Verstappen ahead of Leclerc in 2nd practice at Russian GP

first_imgTaal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With Verstappen to serve a five-place grid penalty following changes to his engine, Ferrari look well-placed to win for a fourth time in as many races.Leclerc won successive races in Belgium and Italy before Sebastian Vettel ended his 13-month losing streak in Singapore last weekend.Vettel, who made a slight mistake on his speedy run, was fifth in the second session, 1.039 off the pace.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Atlanta Hawks show definite signs of hope, but still rebuilding ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during the first free practice at the ‘Sochi Autodrom’ Formula One circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)SOCHI, Russia — Max Verstappen traded positions with Charles Leclerc in Friday’s second practice at the Russian Grand Prix.After Leclerc set the pace in the opening running at the Sochi Autodrome, Verstappen moved to the top of the time charts.ADVERTISEMENT The Red Bull driver finished 0.335 seconds clear of Leclerc, with Valtteri Bottas third.Lewis Hamilton, who is bidding for his first win since the summer break, was fourth, 0.798 behind Verstappen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Hamilton’s Mercedes team is so often the dominant force in Russia, having won all of the five races staged here.But Hamilton, 65 points ahead of Bottas in his quest for a sixth world title, looks to have his work cut out after finishing behind both a Red Bull, a Ferrari and his teammate, too. Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdowncenter_img Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees MOST READ Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Imageslast_img read more

The PNC is at the end of its rope

first_imgDear Editor,Ever since the December 21, 2018 successful passage of the no-confidence motion, the PNC has been engaging on non-compliance of Article 106 (6) and (7), which say that the President and his Cabinet shall resign and a date be set for General Elections.The PNC has violated this aspect of the Constitution to this day, with the most recent delaying tactic of national House-to-House Registration. They have embarked on a veneer of House-to-House Registration which in their terms is the cause for the delay in the President not resigning nor setting a date for elections. This aspect of the Constitution is deliberately sidestepped.House-to-House Registration which could take at least 20 months is never linked to the President and Cabinet resigning their post, yet David Granger insists that the two are intricately linked.Knowing that ruse of the PNC, the Chief Justice ruled that House-to-House Registration is a valid process, but, that is a programme for the situation in “normal times”; she reiterated the fact that we are not in normal times and another process must be explored. Madame Justice George in her wisdom, as it were, “ruled in their favour” thus disbarring them from making another one of these senseless appeals.Had she ruled that House-to-House is illegal, Basil Williams would have seized the opportunity to appeal which would have taken another endless cycle of appeals and counter appeals which would take us past September 18.The PNC would have again broken the law, continue their illegal stay in office and think it is funny. However, all of that is of no effect because the Chief Justice has put a block on that illegal route by the PNC for good. Now that things are “in their favour”, they must honour the Constitution as well as the CCJ’s ruling, that elections have to be held on or before September 18.The point to note here is that with Madame George’s ruling, there is added pressure on the PNC; they must finish the House-to-House Registration, the Claims and Objections, and that aspect of the Constitution that says the President and his Cabinet shall resign and call elections all within the timeframe which ends on September 18. As we say in Guyanese creole is “sh..t to clean now”, Granger and cabal are in hot, hot mess, because they must honour Article 106 (6) and (7) to the letter.If they do not respect the constitutional requirement, then the Opposition has every right to go straight to the CCJ, not the local court for redress. Granger, your days are numbered.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

