first_imgSpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the third practice session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. APSAKHIR, Bahrain — Fernando Alonso must already be counting down the days until the Indianapolis 500, given how frustrating Formula One has become for the Spaniard.The two-time F1 champion is making his IndyCar debut on May 28, and it probably can’t come soon enough.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Under race rules, drivers are allowed four engines per season before they incur penalty points, and this is already Alonso’s second one heading into the third of 20 races.Alonso — whose last win was four years ago in Spain — will actually need to start getting some points before having any to lose.His best chance would have been at the Monaco GP next month, where the tight, winding street circuit greatly reduces speed and overtaking, thus neutralizing some of the advantage the faster cars have.Alonso was fifth there last year, having started 10th on the grid, in McLaren’s best result of the season.But the ambitious Alonso, who has won 32 GP races, is skipping Monaco, which is on the same day as the Indy 500.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Alonso’s engine failed early into qualifying on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for the Bahrain Grand Prix, pushing him to 15th place on the grid for Sunday’s race.Neither Alonso nor his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne won a point in the first two races of the season. With the Belgian driver two places behind Alonso on the grid, that is unlikely to change here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It will be a long, hot and difficult one for both our drivers,” McLaren’s race director Eric Boullier said. “But that’s the hand they’ve currently been dealt, and they’ll play it as best they can.”McLaren struggled all of last season after switching back to Honda engines, finishing sixth in the constructors’ championship and with no podium finishes for the once-dominant team. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Alonso had looked reasonably secure in the first part of qualifying, and was about to start the second part on Saturday — known as Q2 — when he climbed out of his car and called it quits.“It was already a hard race, but this makes it even harder,” the 35-year-old Alonso said. “We have to change the power unit and without the chance to calibrate the engine a bit we will probably not run the race with all the power available, which is already little.”Alonso’s engineers face a difficult task in getting the car in decent shape.“The first lap the engine gets will be the formation lap, so it won’t get any warm-up. We won’t get any laps to tune it, and we’ll probably therefore have an even tougher race than we’d expected,” Alonso said. “The guys in the garage work day and night to prepare the car, there are parts we keep changing, we keep testing the updates.“There’s hard work behind every weekend, but we don’t have a competitive power unit to fight at the front,” he added. “It’s not the ideal situation, but there’s nothing we can do just now.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Messi scores brace as Barca rebounds before Juve, Madrid games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on governmentlast_img read more

