Hamilton has Vettel in crosshairs at Canada GP

first_imgThe Canadian Grand Prix has been a happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton and he will look to bag a sixth career win on the island circuit on Sunday to refuel his hopes of another Formula One drivers title.With 14 races remaining on the calendar it is far from do-or-die for Hamilton but the pressure is mounting on the Briton and Mercedes with archrival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari threatening to widen the gap at the top of the championship standings.Only Michael Schumacher (seven victories) has won the Canadian Grand Prix more times and Hamilton intends to close the gap further in Montreal as the race marks its 50th anniversary.Hamilton needs to do so, at the scene of his first ever Formula One victory a decade ago, to reel in Vettel after the German led a Ferrari one-two in Monaco and powered 25 points clear.“Montreal has been a great hunting ground for me in the past and I plan for it to continue,” the triple world champion told reporters.With five wins and five poles from previous visits to Quebec, Hamilton would normally be the favourite, but champions Mercedes are no longer the dominant team.“The Ferrari seems to work everywhere. The next 14 races are going to be very, very difficult,” he said after struggling to seventh place in Monaco.“They have had arguably the strongest car all year. They look like our car which just worked everywhere last year.”The race will also mark the return of twice world champion Fernando Alonso to the Formula One grid after the Spaniard skipped the Monaco Grand Prix last month to chase IndyCar glory at Indianapolis 500.Alonso turned in an impressive performance at the famed Brickyard, qualifying fifth fastest and running at the front but late in the race suffered a familiar fate with his Honda power unit giving up.Little has changed at struggling McLaren during Alonso’s brief sabbatical with the team still hampered by an uncompetitive Honda engine.There is plenty of reason to party around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this week with the city celebrating its 375th anniversary, Canada its 150th birthday and the Canadian Grand Prix its 50th.Williams driver Lance Stroll will be hoping to contribute to the party atmosphere.For the first time since the days of 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, the Canadian Grand Prix will have some true home interest with teenager Stroll on the starting grid for Williams.While home fans would love nothing more than to celebrate a maiden win, the 18-year-old Stroll arrives with more modest goals and is still seeking his first championship point in what has been a challenging debut season.last_img read more

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Ayew strike lifts Palace to win at Brighton

first_imgJordan Ayew’s late goal helped Crystal Palace claim a 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, leaving the hosts without a win in eight Premier League matches this year.Both teams were wasteful in front of goal in the first half, with Brighton midfielder Solly March failing to convert any of his three good chances.The atmosphere in the Amex Stadium intensified at the half-hour mark after Palace forward Wilfried Zaha was involved in an altercation with Brighton substitute Ezequiel Schelotto, who was shown a yellow card despite not being on the pitch.Neal Maupay and Lewis Dunk went close to finding a breakthrough for Brighton shortly after the interval but it was Palace forward Ayew who found the net against the run of play.Christian Benteke carved open the Brighton defensive line after 70 minutes with a deft reverse pass for Ayew to score his seventh league goal of the campaign.Palace climbed to 12th in the table on 36 points, three places and eight points better off than Brighton who are now winless in their opening eight league matches of a calendar year for the first time since 1998 when they were in the fourth tier.last_img read more

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Van Gaal dreams of FA Cup after replay stroll

