Trask to pay for first 100 students to attend NCAA tourney match

first_imgWhen the Wisconsin soccer team faces UW-Milwaukee in its opening-round match of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament Thursday, it may be able to expect a much larger turnout from students than it has throughout the season.Head coach John Trask announced through uwbadgers.com Wednesday his intention to pay for the first 100 students to go pick up a student ticket to the game if they make the trip to the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office Thursday morning. Tickets are pegged to cost students $4 to see the game, which means the Wisconsin head coach will be paying $400 dollars out of pocket to see more student fans in attendance.In games at home since 2012, Wisconsin has posted an impressive undefeated record of 13 straight victories — the longest in the country — on its way to a 13-4-2 overall record this season and a second-place finish in the Big Ten conference season. No. 19 Wisconsin tied UWM 1-1 in an earlier matchup in Milwaukee this season that went to a second overtime.Wisconsin’s matchup against the Panthers is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m. Thursday.last_img read more

DONEGAL ETB SURFING AND LIFEGUARD COURSES PUT JOBSEEKERS ON THE CREST OF A WAVE

first_imgIt is forecast that adventure activities like surfing will lead to strong employment prospects in the coming years. With increasing tourism numbers, the benefits of the Wild Atlantic Way are bringing new opportunities to Donegal. A lot of work has been done this year to develop the adventure offering available in Donegal. The ‘Get Out There Adventure Charter’ has also committed to provide visitors coming to the areas with a value added experience.This is a full time course operated by the Donegal ETB (Education and Training Board) and will take place in Bundoran over 26 weeks, and will include intensive Surfing practice and Beach lifeguarding training. Anyone who is currently unemployed and receiving a social welfare payment is eligible to apply. To apply, you should contact your local Intreo/DSP office and register for this specific course (if you are not already registered) and then speak to your local Intreo Officer.Those interested should note that strong swimming ability is a pre-requisite, and that a swim time-trial is part of the interview process.Please contact your local Intreo office or email the Donegal ETB Training centre at coursesdonegaltc@donegaletb.ie to register your interest for the above course. DONEGAL ETB SURFING AND LIFEGUARD COURSES PUT JOBSEEKERS ON THE CREST OF A WAVE was last modified: July 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegal education and training boardsurfing and lifeguarding courseWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Mad about Auto: Alto K10 AMT vs Nano XTA

