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first_imgAurangabad, Oct 31 (PTI) Qualifier Sandesh Kurale of Kolhapur toppled eighth seed Vishwesh Patel to enter the boys singles quarter finals of the MSLTA-Yonex Sunrise under 14 National Tennis Tournament today.Kurale carved out a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory in a two hour match to enter the prequarterfinals of the tournament being organised by Endurance Marathwada-MSLTA Tennis Center (EMMTC) at the divisional sports complex here.In another upset Manav Jain ousted 15th seed Hasith Gummuluru 6-2, 6-4 while in the girls event Riya Bhosale of Pune stunned Sai Bhoyar 6-4, 6-3 to enter the third round.Results: Boys (2nd round):Krishan Hooda(1) bt (Q)Daksh Agarwal 6-2, 6-1; Ronin Lotlikar bt Akarsh Gaonkar 6-1, 6-3; Ajay Singh(11) bt (Q)Arjun Premkumar 6-3, 6-0; Dhanya Shah(7) bt Faiz Nasyam 6-2, 6-2; Sanmay Gandhi(14) bt Pranav Heggere 6-1, 6-1; Anup Bangargi bt Farhaan Patrawala 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4; Chirag Duhan(4) bt Jasmeet Duhan 6-0, 6-2; (Q)Sandesh Kurale bt Vishwesh Patel(8)6-0, 5-7, 6-2; Yashraj Dalvi(10) bt (Q)Sahil Tambat 6-1, 6-3; Manav Jain bt Hasith Gummuluru(15)6-2, 6-4.Girls (2nd round):Sudipta Kumar(1) bt (Q)Anya Jacob 6-0, 6-1; Saniya Masand(13) bt Hetvee Chaudhari 7-5, 6-1; Renee Singh(9) bt Nandini Dixit 6-4, 6-3; Renne Singla(6) bt (Q)Harshita Bangera 6-4, 6-2; Sanjana Sirimalla(3) bt Kashish Bote 6-0, 6-0; Riya Bhosale bt Sai Bhoyar(16)6-4, 6-3. PTI SSR NRB RDSlast_img read more

first_imgSALVADOR, Brazil — James Rodriguez got the best of Lionel Messi in the Copa America on Saturday, leading Colombia to a 2-0 win over Argentina in the teams’ debut in the South American tournament.Rodriguez set up Roger Martinez’s opening goal in the second half with a superb long pass across the pitch, and substitute Duvan Zapata scored late to seal the victory that allowed Colombia to end a 12-year winless streak against the Argentines.Roger Martínez cuts inside and fires in for the lead! Colombia takes a 1-0 lead over Argentina!— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 15, 2019Messi couldn’t do enough to spark Argentina, which lost its first Copa America match since the 2007 final against Brazil. It was also the team’s first opening defeat in the tournament since 1979.“Our best player was the entire team,” said Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz. “The next match will certainly be more difficult, this is only the beginning.”Both Argentina and Colombia are trying to end title droughts, with the Argentines winless since the 1993 Copa America and the Colombians without a trophy since the 2001 edition.Argentina lost the finals of the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016, where it lost both of the latter in penalty shootouts against Chile.Colombia’s last win over Argentina was in South American qualifying for the World Cup in 2007.“It had been a long time (without beating Argentina),” Zapata said. “Everyone in Colombia is very happy, but there is still a long way to go in the Copa, we still have important matches ahead.”Messi and Rodriguez had a mostly quiet match in Salvador, but Rodriguez helped Colombia take the lead thanks to his great assist for Martinez’s 71st-minute opener.Colombia’s James Rodriguez greets fans at the end of the Copa America Group B soccer match against Argentina at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)The playmaker had the ball in Colombia’s own field before finding Martinez with a long pass toward the area. The forward picked up the ball and cut toward the middle before firing a mid-height shot toward the far corner to open the scoring.“We are disappointed because they scored a great goal when we were playing better,” Messi said. “It will take some time to accept this defeat, but we have to take the positives from today and move on to try to win the next match. We still have plenty of chances.”It’s 2-0!Duván Zapata doubles Colombia’s lead!— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 15, 2019vZapata sealed Colombia’s victory five minutes after entering the match, completing a cross by Jefferson Lerma in the 86th minute.Argentina came closest to scoring with a close-range header by Messi that missed just wide in the 66th.Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and Colombia veteran Radamel Falcao also couldn’t do much to help their teams break through their opponents’ defense in a tense opening match in Group B.