first_imgUnited prevailed 3-0 in Tuesday’s replay against fourth-tier Cambridge at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and James Wilson, setting up a fifth-round trip to third-tier Preston North End.With rivals such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur having exited the competition at this stage, United are now favourites to end an 11-year wait to lift the world’s most famous domestic cup competition.But Van Gaal admits the visit to Deepdale in two weeks will be testing, especially after Preston’s impressive 3-1 replay victory away at cup specialists Sheffield United.“Every club in the FA Cup wants to win; we also,” said Van Gaal.“We have to beat Preston and that will not be easy. They won away against a cup fighter like Sheffield United, so it will be difficult for us to win in Preston North End.“I heard from (assistant manager) Ryan (Giggs) they (Sheffield United) are very good cup fighters and Preston beat them 3-1. So Preston is not a piece of cake.”Reflecting on his side’s performance against a team who are currently 79 places below United in the English league system, the Dutchman added: “I don’t think we played a very good match.“But it is always difficult against a defensive team. We could have done better, but I am pleased with the result.“Cambridge have played very well; a very organised team and with the mentality that was superb. The fans were fantastic from Cambridge United. We have done what we had to.”– Money for Money –He added: “I prefer to play against lower teams because the possibility to survive is higher. The FA Cup is a title and I am living for titles as a coach, but it is always difficult.“It is even sometimes more difficult to win against a lower team than a big team. That is good, but that is also what football is. It is what we all like, that not always the better team is winning.“We have a real chance now. Why? We are the highest qualified team in the FA Cup, so people are maybe betting on us. I am not allowed to. I give you a tip.” Cambridge might have taken a sensational lead, with forward Tom Elliott missing a glorious one-on-one opening by hitting a post inside the first minute before Mata and Rojo gave United a two-goal half-time advantage.Although he failed to get his name on the scoresheet, Belgian international Marouane Fellaini impressed in a role as a striker alongside Robin van Persie, playing a part in the two first-half goals.“Now with Fellaini, we have always also an attacking player through the air,” said Van Gaal.“We could also score through the air, not only along the floor, and that was our game plan and he has confirmed it again.“We could have scored more, I think. In the second half we played a bit more forward, I believe. We created more chances. Robin van Persie had four opportunities and could have scored more.”Cambridge could not match the dizzying heights of their first meeting with United, a 0-0 draw at the Abbey Stadium, but the £1 million ($1.5 million, 1.3 million euros) in funds generated by the replay was a huge consolation for losing manager Richard Money.“It means we can be safe and stable financially,” said Money.“We are not going to have a spending spree in the summer and have one massive effort to be promoted. We need to grow.“We need a new stadium and a new training ground or new facilities at the training ground. That is what the cup run will do for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, February 3 – Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reiterated his determination to win a trophy in his debut season after his side beat Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round.last_img read more

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Trio of Los Al feature winners are well-bet

first_imgInkys Zoomer finished a half length in front of Chiselled In Glory in 27.33 seconds. The 3-year-old Oregon-bred Shazoom gelding earned $11,880 for winning and increased his earnings to $24,805. Winning for the third time in eight outings, Inkys Zoomer paid $5.60 to win. The rest of the field in order was Bromfield Road, Cast And Blast, Keep The Sign, Travel In Circles and Superman Lou. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gimme A Break and Shes A Dandy captured the two Arabian feature races at Los Alamitos on Saturday, while Inkys Zoomer was the winner of the quarter horse co-featured Super Bowl Handicap. Gimme A Break, ridden by Clyde Martin for trainer Lynn Ashby, raced just in back of the pace-setting Sey Spottsproof through most of the 6-furlong $75,000 Drinkers Of The Desert Derby and then gained the lead in the stretch and went on to win the event for 4-year-old colts and geldings by 1 1/2 lengths. Shes A Dandy registered a mild upset over favored Surreal Cs by 1 1/4 lengths to take the $75,000 Daughter Of The Desert Oaks. reversing a loss to her rival in the trials Jan. 12. With Joy Scott in the saddle for trainer Arnold Bardin, Shes A Dandy was clocked in 1:19.32 for six furlongs in the race for 4-year-old fillies. Second choice in the wagering, she paid $7.20. It was her second triumph in six attempts and pushed her earnings to $43,960. Surreal Cs had three consecutive victories prior to the race. After her in the order of finish came Lely Roterra, Lulu Camboo, Gizmoson Fire, Super Sonnic, Dreamm Diva, Vibvilcca, Even Proudder and RL Sugar And Spice. Inkys Zoomer, with jockey Jeff Williams aboard for trainer James Glenn Jr., circled the field from his outside post to win the $21,600 Super Bowl Handicap for 3-year-old and older quarter horses and thoroughbreds going around one turn at 870 yards. center_img Surffdancer was another five lengths in back of the second runner to take third, and then came Se Bunker Buster, NC Casey Jones, Ces Bon, Screaming Eagle MHF, Bush Hog, Kongtiki and Ofrank. It was fifth victory in nine career starts for Gimme A Break, who picked up $31,500 for winning to run his career total to $68,634. The victory also was the third in the Drinkers Of The Desert Derby series for Ashby. Heavily favored at 2-5, Gimme A Break paid $2.80 to win. The winning time for the six furlongs was 1:19. last_img read more

