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Four titles are great, but Hamilton wants more

first_imgLewis Hamilton says he plans to go out at the top but is not about to “do the easy thing” like former Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg who quit days after winning last year’s Formula One world championship.Hamilton clinched his fourth title in Mexico with two races to spare on Sunday, becoming the most successful British driver of all time, but he reassured reporters that he was far from done.“Four is a great number. But I want number five now,” declared the 32-year-old, who also races with the number 44 on his car.“I want to go out at the top … I could do the easy thing, like obviously Nico did, which is just stop and retreat with these four titles. But I think there’s more in me.“I think there’s more to come, more of a challenge. There’s harder times ahead and I like that, I love that. That’s challenging and it would be so boring without it.”Rosberg announced last December, days after securing his first title, that he was retiring after a career spent battling Hamilton.The German, a family man, made clear he had been drained by the 2016 campaign and was not prepared to expend the same amount of physical and mental energy to defend a title that had been so hard to win.Hamilton, who is developing interests outside of the sport in music, film and fashion, said he too had considered a change of scene but that was still some way down the road.“I will continue to race while I love it, I’ve enjoyed it this year more than ever,” he said.“I do think about how it would be so nice at some stage just to live in one place, a lot more socialising, walking your dogs every day or surfing.“But then I’m thinking, there’s a lot of life to live beyond 40. There’s a lot to go.”Next season will see two four times world champions, Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, duelling on track with Red Bull’s 20-year-old Dutch star Max Verstappen — the winner on Sunday — leading a new generation.McLaren’s double title-holder Fernando Alonso will also potentially be in a more competitive car.“It’s kind of cool to be in this battle with him,” the Briton, who now has a record 72 pole positions and the second most wins (62) after Michael Schumacher (91), said of his new arch-rival Vettel.“He got 50 poles yesterday (Saturday) and I’m like ‘Hmm, I don’t want to give him any more poles because he gets closer to me’. So I’ve got to keep on, act as inspiration to keep pushing it. Same with wins, same with championships.”Hamilton, who is expected to agree a contract extension soon, said the fact that Vettel had signed for three more years with Ferrari, keeping him there until 2020, was also a source of motivation.“I’m like:‘Ferrari are not going to like me for the next couple of years’,” he said.“But it’s OK because we are going to make it as hard as it can possibly be for them to win championships. I really am looking forward to that battle with them.”last_img read more

Sevilla complete astonishing three-goal comeback to deny Liverpool

first_imgSevilla’s Guido Pizarro scored a 93rd-minute equaliser to complete an incredible comeback from three goals down to draw 3-3 against Liverpool on Tuesday in a pulsating Champions League Group E clash.Liverpool were on the verge of sealing qualification to the last 16 for the first time since 2009 but Pizarro stabbed home from a corner deep into stoppage time to deny them.Sadio Mane headed home in between two Roberto Firmino strikes to put Liverpool three goals up within 30 minutes, but Sevilla came back from the dead after the break.Wissam Ben Yedder netted twice before Pizarro’s late equaliser, leaving Liverpool top with nine points, Sevilla second with eight and Spartak Moscow third with six, after they drew 1-1 with Maribor in the group’s other game.last_img read more

