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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Thursday's Connector: Piers Morgan

June 4th, 2010
05:26 PM ET

Piers Morgan's got talent.

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He made the unlikely journey from tabloid editor to television star and he's now one of the biggest celebrities in the UK.

Morgan is best known as a judge on Simon Cowell's variety show, "Britain’s Got Talent" and its American counterpart.

He began his media career working as a journalist for a local paper before moving to become a show biz columnist for the "Sun."

Later, Morgan went on to edit the "News of the World" before jumping ship to edit rival tabloid the "Mirror," where he stayed until 2004.

After leaving the newspaper world, Morgan went on to host a number of shows on British TV and was even the winner of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice."

Morgan has written a total of eight books and three volumes of memoirs.

Is instant reply the answer to sporting gaffes?

June 4th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

On Wednesday night, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was only a few minutes away from having a perfect game in major league baseball and a spot in sporting glory.

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But with only one out remaining, Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald tapped an infield single, which was incorrectly ruled as a hit by umpire Jim Joyce.

It was clear that Donald was supposed to be called out at first base and even the veteran umpire later admitted he made a mistake.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said that as a consequence of Joyce's call, he is going to consider expanding the use of instant replay.

Right now, the big leagues only use the instant replay if there's a boundary dispute on a home run.

The blown call was another gaffe in a long line of officiating mistakes in a number of sports.

Who will ever forget Maradona's 'hand of God' incident at the 1986 World Cup.

Maradona was at his peak, running at defenses with devastating pace and skill during the quarter-final game between Argentina and England. In the 51st minute, one such surge resulted in the ball looping into the air off a defender, before Maradona punched it into the net just ahead of the advancing goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

Incensed England players claimed handball - and the TV replays and photos of the incident were conclusive - but the goal stood.

Currently a number of sports including professional tennis and hockey use instant reply, but many sports do not, replying solely on umpires.

We want to know what you think.

Should all professional sport utilize instant reply in some form or another? What are some of your most memorable sporting gaffes?

Please leave your comments below and be sure to include where you’re writing from.

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How are you dealing with austerity measures?

June 4th, 2010
01:31 PM ET

In a bid to clamp down on public spending, governments around the world are imposing a number of austerity measures to fight off the global recession.

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Many countries, particularly in Europe, have already enacted a number of measures to try to reduce public deficits - some of which are currently in the double digits.

The measures are likely to have a direct impact on everyday families and the way they spend their money.

Greece, which is currently attempting to struggle out of one of the worst economic downturns in the world, has a public deficit which stands at more than 13 percent of GDP.

In just under four years, the country hopes to bring its deficit down more than 10 percent.

In order to accomplish the task, Greece's government has frozen pay for public sector workers, linked the retirement age to life expectancy, increased taxes and has initiated plans to privatize a number of industries.

The moves were met by days of public rioting throughout the country, which rattled stock markets around the world.

Spain is another country battling a high public deficit. On May 27 the government passed a series of emergency measures in an attempt to restore confidence in the country's economy and in the Eurozone.

The Spanish government plans to wipe out more than $18 billion dollars from its budget by cutting civil service pay by five percent, freezing pensions and reducing public spending.

Even the United Kingdom has plans of abolishing the default retirement age of 65 to allow people the option of working longer.

As other countries around the world struggle to bounce back from the recession, we want to know what you think about austerity measures that may be introduced where you are.

Are you worried that you might be subject to austerity measures in your country? Has your country escaped the austerity measures? Is the government part of the problem or the solution? 

Let us know your thoughts below and please tell us where you're writing from so we can include it in the show.

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