Latvia may declare state of emergency to cope with African swine fever

Wild boars and pigs have been infected with swine fever in Latvia.
Wild boars and pigs have been infected with swine fever in Latvia.

Latvia may declare a state of emergency in the eastern part of the country, near its border with Belarus and Russia to fight an outbreak of African swine fever in some wild boars and domestic pigs.

Swine fever was discovered in Latvia at the end of June and earlier in both Lithuania and Poland.

The disease occurs among pigs and wild boars, where its effects are devastating and often deadly, and there is no vaccine. It does not affect humans.

So far, a total of eight wild boars and three domestic pigs in Latvia have tested positive.

"Infection has gotten into wild boars and we don't know how long it will continue to spread," said Maris Balodis, the head of the country's Food and Veterinary Service. "Therefore, steps which can be done in an emergency situation are preferable at this moment."

Latvia's parliament is expected to vote on the issue this Thursday.

A state of emergency would give officials access to private farms so they can test even unregistered pigs, check vehicles leaving infected areas and implement other measures to limit the potential spread of the disease.

- Reuters

Malaysian rocker Awie accused of domestic abuse


Popular rock singer Awie, 45, confirmed to Malaysian newspaper Kosmo! that he has given a statement to the police about the allegations that he had his abused his wife Rozana Misbun, 36.

Selangor CID chief Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah confirmed that Awie was detained before he was released on bail.

A June 29 Kosmo! report alleged that Awie had been seen assaulting his wife in front of a bank in Ampang, Selangor.

The singer, famous for hits Tragedi Oktober and Bara, had earlier denied that that he had beaten up his wife and also demanded that proof be provided to substantiate the accusations.

While Kosmo! did not say when the alleged assault took place, it published pictures which had been circulating online of a woman who is said to be Rozana, with bruises on her eyes and face.

Pictures on the left are allegedly of Awie's wife Rozana Misbun with bruises on her face. Credit: Rotikaya

According to The Rakyat Post, Awie said that he is leaving the matter to be investigated by the authorities.

Source: Kosmo!, The Star Online, Rakyat Post

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Shia LeBeouf receiving treatment for alcoholism

Actor Shia LeBeouf receiving treatment for alcoholism.
Shia LaBeouf is arraigned in Midtown Community Court in New York June 27, 2014. /Photo: Reuters

Actor Shia LaBeouf, who was accused last week of disturbing a performance of musical“Cabaret” in New York, is undergoing treatment for alcoholism, his publicist said on Tuesday.

LaBeouf, 28, has voluntarily sought outpatient care for addiction, Melissa Kates, the former “Transformers” star’s spokeswoman, said in a statement.

The actor was arraigned last week on charges of disorderly conduct and harassment after police said he interrupted a performance of “Cabaret” inside New York’s Studio 54, used obscene language and became belligerent when asked to leave. “He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery,” Kates said.

Shia LaBeouf is arraigned in Midtown Community Court in New York June 27, 2014.

A disheveled-looking LaBeouf did not enter a plea to the New York charges, which are all misdemeanours or violations so the former Disney child star would face minimal or no jail time if convicted.

LaBeouf’s promising career has been upended recently by bizarre behaviour that has included attending a red carpet premiere at February’s Berlin International Film Festival wearing a brown paper bag saying “I Am Not Famous Anymore.”

- Reuters

Shades of 1999 for retiring Hitzfeld

German says heartbreaking defeat by Argentina reminded him of the last-gasp Champions League final loss to Man United

"It’s normal to go on the pitch at a time like that. I did it with Manchester United when we lost the Champions League final in a matter of two or three minutes, and then I did it today." - Hitzfeld
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Another moment of magic from Messi

Argentina skipper sets up di Maria winner to add to his heroics against Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria

UNTOUCHABLE: Lionel Messi (No. 10) evading the challenge of Gelson Fernandes.
"It was a game that we deserved to win in 90 minutes. It was even during a first half in which they had two clear chances to score but, in the second half, we were clearly superior, we had five or six shots at goal and, in extra time, we also had more chances." - Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella (above), saying his team deserved to win

Lionel Messi moves a step closer. The World Cup can wait for now, but greatness is already within his grasp.

The little one will live on in our collective memories of Brazil 2014. 

Other players performed, but only Maradona owns Mexico ’86. His talent trademarked the tournament. 

Zidane just about stole away with France ’98 and 2002 proved to be an odyssey for Ronaldo.

When we think of what has transpired so far in this indelible World Cup, we think of Messi.

Read the full report in our print edition on July 2. 

Aussie teen Kyrgios hands Nadal shock defeat

19-year-old Australian Kyrgios is first wildcard in 10 years to make last eight after stunning upset of Nadal

NO ANSWER: Nick Kyrgios (above) fires 37 aces and 70 winners in his win over Rafael Nadal.
NO ANSWER: Nick Kyrgios fires 37 aces and 70 winners in his win over Rafael Nadal (above).

Rafael Nadal was sent tumbling out of Wimbledon by Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios this morning (Singapore time), as the Spaniard suffered another All England Club meltdown which in turn opened the title door for Roger Federer.

World No. 144 Kyrgios, just 19 and making his tournament debut, bundled out the 14-time Grand Slam title winner in the fourth round with a fearless 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 victory. 
The defeat boosted Federer’s hopes of an eighth title, as the Swiss star was seeded to meet Nadal in the semi-finals.  

The seven-time champion had earlier booked a place in the quarter-finals for the 12th time, with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Tommy Robredo.  

Read the full report in our World Cup Noon print edition on July 2.
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Free-kick fall a ploy

Germany's bizarre 
set-piece routine nearly worked, says Mueller

"We’d practised that. In training, it always worked. But it looks like crap when it doesn’t work." - Toni Kroos, on their free-kick routine
1. Schweinsteiger (far left) dummies a free-kick in the 88th minute, as Mueller (far right) shapes up to take it.
2. Mueller falls to the ground, barely two steps to the ball.
3. Mueller gets up and continues to run past the Algeria wall as Kroos floats the ball towards him, but it gets cleared.
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Kroos close to Real deal

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