Bus experiment happily now in rear-view mirror

first_imgMY monthlong experiment with public transportation ended Friday. Except for a couple of “emergencies,” I left my car at home and traveled this city by bus for 30 extremely long days. This really big city.I went to work each day on the bus. If I needed groceries, I’d take the bus or harass a friend for a ride. When my sister came to town, I made her ride the subway to Hollywood, rather than shuttling her around sightseeing. When I had to go downtown for a fancy press awards dinner, I rode the bus in a spaghetti-strap dress.For the month of June, I experienced life in Los Angeles as many other people do without a car and hating it.I’d like to say this experience made me a better person. I’d like to report that I’ve made life-changing connections with other riders. I’d like to say that I’ve had profound revelations about the human condition or about the state of social justice. I’d like to say I’ve become a public-transportation convert. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But I cannot say any of those things, not truthfully. The only thing like an epiphany to hit me was something I already knew: Riding the bus in Los Angeles sucks.It sucks because there’s little incentive to leave the car at home, even with gas prices so high and this so-called phantom traffic. I didn’t save time. In fact, my daily commute averaged a combined 3.5 hours a day. That’s a long time to add to a workday, especially when it’s spent crammed in with a bunch of tired and cranky strangers.Nor did I save money on transportation costs. I thought I might, since I drive 50 miles a day round trip. But I have a hybrid car, and the MTA’s crazy bus pass system isn’t cheap. The top end of the bus pass ($58 a month) is supposed to let you ride on any Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus or rail line, L.A. Department of Transportation commuter buses and Dash buses, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus and all sorts of other municipal bus lines. However, to ride the L.A. DOT’s commuter express past a few miles say, to or from the San Fernando Valley you must purchase an extra stamp for $17 a pop. A bus pass for $75 a month hardly seems like a big incentive.This is not to say that I didn’t learn anything useful from this personal challenge.For instance, I learned the only white-collar workers who take the bus are people who have recent DUI convictions, people with medical conditions, such as grand mal seizures, or people who are crazy. I often caught people looking at me as if they were wondering which I one I was. I also learned that giving up your car changes your life, and not in a good way. On the weekends, I love to drive out to the beach, visit friends in other parts of the city or county, take the dog for hikes at Griffith Park, or hit Home Depot and Target repeatedly. After figuring out that any of these trips would involve either changing buses at least once, a long wait in the hot sun (buses in L.A. run less frequently on the weekends), getting stuck after dark in a strange neighborhood in a tank top and shorts, or carrying a bag of garden mulch a half-mile, I stayed home a lot.But the most important thing I learned from my bus experiment is that it is both humbling and humiliating to be dependent on the bus. When you drive, you are in control of your destination and thus, in a way, your destiny. When you ride the bus, you give up control to the bus driver, to the other passengers and to chance itself.Sometimes the buses don’t come when they are supposed to. Sometimes they don’t come at all. Sometimes they come but don’t stop for you. Sometimes the drivers are mean to riders, and the riders have to take it. Sometimes you make good time and meet your connections; sometimes you don’t. This randomness is perhaps the hardest part of public transportation for those of us used to driving.At the beginning of this experiment I wondered if I might choose to ride the bus for good. I won’t. I will try to ride it to work once or twice a week, but tomorrow, I will be back on the 101 Freeway with the rest of you. And I will be happy to be back.Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com160Want 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

Horses stranded on flooded knoll

first_imgAMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Rescue workers struggled Thursday to save a herd of 100 horses stranded for days on a tiny knoll after a fierce storm turned their pasture into an angry sea. Eighteen horses have drowned and the rest have spent two nights huddled together in knee-deep water. Rescuers planned to bring in horses that are strong swimmers to show the panicky animals, including several foals, how to get to dry land. Dutch television and newspapers carried dramatic photographs and footage of the horses crowded together, their backs to the wind, on a small patch of ground. They were surrounded by brackish-colored sea water, pushed by the storm surge into a wilderness area outside the dikes of Marrum, 90 miles northeast of Amsterdam. Marrum’s fire department used small boats to ferry about 20 horses, including the smallest foals, to safety Wednesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The Dutch army tried to rescue the rest of the herd, but called off the operation when water levels receded to less than three feet in some places, grounding pontoon boats. Mayor Wil van der Berg said he considered using helicopters to transport the animals, but decided the noise and lights might panic the horses and cause more to drown. Although horses can swim and the closest dry land was only several hundred yards away, there were concerns the animals could become ensnared in submerged barbed wire fences or that they might tire if they headed toward land farther away. Water levels continued to fall Thursday, and the surviving animals were brought feed and blankets by boat. Veterinarians examined them, the Netherlands’ state broadcaster said. 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

