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–Ads– A new billboard near the Penchala toll plaza is advertising the latest models from Benelli including their 2018 Benelli 752S.The ad also showed another new model that is the 2018 Benelli 402S which we think is going to be launched soon.We expect the 2018 bikes to be launched in the first half of 2018 with the price tag of somewhere below RM40,000. Most of us who frequent the many highways especially in the Klang Valley area can notice a number of motorcycle advertisements placed on billboards. Not a lot of motorcycle manufacturer tend to use this particular service to promote their products except for one who has been going all out for this particular market method. We are of course referring to Benelli.Parked under Mforce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd who happens to handle a number of brands including Sym, Keeway and SM Sport here in Malaysia, Benelli has been seeing a lot of hardcore marketing on major highways. We are already familiar with most of their line-up which include the sporty 302R, TRK 502 tourer, RFS 150 supercub, and many more.However, there’s one particular billboard right after the Penchala toll plaza near Damansara caught our attention the most. Unlike the usual ads where they only show one bike at one time, this billboard showcases the whole 2017 range; TnT 135, RFS 150, 302R, TRK 502, and the Leoncino 500.That’s all good and all but there are two more bikes shown under ‘2018 new models’. The bikes? The 2018 Benelli 402S aka “Mini XDiavel” and the 2018 Benelli 752S aka “MV Ducati mash up”. The 402S has large similarities in terms of design to the powerful and super urban 1,262cc Ducati XDiavel.To know more about the 2018 Benelli 402S, check out the story below.2018 Benelli 402S – Mini Ducati XDiavel?The 2018 Benelli 752S however caught the bulk of our interest and based on the specs, it could be a hot seller IF the price is right. Introduced just a few months ago during EICMA 2017 in Milan, this middleweight streetfighter or naked bike is going to against some very strong opponents in the field, particularly its very close rival the 2017 Ducat Monster 797.To know more about the 2017 Ducati Monster 797, check out the story below.Next Bike Sdn Bhd launches new 2017 Ducati Monster 797 & Multistrada 950! From RM55,900Powered by a 750cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine, the 752S is said to be able to produce 81.6hp at 9,000rpm and 67 Nm of maximum torque at 6,500rpm. According to Benelli, the 752S is said to have better touring capabilities compared to their current and most popular model in Malaysia, the TnT 600.Its front twin projector headlights fit perfectly well with its muscular body but we can’t help but noticed that it has almost the same tear-drop shape the manic MV Agusta Brutale 800. We recently took the Brutale 800 for a test ride and to know more about our extensive review, CLICK HERE.Other impressive features include a solid 50mm Marzocchi inverted front fork, Brembo brakes (dual 320mm front discs with four-piston calipers & single 260mm rear disc) and one smart-looking exhaust.There’s no news on when these new Benelli 2018 models will be launched but considering Mforce Holdings has already begun marketing both the 402S and 752S, we expect the bikes to be launched in the first half of 2018. There’s no news from them just yet regarding the matter but once we have new information, we will let you know as soon as we can.Stay tuned to Bikes Republic for more updates.
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops addresses the team before the Kentucky football scrimmage on Saturday, April 11, 2015.Spring practice ended weeks ago for Kentucky football, but Mark Stoops was on the SEC’s post-spring teleconference Wednesday to review his team’s progress and answer a few topical questions about the league and college football. He updated his team’s health and a few players to watch and areas of concern heading into fall camp. All of it here:MARK STOOPSOpening statement: “I was very pleased with spring practice. It felt like it was the most consistent we’ve been over a period of time. Through the 15 practices, it’s definitely the most consistent we’ve been. I felt like we got a lot of good work in and improved. Excited about moving forward and having a great summer and getting bigger and stronger and getting in shape leading into fall camp. Exciting times around Kentucky. Our stadium is under construction right now and on target to be ready for the home opener. So, getting ready for that and also the new football building is under construction and that’ll be a year away or so. But good things are happening and we’re excited about the future here of Kentucky football.”On the SEC rule restricting graduate transfers and if that puts the league at a disadvantage: “I didn’t hear the beginning part of your question, but I think I know where you’re heading there. You know, it’s a rule in our conference. I think there’s a subcommittee looking into all the ramifications of having graduate transfers moving into your school. At this point, I’m OK with the SEC rule and we’ll live by it. I’m not sure it’s a disadvantage to us at this point in time.”On if there are any players he’s concerned about being available for fall camp: “No. I actually think we should be at full strength. Nothing major happened throughout spring or late in spring. I feel like we’ll be in good shape. Had a few surgeries. C.J. Conrad had some surgery and should be good