New Zealand Football to lodge appeal over expulsion from Olympic qualification tournament

first_imgFollowing a 2-0 semi-final win against Vanuatu on Friday (July 10), New Zealand’s opponents protested the eligibility of South African-born Deklan Wynne.The protest was upheld at a disciplinary hearing Sunday as Vanuatu were handed a 3-0 walkover, putting them through to the final against Fiji later in the day. Vanuatu lost 4-3 on penalties here following a goalless draw after extra-time at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.The OFC Disciplinary Committee ruled Wynne was ineligible to compete due to him acquiring a new nationality under Article 7 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes.New Zealand Football insisted it was not aware of the disciplinary hearing, claiming they had been told the matter would be referred to FIFA.They also claimed to have taken advice from the OFC on the rules for the competition and received confirmation of the eligibility of the squad from the Pacific Games Council in advance of the tournament.New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin confirmed today the national body will be lodging a formal appeal. “New Zealand Football has acted in good faith at all times and we would have expected any issues on player eligibility to have been raised in advance, through the process we were given, so that they could have been dealt with properly in a timely fashion,” said Martin.“Our lawyers are working on the appeal currently and are reviewing both the process followed and the OFC Disciplinary Committee’s interpretation of the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes and how this has been applied in similar cases.”New Zealand Football are due to reveal more details at a press conference in Auckland tomorrow. Wynne has already represented New Zealand at under-20 and senior level after becoming a naturalised Kiwi.The left-back, 20, who was not born in the country and does not have a New Zealand parent or grandparent, would have to have lived in the country for five years from the age of 18 to be eligible, but is not old enough to have done so.“It is a highly regrettable situation particularly for the athletes concerned,” a New Zealand Olympic Committee spokesperson told insidethegames.last_img read more

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Varfley Urges Teachers to Remain Committed

first_imgOn Sunday, October 5, 2014, a cross-section of Liberian teachers was unable to join their professional colleagues worldwide to participate in this year’s World Teachers’ Day celebration due to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the country. They Day is set aside each year in October by the United Nations (UN) to pay honor to teachers around the world for their meaningful contributions in educating the people of the world for them to positively shape the destiny of the globe in all aspects of life. As the day pass-off through the spirited eyes of Liberian teachers, the president of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia (NTAL), Rev. Ellen Fartu-Varley, has called on countries of the world to retrospect on the commitment they made to enroll all children in school or have access to education facilities by 2015.  Reflecting on this year’s global theme: “Unite for Quality Education, Rev. Varfley said, education stakeholders must re-cannon their quest that the Liberian children are watching all of them, “because their failure to provide the children quality education will be a disgrace.” “We need to double up to meet this challenge on time because from October, we are left with two months to usher in 2015,” Rev. Varfley noted. She then reassured United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon that teachers and education workers in Liberia remain ever supportive of quality services in the sector for all, which according to the NTAL boss, is a post—2015 Millennium Development Goal Agenda on the global education campaign to get all children into the classrooms. She further expressed gratitude to all the teachers, adding that their individual and collective efforts are being acknowledged by the leadership of the NTAL. She then challenged the teachers to continue to put their energies together pro-actively so that quality education will prevail. The NTAL president also extended thanks to the association’s international partners, especially education international partners for forging unity in promoting quality education in the country.“As we reflect on the theme, Unite for Quality Education, we should be mindful that the children are watching us. Our failure will be a disgrace to us. Hence, we need to double up to meet this challenge on time,” the female clergy told her teachers in her message. “We want to say on this World Teachers Day, to the United Nations Secretary General Ban KI Moon that we the teachers and education workers of Liberia, support quality education for all a Post – 2015 Development Goal on Education and Global Campaign to get all children into school,” she assured the UN family particularly those on education.“To all our teachers and education workers, we say thank you. We know that without you, not a single wheel can turn in education. Continue to put your energies together proactively so that quality education will prevail.” According to her, the NTAL was unable to fully celebrate this year’s World Teachers Day in Grand style as usual, “because of the outbreak of the deadly virus that has hit our nation. Therefore, she on behalf of the association expressed deepest sympathy to all teachers and education workers who have died, and to those who have lost their love ones and family members as the result of the Ebola outbreak. The NTAL president also extended thanks and appreciation to all who have assisted Liberia in her fight against the EVD, adding that everyone striving to eradicate Ebola from the nation was on the right trajectory.“Thanks to our entire international partners especially Education International (EI) for the unity in promoting quality education. Let us all use the preventive measures and together we can fight this virus and kick it out of Liberia.” She however cautioned the teachers, not to give up, but to unite for quality education, and not to allow the chain of education to be broken, nothing that together they can make it in solidarity and unity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GAA: CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW MADE – BUT FOUR REPLAYS NEEDED

