Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus with the words “James Hunt” visible on top of his helmet at F1′s Monaco Grand Prix.
Photograph: Srdjan Suki/EPA Kimi Raikkonen has been cleared to race with a tribute on his helmet to the late James Hunt after the lettering was initially deemed to contravene television regulations.
The Finn is a big fan of Britain’s 1976 champion and once entered a snowmobile race under Hunt’s name and has paid tribute to him in the past with Monaco helmets.
This year’s had the words “James Hunt” on the top, positioned to face the camera behind.
The regulations do not allow rear-facing messages and Lotus had said the 2007 world champion had been told to cover the words.
However, the Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who had been unaware of the controversy until asked by a reporter, stepped in and resolved the situation.
Raikkonen qualified using the uncovered helmet design and told Reuters he did not know what all the fuss had been about.
“I don’t know.
You have to ask FOM Formula One Management or Bernie,” he said.
“I don’t know the story and I have no interest in going to ask them.” A representative of FOM suggested the cover-up might have been requested by the company’s ever-watchful lawyers.
Hunt’s title win, in a battle with Austrian Niki Lauda, is the subject of a new biopic, Rush , due out later this year and that may also have played a part in the decision if the tribute was to be construed as promotion for the movie.
Finland’s Raikkonen is not the only driver paying his respects to former racers.
Toro Rosso’s Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne has “Cevert” on the side of his helmet in a tribute to his compatriot Fran ois Cevert, killed in practice for the 1973 US Grand Prix.
Red Bull’s triple world champion Sebastian Vettel has a photograph of Stirling Moss in action in Monaco on top of his helmet.
The rear has a drawing of a kneeling woman in a swimsuit, whose clothing disappears when the image reaches a certain temperature.
There will be no Andy Murray at Roland Garros this year but Laura Robson has the chance to add another big name to her list of Grand Slam victims when she was given Caroline Wozniacki in this morning’s French Open draw.
Murray would have been seeded number two, and if so he would have avoided both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who were put in the same upper half.
The other side of the men’s draw is the place to be, with Roger Federer and David Ferrer the two top men on that side.
It means that last year’s finalists Nadal and Djokovic could face off in a titanic semi-final two weeks today.
Tough start: Laura Robson will face Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the French Open Robson’s is the most intriguing match up of the three British women competing at Roland Garros over the next fortnight, with Elena Baltacha up against New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson taking on Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele.
Former world number one Wozniacki is ranked ten at present, but she has lost five out of six matches on clay this season, including this week’s first round of the Brussels Open.
Rory McIlroy’s other half is well-known to the British teenager as they have trained together and both have had some coaching from Dutchman Sven Groeneveld, who works for their clothing sponsors, adidas.
Overall Robson, who has taken out the likes of Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska this year, will see it as a big opportunity for an upset.
Under normal circumstances Watson and Baltacha might also consider their contests with optimism, Erakovic being 91 in the world and Voegele 58.
However, for Watson it is her first tournament back since being struck by glandular fever while Baltacha is slowly working her way back following ankle surgery that came after the Olympics.
Defending champion: Rafael Nadal bites the French Open trophy after winning the title last year Tough draw: Novak Djokovic could meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals Of the main men, Djokovic looks to have the toughest draw, although worst of all is for the dangerous Tomas Berdych.
Thirty years after Yannick Noah won at Roland Garros, he has Frenchman Gael Monfils in the first round probably followed by the resurgent Ernests Gulbis in the second.
As the second Grand Slam of the year approaches, the world’s top tennis players are making their final preparations – as well as revealing the all-important outfits they will be wearing in one of the world’s most fashionable cities.
The French Open gets underway on Sunday in Paris and the capital city has seen a hive of tennis-related activity this week.
Maria Sharapova revealed her new Nike custom outfit for the defence of the title she won last year, and Venus WillIams showed off her new dress from her own clothing line, EleVen by Venus Williams, which she described as ‘the perfect combination of feminine and sporty’.
