Dolores Park Better binning but trash can confusion persists

first_img 0% Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Adding to the “not mine” factor was the “too far away” factor. I overheard at least one conversation about how there are no trash cans in the park and observed a few eye rolls about this. The one trash can that is inside the park is on the playground, and it was – of course – full. Nonetheless, complain about it all you want, then take your trash to the cans all along 20th and Dolores streets. While the ones at intersections were more than full, the ones mid-street certainly had room.By the bathroom. Not a trashcan.By the trees. Also not a trashcan.Too many people seemed to decide that because there should be a trashcan by the restroom or by a tree, they were simply going to leave their trash in that location. Maybe there is a notion that on the ground with other trash is better than on the ground scattered around. Or maybe it’s a form of protest? Unfortunately, a near miss is still a miss. And leaving your empties lined up neatly along the back of the washbasin in the bathroom, no matter how strongly you believe the bathroom should have a trash can, does not make it a trash can. Trust me on this one.-LauraMonday morning at 7:10 a.m. A crew of four people from SF Rec and Park were already out cleaning up, but they would soon be finished. As one of them said, the park was pretty clean this morning. A few parties ghosted on their picnics and the seagulls were eating away, but all in all, not the piggish mess of last weekend. So, picnickers get a B for Saturday and a C – for Sunday, although to be fair we will have to get out there before the cleaning crews arrive. This is called giving all a benefit of the doubt.Monday morning.Yep, it looks like it was good.You always know there is trash when you hear the seagulls. Smokers, stash your butts.Sunday afternoon, 4-7 p.m. Contrary to popular belief, I’m pretty sure most people who come to the park have the basic principle down – I didn’t manage to catch a single person in the act of carelessly leaving their trash behind. Even the group of guys standing around in a sea of empty PBR cans stuffed them in bags and carried them away. Recyclers passing through helped keep the mess in check. I also got the sense that what was left often remained because people decided it wasn’t theirs. Maybe it really wasn’t – one flattened beer carton lay in the middle of a walkway for hours, and people dutifully laden with trash bags passed right by it. Things not belonging to people are apparently invisible.Graffiti with a message in Dolores ParkAn empty plastic gallon container rolled around in the middle of another walkway. I got so tired of seeing that stupid thing I just took it myself, so I can now tell you with confidence that nothing horrible will happen to you if you grab other people’s trash. Take Michael the coconut rum guy. He was doing it all day, rolling around his cooler and picking up the empty coconuts all his customers “forgot” about. He told me he was taking his car straight to the dump after finishing up for the day to get rid of all the stuff he picked up. Because when customers leave the refuse remaining of what they bought from him lying around, guess who gets flak? That’s right, the guy who now spends half his day actually picking it up.On the way down to the garbage bin in line of sight of the water carton, I also picked up a few wrappers blowing in the breeze, several empty bottles, corks, and more. I also grabbed a plastic bag already full of trash and, separately, a baggie of dog poop. So we’ve got the ‘pack it’ part down. Let’s try for the ‘out’ too next time, yeah? Saturday afternoon: It was kind of soggy out in the park so there were not as many picnic groups. Although, the weather ended up being nicer than expected and the smart picnickers brought a tarp to cover the ground. – LydiaSunday morning at 7:45 a.m. Not a seagull or maintenance worker in sight. Either they had already picked up what Saturday had left behind or the Saturday picnickers had managed to haul their trash to the perimeter, which was neat, clean and devoid of trash. The park looked like a verdant swath of almost clean green. Marring this: A lot of cigarette butts. – LydiaSunday morning.Sunday morninglast_img read more

