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Remember

A brief program of remembrance will hold on Feb. 16 at this memorial by sculptor Peter de Guzman at the Plazuela de Santa Isabel in Intramuros. It will be attended by families of those who died in Manila during the battle for its liberation from Feb. 3 to March 3 in 1945. James Scott, author […].....»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineFeb 11th, 2019

Remember Nickelodeon’s ‘All That ? It s coming back

MANILA, Philippines – "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger; can I take your order?" If you remember this line, then we're sure the iconic sketch-comedy series of the 90’s and early 2000’s, Nickelodeon's All That, is no stranger to your yesteryears. There's no need ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Heart-shaped sushi, Lover’s Tea, free-flowing prosecco cocktails—your ultimate Valentine’s Day dining guide

Restaurants have rolled out the red carpet so couples can truly have a night to remember.   Lover's Tea   TWG Tea Salon's tea-infused menu starts with beef pastrami paired with tomatoes and feta cheese that have been steeped in Lover's Tea. It's followed by a serving of duck confit with Billet Doux Tea-flavored Mexican mole sauce, sauted mushrooms and baby potatoes.   The second entree is beef and purple yam croquette with Red Chai-infused red wine sauce. For dessert is delicate choux pastries filled with raspberry cream that has been seasoned with Geisha Blossom Tea. The meal comes with a choice of two teas.     Mini OMG dessert ...Keep on reading: Heart-shaped sushi, Lover’s Tea, free-flowing prosecco cocktails—your ultimate Valentine’s Day dining guide.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

A day to remember: The assassination of Evelio Javier

By: Manuel P. Mejorada I REMEMBER the date and the events that transpired as if these happened only yesterday. At around 10:30 a.m. of February 11, 1986, I got a rare international call from Hong Kong at my work place at the Development Bank of the Philippines. At the time, I was working as Credit Investigator […] The post A day to remember: The assassination of Evelio Javier appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Choosing opposition bets in May? Panelo explains your vote

Remember how 11 million voters elected Antonio Trillanes IV to the Senate in 2007 to show their disgust for the controversy-hounded Arroyo administration? How much has the Philippine electorate changed since then? A lot, if Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo were to be believed.  At a Palace news briefing on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Remember

A brief program of remembrance will hold on Feb. 16 at this memorial by sculptor Peter de Guzman at the Plazuela de Santa Isabel in Intramuros. It will be attended by families of those who died in Manila during the battle for its liberation from Feb. 3 to March 3 in 1945. James Scott, author […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

Aquaman spinoff sequel The Trench swimming our way

MANILA, Philippines – Remember those deathly sea monsters from Aquaman's iconic boat scene? They made their ghastly appearance during that nail-biting battle with Aquaman and princess Mera amid a raging sea storm. Well, those ravenous amphibious creatures have refused to stay underwater, because the Trench monsters will ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

Torture still scars Iranians 40 years after revolution

TEHRAN, Iran --- The halls of the former prison in the heart of Iran's capital now are hushed, befitting the sounds of the museum that it has become. Wax mannequins silently portray the horrific acts of torture that once were carried out within its walls. But the surviving inmates still remember the screams. Exhibits in the former Anti-Sabotage Joint Committee Prison that was run under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi include a frightened man trapped in a small metal cage as a cigarette-smoking interrogator shouts above him. In a circular courtyard, a snarling interrogator is depicted forcing a prisoner's head under water while another inmate above hangs from his wrists. As Ira...Keep on reading: Torture still scars Iranians 40 years after revolution.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2019

Mindanao martial law thwarted more attacks – PNP

  MANILA, Philippines - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde ditched talks that martial law in Mindanao is ineffective given the recent bombings in the region, saying that there could have been more attacks without its implementation. Albayalde claimed that martial law in Mindanao delayed the January 27 bombings at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, which killed 23 people and wounded 95 others. "Kung walang martial law baka last year pa iyan, baka mamaya three or four na incidents [na] iyan. Remember the presence of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in Mindanao and different factions or threat groups [there]," Alba...Keep on reading: Mindanao martial law thwarted more attacks – PNP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2019

