My average game grades only take into account yards and points and who a team has played this year. Here are current ranks1. Wisconsin 123.92. Ohio St 121.13. Alabama 119.64. Clemson 115.55. Oklahoma 113.36. Auburn 111.87. LSU 110.58. Oregon 109.89. Georgia 108.3— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) September 22, 2019Wisconsin is ranked No. 8 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the Coaches. However, when you consider how Steele calculates his rankings, it makes sense the Badgers would be higher.They have been the most dominant team thus far this season, routing their opponents on both sides of the ball. This Saturday’s 35-14 win over Michigan sent a message to the rest of the Big Ten.You can argue the Wolverines are overrated, but it is also pretty clear at this point that the Badgers are for real. ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Head coach Paul Chryst of the Wisconsin Badgers look on during warmups prior to playing the Michigan Wolverines on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Longtime college football expert/handicapper Phil Steele’s individual rankings are calculated a little differently than other sets of ratings.Every year, Steele calculates his average game rankings, which he arrives at by factoring in a team’s yards, points and quality of opponent. After four weeks, Steele has an interesting team ranked No. 1.The Wisconsin Badgers are the top-ranked team according to Steele’s game grades. Behind them is Ohio State.Alabama is No. 3, while Clemson is down at No. 4.
Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 17:26 IST Picture Courtesy: WeiboHIGHLIGHTSThe V15 Pro is set to launch in India on February 20The triple camera system on the back will reportedly see a 48MP primary sensorThe Vivo V15 Pro is rumoured to cost around Rs 30,000 in IndiaThe Vivo V15 Pro is coming with a bunch of new upgrades in design and hardware compared to the V11 Pro. We already know that the phone will the world’s first to bring a 32MP selfie camera that will pop out from the top much like the Vivo Nex. The V15 Pro now has a dedicated landing page on Amazon India that confirms a few more details including a triple camera system on the back with a primary 48MP sensor and an in-display fingerprint sensor. And if renders and promo videos weren’t enough, we now have a live image of the V15 Pro as well.A live hands-on image of the Vivo V15 Pro was spotted on Weibo this week, showing off the back of the device in a shiny gradient blue colour. The rear panel is likely going to be glass or glass-like and the blue colour pictured looks deeper and darker compared to the blue we have seen in renders and the promo video. We can also clearly see the AI triple camera setup in a strip on the top left side, and the pop-up selfie camera. The triple camera system on the back will see a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP secondary camera and a ToF (Time-of-Flight) camera for 3D depth mapping. It seems the primary camera will use pixel binning to offer a large 1.6-micron pixel and an effective output of 12MP. Apart from the camera module and the Vivo logo, the rear panel looks clean and glossy. As mentioned, the phone will not get a physical fingerprint sensor but an in-display sensor, which is Vivo go-to choice now.advertisementRecently, a full spec sheet was spotted online, revealing pretty much everything else about the Vivo V15 Pro. It seems the phone may sport a 6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and will be powered by a Snapdragon 675 chipset. Vivo may offer the device with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone is also said to house a 3,700mAh battery.The Vivo V15 Pro is rumoured to cost around Rs 30,000 in India, which would be a few notches higher than the V11 Pro, which was launched in the country at Rs 25,990. The V15 Pro is set to launch on February 20 where the company is expected to announce the pricing and availability details.ALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro India price to be under Rs 30,000, flaunts pop-up selfie camera in official teaserALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro revealed in full glory in official TV commercial ahead of Feb 20 India launchGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow vivoFollow Vivo V15 ProFollow Mobiles Vivo V15 Pro shown off in hands-on image, Amazon India confirms 48MP cameraThe V15 Pro now has a dedicated landing page on Amazon India that confirms a triple camera system with a 48MP primary camera. A new hands-on image shows off the device in blue.advertisement
No radio commentary in India for ICC World CupA contention between Prasar Bharti and India Sports Flashes regarding the audio feed of the ICC World Cup will mean cricket fans will miss out on radio commentary in Indiaadvertisement Rahul Rawat New DelhiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 17:56 IST There will be no live audio commentary of the World Cup for fans in India (Reuters Photo)Radio broadcast reaches out to more than 90 per cent of the Indian population, and rural India is still very much dependent on it for most of the information.Unfortunately, for those, who have radio commentary as the only medium to follow the live updates of the ICC World Cup in England and Wales, there is bad news in store.There will be no live audio commentary of the World Cup after Prasar Bharti submitted before the Delhi High Court that it will not take the feed from India Sports Flashes Pvt Ltd, which has the rights for the live audio feed of the ICC World Cup to be aired across Sports Flashes app and web platforms.India Sports Flashes Pvt Ltd had submitted before the Delhi High Court that as per the Sports Broadcasting Signals (mandatory sharing with Prasar Bharti) Act 2007, they cannot broadcast radio commentary of any sports event of national importance unless it simultaneously shares the live broadcasting signal with Prasar Bharti.”The terms and conditions shall also provide that the advertisement revenue sharing between the content rights owner or holder and the Prasar Bharti shall be in the ratio of not less than 75:25 in case of television coverage and 50:50 in case of radio coverage,” reads a sub-clause in section 3 of the Act.Prasar Bharti challenged the submissions made by the petitioner, contending that Sports Flashes in neither a radio channel nor a licensee for providing such services.The Delhi High Court has ruled that neither Sports Flashes “is obliged to share such feed nor Prasar Bharti is obliged to accept the same.”advertisementWhoever may claim victory in this battle fought in the courtroom, but fans, who were relying on All India Radio (AIR) commentary to get ball-by-ball updates from England, will feel lost out.Also Read | Virat Kohli and I know each other really well: Rohit Sharma to India TodayFor 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 Tags :Follow 2019 ICC World CupFollow live commentaryFollow Prasar Bharti
