Travelling public seeks freedom from uniformed, muted terrorism

first_imgDear Editor,A section of the media editorial on July 24, 2018 was captioned, “The mistreatment of police vehicles”; then we have the frequent writings of a local columnist on the excesses of our Police traffic ranks, and the  Guyana Times article dated July 28, 2018 that refers to Tactical Services Unit ranks being charged for accepting bribes related to a traffic office. These all speak to a muted terrorism of the Guyanese travelling public.It seems that Guyana’s more paved roads are overrun with Policemen seeking to be spongers, moochers and fleecers smartly attired in uniforms and sporting flashy Police vehicles, big sticks and/or guns. In short, we have some freeloader cops taking away precious freedom from Guyanese – a freedom that obtains in the rest of the Caribbean Community.If forty percent of these traffic ranks are transferred from non-traffic divisions, and focus on carrying out their specified duties in other divisions, our country would be blessed with a significant decline in criminal activities, and our countrymen and women would enjoy the freedom of driving on our highways and byways.Over eighty years ago, Jews were being stopped and arrested for persecutory reasons only. In Guyana, the purpose is financial: breach of traffic light, whether the light is working or not; driving up a one way; overtaking on a double-lined road; vehicle lights not working. Matters not, it’s pay day.The bribe is not only for the cop on the beat, but also for some of the chair-bound senior officers, who budget the necessary daily takings that need to be extracted from the humiliated travelling public that is stopped.Drivers of motor vehicles, motorcycle riders, and pedal cyclists; exemptions appear to be made for oversized sport utility vehicles (SUV), normally black in colour. The non-exempted drivers are asked to stop, and then are directed to park for an indeterminable period, while the Police rank subjugates more victims.As the terrified, sweating and frustrated driver awaits his imagined and/or real ill-fate, he or she is already calculating how many dollars will have to be served up to enjoy his freedom. The loss in productivity, or the weather conditions, or the urgent mission the driver is pursing are of no moment or meaning to the extracting cop.Passersby and other travellers may see the cop signal the harried driver to follow the traffic vehicle. Don’t be deceived into thinking the driver is being taken to the Police station; no-no, the destination is a relatively remote area for the handover.From the early dewed morning to late in the night, you have some odious traffic ranks infesting our highways and by-ways like charlatans with a winning hand. These charlatans disgrace other Policemen who act in a fit and proper manner to ensure a component of the good life for Guyanese.Trafficking in fear and abusing the freedom of Guyanese is terrorism.Many Guyanese are so plagued and programmed with fear and trepidation of the bogus stop-and-search by the traffic rank that a few thousand dollars are already placed within their vehicle’s travel documents, which the rank will inevitably demand.The new recruits into the Guyana Police Force have a preference to be in the Traffic Division and stop vehicles…With all the non-traffic crime taking place in Guyana, the Guyana Police Force is able to have an excessive amount of traffic cops, and other Policemen acting as traffic cops, operate on a 24-hour basis to stop drivers for undetermined and imagined offences by snatching riders off their motorcycles and bicycles, stopping all types of vehicles, and pretty much creating an oppressive environment for the travelling public.The freedoms that Guyanese should be allowed — as is the case in Antigua, Trinidad, Barbados, Suriname, and Jamaica — are suppressed by some of our ambitious and devious traffic ranks via abusive and “skullduggery” tactics.These rock-star ranks use, in many instances, nonworking speed testers, set up witless traffic checkpoints that convert a ten-minute drive into an hour of wasting one’s little time in life, with the use of plain capricious stops; and some of the beat cops have the gumption to request a birthday present, offer a ticket sales for a barbeque being held in Region 1; or both.Now with vehicles and motorcycles galore for the Police Force, granted to the Police by China and other international donors for a good cause, this has led instead to our freedom to ride and drive in peace being obstructed and oppressed.I write this short note to ask the ruling administration to ensure our Police and traffic ranks desist from this repressive situation by making a special effort to curb this abuse of power, which has resulted in an harassing environment for the Guyanese travelling public.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

