Vettel fastest in Ferrari on cold 2nd day of F1 testing

first_imgCavaliers ban fan who aimed racial taunts at Spurs’ Mills Bottas was next at 0.303 seconds slower in his Mercedes.They were followed by McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who just edged Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the third fastest time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In terms of general operation everything is really smooth. So it is good to come here and switch on the car and be able to run,” Vettel said. “Obviously the limiting factor was the weather. I think the next two days won’t be much better but I hope next week will be.”Cold and wet conditions, which reduce the tire’s grip on the tarmac, limited driving for a second straight day with only six more test days left before the season starts in Melbourne. Even with temperatures at their highest, both Vettel and Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc spun off the track and into the gravel.Kevin Magnussen had the biggest scare of the day. The Haas driver was about to crash when he managed to regain control and skirt just alongside the barrier until returning to the track.Vandoorne’s third-best time, however, came on a faster set of tires than Verstappen. Much more worrying was that his session was cut short by a problem with the car’s exhaust that the team said it was investigating.McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso had a wheel pop off on Monday, limiting his driving time as well.The hiccups don’t bode well for a team trying to rebound after three disappointing years with Honda by changing to Renault engines.Red Bull’s fortunes turned after Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time and clocked the most laps on Monday.Verstappen had trouble getting his car out of the garage early because of a problem identified by the team as a “minor fuel leak.”Defending champion Lewis Hamilton was scheduled to relieve Bottas at midday. But Mercedes announced after the lunch break was cancelled that Bottas would continue behind the wheel “to maximize our mileage after the poor track conditions limited running this morning.”That means Hamilton has made 25 laps in the Mercedes so far.Vettel recorded the most laps for the session with 98, four more than Bottas. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Vettel said that it was too early to size up Mercedes or the rest of the potential contenders.“For sure you look at the others and compare, but it’s very difficult. So I think we should not get into details too much because it is a bit pointless,” Vettel said. “First we try to understand the car. A lot of mileage, that is the key right now, and then later we focus on performance.”Robert Kubica, who hasn’t raced in F1 since 2010 after being badly injured in a rally crash, served as Williams’ reserve driver in the afternoon. He completed 48 laps and the seventh fastest time.Testing near Barcelona runs until Thursday. A second four-day session will be held from March 6-9.The season-opening Australian GP is on March 25. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MONTMELO, Spain — Sebastian Vettel was faster than rival Valtteri Bottas on the second session of Formula One testing on Tuesday, as bad weather continued to complicate preparations for the upcoming season.Vettel set the pace with a lap of 1 minute, 19.673 seconds in the German’s first drive of the new Ferrari.ADVERTISEMENT A track temperature of 4 degrees (39 F) when the session started kept most drivers in the garages until things warmed up by noon.To make up some of the lost time, officials granted the teams’ request to cancel the one-hour lunch break.But light snow fell on the track as temperatures fell again with an hour remaining for the session.“It was very cold on track today. I don’t think I’ve ever driven in such cold conditions before in Formula One,” Bottas said. “The tires are just not made for these conditions. But we made the most out of the day.”More snow is forecast for Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img MOST READ Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Trae Young, John Collins power undermanned Hawks past Heat

