The race goes on: Next victory for Geiger

After winning the individual jumping on Saturday, Karl Geiger also wins the jumping on Sunday. Geiger thus keeps the yellow jersey of the World Cup leader. The other German jumpers missed the top 10.

Karl Geiger has proven his top class with the first double victory of a German ski jumper in almost five years. One day after his first victory of the season, the vice world champion also won the second competition in Val di Fiemme ahead of Stefan Kraft (Austria). The last two DSV victories in a row were achieved by former world champion Severin Freund in March 2015 in Oslo.

Geiger flew on the rarely used normal hill at 107.0 m and 103.5 m, with 285.2 points he was the equivalent of two and a half metres ahead of Kraft (280.5) and extended his lead in the overall World Cup. Third was tour triumphant Dawid Kubacki from Poland (278.2). Even a messed up landing in the first run, when he stayed only half a meter below the 17-year-old hill record, could not stop Geiger.

In the overall World Cup, Geiger is ahead of Kraft (699) with 819 points and the Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi (655), who did not manage to get past 25th place on Sunday.

Stephan Leyhe (Willingen) in 13th and Pius Paschke (Kiefersfelden) in 18th place, however, fell short of expectations. Youngster Luca Roth (Meßstetten) scored one more World Cup point in 30th place. Constantin Schmid (Oberaudorf), who had celebrated the best result of his career on Saturday in fifth place, missed the second run in 34th place, as did Martin Hamann (Aue/41st).

Russian warship almost collides with US destroyer

Threatening clash in the Middle East: A Russian warship approaches a US destroyer and refuses to evade. The ships are coming dangerously close.

On Thursday, there was a threatening clash in the Middle East: A Russian warship aggressively approached a US naval destroyer and evaded at the last moment. The US television station CNN had first reported on the incident. How menacingly close the two ships came, you can see in the video above.

According to the US Navy, the USS Farragut was in the North Arabian Sea as an aircraft carrier’s escort when the Russian ship approached. According to an official statement, the Americans sounded five warning tones, prompting the Russian ship to change course. This was in accordance with international rules. However, the Russian crew did not react at first and maintained their course at full speed. The naval unit to which the USS Farragut belongs published two videos of the incident on Twitter.

Only after direct radio contact had been established between the bridges of the two warships did the Russians turn away, CNN reports. The Russian ship had approached the stern of the US destroyer up to almost 55 meters.

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According to the statement of the US Navy, the risk of collision was high, especially due to the initial refusal of the Russians. The armed forces now remained “vigilant” and were “prepared to react professionally”.

Hundreds of US tanks roll through Germany

With 20,000 soldiers, it is the largest US troop transfer to Europe in 25 years: Germany becomes the central hub in the “Defender Europe” exercise – with hundreds of tanks on roads, rails and water.

In Europe and the USA, the final phase of preparations for a massive show of strength has begun: US forces are rehearsing with NATO partners to deploy enormous forces in a short time for a war in Eastern Europe. A large part of the war material comes from the USA and is transported right across Europe – with Germany as the central hub.

Next week, the military will discuss details in a Berlin barracks. But much is already known. The exercise may lead to disruptions in many parts of Germany – and is a challenge for the Bundeswehr.

When will there be disruptions? The exercise will start in January. The main deployment period of the US forces in Europe runs from February to May. From the USA alone, there are 8,600 wheeled vehicles and more than 1,100 tracked vehicles. However, the majority of these will not be moved east until April and May. During the Easter holidays (Easter Sunday is 12 April), the situation is expected to remain quiet. On the roads, transports are to be on the move mainly at night, so that there are few disturbances. From mid-May onwards, the return transport will begin. It should be completed in July. Military convoys will be on the road again then – but not so many vehicles in a short time.

How do material and soldiers get to Europe?

For relocations, machines will land at the airports in Berlin-Tegel, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg and Ramstein, according to State Secretary of Defence Peter Tauber. Bremen could be added. Only a fraction of the material will arrive by plane. Battle tanks, armored personnel carriers, howitzers and other equipment will be delivered by ship. From the ports of Antwerp, Vlissingen and Bremerhaven, the journey will later continue through Germany.

How is the traffic in Germany?

