BAHRAIN, March 31 -- Full race results for the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir International Circuit, round two of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
Formula 1 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix - Race Results:
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 57 laps
2. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport + 2.980s
3. Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari + 6.131s
4. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda + 6.408s
5. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari + 36.068s
6. Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team + 45.754s
7. Kimi Raikkonen ITA Alfa Romeo Racing + 47.470s
8. Pierre Gasly FRA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda + 58.094s
9. Alexander Albon THA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda + 62.697s
10. Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team + 63.696s
11. Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing + 64.599s
12. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda + 1 lap
13. Kevin Magnussen DEN Rich Energy Haas F1 Team + 1 lap
14. Lance Stroll CAN SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team + 1 lap
15. George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing + 1 lap
16. Robert Kubica POL ROKiT Williams Racing + 2 laps
NC. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team
NC. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team
NC. Carlos Sainz ESP McLaren F1 Team
Ret. Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team
KIEV, March 31 -- Ukraine’s seventh presidential election has kicked off on Sunday. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the votes in the first round, a runoff election will be held on April 21.
Among the frontrunners are popular comic actor Vladimir Zelenskiy, trailing behind him is former prime minister and leader of the Batkivschina party, Yulia Tymoshenko, and in third place is the current president Pytor Poroshenko. According to latest opinion polls, Zelensky leads the race (26%-28%), followed by Timoshenko (13%-17%) and trailing behind her is incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko (16.5%-18%). Also in the top five are opposition candidate Yuri Boyko (9.5%-11%) and leader of the Civil Position party Anatoly Gritsenko (8.4% and 9.8%).
SHANGHAI, March 31 -- Chinese who lived through the Cultural Revolution will remember the daily ritual of making “morning requests, evening reports”.
Holding their copies of Quotations of Chairman Mao – or “the little red book” as it was known in the West – close to their chests, they asked for the Great Helmsman’s instructions at dawn and dutifully reported back to him in the evening. More than four decades after Mao’s death, a new kind of little red book has emerged in China, this time promoting the thoughts and teachings of the country’s current leader, Xi Jinping.
Launched in January by the Communist Party’s propaganda department, Xuexi Qiangguo is a mobile app, whose name translates as “Studying Great Nation”, but also plays on the character “Xi” to suggest it is a way for people to learn about their head of state. The app acts as a news aggregation platform for articles, video clips and documentaries about the president’s political philosophy. Formally titled, “
Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, his views and opinions are enshrined in China’s constitution and the party’s charter.Huang Kunming, the party’s propaganda chief, said at the app’s launch that Xuexi Qiangguo was an all-encompassing database of Xi’s thoughts on domestic governance, military building and diplomacy.
Users can read transcripts of his speeches, watch videos of him, and get access to a range of study materials on subjects like sociology and psychology. They can also take part in quizzes on subjects such as: “President Xi stressed that party-owned media institutions should make the party voice heard” and “We are a community of shared interests. Therefore, Xi is the only right choice for us.”
BAHRAIN, March 31 -- That is the view in Bahrain of Max Verstappen, who only narrowly stayed ahead of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen in qualifying rather than challenge the top teams Ferrari and Mercedes.
“We are actually better than best of the rest here,” Dane Magnussen said. Verstappen is quoted by the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad as admitting that the Red Bull chassis is not working optimally in Bahrain. One theory is that Red Bull needs to abandon its front wing concept and instead copy the direction taken by Ferrari.
“Ours is a lot different from theirs,” Verstappen said. “Perhaps we have not yet realised our potential, but there is something that is not quite right yet,” he added. The Dutchman backed Red Bull to respond quickly in the coming races. “Hopefully it won’t take longer than two or three races,” said Verstappen. He said Honda should not be blamed for the lack of winning pace in Bahrain. “I don’t think we should say anything about Honda while we ourselves are wrong in terms of balance,” said Verstappen.
BAHRAIN, March 29 -- Full results from qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir International Circuit, round two of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
Formula 1 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying Results
1. Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari + 1m27.866s
2. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari + 0.294s
3. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport + 0.324s
4. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport + 0.390s
5. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda + 0.886s
6. Kevin Magnussen DEN Rich Energy Haas F1 Team + 0.891s
7. Carlos Sainz ESP McLaren F1 Team + 0.947s
8. Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team + 1.149s
9. Kimi Raikkonen ITA Alfa Romeo Racing + 1.156s
10. Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team + 1.177s
-- Q2 CUTOFF 1m29.471s --
11. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team 1m29.488s
12. Alexander Albon THA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1m29.513s
13. Pierre Gasly FRA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda 1m29.526s
14. Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team 1m29.756s
15. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda 1m29.854s
-- Q1 CUTOFF 1m29.959s --
16. Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing 1m30.026s
17. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team 1m30.034s
18. Lance Stroll CAN SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team 1m30.217s
19. George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing 1m31.759s
20. Robert Kubica POL ROKiT Williams Racing 1m31.799s
PARIS, March 30 -- French yellow vest protesters were rallying Saturday to support an activist injured in a confrontation with police and show they remain mobilized against the government's economic policies.