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One person hospitalized in crash off Golden State Freeway

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One person was hospitalized early this morning when the vehicle the person was in lost control, careened off a center divider and hit a tree in the southbound lanes of an offramp off the Golden State Freeway, officials said. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center after the 2:36 a.m. Wednesday crash near the Colorado Street offramp near Griffith Park, said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said the victim suffered major injuries and officers were trying to determine the cause of the crash. The CHP closed the offramp for about an hour.last_img read more

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HOTEL LAUNCHES ‘IMF SPECIAL’!

first_imgTWO of Donegal’s most famous hotels are taking the financial crisis in their stride – by launching an ‘IMF’ special rate.The offer with a recession-busting twist is on offer over the next few days at The Abbey Hotel and The Central Hotel in Donegal Town.The hotels are offering two nights bed and breakfast for just 40 euro per person sharing. They are also offering dinner for an extra 20 euro.The stay offer also includes use of the hotel’s gym, sauna and swimming pool!More details are available at www.abbeyhoteldonegal.com.HOTEL LAUNCHES ‘IMF SPECIAL’! was last modified: December 1st, 2010 by gregShare 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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Troubled teens take VIDA treatment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“My innocent little girl turned into a teen thug,” said Holland’s father, Loren, who moved the family to the Santa Clarita Valley because of the high quality schools. “She was the least likely candidate to get into trouble,” said her mother, Lisa. “My family was floored when they heard what she did. They kept asking `Megan who?’ “She was hesitant (about VIDA) at first and started hanging out with a 17-year-old girl who turned out to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Loren said. “She said Megan should come over so they could practice VIDA things, and they ended up sneaking out of the house.” “I left with her and a 22-year-old in the middle of the night to get drunk,” Megan said. “I didn’t care. I thought `Screw VIDA – I’m gonna do my own thing,’ but then I realized that I was hurting everyone around me.” Her father blamed himself. VALENCIA – Megan Holland was living the perfect life in Valencia. With two loving parents and a kid sister, she was the least likely to be picked out of a lineup. That was, until she ran a stolen car up a curb. “I tried to lie to my parents about it, but it didn’t work,” the 14-year old said. “My dad came and picked me up from school. They told me the neighbors had a camera and that I was in big trouble. I had a choice: to go to Juvenile Hall or try VIDA.” VIDA – Vital Intervention Directional Alternatives – is a rigorous bootcamp-style program run by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies for teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Financed by a grant from the city of Santa Clarita, the local program is coordinated by Deputy Tim Ferrone. “The things she did made me sick to my stomach,” he said. “You feel like you failed as a parent. I couldn’t bear to look at her.” The program requires attendance at three weekly classes, including Saturday sessions that involve physical training run by military drill instructors, along with guest speakers and community service projects. “When I got there, I hated everyone,” Megan said. “I didn’t want to see Ferrone or any of the cops. The physical training part sucked; I couldn’t do the exercises.” Despite the program’s intensity, Megan was caught with Coricidin Triple D in her possession and was expelled from school. “Deputy Ferrone had lots of talks with me,” she recalled. “Everyone in the program tried really hard, and I just wouldn’t listen. I finally realized people really cared for me and gave in because I wanted to get better.” After high school graduation, the young woman hopes to attend Pepperdine University and study either counseling or law. Right now, she’s working on mending fences with her younger sister, who’s dealing with the fallout of Megan’s mistakes. “I hurt her pretty bad,” she said. “I’m really sorry.” Lisa Holland says the key to VIDA’s success is parental involvement. “You can’t just turn your kids over to the sheriffs and expect them to do it all,” she said. “You absolutely have to be involved.” “You learn right away that you aren’t the only ones with a child who seemed like they were the best in the world,” Holland said. “They have the same problems, the same questions you have. As parents, we have to network.” VIDA participants are kids who can be saved with some extra discipline, she said. “The program gives them a chance to say, `Hey, I can turn my life around.’ It’s good for parents, too. If you feel your child is in need, do it and do it now. If you really want your child to get back on the right road, don’t wait.” Rachel Lombardo’s parents put her in the program when she was 15 because of self-esteem issues. “I did some bad stuff on the Internet and was into cutting (self-injury),” she said. “There were times I wanted to quit. I was sent to the psychiatric ward overnight because of my cutting. One of the counselors asked who wanted to get help right now and I said I did. That was my turning point.” Lombardo, now 20, has since earned a degree in design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She also teaches art classes to VIDA students, helping them express themselves with drawing, color and design. A new 12-week session of VIDA will begin Oct. 7. Preregistration for the program is required and will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 21445 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. For information on the program, call Ferrone at (661) 510-0881. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Did you play last night’s €6.5m Lotto online? One lucky winner has hit the jackpot