The Desperate Plight of a Deportee Couple from America

first_imgBlessing and her fiance Steven Tamba became lovers and best of friends when they boarded the same flight from America six years ago. They were on their way to Liberia after being deported.They conversed about their fears of losing their loved ones and not knowing what Africa had in store for them.Throughout their nine-hour flight back home, they were able to comfort each other.“It was a living nightmare and words cannot express what I felt that day on the flight. Blessing kept on talking and bringing me out of the shell fear had placed me in. I love her for that,” Steven said.Blessing captured a piece of his life that he vowed now belonged to her.“We’re both trying to come to grips with being out here. We left everything back in the states and came back here with only commissary, jail clothes and letters in our suitcases. Now Blessing and I have our own family,” Steven adds.Two bouncing toddlers both four, jumped around in the living room as Steven talked.Steven, unlike Blessing, has been psychologically traumatized by his return to Liberia. According to him, his coming back to Liberia is unfair and he blames his illiteracy for his return.“I didn’t kill anyone, sell drugs or do anything illegal to come back here. The only thing wrong I did was to miss a court date,” he revealed.According to his return document, Steven claims he is unable to read and misunderstood his court date for a different date.“And in the blink of an eye, my Life went from being a good father to my family to being a shackled inmate who was deported because of that one mistake,” he said.Meanwhile, Blessing says she is uncomfortable with sharing her reason for coming back but says being back in Liberia is painful.“Nobody knows why I’m back nor what I’ve gained since being in America. All they care about is that I’m a deportee who messed up. It’s stigmatizing. I can’t get anything because I speak “syries,” Blessing added.“We are so hated and divided and because of that, our lives are destroyed out here,” she says.Like Steven and Blessing, there are many deportees who feel that there should be a program in place for those who return under such conditions.“We need prolonged counseling, housing, jobs and assistance that will keep us on the right track. I don’t want to kill myself like some deportees have. I want to live, but I need the government’s help. Just remember, I won’t be the last to come. Let each deportee who comes be re-integrated and not left alone to figure out how to make it out here,” Blessing pleaded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The `King’ of softball dies at age of 81

