Certain reports even suggest that the German was supposed to be announced as the new racer for Racing Point as early as the upcoming weekend. However, those plans appear to be shelved since Perez will be missing this weekend’s event at Silverstone Circuit due to his COVID-19 infection. Back in April, Aston Martin confirmed their return to F1 in 2021 by rebranding Team Racing Point. Aston Martin injected a sum of £260 million of new capital to the Silverstone-based racing team through Lawrence Stroll’s Yew Tree Consortium. Stroll bought Racing Point in 2018 through a consortium led by a group of investors. Sebastian Vettel being the face of Aston Martin’s return to F1 makes sense for the British luxury car manufacturers from a commercial standpoint. Since Germany is the second-largest market for Aston Martin, Vettel leading the side could help boost sales in Vettel’s native country. Also Read | Formula 1 Star Sebastian Vettel Lashes Out At Ferrari For Not Even Offering Him New DealWhat next for Sergio Perez?Sergio Perez and the son of Lawrence Stroll, Lance Stroll, are currently the two racers for Racing Point. However, the arrival of Sebastian Vettel could signal the end of Perez’s time with the team. The 30-year-old Mexican is being linked with a move to Team Red Bull. Former F1 racer Giedo van der Garde is one of many experts to have claimed that Sergio Perez should be snapped up by Red Bull to replace the struggling Alex Albon. While he might not be the face of the team, Perez would serve as more than adequate competition for Max Verstappen at Red Bull. Also Read | F1 News: Stroll Quickest At 2nd British GP Practice; Sebastian Vettel StrugglesAlso Read | Sebastian Vettel Not An Interesting Prospect For Mercedes: Valtteri Bottas(Image Credits: AP) Sujay Chakraborty SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 6th August, 2020 17:09 IST WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV 1 month ago Formula 1 partners with YouTube to live stream Eifel Grand Prix 2020 Written By FOLLOW US 1 month ago Sebastian Vettel fastest in rain-soaked 2nd practice for Hungarian GP 1 month ago Bottas leads 3rd practice for British GP ahead of qualifying 1 month ago Stroll quickest at 2nd British GP practice; Vettel struggles Four-time Formula One Drivers’ champion Sebastian Vettel leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2020 season came as shocking news, not only to F1 fans but to the German racer himself. Since the news was made public last month, Vettel admitted that his split with the Italian racing giants was far from mutual. The 33-year-old former Red Bull racer is, however, not yet ready to hang up his boots, and has confirmed that he has held concrete discussions with several rival teams.Also Read | F1 News: Sebastian Vettel Fastest In Rain-soaked 2nd Practice For Hungarian GPSebastian Vettel to Aston Martin? Vettel Racing Point rumours intensifyAccording to reports, Sebastian Vettel is likely to join the Racing Point team next year, where he will replace Mexican driver Sergio Perez as the team’s lead racer. According to German outlet Bild, Vettel is in advanced negations with Racing Point, which will re-brand to Aston Martin next season. Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 17:09 IST Sebastian Vettel To Replace Sergio Perez At Aston Martin, Could Sign A Three Year Contract Sebastian Vettel is on his way out of Ferrari. The former world champ is reportedly heading to Racing Point, which will be re-branded to Aston Martin in 2021. 1 month ago Verstappen sets fastest time in practice at British GP
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VATICAN CITY – A U.S. judge in Texas dismissed Pope Benedict XVI from a civil lawsuit accusing him of conspiracy to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a seminarian, ruling Thursday that the pontiff has immunity as a head of state. U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal cited a motion filed by the Justice Department, known as a “Suggestion of Immunity,” in which the government said allowing the lawsuit to proceed would be “incompatible with the United States’ foreign policy interests.” “After a suggestion of immunity is filed, it is the court’s duty to surrender jurisdiction,” Rosenthal wrote. Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict’s given name – is named as a defendant in the civil lawsuit, accused of conspiring with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and some of its officials to cover up the abuse of three boys during the mid-1990s. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Lawyers for one of the alleged victims argued in the lawsuit that a May 18, 2001, letter Ratzinger wrote to bishops around the world was evidence that he was involved in a conspiracy to hide the crimes.
