There was one big story after another breaking last week so lets take a moment to quickly review some of the most important.
The long-standing economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the US and EU were dropped last week as the deal arranged between the two sides to prevent Iranian development of nuclear weapons came into effect. The far-reaching agreement was welcomed by both sides with President Rouhani calling it a “turning point” for his country and also included a prisoner exchange that saw several sanction busting Iranians freed alongside a number of Americans including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.
Both Indonesia and Burkina Faso were the victims of terrorist attacks last week. Suspected Islamic State gunmen attacked a busy Starbucks in a commercial district of Jakarta killing at least eight, whilst in Ouagadougou a luxury hotel popular with foreign tourists was targeted along with several other businesses in an incident that was eventually ended by the intervention of French Special Forces. Al-Quaeda In The Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 28 and injured 56.
Last week saw the tragic deaths of both Alan Rickman and David Bowie rock the entertainment world with both dying at the age of 69 and both from Cancer. Rickman stared in such movies as “Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves” and “Galaxy Quest” as well as playing Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, whilst David Bowie had an influential career in music spanning several decades and was famed for hit songs including “Space Odyssey” and “Let’s Dance” as well as his 1970’s alter-ego Ziggy Stardust.
In sport Leicester City returned to the top of the Premier League after an uncharacteristic draw with Premier League whipping boys Aston Villa. Ozazaki opened the scoring for City just before the half hour only to be answered mid way through the second half by a deflected shot from Rudy Gestede. But just how long will Leicester hold on to the top spot? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, however in the meantime let’s look back at the major news stories that we covered last week.
1. Nick Foligno and Mikael Granlund made history in the Minnesota Wild v Columbus Blue Jackets NHL regular season game.
2. Kasperi Kapanen helped his team win the gold in Helsinki at the U20 Ice Hockey World Championship.
3. The NFL Wild Card Round brought some crazy matches that we will remember for long.
4. The NFL owners voted the Rams to return to Los Angeles after 22 years; the San Dego Chargers might join them.
5. This was the first time ever that the Barcelona and Real Madrid MSN and BBC forward lines all scored in the Spanish La Liga.
Meanwhile in efforts to return a stolen gold necklace to its rightful owner police were obliged for force feed a man suspected of stealing and swallowing it up to forty bananas. The large quantity of fruit was employed after an enema had failed to yield positive results despite an X-ray showing the man in possession of the jewelery. Surgery was rejected for being too expensive so over the course of a day the man was given fruit till the necklace returned. The man was charged and appeared in court for theft.
There were no end of big news stories last week so lets take a moment to look back over some of the most important from the last seven days.
Billions of people around the world celebrated the New Year last week as a turmoil laden 2015 came to an end and events were held to mark the start of 2016. In Europe events were held under tight security following the terrorist attacks in Paris last year, with some being canceled and others scaled down. In Germany a tip off from the intelligence services forced the local police to close off the city’s main railways stations on New Year’s Eve, but thankfully no terrorist attack took place.
The international community expressed widespread dismay with the Saudi Arabian decision to execute outspoken Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr last week. Executed along with 46 others convicted of terror-related offenses or political activism, al-Nimr had long been a critic of the ruling Sunni elite and there was swift hostile reaction to his death with the Saudi embassy in Tehran set ablaze during a demonstration and experts predicted further significant Shia unrest across the region.
Last week saw another deadly gun attack in Israel with a gunman opening fire on a busy bar in Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv, killing two and wounding another seven, four of them seriously. Following a tip off from his father 29 year old Arab-Israeli Nashat Milhem was identified by authorities and a massive manhunt was launched. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the scene of the attack and said his government would “bolster law enforcement efforts” in the coming days.
In sport Sunderland took a turn beating this season’s whipping boys Aston Villa in a 3-1 battle between the two sides who both languish in the relegation zone of the English Premier League. With two from Defoe and one from van Aanholt the Black Cat’s win was comfortable but Gil did get one back for the Villa, the question is can either team escape a descent to the Championship? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s a look at the big stories we covered last week.
1. An Oklahoma tribe online casino was in the works after the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma received permission from the government to launch and operate an international website.
2. Phil Taylor was eliminated at the William Hill World Darts Championship on Day 12.
3. Gambling Results’ made a short guide for La Liga Betting.
4. Gambling Results made a plan for the Premier League Games from the First Weekend of 2016. Take a look at the odds.
5. Cesc Fabregas’ transfer is nothing but a rumour and Guus Hiddink says all we hear is a bunch of lies.
6. Pep Guardiola faith was brought to our attention; he’s out of Bayern’s hair but what will happen of him?
7. László Horváth, a 15-year-old hockey player sang the national anthem for Hungary after the sound system was broke.
Meanwhile the planet got a timely message from the animal kingdom concerning conservation last week as Koko the Gorilla, who has been learning sign language for 43 years and is said to be able to understand over 1,000 different words released a video in which she said “I am gorilla. I am flowers, animals. I am nature. Koko love man. Earth Koko love. But man stupid… stupid! Koko sorry, Koko cry. Time hurry. Fix Earth! Help Earth! Hurry! Protect Earth. Nature watches you. Thank you.”
