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Mirai Nagasu becomes first American woman to land triple axel at Olympics

Mirai Nagasu becomes first American woman to land triple axel at Olympics

Sports
Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics on Monday in Gangneung, South Korea.The 24-year-old pulled off the move during her free skate at the Gangnueung Ice Arena. She was the first of five women to perform the skate on the final day of competition for an Olympics team medal. It was her first jump in a 4.5 minute program.Her skate helped put Team USA on the podium for a bronze medal in the mixed team final. Canada won the event and the Olympic Athletes from Russia finished with a silver medal.Nagasu began her routine with the U.S. team sitting in third place. She completed the triple axel and several other rotations, wrapping up a smooth skate with an explosion of emotion.Nagasu pumped her firsts before her final scor...
Ripple becomes second most valuable crypto-coin

Ripple becomes second most valuable crypto-coin

Technology
A crypto-currency called Ripple has become the second most valuable virtual cash system.Over the weekend the value of the digital currency hit more than $ 100bn (£74bn) according to some market monitors.This valuation is higher than the other popular crypto-cash system - Ethereum.Each Ripple coin, called an XRP, is now worth about $ 2.34 - far higher than the half a US cent they were worth a year ago.Bitcoin still remains the most valuable crypto-currency. The value of the 16.8 million bitcoins in circulation is now worth a nominal $ 231bn. Each bitcoin has a value of about $ 13,580.Bank paymentRipple has sought to establish itself as a safe alternative to other crypto-currencies by emphasising its links to existing financial institutions.Ripple was set up to help banks speed up and modern
Ripple surges 89% in single day, briefly becomes third biggest digital currency

Ripple surges 89% in single day, briefly becomes third biggest digital currency

Finance
Ripple is vying with bitcoin cash to be the third-largest cryptocurrency by market value.Ripple, or XRP, surged 89 percent Thursday to a record high of 89.2 cents and was last trading near 81 cents, giving it a market value of $ 31.6 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.Those gains temporarily pushed ripple's market value past that of bitcoin's offshoot bitcoin cash, and into third place just behind the largest digital currencies, bitcoin and ethereum, according to CoinMarketCap. The website showed bitcoin cash had regained third place by late Thursday afternoon, with a market value of $ 32.1 billion. Ripple surpassed the market value of litecoin on Wednesday after starting the week in fifth place by cryptocurrency market capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap. Ripple seven-day performa...
Colin Firth becomes Italian after Brexit vote

Colin Firth becomes Italian after Brexit vote

Entertainment
Film star Colin Firth has taken Italian citizenship in the wake of the Brexit vote, it has been revealed.The 57-year-old actor, famous for his roles in movies such as Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones' Diary and Kingsman, is married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli, who is applying for a British passport.The couple live in the UK with their two sons, and have been married since 1997.It has previously been reported that Firth had applied to become Italian following the result of last year's EU referendum.Image:Firth is currently starring in the second Kingsman movieThe news was revealed in a statement by the interior ministry, which described Firth as a "very famous actor, who won an Oscar for the film the King's Speech, is married to a citizen from our country and has often declar...
Konta becomes first British women's Wimbledon semi-finalist for 39 years

Konta becomes first British women's Wimbledon semi-finalist for 39 years

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Johanna Konta beat Romanian second seed Simona Halep in a thrilling match to become Britain's first women's Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1978.Sixth seed Konta, 26, fought back to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and match Virginia Wade's feat of 39 years ago.With Wade watching from the Royal Box, Konta served superbly to win in two hours and 38 minutes and set up a semi-final against American Venus Williams."I've always believed in my own ability and I've always dreamt big," she said. "But I'm much more process orientated, so I don't give myself too much time to dream. I'm more focused on the work."Relive how Konta's quarter-final win as it happened'I'm tremendously proud to be part of a little ...