Sainsbury’s extends delivery trial

first_imgSainsbury’s has spread the reach of its one-hour delivery service to 35,000 postcodes across London.The supermarket’s app, Chop Chop, was trialled in Wandsworth and Pimlico stores, allowing users to order up to 20 items to be delivered by bicycle within 60 minutes, for a fee of £4.99.The service is part of the retailer’s strategy to give its customers more options when shopping with the supermarket.Jon Rudoe, Sainsbury’s director of digital and technology, said: “In Wandsworth, customers are using the new one-hour delivery service to buy forgotten items, or emergency goods when they cannot leave their home, or have invited guests on the spur of the moment.“It complements our same-day delivery service, which is available at selected London postcodes through our online groceries service.”To support the new delivery service, the retailer has recruited an extra 40 staff members in the Pimlico and Wandsworth stores, with new pickers shopping for a customer’s items and a new team of cyclists delivering goods within selected postcodes.Earlier this month, Sainsbury’s unveiled an overhaul of its patisserie counters as it looked to tap into the success of The Great British Bake Off.last_img read more

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

first_imgOver 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital’s largest wholesale food market. The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it? How is China tackling the new cluster? Officials have closed 11 markets and all schools — most of which had already reopened — and banned residents of “medium- or high risk” areas of the city from leaving.Other residents are required to undergo nucleic acid testing in order to leave.Several provinces announced quarantine restrictions on travellers from Beijing, while all sports and entertainment venues were ordered shut.Dozens of residential compounds in hard-hit areas of the city have also been put under lockdown.Officials have closed 11 markets and disinfected thousands of food and beverage businesses in Beijing after the outbreak was detected.Since May 30, more than 200,000 people had visited Xinfadi market, which supplies more than 70 percent of Beijing’s fruit and vegetables, officials said. More than 8,000 workers there were tested and quarantined, and authorities plan to test 19,000 residents of locked-down communities near two of the affected markets, Xinfadi and Yuquanlu. Topics : What is the origin of the cluster? Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.While international flights are still diverted to other cities to prevent imported cases, other measures had been relaxed in recent months.center_img How are people reacting?The latest outbreak is already changing the city, after two months of no new local cases. Bars in the trendy Sanlitun district have been ordered to close, while consumers are wary of eating seafood at local restaurants.The closure of schools may last through the autumn, an official suggested on Monday. Beijing education commission spokesman Li Yi, meanwhile, urged schools to prepare online and offline classes for the autumn term. The city’s anti-epidemic measures had relaxed in recent weeks after the annual meeting of China’s parliament in May saw thousands of delegates flock to the capital.But an expert said the latest outbreak would not worry Beijing residents too much, as city authorities have reacted quickly.”The government raises the risk level of the epidemic on the basis of streets and districts, instead of the [entire] city. This could help ease people’s panic to some extent,” said Lu Jiehua, a sociology professor at Peking University.”The daily habit of wearing masks, frequent hand-washing and fewer public gatherings have already become routine behaviors for everyone, which is a big change. People will still be on high alert, but it’s not caused by extreme panic.” The emergence of a new patient Thursday revived fears in the city.In the following days, dozens of people who worked at or visited the Xinfadi wholesale market in southwest Beijing tested positive.The source of the new outbreak remains a mystery.Traces of the virus were found on a salmon chopping board at Xinfadi, raising fears over the hygiene of the imported fish. Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist with the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, told state broadcaster CCTV on Monday that the pathogen “resembles the virus strains in Europe the most, which, however, doesn’t mean that it came from Europe”.But Wu said researchers still had not determined whether the virus was from the imported seafood itself, or transmitted from an infected asymptomatic or mild-symptom person who went to the market.”We came up several possibilities, and the most likely one is that the carrier of the novel coronavirus comes from outside China or other parts of China and brought it here,” said Wu.The initial COVID-19 outbreak is widely believed to have emerged late last year from a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan where live animals were also sold. Until the new outbreak, most of China’s recent cases were nationals returning from abroad as COVID-19 spread globally, and the government had all but declared victory against the disease.last_img read more

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FIFA Donates Two Million Dollars to Countries Hit By Floods

first_imgThe financial committee of international football federation (FIFA) made the decision about the donation of two million dollars to countries hit by floods of the last month.B&H, Croatia, Serbia and Romania will receive the donation to rebuild the football infrastructure.The financial committee of FIFA made this decision at the 64th congress, which opened last night in Sao Paulo.(Source: Fena)last_img

