Unemployment rate up three-tenths

first_imgTotal Labor Force351,900352,600355,200-700-3,300   Employment335,800337,500340,900-1,700-5,100   Unemployment16,100        Changes From VERMONT JOB COUNTS REMAINSTABLE WHILE UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASES March              2008February2008March              2007February 2008March2007 Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) Theobserved seasonally adjusted monthly changes in the employment levels, unemploymentlevels and unemployment rate are not statistically different from February values.  For comparison purposes, the US seasonallyadjusted unemployment rate for February was 5.1 percent, up three-tenths of apoint from February 2008.  Unemploymentrates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.4 percentin Hartford to 9.1 percent in Newport.  Locallabor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Forcomparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.3 percent, up three-tenths of a point fromFebruary 2008.center_img Montpelier — The Vermont Department of Labor announcedApril 18, 2008, that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2008 was 4.6percent, up three-tenths of a point from last month and up six-tenths of apoint from a year ago.  Andrew.Condon@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail) v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}September 16, 2005 Amy Hoskins Andy Condon 2 0 2008-04-18T19:23:00Z 2008-04-18T15:49:00Z 2008-04-18T15:49:00Z 1 1445 8241 DET 68 19 9667 10.2625 Normal Clean Clean 0 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}table.MsoTableSimple1 {mso-style-name:”Table Simple 1″; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; border-top:solid green 1.5pt; border-left:none; border-bottom:solid green 1.5pt; border-right:none; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}table.MsoTableSimple1FirstRow {mso-style-name:”Table Simple 1″; mso-table-condition:first-row; mso-tstyle-border-bottom:.75pt solid green; mso-tstyle-diagonal-down:0in none windowtext; mso-tstyle-diagonal-up:0in none windowtext;}table.MsoTableSimple1LastRow {mso-style-name:”Table Simple 1″; mso-table-condition:last-row; mso-tstyle-border-top:.75pt solid green; mso-tstyle-diagonal-down:0in none windowtext; mso-tstyle-diagonal-up:0in none windowtext;}April 18, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Vermont’s unemployment rate increased bythree-tenths of a point in March reflecting a national and regional economicslowdown,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department ofLabor.  “On a more positive note, jobgrowth, as reported by our business survey remains stable.” last_img read more


Sanders seeks support for Vermont State Hospital

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has brought together Obama administration officials, Vermont state lawmakers and the state Department of Mental Health commissioner to discuss federal funding for the Vermont State Hospital. Restoring the hospital’s certification could yield $10 million or more a year in federal reimbursements for the facility that the state now spends more than $20 million annually to operate and maintain.The state hospital in Waterbury first lost its federal certification in 2003, regained it in 2004, but lost it again in 2005. The lack of certification makes the facility ineligible to claim Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements that could cover more than half of the hospital’s costs.In July, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, citing concerns about supervision of a single patient, again denied certification for Vermont’s only state-run mental hospital. The decision followed an unannounced visit by investigators to the 54-bed psychiatric hospital.While federal investigators have cited lapses, the hospital was certified in 2008 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, an independent, not-for-profit organization which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.“The quality of patient care must be our top priority, but the state and Vermont taxpayers deserve a reasonable process for correcting problems and restoring the hospital’s certification,” Sanders said. “In these difficult financial times, it is unfair to Vermont taxpayers that the state is losing out on $10 million a year in federal reimbursements.”Sanders convened the meeting of representatives from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and state Sens. Susan Bartlett (D-Lamoille) and Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden).“We are on the same page and they gave us a path forward,” Sanders said afterward.Sen. Bernie Sanders meets in his U.S. Senate office in Washington, D.C., with (L to R) Cynthia Mann, director of Medicaid and State Operations for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and Angela Brice-Smith, deputy director of surveys and certification for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Photo by Frank Fey for the U.S. SenateSource: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, October 20, 2009last_img read more


