18 Jan
2020

Fernando Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alonso, whose first win came in the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix but who hasn’t won since the Spanish Grand Prix five years ago, says new challenges await.The former Ferrari star is known to be keen to complete the ‘Triple Crown’ of world Formula One champion, winning the 24 Hour Le Mans race and the Indy500 — he has achieved the first two of those aims.“Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner,” said Alonso.“I’m having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures.”McLaren — whose unpopular racing director Eric Boullier resigned in early July — issued a statement bordering on a eulogy to the Spaniard. “Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1,” said Zak Brown, McLaren Racing’s CEO in a statement.“His 17 years in the sport, as arguably the pre-eminent driver of his generation and undoubtedly an F1 great, have added another layer to Formula 1’s rich history.“There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his.”During his F1 career, Alonso has also claimed 22 pole positions and 97 podiums.In a heartfelt address, Alonso spoke of his life-long love of Formula One in a ‘letter’ to the sport posted on his Instagram account. Alonso — who in 2005 became the youngest ever Formula One world champion while driving for Renault before defending his title the following year — has garnered 44 points this season and is ninth in the drivers’ championship.Alonso went on to drive for McLaren for a year in 2007 followed by a return to Renault and then four years at Ferrari, before beginning his second spell with McLaren in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I have seen you (Formula One) changing, sometimes for good, others, in my opinion, for bad,” said Alonso, who on three occasions finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship while at Ferrari.“And this year, while still driving at my best, is how I want to remember you.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins McLaren’s Spanish driver Fernando Alonso attends the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 22, 2018 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVICTwo-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced on Tuesday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season after his recent struggles with underachieving McLaren.The 37-year-old Spaniard — who has 32 Grand Prix wins to his credit in 17 seasons — has become increasingly disenchanted with Formula One as the once all-powerful McLaren team have fallen way off the pace.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “When I barely knew how to walk, I ran straight towards your noise, your circuits, without knowing anything about you,” he said.“We had very good times, some unforgettable, others really bad. We have played together against incredible rivals. You played with me and I learned how to play with you too.“Every time I close my visor on my helmet, I feel your warm embrace, your energy, there is nothing like it.“But today, I have some other bigger challenges than those you can offer me.”Among those in the frame to replace Alonso is British teenager Lando Norris, who serves as McLaren’s reserve driver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ UP leader Molde praises young Lady Maroons, demands more from herself Alonso, whose best finish for McLaren so far was 10th in 2016, said he would carry on endeavouring to finish with a flourish.“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” said Alonso in a statement.“There are still several Grands Prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever.”He left the door slightly ajar, saying in a statement posted on the McLaren website he could return when it is “the right moment for me to be back in the series”, but the personal message on his Twitter account sounded like a farewell.‘Exploring new adventures’ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Eye care services envisioned for each region

first_imgMahdia Regional Hospital is expected to have an established eye care facility as the Public Health Ministry aims to expand the service beyond one region. The plan is to place optometrists at all district hospitals and Regional hospitals by 2020.According to the Director of Regional and Clinical Services of the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Kay Shako, this is being done to ensure a wide range of specialised services are available to all Guyanese. She made this disclosure as she accompanied the Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to a community meeting in Princeville, Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni).An eye care specialist from the Cuban Medical Brigade in Guyana advises a resident of Waipa, Region Eight during a medical outreachDr Shako explained that while ophthalmologists work in Guyana, they are a rare speciality. However, as there are more qualified optometrists in the country, they can be deployed to various regions. An Ophthalmologist is a doctor who is concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. The optometrist, however, is an eye care specialist who examines eyes for both vision and health deficiency.“The new direction now is to have an optometrist… We would have examined every region, so the optometrists are the medical eye specialists so to speak. They examine the eye, determine the diseases, and they can order treatment for you. This will work in the primary health care setting,” the Director said.Dr Shako informed the Region 8 residents that optometrists have already been placed at some hospitals. She assured that specialised services at the hospitals in their region will soon be a reality.“Optometrists were placed in some of our hospitals already so we will get it done between the last quarter of this year or next year you are going to be having an optometrist here in Region 8”.Regional Health Officer for Potaro-Siparuni Dr Chrissundra Abdool said the persons who required specialised services (eye care, dental) are those who mostly reside in far-flung communities. She pledged to work closely with the Public Health Ministry to have these services established.“We have other basic services available, but here in Region 8, eye care services are needed… We need to focus on those persons in the far-flung communities, they are the persons who need our help the most. So, my vision is to ensure we get there by setting up services, one at a time”.Even as the Ministry works to bridge the gap in healthcare by establishing these services, specialised outreach teams are deployed to communities that are not easily accessed. This is done to ensure that the persons living in these areas benefit from quality health care. The specialist doctors that are on these team make timely diagnoses in most cases saving lives.For this year, specialists have been deployed to Waipa and Karisparu in Region 8, where approximately 500 residents were able to access the specialised services brought to them. The services included dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology and general medicine.last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Charlie Lake Fire Department at a crossroads

