The twelfth edition of the ICC World Cup in England & Wales has already started to frustrate participating fans and teams - all because of persistent rain and poor weather conditions. While the quadrennial event has enthralled us with memorable moments this year, its rain-hit ties has equally left everyone annoyed.
As many as four games have already been affected by rain wherein two have been abandoned, one led to no result and another was concluded via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. But, it seems there's no stopping to rain disruptions in the ongoing World Cup anytime soon.
In yet another frustrating day for both the teams and fans, persistent rain at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, first, delayed the start of India's much-anticipated clash against New Zealand and, then, forced it to be abandoned. In a match that pitted two unbeaten sides in the tournament, India and New Zealand, despite their bid to secure two crucial points, had to eventually settle for one apiece. While the Kiwis remain at the top of the table with seven points, the Indian side climbed to the third, behind Australia (six points) with five points in their kitty.
In a single-group format, akin to the 1992 edition, losing key points, due to rain, could have drastic implications on a title aspirations of the participating nations. And, while rain-hit ties can dent the chances for some of the strongest sides, it can equally prove to be a blessing in disguise for the weaker ones.
For instance, take a look at Sri Lanka. Arguably one of the weakest sides in the tournament, the Lankans were humbled by the Kiwis comprehensively in their opening match. Having lost two points early on, the Lankans found themselves in a spot of bother after Afghanistan bowled them out for 201 runs. But, a rain disruption worked to their advantage and a revised target of 187 runs in 41 overs (D/L) proved a tad too difficult for the Afghans.
After recording their first points in the tournament, the Lankans were surely not the favourites to come out on top against Pakistan. But, again, poor weather conditions came to their rescue and handed them a key point as the match got abandoned without a single ball being bowled. The story of their fourth match was pretty much the same against Bangladesh as heavy rainfall saw another game getting abandoned.
Though some might argue that the Lankans could have defeated Bangladesh in their last match. But, the fact that the Tigers had earlier defeated the mighty South Africans should somewhat tilt tie in their favour, if not completely. So, in four matches so far, where the Lankans would've probably garnered two points (giving Bangladesh the benefit of doubt), rain disruptions have allowed them to secure four.
Now, coming back to India's clash against New Zealand. Given the fact that the 'Men in Blue' have secured wins in as many matches, the rain washout shouldn't really have a major implication on their World Cup title dreams. They already have four points in their kitty and sharing a point with the Kiwis will now make it five with six games still to go.
In the coming days, India will be seen locking horns with Pakistan (16th June), Afghanistan (22nd June), West Indies (27th June), England (30th June), Bangladesh (2nd July) and Sri Lanka (6th July). Out of their remaining six matches, India, given their form, probably need to just worry about England.
While the likes of Pakistan and West Indies cannot be taken lightly, we reckon, the two teams will find Team India too hot to handle in their upcoming fixtures. In the other ties, India should easily see off the likes of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Expecting them to lose to England (quite an ask for the hosts though), India should secure 10 points from their remaining six games - which should be good enough to propel them into the knockouts.
On the other hand, the weather predictions for India's next six matches paint a different picture altogether. Their clash against Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester is expected to get disrupted by some showers. The weather prediction for their clash against Afghanistan at Rose Bowl, Southampton is cloudy, with some showers.
Their tie against the Windies at Old Trafford, Manchester might see a rare afternoon shower. Thankfully, there are showers expected during India's much-anticipated match against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham as the weather predicted is sunny and a bit cloudy. The clash against Bangladesh might witness a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon in an otherwise cloudy day. And, India's final group match against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds is expected to be a bit cloudy, with some showers predicted later in the day.
Well, we can all have our permutations and combinations, but what eventually will unfold in India's remaining group games cannot possibly be predicted - neither on the basis of weather predictions, nor in terms of anyone's past performances. Sadly, just like Virat Kohli & co, we all have to wait and watch while keeping our fingers crossed.
It's the best Chris in Hollywood's birthday, yay!
What can I say about Chris Evans? He's a great actor, he's a great person, he's literally a golden retriever in human form. This near-perfect human being turned 38 today and we obviously need to celebrate him, and what better way than to look back at all of his best scenes from the MCU?
