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

Fire Prevention Week in Finch area Wednesday

first_imgAs a part of Fire Prevention Week residents may hear some sirens Wednesday night in Fort St. John. The fire department will be trying to make citizens better prepared in dealing with fire safety. Fire trucks will be travelling the Finch area of the city with lights and sirens informing people in the area and around the entire city on how they can betterprepare themselves in case of a fire. Fire Prevention Officer Greg Nicoll explains how the evening will work.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=3192|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c15db261ac2f68ae042a509b32ee3eb5-Greg Nicoll_1_Pub.mp3] Fire Prevention Week runs up until this Friday with further events highlighting ways citizens can help to prevent fires.last_img

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29 Dec
2019

Job Vacancies: Popular Donegal Town retail store seeks staff

first_imgJob Vacancies: Due to expansion, management at Irish House are currently recruiting full time and part time positions in the store on the Diamond, Donegal Town.About Irish House:Irish House is a family owned business at the heart of the Diamond in Donegal Town and is part of the Triona Donegal Tweed company based in Ardara Co. Donegal. We have a passion for quality Irish Products including Donegal Tweed, Irish Knitwear, Jewellery and Accessories.The positions include –Store ManagerRetail Sales AssistantJewellery Sales AssistantApplicants must be fluent in English and flexible to work weekends.If you think this role is for you then please send your CV and Cover letter to info@irishhouse.comJob Vacancies: Popular Donegal Town retail store seeks staff was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal Townirish housejobsrecruitmentretailSales AssistantStore Managertriona designlast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Which country has the heaviest representation in World Cup 2019? Not India

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is underway in England and Wales with 10 of the best teams in the cricketing globe fighting each other for the sport’s greatest prize. With 15 players in each squad, there is a lot of talent at display at the tournament. But did you know that not all the players were born in the same nation which they currently play for at the World Cup?Of the 150 players who have turned up in England, there are many who were born in one country but shifted to another for some reason or the other. For example, the current England squad has 5 players who were born outside the country. Similarly, countries like New Zealand and Australia currently have multiple players born outside Oceania.India, Afghanistan, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the only teams at the World Cup wherein the full 15-man squad was born in the same country.Looking at other teams, South Africa leads with a total of 17 players born in Protea country while India and Pakistan were the birthplaces of 16 players each at the World Cup.2 current England players – Jason Roy and Tom Curran – were born in South Africa, along with the New Zealand hard-hitter Colin Munro. Ben Stokes, England’s hero from their opening match against South Africa, traces his roots to Christchurch where he was born in 1991. England’s captain Eoin Morgan himself was born in and played for Ireland for a while before shifting allegiances elsewhere.Ish Sodhi – the New Zealand spinner – is the only player outside India’s squad to have been born in the country. While Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim was born in Wales in 1988, Aussie batsman Usman Khawaja and South African tweaker Imran Tahir were actually born in Pakistan.advertisementIncidentally, Zimbabwe, a side which missed out on a World Cup berth last year, can take solace from the fact that Colin de Grandhomme who was born in Harare will be turning up in New Zealand colours during the event.150 players in World Cup 2019 by country of birth:17 South Africa16 India16 Pakistan15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand10 England6 Barbados5 Jamaica4 Trinidad & Tobago1 Guyana1 Ireland1 Wales1 Zimbabwe #Trivia #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 30, 2019Players in World Cup 2019 who were born in another country (numbers in bold depict the total number of players):17 South Africa – Jason Roy, Tom Curran, Colin Munro16 India – Ish Sodhi16 Pakistan – Usman Khawaja, Imran Tahir15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand – Ben Stokes10 England6 Barbados – Jofra Archer5 Jamaica – Chris Gayle4 Trinidad & Tobago – Nicholas Pooran1 Guyana – Shimron Hetmyer1 Ireland – Eoin Morgan1 Wales – Imad Wasim1 Zimbabwe – Colin de GrandhommeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ashes catch was better as it came against Australia, feels Ben StokesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordlast_img read more

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