Hamilton dominant in Japan

first_imgSUZUKA, Japan (AP): Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton pulled off an aggressive passing move on teammate Nico Rosberg and went on to win the Japanese Grand Prix yesterday, moving a step closer to claiming his second straight Formula One title. Hamilton, who had his first retirement of the season at last weekend’s Singapore GP, capitalised on a strong start and surged ahead of Rosberg at the first corner. He led the rest of the way, crossing the finish line a comfortable 18.9 seconds ahead. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was third, 1.8 seconds behind Rosberg, who started from pole. With five races left, Hamilton has a 48-point lead over Rosberg. Hamilton claimed his eighth win of the season. It was his 41st career win, tying him with his childhood hero Ayrton Senna. “I’m not a teary guy, but I’m full of joy and happiness today,” Hamilton said. ‘A PITY’ The podium positions were exactly the same as last year’s race at Suzuka, which was marred by a crash involving Jules Bianchi, who died in July, having never regained consciousness. Force India’s Niko Hulkenberg was sixth while the Lotus pair of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado finished seventh and eighth, giving the financially strapped team a confidence boost. Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen – in his last race as a 17-year-old – was ninth ahead of his teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. Both Red Bull cars finished outside the top 10. Daniil Kvyat started from the pits, while Daniel Ricciardo had a tire-bumping duel with Williams’ Felipe Massa soon after the start, leaving both with punctures that forced them to pit after one lap. The next race is the Russian GP in Sochi on October 11. same winners Rosberg and Hamilton went through the first two bends side by side. Hamilton appeared to give Rosberg little room at the second turn, forcing the German partially off the track. “I didn’t think it was that close,” Hamilton said. “The inside line is the inside line, so it was my corner.” Rosberg was reserving judgment until he saw the incident on replay. “It was a pity to do that on the start,” Rosberg said. “We battled around Turns One and Two. It got very close on the exit at Turn Two and I had to back out and that cost me the race.” With Hamilton comfortably ahead throughout the grand prix, the focus shifted to the tight battle for second place between Rosberg and Vettel. Ferrari elected to wait until Rosberg pitted before bringing in Vettel, and that proved critical. Even though Vettel’s stop was four-tenths of a second faster than Rosberg’s, the Mercedes driver’s lap on fresh rubber was enough to get him just ahead of Vettel, and that’s how it stayed. “I tried everything,” Vettel said. “The tires were on the limit – not more that I could have done.” Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth followed by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.last_img read more

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Surprising Dyip hope to continue smooth ride, shoot for another upset

first_imgThey set out for another upset on Friday and test their new-found confidence against a truly formidable side in the Alaska Aces at 4:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I have been talking to the guys to guard themselves from slipping back to the team’s old attitude,” said Dandan, who took over from Chris Gavina last season and had a 1-1 record in the Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOut to foil the Dyip are the Aces, who are also in the process of fine-tuning their tendencies after nearly imploding the last time out.Ahead by 30 against Blackwater over the weekend, the Aces let their guards down and saw the enemy come within seven, needing a big finishing kick to foil the Elite and notch a first win in two games. “When you get a lead like that, the tendency is to be complacent,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton. “I need us stay focused throughout against Columbian. They’re a tough team to beat.”The winless Road Warriors aim to get the job done this time against the Meralco Bolts in the second game at 7 p.m.After an impressive showing in the Philippine Cup where the problem in chemistry seems to have already been addressed, the Road Warriors have opened up 0-2 and will be coming into the game still licking the wounds of a 98-97 defeat at the hands of Rain or Shine.As for the Bolts (1-1), they are raring to bounce back from a narrow defeat inflicted by GlobalPort and ride with the early leaders.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there’s one thing Columbian coach Ricky Dandan has been successful in doing in his short tenure of being in charge of the Dyip, it is instilling a winning attitude.“It’s not the change in personnel, it’s the change in attitude,” said Dandan after Columbian’s recent conquest of the NLEX Road Warriors that put the Dyip on high gear in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Ceres-Negros trips Davao, clinches 5th straight win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Dynamic Airways fined $25M by US authority

