Motorsports News Lewis Hamilton snatches dramatic Monaco GP pole with record lap

first_imgMonaco: Lewis Hamilton snatched a dramatic pole position for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix with an all-time circuit record lap in the final seconds to outpace Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.086 seconds. The defending five-time champion and series leader clocked an unprecedented lap in 1min 10.166sec to end Bottas’ run of three successive poles as Mercedes, mourning the death this week of non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, produced a record-equalling 62nd front row lockout.It was an emotional Hamilton’s second pole in Monaco and the 84th of his career as he dug deep in the final seconds to find the speed required to grab the prime grid position from his team-mate.“Whoooah!” shouted Hamilton on team radio. “That’s what I am talking about….”Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull ahead of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, Pierre Gasly in the second Red Bull and Kevin Magnussen for Haas. Last year’s race winner Daniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault ahead of Daniel Kvyat of Toro Rosso, Carlos Sainz of McLaren and Alex Albon in the second Toro Rosso.“This is the race that every driver dreams of, even as a kid,” said Hamilton. “We’ve arrived with a great car, a great battle with Valtteri and I think the desire and the will to get this pole. I’ve had to dig deeper than ever before.“We all take our cars, fast or slow, to the limit and here, at the limit, it’s like wrestling a bull. I had an oversteer moment in the Rascasse and I just held on.”Bottas said: “I’m disappointed. I felt after the first lap there were plenty of places to improve, but I had traffic and couldn’t get the tyres up to temperature.”Luckless local hero Charles Leclerc qualified 16th after a strategic muddle by Ferrari in the opening part of qualifying.After Vettel’s crash in the morning’s final free practice session, Q1 began cautiously in the warmest conditions of the weekend, the track registering 44 degrees Celsius under a hazy sun.Mercedes, as they feared, found the conditions testing and required longer to bring their tyres alive, but were soon first and third with Bottas and Hamilton sandwiching Verstappen.Vettel then bounced his left rear wheel off the barriers in the swimming pool complex, requiring a rapid pit-stop.He emerged with seconds remaining on shiny new ‘softs’ as Hamilton topped Bottas, but faced a desperate rush to re-climb from 17th – and exceeded expectations by going fastest in a frantic finale.Leclerc was left standing in the Ferrari garage as he tumbled down the timesheets to finish 16th, the team not keeping him out after he missed a signal to the weighbridge.He was pushed back to the scales, to avoid any penalty, but it was another example of Ferrari’s operational and decision-making failings. “I need explanations,” said Leclerc.“The problem was not the weighbridge and I have had no real answers. It is very difficult to take as we had plenty of time and enough fuel… Now, I must take risks in the race.”Out with an upset Leclerc, who was fastest in the morning, went Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, George Russell and Robert Kubica. Q2 then began with a blistering record lap from Bottas in 1:10.701. Hamilton was one-tenth down for second with Verstappen third ahead of Kvyat.With four minutes remaining, all 15 returned for a final flurry in which Verstappen topped Bottas in 1:10.618 – a record that suggested he might repeat Red Bull’s success, with Ricciardo, last year.Out went Nico Hulkenberg, Lando Norris, Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen and his Alfa team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi, all bickering about the traffic and blocking before the top ten shootout.On his first run, Bottas laid down a marker in a record 1:10.252 to lead the way ahead of Verstappen as Hamilton struggled for a clean lap, but all that changed on his final run. For all the Latest Sports News News, Motorsports News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Men’s tennis: Badgers look to bounce back at home

