Sky Presenters – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 08:03:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.observingthesky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/observing-the-sky-icon-150x150.png Sky Presenters – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ 32 32 World Cup 2022 presenters on BBC and ITV: Meet the TV experts https://www.observingthesky.org/world-cup-2022-presenters-on-bbc-and-itv-meet-the-tv-experts/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:59:08 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/world-cup-2022-presenters-on-bbc-and-itv-meet-the-tv-experts/

The World Cup is in full swing, with the tournament taking place in Qatar this year.

The BBC and ITV have recruited a strong team of presenters, pundits and commentators to be the voice of this year’s tournament – and they’ve had plenty to say already.

England beat Iran with six goals in their Group B opener, while Wales’ first World Cup match since 1958 got off to a flying start with a draw against the United States.

Despite the heights the competition has already achieved, it has not been without controversy as the host nation has come under fire for its human rights record.

Several teams were originally required to wear OneLove armbands to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. However, Fifa has warned teams they will face penalties and their captains could be booked or forced off the pitch if they wear the armbands, citing a breach of Uniform Rules.

This year’s pundits have since responded, with Alex Scott wearing the OneLove armband while reporting from Khalifa International Stadium yesterday.

Scott isn’t the only presenter to have spoken out about the controversies surrounding this year’s tournament. Gary Lineker also talked about washing the sport and the importance of continuing to talk about the issues once football starts.

“We are here to report on the World Cup and not to support it,” he told the BBC.

Read more: Who will win the World Cup? Every Team Ranked | World Cup predictions: winners, dark horses, flops, top scorer

In addition to Scott and Lineker, there are plenty more pundits commenting on all the action from the pitch.

RadioTimes.com brings you everything you need to know about the 2022 World Cup presenters, pundits and commentators.

For more World Cup features, check out: 2022 World Cup TV Schedule | 2022 World Cup Kit Ranking | 2022 World Cup stadiums | World Cup Best Players | The best teams in the World Cup

Who is presenting World Cup coverage on TV?

The BBC and ITV have unveiled a long list of presenters, pundits and commentators to guide us through Qatar 2022. It all started on the BBC on Sunday 20 November when hosts Qatar took on Ecuador – and suffered a failure.

The BBC will show two of England’s three group games, with ITV securing the rights to show the Three Lions against the United States. Meanwhile, S4C will show all Wales matches, alongside shared coverage from the BBC and ITV.

BBC World Cup presenters

Gary Lineker

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Lineker returns to anchor BBC World Cup coverage for a sixth consecutive tournament. The former England striker, who helped the Three Lions reach the 1990 World Cup semi-finals, has been the face of BBC international coverage at major tournaments for more than a generation. At 61, the Match of the Day presenter shows no signs of slowing down.

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Gaby Logan

Gaby Logan

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A former athlete, Logan has been part of the BBC stable for 15 years and also co-presents the company’s Olympics and athletics coverage. There’s no sport Logan can’t present, and she was the main presenter at Women’s Euro 2022 this summer.

Marc Chapman

Marc Chapman

BBC / Nick Eagle

Chapman balances his job as the main sports presenter of 5 Live with his role in Match of the Day 2. He also hosts BBC FA Cup coverage and presents The Athletic Football Podcast. Chapman recently led the BBC’s Rugby World Cup coverage.

Kelly Cates

Kelly Cates

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A regular on Sky Sports’ Premier League coverage, Cates is a seasoned broadcaster and has anchored BBC 5 Live’s sports coverage. Cates is the daughter of Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish.

ITV World Cup presenters

Marc Pougatch

Marc Pougatch

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This is Pougatch’s third World Cup as a main anchor for ITV. He joined the company in 2015 after being on BBC 5 Live. Pougatch also presents BT Sport’s Score program and is ITV’s main presenter for Six Nations rugby.

Seema Jaswal

Seema Jaswal

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Jaswal is the Premier League’s main anchor for its global productions and has presented BT Sport’s Champions League coverage since 2021. She has also presented BBC Pool coverage. Jaswal returns to ITV for Qatar 2022 after presenting for the broadcaster in Russia four years ago.

Laura Wood

Laura Wood

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TalkSport presenter Woods was a regular at Sky Sports until recently when she left the company to join the DAZN stable. She now presents DAZN’s Women’s Champions League coverage and ITV’s NFL Highlights show.

