Murray beats Dimitrov to clinch maiden China Open title

first_imgAndy Murray outgunned Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6(2) in the final of the China Open on Sunday to claim his 40th career title.Murray closed out the match in an hour and 57 minutes to draw closer in the rankings to world number one Novak Djokovic in the battle for the year-end top spot.The Briton is now 1555 points behind Djokovic, who could not defend his title in China because of an elbow problem, with plenty of points up for grabs at the remaining events of the season in Shanghai, Paris and the Tour finals in London.Murray took the first set and looked set to serve out the second when leading 5-4 before Dimitrov fought back to force a tiebreak.The Scot, who did not drop a set in Beijing, earned an immediate mini-break and went on to win his fifth title of the season.”It was probably my best match of the week,” Murray, who dropped just eight points on his first serve, told the ATP website.”My second serve tonight was probably the best part of my game. A lot of the unreturned serves came off second serves. Considering the conditions were fairly cold, I was still serving over a hundred miles an hour on some second serves,” he added.Murray has had a busy European summer, having reached the French Open final, secured a second Wimbledon triumph, and then successfully defended his Olympic gold medal in Rio.last_img read more

NBA legend Shaq accuses WWE of messing up WrestleMania match with Big Show

first_imgNBA legend Shaquille O’Neal said the “WWE messed up” in context to his alleged match against Big Show in the WrestleMania 33.The two 7-footers were calling each other out for almost a year in a build-up to what could have been the biggest match in the WrestleMania history but things didn’t materialise and the match never happened.Big Show and O’Neal were also involved in mud slinging months ahead of WrestleMania in what looked like a customary promotion of the match.On “The Big Podcast with Shaq”, the NBA star blamed the WWE chairman Vince McMahon and said, “They kept playing. First, they said it was me and Big Show. Then, they said it was going to be 3-on-3. Then, they cancelled it so when they cancelled it, I made other arrangements.”Shaq further mentioned that WWE did approach him again but the time was gone. “I just said, ‘I’m not going to do it.’ They messed it up.”Shaq’s co-host John Kincade asked the NBA legend if he was afraid that the WWE wouldn’t have scripted his win, Shaq retaliated and said that he was willing to lose “for the kids.”The WrestleMania 33 was reported to be Big Show’s final WrestleMania with the superstar’s contract with WWE running out soon. Big Show was recently in the news for his destructive match against Braun Strowman where the ring collapsed.last_img read more

Bielik leaves Arsenal as he completes £10m Derby move

first_imgArsenal have sold defender Krystian Bielik to Championship side Derby County for a fee of £10 million ($12m).The 21-year-old, who joined from Legia Warsaw In 2015, leaves north London without having made a single Premier League appearance for the club, with his only two outings in a Gunners shirt coming in the Carabao Cup.He enjoyed a successful loan spell at Charlton Athletic last season, helping the club earn promotion to the Championship via the play-offs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? His performances for the Addicks saw him attract interest from a number of Championship clubs, while Serie A giants AC Milan were also linked with a move.Goal reported on Thursday that Bielik was on the verge of joining Derby after he indicated to the Gunners that he didn’t want to go out on loan for the 2019-20 season.The Gunners were keen to retain the Poland Under-21 international but he favoured a departure from the club if he was not going to be given the first-team opportunities he craved under Unai Emery this season.He could make his Rams debut in their Championship season opener against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday.”He is a young player at the age of 21 and it is a permanent deal which I think is a very good investment for the club. I am very happy he has joined the team,” Derby manager Phillip Cocu told the club’s official website following the signing of Bielik.”He will get better and develop, but for his age he is a very good player.”The deal gives Arsenal a timely cash boost with under a week to go until the transfer deadline.The Gunners smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a £72m ($87m) deal on Thursday but still hope to add further players before the deadline.The north London club are still keen on landing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, having already seen two bids rejected by the Scottish champions for the 22-year-old.There are likely to be further departures too with Laurent Koscielny expected to seal a move back to France and the club open to offers for Shkodran Mustafi.last_img read more

Agritrade Resources Offloads VLCC Oldie

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Hong Kong-based Agritrade Resources Limited has decided to dispose of Sea Latitude, one of its very large crude carriers (VLCCs).As informed, the company has entered into a memorandum of agreement with Singapore’s Da Shun Shipping to sell the ship for USD 22.5 million.Built in South Korea in 2001, the LNG carrier is to be delivered at anchorage at Port of Kuala Sungai Linggi, Malaysia at the seller’s option. The delivery of the vessel is expected to take place on or before August 7, 2018.Explaining the reasons for the disposal, Agritrade Resources said the vessel is more than 16 years old — considered to be old and less attractive for charterers — and has high maintenance costs.Taking into account the prevailing market conditions, the company said that “the proceeds from the disposal will further enhance and strengthen the group’s financial position and liquidity.”Impacted by oversupply, the crude oil tanker fleet has seen a very serious deterioration of freight rates in the first half of 2018 when compared to 2017. Earnings for VLCCs in the first half of the year were as low at USD 6,001 per day on average, according to BIMCO.last_img read more

