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No decision yet on charging boy in fire

first_imgBrown said arson investigators first talked to the boy’s parents Oct. 22 after determining the blaze began the day before outside their Agua Dulce home. The home was not damaged in the fire, Brown said. Investigators initially considered a downed power line as the source of the Buckweed Fire. The boy was staying on a ranch where his parents helped care for horses. Someone who knew the boy told the Times he was distraught about the destruction.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jacob Adelman The Associated Press Authorities said Wednesday they had not decided whether to charge a boy who while playing with matches started a blaze that ripped through 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes. They said the boy, whose name has not been released, admitted to starting the fire in north Los Angeles County during interviews with investigators. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The District Attorney’s Office was “not sure whether they’ll bring any charges, given that it was an accidental fire,” said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Michael Brown. “It was a child-set fire, but it is not clear what his intentions were at this time,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s homeland security department Chief Bill McSweeney. McSweeney said the boy was 12, but the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site Wednesday that he was 10. The conflicting information couldn’t immediately be clarified. Downed power lines, arson and construction workers have been blamed with starting other fires that destroyed some 2,100 homes and blackened 809 square miles from Los Angeles County to the Mexican border over the past 10 days. last_img read more

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Tottenham midfielder to be subject of £26million bid?

first_imgTottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele could be the subject of a £26million offer from Juventus.Inter Milan have so far shown the strongest interest in the 30-year-old and they have even offered Joao Mario as part of any deal.But now, according to Sky Italia, Juventus have joined the race to sign Dembele this summer.The Italian champions want to sign a central midfielder during the current transfer window and they are able to match Spurs’ £26million asking price.Inter, however, can only offer around £10million upfront with the rest being made up of add-ons or a potential player, like Mario. Juventus are the latest club to express an interest in Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele.The Belgian has just 12 months to run on his current deal at Spurs and he is no closer to signing an extension. 1last_img read more

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Blues tipped to bid for Khedira and Wolfsburg are linked with Lukaku

first_imgChelsea are reportedly looking to pip Arsenal to the signing of Real Madrid’s Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, while Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a possible move to Wolfsburg.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been tipped to sign Khedira – one of the stars of the World Cup in Brazil – and the Gunners are said to have tabled a £20m bid.However, the Daily Express say Chelsea are willing to beat that offer in an attempt to land the 27-year-old, who played under Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Real.The Daily Mirror say Khedira is demanding £150,000 a week, which would make him Arsenal’s highest-paid player, and that Chelsea are ready to step in.It is also claimed that Real are interested in signing Chelsea’s Ramires.Lukaku’s future remains uncertain ahead of the new season.There continues to be speculation about Lukaku’s future and the Daily Telegraph suggest German club Wolfsburg are showing an interest.Everton, who took Lukaku on loan from Chelsea last season, want to sign him on a permanent basis, while Tottenham are also reported to be keen.It is claimed that Chelsea want £25m from those clubs but might consider a lower offer from a foreign side.The Daily Mail, on the other hand, say Everton are hopeful of a deal to sign Lukaku for £18m.Meanwhile, Chelsea are considering a £7m move for Paris St-Germain’s France Under-21 midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to the Express.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Are Raiders in the midst of another downward defensive spiral?

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Watch bad defense long enough and it’s easy to be skeptical and even cynical about the potential for improvement.And let’s face it, the Raiders have been poor defensively for a long, long time. And that includes 2016 when Khalil Mack was on the roster, was an All-Pro at two different positions and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in a 12-4 season.It was bad when the coordinator was Rob Ryan, John Marshall, …last_img read more

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Gallery: South African landscapes

