Max Verstappen reconciles with rival Leclerc

first_imgHis late and controversial passing move on fellow 21-year-old Leclerc of Ferrari may have caused a three-hour delay in confirming the result, but on a sweltering afternoon in the Styrian Alps it provided a spectacular, uplifting conclusion.“It has been stressful few hours, but this is the right decision for me and for the sport,” said the super-confident Verstappen, revelling in his sixth career win. “He would have done the same thing in my place – it’s just racing.”Earlier, following Sunday’s race, the sport’s young tyro had said: “It you can’t race like that and do that, what’s the point of Formula One. We may as well all go home now.”The stewards, who delayed starting their hearing until 90 minutes after the end of the race, eventually decided the 69th lap clash between the two drivers, who had started together as the youngest front row pairing in F1 history, was no more than “a racing incident”.It was a verdict that was welcomed by everyone except those at Ferrari who hoped that their Monegasque driver had finally claimed his maiden Grand Prix triumph.As Red Bull headed off to celebrate their first win in 11 races since Verstappen finished first at last year’s Mexican Grand Prix, Leclerc and Verstappen reconciled their differences following a frosty post-race silence before and during the podium ceremony.As the Dutchman cavorted and sprayed sparkling wine, his rival turned his back and departed, but the rift was repaired swiftly – long before their planned shared flight home to Monte Carlo.“We’re good, we’re good,” Verstappen said. “Already, after the stewards, we’re good. We are racing drivers and I have known Charles a long time and he, for sure, will this year take his first victory as well.“You have to accept it, of course, and it’s disappointing to lose your first victory in the last few laps. I’ve lost out on pole positions, which were very painful.“These things happen in this sport and, as I said, Charles is a great driver. He will come far… I think we have another 15-20 years’ racing together….”The two delivered a scintillating vision of the future as Verstappen hunted down Leclerc in the closing laps, the Ferrari man losing tyre performance as he endeavoured to turn his pole position into victory.Asked what was the key to his pass, Verstappen said: “Diving up the inside — late braking, of course. Normally, he should have cut back.”He added that if there had been a gravel trap and not a wide run-off area, it might have been different.“If there was gravel, you don’t do that anyway, you try to cut across. But, like I said, it’s hard racing and it should be like that. I like hard racing.”0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Max Verstappen reconciled with his rival Charles Leclerc and declared Monday that race stewards’ belated confirmation of his thrilling wheel-banging victory in the Austrian Grand Prix was “the right decision for the sport” © AFP/File / Andrej ISAKOVICSPIELBERG, Austria, Jul 1 – Max Verstappen reconciled with his rival Charles Leclerc and declared Monday that race stewards’ belated confirmation of his thrilling wheel-banging victory in the Austrian Grand Prix was “the right decision for the sport”.A week after a dreary processional race at the French Grand Prix, the Dutchman’s dramatic triumph for Red Bull ended Mercedes’ early-season stranglehold on the title race and blew away talk of crisis and calls for knee-jerk rule changes.last_img read more

