India thrashed Malaysia 6-2 in a second-round clash to take a big step towards qualification for the final of the Asia Cup hockey championship on Thursday.Akashdeep Singh (15th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (19th), S.K. Uthappa (24th), Gurjant Singh (33rd), S.V. Sunil (40th) and Sardar Singh (60th) scored the goals for a ruthless India.India were already 5-0 up when Razie Rahim and Ramadan Rosli struck for Malaysia, who in their previous match had stunned Pakistan 3-2.With this win, India now have four points from two matches, while second-placed Malaysia have three points.South Korea, who drew 1-1 with Pakistan earlier in the day, hold the third spot.Top two teams will qualify for the final, while the teams finishing third and fourth will vie for the bronze medal.On Saturday, India will meet Pakistan needing at least a draw to seal their place in the final on October 22.Malaysia will face South Korea on Friday also searching for a point to reach the final.But the Malaysians need to put up a better performance that they did against India.Having won all their matches thus far in the tournament, Malaysia raced out of the blocks at a frenetic pace, attacking India constantly.They made two strong circle entries at the start of the game but an alert Indian defence kept them out of scoring.India’s first break-through came in the 14th minute when Manpreet assisted Akashdeep inside the circle with a fiercely-struck long pass. The Indian forward was impeccable in his attempt to improvise the pass to beat the Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam to take a 1-0 lead in the first quarter.advertisementThe second quarter saw Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera make brilliant saves that had the Dhaka audience in raptures. His first big save came only two minutes into the second quarter when Malaysia won a penalty corner. Karkera was resolute to pad it away.Later in the 23rd minute, another penalty corner was averted when Karkera saved a fiercely struck drag-flick from Rahim to keep Malaysia from converting.Earlier, Harmanpreet Singh was at his best when he found the centre of the goal to take India’s lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute. A good assist by Sunil saw Uthappa score India’s third goal in the 24th minute.Post the 10-minute half-time break, India scored two more goals to stamp their supremacy over Malaysia. It was Gurjant in the 33rd minute followed by a splendid goal by Sunil brilliantly-assisted by Gurjant Singh who worked in tandem to score India’s fifth goal.A trademark reverse hit by Gurjant from the left flank to Sunil, who made a diving attempt to push the ball into the post, ensured the local crowds were thoroughly entertained. This goal by Sunil was also adjudged as the goal of the match.The final quarter saw India make a few defensive errors that saw them concede penalty corners. With 10 minutes to the final hooter, Malaysia’s Rahim utilised the chance to put one past a diving Akash Chikte in the 50th minute.Malaysia won another penalty corner in the 54th minute but Chikte was outstanding in his save.Almost immediately, Malaysia won another set-piece but an alert Chikte averted a goal again. Malaysia won two back-to-back penalty corners in the 58th minute but couldn’t make the chance count.Though their second goal came through in the 59th minute via Rosli, India extended their lead in the 60th minute when veteran Sardar employed a reverse-hand strike.
Man Utd willing to allow Valencia to join Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to allow captain Antonio Valencia to run down his contract this season.The Mirror says United have no intention of triggering a 12-month extension option in Valencia’s current deal, which will expire this summer.With this in mind, Valencia’s representatives have begun negotiating a move to Inter Milan for the Ecuadorian right-back, who has played just eight times this season.Inter reportedly want to sign the 33-year-old during the January transfer window but United don’t want to weaken Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad without bringing in a replacement.Valencia has played just once under Solskjaer having fallen out of favour under the Norwegian’s predecessor, Jose Mourinho. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
It is currently illegal for street lights to be repaired by citizens Story Highlights Corporate Area residents can pay to repair streetlights in their communities The JPS will be mandated to provide residents with a list of electrical contractors who have been approved by the entity to repair street lights Residents across the Corporate Area who wish to pay to repair streetlights in their communities, now have the opportunity to do so formally, following the passage of a Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) resolution on Tuesday, September 10.The resolution, which was moved by Councillor Ian Telfer of the Hughenden Division, during the Council’s monthly meeting at its Church Street offices, downtown Kingston, was approved by 16 of 26 Councillors voting on the matter, following a lengthy debate. A total of three Councillors abstained.In his argument, Councillor Telfer, noted that functioning streetlights are vital to ensuring the security of citizens, pointing out that many crimes are committed under the cover of darkness.“The primary function of our streetlights is to provide security. Given our challenges with crime, the importance of having functional street lights cannot be over-stated. Our mothers, sisters, aunts and all females often times are robbed and raped on account of defective streetlights,” he stressed.In noting that it is currently illegal for street lights to be repaired by citizens, as this amounts to trespassing on the Jamaica Public Service Limited’s (JPS) works, Councillor Telfer said the resolution seeks to facilitate the residents, in this regard.He lamented that some residents have, on occasions, replaced defective street lights with lights of their own, only to have these removed by the JPS.The Councillor argued that since the KSAC, which has the responsibility for ensuring that street lights are functional and maintained, and the JPS, which has been contracted to repair and maintain the street lights, both have major financial challenges in keeping these operational, the resolution aims to accommodate citizens who wish to carry out repairs with their own resources.He, however, assured that “this resolution, in no way, shape or form seeks to shift the burden of responsibility of maintaining street lights from the JPS or the KSAC”.The resolution also states that it is understandable that the KSAC and the JPS cannot allow private citizens to add street lights to the grid as this will create even greater problems of maintenance and accountability in addition to increasing operational costs.Under the resolution, the JPS will be mandated to provide residents with a list of electrical contractors who have been approved by the entity to repair street lights.The document also requests that the JPS be mandated to keep accurate records of all citizens who have utilized the contractors’ services.
zoom Russia’s Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard, cruise company Vodohod and leasing firm Goznak-Leasing have signed a three-party contract for the construction and delivery of a cruise liner within the Project PV-300, MNP Group informed. Under the agreement, the ship will be built at Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation, and delivered to Goznak-Leasing (the customer) and Vodohod (the consignee) by February 1, 2020.Preparations for the construction works are in progress, according to MNP Group, a shipbuilding project management firm.Designed by Marine Engineering Bureau, the ship will be the second liner within the project to be constructed at Russian shipyards.The four-deck new-generation vessel will feature a length of 141 meters and a width of 16.8 meters.“With her class М-Пр 3.0 (ice 30) А of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping the ship can be operated in sea and coastal areas, as well as in the Ladoga and Onega lakes with waves of up to 3 meters high,” MNP Group said.The new cruise vessel will operate on the routes Moscow – Astrakhan and Moscow – Saint-Petersburg with a passage in the Ladoga and Onega lakes, as well as on the route Moscow – Rostov-on-Don with a passage through the Volga-Don Canal, the firm added.