to go when fall camp starts. So I think we’re in pretty good shape, yeah.”Four Downs | Wrapping UK football’s big springOn how much time he spent in spring going over positives from first half of the season vs. negatives from second half: “Yeah, certainly you look at all aspects of your program and look at the good things that you did and the things you need to improve on. Certainly we got off to a fast start. I think was good to look at our model that we used throughout the summer and that we used through the camp, the fall camp, the beginning of camp and two-a-day schedule. I think we had a good plan. Then we’ve got to look at things to sustain that and things that we can do better, whether it’s from a strength and conditioning point of view or coaching. I think the schedule had a lot to do with that. We had some very good teams down the stretch that we need to put our players in a better position to win. So there’s a lot of things we need to look at and improve on for the second half of the season certainly.”On what it means to have a veteran quarterback: “Yeah, I think that means an awful lot to us, I think: Patrick (Towles) playing an awful lot of games. He’s still in a competition with Drew Barker, but it is nice to have a guy that has quite a bit of experience. I think you can see Patrick’s comfort throughout spring. He’s getting more and more of a leadership role within our team and getting more and more comfortable. We had a new offensive coordinator this spring so it was a little bit different for both quarterbacks, but they settled in nicely and it was really a pretty smooth transition with the offensive coordinator. So, I’m excited about Patrick and Drew as we move forward.”On defensive improvements, issues: “I think defensively it’s very difficult to replace a guy like Bud Dupree. He was a very good player, very instinctual. Obviously, a first-round draft pick. For us it’s hard to replace right away. We’ll have to do that by committee and get some guys going quite a bit. Overall, I’m pleased with where we’re headed defensively. I think it’s fairly well noted that we transitioned from a 4-3 to a 3-4 over the last year and a half and as we settle down and get experience within that system, we’re more and more comfortable I think.“Coach Eliot has done a great job with really settling in on exactly who we want to be defensively and what we want to do and kind of building from that with the personnel we have on our team and overall, I just feel like we’re a deeper unit. We’re more experienced. I think we’re getting better in the secondary. I still think we need to improve at the corner position, outside within our defense. Through the middle of our defense, that linebacking corps, I feel like we’re getting better. I feel like we’re getting much better and much deeper at safety, nickels and dimes and our sub packages. An area we need to continue to improve is outside at corner and again replacing a guy like Bud.”Stoops updates Kentucky QB battle after springOn defensive players who stood out this spring: “Inside up front, Melvin Lewis is a guy who’s played some really good football for us, who’s really doing a very good job along with Farrington (Huguenin) and had some experience, two guys that will be seniors up front that have done some nice things along with Cory Johnson. So three guys who have some experience and have done a nice job inside. A guy on the edge at outside linebacker is a guy by the name of Denzil Ware that we’re excited about. A red-shirt freshman, very talented guy, a guy we’ve known for some time. He’s going to be forced into some action and we need to see what he can do.”On if he’s concerned about the differences in what schools can offer for cost of attendance: “Well, I think the big thing with that is it’s determined by the institution, not the athletic department, so there’s really not a lot to comment on that. I don’t think anybody within athletic departments are trying to alter that rule in any way, shape or form, so until something’s done nationally, I don’t think there’s really much for me to comment on about that.”On what a healthy Jeff Badet brings to the team: “It was good to get Jeff out there this spring and get him back out healthy. You could see the good and the bad. He took some time off, so he was a little bit rusty out there, a little bit – had some drops and just things you would expect. So it was good for him to get through the practices, stay healthy, and get out there running around. There were also times as spring went on where you see him getting more and more comfortable and you see how explosive he is. So it’s just another guy for us in the receiving corps that can help get the ball down the field a little bit.”On the move of DT Jacob Hyde to fullback and if that’s a real move for fall: “No, we’ll use him some at fullback, absolutely, just to give us a little bit of size in there and a guy that can get us a little movement when we need to get some tough yards. Jacob was very comfortable back there and did some very good things, so we’ll continue to use him. He’ll play both positions, both D-line and fullback. But as you know, we don’t play with a fullback a whole heckuva lot anyway, so when we need to get in our big sets, we’ll use him some.”* For instant updates on the Wildcats, follow me on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. 