Amelia Smith

Amelia Smith

Italian GP Practice Two: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari ahead of Mercedes

Sebastian Vettel spun across the gravel in the afternoon at Monza Watch as P2 pacesetter Sebastian Vettel spun across the gravel in the afternoon at Monza Sebastian Vettel surged to the fastest time of Friday at the Italian GP, but then spun, as Ferrari outpaced Mercedes on a dramatic opening day at Monza. After the session started with a 200mph crash for Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, which the Swede emerged unscathed from, Vettel was the driver who provided the pace on the timesheet by leading a Ferrari one-two at the team’s home track. Italian GP TV times: When to watch Sky F1 All the key broadcast times for the Italian GP live only on Sky Sports this weekend.

Mercedes were third and fourth, with lead runner Lewis Hamilton finishing 0.287s adrift of Vettel’s pace-setting 1:21.105 time. “I can’t get over how quick this Ferrari is and how light it is on the tyres,” said an impressed Paul di Resta from the Sky F1 commentary box. Vettel was going faster and faster on the supersoft tyres during the qualifying simulations, but eventually pushed too hard at the Parabolica and spun backwards through the gravel. 1:44 A huge crash for Marcus Ericsson in Practice Two A huge crash for Marcus Ericsson in Practice Two His Ferrari rear wing sustained minor damage against the barriers and cost Vettel some running time in the later high-fuel race simulations. “I know what doesn’t work, so that’s good to know!” said Vettel after the session. “At least I got out of the sandpit, which was difficult as a child – but nowadays I don’t want to spend much time there.” 2019 F1 race calendar revealed.

The Formula 1 Gossip Column But the early indications from the timesheet appear to confirm pre-weekend expectations that Ferrari, fresh from a commanding victory at Spa last Sunday, are favourites for pole and victory at F1’s fastest circuit ahead of Mercedes. The dry running of P2 also underlined Red Bull’s fears, with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo fifth and sixth respectively but one second off Vettel’s pace. Watch Sky F1 on your mobile phone Race Control is now available on the Sky Sports app and your mobile phone “This is definitely the worst track for us so I didn’t expect miracles.

Certainly, in qualifying trim we are slow,” said Verstappen. The Dutchman finished a tenth ahead of Ricciardo despite his team-mate running the new ‘C-spec’ engine from Renault. Ricciardo is taking engine penalties as a result and will start Sunday’s race from the back row. Red Bull will now decide whether Verstappen also takes the upgrade for the weekend’s race, although the 20-year-old would still remain within his penalty-free engine allocation for the season. Meanwhile, having proved fastest in the wet running of the morning, Force India’s momentum since the team’s summer-break takeover continued apace as their cars lapped at the head of the midfield pack. Charles Leclerc was ninth in the sole-remaining Sauber, despite missing the early stages of the session after his team-mate’s crash as the team inspected his car’s DRS wing. It appears a DRS failure, when the rear-wing flap failed to close as usual under braking, pitched Ericsson into his frightening accident when the Sauber smashed into the barriers and then barrel rolled down the side of the track. Ericsson was able to walk away from the shunt and doctors in the medical centre gave the Swede the all-clear. With the Sauber driver not completing a timed lap, struggling McLaren finished with the slowest times ahead of what looks set to be another trying weekend for Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.

Italian GP Practice Two Timesheet Driver Team Time

1) Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:21.105
2) Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +0.270
3) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.287
4) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.698
5) Max Verstappen Red Bull +1.049
6) Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +1.191
7) Esteban Ocon Force India +1.825
8) Sergio Perez Force India +1.837
9) Charles Leclerc Sauber +1.860
10) Nico Hulkenberg Renault +1.958

The Italian GP is live only on Sky Sports F1 this weekend. Sunday’s race begins at 2.10pm with build-up from 12.30pm. Get Sky Sports F1.