first_imgTHE next round of the Senior Football Championship has set up some possibly exciting fixtures – but only after several replays.In fact there’s just one clear draw for the next round.St Eunan’s and Kilcar will go to a third game after today’s match, as will the Fanad Gaels v Killybegs. The winners of each replay will play each other in the next round. Ardara and Four Masters will also go to a third game with the winners taking on St Michael’s.Glenswilly, who saw off Gaoth Dobhair today by 2-09 to 0-07, will play Dungloe. County star Neil Gallagher hit the net for Glenswilly.Said county colleague, Gaoth Dobhair’s Eamon McGee: “Fair play to Glenswilly today in club championship. They’ll be hard to beat in games ahead. For gweedore it’s back to the drawing board.”And Naomh Conaill will have to wait for Bundoran and Glenfin to play again. The score there was Glenfin 2-9 Bundoran 1-11 – leveling the two-leg tie. In today’s games St Eunan’s won by 1-12 to Kilcar’s 0-10, the five point margin the same as the first leg, with the replay due midweek. GAA: CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW MADE – BUT FOUR REPLAYS NEEDED was last modified: October 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegalGAA: CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW MADE – BUT FOUR REPLAYS NEEDEDlast_img read more

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DDTV: WATCH CRAZY DONEGAL NEWLYWEDS TRASH THEIR WEDDING APPAREL AS PART OF HANGOVER CURE!

first_imgDDTV: What is with Donegal newlyweds eh? Yesterday we had the bizarre footage emerge of a couple standing in the middle of a busy road while a twin-cam ‘diffed’ around them – and now we have the bridal party trashing their dresses!This brilliant video was sent into us at Donegal Daily tagged under heading the ‘Craziest Couple I Know.” The happy couple are Colleen Davitt and Conal McGinley both from Mountcharles and Ardahey respectively.The couple emigrated to Australia a number of years ago and still reside there but returned home to get married at the weekend.Colleen and Conal got married in Mountcharles and had their reception in the beautiful Blue Haven Hotel.As we all know at some weddings, sometimes the after-party is nearly even better craic than the wedding. The traditional thing to do for most is to go for another beer to cure the hangover.However, as you can see from the video this couple and their bridal party decided to take a dip into the sea at Fintra beach still fully clothed in their wedding apparel from the previous day.Absolutely brilliant!And in the words of Danny McDyre one of the grooms men“They’re a great credit to the Parish.”Because of the privacy settings to watch the video simply just click on the option on the video which reads WATCH ON VIMEO and enjoy. DDTV: WATCH CRAZY DONEGAL NEWLYWEDS TRASH THEIR WEDDING APPAREL AS PART OF HANGOVER CURE! was last modified: June 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Former Raiders executive: Here’s how we dealt with Hunt/Foster situations

first_imgFormer Raiders CEO Amy Trask dropped by the CBS set of The NFL Today on Sunday morning to discuss the Kareem Hunt situation.Hunt, for those of you who reside off the grid, is a wondrous ball carrier who was employed by the Kansas City Chiefs until this week when a video surfaced showing him allegedly committing domestic violence against a woman. The Chiefs, who reportedly were aware of the incident shortly after it occurred last winter, summarily released Hunt after the video drop.To say that …last_img read more

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Did you miss the Raiders on ‘Hard Knocks’? Watch the premiere here

first_imgThe Raiders made their “Hard Knocks” debut Tuesday night in a premiere episode that highlighted rookie defensive back Johnathan Abram’s pronunciation of “salmon,” and plenty more.Derek Carr played some in-home hoops with his sons, Antonio Brown ran routes on his frostbitten feet and Jon Gruden used colorful language to describe how he wants his players to ruin each others’ dreams of making the NFL.Related Articles Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any …last_img read more