first_imgHe says residents need to realise that if the department has to hire staff, they could see a $25 to $35 increase in their regional taxes. However, if the department does not hire staff, residents could see a 50 per cent increase in their insurance, which he says could translate to an additional $1,200 to $1,400 a year for an average $300,000 home.The fire department currently covers around 6,000 residents and 122 businesses.Charlie Lake residents are encouraged to attend the public meeting being held at the Pomeroy Hotel on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Charlie Lake residents have a big decision to make regarding their fire protection services.The Charlie Lake Fire Department does not currently have enough volunteers during the day to ensure adequate service to the area, says Fire Chief Al Pinkerton.- Advertisement -Pinkerton says the fire department had an insurance underwriter study done in September which showed that the department would require six qualified staff during the day on a consistent basis, which has so far been a problem ensuring. He says that the number of volunteers often varies between six and eight or three and four on any given day.The fire department is now facing the prospect of either hiring two staff members – one full-time and one part-time – or potentially having to disband.The choice for residents, Pinkerton says, is that they have to decide whether they would prefer a tax increase to cover the additional staff or have their home insurance increase significantly.Currently, Charlie Lake is considered a semi-protected area, but he says if the department cannot acquire enough staff, the area would be considered unprotected, resulting in a 50 per cent increase in a person’s house insurance.Advertisement CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story stated that residents could see a couple hundred dollar increase in their regional taxes.  That was incorrect.  The increase would only be between $25 and $35, bringing the portion of resident’s taxes towards the fire department up to a couple hundred dollars.Advertisementlast_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Break and enter in Chetwynd

first_imgThe Chetwynd RCMP need your help after a break and enter Friday morning.Someone smashed one of the front display windows at Unique Boutiques at 4751 51 street. TheRCMP state two hoodies were grabbed after the window was broken.- Advertisement -If you have any information about this break and enter, please contact the Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img

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11 Jan
2020

Carnival Of Hope Raises Over $10,000

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 1st Annual Carnival Of Hope raised over $10,000 over the weekend.The rainy weather didn’t put a damper on the event as many showed up to enjoy the games and food and share a few laughs.The organizers of the event expressed gratitude to the sponsors of the event, as well as the volunteers.- Advertisement -The end result of money raised has not been finalized as money continues to come in.last_img

