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We let Hamilton down, says Mercedes F1 boss

first_imgFormula One champions Mercedes have let Lewis Hamilton down but there is still everything to play for, team boss Toto Wolff said on Sunday as the Briton fell further behind in the title chase.Hamilton started eighth in Austria, thanks to a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, and finished fourth behind winning Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas.The Briton won the same race last year.Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, extended his lead from 14 to 20 points after coming a close second.At the previous race in Azerbaijan in June, Hamilton lost what had looked a certain win from pole position after having to pit to fix a loose headrest. He finished fifth, with Vettel fourth.“In my opinion Lewis had all the bad luck that you can have,” Wolff told reporters.“We’ve let him down with the headrest, we’ve let him down with the gearbox. Now it’s about time to fight back and hopefully that’s going to happen in Silverstone.”Silverstone, Hamilton’s home British Grand Prix, is next weekend.“Generally, I feel that he didn’t have a great time most recently. He didn’t have a great time in the race today because he was suffering from the car and the tyres, he didn’t have a great time with the gearbox troubles and the headrest,” said Wolff.“So it’s about time that this changes, the momentum goes in the other direction.”Vettel and Hamilton have both won three times this season, and scored points in every race, but Hamilton has been less consistent.The triple world champion has finished off the podium four times in nine races, with a low of seventh in Monaco, while Vettel has only twice failed to make the top three – in Canada and Azerbaijan.If he cut a somewhat dejected figure afterwards, he explained that some days felt more painful than others because of what might have been and the effort expended on damage limitation.“Of course it’s a hit,” he said of the points lost to Vettel. “Twenty points behind is 20 points. It’s not great. But it could have been 30 today.“I don’t think there’s a call for me to do anything else than I’m already doing,” he added. “It’s not like the team aren’t on my side or they’re not working hard or I’m not pushing them hard enough.“I just have to keep driving the way I have been and hope things get better.”last_img read more

JC seal semi-final berth

first_imgReigning champions Jamaica College sealed a spot in the semi-finals of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup when they edged Calabar High 1-0 in a quarter-final Group H game at Constant Springyesterday.JC’s star midfielder Tyreke Magee netted a magnificent free-kick in the 83rd minute past Calabar’s goalkeeper Deandre McCoy to send his team into the last four with a game remaining.Miguel Coley, the JC coach, was happy that his team advanced to the semi-finals early.tough game”It was a tough game. I was surprised to see how Calabar played. Based on their history, they play one good game and then a bad game. They were very fit and ran with us, but we knew that in terms of quality they could not match us,” Coley who is yet to lose a Manning Cup game in the past four years at JC, told The Gleaner after the game.He praised Magee for scoring a wonderful free kick.”I am happy that he scored such a wonderful free kick but he is not where we want him to be as yet. He will get better as the season progresses,” Coley said about his key player.Coley is already looking forward to the clash with KC on Saturday.”It will be a very good game. We want to keep the momentum going. We won’t relax,” he shared.Meanwhile, Magee said it is a very good feeling to score the winning goal.”It is a very good feeling to reach the semi-finals of the Manning Cup as everybody has been working hard. We are getting better with each game. The win helps us to be free (without pressure) going into the next game,” Magee said.In the day’s second game at the venue, STATHS and Holy Trinity battled to a scrappy 0-0 draw.Kingston College took a big step towards the semi-finals by blanking Bridgeport High 3-0 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.The win moved them to four points but they are still not sure of a semi-final berth.Defeat by JC and a big win by Calabar could see them lose out.Yesterday’s resultsn Jamaica College 1, Calabar 0n Holy Trinity 0 ,STATHS 0n St Catherine 0, St George’s College 0n Kingston College 3, Bridgeport 0Points standingsGroup GTeams P W D L GF GA GD PtsHoly Trinity 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2St Catherine 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2St George’s 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2STATHS 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2Group HJC 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 6KC 2 1 1 0 4 1 3 4Calabar 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1Bridgeport 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0last_img read more