first_imgNo. 44 University of Wisconsin men’s tennis returns home this weekend to face both Michigan and Michigan State after dropping consecutive matches last weekend.The two losses snapped a seven-match win streak for the Badgers (13-3 overall, 3-2 Big Ten), who will be looking to get back on track at Nielsen Tennis Center where they’re 9-1 this season. That single loss came in a hard-fought match against No. 8 TCU, solidifying Nielsen as a bastion for Wisconsin this season.While Michigan State (10-12 overall, 0-5 Big Ten) will not present much of a threat, No. 20 Michigan (15-4 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) has all the makings of a tough match at hand for the Badgers.Michigan State — FridayThe Spartans have not fared well this season and are in the midst of a six-match losing streak. What’s even worse for the team is that in Big Ten-individual play, only a single player has won a match — Michael Dube defeated Indiana’s Daniel Bednarczyk (3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)) last weekend during a 6-1 loss.Michigan State also lost six matches this season without registering a single point, leaving them winless against ranked teams.Against a Wisconsin team that has beaten some of the best talent in the country, things don’t look too bright for Michigan State.Michigan — Sunday 12 p.m.Two Wolverines are ranked singles players, No. 81 Jathan Malik and No. 104 Alex Knight, and the doubles pairing of Knight/Runhao Hua is No. 74 in the country.That talent hasn’t been wasted either, thanks to the help of the bottom of Michigan’s lineup. Combined, the fourth through sixth spots have gone 43-9. In fact, the only spot that has a losing record is the first singles spot.Thanks to the team’s well-roundedness, Michigan registered wins over No. 22 Tulsa, No. 25 Penn State and No. 25 Duke.After winning five of their last six games — their single loss came against No. 4 Ohio State — Michigan will be a tough opponent for Wisconsin, even with home court advantage.last_img read more

Rock of Redemption

first_imgIn regards to the University of Pittsburgh, Hubbard Hollensworth and Harry Ray Wooten were the first student athletes enrolled at Pitt in 1911. However it would take until 1945, 34 years for any genuine notice to be given to them or any other African American athlete to attend the University.In 1944 Jimmy Joe Robinson, who eventually became Rev. Jimmy Joe Robinson was an outstanding running back from the small town of Connellsville, Pa. In 1945 he was awarded the first full football scholarship given to a Black athlete to attend and play at Pitt.Reverend Robinson reflects: “I was recruited by Clark Shaughnessy who came in to coach Pitt from Stanford. I was attending Connellsville High School. I was the first ‘recruited’ Black football player to play at the University of Pittsburgh. I can’t recall the impact that the first Black athletes admitted to Pitt might have had. I was 17 years old from a small town and I had no idea about any Black role models or heroes that might have attended the University of Pittsburgh before I did. I was from a small town. I had no idea about racism at Pitt or anywhere else. One incident stands out in my mind. I went out to dinner one day with a group of young White players that had been recruited.We went into a restaurant in Oakland. We sat down at our tables to order our meal. The waitress kept zipping by us. One of the young men inquired as to what was going on?The waitress responded, ‘My manager says that we can’t serve him,’ and pointed to me. This was in Oakland. So the group of players that I was with took the tables and turned them upside down and walked out angry. I was so naïve I continued to sit there wondering what was going on because I was taught as a youngster to know my place. There were formal Jim Crow laws in the South but there were unwritten laws in the North. Up to that point I had not experienced racism because I played football in high school with a lot of White players that had also made the Pitt squad.The team and the University were not the real problem it was Oakland. When we played other teams they were not teams from the South. Mostly all of the teams that we played were northern teams, Big Ten teams, etc. I was called a lot of names but it was nothing like what Jackie Robinson had to face when he integrated Major League Baseball two years [1947] after I received my football scholarship. Rev. Robinson also felt that his contribution has had a minimal impact the athletes of the present.What we endured and sacrificed for the most part has never been taught to the youth of today because most Black parents nowadays don’t really teach their kids about the struggles of the past.”As far as race being a factor in determining his grades Rev. Robinson had this to say; “As far as my grades being affected by my race, I really have no evidence of that.” Reverend Robinson went on to “congratulate Pitt and the African American Alumni Council [for hosting] The Forefront of a Century of Change celebration which will be held May 10 at the Petersen Events Center celebrating this historical event.” He also said that he would “participate and function in any role that the University asked of him.”Linda Wharton-Boyd, current president of the Pitt African American Alumni Council spoke with me from her office in the nation’s capital and said that “while traveling the country she had a vision to reconnect African American alumni to the University. Over the past few years I have been attempting to re-connect the University of Pittsburgh to its national African American alumni base. The sports alumnus represents just one of the segments that should be reconnected. The ultimate goal is to connect to, health care professionals and legal professionals as well.” She has also spearheaded a fundraising effort to raise five million dollars toward that effort of which close to 3 million dollars of that sum has been realized to date.“This is a monumental event for the University of Pittsburgh, embracing both the past and the future,” said University of Pittsburgh Athletic Director Steve Pedersen. “We are excited and honored to be welcoming back many Panther greats to this celebration.“The unprecedented event will commemorate the achievements of African-American student-athletes the past 100 years at the University of Pittsburgh. The celebration will be hosted by famed sports­caster Bob Costas.Costas, winner of 21 Emmy Awards, is one of the most recognized and accomplished figures in sports broadcasting. Costas—with NBC Sports since 1979—has covered nearly every major sport, but is most identified with the Olympics and baseball.Herb Douglas, president emeritus of the International Amateur Athletic Association, Inc. and a member of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees, is serving as dinner chair.“The contribution of African-American student-athletes has been significant in the history of the University of Pittsburgh. This event is an evening to celebrate where we are and where we have come the last 100 years,” said Douglas. “There is, however, always room for improvement and we have to engage ourselves and strive for continued excellence from all our athletes” (from the University of Pittsburgh press release).(For event and ticket information call the University of Pittsburgh at 412-624-2939.) (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected]­courier.com or 412-583-6741.) The year was 1911. The industrial revolution was going strong in the industrial capital of the world. South of the Mason-Dixon line, Jim Crow laws were etched in stone. Pittsburgh was situated just above the North-South boundary. There were no official “James Crow” laws in place but the unacceptable law of racial exclusion was imprinted on the hearts of some from all points, north, south, east and west in America.last_img read more