BRUT the iconic male grooming brand today launch

first_imgBRUT, the iconic male grooming brand, today launches a nationwide search to find the ultimate rugby league fan who has served their community in the BRUT Fan of Pride campaign.The campaign will run across all 14 Super League teams with each club crowning their very own Fan of Pride. They will then go forward to represent their club in the national competition, with the overall BRUT Fan of Pride winner announced in September.BRUT aim to celebrate the Super League fan and each club’s community, highlighting the importance of the fans, the fantastic atmosphere that they create and the role they have in their local area.Each club has selected a player ambassador who plays a key role in their community and who embodies the values represented by the BRUT Fan of Pride Award – and our ambassador is Alex Walmsley.Anyone can be nominated into the competition, with entries closing at midnight on June 9 and shortlists being announced for each club on Father’s Day (June 16). Shortlists will be selected by a panel of judges from each club made up of the club ambassador, a local journalist and a key community member (Mayor/local policeman etc).So whether it is a local coach or dad/mum who takes training come rain or shine, the club janitor, or the oldest, most loyal supporter who attends every home game, BRUT wants to hear about the great contributions the fans make and looks forward to nominations throughout May and June.BRUT for Men’s Eoin Mullen said: “As a proud partner of the Super League BRUT recognises the tight-knit nature of the communities and the loyal fans that support the 14 clubs. Through Fan of Pride we will celebrate these fans – those who not only support their team, but give back in their local area.“The BRUT Fan of Pride winners will receive a fantastic range of prizes including Super League season tickets, a money-can’t-buy-experience to train with a club of their choice, an invitation to the end of season Super League Man of Steel Awards and, of course, a range of fantastic BRUT product.”Nominations for BRUT’s Fan of Pride can be made online at www.brutformen.co.uk/superleague or you can download the entry form below.Entries close at midnight on the June 9 2013.The overall national BRUT Fan of Pride 2013 will be announced and awarded in September, with the overall winner receiving two season tickets to their Super League club and a money-can’t-buy opportunity to train with their team.last_img read more

MATTY Dawson believes Saints can have a strong fin

first_imgMATTY Dawson believes Saints can have a strong finish to the season despite the loss of influential scrum half Luke Walsh.In fact, he says the situation can only spur Saints on as they look to repay one of their own.“We have faith in the players that will come in, they are high quality,” he said. “Gary Wheeler and Jordan Turner did a great job at the weekend and if they can stick with that then we’ll see what happens.“If not, then others will come in. It has been good at training this week and they seem to have settled into their roles well. Confidence and morale is good and we still think we can go and get the League Leaders Shield. It is what we want to do.“Of course we feel for Luke (Walsh) and it is spurring us on to do the best for him. He is one of the boys and you do feel for someone when they get an injury like that.”Matty has played 13 games for Saints this season, crossing the whitewash six times.“I’ve had a good run of games and that is what I was hoping for this year,” he continued. “I had a rough time at Huddersfield and didn’t play many games so any game time is a bonus really.“When I did get the chance I thought I did well and did what the coach asked me to, but it didn’t work out and that’s how it is.“I hadn’t played a lot of games and knew it could be hard to find a club with the injuries I’ve had. I knew I was probably a step behind others in my position at my age too; so I was made up when Browny was interested in me. I knew what he thought of me as a player and that gave me confidence.“I knew I would be coming into a tough environment that produces top quality youngsters each year, and they would keep on coming. But I couldn’t turn it down, I wanted a chance and Browny has given me that.“It’s been good and the professionalism is helping me. Being around the likes of Jon Wilkin, Paul Wellens and James Roby and seeing how they go about their business has helped me and will hopefully benefit me going forward.“I don’t mind where I am playing as long as I am in the team. I have played a lot of wing this season and prefer it there at the minute but I will slot in wherever.“I always hoped to get some games, do what the coach wants me to and work hard to stay in the team.”last_img read more

ARE you in that numberAll 2016 Members will gain

first_imgARE you in that number?All 2016 Members will gain entry into a GRAND DRAW to win the trip of a lifetime for you and a friend to watch Game 3 of the 2016 State of Origin (July 13, 2016) series including flights, accommodation and tickets!The winner will be drawn at the first home game of 2016 on February 5. (T&C’s apply)Origin is probably the most intense sporting contest in the world – and you could be there on us.Just simply become a 2016 Member and you’re in the hat!To find out more and to be in that number visit www.mysaintsmembership.com, call 01744 455 052 or pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.last_img

