Electrical cars EV Swiss Indoors: Stefanos Tsitsipas to face Roger Federer in semi-final

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electrical cars  EV Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Swiss Indoors

Tsitsipas is seeking his fourth ATP title

Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Filip Krajinovic 3-6 6-4 6-4 to book a semi-final with nine-time champion Roger Federer at the Swiss Indoors.

The 21-year-old World number seven served 12 aces and beat the 46th-ranked Serbian in an hour and 53 minutes.

Fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut’s hopes of reaching next month’s ATP finals were dented by a 6-3 3-6 6-3 defeat against American Reilly Opelka.

World number 37 Opelka served 31 aces in his win in an hour and 33 minutes.

With the top eight players qualifying for the O2 Arena from 10-17 November, ninth-placed Bautista-Agut was trying to keep pace with eighth-ranked Matteo Berrettini, but the Italian reached the semi-finals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna to increase his lead to 130 points.

Federer, who dropped only six games in wins over Peter Gojowczyk and Radu Albot, had a walkover into the last four after fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka withdrew because of a back injury.

Tsitsipas famously beat Federer in their first meeting at the Australian Open in January, but lost in straight sets when Federer won the Dubai title in March.

Opelka will face Alex de Minaur in the first semi-final in Basel on Saturday after the Australian beat Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

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Electrical cars EV Electric scooters: France introduces new rules to ‘restore tranquillity’

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electrical cars  EV A woman rides a dock-free electric scooter in a Paris street in September 2src19

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The new e-scooters rules are designed to “restore a sense of tranquillity” for pedestrians

France is bringing in new rules for the use of electric scooters following hundreds of incidents involving the vehicles, including several deaths.

From Saturday, riders will be required to be at least 12 and will not be able to ride their scooter on the pavement.

The two-wheeled vehicles’ top speed will also be capped by next year.

E-scooters, which can travel at more than 50km/h (30mph), are growing in popularity, in part because of their low environmental impact.

Junior Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said in a statement the new rules would encourage “more responsible use… and restore a sense of tranquillity for pedestrians, in particular the most vulnerable: the elderly, children and handicapped people“.

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Media captionThe electric scooter scheme taking over Paris

Other rules coming into force include:

  • Riding on the pavement will be prohibited unless in designated areas, and then at walking speed only
  • Only one rider will be allowed per device, and no mobile phone use will be allowed
  • Users cannot go against the traffic flow and must use cycle paths where available
  • Riders will not be allowed to wear headphones while on their scooter
  • By next July, the scooters’ top speed will be capped at 25km/h
  • Users riding on permitted faster roads must wear a helmet and high-visibility clothing
  • E-scooters will be banned completely on country roads

Any infringement will be punished by a fine of €135 (£116), and up to €1,500 for going over the speed limit.

Last weekend, a 25-year-old man was killed and a young woman seriously injured after the scooter they were riding was struck by a car in the south-western city of Bordeaux.

At least five other scooter deaths have been reported in France, including in the capital Paris and its suburbs and the eastern city of Reims.

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Employees of bicycle-sharing service Lime fish an abandoned e-scooter out of the River Seine

Some 15,000 scooters are available for hire in Paris.

Dumped scooters have also become a significant problem in the city, with many being found in the city’s parks and squares.

A ban on parking the dockless scooters on pavements has largely gone unheeded despite the threat of an €35 fine.

Some are also being thrown in the River Seine, leading some firms to salvage discarded scooters to try to recycle them where possible.

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Electrical cars EV Tourists climb Australia’s Uluru before ban kicks in

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Huge crowds are expected to scramble up Uluru before a ban on climbing it kicks in on Saturday.

The rock is sacred to the Anangu people who have long implored tourists not to climb.

Electrical cars EV Essex lorry deaths: Police begin removing the 39 bodies

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Police have begun the process of moving the bodies of 39 Chinese nationals found dead in a refrigerated lorry in Essex.

Eleven victims were taken by private ambulance from the Port of Tilbury to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

Police have been granted an extra 24 hours to question lorry driver Mo Robinson, 25, on suspicion of murdering the eight women and 31 men.

Post-mortem examinations will be the next step in the investigation.

The ambulance carrying the bodies left the port at 19: 41 BST under police escort.

A spokesperson for Essex Police said recovering all the victims would take time and the dignity of the victims was their primary concern.

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Electrical cars EV Player Rater: Celtic v Lazio in the Europa League

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Electrical cars EV Hamilton defends environmental posts amid claims of of hypocrisy

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Lewis Hamilton could win his sixth drivers’ championship at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has defended his use of social media to raise awareness about global environmental issues.

The five-time World champion has been accused of hypocrisy because of his role in Formula 1 and the high number of flights he takes every year.

“It’s not easy as we’re travelling the World and our carbon footprint is higher than the average homeowner who lives in one city,” said Hamilton.

“That doesn’t mean you should be afraid to speak out for positive change.”

Hamilton used his Instagram feed last week to say he felt “like giving up on everything”, that the World was “messed up” and to ask people to follow his example in taking up a plant-based diet to help the environment.

But his former rival Fernando Alonso told Spanish radio: “I would never release a message like Lewis. You can’t send out a message one day and the next day do the opposite.

“We all know the lifestyle that Lewis has, and that Formula 1 drivers take 200 planes a year. You can’t then say: ‘Don’t eat meat.'”

