F1 to return to 2015 qualifying format

first_imgFormula One will revert to its 2015 qualifying format at next week’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and for the remainder of the season, the governing FIA said in a statement after backing down in the face of opposition from teams.The change will be put to the F1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council to be rubber-stamped, bringing an end to a failed experiment to shake up starting grids with elimination qualifying.The statement said International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt and the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone had accepted the move “in the interests of the Championship”.The teams had earlier shown their unity in a letter to Ecclestone and Todt, calling for the 2015 system to be reinstated and rejecting an aggregate qualifying proposal put forward by the FIA.With unanimity needed for any change to the 2016 regulations, the apparent impasse had threatened to ensure the unpopular new format continued in China for a third successive race unless one side backed down.The 26-member F1 commission groups the 11 teams, commercial rights holder and governing body as well as other stakeholders.This year’s qualifying system, which saw drivers knocked out at timed intervals during the three sessions, was approved hurriedly before the start of the season to add excitement.However, drivers were eliminated while sitting in the garages in the final stage rather than battling for pole on track as in the past, triggering a backlash on social media.Todt and Ecclestone had ruled out going back to the old system at a meeting with the teams in Bahrain last weekend.Williams deputy-principal Claire Williams said then that both bosses believed “going back to 2015 would create more confusion than is necessary”.Teams agreed at the Bahrain Grand Prix to vote on a compromise solution, which would have seen each driver do at least two laps in each of the three phases of qualifying with the times aggregated.The argument was about more than finding the best way to line up 22 cars on the starting grid, however.In a sport that can crunch vast amounts of data in milliseconds, it comes down to power and who really calls the shots, the teams or the FIA and Ecclestone.World champions Mercedes and Ferrari supply eight of the 11 teams, giving them more muscle in decision-making.“The FIA should write the regulations and say ‘these are the regulations. If you want to enter the championship you enter. If you don’t, don’t,” Ecclestone told reporters in Bahrain.He said the change to the elimination qualifying format came at the request of promoters, keen for more action during the early phases of the Saturday session, and a desire to shake up the starting grid.Dominant Mercedes have won 34 of the last 40 grands prix and eight in a row.last_img read more

Workshop for National Sports Federations

first_imgThe Champions Workshop at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby provided the National Federation executives and coaches the opportunity to speak directly to the staff and management of HPS PNG to better understand the types of services provided.Long-time boxing administrator, Dick Larry described the workshop as a great concept adding it is great to know that we able to locally advance our athletes.Larry also raised concerns of finding access to these programs and services in regional areas where talents scouted regionally can be housed, trained and monitored.Former Paralympian and PNG’s first silver medallist in the Olympics, Francis Kompaon added that it was good for National Federations to come together and meet the HP team because many of these coaches, teams and administrators did not know what kind of services are provided by HPS PNG.“There are services out there that they (NFs) can engage but they can’t do it because it cost money but at HP these same services are provided for free and better quality.“So this Champions Workshop is a good opportunity for NFs to come and see but also know what is provided for them by the Government.”Codes that attended the workshop were Softball, Lawn Bowls, Swimming, Shooting, Boxing, ParaSport, Golf, Basketball, Karate, Netball, Sailing, Archery, Shooting, Bodybuilding, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Canoeing, Cricket, Handball, Hockey, Rugby 7s, Judo, University Sport, Badminton, Table Tennis, Touch Footy, Volleyball, and Rugby League. The next Champions Workshop will be held in early May in Port Moresby and similarly in Lae, with the invitation extended to National team athletes, their coaches and managers.last_img read more