Let's be real, he can do whatever role he wants, but he will always be Captain America (sorry, Anthony Mackie but that's what you get for a boring Black Mirror episode).
As Cap, he's given us many incredible movies with unforgettable dialogues and scenes. While every scene with him is great, of course, I have listed out the best, most memorable scenes. Enjoy!
Also, happy birthday, Cap!
1. The best Cap scene ever/ Hammer Time
This scene, this freaking scene, is hands down the best MCU moment for me. I can watch it a hundred times and still be as excited as the first time. Such a crucial moment, Thanos is overpowering Thor and will probably kill him, but wait, in comes Cap to show he's worthy. Nothing can top this.
2. Cap vs Cap
Another great 'Endgame' scene that we didn't know he needed until it actually happened. From “I can do this all day” “yeah, I know, I know” to “Bucky is alive” to “this IS America's ass”, the whole Cap vs Cap fight scene was perfect, nothing can make it better.
3. “There's only one God”
What a dialogue, what a way to introduce Thor in 'The Avengers', and Steve being Steve and jumping out of planes. Also, him calling Natasha 'ma'am' proving he really is from the 40s.
4. When he blocks Thor's hammer
Well, now we know how and why he could do this. He's also so worthy! Also, the moment Thor realizes they're not some random people.
5. Lift scene(s)
A great scene from an overall great movie. The 'lift scene' is so memorable, it's so well done. Anyone should be afraid of getting into a lift with Chris Evans - or make fun of it - but either way, it's still one of the best MCU scenes till date and that's why there was a callback to that in 'Endgame' as well. Cap saying 'Hail Hydra' will never not be funny to me.
6. Cap is strong, like very very strong
If you were not even a little turned on by Chris Evans' muscles and strength in this scene, then you're not human and you're also lying. The guy is so freaking strong, he literally could stop a fucking helicopter from flying. Strongest Avenger right here, people. Hulk who?
7. Nomad Cap!
You cannot tell me that Cap's entry in 'Infinity War' wasn't one of the best scenes in a movie filled with incredible scenes. To be honest, it was the perfect way to introduce the newest Avenger - Captain America's cool new beard (and no I'm not talking about Peggy or Sharon).
Well, we started with 'Endgame' and we'll end with 'Endgame', obviously. This might not be a long scene but it's a damn powerful one. Everyone who got dusted is back - which again was a visual treat in itself - but when Cap comes in front and does what he does best - lead - it was just great to watch.
Also, it was the last time these Avengers will ever assemble and the added emotional aspect makes it an unforgettable scene from the entire MCU.
What's more useful and versatile in the summers than a classic white shirt? You can wear it easily with denims or trousers! If you've got a big event, wear your white shirt in a formal manner by pairing it with a blazer. With all these different looks, which one will you try first?
With the ICC World Cup currently under progress, the Indian cricket team has so far stayed true to its reputation as one of the title contenders in England and Wales. The Virat Kohli-led brigade decimated South Africa in their opening game and then hammered Australia to prove their credentials as one of the strongest sides in the tournament.
But, on 10th June, while everyone was still hungover from a clinical 36-run win by Kohli & co, an out of favour Indian cricketer grabbed the limelight following an emotional press conference in Mumbai.
For someone who last featured for India during an ODI series against West Indies in June 2017, Yuvraj Singh didn't really surprise anyone by announcing his retirement from all forms in international cricket. With age catching up with the Indian star, Yuvi's dreams of making a comeback into the national team - a side that's full of fitter and more consistent players - was over long ago.
Thus, it was more of a question of when and not if on Yuvraj's retirement. But, even if he struggled in the recent years, it still shouldn't take anything away from Yuvraj's immense contribution to Indian cricket. That's probably why cricket bigwigs and fans were busy showering praise on India's 2011 World Cup hero when he announced his retirement.
However, amongst all the praise, there was one pertinent question that gained voice on the social media: why isn't there a farewell match for Yuvi? For someone who, despite his medical condition, put his team and country ahead of health and life by playing a key role in India's World Cup winning campaign in 2011, organising a farewell match was the least the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could do.