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins, left, and Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson,right,battle for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Trae Young reached out to Dwyane Wade twice in hopes he’d get a signed jersey in the star’s last game in Atlanta.Wade, whose son Zaire is friends with Young, gladly obliged.ADVERTISEMENT “I texted him and I was like, ’I need it for the last time in the ATL,” Young said. “He said, ‘I already got it planned.’ It was cool to talk to him.”Young scored 19 points, John Collins had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Hawks snapped a three-game skid with a 106-82 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPerhaps it helped Wade get over the Heat’s worst performance of the season. Coming off two straight wins that had moved it over .500 for the first time since Oct. 27, Miami was listless all night against a rebuilding team missing its second- and third-leading scorers and lost for the third time to an opponent that has just 12 victories.“It was a bad game for us,” Wade said. “We’re 0-3 versus this team. They’ve figured out a way to make us not play our game. I don’t know what it is. Ask them.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The matchup seemed heavily in Miami’s favor with the Hawks coming off a 32-point loss at Milwaukee, but the Heat struggled throughout the first half, going 1 for 16 on 3s, getting outrebounded 33-24 and committing 10 turnovers that led to 11 Atlanta points.It only got worse in the third as the Heat kept whiffing and Atlanta jumped to a 19-point lead on consecutive 3s by Daniel Hamilton and Lin. Lin followed with consecutive runners.The Hawks jumped out to an 18-6 lead, but Miami was up 33-31 in the second when Rodney McGruder hit a layup. The Heat did not lead again.TIP-INSHeat: G Dion Waiters is still far from 100 percent. He missed his second straight game since making his first appearance in over a year when the Heat won at Cleveland last Wednesday. Waiters, who played that game because Wade was sidelined by a virus, is still limited by a sore left ankle that required surgery last January.Hawks: With G Kent Bazemore out the next two weeks with a right ankle injury, Bembry made his third start. Hamilton started in Friday’s blowout loss at Milwaukee. … Lin had his 500th career steal.CLOTHING EXCHANGEEven though he had to lobby for the jersey, Young got what he wanted, and so did Wade. Wade, the 12-time All-Star who’s retiring after the season, brought a jersey he’d signed beforehand and gave it to him at halfcourt. Young took his jersey off, signed it and gave it to Wade.“I’ve been able to swap jerseys with a lot of veterans in the league, but it’s good when the younger guys come in and they want your jersey as well,” Wade said. “I’m honored. I’m ready to watch his career for a long time. As I let him know, we’ll make sure we get some work in together and I want to put him and my son together.”SHOWING WADE LOVE MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Hawks showed a video tribute to Wade early in the first quarter. He received a standing ovation, smiled and waved to the crowd.It didn’t take Wade long to stir excitement when entered the game a few minutes later. He flipped a backward pass over his shoulder to assist on Jones’ dunk and took a pass on the baseline to hit a double-pump reverse layup that cut the lead to 23-16.“Just trying to do something for the fans tonight,” he said. “Probably the only moments we gave them to cheer for.”After the game ended and he walked off the court holding Young’s jersey, Wade stopped to another standing ovation on one end of the arena. He signed some autographs, smiled and headed into the tunnel.UP NEXTHeat: Host Denver, the Western Conference leader at 26-11, on Monday.Hawks: Visit Toronto, tops in the East with 29 victories, on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kemba Walker’s big finish gives Hornets win over Suns LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments DeAndre’ Bembry finished with 17 points in a starting role, and Jeremy Lin came off the bench to add 15 for Atlanta.Young, the NBA’s fifth overall draft pick, had some dazzling moves handling the ball, but he finished with just two assists. His skills were still enough to impress Wade.“He’s got a great relationship with my son, which I appreciate,” Wade said. “And he’s somebody whose game, you know, honestly, I look at him, I talk to him on different occasions, respect to him. A lot of people said a lot of things about Trae. He’s got a long career ahead of him.”Derrick Jones Jr. led Miami with 14 points, Justise Winslow scored 13 and Wade and Josh Richardson each had 11 for the Heat, who seemed disinterested in defending after the Hawks jumped to a comfortable lead late in the third.Miami missed 20 of its first 22 attempts beyond the arc before Wade hit his 500th career 3-pointer. He joined Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history with at least 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks and 500 3s.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Andy Murray splits with coach Amelie Mauresmo

first_imgAndy Murray and his coach Amelie Mauresmo have agreed to end their two-year working relationship, the British world number three said on Monday.Twice grand slam winner Murray lost the Madrid Open final to Novak Djokovic on Sunday.”I’ve learned a lot from Amelie over the past two years,” Murray said in a statement.”She’s been a calming influence in the team and we’ll miss having her around.”I’ll take some time to consider the next steps and how we progress from here, but I’d like to thank her for everything she has done, she’s been an invaluable member of the team.”Mauresmo described working with Murray as being a fantastic experience.”I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the great team of people he has around him,” she said.”Dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for me. I wish him and the team well and I hope he goes on to win any more titles.”The partnership between the two Wimbledon champions Murray won the men’s singles in 2013 and French former world number one Mauresmo triumphed at the All England Club in 2006 seemed a surprise alliance when it was announced after the 2014 French Open.Yet the pair have enjoyed plenty of success with the 36-year-old Mauresmo helping guide the Scot to seven titles and to two Australian Open finals.However, the 28-year-old Murray has not been able to quite reach the peaks he climbed when Ivan Lendl was his mentor, winning Olympic gold in 2012 as well as the US Open later that summer before his historic Wimbledon success.advertisementMauresmo has not been regularly on the circuit with Murray since giving birth to her son Aaron last August and had indicated then that she would have to see how she could cope with being both a parent and a globe-trotting coach.last_img read more

Chris Hemsworth felt liberated by Thors new hairdo

first_imgLos Angeles, Aug 15 (PTI) Chris Hemsworth will be seen sporting a short hairdo instead of flowing golden locks in “Thor: Ragnarok”.The 33-year-old actor said he enjoyed his new style and found it liberating.”When I didnt have the wig on, I instantly felt like I could move and speak and react differently. Once we aesthetically stripped a lot of that away, it allowed the whole thing to take on a different attitude,” he told Entertainment Weekly.”It felt like a completely different character, and that was hugely liberating and freeing as an actor because I had become a bit bored with myself.”Cate Blachett, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony Hopkins will also feature in the film.”Thor: Ragnarok” will release on November 3. PTI JCH SHDlast_img read more

