F1 news 2020, Michael Schumacher son, Mick, update, Haas, driven line up, Sakhir Grand Prix, Bahrain, latest


Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, will race in Formula 1 next season after Haas announced him as part of their new-look driver line-up for 2021.

Schumacher, who is currently leading the F2 championship, has joined Haas on a multi-year deal to join Nikita Mazepin, whose own promotion was announced yesterday.

The 21-year-old is part of Ferrari’s young driver scheme and given Haas’ close ties with the F1 giant, the move had been mooted for a while.

Schumacher will drive the car first during Practice 1 at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend before participating in the post-season tests at the same circuit the following week.

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Who should be first in line to receive the coronavirus vaccine?


“The 360” shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories and debates.

What’s happening

A realistic path to ending the coronavirus pandemic came into view with news of promising results from clinical trials of three different vaccines in development. The U.S. public rollout of the first vaccine could begin as early as mid-December, according to the head of the government’s vaccine program.

But the start of vaccinations doesn’t mean things will be returning to normal anytime soon. Producing and distributing hundreds of millions doses for the U.S., let alone the billions needed worldwide, is an enormous logistical challenge. Most experts say Americans shouldn’t expect a vaccine to bring life back to some semblance of normal until at least the late spring or early summer.

With that in mind, public health experts around the world have been debating which groups should be vaccinated first. The strategy that’s chosen for distributing the vaccine could have a profound effect on how long the pandemic lasts and how many lives are lost.

Why there’s debate

Experts broadly agree that the very first vaccine doses should go to health care workers because they face a high risk of infection and play a crucial role in fighting the virus. Most plans also call for prioritizing the most vulnerable, like those with underlying health conditions and residents of elder care facilities. The question of who should be in line after those initial groups is where the debate starts to heat up.

Some of the disagreements center on strategy. Is it better to focus on limiting the number of deaths by vaccinating the elderly or should the vaccine go to the people who are most likely to spread the virus to a high number of people? Should the vaccine be distributed proportionally based on population or should areas experiencing major outbreaks receive a larger supply?

There are also moral questions being debated. Should other public-facing workers — grocery store staff or teachers, perhaps — be at the front of the line, too, given the risks they face? Should people of color be prioritized, given the disproportionate toll the virus has taken on Black and Latino communities?

Global distribution brings up its own set of questions. More than 150 countries have agreed to join an international effort to ensure vaccines are distributed equitably worldwide. The U.S. has not. Some experts fear that countries like the U.S. will hoard vaccine supplies until all their citizens, even those who face little risk, are vaccinated while vulnerable people in developing nations are left unprotected.

What’s next

U.S.-based drugmaker Pfizer applied for emergency approval for its vaccine last week. The FDA is scheduled to review their application on Dec. 10. If approval is granted, vaccinations could start as quickly as two days later. A second pharmaceutical company, Moderna, is expected to seek U.S. approval for its vaccine by the end of December.

Perspectives

Health care workers and high risks should receive the first doses

“The low-hanging fruit, as it were, is blindingly obvious, but then it gets tricky. You want to protect heath-care workers and residents of care homes, clearly. Then the extremely vulnerable. That’s easy. Then essential workers? That could be a very large group.” — Public health expert Paul Hunter to Washington Post

Health care workers and people in elder care facilities should be in front of the line

“If the greatest risk is for older people in care homes, and care home staff, then they will be at the front of the list. And if health care workers are critically important in maintaining health care services, you want to protect them, too.” — Immunization expert David Salisbury to Marketplace

The focus should be on protecting minority populations

“There really needs to be intentional effort to get it to the communities that need it most. Because we don’t want to see these disparities reinforced in the vaccine distribution effort.” — Health equity advocate Dr. Uché Blackstock to Yahoo News

Essential workers should be prioritized

“Essential workers — health care workers, grocery workers, and many schoolteachers, among others — are at high risk for infection because they cannot socially distance. [One scientific model] finds that deaths, as well as total years of life lost, are dramatically decreased when essential workers are prioritized to receive the vaccine.” — Jill Neimark, Scientific American

