Dalit activist’s immolation triggers protests in Gujarat

first_imgThe death of 60-year-old Dalit activist, Bhanubhai Vankar, who set himself ablaze outside the Collector’s office in Patan protesting the delay in allotment of land to a Dalit family, triggered protests in north Gujarat. Thousands of people came out to block highways in the region.State authorities cancelled dozens of buses on several routes.Angry mobs that gathered at Gandhinagar Civil Hospital booed BJP legislator and Dalit community leader Karsan Solanki, who came to meet the family members when Mr. Vankar’s body was brought for post mortem. Mr. Solanki was forced to leave the place.The family had refused to take the body after post mortem till its demands like allotment of land, suspension of officials who ignored Mr. Vankar’s repeated pleas and the constitution of an SIT to probe his death were accepted. A PTI report late in the evening said the Gujarat government had accepted the demands.“This is not suicide, this is murder. This government forces Dalits to take the extreme step,” prominent Dalit activist and independent legislator Jignesh Mevani said. The community members would fight to get justice for Mr. Vankar’s family, he said.Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel also visited the family members and supporters of Mr. Vankar at the hospital.Mr. Vankar, a resident of Unjha town of Mehsana district, was an active member of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, led by Mr. Mevani. After he attempted self-immolation in front of the district collector’s office, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had said chief secretary J.N. Singh would conduct an inquiry and that appropriate action would be taken.Mr. Vankar had taken up the cause of a Dalit family living in Dudkha village in Patan district after the district administration delayed regularisation of the piece of land the family was allotted. Hemaben Vankar, a landless Dalit farm labourer, had alleged that the authorities were refusing to regularise the piece of land despite collecting ₹22,236 in 2013 for the transfer.In a memorandum submitted to the Collector a week ago, Hemaben, along with Bhanubhai Vankar, had threatened self-immolation if their case was not cleared. However, the administration apparently did not take the threat seriously.Though police were deployed outside the Patan Collector’s office and several Dalit activists were detained, Bhanubhai Vankar managed to set himself on fire. He succumbed to injuries at a hospital late on Thursday night.last_img read more

Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system. That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable.Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.” Most traditional sports treat the rules with reverence, only occasionally tinkering around the edges. Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.” Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Warriors lose preseason opener to Nuggets In this photo taken by LAUREL Photo Services on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (David Aliaga/LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games — known as esports — at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Movie review: Sultan is a Salman Khan show all the way

first_imgDirector: Ali Abbas ZafarCast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Amit Sadh, Kumud Mishra, Anant Vidhaat, Randeep HoodaBy Saibal ChatterjeeA superstar vehicle that blends the earthiness of the akhada with the flamboyance of the mixed martial arts ring, Ali Abbas Zafars “Sultan” is certainly not the last word in the sports film genre. But it definitely is an entertainment package crafted for maximum mass impact.But isnt that what a Salman Khan film is for. The actor tones down his swagger just a tad to play an over-the-hill Haryanvi wrestler, who takes the blows of life on his chin and comes out of it unscathed and grinning.The uneven quality of “Sultan”? the biggest undoing of the film is its inordinate length ? robs the drama of some of its sheen.But with Salman leaving no stone unturned to give his fans their moneys worth, this wrestling epic is destined to go the distance at the box office.”Sultan” is about a man who finds his metier rather late in life, propelled by his love for a female wrestler (Anushka Sharma) who has no doubts about what she wants to do with herself.They are both champs at the highest levels of the sport and, after a brief spell of hiccups, the duo hits it off so well with each other that they end up as husband and wife.When all seems hunky-dory, fate intervenes, tragedy strikes and the couple is torn asunder. The end result is that Sultan turns his back on wrestling.advertisementEight years on, another opportunity comes knocking on his door. But is he ready to make the most of the second chance? The answer to that question forms the crux of “Sultan”.There is little in the story to set it apart from other underdog dramas, but the milieu in which it is set ? Sultan belongs to Buroli village of Haryanas Rewari district ? lends it an air of authenticity.Not that it makes a major difference to the film. “Sultan” is after all designed to project Salman Khan in the best light. So liberties are liberally taken with logic and reality.So, for example, even when the protagonist ends up with broken ribs after one particularly nasty bout, he and his team are not willing to pull out and seek medical attention.There is an element of predictability about how things eventually pan out ? every setback that Sultan suffers is followed by a triumph, every reverse that stops him in his track is rewarded with a turnaround.But for all the fantastical sweeps that Sultan resorts to in terms of plot details, it remains a reasonably engaging action film that blends romance, emotion and violence in a style that smacks of yore but manages to put the contrivances in what looks like a sparkling new bottle.Salman is obviously the driving force and he throws his weight behind the project with aplomb. In the fight sequences, some of which tend to overstay their welcome, he pulls off some cool moves.He receives able support from a bunch of actors who know exactly what they are in this for ? Anushka Sharma, Amit Sadh, Kumud Mishra, Anant Vidhaat and Randeep Hooda (in a special appearance). Nobody oversteps his or her brief, and that allows Salman to have a field day.”Sultan,” for all its warts, is none the worse for it. PTI CORR SHDlast_img read more

