‘Aku tresno Indonesia’: MotoGP champion Rossi, Vinales spoils fans in meet-and-greet

first_imgMultiple 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)center_img 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.last_img read more

North East Comprehensive PTA meeting with education officials successful

first_img Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussions EducationLocalNewsSecondary North East Comprehensive PTA meeting with education officials successful by: – December 5, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share The president of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) of the North East Comprehensive School Matthew Auguiste says a meeting today with education officials was successful. Students stayed away from the classroom on November 22nd while the PTA staged protest action for better learning conditions at the school. Auguiste says work has started in the planning stages and he is hoping that the government will live up to its promise in meeting the needs of the students. Meantime he says actual work is expected to commence soon.“I would like to thank the senior officials in the Ministry of Education for meeting with us today. Today we met with five officials in the education ministry about the way forward for the school. I must say that together with the other members of the PTA, we feel having left the meeting very hopeful that our concerns are being met and registered and work has started in the planning stages for the safety of our children,” he said.He said parents remained resolute and committed t the development of their school and their child.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Familiarity between Syracuse, West Virginia adds rivalry vibes to Pinstripe Bowl

first_imgNEW YORK – It’s a bowl game without the element that makes these college football showcases so unique. Syracuse and West Virginia have a deep-rooted rivalry. These two programs will play each other, as they have every season since 1955.But this time it’s in a bowl game, a setting that usually pits new opponents against each other.On Saturday at 3:15 p.m at Yankee Stadium, the Mountaineers will have a chance to exact revenge while the Orange look to defend its supremacy in the Pinstripe Bowl. Players from both teams spoke at Yankee Stadium Wednesday about playing a team they know so well.Syracuse beat West Virginia in each of the last two seasons, and the Mountaineers have the extra motivation to make up for those losses. But when they moved to the Big 12 last summer, they didn’t think they’d get the opportunity. Now Syracuse moves back onto their schedule, extending the life of the rivalry.“I mean just because we’re playing a familiar team,” Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib said. “We’re playing a team that prior to this year we played every year in the regular season, so I mean it’s a bit strange in that fact. But at the end of the day, it’s just another football team.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNassib and the Orange played in the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl, where they beat Kansas State 36-34 behind Delone Carter’s 198 rushing yards and Marcus Sales’ 172 receiving yards. It was a dazzling offensive performance, the type Syracuse will likely need in this year’s Pinstripe Bowl against one of the best quarterbacks in the country, Geno Smith.West Virginia finished the regular season eighth in the country in total offense with 518.5 yards per game. Smith was fourth in the country with 333.67 yards per game. Syracuse, though, was 21st with 473.42 yards per game. Nassib finished with 301.58 yards per game, good for 13th in the nation.So the expectation, of course, is that it’s going to be a shootout between two gun-slinging quarterbacks. There’s potential for these two offenses to light up Yankee Stadium.“Every game we’ve played this year, everybody says it’s going to be a shootout,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “I’m looking forward to seeing our defense out there and see if we’ve made some improvements, and I think we have.”Holgorsen said playing the Orange “made his job a little easier.” He could pull out the game film from the last two seasons and see exactly what the Mountaineers did wrong that sent them to upset losses to Syracuse. Since this season was WVU’s first in the Big 12, preparations for the Pinstripe Bowl were the first time the Mountaineers were familiar with their opponents.And as far as preparing his players for the game, his job is also easier, he said. They already know they have something to accomplish, ratcheting up the rivalry even more.“Those guys have beaten us twice,” Smith said. “We didn’t get a chance to play them this year in the regular season, but being able to play these guys in the Pinstripe Bowl is just another way for us as seniors, as a program, to go out there and prove others wrong as we’ve always done.”West Virginia struggled in its first season in the Big 12. The Mountaineers won their first five games before losing the next five, which were all conference games. In that stretch, they gave up 49.6 points per game.West Virginia’s defense struggled all season, but Syracuse left tackle Justin Pugh said it can still be a strong unit. Pugh said he watched the Mountaineers run a new defensive package on film where they bring in smaller players, “linebacker-type hybrids” as Pugh called them, to add some quickness to the defense as it looks to rush the quarterback.It’s a new look and a new wrinkle for a team the Orange is used to playing.“So that’s something different from what they had last year,” Pugh said. “I know last year they kept their bigger three-man front in, and now they bring this other package in.”Besides that, most of the players who played in last season’s game at the Carrier Dome are back. The familiarity between the two sides is deep. It’s a bowl game, but there’s nothing unique about the matchup.And with West Virginia seeking revenge, the rivalry continues at an even more intense level.“Talk is cheap. You’ve just got to go out there and play the game,” Syracuse strong safety Shamarko Thomas said. “You show your actions. Don’t use your words, show your actions.” Comments Published on December 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories ‘It was a defining moment’: Former players reflect on 2010 Pinstripe Bowl victorylast_img read more