Ellsworth girls’ basketball looks to build on John Bapst upset

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected].com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Excitement and passion were in the air at Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium on Tuesday evening, and that atmosphere didn’t come without good reason.As the Ellsworth girls’ basketball began to wind down, the Eagles’ Sara Shea shot free throws as head coach Andy Pooler and her teammates watched. Pooler wanted Shea to go until she missed, but the freshman showed no signs she was about to do so.“We might be here all night,” assistant coach Chip Taylor said as he watched Shea make shot after shot.“That’s fine by me,” Pooler replied. “This is going great.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter Shea eventually missed, the team did defensive drills. Even after a long day of practice that included lengthy shooting and conditioning drills, the energy and execution on display were palpable — the result of a defining victory the team had earned three days earlier.On Friday, the Eagles had handed undefeated and No. 1-ranked John Bapst its first loss of the season with a 43-34 win at the Cross Insurance Center. The win was a vital one for the team’s hopes to host a preliminary game in the Class B North playoffs, but it was also a huge boost to the team’s confidence level as it approaches the last few weeks of the season.“I think it was one of those moments that made us stop and say, ‘Wow, we can beat a really good team,’” Pooler said. “It was just an outstanding effort and a great result.”Ellsworth was 6-4 entering the game, but the Eagles lacked a win over a team with a winning record. John Bapst, on the other hand, was 9-0 and two games removed from a win over Hermon, a team many tipped as the favorite to win the Northern Maine title.Yet with the help of strong defense, the Eagles ran out to a 31-19 lead over John Bapst after three quarters. Even after the Crusaders found their offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to prevent Ellsworth from walking off the court with the victory.“Hannah [Sargent] and Bags [Katelynn Bagley] did an outstanding job guarding their two best players,” Pooler said. “We did what we needed to offensively and adjusted to their pace.”The excitement in the locker room and on the bus ride home, Pooler said, was a building moment for the team. Part of that was because Pooler canceled practice Saturday to give his players an opportunity to rest, but most of it was the result of a season-defining win on a court to which the Eagles will return if they make the regional quarterfinals.On Tuesday, the confidence boost that resulted from that win carried over to the way the team practiced. The Eagles played relentless on-ball defense and made difficult shots on the other end until Pooler blew his whistle to call it a day.“They brought it tonight,” Pooler said. “It’s a process of improving and realizing what you can do when you’re out there playing at your best, and everyone from the seniors to the freshmen is realizing that.”Ellsworth is scheduled to host Orono (2-9) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 24. The team will then host Presque Isle (8-3) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, and Caribou (8-5) at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The Eagles lost to both teams when they traveled to Aroostook County last month.“We know what these teams can do,” Pooler said. “People are going to be looking out for us now, and we have to be on our toes.”last_img read more

McHUGH WELCOMES CROSS-BORDER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MOVE

first_imgFine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has welcomed the confirmation by the Minister for Health, James Reilly of a single all-island paediatric cardiac surgical service which will be provided from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin.“Political support for a single all-island paediatric cardiac surgery to be provided from Our Lady’s Hospital in Dublin is very welcome. This follows a report presented to the Northern Ireland Minister for Health, Edwin Poots MLA, which describes the paediatric heart surgery service at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children as no longer sustainable,” said the Donegal TD.“It makes sense for the north and south of Ireland to pool resources and ensure that people from both jurisdictions are able to avail of mutually beneficial specialised services. “Crumlin Hospital in Dublin has treated over 20 paediatric cardiac surgery cases per year from Northern Ireland in successful cooperation with the Authorities in Northern Ireland in recent years. I am aware that the HSE has been working with the Commissioning authorities in Northern Ireland on this matter intensively.“I welcome the Minister’s commitment to helping children with cardiac problems regardless of where they come from on this island.” McHUGH WELCOMES CROSS-BORDER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MOVE was last modified: April 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:McHUGH WELCOMES CROSS-BORDER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MOVElast_img read more

