Millions sought for Procurement Commission

first_imgFinancial paper No 2– as Cabinet continues to grant ‘no objections’ to contractsThe Government has moved to the National Assembly to seek some $54.1 million in supplemental funding for the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). The money is intended to pay the salaries of the Chairperson and other officials,From left: Carol Corbin; Sukrishnalall Pasha; President David Granger; Ivor Burnette English; former Labour Minister, Dr Nanda Kishore Gopaul and Emily Dodson at the Ministry of the Presidency when the Public Procurement Commission was sworn in last yearamong other expenses.This was revealed when Finance Minister Winston Jordan laid Government’s financial paper Number Two in the National Assembly on Thursday last. The requests form part of the schedule of supplementary provisions totalling $2.5 billion for January to December 2017 and come under line item three of the current estimates.An examination of the financial paper reveals that funds are being sought to pay the salaries of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and three Commissioners. A request was also made for funds to pay auxiliary staff, including those from the accounting and engineering sections.Requests were also made for funding to cover expenses related to the rent, security, telephone, electricity, water, materials, equipment and supplies incurred by the Commission.Fuel, local travel and subsistence, as well as vehicle spares, janitorial and cleaning supplies, equipment maintenance and cleaning, extermination and training for the months August to December 2017 also factor into the request.According to the financial paper, the PPC was in the process of being established during the 2017 budget preparation and was not functional at the time.Procurement ActThe PPC was established last October. It is tasked, as set out by the Procurement Act, to “monitor and review the functioning of all procurement systems to ensure that they are in accordance with law and such policy guidelines as may be determined by the National Assembly”, among other duties.It is also tasked with promoting “awareness of the rules, procedures, and special requirements of the procurement process among suppliers, contractors  and public bodies, and safeguard the national interest in public procurement matters, having due regard to any international obligations”.The Act also stipulates that “it will, as well, monitor the performance of procurement bodies with respect to adherence to regulations and efficiency in procuring goods and services and execution of works; approve of procedures for public procurement, disseminate rules and procedures for public procurement, and recommend modifications thereto to the public procurement entities”.Specifically, section 54(6) of the Procurement Act, Chapter 73:05 states, “Cabinet’s involvement under this section shall cease upon the constitution of the Public Procurement Commission except in relation to those matters referred to in subsection (1) which are pending.”The members of the Commission currently are Emily Dodson, Carol Corbin, Ivor English, Nandkishore Gopaul and Sukrishnalall Pasha. When the Commission was installed last year, President David Granger had said, at that time, that it would take the brunt of work off the shoulders of Government Ministers. The Alliance For Change (AFC) has been vocal against Cabinet continuing its no-objection’ arrangement.However, although the Commission has settled in, Government continued to grant its no objection to contracts. When he was asked about the situation earlier this year, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had said the group had indicated that it was not in a position to begin its work.“The Public Procurement Commission indicated that some time in January they will be ready to execute their mandate. Right now, they are not ready, because there are still some critical appointments to be made in the Commission and, therefore, the role of granting no objection to contracts remains with Cabinet,” he told the media.In an about-turn soon after, however, the PPC had indicated that a literal interpretation of the Constitution would not allow it to take over the Cabinet’s function in giving approval to contracts. It had zeroed in on Section 54 of the Act.“A literal interpretation of this section directs the immediate cessation of Cabinet’s role once the PPC is constituted. (It does not), however, provide for the PPC to take over that function from Cabinet. The role of the PPC is limited to approving the format of the streamlined report to be sent to Cabinet and if all of Section 54 (1) is to prevail, reviewing the threshold of the value of contracts to be reviewed by the Cabinet,” it had said in a statement.“Based on the foregoing, the Commission is not empowered by the Constitution or the Act to grant no objection or to award contracts. The awarding of contracts is the responsibility of the Procuring Entities and the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board. These agencies are responsible for the public advertisements of contracts, evaluation of bids and ultimate approval and award of contracts.”last_img read more