New Delhi: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has thanked the government for honouring him with the Arjuna award and said the recognition will always inspire him to give his best for the country on the cricket field. Jadeja is among the 19 sportspersons, who were nominated for the Arjuna award this year. “First of all, I would like to thank the Government of India for honouring me with the Arjuna award. I would also like to congratulate the other winners as well. They’ve performed brilliantly in their fields,” Jadeja said in a video message posted on the BCCI’s Twitter handle. “My sincere effort always will be to lift the reputation of the Indian team and my country whenever I play for India. I will always try to win matches for the team and make the country proud.”
Kolkata: Over 50 eminent Bengali personalities from different walks of life have called upon the people of West Bengal to give “due respect to all languages” and “resist attempt to impose just one”. Taking to Facebook, they issued a statement on Monday, urging people to register a strong protest against any bid to edge out Bengali language from their lives. Among the signatories are poet Subodh Sarkar, poet- columnist Binayak Bandyopadhyay, elocutionists Urmimala Basu and Jagannath Basu and independent filmmaker Pradipta Bhattacharya. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The social media statement was issued two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah pitched for a common language in the country and said it was Hindi which is spoken the most and can unite the country. Apprehending that “a day may come in foreseeable future when our own language, our mother tongue, our dearest Bengali language will become threatened”, it said that “intimidatory tactics” from certain quarters to impose one language should be resisted. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Sarkar, in a separate statement, said, “I respect Hindi language. But I equally respect Malayali, Marathi, Konkoni and all other languages spoken in this country.” No language can be greater or smaller, no language can be superior or inferior to another, he insisted. “India is a country of multiple languages. But we should keep in mind mother tongue is the true ration card of a citizen,” he maintained. Pointing out that Hindi has always been the link language across all sections of society, while English is primarily used by a particular section, Sarkar said, “What happened overnight that someone (Shah) had to declare ‘one nation, one language’ slogan again!” Protests have erupted in several parts of the country after the Union home minister, in a series of tweets, called for ‘one nation, one language’. Veteran leaders such as Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin and former Karnataka chief ministers Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy have criticised Shah for his pitch on the occasion of Hindi Diwas. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also said on Saturday that people should respect all languages and cultures but not at the cost of their mother tongue.
A Victoria Cross and other medals awarded to one of Canada’s Second World War heroes have been sold at auction to a buyer in the United Kingdom for $660,000.Maj. David Currie was given the Commonwealth’s highest medal for valour in recognition of his service at a brutal battle during the 1944 Normandy campaign in France.“During a blitz of fighting, he decided he wouldn’t be defeated (and) went in under extreme gunfire. It was the only Canadian Victoria Cross won for Normandy,” Tanya Ursual, a spokesman for the auction firm Dix Noonan Webb, said Wednesday.“It is the kind of thing movies are made of, except this isn’t a movie. It was real, and he was Canadian.”According to the firm, Currie’s widow, Isabel, sold her late husband’s medals to a Canadian buyer in 1989 a few years after he died.The man who purchased them, who doesn’t wish to be named, decided to sell the medals at the U.K. auction.Ursual said there is a lot of international interest in military awards for bravery, especially in rare medals such as the Victoria Cross.Currie, who was later promoted to lieutenant-colonel, was one of only 16 Canadians given the Victoria Cross during the war.The citation for his medal recounts a key battle when Canadian forces were part of an Allied plan to prevent a German army from retreating from the area.Currie led a force of tanks and troops from the South Alberta Regiment that fought to take and hold a village along the German line of retreat.After days of gruelling combat, Currie finally collapsed from fatigue, but only after his unit was relieved by other Canadian forces.“During this operation the casualties to Maj. Currie’s force were very heavy; however, he never considered the possibility of failure,” reads the Victoria Cross citation.“There can be no doubt that success of this force’s task and stand against the enemy at St. Lambert Sur Dives can only be attributed to this officer’s coolness, inspired leadership and skilful use of the limited weapons at his disposal.”Currie, who grew up in Moose Jaw, Sask., later served as sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons for 17 years. He died in 1986.Isabel Currie, who is 105, lives in an Ottawa senior’s home.Ursual said the man who sold the medals allowed Currie’s grandson to see them last month before they were put up for auction.“The family was hopeful that a Canadian buyer would come forward,” she said. “Where was somebody from here?”The London-based auction company said it will now apply for a federal export permit to ship the medals from Canada to the U.K.
Nick Cave has just expressed his support for the Warlpiri community of Lajamanu in the Australian Tanami desert, who are crowdfunding an indigenous suicide prevention app.Nick Cave Supports the Warlpiri community of Lajamanu in the Australian Tanami desertThree aboriginal people a week are being lost to suicide, and an indigenous person is four times more likely to take their own life than a non-indigenous person. Most indigenous suicides are children between the ages of 10 and 14.When a young man committed suicide in 2005, in the remote community of Lajamanu, local Warlpiri elders said ‘Enough is enough’. With help from friends, Lajamanu established Milpirri festival to spread the traditional ideas of ‘Kurdiji’ among their young people. They began to fight for every single young indigenous life in their community. Since 2005 there hasn’t been a single suicide in Lajamanu.Now those same elders want to bring Kurdiji into the digital age, with a community created app based on stories, ceremonies and law. They want to fight for all aboriginal lives, not just those in remote or traditional communities. The app will be called Kurdiji 1.0. This is a community-led and community empowering initiative, with indigenous elders providing all of the app’s content. They have partnered with an expert team to develop the app and roll it out across the whole of Aboriginal Australia.You can see a short video about the project here. And you can support the elders via our GoFundMe page: www.kurdijiproject.com or their webpage: www.kurdijiproject.org.
