Storm in Barranquilla | The Herald

First a tropical storm, then a hurricane, “Iota” left destruction and flooding as it passed through Colombia. Providencia destroyed and San Andrés severely affected. Cartagena and Santa Marta, both flooded, as well as other towns on the coast. And without being directly caused by this phenomenon, the harsh winter also affected sectors of Medellín, Bogotá, Cali, Cúcuta and other cities to a greater or lesser extent with flooding. Fortunately, Barranquilla was only affected in very specific sectors, but without the severity of other parts. But, what would have happened in Barranquilla if the amount of streams that in the past dragged everything in their path had not been channeled, flooding many sectors with fury and causing deaths and destruction? Unquestionably, another very different story would have been. And that reality, which is part of the many and very positive changes that our beloved city has achieved, seems not to be sufficiently appreciated and recognized by many.

The enormous difference experienced by those families and business owners located on the roads where the mighty streams of the past used to run like demonized rivers is so positive and reassuring that it is difficult to relate it. They no longer feel the tremendous shock they suffered when they sensed a downpour. Your belongings are already safe under your roofs. They no longer see cars passing by and even people dragged by currents. Now also, their houses are more valued. Only the memory of that time remains, when Barranquilla was news in winter. Now, the bad news comes from other cities that did not suffer what we do. It is obvious that there are still some streams to be channeled. In the north, the one that originates in La Campiña, then taking Calle 85 to Carrera 50, to connect with the already channeled street 84. Also, the one that coming from Los Andes, takes Carrera 27 and snaking it connects at Calle 54 with Carrera 38, with the already channeled stream of Felicidad to La María and the Agromar channel to the Magdalena River. The discharge of the Hospital stream in the Ahuyama channel remains to be corrected to avoid occasional flooding to the homes in that sector, and the channeling of the stretch of stream that affects La Chinita in the access to the Pumarejo bridge has already been announced. But there are few, very few that remain. And they will be channeled. In the southwest and southeast, the mighty streams have also been channeled, to which I suggest building more pedestrian bridges, since these, not being vehicular roads, are uncovered, but they divide neighboring communities, which even in summer cannot pass from one side the other. Hopefully in the future the small streams will be led through smaller pipes, to the very long vox coulvers of the streams already channeled, to which our mayor Jaime Pumarejo compares with the large avenues to which the smaller streets are connected. That would be the ideal storm sewer. I particularly am very grateful to our recent leaders who have made such a positive change possible, and I suppose there will be many who will agree with me; as well as that some will continue to criticize whatever is done.


Max Verstappen, the owner of Friday – AUTOMUNDO

The team Red Bull started off on the right foot the weekend of Turkish Grand Prix, 14th date of the 2020 World Cup Formula 1, being the main protagonist of Friday’s training sessions led by the Dutchman Max Verstappen, which was the fastest in both sessions.

The first training session helped drivers and teams to get in tune with the Istanbul Circuit, which the category visited for the last time in 2011. Verstappen led the trial with 1: 35.077 and was 241/1000 ahead of his Thai teammate Alex Albon, whose continuity in the structure is still being evaluated by the managers of the Austrian team.

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Foto: Red Bull Content Pool.

With the track more rubberized, the times were much better in the second practice. Verstappen was the benchmark again, but with 1: 28.330. Behind was the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) at 401/1000.

This first day of activity showed in an unusual place the pilots of Mercedes, that in the past GP of Emilia Romagna achieved his seventh Builders Cup consecutive. Finnish Valtteri Bottas he was the best in the two trials with 9th and 3rd place; while the English champion Lewis Hamilton finished 15th and 4th.

Hamilton, precisely, this Sunday will have the first chance to end the fight for the title in his favor. So that this does not happen in advance, Bottas should win and hope that his teammate does not score points …

The activity will continue on Saturday with the last training and classification, which will take place from 9 to 10 in Argentina. The race, meanwhile, will be held on Sunday from 7.10 in our country.


pos. pilot auto weather dif. vtas.
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:28.330 37
2 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:28.731 +0.401s 45
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:28.905 +0.575s 43
4 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:29.180 +0.850s 39
5 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:29.363 +1.033s 42
6 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:29.689 +1.359s 43
7 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:29.944 +1.614s 43
8 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:30.022 +1.692s 41
9 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:30.297 +1.967s 38
10 4 Country Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:30.735 +2.405s 39
11 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:31.104 +2.774s 38
12 31 Esteban Ocon RENAULT 1:31.380 +3.050s 36
13 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:31.493 +3.163s 39
14 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:31.498 +3.168s 40
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:31.660 +3.330s 35
16 7 Whom Raikkonen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:31.932 +3.602s 43
17 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:32.302 +3.972s 39
18 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:32.570 +4.240s 33
19 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:32.807 +4.477s 37
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:33.488 +5.158s 40