NSC, ANSA McAL on board for “Bragging Rights” football

first_imgAs the clock winds down to the first-ever “Bragging Rights” five-a-side football, the tournament has received the blessing of the National Sports Commission (NSC), along with sponsorship from distributing giant ANSA McAL.ANSA McAL’s Nigel Worrell; Marlon “Freedom Boss” Jacobs; Director of Sport, Christopher Jones; ANSA McAL Brand Manager Errol Nelson and Ferez Mohammed pose with the winners’ trophyThe highly-anticipated football action will go down this weekend at the newest entertainment spot, Marriott beachfront. While registration is already closed, the three-day competition will feature 18 teams vying for bragging rights, street football style.Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, while praising the Freedom Family for implementing such an initiative, highlighted the benefits the competition has for the target areas.“It provides an opportunity for young people who otherwise would not have had an opportunity to be a part of such a tournament. We recognise some of the communities that would be participating in the event from Albouystown, Tiger Bay, Leopold Street; these youngsters are in communities which would be referred to as at-risk communities and activities like this remind them that persons are still looking out for their interest,” the Director of Sport stated.He then went on to highlight the variety that the event presents, noting that it is more than just a few football matches. “The ambiance will be set for two sorts of deliverables: 1) It is a football tournament in which you have an opportunity to rep for your community, and 2) the atmosphere where you can sit with your family and friends on the beach,” Jones explained.The five-a-side football will be sponsored by ANSA McAL under its Stag, iCool and iCool Water brands. ANSA McAL Brand Manager Errol Nelson, after congratulating the Freedom Family on their venture, noted that the company was excited to be a part of this first-time venture.“As you may know, over the years, ANSA McAL has been known for distributing brands and products of the highest quality and as such, we are expecting a very high level of competition to be displayed by all the teams and also disciplined supporters,” Nelson stated.The competition will see the preliminary round being played on the first night Friday, October 19 (tomorrow) and will heat up on Saturday, October 20 with the knockout rounds. The semi-finals and final will be played on Sunday, October 21. Tickets for the individual days currently cost $1000 while the three-day pass is valued at $2500.With bragging rights will come a grand prize as explained by the “Freedom Boss” himself, Marlon Jacobs. “Prizes for teams will amount to $500,000 cash. First-place winner will get $300,000, second place will get $100,000 and third and fourth will split the remaining hundred,” the organiser declared.last_img read more

Woman wounded in gang shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFor more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 20-something woman wounded in the head just west of downtown Los Angeles in a gang-related shooting was in critical condition today, police said. The shooting in the 400 block of North Lafayette Park Place occurred about 2:30 p.m. yesterday, said Karen Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section. The woman, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery, said Sgt. Melvin Gamble of the Rampart Station. It was unclear what made police believe the shooting was gang-related. last_img read more