Tracking down taggers

first_imgSOUTH WHITTIER – The battle against graffiti and tagging is going high-tech. Since its debut earlier this year, the Graffiti Tracker, which employs Global Positioning System and computer and Internet technology, has caught the attention of several local law enforcement agencies. Recently, officials in South Whittier joined police in Carson, Paramount, North Hollywood and Lancaster in using Graffiti Tracker software that allows deputies to photograph graffiti, map it with a GPS system and file it in a massive database. With the Graffiti Tracker, every time a person takes a picture with one of creator Tim Kephart’s cameras, the camera marks the location’s exact longitude and latitude, along with details about the site. That information is uploaded into a server, and analysts study the data. A person can pull up a list of the most active vandals, click on a moniker and peruse an intelligence report on all the locations he or she has vandalized. The program plots the locations on a map for deputies, who can concentrate their efforts in one area. “It’s an incredibly interesting process because the cameras have a GPS encoder built in, so every time you take a picture, you’re able to pinpoint on maps where it was,” said David Summers, spokesman for Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, who helped find funding for officials in South Whittier to employ the system. Los Angeles County now spends nearly $600,000 a year to remove graffiti. Officials hope Graffiti Tracker, which cost deputies in South Whittier $18,000, will lower that cost, said Summers. Kephart delivered the specialized camera, the only equipment needed for the program, to Santa Fe Springs employees last Thursday. Los Angeles County contracts with that city for graffiti removal in unincorporated South Whittier. Kephart explained how the system works and answered questions. Before removing the graffiti, workers will snap a picture of it with the specialized camera. At the office, they will upload the photos embedded with logistical information into the Graffiti Tracker server. That eliminates a lot of paperwork, said Steve Herrera, who does most of the graffiti removal in South Whittier. He now has to fill out up to 20 work sheets a day; with the new system, he won’t have to do any. “It’s a great idea,” he said. “It’s going to help the Sheriff’s Department track it better.” Kephart has become a graffiti expert, training law enforcement agencies to better understand graffiti and people who vandalize. He said his graffiti research has led him to believe that the key to eradicating the problem is to remove the motivation. “The mentality of taggers is to get fame and notoriety,” said Kephart. “The more damage they do, the more notoriety they get. This system is targeting that motivation because the more notoriety they get, the easier it is for us to find them.” Graffiti Tracker also helps prosecutors get convictions and restitution for vandalism, said Kephart. “The way it works now is the tagger gets charged with one misdemeanor if he is caught tagging. The court doesn’t take that seriously because the cities aren’t taking it seriously. Now, within seconds, you can pull up a map of a tagger’s damage and the court sees the significance,” he said. He said his program is giving cities hope, instead of feeling helpless in the fight against graffiti. “They’re now realizing that they can do something, instead of putting people in charge who aren’t trained in graffiti,” said Kephart. “The best way to fight this is to track and analyze it, and let the taggers tell you who they are.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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

Marauders hope for end to drought

first_imgAVC ranks last in the nine-team conference in offense, averaging 137.8 yards, and eighth in team defense, yielding 357.8 yards per game. Its passing game has been especially sluggish, averaging just 42.5 yards. AVC’s most productive player is fullback Brad Kostopoulos (Boron High), who’s eighth in the conference in rushing, averaging 43.8 yards. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 At a glance AVC at San Bernardino Valley College football Where: San Bernardino Valley When: 1 p.m. Radio: AM 1340 Internet: www.magic1340.com Outlook: AVC needs more production from an offense that’s ranked last in the Foothill Conference and has produced just one touchdown. SBVC features a balanced offense that ranks fourth in conference, averaging 317.7 yards.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’AVC is 13-17 all time against the Wolverines. SBVC has won three of the past four meetings including last season, when it dealt the Marauders a heartbreaking 16-14 loss. SBVC features three of the conference’s most productive skilled position players. Wolverines quarterback Brad Sorensen is second in the conference in passing, averaging 189.7 yards. Their backfield features Nathan Arcey and Erin Madden, two of the conference’s three leading rushers. Arcey is second in the conference, averaging 69.5 rushing yards, and Madden is third, averaging 63.3. Antelope Valley College’s football team looks to end the program’s longest losing streak in school history when it plays at San Bernardino Valley College today at 1 p.m. The Marauders (0-6, 0-4 Foothill Conference) have lost 22 consecutive games going back to 2004. AVC is coming off a bye week. The Marauders lost to Victor Valley College, 34-0, on Oct. 7, and were shut out in their past two games. SBVC (3-3, 1-3) is coming off a 44-31 loss to Mt. San Jacinto and has lost three of its past four games. last_img read more

