Bottas fastest in practice for 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

first_img First Published: 7th August, 2020 18:01 IST WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in the first practice session for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday, just ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.Bottas posted a lap of 1 minute 26.166 seconds, beating Hamilton’s best time by .138 seconds. Max Verstappen was third-fastest for Red Bull in 1:26.893.Nico Hulkenberg placed fourth as the German stands in at Racing Point for Sergio Perez, who has tested positive for the coronavirus.Ferrari was again off Mercedes’ pace, with Charles Leclerc fifth-fastest and Sebastian Vettel seventh. Mercedes has won every race so far this year.The race marks the 70th year since the Formula One championship began. The first race of the 1950 season was held at Silverstone. It’s the second race in Britain after the calendar was reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.The second practice session is later Friday.(Image Credit Pixabay) Written By FOLLOW UScenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV COMMENT Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 18:01 IST Bottas Fastest In Practice For 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in the first practice session for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday, just ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.last_img read more

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Steelers tender offers to 4 restricted free agents

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—The Pittsburgh Steelers have tendered offers to four restricted free agents, including running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman.The Steelers also made qualifying offers to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and nose tackle Steve McLendon. The offers give the Steelers the right to match any offer sheet the players may receive from other teams during free agency.All four are expected to remain in Pittsburgh. Dwyer and Redman will likely battle for the starting running back spot next season. Veteran running back Rashard Mendenhall, a free agent, will almost certainly not return to the Steelers. Dwyer and Redman combined for 1,033 yards rushing and four touchdowns in 2012 but struggled staying healthy.Sanders will move to the team’s No. 2 receiving spot if free agent Mike Wallace leaves. SHOPPING—In this October 2012, photo, Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) hauls in a catch for a touchdown as Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty defends during a game in Nashville, Tenn. On Tuesday, with all 32 teams under the $123 million salary cap, the checkbooks open up. Some clubs, most notably Green Bay and Pittsburgh, barely will participate, while likely letting top receivers Greg Jennings and Wallace leave for huge paydays elsewhere. That’s just their style, and building from within surely has paid off: each team has won a Super Bowl in the last five seasons. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)last_img read more

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DeGroot carries Big Mo into Kootenay Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsShawn DeGroot of L.V. Rogers tuned up for today’s Kootenay High School Cross Country Championships by capturing the West Kootenay title last week at Camp Busk Ski Trails south of Nelson.DeGroot edged rival Lukas Smith of Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries for the West Kootenay crown in the Senior Boy’s race.Hunter Stanway of J.V. Humphries finished third followed by Steven Hernandez of Mount Sentinel and Burno Moro of LVR.The Kootenay Championships are set for the same course starting at 3 p.m. with the Junior Girls and Boy’s races. The Senior Girl’s race follows at 3:30 p.m. with the boy’s event the final one staged, beginning at 4 p.m.The top 20 runners and three school teams qualify for the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships November 6th at Oak Bay in Victoria.In the Senior Girl’s race, Jill Reynolds of Rossland edged teammate Susan Fraser for the West Kootenay crown. Darya Huser of Salmo captured third spot followed by Mount Sentinel’s Kate Weir and Kiraya Spencer of LVR.Darian Johnson of Trafalgar narrowly defeated Bradley Spurge of Mount Sentinel to snare the title in the Bantam Boy’s event.Johnson blazed over the course in a time of 14 minutes and 17 seconds. Spurge hit the tape 14 seconds behind the Totem. Samuel Mathea finished third at 14:36. Richard Gregory of Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe took fourth with Strider Scott of Trafalgar fifth.Sam Kuch, Galin Boulanger, Keiran Marchand, Spencer Atkings and Conan Park, all of Trafalgar, rounded out the field.In the Bantam Girls race, Tara Yowek of Trafalgar edged out teammate Naomi Perkins to claim the overall title.Robyn Locke of Home Links was third with Gmina Borhi and Clare Young, both of Trafalgar, fourth and fifth, respectively. Maya Wood of Trafalgar and Jessica Paul of Salmo placed sixth and seventh, respectively.Four Salmo runners, Courtney Sutherland, Roxanne Sorenson, Jordana Scott and Rowan Dukart, next followed Sian Nielson of [email protected]last_img read more

