November 29, 2009

Twitter Faster On Tiger Woods Accident News

The news that Tiger Woods had a minor car accident outside his home and that his wife Elin Nordegren, 29, pullled him to safety after smashing a golf club through the car window made the early rounds on Twitter, more than 45 minutes before the major news networks such as CNN and USA Today picked up the story.

At a time when media mogul Rupert Murdoch wanted to shut out Google from indexing news content from his news networks and to establish paywalls for readers, it seems sites like Twitter could be faster on the trigger.

The golf superstar was released from a Florida hospital following the car accident early Friday.

"Tiger Woods was in a minor car accident outside his home last night. He was admitted, treated and released today in good condition," said a statement from Woods' office and the Florida Health Central Hospital posted on the golfer's website.

Media reports, citing the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), said Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and then drove into a tree after leaving his property in the Isleworth community in Windermere, a suburb of Orlando.

November 16, 2009

Thousands Pay Last Respects To German Keeper Enke

Five days after his suicide shocked Germany and soccer fans across the world, goalkeeper Robert Enke was laid to rest next to his daughter's grave at a cemetery near Hanover.

Reuters reported that tens of thousands of fans joined family, friends and teammates to pay their last respects the Germany goalkeeper on Sunday (Nov 15).

The memorial service for Enke took place in Hannover's Niersachsen Stadion.

Enke took his own life at the age of 32, throwing himself in front of a train on Tuesday after battling depression for years.

Enke played his club football for Hanover 96 and was a key member of the German national team. He had earned eight caps in recent years and was facing the prospect of a successful World Cup in South Africa next summer.

Enke, who had been suffering from depression since 2003, made his breakthrough at Borussia Moenchengladbach and went on to captain Benfica in Portugal before having an unsuccessful spell at Barcelona.

He moved to Fenerbahce in Turkey before a transfer to Tenerife back in Spain helped him rebuild his career. He returned to the Bundesliga with Hanover and finally made his Germany debut in 2007.

He went on to win eight caps and was on his way to establishing himself as the number one German keeper after a decade in the shadows of Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann.

> The Sad Death of Robert Enke

November 8, 2009

Woman Soldier Describes Fort Hood Tragedy

U.S. soldier Keara Bono, who was injured, was one of those to survive the shooting rampage at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas.

In an interview, she described what happened on Thursday when a suspected gunman, identified as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, opened fire at the Soldiers Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood.

Thirteen people died in the shooting horror, 12 soldiers and one civilian, and 28 more were wounded.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist who was trained to treat war wounded, was shot four times by police, a base spokesman said. He was unconscious but in stable condition in the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio where he was transferred.

Update Nov 12, 2009:

US Army major Nidal Malik Hasan, suspected of shooting colleagues at the Fort Hood military base in Texas last week will face13 initial murder charges.

The 39-year-old was shot by police and remains in hospital. He has refused to speak to investigators.

BBC News reported that President Obama has ordered a review after US intelligence authorities said they knew Maj Hasan had been in contact with a cleric sympathetic to al-Qaeda.

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