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsSome Indigenous adoptees are channeling their anger about the national ’60s Scoop settlement into lawsuits against the Canadian government.“I hope others opt out and they can join me,” said Angelina Gosselin, who was raised in a series of foster homes in British Columbia.Gosselin, who is an RCMP officer in the lower mainland in B.C., filed a lawsuit this summer for loss of identity, culture and – plainly speaking – her childhood.“(I) was removed from several foster homes due to the unspeakable abuse,” she said.(Angelina Gosselin) But instead of turning to alcohol or drugs, Gosselin said she began talking to and about Indigenous kids in care.“I advocate for our children in the child welfare system – not because I have a portfolio, but because they, like I did, just want a healthy life filled with choices,” she said.That’s what her lawsuit is about, too.Gosselin said she wants to use the legacy of the ‘60s Scoop to force changes to the child welfare system. She can do that, she says, by rejecting the settlement.“I’m trying to make a point,” she said in an interview.Indigenous children fill most foster homes in many provinces, which Gosselin said is history repeating itself.Already, a government lawyer has responded to her filing, she noted.“This can get government action,” she said.Same disconnect, trauma and identity crisis todayKatherine Legrange is also using the courts to fix what she said is a broken child welfare system.Especially since the settlement approved a few months ago applies only to status and Inuit adoptees.Her lawsuit on behalf of excluded Métis and non-status adoptees was filed in a B.C. court this week.“If we don’t make the necessary changes now, more of our children will experience the same disconnect, trauma, and identity crises that we did,” she said.“Nothing has really changed since the ‘60s Scoop.”Neither woman knows whether what they’re doing will work.But both said they have to try.“My hope is to include the legislative and policy changes as one item of the terms of a potential settlement or award,” said Legrange, a Métis raised in Winnipeg.Added Gosselin, who has reconnected with her Haisla Nation: “My gut says I have to say No and opt out. It’s about giving back to the kids in care now.”Adoptees have until August 2019 to file their claim in and receive between $25,000 and $50,000 each from the $750 million compensation fund. They have until Oct. 31, 2018, to opt out.In exchange, they sign away their right to sue the federal government, which is also providing $50 million to establish a ‘60s Scoop healing foundation for adoptees and their families.And, the government is covering the legal costs for each application.But Coleen Rajotte, another Métis of Winnipeg, rejected the entire package.“This whole thing has just been…a total mess,” said the president of the Manitoba ‘60s Scoop Survivors Association.“We are not being given any choice just like where we were put as children.”email@example.com@katmarte
MONTREAL — Qatar’s battle with four Middle Eastern neighbours will be fought in Montreal on Monday where the country’s transportation minister will urge a UN agency to pressure the countries to reopen severed transportation links.Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti says he will present a technical case in a closed special hearing about what he claims are illegal moves by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.“We are asking the international organization to do something on that because we are talking about the sovereignty of countries,” Al-Sulaiti said in an interview.The minister said the countries are required by the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation to maintain open access to and from Qatar.“We must respect what we signed for,” he added.Al-Sulaiti wants six or seven international flight corridors to open so Qatar Airways can carry international passengers. It will also try to ensure airspace over the countries will be opened for all carriers and will mount a separate case against Bahrain.Letting the countries get away with targeting one country opens the door to other states taking similar action in the future against another, he said.A nearly two-month blockade against Qatar initially stranded passengers and has resulted in a 30-per-cent drop in customers on the luxury airline. Qatar has gotten around a sea blockade by arranging new routes to India and other partners.Al-Sulaiti said the dispute has also curtailed tourism, hotel bookings and flights to the four countries. For the first time, he said Dubai hotels are offering promotions to fill rooms.“Everybody loses out in this matter, not just Qatar Airways.”While the blockade has eaten into Qatar Airways profits in part due to costly detours around closed airspace, the minister said the Gulf’s second-largest airline remains profitable and won’t be deterred from its plans to purchase aircraft and add destinations.Transportation ministers from the four countries will present defences. Their Canadian embassies didn’t immediately respond with comments. Neither did the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the specialized agency of the United Nations, which will host the meeting.Al-Sulaiti said it’s up to ICAO to decide how to enforce the rules.He hopes a solution will be reached within a week but failing that, Qatar could take its case to International Court at the Hague.While Al-Sulaiti and a dozen associates will present their technical arguments, the minister said he anticipates a political solution to the broader dispute will eventually be reached.Qatar has hired a Washington lobby firm founded by Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who left in May, to gain access to the White House, which has close ties to Saudi Arabia.The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar in early June, accusing it of supporting extremists. Qatar denies the charge and sees it as politically motivated.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.