World Cup pundits, pundits and guests

BBC World Cup pundits

List of BBC presenters and pundits for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

BBC presenters and pundits line up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. BBC / Nick Eagle

  • Didier drogba – Former Ivory Coast international. Four times Premier League winner and once Champions League winner with Chelsea.
  • Ashley Williams – Former Wales and Swansea City captain.
  • Vincent Kompany – Current Burnley manager and four-time Premier League winner with Manchester City. Helped Belgium take third place in the 2018 World Cup.
  • Alan Shear- Former England striker who scored 30 goals in 63 international appearances.
  • Alex Scott– Former England star and six-time league winner with Arsenal. Now a seasoned expert.
  • Rio Ferdinand – Former England defender and six-time Premier League winner who helped Manchester United win the Champions League in 2008.
  • Jermaine Jenas- Capped 21 times for England and winner of the League Cup at Tottenham. A regular BBC pundit.
  • Micah Richards – Premier League and FA Cup winner with Manchester City, now pundit for Sky Sports, BBC and CBS. Played 13 times for England.
  • Danny Gabbidon– Former Wales international, named Welsh Footballer of the Year in 2005.
  • Ian Rush– Wales’ top scorer until the arrival of Gareth Bale, Rush netted 28 times for his country in his 16-year international career.
  • Laura Georges – Now General Secretary of the French Football Federation, Georges played 188 times for France during a 17-year international career. Won the French league title six times with Lyon and the Champions League twice.
  • Jürgen Klinsmann – Won the 1990 World Cup at the expense of England and led Germany as manager to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup.
  • Mark Schwarzer– Australia’s first-choice goalkeeper for two decades, Schwarzer led his country to the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
  • Gilberto Silva – Won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and two years later helped Arsenal win the Premier League title.
  • Pablo Zabaleta – Won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup in nine years at Manchester City. Part of the Argentina squad that reached the 2014 World Cup final.

ITV World Cup pundits

List of 2022 FIFA World Cup ITV presenters and pundits

ITV presenters and pundits line up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. ITV/Harry Page

  • Ian Wright– ITV’s leading international pundit, Wright scored nine goals in 33 appearances for England and won the Premier League with Arsenal.
  • Karen Carney– Former England player who reached the final of the 2009 European Championships. Carney is now a regular pundit on Sky Sports.
  • Roy Kean- An ex-Republic of Ireland poker player who left the team on the eve of the 2002 World Cup. Keane won seven Premier League titles and the Champions League at Manchester United.
  • Joe Cole– Scored a stunner at the 2006 World Cup, Cole made 56 appearances for England and won the Premier League three times at Chelsea.
  • Hal Robson-Kanu – Scored in Wales’ famous Euro 2016 victory over Belgium and played 46 times for his country.
  • Gary Neville – Appeared in two World Cups with England and was Roy Hodgson’s assistant at Brazil 2014. Won eight Premier League titles and twice the Champions League with Manchester United.
  • Eni Aluko – Made 102 appearances for England and started the Euro 2009 final against Germany, which the Lionesses lost. Aluko is now a regular pundit.
  • Graeme Souness – Played in three World Cups for Scotland and won five Premier League titles at Liverpool and the European Cup three times. A Sky Sports regular.
  • Nigel de Jong – Helped the Netherlands reach the 2010 World Cup final and the 2014 semi-finals. Won the Premier League with Manchester City.
  • Nadia Nadim– Danish international with nearly 100 international caps to her credit. Played for Manchester City during a brief stint in 2018.
  • Guy Mowbray
  • Jonathan Pearce
  • Robyn Cowen
  • Steve Bower
  • Steve Wilson
  • Alistair Bruce Ball
  • Simon Davies
  • Ian Dennis
  • Vicki Sparks
  • Conor McNamara
  • Pien Meulensteen
  • John Murray
  • Mark Scott

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  • Karen Bardsley
  • Maz Farookhi
  • Martin Keown
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  • Danny Murphy
  • Stephen Warnock
  • Sam Matterface
  • Clive Tyldesley
  • Jon Champion
  • Joe Speight
  • Seb Hutchinson

Co-Comms ITV

  • Lee Dixon
  • Ally McCoist
  • Andros Townsend

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India vs New Zealand, 1st T20 HIGHLIGHTS: Match abandoned due to rain at Sky Stadium, Wellington – As it happened https://www.observingthesky.org/india-vs-new-zealand-1st-t20-highlights-match-abandoned-due-to-rain-at-sky-stadium-wellington-as-it-happened/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 14:02:10 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/india-vs-new-zealand-1st-t20-highlights-match-abandoned-due-to-rain-at-sky-stadium-wellington-as-it-happened/

India vs New Zealand 1st T20 International, Ind vs NZ Live Scorecard Updates, Cricket LIVE streaming: The first T20I New Zealand vs India which was due to take place on Friday November 18 at Sky Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand has been canceled due to heavy rain. Initially the draw was delayed due to some slack in the downpur, but the showers returned and the referees decided to call off the match without a ball being thrown.

Also read: India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: when and where to watch? IND v NZ Squad, Weather Forecast & Live Cricket Stream


India vs New Zealand: T20 match time and draw

Indian skipper Hardik Pandya and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson were due to launch the coin at 11.30am (IST) but the draw was delayed due to rain. The India-New Zealand T20 game was due to start around 12:00 (IST) but that was also delayed due to incessant downpours.


India vs New Zealand: T20I team, playing 11

India (playing XI) team: Hardik Pandya (captain), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik .

New Zealand (Playing XI) team: Kane Williamson (captain), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.