Greatest Generation shares Canoga Park High stories

first_imgThen they walked into their old high school auditorium for the first time in more than 60 years to sit on hard wooden seats and sing their alma mater one more time before honoring one of their own with his long overdue high school diploma. Joe Osaki had gone to grammar school with most of them, but he didn’t get to go to high school with them. His high school diploma is from Manzanar High School, a makeshift school set up on the grounds of an internment camp for Japanese-American families during World War II. “I can remember the military police coming on campus that day and taking him away,” said former classmate Joe Beckwith. “We were all stunned. It was so sad. He was our friend. We had grown up together, played together. He wasn’t a threat to anyone.” The Eisenhowers sat across from the Trumans at the picnic table as the star quarterback talked about milking cows before school. For a few precious hours Saturday, Canoga Park High School’s Greatest Generation came home one more time. More than 170 silver-haired grads from all the school’s classes in the 1940s – and a few from the 1930s – gathered in the quad to eat hamburgers and hot dogs, share old stories and remember when they could look south from the school and see nothing but alfalfa fields all the way to Ventura Boulevard. After lunch, they filed past stands of old black-and-white class pictures of themselves and stopped at a table set up to determine who had the most children, the most marriages, the most husbands and other “mosts.” But after only two months at Canoga High in 1941, Joe Osaki was gone. Sixty-six years later, the high school classmates he never had stood and applauded as Canoga Park High School Principal Pam Hamashita – whose own parents were interned at Manzanar – handed Joe his diploma from Canoga Park High. A grateful Osaki – who went on to become a quality-control inspector at Rockwell before retiring – thanked his friends for remembering him and quietly sat down. The day wasn’t for opening old wounds. It was for having fun, seeing old classmates and telling stories they hadn’t told in years. The old newspaper clippings tacked on the bulletin board said Mario Giacopuzzi was a heck of a quarterback, leading Canoga High to two city football championships in the mid-1940s. But it was cows that Giacopuzzi wanted to talk about 60 years later. They could hit harder than any football player he ever went up against. “Sports were easy for me; milking cows before school every morning, now that was tough,” said Giacopuzzi, whose family was well-known in the dairy business during those years. His cousin, Lindo Giacopuzzi – Class of 1935 – sat next to him laughing. Yeah, the cows were tough, but so were the hoodlums he busted while working 10 years on LAPD’s gangster squad back in the 1950s. “They needed guys on the squad who could speak Italian,” said Lindo, 91, who retired from the force in 1965 as a sergeant at West Valley Division. “They figured all gangsters had to be Italian. They weren’t.” A few tables away, Art Eisenhower – Class of 1944 – and Lee Truman – Class of 1946 – and both cousins of former presidents – sat with their wives. The women were also Canoga High grads, and they talked about old teachers they had. Over the loudspeaker, Tommy Dorsey played trombone and Doris Day sang “Love Me Or Leave Me.” Most of the classmates at the table – Harlan Gurney, Harold and Chuck Morse and Janet Flowers – had known one another since grammar school at Encino Elementary School. “We went there together for eight years, then four more here before most of the guys went into the service,” Gurney said. Rudy Bischof, who organized the reunion – the first these classes have had in 12 years – gave up trying to count how many students at Canoga Park High from the Greatest Generation served their country. A lot. “It would be easier trying to count who didn’t,” he said. “I know we lost over 20 young men just from our school.” Enough, Bischof said. This wasn’t a day for opening old wounds. He wanted the classes of the 1940s to make some serious noise in that auditorium like they used to. Think young, he told them. And they did. For a few precious hours Saturday, Mario Giacopuzzi and his teammates stood on stage again at a pre-game pep rally while the student body cheered them on to victory. “Touchdowns Away,” the classes of the 1940s belted out to the tune of “Anchors Away.” “Push down that field, my boys, on to our goal Fight for Canoga High and we will do the rest Rah! Rah! Rah! It’s the victory we want. We’re sure to win!” And the Greatest Generation did. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Space station life back to normal Astronauts finish up tasks put on hold during repairs

first_imgHOUSTON – Restoration of a failed computer system returned life to a regular rhythm Sunday on the international space station as two astronauts completed the fourth spacewalk since space shuttle Atlantis docked with the outpost a week ago. “We’re slowly moving back into a normal mode of operations,” station commander Fyodor Yurchikhin radioed Mission Control in Moscow. The “normal mode” included the last spacewalk of the mission – a previously unscheduled fourth trip outside the space station to finish tasks originally scheduled for Friday. Astronauts on the Friday spacewalk had done the unplanned job of repairing a thermal blanket, which had peeled back near Atlantis’ tail during the June 8 launch. Astronauts Patrick Forrester and Steven Swanson completed almost all of their tasks in the nearly 6 -hour spacewalk Sunday. “We can report that things are still improving,” said flight director Holly Ridings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They activated a rotating joint – their top priority – on the outpost’s newest segment so a new pair of solar wings can track the sun and provide power to the station. The solar arrays were delivered to the space station by Atlantis. The astronauts also set up a new camera stanchion outside the station’s newest segment and a computer network cable between the United States and Russian sides of the space station. They were not able to bolt down a problematic debris shield and instead secured it in place with tethers. At the end of the day, flight controllers on the ground planned to give the rotating joint a small test by moving it 5 degrees. A more thorough test to see whether the solar arrays track the sun was in store for today. Today, flight controllers also planned to test the space station’s thrusters, which haven’t been used since the crash last week of the Russian computers, which control orientation and oxygen production. Yurchikhin and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov got four of the six computer processors operating again Friday. The remaining two were brought back online on Saturday but then flipped back off to be in “cold standby mode” so that they could be used if needed. last_img read more

