Hamilton on pole in Austria, Rosberg drops to seventh on penalty

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinFORMULA One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix with Mercedes team mate and overall leader Nico Rosberg set to start seventh after a grid penalty.Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg joined the Briton on the front row, only his second career top-two start, although the German was under investigation by stewards for a possible flag infringement.In a qualifying session marked by rain and dramatic suspension failures, with the finger of blame pointed at new kerbs, Hamilton made no mistake for his 54th career pole and second in a row in Austria.“It was a really fun session,” he told reporters. “Here it dries up so quickly, it’s like driving through fog at some stages. I think it just added to the excitement.“And being a new surface as well it was very, very slippery, but it was drying up corner by corner. At the end it was just about getting that last lap.”Britain’s Jenson Button ended up a remarkable third for misfiring McLaren, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth.Although Button qualified fifth, the 2009 champion moved up thanks to five-place penalties for Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ahead of him.Rosberg, who has won in Austria for the past two years and leads Hamilton by 24 points ahead of Sunday’s race, crashed in final practice and needed a hurried gearbox change, triggering the penalty.The German was just relieved to have limited the damage, thanking the team for a huge effort to get his car ready for qualifying.“Even Lewis’s mechanics came over to my car to try to get it out in time,” said Rosberg. “It was really tight.“I think Lewis just did a good job there in the very end and that’s it. Second is not first but it’s OK. The five places will be very costly of course for tomorrow but I’ll make the best of it anyway.”The final phase of qualifying took place on a drying track, with the leaderboard constantly changing and some surprising names at the top at times.The pole teed Hamilton up perfectly for a possible victory at a scenic track he has yet to master. The champion finished runner-up in 2014 and 2015.Despite a reputation for going against the general trend on safety calls, Hamilton echoed his rivals in expressing concern about the kerbs.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen broke his car’s suspension in Friday’s practice, Rosberg added his name to the list on Saturday and was followed by Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Force India’s Sergio Perez in qualifying.Kvyat’s incident could have been the most serious, with the Russian fortunate not to smash into the pit lane wall after his car skewed out of control in the first phase of qualifying.“For me, looking at it, those yellow kerbs are quite dangerous,” said Hamilton.“We’ve now seen a couple of incidents already. I don’t know how many more of those it’s going to take before a car ends up in the wall and someone gets hurt.”“The idea is good because they don’t want us running wide, and using the outside of the circuit, but perhaps another solution is needed.”last_img read more

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Everton’s misery compounded by home humiliation

first_imgEverton’s shambolic season hit a new low at Goodison Park on Thursday night with a humiliating 5-1 loss to Italian club Atalanta in the Europa League.The Merseyside club were already out of the competition and made a number of changes to their starting line-up and the Italians ran away with the contest when they scored three late goals in a half-empty stadium.“I asked the players to make it difficult for me to leave them out of the starting team on Sunday and the majority have made it very easy for me,” said caretaker manager David Unsworth.“We just can’t concede the way we have done in the last ten minutes, it is just unacceptable and really disappointing. I’d love to think every single player is hurting the way I am at the moment. If they aren’t, they shouldn’t be here.”Unsworth took interim charge of the team following the sacking of Dutch manager Ronald Koeman on October 23.While the club have been linked with several possible replacements they have been unable to secure a new manager, leaving under-23 coach and former player Unsworth in charge of a team currently in 16th place in the Premier League.Unsworth has made no secret of his desire to secure the job on a permanent basis but the mauling at the hands of the 12th best team in Serie A will have done little to enhance his chances.“It’s an honour for me to be manager … but at the same time you need the players to come with you, you need the players to give everything they’ve got. We’ve had that up until tonight,” added Unsworth.“We’re asking players to run harder, to work harder than they’ve been used to. Some can, and some can’t.”The club, who spent 149 million pounds on new players in the close season, have most recently been linked with Watford’s Portuguese manager Marco Silva.Former England captain Wayne Rooney, who started Thursday’s game, said the defeat was “upsetting”.“There was nothing riding on the game, but it’s our pride. It’s not nice to lose games. It’s very disappointing and upsetting,” he said.Asked about the club’s search for a new manager he said:“That’s down to the board, it’s their decision. Since David Unsworth has come in there’s been a great atmosphere among the players and some positive results. The board have a decision to make and I’m sure they’re working on it.”last_img read more

