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F1 mourns sudden death of race director Whiting

first_imgFormula One race director Charlie Whiting, a popular and key figure in the sport, has died three days before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the governing FIA said in a statement on Thursday. He was 66.The Briton, who started his career working for the Hesketh team in 1977, died in Melbourne of a pulmonary embolism, it said.“It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s sudden passing,” said Jean Todt, president of the International Automobile Federation.“He has been a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport. Formula One has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie.”Whiting, who had been race director since 1997, first worked in Formula One for defunct British outfit Hesketh before crossing to Brabham to work with the sport’s former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone in the 1980s.He joined the FIA as a technical delegate in 1988.As FIA director, Whiting was a driving force in pushing improved safety and played a key role in the introduction of the halo, the ring-like barrier fitted over the drivers’ heads to protect them from heavy impacts and missiles.The halo was credited with saving driver Charles Leclerc, now at Ferrari, from a potentially serious injury at last year’s Belgian Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso’s McLaren bashed against his Sauber’s bodywork as it flew over the Monegasque’s head.The news was met with shock in the Formula One paddock where Whiting was close to drivers, with whom he conducted pre-race briefings, and teams who sought technical guidance and clarifications.“Charlie will be remembered as one of the giants of our sport, as well as a great colleague. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with all of his loved ones,” former champions McLaren said on Twitter.Red Bull tweeted: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of Charlie Whiting’s passing and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”Ross Brawn, F1 managing director, said he was “devastated” to lose a friend and colleague.“I have known Charlie for all of my racing life. We worked as mechanics together, became friends and spent so much time together at race tracks across the world,” the former championship-winning boss of Brawn GP said in a statement.“I was filled with immense sadness when I heard the tragic news.”Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said on Twitter: “Very sad and surreal news ahead the Australian GP. Can’t believe it..“My thoughts are with the family and friends. He’s done so much for the sport we love.”last_img read more


May 14, 2020 0

Robbing small miners

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to bring to your attention a matter that involves corruption at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission. I have been responsible for some claims held by Cyril Francis and Joseph Isidore (my father), both deceased who were both residents of Mahdia. Since after my father’s death, I’ve tried to get the claims verified with much difficulty.The first issue I had with the Commission was in 2010 when I attempted to verify eight claims at Konawak, Mining District #2. Another claim holder, who I would consider a “big fish” came up with a strategy to take those claims away from me. So I was told that the said claims were null and void due to late payments. However, in 2012 – upon my lawyer’s request for information of the claims, I received a response stating that only two of the eight claims were null and void.It was very interesting to note that the two gold claims with excellent potential were made null and void by the corrupt GGMC official to benefit a Pomeroon “big fish” gold miner.In 2015, I commenced verification of another 10 claims in Pamela, Mining District #2. This process has prolonged until now whereby another “big fish” is trying to attack again. I must let you know, however, that these individuals are being aided by officials in the GGMC. Not the ordinary officials, by the way, it’s the ones at the top level who are facilitating these culprits to get whatever they want from the small miners.The particular claim that this “big fish” is trying to grab is Gift #1, which is situated on the left bank of the Potaro River about 2500’ from Pamela Landing. The coordinates read: A- 59.201831, 5.334111; B- 59.202110, 5.334850; C- 59.204050, 5.33850; D- 59.204180, 5.337720. Location date: 15th September, 1993, all payments were made on time, boundary lines clear and boards intact.With no authentic reason, this individual has been able to have a cease order placed on our operations there. He has no grounds for dispute, but still continues to attract the attention of the officials to even adhere to his plea.I think it is time to expose the things that have been going on at the GGMC, as these people fail to realise that we all have to live. They have been continually robbing the small miners and this has to stop.Sincerely,Mary Isidorelast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Canadian High Commissioner hosts COTED delegation

first_imgCanadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterje, hosted a reception for the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) delegation who are currently in Guyana for the 45th COTED meeting.Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterje, and Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, share a toast at 45th COTED receptionHigh Commissioner Chatterje noted that the reception was another facet of the Canada Caricom relationship, which is grounded in strong people-to-people links as well as economic and diplomatic cooperation.“Canada considers Caricom a valued partner. Over the years, our commercial relationship with the Caribbean has grown exponentially,” Commissioner Chatterje said.She added that the two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Caricom member states reached $1.6 billion in 2015, while the total service trade reached $3.6 billion in 2015. She further added that over 2.2 million Canadians visit the Caribbean every year.“We see great opportunities working with CARICOM and their individual members to continue building on this relationship, and at times repair areas of weakness,” Commissioner Chatterje noted.High Commissioner Chatterje is also the Canadian Representative to Caricom.Also speaking at the reception, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in brief remarks, stated that Caricom stands ready to re-engage on the trade and development agreement. He added that CARICOM and Canada have enjoyed a strong relationship that will remain unbroken.Additionally, the Caricom SG encouraged Canada to continue leading the charge in the fight against climate change “by getting the Paris Agreement implemented. It has to be 1.5, and we are not going to stop talking about climate change until it’s 1.5. One point five for us to stay alive.”COTED plays a critical role in ensuring the functioning of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy through initiatives that streamline markets, foster economic and production integration, and facilitate the movement of skills among member states.The 45th Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) concluded on Friday.last_img read more