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 14:34 IST Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be promoting their upcoming film Bharat at IPL final.In a first, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be hosting a special segment during the final match of Indian Premier League this year. The two actors will be promoting their upcoming film Bharat at the cricketing extravaganza. Apart from hosting a segment, the actors will appear in various promos during the live telecast of the final match which will be held on May 12.But Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will not go on the field to host the segment due to security reasons. Rather the actors will shoot the show inside a studio.A source close to the development told an entertainment portal, “IPL is one of the biggest and most expensive cricket shows and the final gets maximum eyeballs. The producers of Bharat, Atul Agnihotri and Nikhil Namit have come up with a brilliant IPL-integration marketing scheme. Instead of going on the field, they will be seen live at a studio, as going on the field would have become a security issue.” Instead of the usual events and promotions they are trying a different strategy. The source added, “Salman and Katrina will host a segment together in the IPL and Salman has already shot for the main ad which will be shown on Star Sports network over the weekend. One more ad featuring kids and Bharat will also be aired. Apparently, the ads were shot keeping Bharat as the theme and have a powerful message. Right now, the channel and everyone associated with it has been instructed to be tight-lipped about it till the promo is aired.”advertisementNikhil Namit told the portal, “Yes, Salman and Katrina will host the show live and it’s an unusual strategy implemented by team Bharat. It’s like our strategy of having the Bharat trailer attached with Avengers: Endgame, the biggest Hollywood film, to get maximum eyeballs to watch our film. It worked and now the next step is television and what can be bigger than the IPL? We don’t want to go the usual route of promoting Bharat through the usual publicity and marketing methods. Integrating IPL, which garners millions of viewers, with Bharat is an exciting way to promote the movie.”Watch the official trailer of Bharat:ALSO READ | Producer Atul Agnihotri on Salman Khan’s Bharat clashing with India’s World Cup: It will be fineALSO READ | Salman Khan’s Bharat had 120 artists recreating 1960s circus. Watch new videoALSO READ | After Bharat, Salman Khan to play a detective in Atul Agnihotri’s next filmALSO WATCH | Katrina Kaif talks about her experience being a superstarGet 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 byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow BharatFollow Salman KhanFollow Katrina Kaif Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to host a segment during IPL 2019 finalSalman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be promoting Bharat during IPL final. The actors will do a live segment inside a studio to promote their film.advertisement
Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 11:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSHuawei sold over two million Watch GT units since its launch.Huawei has posted a year-on-year growth of 282.2 per cent compared to same quarter last year.The company has shipped 5 million smartwatches in the first quarter of 2019.Huawei announced this week that it has sold over two million units of the Huawei Watch GT smartwatch globally since its launch last October. This also makes the Watch GT the company’s most popular smartwatch yet. As per a report by analyst firm IDC, Huawei has posted a year-on-year growth of 282.2 per cent compared to the same quarter last year.The company has shipped 5 million smartwatches in the first quarter of 2019, which puts it among the top three global wearable vendors. In March, the Huawei Watch GT was launched in India priced at Rs 15,990. That same month, Huawei also announced two new editions of the Watch GT, a 46mm Active Edition and 42mm Elegant Edition, in a bid to offer more styles and variety for consumers.The Huawei Watch GT went official last year in October highlighting a 2-week battery life. The smartwatch sports a 1.39-inch OLED (454×454) display and ships with LiteOS. Additionally, the Watch GT also features Truseen 3.0 heart rate monitor that offers a 24-hour monitoring and can provide a detailed feedback on the user’s health. The smartwatch also supports Trusleep 2.0 which can identify six typical sleep problems and provide suggestions to improve sleep quality.The Watch GT supports over 10 exercise modes that includes outdoor walking, hiking, trail run, swimming and cycling. The smartwatch supports Bluetooth v4.2 and NFC and is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 or later and iOS 9 or later. The Watch GT is water resistant up to 50 meters. It can be purchased in India via Amazon.advertisementALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and 15 more Huawei phone will get Android Q updateGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HuaweiFollow Watch GT Huawei Watch GT smartwatch sells over 2 million units since its launchHuawei has shipped a total of 5 million smartwatches in the first quarter of 2019, which puts it among the top three global wearable vendors.advertisement
Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami make India pace unit peerless in Test cricketIndia tour of West Indies: India’s fast-bowling trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have taken 172 wickets since 2018, making it the most successful pace battery in world cricket in the said period.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 10:44 IST Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have picked up 50-plus wickets each since 2018 in Tests (AP Photos)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah picked up 13 wickets to top the bowling charts in West IndiesBumrah, Shami and Ishant have picked up more than wickets each since 2018Bumrah said the camaraderie among the pacers in the India dressing room is greatIndia cricket team has always had batting superstars. The Tiger Pataudis, the Sunil Gavaskars, the Sachin Tendulkars and the Rahul Dravids had scored tons of runs but have always lacked a pace bowling unit that terrorised opposition batsmen. The Asian country has produced some of the best spinners and even fast bowlers but pace bowling units were a rarity.However, over the last 2 seasons, India’s pace bowlers have been setting up Test wins. Virat Kohli, as he himself points out, is lucky to have a bunch of pacers who can help India take 20 wickets in a Test and get the job done.India vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 4: Report | HighlightsEver since Jasprit Bumrah was added to the Test set-up, the Indian pace battery has looked a class apart. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have been extremely consistent as well as the trio has hunted together and clinched India some of their biggest overseas wins in the last 20 months. With Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar competing for spots in the playing XI, India’s pace battery looks lethal.And the numbers instantiate India’s pace bowling success in the last 2 years. Since 2018, no team has had more than 2 bowlers picking up 50 Test wickets. India have three in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.50 wickets and counting since 2018Jasprit Bumrah, who has evolved into one of the best all-format bowlers, has picked 62 wickets since he made his Test debut in South Africa in January 2018. He has played only 12 Tests and his average is a staggering 19.24.advertisementMohammed Shami has picked 58 wickets at 25.68 since 2018 and Ishant Shamra 52 at 19.78.In India’s first World Test Championship assignment in West Indies, the pace trio took 33 wickets and each of them featured in the top 4 of the bowling charts.Shedding light on the success of India pacers, Jasprit Bumrah said the camaraderie among the fast bowlers in the dressing room helps a lot when it comes to communicating and sharing ideas in difficult situations.”We have done a lot of hard work. Last year, we played a lot of away matches. Lot of camaraderie is there, we back each other. Even if things are going well, we discuss how to get better. We have a good relationship, all of us. We want to get better every year,” Bumrah said during the Jamaica Test that India won by 257 runs.Bumrah: “Ishant has played a lot more cricket than all of us. Shami has also played a lot of cricket. I am the new guy and I try and ask them a lot of questions. I get to know what works in different conditions. If the wicket is not doing anything, what should we do. All this communication goes on, including the captain and the vice-captain.”Also Read | India vs West Indies: Can feel for batsmen who face Jasprit Bumrah, says Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs West Indies: 12 batsmen bat in the same innings of a Test – that’s a firstAlso 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 Jasprit BumrahFollow Ishant SharmaFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow India national cricket teamFollow India tour of West Indies 2019
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Shivam Dube hundred goes in vain as Karnataka beat MumbaiThe Mumbai batsman Shivam Dube’s hundred went in vain as Karnataka edged Mumbai by nine runs in a thriller at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.advertisement Next Press Trust of India BengaluruOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 20:26 IST Shivam Dube in action (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKarnataka posted a healthy 312/7 on the board and then bundled Mumbai out for 303 in 48.1 oversMumbai batsmen, apart from Shivam Dube, were unable to put up a fightKarnataka 312/7 beat Mumbai 303 all outA blazing 100 by all-rounder Shivam Dube went in vain, as defending champions Mumbai suffered a heartbreaking nine-run defeat against Karnataka in their Elite Group A match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Thursday.Put into bat first at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here, Karnataka posted a healthy 312/7 on the board and then bundled Mumbai out for 303 in 48.1 overs, with pacer Abhimanyu Mithun (3-40) and spinner K Gowtham (3-51) among the wicket-takers.For Karnataka, opener Devdutt Padikkal put up the highest score with 79 runs in 85 balls, striking 10 fours and a six.Padikkal and his opening partner K L Rahul (58) conjured 137 runs for the first wicket.However, Mumbai struck back taking three wickets in quick succession, and left Karnataka teetering at 3-146.Skipper Manish Pandey (62) and Rohan Kadam (32) rallied the innings with 69-run stand for the fourth wicket.As the two were poised for a big score, spinner Dhurmil Matkar removed Kadam in the 38th over.However, Pandey held the fort along with wicket-keeper B R Sharath (28), as they frustrated Mumbai bowlers.Later, a quick-fire unbeaten 22 off 13 balls by K Gowtham ensured that Karnataka went past the 310-run mark.Mumbai batsmen, apart from Dube, were unable to put up a fight.Yashasvi Jaiswal (22), Aditya Tare (32), Siddesh Lad (34) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (11) threw their wickets away, getting Mumbai in trouble at 4-104.However, Dube had other plans as he took on the opposition bowlers and slammed a quick-fire 118 in 67 balls, with seven fours and 10 sixes to get Mumbai close to the target.While wickets kept tumbling at the other end, Dube played his natural aggressive game.advertisementHowever, the experienced Abhimanyu Mithun scalped Dube’s crucial wicket in the 42nd over with Mumbai needing another 36 runs.Dube was the eighth man to be dismissed.After that, Shardul Thakur (26) and Dhawal Kulkarni (11) delayed the inevitable, but eventually Mumbai’s innings folded up in the 48th over.Karnataka grabbed four points from the match.Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh defeated Jharkhand by seven wickets in a rain-hit match, which was reduced to 31 overs.Hyderabad defeated Andhra by seven runs in another rain-soaked match, which was reduced to 20 overs.Brief Scores: Karnataka 312/7 (Devdutt Padikkal 79, Manish Pandey 62; Siddhesh Lad 1-5) beat Mumbai 303 all out (Shivam Dube 118, Siddhesh Lad 34, Abhimanya Mithun 3-40) by nine runs. Karnataka 4 points, Mumbai 0 points.Jharkhand 119 all out (Virat Singh 32, Kumar Deobrat 23; Veer Pratap Singh 5-29, Puneet Datey 3-21) lost to Chhattisgarh 123/3 (Ashutosh Singh 54 not out, Harpreet Singh Bhatia 25 not out; Anand Singh 2-21) by seven wickets. Chhattisgarh 4 points, Jharkhand 0 points.Hyderabad 171/7 (Tilak Verma 83, B Sandeep 28, Prithvi Raj Yaara 2-36) beat Andhra 164/6 (Ricky Bhuvi 58, D B Prashanth Kumar 57; C V Milind 3-39) by seven runs.Also Read | Idlis and chutney: Mayank Agarwal reveals secret behind incredible runAlso 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 Vijay Hazare TrophyFollow Shivam Dube
