Penalty gives Hamilton big Chinese GP challenge

first_img “When you hear on the Wednesday morning that you’re arriving at the weekend with a penalty already, of course, that changes the approach to the weekend and it changes the mindset a little bit,” he said at the track yesterday. “But for me, a challenge is an opportunity to rise.” Rosberg is confident after sweeping the races in Australia and Bahrain to start the season – and capturing five straight races going back to last season – but he knows he can’t count Hamilton out, particularly on a track where the British driver has prevailed four times before. “A Hamilton that starts sixth is still going to challenge for the win and we know that,” Rosberg said. “I’m not taking anything for granted at all.” Hamilton noted that his teammate will most likely have an “easier weekend” with his penalty, but added: “I’m going to be pushing as hard as I can. It doesn’t mean I can’t win the race.” SHANGHAI (AP): Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will have to make up considerable ground in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday if he’s going to capture his first race of the season, and close the gap with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ standings. Hamilton received a five-place grid penalty in Shanghai for making an early switch of his gearbox after it was damaged in a collision at the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago. Hamilton, though, seemed unfazed by the fact he can only start as high as sixth in Sunday’s race, even though he’s already 17 points behind Rosberg in the standings following a disappointing start to the season. RISE TO THE CHALLENGE TECHNICAL ISSUES Ferrari will also be looking to challenge the Mercedes cars after a series of technical issues slowed the team’s start to the year. Sebastian Vettel was forced out of the race in Bahrain with engine failure on the warm-up lap, and Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish in Australia due to a problem with the turbo charger. “We didn’t have the start that we wanted, which is not a big secret,” Vettel said. “The performance is not yet where we want to be. But there’s nothing that shakes me or makes me nervous for this season or the next couple races because I know that this team is very strong.” McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, is looking forward to just getting behind the wheel again following a frightening crash at the season-opening race in Melbourne that left his car in a mangled heap on the track and him with a fractured rib.last_img read more

INSPORTS gives $5m to primary-school athletes

first_imgChampions Naggo Head Primary will launch the defence of their Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) National Primary Schools Athletics Championships crown at the National Stadium today, beginning at 8 a.m. The national sports agency, in keeping with its objective of unearthing and nurturing talent, is contributing a total of $5 million in sporting equipment, to be utilised among outstanding athletes who participate in this year’s staging of the meet, which continues everyday through to what is expected to be an exciting climax on Saturday. This contribution towards primary-school athletes who display exceptional talent is in keeping with the agency’s strategic direction, which includes nurturing the talents through extensive coaching programmes. This is in addition to the $500,000 worth of spikes that INSPORTS will be donating to the winning school. Also, one of the pivotal terms to access the contribution is for the athlete to continue being active in the athletics sporting discipline throughout his/her five-year tenure in high school. “The sporting equipment utilised among these athletes will be very instrumental in encouraging the development of the techniques associated with the sporting discipline, said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS. POTENTIAL CHAMPIONS “Additionally, it will encourage these potential champions to participate in more training seminars, which will maximise their potential and contribute to the development of a nation through sports,” added Andrews. Over the years, the championships has served to unearth some of the nation’s top talent and some of the current high school stars, namely Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor, the World Youth 400 metres record holder. This year; Naggo Head expects to win again, but the seven-time winners expect a tougher challenge to retain the four day championship which ends Saturday, and assistant coach, Oral Whilby, believes they have enough to finish atop the podium again. “We have some very competent schools rising like Rousseau, St Richards and the main culprits in Greater Portmore and Southborough. I expect them to give a good account of themselves and take critical points,” said Oral Whilby, Naggo Head Primary’s assistant coach. He added: “We are weak in Class One, but we are very good in the other classes, in the field and middle-distance areas. We should have enough to take us across the line.” Greater Portmore finished third in 2014 and second in 2015 and coach Krisneve Palmer is convinced that they have what it takes to topple the champions. “Our chances are great again, just like last year. We have worked on our weak areas and make our strong points even stronger. We are right where we want to be, so we are coming strong,” he said. Southborough, which placed third last year, along with fourth place Black River and New Providence, are expected to challenge strongly in the 92-team meet.last_img read more