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Family battle over preserved farmland testing easement legalities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s a story as old as farm families. Two siblings inherit a farm of 77 acres as tenants in common. That means each has an undivided half interest in the entire property. At some point, the sister wants to sell her interest, but the brother does not wish to buy her out or they cannot agree on a price. (It’s always about the money.) At this point, the sister gets a lawyer busy, invoking a partition action with the local court, to separate out her half of the property, 38.5 acres, so she can sell it. It is unclear what happens during the next Thanksgiving dinner.Last year, a case out of Butler County, Janis Taylor, Trustee v James W. Taylor, Jr., et. al., CV 2015 07 1709, didn’t work that way. In fact, that case is now before the Twelfth District Court of Appeals, who heard oral arguments in the matter on Jan. 8, 2018. The Ohio Supreme Court may be involved before there is a final resolution.Let’s start at the beginning. Janis Taylor and her brother, James W. Taylor were tenants in common with their mother, Susan Taylor, of 77 acres (50 tillable acres) of land in Butler County. The Taylors all agreed to a conservation easement on July 31, 2003, with Three Valley Conservation Trust holding the easement. The trust paid the Taylors $30,000 for the conservation easement.A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust, in which the landowner places restrictions on the use of the property, in order to protect the natural values of the land. Conservation easements, like the Taylors’, are frequently used to prohibit development of farmland. The landowner retains ownership of the property and all rights and privileges for its use, except for the uses prohibited by the easement. The conservation easement may be donated by the landowner or purchased by the land trust.The Taylors’ conservation easement stipulated that the property could not be divided. When the mother died in 2006, the two siblings remained tenants in common; each with an undivided half interest in the 77 acres. Neither owner farms the land or lives there.In April of 2015, Janis decided to sell her interest and offered it to James. They were unable to agree on a price, so in November of 2015, Janis got the local court involved, requesting the entire parcel be sold, with the profits split between the siblings.Judge Greg Stephens of Butler County Common Pleas Court decided much differently on April 19, 2017. He held that the prohibition on division of the land was unenforceable because the restriction did not contain a “reasonable temporal limitation.” He also found that the Court “cannot find any reason that a prohibition on restriction is necessary to protect the conservation purpose of the easement.” Simply stated, the conservation easement itself is valid and may continue in perpetuity because of enabling Ohio law; the restriction on division is void. The Court found that the property can be partitioned, but whether is should be physically partitioned (as opposed to judicial sale) has yet to be determined.Three Valley Conservation Trust is opposed to the partition of the property. In fact, trusts from throughout the country are watching this litigation because they believe that allowing division of the property weakens the value of the prohibition on development. Trusts also assert that divided properties make more oversight work for the trusts.I do not have a dog in this hunt. While I have no direct knowledge of this case, I was able to pull down filings from the Butler County Clerk of Courts. Both sides should be applauded for good lawyering. If you think this article is boring, you should have waded through the motions and memoranda in this matter.Conservation easements are a good thing. Farmland preservation is important and should have begun much, much earlier in this country. There is no new land to discover, so we must cherish and protect the farmland we have. I just wish we were as concerned with farmer preservation.I am not a fan, however, of ownership by tenants in common. Lawyers love to leave property to family members this way. It just looks so nice and equitable when sitting in a conference room full of mahogany furniture. Why do we think people that cannot peaceably eat an Easter dinner together will be able to successfully own land together? It is even more unrealistic when we create tenancies in common between farmers and non-farmers. Even if there is a strong family bond, the goals and realities of land ownership are just too different between farmers and those not reliant on the soil for their continued survival.We have to wait for a decision by the Twelfth District Court of Appeals. In the meantime, let’s continue to preserve farmland with workable documents. A legal agreement is only as good as the parties involved. And no one controls from the grave.last_img read more