first_imgReports from Zorzor, Lofa County say the city was on Wednesday a scene of intense unrest when angry youths took to the streets, burning down five houses and several shops.The destroyed shops and homes are believed to be owned by residents of the Mandingo ethnic group.The angry mob, according to our sources, was rioting in retaliation for the alleged murder of a pregnant woman who had come on a visit from Fissibu, a nearby town.Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Zorzor were no match for the rioters, compelling them to call for reinforcements from Gbarnga and Voinjama.Gbarnga is 94km from Zorzor, while Voinjama is 104 kilometers away.Officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU), another component of the LNP, were brought in and after few hours of struggle, were able to restore order in the town.Fissibu is situated between Zorzor and Voinjama City, the county capital. The woman, it is alleged, was killed by a Mandingo man only identified as AB, who happened to be the father of one of her children.The alleged murderer is said to be a soccer player for one of the local teams in the area.The victim, whose identity is yet to be disclosed, was said to have arrived in Zorzor in the morning and was discovered dead late in the evening.The angry crowd also erected roadblocks along the main street to prevent the alleged criminal from leaving town.The move also affected the local radio station, Radio Life, with its staff feeling threatened and constrained to shut down the station.The radio station is located on the road to Fissibu, and its management chose to close because a roadblock erected along that road was manned by angry youth.The victim is reported to have been riding with the alleged culprit on a motorcycle purportedly owned by him (AB) when she arrived in the town on Wednesday morning.She was said to have come to Zorzor to receive her “child support” from the accused.Meanwhile the alleged murder, AB, has not been seen since the tragic incident and may have likely escaped from Zorzor. The victim was reported to have been six months pregnant prior to her demise.The victim’s body is reported to have been deposited in a morgue at Zorzor’s Curran Lutheran Hospital.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAnalysts cautioned against reading too much into AT&T’s activation numbers, saying the actual number of iPhones sold might be much higher but was not reflected in the figure because many users had activation problems and couldn’t sign up for a few days. “It’s just had such a run on over-expectations, I don’t see this as any sort of disappointing metric in terms of the iPhone overall,” said Ingrid Ebeling, an analyst with JMP Securities. “I think it’s just gotten a little overhyped over the past month.” Also weighing on Apple’s stock Tuesday was a report from CIBC World Markets that said demand for the iPhone has experienced a “significant decline” in the past 10 days, a slowdown driven in part by dissatisfaction with the slow data-transfer speeds on AT&T’s network. CIBC used store visits and a survey of iPhone buyers to reach its conclusions. CIBC said it expects Apple and AT&T to boost their marketing push for the iPhone and the companies could introduce a new model in November – earlier than expected – that operates on a faster network. The two models now available cost $499 and $599. Apple spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday. Apple is expected to release more information on the iPhone’s sales in its third-quarter earnings report today. The company has been tight-lipped about its near-term sales forecasts, saying only that it hopes to sell 10million worldwide by 2008. Shaw Wu, an analyst with American Technology Research, said the little information Apple is likely to release will be closely watched by investors looking for signs of the iPhone’s momentum. “Even though it’s only two days of information, it’s definitely going to be looked at carefully,” Wu said. Analysts are expecting Apple to continue its strong profit growth. According to a survey by Thomson Financial, Apple is expected to earn 72cents a share on $5.29billion in revenue for the third quarter.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – AT&T Inc. wiped some of the glow off Apple Inc.’s iPhone on Tuesday, releasing numbers that showed fewer people than expected signed up for service in the first two days of the multimedia cell phone’s release. AT&T – the iPhone’s exclusive carrier – said it activated 146,000 iPhones June29 and 30, a number that disappointed investors after some analyst forecasts that Apple would sell 500,000 or more iPhones in its first weekend. The news interrupted a steady rise in Apple’s stock price that started with the iPhone’s release. The 18percent surge generated $18billion in shareholder wealth. On Tuesday, Apple shares fell $8.81, or more than 6percent, to $134.89, wiping out more than $7 billion of Apple’s market value. last_img read more

first_img>>> NEW 10:30 a.m. SANTA CLARITA – A 47-year-old Santa Clarita man was killed early today when his truck crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer rig stopped for a red light, officials said. David Duncan was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a coroner’s official. The wreck on eastbound State Highway 126 near Commerce Center Drive happened about 2 a.m. when Duncan, driving a 2003 Ford F-150 failed to stop and rear-ended the big rig, the CHP officers said. Eastbound Route 126 was shut down following the accident. One lane reopened just before 3 a.m. 160Want 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

first_imgArsenal fans are getting increasingly more irate as the season draws to a close, with a civil war erupting between sets of fans.Many Gunners have taken to publically calling for manager Arsene Wenger to be sacked or to resign while others remain fiercely loyal to the Frenchman.One of the main criticisms is that Wenger refuses to loosen the purse-strings and spend big on new players that will excite the fans and, more importantly, bring trophies to the Emirates.There is still a chance the Gunners can finish above north London rivals Tottenham but should they not, it could be a major factor in pushing through a lot of these transfers.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is rumoured to be arriving – and leaving – the Emirates this summer. 5 5 Theo Walcott to join West Ham – While Arsenal look to bring in Mahrez, the Sun are reporting Walcott is expected to be heading for the exit door in search of more regular football. It is understood the winger – who is available for £20m – is keen to move to West Ham as they begin their tenancy at the Olympic Stadium. 5 Thierry Henry to be fast-tracked through the coaching system – The club’s record goalscorer is set for a significant promotion – according to the Mirror – as part of Arsenal’s academy shake up. Henry has been coaching various age groups as part of his UEFA coaching badge but is being lined up to coach the Gunners’ under-18 side with consideration towards the Frenchman eventually becoming Arsenal manager. N’Golo Kante available for £20m – Arsenal are keen to bring in some proven Premier League talents and Kante as shown his worth this season in driving the Foxes to title, report France Football. While Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny have done okay in midfield by Wenger wants Kante to shield his back four and is willing to pay £20m for his services. 5 Arsenal interested in Riyad Mahrez – click the arrow, right, to see all the transfer rumours surrounding the Emirates Stadium – According to France Football, the Gunners are looking to bring in PFA Player of the Year and Premier League winner to bolster their attack. While insisting he is happy at Leicester, Mahrez could be available for around £40m. 5 Granit Xhaka says no offer has been made from Arsenal – Xhaka is right at the top of Arsenal’s wishlist this summer with the 23-year-old playmaker being linked with a big-money move to the Emirates. However, the Daily Mail report how the Swiss international refused to be drawn on the switch saying: “I can only say that I am really happy here and my contract runs through to 2020. At this time, no offer has been made.”last_img read more