Matthew fails to inspire Hurricanes

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):A tidy all-round performance from Hayley Matthews failed to spark Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers grabbed a seven-wicket victory over them in the Women’s Big Bash League yesterday.The West Indies Women’s opener hit the top score of 27, as the Hurricanes, choosing to bat, failed to ease worries about their batting and were restricted to a modest 106 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs in the 25th match of the League at Huntsville Oval.Matthews, a part-time off-spinner, returned to grab two wickets for 20 runs from 3.2 overs, but Australia international Elyse Perry made 44 not out to lead the successful chase for the Sixers.The result meant that the Hurricanes remained in fourth place on the eight-team table with seven points, but the Sixers improved to fifth with six points.Matthews and the Hurricanes now take a one-week break before returning to face Sydney Thunder, whose line-up includes West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor, on January 5 at Launceston.last_img read more

Grey’s ‘lucky shot’ saves GlobalPort from elimination

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Rain or Shine, which qualified with top seeding after closing out eliminations with a 9-2 card, had an 89-73 lead near the end of the third period only for its offense to sour. It also didn’t help that Maverick Ahanmisi missed three straight free throws inside the final minute.The rubber match is set Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, and Jarencio is excited at the prospect of playing in the Final Four for the first time in three years.“Who knows what can happen there,” he asked. “The good thing about this team is that it just keeps on playing, even when we are down big like today. My players really deserve this win, they worked very hard for it.”Import Malcolm White led the Batang Pier with 24 points that went with 15 rebounds and two blocks, the last of which came in the dying seconds when he smothered counterpart’s Reggie Johnson’s point blank attempt.That was actually one of three tries that the Painters had in turning the result around, with Gabe Norwood missing a triple that set up Johnson for that follow-up attempt, and the third was Ahanmisi missing another trey at the buzzer, which got Jarencio jumping up and down in jubilation on the other end of the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The winner of this series will advance opposite either Barangay Ginebra or Meralco in a best-of-five semifinal series, which the Gin Kings could reach as early as Wednesday afternoon when they clash with the Bolts in Game 2 set at 4:30 p.m. also at the Big Dome.Defending champion San Miguel Beer also goes for the clincher in its separate best-of-three series with TNT KaTropa in the 7 p.m. contest, with the Beermen seeking a followup of an impressive 121-110 come-from-behind victory in their series opener on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team PSL: Maraño, Phillips lead PH volleyball team past Cignal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Pido Jarencio is an honest man.“That was a lucky shot,” Jarencio said in Filipino with a hearty smile moments after Jonathan Grey knocked down the game-winning triple from deep right corner that gave GlobalPort a 114-113 triumph over No. 1 ranked Rain or Shine on Tuesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum that took their quarterfinal series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup to a deciding game.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments “I really thought that we wouldn’t be having practice anymore (on Wednesday),” the jovial coach said. “I honestly didn’t think that we could win this game, especially after trailing big (early in the fourth period). But it was God’s will that we won and make this a do-or-die (series).”Jarencio bared that he asked Grey during practice on Monday for two things: “Play defense and give me offense,” Jarencio said of what he told his left-handed sophomore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The way he played (both ends) today, and with that (game-winning) shot, he will surely be a part of the rotation (in the next game).”GlobalPort can become just the fourth No. 8 ranked team to topple No. 1 with a win on Thursday, and the Elasto Painters will try to avoid the ignominy of losing a twice-to-beat advantage for the second time in their history. As the seventh seed in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup, Rain or Shine lost Vernon Macklin and the No. 7 Barangay Ginebra Kings two straight games to bow out. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

