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.
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.
The teams have reached a very important phase in the qualifying series for the Euro 2016 tournament in France. Several sides can strengthen their charming positions while some of them will have their last chance to launch a charge in order to secure a place that grants qualification. Scotland and the Republic of Ireland might decide between each other on who to challenge for advancing, while Northern Ireland and Romania could be happy with a draw in Bucharest. The same goes for Croatia and Italy, and in the meantime England prepares to face an excellent Slovenian goalkeeper in Samir Handanovic.
The European club footballing season might be over, but very important EURO 2016 qualifiers are coming up in the next few days. Scotland is going for the nation’s first major tournament appearance against the Republic of Ireland, a team that is also in the hunt for qualification places.
Northern Ireland, a side that never participated in a European Championship final tournament, are in good position in Group F, and they are going to entertain their biggest rivals, Romania in Bucharest. Wales are also striving to reach their first ever Euro tournament, and they will be in a wonderful place if they beat Belgium in the top match of Group B .
Though raising the number of teams from 16 to 24 could favour several smaller nations, keen followers of live sports results might have noticed that footballing giant Holland did everything in order to miss the event so far. They can tidy up things a bit in their away match against Latvia.
Iceland and the Czech Republic could edge one step closer to the EURO 2016 finals in Group A with a win from both sides with Tomas Rosicky preparing for his 100th cap. The Netherlands and Turkey have to start really good streaks in order to remain in contention regarding qualification in the final phase of the series.
Gareth Bale might lead Wales to a major event, which is a feature even Ryan Giggs was unable to pull off. The Dragons’ only participation in a major tournament came in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, and though they had brilliant players in virtually every generation since, they always failed to qualify. This could change now as Wales is looking to overrun Belgium at the top of Group B.
In Group H Croatia will host Italy and according to gambling news a draw might suit to both sides as well as anyone who place a wager at online sportsbooks. Four of their last six matches against each other resulted in a tie and you can expect another draw as Croatia is sitting on the top of Group H with Squadra Azzurra following them after a two-point gap.
Jan Oblak might be one of the best young goalkeepers in the world, but as things look right now, he won’t get a chance to represent his country in serious matches in the near future, since 30-year-old Samir Handanovic of Internazionale is doing extremely well in goal.
Handanovic is tall but not too tall to get down for low shots, he is athletic and well-built but thin enough to be agile, and he is okay with his feet on the ball. According to former Italy and Inter hero Francesco Toldo, Handanovic carried his team on his shoulders with his saves, producing outstanding performances week in week out.
He is also a serial penalty killer, having saved 21 shots from the spot in his Serie A career which is only three less than the all-time record of Gianluca Pagliuca’s 24. “My number of saves is greater just because of our ages, but he’ll soon surpass me,” stated Pagliuca according to sports scores news.
The Wales national football team has never made it to the European Championship, and they recorded only one World Cup appearance in 1958, when they finished sixth. They were unsuccessful in the qualifiers since then, even with players like Liverpool super striker Ian Rush and Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs in the side.
They almost made it to the 1994 World Cup though, when they managed to beat Belgium, however they failed eventually. Now they have great odds to qualify for the EURO 2016, and with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey in the team, they even have a chance against Belgium, who will face them in Cardiff on Friday for Wales’ upcoming Euro qualifier.
Gareth Bale is preparing for his 50th cap for Wales which would be a European Championship qualifier against Belgium in Cardiff on Friday. “I love playing for Wales and representing my country,” the Real Madrid star revealed. “For me, it’s the ultimate honour.”
Anyone could realize the seriousness of Bale’s drive watching him playing in the red shirt of the national football team. He helped the unbeaten Wales football team with four goals in five games, and now the Dragons are level on points with Belgium sitting on the first place in Group B, with a huge chance for qualifying to the UEFA EURO 2016 in France.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey said that the qualifier against Belgium in Cardiff will be the biggest game for Wales in a decade, gambling news report. The two teams have already met in Brussels in November for a 0-0. The Dragons now have a real chance to qualify from Group B and to represent their country in a European Championship for the first time.
A victory against Belgium would be their biggest achievement since beating Italy 2-1 in 2002, according to Ramsey. He said, “I wasn’t involved then but it’s the biggest game Wales have been involved in since then. It’s probably the biggest game we’ve played in playing for Wales with this group of players.”
Ramsey also spoke about Gareth Bale, whom he considers as one of the bests. “Our understanding is really good, he is a top quality player and it’s always nice to play with those sort of players,” Ramsey revealed.
Followers of live sports results might remember that Wales had a very good team in 1993 that just failed to qualify to the 1994 World Cup. That outfit defeated Belgium with goals from Ryan Giggs and Ian Rush. Mark Aizlewood, a defender for Bristol City back then, was also part of the team and he thinks that the current side would beat them.
He said, “The present team would have beaten our team because they’ve got far more quality.” He went on to explain his statement, saying “Don’t get me wrong, people like Ian Rush, Dean Saunders and Ryan Giggs would have starred in today’s generation, but people like me probably wouldn’t have.”
Looking back at their game against Belgium, he said, “I was a boy from a council house in Newport finding himself on the same pitch as world superstars like Ian Rush, Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs. My instructions from [former Wales boss] Terry Yorath were simple – When I got the ball I had to pass it to Giggs, Rush, Saunders or Hughes where the quality was.”