Mercedes to race in all black cars for Formula One season

BRACKLEY, England — Mercedes announced Monday that it will race in all-black cars for the 2020 Formula One season as it pledges to fight racism and improve the diversity of its team.

Six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas will also race in black overalls for the season, which starts Sunday in Austria after a long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Black Lives Matter movement has shone a searching light on how much we need new measures and actions in the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination,” Mercedes announced in its colour switch from silver.

Hamilton, who is the only Black world champion in F1, has spoken widely about racism following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. He plans to create a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.

“It is so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves whether you are an individual, brand or company to make real meaningful changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusivity,” Hamilton said in the announcement Monday.

Hamilton said he had spoken to Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff about standing united.

“I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends experience racism, and I am speaking from the heart when I appeal for change,” Hamilton said.

Mercedes said Monday that just 3% of its workforce identify as belonging to minority ethnic groups, and that only 12% of its employees are women.

“We will not shy away from our weakness in this area, nor from the progress we must still make; our livery is our public pledge to take positive action,” Wolff said.

“We intend to find and attract the very best talents from the broadest possible range of backgrounds, and to

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UFC 251: Next stop Abu Dhabi as Fight Island gets ready to kick off

The UFC’s next stop is Fight Island – and Abu Dhabi is right on track to host a fortnight of events that will be the focus of the MMA world.

This weekend the organisation wrapped up a fourth show at their Apex facility in Las Vegas, with all eyes now on UFC 251 and the three other Fight Nights, to be hosted on Yas Island.

And that won’t be all. We already know another Pay-Per-View event will come to Abu Dhabi in either September or October as part of the UFC’s ongoing contract with Abu Dhabi – but with much of the world cut off in terms of travel and event hosting, it could be even more fights could come..

Dana White mentioned the idea in a recent press conference and HE Ali Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT), said the Emirate is ready should they get the call.

“He (White) talked about fights being between Vegas and Abu Dhabi until the end of the year and we are happy to be a location for the UFC globally,” explained Al Shaiba. “I think it is a great partnership, we can see a lot of potential in this and hope it will continue.

“From a media perspective it would give us great exposure. It is a great space for Abu Dhabi to be in and put us on the map as a destination that can hold international events.”

With a little under two weeks until UFC 251, it won’t be long before officials and fighters start arriving to ready themselves for the organisation’s first event outside the United States since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the globe.

For the upcoming weeks, everyone within the Fight Island safe zone can expect a rigorous

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WATCH: ‘Sineskwela’ cast reunite via video call

(Clockwise) Roobak Calle, Icko Gonzalez, Christine Bersola-Babao, Brenan Espartinez and Sheena Ramos. Image: Facebook/Icko Gonzalez

The cast of the 1990s educational TV show “Sineskwela” got together via a video call to catch up with each other and look back on some of their favorite times on the program.

“Sineskwela” explained science topics through animation and taught children how to apply science in their daily lives.

The reunion was organized by Icko Gonzalez who portrayed Kuya Bok. He also livestreamed the entire video conference on his Facebook page last Saturday, June 27.

Along with Gonzalez, Christine Bersola-Babao (Anatom), Brenan Espartinez (Agatom), Sheena Ramos (Palikpik) and Roobak Calle (Ugat-Puno) also joined the call.

The Sineskwela Cast Reunion

Tayo na sa #ZOOMskwela! The much-awaited reunion of the Cast of Sineskwela!!! Samahan sina #Bok #Agatom #Anatom #UgatPuno at #Palikpik sa #SineskwelaReunion2020! 😁

Posted by Icko Gonzalez on Saturday, June 27, 2020

Before catching up with each other, they first performed the show’s original theme song, which was composed by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab.

Fans then looked for Maan Munsayac who played Kulitsap on the show. Gonzalez explained that she could not join them since she was busy working as a nurse in the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bersola-Babao later recalled how the show was put together back in the 1990s. She stated that the program was started by the late Gina Lopez because she saw that Filipino kids were getting low grades in their science classes back then. The show was then produced with the goal to encourage young students to be interested in science and help them improve their grades.

Ramos and Espartinez also looked back on how taping would stop sometimes due to them crying on set. They laughed and said that they would get moody at times

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