In online gambling news, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has been granted permission to launch and operate an online gambling site. Their online casino—which they’ve dubbed Pokertribe—will be the state’s first tribe-operated online casino. They hope to receive the final permissions soon so that they can launch the site in early 2016.
The site will be available to players in US states where online gambling is legal, as well as eligible countries around the world. Pokertribe will begin by offering different kinds of poker, and then will begin gradually adding other popular casino games like slots, baccarat, blackjack, and more.
Former Judge Charles Chapel—who was appointed as the arbitrator of the endeavor—ruled that “using technology to play covered games as a way to increase tribal revenues” fitted into the tribe’s compact with the state. The tribe had Chapel’s decision certified by a US District Court Judge, who confirmed that the Oklahoma tribe online casino did not violate gambling laws.
Throughout the process, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma had had the support of Oklahoma governor Mary Falling. Following news of the announcement, a spokesperson for the governor said that the ruling opened the doors for other tribes across Oklahoma to launch similar online operations.
In the Vatican at midnight on Christmas Eve, the night before the day celebrated as marking the birth of Jesus Christ, a significant figure in Christianity a religion followed by some two billion people around the world, Pope Francis preached against what he called “a culture of indifference” and “a society so often intoxicated by consumerism & hedonism, wealth & extravagance, appearances & narcissism” and called upon members of the Catholic church to be devout and “act soberly”.
In Paraguay the President, Horacio Cartes, freed up relief funds to the value of $3.5 million and declared a state of emergency after heavy rains that began on December 18th caused massive and widespread flooding in the region. Some 20,000 people had to be evacuated in neighboring Argentina, and thousands more were left homeless in both southern Brazil and northern Uruguay after local rivers burst their banks. It is the worst flooding in the region for years displacing over 150,000 people.
In Victoria, Australia, massive fast moving bush fires devastated communities in both Wye River and Separation Creek last week, and also caused the evacuation of the town of Lorne as some 5,500 acres were set ablaze by a lightning strike on the 19th of December. One in three houses in the effected towns has been left uninhabitable with 1,600 people evacuated as a precaution against sudden wind shifts endangering them. Hundreds of firefighters were called in from across the country to tackle the blaze.
In sport Southampton gave Arsenal a 4-0 spanking at St. Mary’s in the English Premier League last week a result from which manager Arsene Wenger claims they will bounce back as they play Bournemouth at home on Monday evening. Will they manage it or become yet another of the mighty teams to hit a slump in performance? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out but in the meantime lets look again at some of the big stories we covered from around the world last week.
1. Bayern Munich appointed Carlo Ancelotti as the replacement of Pep Guardiola, and transfer rumours have already started spreading.
2. Host Steve Harvey crowned the wrong Miss Universe, mistakenly giving it to Miss Colombia when the rightful winner was Miss Philippines.
3. NBA commissioner Adam Silver called for the legalization and regulation of daily fantasy sports and sports betting, arguing that there is unmet consumer demand.
4. A forward for Boston University was banned for the season amid university hockey gambling controversy. Another player on the team is rumored to have been involved.
5. “The Prince Clown of Basketball”, Gobetrotters’ legend Meadowlark Lemon dies at the age of 83.
Meanwhile an unidentified forty year old driver was detained by police after crashing his car into a tax office with enough force that the vehicle continued on through the wall and into the neighboring store a funeral home. When questioned the driver claimed that he was attempting to “travel through time” at the time of the impact with the thankfully deserted businesses, and no one was hurt during the incident, including the driver from Nashville who was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
With no shortage of headline grabbing stories over the last seven days perhaps we should take a moment to review some of the most important from last week
Fourteen people were shot dead, and another 21 injured, in the latest mass shooting in the US that occurred last week at a Christmas party organized for the employees of the San Bernardino Public Health Department. Syed Rizwan Farook, who had left the party after a dispute, and his wife Tashfeen Malik opened fire with a selection of automatic weapons, and were shot dead after a police pursuit later in the day. The FBI are investigating it as an act of terrorism after explosives were found at the home the couple, in their twenties, shared with their six month old child.
COP21, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, was held in Le Bourget, Paris, last week with a vast array of world leaders making speeches encouraging delegates to arrive at, for the first time, a “binding and universal” agreement on the planet’s response to this global crisis. Despite public pressure however, many observers feel the differences in vested interests between developed and developing nations may prevent anything but a very watered down compromise treaty being signed.
British Prime Minister David Cameron led the call for an expansion of UK airstrikes against so-called Islamic State last week with parliament debating and then voting on including targets within the territory of Syria. Opposed by Jeremy Corben, leader of the Labour party the government carried the vote with 66 opposition MPs voting with them, including Labour foreign affairs spokesman Hillary Benn who made a well-received impassioned plea for continued military action against the extremists.
In sport Real Madrid, who have been busy readying their appeal against expulsion from the Copa del Rey for fielding ineligible players during their 3-1 win over Cadiz, answered critics with four first half goals against Getafe to remain in touch with La Liga leaders Barcelona. Will they catch up and overtake their big rivals? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out but in the meantime here’s a look back at some of the major stories we covered from around the world over the last seven days.
