Video Assistant Referees were once again a talking point on Monday as hosts France benefitted from a pair of reviewed calls to hold off Nigeria in their third and final group stage match of the Women’s World Cup.The hosts were held scoreless for 75 minutes on Monday before the match turned on its head as Nigeria’s Ngozi Ebere was sent off following a VAR review.Ebere’s dismissal was accompanied by a penalty, with Wendie Renard putting the spot kick wide, causing Nigeria celebrations. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Those celebrations were short-lived, as a further VAR review ruled that Chiamaka Nnadozie had come off her line prematurely, forcing a retake.Renard buried her second opportunity, giving France a 1-0 lead that would last through the 90 minutes.It wasn’t without controversy, though, as fans, pundits and former players had plenty to say about the questionable use of VAR.VAR needs to chill.— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) June 17, 2019So after years and years, I guess NOW is the time to start strictly enforcing the encroachment rule #FIFAWWC— Seth Vertelney (@svertelney) June 17, 2019Nigeria really put up a great battle! I’m sad it had to end in a controversial and unsatisfying penalty after the VAR decision. https://t.co/6QrgOsxlzB— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) June 17, 2019People talk about VAR like it’s a sci-fi horror scenario where the robots take over when in fact it’s a comedy wherein aliens/robots come to earth and obey obscure traffic bylaws that no human has ever considered.— David Rudin (@DavidSRudin) June 17, 2019The biggest question for me is: Why does VAR seem like such a shambles in the women’s World Cup when it didn’t at all in last year’s men’s World Cup?— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 17, 2019VAR is actually a French word, La Var, which means “Home-Ice Advantage” 🇫🇷— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 17, 2019This just in, VAR nullifies ‘99 World Cup. 🇺🇸 back to 2 stars. ⭐️⭐️Thems the new rules. I guess I’m just nostalgic for the good old days when FIFA ignored women’s soccer and didn’t give a shit about their own tournament…what’s that, they still don’t? pic.twitter.com/blseNVwDjT— Anthony DiCicco (@DiCiccoMethod) June 17, 2019VAR is making this World Cup the best drama filled movie or show I’ve seen in a long time. #FRANIG #MustSeeTV— Karina LeBlanc (@karinaleblanc) June 17, 2019The VAR official got tricked by a scam email about a prince and is trying to get revenge— Kim McCauley (@lgbtqfc) June 17, 2019
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has relaunched its AIDS Clock, an exhibit that has been counting the relentless toll of the epidemic since 1997. “The AIDS Clock reminds us of how pressing our work is,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. “The clock ticks louder as the number of people living with HIV increases. Behind each number is a face, a family and a circle of loved ones who are also affected.”When UNFPA first unveiled the AIDS Clock just under a decade ago, it registered some 24 million people living with HIV. In the intervening period, most of those people have died, and millions more have become infected.In 1999, UNFPA launched the AIDS Clock as a web-based exhibit, and has recently revised and expanded its reach in a bid to symbolize the epidemic’s scale and the urgent response it demands. “Our goal is to slow down, and eventually turn back the AIDS Clock,” said the UNFPA chief. “Preventing HIV is the key.”More than 65 million people have been infected with HIV since AIDS was first detected 25 years ago. More than 25 million people have died, and an estimated 40.3 million people are now living with HIV. In addition to showing an estimate of the people living with HIV, the clock links to regional figures, fact sheets and epidemiology trends, based on information provided by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). It also provides links to some of the major campaigns that work to spread awareness of the issue and mobilize effective responses.