Where is Darjeeling MP, asks Gorkha outfit

first_imgPolitical parties united in carrying the over month-long agitation in the Darjeeling hills demanding the separate State of Gorkhaland appear divided over the role of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP of Darjeeling, S.S. Ahulwalia.Representatives of the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) marched to the Darjeeling Sadar Police Station and lodged a missing person complaint for S.S. Ahluwalia. The complaint was registered by G.M. Subba, chief convenor of the GNLF’s Darjeeling unit. “The people of Darjeeling are not aware how our MP, whom we had elected in 2014, is doing. How is he? Where is he? We do not know. Therefore, in the interests of the people, we have lodged a missing person complaint,” Mr. Subba said. Apart from the complaint, posters of Mr. Ahluwalia seeking details about his whereabouts in Nepali were put up at some places in Darjeeling. Prakash Gurung, president of the youth wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), however, came to the defence of the MP.“If a missing person complaint has to be registered, it must be against Bhaichung Bhutia, whom the GNLF supported in the 2014 polls. Our MP is in Delhi and is working for the cause of Gorkhaland,” Mr. Gurung said. Discontent has been brewing in certain political circles over the absence of the MP since the unrest in the hills began on June 8. Mr. Ahluwalia won the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Darjeeling with the support of the GJMlast_img read more

NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates challenged by dark horse label

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The Pirates have never won the big prize since they entered the league in 2011, but head coach Topex Robinson sees bigger things happening in Season 93.“We’re looking at the big picture, our goal is to be known as a good basketball program,” said Robinson. “We have to remind these guys to always be hungry.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’re looking past the championships, ours is the culture we want to promote. That’s bigger than the championship, the championship is the result of what we’re doing right now.”Robinson knows Lyceum will be on the crosshairs of the other NCAA teams and he’s looking for the challenge of trying to break the almost decade-long championship monopoly of San Beda. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NHL free agents following NBA path in picking destinations Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We’ll be marked in the season but that’s part of the challenge, we can be in the bottom and be contented or we could be there with the pressure of being out of the comfort zone, this is exciting for us.”Spearheading the Pirates campaign is versatile swingman CJ Perez, who once played for San Sebastian and stayed for one year at Ateneo.Perez, though, is not alone in Lyceum’s pursuit of excellence.The Marcelino twins of Jaycee and Jayvee are welcome additions to Robinson’s up-tempo style of play with the Pirates utilizing a press-and-trap defense, relentless attacks and back cuts to free up space.Wilson Baltazar, a proven shooter, is one of the main guys that will space the floor for the Pirates while big man Mike Nzeusseu provides the tenacity underneath.ADVERTISEMENT Head coach: Topex RobinsonLast season: 6-12 (9th)Holdovers: MJ Ayaay, Wilson Baltazar, Mike NzeusseuKey losses: Shaq Alanes, Jebb Bulawan, Joseph GabayniKey additions: CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino, Jayvee Marcelino, Spencer PrettaFor the past years, Lyceum has never been considered a serious threat to the NCAA title with traditional power San Beda almost making the championship its personal property.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates300 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Punjab CM Amrinder Singh Seeks Bharat Ratna for Hockey Legend Balbir Singh

first_imgThe Chief Minister last month visited Balbir Singh (Sr) at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here to present him the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award for excellence in sports.He also released an amount of Rs 5 lakh for his treatment.Balbir Singh (Sr), 94, was a member of three Olympic gold medal-winning teams – at London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956). He was also the captain of the Indian hockey team at Melbourne and the flag-bearer of the Indian Olympic contingent.He was the manager of the 1975 World Cup-winning team. Amrinder Singhbalbir singhbharat ratnahockey First Published: August 22, 2019, 12:57 PM IST Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking Bharat Ratna – the highest civilian award of the country – for ailing triple Olympic hockey gold medallist Balbir Singh Senior.”Wrote to PM Narendra Modiji, requesting to award Bharat Ratna to Shri Balbir Singh (Sr) for his outstanding performance in hockey,” Amarinder Singh tweeted on Thursday. He also tagged the letter which he wrote to the Prime Minister on Wednesday. Wrote to PM @NarendraModi ji, requesting to award Bharat Ratna to Shri Balbir Singh (Sr) for his outstanding performance in Hockey. He was a 3 time Olympic gold champion having played an imp role in 1948,1952 & Captain of 1956 win. He is the greatest ever centre-forward. pic.twitter.com/h9xPXfxWQo— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 22, 2019 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Maha: Sports event called off amid row on water misuse