While no one had any answer to that question, Yuvi, himself, gave an insight on the issue. Yuvraj revealed that he was promised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he would get a farewell match if he fails to clear the 'Yo-Yo' fitness test but he cleared the test and was not given a chance to retire on the field.
"Mujhe bola gaya tha agar aapse 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hota toh aap retirement match khel sakate ho (I was told that if you are not able to pass the 'Yo-Yo' test, I would get a farewell game)," the 37-year-old said at an emotional press conference in Mumbai.
"I did not tell anyone in BCCI that I have to play the last match. Agar main accha tha, potential tha toh main ground pe se chale jaata. (If I was good enough, I would have retired from the ground). Aur mujhe is tarha ki cricket khelna pasand nahi hai, ki mujhe ek match chahiye (I don't like to ask for a game, I have never played the game with that mindset)," he claimed.
"Toh maine us time bola ki mujhe retirement match nahi chahiye, 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hoga toh main chup chhap ghar chale jayunga... 'Yo-Yo' test pass kiya and then rest is not my call," he said.
Over the years, the 'Yo-Yo' test has become a key parameter for the cricketers to make the cut for the Indian team. The test involves a player sprinting between two cones that are set 20 metres apart on the sound of a beep. It is used to measure an athlete's endurance.
When asked about his thoughts on the 'Yo-Yo' test, Yuvraj decided against revealing the details for now before claiming that he still has a lot to say. "See I am sure now I'll have a lot of time to discuss these things, I'll have a lot to say. I am not saying right now because India is playing the World Cup. And I don't want any controversies over the players.
"I want the players to be in the best space, to go in the last four, so I am sure my time will come to speak and I don't want be in that space I have retired in the World Cup, I have just retired because I want to move on in my life," Yuvi, 2011 World Cup's 'Man of the Series', signed off on a mysterious note.
The 'Avengers: Endgame' movie has been more than just a closing chapter to the epic series. It is an emotional roller coaster ride that left fans teary-eyed and shouting how we all love them '3000'.
However, what we watched was the final product of the blood, sweat and tears of the entire cast and crew, so one can only imagine the enduring power of the people who gave it their all, especially the Russo brothers.
Now, while we shed tears of horror and sadness when Tony Stark left us, and Black Widow making the ultimate sacrifice, Joe Russo has a different version of what made him cry his heart out.
It is the opening scene in the movie, where Hawkeye is with this family, having fun, when they all suddenly disintegrate, a result of Thanos' snap, and he helplessly looks around for them.
In a recent interview, Joe Russo spoke about how his sentimental meter shot to the sky when he directed the heartbreaking scene. “I've got four kids, and it's a very tragic scene to open the movie with. It's one of the few scenes in the movie that actually makes me tear up when I watch it because I think about my own family . . . And then you think about what would happen to you, as a father. You'd become very self-destructive.”
Thankfully, the sadness comes to an end when he is finally reunited with his family towards the end, but as a director and a father, Joe Russo related to this scene like every dad out there probably did.
Thank you Flintoff Or Stuart Broad Ko unki okaat dikhane ke liye bhið@YUVSTRONG12 ð¥ pic.twitter.com/25mMQuJ2tR
— CIGGY (@SRKzCigarette) June 10, 2019
Back in 2007, Yuvraj smashed Broad for six consecutive sixes during India's clash against England at the ICC World T20 which was eventually won by India. With Yuvi and MS Dhoni at crease, a heated exchange with Andrew Flintoff an over earlier led to Yuvi's absolute carnage against Broad. Since then, the England pacer has often been trolled on the social media by cricket fans across the globe.