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Mercedes’ Bottas leads way in practice at China GP

first_imgValtteri Bottas provided Mercedes with hope that they will be able to take the fight to Ferrari this weekend after leading the way in practice at the Chinese Grand Prix.Ferrari held a sizeable advantage over the Silver Arrows at the last round in Bahrain, with emerging star Charles Leclerc cruelly denied a win following a late engine failure.But although Sebastian Vettel topped the time sheets in Friday’s first session at Formula One’s 1,000th race, Bottas put his Mercedes on top in the second running.Lewis Hamilton finished a distant fourth after a scruffy afternoon in which the Mercedes star spun on his first lap. He ended the day seven tenths off his team-mate’s pace.Hamilton has built a fanatical support base in China after winning here five times. A plethora of British flags adorned the main grandstand, but his army of fans did not get to see him dominate the session.Indeed, his spin at the third bend was something of a rarity for the usually error-free world champion.Max Verstappen suggested it could be a three-team battle in Sunday’s 56-lap race after he finished third in his Red Bull, just 0.221 seconds slower than Bottas.Leclerc indicated he could be a title contender in Bahrain, but was behind Vettel in both sessions. He was a quarter-of-a-second down on his team-mate on Friday morning, and finished seventh later in the day.The Monegasque was restricted to only 13 laps, 20 fewer than Vettel, after he suffered a mechanical issue which brought his running to a premature end.Lando Norris delivered McLaren’s best finish in more than a year with his fine drive to sixth last time out, and the British team will be encouraged by their showing here.Norris, the 19-year-old Briton, was eighth, two places behind his McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz.Another of Britain’s rookies, George Russell, endured another testing day in his formative Formula One career.The Englishman, in his woefully uncompetitive Williams, was the slowest driver in both 90-minute sessions, finishing the best part of three seconds behind Bottas.last_img read more

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Addressing the fomented primaeval fears expressed by PNC MP Figueira