first_img The NCAA is upholding sanctions it imposed last year against former Fresno State basketball coach Ray Lopes. Lopes was involved in separate infractions cases for improper recruiting practices at Fresno State, where he went 50-37 in three seasons as the head coach before resigning in March 2005, and at Oklahoma, where he served as an assistant to current Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson from 1995 to 2002. Lopes now is an assistant coach for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. His Duncan, Okla.-based attorney, Toby Baldwin, said Lopes was disappointed with the NCAA’s ruling, “but they’ve made their final decision and we have to live with that.” NFL officially A former supervisor of NFL officials sued the league in federal court, claiming he was unfairly fired after some referees lodged false complaints that he was racially biased. Earnie Frantz, a head linesman in the NFL from 1981 to 2001, said he was fired as associate supervisor of officiating in the spring of 2005. In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan, Frantz said part of his job as a supervisor included grading the performance of officials after each week of play. But while performing that role, the suit said, Frantz became a target of complaints by “a vocal component of the minority officiating crew,” who complained that he was racially biased and graded minorities more harshly than whites. “In terminating Mr. Frantz’s employment, the NFL bowed to the pressure of the minority members of the officiating crews whom he supervised,” the suit said. Frantz, who is white, claimed in the suit that he was essentially fired “because of the color of his skin.” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that Frantz was let go by the league, but disputed the former official’s account of how it happened. “While we have not seen the specific allegations, we know that Earnie Frantz’s departure from the NFL had nothing to do with issues of race,” Aiello said. Hold the Mayo O.J. Mayo, considered by many to be the country’s top high school basketball player, will miss three games as punishment for being ejected and making contact with a referee in a Jan. 26 game. The two-week suspension is retroactive to Feb. 3. Mayo, who plays for Huntingon High (W.Va.), called the suspension fair. “I guess we have to serve whatever penalty we got, accept the consequences and move on,” Mayo said. Wie injured Michelle Wie injured her wrist in a fall while running and is wearing a hard cast that will keep her away from golf for at least a month. “Michelle’s playing schedule will be altered as needed to allow the injury to fully heal,” said Wie’s spokesman Jesse Derris. Briefly A group of investors led by Boston Red Sox owner John Henry has completed a deal to buy a 50-percent stake in the Roush Racing NASCAR team. London’s Arsenal soccer club extended its influence into the United States, entering into a partnership with Kroenke Sports Enterprises, which owns Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids, as well the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. In the agreement, the soccer clubs will exchange business, commercial and marketing information as well as the transfer of coaching and training philosophies. The New York Red Bulls of MLS acquired goalkeeper Nick Rimando from Real Salt Lake in return for future considerations. Discovery Channel will drop its sponsorship of former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong’s team after this season. Armstrong remains a co-owner of the team. The New York Rangers acquired forward Pascal Dupuis from the Minnesota Wild for forward Adam Hall. Sprinter Allyson Felix set an American record in 300 meters in a time of 36.33 seconds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With a fastball once clocked at 104 mph, Feigner threw 930 no-hitters, 238 perfect games and struck out 141,517 batters while playing more than 10,000 games. He was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2000. A stroke in 2000 – a day after he threw out the first pitch before the women’s softball competition in the Sydney Olympics – ended his playing career at age 75. He left the team for medical reasons last summer, and lived in Trenton, Tenn., for the last several years until recently moving to Huntsville. Knight said Feigner also suffered from dementia. “Eddie Feigner was a genuine Jekyll and Hyde,” Knight said. “On the field, a master showman, brilliant pitcher, creator of the most popular softball attraction in history. And off the field, one tough son of a gun. He was a former Marine, everything was by the numbers. He made millions, and was generous to a fault. Some guys got fired three times in the same day and rehired in the next moment.” Feigner not only pitched from the standard mound, 46 feet from home plate, but also from second base, behind his back, on his knees, between his legs, from center field and blindfolded. In a nationally televised exhibition against major leaguers at Dodger Stadium in 1964, he struck out Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Maury Wills, Harmon Killebrew, Roberto Clemente and Brooks Robinson in order At the height of Feigner’s popularity, the team played at major league ballparks, including Yankee Stadium, and Feigner appeared on numerous national television shows, including “The Today Show,” “I’ve Got a Secret,” “What’s My Line?” the “Tonight Show,” and the “CBS Sports Spectacular.” NCAA vs. Lopes center_img Eddie Feigner, the hard-throwing softball showman who barnstormed for more than 50 years with “The King and His Court” four-man team, died Friday. He was 81. Feigner, known for his trademark crewcut and bulging right arm, died in Huntsville, Ala., from a respiratory ailment, longtime friend and teammate Jack Knight said. last_img read more

Premier League duo get boost in pursuit of Atletico Madrid star

first_img Atletico Madrid and Uruguay star Cristian Rodriguez QPR and Sunderland have been boosted in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid ace Cristian Rodriguez after he was shunted further down the pecking order by the signing of Cani.The La Liga champions landed the 33-year-old on loan from Villarreal this week and now sources in Spain have indicated that could mean Rodriguez departs.The 29-year-old has been a peripheral figure for Atletico already this season playing just 63 minutes of league action so far and the arrival of Cani looks set to marginalise him further.But that could come as good news for both QPR and Sunderland who have been linked with January moves for the Uruguayan, who has been nicknamed ‘The Onion’.Spanish newspaper AS has suggested that the decision about a departure now rests with the player, who has started just 14 league games since arriving from Porto in May 2012. 1last_img read more

