Hamilton roars to 53 point lead over Rosberg

first_img Constructors Points1. Mercedes 4512. Ferrari 2703. Williams-Mercedes 1884. RedBull – Renault 1135. Force India – Mercedes 636. Lotus – Mercedes 507. Toro Rosso – Renault 358. Sauber – Ferrari 259. McLaren 1710. Marussia – Ferrari 0 By Alan BaldwinA red-hot Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix to take a 53-point lead in the Formula One championship on Sunday after Mercedes team mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg retired with his car in flames.However the Briton faced a post-race stewards enquiry for low tyre pressures at the start, with the possibility of a time penalty being imposed.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took second place, 25 seconds behind the reigning world champion, to give local fans something to cheer as they flooded the track in a wave of red for the podium ceremony.Brazilian Felipe Massa took third for Williams, crossing the line 0.3 of a second ahead of his Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas.The win was the 40th of Hamilton’s career, one less than the career tally of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna, and seventh of the season as well as his third in Monza.“This weekend’s been just fantastic, a perfect weekend for me,” said the Briton, who dominated practice, started from pole position, led from the first corner and set the fastest lap.“I don’t know if I have ever had a weekend like this. This circuit is such a special one for me…when you stand on top of that podium you feel an incredible pride, incredibly proud to be amongst the greats who have stood there.“The sea of fans is just unlike anything I’ve seen.”If his race was untroubled, there were concerned faces afterwards at Mercedes when stewards reported that the left rear tyre on Hamilton’s car was 0.3 PSI below the minimum starting pressure specified by Pirelli.A team representative was summoned to the stewards, with fears he could face a penalty that might wipe out his advantage over Vettel, and possibly more.“I’ve no idea what that might be,” Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff, whose team had ordered Hamilton to push in the closing laps to increase his lead, told the BBC.Rosberg’s tyre had even less pressure but the German was past caring, his hopes literally going up in flames when the German pulled over two laps from the end with smoke and flames billowing out from the rear of his car while in third place.A pre-qualifying problem had forced Rosberg to start the race with an engine that had previously done five races, while Hamilton had a fresh one with upgrades for the fastest circuit on the calendar.The German had started fourth but lost places taking evasive action when Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, on the front row with Hamilton, struggled to get away with cars swerving around on either side.The Finn was last into the first corner but fought back to take fifth place.Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg were sixth and seventh with Australian Daniel Ricciardo eighth for Red Bull.Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson was ninth for Sauber and Russian Daniil Kvyat 10th for Red Bull.Formula One driver and constructor standings Drivers Points1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 2522. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1993. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1784. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 975. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 926. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 917. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 588. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 559. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 3810. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 3311. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 3012. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 2613. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1614. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1215. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1116. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 917. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 918. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 619. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 020. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 0last_img read more

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Pellegrino happier than compatriot Pochettino with draw

first_imgSouthampton’s Mauricio Pellegrino was the happier of the Premier League’s two Argentine managers even though Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur left his team in the relegation places.Southampton had dropped to 18th position for the first time this season when Stoke City moved above them on Saturday.Although one point from Sunday’s game was not enough to move them any higher, Pellegrino believes it was another improved performance of the type they have shown since losing 5-2 to Spurs a month ago.“I think we are on the right path,” he said. “In the last four games the response has been good. They (Tottenham) are an amazing team with top players.“We cannot transform the performance into goals and more points but we need to show again in the next game.“Every single game for us now is massive.“Confidence is sometimes not the best when you are in a bad moment and don’t want to take risks. But little by little we improve.”Pellegrino is well aware that clubs like Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City and West Ham United have all improved by changing managers after falling into the bottom three this season.A fighting draw gave him cause for optimism, however, despite coming under pressure a few months into the job with only one league win since October.It is his first season at the club where Pochettino made his name and earned a move to Tottenham four years ago.Since then Spurs have finished fifth, third and second, but they will be five points behind the four Champions League places if fourth-placed Liverpool win at bottom club Swansea City on Monday.“To win the game we should do better and play better,” Pochettino said of Sunday’s performance. “It wasn’t great.“The game was even, we had more possession but we needed to be more aggressive and create more chances.“You must give credit to the opponent, but I am not happy with our performance.“We needed to move the ball quicker and create more, we made a lot of mistakes. It is impossible to win the game when you make these mistakes.“It is two points we are going to miss at the end of the season because it is so tough between six or seven teams.He did have encouraging words for his old club.“It is temporary that Southampton are in the relegation zone, for sure they will push up the table,” Pochettino said.last_img read more