Neighborhood council chaos

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“The department needs to be given more power and authority to really be the leader for neighborhood councils, and to deliver the services to neighborhood councils that they need: training, expertise, outreach and making neighborhood councils more inclusive.” The report comes at a pivotal time for the seven-year-old neighborhood council system. Complaints have increased about a tangled bureaucracy even as a comprehensive review is under way on ways to make improvements. In her audit, Chick said DONE – with a 51-member staff and $4.3 million-a-year budget – has primarily focused on implementing and certifying councils. Since 2001, 88 councils have been certified, although two were later decertified. While the grass-roots movement was very aggressive in its early states – 57 were certified in a single year – just two were certified in 2005 and only one this year although several dozen communities are not represented. Chick said she was not prepared to declare “mission failed” but believes DONE needs to address a lengthy series of problems. “One key reason why DONE has not transitioned smoothly to its new role is that there is currently no official document that clearly defines DONE’s oversight and monitoring role,” Chick said. “This lack of authority has weakened DONE’s efforts to effectively support the NCs and has created confusion and tension among NCs and DONE as to what DONE’s regulatory and oversight role should be.” The report outlines confusing lines of reporting, with DONE receiving mandates from the Mayor’s Office, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners and Treasurer’s Office, and advice from everyone from City Council members to the City Attorney’s Office. Chick said the city ordinance should be amended to provide DONE with explicit authority. “The original vision is far from achieved,” Chick said in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council. “But rather than declare `mission failed,’ my report instead lays out clear recommendations to address known problems.” The audit also found that DONE fails to closely monitor how councils budget and spend their money. Neighborhood councils receive $50,000 a year for community outreach, projects and operating expenses. But there are no guidelines or goals for spending the money, so councils have used less than half of the $10.9 million allocated through this year. One council spent more than $80,000 over the last three years on accounting and office support, according to the audit. By comparison, 74 councils spent less than $5,000 on such services over the same period. “Neighborhood councils across the city are getting over $4 million a year in public money, taxpayer money, and we need to put better controls in place to make sure that money is really well spent,” Chick said. DONE Interim General Manager Lisa Sarno agreed with the audit and said she discovered many of the problems when she took the helm in April. “It shows, really, that the department really is in the next phase. There was a vision for certification but there wasn’t a vision for after certification,” Sarno said. DONE has increased staff training and tried to take a closer look at problem areas for councils, Sarno said. But the lack of authority means DONE staff can only suggest – not require – training for boards with human relations, accounting or outreach problems. And the audit found DONE staff felt overworked trying to keep up with a council system that is projected to grow to 100 by the end of next year. The audit reviewed DONE operations from July 2003 through Aug. 15, 2006. During much of that time, the department was headed by now-retired General Manager Greg Nelson. Nelson was known for a laissez-faire style of management and aversion to creating bureaucracies. Nelson agreed Tuesday that DONE needs to do a better job of monitoring funds, but he questioned whether it needs more regulatory authority. “My concern is that the audit could be misused by some at City Hall in an attempt to empower themselves to control neighborhood councils,” he said. “I have serious doubts that anyone at City Hall knows best how neighborhood councils should govern themselves.” Some neighborhood council members said the audit accurately reflects the problems they’ve encountered. “It’s a department in disarray,” said Jason Lyon, who sits on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and is a member of the Neighborhood Council Review Commission. But he also was wary of giving more authority to DONE – which is supposed to empower neighborhood councils. “There needs to be some regulatory authority, but I’m not sure it should be DONE. Maybe it could be the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners or the city administrative officer,” Lyon said. Pacoima Neighborhood Council President Edwin Ramirez was also uncomfortable with giving DONE more authority. “I do agree that DONE needs more resources to do a better job in providing support. Neighborhood councils are new; there was no policy set and it’s a work in process,” he said. “But DONE is not supposed to be policing. It’s supposed to be there to support and help councils reach their potential.” Chick said she expects some concern from councils that don’t want more rules, procedures and oversight. “Some neighborhood councils want what they want when they want it and how they want. That’s what happens sometimes when you empower people,” she said. “The audit says now it’s time to empower the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.” Who’s the boss? `The next phase’ Wary of rules kerry.cavanaugh @dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles agency charged with overseeing the city’s nearly 90 neighborhood councils lacks clear authority, creating confusion and tension by failing to adequately support the grass-roots system, a city audit released Tuesday says. Controller Laura Chick’s first audit of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment found the agency in a state of disarray, establishing 86 councils with no consistent direction on how to oversee them. The problems – compounded by the muddled authority lines to the Mayor’s Office, City Council and other city agencies – have hampered growth, effectiveness and community participation, the audit said. “The original and very expansive and hopeful vision for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and neighborhood councils has not yet been achieved,” Chick said. last_img