1. PokerStars’ Ronaldo hosted a celebrity poker tournament and he also played reaching second place.
2. The most unpredictable Premier League season ever is unfolding in front of our eyes.
3. New market statistics showed that Australia gambling has hit a record high, with Australians spending more money on gambling now than ever before.
4. An FBI was underway regarding the Sepp Blatter bribery scandal. The FIFA president was being investigated for allegedly accepting bribes from sports marketing company ISL.
5. The new Kardashian-West baby name was announced, and it was Saint West. It is another ridiculous baby name from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who named their first child North West.
6. A new solution emerged from the internet about how Chelsea can become champions again next season.
Meanwhile the wreck of the San Jose, a Spanish galleon sunk in 1708 by the British, often described as the “holy grail” of sunken vessels was discovered off the port city of Cartagena. The galleon was carrying a fortune in gold, silver, gems and jewelry, today worth some $1 billion, that the Spanish King was to use as finance for his war of succession. Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian President said the find “constitutes one of the greatest discoveries of submerged patrimony in the history of mankind.” He also announced the construction of a museum in Cartagena to house some of the wreck’s treasures.
Last week saw numerous big breaking stories hit the headlines so we take a look back at the most important of the last seven days.
After a Russian SU-24 bomber taking part in ongoing combat operations in Syria supposedly ignored warnings and strayed into Turkish airspace, for 17 seconds or so, patrolling aircraft from the Turkish Air Force shot it down. One pilot was killed, the other recovered. Vladimir Putin reacted angrily to the first such incident between a NATO nation and Russia since the 1950s, imposing sanctions on Turkey. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan regretted the incident. Moscow demands a full apology.
President Barack Obama once again had cause to call for tighter gun controls in the US last week following a deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. A policeman and two civilians were killed in the attack which also injured nine others. The president described the attack as having been perpetrated with “an assault weapon” and regretted the “easy accessibility of weapons of war” in the US. Police arrested loner Robert Lewis Dear of Carolina for the attack.
Donald Trump, still the leading Republican candidate for the party’s nomination for the presidential race in 2016, behaved in a manner the New York Times described as “outrageous” last week when he did an impersonation of one of their reporters, Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition. Trump had used the work of Mr. Kovaleski to back up his stupid claims “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated after 9/11, something the reporter denies inferring in his work.
In sport Andy Murray beat David Goffin of Belgium 6-3 7-5 6-3 to give Great Britain its first Davis Cup trophy since 1936. Team GB won its first title for 79 years after winning the best of five tie in Ghent which saw Jamie Murray win the doubles with his brother. Having achieved so much for British tennis does a knighthood beckon for Andy Murray? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s some of the biggest stories we covered over the last week.
1. 63-year old Avondale resident Cecilia Randel had been named the holder of the sole winning ticket of the $475,000 Louisiana Lottery jackpot.
2. There were a number of exciting Thanksgiving Day NFL games that took place on Thursday, including Philadelphia versus Detroit, Carolina versus Dallas, and Chicago versus Green Bay.
3. Philadelphia is easily the saddest pro sports city in the USA right now, given that its teams in all major sports leagues are doing poorly in games and rankings.
4. A British couple won the £1 million EuroMillions jackpot for the second time in two years, having had first won it in 2013. It was the 10th biggest EuroMillions jackpot to be won in the UK.
5. Despite the huge amount players wagered in Las Vegas, overall gaming revenues dropped in Nevada 2015 October.
Meanwhile “Cards Against Humanity”, manufacturer of the popular game of the same name, offered its customers something different this Black Friday by putting absolutely nothing on sale on their website for the bargain price of $5. The offer, that required takers to tick a check box reading “I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return”, netted the company $71,000. The company then released an exhaustive and eclectic list of what their staff spent the money on.
63-year old Cecilia Randel has been announced by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation as the lucky holder of the sole winning ticket for the $475,000 Louisiana Lottery jackpot.
Randel had purchased the ticket at RaceTrac #645 on Highway 90, a few blocks from her home in Avondale, Louisiana. As the store that sold Randel the winning ticket, RaceTrac #645 will receive 1% of the jackpot, for a total of $4,750.
Meanwhile, frequent lotto player and first time winner Randel will be awarded $332,500 of the jackpot after federal and state taxes on the $475,000 jackpot.
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A terrorist attack on the luxury Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, capital of Mali, left at least 19 dead last week. The dead included an American, an Israeli, three Chinese, six Russians, two Belgians and witnesses report numerous members of the hotel’s security staff were killed when the dozen or so attackers struck using a car featuring diplomatic plates. Both Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Murabitoun claimed responsibility for the attack although authorities couldn’t confirm either claim.
Last week Anastasia Lin, the winner of Miss World Canada claimed she had been shut out of the finals of the Miss World contest by the hosts China for her outspoken stance on their record of human rights abuses and her defense of the Falun Gong who are deemed an illegal cult by the Chinese communist party. Without an official letter of invitation, which other finalists received in late October, she is unable to apply for the necessary visa. Miss World Canada said it would not provide a replacement.
