A World Cup final for the ages delivered a crowning glory for soccer icon Lionel Messi on Sunday as Argentina beat reigning men's champion France on penalty kicks. One of the most dramatic major sporting events in history had the teams tied 3-3 after extra time, with the French ultimately missing twice in the shootout before Gonzalo Montiel converted to seal an exhausting and emotional victory. Argentina had dominated the bulk of the match, leading 2-0 with just about 10 minutes to go, but France burst into life with star forward Kylian Mbappé scoring twice in as many minutes. Both sides traded missed chances and then late goals again in the 30 minutes of extra time before the tension of penalty kicks. The game capped a month of sporting drama and geopolitical controversy in Qatar. The tournament featured surprise results and fairy-tale runs , but the final had two giants of the game compete for the title — headlined by a pair of stars. The speedy and skillful Mbappé … [Read more...] about Argentina wins World Cup on penalty kicks over France
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Former President Donald Trump likes to boast about his endorsement record of political candidates—and with good reason. All 55 candidates that Trump has backed in Republican primaries have all either won or advanced to runoff elections. That streak will end eventually—you can't defy the law of averages and politics forever. However, his endorsement win-loss record is set to stay high, or even improve. Newsweek has analyzed Trump's political endorsements for 2018, 2020 and 2022, confining the data to Senate , House and gubernatorial races. Data was taken from Ballotpedia , the nonpartisan online political encyclopedia. Here's what was found: In 2018, Trump's overall endorsement success rate—whether the candidates he endorsed won office—was at best hit-and-miss. He was successful 56 percent of the time. But in 2020, his success rate jumped: Trump endorsees won 78 percent of the time, nearly 4 in 5 candidates. What changed? Trump started backing more candidates, partly due … [Read more...] about Trump’s Endorsement Record Is Improving: Here’s the Key to His Success
It's rapidly approaching three months since a Powerball jackpot has been won, which means there have been no grand prize winners in 2023 so far. That also means the jackpot has kept soaring. It's now the fifth-highest in game history and ninth-largest in the history of U.S. lottery games. Monday night's 02/06/23 Powerball jackpot is worth $747 million, with a cash-value option worth $403.1 million. The drawing will be held at 11 p.m. ET on Monday. There was no grand prize winner from Saturday's 02/04/23 drawing for the $700 million jackpot, which increases the rolling prize. However, there were four tickets sold – one each in Florida, New Jersey, Oregon and Pennsylvania – that matched the first five white balls, and minus the red Powerball, for the game's second prize of $1 million apiece. Had they purchased the Power Play for an extra $1, their second prize would be worth $2 million. In addition, there were 64 winning tickets on Saturday that hit four of the first five numbers, … [Read more...] about Monday night Powerball jackpot is fifth largest in game’s history
My life so far has often been distilled to numbers: 1.7 million subscribers, 1.8 million total followers, 155 million views. At 12 years old, I started posting videos on YouTube. In November, at 24, I quit . When I tell people about my videos, I often say, “imagine if Ferris Bueller had a YouTube channel.” I used the style and conventions of nostalgic teen films to romanticize what was otherwise an ordinary life. On YouTube, a romanticized life is also, paradoxically, a deeply personal one. My channel was as raw and honest as I would have been in my diary. That’s part of the culture. Being known as you are — and praised for it — lures in those of us with a deep desire to be seen. But another part of the culture is to make yourself into a product and figure out how to sell that product. Success is measured in views and subscriber counts, visible to all. The numbers feel like an adrenaline shot to your self-esteem. The validation is an addicting high, but its lows hit just as … [Read more...] about YouTube Gave Me Everything. Then I Grew Up.
The AI genie is out of the bottle. If you have followed news headlines these days, you have probably heard the buzz around ChatGPT, an AI-based language model that can imitate human language and reasoning to a scary degree. As I was playing around yesterday a bit more with ChatGPT, marveling as an AI expert at how far we have come since the early days of machine learning, I was also reminded of the importance of preparing our society and our economy for what is to come. Jobs in the ChatGPT Age While the current state of AI is still somewhat away from taking over human jobs, I think it's safe to say that today, compared to a year ago, we have a better understanding that the speed and scope of this transformation are well beyond our initial imagination. Just search for ChatGPT prompts and you will get a sense that it's not just manual jobs that will be lost to automation. As AI systems become more advanced, they will likely be able to perform many tasks currently done by humans, such … [Read more...] about How Adapting to the ChatGPT Age Can Intersect With Policy
Britain's steel industry risks plunging into “irreversible decline” unless the Tories intervene, MPs warned tonight. A cross-party group has written to Rishi Sunak urging him to back moves to make the sector less polluting. A dozen Labour , Conservative and Welsh and Scottish nationalist Independent MPs have signed the letter, seen exclusively by the Mirror, calling on the Prime Minister to act. The letter warns the PM: “We are concerned that in the absence of government support the UK risks becoming the first G20 economy to see its domestic steel production go into irreversible decline.” Describing steel as “a vital, strategic industry in the UK”, the MPs call on Mr Sunak to “act now to safeguard the future of the industry”. Read More MPs have written to the Prime Minister highlighting the trouble the sector faces ( Image: AFP via Getty Images) The warning comes as 800 jobs hang in the balance at British Steel, and with 440 jobs under threat at Liberty … [Read more...] about UK steel industry on brink of ‘irreversible decline’, MPs warn Rishi Sunak
Sign up for the View from Westminster email for expert analysis straight to your inbox Get our free View from Westminster email There was tennis before Serena Williams and there will be tennis after Serena Williams. Before Serena and her sister Venus became the superstars of the game in the late 90s, tennis was dominated by the white and the wealthy, typified by long-lasting rallies. However, with the arrival and reign of the Williams sisters, they morphed the sport into a more athletic, power driven game and showed the world that working class black girls could also be tennis champions. 20 years later, when you think of women’s tennis, Serena is the poster girl of the sport. Her magnificence on the court has earned her 23 Grand Slam championships – giving her the title of the most Grand Slam tournaments won in the Open era of women’s tennis. Last year January, shortly after winning her 23rd Grand Slam at the Australian Open, the 36-year-old put … [Read more...] about Serena Williams’ return to Wimbledon is no different from any other woman going back to work after maternity leave