French bullet train shatters rail speed record, hitting 357.2 mph

first_imgABOARD TRAIN V150, France – The speedometer climbed higher and higher – and so did my heart rate. Inside the last of three double-decker cars sandwiched between two engines, those of us aboard the French bullet train trying to set the speed record on conventional rails watched the digital numbers flash on a screen in kilometers per hour: 400, 450, 500, 550. Looking out the windows, the French countryside became a green blur. Then the magic number appeared: 547.8 kph, or 357.2 mph – faster than any humans had ever traveled in a train on rails. As fast as an airplane, but on the ground. But this was more than a stunt. The demonstration was meant to showcase technology that France wants to sell to multibillion-dollar overseas markets such as China. In Preny, tension aboard the V150 mounted as the doors closed – it was too late to turn back. Alstom Transports, which built the train, transformed the passenger cars into a laboratory for the event so technicians could gather data to improve future TGVs. As the train quickly gathered speed on a new rail line to open in June between Paris and Strasbourg, we watched a mini-pendulum suspended by reporters to gauge the train’s sway. Journalists were not buckled in, but were told not to move because we might interfere with live television broadcasts from the train. When we hit 242 mph, it felt like an airplane taking off. The pressure sent pains through my ears as we rocketed past applauding and cheering crowds on bridges and adjacent country roads. Outside, the train roared by like a jet, sparks spit from the overhead power lines and a trail of dust sprayed out behind. Inside, the pendulum swung widely, and the train shook and roared. We soon broke the 1990 record of 320.2 mph – also set by a French train. Then, near the village of Le Chemin, we hit the record of 357.2 mph. The train was speeding far faster than a passenger jet taking off. In fact, we kept up with planes flying overhead taking photos. I thought we were about to derail. Only 15 minutes had passed since we departed. Officials aboard applauded, and the train immediately slowed. In comparison to its record, its cruising speed of around 190 mph felt escargot-paced. “There are about 10,000 engineers who would want to be in my place,” said the operator, Eric Pieczac. “It makes me very happy, a mixed feeling of pride and honor to be able to reach this speed.” Alstom Transports President Philippe Mellier said before the test that it would try to outdo the record of 361 mph set in 2003 by Japan’s nonconventional magnetically levitated train. But in the end, the French train fell just 4 mph short. Pierre-Louis Rochet, former head of French state-run rail network SNCF’s international division, said this may be as fast as it gets on standard rails. “There is no interest” in going faster, since after that “the costs will increase too much,” said Rochet, now rail director for international engineering firm Arcadis. China plans to build more than 7,500 miles of high-speed railways in coming years at a cost of more than $250 billion. Construction is to start this year on a high-speed line between Beijing and Shanghai, cutting travel time from nine hours to five. France competes with Germany and with Japan for contracts. Earlier Tuesday, Transport Minister Dominique Perben received California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez. The state is studying prospects for a high-speed line from Sacramento to San Diego, via San Francisco and Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The air pressure made my ears ache. Frankly, I was happy when it was over – and not because the journey quite literally ended in Champagne. The chrome and black V150 looked majestic as its engines hummed on the platform near the town of Preny, east of Paris, before Tuesday’s record run. For its mission to break the speed record, the train was modified with a 25,000-horsepower engine, and adjustments also were made to the track, notably the banking on turns. The rails were treated so the wheels could make perfect contact, and electrical power in the overhead cable was increased from 25,000 volts to 31,000 volts. The V150 was equipped with larger wheels than the normal French TGV – or “train a grande vitesse” – to cover more ground with each rotation, said Alain Cuccaroni, in charge of the technical aspects of testing. French TGVs normally cruise at about 185 mph. last_img read more