African, World Leaders Mourn Mandela’s Loss

first_img“I’ve lost a dear friend. Nelson Mandela stands as a dear friend to us all.” ~Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan:  Malawi’s Joyce Banda: “We’ve learnt that with courage and determination, we can overcome all evil.” “Mandela has fought a good fight and bowed out with great reverence.”~ Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chair of the African Union Commission of the 54-member bloc.  The African Union is flying its flags at half-mast. Mandela’s party, the African National Congress (ANC), said South Africa had lost “a colossus, an epitome of humility, equality, justice, peace and hope of millions”. “Nelson served his nation [and] Africa well. We have lost an icon in the liberation struggle.” ~ Ghanaian President John Mahama Rwanda President Paul Kagame: “Madiba… passes on; but what is certain [is that] he will continue to live in the hearts of many of us. Rest in peace.” The Archbishop of York, Ugandan-born Dr. John Sentamu: “Today the World mourns the death of NELSON MANDELA. Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of Love for the World: look with mercy on MADIBA.” “He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves.” ~ Desmond Tutu Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete: “The world has lost one of its greatest citizens. A voice of courage, a source of inspiration and a beloved leader to us all.”center_img President Jacob Zuma described Mandela as a man whose “tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world” and whose “humility, compassion, and humanity” earned him the world’s love.  Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta: “His life story teaches the great lesson of the power of will in turning adversity to victory. In his humility, President Mandela did what was right, made tremendous sacrifices and did not seek any form of personal praise.” “I went to bed with a heavy heart but a joyous heart.” ~ Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tells the BBC on Mandela. (Read more tributes to Mandela at Mandela was “a source of inspiration to oppressed peoples all over the world.” ~ Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan “What a great loss to have lost such a great leader. Though you are gone your life lessons will live with us forever. Rest in peace, Madiba.” ~ Kenyan First Lady Uhuru Kenyatta Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wall built to dull noise of drilling

first_imgARCADIA – A temporary soundwall has been erected at Baldwin Avenue and Colorado Boulevard to dull the sounds of drilling for nearby residents. Crews are working around the clock to build a new domestic water well, which will help sustain a water system to better accommodate city residents, according to Ken Herman, spokesman for the Arcadia Public Works Department. The wall will remain in place through April, he said. The entire well project – including landscaping – will be completed by April 2008, Herman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For more information, call the city Public Works Department at (626) 256-6654. – From staff reportslast_img read more

Murder trial of ex-school official starts

first_imgBAKERSFIELD – A former elementary school vice principal plotted an elaborate alibi that included a cross-country journey so he could murder his wife, three children and mother-in-law after they returned from church, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday in opening statements. Vincent Brothers, 44, faces the death penalty if convicted in the July 2003 slayings of his estranged wife, Joanie Harper; their three children, Marques, 4, Lyndsey, 2, and Marshall, 6 weeks old; and Harper’s mother, Earnestine Harper. He has pleaded not guilty to the killings. “Who had the motive to kill the children? That is the question I want you to ask yourselves over and over and over again,” Kern County Deputy District Attorney Lisa Green told the jury. “The answer is that it was Vincent Brothers.” Defense attorney Michael Gardina painted Brothers as a compassionate, patriotic man whom investigators had wrongly maintained was the sole suspect in the killings. “Good evidence was ignored that exonerated him. Evidence that would show that Mr. Brothers was in Ohio was shunned,” Gardina said in his opening statement. “The evidence will show that he could not, would not and did not harm his wife, his children and his mother-in-law.” Brothers claimed he was in Columbus, Ohio, visiting his brother when his family was killed, but Green said he flew to the Midwest and then drove back to Bakersfield in a rental car to stab and shoot the five. The car’s odometer showed it had been driven more than 5,400 miles when it was returned to the Ohio rental agency, Green said. 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

NRRM makes ground on Forestry Rejuvenation Project

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — Significant progress is the way the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Community Development Officer has described last week’s talks in Victoria on their Forestry Rejuvenation Project.Mike Gilbert says Forests Minister Steve Thomson has now, “Designated the initiative as a project, and assigned ministerial resources to helping it go forward.”As reported earlier, the municipality hopes to bring to the Fort Nelson region, strategic influence over the use of the area’s forest resource and policy application — putting it in the hands of a three-way partnership between the Province, the Municipality and local area First Nations.- Advertisement -The Municipality initiated the project in 2013, focusing on enlisting not only the Province and First Nations, but also potential forest sector investors.Gilbert says the consultation with industry is ongoing and the hope is to raise awareness of the opportunities for future development.He’s also hopeful the next significant milestone will be the active involvement of the area First Nations, but he’s confident last week’s talks with provincial officials — including Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Steve Thomson — marked significant progress, and he adds, “We’re not there yet, but we’re on a positive trajectory.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Tip of the week: Listen in on all calls

