Tuesday, January 26, 2010
1)The drivers are joined on stage by Ross Brawn, Dieter Zetsche, Norbert Haug and Nick Fry, as photographers clamber round.
2)Schumacher and Rosberg share a joke ... but soon the rivalry will begin, when pre-season testing starts next month. Teams are allowed to complete 15,000km of testing during February.
3)Schumacher still looks the part ... but doubts over his ability will persist until the first race in Bahrain in March.
4)“Driving for Mercedes-Benz again is like the closing of a circle for me as I started my racing driver career with the three-pointed star on my helmet,” said Schumacher.
5)The drivers walk onto the stage. However the car that awaits them is not the 2010 model. Rather, it is the 2009 Brawn car painted in Mercedes colours. The 2010 model will not be ready until next month.
6)The branding of Mercedes' title sponsor, Petronas, dominates the new livery.
7)The names of the two drivers are printed on the cockpit of the MGP W01 car. Schumacher hasn't raced in F1 since losing the 2006 title race to Fernando Alonso, while Rosberg has joined Mercedes from Williams after finishing the 2009 season in 7th place with 34.5 points.
8)Mercedes Benz has a rich F1 heritage, but never before has it run its own team.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
'Beware Internet use', Malaysia warns
The Malaysian government has warned against excessive use of micro-blogging sites like Facebook and Twitter, arguing that they could erode the country's culture, a report said Sunday.
Rais Yatim, the information and communication minister, said Muslims and other religious groups must be wary of the Internet as it was introduced by the West.
"We are not saying they cannot use Facebook or Twitter, but when using such facilities, they must upkeep the values taught by Islam, Buddhism or Christianity to maintain our culture," he was quoted as saying by the New Sunday Times newspaper.
Rais said users must not be influenced by what they see and hear when using the Internet.
"We must be strong in our belief and culture because the identity and image of our country depends on us," he said.
The government decided last August not to implement a controversial plan to create an Internet filter blocking "undesirable" websites after coming under fire from rights groups.
Malaysia's lively blogosphere has been a thorn in the side of the Barisan Nasional government, which was been in power for more than half a century but was dealt its worst ever results in the 2008 elections.
Internet news portals and blogs, which escape tight controls on the mainstream media, were credited as a key element in the swing towards the opposition which has been adept at using new media to communicate its ideas.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Sisters cry after visiting the home where their mother lies buried after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince.
Bodies lie in a makeshift morgue at the main hospital in Port au Prince. They were eventually loaded by bulldozers and trucks and taken to a mass grave.
Haitians cover their faces at a makeshift morgue at the main hospital in Port au Prince.
A man prepares to have his leg amputated in a makeshift triage center in Port-au-Prince..
A man receives treatment at a makeshift triage center.
A destroyed area of Port-au-Prince
A Spanish rescuer with 2-year-old Redjeson Hausteen Claude after he was rescued from a collapsed home in Port-au-Prince.
Bodies outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince.
A Haitian man shows the picture of his missing daughter at the patio of the Port-au-Prince General Hospital.
A doctor of the Chinese emergency rescue team treats an injured child in Port-au-Prince.
A security guard holds back passengers trying to enter the Port-au-Prince airport two days after a powerful earthquake struck.
A man carries an injured woman past a destroyed building in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Rescuers attempt to free trapped students and teachers from the rubble of the St. Gerard Technical School in Port-au-Prince on Thursday. Some of those trapped have called for help on their cell phones, local residents say.
A man sits on a coffin intended for the body of his mother, which has on Thursday had not yet been recovered from the rubble of her Port-au-Prince home.
Cindy Terasme cries after seeing the feet of her dead 14-year-old brother, Jean Gaelle Dersmorne, sticking out of the rubble of the collapsed St. Gerard School on Thursday.
A police officer guards a man accused of trying to steal food from a market in Port-au-Prince on Thursday.
A police officer watches as residents grab food Thursday in Port-au-Prince.
An upended vehicle appears precariously balanced on its hood near central Port-au-Prince on Thursday.
Quake wreckage is seen from the air in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in this U.N. handout photo made available on Thursday.
A resident stands next to hundreds of dead bodies outside General Hospital in Port-au-Prince on Thursday. Pick-up trucks piled with corpses continued to deliver the dead from the earthquake to a morgue there.
Two men carry a coffin through the streets of Port-au-Prince on Thursday.
An injured earthquake survivor grimaces as she receives treatment at a medical clinic at U.N. mission in Haiti's logistics base on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
A body is bent double in the rubble of a home in Port-au-Prince destroyed by the massive earthquake on Thursday.
Roselyn Joseph cries over the body of her daughter, Emanuela Aminise on Thursday in Port-au-Prince.
Christopher Holmes from the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue searches for survivors in the rubble of a building on Thursday in Port-au-Prince.
A Haitian girl rests Thursday after receiving treatment at an ad hoc medical clinic.
People gaze at a destroyed building in Port-au-Prince on Thursday. Survivors of the quake were using sledgehammers and their bare hands to try to find victims in the rubble.
Haitians and peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Haiti (MINUSTAH) load an injured woman into a helicopter in Port au Prince on Thursday. Much needed international aid in the form of food, medicine and other supplies were only beginning to trickle into the country.
A woman sits at an open camp area on Thursday in Port-au-Prince.
An aerial photo shows survivors gathered around bodies in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Jan. 14.
A resident carries food away from a market in downtown Port-au-Prince on Thursday.
A woman walks among debris in Port-au-Prince on Thursday.
An injured earthquake survivor gets her hair done in a makeshift shelter in Port-au-Prince on Thursday.
Haitians congregate in impromptu tent cities in Port-au-Prince after the worst earthquake to hit the island in over 200 years.
Men remove the body of a young woman from the rubble, in Port-au-Prince.