2010Red Bull RacingMark Webber136811581st QualifyingRaces* 2016Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen94315714th 2011Red Bull RacingMark Webber168414741st 1586815365 2017Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen157516802nd Despite the back-to-back losses, Mercedes isn’t exactly worried about Leclerc chasing Hamilton down for the title. The quick circuits of the past two races probably favored Ferrari, with the superior straight-line speed of its SF90 car. And even after Leclerc’s big breakthrough, he remains 102 points behind Hamilton (and 39 behind Bottas) in the standings, with Ferrari running 154 behind Mercedes in the team tally as they look ahead to the season’s final seven races.But although Leclerc’s wins didn’t make much impact on the overall championship picture, they may have represented something of a turning point in F1 history. Going into 2019, Vettel had outqualified his teammates — a strong group that included Räikkönen, Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber — 69 percent of the time and outraced them 66 percent of the time in his career. Against Leclerc this season, those numbers are only 43 percent and 57 percent, respectively, and getting worse by the moment.Vettel entered the season as a championship contender and the clear standard-bearer for the sport’s most storied team. Now his place is in doubt. With another year left on his contract, Vettel probably isn’t going anywhere (despite tabloid rumors to the contrary), but it’s hard not to juxtapose Leclerc’s recent surge against Vettel’s growing tendency toward crucial errors and on-track decisions that put other drivers at risk. So the biggest question for the season’s home stretch isn’t whether Leclerc is the future of the sport — that now seems established — but rather, it’s whether Vettel can avoid being left in the past. 2007Sauber/Toro RossoHeidfeld/Liuzzi338%338%14th 2013Red Bull RacingMark Webber178917891st 2018Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen157112572nd SeasonTeamTeammateH2H WinsWin%H2H WinsWin%Champ. Rk 2014Red Bull RacingDaniel Ricciardo9476325th In recent years, Formula One’s defining rivalry has seemed clear: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (and before that, McLaren) vs. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari (and before that, Red Bull). The two have combined to win nine of the past 11 world driver’s championships, with the only interlopers being Jenson Button in 2009 and Nico Rosberg, another of Hamilton’s most bitter rivals, in 2016. Hamilton and Vettel finished 1-2 in each of the previous two seasons’ standings, so the path to the F1 title seemed very likely to go through them in 2019 as well.This year, though, only one of the two has held up his end of the bargain. Hamilton currently leads the championship, 63 points clear of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. But instead of vying for the title as well, Vettel is all the way back in fifth place, 115 points behind his English archrival. The German hasn’t finished so low in the standings since 2014, his tumultuous final season with Red Bull.With the recent breakout of Vettel’s Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc — the 21-year-old rising star who just grabbed his first two F1 career wins in back-to-back races — there are legitimate questions as to which driver Hamilton should be more concerned about as a rival going forward. In fact, Leclerc has done so well in his second F1 season that the four-time world champ Vettel might not even be the No. 1 driver on his own team anymore.That this is up for debate speaks volumes about Leclerc’s meteoric ascent. The Monégasque phenom was a teenager in Formula Two just a couple of years ago, impressing as a test driver but failing to nail down a seat at a prestige team for his rookie F1 season. Leclerc joined Alfa Romeo-Sauber for 2018 instead and flashed his potential with a very strong qualifying performance against teammate Marcus Ericsson, whom he started ahead of on the grid 17 times in 21 races (81 percent) last season. But on race days, Leclerc finished slightly worse than he started,1Finishing in an average position of 12.5 versus starting at 12.3. beat Ericsson only 57 percent of the time (after adjusting for grid position)2To do this, I used a regression analysis to predict a driver’s percentile rank in a given race based on his percentile rank in qualifying. To make sure this factor didn’t get too much weight — since it’s kind of a chicken-or-egg question about how much grid position causes good race performances or is just correlated with them — I halved the effect when applying the adjustment. and notched only 39 points in the championship, finishing a distant 13th.(Besides, Ericsson wasn’t exactly the toughest competition; he didn’t secure an F1 ride in 2019 and currently competes in the IndyCar series.)Still, Ferrari saw the talent evident in Leclerc’s performance and pegged him to replace folk hero Kimi Räikkönen as Vettel’s No. 2 going into 2019. But Vettel’s place atop the pecking order seemed secure. He had spent most of the previous four seasons driving circles around Räikkönen, beating the 2007 world champion in 67 percent of qualifying runs and 73 percent of races. Although he couldn’t quite outduel Hamilton, finishing an average of 101 points behind him in the overall standings during those seasons, Vettel was still very competitive — and hopeful that a new 2019 design package would bring the Prancing Horse its first championship (as either a constructor or for its drivers) since the late 2000s.The early returns seemed like business as usual. Although Mercedes opened the season with an eight-race winning streak, as Hamilton took six of those checkered flags himself, Vettel had also outdriven Leclerc 12 times in 14 chances (including both qualifying and races) over the first seven events on the schedule. (The only exception was the Bahrain Grand Prix, where Leclerc won the pole and finished third to Vettel’s fifth.) Vettel even technically crossed the finish line first in Canada, only to see Hamilton be awarded the win because of a controversial penalty assessed when Vettel swerved back onto the track after a missed turn.Ever since that moment, however, Leclerc has surged past his older, more decorated teammate at a breathtaking pace. If we build an Elo rating using the same head-to-head approach that I used in this story about Fernando Alonso from last summer — which just compared teammate performances with each other (to control for differences in constructor quality) and gave qualifiers half-weight as compared with races — Leclerc moved past Vettel for the very first time in his career when he won the Italian Grand Prix last Sunday: 2015Scuderia FerrariKimi Räikkönen157916843rd 2009Red Bull RacingMark Webber14828472nd Total This teammate-versus-teammate approach isn’t perfect, particularly when it involves drivers who haven’t changed teams much. But it is able to infer one driver’s performance from how often he beats another driver of an established ability