The full back missed last weeks win over Catalans

first_imgThe full back missed last week’s win over Catalans but is available for the tie at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle this Saturday.“Benny Barba is fine and it’s good to report that everyone else came through the game ok,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “Cas will have a few back as well. They are a dangerous side and although we had a good result against them earlier in the season, that was a long time ago.“They won’t have any issues in the halves with Luke Gale being out as Ben Roberts will be back and Jamie Ellis is a good player.“It will be a tough game. It will be great to see as many Saints fans over there as possible. It’s a small venue with a small pitch, but the atmosphere will be a big one.”Saints head into the clash in good form with the best attack and defence in the Betfred Super League.But there’s no complacency as they begin what we hope will be a long and successful cup journey.“We’re playing well but as staff and players we are all trying to get better,” he continued. “There’s no need to address complacency; the players set high standards here and it is up to us as staff to help them.“It’s a pleasure to watch the boys play at the moment – they are playing well and deservedly so as they are working hard. We know we are judged on 80 minutes, we understand that as a group, and it up to us behind closed doors to make sure we are working hard.“The whole year has been good so far but we have to do it again and that is the main thing. We can take confidence from the year to date but the reality is we have to do it again and are ready to do that.“We want to do well in the Cup and this is our first test.”Tickets for Saturday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 and online.last_img read more

Officerinvolved shooting suspect appears in court

first_img He was shot twice on September 7 during an encounter with Wilmington Police Officer Adam Phillips.During an interview with WWAY on Sunday, McGriff said he did not know why he was shot. He says he was celebrating the good news of getting a job that day and does not know how he was being a threat to others.“Tall white male, bald, black sunglasses, black shorts, black shoes, black gun just comes and out of nowhere and just grabs me from behind and slams me into the wall,” McGriff said.Related Article: Four Houston police officers shot; 2 suspects deadWilmington Police say someone approached Ofc. Phillips and told him a man was walking around with a gun.According to the warrant, McGriff did not comply with the officer’s command to place his hands against the wall and instead, pulled away, reached into his waistband, pulled a gun and then ran off.McGriff says after he was shot he was scared and didn’t know what to do.“I ran,” McGriff said. “I ran for my life I mean if I’m wrong for that I’m sorry man I ran after I got shot in the face.”McGriff says the gun he had was a BB gun.The SBI is investigating.Ofc. Phillips is a nine-year veteran of the WPD and is currently on administrative leave.McGriff received a $5,000 bond. Raymond McGriff Jr. (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man involved in an officer-involved shooting in downtown Wilmington asked for a court appointed attorney during his first appearance in court this morning.Raymond McGriff, Jr., 30, is charged with assault on a government official, resisting, and going armed to the terror of the people.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick Co students practice STEM skills at Science Olympiad Invitational

first_img 120 students from North, South, and West Brunswick High Schools and Brunswick Early College High School were on hand to show off their smarts.Although it’s called “Science Olympiad,” an organizer, Jamie Smith, says any student can get involved, even if they don’t love that specific subject.“It’s really great. We have kids that are in the top of the class and that are excited about science and want to be scientists. Then we have kids that don’t want to be scientists but really love computers and so they’re doing arduinos and building a circuit board. It’s really a great mix of kids,” said Smith, who is an instructional coach with Brunswick County Schools.Related Article: Brunswick County Schools announce make-up days due to FlorenceThe Brunswick County STEM Council put this event on to prepare the students for the regional Science Olympiad at UNCW in March. Students participate in Science Olympiad Invitational at Brunswick County Academy (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Some students in Brunswick County spent their Saturday practicing their STEM skills at Brunswick County Academy.It was part of the first ever Brunswick County Schools Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Humpday Health Tips to help fight pollen allergy symptoms

first_imgDr. Jeffrey Culp checks on an allergy patient at Wilmington Health (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Spring has sprung and that means allergy season is here.“We’ve had an early start to allergy season this year, so tree pollens have started early. Usually, they start in March and they started in February this year,” said Dr. Jeffrey Culp, an allergist at Wilmington Health.- Advertisement – Unseasonably warm weather in February meant early pollinations for trees in southeastern North Carolina, which means you may have already started feeling some of the symptoms of a pollen allergy.“Pollen allergies usually affect where the pollen is being introduced into your body, so you get itchy, watery eyes or runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, post-nasal drainage,” Dr. Culp said.Dr. Culp says it helps to have a plan in place before allergy season starts. But if you don’t, there a few things you can do to stop the symptoms.Related Article: Pollen showing early signs of spring season“My approach for allergies is three things: try and avoid what you’re allergic to, which is pretty hard with pollen; medications, so over-the-counter antihistamines can be helpful or nasal steroid sprays, those can be helpful first line; after that, then I usually have the patients get tested if their symptoms are controlled and then I would consider starting them on allergy shots,” Dr. Culp said.Dr. Culp says warm, dry, and windy days are the worst for those who are affected by pollen allergies.Wilmington Health is especially busy with allergy patients between Easter and Mother’s Day.last_img read more

