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Me I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.
Me

Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.

Auto Racing News

World Rally Championship news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest World Rally Championship news from Autosport.

05/25/2017 12:34 PM
Mads Ostberg may switch between DMACK and Michelin during 2017 WRC
Mads Ostberg could switch between DMACK and Michelin tyres through the remainder of the 2017 World Rally Championship
05/25/2017 06:50 AM
Citroen insists Kris Meeke's World Rally Championship seat is safe
Citroen team principal Yves Matton insists there is "no question" over Kris Meeke's place in the squad amid his difficult start to the 2017 World Rally Championship
05/24/2017 06:04 AM
Sebastien Ogier now comfortable in M-Sport Ford after Portugal win
The breakthrough that led to Sebastien Ogier's Rally of Portugal victory should serve as a launchpad to the 2017 World Rally Championship title, according to M-Sport team principal Malcolm Wilson
05/24/2017 03:59 AM
Rally GB announces 2017 itinerary including return of night stages
The route for Rally GB 2017 will be one of the World Rally Championship's season toughest challenges, featuring early starts, late finishes and night-time stages.
05/23/2017 08:20 AM
Hospital stay nearly forced Latvala out of WRC Rally Portugal
Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala had to convince doctors to let him finish the Rally of Portugal after being hospitalised during last weekend's World Rally Championship round
05/23/2017 04:35 AM
Andreas Mikkelsen gets Citroen WRC drive for Rally Italy
Citroen will bring in Andreas Mikkelsen in place of Stephane Lefebvre in its World Rally Championship line-up for Rally Italy as it tries to get its 2017 season on track
05/22/2017 07:36 AM
Hyundai's Paddon says WRC career low over after Portugal progress
Hyundai's Hayden Paddon believes he managed to turn his 2017 World Rally Championship season around in Portugal, even though it proved to be another troubled event
05/21/2017 08:24 AM
WRC Rally of Portugal: Ogier takes comfortable second win of season
Sebastien Ogier rebuilt his World Rally Championship lead in Portugal by sealing his first victory since his M-Sport Ford debut in Monte Carlo four months ago
05/20/2017 01:25 PM
WRC Rally of Portugal: Championship leader Ogier maintains lead
World Rally championship leader Sebastien Ogier maintained his Rally of Portugal lead on Saturday afternoon but he and Hyundai's Thierry Neuville remain finely poised ahead of Sunday's final day
05/20/2017 07:05 AM
WRC Rally of Portugal: Ogier takes lead as Tanak hits trouble
Sebastien Ogier was gifted the Rally of Portugal lead on the final stage of Saturday's morning loop as team-mate Ott Tanak picked up left-rear suspension damage

Rallycross news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Rallycross news from Autosport.

05/24/2017 07:00 AM
Mikko Hirvonen to test World RX Mini at Silverstone circuit launch
World Rally winner Mikko Hirvonen will test a JRM-built Mini World Rallycross Supercar at the launch of the new Silverstone circuit next week
05/14/2017 11:32 AM
Mettet World Rallycross: Kristoffersson wins for Solberg's VW team
Johan Kristoffersson scored the first win for Petter Solberg's new Volkswagen-affiliated World Rallycross Championship programme at Mettet in Belgium, after a last-gasp puncture for Peugeot driver Timmy Hansen
05/13/2017 10:45 AM
Mettet World Rallycross: Kristoffersson edges ahead of Solberg
PSRX Volkswagen pairing Johan Kristoffersson and Petter Solberg dominated the first day of the World Rallycross Championship at Mettet, with Kristofferson claiming top spot overnight
05/07/2017 07:20 AM
Hockenheim World Rallycross: Mattias Ekstrom claims third 2017 win
Points leader Mattias Ekstrom scored his third win from as many World Rallycross Championship events at the start of the season with victory at Hockenheim
05/06/2017 02:38 PM
Hockenheim World Rallycross: Sebastien Loeb on top again on day two
Sebastien Loeb continued his fine start to the Hockenheim round of the World Rallycross Championship on day two of the event by securing pole position for Sunday's first semi-final
05/05/2017 11:59 AM
Hockenheim World Rallycross: Sebastien Loeb dominates day one
World Rally legend Sebastien Loeb dominated the opening day of the World Rallycross Championship's annual joint event with the DTM at Hockenheim
04/23/2017 11:44 AM
World Rallycross Portugal: Ekstrom beats Loeb to second 2017 win
Reigning World Rallycross champion Mattias Ekstrom claimed his second 2017 victory in a row at Montalegre in Portugal, leading Sebastien Loeb home
04/22/2017 12:22 PM
Kristoffersson fastest on World Rallycross Portugal day one
PSRX Volkswagen Sweden driver Johan Kristoffersson was fastest in every session on day one of the second round of the 2017 World Rallycross Championship in Portugal to lead overnight
04/02/2017 10:59 AM
RX Barcelona: Ekstrom starts title defence with season-opening win
Mattias Ekstrom started the defence of his World Rallycross Championship title with victory at Barcelona, leading the final from lights to flag
03/31/2017 06:26 AM
World Rallycross driver Doran banned for 2017 due to altercation
World Rallycross Championship driver Liam Doran will not take part in any competitive events this season after his race license was suspended for a non-racing incident in 2016