Some of the material is transported further by water. The inland ports of Duisburg, Bremen and Krefeld are planned for this. The heavy equipment will be transported mainly by train. But there will also be a lot of military on the roads. Three large axles are planned in Germany: From Düsseldorf it will continue on a northern route via Hanover and Magdeburg to Frankfurt/Oder. The southern route from Dusseldorf will lead via Mannheim, Nuremberg and Dresden to Görlitz. In addition, convoys are planned from Bremerhaven in a north-south direction along a connection Hanover – Frankfurt/Main – Mannheim.

Can the structures cope with this?

The preparations go back a long way: fixed routes were checked to see whether they were designed for the heavy loads. Tanks and other large US Army equipment were inspected, weighed and measured in Mannheim by the Bundeswehr Logistics School. The exercise was also the occasion throughout Europe to renovate or reinforce structures accordingly. However, the military experts do not rule out the possibility that the heavy equipment could also cause damage.

Where will the exercise take place?

The exercise covers ten countries, focusing on Poland and the Baltic States. Within the larger scenario, there are also other exercise scenarios and locations in Germany. In Grafenwörth in Bavaria and at the Bergen training area in the Lüneburg Heath, combat will also be practised. Part of “Defender Europe” will also be the handling of additional attacks in cyberspace. New equipment and common secure communication will be tested. A total of 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries will practice. In addition to the 20,000 US soldiers from the USA, 9,000 are already stationed in Europe.

Is all the material being shipped from the USA?

No. In addition, the US Army also takes out war material that is usually kept in huge guarded warehouses. From a total of four so-called “Army Prepositioned Stocks” 13,000 vehicles and containers are to be brought in. In Germany there are such warehouses in Dülmen, Miesau in the Palatinate and temporarily in Mannheim. Within 96 hours, the material is to be complete with the combat units. An armoured brigade of the National Guard will receive M1 tanks as well as Paladin howitzers from European storage locations of the US Army for the exercise.

“Trump’s plan is working”

Donald Trump wants to force a regime change in Iran. But with new sanctions and the killing of top general Soleimani, hardliners in particular are being strengthened. Many Iranians feel cheated.

After the targeted killing of top general Ghassem Soleimani, a military conflict between Iran and the USA seemed to be on the horizon – this is now off the table for the time being after mutual signals of détente. In the Islamic Republic itself, however, the US drone attack is still having a strong impact. Many continue to talk of retaliation and blood, diplomacy has become a dirty word for some. After seven years of political absence, the hardliners and arch-conservative forces that were opposed to President Hassan Ruhani’s reform course from the outset are now back in control. The reformers, on the other hand, are at a loss.

This trend is unlikely to be changed by the spontaneous protests that broke out following the apparently accidental shooting down of a passenger plane with 176 mainly Iranian fatalities. The demonstrators are outraged by the Revolutionary Guards responsible for this and also by the leadership clique of the regime, which is controlled by Islamic clergymen, because they only admitted the fatal shooting after days of denial.

Presidential election next year

But the few hundred demonstrators do not currently represent the political majority in the state with its 80 million inhabitants. Parliamentary elections are already taking place in February, and renowned reformers have not even taken part. Observers therefore expect a clear victory for the reform opponents. An expected coalition of hardliners and arch-conservatives in parliament could then have a strong influence on the outcome of next year’s presidential elections. Their top candidate, whoever it may be, is already considered the favourite for the presidential post. A political scientist in Tehran therefore sums up: “The plan of (US President Donald) Trump and his people to force a regime change in Iran has worked – just in the wrong direction.

This all looked very different when President Ruhani took office in 2013. He promised reconciliation with the West, and two years later, with the Vienna nuclear agreement, he implemented this promise. Politically and economically, the God-state was on the way to international reintegration. Much was also to change in domestic politics, especially after the reformers’ good results in the 2016 parliamentary elections. Even political prisoners were to be released and more freedom of opinion and of the press was to be allowed.

“But then came this trump,” says the former Iranian ambassador in Berlin, Ali Madshedi, looking back today. First the Republican arranged for America’s unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, then draconian sanctions. The oil-rich country was suddenly plunged into a severe political and economic crisis, and the currency was worth only half as much in a very short time. The president’s moderate course was quickly ridiculed by critics – and also by his own supporters.