January 1, 2006 On the Move

first_imgJanuary 1, 2006 On the Move January 1, 2006 On the Move On the Move Heather N. Jarrell, Stanley K. Kinnett II, Kevin M. Murch, and Meredith Sherman joined Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa as associates. Jarrell joined the employment law practice group, Kinnett joined the corporate, securities, and finance practice group, Murch joined the general trial practice group, and Sherman joined the environmental and land use practice group. Additionally, John Clough and Jennifer A. Geiser joined the firm as associates in West Palm Beach. Clough joined the commercial litigation practice group and Geiser joined the technology and products liability practice group. Elvin W. Phillips joined Administrative Partners, Inc. as a senior consultant. Milton J. Figueroa joined deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris, & Neal as an associate. Michael Billmeier, Jr., Timothy Anderson, Sara Carter, and Genesa Eavenson joined Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes, Rogerson, Galloway & Wachs. Billmeier joined as of counsel and concentrates in the areas of insurance regulation, administrative law, constitutional law, and appellate practices. Anderson, Carter, and Eavenson practice in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance law. L. Reed Bloodworth and Teresa L. Rajala joined Dean Mead in Orlando as associates. Bloodworth joined the litigation department and Rajala joined the estate planning department. Additionally, Stacie L. C. McElroy joined the firm in Ft. Pierce as an associate in the real estate department.The Gunn Law Group is pleased to announce the addition of Scott A. Arthur as an associate with the firm. Arthur assists in the firm’s prosecution of insurance coverage, bad faith, and serious injury cases. Susan L. Kelsey joined the litigation group of Anchors Smith Grimsley as a partner in Tallahassee. Kelsey will continue to engage in a predominantly appellate practice in state and federal courts. Joseph T. Ducanis joined Rogers, Morris & Ziegler and concentrates in the area of wills, trusts, and estates. Robert Bell announces the opening of Robert M. Bell, P.A., an immigration law practice focusing on deportation and asylum cases. The firm is located at 2929 E. Commercial Blvd., Suite 205, Ft. Lauderdale 33308; phone (954) 776-8284. Michael D. McGrath announces the opening of the Law Offices of Michael D. McGrath, P.A., located at 4741 Atlantic Blvd., Suite F, Jacksonville 32207; phone (904) 398-3300; fax: (904) 398-3315; e-mail: mcgrath@mdmlawoffices.com; Web site: www.mdmlawoffices.com. Gerald A. Williams was appointed chief counsel to the Palm Beach County School Board. Harlan Sands was appointed associate vice president for research and executive director of the Applied Research Center of Florida International University. Scott J. Brook of Coral Springs has become of counsel to McFarlane & Dolan, and serves as chair of the firm’s workers’ comp division. Additionally, Carrie L. Anderson joined the firm’s appellate division and Mark T. Babcock joined the firm as a litigation associate. Francisco M. Negrón, Jr., was selected as the new associate executive director and general counsel of the National School Boards Association. The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm celebrated the groundbreaking of its new office located in The Laurel Manor Professional Center on State Road 466 in The Villages . Orlando Cabrera was appointed the assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Public and Indian Housing. Richard L. Allen, Jr., joined the Orlando office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell as a partner. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense and professional liability with an emphasis on health care professionals and lawyers. Kimberly J. Gustafson joined the St. Petersburg office of Carlton Fields as an associate in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group. Gustafson’s practice areas include a wide range of civil and business related disputes. Additionally, Diana P. Abril has joined the Miami office as an associate in the firm’s corporate, securities, taxation, and asset-based financing practice group. Matthew W. Buttrick, Mona Markus, Jose Sepulveda, Terry Lovell, and David Seifer of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in its Miami office were promoted to shareholders. Roger S. Goldman joined Carlton Fields in Miami as of counsel in the firm’s real estate and mortgage financing practice group Peter Moeller joined Markowitz, Davis, Ringel & Trusty as an associate in the firm’s bankruptcy practice group. Julio E. Gonzalez, Jr., and Ramon E. Javier announce the opening of Gonzalez & Javier. The firm is located at 2500 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 309, Hollywood 33020; phone (954) 926-5561; e-mail: info@gonzalezjavier.com. The firm concentrates in the areas of civil litigation including construction law and general liability as well as state and federal criminal defense. Alex René joined Akerman Senterfitt in Washington, D.C. René practices in the areas of white collar, commercial trial, and corporate law. Additionally, Richard Smith joined the firm. Maria L. Rubio joined Ratzan & Alters in Miami as a partner. Rubio handles professional malpractice, nursing home, unfair insurance and bad faith, personal injury, maritime, and product liability claims. Karyl Agudo and Jeffrey Berman joined Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin in Miami. Agudo joined the business and real estate transaction group and Berman joined the litigation and dispute resolution group. Adam E. Crall joined Carlton Fields in Tampa as an associate. He will practice in the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice group.last_img read more