1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:35.077 29
2 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:35.318 +0.241s 27
3 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:35.507 +0.430s 26
4 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:35.543 +0.466s 26
5 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:35.620 +0.543s 29
6 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:36.738 +1.661s 27
7 4 Country Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:37.216 +2.139s 21
8 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:37.503 +2.426s 21
9 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:37.629 +2.552s 23
10 31 Esteban Ocon RENAULT 1:38.428 +3.351s 23
11 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:38.508 +3.431s 18
12 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:38.612 +3.535s 22
13 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:39.484 +4.407s 21
14 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:40.025 +4.948s 25
15 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:40.225 +5.148s 12
16 7 Whom Raikkonen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:41.035 +5.958s 23
17 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:41.854 +6.777s 21
18 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:45.156 +10.079s 20
19 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:46.462 +11.385s 12
20 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:49.256 +14.179s 17


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Ares and Meteksan develop Turkey’s first armed drone

Ulaq prototype to be launched in December

USV Ulaq. Photo: Ares

03/11/2020 | Madrid

Ares Shipyard Y Meteksan Defense have developed Turkey’s first Unmanned Armed Surface Vehicle (USV) program. The system, whose prototype will be launched in December, will be the first platform of the line Ulaq.

Ehe prototype vessel, the design of which was completed in August and structural construction has just been completed, is scheduled to launch into Mediterranean waters in December once the outfitting is completed. The missile systems include four cells of Diarrhea and two of L-Umtas, supplied by Rockets. Shooting tests are planned for the first quarter of 2021.

Ulaq It has been built from advanced compounds, has a range of 400 kilometers, a speed of 65 kilometers per hour, day and night vision capabilities, encrypted communication infrastructure, which can be operated from mobile vehicles and central offices or from maritime platforms as aircraft carriers or frigates.

In addition, the system will be used for missions such as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, surface warfare, asymmetric warfare, escort missions or protection of strategic infrastructure. “We are indescribably happy and proud to announce the launch of the first program of armed unmanned surface vehicles after years of intense engineering work and investments following our dream,” they explained from Ares.

Advanced communications systems and AI

The USV, in addition to being equipped with the missiles, will be equipped with different variations of communication and intelligence systems such as jamming and electronic warfare systems to meet the various operational needs. “Ulaq It is not only a remotely controlled vehicle, but also, more importantly, an autonomous vehicle that houses artificial intelligence ”, they indicate from Meteksan.

In this sense, Meteksan spokesmen have detailed that they are “very proud to use technological assets of know-how in communication systems and sensors for the development of unmanned surface vehicles. When designing the platform’s critical electronic systems, we have sought the ultimate indigenous identity and fully considered the operational needs of the Turkish Armed Forces”.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

With information from El Farandi

Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

By Vanity Fair

Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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Vanwall returns … The past grows stronger – AUTOMUNDO

Classic Engines

By Wagner Gonzalez

It is curious, however, that despite all the technological avant-garde that surrounds the Formula 1, classical values ​​persist and occupy more and more space. This is the case with the creation of a historic car championship focused on models from the three-liter engine era as a way to harness and preserve the huge variety of vehicles produced between 1966 Y 1988.

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Icon of the 1958 F.1, the Vanwall VW5 is reborn with a landmark project. Photo: Vanwall Group.

The idea worked so well that parallel tournaments emerged, options that gradually weakened and led to a new market. Yesterday morning, a new demonstration of the value of this niche made reference to the memory of Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794) in the universe of motorsports. For the French, father of modern chemistry, “In nature nothing is created, everything is transformed”, postulate that applies to the news that the Vanwall group decided to build a series of six replicas of the 1958 VW5 model what did they use Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks Y Stuart Lewis-Evans. This model earned the brand the Constructors’ Cup title that year.

A unit of this lot will be conserved with the heritage of the project to build a museum dedicated to the history of the brand in F.1. A special chapter of this narrative is the VW5: six of the ten GP’s of the 1958 season (except Indianapolis) were won by this model, probably the last single-seater project of Colin Chapman before launching the team Lotus in 1958. Founded in 1948, until then the Lotus brand focused on street cars and less noble and more accessible categories.

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The 2.5L 4-cylinder in-line engine produced about 270 hp. Photo: Vanwall Group.

In 1958 the sporting regulations of the championship had eleven stages and stipulated that the final classification would take into account only the six best results, one more than in 1957. On the other hand, technical standards began to require the use of commercial fuel, a consequence of pressure from the manufacturers of these products to commercially exploit the runway results.

Confirming that what happens today is nothing new, F.1 teams discovered a loophole in the regulation and chose to use the specification Exhaust 100/130, intended for aviation, instead of those offered at gas stations available to motorists.

This detail was a particularly big problem for Vanwall and BRM, whose engines used alcohol, a fuel that reduced the operating temperature of the engine. That is why neither team participated in the opening race of the season, the Argentine Grand Prix.

