A fatal train crash in Bavaria, Germany, last week left 11 dead, with another 82 injured, 20 of them in serious condition. Occurring on a blind bend of single-track line near the spa town of Bad Aibling, the two commuter trains collided head-on at a closing speed of over 100mph and neither driver braked before impact. An investigation into why safety mechanisms, particularly the automatic braking systems, failed to prevent the crash was launched. Both drivers were killed in the accident.
The first Primary in the race for the White House took place in New Hampshire, USA, last week with both parties going to the polls. For the Democrats Bernie Sanders took a hugely convincing win against Hillary Clinton getting 60.4% to her 38%, whilst across the aisle for the Republicans Donald Trump, pushed back into second place in the Iowa Caucus, was triumphant getting 35.3%, double his nearest rival. Both non-establishment candidates thus carry momentum with them into South Carolina.
Antonin Scalia, long time hardline conservative Supreme Court Justice, died last week at the age of 79, prompting a fierce partisan political row. Whilst his replacement may be nominated by the sitting President, Barack Obama, the Republican party’s Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell said it should be the next President that should nominate a replacement and obstructionist tactics seem likely to be employed to prevent any replacement being confirmed prior to the November election.
In sports Liverpool demolished the hapless Aston Villa 6-0 in the English Premier League last week with Sturridge, Milner, Can, Origi, Clyne and Toure all scoring against the boys from Birmingham, who remain welded to the bottom place in the league, whilst Liverpool move up to 8th place, the question is can they make it into the top 5 with just 13 games to go? You’ll have to read our daily news page to find out, but in the meantime here’s a look at the big stories we covered over the last week.
1. The Denver Broncos have beaten the favorites Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, but is the greatest QB ever done?
2. Eli Manning’s hilarious face in Super Bowl 50 blew up the internet, but we explain why was that.
3. Premier League just making fun of bettors and experts of football facts sometimes this season.
Meanwhile scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory announced last week they had detected the faint ripple in the universe created by the distant impact of two black holes some one hundred years after they were predicted to exist by Albert Einstein. Their success was heralded by the wider scientific community as a breakthrough moment in history with the new field of astronomic detection allowing a far greater understanding of the universe and stellar impact events.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, came to a climax last week with a pact reached by the 200 attending nations to come into effect in 2020 that seeks to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees before the end of the century. Despite not being as legally binding as some would have wished the first agreement of its sort in history has been greeted with enthusiasm by many world leaders including Barack Obama who called it “the best chance to save the one planet we have.”
Donald Trump, still leading the polls in the race to be the Republican nomination in the US Presidential race in 2016, earned the ire of all quarters last week by calling for a ban on all entrance to the United States for Muslims. Instantly condemned by both his opponents and fellow Republicans alike Hillary Clinton called it “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive” whilst rival for the nomination Jeb Bush called Mr. Trump’s position “unhinged”.
Saudi Arabia finally allowed women to vote in elections last week holding the first to be open to both female voters and candidates. Despite being unable to meet male voters during their campaigns, the segregation of polling stations and numerous bureaucratic obstacles 900 women stood for election although few are expected to gain office with only 10% of votes cast by women. However Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi was elected in Madrakah to the Mecca municipal council.
In sport Conor McGregor took just 13 seconds to knock out opponent Jose Aldo to take the featherweight title in Las Vegas at UFC 194. “Precision beats power, timing beats speed.” Said McGregor after the bout that ending Aldo’s 18 fight unbeaten run, will Conor be able to match it? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime lets take a moment to glance back over some of the big news stories we covered over the last seven days.
Meanwhile police are investigating the source of 100,000 Euro that was discovered floating down the Danube in Vienna last week. A boy found the money and retrieved the mainly 100 and 500 Euro denominations from the water, and with Austrian law allowing him to keep 10% immediately and claim the full amount after a year if the rightful owner does not come forward he’s a lucky chap. Whilst the money’s origin is not yet known police have ruled out money laundering.
1. Ronda Rousey took her first interview since her knockout loss, in which she described her long road to recovery and her desire for a Holly Holm rematch.
2. Oscar Espinosa’s patertinty claim was verified by DNA test results, now Ruben Vazquez’s case is to be settled.
3. Arnold Peralta was shot dead in his hometown while on holiday before international football match vs Cuba.
4. The draw for the round of 16 in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League competition was made in Nyon.
5. Arguably the hottest fixture at the Euro 2016 group stages will be England entertaining Wales in group B.
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.