The women in Madiba’s life

first_imgNelson and Winnie on their wedding day.(Image: www.ancarchives.org.za)Graça Machel and Nelson Mandela always appear happy together.(Image: Revista Afro)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, CEO and spokesperson, Nelson Mandela Centre of [email protected]+27 11 547 5600.RELATED ARTICLES• Women in the struggle remembered• Commemorating 1913 heroines• Women taking SA forward• Madiba’s legacy is foreverNelson Mandela had many women in his life. But perhaps the three most important were his three wives: Evelyn Mase and Winnie Madikizela, both of whom he divorced, and his Graça Machel, with whom he spent the last 15 years of his life.Of his six children, three daughters remain – Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindzi. His children gave him a generous 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, with a fair sprinkling of girls among them.His mother, Nosekeni Fanny, was a significant person in his life, especially as his father died when he was only nine years old. He wrote of her in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom: “My mother and I never talked very much, but we did not need to. I never doubted her love or questioned her support.”His mother died in 1968, while he was on Robben Island, and he was not able to attend her funeral. He wrote about his visit to his mother’s grave after his release from prison in 1990: “I find it difficult to describe my feelings: I felt regret that I had been unable to be with her when she died, remorse that I had not been able to look after her properly during her life and a longing for what might have been had I chosen to live my life differently.”It’s the same remorse he felt about not seeing his children grow up, and about not being able to support Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his second wife, especially when she was jailed. On one occasion, Madikizela-Mandela spent 491 days in solitary confinement, and even contemplated suicide.Evelyn MaseMandela’s first wife, Evelyn Mase, was born in Engcobo, in the former Transkei, now Eastern Cape. Mandela met her in the lounge of the late Walter and Albertina Sisulu, in Soweto, in Johannesburg. He describes her in Long Walk to Freedom: “She was a quiet, pretty girl from the countryside who did not seem overawed by the comings and goings at the Sisulus.” She was then training as a nurse with Albertina Sisulu and the wife of Peter Mda, Rose, at the Johannesburg non-European General Hospital.Her father was a mineworker who died when she was a baby. Her mother died when she was 12 and she was sent to Johannesburg to complete high school. The romance developed quickly. Mandela wrote: “I asked Evelyn out very soon after our first meeting. Almost as quickly, we fell in love. Within a few months I had asked her to marry me, and she accepted.”They were married in the Native Commissioner’s Court in Joburg, as they could not afford a traditional wedding. In 1945, their first child, Thembi, was born. In the same year, they moved into a two-roomed house in Orlando West, at 8115 Vilakazi Street.Mandela loved being a father. “I delighted in playing with Thembi, bathing him and feeding him, and putting him to bed with a little story.” He discovered that he loved children. “In fact, I love playing with children and chatting with them; it has always been one of the things that makes me feel most at peace.” He discovered too that he enjoyed domesticity. “I enjoyed relaxing at home, reading quietly, taking in the sweet and savoury smells emanating from pots boiling in the kitchen.”In 1950 his second son, Makgatho, was born, followed four years later by his daughter, Makaziwe. She was given the name of the Mandelas’ first-born daughter, who died at nine months.One of Mandela’s saddest moments was the death of Thembi, in a car accident. He was on Robben Island at the time, and heard of the news of his son’s death in 1969. He was refused permission to attend the funeral. Thembi was 25.In 2005, he had to bear the death of his second son, Makgatho, who died of an Aids-related illness. Makgatho had four children, while Thembi had two. His daughter Makaziwe had three children.In the years after their marriage, Mase became involved in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which was to drive a wedge between the couple. She became disturbed that Mandela’s devotion to the ANC and the struggle was unremitting. “She had always assumed that politics was a youthful diversion, that I would someday return to the Transkei and practise there as a lawyer.”But their paths were to go forever in opposite directions. “I tried to persuade her of the necessity of the struggle, while she attempted to persuade me of the value of religious faith,” wrote Mandela. “When I would tell her that I was serving the nation, she would reply that serving God was above serving the nation. We were finding no common ground, and I was becoming convinced that the marriage was no longer tenable.”It wasn’t – they divorced in 1958. Mase died in 2004.Winnie MadikizelaMandela’s second wife was the beautiful Winnie Madikizela, who moved to Johannesburg in 1952, where she still lives, in the suburb she moved into with her husband in 1958 – Orlando West. That house, 8115 Vilakazi Street, where Mandela had lived with Mase as well, is now the Mandela Museum, opened in 2009 after its restoration. Today, Madikizela-Mandela lives over the koppie in a house she built.She was born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela in 1934 in the Bizana district of the former Transkei, the fifth of eight children. Her parents, Columbus and Gertrude Madikizela, were both teachers. Her mother died when she was 10, and she soon took over the domestic duties – caring for her younger siblings and doing her father’s laundry.She arrived in Johannesburg to study to be a social worker, doing her training at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. “Winnie was a remarkably effective and dedicated social worker,” writes Emma Gilbey in The Lady, The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela. “The patience and resourcefulness she had demonstrated with her younger brothers and sisters were now put to daily, professional use.”It was in Johannesburg that she met Mandela in 1957. Soon after meeting her, Mandela asked her out, taking her to his favourite restaurant – Kapitan’s in downtown Johannesburg. Now closed, it was one of the few restaurants in the city where all races could meet and dine together. It was also in Johannesburg that she first met Helen Joseph, who became like a mother to the young 23-year-old. It was Joseph who began Madikizela’s political education, encouraged by Mandela.In the meantime, Madikizela and Mandela, both tall and statuesque, were falling in love. Mandela wrote in Long Walk to Freedom of their first date: “I told her of my hope and of the difficulties of the Treason Trial. I knew at once that I wanted to marry her – and I told her so. Her spirit, her passion, her youth, her courage, her wilfulness – I felt all of these things the moment I first saw her.”Gilbey explains: “Electrified by each other’s presence, they glowed together. Individually they were each highly charismatic, as a couple they were overpowering.” His marriage proposal was unusual: “One day, Nelson just pulled up on the side of the road and said; ‘You know, there is a woman, a dressmaker, you must and go and see her, she is going to make your wedding-gown. How many bridesmaids would you like to have?’ That’s how I was told I was getting married to him!” Madikizela-Mandela says in Part of my Soul.The couple married in the Transkei on 14 June 1958 – she was 23, he was 40 and newly divorced, and returned to Orlando West, where they began a family. They had two daughters – Zenani was born in 1959; Zindzi was born in 1960.Decades of harassmentFrom the moment she married Mandela, Madikizela-Mandela was doomed to decades of harassment, imprisonment and torture at the hands of the apartheid security police. It started in 1958, when she was detained for her participation in a women’s anti-pass campaign.Later, once she was on her own after Mandela was imprisoned for life in the 1964 Rivonia Trial, she was thrown in at the deep end. “She was left to cope with extremely difficult circumstances on her own and she began to work clandestinely for the ANC. She participated in underground meetings and organised the printing and circulation of roneoed pamphlets,” says Sheila Meintjies in a 1998 report.Life for the young Madikizela-Mandela on her own, with two young children, was hard. “The first few weeks and months after Nelson was gone, that was utter hell. Solitude, loneliness, is worse than fear – the most wretchedly painful illness the body and mind could be subjected to,” she recounts in Part of my Soul.In 1969, she was arrested and tried under the 1967 Terrorism Act. It was her first taste of jail and solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and torture. Her life became one banning order after another, with security policemen always in the background. In 1977, she was banished to Brandfort in Free State. Here, she lived in a small box house, with “no running water, no electricity, and the house had no floors or ceilings. The town was hostile, and the people spoke mainly Sotho, Tswana or Afrikaans, and hardly any Xhosa, which was Winnie’s home language,” records Meintjies.But she persevered, and opened a clinic and a crèche, and initiated feeding schemes for the young children of Brandfort. She defiantly returned to Soweto in 1986, where she formed the Mandela United Football Club – the team was, in effect, her personal bodyguards. In 1991, she was charged with and convicted for the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old activist Stompie Seipei. She received a six-year sentence but this was reduced to a fine of R15 000.After Mandela was released from jail in 1990, the couple resumed married life in their small Vilakazi Street home, but it didn’t last – they separated in 1992, and divorced in 1996.At 79, Madikizela-Mandela has retained her beauty, and is always immaculately dressed. She has lost none of her outspokenness or grassroots popularity, and is still an active ANC member, holding a position on its national executive committee.Graça MachelTwo years after his divorce, in 1998, Mandela married his third wife, Graça Machel, the widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel, who died in a plane crash in 1986. She was born in Gaza in Mozambique on 17 October 1945, and studied languages at the University of Lisbon. She became involved in student politics, but fearing arrest by the Portuguese, Mozambique’s colonisers, she moved to Switzerland, where she got involved in Frelimo, the Mozambican Liberation Front.In 1974, Machel became the deputy director of the Frelimo Secondary School in Tanzania, from where Frelimo operated. This was her introduction to education and her interest in the advancement of literacy and children’s rights. When Mozambique achieved independence in 1975 she married Samora, the country’s first president. They had two children. She was appointed minister of education and culture, a position she held for 14 years, until 1989. Her achievements were impressive – in that time pupil enrolment rose from about 40% to 90% for boys, and 75% for girls, according to South African History Online. She also reduced the rate of illiteracy by 72%.When Mozambique’s civil war ended in 1992, Machel became a member of the Forum of African Women Educationalists, and helped to develop methods to improve the education of girls, thus empowering Mozambican women. She was appointed president of the National Organization of Children of Mozambique, which places orphans in village homes. She led the organisation for 20 years, at the same time working with UN organisations, including Unicef, for which she became Goodwill Ambassador.In 1994, Machel was appointed by the UN to carry out an assessment of the impact of armed conflict on children. Her groundbreaking 1996 report was the first human rights assessment of war-affected children and established a global agenda for the protection of children’s rights in conflict. A book followed – Impact of War on Children: A Review of Progress Since the 1996 United Nations Report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, published in 2001.In 2010, the Graça Machel Trust was founded to advocate for the rights of African women and children, as well as good governance and democracy. The trust is a platform “to embrace, nurture, enable and inspire women and children to soar to the fullest of their potential”, says its website. The trust has a range of projects: the End Child Marriage Campaign; the New Faces New Voices African Women Economic Summit; the Network of African Businesswomen; the Youth for Microbiocides Advocacy Programme; the African Medical Research Foundation; the Gender Violence Project and various child health and immunisation projects with the GAVI Alliance.Machel serves on an impressive array of forums: The Elders, the Africa Progress Panel, the High Level Task Force on Innovative International Finance for Health Systems, and the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocates Panel.And over the years she has won many awards: the Laureate of Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger; the Nansen Medal in recognition of her contribution to the welfare of refugee children in 1995; the Global Citizen Award of the New England Circle in 1997; the Inter Press Service’s International Achievement Award for her work on behalf of children internationally; the Africare Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award; and the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe.Meeting MandelaShe met Madiba in the early 1990s and they formed a deep friendship. They were married on his 80th birthday, in 1998. It’s not hard to see why they made such a good match – together, they radiated warmth, humanity and dignity.last_img read more

