There's nothing like watching an action-packed penalty shoot-out pitting players against goalkeepers, with either one leaving as the hero or the villain. At any World Cup, taking a successful penalty means being remembered for years, if not decades. The origins of the penalty The penalty kick as we know it today was introduced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB's) Law 14 in 1891. In accordance with the law, a player who purposefully trips, holds, or handles the ball within 12 yards of their own goal line is liable for a penalty. What is it like to take a penalty at a World Cup? The USA's all-time leading scorer, Landon Donovan, put away 57 goals in 157 games and was America's top scorer in World Cup history. Landon told Football Now that taking a penalty in football's biggest tournament is a "nerve-wracking" experience. "You are very aware that this is a big moment not only for you and your team but your country," Donovan told Football Now. … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup 2022: A record-breaking tournament for penalties?
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By Steffan Powell Published 3 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Foreign nationals thinking about travelling to fight in Ukraine were given a clear warning earlier this year: "This is not Call of Duty." The horrors of a real-world battlefield are a long way from their virtual versions, no matter how much games have evolved in recent years. However, the gaming industry's relationship with the military has been getting closer - whether through the technology used to train officers, the tactics to change public perception, the close ties to veterans, or the simple fact that soldiers love to play. "There's absolutely a deep affinity to gaming among those actively serving and younger veterans," says Dan Goldenberg, who served in the US Navy and now runs the Call of Duty Endowment, a military veterans' organisation affiliated with the popular video game franchise. … [Read more...] about War games: The military’s deep affinity with gaming
No two countries with a McDonald’s ever go to war: it was the kind of tale a naive, trusting world preoccupied with spending its Cold War peace dividend wanted to hear. So when Thomas Friedman, the US author, coined his Golden Arches theory of conflict prevention back in 1996, the idea was lapped up enthusiastically.It was an exhilarating, hopelessly optimistic take, perfect for a pre-9/11, pre-internet era that still believed in unstoppable economic and political progress. Friedman’s screed, later expanded into a book, was merely the latest to argue that some freedom begets more freedom: 19th-century economic liberals saw free trade not just as a means of generating prosperity but also of replacing war with peace, military empires with commerce. They argued that free trade raises the cost of armed conflict, reducing its prevalence. More contemporary thinkers went even further, positing that with the universal adoption of capitalism would also come mass democracy. Consumers used to … [Read more...] about Forget Nato. We need a new world alliance to take on totalitarian capitalists in Russia and China
Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Russia had received criticism in international media over its response to the pandemic. In reality, the country is setting an example others can learn from in many vital areas. Russia is one of the global leaders in testing for the virus, in producing efficient drugs and it is rapidly approaching mass production of its own vaccine. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country's sovereign wealth fund, has played a key role in fighting the virus in Russia. We learned about the threat in late January from our network of international partners, advised the government in its assessment of it and moved ahead with investment. With countries like the United States predicted to reach a staggering 100,000 cases a day, it is important that we quickly develop focused solutions based on proven technologies with no time to spare. We believe that RDIF has now developed key elements of such a practical solution. Working jointly with some of … [Read more...] about What Russia got right about the coronavirus—and what it can share with the world | Opinion
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Christine McGuinness appeared to take a swipe at ex Paddy McGuinness on Thursday in a cryptic message shared on her Instagram story. The 34-year posted a video montage of herself pouting before letting her hair down and enjoying life alone in various locations across London - accompanied by the Imagine Dragons track, 'On Top Of The World'. The former Real Housewives Of Cheshire cast member also shared an image to her 681,000 followers, which she captioned: "And suddenly you know. It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." Fans were clearly delighted to see Christine looking so happy following the breakup, with one commenting: "That's absolutely true, new hairstyle new life begins. Wishing you love and very best wishes in your new ventures." Christine's video montage began with a pout before she shared images of her day travelling to and around London ( Image: Christine McGuinness/Instagram) Fans were delighted to see Christine … [Read more...] about Christine McGuinness ‘on top of the world’ as she takes cryptic swipe at ex Paddy
David White Once a successful real estate agent, Aaron Drever's fall from grace reached its nadir when he was sentenced to two years, two months imprisonment for obtaining by deception, forgery and dishonestly using a document. Aaron Drever was a star of the real estate industry before he accumulated the most censures of any agent on record . A series of brazen – and ultimately failed – business deals followed. His chequered story left many victims, and ended in a prison sentence on Friday. National Correspondent Steve Kilgallon reports. When the Auckland District Court convened to pass sentence on Aaron Drever on July 15, he wasn’t there. Drever’s date with justice had already been deferred eight times. Now, it was nine, with his lawyer, Ron Mansfield QC, left to explain that Drever had apparently caught Covid ... again. The judge, Evangelos Thomas, observed wearily: “Not many people get it for a third time.” He demanded Drever turn up with a PCR test next time he was … [Read more...] about A life of lurks and lies: the strange world of bankrupt, banned, jailed real estate agent Aaron Drever
Last modified on Aug 17, 2022 16:53 BST From swoon-worthy red-carpet appearances to exclusive launches, our favourite celebrities have wasted no time in showing off their fashion credentials at some of the hottest events this month. This month we got to see the stars hit the red carpet at the world premiere of The Sandman , pose for photographers at lavish galas and mingle with their close friends at cocktail masterclasses. See some of this month's most talked about events... MORE: 14 of the must-see celebrity events in July 2022 We will be updating our gallery with pictures of the showbiz regulars hitting the party scene, so keep coming back to check for updates. GRM Gala Maya Jama caught the eye in a glamorous red gown at the GRM Gala at Kensington Palace in London on 1 August. World Premiere of The Sandman Joely Richardson wowed fans in a bright pink number as she attended the World … [Read more...] about Best celebrity parties in August 2022 – from Maya Jama to Eleanor Tomlinson and Joely Richardson
An OnlyFans star dubbed the "world's hottest gran" has claimed that she was dating Australian cricketer Shane Warne before his tragic death in March 2022. The renowned sportsman passed away suddenly from a heart attack while he was on holiday in Thailand. Shane had a turbulent love life; in 1995 he married his childhood sweetheart Simone Callahan, and the pair had three children together. But after 10 years, they divorced in 2005. In a documentary on Amazon Prime this year, they opened up about the split as Simone recalled the "heartbreaking" moment she read about Shane's cheating in newspaper reports. In 2010, Shane went on to date actress Elizabeth Hurley shortly after she split from her husband. The pair ended up getting engaged, but this romance didn't work out either as they called off the wedding and split in 2013. Now, an OnlyFans star has claimed that she was in a relationship with Shane before his untimely death — here's who she is. Who is 'world's … [Read more...] about Who is OnlyFans ‘world’s hottest gran’ who claims to have dated Shane Warne?
By Jane Wakefield Published 4 November 2016 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Google's DeepMind is teaming up with the makers of the StarCraft video game to train its artificial intelligence systems. The AI systems "playing" the game will need to learn strategies similar to those that humans need in the real world, DeepMind said. Its ultimate aim is to develop artificial intelligence that could solve any problem. It has previously taught algorithms to play a range of Atari computer games. StarCraft II, made by developer Blizzard, is a real-time strategy game in which players control one of three warring factions - humans, the insect-like Zerg, or aliens known as the Protoss. Players' actions are governed by the in-game economy, and minerals and gas must be gathered in order to produce new buildings and units. Each player can only see parts of the map within … [Read more...] about DeepMind AI to play videogame to learn about world