Rosberg stuns F1 with retirement bombshell

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One yesterday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes.“From the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became world champion,” the German said in a statement.“On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time,” the 31-year-old added.The driver, who had given no previous indication of his intentions, said he had made the decision the day after the title race.Rosberg, who was due to attend the governing FIA’s gala prize-giving in Vienna later yesterday along with teammate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton, did not say what he planned to do next.He will leave with a record of 23 wins in 206 races – putting him equal 12th on the all-time lists with Brazilian triple champion Nelson Piquet – and as only the second son of a champion to take the title.His Finnish father Keke was champion with Williams in 1982.Nico Rosberg was also the first German driver to win the Formula One title with a German car and team, and now becomes the first champion to walk away without defending the title since Frenchman Alain Prost in 1993.“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it,” he said.“I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.”HAMILTON RIVALRYRosberg’s battles with Hamilton, his boyhood friend and rival in karting, have lit up the last couple of seasons – and provided plenty of headlines – and he said that too had taken its toll.“This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough,” said the man who also partnered seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, and beat him, in his early career at Mercedes.“I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love too.”The Monaco-based German married his childhood sweetheart Vivian in 2014 and they had a daughter last year. A devoted family man, Rosberg said his wife was the first person to know his decision.He acknowledged that his retirement had put his “racing family” in a difficult position, although Hamilton will now be an even stronger favourite to win his fourth title next season.Rivals also will see a dream vacancy that every driver on the starting grid would jump at if given the chance, Mercedes being the most dominant team in the sport with 19 wins in 21 races this season.Mercedes have won the drivers’ and constructors’ titles for the past three years in a row and will start next season, despite significant rule changes, as favourites again.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff hailed a “brave move” and said it was “testament to the strength of his character”.“The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straightaway when he told me,” added the Austrian.Wolff said Mercedes would take time to evaluate their options and they will probably need it, given that the top drivers are already signed up by rivals.One who is still available is reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein, who has impressed at tail-enders Manor.The 22-year-old, who holds joint Mauritian and German nationality, was passed over, however, when Mercedes-powered Force India went looking for a replacement from the Mercedes stable for Nico Hulkenberg.Frenchman Esteban Ocon, 20, who is also a Mercedes-contracted driver, was chosen instead with Wolff describing him at the time as boasting the most impressive track record in junior formulae.That, however, is unlikely to stop others from thumbing through their contracts to see whether they can engineer a move.last_img read more

Fridge or pantry: Guide to know where to store each food of the purchase

first_imgImage: iStock Bananas: Although bananas can be kept correctly in the pantry, you have to think that if they are stored there, they continue to ripen. A good option for them to stay longer is that, once they are ready to eat, they are placed in the fridge. It does not matter if the shells darken, since the interior will remain ideal for eating.Butter with salt: Keep in mind that depending on whether the butter has salt or not, it can be stored in one place or another. The salt causes the bacteria to move away from a food, therefore it is correct to place it in the pantry, however this can only be done if it is in an airtight container and for a maximum of 2 weeks.Jam: Jams, like jellies, should be stored in the refrigerator once opened. This is done to prevent any bacteria from developing inside.Red wine: Once opened, the best way to properly maintain red wine is if it is stored in the refrigerator and with the cap on. By doing this, the cold is slowed down the oxidation process.Flour Tortillas: Flour tortillas are widely used to make Mexican recipes. Once opened, they last approximately one week if we put them in our pantry. However, if they are stored in the refrigerator, the time is longer.Fresh herbs: Storing fresh herbs correctly depends on what weed we are talking about. Basil, for example, can be stored in the pantry without problem. But if we talk about rosemary or thyme, we have to wash them, wrap them in paper and then in plastic to place them and keep them properly in the fridge.Peanut Butter: This type of cream can be stored without problems in the pantry in general, but this changes if we talk about a natural or organic recipe. The oils of organic butters tend to separate at normal temperature and therefore must be kept in the refrigerator and thus prevent their taste from being altered. Discover where the most common foods should be storedStore food so they don’t lose their propertiescenter_img Although in each house tastes and typical recipes may vary, there are some foods that can not be missing in them. Milk, butter or jam, are just a few examples of most used foods and therefore the most common in all homes. However, depending on what we are in, the way to store them may be different.Saving food is very important and not everyone is aware of how it should be done. Depending on where we store one food or another, its durability will be different and the properties will be maintained in a better way. Knowing how to store different foods can be complicated because each has its own characteristics, but so you can start doing it, we show you how to store some of them:Quick guide to know where to store some foodMustard: Mustard sauce is one of the most popular dressings. Although it can be stored in the pantry, if it is stored in the refrigerator there is a lower risk that its flavor will be lost, in addition to lasting longer.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Youth Councillors with other representatives from Donegal Youth Service and Europe Direct Information Centre.Donegal is getting set to celebrate European Youth Week 2015, which takes place from the 27th April to 10th May.Letterkenny Youth Information Centres, which is also a Eurodesk Relay, Donegal Youth Council and Donegal’s Europe Direct Information Centre are hosting a series of events during the fortnight in a variety of locations around the themes of participation, inclusion and employment in many different Countries.As part of the European Youth Week schools and Youthreach centres have been invited to participate in a European Youth Week Quiz. Each team can put forward 2 teams of 4 participants per school to compete for the €160 prize of One4All Vouchers.European Voluntary Service information sessions are also being planned in the same location each evening for young people aged 18-30 who would like to travel and work in Europe for free.EVS is a great opportunity for young people and the information session will explain how people can apply and how to access the proper support when you are doing so.The Quiz and EVS sessions are both held on the same day and locations but at different times: Mon 27th April: Ballybofey Quiz @ Planet Youth Centre – 2pm-3.30pmEVS Session @ Planet Youth Centre– 6.30pm-7.30pmWed 29th April: Gaoth Dobhair Library (as Gaeilge) – 1pm-.2.30pmEVS Session @ Gaoth Dobhair Library – 6.30pm-7.30pmThurs 30th April: Letterkenny Central Library – 2pm-3.30pm EVS Session @ Letterkenny Central Library – 6.30pm-7.30pmWed 6th May: Quiz @ Bundoran Library 1pm-2.30pmEVS Session @ Bundoran Library – 6.30pm-7.30pmThurs 7th May: Quiz @ Carndonagh Library 2pm-3.30pm EVS Session @ Carndonagh Library – 6.30pm-7.30pmDONEGAL GROUPS PARTNER UP TO CELEBRATE EUROPEAN YOUTH WEEK was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more