Apple Develops Peer-to-Peer App Sharing System

first_imgRelated Posts With hundreds of thousands of mobile applications available in iTunes, how do you find the good ones? You can read reviews online, seek out new releases via third-party app recommendation sites, check iTunes’ Genius picks or its “top sellers” lists, but at the end of the day, one of the most popular ways to find new apps is still the most traditional: personal recommendations.Now, it looks like Apple is working on technology that will capitalize on that trend. A patent application reveals that Apple has developed a system for sharing applications through peer-to-peer connections with other phones.Uncovered by the blog Patently Apple, the published patent application details a system that would allow you to transfer apps from your phone to a friend’s phone via a peer-to-peer connection, such as through a cable, infrared connection or a network cloud, like the Internet, cellular network or a wireless mesh network. The transferred app could either be a full copy of the application, a limited (trial or demo) copy or the application seed, this last term meaning just enough information for the iPhone to download the application from a server at a later point. A seed would be useful in cases where the connection was dropped, causing the app transfer to remain incomplete. It could also serve as a way to share an app more quickly, we would guess, in areas where bandwidth is limited. Even though transferring an app seed wouldn’t allow you to use the app itself (the patent says you could send a “visual representation of the application” with the seed), at least you would still be able to grab the app from iTunes later on. Tags:#mobile Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perezcenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In addition to providing a mechanism for sharing, the patent also briefly covers plans for an affiliate program. When someone bought an app you shared with them, you could be rewarded with money, store credit, coupons, promotional items, or even an “improved status” of sorts. (Please, no badges!) I hope that Apple stays out of the affiliate business, personally. Once there’s money to be earned, things get a little murky – is my tech-savvy friend sharing this app because it’s really that good? Or because they want to earn credits on iTunes? Hmm.This system, if it ever comes to pass, would serve as a great way to actually facilitate personal app recommendations and would additionally allow for “try before you buy” programs, too. Transferred apps could be either “lite”/demo versions or fully functional apps which expire after a set amount of time. That latter could be useful for getting more users to try an app, especially considering that the iTunes App Store doesn’t have an official app refund policy in place. (Refunds have been handled on a case-by-case basis in the past, but there is no actual refund window like there is on Android).Patently Apple offers more details about this technology on its site, if you want to read about things like its use of “share flags,” details on security functions, the system’s interface functionality or even the use of Wi-Fi access points in coffee shops, for example.Image credits: Patently Applelast_img read more