A full summary of Saturday’s Scottish Premiership results

first_imgSeven different goalscorers hit the back of the net as the Dons maintained their winning run this season and Thistle lost their fourth on the trot. Ryan Christie, Kenny McLean and Scott Wright scored for the visitors before substitute Adam Rooney hit the 84th minute decider.Chris Erskine netted his 50th goal for Partick Thistle, Kris Doolan added another which now means he has scored against every team in Scotland’s top flight. Niall Keown bagged Thistle’s third.Hamilton Accies mounted a late comeback against Kilmarnock to secure a 2-2 draw at Rugby Park and maintain their fourth-placed spot in the table. Celtic were knocked off the top of the Scottish Premiership table after dropping two points in a 1-draw 1 with St Johnstone.Brendan Rodgers’ side looked set to lose their incredible unbeaten domestic run with Steven MacLean scoring after 39 minutes but Callum McGregor found a crucial equaliser 11 minutes from the end.Saints midfielder Murray Davidson suffered a serious head knock and facial injury after just three minutes and had to be taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment.Aberdeen scored a late winner in an exciting seven-goal thriller at Firhill, beating Partick Thistle 4-3. A Louis Longridge own goal and Lee Erwin strike put the home side ahead but Giannis Skondras and Ali Crawford, from the spot, won Accies a share of the points.Meanwhile, at Fir Park, a stunning Louis Moult strike into the top corner secured Motherwell all three points against Hearts.Kyle Lafferty had put the visitors ahead with his first league goal in maroon but Ryan Bowman equalised before Moult struck the 41st-minute winner.last_img read more

‘Celebrate Africa’s humanity’

first_imgThe slogan was launched by 2010 Local Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza during the worldwide broadcast of the 2010 preliminary draw TV show in Durban on Sunday.“‘Ke Nako’ simply means ‘It’s Time’,” Fifa says on its website. “And indeed Africa’s time has come to use the 2010 Fifa World Cup to change perceptions of Africa and reposition the continent in a positive light with South Africa as the theatre and Africa the stage.”Khoza said the Local Organising Committee had “felt it appropriate that we develop a message, a theme that would resonate with the objectives of the global football family as well as the intentions and ambitions of the African diaspora.“In the development of this slogan – our 2010 message – we were also inspired by the outpouring of excitement and joy that we witnessed from villages and cities across the continent when President Blatter announced the name ‘South Africa’ on 15 May 2004.”Speaking during Sunday’s ceremony at the Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, South African President Thabo Mbeki said the country aimed to “stage an event that will send ripples of confidence from the Cape to Cairo – an event that will create social and economic opportunities throughout Africa.“We want to ensure that one day, historians will reflect upon the 2010 Fifa World Cup as a moment when Africa stood tall and resolutely turned the tide on centuries of poverty and conflict.”Useful linksFifa: www.fifa.com2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa: www.fifa.com/worldcup/index.htmlSouth Africa 2010: www.sa2010.gov.zaSouthAfrica.info – 2010: www.southafrica.info/2010/last_img read more

R104m leg-up for Zim cotton farmers

first_imgDBSA has provided a critical loan to Zimbabwe’s emerging cotton farmers. (Image: C S Monitor) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lesetsa Matshekga Investment Officer DBSA +27 11 313 3289 or +27 78 800 9146  RELATED ARTICLES • Botswana revives ostrich farming • SA store shows new way to farm • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Zambian hydro projects in full swingBongani NkosiZimbabwe’s small-scale cotton farmers have received a major financial boost from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to improve their output.DBSA announced the R104.6-million (US$748 000) loan to the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) on 23 November 2010.The funds will go towards Cottco’s inputs credit scheme, which facilitates funding for the emerging farmers.“This is a first ever landmark investment in Zimbabwe by the DBSA,” Admassu Tadesse, group executive for the international division at DBSA, said in a statement.“Through this investment communal and small-scale farmers will have access both to credit and capacity-building programmes which will empower them to grow more cotton.”Cottco supports thousands of small-scale producers, who farm about 242 000ha of land in the Southern African country. DBSA said the organisation works with a wide network of farmers, and provides access to skills and infrastructure.It provides farming inputs such as fertiliser, seed and chemicals through its credit scheme. These are made available during the growing season, under recommendations from Cottco’s agronomists.Zimbabwe’s cotton farming sector has been negatively affected by a lack of funding in recent years, as has all other facets of the country’s agricultural industry.DBSA said lack of access to foreign currency has stalled progress in reviving Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector.Before the recent loan, funds had dried up for Cottco, which meant local farmers battled to access much-needed finance for their capital expenditure needs and day-to-day duties.Recovery programme The developmental bank’s loan is meant to support the Zimbabwean government’s Short Term Economic Recovery Programme. The programme has identified agro-processing and agriculture as key priority sectors to drive the recovery of the domestic economy, Tadesse said.The agricultural sector is the major backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy, and when it began to collapse in 2000, the entire country took a hard knock.Widespread government seizure of commercial farmland through a controversial land reform act was at the heart of the crisis.According to the DBSA, agriculture contributes up to 17% of Zimbabwe’s GDP, 60% of manufacturing inputs, 35% of foreign exchange earnings and 15% of formal employment.“The Zimbabwean economy is heavily dependent on agriculture,” Tadesse said, adding that the bank believes that its loan to Cottco will be significant in supporting the revival of the industry, protect existing jobs in the sector and create new employment opportunities.Cottco is expected employ more than 5 000 Zimbabweans during the next buying season, which will generate about R25.6-million ($3.6-million) in wages, according to DBSA.Development mandateDBSA aims to invest in projects that have potential to boost the economies of Southern African nations. It recently contributed R748 000 ($105-million) towards the expansion of Zambia’s Kariba North Bank hydro power station.“The Zimbabwean investment is in line with the bank’s mandate and strategy to support development and viable projects in key economic sectors such as agriculture,” said Tadesse.“Building sustainable regional economies remain a priority area that the DBSA will aggressively pursue to ensure that the region is prosperous, integrated and progressively free of poverty and dependency,” he added.last_img read more