first_imgVineyards leading to the sea, flat and rocky desert plains, the jagged points of the Drakensberg Mountains, their softer green foothills, regimented plantations of pine – South Africa’s landscapes are diverse, but all beautiful.A young man watches over cattle grazing the fields outside Qunu, Nelson Mandela’s home village, in the Eastern Cape province. Photo: Rodger BoschFind the hi-res version of this photo in the image library at Countryside 20 The roads of the Northern Cape province stretch out as far as the eye can see. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 6 A field of sunflowers in the farmlands of western Free State province. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 17 A summer thunderstorms brews over the Maluti Mountains in the eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 19 Electricity pylons march across croplands in the Free State. Photo: Chris KirchhoffFind the hi-res version of this photo at Infrastructure 11  Rows of pine trees in a Sappi plantation in Mpumalanga province. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 26 A ruin of an old car at the foot of the Koranna Mountains in the eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 19 The South African Astronomical Observatory outside the town of Sutherland in the remote Northern Cape is home to the Southern African Large Telescope, the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Buildings and structures 11 Vineyards in the Durbanville Valley wine-making region, with Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Find the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 7 Statue of a Dorper sheep on a farm in the Northern Cape. Dorpers, which are mutton sheep, are extremely hardy and able to thrive in the arid region. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 6 The foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal province, viewed from the top of the escarpment, near the Lesotho border. Photo: Mary AlexanderFind the hi-res version of this photo at Nature 6 Sunset in the Karoo, Northern Cape. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Nature 6 Clouds reflected in a reservoir filled by a wind pump on a sheep farm in eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 18  The Outeniqua Mountains in the Western Cape province. Photo: Rodger BoschFind the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 16 Karoo road, Free State.Find the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 12  Karoo road, Northern Cape. Photo: Graeme WilliamsFind the hi-res version of this photo at Infrastructure 19  The Kwena Dam near the town of Lydenburg in Mpumalanga province. Photo: Chris KirchhoffFind the hi-res version of this photo at Infrastructure 19  Fynbos vegetation in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve in the Franschhoek region of the Western Cape.Find the hi-res version of this photo at Nature 1 Vineyards and mountains in the Franschhoek region of the Western Cape. Photo: Mary AlexanderFind the hi-res version of this photo at Countryside 8 Drakensberg Mountain peaks at the top of the escarpment in KwaZulu-Natal, near the Lesotho border. Photo: Mary AlexanderFind the hi-res version of this photo at Nature 6Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Will appeal to the Prime Minister: Narsingh

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Aug 19 (PTI) Banned for four years and disgraced after being eliminated from the Olympics Village, dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav today vowed to take his battle to the Prime Ministers Office. His dream of representing the country in the Games shattered after he was slapped with a four-year ban by Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) for flunking a dope test after WADA challenged the clean chit given to him by NADA, a devastated Narsingh Yadav said today that he will fight till the end. “Meri toh naam badnam hui, isse pura desh pe kala dhabba lag gaya hai (My name has been tarnished, not just me, this ban is a blot on India). Chahe mujhe phaasi ho jaye, mein iski chhanbin karwaoonga, din-raat ek kar doonga (Let me be hanged, I will take this to higher courts and will leave no stone unturned),” the 74kg freestyle wrestler told PTI here. “I will appeal to the Prime Minister to investigate this matter thoroughly. The truth must come out, even if we need CBI for that. If Im the culprit, hang me, Im ready for it. Do a NARCO test on me and also the people who are involved,” he said. Narsingh had claimed that his drinks/food were spiked during the pre-Games training in Sonepat by unknown persons, which was agreed to by the National Anti-Doping Agency that exonerated him on the dope charge and allowed him to take part in the Games. Narsingh further said he could have easily competed in the Olympics had the evidence of wrong doings were stronger. “Theres a big lobby involved in this and the names should be out. Its a matter of countrys future in sport. I have become a victim of all this without any fault of mine. All my four years hardships to win an Olympic medal have gone in vain.” He said that such kind of politics mars Indias medal prospects in Olympics. “If I dont get the justice the future for sport will be bleak. Not many will be encouraged to join sport and win medal for India. We ourselves are to be blamed.” Narsingh was evicted from the Olympics Village this morning as the ban meant his accreditation and entry was cancelled and he had to be shifted to a hotel from where he would leave for New Delhi. Without directly pointing fingers at anyone in particular, Narsingh said: “Its clear from the series of episodes who all are involved.” Meanwhile, the Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said Narsingh became unconscious last evening after hearing about four-year ban imposed on him. Demanding a CBI inquiry, WFI president told PTI: “Narsingh behosh ho gaya tha kal, aaj thik hai (Narsingh became unconscious yesterday, he is fine today). We dont want to accuse anyone. Our only demand is a CBI inquiry. “Everything will become clear after a thorough investigation. All the skeletons will tumble out of the closet once the boy is nabbed. We will press hard for an investigation.” PTI TAP CM SSR CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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SPORT-F1 2LAST

first_img“Theres lots of new things we are going to have to start “Theres lots of new things we are going to have to start putting into place, bringing them up to speed … I am very, very happy that they can come in and do things (for the sport),” Ecclestone told The Associated Press. Ecclestone is optimistic Liberty has the resources, expertise and outlook to drive the growth of F1, particularly in the United States. “I hope they do a lot because they are American and have had dealings in television in America for a long time,” Ecclestone said. “They have dealings with a lot of sponsors because of their TV networks and social media which we havent done (as much) in the past.” The sport returned to the US in 2012 after a five-year absence, with Austin hosting the race under the current deals. “I have been trying to do things in America for years but not very successfully,” Ecclestone said. “We tried, but maybe they are the people that can get it done.” Asked about challenging NASCARs supremacy in the US, Ecclestone said: “They are the people that should be concerned, of course.” At the time of the sale, CVC had a 35.5 per cent stake in F1, followed by US fund manager Waddell & Reed with slightly more than 20 per cent. Ecclestone has 5.3 per cent stake in F1 but his family Bambino Trust has a further 8.5 per cent, rounding up his involvement up to about 14 per cent. AP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Volkswagen Tiguan first drive review

