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Azerbaijan Grand Prix before qualifying at the latest as Sergio Perez leads the times

F1 Practice LIVE: The Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the latest before qualifying as Sergio Perez leads the times - Qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix takes place at the fast and exciting Baku street circuit (Author: Gardener)

Sergio PerezThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Follow live F1 updates from qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc attempts to claim a fourth straight pole position at the Baku street circuit. Leclerc secured pole position here last year, although it was Sergio Perez who took the win in a chaotic race. Perez, fresh from his Monte Carlo win, has had the advantage over world champion and championship leader Max Verstappen so far this weekend and could lead the Red Bull battle as the team look to deny Leclerc another pole position. Before qualifying begins, the third and final practice session took place as Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton desperately looked for improvements and couldn't find them. The seven-time world champion was only able to finish P12 in Friday practice as Mercedes were off the pace again and it was the same in FP3 on Saturday as Perez topped the times ahead of Leclerc. Follow live updates from qualifying ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix below: Qualifying starts at 15:15 BST Sergio Perez tops the timesheets at the end of delayed FP3 13:40 , Lawrence Ostlere Lawrence Ostlere Lewis Hamilton is 12th, Valtteri Bottas will 19th 13:20, Lawrence Ostlere Qualifying has been rescheduled to 15:15 BST (18:15 Baku) after a delay in the start of FP3 pushed back the day's schedule slightly. 13:18 , Lawrence Ostlere Sergio Perez ends the session in first place, ahead of Leclerc, Verstappen, Sainz and then Norris in fifth place. Ricciardoa, Gasly, Russell, Ocon and Vettel round out the top 10, with Hamilton working his way up to 12th place. 13:13 , Lawrence Ostlere The final few minutes of this session and Red Bull's Sergio Perez has jumped 0.070s faster than Leclerc to the top of the timesheets. 13:04 , Lawrence Ostlere Yellow flag in Sector 1 as Valtteri Bottas goes off the track at Turn 3. That will miss a couple of flying laps with about 11 minutes to go in this final practice session. 12:55 , Lawrence Ostlere It feels like F1's natural order has been restored as Leclerc takes the lead and Max Verstappen slips to second in the timekeeping, with Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz in tow. About 20 minutes to go and most of the cars will be in the garage preparing for a final stint before qualifying. Gasly, Russell, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Vettel and Ocon fill out today's top 10, with Norris just 11. 12:41 , Lawrence Ostlere As soon as those words left my keyboard, Leclerc jumped to the top of the timesheets and shortly afterwards Perez climbed along a 1:44,416 about him. 12:38pm, Lawrence Ostlere Charles Leclerc was quickest yesterday but it's his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz who's quickest today, ahead of Leclerc and then Red Bull's Sergio Perez - Max Verstappen still has a time to go in this session . George Russell is fourth in the standings, just ahead of fellow Audi driver Lewis Hamilton. Carlos Sainz during Friday practice in his Ferrari (Reuters) 12:30, Lawrence Ostlere 12:19, Lawrence Ostlere Hooray, the barrier is repaired and FP3 is finally underway. 12:14 , Lawrence Ostlere It's sweltering hot in Baku today, the only difference from yesterday is the lack of wind which should help the riders find some control in the high speed, twisty sections. 12:00 , Lawrence Ostlere The start of this practice has been postponed as some barriers have been repaired. 11:55 AM , Lawrence Ostlere Five minutes before the third and final practice session. Charles Leclerc ousts Sergio Perez in second practice session in Azerbaijan. Hamilton has the same Mercedes issues in Baku at 11:45, Jamie Braidwood: “There are no other issues that have resurfaced; It's really the same, pretty much the same as the last race. We tried something experimental on my car and it didn't feel great to be honest but at least we tried and got data on it and now we're going to go through it and hopefully come back to what we changed for tomorrow to have. “I just can't really tell you where 1.6 seconds or 1.3 seconds or whatever it is, that's a long way. A lot of it on the straights…” Verstappen expects more from Red Bull in qualifying 11:38 , Jamie Braidwood “I was just a little unlucky with my soft tire runs – in FP1 and FP2 I was catching yellow flags the whole time, so I had to retire. Looks like Ferrari is pretty quick over a lap win. Long runs look a bit more consistent then, so that's a positive... But not a bad day overall, I just need to tweak a few things.” Russell frustrated as Mercedes left Ferrari and Red Bull behind at 11:30, Jamie Braidwood “It was a difficult day, we weren't as competitive as we would have liked. You see, a number of drivers got their fastest laps right at the end of the heat, while Ferrari and Red Bull seemed to be able to turn it on. At the moment they just have a faster car than us and we did everything we could to catch up. “If we have full control of the tyres, we won't quite close that gap – or we definitely won't close that gap, they're just too far ahead. So that's probably 50% of our problems - the rest is just the lack of performance we're having at the moment.” 