2018 Olympia Traffic Box Wrap Designs Open for Public Vote

first_imgFacebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaThe City of Olympia requests the public’s help in choosing the designs that will decorate 10 lucky traffic boxes in Olympia. The designs with the most votes will be fabricated as vinyl wraps that will be applied to the boxes and remain in place for 2-3 years. Look through the submitted designs and vote on any and all of those that you’d like to see as you travel through Olympia.Voting is open now and will continue through February 28 on the City’s Facebook page, and in person at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW.Winners will be announced at the City Council meeting on March 27, 2018 and wraps will be installed May 2018, weather depending. Salmon Hunting by Cole Jucksch. Photo courtesy: City of Olympia Scattered Thinking by J Colwell. Photo courtesy: City of Olympia Eostre by Jennifer Kuhns. Photo courtesy: City of Olympia The Majestic Freya by Jessica Tippin. Photo courtesy: City of Olympia Is This Real by Michelle McDonald-Lopez. Photo courtesy: City of Olympia 2018 Olympia Traffic Box Design, Lotus in Poetry by Phyllis Cole. Photo credit: City of Olympia In The Tropics by Mark Larson. Photo courtesy: City of Olympialast_img read more

Report: Raiders signing kicker Matt McCrane with Mike Nugent injured

first_imgThe Raiders are signing kicker Matt McCrane, NFL Network first reported, since Mike Nugent suffered a hip injury in Sunday’s 28-20 loss to the Dolphins.McCrane is an undrafted rookie who spent preseason with the Arizona Cardinals and hit all four of his field goal attempts, including kicks from 53 and 54 yards. McCrane attended Kansas State from 2014-17, where he hit 57-of-66 field goals (86.4 percent) and 133-of-134 extra points (99.3 percent).Nugent, who became Oakland’s starting kicker …last_img

Crabs fall to Knights, off to 0-2 start

first_imgThe Humboldt Crabs were unable to turn the tables in its season-opening series against the Corvallis Knights, dropping Saturday’s game X-X at the Arcata Ball Park.The Crabs (0-2), now down 0-2 in the series, will look to salvage a game from the Knights (2-0) today. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m.Kokko Figueiredo got things started offensively for the Crabs Saturday night, scoring Kyle Knell — who reached on a on a single to center-field — on a sharply-hit RBI single to second base in the …last_img