Oregon hotel fires 2 men who mistreated black man

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland, Oregon, hotel has fired two employees it says were involved in the mistreatment of a black man kicked out of its facility.DoubleTree Portland tweeted Saturday that the two men’s “actions were inconsistent with our standards.”Jermaine Massey accused the hotel of racially profiling him after a security guard called police to remove him from the lobby.The guard told Massey that if he could not provide a room number, he would be asked to leave. Massey posted an Instagram video that shows part of the interaction with the guard.The hotel’s general manager said the hotel had reached out to Massey privately but attorneys for Massey said they want a public explanation on why he was told to leave.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Massey’s lawyers intend to pursue legal action.___Information from: KOPB-, http://www.opb.orgThe Associated Presslast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral reports high number of attacks on UN staff overseas

United Nations civilian personnel at overseas duty stations have suffered an unprecedented number of physical attacks leading to hostage-taking, injuries and death, but the UN Security Coordinator’s office has been strengthened for an ever widening range of missions, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report on staff safety issued today.Since 1992, aside from deaths due to illness, or vehicle and aircraft accidents, 196 UN civilian staff members have been killed as a result of malicious acts, the report to the General Assembly says. Most of the victims killed were Palestinians working for the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees, it said. The majority of the 34 persons being detained were also employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA).Five of the deaths occurred during the reporting period of 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003, which excludes the 19 August terrorist bombing of the UN’s headquarters in Baghdad that left 18 UN civilian staff dead, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.”Because of the dangerous environments in which they work, which are often characterized by high rates of crime and unemployment, United Nations staff members often become the targets of street crime,” the report says. “The increased number of physical assaults, thefts, attacks, incursions, hostage-taking incidents and kidnappings reported during the past year speaks to this most disturbing trend.”In the reporting period, seven incidents of hostage-taking, kidnapping and sexual assault, affecting 14 personnel, took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia.Of 258 incidents of assault on UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) personnel, 69 took place in Afghanistan, 30 in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and 53 in Kosovo. In addition, 168 cases of harassment were reported. More than 30 bomb threats turned out to be hoaxes.At least 83 incursions into UN compounds took place, often non-violent political protests, along with 270 violent attacks on UN and NGO compounds and convoys. Incidents of theft of office equipment, official vehicles and personal belongings numbered 550. read more

Annan hails inauguration of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberias new president

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the inauguration of Liberia’s new president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman elected to lead an African nation.“I also congratulate the people of Liberia who, through a peaceful and transparent electoral process, have given Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf an historic mandate to lead the nation towards a future of lasting peace and stability,” Mr. Annan said in a message on the inauguration, which was held in Monrovia with numerous dignitaries in attendance, including the UN Deputy Secretary-General. The establishment of a democratically elected Government in Liberia culminates the peace process envisaged in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 18 August 2003. During this period, the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) supported national efforts to achieve the transition to democracy by providing a secure environment, disarming more than 100,000 ex-combatants, facilitating the return of tens of thousands of displaced persons and refugees, and helping organize the recent free and fair elections.The Secretary-General acknowledged that Ms. Johnson Sirleaf’s administration faces a number of pressing challenges in a country still reeling from the effects of war, including restructuring the security sector, strengthening economic governance, stimulating economic growth, strengthening the rule of law, protecting human rights, consolidating State authority and reestablishing basic services.“In the face of these challenges, the people of Liberia are being given a unique opportunity to join together, to build a just and inclusive society, which assures the participation of all people, irrespective of political or ethnic affiliation,” he observed. Mr. Annan called on the international community to assist the new Government in these endeavours and pledged the UN’s continued support “as Liberia lays the foundation for a better future built on peace, stability, democracy and rule of law.” read more

Has Kareem Hunt Hit A Wall

After a torrid start to the season, Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie running back Kareem Hunt has had a dreadful handful of games. What happened? Has he hit some kind of “rookie wall?” In the video above, we investigate.