17,000 square feet? That’s just for starters

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The size of the house Arnold Chase is building on Avon Mountain isn’t fully apparent from the outside, where only 17,000 square feet of it lies in plain view. It’s the two-level, 33,500- square-foot basement complex, complete with a 103-seat movie theater, ticket booth, concession stand, game room and music annex, that will make it New England’s largest occupied single-family home. At nearly 50,900 square feet, the Chase home will be slightly larger than billionaire Bill Gates’ home in Washington state, about 4,000 square feet smaller than the White House and 20 times larger than the average-size home in America. The average U.S. home measures about 2,500 square feet – up from 1,995 square feet in 1988 – according to the National Association of Home Builders. But while houses are getting bigger, rarely are they built as big as the new Chase house. “What you’re talking about is mega homes,” said Gopal Ahluwalia, the home builders association’s vice president for research. “There are few homes larger than 50,000 square feet.” The brick and stucco colonial can be seen easily from the road. But the Hartford-based businessman, who plans to vacate a comparatively tiny 8,900-square-foot home when he moves, doesn’t want too many people to know about it. He refused an interview and had a freelance photographer seeking permission to photograph the house for The Associated Press cited for trespassing. The Chase home will include a 400-square foot “observatory,” five bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and five half bathrooms, according to documents filed with the West Hartford planning office.last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino aims to temper Tottenham title expectations after battling Watford win

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino attempted to temper their season expectations despite a dramatic 2-1 victory at Watford that took Spurs within three points of Premier League leaders Leicester.Heung-Min Son struck in the last minute of normal time against the ten-man Hornets after Odion Ighalo had cancelled out Erik Lamela’s clever finish in the first half.Spurs have lost just twice this season and, while the top four remains their initial target, the title seems feasible with their main rivals all hugely inconsistent.But Pochettino was refusing to get carried away after the win in front of a vociferous Vicarage Road crowd.“We need to keep inside our real aims and I think that the most important thing is to keep working hard,” said the Argentine.“This is our philosophy and at the end of the season we hope to achieve good things.“I think this is the value of the victory that we have got today. It is massive for us and we should be very proud.”Watford full-back Nathan Ake received a straight red card for a lunge on Lamela early in the second half which ultimately changed the course of the game, but Pochettino wasn’t convinced it was a sending off.He added: “It’s a little bit nasty but I don’t think it’s a red. It’s orange because it’s more than a yellow.”last_img read more

Raiders kill 13 in Shiite village in Iraq

first_imgAlso Saturday, a roadside bomb struck a U.S. combat patrol in Baghdad, killing one American soldier and wounding three, the military said in a statement.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAmong the 13 dead were three children and two women, the officer said. Villagers trying to fight back killed three gunmen, but the militants torched more than two dozen homes and around 500 families took shelter in neighboring towns, police said. Elsewhere in Diyala, Iraqi officials said U.S. and Iraqi troops, police and members of a local tribe freed four villages from al-Qaida control, killing 10 militants and arresting 15 in a two-day operation that ended Saturday. Among the weapons and ammunition seized were 100 barrels of TNT, according the provincial army and police. The U.S. military said it could not immediately confirm the report. As the influx of U.S. troops gained momentum earlier this year, American officials have courted both Sunni and Shiite tribal leaders in Diyala and elsewhere, hoping they will help lead local drives against al-Qaida. U.S. commanders have welcomed the relative lull in violence, but warn that Sunni and Shiite extremists still pose a serious threat. The U.S. administration has pushed the Shiite-led government to capitalize on the security gains and make tangible progress toward national reconciliation. That effort has foundered. BAGHDAD – Dozens of militants, suspected to be from al-Qaida, showered a Shiite village with mortar rounds early Saturday, then stormed the streets, killing at least 13 Iraqis, torching homes and forcing hundreds of families to flee, police said. Some villagers fought back, leaving three gunmen dead in the heart of one of Iraq’s most violent regions. Even with nationwide violence ebbing to the lowest levels since January 2006, American commanders have warned that security is precarious in northern Iraqi regions such as Diyala, where Saturday’s attack took place, as al-Qaida and other militants have moved there to avoid coalition operations. The attack on Dwelah, about 45 miles north of Baghdad in Diyala, began about 6:30 a.m. with mortar rounds. Then 50 to 60 militants streamed in and opened fire, a police officer said. last_img read more

