Pair charged over chemical explosion

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Four hours lost to heat on Melbourne outer courts

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyORGANISERS lost more than four hours of play on the outer courts when a third day of high temperatures at the Australian Open forced them to enact their ‘Extreme Heat Policy’ on Thursday.The policy was put into force at 1.50 pm local time (02.50 GMT) as the mercury headed towards a peak of 43.4 degrees Celsius (110 Fahrenheit) and no play was possible until 6 pm.In a bizarre turn of events, less than two hours after the resumption, the players were forced off the courts again by lightning and rain.Play continued on the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena through both stoppages after the retractable roofs over the main showcourts were closed.Organisers had been slammed for forcing players to play on in searing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday and the decision to stop play was largely welcomed.“I think it’s everybody saying that sometimes it’s even too hot,” said Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Olga Govortsova 6-0 7-5 under the closed roof on Hisense Arena.“Some of the girls can’t even talk after the match or practise. You can see who played a match, you know. Just so red.“Today was really, really hard. Even indoors was ridiculous.”Under a change to the rules for this year, the decision on whether to stop matches at the tournament is now at the discretion of tournament referee Wayne McKewen.Rather than use the raw Celsius readings to assess the heat, organisers prefer to use the Wet Bulb Global Temperature composite, which also gauges humidity and wind to identify the perceived conditions.“Today the key parameters to determine whether play should be suspended were reached,” said the tournament’s chief medical officer Dr Tim Wood.“The ongoing forecast was for even warmer conditions and therefore the decision was made to suspend play on the outside courts until weather conditions improved.”With players having to finish the ongoing set before play ceased or the roofs were closed, however, Maria Sharapova’s match on Rod Laver Arena continued in the full glare of the sun for 50 minutes after the policy was enacted.The third seed eventually finished off Italian Karin Knapp 6-3 4-6 10-8 to reach the third round.“There is no way getting around the fact that the conditions were extremely difficult, and have been for the last few days,” Sharapova told reporters.“It’s a tough call. I mean, I think the question I have is no one really knows what the limit is.“Not the players nor the trainers themselves when you ask them when will the roof be closed.”American Varvara Lepchenko clearly struggled in the heat in the first match on court eight, which she lost 4-6 6-0 6-1 to Romanian Simona Halep.“I think they definitely should have not started the matches at first place,” Lepchenko, who had to be iced down during one changeover, said.“I think they should have started the matches after the temperature cooled down a little bit because this is just too much.“Obviously it is very dangerous if someone has conditions with their heart or anything like that or just being in this temperature it’s almost like going to the sauna.”On Tuesday, when temperatures peaked at 42.2 degrees, Canadian Frank Dancevic passed out during his first round match and accused organisers of forcing players to play in “inhumane” conditions.Ivan Dodig became the 10th player to retire in the first three days of the tournament on Wednesday and said he feared for his life after being rendered immobile by the heat on the exposed outer courts.Twelve doubles matches scheduled for day four were cancelled and will be played at a future date.The hot weather is forecast to continue through Friday before a dramatic drop in temperatures at the weekend.Men’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) 6-2 6-4 6-2Donald Young (U.S.) beat 24-Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-4 2-6 6-3 4-6 7-56-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia) 6-2 6-1 7-6(4)10-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 7-6(6) 6-4 6-416-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) 6-1 6-1 7-6(3)Women’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday5-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6-0 7-510-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Christina Mchale (U.S.) 6-0 1-6 6-23-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) 6-3 4-6 10-8Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 6-3 6-316-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) 7-6(2) 3-6 8-625-Alize Cornet (France) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-3 4-6 6-420-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) 6-0 6-111-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 4-6 6-0 6-1Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Olivia Rogowska (Australia) 6-4 7-529-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) 6-2 6-2Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) beat Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 6-4 6-0last_img read more

