Alonso bajo sospecha

La Federación Internacional del Automóvil (FIA) ha abierto una investigación sobre la victoria de Fernando Alonso en el Gran Premio de Singapur del año pasado.

En aquella carrera Alonso se impuso contra todo pronóstico tras salir desde la decimoquinta plaza de la parrilla. La salida del coche de seguridad en los primeros compases de la carrera por un accidente de su entonces compañero en el equipo Renault, el brasileño Nelson Piquet, cuando el español acababa de hacer su primer repostaje, fue crucial en su triunfo.

Entonces se llegó a decir que el accidente de Piquet fue deliberado y fruto de unas órdenes de equipo, pero el brasileño se apresuró a afirmar que no pudo evitar acabar contra el muro en la primera carrera nocturna de la historia.

“Fue un error. Teníamos dos estrategias muy extremas: una con Fernando muy corto (de combustible) y otra conmigo más largo con la esperanza de que saliera el coche de seguridad. Si no me hubiera accidentado me habría venido mejor un ‘safety car'”, dijo entonces Piquet, que ya ha sido despedido como piloto de Renault y sustituido por el francés Romain Grosjean.

Según informa ‘Autosport’ se desconoce si la investigación de la FIA es fruto de una acusación directa de Piquet, enfrentado con su anterior escudería y en especial con su director, el italiano Flavio Briatore, o es una iniciativa propia de ese organismo.

EFE / Eurosport


Live Free or Die Hard

When someone hacks into the computers at the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division; the Director decides to round up all the hackers who could have done this. When he’s told that because it’s the 4th of July most of their agents are not around so they might have trouble getting people to get the hackers. So he instructs them to get local PD’S to take care of it. And one of the cops they ask is John McClane who is tasked with bringing a hacker named Farrell to the FBI. But as soon as he gets there someone starts shooting at them. McClane manages to get them out but they’re still being pursued. And it’s just when McClane arrives in Washington that the whole system breaks down and chaos ensues.

I am going to see this movie… 5 minutes from now at HBO.

Barcelona, la quinta copa

El FC Barcelona se proclamó campeón de la Supercopa de Europa, la tercera de su historia, gracias a un gol del canterano Pedro en la prórroga que hizo cierta justicia, pues los blaugrana fueron superiores al Shakhtar Donetsk en un encuentro que, sin embargo, fue bastante aburrido debido a un ritmo de juego demasiado lento y por la actitud defensiva de los ucranianos.
5 títulos de 5 posibles: Copa del Rey, Liga Española, Liga de Campeones, Supercopa de España, Supercopa de Europa.
Con la llegada de Pep Guardiola al mando del equipo, el Barcelona pasó a la historia en la temporada 2008/09 tras conseguir el triplete (Liga, Copa y Copa de Europa). Guardiola en su debut en Primera División como entrenador, logró lo que Frank Rijkaard y Johan Cruyff no consiguieron en varios años. Con el triunfo en la final de Roma ante el Manchester United (2-0) el Pep Team consiguió el triplete, siendo el único equipo español en haber logrado tal hazaña, y pasando al selecto círculo de clubes europeos que lo han logrado antes (Celtic, Ajax, PSV y Manchester United).
Además el Barcelona se proclamó campeón de Europa contando entre sus filas con 7 canteranos titulares. El equipo de Pep Guardiola, además de alzarse con los tres principales títulos, logró superar las hazañas del Dream Team en cuanto a cifras conseguidas en Liga, batiendo varios récords de goles, partidos ganados como visitante.
Al inicio de la temporada 2009-10, el equipo ganó la Supercopa de España al imponerse al Athletic Club en ambos partidos. También logró la Supercopa de Europa al ganar al Shakhtar Donetsk por 1-0. Read more of this post

Madonna booed in Bucharest

Thousands of fans booed pop star Madonna after she spoke out against the discrimination of Gypsies at the concert she had in Bucharest.
Madonna paused in the two-hour concert to say that Gypsies, also known as Roma, were discriminated against in Eastern Europe. She said that made her sad and that nobody should be discriminated against.
Thousands in the crowd of 60,000 booed her. She did not react.
Roma musicians and a Roma dancer were featured in her show.

I will also post a comment to this news. It is the opinion of many. This person calls him(her)self mongol, but he(she) speaks for the majority of the Romanians.

“What does Madonna know? Is she an authority in human rights or Romania’s internal affairs? People did not boo because they are racist, they booed because her crass generalization was an insult. And ironically, they paid up to $270 to be insulted by this superficial being, yet appears to care so much and be so very knowledgeable. MOST Romanians have nothing against the Roma population per se. Naturally, when you’re transiting a Roma village by car and your windows get smashed with rocks one might feel a tad bit different. However, Romanians do not hate the Roma by default, they hate the criminals and the gangs because they affect the overall quality of life, not because of the color of their skin.
Madonna wouldn’t know any of this. She is an overpaid entertainer who believes that mysticism combined with activism equals undeniable cool. This is exactly what her statement was meant to bring her. Whether that comes by toning up her old body to make it look 20 or by buying an idiotic outfit and then pretending it has a deeper meaning that eludes everyone else or by getting a brand new boy toy or by exhaling wanna-be-wisdom, is less important. Wakie-wakie, you’re not in Junior High anymore, Madge. And Romania is so not the new Malawi.”