On Monday, the Indian cricket fans once again targeted poor Broad with funny jibes following Yuvraj's retirement from all forms of cricket. Here's are some of the funniest tweets:
Happiest Person after Yuvraj Singh's retirement-Stuart Broad ððð@StuartBroad8 @englandcricket @cricketworldcup @ICCMediaComms @ICCCricketeers #YuvrajSingh @BCCI pic.twitter.com/QfPmy3iG3U
— Alex (@Alex26855922) June 10, 2019
Stuart Broad will be the happiest man today. #YuvrajSingh announces retirement from International Cricket One of the Best entertainment batsman! living legend Yuvi! 6 6 6 6 6 6! pic.twitter.com/gWVEFFrBlB
— Abhay Anand ð®ð³ (@ABHAY_1987) June 10, 2019
Thank you #YuvrajSingh
Stuart Broad to his kids : pic.twitter.com/SKU2srShKv
— Virendra (@jolly_virendra) June 10, 2019
Stuart broad reactionðð pic.twitter.com/r8KvEd7k9J
— Soumya Swarup Das (@imbobby07) June 10, 2019
Stuart Broad must be Happy after retirement announcement of #YuvrajSingh! pic.twitter.com/0I1PWG61Qb
— Gitanjali D.Sð®ð³ (@Gitanjali_DS) June 10, 2019
One of India's greatest match-winners, Yuvraj Singh, has finally said goodbye to his international cricket career. Let's just say, it's the end of an era.
He is surely one of the most influential cricketers that India has ever seen. He fought all the battles that came along with the pressure of this game and today, he decided to hang his gloves on his illustrious career.
"After 25 years in cricket I've decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything I have. Thank you for being a part of this journey” : #YuvrajSingh pic.twitter.com/Ez8y49KlH2
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 10, 2019
He has had his own set of struggles throughout his life and his career, but has always kept his spirits high.
He announced his retirement from international cricket in a press conference in Mumbai today where he finally said goodbye to his 19-year-long career. Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India.
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âªTo one of the most distructive opener off all times, Wishing you a very happy bday brother. God bless lots of love and best wishes always @virendersehwag
A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) on Oct 20, 2018 at 3:14am PDT
When he was making a comeback post his recovery from cancer, it wasn't easy for him as he had to prove that the cricketer in him had not faded away.
Finally, he is letting go of the pressure and baggage that came along with the game. It has been a roller-coaster ride for him.
MensXP got in touch with Yuvraj Singh's wife Hazel Keech to get clarity about his plans post-retirement.
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And, with that, its the end of an era. Be proud of yourself husband, now onto the next chapter.... love you @yuvisofficial
A post shared by Hazel Keech Singh (@hazelkeechofficial) on Jun 10, 2019 at 1:42am PDT
When we asked about Yuvraj and Hazel's plans post his retirement, she told us, “He plans to work more on his charity and his fashion brand. The whole idea for the fashion brand was to create revenue for the charity. I have also been involved in charity. It's like a family-run thing with his mother and close friends being a part of it. We don't like to publicize that much. We also plan to create a platform for providing counselling to people who are going through cancer and their families. We are trying to set up at the moment. Now that he is retiring, I will be having a bit of time for myself, so I will pursue my acting career.”
Time and again, reports have been surfacing online that the two are expecting their first child together. We asked her if they are planning to start a family now, considering Yuvraj is off the pressure of international cricket. On this, she told us, “Whenever a baby comes along, we will happily welcome the new addition.”
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What an amazing island ð´santoriniâ¤ï¸ @hazelkeechofficial
A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) on May 31, 2019 at 4:20am PDT
For Yuvraj, things haven't really been easy and his battle with cancer changed his vision completely.
Yuvraj was diagnosed with a condition called extragonadal seminoma and this news came as nothing but a shock for all the cricket fans. But, he defeated cancer to make a comeback to the Indian squad.
In his tough times, his mother Shabnam Singh has been his greatest strength. We asked Hazel about Shabnam's reaction to his decision of retiring from international cricket.
“Last few years have been very difficult for Yuvraj and she has always been around. It is more difficult for her than him. He is kind of finally feeling relieved from the stress and pressure and expectation,” said Hazel.
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Hitman you beauty ! May God bless you always. You know I love your chubby cheeks more than you ð¥°ðð¤ªðð Have an awesome day brother man happiest birthday. @rohitsharma45 #HappyBirthdayrohit
A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) on Apr 30, 2019 at 3:31am PDT
Hazel is in a happy place because as his wife, she is relieved that Yuvraj can let go of all the baggage and pressure and begin a second innings.
“Everything he does, I am there to support him. I want him to be happy. I have been very clear with it if he isn't happy with something, he shouldn't. I want him to start enjoying his life. I think he is finally letting go of the baggage that he carried. He is in a good state now and I am thrilled about it,” Hazel said on an ending note.
