Seeing double: Djokovic cheers lookalike Olympic winner

France’s snowboard cross gold medallist during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Pierre Vaultier (L) and Serbia’s tennis player Novak Djokovic. (AFP)
Updated 19 February 2018

Seeing double: Djokovic cheers lookalike Olympic winner

PYEONGCHANG: Tennis ace Novak Djokovic has invited French lookalike Winter Olympic champion Pierre Vaultier for a get-together after the snowboard gold medallist noted the resemblance between the two men.
Vaultier told French TV he was a fan of Djokovic and had always wanted to meet the Serbian former world number one.
Djokovic responded swiftly on Twitter with an invitation to the French Open at Roland Garros.
“@pierre_vaultier let’s make it happen. See you at RG (Roland Garros)! And congratulations on your Olympic medal(s)!“
Vaultier said the likeness between himself and the tall, dark Djokovic had been raised in the past and added: “When I am watching him play, his expressions and his intonation, I feel like I am watching myself.”
The 30-year-old Vaultier won the Olympic snowboard cross gold in Pyeongchang on Thursday, retaining the title he won in Sochi four years earlier.
The French Open tennis championships will take place at Roland Garros from May 27 to June 10.


TWITTER POLL: Firing up of UAE’s Barakah power plant to usher new age of nuclear energy

Updated 26 min 36 sec ago

TWITTER POLL: Firing up of UAE’s Barakah power plant to usher new age of nuclear energy

  • Also an indirect endorsement for a move away from fossil fuels

DUBAI: The UAE firing up of the Barakah power plant’s first nuclear reactor will usher in a new era of clean energy, according to an Arab News straw poll.

Nearly 70 percent of those who responded said they believed the launch of the Barakah facility was the beginning of a new era of energy production.

But one third of those polled said they doubted there would be any change in the current energy regime.

The UAE became the first nuclear energy capable nation in the Arab world after switching on the country’s first nuclear reactor at the Barakah plant in Abu Dhabi emirate.

Unit 1 is set to be connected to the UAE power grid and supply electricity in the next testing phase.

The Barakah facility, tucked 280 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi in the Al-Dhafra region, is expected to add 5,600 megawatts of electricity to the UAE power grid when all of its four reactors become operational as the country works to improve its environmental reputation.

“If the younger, educated ones are allowed to speedily take charge of modern tech, this can rapidly bring Arab countries into the realm of Singapore, Israel, South Korea etc.,” according to Twitter user @winstonmaraj.