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first_imgA victorious Donegal Jr A team celebrate winning the Pat Callaghan CupDonegal ( Jr A )1-8 Wolfe Tones 0-10Reports :Rory O DonnellPictures : Majella Mc FaddenDonegal came through in the final 10 minutes of the junior A football final to claim the title and the Pat Callaghan Cup from Wolfe Tones. Pat Callaghan was a stalwart for the GAA in Boston for years, and still helped out on the board well into his later years. It was fitting that the inaugural Pat Callaghan cup go to Donegal, for Pat was a Donegal man himself. For most of the game it looked as if the Tones would have it as they led for 50 of the 60 minutes. After a player from each side was sent off, Donegal’s fitter legs carried the day. A goal from Michael McGinty and two late points from Rocky Ivors and Christy Bell put the cup into Donegal hands.There was very little between the teams in the opening period. Wolfe Tones got the scoring going with a point from Mick Sammon followed by a well taken Mike O’Brien point. Donegal were level shortly after. Rocky Ivors found Christy McLoughlin with a great ball and McLoughlin pointed. Kevin Curran then leveled affairs with a free. With the Tones half backs doing well, the South Boston team went on the three point spin. Joey Farrell pointed twice from play and Sammon once. Donegal fought back. Ivors and McGinty did well in the middle of the field. Two points from McLoughlin brought Donegal within a point at the break.The second half saw two sendings off. Kevin Gorham and Ciaran Flynn, who had just entered the fray, were shown red mid way through the half for striking The Tones had added to their lead. Marty McGeough had entered the game at corner forward and the Tones picked off four unanswered points. Sammon, Keelan, O’Brien and McGeough were the scorers. Donegal were not having much success in their efforts until Kevin Curran pointed a free 17 minutes into the half, and Paddy McMyler put over another from play. With three points in it veteran Michael McGinty netted from inside the 14. McMyler found Rocky Ivors for the go ahead point and all in the space of 5 minutes Donegal were ahead. The Tones lost another man to a red card. Ed Carr and McMyler were involved in a scuffle. McMyler was shown a yellow and Carr a red and now it was 11 versus 12 for the last few minutes. The Tones had it all to do now and with a couple of minutes left on the clock there was a chance. The champions put all their efforts into turning the game, but Christy Bell put two points in it. The Tones still had time to steal it and had futile claims for a late penalty as Keelan went down in a crowded penalty area but at that point in the game a penalty claim would have to have been explicitly clear. Keelan pointed from the sideline to bring it to a point, but it was Donegal who won the next kickout and the final whistle went. Delight for the Donegal juniors who dedicated the season to former player, the late Thomas Maguire of Ardara.Referee: James Owens: (Loch Garman) Man of the Match: Rocky Ivors (Donegal)Donegal: J. Byrne, P. McNulty, D. McBride, P. McLoughlin, E. Doonan, D. Doherty, C. Bell, M. McGinty, R. Ivors, K. Curran, P. McMyler, C. McLoughlin, D. Green. Wolfe Tones: B. Murray, K. Gorham, K. Gill, M. O’Brien, C. Davy, E. Carr, J. Farrell, K. Keelan, G. Walsh, G. Molloy, S. Kelly, M. Sammon, J. Carroll.Junior A manager Gareth Ruddy and man of the match Robert “Rocky” Ivers with the Pat Callaghan Cup GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON JUNIORS LIFT CUP AND DEDICATE VICTORY TO TOMAS MAGUIRE was last modified: August 30th, 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:GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON JUNIORS LIFT CUP AND DEDICATE VICTORY TO TOMAS MAGUIRElast_img read more