Arlington National Cemetery

Senator Edward Kennedy will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, joining his two brothers and a host of America’s great and good buried there.
The military cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac river from Washington DC, was established during the American Civil War. More than 300,000 people are buried there.

US infantrymen guard the cemetery and march each day through its grounds en route to one of its landmarks, the Tomb of the Unknowns, where the remains of the fallen US servicemen from the great wars of the 20th century lie at rest. The tomb is part of the striking Arlington Memorial Amphitheatre.
President Kennedy’s grave is accompanied by an Eternal Flame.

On September 8th I will be in Washington. I am not sure that I will visit Arlington though it might be a historical visit.

The Last Kennedy

There was a time 40 years ago, right after the assassination of his brother Robert, when it looked like Edward Kennedy would become President someday by right of succession. The Kennedy curse, the one that had seen all three of his brothers cut down in their prime, had created for him a sort of Kennedy prerogative, or at least the illusion of one, an inevitable claim on the White House. For years he seemed like a man simply waiting for the right moment to take what everybody knew was coming his way.
Rose Kennedy wanted a family. Joe Kennedy wanted a dynasty. They both got what they wanted, but only for a time. Joe had made a fortune in film production, liquor, real estate and stocks. But he wasn’t just a businessman. In the scope of his ambitions and schemes, he was something out of Shakespeare. He married Rose in 1914, and as their children arrived, he formed the conviction not only that the boys belonged in public life but that one of them, maybe more than one, should be President of the United States.
This was the atmosphere that Ted was born into on February 22, 1932 – the last of the nine Kennedy children. But from the start, he had three elder brothers as a buffer between himself and the worst of the old man’s ambition for his sons. All the same, he grew up at some distance from his parents. Over the years, Joe and Rose had become increasingly estranged. Overweight and lonely, Ted was shuttled through a succession of boarding and day schools, but he grew into an athletic, good-looking teenager, one who ambled into Harvard, where Jack and Bobby had gone before him.
He hadn’t been at Harvard long before he screwed up in a way that would come back to haunt him years later. In his freshman year, Kennedy was having trouble with a Spanish class. There was a test coming up, and he needed to do well in order to be eligible to play varsity football the next year. With the encouragement of some of his buddies, Kennedy recruited a friend who was good at Spanish to take the exam in his place. The scheme backfired. The surrogate was caught, and both boys were expelled, though Harvard offered them the opportunity to be readmitted later if they showed evidence of “constructive and responsive citizenship.”
Ted had been in the Senate for less than a year when J.F.K. went to Dallas the day Lee Harvey Oswald was lying in wait. Jack’s death was more than a personal tragedy for Ted. It was a watershed. It put him one step closer to assuming the Kennedy burden, the perennial quest for the heights. It marked the beginning of his transformation into a true public figure. As a first measure, Ted devoted himself to ensuring the passage of legislation that had been important to his brother, especially the civil rights bill J.F.K. introduced the summer before his death. On June 19, Ted added his vote to the 73-to-27 majority that turned that bill into the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. Then he headed to the airport to board a private plane that was to take him to the state Democratic Party convention in Springfield, Mass. But as the plane made its descent into a fogbound Springfield airport, it struck a row of trees and somersaulted across an orchard. The pilot, Ed Zimny, died at the scene. A Kennedy aide, Ed Moss, died a few hours later. Indiana Senator Birch Bayh and his wife Marvella, who were also on board, survived with minor injuries. Kennedy suffered a broken back and a collapsed lung.
What followed was a five-month recovery, mostly spent immobilized in a hospital bed, and a lifetime of back pain. Yet when he returned to the Senate the following year, Kennedy set to work with the energy that comes to a man who gets a second chance at life. It wasn’t long before Ted scored a victory on another of Jack’s unrealized goals, the reform of immigration quotas to allow more arrivals from nations outside Northern Europe. One year later, he secured federal support for neighborhood clinics, marking the first time he applied himself to the problem of health care, the signature issue of his public life.

Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009: The Brother Who Mattered Most
By Richard Lacayo

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Esclavo de sus besos

A finales de enero David Bisbal grabó en México, con el productor Armando Ávila, el tema Esclavo de sus besos, primer single de su nuevo trabajo de estudio.
Hace menos de un mes hizo publicó en su sitio web que el nuevo sencillo de su cuarto álbum sería Esclavo de sus besos. El pasado 13 de agosto, en la Ciudad de México y bajo la dirección de Ángel Flores, se rodó el videoclip de este primer single.

El 24 de agosto se lanzó a nivel mundial Esclavo de sus besos en la radio y el 28 de agosto lo cantará por primera vez en vivo, en el Madison Square Garden de Nueva York. Unos días más tarde, el 3 de septiembre, estrenará el vídeo y a finales de octubre su nuevo disco llegará a las tiendas.