11:15 , Jamie Braidwood “We had a tough Friday because overall I think we went from FP1 to FP2 quite a bit improved, but there is one more step that we need to take overnight. I also feel like nobody really put in a lap in FP2 and neither did we – actually I don't think Max [Verstappen] and Carlos [Sainz] really improved on the softs, so there's still quite a lot Question mark. "I think the positives to take away today is that the tire degradation was good and the race pace was very strong so that's good." 11:00 , Jamie Braidwood Max Verstappen says Formula 1 has a salary cap for drivers would be "completely wrong". The sport is looking at ways to become more sustainable in the long term, with an overall budget cap introduced last season to keep costs down. Driver salaries are not currently included in this cap, but there is speculation that they may be soon. Reigning world champion Verstappen, whose deal with Red Bull is said to be worth over £40million a year, is opposed to the idea. "It's still all a bit vague. I don't think anyone really knows where it's going," he said ahead of this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. "But it's completely wrong from my side because I think Formula 1 is becoming more popular at the moment and everyone is making more and more money, including the teams, Formula 1 (owners) - everyone is benefiting." So why should they Drivers being chopped off with their IP rights and everything that's supposed to be running the show and putting their lives on the line because we're doing it Hamilton responds to FIA President's criticism that he 'forced his beliefs' at F1 10:45 Jamie Braidwood Lewis Hamilton has told the ruler of Formula One's governing body that he will not be silenced - and encouraged his fellow drivers to be more open at this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, when FIA President Mohammed ben Sulayem popped the question on whether Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Lando Norris should voice their views Hamilton, who has become a leading voice for improving diversity in sport, said: "I've heard he's the thing e has made it clear social media, which is positive. And it continues to be an important platform for us to use our voice, each and every one of us, to do more and say more and spark more conversations. “Creating a more inclusive environment is just as important as focusing on better diversity within our own organization. But it's also so important in sports because it's going very slowly and we need more people using their platforms. "I encourage all drivers going forward to be more open and talk about things that are important to them." Responding to the FIA ​​boss' criticism, Lewis Hamilton said he "imposed his beliefs" at F1 10:30. Jamie Braidwood Daniel Ricciardo said he had spoken to McLaren team boss Zak Brown and felt he had the full support of the team amid speculation surrounding his future in Formula 1 for the former champion. The 32-year-old joined McLaren from Renault last season, his contract running until the end of 2023, but his struggles to cope with the Woking-based team's car have continued into a second season, raising questions about the duration of his deal will see. "Yes, well, first we talked, we had a catch-up," Ricciardo told reporters at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. "It's clear to us that we're making progress, my contract with the team is clear until the end of next year, I'm fully committed. "I have the full support of the team and we want to do it together," he added. Rosberg banned from F1 paddock after failing to receive Covid-19 vaccine 10:15 , Jamie Braidwood Former World Champion Nico Rosberg has been banned from the Formula 1 paddock after failing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine Rosberg, who clinched the title for Lewis Hamilton in 2016 before retiring just five days later, now works as a pundit for Sky Sports. But the 36-year-old will have to play his role remotely under the sport's new Covid requirements for 2022. All traveling Formula 1 staff - including drivers, team members, caterers and media - must be fully vaccinated to gain access to the paddock. Nico Rosberg has been banned from the F1 paddock after failing to receive a Covid vaccine Qualifying from 2pm This revenue helps fund The Independent's journalism. What time is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifier and how can I watch? 10:04 AM , Jamie Braidwood Hamilton starts Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix - the eighth round of 16 this season - already 75 points behind Verstappen, that's three wins as both Hamilton and teammate George Russell suffered from heavy jumps on Friday. At one point in the first session, Hamilton's race engineer Peter Bonnington advised his driver to be careful when crossing the pit entry line when completing a lap. A frustrated Hamilton replied, "It's so bumpy I couldn't see the line." Russell, who finished ahead of Hamilton on every lap of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, has a 34-point lead over his teammate in the standings Seventh, 1.3 seconds back. Leclerc beats Perez 10-03 in second practice session in Azerbaijan. Jamie Braidwood Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took first place in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton struggled for 12th place, but the team was caught flat-footed in wet-dry conditions, edging out Sergio Perez in Baku. Fresh from winning Monte Carlo and signing a new contract that will keep him in Red Bull colors until 2024, Perez was fastest in the opening heat of the weekend. But the Mexican was attacked by Leclerc later in the day and was a quarter of a second behind the Ferrari man. Ferrari and Red Bull remain at the top of the Formula One class with third-order world champion Max Verstappen three-tenths back. Charles Leclerc ousts Sergio Perez in second practice session in Azerbaijan 09:57 , Jamie Braidwood Good morning and welcome to the news from Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc attempts to claim fourth consecutive pole position at the Baku street circuit to reach. Despite being denied victory at the Monaco Grand Prix last time out and having gone two months without a race win, Leclerc was in sensational form on Saturday and appears to be fast again on the Caspian Sea coast after beating the timesheets on the second Friday led free practice session. Despite being denied victory at the Monaco Grand Prix last time out and having gone two months without a race win, Leclerc was in sensational form on Saturday and appears to be fast again on the Caspian Sea coast after beating the timesheets on the second Friday led free practice session. LIV Golf: Where will the new tour be played? 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McLaren fears it won't be able to stay within the F1 cost ceiling in 2022