Jared Goff, Rams’ electric offense shorts out in Super Bowl defeat

ATLANTA --- Jared Goff trudged to the Los Angeles Rams' bench, his face a mask of confusion and despair while the Patriots celebrated their interception behind him. Sean McVay left the sideline and leaned into his ear. The coach didn't say much, but he encouraged his quarterback to learn from the Rams' offensive flop. McVay and Goff are likely to be together for many more years, and they hope they'll remember their embarrassing 13-3 loss in the Super Bowl on Sunday night as a springboard to the future, not the crushing flop that it felt like immediately afterward. Goff's 19-of-38 performance for 229 yards and a key fourth-quarter interception played a large role in the Rams'...Keep on reading: Jared Goff, Rams’ electric offense shorts out in Super Bowl defeat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2019

Celebrity moments were plentiful at Super Bowl

ATLANTA --- Not everyone is watching Super Bowl 53 for the love of football --- celebrities are a big part of the day, too. Here's a breakdown of what is happening with entertainers on Sunday in Atlanta. ___ GLADYS KNIGHT, CHLOE X HALLE FILLED WITH JOY Gladys Knight was all smiles as she blew kisses to everyone, and Chloe x Halle were almost speechless after their pregame performance at Super Bowl 53. Knight called her rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" an "exciting moment" and "one to remember" in the tunnel of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Atlanta. The 74-year-old singer was all smiles as she ...Keep on reading: Celebrity moments were plentiful at Super Bowl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2019

LeBron back in fold, but other issues still on Lakers minds

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com Well, scratch one name off the Los Angeles Lakers’ wait list. LeBron James has finally reported for duty, and who would’ve thought he’d beat Anthony Davis to the team’s lineup? Five weeks felt like forever to the franchise as they sweated out LeBron’s 17-game absence from a groin injury. It was the first injury of any concern in his 16-year career, and given his workload over such time, maybe that will serve as one of the more amazing feats by LeBron. A sense of normalcy crept back into the Lakers’ season if only for a night when LeBron suited up Thursday (Friday, PHl time), played 40 minutes without a hiccup, and -- on the surface anyway -- all seemed well. That doesn’t mean all is well. All is very confusing. The Lakers are juggling a pair of sensitive uncertainties: Davis and whether they can swing a deal to acquire the New Orleans Pelicans’ All-NBA player … and the Western Conference playoff chase. The Davis dilemma has the more urgent expiration date. Thursday’s (Friday, PHl time) deadline means one way or another, the Lakers will have clarity on one of the more uncomfortable scenarios in recent memory. And when there’s finally a verdict, and no matter what it is, there will be a sense of relief (to an extent). That’s because the young core of the Lakers are essentially being held hostage while the club enthusiastically tries to pawn one of two or all of them off in order to get Davis. Imagine being Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and/or Josh Hart now and figuring out what they’re going through. This Davis trade request is in their heads. They don’t know if by next week they’ll be passing the ball to LeBron or … E’Twuan Moore. They don’t know if they’ll be playing in L.A. or … La. They don’t know if LeBron, whose agency also represents Davis and is helping to orchestrate his New Orleans exit, has their back or is sticking a fork in it behind the scenes. There’s so much at work here, so many moving parts, so much head scratching. By all indications, there are exploratory conversations between the Lakers and Pelicans about what it will take to land Davis. The Lakers are dangling young players and Draft picks, and that might not be enough. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are dealing with their own prickly situation. The trade request caused a measure of saltiness and the front office doesn’t appear to be warm to the idea of having Davis around. The Pelicans scrubbed him from their pre-game video intros, as though he doesn’t exist anymore. He’s still on the team bench during games but it’s a weird optic. Davis is with a team he doesn’t feel is good enough for him anymore. In a perfect world, the Pelicans would take their time and weigh considerable offers from other teams, but that may stretch until this summer. Davis’ contract only runs one more season. If he tells other teams he won’t sign an extension with them, he can sabotage deals. Why would those teams surrender assets for a one-year rental? The stare-down continues as the weekend approaches and LeBron returns to face the league-leading Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). “With LeBron back, we have to adjust again as to how we play,” said coach Luke Walton. “But he looked fine to me.” He was initially on a 25-minute restriction Thursday (Friday, PHL time), but played the entire overtime in the Lakers’ win. He was feeling and looking stronger as the game progressed, finishing with 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. “I’m about 80 (percent) right now,” James said. “It’s going to take me a while to get my rhythm back. We got a lot of games coming up. I want to see how my body feels tomorrow after playing tonight. Toughest stretch of my career. I worked my butt off to get back to this point. “I wasn’t positive every day throughout this process. There were times when I felt great and thought I could come back faster. It wasn’t reacting the right way so I had to be patient. I’d never been injured before like that. I didn’t come here to put on a suit everyday. I came here to put on a jersey, when you see your team struggle and you can’t help them in a suit and tie, that was frustrating.” The Lakers went 6-11 without LeBron and dropped games to the likes of the New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers and two to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was unsightly and discouraging at times, and the losing -- combined with LeBron’s sense of mortality -- perhaps kick-started the Davis chase. Perhaps team president Magic Johnson and GM Rob Pelinka (with input from LeBron) decided it’s time to get into the express lane, at the expense of youth, and quicken the process. “I’m excited about being back out there with my guys,” James said. “We’re ready for the challenge. We want to get back into a groove and get a playoff spot. That’s what I’m here fore, that’s what we’re here for.” The playoff chase begins in earnest for any team in the West with those aspirations. To reach 48 wins, which should be enough for a playoff spot, the Lakers need to win 21 of their last 30. And given the stiff competition out West, that likely means LeBron will need to play meaningful games in April -- a time which normally would call for rest -- and perform at a high level, too. Keep in mind if the Lakers are gutted to get Davis, the supporting cast around the two stars will be depleted. In such a case, the real pursuit of the Warriors wouldn’t realistically begin until next season. Even that depends on what else the Lakers can do this summer with their salary-cap surplus. Remember, LeBron is 34 … and just sat for the longest stretch of his career. When you sign LeBron, the end game is a championship or at the very least, a reasonable chase. The Lakers are getting him on the back end, so in this situation, there’s a clock and the Lakers are on it. Time is ticking on their chances of getting Davis this season in what would be a major shakeup. And time is also ticking on their playoff pursuit, which if it fails, would be a major letdown. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

