Vettel takes step towards world of virtual racing

first_imgSebastian Vettel has never been one for social media or had much time for esports but even the four-times world champion has shifted his stance, however slightly, under Formula One’s coronavirus lockdown.Although the 32-year-old Ferrari driver is still not remotely tempted by Twitter or Instagram, he has acquired a gaming rig. Just how much the German uses it remains to be seen.Rivals, including his Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc, who has thrown himself enthusiastically into virtual racing in the absence of any real life track action, can probably rest easy though. “The truth is I didn’t have a simulator until a couple of days ago so I have not been tempted because I didn’t have the chance,” Vettel told reporters when asked in an online media session about any interest in esports.”I have heard a lot of things about so I thought I might get one and try it, but I need to still set it up properly,” he added.Leclerc, a two-times winner last season who also finished ahead of Vettel in the standings, won the virtual Vietnamese Grand Prix this month on his debut in the new Formula One esports race series.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon, McLaren’s Lando Norris, Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and the Williams pairing of George Russell and Nicholas Latifi have also kept their hands in online as they wait for the season to start. Seven Formula One races have been postponed so far and organizers are talking of a reduced calendar possibly running into January.”Generally I’m not going to foresee a career in sim racing,” said Vettel.”I think it’s more something to try for fun. I grew up with some of the stuff and I’ve been playing some games but to be honest since I had kids it’s not the first thing on my list to do,” added the father of three.”I’m aware that some people take it very seriously and spend a lot of time there but I also enjoy doing other things.”Vettel and former team mate Kimi Raikkonen, now with Alfa Romeo and the oldest driver on the grid at 40, are similar in that they both live in Switzerland and guard their privacy closely.The Ferrari driver made clear he was not about to develop a Twitter following.”I have not progressed on social media,” he said. “I didn’t have the time. It’s something I never started so it doesn’t feel like I miss it.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

Migrant Care urges humane treatment, protection for TKI returning amid COVID-19

first_imgMigrant Care called on the Indonesian government on Monday to avoid a heavy-handed approach to health security toward repatriating Indonesian migrant workers (TKI), and instead to maintain protection of the workers’ rights upon their arrival. The labor rights advocacy group raised its call shortly after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo urged authorities to tighten monitoring over several COVID-19 clusters in the country, including migrant workers who were returning to the archipelago ahead of Idul Fitri.Read also: Indonesian Navy intercepts more migrant workers returning from Malaysia through illegal routesMigrant Care executive director Wahyu Susilo said he appreciated the President’s concern for migrant workers amid the nation’s concerted efforts to mitigate the epidemic and its impacts “However, Migrant Care urges the government to protect the rights of TKI and their families as regulated in Law No. 18/2017 [on migrant workers] and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families that Indonesia has ratified with Law No. 6/2012,” Wahyu said in a statement on Monday, referring to the United Nations treaty.Continuing, he said that the authorities must not be heavy-handed in their approach in monitoring the returning workers, and should avoid excessive law enforcement measures.“The [President’s] statement regarding the possible exodus of migrant workers must not be used as an excuse to stigmatize them [as] carriers of the disease,” he added.Migrant Care has encouraged the government to treat the returning migrant workers humanely, in keeping with human rights principles. If the government declares the returning workers as persons under monitoring (ODPs), it must provide the workers with quarantine facilities and social assistance.”Moreover, the government has to provide any returning migrant workers who are patients under surveillance [PDPs] with isolation facilities. Any [related] expenses must be covered by the government,” said Wahyu. Read also: High influx of Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia, despite call to stay amid outbreakJokowi on Monday released an estimate that 89,000 migrant workers had returned to Indonesia, with a possibility of 16,000 more repatriating in the coming days.The figure is nearly 240 percent larger than the earlier estimate from the Indonesia Migrant Worker Protection Agency (BP2MI), which said it expected around 37,000 workers to return to the country after their contracts expired in April-May. According to Antara News, BP2MI’s records on the migrant workers who had returned to Indonesia show that around 15,400 returned from Malaysia, 11,300 from Hong Kong and 3,507 from Singapore. Topics :last_img read more