June 16th 2019 is the day when we will all lose our peace and voice box collectively, cheering on India and Pakistan, who're playing against each other in the ICC World Cup 2019. Although, an India-Pakistan match fervour isn't old news, it's still celebrated and watched by everyone due to the history we've shared with Pakistan all along.
During the 2015 ICC World Cup, Star Sports came up with a campaign or theme for the promo of the Indo-Pak match and although it flew well with us Indians, the Pakistanis weren't too pleased with it. The 'Mauka Mauka' ads gained immense popularity amongst the masses and the theme caught on like common cold, all over the country.
This year, Mauka Mauka is back with a bang, and this time it's promoting the Indo-Pak match on the 16th of June 2019, the same day Father's day is celebrated all across the world and the advertisement has a 'slight' mention of that. As expected, the ad is humouring Pakistan's dismissal record against India in ICC events and it seems it's making the Pakistanis a tad angry, but really, no one cares because it's all in light humour.
Here, take a look at some savagery!
The video shows actor Vikas Malhotra who plays the Pakistan son remembering his father's words on how one should keep trying and never give up, and the Indian fan in the ad shows some savagery by taking the 'baap' dig on the Pakistani player. Obviously the Pakistanis showed a bit of resentment over the ad and aren't happy with the Mauka Mauka campaign, promoting the match between the two countries.
This #FathersDay, watch an ICC #CWC19 match jo dekh ke bas bol sakte hain, “baap re baap!” ð
Catch #INDvPAK in the race for the #CricketKaCrown, LIVE on June 16th, only on Star Sports! pic.twitter.com/Apo3R8QrbO
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) 9 June 2019
I think you guy's have forgotten last father's day your father beated you in Champions trophy Final. #CWC19 #INDvAUS
— Fareed Ahmad ðµð° (@fareed_official) 9 June 2019
BC, itni ð Kuttay wali hone k baad bhi ð pic.twitter.com/ZliJP8VEGx
— Ø¢Ù¾Û ÚÙÛØ¯Ø±Û ð (@ChaudhriUmar) 9 June 2019
Star Sports and all those liking this add really need to work on their humor. This add is terrible, unfunny and in a very poor taste.
— N.J. (@ndotyot) 9 June 2019
This is not creativity, this is badtameezi .. Yehi badtameezi inko lay bethi thi CT17 final main .. Ooper waalay ko gharoor pasand nahi .. Take it as a sport .. NAFRAT KA FAIDA KISI KO NAHI HOTA#CWC19
— Yasir Ali Hashmi (@YasirAliHashmi1) 9 June 2019
Father's Day 2017 pic.twitter.com/aZSnuBWeVZ
— ðð¥ðªð ð¥ (@punjabified) 9 June 2019
This is so low from Star Sports, even lower than Kohli, Dhawan and Sharma's total score combined in 2017 CT final.
— Muhammad Usman (@usmankhatana_) 9 June 2019
We just hope the match is as interesting as the tweets here!
What's the most bizarre thing you've heard or experienced while boarding an aircraft or sitting inside one? I mean apart from the miles-high club, is there anything else that you may have found funny or alarming? Well, if not, here's something to feast your attention on.
A female passenger onboard a PIA flight opened the emergency door thinking it was the toilet and put the entire plane in to a frenzy. The woman had gotten up from her seat to use the toilet when the aircraft was on the runway of the Manchester airport early Saturday morning. She went ahead and pressed the emergency button which opened the exit door to the plane instead.
“The PIA flight, PK 702, from Manchester to Islamabad was delayed by seven hours. The departure was delayed on Friday night when a passenger erroneously opened the emergency exit causing the emergency chute to activate,” A PIA spokesperson told the press.
The incident took place when the plane was on the runway, ready to take off and all the passengers had to be offloaded from the plane, and their luggage was removed too. They were given hotels to stay in, as the flight was further delayed for seven hours. All because a woman couldn't read a sign that read 'Exit'.
“As per standard operating procedure, the PIA had to offload nearly 40 passengers and their luggage,” - The PIA spokesperson added.
Deploying an emergency slide during emergencies is not a very cheap ordeal for flights. The flights have to pay a huge amount of money, whenever the emergency chute is deployed, even though the emergency in this case was claimed while the plane was stationary.
