F1 drivers make sign of unity

first_imgSHANGHAI (AP):Formula One’s drivers have made another statement of unity, this time in the form of a selfie over a group dinner in China.Nearly all of the drivers on the circuit got together for dinner before the start of the Chinese Grand Prix on Wednesday night and posed for a group selfie that Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg posted on Instagram with a message targeted at F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Rosberg hash-tagged the photo, #RacingUnited, and then wrote, “or in Bernie’s words: #windbagsunited.”The barb was in reference to comments that Ecclestone made to the media in Bahrain after F1 drivers wrote a joint letter demanding an overhaul of F1’s administration.The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association wrote the letter to F1 stakeholders amid frustrations over the much-criticised rolling elimination format of qualifying that was introduced this season and then promptly dropped for the Chinese GP, as well as other problems in the sport.WINDBAGS COMMENTEcclestone dismissed the drivers’ concerns, and when asked by reporters if he believed they were “windbags,” he replied, some of them were.Rosberg, said yesterday he wasn’t upset by Ecclestone’s comments, adding the drivers were only “trying to help” with the letter.”We love the sport, we want the sport to be the most fascinating, exciting sport in the whole wide world,” he said. “And if we’re together and we raise our opinion, we have a certain power.”Apparently, the only thing the drivers can’t agree on is who should have picked up the bill for dinner.Reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who chose the restaurant and put down the deposit for the tables, said after the meal he suggested one driver pick up the bill and someone else could pay next time.”And then someone said, ‘Let’s just share it, so it’s 17 drivers sharing that freaking bill,” he said. “We all got a receipt – it was 17 receipts, 17 credit cards. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.”When asked who insisted on paying individually, Hamilton joked. “I’m pretty sure it was Nico.”Rosberg responded in kind by saying his Mercedes teammate should have treated because the “agreement usually is that the world champion pays.”last_img read more