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6 Jan
2020

Ronaldo penalty sees off Torino, Inter back winning

first_imgRonaldo slotted in his 11th league goal this season, and 5,000th for Juventus in Serie A, after 70 minutes after Torino goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo fouled Mario Mandzukic.Juventus are now 11 points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who travel to Cagliari on Sunday, with Inter Milan 14 points behind the leaders after captain Mauro Icardi scored from the spot in a 1-0 win over Udinese.“It was a complicated game, played on a difficult pitch and against a tough opponent,” said Ronaldo.“We put in a good performance, played better than Torino, had more scoring opportunities and deserved the victory.“The 5,000th goal? I’m happy, but the important thing was to help the team.”Torino’s hopes of a rare ‘Derby della Mole’ victory took a knock when goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu hobbled off with a hip injury after 20 minutes, to be replaced by Ichazo.And the match was decided by a poor backpass from Simone Zaza to Ichazo which resulted in the Torino goalkeeper fouling the onrushing Mandzukic.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot, despite Ichazo getting his hand to the ball, with the pair locking horns afterwards with the Portuguese striker receiving a yellow card.“He did well to get a hand to it, but I hit it hard and it went in. That’s the most important thing,” said Ronaldo, who joined Serie A’s top scorer Krzysztof Piatek of Genoa on 11 goals.Croatian World Cup runner-up Mandzukic thought he had scored a second four minutes later when he had the ball in the back of the net, but was ruled offside.It was the seventh straight league win for unbeaten Juventus since being held by Genoa.“Today was a great victory to keep Napoli at a distance,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.“We played three days after the Champions League a derby against a team that are coming off a strong period of form on a difficult pitch.”Torino stay sixth, four points off the Champions League berths, after their fourth defeat of the season.– Icardi gets Inter back winning –Argentine forward Mauro Icardi scored his 120th goal for Inter Milan. © AFP / Miguel MEDINAEarlier, Icardi got third-placed Inter Milan back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Udinese.Luciano Spalletti’s side were reeling after their midweek Champions League exit and falling 1-0 to Juventus last weekend in Turin.But Icardi slotted in after 76 minutes at the San Siro with a cheeky ‘Panenka’ into the centre of goal after a penalty was awarded for a Seko Fofano handball.It was the 25-year-old’s ninth league goal this season and 120th for the club, and pulled Inter to within three points of second-placed Napoli.The Argentine also hit the back of the net with a second goal after 89 minutes but it was ruled offside.“It’s the signal we had to give after Tuesday’s game,” said Icardi.“The disappointment can be forgotten by winning, we have to finish this year in the best way we can.”Spalletti has been under increasing pressure after Inter let slip their chance to advance in the Champions League with a 1-1 draw with PSV Eindhoven.“Icardi completes the work of the team as the perfect centre-forward,” said Spalletti.“We should have scored earlier, to be a great time we neet this killer instinct.“Apart from the start of the second half, when we got a bit unbalanced in a bid to break the deadlock and send a signal this game had to be won, we otherwise controlled the match.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 11th Serie A goal this season. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Dec 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot as unbeaten Italian champions Juventus saw off city rivals Torino 1-0 to hammer home their domination in Serie A on Saturday.Juventus travelled to the Stadio Olimpico after their year-long unbeaten record away from home ended with a shock 2-1 Champions League defeat by Young Boys in Bern.last_img read more

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3 Jan
2020

Lorette Kahl

first_imgBeing suddenly rudely awakened I realized I was in an earthquake and quickly thought of my husband but realized he’d died just before and that I was really alone. As I staggered across the kitchen floor to the back door, I heard crashes of things falling everywhere, including the clatter of dishes and glasses spilling nearby. On my lawn in front I realized that all families on both sides of the street were outside on their lawn, waiting. A nice man later wiggled into my genealogy room by climbing through one of the back window spaces. Two large bookcases on opposite sides had fallen and spilled all of my pictures, legal information and books, which had blocked my door closed. Later my daughter literally used a shovel to scoop up my kitchen trash of so many memories. I have felt many of the big earthquakes of Southern California including living in a broken garage of friends in the second day of the Long Beach Earthquake, but no other than the Whittier Narrows Earthquake of 5.9 took so many of my actual long-ago memories. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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28 Dec
2019

Could a Donegal family appear on ‘Gogglebox Ireland’?

first_imgIreland’s version of the hit TV show ‘Gogglebox’ is to debut on Thursday night at 9:30pm for twelve weeks.We are hoping to have our TV screens graced by the appearance of a Donegal family on Thursday night, however producers are keeping details of families involved under wraps and are not giving any hints to who may be involved, apart from three families from Dublin and Kildare.There may be a strong chance of having a Donegal family included, as in the original version of ‘Gogglebox’, producers tried to find a family to represent each region in England, so if they need a family from the North West, we’re sure to be first on their list due to our award winning accent. Although not all families have been named, this morning producers released details about three of the families.Cabra girls Jamie, Lindsay, Ashley and GrainneThe Cabra girls are best pals and avid reality TV fans. They enjoy nights in gossiping, watching TV, and consuming copious amounts of wine!Szymon and Aga are living in Tallaght but are originally from Poland.Szymon and Aga have been best mates after meeting in college sixteen years ago. Aga moved to Ireland in 2004 to complete her PhD in UCD, and when her friend Szymon came over for a quick Halloween visit in 2007; he never went home.The Gruffertys from Athy, County KildareLaura and Des Grufferty met fourteen years ago after bumping into each other at Laura’s hairdressers! The couple have a twelve year old daughter, Danielle, who will be joining them in the series, To meet the other families taking part tune in to TV3 on Thursday night!Could a Donegal family appear on ‘Gogglebox Ireland’? was last modified: September 18th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalfamiliesgogglebox irelandTV3last_img read more

