In front of him, Vettel had slowed down for the flags, a decision that he believed cost him a shot at fastest time.Verstappen’s quickest lap beat Leclerc by 0.266 seconds – and his first run was 0.114secs faster than the Monegasque.Hamilton, who will win the championship one Sunday if he finishes 14 points ahead of Bottas, starts third, with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon still fifth but now right behind his team-mate.Hamilton improved his overall lap time on his final run, on which he was running behind Bottas and passed his crashed car, but crucially he did not go faster in the final sector – in fact, he slowed down.And Vettel expressed his dismay at the turn of events as he saw the flags, saying over the radio: “You’re kidding me. That was going to be a good lap.”Later, Vettel said of the incident: “For me it was clear it was double yellow. I saw Valtteri was in the barrier, people were jumping on the track to help. It was clear you had to lift.”Initially, stewards did not investigate the incident with Verstappen, even though television pictures showed him passing a yellow flag and Bottas’s car without slowing down.But after he admitted in the news conference that he was “aware Valtteri crashed” but did not slow down, he was summoned to see the stewards.Bottas crashed as he ran wide out of the final corner trying to make up time, sliding into the barriers and causing considerable damage to his car. The Finn was released from the medical centre after a precautionary check-up.It was a blow for the Finn as he tries to prevent Hamilton putting the championship out of reach. But starting third, it is still a big task for Hamilton to make as much of a gain on Bottas as he needs to clinch his sixth title.Hamilton needs to finish on the podium at least and hope Bottas’ results go his way.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has been demoted from pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix by a penalty for ignoring warning flags.The Dutchman was given a three-place grid drop and will start fourth, behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.Verstappen failed to slow down for yellow caution flags after a crash by Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The error cost Verstappen pole, as his first lap was also fastest of anyone.
Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on justices of the peace (JPs) to assist the Government and the security forces in fighting crime. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on justices of the peace (JPs) to assist the Government and the security forces in fighting crime.Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Portland Chapter of the Lay Magistrates’ Association, which was held on January 26 in Buff Bay, the Minister said JPs are appointed community leaders with an upper hand to help control crime.“We want to organise the JPs in every parish properly, because they must play a more active role in the lives of Jamaicans. Jamaica needs leaders, as there is a vacuum of leadership at all levels,” the Minister said.Mr. Chuck argued that many persons who should take on leadership roles have yielded, remained silent and retreated to their homes, resulting in “the corrupt, criminals, gangsters and indisciplined (seeking) to take over”.“This is where I want to call on all the justices of the peace to offer the leadership that Jamaica requires in every square metre across Jamaica,” the Minister said.He argued that although Jamaicans look to members of the Government to provide leadership at the highest level and to intervene in criminal matters, they need the support of appointed leaders, such as justices of the peace, who often live directly in the communities with persons who are involved in criminal activities.“We cannot do it alone. All of us who want to see a better Jamaica must stop complaining about what others are doing and… step forward and make a difference. All of us in our own small way can make an impact, not only on our community but Jamaica. Justices of the peace, we have to start with ourselves, to clean up our act, and to make ourselves the leaders of (the) morality… decency… (and) discipline that Jamaica requires right now,” the Minister said.Mr. Chuck said many JPs have remained silent and have not reported issues that need to be addressed in their communities.“The only thing for evil to prosper is if good men remain silent. It is for you to stand up as the good people and let those who want to destroy Jamaica know that they cannot achieve it, because individually and collectively you will fight back and expose them,” he said. “We want to organise the JPs in every parish properly, because they must play a more active role in the lives of Jamaicans. Jamaica needs leaders, as there is a vacuum of leadership at all levels,” the Minister said. Story Highlights Mr. Chuck argued that many persons who should take on leadership roles have yielded, remained silent and retreated to their homes, resulting in “the corrupt, criminals, gangsters and indisciplined (seeking) to take over”.
APTN National NewsA Mohawk family living in Akwesasne is pushing to get the Ontario government to recognize traditional names.So far, the government has denied them.But they’re hoping that will change.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.