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl admits that his team expects to break the upper cost limit in Formula 1 by the end of the season. (Author: Gardener)

McLarenSeveral top teams have indicated that inflation and rising freight costs will make it impossible to meet the cap, with Red Bull's Christian Horner saying as many as seven teams will exceed the total 2022 limit of $141.2 million - $1.2 million in addition to an initial $140 million for the additional race over the 21 race plan. Seidl is still hopeful that the FIA ​​and F1 organization can broker a solution as talks drag on. "For us as a team that was scheduled to run at the cap earlier this year, with all these unexpected costs coming our way, we are in a position where we can no longer make the cap because you're just safe are a fixed cost to start the season," he said when asked by Autosport if the team could still stay within the cap. "You have a fixed cost with the resources you have, staff and stuff that you can't adjust anymore ." And with this unexpected huge increase in costs, mostly on the freight side and utility bills, we're in the same position as some other teams we can't get to this year. "And I'm still confident that we can at with all the talks that are currently taking place along with the other teams, with the FIA ​​and with F1, we are still finding the solution that is in the best interest of the sport going forward.” Seidl insisted that he still believe in the cap principle, arguing that it is necessary for both sustainability and closure of the field. "I don't want to go into too much detail about the talks we're having there with the other teams and the FIA," he said. "The most important thing is in the interest of sport that we find a defined solution for everyone, because I think that's also crucial so that the principles of cost capping aren't watered down or something. “I am absolutely glad that we have the cost ceiling. It was a necessity for the sport in general, for F1, but also for us as a team to be financially sustainable in F1. but also in a position where you can also be competitive in sport." It's just a new dimension or parameter that you have to take into account how you end the year in Formula 1." And it's clear, especially in the current circumstances that the development of the car is currently greatly affected by the cost cap, because of all these unexpected costs that have occurred lately.Asked whether he has in mind the 5% cap from which the cap will be exceeded The penalties got tougher - Seidl insisted he didn't: "I'm not focused on any particular point, I'm just focused on finding a solution that works for everyone involved. Everyone has an interest in us having a defined solution for this year."

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McLaren fears it won't be able to stay within the F1 cost ceiling in 2022

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl admits that his team expects to break the upper cost limit in Formula 1 by the end of the season. (Author: Gardener)

McLarenSeveral top teams have indicated that inflation and rising freight costs will make it impossible to meet the cap, with Red Bull's Christian Horner saying as many as seven teams will exceed the total 2022 limit of $141.2 million - $1.2 million in addition to an initial $140 million for the additional race over the 21 race plan. Seidl is still hopeful that the FIA ​​and F1 organization can broker a solution as talks drag on. "For us as a team that was scheduled to run at the cap earlier this year, with all these unexpected costs coming our way, we are in a position where we can no longer make the cap because you're just safe are a fixed cost to start the season," he said when asked by Autosport if the team could still stay within the cap. "You have a fixed cost with the resources you have, staff and stuff that you can't adjust anymore ." And with this unexpected huge increase in costs, mostly on the freight side and utility bills, we're in the same position as some other teams we can't get to this year. "And I'm still confident that we can at with all the talks that are currently taking place along with the other teams, with the FIA ​​and with F1, we are still finding the solution that is in the best interest of the sport going forward.” Seidl insisted that he still believe in the cap principle, arguing that it is necessary for both sustainability and closure of the field. "I don't want to go into too much detail about the talks we're having there with the other teams and the FIA," he said. "The most important thing is in the interest of sport that we find a defined solution for everyone, because I think that's also crucial so that the principles of cost capping aren't watered down or something. “I am absolutely glad that we have the cost ceiling. It was a necessity for the sport in general, for F1, but also for us as a team to be financially sustainable in F1. but also in a position where you can also be competitive in sport." It's just a new dimension or parameter that you have to take into account how you end the year in Formula 1." And it's clear, especially in the current circumstances that the development of the car is currently greatly affected by the cost cap, because of all these unexpected costs that have occurred lately.Asked whether he has in mind the 5% cap from which the cap will be exceeded The penalties got tougher - Seidl insisted he didn't: "I'm not focused on any particular point, I'm just focused on finding a solution that works for everyone involved. Everyone has an interest in us having a defined solution for this year."

