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‘At least I took part’ shrugs sixth-placed Vettel

first_img0Shares0000Sparks fly but Sebastian Vettel fails to fire in Silverstone qualifying © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVICSILVERSTONE, United Kingdom, Jul 13 – Sebastian Vettel shrugged and admitted he had no clear idea of why he struggled on Saturday to claim sixth place for Ferrari in qualifying for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.The four-time world champion, a strong winner of last year’s Silverstone race for a second time, was beaten for pace not only by the two Mercedes men, who took the front row of the grid, but also his team-mate Charles Leclerc, in third, and both Red Bulls. “I don’t know,” he said. “I just didn’t have the speed… At least I took part!”His self-effacing humour helped lift some gloom for the Italian team as they swallowed disappointment again after hopes had been raised by their earlier domination of final practice.“It was a bit strange because in Q1 we were as fast as were in Q3,” he added.“Usually, it’s pretty clear that you go faster from Q1 to Q3, without doing anything, but that didn’t happen today. So, strange… I just didn’t have a great feel for the car, which didn’t help.”While the top three – Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Leclerc were separated by only 0.079 seconds – Vettel was six-tenths adrift of Bottas’s pole pace in sixth.He said he could not point to a reason why he was unable to match Leclerc.“I think he did a good job, but for me I don’t have an answer now. I think it’s fairly evenly spread – he seems to gain a bit everywhere.“I just didn’t have a great feeling (for the car) this afternoon and that’s part of it because, around here, you need that or a bit of it to throw the car from side to side.”Looking ahead to the race, as Ferrari bid to end a run of 15 without a win, he conceded that he is likely to be involved in a scrap with both Red Bulls for a strong points finish.Vettel, under pressure from Italian fans exasperated by Ferrari’s struggles, is without a win in 17 races.He said: “The Mercs will be quick, but I think race-pace looks fine. It will be a tough battle between us and the Red Bulls.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Get Drumstruck!

