Red Bull rivalry overtakes Hamilton, Rosberg spat

first_imgBy Steve KeatingFor weeks the Formula One world has been riveted on a feud between championship contenders Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton but after the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday the Mercedes team mates have another rivalry to worry about.After a difficult start to the season, Red Bull returned to the top of the podium when Australian Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden F1 win, bringing Mercedes perfect start to the season to an end after six consecutive victories and five straight one-two finishes.While the buildup to the Canadian Grand Prix was dominated by talk of a spat between the Mercedes drivers, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was warning that his team was not yet ready to throw in the towel and backed up the bravado on Sunday with Ricciardo’s win and third place finish from quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel.For the first time this campaign Mercedes faced real adversity as Hamilton was forced out after 46 laps with brake problems while Rosberg struggled with power problems half way through the race, then holding on for second place.“Now we will stick together as a team, analyse and understand what happened and come out of this situation even stronger,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. “First of all, I must say I feel very sorry for Lewis.“His retirement was not his fault in any way and it is something the team has to take on the chin.“Both drivers were doing a great job.“Nico did a sensational job to get the car home, and it was a fantastic piece of damage limitation given how much power he was giving away to the other cars.”Certainly the weekend was not an entire write off for Mercedes.The team heads back to Europe for the Austrian Grand Prix on Red Bull’s home track in two weeks with Rosberg perched firmly atop the drivers’ standings on 140 points followed by Hamilton with 118 and Ricciardo a distant 61 points back in third.Mercedes also remains in firm command of the constructor’s standings leading with 258 points, almost double of Red Bull on 139.“I did the best that I could out there today and felt like I was having a strong race but unfortunately it just wasn’t our day,” said Hamilton, a three-time winner on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. “Montreal has been a good track for me so to come here and not finish is disappointing but there are plenty more races ahead of us this season so let’s hope for better fortune.“There was nothing I could do about our issues really.“It’s great for the team that Nico was able to hold on and get second place today but it’s tough for me. That’s two DNFs (did not finish) now this season and now I have to try and recover the points gap again.“But these are learning experiences: we’ll learn as a team and get stronger.”last_img read more

Food security

first_imgA recent report, titled ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’, has stated that an estimated 820 million people worldwide did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year. The annual report is based on a global assessment by leading UN agencies on food security and nutrition in relation to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030.Included once again in the report are worrying statistics which should force governments and international development partners to do more to end hunger and malnutrition, and to ensure that countries take urgent steps towards being food secure.According to the report, the pace of progress in halving the number of children who are stunted and in reducing the number of babies born with low birth weight is too slow, which also puts the SDG 2 nutrition targets further out of reach.The report has found that hunger is increasing in many countries where economic growth is lagging. It also found that income inequality is rising in many of the countries where hunger is on the rise, making it even more difficult for the poor, vulnerable or marginalised to cope with economic slowdowns and downturns.According to the report, the situation is most alarming in Africa, as that region has the highest rates of hunger in the world, and those rates are continuing, slowly but steadily, to rise in almost all sub-regions. In eastern Africa in particular, close to a third of the population (30.8 percent) is undernourished. In addition to climate and conflict, economic slowdowns and downturns are driving the rise.The report mentions that the largest number of undernourished people (more than 500 million) live in Asia, mostly in southern Asian countries. Together, Africa and Asia bear the greatest share of all forms of malnutrition, accounting for more than nine out of ten of all stunted children, and over nine out of ten of all wasted children worldwide.Here, in this region, while agriculture and agriculture-related issues have dominated discussions at almost every level, many are of the view that regional heads have not taken the kind of action to ensure countries are food secure. It could be recalled that, in 2002, former President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who had lead responsibility at the time for Agriculture in the Caricom quasi cabinet, had sought assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture to boost the region’s efforts in ensuring it is food secure.One year after, Jagdeo proposed that the region build on its past efforts to develop a common agricultural policy, and requested that the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) support the Caricom Secretariat in developing a framework for repositioning agriculture in the region.In underlining the problems the agricultural sector faces in the region, Jagdeo had stressed that, in the changing global environment, the sector was neither providing for food security nor earning the foreign exchange needed to cover the region’s growing food import bill.In addition, at a Caricom Heads of Government Conference in Grand Anse, Grenada, Mr Jagdeo had presented a paper, titled “A Framework for the Repositioning of Caribbean Agriculture”. In that framework, he had stressed the need for a regional policy and strategy aimed at strengthening food security and alleviating poverty; and in January 2005, then President Jagdeo’s proposal was formally dubbed the “Jagdeo Initiative”, with the theme, “Strengthening Agriculture for Sustainable Development”.The declining role of agriculture in the region, the continuing loss of preferential markets for the region’s traditional products, and the rapidly increasing extra-regional food import bill are among the serious and challenging issues highlighted in the “Jagdeo Initiative”. However, while there has been much banter on the topic, many are of the view that not enough was done to strengthen the region’s agriculture sector and bring it to a level envisaged in the “Jagdeo Initiative”.There is need for countries in the region to better organise themselves and their individual farming sectors, and encourage young persons to embrace new technologies to see farming and agriculture as a business.While Guyana is on the cusp of becoming an oil-producing nation, and much attention is being placed on this new economy, it is hoped that the authorities here will not place other traditional sectors, among which are agriculture, mining and manufacturing, on the back burner. Guyana must continue to make the necessary interventions to ensure the country produces enough to meet the demands of its citizens, and to even take advantage of the export market.last_img read more