Wealthy nations shouldn’t hoard vaccine supplies

“The nations that discover a vaccine — or that can pay those who discover it — get first dibs. All the other nations just have to wait until more doses can be manufactured. This is ‘vaccine nationalism,’ where every nation just looks out for itself, prioritizing its citizens without regard to what happens to the citizens of lower-income countries that can’t afford to buy up doses. It’s a path that most ethicists think is wrong. It’s also the path the United States is on.” — Sigal Samuel, Vox

Teachers should be next in line after health care workers

“If vaccinating teachers allows schools to reopen, the social and economic benefits likely would outweigh reopening any other essential industry.” — Aaron Strong and Jonathan Welburn, Wall Street Journal

A race-based distribution plan may not hold up in court

“With a strong conservative majority, the court might well strike down any racial preference. Structural racism in the United States has resulted in far higher rates of disease and death among people of color. We must find lawful ways to protect disadvantaged people against COVID-19.” — Public health legal expert Larry Gostin to Associated Press

Vaccines should go to people most likely to spread the virus

“Super-spreading makes the virus especially confounding. It explains why some places had huge outbreaks while others were spared. … But it’s also the virus’s weakness: Eliminate the super-spreaders and you end the pandemic.” — Christopher Cox, Wired

It doesn’t matter what the details of the plan are if it’s not carried out effectively

“We cannot let vaccine access become a repeat of the free-for-alls and backdoor dealings that resulted from limited PPE supply, when rich and powerful stakeholders got what they needed while the less well-connected went begging. Before vaccine distribution begins, the government needs to set clear, comprehensive guidelines for who receives the earliest available doses.” — Daniel L. Liebman and Nisarg A. Patel, Los Angeles Times

Logistical hurdles could prevent parts of the country from receiving early vaccine doses

“Distribution will come down to details like which vaccines are available when. Specific storage and handling requirements for different vaccines — like the Pfizer shot’s ultra-cold storage needs — could also impact equitable distribution, especially in hard-to-reach areas.” — Sarah Owermohle, Politico

Poor countries must be given equal access

“Not making the vaccine affordable for these nations would be morally wrong. It would also be short-sighted, because, as infectious-disease researchers often say, an outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere.” — Editorial, Nature

Vaccines should be sent to the places that need them most

“Most of the best distribution methods are blatantly unfair. In this context, however, fairness is overrated. Priority should be given to methods that will save more lives and bring back the economy more rapidly. A central yet neglected point is that vaccines should not be sent to each and every part of the U.S. Instead, it would be better to concentrate distribution in a small number of places where the vaccines can have a greater impact.” — Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg

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F1, Bahrain Grand Prix 2020, practice, crash, video, qualifying, Red Bull, Alex Albon, driver line up, highlights, results


Alex Albon accepted the blame on Friday after his heavy and expensive crash during practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix threatened to derail his future with Red Bull.

The London-born Thai driver, who has struggled this year to match the pace of Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, said he knew he should have backed off when he ran wide at the final corner before careering off into the barriers.

“It was just one of those things,” he said as he tried to make light of his crash, which wrecked most of his car.

“I should have pulled out of it really.

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Hong Kong protester gets 21 months in prison for throwing eggs as city’s judiciary comes under pressure to take hard line


