Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Daily: 11 September

Written by Rosie Le Page and Eloise Andrews
Murray Defeats Djokovic in US Open Final

Fred Perry's 1936 title as the most recent British Grand Slam winner was handed over to Andy Murray last night when he defeated the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, in a thrilling match which ended 7-6 (12-10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. The Scot clenched victory after four hours and fifty-four minutes of what Djokovic called a "tremendous match". Murray was clearly thrilled, saying "When I realised I had won, I was a little bit shocked, I was very relieved and I was very emotional". We offer congratulations to Murray, and our hopes for a British Wimbledon winner are re-ignited.

Strictly Line-Up Released

Some of our Olympic stars are to remain on our screens for at least a while longer as the line-up includes gold-medal winner Victoria Pendleton of the velodrome and gymnast Louis Smith who won silver for his pommel horse routine and team bronze. They are joined by another great athlete, former England cricket captain Michael Vaugan. Four presenters also join the clan, Denise Van Outen is joined by Fern Britton who used to present This Morning, children's television presenter Jonny Ball (who, at 74, is the oldest ever contestant) and Daybreak presenter Richard Arnold. The vocal attributes of the group are also high, with stars including Westlifes Nicky Byrne Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud. Actor Sid Owen also known as Eastenders 'Ricky Butcher', former Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer and James Bond actor Colin Salmon will join Sir Mick Jagger's former wife, model Jerry Hall in completing the line-up. Strictly is to return to our screens this Saturday night, we know we'll be watching.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Begin their Tour of the Far East

Arriving in Singapore this morning, the Royal couple have begun their nine day tour, today visiting Changi's Botanic Gardens. Their three day stay in Singapore will be based at the 125-year old Raffle Hotel, famed for its grandeur and splendor. They are due to visit the President of Singapore where Prince William will make his first speech. The couple will then travel on to Kuala Lumpur before heading on to Borneo where a visit to the country's rainforest to see the orangutans is expected. Their next stop off is at the Solomon Islands before visiting Tuvalu. The couple are then expected to end their tour on the private island of Tavnipupu, where they will be able to recuperate after their official duties.

Boris Johnson's Speech

The Our Greatest Team parade yesterday saw an estimated one million people turn out to cheer on the Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes one last time. It was a great event and one of the things that stood out here at The Lady, Mr Boris Johnson's hilarious speech! We know Boris has a way with words and the fringe is a source of great amusement but his speech really captured the audience, so much that they even started a chant for the Mayor. Boris pointing out that we "got more medals than France and Australia" received a great reaction from the crowd, as too did his thanks to the athletes who have achieved so much for GB this summer.

4/6 of the world's top Universities are in the UK

The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford as well as UCL and Imperial College London have ranked in the top 6 in the world for 2011-2012. Despite Cambridge being knocked off the number one spot by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the UK still has the majority in the global universities league table. There are, however, fears that new Visa regulations for international students and the steep increase in fees will deter many students from applying this year.

Loris Smuggling in Delhi

Three men have been arrested for attempting to conceal small primates called Lorises in their undergarments whilst boarding a plane from Delhi airport. The men were detained after a security guard questioned an unusual bulge in one of the men's underwear. Lorises are rare and have become popular exotic pets in recent years, which has had a devastating effect on their numbers. The Lorises involved in the smuggling incident are said to be in a stable condition but not full health and will continue to be treated in hospital.

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