Bottas makes Hamilton settle for second in F1 finale

first_imgValtteri Bottas won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday as Mercedes wrapped up the Formula One season with a one-two finish and four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton had to settle for second.The win was a career third for the Finn, who had started on pole position at the Yas Marina circuit, and denied Hamilton a 10th of the campaign.“It’s a really important win for me after having a pretty difficult start to the second half of the year,” said Bottas, who joined Mercedes after 2016 champion Nico Rosberg retired abruptly a year ago.“This weekend, pole and win, I couldn’t be happier to end the season like this.”In a processional race under the floodlights, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place to finish runner-up in a championship that Hamilton won in Mexico last month.The final points tally was Hamilton 363, Vettel 317 and Bottas 305.Mercedes had already won the constructors’ world championship for the fourth year in a row and ended with 668 points to Ferrari’s 522. The one-two finish was their fourth of the season.“After three, four or five laps I couldn’t go any faster and from then it was pretty lonely,” said Vettel, a three-times winner in Abu Dhabi “In the second part of the race we had a stronger pace but not good enough.“Lewis deserves to win the championship this year. I hate to say it but he was the better man.”Hamilton kept Bottas in his sights but was also unable to pass. He said that was not because of a lack of intent or team orders.“Big congratulations to Valtteri, he did an amazing job to hold me off. It was a great race, I gave it everything. It is hard to overtake here,” he said.With the finishing order reflecting the starting positions, with the exception of Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo who retired with an hydraulics issue, the main suspense was in midfield.Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas were separated by just six points before the start, with millions of dollars in prize money at stake and Renault taking the honours thanks to Nico Hulkenberg’s sixth place.It was still a tense evening for the French manufacturer team, however, after their Spanish driver Carlos Sainz was released from a pitstop with a loose wheel and retired after almost crashing in the exit tunnel.There was also an emotional send-off to Williams’s veteran Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, the 2008 world championship runner-up bowing out after 269 starts.last_img read more

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Gonzaga leads HD Spikers’ sweep of group A

first_imgOrcollo, Biado banner star-studded PH billiards team Cignal after winning crucial set. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJovelyn Gonzaga uncorked 18 points to lead Cignal to a 27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19 victory over F2 Logistics and sweep Pool A Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The lefty opposite hitter, one of the top bets for a slot in the national team, made 17 attack points for the HD Spikers, who won all three preliminary matches.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Rachel Anne Daquis and Honey Royse Tubino, who joined the franchise along with Gonzaga in the off-season, added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Cignal.“It’s good that we can now see the chemistry among our players,” said Cignal coach George Pascua. “Our team building [in Japan] is paying off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAll told, the HD Spikers tried to mow down the Cargo Movers through a relentless assault that yielded 59 attack points as against 42 by F2 Logistics.In the second game, Petron posted its second win in three starts after a 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 victory over Sta. Lucia. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitecenter_img Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyerlast_img read more

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Daniel Azar heads Ja team for COTECC

first_imgJamaica’s number one ranked Under-12 and Under-14 tennis player, Daniel Azar, has his sights set on leading a three-member team to success at the Confederation de Tenis de Centroamerica Caribe (COTECC) 12 and Under championships in Dominican Republic starting tomorrow. The team, which is under the guidance of coach Matthew Rodriquez, left the island yesterday. Azar apart, the other members of Jamaica team are Delano Reeves and Matthew James. The other countries competing in the Caribbean championships include hosts Dominican Republic, Cuba, Antigua, Bahamas, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Curacao. Azar, who has been creating waves by winning local and overseas singles titles, said that he is aware of the pressure on him. Pressure to deliver “There is pressure on me to deliver. It’s been tough. I am training hard with coach Matthew Rodriquez and also working with Damion Johnson. I am off to the COTECC team championships and hoping to reap success for Jamaica,” Azar told The Gleaner on Wednesday during the Touch Tuina Blue Mountain Caribbean Championship at the Liguanea Club. Azar topped his age group All Jamaica tournament last Sunday at the Eric Bell Centre and is looking forward to continue winning tournaments and improving on his way to realising his dream of playing professionally. “The year has been good so far as I won the Under-12 tournament in Antigua last May, and looking for more success,” Azar who has completed his first year at Campion College said. His coach, Rodriquez, said that the young player has a bright future. “Daniel will be leaving in the summer for a tennis camp in Florida. It is one of the best tennis camps. It will give us a chance to evaluate and see where he is really at. He can go on to the pro circuit if he takes the sport seriously,” Rodriquez shared.last_img read more