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Final practice session at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Leclerc who will be battling the Red Bulls for pole

F1 Qualifying LIVE: Updates on the final practice session of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Leclerc set to battle Red Bulls for pole - Qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix takes place on the fast and exciting street circuit of Baku (Author: Gardener)

LeclercFollow live F1 updates from qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc attempts to claim a fourth straight pole position at the Baku street circuit. Follow live F1 updates from qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc attempts to claim a fourth straight pole position at the Baku street circuit. Despite being denied victory at the Monaco Grand Prix last time out and having gone two months without a race win, Leclerc was in sensational form on Saturday and appears to be fast again on the Caspian Sea coast after beating the timesheets on the second Friday led free practice session. Despite being denied victory at the Monaco Grand Prix last time out and having gone two months without a race win, Leclerc was in sensational form on Saturday and appears to be fast again on the Caspian Sea coast after beating the timesheets on the second Friday led free practice session. Leclerc secured pole position here last year, although it was Sergio Perez who took the win in a chaotic race. Leclerc secured pole position here last year, although it was Sergio Perez who took the win in a chaotic race. Perez, fresh from his Monte Carlo win, has had the advantage over world champion and championship leader Max Verstappen so far this weekend and could lead the Red Bull battle as the team look to deny Leclerc another pole position. Perez, fresh from his Monte Carlo win, has had the advantage over world champion and championship leader Max Verstappen so far this weekend and could lead the Red Bull battle as the team look to deny Leclerc another pole position. Before qualifying begins, the third and final practice session takes place, with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton desperately looking for improvements. Before qualifying begins, the third and final practice session takes place, with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton desperately looking for improvements. The seven-time World Champion was only able to finish P12 in Friday's practice session as Mercedes were again off pace and struggling with 'porpoises', apparently causing difficulties for the team on the long and bumpy pit lane. The seven-time World Champion was only able to finish P12 in Friday's practice session as Mercedes were again off pace and struggling with 'porpoises', apparently causing difficulties for the team on the long and bumpy pit lane. Follow live updates from FP3 and qualifying ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix below: Follow live updates from FP3 and qualifying ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix below: 11:00 , Jamie Braidwood Max Verstappen says Formula 1 , which introduces a salary cap for drivers, "completely wrong". The sport is looking at ways to become more sustainable in the long term, with an overall budget cap introduced last season to keep costs down. Reigning world champion Verstappen, whose deal with Red Bull is said to be worth over £40million a year, is opposed to the idea. "It's still all a bit vague. I don't think anyone really knows where it's going," he said ahead of this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. "But it's completely wrong from my side because I think Formula 1 is becoming more popular at the moment and everyone is making more and more money, including the teams, Formula 1 (owners) - everyone is benefiting." So why should they Drivers being chopped off with their IP rights and everything that's supposed to be running the show and putting their lives at risk because we're doing it Hamilton responds to FIA President's criticism for 'imposing his beliefs' in F1 10:45 Jamie Braidwood Lewis Hamilton has told the ruler of Formula 1's governing body he will not be silenced - and encouraged his fellow drivers to be more open Ahead of this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, FIA President Mohammed ben Sulayem posed asked whether Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Lando Norris should voice their views Hamilton, who has become a leading voice for improving diversity within sport, said: "I've heard d as he clarified things on social media, which is positive. But it's also so important in sports because it's going very slowly and we need more people using their platforms. "I encourage all drivers going forward to be more open and talk about things that are important to them." Responding to the FIA ​​boss' criticism, Lewis Hamilton said he "imposed his beliefs" at F1 10:30. Jamie Braidwood Daniel Ricciardo said he had spoken to McLaren team boss Zak Brown and felt he had the full support of the team amid speculation surrounding his future in Formula 1, with the former champions. The 32-year-old joined McLaren from Renault last season, his contract running until the end of 2023, but his efforts to get a grip on the Woking team's car have continued into a second season, which begs the question whether he will see it for the duration of his deal. "Yes, well, first we talked, we had a catch-up," Ricciardo told reporters at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Rosberg banned from F1 paddock after failing to receive Covid-19 vaccine 10:15 , Jamie Braidwood Former World Champion Nico Rosberg has been banned from the Formula 1 paddock after failing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine would have. Rosberg, who beat Lewis Hamilton for the 2016 title before retiring just five days later, now works as a pundit for Sky Sports. But the 36-year-old will have to perform his role remotely under the sport's new 2022 Covid requirements. All traveling Formula 1 staff - including drivers, team members, caterers and media - must be fully vaccinated to access the paddock receive. 10:07am Jamie Braidwood Qualifying begins Saturday 11th June at 3pm BST. What time is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifier and how can I watch? 10:04 a.m., Jamie Braidwood Hamilton starts on Sunday in the Azerbaijan GP - the eighth round of 16 this season - already 75 points behind Verstappen, which corresponds to three wins. And his Mercedes team continues to battle the porpoise issues that have devastated their season as both Hamilton and teammate George Russell suffered from severe knocks on Friday. At one point in the first session, Hamilton's race engineer Peter Bonnington advised his driver to be careful to cross the pit entry line when he has completed a lap. A frustrated Hamilton replied, "It's so bumpy I couldn't see the line." At the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix, he was 34 points ahead of his teammate in the standings and finished seventh, 1.3 seconds back. Leclerc beats Perez 10:03 in second practice in Azerbaijan, Jamie Braidwood Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took first place in practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton worked his way up to 12th. Leclerc, who had denied victory on home soil in Monaco two weeks ago when his team was caught flat-footed in wet and dry conditions, edged out Sergio Perez in Baku. Fresh from the Monte Carlo win and a new contract that will see him remain in Red Bull colors until 2024, Perez was fastest in the opening race of the weekend. But the Mexican was attacked by Leclerc later in the day and was a quarter of a second behind the Ferrari man. Ferrari and Red Bull remain at the top of the Formula One class with World Champion Max Verstappen third in line, three tenths back. Charles Leclerc ousts Sergio Perez in second practice session in Azerbaijan

