Turkish GP: Max Verstappen fastest in wet and wild final practice

first_imgMax Verstappen fastest as heavy rain falls at Istanbul Park circuit which was described as an “ice rink”, even in the dry; Charles Leclerc second, Lewis Hamilton fails to set a time; Watch qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 at 12pm By Matt MorlidgeLast Updated: 14/11/20 10:05am – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Carlos Sainz struggled to adjust to the wet conditions at Istanbul Park as the McLaren driver spun out at the second turn during final practice. – Advertisement – 0:33 Carlos Sainz struggled to adjust to the wet conditions at Istanbul Park as the McLaren driver spun out at the second turn during final practice. Max Verstappen set the pace in difficult wet conditions in Turkish GP final practice as heavy rainfall gave drivers even more problems on an “ice rink” of an Istanbul Park circuit that was already low on grip.The rain started on Saturday morning and got heavier through Practice Three, with Verstappen’s fastest time of a 1:48.485 coming on intermediate tyres in the Red Bull, almost a second clear of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.Lewis Hamilton, who completed only three laps on full wet tyres and failed to set a time, said “this is as close to driving on ice as you can get” during a session that featured spins and drifts aplenty.Water on a track which was described as “terrifying” even in dry conditions on Friday, was the last thing many drivers wanted and conditions got so bad towards the end of P3 that most decided to stay in the garage.There is, however, expected to be a break in the showers before qualifying, where an unpredictable shootout is in store.Qualifying is live on Sky Sports F1 at 12pm, with build-up at 11am.More to follow.last_img read more

State Demographers predict that Florida will Surpass 22 million residents by 2022

first_img(Photo credit: ThinkstockPhotos)Florida residents might want to start waking up a little earlier for work.State demographers have released a report that Florida’s population will reach an estimated 22 million residents as soon as 2022.Forecasts released earlier this month by the Demographic Estimating Conference have accumulated that Florida will gain an average of 330,000 people a year over the next five years.With 21.3 million residents, Florida is currently the nation’s third most populous state. It currently trails only California and Texas.The U.S. Census Bureau said Florida had the second-largest population increase in 2018, growing by more than 322,000 residents. Only Texas had larger growth by adding 379,000 residents.The bureau uses a different counting method from the Demographic Estimating Conference in Florida.“The Florida demographers says most of the growth to the Sunshine States is coming from people moving to Florida as opposed to a natural increase from births.” Via- Associated Press.last_img read more

Red Bank Mom Demands Action on Guns

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — Brett Sabo wanted to make one thing clear when she sat down to talk about her involvement with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.“We’re not against the Second Amendment,” she stressed, explaining the group doesn’t oppose legal gun ownership.“What we would like to see,” she continued, is universal background checks and the closing of some existing legal loopholes that allows gun purchasers to circumvent that requirement, as well as preventing those on the federal terrorist watch list and no-fly list from being able to readily access firearms.“It’s really just too easy for dangerous people to get them (guns),” she said.Sabo, a former English and theater teacher, lives in Red Bank with her husband, James, and 10-year-old son Evan. She and Evan attended the candlelight vigil borough officials held on June 15 in response to the Orlando shooting that resulted in 49 gun deaths and about another 50 wounded, presenting Mayor Pasquale Menna with a T-shirt for Sabo’s organization.She used to teach in Harlem, New York, and her husband retired from teaching in the Bronx.But it was the San Bernardino, California, terrorist mass shooting where 14 people were killed and 22 others seriously wounded last December, when she decided she had to do something.“I remember watching the news coverage,” of that horrific event, after so many other similar horrific events, she noted, remembering hearing a parent, Richard Martinez, speak about his child, one of the victims. “I remember feeling very lucky,” that no friend or family member had been involved in one of these terrible incidents. “But I thought it was only a matter of time before someone I knew would be affected.“And I wanted to get involved.”And that led her to join the national Moms Demand Action group, where she now serves as campaign lead for the New Jersey chapter.Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America now counts about 3.5 million members across the country, with more than 1,000 in New Jersey. “There is strength in numbers,” she said.Stay-at-home mom Shannon Watts founded the group in the immediate aftermath of the ghastly December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, in Newtown, Connecticut.The group used as a model Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), organizing grassroots efforts to effect political change from government, educational institutions and businesses to bring about what they call common sense gun reforms. Since 2013 the organization joined forces with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that benefited from Bloomberg’s media reach and financial support.What deeply affected Sabo after the Sandy Hook shooting was, “If kids weren’t safe in their classrooms,” she explained, “they weren’t safe anywhere.”There is a new normal that has affected her personally. Recently a parent invited Sabo’s son to her home to play with her child. That prompted Sabo to ask as a precaution if there were guns in the home and if they were secure. “It’s always in my thoughts now,” she said.Currently about 90 Americans a day are killed by guns, she said.As a local representative for the organization Sabo testified before the state Legislature in Trenton in support of a bill that would have toughened the law requiring those convicted of domestic violence to relinquish any guns they own, which was a moment of pride for her, voicing the organization’s point of view.After watching the U.S. Senate’s vote this week on four gun measures in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, with none passing, she said, “We were disappointed but not surprised.”But there is something positive to take away from it. It took Congress four months to take any action. Now it took four days, progress of a sort, she said.Besides, “It really told us where our senators stand,” Sabo noted, “and tells us what we need to do come November.”last_img read more