first_imgDear Editor,I have been deeply disturbed, troubled and sitting dejected on reading the letter entitled, “Jagdeo’s system of apartheid,” in the Daily Chronicle of Thursday, March 7, 2019, submitted by Jermaine Figueira, PNC Member of Parliament for Region 10.For quite a while, I was torn in mind whether we PPP and PPP/C should respond to his repeating and so propagating the preposterous historical allegations arising out of fomented primeval fears amongst us Afro-Guyanese, of the so-called “Indian” PPP and PPP/C, herein Jagdeo and Ramotar “not liking black people,” “discriminating against black people,” “wanting to dominate black people”, “instituting a system of apartheid against black people” and so on. Editor, we of the PPP and the PPP/C of all races have been responding numerous times to these allegations. We stand on our historical record of material achievements and of embracing Guyanese of all races, of all religions and from all regions from the time of the founding of our Political Affairs Committee (PAC) in 1946 to today. Nonetheless, I go once more to the battle line. I do so cognisant that a number of my Afro brothers and sisters are still vulnerable to such preposterous charges. I start as one airline safety routine begins, to remind those who have heard these sentiments before and to inform those who are encountering these allegations for the first time, that these allegations generate lots of emotions but there is much substance to the contrary.I write also responding directly to Figueira – for I sense some playing to the gallery, some tentativeness in his opening line, as printed:“Fasten your seat belts, as I tread on delicate grounds.”Editor, Figueira’s letter seems to call for a response at a number of levels from specific/particular/tangible as well as general historical, social/economic/intangibles viewpoints. Taking account of the limitations of space and time, I will here and now address mainly the specific allegations.I contend contrary to MP Figueira that during our PPP/C period in office, October 1992 to May 2015 that:* All groups of Guyanese throughout Guyana, experienced similar levels of growth and development, in improved housing, the supply of electricity, water, telephones, education and health services. If vehicle ownership is taken as a proxy for improvement in living standards and aspirations, Afro-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese areas did no less well than other areas.* Addressing Linden and Region 10 specifically, as we have stated a number of times before, the PPP/C entered office in 1992 meeting an International Manager, Mining and Processing Engineers  (MINPROC), installed in Linden Mining Enterprise (LINMINE) by the departed PNC Administration, in the course of covenants and conditionalities of the Economic Recovery Program (ERP). There was the covenant that after two years, MINPROC would declare whether it could see LINMINE becoming profitable or not. If profitable, LINMINE was to be sold, if not, it was to be shut down forthwith. No more monies from the nation’s treasury were to be thrown away in subsidising LINMINE. If we the PPP/C had really disliked Linden and Afro-Guyanese areas, all that we had to do was to conform to the PNC covenant. We did not; I reiterate, we did not. We squeezed, and with blood in our eyes, found ways above and below the table to resume and maintain subsidies to that company and community for many years into the future.* We the PPP and PPP/C would welcome a review and audit of our relationships with the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) during our period. The recent CoI which included looking into the actions of the former Town Clerk should have opened many eyes to the likelihood that the criticisms of our Ministers and Government were not of bad mind, nor anti-Afro-Guyanese.Recall the recent Parking Meter debacle. In 1992, my ministerial responsibilities included Local Government and Regional Development which included Georgetown. The same Parking Meter proposal and some thirty proposals for municipal incinerators were brought to me by teams including some overseas Afro-Guyanese and native New Yorkers. Inherent, often buried deep in all of them were assumptions of payment fee-structures much the same as in New York – not surprising as all the equipment and installations were as in New York, but very far from affordable by Guyanese in the mid-1990s and even now. Our public has already heard much about the Parking Meter proposal and overwhelmingly rejected it. The incinerator proposals would have incurred charges of about G$800 million per year when the Municipality of Georgetown was collecting then about G$200 million per year in taxes. The early charges by then Mayor and Council of Georgetown of our PPP/C Government’s intransigence, and stymieing of proposed revenue-generating initiatives of the M&CC, and with overtones of us not liking black people and wanting black people to fail and to look bad, flowed from my unwillingness to give the go-ahead to those unsound projects.