Jim France follows brother as Le Mans’ starter

first_imgLE MANS, FRANCE (June 22, 2013) — It was cold and blustery Saturday afternoon, the day’s first smattering of rain riding the 30-mph winds as the 24 Hour of Le Mans start neared.Not really the best conditions for racing – or flag-waving, for that matter. But Jim France soldiered on – and held on – taking his place in the starter’s stand with a full-sized French flag. As if inclement weather really mattered on this day, when Jim France got to do what his late brother, Bill France Jr., did in 1976, right here at Le Mans.Now, two Frances have waved the French flag to start the world’s biggest sports car race. It’s unprecedented, this brotherly piece of Le Mans trivia. Flag passed from 1976 starter Bill France Jr. to GRAND-AM Road Racing founder last_img

NBI slaps murder, planting of evidence raps vs 9 cops in Jolo clash

first_img“After a thorough perusal of the records of this case, we are convinced that the evidence presented amply demonstrates that the victims were killed and that it was the nine police officers who killed them,” NBI said. “(Bayawan and Annayo) failed to inform their subordinates of the June 29 military operation which was being conducted against two female suicide bombers and the maker of their vests,” NBI said. In a statement on late Tuesday night, the NBI said that the cases lodged against the respondents were based on the evidence gathered through NBI’s thorough investigation. MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed murder and planting of evidence complaints against nine policemen who killed four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu in late June. The respondents are Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar Padjiri, Master Sergeant Hannie Badiri, Staff Sergeants Iskandar Susulan and Ernisar Sappal, Corporal Sulki Andaki, and Patrolman Mohammad Nur Pasani, all from the Jolo municipal police, as well as Police Staff Sergeant Almudzrin Hadjaruddin, Patrolmen Alkajal Mandangan and Rajiv Putalan from the Sulu provincial drug enforcement unit. “The nine police officers simultaneously attacked the victims who were not given the opportunity to defend themselves,” it added. Also facing a case for neglect of duty are Sulu provincial police director Colonel Michael Bayawan, Jolo Municipal Police chief Major Walter Annayo, and provincial drug enforcement unit head Captain Ariel Corcino. Major Marvin Indammog also did not carry any firearm when he alighted from the vehicle, based on the testimonies by the eyewitness, leading the NBI to conclude that the rifle recovered in his left hand “was indeed planted.” Aside from Indammog, other fatalities were Captain Irwin Managuelod, Sergeant Jaime Velasco and Corporal Abdal Asula, all from the 9th Intelligence Service Unit of the 11th Infantry Division./PNlast_img read more