Pochettino hails ‘huge’ potential after Madrid draw

first_img“It was a magnificent opportunity to show we can compete and play against a team used to playing at this level,” said Pochettino.Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw at APOEL Nicosia means the Germans and Cypriots remain six points adrift of the group leaders.Spurs crashed out at the group stages last year against less exalted opposition, and Pochettino hailed the progression of his young side over the past 12 months.Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Mauricio Pochettino shouts instructions to his players during their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on October 17, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“We are a team in construction. Last year against Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow we managed just seven points, this year against teams like Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL we already have seven points.“It has been an important step forward. The team is competing and that is something that has to give us confidence to continue on the way we have chosen to do things.“The potential the club has for the future is huge.”Lloris’ heroics also drew praise from his French compatriot and Real boss Zinedine Zidane.“Benzema’s header is one of those where Lloris saves it one in every 10,” said Zidane, who couldn’t hide his disappointment at dropping two points at home.– ‘Now comes Wembley’ –But Lloris hailed Spurs’ resistence against a side that has won the Champions League in three of the past four seasons.Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane (R) fights for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane during their UEFA Champions League Group H match, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on October 17, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“It was a great challenge for a young team, to show the face of Tottenham against the best team in the world,” Lloris told BT Sport.“At this level it’s a great feeling to get a good draw.”It could even had been better for the visitors had Keylor Navas not produced a stunning save to prevent Harry Kane enhancing his burgeoning reputation on the continent 19 minutes from time.“A point at the Bernabeu, you’d take that every day of the week. It shows how far we’ve come as a team,” said Kane.The two sides meet again at Spurs’ adopted home Wembley with top spot in the group on the line.“It’ll be tough again,” added Kane. “But we’ve shown we can handle it at this level and that’s what it’s all about.”Real, though, have shown they have the potential to win anywhere in Europe over the past few seasons and midfielder Toni Kroos expects them to be inspired by playing at the home of football.“Now comes the game at Wembley. We are capable of winning anywhere, Wembley is a special stadium and I am desperate for that game to arrive,” said the German World Cup winner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dives for the ball sduring a warm-up ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on October 17, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Oct 18 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed his side’s maturity after taking a huge step towards the Champions League last 16 by holding defending champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.The English side had to rely on two stunning second-half saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to deny Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, but were good value for a point that keeps them level with Madrid on seven points at the top of Group H.last_img read more

Musacchio’s Tottenham transfer update: Whopping £39.6m fee to derail move?

first_img1 It is pretty clear where Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino thinks his squad needs strengthening – defence. The Argentine has already bought centre-back Eric Dier, left-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm to improve things, but his chief target remains Villareal defender Mateo Musacchio. talkSPORT brings you all the latest news on the defender’s possible move to White Hart Lane.Musacchio in ‘advanced’ talks with TottenhamAccording to the Daily Mirror and Sky Sports, Spurs have agreed a £17million fee with Villarreal for the defender and are now locked in advanced talks to bring the Argentine defender to north London. Spurs are believed to be ready to offer Musacchio a five-year deal as Pochettino seeks to address his side’s leaky defence.River Plate pricing Spurs out of a move?Musacchio’s former club, River Plate, are threatening to derail any move for the defender by demanding he is sold for a whopping £39.6m, reports the Evening Standard. The Argentine club retain a 35 per cent sell-on clause for the defender and want to make the most out of any move for the 23-year-old, much to Spurs’ frustration.Arrival will not spell the end for VertonghenThe Daily Mail report that Mauricio Pochettino is keen on pairing Musacchio with Jan Vertonghen in the middle of the defence and that the Argentine’s arrival does not spell the end for the Belgian star. Instead the Tottenham boss is understood to be desperate to get Vertonghen to agree fresh terms at White Hart Lane.Villarreal boss accepts the inevitableThe transfer might be getting complicated due to former club River Plate, but that has not stopped Villarreal manager, Marcelino, appearing to concede defeat in their fight to hold onto Musacchio. Over the weekend he is said to have told local reporters: “There is a situation with three parties: the player, the buyer and the club in the middle and, as I said many times, if the club sell an important player, it’s because the right conditions are in place. Things will change a lot. The quality and level [Musacchio has] will make it difficult to find a replacement.”Tottenham fans, what do you make of Musacchio? Will he improve Spurs’ defence? Comment below. Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio has been linked with a move to Tottenham last_img read more

