of judges representing the award partners, Autocar, Courland International, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota GB, as well as SMMT’s Chief Executive, Mike Hawes. Their entries will be judged on three main criteria: innovation, communication and strategy.This year’s finalists are:Joshua Mitchell, Southampton UniversityChild and Pet Protection SystemJake Larsson, Cranfield UniversitySensory Integration SystemAlexander Siamatas, Coventry UniversityCollapsible Compact SeatAshley Finn, Cranfield UniversityAdaptive Engine Temperature ControlAaron Lo, Hertfordshire UniversityShock Energy Regeneration SystemSerge Kaldany, City of London UniversitySecond Active AeroTunnel The three top-scoring finalists will be invited to the SMMT Annual Dinner on 26 November, where the winner will be announced. The top prize is work experience at the five partner manufacturers and be awarded £7,500.The award also provides an excellent springboard into a career within the industry; last year’s winner, Roberto Antonio Pace, now works at McLaren Automotive, while the two runners-up have secured jobs at Aston Martin and JCBAutocar publisher Alastair Lewis said, “The 2013 contest has seen an unprecedented number of high quality entries from university students countrywide.  The first and second round judges faced an extremely difficult task in carrying out their evaluations.  We would like to thank all students and university lecturers and faculty heads for embracing the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award and we look forward to working with them in 2014 as the contest grows and establishes itself on the academic calendar”.Launched in 2009, the Next Generation Award offers students the opportunity to kick-start their career within the automotive industry. This year’s entrants were asked to answer a 500 word brief set by Autocar Editor-in-chief, Steve Cropley. This asked them to describe an invention, innovation, legislative change, change to corporate policy or adoption of new convention, which would be a worthwhile benefit to the UK industry.Click through for more information on the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The Irish economy has turned the corner ESRI

first_imgTHE IRISH ECONOMY has turned the corner and domestic demand has increased for the first time since the economic crisis.That is the conclusion made today by the Economic and Social Research Institute in its latest quarterly outlook.The ESRI has predicted that GNP will grow by 2.7 per cent  next year on top of growth of 2 per cent this year.This is being driven they say by growth of 0.9 per cent in domestic demand this year, the first increase since the crisis began.GNP is the value of economic output minus the value of goods and services produced by multinationals.The think-tank say that the labour market is the most most useful indicator as to what is happening in the Irish economy today, in large part because of the ending of pharmaceutical patents of companies based here.As a result of what they describe as “substantial” employment growth over the past year, the ESRI are revising upwards their estimate of employment growth for 2013, predicting overall growth of 2.4 per cent.They predict that unemployment will fall to 12 per cent next year.It is also “likely”, the ESRI conclude, that Government borrowing for this year will be less than what had been targeted.Next year they predict that the the higher growth forecast for GNP will lead to the general government deficit falling further to around 4.4 per cent of GDP.This is less than the Government’s target of 4.7 per cent of GDP with Finance Minister Michael Noonan also saying yesterday that the deficit is likely to be less than the Government’s prediction, leading to a possible easing of spending cuts next year.Read: We don’t intend to lose the discipline that’s been put in the system by the Troika – Taoiseach >Column: We recover part of our sovereignty, but banks still losing their senses – Damien Kiberd >last_img read more