Editors’ Recommendations All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Summer is finally upon us, so that can mean only one thing: it’s time to find your next great adventure or outdoors hobby. If you’re a traditionalist, you can do what generations of outdoorsmen have done when picking up oars, bikes, or hiking boots for the first time – flounder and learn by trial by error. Of course, there are better options out there. If you’re looking for a fun environment to start SUPing, cooking like a backcountry gourmet, or learn how to ride a mountain bike like a pro, Camelbak’s new Pursuit Series is the perfect summer getaway.In partnership with The Outbound, Camelbak’s Pursuit Series launches later this summer with two events near Salt lake City on August 11th-13th and San Fransisc0 on September 8th-10th. Think of them like summer camp for aspiring adventurers. Instead of arts and crafts and afternoons swimming in a lake, there will be courses on mountain bike handling, intro to backpacking, fly fishing basics, rock climbing, and more.Whether you’re a seasoned camping expert who is looking for their next adrenaline fix, or a relative outdoors newbie looking for advice on your first backpacking tent, the Pursuit Series is a perfect summer vacation. The long weekend format for both events lends itself to a personalized schedule, allowing you to take classes in different sports and skills based on your comfort level. Ready to hop on a SUP and do your best sun salutation (be prepared for a cold dip in a mountain lake)? The SUP classes are ready for you. Looking for a more mellow day spent learning campfire cooking tips? The Pursuit Series has you covered there as well.Scott Kranz 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States With sponsors like Camelbak, Snowbasin Ski Resort, Camp Chef, Lagunitas, and Backcountry.com, you can bet that a sense of community (dare we say, Outdoors Tribe?) will be a big part of each weekend. Plan on group dinners and happy hours under the stars each night, and a chance to make new friends who share your passion for hiking, camping, and enjoying the mountains. Make your plans now though, as tickets to both events will be limited, and this is one wilderness adventure you won’t want to miss.
Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Editors’ Recommendations Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Infiniti is one of those brands that really never sparked an emotion with me. My best friend’s parents had an old Qx4 as a daily driver and a ’94 J30 sedan that left the garage maybe once a month. Both were solid cars, both were that seminal ’90s opaque tan, and both got you from point A to point B with not much beyond a whimper.So when a 2017 Infiniti Q60 came up as an option for a recent trek through Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas, I’ll admit that my initial reaction was one of curiosity.How far had Nissan’s luxury brand come in all those years? The answer is somewhere between a little and a lot, depending on your point of view.From the outside, my Infiniti Q60 tester in the 3.0T trim was a beauty and came draped in Iridium Blue with curvy lines and a fluidity more reserved for a Mercedes E400 or BMW 6 Series coupe. When I picked it up from the Nashville airport, it was downright sparkling — only 7,500 miles on the odometer and ready for seemingly anything.Geoff Nudelman/The ManualFrom my first tap on the throttle, it was clear Infiniti has made leaps and bounds under the hood. All 400 horses of turbocharged steel go straight to the accelerator. Every green light offers a slight hit of G-force, like a gentle upper that gets very addictive, very quickly.On the open road, it’s damn near impossible to keep it under 80 mph. Throttle response is exceptional and a mere tap of the pedal runs it at the speed limit. On the curvy section of I-40 between Knoxville, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina, the summer performance tires stuck nicely to the asphalt and the car blended into every turn with ease.Perhaps it’s best that Infiniti poured this coupe’s appeal into the engine first. While it would be unfair to call this Q60’s interior and control panel bland, it’s really a shame that a palette of grays and dark blues offset the juggernaut underneath the hood. The rather simplistic InTouch infotainment system has two screens for reasons beyond this writer, and phone connectivity is basic at best. With a $52,000-plus price tag, it’s not unreasonable to expect more gadgetry and oomph compared to its European and American competition.InfinitiThe flip side of that equation is classic Infiniti. The Q60’s unassuming charm means that this car that will fit in to just about any setting. Whether on The Battery in Charleston or the country roads of Tennessee, it doesn’t demand attention. It simply invites you in for a closer look without much menace or fanfare.If you prefer to disguise your high-tier horsepower from your co-workers, friends, or family, you could do much worse than the Q60. Solely from a driver’s point of view, it’s a blast. It shattered everything I remembered about Infiniti into little pieces and left it behind in the dust on I-26 through South Carolina. Ideally, you’ll be too busy enjoying the torque underneath your feet to consider the interior’s needed updating.When you pull up next to an Audi A5 or Fod Mustang GT, the opposing driver may scoff, but you’ll know you’re covered whether heading to the country club or for an evening out. The Q60 definitely opened this driver’s eyes up, but he’ll be focusing on the road ahead, not the dash. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy
Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The sinking of the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic in 1912 marked one of the most iconic and chilling moments in modern maritime history. Amid countless movies (why the hell did Rose hog that damn floating door anyway?), books, research expeditions, and, as of 2019, the ability to visit and explore the ship itself, few ships have so captured the public’s fascination. Now, one ambitious Australian company is looking to launch Titanic II, an eerily similar ship set to travel the same ill-fated route as its predecessor. What could possibly go wrong?Late last month, the Chairman of Blue Star Line, Clive Palmer, announced the relaunch of his company’s intent to build Titanic II. He hopes to put the ship into regular service between London and New York City with the promise to eventually circumnavigate the globe. In a press release, Palmer said, “Blue Star Line will create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures, navigation methods and 21st-century technology to produce the highest level of luxurious comfort.”Sure, the concept is insane on the surface. Even if you don’t believe in fate, this seems the very definition of “tempting fate.” Yet, there’s no doubt a niche market among travelers who love the ship’s mystique, the adventure, the morbid curiosity, or some combination of the three. For them, sailing a Titanic reboot would be very bucket-list-worthy. The original RMS Titanic commissioned by White Star Line was impressive even by today’s standards. In its day, it was the world’s largest, most advanced ocean liner at 886 feet (270 meters) long, 174 feet (53 meters) high, and weighed a staggering 40,000 tons. The Titanic II will match its predecessor with many of the same dimensions. All told, the new ship could carry 2,400 passengers in 840 staterooms spread across nine passenger decks. The all-in price will likely top USD $500 million.The original RMS Titanic in 1912.Palmer first announced his intent to relaunch a Titanic-inspired vessel back in 2012. However, the project was quickly mired in red tape, legal complications, and tax issues. In 2015, the build was put on ice (Get it? What? Too soon?) until last month. However, construction of a working Titanic replica is proving tricky as there’s still a mountain of technical and technological hurdles to overcome. Modern passenger ships rely on markedly different — and much improved — hull construction and propulsion systems. The company has touted successful, small-scale models in laboratories in Germany, but translating those models into a working vessel is another matter entirely. Titanic II will purportedly make her maiden voyage sometime in 2022. Given the project’s past issues and the fact that it’s still only a concept, however, there’s no telling if (or when) she will actually set sail. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall
LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY TO SEND 45 EDUCATORS ON GLOBAL EXPEDITIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME In recognition of their commitment to geographic education, 45 highly respected educators have been selected as the 13th group of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2019 Fellows will embark on expeditions to locations including the High Arctic, Alaska, Central America, Antarctica and the Galápagos Islands on board Lindblad Expedition ships to enhance their geographic knowledge with hands-on, field-based experiences that they will bring back to their pre-K–12 classrooms, communities and professional networks. “When this program launched in 2006 as a tribute to Gil Grosvenor, chairman emeritus of the National Geographic Society, we had high hopes for it. We are thrilled that it has evolved to support 265 Fellows over the course of the program’s history. These exemplary educators are vital to educating and inspiring the future stewards of our planet, and our mission remains to provide them impactful experiences in the world’s remote places to stimulate their knowledge and passion to help shape their students,” said Sven Lindblad, CEO & President, Lindblad Expeditions. The 2019 class of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows is the largest ever selected in the program’s 13-year history. This diverse group of formal and informal educators, representing an array of grade levels and subject areas including social studies, STEM, second-language programs and art, are from across the United States and Canada as well as a U.S. Department of Defense Activity School in Japan. “We are immensely proud to support Grosvenor Teacher Fellows — extraordinary individuals who share our passion and commitment to inspiring the next generation of planetary stewards,” said National Geographic Society Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. “At the Society, we’re dedicated to providing educators with unparalleled resources and transformative experiences so they can advance students’ understanding of the world and empower them to generate solutions for a more sustainable future.” The Fellowship is open to pre-K–12 educators. Eligible applicants first had to complete National Geographic Educator Certification, a no-cost professional development program for educators committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists, explorers, educators and storytellers. Starting later this year, the 2019 Fellows will begin their 10- to 23-day expeditions on Lindblad Expedition ships National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour II, National Geographic Orion and National Geographic Quest to locations across the globe. The Fellows will experience landscapes, cultures and wildlife unique to their regions of exploration. They will be accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts, including undersea specialists and National Geographic photographers. To prepare for their voyages, the new class of Fellows just completed a multiday, hands-on, pre-expedition workshop at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they learned a range of skills from photography and video editing to outreach planning and public speaking. Lindblad Expeditions’ staff and naturalists as well as past Fellows also participate in the workshop, serving as mentors to the new class now and when the new Fellows return to their classrooms and communities after their expeditions.