Dakar news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Dakar news from Autosport.

03/22/2017 06:53 AM
Peru to return to Dakar Rally schedule for first time in five years
Peru will return to the Dakar Rally schedule in 2018, hosting stages of the event for the first time in five years
01/16/2017 05:47 AM
Peugeot's Loeb baffled by decisive Dakar Rally problem
World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb says he still doesn't know what caused his Peugeot to stop for 26 minutes early in the 2017 Dakar, effectively costing him victory
01/14/2017 06:42 AM
Dakar Rally 2017: Peugeot's Peterhansel beats Loeb for 13th win
Stephane Peterhansel delivered back-to-back Dakar Rally victories for Peugeot, seeing off team-mate and World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb for his 13th win in the event
01/13/2017 04:29 PM
Stephane Peterhansel on brink of 2017 Dakar Rally victory
Stephane Peterhansel took a major step towards a 13th Dakar Rally win as he preserved most of his lead over Sebastien Loeb heading into the final day
01/13/2017 04:13 AM
Dakar 2017: Loeb thinks Peterhansel can't be caught now
Sebastien Loeb believes his 2017 Dakar Rally victory hopes are realistically over now Peugeot team-mate Stephane Peterhansel is nearly six minutes clear with two stages left
01/12/2017 04:44 PM
Peterhansel given Dakar Rally lead back after collision with biker
Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel has reclaimed the Dakar Rally lead after being given back time following his collision with KTM motorcycle rider Simon Marcic
01/12/2017 03:06 PM
Dakar: Sebastien Loeb fastest, Stephane Peterhansel in bike clash
Peugeot's Sebastien Loeb provisionally took victory on the 2017 Dakar Rally's 10th stage, but the overall picture remains unclear after Stephane Peterhansel made contact with a bike category competitor
01/10/2017 06:27 PM
Dakar 2017 'Super Belen' stage cancelled due to road chaos
The 2017 Dakar Rally's long-anticipated "Super Belen" stage on Wednesday has been cancelled
01/10/2017 03:57 PM
Sebastien Loeb takes Dakar 2017 lead with stage victory
Sebastien Loeb topped stage eight of the 2017 Dakar Rally, retaking the lead of the event from Peugeot team-mate Stephane Peterhansel
01/09/2017 03:01 PM
Dakar 2017: Stephane Peterhansel pulls away from Sebastien Loeb
Dakar Rally leader Stephane Peterhansel topped the seventh stage of the event, extending his lead over nearest rival Sebastien Loeb by 48 seconds

Touring Cars news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Touring Cars news from Autosport.

