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July 31, 2012

Twitter user arrested over threats to Olympic diver Tom Daley

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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A teenager has been arrested by Dorset Police investigating abusive tweets made to British Olympic diver Tom Daley.



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British male gymnasts pick up medal despite last-minute appeal by Japan

British male gymnasts pick up medal despite last-minute appeal by Japan

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

British gymnast Louis Smith at the 2008 Olympics.
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The men’s team final in artistic gymnastics reached a tense conclusion last night at the Olympic Games in London. China took gold with 275.995 points. Japan took silver with 271.952 points, and Great Britain got bronze with 271.711 points.

Britain initially looked likely to win silver following a fall from the pommel horse by Japanese gymnast Kōhei Uchimura. Uchimura unexpectedly fell from the horse but managed to recover and land on his feet. Before the appeal, Uchimura’s score left Japan in fourth place with Britain taking silver and Ukraine taking bronze with 271.526 points. The judges accepted Uchimura’s appeal and increased Japan’s final score by 0.7 points, just edging out Great Britain by 0.241 points.

British gymnast Louis Smith celebrated Britain’s bronze: “It’s a beautiful day for the sport and for British gymnastics.”

Smith also promised great things from Britain’s up-and-coming male gymnasts, promising that team members Sam Oldham and Max Whitlock would improve for the next Olympics in Rio. Smith also commended the junior squad: “The juniors we’ve got coming up — we’ve been junior European champions for the last six years — there’s so much depth.”

The US team, who had come first in the qualifying round, came fifth in the finals which led to tears from John Orozco. The US team vowed to fight on in the individual competition. Steve Penny from USA Gymnastics told reporters: “Our guys know that they’re better than fifth place, and they’re going to try to show that off through the rest of the competition.”



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Chinese Olympic swimmer Ye Shiwen refutes doping allegations

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ye Shiwen, who achieved gold in the 400m individual medley in swimming on Saturday, has denied claims she used performance-enhancing drugs. The 16-year-old broke the world record in the swimming event and in the last 50 metres managed to swim faster than the winner of the male equivalent competition, US swimmer Ryan Lochte.

There is reportedly no evidence to back up the claims.



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North India Blackout

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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A massive grid failure in India‘s capital city, Delhi, and other northern states including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, left more than 600 million people without electricity on 31st July. This is considered as one of the world’s worst blackout to hit the planet in more than a decade. This blackout is a power outage that began on 30 July 2012 at 2:48 AM (IST (21:18 GMT) in India, affecting 14 states, followed by another power outage the next day, July 31, that began at 13:02 PM (IST (7:32 GMT), affecting 20 states.

Blackouts are a common thing in much of the country, including major cities. Even in the nation’s capital of New Delhi, rolling blackouts are common, especially during the hot summer season when demand far outstrips supply. Rural areas are the most severely affected; it is common for 44% of rural households having access to electricity to lose power for more than 12 hours each day.

Hospitals and transport systems are a priority, so the authorities are trying to restore the services there.

On the day of the collapse, Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, stated that the exact cause of the failure was unknown, but that at the time of the failure, electricity use was “above normal”. He speculated that some states had attempted to draw more power than permitted due to higher consumption. Spokesperson for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) stated that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana were the states responsible for the overdraw. PGCIL’s chairman also stated that electrical service was restored “at a record time”.

“We’ll find out the reason and see that such kind of things are avoided in the future,” Ram Nayak, the head of state-run Power Grid Corporation, said.

Whatever the reason it might be, but this blackout is a fairly large breakdown that exposed major technical faults in India’s grid system. Something went terribly wrong which caused the backup safety systems to fail.



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July 30, 2012

Olympic rider Bennett-Awad thrown, injured

Olympic rider Bennett-Awad thrown, injured

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Olympic rider Hawley Bennett-Awad is in hospital after being thrown from her horse during an Olympic equestrian competition today. Bennett-Awad, 35, is in a stable condition in the Royal London Hospital.

The Canadian rider fell reportedly at the third fence, a fence with musical notes which may distract horses. Bennett-Awad’s horse, Gin and Juice, is said to have previously bucked its rider resulting in several hospital trips.