first_imgLatur, Mar 24 (PTI) A sports event being organised by supporters of former Maharashtra Chief Minister late Vilasrao Deshmukhs son Amit has been cancelled amid claims of misuse of water for ground work at the venue in the drought parched Latur district.Moiz Shaikh, the organiser of the Amit Deshmukh district volleyball tournament scheduled on March 28, today said the event has been called off.”Amit Deshmukh contacted us and asked us to take an appropriate decision. Accordingly, the organisers met and decided to cancel the event,” Shaikh told PTI.However, Shaik, President of Latur city unit of Congress, did not elaborate on the reasons for calling off the tournament.Earlier on March 19, authorities in Latur had imposed an order prohibiting the gathering of more than five persons in areas around 20 water storage tanks until May 31 to avoid any possible violence over water.The order, issued under section 144 of CrPC, was imposed in notified places including all tanker-filling points, public wells, tanker-plying routes and storage tanks in the district.Shaikh had yesterday dismissed the claims of using “thousands of litres” of water in the ground ahead of the event, saying the ground belongs to the government and its upkeep is their responsibility. “We had just hired it for a day,” he had said.”Around seven-eight buckets of waste water was used for sprinkling on the ground and not 2,500 litres as claimed by some,” Shaikh had said, adding such claims were being made by their political rivals.Amit, Congress MLA and Deshmukhs political heir, whose birthday was on March 21, is out of the country along with family and friends, party sources said, adding he is expected to return later this week. PTI VT NRB KIS SREadvertisementlast_img read more

Bulgarian ex-wrestler who harasses refugees on a quad bike is called a ‘superhero’

first_imgA detailed report by VICE magazine shows how Dinko Valev chases down and nabs migrants as if he is on an animal hunt. And not everyone in his country think it is a bad thing.Why is Dinko Valev a “hero” to his people?If you go by how a Bulgarian news anchor described him – a “superhero” who fights off migrants “with his bare hands” – Valev sounds like one of the warriors from Game of Thrones, ripping and tearing his way through a war. Only, this isn’t exactly war.Nonetheless, in a country like Bulgaria, one of Europe’s poorest, immigrants are mostly seen as a nuisance. As it shares its borders with Turkey and Greece, Bulgaria has seen scores of refugees pour in since 2011.Amid this influx of humanity, rides in Valev on his ATV (all-terrain vehicle) along with his cronies, chasing and harassing migrants, forcing them to lie on the ground facedown (as shown in his videos).”Who are these people?” you can hear Valev shout in one of the videos, “How long is this going to continue?”So, now he has several supporters, who wave the national flag and chant slogans like, “Heart and soul of Bulgaria!” and “Dinko is a hero!”This ATV-riding immigrant hunter is the new face of Europe’s far right https://t.co/0Ehagb1BK7 pic.twitter.com/cP0d3osiUE VICE (@VICE) June 17, 2016When praises came from the PM himselfA recent survey showed that 84 per cent of the participants agreed with Valev’s way of migrant-patrolling. To top that, even their prime minister called his actions a service to the society.advertisementIn a public conference in March, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov asked the head of the border police to award him and his men for their “volunteer” service.Eventually, the officials toned down their praise for the former wrestler. But despite that, and even after being arrested for “allegedly violating human rights”, his fame did not subside.But is he really a hero?The VICE magazine writes how Valev “isn’t alone” in this effort.”A group of camouflage-clad nationalists called the Organization for the Protection of Bulgarian Citizens (OZBG) has also made a sport of capturing groups of migrants on its “walks in the woods” since September 2015.”In one of his interviews, Valev clarified: “I have nothing against the people who already live here. It’s the people who are invading that I have a problem with.”He is also certain that the Helsinki Committee, a European NGO devoted to human rights, “are total losers”. Whatever he thinks, it seems he believes he is in the right.Rumour has it that the city of Yambol will soon have a statue of Valev adorning its land.So, a young man is being put on an altar because he hunts down and humiliates refugees?Think about it.last_img read more