‘We all have a role in building the nation brand’ – Magapatona-Sangaret

first_imgAddress by Chief Marketing Officer of Brand South Africa, Ms Linda Magapatona-Sangaret to the Annual Conference of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) Thursday 18 August 2016 Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban, KwaZulu-NatalIt is an honour to be amongst some of the country’s best marketing and communications professionals at the 2016 annual Conference of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA).As we sit here we, as professionals of the marketing and communication discipline, find ourselves in a very competitive and demanding business environment. The theme under which this Conference is being held, “Advance, Rise, Grow,” is very apt in this environment and has implications for us all – not just our Chief Executive Officers.Most importantly, this theme encourages many opportunities for innovation in our business environments, and also in our field.Ladies and gentlemen,I thought that I would use this opportunity to discuss with you some elements around a relatively new field of study and about which I am passionate, that of nation branding and building a strong globally competitive nation brand.Brand South Africa is the agency mandated to develop a compelling nation brand identity which positions the country positively.Practitioners in our field will be aware of why a positive brand identity is important, particularly in this contemporary age where brands compete with each for share of voice and more importantly, consumer attention.Positive perceptions and a strong reputation is the key currency of brands. This is also becoming increasingly important in a shifting communication landscape where negative perceptions can gain significant traction on social media platforms in a relatively short period of time. It is sometimes almost impossible for your brand to recover from such an onslaught.Positive attitudes and perceptions are a pre-condition to people choosing to visit, or migrate, to the country or to invest in a particular country.In this regard, the discipline of nation branding is particularly beneficial to developing nations. Various theorists have concluded that programmes to build strong nation brands should be part of the holistic economic programme of the country. This ensures that the country is elevated in the ranks of the global attention economy. Once a nation is part of the attention economy it is easier to attract tourists, investment, skills and positive coverage.Ladies and gentlemen,Practitioners of the discipline of marketing and communications will be all too aware that the strongest messages and exciting creative solutions are not sufficient to ensure positive perceptions of a brand, if these do not match reality.This is all the more challenging with a nation brand when each citizen is a shareholder of the brand identity and equally a consumer. The behaviour of each citizen impacts on how the nation brand is perceived.To ensure that each citizen is aware of the impact they may have on the reputation of the South African nation brand and how it is perceived, Brand South Africa has developed and is implementing its flagship domestic programme, Play Your Part. As the name suggests, it is a call on citizens to play their part to build South Africa’s reputation. It is a call for citizens to be aware of their impact on how the country is perceived.In the long term, we are confident that when all citizens become aware of their role in the nation brand building project, our behaviour will begin to match the messages we communicate both domestically and internationally.In this way, our place and ranking in the attention economy will also increase and South Africa will continue to be a sought after destination, for a variety of reasons. The South African nation brand will be able to effectively demonstrate its ability to make turn aspirations into reality while continually striving and moving to new heights.Ladies and gentlemen,I would also like to emphasize that, outside of what Brand South Africa does to build the country brand and image, a lot of work being done to position South Africa as a globally competitive destination by many roleplayers within the country. In this regard, our National Development Plan is currently our guiding framework to creating a socially and economically equitable country.Since the best communication and marketing programmes and campaigns rest on both reality and aspiration, a socially cohesive and economically strong nation brand, will go a long way towards assisting us to collectively position South Africa positively.Ladies and gentlemen,As I prepared to address you today, I remembered the words of the Roman poet, Horace, who so eloquently said: “Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” This finds popular expression in the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”Positioning South Africa positively is something which matters to us all, it is something that we each have a vested interest in. I have no doubt that our collective desire to see our country stand out positively in the attention economy will stimulate our creative juices and therein, we will find new ways of creating value for our industry. The message that we communicate about our nation brand, its people and its prospects for the future, will be stronger for the passion we have to do what we do best.Let the theme of this conference, Advance-Rise-Grow, inspire us on this journey.I thank you.last_img read more

10 months agoJuventus striker Moise Kean ponders January options

first_imgJuventus striker Moise Kean ponders January optionsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Moise Kean cannot rule out a January move away.Kean is eager to secure regular first team football after spending much of this season in the stands.A loan move away has been mooted for the youngster and he says: “Sincerely, I do not know what will happen in January.”The club will decide what to do and I only think about training and continuing to work to build something for the future. “If I feel ready for an experience abroad? I do not know yet. All I want is to become better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

