After decades of perfect sunny weather – FIFA is in the crosshairs of U.S. authorities. Several top soccer officials have been arrested in Zurich, and among them is José Maria Marin, former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, known as CBF. They will now be extradited to the United States on federal corruption charges, and according to law enforcement officials, the worst of the storm is yet to come. So FIFA’s president – though not charged – may want to keep an eye on the horizon, just in case it gets dark again.
Since the accident that left the two-time Olympian paralyzed from the neck down, never once have words of self-pity, anger or sorrow crossed her lips, not even in a whisper — quite the opposite, actually — the Brazilian faces her grueling physical therapy sessions with the unwavering determination that made her a top-class athlete – and, along with the help of a new stem cell treatment, the results are coming: she can now feel pressure on her skin and is able to know where her arms and legs are in space, which doctors see as a huge improvement. Yet a recent tattoo on her arm may more accurately define the ever optimistic 26-year-old: someone standing up from a wheelchair and slowly walking away. Go girl!! Keep on realizing your dreams.
No!! I’m not talking about Brazil. I’m talking about the land of actual kings and queens. Kate has given birth to a baby girl. Millions and millions of people are celebrating – some lucky ones even more so. After all, they’ve placed their bets on a girl. But if you’re not among them, there’s no need to worry. You can still place your wager on a name, which bookmakers believe will be either Alice, or Charlotte, or Elizabeth, or Victoria, or Diana. But then again, fortune may lie elsewhere, and who knows, going out on a limb could bring an even bigger reward, reward that might also come from picking the winner of Thursday’s British election – one of the tightest ever. If anything, let’s pop the bubbly. It’s a girl, fourth in line to the throne.