Boris who? Kenyan leader makes a joke at Johnson’s expense

Boris who? Kenyan leader makes a joke at Johnson’s expense

Last month he was foreign secretary, today he became “bicycle guy” when Kenya’s president delivered a humiliating putdown to Boris Johnson to avenge the multiple insults the British politician has thrown at Africa over the years. As President Kenyatta, standing next to Theresa May during her first visit to his country, sought to recall the earlier visit by the former foreign secretary, his memory abruptly failed him. “Last year, if you recall, the foreign secretary then, Boris,”

Mr Kenyatta began as his eyes darted towards Mrs May as he faltered. “Erm, Boris, Boris Johnson . . . yeah bicycle guy — that one! Boris Johnson was here.” Mrs May allowed herself a wry smile as the president eventually “remembered” the name of her former cabinet…

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Pollution ‘harms cognitive intelligence’

China is a developing country with severe air pollution. Chronic exposure to air pollution can cause detrimental harm to cognitive performance, a new study reveals. Researchers believe that the negative impact increases with age, and affects men with less education the worst.

Over four years, the maths and verbal skills of some 20,000 people in China were monitored by the US-Chinese study. Researchers believe the results have global relevance, with more than 91% of the world’s population breathing unsafe levels of air pollution. Described as an invisible killer, air pollution causes an estimated seven million premature deaths a year worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. “We provide evidence that the effect of air pollution on verbal tests becomes more pronounced as people age, especially for men and the less educated,” the study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said. Pollution also increases the risk of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the study suggests. Exposure to high levels of polluted air “can cause everyone to reduce their level of education by one year”, explains one of the co-authors Xi Chen of the Yale School of Public Health to the Guardian, “which is huge”. Previous studies found air pollution had a negative impact on students’ cognitive abilities. In this study, researchers tested people of both sexes aged 10 and above between 2010 and 2014, with 24 standardised maths questions and 34 word-recognition questions.

Air pollution around the world – the stats About 7m people die every year from exposure to polluted air Air pollution caused 4.2m deaths globally in 2016 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits 14 Indian cities are among the world’s 20 most polluted, with the northern city of Kanpur topping the list Nine out of 10 people in the world breathe polluted air Source: World Health Organization Comparing people’s geographical location with when they were interviewed, allowed the researchers to match test scores with local air quality data. One of the reasons they suggest older men with less education were worst affected by chronic exposure to air population is because those subjects often work outdoor manual jobs. “Our findings about the damaging effect of air pollution on cognition,” the study concludes, “particularly on the aging brain, imply that the indirect effect on social welfare could be much larger than previously thought.”

The study suggests that while the research findings are specific to China, it can shed light on other developing countries with severe air pollution. The authors point to the 98% of cities with more than 100,000 people in low- and middle-income countries that fail to meet WHO air quality guidelines.


Prince Harry breaks into song as he takes to the stage after watching hit musical Hamilton with the Meghan

Prince Harry breaks into song as he takes to the stage after watching hit musical Hamilton with the Meghan

Prince Harry burst into song as he took to the stage after a special charity performance of hip-hop musical Hamilton, leaving the cast and audience thrilled. The Duke of Sussex joked about playing his ancestor King George III in the hit play, which mocks the British monarchy during the founding of modern-day America. He was joined by the Duchess of Sussex and the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Wednesday night for a performance to raise money for the duke’s HIV charity, Sentebale.

And, after coming on stage to give an after-show speech, he broke into mock-song with a rendition of You’ll Be Back, which is sung by the George III character. He crooned: “You say…” before cutting himself off and saying to Miranda: “You did try, but I said no.” Miranda told the audience he envisioned the character during his honeymoon, adding: “Smash cut to 2018 I’m sitting next to his sixth-great grandson. Ladies and gentlemen, the Duke of Sussex.” Harry and Meghan meet the cast and crew of Hamilton

After meeting the duke for the first time that evening, he earlier told reporters “you don’t often get a direct descendent” to watch the show set in the 18th century. “The prince’s sixth-great-grandfather is a character so that’ll be fun and surreal for all of us,” he said. Prince Harry shakes the hands of cast and crew members after the charity performance

Harry and Meghan sat among the audience in the royal circle in London’s Victoria Palace Theatre during the show. But after the public had left they went onstage to share their appreciation for the performance with the cast, including the man who played the king. The performance was to raise money for the duke’s HIV charity, Sentebale

Meghan told actors the energy on the night was “palpable”, adding: “It was so engaging, every moment of it.” Harry said: “That was absolutely incredible.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex take their seats next to Lin Manuel Miranda.