Where are they now? England and Germany’s 2009 Euro Under-21 finalists

first_img1 The England team line up ahead of the Euro U21 final defeat to Germany in 2009 England v Germany in the European Championship U21 semi-final is live on talkSPORT on Tuesday 27 June at 5pm (BST)It is now eight years since the two nations faced each other in the final of the same competition.On that occasion England lost the match 4-0 to a Germany side that included a number of future World Cup winners. But where are all the players who started the match now?ENGLAND U21s XI v GERMANY U21sScott Loach: (Hartlepool, senior caps 0) The goalkeeper replaced the suspended Joe Hart in the 2009 final. Has joined National League side Hartlepool this summer.Martin Cranie: (Huddersfield, senior caps 0) Joined David Wagner’s side after a spell at Barnsley and formed part of the promotion-winning side. Micah Richards: (Aston Villa, senior caps 13) Won FA Cup and the Premier Leage at Manchester City before moving to Villa after a loan spell with Fiorentina. Relegated in 2016. Nedum Onouha: (QPR, senior caps 0) Started at Manchester City and had a loan spell at Sunderland before transferring to QPR. Currently club captain. Kieran Gibbs: (Arsenal, senior caps 10) Still part of the Gunners squad but is expected to move on after falling down the pecking order behind Nacho Monreal and new signing Sead Kolasinac. Lee Cattermole: (Sunderland, senior caps 0) Moved from Wigan to Sunderland for £6million after the 2009 final. Suffered relegation last season. Fabrice Muamba: (Retired, senior caps 0) The midfielder’s career was cut short after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch while playing for Bolton against Tottenham in 2012.Mark Noble: (West Ham, senior caps 0) Despite continuing to be a vital component for his boyhood club Noble has never made a senior England appearance. Played his 400th game for the club last season. James Milner: (Liverpool, senior caps 61) Won a number of domestic trophies at Manchester City and is now the Reds’ first-choice left-back. Retired from England duty last year. Adam Johnson: (Prison, senior caps 12) The ex-Manchester City and Sunderland winger’s career is effectively done. Currently serving six years for grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15. Theo Walcott: (Arsenal, senior caps 47) Heading into his 12th season with the Gunners but has never found the consistency to be deemed an automatic first-choice. Has three FA Cup titles to his name. GERMANY U21s XI v ENGLAND U21sManuel Neuer: (Bayern Munich, senior caps 74) The World-Cup winning goalkeeper has won everything with Bayern since moving from Schalke in 2011. Widely considered the best stopper in the world at the moment.Andreas Beck: (Besiktas, senior caps 9) Has won the Turkish league twice since moving from Hoffenheim in 2015.Benedikt Howedes: (Schalke, senior caps 44) The Schalke stalwart and captain played every minute of Germany’s World Cup winning campaign in 2014. A central figure for his club.Jerome Boateng: (Bayern Munich, senior caps 67) After a forgetable spell with Manchester City the defender has developed into one of the world’s best at Bayern. Clean sweep of club honours and a World Cup win.Sebastian Boenisch: (1860 Munich, senior caps 14 for Poland) Boenisch switched allegiance to the country of his birth in 2010. Currently with 1860 Munich who have just been demoted to Germany’s fourth tier. Mats Hummels: (Bayern Munich, senior caps 57) After several succesful seasons at Dortmund, where he won two league titles, the defender moved back to Bayern last summer to claim more honours.Fabian Johnson: (Borussia Monchengladbach, senior caps 56 for USA) The son of an American serviceman, Johnson was called into the US setup in 2011. Gonzalo Castro: (Borussia Dortmund, senior caps 5) Joined Dortmund from Bayer Leverkusen two years ago but isn’t in the international picture. Sami Khedira: (Juventus, senior caps 70) After winning a Champions League title the midfielder moved to Juventus where he continues to win trophies on a regular basis. Mesut Ozil: (Arsenal, senior caps 84) The Gunners’ record £42.5million signing from Real Madrid, the creator starred in Germany’s 2014 World Cup win. Frequently showcases his ability in the Premier League as well.Sandro Wagner: (Hoffenheim, senior caps 3) Considered a late developer and only won his first cap at senior level earlier this month.  England U21s v Germany U21s is live on talkSPORT at 5pm (BST) on Tuesday 27 Junelast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: WORLD CLASS MARK ENGLISH ‘BEST RUN EVER’

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL athlete Mark English set a new ‘A’ Championship best at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium in London this evening.He finished sixth in a time of 1.44:84 – just two hundreds of a second outside the Irish record in the 800m.The 20-year-old beat the British No1 in the process. Tonight Ireland team manager Patsy McGonagle described the run as “astounding and outstanding.”He told Donegal Daily: “This was the best run ever by a Donegal athlete. I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe that run.“It was out of this world. This boy is still 20 and is off to Moscow to represent Ireland in the world championships.“Honestly I’ve never been so proud. English was brilliant.” Full Result:SYMMONDS Nick1:43.67SBSOLOMON Duane1:44.12JOHNSON Brandon1:44.19KINYOR Job1:44.35MULDER Tyler1:44.72ENGLISH Mark1:44.84PBABBOTT Joe1:45.04PBRIMMER Michael1:45.46KSZCZOT Adam1:45.65MOHAMMED Mukhtar1:45.67PBGREER Elijah1:45.96SCHERER MatthewDNFBREAKING NEWS: WORLD CLASS MARK ENGLISH ‘BEST RUN EVER’ was last modified: July 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BREAKING NEWS: WORLD CLASS MARK ENGLISH ‘BEST RUN EVER’last_img read more