Scroll down for video Looking good: Defending champion Sharapova in her new Nike custom outfit for the French Open Sharapova has recovered from the illness which forced her to withdraw in Rome last week and will be seeded second below Serena Williams, who is the hot favourite on a career-best winning streak of 24 matches after winning her last four tournaments.
Serena’s older sister Venus, ranked No 30, may not quite be the force she once was – she lost to British 19-year-old Laura Robson in the first round in Rome – but the 32-year-old has been successful at Roland Garros in the past, winning the event in 2002.
Robson, Heather Watson and Elena Baltacha are the only British players competing in Paris after Johanna Konta was knocked out in the second round of qualifying.
The Australian-born Brit lost 4-6.
6-3, 7-5 to Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva.
Own gear: Venus shows off her French Open outfit from her own clothing range World No 1 Novak Djokovic and 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer were focusing on matters on-court as they practiced at Roland Garros.
Djokovic comes into the event off the back of two disappointing defeats against Grigor Dimitrov and Tomas Berdych in Madrid and Rome respectively but will take confidence from his victory over Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo final last month.
31-year-old Federer reached his first final of the year in Rome last week but suffered a crushing 6-1, 6-3 defeat to rival Nadal in 69 minutes.
Jolly Roger: Federer taking a break during his practice session at Roland Garros Rivals: Djokovic (right) and Federer are the top two seeds at the French Open Top man: Djokovic is the world No 1 and beat Nadal in the final in Monte Carlo last month Following the withdrawal of world No 2 Andy Murray, seven-time champion Nadal will be seeded third and will potentially meet either Djokovic or Federer in the semi-finals, depending on which half of the draw he is placed in on Friday.
World No 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will hope to end France’s 30-year Grand Slam drought – Yannick Noah was the last French winner of a major in Paris in 1983 – and he enjoyed some fun off the court, teaming up with 2008 Roland Garros champion Ana Ivanovic to sign some autographs.
Signature stuff: Ivanovic (left) and Tsonga signing autographs at the Adidas store in Paris New balls please: The French Open is the second Grand Slam of the year VIDEO: Maria Sharapova reveals her Nike French Open outfit
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Just 18 hours after losing 3-2 at home to Norwich in their final league game of the season, Manchester City arrived at the airport this morning to jet off to America for their end of season tour.
City will spend a week in the USA, playing Chelsea on Thursday in St.
Louis and again on Saturday at the famous Yankee Stadium in New York.
Early start: Brian Kidd (left) and Joe Hart arrived to jet off to America for Manchester City’s end of season tour The squad arrived wearing Nike clothing on the first day of the club’s six-year kit deal, which is worth up to 12million a year.
After Roberto Mancini was sacked last week, caretaker manager Brian Kidd is in charge and was in a jovial mood this morning as he joked to the waiting photographers: ‘Don’t worry lads, we’re getting Mario back next year.’ Kidd was also pictured carrying a cup, possibly for his tea or coffee on the flight, along with his luggage.
Extra luggage: Kidd was pictured carrying a cup along with his luggage To be fair, it’s the only cup in sight at Manchester City this season.
Target: Carlos Tevez, who has been linked with a summer move to France, arrives Rivals: Gareth Barry is pictured walking past the logo of rivals Manchester United Boarding: Sergio Aguero (left) and Vincent Kompany have their paperwork in hand Ready to go: Joleon Lescott (left) and Gael Clichy Bags packed: Javi Garcia (left) and James Milner arrive at Manchester Airport Siblings: The Toure brothers, Kolo (left) and Yaya
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Why are car-loads of gal pals barrelling down Henderson Highway to Lockport? They’re not looking for fish, you can bet on that.
But their wheels are smokin’ and — here’s a hot clue — so are their credit cards.
They have two secret spots for big catches in mind — Eveline Street and Madison Lane boutiques — and they’ll spend hours at each of these places full of fashionista clothes, shoes and accessories “for real women.” Translation: “All sizes from small to multiple X.”