January 13, 2020 0

Dawson Creek Fire Department responds to garage fire

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a garage fire late Thursday night.The Fire Department responded to the fully involved fire in the 1400 block of 111 avenue in Dawson Creek.  Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy black smoke and fire in the garage of the home and also near power poles.Due to the power poles, the firefighters were forced to fight the fire from a distance to avoid electrocution.- Advertisement -The fire was contained to the garage, however; the garage and 2 vehicles inside were destroyed in the blaze.  There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Fire Department. last_img read more


January 10, 2020 0

Player who hasn’t won in 32 starts admits: ‘Sunderland have gone BACKWARDS’

first_img 2 Rodwell has urged his team-mates to give the club a ‘massive lift’ by winning in the EFL Cup While Moyes is yet to taste victory as Sunderland boss, Rodwell’s wait for a win has been far longer.The 25-year-old has started 32 Premier League games since his £10million arrival from Manchester City in summer of 2014, and has won none of them.Real Madrid star Gareth Bale famously went 22 league starts after his move to Tottenham from Southampton without seeing his side collect three points, while Darren Moore endured a winless run of 29 matches following promotion to the top flight with Derby.In all, Rodwell’s 32 starts for the Black Cats have yielded no wins, 15 draws and 17 defeats, and contributed to just 15 points from a possible 96.owever, he has fared better as a substitute, winning five, drawing five and losing ten to help collect 20 points from a total of 60. Jack Rodwell has challenged his Sunderland team-mates to drag the team out of trouble after admitting they have gone “backwards”.The Black Cats find themselves marooned at the foot of the Premier League table as Saturday’s late 1-0 defeat at West Ham left them five points adrift of safety and still without a victory nine games into the new campaign.After finishing last season with just one defeat in 11 matches under then manager Sam Allardyce, that has come as a major disappointment and left Allardyce’s successor David Moyes fighting an uphill battle.However, Rodwell says the new boss is not at fault for the slump and insists it is the players who must put things right.The Black Cats are set for a tough test at home to Arsenal on Saturday after a midweek EFL Cup trip to Southampton, but the former Everton and Manchester City man has called for the side to claim a positive result.Rodwell told the Chronicle: “We probably have gone a bit backwards. It’s not easy when you are chopping and changing all of the time, as players, as managers, but that’s no excuse.“We have a great manager here and we need to do it on the pitch. It’s the 11 players on the pitch who have to do it. We have gone a bit backwards, but we are the ones who can put it right.“The manager will be bitterly disappointed and so are the players. But anyone can beat anyone this season if you put the hard work in.“Sometimes we need a bit of luck on our side as well. If we can get a good win against Arsenal, then that will lift us massively.”CAN RODWELL STOP THE ROT? 2last_img read more


December 28, 2019 0

Everton agree to re-sign young midfielder Jose Baxter when drug ban ends

first_img1 Former Everton academy graduate Jose Baxter is set for a surprise return to Goodison Park after being offered a 12-month contract when his drugs ban ends in the summer.The 24-year-ol midfielder is currently serving a 12-month suspension after traces of cocaine were found in a routine test following a night out in February last year – the second test he had failed.Baxter was at Sheffield United at the time and was subsequently released in May before being handed the sanction in August.But he has been handed a lifeline at Everton, where he made 15 appearances for the first team, with a deal waiting for him when he has served his ban.The Bootle-born midfielder, who is likely to play with David Unsworth’s under-23s, said in the Times: “I’m speechless. Not many people get a second chance and here’s me with a third chance.”Unsworth added: “It can be anything he wants it to be.“As soon as he comes through the gates of Finch Farm in July, he will be treated like an Under-23 player and we work very hard. He will be given the same opportunities as everyone else. If that means he moves on to a Championship club or League One club later on, that will be down to Jose.“We want to help because that is the sort of club we are. He is one of our own, but I have said to Jose, in no uncertain terms, that this is your last chance.”Baxter made his Goodison Park debut in 2008, aged just 16, but he failed to make the grade with the Toffees and joined Oldham in 2012. Jose Baxter last_img read more