In handing down her sentence Thursday, Magistrate Winnie Lau said that while “an egg is not a weapon of mass destruction,” the throwing of such items at a police station provoked “discontent” with the force, undermined officers’ law enforcement actions, and endangered society, according to public broadcaster RTHK.
The large number of prosecutions, as well as pressure for tough sentences, has put judges in a delicate position, particularly as Beijing has tightened its grip on the semi-autonomous city this year. In July, Chinese authorities introduced a national security law for Hong Kong, bypassing the city’s legislature to criminalize secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces.
Judges seen as overly lenient or sympathetic toward protesters have come in for criticism from Chinese state media and pro-Beijing newspapers in Hong Kong. Writing in the state-run China Daily in September, one commentator said that “in theory, judges must not take political sides in a court of law, but in Hong Kong many members of the public now see some judges as ‘yellow judges’ who practice political favoritism for offenders from the opposition camp.”
In a statement this week, the Hong Kong Bar Association said it “deplores irrational and unrestrained attacks on the Judiciary and members of the Judiciary” and urged media to stop speculating on the political beliefs of judges.
Some judges have also come under fire for showing alleged bias against protesters. In May, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma removed District Court judge Kwok Wai-kin from protest cases after he described a man who had stabbed three people at a pro-democracy “Lennon wall” as a “victim” whose livelihood had been affected by people “behaving like terrorists.”

“Judges have a responsibility under the Basic Law, owed to the community, to exercise independent judicial power by adjudicating on cases fairly and impartially, without fear or favour,” Ma said in a statement.

Hong Kong has long prized its independent judiciary and rule of law, characteristics which set the city apart from mainland China, where courts are subject to the whims of the ruling Communist Party, and some 99% of cases end in a guilty verdict.

This independence has become all the more important as political dissent has been increasingly curtailed by the new security law. Last week, the entirety of the democratic opposition resigned from the city’s legislature after authorities in Beijing moved to expel several lawmakers.
Meanwhile, RTHK reported Thursday that the Hong Kong government would soon require all civil servants to swear an oath of allegiance.
And there are signs Hong Kong may be moving toward a more-politicized judicial system too. Since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, during which large numbers of mostly young people came out in support of increased political representation, the government has been accused of waging “lawfare” on activists and protesters, bringing large numbers of prosecutions and demanding tough penalties. The Beijing government has also intervened in several cases in recent years, exercising a previously rarely-used constitutional power to rewrite the city’s laws.
Earlier this month, Zhang Xiaoming, one of the top Chinese officials in Hong Kong, said that “reforms” were needed for the city’s judiciary, and that “the word ‘patriotism’ should be added before the core values ​​of democracy, freedom and human rights advocated by Hong Kong society.”

“We must defend the city’s rule of law, but we must also safeguard the national constitutional order,” Zhang said, adding that many “problems” had been exposed in the city’s de facto constitution that needed to be addressed.

Speaking during her annual policy address on Wednesday, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the national security law was already having the desired effect.

The law had been “remarkably effective in restoring stability in Hong Kong,” she said, and had brought an end to protests.

Lam added that the city’s Department of Justice “will continue to showcase that Hong Kong remains a neutral and effective international legal hub”, but also announced a new bill that will allow local courts to “deal” with lawmakers who might break the oath-taking process when being sworn in as legislators.

The national security law has already greatly altered the judicial system, creating specialized courts for hearing sensitive cases and allowing for some defendants to be transferred to the mainland for trial.

In September, a veteran Australian judge resigned from the city’s Court of Final Appeal. James Spigelman, who did not respond to a request for comment, told Australia’s public broadcaster ABC at the time that his decision was “related to the content of the national security legislation.”

Many distinguished foreign jurists sit on the CFA as non-permanent judges, bringing both legal expertise and a sheen of independence to the court, long seen as the final bulwark against pressure from Beijing.

That may shift as a result of the law, however. Chinese officials previously expressed skepticism about whether foreign judges could be trusted to hear national security cases, while in a report this month, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he had begun consultations on whether it was appropriate for UK judges to continue to serve on the court.

“Hong Kong’s independent judiciary is a cornerstone of its economic success and way of life,” Raab wrote. “The National Security Law provides that Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, rather than the Chief Justice, will appoint judges to hear national security cases. In addition to the provisions in the National Security Law that allow the mainland authorities to take jurisdiction over certain cases without any independent oversight, and to try those cases in the Chinese courts, this move clearly risks undermining the independence of Hong Kong’s judiciary.”