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Tesla falls as Elon Musk says he wants to lay off 10% of staff at electric vehicle maker because he has a "super bad feeling" about the economy

Elon Musk sent a brief email to Tesla executives titled "Pausing all hiring worldwide," Reuters reported. He previously forecast a US recession. (Author: Gardener)

Elon Musk* Tesla shares fell 9% on Friday after Reuters reported that CEO Elon Musk plans to cut 10% of the workforce. * Reuters reviewed an email Musk sent to Tesla executives in which he said he had "bad feelings" about the economy. * Musk has previously said the US is headed for a recession. Tesla shares fell on Friday after CEO Elon Musk told employees at the electric vehicle maker that he was pessimistic about the economy and considering job cuts. Musk said he has a "super bad feeling" about the economy and will have to cut about 10% of Tesla's jobs, Reuters reported, citing an email to executives he saw. Reuters reported that the brief email, titled "Pausing all hiring worldwide," was sent on Thursday and arrived two days after Musk told Tesla employees to return to work or quit their jobs. Musk didn't elaborate on the reasons for his "super bad feeling" in the email, Reuters reported. About 100,000 people worked for Tesla and its subsidiaries, according to the company's 2021 annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Musk, who tops the Forbes list of the world's richest people, told the All-In-Tech conference in May that he believes the US is in a recession that will get worse. He said the recession could last anywhere from a year to 18 months. "Recessions aren't necessarily a bad thing," he said via video at the conference. Tesla shares have also been under pressure this year after Musk bid $44 billion to buy Twitter. The social media company said on Friday that a mandatory 30-day waiting period for the deal had expired. This brings Musk closer to finalizing the deal, which is still subject to Twitter shareholder approval and other regulations. Also on Friday, Coinbase shares fell 9.7% after the crypto exchange announced Thursday it was withdrawing a number of previously accepted job offers and extending a hiring pause, citing "current market conditions." The cryptocurrency market has plummeted this year, losing about half of its value since peaking at $3 trillion in November.

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Tropical Storm to unleash gales, thunder and lightning on Friday

A TROPICAL storm on the verge of whipping its tail across Britain will unleash the first in a summer of assaults. (Author: Gardener)

FridayIt could be the "first of a handful" of ex-tropical storms and ex-hurricanes to hit the UK, sparking months of storm hell fears. Though it's weakening en route, the remnants of its churning vortex will arrive in the tailwinds of another Atlantic storm due today. Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "Wednesday will be full of clouds and bursts of rain, which will be heavy at times. "Lots of showers break out on Wednesday south of a weather front and where we get a low shower or two we could see 20mm of rain in three hours." of the week due to an extropical storm.” It will transition from a tropical storm to an unusually deep low-pressure system more typical of the fall. Gusts of 45mph will scour exposed coastlines with winds potentially exceeding 55mph in rural northern locations. Mr McGivern said: “Alex is transitioning to a mid-latitude low as it enters the Atlantic and is carried by the jet stream for arrival later Thursday and Friday. "Gusts of 45mph around exposed parts of northern Britain and risk in more exposed parts of Scotland of 55mph or higher." The strongest winds come on Thursday evening after dark and on Friday when the front through the winds moves that continue to increase.” If it arrives laden with tropical air, it could bring temperatures down to the low 20sC, although it will feel cooler in the wind. The storm will move away from Britain on Saturday, leaving a stormy day in its wake, the Met Office said. Northern regions will take longer to settle down than the south, which will enjoy a dry and sunny weekend. However, weather maps show another band of blustery showers washing the UK late next week. Alex will arrive just days after government forecasters warned they expect an unusually active hurricane season. Julian Hemming, Met Office tropical cyclone expert, said: "Our forecast indicates that activity this season is biased toward the west side of the basin." While hurricanes and tropical storms typically spread across the Atlantic, they can have an impact the UK weather. Alex's attack later this week could be the first of several to plow into Britain in the coming months. Jim Dale, UK Weather Service meteorologist and weather impacts and safety expert, said: "This could be the first of several ex-tropical storms set to impact UK weather over the next few months.