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The dynamic Stacey Rahaman: “Stay curious and think positive”

first_imgStacey Natalie Dos Santos Rahaman is one half of the dynamic husband-and-wife Christa Marketing team promoting Guyana and the best of Guyana online and offline. The company provides full-service online and offline marketing and advertising solutions. It is also the owner of the brand Visit Guyana and publisher of the Visit Guyana and Visit Guyana Lime and Dine Magazines.“Our objective is to achieve customer goals and to promote Guyana through creative use of modern marketing tools, media, and technology.”With more than 100,000 followers on her Visit Guyana Facebook page and the glossy high-end publications and websites aimed at the tourism market, the former Saints girl has built an enviable brand from the ground up.“I started freelancing when I was pregnant with my first daughter about seven years ago, but officially registered my first business (which was previously called Social Media Guyana in 2012. Visit Guyana the brand many Guyanese would be more familiar with was also started in 2012. My husband and I then joined forces (he does web design) and Chri-sta Marketing (Chris and Stacey) was born and was registered in 2014.”She said her proudest moment (apart from having her kids) was when she saw and held the very first print edition of the “Visit Guyana: Lime, Dine and Unwind” Magazine.Questioned on what was next for the business that is making Guyanese feel patriotic and proud of their country, Rahaman, whose passion and steel-in-velvet-glove charm were very much evident in person, said: “Christa Marketing has always been low-key and focused mainly on social media management. We have gotten most of our clients from referrals or word of mouth. We recently expanded our portfolio to include full marketing plan development and execution and it’s been going very, very well. We plan to add new services as are requested by our clients inclusive of training. With respect to our Visit Guyana Brand, we will be releasing our new Restaurant and Food Guide in May. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag just yet, but we are in discussions to do both a Visit Guyana Show and Radio programme.”While Rahaman’s effervescent personality is very much a part of her success, it is clear she is not afraid to make waves to ensure excellence is achieved.Her biggest influence, she says, is her mother who raised Rahaman and her brother in Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara and Georgetown. “Not only was she an educator for many years, as a single mom she did many other things to supplement her income and educate my brother and I. She stayed up nights to study with us, took us to church every Sunday. She was mom, teacher, nurse, guru, mentor to not only us but to her students as well. I honestly do not know how she managed it all.Rahaman also draws inspiration from her children. “Kids are naturally curious and always see the good in everyone and the positive in every situation. My kids remind me daily to do both. Stay curious and think positive.”Asked how she juggles business and family life, the 36-year-old hands-on mother of two responded: “Great question!… I’m still trying to figure it out, lol. On a serious note though, to stay on top of work, chores and ensuring we spend quality family time together requires everyone to pitch in. It’s a team effort. It also takes a lot of pre-planning which means I am a very organised person. I tell people I always have a list in my head.”Reflecting on her entrepreneurial journey thus far, Rahaman cited some of the lessons she has learnt: “1) Failure can be an opportunity to learn and improve. 2) Never burn your bridges. 3) It is important to be genuine and humble. 4) Pay success forward. 5) The saying “What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” is completely true.”“We have been given both the power to imagine an outcome, and the means to achieve it. I truly believe that our thoughts are powerful and go hand in hand with the kind of vibes we attract into our lives. We have the power through thought and action to harness our desires, wishes and energies, and turn them into reality,” the Georgetown resident declared.“Nothing comes easy and as cliché as it sounds, it’s true. Prepare to work hard, prepare to make mistakes, prepare for sleepless nights. Keep a list of your goals printed out on your mirror or where you can see them daily and never ever stop learning,” she added in sharing her advice for would-be entrepreneurs.Rahaman, who says discipline is the most important trait of entrepreneurs, noted that to boost entrepreneurship locally, business mentoring should start from an early age. “I think schools should introduce entrepreneurial programmes which promote and foster entrepreneurial culture which encourage young people to be innovative and creative. Things like how to define your goals, how to do a business plan, ways to get financing. That way our young people will have a mindset along the lines of “How can I create a job” rather than “where can I get a job”. Of course, programmes like these require both Private and Public Sector involvement to become a reality.”The social-media savvy entrepreneur, whose dream mentor is Barack Obama, noted: “Success to me is being in the position to help others achieve their goals. None of us become a success without the help or influence of others and it’s important that we pay it forward.”Contact: 678-4992/225-8816; christamarketingy@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Water St vendors outraged as M&CC ignores injunction