Lunch Break Invites Donors To Shop With Love

first_img“This might have cost $400 retail,” she said of a shopping cart full of groceries, “but it only costs Lunch Break $110.”Executive director Gwen Love thinks visitors may be amused at how the title “Shop with Love” is a play on her last name, but it doesn’t detract from the crucial message. “You’re actually making a donation and allowing us to go out and use our purchase power to get the items we need that are useful to the people we’re serving,” she said.She hopes it makes it that much easier and fun for those who want to help, or for those without the time or ability to carry groceries.Love also hopes to introduce millennials to Lunch Break and its works. “That’s a population that we’d like to bring in to volunteer or donate, and let them know what we’re doing.“We’re trying to make it easy to bring it home to your phone or laptop,” said Love. “It’s a delightful way to give back. And you can do it 24/7.”Lunch Break offers food, clothing and fellowship for community members in need.Shop with Love, at LunchBreak.org/ShopWithLove, will be officially launched later this month. By Judy O’Gorman AlvarezRED BANK – Lunch Break’s new campaign, “Shop with LOVE,” brings a cutting edge, whimsical feel to the ever-pressing need to stock the pantry shelves with food for clients.The virtual food drive allows an online shopper to follow along with Gwen Love, Lunch Break’s executive director, or Tyrone Burr, chef/kitchen and pantry manager, as they – or rather their avatars – stroll through the supermarket aisles filling their carts with much-needed foods for Lunch Break shelves.In addition to Love and Burr – familiar faces to Lunch Break clients, volunteers and supporters – Wallace Woods, maintenance assistant at Lunch Break, lends a smooth-sounding voiceover to the site.“Your donations will provide more food than a traditional food drive, doubling or even tripling the amount of food purchased at a regular food store,” Woods tells visitors as they fill their shopping carts with fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, protein and more and proceed to checkout. “We couldn’t do what we do, without you.”The campaign, which will be launched later this month, was the collaboration of efforts of Lunch Break staff, a graphic designer and Tech Bridge, a nonprofit that drives community impact by bringing affordable technology and business expertise to other nonprofits.”“We wanted to look for something novel that would bring in younger kids and their parents to see the need for food and the shopping,” said Kate McMahon, director of development at Lunch Break. She points out that visitors can see the value of their dollar and how powerful it is when Lunch Break can buy products in bulk.last_img read more