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Forced Environmental Protection Necessary to Save Lives and Property

first_imgThe recent mudslide that killed over 400 people in Freetown, Sierra Leone, is a lesson to Liberians. Primarily, we should begin to ponder what mechanisms we can devise to prevent a similar incident from occurring here. Although landslides are not strange to Liberians, since we vividly recall the 1982 Noway Camp landslide in Grand Cape Mount County that killed many people, the time is now that the Liberian Government and the rest of us become sensitive to the dangers of environmental abuse. The government in particular should start strictly enforcing laws governing the environment.There is a health philosophy that says “Prevention is better than cure.” This philosophy, when followed, prepares people to prevent themselves  from the harm of diseases or circumstances in order to keep them safe and healthy. Failure to take preventive measures will lead to contracting preventable diseases, which consequently leads to spending more money to cure. Worse yet, it may lead even to death. Was this not what happened since the infancy of this administration, when this newspaper, the Daily Observer, frequently published stories, accompanied by photos of huge, horrendous dumpsites at our leading food markets in Douala and Paynesville Red Light, while the Ministry of Health failed to engage its Environmental Division to deal with this terrible malaise? We all know the result: Ebola!Now the recent incident in Sierra Leone has led the chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), Angelique Weeks, to issue a timely warning to Liberia to take action now that will prevent a similar environmental catastrophe in our country. Ms. Weeks, who described the mudslide in the neighboring country as “a tragedy mankind called upon itself,” told graduates at the 18th Convocation of the Stella Maris Polytechnic that Liberia should expect to encounter a Sierra Leone-styled situation if Liberians do not stop environmental abuse. Uncontrollable and totally irresponsible littering, building in drainages, wetlands and near the seashore, and the persistent cutting down of our trees for charcoal—trees that prevent storms—are all activities Ms. Weeks referenced as human activities that could lead to environmental horror.LTA chairman Weeks is not the only person concerned about our environment. Liberian Geologist Dr. Eugene Shannon also warned that people living near steep hills like those in Jallah Town, Slipway, Wein Town and Mount Barclay risk similar disaster if they do not move to a safer zone. According to Dr. Shannon, what happened in Sierra Leone was a result of human activities on a soil that is not vegetated, but exposed to sunshine and rainfall throughout the year. He said this red soil absorbs rainwater in the rainy season, and over time accumulates into mud, which eventually, especially due to heavy downpour, caused the disaster in Sierra Leone. Planting trees on hills and around Monrovia will help to prevent mudslides and storms, Dr. Shannon further said.Apart from what happened in Sierra Leone and Liberia’s own 1982 disaster, there are unfolding instances here that should warn us of dangerous environmental consequences arising from human activities. As a result of dumping water plastics and other non-biodegradable materials into drainages and building on wetlands, residents of Monrovia encounter floods almost every year. It may be recalled that in 2014 and 2015 over one thousand people were made homeless in Monrovia as a result of floods. In 2011 hundreds of Sinkor residents, especially those in slum communities along the Atlantic beach beginning from 19th Street through 24th Street, were made homeless by sea erosion. In these areas, residents are also engaged in sand mining, which accordingly contributes to the action of the sea. Amid these unconscionable (horrify, outrageous) practices, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) complacently watches people abusing the environment without public education and law enforcement.When will the laws on our books be strictly enforced, superseding sympathy to protect the country and people’s safety from themselves? See the approach the Kenyan government has taken against plastic bags. The Ministry of Environment has begun enforcing the policy banning the use of plastic bags in the country because of their negative impact on the environment. Kenya, like South Africa, Eritrea and Rwanda, has realized that plastic bags were depleting the soil and causing poor health and death for animals. The government, therefore, says anyone who goes against this law will pay not less than $38,000, or spend four years in jail.We join Ms. Angelique Weeks and Dr. Eugene Shannon in calling on the Liberian people to take seriously the protection of our environment. We further call on the government to take the necessary steps to control vigorously and decisively environmental abuse, in order to prevent future disaster. The people must be forced to realize that it is in their own interest to help protect the environment, instead of flagrantly and shortsightedly abusing it to their own detriment, and eventual death.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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Redlands opens SCIAC play against La Verne

