Electrical cars EV Man stabbed neighbour 47 times in Camelon out of ‘revenge’

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electrical cars  EV William Canning/ Fiona Canning

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A court heard William Finlay stabbed Fiona Canning 47 times

A man who murdered a grandmother by stabbing her 47 times told police that he should be “shot in the head”, a court has heard.

William Finlay, 57, said he killed Fiona Canning, or McDonald, at her flat in Camelon, Falkirk, last November out of “revenge.”

Finlay believed Miss Canning, 44, had been “rinsing him” of a £10,000 pension payment.

He will be sentenced in November after pleading guilty to murder.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Finlay and Miss Canning were neighbours who would often violently argue.

Finlay, an ex-electronics worker, had received a £10,000 pension payment in March last year but was left with £300 a few months later.

Electrical cars EV ‘Can’t apologise for killing someone’

Prosecutor Margaret Barron said: “He stated to witnesses that Miss Canning had been ‘rinsing him’ and was constantly asking for money.”

Finlay was heard inside Miss Canning’s flat by a neighbour on the night of her death.

He went to a friend’s house later that day covered in blood and confessed to murdering Miss Canning.

The victim was found by neighbours covered in blood.

When the neighbours returned to Finlay he shouted: “I’ve murdered her, I’ve done her, I’ve murdered Fiona.”

Ambulance crews arrived and failed to revive Miss Canning using CPR.

Finlay told officers he “took it out on a poor woman” who had “robbed” him of thousands of pounds.

He said: “I deserve to be shot in the head for what I’ve done tonight.

“I apologise for doing it, but you can’t apologise for killing someone – this is what happens when you get pushed to the limits.”

Electrical cars EV T20 Cup Qualifier: Ireland beat Netherlands by 30 runs in warm-up

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Craig Young took three Dutch wickets for 21 wins
ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier warm-up, Abu Dhabi:
Ireland 156-8 (20 overs): Wilson 44; van der Gugten 2-20
Netherlands 126 (20 overs): ten Doeschate 46; Young 3-21, Adair 3-28
Ireland won by 30 runs
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Ireland warmed up for the start of the Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier by beating the Netherlands by 30 runs.

The Irish were in trouble at 55-4 but Gary Wilson’s knock of 44 off 32 balls helped them to 156-8 off 20 overs.

The Dutch started well in reply, hitting 37 from the first 29 balls, but a collapse saw three wickets fall for six runs and they were all out for 126.

Essex’s Ryan ten Doeschate scored 46, with Mark Adair and Craig Young taking three wickets apiece.

Having lost the toss, Ireland lost opener Paul Stirling for five and three further wickets fell in the next six overs.

Captain Wilson led his side’s revival, hitting five fours and a six in his innings, ably supported by Harry Tector (21 from 20 balls) and Mark Adair (24 from 13 balls), who hit two sixes.

After a top-order batting collapse, the Netherlands found themselves 43-4 in response and a required run-rate heading towards 10 runs an over.

The damage was mainly done by paceman Young who claimed two wickets in the space of three balls, and went on to finish with 3-21 from his four overs.

As the required rate grew, further wickets tumbled – Adair putting the icing on the Irish cake by claiming three wickets in the last five balls of the innings to finish with 3-28, and the Netherlands were bowled out for 126.

After facing Scotland in another warm-up game on Tuesday, Ireland will take part in the T20 World Cup Qualifier from 18-26 October in Abu Dhabi.

Ireland will face Hong Kong, UAE, Oman, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria in a bid to make the tournament proper in Australia in late 2020.

Electrical cars EV Federer to chase elusive Olympic singles title

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electrical cars  EV Roger Federer won silver at London 2012, with Andy Murray taking gold and Juan Martin del Potro earning bronze

Roger Federer won silver at London 2012, with Andy Murray taking gold and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro earning bronze

Roger Federer has confirmed he intends to play in next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo as he chases an elusive gold medal in the men’s singles.

The Swiss great, who turns 39 during the Games, is one of the sport’s most decorated players but he has never won the Olympic singles title.

Federer won silver at London 2012 after losing to Britain’s Andy Murray.

“At the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play the Olympic Games again,” Federer said.

Federer, who missed Rio 2016 through injury, did win a gold medal at Beijing 2008 in the men’s doubles alongside Stan Wawrinka.

In the singles, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer finished fourth at Sydney 2000, lost in the second round at Athens 2004 and reached the quarter-finals in Beijing.

“I’ve been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer after Wimbledon and before the US Open,” added Federer, ranked third in the World.

“I carried the flag twice for Switzerland in Athens and Beijing, I’ve got a gold and a silver, and I would love to play again, so I’m very excited.”

Electrical cars EV Conker Championships defies rain to crown a winner

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It was a soggy start to the 2019 World Conker Championships, but it failed to dampen competitors’ spirits.

The very British contest has been held in Northamptonshire for 54 years and sees people from around the World compete for the titles of Queen and King Conker.

Jasmine Tetley, 26, from Nottinghamshire, claimed the 2019 title after beating Andy Moore, 53, from Birmingham.