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24 Dec
2019

Gillespie Garners MVC Player of the Week Honors

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the second consecutive week, a Drake Bulldog has been the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week as freshman Vinny Gillespie (Stirling, Scotland) earned the honor Tuesday, Jan. 26. Gillespie went 4-0 for the week as the team posted a 1-1 record at the ITA Kickoff Event hosted by North Carolina. Gillespie and Bayo Philips earned a 6-2 win against NC State and a 6-3 victory against Indiana at No. 1. Gillespie recorded the only singles victory for the Bulldogs in their 4-2 setback to No. 40 NC State, winning 6-2, 7-6 at No. 3. He finished his weekend with a three-set 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory, securing the 4-2 win for Drake over No. 50 Indiana. Gillespie and the rest of the Bulldogs travel to No. 41 Dartmouth on Saturday before taking on No. 32 Harvard on Sunday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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24 Dec
2019

Fischer Shatters 39-Year-Old Drake Track Record

first_imgBy the fall of 1978, as a recent Drake alumnus, Nansel said he was running 16 miles per day. While at Drake he notched numerous accolades: he was a two-time MVC individual cross-country champion (1975, 1976), earned Drake’s Outstanding Athlete award (1977), and was a member of the NCAA Division I All-American teams for cross country (1976) and track (1978). Fischer’s time of 13:48:32 in the men’s university/college division 5,000 meters shattered a 39-year-old record set by Boyd Nansel, ED’78. The lifetime-best time snagged Fischer the Relays title and placed him among the top 20 event times in Division I athletics this year. “I’d love to see it go down as quickly as possible. I’d love to see one of my teammates beat it. But if it lasts another 40 years, that’s sweet also.” Women’s 10,000 Meters13. Bailee Cofer, 36:12.12 “He has been outstanding [in workouts], being there every day,” Coach Bob Ehrhart told The Times Delphic student newspaper at the time. “He has been averaging 85 miles a week, for each week he’s been in school. He’s a very dedicated man.” Before taking a victory lap with his white Relays champion flag, Fischer was enveloped in a mass of fellow students and members of the news media. Fischer said it was special for him to have Nansel there to cheer him on and support a legacy of Bulldogs track and field. Since then, Fischer has set a number of career milestones. Fischer came within a hair’s width of breaking the school outdoor record in the 5,000 meters last year, missing it by three one-hundredths of a second. He set the school’s indoor record at the Iowa State Classic earlier this year, won the MVC title in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters at the 2017 MVC Indoor Championship, became the 13th Bulldog to win the Missouri Valley Cross Country Championship, finished seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, and finished 50th at the NCAA Cross Country championships. Nansel, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, chose to study at Drake because the Bulldogs’ track and field reputation was second to none. When he enrolled in 1974, he was “a welcome surprise” to Drake’s track and field squad. Men’s 10,000 Meters21. Kyle Cass, 31:25.36 2017 Drake Relays – Thursday Drake University ResultsMen’s 5,000 Meters1. Reed Fischer, 13:48:32 “I’ve dreamed about this ever since I [enrolled at] Drake,” Fischer said. “It just means a whole lot.” DES MOINES, Iowa – When Drake University senior Reed Fischer crossed the finish line at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee on Thursday, he broke a school record that has stood since long before Drake’s famed Blue Oval was blue. Watch as senior @Drake_TFXC runner Reed Fischer takes title AND school record in the 5000m with a time of 13:48.32. Crank up the volume! pic.twitter.com/m9w31Jn9R8— Drake University (@DrakeUniversity) April 28, 2017 Nansel watched from the sidelines and ran onto the track to give Fischer a congratulatory hug as thousands of spectators celebrated the achievement. Nansel’s record was the oldest individual outdoor school record for the track program. When Fischer was asked by a news reporter if he thought his new record would stand for decades, he said: In addition to his athletic achievements, the public relations and English double-major has also acquired a trove of academic awards. Following his conference title, Fischer became an MVC Elite 18 Award winner, three-time MVC Runner of the Week, and a five-time Eagle Bank MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week this season, and was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.  Print Friendly Version “That’s one of the things that makes Drake special,” Fischer said. “We have a really strong track tradition, and a strong history here.” Fischer, a native of Minnetonka, Minn., and a track standout at Hopkins High School, also captured Drake’s attention during his freshman year. He finished 13th in the 5,000 meters at the MVC Indoor Championship and was honored at Drake with the Jim Garrison Leadership award given to an outstanding freshman student-athlete. “I just told him, ‘You did great’,” Nansel said. “It was time for somebody to break the record—so many good runners have competed for Drake over the years, and it’s so important for Reed that he’s done it.”last_img read more

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