A 47-year-old woman who stole €760,000 from her employer has pleaded guilty to 20 sample counts of theft at Donegal Circuit Court.Tara Sweeney, with an address at the Glebe in Donegal Town, spent most of the money on high-end fashion goods purchased online. The thefts occurred at the County Donegal Education Centre over a six year period.Sentencing in the case was today has been put back until next March.The court was told that Tara Sweeney was an accounts administrator at the Donegal Education Centre from 2009 until 2015.RTE reports that she had no formal qualifications but was solely responsible for payroll and had full access to seven bank accounts.It was only in June 2015 when a new director was apppointed to the company that suspicions were raised about large amounts of money missing.Tara Sweeney resigned from her job and Gardaí carried out a search of her home. They discovered ten black refuse bags filled with documentation from her workplace.An expenditure analysis by a specialist accounting firm showed electronic credit transfers totalling over €760,000 going into accounts in her name.The court heard the balances in those accounts were moderate given the level of substantial withdrawals.Detective Garda Ciaran O’Brien told the court that the bulk of money was spent on high end fashion goods including designer handbags by Gucci and Prada, cosmetics, sunglasses, clothes, shoes, perfume and jewellery.The court heard that thousands of items were left in bags and boxes unused once they had been purchased.When interviewed by Gardaí, she admitted that she had made all of these purchases but couldn’t remember individual transactions.The court heard she was shocked at the figure of €760,000 thinking it was more in the region of €250,000. This amount she accepted, was also bad.Giving evidence in court, she said she found it difficult to explain her online shopping addiction other than to say she did it to make herself feel better.She had been under a lot stress in the workplace, had lost her mother and was bringing up her son alone.Tara Sweeney apologised to her family and former co-workers for the pain and distress she had caused.A psychiatric report described her as a loner who had suffered depression in the past but she showed no signs of mental illness and had accepted full responsibility for her actions.Peter Nolan, barrister for Tara Sweeney, said she had indulged in behaviour that was the ruination of her life.He said she had been chasing an illusion whereby purchasing thousands of luxury goods would sort out her life.He said Ms Sweeney was now unemployed and facing repossession of her house.He asked Judge John Aylmer not to send her to prison saying she had engaged in criminal activity but was not a “typical criminal”. Tara Sweeney had no previous convictions.The Judge deferred sentencing until next March.The County Donegal Education Centre have issued proceedings in an effort to recover some of the monies lost.Woman stole €760K and blew it on high-end fashion was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:courtdonegalFashionTara Sweeneytheft
ALAMEDA — Jordy Nelson was Jon Gruden’s big-name signing this offseason, the 33-year-old who supposedly still had the jets and hands to be an effective wide receiver in the NFL.Through two weeks – yes, it’s only two games – he’s yet to live up to that billing.While Jared Cook (nine catches for 180 yards in Week 1) and Amari Cooper (10 catches for 116 yards in Week 2) have already posted big games, Nelson has caught only five passes for 53 yards over two weeks. On Sunday alone, Nelson caught …
SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Importance of industry leaders Emerging technology investment “These initiatives will contribute to the development of young people in Africa by equipping them with up to date maths and science skills as well as life skills such as critical thinking in the current knowledge economy,” MTN said in a statement this week. According to the statement, such innovations have the potential to create new industries and offer employment to Africa’s growing young population. South Africa’s MTN Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with the USA’s Intel Corporation which will see the two companies collaborating to accelerate the deployment of broadband access in Africa and the Middle East. Other areas of collaboration include joint efforts by the MTN Foundation and Intel Education’s corporate social responsibility initiatives to equip students and teachers with technology skills. “MTN recognises the strategic value of partnering with an industry player of Intel’s calibre and stature,” De Faria said. 2 August 2010 According to the statement, the memorandum also underpins the importance of industry leaders such as Intel and MTN to collaborate in order to bring sustainable ICT development to the Africa and Middle East region. Intel’s venture capital division, Intel Capital, and the MTN Group will also invest in emerging technology companies that are innovative and demonstrate a potential for advancing the ICT sector by