Volleyball Picked Sixth In Preseason MVC Poll

first_imgGrace Schofield and Odessa Cody also return after notching 175 and 186 kills, respectively last season. Schofield is also the team’s returning leader in aces and is second in digs and her efforts last season helped the Bulldogs rank second in the Valley in aces and digs. The Bulldogs aim to build off their best season since 2010 after going 17-15 in 2016 to record the program’s first winning season in six years. The team’s 17 wins and its eight Missouri Valley Conference wins were also the most by the Bulldogs since 2010. The Valley will look to continue to build off the success of another tremendous season in 2016 that saw three teams make the NCAA Tournament.  It was the seventh time in league history at least three Valley teams made the NCAA field. The MVC was one of seven leagues to earn three or more bids, joining the Big Ten (8), Pac 12 (8), Big 12 (6), SEC (4), ACC (3), and Mountain West (3). The Drake University volleyball team has been picked sixth in the annual Missouri Valley Conference preseason coaches poll, the MVC announced Wednesday, Aug. 16. The Bulldogs’ projected finish in the poll is the program’s highest preseason projection since the 2011 season. Missouri State, the defending regular-season MVC Champions, were the unanimous favorite to repeat as champions, followed by UNI in second and Illinois State in third. Loyola and SIU were tabbed third and fourth, respectively. Drake was voted ahead of MVC newcomer Valparaiso, Bradley, Indiana State and Evansville. The Bulldogs return six student-athletes that made significant contributions in 2016, including senior and three-year starter Kyla Inderski. Last season, Inderski recorded 400 kills, the eighth most ever by a Bulldog in a season, for a 3.31 kills per set average. She enters this season with 1,044 career kills to rank seventh all-time in Drake history. She also ranks seventh all-time in digs at Drake with 1,058 and is just the fourth Bulldog ever to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. The Bulldogs also added one of the top recruiting classes in the Missouri Valley Conference and earned honorable mention honors from PrepVolleyball.com for their recruiting efforts. Joining the Bulldogs in 2017 will be Oklahoma transfer Cathryn Cheek as well as highly touted signees Natalie Fry, Gillian Gergen, Hannah McCarthy, and Emily Plock. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Matt Chapman not himself at plate lately as A’s fall to Astros

first_imgHOUSTON — The A’s needed a strong outing from Aaron Brooks with the offense still a little out of whack.That did not happen.Brooks was not sharp and the A’s offense mustered up just one extra-base hit in Saturday’s 6-0 loss to the Astros at Minute Maid Park. It was the first time Oakland has been shut out this season and the fifth time they have scored two runs or less in their last 10 games. The A’s also lost back-to-back games for the first time since their opening series against the …last_img read more

Organic Farmer Sues GM Farming Neighbor

first_imgSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—In a landmark case, an organic farmer in Western Australia state is suing his neighbor for allegedly contaminating his crop with a genetically modified organism (GMO), GM canola. This is the first claim anywhere in the world by a “non-GMO farmer against a GMO farmer,” says Joe Lederman of the specialist law firm FoodLegal in Melbourne.Australia lifted a nationwide moratorium on GM crops in 2009. Only the state of South Australia prohibits planting of GM crops, a ban expected to hold until at least 2019. Because it is legal to sow GM crops in Western Australia, the case now being heard in the Western Australia Supreme Court in Perth turns on whether the GM farmer was negligent in the sense of not taking strict enough measures to contain GM material on his property, says University of Western Australia legal expert Michael Blakeney, an adviser to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.In court documents, Steve Marsh states that his organic farm, southeast of Perth, was contaminated in 2010 by GM canola, which he claims came from Michael Baxter’s farm. As a result, that year Marsh lost his National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) organic certification for approximately 70% of his property, on which he grows oats and rye and keeps sheep. 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They argue that Marsh should sue NASAA for imposing unrealistic standards. The association has zero tolerance for GM material of any sort. In contrast, the United States allows products with up to 5% GM material to be labeled “organic.” Even the European Union, where public perception of GM crops is generally negative, allows up to 0.9% GM material. “Zero tolerance is not realistic for crops growing in the vicinity of GM crops,” says plant scientist Graham King of Southern Cross University in Lismore.The case does not question the science or safety of GM crops that have Australian regulatory approval. The outcome, however, might impact labeling and product information of both GM and non-GM foods, says bioethicist Rachel Ankeny with the University of Adelaide. She claims that such information is “currently inadequate in Australia.”The case not only pits neighbor against neighbor; it’s also shaping up as what some see as a David versus Goliath battle. According to the Australian Associated Press, Marsh’s legal costs are being partly funded from a crowdsourced Internet appeal, while the biotechnology giant Monsanto is backing Baxter. The case is expected to run at least another week.last_img read more