Well, we can't decide if this incident is funny or rather sad. We do agree the passengers were left in grave inconvenience when their flight was delayed, but people really have to learn to read signs better.
If you look in to store windows, you'll always see perfectly carved mannequins looking at you, dressed in the latest fashion. You'd never see an 'out of shape' or a voluptuous body type that defies beauty standards on a mannequin. This certainly has created certain myths about how the world should actually perceive size and it's almost close to perfection, which shouldn't be the case to begin with.
A Nike store on Oxford Street in London recognised that and has now installed 'plus size' mannequins to maintain regular standards of a particular body type and the mannequins cater to all women with beautiful curves.
Nike has updated its women's floor in London. Includes new offerings for plus-size women and includes curvier mannequins to represent a diverse range of body types that shop the brand. pic.twitter.com/aKVDG4hIhV
— Jess Golden (@JGolden5) 7 June 2019
Nike's sole aim is to promote inclusivity in sports because it's not exclusively for people who're fit or slim or have the best bodies but somehow that hasn't been a transparent aspect of any sport company and a 'perfect' body type is always projected through their adverts. Nike went a step ahead to show grassroots athletes in all body types, comfortable in their skin.
“To celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of sport, the space will not just celebrate local elite and grassroot athletes through visual content, but also show Nike plus size and para-sport mannequins for the first time on a retail space.” - a poplar publication reports the ideaology behind Nike's mannequin campaign.
People all over are rather impressed with what the brand is trying to promote, especially real women, who come in all shapes and sizes and work hard to keep fit and love their bodies.
Nike has introduced plus-size mannequins in its London flagship store https://t.co/a58jbIy1f0 pic.twitter.com/TYHzwrLjPC
— CNN (@CNN) 7 June 2019
It's more important to be healthy than it is to be skinny. Anything that promotes a healthy lifestyle is a plus in my book. Positive body image is important to mental health. Big is beautiful too.
— Ian Lee Rockwell (@IanLeeRockwell) 7 June 2019
Really digging this plus size mannequin at @Nike reenforcing that big girls can be badass athletes too ð #effyourbeautystandards pic.twitter.com/ei8Vss6CIX
— Femestella (@femestella) 7 June 2019
This is great. Plus size people want and need comfortable stuff to workout in.
— mercedes. (@KissMyLocs) 7 June 2019
If you have a body, you are an athlete. AND: REPRESENTATION MATTERS.@Nike introduces plus-size mannequins to London store https://t.co/GtlBmuXmfn via @CNNStyle
— The Chris Mosier (@TheChrisMosier) 6 June 2019
We're living in times where people are looking for inclusivity everywhere because they don't want to fall prey to standard notions about how one should look or feel or even think. And with this campaign, Nike is setting a fine example of a future that's more malleable and inclusive than judgemental and biased.
EA decided to kick start the E3 2019 this year by showcasing the games that they're cooking for us this year. From the new Star Wars game to the Sims 4's new pack, EA made a ton of announcements at EA Play.
The star of the show, at least for us, was the new FIFA 20. Yes, this year's FIFA is going to be bigger and better than ever and EA is bringing back FIFA Street with FIFA 20.
Called 'Volta Football', it's essentially FIFA Street that used to be an old standalone title back in the days. Now EA is bringing it back as a game mode instead of releasing a new game altogether. Makes sense.
Volta Football is a part single-player, part multiplayer, a story-driven mode with a branch for team play. It's got everything you can expect from a standalone FIFA Street game. It also has Volta Kick-Off with which you can play with your favorite sides and stars if you want.
(c) Electronic Arts
In Volta, you can play 3v3, 4v4, or 5v5, each with different modes like Rush Football (no goalkeepers), and more. The Pitches and courts, as you can see, can be of varying sizes and in different locations around the world. From the rooftops of Tokyo to Amsterdam's underpass, you can choose to engage anywhere you want. It's also the first time men and women will be able to share a pitch in FIFA, and that by itself is a huge deal.
As a player, you'll also get a ton of customization options with which you'll be able to change a lot of things like shirts, boots, shorts, sweaters, and other vanity items.