Biljana Filipovic goes back to France – Nice

3NIMES41171205440445-5 9BESANCON26174112440461-21 ← Previous Story Polish NT right wing Robert Orzechowski leaving MMTS Kwidzyn Next Story → Battle for EHF Cup F4: Danish and German derby! 7TOULON3017539404446-42 4HAVRE361791743241814 1METZ48171511515393122 French Nice struggling in the relegation battle in the French elite, but club’s management has strong fate and plans for the future. One important step to the better results in the upcoming years is connected with signing contract with experienced Serbian left back Biljana Filipovic (26), one of the tallest girls in TOP handball. She made her name in TOP handball in France, where Filipovic played for Arvor, who dissapeared after triumph in Championship 2011/2012 due financial problems. All the players were forced to leave the club and Filipovic choose Turkish Uskudar for the next destination.After only a season in weak Turkish championship, Filipovic is ready for a new beginning in French elite – of course, in Nice will play there in the next season. Contract is signed on two years… 2FLEURY4217121446240260 8DIJON26173311376437-61 10NICE25174013397461-64 Biljana FilipovicFrench handballNice handball 5MIOS3317728475492-17 6ISSY PARIS331780940839414 read more

Sean Quinn condemns bus set on fire outside his former company

first_imgSEAN QUINN HAS condemned an attack at a property owned by the Quinn Group and said the perpetrators are not acting in his name.However, Quinn was critical of the new owners of Quinn Manufacturing – now known as the Aventas Group – who had asked him to speak out against the attack.In a statement released this evening, Quinn said he had not owned the business since 2002 when he transferred it to this family, and said he had already condemned all attacks “in the strongest terms”.Quinn made the comments after a bus was parked at the entrance to a Quinn Group property in Ballyconnell in Cavan and set on fire at around 5.30am today. Gardaí said a technical examination has been carried out of the scene.“Today’s statement by the Aventas Group calling on the former owner of the Quinn Group to condemn the recent attacks is unclear as I have not owned the business since 2002, having transferred it to my family,” Quinn said.“While the statement does not specifically name me, I believe it is none the less important to reiterate that I have already condemned these attacks in the strongest terms, a fact that is widely reported in the national media”.“Least there by any doubt, I wish to reiterate in the most categoric terms that I condemn these unlawful acts and that any persons carrying out such acts are not acting in my name”.The Aventas group said the ongoing campaign to disrupt and sabotage the business would not lead to the reinstatement of the former owner.Quinn used the statement to attack Anglo Irish Bank, in which he invested and lost heavily, saying that the bank orchestrated a “covert and underhand takeover of the Quinn Group”.A number of attacks on Quinn Group properties and former properties have taken place over the past year, including a truck which was driven into a wall at a Quinn Group premises in Fermanagh.Read: Everything you need to know about the Quinn saga, but were afraid to ask > Read: Bus set on fire outside Quinn Group property >last_img read more

Man dies after suffering head injuries in horrific 12car pileup on M7

first_img By David Raleigh At least six fire trucks containing crews from Limerick City, and Newport, Nenagh, in Co Tipperary, as well as six ambulances from the region, have been dispatched to the scene.A crew of firefighters attached Limerick City and County Fire Service who had been attending a minor collision in Newport, were swiftly on the scene of the “massive pile up”, sources said.Gardaí have closed the southbound traffic lane between Junction 27 Birdhill and Junction 28 Castletroy and are awaiting a garda forensic collision investigator to conduct a detailed examination of the scene.Gardaí, paramedics and fire crews were alerted to the area after receiving reports of a number of collisions in the area.It’s understood up to 12 cars skidded off the road around the the same time after a heavy sleet shower struck.“There was a massive snowstorm and a heavy shower of sleet around the time of the fatal crash. There were at around 12 cars involved,” a reliable source said. Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 9:32 PM Source: Fiona Donnellan/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man dies after suffering head injuries in horrific 12-car pile-up on M7 The collisions happened during a severe hailstorm at just after 7.30pm. The M7 at Castletroy Source: Google Maps The deceased’s car went off the road and crashed through a fence. His vehicle ended up on waste ground in a ravine just off the motorway.Traffic in the area was being turned around by gardaí and diversions have been put in place.Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick, are investigating. The road remains closed.Read: Garda was removed from task force due to relationship with woman from criminal family, court hearsRead: Nurses’ union agrees to meet with Workplace Relations Commission – but work-to-rule is still on PART OF THE M7 Dublin to Limerick Road has been closed after a motorist lost his life in a horrific 12-car pile up tonight.According to a reliable source, the man, aged in his 50s, suffered catastrophic head injuries and died after his car left the road between Birdhill and Castletroy, shortly after 7.30pm.It’s believed a freak hailstone storm which is reported to have hit the area at the time of the incident, may have been a factor in the multi-vehicle collision.According to sources there are reports of “multiple injuries” to a number of casualties, but these injuries are not believed to be serious.The deceased had been driving from Birdhill towards Limerick when his car left the road and crashed through a fence, a source said.The man’s body has since been moved to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem is expected to be conducted.A “multi-agency response” is being carried out by emergency services. 75,790 Views Share516 Tweet Email2 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Serious delays on M7 S/B before J29 Castletroy due to crash, lots of emergency vehicles on the scene— Fiona Donnellan (@fionadonnellan) March 1, 2017 18 Comments Mar 1st 2017, 9:32 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Toutatis lastéroïde en forme de cacahuète va nous rendre visite mercredi