IPL 2019, SRH vs RCB: Jonny Bairstow only the 3rd Englishman to hit hundred in IPL

first_imgEngland opener Jonny Bairstow hadn’t featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) until the Sunrisers Hyderabad snapped him up at the auction in December. Bairstow though has taken very little time to repay the faith SRH had in him by smashing his maiden hundred in the IPL in just 52 balls.Bairstow forced his opening partner and one of the most aggressive batsman the world has ever seen — David Warner to play second fiddle as he went about demolishing the RCB attack in the 11th match of IPL 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.Johnny Bairstow also became only the third Englishman after Kevin Pietersen (103 for Delhi Daredevils in 2012) and Ben Stokes (103 for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017) to score an IPL hundred. He now holds the record for the highest score by an England cricketer in IPL (114).First the leap and then the ????, @jbairstow21 celebrates as he brings up his maiden #VIVOIPL ton ??????SRH 184/0 after 16 pic.twitter.com/NByrk5BlKXIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 31, 2019Not many can out do @davidwarner31 but @jbairstow21 is doing today … Outstanding partnership created by @SunRisers !!! #ipl2019Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 31, 2019Bairstow hit seven sixes and 12 boundaries during his blitz, much to the delight of the Hyderabad fans. Bairstow perished only in the 17th over while trying to go for another big one against Yuzvendra Chahal. Bairstow finished with a strike rate of 203.57.Bairstow was severe against the three spinners of Royal Challengers Bangalore. While he smashed off-spinner Moeen Ali to the cleaners, he also was severe against leg-spinner Prayas Ray Barman and Yuzvendra Chahal.advertisementDuring the course of his hundred, Bairstow also stitched the highest-ever opening stand in IPL history with David Warner as the duo added 185 runs for the opening stand, tonking the RCB bowlers all around the park.Both Warner and Bairstow ran hard between the wickets and converted the ones into twos to put pressure on the RCB fielders.Fantastic to bat with Warner: BairstowSpeaking after the stunning knock, Bairstow said he enjoyed batting with David Warner. It’s good to see an Australian and an Englishman enjoying each other’s company in an Ashes year.It was great to bat here – between the wickets it’s one of the bigger pitches in India so getting the gaps and constantly rotating the strike is tough – fantastic pitch out there. I’m not sure I’m superhuman, I’m absolutely cooked, but as long as you’re getting your head through the ball it’s alright – only if you fall over, you’ll miscue it,” Bairstow said.”It was fantastic to bat in the middle with Warner – and it’s fantastic he’s got the Orange cap. The crowd is amazing, the fans are fanatical, and we are fortunate to have them. I’d like to think we have enough for Kohli and AB, and we know the kind of class they have in their batting line-up. We generally bowl well here. I’m sure if they get going and chase it down, it’ll be an entertaining chase,” he added.Also See:last_img read more

Adelaide Test: Ashwin, Shami put India on the cusp of famous win over Australia

first_imgR Ashwin and Mohammed Shami struck twice each to leave Australia in trouble and India on the cusp of a famous Test victory over Australia at the Adelaide Oval.Chasing 323, Australia were 104 for 4 at stumps on Day 4 of the first Test.It was another gripping day of Test cricket at the iconic venue. After India, who resumed on their overnight score of 151 for 3, were bowled out for 307, Australia lost their top order quickly in another inept batting display.Aaron Finch was lucky to survive an lbw appeal in the first over of Australia’s second innings. Ishant Sharma hit Finch on the pads and the Indian fielders went up in appeal immediately. The umpire ruled Finch out but the batsman opted for the DRS – replays showed Ishant had overstepped.Finch avoided a pair but he was dismissed at the stroke of tea as Ashwin had him caught behind by Rishabh Pant. It was a close call as replays showed on conclusive evidence of enough glove on the ball. However, Finch chose not to review and walked off allowing India to walk in for tea pumped up.That’s stumps! Shaun Marsh is unbeaten on 31, while Head finishes the day on 11 not out.Australia will need 219 more runs to win on the final day: https://t.co/lTUqyqRMzW #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/e7O6qRRMCPcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 9, 2018Debutant Marcus Harris has looked good in the first innings and he looked good again in the second. But a poor shot soon after tea to Shami ended his first Test match. The onus was squarely on Australia’s two most experienced batsmen: Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh.advertisementWhile Marsh started confidently, Khawaja struggled against Ashwin. The latter eventually played a rash short as Ashwin pocketed his second wicket.Australia desperately needed a rescue act at that stage. Peter Handscomb joined Marsh in the middle but India were tight with their lengths. Shami was relentless and was the pick of India’s seamers on the penultimate day.It was only a matter of time before an Australian batsman made a mistake. Handscomb succumbed to the relentless pressure – Shami’s pace was too hot to handle as Handscomb hit one straight to Pujara, who gleefully accepted the chance.Marsh and Australia’s first innings hero Travis Head ensured the hosts went through to stumps without anymore setbacks. India will fancy their chances on the final day with the pitch offering enough turn for Ashwin to stay interested.And he would have seen what Nathan Lyon did earlier in the morning to thwart India’s hopes of setting Australia a more daunting target.Chetshehwar Pujara and Akinkya Rahane batted beautifully to put India in commands but the visitors lost their way.Pujara was out for 71 after adding 87 for the fourth wicket with Rahane and his dismissal triggered an Indian collapse. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 1 before Pant chipped in with a cameo.Rahane, meanwhile, played a sparking innings at the other end. He was crisp, fluent and picked his gaps nicely. The Indian vice-captain made 70 and he was instrumental in giving India a strong platform to seek a memorable win.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh’s Men In Black-style tribute to Will Smith is otherworldly. Watch video

first_imgRanveer Singh took to Instagram to share a video of himself busting out some cool moves on the theme song of Men In Black, “big Willy style”. The video is a tribute to actor and rapper Will Smith.The clip, which has already garnered over 1.5 million views in less than twelve hours, features Ranveer dressed in a black suit, dancing like there is no tomorrow.Not many know that Ranveer and Will share a great camaraderie. In one of the episodes on Will’s show Bucket List, Ranveer gives him a detailed lesson on Bollywood and what makes a “paisa vasool” film.Earlier, the Grammy award-winning rap artist heaped praise on Ranveer’s rapping skills in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. In a video shared on his Instagram story, Will congratulated him and said, “Yo, Ranveer! Congrats, man! I am loving what you are doing with Gully Boy. For me, old school hip-hop here, seeing hip-hop all over the world like that… I am loving it, man. Congrats, go get ’em.”Ranveer thanked his “bade bhai” for the love. He reshared Will’s Instagram story and wrote, “Shoutout from the Original Rapper slash Actor – BIG WILLY! RESPECT!” He added, “Salaam tumko bade bhai!”On the work front, Ranveer is currently prepping for Kabir Khan’s 83, which tells the story of the Indian cricket team’s victory in the World Cup in 1983. The actor will be seen as then-captain Kapil Dev in the film.advertisementAt the India Today Conclave 2019 in Delhi, Ranveer revealed that he was extremely excited to be a part of 83. “It changed the face of sport, the attitude of the nation. Kapil’s Devils are real heroes,” he said.ALSO READ | Deepika Padukone reveals how she is making husband Ranveer Singh like her after weddingALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more