India’s 400m gold medalist (Hima Das) made me breathless for a moment

first_imgDear Editor,Breathless for a moment I was, to witness one of sports’ (track & field’s) historic moments, with India’s Hima Das’s memorable 400m under-20 win at the just concluded IAAF UNDER 20 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TAMPERE,FINLAND 2018, which just came to a close a few days ago.For as long as I can recall, I have followed sports of many disciplines internationally, and Team USA has always been a favourite of mine over the years. However, when need be, credit is given to non-American athletes for their accomplishments.Hima Das of India has just qualified for such an accolade for creating history. I hope to witness her more in competition as we go forward.It was always “common knowledge” that Indian athletes could never rub shoulders with the rest of the world in track and field, but India has now proven to the entire universe that it is a myth, and they have just taken command as a leader in their own right.I hope India now has a master plan in store for their track sports, and we will witness more of Indian athletes qualifying for the sprints.This should also be an eye opener for potential track and field athletes of Guyana, and the competition has just been opened up wider.Her strategy for the win was awesome. I have always said that the 400-metre race is a killer race, and it matters not if you have speed or you are a strong runner, always keep something in the tank just after the final turn in that event, as you make the home straight to the finish line.Attached is a photo image of India’s 400m Champion 2018, Hima Das, which I am sharing from a news report via fb.Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

Govt denies hiring all Afro-Guyanese Permanent Secretaries

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon has denied claims that the coalition Government deliberately appointment mostly Afro-Guyanese as Permanent Secretaries in the various Ministries.Economist and former Alliance For Change (AFC) Executive Member, Sase Singh, in a letter to the editor that was published in a local newspaper on Wednesday, took a swing at Government for creating a “situation of ethnic bias.”Singh noted that the facts cannot be “washed away” when the evidence is there within the public system, that is, 16 of the 17 Permanent Secretaries within the system are Afro-Guyanese.However, Minister Harmon, who has responsibility of Permanent Secretaries and their deputies within the public system, refuted that the situation was a deliberate one. In fact, Harmon, in response to Singh, told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the former AFC Executive got his facts wrong.“These are appointments that are made by a Government and Mr Sase Singh should check the facts before he goes to publish because when he said there is only one person of a different race in that group, he needs to re-check it. You don’t just go by name and then determine that… If you check, you will find that the information is incorrect,” he said.The Minister of State went on to point out too that all the current Permanent Secretaries were already there when the coalition took office just over two years.“There is nobody that we brought into the system and put them as PSs. Many of them were PSs before in the previous Administration and we took them over… All we’ve done is move some of the PS from one Ministry to the next. So to say we have deliberately gone around looking for one race group to put them there, Mr Singh is being very factious,” he posited.Moreover, Minister Harmon outlined that his Government is looking for a professional public service and therefore persons who have been serving in the public service for years are the ones they are promoting to the high position since they would have already gained the experience needed.Furthermore, the Minister of State noted that from the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Sector, Government recognised the need to address certain issues such as public sector reforms. He added too that they have started training of public servants and at different levels too so as to improve the services to the public.According to Singh’s letter, in which he supplied a list of the various PSs, this situation is an increased assault against the Guyanese people by the David Granger Administration.He went on to cautioned in the letter that the social cohesion damage to this nation has to be repaired otherwise this breach will become unsealable – suggesting even that this might be deliberate.Moreover, Singh took the opportunity to call out the AFC Ministers within the Administration – whom he referred to as so-called liberal democrats – for remaining mum on the situation.last_img read more

