Northern Ireland Open: Judd Trump beats Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-7 in final

Judd Trump’s last ranking event win came in the European Masters in October 2017 Judd Trump secured his first world ranking title for 13 months by beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-7 in the Northern Ireland Open final in Belfast. The players were level at 4-4 after a first session which saw Trump knock in three centuries…

Tommi Mäkinen: The Finnish hero of rallying

He transferred his tractor skills — learned on his father’s farm in Puuppola — to the world of rally, swiftly becoming a force to be reckoned with. His racing career yielded four consecutive world championship titles between 1996 and 1999, and a total of 24 race wins on the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) circuit,…

Inside a 309-sqft smart ‘transformer’ apartment

This article was originally published in March 2016. Like any first-time homeowners, when Andy Knight and Michelle Tennant began looking for a place to settle in Hong Kong, they had a wish-list in mind. Between them, their list of amenities included a home cinema, a gym, a large kitchen, a full-sized bathtub, plenty of storage…

If Not Pelosi, Whom? The Question Hovers Over a Simmering Rebellion

WASHINGTON — What if House Democrats tried to stage a coup and nobody showed up? That is the predicament facing Democrats as a quiet rebellion simmers in their ranks to block Representative Nancy Pelosi of California from being speaker. Inside the Capitol and at nearby watering holes and restaurants, there are hopeful whispers among a…

New Peanut Allergy Drug Shows ‘Lifesaving’ Potential

Almost all of the children experienced adverse allergic reactions during the course of the yearlong trial, whether they were in the active treatment group or the placebo group. But over all, the investigators were pleased with the low rate of adverse events. Only 4.3 percent of the children on active treatment had allergic reactions classified…

Rent Roccascalegna castle in Italy for $100 and have your dream wedding

(CNN) — Ever dreamed of tying the knot in a fairytale castle in Italy? You can now rent one for just over $100 — and the whole place will be exclusively yours.  Roccascalegna, a medieval hamlet in the central, wild Abruzzo region, is leasing its stunning fortress for weddings, cocktail parties, birthdays, anniversaries and other…

Experimental treatment helps 2 out of 3 peanut allergy sufferers, study finds

“I wanted to sit with my good, good friends, but I couldn’t,” the 10-year-old said. “If you’re a kid and you have a food allergy, it’s harder on you. You’re missing out on a lot of stuff other children can have. I always want to try peanut stuff.” Mom Monica Glover said the family discovered…

Ramona Ripston, California Civil Liberties Champion, Dies at 91

When Ramona Ripston was being interviewed in 1972 to be executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Southern California, an all-male board committee asked her questions like, How could she do the job while being the mother of small children? By the time they got around to asking what her priorities in the office would be,…