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Sunday feature: Destination Colorado – Ivory, the white German Shepherd, finds a new home

first_imgIvory, the white German Shepherd dog, with Humane Society member Kim Woodrow.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Ivory, a 2-year-old white German Shepherd, is likely going to spend the rest of her life a happy dog to a loving family on the Rocky Mountain front range.That in itself is not big news, but for Ivory it took the time and resources of three dog rescue organization, and several hours of volunteer time to make it happen.The Wellington Humane Society came in contact with Ivory several months ago. She was not a battered dog, but a lost one. Her master was just hospitalized and could no longer take care of her. His girl friend was also unable to help either. So like so many dogs and cats, Ivory was handed over to the Wellington Humane Society.Ivory on her way to Boulder, Colo.Ivory’s plight isn’t different than any other animal the local humane society has helped over the years. She just needed a new home. The problem is, shelter space is limited in Wellington as the local Humane Society continues its quest to build a new shelter.“We had a few people say they would take her and then for one reason or the other it fell through,” said Phyllis Todd, owner of Pearly Gaits Ranch and member of the Wellington Humane Society.So Todd desperately reached out and advertised Ivory’s plight on various rescue websites.Then came a phone call from a rescue unit in Wichita. The Snowcap White Shepherd Rescue unit in Denver, Colo. looks specifically for white German Shepherds, and Ivory, a tall, slender dog, was the perfect canine to bring to Colorado. Todd was told the organization would not only spay Ivory but bring her up on vaccinations.Colorado is also a no kill state, meaning no dog can be exterminated.“There is actually an adoption demand out there,” Todd said.The trouble with that is transportation. Denver and Wellington are not a hop and a skip away – 550 miles apart.Ivory on Wellington Airport runway.But yet another dog rescue organization came to the rescue. Pilots N Paws links private pilots to canines throughout the nation in hopes of giving the dog a perfect home. Pilots in the program simply donate their time and travel expenses transporting a canine from one place to the other.This was a perfect opportunity for the Wellington Humane Society.But still there were the logistics. Could local officials get a pilot to fly to Wellington and then take the dog to Colorado?Again, fortune shined on the local humane society.Jan Burton, a licensed pilot and secretary of the Kansas State University Foundation board, just happened to be attending a meeting in Manhattan and flew her private plane there on Friday. She lives in Boulder, Colo.Dog Rescue with Jan Burton of Boulder, Colo. and member of K-State Foundation board.So late Friday afternoon, Burton, an entrepreneur in the high-tech industry and a Boulder City Council person, flew into Wellington Municipal Airport to pick up Ivory. She was greeted by a group of Humane Society workers and media sorts at the airport.Ivory, being a dog, probably didn’t realize she was about to jettison almost 500 miles in a Cirrus SR-226 private plane in the high skies. Nor did she probably realize her life was about to improve. She landed safely in Colorado yesterday evening and is now embarking on a whole new journey in her life.“I just feel this is the kind of story that illustrates what we do here at the Humane Society,” Todd said. “We hope to make a better life for our feline and canine friends.”To visit or learn more about the Wellington Humane Society visit its Facebook page here, or call 620-440-9322.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.< Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post's comments through... RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog's comments through... RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in... Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments... You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down Dena · 202 weeks ago Thank you !!!! Wonderful story! Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Phyllis Todd · 202 weeks ago This absolutely makes my week!!! I'm literally crying happy tears!! Thank you you very much Phyllis for sending this to me!!! I'm so very happy beautiful Ivory is in CO and starting her wonderful new journey!! Snowcapped is thrilled to have her and she is going to make a family very lucky!! I hope this article raises awareness of all that our local humane societies do and the volunteer help that is needed! Absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you so much for your patience in this and I'm just so very grateful it worked out so well! Thank you so much for sharing this! Kelly The above comments are from the individual who started the process to get Ivory flown to Colorado for rescue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 202 weeks ago This is just amazing....thank you for taking such great care of her and giving her a loving home.... Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Mariah · 202 weeks ago I love the fact that there is a NO KILL STATE. Animals didn't ask to be in this world, but yet we put them down because someone was irresponsible and either threw out an animal, or let them run the streets not being fixed. What would be great, instead of killing animals, we start spaying and neutering them. Being responsible and keeping your animals safe, if they reproduce, be responsible in making sure they go to responsible homes. If not, get them back and care for them. Something has got to change. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Heather R · 192 weeks ago Thank you to all involved in Ivory's journey! We adopted her from Snow Capped Shepherd Rescue shortly after she came to Colorado. She is such a sweet girl and quickly became our Weimaraner's best buddy:) We're so happy that she's part of our family, thanks again! Report Reply 1 reply · active 192 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 192 weeks ago That's great, Heather! Can you send us a picture with you and Ivory and some information of when and where you got her? A lot of people are interested here in what become of her. My e-mail address is [email protected] Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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NJSIAA Keeps Hope Alive for a Spring High School Sports Season

