"How close is Edwin Van der Sar to a new world record for consecutive clean sheets?" asks Ellis Roberts. Not very is the short answer, Ellis. Van der Sar's 13th consecutive league clean sheet for Manchester United at the weekend doesn't even take him into the top 10 best goalkeeping shut-outs. The Dutchman has gone 1,212 minutes without conceding, but he'll need another seven clean sheets for Sir Alex Ferguson's side to overhaul the current No1 No1. The Fifa-approved International Federation of Football History & Statistics lists the 10 best ever goalkeeping spells as follows: 1 Mazaropi (Vasco da Gama, Brazil) 1,816mins 2 Thabet El-Batal (National, Egypt) 1,442mins 3 Dany Verlinden (Club Brugge, Belgium) 1,390mins 4 José María Buljubasich (Universidad Católica Santiago, Argentina) 1,352mins 5 Thabet El-Batal (National, Egypt) 1,325mins 6 Essam El-Hadari (National, Egypt) 1,288mins 7 Abel Resino (Atlético Madrid, Spain) 1,275mins 8 Gaëtan Huard (Bordeaux, … [Read more...] about How close is Edwin Van der Sar to a new world record?
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It is common for distant exoplanets orbiting faraway stars to have water in their atmosphere, a shock new study reveals. Scientists scouring the composition of 19 worlds for five years say that water is often spotted on alien worlds, but in much lower amounts than is expected. A total of 14 of these worlds had water vapour floating in its atmosphere, and key chemicals sodium and potassium were each present on six. Water is key for life to thrive and its presence on distant worlds sparks hope for future discoveries. Scroll down for video The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation and has implications for the search for water in the solar system and beyond The finding, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, has implications for the search for extra-terrestrial life. Dr Nikku Madhusudhan, author of the … [Read more...] about Water is common in the atmospheres of distant worlds outside our Solar System – but only in tiny amounts, scientists claim
Arms companies in the UK and elsewhere in western Europe bucked the downward trend in sales in much of the rest of the world by recording a 6.6% rise last year, according to data compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). UK companies listed in the top 100 arms companies were among those who reversed the trend, with sales up 2.8% in 2015. Arms sales by western European companies had dropped in 2013 and 2014. SIPRI, an independent institute that has been providing the most exhaustive data on arms sales since 1990, recorded a total of $370.7bn (£293.6bn) worldwide in 2015, a slight drop on the previous year of 0.6%. Total sales have been dropping since 2011. But the fall in 2015 was minuscule, raising concern at SIPRI that the trend may be about to go into reverse, as is happening with western European companies. The US and western Europe account for more than 80% of all arms sales worldwide. Arms sales by companies in western Europe listed in … [Read more...] about British arms companies buck global trend with increase in sales
Britain has sold almost £50m-worth of arms to Turkey since the crackdown on opposition groups by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last year’s failed coup attempt. Newly published export statistics confirm that Turkey is now a major buyer of UK-made weapons. Between 1 July and 30 September, the UK sold Turkey £26m-worth of ML13 licences, which relate to exports of armoured plate, body armour and helmets. In addition, Britain sold Turkey £8.5m-worth of ML10 licences, for aircraft, helicopters and drones, and almost £4m-worth of ML4 licences, for missiles, bombs and “counter-measures”. Since 2015 the UK has sold Turkey £330m-worth of arms. The country is on the Department for International Trade’s list of “priority markets” for arms exports. But the sales come amid mounting concerns about the abuse of human rights. Last week Turkish MPs held a second and final round of voting on constitutional changes to give … [Read more...] about Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’
The US state department halted the planned sale of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines’ national police amid concerns about human rights violations there, Senate aides told Reuters on Monday. Aides said Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, said he would oppose the transaction with the long-time ally of the US. The relationship between the two countries has been complicated lately by President Rodrigo Duterte’s angry reaction to Washington’s criticism of his violent and controversial war on drugs. Duterte said last month that innocent people and children were “collateral damage” in his war on drugs because police use automatic weapons when confronting criminals. In an interview with al-Jazeera he gave a hypothetical example of an officer using an M16 rifle when dealing with a “gangster” who wields a pistol. “When they meet, they exchange fire. With the policeman and the M16, it’s one … [Read more...] about US halts sale of 26,000 assault rifles to Philippines police amid human rights concerns