first_imgToutatis, l’astéroïde en forme de cacahuète, va nous rendre visite mercrediL’astéroïde Toutatis, de plus de 4 kilomètres de long et 2 de large, va s’approcher de la Terre à un minimum de 7 millions de kilomètres de notre planète. Les chercheurs en profiteront pour étudier l’étrange rotation de l’immense rocher afin de mieux connaitre la répartition de sa masse, et de là la composition de l’astéroïde. Toutatis passe dans notre voisinage tous les quatre ans.Par Toutatis, le ciel va-t-il nous tomber sur la tête? Car en dehors d’être la divinité tutélaire d’un célèbre gaulois petit et moustachu, Toutatis est également un astéroïde qui s’apprête à passer dans le voisinage de la Terre. Pas de quoi inquiéter les astronomes qui y voient une occasion de plus d’étudier cet immense rocher de l’espace. Surtout que, comme celui-ci leur rend visite tous les quatre ans sans jamais causer de soucis, ils connaissent bien Toutatis.N’en déplaise aux prophètes de l’apocalypse en herbe, Toutatis passera au plus près de la Terre le 12 décembre, et non pas le 21. A près de 7 millions de kilomètres de distance il se laissera admirer et étudier, d’autant que caillou céleste de 4,46 kilomètres de long et 2,4 kilomètres de large intrigue : il tourne de manière étrange et a la forme d’une cacahuète.Un astéroïde qui fait des cabriolesMichael Busch, du National Radio Astronomy Observatory en Virginie, a décrit la danse étrange de l’astéroïde à National Geographic. “Il fait des cabrioles. Il tourne autour de son axe long, qui lui-même effectue un mouvement de précession [à la manière d’une toupie en fin de course dont l’axe de rotation s’éloigne de plus en plus de la verticale] autour d’un cercle, comme un gyroscope.”À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreSon équipe avait déjà effectué des relevés radar lors des derniers passages de Toutatis en 2000, 2004 et 2008 et espèrent bien profiter de la prochaine rencontre pour améliorer leur modèle. En effet, chaque passage de l’astéroïde près du soleil modifie très légèrement sa rotation. L’intérêt de percer les mystères de ses mouvements est qu’ils permettent de connaitre comment se répartit la masse de Toutatis, et donc de mieux connaitre sa composition.La forme de Toutatis suggère qu’il pourrait avoir été créé lorsque deux corps célestes se seraient percutés : le plus petit serait alors resté enchâssé dans le plus gros. Dan Scheeres, un professeur d’astrodynamique à l’université du Colorado, pense même que si la rotation de l’astéroïde continue de s’accélérer, la partie la plus petite pourrait finir par être expulsée.Toutatis ne sera pas visible à l’œil nu le 12 décembre mais les astronomes amateurs pourront l’apercevoir dans leurs télescopes.Le 9 décembre 2012 à 15:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

School responds to transgender teen bullying allegations

first_imgVancouver Public Schools reiterated its commitment to student safety after a woman alleged her niece, a transgender teenager, was punched at McLoughlin Middle School by a fellow student because of her gender identity.According to a Facebook post by the girl’s aunt, Leslie Goodnight, 13-year-old Lindsey Smith has been the victim of ongoing harassment by fellow students throughout the year. On Wednesday, she said a boy punched Lindsey in the face several times after shouting “She is a boy” at her in the hallway. Goodnight also shared a photo showing a bruise forming on Lindsey’s cheek.The post had been shared more than 7,700 times as of Thursday afternoon.“She has been harassed relentlessly, almost daily, since the beginning of last school year and nothing is getting better,” Goodnight told The Columbian.A Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman, Amanda Richter, said the district is responding with “appropriate disciplinary action” against the aggressor.However, due to student privacy laws, she could not specify how the school will discipline the individual student.last_img read more