A massive manhunt continued across Belgium last week as authorities sought the armed-and-dangerous Salah Abdeslam amidst intelligence reports that indicated an imminent threat of attack. Brussels, the capital, remained under lockdown for several days with residents told to avoid crowds, the city’s metro closed down and soldiers patrolling the streets. Many European capitals remain on a high state of alert following the attacks perpetrated in Paris on Friday the 13th that left 130 dead and hundreds injured.
In sport Chelsea took an hour to get the only goal scored in their Premier League fixture with Norwich giving them a much needed win in a week that saw Jose Mourinho claim that reaching the top of the table was “Mission Impossible” and that “Maybe Tom Cruise can do it, but it’s complicated.” Will the diminutive Hollywood star give up his career to manage the London side? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime he’s a look at some of the big stories we covered last week.
1. Holly Holm landed a big punch on sportsbooks with her UFC 193 KO win against Rousey.
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3. EURO 2016: The pots for the final tournament draw were determined after the playoffs had been concluded.
4. Numbers after week 11 of the 2015 NFL season suggested that this year could be the fourth straight record-breaking season for Vegas sportsbooks.
5. PokerStars produced its seventh millionaire through the random prize Million Dollar Sit and Go tournaments.
Meanwhile an audience member on the long running BBC television show Question Time asked why the media continued to associate mainstream Islam with the militant terrorists in ISIS by calling them Islamic State (given they’re neither Islamic nor a state) saying “If I call myself a zebra do you them refer to me as a zebra?” Many experts encourage the use of the term Daesh instead a pronunciation of the acronym that also sounds uncannily like “a bigot who imposes his views on others” instead.
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There was a mass of breaking news stories last week so let’s look back at some of the biggest that made the headlines over the last seven days
The heavy metal band “Goodbye to Gravity” on stage at the popular “Colectiv Club” in Bucharest, Romania, last week used pyrotechnic effects that ignited parts of the club causing a fire that swept through the venue. Twenty nine people lost their lives, with that figure likely to rise, and a further 140 were hospitalized with smoke inhalation and severe burns. President of Romania, Klaus Johannis, has said safety regulations were ignored at the club and three days of mourning were held for the dead.
An airliner operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, under the name Metrojet, broke up at high altitude over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula killing all 224 passengers and crew, all but three of whom were Russians. Islamic state linked militants have claimed responsibility for the loss of the aircraft that crashed on Saturday having departed the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, however these claims were dismissed by authorities. Investigations into the cause of the Airbus 321’s crash continue.
The ruling AKP, Justice & Development Party, in Turkey gained back the majority in parliament it had lost back in June when elections were held last week. The AKP of current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 316 seats with 49.4% of the vote leaving main opposition party, the CHP, to garner only 25.4%. The HDP, a pro-Kurdish party, and the MHP, a nationalist party, both won enough of the vote to take their seats in the Ankara parliament, but overall the result was a big win for Erdogan’s government.
In sport the position of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was once more called into question after his side lost against Liverpool 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, their sixth league defeat in 11 games. Although it is likely Mourinho will cling on for now just how much time can he have left if he can’t get results? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s a look at some of the important stories from around the world that we covered over the last week.
1.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are once again the favourites to win the FIFA Balon d’Or award.
2.Lewis Hamilton secured his 3rd Formula One World Championship title, but his teammate was frustrated with the result.
3.Watch an Estonian player winning the thrilling final of the USD 1.2 million Pokerstars tournament.
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5.A player placed a NZD 400,000 wager on the All Blacks beating Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.
Meanwhile a book mix up left hundreds of copies of “Little Red Riding Hood Eats The Wolf” recalled by authorities from primary schools across Chile. The book, a collection of short erotic stories by Pilar Quintana had been confused with the classic children’s fairy tale despite containing sexual and violent content. “I’m surprised people are shocked about the sexual content of the book.” Said the bemused author who went on to say he felt it was not inappropriate reading material for young people.
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There were a lot of important news stories that broke over the last seven days so lets look back at some of the biggest.
Turkey began three days of mourning on Sunday after a peace march in central Ankara was attacked by two explosions that killed over one hundred people. A team of four civil and police inspectors began an investigation into the attack the government blamed on ISIS, left wing militants or the PKK, the Kurdish freedom fighters with whom a truce recently broke down. The left wing organizers of the march placed blame on the government of Recep Tayyip Edogan for failures in security.
The death toll in the ongoing mounting violence in Israel/Palestine continued to rise last week as Palestinians clashed with security forces and numerous stone throwing attacks added to the rising tensions following the 14 stabbing attacks that have targeted Jews since October 3rd and spawned at least one revenge attack in which four Palestinians were stabbed. Both sides blame each other for the situation, with the Israel cabinet setting the minimum jail term for stone throwing at four years.
In Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, the nation’s leader Kim Jong-un presided over a massive rally to celebration the 70th anniversary of the formation of the ruling Worker’s Party. Thousands marched through the city’s huge main square in a parade that included troops and military vehicles, traditionally dressed ladies waving flowers and a fly-past by the air force. The parade also featured a display of ICBMs and a reference made to the country’s controversial nuclear program.