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15th Annual Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Update: State of the Cryptocurrency Market | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP https://www.observingthesky.org/15th-annual-securities-litigation-and-regulatory-enforcement-update-state-of-the-cryptocurrency-market-skadden-arps-slate-meagher-flom-llp/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:50:27 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/15th-annual-securities-litigation-and-regulatory-enforcement-update-state-of-the-cryptocurrency-market-skadden-arps-slate-meagher-flom-llp/

On October 11, 2022, Skadden hosted the first program, “State of the Cryptocurrency Market,” in our 15th series of annual securities litigation and regulatory enforcement updates. Panelists for this presentation were Alex Drylewski and Daniel Michael, Co-Chairs of Skadden’s Web3 and Digital Assets Group; Lara Flath, Associate New York Complex Litigation and Trials; Peter Morrison, leader of Skadden’s Los Angeles Litigation Group, co-lead of the West Coast Litigation practice and member of Web3 and Digital Assets Group; and Jake Chervinsky, chief policy officer at the Blockchain Association.

The webinar focused on a number of developments in securities litigation in the cryptocurrency market during the first nine months of 2022. Panelists discussed (i) securities-related filing trends , (ii) activity and enforcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), (iii) recent developments in civil securities litigation, and (iv) policy updates.

Below are high-level takeaways on each topic.

Securities-Related Filing Trends

First, panelists examined the increase in crypto-related class action filings in the first half of 2022 compared to 2021. While filings have steadily increased as cryptoasset offerings have grown, the purpose of these deposits has changed over the years. According to recent reports, from 2016 to 2020, 73% of crypto-related class action lawsuits included claims relating to initial coin offerings (ICOs). Over the past two years, however, a much lower percentage of these filings were for ICOs. Additionally, from 2016 to 2019, only 8% of crypto-related class action lawsuits included claims related to exchanges. Since then, this number has increased significantly, up to 44% of filings between 2020 and 2022.

Panelists also reviewed recent enforcement trends: the SEC continues to be one of the leading regulators engaged in the cryptocurrency space. From 2013 to 2021, the SEC filed a total of 97 enforcement actions involving cryptocurrency activity. In 2021 alone, the SEC filed a total of 20 enforcement actions. The majority of SEC cases to date have focused on two allegations: an unregistered offering of securities or fraud in the offering or sale of securities.

SEC Activity and Application

Next, panelists discussed how SEC activity in 2022 has begun to reflect Chairman Gary Gensler’s focus and priorities in the digital asset space. The SEC nearly doubled the size of its Crypto Assets and Cyber ​​unit, with six specialist attorneys and an expanded management team, including a new permanent head and deputy head. Perhaps as a driver of this increased engagement, we have recently seen significantly more actions involving digital asset litigation rather than settlements compared to the general trend in all SEC enforcement actions.

Additionally, groups within the Division of Enforcement beyond the Crypto Asset and Cyber ​​Unit remain active in the digital asset space. And, elsewhere within the SEC, the Corporate Finance Division has created an Office of Crypto Assets as part of its disclosure review program.

When it comes to market participants in the digital asset space, the SEC has recently focused on market intermediaries, such as exchanges and brokers, rather than single token issuers or promoters. Lawsuits against the latter group generally seem to be pursued only where there are allegations of fraud and substantial losses to investors.

The SEC has also shown interest in two relatively new areas of digital asset enforcement: insider trading and record violations. As an example of insider trading, in SEC vs. Wahi, No. 22 Civ. 1009 (WD Wash. July 21, 2022), the agency alleged a scheme by a former Coinbase product manager, his brother, and a friend to trade digital assets prior to the announcement that Coinbase would list them. Although the SEC alleged that nine of the digital assets involved were securities, the Justice Department’s indictment alleged insider trading in 25 digital assets. Of the nine the SEC considered securities, there was no clear line as to the factors that led to this decision. For example, seven of the assets used the proceeds to fund the project, four set aside a significant portion for the founders, and four allowed buyers to receive a portion of the proceeds.

With respect to registration violations, two recent cases illustrate the broader view that the SEC applies to this issue, showing the agency’s willingness to charge persons and entities other than the issuer for direct violations. recording arrangements. In SEC vs. Okhotnikov, No. 22 Civ. 3978 (ND Ill. Aug. 1, 2022), the SEC charged 11 individual defendants with registration violations, including four individuals located overseas, three domestic promoters and four members of a group that promoted the asset digital. The complaint alleges that each defendant was a necessary participant or substantial factor in the non-registration. Likewise, in SEC vs. Ian Balina, No. 22 Civ. 950 (WD Tex. September 19, 2022), the SEC accused a cryptocurrency “influencer” who promoted tokens while simultaneously buying a significant portion of those tokens and organizing an “investment pool” of about 50 people.