Mariano Rivera awed by his first Hall of Fame visit

By John Kekis, Associated Press COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Mariano Rivera stopped at the entrance to the Plaque Gallery inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and just gazed at the walls, awestruck by the moment. He was a long way from Puerto Caimito, Panama. "I can't comprehend it. It's just amazing. Too much," Rivera said Friday as he soaked in his first visit to the Hall of Fame. "It's quite a journey from a fishing village to a place where the best of the best is. "For a man who loves the game of baseball, what all these men did and passed it on to us, there couldn't be a better day." Rivera's appearance with his wife, Clara, on a sunny, frigid morning in upstate New York came less than two weeks after he became the first unanimous selection for the Hall of Fame . The former New York Yankees star relief pitcher received all 425 votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay also were selected by the writers, while Harold Baines and Lee Smith were picked in December by a veterans committee. All six will be inducted July 21 in Cooperstown. The son of a fisherman, Rivera signed with the Yankees in 1990 and took his 87 mph fastball north to the Gulf Coast League in Florida. Five years later, at age 25, he made his major league debut for the Yankees. After serving as a setup man and nearly being traded, Rivera emerged in 1996 under first-year manager Joe Torre as one of the game's best relievers. "There were a line of men that saw abilities in me in different areas," Rivera said. "I wanted to start, yes, but I wasn't attached to it. I just wanted to be happy to play the game of baseball. Smarter people than me put me in a position where I would shine." One pitch rendered Rivera almost unhittable — his nasty, bat-shattering cut fastball, which he discovered in 1997. Part of a core with shortstop Derek Jeter, left-hander Andy Pettitte and catcher Jorge Posada, Rivera helped lead the Yankees to five World Series titles from 1996-09. Rivera saved his best for the postseason, saving 42 games with a 0.70 ERA and 11 earned runs allowed over 16 seasons, including 11 saves in the World Series. Rivera retired after the 2013 season as MLB's saves leader with 652 and will join Rod Carew as the only natives of Panama elected to the Hall of Fame, and just the eighth relief pitcher. "He put us on the map the way he played the game, the way he went about the game," Rivera said of Carew. "He represented us in a great way that we can never forget no matter what I did. If it wasn't for him, it would have been different. He was a special man." There were disappointments, too, for the hard-throwing right-hander — five blown saves in the postseason, the most glaring in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Rivera gave up the Series-winning hit to Luis Gonzalez, a bloop single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. That's just part of the legacy. "If I have to do it again, I don't regret any moment of my career," Rivera said. "No regrets. I always give my best and sometimes the other team is better than you that day. That's baseball. My best wasn't enough for those games, but I wouldn't change it because how will you enjoy victory when you don't know what it is to be defeated? How do you know what it is to be on top when you've never been on the bottom?" And his greatest moment? "Just putting the uniform (on), those pinstripes on day in and day out, year in and year out, for 19 seasons, that was amazing," Rivera said. "It was a privilege to do that." During his tour, Rivera stopped to gaze at several plaques — Carew, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Hoyt Wilhelm (his first pitching coach in the Gulf Coast League), Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Joe Torre, and Whitey Ford among them. Rivera also was effusive in praise of Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and wore No. 42 during his major league career. That Rivera was the last player to wear the number — it was grandfathered to him when No. 42 was retired in Robinson's honor in 1997 — made the moment more memorable. "I was so happy and so glad when major league baseball retired that number," Rivera said. "Me being the last player using his number, representing the legacy of Jackie Robinson, was magnificent. I was blessed with that, being able to represent him with dignity." There was one moment Rivera had to fight his emotions — when he contemplated his journey. "I remember leaving Panama seeing my father and my mother, my wife, back then my girlfriend, a cousin, not knowing what will happen, just accepting the challenge given the opportunity that I had and do my best," he said. "Now, 29 years later, we're talking about the Hall of Fame? "I don't even think if I could write that I could comprehend it. It's something every player dreams of, but it seems so far to be reached. Now that I have reached it, thank God.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

