first_imgMercedes’ Lewis Hamilton manged to see off changing conditions to grab a record-extending 80th pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified only ninth.Hamilton put in a one minute 27.760 second lap on the super-soft tyres in rain to turn the tide in his favour.Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas, who beat to Hamilton to pole in the last race in Russia, grabbed second spot to guarantee a second successive front row lock out with a lap 0.299 seconds off the 33-year-old Briton’s pace.Ferrari meanwhile made the wrong tyre choice and were then caught out when the rain then came down more heavily, preventing anyone from improving on their times.”It’s so difficult when the pressure is on to make the right call but that’s the big difference between us this year and that’s why we’re the best and the team deserve it,” said Hamilton.JUMP ONBOARD: @LewisHamilton’s pole lap is hereWatch as man and machine turn 18 corners into mechanical poetry, following the timeless curves of this mythic racing circuit #JapaneseGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/2VNgdkHKdHFormula 1 (@F1) October 6, 2018Vettel and Ferrari had failed to match Hamilton’s pace all weekend, with the championship leader completing a clean sweep of practice.The German, who trails fellow four times champion Hamilton by 50 points with five races remaining, needs a miracle to reignite his Formula One title hopes after his worst qualifying of the season.Second and third in the first two parts of the session, Vettel was caught out by Ferrari’s decision to fit their cars with intermediate tyres during the final phase instead of slicks.advertisementBut with the track still bone dry, the German and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had to come straight back in to fit the super-soft tyres.Vettel ran wide on his first attempt on dry tyres, leaving him only one shot at a flying lap. The rain then came before he could set a competitive time.”It’s not the position we deserve to be in, we have better speed than ninth, but tomorrow is a new day. It’s not easy when you start further back but it’s not impossible,” said the unhappy German.Max Verstappen qualified third for Red Bull, with Raikkonen fourth after managing to get a lap in on his first attempt. Romain Grosjean was fifth for Haas.New Zealander Brendon Hartley and French team mate Pierre Gasly were sixth and seventh in a dream result for Honda-powered Toro Rosso at the Japanese engine manufacturer’s home race.Esteban Ocon was eighth for Force India with team-mate Sergio Perez rounding out the top 10.Q3 CLASSIFICATION: @ScuderiaFerrari fans, look away now #JapaneseGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/xgtOFiJIqEFormula 1 (@F1) October 6, 2018Hamilton has won five of the last six races and is already in a position where he does not need to win again this year to clinch the title.The Briton also won from pole in Japan last year.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Global Olympic gold medals per capita are at their lowest point since the first modern Olympics in 1896.There are 306 events at the Olympics this summer, with one gold medal per event.1Though an extra gold or two could result from ties. Also, more than one athlete can share a medal in team and relay events, so the number of athletes earning medals is greater than the number of medals in the country-by-country medal table. There are more than 7.3 billion people worldwide. That’s fewer than 42 events for every billion people, and that ratio has been declining since the 2000 Sydney Games, when the Olympics grew to 300 events, up 11 percent from 1996 and 48 percent higher than in 1980.In 2002, an International Olympic Committee report warned that the games were growing too big. “Today, the Olympic Movement must contend with the reality that more sports want to participate in the Olympic Games, more athletes want to compete in the Olympic Games, more people want to attend the Olympic Games, and more media want to cover the Olympic Games,” the report said. As a result, the cost of hosting the games was increasing and some countries were being left out of the running in bids to serve as host, according to the report.The IOC has heeded the report’s warning and pressed pause on the Summer Olympics’ rapid growth rate.2The number of events in the Winter Olympics hasn’t stopped growing, in part because those games are so much smaller than the Summer Games. Population numbers for the per capita numbers in the text and chart are from the U.S. Census Bureau, which has annual estimates since 1950. For Olympics before 1950, I used United Nations 1999 estimates compiled by the Census Bureau for global population in 1850, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 and 1950, interpolating for Olympic years for which an estimate wasn’t available by assuming linear growth between estimated years. Though events per capita were much higher in the first half of the 20th century, everything that surrounded those events has grown, including the number of security forces and members of the media. Also, many more athletes today compete per event, from far more countries, than did then. The number of events has not quite doubled since 1920, but the number of participating athletes is roughly four times higher today and the number of participating countries is about seven times higher.3Media reports put the number of athletes this summer at somewhere between 10,500 and more than 11,000, and the number of countries at 206 or 207; the organizing committee’s media office didn’t respond to a request for a count.The decrease in events per capita has meant more athletes are competing for a chance to win roughly the same number of medals. It also has meant that sports not yet in the Olympics have had a hard time breaking into the games, and when they have, it has usually come at the expense of others, such as baseball and softball. That will change in Tokyo, though, as yet another new Olympic philosophy on growth will bring five new sports into the fold. read more