But Hamilton rejected the criticisms and said everyone could do more to protect the environment.

“It is something over time I have become more and more aware of,” he said. “It is not a quick fix. It takes time to understand the implications. I would feel I wasn’t doing anything positive if I didn’t mention it.

“It’s important to be able to be open and not hold things in. I’m always very open and transparent with my feelings, whether people like it or not.”

Speaking on the eve of the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, where he has the possibility to clinch his sixth World title, Hamilton gave a long list of efforts he was making in his own life to protect the planet.

These included trying to make sure he is carbon-neutral by the end of the year, forbidding his office or anyone in his household from buying plastics, selling his private plane, travelling less, using an electric car and encouraging Mercedes – both the F1 team and the car company – to make relevant changes.

Lewis Hamilton’s original Instagram message

He also emphasised that the turbo hybrid engines introduced into F1 in 2014 use a third less fuel than previously.

He was backed by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and other drivers in the official news conference in Mexico City on Thursday.

Vettel said: “It is very difficult for us to have acceptance from the outside because we don’t have the smallest [carbon] footprint. The races are around the World and we do have to travel.

“But I feel F1 should do more. It is a worldwide operating platform and we should send a more positive message.

“Everyone can do something, contribute a little bit and if the whole World acted like that it would make a huge difference. It is inevitable change is coming and hopefully sooner rather than later.”

Red Bull’s Alexander Albon added: “What Lewis said was really good. Just because we are in F1 doesn’t mean we can’t care about the environment.”

Hamilton doubts he will clinch title in Mexico

Hamilton played down his chances of sealing the championship in Mexico this weekend.

To do so, he needs to score 14 points more than team-mate Valtteri Bottas, the only driver who has the mathematical possibility to overhaul Hamilton’s points score.

“I don’t think in the season I have finished 14 points ahead of Valtteri at any point,” he said. “It may have been one race, Valtteri has been strong all year and I expect him to be strong this race as well.”

The only time Hamilton has done so was in the Hungarian Grand Prix in early August, when he won and Bottas finished eighth after damaging his car in a collision with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on the first lap.

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Lewis Hamilton trains with with boxing legend Chavez ahead of Mexican Grand Prix

Hamilton expects Ferrari to be strong favourites in Mexico because the track rewards straight-line speed, where the Italian cars have a significant advantage over Mercedes.

“We go into the weekend knowing Ferrari are massively quick on the straights and they are a powerful part of this circuit,” he said.

“I don’t know when we’ll be getting another pole but it is not all about qualifying. It’s about getting the car ready for the race, this track bodes well for the Ferrari and Red Bulls but maybe we will have a better chance than in the past.”

How Hamilton can win the title in Mexico

  • Win plus fastest lap with Bottas lower than third
  • Win with Bottas lower than fourth
  • Second plus fastest lap with Bottas lower than seventh
  • Second with Bottas lower than seventh
  • Second with Bottas lower than eighth if Bottas sets fastest lap
  • Third and fastest lap with Bottas lower than eighth
  • Third with Bottas lower than ninth

Electrical cars EV Egypt protests: The unlikely man behind rare anti-government protests

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He’s the unlikely man behind Egypt’s rare anti-government protests.

Viral videos by Mohamed Ali, a businessman turned actor turned whistle-blower, have spurred hundreds onto the streets.

He spoke to BBC Arabic about why he has accused President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of corruption.

Electrical cars EV T20 Cup Qualifier: Scotland on track for knockout phase after routine Bermuda win

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Scotland’s total of 204 proved too much for Bermuda
ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier, Dubai
Scotland 204-4 (20 overs): MacLeod 74, Munsey 51; Leverock 2-39
Bermuda 158-8 (20 overs): Rawlins 46, Leverock 42; Watt 2-18
Scotland won by 46 runs
Scorecard & standings (external site)

Scotland remain on track to reach the T20 World Cup next summer after a comfortable 46-run win over Bermuda in qualifying.

The routine victory was just what the Scots needed after some shaky performances, including defeat by Namibia last time out.

But, led by Calum MacLeod’s brilliant knock of 74 from just 37 balls, they set their opponents a challenging target of 205 to win.

In reply Bermuda could only hit 158-8.

Scotland now need to beat the Netherlands to guarantee a place in the knockout phase, with six teams from two groups progressing.

They have won three and lost two of their matches so far.

MacLeod took just 27 balls to reach his seventh T20 half century and his 74 included nine fours and two sixes before he was eventually caught by George O’Brien off Dwayne Leverock.

His T20 career-best knock took him past 1,000 runs for Scotland in the format.

MacLeod was ably supported by George Munsey, who himself hit a half century, scoring 51 from 41 balls as the Scots put Bermuda’s attack to the sword.

Bermuda mounted a spirited response, led by Delray Rawlins, who hit 46, and Leverock’s unbeaten 43 but Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif and Hamza Tahir all took two wickets for Scotland.

Bermuda have now lost all four of their qualifiers so far.

Electrical cars EV Ellie Goulding on climate change: ‘The backlash grows ever uglier’

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The singer Ellie Goulding has urged young people to choose hope in the climate change battle.

The Brit-award winning artist has been a UN Environment Global Ambassador since 2017.

She spoke at the One Young World summit in London, an event described as a global forum for young leaders.