Barry breaks Giggs’s PL appearance record

first_imgGareth Barry Barry passes Giggs to become Premier League’s record appearance holder Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 02:01 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Barry West Brom 2017 Getty Images Premier League Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion Arsenal West Bromwich Albion The West Brom midfielder has overtaken the Manchester United legend after appearing in his 633rd top-flight game in the meeting with Arsenal Gareth Barry has become the Premier League’s all-time record appearance holder after he was named in West Brom’s starting XI to face Arsenal.The 36-year-old midfielder moves ahead of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, who featured in 632 games in England’s top-flight after its rebranding in 1992.WBA double chance 21/10 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 Barry began his career at Aston Villa, making his league debut in 1998, and has also represented Manchester City, Everton and now West Brom in the Premier League.In total, the former England midfielder has made an incredible 600 starts in England’s top-flight league, scoring 52 goals and recording 63 assists over a 20-year period.Gareth Barry GFXAlong with Barry and Giggs, Frank Lampard (609) is the only other player to have featured in over 600 games, with the likes of Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Tom Davies having not even been born when the former Everton man made his first appearance.Perhaps unsurprisingly, Barry has accumulated more yellow cards than any other player in Premier League history with 119 in total, with Wayne Rooney in second place on 100.633 – Gareth Barry will make his 633rd appearance in the @premierleague tonight, setting a competition record in the process. Evergreen. pic.twitter.com/bbSkyaGOBh— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017He has also comfortably played more minutes than any other player in the Premier League, with his 52,871 way ahead of David James, who played in 51,299 minutes of Premier League action during his career.In terms of honours, Barry won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time with Manchester City, while he won 53 caps for England, making his last appearance for his country in 2012. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Hodgson feels bloodied Crystal Palace sink into ‘absolute doom and gloom’

first_img Read more Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Their leeway in terms of Premier League financial fair play regulations is slim, which might explain Hodgson’s painful realism when it comes to next month’s transfer window. Any dealings will have to be shrewd. Would there be merit in bringing back Victor Moses despite Hodgson’s reluctance to play authentic wingers? Or might another Chelsea player, Tammy Abraham, be prised from a loan at Aston Villa? Providing a focal point to this team, whether via a revitalised Benteke or a fresh face, is the priority.Palace have, of course, been here before. They lost nine of their first 10 games in 2013 and finished 11th. One win in 12 games cost Neil Warnock his job a year later and they ended 10th. They had 19 points from 25 games by early 2017 and rose to 14th. But each of those revivals had been instigated by a change in management. The only time they stuck with what they had, in 2015-16, Alan Pardew’s team went into Boxing Day outside the top four on goal difference before embarking on a 14-match winless run, clambering to safety in May. As a squad, they seem to thrive on change. It is Hodgson’s task to buck that trend. Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Roy Hodgson Crystal Palace The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Facebook features Share on LinkedIn Leicester City Crystal Palace v Leicester City: match preview Read more The analogy ended there, probably wisely, though Palace have been craving a cleansing for some time. Rewind a fortnight, when Burnley were subjected to a 2-0 defeat at Selhurst Park, their hosts’ first goals at home from open play all season, and the talk had been of a team belatedly finding their rhythm and of confidence flooding back. And yet everything since has been downright sobering. The defensive surety which had been Palace’s forte has melted away. Brighton & Hove Albion, the club’s perceived bitterest rivals, scored three times in 24 minutes and, less surprisingly, coped with 10 men for more than an hour to prevail at the Amex. West Ham rattled in three in 17 minutes to claim the spoils last Saturday.That win over Burnley is Palace’s solitary success in 11 league games stretching back to mid-September. If they fail to beat Leicester City on Saturday, without the banned Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins, they will have fewer points than at the same stage last year, when they began with seven scoreless defeats.The nagging concern is that Hodgson’s team had been on an upward trajectory 12 months back, their recovery well under way and conviction flooding back. This time the performances – some promising, even impressive, but most ultimately undermined by a lack of firepower – plateaued early. The frazzled nature of the past two defeats hinted at a different kind of trajectory and the omens are grim this weekend. They have not won without Zaha since September 2016. In fact, all 13 league games in the Ivorian’s absence have been lost.Hodgson was having none of it. Zaha’s one-match suspension should be considered an opportunity to break that duck. Faith is retained in the collective. “It was only a week or two ago that the club was buzzing after what we regarded absolutely as one of our very best performances of the 16 months I have been at the club,” he said. “Then you lose two games and things are very, very different. It is absolute doom and gloom, and ‘How come the club has gone so wrong over a number of years?’ The only thing that could ever provoke me to lose a sense of optimism would be if I didn’t see in the players the desire, determination and quality to make certain they stay in the league.”Yet each defeat, and there have been 10 in 16 league games, chips away at belief and places greater scrutiny on an unbalanced squad. There is undoubted quality but, for all that the main outfield summer arrivals, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Max Meyer, have pedigree, it is open to debate whether Hodgson is working with as rounded a group as he inherited last season. The loss of Yohan Cabaye to Al-Nasr and the Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek is keenly felt, not least because each was integral over the final six weeks of the campaign. With them went the momentum.Deficiencies up front, where Christian Benteke contributed only three goals last season, were not addressed properly with the recruitment of a raw Alexander Sørloth in January or the loan arrival of Jordan Ayew in the summer. Benteke was training at Beckenham on Friday with a gaggle of fitness staff. His reputation has soared in absentia, though it is too easy to paint him as the free-scoring force from Aston Villa, rather than the hunched figure whose confidence withered so badly last year; or, indeed, the striker who missed a flurry of chances in an unfathomable home defeat by Southampton in September.For the first time Hodgson has borne the brunt of some of the frustration but a manager of his experience will stick to the principles – from tactics to training – that have served him so well for years. It was a rigidity in thinking after the club’s dalliance with the vaguer theories of Frank de Boer which saved the team last time.Other observers bemoan a relative lack of investment over recent transfer windows, though that ignores the fact that Palace are saddled with one of the more onerous wage bills in the division. They have tended to purchase established talent rather than potential, largely because regular managerial appointments have had to deliver instant results, and they are counting the cost of that. Very few players are sold on for profit. Roy Hodgson was discussing defeat, a numbed sense of disappointment Crystal Palace have had to endure too often this season, when the conversation veered unexpectedly into even gorier territory. “You will never get away from the classic American expression that the winner bathes in the loser’s blood,” he said. “That’s where we are. We’ve lost, so it’s our blood out there at the moment and the winners are bathing in it. I just hope we’ll be doing a bit of bathing in blood ourselves in future.” Share on Pinterest Topics Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge banned and fined for breaching betting rules