first_imgDynamic International Airways has been fined US0,000 by the United States Department of Transportation (DoT) in light of increased complaints of its flights being delayed and/or cancelled and its failure to refund affected passengers. Nevertheless, the airline has said it remains committed to staying in the market.Captain Gerry Gouveia, Dynamic’s Guyana representative, told Guyana Times on Saturday that the company will honour its obligations to the US Authority and will continue to improve its service with the aim of avoiding a recurrence of this situation. He emphasised that penalties enforced by DoT will not deter Dynamic Airways from continuing its operations.Captain Gerry GouveiaGuyana’s regulatory arm, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), had earlier this year engaged the airline about its frequent flight delays and cancellations in light of back-to-back instances occurring during September, October and November, 2016, when hundreds of passengers, including Guyanese, were left stranded for hours at the airports; and in one of the most popular cases, a bride allegedly missed her own wedding because of the delays/cancellations.Dynamic has provided several explanations for these problems, and has constantly assured of delivering better services to its customers.According to Captain Gouveia, Dynamic is now operating five flights weekly between New York and Guyana, with a 90 per cent on time departure rate.  “Between January 2017 and April 2017, we operated approximately 64 direct flights between New York and Guyana, moving approximately 9000 passengers out of Guyana. Our ticket cost remains below US$600 for a return ticket to New York,” he stated.PenaltiesDoT, in an order served on Dynamic on April 13, 2017, warned the airline that further enforcement action would be taken if these problems persist. DoT said a probe was triggered after its Aviation Consumer Protection Division received a “significant increase” in the number of complaints against the carrier.The regulatory agency observed that Dynamic had failed to provide refunds in a timely manner, as required, to passengers affected by cancelled flights, and failed to provide written notice to passengers after cancellations more than ten days out of their return flights.Guyana Times understands that Dynamic will be required to pay half of the hefty fine in six instalments, the first of which is to be paid within 30 days of the issuance of the order, and the remaining five to be paid in tranches of US$10,000 every 30 days. The remaining US$60,000 will have to be paid if Dynamic violates the cease-and-desist order within one year from now, or fails to comply with the payment provisions.last_img read more

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Guyana-Suriname ferry service to reopen on Thursday

first_imgAfter being out of commission for just over three months, the Guyana-Suriname Ferry Service is expected to resume on Thursday.This was announced on Monday by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.On May 28, it was reported that the MV Canawaima Ferry had encountered technical issues and would not ply the Moleson Creek, Guyana – Nickerie, Suriname route.At that time, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson had said that the vessel was being powered by a tug for some time which encountered some issues.Meanwhile, Terminal Manager Gale Culley-Greene was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that the MV Canawaima Ferry has been experiencing mechanical difficulties for some time and a decision was taken to have the vessel assessed and repaired.On Monday the notice from the Public Infrastructure Ministry stated that the Ministry, the management of the ferry service, anticipates a smooth flow of operations once again since the MB Sandaka was recently repaired and outfitted with two hydro-master propulsion systems, powered by two Caterpillar engines.  MB Sandaka will be in operation from September 26 until further advised, the Ministry’s notice stated. It added that it will depart the Moleson Creek Terminal at 09:00h (Check-in: 06:30h to 08:00h) and depart South Drain-Suriname at 11:30h (check-in: 08:00h to 10:00h).It was also noted that MB Sandaka cannot accommodate 20ft and 40ft containers and trucks with heights and widths in excess of three metres and 2.7 metres respectively.The ferry service was introduced to Guyana on October 28, 1998, under the Companies Act Number 29 of 1991 of the Laws of Guyana. It is jointly owned by the Governments of Guyana and Suriname as each country owns 50 per cent of the issued share capital.Only two years ago, the Government’s Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that major upgrades were ongoing at the Guyana-Suriname Ferry Service.The then Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson, had told the DPI that those included repairs to the manager’s office and VIP lounge, removal of vents and installation of doors, removal of windows, repairs to the washroom and waiting area and some other works in the canteen and waiting area.The project, which commenced on May 30, 2017, was executed to the tune of $9.2 million.last_img read more