“We improved in the second half and created chances,” said Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who complained of the bad field conditions at the Arena Fonte Nova. “We still have two matches left and if we win them we will certainly advance.”Argentina will next play against Paraguay in Belo Horizonte, while Colombia will face Qatar in Sao Paulo.Paraguay and Qatar meet in the other Group B match on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.Earlier Saturday, Peru was held by 10-man Venezuela to a 0-0 draw in Group A, a result that left both teams two points behind host Brazil, which opened with a 3-0 win over Bolivia on Friday in Sao Paulo.By: Deborah Rey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgGermany were humbled to a 1-0 draw by Mexico in their opening game of the World Cup, but coach Joachim Loew sounded confident the world champions would quickly make amends.The shock loss has already thrown the defending champions plans for the world cup into disarray with the 2014 World Cup winners being caught on the break throughout the game.Loew said while he was not planning to overhaul his plans for the remaining Group F matches against Sweden and South Korea, his team would bounce back.”We will draw our lessons from this defeat and will do it better next time,” the 58-year-old said. “We will certainly not throw our plans overboard. We will not deviate form our path, we just have to find our strengths again.”Mexicans throng streets at home after shock win over GermanyThose strengths are their attacking game and solid defence and both were painfully missing from their game against the Mexicans, who caught them on the break seemingly at will.”It is an unusual situation for us but one we must accept. We did not play our usual offensive and passing game,” Loew said.Earthquake detected in Mexico after Lozano stuns Germany”We will analyse it. The team has enough experience to deal with it and we will rise again.””Mexico deserved the win. Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with just Jerome (Boateng) and myself in the back,” said centre back Hummels, one of several Germans who will not want to watch a replay of Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal.advertisementFIFA investigating homophobic chants by Mexico fans”We were warned days ago (in the warm-up games). We played exactly like we did against Saudi Arabia (when Germany won 2-1) only against a better opponent. That’s why the first half was like it was and Mexico obviously deserved to win it.” The historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano’s goal. The 22-year-old scored in the 35th minute with a low shot past Manuel Neuer. The goal led to wild celebrations in the stadium and back home in Mexico.Such was the magnitude of the celebration in Mexico that it caused an “artificial” earthquake according to SIMMSA, the body that monitors and analyses seismic activity in the country.The Germans have a stellar tournament record under Loew, having reached at least the semi-finals in every World Cup or Euro tournament since he took over in 2006. Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEThey have also not been eliminated at a World Cup group stage since 1938 when the tournament had a different and smaller format. Since then Germany have managed to qualify for the knockout stage or the second group stage, as was the case in 1978, every time.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.They next take on Sweden before facing South Korea and they must win both if they are to make sure of a spot in the knockout stage.”One thing I will not be doing is think about the round of 16. What we need to do now is do our homework and win our next game. We are under pressure.”It will not happen to us,” he said when asked whether Germany would fall in the group stage. “We will make it.”last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup Top 10 teams that failed to qualify for the World Cup Last updated 2 years ago 05:41 11/14/17 Comments(4) 1/12 Top 10 teams that failed to qualify for the World Cup France, 1993 Alf Ramsey, England Full screen 1 of 12 Share Close Sometimes, the very best in the world aren’t always represented at the World Cup. Some of the greatest talents and teams of their generation were unable to qualify for the World Cup, while other failures involved high-profile sides whose absence from the tournament generated plenty of headlines. Here, Goal breaks down the 10 most high-profle teams who were unable to make it to the sport’s biggest showpiece. FacebookTwitterRedditcopy World Cup Italylast_img

first_imgUnai Emery admits he does not know if Sven Mislintat will be staying on in what is shaping up to be a difficult January transfer window for Arsenal.Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Gunners are set to lose their highly-rated head of recruitment.A little over a year after being brought onto the staff at Emirates Stadium, Mislintat is edging towards the exits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He had been keen to take on a new technical director role in north London, but Arsenal are looking elsewhere for somebody to fill that position.With his influence over additions seemingly set to be limited, Mislintat – who enjoyed considerable success in a previous role at Borussia Dortmund – is being heavily linked with a return to the Bundesliga at Bayern Munich.Gunners boss Emery claims he is unable to shed any light on whether such a move will be made, with the Spaniard still trying to put winter plans in place.He told reporters on the Mislintat speculation: “I was working with him the last two weeks, we had two or three meetings together.