WATCH: First Alone/Together full trailer wants you to remember what great love looked like

MANILA, Philippines – Finally, we're given a better sneak peek into Alone/Together , the Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil Valentine's movie that's bound to make hearts flutter and perhaps make eyes tear up along the way.  "College sweethearts Christine (Liza) and Raf (Enrique) meet again for the first time, five ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

Filipino speed skater bags spot in 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

By June Navarro/inquirer.net – Speed skater Julian Macaraeg has made history as the country’s first participant in the Winter Youth Olympic Games. The 14-year-old from New York secured a spot in the 2020 Winter YOG in Lausanne, Switzerland with a performance to remember in the ISU Junior World Short Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

Tenth generation of award-winning running shoe set to be launched

Born from a belief that a lightweight shoe can pack a heavyweight punch, the first Kinvara changed the running industry game. This year, Saucony launches the tenth generation of the award-winning Kinvara−and it’s as groundbreaking as the first. To celebrate a decade of lightweight innovation, Saucony is offering a limited-edition Kinvara 10 featuring the shoe’s original iconic design and colorways. Kinvara: The Beginning In the fall of 2008, seven-time Ironman champion and Saucony athlete Linsey Corbin met with Chris Mahoney, Saucony’s vice president of design, to collaborate on the perfect long-distance race shoe for the Ironman Triathlon. It would have to defy industry norms, blurring boundaries between responsiveness and stability, enabling Corbin to fly through the Ironman’s 42km marathon following the event’s leg-burning 180km bike stage. “Chris asked me what my dream race shoe would be,” said Corbin. “As an Ironman athlete, I wanted something with a bit more substance than a super-light racing flat, but I also didn't want something as bulky as the trainers I had been running in. It was a big ask, challenging the brand’s design, engineering, and technology teams to completely reimagine what a running shoe should be.” “Through extensive testing and feedback with Linsey and our other elite athletes, we identified a desire for a more simplified running experience,” said Mahoney. “Those insights led to the creation of the Kinvara, debuting a 4mm offset to the market and highlighting the importance of underfoot geometry to the foot/shoe relationship.” A year later during race week at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, Saucony delivered a neon- orange pair of the Kinvaras to Corbin. “I tried them on and took them for a short run,” said Corbin. “They felt light and fresh on my feet; I knew I had to race in them. Forever engrained in my memory is the last two miles of the race where I was sprinting down Palani Hill for the final podium position. Each time I put on a new iteration of the Kinvara, I remember the exhilaration of that moment.” “In an industry where running styles come and go, to see the Kinvara hit a milestone like this is awesome,” added Mahoney. “To have grown such a loyal fan base throughout the past decade shows how all the enduring elements of the Kinvara still resonate with so many runners. We’re so appreciative of the influence the Kinvara has had on the brand and look forward to the generations to come.” Kinvara: Product Philosophy “With the very first Kinvara, our product team embraced an exciting new design identity coupled with advanced running dynamics,” said Anne Cavassa, president of Saucony. “They imagined a shoe where benchmark responsiveness and lightweight stability were not separate entities, but were seamlessly integrated, transforming the way the foot moved through the gait cycle. The Kinvara continues to represent our innovative and ongoing product philosophy across the brand, focusing on every aspect of the runner’s stride. Now, as the Kinvara evolves once again, we look forward to further pushing the boundaries of innovation as we shape the next generation of performance footwear for runners everywhere.” The All-New Kinvara 10 Featuring an EVERUN™ topsole and a flexible EVA+ midsole for a smooth, incredibly energetic ride, the Kinvara 10, with a 4mm offset, is as supportive as it is breathable