Two Awaiting Sentencing for 2015 Murder of Indian American Store Clerk in Connecticut

first_imgTwo men are awaiting sentencing for the April 6, 2015 murder of Indian American store clerk Sanjay Patel, who was repeatedly shot by gunmen as he stood behind the counter of the Pay Rite Food/Citgo gas station in New Haven, Connecticut.A jury deliberated for less than four hours Feb. 7 before finding Dwayne Sayles guilty of felony murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. Sayles’ trial ended Feb. 5, and the jury began deliberations, but had to stop when one juror claimed she saw the defendant while visiting her husband in the same jail where Sayles was being held on $2 million bail. The juror said Sayles recognized her and waved to her, which caused her to fear for her safety, reported the New Haven Register.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

Virat Kohli wants India to press hard in Test arena

first_imgAs India gear up for their busiest Test season ever with as many as 17 matches packed across the next few months, skipper Virat Kohli feels it will be a great time to see where his team stands in the longest format of the game. (Virat Kohli and Co. fail ‘one hour test’ at preparatory camp)India travel to West Indies tomorrow for the first four of those 17 Tests before returning home to take on New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. (Anil Kumble chairs meet with Kohli and Dhoni to discuss roadmap)”This is the perfect situation and opportunity to challenge and assess ourselves as a Test team. These months will define how we play as a Test team in coming years,” Kohli said at the pre-departure media conference ahead of Indian team’s tour of the West Indies.KOHLI HAILS KUMBLE’S APPOINTMENTHailing Anil Kumble’s appointment as the team’s head coach, the Indian skipper said that now they have a man, who can also tell them how to win Test matches abroad. (Virat Kohli greets MS Dhoni with a hug at Bengaluru meet)”It is a huge boost for us that Anil bhai is our coach. Bowlers will feel more support due to his presence. Especially as he is someone who has won so many matches for the country and knows what it requires to win matches both India and abroad,” Kohli said praising Kumble. (Also Read: MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble lead India into Drum Circle session)The skipper also pointed out how Kumble has brought a refreshing change to the team bonding sessions.advertisement”Yesterday, he arranged a team activity (cricketers had a Drum Circle session with Vasundhara Das’ group) and it was fun. It was a surprise for us. Often due to the rigours of international cricket, we forget about team bonding session.”These sessions helps in build camaraderie which shows on field. Even Dhoni bhai, who came for the meeting (Roadmap) joined us and enjoyed the session,” Kohli said mentioning that the limited overs captain also gave his inputs on the tour ahead.SAHA REMAINS FIRST CHOICE KEEPERGlovesman Wriddhiman Saha’s batting has been under scanner and KL Rahul is in the squad as the reserve keeper but Kohli made it clear that it would be the Bengal lad, who firmly remains the first-choice behind the stumps.”Whenever KL Rahul has played, he has filled in opener’s slot but when it comes to keeping Wriddhiman is our first-choice keeper. His batting has also improved a lot and we are backing him. In Test matches, when it comes to half-chances, you need a specialist keeper who can execute catches properly. A part-time keeper will find this situation harder.”We will think about Rahul if Saha is injured as then we will also have to make our middle-order strong,” Kohli explained.A 4-0 clean sweep against the West Indies can put India atop ICC Test Rankings and Kohli was asked if that was something he and his team was aiming for.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Honda CR-V scores five stars at Euro NCAP crash tests