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge banned and fined for breaching betting rulesDaniel Sturridge had been charged with 11 alleged breaches of its betting rules, nine of which were dismissed by an independent regulatory commission.advertisement Reuters LondonJuly 18, 2019UPDATED: July 18, 2019 19:24 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSSturridge has been handed a 6-week ban, 4 of which are suspendedSturridge was accused of passing on inside information about his potential transfer movesI am pleased that 9 of the 11 charges were dismissed: SturridgeFormer Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been fined 75,000 pounds ($93,690) and banned for six weeks, four of which are suspended, for breaching betting regulations, the Football Association said on Thursday.The FA said the 29-year-old had been charged with 11 alleged breaches of its betting rules, nine of which were dismissed by an independent regulatory commission.Sturridge, who was released by Liverpool after his contract expired last month, can resume playing from July 31, but the FA added that it disagreed with the commission’s findings and would appeal the decision to dismiss most of the charges against him.”I am pleased that 9 of the 11 charges were dismissed and that the panel found me to be an honest and credible witness, and that my actions on one particularly difficult day were out of character,” Sturridge said in a statement.”The case was heard over 7 days by a distinguished panel, which resulted in a lengthy and carefully considered decision, and followed an extensive investigation by The FA. It is therefore extremely disappointing to hear that the FA will be appealing this decision.”Sturridge was accused of passing on inside information about his potential transfer moves away from Liverpool in January 2018 to close friends and relatives that was then used for, or in relation to, betting.The commission found Sturridge guilty of two of the charges, which alleged he had instructed his brother, Leon, to bet on a possible move by him to La Liga side Sevilla.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Daniel SturridgeFollow LiverpoolFollow Football Association Nextlast_img read more

Raheem Sterling proving to be England’s greatest strength

first_img Next Raheem Sterling proving to be England’s greatest strengthEngland manager Gareth Southgate hailed Raheem Sterling for his unstoppable display in a 5-3 victory to keep his side top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group A.advertisement Reuters SouthamptonSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 22:38 IST England’s Raheem Sterling celebrates second goal during Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match (Reuters Photo)England manager Gareth Southgate was asked this week whether Harry Kane was undroppable’ but the same question must now be raised about Raheem Sterling who he described as unstoppable after a dazzling display against Kosovo on Tuesday.The Manchester City forward scored England’s equaliser and provided three first-half assists in a pulsating 5-3 victory to keep his side top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group A.Sterling has now scored six goals in four matches during the qualifying campaign, the same as Kane, and eight in his last eight appearances for his country, on top of four assists.It is hard to believe this is a player who scored only twice in his first 45 England appearances and this time last year had gone three years and 27 games without a goal for his country.The raw material was always there but Sterling often appeared to be trying too hard, complicating things and failing to offer an end-product to his jinking runs.City boss Pep Guardiola has harnessed Sterling’s many weapons, however, and turned him into one of the most-feared forward’s in world football both as a goalscorer and creator, as was witnessed at St Mary’s on Tuesday.His seventh-minute equaliser, after Kosovo had taken the lead inside 40 seconds, was a poacher’s effort, nodding home from close range. After that, helped by Kosovo’s expansive tactics, Sterling was the catalyst for everything England did.He span on a sixpence on the halfway line before marauding forward and playing the perfect pass to strike partner Kane to lash home England’s second. He then terrorised Kosovo’s defence twice more to lay two goals on a plate for winger Jadon Sancho.advertisementSome may say Kosovo, ranked 120th in the world but far better than that, were too accommodating. But few defenders in world football would relish trying to stop Sterling at present.”Raheem’s two performances (against Bulgaria and Kosovo) have been of the highest level,” Southgate said. “He has been almost unstoppable. His awareness of where defenders were, the ability to ride challenges, his vision and desire to get in on goal, and unselfish play as well. I can’t speak highly enough.”Sterling was voted Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year last season, gaining 62% of the vote from around 400 British journalists and the 24-year-old has already scored five goals in four Premier League games for City this season.”I thought it was one of my best England performances in the first half,” said Sterling, who has not looked back since scoring twice in a 3-2 Nations League win in Spain a year ago.”Going on that long drought, I wasn’t really looking at my stats until I saw how bad they were, and then I put pressure on myself to better. From that night in Spain with those two goals, I knew I would kick on from here.”It’s been a good start to this season and I just want to keep scoring goals.”Also Read | Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Cristiano Ronaldo hits four for Portugal in 5-1 rout of LithuaniaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Raheem SterlingFollow Manchester Citylast_img read more