Milos Raonic beats racket-wrecking Alexander Zverev to reach Australian Open QFs

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes And so he should be. He’s into the Australian Open quarterfinals for the fourth time. And he’s achieved that from a tough part of the draw.He opened with a win over the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios, who had all the home-won support, and followed that up by coming back to beat three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka in four tiebreak sets. The 16th-seeded Raonic then beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert in three tiebreakers.At 28, Raonic feels like he’s on the verge of being back as a contender at the majors. Zverev, an undoubted talent, is yet to beat a top 20 player at a Grand Slam.Raonic was so consistent with his serve — 15 aces, one double-fault, 16 of 19 first serves into play for the second set — and kept his unforced error count down to 24 for the match. He said he could sense his rival’s growing rage.“It was pretty clear what was going on,” he said. “It can have an effect a lot of different ways. You know, if you’re a top guy and you do that against somebody who doesn’t have experience, it might sort of cause them to retreat a little bit.ADVERTISEMENT “I wasn’t really sure what to do at a point. I just try to stick in there,” Osaka said. “And also I was watching all these kids winning, like, last night Tsitsipas beat Federer and I was like, ‘Woah’ — so I decided I wanted to do well, too.′Another win now and there’s potential for Osaka to have a rematch of the U.S. Open final against Serena Williams. The seven-time Australian Open champion Williams was playing top-ranked Simona Halep later Monday in the fourth round. The winner of the Williams-Halep contest will meet seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Garbine Muguruzu 6-3, 6-1 in an hour.Pliskova, who is on a nine-match winning streak, plans to watch on TV: “For sure, it’s going to be the match of the tournament so far.”Osaka will be concentrating more now on Svitolina.Coming off a win at the WTA Finals, Svitolina is aiming to do what Caroline Wozniacki did last year and follow up a title at the season-ending championship with a breakthrough major in Australia.For a quarter of an hour on Day 8, Svitolina served and served, and served, tossing the ball into the sun, in a desperate bid to hold a game in the third set against Keys.After that huge hold, she broke the 17th-seeded Keys’ serve in at her first opportunity in the next game, and it was all one-way from then on.“I was happy I could handle the pressure at 1-1 in the third set,” Svitolina said. “It was very hard because the sun was just burning my eyes when I was tossing the ball. Very happy I could win that game.”She’s taking an 0-3 record in Grand Slam quarterfinals into her next match against Osaka, but is taking a different mindset into the match.Winning in Singapore “gave me huge boost of confidence, so I don’t think about the past anymore,” she said. “I only look forward.” View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Germany’s Alexander Zverev smashes his racket in frustration during his fourth round match against Canada’s Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia — Milos Raonic was just overwhelming Alexander Zverev with consistency, compounding the frustration with every service break.Roanic dropped serve in the opening game of their fourth-round match at the Australian Open but then went on a roll, winning eight straight games before fourth-seeded Zverev held serve.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ No let up. Raonic held and then broke the 21-year-old German player’s serve again to lead 4-1 and that’s when Zverev lost it.At the change of ends he destroyed his racket by smacking it into the court eight times, then tossing it away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe angry outburst only served to highlight Raonic’s dominance.“I played incredible today,” the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up said. “I did a lot of things very well. Proud of that.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I have sort of faced that situation, and I was also ahead at that point, so I was just really focusing on myself.”Zverev got the inevitable warning for racket abuse, took a break at the end of the second set and returned from the locker room a much calmer, more composed player.“Yeah, it made me feel better,” Zverev said. “I was very angry, so I let my anger out.”Zverev lost only one point in his first four service games in the third set, but then Raonic stepped up the pressure again.“I played bad. The first two sets especially I played horrible,” Zverev said. “I mean, it’s just tough to name one thing. I didn’t serve well, didn’t play well from the baseline. Against a quality player like him, it’s tough to come back from that.”Zverev saved two match points in the 10th game of the third — one with a short slice backhand that Roanic ran for but couldn’t retrieve to end a 29-shot rally and another that clipped the baseline.But Raonic rallied from 3-1 down in the tiebreaker and finally converted on his fourth match point. He’ll next play either No. 11 Borna Coric or No. 28 Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinals.Earlier U.S. Open Naomi Osaka was a set down again and looking for a bit of inspiration.She thought of how 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas had stunned 20-time major winner Roger Federer and how Frances Tiafoe has advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time. This helped her pull herself together to reach the last eight, too.No. 4-seeded Osaka had a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 fourth-round win over No. 13-seeded Anastasija Sevastova to reach the last eight at a major for the second time. She’ll next play sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who fended off five break points in a game in the third set that went to deuce 11 times, contained 28 points, and was pivotal in a momentum-swinging 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys. Wig and sunglasses, Naomi Osaka goes in disguiselast_img read more

Tamara Tunie To Host Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon

first_imgThe 4th-Annual Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon will raise funds for Rush’s Education programs for New York City’s inner city youth.Hosted by Tamara Tunie, the event on March 11 at the Plaza Hotel will honor Cyndi Lauper, Charles Best, Craig Newmark, and Guy Vickers.Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation programs (Rush Galleries in the Schools, and Rush Toddlers, Rush Kids and Rush Teens) are designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and support increased academic performance, by filling the void of arts education programs in public schools and through afterschool and weekend sessions. Rush is proud of its success to date and looks toward a future in which its programs grow to encompass more children and artists, and continue to enhance access to arts institutions and arts experiences.Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a 501c3 organization, is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, and to offering exhibition opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists. Over the past 20 years, Rush has developed a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters dedicated to supporting its mission. In addition to the 3,000 students served annually in its education programs, each year Rush exhibits the work of over 100 emerging and community-based artists in its galleries, and welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors to its spaces in Chelsea, Manhattan (Rush Arts Gallery) and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Corridor Gallery).For more info on the event, click here.last_img read more

Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens At Newarks GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center

first_img Email Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens At Newark’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center Whitney! Exhibit Opens At GRAMMY Museum In Newark whitney-houston-exhibit-opens-newarks-grammy-museum-experience-prudential-center https://twitter.com/PruCenter/status/1053729067747434496 Twitter Whitney! at the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center  gives fans an intimate look into her life through “a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and footage from the private collection of the Houston Family,” including several of her stunning costumes, awards and personal mementos, including scrapbooks. Houston broke several records during her musical career, and continues to receive accolades and honors since her death in 2012.The powerhouse singer made a stir as soon as she entered the music scene in 1985, with her debut Whitney Houston—and several its singles—topping the charts and earning the star her first three GRAMMY nominations. At the 28th GRAMMY Awards the album was nominated for Album of the Year and she took home her first win for Best Pop Vocal Performance for “Saving All My Love For You,” one of the album’s three No. 1 singles. Her sophomore album, Whitney, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making her the first ever female artists to do so.During her illustrious career she would take home six GRAMMY wins, including for Album of the Year for The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack and Record of the Year for “I Will Always Love You” at the 36th GRAMMY Awards. Whitney Houston was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2013 and “I Will Always Love You” was in 2018, recognizing them as “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.”The Whitney! exhibit is curated by the GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live, where the original museum site is located in downtown Los Angeles, with support from the Estate of Whitney Houston. Visitors can watch and revisit Houston’s amazing performances and also hear from other artists on how she impacted their lives and careers, with exclusive interviews.The exhibit launched on the one year anniversary of the GRAMMY Museum Experience opening its doors. A Whitney! exhibit was on view at the GRAMMY Museum L.A. back in 2012-2013, and thanks to the museum location opening in Newark, the GRAMMY Museum can honor and celebrate the star in her hometown. The GRAMMY Experience brings music history and culture through interactive exhibits to music lovers on the East Coast and celebrates local New Jersey legends including Houston, as well as fellow GRAMMY-winning icons Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra.Whitney! will be on view at GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center until June 2019, please visit their website for info tickets, hours and more.The Boss, Taylor Swift, Education & More: Inside New Jersey’s GRAMMY Museum ExperienceRead morecenter_img The new GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center exhibit celebrates the life of the legendary singer Whitney Houston in her hometownAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2018 – 2:32 pm GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston shook the world with her powerful voice and music for years, beginning with her self-titled debut in 1985. Now an exhibit is bringing her legacy to her hometown of Newark. Facebook A reception was held in honor of the opening of the #WhitneyEXP as part of the #GRAMMYMuseumEXP #PruCenter! Guests and members of the Estate of Whitney E. Houston and Cissy Houston received a first look of the exhibit https://t.co/eI93xQciVc pic.twitter.com/Py8QTd1tRF— Prudential Center (@PruCenter) October 20, 2018 News last_img read more

ReformMinded Prosecutors From Across US Come To Houston To Discuss Their Vision

first_img X Listen Nineteen district attorneys, state attorneys and attorneys general from different states, some of them newly elected and not yet in office, met in Houston Friday to discuss their vision of a more progressive criminal justice system.They strive for a system that is less punitive and focused more on prevention and diversion.Harris County DA Kim Ogg said while the prosecutors have different ideas on the exact ways of how to achieve this in their respective jurisdictions, they all agree on a fairer system that also protects the community.“It’s a false choice to have to choose between reforms and public safety,” she said. “In fact, this group believes that reforms actually make us safer.”The prosecutors were brought together by the group Fair and Just Prosecution, which advocates for criminal justice reform.The group has published a list of 21 principles meant as a guide for prosecutors.It includes recommendations such as not seeking cash bail for nonviolent offenders, trying to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and moving away from the death penalty. 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg (center) is flagged by prosecutors from across the country who share the vision of a more progressive criminal justice system. last_img read more