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After breakthrough season, Alexander-Arnold ready for World Cup

first_imgHe is softly spoken but Alexander-Arnold has a quiet confidence and steel allied with a maturity beyond his years. He says any danger of being over-awed is dealt with by a simple reminder to himself of the faith that others have shown in him.“I’ve always been confident in myself. You are there for a reason, you are on the pitch for a reason and you are getting a chance for a reason and it is always about proving why the manager has given you that chance,” he said.“That is what I try to do – make the manager proud of me and prove to the fans and everyone watching why he has trusted me.”Alexander-Arnold showed his qualities again in the Champions League semi-final triumph over AS Roma. However, his European campaign ended with disappointment as Klopp’s team were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in last month’s final in Kiev.There was just a week off to process that loss before he reported to England’s training camp at St. George’s Park and he said he has been able to put the disappointment behind him.“Obviously, initially it is really hard to forget about such an experience like that but it is past us now and there is no getting it back. It is one of them where you have to take the positives and negatives and move on – use it for next season,” he said.That sort of level-headed attitude should certainly help Alexander-Arnold at Elland Road on Thursday as he seeks to show that while Kieran Trippier may be first choice at right back, England have a reliable alternative with an exciting future ahead of him. Without an international cap to his name and just 26 Premier League appearances, 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold appears, on paper, to be a relatively risky choice for England’s World Cup campaign in Russia.But England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to give the Liverpool right back his international debut in Thursday’s friendly against Costa Rica in Leeds completing a remarkable breakthrough season for the defender.Alexander-Arnold’s opportunities at Anfield this year came earlier than expected after a long-term injury to first choice right back Nathaniel Clyne was followed by his replacement Joe Gomez also being sidelined.Manager Juergen Klopp threw the teenager in at the deep end and the Liverpool academy product responded with some impressive displays – even when opponents targeted him, hoping to exploit his inexperience.The youngster said he sensed such targeting, particularly in the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City, which in many ways was his coming of age.City overloaded their left flank and constantly sought out winger Leroy Sane but Alexander-Arnold held firm and his attacking forays made a major contribution to a famous victory.“I think with the Man City game it was blatantly obvious. But it is one of them where you live for the opportunities to show yourself on a big stage and they are the games everyone wants to play in. So you have to do your best and prove why you shouldn’t be the target,” he told Reuters.“The team is only as weak as its weakest link and if they see me as the weakest link then why can’t I be a strong part of the chain and prove that we are an unbelievably strong team. I think that is what we showed,” he said, reflecting on Liverpool’s 5-1 aggregate win against the Premier League champions.The ability to handle City’s attempt to expose him showed a level of self-belief that Southgate was clearly impressed with.“His performances have been excellent. He’s shown in games of real pressure the personality and the ability to cope with that and excel,” the England manager said.Oppositions may no longer view him as a potential vulnerability to be exposed but the defender says the nature of a full back’s role means they can quickly become a target in a game and need to have the personal strength to deal with those sudden moments of pressure.“There are times when someone gets past you and during the game the team decides that ‘he is the weakest link’ – you have to bounce back straight away and there is no getting advice from the manager or anything like that, it is all about you on the pitch with the ten others and working together to bounce back,” he said. QUIET CONFIDENCElast_img read more