Rio Ferdinand tells Chelsea to hijack Arsenal move for Thomas Partey

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Oct 2020 11:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Rio Ferdinand has encouraged Chelsea to make a move for Thomas Partey (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand has urged Chelsea to take advantage of Arsenal’s indecision and make a move for Thomas Partey, a signing which would complete a perfect summer for Frank Lampard. The Ghana international had been earmarked as a priority target by Mikel Arteta but the cash-strapped Gunners have been unable to raise the funds required to activate the midfielder’s €50million release clause. Lucas Torreira is set to complete his loan move from Arsenal to Atletico Madrid this weekend, but that deal is said to have no bearing on Partey’s future and a potential move to north London. Chelsea, meanwhile, have embarked on a near unprecedented summer of spending with Lampard having made seven major signings already at a cost of well over £200m.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLampard still harbours an interest in West Ham’s England international Declan Rice, but their London rivals are determined to hold onto their prize asset and reports on Friday claimed the Blues could now switch their attention to Partey which would represent a shrew move, according to Ferdinand. Arsenal have failed to activate Thomas Partey’s Atletico Madrid release clause (Picture: Getty)He told BT Sport: ‘I think a huge thing for them is to stop conceding goals. I think Frank would have looked at it last season and three of the back four that will be playing today are new players.‘He’ll have seen that, a lot of goals conceded and I think the most conceded in 22 years at the club. More importantly we reports today of Partey coming in in that central area.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I don’t think he’s happy with the likes of Kovacic or Jorginho. You can see that because he’s chopping and changing in those positions.‘Getting someone like that in to protect the back four or five along with Kante goes a long way to nulifying the goals against.’Former Chelsea star Joe Cole added: ‘As soon as possible I think Frank wants to nail down the goalkeeping position and back four and then he can just tinker with that midfield and Partey would be a fantastic signing.’MORE: Chelsea could look at Arsenal target Thomas Partey as potential Declan Rice alternativeMORE: Frank Lampard sends message to Chelsea squad following bust-up with Marcos AlonsoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Rio Ferdinand tells Chelsea to hijack Arsenal move for Thomas Partey Advertisementlast_img read more