“We are working normally. I don’t know other issues. I don’t know [if he’s leaving].“My relationship about transfers is we’ve been speaking about that for the last two, three weeks.”While Emery has held discussions regarding possible additions, he admits bringing fresh faces to Arsenal will be difficult.He has already conceded that he will have no money for permanent additions, forcing him to seek out loan deals for the likes of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.Emery added on the situation he faces in January: “It is not easy to take players who can help us with better performances than we already have.“The club is working, I spoke with [Mislintat] about different possibilities but it’s not easy to take players who can help us with big performances now.”Arsenal would welcome additions to their ranks if the necessary quality at the right price can be found.They have slipped six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four, with a resurgent Manchester United having pulled level with them in the battle for Champions League qualification.The Gunners will, however, get the chance to force themselves back into the mix on Saturday when they play host to London rivals Chelsea – the side sat directly above them in the table at present. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgGet up close and personal with a sea scallop this summer as the aquaculture touch tank visits various festivals and events across the province. For the third consecutive summer, people around the province will get a hands-on opportunity to discover more about aquaculture, including the impact it has on our economy and food plate. The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia are exhibiting a touch tank and display at several community events throughout Nova Scotia. The touch tank has been a very popular exhibit at past events, and attracts nearly 10,000 visitors each year. This summer, three students have been hired to run the aquaculture outreach program and tour the province with the touch tank. “Our aquaculture outreach program teaches people of all ages about a growing part of our seafood industry,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Aquaculture is a large source of our food supply, and the touch tank provides an interactive opportunity to learn about this important industry.” The touch tank is an interactive, educational display that allows people to see local sea species, including those farmed in the province or affecting aquaculture. The tank includes such species as sea scallops, mussels, oysters, clams, halibut, rock crab, green crab and starfish. The aquaculture display will visit the following events: July 17-19 – Tall Ships, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth July 24-25 – Yarmouth SeaFest, Yarmouth Aug. 1-2 – Cheticamp Oceans Day, Cheticamp Aug. 8-9 – Digby Scallop Days, Digby Aug. 16 – Clam Harbour Sand Castle Competition, Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality Aug. 23 – Incredible Picnic, Citadel Hill, Halifaxlast_img read more

first_imgChild Care Awareness Days are held the month of June, which gives me the perfect opportunity to share with Nova Scotians some of the work government has undertaken to improve child care in our province. Not long ago, my colleagues and I signed off on updated regulations for the province’s licensed child care centres and family home day cares. Introduced in April, the amended regulations were designed to help child care providers offer children the best possible care in safe and secure environments. Child care centres are far more than babysitting facilities. They are staffed by professionals who help establish the building blocks for lifelong learning, and we know that the early years of a child’s life are vitally important in shaping their futures. Government works very hard to support the child care sector. The last thing we want to do is create difficulty or red tape for those who take on the important responsibility of guiding our children through their early years. With that in mind, we gathered input on how best to update the regulations to ensure children’s safety while minimizing obstacles for providers. We met with more than 100 representatives of the child care sector, including child care centre and family home day care operators, early childhood educators, and other child care staff. That input was invaluable. Based on what we heard, we developed regulations that we believe are clear, fair and will work best for our province. It’s natural that there will still be those who have questions about how changes will affect them. As always, our staff are available to answer those questions and help providers to make the transition as smooth as possible. Ultimately, we all have the same goal: to help give Nova Scotian children the best possible start in life. Government is committed to making life better for Nova Scotians and improving child care is an important part of this. We have already taken steps to show that commitment. We’ve added 250 subsidies to help make child care more affordable, created hundreds of licensed child care spaces, and awarded dozens of loans and grants to help centres expand, enhance their programs and provide staff with professional growth opportunities and improved salaries. We’ll continue working with our partners in the sector to strengthen the quality and accessibility of child care in Nova Scotia. I encourage people to visit to learn more about how government is making life better for families. -30-last_img read more