Riverbank work to begin

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA PAULA – As a new rainy season approaches, officials are anxious to complete a $3.8 million wall of rocks to help protect Santa Paula Airport’s runway from the kind of erosion that occurred in February, when the Santa Clara River changed course during near-record rains. A contract for the work was awarded Friday and officials hope it will start this coming week. About 600 feet, or a third of the airport’s only runway, was washed away, and although it was restored by the end of July using sand dug out of the river channel, the new runway is also in danger of washing away. “We are working against the clock,” said Rowena Mason, the airport’s manager. “Unless we get some sort of (river) bank protection, any kind of flow that comes back and hits the airport will take that sand out. “We’ve been here for 75 years. This has never happened before. What’s happened is the river is still the way that it was when we were washed out.” Jeff Pratt, director of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, said the rock barrier would probably have been finished already if not for delays over state demands for an environmental study. In October, a Ventura County Superior Court judge ruled that the county’s Watershed Protection District could go ahead with the project to protect the airport in spite of demands from the state for the environmental review. “We want to put in a rock covering on the soil slope,” Pratt said. “We’ve been proposing to put it in since March. We wanted to start putting it in in July and we would have been done by now. “The court said it was clearly an emergency project. All that earthwork (to restore the runway) is at risk if we don’t get it in quickly.” During the heavy rains last year, Pratt said, Santa Paula Creek spewed sediment into the Santa Clara River, helping to turn the river channel toward the airport. This caused part of the runway to wash away, and the threat still exists from the change in the direction in the river channel. The Watershed Protection District is being reimbursed up to $5 million from the federal National Resources Conservation Service to restore the eroded river bank, including the part where part of the airport runway was washed away. About $2 million has been spent on dredging a diversion channel in the river and using the sand to restore the airport land. But owners of the airport also have gone into debt trying to restore their airfield. “We are already $400,000 in debt to make the repairs we made. We have to protect that investment,” Mason said. Before the rock wall could be built, an agreement over property rights had to be reached with the nature conservancy that owns part of the land where the wall is being built. Mason said the wall along the river bank is being placed partly below ground and partly above, using giant rocks like those in jetties along the beach. Santa Paula Airport sits along the west bank of the Santa Clara River and offers an unusual environment that has attracted hundreds of pilots, including a number of celebrities. The airport has a small-town feel where children ride their bikes to watch the planes take off. Celebrities have kept planes there over the years, include actors Steve McQueen, Gene Hackman and Cliff Robertson. “It’s a wonderful airport,” Mason said. “We are one of the largest employers in the city of Santa Paula, employing over 100 people. During the 2003 fires that burned from Santa Clarita to the San Fernando Valley and from Santa Paula to Simi Valley, the Santa Paula airfield was used as a heliport to fight the fire. Since 1930, we have served the public.” The airport is owned by the 103 people who have acquired stock by buying hangars there. In the intense flooding of 1969, which washed out a number of roads in Ventura County, water covered parts of the Santa Paula Airport, but there was no damage to the riverbank. But this year, on Feb. 21, the 32-acre airport property began to erode and emergency crews began working with a convoy of dump trucks to build a diversion jetty with rocks and concrete. As crews worked, the river began eating up the runway at 1:30 a.m. the following day. There are 26 businesses operating at the airport with a total business value of over $21 million. That includes six repair facilities, Logsdon’s restaurant, a flight school and the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula. The airport has an annual estimated gross sales of $6 million. It is home to 300 aircraft of all types, including a large collection of antique and vintage aircraft. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Photos: Oakland Athletics work out at Yankee Stadium in preparation for do-or-die wild card game

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.The Oakland Athletics work out at Yankee Stadium in preparation for a do-or-die wild card game tomorrow night in the Bronx. The winner of the game will advance to the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday. Pitcher Liam Hendriks will start for the A’s and Luis Severino will start for the Yankees. The A’s have a 97-65 record versus the Yankees 100-62 record. …last_img read more