The tourism industry of Sri Lanka is poised for growth to achieve sustainable development phase within the next few years, based on the strategic direction determined by the new government. Sri Lanka Tourism has formulated a broad Strategic Marketing Plan for year 2016, with the participation of private and public sector stakeholders addressing long standing needs of the industry and the future expectations of the country as a tourism destination.In 2015, up to the month of November, Sri Lanka Tourism recorded 18.1% growth on arrivals with 1.5 million arrivals. The total tourism revenue generated was $2.2 billion. At this backdrop, the tourism promotional plan of year 2016 has been formulated based on five key strategic objectives. Attracting a target number of 2.2 million visitors with 26% annual growth, increasing average daily expenditure of a tourist up to $200 and average stay, contributing to generate total tourism revenue up to $2.75 billion will be the key performance measures. Uplifting Sri Lanka’s brand value up to $80 million through tactical marketing campaigns focusing on main product offerings of the county will serve as the overall goal of the promotional strategy devised for 2016.The core destination promotional tools will be enhanced such as advertising and PR to implement a global advertising campaign and global PR initiative to stay ahead of the major competitors to Sri Lanka. The advertising campaign will be implemented in line with the Nation Branding Campaign initiated by the government of Sri Lanka thus by choosing leading service providers following the government procurement guidelines.Most of the traditional marketing tools have been outdated with the introduction of web based booking engines, tour planning, e-marketing and other real time services available to frequent travellers online. Considering these developments, Sri Lanka Tourism has opted to implement a fully-fledged online and digital marketing campaign for year 2016. The campaign will create language specific web sites for all main markets and will promote the destination on focused online and social media platforms identified in each country. Special prominence has been given to attract travel bloggers with high reputation who will act as brand ambassadors generating credibility providing first-hand publicity for Sri Lanka based on experience gathered by visiting the country.The trade familiarisation tours and media familiarisation tours would continue to be a major component of year 2016 marketing plan. Overall 300 travel agents and 200 travel media would be facilitated from the countries around the world under the familiarisation tours hosted by Sri Lanka Tourism. Familiarisation tours would attract prominent print and electronic media to Sri Lanka to produce and generate articles on the destination and its tourism products.The traditional promotional activities such as participating for travel fairs, conducting roadshows and outdoor promotions will also be carried out in each country. However this will be focused and implemented based on the need analysis. In 2016, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) will participate at 46 travel fairs and road shows in 20 key countries.Sri Lanka Tourism hopes to enter into strategic partnerships with Sri Lankan Airlines and new Airlines connecting the regions, capitalising on the ‘Open Sky’ policy of the government of Sri Lanka. It is planned to develop strategic partnerships with all existing key airlines and work with new airlines like Austrian Air and Malindo Air and Air China who will have new operations to Sri Lanka. The tourism strategy has allocated budgets for working with airlines and strategic partnerships along with attracting charter flights.Positioning Sri Lanka as a venue for international and domestic events would be a key component of the 2016 marketing strategy. Sri Lanka Tourism hopes to stage internationally acclaimed tourism related events in Sri Lanka during next year such as Arugam Bay Pro- Surf, Kiteathelon, Adventure Tourism events etc.Steps will be taken to improve the quality of tourism products by investing on the infrastructure developments. Tourism information centres will be strengthened for better serving the travellers. Local media campaigns, new product developments, niche segments development, working with provincial councils for domestic tourism development are part of the strategy formulated for 2016.During 2016, Sri Lanka will host the largest ever French travel agent’s congress SNAV, by attracting 600 travel agents from France to the country. The congress will provide huge exposure for the destination in Europe, especially in French speaking countries. Sri Lanka Tourism hopes to promote the country as a destination for MICE travel and leisure travellers by proving its capacity to host events of this capacity. Sri Lanka has also won the host country status for PATA 2017 which provide similar exposure to the destination. The bidding process will continue to attract more congresses, incentive travellers and events with the objective of making Sri Lanka the MICE hub of Asia. The government of Sri Lanka has provided special concessions to MICE travel development which is an encouraging factor to invest in this sector.The new tourism strategic marketing plan of 2016 will focus on the long term result oriented approach to develop tourism industry in Sri Lanka than serving short term goals. Supported by the strong presence of the newly appointed Tourism Advisory Committee, Prime Minister, Board of Directors ,Chairman, Tourism Minister & Deputy Minister and the Ministry Secretary, it is aimed at laying the foundation for a far sighted tourism development strategy based on the industry inputs garnered from decades of experience, analysing research findings and country’s competitive position while being attuned to constant challenges faced by soci-political and cultural environment in the world tourism landscape.
Categories: Hauck News,News 27Aug Rep. Hauck: K-12 students head back to school supported by record funding Many districts have received $360 per-student boost in past 2 yearsStudents in mid-Michigan return to K-12 classrooms this fall supported by record state funding, state Rep. Roger Hauck said today.“The resources are lined up to make our good schools even better and to help our struggling schools improve,” said Hauck, of Union Township in Isabella County. “More than a quarter of our total state government budget goes to K-12 schools, but this isn’t just about the money. We also are spending in smarter and more creative ways to help kids succeed – regardless of whether they plan to attend college or enter the workforce full-time after high school graduation.”Most school districts in the central Michigan region will receive the maximum per-student increase of $240 for the 2018-19 school year as efforts to close the funding gap between schools statewide continue. Every school district in Michigan will receive at least $7,871 per student in the state’s basic foundation allowance – a 3.1 percent boost from last school year, well above the inflation rate.For many area districts, the state’s basic foundation allowance has increased $360 per student – or nearly 5 percent — in the two years since Hauck began serving in the House of Representatives. Overall, including increased funding for students who are financially or academically at risk, Hauck has voted to add an estimated $11.8 million for the school districts he helps represent in Lansing.Michigan’s commitment to education goes well beyond the basic foundation allowance and the funding for at-risk programs. The state also is allocating $100 million for the Marshall Plan for Talent, designed to expand and improve skilled trade career opportunities for students. More money will go to early literacy and special education programs.School safety also is a high priority with $25 million set aside statewide for grants to improve building security, plus additional resources to expand the OK2SAY school safety tip reporting system.“Our schools and our kids are Michigan’s future – and there’s no question we’re committed to making that future a bright one,” Hauck said.###
France Télécom/Orange and SFR have unveiled their joint plan to build a fibre optic network in Nantes and the surrounding region.Having begun laying fibre in the city of Nantes, the pair are extending the rollout to less densely populated areas, covering 23 communes in the Nantes Métropole area. The two operators have build out networks to cover each commune between now and 2015.