* On the question of the alleged biased support to our various municipal areas, MP Figueira, it appears, is referring solely to the publicly stated schedule of direct grants to municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Areas (NDCs). That does not take account of the very much larger cash flows from Central Government’s overall budget from which those people and communities benefit – for example, the over $2 billion per year to subsidise electricity in the Linden area which works out to more than about $20,000: per household per month which we did not bring to the nation’s attention until forced to; nor does it consider the about $900 million spent in constructing well-surfaced roads and concrete drains in Bartica, and so on. I mention these instances to say that we tried as much as humanly possible to treat even handedly and equitably with all our communities whether mainly Afro-Guyanese, Indo Guyanese, Amerindian Guyanese, or no-nation Guyanese.* On the question of Dr Roger Luncheon’s answer on the appointment of Afro-Guyanese as ambassadors, one must see his answer in the context of the series of questions by lawyers demanding yes/no answers. A number of persons appearing to me to be Afro-Guyanese were being considered and not long after were promoted to the level of ambassador.* On the question of Sophia and the adjoining squatting areas, Figueira forces me to recall the policemen and persecution inflicted on the squatters by the PNC in the years before we the PPP/C took office, and that the PNC had earmarked Sophia in particular for high-end housing developments. We the PPP/C regularised the squatting we met in Sophia and neighbouring areas granting the land to those ordinary Guyanese, overwhelmingly Afro-Guyanese, and we sought by finding more land to grant house lots, to get ahead of the pressure for further squatting.* Concerning MP Figueira’s charges “that during Jagdeo’s 12-year imperial rule, 468 Afro-Guyanese men were killed by an alleged State-sponsored death squad and phantom gang.” Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo has spoken to these charges a number of times and has been calling for a CoI of that period. The lack of take-up on Jagdeo’s call is an indication of uneasiness somewhere in so doing. I have been maintaining that the period started with the run-up to our 1997 General Elections and the “slow fiyah, mo fiyah” marches and real fires as elitists fomented many ordinary Afro-Guyanese to reject that second PPP/C win. They were encouraged to loot, burn and vent their frustrations on Indo-Guyanese, who were once again as I said, then made to pay the price for Guyana remaining whole. I encourage MP Figueira, all Afro-Guyanese and indeed everyone interested to put hands on and read Eusi Kwayana’s letter as he left Buxton and Guyana, on the calamity that had befallen Buxton.* On the reports of UN independent expert Gay McDougal and UN Special Rapporteur Daudon Dienne, I do not know what Figueira might have been privy to but in his quotations, I read a report written in much measured statements with which I would not contest – not charges of apartheid. As an example, let us consider this quote from Figueira’s letter:[She (Mc Dougal) also said that “Ethnically based division and politics have created two separate and conflicting narratives and perceptions of reality in Guyana.” On the part of Afro-Guyanese, Ms Dougal said there is a widely held belief that they are discriminated against by an Indian dominated and supported Government that puts Indian interests to the fore, particularly in resource allocation, Government contracts and employment.]Editor, we the PPP/C are aware that narrative exists. It is exploitative of instances where any of our PPP/C leaders, members or supporters being themselves humans and members of our turbulent society, falls short of what we demand of our people – those instances are overblown. Further, we would charge that there have been persons all along, considering themselves as elites, who have fomented and cultivated the narrative which Mc Dougal refers to and which MP Figueira is perpetuating.I am prepared to argue as I have maintained on a number of occasions that much of the problems of us, the Afro-Guyanese group, flow from the inability of our leaders to find good, positive answers to our perceived problems. Editor, let me end repeating a position I have written before:“A big part of the confusion and frustration of ordinary Afro-Guyanese would be the historical seeming preferment of Afro-Guyanese in the public service and nationalised industries in the earlier years of that 28-year period, which backfired when that administration had to accept the ERP programme with its medicine of retrenchments, shrinkings and closures in the public service and nationalised companies, and future work being contracted out to the Private Sector. During that 28-year period, Afro-Guyanese were steered away from private business and into the Government sector, then, later, being largely salary and wage earners, pauperised by an effective devaluation of about 1000 over that period.”Our problems, my dear Afro-Guyanese brothers, (to paraphrase from Shakespeare somewhere) lie not in our stars, nor with others, but with we ourselves and with those we countenance to become our leaders, who take themselves and our Afro group down paths that are not progressive as they propagate narratives that keep us tied to the past and to them with them in office.MP Figueira may be earnest in his call encouraging “Guyanese from all walks of life to come together for a national and truthful discourse on ethnic relations in Guyana”, however, his letter is no starting point.Yours truly,Samuel A A HindsFormer Presidentand formerPrime Ministerlast_img read more