Yanks Sweep Seattle With 6-3 Win

first_imgSEATTLE — Returning from a successful trip to the East Coast, the Seattle Mariners were cruising as one of the hottest teams in baseball.Then the Derek Jeter farewell tour rolled into Seattle and the New York Yankees found a spark against the Mariners.Jeter had a memorable final regular season appearance in Seattle with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs, and the Yankees completed their first three-game sweep of the season with a 6-3 win over the Mariners on June 12.Jeter was honored by the Mariners before the start of the series, then helped jump start the Yankees. Jeter had a singles in his first two at-bats off Seattle starter Roenis Elias (5-5), then greeted reliever Dominic Leone with a two-run single in the fourth that gave the Yankees a 6-1 lead.Jeter finished the series with seven hits and left Seattle dealing with being swept for the first time since April 18-20 when it dropped three straight in Miami, part of the Mariners’ early eight-game losing streak.“We had good at-bats tonight, swung the bats pretty darn good,” Seattle Manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We just didn’t have a lot of positive results.”Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 16 games and gave starter Chase Whitley (2-0) an early lead.But this night, and much of the series, was about Jeter’s farewell tour. His professional start came in Seattle in May 1995 so returning to the Pacific Northwest held extra meaning than some of the other farewells Jeter will make this season. He was given thundering ovations every time he stepped to the plate.Jeter’s received a standing ovation from the entire stadium on his final at-bat in the ninth. He grounded out on a comebacker to the mound and tipped his helmet as jogged of the field.“It’s still hard to think I’m not going to play another game here but when you come to some of these cities you start thinking about a lot of the memories you’ve had here,” Jeter said. “Seattle will always be special because it was the beginning.”One bright spot for Seattle was Logan Morrison. Activated from the disabled list on June 11, Morrison hit his first home run with a line drive solo shot in the second inning off Whitley. Morrison added an RBI double in the ninth.“I got lucky and snuck it out,” Morrison said of the homer. “It was where I was looking for it, up, middle. I didn’t know it was a slider until I was already swinging.”Both times Seattle was on the verge of a rally it could not get a two-out hit. The Mariners had runners at the corners in the third but Kyle Seager struck out looking on an inside fastball.In the fifth, James Jones chopped two-out single to score Brad Miller. Robinson Cano then drove the first pitch from Whitley to deep left-center, only to watch Ellsbury jump and haul in the drive crashing into the wall.Two innings later, after Ellsbury left with tightness in his right hip, Brett Gardner added another defensive gem, hauling in Mike Zunino’s drive at the top of the fence in left-center to take away extra bases.Whitley threw a career-high 7 2-3 innings getting his second straight win. He struck out six and has not walked a batter in his past four starts.“They were making good plays out there, keeping the ball in the yard and saving their guy some runs,” Zunino said. “That’s all you can do is try and square the ball up.”Elias had the shortest outing of his career going 3 1-3 innings. Leone took over and was able to jam Jeter on an inside fastball. But Jeter got just enough to drive it over the infield and into right for a two-run single and a 6-1 New York lead.“I just left a few pitches out over the plate,” Elias said through an interpreter. “I felt good out there, just made some bad pitches.”(TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018: India secure knockout berth with 1-1 draw vs USA

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team needed a draw to secure their place in the knockout stage of 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup. India produced a spirited performance to come back from a goal down and hold higher-ranked the United States of America to a 1-1 draw.The draw enabled India too keep their campaign alive in the tournament and progress to the next round while USA crashed out of the event.As per the rules of the tournament the top teams from the four pools progress directly to the quarterfinals while the second and third placed teams will feature in the cross overs to decide the remaining four spots of the last eight round.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSMargaux Paolino (11th minute) broke the deadlock for world no.7 USA before skipper Rani Rampal equalised for 10th ranked India in the 31st minute.The Indians started brightly with good forays into the US citadel but the forwards failed to breach the rival defence.#HWC2018 @TheHockeyIndia v @USAFieldHockey https://t.co/uCW6eHh8Fp pic.twitter.com/i1ZOSzFrA5FIH (@FIH_Hockey) July 29, 2018India secured their first penalty corner in the seventh minute but the Americans defended well.As time passed by the Americans grew in confidence and started to attack the Indian goal quite frequently.From one such occasion, Margaux Paolino scored from a rebound in the 11th minute after her initial try was kicked away by Indian goalkeeper Savita.Stung by the goal, the Indians continued to press forward and secured two penalty corners in the final minutes of the first quarter but dragflicker Gurjit Kaur failed on both occasion as USA ended the first quarter with a slender lead.advertisementUSA secured their first penalty corner three minutes into the second quarter but the Indians stood tall to thwart any danger.A minute later India got another penalty corner but this time skipper Rani Rampal’s slap shot was well saved by American custodian Jackie Briggs.The Americans then pressed hard and secured two more penalty corners in the second quarter but Indian goalie Savita was upto the mark.Trailing by a goal, the Indians came out all guns blazing after the change of ends and drew level a minute into the third quarter through a penalty corner conversion by skipper Rani Rampal.The Indians showed great energy and attacked the American goal in numbers. In the process they earned their sixth penalty corner in the 47th minute but this time Gurjit’s powerful grounded flick was brilliantly saved by Briggs.The Indians, thereafter, defended brilliantly to deny USA any breakthrough to secure the hard-earned win and prolong their stay in the tournament.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Mercury biopic crowns enduring majesty of Queen