Man United agree deal with Inter Milan for Alexis Sanchez

first_img Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week LIVE on talkSPORT The 30-year-old earns around £505,000-a-week at Old Trafford and the Red Devils will subsidise his salary to facilitate the switch.However, it is thought that Inter have not agreed an option to buy Sanchez permanently when the loan deal ends in the summer of 2020.Sanchez’s spell at Old Trafford has been nothing short of a disaster, with the former Arsenal star having netted just three times in 33 Premier League appearances for the club.United legend Gary Neville had called for the club to ship out the Chile international at their earliest opportunity.“Sanchez has been an absolute disaster,” Neville said last week, “I have no idea what’s happened to him. There must be two of them.“The one that’s turned up in Manchester I have no idea who that is. He needs to get him out of the club. He needs to get a couple out this year, he needs to get a couple out next year.” Inter are understood to have finally agreed a loan deal to take Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United.Sanchez is set to join former team-mate Romelu Lukaku at the Serie A side, after United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanctioned the move. Inter agreed a loan deal with Man United for Sanchez center_img Newcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLincoln City vs Everton (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Getty 1last_img read more

PaaS: Failure Is Not an Option

first_imgIntel IT is actively implementing PaaS as the next logical step for our enterprise private cloud, to accelerate custom application deployment and promote cloud-aware application design principles. Our PaaS environment will build on our already successful infrastructure as a service (IaaS) efforts, and will provide an environment featuring self-service, on-demand tools, resources, automation, and a hosted platform runtime container. But, as many companies discovered earlier this year during a well-publicized IaaS failure, a platform is only as useful as it is available. Companies that designed for failure weathered the outage far better than companies that simply hoped nothing would ever break. For example, one company that used stateless services, graceful degradation methodologies, and multiple availability zones (AZs) experienced only minor errors and higher latency; less prepared companies were knocked out completely.In our PaaS environment, we promote design for failure at both the platform and the application levels.Platform Level: We want the underlying platform to do as much as it can to provide cloud capabilities for applications written to PaaS.  For our PaaS pilot, we are providing high availability within the platform but it is not enough.   We strive to implement an active/active model for instances of PaaS which run in multiple AZs.   In an active/active model, applications will be deployed to and synchronized between a primary and secondary PaaS instance.  If there is a failure of the primary PaaS we seamlessly failover to the secondary PaaS using global load balancing.  The platform will provide “eventual consistency” of data.  This means that over a period of time, all updates will propagate through the system and eventually the data associated with all the applications running on various PaaS instances will become consistent across all AZs and uncommitted transactions are resubmitted by end users.  A important concept to provide eventual consistency is sharding, where data is horizontally partitioned in the database architecture.Application Level: We are actively promoting the idea of cloud-aware applications. We want the application—that is, the application developers—to take more responsibility for designing for failure. Traditional applications take it for granted that five-9s infrastructures are available. But in the cloud, that’s not necessarily true.  They should expect and design for infrastructure outages.  Building cloud-aware applications is a new area for Intel developers, and we are helping build new skill sets into our development community to help them design simplified, fault-tolerant, modular services that run in a virtualized, elastic, multi-tenant environment. For more information on Intel IT’s PaaS efforts, including a detailed discussion of our pilot project and key learnings, see “Extending Intel’s Enterprise Private Cloud with Platform as a Service”http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/secure/intel-it-best-practices/extending-intels-enterprise-private-cloud-with-platform-as-a-service.htmllast_img read more