Founding members named for European researchers’ long-awaited scheme

first_imgShe added that he “strongly encouraged” research organisations across Europe to join.RESAVER, or the Retirement Savings Vehicle for European Research Institutions, will allow the cross-border pooling of pension plans, the continuation of accumulation at job change, “lower overhead costs through economies of scale” and a “pan-European risk pooling”.In mid-September, the European Commission issued a statement noting it had lined up funding under Horizon 2020 to sponsor the set-up of the IORP, the insurance scheme and administration, including the selection of providers, and that the fund should become operational in early 2015. RESAVER, the long-planned pension fund for academic researchers who work across the European Union – is to be launched next year. The following institutions have joined forces to set up the initial scheme: the Central European University Budapest; the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC-ERIC); Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste; Fondazione Edmund Mach; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia; Technical University of Vienna; and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)The not-for-profit association will be set up as a Belgium-based vehicle, to which the European Commission will award a four-year framework contract before the end of 2014.In a statement, European commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: “Pensions are a serious barrier to free movement, but today that barrier has begun to crumble.”last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgHSBC Global Asset Management, BNY Mellon Investment Management, Ilmarinen, Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, Aviva Investors, Cushman & Wakefield, Axioma, S&P, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, DTZ InvestorsHSBC Global Asset Management – Adrian Gordon joins the asset manager in London as head of UK institutional, reporting to chief executive Andy Clark. He replaces Stuart White, who, after five years in the position, has moved internally to become head of strategy and a member of the leadership team and global executive management committee. Gordon joins from BNY Mellon Investment Management, where he led the institutional business. He has also held senior roles at OppenheimerFunds and Barclays Global Investors, before it became BlackRock.Ilmarinen – Mikko Helander has been elected chairman of the Finnish pension mutual’s board. The chief executive of local retailer Kesko succeeds Jussi Pesonen, who retired at the end of 2015. Lauri Lyly and Jyri Häkämies will continue as vice-chairs of the board, while Pekka Vauramo, chief executive of Finnair, and Minna Korkeaoja, chief financial officer of energy firm Pohjolan Voima join the board.Financial Stability Board – Christian Thimann, group head of strategy, sustainability and public affairs at AXA Group, has been appointed one of four vice chairs of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Other members of the 22-strong taskforce include: David Blood, senior partner, Generation Investment Management, Martin Skancke, chair of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer at Aviva Investors, Jane Ambachtsheer, global head of responsible investment at Mercer, and Deborah Winshel, manging director, global head of impact investing at BlackRock. The taskforce is chaired by Michael Bloomberg. Axioma – William Morokoff has been appointed vice president, head of research at the risk management and portfolio construction service provider. Based in New York, the senior quantitative researcher joins from Standard & Poor’s, where he led the global quantitative analytics and research group since 2006.  Before S&P, Morokoff worked with Moody’s KMV, most recently as acting head of research.Aviva Investors – Isabel Sheppard has joined as an asset manager on the central London real estate team, a new role. She joins from Cushman & Wakefield, and reports to Neil McLeod, head of the central London asset management team at Aviva Investors.Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets – Steven Sewell has been appointed executive director of real estate in London. Sewell was previously managing director and chief executive of Australian shopping centre specialist Federation Centres (Vicinity Centres). He has also worked for Macquarie in the past, as chief executive of Macquarie CountryWide Trust.DTZ Investors – Gregory Flash has been named senior investment manager in France. Flash, who founded Diverstone Real Estate, has also worked for Lloyds and Allen & Overy. DTZ Investors said Flash had previously managed a €600m pan-European property portfolio.last_img read more

Hot property: Noosa home sells sight unseen in 6 days

first_imgHe and his wife, Kim, have just sold their home in Sunshine Beach, where the median house price rose almost 23 per cent in the year to the end of March, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.The couple’s property at 30 Captains Court had only been on the market for just six days before it was snapped up by a Sydney buyer, site unseen, for $2.3 million.“I’m very happy,” Mr Lloyd said. “They only did one virtual inspection!“For $2.3 million in Sydney, you would get a three-bedroom place in St Leonards, but here you’re sitting in hanging chairs overlooking the ocean.” The Lloyds have bought a 10,000 sq m block of land in Doonan to build on, so their two children will have more “yard space”.“Living in Noosa, you don’t need much because there’s beauty everywhere you look,” Mr Lloyd said. “I’d prefer to be on $40,000 a year and live in Noosa.” Adrian Reed of Reed & Co. Estate Agents, who negotiated the sale of the Lloyds’ property, said there was no sign of Noosa’s housing market slowing down. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoMr Reed said he believed Noosa’s new record median house price of $800,000 was just the beginning of a growth streak.“People are seeking out their tree change/sea change positions across the eastern seaboard and Noosa is well situated for that,” Mr Reed said.“We’re seeing people moving from densely populated urban areas and high net wealth individuals seeking prestige positions in Noosa. The number of offmarket prestige sales will increase.”Mr Reed said the majority of inquiries he received were from people thinking about making Noosa their principal place of residence.“Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are our dominant markets, as well as expats re-entering the marketplace,” he said.“We’re seeing interest in our most expensive properties from expats from London and New York.” Peter and Kim Lloyd with children, Summer, 8, and Cooper, 11, have sold their Sunshine Beach home. Photo: Lachie Millard.THE only way Peter Lloyd will ever leave Noosa is if it’s in a pine box.After living in Sydney for years he discovered the idyllic seaside retreat, famous for its long sandy beaches and unspoilt nature reserves, and now wouldn’t live anywhere else.“I will never leave. Ever,” Mr Lloyd said. “Why would you live in Sydney?”last_img read more