Both had already seen the show, but were hosting the gala performance for Sentebale, which Harry founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho after the duke’s gap year there. Nearly £300,000 was said to have been raised through ticket sales and donations for the charity that works to improve prospects for children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.


Germany hit by worst far‑right riots in 30 years

Far-right protestors face off in Chemnitz Germany has been shaken by the worst far-right rioting in almost 30 years after police failed to stop thousands of neo-Nazis and far-right sympathizers chasing immigrants through the city of Chemnitz, hurling bottles and fireworks, giving Hitler salutes and chanting “foreigners out”. The violence was triggered by the fatal stabbing of 35-year-old Daniel Hillig, who has a German mother and a Cuban father, after an altercation with a group of men on Saturday night.

Police have arrested one man from Syria and one from Iraq on suspicion of manslaughter. Police denied a rumour that swept social media that Mr Hillig was attacked after he had intervened to stop migrants from sexually harassing women in the city, in the southeast of Germany. Angela Merkel, the chancellor,… Want to read more? Register with a few details to continue reading this article


France ‘prepared’ to help forge EU deal with UK after Brexit

France ‘prepared’ to help forge EU deal with UK after Brexit

The French president will push EU leaders to make a post-Brexit deal with the UK at an upcoming meeting. Emmanuel Macron aims to use an EU summit next month to put pressure on the bloc’s leaders to push for a partnership with Britain. At the meeting in Salzburg, Austria, Mr Macron will outline a new structure for European alliances, based on “concentric circles” with the EU and Euro at its core and the UK in a second ring, according to The Times. The newspaper quoted a diplomatic source saying: “He sees a no-deal scenario as something that would break links and poison relations at a time when Europe needs to be united beyond the EU.” Mr Macron has said that any Brexit deal must not damage the EU’s integrity.

It comes as the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier offered words of optimism, saying: “We are prepared to offer Britain a partnership such as there never has been with any other third country.” Image: Michel Barnier said the EU respected the UK’s ‘red lines’ His words helped trigger a sharp rise for sterling, seeing the pound rise to its highest level for weeks. “We respect Britain’s red lines scrupulously,” Mr Barnier said during a news conference in Berlin. “In return, they must respect what we are. Single market means single market. There is no single market a la carte.”

Following his comments, the pound rose to more than $1.30 for the first time in over three weeks. Sterling jumped by a cent against the dollar, and was also up by a cent against the euro at just over €1.11. Mr Barnier’s comments came as Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab admitted the UK and EU might miss October’s deadline for agreeing a divorce deal. With negotiations still deadlocked on issues such as the Irish border, Mr Raab called for “renewed energy” to push an agreement over the line. Giving evidence to the House of Lords’ EU select committee, Mr Raab said: “It is important as we enter the final phase of the negotiations in the lead up to the October council and the possibility that it may creep beyond that, we want to see some renewed energy.

Pound rises as EU’s Barnier hints at ‘ambitious’ Brexit deal “We’re bringing the ambition and the substance of our white paper on the future relationship and also, I think, some pragmatism to try and go the extra mile to get the deal that I think is in both sides interests. “We need that to be matched obviously – it’s a negotiation.” His comments appear to confirm reports that EU and UK officials are now aiming to finalise divorce terms by the middle of November at the latest, which could prompt an emergency Brussels summit. Mr Raab also said a no-deal Brexit could alter the payments of the UK’s £39bn divorce bill to Brussels. Mr Raab’s fellow Brexiteers have argued no money is payable to the EU if there is no final agreement. Earlier on Wednesday, de facto deputy prime minister David Lidington delivered a warning to both Brussels and Tory Brexiteers. He urged them to swallow their opposition to Theresa May’s Chequers plan for the future UK-EU relationship or risk no deal.