first_imgTyler Baze11721212018%53%$1,042,811 FINISH LINES: California Chrome, 2014 Horse of the Year and that year’s Santa Anita Derby winner, worked five furlongs Saturday at his Los Alamitos headquarters in 1:01 flat for trainer Art Sherman. It was the ninth of 21 recorded works at the distance . . . Steve Rothblum, aide de camp with Team Doug O’Neill, said Donworth was scratched from today’s Met Mile at Belmont Park due to a cough. Rothblum added that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist jogged two miles at Santa Anita Saturday morning and “looked great, full of energy.” . . . Jockey Jaime Theroit and his agent, Corey Black, were out pressing the flesh at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning. Theroit arrived in California Thursday and hopes to make his Spring Meet riding debut soon . . . Through 22 days, Rafael Bejarano and Flavien Prat are tied for the Spring Meet riding lead at 25 each . . . Prat has been suspended three days (June 16, 17 and 18) for causing interference aboard Fashionably Handsome, who finished third in Thursday’s first race . . . Remarkable Martin Minutiae: Martin Pedroza and Martin Garcia have almost identical stat lines across the board through Friday, in mounts, wins, seconds, thirds, win percentage, and in the money percentage, as follows, with Pedroza’s numbers listed first: 56, 54; 8, 8; 5, 4; 10, 9; 14, 15; and 41, 39 . . . Apprentice rider Jose Barnes, still feeling the effects of an injury to his left ear following a riding mishap Thursday, took off his scheduled two mounts today and is not expected to ride on Sunday . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its meeting Thursday, June 16, while the CHRB Race Dates Committee will meet Wednesday, June 15. Both meetings at Santa Anita Park will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board agenda and supporting package of materials as well as the committee agenda and package are available on the CHRB website. Stewart Elliott605658%27%$265,855 Simon Callaghan2252223%41%$233,190 Brandon Boulanger3241313%25%$99,530 Richard Mandella2674527%62%$612,055 Martin Pedroza56851014%41%$282,280 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITMMoney Won Joseph Talamo8114131417%51%$780,153 Brayan Pena434479%35%$105,605 Bob Baffert2865321%50%$279,980 Jerry Hollendorfer50841116%46%$587,100 Steven Miyadi1543027%47%$123,385 Robertino Diodoro1244133%75%$153,250 Martin Garcia5484915%39%$439,120 John Sadler5095718%42%$623,550 Mike Smith2565024%44%$407,266 BAFFERT TO BE HONORED BY EDWIN J. GREGSON FOUNDATIONTriple Crown winning Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be honored this summer by the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation at its annual fund-raising and awards dinner.The event will take place Monday, Aug. 15, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, a few miles south of Del Mar Racetrack.“I’m honored to be recognized by the Gregson Foundation and to stand alongside past honorees who are truly a Who’s Who of California racing,” said Baffert.Among the Gregson Foundation’s past honorees are Baffert’s fellow trainers Jack Van Berg, Ron McAnally, Mel Stute, and the late Warren Stute, in addition to industry leaders Ann and Jerry Moss, Mace and Samantha Siegel, Dr. Jack Robbins, and Joe and Barbara Harper.Last summer, the Foundation saluted jockeys Mike Smith and Gary Stevens while raising money to provide college scholarships to the children of California’s backstretch community.“It’s pretty remarkable to see how the Gregson Foundation’s scholarship program has grown through the years and to know what a difference it has made in the lives of not only the kids, but entire families,” Baffert said. “Backstretch workers are the backbone of our industry, and this is a wonderful way to let them know they are appreciated and supported.”Tickets for the event are $300 per person. The annual event has sold out each year, and the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation encourages early purchase of tickets to assure attendance. Please contact Angie Carmona at (626) 447-2339 for further information or go to www.gregsonfoundation.com. Peter Eurton2773326%48%$294,990 Tiago Pereira67510127%40%$253,022 (Current Through Friday, June 10) SONGBIRD HAS ‘SPECTACULAR’ WORK FOR OAKSGREGSON FOUNDATION TO HONOR BOB BAFFERTDERBY WINNER NYQUIST FULL OF ENERGY IN JOG Edwin Maldonado10418171317%46%$720,576 Fernando Perez5576413%31%$255,133 Mike Puype3473421%41%$232,335 Rafael Bejarano10525201824%60%$1,455,475 Philip D’Amato641714527%56%$1,196,113 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITMMoney Won Mark Glatt4269814%55%$264,781 Richard Baltas4177717%51%$301,689 Santiago Gonzalez10813161512%41%$670,357 Patrick Gallagher1841022%28%$118,875 James Cassidy2753319%41%$318,300 Flavien Prat8625101329%56%$1,274,061 Doug O’Neill53510109%47%$439,773 Peter Miller40511413%50%$238,495 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS EARLY SONGBIRD GETS THE WORKDespite Jerry Hollendorfer calling an audible and working Songbird a day earlier than originally planned, it was just another day at the office for the undefeated champion two-year-old female of 2015 as she breezed seven furlongs under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez in 1:25.80, after which Hollendorfer pronounced the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro “ready” for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.“She went the last eighth in spectacular fashion, 12 seconds flat,” Hollendorfer said. “She’s ready. I changed my mind (on the work day). I decided at the last minute.”Songbird worked in company with stablemates Little Curlin and The Gomper, who were given five furlong clockings of 1:02.60 and 1:02.80, respectively. Songbird’s fractional times were 25.40, 37.40, 49 flat and 1:13 flat, with a one-mile gallop out recording of 1:39.Songbird’s owner, Rick Porter, who races as Fox Hill Farms, added on Facebook:“Jerry called me first thing this morning after planning a very early work for Songbird. Everyone was expecting her to work tomorrow so Jerry wanted to go this morning when he sent two of his nice horses out right in front of Songbird.“It was about five lengths when they all broke. She went behind them at her own pace and then, as planned, started running at the quarter pole and split them as nice as could please and went the last eighth in a gallop out in 12 flat. The clocker told Jerry he got her in 1:24 flat even though they published 1:25 4/5ths.“It is nice to confirm she can rate. Great work and looking forward to the race next Saturday.”Among those expected to face Songbird in the Oaks are Bellamentary, Coppa, Kay Kay, Kiss N Scat, Not Now Carolyn and That’s A Lady. Coppa worked six furlongs Saturday for Phil D’Amato in 1:14.60.Songbird has never won by less than 3 ¾ lengths. Her average margin of victory is just over five lengths. Hector O. Palma1543027%47%$77,525 Victor Espinoza3445812%50%$359,025 Ignacio Puglisi2041220%35%$116,453 Chad Lindsay3955513%38%$120,595 Mario Gutierrez4341019%35%$400,915last_img read more