In sport Wales qualified for the Euro 2016 finals in France despite losing 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the first time the team has reached a major tournament final since 1958. Finishing second place in the group behind Belgium, the question is can the Welsh side continue this run of success against the best sides in Europe next summer? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out but in the meantime lets look back at some of the major news stories we covered over the last seven days.
1. More than 250,000 players participated in PokerStars online poker tournament, which was the largest such event all time.
2. FIFA vice president Michel Platini was handed a 90-day suspension, virtually taking him out of the race for FIFA presidency.
3. Ladbrokes Coral merger could come through in late 2015 or early 2016 after USD 2.1 billion facility was secured.
4. Jurgen Klopp will be the great addition to the Premier League as the German will bring fresh ideas and a new approach to English football.
Meanwhile Salman, a 12 year old Jaguar on lone to The Delhi Zoo has been reportedly sent home having failed to make with their female Kalpana because he’s too fat. “The female is seen trying to entice him,” said Riaz Khan, “but he lies in a corner and refuses to respond.” Keepers report his appetite, that of the average tiger, has made him lethargic and a strictly imposed diet failed to provide improvement or any off-spring from Kalpana, who has failed to mate with three males thus far.
With lots of big news stories breaking over the last seven days so lets take our regular look back at some of the most important
Last week saw the migrant crisis in Europe deepen as an increasingly large number of migrants fleeing the war zones of the Middle East arrive in the border countries of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia & Hungary. With the death toll of this perilous journey mounting the central powers of the EU have yet to reach consensus on how best to deal with the problem and in the meantime many of the smaller nations in the migrant’s path are struggling to cope in face of the influx.
A controversial security bill in Japan that would permit the overseas deployment of Japanese military forces for the first time since their surrender at the end of the Second World War passed in parliament after numerous days of protests on the streets of Tokyo, scuffles in parliament, a series of no-confidence motions from opposition parties and dismayed outrage from China. The popularity of Shinzo Abe’s government fell to its lowest since 2012.
The front-running Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, found himself once again amidst controversy last week as he avoided correcting the erroneous statements of one of his supporters at a rally in New Hampshire. The supporter prefaced his question to Trump by saying President Obama was a Muslim and “not even an American”. Since the incident Trump has defended himself by saying were the situation reversed there was “no chance” Mr. Obama would defend him, and that it wasn’t “his job” to defend the President.
In sport US golfers produced a superb display of skill to beat Europe 14½-13½ and win the Solheim Cup 2015. As the games played out in Germany there was a minor controversy on the 17th where neither side did themselves any favors. The question is now can the men replicate this feat of their female counterparts at the next Ryder Cup? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s a look at some of the big stories we covered last week.
1. After the agressive advertising campaign of daily fantasy sites in the first week of the NFL season, many consider these type of games illegal gambling.
2. Peyton Manning passed the 70,000-yard mark as the Denver Broncos produced a last-minute comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs.
3. Phil Hellmuth showed everyone how to get back to winning after losing big at the poker table.
4. The Republican candidate discussed football amongst politics-related matters via his Twitter account.
5. Archie Karas is the latest name in the Black Book of the Nevada Gambling Commission after cheating in blackjack several times.
Meanwhile a prospective lover who took 35 Viagra tablets in under an hour suffered five days of constant erections and was treated to a two day stay in hospital for his efforts. “I ended up feeling sick, dizzy and hallucinating, everything I saw was green.” Said Medforth, “and I had an massive erection that would not go away. The paramedics were very professional but you could see they were trying not to laugh. Fortunately my wife has forgiven me and I realize I have been very, very lucky.”
Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, both of WDBJ-TV were shot and killed Wednesday by disgruntled former employee Vester Lee Flanagan II (aka Bryce Williams) during a live on-air interview with Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce executive director Vicki Gardner. Both Mz. Parker and Mr. Ward were killed, Mz. Gardner suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was hospitalized. Flanagan was sought by police but later died from self-inflicted gunshots.
In Austria an abandoned vehicle on the nation’s A4 motorway, just between Parndorf and Neusiedl, was discovered to contain the dead bodies of 71 migrants fleeing the warzones of the Middle East. With 59 men, 8 women, 3 boys under ten and a baby girl of no more than two years of age, the group is likely to have traveled from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq. Investigations by authorities into their deaths led to four arrests, three Bulgarians and an Afghan, in neighboring Hungary where the vehicle was registered.
Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, all employees of the news network Al-Jazeera were each sentenced to three years in jail last week accused by Egypt’s ruling military as having operated without a license, broadcasting false reports and colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood. This was seen as yet another attempt by the Army to stifle free speech in the aftermath of their power grab in July 2013 when they seized power from Mohamed Morsi Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
In sport Jose Mourinho’s 100th home league game in charge of Chelsea ended in defeat after Crystal Palace put two past the blues. Palace took the lead early in the second half through Sako with Falcao answering a quarter of an hour later but it was Ward who scored two minutes later to seal the win for Palace. Will Chelsea bounce back from this ghastly loss? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out. In the meantime here’s a look at some of the big stories we covered over the last seven days.