Mr Lidington told a French business conference: “With exactly seven months until the end of Article 50 process and less than two months ahead of the October European Council, we face the choice between the pragmatic proposals we are discussing now with the European Commission, or no deal. “The alternative models do not meet the level of ambition or the outcome we all want to see delivered. “So, we need the EU to engage with us on our positive vision of the future relationship.”


Two knife attacks on lone women in East London could be linked

Two knife attacks on lone women in east London could be linked

Women in east London have been urged to remain vigilant after two lone victims, aged in their 50s and 60s, were stabbed two days apart. Scotland Yard believes the attacks, which took place in streets a short distance from each other, could be linked. A 57-year-old woman suffered “a number of stab wounds” in an attack in Parnell Road in Bow on Sunday. Officers were called to the scene just before 8.30pm and the woman was taken to hospital by paramedics. Her condition has not been disclosed. It came after a woman in her 60s was attacked in nearby Chariot Close on Friday. She required hospital treatment for her stabbing injuries, although they were not life-threatening.

On Sunday, a 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, although was later released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Scotland Yard said, “In both cases, the suspect is described as a black male, aged around 40s, of large build with big hair who flees the scene of the attack on foot. ” Police in Tower Hamlets are appealing for help from local communities to identify the suspect and urge the public, particularly women, to be vigilant.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting CAD 6062/26AUG18 or tweet information to @MetCC. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


First look inside Egypt hotel where Brit couple fell ill and died

First look inside Egypt hotel where Brit couple fell ill and died

A couple struck down with food poisoning at the same Egyptian hotel where two British tourists died last week have shared stomach-churning pictures of raw chicken they claim they were served. Paul and Bev Vanstone say they got salmonella at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in Egypt earlier this month. They were holidaying at the Hurghada resort with their two children and Mr Vanstone’s mother when four of them came down with stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. It is the same hotel where John and Susan Cooper, both 64, died last Tuesday during a Thomas Cook ‘holiday of a lifetime’. A couple struck down with food poisoning at the same Egyptian hotel where two British tourists died last week have shared stomach-churning pictures of raw chicken they claim they were served.

The travel company has since removed all its guests from the hotel as a precaution. Mr Vanstone, 41, shared photos showing raw, pink chicken he claims he was served at the hotel. He said: ‘There was a party of six of us that went. My wife was treated for gastroenteritis, my 14-year-old daughter went down with a vomiting and diarrhoea bug and two days before leaving I had really bad stomach cramps and diarrhoea.  ‘While we were there we had to complain because we were served raw chicken. I ate that but if that had been my daughter… It was raw – very, very raw.’ The dad-of-two said he arrived home in Oxford on August 6 and went to the doctor where he was diagnosed with high levels of salmonella poisoning. He later lodged a complaint with Thomas Cook, but said the doctor was unable to confirm exactly what made them all ill. Mr Vanstone added: ‘It could be chicken, it could have been the water, it could have been anything that you can get salmonella from.” Thomas Cook said that the circumstances of Mr and Mrs Cooper’s deaths were still unclear.

Bev Vanstone was treated for gastroenteritis after eating raw, pink chicken she claims she was served at the hotel  A Thomas Cook spokesman said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of two of our customers. ‘The circumstances of their deaths are still unclear. We have also received further reports of a raised level of illness among guests. ‘Safety is always our first priority, so as a precautionary measure we have taken a decision to remove all our customers from this hotel. ‘We continue to work closely with the hotel and are supporting the authorities with their investigations.’ Dieter Geiger, general manager of the Aqua Magic hotel, said he and his staff were ‘deeply saddened’ by Mr and Mrs Cooper’s deaths. He went on: ‘In such a circumstance, very little can be said that will help.