Own Your Own Minimalist Swedish Retreat with Villa Akerman

first_imgMinimalist homes are a dime a dozen in the country that perfected the style, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t love the chance to own a spacious, minimalist vacation home in Sweden. Perched on a rocky hill, with stunning water views, Villa Åkerman is just that home. Full of style and a great spot to unwind, it’s also up for sale, ready to be snagged by anyone able to drop $1,000,000. How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Next This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness 1 of 12 1 of 6 Located in the picturesque town of Trosa, Sweden, an hour south of Stockholm, Villa Åkerman is the creation of Triguieros Architecture. Built in 2016, this home manages to stand out because it is vastly different from the quaint abodes that line the town’s canals. While the majority of the homes in the historic town look like they are straight out of a fairy tale, Villa Åkerman is refreshing in its simplistic, contemporary style.One of the most exciting parts of the home is the way it appears to hover over a rocky cliff. This is thanks to the engineered support structure that allowed Triquieros Architecture to build on such a challenging site. Rather than digging a foundation into the rock, support pylons were drilled into the ground. Steel support beams rest on the pylons and hold the home up over the ground. As you walk up the hill from the driveway to the home’s entrance, you glimpse the underside of the home, which like the rest of the exterior, is clad in wood. Next How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 Inside, Villa Åkerman is a stunning space, outfitted in the sleek finishes we love about minimalism. Bright white walls, light wood floors, and expanses of glass walls keep the home feeling spacious and airy. The front of the home is where the private spaces are located, including three bedrooms and two bathrooms. At the back of the home is an open-plan family room which includes a living area with wood-burning fireplace, dining area, and a large Scandinavian kitchen. This part of the home features walls of glass on three sides. Large pivoting glass doors open up the space to the wrap around deck, large enough a dining table, seating area, and hammock. The deck offers unobstructed views of the Sörmlands archipelago.If all of this has you considering a move to Sweden, the home also comes with a few added bonuses. The property includes a waterside sauna, a small pier, and its own private beach. The home is currently for sale through Fastighetsbyran for 9,950 000 SEK (about $1,082,000 USD).For other minimalist Swedish design, check out the “human recharging station” known as the VIPP shelter. Previous Editors’ Recommendations Previous How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norwaylast_img read more

New Addition to Grand Circle Cruise Line’s Fleet (USA)

first_imgGrand Circle Cruise Line had chartered the ship for the past year and will expand the Corinthian’s operations with the launch of three new small ship cruise itineraries in 2015.The ship was acquired for an undisclosed price from Travel Dynamics International. Travel Dynamics will continue to operate the Corinthian throughout 2014, with Grand Circle Cruise Line assuming operational control when the ship returns to Antarctica in the fall. In addition, Grand Circle Cruise Line and Travel Dynamics have entered into a long-term agreement through which Grand Circle Cruise Line will provide small ship itineraries on the Corinthian and its other small ships for Travel Dynamics’ educational programs.“Small ship cruising is a rapidly-growing trend among baby boomers and seniors who want the ease, comfort and affordability of small ship cruising along with access to local communities, cultures, and experiences,” said Cook. “We are committed to expanding our small ship fleet and to creating affordable, new small ship itineraries that provide travelers with an intimate experience of a destination. Our travelers to Antarctica have had an amazing experience on the Corinthian, and we feel extremely proud that this spectacular ship has joined our growing fleet.”The Corinthian is an ice-strengthened vessel with the latest navigational, communications, and safety equipment. The ship is 297 feet long and carries 98 passengers in 49 outside-facing suites—each at least 225 square feet in area.Grand Circle Cruise Line will launch three new itineraries for the Corinthian in 2015, including an 8-night, roundtrip cruise ; and an 11-night UK cruise. Grand Circle Cruise Line also will offer several repositioning cruises.The acquisition of the Corinthian closely follows on the acquisition of the River Cloud II, now named the Chanson, a 90-passenger river cruise ship that will operate in the Bordeaux region of France.Grand Circle Cruise Line, March 25, 2014 zoom Grand Circle Cruise Line has acquired the M/V Corinthian, a 98-passenger, ocean faring vessel that currently operates in Antarctica.last_img read more

Navios Holdings Delivers Loss Closes USD 305 Mn Offering

first_imgzoom Although its revenues increased during the third quarter of 2017, Greek shipping firm Navios Maritime Holdings delivered a slightly widened net loss in the period.The company said that its net loss for the three month-period ended September 30 stood at USD 28.3 million, slightly more compared to a net loss of USD 27.5 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.Revenue for the quarter increased to USD 120.5 million, against a revenue of USD 113 million seen in the same period in 2016. Revenue from dry bulk vessel operations was up to USD 61 million from USD 49.7 million for the same period during 2016. The rise was mainly due to the increase in the time charter equivalent (TCE) per day by 5.2% to USD 9,481 per day in the third quarter of 2017 and an increase in available days of the company’s fleet by 579 days.For the first nine months of 2017, the company delivered a net loss of USD 114.3 million, compared to a net loss of USD 61.3 million reported a year earlier, while its revenue for the period reached USD 334.5 million, up from USD 320.3 million recorded in the nine-month period of 2016.Revenue from dry bulk vessel operations reached USD 171.8 million as compared to USD 142.9 million for the same period during 2016.On November 21, Navios Holdings informed that the company and Navios Maritime Finance II completed the sale of USD 305 million of 11.25% senior secured notes due 2022.The net proceeds of the offering will be used to complete a cash tender offer for any and all of its outstanding 8 1/8% senior notes due 2019 and to redeem any and all such notes that are not purchased in the tender offer after all conditions to the tender offer are satisfied or waived.last_img read more

