Multiple MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi and his teammate at Monster Energy Yamaha, Maverick Vinales, spoiled their Indonesian fans as they greeted them with local phrases at a meet and greet event in Jakarta on Tuesday.“Aku tresno Indonesia,” Rossi said, repeating after the event’s master of ceremonies, to fulfill the requests of fans who cheered upon hearing him. Tresno is a popular Javanese word that means “love”.A three-minute video uploaded on YouTube showed Rossi and Vinales were accompanied by Yamaha Factory Racing managing director Lin Jarvis and the president director of PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM), Minoru Morimoto. Topics : During the event, Vinales also expressed his love for Indonesia while considering Indonesia as an important country for his career in MotoGP.The Spaniard admitted he was glad to be able to take the time to travel to Indonesia in the midst his MotoGP pre-season activities.“Most of my fans are from Indonesia. It’s really special to come here. We’re working our maximum because we want to batter the title,” said Vinales, with a fan in the audience shouting: “Gas pol!”“We will try to win it. As you said, gas pol,” he threw a fist in the air and the fans cheered in the background. “Gas pol” is Indonesian slang popular among youngsters that means going at full speed.One of Rossi’s fans, Andika Maulana, said he was beyond happy to meet his idol at the meet-and-greet event.“The most memorable thing was when Rossi won the 2009 world race. I just hope Rossi can continue [to win] in 2021,” Andika said, as quoted by tempo.co.Last season, however, Rossi slumped to seventh place, 37 points adrift of Vinales, who finished third.This season opens in Qatar on March 8. Before the premier race, Rossi and Vinales are to attend the launch of the 2020 MotoGP team in Sepang, Malaysia on Thursday and the pre-season tests on Friday to Sunday. (syk) The event was attended by dozens of racing fans to witness the launch of the Yamaha Racing Indonesia team.Italian racer Rossi enters his 15th season this month as a racer of Yamaha Factory Racing in the MotoGP class before being replaced by Fabio Quartararo, who is to be Vinales’ partner next year.“Thank you for the amazing support. It’s always great and fun,” Rossi said.
Jason Kander, a former Army Intelligence Officer, dropped out of the Kansas City mayoral race to focus on his mental health. (Photo from Facebook)The Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences canceled its Distinguished Lecture event, which was scheduled for Sunday, after the speaker dropped out of the Kansas City, Mo., mayoral race.Jason Kander, who was set to run as a Democrat in Kansas City and speak at the event, announced that he would be dropping out of the race to treat his chronic PTSD and depression. Kander served as an Army Intelligence Officer in Afghanistan 11 years ago. Since then, Kander said that he has dealt with suicidal thoughts and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression but avoided seeking treatment.“I’m done hiding this from myself and from the world,” Kander wrote in a statement published on his website. “When I wrote in my book that I was lucky to not have PTSD, I was just trying to convince myself. And I wasn’t sharing the full picture. I still have nightmares. I am depressed.”After seeing the statement, Ali Bissonnette, chief of staff at USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future, said her team assumed the event would be canceled but contacted the event donors and Kander’s team to confirm. Robert Shrum, director of the Center for the Political Future, sent an email to students who RSVP’d following Kander’s announcement. Shrum previously said that Kander had been selected to speak because of his service in the army and his political involvement. Before becoming a frontrunner in the Kansas City mayoral race, Kander was a former Secretary of State in Missouri and the Democratic nominee in the 2016 Missouri senate election. “He’s an outstanding person,” Shrum said. “[He’s] exactly the kind of person we should have for the lecture.”Since the cancelation notices were sent out, Bissonnette said students have shown sympathy and understanding for Kander’ decision to focus on his mental health. “Most of the people I’ve spoken with have spoken words of support about [Kander’s] bravery in coming forward with his challenges and putting his own health and mental well-being first,” Bissonnette said. In his statement, Kander said that he plans to come back to politics after he goes through treatment. The politician wrote that he decided to be public about his struggles with PTSD and depression to help others who are facing similar struggles and encourage them to also seek treatment. “I hope it helps veterans and everyone else across the country working through mental health issues realize that you don’t have to try to solve it on your own,” Kander wrote. “Most people probably didn’t see me as someone that could be depressed and have had PTSD symptoms for over a decade, but I am and I have. If you’re struggling with something similar, it’s OK. That doesn’t make you less of a person.” Shrum said that he commends Kander for stepping away from politics to take time for himself. Shrum hopes Kander’s withdrawal and public statement will help more people understand PTSD and other mental health issues.“A lot of politicians, a lot of people in public life would’ve just said, ‘I’m going to push ahead with my political career,’ and he has decided that he’s going to deal first with these problems and then come back to the political world,” Shrum said. “Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, I think you have to admire him.”