1. Pedro has left Barcelona with a blue heart, but was happy to join a strong and ambitious team like FC Chelsea.
2. Our intention was to sum up the first round of the Liga BBVA and tell more about the expectations in connection with the greatest derby of La Liga’s second round.
3. We collected the most interesting football transfer rumours in connection with the most important European clubs.
4. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received a letter in which they were explained that the regulatory body will decide about their USD 500 million casino project in 30 days.
5. The Washington Redskins were expected to try and trade Robert Griffin III, who seemed to be surplus to the team.
6. GamingZion looked at the proposal for legalizing the selling of 50%-50% high stakes raffles in California.
7. John Juanda won the European Poker Tour Barcelona EUR 5,300 Main Event for which he received a prize of over EUR 1 million.
Meanwhile in Poland the deputy culture minister, Piotr Zuchowski, confirmed that ground-penetrating radar images did seem to show the existence of a hidden armored train dating back to the second world war that is said to have been concealed as the Nazis fled the Red Army in 1945. Reputed to house a cargo of looted art and gold bullion the authorities will now undertake to recover the train that was only found after the deathbed confession of a man involved in the operation to hide it in the first place.
Pedro has left his home team FC Barcelona after spending his entire life in the capital of Catalonia. He has been member of the first squad since 2008 and has been an important member of the squad, even though he was substitute for the past few years.
Now he became the new member of José Mourinho’s men, and the British media is extremely thrilled about this deal. Several gambling sites believe Pedro’s signature was a great capture for the London-based side, while others believe Chelsea needs other reinforcements as well.
Online gambling news in the United Kingdom report that José Mourinho is extremely happy with his new player. Pedro strengthens the squad of Chelsea greatly in the attacking third, even though the team needs reinforcement in the defensive line as soon as possible as the transfer window is about to shut down until January.
Pedro has already made his debut in the London-based side and he scored a goal and assisted in his very first match for his new club. He seems to have adapted immediately at the Blues thanks to reuniting with his previous teammate at the Catalan side, CescFabregas, who left Barcelona for Chelsea, just like Pedro did.
Rumours believed that Pedro was wanted by both Manchester-based sides however he chose the Premier League title holders instead of the Red Devils or the Citizens. Pedro said the main reason behind his decision was Mourinho, who personally convinced him to join Chelsea.
The Portuguese manager did not fail to praise his new player after his fantastic debut against West Bromwich Albion. He said there are doubts towards many players whether or not they will be able to adapt to their new clubs, however there was no question in Pedro’s abilities as he is a very good player who was sure to perform well.
Pedro not only managed to be the main figure in setting up a goal and scoring the other one himself, but he also showed how a motivated football player looks like. He attacked the ball whenever it was possible, by fighting for every ball and tried to make the best out of every situation that arose in front of him.
His wished to collect and possess the ball at all times – facts that made him stand out in his debuting game in the Premier League. He played a creative, attractive style of football with which he was the best player in the attacking third of Chelsea. Further incredible performances are expected of the Catalan attacking midfielder.
British gambling news also like to highlight the fact that Chelsea were not the only side to show interest in signing Pedro. The two Manchester-based teams, United as well as City were both keen on capturing the Catalan player, however eventually both Louis Van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini respectively were left without him.
Pedro has held a press conference right after his presentation in his new club. During this conference he answered all questions posed by the journalists. They mainly asked him about the reasons why he chose Mourinho’s men while there were other clubs who would have liked to buy him as well.
The Spanish player replied that he knew about Manchester City’s and Manchester United’s willingness to sign him. However, he said that according to his opinion, the main reason behind his final decision was the fact that Chelsea showed more interest in his style of play and that is why he chose them.
Chelsea were the fastest club to make an official transfer offer for the 28-year-old player who is hungry for great victories. His ambitions are a match with the expectations of Mourinho’s men, whose main target for this season is to defend their Premier League championship in addition to show improvements in the Champions League as well.
Pedro also told reporters that he would have liked to stay at Barcelona and retire there, however he knows that football does not work that way. He signed a 4-year contract in June because he enjoyed his life in Catalonia, but later on he admitted that his situation would not change and needed to find a new club in order to be able to play regularly.
“I wanted to leave to have more playing time. Now I have new challenges and the opportunity to continue to play” he said. The attacking midfielder also said he hopes not to face Barcelona because it is the club of his heart. Pedro played 128 La Liga games during his 8 years at Barcelona, and scored 59 goals.
There was a plethora of breaking news stories last week so let’s look back at some of the biggest that made the headlines over the last seven days
Japan commemorated the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6th 1945. Seventy years after the 8:15am detonation, that had equaled some 12,000 tons of TNT and killed 70,000 people instantly with another 70,000 dying later of their injuries or illnesses, the city’s bells tolled and tens of thousands gathered with the country’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in the Peace Memorial Park and observed a moment of silence for the dead.
Fox News hosted the first televised Republican debate drawing together numerous candidates including the ever entertaining Donald Trump whose bombastic personality dominated proceedings. During the debate Trump was question by Megyn Kelly on his attitude to women, an exchange he later described as being “nasty” saying “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever.” In the ensuing controversy he said only a “sick person” would that about menstruation.