Recent developments in civil security litigation

Developments involving Morrison v. Nat’l Australia Bank561 US 247 (2010)

The presenters then discussed the significant difficulty plaintiffs in 2022 have had in alleging title claims sufficient to satisfy the test set out in Morrison v. Nat’l Australia Bank, 561 US 247 (2010), which discusses impermissible extraterritorial application of federal securities laws. This question is often relevant due to the borderless nature of the digital asset industry. Two recent cases illustrate this trend.

In Anderson vs. Binance, No. 1:20-CV-2803 (ALC) (SDNY), plaintiffs alleged claims under securities law, exchange law and more than 20 state Blue Sky statutes against Binance in connection with the sale of certain digital tokens on the Binance Platform. Judge Andrew Carter granted Binance’s motion to dismiss. One of the reasons for the court’s rejection was Morisson. The court found that the presence of third-party servers in California was insufficient to establish that Binance was a domestic exchange or that the transactions were domestic. Justice Carter also found that the presence of certain employees in California and the job offers outside the United States were insufficient.

In Williams vs. Block.one, #1: 20-cv-03829-LAK (SDNY), plaintiffs alleged federal title claims against defendants in connection with Block.one’s ICO. The parties have reached a settlement of $27.5 million. However, the court rejected the settlement, finding that the plaintiff failed to consider whether federal securities laws applied under Morisson the token purchases of each member of the group.

Further developments

Panelists highlighted two other cases. First come Audet v. FraserNo. 3:16-cv-940 (MPS)(D. Conn.), for the first time a jury considered whether digital assets were securities under the Howey test and found that none of the assets were securities. In the post-trial review, Judge Michael Shea upheld the jury’s findings on three of the four assets at issue. With respect to an asset called “Hashlets,” which allegedly represented shares of the profits of the issuing company’s computing power, Judge Shea found that the jury’s verdict (that’s to say, that Hashlets were not securities) was not against the weight of evidence – due to a lack of joint enterprise or an expectation of profit based on the efforts of others. Notably, this asset was included in the SEC’s earlier complaint against GAW and its founder. Specifically, Judge Shea pointed out that Hashlet owners “could receive ‘significantly different payments,'” undermining the horizontal community, and exercised ‘significant investor control’ through their selection of mining pools, which that undermined any expectation of profit from the efforts of others. As of October 7, 2022, the parties have advised the court that they have reached a settlement (rather than going to trial on the sole remaining asset).

Second, the presenters discussed how Robertson v. Cuban, et al.#22-cv-22538 (SD Fla.), illustrates several emerging trends in cryptocurrency securities cases — notably, plaintiffs naming well-known promoters or celebrities in lawsuits. Robertson involves the Voyager platform, which allowed users to trade digital assets through a mobile app. In October 2021, Voyager partnered with the Dallas Mavericks. In December 2021, a putative class action lawsuit was filed against Voyager for fraud, unfair business practices, and unjust enrichment under Florida state law, and in January 2022 the SEC launched an investigation into Voyager. In July 2022, Voyager filed for bankruptcy and the class action was suspended. In August 2022, the same attorney filed another class action lawsuit and included Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks and the CEO of Voyager as defendants, alleging violations of consumer protection/unfair competition and securities laws. While Voyager’s CEO has since been voluntarily fired from the case, Mr. Cuban’s inclusion was notable. The case accuses him of making false and misleading statements about Voyager’s commissions, its level of risk and its interest rates.

Terms Update

Finally, Jake Chervinsky, Head of Policy at the Blockchain Association, provided updates on the status of various blockchain and cryptocurrency policy initiatives in Washington, D.C. He explained that the industry considers laws on securities as its main problem, with most participants viewing regulation as “existential.” While the industry is hoping development-friendly ideas such as Commissioner Hester Peirce’s safe harbor concept will gain traction, there are signs that there will be no progress on this front from the SEC.

Mr. Chervinsky concluded by highlighting the two main priority areas for action at this time. First, the proposed rules that expand the definition of “dealer” and “exchange” to potentially include aspects of the cryptocurrency market are getting a lot of attention. Second, three main legislative proposals, if accepted, would determine which agency regulates aspects of the cryptocurrency market going forward.

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The Black Ferns vibe is something England need to understand https://www.observingthesky.org/the-black-ferns-vibe-is-something-england-need-to-understand/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 16:58:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/the-black-ferns-vibe-is-something-england-need-to-understand/

Vibe is an informal noun meaning “a person’s emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as communicated and felt by others”.

Logic is basically the opposite, a noun meaning “reasoning conducted or evaluated according to strict principles of validity.”

Karen Bond is the Web and Publications Editor for World Rugby. In the bustling Eden Park Media Center on the day of the World Cup final, she is no ostentatious presence. Tired photographers and overdressed TV presenters fight for this title.

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Bond has been the editor of the World Rugby Yearbook since 2012. The Englishwoman knows more than anyone. It deals strictly with the logic of rugby. Her vibe is not that of a loner, but she is reserved and serious.

Bond tells me she thinks the Black Ferns will beat England. Why? “Just a hunch,” she said.