thanks to an engineered mesh upper. Internal heel pods, a nod to the original Kinvara model, comfortably lock the foot down as the runner’s pace ramps up. Because no two feet are alike, enhancements to the Kinvara 10 include Saucony’s newest fit technology, FORMFIT™, a 3D-contoured footbed that cradles the foot with three layers of foam for enhanced adaptability and impact absorption. Kinvara 10: Availability The special-edition Kinvara in white red colorway is packaged in a commemorative box and comes with a free special edition Saucony shirt. It’s available for pre-order for P5,495 at the Saucony stores in Glorietta 3 and Trinoma. The Kinvara 10 collection retails at P5,295 and will be available in-store and at saucony.com.ph on February 20, 2019. The Kinvara 10 will be available in men’s sizes 7-12 and in women’s sizes 5-9. Kinvara: Award-Winning Heritage: Kinvara 1 (2010) •    Runner’s World        Best Debut •    Runner's WorldBrazil     Best Launch •    Outside Magazine     Gear of the Year •    The Running Network     Best Shoe   Kinvara 2 (2011) •    Runner’s World        Best Buy Kinvara 3 (2012) •    Runner’s WorldUK     Best Update •    Running FitnessUK    Best Natural Running Shoe •    The Running Network     Best Shoe-Performance Category   Kinvara 4 (2013) •    Runner’s World         International Best Update •    Runner’s World UK    Editor’s Choice •    Runner’s World AU/NZ    Best Update •    Outside Magazine     Best in Road Running Kinvara 5 (2014) •    Runner’s World        International Editor’s Choice-Best Shoe of 2014 •    Runner’s World        Editor’s Choice •    Runner’s World ZA    Editor’s Choice •    Canadian Running    Editor’s Pick •    Go OutsideBrazil    Best Minimalism Shoe •    Triathlon Germany    Shoe of the Year •    Women’s Running    Best Lightweight Award Kinvara 9 (2018) •    Runner’s World        Editor’s Choice About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. is a global award-winning running and lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award-winning innovations, including EVERUN™, ISOFIT™, FORMFIT™; Geometry of Strong™, and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.ph.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

Our guiding light still shines, 25 years later

I remember the Sunday in the year 1981 when I first met her. It was the launching of the STAR! Monthly magazine in Club Filipino, and my schoolmate Marlu Villanueva convinced me to attend it because the new magazine’s editor Betty Go-Belmonte was a prominent name in the publishing world and had trained many writers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

A somber Super Bowl reminder in ‘Mr. Falcon’ CTE diagnosis

BOSTON --- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Tommy Nobis seemed to transition easily into his post-playing career, landing a job as the manager of the team's training camp hotel and rising through the franchise's front office to vice president. For three more decades, the man who came to be known as "Mr. Falcon" never left football. And football never left him. "Growing up, I remember my mom having to call his secretary when he was going out to training camp to let them know what kind of mood he was in. And then vice versa," his daughter, Devon Jackoniski, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "We were pretty uneasy growing up," she said. "Although my dad had j...Keep on reading: A somber Super Bowl reminder in ‘Mr. Falcon’ CTE diagnosis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

Jolo church bombing similar to Lamitan bombing — Albayalde

  MANILA, Philippines --- Authorities are looking at similarities between the recent bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, and the bombing in Lamitan, Basilan last July 2018, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Tuesday.   "Parang similar dun sa may Lamitan noon, remember itong Lamitan bombing noon," Albayalde said in a radio interview with DZMM.   Albayalde did not give additional details. He also did not immediately confirm if a suicide bomber was behind the bombing of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral as almost all casualties have already been identified.   "Sa ngayon hindi natin ma-c...Keep on reading: Jolo church bombing similar to Lamitan bombing — Albayalde.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