first_imgBilled as the world’s first interactive drum theatre production, Drumstruck not only gives theatre audiences a taste of African drumming, but makes them part of the show too.After its hugely successful debut at the Liberty Theatre on the Square in February this year, it is back for a two-week run at the 1300-seat Spoornet State Theatre Opera House in Pretoria, to coincide with the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development.In a true celebration of African culture, organiser say Drumstruck offers audiencesthe “unique opportunity to become part of a show that is unlike any other: a show of criss-crossing southern and west African rhythms, a show of colliding, intersecting cultures, a show of stomping, clanging percussion, a show of heartstopping dance and movement, a show of hands”.This vibrant show is directed by Kathy-Jo Ross and features the exuberant Warren Lieberman, who launched the Drum Cafe drumming phenomenon, together with musical director Richard Carter, master drummer Munkie Ncapayi and a talented cast of traditional and urban African drummers, dancers and choristers.The Drum Cafe evolved from months of small, informal drumming circles in the lounge of Lieberman’s Joburg house every Tuesday evening. Lieberman opened his first Drum Cafe next to one of his hardware stores in Greenside, Johannesburg, and several branches followed. Before long, it had spread to Cape Town, London, Sydney and Kenya, and had a loyal following of drummers.As unlikely as the success of the Drum Cafe was, so is Lieberman an unlikely protagonist. He studied physics, applied maths and electrical engineering, dabbled briefly in the formal business sector, before realising that the world of hardware retail would never satisfy him.His Drum Cafes developed organically into one of South Africa’s most successful corporate entertainment companies, he adds, with big name clients. Its corporate division has expanded to cover a wide spectrum of events, from team building and conflict resolution to roadshows, conferences, product launches and promotions. The Drum Cafe boasts a client base profiling numerous top South African companies, including Investec Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, M-Net, BMW and SAB.Drumstruck was born last year when Warren approached his childhood friend, Kathy-Jo Ross, a Wits Drama School graduate who had enjoyed a successful career as a performer in theatre, musicals and on radio. Says Ross: “It was the most exciting creative endeavour I had heard about in all my years of being in the theatre and I jumped at the chance of being involved.”Warren Lieberman and the Drumstruck cast (Photo: Drumstruck)The Drumstruck cast, led by the exuberant Warren Lieberman Lieberman says: “It happened through one of South Africa’s oldest and most intuitive group traditions: drumming. Today the Drum Cafe is synonymous with interactive modern day drumming, and has performed to well over 100 000 people around the world. In the last two and a half years it has grown from eight people to 24 in an unconventional set-up of talented performers and entrepreneurs with shared vision.”The progression from passive to interactive theatre is a natural one, he adds. “Some people go to the theatre purely to be entertained, some to escape from the stresses and strains of the world around them. Others go to the theatre to be confronted with their own worst fears and prejudices.“Rarely, if ever, do people go to the theatre for the most primal and compelling reason of them all – the natural, instinctive desire to be part of the show. Drumstruck addresses this need by bringing audiences into the show itself, allowing them to share the energy and excitement of an hour or two in the spotlight.”Other recent exciting projects include opening a music shop which offers the largest selection of African drums and world percussion instruments in South Africa; the launch of a CD, Mama, directed and choreographed by Wendy Oldfield; and the Drum Cafe’s African Music Agent (AMA) division, which aims to market, book, direct, choreograph and co-ordinate authentic African performers.Using the same informal methods that evolved in Lieberman’s lounge drum circle, everyone in the audience is given a small African drum and are encouraged to participate throughout the show. The infectious Lieberman teaches the audience a few simple drumming techniques, adds them into a series of musical riffs and before long even the most cynical person is happily drumming.But the show is also about investing in South African arts and culture through the empowerment of new South African performers, say the organisers. They have trained 12 talented former street buskers as performers and hope it plays a role in building the local music industry.Now, with established branches in London, Sydney and Kenya and a recent tour to Lithuania under their belt, the Drum Cafe’s international success has been a triumph for African culture.Source: Johannesburg World Summit 2002last_img read more

Call for crackdown on killer lithium batteries

first_imgThe potential impact of a lithium battery fire. Photo: FAA International carriers are moving to crack down on potentially deadly lithium-ion batteries dispatched by rogue manufacturers.Consumer demand for lithium batteries is growing by 17 percent annually but the International Air transport Association warns that the number of incidents involving counterfeit or undeclared batteries from unscrupulous manufactures has also risen.READ: FAA chief confirms MAX grounding will stretch into 2020Lithium batteries are a fire risk and a danger to aircraft if not handled properly.Watch this sobering US Federal Aviation Administration video of a simulated aircraft fire caused by lithium batteries: The International Air Transport Association wants governments to crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries as well as mislabelled and non-compliant shipments.It is teaming Global Shippers Forum (GSF), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) to boost efforts on the issue.The four organizations have urged governments to introduce significant fines and penalties for those who try to circumvent the rules about the transport of lithium batteries.They argue abuses of dangerous goods shipping regulations put passenger and aircraft safety at risk and should be criminalized.The campaign includes a new incident reporting and alert system for airlines as well as an industry awareness campaign on the dangers of shipping dodgy lithium batteries.It also supports an initiative presented to the International Civil Aviation Organization that would see co-operation between aviation security, manufacturing standards, customs and consumer protection agencies.“Dangerous goods, including lithium batteries, are safe to transport if managed according to international regulations and standard,’’ said IATA senior vice president airport, passenger, cargo and security Nick Careen.“But we are seeing an increase in the number of incidents in which rogue shippers are not complying. The industry is uniting to raise awareness of the need to comply.“This includes the launching of an incident reporting tool so that information on rogue shippers is shared. And we are asking governments to get much tougher with fines and penalties”last_img read more