Boston University fires geologist found to have harassed women in Antarctica

first_img “I often say no one ‘wins’ a sexual harassment case, but I’m wrong: Science, academia, and BU are better today because of this announcement,” says Jane Willenbring, the associate professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, part of the University of California, San Diego, whose 2016 complaint to BU’s Title IX office about Marchant’s behavior toward her in Antarctica at the turn of the century launched the investigation of Marchant. She added: “I’m grateful to the many women and men who told the truth about his behavior.”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(*)Marchant, in a statement issued through his lawyer, Jeffrey Sankey of Braintree, Massachusetts, vowed to fight his termination in court. In the statement, Marchant maintains that he has “never” engaged in any form of sexual harassment, “not in 1998 or 1999 in Antarctica or at any time since.”He calls the investigation conducted by BU’s Title IX office “a travesty, operated by an administration who has capitulated at every turn to the fear of adverse publicity at the expense of providing due process to an esteemed professor who has worked for nearly 20 years since these false allegations supposedly occurred without a single complaint.”Sean Mackay, a visiting researcher at BU, completed his Ph.D. and did postdoctoral work with Marchant. He says the accusations “are inconsistent with” the actions of a man he has known and worked with for 11 years. And he says Brown’s “unilateral” decision to override the faculty hearing committee showed “a lack of respect for the committee’s hard work, courage, and due process in making a decision that was based on the facts presented, rather than the pressure of public opinion.”But others welcomed the move. It “sends a clear message that harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. It also affirms the experiences of survivors,” says Erika Marin-Spiotta, a biogeochemist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison who is lead principal investigator of ADVANCEGeo, a National Science Foundation (NSF)–funded project to improve workplace climate in the geosciences. “Tenure should protect intellectual freedom but not abusers and harassers.”Hillary Tulley, a Skokie, Illinois, high school tutor who reported that Marchant taunted her and made degrading, profane comments about her body when she was at a field site in Antarctica with him in the late 1990s, began to cry when told the news. “It’s just an overwhelming sense of relief,” she said. “Boston University delivered justice today.”The Marchant case focused national attention on sexual harassment in the sciences, especially during fieldwork, even landing on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. It sparked an investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives, prompted the renaming of a glacier once named after Marchant, and helped drive new reporting requirements recently imposed by NSF, which had supported Marchant’s expeditions.*Update, 12 April, 6:15 p.m.: This story has been updated to include comments from Erika Marin-Spiotta and Hilary Tulley.*Update, 12 April, 8:50 p.m.: This story has been updated to include comments from Sean Mackay. Boston University fires geologist found to have harassed women in Antarctica Disturbing allegations of sexual harassment in Antarctica leveled at noted scientist After a lengthy process, Boston University fired geologist David Marchant in the wake of a prominent sexual harassment case. Related contentcenter_img Boston University (BU) today fired David Marchant, the geologist whose alleged harassment of women at remote Antarctic field camps Science first described 18 months ago.A faculty hearing committee that handled Marchant’s appeal of BU’s November 2017 decision to terminate him had instead recommended that he be suspended for 3 years without pay and prohibited from leading university Antarctic expeditions, according to a letter sent today by BU Provost Jean Morrison to faculty in the Department of Earth & Environment. (Marchant had chaired that department.) However, BU’s president, Robert Brown, overruled the Hearing Committee, deciding that termination was appropriate. In a final, required step under the university’s faculty handbook procedures, BU’s Board of Trustees today accepted Brown’s recommendation. “The decision of the Board of Trustees is final,” Morrison wrote. By Meredith WadmanApr. 12, 2019 , 4:55 PM Henry Zbyszynski/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) last_img read more