He added that London will “monitor the use of this requirement closely, including its implications for the role of UK judges in the Hong Kong justice system.”



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Maazle dead heat win, bent line, conspiracy theory


RACING fans were calling for VAR as some claimed a ‘bent line’ was used to judge a photo finish.

This incredible snap showed just how tight the margin was as Maazle snatched the $A19,250 first-place prize over rival Narvaez in a race Cranbourne in Victoria.

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One viewer said the result was so close the winner had come out on top by a ‘piece of snot’ margin.

But eagle-eyed fans spotted the line used to separate the horses appeared to be bent at the top.

The result was that it looked like the line had been angled away from the runner up and tilted in towards the winner.

One Twitter user wrote: “That line looks crooked. Do they have VAR activated?”

Another posted: “Is that line bent?”

A fellow punter said: “Surely that’s a dead heat! Pocket talking.”

While another comment read: “That’s a dead heat – no way there is a margin.”

And another wrote: “That was a dead heat, how could they split that?”

A fellow user raged: “Dead heat, f*** off.”

Despite fan anger the race result stood – with another video showing trainer Andrew Homann celebrating as his horse crossed the line.

He said afterwards: “He’s a lovely horse, he’s nice. He’ll go forward, don’t worry.”

This is the latest photo finish talking point to hit racing.

A dead heat was called at Cheltenham earlier this month, with the photo taking place in near darkness.

Elle Est Belle and Ishkhara Lady were adjudged to have dead-heated after the judges could not split them.

But many were in shock at the decision made by the stewards as they felt it was clear Ishkhara Lady just edged it.

Bookies paid out on both horses, with the almost pitch-black photo hardly proving conclusive.

This story first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.



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Tens of thousands line up to bid farewell to Diego Maradona in Argentina


Maradona died on Wednesday of a heart attack in a house outside Buenos Aires where he was recovering from a brain operation on November 3.

Open visitation started at 6.15am local time after a few hours of privacy for family and close friends. The first to bid him farewell were his daughters and close family members. His ex-wife Claudia Villafañe came with Maradona’s daughters Dalma and Gianinna. Later came Verónica Ojeda, also his ex-wife, with their son Dieguito Fernando.

Jana, who Maradona recognised as his daughter only a few years ago, also attended.

Thousands line up to file past the coffin of Maradona, who died of a heart attack.Credit:Getty Images

Then came former teammates of the 1986 World Cup-winning squad including Oscar Ruggeri. Other Argentine footballers, such as Boca Juniors’ Carlos Tévez, showed up, too.

The lines started forming outside the Casa Rosada only hours after Maradona’s death was confirmed, and grew to several blocks. Among those present were the renowned barrabravas fans of Boca Juniors, one of his former clubs.

The first fan to visit was Nahuel de Lima, 30, using crutches to move because of a disability.

“He made Argentina be recognised all over the world,” de Lima said.

“Diego is the people …. Today the shirts, the political flags don’t matter. We came to say goodbye to a great that gave us a lot of joy.”

Lidia and Estela Villalba cried near the exit of the lobby. Both had a Boca Juniors shirt and an Argentinian flag on their shoulders.

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“We told him we love him, that he was the greatest,” they said.

A huge mural of Maradona’s face was painted on the tiles that cover the Plaza de Mayo, near the Casa Rosada, which was decorated with a giant black ribbon at the entrance.

A giant screen in front of the Casa Rosada displayed photos of Maradona to the passing fans, most but not all of whom wore masks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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All Blacks coach Ian Foster on verge of ugly 22-year record as job goes on the line


Ian Foster is a marked man.

Lose on Saturday, and the All Blacks coach faces the sack.

New Zealand Rugby is not usually in the business of axing coaches after six games, but the All Blacks win so often it’s largely been a moot issue.