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Portugal, France and Germany drawn together, England face Croatia

first_imgDefending champions Portugal will be in the same Euro 2020 group as France and Germany while England meet Croatia in a repeat of last year’s World Cup semi-final following the draw on Saturday.World champions France, Germany and Portugal will be joined in Group F, to be played in Munich and Budapest, by the winners of playoff A or D in by far the toughest of the six first-round pools.Portugal were among the third seeded teams because of their relatively poor performance in the qualifiers.England and Croatia, who play the first Group D match in London, will be joined by the Czech Republic and the eventual winners of playoff C.The tournament will be played in 12 different European countries in a one-off format to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Championship.last_img

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Holdup Ends in One Death, Anger in New Kru Town

first_imgA 21 year old Sierra Leonean man was reportedly stabbed to death by a robber only identified as Red in a holdup attempt that went wrong Wednesday night in Nyuanpanton, near New Kru Town, Monrovia.An eye-witness told the Daily Observer that the victim was ordered by Red to empty his pockets. When Red approached the young Sierra Leonean to demand what was in his wallet and he refused, Red called out to three other friends who joined him in the attack.“He called out to his friends by the nicknames One Million, Pretty Jean and Blank Check who joined him in forcing the victim to turn his money over to them,” a neighbor said.When Red stabbed the victim, and found out that he had only LD200 on him, they realized what they had done was wrong, according to neighbors.They narrated that the victim had been struggling to make ends meet doing “a little selling business” and his death was unfortunate.“The young man was only about 21 years,” another neighbor said, adding that “his death makes it five the number of young people in the community who have been killed by knife wielding robbers since the beginning of 2016.” When the victim’s fellow Sierra Leoneans heard about his death, a group of them, armed with anything they could use as weapons, rushed to Nyuanpanton to search for anyone connected to the young man’s death, residents told the Daily Observer.“His friends came to our community in search of those involved in the boy’s death and when they located Red and his friends’ zinc house they began to break it down.“Later the police were informed sent out several officers, including PSU who came to calm the situation down,” an eyewitness said. Meanwhile, Police officers have arrested one of the four attackers named One Million and detained him at the New Kru Town Depot, while investigations continued yesterday.The body of the victim was deposited at the Redemption Hospital morgue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ginebra shakes off slow start to steamroll Alaska

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Grand Slam mentor Tim Cone stressed that such dominant showing was all thanks to a collective effort—especially on the defensive end.“We did a great job defensively. Scottie (Thompson) did a great on the import helping limit him, Japeth (Aguilar) was there for block shots, and Greg (Slaughter) was a presence,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4This couldn’t be more evident in the opening salvo, where the Ginebra swiftly got ifself out of a 7-0 rut and build a cushion—one that the Gin Kings padded on for the next three quarters.Slaughter and Art dela Cruz, who were both riddled with injuries in the past had 16 and 12 points to pace the locals. Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China “I’m just glad we caught them early,” Cone said who faced his former ward and deputy in Jeff Cariaso.Alaska drew 22 points from reinforcement Justin Watts. Vic Manual added 14 more but was the lone local to score in twin digits for the Aces, who absorbed their second straight loss.Ginebra looks to get a streak going when it faces Phoenix on Saturday also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistcenter_img LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Lance Stephenson-led Liaoning survives Seoul to win Terrific 12 title MOST READ PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra bucked a wobbly start before hammering out a 102-83 beatdown over Alaska in the nightcap of Sunday’s PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The crowd darlings’ beloved import Justin Brownlee was in his usual prolific self, scoring 30 points and plucking down 22 boards in the Gin Kings’ conference debut.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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GWI misleads Govt on water treatment system