Mourinho an ‘inspiration’, says Spurs boss Pochettino

first_imgMourinho will be desperate to get United back on track after a 3-2 defeat to Brighton but the game is also important for Spurs as they look to improve on a generally poor away record against their biggest rivals under Pochettino.Despite Mourinho’s travails, his opposite number at Spurs, who has two wins out of two games so far this season, still holds the utmost respect for the man who has won multiple trophies during a glittering managerial career.Asked what he has learned from Mourinho, Pochettino said: “A lot of things. I think for every single manager that is younger than him he was the inspirational manager.“Of course he is an unbelievable manager and of course the circumstances that happen with myself and happen with different managers is always going to be up and down. He has been inspirational — but I am younger than him.”If Mourinho had had his way this summer, defender Toby Alderweireld could have been featuring for United against Spurs.But despite strong reported interest, a bid was never made and the Belgian has so far stayed at Spurs, playing 90 minutes against Fulham last week.Alderweireld’s future has been a constant source of speculation ever since he failed to agree a new deal and Pochettino did not commit to whether he will be playing at Old Trafford.“This season is a challenge, a completely different challenge for us, because it’s only three weeks that the players arrive from the World Cup and are in training,” he said.“Always you need six or seven weeks to start to compete in a normal season, that is why sometimes you need to be careful how they react after the effort of 90 minutes.“Sure I am going to do some changes, some names, sometimes I keep this formation, or we are going to play with different formation.”All eyes will be on Monday’s teamsheet to see if Hugo Lloris features after the goalkeeper and club captain was charged with drink-driving on Friday.The French World Cup winner has apologised “wholeheartedly”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) describes Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as an ‘inspiration’ © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 27 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Jose Mourinho is an inspiration despite his current frustrations at Manchester United as he prepares his side for Monday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.United have had a turbulent start to the new season, with Mourinho appearing to be at odds with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and French World Cup winner Paul Pogba.last_img read more

Neymar slammed for ‘pathetic’ antics during Brazil’s clash with Mexico

first_imgNeymar when he’s in “rolling around in pain” but magically recovers when the referee gives him a free kick…— Zlatan Facts (@ZIatanFacts) July 2, 2018 *mexicans*neymar is such a bad actoralso mexicans:— gustavo (@gustavonever) July 2, 2018 Neymar is pathetic.— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) July 2, 2018 Absolutely sick to death of Neymar he’s a very capable player in the prime of his career and he’s lucky enough to play in a world cup yet he chooses time and time again to spend the majority of the time rolling around.— Football Stands (@TheFootyStands) July 2, 2018 Angry Mexico fans give their impressions of Neymar 😂😂#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 2, 2018 Neymar hits the deck during Brazil’s victory over Mexico FFS @neymarjr man. STOP IT. We are fed up of it. #BrazilvsMexico— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 2, 2018 There are few players in the world who divide opinion quite like Neymar.The Paris Saint-Germain star is technically blessed beyond belief and has developed into a talisman for his country. But for anyone not supporting the Selecao, watching the forward can be a somewhat tedious task.Having already incurred the wrath of fans for crying after the Costa Rica game, the 26-year-old has once again made a name for himself for all the wrong reasons.In the second half, Mexico defender Miguel Layun appeared to stand on Neymar’s leg – leaving him flopping and writhing around in pain.The theatrics annoyed supporters considering how well he had played until that point.After scoring the opening goal of the last-16 game, the former Barcelona man turned provider for Liverpool star Roberto Firmino as they advanced to the quarter-finals courtesy of the 2-0 win.But it was his supposed ‘play-acting’ which really agitated fans, as you can see from the Tweets below. 1 If I had a dollar every time neymar flopped— She Wants The Chorizo 🍺 (@ShlWantsTheC) July 2, 2018last_img read more