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Decoding the troubling message behind the Furies unleashed on Friday

On June 10, cities in at least 10 states in India were burning. Outraged Muslims took to the streets after Friday prayers, demanding the death of Nupur Sharma. Some wanted to cut off her head, others wanted to burn her... (Author: Gardener)

FridayOn June 10, cities in at least 10 states in India were burning. Outraged Muslims took to the streets after Friday prayers, demanding the death of Nupur Sharma. Voyeurism is essential to the distribution of a medieval justice system to send a chilling message to would-be transgressors. The mass reaction was the logical continuation of a chain of isolated events that unfolded after Nupur Sharma made her indecent remarks. Just a day before the unedifying events of June 10, a cleric in the town of Bhaderwa, Jammu, launched a barrage of death threats against those being reprimanded by the BJP for insulting the Prophet. The cleric traced Sharma's disregard for the Prophet to the supposedly ingrained godlessness of the "mutra-drinking" majority community. A few days earlier, the judge who ordered a survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex in Varanasi received a hateful letter. The threatening letter was said to have been written by a certain Kashif Ahmed Siddiqui on behalf of the Islamic Aagaz movement. The letter singled out Judge Diwakar as a Hindu. It stated menacingly: “You have stated that the inspection of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex is a normal process. You are an idol worshiper; You will declare the mosque a temple. No Muslim can expect a correct decision from a 'kafir, murtipujak' Hindu judge.” Interestingly, the letter was sent by registered post. The writer didn't even appear to be covering his tracks. The audacity not only underscores the boldness of the writer, but also that the sender truly believes in the accuracy of the message. Muslim politicians have also stirred up furies in solidarity with the fatwas issued against the likes of Sharma. What drives Muslims beyond the fringes to stand in solidarity with the peddlers of medieval prejudice and justice? Recently, a cinema chain in Bradford, London, had to cancel a film deemed to be an insult to the Prophet. Apparently, some Muslims, even moderate ones, believe they have the exclusive right to feel offended. Here in India, as the Friday furies unleashed chaos, not a single politician spoke out to tell the Muslim reactionaries they were wrong. That they cannot ransom the state and dictate the terms of the punishment they believe should be awarded to the "blasphemers." That Muslims alone do not have a monopoly on the right to be offended. Didn't they also see the Modi government bowing to the Muslim world, which strongly condemned the statements of the BJP spokesmen? In recent weeks, Hindus have also been mocked for their beliefs. When the Gyanvapi Mosque survey photos were leaked to the media, "Shivling" supporters were mocked for flipping a "stone"; a "fountain" and a "male organ" an object of worship. But Hindus did not take to the streets in hordes demanding that those who expressed hurtful feelings be beheaded or hanged. They urged courts to take action against the provocateurs, but they did not set fire to public property by chanting "sar tan se juda." It's not that Hindus haven't reacted in anger in the past or even resorted to vandalism. The quartet were shot dead by Hindu fanatics for allegedly outraging the feelings of the Hindu community. The killings had the potential to terrify freedom of speech and inquiry. But the Hindu community opposed its "radicals," the moderates protested, the state made sure the killers were prosecuted for their crimes. Imagine if Hindus too had drawn the proverbial Lakshman Rekha and declared that they too have an absolute right to feel offended. What would happen to the freedom of expression and the spirit of inquiry that characterize us as an open, progressive, pluralistic society? The right not to be offended is then a small price we pay for living in a democratic society. Perhaps it is time to say, without the air of political correctness, that the leaders of a community should send a clear signal to their followers that they, too, must place their trust in the secular laws of India, ie Bharat.

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Four magical moments from Friday night in Nashville

Nissan Stadium witnessed a stunning series of spectacular moments (Author: Gardener)