level. And Vettel is certainly established; he went into the season (and his partnership with Leclerc) with the third-best rating of any driver in the 2019 field, trailing only Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen — another Leclerc-esque wunderkind (also 21 years old) trying to end the Hamilton-Vettel hegemony atop the F1 standings.For Leclerc’s part, he has risen from a relatively mediocre head-to-head Elo of 1454 after the Canadian Grand Prix on June 9 to a 1529 mark (fourth-best in the field) after back-to-back victories in Belgium and Italy these past two weeks. He has now outperformed Vettel in each of the past seven qualifying sessions and five of the past seven races (the only exceptions being Germany and Hungary). By coolly fending off the best attacks Hamilton and Bottas could throw at him, the “unflappable” Leclerc gave Ferrari a win at Monza — its home race — for the first time since Alonso did it in 2010. Along the way, he has given Vettel more fits than just about any teammate in his entire career: 2019Scuderia FerrariCharles Leclerc6438575th 2012Red Bull RacingMark Webber126014701st 2008Toro RossoS. Bourdais147813728th *Race performance is adjusted slightly for starting grid positionSource: racing-reference.info Vettel’s teammates seldom challenge as much as LeclercHead-to-head comparisons between Sebastian Vettel and teammates — in qualifying and races — by season, 2007-19
A child migrant row has erupted over claims a “30-year-old man” is being taught in a secondary school alongside children.Photographs which claim to be of the pupil with facial stubble have been posted on social media, prompting some parents to threaten to remove their children from the Suffolk school unless his “real” age is established.The Year 11 pupil, said to be 15 and originally from Iran, started at Stoke High School, Ipswich, in September having arrived in the UK unaccompanied earlier this year. A school pupil posted a picture on Snapchat of his new GCSE classmate asking: “How’s there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?”After parents expressed concern that an adult could be mixing with the academy’s 680-pupils the school contacted the Home Office. A Home Office source said it was investigating the claims.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––One mother, whose son is in the same year as the migrant student, said: “Parents have been pulling their children out of school left, right and centre.“Looking at photos of this man, he is clearly older than 30. How can someone like this be eating with children, changing with children and learning with our children while pretending to be a teenager?“He could be harmless but he could also be a dangerous man. I am terrified to think what would happen if he started a relationship with a young girl who thought he was her age.” Other parents speculated that he may have qualifications from his home country which are not recognised in the UK, so he is trying to obtain GCSEs.Another mother wrote on Facebook that if the pupil was an adult in class it represented a serious “security breach.”Lee Northcott added: “I am shocked and outraged that this has happened when my son and nephew attends this school.“They need to get to the bottom of this and get it resolved as soon as possible.”A school spokesman said: “This is a matter for the Home Office and we have referred it to them. The student is not attending the school at this time. At the time, Mr Davies said he feared “British hospitality” was being abused by those pretending to be younger than they were.The Home Office said it used a “number of determining factors” to establish a asylum seeker’s real age, including their “physical appearance or demeanour.” She said her son believes the pupil speaks little English and struggles to make himself understood with his teachers.“He sits in the class but cannot speak or learn,” she continued. “What makes it worse is that the school has made no contact with any of the parents or called us in for a meeting, yet we are all up in arms and worried.“Something needs to be done and soon because this is likely to be happening all over the country and the Home Office is doing very little to help. I won’t have my son studying with a 30-year-old man.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “We can not comment further on an individual case, but we have followed Government and local authority policies and guidance, as we do for any admissions matter.”As an asylum seeker arriving in the UK he would have been asked to provide proof of age. However, many migrants have no official documentation so immigration authorities ask social services to conduct an “age assessment”, designed to spot those posing as children in the hope of being allowed to stay in Britain. If under 18, the migrant would be taken into care by the authorities and enter the education system.It is understood the Ipswich pupil arrived without a passport, or any other proof of age, so would have been assessed by immigration officials or social workers. A Home Office spokesman said the department does not “routinely comment on individual cases,” adding that if immigration officials had doubts about a migrant’s age social services would conduct an age assessment.In 2016, David Davies, the Conservative MP for Monmouthshire, called for dental tests to be carried out on asylum seekers arriving in Britain from Calais after photographs appeared to show adults arriving.The Home Office had allowed around 100 immigrants from the so-called Calais Jungle to move to the UK if they were aged between 14 and 17.
As more and more of our gaming is now taking place on mobile devices, demand has grown for physical controllers that are compatible with smartphones and tablets. One of the most interesting of these peripherals has been the iCade. The faux-80s arcade cabinet started as an April Fools’ joke, and evolved into an actual product — one which has become quite popular.When a product has success, it’s inevitable that its manufacturer will milk it for all it’s worth and introduce numerous spinoff products. After several new iCade accessories were announced over the previous months, we now have what may be the coolest one yet. Meet 8-bitty: a controller that’s barely different enough from the classic NES controller to avoid a lawsuit.If you took an NES controller, added two buttons, and gave it a faux-wood appearance (reminiscent of old Atari gaming systems), you would have 8-bitty. Like the original iCade, 8-bitty connects to an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth. It will allow you to forgo touchscreen controls for all iCade-compatible games.That, however, is the biggest problem with this, and all iCade controllers. The list of compatible games is growing, but they aren’t exactly the cream of the iOS and Android crop. Sure, you can play Ms. Pac Man and other Atari classics, but you can’t (yet) play games like GTA III, Sonic the Hedgehog, or Mega Man X with the accessories.Perhaps the biggest potential with the iCade series of controllers lies with the iOS jailbreak community. If developers of console emulators begin to support the accessory, then 8-bitty will become much more desirable. It would be right at home playing Super Mario World, Tetris, or The Legend of Zelda. Until then, Cydia gamers can simply connect a Wiimote to their iPhone, iPad, or Transformer Prime.The iCade 8-bitty controller will be officially unveiled later this week at the 2012 Toy Fair. It will go on sale “later this year,” and will retail for $24.99. Those not willing to wait that long can try their hands at hacking an actual NES controller to work with iCade games.ThinkGeek via Ars Technica