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Clippers: Livingston’s injury ‘serious’

first_imgAn MRI exam Tuesday on Clippers’ point guard Shaun Livingston’s dislocated left knee revealed tears to the anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral meniscus. The only ligament he did not tear was the lateral collateral ligament. The time frame for a possible return to basketball was set at eightto 12 months, but even that may be in question because of all of the variables involved with surgery – or surgeries – and rehab. “He might miss all of next year,” Daly said. “But he works hard. He’s 21, and that’s a big plus.” For the next two weeks, Daly and the Clippers will be getting opinions from the top knee specialists in the country to determine the best way to go about surgery. A torn ACL, PCL or MCL is serious on its own, and Daly’s initial idea is that it would be best to repair them together with one surgery. He is open to other possibilities, and repairing them individually, if that’s shown to be the best option. There had been doubt about whether Livingston had dislocated his knee or dislocated his knee cap. Clippers physician Dr.Tony Daly cleared that up – Livingston dislocated both. “It’s probably the most serious injury you can have to a knee,” Daly said. “It’s the most serious injury I’ve seen in my 24 years with the Clippers.” center_img “The question is how you restore the movement,” Daly said. “The injury is very unusual. I’ve never seen it in basketball. It’s more commonly associated with football.” Livingston came down on the knee on a fast-break layup miss in Monday night’s 100-93 victory over Charlotte. A defender was chasing him, but he had no contact with the defender. Not only is the injury a huge blow to Livingston’s career, but also to the Clippers, who consider him their “point guard of their future.” His salary is $3.4 million this season and $4.4 million next season. Next year will be Livingston’s fourth season in the league, the same season as Clippers center Chris Kaman is in now. When Kaman signed a five-year, $52 million contract before the start of this season, Livingston expressed his desire to try to get a similar deal this summer. Not only is that in doubt, but his entire career is in doubt because of the wear and tear that basketball has on the knee. He dislocated his other kneecap during his rookie season, and missed 39 games. Although Livingston and the long-term ramifications of his injury are the main concern for the Clippers, the short term is also problematic. Livingston had been developing as the team’s point guard, and the team’s other point guard, 37-year-old Sam Cassell, has been hobbled by various injuries this season. With the trade deadline past, the Clippers have no way to find a replacement for Livingston, other than giving second-year guard Daniel Ewing more playing time. There is also the possiblity signing a point guard who is not in the league. “It definitely hurts,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said about losing Livingston. “But we have to regroup and try to continue to play good basketball.” joe.stevens@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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World Jet Boat Championships day four results

first_img Stacy Kelm and navigator Ty Wheat No. 195 CX Race Times: 02:58:20Currently ranked 7th position in the divisionLeroy Trapper Wolsey and navigator Jimmy Jackson No. 151 CX Race Times: 03:13:20Currently ranked 9th position in the divisionDirty HarryAdvertisement – Advertisement -Xcalibur GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – The fourth-day results of the 2019 World Jet Boat Championships results are in.Local racers from the Peace Country River Rats and their times include;Unnatural Disaster Gord Humphrey and navigator Jason Palfy No. 357 Unlimited Race Times: 02:11:22Currently ranked 4th position in the divisioncenter_img  Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel No. 152 CX Race Times: 03:15:56Currently ranked 10th position in the divisionThe 2019 World Jet Boat Championships started in Whitecourt, travelling along the Peace River, and finish up with the last leg in Taylor on July 20 to the 21, 2019.More information on the 2019 World Jet Boat Championships; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Transfer news – Video: The Championship starlet wanted by Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool are nowhere near finished in their attempts to snap up the best and brightest English talents on offer.Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe, Jerome Sinclair, Sheyi Ojo and Kevin Stewart and just some of the starlets the Merseysiders have picked up in recent years.If reports are to be believed, Brendan Rodgers is also keen on landing MK Dons youngster Dele Alli who is impressing in League One.And next on the Northern Irishman’s radar is Birmingham City’s Demarai Gray, 18, who won their Academy Player of the Season award last campaign.The effervescent winger has already made seven appearances and scored once for Lee Clark’s Blues this year.And his outstanding goal against Manchester United in a friendly last October (above) is the perfect taster for Reds fans who want to see the youngster’s talent.last_img read more