Shallotte man arrested on drug charges receives 1 million bond

first_img According to warrants, Smith had more than 10 grams of cocaine. The alleged crime happened in June.Smith is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.According to the NC Department of Public Safety, Smith has prior drug and assault convictions.Related Article: Wilmington brothers busted in multi-state counterfeit ring BRUNSWICK COUNTY,NC (WWAY) — The $1 million bond District Attorney Jon David said would be in effect for alleged drug traffickers is holding true in Brunswick County.Covia Smith, 44, is charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.- Advertisement – last_img

Silver Alert issued for missing Brunswick County nursing home resident

first_imgWINNABOW, NC (WWAY) — A statewide Silver Alert was issued Thursday morning for a missing Brunswick County nursing home resident.According to the North Carolina Center for Mission Persons, Horace Medlin has dementia or some other cognitive impairment.- Advertisement – Medlin is described as a white man who is 5′ 7″ tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds. He has gray hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and gray shorts.If you have any information as to where he may be, contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-880-5756. 1 of 2 The 62 year old is a resident at the Brunswick Cove Nursing Home located at 1478 River Road in Winnabow.center_img A Silver Alert has been issued for Horace Medlin (Photo: NC Dept. of Public Safety) A Silver Alert has been issued for Horace Medlin (Photo: NCDPS)last_img read more

Historic payout given to tipsters who led to murder suspects arrest

first_imgMichael Mitchell (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crime Stoppers of New Hanover County will pay out its largest reward since it was created in 1988.Crime Stoppers is contributing $2,000 of the $5,000 reward offered to two people who gave information that led to the capture of murder suspect Michael Mitchell.- Advertisement – 19-year-old Mitchell was arrested on May 7 for allegedly murdering Willie Sellers Jr. on April 5.The Wilmington Police Department is paying the other $3,000 of the reward money.Crime Stoppers originally offered a $1,000 reward on April 29 and then with the help of the Wilmington Police Department increased it to $5,000 on May 1.Related Article: List of plants that love extreme heat and dry weatherWPD spokeswoman says this year the organization has paid out more than $3,400 to people who have helped law enforcement solve crimes from Pender and New Hanover counties and the City of Wilmington.“We are grateful to the help of our local Crime Stoppers Association and all they do to help keep our community safe,” WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous. “Without their help violent offenders would continue to evade police.”Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization made up of local law enforcement representatives who raise funds to offer rewards for anonymous tips that help solve crimes in the Cape Fear region.last_img read more

New Siġġiewi Archpriest prepares meal for village feast volunteers

first_imgThe newly appointed archpriest Fr Josef Mifsud for Siġġiewi brought together the parishioners and various volunteers around the table, as the celebrated together with food.Fr Josef Mifsud invited all the volunteers who are involved in the organisation of St Nicholas feast to join, bringing together the two village band clubs, and the other organisations. Whilst preparations are underway for Sunday, the volunteers sat down and ate together.One of the volunteers described the event as a “beautiful moment” during which all the volunteers bonded and got to know one another better. He added that such an event during which rivalry was set aside sends a positive message, reminding that the Catholic spirit should be the main focus of the feasts organised by the parishes in Malta and Gozo.The feast will be celebrated this Sunday.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Parliament is failing to be accountable to the people – Godfrey Farrugia

