World Champion Nico Rosberg Announces Retirement From Formula One
- Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One on Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving his 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 on Facebook. "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.
- "I took my decision on Monday evening," added the driver, who had given no previous indication of his intentions and had been at the team factory in Brackley on Thursday after a trip to his German birthplace of Wiesbaden. Rosberg, who was due to attend the governing FIA's gala prize-giving in Vienna later on Friday along with team mate 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 and as only the second son of a champion to take the title, following in the footsteps of 1982 winner and father Keke.
- Rosberg was also the first German driver to win the Formula One championship in a German car. "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."
- His sudden departure leaves a vacancy that any driver on the grid would fight for, Mercedes being the most dominant team in the sport with 19 wins in 21 races this season.They 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".
Usain Bolt Wins Unprecedented Sixth Athlete Of Year Award
- Sprint king Usain Bolt won an unprecedented sixth IAAF male Athlete of the Year award on Friday, Ethiopian Almaz Ayana picked up the female award after her record-setting 10,000m gold in Rio. "I live for the moments I walk into the stadium," said Bolt, who will retire next year. "I love competing, I dream of being in the stadium competing against the best. Bolt, previously winner in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, was rewarded for another blistering season that saw him claim three gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay) at the Rio Olympics for the third consecutive Games. The 30-year-old dominated the 100m in 9.81sec and came back four days later with a 19.78sec victory in the 200m to secure a third straight Olympic title over both distances, a first.
- The following day he anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4x100m in 37.27sec, the fourth fastest of all time. His 9.81sec gold medal-winning performance in Rio was the second fastest in the world, his 19.78sec in the 200m the third fastest. Bolt ended his season unbeaten in six individual finals, having made history as the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic triples. That momentum continued in late June at the Ethiopian Olympic trials for 10,000m where she triumphed in 30:07.00, the fastest ever debut over the distance. In Rio she went faster still, opening the Olympic athletics programme with a stunning 10,000m world record of 29:17.45 that knocked more than 14 seconds from a record set 23 years earlier. "It's definitely a big deal," Bolt said of the award.
- "When you get to be athlete of the year it means that all the hard work has paid off, so if I can win it for a sixth year means as much as the first one." He had been up against Briton Mo Farah, who claimed a historic Olympic double-double in the 5000m and 10,000m, and South African Wayde van Niekerk, whose Olympic gold medal-winning run in the 400m also eclipsed the world record set by Michael Johnson. In the female category, Almaz claimed the title after smashing the 10,000m world record in Rio. Picking up brilliantly where she left off in 2015 as the world 5000m champion, 25-year-old Almaz proceeded to rewrite the all-time lists in the 5000m.
- After a 14:16.31 performance in Rabat, she threatened the world record with a 14:12.59 run in Rome, the second-fastest performance of all time. At 5000m, Almaz took Olympic bronze and won the Diamond Race. She beat off competition from Jamaican Elaine Thompson, who won golds in the 100 and 200m in Rio before helping Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x100m relay, and also Polish Olympic hammer champion and world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk.
CBI To Do With An Interim Chief For Now
- CBI director Anil Sinha retired on Friday handing over charge to additional director Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer of the 1984 batch, who was his second in command. Without appointing a full-time director, the government issued a notification saying that Asthana would take charge as interim director "with immediate effect" and continue "until further orders". TOI had reported on Thursday that the government may not yet appoint a full-time director.
- It is the first time in 10 years that the government has not appointed a new CBI chief to take over from the outgoing director. Earlier, Karnal Singh was given repeated extensions as interim enforcement directorate chief before he was made full-time director. During his tenure in Gujarat, Asthana was the head of the special investigation team on the Godhra train arson case in which 59 people were charred to death in February 2002. Later, Asthana also served as the police commissioner of Vadodara and Surat.
Isro To Launch Resourcesat-2A On 7 December 2016
- Indian Space Research Organisation will launch Earth observation satellite Resourcesat-2A on board a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C36) on December 7. PSLV-C36 carrying the 1235kg Resourcesat-2A will lift off from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, situated around 100km from Chennai, at 10.24am. It will be PSLV's 38th flight. Eighteen minutes later, the satellite will be placed in an 817km polar sun-synchronous orbit. Resourcesat-2A is a remote sensing satellite intended for resource monitoring. It is a follow-on mission to Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2, which were launched in 2003 and 2012 respectively.
- Resourcesat-2A is expected to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by its previous satellites. The satellite will carry three payloads which are similar to those of Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2. They are high resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner (LISS-4) camera operating in three spectral bands in the visible and near infrared region (VNIR) with a 5.8m spatial resolution.
- The second payload is the medium resolution LISS-3 camera operating in three-spectral bands in VNIR and one in short wave infrared (SWIR) band with 23.5m spatial resolution. The third payload is a coarse resolution Advanced Wide Field Sensor camera operating in three spectral bands in VNIR and one band in SWIR with 56m spatial resolution. The satellite will also carry two solid state recorders with a capacity of 200 gigabits each to store the images taken by its cameras, which the ground stations can later access.