first_imgNorthwestern Wildcats' football stadium.EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers on September 29, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Indiana 44-29. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)A Big Ten football program has suffered a major personnel loss heading into 2019.Northwestern is one of the Big Ten programs on the rise, as the Wildcats are coming off a Big Ten Championship Game appearance.Pat Fitzgerald’s program has a major personnel move to make heading into the 2019 season, though.Northwestern has lost its coveted director of player personnel, Chris Bowers, to Eastern Illinois.“Northwestern director of player personnel @Coach_Bowers is joining Adam Cushing at #EasternIlinois as the team’s new defensive coordinator. He returns to the field after serving as DC for Division II Concord University in 2010,” ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports.#Northwestern director of player personnel @Coach_Bowers is joining Adam Cushing at #EasternIlinois as the team’s new defensive coordinator. He returns to the field after serving as DC for Division II Concord University in 2010.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 24, 2018College football insider Bruce Feldman says this is a major loss for Northwestern.“That’s a big loss for Northwestern. Chris Bowers did a terrific job helping stock the Wildcats roster with really good under the radar talent,” he tweeted.That’s a big loss for Northwestern. Chris Bowers did a terrific job helping stock the Wildcats roster with really good under the radar talent. https://t.co/aJrpJ6uwY6— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 24, 2018Northwestern is set to play No. 17 Utah in the Holiday Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. E.T.last_img

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first_imgIf you ever got to drive your dad’s old banger, you might manage a top speed of 30 mph before parts began dropping off and smoke started pouring from the engine.Racing driver Danny Thompson, on the other hand, just took his old man’s car to a blistering 450 mph. And lived to tell the tale.The incredible run, which took place on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on Sunday, August 12, makes the Challenger 2 the world’s fastest piston-driven vehicle.Danny’s weekend speed dash started with a run that hit a hair-raising 446.605 mph. Averaged with an even faster outing the following day that saw the Challenger 2 reach 450.909 mph, the streamliner hurtled into the record books with a speed of 448.757 mph.We passed tech inspection. We’re officially the world’s fastest piston powered vehicle! Our combined record sits at 448.757mph.— Danny Thompson (@thompsonlsr) August 12, 2018Built in 1968 by Danny’s father, racing legend Mickey Thompson, the since modified Challenger 2 draws its power from a pair of nitro-fueled 2500-hp Hemi engines.Twin three-speed gearboxes link the two engines together and counterbalance output, a setup described by the team as “a marked improvement over the original split-gas-pedal-and-Mickey’s-intuition mechanism.”The front of the Challenger 2 holds two 30-gallon aluminum fuel tanks that contain just enough nitromethane for one full speed pass, with the total curb weight at almost 5,200 pounds.Describing the record-breaking drives, Thompson said, “It got a little squirrelly. I was almost lock-to-lock at around 430mph, which was quite an experience.” Indeed, the cockpit video (above) shows Thompson steering the machine a whole lot more than you might have expected him to, but the expert control enabled him to beat the old record by 9 mph.“In 1968, my dad, the mad scientists at Kar Kraft, and an elite group of Southern California gearheads created a vehicle that they believed had the potential to become the world’s fastest hot rod,” Thompson said on his website. “It took five decades, a lot of elbow grease, and a few modifications, but I feel like I’ve finally been able to fulfill their dream, as well as my own.”Having already achieved a record-breaking run of 406 mph in the Challenger 1 in 1960, Mickey Thompson had plans to drive the Challenger 2 himself, but his life was cut short in 1988 when he was murdered by gunmen hired by a former business associate.But now son Danny has done what he’d always wanted to do, honoring his father by taking his creation onto the flats and piloting it to a new land speed record.A version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Editors’ Recommendations last_img

