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Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season

first_imgAlonso — who in 2005 became the youngest ever Formula One world champion while driving for Renault before defending his title the following year — has garnered 44 points this season and is ninth in the drivers’ championship.Alonso went on to drive for McLaren for a year in 2007 followed by a return to Renault and then four years at Ferrari, before beginning his second spell with McLaren in 2015.“I have seen you (Formula One) changing, sometimes for good, others, in my opinion, for bad,” said Alonso, who on three occasions finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship while at Ferrari.“And this year, while still driving at my best, is how I want to remember you.”Alonso, whose best finish for McLaren so far was 10th in 2016, said he would carry on endeavouring to finish with a flourish.“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” said Alonso in a statement.“There are still several Grands Prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever.”He left the door slightly ajar, saying in a statement posted on the McLaren website he could return when it is “the right moment for me to be back in the series”, but the personal message on his Twitter account sounded like a farewell.– ‘Exploring new adventures’ –Alonso, whose first win came in the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix but who hasn’t won since the Spanish Grand Prix five years ago, says new challenges await.The former Ferrari star is known to be keen to complete the ‘Triple Crown’ of world Formula One champion, winning the 24 Hour Le Mans race and the Indy500 — he has achieved the first two of those aims.“Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner,” said Alonso.“I’m having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures.”McLaren — whose unpopular racing director Eric Boullier resigned in early July — issued a statement bordering on a eulogy to the Spaniard.“Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1,” said Zak Brown, McLaren Racing’s CEO in a statement.“His 17 years in the sport, as arguably the pre-eminent driver of his generation and undoubtedly an F1 great, have added another layer to Formula 1’s rich history.“There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his.”During his F1 career, Alonso has also claimed 22 pole positions and 97 podiums.In a heartfelt address, Alonso spoke of his life-long love of Formula One in a ‘letter’ to the sport posted on his Instagram account.“When I barely knew how to walk, I ran straight towards your noise, your circuits, without knowing anything about you,” he said.“We had very good times, some unforgettable, others really bad. We have played together against incredible rivals. You played with me and I learned how to play with you too.“Every time I close my visor on my helmet, I feel your warm embrace, your energy, there is nothing like it.“But today, I have some other bigger challenges than those you can offer me.”Among those in the frame to replace Alonso is British teenager Lando Norris, who serves as McLaren’s reserve driver.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fernando Alonso has become increasingly disenchanted with Formula One as the once all-powerful McLaren team have fallen way off the pace © AFP/File / ANDREJ ISAKOVICLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 14 – Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced on Tuesday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season after his recent struggles with underachieving McLaren.The 37-year-old Spaniard — who has 32 Grand Prix wins to his credit in 17 seasons — has become increasingly disenchanted with Formula One as the once all-powerful McLaren team have fallen way off the pace.last_img read more