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Google’s Android Is Learning How To Reach Straight Into Your Wallet

first_imgThe Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.  What do you get when you take the greatest advertising company on the planet, computers that live in people’s pockets, software that guesses where you are and what you’re doing—and add access to people’s credit cards?For Google, you get the ability to buy anything, anywhere and everywhere, targeted to users’ specific interests. And for Apple and Amazon, you get trouble.Tracking the history of Android, Google’s operating system for all things mobile, everything that Google has done has more or less led to this point. Every seemingly unrelated update, every feature, every new app from Google has turned it into a platform for Google to access consumers wallets. In the past, that mission was far more opaque, but each successive iteration of software for Android brings new clarity to what Google is trying to accomplish.Quick Thought: A Smaller SurfaceMicrosoft is holding a “small” event for its Surface tablet in New York City on May 20. The speculation is that Microsoft will unveil a smaller Surface tablet based on Window 8 RT to compliment its two-in-one Surface tablets using Windows 8.1.Windows 8 RT is the albatross of the Windows family: a confused version of the operating system that has tried to be both tablet and PC. The Surface 2 did not perform particularly well as either a tablet or a PC and Microsoft has eaten hundreds of millions of dollars on the Surface line since it was introduced a couple of years ago.If Microsoft can come out with an RT-based tablet that functions more specifically like a tablet, it may be able to garner some interest among consumers that have been more prone to buying iPads and Android tablets. I’ll be in New York for the event, so stay tuned for details and analysis.Take, for instance, the latest version of Google Play Services, the software that turns your Android device into a buying machine.A Play For Your Wallets, And Developers’ HeartsGoogle is beginning to tick off its check boxes ahead of its annual Google I/O developer conference. The biggest stories at I/O this year will be Android Wear—Google’s software for smartwatches and other wearable gadgets—Google Maps, gaming, Google Apps Engine and Google Play Services.Google is preparing for I/O by delivering updates to its core developer groups. Google Maps has seen several updates in the last month while Android Wear was the big news in March. Yesterday, Google issued its second update to Google Play Services this year, one that updates the Maps application programming interface, mobile ads, activity recognition and Google Wallet. If you aren’t familiar with Google Play Services, you should be. It’s the vehicle that controls all of the Google apps on an Android phone, one that also provides a platform for developers to build on top of those apps.In older versions of Android, Google’s core apps—Maps, Gmail, Talk/Hangouts, etc.—were tied to the operating system. To update those apps, users would need an update to the Android operating system. In later versions of Android, Google decoupled the operating system from its core apps, which are now controlled and updated directly from Google through Google Play Services.Activity Tracking, Location, Ads And Instant BuyingGoogle Play Services’ latest update—version 4.4—gives developers new capabilities in five categories.Activity Recognition: Google’s Location API allows for developers to see if users are in a vehicle, sitting still, on a bicycle or on foot. The latest version adds new capabilities to the Location API to see if users are running or walking. The new Location API capabilities are an extension of the sensor capabilities found in Android 4.4 KitKat.Google Maps Android: Google Maps is one of the company’s more interesting developer products because of its cross-platform ubiquity—it runs on PCs, browsers, mobile apps and operating systems like iOS. The latest update is for the app’s Android API, which allows developers to implement Street View (the ability to see ground level images directly from Maps) within Android apps.Games: In Google Play Services 4.3 (released in March), Google enabled developer tools for implementing gift-giving between players. In version 4.4, Google is extending that capability so that users can give gifts to multiple recipients.Advertising: Google is the king of context when it comes to advertising. An Android smartphone knows basically everything about its user, which makes for pretty effective advertising. Hence, in-app ads are the bread and butter for Google to make money off of Android and to help developers get paid. The new Ads API for publishers make possible in-app promo advertisements that let users purchase goods directly. Wallet: Google has also taken steps to simplify the process of adding its “Buy With Google” button to apps with updates to the Instant Buy API. Google also introduced a new API called WalletFragment to assist in this process.Android: The Real-World Purchasing PlatformTake a step back from the minutiae of these updates and you can see what Google is moving toward. Add the location capabilities (including Indoor Maps) with activity recognition, contextually aware advertisements and the ability to buy instantly from anywhere, and it’s clear that Google is taking its advertising platform to the real world, directly into people’s pockets.Quote Of The Day: “App.net was envisioned from the beginning as a service that could be sustainable, something intended to operate on a longer timescale than a typical online service. It is often the case that services that are important to people can get caught on the wrong side of a boom-and-bust cycle, which is something we explicitly wanted to avoid.” —App.net founder Dalton Caldwell in a blog post announcing that the social network platform will no longer have any full-time employees.Google doesn’t make its own smartphones, at least not now that it’s selling Motorola to Lenovo. Google doesn’t make money by licensing Android to smartphone and tablet manufacturers. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is free and open source.Of course, Google hasn’t poured billions of dollars of development into Android out of altruism. In the beginning, Android was just another way to get people onto the Internet, where Google could serve them ads. Now, the power to live inside people’s pockets is emerging as an extraordinarily powerful tool.In other words, the central mission of Android has fundamentally evolved. This evolution is turning it into a powerful delivery platform for information, advertising and actions—like the ability to buy something through your phone from the street.The mobile era is gradually bringing real-world actions into convergence with our digital lives. I’ve long likened smartphones to keys that open the door to a world of digital information … basically, all the world’s accumulated knowledge in our pockets. That door historically has swung one way: the user wants information and goes to get it.The trend now is for the door to swing both ways. Now the providers of the platforms can swing back through the door to give you things you may need based on what they know about you, what you’re interested and where you happen to be.Every company wants to get a foot in this doorway. Apple is rumored to be pondering a mobile payments mechanism in its upcoming iOS 8, one that would presumably be centered around beacons—Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled sensors in the physical world that can detect where people are and send or receive information.Amazon, likewise, is the king of digital commerce and knows just about everything about its customers. But its ability to connect to consumers in the physical world is limited because it mostly has to rely on Apple, Google and Microsoft to reach them on mobile—at least outside of its Kindle Fire tablets and, possibly, its rumored smartphone.Google has the lead in the the convergence of digital and real world commerce because it controls all the pertinent stacks. Android has a huge base of users; a strong developer following armed with Google’s latest tools for personalizing app interactions with users; and an insane amount of information about its users thanks to apps like search, Maps and Gmail.Its approach is also far more subtle than that of, say, Facebook, which seems to constantly remind its users that they’re mostly there to sell ads against. Google delivers its targeting through a myriad of apps and related services, a tentacular and almost invisible approach that obscures just what it’s really about.Which is pretty simple: Google wants to reach through the Internet aether and put its hand in your wallet. And it hopes to make you grateful that it’s done so, too.More On Google Play Services, Maps And AndroidEmil Protalinski has a breakdown of Google Play Services 4.4 at The Next Web.ReadWrite enterprise reporter Jodi Mardesich details the meaning of Google’s acquisition of Boston-based Stackdriver.Reuters reports that Samsung’s head of mobile design has been canned because of the lackluster reception of the Galaxy S5. We will have more on the specifics in the Galaxy S5 (with a full review and more) next week.Nick Statt at CNET breaks down the latest Google Maps update with Uber integration.  Tags:#Android#android development#app development#fitness#Google#Google Play#google play services#Location#Mobile Ads#Mobile Payments#The Platform Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinskicenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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Stop Being Defensive