first_imgMost people acknowledge Volkswagen in India as a manufacturer of hatchbacks and sedans and there is a reason for that. The only SUV the company ever launched in India was the Touareg and it was in a segment which is out of bounds for most. The Touareg also led a short life and was taken out of the portfolio many years back, leaving the SUV section blank. Quite a ‘no, no’ in a country fascinated by these big beasts. Now there is an option in the form of the Tiguan.Design:Let’s start with a fact which is not clear to the naked eye. The Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s famous MQB platform and the same makes its debut here in India with this SUV. The Tiguan follows the brand’s global design philosophy and as a result this SUV has a very different take on SUV design. It is not butch and bulky but smooth and sophisticated.Build quality inside is top class. Soft touch dash adds to plushness. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The front end design is unmistakably VW with the grille flanked by a sleek pair of headlamps. These lamps are all LED units and incorporate daytime running lights and indicators. The bumper adds a sporty hue and also houses the fog lamps and cornering lamps. Mind you these are both separate units and not combined into one and we can vouch that they come really handy especially driving around in the hills.  In profile the Tiguan looks good thanks to the prominent cladding and the strong shoulder line.advertisementThe 2.0-litre engine offers ample grunt and is smooth too. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)It is here that we come to a rather unique figure, the ground clearance. VW in Europe claim the Tiguan to offer 200mm of clearance but here that figure has reduced to 149mm. Now before you dismiss the Tiguan, let us tell you that this lesser figure is due to the fact that the Indian authorities have started measuring ground clearance at full payload or gross vehicle weight. Hence the difference.At the back, the large LED tail lamps take up most of the space and the roof spoiler adds to the sporty feel.The front end design is unmistakably VW with the grille flanked by a sleek pair of headlamps. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Features:Inside the Tiguan looks and feels well-built much like most other VW products. There are multiple shades of black in the offering and the dash is soft to touch. There is a deep glove box and the centre console houses an infotainment system which supports Android and Apple devices. The system also offers the ‘Think Blue Trainer’ which essentially marks the way one drives and gives a real time score on 100 marks.At the back, the large LED tail lamps take up most of the space and the roof spoiler adds to the sporty feel. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)On the downside, the system does not come with an in-built sat nav. The multi-function steering wheel is good to grip and the comprehensive IP displays all things related to the car. The Tiguan also comes with a three-zone climate control system and that means the driver, front passenger and the rear passengers can set their own temperatures. The driver’s perch is all electric and comes with memory function as well. The cabin also sports mood lighting which highlights the panoramic sunroof. This five-seater SUV offers ample space for its occupants and is pretty versatile as well. The rear seats are foldable and can help increase boot space. So with the rear seat in place, the Tiguan can take in 615 litres of cargo which can go up to 1,655mm with the rear seats folded.The Tiguan also offers a unique feature which comes as a help while loading up the boot. Say you reach the SUV with your hands full. To access the boot you will have to drop it all somewhere and then open the boot. Not in the Tiguan. With the key within proximity, a certain gesture below the rear bumper is enough to release the boot.The 18 inch Kingston alloy wheels are only available with the top end variant of the Tiguan. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Safety Features:When it comes to safety VW has decided to load up the Tiguan properly. The SUV comes with six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Program, ABS Hill Decent Control and Hill Hold functions. Further to that the Tiguan also comes with an Active Hood designed to save the pedestrian in case of a collision.advertisementEngine:Under the bonnet, VW has decided to plonk in the tried and tested 2.0-litre TDI motor which is tuned to offer 143bhp and 340Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a seven-speed DSG gear box which sends power to all four wheels (if necessary) using VW’s 4MOTION AWD system. The 4MOTION system can be further regulated using a knob placed conveniently on the centre console. The driver can then choose to leave it in auto or select modes depending on the type of terrain he or she is attempting to tread.Blue Drive gives the driver marks based on driving patters. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Now this is the only combination which the company is offering here in India and both Comfortline and Highline variants get the same mechanicals.Drive Quality:The Tiguan on the road feels extremely refined. The engine comes to life without much clatter and within the cabin things remain rather quiet thanks to the excellent NVH packaging. Our test route was a mix of city, highway and hilly terrain and it gave us the opportunity to truly test out the capabilities of this SUV. In the city to start with one does feel a bit of a lag. It is primarily because the motor hits the sweet spot just around the 2,000rpm mark and till then one has come to a stop. So in stop-and-go traffic things get better if the manual mode is used on the gearbox.Photo: Nishant JhambShift down a gear, get the Tiguan motor in the right rev range and then acceleration is brisk. On the highway though, the Tiguan comes into its own. The smooth DSG gearbox shifts up and once you start cruising, the Tiguan gathers speed rapidly and can sit at high speeds all day long. Overtaking on the highway too is no problem as there is ample power to take care of most situations. We simply enjoyed our highway run more than the crowded city roads.   Handling:Moving on to the ride and handling department. The Tiguan to begin with does not feel like a SUV on the move. It feels extremely well-planted on the highway and the suspension is tuned to take on and dismiss most rough patches with ease. This means that the passengers generally get to hear but not feel bad sections.The motor is mated to a seven-speed DSG gear box which sends power to all four wheels (if necessary) using VW’s 4MOTION AWD system. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)We also loved the way the Tiguan handled around the twisties. The taught suspension helps reduce body roll and the driver should feel ever so confident. The steering too is well-balanced and offers plenty of feedback to the driver which helps tackling twisties. So overall, the Tiguan looks much like an SUV but drives like a car and that should be taken as a compliment.Dimension:Last but not the least, the delicate topic of the 149mm ground clearance. We were driving well loaded most of the time and at no point did we feel scared of a speed hump or getting off the road. At one stage we did lose our way and entered a village section with literally no roads. Even in such sections we came out with the under body un-scraped.advertisementVerdict:The Tiguan in itself has proved to be a rather complete SUV. It looks good, offers a plethora of features, is efficient, comes with AWD tech and last but not the least offers brilliant ride and handling. What’s not to like? Now here comes the real question of how much?Taught suspension reduces body roll, gives confidence while tackling twisties.(Photo: Nishant Jhamb)At Rs 31.4 lakh for the Highline and Rs 27.9 lakh for the Comfortline, the Tiguan sure is pricey. It should ideally compete with the Hyundai Tucson and the soon to be launched Jeep Compass, but it competes with SUVs a notch above. This should only be the cause of concern for the Tiguan buyer. Rest everything is just brilliant.ALSO READ:Volkswagen Tiguan vs Ford Endeavour vs Toyota Fortuner vs Isuzu MU-XALSO READ:Volkswagen Tiguan launched in India, prices of SUV begin from Rs 27.68 lakhlast_img read more