first_imgHonda CR-V scores five stars at Euro NCAP crash testsLaunched in India in October 2018, the new Honda CR-V makes use of the company’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. Below are all the safety features available on the India-spec CR-V.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 14:15 IST Image Courtesy : Euro NCAPHIGHLIGHTSNCAP rating is determined from a series of vehicle tests.The AEB system can detect pedestrians and cyclists as well as other vehicles.In India, Honda CR-V is available in two powertrains.The new Honda CR-V has scored a perfect five-star in the Euro NCAP crash tests. In doing so, the SUV has joined the company’s other vehicles like of Jazz, HR-V and Civic, which have also garnered the highest possible ratings at the tests.Euro NCAP has created the five-star safety rating system to help consumers compare vehicles and identify the safest choice for their needs. The rating is determined from a series of vehicle tests. These tests represent important real life accident scenarios in a simplified way.Launched in India in October 2018, the new Honda CR-V makes use of the company’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. Below are all the safety features available on the India-spec CR-V.– Dual i-SRS airbags for driver and front passenger– Front side airbags– Curtain airbags– Vehicle stability assist– Agile handling assist– Hill start assist– ABS with EBD– Brake Assist– Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold– Driver attention monitor– Lanewatch camera– Multi-view reverse camera with dynamic guidelines– Rear parking sensors– Emergency stop signal– Walk away auto lock– Front three-point load limiters with pretensionser ELR seatbelts– Driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder– ISO-FIX child seat anchorage– Child safety lock– Security alarm and immobilizerWith regard to “Adult Occupant” category, the Euro NCAP report for the Honda CR-V said that the passenger compartment of the CR-V remained stable in the frontal offset test and the standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system performed well in tests at the low speeds.advertisement”In the frontal offset test, dummy readings of tensile forces indicated marginal protection of the neck for the 10-year dummy. Otherwise, protection of both dummies was good or adequate. In the side barrier test, protection of both child dummies was good and maximum points were scored. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in this seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the restraint types for which the CR-V is designed could be properly installed and accommodated, including in the optional third row seats,” the report said for the “Child Occupant” division.In the “Vulnerable Road Users” group, the report said that the protection provided by the bonnet to the head of a struck pedestrian was good or adequate over most of its surface, with areas of good and poor performance. Protection of pedestrian’s legs was good in all test areas and the CR-V scored maximum points. The AEB system can detect pedestrians and cyclists as well as other vehicles.In India, Honda CR-V is available in two powertrains — a 2.0-litre, four cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC engine and a 1.6-litre, four cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC mill. The petrol motor is good for 154 PS of power and 189 Nm of torque and is mated to a CVT, while the diesel engine produces 120 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque and gets a nine-speed automatic transmission. The petrol variant comes in with only a 2WD option and the diesel variant has an option for 2WD as well as AWD.ALSO READ | Ferrari F8 Tributo revealed, new sports car to be more powerful than Ferrari 488 GTBALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo expected to be launched in MarchALSO READ | Tata Motors drives in 2019 Hexa, updated SUV gets new infotainment system and alloy wheelsGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Car testsFollow New car testsFollow Car test resultsFollow Car launchFollow New car launch Nextlast_img read more

Ganguly on winning side at Eden only positive: Shah Rukh Khan after KKR’s loss to DC

first_img scorecard Ganguly on winning side at Eden only positive: Shah Rukh Khan after KKR’s loss to DCSourav Ganguly was at the Delhi Capitals dugout as its advisor when they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens in an Indian Premier League 2019 match on Friday No data available! graphs view more view lesscenter_img commentary advertisement India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 13:11 IST Delhi Capitals advisor Sourav Ganguly said he is satisfied DC have completed a double over KKR in IPL 2019 ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShah Rukh Khan said KKR lacked heart during their defeat to DC on FridaySourav Ganguly had a memorable homecoming as DC beat KKR at the Eden GardensSourav Ganguly was appointed the advisor of Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2019Sourav Ganguly was plotting against his former Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday as he was at the Eden Gardens in the Delhi Capitals dugout as the advisor of the visiting team.Ganguly, dearly known as the Prince of Kolkata, is an extremely popular figure in Kolkata regardless of the team he represents. Not many can forget how the now-defunct IPL team, Pune Warriors garnered a lot of support at the Eden Gardens when they took on Kolkata Knight Riders under Ganguly’s leadership.Ganguly began his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders but his relationship with the team’s management wasn’t as smooth as one would have expected it to be. The former India captain moved from KKR to Pune Warriors in 2011 before calling it quits from the Twenty20 league in 2012.On Friday, Ganguly had a memorable homecoming as Delhi Capitals crushed Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets. The visiting team, led by Shreyas Iyer, came up with an all-round effort as they restricted KKR to 178 before gunning down the target with seven balls to spare.Shubman Gill and Andre Russell shone for the hosts with the bat but it wasn’t enough as Shikhar Dhawan regained top form to smash a match-winning 63-ball 97 not out.Reacting to Kolkata Knight Riders’ first defeat of IPL 2019 at the Eden Gardens, co-owner Shah Rukh Khan wrote: “Wonderful play by @RealShubmanGill & @Russell12A yet again. Losing is ok but today we kind of lacked heart, especially bowling, that’s sad. Only positive out of this game was that our Dada @SGanguly99 was at Eden on the winning side. Congrats @DelhiCapitals (sic).”advertisementWonderful play by @RealShubmanGill & @Russell12A yet again. Losing is ok but today we kind of lacked heart, especially bowling, that’s sad. Only positive out of this game was that our Dada @SGanguly99 was at Eden on the winning side. Congrats @DelhiCapitalsShah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 12, 2019Sourav Ganguly cut a delighted figure when he interacted with the media following Delhi Capitals’ win in Eden Gardens.The DC advisor heaped praise on Shikhar Dhawan for his match-winning knock and said he is hoping the left-handed opener to step up and deliver for the team in the business end of IPL 2019.”All I expect of him is determination. When he’s determined, no bowler in the world can stop him. It’s great to have him. More importantly, this is the business end of the tournament. He’s been in teams which have won IPL in the past. So hopefully, he can turn it around for the Delhi Capitals,” Ganguly told IPLT20.com.With Friday’s win, Delhi Capitals entered the top four of IPL 2019 points table. The Ricky Ponting-coached side will next face former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 14.Also Read | When Shikhar Dhawan is determined, no bowler in the world can stop him: GangulyAlso Read | Pant gives cake facial to Dhawan, Zoravar as DC celebrate big win over KKRAlso 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 Sourav GangulyFollow Shah Rukh KhanFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Eden Gardenslast_img read more