first_imgLondon, Oct 24 (AFP) The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” premiered in London in grand style on Tuesday, reflecting the enduring appeal of Queen and their legendary frontman 27 years on from his death.Fans watched the film in the 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena — opposite the stadium where the iconic British rock band gave a famous performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.Appreciation of the group’s legacy and Mercury’s unique talent has only grown since his death in 1991 of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS.Among the world’s best-selling artists ever, most of the band’s sales have come since the singer’s passing at the age of 45.And Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, now 71 and 69, are still rocking arenas worldwide, resurgent as a live act propelled by the flamboyant US vocalist Adam Lambert.Now hits including “We Will Rock You”, “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” are set for a further lease of life through the movie.In the pipeline for eight years, the film could deliver another smash hit, with Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek winning rave reviews for his performance as Mercury.Malek has talked about tackling a complex character — a publicly bombastic yet privately shy individual with a highly unusual path to stardom.”Freddie Mercury is synonymous with being otherworldly,” the actor said on the red carpet.”The guy knew exactly what he was doing. That’s why we’re celebrating him.”He was a revolutionary.”Born Farrokh Bulsara in 1946 to a Parsi Indian family living on the East African spice island of Zanzibar and educated at an English-style boarding school in India, he arrived in London when his family fled the 1964 Zanzibar revolution.advertisementThe movie follows Mercury’s rise to fame and complicated love life, from Queen’s formation in 1970 to the band’s star turn at Live Aid.Their 20-minute set at Wembley Stadium was the band’s finest hour, often cited as one of the greatest live performances ever.Mercury’s demise seemed like the end for Queen — a band of four equal partners who each wrote chart-topping hits.Bassist John Deacon retired in 1997 and has vanished from the public eye.Assuming Queen was a chapter closed, May and Taylor tried to move on with solo careers.However, they gradually came to embrace rather than resist the gravitational pull of their band’s legacy.And Mercury’s legend only grows with time, yet to be eclipsed by a more captivating stadium showman.Even during his lifetime, Mercury was stunned that nobody had written a hit to overtake “We Are The Champions”.But 41 years on, his 1977 singalong anthem remains the go-to tune at sporting finales, and 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is still regularly voted the greatest rock song ever written. With Deacon’s blessing to carry on as Queen, May and Taylor joined forces with bluesy former Free singer Paul Rodgers from 2005 to 2008 and played sell-out concerts.Afterwards, the pair assumed their revival was done.Then in 2009, on the television show “American Idol”, they met Lambert — someone May describes as a “gift from God”.Early brief performances snowballed into a European tour in 2012 and world tours in the years since.May and Taylor are visibly rejuvenated by Lambert’s natural ability to handle Mercury’s dramatic range and camp touch.Queen fans have embraced the 36-year-old, who does not try to mimic or replace their lost frontman.Lambert acknowledges before audiences that he’s “no Freddie”, and asks their permission to celebrate Mercury with them by singing his lines.Billed as Queen and Adam Lambert, they played 26 arena shows in North America and another 26 in Europe in 2017.But such is the demand that they were back out again this year, touring Oceania and Europe and holding a residency in Las Vegas.Concertgoers include those old enough to have seen Queen’s last tour with Mercury in 1986, but also younger generations thrilled at the chance to experience the band live.Their tours have rocked Wembley Arena twice in the last 10 months. May and Taylor were back at the indoor venue for the movie premiere.”I think we have done Freddie proud,” said May. (AFP) PMSPMSlast_img read more

Minister Introduces Bill to Create Transportation Authority

first_img An act to create a Capital Region Transportation Authority wasintroduced in the House of Assembly today, April 27. Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, saidthe authority will help co-ordinate transportationresponsibilities between the province and Halifax RegionalMunicipality. “More and more people are moving into the urban and suburban coreand more and more vehicles and drivers are using our roads andhighways,” said Mr. Russell. “Consequently, the need forefficient co-ordination of provincial and municipaltransportation resources is vital to the growth and success ofthis region. It is our belief that the creation of thistransportation authority will help meet the needs of the region,now and in the future.” The transportation authority is expected to co-ordinate thevarious transportation modes in the region to provide forefficient movement of people, goods and services. The authority will be governed and administered by a board ofdirectors. Mr. Russell said the composition of the board will bedetermined by regulation after consulting with the municipality. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Minister Introduces Bill to CreateTransportation Authoritylast_img read more