FridayFrom Carly Pearce paying tribute to a late Kentucky idol to Kelsea Ballerini singing her truth, read on for the highlights of night two of CMA Fest 2022. Big Loud Records artist ERNEST has songwriting on the way already scored five #1 hits on the Riverfront Stage when they headlined down the Cumberland River on Friday afternoon. As the sweaty, blissful crowd anxiously awaited the weekend's first performance of "Flower Shops," pop-country's favorite throwback anthem of 2022, the star, who frequented CMA Fest growing up in Nashville, its positioning at the end of the day a bucket list. Wait." However, when billed as an artist inspired by "Everyone from Eminem to George Jones," he predictably delivered a performance that expressed a breadth and depth of mainstream pop-friendly styles and influences. If you — as many there were as the clock struck 4:30 on a gloriously balmy afternoon — have been waiting to hear the aforementioned Top 10 status country radio single, the wide array of the Nashville natives are in for an unexpectedly good time.As much as his '90s flavor harks back to artists like Alan Jackson, listen closely, and crossover soul-crooners with flair like Babyface also feel crucial to his sound longer references his Flower Shops The Album works like Comfortable When I'm Crazy or songs like Wasted On You, which he wrote for Morgan Wallen's record-breaking streaming champion Dangerous: The Album , “He is a pop-loving songwriter who is still growing towards his soon-to-be-anticipated fame. For the sun-kissed crowd waiting for him to plug in his electronic acoustic guitar and sing about the tear-filled blue and bloodshot eyes of sad lovers, ERNEST emerged as a country artist who deserved more attention. Days after sharing the stage at Nissan Stadium with Kenny Chesney during his Nashville tour stop, Kelsea Ballerini returned to the towering venue for a pop-country revue that was undoubtedly hers. Ballerini — covered in glitter and sporting a sparkling head-to-toe outfit (plus a matching sparkly pink guitar) — wasted little time to cover her catalog of infectious songs: A remastered rendition of 2017's "Miss Me More." , the poppy piano ballad "I Quit Drinking," new single "Hear tfirst," and a solo version of the award-winning Chesney duet "Half of My Hometown" all made it into the running. She delivered a double whammy with a lightning-fast medley of "Love Me Like You Mean It," "Dibs," and "Yeah Boy." Still, no moment resonated quite like an unvarnished solo rendition of "Homecoming Queen?" prefaced by Ballerini, who urges fans to pull down the emotional filter of life and "be in this room together now." "A lot has happened in the world since I saw you," Ballerini said onstage. "I kind of feel like the luckiest girl in the world," Ballerini said. Thomas Rhett was once a resident of the Nissan Stadium Nosebleed Seat at CMA Fest. His 2022 performance included playing current favorites like "Country Again" and "Slow Down Summer" and entertaining an enthusiastic audience on night two of CMA Fest 2022's headlining entertainment. "I used to bug my dad for free tickets [to this event] when it was called Fan Fair at the Nashville Fairgrounds," Rhett told the Tennessean before taking the stage. Rhett's father, Rhett Akins — much like country radio's current 18-time chart-topping hit — was a fan fair fixture during his son's childhood in suburban Nashville as the architect behind many hits. As Rhett's 45-minute set weaved through his collection of soulful ballads like 2015's "Die A Happy Man," the number of girlfriends comfortably snogging and singing loudly at Nissan Stadium seemed to double. As he becomes both a parent and a husband ("My favorite show is Moana," the father-of-four remarked in the press room), his live performance slides into the realm of comfortable, accessible middle-aged glee. I've reignited the creative fire within myself to be the best overall artist I can be," Rhett told The Tennessean in April 2022 (like Carly Pearce). She graduated to perform at Nissan Stadium on Friday after becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry and receiving CMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards -- both achievements inspired by her cathartic and critically acclaimed divorce album 29: Written In Stein." But instead of doing a lap of honor of the best "29" offerings, Pearce spent her time on stage honoring a pair of Kentuckians who came before her: The Judds. Weeks after Naomi Judd's death, Pearce invited Wynonna Judd to celebrate the late Country Music Hall of Famers with a rendition of Judd's song "Why Not Me." "As a girl who grew up in Kentucky, yes, I idolized The Judds and wanted to be like them," Pearce said after performing her radio single "What He Didn't Do" during the two-song performance that Loved Who all the music The Judds made and just feel like it's such a representation of the best in country music." This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: CMA Fest: Four Magical Moments from Friday Night Nashville

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Four magical moments from Friday night in Nashville

Nissan Stadium witnessed a stunning series of spectacular moments (Author: Gardener)

FridayFrom Carly Pearce paying tribute to a late Kentucky idol to Kelsea Ballerini singing her truth, read on for the highlights of night two of CMA Fest 2022. Big Loud Records artist ERNEST has songwriting on the way already scored five #1 hits on the Riverfront Stage when they headlined down the Cumberland River on Friday afternoon. As the sweaty, blissful crowd anxiously awaited the weekend's first performance of "Flower Shops," pop-country's favorite throwback anthem of 2022, the star, who frequented CMA Fest growing up in Nashville, its positioning at the end of the day a bucket list. Wait." However, when billed as an artist inspired by "Everyone from Eminem to George Jones," he predictably delivered a performance that showcased a breadth and depth of mainstream pop-friendly styles and influences. If you — as many there were as the clock struck 4:30 on a gloriously balmy afternoon — have been waiting to hear the aforementioned Top 10 status country radio single, the wide array of the Nashville natives have an unexpectedly good time ahead.As much as its '90s flavor harks back to artists like Alan Jackson, listen closely, and crossover soul-crooners with flair like Babyface also feel crucial to its sound, if you think that ERNEST's artistry limits him to being a trucker hat carrying a sepia jukebox, you found out today on the Riverfront Stage that you're half right I longer look at his Flower Shops The Album works like Comfortable When I'm Crazy or songs he wrote for Morgan Wallen's record-breaking streaming champion Dangerous: The Album, like Wasted On You. He is a pop-loving songwriter who is still growing towards his soon-to-be-anticipated fame. For the sun-kissed crowd waiting for him to plug in his electronic acoustic guitar and sing about the tear-filled blue and bloodshot eyes of sad lovers, ERNEST emerged as a country artist who deserved more attention. Days after sharing the stage at Nissan Stadium with Kenny Chesney during his Nashville tour stop, Kelsea Ballerini returned to the towering venue for a pop-country revue that was undoubtedly hers. Ballerini — covered in glitter and sporting a sparkling head-to-toe outfit (plus a matching sparkly pink guitar) — wasted little time to cover her catalog of infectious songs: A remastered rendition of 2017's "Miss Me More." , the poppy piano ballad "I Quit Drinking," new single "Hear tfirst," and a solo version of the award-winning Chesney duet "Half of My Hometown" all made it into the running. She delivered a double whammy with a lightning-fast medley of "Love Me Like You Mean It," "Dibs," and "Yeah Boy." Still, no moment resonated quite like an unvarnished solo rendition of "Homecoming Queen?" prefaced by Ballerini, who urges fans to pull down the emotional filter of life and "be in this room together now." "A lot has happened in the world since I saw you," Ballerini said onstage. "I kind of feel like the luckiest girl in the world," Ballerini said. Thomas Rhett was once a resident of the Nissan Stadium Nosebleed Seat at CMA Fest. His 2022 performance included playing current favorites like "Country Again" and "Slow Down Summer" and entertaining an enthusiastic audience on night two of CMA Fest 2022's headlining entertainment. "I used to bug my dad for free tickets [to this event] when it was called Fan Fair at the Nashville Fairgrounds," Rhett told the Tennessean before taking the stage. Rhett's father, Rhett Akins — much like country radio's current 18-time chart-topping hit — was a fan fair fixture during his son's childhood in suburban Nashville as the architect behind many hits. As Rhett's 45-minute set weaved through his collection of soulful ballads like 2015's "Die A Happy Man," the number of girlfriends comfortably snogging and singing loudly at Nissan Stadium seemed to double. As he becomes both a parent and a husband ("My favorite show is Moana," the father-of-four remarked in the press room), his live performance slides into the realm of comfortable, accessible middle-aged glee. I've reignited the creative fire within myself to be the best overall artist I can be," Rhett told The Tennessean in April 2022 (like Carly Pearce). She graduated to perform at Nissan Stadium on Friday after becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry and receiving CMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards -- both achievements inspired by her cathartic and critically acclaimed divorce album 29: Written In Stein." But instead of doing a lap of honor of the best "29" offerings, Pearce spent her time on stage honoring a pair of Kentuckians who came before her: The Judds. Weeks after Naomi Judd's death, Pearce invited Wynonna Judd to celebrate the late Country Music Hall of Famers with a rendition of Judd's song "Why Not Me." "As a girl who grew up in Kentucky, yes, I idolized The Judds and wanted to be like them," Pearce said after performing her radio single "What He Didn't Do" during the two-song performance that Loved Who all the music that The Judds did and just feel like it's such a representation of the best of country music."

