ROME: The history of the World Cup is littered with refereeing errors and questionable decisions. How different things might have been if Video Assistant Referees (VAR) - which will be used at the finals in Russia - had existed all along?THE HAND OF GODJun 22, 1986. Mexico City. World Cup quarter-final: Argentina 2 England 1In the 51st minute, with the game goalless, Diego Maradona and Jorge Valdano attempt a one-two. Steve Hodge tries to hook the ball clear but only succeeds in sending it back into his own box and up into the air. Maradona gets to it before advancing England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and scores with his fist. Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser gives the goal. "A little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God," was how the Argentina captain described it.What would VAR have decided? Goal disallowed and yellow card for MaradonaSCHUMACHER'S MOMENT OF MADNESSJul 8, 1982. Seville. World Cup semi-final: West Germany 3 France 3 (aet) - West … [Read more...] about VAR: What would it have been good for at past World Cups?
The votes are in, and Singapore officially holds the second most powerful passport in the world.According to the 2018 Henley Passport Index released today (Jan 10), the Lion City moved up two spots to clinch second place globally – with Singaporeans enjoying visa-free access to 176 countries.The annual rankings are based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in-house research and 13 years of historical data.Of the 199 countries featured in the index, 143 improved their rank over the past year while 41 countries maintained their position.Germany retained its leading position for the fifth year running with visa-free access to 177 countries, while Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the UK were tied for third place with visa-free access to 175 countries.But while Germany continues to lead the pack for now – the battle is far from over.In fact, a separate ranking called Passport Index developed … [Read more...] about Singapore has the 2nd most powerful passport in the world : Henley Passport Index
caption Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle may be a millionaire, but she doesn’t act like it. source Chris Jackson/Getty Images Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle is an actress on the television drama “Suits,” which films in Toronto, Canada. Markle may be a millionaire and soon-to-be royal, but she doesn’t live a lavish lifestyle. Markle previously rented a modest home and car in Toronto, and favors affordable fashion brands. Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle isn’t a commoner – but she’s not yet royalty either. Sure, the 36-year-old actress and Los Angeles native was earning close to half a million dollars a year starring in the USA Network drama “Suits,” but she didn’t live in the lap of luxury. Up until her recent engagement to Prince Harry, Markle rented a three-bedroom bungalow in Toronto, Canada, and … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle had a surprisingly relatable life before becoming the world’s most famous royal to-be — see her former house, car, and wardrobe
The publication of a new book has caused a massive public rift between President Donald Trump and his former adviser, Steve Bannon. It has gotten ugly. New York City-tabloid ugly. As a New Yorker, sorry. Also: It could get worse. New York City owes the rest of the country an apology. The national political discourse has mutated into something that belongs in one of our petty gossip rags, and it’s the fault of a bunch of New Yorkers. We’re sorry. This weekend the hot Manhattan mess festered like the city’s summer garbage awaiting pickup. President Donald Trump, in a stunning bit of political choreography, held a press briefing excommunicating his former adviser, Steve Bannon. Or, as the president deemed him on Twitter, “Sloppy Steve.” Bannon – seemingly about as cowed as he is capable of being – then wrote a lengthy kind-of apology for the explosive comments he had … [Read more...] about It’s time New York City apologize for this White House
Grant Ashton is CEO and founder of 67 Pall Mall, which claims to be the world’s first private members’ club for wine lovers. Previously a city trader for 30 years, Ashton opened the club after he managed to collect too much wine. He raised £8 million from 87 investors to finance the project, which is aimed at making some of the world’s rarest wines more affordable. Now, the club has the most wines by the glass in the world and 2,750 members. Grant Ashton had spent 30 years running trading floors in the City of London and Canary Wharf when he took a year off. It was hardly a holiday. As well as starting a green gas business and taking Chartered Financial Analyst exams, he set out to solve a far less taxing issue: How to sell off the vast wine collection he had amassed. “I started collecting, and like most collectors, you over-collect,” Ashton told Business Insider. … [Read more...] about How a City trader raised £8 million to open the world’s first private members’ wine club with 26,000 bottles in a Fort Knox-style cellar