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With earnings season in full swing, you may want to eavesdrop on what the companies you’re interested in are saying in their briefings with Wall Street analysts. Until recent years, these quarterly earnings conference calls were decidedly private affairs. “It was a handful of carefully picked analysts, often those who had given the company favorable coverage,” says Rebecca McEnally, a policy director at the CFA Institute, a nonprofit group representing asset managers and financial analysts. But thanks to a 2000 change in federal securities rules, calls are now open to the public. Most companies post dial-in directions on the “Investor Relations” sections of their Web sites. Some offer Webcasts to let you listen in. And the financial Web site Seeking Alpha posts free transcripts of major companies’ conference calls on its site,, within hours of the meetings. What can you actually get from the calls? A lot of spin, certainly, but also some useful insights into what a company is focused on and how particular projects or businesses are performing. Plus, you can sometimes pick up intriguing information about other companies. Seeking Alpha founder David Jackson says that about a year ago he was listening to e-commerce companies talk about the rising popularity and cost of advertising on search engines. “Those calls were full of information on why to buy Google stock,” he says. It’s also worth listening to the questions. If analysts are hammering away at why the company has missed a particular sales target, for example, it may be a clue that the stock price is about to go down, even if the company reported solid earnings. By Andrew Blackmanlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal woman has claimed she was raped in the home of a US embassy official more than 35 years ago after a drug was put into her drink in the embassy bar.Ailish Nic Phaidín has sued the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the State arising from the alleged handling of matters by the Department of Foreign Affairs following her dismissal or forced resignation from the US embassy in Dublin, in 1987.Ms Nic Phaidín, 60, is originally from Rathmullan but now lives in Palm Bay, Florida. She claims that while working for the US embassy, she was interrogated for two hours before being told she could be fired or resign. She was later escorted out by a US marine.During her 11-year employment in the embassy, she claims she was pinned to a wall and assaulted on one occasion.She alleges on another occasion a drug was put into her drink when she was in the basement bar of the embassy and she woke up in the home of an embassy official where, she claims, she was raped.Ms Nic Phaidín was giving evidence in the first day of her action before the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, arising from losing her job at the embassy.Now a PR consultant, Ms Nic Phaidin claims she sought assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs in the settlement of her employment dispute with the US embassy.She alleges the department breached its duty of care to her and acted negligently in not conveying an offer of €200,000 from the embassy in 1996.She claims she was advised by a department official to initiate legal proceedings in the US against the embassy which were later struck out on a jurisdictional point. The department, she alleges, failed to fulfil its duties in relation to her dealings with the US embassy.The Minister denies the claims of breach of duty of care and pleads the department acted as an intermediary and attempted to bring her situation to the attention of the embassy. While there was discussion in 1996 on some kind of an offer, no offer was in fact ever made, it contends. The State claims it had no duty of care to Ms Nic Phaidín and pleads at all times the department did its best for her.In evidence, Ms Nic Phaidín said she started work at the US embassy in 1976. In 1986 she got a salary increase and a form of loyalty certificate in recognition of her 10 years’ service, she said.She said she was having a drink in the embassy basement in October 1976 when a man – referred to as Mr Y – put a drug in her drink. She said she awoke in his house in south Dublin and was raped but did not go to the Garda as the man had diplomatic status. She said in a 1985 incident, another man, Mr X, pinned her against a wall in the embassy basement and assaulted her. She said he had said: “I heard all about you.”She said in February 1987 she was called to the security officer and interrogated on whether she was an IRA or Communist Party member, had visited an eastern bloc country or knew spies or terrorists. She said she was brought to Mr X’s office and told her security clearance had been withdrawn and she could be fired or resign.DONEGAL WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS RAPED IN HOME OF US EMBASSY OFFICIAL was last modified: July 25th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:drugsHIGH COURTrapeUS Embassylast_img read more