Logic suggests that it is impossible. England have won a world record 30 consecutive Test matches. The tournament’s most disciplined side have 714 more caps than New Zealand and won their last international against the Black Ferns 56-15 on November 7, 2021.

The Black Ferns vibe in 2021 was toxic. It was so bad that the only person in the country with the us and the mana to fix it was Wayne Smith.

“Professor” is the rarest combination of high IQ and high EQ. A master tactician with an obsessive work ethic, he makes ruthless appeals for the best of the collective. The dumping of veterans Black Ferns, Eloise Blackwell, Les Elder and Chelsea Semple before the World Cup would have come as a surprise to many.

However, Smith creates tremendous competition, confidence, empathy and passion in his players. He can quietly tap any rockstar on the shoulder to support his cause. Daniel Carter, Conard Smith and Sir Graham Henry are all friends of the Black Ferns 2022 – rugby royalty summoned in a frantic bid to save face.

In 2013 Smith helped guide the Chiefs to an unexpected Super Rugby title and observed:

“At the base, we wanted good buggers. We wanted more than just a cultural change – creating a champion team is essentially a spiritual act. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but certainly ours.

“We looked for an identity and ended up honoring it. Character was important when selecting the team. We play for our people and our region, which we have traveled.

What is the difference between coaching men and women?

“The All Blacks, men, need to play well so they can be happy and enjoy life. Black Ferns, women, need to be happy and enjoying life to be able to play well,” Smith said.

If there was ever a moment to capture the mood of the Black Ferns World Cup campaign, it’s Stacey Fluhler’s margarine-melting smile.

In the 73rd minute, the Black Ferns were leading 29-31 when Fluhler picked up a daring kick from Theresa Fitzpatrick and then delivered an unlikely ground pass to the equally cheerful Ayesha Leti-I’iga. It was a try that ultimately won the World Cup. It took such rare courage that he ended Fluhler’s game with a buggered ankle.

Fluhler left Eden Park with an innocent, mischievous smile spread across his face. It was a welcome relief for the oven from mounting pressure, the opposite behavior of a hardened All Black. It unleashed a euphoric roar from worshipers.

Why are you smiling as you leave the field?

Trust your friends can do it. Joy of being part of a historic opportunity valiantly won in the face of historic institutional apathy. The 2022 Black Ferns make no apologies for speaking out. Smith told his team before kick-off that he loved them and was proud of them and just wanted to come out and play and be true to our DNA.

The DNA of the Black Ferns is that they’ve been great since 1998, the year they won their first World Cup. They play fast, dynamic, exciting, warm rugby coupled with a deep connection to Tikanga that values ​​the importance of the land, the river, the mountain and the family you come from.

When Captain Ruahei Demant plays for the Black Ferns, she represents everyone in the small village of ?m?io. In New Zealand, everyone knows everyone. Lose and you copy it from the local Uber driver, win and you get a free beer at the pub. That pressure is still palpable and not so evident in a place like London where they have Big Ben.

The Black Ferns played terrible rugby in the final. Passes were dropped, tackles were missed, territory was obediently given up and restarts were horrendous. The only things that seemed likely to stop the rolling mauls were rubber chickens, hammers, foggers, speed bumps, another fuel tax, crusaders, and Willie Apiata VC.

But that didn’t matter. The Black Ferns are the antithesis of risk-averse England. That’s not to say England don’t have a soul, they’re a phenomenal rugby team with some truly wonderful players capable of thriving. However, the Red Roses were cold and calculated, like a villain in a sci-fi movie where the good guys uphold the aesthetics of rugby.

The Sky Tower looked like a UFO had landed above it on Friday, thick fog obscuring Auckland’s tallest landmark. It was the kind of day one associates with the dark chapters of Charles Dickens’ novels. Maybe if the final had been played that day, England would have won.

Saturday dawned bright and warm. It was ‘barbie’, ‘code’, ‘Long Whites’ and Six60 weather.

I’ve been assigned seat two in the media turbine. It was in a claustrophobic corner resembling a place where young smokers would try to hide in high school. Lovely volunteer Karen moved me to seat 11 with an open window and atmosphere.

I was lucky enough to strike up a brief friendship with Jonah Lomu through Rod Gabb, a die-hard rugby fan and quite a decent guy who did huge service at Wesley College where Lomu went to school. ‘school.

When Jonah passed away in 2015, I was asked to speak about that experience at a memorial service and was presented with a Wesley tie, one of my most treasured items. Only TV jocks and fishheads wear ties in rugby in New Zealand, so he was draped next to me within reach of friendly spectators outside.

When these fans were told about the history of the tie, they turned around and touched it as if Jonah was present.

A lot of good happened on the left wing when Jonah Lomu wore the All Blacks 11 shirt. His legend was made against England. Last night there was a lot of traffic in Lomu lane. Portia Woodman (the black fern that most closely resembles Jonah) was delusional with limited opportunities. Her replacement Ayesha Leti-I’iga is nicknamed “the denotator”. She is a freak of a finisher.