first_img“I fed up” was the cry of many outraged vendors who ply their trade outside the old Guyana Stores Storage Bond on Water Street, Georgetown, after the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) ignored an injunction restraining the Council from removing the vendors from the area.The injunction was obtained on May 4 by Attorney Anil Nandlall on the behalf of his client, Peter Warran. Nandlall had applied for and obtained an interim injunction granted by Justice Roxanne George restraining the Town Clerk, his servants and agents from removing several of the vendors’ stalls and goods situated at the Bond.However, Warran explained that on Wednesday, several City Constables came to the area and removed their stalls as well as their merchandise. “We had some jeans out there; we put out some jeans to sell. The Constable came and take them down and I explain to the Constable that there was an injunction and that there was a case, and we should be allowed to sell and the Constable said that he’s working with orders,” the frustrated vendor explained.He related that the area which they occupy was not located on the pavement but on private property. Warran further went on to say that he was not against relocating temporarily for the sake of clearing up the area, but was unhappy with the fact that they were not given a proper time frame.Meanwhile, Maureen Clarke, who sells ladies’ apparel, explained that she was not present when the Constables came and removed the stalls, which resulted in her incurring a huge loss. “They break up my stall, and the night that they break up my stall … my mother die same time. So I ain’t had much of a chance to carry away nuff thing from meh stall. I lose a lot of stuff. They break up and seize meh thing and carry it away … I need money. Right now, my mom dead and I need money for the wake and funeral. The stress deh pon me right now. They trying fuh tell me now that they ain’t carry away nothing fuh me and I lying. It only leff fuh I fall down and dead right now, cause I fed up,” the distraught women cried.Joycelyn Moore shared similar sentiments as she explained that she also lost a large quantity of her goods. “I wasn’t here at the said time when they came and broke the stall, but they pass a notice to us which is from Royston King that said that within 24 hours we must remove,” the woman related.She echoed Warran’s sentiments that they should not have been forcibly removed, because they ply their trade on private property. “Is not Royston King put us here…is not the Council place…is a private place. And the owner of this place had given us permission to sell. A couple years back, the owner gave us his transport to take Council to court and we won. Council should not be the one to tell us to remove,” Moore declared.She went on to say that they were constantly told by the Council that they were vending there illegally; however, despite these claims, M&CC agents collect $1000 from them weekly as a fee. “I don’t think Royston King know what he is doing…they trying to beautify the place and everything and putting it all in place, but what about us that are Guyanese that work so hard in this country? I believe that they should give us a chance, so that we could be able to earn a daily living. I have a lot of bills to pay and children to look after. Who are going to help me? I lose couple days’ sale, who is going to pay my bills? Who is going to send my children to school? None of them! They in their office and collecting their money. We have to work in the sun and the rain,” she stated.Moore declared that she was begging the relevant Government officials to show some sort of interest in their well-being. “To the relevant authority that is in Government, You know we work very hard for y’all to be there and even to my little grandchild I used to give fliers to share out so that they could be where they are today. And when they get this message I am asking if they could be able to help us cause my vote count. Is my vote, my family vote help put them there today,” she stated.Meanwhile, Attorney Nandlall explained that he was informed that the court order was duly served upon the Town Clerk by a marshal of the High Court, yet the Council and its agents were acting contrary to the order.“This conduct constitutes a gross violation of the order of Justice George. The law on this is very clear. It is the uncompromising duty of every person who is the subject of a court order to obey the same irrespective of how wrong that person may feel that the order is. A failure to obey any order of court constitutes contempt of court and is punishable with imprisonment. Needless to say contempt of court proceedings would be filed if the court order continues to be violated,” he related.last_img read more