Rypple Makes Real Waves in the Enterprise

first_imgsteven walling Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Rypple is an enterprise solution that works in such a simple, effectual way that it borders on the elegant. It uses absolutely top-notch social web design to engineer a user experience that is focused on solving a single problem: how to gather honest feedback quickly.Since its founding, Rypple has garnered some serious accolades from the media and users alike. Everyone from The Economist to “Wikinomics” author Don Tapscott have been singing its praises. Come this fall, new additions to the service will boost its ability to support collaboration among coworkers.Rypple is a web-based service similar to Twitter, in that it takes fairly mundane technology – plain text input that is limited in length – and builds a platform around it that enables an immediately tangible ecosystem to develop online. Except for analytics and tagging, it includes no other major up-front features except the ability to ask a question and provide anonymous answers. Via an admin panel, users of the paid enterprise version can do things like suggest questions and tags beforehand. This simplicity makes Rypple the kind of tool wherein the constraints on software open up room for social innovation around it.In its current state, Rypple has already taken off in the enterprise. But a major addition already being tested will supplement the communicative powers of the software with a dash of collaboration. When the TouchBase feature is launched sometime this fall, users will be able to set regular face-to-face meetings and collaboratively edit the agenda. Constant employee feedback and collaborative meetings might seem like the kind of enterprise 2.0 functionality made to please Gen Y and drive management off with fears of anonymity. But by building social software around a habit already ingrained in business (the performance review) Rypple has put the capability of the web to work for enterprise. last_img read more

Apple Reshuffles India Business

first_imgApple India has merged its product divisions and split its business into two in line with its retail strategy in a bid to significantly expand its market reach. Related Itemslast_img

Video: Sacrifice of ancient horses gives clues to their domestication

first_imgVideo: Sacrifice of ancient horses gives clues to their domestication By Sarah CrespiApr. 27, 2017 , 2:00 PM Horses were first domesticated for riding and milking (yes, milking) 5500 years ago in northern Kazakhstan, but they’ve changed a lot since then. In a study published today in Science, researchers looked at genomes from 14 horses from between 4100 and 2300 years ago—the midpoint between when the animals were first domesticated and now—to better understand the arc of their domestication. The genomes came from 14 Bronze and Iron Age horses preserved as part of rituals in which sometimes dozens of horses were killed and elaborately arranged and buried by the Sintashta of Russia and Scythians of Kazakhstan. The samples revealed what these ancient societies were breeding for in their horses—sturdy legs and many different coat colors, for example. The genomes also showed a much greater genetic diversity in the ancient horse populations, suggesting that the limited diversity in the horse population of today came about during the last 2000 years and was not a result of domestication per se. More broadly, the research offers support for the “neural crest theory of domestication”—the idea that the pressure of domestication on genes acts at an early developmental stage on certain cells that later diversify and spread throughout the animal—allowing a suite of diverse traits like floppy ears and docile manner to be selected for all at once. Scientists suspect the same thing happened to dogs, cats, and a host of other domesticated animals. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more