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Are we falling into recession?

first_imgECONOMY: As housing prices drop, many could curtail their spending, pushing markets down. By Alan Zibel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. home prices have fallen further since mid-2006 than during the 1990-91 recession, and professional traders bet they’ll plunge up to 10 percent more over the next year. Yet homeowners nationwide tapping into credit lines pegged to the value of their houses has been a potent economic driver in recent years. For the majority of U.S. households, the home is the most substantial financial asset they hold. If its value plummets, so does their sense of prosperity, which can restrict spending on such things as vacations, cars, eating out and buying new clothes. Home prices fell less than 3 percent during the economic downturn of the early 1990s and rose through the 2001 recession, but they have already dropped 3.2 percent during the past year, according to a closely watched housing market index created by Shiller. “This time, we’re in a bigger boom, and we face the possibility of a bigger decline,” Shiller told lawmakers last week. “It’s not just an issue of a recession coming up, it’s an issue of a drag on the economy, which might extend over many years.” Record energy prices are exacerbating recession worries as the U.S. heads into the coldest season of the year in most parts of the country. Signs of the housing market fallout are easy to find. Employers cut jobs in August for the first time in four years. Especially hard hit have been homebuilders and mortgage lending companies. “It’s going to be a distressingly long time before we get back to normal,” said UCLA economist Edward Leamer, who predicts a 20 percent price slide over three or four years in once red-hot real estate markets like California, Nevada and Florida. Since the magnitude of this housing boom was unprecedented, economists are uncertain about how severe the downturn will be, says Susan Wachter, a real estate and finance professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She rates the odds of recession in the next year at one in three. “We are in uncharted territory,” she adds, noting that a recession would further slow recovery in the battered housing market. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan estimates the likelihood of recession, generally defined as two consecutive quarters of a decline in economic growth, is less than 50 percent but greater than 1-in-3 odds. The Fed, chaired by Ben Bernanke, calculates that a 20 percent drop in inflation-adjusted home prices over two years would cut U.S. economic growth up to 11/2 percentage points after three years. The delay in the impact represents how long it takes negative or positive events to show up in GDP when the economy is as large and as dynamic as in the U.S., according to Fed research. Not everyone sees a gloomy outlook. The NAR industry trade group, which had been criticized by economists and bloggers for its sunny predictions during the boom times, remains optimistic. The group’s senior economist, Lawrence Yun, projects home sales will stabilize after modest gains early next year. Peter Orszag, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, told lawmakers last week that financial market turmoil, weakened consumer confidence and the housing market downturn pose economic threats but are not likely to sink the economy. On the plus side, the nation’s unemployment rate is low as are long-term interest rates. Benchmark stock indexes are up for the year despite a rocky summer, and inflation appears to be in check. The central bank is doing its part to prevent the economy from stalling, cutting a benchmark short-term interest rate by half a percentage point last week to 4.75percent. Joel Naroff, chief economist for Commerce Bank, said that if the Fed cuts rates by another percentage point, “that could help turn (the housing market) around by the end of next year.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If the speculative traders making big-money bets on where housing prices are headed are right, the question is not whether a U.S. recession is ahead but when it will start. Sizable drops in home prices in a year likely would curtail consumer spending sharply. Yale University economist Robert Shiller, who has long warned of inflated home prices, said a big hit to U.S. housing assets, worth about $23 trillion, would shock the broader economy. “It will upset balance sheets. It will upset lots of our economic institutions,” said Shiller, who argues that prices were driven higher by greed, not people looking to buy a place to live. Adjusting for inflation, housing prices have soared 86 percent in the past decade, although some cities – such as New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. – saw far larger jumps than most regions of the country. last_img read more