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Shanghai fans explain United boycott

first_img0Shares0000SHANGHAI, China, July 26 – Shanghai Shenhua fans boycotted a friendly against Manchester United to protest at the match being played in the middle of the Chinese league season, supporters of the club told AFP Thursday.The English giants are among several Premiership sides currently touring Asia, in what are widely seen as attempts to build up their fanbases in a potentially hugely lucrative market. But despite a large crowd of 42,000 on Wednesday night, including many casual fans apparently backing both sides, few blue-shirted Shenhua supporters were to be seen in the stadium except a knot of 100 or so behind one goal.Earlier in the day, an online campaign started by Shenhua fans had urged the club’s supporters to shun the event.A post from one fan widely circulated on China’s Twitter-like weibos read: “If you are a real Shenhua supporter, cancel any plan you have to attend this game against Manchester United.“Let the sponsors see that this game, which reeks of business and money, should not be scheduled in the middle of our league season.”Also popular were a series of photographs of fans of Beijing Guoan and Shanghai Shenhua — traditionally fierce rivals — who put aside their differences to make a joint statement against mid-season exhibition matches.Supporters of the two clubs were pictured standing next to a Manchester United merchandising booth with a large banner in English reading: “Love football, hate business”.“I don’t think Man United would agree to play Shenhua in the middle of the English Premier League season — so neither should we,” Shenhua fan Ma Haiping told AFP. “I think this is a game about business, I think it’s totally boring.”Shanghai Shenhua rested almost all their key players for the friendly, including blockbuster signings Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba.Other supporters said high ticket prices had deterred them from attending — the cheapest seats were selling for 180 yuan ($28) each, nearly a quarter of the price of a Shenhua season ticket.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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No, it’s not a Ferrari or Aston Martin

first_imgIt all begins when you start it up. This model featured a keyless entry and ignition and you don’t even need to take the fob out of your pocket or purse to get things going. The doors unlock when the driver approaches and the engine growls to life with the push of a red button on the center console next to the shift lever. This car is capable of some serious speed, according to Jaguar. The company says the coupe scoots from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and covers a quarter mile in 14.4 seconds. This is due in part to an all-aluminum frame and body, making the new model lighter and roomier than the previous version. And all this power is channeled through a sequential six-speed transmission that can be used three ways. The normal park to drive mode provides the smoothest shifting and best fuel economy. Flip the shifter to the left into sport mode and the tachometer springs to life. The lower gears come into play for engine braking and the downshifting going around corners is more noticeable. The third mode lets the driver get on a Formula One groove. Shifting paddles are located on both sides of the steering wheel. Flick the one on the left and the dash displays numbers one through six. That’s the one for downshifting while the one on the right runs up through the gears. Inside, the cockpit is snug but not tight, and bedecked with burled walnut and leather. It also features all the technical gizmos – Bluetooth, navigation system and high-end stereo expected of a car that costs this much. The test model also featured adaptive front lights, which provided better illumination when taking curves at night. And we had no trouble fitting enough stuff inside for a four-day trip. The XK is sort of a hybrid, too, as far as the parts go. Forty-five percent came from the United Kingdom while 25 percent, including the transmission, came from Germany. U.S. firms contributed some, too. Final assembly was at Castle Bromwich, England. Consumer Reports also liked this ride, noting that while rear seats are included they are best suited for packages. It also pointed out that the model is too new to give it a reliability rating. “The XK blends traditional wood-and-leather luxury with surprising athleticism,” the magazine said. “Handling is quite nimble, especially considering the comfortable and gracious ride.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743 2007 JAGUAR XK COUPE ENGINE 4.2 liter 300 hp V-8 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with three shifting modes. BRAKES: 4-wheel anti-lock MPG: 18 city/21 highway PRICE: $74,835 base, $80,675 as tested THE MANUAL SAYS: Read two pounds, 3.9 ounces of instructions to become familiar with this car. THE WIFE SAYS: “I guess I’ll push all these buttons until one ejects me,” referring to all the seat adjustment controls and the Jag’s resemblance to a James Bondmobile. NEXT WEEK: Hot rods in Northridge SOURCE: Daily News Research160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They kept getting it wrong, which is quite all right. The 20-something guy putting his golf clubs into a van first thought it was a Ferrari. The elderly gentleman passing by in a parking lot wondered if it was an Aston Martin. Given the kind of first impression the Jaguar XK coupe makes, a regular case of mistaken identity is understandable. This model does have beautiful lines and would not at all be out of place in the company of the other two. All are prime examples of automotive elegance from any viewing angle. And here is another skewed impression. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency classifies the XK as a minicompact, even though it comes with a 300 horse power V-8 and is 15 feet 7 inches long. A super-charged engine is also an option. This is the new version of the XK series – the prior line was discontinued in 2005 – and the makeover harkens back to the classic XKE first introduced in 1961. And this Jaguar has one of the hottest looking rear ends that you can buy for under $100,000. “The 2007 Jaguar XK is a beauty from the outside. Sleek, elegant lines with a raked roof combine with a pugnacious front nose to strike a balance between grace and guts. A couple of vertical vents in the front fenders topped by Jaguar badges break up the car’s lines and serve to inform passers-by that this is not an Aston Martin,” said the Web site cnet.com. While another English nameplate – Lotus – offers a pure sports-car experience, Jaguar takes it to the luxury level and packs it full of all sorts of technical convenience. last_img read more