Hawley was not the only one who fell today. Reportedly about six riders fell on the course, which is 5.7 kilometres with sharp turns and several drops.

After the fall, she was eliminated from the event.


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Olympic rider hurt

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Olympic rider Hawley Bennett-Awad is in the hospital after being thrown from her horse during an Olympic equestrian competition today. Bennett-Awad, 35, is in stable condition in the Royal London Hospital. There are no current details on her injuries other than she is conscious and alert.

The Canadian rider was said to have fallen at the third fence. The fence which has musical notes on it is believed to have distracted the horse, Gin and Juice. Gin and Juice is also said to have previously bucked the rider which resulted in the several hospital trips.

Hawley was not the only one who fell today. There have been reports of almost 6 riders having fallen during the 5.7-kilometre course which involved sharp turns and several drops.

After the fall, she was eliminated from the event.


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Power outage in Nine States of North India

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Power broke down today at 2:30 am (IST) in nine states in India: Delhi, Jammu, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The power failure took place due to technical problem in one of the grids at Agra due to which the North India woke up to a dark. The failure affected all the essential services like Metro (rail) in New Delhi, Water Supply, Trains, Air Ports. This failure also affected half a dozon water treatment plants of Delhi. Even the traffic signals on the roads are not working causing the chaos in the city. As on 11.00 am ist the Metro has started running and about 40% power supply has been restored.



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China strikes first gold in 2012 Summer Olympics

China strikes first gold in 2012 Summer Olympics

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Yi Siling, a Chinese shooting competitor nicknamed the “Shooting Beauty” in China, won the first gold medal awarded at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games held in London. Teammate Yu Dan received the bronze medal, and Poland’s Sylwia Bogacka earned the silver in Saturday’s women’s 10 metre air rifle final competition.

Bogacka was the leader midway through the final, but shot a 9.7 in the eighth round. Yi shot 10.7 in that round, then fired solid 10.3 and 10.5 shots afterwards, and finished with a total of 502.9 points. Bogaka shot an almost perfect 10.8 in her final attempt, finishing second with 502.2 and besting Yu, third with 501.5.

Yi, also the Asian Games champion, earned her quota spot by winning the 2010 Munich world women’s 10-metre air rifle championship. The 23-year-old left-handed shooter from Guangdong province has been competing for China since 2009.

China’s gold and bronze mark the first time in 24 years a team has won two medals in the event.



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July 29, 2012

Arkansas man sentenced to death for shooting police officer

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Jerry Lard, 38, was sentenced to death by a judge on Saturday for shooting a police officer in 2011. The jury in the case had recommended Mr. Lard receive the death sentence, after finding him guilty of capital murder.


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Artur Balder awarded with the International Spanish-American Prize 2012

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Artur Balder directing Little Spain, 2012.
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Writer and filmmaker Artur Balder was given the Spanish–American International Award 2012 by the Spanish Benevolent Society of New York. The Honorary Mention was awarded to the British researcher and expert on Galician literature Dr. Kirsty Hooper, from Liverpool University.

The award was created to promote the study of Spanish emigration to the United States. Nonprofit organization Spanish Benevolent Society of New York created these awards to promote the work of those contributing to the consolidation of the Spanish–American identity in the United States. This year the award included a prize of $65,000(US) for the winner.

The Spanish–American International Award is to be given to outstanding artists, researchers, academics and writers who have made a contribution in their particular field of study, with international recognition, and where expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come.

Author of several historical fiction books — including The Stone of the Monarch, Chronicles of Widukind, Gospel of the Sword, and a biography on Germanic hero Arminius, with most translated into several languages — Artur Balder was recognized by the organization with the prize, recognizing him as “one of the most important Spanish writers of his generation”. Artur Balder directed the documentary Little Spain, that recovered the historical memory of the Spanish district of Manhattan, and he led the investigation by which the philanthropic Spanish Benevolent Society of New York recovered a large photographic archive which testifies the presence and history of Spanish emigrants in western Chealsea from the late ninteenth Century to the late 60s in the twentieth century.

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