It is time for sport, athletes to benefit

first_imgIn the past, sport used to be about talent; however, it was never limited to aptitude but mostly recognised for an individual or team’s ability. That is not the case today because the sport industry has evolved.And the evolution garners much gains for persons involved, whether it be the coach, manager, player or some official or administrator. There is so much to benefit from.In fact, Jamaican and the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt – between August 2015 and August 2016 – made US.5 million. Serena Williams earned .9 million between June of 2015 and June 2016. That makes her the world’s highest-paid female athlete over that span. Bolt is the number one ranked in his sport while Williams is currently ranked at number two in hers.Beyond the playing area, Bill Belichick, New England Patriots coach takes home US.5 million annually while standing at seven million strong Celtic Boston’s coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers is the leading earner among coaches in the NBA.When it comes to sports, it pays to be at the top of your game. Today, professional athletes stand alongside hedge fund managers, private equity managers, and business tycoons as some of the wealthiest people on the planet.According to Forbes Magazine, the highest paid athletes in 2014 were Floyd Mayweather (boxer) – 5 million total earnings; Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer) – million total earnings; LeBron James (basketball) – .3 million total earnings; Lionel Messi (soccer) – .7 million total earnings; and Kobe Bryant (basketball) – .5 million total earnings.However, the salaries of professional athletes did not always looks like this. In the last 50 years or so, a number of industry developments have impacted players’ earnings.Almost a century ago in the 1920’s, the term “professional” sportsmen had a very different meaning. The earliest teams in professional football, for example, earned as little as US0 to 0 a game, and often traded for similar sums.“Iconic baseball superstar, Babe Ruth was paid just ,000 per year. Most other players made just a fraction of that, averaging 00, and supplementing their income with off-season jobs, such as selling cars or insurance. Professional golfers were among the best paid athletes during this era, with earnings coming from tournaments and contracts with upscale country clubs. Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen each received between US,000 and US,000 a year. However, this didn’t change much over the next few decades. In 1955, golfing legend Arnold Palmer had his first professional win at the Canadian Open at Weston Golf and Country Club, pocketing just US00. In contrast, Australian golfer Adam Scott won US.44 million at the Masters championship in 2013.”The 1960’s is where the evolution started due to the introduction of television in the 1950’s, along with lucrative broadcasting deals, had begun to make many professional athletes significantly wealthier. Audience inflation went from thousands in stadiums to millions via the television. This trend continued over decades and today most athletes retire as athletes, who did not had to find themselves off season jobs.Whether it be in a first class, developing or third world nation, athletes, officials and administrators are making gains out of sport.Not too far from Guyana in tiny Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada and Jamaica this is the case.Unfortunately, this is not the case here, unless, you have managed to make it to the West Indies team or gain a contract to a professional club outside Guyana.Surprisingly with all the chaos surrounding the sport, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) pays its contracted players somewhere between 0,000 to 0,000 per month, while its academy players (some 33) earn ,000 per month.Although that amount, based on the money the GCB receives from the West Indies Cricket Board (GCB) is questionable, no other sport association or Board pays its athletes anything close to the sums listed above.The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) as recent as 2014 were receiving US0,000 annually from Fifa but the players and the sport were and still are suffering. The GFF is now seeking a huge jump in its annual Fifa fundings, somewhere around US.2 million, hopefully the sport and players will gain from that mammoth amount. And the list goes on with Guyana Olympics Association (GOA) and other associations that receive huge amounts from international bodies.With the initiative implemented by the GCB, cricketers are now able to make cricket a career and can focus on harnessing their skills. This should be an area other administrators could use.The end of 2016 is just a few days away from its conclusion but in 2017 like most places around the world, Guyanese sport administrators should try their best to make sport a career for the athletes who yearn for it; it is time for the sport and athletes to benefit, not just the administrators.last_img read more