first_img Coach Mike Maynard has scheduled the likes of Colorado College and Puget Sound in the past, but he says those schools no longer want to play Redlands. So he has had to search for other opponents. This year’s slate included Whitworth, Trinity (Texas) and Chapman, the first two of which are nationally ranked. “It’s tough opening with teams like that, but hopefully in the end it will pay off,” Maynard said. “What you really want is to be ready for conference play, and those games helped expose what we needed to work on.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE The Bulldogs are coming off a bye which Maynard says came at an opportune time. His team is as healthy as it has been all season, thanks to five days off from full-contact practices. Senior middle linebacker and team captain Nick Steele probably could not have played last week if the Bulldogs had a game, but should be able to return tonight. He has been plagued by neck and shoulder problems that date back two years and was sidelined two weeks ago in the win over Chapman. Steele’s return is also big because his backup, Alex Aldrich, re-injured an already surgically repaired knee and is out for the season. “He (Steele) is such a key to everything we do on defense,” Maynard said. “It is very important to have him in there. It is just something that flares up.” Maynard scouted La Verne’s SCIAC opener last week against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and was impressed. The Leopards, coached by Don Morel, have not managed a winning record in conference play since 1999, but loom as a formidable threat to favorite Occidental this year. The Leopards are led by quarterback Brian Guerrero, the SCIAC male athlete of the week two weeks ago who leads the conference in most passing categories. “They’re a pass-first offense. He (Guerrero) has just been lighting it up,” Maynard said. “He doesn’t look as mobile as he has been in the past, but he is a very dangerous passer. We’re going to have to get a pass rush, so he doesn’t have all day back there.” Other local teams will also be in action. Victor Valley (1-4) has a good shot at halting its four-game losing streak as it entertains winless Antelope Valley (0-5) in Foothill Conference action at 1 p.m., in Victorville. Meanwhile, San Bernardino Valley College (2-2, 1-1) treks to San Diego Mesa (2-2) for a 5 p.m. showdown. Chaffey hosts defending champion Grossmont, which slipped by SBVC last week 20-17. Riverside Community College (3-2) is idle this week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The University of Redlands is about to find out just how important a tough preseason schedule can be. The Bulldogs (1-2) open Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at 7 tonight at Ted Runner Stadium. A resurgent La Verne (3-1, 1-0) will provide the opposition. last_img read more

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Science education gets a boost