Liverpool and Man United’s top rated players so far and key battles assessed

first_imgLiverpool host Man United and have the chance to move level on points with Man City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.In addition, they can move six points clear of their north west rivals and former Liverpool striker Ian Rush believes a win for the Reds means the club can begin realistically thinking about themselves as title winners.Check out a match preview of Liverpool v Man United in the video above, courtesy of our friends at WhoScored.last_img

Scotland 1-1 Canada: Naismith scores in Slovenia warm-up

first_imgRight-back Ikechi Anya won his 25th cap while Charlie Mulgrew returned to partner Christophe Berra in the centre of defence with Chris Martin leading the line. However, the poor crowd inside Easter Road on a freezing, wet night revealed the lack of appetite for the fixture.The home side, captained by Darren Fletcher, started with some assurance on a sodden pitch, with Anya causing early problems down the right-hand side.However, the Scots were stunned in the 11th minute when defenders Lee Wallace and Mulgrew failed to deal with a Maxim Tissot cross from the left and when the ball fell kindly to Aird. The former Rangers player dispatched his shot from 12 yards past Scotland keeper Allan McGregor.Moments later, amid the stunned silence of the Tartan Army, Scotland attacker Robert Snodgrass’s hopeful cross into the box evaded everybody and came off the post. Midway through the first half Canada keeper Simon Thomas blocked a close-range shot from Martin after Scotland had played their way behind the increasingly confident visiting defence.But there was almost more trouble for the home side in the 26th minute when Aird drifted all too easily into the Scotland penalty area – this time his left-footed shot from 14 yards went wide -before a Simeon Jackson shot was deflected over for a corner which came to nothing.Scotland picked up the pace. Midfielder Oliver Burke blasted a shot straight at Thomas in the 31st minute but three minutes later the hosts were level, when, following pressure on the Canada defence, Naismith redirected a drive from Cairney over the line from 12 yards.If the Scots thought they had gained control of the game they were disabused of that notion two minutes from the break when another dangerous Canada attack ended with Marco Bustos curling a shot from the edge of the box just past the post.Canada replaced keeper Thomas with Jayson Leutwiler of Shrewsbury for the start of the second half while Barry Bannan and Andrew Robertson came on for Burke and Wallace respectively.Cairney looked the part in the Scotland engine rooom as the home side went left, right and down the middle in search of some joy.Strikers Leigh Griffiths and Jordan Rhodes replaced Naismith and Martin just after the hour mark.Leutwiler made a decent save from Bannan, who fired the rebound over.Scotland explored a more direct route as the second half progressed but with no more success.Hibs player John McGinn was given a rousing cheer when he replaced Cairney, before McGregor tipped a powerful Aird drive over the bar for a corner which posed no danger to the Hull City keeper.The home side kept pushing but play was disjointed and Canada held out with a degree of comfort. Scotland had to come from behind against lowly Canada to grab a draw in their friendly at a sodden Easter Road.Falkirk midfielder Fraser Aird fired the visitors into a shock lead, but Steven Naismith equalised in the 35th minute when he turned a wayward shot by debutant Tom Cairney into the net.The visitors, ranked 117th in the world, merited a draw in game which served as a warm-up for Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden Park on Sunday.Cairney, the 26-year-old Fulham midfielder, was the only new face in Gordon Strachan’s below par side. They could have done with a few more, for it was a sobering night for the Scots.last_img read more