Anything wrong with contemporary play was caught late in the first half. England win a penalty maul. They kicked the ball and maimed again, gaining an advantage. In a rare display of expansion, England stretched the game from touchline to touchline. On uncharted ground, England threw an unusually risky pass which Renee Holmes leapt and galloped 80 yards to score the greatest ‘crowd try’ ever. The official referee called him back. Typical. What happened next ? Another rolling maul try for England. It wasn’t supposed to happen. Wasn’t the vibe, but that’s okay.

The vibe on Saturday was all about being bold. It was about daring to be different, taking a punt and loving it. It was a spiritual connection to a style of rugby that Kiwis can identify with.

As for Ian Foster, he has the charisma of an insurance agent. We don’t hate the All Blacks, we just don’t identify with him on the same level as Smithy. The All Blacks vibe seems austere and mumbled compared to the refreshing audacity and Ahora of our Wahine Toa. Even grumpy white men smiled at this World Cup, their frustrations subdued perhaps by the large number of mums, wives and children in attendance.

Larrkin’s streak in Smithy’s workout. The 45kg computer that accompanied the All Blacks to the 1999 World Cup. ‘The Dojo’ gave the Crusaders an early advantage. The best Kiwi rugby coaches have always had an eccentric character element.

Joanah Ngan-Woo’s roster theft was all bravado, with the call for competition coming from the coach’s box. Perhaps Smith had a flashback to Mark Connors, the Wallaby who ruined his All Blacks head coaching career in 2000. That day the rival jumped faster.

Auckland has been stuck in a punitive 107-day lockdown while the rest of the country has largely gotten away with it. How good was it to see strangers high fives and black people slap each other, then find out they know someone who knows the person next to them?

England if you want to win the World Cup at Eden Park, you have to understand the atmosphere better. It’s not an exact science but it involves more than a rolling maul.

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Verstappen DROPS Sky Sports F1 boycott ahead of Brazil GP after Mexico snubs comment he ‘stole’ title from Hamilton https://www.observingthesky.org/verstappen-drops-sky-sports-f1-boycott-ahead-of-brazil-gp-after-mexico-snubs-comment-he-stole-title-from-hamilton/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 20:02:43 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/verstappen-drops-sky-sports-f1-boycott-ahead-of-brazil-gp-after-mexico-snubs-comment-he-stole-title-from-hamilton/

MAX VERSTAPPEN says he’s buried the hatchet with Sky F1 and abandoned his boycott of the broadcaster.

The F1 world champion was upset by the digs of one of the channel’s presenters, Ted Kravitz.

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Verstappen looking to end the season with two more winsCredit: Getty

The straw broke the camel’s back at the United States GP in Austin where Kravitz used the word ‘stolen’ to insinuate that the Red Bull driver stole the world crown from Lewis Hamilton in 2021.

Camp Verstappen’s decision to ignore the channel was supported by his team, who also ignored the rights holders during the Mexican GP.

However, after clarifying the air talks on Monday, Verstappen says he is happy they are questioning him again.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, he said: “We’ve drawn a line under it and we’re continuing. I can’t wait to [speaking to Sky].”

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Meanwhile, this weekend will see the third and final weekend of sprint racing, where a short 30-minute race will dictate the grid for the real GP on Sunday.

It’s F1’s attempt to shuffle the grid and increase excitement over the weekend, but Verstappen is not a fan of the format, which will be six races next season.

He added: “Honestly I’m not a big fan of it because I feel like we don’t really race. There are a few points you can get but you know you can’t take any. risk because the main race is where you get the points.

“You don’t really do a pit stop, you just put on a tire that will last the whole distance. And you don’t see a lot of overtaking unless there’s a car out of position.

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“For me it’s not fun. I like a practice session and then qualifying. I like it because you have to master the settings.

“But when I’m in a sprint race you risk a lot and you want to play it safe.”

British star Lando Norris’ participation in this weekend’s action has been thrown into doubt after the McLaren driver suffered food poisoning.

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Kim Kardashian honored at CFDA awards, calls for inclusivity https://www.observingthesky.org/kim-kardashian-honored-at-cfda-awards-calls-for-inclusivity/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 04:20:16 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/kim-kardashian-honored-at-cfda-awards-calls-for-inclusivity/

NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian was honored Monday at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards for her shapewear line and used the honor to call on designers to be inclusive of all body types.

Kardashian received the first-ever Innovation Award presented by Amazon Fashion for her shapewear brand SKIMS. Co-founder and CEO Jens Grede and founding partner and chief product officer Emma Grede also joined Kardashian in receiving the inaugural award.

The fashion industry’s equivalent of the Oscars was held in person Monday night and was hosted by actress Natasha Lyonne and designers and CFDA members Joseph Altuzarra, Gabriela Hearst, Aurora James, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough . The evening commemorated American fashion history and 60 years of the fashion organization.