first_imgIBM South Africa corporate citizenship manager Sydney Hadebe and Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer. Sci-Bono helps to stimulate children’s natural curiosity and focus it on science. A hands-on approach makes learning more interesting for youngsters.(Images: Anish Abraham) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sci-Bono Discovery Centre  +27 11 639 8400 RELATED ARTICLES • Sci-Bono CEO gets French knighthood • Denel helps maths, science pupils • Fostering SA’s young scientists • Pushing the science envelope • Global award for young SA innovatorAnish Abraham The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, South Africa’s largest science centre, is aiming to boost education in mathematics, science and technology by invoking the inherent curiosity of children, and teaching them new ideas and concepts while they play and interact with the many exhibits that it hosts. Established by the Gauteng Department of Education and the private sector in 2004, the centre seeks to address the scarce skills needs of South Africa by contributing to the effective delivery of quality maths, science and technology education in all schools in the province. According to Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer, science centres are a rather recent phenomenon, with the first one taking shape in San Francisco in 1984. Known as the Exploratorium, it is one of the four biggest centres of its kind in the world, and was set up by physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer as a way through which ordinary citizens could keep in touch with the latest advances in technology. Oppenheimer was no stranger to advances in technology – his brother Robert was one of the developers of the world’s first nuclear weapon. Since those early days, Kramer said, there were now over 30 000 science centres and museums across the world, and that there is hardly a major city that does not have one. He pointed out that the difference between science museums and science centres was that centres were not about exhibitions that people merely looked at, but were filled with interactive exhibits, made so that visitors could engage with them and learn new things. “There are 35 science centres in South Africa, but Sci-Bono is the flagship,” he said. They range in sizes from huge warehouses to a small room.Programmes and activities Kramer said that Sci-Bono had a programme of activities and projects taking place throughout the year, and its outreach programme targets schoolchildren who are unable to travel from outlying areas into Johannesburg. Programmes include a Rocket Science Club where pupils learn to design, build and launch rockets that are capable of flying several hundred metres into the air; and a robotics programme, whose participants have even competed at international level. While working on these projects, Kramer said, the children were guided and mentored by “professionals and not teachers”.Similarly, the guides who take the children around the various exhibits are young BSc graduates with a passion for science and technology – ensuring that children learn while having fun.Helping kids to learn Sci-Bono is unique, given the relationship the centre has with the Gauteng Department of Education, in that it also had a big role to play in curriculum delivery and teacher training in the fields of maths and science. The centre also runs a supplementary tuition programme in 137 sites across the province, where schoolchildren can go to learn, with highly skilled teachers from some of the province’s leading schools being brought in on the day to teach. “Over 80% of the schools that come here are from a previously disadvantaged environment, we provide them with free admission and transport,” Kramer said, adding that while wealthier schools were asked to pay for admission fees, no cash-strapped schools would be turned away. This was possible because of funding from the provincial education department, and means that Sci-Bono is not reliant on admission fees for survival.Comprehensive career guidance Another unique point is that Sci-Bono has an attached career centre. “It is a full service career centre that provides guidance and counselling,” Kramer said, adding that it was one of the few places where students from disadvantaged backgrounds could undergo free psychometric and aptitude testing. In this way, the centre not only directed the curiosity of children into the world of maths and science, but also helped improve the flow of potential candidates studying these subjects at a tertiary level. Kramer said they expected to have 206 000 visitors to the centre over the course of the year, while also reaching out to an additional 150 000 pupils through their various outreach programmes. “We are not just a conventional science centre, but we are also the control room for maths and science in Gauteng,” he said.last_img read more

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Canadas parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s parole officers say the country’s correctional system is at a breaking point due to workloads that are “insurmountable” — a situation they say poses real risks to public safety.A survey of parole officers conducted by the Union of Safety and Justice Employees suggested more than two-thirds of parole workers are worried they’re not able to properly protect the public because they do not have time to adequately assess, supervise and prepare offenders for release.The union, which represents the officers, says this means many offenders fall through the cracks — offenders who, in some cases, may re-offend and harm the public or themselves.David Neufeld, a national vice-president for the union, says the problems stem from funding cuts under the former Conservative government, which saw staffing reduced and workloads increased.Since then, moves by the Trudeau government to offer more programming for Indigenous offenders and those with mental illnesses have meant more work, Neufeld says.The union is calling for more staff and for increased resources within the correctional system to ensure offenders are getting properly assessed for risk as they move toward being released.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The Bills Season Hinges On Beating The Patriots

The Buffalo Bills probably need to beat the New England Patriots if they want to secure a playoff spot, but it didn’t have to be that way. As you’ll see in the video above, their odds would be higher if they hadn’t messed around and benched Tyrod Taylor, who’s been surprisingly good, a few weeks back.

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Mayor Faulconer to deliver the annual State of the City address

first_imgMayor Faulconer to deliver the annual State of the City address Updated: 5:56 PM Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitter I’m looking forward to seeing everyone this Tuesday at my annual State of the City address. If you haven’t RSVP’d, there’s still time: https://t.co/rtJ0jIm9Rd pic.twitter.com/bZVP3ho5eD— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) January 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 15, 2019center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With his fifth State of the City address, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer will outline plans to increase housing production, reduce homelessness, invest even more in neighborhood improvements and lay the foundation to make San Diego the greenest city in the country. KUSI Newsroom Tonight @Kevin_Faulconer will deliver the #StateoftheCity address. Possible topics: Convention Center expansion, the #Homeless crisis, and the Mission Valley stadium and @SDSU deal. How do you think the city is doing? What are your concerns? Tweet me! Details tonight @KUSINews pic.twitter.com/E55u90xXMI— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) January 16, 2019 January 15, 2019last_img read more

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