UN agency to undertake emergency plan to safeguard Iraqs cultural heritage

The meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 17 April of over 20 top international specialists in Iraqi cultural heritage will draw up a preliminary inventory of the country’s heritage and prepare an intersectoral fact-finding mission to be sent there at the earliest possible date.The mission’s goals will be to prepare an inventory of Iraq’s needs in the Organization’s fields of competence – in education, culture, communication and the sciences – so that it can take part, in close cooperation with the UN system, in the emergency humanitarian action it is entrusted with carrying out.“UNESCO’s experience in similar situations over recent years has shown that education and culture can play a key role in consolidating the peace process and restoring national unity,” Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura told the agency’s Executive Board yesterday. “We must be ready without delay,” he added, “to help restore hope for the future in the Iraqi people.” read more

Afghan casualties hit record high 11000 in 2015 – UN report

Civilian Deaths and Injuries: January to December 2009 – 2015 “The real cost we are talking about in these figures is measured in the maimed bodies of children, the communities who have to live with loss, the grief of colleagues and relatives, the families who have to make do without a breadwinner, the parents who grieve for lost children, the children who grieve for lost parents […] these are the real consequences of the acts described in this report,” he emphasized. According the report, ground engagements between parties to the conflict caused the highest number of total civilian casualties (fatalities and injuries), followed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and suicide and complex attacks. Ground engagements caused the most fatalities among civilians, followed by targeted and deliberate killings. “The people of Afghanistan continue to suffer brutal and unprincipled attacks that are forbidden under international law,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in the press release, adding that this is happening with almost complete impunity. “The perpetrators of the violations, documented by UNAMA and my staff, must be held to account,” Mr. Zeid underscored, adding that the international community should emphasize far more vigorously that the rights of civilians should be protected. Some of the report’s other key findings highlight that anti-Government elements continued to cause the most harm – 62 per cent of all civilian casualties – despite a 10 per cent reduction from 2014 in the total civilian casualties resulting from their attacks. Notwithstanding the overall decrease, the report documents anti-Government elements increasing use of some tactics that deliberately or indiscriminately cause civilian harm, including targeted killings of civilians, complex and suicide attacks, as well as indiscriminate and illegal pressure-plate IEDs. Civilian deaths and injuries caused by pro-Government forces caused 17 per cent of civilian casualties – 14 per cent from Afghan security forces, two per cent from international military forces, and one per cent from pro-Government armed groups. The report documents increased civilian casualties caused by pro-Government forces, including during ground engagements, aerial operations, and the activities of pro-Government armed groups. Civilian Deaths and Injuries by Parties to the Conflict: January to December 2015 Nicholas Haysom, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA (right), and Danielle Bell, UNAMA Director of Human Rights, brief journalists at the press conference to launch the report. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Civilian deaths and injuries by tactic and incident type: January to December 2015 “This report records yet another rise in the number of civilians hurt or killed. The harm done to civilians is totally unacceptable,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), in a press release. The annual report, produced by the UNAMA in coordination with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Office (OHCHR), shows that increased ground fighting in and around populated areas, along with suicide and other attacks in major cities, were the main causes of conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries in 2015. “We call on those inflicting this pain on the people of Afghanistan to take concrete action to protect civilians and put a stop to the killing and maiming of civilians in 2016,” stressed Mr. Haysom. UNAMA documented 11,002 civilian casualties (3,545 deaths and 7,457 injured) in 2015, exceeding the previous record levels of civilian casualties that occurred in 2014. The latest figures show an overall increase of four per cent during 2015 in total civilian casualties from the previous year. UNAMA began its systematic documentation of civilian casualties in 2009. At a press conference today in Kabul, Mr. Haysom told reporters that while the figures in themselves are “awful,” the statistics and percentages contained in the report do not really reflect the real horror of the phenomenon. In 2015, UNAMA documented a 37 per cent increase in women casualties and a 14 per cent increase in child casualties. “In 2015, the conflict caused extreme harm to the civilian population, with particularly appalling consequences for children. Unprecedented numbers of children were needlessly killed and injured last year – one in four casualties in 2015 was a child,” said Danielle Bell, UNAMA Director of Human Rights. “Other children suffered the loss of parents, and increasingly their mothers, sisters, and female role models – one in 10 casualties was a woman.” read more

Pauls OT Heroics Push Grizzlies To The Brink

L.A.’s Blake Griffin had 30 points.If there was a game that crystallized why it was such a big deal for the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire Chris Paul, Monday night was it. Having blown a 10-point lead in the final four minutes to the Memphis Grizzlies, Paul dazzled in overtime, scoring eight points in the five extra minutes to lead the Clippers to a 101-97 victory.It was a win that gave L.A. a 3-1 series advantage. How close has this series been? The Clippers’ three wins were by a combined six points.It looked in the fourth quarter that this one would not be that close. Los Angels led by 10 with four minutes to play. But Mike Connelly Jr. and Rudy Gay held the Grizzlies together, and they mounted a closing-quarter run that forced overtime when Paul turned the ball over on the last possession of the final period.But in overtime, Paul made amends. The Grizzlies inexplicably did not double team him to get the ball out of his hands, and Paul exploited the Clippers’ generosity. Going one-on-one, he created space for himself and capitalized with four baskets that proved the difference in OT.He finished with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Blake Griffin had 30 before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Connelly Jr. had 25 points and Gay 23.The series goes back to Memphis for Game 5 on Wednesday. read more

Hachette No Joint Venture with Hearst

first_imgThrough the first six months, Elle has seen advertising pages fall 24 percent to 889.34, according to PIB figures. Ad pages at sister title Elle Décor dropped 29 percent through the same period.Last month, Hachette sold five titles—American Photo, Boating, Flying, Popular Photography and Sound & Vision—to enthusiast publisher Bonnier Corp. In addition to Elle and Elle Décor, Hachette publishes a number of other titles, including Car and Driver, Road & Track and Woman’s Day. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. parent Lagardère Active today denied that it is talks with fellow magazine publisher Hearst Corp. over a joint venture or licensing agreement regarding the U.S. edition of Elle magazine.Citing an unnamed source, the New York Post reported today that Lagardére is in talks with Hearst Corp. about taking over Elle’s U.S. operations. Hearst most likely would publish Elle for Lagardére, the report said, similar to how it publishes Marie Claire for Paris-based owner Marie Claire Album.When contacted by FOLIO:, a Hearst spokesperson called the report “pure speculation.”last_img read more