Endangered Jaguar caught and relocated

first_imgOfficials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week captured a male Jaguar in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and sent the endangered animal to  Region Four.According to a release from the EPA, on Tuesday, the Agency received reports about the capture of a male Jaguar in a trap set by residents of Lake Capoey, Essequibo, Region Two. Following this, an Officer from the EPA and a Representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources promptly visited the area to verify the news and the safety of the feline.The Jaguar is the largest cat of the Americas weighing up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds)Arrangements were made by the EPA with the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) as well as the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA), to relocate the Jaguar to the Hyde Park Animal Sanctuary at Land of Canaan on the East Bank of Demerara to protect the animal.According to the EPA, the main reason for the increasing number of Jaguars trespassing in villages and attacking livestock in Region Two is food. The long dry spell in this area is causing the large cat’s normal prey to move closer to water sources, making the search for food harder for Guyana’s national animal. This forces the animal to intrude into communities and prey upon the domestic animals found there. Other reasons for the encroachment of these animals into communities are old age and injuries.In light of the increased instances of jaguar encroachment, residents have opted to trap Jaguars to reduce the toll on their livestock. However, the EPA has advised that there were measures that could be taken to prevent Jaguars, which are legally protected in Guyana under the Wildlife Management and Conservation Regulations (WMCR), from entering the communities.The method that has proven to be most effective is to ‘’keep domesticated animals in well-constructed pens or corrals at night and to use motion-triggered light or loud sounds near the livestock, as the surprise effect would cause the feline to retreat and continue their search for food elsewhere’’.The release highlighted that the Jaguar was the largest cat of the Americas weighing up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and played an important role in maintaining a healthy environment by helping to control the population of smaller animals lower down the food chain.Since their large bodies require lots of food, they tend to prey on forest dwellers such as peccaries (bush hogs); deer; tapir (bush cow); turtles and armadillos, etc, to maintain their body mass.There are still a few thousand Jaguars left in Guyana and these are protected.Jaguars are shy by nature, and even people who walk the forests frequently do not see them because these predators tend to be elusive, hiding from sight and avoiding interaction.Residents are encouraged to report any incidents with Jaguars to the EPA Wildlife Unit on 225-5467/225-6048 ext: 226.last_img read more

Man burned in Chatsworth house fire

first_imgA 77-year-old man was seriously burned on his face and back today in a fire that damaged a Chatsworth house, authorities said. The fire broke out at 11:17 a.m. in the 22000 block of W. Tioga Place. It took 40 firefighters 23 minutes to knock it down, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers. The unidentified man was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in serious condition, Myers said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. 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

Clement powers his way to a title

first_imgSanchez is the reigning Olympic champion and a two-time world champion. He once won 43 races in a row, but the past two years have been a miserable mix of injuries and poor performances. “I feel the fire again,” said Sanchez, who coaches at Harvard-Westlake High. Born in New York City and raised in California, Sanchez runs for the Dominican Republic, only because his parents were from there. When Clement was talking to reporters following his victory, Sanchez poured water on the winner’s head from behind, an anointing of sorts. There’s no telling how good Clement might be if he ever gets those steps down between hurdles. “He’s an amazing athlete,” Sanchez said. “It’s not really that he can’t hurdle. He really doesn’t have the rhythm.” Just before Clement’s victory, Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva charmed the crowd en route to her second pole vault world title. She clinched the victory by clearing 15 feet, 9 inches, then missed three times at a world record 16-5 . Two nights after winning the 100 meters, an admittedly weary Tyson Gay advanced through the first two rounds of the 200, and Jeremy Wariner breezed through the preliminaries of the 400. In the final events, though, there were American disappointments all around. Defending champion Tianna Madison was 10th in the long jump, an event swept by the Russians. American record holder Jennifer Stuczynski, bothered by an ankle injury, was 10th in the pole vault. Defending 400-meter hurdles champion Bershawn Jackson didn’t even make the final, striking the final hurdle hard and fading in the semifinal. Perhaps the most upset of them all was James Carter, the U.S. 400 hurdles champion who had the fastest time in the world entering the meet. But Carter managed only a fourth Tuesday night. He stormed past reporters afterward. Little wonder. He was fourth in the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004. Kenya’s Janeth Jepkosgei led from start to finish in 800 meters. Maria Mutola of Mozambique, the 2000 Olympic champion, was looking for her fourth world title, but the 32-year-old runner collapsed to the infield 70 meters from the finish. Former UCLA standout Michelle Perry, the defending champion in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, is in position to bring home another gold medal in tonight’s final. Perry won her semifinal in 12.55 for the fastest qualifying time and will be joined by training partner Ginnie Powell, the 2005 and 2006 NCAA champion from USC who placed fourth in the same semifinal in 12.67.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kerron Clement powered his way to victory in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking 47.61 seconds to give the Americans an eighth medal, and third gold, in the first four days of the World Track and Field Championships. It wasn’t pretty. No one will compare Clement with Edwin Moses in terms of style, but boy does he have the raw talent to dominate a race. He stutter-stepped before the last two hurdles, and still won going away. “I’m 21,” Clement said. “I’m still young. I have a few things to work on, and the future is very bright.” Youth outraced age at the finish, but USC graduate Felix Sanchez, who turns 30 on Thursday, was more than happy with a silver medal and his 48.01 time. TRACK AND FIELD: American shows his natural talent in taking a world championship in 400-meter hurdles. By Bob Baum THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OSAKA, Japan – The kid salvaged an otherwise tough night for the United States at Nagai Stadium. last_img read more