“Since our launch we have been focused on how to continue to shape the industry to embrace equal size and diversity as a must and not just a trend and I see a lot of between you are doing just that,” Kardashian told the star-studded audience. included her sisters Khloe and Kendall and her mother, Kris Jenner.

Martha Stewart presented the award to Kardashian, who had to make a quick announcement when a phone rang just before she started speaking. “Mom, turn off your phone,” Kardashian told Jenner to laughter from the audience.

The Kardashians were fully represented at the show, with Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner watching their sister accept her honor.

This year, Law Roach was honored with a new award recognizing stylists for their work.

“Once upon a time there was a queen born in south Chicago. A queen who was a force of fear for good and for beauty and she changed the fashion landscape just by being her,” Kerry Washington told the story of Roach’s youth.

He shared with the audience that he watched the CFDA Awards in 2016 from behind the scenes as Zendaya’s stylist.

“I watched from the kitchen as the waiters serve your food and I just thought, ‘One day I’ll be on that stage. I’m an example that anything and everything is possible,” Roach said.

Bradley Cooper, Trevor Noah and Christina Ricci were among other presenters at an evening where a variety of designers took home trophies and Lenny Kravitz received the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award.

“(Kravitz is) effortless, cool, eclectic, fearless,” Cooper said of introducing Kravitz. “Whatever it is, he has it. And when it comes to fashion, there’s no one cooler. There’s no other musician alive today who wears leather and leopard-like Lenny’s.

“My mother’s closet was my own personal shop. I put on scarves, belts, platform boots, boas imitating my heroes from the Jackson Five, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, David Bowie and Miles Davis, ”said Kravitz, recounting his youth at the end of the years 60 and 70.

Last year, Zendaya was the youngest person to win the Icon award. Previous recipients have included Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.

Cher also made a surprise appearance to present an honor to stylist Patti Wilson. “Fashion should be fun and dreaded and Patti Wilson is fearless,” Cher said.

The Accessories Design Award went to Raul Lopez and the Emerging American Designer Award went to Elena Velez.

In the American designer categories, Catherine Holstein won the womenswear award for KHAITE and Emily Adams Bode Aujla won the menswear designer award.

The Board of Directors award was presented to Virgil Abloh to honor the late designer’s contribution to global fashion. The award was received by his wife, Shannon Abloh, who said “what he was able to accomplish in his short 41 years will continue to inspire us all for decades to come”.

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Alexander Armstrong in South Korea: ‘I ate things no one should put in their mouth’ | Travel https://www.observingthesky.org/alexander-armstrong-in-south-korea-i-ate-things-no-one-should-put-in-their-mouth-travel/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 00:01:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/alexander-armstrong-in-south-korea-i-ate-things-no-one-should-put-in-their-mouth-travel/ Yesou may never have touched this piece of land between eastern China and Japan, but I’ll bet my last million Korean won that you haven’t escaped its cultural influence. squid game (creepy), boy band BTS (catchy), Korean fried chicken (delicious) – we’re all in the thrall of K-wave, also known as hallyu.

South Korean culture is so influential that the V&A Museum in London has just opened an exhibition about it, featuring traditional food, movies and clothing. and Channel 5 sent one of the UK’s friendliest presenters, Alexander Armstrong, to surf K-wave across the peninsula.

In the three-part show, which will premiere on Tuesday, November 8, Armstrong, delightfully wide and frolicking, zigzags from Seoul to volcanic Jeju. Island off the south coast via the country’s second city, Busan.

Bongeunsa Temple in Seoul

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Armstrong’s brief was to find out what makes this country remarkable – the same size as Portugal and with a smaller population than the UK – tick. There’s the usual culture shock and fish out of water japes – drinking coffee in a puny ceramic toilet at a poo-themed cafe, learning K-pop dances and marveling at dizzying animatronics. in the Gangnam district of the capital.

The program was filmed before the events of October 29, when 156 people died in a Halloween crowd crush in Seoul. “Having come to know Seoul and the irrepressible spirit of its young people, the tragic news struck me as particularly painful,” says Armstrong. “Our thoughts are with everyone there, especially our friends and colleagues.”

It is a country accustomed to facing adversity and emerging from it. The Korean War of 1950 to 1953 leveled most major cities on the peninsula and claimed over three million lives. In the 1950s, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world; it is now the tenth largest economy and a leader in technology. It’s an achievement that rivals that of Dubai and Shenzhen, but we still believe that South Korea is only half a country, defined by what it isn’t as much as what it is. It is.

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“The thing about Korean culture is that it’s basically scorched earth,” says Armstrong. “They had pretty much burned everything. Nothing had been allowed to take root. And so, what we’re seeing now is this sort of physical hallyu – this great emergence of Korean culture that has finally been able to find expression. They coalesced around this crazy belief in themselves. And that’s not “crazy” belief, it’s just crazy intensity.

Intense is a good word for it, whether it’s Armstrong on a soju-soaked party in Gangnam, visiting screaming wizards in Jeju (“a lot of things were jerky – it was big theater”) or meet a succession of noodle-slurping YouTubers.