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If they become the first All Blacks team in 22 years to lose three successive games – and two of those being to eighth-ranked Argentina who’d never beaten them previous to a fortnight ago – the intense fury from the Kiwi public would be unprecedented.

When John Hart’s 1998 team lost five games in a row – only the second time in All Blacks history, following the 1949 side – he was kept on largely because the World Cup was the following year.

Of course, after the Kiwis were stunned by France in the 1999 semi-final, Hart was sent packing.

New Zealanders were already divided on Foster upon his succession to the throne vacated by Steve Hansen after last year’s World Cup semi-final loss, with most believing Crusaders coach Scott Robertson was the best candidate to rebuild for the 2023 campaign.

Now, after two losses, two wins and a draw to start his tenure, Foster has given his critics further ammunition.

This will be the final match of the year for the All Blacks, and if they lose NZR will struggle to justify keeping Foster on for next year, having initially only given him a two-year deal, presumably to keep the Robertson option on the table for the World Cup in France should things go awry.

In these strained economic times, the national body can ill afford four million disgruntled fans.

The 24-22 loss to Australia in Brisbane, and subsequent 25-15 humiliation to Los Pumas has left many across the ditch questioning the All Blacks’ resilience.

Fullback Beauden Barrett was clearly unimpressed this week when asked about the All Blacks’ heart.

“I don’t think you can question our heart,” Barrett said.

“You can probably question the missed opportunities, the lack of taking them, we learned in our review that there were a lot more than what we felt out in the game.

“Our intent may not have been where it needed to be at times, that’s something we can learn from, but there’s no doubting our heart and our desire to win and to do the best in this black jersey.”

For Barrett, the problem is obvious.

“It’s clearly been our discipline,” Barrett said.

“The last two games you’ve seen referees being forced to make some big decisions and a lot of penalties against us, and probably both teams to be fair.

“We can’t give them any opportunity to do that. That starts with us and our discipline.

“You look at our attack, and our defence, you can pick that apart as much as you want, but it starts with us not giving the refs anything.”

The All Blacks, despite their stumbles, remain on top of the Tri Nations table on points differential and if they secure a bonus-point victory in Newcastle on Saturday night, will be tough to pull back with one game remaining between the Wallabies and Argentina on December 5.

“We want to finish strongly in this competition, and finish our year on a high,” Barrett said.

“We clearly saw opportunities in the review (after the Argentina loss). We didn’t feel or see that in the game.

“We’re kicking ourselves for missing those opportunities and whilst it felt like they gave us nothing, looking at the tape is always easy, and as long as we learn from that and look to exploit it this weekend.

“We’ve got an opportunity to win the competition.”

‘He made people want to watch rugby’

– Tim Horan

Like so many, I was shocked and saddened by the news of Christophe Dominici’s tragic death.

Dominici epitomised the very best of French rugby flair and his performance in the 1999 World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand inspired one of the tournament’s greatest ever comebacks.

He was the sort of player that makes people all around the world want to watch rugby, but it wasn’t just on the field where he stood out.

On the Monday morning after France beat the All Blacks, the Wallabies had a team meeting to talk about our game plan for the final and a lot of it involved keeping the ball away from Dominici because he was so dangerous.

When we beat France to win the World Cup, the first player who came into our dressing room to have a beer with us was Dominici.

His death is also a tragic reminder to everyone, not just about the pressure international athletes face during their careers – but also when they hang up the boots.

A lot of people might think that the ups and downs professional players face just comes with the territory so they should learn how to take the good with the bad, including any criticism from the media and public that comes their way.

That’s true to some extent but we also have to remember that players are human, too, and need support as well, especially in those first two to five years after they retire.

I liken it to being on a bus with 40 of your best mates for 10 years then all of a sudden your time comes to get off the bus.

At first, everything is ok, but after a while, you want to get back on but can’t.

All of the various sporting players associations have a lot of really good mental health and wellbeing programs in place.

The Australian Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) has been at the forefront of these types of programs and is implementing them across the country.