Get behind the campaign to build a new Ronald McDonald house for kids

first_imgThe Letterkenny branch of McDonalds is getting behind a campaign to build a new Ronald McDonald House at the New Children’s Hospital in Dublin.Each store has 500 stickers costing €1 each in a bid to raise vital funds for the centre.When complete the centre will cater for 53 children with rooms for each sick child. If you want to know more about how you can help, you can get full details at McDonalds in Letterkenny.And today the local branch in Letterkenny is the perfect place to be as it hosts a Fun and Games day from 12pm until 6pm.Why not pop in and take part in the many fun and games that have been put on.By contributing you can make a very real difference to the lives of so many children and their families. Get behind the campaign to build a new Ronald McDonald house for kids was last modified: October 31st, 2018 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

Surprise: MSN Has Built the Video Site of the Future

first_imgTime on SiteThe big news at MSN Video is that the site has embraced a “Time on Site” traffic metric that’s sure to represent the future of advertising. Neilsen announced this summer that they are replacing page views with time on site as the primary web traffic metric. It’s widely acknowledged that AJAX and online video are making pageviews less and less relevant all the time. While other sites (like YouTube and MySpace) keep pumping out the pageviews and trying to figure out how to best run ads – this new MSN Video site has hit on a formula that will likely represent the video portal of the future: AJAX powered video playlists, including recommended videos, that do not require new pageloads and are monetized by time-based advertising. You could spend hours watching a playlist of videos from a variety of sources on MSN Video without ever loading a new page.There’s a really nice multi-video full-screen player, too. Viewers can even edit their playlists from inside the full-screen view. As an interesting aside, reader Mike Kowalchik notes in comments here that the video is all in Adobe’s Flash, not Microsoft’s new SilverLight format. How the Ads WorkVisitors to MSN Video now see a pre-roll ad before their playlist of videos and then are shown another ad at most once every 3 minutes, regardless of the number of videos they have watched. It’s much better than standard pre-rolls and sure to be more effective than post-roll ads. The fact that the pre-rolls are unskippable needs to change, and 3 minutes still seems awfully frequent for ads – but the point is that this is advertising no longer tied to pageviews. You can’t currently embed live players off-site, the site’s aesthetics are MSN-ugly, and MSN itself is supposed to be a deprecated brand in favor of Live.com . Regardless of all that, check out the new MSN Video. It represents the future of these increasingly important types of sites. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Microsoft#web marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img There are big changes underway over at MSN Video, some of which represent a real look forward for the industry. It’s hard to believe, and it isn’t pretty, but this is a site you’ve got to check out. The site’s design, full screen player and advertising model are big. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How Much Is Being The Most Influential Man in News Worth?

first_imgWho is the most influential man in American news? It’s not Brian Williams or Bill O’Reilly or Keith Olbermann or Larry King. It’s not Seymour Hersh or Charlie Savage or Frank Rich or Robert Novak. No, arguably the most influential man in American news is Matt Drudge. So how much is that worth?Matt Drudge caught his first big break in 1994 1998 when he revealed that Newsweek had killed a story about a certain Presidential dalliance with an intern. A few days later Drudge revealed the name that would become the talk of a nation for months: Monica Lewinsky. In the early days, Matt Drudge was looked at as a gossip. But more recently, the man who was initially written off as an annoyance has begun to garner respect because his site is just too important to ignore.“Our largest driver of traffic is Matt Drudge,” says Washington Post editor Len Downie (Editor & Publisher). “If Drudge has a siren up, people know it’s something they have to look at,” says Mark Halperin, ABC News Political Director, referring to the gif animation of a flashing police light Drudge’s web site uses to indicate a breaking story. “When there’s a siren, that’s a three-alarm news deal,” says Mark McKinnon, one of George Bush’s campaign consultants (ABC News). Hillary Clinton has even reportedly been using Drudge to “leak” news that can preempt announcements from rival candidates.According to media metrics firm, Hitwise, Drudge is the 9th most visited news site on the web, the only non-corporate owned news site to consistently crack the top ten — a list that Drudge proudly trumpets on his website (the the right side collection of links). Alexa puts the Drudge Report in the top 250 most visited web sites in the US. comScore pegs his traffic at 1.3 million unique visitors per month, generating 60 million page views (Drudge himself claims far more traffic — but his page is set to auto reload often, which some contend inflates his traffic stats). He has a radio show that is syndicated every Sunday night in all 50 states.What that all ads up to is that Matt Drudge, the original political gossip slinger on the web, has morphed over the past 13 years into one of the most influential people in American news — if not the most influential.In the January issue of Portfolio magazine, writer Duff MacDonald attempts to put a value on the Drudge media empire. Using three different valuation models, MacDonald runs the numbers and comes out with values ranging from $5.3 million to $86.4 million. In the end, he settles on a range of $10-20 million.That’s probably fair, but anyone who wants to buy the Drudge Report better lock Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart (his only employee) into a long term contract. As MacDonald notes, without them, the site is worthless. Then again, it’s doubtful that Drudge would really want to sell — he makes enough money to afford a $1.4 million home in Miami he might not even live in and doesn’t seem likely to give up any editorial freedom. Related Posts Tags:#Trends#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img josh catone 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Microsoft U Rank: Personalize Your Search Results