Quick Tip: Applying LUTs to Footage in Premiere Pro

first_imgStep 2: Select Your LUTFor Input LUTsYour next step all depends on what type of LUT/Look you want to apply to your footage. If you’re trying to apply an Input LUT, you should navigate to the Basic Correction tab in the Lumetri Color Effect, select the menu next to Input LUT, and select Browse. You can now browse to find the input LUT on your computer.For LooksIf you want to apply a LUT to stylize your footage, you will need to use a Look. To access a .look file saved on your computer, simply navigate to the Creative Tab in the Lumetri Color Effect, select the menu next to Look, and select Browse. You can now browse to find the Look on your computer.Looking to download free LUTs for your footage? Check out our Understanding LUTS in Color Grading post.Have any tips for working with LUTs in Premiere Pro? Share in the comments below. Need to apply a LUT to your footage? No problem. Here’s how it’s done in Premiere Pro.If you’re not already familiar with the term, a LUT is an algorithm used to change the colors of a video. LUTs can be used for a number of different purposes, from correctly displaying ‘flat’ footage to exporting video for film printing. In the following post we’ll take a look at how to use LUTs in Premiere Pro.Using LUTs in Premiere ProStep 1: Apply the Lumetri Color EffectFind the Lumetri Color Effect in the effects and preset browser. Apply it to your footage or adjustment layer. Premiere Pro uses two terms for LUTs: Input LUT and Look. Here’s a quick breakdown of the two LUT terms mean in Premiere Pro.Input LUT: An Input LUT tells Premiere Pro to interpret footage in a certain way. Typically an Input LUT will be applied to flat log footage in order for it to display with the correct colors.Looks: A Look is a LUT designed to change the color style of a clip. For example, if you wanted to give your footage a ‘Blockbuster’ look, you might apply an orange and teal Look/LUT.last_img read more