05/25/2017 02:36 PM
WTCC Nordschleife: Michelisz survives puncture scare to top FP1
Honda's Norbert Michelisz topped the World Touring Car Championship's first official practice session on the Nordschleife despite a late near-miss with the barriers
05/25/2017 08:45 AM
BMW's 'quite bad' start to 2017 DTM season leaves drivers worried
DTM race winner Maxime Martin admits BMW's start to the 2017 season, with it sitting a distant third behind Mercedes and Audi, "is quite bad"
05/24/2017 06:34 AM
Mercedes DTM outfit has to improve tyre life, Wickens
Mercedes needs to improve its tyre management to give it the same strategic flexibility as Audi now the DTM has introduced higher-degradation rubber for 2017, says Robert Wickens
05/21/2017 01:25 PM
Oulton Park BTCC: Honda's Gordon Shedden battles to win in finale
Reigning champion Gordon Shedden won the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Oulton Park to solidify his position at the head of the standings
05/21/2017 11:20 AM
Oulton Park BTCC: Ash Sutton gives BMR Subaru its first win of 2017
Ashley Sutton took Team BMR Subaru's firstBritish Touring Car Championship victory of the 2017 season at Oulton Park when he dominated the second race of the weekend
05/21/2017 10:34 AM
Lausitzring DTM: Audi's Jamie Green takes second win of 2017
Jamie Green scored his second DTM win of the 2017 season after overthrowing polesitter Robert Wickens towards the end of Sunday's second race at the Lausitzring
05/21/2017 07:44 AM
Oulton BTCC: Andrew Jordans takes second win of the season
Andrew Jordan has taken his second victory of the British Touring Car Championship season after claiming the opening event at Oulton Park
05/21/2017 06:13 AM
Lausitzring DTM: Robert Wickens denies Tom Blomqvist pole
Robert Wickens denied Tom Blomqvist pole position for Sunday's second DTM race at the Lausitzring with a last-gasp effort in second qualifying
05/20/2017 12:12 PM
Oulton BTCC: Neal takes qualifying pole for second meeting in a row
Three-time champion Matt Neal will start the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park from pole position for the second meeting in succession
05/20/2017 09:57 AM
DTM Lausitzring: Championship leader Auer extends lead with victory
DTM points leader Lucas Auer extended his championship lead with a commanding victory in Saturday's first race at the Lausitzring
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Sportscars news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Sportscars news from Autosport.

05/24/2017 06:09 AM
Le Mans 24 Hours: Ford GT pegged back by test day BoP
The performance of the Ford GT has been pegged back ahead of the test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours at the start of next month
05/23/2017 09:59 AM
Le Mans 24 Hours can't afford LMP1 to fade - Mark Webber
Finding a way to keep LMP1 cars at the forefront of the Le Mans 24 Hours is "pivotal" for the future of the World Endurance Championship's showpiece, believes Mark Webber
05/23/2017 05:12 AM
Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica to test SMP LMP2 car at Monza
Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will test SMP Racing's Dallara LMP2 car at Monza as part of the team's preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours
05/18/2017 06:45 AM
Perrinn LMP1 car to join World Endurance Championship grid in 2018
Fledgling British racing car constructor Perrinn will be on the World Endurance Championship grid next season with a privateer LMP1 chassis
05/16/2017 12:39 PM
Final 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours entry list published
The final entry list for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours has been published
05/16/2017 04:00 AM
Toyota moves Jose Maria Lopez to third car for Le Mans 24 Hours
Three-time World Touring Car champion Jose Maria Lopez has been moved to Toyota's third car for the Le Mans 24 Hours next month
05/15/2017 07:35 AM
Blancpain GT Series introduces for zero-tolerance policy on contact
The introduction of a zero-tolerance policy on driving infringements resulted in 17 penalties during Sunday's Endurance Cup round of the Blancpain GT Series at Silverstone
05/14/2017 01:22 PM
Lamborghini beats HTP Mercedes by 0.3s in Silverstone Blancpain GT
Factory Lamborghini drivers Mirko Bortolotti, Andrea Caldarelli and Christian Engelhart made it two wins from two starts in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Silverstone
05/14/2017 06:21 AM
Blancpain Endurance: Juncadella takes pole position at Silverstone
Former DTM driver Daniel Juncadella claimed pole position for Mercedes ahead of today's Silverstone round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
05/14/2017 05:44 AM
M-Sport's Smith apologises for Blancpain Monza pile-up
Bentley factory driver Guy Smith has apologised for his part in the startline accident that removed 11 cars from the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup opener at Monza last month

GT news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest GT news from Autosport.