Prosecution rests in murder trial

first_img 41 Views   no discussions LocalNews Prosecution rests in murder trial by: – May 18, 2012 David St. JeanThe state closed its case at the end of the morning session of Court sitting on Friday in the murder trail of Clement James of Good Hope who resided in Portsmouth.The state called a total of ten witnessed to support its claim that David St. Jean of Portsmouth murdered Clement James better known as “Johnson” on 20th September, 2010.When Court resumed on Friday morning, corporal of police Ashworth Gordon who is a trained crime scene photographer who was deemed as an expert witness, took the Court through a photographic album.That album contained ten (10) photographs of observations which he made of the body of Clement James at the Princess Margaret Hospital Mortuary on 23rd September, 2010 the day of the post-mortem examination, as well as photographs of the crime scene on the Indian River Bridge which he took on 11th November, 2010.The last witness for the state; the investigating officer sergeant John Carbon testified that on 21st September, 2010 at about 6:15am a Portsmouth business man Murphy Wallace accompanied David St. Jean to the police station where he surrendered himself.Carbon testified that Wallace informed him that St. Jean was involved in altercation with James the previous day and was reliably informed that James had died. Wallace also informed him that he would visit the office of the Legal Aid Clinic to seek assistance for him. He therefore cautioned the defendant and placed him in the holding cells.He told the Court about 7:15 that same morning, 21st September, 2010 he took the defendant from the cells and brought him to an office inside the Portsmouth Police Station.According to Carbon he informed the defendant that he was investigating an incident which occurred the day before on the Indian River Bridge and was informed that St. Jean was the one who inflicted the wound. He said when he informed the defendant of his right to an attorney he replied, “Murphy will check that for me”.Carbon testified that the defendant gave him an explanation of what transpired which he later recorded and made him sign. He said he sought to find an independent witness for twenty (20) minutes after asking five (5) persons but they were unwilling to assist him in being a witness while St. Jean gave his statement.Carbon was granted permission from the Court to read the statement which he recorded from the defendant on the 21st of September, 2010.Clement James. Photo credit: Inside Possie“It was raining and while I was walking my pants got wet so I was rolling up my pants leg. I saw a man staring at me in a sexual manner. I did not tell him anything but continued rolling my pants leg. I told him “not to look at me on government road,” he told me when I see him to put down my head. I said to myself he is disrespectful so I went to warn him. He took the stick I had and hit me. I saw a knife in his pocket; I took it and hit him with it. Then I heard a man say “leave the man alone” so I ran away.Carbon said, later that day, about 2:30pm he went to speak to the defendant in the holding cells when he “complained he was feeling a pain in his back as a result of a blow he received from the stick”. He was taken to the Portsmouth Hospital where he was examined by Dr. Dechausay. After the Defendant had shown him where the incident occurred on the bridge and retrieved the stick from a house in the vicinity of the St. John’s Primary School, Carbon instituted a charge of murder against him to which he replied; “I was defending myself”.Wayne Norde who cross examined sergeant Carbon, suggested to him that he “rushed the investigation,” did not follow “good police practice” in seeking an independent witness to be present while the defendant gave his statement, as he met and filed the charges against St. Jean on the same day.Carbon also admitted under cross examination that the defendant told him “on more than one occasion” while he was giving his statement that he was “only defending himself”.There was a major discrepancy between the evidence of sergeant Carbon and that of the police photographer Ashworth Gordon.Gordon testified on Friday morning that on the 23rd of September, 2010 he met sergeant Carbon at the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Mortuary who informed him to take photographs of Clement James’ body which was “lying on a slab”. He did as he was told and on the 11th of November, 2010 he proceeded on his own volition to the Indian River Bridge to take photographs of the crime scene.However, under cross examination, Carbon testified that not only did he instruct Gordon to take the photographs of the crime scene on the 23rd of September, 2010 but he also informed Gordon’s supervisor that he needed photographs taken, and also complained three days after the incident that this has not been done.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Olmsteads win Sunday features at Lexington

first_imgBy Anthony AinslieLEXINGTON, Neb. (Aug. 13) – Sunday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature at Lexington Raceway was a pretty quick 20-lap affair.Craig Howard took the lead on the opening lap and led the first three circuits before point leader Jacob Olmstead took command and led the rest of the way.Jacob wasn’t the only Olmstead to go to victory lane. Zach posted his second consecutive win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.David Murray Jr. scored his third local IMCA Modified win of the season while Mike Nichols remained undefeated in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.In the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature, it was Justin Smallcomb leading all 10 laps.last_img