first_imgCoaches may interact virtually with their student-athletes, including providing workouts or training materials. However, such virtual contact – as well as any activity that may result from it – must strictly conform to all directives in effect related to the coronavirus out- break and social distancing guidelines. In addition, any virtual contact and resultant activities must be entirely in keeping with all NJSIAA in-and off-season protocols. With the doors shut on high schools, the spring sports season is on hold. Many athletes and coaches fear there could be no sports played for the remainder of the school year, but the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJ-SIAA) is keeping the door open to the possibility of some sort of spring sports season, if schools reopen. The NJSIAA executive committee held a teleconference April 1 and released the following statement: No, the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Luncheon, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, has been canceled. NJSIAA is continuing to solicit nominations from each member school and will send each honoree a certificate and gift. Monetary scholarships, however, will not be awarded this year. While the return-to-school date will play a significant role in determining the length of the regular season, NJSIAA staff will also discuss options with officers of each league and conference. Important factors in determining the potential length of the regular season will be feedback from these officers related to the status of various county or conference tournaments, as well as plans for abridged divisional and/or inter-con-ference schedules. By Rich Chrampanis What is the status of NJ-SIAA championship tournaments? Here are the NJSIAA’s answers to some frequently asked questions, as of March 25: This article originally appeared in the April 2nd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. During the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no practices, scrimmages, or games may be held. This includes any event organized by a parent, captain, or other student-athlete. RICH CHRAMPANIS Pitcher Shane Panzini looked to lead RBC as the defending Shore Conference champions. All spring sports are side- lined during the quarantine from the coronavirus pandemic center_img No, during the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no NJSIAA member school, school district, or coach may conduct practices, scrimmages, or games (which includes all official interscholastic contests). This is a mandatory period of no in-person contact between coaches and their student-athletes. Are coaches allowedto have in-person contactwith student-athletes whileschools are shut down? When schools are able toreopen, how will NJSIAAdetermine the length of theregular season? “While a return-to-school date and related public health guidelines will determine the viability of a spring sports season, NJSIAA is committed to doing whatever is possible to provide New Jersey’s student-athletes with some type of spring season. We have not given up on spring sports and will continue holding teleconferences and virtual meetings with leaders of our various leagues and conferences to assess options. To be clear, any effort to arrange for scholastic competition outside the traditional academic calendar would require support and approval beyond our office.” As stated in the previous FAQ, all dates, locations and qualification requirements per each sport’s tournament will be subject to change. As soon as a return-to-school date is made official, NJ-SIAA staff will work directly with key tournament staff for each sport to structure championship tournaments. Also, NJSIAA staff will work together to ensure that all sports will, as much as is feasible, provide consistent opportunities for participation and championship play. These restrictions are in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with restrictions imposed by the governor and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health. These restrictions relate to all sports, not just spring sports. Will NJSIAA host its annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon? last_img read more