France gives Chelsea fans suspended terms in racist incident

first_img0Shares0000One of the four Chelsea fans accused of racist violence towards a black man in a Paris metro train arrives for his trial in Paris on January 3, 2017 © AFP / Bertrand GuayPARIS, France, Jan 3 – A French court Tuesday gave suspended jail terms to four Chelsea football fans over a racist incident before a Champions League match in Paris and ordered them to pay the victim 10,000 euros ($10,400) in compensation.The men were seen in video footage that showed a black man being pushed back twice as he tried to board a Metro train full of fans of the English Premier League giants in February 2015 as they travelled to a game against Paris Saint Germain. In the background, Chelsea fans can be heard chanting: “We are racist, we are racist and that’s the way we like it.”After a one-day trial, the court gave suspended one-year sentences to Richard Barklie, a 52-year-old former Northern Ireland policeman, and William Simpson, 27, neither of whom attended the trial in the French capital.Joshua Parsons, 22, a former pupil of the elite Millfield school in England, now working in the building trade, and James Fairbairn, 25, a civil engineer, were given suspended prison terms of eight and six months respectively. Both men were in court.France ordered the Chelsea fans to collectively pay 10,000 euros to Souleymane Sylla, whom they forced off a Paris train for being black © AFP/File / BERTRAND GUAYThe court ordered the men collectively to pay 10,000 euros to the victim, Souleymane Sylla, a commuter who was not attending the match.After giving evidence, Parsons apologised to Sylla, a 35-year-old Frenchman of Mauritanian origin, but denied his actions had been racist.Turning to the father of four at the Palais de Justice, Parsons said: “I am very sorry to Mr Sylla, but I was not racist in any way.”The incident was recorded by a passenger and widely used in the British and French media.Under French law, the men could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined 100,000 euros.– Banned from matches –Commuter Souleymane Sylla was violently thwarted in his attempts to get on a Paris metro train before a Champions League match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea in February 2015 © AFP/File / Patrick KovarikBarklie, Simpson and Parsons have already been banned from football stadiums in England over their role in the incident.Barklie, the oldest of the accused, is seen pushing Sylla at least once in the video. The men were charged after they were identified in the video.Parsons, wearing a three-piece grey suit, told the court he had been drinking in a Paris bar for five hours before the incident.He admitted the atmosphere in the train had been “hot and hostile” but said the supporters had blocked entry to Sylla because the carriage was full, not because of his skin colour.He claimed he had not even noticed that Sylla was black until he saw the video footage in the media after the incident.Parsons also claimed that the chanting was in another carriage and the supporters doing it “could not even see Mr Sylla”.He said he had had to quit his job and move from his home in Surrey, southeast England, to Cornwall hundreds of miles away to escape the media attention following the incident.Fairbairn denied the prosecution’s claim that during the incident he had made a gesture contrasting the colour of his skin with Sylla’s.“All I can say is that I did not do that,” he told the court, adding that he found the racist chanting “disgusting”.Defence lawyer Caroline Toby said Fairbairn had been convicted because “he was in the wrong place at the wrong time”.Sylla told the court he had believed he was going to die in the incident and had been left traumatised afterwards, which had affected his work and his marriage.“He has not been able to lead a normal life for 18 months,” Jim Michel-Gabriel told the court.Dismissing claims his client was motivated by winning compensation, the lawyer added: “He wanted to appear before you today to regain his dignity.”After the verdict, Sylla told the court: “Justice has been done.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kindness Meters in Dawson Creek show how kind a community can be

first_imgTransCanada partnered with Dawson Creek to help bring the initiative to life. For every dollar that someone puts in a meter, they will match.Recently, the 2 recipients were the South Peace Community Resources Society and the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation. They each received $587.20.They also have visited schools to spread the message of kindness.Borek says they have received great feedback from the public and they will see how the program goes. TransCanada has agreed to partner with them for 2 years and they will revisit how the project went at the end of those 2 years.Advertisement DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – With Christmas just around the corner, the City of Dawson Creek is spreading the message of kindness year round.The City installed “Kindness Meters” at 4 locations across the City with proceeds being donated to not for profits.Lindsey Borek with the City of Dawson Creek says it all started around 7 months ago.“It was brought to the Mayor through our MP Bob Zimmer, who received the idea through a local girl and she had seen it back in her hometown in Nova Scotia and she thought it was a good idea if we could do something like that.”- Advertisement -The City uses old parking meters that are refurbished. They are put up in 4 locations: The Pool, The Arena, Centre for the Arts, and at the Mile Zero Post. Parking Meters were abolished in Dawson Creek years ago.“They take all types of change. What we did, we implemented a “Kindness Meter” policy and so every 6 months anyone can apply that is a non profit or a charity and we put the names all in a hat and every 6 months we draw 2 names.”Advertisementlast_img read more

SuperPark Society to make special announcement at carnival on Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace SuperPark Society will be making a big announcement at a family-friendly carnival event that is open to the public this weekend.SuperPark Society president Jaandi Roemer said that the carnival is going to be held on Saturday, June 16th. The carnival will feature animals and pony rides courtesy of a donation by Heartbreak Acres. The carnival will also feature a number of other kid-friendly games and activities, as well as a barbecue.Roemer said that the Society will also be selling legacy tiles for $20 that will feature the handprint of every donor to the Society’s planned indoor inclusive playground. Roemer also said that the Society will be making a special announcement at 12:00 p.m. at the carnival.- Advertisement -The carnival is taking place at 8162 100th Ave. from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 16th. Admission is $5.00, while kids under one and adults get in free.For more information, contact Roemer via email at, or reach the SuperPark Society via their Facebook page: read more

