KARACHI: Pakistan’s legendary former pacer Shoaib Akhtar revealed the training techniques that helped him increase his bowling speed and ultimately allowed him to break the 160kmph barrier in ICC WorldCup 2003. In a video, shared on his YouTube channel, Akhtar said: "I use to bowl 157 and 158kmph consistently but somehow I was unable to click 160kph. I started planning regarding myself to train in order to cross the 160kmph barrier." The Rawalpindi Express continued: "Initially, I tied up myself to a tyre and pulled it but the tyre was too light to build my muscles. Later, during the nighttime in Islamabad, I tied myself to a small car and pulled it but this also looked light training for my body." Shoaib Akhtar maintained that he later planned to tie himself to a truck and pull it. This worked out, as he started training and managed to pull a truck to almost 5 miles, he added. Shoaib Akhtar while revealing his gym training said, "I doubled my weight training for sake of … [Read more...] about Shoaib Akhtar reveals secret to breaking barrier of 160kmph pace
After his car pierced through a crash barrier at 140mph and was sliced in two sparking a huge fireball
Published 27 March 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A Canadian man's last name has been deemed too offensive to go on his personalised car number plate. Lorne Grabher says the plate, which he has had for decades, was suddenly refused when it came up for renewal. Nova Scotia's transport department told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the plate could be misinterpreted as a symbol of "violence against women". Mr Grabher said the name is of Germanic origin, and that he bought the plate for his father's 65th birthday. He started using the plate after his father died. "I've never once had anybody come up to me and say they were offended," Mr Grabher told CBC News. "They would look at it and say, 'Am I reading this right?' And I would go, 'Yes.' "And they would go, 'Is this your last name?' And I would go, 'Yes.' And they would always just give a … [Read more...] about Man’s surname deemed ‘too offensive’ for car number plate
Grieving relatives of Payton Gendron’s victims and locals yesterday told of their devastation after the white supremacist’s murderous rampage left 10 people dead. The twisted 18-year-old killer launched his racist massacre after calling for London mayor Sadiq Khan to be slaughtered and published a 180-page hate-filled manifesto. Two people were also injured and 11 of those he shot were black. He also mentioned a number of UK towns and court cases, including the Asian grooming gang trial in Rotherham. Gendron live streamed the bloodbath as he tore through the Tops Friendly supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday. He had reportedly scrawled the N-word on his rifle. Payton Gendron ( Image: Erie County District Attorney/AF) As the first of the gunman’s victims were named last night, it emerged police were alerted to him last year after he threatened to shoot fellow students. Dozens of locals yesterday attended the scene of the massacre, America’s worse … [Read more...] about Twisted Buffalo shooter has UK obsession and sick manifesto of ‘high profile enemies’
Ben Groundwater is a columnist, blogger, feature writer, and host of Traveller's podcast Flight of Fancy. He was named travel writer of the year by the Australian Society of Travel Writers in 2014 and 2015. "Do you agree to this currency conversion?" This is a new one. I'm standing in front of a Bankomat ATM on the shores of Lapad beach in Dubrovnik, trying to withdraw enough Croatian kuna to get me through the next few days. I've done the standard thing, looked up the exchange rate online, guessed at how much cash I'll need, calculated the rough exchange, and punched the amount into the ATM (using a debit card that doesn't usually attract any foreign conversion or withdrawal fees). READ MORE: Who offers the best pre-paid travel currency card? Holiday spending money gouges could drive uptake of Facebook's digital currency Don't pay in your own currency with credit cards overseas But now something strange is happening. The ATM is displaying its conversion rate, … [Read more...] about I avoided a new travel rip-off simply by pressing a button
After almost a decade of silence, fans of the JRPG series Suikoden had their prayers answered when a Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor was a huge success. The creator Yoshitaka Murayama and former staff who worked on the Suikoden series have returned to bring Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes to their dedicated fans. From the limited details that have been shared about Hundred Heroes, fans of the Suikoden series should be really excited as it looks like it could be a nostalgic affair. However the game isn’t coming out till 2023, but in the meantime developers Natsume Atari and Rabbit and Bear Studios are releasing the surprise prequel to Hundred Heroes called Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is filled with a great cast of characters ( Image: 505 Games) Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising follows the young aspiring treasure hunter called CJ who is searching for an item called a Rune lens as part of her village's rite of passage. Her quest … [Read more...] about Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising review: A charming introduction with a strong narrative and great characters
Danny Shaw @DannyShawBBC on Twitter Published 22 June 2016 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Early on a Saturday morning I found myself in the basement of a hotel in the company of 12 strangers. The air conditioning was on at full blast; the atmosphere between us was also rather chilly. This was our "sentence" for committing a minor motoring offence - and none of us wanted to be there. We were on a driver awareness course called What's Driving Us? It was that, or accept a £100 fine and three penalty points. No contest, really. Over the next three hours there were discussions, presentations and role-play. None of us embraced it with any great enthusiasm - we just wanted to "tick the box" and let the weekend begin. My crime? I had jumped a red light driving up the A10 in north London and was spotted by a CCTV camera. The road ahead … [Read more...] about Do driver awareness courses make roads safer?
