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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