05/15/2017 07:35 AM
Blancpain GT Series introduces for zero-tolerance policy on contact
The introduction of a zero-tolerance policy on driving infringements resulted in 17 penalties during Sunday's Endurance Cup round of the Blancpain GT Series at Silverstone
05/14/2017 01:22 PM
Lamborghini beats HTP Mercedes by 0.3s in Silverstone Blancpain GT
Factory Lamborghini drivers Mirko Bortolotti, Andrea Caldarelli and Christian Engelhart made it two wins from two starts in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Silverstone
05/14/2017 06:21 AM
Blancpain Endurance: Juncadella takes pole position at Silverstone
Former DTM driver Daniel Juncadella claimed pole position for Mercedes ahead of today's Silverstone round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
05/14/2017 05:44 AM
M-Sport's Smith apologises for Blancpain Monza pile-up
Bentley factory driver Guy Smith has apologised for his part in the startline accident that removed 11 cars from the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup opener at Monza last month
05/08/2017 08:13 AM
BBC Top Gear presenter Harris gets McLaren drive in Spa 24 Hours
BBC Top Gear presenter Chris Harris will contest the Spa 24 Hours at the end of July aboard a factory-run McLaren
05/07/2017 12:23 PM
Blancpain Sprint Cup: Engelhart and Bortolotti win at Brands Hatch
Grasser Racing duo Christian Engelhart and Mirko Bortolotti dominated the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup feature race at Brands Hatch in their Lamborghini Huracan GT3
05/06/2017 01:04 PM
Lamborghini team on pole for Brands Hatch Blancpain qualifying race
Grasser Lamborghini pair Mirko Bortolotti and Christian Engelhart will start Sunday's Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup qualifying race at Brands Hatch from pole after unofficially breaking the GT3 lap record
05/02/2017 10:10 AM
Strakka shuffles McLaren Blancpain GT line-up after injury
McLaren factory driver Alvaro Parente will return to the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup with the Strakka team at Silverstone later his month
05/02/2017 09:26 AM
Bentley enters third Continental for Nurburgring 24 Hours
Bentley will field a third car in the Nurburgring 24 Hours later this month for a trio of factory drivers
04/25/2017 04:22 AM
Nissan begins testing new GT3 car for 2018
Nissan has begun testing the new version of its GT3 racer that will replace the existing GT-R for next season

Formula 1 news - Autosport

Stay up to date with the latest Formula 1 news from Autosport.

05/25/2017 12:50 PM
McLaren not charging Indy 500 sponsors to offset lost F1 exposure
McLaren is not charging its sponsors any extra for their involvement with Fernando Alonso's Indianapolis 500 programme, in part due to its troubled Formula 1 fortunes
05/25/2017 12:35 PM
Jenson Button: Tricky to adapt to limits of new 2017 F1 cars
McLaren returnee Jenson Button says it was tricky to find his feet with 2017's new Formula 1 cars during Monaco Grand Prix practice on Thursday
05/25/2017 12:23 PM
Nico Hulkenberg: Renault two steps behind after Monaco GP practice
Nico Hulkenberg says his Renault Formula 1 team is "two steps behind" following a Monaco Grand Prix practice in which he ignored his lap times as they were too "terrible"
05/25/2017 11:14 AM
Red Bull's Ricciardo eyes three-F1 team fight for Monaco GP pole
Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull could make it a three-way fight for pole position in Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix, following a promising opening day on Thursday
05/25/2017 10:52 AM
Williams F1 rookie Stroll's PlayStation woes carried into practice
Williams Formula 1 rookie Lance Stroll says he is struggling with the same parts of the Monaco Grand Prix track in real life as he does on his PlayStation
05/25/2017 10:40 AM
Mercedes F1 team's pace in Monaco GP practice 'weird' to Vettel
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel found the Mercedes Formula 1 team's lack pace in Monaco Grand Prix second practice "weird"
05/25/2017 10:38 AM
'Night and day' Mercedes Monaco GP slump puzzles Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton had no explanation for the Mercedes Formula 1 team's loss of form in second Monaco Grand Prix practice on Thursday
05/25/2017 09:34 AM
Sebastian Vettel leads second Monaco GP practice for Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel set the pace for Ferrari in second practice for Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix
05/25/2017 05:54 AM
Haas changed F1 livery to boost branding visibility on TV
Haas team principal Gunther Steiner says the Formula 1 squad's change of livery for the Monaco Grand Prix was made to make logos stand out better on television
05/25/2017 05:31 AM
F1 Monaco GP: Mercedes' Hamilton leads Vettel in first practice
Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to the fastest time in opening practice for the Monaco Grand Prix
Me

Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.