(c) Electronic Arts
EA made it a point to focus primarily on the new Volta mode, but it's worth pointing out that the game will also have the normal game modes that we've come to expect and love from the previous titles. So think of the Volta mode like an addition to the existing stuff you could do in the game.
Well, the arrival of a Street mode was kind of inevitable since fans have been asking EA to bring back FIFA Street for a long time. By the way, 'Volta' is Portuguese for "return", which basically means EA is listening to player feedback. We're glad to have FIFA Street back and we hope EA has done justice to it.
FIFA 20 launches September 27 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.
Hi, I'm 23 and I have only travelled to like 3 countries in my life. That's it.
But, a 21-year-old just became the youngest person ever to travel to every single country in the world. Recently, Lexie Alford managed to reach probably the most difficult country to step in - North Korea - and completed her mission of travelling across the world's 196 sovereign nations.
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OFFICIALLY TRAVELED TO EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLDðð¤¯ â â â â â â â â â it's crazy to have years of hard work culminate into one single moment. I'm so grateful to everyone that's helped me get here. The greatest chapter of my life is coming to a close. Cheers to a new beginning ðâ â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â Photos by @thomasbrag
A post shared by Lexie Alford (@lexielimitless) on Jun 1, 2019 at 5:27pm PDT
Right now, she hasn't officially broken the Guinness World Record as all of her 10,000 pieces of evidence is being verified but I'm guessing she's made it.
Turns out, she started on this record-breaking journey without even knowing about it. Since her family owned a travel agency, she has been travelling to new places since she was a kid. She said, “Travel has been a part of my life since before I can remember. My parents would take me out of school and place me on independent study for weeks and months at a time every year.”
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5 in-person trips to the embassy in Los Angeles, 2 formal interviews, 3 different tour companies/fixers, 2 LOIs, countless phone calls and 6 months later I finally made it to PAKISTAN ðµð° â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â The media always exaggerates and blows out of proportion but so far I can't get enough of this incredible country! Every day has brought not only new tastes & sights but also a renewed sense of appreciation for the kindness of people in faraway places. Even this truck driver's nice way of telling me to move out of the way was to just start driving forward slowly ðâ â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â Thank you so much @cpicglobal for making this dream come true for me!
A post shared by Lexie Alford (@lexielimitless) on Apr 27, 2019 at 11:26pm PDT
She added, “My parents placed a lot of importance on exposing me to every way of life around the world and that had a very profound impact on the person I am today. I've always had a curiosity about other people's ways of life and how they find happiness.”
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Roasting marshmallows over the DOOR TO HELL ð¥ â â â â â â â â Last week I was camping in the middle of nowhere with @fearlessandfar & a bunch of drunk Russian speaking men. Being fed way too much food from the kindest locals and running around this pit of fire was definitely one of the most epic & memorable nights of my life. No one really knows how Darvaza Crater was created but it's been burning for over 40 years. Its such a fitting addition to this otherwise mysterious landscape. Have you ever seen anything like this before?? ð¤¯ #Turkmenistan
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She seriously went after the record just a couple of years ago when she turned 18. She realized she had already been to 72 countries and decided to take up the challenge and break the record. She said, “The very first time I thought about breaking the world record was in October 2016 in my home, California. I graduated from high school two years early and had gotten an associate's degree from a local college. I was ready to start my gap year when I dropped the idea of going back to school and began to pursue the record full-time.”
And, she pays for everything herself as well: “I always knew I wanted to take time off to travel so I've been working every job I could find and saving since I was 12-years-old.”
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Curious girl ð
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She also talked about how she manages her finances so she can go to new places and have new experiences. She said, “I do a lot of research in advance to find the best deals, utilize points and miles for my flights, stay in cheap accommodation like hostels or create content for hotels in exchange for accommodation. I've also made sure to keep my monthly overhead as low as possible by living at home with my parents, I don't have a car payment or student debt and I don't spend my money on unnecessary material possessions.”