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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand tells Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsea

first_img Comment Manchester United legend Ferdinand (Picture: Getty)Hudson-Odoi is already a firm fans’ favourite at Stamford Bridge but Paul Merson says Sarri is right to use the teenager sparingly.The Arsenal hero told talkSPORT: ‘I wouldn’t play Hudson-Odoi at the moment. I think he’s got to be patient.‘Pedro’s playing well at the moment. He’s turned it around. This is the player who came from Barcelona, he’s playing that way at the moment.‘I think Willian’s a top player as well. Them three [with Eden Hazard] all sing off the same hymn sheet, they’re experienced players who have played with each other for a long time.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Hudson-Odoi doesn’t buy into that at the moment. He won’t play one-twos and flick balls round the corner. He’s an out-and-out winger.‘Give him the ball, he’ll isolated his defender and take him on. He needs to improve his game.‘The longer he’s there training with quality players, and with this appeal which has just gone down, stay at Chelsea because you’re going to get games now.’MORE: Arsenal and Spurs lining up transfer moves for Newcastle star Callum Hudson-Odoi should leave Chelsea, according to Rio Ferdinand (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Callum Hudson-Odoi should leave Chelsea.Hudson-Odoi, 18, scored his fourth Chelsea goal in Thursday’s Europa League victory over Dynamo Kiev.Bayern Munich attempted to sign the English teenager in January, tabling at least one offer worth £35million to Chelsea chiefs.The German giants are expected to revive their interest in Hudson-Odoi this summer and Ferdinand says he should seriously consider leaving Stamford Bridge.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe is yet to start a Premier League match this season, making just four substitute appearances under manager Maurizio Sarri.Asked whether Hudson-Odoi should leave Chelsea, Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror: ‘If I was starting at Chelsea every week or at least getting regular minutes, I’d say, “No”.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Chelsea is a big club. He’s at home in London. He is a fantastic young English talent in the little snippets we have seen of him.‘I don’t know how he doesn’t get more game time. Advertisement Sarri on Hudson-Odoi: Pressure on Chelsea teen is ‘very dangerous’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:38FullscreenSarri on Hudson-Odoi: Pressure on Chelsea teen is ‘very dangerous’https://metro.co.uk/video/sarri-hudson-odoi-pressure-chelsea-teen-dangerous-1878432/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘If I was him, and I am not getting game time, and seeing Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson flying in Germany, other young players who are getting game time in teams who I would consider myself better than, I’d be gone.‘I would be saying: “I am going”.‘I’d want to feel that I have a real chance of getting in the first team and opportunities.‘Under Sarri, until now, I think he will be sitting there thinking: “I don’t feel part of his plans properly when I feel I am ready now”.’center_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Mar 2019 11:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand tells Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsealast_img read more


