Nov 252014
 

Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal has accomplished a considerable amount in a career that has seen him win 64 career titles even though he is still only 28-years-old. Among these career titles are 14 Grand Slam titles of which 9 are from winning the French Open and a gold medal that he won at the 2008 Olympics.

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Rafael Nadal and his long time court opponent Roger Federer

However, it hasn’t always gone in Nadal’s favor. Recently the tennis ace has suffered a series of frustrating injuries that have caused him to miss many major tournaments. But instead of wallowing in self-pity, Nadal has pursued his love of poker during this forced downtime and even been named a poker ambassador for one of the biggest companies in the online game.

He’s also recently challenged ex-Brazil international football star Ronaldo to a game of poker to raise money for charity. The game took place in Prague, Czech Republic this month where the pair went heads-up to raise awareness for a number of charities.

Just last year there were rumors circulating that Nadal would appear at the biggest tournament in professional poker in Las Vegas. Although the rumors ended up being, well, just rumors, Nadal does have his sights on mixing it with the world’s best very soon. What may well accelerate this transition into poker’s professional ranks is if he incurs more injuries and becomes frustrated with tennis, feeling that his body can no longer withstand the rigors of professional tennis.

Although poker is the polar opposite to the physically demanding sport of tennis, many ex-professional athletes have made forays into poker upon retirement. Yes, poker is a sedentary pastime but it is still competitive and this appeals to many ex-athletes. Learning their trade online in casino rooms has helped many foster an understanding of the inner workings of the sport. When casino gaming online was born through the groundbreaking InterCasino in 1996 many used this to fast-track their route to the elite circles of many casino-based games.

Today, with much practice behind the scenes and attendances at regular charity events, Nadal seems to be plotting the next moves in his career. This time however, it looks to be away from the tennis court. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how the next 12 months pan out for one of the sport’s greatest ever players.

Nov 252014
 

The European Union plans to create a fund worth 21 billion euros that aims at covering risks triggered by common projects with private investors.

The fund is believed to have an impact 15 times higher than its initial value and will support an investment program of 300 billion euro overall in the European Union, according to EU officials quoted by Bloomberg.

European Investment Bank will contribute with 5 billion euro while the other 16 billion will be financed by the European Commission in form of deposits without requiring capital injections from the Member States.

Nov 232014
 

Seven decades have past since the end of the second world war but Adolf Hitler yet remains as one of the most representative figures of the modern history.

Besides politics, the totalitarian ruler of nazist Germany featured different hobbies such as writing and painting. That fact was proven recently by Nuernberg-based Weidler Auktionshaus auction house which managed to sold “The Old City Hall”, one of Hitler’s paintings, for the record amount of 130,000 euros ($162,000) to a private collector from the Middle East who was among the audience during the bidding process.

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“The Old City Hall” by Adolf Hitler. Painting sold for 130000 euro (pic:Michael Probst)

It is reported that between 1905 and 1920, Adolf Hitler made over 2,000 paintings in order to earn money for daily living as he was very poor and without support.

For six years he lived a miserable life in the poorest neighborhoods of the city, the only source of income being secured by painting illustrations of various buildings in Vienna, which he painted and sold in cafes.

Kathrin Weidler, the owner of the auction house was slammed for bidding the dictator’s artistic works which dates back to 1914, but she defended herself by saying that the complaints should be in fact addressed to the real owners of the painting – two German sisters, aged around 70s, whose identity was not disclosed.

Other five paintings by Adolf Hitler were previously sold for smaller amounts, ranging between 5,000 and 80,000 euros, and the vendors donated 10% of the earnings to a foundation which supports disabled children.

Nov 232014
 

An incident broke out in Athens urban area of Piraeus, Greece, where a man entered a nightclub with a Kalashnikov and started shooting randomly on early morning of Saturday

The shooter, known for links with various drug dealers, had initially entered the nightclub accompanied by a young girl.

A few minutes later, the he came out of the bar, but returned armed with a Kalashnikov assault riffle and started shooting randomly.

According to witness accounts, the suspect, thought to be in his 50s, scared terribly the local customers by shouting out loud “you will all die.”

The attacker, an Albanian national, managed to run away with a taxi and is now sought by police throughout Greece.

Of the 15 people wounded in the shooting spree, three were in serious condition and needed surgery.

Nov 222014
 
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Nov 222014
 
Culita Tarata died at 62. Head of Neamt County Council lost battle with pancreatic cancer

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Nov 222014
 

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Nov 222014
 

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Nov 222014
 

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Nov 212014
 
PUMA military helicopter crashed in Sibiu county, Romania

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