Choosing a path in life

first_imgAt an age normally reserved for thoughts of homecoming games and necking at the movies, kids are increasingly pondering internships, starting salaries and retirement plans. First it was the private tutors to enhance the fuzzy lessons learned at school. Then came the college counselor to help students brush up on their vocabulary and round out resumes to appeal to as many universities as possible. Now, to ensure their children have yet another leg up on life, parents are turning to private career counselors to advise youngsters on how to plan their lives from their teen years on. Once reserved for adults looking to make a midlife job switch, counseling has migrated downward into school curricula and teenage life. While still a relatively new phenomenon, the nascent industry has found keen interest from parents anxious to ensure their children have every last advantage. “People say, Oh, we’re making our kids make a career choice at 14 years old. No, we’re helping them get into the process, so they can start making strategic decisions,” said Mindy Bingham, a Santa Barbara-based author whose Career Choices curriculum is used in 3,000 schools nationwide. “If they’ve got the skills and the knowledge of how to handle the process, they’ll be much better off.” This isn’t just the familiar aptitude tests that recommend a job based on multiple-choice questions where an errant answer could incorrectly suggest a kid become a jockey, a licensed chain-saw operator or a businessman. For example, Bingham took one recently that recommended she become a heavy crane operator. Such outcomes can better be avoided with courses like her 90-to-180 hour in-class strategy that maps out a 10-year plan for students. The private, in-person plans gaining in popularity go even further. One-on-one counseling, college advice tailored to suit job paths, personality analysis everything an adult frustrated with his job would seek, but refined for adolescent personalities. “I want to expand their ideas,” Mary Ann Smaby, an Atascadero mother who recently signed her two teenage daughters up for career advice, told the Associated Press. “Today’s generation of kids, they are going to have to be able to jump around a lot more, so they have to have different skills. And there’s so much out there.” These sessions don’t come cheaply, with costs running into the thousands for top-of-the-line service, but advocates note that compares favorably with tuition bills north of $20,000 for a private university. The tricky part, given teens’ famously fickle mind-set, is that the consumers won’t necessarily take to their parents’ investment. “A good career counselor will have a significant impact on a small number of teens,” said Steven Rothberg, president and founder of, a Minneapolis-based Web site that recently began offering career counseling. “The vast majority of teens think they know better and won’t listen, but for the ones who do listen and will take action, it can be very helpful. They have to want it they can’t be told that they have to do it.” Sumyyah Bilal had to get involved with the counseling field to recognize she would have benefited from such advice at a young age. As a kid growing up in Alabama, she was interested in engineering and design, but instead went into teaching and counseling. It wasn’t until she became executive director of Eureka, the California Career Information System, that she hit her stride. The Richmond-based nonprofit organization mainly develops programs for schools, but also recently added a $29.95 online component for students and adults to use at home. Bilal handles program development and software, something she wishes she’d gone into lone ago. “If I’d had a career counselor, I’d have gone into something different,” Bilal said. “It took me a long time to realize that I wasn’t a people person. I’m better dealing with data and behind the scenes kind of stuff. If you can learn who you are and what you need earlier in life, you’ll be a lot happier.” (818) 713-3738 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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