A Community-Based Framework to Evaluate Cloud Service Providers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When we wrote last week about “4 Tools for Assessing Cloud Performance,” we asked for suggestions about other resources that can help companies monitor and evaluate cloud services. And we asked for suggestions as to what factors, in addition to cost and performance, might be important to weigh when making business decisions.Jeffrey Abbott, Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Cloud Customer Solutions Unit at CA Technologies wrote a blog post in response: “Comparing the Relative Quality of Cloud Services – Is a single metric enough?” In it, he argues that not only are one or two variables insufficient, but that different parameters matter to different people. As such, a more robust index to evaluate cloud services needs to be developed.CA Technologies started work on such a project, which has now been handed over to Carnegie Mellon University so that it can be an independent tool built not by one vendor but by a broader online community.Cloud Commons and the Service Measurement Index The Service Measurement Index (SMI) is a method designed to measure the end-to-end customer experience for any number of cloud services. The SMI will allow organizations to evaluate any number of IT services available to them, regardless of whether those services are provide internally or sourced to outside companies. The index measures services on six metrics, including quality, agility, risk, cost, capability, and security. And it allows users to weight the importance of these different factors, depending on their definitions of what constitutes “good service.” After all, for some companies, cost is no option. For others, cost may be the key. The SMI, hopes Abbott, will allow businesses to compare “apples to apples” when making IT decisions.Launched in May of this year, the SMI and the Cloud Commons that supports it are fairly new projects. The index tracks over 100 services so far, including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS providers. While some of the initial information comprising the SMI was compiled based on research with select businesses, Abbott says an API is in the works so that the index can be integrated into products and so that services can be monitored on a real-time basis. When appropriate, the information captured will be used to populate the database with more details about cloud companies’ performance. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

The Best Time to Deploy Wi-Fi 6 Is Right Now

first_imgIt’s time once again for Mobile World Congress, our chance to get up to speed on everything happening in mobile and wireless connectivity. This year, it’s all about the gigabit experience. While there is a lot of buzz around 5G, it’s important to remember that Wi-Fi 6 plays a critical role in the future of connectivity — especially when it comes to the connected home.Wi-Fi 6 — based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard — is the next leap forward in wireless connectivity. Not only is it astonishingly fast, but it is also designed to handle dense environments with lots of connected devices. Plus, it enables a fully managed wireless LAN, making it ideal for service providers who want to provision device-to-device services in modern smart homes.With Wi-Fi 6 clients coming soon, service providers shouldn’t wait to deploy Wi-Fi 6-capable routers and gateways. Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to get a head start.1. Wi-Fi 6 will bring multiple waves of innovationAt Intel, our decades-long history of supporting Wi-Fi innovation and delivering leading technology continues as we highlight what’s possible with Wi-Fi 6. To enable an optimal experience from device to network, we delivered the industry’s first single-chip Wi-Fi 6 solution for mainstream 2+2 home routers and gateways and expect to be first to introduce Wi-Fi 6 solutions for the PC.At Mobile World Congress 2019, we’re demonstrating how OFDMA and scheduling technologies running on Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 solutions can boost network efficiency and reduce latency, improving experiences like VR, gaming and video streaming. We also showcased the next wave of innovation with the first demonstration of Wi-Fi 6 on the 6-7 GHz spectrum. When this enhancement to Wi-Fi 6 rolls out in the next couple of years, it has the potential to more than double the Wi-Fi spectrum with up to 4x more 160 MHz channel deployment options (estimates apply to U.S. implementations). This will further improve network capacity and reduce latency for even better user experiences.2. Today’s clients can already get a better connection with Wi-Fi 6Service providers can gain a competitive advantage by deploying Wi-Fi 6 as early as possible. To start with, when rolling out previous generations of Wi-Fi, the ecosystem has seen success introducing the infrastructure first to ensure high-quality experiences with clients. By installing routers and gateways with Wi-Fi 6 now, service providers will be ready when a broad range of Wi-Fi 6 clients hit the market.While consumers will get the highest-quality experiences connecting future Wi-Fi 6 devices to Wi-Fi 6 gateways or routers, a pleasant surprise awaits those who upgrade their home network now. This is because of the growing number of PCs with integrated gigabit Wi-Fi that are designed to use 160 MHz channel bandwidth and are available today. When connecting these PCs to a Wi-Fi 6 router that also supports 160 MHz channel bandwidth, it’s possible to get true gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi. This offers a performance boost today for more immersive experiences, with the satisfaction of future-proofing the home network for when consumers start to connect Wi-Fi 6 clients.When you further consider that a mainstream 2+2 Wi-Fi 6 router may be not only faster than a 4+4 Wi-Fi 5 router, but also comparable in price, there’s no reason to wait to roll out Wi-Fi 6.3. Wi-Fi 6 will complement 5G for fast, seamless connectivityThere’s no doubt that 5G is one of the hottest topics in wireless. Wi-Fi is also important for enhancing wireless connectivity and, given how pervasive it is in homes around the world, it’s not going anywhere. End users will expect Wi-Fi speeds to keep up as they connect more devices to their networks.As the mobile ecosystem moves to gigabit speeds, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks will complement one another so that end users can enjoy a seamless wireless experience. Wi-Fi 6 will play an important part in the 5G ecosystem since it introduces a managed wireless network infrastructure. Specifically, the use of downlink and uplink OFDMA in a managed Wi-Fi scenario lets operators differentiate traffic and services to efficiently utilize the wireless medium. All this means faster, more responsive connectivity to improve user experiences, no matter where end users go.Amazing experiences can’t waitFor service providers, the timing is right to start future-proofing home networks with Wi-Fi 6, setting the stage for blazingly fast wireless connectivity. To learn more about Wi-Fi 6 and how Intel is enabling Wi-Fi solutions that transform connectivity and deliver the best possible experiences, visit intel.com/wifiax.last_img read more

