Formula 1 DAMS Founder Jean-Paul Driot Passes Away Following Illness Say Sunday Reports

LE MANS, FR. (THECOUNT) — Jean-Paul Driot, DAMS founder and Nissan e.dams Formula E team principal, has passed away after a months-long battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 68.

A statement from his team announced on Sunday that Driot had passed away following an illness, but did not provide a cause of death.

Driot’s team played a key role in the careers of many Formula 1 drivers and won titles across several junior single-seater series and FE

DAMS has also dedicated its driver Nicholas Latifi’s Formula 2 victory and Sergio Sette Camara’s podium in Hungary to Driot.

Driot, of Le Mans, France, set up his eponymous team – Driot Associes Motor Sport – at the end of 1988 and it made its debut in Formula 3000 the following year.

More than 30 DAMS drivers went on to race in F1 – including five of the current grid: Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz Jr and Alexander Albon – and Driot has remained the figurehead of the team throughout.

Driot’s team has won 13 drivers’ and 12 teams’ championships and claimed 147 victories across various series including Formula 3000, Formula Renault 3.5, plus official feeder categories Formula 2 and Formula 3 (and their predecessors GP2 and GP3).

Under Driot’s stewardship, DAMS also masterminded the title-winning French A1 Grand Prix effort.

Together with F1 legend Alain Prost, Driot established the e.dams FE team, which won three teams’ titles and a drivers’ championship when partnered with Renault in the electric single-seater series, and now runs the Nissan entry.

“It is with great sadness that Driot Associes Motor Sport (DAMS) announces its founder and owner, Jean-Paul Driot, passed away at the age of 68,” read a DAMS team statement.

“Jean-Paul lost an ongoing battle with illness, which he had fought in recent months.

“We wish our sincerest condolences to his wife Genevieve and two sons Olivier and Gregory,” source MotoSport.

Geo quick facts: Le Mans is a city in northwestern France. It’s known for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, which chronicles the history of the city’s famed 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race. The Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans race track, offers simulator rides and amateur go-karting. In the old town, the Gothic-style Le Mans Cathedral features stained-glass windows and flying buttresses. East is the 13th-century Royal Abbey of Epau – wikipedia.

IL Man Oscar Valdovinos ID’d As Victim In Monday Night Fatal I-57 Head-On Crash Involving Semi

BOURBONNAIS TOWNSHIP, IL. (THECOUNT) — Oscar Valdovinos has been identified as the Champaign man involved in a deadly head-on collision in Bourbonnais Township, IL, Monday night.

Valdovinos, 23, collided with a semi-tractor head-on Monday night in a fatal crash occurring in Bradley, Illinois.

The Champaign man was operating a Honda Accord on I-57 near Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, when for unknown reasons, crossed centerlines and exited the roadway.

The Honda then struck the median causing it to traveling in opposing lanes.

The Honda then struck a semi head-on near Bradley-Bourbonnais just before 7:30 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries consistent with the violent wreck.

The condition of the semi-truck driver was not provided by officials, Source FoxIllinois.

Anyone with possible information on the deadly crash may contact police at 911.

Officials named the victim as “Oscar C. Valdovinous,” however, believes the correct spelling may be “Valdovinos.” This information and the correct spelling have not been confirmed by officials.

Geo quick facts: Bourbonnais Township is one of seventeen townships in Kankakee County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 40,137 and it contained 15,153 housing units. Bourbonnais is the home of Olivet Nazarene University, a private liberal arts Christian college affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene – Wikipedia.

Pôle Léonard de Vinci University Teacher John Dowling Stabbed To Death Wednesday By Man Previously Excluded From School

COURBEVOIE, FR. (THECOUNT) — John Dowling, a teacher at private Paris school, Pôle Léonard de Vinci University, has been identified as the victim stabbed to death Wednesday.

Dowling, 66, from Ireland, was stabbed to death in France on Wednesday by a Pakistani man who is believed to have been excluded by the university last year, according to reports.

The victim was stabbed several times in front of the city’s private university, located at, V6WP+8H Courbevoie, in France, in the La Defense business district, where he was employed.