developing products that contribute to solving typically African business and social problems. “In this way we can accelerate Africa’s entry into the 21st century knowledge and digital economy which will give its citizens economic opportunities similar to those in developed countries,” said Graylish. MTN senior vice-president for innovation Christian de Faria said the company believed the memorandum of understanding would facilitate the establishment of joint initiatives to support both their broadband strategy as well as corporate social responsibility projects. “Both companies have expertise in different aspects of ICT deployment and together we can accelerate bridging the digital divide on the continent.” The collaboration covers a wide spectrum of initiatives, including areas such as broadband access through pushing WiMax deployment, offering affordable PC bundles for ordinary African consumers and entrepreneurs, and introducing cost-effective internet browsing devices. “Strategies developed by MTN and Intel to connect the next generation of broadband users in Africa and the Middle East were a perfect fit, which is why we went into discussions to collaborate,” said Intel sales and marketing vice president Gordon Graylish. Skills development
Spirited Afghanistan upset former champions West Indies at the World Twenty20 with a thrilling six-run victory in their last Group 1 match on Sunday.Afghanistan’s four-pronged spin attack – led by 17-year-old legspinner Rashid Khan and experienced offspinner Mohammad Nabi who both returned identical figures of 2-26 – restricted the West Indies to 117-8 on a turning wicket after Najibullah Zadran’s 48 off 40 balls earlier anchored them to 123-7.Despite the defeat, West Indies topped Group 1 over England on a superior net run-rate as both teams finished on six points with one defeat and three victories.West Indies will take on either India or Australia in the second semifinal at Mumbai on Thursday. India and Australia meet later Sunday, with Australia winning the toss and choosing to bat.”Obviously very disappointed,” West Indies captain Darren Sammy said of Sunday’s defeat. “But there’s no doubt we’re not going to let this dampen our spirits. We just need to find a way to chase down those small totals. This was the only game we could afford to lose in terms of winning the cup.”Afghanistan lived up to its promise to at least win one match in the Super 10 stage after earlier putting up brave performances before losing to England, Sri Lanka and South Africa.”We knew we could defend the total after watching low scoring games here in Nagpur,”Afghanistan coach Inzamam-ul-Haq said. “Our spinners were fantastic today and the fielding was simply outstanding.”Needing 25 off the last two overs, Carlos Brathwaite smacked two sixes off Gulbadin Naib’s gentle medium pace but West Indies captain Darren Sammy holed out at extra cover in the same over.advertisementWith 10 required off the last six balls, Brathwaite missed Nabi’s first two deliveries before Zadran took a spectacular diving catch at deep mid wicket to stun the 2012 champions.In the absence of rested Chris Gayle, West Indies couldn’t get the sort of start it wanted as Evin Lewis was out for a duck in his debut T20.In form Andre Fletcher pulled his hamstring at the end of the sixth over and left the field in pain. That opened the door for Afghanistan to have a crack at the middle order.Marlon Samuels (5) was baffled by Khan’s vicious googly and was bowled off the back foot, and Dwayne Bravo (28) was trapped leg before wicket by Nabi. Denesh Ramdin was stumped by Khan’s sharp legspinner after the wicketkeeper-batsman made a pedestrian 18 off 24 balls while Andre Russell (7) was run out by a direct throw from wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad to reduce West Indies to 98-6 in the 18th over.Earlier, key batsmen Shahzad (24) and captain Asghar Stanikzai (16) fell early while trying expansive shots off Samuel Badree (3-14), who also clean bowled Usman Ghani off his fifth delivery.Samiullah Shenwari and Naib fell in the space of six runs and left their team reeling at 56-5 in an attempt to increase the scoring rate.Zadran and Nabi added 34 runs for the sixth wicket stand – going from 56-5 to 90-6 – before Nabi fell in the 17th over off a brilliant catch which was set up by Sammy. He stretched full length and palmed the ball into the safe hands of Samuels after intercepting Nabi’s hard drive at extra cover.Zadran held the innings together and took the total beyond 120 when he smashed two boundaries in Bravo’s last over of the innings with a switch-hit and a crisp drive through the covers
Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: We’re looking for some kind of styleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores admits their performance was not good enough in their 2-0 defeat at Wolves.Matt Doherty’s opener was added to by Daryl Janmaat’s own goal after the break, which saw Wolves pick up three points and rise up the table. The Hornets head coach said: “We knew today would be a different match [to the defeat at Manchester City] and it would be tough. It’s not enough, it’s clear the performance should be better.“Now we are looking for some kind of style, some way we’re going to play, but at the moment we’re not playing in that way. We concede very easy goals and these destroy all the plans. We are playing [catch-up] behind the score so it’s difficult for the players right now.”Asked what it would take to turn the corner, Sanchez Flores responded: “Winning. We need to win. We need to train hard, we need to improve, we’re stronger on the training ground every single day but in the matches we still have problems, we have insecurities, we have situations we can’t solve, easy mistakes giving opportunities to the opponent.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director Maldini jumps to defence of coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini has lept to the defence of coach Marco Giampaolo after defeat to Fiorentina.The Rossonero were thumped 3-1 at home on Sunday.“We chose the Coach, we will defend him, it is right to give him some time. We knew there were some problems that we’d run into, although obviously we didn’t expect to lose four of the first six games, but also the quality of the football is unsatisfactory,” Maldini told Sky Sport Italia.“Right now, it might look like a tunnel with no light, but as our Coach said, the way out is with hard work. We knew that relying on a young squad, during the period when we are waiting for the Coach to really become a leadership figure, there could be a risk of the pressure getting to them.“Of course, it is the fault of the players, the club, the Coach, everyone. Last season, we finished one point off the Champions League places and they always supported us.“I think the fans were right this evening to protest. The responsibility is to be shared around, otherwise it becomes too much of a burden to bear.“We are only six rounds in, all is not lost. We know that in football, situations can turn rapidly. The worrying thing is that we saw such a downturn in performance from the Torino game on Thursday.“It’s strange, because we played very well during pre-season and showed good organisation. There started to be some traffic in the central area of the field, causing some tactical problems and difficulty in moving the ball around.”
zoom Maersk Line has received clearance for its acquisition of German liner company Hamburg Süd in 18 jurisdictions, with three more approvals remaining to be secured, Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Group said.Describing the acquisition as “well-timed”, Skou said that in the best case scenario the remaining approvals would be obtained by the end of this month.As informed, the company is going through motions with the relevant authorities from the remaining three geographies on clearing the deal.The liner major confirmed its previous expectations on launching the integration of Hamburg Süd in the fourth quarter of 2017.To remind, South Africa’s and Brazil‘s regulatory authorities gave their green lights to Maersk Line’s proposed acquisition of Hamburg Süd in October and September respectively.Danish container shipping company said it would acquire Hamburg Süd for USD 4 billion on a cash and debt-free basis, which it plans to fully finance through an already secured syndicated loan facility.Once the acquisition is completed, Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd will have a total container capacity of around 3.9 million TEU (3.3 million TEU) and an 18.7% (16%) global capacity share. The combined fleet will consist of 743 container vessels.Estimated cost synergies are expected to range between USD 350-400 million by 2019 as earlier announced.World Maritime News Staff
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace BC SPCA wants to increase their membership numbers for 2019 and to do this they will be hosting a membership drive this February with the goal to recruit 30 new members.The BC SPCA membership gives people the opportunity to get involved in contributing financially towards the well being of animals in the facilities care, voter eligibility on governance for the BC SPCA and the opportunity to join the Community Council and Fundraising Committee. The membership fee is also eligible for an income tax receipt.“Becoming a member is a great way for people to show support for animals within the community, especially if they don’t have the time to volunteer”, says branch manager, Candace Buchamer. “We look forward to welcoming new members and continuing the important work of building a more humane community.” To become a member, fill out a membership form at the North Peace BC SPCA, located at 9311 81 Ave, between 12 and 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The membership fee is $30 annually or a $350 one-time-fee for a lifetime membership.From February 25th – March 3rd will be Treat Week, a provincially organized fundraiser that has expanded from the success of Cupcake Day, which saw companies andindividuals sell cupcakes with the proceeds going towards the BC SPCA.