After 20 years in Europe’s top leagues, Ronaldo has taken his talents to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr after his contract with Manchester United was terminated and ironically his first match in the Middle East will be against his age-old rival. Messi’s Paris St. Germain take on a combined Al Hilal-Al Nassr team in an exhibition match, giving Ronaldo and Messi a chance to rekindle their old ‘El Clasico’ rivalry when they played for Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively. With nothing for Messi left to prove in Europe or on the international stage, there is also speculation that Al Hilal want to bring the 35-year-old to Saudi Arabia when his PSG contract expires at the end of the season. Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Finance, had recently indicated that the door was open for moves by Saudi clubs to try and sign both of soccer’s biggest stars. Should the Argentine move to Saudi Arabia, Thursday’s encounter between the sport’s two biggest stars of the modern era could signal the dawn of a new age in Asian football.
Here are some key facts about the upcoming celestial display, unfolding in an exceedingly unusual concurrence with Election Day in the United States, and about lunar eclipses in general. Otherwise, the moon passes above or below Earth’s shadow because its orbit around Earth is usually tilted relative to Earth’s orbit about the sun. Tuesday’s event will mark the second blood moon this year, following one in mid-May. On the West Coast of the United States, the whole display will run from 12:01 am PST until just before 6 am, with the total eclipse phase lasting about 90 minutes, peaking at 3 am. When combined with the phenomena of a total lunar eclipse, it is widely referred to as a “Beaver blood moon” in the United States.2 months ago Rappler
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was not Ukraine’s fault and Russia bore ultimate responsibility as it pursued its war against Ukraine. Article 4 states NATO members will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territory, political independence or security of any of them is threatened. How could the Ukraine war trigger Article 5? Since Ukraine is not part of NATO, Russia’s invasion in February did not trigger Article 5, though the United States and other member states rushed to provide military and diplomatic assistance to Kyiv. Article 5 has been activated once before – on behalf of the United States, in response to the September 11, 2001, hijacked-plane attacks on New York and Washington.2 months ago Rappler
Croatia celebrates as Japan players look dejected after being eliminated from the FIFA World Cup. Three times in the knockout rounds in Russia four years ago Croatia came from behind to advance after extra time before losing to France in the final. “It’s really hard to take.”After all their hard work in topping a difficult group and matching the Croatians for 120 minutes, Japan crumbled in the shootout with only Takuma Asano converting his penalty. That brought Japan out of its shells and Wataru Endo was soon firing in a long-range effort which Livakovic tipped over the bar. Extra time was a little more ragged although a thrilling run and piledriver of a shot from Japan substitute Kaoru Mitoma brought a fine save out of Livakovic just before the break.1 month ago Rappler
FromSoftware's open-world RPG takes home the top prize at The Game Awards 2022'God of War Ragnarok' bagged the most wins with six, but it was 'Elden Ring' that took home Game of the YearThe Game Awards on Friday, December 9, Philippine time, returned to celebrate and honor the year’s best videogames. This year saw the clash between two AAA juggernauts in God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring. The FromSoftware-developed open-world RPG also won Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction and Best RPG. For those unfamiliar, the winners of The Game Awards are decided by a mix of votes from the community and gaming publications from around the world. New trailers for Street Fighter 6, Diablo IV and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, among others, also dropped.1 month ago Rappler
A man hands flowers to a woman after she came through the international arrivals gate at Beijing Capital International Airport after China lifted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine requirement for inbound travelers in Beijing, China on January 8, 2023. Officially, China has reported just 5,272 COVID-related deaths as of Jan.8, one of the lowest rates of death from the infection in the world. State broadcaster CCTV reported on Sunday that direct flights from South Korea to China were close to sold out. South Korea like many other countries now requires travellers from China, Macau and Hong Kong to provide negative COVID-19 test results before departure. Flight Master data showed that on Sunday, China had a total of 245 international flights, combining inbound and outbound, compared with 2,546 flights on the same day in 2019, representing a fall of 91%.25 days ago Rappler
Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England, attends the BoE's Monetary Policy Report Press Conference, in London, Britain, February 2, 2023. The BoE’s interest rate setters voted 7-2 to push Bank Rate to 4% – its highest since 2008 – from 3.5%. “We’ve seen the first signs that inflation has turned the corner,” Governor Andrew Bailey told reporters after the rate hike. It said inflation would fall from above 10% now to below its 2% target in just over a year’s time. BoE Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent stressed to reporters that while Britain appeared to have turned a corner on inflation, that was not a comment about Bank Rate hitting its peak.9 hours ago Rappler
Two factions of the party-list group Magsasaka are embroiled in a power struggle over who should take the seat it won. After Magsasaka landed in the winning circle of the 2022 party-list race, the power struggle has grown more intensely because at stake is one seat in Congress. The Cabatbat faction violated Villamin’s right to due process under the group’s own constitution. “Proclaiming Nazal is against the law because he is not a member of Magsasaka,” Cabatbat said on October 12. Farmers and supporters of the Cabatbat faction of party-list group Magsasaka hold a protest outside the Comelec office in Manila on October 19, 2022.3 months ago Rappler