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Love Saves the Day apologizes long after complaints

Many revelers who attended the Friday Fest have called for refunds (Author: Gardener)

The "devastated" organizers of Bristol's major music festival Love Saves the Day have issued a 500-word apology after a spate of complaints from fans. The second and final day of the festival on Friday (June 3) was overshadowed by a "torrential" downpour that caused Arlo Parks to cancel after the stage flooded and many fans fled home early as performances were suspended and the bars were temporarily closed. Recurring complaints included the lack of shelter, which meant fans got soaked, chaotic crowds and bus queues as people left the festival early, and some festival-goers also criticized the response of local security forces when it rained cats and dogs and night owls sought help. Another frequently raised issue was the confusion surrounding re-entry, as many fans went home with the understanding that they could not re-enter the festival site once they left, and it was only too late to see on social media that people were actually allowed to return in. Many attendees were further enraged by a statement from the organizers at the end of Friday night that reflected positively on the “incredible festival” and ended: “We as a festival have always avoided indoor structures at Love Saves The Day because our love and our Focus is on creative outdoor builds". A further statement was issued by Team Love organizers last night (Saturday 4 June) addressing some of the concerns raised. READ ALSO: Love Saves The Day Festival Goer suffered the "worst experience of her life" "We are really devastated to hear that so many of you yesterday did not had a good time and left the festival early in Love Saves the Day throughout the year to ensure everyone had a fantastic two days of music and dancing so it is heartbreaking to know that many of you were unable to enjoy the show. We're sorry if some of you felt the response from the festival was slow going. "We can assure you that our entire leadership team has been working together behind the scenes to try and control the situation safely and securely. Our main objective has been to give those of you who wished to leave the opportunity to do so, and for those who chose to stay, to reopen stages once it was safe to do so."We would like to thank all the staff who stepped on the record and responded positively to help us make this happen. We are aware that communications surrounding re-entry were unclear for a time – the team have worked dynamically in response to the evolving circumstances and we have addressed it as soon as possible.” “Love Saves The Day has been an Open since its inception 10 years ago -Air Festival in the open “Basically, it would not be possible to provide shelter for 30,000 people at the same time during a biblical downpour without turning all the stages into tents and d Completely changing the entire identity of the festival - but we will look to provide more protection and protection next year at the event and to ensure the site-wide response system is strengthened. "We would like to apologize if our statement at the end of the night last night seemed insensitive to all those who left the event early. It shouldn't be pejorative; It was just our feeling of relief that we had managed to wrap up a truly challenging day and that our headliners had all managed to get on stage and play what turned out to be incredible and truly memorable sets . Big love to everyone who stuck it out and even more to those who dried off and came back to us for an epic set at the end of a very emotional day. "We are starting work now to ensure we do everything we can to improve the show in its new home for 2023. If you would like to contact us with your thoughts, comments, criticism or anything else that you feel needs our attention or response then please email us at [email protected] with the heading FEEDBACK and us will answer you personally."

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