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CARDIFF, Wales — When it was over, when the referee blew his whistle and the crowd roared and Ukraine’s dream of a place in this year’s World Cup was over, most of its national soccer team dropped straight to the grass.The rest simply stared into space.

The scoreboard confirmed what, in that moment, even the Ukrainians themselves could scarcely believe: Wales 1, Ukraine 0. A World Cup qualifying journey laced with symbolism and spirit and national pride, an opportunity delayed three months by war and reaching its denouement on a day that had begun with explosions in Kyiv, the first direct airstrikes on the capital in a month, had ended not in triumph but in the cruelest of twists: defeat to Wales on an own goal scored by a Ukraine forward, Andriy Yarmolenko.

“The most important game of our lives,” Ukraine defender Oleksandr Karavayev had called it less than 24 hours earlier. And for weeks, he and his teammates had treated their campaign as such: a chance to bring joy to a war-torn nation desperately in need of it, a chance to showcase their pride in their jerseys, in their flag, in themselves.

Fueled by hundreds of daily messages from friends and family and frontline troops urging them forward, they had pushed past Scotland on Wednesday to move within a single victory of the World Cup. One group of soldiers had sent a more tangible token that they were all in it together: a signed Ukrainian flag. It hung, again, in the team’s dressing room on Sunday.

“They make only one demand,” midfielder Taras Stepanenko had told The Guardian of the messages he and his teammates were receiving. “‘Please do everything you can to go to the World Cup.’”

But it is Wales, not Ukraine, that will be headed to Qatar in November, to a date with the United States in its opening game. That was the other half of Sunday’s story of fraught emotions and national pride.

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Wales has not played in the World Cup since 1958. To push their team over the line on Sunday, more than 25,000 Wales fans had packed Cardiff City Stadium, the team’s home, with their voices and with a dream of their own.

A half-hour before kickoff, they were already in full voice, belting out a full-throated rendition of the folk standard “Yma o Hyd,” led by the 76-year-old Welshman who released it, Dafydd Iwan. The song’s chorus, “We’re still here,” spoke not so subtly to the mood in the country happy to host Ukraine but just as happy to beat it, too. Wales, its players had made clear before the match, had also come to Cardiff to win.

“We’ll be the most popular team in the stadium, that’s the main thing,” the Wales captain Gareth Bale said on the eve of the game. “We understand the awful things going on in Ukraine. Our hearts go out to the kids, families and people of Ukraine. But come tomorrow, it’s a game of football. We want to win.”

Sunday’s match was, in the strictest sense, a winner-take-all affair. The victor would claim one of the final three places in the World Cup, which kicks off in November in Qatar, completing a group that includes the United States, England and Iran. The loser — whichever team it was — had the inadequate consolation that, like every other country eliminated on the road to Qatar, it could try again in four years.

Ukraine had not qualified for the World Cup since 2006, its only previous trip to the tournament. But Wales had waited even longer, and it had waited three months for the chance to complete the job. (Its semifinal, a 2-1 win against Austria, had gone ahead as scheduled in March while Ukraine’s was postponed and Russia, increasingly a sporting pariah, had been thrown out of qualifying altogether.)

Bale had delivered the opening blow, lashing a 25-yard free kick past a defensive wall and toward Ukraine’s goal. Yarmolenko was first to the scorching attempt, but in the steady rain, turned it not to safety but past his goalkeeper, Georgiy Bushchan.

It took only an instant, it turned out, a simple flick of the head, for the dreams of one nation to be delivered, and for those of another to be dashed.

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By: Andrew Das
Title: Wales Beats Ukraine to Advance to World Cup
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2022/06/05/sports/soccer/ukraine-wales-world-cup.html
Published Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2022 18:46:34 +0000

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions

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A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

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Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 

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Title: Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
Sourced From: celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/taylor-swift-private-jet-co2-emissions-highest-celebrity-rep-statement/589119a2-fb57-48bc-9547-73c28db53d21
Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 03:07:00 GMT

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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!

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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!

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By: Just Jared
Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
Sourced From: www.justjared.com/2022/07/31/jodie-sweetin-marries-mescal-wasilewski-with-fuller-house-co-stars-in-attendance/
Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 04:26:28 +0000

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All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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By: Anne Thompson
Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
Sourced From: www.indiewire.com/video/tiff-venice-2022-analysis-spielberg-screen-talk-391-1234746652/
Published Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:52:17 +0000

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