Peter Roebuck’s inquest will take a long time: South African Police

first_imgIt will take at least a month before the circumstances of renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck’s suicide in South Africa are revealed with a Police Services official saying that an inquest has been launched into his death.Colonel Vishnu Naidoo of the South African Police Services has revealed it will take four to six weeks for the inquest to be completed.The 55-year-old Roebuck plunged to death from his sixthfloor room in a Cape Town hotel after being reportedly questioned over sexual assault charges on Saturday night.Roebuck’s ABC radio colleague Jim Maxwell, considered one of his closest confidants, is to give a statement to Cape Town detectives but the South African police ruled out foul play in the death.The police have taken personal items from Roebuck’s hotel room, including a laptop. Naidoo said the exact chain of events leading to the death can be established only after the inquest.”An inquest can take a long time, it can be anything from six months to two or three years, but what is critical here is to get the autopsy reports, or what we call the post- mortem report,” Naidoo told The Daily Telegraph .”We will be looking at that first and that can take four to six weeks, sometimes up to eight weeks. When we get that report, we can determine officially what his cause of death was.” “There is no crime suspected as far as Mr Roebuck’s death is concerned,” he added.Naidoo said medical reports of Roebuck are awaited.advertisement”If someone dies of unnatural causes and there isn’t suspicion of a crime being committed, then we conduct an inquest.”In this time, we will undertake the normal investigation. We will take statements, we will await medical reports and that will form part of our investigation,” Naidoo said.It has been reported that Roebuck plunged to his death after jumping out of a window with police still in the room. When asked about this, Naidoo refused comment.”I have never confirmed or denied anything about that. All I have said is that Mr Roebuck is dead and that we have opened an inquest docket and I have also confirmed there is no evidence of foul play.”Asked if police had spoken to Roebuck earlier in the day, Naidoo said: “I am not at liberty to disclose that information.”On whether the police were investigating claims of sexual assault, Naidoo said: “I am not at liberty to disclose that as well. That is all, I have nothing else to say on this matter.”Meanwhile, ABC radio commentator Jim Maxwell, Roebuck’s friend also present in the same hotel, has told the Sydney Morning Herald that he saw Roebuck in a state of despair when he was called by him to help him when the police was interrogating him.”Peter was in a state of utter despair. He was sitting in a chair, near the window and I can tell you it takes five seconds to open that window,” Maxwell said. “Given his state of mind, he just had a brain snap. That is all I can assume.”New twist in the taleAccording to some reports, Roebuck may have taken the extreme step after complaint of a sexual nature had been made against him by a Facebook friend.A report in the Herald Sun , quoting a South African website, claimed that Roebuck allegedly wanted to have sex with a Facebook friend against his will.It is alleged Roebuck, 55, met a man, 26, at the hotel with plans to discuss a possible university sponsorship.”Roebuck is alleged to have tried to seduce the Facebook friend and have sex with him against his will, The New Age website said,” the Herald Sun reported on Monday.According to reports in South Africa, Roebuck was being investigated over allegations of indecently assaulting a young man. “Police had told Roebuck that a complaint of a sexual nature had been made against him by a friend he met on Facebook ,” the reports said.The newspaper also reported that Police sources said Roebuck was either going to be formally questioned in the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel on Saturday night, or arrested and taken to a station for questioning over the allegations.”Apparently police had gone to the hotel to take him to the police station to question him and then he died,” Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) spokesman Moses Dlamini was quoted by a newspaper. ICD – a body that reviews deaths that occur in police custody or as a result of police action – was also investigating the death of Roebuck.advertisementlast_img read more

