Vardy’s story an inspiration in trying times

“Even now there are moments when I shake my head at the madness of it all — going from the factory floor and playing Sunday morning pub football with my mates, to scoring for my country against the World Cup winners in Berlin. It’s the stuff of dreams. It hasn’t always been an easy journey, some doubted that I was capable, and at times I was probably guilty of not helping myself, but nobody can question my passion for football or my commitment once I set foot on the pitch.”…

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Swiss prosecutor launches criminal probe of FIFA chief Infantino

A Swiss special prosecutor has launched criminal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino, authorities in Switzerland said Thursday, as part of an investigation into suspected collusion between him and the country’s Attorney General, Michael Lauber. In a statement, authorities said special prosecutor Stefan Keller “has reached the conclusion that…there are indications of criminal conduct” in relation to meetings between Infantino, Lauber and another official, Rinaldo Arnold. “This concerns abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, assisting offenders and incitement to these acts,” the authorities said. Infantino has not denied…

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Nasa’s life-seeking rover launches for Mars

Nasa’s latest Mars rover Perseverance launched yesterday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life — and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took off on schedule at 7:50 am (1150 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, despite a 4.2-magnitude earthquake that rattled Nasa’s Jet Propulsion laboratory in California that manages the mission minutes earlier. The first stage separation took place a few minutes later and Perserverance prepared for a second burn to put it…

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Dhaka International Film Festival 2021 to begin on January 16

The Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) 2021 will be held from January 16 to 24. The physical locations of the festival include Bangladesh National Museum, Central Public Library, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka and Star Cineplex. The event will also feature online film screenings. Those interested to watch the films online will have to register in advance. The organisers plan to wait till the end of this year, to confirm whether the COVID-19 crisis will push them to go for a hybrid festival (both physical and online). The…

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Dhaka Theatre: A legacy

One of the most illustrious theatre troupes in the capital, Dhaka Theatre was predominantly formed by young freedom fighters including prominent filmmaker, Nasir Uddin Yousuff, renowned playwright and theatre artiste Selim Al Deen. Established in July, 1973, the group started their journey by staging two plays later that year. The plays, Sangbad Cartoon and Samrat O Pratidwandigon, were showcased at the auditorium of Dhaka District Sports Association (Dhaka Jela Krira Samity). Sangbad Cartoon was written by Selim Al Deen, and directed by Nasir Uddin Yousuff. On the other hand, Samrat O Pratidwandigon was directed by Habibul Hasan. The…

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Priyanka Chopra, Richard Madden to lead Amazon’s ‘Citadel’

Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden are set to headline Citadel, Anthony and Joe Russo’s upcoming thriller series for Amazon Studios. Chopra and Madden are the first cast members to come aboard, announced by Amazon Studios during their TCA Winter Tour panel on Tuesday in Pasadena. Amazon is calling Citadel a ‘global event multi-series’. Jonas and Madden will star in the US mothership edition of the series. Amazon also announced that a local language production of the franchise will originate from Mexico, in addition to the previously announced versions in Italy…

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Where does Liverpool’s title-breaking drought rank among recent broken title droughts?

Liverpool has finally won the Premier League. It has been years of suffering and seasons of close finishes but ultimately resulting in failure. The drought is now over and the Liverpool faithful can rejoice. The new decade has already started with a team getting over the hump and eliminating what seemed to be a curse of some kind. Where does Liverpool rank among the other teams that have overcame their choking demons in recent years? Many teams have recently erased years of anguish and we see the same joy and…

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How Sports will change in a Covid-19 post world

The sporting action has resumed after months of shut down but is not yet completely up and running. There are a lot questions to be answered, a lot of qualms of how things should be taken forward or whether the players and all those involved are already being risked after and put into the sporting arenas too early. Everyone is waiting for the medical breakthrough, a vaccine for the coronavirus. But, the wait continues. Here we try and look into the covid-19’s implications on sports, the inevitable challenges and by…

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cargo.one gets $18.6M to take its air freight booking platform over the pond

Berlin -based cargo.one, which runs a marketplace for booking air freight, has closed an $18.6 million Series A round of funding led by Index Ventures. Next47 and prior backers Creandum, Lufthansa  Cargo and Point Nine Capital also participated in the round, along with a number of angel investors — including Tom Stafford of DST Global and Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas (COO of GoCardless and former Chief Product Officer of Skyscanner). The August 2017-founded startup says it’s seen bookings rise during the coronavirus crisis travel crunch as airlines seek alternatives to selling seats to passengers. Over the past…

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The Story Behind Google’s Success

Perhaps there is no greater testament to Google’s (GOOG) success than the fact that it has become a verb. We google for information in the same sense as we drink water. However, Google as a company has grown far beyond search. In this article, we’ll review the business model and strategies that have made Google—along with its parent company Alphabet—one of the most successful companies in the world. Monetizing Search: Adwords The launch and subsequent iterations of the search algorithm set the method that Google has brought to every subsequent product. Although…

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