first_imgOne lucky winner has scooped the jackpot of estimated €6.5million (€6,589,886) in last night’s Lotto draw – was it you? The National Lottery has revealed that the winning ticket was bought online – only the sixth time a punter has won on the platform.The lucky numbers in the main draw were 9, 15, 17, 24, 41, 43 and the bonus number 37. The National Lottery has urged players to check their accounts and if they’ve won they will be advised by staff on the next steps.Did you play last night’s €6.5m Lotto online? One lucky winner has hit the jackpot was last modified: December 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:lotteryLOTTERY WINNERlottonational lotterylast_img read more

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Moviemaker Ian Gabriel tells South African stories

first_imgGabriel is playing his part for South Africa as one of the nation’s most prolific commercials directors, working locally and internationally in Europe, North America, Asia and the rest of Africa. His combination of storytelling and performance, with his distinctive visual style is a defining quality of his work. (Image: Ian Gabriel)• Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 info@brandsouthafrica.com• Cape Flats gang film an Oscar contender • Watch: Four Corners, South Africa’s Oscars contender, releases locally • South Africa: a top film location • Filming incentives grow South African movie industry • Homeland moves to Cape TownMelissa Jane Cook Earlier this year, Four Corners was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 86th Academy Awards.The gritty, hard hitting crime thriller tells the story of a young chess prodigy who must defy the odds and stay one move ahead of the gangs in a game where losing can be the difference between life or death. It takes a hard look at the reality that many Cape Flats teenagers face daily.“Every story that you get a chance to tell is vitally important while you’re telling it. Now that the film is made, it is engaging in a conversation that started and continues every week with the news of gang wars and the involvement and sacrifice of youths in turf wars. This is particularly prevalent in the Cape Flats, but it’s also true of youth in other marginal societies in South Africa who are growing up in a culture where there’s the pervasive threat of violence,” says the film’s maker, Ian Gabriel.When making Four Corners, Gabriel wanted to make a film close to home. “I thought that was very important. Forgiveness was about family and individuals in family damaged by an act of the past. Four Corners is about family trying to get beyond the past to make a new life.”The film is set in a mixed race community, which is the origin of his family as well. “I’ve spent a fair amount of time in my past thinking about those circumstances and how that reflects in unique ways on my life and history,” he says. Watch the Four Corners trailer: Playing his partGabriel is playing his part for South Africa as one of the nation’s most prolific commercials directors, working locally and internationally in Europe, North America, Asia and the rest of Africa. His combination of storytelling and performance, with his distinctive visual style is a defining quality of his work. He is known for his visual aesthetics and sound design, as well as a relentless pursuit of excellence across all aspects of production. Gabriel, it is said, has the ability to turn every creative opportunity into an interesting visual journey.Born in 1951 in Durban, his career began at Johannesburg’s famous multi-racial theatre venue, Dorkay House. Here, a fascination with performance drew him into film, where he worked as a producer before becoming a commercials and music video director.In the 1970s and ’80s many of South Africa’s jazz and theatre greats performed at Dorkay House, among them Kippie Moeketsi, Zakes Mokae, Cyril Magubane and Janet Suzman, as well as the then younger generation of performers such as Sipho Mabuse, Thule Malgas, Victor Ntoni, John Khani and Julian Bahula. From Johannesburg, Gabriel relocated to New York City, although in time he returned to South Africa.In the 1980s, at the height of apartheid repression, he made music videos with British pop enfant terrible Malcolm MacLaren. These received a unique double silver and bronze award at the New York Film and Television Festival, putting unexpected music and dance images of Soweto on video charts around the world.Gabriel is equally at home directing off-the-cuff, slice-of-life observation as he is bringing the human touch to celebrity talent. His work with jazz greats Miriam Makeba and Abdullah Ibrahim, political icons Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, football star Cristiano Ronaldo, actress Charlize Theron, world champion long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, among others, is testament to his ability to achieve outstanding performances from actors, characters, musicians, sports heroes and political figures.He has received accolades for his