Unsafe Ggn Sadar Another trader robbed of Rs 10 lakh

first_imgGurugram: Barely two weeks after a trader was shot dead in the oldest and busies meet of Gurugram there has been another incident where a trader was mugged and robbed of Rs 10 lakhs.According to law enforcement officials, Yash Kalra, the victim and owner of Hari Sweets, was walking towards his car, parked near his shop, around 10.45 pm, when the accused man snatched the bag of cash from him. “I started walking towards my car. I was carrying my bag which contained around Rs 10 lakh in cash — collection from the sales over three days. Suddenly, a man on a scooter came and snatched my bag. When I screamed for help, my staff ran after him but could not catch him,” Kalra said in his first information report. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe brazen incident again highlighted the rising number of criminal activities where traders in and Gurugram are being targeted. The problems of traders and businessmen being targeted by goons have been a major law and order challenge in the outskirts of Gurugram. However, the incidents of traders and businessmen being targeted are also being reported on a large scale from the city centre. Complaining of law and order, traders have now been stating that not only thefts but now the trader community are being victimised with extortions, kidnappings and even murders regularly. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe traders have been demanding that is a need for more police vigilance in the outskirts of the city like Sohna, Pataudi and Badshahpur where the rates of crime against the traders are rising rapidly. “There is no doubt that a trader in the city does not feel safe and secure in the city. Today he can be easily targeted and harmed by the gangsters. Today the gangsters are emboldened that they can carry out a heist or murder in the daylight and get away with it. The Police must increase its presence in Gurugram,” said Pawan Bansal who runs a garment shop in Sadar Bazaar Gurugram.last_img read more

Passenger tried to bring semiautomatic on board flight from Winnipeg RCMP

first_imgWINNIPEG – A man whose brother was beaten and killed earlier this month has been charged with trying to bring a semi-automatic handgun onboard a flight from Winnipeg to Toronto.Mohammad Peyawary, a 35-year-old from Toronto, faces several charges including unlawful transport of an unsecured restricted firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.Police said the gun was found inside a carry-on garment bag as a man passed through security on Monday at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel says the gun was not loaded, the passenger was not carrying any ammunition and there was no risk to the public.Seel said Peyawary is the brother of Mustafa Peyawary, a 29-year-old who was found dead inside a Winnipeg apartment Aug. 13.Mustafa Peyawary had been beaten over an extended period of time and suffered massive blunt force trauma, according to Winnipeg police — two men were later charged with first-degree murder.Seel said any potential motive behind the airport incident was not immediately clear.“The investigation is definitely ongoing and we have brought in our experts from the (RCMP) national weapons enforcement support team,” Seel said.Peyawary remains in police custody.The two men charged in his brother’s killing are Damir Kulic, 27, of Vancouver and Ahamed Althaaf Ismail, 29, of Edmonton.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the gun was found on Tuesdaylast_img read more

Moroccan Documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’ selected for South African Film Festival

Rabat – The 8th annual Durban FilmMart will take place in Durban South Africa from July 14 to 17 and will feature films from across Africa. This year, the Moroccan documentary, Behind Closed Doors, will be among the films showcased at the festival.Behind Closed Doors portrays a farming family living in northern Morocco where the only thing that grows is kif.The film tells the story of the family though the eyes of children who learn the routine of growing the illegal plant early in their life and watch their parents struggle to be role models. The documentary, directed by Yakhout Elhabibi and produced by Cyriac Auriol, Hind Saih and Karoline Henkel, focuses on the family dynamics and the daily struggles of the impoverished northern region of Morocco.The FlimMart is a collaboration between the eThekwini Municipality’s film industry development unit, the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).The goal of the collaboration, according to a press release, is to “showcase and increase awareness of African cinema through stimulating film production on the continent by encouraging collaborations among African filmmakers.”Other countries with films represented in FilmMart include Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Benin, DRC, Namibia, Somalia, Mozambique and South Africa.The producers of the films selected for the festival will also have the opportunities to further develop their work. Over the four-day festival, they will have the opportunity to meet with possible co-producers and financiers during the Finance Forum in addition to having the chance to pitch their work to a panel of commissioning editors representing local and international funding sources.The FilmMart also hopes to provide film-makers with networking opportunities with industry experts and potential future collaborators. read more