The French Higher Education Minister Frédérique Vidal posted on Twitter that there was indignation at the killing. She said that a police investigation would reveal what happened and that a team of psychologists will attend the university on Thursday. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance. Continue reading

Secret Ingredient? 815 POUNDS Of Cocaine Discovered At Coca-Cola Factory

Was it a drug-smuggling ring or a shipment of a top secret ingredient? Workers at a Coca-Cola factory in southern France this week discovered $56 million of cocaine in a shipment.

Officials are saying the massive amount of cocaine was found in a shipment of orange juice concentrate. The packaging for the white stuff was surprisingly similar to that of an “ingredient” used in the processing of Coca-Cola, rather than that of a clandestine drug shipment.

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The factory, which is in the town of Signes, near the Mediterranean coast, produces concentrates for various drinks. Continue reading

Burkini Ban UPHELD: Bikini’s For Everyone!

The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim women from its beaches, citing concerns about public order.

In case you’ve been out of the fashion loop lately, the burkini, is a head to toe swimsuit designed to be in compliance with the Quran modest dress code for Muslin women. It’s basically like a wetsuit but lighter for mobility and with the standard hijab you see Muslim women wear.

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No matter the purpose, the message is being interpreted the same, as a symbol for terrorism. As of today 3 French cities have banned burkinis from being worn in public and at beaches. Continue reading

Marco Rubio Fuels Rumors He’s Dropping Out After Doing THIS

Right before he is set to appear at the Fox News Republican debate, Marco Rubio has quietly cancelled two of his scheduled campaign stops. The move has created suspicion on social media that the senator may be quitting the presidential race.

Rubio was set to appear in Baton Rouge, La., and Lexington, Ky., but cancelled both events giving venues and supporters alike, short notice. The campaign gave no reason for the cancellations.

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People are still able to register for the events over Eventbrite. What’s more, the campaign offered no reason for the cancellation with the venues. Continue reading

Westerners Targeted As Light-Skinned Attackers In Turbans Kill At Least 20 At West African Hotel

Terror has again struck the nation of Africa, just one week after the ISIS took credit for a series of attacks along the Red Sea.

Friday, gunman associated with Al Qaeda stormed a posh hotel frequented by Westerners in the west African capital of Burkina Faso, killing at least 20. A hostage situation is now playing out with U.S. and French troops aiding in the rescue.


According to the reports, masked assailants forced their way into the Ouagadougou hotel, as car bombs detonated outside, and began to take individuals inside the hotel hostage. Multiple sources have reported that 20 individuals, whose identities and nationalities have not been identified, were killed during the incident and that a shoot-out between security forces and the attackers ensued in an attempt to retrieve hostages. h/t inquisitr

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Witnesses have since claimed that four to six “light-skinned” attackers wearing turbans were holding individuals hostage inside the Splendid Hotel in the Burkina Faso capital.

Paris Street Cleaner Stumbles Upon Explosive Suicide Belt

A man in Paris cleaning the sidewalk found explosive belt containing the same bolts and explosives used by the Paris attackers on Monday. The belt was located in a pile of trash in the southern suburb of Montrouge.

According to Paris officials, the belt that was stumbled upon near the same spot that fugitive Saleh Abdeslam‘s cell phone was said to be on the day of the attacks that killed 130 people.

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The three police officials who gave information to the Associated Press about the belt could not be named because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. Investigators are currently running tests on the belt to seek further comparisons to the ones used in the attacks. Abdeslam remains on the run despite numerous raids across France and Belgium aimed at arresting him and sussing out other suspects in the plotting of the attacks. The discovery comes as officials in Brussels, Beligum, where Abdeslam and his brother, who also participated in the attacks, used to live, are maintaining a heightened terror alert level following a series of raids over the weekend. h/t mashable

City officials announced that subways and schools would reopen on Wednesday and the terror threat level would be reassessed early next week.

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Eagles Of Death Metal First Post Terror Attack Interview

Eagles of Death Metal sat down for an interview for the first time since a terrorist attack during their concert in Paris on Nov. 13.

Frontman Jesse Hughes spoke about the horrible incident which occurred while they performed at Paris’ Bataclan theatre. The attack was perpetrated by three ISIS terrorists who opened fire at the crowd of approximately one thousand music lovers.


“Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket Continue reading