A shocked American tourist is planning to go to the police on the Greek island of Mykonos after being charged close to NZ$1000 for two cocktails and a snack at a beach restaurant. The huge cost also included a NZ$129 tip. Eye-watering prices are not uncommon in Mykonos, but even by most standards this bill has left a distinctly bad taste. The unnamed tourist was with her daughter when she sat down at the restaurant. READ MORE: 'That salad is sadder than my life' - The $11 'rip-off' lunch in Germany Tourists charged $200 for 3 hotdogs and a sandwich in Italy Tourist charged $4500 for kebab platter in Jerusalem In messages to her travel agent and reported by Proto Thema , the woman ordered two drinks and some crab legs and sat on deck chairs on the beach for up to three hours. “While we knew that the bill would not exceed €200, suddenly they ask us to pay €600! In fact, they put three men in front of us when I refused to pay because what they were asking for … [Read more...] about How much would you pay for two cocktails and some crab legs? One Greek restaurant says $1000
Paul Paolucci, the top cop for one of the world’s biggest credit card companies, sure had some interesting friends. One made a fortune fronting for pornography websites that needed access to Mastercard’s and Visa’s payment networks. Paolucci, who oversaw Mastercard’s merchant fraud control, was photographed cavorting around the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel with him and a group of women in white corset minidresses. A second was a Lamborghini-driving e-commerce mogul with whom Paolucci used to celebrate family holidays. The mogul ended up in prison for a financial crime he committed, in part, using Mastercard’s network. An executive at a famously corrupt European bank claimed to have dined with Paolucci and gotten his help evading Mastercard’s regulations. It was Paolucci’s job to make sure that the banks and companies using Mastercard’s network were playing by the rules. He bent those rules himself by getting close to the very kinds of high-risk businesses he was supposed to be … [Read more...] about Two-Card Monte: Why Mastercard And Visa Rarely Shut Down Scammers Who Are Ripping Off Consumers
Published 23 September 2013 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The number of over-70s who hold a UK driving licence has exceeded four million for the first time. But how dangerous are older drivers? There are occasional very well-publicised stories about elderly drivers going the wrong way on a motorway or dual carriageway. Only last week an 84-year-old woman died after driving the wrong way on the A1 in Northumberland. The RAC Foundation says the UK's oldest licensed driver is a 107-year-old woman, and there are 191 people over the age of 100 with a licence. They are among 4,018,900 people aged over 70 with full UK driving licences. But how dangerous are older drivers? The Department for Transport (DfT) says there is no evidence older drivers are more likely to cause an accident, and it has no plans to restrict licensing or mandate extra training on the basis of age. … [Read more...] about Who, what, why: How dangerous are elderly drivers?
The parents of a boy killed in a dog attack 12 years ago are backing the Mirror’s campaign for change, saying they do not want other families to suffer. John-Paul Massey ’s mum and dad talked about the overwhelming grief they still feel after the four-year-old was mauled to death. The parents have spoken out after hearing that another child – three-year-old Daniel Twigg – was killed by a dog on Sunday. John-Paul’s mum Angela McGlynn, 51, said: “When I see other children have been attacked, it breaks my heart. I don’t want anyone else to have to live my Angela and the boy’s dad John Massey split after the tragedy but are united in wanting the Government to take urgent action. John-Paul Massey's father is supporting a Daily Mirror dangerous dog campaign ( Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror) Former painter and decorator John, 50, said he has daily flashbacks of his little boy lying dead. In tears, John added: “I thought my son... was taken for a reason – that … [Read more...] about ‘My four-year-old son was killed in a dog attack – latest death has to be the last’