first_imgCNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Tags The remix is the final installment in Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamildrops, a monthly series of Hamilton-related tracks that feature big-name artists like Sara Bareilles and The Decemberists and raise money for nonprofits. Obama has long been a fan of the hit musical set in revolutionary America. In 2009, years before it became a Tony Award-winning show, he watched co-creator Miranda perform a number from it at a White House poetry jam. In 2015, once the musical hit Broadway, he could be seen giving a standing ovation.  First published Dec. 21, 2018.Update, Jan. 5 at 3:44 p.m. PT: Adds that the remix hit the Billboard charts. Gnight!See you in 2019! pic.twitter.com/GZl4cxK6gO— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 21, 2018 Share your voice Comments Barack Obama: past US president, author, attorney. And now, Billboard-charting artist alongside the likes of Khalid, Ciara and Ella Mai. A remix of the Hamilton song One Last Time featuring Obama currently holds the No. 22 spot on Billboard’s R&B chart for the week starting Jan. 5. The rework, a gospel version titled One Last Time (44 Remix) and released Dec. 21, features original cast member Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington; Grammy Award-winning artist BeBe Winans; a gospel choir; and none other than the former leader of the free world.At the 1:43 mark, Obama reads part of George Washington’s farewell address as gentle guitar and piano play in the background and Washington’s words echo powerfully in smooth song. “Though in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error. I’m nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will view them with indulgence.”I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.”It’s an incredibly moving convergence of music and civic devotion, and I really wish I’d been in the room where THAT recording happened. Music Politics 3last_img read more

first_img Tags Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA says the reviews included discussions of the flight plan, procedures and redundancies built into the spacecraft systems.”This is a big milestone for us today,” ISS program manager Kirk Shireman said. “We think this vehicle is in excellent shape and we’re ready to have it on board the International Space Station.”Crew Dragon is scheduled to spend five days docked at the ISS and then return to Earth carrying research samples. If everything works out, it will land in the Atlantic Ocean for recovery.If SpaceX’s crew capsule passes all of its tests, it will be used to take actual astronauts into orbit as soon as mid-2019. This would signal the start of a new era of spaceflight for the US. 16 Photos Share your voice A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft attached, rolls out of the hangar at NASA Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX NASA and SpaceX got together on Friday and scrutinized the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission to determine if it’s truly ready to launch to the International Space Station in March. So far, so good.The result of the flight readiness reviews is that NASA is confirming the targeted launch time of 11:48 p.m. Pacific on Friday, Mar. 1 (2:48 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, Mar. 2) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule will ride to space on a Falcon 9 rocket.Crew Dragon won’t have any humans on board for this initial test flight, but it will carry supplies and equipment to the ISS. The mission was previously delayed several times.The Crew Dragon is part of the NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which involves SpaceX and Boeing developing spacecraft capable of taking astronauts to orbit from US soil. NASA has been paying for rides to the ISS on Russian Soyuz spacecraft since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.center_img 0 SpaceX readies Crew Dragon Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship NASA, SpaceX look ready to finally launch Crew Dragon capsule to ISS SpaceX’s Crew Dragon suffers third straight setback NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

first_imgGonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury. File PhotoGonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury on Tuesday told the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that the people of the country were expecting the party to act, reports UNB.”Bangladesh’s democracy and the country itself have been snatched away. The people are expecting steps from your party (BNP),” he said, addressing the party’s vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu.Zafrullah was speaking at a programme marking the homecoming day of Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, organised by Bhasani Anusari Parishad, at National Press Club in the capital.”Come out on the streets,” he said.Jatiya Party’s former minister and secretary general Mostafa Jamal Haider said democracy was “destroyed” through the “farcical 30 December elections.”Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Jahangirnagar University former vice chancellor Jasim Uddin Ahmed, JU teacher professor Dilara Chowdhury also spoke, among others, at the programme.last_img read more