first_imgRoss County co-manager Steven Ferguson admits they face a major test of character following their 4-0 defeat to Queen of the South. The Ladbrokes Championship leaders suffered a second consecutive defeat and Ferguson felt alarm bells were ringing before their trip to Dumfries. Josh Mullin was sent off for the Staggies but they were three goals down by that stage as Stephen Dobbie’s brace and strikes from Michael Doyle and on-loan Motherwell defender Barry Maguire piled the misery on the visitors. Ferguson told the club’s YouTube channel: “We were disjointed and disorganised and there were bits that have not really been our identity. “If we’re being honest it’s been slipping in for a couple of weeks, little bits of complacency and bits where we were switching off on. “We’re a group, we win games together and lose games together, and sometimes you find out more about people when you lose games than win games, and that’s certainly a character test with regards how we bounce back.”Ayr failed to capitalise and remain three points behind as they went five games without a victory with a 1-0 defeat at Inverness thanks to Jordan White’s goal. Dundee United moved level with Ayr on 36 points after Nicky Clark’s 81st-minute goal ensured Stevie Crawford tasted a 1-0 defeat in his first match as Dunfermline manager.  In-form Alloa moved further clear of danger with a 2-1 win over Morton as bottom two Partick Thistle and Falkirk drew 1-1.last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking following the long delayed publication of the”Report Of The Expert Panel On Concrete Blocks”, Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has stated that there can be no more delays and that the Government must immediately move to establish a Redress Scheme for the affected families. Senator Mac Lochlainn welcomed the eight key recommendations from the report.He said: “This report has been published a year later than scheduled. That’s another year of waiting and in many cases, despair for the affected families. “While my party and I have criticised the limited terms of reference from Government for this report, we welcome the Expert Panel’s findings and in particular their eight key recommendations. It is now absolutely clear that poor regulation and building controls by the State profoundly failed thousands of Donegal families. Therefore the State and the Government must immediately move to put in place a Redress Scheme for the affected families.“There is also a need to implement all of the panel’s recommendations as they pertain to improving building controls and standards across the State. We have to learn from the mistakes of the past, particularly during the building boom years where homes were fired up with little or no oversight from the State authorities as is the case in most other EU jurisdictions.“The building of a family home is the single biggest financial commitment of so many people’s lives. It can take decades to repay a mortgage. To meet this huge responsibility is surely more than enough without the heartbreak of their homes falling apart in the process. This must never be allowed to happen again.“Here in Donegal, I commend the campaigning Mica Action Group and the elected members of Donegal County Council, in particular, my colleague, Cllr Albert Doherty for their determined efforts. The battle for justice continues”. Mac Lochlainn: “Battle for justice continues” over mica defective blocks was last modified: June 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMICAPadraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

