Los Galacticos win Super Cup

Real Madrid and Manchester United met at Philip II Arena at Skopje, Macedonia for UEFA Super Cup. The UEFA Super Cup is held between the winners of the Champions League (Real Madrid) and Europa League (Manchester United).

The match featured new signings Lindelof, Matic and Lukaku from the Red Devils and the Royals of Madrid featured Isco on the left wing in place of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is back after a long time and was in the bench until the 83rd minute.

Real Madrid were aggressive from the very beginning and got a breakthrough at the 24th minute when Casemiro scored a goal off a cross from right-back Dani Carvajal. The rest of the first half featured saves from David De Gea addsome shots for the white outfit.

The second goal of the match and for Real Madrid came at the 58th minute when Isco scored off an assist from Gareth Bale. Romelu Lukaku replied with a goal of his own at his first competitive debut minutes after the clock hit the hour mark.

But the Jose Mourinho team were no match for the best team in Europe and lost by a goal to his former team.

This Super Cup is the fourth Super Cup for Real Madrid and as defending champions they did well to be crowned as the best team of Europe.

Gunners clinch the Community Shield

The London Derby Community Shield match between Arsenal and Chelsea ended 4-1(penalties) in favour of the North London team as it ended 1-1 after regular time. Chelsea winger Victor Moses hit a goal in the early second half, but Pedro was sent off after a dashing tackle on Elneny to allow Sead Kolasinac, from Arsenal to equalize the scores and take it to the penalties.

The new ABBA penalty shootout system was under play and the game went straight to penalties after the regular time, and without stretching it to the extra time. Lacazette went first from the the Reds of London and slotted it home, followed by Walcott and Monreal before Frenchman Giroud scored the final goal for Arsenal.

Chelsea had a disappointing time at the shootouts as signing-of-the-season Alvaro Morata missed the spot kick which was further aided by goalkeeper Courtois’ miss which led Chelsea to lose after a thrilling 90 minutes at the Wembley.

Arsene Wenger will look to strike back from the upsetting season at the English Premier League and will be hoping to secure a Champions League spot next season.

Make your selfies better

Scientists have developed a new smartphone app that will help people learn the art of taking the perfect selfie. The app uses an alogorithmthat directs the user where to position the camera, allowing them to take the best shot possible. Traditional camera apps beautifies a selfie after it’s taken, but this new app will allow the users to know why the selfie is better.

Developed by Vogel & Qifan Li at the University of Waterloo, Canada, the alogorithm uses 3-D digital scans of average looking people and gets an in-depth analysis how it can look better.

The researchers used an online crowd-sourcing service and made people vote on the best selfies. The results showed that there was 26% improvement with selfies taken by this new app.

BlackBerry unveils KEYone

Canadian smartphone giant Blackberry is set to launch KEYone Limited Edition to the Indian Markets. The device will be on sale from August 8th, 2017 on e-commerce website, Amazon.

Priced at Rs. 39,990, this device will have dual-sim capabilities (the first time in a BlackBerry device) and is laced with Android Nougat 7.1. It sports a 4.5 inch scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass display and is powered by 4 GB RAM. For the shutterbugs, the phone offers a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera.

Blackberry also plans to introduce several other devices across different price points to cater to the Indian markets.

The Messy Trump Administration

The Messy Trump Administration

White House, the residence of the President of the United States has been the mark of status and civility for years now. But since the appointment of Donald Trump, the politics in the White House has taken a turn towards the dirty. In the 6 months that he has been in power at the helm of the US Government, the smooth flow of the mundane and menial functioning of the administration has taken a heavy blow.

Donald Trump is an eccentric person, whose views and ideologies differ from the people around him and this has led him to publicly admonish several high ranking officials using the much-hyped microblogging site, Twitter. It was a shock to the world when the head of Trump organisation was listed as one of the most powerful men on earth, by Forbes. A man who likes to be among controversies and on the news (usually for the wrong reasons) has had turbulent times since his opening address and this unsteadiness is on a rise.

Mr Trump came to be the President by striking the deep seated racism present in the Americans mingled with a bit of misogyny. Trump has already rolled back several of the progressive policies made by the erstwhile president Barack Obama; the Paris Climate Accord, ObamaCare and the recent ban of transgenders in military  are among many others. Also, to add to these ridiculous set of policies, he enforced a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.

The Trump administration has had several exits of high ranking officials, too.  James Comey (former FBI Director), Michael Flynn (former National Security Advisor), Sean Spicer (former White House Press Secretary) are among the list of people who have been dismissed from the services or have resigned due to several (mostly personal) differences. The recent casualty in this sacking saga is Anthony Scaramucci, who was the Communications Director in the Trump administration following his interview with the journalist from New Yorker, Ryan Lizza. Scaramucci was under fire after his declining relationship with former Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus who resigned a few days earlier.

To add on to all this the Congress has passed a law to issue sanctions against Russia on the basis of a report by the director of Intelligence which suggests the manipulation of the 2016 US Presidential Elections, which has led Mr Trump to do something which he clearly doesn’t want to do. Also, there is a possibility of impeachment of Trump looming over which has led Vice President Mike Pence to get ready to shift from the Number One Observatory Circle to the White House.

Will Donald Trump be able to finish his term, and be capable of seeking reelection? Or will he be impeached? We’ll find out in the years to come.

Australia finds the kink in the wall of terror

Australia has managed to foil a plan by a group of Islam-extremists to bring down an aircraft with Improvised Explosive Device (IED’s) . Four suspects have been arrested following the raids across Sydney.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that this was part of an ‘elaborate plan’. The security as major domestic and international airports across the nation. “I can report that there has been a major joint ¬†counter terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane,” Turnbull told reporters. “The threat of terrorism is very real”.

The officials declined to comment on the specifics of the plan, but Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin described the plot as “Islamic-inspired”. A total of 12 attacks, before the latest announcement, have been prevented in the past few years, while 70 people have been charged, Justice Minister Michael Keenan said.

Sensational Barcelona clinch ICC title

Sensational Barcelona clinch ICC title

FC Barcelona’s new manager Ernesto Valverde is on way to become a fan favourite at the Camp Nou after winning the International Champions Cup beating Clasico rivals Real Madrid in the Finals at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami.

Spanish Giants, FC Barcelona have beaten Juventus from Italy and Manchester United from England before the clash against Real Madrid. The full team was ready for the clash and even the rumour struck Neymar is in good form. If the team continues to gel and play with such determination, the old Catalunyan team is set to clinch the Spanish League from Real Madrid, after narrowly missing it in the last season.

The finals featured goals from Messi, Rakitic and Pique from the Blaugranas and from the Los Galacticos side, Kovacic and Asensio scored. The winning team played their full team while Real Madrid rested Kroos and Isco. Cristiano Ronaldo is still out on vacation, but the Royals of Madrid will be hungry to put their best foot forward following one of their best seasons in decades.

The Spanish Liga Santander will begin on 20th August 2017.