BCs cities call for tax and rule changes to make housing more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Local politicians in British Columbia are calling for an overhaul of the housing system with significant tax and regulatory changes in order to bring skyrocketing real estate and rental prices back to a level local residents can afford.The Union of B.C. Municipalities has issued a report containing 32 recommendations for provincial and federal governments based on research and best practices from across Canada and around the world.Mayor Greg Moore of Port Coquitlam led the initiative for the union and said there are numerous reasons for the crisis in housing affordability that require a “multitude of solutions.”“The frustrating part that I see is many individuals and associations come out and say, ‘Well if we just did (housing) supply then everything would be solved.’ Well it’s much more sophisticated than that,” he said.“It has to look at the continuum of housing. Rental plays an extremely important part in that, but so does the demand management side of it.”Speculation by foreign and domestic investors has contributed to escalating real estate prices in Metro Vancouver, which has had a spillover effect on other B.C. communities and the rental market, he said.Using taxes as a tool along with stronger regulations at the municipal level is a “winning combination” to fix a complex issue, Moore said.To curb real estate speculation, the union wants the province to consider expanding its 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver to include other areas, such as Victoria, where markets have been heating up. It also wants a review to determine if the 15 per cent rate is sufficient.The strategy also calls for more transparency around who owns property.University of B.C. geography professor David Ley, who contributed to the report, said the United Kingdom provides a good example where regulatory changes now require identifying the owner, preventing foreign investors from dodging taxes or laundering money.“We want a declaration of who the actual owner is,” Ley said, noting that property in B.C. can be owned by trusts or companies, hiding the person behind the purchase.Taxes are also being suggested to cut at the heart of the issue of profit-driven property flipping that has fuelled some B.C. markets, Ley said.The strategy includes a sellers tax on those who flip their homes within a few years of purchase to make a profit. It also calls for a more progressive tax system that hits luxury properties at a higher rate.“What we need to recognize here is that we’re in a very abnormal situation in Vancouver, abnormal in the scale of the affordability crisis, and it does require determined response from government,” Ley said, adding a similar strategy could be helpful in Toronto where affordability has reached similar crisis levels.While housing supply is a problem, Ley said it’s too simplistic to expect that increasing the overall supply will be a solution for the market because many units are being built every year.“The problem is that those are not affordable units and they’re not targeted to a local market or at least to the local wage structure, they’re targeted to an investment market,” Ley said.The strategy calls for tax breaks on developers building affordable units, and also giving municipalities power to create a progressive property tax system so that those types of developments are provided longer-term breaks.Moore said giving municipalities more power to zone areas for rental developments would ensure that new buildings remain as rental stock.The union has been in talks with the provincial government, and Moore said he hopes to see some of the recommendations included in the upcoming budget.The B.C. Green party released its housing strategy Wednesday that also focuses on speculation, the supply of affordable housing, financial relief for renters and improved transparency and data collection on ownership.“British Columbians have awaited action for far too long,” said Leader Andrew Weaver in a statement.“It is time to move past rhetoric and get to work delivering solutions.”Housing Minister Selina Robinson said in a statement that the province has already taken steps to address the housing crisis by improving supports for tenants and landlords, increasing housing for the most vulnerable, and cracking down on tax cheats.She said the government welcomes the strategy put forward by municipalities and the upcoming budget will include a plan that “looks at the big picture.”—Follow @Givetash on Twitterlast_img read more

Blueberry First Nations back in court over industrial development

first_imgIn a post on the Blueberry River First Nation Website Friday, the First Nation “Instead of pursuing reconciliation and negotiating a solution, we are forced to seek a court imposed order to protect our treaty rights, which may prohibit any further taking up of land in our territory until our treaty rights are met.”The First Nation claims more than 73% of our territory is within 250 metres of a clear-cut, oil and gas well, processing plan, road, dam or other industrial infrastructure.A spokesperson for the B.C. Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation told the Globe and Mail they are still working to reach a settlement. “The issues we are discussing are difficult and complex, but we’ve made good progress and remain hopeful that we will still be able to reach a lasting resolution together.”A map of cumulative industrial development in the Blueberry River First Nations traditional territory. Photo by Blueberry River First Nations. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Blueberry First Nation will continue their court case against the Province of B.C. starting Monday.The provincial government announced in October of 2018 that they had reached an agreement with the Blueberry River First Nations to further adjourn a pending Treaty infringement lawsuit until April 29, 2019, to allow for continued collaboration on addressing the effects of resource development in Blueberry River traditional territory.Just over three years ago, the Blueberry River First Nations sued the B.C. government, claiming that the cumulative impact of industrial development on its traditional territory has breached the government’s obligations under Treaty 8. The First Nation claims that its members are no longer able to exercise their treaty rights as originally intended.last_img read more