Auschwitz survivors remember

WARSAW, Poland — The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others by Nazi Germany during World War II. As survivors of Auschwitz marked the 74th anniversary of the notorious death camp’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

Alonso turns focus to final leg of motorsports Triple Crown

By Jenna Fryer, Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fernando Alonso raced into retirement from Formula One dedicated to winning the final leg of motorsports' version of the Triple Crown. The Indianapolis 500 is the missing piece on his resume, one he intends to add in May. But Alonso has been considering his future for quite some time, and his November retirement from F1 has opened his schedule to race in anything he wants. After anchoring Wayne Taylor Racing to a victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Spaniard was coy about his future. "The aim is to do something unprecedented in motorsport," Alonso said Sunday after picking up his new Rolex watch. Not very specific, but a clue that Alonso is open to any and all ideas in this new chapter of his career. "Right now full focus is on the Indy 500," he said. "But yeah, I'm thinking I'm trying to do something more, maybe in different disciplines. I need to think, I need to plan, I need to make sure that I'm competitive, to have the right people, the right teams, and the right preparations. "Whatever adventure is next, I will not do it if I'm not competitive or I don't have a shot for winning. I need to be very calm and clever with the decisions for the future." The plan was put in motion two years ago when the two-time F1 champion persuaded his McLaren team to let him skip the Monaco Grand Prix and instead race the Indianapolis 500. Alonso had twice won in Monte Carlo — perhaps the toughest leg of the Triple Crown — and now he wanted to kiss the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had never driven an Indy car before and had never raced on an oval, yet he was in contention to win his inaugural Indy 500 until a late engine failure. His sights next turned to 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a sports car racing debut in last year's Rolex 24 as the warmup. Alonso announced he would race at Le Mans the morning after he finished his first Rolex, and six months later he won in France to move closer to the Triple Crown. His attention turns now toward the Indy 500, but with the freedom to pick and choose what he wants to do, Alonso is studying every opportunity. A five-year losing streak in F1 had pushed him to the fringes of that series, and although he remains one of the most popular drivers in the world, some began to wonder if his skills had slipped at the tail of his 17-year F1 career. What he has done moonlighting in different disciplines has proven his talent has not wavered and that as he prepares to turn 38, Alonso still rates among the best drivers on the planet. "Whenever you put a guy in a different car on a different track, normally it takes four or five laps for them to get (comfortable)," said Rolex winning team owner Wayne Taylor. "I remember his first split on the first turn was as quick as everybody. I thought, 'How are we going to manage this?' He was just terrific." Alonso did the heavy lifting for Taylor at Daytona, a race stopped twice for the first time in history for rain, then called shy of the 24-hour mark because conditions were too treacherous for drivers to be on the track. Two of Alonso's three stints in the car were during the rain, in part because F1 had made him the most experienced driver on the Taylor lineup in wet conditions, and because he had the control and steadiness to manage the risks versus reward in a torrential rainstorm. Alonso found the limited visibility and standing water on the track to be the most dangerous conditions of his career, and he had had more than enough when he saw the pace car driver hydroplane and nearly crash when he was following under caution. But he didn't turn a single wheel wrong and drove the Cadillac DPi to the lead every time he was on the track to win the Rolex in his second try. He noted after that that his sports car career was exactly a year old and continued to hint at his future. Although he did a car swap with seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson in November and ran exhibition laps in a stock car, Alonso said at Daytona that NASCAR events are not currently on his radar. He is competing this year in the World Endurance Challenge — he won in his series debut last season in the Six Hours of Spa — and quipped he has so many plans he may need to return to F1 to lessen his load. There are plenty of opportunities for Alonso all over the world, and his next big announcement could be next year's Dakar Rally in Paris. Alonso's win in Daytona made him the third F1 champion to win the Rolex, joining Phil Hill and Mario Andretti. He seemed envious of the drivers before his time who could race all over the world in any sort of formula, and proving that it can still be done might be what Alonso does next. "I think to win in different series, in different disciplines of motorsport which are quite specific, you need to probably be born with that talent and grow up with that knowledge of that series," he said. "Like oval racing, like IndyCar and things like that — to come there and try to be competitive or winning is something that I think in motorsport is quite difficult. "I think in the past it was a little bit more open, motorsport in general. But now every series became very, very professional, and you need to take full dedication to each series, each driving style and things like that. I think hopefully soon I can tell you more of the plans.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019