However, their crowning was delayed while their thrones were moved from the flooded main arena.

Electrical cars EV Hitchhiker’s actor Stephen Moore dies aged 81

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Stephen Moore was described as the “most sweet, charming and affable of men”

Stephen Moore – known as the voice of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’s Marvin the Paranoid Android – has died aged 81.

He also played Adrian Mole’s father on TV, and the dad to Harry Enfield’s grumpy teenager Kevin.

Hitchhiker’s producer and director Dirk Maggs said Moore was the “most sweet, charming and affable of men”.

He paid tribute to “an amazing, varied career”, adding that he was best known for the role of Marvin.

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Moore was the voice of Marvin for five series of Hitchhiker’s on radio, and the 1980s TV adaptation

The first series of Hitchhiker’s appeared on Radio 4 in 1978, and after being adapted for TV in the 1980s, it returned to the airwaves in 2003.

In it Marvin is a failed prototype robot with “genuine people personalities”, which has led him to struggle with severe depression.

Maggs said: “That was the thing that won the hearts of people, Marvin is the most miserable character but people seem to love him.

“It was Stephen’s voice that made that happen.”

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The prolific actor also played teenage diarist Adrian Mole’s father George on TV

Alongside the paranoid android, Moore had a successful career on stage, TV and in film.

He was Major Robert Steele in Richard Attenborough’s A Bridge Too Far.

He played teenage diarist Adrian Mole’s father George on TV, and the dad of Melody and Harmony Parker on children’s show The Queen’s Nose.

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He also played the dad of grumpy teenager Kevin in Harry Enfield sketches

Maggs said: “I’ll always remember the story of him getting locked in a mic cupboard in the Paris studio at the BBC, and they forgot he was in there and went out to lunch.

“He was an infinitely professional actor, would put up with any discomfort and waited to play his part.

“And then outside the working situation he was the most sweet, charming and affable of men.”

Actor Ben Barnes – who worked with Moore in a West End production of The History Boys – wrote on Twitter that “he was a sensitive, brilliant actor and a funny, lovely man”.

Electrical cars EV Farah eighth as Cherono wins Chicago marathon

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Lawrence Cherono also won the Boston marathon in April.

Kenyan Lawrence Cherono won the Chicago Marathon as Britain’s Mo Farah failed to keep pace and finished eighth.

Cherono, 31, who also won the Boston Marathon, outsprinted Ethiopians Dejene Debela and Asefa Mengstu who were second and third.

Farah, 36, who won this race last year, finished more than four minutes adrift in two hours, nine minutes, 58 seconds.

Fellow Briton David Weir was second in the men’s wheelchair race, behind defending champion Daniel Romanchuk.

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Electrical cars EV Hunter Biden to step down from China board amid Trump attacks

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electrical cars  EV Then-US Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter attend an NCAA basketball game in Washington, US, on 30 January, 2010.

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US President Donald Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption

The son of US presidential contender Joe Biden is to step down from the board of a Chinese company amid fierce attacks by President Donald Trump.

Hunter Biden’s lawyer said he would also not work for any foreign-owned companies if his father is elected.

Mr Trump has called on China and Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden over his son’s activities in both countries, without any evidence of any wrongdoing.

The issue is central to an impeachment inquiry against the US president.

Mr Trump and his supporters have accused Joe Biden of abusing his power as vice-president to pressure Ukraine to back away from a criminal investigation that could implicate his son who then worked for a Ukrainian energy company.

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He has also accused Hunter, 49, of using his position of influence to get China to invest in a fund he was involved in.

The impeachment inquiry begun by opposition Democrats in the US House of Representatives centres on allegations that the president broke the law by soliciting help from a foreign power – Ukraine – for electoral gains.

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A statement released through Hunter’s lawyer said he would resign by 31 October from the board of BHR (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Company.

It said he joined the board in an unpaid position “based on his interest in seeking ways to bring Chinese capital to international markets”.

The statement said Hunter would “readily comply” with guidelines issued by his father if he was elected president “to address purported conflicts of interest, or the appearance of such conflicts”, and would, “in any event”, agree not to serve on the boards of or work on behalf of foreign-owned companies.

The statement also detailed the nature of his work in Ukraine and China, stressing that there had been no wrongdoing.

Electrical cars EV What has Trump accused the Bidens of doing?

Mr Trump has accused the former US vice-president and his son Hunter of corruption in their political and business dealings in Ukraine and China, without offering specific evidence.

When Hunter Biden joined the board of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma in 2014, questions were raised about a potential conflict of interest for his father.

Ukraine was undergoing a political transition after its pro-Russia president was forced out of office, while the elder Biden was the Obama administration’s point man for the Eastern European country.

In 2016, Joe Biden pushed the Ukrainian government to fire its top prosecutor, whose office had been scrutinising the oligarch owner of Burisma.

In a speech last year at a think tank, Joe Biden boasted of having forced the prosecutor out by threatening to withhold a billion-dollar loan guarantee to Ukraine.

Mr Trump and his allies accuse Joe Biden of acting to protect his son. However, other Western officials and major financers of Ukraine’s government also wanted the prosecutor dismissed because he was seen as a barrier to anti-corruption efforts.