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UNDFEATED DORTMUND LOOMS STANDOUT AMONG FIELD OF 10 SOPHOMORES IN GRADE II, $400,000 SAN FELIPE STAKES ON SATURDAY; COLT BY BIG BROWN AMONG ELITE PROSPECTS FOR KENTUCKY DERBY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2015)–Undefeated Dortmund, fresh off an improbable triumph in his most recent start, heads a field of 10 Derby hopefuls in Saturday’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes, an important steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.A winner of four consecutive races, the Bob Baffert-trained Dortmund appeared beaten with a furlong to run in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 7, but to the astonishment of thousands, he re-rallied at the rail under Martin Garcia and overcame a one length disadvantage to win going away by a head over talented Firing Line, who was ridden by Gary Stevens.Although improbable, the Lewis tally was consistent with his ultra-game win in the Grade I,         1 1/16 miles Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 20, wherein he prevailed by a head in a three horse photo. A dazzling 4 ¾ length first-out maiden winner Nov. 2 going 6 ½ furlongs, he shipped to Churchill Downs for his second start on Nov. 29 and aired by 7 ¾ lengths in a one mile allowance test.Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., Dortmund, a strapping chestnut colt by 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, has earnings of $449,400, and he already has 20 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. With a win in the San Felipe, he would pick another up 50 qualifying points, which would virtually assure him a berth in the Run for the Roses May 2.Trainer Jim Cassidy’s undefeated Ocho Ocho Ocho enters the San Felipe off a game nose win in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Delta Downs Jackpot on Nov. 22 and will face much tougher competition while retaining the highly coveted services of Mike Smith. Owned by DP Racing, LLC, the Kentucky-bred colt by Street Sense is perfect in three starts and has a pair of bullet six furlong works on his Santa Anita work tab. A $200,000 2-year-old in training sale purchase last April, he’s banked $693,600.An eye-catching 5 ¼ length allowance winner going one mile on Jan. 30, the Clifford Sise-conditioned Prospect Park held veteran race watchers spellbound by the ease in which he accomplished the win. A Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit, Prospect Park is owned by his breeders, Pam and Martin Wygod and he appears more than ready to try stakes company for the first time. Although he’s been based at San Louis Rey Downs, his most recent work, a five furlong move in 1:00.80, was executed at Santa Anita last Friday.Bob Baffert, who along with the late Charlie Whittingham, has won a record four San Felipe’s, will be represented by Lord Nelson, who won the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes by a neck over Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red on Feb. 1. Well beaten following a troubled start as the 7-5 favorite two starts back in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs, the chestnut colt by Pulpit is winless in two starts at the distance. Owned by Peachtree Stable, he has three wins from five starts and earnings of $249,571.Trainer Brian Koriner’s Sir Samson, who was third, beaten a length by Lord Nelson in the seven furlong San Vicente, will try two turns for the first time in the San Felipe, which will be his fourth career start. Owned and bred in Kentucky by Legacy Ranch and Team MacPherson, the chestnut colt by Smart Strike is very quick from the gate and could well be on the early lead Saturday. He has one win and a third place finish from three starts and will be ridden back by Joe Talamo.Although he’s never run on dirt, trainer Carla Gaines’ Bolo was very impressive in winning the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes by 4 ½ lengths on Dec. 27 and has an abundance of natural speed. A   2 ¾ length one mile turf maiden winner two starts back on Nov. 29 at Del Mar, Bolo will be ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza on Saturday. Owned by Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle Mack, the Kentucky-bred colt by Temple City will be making his fourth start.The complete field for the Grade II San Felipe, to be run as the seventh race on an 11-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Mike Smith, 120; Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 123; The Gomper, Tyler Baze, 118; Kenjisstorm, Agapito Delgadillo, 118; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Bolo, Victor Espinoza, 118; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 118, and Pain and Misery, Flavien Prat, 118.                With 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points awarded to the winner, the second, third and fourth place San Felipe finishers will receive 20, 10 and five points, respectively. First post time on Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. RUN AT 1 1/16 MILES, SAN FELIPE TO AWARD 50 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTS TO WINNER –30–last_img read more

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Govt branded ‘shameful’ for not intervening in Kilcar Post Office closure

first_imgThe government’s refusal to Kilcar post office in the hope of reversing the recent decision by An Post to close Kilcar Post Office has been described as  ‘shameful’. Pearse Doherty was commenting following a Dáil debate which was tabled last night (Wednesday) in which he and Deputy Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher urged the government to halt the closure planned for this week in order to give the local community more time to prepare detailed submissions arguing for the service to be retained.Deputy Doherty said: “I am bitterly disappointed by the response from the Minister of State yesterday following our request that the government urgently intervenes in An Post’s plan to close Kilcar Post Office. “Over the past year or so we’ve seen the all too real repercussions which post office closures have on our rural communities when 17 post offices across the county were shut as part of the company’s restructuring plans.“This planned closure of the Kilcar branch comes despite us being told time and time again by the government that the recent closures were made in order to secure the future viability of the network and that no further closures were being considered.“Lo and behold, and hot on the heels of the local and European elections, we then discover that Kilcar post office is also to face the chop.“This is a post office which for decades has served a vibrant rural community and a vibrant textile industry in the town of Kilcar, an industry which has long relied on postal services to ship its products all across the globe.” More than 300 locals turned out for a public meeting on Monday to discuss the future of the Post Office in Kilcar.The community shared their shock and concern that the post office would be closed at the end of June.As a result of the meeting, the three TDs present were mandated to request An Post to extend the proposed closing date of the post office until December.Doherty continued: “It’s scandalous that the local community has been given no opportunity to come together, to organise and to make a proper appeal to An Post to argue against this closure.“Having attended the recent public meeting organized to resist the move to close the branch, it’s clear that there is huge resistance to this closure and locals are understandably very angry at how this is being forced upon them. “Last year Sinn Féin tabled a motion before the Dáil that no post office should be closed and, despite having received cross-party support, the Government has failed to listen – this is absolutely shameful.“We are now demanding that the government intervenes here and grants a six-month extension to allow for the community to organise, to plan and to make the proper case to An Post that this decision needs to be reversed.“Moreover, I am calling on the Minister to come to Kilcar himself and meet with local people to witness the level of deep opposition which exists here to these plans because only then will he fully realise that, should this closure go ahead, then he will effectively be ripping the heart out of yet another rural community.“I pledge to continue to stand with the local community in Kilcar and provide whatever support I can to their campaign to save this important service.” Govt branded ‘shameful’ for not intervening in Kilcar Post Office closure  was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton’s F1 legacy still growing

