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Messi unseats Mayweather as highest-paid athlete —Forbes

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Striker, Lionel Messi, smiling during training with Argentina ahead of a friendly with Nicaragua| Courtesy: Image grabbed from a Reuters video

Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi dethroned five-division boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather as the highest paid athlete over the past year, according to the annual list published by business magazine Forbes on Tuesday (June 11).

Messi, who scored 36 goals while leading Barcelona to the La Liga title this year, earned $127 million dollars between his salary and endorsements to move up one spot on the list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo ($109 million dollars), Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar ($105 million dollars), Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez ($94 million dollars) and Swiss tennis great Roger Federer ($93.4 million dollars) rounded out the top five.

Mayweather, who topped the list in 2018 and four times in seven years, only had an exhibition match last December in Japan and did not crack the top 100, which is comprised of athletes from 10 different sports.

Players from the National Basketball Association led all sports with 35 players among the top 100, none higher than Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James who was ranked eighth with total earnings of $89 million dollars.

American football was the next most-represented sport with 19 players, followed by baseball with 15, and soccer with 12.

According to Forbes, the highest-paid athletes of its list collectively earned $4 billion dollars over the last 12 months, up 5% from last year’s earnings of $3.8 billion dollars.

Forbes also said Americans dominate the list with 62 athletes, which it credits to sky-high salaries in the major sports leagues.

The United Kingdom has five athletes, France and Spain have three, while Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Serbia and Venezuela all have two.

The only woman on the list was U.S. tennis star Serena Williams who was number 63 having earned $29.2 million dollars. (REUTERS)

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Tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman fuel security, oil supply fears

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

Fire burning on oil tanker at sea | Courtesy: Image grabbed from a Reuters video

Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday (June 13) in the Gulf of Oman left one ablaze and both adrift, shipping firms said, driving oil prices up 4 percent over worries about Middle East supplies.

The Front Altair was on fire in waters between Gulf Arab states and Iran after an explosion that a source blamed on a magnetic mine. The crew of the Norwegian vessel were picked up by a vessel in the area and passed to an Iranian rescue boat.

A second Japanese-owned tanker was abandoned after being hit by a suspected torpedo, the firm that chartered the ship said. The crew were also picked up.

The attacks were the second in a month near the Strait of Hormuz, a major strategic waterway for world oil supplies. (REUTERS)

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Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport attacked by Yemen’s Houthi group

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

The Saudi-led military coalition vowed to respond firmly to a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi forces on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday (June 12) that wounded 26 people.

The coalition said a projectile hit the arrivals hall at Abha airport, causing material damage.

Three women and two children were among the wounded, who were of Saudi, Yemeni and Indian nationalities, it said in a statement on Thursday (June 13).

Meanwhile, planes from the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen bombed areas around the capital Sanaa on Thursday, residents and the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV said.

The Western-backed, Sunni Muslim coalition has been battling the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen since 2015 when it intervened to try to restore the internationally recognized government that was ousted from the capital Sanaa by the Houthis in late 2014. (REUTERS)

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Hong Kong protesters condemn ‘unreasonable’ police violence

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

Police gathered in Tamar Park | Courtesy: Image grabbed from a Reuters video

Hong Kong demonstrators who experienced tear gas when the anti-extradition protest turned violent said on Thursday (June 13) that they condemned the ‘unreasonable’ use of force by the police.

Hundreds of people remained on the streets to protest a planned extradition law with mainland China, a day after police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray in a series of skirmishes to clear demonstrators from the legislature, with officials saying 72 people had been admitted to hospital by 10 p.m.

Uniformed police with helmets and shields blocked overhead walkways in Hong Kong’s financial district on Thursday, while a long row of police vans was parked nearby.

Plainclothes police officers checked commuters’ identity papers as a massive clean-up was underway, clearing streets of debris, like broken umbrellas used by protesters to protect themselves and broken baricades, left from the violent clashes.

Protesters, some still wearing face masks and goggles in case police once again use tear gas, were joined by students during the day.

But their numbers eased off later to a few hundred, after a Legislative Council meeting to discuss the extradition bill was postponed. (REUTERS)

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