The 100mph winds of Typhoon Soudelor caused widespread damage across both Taiwan and then the Chinese province of Fujian last week as the massive storm system wreaked havoc across massive swathes of the region. Despite the Chinese having ample warning and placing 7,000 personnel on standby and evacuating some 163,000 people (even ordering 32,000 vessels back to port) there were still hundreds of injuries, six deaths and millions of households were left without electricity or running water.
In sport MotoGP rider Marc Marquez took a well earned victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix taking the lead three laps before the end and stayed there till the checkered flag. This second successive victory for the Spaniard lifts him to third in the title race behind Jorge Lorenzo and current championship leader Valentino Rossi. With 8 events left in the season can Marquez overhaul his rivals? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here are some of the big news stories from last week.
1. The Seattle Seahawks gave a four-year, USD 87.6 contract extension to Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson.
2. Daniel Sturridge was expected to return to action earlier than it was speculated before.
3. Jose Mourinho prepared to fight for his fourth Premier League title with Chelsea before the 2015-16 Premier League season started.
4. After activating last year at Manchester United, this year Angel di Maria looks for better days at Paris Saint-Germain. The transfer between the two clubs was completed.
5. Manchester City extended Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini’s contract before the start of the 2015-16 Premier League season.
6. Former first round draft pick Aldon Smith was released by San Francisco 49ers after the player’s latest arrest for alleged hit and run and DUI.
7. Two men claimed to be Juan Manuel Fangio’s sons and the court ordered the exhumation of the five-time Formula One world champion, in order to perform a DNA test.
Meanwhile Jon Stewart, long time host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” left after 16 years in an emotional farewell before young Trevor Noah takes the reins of the flagship satire show. Joined by former colleagues and lampooned by political friends and foes alike, Mr. Stewart took advantage of his last spell of duty behind the famous desk to warn America of “blatant mendacity” saying that “Whenever something’s been titled ‘Freedom’ ‘Family’ ‘Fairness’ ‘Health’ ‘America’, take a good long sniff.” The question is, what will Stewart do next?
With so much going on in the world last week perhaps we should take a moment to glance back at some of the important news stories of the last seven days
Last week saw amazing results announced from the trials in Guinea of a experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus. In a trial encompassing over 4,000 people the drug was reported to be 100% effective amongst the 2,014 people who received it immediately and only 16 cases were found amongst those 2,380 who gained a delayed vaccination. Sponsored by the World Health Organization and both the Canadian and Norwegian governments the trial will now continue and expand within the west African country.
Investigations into the killing of Cecil the Lion continued last week with the government of Zimbabwe lodging a petition with the White House in the US to have Walter Palmer, the dentist that killed the animal just outside the Hwange national park in Zimbabwe, extradited back to the African nation to stand trial. The White House has a month to respond. For his part Walter Palmer did apologize, but only to his patients, and has said that he will assist the authorities in their investigation into the lion’s death.
After the withdrawal of Stockholm, Krakow and Oslo, the only two cities interested in hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, China’s Beijing and Kazakhstan’s Almaty, battled it out for final selection last week with the Chinese capital coming away with the honor despite having already hosted a Summer games and not actually having any snow. The European cities withdrew citing a lack of public interest and the vast costs of hosting the event as being prohibitive. Despite human rights concerns China is seen as a safe pair of hands.
In sport a IAAF report leaked to the Sunday Times and ARD/WDR (a German broadcaster) shows that the extent of cheating in athletics is far wider than has been made public with dubious and suspicious test results that call into question nearly every winner and medalist in the top flight of athletics over the last decade and a half. Question is will the IAAF do anything about it or continue to cover up the cheating? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime here’s the headlines from the last seven days.
1. Formula One prepared to end a sad week at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
2. Celtic were favourites against Azeri outfit FK Quarabag before the first leg of their Champions League qualifiers.
3. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sued the NFL after the organization upheld the four-game suspension in the Deflategate scandal.
4. Chelsea and Arsenal prepared to kick off the 2015-16 season with a spicy London derby in the Community Shield.
5. Michel Platini was considered as favorite to win the next FIFA election after he revealed that he will run for the presidency.
6. Arsene Wenger refused to shake hands with Jose Mourinho after Arsenal won the Community Shield match against Chelsea.
7. A widespread doping practice was suspected in athletics after the investigation of the leaked IAAF medical data was published.
Meanwhile just outside the small east Texan town of Marietta a man had to be airlifted to hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning after suffering bullet wounds sustained when the rounds he himself had fired ricocheted back off the armadillo he was targeting. In the second such incident this year the man was hit in the jaw by one of his own rounds and had to have it wired shut, it is not known at this time if the Armadillo survived the encounter. Armadillos are seen as pests in many southern US states.