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World Series of Poker payoff: $8.25 million

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS (AP) — Top prize at the 2007 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas will be $8.25 million, based on the 6,358 players who have entered the no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event over the tournament’s four starting days, organizers said Monday. Organizers revised the payoff up from the previously announced $8.23 million. and said about $59.8 million will be paid out of the tournament’s pot to players who finish in the money. The totals are short of last year’s record 8,773 participants and $12 million top prize. But it comes nine months after President Bush signeda federal law cracking down on Internet gambling, which is blamed for shrinking the number of entrants who would have qualified in online tournaments. The field is still massive, and several pros, including 2004 champion Greg Raymer, Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson and Phil Ivey, have been bounced already. Officially, 1,789 players began play at noon for the fourth starting day of the tournament Monday. Survivors from the four opening days will play in two rounds today and Wednesday before the marathon march to the final table gets under way. Nine players will sit down at the final table July 17 to determine a winner.last_img read more

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$300 million deal for ViaCell

first_imgWALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – Health and industrial sciences company PerkinElmer Inc. said Monday it will pay $300 million to buy ViaCell Inc., a developer of technology to preserve a baby’s umbilical cord blood for possible future medical use by the child or family members. PerkinElmer, which announced the deal after markets closed, said it will offer to buy all of ViaCell’s shares for $7.25 apiece – a 52 percent premium over the stock’s Monday closing price of $4.77. The deal, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, is expected to close by December. Cambridge-based ViaCell markets ViaCord, a product offering expectant families the chance to preserve a baby’s umbilical cord blood at birth for potential medical use by the child or a family member. Cord blood is believed to be effective in treating dozens of diseases including blood cancers and certain genetic diseases. Waltham-based PerkinElmer, an 8,500-employee company with $1.55 billion in revenue last year, said the acquisition would expand its offerings in the neonatal and prenatal health care markets. ViaCord has preserved more than 130,000 newborns’ umbilical cord blood to date, and sales of the product are expected to exceed $60 million this year. 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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Jurgen Klopp: ‘I Joined Liverpool Because I Was Drunk!’

first_img*DISCLAIMER: Like Liverpool’s ‘moneyball’ transfer policy, don’t take this at all seriously!The latest of talkSPORT’s funny fake interviews tells the story of how Liverpool’s new manager, Jurgen Klopp, ended up joining the club, as well as how Sam Allardyce got his new job in charge of Sunderland.Check out the video above and for regular funny football content, check out YouTube.com/talkSPORTlast_img

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