Dhaka Dynamites clinch Bangladesh Premier League 2016 title

first_imgDhaka Dynamites won the fourth edition of Bangladesh Premier League by beating Rajshahi Kings by 56 runs. This is also a third win for a Dhaka franchise.Rajshahi won the toss and put Dynamites in to bat, who scored 159/9 in 20 overs. Opener Evin Lewis scored a 31-ball 45 with Kumar Sangakkara chipping in with a handy 36. Dwayne Bravo scored 13 before getting run out, while skipper Shakib Al Hasan down the order got a 7-ball 12. (Latest Cricket stories)For Rajshahi, Farhad Reza returned with impressive figures of 3/28. Coming out for the run-chase, Rajshahi lost opener Nurul Hasan early for 5. But Mominul Haque (27) and Sabbir Rahman (26) steadied things by putting up a 47-run stand for the second wicket.Once both these batsmen fell, Rajshahi capitulated in the chase and eventually getting all out for 103. Shakib, Abu Jayed and Sunzamul Islam took two wickets each.last_img read more

PAOK Beats Kerkyra, 2-1, Keeps Lead

first_imgATHENS — Ergys Kace blasted a powerful shot from outside the area in the 81st minute to give PAOK a 2-1 victory over visiting Kerkyra in the Greek league on Dec. 14.The win kept PAOK four points ahead of defending champion Olympiakos, which beat Levadiakos 2-1 on Dec. 13, and five ahead of Panathinaikos, which won 4-0 against Panthrakikos on Dec. 14.It was far from easy for PAOK, which finally broke through Kerkyra’s determined defense in the 58th with a shot by Facundo Pereyra. Pereyra’s Argentine compatriot Sebastian Nayar equalized with a low drive from the edge of the area in the 70th, before Kace scored the winner. Sasa Kajkut’s free kick in injury time hit PAOK’s right post.Also, Panionios beat OFI 2-0, Asteras defeated Veria by the same score, Xanthi won 2-0 at Ergotelis and Giannena beat Atromitos 1-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The Original Rocky

first_imgRocky Marciano got the most ink he’d received in decades last year, as Floyd Mayweather Jr rode a laughable match-up against a novice boxer to a 50-0 record, ending the Italian legend’s long reign at the top of the table.In boxing, everything was better in the past, of course, so,Rocky Marciano got the most ink he’d received in decades last year, as Floyd Mayweather Jr rode a laughable match-up against a novice boxer to a 50-0 record, ending the Italian legend’s long reign at the top of the table.In boxing, everything was better in the past, of course, so there were plenty of naysayers ready to point out that “Money” Mayweather had feathered his sheet with soft touches and ducked Manny Pacquiao until his buzzsaw style had been tempered with age. In Rocky’s day, championship fights went 15 rounds. Fighters fought every month, not once a year.There’s an element of truth in that myth of boxing’s glorious past, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mike Stanton shows in his nuanced new biography of the Italian-American champion. But Marciano, too, had a share of footnotes on his stretch of victories. Though he wasn’t able to pick his opponents like Mayweather, he received protection from his mob-backed manager, who was also the head of the dominant sanctioning body of the time, the International Boxing Club.Still, boxing was far more brutal in those days, when it was the most popular sport in America (or a close second to baseball). The year that Rocky emerged as a contender, 18 fighters were killed as a result of blows they suffered in the ring. Marciano was lucky not to be involved in one of those ring deaths.In the book’s most moving chapter, Stanton recounts the story of Carmine “Bingo” Vingo, another Italian-American contender Marciano faced on his way to the top. An epic slugfest, the fight ended with Vingo in a coma. He didn’t awaken until several days later, and he was permanently disabled. Avoiding hagiography, Stanton recounts that Marciano and Vingo remained friends, with Vingo and his wife attending Rocky’s wedding a few weeks later, but also that the champ never delivered on his promise to set his disabled foe up with a lucrative job.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months ago​Bottle thrower at Emirates identified by Arsenal