Past Present Future Behind the Launch of Rodales Organic Life

first_img Carucci: Jim didn’t start until September, and with the first issue being May/June, it just didn’t seem to make sense to increase frequency in the first year because we had such a short runway. But down the road, increasing frequency is something we’re definitely looking at. Oseland: There’s such a genuine level of confidence from Rodale, from the folks who earnestly created this title and from our crack newsstand analytics team, that we’ve got a success in the making. All of us believe that the title we’ve created doesn’t exist, and it hasn’t existed before. The depth to which it covers its main topic pillars has never been attempted before in the organic and eco-friendly space. To our analysis, and to our gut instinct, there’s a huge potential market out there. Here, Folio: talks with the magazine’s editor-in-chief, James Oseland, and publisher, Ellen Carucci, about it’s connection to the past and some of the choices they’ve made in development. Folio: Why did you decide to keep the bimonthly frequency? Did you ever consider changing it? A lot of magazines want to jump into this green space, but because we pioneered organic in this country and because we have deep roots with J.I. Rodale, widely considered the father of this movement, we have the authenticity and the authority to launch this brand. That historical legacy is such an important part of our D.N.A.—we talk about it on every sales call. Folio: You’ve been branding Rodale’s Organic Life as a lifestyle brand, but the magazine has strong roots in the epicurean segment, and the first cover is reflective of those roots. Is this a lifestyle magazine or an epicurean one? Rodale’s Organic Life hit newsstands last week as one of this year’s most anticipated launches. The title, a reformulation of former flagship brand, Organic Gardening, is aiming at what it thinks is an underserved, eco-conscious audience, at a scale unprecedented in the segment. Folio: In developing Organic Life, how conscious have you been of maintaining a connection to Organic Gardening? Folio: You’re increasing the magazine’s newsstand draw pretty significantly, going from 15,000 to 200,000, at a time when all the stats point to a declining newsstand. Why are you going the opposite direction? … Folio: How many of your advertisers are coming over from Organic Gardening? Ellen Carucci: I think this is very much a lifestyle magazine because our four key content pillars are food, home, garden and wellbeing. The editorial hits on all of those points. While food may seem like a little more of an equal pillar than all the rest, at times, I’d say we’re definitely a lifestyle magazine. Carucci: From an advertising point of view, it’s very important that we keep that core mission of Organic Gardening front-and-center as we present Organic Life to the marketplace. Carucci: With the exception of one advertiser who decided they weren’t spending any money on print this year, we captured virtually all the previous advertisers. That’s one of the things I’m most proud of. Even some of our gardening equipment brands, brands we thought might be at risk, have actually increased their schedule. James Oseland: At the most essential level, the content that a reader would find in Organic Gardening is still very much in place in Rodale’s Organic Life. It’s formatted differently, it looks different, it might feel different on a visceral level, but fundamentally, all the same streams of information that a reader would find in Organic Gardening are there. We also have 18 new advertisers. [The magazine has 64 total advertisers in its first issue.]* Oseland: And we consider it in every editorial choice we make. Carucci: The fact that so many new retailers were embracing it gave us the confidence that there was so much hunger for this brand. In a time of consolidating newsstand sales, that so many new retailers were willing to put Organic Life on their shelves, was also a huge selling point for us going into the marketplace. And the idea of having so many opportunities for new consumers to sample this was just thrilling to us. *Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that the magazine had 10 new advertisers.last_img read more