December 28, 2019 0

Manchester United’s best signings of the past decade – agree with our top 10?

first_img 6. Dimitar Berbatov: Signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £30.75m in 2008 – Berbatov stayed at Old Trafford for four seasons after moving from White Hart Lane in September 2008, and the striker contributed 56 goals in 149 appearances during that period. The 2011/12 campaign was his most memorable, as the Bulgarian finished top scorer for the club in a title-winning campaign that featured a hat-trick against rivals Liverpool and a five-goal display in a 7-1 victory over Blackburn. In all, the striker helped United to two Premier League titles and the League Cup. 9. Paul Pogba: Signed from Juventus for £89m in 2016 – Into the second season of his return to Manchester, Pogba has put an underwhelming debut campaign to bed. It’s still too early to fairly judge the Frenchman in a United shirt, but his form this term suggests this could end up being the best of his career. Not to mention his arrival was pivotal in signalling a new era of football under Jose Mourinho following two dreary seasons with Louis van Gaal. 2. Robin van Persie: Signed from Arsenal for £24m in 2012 – Van Persie might have had only the one season of note at Old Trafford, but it was quite the season. Sir Alex Ferguson had previously been intent on nurturing young players, but the Dutchman’s quality, despite being 29, persuaded him to ditch this policy. Fergie wanted to instantly dethrone Manchester City – perhaps with retirement also in his thinking – and the striker proved the perfect signing. He finished the campaign with the Golden Boot, having contributed 26 goals to a title-winning season that enabled Sir Alex to leave Old Trafford on a high. 5. Juan Mata: Signed from Chelsea for £37.1m in 2014 – Mata didn’t want to leave Stamford Bridge and the fans didn’t want to say farewell to him either, but then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had unequivocally decided he was surplus to requirements. What was the Blues’ loss was certainly United’s gain. Moving mid-season in January 2014, the Spaniard hasn’t quite reached the heights he did in London, but more often than not it’s his left foot that has delivered the magical moments at the Theatre of Dreams in recent years. 10 8. Ander Herrera: Signed from Athletic Bilbao for £29m in 2014 – Herrera is the type of player every manager wants in their team. Even when not in the starting line-up, the Spaniard doesn’t sulk, waiting patiently for his opportunity to get on the field. Last season was his standout at Old Trafford, but he’s got competition from Nemanja Matic in midfield this time around. 10 10 10 3. Antonio Valencia: Signed from Wigan for £16m in 2009 – Valencia is showing few signs of slowing down. The Ecuadorian has made 210 league appearances for the Red Devils and remains a vital cog to Jose Mourinho. His influence earned him the famous number seven shirt back in 2012, but the psychological impact of wearing such an iconic jersey encouraged him to revert back to the 25 shirt for the next season. It’s done the trick, because rarely has his performance been called into question. 10. Anthony Martial: Signed from Monaco for £36million in 2015 – click the arrow above, right, to see the full ranking of Manchester United’s top 10 signings of the last decade – Martial became British football’s most expensive teenager when Louis van Gaal agreed a surprise deal for the youngster on deadline day in September 2015. His impact was instant, with a goal on his debut against none other than United’s fiercest rivals Liverpool. He thrived in the early days of his career and despite his form underwhelming Jose Mourinho, the best is yet to come from the Frenchman. 4. Carlos Tevez: Signed on a two-year loan deal in 2007 – When Tevez’s time at West Ham came to a controversial end in 2007, the striker was settled in the Premier League and disinterested in entertaining offers abroad. It was Sir Alex Ferguson who made the move to sign him – with a two-year loan agreement reached – and the Argentine lived up to expectations, helping the club to an array of silverware that included a Premier League and Champions League title in his first season. 10 10 10 10 7. Phil Jones: Signed from Blackburn Rovers for £17m in 2011 – Sir Alex Ferguson pushed to bring Jones to Old Trafford six years ago and has regularly hailed the England international’s capability of becoming a United great. Speaking in April 2013, the decorated Scotsman said: “Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player. I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, not matter where we play him.” Injuries have sadly prevented the centre-back from cementing his place at the back, but a run of form and fitness has seen Jose Mourinho make him his first choice. Still only 25, he’s got a long way to go in his career. 1. David De Gea: Signed from Atletico Madrid for £18.9m in 2011 – The skinny, unauthoritative De Gea who first walked out at Old Trafford is a player of the past. In Manchester, the Spaniard has become one of the world’s finest goalkeepers, admirably overcoming an initially difficult opening to his career in the Premier League. Real Madrid have been circling his signature for the past few years, but he continues to cement his status as an all-time great at the Theatre of Dreams. 10 10 Who do you think has been Manchester United’s best signing in the last 10 years?Paul Pogba’s glowing form and Romelu Lukaku’s excellent start means their two of Jose Mourinho’s current crop who could be considered among the best.Here, talkSPORT.com has picked the best 10 of the past decade – scroll through the gallery above to see the ranking.last_img read more