Lakers winning even as Anthony Davis rehabs from injury

first_imgVogel (whose Philadelphia Eagles are already out of the playoffs) said he found it compelling that Davis brought teammates with him to join the experience. He pointed to it as a sign of the Lakers’ team chemistry, which he said has been player-driven since before the season started.“This group really likes being around each other,” he said. “We like coming to work, and they enjoy being around each other, particularly the players, and I think LeBron set that tone with the Vegas minicamp, whatever you want to call it, volunteer-type deal where everybody went. Got some light work in, but it was really about them having fun together and getting to know each other off the court. I think what A.D. did this recent weekend is an extension of that.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Davis is a rabid fan of the Green Bay Packers, who bested the Seattle Seahawks in a 28-23 win in the divisional round on Sunday. Caldwell-Pope did his own version of the famed “Lambeau Leap,” jumping up into the stands and being embraced by the crowd.It might seem a head-scratcher as to how a Chicago native became a cheesehead. Davis said he wasn’t a football fan growing up, but he picked the Packers as his team when he got to the NBA because he knew some of the players. Ever since, he’s been a devoted fan, even though his family members – who are fans of the hometown Chicago Bears – give him grief.“My dad pulls his hair out every day trying to figure out how I’m a Packers fan,” he said. “But hey, man, it’s football at the end of the day. It’s not life or death.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCoach Frank Vogel acknowledged the success, which he’s happy about, but also didn’t want to jest less it be taken out of context: “I was gonna make a joke, but I’m not gonna joke because we definitely need Anthony Davis.”What’s gone right for the Lakers without A.D.? Pace, Davis said, which has driven high-octane offense. Over the last three games, the Lakers have the best offensive rating (128.2 points per 100 possessions) of any team in the NBA. They’ve scored at least 40 points in a quarter in all three games, and they’ve reset their season-best scoring mark in a half in back-to-back games after pouring in 81 in the second half against the Cavaliers on Monday night.The Lakers already know Rajon Rondo (right ring finger avulsion) won’t play Wednesday against Orlando, but Davis is still hopeful. While Vogel said Davis was still moving “gingerly” in the light work he did Tuesday afternoon, Davis said he’s progressing. He’s yet to do full sprinting or take any contact on the court – those are the final thresholds he’s looking to reach.“When I feel like I’m able to get back to my old self and do the moves I’ve always done and be successful at it,” he said, “that’s when I’ll be able to get back on the floor.”MAKING THE LAMBEAU LEAPAn offseason Sunday became a cross-country trek for several Lakers: Davis treated Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and assistant coach Mike Penberthy to a sojourn to Wisconsin, where the group took in a brisk NFL playoff matchup. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img EL SEGUNDO — Make no mistake: Anthony Davis is working.For the last few days, he’s gone through drills, trying to see how his body is moving and how his soreness is improving from when he took a hard fall a week ago in a home game against the Knicks. But the urgency to recover from a bruised backside has waned ever so slightly – after all, the Lakers are 3-0 since he got hurt.“I’m getting closer to getting back on the floor with these guys,” he joked. “But the last three games, it looks like they don’t need me. So kind of taking it slower than usual.”For the rest of the Lakers, however, it’s not quite such a laughing matter. While the team has capably covered for him for the past week and gotten a chance to showcase its depth, teammates are hoping Davis, who is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic, comes back soon. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more


Mason City woman pleads guilty after being accused of letting infant roll of bed while she was drunk

first_imgMASON CITY — The sentencing date has been set for a Mason City woman accused of child endangerment after allowing an infant to roll off a bed while she was intoxicated.Mason City police and paramedics at about 4 o’clock on the morning of January 5th responded to a medical call at a residence in the 1700 block of South Delaware involving a two-month-old.Police say 36-year-old Lakesa Mitchell became intoxicated to the point where she wasn’t able to safely care for the child. They say the child rolled off the bed, onto the floor and was later found on the floor by the child’s mother. The child was transported to the hospital by ambulance for evaluation.Police say a preliminary breath test showed Mitchell had a blood alcohol content of .214, over two-and-a-half times the legal limit for driving while intoxicated.Mitchell pleaded guilty during a plea change hearing on Tuesday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. Judge Karen Salic set June 24th as the date for Mitchell’s sentencing.last_img read more


U.S. Marshals Arrest Man in Miami for Shooting 8 People at Texas Bar

first_imgThe charges stem from a shooting that occurred last Friday in which a man with a rifle, who is believed to be Crew, began shooting at a group of people in the parking lot of a venue called Rebar.San Antonio police Chief William McManus says the man was part of a group that had been turned away from the bar due to being “inebriated.”McManus explains that the man asked: “Don’t you know who I am? I’m a UFC fighter from California.”He then obtained a gun from his car.Crew was arrested without incident and is in being held without bond at the Miami-Dade County Jail, according to jail records. Federal agents in Florida have arrested a man who is charged in a shooting that injury eight people outside a Texas bar last week.U.S. Marshals arrested 37-year-old Jenelius Crew on Thursday morning as he left a Miami hotel, San Antonio police announced in a statement.He faces eight counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to police.last_img read more