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05/21/2017
Massive demonstrations, violence and a rising death toll marked 50 consecutive days of anti-government protests in Venezuela.
05/22/2017
Some tourists in British Columbia got a bit of a scare when a sea lion grabbed a little girl and dragged her into the water.
05/21/2017
Pass through the pews of Our Lady of Guadalupe church and you'll get a glimpse of this country's newest immigrants.
05/19/2017
Brazil's leadership lurched into another bribery scandal Wednesday, as one of the country's biggest newspapers accused President Michel Temer of paying a former senate colleague hush money.
05/18/2017
A lack of food, of medicine, even water is hurting the most vulnerable in Venezuela. CNN went undercover to report the impact on some of the country's children.
05/17/2017
The US Coast Guard is searching for survivors after finding what is believed to be airplane debris 15 miles east of an island in the Bahamas on Tuesday.
05/15/2017
Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who reported extensively on drug trafficking, was killed on Monday in Sinaloa, officials said. He is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year.
05/15/2017
It was 18 feet long and built like a tank. Now its mummified remains have emerged from an oil sands mine in Canada.
05/12/2017
This time it was the "abuelitos" -- Venezuela's grandparents -- who took to the streets.
05/12/2017
Leave it to Leonardo DiCaprio to remind us that social media can serve a porpoise.


Barranquilla Life

05/18/2017

Winners of FICICA 2017 were announced this week. On Saturday, April 13th, the Cine de la Calle’s FICICA (International Short Film Fest) gave its last showcase of shorts in the acoustic conch of the Sagrado Corazón Park. During the six days, they had workshops, conferences, and of course short film presentations. This event brought together

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05/17/2017

To come up with a cool, innovative present for my mom each year is not an easy task for me. I mean, there is her birthday in February, Christmas in December and Mother’s Day in May… plus any old day, I-was-thinking-of-you present, but those are easy because they don’t require planning for a specific day.

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05/05/2017

It’s been a long year since I enjoyed a December-night of dancing to North and Latin American retro music with friends, who are now spread out across the globe. It was at the Oro Puro bar. I remember the lights around us; the menu full of cocktails and food; retro movie and series posters with

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05/03/2017

On Sunday, April 30th Children’s Day was celebrated on the streets Barrio Abajo with a series of ludic activities. Fabila Acosta and Faleimy Delgado from Fundación Casa de Hierro got together teachers who volunteered to give back some of their know-how to the children. The kids from the neighborhood had fun painting murals with artist

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05/03/2017

A cyclist controversy occurred last month. While the two biggest Colombian representatives of the sport that have given more glories to our country (Nairo Quintana and Mariana Pajon) heated the debate on the administration of the Colombian Cycling Federation, Sofia Arrieta and Gabriela Bolle stand out winning races at the United States Cycling Elite National

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05/02/2017

Outdated stereotypes and age-old mottos, unions and left-wing student movements amassed on the streets; a now established repertoire for international workers’ day demonstrators who are ironically there precisely to march against the establishment. Walking in complete calm and civility under the scorching sun and punished by the relentless heat, Barranquilla’s demonstrators completed the traditional march

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04/30/2017

DJs Mr. Bignayo and Hoyo Negro brought down the house at the presentation night of the 17th edition of FICICA, the City’s Short Film Festival. The event that took place last Friday night at the Alianza Francesa started with a press conference at the AF Library, lead by the director of FICICA, Harold Ospina, and

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04/19/2017

Santo Tomás, a town on the bank of the Magdalena river, neighboring Barranquilla keeps alive one of Holy Week’s most controversial and remarkable traditions.  Photos by: Pacho Manrique “The discipline” soars, drawing a semicircle through the air, before cracking as its’ beads find their fleshy mark. An aching body, swollen from physical punishment, is about

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04/14/2017

Holy Sweet Season During Lent and the Easter season, Barranquilleros enjoy the most delicious sweets. These candies and treats are home-made, and have become a popular tradition in the city during this special time of year. Enjoy the combination of the sweets and the breeze while taking a walk around the city this Holy season.

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04/03/2017

Clandestino Metal Rock Club hosted a tribute event to The Misfits and The Ramones this past Saturday, April 1st. If you’re not familiar with the place, neither was I, only until a few months ago when I saw a Facebook friend tagged to their post. And as you’re driving down Murillo, you can’t miss the club

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