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‘I was punched, kicked and spat on’ – Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt reflects on pitch invasion assault

first_imgChesterfield captain Ian Evatt has told talkSPORT he was “terrified” as a mob of Preston supporters “punched, kicked and spat on” him following Sunday’s League One play-off clash at Deepdale.The hosts ran out 3-0 winners in the second leg of their semi-final tie, winning 4-0 on aggregate to seal their place in a Wembley final, but the game was marred by violent scenes following the final whistle as fans invaded the pitch.Most were in a jubilant mood, but Evatt found himself on the end of a verbal and physical assault from a group of Lilywhites supporters, with the defender claiming he was targeted due to a previous spell at Lancashire rivals Blackpool.Police reports on Monday confirmed a man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting the Spireites skipper, and Evatt joined talkSPORT to reflect on his ordeal.“There was a pitch invasion after the game and, being an ex-Blackpool player, I was probably targeted by some of the Preston fans, there must have been a couple of hundred of them,” he said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I was hit a few times in the head, punched, kicked and spat on, and verbally abused.“Lucky for me the TV cameras picked up footage of two guys who threw the punches. It’s clear as day so hopefully they’ll get their comeuppance and they’ll be banned from football.“I was terrified. I’m a big guy but in the changing room after the game I was distraught because I’ve never been faced with such anger. It was scary, especially being on my own. Most of my team-mates had been shepherded off the pitch, it was just me and one other team-mate left. It was hard for me.”Asked if he had to fight back, he added: “Yeah, obviously I’d never throw a punch at any supporters, I’m not that kind of person, but I was having to use my body weight and strength to fight my way out of a hole, really.“At one stage it was right in the centre of the pitch, and the tunnel at Deepdale is miles away right in the corner, so it was difficult. Luckily for me one of my team-mates managed to find me and help me out.”Evatt also called for the Football Association to act, with Lancashire Police having now made an arrest in relation to the matter.“Something has to be done,” he added. “How long is it going to go on before a player gets seriously injured? All it takes is one idiot with a knife.”A statement from the force read: “Police investigating an assault on a Chesterfield player have arrested a man.“The 20-year-old from Preston was arrested this morning [Monday, May 11] on suspicion of Section 47 assault and is currently in custody.“Police are continuing to investigate the alleged assault on Chesterfield player Ian Evatt which followed an otherwise largely peaceful incursion onto the pitch at the end of the Preston vs Chesterfield match at Deepdale on Sunday, May 10. The player was thankfully not seriously hurt.“Officers are continuing to try and identify anyone involved in the assault. They would like to thank those who have provided information so far and appeal for anyone with information or who witnessed the incident to contact police on 101 quoting log number 0835 of May 10.”last_img read more

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GARTAN LAUNCHES CANOE & BBQ FRIDAYS

first_imgTHERE’S always great craic to be had at Gartan Outdoor Centre – now they’ve added a real Friday treat to the schedule.Every Friday evening in July children and adults alike can avail of a two-hour Kayak or Canoe session from 6.30pm until 8.30pm, followed by a BBQ.Sounds like a great summer plan! To book it call 074 91 37032 or email office@gartan.com GARTAN LAUNCHES CANOE & BBQ FRIDAYS was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BBQcanoeFridaysGartan Outdoor CentreJulyKayaklast_img read more

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