Already connected to Vanwall since 1957, Moss was released to compete at the Autodromo de Buenos Aires at the wheel of the Cooper Climax of Rob Walker and achieved, on January 19, the first of his four victories of the year. The two British teams reappeared in Monaco four months later and still lacked sufficient reliability to prevent the three Vanwalls and one of the two registered BRMs from leaving due to mechanical problems.

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The pilot practically sat on the rear axle, in front of the fuel tank. Photo: Vanwall Group.

Little by little the English team improved and in the following race, at Zanvoort, Lewis-Evans, Brooks and Moss occupied the top three positions on the grid, in that order. Moss, the only one to finish the 58th Dutch Grand Prix, was the winner. Belgium (Spa) and France (Reims) followed and the VW5 came second to Lewis-Evans and Moss, respectively, with reliability problems that still persisted. Pole at Silverstone, the eternal runner-up only managed to cross the flag in fourth place behind Peter Collins (Ferrari), Mike Hawthorn (Ferrari) and Roy Salvadori (Cooper-Climax).

Two weeks later, on August 3, the game changed: Brooks and Moss were filled with a Ferraris sandwich, Hawthorn on pole position and Collins in fourth, occupying the front row of the Nürburgring grid. No one covered the 15 laps of 22.81 km faster than Brooks. From then on the victories were a constant in the events of Portugal (Porto), Italy (Monza) and Morocco (Ain Diab), respectively with Moss, Brooks and again Moss. Only the six best results from each driver and each team were worth that year, leaving Moss as runner-up, one point behind Hawthorn’s 42. The constructors’ title did reflect the superiority of the brand, which won six of the ten GP’s of the year.

The Vanwall brand was founded by Guy Anthony Vandervell, the son of another industrialist linked to the automobile and famous for the doubtful reliability of his vehicles. Anyone who admires and studies vintage cars knows the story of the “Spirit of Lucas”, which causes semi-incorrigible failures in the electrical system created by the company founded by Charles Vandervell and that today is part of the American group Varity Corporation.

Better known as Tony Vandervell, his son ventured into motorcycling and racing as a pilot and gained fame and fortune with the Vanwall bearings. As a team owner, he developed five special models from a Ferrari 125 duly renamed as Thinwall Specials. This car was built in partnership with Raymond Mays, responsible for the competition team. From the disagreement between the two the Vanwall team was born. The word, which means thin wall, looks like the last name, but is a reference to the thickness of the bearings that produced. Early in your construction career, Rolls-Royce Y Norton they were technical consultants for their projects.

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Steering wheel and dashboard typical of the 1950s. The rear view mirrors reveal the Colin Chapman touch. Photo: Vanwall Group.

The great leap in quality for the F.1 team that debuted in 1954 came two years later and brought together big names like Chapman, Frank Costin (the “Cos” of Cosworth) and Harry Weslake, an equally famous name as an engine designer. As if to prove Chapman’s fame, the VW5’s design showed a certain fragility until he developed it and made it the great car of 1958, a project that guaranteed Vanwall the first world constructors’ title in the history of the F.1. Ironically, a fatal accident in the last stage of this season, decreed the end of the team: at the Moroccan GP the team’s third driver, Stuart Lewis-Evans, lost his life in the fire.

The balance of this season led Tony Vanderwell to end the team’s activities at the end of ’58. Much of his fortune was donated to the Royal School of Surgeons through a complicated financial engineering whose main objective was to avoid paying taxes. He followed a long process against the tax authorities of England and the United Kingdom until shortly before his death at the age of 68, on March 10, 1967, two months after his marriage to Marian Moore, who was then his secretary.

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In 1957 the team was already ahead. This is demonstrated by the grid of the Italian Grand Prix with Lewis Evans (pole), Moss and Brooks (along with Fangio). That showed the potential of the model. Photo: Aquibilt Archive.

Based on the original designs and a sample exhibited in the collection of Donington Park, Rob Y Rick Hall, father and son responsible for the company Hall and Hall, in Bourne, Lincolnshire (England), embarked on the proposal of Iain Sanderson, who bought the brand in 2013 and founded the Vanwall Group, decided to build a series of six VW5 models. It is worth remembering that for years the Vanwall brand was owned by the German group Mahle.

A former BRM employee, Rob Hall is a recognized name in the business of restoration and preservation of F.1 cars and other classics, not necessarily racing. Most of the vehicles featured in the movie Rush of Ron Howard they were built or restored by the family business. The advertised price for each copy is approximately 2.3 million euros, plus tax, withdrawal value in England.

According Andrew Garner, current president of the Vanwall Group and one of the leaders of the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association, the proposal to recreate the VW takes into account evaluating the potential of the Vanwall name that could be used “In a series model in the 2020s.”