first_imgSometimes you need to give your dream client proof that you’re the right partner. They challenges you with a concern, and you want to make your case. You want to resolve all of their concerns, offering proof point after proof point in an attempt to convince them that their doubts are unfounded.But being defensive can cause your client to defend his concerns. You cause them to continue to find reasons to object to what you’re saying and to defend their assertions. When you’re defensive, you cause your prospective client to entrench in their own defense when you really want to open them up to possibilities and new ideas.There are lots of occasions when you need to offer proof. But that isn’t always the right approach. Sometimes when your client is incredulous, the right response is to ask questions.Your dream client might say something like, “We’re not sure if you’re big enough to handle our business. ”You’re gut reaction might be rattle off the number of locations your company has, the size of the organization, and all the capabilities you have to serve that client. But another approach, a different approach, my be to ask a question. You might ask, “What would you need to see to be hundred percent confident in choosing a company our size?” You’re not defensive about your the size of your company, you’re not desperate, and your dream client is forced to consider the question.Or a prospective client might say something like, “I’m not exactly sure your solution would work.” Instead of defending your solution, blasting the client with all of the reasons that you believe your solution will work, you might say something that sounds like this, ” What would we need to change in order for you to be certain our solution would work? This doesn’t suggest that you’re not confident, it doesn’t suggest that your client’s belief is wrong, and it opens a dialogue about their beliefs and what might change them.One of the real benefits of not being defensive when challenged is that it can help to get the real issue out on the table. Instead guessing at what evidence or proof might be necessary to win your prospective client over, you let them tell you what they need to see. If you can provide it to them you have an excellent chance of winning their business. Being defensive and arguing your point can make winning much less likely. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Vettel is right in being cautious about his chances on Race Day