Greater openness needed on nuclear crisis UN atomic chief tells Japans leaders

18 March 2011The head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety told Japanese leaders today that they must provide faster and fuller information about the country’s nuclear reactor crisis amid reported criticism that they have not been as open as they should. At the same time the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it does not at the moment have health concerns either in Japan or more widely from released radiation, although that could change if the situation worsened.On a flying visit to Tokyo, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met with Prime Minister Naoto Kan, other ministers and TEPCO electricity company officials to discuss how the agency can help mitigate the crisis caused by loss of power to the reactor cooling systems when the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged by a devastating earthquake and tsunami a week ago. “The director general stressed the importance of providing faster and more detailed information about the situation at the nuclear power plants including to the international community,” IAEA Special Adviser on Scientific and Technical Affairs Graham Andrew told a news briefing at agency headquarters in Vienna, at which he reported that, as yesterday, the situation remains very serious but with no significant worsening.“He also emphasized the importance of Japan working closely with the international community to resolve the crisis,” Mr. Andrew said, adding that the Japanese affirmed their willingness to strengthen their cooperation with the agency.IAEA has sent a monitoring mission to Japan, which at the moment is focusing on radiation levels in Tokyo, where first measurements show no indication of iodine-131 or caesium-137, major radioactive hazards present in nuclear fission products. A second sampling was to be carried out overnight. “We will move towards the Fukushima region as soon as possible,” Mr. Andrew said.“We don’t have concerns at the moment both in Japan and, if not in Japan, clearly more widely for human health. If the situation changed dramatically, then we’d have to make a reassessment.”He noted that the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said today that international flights and maritime operations can continue normally into and out of Japan’s major airports and seaports and that there is no medical basis for imposing additional measures to protect passengers. On the situation at the Fukushima reactor site, more than 200 kilometres to the north of Tokyo, Mr. Andrew noted that spent fuel ponds at units three and four of the six-unit plant remain “an important safety concern,” with information lacking on cooling water levels and temperatures. As for the first three units, perhaps half of the fuel in some cases is uncovered, “which is not positive,” he said.“We want all of the fuel to be covered, but it’s not oscillating, it’s not going down dramatically. So certainly for the units one, two and three the situation, taking on board the pressure and the water levels, remains fairly stable, which is positive,” he added. read more

Annan urges restraint amid Georgias simmering political tensions

In a statement issued in New York, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General “has been following with interest and concerns” developments in Georgia since it staged parliamentary elections on 2 November.There have been large public protests in Georgia since the election, which was won by the political party of President Eduard Shevardnadze. According to press reports, many protesters have disputed the result and called for Mr. Shevardnadze to resign.The statement said Mr. Annan hoped that demonstrations “will remain peaceful and that all concerned will exercise maximum restraint.”

At Security Council UN relief chief cites incomprehensible scale of human suffering

“The civilian population is bearing the brunt of the conflict – a shocking four out of five Yemenis require humanitarian assistance and nearly 1.5 million people are internally displaced. More than 1,000 children have been killed or injured and the number of young people recruited or used as fighters is increasing,” Under-Secretary-General for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, said to the 15 members-body.Reporting about “massive” needs among the population, he said they keep being exacerbated by impediments to commercial imports, resulting in widespread scarcity of food and fuel. In Aden, where people are overwhelmed by the scale of the destruction, the task ahead is rebuilding in their “shattered” city, where unexploded ordnance litter the streets and buildings. Electricity, essential for water pumping and cereal milling, is rare and intermittent, he added.Against this backdrop, humanitarian assistance alone cannot meet all the needs of an entire country with a population of 26 million people. “This is why airports and seaports need to remain open and be used for both commercial imports and humanitarian supplies – without restrictions,” he advocated.Denouncing the “disregard” for human life by all parties, he condemned reports of airstrikes and other shelling in and around Hudaydah port earlier this week, which damaged the main lifelines for the import of basic goods. “I am extremely concerned that the damage to the port of Hudaydah could have a severe impact on the entire country, and would deepen humanitarian needs, making more people food insecure, leaving them without access to water or medicines, which could also mean the spread of disease.”Parties to the conflict, he underlined, must ensure that humanitarian aid is facilitated and not hindered, and they must respect and implement international humanitarian law and possible violations must be investigated and perpetrators held accountable. “As we reflect on the state of play globally on World Humanitarian Day, we unfortunately see a worsening situation, and a scale of needless humanitarian suffering that is truly shocking. We must act. We must do more to ensure that those of us in a position to prevent the abuses perpetrated against those who can do nothing are stopped, and that those who continue to carry them out are held to account,” said Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.Since the conflict began in late March, nearly seven million people in Yemen have been supported by UN agencies and their partners, with food, water, shelter, health support and protection assistance, he recalled.“But much more needs to be done, the Under-Secretary-General acknowledged, stressing that the humanitarian community continues to scale up the response to reach all those in need, including by positioning more international staff across the country and establishing operational hubs in Aden, Ibb, Sa’ada and Mukalla, “as soon as the security situation allows.”But success will depend on sufficient resources. Today, noted Mr. O’Brien, the World Food Programme warned again that a lack of immediate and unhindered access to people who urgently need food assistance and the shortage of funding create the possibility of famine for millions of Yemenis.“Right now, the conflict-driven convergence between the lack of staple food, access to clean water, and a diminished fuel supply create the dawn of a perfect storm for the most vulnerable Yemeni people,” explained Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director.To date, only 18 per cent, some $282 million, of the 1.6 billion dollars requested through the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan has been received and UN agencies have still not received the funding from Saudi Arabia of $274 million pledged in April, emphasized the Under-Secretary-General.“Even once these funds are received, the response plan will only be funded at 33 per cent. Substantial additional resources will be needed to support the Yemeni people through the rest of this year and beyond.” This is why the international community must match its actions with its words and take immediate measures to end the violence which is destroying the lives of millions of people across the country, concluded Mr. O’Brien.“We must get the parties to stop the fighting and return to the negotiating table, before it’s too late. Otherwise there will be nothing left to fight for.” read more