Finally it rains in Delhi still 615 less in July

first_imgNEW DELHI: The city’s long wait for monsoon showers ended on Monday as it gauged 28.8 mm precipitation, the maximum in July this year, and more rains are expected over the next two to three days. The moderate rainfall ended a six-day dry spell in the national capital.The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded 28.8 mm rainfall till 5:30 pm Monday. The weather stations at Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge, Ayanagar, Najafgarh, and Sports Complex recorded 25.8, 23.2, 13.2, 19.9, 4 and 7 mm precipitation, respectively. More than 65 mm precipitation at any place is considered heavy rain, officials said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe monsoon trough has shifted slightly southwards from the foothills of the Himalayas. Now, it runs from Punjab, Haryana, west Uttar Pradesh…all the way up to Nagaland,” Kuldeep Srivastava, senior scientist at India Meteorological Department, said. Heavy rain was reported in Central Delhi, East Delhi and some parts of neighbouring Noida. The rain over Delhi was accompanied by a sharp drop in visibility as dark clouds gathered over Delhi-NCR. The rainfall, however, was brief and stopped after around 15-20 minutes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFrom July 1 to July 15, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded 55.6 mm rainfall, 61.5 percent less than the 30-year average of 88.3 mm during the period, according to officials. Since the onset of monsoon on July 5, the national capital has recorded 54.2 mm rainfall only 1.4 mm precipitation occurred in the first five days of the month. One of the primary reasons behind scant rainfall is the delayed onset of monsoon in the region, officials said. The IMD on July 5 declared the onset of monsoon over the national capital. Normally, the wind system reaches the city by June 29. So far, the city has recorded rainfall on six days in the first 15 days of July. On average, it records rainfall on 15 days during the month. On Monday, the city recorded a high of 34.7 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, and a low of 26.6 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 64 and 96 percent. “Winds over Delhi and NCR have changed to easterly. We expect the weather to change and rains to intensify gradually,” Mahesh Palawat, Vice president Meteorology and Climate Change at private weather forecaster Skymet Weather said. An IMD official also said that the rains are expected to last till Thursday.last_img read more

Leaders hit campaign trail continue political fights over abortion climate change