first_imgI  still vividly remember the day the Nano was first revealed to the world in a jam packed hall at the Auto Expo 2008. Journalists from around the world waited with bated breath to see what Tata Motors had created. And then it happened; a holographic image of Ratan Tata emerged on screen and after a few graphic details, he drove the Nano along with its other variants onto the stage. Even the biggest sports or movie stars can seldom command the attention of such a crowd. Such was the draw of Tata’s ‘one lakh rupee’ car. The initial response was phenomenal but then problems began to emerge which seriously hindered the Nano’s run. And till not too long ago, the company could only sell a few hundred a month. The story of the Maruti-Suzuki Alto however was nothing short of amazing . The response the little hatch received was phenomenal. It was the worthy successor of the 800 and soon overtook the icon in terms of sales. Now, let’s see how these two very different cars have evolved and most importantly which one is the better one.The Tata Nano has been given a major overhaul. It now sports a new bumper up front and not to forget an additional trim on the bonnet. The headlamps now feature black surrounds and look cooler than before. In profile, one can notice the body colour ORVMs and the new wheelcaps. The biggest change however, comes at the back. The lack of an opening hatch was always the bane of the little red car and the addition of one has proportionately increased it’s utility. As a result, the rear section of the Nano has been strengthened further to retain its structural rigidity. But it has added around 35kg to the car as well. The bumper too has been redesigned. In all, the Nano now looks more upmarket and appealing. Inside, the changes seem more apparent. The steering to begin with is all new and follows the same steering wheel designs on the Bolt and Zest. The dash comes from the Twist which was launched a few months back. As a result, the Nano now comes with twin glove compartments and slots for the speakers as well. The instrument panel offers useful data to the driver. Apart from the speedo and fuel and temp gauge, the unit also displays gears, distance to empty and instant fuel consumption. The Tata also comes with a new audio system which also offers Bluetooth connectivity apart from USB and AUX input. The centre console has also been revised and the power window switches are now placed higher. The Nano is also an ergonomic delight. Getting in and out is easy thanks to the high seats and the all around view is also great. There is also ample space within the cabin both up front and at the rear. But in midst of all the great changes, the boot space does take a hit. Where the manual version of the car has 110 litres of boot space, the AMT version is restricted to 94 litres. Though, this can be increased by flipping the rear seats down. Also, the loading lip is quite high which hinders ease of loading. The Alto K10 on the other hand feels like a conventional hatch. In this new version, the company has reduced the bonnet length and therefore the car is more compact as compared to the old car. The headlamps are new and the K10 also gets fog lamps just like the Nano. In profile the K10 resembles the Alto 800. Things again change at the back where the K10 benefits from a new design. Step inside and the K10 displays its all new dash. It looks smart and the piano black centre console gives it an upmarket appeal. The factory audio system is well fitted and looks good. USB and AUX-in come as standard. The instrument panel offers a tacho which is missing in the Nano. The trip computer though is more comprehensive in the Nano. Unlike the Tata, the K10 does not offer as much stowage space within the cabin. Even the cubby hole on the centre console (thanks to the AMT lever) is hard to use. And despite being bigger it doesn’t feel as spacious as the Nano and primarily because it’s not as wide as the Nano. The elbows and shoulders will brush the door panels. It is the same story at the back. The seats are low and the ingress and egress requires more effort. The boot on the K10 though is much larger.advertisementadvertisementThe Nano continues with its rear engine, rear drive configuration. But It does not feel as noisy as before thanks to a better NVH package. 38bhp is what the Nano’s little twin pot 624cc motor develops. On top of that it has to haul a substantial kerb weight of 765kg. The Alto K10 on the other hand is powered by a 998cc engine making 68bhp. Moreover, the kerb weight of the K10 at 755kg is 10kg less compared to that of the Nano. However, when it comes to the transmission, both use a Magneti Marelli unit. There is an actuator which derives inputs from the drive by wire throttle and takes care of the gearshifts. On the Nano though, one does get a sport mode.Once on the move the first thing one notices is that the Tata isn’t exactly a sprinter. Going through the gears is gradual at best and the fourth gear is tuned to be super tall to aid fuel efficiency  The shifts are prominent and the driver will feel the box going through the cogs. At times one  has to shift into manual mode and downshift for overtaking.  In sport mode, the gears are held on till higher revs. Though minute but you do feel a slight surge of power. The Nano remains well settled till the speedo hits 80kmph. But from then on speeding up is a slow process which also tends to unsettle the Nano. The Tata turned out to be quite fuel efficient and its increased tank capacity which  now stands at 24 litres enhances the range as well. The Nano comes with an electric power steering which makes life easier in the city. It has the ability to zip through traffic and quick turnarounds are a doddle.  The ride quality too is great much like other Tata cars. It absorbs well and passengers are not exactly jolted around. Brake hard from 100kmph however and the Nano proves to be a handful since it comes with a brake booster but no ABS option so, it takes a careful foot from keeping the tyres from locking up. From 80 though it stops in a more confident manner. The K10 on the other hand feels like a hot rod as compared to the Nano. It sprints off much faster and has a higher topspeed than the Nano. It also feels better at 100kmph (which is quite close to the Nano’s top speed). Not to forget that the Alto K10 also boasts of a much higher top speed as well. The gearbox feels like the one on the Nano as well. It’s slow and shifts are felt prominently. However, things pan out better in the K10 thanks to the additional power it possesses. The steering is slightly heavier than the Nano and that helps at high speeds. But is nowhere close to being a unit which offers the proverbial ‘ample feedback’.last_img read more