Group sends 100K parcels to military

first_img Other items, like a tube of Chap Stick, merely provide a little taste of America with a familiar brand. Most of all, though, the items are a tangible sign that people care, Martin said. Jason Martin, who will soon be heading back to Iraq, agreed: “Even when it’s from someone you don’t know, if they’re supporting what you’re doing, it’s a boost.” The lucky recipient of the 100,000th care package – Blashek won’t say who it is, or where he or she is serving – will get an extra-special surprise. The package features two tickets to a 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race donated by sponsor Checkers/Rally, the official burger of NASCAR. The lucky serviceman or woman who gets the package also will get free Checkers/Rally food for one year, plus a two-night stay at the San Francisco Hilton, two nights at the Harrah’s and Harveys at Lake Tahoe, and a digital camera. Ken Lecheminant Jr., general manager for Star Chrysler Jeep of Glendale, brought a load of items donated to the dealership, part of a nationwide effort by Jeep. “I’m proud to be an American when I see stuff like this,” said Lecheminant, who spent five years in Vietnam as an Army helicopter gunner. “I know how important it is to get something from home, to know that people care.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 How to help: Operation Gratitude continues its efforts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the National Guard Armory, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. For more information, or to volunteer, visit or call the hotline at (818) 789-0563. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But even as Operation Gratitude founder Carolyn Blashek announced the milestone, a voice shouted from the back, “Let’s go for 200,000!” “I’m very happy,” Blashek said. “But until I have an Operation Gratitude package in the hands of every single service member who’s deployed, I’m not going to be satisfied.” The nonprofit, all-volunteer Operation Gratitude, founded in 2003, sends care packages and letters to U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Guantanamo Bay and Kosovo, as well as those on military ships all over the world. At Saturday’s drive, those volunteers filled boxes with items ranging from T-shirts, socks and packages of snacks to letters from schoolchildren, disposable cameras, Beanie Babies, batteries, deodorant and CDs. Some of the items, like the Beanie Babies, are for troops to share with children in the war-torn countries in which they are deployed, said Marty Martin, 49, of West Los Angeles, whose son, Jason, 23, is an ensign in the U.S. Navy. VAN NUYS – Sherman Oaks resident Judy Ihrig doesn’t have any family members serving in the military, but she remembers all too well how the returning veterans of the Vietnam war were treated: badly. “I never want to see that happen again to anyone, any soldier serving in any group,” said the 58-year-old Ihrig. “This has nothing to do with your politics; it’s about supporting the young men and women who are out there, defending us and protecting our rights.” Ihrig was among hundreds of volunteers Saturday who filled the California National Guard Armory here, assembling and filling care packages destined for military personnel serving all over the world. Shortly after 12:15 p.m., a cheer rose from the assembly line: The 100,000th package had been filled. last_img read more

€1million stock disposal sale begins at The Furniture Liquidator

first_imgGrab your keys it’s time to get down to the Furniture Liquidator, Pearse Road, Letterkenny for the largest stock disposal event of the year!With over 10 containers packed to the roof with furniture, everything must go!Absolutely everything must be sold Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Bank Holiday Monday 30th October. Everything is dramatically reduced to clear immediately, with no stocks being held back. Everything is strictly on a first come, first serve basis, and massive crowds are expected, at what is now a event marked on everyone’s diary.Hundreds of sofas of every colour and size, corner groups from €499.00 3 and 2 grey fabric sofas for just €550-00 all sofas reduced, all recliners reduced, all fabric suites, reduced all beds of every size, reduced solid oak ranges of bedroom furniture, clearing at never seen before prices, single beds, double beds 4ft beds and king size beds, everything will be sold this weekend.Dining chairs, tables, coffee tables, nests, clearance mattresses, with knock down prices, and lots of quirky pieces just to finish off your room. Kids bikes now 60 euros or 2 for €99-00, this weekend ONLY!If you’re buying your home, we can store free of charge, if you need delivery that’s no problem, or if you just fancy something nice to finish a room, this stock disposal event is not to be missed this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday at the Marquee At The Furniture Liquidator Letterkenny.Come early to beat the massive crowds expected! ENDS BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 6PM SHARPSponsored Post€1million stock disposal sale begins at The Furniture Liquidator was last modified: October 26th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Furniture liquidatorSALElast_img read more