Story Highlights It sought to develop the capacity of SMTEs to deliver on the demand of the sector and generate more economic growth. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the recently held global conference on small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) was a success. The conference, which was held on January 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James was a collaboration between the Government and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the recently held global conference on small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) was a success.The conference, which was held on January 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James was a collaboration between the Government and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).It sought to develop the capacity of SMTEs to deliver on the demand of the sector and generate more economic growth.“It was successful based on the outcomes. We have a blueprint for SMTE development. The ‘little man’ also benefited because he was there, and the funding agencies that he requires to provide capital for development were also there,” the Minister told JIS News.“We were able to ensure that the connectivity was there,” he continued.During the conference, the Organization of American States (OAS) committed a total of US$500,000 to building the resilience of Caribbean SMTEs to deal with disasters.The project, which is being executed over two years through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is managed by the OAS Secretariat for Integral Development.Its overarching aim is to reduce the severity, impact and duration of disruptions caused by a disaster on the operations of SMTEs in the Caribbean.The project will help to identify and address the macro (national) and micro (corporate)-level challenges that affect business continuity during and after catastrophic events, as well as to build the capacity of owners, operators and staff of SMTEs to prepare, execute, review, test and update business continuity/multi-hazard contingency plans.
Seven technical papers will be prepared to inform the National Spatial Plan for the country.This follows Cabinet’s approval of a US$872-million contract with Acclimatise LAC Limited (United Kingdom) to prepare the papers.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure during yesterday’s (July 11) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.The National Spatial Plan, which was conceptualised in 2009, will ensure the optimal use of the nation’s land and marine resources and outline the framework for their effective use and management, along with addressing issues regarding climate change.
Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says media practitioners, particularly those involved in delivering news and current affairs content, have a key role to play in how official government statistics are communicated to the public. Story Highlights He acknowledged that in an increasingly “fluid and fast-paced” news culture, there is pressure on and competition among media houses to creatively report on current developments, which could lead to miscommunication, particularly on economic data. “At some point, we are going to have to transition to [such] an environment [and] I think competition is going to take us there, because news media will emerge [that] actually take these things seriously and have serious dialogue around [them],” he added. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says media practitioners, particularly those involved in delivering news and current affairs content, have a key role to play in how official government statistics are communicated to the public.Speaking at a recent Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, Dr. Clarke said that as the Administration pursues Jamaica’s development as a market economy, data and official statistics will become increasingly pivotal to the planning process.“Those who are best able to interpret and best use them will have an advantage… and media practitioners… have a crucial role to play in, first of all, understanding these official statistics, and communicating them to the public,” the Minister said.He acknowledged that in an increasingly “fluid and fast-paced” news culture, there is pressure on and competition among media houses to creatively report on current developments, which could lead to miscommunication, particularly on economic data.“The adjectives and adverbs… that we use around issues such as inflation [at times] become misplaced. So verbs like ‘jumped’ and ‘plunged’… those kinds of sensational words that we use, sometimes, do not add to the public good,” he contended.The Minister suggested that official data should, ideally, “just be reported in a neutral way”.“If you look at the international financial news channels… when [journalists] are discussing matters like inflation, the gross domestic product and unemployment [they are] having a rational discussion around the numbers,” he pointed out.“At some point, we are going to have to transition to [such] an environment [and] I think competition is going to take us there, because news media will emerge [that] actually take these things seriously and have serious dialogue around [them],” he added.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.It focused on the gross domestic product (GDP) and consumer price index.