“Credibility has no meaning anymore”

The situation is also bad with regard to the nuclear deal that was worked out over the years to keep Iran away from nuclear weapons and guarantee the country’s economic development. He was the pride of Ruhani and his chief diplomat Mohammed Dschawad Sarif. Now, after the USA’s turning away and the recent escalation, Iran no longer wants to comply with the technical requirements, especially not with the limitation of uranium enrichment. “The deal is virtually in the intensive care unit,” says Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi. In fact, the agreement now only exists on paper. The remaining partners – China, Germany, France, Great Britain and Russia – support the deal, but are unable to implement it without the US. “With political support alone we can’t buy anything,” Ruhani explains the de facto withdrawal.

Another disappointment over the weekend was the admission that Iran was responsible for the shooting down of the Ukrainian passenger plane, which came as a surprise to many. The Iranians feel betrayed by Ruhani’s government, which talked for days about a technical defect and vehemently denied the shooting down of the plane. “Credibility no longer has any meaning with this government,” an angry Iranian wrote on Twitter.

The political scientist sees the conservative forces in charge in the face of the disappointment that has accumulated over the years. “The frustration of the Iranians will already show itself next month,” he predicts. According to polls, only around 20 percent of citizens are likely to take part in the parliamentary elections on February 21, but they will probably come mainly from the hardline camp. Many who hope for fundamental change are likely to stay at home. “If only faces change and not the political

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Racing Tips: Three for Thursday

Not long until the flat season proper kicks off now, with Saturday’s Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster being the traditional curtain raiser. I’ll stick to the flat for the best bets from Thursdays cards, with a couple in the novice contests catching the eye in addition to a rapidly improving filly on Chelmsford’s card.

Wolverhampton 5:25 Brockey Rise @ 15/2 with BetVictor

The most interesting runner here is Ed Walker’s Global Excel on handicap debut. Whilst the booking of Silvestre De Sousa certainly catches the eye, he looks far from thrown in off a mark of 69 on what he has shown to date. He may well improve dramatically for this step down in trip and switch to handicapping, but he will need to. Having been made favourite for this he is there to be taken on.

The one to side with is course and distance winner Brockey Rise. It wasn’t a great race that this one won last time out over this track and trip, but it nevertheless continued his sequence of improved performances of late. Rated 70 in his juvenile days, he gets in at the foot of the weights here on a mark of 61.

He will need to improve for that win 27 days ago, but he was notably strong at the line that day, and looks to have been overlooked a little in the market for David Evans. (www.zakłady-bukmacherskie.com)

Chelmsford 7:45 Jaalboot @ 10/1 with BetVictor

Things haven’t quite gone to plan for the £130,000 purchase Jaalboot. So much so that he has subsequently been sold and shipped from the Owen Burrows yard to that of Mark Johnston. I am perfectly happy to forgive his two runs to date though. Firstly he was only beaten seven lengths on debut at Wolverhampton, despite losing at least that when blowing the start. Next time he did pretty well to only go down by 3¾l at Brighton considering he appeared to be all at sea on the good to firm going that day. Looking back at his debut run his action certainly seems far more suited to synthetics. Having also been gelded since last being seen at the track 254 days ago it would be no surprise should he put up a much improved display here. There’s always the chance he may just need this outing but at the price he’s still worth chancing.

Chelmsford 8:15 Good Business @ 2/1 with LVBet

My final bet of the day comes in this handicap contest for the fillies from LVBet. Temeraire will likely give it a good go from the front, whilst Mythical Spirit won nicely over course and distance last time out. Not quite so nicely as the Henry Spiller runner, Good Business though. This daughter of Dutch Art has shown marked improvement this term, winning both of her starts in 2018, both times over this course and distance, and looking to have plenty left in the tank on each occasion. She is up 7lbs for that latest success, but with Spiller calling on the services of capable 5lb claimer, William Cox, she is effectively only 2lbs higher for a three-length success and looks well in.

Top Esports Betting Tips

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Five Betting Tips for the Weekend

There is a whole host of sporting action to look forward this weekend including Chelsea vs Arsenal in the Premier League and Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez in the boxing. In this article I will be posting five betting tips for the weekend of sport ahead, some of them are long shots and some of them safer bets. Take a look through and see what takes your fancy!