television advertising work at festivals in San Sebastian, Venice, Cannes, New York, London, Milan, South Africa and Hong Kong. He currently works on developing South African-themed documentaries and feature films. “I love finding the magic in the small moments equally as much as choreographing big action, big budget visuals.”Making a start in the industry“I was working at a black theatre company in legendary Dorkay House at the bottom of Eloff Street. A photographer / filmmaker I knew wanted to make a black version of Macbeth called Maxhosa. He called me and asked for my help casting the movie as there seemed to be no one else around at that time who was considered ‘qualified’ to cast a black movie in Joburg. Once I’d cast the film I worked as third assistant director on it, but soon found myself assisting the director with the performance work,” Gabriel explains.But it was a sign of the times that he opted to go into commercials. The long-form industry was all SABC, status quo based. There was poor quality filmmaking, but there was some great commercial work being done at the same time, and ironically for those days, he says, with a great deal of freedom.Debut featureIn 2003, he completed his first feature film, Forgiveness, to acclaim on the independent festival circuit worldwide. The film received Best African and South African Film accolades; it was a Golden Leopard nominee; and Gabriel received the Youth Jury Best Director Award and was the recipient of the prestigious Human Rights Award at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival.Forgiveness received International Festival and Audience Choice Awards and has featured in programmes on conflict, drama and reconciliation at festivals around the world, as well as on programmes at Cambridge and Princeton Universities. The movie dealt with the effects of apartheid and the difficulty of reconciliation and forgiveness in post-apartheid South Africa.A storyteller“I think I’m an interpreter; I observe events and feel like I can interpret them in a particular way that reflects my particular take on things. That’s how I view performance and it’s how I view events. So I’m inspired to tell those stories where I feel I have a particular take on the behaviour, manners, motives and events,” he explains.“The inspiration, the work and the reward all live on the same holy ground that you’re meant to get to as a director – it takes focus to get there and stay in that place with the growing amount of distraction that can pull one away from the core values that one’s meant to be looking for, to do honest work as an actor or a director.”Internationally recognised as a top performance director with exceptional visual flare across all genres of filmmaking, Gabriel’s approach to filmmaking and storytelling has earned him a reputation for creating distinctive, compelling narratives. It has also turned many of his commercials into beautifully crafted short films in their own right.Local film industry“We need to figure out how best to make the industry grow so that we’ll all be proud of what the industry gives back to us and contributes to the day-to-day lifestyle of our pretty fragile South African community,” he explains. “There’s a lot of obsessing about what we can gain from this job or that choice and not much focus on how life or our industry is getting better, or what’s to be done about that. Thich Nath Hanh says: ‘no mud, no lotus’. Getting our hands dirty in practical ways to grow the lotus in our community is not a bad idea. We had the dark mud of apartheid once,” he says, referring to the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist.“People who had vision, not just in politics but in our business too, recognised that mud and did something about it – that vision caused the lotus to grow in those days. We’ve got new mud these days, and only a few willing to recognise, and dip their hands in. For most it’s all a pretty blinkered celebration of the status quo, just as it was during the bad old days of ‘braaivleis, sunshine and Chevrolet’. When we recognise the mud, and start to speak up about it, we’ll get to watch the lotus of the new generation grow.”Shooting into the futureHe has a couple of adventures in the pipeline, both very different projects with strong roots in true stories. One is a project called Concealment, written by Australian Terence Hammond. It’s a police thriller about a plot to assassinate the US senator, Bobby Kennedy, in 1966. It’s a kind of Bourne Legacy/ buddy cop thriller with a controversial American true story ingredient.Gabriel is also developing a Wild West in Africa story about the roots of the Numbers Gang, called Blood Babylon. “Apart from that, I’m also keen to work on other people’s projects, and am always interested in looking at interesting material that promises strong performances. Meanwhile, I’m continuing to work in any form of authentic filmmaking that I can. It’s what I enjoy most.”last_img read more

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