December 27, 2019 0

Off-duty fireman helps save 2 from fiery crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The CHP said the Mendeses’ 1996 Honda Accord was traveling north on the freeway south of Pearblossom Highway when it was hit in the rear by a 2006 Nissan Armada traveling about 65 mph. The Nissan’s driver, identified as Calvin Williams, 40, of Palmdale, suffered what CHP officers described as minor injuries. The crash closed the northbound freeway lanes for nearly two hours. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ACTON – An off-duty Los Angeles firefighter was credited with helping save the lives of a Reseda couple whose car caught fire when it was rear-ended on the Antelope Valley Freeway, authorities said. Capt. Todd Porter, who works at Los Angeles Fire Station 44 in Cypress Park, came upon the burning car shortly after the 5:15 a.m. Friday crash. Porter had all his firefighting equipment in his car, donned it, broke the window and got the people out. Another driver also helped, said Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers. Jose Mendes, 45, and Gloria Mendes, 55, were taken to Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, officials said. Jose Mendes suffered a fractured left arm and Gloria Mendes had dificulty breathing, the California Highway Patrol said. last_img read more


December 25, 2019 0

Hundreds say a fond farewell to gentleman Francie Browne

first_imgHundreds of people turned out today to say an emotional farewell to Francie Browne.The well-known 55-year-old died following injuries he sustained in a traffic incident close to his home last Thursday evening.The much-loved husband and father passed away the following day at Letterkenny University Hospital. Advertisement Francis was led to his final resting place in a stunning horse-drawn carriage earlier today.Francis, from Listillion, loved horses and this was reflected in the manner in which he was brought to St. Patrick’s Church in Drumkeen.The high esteem in which Francie was held in the local community and across Donegal was reflected in the huge numbers of people who attended his wake in recent days.Mr Browne was later laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Advertisement A man has appeared in court in connection with the incident which led to the death of Mr Browne and will appear at a future court sitting.Editor’s note: The family of the late Mr Browne have given permission for photos to be taken at his funeral.May he rest in peace.The remains of the late Francie Browne are teken to St Patricks Church, Drumkeen by a pair of Black horses and carriage. (North West Newspix)Hundreds say a fond farewell to gentleman Francie Browne was last modified: September 14th, 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) Tags:crashdonegalFrancie BrownefuneralListillionlast_img read more


December 21, 2019 0

Amorette’s Patisserie to Open at Disney Springs on May 15

first_imgShare This!©DisneyIf you’re looking for a dessert that is almost too pretty to eat (I said ALMOST), then beginning May 15, you will want to stop at the Town Center in Disney Springs to try Amorette’s Patisserie. The new pastry shop will feature delectable goodies from classic and contemporary cakes and pastries, to macaroons, to blondies, to eclairs, and more. There will be multiple delicious items on hand to tantalize your sweet tooth.Menu items will include macarons;  pavlova; chocolate-chocolate chunk cookie; eclairs; New York-style cheesecake; opera cake; sacher torte; peanut blondie with bacon, banana and chocolate; strawberry mousse with basil sugar and lemon curd; and Amorette’s Signature Cake featuring 10 layers of delectable flavors and textures.Guests will be able to enjoy many different beverage options as well, including Champagne; sparkling wine; Amorette’s Hot Chocolate Ganache, a cupful of sippable chocolate with Chantilly and shaved dark chocolate on top; milk, coffee or tea.  The story behind the bakery, according to Disney is that Amorette’s Patisserie was established as one of the first shops in Town Center (circa 1900s) and it was passed down through the generations. The patisserie is currently owned by artistic sisters Kara and Sara, where they pour great care into designing and creating the most unique and artistic pastries.Guests will be able to pre-order Amorette’s Patisserie cakes by calling 407-934-3500 beginning on May 22. They must give 72 business hours advance notice in order to pre-order.As far as the rest of Disney Springs goes, it was recently announced that some shops and restaurants would also be opening on May 15, however, additional locations will be opening through July 1.This will surely be a must stop for many on their Disney Springs experience in the near future. I know for certain it will be one for me!last_img read more


December 21, 2019 0