Australian Wiasak retains world pursuit title

The 31-year-old was never threatened, leading the 3,000m event from start to finish as she claimed the first gold medal of the championships, nearly eight seconds ahead of Wojtyra.In the women's team sprint final, reigning champions Jinjie Gong and Tianshi Zhong of China were disqualified having finished ahead of Russia.Anastasia Voinova and Daria Shmeleva were handed the title after judges ruled one of China's changes illegal.Australia's 11-times world champion Anna Meares failed to add to her medal collection as she and Stephanie Morton were edged out for the bronze medal by German duo Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel.It was still a satisfactory opening day though for Australia with Wiasak's gold, albeit in an event that will not feature on the Olympic schedule in Rio later this year."Being the defending champion…
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Treasury Wine increases CEO’s salary

The maker of world famous wines, including Penfolds and Wolf Blass, has increased chief executive Michael Clarke's pay package almost 30 per cent for turning the company around.Treasury Wine Estates has increased Mr Clarke's fixed remuneration to $2.2 million a year, from $1.7 million, effective March 1, citing the "significant turnaround of the business over the past two years under his leadership and strategic initiatives put in place for future growth".Chairman Paul Rayner said Mr Clarke's "global vision and leadership has been critical to TWE achieving outstanding results for our shareholders and the board believes it is entirely appropriate to recognise this through an increase in his fixed remuneration".TWE - which also owns wine brands such as Lindeman's, Rosemount, Beringer, Chateau St Jean and Stag's Leaps - recently reported a…
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Year-long spacemen embrace fresh, cold air

There's nothing like a blast of fresh, frigid air to welcome you back to the planet after nearly a year cooped up in space.That's the word from astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's space-endurance champ who returned to bitterly cold Kazakhstan on Wednesday, with his roommate for the past year, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.In a NASA interview before heading home to Houston, Kelly said it was amazing to feel the cold air when the hatch of his Soyuz capsule popped open after touchdown."I don't mean to say it's not fresh on the space station," he said, "but there's nothing like new cold air coming into the capsule."Kelly, 52, and Kornienko, 55, yearned for nature throughout their 340-day mission at the International Space Station, a dry run by NASA for eventual trips to…
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Happy events can break hearts, too: study

Hearts can be broken by happy events as well as those causing grief and sadness, a study has found.Since 1990, doctors have recognised a rare condition associated with extreme emotional distress that can trigger potentially fatal weakening of the heart.Known as Takotsubo syndrome, or TTS, it typically occurs after upsetting episodes such as the death of a spouse or parent, the breakdown of a relationship, or being diagnosed with cancer.Now research shows the same outcome can follow happy or joyful events. Scientists have named the new condition "happy heart syndrome".The discovery came after researchers analysed data from 1750 patients diagnosed with TTS in nine countries.Of 485 patients for whom an emotional trigger could be identified, 96 per cent had suffered sad and stressful events such as the loss of a…
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El Chapo now wants quick extradition to US

Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is willing to plead guilty to any charges in the United States if US authorities promise him a short sentence in a medium-security prison, one of his lawyers says.Guzman wants to accelerate the extradition process so he can escape harsh conditions in a Mexican maximum-security prison, where guards will not let his client sleep, lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez said.He said he and Guzman's family were reviewing options for a US defence lawyer."We have talked about a proposal ... to plead guilty to the charges in the United States without questioning their veracity," said Rodriguez, who heads Guzman's legal team."That in exchange for a reduction in the applicable sentence like others have done in these situations, but also look for a medium-security prison so that…
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