The demonstrators are undeterred by protest bans or repeated injuries in 20 weeks of demonstrations. So they're marching again Saturday in Paris, Bordeaux, and other cities to keep pressing President Emmanuel Macron to do more to help the working classes, redesign French politics — or step down altogether. They're also showing solidarity with Genevieve Legay, a 73-year-old anti-globalization activist who suffered a head injury in the southern city of Nice last weekend. The Nice prosecutor said a police officer pushed her down. "We are all Genevieve!" read an online appeal for Saturday's protests.
In Paris, thousands of yellow vests started marching from the Gare de l'Est, in the north of the city center. They were heading south to weave through the Left Bank and past the Eiffel Tower. The French capital was placed under high security. Protests were banned around the Champs-Elysees, scene of recent rioting. Audrey Bayart, who came from northern France for the protest, said Legay's case shows the government's contempt toward protesters, especially after Macron told a newspaper the elderly woman should have had the "wisdom" not to join the Nice protest. "After a while, you have to respect people and not tell them 'you are fragile and you stay at home' ... Everybody has things to say, why are we trying to shut them up? That is not democracy," she said.
The movement has appeared to lose support in recent weeks, drawing significantly smaller crowds than at its beginning in November, when hundreds of thousands of people mobilized across France, initially to oppose fuel tax hikes, before expanding into a broader rejection of Macron's economic policies. The government is expected to announce next month a new batch of measures as a result of a "great debate" launched by Macron so that ordinary French people can express their views on the country's economic and democratic issues.
BAHRAIN, March 29 -- Full results from Free Practice 3 for the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir International Circuit, round two of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
Formula 1 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix - Free Practice 3 Results:
1. Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m29.569s
2. Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari + 0.169s
3. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport + 0.765s
4. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport + 0.820s
5. Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team + 1.249s
6. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team + 1.341s
7. Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team + 1.386s
8. Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda + 1.390s
9. Carlos Sainz ESP McLaren F1 Team + 1.396s
10. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda + 1.604s
11. Kimi Raikkonen ITA Alfa Romeo Racing + 1.764s
12. Pierre Gasly FRA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda + 1.823s
13. Kevin Magnussen DEN Rich Energy Haas F1 Team + 1.971s
14. Lance Stroll CAN SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team + 2.049s
15. Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team + 2.069s
16. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team + 2.074s
17. Alexander Albon THA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda + 2.110s
18. Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing + 2.563s
19. George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing + 3.818s
20. Robert Kubica POL ROKiT Williams Racing + 3.956s
SINGAPORE, March 3 -- Countries risk being vulnerable to spying if they use foreign telecoms providers, but banning Chinese companies such as Huawei will not eradicate the issue, Singapore’s former foreign minister George Yeo has said.
Yeo, Singapore’s foreign minister from 2004 to 2011 and minister for trade and industry for five years before that, said the suggestion that Huawei equipment would allow the Chinese government to spy on customers was one-sided. “To be worried that 5G can expose you to foreign intelligence efforts is a legitimate worry, and every country must take precautions,” Yeo said in an interview with De Peet Journal.
“It is not just China which may enter your system – the United States and others are also trying to enter your system. If you are a small country, it is very tough because you don’t have all the capabilities.” Yeo, the chairman and executive director of Kerry Logistics Network, said that during his time in government Singapore asked BlackBerry to build a data centre in the city state so that data would not have to go through Canada. “In the field of intelligence, trust nobody and take your own precautions,” he said. The US was concerned about alleged spying by Huawei partly because if more countries used the company’s equipment, American intelligence could be prevented from doing its own snooping, Yeo said. “The Americans are so worried about Huawei not only because Huawei represents a possible vulnerability, but because using Huawei also makes it harder for American intelligence to gain access into other people’s systems,” he said. “Huawei has been talking about the Americans’ Prism surveillance system, which [American whistle-blower] Edward Snowden divulged was collecting information, even tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s telephone conversations. “If you have a Huawei system it is harder for the Americans to do all this. So we can understand why they are not happy with Huawei.”
In February, Huawei’s chairman Guo Ping denied his company had “back doors” in its equipment that facilitated spying and referred to the US intelligence work exposed by Snowden. The US has been pressuring its allies to impose blanket bans on using Huawei 5G equipment and networks, and has threatened to reconsider sharing intelligence with them. Canada, Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei, while the European Union said this week it would not block Huawei but would increase scrutiny of it.“The Europeans are not complying, the British and the Germans are going their own way, and more and more countries will take their alignment from Germany and Britain,” Yeo said.
The solution, especially for smaller countries, he said, was to identify vulnerabilities rather than ban a specific provider. “The solution is not to say ‘I ban Huawei’, but to go into smaller granularity about exactly what you are afraid of, what is vulnerable and how to armour-plate those things,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a binary problem; the answer is to go deeper, and all countries should begin to do that not just with respect to Huawei but with every telecom system that they allow into their country. “It is not just Huawei that poses an intelligence threat – all the major powers pose an intelligence threat to small countries.”