Up to 2400 in compensation with proposed new passenger protection plan

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Tags: Protection, Transportation Sharecenter_img Up to $2,400 in compensation with proposed new passenger protection plan OTTAWA — Draft regulations for the federal government’s new airline passenger protection plan will be published this Saturday Dec. 22.Air passengers who are bumped from overbooked flights or forced to sit through long delays could receive up to $2,400 in compensation under proposed regulations for the government’s long-promised passenger bill of rights.The proposed compensation will use a sliding scale, with larger airlines and longer delays requiring bigger compensation payments. Payments to passengers whose flights are delayed will max out at $1,000 and cancellations at $2,400, but it will be up to the passenger to file a claim with the airlines.Once draft regulations are published Dec. 22, Canadians will have 60 days to comment, meaning there may be one last battle between consumer advocates and airlines over the breadth of the proposed regulations.Consumer advocates said yesterday that they planned to push the government to further tighten rules around tarmac delays and when an airline can get out of paying compensation.“We want to make sure that the government doesn’t take any steps back in what they’ve already announced, and, if possible, we can move them forward even further,” said Ian Jack, managing director of communications and government relations for the Canadian Automobile Association.Gabor Lukacs, with the advocacy group Air Passenger Rights, said the proposed rules don’t make it easy for passengers to receive compensation when things go wrong.“The public is being deceived here by the government. This has been an industry-friendly legislation that the minister cynically calls an air passenger bill of rights,” Lukacs said.The draft regulations lay out the minimum standards airlines will have to follow for situations in their control, or face a $25,000 fine. The aim is to have the rules take effect by next summer.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionAside from situations beyond their control, there are loopholes that could allow an airline to get off the hook for compensation, specifically mechanical issues as defined by the airlines that make it unsafe to fly. Advocates are already calling for a tighter definition so the loophole isn’t abused.Transport Minister Marc Garneau was adamant airlines won’t mess around with safety and dismissed the idea that companies will look for ways to get out of compensating passengers.“If that were to happen – and I don’t believe for one second it will happen – there would be measures taken to penalize them,” Garneau said.The regulations would also force airlines to automatically seat children under age 14 near their parents rather than require them to pay an additional fee to select their own seats. The rules allow airlines to select seats one seat or one row away from parents for older children.The regulations would also require airlines to provide food, water, air conditioning and use of bathrooms during tarmac delays, but not require a flight unload passengers until a delay hits three hours.However, the three-hour limit can get one 45- minute extension if the flight is likely to take off during that period.A Senate committee recommended no more than 90 minutes after a high-profile incident at the Ottawa airport where two Air Transat flights sat on the sweltering tarmac for hours.“We chose a time of three hours that … will be applicable to all airlines that we think is fair and that basically achieves that balance between recognizing that at some point you’ve got to let people off; and on the other hand the other part of it is, people do want to get to their destination,” Garneau said.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJScott Streiner, the chairman of the Canadian Transportation Agency, says a key aspect of the rules is an expectation that airlines clearly communicate with passengers about the status of their flight.A federal analysis pegged the cost to airlines of the new regulations at $2.75 per passenger, and Streiner said it’s not clear if airlines will pass those costs along to consumers.On compensation to passengers, Streiner said the airlines asked for levels that wouldn’t be “punitive.”“Many Canadians came forward and proposed various levels of compensation. I have to say that we did not, in fact, when we consulted Canadians on this, get very many people proposing extremely high levels of compensation,” Streiner said.WestJet’s Vice-President, Industry, Corporate and Airport Affairs, Mike McNaney, commented on the federal government’s announcement, says that as a company, “taking care of our guests is central to our brand and fundamental to our business.”McNaney said that once the draft regulations are released on Dec. 22, WestJet “will review the regulations for potential impact on the obligations of our partners in the air travel supply chain,” including federal government agencies, along with potential impacts on airfares and consumers.“We look forward to the opportunity to participate in the upcoming public consultation to ensure the draft regulations achieve the appropriate balance sought by the Minister of Transport.”With files from The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more