first_imgSENSITIVELY: In a speed laden lineup, she may be the quickest of the quick.  Idle since well beaten as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Stakes on Aug. 17, she brings a solid resume and fast work tab to the Las Flores party.  Three for five at six furlongs, all four of Sensitively’s career wins have come at The Great Race Place.  A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Street Sense, she’s owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino.  She be ridden for the seventh consecutive time by Tyler Baze, who’s guided her to three wins.  She has earnings of $164,415 from an overall mark of 9-4-1-0. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2017)–Jerry Hollendorfer’s Constellation, the Richard Baltas-trained Watch This Cat and Phil D’Amato’s comebacking Sensitively head a field of five older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes, to be run at six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track. CONSTELLATION: Undefeated in two starts for Hollendorfer, she comes off a half length win here in the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on opening day, Dec. 26.  Dispatched at 12-1 following an odds-on score in a minor stakes going six furlongs at Turf Paradise on Nov. 12, Constellation pressed the La Brea pace and won impressively under Flavien Prat, who rides back on Sunday.  A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Bellamy Road, she was originally based in New York with Steve Asmussen.  A winner of two minor stakes at Aqueduct in November, 2015 and January, 2016, she’s 8-5-1-1 overall and has earnings of $479,464.  She’s owned by LNJ Foxwoods. THE GRADE III LAS FLORES STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 3 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PTcenter_img WATCH THIS CAT: Claimed for $32,000 six starts back on June 26, this 5-year-old Eskendereya mare has rattled off three consecutive wins for Baltas, her most recent an 8 ½ length romp over a sloppy track in the 6 ½ furlong Las Cienegas Stakes, which was originally slated for turf.  Due to the change in surface, necessitated by heavy rains, the Las Cienegas lost its Grade III status, thus, Watch This Cat will be in search of her first graded win on Sunday.  Quick from the gate, she could likely press the favorite or attempt gate to wire tactics with Corey Nakatani again engaged to ride.  Owned by Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Jack Nakashian, Watch This Cat is 16-4-4-1, with earnings of $164,220.   Ponder Lea–Rafael Bejarano–120Watch This Cat–Corey Nakatani–120Sensitively–Tyler Baze–120Pretty N Cool–Martin Garcia–120Constellation–Flavien Prat–124First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more


Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes record pole with Sebastian Vettel in second

first_imgFormula One leader Lewis Hamilton made the most of the changeable conditions to seize pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel on Saturday.French driver Esteban Ocon qualified a remarkable third for Force India for the team’s first race under new ownership, with Mexican team mate Sergio Perez fourth after a rain-hit final session.The pole was Hamilton’s fifth at Spa, a record, and 78th of his F1 career but it was touch and go on a drying track with the clock ticking.More poles at Spa than any other driver in #F1 historyAnother record for @LewisHamilton #BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/9o40IHfilkFormula 1 (@F1) August 25, 2018Slipping wide and across the grass runoff, the champion left himself just one final shot at a flying lap before the time ran out and he nailed it.”It was one of the toughest qualifying sessions I can remember,” said Hamilton, who won from pole in Belgium last season and is 24 points clear of fellow-four times champion Vettel with nine races remaining.”We were very close, I was hopeful, Ferrari were very quick on the straights, then the rain came and I can’t stress how difficult it was.”The track looked dry in some places, but it was actually wet. It was so hard, I went off twice, but so glad I managed to keep it together. Everyone is on the edge of their seats.”Sunday’s race looked set up to be a battle between the two great rivals, with Vettel possibly having the faster car, after a qualifying that shook up the grid beyond the two championship contenders.advertisementVettel’s team mate Kimi Raikkonen, a four-times winner at Spa, starts only sixth while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas will line up at the back of the field due to accumulated engine grid penalties.The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo qualified seventh and eighth.QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION: @LewisHamilton scores a 78th career pole at a rainy Spa #BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/HhhEX34zPcFormula 1 (@F1) August 25, 2018″It got drier at the end, we had done our laps at the beginning thinking it (the conditions) was going to get worse so we were just unlucky I guess,” said Ricciardo.Taking advantage of the drying track, surprised Frenchman Romain Grosjean put his Haas in fifth place behind the Force India pair.Vettel and Raikkonen had both earlier shattered the Spa circuit record, banging in laps of one minute 41.501 and 1:41.627 respectively to better the 1:41.770 set by a Porsche 919 world endurance car in April.Hamilton’s pole time was a comparatively slow 1:58.179, with Vettel managing 1:58.905.”It was a bit chaotic and not great from a management point of view,” Vettel said. “I don’t feel we put everything together in the last lap, we ran out of battery.”It wasn’t a nice ending to a great qualifying up to that point. It’s great fun but obviously not very rewarding when you know you could have done a bit better.”last_img read more