Police advise APOEL fans on Amsterdam trip

first_imgBy Andreas VouTHE Cyprus police have issued a long list of guidelines for APOEL fans to abide by during their visit to Amsterdam on Wednesday.APOEL take on Ajax on Matchday Six of the UEFA Champions League in what is a must-win game for the Cypriot champions in order to finish third in the group and thus progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League.APOEL fans are some of the most vocal in the competition and travel in their thousands to watch their side in European competition.The list of 27 specific instructions issued by the police is an attempt to curb any behaviour which could land them in trouble with the Dutch authorities. Other than standard advice, such as which metro line is needed from the city centre to reach the Amsterdam Arena, or from which gate they must enter the stadium, some are slightly more elaborate. On their away travels over the years, APOEL fans are known to flood the main square of the host city and go through a chorus of chants but, this time, have been advised to stay clear of one of Amsterdam’s main plazas to avoid confrontation with rival supporters.“In the centre of Amsterdam, in the Rembrandtplein square and especially in the pubs Monico, Hof van Holland and the nearby pubs, the hooligans of Ajax gather hours before the game and consume alchohol. For their own safety, APOEL fans are strictly advised to avoid visiting the aforementioned square.”APOEL fans are also advised not to take banners into the stadium which are bigger than 2 x 1 ½ metres, possibly due to a recent banner at the GSP Stadium which was met with a large fine from UEFA due to its political content.Other rules include the prohibition of microphones, drums, whistles, lasers and even rucksacks into the stadium while fans are also warned about purchasing tickets from the black market as the majority are counterfeit. Flares are commonly used by Cypriot fans both at home and abroad but police warn that the Dutch authorities are strict about the use of such pyrotechnics.Dutch law demands the immediate arrest and issue of a fine for the use of flares and firecrackers and, therefore, fans have been strictly warned against their use.However, the most curious of all is the last on the list, where the police state that “gloves and hoodies are not allowed in the stadium or in the city.”last_img read more

Liverpool pile pressure Villas-Boas

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, NOvember 30 – Liverpool piled more pressure on Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas with a 2-0 victory over the spluttering Blues in the League Cup quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Villas-Boas has found his position under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks following a poor run that included three defeats in four Premier League matches and Liverpool’s second win at Chelsea in the last nine days will inevitably bring renewed speculation about the young Portuguese coach’s future. “I thought Liverpool were superior all the way through. They had a strong desire to kill the game off and we couldn’t match it,” Villas-Boas said.“We have to be critical of ourselves and shouldn’t accept this result.”Elsewhere, Manchester City moved into the semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Arsenal as Sergio Aguero hit a late winner for the Premier League leaders.“It was a difficult win and Arsenal played very well,” said City manager Roberto Mancini. “It was a great goal and counter attack is the perfect goal.“It’s important we won and we want to try and go to the final.”Chelsea had an early penalty appeal turned down when Sebastian Coates appeared to foul David Luiz, but referee Phil Dowd did point to the spot in the 20th minute when Blues defender Alex handled a Jose Enrique cross.However Andy Carroll’s troubled spell with Liverpool took a turn for the worse as his penalty was saved by Ross Turnbull. Florent Malouda went close for Chelsea when his second half effort hit the bar, but Liverpool took the lead through Maxi Rodriguez in the 58th minute.Rodriguez also scored in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League nine days ago and the Argentina midfielder couldn’t miss this time after Craig Bellamy set him up for a simple tap-in.Chelsea striker Fernando Torres drew a blank against his old club and it was Liverpool who scored again through Martin Kelly, the young defender heading in his first senior goal from Bellamy’s free-kick in the 63rd minute.At the Emirates Stadium, Mancini made 10 changes after bemoaning the fixture schedule but it was hardly an under-strength team since it included the likes of former Arsenal stars Samir Nasri and Kolo Toure, as well as Edin Dzeko and Owen Hargreaves.Inevitably Nasri was jeered on his first return to the Emirates since his acrimonious move to City in August, but he had the last laugh as City went through.City’s understudies dominated possession and they looked even more formidable when Mancini sent on Argentina forward Aguero before half-time.And it was Aguero who got the decisive goal in the 83rd minute as his excellent strike completed a sweeping move involving Dzeko and Adam Johnson.Championship side Cardiff enjoyed a 2-0 win over struggling Blackburn that left under-fire Rovers boss Steve Kean facing a fight to avoid the sack.With Rovers sitting bottom of the Premier League with just one win this season and Blackburn fans calling for his dismissal, Kean could ill afford an embarrassing exit at the Cardiff City Stadium even though the club’s Indian owners have remained publicly supportive.So Kean must have been shifting uncomfortably in his seat when Scotland striker Kenny Miller put Cardiff ahead in the 19th minute with a cool finish after Morten Gamst Pedersen squandered possession in midfield.Kean sent his players out early before the start of the second half. But Anthony Gerrard piled on more misery for the Rovers boss in the 50th minute when he headed home to clinch Cardiff’s first win over a top-flight club in the League Cup since 1986.“We’re disappointed. We’ve got a big game in Wales at the weekend against Swansea so we made a few changes,” Kean said.“We thought that team would be enough but full credit to Cardiff. I felt the second goal was a handball and we were expecting a foul.”Manchester United host Championship club Crystal Palace in the last quarter-final tie on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