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton is insisting that the Guyana Water Incorporation (GWI) denied using the controversial water purification chemical, Antinfek, in its treatment of water for public distribution; however, internal records prove that it has been used in wells at Diamond and the Soesdyke, Linden Highway, East Bank Demerara (EBD); and Bartica, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Dr Norton told Guyana Times that when he contacted the water company to respond to the mounting concerns on its use of the disputable chemical, officials assured him that the substance is not being used for water treatment purposes, but is being used for testing.The Minister said he is satisfied with the explanation and has no reason to distrust the information proffered by GWI.“They are not using it to purify the water. As far as the information I got from GWI, the public is not at risk (and) I would have no reason to doubt the integrity of the officials of GWI,” he stated.Internal recordsBut internal records seen by this publication confirm that the chemical is being used to treat water in at least three majorly populated areas in the country.Minutes of meetings during March 2016 show that the Antinfek chemical will be used for new wells in several communities in Bartica.The documents from another meeting in June 2016 indicate that the well at the Linden/Soesdyke Highway will be dosed with Antinfek. In fact, the internal communications illustrate that dosing pumps were being procured for the dosing of the Antinfek chemical in the well.Additionally, the records from a July 2016 meeting show that the well at Diamond, EBD, is also being dosed with the Antinfek chemical to treat the water.Subsequently however, the Executive Director of Operations said he ceased using the Antinfek chemical to treat the water at Diamond after the Water Quality Manager indicated that the laboratory cannot test and monitor the chemical.During that meeting, the Managing Director somewhat disregarded the concerns of the Water Quality Manager, saying that she should conduct research on the use of the chemical since it is used in medical supplies across the world.At this point, officials at GWI were aware that the chemical being used to treat water wells across the country was questionable.The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Monday ordered the GWI to halt the usage of this chemical but Guyana Times was unable to ascertain whether the water company will be complying with this order since it has not publicly acknowledged that the chemical is being used.Efforts to solicit a comment from the GWI’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles on these unfolding events proved futile since he indicated his unavailability to speak because he was in a meeting when contacted at two intervals throughout the day.In its public missive on the issue, GWI said it is still using the sole disinfecting agent in all the treatment plants, while laboratory studies are being done on the use of other treatment alternatives.GWI argued that it was found that the residual concentration of chlorine has a short life span, thus it does not protect the water from re-contamination during prolonged storage.It noted that testing is being done on the chemical Antinfek but clearly from the internal communications, the substance is being used to treat water.AntinfekAntinfek is manufactured by Dovebiotech Group of Companies which describes the chemical as a powerful organic bio-polymerbased compound, effective in decontamination of water against waterborne diseases, bacterium and fungi.Internal communications show that the GWI Scientific Services Manager outlined that research suggests that the chemical was not recommended for approval for household water treatment distribution in Haiti, which had no US National Sanitary Foundation (NFS) certification for potable water use.Guyana Times understands that a Dove Biotech representative claimed that Antinfek was “approved for sale in Guyana by the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board of Guyana”. However, the Registrar at the PTCCB indicated to GWI by email that “records at the PTCCB do not show a registration/approval for this product.”Notably, the importation of this chemical requires approval by the PTCCB under the law.last_img read more

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Ferrari appeal Vettel’s demotion at the Mexican GP