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… as Caricom ChairFollowing his assumption of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Chairmanship at the beginning of 2017, President David Granger will be pushing to further enhance the ‘single economy’ within the Region.The Guyanese Leader assumed the chairmanship as per the Rotation Schedule for the Chairmanship of the Conference of Heads of Government, and his first task as Chair would be hosting the 28th Inter-sessional Meeting of Caricom Heads of Government, slated for February 16 and 17.President David GrangerAt that meeting, Granger said he would be building on the work of the founders of the movement and his predecessor, Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit.“I’m not a lone wolf; I’m not going to bring about some miraculous change. I would like to continue their work to build the economy of the Caribbean,” the President told reporters on “The Public Interest” programme aired on Thursday.On this note, he highlighted the importance of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), noting that once they get the single economy right, the success of other forms of regional cooperation would follow.President Granger continued that with the existing challenges in the Caribbean –Trinidad having faced some challenges because of the collapse of oil prices, Barbados under some stress and similarly Suriname – many of these countries have turned to Guyana as a place for investment.“There’re nearly 20 Surinamese companies operating in Guyana; the Barbadian company is in the Rupununi; Trinidad has a lot of experience in petroleum, and so my thrust will be in the economy and I’d like to move more quickly towards building that Caribbean Single Market and Economy – it’s all about the economy,” the Guyanese Leader posited.In preparation of the Inter-sessional Meeting of Caricom Heads of Government, President Granger earlier this month met with Secretary General of the body, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and a delegation from the Secretariat, which included Advisor to the Secretary General, Neville Bissember and Executive Director, Human Resource Management at the Caricom Secretariat, Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan.Also at that meeting were Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Head of the Caricom Unit in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Charlene Phoenix.In his New Year’s message to the Community, the Guyanese Head of State placed people at the centre of the integration movement, and pointed to the actions that were being taken to ensure they were secure and safe, and equipped for the 21st Century economy and society.“2017 holds great promise for us to advance our integration process, which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all. Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience,” he outlined.The President went on to note that the Five-Year Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2019 was a foundational element in the Community’s reform process. That process, he stressed, is geared towards ensuring that the Caribbean people feel the impact of the integration movement in their daily lives.“Integration is not merely about systems and institutions. It is mostly about people,” he said in the message.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Schmidt or Gittleman had retained attorneys. Schmidt, who lives in Phoenix, was released on $100,000 bond. The plot began after Gittleman, of West Hollywood, obtained photos of the actor’s Italian wedding last year to Katie Holmes from the event’s official photographer, according to a criminal complaint. The photographer, identified as Joshua Bobrove, reportedly had taken a damaged computer hard drive containing the wedding photos to Gittleman to employ his services as a data recovery expert. Gittleman then made copies of photos on the drive and kept them for himself, authorities said. He contacted Schmidt after finding a Web site touting his abilities to broker celebrity photos. In the last two months, Schmidt had repeated contact with Cruise representatives and threatened to shop the photos around if he didn’t receive between $1.25 million and $1.35 million, officials said. At one point, he allegedly e-mailed the actor’s representatives about 7,600 wedding photos as proof he had them. Two men were charged in an alleged plot to extort more than $1 million from Tom Cruise for the actor’s stolen wedding photographs, federal authorities announced Friday. David Hans Schmidt, known for brokering deals involving compromising celebrity photos and videos, was charged with sending communications for purposes of extortion, according to a criminal complaint. Marc Lewis Gittleman, who authorities say helped recover photos from a computer hard drive, was charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. Federal agents arrested Schmidt, 47, Tuesday and Gittleman, 33, Thursday night, officials said. “He said that the client would turn to the black market and find a buyer for the photos,” said Peter Brust, a special agent in charge in the FBI’s Los Angeles office. Schmidt was arrested after an undercover FBI agent attended a meeting in West Hollywood between Schmidt and Cruise’s representatives. Federal agents were led to Gittleman by a license plate number they discovered on a slip of paper in Schmidt’s car. Schmidt also has tried to auction off Paris Hilton’s diaries, along with photos of her in various stages of undress and other personal items that had been locked away in a Los Angeles-area storage locker until a few months ago.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!