first_imgInterim Leader of Partit Demokratiku (PD) Godfrey Farrugia has stated that currently, “Parliament is failing to be accountable to the people”. It therefore proposes that Parliament Standing Committees are initiated.PD believes that Parliamentary Standing Committees provide a democratic opportunity for detailed investigation and discussions before the findings and outcomes of a particular subject are addressed to the plenary. Their smooth running and effectiveness contribute to good governance.Read: PD proposes replacing GDP with Wellbeing Index“Most standing committees run with ulterior political agendas”Partit Demokratiku has shamed a number of standing committees for allegedly not carrying out their required work, and for “running with ulterior political agendas”. The Party called out the Petition Committee, the Health Committee, the Environmental Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.The Petition Committee was named for not finding the time to meet even once since the beginning of this year (the last meeting was held on 24th October 2018); and more so, since none of the people’s petitions presented in this legislature to Parliament have as yet been processed, as no standard procedure has been established.The Party called out the Health Committee for not holding a single meeting since the last meeting which was held on 5th December 2018. It is believed that PD had asked this Committee to discuss the effects of 5G on the health and wellbeing of society.Read: ‘Il-5G tagħmel il-ħsara lis-saħħa tal-bniedem’ – Godfrey FarrugiaThe Environmental Committee was also mentioned for not discussing PD’s proposal to deliberate on PA’s Rural Policy. Moreover, it has left the Public Domain Act gathering dust in limbo together with a number of recommendations, despite PD’s insistence.Read: Residents fuming over ‘total inaction’ on anti-slime petitionThe Public Accounts Committee is believed to have met 47 times in this Legislature since PD had asked it two years ago in August 2017 to recommend that the Auditor General investigates and checks whether there are breaches in the Smart City’s contract.PD stated that the Government is not only dictating the Parliamentary agenda, but has also hijacked its procedure; and that Parliament’s integrity and reputation need to be restored urgently.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Tanzanians to pay for fuel services via MPesa

first_imgAdvertisement Vodacom Tanzania has entered into a partnership with Oilcom, a Tanzania-based oil company, allowing motorists in the country to pay for fueling services through mobile money platform M-Pesa.“This new partnership will go a long way in embracing technology in the energy sector as mobile money transaction becomes crucial in today’s world,” Salum Mwalim, external relations manager at Vodacom Tanzania, said.“In a society where carrying cash in the pocket is becoming increasingly unsafe, M-Pesa has stepped to act as an alternative medium.” – Advertisement – Mohamed Said Nahdi, managing director at Oilcom, said: “With our service stations spread across the country, motorists are assured of coming across one of our stations and fuel their vehicles with M-Pesa facilitating the process.“It is easier to have a cash-loaded mobile phone than carry hard-cash, we hope motorists will make good use of this new partnership.”Oilcom currently operates more than 75 service stations in the country with Vodacom’s M-Pesa having more than 55,000 agents spread across Tanzania.last_img read more

Galaxy unpacked Samsung sends out invite for Feb 21st

first_imgA screen shot showing the glowing galaxy box in the teaser samsung video. Advertisement On February 21, Sunday 2016 Samsung will be hosting its unpacked event at CCIB (Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona) at 19:00 CET. The tech giants are lucky to reveal its long-anticipated handsets the “Samsung Galaxy S7” and the “Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.”The anticipated samsung galaxy s7. Image Credit YTImgThe company in its teaser video, shows a guy wearing a Samsung’s Gear VR headset trying to unpack a box of which it seems to be of the new Samsung gadgets, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge with the hashtag “#TheNextGalaxy.” – Advertisement – The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 specifications is rumoured to feature a 5.1-inch QHD display, 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 64GB inbuilt storage, 4GB of RAM, Octa Core Snapdragon 820 processor with an Android v6.0.1 operating system plus a non-removable battery to name a few.[related-posts]Samsung hasn’t announced the official date on when the Galaxy S7 will be available for purchase though some rumours say it will be in March.Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.last_img read more

South African Red Cross Officially Launched their App SARCS App to Expands

first_imgThe South African Red Cross Society (SARCS), on Thursday officially launched its new South African Red Cross Society Humanitarian Aid Mobile Application (SARCS App) developed in partnership with Connectik. (Photo by: Nathan Ernest Olupot) Advertisement The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS), on Thursday announced the official launch of its new South African Red Cross Society Humanitarian Aid Mobile Application (SARCS App) developed in partnership with Connectik, a company that develops platforms and mobile applications for enterprise and large-membership organizations.According to IT News Africa, the launch also follows the recent announcement of H.S.H Princess Charlene of Monaco becoming a patron of the South African Red Cross Society.“After witnessing the success of various partners using apps developed with Connectik, we are excited to own today an app that will be pivotal to our ability to provide life-changing services to people all over South Africa,” Derick Naidoo, CEO of SARCS, said in a press statement. – Advertisement – The SARCS App provides users with access to a variety of features, including, but not limited to:Membership and access to SARCS services and benefits.Volunteering in local projects.Emergency alerts – the app sends up to the minute alerts, both national and local.Make donations.Register for training courses and events.Access SARCS news.Marketplace – using the app, users can purchase Red Cross equipment.Donate blood – the app will help SARCS mobilise donors to give blood and provide the locations of donation centers.The app is available for download on Play Store and App Store.last_img read more