Ronaldo breaks 20-year Serie A record just months after joing Juve

first_img RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News Cristiano Ronaldo and breaking records go hand in hand, so it comes as no surprise that he has got another one.The Juventus superstar has become the highest ever Portuguese scorer in a single Serie A season after netting twice in a 2-1 win over Sampdoria. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his opening goal Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move It means the 33-year-old now has 13 league goals this season and has overtaken Rui Barrios’ 12-goal haul, also for Juventus, in the 1988-89 campaign, despite half of the season remaining.Another win means Juventus are now 12 points clear of second place Napoli, having played a game more, and are yet to taste defeat in the league. Since his move from Real Madrid in the summer, Ronaldo has scored 15 times in 24 appearances in all competitions. MONEY Ronaldo equalled the record after only two minutes when he collected the ball from Paulo Dybala and curled it past Sampdoria keeper Audero.Sampdoria made it 1-1 when Fabio Quagliarella scored from the penalty spot after Emre Can handballed in the area.On 65 minutes, Juventus were awarded a penalty and Ronaldo stepped up to convert his second of the match – and Juve’s 100th in all competitions in 2018. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED ADVICE center_img REVEALED 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The Juventus star added a second from the penalty spot huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Sales Assistant sought by The Cope Builders Providers

first_imgThe Cope Builders Providers Dungloe are now seeking a Sales Assistant for a permanent full-time position at the leading building supplies firm.An excellent opportunity exists for a Sales Assistant in one of the North West’s most established retailers. We are looking for an energetic and well-organised individual to join our successful team in our Builders Providers based in Dungloe.The successful candidate will ideally have experience in a customer facing environment and possess excellent customer care skills together with a good knowledge of the building industry and associated products. Responsibilities & Requirements:Liaise with customers, suppliers and internal departments in order to provide a timely service.Excellent customer service skills in a similar retail environment.Attention to detail, ensuring speedy processing of orders and queriesExcellent telephone manner with clear and precise communication skillsA good understanding of computers and Microsoft Office package skills requiredCross-department flexibility in terms of working role and environment as and when required.Fluent & articulate English speaker.The checking and processing of incoming and outgoing deliveries Reporting and follow up of any stock shortages or overagesAccurate and timely handling of stockFull clean driving licence to include, at least, category C1 an advantage.Forklift Licence would be preferred.A knowledge of the construction industry and construction related products would be an advantageIf you think you have what it takes to be part of a successful team. Please apply with full C.V and covering letter to:Post: H.R Officer, The Cope, Main Street, Dungloe, Co. DonegalEmail: Final Closing Date for applications: Wednesday 29th July at 5pm  Job Vacancy: Sales Assistant sought by The Cope Builders Providers was last modified: August 22nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeJob VacancyjobsSales AssistantThe Cope Builders Providerswest donegal jobslast_img read more

Future of Tory Island depends on three-year strategy, says report

first_imgThe future of Tory Island is reliant on the creation of a three-year plan for better infrastructure, employment and tourism, according to a new report.The island’s falling population and ferry access were brought into focus in a study by Pól Ó Gallchóir, who was appointed to mediate the recent ferry dispute.The number of Tory residents fell from 169 in 1996 to 119 in 2016. There are now just 23 children in creches and schools on the island. Last year, 8,688 visitors came to Tory Island, but the report found that more can be done to attract holidaymakers.Ó Gallchóir has recommended for a three year strategic plan to be formed by islanders in conjunction with the State, RTE News reports.The report says employment is essential for the island. It recommended further development in the arts, language, nature activities and the opening of the lighthouse to generate more tourism and island income.The report stressed the urgency of works needed to improve Machaire Rabhartaigh pier and the development of a purpose-built ferry. Comharchumann Oileán Thoraí has welcomed the report and accepted that much work needs to be done to safeguard the island’s future. They say that many of the recommended measures rely on the provision of the new ferry, which has been promised by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.Future of Tory Island depends on three-year strategy, says report was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more