An impatient plea for pills

first_imgIt is the American way. “If you think about American culture, some people would say, `Why take a pill?’ Others will say, `Why not?’ Americans have a very can-do attitude, and we’re not very patient,” said Carol Scott, professor of marketing at the University of California, Los Angeles. In its first week available without a prescription, the new diet pill Alli (pronounced like the word “ally”) was reportedly selling briskly despite widely reported side effects such as involuntary bowel movements and other intestinal discomforts. GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Alli, declined to give overall sales figures so far. “We do know sales were ahead of expectations,” said Malesia Dunn, spokeswoman for the company. the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pharmaceutical companies and many doctors praise the promising research to develop drugs that will cure deadly diseases like cancer or allow people with some mental illnesses to carry on relatively normal lives. But critics say Americans are becoming too dependent overall – especially on feel-good, lifestyle drugs. “If you go to a doctor and he or she doesn’t suggest a prescription, you feel like you’re not getting treatment,” said Louis Rubino, the Health Sciences Department director at California State University, Northridge. “It’s wonderful we have the research and new discoveries, but look what we’re doing. We’re using pills for erections, to elevate our moods, to sleep.” Heavy use of prescription drugs has created its own problems, some doctors say. Rubino pointed to the overuse of antibiotics, which some worried moms seek whenever little Joey sniffles. “Antibiotics aren’t working any longer because there are different strains of illnesses that have become resistant,” Rubino said. The California Medical Association Foundation launched an educational campaign almost 10 years ago to warn against overusing antibiotics. By 2000, foundation officials say, 30 percent of infections in California were resistant. Mass marketing In 2002, the last year for which data were available, 45 percent of all Americans were taking at least one prescription drug, according to Part of the problem is aggressive advertising by drug companies eager to make it appear that the solution to everyone’s problem can be found in what they are selling, critics say. Several groups, including the California Medical Association, are opposed to direct advertising to consumers. “Advertisers, if they are really successful, are able to tap into emotions and tendencies already there,” Scott said. “Those commercials are really good at getting people to see their physician and request that drug. The whole idea of advertising is, they tell you, you can always be better.” And not at least offered a prescription, a patient can feel deprived. Tea for two Where does it stop? In Los Angeles’ predominantly Latino neighborhoods, prescription drugs tend to be viewed with some suspicion among newcomers, though attitudes begin to change as American values seep into households. “When I was growing up, my grandmother believed in herbs,” said Maria Sierra, 47, whose family has lived in the city of San Fernando for several generations. “My grandmother didn’t have a normal backyard like everyone else,” Sierra said. “Her backyard was filled with flowers and herbs for teas. Strangers would show up … (on) her doorstep to ask for remedies.” Sierra said once, when she was uninsured, her mother gave her a tea to alleviate pain in her kidneys. “Now that I work (and am insured), now that I’m older, I’ll take the pills,” she said. Still, Rosie Jadidian, pharmacy director for Northeast Valley Health Corporation, said some Latino patients are hesitant to take their pills prescribed for chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. “When they don’t really see or feel what the disease is doing, it takes a long time to warm up to a medication. … I see a lot of motivation when they are here and they see a doctor, but then not so much enthusiasm once they get it home,” Jadidian said. Jadidian said patients have to be told directly what will happen if they do not take their pills. “The issue hits them more when you tell men, for example, that if you don’t control your high blood pressure, it can cause erectile dysfunction.” The number of prescriptions dispensed to U.S. patients increased by 4.6 percent in 2006, after a 3.2 percent increase in 2005. The increase was fueled by the Medicare Part D benefit, more use of generic drugs and the introduction of new drugs targeted to specific diseases such as cancer and diabetes, according to IMS Health, a consulting firm. “This growth was driven by factors that include an aging population and the Medicare prescription drug benefit,” an IMS report says. The company predicts that sales growth will continue to increase moderately through 2010 as more generic products enter the market. (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As soon as she was diagnosed with high cholesterol, Maritza Cuestas got a prescription for medication from her doctor. The 50-year-old Palmdale resident took the pills for a while but stopped because they gave her headaches. “I don’t like taking pills,” Cuestas said. “Doctors give you something to try, but they don’t really know if it’s something you need.” Cuestas is now drinking celery juice, a tonic that her mother in El Salvador swears will help reduce cholesterol. Cuestas’ co-worker Josie Carrasco of Sylmar stands by garlic as a remedy for high cholesterol. But in general, many Americans simply take a pill for high cholesterol and almost any other affliction – something Cuestas and Carrasco find frightening. “It’s not that there are too many pills; it’s that people abuse them out of ignorance,” Cuestas said as the two recently ate lunch in Woodland Hills. “A lot of people prefer pills instead of eating right, instead of exercising.” Some health experts blame America’s obsession with instant cures – overeagerness to be “pilled” and patched – on time constraints in an overworked society impatient to wait for results of lifestyle changes to kick in. last_img