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Neetu Chandra keen to do P.T. Usha biopic

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Actress Neetu Chandra, who has been a sportswoman too, says she would love to do a biopic on legendary athlete P.T. Usha as she feels telling stories of successful Indian women can inspire young girls to take up sports seriously.Neetu has recently been appointed community ambassador of Patna Pirates, the Pro Kabaddi team from her hometown Patna. She has a natural affinity towards sports as she has been involved in the promotion of basketball in the country through her close association with the NBA and Taekwondo.Asked if she would like to do a sports biopic and if yes, on whose life, Neetu told IANS over email: “Yes, why not! I’m a sportsgirl myself. I represented India three times and a fourth Dan black belt. And I’ve been associated with NBA basketball of India for six years now.”I still play a lot and I’m an actor too. So I’d be more than happy to do a biopic on the life of sportswoman P.T. Usha. She has been an exceptional sportsperson with a truly incredible journey and I’d love to bring her inspiring journey alive on screen.”She finds it “fabulous” that there are films being made on the lives of successful Indian sportswomen.”That could actually inspire a lot of girls in India to play some or the other sport which is very important because playing any sport would help in personality, grooming, growth, confidence, sincerity, and discipline which is very essential for anyone’s life,” added the “Garam Masala” and “Traffic Signal” actress.What urged her to be a community ambassador for Patna Pirates?”I was born and brought up in Patna… I’m very emotional towards Patna because I have grown up and learned my sports here and played for India,” said Neetu, who finds the Patna Pirates team very strong.”I love the tactics and strategy with which they play. And it reminds me of my childhood when I used to play. It is a very strong team also as they are very united. I was always favouring Patna and when they offered me to be the community ambassador, I thought this was a great opportunity to associate with them and go back to my roots.”As a community ambassador, she will be travelling with them for their practice sessions and will be cheering them in all their matches. “I’ll be representing and being the face of the team in a very sporty and positive way,” she said, adding that “kabaddi is a great sport because it keeps you on your toes, alert and you have to strategize very well”.”You’re not only playing the game physically but even mentally. Also, while playing the game and saying ‘kabaddi kabaddi’, your breathing has to be very strong and it also helps you in a certain kind of breathing practice which is great for health. So I think that detailing of breath holding and saying kabaddi makes it all the more unique as compared to the other games.”–IANSrb/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

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