City play down talk of new Balotelli row

first_imgBut the game was overshadowed somewhat by the behaviour of Balotelli who sauntered off the field and stormed directly down the tunnel to the City dressing room after being substituted.City coach David Platt refused to be drawn on a subject over which the club has become increasingly sensitive.“I don’t know,” said Platt when asked why Balotelli had walked down the tunnel instead of taking his place on the City bench.Platt responded in identical fashion when asked if it was normal procedure for a player to walk down the tunnel rather than watch the rest of the match.And Platt confirmed that Balotelli’s removal from the game was a purely tactical decision and not one enforced by injury to the Italian, who has yet to score in the league this season.City manager Roberto Mancini unconvincingly claimed that he was happy with Balotelli’s performance.“Mario worked a lot, he had a chance,” Mancini said. “I am happy with Mario. Mario played a good game, I think he can do better.”But the player’s behaviour has undoubtedly attracted unwanted attention, following on from his last league appearance at Eastlands when Mancini pushed the player down the tunnel after the pair were seen exchanging angry words on the final whistle.Despite the tantrum, City were in clinical form against Sunderland, looking convincing after a slow start to the season had raised question marks about their ability to retain the title.“It was important to get this victory before the international break,” said Mancini.“If we didn’t play very well in the first five games in the league, the last two we have played really well. I think we have improved.“I think it was a very good performance. It wasn’t easy because Sunderland are a good team. Everybody plays well against us so this was a difficult game.”Platt confirmed his manager’s assessment that City are finally starting to rediscover the form and style that made them such memorable champions in May.“I don’t think we’ve been stuttering as much people want to make out,” said Platt.“We’ve set ourselves in a decent position. Chelsea have flown away as we did last season.”Victory against the only team to collect a league point at Eastlands last season also extended City’s unbeaten home Premier League record to 33 games, a sequence dating back almost two years.Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill had no complaints about the result and acknowledged City’s vast superiority.“We were well beaten by a superior team and I have very little complaint,” he said.“My complaint is with us. When we had the ball, we gave it away too easily and could have been further behind at half-time.“We were always in with a chance, but attacked too infrequently. The second goal was a big moment because it allowed them to show their ability.“They were much better than us, but we should have been able to do better and deal with the ball more easily.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, October 7 – Manchester City attempted to downplay talk of another rift with their controversial forward Mario Balotelli after the Premier League champions produced their best form of the season in a 3-0 victory over Sunderland.Goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero, who replaced Balotelli after 55 minutes, and James Milner were accompanied by City’s first clean sheet of the campaign.last_img read more

Bayern chokehold ‘boring’ Bundesliga

first_imgThey set more records in Friday’s 2-1 comeback win at Mainz having conceded just four goals since August and their points lead at the season’s halfway stage is also a league best.They have dropped only six points from a possible 51 so far and post heavy wins in Germany’s top tier with monotonous regularity.None of the chasing pack of Wolfsburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen or Schalke look realistically capable of closing the gap while last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund are languishing in the relegation places.Ex-Germany coach Berti Vogts sparked debate about how to loosen Bayern’s iron grip on the German title by suggesting they should receive less of the league’s television revenue.Sky currently pay 628 million euros ($768m) to televise Bundesliga games in Germany and the cash is divided up on a percentage basis with the most going to the league winner.“We have to get to the point where we subsidise the smaller clubs, by a redistribution of the television money, for example,” suggested Vogts.But the mere suggestion left ex-Bayern midfielder and Germany international Paul Breitner fuming.“We (Bayern) can’t do anything about the inability of the other clubs. And if we have to bleed now, so the money is redistributed, that’s just nonsense!” he snapped.Bayern are one of the world’s richest clubs.They recently paid off the loan on their Allianz Arena stadium decades ahead of schedule and posted a record 528.7 million-euro turnover for the 2013/14 season, with a profit of 16.5 million euros.– ‘Bayern in a different league’ –German teams seem to play Bayern in more hope than expectation of claiming league points.“Bayern Munich are in a different league, I think we can all agree on that,” said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl after Bayern thrashed his team 4-0 at home.And Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol reached the same conclusion before his side were duly dispatched 4-0 in Munich.“Bayern will lose at home sooner or later, but when you lose four, five or six-nil in Munich, that’s normal,” he mused.Having won the 2011 and 2012 German league titles, then finished runners-up to Bayern in the last two seasons, Dortmund now peer up at Guardiola’s Munich from near the foot of the table.Having seen his top players playmaker Mario Goetze and striker Robert Lewandowski join Bayern in the last two seasons, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said any German football fan looking for a consistently successful team has only one choice.“Anyone who just wants to be successful has only one avenue to go down: you have to be a Bayern fan,” said Klopp, tongue-in-cheek.Klopp predicted the current league situation back in April 2013, two months before Guardiola’s arrival.Just before Bayern beat Dortmund 2-1 in the 2013 Champions League final, the German media questioned whether the Bundesliga was following the Spanish league, where two clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, traditionally dominate.But Klopp accurately predicted the Bundesliga would mirror Scotland, where Celtic have won the last three league titles after rivals Rangers dropped out of the top flight after the club’s liquidation in 2012.“It’s nice that people put us in the same boat as Bayern,” said Klopp in April 2013, with Dortmund second in the table, but trailing Bayern by 20 points.“But I think from the start of next season, we’ll see that the comparison to Spain doesn’t fit, it’s more like Scotland.”Even the league’s top scorer, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier, expects the trophy for the most goals this season to eventually end up in Munich.“I don’t look at the top-scorer table and I honestly think the trophy will go to someone from Bayern,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BERLIN, December 21- Bayern Munich will start 2015 with a record 11-point lead in the Bundesliga, sparking debate over how to stop Germany’s top flight becoming boring.Pep Guardiola’s Bayern have brushed off their domestic rivals with ease and are poised to become the first team to go through a Bundesliga campaign unbeaten on their way to what would be a third consecutive title.last_img read more