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NCN Sport Editor suspended

first_imgJocelle Archibald, a Senior Reporter and Sport Editor at the National Communications Network (NCN), was on Monday suspended for one month without pay for publically criticising a colleague.Archibald took to social media, where she joined many in voicing her criticism over NCN’s Junior Producer, Norman Gobin’s question to President David Granger. During the televised weekly broadcast of ‘The Public Interest’, Gobin asked the Head of State if he plays Pokémon Go.Jocelle Archibald, a Senior Reporter and Sport Editor of NCNShe was subsequently ordered by management of the State-owned media house to take down the Facebook status, which read, “Who goes to interview the President… The President and asks about Pokémon go… I’m surrounded by idiots.”She was then told to issue written apologies to Gobin and his Manager at the company, Veteran Programme Coordinator, Wendy Hermonstein.However, it was reported that although she submitted her apologies, they were deemed “sarcastic” and “insincere” by NCN’s management, resulting in the Human Resources Manager, Tishika De Costa, suspending her for one month without pay; this instruction was given by the Chief Executive Officer Lennox Cornette.Archibald has been employed at the State-owned entity for a number of years, while a source has confirmed that Gobin has only been attached to the company since 2014.She is expected to resume work as per normal on the September 29.Efforts to make contact with NCN’s Chief Executive Officer proved futile.When contacted, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle pointed out that although he is unable to pronounce on the actions taken by NCN’s management, a meeting with Archibald should shed some light on the matter.last_img read more

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Aussie press praises Wallabies’ courage

first_imgThe Wallabies bounced back from their 30-14 drubbing by the All Blacks the previous weekend in Auckland to produce one of their most committed defensive performances to keep the Springboks try-less.The Australian press described the Wallabies’ latest win as crucial.“With less than a month before the World Cup, this victory is crucial,” The Sydney Morning Herald said on Monday.“Winning tight games is vital for any team that wants to take itself seriously.“And they are now getting the core of a World Cup contingent that can at least consider itself semi-finalist material. From then on, an intercept pass, a chance moment — well anything can happen. Just ask the All Blacks (they lost 2003 World Cup semi-final largely on a Wallaby intercept try).”The Herald said the Wallabies enjoyed one of their most courageous of overseas Test triumphs in recent times.“The Wallabies have always been good defenders, but they really pushed it up a level at Kings Park, tackling with tenacity and stopping an always direct opposition who were as intent as the Wallabies on ignoring every safety warning,” it said.“At the ground, you could hear the collisions as the bodies of the Wallabies and Springboks hurtled at each other, and you shuddered.“This was Test football at its most physical and most engrossing. And often in the past, the Wallabies have been distracted, even overwhelmed by such intensity. Not this time.”The Australian said the Wallabies showed from the outset that they were prepared to make hard tackles and work as a team.“There was clearly a strong emphasis on not just making tackles, but executing dominant tackles,” it said.“Captain and blindside flanker Rocky Elsom set the tone when he upended second-rower and enforcer Bakkies Botha in the second minute.“Elsom was penalised for a dangerous tackle, but in those situations it is worth three points to make a statement of intent.“You do not achieve hard-fought victories on South African soil without a tightly bonded group of players.”The Daily Telegraph said the Wallabies’ come-from-behind triumph “drew out the poise under fire and thundering physical commitment away from home that is essential for the Wallabies to succeed in the World Cup knockout matches.”No Wallabies team in 11 years had kept the Springboks try-less on their own turf, The Daily Telegraph said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SYDNEY, Australia, August 15- The Wallabies achieved one of their most courageous overseas Test victories against the Springboks at the weekend to push their World Cup claims, according to Australian newspapers.The Australians kept alive their Tri-Nations campaign with a hard-fought 14-9 win over South Africa in Durban, the third time the Wallabies have beaten the Springboks on their home turf in the past four seasons.last_img read more

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Dutchman helps AFC Leopards regain their spots