The best Abou Diaby jokes after player is linked with West Brom transfer

first_img Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diary with Gunners legend Thierry Henry You can’t help but look back at Abou Diaby’s career and think what might have been.The fragile Frenchman was one of the most promising central midfielders when he signed for Arsenal at 20. He proved a big hit with the Gunners, and hit his peak three years later alongside Cesc Fabregas, as Arsenal finished third in the 2009/10 Premier League season and made the Champions League quarter finals.He made 29 league appearances that season, the most he ever managed in one campaign for the Gunners, as his opportunities were ultimately limited and his development stunted by ongoing injury troubles.Credit to manager Arsene Wenger, the club stood by the player, but fast forward five seasons – having played only another 31 Premier League games – Diaby was finally released this summer when his contract expired.Many expected the 29-year-old to return to France, but it was suggested on Wednesday he is instead set to remain in England, with West Brom reportedly opening contract talks with the midfielder.Baggies and Gunners fans alike praised the potential deal, but the meme-makers were also out in force to react to the news.Check out some of the best reaction below! 1last_img read more

Spurs No.1 Hugo Lloris reveals contract talks are on hold ahead of vital week

first_imgTottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has assured fans that talks over a new contract will continue after a vital run of fixtures for the club.Lloris, a key performer for Spurs, is keen to remain at White Hart Lane beyond the expiry of his current deal in 2019, but the club are unwilling to pay the reported £100,000 per week he wants.That has left negotiations at a stalemate and the France international wants to put talks on hold for the time being to focus on two important games this week.Spurs face Monaco in a must-win Champions League clash before a Premier League trip to Chelsea at the weekend.“There are times during a season when as a player you have to think about yourself and there are times when you have to think about the team – and this is one of those times when it is more important to be focused on the team,” said the Frenchman.“I don’t think this is the right moment to talk about my contract, but I want to repeat my commitment is to the club and there is no rush.“I am under contract until 2019 and I enjoy a great relationship with Mauricio Pochettino, Daniel Levy and, of course, the fans, so there is no need for anybody to worry.“There is nothing to worry about. I don’t think this is the right moment to talk about [my contract]. But I want to repeat my commitment is to the club and there is no rush.“We will see what will happen, but at the moment I am focused only on Monaco and the other important matches coming up because it is a busy time of the year.”Spurs realistically need to beat the French outfit if they are to avoid an early exit from Group E.Pochettino’s men trail Monaco by four points and second-placed Bayer Leverkusen by two, following successive home defeats at Wembley. 1 Hugo Lloris is keen to extend his stay at Spurs last_img read more