TooGoodug giving up to 85 discount deals for top services and goods

first_imgAdvertisement A new Ugandan startup, TooGood is set to launch, giving its users up to 85% discounts from top merchants and businesses in Kampala. TooGood.ug is an online deal site offering the best discounts on top services from the best providers in and around Kampala city.Discount deals are available to services varying from foods and drinks from top restaurants and wine sellers, sauna and spa experience, events and movie tickets, accommodation and lots more.TooGood offers deals ranging from 20 percent to 85 percent through the concept of attractive discounts from the top, and sometimes expensive-to-go-to service providers. Unlike American e-commerce marketplace, GroupOn that run on a concept of group buying. – Advertisement – According to the founder and CEO, Alex Senoga, the name ‘TooGood’ came about because of the great discount deals that they shall be offering; “Everyone loves an opportunity to pay less for a top-notch service or product. Our offers are simply too good to be true, they will literally leave you open-mouthed!” he added.The team at TooGood scouts for the top places around town that need a boost in their sales on specific days or slow periods enters contracts with those that agree to get on board and the product or service is put up on their website for interested consumers to access online. The CEO says their biggest selling offers now are on movie tickets at Century Cinema and massage therapy deals.The discount deals run for a specified period of time, during which users can purchase them and make payments online via Mobile Money or Visa or pay on arrival/ delivery.Back in 2016, another startup, Done Deal, offering a similar service was acquired for an undisclosed fee by a Kenyan company – EatOut.[related-posts]Toogood is a product of Sukuma Online, a Ugandan tech, and digital marketing firm that is housed at local incubator and innovation hub – Hive Colab. Sukuma Online has been in operation for over a year now.last_img read more