Who knew Lockport was a fashion mecca?
Eveline Street boutique
THE easiest spot to find is Eveline Street boutique, because you’ll practically run right into it when Henderson Highway ends. That’s address 23031 on No.
44 Hwy., which goes left over the bridge and the famous locks. Beside the huge Lockport Convenience and General Store, clinging to the right side is an old-fashioned white house with a veranda and weathered stick furniture. That’s the place.
Screech to a halt any day, noon to 5 p.m.
The main attraction at Eveline Street, aside from the colourful floor-to-ceiling stock, is a force of nature called Huda Haddad. She’s a dark-eyed, blond-haired fashion-forward kind of woman. She bounces around the shop, running back and forth throwing fun/glam clothing into cubicles for people, exhorting them to try things on — so un-Canadian-like.
Haddad quickly reveals she’s from the Middle East and immigrated to Canada when she was one-and-a-half. With six older siblings, little Huda soon learned how to survive in the pack — and how to get noticed.
“Everybody needs a passion. Every single day, everybody needs to find a reason to wag their tail,” says the 43-year-old entrepreneur.
Her passion is her clothing, shoes and accessories store. It’s famous for one-size-fits-all clothing — tons of it. And no, they’re not shapeless mumus.
It’s clothing made from merino wool that breathes and stretches to fit any size from zero to 4X.
Haddad says you can kiss goodbye to needing a set of fat clothes and skinny clothes, or different summer and winter clothes, as it’s porous and feels like soft, stretch cotton, not wool. The material wicks away perspiration. You stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
Best of all, you can trade clothes with any of your girlfriends — they will all fit.
“I have a customer who is a vet, and she was so excited we had clothing made from merino sheep wool.”
“I used to be a bra model,” Haddad bursts out, while pulling a sexy stretchable dress on for a photo shoot.
“I love my body at any size. I think I’m hot, and you should think you’re hot, too,” she yells out the neck-hole. “Of course, I come from a different culture where women are supposed to be curvy.”
Haddad says she only buys clothing that is manufactured in First-World collieries because she doesn’t want people labouring in sweatshops to make her clothes. “It costs me more, but for God’s sake it’s really better to know where things are being made.”
Some of her favourite brands for the store are April Cornell and Cut-Loose; she also has a big bookcase artfully packed with Crabtree and Evelyn products.
Her Fluevog display of shoes and boots hits you right in the face as you enter the store; some of the sexy heels look like ornate Victorian chair legs.
“My motto is ‘Come play dress-up.’ I never want anybody to feel pressure. I want them to feel comfortable in the store and in what they wear.
People drive out here and stay for hours. I just keep throwing stuff at them I think they’ll like in the change room. We have lots of fun.”
Madison Lane Boutique
LOOK to the right of the Half Moon hotdog emporium at 6860 Henderson Hwy., just before Lockport.
You’ll see racks of clothing blowing in the breeze. On inspection, they’re definitely not fishing clothes. This is a funky, high-quality fashion boutique that would put any city store to shame.
Why so close to the hotdogs? Owner Charlene McIntosh confesses, “That Half Moon guy next door is my husband, Wayne McIntosh.” She explains Madison Lane is a seasonal business, meaning she closes in the dead of winter and she and Wayne go gallivanting to warmer climes.
But, from March to Dec.
1, it’s going full throttle, seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. “or later if there are are still customers in the store.” They have to make hay while the sun shines, she explains, and it’s been cold this year.
The first thing you notice is a sea of colours and sensual materials and a wall of to-die-for coloured purses, not to mention sparkling bling-bling up at the front counter.
And here’s the deal: “We don’t advertise much because we have so much word of mouth.” People come to the little shop from all over, and visitors to the Half Moon often wander in. The wives take one look and stage whisper across the shop: “I’ll be back when I don’t have my husband with me!”