Irish government to be pressed on funding for Justice for the Forgotten

first_imgTHE JOINT COMMITTEE on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement has agreed to press the Irish Government to ensure funding for services for victims of bombings and killings related to the Troubles.They have asked for funding to be secured for Justice for the Forgotten, in order to allow them continue their work in delivering services “that are supportive and sensitive to the needs of victims”.This comes after Margaret Urwin of the Justice for the Forgotten Group and Anne Cadwallader of the Pat Finucane Centre addressed the group today.Urwin told them about Justice for the Forgotten’s work in representing and supporting the bereaved families of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, other bombings in Dublin in 1972 and 1973 and in Belturbet, Dundalk and Castleblaney, as well as the families of the Miami Showband killings.Cadwallader told the committee about her investigative work on security force collusion in the killings of over 120 people.Committee Chairman Joe McHugh TD said that the meeting with both women “shone a light on the disturbing levels of collusion, while bereaved families endure a painful search for the truth on both sides of the border”.The committee complimented Margaret Urwin on her unerring commitment to keeping this issue in the public limelight.They were told that Justice for the Forgotten’s limited funding – under the PEACE III programme –  will come to an end this June.It also praised Cadwallader for her “painstaking work in uncovering the truth” in her book Lethal Allies.They said her research “has shone a light into a dark past, which contains many lessons for the present day conflicts around the world”.The committee members strongly agreed with her “on the imperative for uncovering the truth around state collusion for wider British and Irish society, as well as for the bereaved families”.The committee has agreed to write to Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore TD to support the Irish Government’s efforts to advance the Haass proposals.They will also urge the Irish Government to commit funding to ensure the Justice for the Forgotten can continue their valuable work beyond June this year.Read: 15 years ago today: the Good Friday Agreement was signed>last_img read more

Robert Guth Becomes Readers Digest Associations Third CEO in 2011

first_imgGuth joined the RDA Board of Directors in April 2011. He takes the helm of the company at a turbulent time. In July, Reader’s Digest was supposedly put on the block; The Wall Street Journal cited the price tag to be worth at least $1 billion. Parent company RDA Holding Corp. announced a 6.2 percent drop in revenue to $409.4 million in the second quarter of 2011. Revenue for the RDA’s U.S. business managed to stay basically flat in Q2 2011 at $176.7 million, as compared to Q2 2010’s $177.1 million. Operating profit for the company fell 15.1 percent to $33.1 million in the second quarter, which was attributed to a “decrease in advertising at Rachael Ray and higher agent commissions” in financial statements. Every Day with Rachael Ray, which debuted a redesign in May 2011 under editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello’s tutelage, saw ad pages fall 16.8 percent in first half 2011 from first half 2010, according to FOLIO: sister publication minonline. However, Reader’s Digest is saw a decent first half 2011, as ad pages were up 4.4 percent according to Publishers’ Information Bureau.More on this topic Revenue Up, EBITDA Down For Reader’s Digest In Third Quarter Former RDA CEO’s Severance Package Set at $500,000 Reader’s Digest Holding Co. Files for Bankruptcy for a Second Time Meredith Finalizes Acquisition of Every Day With Rachael Ray RDA Bankruptcy Plan Approved by Court Behind RDA’s Chapter 11 FilingJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered by In another turn of events in Reader Digest Association’s executive saga, Robert Guth, former CEO of telecommunications company TelCove, is named president and CEO. Guth replaces Tom Williams (who occupied the CEO seat after Mary Berner left the company), as he exits the company. According to Adweek, Guth, in an in-house email to staff, “…gave a blunt assessment of RDA, acknowledging frustration with the recurring leadership changes and pessimism in the ranks.” Guth said the company has an “unbelievably strong core business” but that it wasn’t “performing to its potential” and that he was put in place to enact “significant changes.”Williams stepped up from his role of CFO to act as both CEO and president of RDA after Berner’s departure in April. She left in the week following RDA’s naming of a new board of directors, which originally included her in the roster. After Berner’s departure, CEO of telecommunications company DELTACOM, Inc. Randall Curran became chairman of the board. In May, RDA tapped Paul Tomkins, former vice president controller of AT&T Business Solutions, as CFO and executive vice president in Williams’ place.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is a 399 Android tablet with Bixby on