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Bottle thrower at Emirates identified by Arsenalby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal say they have identified an image of the person who threw a bottle at Tottenham’s Dele Alli on Wednesday.The 22 year old was struck on the head by a plastic bottle during Spurs’ 2-0 win in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Emirates Stadium.Police are investigating the incident.”Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings,” said the club.Alli was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd as Arsenal prepared to take a throw-in in the 73rd minute.The Metropolitan Police says it is working with Arsenal to try to identify the person responsible, but no arrests have been made.”We have all been embarrassed by the individual who threw a bottle at Dele Alli,” Arsenal added in a statement.”Behaviour of this type has no place at Emirates Stadium and after analysing CCTV footage, which showed him leaving the stadium after throwing the bottle, we have identified an image of the suspect.”We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and investigations continue in order to apprehend the culprit.”Arsenal’s statement added: “We are not responsible for the actions of one individual, but send our apologies to Dele Alli and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for this incident.”We do not tolerate any anti-social, discriminatory or violent behaviour at Arsenal Football Club.” last_img read more

The Manual’s Top 9 Beers from the Portland International Brewfest

first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts This past weekend was the Portland International Brewfest – an annual event that fills up PDX’s Pearl District as thousands of thirsty beer enthusiasts show up to sample the festival’s massive and tightly-curated selection of beers from across the globe. We couldn’t miss out, so we put on our drinking shoes, packed our notebooks, and took tasting notes until we were too drunk to hold a pen. Now that the hangover has finally subsided, we’ve combed through our notes to share nine of our favorites.Why only nine? Because our tasting notes were completely illegible after three hours of drinking glass after glass of high-octane craft beer, and the last one on the list is technically a cider. So without further ado, here’s the Manual’s guide to the best beer in the world:Ten Fidy Imperial Stout – Oskar Blues Brewery – COThis was the first one we tried at the festival, and it set the bar high. Really high. This might be one of the best beers we’ve had all year. It’s dark as night (we held it up to the sun and couldn’t even see through it) with strong roasted malt flavors mingling alongside bold coffee and chocolate notes. The flavor is so full you’ll hardly notice the high IBUs.ABV: 10.5%IBU: 98Armored Fist Double CDA – Boneyard Beer Company – ORCDA stands for Cascadian Dark Ale. It’s a relatively new style of beer that’s starting to pop up in the Northwest, and it’s f@%kign delicious. This one sits in the glass with a hazy reddish brown color and a thin foam on top. When it hits your tongue the flavor is just as hoppy as your nose leads you to believe, and finishes strong with plenty of citrus and dark malt.ABV: 10%IBU: 90Oaked Double IPA with Birch Syrup – Great Divide Brewing Company – COColorado is killing it in the brewing game right now. They had a handful of the best beers at the entire event, and this one had us coming back for seconds. It pours with a murky orange-gold color and hits the palate with a woody, piney, hoppy flavor that’s offset with a light birch syrup sweetness. A clean, fizzy finish makes you want another sip every time you swallow.ABV: 10IBU:Gose – Upright Brewery – ORGose is a German style beer that’s known for it’s salty, savory, and tart flavors, and even though they’re brewing it in Oregon, Upright absolutely nailed the recipe. This one comes through with a wheaty, salty, bread-like flavor with a satisfying finish reminiscent of cheese and champagne. It’s got a slight citrusy tang, but it’s not really tart, which makes it super drinkable.ABV: 5.2%IBU: n/aGrand Cru Belgian Strong Pale Ale – North Coast Brewing Co. – CAIt’s hard to believe that this badboy weighs in at almost 13% ABV – the flavors are so robust you can hardly tell. It’s aged in whiskey barrels and brewed with agave nectar, so it’s got these great oaky bourbon notes mingling with sweet cactus hints. You’d think that wouldn’t mix, but somehow it comes together to form a wonderfully complex and highly refreshing brew.ABV: 12.5%IBU: 10Le Freak Belgian IPA – Green Flash Brewery – CALe Freak is aptly named – it’s freakishly good. Pours with golden yellow glow and a thick off-white head, and smells strongly of yeast, oranges, and hops. The flavor is about as hoppy as you’d expect from a straight-up IPA, but with a good bready finish. It’s surprisingly crisp, and features hints of clove and coriander. Great for warm weather.ABV: 9.2%IBU: 36Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout – Anderson Valley Brewing Company – CAWe thought Ten Fidy was going to be the best stout we had all day, and then we tasted this work of art. Aged in Wild Turkey barrels, this beer picks up all kinds of great flavors. It’s light and oaky up front with a slippery smooth vanilla-coffee flavor going down. Caramel and chocolate hints come through as well, but the sweetness is never overpowering.ABV: 6.9%IBU: 14Double Bastard – Stone Brewing – ORIf you’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale, you’ll probably recognize this one. Double Bastard is essentially the same thing, but with double the hops. As such, it’s got a mind-blowing full-bodied hop flavor that hits the palate with hints of citrus, pine, and a faint taste of cherries. You’re not worthy.ABV: 11.2%IBU: 85White Rider of Conquest Belgian Strong Pale Ale – Double Mountain Brewery – ORThis beer is every bit as epic as its name suggests. It pours with a solid gold color and a pillowy white head, and hits your nostrils with a light citrusy aroma. When sipped, the citrus flavor becomes even more apparent and mingles with whispy hints of clove and pine. It’s wonderfully light for a Belgian strong pale ale, which makes it a great summertime sipper.ABV: 8.7%IBU: 29Oaked Dry Cider – Wandering Aengus Ciderworks – ORIt’s not a beer, but we liked this cider so much that we just had to mention it. It’s appley and tart, but with an array of subtle flavors gained from oak barrel aging. The drink finishes clean and crisp with a mildly spicy and clove-like aftertaste.ABV: 8.4%IBU: n/a 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. last_img read more