This makes it even more important to stick to the facts. ‘The doctor’s preliminary report indicates that death was due to natural causes. There are no indications to support allegations of an increased incidence of illness at the hotel. ‘Such rash speculations should urgently be put aside out of respect for the family members of the deceased persons and for other guests.’


Star Wars actress breaks silence on abuse

The actress is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and the first lead woman of colour in the franchise. Writing in the New York Times, Ms Tran says the abuse revived feelings she experienced growing up. The article addresses her feelings of cultural shame, racial stereotypes and society’s narrow definitions of beauty. “Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was ‘other’, that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, simply because I wasn’t like them,” Tran writes. “I believed those words, those stories, carefully crafted by a society that was built to uphold the power of one type of person – one sex, one skin tone, one existence.” Tran also reveals she and her parents changed their first names after coming to the US so they would be easier for Americans to pronounce. The actress began to receive abuse after being cast as mechanic-turned-Resistance fighter Rose Tico in 2017’s The Last Jedi. She writes that their comments “awakened something deep inside me – a feeling I thought I had grown out of. The same feeling I had when at nine, I stopped speaking Vietnamese altogether because I was tired of hearing other kids mock me. ”

Tran’s co-stars have spoken up in her defence against abusive fans But the actress says she came to realise she had been brainwashed, and shared her hopes for the future. “I want to live in a world where children of colour don’t spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white. I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. “I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings.” She ends the piece by listing her achievements and writing: “You might know me as Kelly… My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started.”

Tran deleted all of the posts on her Instagram page The honest opinion piece comes at a time of renewed discussion in the US about the importance of racial representation. Crazy Rich Asians topped the US box office on its debut and Netflix’s new teen rom-com adaption To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is being praised for keeping the novel’s Asian-American lead. Fans online welcomed Tran’s honesty in the New York Times piece on Tuesday.

One social media user wrote: “HIRE KELLY TRAN FOR EVERYTHING!!! AND USE HER REAL NAME!!!” Another said: “Immature misogynistic fan boys can’t ruin Star Wars, as much as they’d like to try.” Tran is not the first Star Wars star to fall victim to cyberbullying. Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley also deleted her Instagram account temporarily in 2016, reportedly due to abuse she received. The Last Jedi’s director Rian Johnson described some of the franchise’s fans as “manbabies” for abusing Tran. A “man-only” fan edit of the film, which cut out female characters, was also mocked by Tran’s co-stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega. Boyega has called on fans to stop abusing actors, tweeting: “If you don’t like Star Wars or the characters, understand that there are decisions makers [sic] and harassing the actors/actresses will do nothing. “You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!”


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoy SECRET Italian getaway with George and Amal Clooney

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoy SECRET Italian getaway with George and Amal Clooney

Local police were drafted in to make sure the royal couple were left undisturbed on their visit to the idyllic retreat on Lake Como, in Italy.  Clooney and human rights barrister wife Amal, 40, were among the stars at the couple’s May wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.  They joined the royal couple at their villa with 10-month-old twins Alexander and Ella.

Reports say Meghan enjoyed her time lazing by the swimming pool, and helping with nanny duties for the adorable twins, while Harry and George spent their time playing basketball with other friends. Around 15 guests are said to have attended the luxurious party – which went on until the early hours.

Rumours abound that Meghan will fly home to Toronto without Prince Harry to meet up with mum Doria Ragland.  Former Suits actress Meghan, 37, lived in Toronto before moving in with Harry and still has close friends living in the city. Kensington Palace sent a letter to Air Canada staff “asking that no one take Meghan’s picture or approach her on the flight”, reports Royal Central.

Meghan is also rumoured to be flying to Los Angeles in the coming weeks before returning to London for work in September.