Sky in Germany has signed a new deal with satellite operator SES, leasing more capacity on Astra at 19.2 degrees East for Ultra High Definition (UHD) broadcasts.Sky Deutschland’s chief officer of legal, regulatory affairs and distribution, Holger Ensslin, said that Sky has been investing in HD as part of its commitment to innovation.“The agreement with SES gives us planning security in terms of capacity so that we can continue to develop Ultra HD and get it ready for the market,” he claimed.Although Sky Deutschland has not formally announced plans for a dedicated UHD channel, its head of innovation and strategy, Stephan Heimbecher, said at a conference in London earlier this year that it could launch a 4K TV service in Germany at the end of this year or the beginning of next.Sky in Germany has run several Ultra HD tests since 2012. A spokesperson for the company told DTVE that it will continue to do so with a goal of “moving forward step-by-step to bring Ultra HD to the consumers.”So far, Sky’s UHD trials have focused around live productions around sports and concerts – including this year’s Champions League final. A Sky spokesperson said these types of broadcast offer the “biggest value for the viewers.”
Facebook and YouTube have expressed a desire to get involved in a Joint Industry Currency (JIC) model for audience measurement in the UK, provided they are represented “appropriately and fairly”.Representatives from the digital platforms spoke during a Royal Television Society event on October 24, where execs from Sky, Channel 4, commercial marketing organisation Thinkbox, addressable TV outfit Finecast and ratings agency BARB discussed the evolving models in place to measure TV viewing across linear and digital platforms.A key focus during the session was the FAANG players’ involvement in JICs, such as BARB, which are the standard metrics for evaluating and trading advertising media, and which enable advertisers to understand the effectiveness of cross-media marketing campaigns.Google UK’s head of market insights Jonny Protheroe, who was in the audience at London’s Hospital Club, assured a “great willingness” from YouTube to be part of “TV currencies around the world”.“We need to agree as an industry – and we need the [commercial] side to lead on it – on what they want the currency to do and cover, and how to make that happen as a solution.”However, the exec warned that the industry is “never going to move on” if a one-size-fits-all measurement structure is applied to new players such as YouTube.“You can’t treat all platforms the same. They are different in the way that people consume them, and in what type of data is available. Measurement needs to reflect those differences.“From our side, there is a great willingness to be involved in this and not be part of the ‘unidentified’ portion of viewing on BARB. We want to be part of that, but also want to be represented appropriate and fairly.”YouTube will be measured in Germany via its BARB equivalent, the AFD, in the coming months, marking the first time the platform will be measured like other broadcasters.Rich Astley, chief product officer for Finecast, noted that while the demand is there from agencies and advertisers for a uniform measurement system, “differences do need to be called out”.“Is it professionally-produced long-form content, or user-generated content? YouTube has some of both. But it needs to be called out when it’s not long-form content and when it’s 100% viewable or not 100% viewable. We ought to have everything in the system, but clearly labelled.”However, Alex North, head of marketing science R&D for EMEA at Facebook, flagged that there was also a “danger in terminology”.“People talk about the content being measured being of broadcast-quality, [but this varies]. I would argue that YouTube is TV-like, but Facebook is even less TV-like. So, should it sit within BARB? Should it sit independently? Should our data be audited and fed into an industry planning system, alongside BARB data?“These are the kinds of questions we need to be discussing. We have to be okay with the fact that the metrics are going to be different. For example, while you might have a minute-by-minute assessment over here, you will have a second-by-second assessment elsewhere. But as long as we’re clear about what exactly the advertiser and end-user is going to be looking at, that is key.”North added that the “linking of data to value” is crucial.“We often get caught up in attention and viewability, but it’s ultimately about the value that the exposure and consumption drives for advertisers. That is core to what we invest in on Facebook’s side, because that is what advertisers are pushing for. It’s not as simple as flicking a switch and you’re in BARB.”BARB looks ahead In August, BARB unveiled the second stage of its ambitious Project Dovetail initiative, reporting multi-screen program ratings for the first time and producing daily viewing figures that break down the number of people watching television programmes on four screens: TV sets, tablets, PCs and smartphones.Most recently, BARB data was used to demonstrate how BBC One drama Bodyguard smashed viewing records, drawing 17.1m people for its finale.BARB CEO Justin Sampson noted that the ratings agency has also commissioned its US counterpart Nielsen to study a beta panel of 150 homes in the South of England. The organisation is to roll out its “gold standard” solution – which will examine commercial viewing, or dynamic ad insertion, across the market – in 18 to 24 months, said Sampson, but hopes to launch an interim solution in beta mode next year.