Fire truck pull raises over $62,000 for the United Way

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over $62,000 has been raised for the United Way in Fort St. John with this weekends Fire Truck Pull.The amount was made possible by a $50,000 donation from Progress Energy and the money raised by 10 different teams who participated in the event.  The team from Enbridge raised the most money with a team donation of $8,647.90.Last year’s Fire Truck Pull raised over $35,000.- Advertisement -Funds raised from the event will go to help boost community programs in the Fort St. John area.  The United Way in Fort St. John supports 18 different community programs that fall within United Way’s three pillars of all that kids can be, poverty to possibility, and healthy people strong communities.last_img

Premier League round-up: Falcao strikes but Man United are held by Aston Villa

first_img Radamel Falcao celebrates Manchester United were denied their seventh win in a row as Aston Villa doggedly held on for a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, despite playing 25 minutes with ten men.A share of the spoils now means the Red Devils sit third in the Premier League, six points behind Chelsea, who play on Monday, and Man City.The Villans had nabbed a shock lead with 18 minutes on the clock as Christian Benteke took down a free-kick and, after twisting and turning, placed a curled left-foot shot into the top corner with David De Gea stationary.Moments into the second period Benteke nearly scored again but this time Spanish ace De Gea was able to tip his header over the bar.Robin van Persie was superbly denied at the opposite end by Brad Guzan as the Red Devils attempted to equalise but it was loan star Radamel Falcao who did get them level as he planted a free header past the American glovesman for his second of the season.Villa were reduced to ten men after 65 minutes when Gabriel Agbonlahor was adjudged to have gone in late on ex-team-mate Ashley Young, but Paul Lambert’s side did enough to hang on and could even have won with a couple of good late chances.Tottenham moved themselves up to sixth in the Premier League as they beat Burnley 2-1 in a thrilling encounter full of skill, pace and guile.Harry Kane is the man of the moment at White Hart Lane and he headed home Nacer Chadli’s cross after 22 minutes to give the hosts the lead.But a bright and bustling Burnley side were back on level terms when Ashley Barnes’ brilliant curled strike left Hugo Lloris with no chance.And Spurs fans were then given a reminder of why they spent £30million on Erik Lamela as he whipped in a winner which may just have made them think Gareth Bale was back in a Lilywhite shirt. The Argentine cut in from the right flank and bent in a dipping strike which evaded the gloves of Tom Heaton, who was at full stretch.Southampton ended a horrendous run of form as they put three unanswered goals past Everton at St Mary’s.The Saints were without a win in six going into the game but put a smile on boss Ronald Koeman’s face as a James Ward-Prowse corner crossed the line after hitting Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku, although Jose Fonte did attempt to claim it.Graziano Pelle doubled their tally when he fired home from a Shane Long knockdown and Maya Yoshida shouldered in a Steven Davis cross as the hosts stopped the rot and left Everton down in tenth.West Ham made light work of rock bottom Leicester City at Upton Park to ensure the remain in the top four.Foxes left-back Paul Konchesky, on his return to Upton Park, handed Andy Carroll a huge gift as his misjudged backpass fell straight to the England man and, after rampage towards goal, he showed a cool head to take on the last defender and then deftly clip his shot over Ben Hamer and into the back of the net.Carroll’s afternoon nearly took a turn for the worse as he appeared to twist his ankle before careering into the hoardings in east London but he managed to avoid serious injury, playing the full 90 minutes.And moments later the Hammers got their second of the afternoon as an audacious touch and shot from Stewart Downing outside the box saw Hamer’s net bulge again, sealing a 2-0 victory.Charlie Austin was again the hero for Queens Park Rangers as his hat-trick helped them beat West Brom 3-2 despite being 2-0 down after 20 minutes.Joleon Lescott’s first goal since September 2012 put the Baggies in front at Loftus Road and Silvestre Varela doubled their lead ten minutes later.An Austin penalty got the Super Hoops back into the game and four minutes into the second period he lashed a shot home to take the score to 2-2.And just minutes from the final whistle Austin powered home a magnificent header to give Harry Redknapp’s men all three points and take them up to 15th in the table.Elsewhere, Swansea City claimed a slim 1-0 win over Hull at the KC Stadium.The Jacks grabbed a fortunate opener as Jonjo Shelvey’s rifled strike deflected beyond Allan McGregor off Ki Sung-Yueng.In response Andrew Robertson hit the upright for the Tigers but Shelvey, attempting to ensure his name was on the scoresheet, hammered a shot into the post at the other end.But there were to be no other goals in the clash leaving Hull languishing in 19th position and putting Garry Monk’s Swans in eighth. 1last_img read more