Azzurri: Verratti out, Tonali in

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Italy have called up Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali to the senior squad after Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti pulled out through injury, reports ANSA. Tonali had been called up to the Italy U-21 squad to face Iceland and Armenia next week, but has now been pushed to the first team for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia instead. PSG star Verratti picked up a knock to his calf yesterday in the 2-1 win over Brest in Ligue 1 and has had to pull out of the squad. This follows Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi also withdrawing after his injury during Friday’s win over Bologna. Tonali, who made his debut for the Azzurri last month, has only played for the U-21s five times, and had been expected to start for Paolo Nicolato’s team. The Brescia man will now be replaced by Chievo’s Salvatore Esposito in the Azzurrini squad.last_img read more

SRC To Showcase Opportunities In Personal Care Industry

first_img Entrepreneurs in the personal care industry and persons who want to start a business in the field, are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) annual Opportunity Quest at its Hope Gardens offices on Thursday, May 25.Acting Manager for Marketing and Corporate Communications, Carolyn Rose Miller, told JIS News that this event, to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will highlight the various business opportunities in the area of personal care.Focus will be placed on formulations from local oils and hydrosols, such as make-up, hair care products, toothpaste, and sanitisers. These items, she noted, are heavily imported into the island.Attendees will receive information on market trends, the SRC’s capabilities in the production of personal-care products as well as technical information about the industry.Mrs. Miller said that the SRC will also be sharing success stories of persons who have utilised the services of the Council to get their products into the local and international markets. These services include product testing and development.Among the speakers and presenters are Executive Director of the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley; and Product and Research Development Manager, Dr. Charah Watson.The event will include an outside radio broadcast as well as an exhibition of products.The SRC has advised that space is limited, and so persons interested in attending must contact the entity at 927-1771-2 or 977-1771. Focus will be placed on formulations from local oils and hydrosols, such as make-up, hair care products, toothpaste, and sanitisers. These items, she noted, are heavily imported into the island. Story Highlights The SRC has advised that space is limited, and so persons interested in attending must contact the entity at 927-1771-2 or 977-1771. Entrepreneurs in the personal care industry and persons who want to start a business in the field, are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) annual Opportunity Quest at its Hope Gardens offices on Thursday, May 25.last_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline plan coming by end of month possibly guided by