Don could still pack a Punch

first_img Press Association The Gigginstown House Stud-owned eight-year-old accounted for some very smart rivals by upwards of 26 lengths in the Melling Chase, and Elliott has been delighted with his condition since the race. The only time he has been beaten this season was when he was slightly unlucky in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. “He is bouncing after Aintree,” said the County Meath handler. “I don’t know whether to run at Punchestown as he’s been so good and has won four from five this season. “Every time you look back at the Ryanair it makes you realise how unlucky he was, but he is an exciting horse for next year.” center_img Gordon Elliott is weighing up whether to let runaway Aintree winner Don Cossack have an outing at the Punchestown Festival.last_img read more

Cricket News Duanne Olivier wrecks Pakistan in Centurion, finishes with record tally for South Africa

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Centurion Test is proving to be a memorable affair for South Africa’s pacers. On day 1 of the Boxing Day Test, Dale Steyn created history by breaking Shaun Pollock’s record and becoming the leading wicket-taker for South Africa. However, the Test has belonged to 25-year-old right-arm pacer Duanne Olivier who showed his class to dismantle Pakistan for the second time in the match. After picking up 6/37 in the first innings, Olivier picked up 5/59 to finish with 11/96 in the match. In the process, Olivier created some records in Centurion and also for South Africa as Faf du Plessis’ side look to chase down 149 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Olivier’s haul of 11/96 is the 10th best haul by a South Africa pacer in Tests. Makhaya Ntini leads the list with 13/132 against the West Indies in Port of Spain in 2005. Kagiso Rabada is next on the list with 13/144 against England in Centurion in 2016. Hugh Tayfield, the right-arm offbreak bowler who played in 37 Tests from 1949 to 1960, is the only Proteas pacer to pick 13 wickets twice. He had figures of 13/165 against Australia in Melbourne in 1952 while he picked 13/192 against England in Johannesburg in 1957. Sibley Snooke, Bert Vogler, Allan Donald and Keshav Maharaj are the other bowlers to have taken 12 wickets in a Test.Read More | Dale Steyn breaks Shaun Pollock’s record, becomes most successful South Africa pacerIn the first innings, Olivier’s consistent strikes had reduced Pakistan to 111/8 before Babar Azam stepped up and played an attacking knock of 71 to help Pakistan reach 181. South Africa managed to take a crucial 42-run lead but Pakistan started strongly in the second innings, reaching 103/2 with Shan Masood striking an attacking fifty. However, Olivier, along with Kagiso Rabada, ran through the lower-middle order as Sarfraz Ahmed’s side lost eight wickets for 87 runs to be bowled out for 190.Read More | Virat Kohli climbs ‘The Wall’, creates new record in Boxing Day TestOlivier’s haul of 11/96 is the third-best haul by a bowler in Centurion. Rabada holds the best figures at this ground with 13 wickets against England in 2016 while Australia’s Mitchell Johnson picked up 12/127 in 2014 in what was South Africa’s second loss in what is considered their fortress.The 25-year-old pacer made his debut in the series against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg in 2017 following the retirement of Kyle Abbott. The right-arm pacer made a decent start, picking up five wickets and was selected on the tour to England where he played in Trent Bridge and Manchester. However, he stuggled for impact in the two Tests against Bangladesh but has made a big statement as one of the future stars in the South Africa bowling line-up if they have to look at a future without Dale Steyn. last_img read more