first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, poses for photos next to his car at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. The Mexican Grand Prix is set for Sunday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)MEXICO CITY — The checkered flag is two days away, yet the underlying expectation at the Mexican Grand Prix is that Lewis Hamilton’s fourth career Formula One championship is on course for the inevitable.Whether it’s this week or next month, Hamilton’s nearly insurmountable lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has him facing constant questions about his legacy in the sport and where he stands among Formula One’s greatest drivers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES “He won races when the car was good, and when it was not so good,” Alonso said.Williams driver Felipe Massa, who Hamilton beat to the title with a final-lap dash in Brazil in 2008, this week already put Hamilton on the level with Schumacher and Senna.“He’s there,” Massa said.“It’s really made me happy to hear nice things from other drivers,” Hamilton said. “They know how hard it is to be consistent and perform.”Hamilton has neared the 2017 title by chasing down Vettel over the second half of the season. That’s a sharp contrast to the past three years, when Hamilton’s biggest rival was former teammate Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes garage. Those tension-filled seasons fractured a childhood friendship.Part of Hamilton’s legacy will be his persona off the track. He’s a global star for Formula One as he leads a rock star’s lifestyle with world travels, hobnobbing with other celebrities and a social media presence that draws millions of followers. After the Mexico race, he and friends plan to visit the ruins of the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru.Rosberg’s quest for the F1 title left him exhausted by season’s end and he abruptly retired. Hamilton seems ready to keep winning. He considers himself a wiser, better racer with more still to accomplish.“In 2008, I had all the natural talent I have now but I don’t have the experience,” Hamilton said. “It’s been more enjoyable (now). I’m more comfortable in my own skin.”How long before he retires?“Definitely don’t want to be here at 40,” Hamilton said. “I anticipate a couple more years.” Victolero hopes to pick up the right fit in the rookie draft Read Next MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Hamilton tries to steer the conversation toward winning a single race, but it always returns to measuring his place in F1 history. He can win the title if he finishes as low as fifth. He’ll shoot to finish first.“I’m trying to win,” in Mexico. “It would be cool if we did and I plan to,” Hamilton said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIf he wins the championship Sunday, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez would be the fourth city where Hamilton gets to celebrate a title, joining Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2008, Abu Dhabi in 2014 and Austin, Texas in 2015.And with its confetti and sombreros in front of tens of thousands packed into the enormous grandstand, Mexico City provides one of the biggest podium parties of the F1 season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP A fourth world championship would put the 32-year-old Briton in some elite company. He would set the championship record for British drivers, join Vettel and former champion Alain Prost as four-time winners, and trail only Michael Schumacher (seven) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five) for the most all-time.He also would pass his idol, Brazilian driving great Aryton Senna, who was killed in a crash in Italy in 1994 and is generally considered to be the most elegant and skillful driver in F1 history.“Aryton’s life was cut short. If he had the chance to race in safe conditions, he would have won more,” Hamilton said. “I feel very proud to have my name mentioned with his.”Formula One is full of disputes over who were the top drivers of different eras, and how they would fare against each other. Hamilton won his first title with McLaren, but his most dominant years have come with a Mercedes team that has had no peers in the hybrid engine era. Of his 62 career victories, a mark second only to Schumacher’s 91, 40 have come since 2014.“He’s a champion of this generation,” said McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, himself a former two-time champion. He and Hamilton were teammates for one tempestuous season in 2007 when the rookie Hamilton upstaged Alonso and finished second in the championship by a single point.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Abhishek Bachchan keen on a biopic on Yuvraj Singh