Pan Ocean Seals Deal with Harim Group

first_imgzoom South Korean shipping company Pan Ocean has signed the investment contract with its preferred bidder Harim Group & JKL Consortium today.The consortium, made up by poultry processor Harim and Korean private equity group JKL Partners, is expected to pay up to USD 968 million for the acquisition. The contract signing follows an approval from the relevant Korean bankruptcy court.The deal will provide for Pan Ocean’s recapitalization through sale of equity, thus covering the company’s accumulated debt.South Korea-based bulk carrier, formerly STX Pan Ocean, was put up for auction in mid-October.Pan Ocean entered court receivership in June last year, for the second time in two decades, after its parent company STX Group failed to sell the unit due to an ongoing downturn in the industry.However, based on the latest performance figures Pan Ocean seems to be on the right track of recovery due to a changeover to lower cost structure and implementation of rehabilitation plan.Pan Ocean has about 90 vessels in its fleet.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

TN government will follow 69 reservation

first_imgChennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K.Palaniswami on Tuesday said the government will follow the existing 69 per cent reservation policy in medical college admissions. Speaking in the Assembly on the issue of 10 per cent reservation of economically weaker sections (EWS), Palaniswami said a decision will be taken on the issue after discussions with recognised political parties. Palaniswami said the government will not take a unilateral decision. Earlier DMK President M.K.Stalin queried the state government’s stand on the 10 per cent reservation for EWS. He also asked the government to call for an all party meeting to discuss on the issue.last_img

Parineeti shares bruised avatar from The Girl On The Train

first_imgLondon: Actress Parineeti Chopra gave a sneak peek of her “intense” look from her upcoming film the Hindi remake of Hollywood thriller “The Girl On The Train”. Parineeti on Wednesday took to Twitter to share her first look, which she described as “most difficult”. In the new still, she appears heavily bruised, sitting in a bath tub with an expressions of shock on her face. “Something I’ve never done before. And the most difficult character I have ever played in my life,” she captioned the image. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “The Girl On The Train” is based on Paula Hawkins’ 2015 bestseller of the same name, which has already been made into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Fergusson and Haley Bennett. It is a psychological thriller about a divorcee woman, who gets entangled in the investigation of a missing person, which in turn throws her life out of gear. The Bollywood version, which also stars Kirti Kulhari, is produced by Reliance Entertainment.last_img read more

Conservatives still working on candidate harassment policy promised this year

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Conservatives are still working on an anti-harassment policy that would apply to candidates in the coming election campaign.The party promised a code of conduct for its candidates in response to a report on how former Conservative MP Rick Dykstra remained on the ballot in 2015 even after the party learned he was accused of assaulting a woman who worked for another MP.Dykstra, who lost his seat in the southern Ontario riding of St. Catharines in the 2015 election, denies doing anything wrong.The Conservatives hired lawyer Carol Nielsen to investigate how they handled the allegations, and earlier this year she recommended changes to human resources policies, which the party promised to make.Party spokesman Cory Hann says the Tories expect to have the policy ready by the time the campaign officially begins.Hann says the party has already strengthened its candidate vetting procedures, brought in more thorough police record checks and completed harassment training across the country.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New car prices 12 per cent lower than January 2000