Roberto Firmino cleared by FA over Mason Holgate racism allegations

first_imgShare on WhatsApp The FA Share on Pinterest Everton Share on LinkedIn news The Football Association has exonerated Roberto Firmino of racially abusing the Everton defender Mason Holgate following a lengthy investigation into the Liverpool striker’s conduct during the FA Cup tie between the Merseyside rivals at Anfield.Holgate accused Firmino of using what the FA described as a “discriminatory term” when the pair clashed in Liverpool’s third-round victory on 5 January. The FA opened an investigation the following day and almost seven weeks later – having interviewed 12 players, the referee Bobby Madley, the fourth official Jon Moss and consulted two Portuguese lip-reading experts – announced on Wednesday that there is insufficient evidence to charge the Brazil international with any offence.In a statement, the FA said it was satisfied that “the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation”. But it found no evidence, either through witness statements or consulting unseen footage of the row that erupted after Holgate had pushed Firmino over the advertising hoardings, to support the Everton defender’s claim that he had been racially abused.The FA added: “We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino. Firmino was formally interviewed by the FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted the defender in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him.“As part of the investigation, the FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese-speaking lip‑reading experts. The evidence obtained from the experts did not support the allegation.”Firmino said after the FA’s verdict that it had been difficult to remain publicly silent “given the serious and damaging nature of what it was claimed I said”, but was pleased to have been cleared of any wrongdoing. “As someone who has experienced racist abuse during my life, I know how damaging and hurtful it can be,” the Liverpool forward said.“Now the process is concluded I would like to place on record, for the avoidance of any doubt, I did not say the word, or a variation of the word, that was claimed and subsequently reported in the media. I did not use any language that referenced race. I did not – and would never – reference a person’s skin colour or culture, by means of insult, during a dispute or an argument. There is no place for discrimination on a football pitch, or anywhere else in life for that matter. I am pleased after exhaustive reviews of all the evidence, in this specific incident, the matter is resolved.”Liverpool thanked Firmino for “the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process, acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family”, adding: “Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one.“Roberto has cooperated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened. We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language.”Everton said in a statement that they accepted the FA’s decision and appreciated the thoroughness of an investigation conducted “in challenging circumstances”. It added: “The club welcomes the FA’s expression of complete satisfaction that the allegation made by our player, Mason Holgate, was done so in absolute good faith, that proper process was followed and that there is no suggestion of malice or dishonesty on Mason’s part.” Share on Twittercenter_img Topics Share via Email Share on Messenger Liverpool Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more