first_imgAbhishek Bachchan says if he gets an opportunity, he would love to do a biopic on cricketer Yuvraj Singh, whose career graph and fighting spirit as a cancer survivor, the actor believes, can make for an inspiration tale.The 38-year-old was present at a press conference to introduce his Kabaddi team, Jaipur Pink Panthers, a franchise of the Pro Kabaddi League.Asked which sportsperson’s biopic he would love to do, Abhishek said: “I would love to do Yuvraj Singh’s biopic. I think Yuvraj has had a fantastic life. He is a warrior.Yuvraj, a cancer survivor, became a star overnight when he hit six sixes in a single over at the 2007 World Twenty20 against England.”I would have loved to say Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, M.S. Dhoni or Sachin Tendulkar or Sourav Ganguly, but I love the career graph of Yuvi. He has got a fantastic career graph.”Yuvraj, a cancer survivor, became a star overnight when he hit six sixes in a single over at the 2007 World Twenty20 against England. His journey has not been less than an adventurous film.Having started his career from the Punjab Under-16s at the age of 13 years, he entered international Cricket in 2003. Recently, he smashed a century at the bicentenary match at Lord’s.”All the things he had to fight against, getting selected at the young age, being a young superstar, then being dropped from the team, fighting cancer and then coming back…So, I think as a performance, Yuvi’s character will be great,” added the junior Bachchan, who is sports buff himself.advertisementlast_img read more

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Michael Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping others

first_img“Probably my first real depression spell was after 2004, then the next big one was after 2008,” he said. “When you set out to be an Olympian, your whole life is put on hold. All the eggs are in one basket. I would say 2004, 2008, 2012, partly after ’16 (all Olympic years) I’ve dealt with pretty severe depression spells. I was kind of lost at that point.”The Baltimore native is in a far better frame of mind now.“To have my wife (Nicole Johnson), who’s always by my side, two amazing little boys at home and a third one on the way, I’m extremely thankful of the support I’ve had to get me through these times,” Phelps said.The Ruderman Award is given to individuals who are passionate about providing opportunities for others. Phelps certainly fits that description.“Michael Phelps is a unique leader who has used his fame and status as the greatest swimmer of all time to challenge our society to remove stigma surrounding mental health,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.“For me, this award means everything because this is where my passion is and the next chapter of my life is really heading,” Phelps said. “We’re kind of scratching the surface of what can be done, and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey and accomplishing some of the goals that I have — de-stigmatizing mental health and just getting the point across that it’s OK to not be OK.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc “When I was in my room and not wanting to talk to anybody for a number of days and not wanting to be alive, I wanted to see what other roads I could take to see if there was help,” Phelps recalled.The treatment he received — and continues to receive — charted his post-Olympic course.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I know it’s something that changed my life and saved my life and allowed me to be able to be where I am today, enjoying the platform of talking about something that’s so important,” Phelps told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.Because he is willing to share his story of depression and raise awareness of mental health issues, Phelps was given the fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion on Tuesday night in Boston. FILE – In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, Michael Phelps has tears in his eyes as he shows off his gold medal after the men’s 200-meter butterfly final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While swimming to Olympic glory, Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. Because he is willing to share his story of depression and raise awareness of mental health issues, Phelps will be awarded the fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion on Tuesday night, May 21, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)BALTIMORE — While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it.His bout with depression reached its nadir in 2014 after a second DUI arrest. That’s when the most decorated Olympian of all time checked himself into a rehabilitative center in a desperate effort to make sense of it all.ADVERTISEMENT After participating in four Olympic Games and collecting 28 medals, including 23 gold, Phelps has dedicated his time and energy to promoting the importance of water safety and advocating for the de-stigmatization of mental health problems through the Michael Phelps Foundation.“When I first really opened up about the struggles that I had in ’15, obviously I dreamed of being able to get more publicity to this and to really share my journey and have other people share their journeys with me as well,” Phelps said. “Honestly, I never thought it would be as big as this, but it’s been a true dream to be able to watch the growth that mental health has taken, almost being at center stage.”To say this endeavor has been fulfilling is an understatement.“Through this, if I can save one life, two lives, five lives, a thousand, a million, to me that’s so much more important than winning a gold medal,” he said.The 33-year-old Phelps believes his bout with depression is a story that many can share, including CEOs and other retired athletes. 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