The report can be accessed from:http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/competition/car_sector/price_diffs/Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The EU report compared the prices of 91 new car models however, only 82 of these models are currently available on the UK market. UK one of the cheapest new car markets – confirms EC car price reportNew car prices continue to tumble, according to independent UK and European reports. Monthly figures released by the Alliance and Leicester last week, claimed that the average price paid for a new car in the UK is around 12 per cent lower than it was four years ago. Figures published today by the European Commission, confirm that Britain is also one of the most competitive markets in Europe.This country is now the cheapest market for 15 of the 82 models surveyed in the six-monthly EC report. Just four years ago, the UK was highlighted as the most expensive market for almost all models under the spotlight.Christopher Macgowan SMMT chief executive commented, ‘Clearly there has been a massive drop in the price of new cars in the last four years and this is very good news for buyers. In both absolute terms and in relation to our European neighbours the fact is that we are more competitive than ever. Three consecutive record years and healthy showroom traffic are testament to this fact.’New car prices have stabilised partly as a result of currency fluctuations. At the start of the millennium the UK suffered as sterling’s strength kept prices higher in relative terms than many other markets. However, the pound has since depreciated by around 15 per cent, helping the UK cement its position as the second largest European new car market.Notes to editors: read more

Ohio State womens basketball has no problem at Iowa 9881

OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) defends during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt was a long time coming for the No. 7 Ohio State women’s basketball team to earn a victory in Iowa City, Iowa, having not won a single contest at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since 2008.On Thursday night, OSU (20-4, 12-1) and the Iowa Hawkeyes (15-10, 5-8) met for the first time this season, and the Buckeyes were able to break the Iowa curse, pulling off their 20th victory 98-81.Before heading to the airport Wednesday evening, coach Kevin McGuff of the Buckeyes could not stress on the scoring abilities of Hawkeye’s junior guard Ally Disterhoft enough, and he was not joking.In the first 20 minutes of action, Disterhoft went 6-for-8 from the field, finishing the half with 13 points. Her first step off the dribble was sometimes too fast for Buckeye defenders, giving her a clear path to the rim on numerous occasions.Two of Iowa’s offensive threats, sophomore guard Chase Coley and freshman guard Megan Gustafson, went into foul trouble early, giving Disterhoft no choice but to put the team on her back.It was apparent, however, that the prolific scoring from Disterhoft was not enough to make the score close.With each player who checked into the game for OSU scoring at least one bucket in the first half, the Buckeyes were able to go into the break ahead with a comfortable 50-39 lead.For the Scarlet and Gray, they were led by none other than sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, who put in 14 points prior to the break, knocking down a couple of 3-pointers.Junior forward Shayla Cooper was Mitchell’s partner in crime in the first two quarters of play, providing a quick spark off the bench. Cooper netted 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in the 13 minutes that she played in the first half.As has been a trend throughout the season, the Buckeyes turned it up a notch in the second half, led by senior guard Ameryst Alston, who eclipsed the 2,000-point career mark with less than two minutes to play in the third quarter. She is the sixth person in program history to accomplish this feat. She would go on to finish the game with 18 points and dished out six assists.With the pressure that OSU was providing, forcing 15 total turnovers, it had no problem creating productive offensive production off its defensive stops.Five of the Buckeyes finished the game in double-figure scoring, as the Hawkeyes couldn’t figure out which player to focus on.Both Mitchell and Cooper finished with 20 points, with OSU sophomore forward Alexa Hart and sophomore guard Asia Doss scoring 13 and 12, respectively.Doss was also able to tally a career-high assist total, dishing out seven dimes by the final buzzer.Iowa’s scoring in the second half was a lot more diverse, as it had five players score above 10 points as well. Even so, Disterhoft continued to lead the way, concluding with 20 points.Coley, who fouled out, ended her night with 12 points, while Gustafson earned a double-double, scoring 13 points and snatching 12 rebounds.Junior Alexa Kastanek for the Hawkeyes was red-hot from behind the arc, going 4-of-6 and scoring 15 points. The guard was the sole Hawkeye to convert from 3-point land.The Buckeyes, now on an eight-game winning streak, will travel back to Columbus in between their next game, which is set to take place in State College, Pennsylvania, against Penn State on Sunday. The match is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. read more