We’ve reached that magical time of the year where it becomes clear that there’s going to be some serious competition for the “best” smartphone out there. If you’re on Big Red, there’s no shortage of fancy gadgets headed your way. This article will cover the best upcoming phones on Verizon, some of which we know for sure are coming while some of still more rumor than fact at this point.Motorola X PhoneRemember Droid? Then you’ll know that Motorola and Verizon Wireless have been as thick as thieves for the last few years. It’s expected that this mystery upcoming phone from Google’s mobile hardware division is going to make some waves.The name “X Phone” has been floating around forums for a little while now, adding an air of mystery to a smartphone that has very little in the way of confirmed details. While many believe that this phone is slated for announcement at Google I/O, the company recently slipped up and posted a hiring ad on their LinkedIn profile for a project manager on the “X” project. If the company is just now looking for a PM, it’s hard to imagine that the phone is right around the corner.Whether this phone is a few weeks months away, Motorola will be looking to Verizon Wireless in the hopes that the X will be its new flagship phone. Maybe they will find a way to get the phone in users hands without that pesky Droid branding.Nokia Lumia 920 LaserMicrosoft and Verizon have had an awkward relationship ever since their users rose up as one and demanded that Bing be removed from their Android phones. There’s not been a successful Windows Phone on Verizon since long before the Kin and Kin 2, but Nokia is looking to change that with an upcoming special edition of their Lumia flagship.After the exclusivity period with AT&T ends in the US, you can expect the Lumia 920 Laser to hit the shelves at Verizon Wireless stores. It’s not expected that there will be any difference in specs when compared to the AT&T variant of the Lumia 920, but the phone will come pre-loaded with Verizon exclusives on Windows Phone. The Data Sense tool, NFL app, and Verizon’s own navigation and backup apps will make for a compelling reason to grab Nokia’s latest handset.Nokia will be competing directly with the thinner, faster HTC 8X on Verizon Wireless, and its more than likely that competition will come down to pricing and available extras. Nokia came out of the gate at the Lumia launch with no shortage of accessories, including an NFC pairing speaker that is typically available separately.Samsung Galaxy S4It feels like we’ve been talking about the Galaxy S4 since the day after the release of the Galaxy S3$10.99 at Amazon, and that’s probably because that’s exactly what has been going on. Samsung has, to a large extent, taken over the Android ecosystem and the Galaxy line of smartphones exists as the most popular handset for the last two years. As the only real competitor to Apple’s iPhone when it comes to sales, there is plenty of excitement over the upcoming successor to the S3.Samsung is expected to deliver a 1080p screen with a quad-core processor and the best battery life you can get with an LTE radio onboard. The Galaxy S3 on Verizon Wireless was seen as somewhat diminished when compared to the European version of phone last year, as it was necessary to use a dual-core processor to support the US desire for LTE. That won’t be an issue this year, and undoubtedly the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 will be a powerful force to compete with throughout 2013.Next page: Upcoming Verizon phones from HTC and LG… 1 2
Greece, Cyprus and Egypt will step up energy cooperation, the leaders of the three countries agreed in Cairo on the weekend in their first ever tripartite talks.“This was a meeting that all three of us owed to history,” said Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras after meeting with Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Samaras stressed Egypt’s leading role in the Arab world and said that he and Anastasiades would act as “ambassadors for Egypt with the European Union.”The main focus of the meeting was the signing of the Cairo Declaration, which commits the three countries to increasing efforts to mark out their maritime zones as they believe the discovery of hydrocarbons could help cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean.“To this direction, we place emphasis on the ecumenical character of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea and we have decided to speed up the negotiations for the delimitation of maritime zones, where this has not been defined yet,” the declaration states.The agreement also calls on Turkey to respect Cyprus’s right to an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after a Turkish research vessel entered the area last month.“We have stressed the importance of the respect of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ and we urged Turkey to terminate all seismic exploration within the maritime zones of Cyprus and to avoid similar activities in the future,” the declaration says, with the three leaders adding calls for a reunification deal on the island.In his comments to the media after the meeting, Anastasiades stressed that the Cairo Declaration is not aimed against any country and called on all the states in the region to share in a “common vision” based around the use of hydrocarbons.Nevertheless, Ankara is unhappy about the agreement and has already made its complaints known to Athens, Cairo and Washington. US Vice President Joe Biden is due to travel to Ankara on November 21. A week later, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos is due to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara a week later.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Holiday Extras (pictured), PageGroup and Superdry are among the organisations shortlisted in the Best benefits communications, small employer category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.This award recognises the most effective benefits communication strategies implemented by employers with fewer than 5,000 staff.The full category shortlist is:Holiday Extras, My Extras (Entered by Benefex)PageGroup, MyBenefitsSecure Trust Bank Group, Boost – Benefits with Real PowerSuperdry, Sharesave 2017 (Entered by Computershare)Weetabix, Weetaflex (Entered by Edenred)The winning organisation will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 8 June 2018.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.