There was no shortage of big news stories hitting the headlines last week so lets take a look back at some of the more important of the last seven days
A meeting of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations in the Turkish town of Suruc was attacked by a suicide bomber as they discussed how to assist in the reconstruction of the Syrian town of Kobane. Dozens of the young attendees at the Amara Culture Centre were killed and over 100 injured. In response the Turkish air force began bombing IS and Kurdish militant targets in Syria as well as lifting the ban on its bases being used by US and allied air forces in their war against Islamic State.
The massive Japanese conglomerate Toshiba was rocked last week after an independent review of their accounts revealed the company, that produces everything from computers to nuclear power stations, had overstated their operating profits by in excess of 1.2 billion dollars. This was done with the full knowledge of senior management and, after criticism from Japanese finance minister Taro Aso, Hisao Tanaka, chief executive of the company, and seven other officials immediately resigned from Toshiba.
Last week saw Barack Obama visit Kenya, where his father hails from, spending time with the country’s president Mr. Kenyatta and paying his respects at the scene of the 1998 Nairobi embassy bombing that killed 224 people and injured more than 4,000. The two Presidents announced they stood united on terrorism but a joint press conference highlighted there were still key differences in attitude, especially on the topic of gay rights and the subject of women’s issues within Kenya itself.
In sport after a grueling 21 stages, a mammoth 3,360.3 kilometers and just shy of 82 hours of extremely hard riding Chris Froome won the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday last week, riding in with the rest of Team Sky to take another yellow jersey as well as the polkadots for being King of the Mountains. What will he be out to win next? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out but in the meantime lets take a look back over some of the major stories we covered over the last seven days.
1. Manchester United reportedly approached Bayern Munich to buy intelligent forward Thomas Muller.
2. The second round of the Champions League qualifiers provided some interesting games to bet on.
3. Juventus FC have agreed a deal with FC Bayern for their Chilean midfielder and club icon Arturo Vidal for a fee worth EUR 40m.
4. Formula One prepared to end a sad week at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
5. Jamaica upset hosting team United States in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
6. Tour organizers asked fans to respect yellow jersey after a cup of urine was thrown at Chris Froome during the race.
7. Debrecen thrashed Skonto 9-2 in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier in Hungary.
8. Chris Froome became a member of an elite group of cyclists by claiming his second Tour de France victory.
Meanwhile the typically rather dour world of the British Houses of Parliament were rocked last week when Lord Sewel, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, the upper chamber, was forced to resign from his post after a British tabloid released video of him snorting cocaine from off the ample chest of a prostitute. The footage also prompted his resignation from the chairmanship of the Lord’s privileges and conduct committee, the very team that enforces standards in the Lords, standards he didn’t meet.
Numerous big news stories broke over the last week so lets glance back through some of the most important that we covered in the last seven daysThe Sun Newspaper in the UK (often described as “The Scum”) shocked the public last week by releasing footage of a young Queen Elizabeth II, the current monarch, playing with her mother and uncle, who became Edward VIII, in the gardens of Balmoral Castle using a Nazi salute. The private film made in the 1930s has sparked furious debate with many now calling on the Royal Family to open their archives and make their family links with the Third Reich a matter of public record.
Services for the 298 passengers and crew killed in the MH17 plane crash were held around the world last week on the first anniversary of the tragedy that saw a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile system during the Ukrainian civil war battle for Shakhtarsk Raion. Neither side has yet taken responsibility for the incident and have instead concentrated on blaming each other although the weight of evidence points to pro-Russian separatists having fired the missile.
In the US an attack on a military recruitment office and Navy & Marine Reserve Center in Chattanooga last week left five members of the armed services dead with numerous others wounded in two separate gun attacks perpetrated by 24 year old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez who was killed at the scene. Although his motive remained unclear the authorities sought to establish if he’d had links to any terrorist organizations like ISIS when it became clear he was heavily influenced by radical Islam.
In sport the Formula One world pledged to keep safety its foremost concerned after French driver Jules Bianchi died as a result of the extreme head injuries he suffered following a crash in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. “We must never let this happen again.” Said Bernie Ecclestone hearing the news, but can Formula One retain audience figures if the danger is removed? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime lets review some of the big stories we covered over the last seven days.
1. After the 46-0 record defeat many fans thought that the loss would help Micronesia to get a FIFA membership.
2. Rivaldo and son both scored for Mogi Mirim in the club’s Brazilian Serie B victory.
3. The future of the German GP was hanging in the balance despite the fact that the event was included to the 2016 F1 calendar.
4. Online gambling firm 888 agreed to buy Bwin.Party for a fee of USD 1.4 billion.
5. Lord Holmes called Premier League sponsors and broadcasters to consider pulling out of football unless disabled facilities are being improved at stadiums.
6. Jules Bianchi’s death shook the world of Formula One after the Frenchman was in coma for nine months.
7. Manchester United reportedly approached Bayern Munich to buy intelligent forward Thomas Muller.
Meanwhile on the isolated pacific island famed for its mysterious statues the Easter Island Statue Project has been excavating a pair of the giant “heads” over the last three years finally revealing that the “Moai” actually have bodies in scale that were buried during a volcanic eruption. Covered in ornate carvings the purpose behind the Moai remains a mystery but the project hopes to make an inventory of all the island’s statues although this is destined to take quite a while given these two took so long.