Every sprinter is embroiled in a different narrative to their pre-race build-up. There are those who strut around with all the bravado they can muster, there are those that put on their best poker face to disguise feeling sick with nerves, and then there is Dina Asher-Smith.Read More
If ticket sales are any guide to the likely atmosphere when Britain face the United States in the Davis Cup here this weekend, expect the roof of the Emirates Arena to be shaking. Such is the interest in Andy Murray in this part of the world that tickets for all three days sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale in November.
At least 17 miners were killed and 16 more were missing and feared dead in eastern Ukraine after a blast on Wednesday at an accident-prone coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. "The fate of 16 other miners is still unknown," spokeswoman of the rebel emergency ministry in Donetsk Yuliana Bedylo told AFP. The head of the rebel Donetsk People's Republic administration, Maksim Leshchenko, told reporters that 197 workers, out of 230 in the mine when the explosion occurred shortly before 0400 GMT, had been rescued alive. Emergency workers were forced to call off the rescue operation late Wednesday due to the threat posed by the high methane levels, Mykhaylo Volynets of the Ukrainian Independent Miners Union said.
Ireland's government this week launched a new programme called "Global Irish" designed to attract thousands of emigrants who left during the financial crisis to return. The new policy includes support services for Irish emigrants who have returned and practical information about moving back. "Some of these people left hoping to return to Ireland if the economy got better and there were jobs available for them," Ireland's Diaspora Minister Jimmy Deenihan told AFP on Wednesday. "Emigration has a devastating impact on our economy as we lose the input of talent and energy.