first_imgAccording to Metrorail, there are also plans to build a shopping mall in the vicinity of the stadium. Hattingh added that the number of officers working with the South African Police Service’s railway police unit would be increased from 350 to 700 by 2010. “We expect the train station to be ready by September 2009, and it will also serve as a safe and convenient crossing point for pedestrians wishing to reach the stadium from Umngeni and Walter Gilbert roads,” Metrorail acting business development manager Danny Hattingh said in Durban this week. Stations which have received a facelift are Thembalihle, Greenwood Park, Briadene, Dalbridge, Congella, Montclair, Lindokuhle and Umlazi, while refurbishment is in progress at Brea, Umngeni, Redhil, Umbilo, Merebank and Malvern. 27 November 2008 Public transport legacy Metrorail KwaZulu-Natal regional manager Dumi Dube explained that the development formed part of the national transport strategy to ensure the safe and comfortable conveyance of fans during the tournament. Phase 1center_img He added that in an effort to avoid congestion, park and ride facilities would be provided at several stations, enabling soccer fans to park their cars at the stations and then catch a train to the stadium. According to Metrorail, millions of rands have already been spent on renovating ticket offices and public toilets, building new paraplegic toilets, painting all buildings, fencing, resurfacing platforms, installing new station signage and upgrading station lighting, and public address systems. Metrorail KwaZulu-Natal has set aside R140-million to build a new train station next to Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, to make it more accessible for soccer fans ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Source: BuaNews The first phase of an integrated communications system, costing R25-million, will be installed at five stations, Berea Road, Rossburgh, Reunion, Umlazi and Duffs Road and will include passenger communication equipment, electric notice boards and emergency panic buttons. “The major improvements to existing stations and the construction of an ultra-modern station near the stadium will be a legacy we want to put in place for our commuters beyond 2010,” Dube said, adding that 20 refurbished 10M5 trains would also be ready for use by then.last_img read more

first_imgBy Bhekumuzi Mdakane11 September 2013Walking along the streets of South Africa, a unique country filled with smiles, I can’t help but love its taste in fashion.Sun Goddess, founded in 2000, is highly successful both locally and globally. Photo: Sun GoddessI have begun to realise that while this rainbow nation dresses in a colourful and fashionable manner, we are, above all, very stylish. We have taken the “Western look” and fused it with our traditional sense, bringing new inspiration to the cat walk.SA Fashion Week happens to be one of the must-see or must-be-part-of kind of event that most designers want to be at.Fashion is the heart and soul of any individual’s identity. Every corner you take in South Africa will reveal a vibrant new look that is enough to inspire any designer. Our diverse culture is made for all shapes and sizes – literally, for in South Africa we are proud to have curvy women who can pause time with their African beauty.Here is where you’ll find people who take pride in what they wear. It is all about what makes you look good. Our fusion works wonders for one reason: we love fashion and we are not afraid to experiment.We have many trends and designers that have influenced the international market, showcasing our “swag”, as they call it on the streets. Fashion label Sun Goddess was founded in 2000. A highly successful label both locally and globally, their rare and exquisite signature handiwork, fabrics and unique palettes define African luxury.Designer David Tlale is a man who has made his mark and has showed the true identity of South African style and fashion sense. Tlale is a Play Your Part ambassador, who uses only South African materials in his designs. He recently took part in the 2013 New York Fashion Week.Other internationally successful labels include Marc and Michael by Marc Glass and Michael Pokroy, Black Coffee by Jacques van der Watt, Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs, Stoned Cherrie by Nkhensani Nkosi, and Loxion Kulca by Wandi Nzimande and Sechaba Mogale. Just mentioning them makes me wonder want the future holds for our taste, not to mention style.We have it, we wear it, we are proud of it – and, boy, we make it look good! Inspiring people is our motto.Read more on SA.info: Brand SA congratulates David TlaleRead more on Media Club: Tlale returns to wow New YorkSA Fashion Week runs from 3 to 7 October. Visit www.safashionweek.co.za for more informationlast_img read more

first_imgSurveillance video posted on this website after being obtained by the news organization shows thieves breaking into a Ohio convenience store and stealing cigarettes worth thousands of dollars. Several cartons of cigarettes, valued around $10,000, were stolen from the  Marathon station in Kettering around 5 AM.Large slabs of concrete were thrown into one of the glass doors and allowed the burglars to get inside the store, employees told News Center 7’s Kayla Courvell.  At least 120 cartons of cigarettes, valued at nearly $10,000 were taken during the theft. The three thieves were in the store for around three minutes.   [Source: WHIO-TV7 News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more