British divers John Volanthen, left, and Richard Stanton have been awarded Britain's George Medal for helping save a junior football team stranded in a flooded cave in Thailand. (Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha) The seven underwater specialists involved in the remarkable rescue were also joined on the prestigious annual achievement list - announced on Friday (Dec 28) - by Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan, Jim Carter from "Downton Abbey", best-selling author Philip Pullman and leading Brexiteer lawmaker John Redwood. Four of the divers were given awards for exceptional bravery while the three others were made Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). Richard Stanton and John Volanthen - the first of the divers to reach the 12 stricken children and their coach - were awarded the George Medal, the country's second highest civilian gallantry award. Stanton had already been made an MBE in 2012 for his rescue services. Fellow divers Christopher Jewell and Jason … [Read more...] about British divers involved in Thai cave rescue recognised in UK New Year Honours list
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It was a memorable year for sport in 2018, with the World Cup in Russia, a cricketing controversy and Serena Williams' bizarre outburst grabbing the headlines. France's forward Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup trophy after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the Moscow final on July 15 AFP Here, AFP Sport takes a look at 10 sporting highlights from the last 12 months: FRANCE WIN WORLD CUP France won the World Cup on Jul 15 in Moscow, beating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring final for 52 years. Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann all hit the target. Mbappe was not even born when France claimed the World Cup on home soil in 1998, their only previous win. Geraint Thomas became the first Welshman to win the Tour de France AFP/Jeff PACHOUD THOMAS TAKES TOUR DE FRANCE Welshman Geraint Thomas savoured the sweetest of Tour de France victories on Jul 29, eclipsing all challengers including Sky teammate Chris Froome, the four-time former winner, in the showcase … [Read more...] about Mbappe stars, ball tampering scandal, Serena outburst: 2018 sporting highlights
FIFA referees committee chairman Pierluigi Collina said on Friday (Jun 29) he was "pleased" with the impact of the video assistant referee (VAR) system during the group stage of the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo escaped with a yellow card for an elbow offence that was reviewed by VAR. (Photo: AFP/Mladen Antonov) After experiments in different FIFA tournaments, Serie A in Italy and the German Bundesliga this season, VAR has made its World Cup debut in Russia. "We are pleased. We are not surprised things went pretty well so far generally speaking," said Collina, who refereed the 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany. The Italian revealed that VAR crews conducted checks on 335 incidents across the 48 group-stage matches, an average of almost seven per game. VAR can be used in four scenarios - after a goal has been scored, for penalty decisions, red card decisions or for a case of mistaken identity of a player who has been booked or sent off. Collina said with the help … [Read more...] about VAR checked 335 incidents in World Cup group stage: FIFA
Will Smith in I, Robot. — File Photo Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy So the World Cup is already one week old and we’ve seen shocks, surprises and plenty of skills. Paul Kennedy. — VNS Photo Việt Thanh Brazil were held to a draw by Switzerland. Germany (yes, Germany) lost their opening game versus Mexico and Lionel Messi proved that he is human after all, missing a penalty against Iceland. And England also got off to a flyer thanks to an injury time winner from Harry Kane. But the thing that has really got people talking after week one is VAR - the dreaded Video Assistant Referee. For those of you who have been living in a cave for the past few years, this is the new system that allows match officials to replay constroversial moments to make sure they have made the right decision. Some say the system is the future and it will weed out inaccuracies and ensure decision making perfect. I don’t agree. Did we learn nothing from I, Robot? … [Read more...] about Did we learn nothing from I, Robot?
The US and other Western nations have warned of attacks on foreigners in New Delhi, heightening security concerns in the capital, with shopping areas and busy markets said to be prime targets. Advice issued late Wednesday by the United States and Canada, which prompted new warnings from Britain and Australia on Thursday, cited "specific" information of possible militant strikes. The new alerts updated long-standing general advice for Western visitors to India that they should exercise caution, particularly in areas popular with tourists. "There are increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in New Delhi," the US embassy in New Delhi said in a statement on its website, urging tourists to avoid half-a-dozen of the city's shopping areas and markets. India is home to a wide range of separatists and insurgents, but Islamist terror groups, both homegrown and from across the border in Pakistan, are considered the most dangerous threat. A growing Maoist insurgency, … [Read more...] about New warnings for tourists in New Delhi