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A Democratic-led inquiry is trying to establish whether Mr Trump withheld nearly $400m (£327m) in aid to nudge Ukraine’s newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky into launching an inquiry into Joe Biden and his son.

In a phone call on 25 July, Mr Trump asked Mr Zelensky for help on the issue.

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A whistleblower raised concerns about the phone call, prompting the launch of a formal impeachment investigation last month.

The White House this month sent an eight-page letter to top Democrat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling the inquiry “constitutionally invalid” and therefore stating that President Trump would not be co-operating.

Electrical cars EV Brigid Kosgei breaks Paula Radcliffe’s women’s marathon record

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Kosgei beats Radcliffe’s 16-year-old record

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei eclipsed the 16-year-old women’s marathon World record held by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe as she retained her Chicago title.

The 25-year-old recorded a time of two hours 14 minutes 04 seconds, easily inside Radcliffe’s mark of 2: 15: 25 set at the London Marathon in 2003.

It adds to the Kenyan’s win in London this year when she clocked 2: 18: 20 and became the youngest winner of the race.

Ethiopa’s Ababel Yeshaneh was second in Chicago, six minutes 47 seconds behind.

Only 22 runners in the men’s race finished faster than Kosgei, whose time would have been a men’s World record in 1964.

The Kenyan, who won last year in 2: 18: 35, admitted: “I was not expecting to run like this.”

Radcliffe’s 2003 time was the longest-standing marathon World record by either men or women in the post-war era.

The former world champion was at the finish line in Chicago to witness Kosgei’s remarkable performance and was among the first to congratulate her.

“When I saw how fast Brigid was running in the first half I knew it was going to be broken,” said Radcliffe.

Ethiopa’s Gelete Burka completed the top three in Chicago on Sunday with a time of 2: 20: 51.

Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Manuela Schar retained her wheelchair title, finishing 30 seconds faster than last year in 1: 41.08.

Electrical cars EV Teenager Gauff becomes youngest WTA winner in 15 years

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Coco Gauff started the season ranked well outside the Top 600, she will move inside the top 75 after the win

Teenager Coco Gauff has become the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years with victory in the Linz Open.

The 15-year-old American beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2 and is projected to move inside the World’s top 75.

Gauff only qualified for the main draw as a lucky loser after losing in the final round of qualifying.

“It has been an amazing week, I hope to come back here again. I will remember this moment for the rest of my life,” said Atlanta-born Gauff.

The youngster, who rose to fame at Wimbledon this year when she beat five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, emulates Nicole Vadisova, who was 15 when she won her maiden WTA title in Tashkent in 2004.

Gauff held off two break points in her opening service game before breaking Ostapenko in the next to take control of the opening set.

However, 22-year-old Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, hit back in the second set, breaking Gauff three times before levelling the match with an ace.

The teenager rallied in the decider though, breaking twice to lead 5-0. However, Ostapenko saved two match points and then broke Gauff to love to trail 5-2.

Her father and coach, Corey Gauff, then came onto court to give his daughter some encouragement. He said: “Just relax, you’re not going to sprint to the finish line, you’re going to walk to the finish line.

“Trust your shots. Calm down, take your mind to another place, to a practice match. Just play, don’t think about negatives just think about positives. Yesterday if you know you had 5-2 you’d take that, you’re in control.”

She immediately broke back, winning the match and title when Ostapenko sent a forehand long.

“Thank you so much to my family and team for their support, you are always with me every step of the way,” she said.

Electrical cars EV Recent Ireland wins over New Zealand count for nothing – Furlong

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BBC Sport NI at the Rugby World Cup

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Ireland’s win over the All Blacks last November was their first on home soil

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong believes recent results against New Zealand will count for nothing when the sides meet in a World Cup quarter-final next Saturday.

The Leinster prop started Ireland’s wins over the All Blacks in 2016 and last November.

A last eight meeting for Joe Schmidt’s men with the World Cup holders was set up when Japan defeated Scotland 28-21 to top Pool A, with Ireland in second.

“Rugby evolves quickly and the game moves on,” said Furlong.

“I suppose it gives us confidence that we have had results in the past but at the same time it doesn’t guarantee anything.

“It doesn’t mean they’re going to rock up and play with the same plan as before.”

Steve Hansen’s side, winners of the last two World Cups, opened the 2019 tournament in impressive fashion with victory over South Africa before going on to win their group with three wins from three games.

Their final Pool B fixture against Italy was cancelled because of Typhoon Hagibis.

In Pool A, Ireland recovered from their 19-12 defeat by Japan to secure a quarter-final berth with consecutive bonus-point wins over Russia and Samoa.

So far this year Schmidt’s side have struggled to replicate the form that saw them defeat New Zealand for the first time on home soil last year.

“They are so dangerous, you can’t switch off,” added Furlong

“Just working really hard and staying switched on mentally is crucial because they can make something out of nothing with some of the players they have.”

The winners of Saturday’s showdown in Tokyo will meet either England or Australia in the semi-final a week later.