LIAM KIRK previews German Grand Prix

first_imgAfter the chaotic excitement of the British Grand Prix, we barely have time to draw breath before the circus pitches up at the Nurburgring in Germany. Obviously there is much to consider in the few days we have in between, starting with the catastrophic tyre failures that plagued last weekend’s race at Silverstone.Pirelli have come in for a deal of criticism this season, but the flak they had taken prior to Silverstone was largely based around the short life span of the tyres which meant drivers had to drive well within their limits during the race in order to preserve them. What happened at Silverstone though was a different matter entirely. The tyres became a major safety issue, with a number of cars experiencing delamination at high speeds, which almost led to the abandonment of the race.In the wake of this, a number of emergency changes have been made, the most relevant to the German GP being that Pirelli will provide Kevlar belted tyres to the teams. These were last used in practice for the Canadian GP, where it was hoped they would be introduced for the long term. The teams didn’t find unanimous agreement on this however, due to certain teams feeling they would lose a perceived advantage and vice versa.The inability of the teams to find agreement gives Pirelli some degree of sympathy, especially given the limits to which the teams have been found to be pushing the tyres. Left rears were used on the right rear, whilst tyre pressures and camber angles were pushed to the extreme. Although this isn’t illegal under the rules, it isn’t ideal for Pirelli that they have very little control over the length to which the teams push the limits of what the tyres are capable of.What this means for the German GP is hard to gauge. Though Red Bull have been calling for tyre modifications for some time, it isn’t as if they have been struggling particularly badly with tyre wear and looked to have made great strides in performance over the last month or so. Vettel looked on course for victory at Silverstone until he suffered technical problems, whilst Mark Webber was able to put pressure on eventual winner Rosberg over the final couple of laps.Coupled with their dominant performance in Canada, it’s hard to argue too strongly with the assumption that the Red Bull is the quickest race car out there at the moment. The advantage isn’t as big as it was for most of last season, but their ability to do a good job in qualifying too over one lap has meant that they have been well positioned to attack in the race. As such, it’s hard to argue with the 15/8 about Vettel for the win here. Webber would make some appeal at 8s but there are consistency issues with him, mainly in qualifying and getting off the grid at the start of the race. The place part of the bet I significantly better value than the win part when it comes to Webber in recent months.Though the Red Bull appears to be pretty handy in all conditions, the Mercedes is a little more condition specific in that it seems slightly harder on its tyres and is a little better in qualifying than in the race. That said, their tyre management has been far better in recent races and they seem to have solved a lot of the major problems which has resulted in Rosberg winning 2 of the last 3 races. Those two wins can’t be taken entirely at face value, given the almost farcical race that played out in Monaco and the rather fortuitous circumstances surrounding his win at Silverstone.Lewis Hamilton was one of the unfortunate victims of the tyre debacle last weekend, suffering a blowout whilst leading. It was too early to say whether he would have won the race given it was only Lap 8, but his race pace was good and he seemed to be looking after the tyres better than at any point this season. Given Rosberg went on to win the race, albeit after being unable to quite chase down Vettel before his retirement (as well as coming under pressure from the sister Red Bull of Webber in the latter stages), it can at least be said that Mercedes are legitimate race win and even championship contenders if they maintain their development. There is also speculation that the new tyre compound for Germany may suit them more than other teams which could be another slight step forward for them. Of the two Silver Arrows drivers, Rosberg makes slightly more appeal given the price discrepancy between him and Hamilton is still too high in my opinion.Of the other contenders, Alonso looks the only viable option to trouble the leaders, but the Ferrari seems to have been treading water slightly since their dominant victory in Barcelona. Though in recent weeks Alonso has always been in the mix, he hasn’t quite had the pace to challenge for victory and has been severely hampered by some very poor qualifying performances which has left them with an uphill battle come Sunday. He looks too short to me at around the 9/2 mark, especially given the likelihood of him being a bigger price than that post qualifying. Of the rest, the Lotus seems to have fallen back slightly into the situation Mercedes were in last year, in that they are quicker than most of the midfield but possibly just a bit behind the leaders at the moment.Given the doubts surrounding the tyres, it’s hard to be too confident about the outcome of this race. However, being able to back who is probably the best driver in what is probably the best car at 15/8 at his home grand prix seems fair enough, whilst the other German contender in Rosberg looks worth a play at 6s to cover the Mercedes angle at more attractive odds than Hamilton is currently.Recommendation2pts Vettel @ 15/81pt Rosberg @ 6/1last_img read more

PREVIEW Argentina v Belgium

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]on’t cry for me Argentina, the truth is ……There will be tears if Argentina crash out of the World Cup AGAIN at this stage.They have been eliminated at the quarter final stage in each of the last three World Cups. Quite a mental battle for them to get past.Just like Brazil, they are not playing with the eloquence of which we have become accustomed but they ARE getting the results which I guess is more important.Each of Argentina’s four wins in Brazil have come via single goal margins and they have now kept a clean sheet in six of their last eight games.Standing in their way tonight are Belgium who were pushed all the way in extra time by the USA – but the reality of that match was that it would have been a lot more comfortable but for the heroics of Tim Howard in goal.Honours are shared in their two previous World Cup encounters.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Jun 1986 World Cup Argentina 2-0 BelgiumJun 1982 World Cup Argentina 0-1 BelgiumSo what to expect tonight at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia? (5pm LIVE ON ITV).Messi makes his 91st cap against Belgium, which equals the total number of appearances made by Maradona and he is obviously the key player in the Argentine side.Argentina didn’t over impress against Switzerland and, like Belgium, they also needed an extra time winner to progress.However, they should have the class to see off the European challenge from Belgium and I’m going for a win inside 90 minutes with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)12 points ARGENTINA at around EVENS with Star SportsWORLD CUP RETURNS SO FAR: LOSS 4.29 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_imgHORSE RACING1.05 ClonmelVeinard 8/1 > 4/12.05 Market RasenOscar Rock 7/2 > 2/12.25 NewcastleMoojaned 20/1 > 8/12.50 WincantonSirabad 11/2 > 3/15.15 ChelmsfordTime To Study 7/4 > 5/4LIVE FA CUPFA Cup 1st Round Replay19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD6/4 Dover Athletic 7/4 Cambridge United 9/4 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 17 Novemberlast_img