BATE Borisov v Arsenal confirmed team news and live stream on talkSPORT 2

first_img1 The Gunners travel to Belarus with the aim of securing back-to-back wins A much changed Arsenal will face BATE Borisov on Thursday night with the aim of securing back-to-back wins in the Europa League.CLICK HERE TO STREAM BATE BORISOV V ARSENAL LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT 2, KICK-OFF 18:00BST.The Gunners take part in their second game in the space of four days after beating West Brom on Monday night in the Premier League.Arsene Wenger’s side are the early leaders in Group H following their triumph over Cologne on match day one of the competition.A host of stars have avoided the trip to Belarus, with Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka all being rested.Take a look at the confirmed teams belowBATE Borisov XI: Scherbitski, Gaiduchik, Volodko, Ivani?, Rios, Milunovi?, Rodionov, Dragun, Stasevich, Polyakov, GordeichukSubstitutes: Veremko, Yablonski, Berezkin, Signevich, Tuominen, Baga, VolodkoArsenal XI: Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Willock, Elneny, Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Wilshere, GiroudSubstitutes: Macey, Dasilva, Gilmour, McGuane, Dragomir, Akpom, Nketiahlast_img read more

Premier League team of the weekend: Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea stars feature

first_img 11 11 11 11 Right back: Phil Bardsley (Burnley) – He may not have been the best player in the match, but his goal line clearance from Lewis Dunk ensured Burnley kept another clean sheet. It was the game-defining moment. 11 Centre midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) – Arguably his best performance in a Liverpool shirt, Oxlade-Chamberlain was deployed in a midfield three and dominated his opposition. Was unfortunate to not score in Liverpool’s excellent victory. 11 Centre back: Ben Mee (Burnley) – Another superb showing from one of the most unheralded players of the Premier League season. He won eight aerial duels to prevent numerous Brighton attacks. Left back: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – Scorer of one of the best free-kicks of the season against Southampton, Alonso made the match-winning impact to keep the Blues in third place. Another weekend of Premier League action has been and gone, and Manchester City remain at the top of the table.Their destruction of Tottenham, by a 4-1 scoreline, keeps Pep Guardiola’s side 11 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United after 18 matches.United themselves claimed a victory, beating West Brom, while there were also wins for Champions League-chasing Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.But who makes talkSPORT’s Premier League team of the weekend? Click the right arrow, above, to find out… 11 Centre midfield: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) – Ran the midfield as Huddersfield destroyed Watford 4-1, chipping in with two goals to cap his superb display. Forward: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Led the line alongside Christian Benteke as Palace defeated Leicester. He scored one of their three goals, and was a menace throughout. This is the best football Zaha has ever played. Centre midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – Another world class performance from the Premier League’s best player of the season. He was a joy to watch against Spurs, and appeared a level above everyone else on the field of play. Left forward: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – The superstar of Liverpool’s attack against Bournemouth. Coutinho scored one goal, assisted another, and hit the post with a superb free-kick. Centre back: James Collins (West Ham United) – Collins, the Wales defender, has appeared a shadow of his former self for much of the season, but he was back to his best against Stoke. He was a solid presence as part of West Ham’s back three. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Ederson (Manchester City) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the team of the weekend – Though he did concede against Spurs, Ederson put in an absolute masterclass of modern-day goalkeeping. His ability to play out from the back is surpassed by only Manuel Neuer. 11 Right forward: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – Picked up another two goals in Man City’s destruction of Spurs, continuing his fine season in front of goal. It was not his best performance of the season by any means, but to keep up his goalscoring form when not playing brilliantly is the sign of a star. 11last_img read more