first_imgAn official close to the plan says that includes possibly hiring a former senior judge, possibly a retired Supreme Court of Canada justice, to advise on what would constitute meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities to satisfy the conditions of the court.The Liberals intend to announce the next steps before the end of September.The government wants to have the pipeline’s fate decided within the next six to eight months before the next federal election and also before Alberta’s provincial election in May. OTTAWA, O.N. – A senior federal source says the Liberals are considering hiring a former top judge to guide a renewed consultation with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval given to the project, saying the consultation with Indigenous communities wasn’t good enough and criticizing the lack of attention paid to the environmental impact of increased tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.The Liberals are still considering whether to appeal the decision, but are looking at how they can do what the court said was lacking in order to get the pipeline work back underway.last_img read more

A ShotClockByShotClock Guide To Duke vs Wisconsin

When Wisconsin plays Duke for the men’s college basketball championship on Monday night, the coin flip of a game will be decided by a series of countdowns. Each time one of the teams gains possession, it will have up to 35 seconds to shoot. The team that uses its allotted time — or eschews some of it — better than its opponent will win. Each team uses the shot clock differently, in ways that should make for many interesting games within the game. Here’s what to watch for:Early in the shot clock. Transition opportunities are the best opportunities in basketball. Teams get to attack the basket at a high pace, with more space and fewer defenders. The average Division I team is better in transition than it is overall, scoring 0.88 points per possession generally and 1.03 points per possession in transition.Both finalists execute really well in transition. Wisconsin scores 1.22 points per transition possession, according to Synergy Sports Technology stats. That’s fifth best in the country (of 351 teams in Division I). Duke ranks seventh, scoring 1.21 points per transition possession.But Duke pushes the ball, getting into transition much more than Wisconsin does. The Blue Devils were in transition in 18 percent of their offensive possessions, which puts them in the top 20 percent of Division I teams. Wisconsin ranks dead last, at 7 percent.1That’s broadly consistent with Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted tempo rankings (paywall): Wisconsin ranks 345th of 351 teams, while Duke ranks in the top third.Duke transition possessions could be a trouble spot for Wisconsin’s defense, which often wilts against the fast break. The Badgers are a pretty good defensive team in the half court, but below average in transition.In the middle of the shot clock. This isn’t as good as transition opportunities, but is a much better place for an offense to be than the dying seconds of the shot clock, because ball handlers have lots more options besides shooting.The middle of the shot clock — not transition, but with more than four seconds left — is the terrain where most of a typical basketball game is contested, and especially Wisconsin games. The Badgers ended 87 percent of their possessions in this middle ground, running half-court sets without the pressure of needing to shoot right away. That ranks third in Division I, behind Bucknell and Virginia. And they are very dangerous in these sets, scoring 1.05 points per possession — nearly 0.2 points better than the average team in this situation. That means Wisconsin’s half-court set is so good, it’s better than the average transition offense.Duke defends well against these kinds of shots, allowing 0.05 points per possession less than average — 38th best in Division I. But that’s unlikely to faze Wisconsin much, since it just played Kentucky. The Wildcats are the best in the country against half-court offenses shooting before the very end of the clock, allowing 0.16 fewer points per possession. Yet the Badgers beat Kentucky playing primarily in the half court.Duke’s offense also is really good in these bread-and-butter plays, ranking ninth in the country in efficiency. But it plays this style at a below-average rate, just 79 percent of the time.The final seconds of the clock. Teams try to avoid holding the ball this long. Short-clock offense is about as bad as transition offense is good. Teams average just 0.71 points per possession with no more than four seconds left on the shot clock. No wonder they do all they can to avoid the deadline pressure, facing the countdown on fewer than 4 percent of plays.For most of the season, Kentucky avoided these plays even more than the average team, and for good reason: The Wildcats are well above average at transition offense and a solid half-court team, but they stink late in the shot clock, scoring just 0.61 points per possession, well below average. Their drop-off in efficiency from the middle of the clock to those final seconds was among the biggest in Division I.2The 25th biggest drop-off among 351 teams. Yet they inexplicably milked the shot clock on a futile string of possessions late in their game against Wisconsin, contributing mightily to the Badgers’ win.Duke is as loath as Kentucky to let the clock tick down, but is far better when it does, scoring 0.91 points per possession. These are small sample sizes: Just 100 plays during Duke’s entire season occurred that late in the clock.Wisconsin has more experience living on the edge, getting near the end of the shot clock on 6 percent of its plays, in part because it plays so little transition O. But it’s not quite as efficient as Duke when it does. The Badgers should avoid letting the clock run down on Monday night, and not only because they’re so good with more time to work: Duke ranked 13th in the country in defending late-clock plays, allowing barely half a point per possession.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Correction: An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to the difference between plays in the middle of the shot clock and short-clock plays. Plays with exactly four seconds left on the shot clock count as short-clock plays, not as plays in the middle of the clock. read more