It’s timely to think about the effect all the criticism on the current team is having.

The Wallabies have the potential to be like that French team of 1999, but it’s going to take some time and we all need to be patient.

There’s no doubt the Wallabies will be disappointed in themselves after last weekend’s 15-15 draw with Argentina, but we need to keep it in perspective.

Test matches are bloody hard to win and this is a big, strong Pumas team that beat the All Blacks seven days earlier, so they were never going to be easy.

For most of the game, the Wallabies were on top and I’m sure when they look back, they’ll realise they just needed to stick with the game plan that was working. Argentina are one of those teams where you can’t just play ball in hand and expect to win.

That was one of the areas where it went wrong for Michael Cheika.

I’ve always been a big fan of Michael Cheika because of the passion and drive he had for the Wallabies team, but no matter how hard you try you can’t please 100 per cent of people by playing ball in hand rugby.

Sometimes in Test matches you have to give up fast, ball in hand rugby and just kick for space and turn the opposition around.

Once you do that and start learning to put games away, the flair and all the other stuff that people love to watch will come but for now we still have to be patient.



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Call for permanent Centrelink JobSeeker lift above poverty line


Welfare groups will put the case for a permanent extension of increased unemployment payments at a parliamentary committee hearing on Wednesday.

 

The Senate community affairs committee is looking at a government bill to extend the JobSeeker temporary coronavirus supplement – at a lower rate – until the end of March.

The support payment for the jobless was increased by $550 a fortnight at the start of the pandemic, but it has shrunk to $250.

Job seekers can earn $300 a fortnight without payments being affected.

Anglicare Australia executive director Kasy Chambers said 1.5 million people are looking for work and need support to get back on their feet.

“These cuts will plunge hundreds of thousands of Australians – and over a million children – into poverty,” she said.

The government hasn’t decided about the payment’s long-term rate.

Chambers said the JobSeeker rate should be permanently lifted above the poverty line.

“People will be recovering from this pandemic for months and years to come. They need certainty. That means a permanent increase, not more cuts,” she said.

The Australian Council of Social Service said in its submission to the inquiry the permanent rate should be at least $67 a day.

“This bill will … leave someone on JobSeeker with just $51 per day,” ACOSS said.

“This is insufficient to ensure people can afford food, housing, transport, clothing, healthcare and other expenses.”

If the government does not act, JobSeeker will revert to its pre-COVID rate of $40 a day and the Youth Allowance will be $33 a day.

“This festive period is going to be a really hard one for millions, with record-high unemployment,” ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said.

“As we rebuild from the crisis, we can’t turn our back on those who are at risk of being left behind.”

ACOSS also wants an independent Social Security Commission set up to determine the adequacy of income support payments.

-AAP

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Vodafone idea share price: Vodafone Idea climbs 4% on receiving proposal for $2 billion line of credit


NEW DELHI: Shares of Vodafone Idea climbed 4 per cent in Monday’s trade on reports the telecom operator has got an initial proposal for up to $2 billion or Rs 15,000 crore line of credit from a consortium led by US investment firm Oak Hill Advisors, bankers and industry executives aware of the matter told ET.

Sixth Street, Twin Point Capital and Varde Partners are among other global investors in the consortium that has given a non-binding term sheet to Vi, they said.

The proposed funding model will likely be a blend of bonds and warrants that will give the consortium members an option to convert part of the loan to shares of the company at a later stage, they said.

Following the development, the stock rose 3.69 per cent to hit a high of Rs 10.41 on BSE.

The loss-making telco owned by UK’s Vodafone Group and India’s AV Birla Group needs funds urgently to bolster its 4G network, arrest a steady loss of customers to rivals and pay arrears to the government.

Negotiations are on to finalise the terms, an executive with knowledge of the matter told ET. The consortium is likely to submit a binding term sheet only by the end of December, after both sides agree on the agreements, the people said.

Vi has separately also reached out to Canada’s Brookfield to raise cash, they said.





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