Travis Henry Reinstated To NFL After Drug Charges

Travis Henry, known more for his unconscionable amount of children more than his prowess on the field, was reinstated from the suspended list and is free to sign with an NFL team that might be interested, according to Scout.com.Henry, a 33-year-old running back that played 90 games in the NFL, has not played since 2007. A few months after being cut by the Denver Broncos, Henry was arrested by federal drug agents in October 2008.He pleaded guilty in 2009 to one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and was sentenced to three years in prison for financing a drug ring that moved cocaine between Colorado and Montana.Henry has said that at the time of his arrest that he was struggling to keep up with child support payments. So instead of working on getting on with another team, Henry decided to become a drug dealer, which speaks to where his head was.Perhaps that’s the residual that comes with having 11 children with 10 different women. That is not a misprint.His story could be such a feel-good thing. He rose from a childhood of poverty; his single mother picked oranges for a living. But Henry made it happen on the football team, becoming a record-setting running back at the University of Tennessee.He was drafted in 2001 by the Buffalo Bills and joined the Broncos in 2007 after two seasons with the Tennessee Titans. It was all set up for him to create the life he wanted.But one season into a four-year, $22.5 million contract, Henry was cut following allegations of drug use and a perceived lack of commitment.His income gone, Henry turned to the drug trade in part to cover mounting child support payments, according to court documents and testimony.Henry has rushed for 6,086 yards and 38 touchdowns in 90 NFL games. Latching on a team after five years out of the league promise to be a tough chore read more

HBC Nantes with Thierry Anti until 2018 My ambition – Championship title

French HBC Nantes believe in coach – Thierry Anti. He will stay on the bench until 2018 after signing new 4 years contract. Anti began his successful part of career in Nantes in 2009. He has huge ambitions in the next few years with the team:– I’m very happy to be a part of Nantes project. The development of the club is smart.  We passed the 100,000 spectators last season and at the same time we doubled the number of private partners. These are strong indicators that tell me that I am on the right place. My ambition is to win a title with the HBC Nantes. Our squad for upcoming season is best ever since I am here – said Anti for offical club’s website. handballhandball coachesHBC NantesNantesThierry Anti ← Previous Story EHF COURT OF HANDBALL: BM Atletico Madrid to pay 25.000 EUR Next Story → NORWAY AND SWEDEN WANT ALL: Candidates for hosting EHF EURO 201 and 2020 announced read more

Xbox One controller will have Kinect syncing batterysaving low power modes

first_imgMicrosoft has released additional details about the Xbox One‘s controller. The input device’s highlights include a seamless connection to the console and low power modes for extending battery life.As the next generation console competition continues to take shape, one of the major focuses so far has been the new input devices coming from Sony and Microsoft. While the controller is the only thing we know for sure about the PS4, Microsoft has been quite willing to show their hand and reveal additional features in a nice slow drip. It looks like the Xbox One’s new controller isn’t just thinner, lighter, and shinier, but also comes ready to connect to your console instantly and give you everything you need to play for hours.Thanks to a Major Nelson post, we now know that the new micro USB-driven controller for the One utilizes infrared LEDs on the top to communicate with your Kinect. The controller will flash a pattern of light that is invisible to the human eye over to the Kinect, which will use that pattern to pair the controller to the console. This process can be repeated any number of times, so you can take your controller to a friend’s house and not waste any time connecting the controller to the console.Instead of shutting off entirely, the new controller will enter a sleep mode when you’re not using it but still have the console on. When you need the controller, all you need to do is pick it up and it will wake up on its own. This is designed to work when you’re in the middle of a Kinect game, watching a movie, or anything else that uses the console but not the controller.Based on what we’ve seen from the revamped design of the controller, it looks like Microsoft has really made significant improvements over the previous iterations. Time will tell if gamers prefer the new slimmed down Xbox One controller to the new PS4 controller, with a trackpad and a share function built into the top. It couldn’t be clearer that Microsoft and Sony are approaching things from wildly different perspectives this generation, which is exciting for the future of console gaming as a market.last_img read more