Missing woman, last seen July 13, sought

first_imgRathburn is white, about 5-foot-4 and weighs about 195 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing brown shorts, a white blouse and athletic shoes. She was seen about 6:30 a.m. July 13 pushing the shopping cart west on Old Cheseboro Road, a dirt road off Cheseboro Road. Anyone with information is asked to call Harris at (323) 890-5500 or the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 272-2400. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Sheriff’s detectives have asked the public’s help in finding a woman last seen nearly two months ago. Paula Rathburn, 46, was last seen leaving the rural southeast Palmdale home where she had been staying, pushing a shopping cart containing her belongings, on July 13, when the temperature topped 100 degrees. “We’re hoping somebody might have picked her up,” Detective Diane Harris said. Rathburn was described as a transient but she kept in touch with her mother in Santa Clarita, Harris said. Rathburn’s mother reported her missing after failing to hear from her for an unusually long time, Harris said. last_img read more

Moore’s Law Is Dead! (But Not In Mobile)

first_imgMoore’s Law is dead at the age of 50. Everyone says so. And yet, if we look at improvements in mobile performance over the past few years, if anything, we see Moore’s Law in overdrive. What gives?Moore’s Law Is Too ExpensiveMoore’s argument, which has stayed strong for 50 years, is essentially that by shrinking transistors on a chip every 18 months or so, engineers could roughly double performance in that time period. More recently, however, the economics of shrinking transistors has become cost-prohibitive. While Moore’s Law probably has another decade to run, the cost of keeping up is already causing some to lose faith in it.The Wall Street Journal’s Don Clark declares Moore’s Law is “hitting some painful limits,” given the exploding costs of shrinking transistors. The Economist, for its part, highlights the shift away from raw processing power to cloud computing:[T]ransistors can be shrunk further, but they are now getting more expensive. And with the rise of cloud computing, the emphasis on the speed of the processor in desktop and laptop computers is no longer so relevant. The main unit of analysis is no longer the processor, but the rack of servers or even the data centre. The question is not how many transistors can be squeezed onto a chip, but how many can be fitted economically into a warehouse. Moore’s law will come to an end; but it may first make itself irrelevant.But before we bury Moore’s Law, it’s worth exploring its current impact on mobile.Mobile: Moore’s Law In OverdriveIf we think of Moore’s Law in terms of raw performance, and not necessarily a matter of shrinking transistors, then mobile computing clearly shows Moore’s Law in overdrive.For example, if we look at how MacBook Pro performance compares to what Moore’s Law would anticipate (using Geekbench data), it’s clear that Moore’s Law isn’t driving laptop performance:Source: ReadWrite (Geekbench data)Now compare this to the meteoric performance increases for Apple’s mobile iOS devices:Source: ReadWrite (Geekbench data)In the PC market, market growth and investment has slowed considerably, with the cloud taking on more and more of the burden of delivering processing power. In mobile, by contrast, the market is booming and the need for more on-device processing power is sprinting to keep pace with software (and cloud) innovation. Again, I’m not really talking about the number of transistors scrunched onto a single chip, which is at the heart of Moore’s Law, but rather an extrapolation thereof: mobile chip performance is off the charts, even as it stagnates in PCs.Room To RoamThis isn’t new, but it’s being overlooked in the premature eulogies for Moore’s Law. As Intel’s Matt Ployhar wrote back in 2010, the mobile industry is moving at “Moore’s Law pace or faster.” And then there’s Raj Sabhlok’s contention that even if Moore’s Law is petering out for hardware, something similar is happening in software: “The price of software applications has plummeted, while the functionality and quality has grown exponentially.”Either way, expect the pace of computing—and innovation—to accelerate for years within mobile. Call it the revenge of Moore’s Law, or whatever you want. But it’s fast, and getting faster.Photo by Pawel Loj; charts by ReadWrite Related Posts Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#cloud computing#mobile#Moore’s Law What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more