Salamander Genes Give Darwinists a Wake-Up Call

A press release from UC Berkeley says that the evolutionary family tree of salamanders, once thought secure, has been turned topsy-turvy by a study of the genes.  The opening paragraph is reminiscent of an irritating alarm clock going off in a comfy bedroom:Biologists take for granted that the limbs and branches of the tree of life – painstakingly constructed since Linnaeus started classifying organisms 270 years ago – are basically correct.  New genetic studies, the thinking goes, will only prune the twigs, perhaps shuffling around a few species here and there.    Hence the surprise when a new University of California, Berkeley, study of the largest family of salamanders produced a genetic family tree totally inconsistent with the accepted classification, which is based primarily on physical features. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)To be sure, the study did not put salamanders in with birds or sharks or something that radical.  But the results were radical enough to make evolutionists seriously consider a radical interpretation: that some lineages lost a function and then re-evolved it:Salamanders formerly classified together because of similar characteristics, such as a tail that breaks at only one spot as opposed to anywhere when stressed, now appear not to be close relatives at all.  And salamanders that go through an aquatic larval stage are scattered about on different branches instead of grouped on one limb of the tree: Apparently some salamander lineages lost the larval stage and then reacquired it again.“The results were stunningly different than what we anticipated,” said David Wake, an expert on salamanders at the university.  The study conducted by one of his graduate students found major upsets in the phylogenetic tree determined from mitochondrial DNA analysis.  The student, Rachel Mueller, learned a lesson: “this does tell us that, when reconstructing evolutionary relationships, you have to be careful which morphological features you assume are conservative and haven’t evolved much, and which you think are likely to have changed over time.”The new family tree shows, however, that some terrestrial salamanders regained their larval stage after moving back to the water.  This may have happened in three separate lineages of Plethodontids [the largest family of salamanders], which is surprising for a seemingly complex feature biologists have assumed arose just once, very early in the history of salamanders.Wake also has found that the three very different types of salamander tongues, some which are short and stubby and some that can be flung out nearly the length of the salamander’s body, “have evolved several times in different lineages.”  The new genetic data, published in PNAS,1 tend to confirm that, he said.    Meanwhile, in Science Sept. 10,2 Elizabeth Pennisi says James Hanken of Harvard has proposed, based on genetic studies, that a certain line of miniature salamanders from Mexico acquired upper teeth independently four times.  He defended this view against critics at the 7th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology in Boca Raton, Florida last month:Some of Hanken’s colleagues question his interpretation, noting that the common wisdom holds that once a trait disappears from a group of organisms, it rarely resurfaces.  Hanken’s conclusion is “something that’s hard to defend,” says Ann Huysseune of Ghent University in Belgium.  But Hanken argues that these small vertebrates must have had a lot of evolutionary tricks up their sleeves in order to survive tough times.  He points to the success that small animals in general have had after mass extinctions and attributes that to their ability to rapidly change and adapt.    Thorius species, he thinks, may have retained the capability of making upper teeth, even if their tooth-building program became short-circuited.  The reappearance of upper teeth in the four salamander species, says Hanken, “offers an example of latent developmental potentialities that reside within living species but which may not be manifest or expressed until far into the future.”1Mueller, Wake et al., “Morphological homoplasy, life history evolution, and historical biogeography of plethodontid salamanders inferred from complete mitochondrial genomes,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0405785101, published online Sept. 13, 2004.2Elizabeth Pennisi, “Tiny Salamanders Show Their Teeth,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5689, 1396-1397, 3 September 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5689.1396b].How long must we hold onto an outmoded hypothesis when it continually forces its adherents to believe absurd things?  To get a larval stage or a ballistic tongue once is astronomically improbable.  How can anyone believe it happened multiple times?  And to believe that something as complex as the suite of developmental genes for a set of teeth can just wait inert in a genome for the right time far into the future, without being eliminated by natural selection, violates Darwin’s own principles.  Salamanders don’t have sleeves.  How can they hide tricks up them?  If any problem in evolution can be explained away by magic tricks, it is not science.  The genetic data are not proving Darwin right, so Chuck his theory.  Wake up; it was only a bad trip (see 09/12/2004 commentary).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more

Announce farm loan waiver in Uttarakhand, Congress tells PM Modi

first_imgAhead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Uttarakhand next week, the Congress on Friday asked him to announce a farm loan waiver scheme, saying it was time he repaid his debt to farmers who voted the BJP to power in the State last year.The State unit of the Congress said it welcomed the Prime Minister, visiting Uttarakhand for the first time after the BJP’s victory “with a big mandate” in the Assembly election. “It is time for the Prime Minister to repay the debt to the people of the State by at least offering a loan waiver to farmers and a financial package for the State,” Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh said. . The BJP won 57 out of the total 70 Assembly seats in 2017.Vision documentClaiming that at least 10 debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide since the BJP came to power in March last year, Mr. Singh said the saffron party had promised to waive farm loans in its “vision document” ahead of the Assembly poll.“It is time the Prime Minister began to fulfil the promises he had made to the people of the State to give credence to his words,” Mr. Singh said, referring to Mr. Modi’s “much-publicised double engine” governance promise.Kedarnath packageHe said all reconstruction work in Kedarnath after the 2013 natural disaster was carried out with the ₹7,500 crore rehabilitation package announced by the previous UPA government and Mr. Modi should clear the remaining ₹3,000 crore under the package.Reminding Mr. Modi of his statement in the aftermath of the 2013 disaster that the rehabilitation package was not enough, Mr. Singh said if the Prime Minister’s heart bleeds for the people of Uttarakhand he would announce a fresh package without delay.More than 5,500 people were “presumed dead” by the Uttarakhand government a year after the natural disaster. Mr. Modi will preside over the main event on the International Yoga Day on June 21.last_img read more