To Hell on a motorbike

first_img26 November 2003“Everyone should take a trip to South Africa’s mecca, The Hell, at least once in their lives – preferably on a BMW motorcycle,” says German-born Juergen Muess, owner of Karoo Biking: BMW motorcycle tours and rentals in South Africa.Operating from Cape Town, Karoo Biking offers an increasing number of international visitors, as well as locals, four standard BMW motorcycle tours – two of which include an overnight stay in one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets, the Gamkaskloof valley, known as The Hell by residents of the Small Karoo.The 14-day Karoo / Garden Route / R62 tour takes the biker through some of the most beautiful landscapes that South Africa has to offer, travelling along the famous Route 62 through the Small Karoo and then along the East Coast to Port Elizabeth before heading back to Cape Town via the Garden Route.Day 4 of the tour is described as follows: “It’s hell. Today is certain to be one of the tour’s highlights. We’ll be leaving again at 9am after breakfast and be travelling over the Huisriver Pass, through Kruisriver and Matjesrivier to the Swartberg Pass.“At the pass’ summit (at around 1 568m) we’ll be taking a left and be heading off down Gamkaskloof to a place better known as The Hell. A majestic gorge characterised by soaring rock faces, fascinating plants, and clear falls of mountain water – this is one of the most isolated areas in South Africa. We’ll picnic in the mountains for lunch before the exciting trip down the valley to the Hell begins.“We’ll be staying in The Hell for the evening in original houses restored by the Nature Conservation Board. Mod cons are not the order of the day here, but we can guarantee you that you will be hard pressed to find a more stunning heaven anywhere in the world. We will barbecue in the evening and enjoy a few beers under the African stars …”Karoo Biking is not the only operator inviting tourists to discover SA’s diverse, spectacular landscape on two wheels (see Related Links on the right). MOTOBerlin is a BMW motorbike and adventure tour specialist offering tours in South Africa’s Garden Route, KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho, Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park, the Kalahari Highway, and the Johannesburg to Cape Town route.“Few countries on earth can rival the grandeur and beauty of the South African landscape. Mountain ranges, sunburned deserts, deep forests, fruit-filled valleys and the endless coastline beckon you the traveller to come and see for yourself”, MOTOBerlin declares on its website.“What better way to traverse this giant canvas than on two wheels?”Muess says the South African motorcycle tourism industry is an untapped market worth investing in, pointing out that South Africa is now the fourth most popular holiday destination for the American market, which has around 20 million motorcyclists.South Africa is also a popular destination with German and British tourists, and Germany boasts nine million registered bikers, while the United Kingdom has about eight million bikers.For this reason, Karoo Biking will initially target the US, UK and German markets, with plans to expand into the Spanish-speaking market.The Karoo is a particularly good destination for bikers, offering wonderful hospitality, the opportunity to get in touch with local culture, and the opportunity to ride on both tarred and dirt roads.Karoo Biking’s machines come from the latest BMW ranges, to ensure its clients enjoy the best possible touring experience.Pieter de Waal, general manager of BMW Motorrad South Africa, says motorcycle touring is becoming an increasingly popular pastime: “Sales of our touring motorcycles have doubled during the past three years. This growth reflects the increased desire of South Africans to explore our wonderful country by motorcycle.”Says Muess: “You can bet that Karoo Biking will do its part, and make every effort to market South Africa and its more interesting nooks and crannies to the world, by taking its international clients to some of South Africa’s best-kept secrets in style – astride a BMW motorcycle.” reporterlast_img read more

You Deserve it All: Sebastian Vettel Told Lewis Hamilton After His 6th Formula One Title

first_imgAustin: Sebastian Vettel said on Monday that he told Lewis Hamilton ‘he deserved it all’ after the British Mercedes driver clinched his sixth world title at the United States Grand Prix.Hamilton finished second behind Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Austin on Sunday and was cooling down after the race when, unexpectedly, Ferrari’s four-time champion Vettel dropped in to whisper in his ear. Vettel, for several years Hamilton’s fiercest on-track rival, had retired early in the race after his car’s suspension had failed on the bumpy Circuit of the Americas.”I think now is the time for you to write as many good things as you can,” Vettel informed reporters, referring to what he said to Hamilton.”If somebody wins the title six times, he deserves all of it. That’s what I told him as well.””Obviously I’m happy for him,” he added. “I’m not happy that we are not in contention this year and we were so far back, but you need to respect what he achieved these last years and, also, this year, together with his team how strong they have been. I’m happy for him but less happy for us.”Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc said: “On my side, I didn’t even win won one world title… To win six is just incredible.”I think he deserves it. He has done an incredible season. I grew up watching him on the TV and, yeah, just a huge congratulations.” 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. driver’s championshipF1ferrariformula one First Published: November 4, 2019, 7:37 PM ISTlast_img read more