TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — A cautious calm prevails in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli after a violent night that saw rioters set fire to several buildings. The fires capped days of confrontations, as anger over growing poverty made worse by the coronavirus lockdown boiled over. Lebanese troops have been deployed in the country’s second-largest city in an effort to quell the rioting. The riots have led to repeated confrontations with security forces. One person has been killed and more than 250 have been others injured. The protests target the strict lockdown measures but also reflect growing anger over the authorities’ indifference in the face of Lebanon’s economic meltdown.
GUYANESE motor racer Calvin Ming was among some drivers as the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, powered by Mazda, wrapped up two days of testing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway South Florida Racecourse, yesterday. At the end of yesterday’s session, Ming’s best time was 1:25.006 seconds, just 0.44 seconds off the session’s fastest time around the 2.21-mile facility, 1:24.562 by Oliver Askew in the Cape Motorsports car.Rinus Veekay (Newman Wachs Racing) was second with a time of 1:24.61, followed by the team Pelfry duo of Robert Megennis (1:24.67) and Kaylen Frederick (1:24.71) and then Calvin.On day two, Veekay posted the fastest time, 1:24.99 with Askew 0.1 second off the pace, Victor Franzoni (ArmsUp Motorsports), Andre Castro (Newman Wachs Racing), Kory Enders (Force Racing) and then Ming. The gap to Veekay and Ming was .4 seconds.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, the driver said, “It was a good two-day test. I got some more practice with the car and I’m happy with the progress we’ve made so far.Rounds one and two take place from March 10-12 in St Petersburg Florida at the Streets of St Petersburg Circuit, a 1.8-mile course encompassing 14 corners of varying degreesTwenty-one cars are expected to take the grid. (Stephan Sookram)