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close zoom The German Aerospace Center is working on a satellite-based system for substantially improving ship navigation in ice-affected waters. The Earth observation satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X provide the high-resolution images needed to make this possible.Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) – the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research based in Bremerhaven – are currently on their way to Antarctica on board the research vessel ‘Polarstern’ to test the practicality of this technique.The decline of arctic sea ice during the summer period will open new routes for the shipping sector, permitting the development of fossil fuel resources and also cutting the travel time for navigation by commercial vessels. But the risks presented by these new maritime routes are high; freezing temperatures, storms and icebergs pose a challenge for both crews and ships. In the event of an emergency situation, search and rescue missions would be significantly set back by the lack of marine infrastructure in these regions. In addition, there is insufficient real-time data that ships could use for navigating through polar oceans.New satellite-based systems will ensure greater security in real timeDLR is developing satellite-based systems geared towards enhancing safety along maritime routes. They are based on high-resolution images provided by the radar satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X. The satellites transmit the images directly to the DLR ground station in Neustrelitz, where they are processed in near real time. “We are developing a suitable processing chain,” says Egbert Schwarz from the Real-Time Data Center at the DLR site in Neustrelitz. An algorithm developed at the DLR research centre in Bremen automatically analyses the data for the presence of ships. “The integrated solution includes a fully-automated delivery system that sends the data products directly to the ship after processing. It also classifies icebergs and marks them as potential hazards,” Schwarz adds.Travelling the Weddell SeaDLR and AWI are currently testing the extent to which this method is applicable on board the research vessel ‘Polarstern’ in the Weddell Sea off the coast of Antarctica. The primary purpose of the ‘Polarstern’ expedition is to study the relationship between winter ice cover and changes in the population of Antarctic krill. “The satellite images not only help us find the best routes through the ice, they also identity suitable ice floes on which to conduct scientific experiments over several days,” says Thomas Krumpen, a sea ice physicist at AWI. In addition, he and his team on board ‘Polarstern’ use a helicopter-based device named ‘EM-Bird’ that AWI developed specifically to measure the ice thickness. Until now, satellite-based methods have proved unable to measure ice thickness with the required precision. In future, the DLR Research Centre for Maritime Safety in Bremen and the DLR Microwaves and Radar Institute in Oberpfaffenhofen will use a combination of the ice information acquired by the helicopter measuring device and the satellites to improve the system. The cooperation between DLR and AWI in this field will include additional research expeditions in the Arctic. AWI, October 11, 2013 My location
zoom Scorpio Tankers Inc. has taken delivery of a MR product tanker newbuilding, STI Opera, from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. of South Korea.The vessel will be time chartered-out for up to 120 days at approximately $19,000 per day.Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 21 tankers (one LR2 tanker, four LR1 tankers, one Handymax tanker, 14 MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 4.0 years, time charters-in 30 product tankers (nine LR2, four LR1, eight MR and nine Handymax tankers),The company has contracted 63 newbuilding vessels (30 MR, 12 LR2, and 14 Handymax ice class-1A product tankers and seven VLCCs), 43 are expected to be delivered to the Company in 2014, 16 in 2015 and four in 2016. The Company also owns 30% of Dorian LPG Ltd.Scorpio Tankers, January 29, 2014
Print Close zoom The Port of Dover, together with its international partners Mott MacDonald and Buchan Group, has been successful in securing a significant contract to guide the major future development of three ports managed by Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd (TIPC). 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Having established strong relationships with TIPC, cemented through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2011, the Port of Dover’s world-class expertise in port management and port development has been showcased both in Taiwan and in the UK. The contract is a clear recognition of the global reputation that the Port has now achieved as a valuable consultancy partner when requiring a team made up of the best international experts.Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Port team, its partners, and for the global reputation of the British maritime industry. Moreover, it gives our staff an incredible platform for career development and reflects the vision that we have for our community in providing new and inspiring opportunities.”As the consultancy business develops and Dover’s port expertise is required elsewhere as well as still in Dover, this will lead to the creation of high quality jobs at Dover with exciting prospects for all those associated with the Port. This is a further strand of the Port’s drive for transformation, nurturing talent in Dover that then delivers expertise all around the world with Dover’s name becoming synonymous with opportunity, quality and excellence. In turn, this will contribute towards inward investment as Dover becomes a hub for maritime expertise, furthering the Port’s ability to act as a catalyst for regeneration.Beating off stiff competition, the partners also received fantastic support from UKTI (the British Trade & Cultural Office in Taiwan) in promoting British expertise in Taiwan.Chris Wood, Director, BTCO said: “This is a great boost to Britain’s international reputation in port planning and with such a strong partnership evident between Mott MacDonald, Buchan Group and the Port of Dover, goes to show that with the right expertise and our support, the UK can play a major role in global maritime affairs.”The contract is focused on carrying out master planning activities for the three Taiwanese ports of Keelung, Kaohsiung and Anping in order to promote the ports’ domestic and international passenger transport and tourism services, including the construction and modernisation of passenger terminal facilities.Glen Curry, Mott MacDonald said: “This is a very exciting contract to have won and with the specialist skills and experience of the Port of Dover supporting our port planning and engineering expertise, we are confident we can plan great things for Taiwan’s ports.”The partners will conduct research and analysis on the location and characteristics of Keelung Port, Kaohsiung Port and Anping Port in order to carry out a detailed investigation of possible domestic and foreign development projects. They will then produce the final master plan presenting the most appropriate developments, their location and size, configuration and the types of industry suited to the ports. My location Port of Dover, February 12, 2014