Larry King foundation to benefit 300 cardiac care patients

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — A foundation started by CNN talk-show host Larry King will cover the cost of cardiac care for about 300 uninsured patients at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. “There’s no greater war than what happens in this hospital every day,” King said Wednesday, explaining why he chose to partner with County-USC. “It’s a war of saving lives, it’s a war against ill health and a war against disease and a war against injury.” King, 72, and his family started the foundation after he underwent successful quintuple bypass heart surgery in 1997. The foundation aims to provide free medical devices and to cover operating room costs for up to 100 charity cases at County-USC annually for the next three years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Hospital officials estimate the cost of providing the services will be $750,000 a year. About 2 million people without health insurance live in the county, more than any other in California. Some 1,200 uninsured patients seek cardiac treatment at County-USC each year, said Pete Delgado, chief executive of LAC-USC Healthcare Network. The partnership will help ease some of the burden of treating charity cases, he said. “This is the kind of public-private partnership that we need,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “We need to be creative. We need to ensure that people have the kind of health care that they need.” 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


first_imgThe Blaney camp had known for days that all was not well with the man they thought would contest the forthcoming general election for them in Donegal North East.But the exact reason why Niall Blaney decided to leave it until just an hour before the election convention to drop his bombshell still remains a mystery.Some say the fact that Fianna Fail headquarters insisted on a two candidate strategy was the straw which broke the camel’s back. But when rumours circulated on Saturday afternoon that a pre-convention meeting had been arranged for the Silver Tassie in Ramelton, the writing was on the wall.Niall Blaney did not even turn up at the meeting to make the announcement, but left that to his trusted friend and supporter Donal Coyle.Coyle delivered the few short pre-prepared lines leaving many wondering what had just happened.This is the short statement issued by Niall Blaney to his supporters.  “It is with regret that I have decided for personal reasons not to contest the forthcoming general election.“I sincerely thank all who nominated, me worked for me and voted for me. Coming from a deep republican background, I have been proud to serve the people of Donegal North East in Dail Eireann for almost nine years .“I have done this to the best of my ability and hope that it has made a difference for the people I have represented. I have been honoured by their trust, support and confidence.“I do not take this decision lightly but it is a decision that I hope my party and supporters can respect. I wish the FF candidates, whoever they might be, every good luck in the campaign,” he said.Ends MMMMWHAT BLANEY TOLD HIS SUPPORTERS AN HOUR BEFORE HE WAS DUE TO STAND FOR SELECTION was last modified: January 30th, 2011 by StephenShare 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

Sviatchenko: Score was embarrassing but Celtic will bounce back

first_img“At some points [it’s impossible to stop them] but then again I thought that in periods we couldn’t cope with so many runs and we need to look at the video and see whether mistakes have been made.“I don’t want to be lying flat down, I want to pick myself up, put my chest out and say ‘okay, what can we take out of it?’“Of course it’s a bit hollow to say that we did anything because we lost by seven.”Celtic now look ahead to their remaining group stage games with matches against Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach to come. Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has said that he and his teammates felt embarrassed by their 7-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.The Scottish champions were overrun by Barcelona’s attacking players and suffered their heaviest European defeat, with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick.Sviatchenko admitted that the defeat was bruising and that, although up against arguably the best strike trio in world football, lessons would have to be learned.“It’s always a bit embarrassing to lose by seven,” he told STV. “But we need to pick ourselves up and look forward. While refusing to dismiss the scale of the loss, Sviatchenko said that the players would not suffer a psychological blow and could look forward with optimism. However, he revealed that the dressing room had been low after full-time.“I believe that we have the mentality to bounce back,” he said. “I think the squad is one that can show that and we just need to move forward.“Luckily we have a lot of games in this tournament to bounce back.”“Obviously it will always be a bit quiet after an embarrassing moment like that. There weren’t many words spoken, it was more like a bit of embarrassment.”last_img read more