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya December 13 – The Dutchman, Jan Koops, is turning round the fortunes of Kenyan Premiership Football League Team, AFC Leopards.RNW’s correspondent spoke to the man helping AFC Leopards change their spots.By Caasi Sagalai in KenyaWhen the Kenyan premiership football league ended recently, fans of AFC Leopards were chanting praises for coach, Jan Koops. The Dutchman is credited with turning around the fortunes of a team that was facing its worst ever season performance, struggling at the bottom end of the league. His efforts pushed the side to finish in the top five. In honour of his efforts, the fans have given him the Kenyan name ‘ Wepukhulu ‘, which translates as ‘gift.’Koops, strolled nonchalantly along the sideline at the City stadium recently during AFC Leopard’s final match, watching his players play their final match, a game that ended in a draw. This result guaranteed the club the fifth position in a league of 16 teams.‘I had some friends in town, I asked them if there was a possibility of coaching a small team because I love football. A TV reporter heard of this and introduced me to the team, that’s how I came to coach AFC Leopards. The last 12 matches we have played we have not lost any game. When I joined the team in June, they had lost six straight matches and were number 15,’ says Koops.Seventy year-old Koops is a father of two. He started his career in the Dutch second division as a semi-professional footballer, playing as striker, midfielder and defender for Dutch first division club FC Zwolle (formerly PEC ) for 8 years. He then moved to Germany for 15 years, where he coached lower division sides.He first came to Kenya in the 1980’s by invitation of a Dutch friend. He fell in love with the country, though he still maintains a connection with The Netherlands where his children live.‘Koops has saved AFC Leopards from what could have been the most embarrassing season yet. He has come in like the messiah, to save us from humiliation. Our rivals would have made us the laughing stock.He has truly helped the team,’ says a fan at the end of AFC Leopard’s final match at the City Stadium.When probed by RNW about the secret formula of turning around the fortunes of AFC Leopards, Koops insists there is no magic involved.‘There is no secret, I like to play ball possession, discipline in the team is important; one touch football, technical players. I like to talk to every player, if they have a problem…I like to be their friend but with a respectable distance so that they can respect me and I respect them,’ says Koops.Koops believes that the disciplined, one- touch Dutch style of football is one of the best in the world. He has introduced the style to the AFC Leopards.The AFC Leopard’s coach is happy with the performance of the team, he is optimistic about winning the league next season. He also believes Africa can win the world cup one day, but African players need to be disciplined.For Koops Ajax Amsterdam is the best team in The Netherlands, and the best players are Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich and Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool because “they work very hard,” he says.By Caasi Sagalai/Capital FM Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal squad have learned lessons after last season, says Ramsey

first_imgAaron Ramsey has told talkSPORT he and his Arsenal team-mates have learned their lesson after last season’s capitulation in the Premier League.The Gunners were top of the table in February but a combination of injuries and heavy defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea saw them drop down the division and finish fourth.But Welsh midfielder Ramsey has warned their title rivals they’re ready to right the wrongs which occurred in the last campaign.He said: “We’ve learned our lessons from last season. We need to improve our away form against the top teams and [if we do] I think we will be there, or thereabouts.”Meanwhile team-mate Olivier Giroud added they are already looking better than last season following their 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield.He said: “I think the team will be stronger this year and hopefully we will win more trophies. We are stronger than last year.”last_img read more

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When does the summer transfer window open? All you need to know here

first_imgThe season is over, Euro 2016 is around the corner and pretty soon clubs will have the chance to right the wrongs of their transfer business.Yes, for every N’Golo Kante, there was a Memphis Depay and here, talkSPORT has the information for the summer transfer window.RANKED: THE BEST 15 SIGNINGS IN THE 2015/16 SEASONWhen does the transfer window open?That would be 1 July, 2016 and here is a selection of some of the craziest rumours which have been doing the rounds.When does it close?31 August, 2016 is deadline day.Where does your team need to strengthen this summer?Click here to stay up to date with all the latest transfer rumours. 1 Here, talkSPORT has info on the summer transfer window last_img read more

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For Titans, it’s quality, not quantity

first_img4:15 p.m. Pioneer High School’s varsity program has only 27 players, although coach Ramon Juarez says he fills out the roster by bringing up eight junior varsity players for games. More players would be good, but the limited number does have it’s advantages. “When we practice, we don’t have many guys standing on the sideline,” Juarez explained. “Everybody is involved, and everyone is learning more than one position. All our guys know three or four positions.” It seems to be paying off. the Titans are 2-0 going into Thursday’s game against visiting Gladstone. nd while much of the time, 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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