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.
There wasn’t a dull moment last week as big events rolled across the global headlines so lets take a look back and who did what and where
Radicalized Canadian, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, opened fire with an automatic rifle at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, killing one of the ceremonial guards on duty. The self-styled one-man jihad then took possession of a motor vehicle at gunpoint and, pursued by police, drove to the Parliament building where upon he ran inside shooting randomly as he went. He was cornered, rushed, shot and killed by security staff leaving Canada in a state of shock.
Shock didn’t seem to be much in evidence as Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail by Judge Thokozile Masipa for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in their bathroom on February 14th 2013. Found guilty of “culpable homicide” and also of discharging a firearm in public (a separate incident) the para-Olympians faced a suspended 3 year sentence even once his five years are served, although he’s expected to spend only around 10 months in custody.
Kaci Hickox, on the other hand, will have to spend three weeks in custody of the state of New Jersey after the Ebola hysteria reached new heights of stupidity in the US. The nurse who had been treating victims in West Africa is the first to suffer the human rights abuse that is the mandatory quarantine isolation period despite testing negative for the virus and displaying no symptoms whatsoever because in America freedom isn’t a right unless you’re rich.
And talking of rich, the Queen of England decided to get with the program and sent her first tweet. Despite having had an account for some time this was the first time she, instead of palace staff, had sent one out, in this case noting the opening of a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum that focuses on the information age and the changes it has wrought upon us all. She was a little overly polite and verbose but she’ll get the hang of it.
In sport, of course, it was a week of high drama with Serena Williams beating Simona Halep to win her fifth WTA finals and end the year as world number one for the fourth time, will the Men’s WTA Finals be as superb a competition to watch and wager on? Keep track on our daily news pages, but whilst we wait for them to sort that out lets take a look back at some of the pictures and stories that made our headlines last week.
1. Two distinguished ladies at the top of South Africa’s National Gaming Board have been suspended due to accusations of corruption, abuse of power and an impressive number of illegalities, which they rewarded themselves for with a 46% pay rise.
2. Battle of the attorneys – the fate of sports betting in New Jersey is now in the hands of Judge Michael A. Shipp, and it looks like this boat is sinking.
3. Sheldon Adelson has bought a lot of political influence over the years, but some still see through his attempts to fight for the “moral good” by banning online gambling.
4. The illegal betting bomb dropped on the Indian Premier League in 2013 is about to explode, as the police will soon present its findings. The next court hearing is scheduled for November 10.
5. Some of you still think that wearing a lucky hat to the next baseball game will help you win a bet; but experts have facts, information and math on their side.
6. Two casino operators have opened gambling venues in the center of Madrid, and now visitors have a chance to play in fancy new Spanish poker rooms. Olé!
7. Warren Buffett has placed his bet on the 2016 US Presidential Elections: Hillary Clinton will run and win.
Meanwhile Nazi war criminals have been living on US social security benefits in Europe having been bribed to leave US jurisdiction, and a Google Executive, one Alan Eustace, plummeted to the ground from 135,000ft leaving only some critics of the internet giant disappointed because he was wearing a parachute and setting a new world skydiving record. Will anything else drop out of the sky unexpectedly? You better read our GamblingResults’ news pages, just in case.