Judge Rules Clippers Sale to Steve Ballmer Legit Ending

Donald Sterling, for all his defiance, still lost his team.A judge has ruled that Shelly Sterling had the legal standing to decide matters of the family trust on her husband’s behalf, clearing the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who offered $2 billion for the franchise, to officially take over the team.Shelly Sterling burst into tears when Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas announced the decision.“This is going to be a good thing for the city, for the league for my family and for all of us,” she said outside the courthouse. “Come see the Clippers next year.”Chris Paul, the team’s star guard and coach Doc Rivers said they were considering sitting out if Donald Sterling maintained ownership. Sterling became an embattled figure when phone recordings of him making racially charged comments were released by his girlfriend.The sale of the Clippers to Ballmer went through on May 29 and was made possible because Donald Sterling was found to be “mentally incapacitated.” According to the terms of the family trust, this gave Shelly Sterling the authority to make decisions on the trust’s assets — most notably the Clippers — without also getting Donald Sterling’s signature.But Donald Sterling sued in probate court, arguing that the neurological exam was conducted under false pretenses and does not accurately describe his mental state.The sale window to Ballmer was supposed to close on July 15, but it was extended until August 15 so the trial could finish. Had the judge ruled in favor of Donald Sterling, the window could have expired, forcing the NBA to go through the termination process it was prepared to use until the sale to Ballmer happened.Were that to succeed, the league would have controlled the team and auctioned it to the highest bidder. But there was a risk that Donald Sterling wouldn’t officially be out of the picture by the start of the season, which is why players suggested they might boycott next season if a favorable ruling didn’t happen.The trial began in early July, despite attempts by Donald Sterling’s legal team to delay the start. The trial was supposed to focus mostly on the legality of Shelly Sterling’s decision and whether the mental incapacity diagnosis was appropriate, but it eventually veered into other topics, most notably the value of the team should Donald Sterling remain owner.While Donald Sterling can still sue for monetary damages, he will not be able to appeal the judge’s ruling on ownership as the court ruled 1310(b) was not just for life and death cases, making it a clean sweep for Shelly Sterling.The judge said the issue of the 1310(b) provision was the hardest issue to decide on, but found it does not apply to just life and death cases as Donald Sterling had argued. The judge said the trust would lose $400 million if the provision wasn’t used and said he believed the “death spiral” theory of interim Clippers CEO Richard Parsons.Donald Sterling can still sue the trust for monetary damages, but he would essentially be suing himself. As part of an earlier deal with Shelly Sterling, the NBA is indemnified in any lawsuit. read more