first_imgFerrari say “new evidence” has come to light and they have requested the Mexican GP stewards reassess the incident.The annoucement was made just hours after FIA race director Charlie Whiting appeared at the drivers’ press conference ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian GP in which he sought to explain why Vettel and Max Verstappen had been penalised.Ferrari insist they have chosen to persue the matter “in light of its importance as a precedent for the future” after the FIA introduced a beefed-up rule at the previous race in Austin to outlaw drivers moving under braking – a regulation dubbed the ‘Verstappen rule’ following several controversial incidents involving the Dutchman this season. Vettel became the first driver to be punished under the new rule.‘Scuderia Ferrari has submitted a request to the Stewards of the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix to review their decision to penalize Sebastian Vettel for breach of Article 27.5 of the 2016 F1 Sporting Regulations as a consequence of his driving behavior in Turn 4 of lap 70,’ read a Ferrari statement.‘This has been the first application of Article 27.5 of the 2016 F1 Sporting Regulations as interpreted on the basis of the Race Director’s notes on “defensive maneuvers” and effective from the 2016 US Grand Prix.‘Scuderia Ferrari considers that a number of new elements have come to light after the decision was rendered that make the decision reviewable under Article 14.1 of the International Sporting Code.‘Scuderia Ferrari is aware that championship rankings will not change, regardless of the outcome. But in light of its importance as a precedent for the future, and in order to provide clarity in the application of the rules in future events, Scuderia Ferrari believes that the decision should be reconsidered by the Stewards’.Although Ferrari did not divulge what the “new evidence” related to, their request comes just hours after FIA race director Charlie Whiting gave a detailed explanation of several controversial judgements in the Mexican GP at the end of Thursday’s regular drivers’ press conference in Brazil.Sitting behind Whiting, Vettel insisted he had not moved to illegally block Ricciardo.“I don’t agree with the decision made,” said the Ferrari driver. “I gave enough room on the inside, l kept the car straight for the majority of the braking and in my opinion Daniel locked up so badly because there was no grip on the inside. I think it looked worse than it actually was.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (r) and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo (c). PHOTO/SKY>SAO PAULO, Brazil, Nov 11 – Ferrari have asked FIA stewards to review Sebastian Vettel’s demotion in the Mexican Grand Prix.Two weeks after Vettel was relegated from third to fifth after being adjudged to have moved under braking defending against Daniel Ricciardo.last_img read more

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Predator drone test flights to start today

first_imgPilots from NASA and Ikhana manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. operate the aircraft from a ground control station at the Dryden Flight Research Center. The aircraft is owned by NASA. The flights will continue through September. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – An unmanned Predator B aircraft with a sensor that can pierce heavy smoke to aid in mapping the course of a wildfire will take off today from Edwards Air Force Base as part of a series of test flights. The operation, a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Forest Service, can collect data continuously for up to 24 hours. Today’s flight, controlled from Edwards, will take the craft to Idaho and is expected to last about 20 hours, according to a NASA statement. The aircraft is a scientifically focused version of the already-proven Predator technology, complete with a sensor that can detect temperature differences from less than one-half degree to about 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Detailed thermal imagery of wildfires can be sent real-time anywhere in the world through a satellite data link. NASA calls its version of the aircraft “Ikhana,” a name derived from a Native American Choctaw word that means intelligent, conscious or aware. The Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards completed a six-month process to obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the FAA allowing Ikhana to fly wildfire-sensing missions in the national air space of the western states. During the first flight — which occurred Aug. 16 — the propeller- powered Predator took images of the Zaca Fire in Santa Barbara County and other blazes in the state. The aircraft flew more than 1,200 miles in a 10-hour period. “The images from the flight demonstrated that this technology has a future in helping us fight wildland fires,” stated Zaca incident commander Mike Dietrich. “We could see little on the ground since the fire was generating a lot of smoke and burning in a very remote and inaccessible area.” He said the technology “captured images through the smoke and provided real time information on what the fire was doing.” last_img read more

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Arsenal boost! Bayern star would prefer Gunners move over Liverpool

first_img1 Mario Gotze: The Germany international joined Bayern Munich in 2013 Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Gotze is open to joining Arsenal.The 23-year-old is ready to leave the German capital this summer after making just 14 Bundesliga appearances last season.Liverpool have been linked with a move for the attacking midfielder – who has been included in Germany’s Euro 2016 squad – with Jurgen Klopp keen to link up with his former pupil.However, according to SportBild, Gotze would prefer a move to a Arsenal or another Champions League club.He is keen on the idea of playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid as well as the Gunners, but he reportedly believes a move to Liverpool would be a step down from Bayern.last_img

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