first_imgWith the festive season underway, the province is urging drivers to stay safe and sober behind the wheel. “Keeping impaired drivers off our roads is important all year round,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “However, during the busy holiday season, we’re reminding drivers to take extra care and be responsible.” Campaigns such as Operation Christmas have law-enforcement agencies targeting those who drive while impaired by setting up checkpoints throughout the province. Operation Christmas is a joint effort by government and police agencies to improve highway safety in Nova Scotia. The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s annual Operation Red Nose campaign, which has volunteers drive callers home in their own vehicles, is another important program that encourages responsible drinking and driving behaviour. MADD’s Red Ribbon campaign reminds Nova Scotians to drive safe and sober and that injuries and deaths resulting from impaired driving are completely avoidable. “Ultimately, it’s all about preventing needless deaths and injuries on our roadways,” said Margaret Miller, national president of MADD Canada. “We commend the Nova Scotia government for its recent initiatives and add that, in the end, these measures will help to insure that more Nova Scotian families will be sitting safety around their holiday table.” Ninety-nine people were killed on Nova Scotia roads last year. Of those, 32 were alcohol-related fatalities. Alcohol was the leading contributing factor to fatal collisions in the province last year. “Nova Scotians expect, and deserve, safe highways and streets. And we all share in this responsibility,” said Mr. Scott. “I hope this holiday will be safe and happy for all Nova Scotians.” The province has introduced several legislative, enforcement and awareness initiatives to fight impaired driving, including an alcohol ignition interlock program and the integrated impaired driving enforcement unit. Last month, the province introduced tough, new legislation to fight impaired driving. The proposed legislation would increase the suspension time for people who blow between .05 and .08 on roadside alcohol screening tests.last_img

first_imgWhat would sound alarm bells in the West appears widely accepted. The fans say they feel more comfortable around the idols and are too shy to talk to grown women. “I also tried to be cute. It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t have to conform to this. It’s very difficult to undo this process; it’s very ingrained.”By: Linda Barnard “I think those men feel somehow threatened by women of their own age,” said Miyake, 40, a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker who left Japan at age 26 to study the history of English witchcraft at Oxford University. Miyake doesn’t pass judgment in “Tokyo Idols” about “this thing that’s taken over the cultural scene,” although she questions fans, idols and one performer’s mother about the appropriateness of middle-aged men mooning over very young girls. Miyake follows 19-year-old Rio Hiiragi, who fears she’s coming close to her idol expiration date and campaigns relentlessly to stay on top. “I can’t do this forever,” she says. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “This is a business based on illusion and misunderstanding and these guys are obsessive types, so some do get it wrong and could turn aggressive,” Miyake said. The idols are getting progressively younger. One male fan praises his pre-teen idol crush for being “underdeveloped.” Another grey-haired man spends hours making glittery T-shirts to wear to shows by his favourite teen idol. Miyake also understands the pressure young girls are under in Japan, a society where gender roles tend to the traditional. Facebook Advertisement These carefully timed 60-second meetings with the idols include only one physical interaction: a handshake. An everyday act in many countries, it has sexual undercurrents in Japan, said Miyake. While most men “play by the rules” when meeting idols, one of them 20-year-old Mayu Tomita, was stabbed repeatedly by a lovesick fan last May.center_img Login/Register With: Among them is 43-year-old Koji Yoshida, who drops thousands of dollars a year on idol concert tickets and meet-and-greet “handshake events.” Advertisement Her mostly male fans — who call themselves Rio’s brothers — are socially awkward types not comfortable spending time with women their own age. “Yes, it’s creepy,” acknowledges writer-director Kyoko Miyake of the middle-aged men obsessively following anime-inspired J-pop female idols half their age — and younger — in her documentary “Tokyo Idols.” “I grew up in Japan and I always felt awkward because I couldn’t be cute or act cute and I felt very judged,” Miyake said. Miyake sought out Canadian and U.K. financing rather than Japanese money for the film, allowing her to make the movie her way and be “quite free of censorship” in exploring the idol phenomenon. Advertisement Shot in Japan, the Canada-U.K produced film had its world premiere at Sundance last Friday and will eventually air on Canada’s Super Channel. She hopes “Tokyo Idols” can start a conversation about why some men feel they can only relate to young girls “because in Japan, we are not talking to each other.” Some 10,000 idols are part of a $1-billion annual industry in Japan, where looking “fresh” and “cute” is the goal. Usually under 20, the singer-dancers perform in fantasy costumes that echo schoolgirls, French maids and kittens. Twitterlast_img

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