first_img 2 Dell Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 – tablet – Android 8.0 (Oreo) – 64 GB – 10.5″ 20 Photos See It Samsung leans into premium designs with latest Notebook series laptops The Tab S5e’s  metal unibody design will come in black, gold and silver versions.  Samsung The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e aims to be a smart-home controller, dynamic entertainment device and spur-of-the-moment productivity machine all rolled into one.  The $399 tablet (£310, AU$565 converted), which is expected to arrive in Q2, is the first to support Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. The tablet fulfills a promise Samsung made at its Developer Conference last November to bring Bixby to more of its devices. The addition also strengthens Samsung’s position against Amazon’s Fire tablets with Alexa and Apple’s Siri on its iPads. Bixby’s skills are expected to keep growing, and the Tab S5e will be able to do everything — from display the weather when you ask to controlling devices using its smart-home Smart Things platform. You’ll also be able to set up Quick Commands to trigger multiple actions such as turning on your lights and TV at the same time. And, because the tablet has far-field mics, you can do it from across the room. Bixby is just part of the package, though. Slotted between the top-end $650 Galaxy S4 that’s built more for work than play and the entertainment-focused Tab A, the S5e (the “e” is for essential) is a balance between the two. For productivity, the S5e has Samsung DeX support that gives you a more PC-like interface and there’s an optional $130 keyboard cover. Samsung touted a call and message continuity feature as well, which will let you answer a call or reply to a text directly from the Tab, even if you don’t have your phone.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1:42 $547 Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 is an Android tablet that wants… Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Tablets $649 Tagscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Review • Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 review: It’ll keep you entertained, but it’s no PC replacement See it See It $547 As for entertainment, the tablet is built around a 10.5-inch 2560×1600-pixel super AMOLED display surrounded by four speakers with stereo sound that rotates with the display. Samsung’s promising up to 14.5 hours of battery time with up to four months of YouTube Premium and three months of Spotify Premium for new subscribers so you can start streaming out of the box. The new streamlined tablet line is part of the electronics giant’s plans to concentrate on premium designs and user experiences for 2019, even with its entry-level mobile devices. The first signs of that came at CES with its new Notebook 9 Pro and Notebook Flash laptops and continue here with the Tab S5e. See it on Samsung Amazon Share your voice Comments $549 See It Best Buy Samsunglast_img read more

Corporator Dodla Goud undertakes padayatra

first_imgAllwyn Colony: Local Corporator Dodla Venkatesh Goud on Thursday expressed his readiness to solve any problem facing the residents of Allwyn Colony if it is brought to his notice.He was speaking after undertaking a ‘padayatra’ on Thursday in Tangarajubasti, Chandramma Colony and meeting the residents at community hall, where the problems were discussed. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The residents informed Goud that they were mainly facing problems like drainage and lack of streetlights. The Corporator assured the residents that he would strive to solve the drainage issue on a permanent basis by taking up a drainage line. He got in touch with the officials concerned and discussed the issue of streetlights. Later, Goud said that all problems facing the residents would be solved in a phased manner so as to develop the areas in all respects. Among those who accompanied Goud in the ‘padayatra’ were AE Subash Varma, Works Inspector Brahmam, Ward Member Chinnollas Srinivas, TRS leaders Shivaraj Goud, Nagabushnam, residents Venkatesh, Velu, Ganesh, Ramesh, Sudarshan, Satyanarayana, Ramesh, Srinivasulu, Bakkanna, Parwathi, Swaroopa and Gowri.last_img read more

Watch Teaser Trailer for Jason Reitmans 2020 Ghostbusters Movie

first_imgStay on target Finally got the keys to the car. #GB20 https://t.co/T1Np2lRQl1— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) January 16, 2019 Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectre, or ghost?If the answer is “yes,” then don’t wait another minute: Watch the teaser trailer for Jason Reitman’s upcoming Ghostbusters movie.Known for biting commentaries like Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and The Front Runner, Reitman—son of legendary director Ivan Reitman (Meatballs, Stripes, Twins, Kindergarten Cop)—is picking up his father’s torch for a [second] modern take on everyone’s favorite ghost-catching parapsychologists.On Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly announced that Reitman will direct and co-write the upcoming film, set in the same world saved by proton pack-wearing eccentrics in the 1984 original. Toy Tuesday: The Coolest Car ToysWatch: Paul Rudd Will Star in Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie We call shotgun! — Ghostbusters (@Ghostbusters) January 16, 2019“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set,” Reitman told the magazine. “I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans.“This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot,” he explained. “What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”Reitman’s unnamed Ghostbusters movie will not cross streams with Paul Feig’s 2016 all-female reboot (which, while well-received by critics, was the focus of much criticisms from online trolls).“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses [Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy], and would love to see more stories from them,” he added. “However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.”A teaser trailer from Sony Pictures dates the film for summer 2020; shooting will begin “in a few months,” according to EW.There is no word yet on a potential plot, characters, or cast. It’s anyone’s guess whether original actors Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, or Bill Murray will reprise their roles 35 years later. Egon Spengler’s Harold Ramis passed away in 2014.“This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present,” Reitman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Monster House and Poltergeist remake director Gil Kenan, said. “We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”The Hollywood Reporter hinted that filmmakers are looking to cast four teenagerss—two boys, two girls—in the movie. (That certainly fits with the teaser trailer’s eerie Stranger Things vibe.)In the words of Dr. Peter Venkman: “I love this plan! I’m excited to be a part of it! Let’s do it!”More on Geek.com:Live Your Best Life With New ‘Stranger Things’ x ‘Ghostbusters’ ShoesDid Vigo Turn This Alberta Town’s Water Into Psychomagnotheric Slime?‘Ghostbusters: 101’ Brings Together Both Slime Covered Teamslast_img read more