GRAMMY winner joins elite company with latest No. 1 single “Ask Me How I Know”Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Dec 4, 2017 – 7:58 am Garth Brooks has reached a chart summit yet again. The GRAMMY-winning country singer/songwriter has topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Ask Me How I Know,” marking his first No. 1 on the chart since 2007’s “More Than A Memory.” “I’m so proud of the Pearl Records team for working so hard for this No. 1,” said Brooks. “Congrats to [writer] Mitch Rossell on his first cut — so happy for you, pal! And, to country radio: four decades later, thanks for still believing. I’m humbled and very grateful.”Brooks, who has now scored 19 No. 1 hits on the Country Airplay chart, joins seven other artists, including Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire and Brad Paisley, with chart-toppers in three decades: the ’90s, ’00s and ’10s. Brooks’ first No. 1 was 1990’s “The Dance.”Brooks’ The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years box set is also No. 1 this week, topping the Top Country Albums chart. This marks his 17th Top Country Albums chart-topper, tying Willie Nelson for the second most in history. Brooks only trails George Strait, who has 26 No. 1s albums.The “Friends In Low Places” singer is scheduled to close out his 2017 touring itinerary with a string of seven shows at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, from Dec. 9 to Dec. 23.Mariah Carey, 98 Degrees Bring Holiday Cheer To Adult Contemporary Chart Garth Brooks: First Billboard No. 1 In 10 Years garth-brooks-scores-first-no-1-country-airplay-single-10-years Garth Brooks Scores First No. 1 Country Airplay Single In 10 Years Facebook News Email Read more Twitter
https://twitter.com/BKHipHopFest/status/988781015077478400 When the city that never sleeps starts warming up, so does the festival scene — here are nine ways to do NYC right this summerNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 25, 2018 – 12:42 pm It’s simple, really: From Woodstock in 1969 to Coachella in 2018, music festivals remain the best way to see as many of your favorite artists and discover new ones — all in the same weekend. There is a reason music fans travel all over the world each summer to catch a vibe at their festival of choice.But if you live in New York City, you have more events, parties, and concerts to choose from than you can possibly hit in one lifetime, much less one summer.Since we’ve already looked this year’s list of must-attend music festivals across the country, and provided our checklist of festival essentials, now it’s time to zero in on the Big Apple to see what’s got the city lit this summer. Here are nine New York music festivals, including some surprises, not to be missed in summer ’18.SummerStageDates: May-OctoberLocation: Central Park, plus 17 other neighborhood parks throughout the Five BoroughsLineup Includes: Talib Kweli, Rhiannon Giddens, Mac Demarco, Tokimonsta, Liam Gallagher, Mariza, Kool And The Gang, Jason MrazThe Scene: Although this summer-long festival is based in Central Park, SummerStage comprises mostly free shows, festivals and benefit concerts to parks all over the city, providing countless affordable alternatives to today’s often-high-priced festival scene. Hosted by City Parks Foundation, SummerStage’s sprawling 2018 lineup touches many genres and formats, meaning there’s probably something to see no matter what you’re into. For instance, NYC jazzheads can go to the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park Aug. 23–26 at a price that can’t be beaten: free.Connect: @SummerStageDavid Lynch’s “Festival Of Disruption”Date: May 19–20Location: Brooklyn Steel, BrooklynLineup Includes: Angel Olsen, Animal Collective, Au Revoir Simone, Jim James, Flying Lotus DJ set; talks with David Lynch, art exhibits, meditations and moreThe Scene: And now for something completely different. Acclaimed director David Lynch will bring his festival of disruptive music, art and discussions to Brooklyn for the first time ever in 2018. With a solid lineup of indie artists and rare DJ sets, you can come for the music and stay for the experience, as Lynch curates this offbeat, two-day fest to include screenings of some of his finest work — including Blue Velvet, complete with a discussion with lead actress Isabella Rossellini. Be prepared to be uncomfortable, as Lynch’s signature aesthetic can be as challenging as it is brilliant. As Lynch once said, “I don’t know why people expect art to make sense when they accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense.”Connect: @FestDisruption Facebook https://twitter.com/YouSGirls/status/988486584650682368 Twitter Roots PicnicDate: TBALocation: TBALineup Includes: Still waiting on NYC details, but Philly’s Roots Picnic features Dave Chappelle, Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, Brandy, 2 Chainz, 6LACK, and more.The Scene: It’s no secret that for the past 11 years Roots Picnic has been a Philadelphia institution. Two years ago, Questlove & Co. announced they’d be bringing the party up the tracks for a New York edition. While details on this year’s Big Apple picnic are still forthcoming, anticipation is high on the heels of two successful years in New York. Last year’s NYC edition featured Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Solange, 21 Savage, and Kimbra.Connect: @rootspicnicCatching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Governors BallDate: June 1–3Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York CityLineup Includes: Headliners Jack White, Travis Scott, Eminem, Khalid, Post Malone, N.E.R.D.The Scene: Taking over Randall’s Island Park each summer, Governor’s Ball has become one of New York’s big-ticket festivals, even offering cabanas, luxury suites and a whole host of top-shelf VIP amenities. Since the lineup dropped in early January, anticipation in the city has been building for this year’s robust, hip-hop heavy lineup. In contrast to NYC’s gritty urban landscape, Governors Ball takes festivalgoers out for three days in the park with plenty of games and food, not to mention chances to meet the artists and raging afterparties.Connect: @GovBallNYCLatin Alternative Music ConferenceDate: July 10–14Location: The Stewart Hotel, ManhattanLineup Includes: TBAThe Scene: Much more than just a festival, LAMC brings together the Latin Alternative music community for showcases, panel discussions, parties, and more – or as the New York Times put it, “LAMC is to Latin alternative the way the Sundance Film Festival is to indie movies.” This year will be the conference’s 19th year, the LAMC has grown into the premiere platform for the evolution of Latin music in the U.S. by celebrating artists pushing the boundaries of traditional pop, rock, jazz, metal, and other genres. Each year the conference hands out the Discovery Award to up-and-coming Latin talent, and GRAMMY-winning artists such as Pitbull and Calle 13 have participated in the past, making the event a great place to check out talent at all levels.Connect: @TheLAMC News .