Formula One: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc Emulates Michael Schumacher with Fourth Pole in a Row at Russian GP

first_imgSochi: Charles Leclerc became the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher to take four pole positions in a row on Saturday in a Russian Grand Prix qualifying session that bridged the generations.Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton joined the Monegasque, who was three years old when Schumacher racked up four successive poles in 2000, on the front row with Mercedes unable to match Ferrari’s pace but on a different tyre strategy. Leclerc, 21, has now out-qualified his four-times world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, who starts in third place after winning in Singapore last weekend, for nine successive races.The youngster was not about to get carried away, however, after his sixth pole of the season and his career.”The car felt amazing. It definitely feels great to be back on pole but I don’t know if it’s the best track to start on pole,” said Leclerc after lapping the Olympic Park circuit in one minute 31.628 seconds on the fastest soft-compound tyres.”It definitely feels very special but I don’t really want to think about those stats for now, I just want to focus on the job,” said the youngster when spoken of in the same breath as seven-times world champion Schumacher.”There’s still a long way to go tomorrow, we’ve been competitive all weekend long and the race simulation seems positive too. It’s looking good for tomorrow.”Hamilton had been third behind the two Ferraris after the first flying laps of the final shootout session but the man who has more career poles than any driver still lifted himself on to the front row with slower, medium tyres.His time was 0.4 seconds off Leclerc’s best but denied Ferrari a front-row sweep by 0.023 ahead of a race that has only ever been won by Mercedes since it first appeared on the calendar in 2014.”It was a tough qualifying session because these guys have some crazy speeds on the straights,” said the five-time champion after ending up in a Ferrari sandwich.”They go to another level. You know that whole ‘party mode’ you talked about us having? They have something else beyond that – jet mode.”Nonetheless I gave it absolutely everything I had at the end. I’m so glad it came together, I wasn’t expecting it to.”GRID PENALTIESMax Verstappen qualified fourth for Red Bull but the Dutch youngster carries a five-place grid penalty due to an engine change, meaning Hamilton’s teammate and title rival Valtteri Bottas moves up to the second row.Hamilton leads Bottas by 65 points with six races remaining and is well placed to extend his lead on Sunday, given that he is 96 points clear of closest non-Mercedes rivals Leclerc and Verstappen in the standings.Verstappen’s Thai teammate Alexander Albon crashed out of the first phase of qualifying, smashing backwards into the barriers at turn 13 and bringing out the red flags, after Williams’s Robert Kubica had also spun.”There’s nothing really to say other than I went in a bit hot like Max did in FP3 (final practice) and I lost the rear. There’s a tailwind in that corner and it just caught me out. When these cars go, they go quick,” said Albon.”It was a silly mistake.”McLaren’s Carlos Sainz will start fifth with Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg sixth on a day when the Woking-based team announced it would be switching from the French manufacturer’s engines to Mercedes from 2021.Sainz’s rookie team mate Lando Norris starts seventh with Haas’s Romain Grosjean eighth and Renault’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo joining former Red Bull team mate Verstappen on the fifth row.The only Russian on the starting grid, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, will line up last due to engine penalties. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Charles LeclercF1ferrariformula one First Published: September 29, 2019, 8:51 AM ISTlast_img read more