GEAR4 UnityRemote Lets You Control Any TV with an iPhone

first_imgIf you’re not interested in dropping a ton of cash on a universal remote that can control all of the gadgets in your home entertainment system, and you’re not particularly interested in buying an Apple TV to connect to your TV, the new GEAR4 UnityRemote is a tiny cylinder with an IR transmitter in it that can be configured to pair with your television, game consoles, DVD or Blu-Ray player, and other devices. Once you have the UnityRemote paired with your gadgets, download the GEAR4 UnityRemote app for your iPhone or iPod Touch, and you instantly have a universal remote in the form of your iOS device. The UnityRemote is a unique take on turning a mobile phone into a universal remote. Instead of buying a bunch of gadgets to connect to your home entertainment system, you have one small wireless device that can sit anywhere in the room, even on the coffee table. Once it’s set up, your phone is your remote control. The UnityRemote is available now for $99 retail price.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Leading Greek politicians retain wealth during crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ample incomes, mostly declining deposits and some spectacular declarations is probably the best way to sum up the plethora of financial information published on Parliament’s website on Monday as part of the annual process of making politicians’ origin of wealth, or “pothen esches” in Greek, forms public.The documents, which reveal the state of politicians’ personal finances in 2011, show all of Greece’s main political leaders reducing their savings, despite receiving substantial salaries.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who declared an income of 128,184 euros, and his wife reduced their savings by 24,000 pounds sterling and 12,800 dollars but also transferred the deposits they had abroad, totaling 266,304 euros, to National Bank in Greece.Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos declared 94,310 euros in wages in 2011, while he and his wife, who own 27 properties, saw their deposits fall from 2.3 million to 1.8 million euros.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said his total income in 2011 was just over 74,000 euros, while from having 11,000 euros in the bank, he was left with only 100 euros.Independent Greeks chief Panos Kammenos declared an income of around 156,000 euros in 2011, with close to half of that amount coming from the rental of property he owns. His deposits, however, fell from 11,000 euros to around 2,000.Other notable data on the pothen esches forms include Deputy Development Minister Notis Mitarakis purchasing an apartment in London, where he worked before returning to Greece, for 1.3 million euros. SYRIZA MP Dimitris Tsoukalas also caused some raised eyebrows with a deposit of 1 million euros that he declared as payment from a private pension fund he had invested in.Golden Dawn MPs appeared not to take the exercise of declaring their wealth seriously as four of them, including party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, declared they had no income at all in 2011. Party leader Nikos Michaloliakos and his wife Eleni Zaroulia, also an MP, appear to have simply duplicated the information on each other’s forms.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Suspected traffickers in Rhodes wreck remanded

first_imgTwo Syrian men, aged 26 and 27, appeared before a prosecutor in Rhodes on Tuesday and were given until Thursday to prepare their defence in connection with a boat wreck near the southeastern Aegean island’s main port which led to the death of three immigrants.Police detained the two men after survivors of the wreck told local police they had paid them to arrange the trip from neighbouring Turkey.A man, a woman and a child died when the wooden sailing boat carrying 93 migrants – mostly Syrians fleeing strife in the Middle East – from Turkey to Greece smashed into rocks near the port of Rhodes and sank.The prompt response of residents and the coast guard led to the rescue of 90 of the passengers, six of whom are children.Meanwhile, rescue workers on Lesvos in the eastern Aegean rescued another 42 migrants whose boat foundered off its coast.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bandhan Express starts journey

first_imgThe new passenger train between Khulna and Kolkata launched its services on Thursday, after almost 52 years.Chief public relations officer of Kolkata Railways (East) Ravi Mahapatra said the train ‘Bandhan Express’ started from Kolkata at 7:10am. It is scheduled to reach Khulna around 12:00noon.The train will leave Khulna on its way back around 1:30pm, reaching Kolkata by 6:10pm, he added.The service has been started in a bid to ease communication between two neighbouring countries.On 9 November, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the train service through a video conference.last_img read more

Illegal vehicles to be removed from Dhaka Quader
Illegal vehicles to be removed from Dhaka Quader

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said a committee has been formed to identify and remove illegal vehicles from the streets of Dhaka, reports UNB.He said the committee, led by DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon, was given two months’ time to resolve the problem saying, “The committee will detect the small vehicles which run on the streets illegally and stop their activities.”He made the announcement at the board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) at Nagar Bhaban.The minister also said the committee will work to reclaim the footpaths across Dhaka.”Footpaths are for pedestrians. This committee will conduct campaigns to recover the illegally occupied footpaths,” he said.He assured that the practice of illegal parking will be stopped across the city.”We believe we can remove the menace of traffic jam if we try sincerely,” Quader added.last_img read more

Warriors stage fantastic fightback beat Delhi 31
Warriors stage fantastic fightback beat Delhi 31

first_imgPunjab Warriors continued their impressive run and came from a goal down to beat defending champions Delhi Waveriders 3-1 and register their third consecutive win in the Hockey India League on Friday. Down by a goal till the first three quarters, it took a spirited fightback from the Warriors to maintain their winning streak, pumping in three goals in the fourth and final quarter through Ciriello (50th minute), SV Sunil (54th) and Affan Yousuf (56th). Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaIt was the Waveriders who struck early through Child’s superb strike. Child deflected in a fantastic diving goal after being set up by Akashdeep Singh’s pass from the left flank. Stung by the early goal, Punjab went on the attack but failed to score as the first quarter ended with Delhi enjoying slender lead. Warriors continued to mount attack in the second quarter and managed to equalise through Malak Singh. But the Waveriders went for the referral for an infringement and the goal was overturned. After change of ends,  Waveriders’ tactics backfired as Warriors mounted pressure on the home team’s defence  and scored at crucial junctures to walk away with the match.last_img read more