Australian Daniel Ricciardo crashed Red Bull’s new Formula One car on its track debut, it emerged on Tuesday, but the team said the damage was minor and there would be no consequences for testing in Spain next week.”No issues for Barcelona, we’ll be fine,” said a team spokesman.The closed session, limited to 100km on special Pirelli tyres, at a wet Silverstone circuit on Monday was for private filming.Footage provided by the team after the session showed Ricciardo driving the new RB14 out of the garage and down the pit lane before lapping in a cloud of spray, but did not mention any incident.However media reports said the session was cut short after the Australian hit the barriers.Spare parts such as front wings are always in short supply ahead of the first test of the season, with teams continuing the car build as late as possible.Nothing like that new car feeling #RB14 pic.twitter.com/N6pm8RQzjRRed Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 20, 2018The autosport.com website reported, citing unnamed sources, that the impact was hard enough to damage the front of the car, suspension and floor.Ricciardo made no reference to any problems in a statement issued by Red Bull after the track debut.”It’s hard to tell from a couple of laps but the initial feeling in the car is good,” he had said. “I can already feel that the rear feels pretty settled, even in these poor conditions. Those are encouraging early signs.”advertisementFormer champions Red Bull won three of 20 races last year and finished third overall, behind world champions Mercedes and Ferrari. They hope the RB14 will enable them to challenge for the championship this time.The Australian also had no problems with the new ‘halo’ head protection device, which rises from a central pillar in front of the driver and is mandatory this season.Making waves, the #RB14 #givesyouwings pic.twitter.com/FqihFwyqnoRed Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 19, 2018″So far I can see fine with the halo. I’d only done a couple of installs with it before so it was pretty new today but I really didn’t notice it was there, which is pretty good,” he said.”Honestly, unless there’s stuff above, I don’t see any issues at all on a flat track.”(Courtesy: Reuters)
Cristiano Ronaldo continued with his rich form as he once again netted a brace to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win at Eibar in La Liga on Saturday.Ronaldo scored for the seventh successive game in all competitions by blasting into the net in the 34th minute after chesting down a long ball by Luka Modric, but eighth-placed Eibar pegged the champions back when Ivan Ramis outjumped Sergio Ramos to head home from a corner in the 50th.Ronaldo was denied by an inspired save by Eibar’s Marko Dmitrovic, who clawed away the Portuguese’s header following a cross from Gareth Bale.The irrepressible striker had the final say, however, meeting a cross from Dani Carvajal in the area and powering the ball beyond the Serbian goalkeeper in the 84th minute, scoring a 13th goal in his last seven games in all competitions.Real are third in the Liga standings on 57 points, 12 behind runaway leaders Barcelona, who visit basement club Malaga later on Sunday. Atletico host Celta Vigo on Sunday.(With inputs from Reuters)
The Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF’s) International Organization for Standardization (ISO) environmental management certification has been upgraded from ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001:2015. Story Highlights This was disclosed by JSIF’s Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, who said this will, among other things, allow the entity and, by extension, Jamaica to access increased financing from international funding partners to undertake projects designed to safeguard the environment. Mr. Sweeney said JSIF will be better able to positively impact the communities where the development projects it administers are implemented, in keeping with global standards. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF’s) International Organization for Standardization (ISO) environmental management certification has been upgraded from ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001:2015.This was disclosed by JSIF’s Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, who said this will, among other things, allow the entity and, by extension, Jamaica to access increased financing from international funding partners to undertake projects designed to safeguard the environment.He was speaking at the Kiwanis Club of Barbican’s third anniversary meeting at the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission’s offices on Hagley Park Road in Kingston on Tuesday (January 16).Mr. Sweeney said JSIF will be better able to positively impact the communities where the development projects it administers are implemented, in keeping with global standards.“What that means is that… all of our practices, procedures and policies (are) certified to the international standard of ISO, in terms of how contractors work and how we leave the environment when projects are (completed),” Mr. Sweeney indicated.One example of this is the solid waste management system sub-project, implemented under the World Bank-funded Integrated Community Development Project.The Jamaica Social Investment Fund was first accredited in 2009 when it gained ISO 14001:2004 certification, which strengthened the agency’s overall environmental management capacity to carry out its various development projects.The agency has the distinction of currently being the only State entity in Jamaica and the wider Commonwealth Caribbean to attain this level of environmental accreditation.The ISO 14001 standard specifies a set of requirements for environmental management systems.