Archive for: January 2015

Murray Beats Tomas Berdych To Australian Open Finals

US Top Tennis Star Andy Murray defeats Tomas Berdych on Thursday, securing his spot in the Australian Open Finals. Berdych was defeated with a 6-7 (6) 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 in a very tight and gruelling match.

Should Murray win, it would be his third grand slam title.

Meanwhile, the match was not without its hiccups. Murray had first complained to Chair Umpire Pascal Maria about Berdych’s statement after the first set had ended. Berdych was also fumed with Murray’s reaction after his service during the 5-3 match.

According to Murray “When there’s a lot of tension surrounding something, which you created, then it’s completely normal that the whole first set everyone was tight.My physical trainer, physio, I’m sure for Dani it was uncomfortable.”

He was talking about television cameras showing his fiancée Kim Sears mouthing obscenities against Tomas Berdych and his coach, Dani Vallverdu, who was also Murray’s previous coach.

Murray said that Tomas Berdych was a rare talker in court. However, he also had some tension during the match.

Berdych said that he had no bad blood against Murray. He was merely pumping himself up after winning his first set. He said that he told himself a job well done after winning the first set.

Francoise Hollande Calls Charlie Hebdo Magazine ‘Reborn’

Recently releasing its newest magazine cover, Charlie Hebdo’s portrayal of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad crying while saying “all is forgiven” is a re-ignition of its ability to spearhead the world’s right to the freedom of speech. According to French President Francois Hollande “Charlie Hebdo is alive and will live on.”

After the January 7 attacks on Charlie Hebdo headquarters that claimed 12 lives, including those of its well-loved cartoonists and editor, the French government and several other backers had funded the small magazine to release its newest edition.

Hollande adds “You can murder men and women but you can never kill their ideas,”

Charlie Hebdo’s publication had increased from its usual 60,000 quantities to five-million issues. It was called the “Survivors’ issue,” currently available in English, Arabic and Turkish. The proceeds of the new edition’s sales will be given to the victims’ families.

According to a video that authorities attribute to the Al-Qaeda in Yemen, it funded the Hebdo attack as retribution for the prophet. However, it did not have enough evidence to support its claims.

Charlie Hebdo is known for its satirical and black comedic handling of current events and issues, which include religion. Its previous magazine cover had featured the prophet Muhammad telling readers they will die of 100 lashes if they do not find the jokes in the magazine funny.


Shanghai New Year Stampede Kills 35

A stampede in the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai had killed 35 people and injured 42 other people according to the Chinese state media.

In Chenyi Square, hundreds of thousands of Chinese gathered for the historic Bund district overlooking the Huangpu River. Due to the large number of people, a stampede triggered by people who stooped to pick up fake money from the balcony of a nightclub had caused disastrous implications.

According to an English tourist, Rebecca Thomas, dead bodies could be seen on the ground. She also saw 15 people having CPR in the street by their loved ones. Police could only stand and watch. She volunteered to help but was asked to move along.

Weibo users discussed how 300,000 people in Bund was too much for the district. One said that there was too many people that squeezing inside one couldn’t move.

US Photographer Gaby Gabriel said “Nobody seemed to be in control and people were crying. It was one of those times when you see the worst in people.”

“Lots of people spontaneously linked hands to block the crowds, so the injured had space to settle down, and to allow a clear passage for ambulances,” he added.

Aside from Chinese, tourists had also “fallen over” in Bund, according to Shanghai’s police department.