Sir Bradley Wiggins hits out at ‘malicious’ campaign after MPs’ accusations

first_imgShare on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Drugs in sport “Not at any time in my career did we cross the ethical line,” Wiggins told the BBC on Monday night. “I refute that 100%. This is malicious. This is someone trying to smear me. I would love to know who it is, I think it would answer a lot of questions.“These allegations, it’s the worst thing to be accused of. It’s also the hardest thing to prove you haven’t done. We’re not dealing in a legal system. I’d have had more rights if I’d murdered someone.”Wiggins said his children had been taunted at school since an investigation was launched by UK Anti-Doping following the allegation that a mystery Jiffy bag delivered to him at a race in 2011 contained triamcinolone. If it did and Wiggins took it at the time – which he wholeheartedly denies – it would amount to an anti-doping rule violation.“I’m trying to be in retirement and do other things in my life and the effect it’s had, the widespread effect on the family, it’s horrific,” he said. “I don’t know how I’m going to pick the pieces up with the kids and stuff, as well as try and salvage my reputation from this, I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.”The MPs concluded that Wiggins cynically obtained therapeutic use exemption, in effect a doctor’s note, to allow him to take normally banned medication purely to enhance his performance.An anonymous witness, whom the DCMS select committee report referred to as a “well placed source”, claimed Wiggins and a smaller group of riders trained separately from the rest of the team. The MPs’ report reads: “The source said they were all using corticosteroids out of competition to lean down in preparation for the major races that season.”The report reads: “From the evidence presented to the committee it might appear that Bradley Wiggins may have been treated with triamcinolone on up to nine occasions, in and out of competition, during a four-year period. It would be hard to know what possible medical need could have required such a seemingly excessive use of this drug.”But Wiggins maintained his use of triamcinolone was legitimate and defended his reasons for taking it before three grand tours, something that only became apparent after Russian hackers leaked his medical data in 2016. “I am a rider for Team Sky, the biggest team in the world at that point,” said Wiggins. “If you’ve got niggles, problems, a knee injury, common cold, you go to the doctor in the team. Share on Messenger The five-times Olympic cycling champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has said that he is in a “living hell” after his reputation was vaporised by a parliamentary inquiry that concluded he cheated within the rules in order to win the 2012 Tour de France.Wiggins took the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone not to treat a legitimate medical condition, as he claimed, but to gain an edge on the competition, according to MPs on the digital, culture, media and sport select committee.However, the 2012 Tour de France winner denied cheating. He said he was the victim of a smear campaign by an anonymous witness, whose evidence contributed to the MPs’ devastating conclusion. “We are hypochondriacs as athletes, especially coming to the height of the season, the biggest race of the year, whether it is the Olympics Games or the Tour de France. So it was completely under medical need and this whole thing has been a complete mess of innuendo and rumour and nothing has been substantiated.”MPs on the DCMS select committee criticised the Team Sky architect Sir Dave Brailsford for allowing the outfit’s “winning clean” ethos to be overtaken by a hunger to win. It also said he must bear responsibility for the loss of medical records by Dr Richard Freeman, the team’s former medic. A UK Anti-Doping Agency investigation had to be abandoned last year because of a lack of medical records. It stated it was “impossible” to determine whether a mystery jiffy bag package delivered to Wiggins at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné contained the decongestant Fluimucil as he claimed, or triamcinolone, as was alleged.Wiggins said: “I am having to deal with the fallout of that now. Which is almost impossible. There have been no medical records to back that up or substantiate what’s been said. So I am kind of left in the middle here now, trying to pick up the pieces.” Richard Williams Share via Email Cycling news Bradley Wiggins Team Ineos Read more Share on Twitter Topics Since you’re here… Reuse this content Do we trash or treasure our memories of Bradley Wiggins’ rise to the top? Read more Support The Guardian Share on Facebook The Guardian view on drugs in sport: a deep corruption Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Justin Fields Revealed Why He Chose Ohio State

first_imgjustin fields smiles during a game for georgiaATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)With the departure of Dwayne Haskins and the transfer of Tate Martell, newly-minted Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is one of the leading candidates for the starting job next season. The former five-star recruit has come a long way since his brief stint at Georgia, but now is poised for a starting role with one of the NCAA’s top programs.However, some people were still caught a little off guard by Fields’ decision to leave Georgia and transfer to what was at the time not much more of a sure thing than his previous school.He revealed this week that the decision was largely “a business decision” based on Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day’s experience in developing NFL-caliber quarterbacks.Justin Fields wasn’t shy about offering a reason why he chose Ohio State. “It was more of a business decision. Coach Day, he’s been in the NFL. He knows what it takes to get quarterbacks to the NFL. …I was just worried about the best place to develop me for the next level.”Justin Fields wasn’t shy about offering a reason why he chose Ohio State. “It was more of a business decision. Coach Day, he’s been in the NFL. He knows what it takes to get quarterbacks to the NFL. …I was just worried about the best place to develop me for the next level.”— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) February 7, 2019Fields certainly has good reason to put his faith in Day.The new Ohio State head coach has worked as a quarterbacks coach for Chip Kelly in the NFL, and in a wide variety of offensive roles across college football.Georgia hasn’t had much trouble developing quarterbacks recently though, with Jake Fromm emerging as one of the best in the SEC.Even in his limited reps with the Bulldogs last year, Fields demonstrated remarkable efficiency.He finished his freshman year going 27 of 39 for 328 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, he added another 266 yards on 6.3 yards per carry and four touchdowns.last_img read more