The concept is people can shop there and look unique. “I only buy one piece in each size for each item. I have people who come here all the way from Brandon because they go to a lot of functions and don’t want to run into someone wearing the same thing.” Sizes are “for real women,” and are from small to 3X.”
“I opened this store out of a love for fashion.
I’m a chronic shopper by nature.” She encourages everyone working in the shop to model the clothes in the store when they’re working.
“I never sell anything I wouldn’t wear myself.”
That can sometimes mean staff are selling the clothes off their backs and the accessories off their necks, arms and feet! “Every day we’re walking billboards. I’ve had people buy my whole outfit and have had to transfer the stuff out of my purse to sell it.”
Jennifer Faubert, who works evenings at the store, says they sell brands such as Simon Chang, Alison Sheri, IDO, Hill Tribe and Piccadilly, which people love to see.
One of the biggest draws are shoes she buys exclusively from a man who brings them in from India.
“When I saw them, I said, ‘Oh my God, I have to have these!’ ” They are heels of only 1.5 to two inches, glitzy on top — often beaded — with a padded sole and rubber treads on the bottom.
This is hardly a backwoods business, though it’s surrounded by nature. McIntosh attends buying shows Toronto, Edmonton, Phoenix and Las Vegas for her shop in Lockport to make it world-class.
Lockport Convenience and General Store
DON’T leave town without stopping in at the giant Lockport Convenience and General Store.
Roxy and Mike Faires gave me the royal tour.
Half the store is a liquor mart, with giant bottles guarding the entrance to the department.
“This is the biggest liquor vendor in Manitoba — my father, Wayne Faires, spearheaded everything,” says Mike.
The rest of the store tells the story of Lockport and the needs of the fishermen who drive and/or fly in from all over Canada and the United States to fish for more than 20 species in the rushing river.
You can buy live bait and tackle right next door to swimming pool supplies for the pools at mansions on either side of the river.
Maureen Scurfield drove to Lockport twice in two days for no reason than she liked it so much the first time.
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Ridley is among five Belgian cycling brands set to break ground on a cycling-specific wind tunnel. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
CHERASCO, Italy (VN) Five Belgian cycling brands have attracted 500,000 euros ($641,000) in government funding to build a new collaborative R&D facility focused on aerodynamics and other technologies of human power. Bike brand Ridley, helmet brand Lazer, clothing brand BioRacer, athletic performance center EnergyLab, and Flanders Drive, a mobility knowledge center, will collaborate on the project, which will feature a low-speed wind tunnel and other R&D facilities.
Such a low-speed wind tunnel would be the first in continental Europe.
The collaboration between the five Flandrian sport brands has been dubbed Bike Valley, a reference to the project s location in the beating heart of Belgian cycling.
The announcement comes hot on the heals of Specialized s launch on Thursday of a new in-house, bike-specific wind tunnel, which will allow the brand to further improve its aerodynamics research and development efforts, and the timing seems to be no coincidence.
Bike Valley is the only way we can compete on an investment level with the large global multinationals in the bicycling industry, Marc Hufkens, Bike Valley manager, said in a statement.
Like the Specialized project, the planned Belgian tunnel will be designed around low-speed testing, ideal for the development of cycling equipment.
The concept was conceived by Ridley, a company that was among the first in the cycling industry to develop an aerodynamic road racing frame, the Noah.
But without outside help, in the form of its collaborative partners and the government funds, the brand did not have the resources to complete the project.
Because Ridley and the other Bike Valley partners are Small and Medium Enterprises (with no more than 100 employees) we can only realize such an ambitious project if we can count on the support of the different governments in Belgium and by working together , said Hufkens.
Even with five partners on board, it was not until the influx of government funding that the project could begin to take off.
The funding of 500,000 euro is a milestone not to be underestimated, Hufkens said.
One can say this is the actual go in establishing Flanders as a worldwide knowledge hub when it comes to cycling in six different domains: sports, industrial activities, tourism and recreation, health, science and technology, mobility.