(Well, these are some useful tips for everyone with 'wanderlust' in their Instagram bios)
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Wakanda sunsets ðâ â â â â â â â â How many photos do you have on your camera roll? I'm almost to 23,000ð I think I may have a problem #sendhelp
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Here's her entire story and it can actually be pretty inspiring for people who want to travel, not gonna lie.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently swore-in as PM for a second term after the BJP won the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, resumed his duties serving the nation. He is currently on his first international tour as the re-elected PM of India and is visiting the Maldives, where he has been conferred with the highest honour meant for foreign dignitaries, the 'Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen'.
Reached the Republic of Maldives.
This visit indicates the importance India attaches to strong ties with the Republic of Maldives and the desire to boost cooperation in various spheres. pic.twitter.com/EwpwMzThvH
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 8, 2019
Maldives: PM Narendra Modi conferred with Maldives' highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, 'The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen' pic.twitter.com/PEp8vy1osn
— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2019
Through this tour, PM Modi's aim is to strengthen the bi-lateral relations between the two nations, and the honour that has recentlty been bestowed upon him, has made the entire nation proud.
Prime Minister @narendramodi being honoured with 'Order of Nishanizzuddeen' the hightest award accorded to foreign dignitaries by President of Maldives @ibusolih at a ceremony in Male. pic.twitter.com/sU8RBiZFTx
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) June 8, 2019
Heartiest Congratulations to Our Prime Minister @narendramodi ji for being conferred with Maldives' highest honour #RuleofNishanIzzuddeen' on his first foreign visit to Male, Maldives after taking office for the second term. More Power to U. ððð
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 8, 2019
PM Modi also gifted a cricket bat signed by the Indian cricket team to the Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, as he is a big cricket fan himself.
Connected by cricket!
My friend, President @ibusolih is an ardent cricket fan, so I presented him a cricket bat that has been signed by #TeamIndia playing at the #CWC19. pic.twitter.com/G0pggAZ60e
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 8, 2019
Besides supporting cricketing diplomacy between the two nations, PM Modi's tour also focused on the implementation of the sport in the island nation, for which India has offered its complete support.
The words adventure and adrenaline rush mean different things for different people. For some, it could equal climbing the Everest, for others, it could mean drinking the night away before an important exam. However, the ultimate adventure, travelling to space, a dream filled with fear and inhibition for everyone might become a reality soon, only for the super-rich of course. Starting next year, NASA plans on beginning space tourism which will allow private astronauts, i.e guests to travel to outer space.
Today starts a new day in low-Earth orbit as we unlock the @Space_Station's potential as a platform for companies to engage in commercial profit-making activities and we welcome private astronauts to visit on U.S. vehicles. Get more details: https://t.co/lJnIlxaii7 pic.twitter.com/8sbi1lEzIn
— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019
To begin with, this travel is not going to take one to the Moon, but to NASA's international space station.NASA will tie up with private companies which will operate this orbit tour of 30 days. The guests will have to shell out close to 24 lakhs INR per night for this luxury. But no, that's not it folks. It has also tied up with Elon Musk's SpaceX, which will use its Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which is currently building a spacecraft called the Starliner. The taxi fare for this will be close to $ 60 million per flight! Crazy right? Well, the price is as crazy as the idea of vacationing in outer space.
The Indian borders are impenetrable and solid because of the mighty soldiers who hold down the fort at all times, never sparing a thought about themselves. These warriors in their camo-print armours put on such a display of bravado and selflessness that is matched only by a few others.
These superheroes set up their homes in the most remote areas of the country, or places with adverse climatic conditions, as they mark their territories and stand guard over it, should its borders be threatened.
Yet, not once do they complain about their working conditions or the constant onslaught of heat, rain and cold that they have to live through over a lifetime of their service for the nation and its people.
For instance, ANI reported a few hours ago that BSF jawans at the International Border are reeling under the heat wave that has struck the area. As the mercury rises with every passing day, the resolve these jawans hold in their heart only grows stronger.
Talking about the heat, and how they survive through hours under the relentless sun, a jawan told the news agency, "People in the country are sleeping with an assurance that we are at the border. So, whatever may be the weather condition we are always on the alert."
Such are these men of might, who go beyond their call of duty every single day to ensure all of us can enjoy the peace and security that they bring into our lives, at the cost of theirs. No amount of danger, painful weather conditions or threat can deter these heroes, and we are grateful every day for their selflessness and bravery.