VANCOUVER — Participating in three liquefied natural-gas projects will help a First Nation on British Columbia’s North Coast buy back its traditional territory and improve the lives of members, says its chief councillor.The Haisla occupy territory near the community of Kitimat, B.C., and at the head of Douglas Channel, a strategic site for tankers that will move LNG to Asia and the United States. The First Nation is involved directly or indirectly in three LNG proposals.On Tuesday, band members gave Joe Oliver, the federal natural resources minister, a one-hour boat tour of some of the proposed sites and met with him afterwards.Chief Coun. Ellis Ross said in an interview the companies involved in the projects, with the support of the Crown, are giving his First Nation the ability to acquire land without a treaty.“I think the fundamental issue for First Nations in our area, at least for Haisla, fundamentally is still the land issue,” he said.“There’s a lot of window dressing on what the issues are. It could be anything from social benefits, welfare, education, health, money, but I think for the Haisla, what we’ve got to do, is you know, OK, let’s go back to the land issues first. Maybe that drives what the answer is to the rest of the issues. I fully believe that.”The band of about 1,700 members is without a treaty, and according to the BC Treaty Commission, it is at the fourth of six stages in the process.While the Haisla oppose the Northern Gateway oil pipeline, the band has been actively courted by LNG producers.Ross said the three proposed terminals are the Kitimat LNG facility proposed by Chevron and Apache, the BC LNG proposal and the Shell Kitimat LNG Terminal.He said the Kitimat LNG facility is located on reserve land. The BC LNG facility is on fee-simple land acquired by the band, which holds 50 per cent of a partnership in the project with Houston-based LNG partners.The Shell Kitimat LNG Terminal is not on band land but within its traditional territory, and the Haisla is working out its level of involvement with the company, Ross said.Ross said his band also took Oliver to see sites related to other proposed economic developments not related to LNG.“He requested the meeting with us,” said Ross. “So we just made arrangements.”Oliver said Kitimat provides Canada and the world with a deep-sea route through Douglas Channel to the Asia-Pacific region, and the Haisla and all Canadians stand to benefit from the proposed projects.“The community is located in a strategically important area, which can become a hub for natural-gas liquification and transport … and they’re aware of this,” he said.Oliver said the federal government has an obligation to meet with and talk to communities and find out their concerns and goals.“What we’re all looking for, I think, are ways to maximize, you know, the benefits to aboriginal communities … so that they can see those benefits, and be supportive where appropriate and where of course there has been a positive-regulatory review done.”B.C. Premier Christy Clark has said the LNG industry represents an economic opportunity worth an estimated $1 trillion and the potential to create 100,000 jobs. read more

LONDON – The European Union wants a quickie divorce, but Britain wants time to think things over.Senior EU politicians demanded Saturday that the U.K. quickly cut its ties with the 28-nation bloc — a process Britain says won’t begin for several months — as the political and economic shockwaves from the U.K.’s vote to leave reverberated around the world.“There is a certain urgency … so that we don’t have a period of uncertainty, with financial consequences, political consequences,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said at a meeting in Berlin of the EU’s six founding nations.EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the split was “not an amicable divorce” but noted it was never “a tight love affair anyway.”Britons voted 52 to 48 per cent Thursday in favour of ending their country’s 43-year membership in the 28-nation bloc.But no country has ever left the EU before, so no one knows exactly how the process will play out. Britain must, at some point, unambiguously notify the bloc of its intentions and set a two-year clock ticking for negotiating its departure. Until then, Britain remains an EU member.In contrast to the clamouring of EU officials, the leaders of Britain’s “leave” campaign, who had reassured voters that the EU would offer Britain good terms for a new relationship, were largely silent Saturday.England’s 300-year-old union with Scotland could be another casualty of the referendum, since most people in Scotland voted to remain in the EU but were outvoted by a majority in much-larger England.Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said Saturday that her semi-autonomous administration would seek immediate talks with EU nations and institutions to ensure that Scotland could remain in the bloc.“(We will) explore possible options to protect Scotland’s place in the EU,” she said after meeting with her Cabinet in Edinburgh, adding that a new referendum on Scottish independence is “very much on the table.”Scotland voted in 2014 to remain a part of the U.K., but that decision was seen as being conditional on the U.K. staying in the EU.The victorious “leave” campaigners have said there’s no rush to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which will begin a two-year exit process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the U.K. and what will become a 27-nation bloc.British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation Friday and said his successor, to be chosen by October, should be the one to navigate the tricky process of withdrawing from the bloc.The favourite to succeed him, former London Mayor Boris Johnson, has said there’s “no need for haste” — but EU leaders are saying the opposite, in insistent tones.Juncker said Saturday the British had voted to leave and “it doesn’t make any sense to wait until October to try and negotiate the terms of their departure.”“I would like to get started immediately,” he said.French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron expressed the frustrations that many EU politicians feel, accusing Britain of taking the EU “hostage” with a referendum called to solve a domestic political problem: challenges to Cameron from right-wing euroskeptics.“The failure of the British government” has opened up “the possibility of the crumbling of Europe,” Macron said at a debate in Paris.Top diplomats from the European Union’s six founding nations — France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg — met in Berlin for hastily arranged talks and stressed that the exit process should be speedy.“There must be clarity,” Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told reporters. “The people have spoken and we need to implement this decision.”France’s Ayrault suggested Britain could name a new prime minister within “several days” — but that is likely instead to take several months. The process calls for Conservative lawmakers to winnow candidates down to two choices who will then be voted on in a postal ballot of party members.Legally, there is little the EU can do to force Britain’s hand, since Article 50 must be triggered by the country that is leaving. But political pressure and economic instability may force British politicians to act more quickly than they had hoped.German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a conciliatory note, saying it “shouldn’t take forever” for Britain to deliver its formal notification of leaving.“There is no need to be particularly nasty in any way in the negotiations. They must be conducted properly,” Merkel said at a news conference in Potsdam, outside Berlin.Britain’s “leave” campaigners have been accused of lacking a plan for the aftermath of a victory.Dominic Cummings, director of the “Vote Leave” group, said it would be “unthinkable” to invoke Article 50 before a new prime minister was in place. He tweeted: “David Cameron was quite right. New PM will need to analyze options and have informal talks.”Britain will remain an EU member until the divorce is finalized, but its influence inside the bloc is already waning. Leaders of the bloc will hold a summit in Brussels next week, and the second day, Wednesday, will take place for the first time without Britain.On Saturday, Britain’s representative on the EU’s executive Commission, Jonathan Hill, stepped down, saying he was disappointed by the referendum result but “what’s done cannot be undone.”Juncker transferred Hill’s portfolio of overseeing financial services to Latvian commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis — costing Britain a key voice in a sector that is hugely important to London, whose status as Europe’s financial capital is threatened by Britain’s EU exit.The referendum has already triggered financial turmoil around the world. Stock markets plummeted Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping 611 points, or 3.4 per cent, its biggest fall since August. It’s not clear what will happen in the markets on Monday, the next trading day.The pound on Friday dropped to its lowest level since 1985, plunging more than 10 per cent from about $1.50 to $1.35 before a slight recovery, on concerns that severing ties with the EU single market of 500 million people will hurt the U.K. economy and undermine London’s position as a global financial centre.Credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded the U.K.’s economic outlook from stable to negative, saying Britain faces “a prolonged period of uncertainty … with negative implications for the country’s medium-term growth outlook.”The vote to leave the EU has upended British politics. The deeply divided Conservatives are facing a leadership battle to replace Cameron, and some members of the opposition Labour Party hope to oust their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who they accuse of failing to promote the “remain” side strongly enough.