Santa on wheels

first_imgThe distance between Bangalore and Coorg is just over 200 km and barring a few stretches the road surface is quite good. So it’s not hard to imagine why us five drivers, who had been invited by Hyundai to drive the new Santa Fe SUV on that stretch, were stepping on it as often as we safely could.The superbly surfaced roads though weren’t the only reason for such enthusiasm. A lot of it was also generated by the 2.2-litre CRDi engine that lay under the bonnet of the SUV. You see, with 197 horses to get up to a full gallop and 412 Nm of peak torque, which is developed at a lowly 1800 rpm and then sustained till 2500 rpm, the Santa Fe is a pretty powerful vehicle. Not to mention it’s also a very refined unit, with hardly any of the vibrations one would associate with a diesel motor.The car gets an electrical variable geometry turbocharger (EVGT) and Hyundai says this improves low end torque, which, in turn, makes the vehicle quite driveable. Although it’s also available with an automatic transmission internationally, in India the Santa Fe gets a 6-speed manual transmission that works well. It has well sorted ratios and shift quality is good too–precise yet slick, and relatively short throw.To ensure that the Santa Fe is not just about the engine alone, Hyundai has worked on the chassis and suspension enough to give the vehicle a great combination of handling and ride quality. For an SUV, the Santa Fe handles quite well. Admittedly though one also feels the engine is a lot more powerful than what the chassis can handle. The overall effect though is confidence inspiring as this Korean feels planted at speeds and one can push the vehicle reasonably hard around bends too. Inside, the vehicle feels plush and build quality. The fit and finish of the interiors are of a high order. There is lots of room too, especially shoulder room, in this seven seater. The third row though is not of great use to adults. There is however small compensation in the form of AC vents for all three rows and blower controls for the middle as well as the final row of seats. As far as creature comforts go, there is also a 6-CD changer and steering mounted controls for it. One major oversight by Hyundai is the absence of Bluetooth connectivity, which becomes glaring in the light of the fact that the i10 now gets this feature in its top-of-the-line variant.At the end of the day, the Santa Fe is a decent looking vehicle, barring an oddly placed grab handle on the tailgate. It’s roomy with comfortable seats that provide sufficient support while allowing space enough to shift around a bit on long drives. Its middle row and last row seats fold flat in 60:40 and 50:50 ratios respectively, making the vehicle versatile. It is powerful and handles and rides well. Add to all this Hyundai’s widespread service and the Santa Fe looks poised to be a perfect alternative to the Fortuner for those looking for an SUV with a price tag of around Rs. 20 lakh.On the road: From Mumbai to Aamby ValleyOne of the closest, and yet good places to visit over a weekend around Mumbai has to be the hills around Lonavla. It’s about a 100-km drive and the roads leading to the place are equally enjoyable. Now, the road leading out of the metropolis isn’t exactly free of traffic, but once you get through the 40-odd km stretch leading to Navi Mumbai, things start getting pleasant. Once on the outskirts, you can either choose the old highway NH4 or the Expressway. The latter is not only shorter, but an experience in itself. Wide three-laned concrete roads on sides, no intersections and lovely scenery on the sides.It’s a toll road so you would have to shell out a tad under Rs. 100 one way to use it (and for roads leading up to it), but it’s certainly worth the money. The expressway also has a huge fuel station just short of Lonavla and it’s peppered with places to eat. Besides Lonavla itself, there’s also Aamby Valley that is worth visiting in the area. Once you arrive in Lonavla town there’s a well marked turn with clear directions towards Aamby Valley. The road itself is quite a pleasure to be on. It’s a narrow, windy road all the way up and is a delight for those who enjoy driving. It has decent protection on both sides (in most places); just in case one does get carried away. There are a few places en route worth a dekko. First, there’s the Bushy dam. The best time to visit Bushy is during monsoons thanks to a sumptuous waterfall that forms alongside the dam. Mid way from Lonavla to Aamby Valley is Lion’s Point. On a clear day, you can also spot the sole lake atop a hill. One needs prior permission to enter Aamby Valley but, it’s worth the extra effort to get it. The views inside are quite breathtaking.–Vikrant SinghHonda VFR1200fToday, the ideal superbike to buy in our country is the Honda CB1000R. It has everything you can ask for in a superbike–heart-stopping acceleration, vision blurring top speed and cornering finesse that can make you look like a MotoGP star. But mostly, its more upright seating, suppler ride and more relaxed power delivery compared to the likes of the Fireblade or the R1 make it wonderfully suited for India. Not anymore though, because Honda has launched the new VFR1200F in India recently.Now the VFR is a sports tourer. And it looks and feels the part immediately, courtesy its tall stance and relaxed seating. The seat itself is low and wide, the handlebar slightly tall and the footrests though rearset, aren’t exceptionally rearwards or high. For riding in winters, the VFR also sports heated grips. There’s loads of grip and feedback from all quarters and the bike is forgiving. Its highlight, however, is its drivetrain. The engine is a 172 bhp 1237 cc V4 unit.It has a mild note to it at idle, which gets throatier and more purposeful as the revs rise. The real hero of the VFR though is the new DCT or Dual Clutch Transmission, which works very well in Sports mode. The VFR is a brilliant combination of a tourer and a sports bike. It’s both torquey and free revving. And thanks to its size it might not be a great everyday commute machine, but as a superbike for India, it’s near perfect.–Vikrant SinghColumn Courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

9 months agoChelsea boss Sarri puts Ampadu on notice: Our new Jorginho?

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri puts Ampadu on notice: Our new Jorginho?by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he is considering Ethan Ampadu for a midfield role.Sarri made the revelation when discussing Jorginho’s performance for victory over Newcastle.”After 20 minutes he [Jorginho] lost a lot of balls and it is unusual,” analysed Sarri, “so I think he was in trouble. Maybe he was tired, I don’t know, but if Fabregas was on the bench I think in the second half Fabregas would have been on the pitch instead of Jorginho.”Sarri made it clear there are not many areas where the squad needs strengthening and he acknowledges Ampadu has potential to play the Jorginho way.”In the future maybe but we have to work,” he points out. “The player who plays in that position usually touches about 120 to 130 balls [a match] and so I think we need a specialist there.”The bench is not really very short. It is left short for only one position at the moment because Hudson-Odoi is improving, Hudson-Odoi in one or two months will be at the same level as the other players. I hope the same for Ampadu. Of course playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy, we need to try and try and try in training.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoVarane defends Chelsea veteran Giroud: He’s ready for France

first_imgVarane defends Chelsea veteran Giroud: He’s ready for Franceby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphaël Varane has dismissed doubts around France teammate Olivier Giroud.Giroud’s selection has again been questioned this week given the lack of action he’s seen with Chelsea.But Varane said, “Compared to what I saw in training, Olivier is physically ready. “He is a hard worker and when he has less playing time, he does what it takes to be fit. Maybe it’s a question of rhythm, but he is ready to play. He is at the disposal of the coach. “I am not worried about his level of fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img