Tillerson discusses Syria with Russia’s Lavrov

5 May

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the conflict in Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on Friday, the State Department said.Their conversation took place a day after Russia, Iran and Turkey signed a deal setting up four “de-escalation…

Hamilton tops UK sport’s rich list, Ibrahimovic cashes in

5 May

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has cemented his position as the richest sportsman in the UK, while Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic cashed in with a rise to second on the new Sunday Times Rich List.

Mercedes driver Hamilton, who is bidding to win his fourth World Championship this year, has a £131 million ($169 million, 154 million euros) fortune and has seen his wealth increase by £25 million in the last 12 months.

Ibrahimovic leapfrogged Old Trafford team-mate Wayne Rooney to become the richest footballer on the list after he joined United last July.

The 35-year-old Swede, recently hit by a serious knee injury, has a wealth of £110 million after more than a decade playing for the likes of Paris St Germain, AC Milan, Barcelona and Juventus, as well as a lucrative long-term endorsement deal with Nike.

Formula One’s Jenson Button and golfer Rory McIlroy make up the top five with wealth of £86 million and £82 million respectively.

McIlroy’s fortune rose by £26 million in the last 12 months, the biggest rise on the list, while Button’s personal fortune grew by £9 million even though he handed over his McLaren seat at the end of last season.

Football is the most represented sport in the top 10, with five of the wealthiest sports people either players or managers.

Rooney has amassed £93 million to take third place, while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is in seventh with £61 million.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s £50 million makes him joint ninth with Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Luol Deng.

Wales and Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale has seen his wealth rise by £20 million in the last year to a total of £54 million, to place him eighth in the top 10.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is now worth £77 million, making the men’s tennis world number one the sixth-richest sportsman on the list.

Squire joins growing All Blacks injury list

5 May

New Zealand’s loose forward stocks have taken another hit ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour with Liam Squire expected to be sidelined for six weeks with a broken thumb.The eight-Test Squire was considered a frontrunner for the June Test series …

Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36

5 May

A young man died Friday after he was injured in violence as looting broke out in impoverished Venezuelan cities, an official said, bringing the toll from unrest in more than a month of anti-government protests to at least 36.Hecder Lugo Perez, 22, died…

Ariya outlasts Moriya in match play sibling duel

5 May

World number three Ariya Jutanugarn had to go the distance to dispatch her elder sister Moriya 2 up on Friday in the second round of the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Match Play.

Ariya, the 21-year-old seeded first in her bracket, never trailed her 22-year-old sister, but never stretched her lead beyond two holes in their first match play meeting as professionals.

“Today we had fun because we are sisters, and we always have fun anyways,” said Ariya, who carded four birdies to Moriya’s two.

“She plays so good, I can?t believe I beat her today because she?s so good.”

Although they said the rare head-to-head clash was “weird” they didn’t find it stressful.

There was a bit of sibling taunting — Moriya told Ariya prior to the match she would insist her younger sister putt out at every hole, while Ariya threatened to slow her pace of play.

Moriya, ranked 53rd in the world, took her sister to the 18th, where Ariya made a 20-foot birdie putt to seal the win.

“We always say, just have a good day,” Moriya said. “We know that we both are going to try our best, play our games.

“Hopefully next time we are not in the same pool and don’t have to see each other so early in the week.”

Ariya advanced to a meeting with Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg, a 4 & 3 winner over American Brittany Lang.

Lindberg beat an up-and-coming Ariya in singles play in the 2014 International Crown — before the Thai had claimed any of her five LPGA titles.

“Obviously she has had a lot of success since then, so I will be the underdog,” Lindberg said.

As Ariya moved on, so did world number one Lydia Ko, ensuring that her Thai rival can’t replace her atop the world rankings this week.

New Zealand’s Ko defeated American Jennifer Song 1 up. Ko took the lead with an eagle at the par-five second hole, but the American responded with birdies to win the seventh and 10th.

Back to back birdies at 11 and 12 had Ko in front again, but they were back to all-square when Ko bogeyed the 14th. Ko responded with a birdie to win the 15th, regaining a lead she wouldn’t relinquish.

She’ll next face South Korean Hur Mi-Jung, who needed 20 holes to beat Norway’s Suzann Pettersen.

China’s Feng Shanshan also worked overtime, beating Australian Sarah Jane Smith in 24 holes.

– Stanford ousts Park –

South Korean Park In-Bee became the second player seeded number one in a bracket to fall as Angela Stanford bounced the seven-time major champion 3 & 2.

Park took a 1 up lead when Stanford bogeyed the fourth hole, but the American squared the match with a birdie at the seventh and steamed to a 3 up lead through 14 with three birdies in four holes.

“I think, when playing someone like her you just know that you can’t make mistakes,” Stanford said. “I made one on hole four and I remember telling my caddie ‘the only way I’m going to beat her is with birdies.'”

Stanford next faces France’s Karine Icher, who beat Spain’s Carlota Ciganda in 21 holes.

Gulf Royal-Backed Samena to Raise $700 Million for Asia

5 May

RAK Logistics’ private equity firm, Samena Capital, was recently featured in an article by Bloomberg titled, “Gulf Royal-Backed Samena to Raise $700 Million for Asia.” Samena Capital is an investment group, who focuses on investments across multiple…

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Poland EU row over ancient forest heats up

5 May

Poland is ready to take a dispute with the European Union over logging in an ancient forest to the bloc’s highest court, Environment Minister Jan Szyszko said Friday.The European Commission last week sent a “final warning” to Warsaw saying it could tak…

Health care heads to US Senate, bitter fight expected

5 May

With US Republicans relishing a win in the Obamacare repeal process, Democrats Friday girded for battle, warning that despite President Donald Trump’s optimism, the health bill’s fate is far from certain.Republicans took major political risks by backin…

Lanzini leaves Spurs’ title bid in tatters

5 May

Manuel Lanzini left Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge in tatters as the West Ham forward sealed a 1-0 win that put Chelsea within touching distance of being crowned champions.Mauricio Pochettino’s side paid the price for a lethargic display at…

Britain publishes long-awaited air pollution plan

5 May

The British government published long-awaited plans to tackle air pollution on Friday, but campaigners condemned them as inadequate to tackle a growing public health concern.Measures include a targeted scrappage scheme to persuade motorists to trade in…

EgyptAir crash an accident, say French investigators

5 May

No traces of explosives were found on the remains of French victims from an EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean in May 2016, a source close to the French investigation told AFP on Friday.The revelation, the source said, “closes the door”…

‘Fake news’ war stokes Venezuela’s deadly crisis

5 May

“President flees into exile… Opposition leader murdered… President appears dancing… Opposition leader says: ‘I’m alive!'”Venezuela may be short of food, medicine and toiletries, but in the chaos of its violent political crisis it has plenty of fa…

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LCN launches Spring Expo in New Jersey

5 May

LCN Hosts New Jersey Spring Expo By Michelle Davignon May 1, 2017 Newark, NJ– LCN USA holds 2 Day SPRING EXPO featuring product demos, giveaways, and Celebrity Business seminars hosted by Maisie Dunbar, Ellen Torchia, and Nellie Neal.

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Pro-Kremlin media to sue France’s Macron: official

5 May

Russia’s state-funded RT television and Sputnik news agency plan to sue French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron over accusations they mounted a smear campaign against him, the chief editor of RT and Sputnik, Margarita Simonyan said Friday.”We’re …