first_imgThe dust and grime have settled on the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida -in every sense. And after two days of hectic activity at the Indian Grand Prix in free practice and qualifying, it is clear that anyone who is going to watch Sunday’s race will get his or her money’s worth.Agreed, a lot of talk has revolved around dwindling interest this year, after the inaugural edition saw good crowds. But my point is, unlike many sports where the competitors do get a huge boost from fan support, the race drivers do not rely on the crowd to up their performances.The way this Formula One season has panned out, it has been frenetic activity for the big teams, with Red Bull again leading the charge in their inimitable style.The qualifying format is very simple and when one analyses the performance of Sebastian Vettel, again sitting on pole, he becomes the favourite to open up a huge lead in the drivers’ standings if he wins on Sunday.However, the two-time defending champion has been very defensive about his chances and even after clinching pole position says no points have been won and everything boils down to Race Day.From a fans’ point of view, the Indian GP is being held at a crucial time with the championship pretty much open. Though the battle for the drivers’ title is between Vettel and Fernando Alonso, with just six points separating them, the German will have the advantage of being right in front on the grid.For those who saw a flawless Vettel in superb form last year at the Buddh circuit, he is again on a hot streak now. The way he has won the last three races in Singapore, Japan and Korea was awesome. Yet, qualifying on Saturday was a mildly jittery one for Vettel as an error at Turn 7 on his first Q3 effort reflected vulnerability.However, the champion responded in style with a scorching lap of 1 minute 25.283s in his second attempt to beat Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. After that, Vettel stayed out, knowing that if he had to defend his position, he would return.In every sport, there are riveting rivalries which catch the eye. And in Formula One, you would imagine that the rivalry between drivers should be from different teams.Though Vettel and Webber are part of the same team, it is good to see both of them pushing each other so hard. The work the Red Bull engineers have done on the two cars in the second part of this season is awesome and the pace they produce cannot be matched.The way they started the topsyturvy season was difficult to understand, with initial races throwing up seven different winners.But now that Red Bull have found the zing again, unless something goes drastically wrong, Vettel looks unstoppable.I can understand why Vettel is trying to keep the pressure off himself by not talking too much about his chances at this point of time. Last year, he was pretty much in a comfort zone as the championship had been sealed midway through.Yet, the beauty of this sport is how the unexpected can happen.And to rule out more twists in the tale would be dicey as, despite the engineering efforts and skills of a racing driver like Vettel, it is, after all, a car. With 80,000 components bringing the beast to life, there is an element of suspense as one fault -mechanical, electrical or hydraulic -can stall the car.Sorry SchumiEven though none of these bothered Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes on Saturday, it was sad viewing to see the former champion limp along in qualifying.H aving been in the Capital for almost five days now, Schumacher has been attending media conferences and trying to remain focused on the last four races of his career. It’s clear that the seven-time F1 champion has lost the competitive edge. For those used to seeing Schumacher dominate the sport for years and his Ferrari eat up the miles on the track so fluidly, his last few days in F1 make for painful viewing.That he could not even make it to Q3 while teammate Nico Rosberg did was proof that there is no point blaming the car. And as Schumacher himself said earlier in the week, his legacy is intact, though his return to Formula One in 2010 after retiring in 2006 has been forgettable.The hardcore Schumacher fans fondly remember him for his daring and, at times, audacious driving in the Prancing Horse. And with his former teammate Felipe Massa also showing poor control of his car on the corners in Saturday’s qualifying, feeling nostalgic didn’t really help.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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