zoom The Port of Singapore is the first in the world to mandate the use of mass flow metering (MFM) system for bunkering.This was announced by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, at the Singapore Bunkering Symposium today. The bunkering symposium is one of the key events of the Singapore Maritime Week 2014, jointly organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the National Metrology Centre of A*STAR.In his opening address, Minister Lui said that as the first port in the world to mandate the use of mass flow meters for bunkering, “we will set a new benchmark for bunkering practices worldwide“.He highlighted that the use of MFM system for bunkering in the Port of Singapore will not only enhance transparency in the bunkering process, but also improve operational efficiency and increase the productivity of the entire industry.MPA Chief Executive, Mr Andrew Tan said, “To safeguard Singapore’s reputation as a top bunkering port in the world, we are taking the lead in being the first to mandate the use of mass flow meters. It is a significant milestone for the bunkering industry in Singapore and it will strengthen our position in the long term as a reliable and trusted port for bunkering operations.”The MFM system enhances transparency, increases productivity and minimises illegal bunkering activities. MPA is confident that the adoption of MFM system for bunkering in the Port of Singapore will provide better assurance to both the bunker buyers and suppliers on the quantity of bunker delivered, and safeguard Singapore’s reputation as the world’s top bunkering port.Implementation of MFM system:With effect from 1 January 2017, it is mandatory for bunker suppliers to use the MFM system for bunker delivery of Marine Fuel Oil (MFO) in the Port of Singapore. All existing bunker tankers operating in port must be fitted with a MPA-approved MFM system for MFO delivery in the Port of Singapore by 31 December 2016.All new bunker tankers applying for Harbour Craft (Bunker Tanker) licence after 31 December 2014 will be required to be fitted with a MPA – approved MFM system for MFO delivery.Incentive scheme to assist the industry:To assist the industry to offset a portion of the cost of the MFM system adoption, MPA will be offering a lump sum incentive of S$80,000 for each existing bunker tanker delivering MFO in the Port of Singapore. The incentive will be given out upon MPA’s approval of each fitted MFM system.Partnerships:To ensure that the MFM system is suitable to be used for bunkering, MPA and SPRING Singapore jointly initiated a MFM Working Group to develop and validate the use of MFM system for bunkering in 2009. The Working Group, which consists of members from Weights and Measures Office (WMO) of SPRING Singapore, National Metrology Centre @A*Star (NMC), MPA and various stakeholders in the bunkering industry, had conducted extensive trials using MFM system since 2011.MPA has undertaken close consultation with the industry through the Singapore Shipping Association and the International Bunker Industry Association in implementing the mandatory MFM, and many of its members are supportive.In conjunction with this symposium, the NMC announced the opening of its Liquid Flow Laboratory to conduct further R&D in high viscosity fluids and signed a research collaboration agreement with Mogas Flow Lab Pte Ltd on the establishment of a primary mass flow standard and facilities for mass flow measurement of marine fuel oil.Bunkering remains an important sector of the Singapore maritime industry. In 2013, the Port of Singapore recorded bunker sales volume of 42.7 million tonnes, retaining its position as the world’s top bunkering port. mpa, April 8, 2014
zoom BW LPG Limited has entered into ship building contracts for four Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) newbuildings with Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).The delivered cost of these vessels, including interest and other costs, is likely to be approximately USD 290 million, the company said in a stock exchange filing.The vessels were previously reserved by DSME’s existing client, however; as explained by Andrew Hoare, CCO of BW LPG, “BW’s relationship with DSME has afforded this opportunity to us when it became available.”The vessels are to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2016.“Whilst the exceptionally high rates of today are not likely to last forever, there are many years of anticipated growth in export volumes in this market, which elicits our desire to enhance our fleet and its capability. These contracts now provide us an opportunity to grow or renew our VLGC fleet in the coming years, without adding further to the new building fleet on order,“ Nicholas Gleeson,CEO of BW LPG, said.The quartet will be financed from free cash and the revolving credit facility, BW LPG explained.
zoom As the second round of El Faro hearings continues this week, the US Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation listened to testimonies about the ship’s stability and cargo security, local media reported.With these hearing the USCG is trying to determine what led to the sinking, and whether commercial pressure, negligence in cargo security or poor safety culture had anything to do with the accident.Most of Monday’s hearings revolved around a software program CargoMax, used to calculate load and stability. The board found out that American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a company which was hired to certify El Faro, owns a 50 percent interest in the company that develops the cargo loading problem they were certifying. During the hearings, ABS said that these facts did not present any conflict.The hearings also revealed that the loading requirements in El Faro’s manual did not undergo a lot of change since 2005, casting doubt on the captain’s ability to make the right calculations for stability.Last week’s hearings of the Coast Guard’s investigation unveiled that the final inspection of the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro did not show any signs of mechanical or structural issues. Furthermore, the board heard that the US-flagged cargo ship received outdated weather forecasts before it encountered Hurricane Joaquin, while the former El Faro master, Capt. Jack Hern, earlier said that he had raised concerns over the ship’s stability, citing water integrity-issues, wear on hatches and boilers that often needed maintenance as key vulnerabilities.The second round of hearings, set to last until May 27, will cover other circumstances surrounding the sinking of the US-flagged cargo ship as the officials try to find the reasons which led to the loss of the vessel and its 33 crewmembers on October 1, 2015, during Hurricane Joaquin while El Faro was sailing from Florida to Puerto Rico.World Maritime News Staff