Emirates crash probe finds no problems with aircraft systems

first_imgAir safety investigators probing a fiery Emirates crash a year ago say they have found no evidence of problems with the aircraft’s systems or engines.The Boeing 777-300 was landing at Dubai International Airport after a flight from Trivandrum International Airport in India on August 3, 2016, when it crashed trying to perform a go-around.The new interim report by the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority boosted the number of reported injuries among passengers and crew from 24 to 30.It said 21 passengers, one pilot, and four cabin crew sustained minor injuries while four cabin crew were seriously injured.A firefighter also died from injuries sustained in a fireball when the centre wing fuel tank exploded.The aircraft landed too far down the runway as a headwind turned into a gradually increasing tailwind and the rear wheels touched down as the crew unsuccessfully attempted the rejected landing.As the aircraft reached an altitude of 85ft, it began to sink back towards the runway.Full thrust was applied three seconds before the crash but by the time the engines responded, one second before impact, it was too late.The rear of the aircraft hit the runway at 125 knots with the nose pitched up and one of the engines was ripped off the wing as the aircraft burst into flames.The interim statement said that a large number of aircraft systems had been tested with the help of manufacturers.An analysis of the data downloaded “indicates that there were no aircraft systems or engine abnormalities up to the time of the accident’’.“Regarding the operation of the flight the investigation is working to determine and analyse the human performance factors that influenced flight crew actions during the landing and attempted go-around,’’ the report said.“In addition, the Investigation has reviewed and has identified safety enhancements related to the validity of weather information that was passed to the flight crew, and communication between air traffic control and the flight crew.’’last_img read more

BJP leader showers currency notes on folk singer in Vadodara

first_imgVadodara, Oct 2 (PTI) A video-clip purportedly showing a BJP leader showering currency notes on a folk-singer in presence of a party MP during a Ganesh festival event in Harni area here, went viral today. Vadodara district BJP president Satish Patel, however, said he didnt exactly “shower” the money. The clip showed him showering Rs 10 notes on the well-known folk-singer Kirtidan Gadhvi from a bucket. Ranjan Bhatt, BJP MP from Vadodara, was also present at the event. “The programme was held by Mahakali Yuvak Mandal on September 20, where I was just giving money to Kirtidan Gadhvi,” Patel told PTI. “I did not shower the currency notes nor I threw them in the air and the money which was given by the people will be utilised for social causes like cow-protection and treatment of ailing cows,” he said. About Rs 30-40 thousand were collected during the event, he said. On September 27, a video clip showing the BJP MP from Junagadh Rajesh Chudasama showering currency notes on people dancing at an event in Chorwad town had gone viral. But Chudasama defended himself saying it was a tradition. Similar controversy had erupted in April this year when the BJP MP from Jamnagar Poonam Madam was seen in a video showering money at a Lok-Dayro (folk-song) programme. PTI Cor AC PD KRK DBSlast_img read more

Dhoni pays ‘personal visit’ to former boss N Srinivasan

first_imgIndia’s ODI skipper MS Dhoni met former BCCI president N Srinivasan at his residence on Friday.After a thumping 35-run victory over South Africa in the fourth ODI in Chennai on Thursday, Dhoni took his time to visit his former boss which was reported as a personal visit.Chennai Super Kings(CSK) and Rajasthan Royals(RR) were suspended for two years by BCCI(The Board of Control for Cricket in India) after the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee found both the team owner’s Gurunath Meiyappan(CSK) and Raj Kundra(RR) guilty of betting.Dhoni who has been the skipper of CSK for the past eight seasons has refused to comment on his visit.Also read: There could be a rush for two new IPL teams: BCCI officialAfter the conflict of interest issue raised by BCCI, N Srinivasan decided to step down as CSK owner and also stated he doesn’t have any shares in the league’s most popular franchise.Earlier in the BCCI meeting it has been decided that the ninth edition of Indian Premier League(IPL) will witness two new teams instead of Super Kings and Royals. A final decision will be taken at the BCCI’s annual general meeting on November 9.BCCI has reportedly decided that the top six players each of CSK and RR will be available to the new franchises.last_img read more

Rajnath to visit Kerala tomorrow

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Kerala tomorrow to attend a seminar on community policing, besides other engagements.On a day-long visit, Singh will first attend the national seminar on community policing in Thiruvananthapuram.He will also inaugurate the celebrations for Student Police Cadet day-2016 at Jimmy George Indoor Stadium in the Kerala state capital. PTI ACB SK KKMlast_img