Lawmakers should ban `spouse skimming’

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – The San Diego Union-Tribune ? Sooner or later, (state) lawmakers should heed the urging of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, and end the scandalous practice of allowing spouses to skim 10 percent or 15 percent off the top of campaign donations for their alleged work as fundraising consultants. Schiff, a former state senator, recently worked with Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., to get the House of Representatives to ban such skimming by congressional spouses. The reform was adopted after reports that over the past six years, 64 House members ? paid relatives out of campaign accounts. ? Defenders of the practice say they use family members because they are cheap and trustworthy, not because it helps their checkbooks. How naive do they think we are? Defenders also assert that so long as the payments are disclosed, that will prevent abuses. But given that legislative seats are so gerrymandered that it is nearly impossible for incumbents to lose, little short of incarceration will drive someone from office. Disclosure alone is worthless. This is why we hope to hear about the introduction of a bill banning spouse skimming early in the 2008 legislative session. ? Is a local lawmaker interested in rocking the boat? We shall see. last_img read more

NO NEED TO ‘VET’ CIARA FOR HER FUTURE JOB PROSPECTS!

first_imgA young Donegal woman has been given a massive boost to her career.Ciara receives a gesture in recognition of her award.Ciara Monagle-Wilson, from Newtowncunnigham, recently won the Northern Ireland Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year award for 2014.Popular Ciara has worked at the St Elmo Veterinary Clinic in Derry for the past 6 years. Ciara believes in practicing what she preaches and has two dogs and two horses or her own and is even married to a farmer!She is pictured with Emma Jane, the proprietor of St Elmo Vet Clinic and Susie from Hill’s Pet Foods. NO NEED TO ‘VET’ CIARA FOR HER FUTURE JOB PROSPECTS! was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ciara Monagle-WilsonDerrydonegalNewtowncunninghamSt Elmo’s Vetlast_img read more

Auto Club offers scholarships to students

first_imgHigh school students are invited to enter the fourth annual AAA Travel High School Challenge and compete for $100,000 in college scholarships and prizes, the Automobile Club of Southern California announced Monday.The contest is open to students in grades nine-12 (public, private or home-schooled), with winners from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., traveling to Universal Studios Orlando in May to compete for the national title.“The AAA Travel High School Challenge is more than just a geography contest – it tests students’ travel literacy by focusing on travel and tourism destinations,” said Diana Meinhold, vice president of Travel Products and Services for the Automobile Club of Southern California.“The Auto Club depends on travel-savvy employees to serve our members; the Travel Challenge encourages students to study travel geography and to consider careers in travel and tourism,” she added.The contest begins with a 40-question online quiz available until Jan. 17 at www.aaa.com/TravelChallenge.The top five scorers in each state will take a proctored, written exam March 7-9. The top scorer in each state will participate in the national competition, where they will complete as individuals and on teams with other contestants.Team semi-finalists will each receive a $1,000 U.S. savings bond. The second-place team winners will each receive a $5,000 U.S. savings bond and the first-place team winners will each receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond.The third-place individual winner will receive a college scholarship award of $10,000. The second-place individual winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship award and the first-place individual winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.The AAA Travel High School Challenge heightens travel knowledge and geographic literacy, while creating awareness of career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry. – From staff and wire reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Paltrow to play mommy again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Paltrow’s publicist, Stephen Huvane, would not comment. A spokesman for the Screen Actors Guild, which sponsored the screening, referred callers to Huvane. Paltrow and Martin already have a 20-month-old daughter named Apple. They tied the knot in December 2003. Paltrow won an Academy Award for her role in 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love.” She plays the daughter of a mentally unstable math genius in “Proof,” an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After months of rumors about a pregnancy, Gwyneth Paltrow has confirmed she’s expecting her second child with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. In an interview following an L.A. screening of her movie “Proof” late Thursday, the 33-year-old actress was introduced as a pregnant woman, according to the syndicated entertainment television show “The Insider.” Moderator Lou Diamond Phillips asked Paltrow, “How far along are you?” “Far enough along to feel very cumbersome,” she answered. last_img read more