“(Corbyn) clearly isn’t the right person to actually lead the party into an election because nobody thinks he will actually win,” said Labour legislator Frank Field.Corbyn said Saturday he would not resign and said Britain must react “calmly and rationally” to the divisive referendum result.___Grieshaber reported from Berlin, Associated Press writers David Rising and Geir Moulson in Berlin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report. EU calls for UK to ‘Brexit’ quickly; Britain wants more time by Jill Lawless And Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 5:01 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, top, and the flag of England fly above a souvenir stand on Westminster Bridge following yesterday’s EU referendum result, London, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) read more

Mr Jennings attended Central London County Court with his new partner Credit:Richard Gittins/Champion News Andrew Ritchie QC, for Mr Jennings, claimed the taxi driver was driving too fast and would have seen the pedestrian in the road had he been keeping a proper lookout.Outside court during the case, Mr Ritchie assessed the value of Mr Jennings’ claim at “over £1m”.His solicitor, Nicholas Davis, said his head injuries had left him with epilepsy and memory issues which had forced him to quit the City.But the judge ruled: “The allegation of negligence aimed at the taxi driver is utterly unrealistic.”The sole material cause of this accident was Mr Jennings’ own stupidity in attempting to cross these lanes of busy traffic and having his attention diverted by his own misbehaviour and his argument with his girlfriend.””I reject the contention that any of the particulars of negligence is made out,” the judge concluded, dismissing the damages claim. But Judge Alan Saggerson has now thrown out his claim, saying Mr Jennings’ injuries resulted from his own “stupidity” in running into the road.The court heard Mr Jennings, aged in his 40s, went to the hotel with his then partner, “intending to celebrate a business deal,” on the evening of September 6 2012. A City financier walked out into seven lanes of traffic after he rowed with his girlfriend who he claimed spoiled a romantic meal by talking on her phone for two hours, a court heard.Stephen Jennings attempted to claim over £1 million in compensation when he was struck by a black cab near London’s Park Lane hotel in 2012. The financial systems analyst rushed blindly into the road following an argument with his ex-partner, who he said had “rudely” talked on her phone for two hours after the pair sat down for a meal to celebrate a business deal, Central London County Court heard.Mr Jennings, from Windsor, suffered devastating head injuries when he was struck by the cab, and had to give up his highly paid job.He sued the cab driver for over £1 million – mainly lost earnings – claiming his negligence caused the accident. The financial systems analyst rushed blindly into the road following an argument with his partner, Central London County Court heard “It was rude of my then girlfriend to be on the phone,” said Mr Jennings. “She was on the phone to Australia for two hours.”She ordered food and drank a whole bottle of wine. I went to the hotel bar and had a beer or two and when I got back she was still on the phone.”The couple then left the hotel “in a volatile state of mind and temper,” said the judge.”A physical argument ensued”, next to the busy seven-lane traffic interchange at Marble Arch.At the climax of the confrontation between the couple, Mr Jennings rushed into the traffic.He was “ducking and diving” between lines of cars in an “almost suicidal” attempt to get away, said the judge.The moment of madness lasted until he was knocked down by the cab, hitting his head on the road. Mr Jennings attended Central London County Court with his new partner  “But,” said Judge Saggerson, “the celebration didn’t go according to plan.”As the pair sat down to dinner, Mr Jennings said his girlfriend took a call on her mobile and she was on the phone “for two hours”.She ate her dinner and downed a bottle of wine whilst chatting away, he told the court.The judge said a disgruntled Mr Jennings “ended up drinking by himself in the hotel bar”. The financial systems analyst rushed blindly into the road following an argument with his partner, Central London County Court heardCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more