1. Philipe Coutinho to Score at Anytime – 7/4 (Bet365)

Philipe Coutinho made his return to action for Liverpool on Wednesday night after coming off the substitutes bench in the 2-2 draw with Sevilla at Anfield. Coutinho was given a rousing reception by Liverpool fans, despite spending this summer agitating for a move away from the club. He may well get a chance to start a game this weekend following the suspension of Sadio Mane and I’m backing the little Brazilian wizard to find the net against Burnley.

2. Romelu Lukaku 2 or More – 4/1 (Bet365)

The main narrative of Sunday’s game between Manchester United and Everton is Wayne Rooney’s return to Old Trafford and the former England captain could be worth a punt to find the net. On the flipside, Romelu Lukaku is facing off against his former club for the first time since leaving and I’m backing the big Belgian to continue his fine goal scoring form and find the net multiple times in this game.

3. Gennady Golovkin to win – 8/13 (Bet365).

Arguably the two best boxers in the world right now face off against each other on Saturday night in Las Vegas and it’s not an easy fight to call. I’m backing Golovkin, who is the slight favourite for the fight with bookies, because he has the edge in one-punch-power. It’s going to be a really close fight in the desert and I fancy Golovkin’s power could see him over the line.

4. England to beat West Indies in the first T20 – 4/7 (Bet365)

England edged the recent test series 2-1, but West Indies showed that they are no pushovers in the second test match. Despite that defeat, England start the first T20 match as favourites. England have the batting firepower to blow any team in the world away and if they get things right then the West Indies should be no match for this England side. The Best quotes for this match you can find in a betfair review.

5. Alvaro Morata FGS vs Arsenal – 7/2 (Bet365)

The biggest game of the weekend in England takes place on Sunday afternoon as Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have already beaten Spurs this season whilst Arsenal were embarrassed by Liverpool in their only game against a top six side so far this season. Alvaro Morata has started the season well for Chelsea and I’m backing him to open the scoring on Sunday against a less than convincing Arsenal back line.

 

Binary options are taking the stock market by storm

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Betting tips: Spain v Italy

When it comes to European football, these two countries are way out in front of the chasing pack, with the possible exception of only Germany. Even when it comes to club football, it is usually these two countries’ leagues that have their clubs in the finals of European football.

Both national sides have been sweeping all other teams out of their way in their games thus far. The reverse fixture saw an excellent game, which ended up finishing 1-1.  Spain will be hoping to go one better with this game in Madrid and take a priceless three points.

This game has the wonderful side story of David Villa returning to the international fold. The World Cup winner must have thought his international career was all over. He moved to Australia and then the MLS. However, his incredible form for New York has saw him return to the fold – that and the fact Diego Costa being stuck in professional limbo right now.

Spain form

The Spaniard’s last game against Macedonia in their last World Cup Qualifier wasn’t overly impressive. They came out with a 2-1 victory, but Spain would be expecting to have a much bigger win.

In their game previous to that, they hammered Israel by four goals to one. That was the true Spain and the one they will be hoping turns up against Italy.

Italy form

The Italians are just after an excellent performance against Liechtenstein, winning by five goals to nil. Prior to that, they decimated a terrible San Marino by eight goals to nothing. These sides aren’t really the level that Italy will be coming up against. Italy know that they should have got the three points when these two teams faced off earlier in this qualifying campaign, so will be aiming to grab the win in Madrid this coming weekend.

News

The news in the lead up has been dominated by Diego Costa not being picked in the Spain squad, while his older counterpart, David Silva has been. It’s a strange choice on the surface, but when you look into it, it begins to make sense.

Costa isn’t playing football at the moment, while David Silva is in great form and despite his age, he still looks like a player who can do an excellent job at international level. Plus, if Silva isn’t firing on all cylinders, Spain still have other players who can provide potency in attack.

Betting tips

Recent games show a Spain side that is creaking at the seams. They don’t look like a team that is playing to their full potential – the game against Macedonia really demonstrated that. Meanwhile, Italy look like a team that is on a mission to sweep all competition to the side.

We fancy the Italians to grab the valuable win. They are priced at a generous 10/3 (Odds: www.online-betting.org) to get the job done in Spain and we really do think that they will take all three points. In fact, we don’t even think that they will have much trouble doing so.