“We had loads of complaints lodged against us because we talked on the train,” he says. “It didn’t go well at all. And if you arrive 20 minutes before the end of breakfast in your hotel, the guy who shows you to your table scolds you. It’s an affront to allow only 20 minutes for your breakfast.

Fortunately, he allowed more than 20 minutes to make his way around the Busan fish market, where he ate “things that no one should put in their mouths”. There was a sea cucumber, something “known as a penis fish” and “squid that was taken out of a bucket while still very much alive and sliced.” . . You’re eating the tentacles of that thing while they’re still wriggling around,” he winces.

Fish for sale at Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan

Fish for sale at Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan

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Also on the menu was horse tartare and “a lot of different horse bits, like offal. This is going to get me in terrible trouble, but I have to be honest: the horse was delicious.

Enough of the raw horse – I ask the question that many will be desperate to know the answer to: did he dance for Gangnam Style? “No. I resisted fiercely. I never mastered Psi dancing,” he says. But he couldn’t completely ignore K-pop – in the first episode, he bravely tried a dance routine with girl group StayC which led him to wave his hands like a crazy uncle at a wedding.”It was a lot of fun,” he admits. “I really fell for K-pop. It’s wildly contagious, like a virus getting under your skin. It’s not just an earworm; it’s like a tapeworm in the ear.

K-pop group StayC

K-pop group StayC

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K-pop ends up being kind of an extended metaphor for how he would translate his fortnight and a bit in South Korea to the rest of the world. “There’s something about the combination of flavors Korea gives you,” he thinks. “It’s a mixture of cute, a mixture of absurd, a mixture of eye-catching, and a mixture of mildly uncomfortable, innocuous sexuality.”

Alexander Armstrong in South Korea airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Channel 5

Yakcheonsa Buddhist Temple in Jeju Island

Yakcheonsa Buddhist Temple in Jeju Island

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Three tours in South Korea

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Ideal for first-timers, this private tour begins and ends in Seoul, where its suggested itinerary includes an after-dark street food tour and a visit to the hilltop Hwaseong Fortress. In between is Jeonju, staying in a traditional guest house, and the seaside town of Busan. Two transfers are made by high-speed train. You will also have the opportunity to try Korean archery and shop for clothes in Seoul’s Gangnam district.
Details
Seven nights’ B&B from £2,384 pp including transfers and excursions (insideasiatours.com). Fly to Seoul

Food-focused adventure
Here is another tailor-made itinerary that can be modified to suit your tastes. Focusing on Korean cuisine, it also starts in Seoul – after a classic barbecue dinner, you’ll learn how to make glass noodles and cloudy rice wine. Days can then be spent strolling through fish markets, buying filled pancakes from street vendors, or eating the best bibimbap in Jeonju, the spiritual home of the dish. Most memorable, however, will be breakfast with Buddhist monks after a night in a temple.
Details
Thirteen nights’ B&B from £3,690 pp, including flights, transfers, activities, excursions and seven other meals (bambootravel.co.uk)

Seongsan Ilchulbong tuff cone on Jeju Island, South Korea

Seongsan Ilchulbong tuff cone on Jeju Island, South Korea

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Join a bike tour
Volcanoes, river valleys, and flower-lined stretches of coastline, not to mention thousands of miles of dedicated bike paths, make South Korea ideal for cyclists. To capitalize, the American firm Grasshopper Adventures organizes small group tours from March to May and from September to October. Highlights range from hot springs and sunrise hikes to tea fields, temples and the chance to meet Jeju Island’s female free divers, who roam the deep waters in search of seafood. You will need to be a reasonably experienced rider.
Details
Seven nights’ B&B from £2,978 pp, including transfers, bike hire, excursions and 12 other meals (grasshopperadventures.com). Fly to Seoul
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World Series MVP, movie stars among CMA 2022 presenters https://www.observingthesky.org/world-series-mvp-movie-stars-among-cma-2022-presenters/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 15:17:16 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/world-series-mvp-movie-stars-among-cma-2022-presenters/

The 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards 2022 hit Music City on November 9. Along with co-hosts Luke Bryan and National Football League Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, a host of top superstars, beloved athletes and more will take to the stage at Bridgestone Arena.

Tickets for the 56th Annual CMA Awards are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

Namely, Mookie Betts – a Nashville native, country music fan, two-time World Series champion, MVP and Los Angeles Dodgers star – will appear. Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon, co-stars of the upcoming Paramount+ miniseries “George and Tammy,” will also present an award. Additionally, country music legend Reba McEntire and her boyfriend, ABC’s “Big Sky” actor Rex Linn, are set to make an appearance. Additionally, HGTV shows “HomeTown” and “HomeTown Takeover” hosts Ben and Erin Napier, Apple TV’s “Amber Brown” and Lifetime’s “Reindeer Games Homecoming” actress Sarah Drew and “Yellowstone” star of Paramount Network’s Cole Hauser round out the slate as far as television stars on stage.