first_imgMONTREAL – Federal party leaders are back on the campaign trail today, targeting each other over many of the same arguments they went toe-to-toe over in last night’s French-language debate.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is hanging around Montreal, fighting back after the Conservatives attacked him for using two planes during this campaign.Trudeau said he did the same thing in 2015 and that his campaign buys carbon offsets. He dismissed the issue as Conservative mud slinging.“It’s a well-established, far-right tactic to try and discredit environmentalists,” Trudeau said. “To distract from the fact that they have zero approach on climate change.”Trudeau was asked about having two campaign planes. Says same as 2015, and they are buying carbon offsets. Just like they did last time. Accuses Conservatives of trying to distract from other important discussions in this campaign #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019He attacked Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for his lack of clarity on his personal position on abortion — something Scheer addressed in New Brunswick.“My personal position has always been open and consistent. I am personally pro-life, but I’ve also made the commitment that as leader of this party, it is my responsibility to ensure that we do not reopen this debate,” Scheer said. “That we focus on issues that unite our party, and unite Canadians, and that’s exactly what I’ll do. That’s why I will vote against measures that attempt to reopen this debate.”Scheer has said the country has dealt with this matter and he will not reopen the abortion debate. During the French debate last night Trudeau tried to pin Scheer about his personal beliefs but Scheer did not say. #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019The Tory leader refused, several times, to reveal his personal views on abortion during the Wednesday night debate, and came under heavy scrutiny for his pushback from his opponents.Meanwhile, Scheer promised on Thursday that a Conservative government would expand a program giving volunteer search and rescue workers and firefighters tax credits for their supplies.He said that, if elected, he would lower the number of service hours required to qualify for the program, introduced by a previous Conservative government.“Right now, search and rescue volunteers and volunteer firefighters have to do 200 hours of service before they qualify for the current tax credits,” he announced. “We will lower that criteria from 200 to 150 hours to ensure that more Canadians are eligible for these benefits.”Scheer noted volunteers often pay out-of-pocket for equipment, uniforms, transportation, training, and insurance — costs that run into the thousands of dollars.Scheer asked why his party doesn’t buy carbon offsets to reduce carbon footprint of their campaign. Scheer says his plane uses less fuel than the Liberals and he gets by with one plane. Scheer attacks Liberals for using two planes. Trudeau says they buy carbon offsets #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh is in Toronto today where he’ll be holding a media availability downtown ahead of a townhall with undecided voters.Green Party Elizabeth May is spending some time on Vancouver Island, campaigning in Victoria today.last_img read more

International Criminal Court suspends release of Congolese rebel leader

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has suspended the release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a Congolese rebel militia leader accused of recruiting child soldiers.Last week, the ICC’s Trial Chamber ordered Mr. Lubanga’s release after ruling that he could not receive a fair trial, with no judgment made regarding his guilt or innocence. Proceedings against him were suspended on 16 June, after the Trial Chamber found that prosecutors had failed to disclose more than 200 documents to the defence that have the potential to prove his innocence.According to the judges, the release was the “logical consequence” of the stay on the proceedings, “as it is at present impossible to secure a fair trial for the accused.”Mr. Lubanga will remain under custody until the Court rules on the Prosecution’s appeal.The founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), he has been charged with a series of war crimes, including conscripting and enlisting child soldiers into the military wing of his group and then using them to participate in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003.Mr. Lubanga’s trial was due to have been the first to be held by the ICC. 8 July 2008The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has suspended the release of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a Congolese rebel militia leader accused of recruiting child soldiers. read more

Fugitive Rwandan exmayor goes on trial at UN war crimes court for

28 September 2009A former Rwandan mayor, who had been on the run for eight years, went on trial today at a United Nations war crimes tribunal on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in the 1994 massacres in the small Central African nation. Grégoire Ndahimana, former mayor of Kivumu and one of the last 13 indicted fugitives until his arrest in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month, pleaded not guilty to all the charges arising from the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were killed by Hutu militants, mainly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days.Mr. Ndahimana, 57, a high-level figure in the rebel Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in eastern DRC, was handed over last week to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, a transfer facilitated by the UN Mission in DRC, known as MONUC.He was indicted in 2001 and had been on the run since then. He is charged with four counts of genocide, or alternatively complicity in genocide; conspiracy to commit genocide; and crimes against humanity for extermination.He is alleged to have been responsible for killing or causing serious bodily or mental harm to Tutsis in Kivumu, and to have planned the massacres of mostly ethnic Tutsis who sought refuge at Nyange Parish, in conjunctions with Father Athanase Seromba, already sentenced to 15 years in the first instance and to life imprisonment after dismissal of his appeal, and Fulgence Kayishema, who is still at large.Mr. Ndahimana was arrested on 10 August at Kachuga Camp in North Kivu during a combined operation by the ICTR, MONUC and DRC law enforcement agencies. Also today, an ICTR Appeals Chamber heard oral arguments in the appeal lodged by Protais Zigiranyirazo and the prosecution against two 20-year and one 15-year concurrent jail sentences for genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity. Mr. Zigiranyirazo, 71, a brother-in-law of late Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, alleges that the Trial Chamber committed numerous errors of law and fact, and asked the Appeals Chamber to overturn his convictions or alternatively reduce his sentence, while the prosecution is seeking a life sentence, or alternatively a total effective sentence greater than 20 years of imprisonment.In all, 81 people have been indicted by the ICTR for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the Rwandan genocide. read more