In Japan Subarus STI is about much more than the WRX

first_imgSTI S208The S208 is a limited-run, Japanese-market STI S-line model, and the progenitor to the new S209. The two cars certainly look similar, but a number of important differences set them apart. For starters, the S208 uses Subaru’s 2.0-liter EJ20 turbo-4 engine under its hood, while the S209 has the 2.5-liter EJ25 motor from the US-spec WRX STI. The S208 makes 324 horsepower and 319 pound-feet of torque, compared to the estimated 341 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of the S209. But the S208 is also 154 pounds lighter than the S209, so let’s call it a wash.In terms of power delivery, the two S-line models felt about the same when driven in close succession. The S208 delivers its peak torque at lower rpm, so it’s more eager to build speed coming out of a corner in third gear. That said, the S208 felt a lot stiffer when I’d clip the apex curb of Turn 1, and generally had a tougher time settling itself over the uphill bend at Turn 2. The S209’s wider track and sticker tires certainly made it more agile and better suited for high-speed cornering. But I’d be lying if I said I really noticed a huge delta between the two cars’ performance abilities after only a few laps of Fuji’s short course. 30 Photos Car Culture Performance Cars 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix Subaru Levorg STI Sport is one fast wagon 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multi-day vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms.The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. BRZ STI SportOK, we kind of got the BRZ STI Sport in the US, it was just called the BRZ tS. Our BRZ tS has the huge Type RA-style wing and Sachs dampers, while the BRZ STI Sport wears a more civilized wing, and gets better Bilstein suspension hardware. The short-throw shifter for the six-speed manual transmission, flexible chassis V-braces, larger driveshaft, 18-inch wheels, better brake pads and other aero mods, meanwhile, are shared between the US- and Japanese-spec cars. Personally, I’m way more into the aesthetic of the BRZ STI Sport. The tS is a sweetheart and all, but that enormous wing, well, it’s just not my jam. Besides, the JDM car can be had in Cool Gray Khaki, which in addition to being the most appropriately Subaru-named color out there, looks rad as hell. (Subaru does offer this color on the 2019 BRZ, but only as part of the limited-edition Series Gray pack.)I’ve always loved the BRZ. It’s a momentum car — slow and steady but incredibly well balanced. It’s way more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow, and the BRZ is living proof of that ethos. Around Fuji’s short circuit, I could keep the 204-horsepower engine on boil in second and third gears and hardly touch the brakes. The short-throw stick was a joy to work, and the coupe’s great steering and playful chassis made for great fun around the half-mile track. It wasn’t the fastest STI I tested, but it’s arguably the most engaging. 14 Photos Subaru’s new STI S209 is an absolute hoot. But I’d be lying if I said driving a prototype of this upcoming, limited-edition sedan was the highlight of my recent trip to Japan.STI — Subaru Tecnica International — celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Earlier this month, it threw a belated birthday party at the base of Mt. Fuji, with big wings and gold wheels as far as the eye could see. Subaru owners and enthusiasts from across Japan flocked to Fuji Speedway to celebrate all things STI, and the automaker even used the occasion to introduce its 2019 WRX STI race car that’ll compete in this year’s Nurburgring 24-hour race. (There were also cookies, just sayin’.) 27 Photos Share your voice Subaru BRZ STI Sport is the best kind of momentum car Levorg STI SportSTI Sport models are essentially the company’s entry-level offerings. Think of how BMW offers the M550i and the M5 — both are M-ified versions of the 5 Series sedan, but the former is an M Sport creation, while the latter is a full-bore M car. Subaru doesn’t offer any of these STI Sport packages in the US, but on its Japanese models, this treatment offers unique visual flair, as well as a handful of light performance upgrades.Now, let’s talk Levorg. The name itself is a portmanteau of the words “Legacy, “revolution” and “touring” — the former because the car shares its platform with the Legacy sedan, as well as the WRX and last-generation Impreza. Think of the Levorg as the WRX wagon you wish Subaru sold in the US. It uses the same FA20 turbocharged flat-four engine as the WRX, but makes 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque — gains of 28 and 37, respectively, over the US-spec sedan. The Levorg is about 3.5 inches longer than the WRX we get Stateside, and it’s only slightly heavier, trim for trim. It’s as enjoyable to drive as any other ‘Rex we get here. Even the continuously variable transmission isn’t a total buzzkill.The Levorg’s STI Sport pack adds model-specific Bilstein dampers, 18-inch Rays wheels and upgraded brake pads, but the rest of the car’s mechanicals are bone stock. A new front bumper, side skirts, rear spoiler and STI badges round out the exterior changes, and inside, the Sport gets special leather seats.Driving the Levorg on Fuji’s short circuit was a familiar experience, simply because I’ve spent lots of time driving US-spec WRX models in a spirited fashion. The upgraded dampers didn’t do much to quell body roll in corners, but the plentiful turbo power and well-behaved CVT (yes, really) meant the Levorg could shoot its way out of corners with little fuss. It’s as fun as any other WRX, just with more weight and usable space over its rump. Give it a six-speed manual transmission and I’d happily drive one every day. 34 Photos 20 Photoscenter_img 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 Prototype: A love letter from Japan Bonus rally stageExciting as the STI models were to drive on track, I kept getting distracted by the very special guest sitting in the paddock: Subaru’s Impreza WRC98 rally car. It’s the car most famously piloted by the legendary Colin McRae, and the star of so many video games, not to mention posters on my bedroom wall as a teenager. It wasn’t just there for show, either. Following my laps behind the wheel of the production STI models, I hopped in the snug passenger seat of the WRC race car, while pro driver Toshihiro “Toshi” Arai gave me an absolute thrill ride around the short, paved track.Arai manhandled the WRC98 car like it was a toy. Left-foot braking and some handbrake pulls resulted in the rear end sliding around every corner, tires screaming and engine roaring as Arai slammed through gears with incredible speed and precision. Honestly, fun as it was to enjoy this rollercoaster ride ’round the track, I was more in awe of Arai’s ability to make beating the snot out of the Impreza look like a walk in the park. You could tell he absolutely loved that car.That’s exactly how I felt driving the other STI products: Imperfect as they might’ve been, every last one felt like a familiar old friend, brought a smile to my face. Refreshingly analog in their approach to performance, these Subarus are the sort of cars that you just want to beat the snot out of, over and over again.Here’s hoping STI never loses that spunk in its next 30 years. Post a comment More From Roadshow 2019 Subaru Ascent review 14 Photos 30 years of STI at Fuji Speedway Walking through the parking lots of Fuji Speedway provided a stark reminder that STI is far more than just an upper-crust trim level of the Subaru WRX. In Japan, STI has touched everything from Subaru’s R2 kei car to the Forester SUV, offering both bolt-on accessories and fully baked creations like the coveted S-line models, of which the S209 is the latest. WRX sedans and hatchbacks made up the majority of the cars on display, of course, but I couldn’t help but fawn over not-for-US models such as the Levorg wagon, or the coveted Legacy STI S204 that never graced US soil. Modded street racers with fart can exhausts mixed it up with impeccably clean, bone-stock cars. Every hot Subie you’ve ever heard of was on hand, against the backdrop of gray skies and a ring of clouds around Fuji-san.I could’ve spent all day walking the parking lots, poring over the details that set each STI-tuned Subie apart. But Subaru graciously provided a number of Japanese-spec STI cars for me to drive around the Speedway’s short circuit. The objective here wasn’t just to make me hella jealous that we never got these cars Stateside, but instead to show the breadth of STI’s wares.STI isn’t just about big-winged WRXes, y’all. 0 Tags The Subaru Impreza WRC98 race car hits Fuji Speedway Subaru Subaru WRX STI S208 is a Japan-only track special BMW Subarulast_img read more

How Important Is NAFTA For Texas Houston

first_img 00:00 /03:29 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Edel HowlinFaisal Amin is the director of benchmarking and strategic research at Berkeley Research Group.The first Houston Latin American Business Forum on May 16 looks at the economic relationship between Houston, Texas and the United States with Latin American countries.The discussion will include concerns about the future of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which President Donald Trump wants to renegotiate.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, we spoke with Faisal Amin with the Berkeley Research Group, the main organizer of the forum.You can listen to the interview by clicking on the play button above. Sharelast_img