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Definitely Still a PrototypeU Rank is clearly still a prototype. Search results take a long time to load, and some very basic user interface issues clearly still need to be worked out. There is, for example, no way to move a search result from the second search page to the first, and the interface for dragging and dropping items sometimes doesn’t work well. To be really useful, it would also be helpful if you could organize your friends into groups, so that you can share your searches on lists more selectively.However, this is also a very interesting experiment that takes search into a different direction by putting a lot of emphasis on social interaction. If your searches tend to be very broad, you would probably have to have a lot of friends to ever encounter an annotated or reordered result, but we can see how this new interface could be very useful if you are working in a team that is focused on a very specific topic. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Microsoft Research just announced the release of a new experimental search engine interface with a focus on personalization and social networking. U Rank allows you to reorder your searches, add notes, create lists of results, and share your personalized search results with your friends. The search results look like they are drawn directly from from Microsoft Live Search. Microsoft has created a short screencast that demonstrates U Rank’s functionality in detail.Definitely Not Google+Digg The main feature of this new search interface – the ability to reorder search results at will – is decisively different from the rumors about a digg-style Google interface that tend to reappear regularly. In U Rank, your changes only appear to your friends and don’t influence the overall search index.The emphasis of U Rank is on collaboration and sharing. U Rank keeps a history of all your searches, but these are not shared by default. U Rank also allows you to create lists of search results by allowing you to copy a given search result to another search. You could, for example, create a list of personalized search results for a search term like “Best Digital Camera.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Tags:#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web Related Posts last_img read more

French Scientists Gain Ground in Protests

first_imgPARIS—The French government has agreed to two key demands of its protesting researchers: nixing proposed job cuts and giving individual scientists the final say in how much time they spend on education. But the concessions may not end the battle.France has been riven over the past month by the biggest protests in higher education in decades. On Friday, French higher education and research minister Valérie Pécresse reached a basic agreement with three unions about her most controversial plan: A decree that would give university presidents the power to decide how much time academic staff spend on research and education, a ratio now fixed by national regulations. Pécresse has now agreed that no such changes can be made without the individual researcher’s consent, a concession that satisfied three smaller unions. Earlier in the week, French prime minister François Fillon promised to cancel the proposed cut of several hundreds academic jobs in 2010 and 2011.The biggest union and the engine behind the recent strikes and demonstrations, SNESup-FSU, welcomed the concessions as a “first success,” but wants the government to also take off the table a proposed change in teachers’ training programs, halt reforms at the National Center for Scientific Research, and offer a multi-year plan to hire new researchers.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Without that, there’s no point in further negotiations, according to SNESup-FSU Secretary-General Jean Fabbri. “Most of the people who have joined the strike and the demonstrations agree with us,” says Fabbri, who expects another massive turnout when protesters take to the streets in Paris and many other cities again on Thursday.Pécresse had meetings today with the other trade unions representing university lecturers and researchers.last_img read more