@DAVID_LYNCH’s #FestivalofDisruption debuts in #NYC May 19-20 at @brooklynsteel.Limited tickets remain – don’t get shut out! Get your tickets here: https://t.co/vXACACAkaCNet proceeds support the David @LynchFoundation ’s work providing #TM to at-risk populations. pic.twitter.com/6vHuhg7Qi2— Festival of Disruption (@FestDisruption) April 21, 2018 9 New York Music Festivals To Hit In Summer 2018 Email This is the LAMC from LAMC on Vimeo.PanoramaDate: July 27 – 29Location: Randall’s Island ParkLineup Includes: The Weeknd, The Killers, Janet Jackson, The War On Drugs, OdeszaThe Scene: Serving as Goldenvoice’s “Coachella of the east,” newcomer Panorama Music Festival launched in 2016, initially creating some competition with Governors Ball. Now that the festivals are spaced apart by almost two months, they complement each other, offering New Yorkers another chance to enjoy Randall’s Island Park and hear some of the biggest acts in music.Connect: @PanoramaNYCBrooklyn Hip-Hop FestivalDate: July 9–14Location: Multiple locations throughout BrooklynLineup Includes: Black Star, Talib Kweli, Yasiin BeyThe Scene: Billed as NYC’s largest hip-hop cultural event, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival showcases the positivity of hip-hop culture with a variety of educational and entertainment events, including panel lectures, exhibitions, movie screenings and even a family-friendly block party. In its 12-year history, everyone from Nas to Jay-Z have made appearances at this conference and festival produced by Brooklyn Bodega, making this week-long celebration a must for anyone in the hip-hop industry and fans alike.Connect: @BodegaAgency #BHFC Celebrates the Return of BlackStar @TalibKweli @MosDefOfficial will be closing out the Finale Concert this year. Early Bird tix available now. https://t.co/MySHYkygVp pic.twitter.com/1Ww8v5OLqg— BKHipHopFest (@BKHipHopFest) April 24, 2018 Electric ZooDate: Aug. 30 – Sept. 2Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York CityLineup Includes: Martin Garrix, Kaskade, MarshmelloThe Scene: Dance music’s premiere New York gathering, Electric Zoo’s website has a countdown clock to what it calls “the biggest, wildest party New York has ever seen!” A bold claim, for sure, but not unreasonable as the festival is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. With 50-plus artists still to be announced and added to an already top-shelf lineup, Electric Zoo has all summer to gear up for the season’s closer at Randall’s Island Park.Connect: @ElectricZooNY 9 New York Music Festivals In Summer 2018 9-new-york-music-festivals-hit-summer-2018 You are cordially invited to the biggest birthday celebration New York has ever seen…. Here are our Phase One artists! 🎉🎁 #EZooTenGet your tickets NOW ➡️➡️ https://t.co/FNA26Q5SYn pic.twitter.com/kYDjUABYV8— Electric Zoo (@ElectricZooNY) March 29, 2018 https://twitter.com/FestDisruption/status/987830859721007104 U.S. Girls will perform at @TheNational’s ‘There’s No Leaving New York’ at @ForestHillsStdm on 30th September, alongside @FutureIslands, @CatPower and @Bully. One day tickets are now on-sale: https://t.co/Ij1G4ZaDVT pic.twitter.com/U2Z3CWtdJC— U.S. Girls (@YouSGirls) April 23, 2018 https://twitter.com/ElectricZooNY/status/979376344969592832 There’s No Leaving New YorkDate: Sept. 29–30Location: Forest Hills Stadium, QueensLineup Includes: Hosted and curated by The National, featuring Future Islands, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Cat Power, U.S. Girls, Cigarettes After SexThe Scene: GRAMMY-winning indie band The National will host their first-ever New York festival this year, offering two days of great bands with the hosts playing both shows. “Our show last October at Forest Hills Stadium was one of our favorite shows in the history of the band,” The National guitarist Aaron Dessner shared in a statement. “The incredible legacy of the place and the fact that it still feels intimate even given its size, we started talking immediately about finding a way to come back for multiple nights with friends. We couldn’t be happier to announce these shows in September with some of our favorite artists.”Connect: @TheNational
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaThe hashtag #JusticeForPamelaShantayTurner is trending. Unfortunately, the reason behind the popularity of the latest social media slogan is all-too familiar.Turner, 44, was fatally shot by a Bayton, Texas, police officer at an apartment complex. Her family said she has a history of mental illness.In a video of the incident, Turner, an African-American woman, yells out that she’s pregnant but that didn’t stop a White police officer from firing five shots into her body and killing her.This undated photo provided by the Turner family shows Pamela Turner, right, with her daughter Chelsie Rubin in Baytown, Texas. A Houston-area police officer knew his neighbor suffered from mental illness and should have offered assistance when that was apparent, but instead he fatally shot the 44-year-old woman, a lawyer for the victim’s family said May 16, 2019. (Courtesy of the Turner Family via AP)“The ACLU of Texas calls for an independent investigation into the tragedy in Baytown and the immediate release of the officer’s body camera footage,” The ACLU of Texas Legal Director Andre Segura, said in a statement.“The escalation seen on bystander video from a simple stop to the use of brutal deadly force is shocking and raises serious concerns. There are too many questions about this tragic loss of life, and the public deserves transparency,” Segura said.Baytown Police said the shooting occurred during a struggle over the unnamed officer’s Taser.Lt. Steve Dorris said in a Facebook post, “It appears that as the officer was then attempting to handcuff the female she was able to gain control of his Taser and turned it on the officer, Tasing the officer, which forced the officer to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the female, striking her at least once.”Turner was pronounced dead at the scene.The shooting happened about 10:40 p.m. May 13, at The Brixton Apartments on Garth Road in Baytown, according to police.The city of about 76,000 is located in Harris County, Texas, near Houston.Segura and others expressed outraged that authorities called the release of the video of the incident on social media “disrespectful.”“The Baytown Police Department has stated that it was ‘disrespectful’ for bystander video of the shooting to be posted online – that is wrong,” Segura said.“There is nothing disrespectful or inappropriate about documenting or sharing video of the way the police act in our communities, especially when they kill someone. Community members have the right to monitor, discuss, and ultimately control the way we are policed,” he said.James Edison, a neighbor of Turner’s said police should have used more discretion.“If you know she has mental illness, why not ask for backup first before you try and detain her?” Edison told KPRC, via the Heavy.“He got up and she was barely getting up off the ground and he shot her like a dog. That’s wrong. And he needs to pay for it,” Edison said.Turner’s family told local KPRC-TV that she had complained about the officer who shot her “harassing” her in the past.Police confirmed that the officer recognized Turner from previous interactions, but they did not provide details about those incidents.It is not clear if she had ever filed a formal complaint against the officer.“They must’ve had a couple of words. Things went a whole different way, and he shot her, and I really feel for the family and I hope they get some type of justice. I just pray for them honestly because life is short nowadays.” Turner’s neighbor, Taylin Inniss, told NBC News.Another neighbor, Jonathan Little, told KPRC-TV, “She would walk her dog. That’s all she did was walk her dog and pick up trash. She didn’t mess with anybody. It was just her and her dog.”