Advertisement James MarshallInstagram: @marshallxjamesHometown: Acton, Ont.Musical Genres: Pop, blues, rockThe singer/songwriter expresses his adventurous soul through his unique blend of pop, blues, and rock-infused music, learning over the years that no matter the scale of venue in which he is playing, music is something he will always love and cherish.Dream Musical Duo: Jimi HendrixFull Bio: CTV.ca/James-Marshall Zack LaneInstagram: @zack_lane1Hometown: Moncton, N.B.Musical Genres: Pop, pop-rock, folk-popMultiple award-winning Canadian songwriter, performer, and recording artist Zack Lane has shared the stage with artists including Jann Arden, Jeff Cook, and the iconic group Alabama, and he has garnered numerous grand prize wins at coveted vocal competitions, enthralling audiences across North America.Can’t Live Without: Pizza!Musical Inspiration: My family heritage, rooted in the musical and culturally-rich region of Newfoundland.Full Bio: CTV.ca/Zack-Lane Logan StaatsTwitter: @LoganStaatsInstagram: @Logan_StaatsHometown: Ohsweken, Six Nations Of The Grand River, Ont.Musical Genres: Folk/blues/soulRaised in the town of Brantford, Ont., Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens. His haunting and distinct voice has provided opportunities to share the stage with acts such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, and Mumford and Sons, to name just a few. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, the folk/blues/soul artist is determined to raise the bar for Indigenous/ mainstream crossover music.What inspires you musically? Culture, love, loss, desperation, and healingFull Bio: CTV.ca/Logan-Staats Login/Register With: Facebook Vivian HicksTwitter: @vivianhicksInstagram: @vivianhicksofficialHometown: Georgetown, Ont.Musical Genres: Pop, Broadway, jazzSinger, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model Vivian Hicks is truly a quintuple threat. Taking up singing and dancing at a very early age, Vivian has won numerous awards in her disciplines, including more than 11 U.S. scholarships.Musical.ly Inclined: Vivian has made a name for herself on social media with several of her raw videos going viral on Instagram and Facebook. She has more than 1 million fans on Musical.ly, receiving re-posts and accolades from her idols including Fifth Harmony, Bruno Mars, Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers, and more.Full Bio: CTV.ca/Vivian-Hicks LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Amy BishopHometown: Calgary, Alta.Musical Genre: Original bluesy pop-rockWith a voice that is a combination of smooth pavement and rough gravel, and the ability to charm listeners with her sweet tones, yet stun audiences with her ability to hit any high note, Amy’s spectacular performances to date include collaborations with Moby, April Wine, Farmer’s Daughter, and Chris Cummings.Dream Duet Partner: I would LOVE to perform with k.d. lang, I think our voices would blend so well together!Personal Motto: There’s always something to be thankful for.Full Bio: CTV.ca/Amy-Bishop The Revel BoysInstagram: @therevelboysHometown: TorontoMusical Genres: PopStarted by brothers Tyson and Myles Erlick in 2015, The Revel Boys began as a collective of friends making beats and YouTube cover videos and has been building steam ever since. The Revel Boys current lineup also includes GTA rapper/songwriter Akiel Julien, singer/beat maker Noah Zulfikar, and singer/keyboardist Josh Lamb.Collaborations To Date: Jocelyn Alice, Kojak, Walk Off the Earth, Commissioner Gordon and White Tiger Society, and Lionshead.Full Bio: CTV.ca/The-Revel-Boys Divine LightbodyTwitter: @DivineluvzzInstagram: @divineluvzzHometown: Brampton, Ont.Musical Genres: R&B, soul, hip-hop, pop, and reggae.The singer and multi-instrumentalist discovered her passion for music at a young age. The Brampton, Ont. teen was the lead in Broadway Bound’s “Grease” production in 2011.By The Numbers: Her YouTube™ channel received more than 14,000 hits only a few months after launching.Full Bio: CTV.ca/Divine-Lightbody Nicky MacKenzieTwitter: @mackenzienicky1Instagram: @nicky_mackenzieHometown: Salt Spring Island, B.C.Musical genres: R&B, jazz, alternative, popSinging before she could even talk, Nicky plays several instruments including piano, guitar, and harp. She never hesitates to take every opportunity she can to perform, with her jazzy vocals flowing beautifully over the alternative/R&B music she strives to write and perform.Can’t Live Without: Coffee!Full Bio: CTV.ca/Nicky-Mackenzie Advertisement (Top Row L-R: Amy Bishop, Divine Lightbody, Faiza, James Marshall, LITEYEARS) (Second Row L-R: Logan Staats, Nicky MacKenzie The Revel Boys, Vivian Hicks, Zach Lane) (CNW Group/CTV) TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2017 – With production now wrapped on the inaugural season of THE LAUNCH, CTV today unveiled the first 10 artists selected to participate in the all-new, six-part musical series slated to premiere in mid-season. Today’s announcement represents the first 10 of 30 artists to be revealed over the next three days, introducing Canadians from across the country to THE LAUNCH‘s astonishing array of aspiring artists.Hand-picked from among more than 10,000 emerging performers, the artists were selected to be on THE LAUNCH following an international casting call and completion of an extensive A&R and review process. Vying for the chance of a lifetime – the opportunity to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends – the selected artists face the life-changing prospect of being catapulted from discovery to stardom in just 48 hours.Representing wildly diverse musical tastes, styles, and genres running the gamut from Blues to Broadway, Pop to Soul, R&B to Reggae, Hip Hop, Alternative, Rock, Folk, Jazz – and more, THE LAUNCH‘s emerging artists illustrate a vast array of styles and hybrids of genres both vocally and instrumentally, indicative of the platinum standard of talent taking part in the series’ inaugural season. A staggering roster of musical A-listers join THE LAUNCH co-creator and world-renowned music mogul Scott Borchetta in the series’ inaugural season to amplify the experience for the 30 selected artists with invaluable industry guidance and mentorship. Superstar mentors include Shania Twain, Fergie, Boy George, Alessia Cara, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, Julia Michaels, and Jennifer Nettles.In addition, award-winning producers/songwriters cast alongside Borchetta in the breakout season of THE LAUNCH include OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, busbee (P!nk, Shakira, Blake Shelton), Dann Huff (producer behind more than 50 #1 hit records), Ian Kirkpatrick (behind multi-platinum hit songs from Jason Derulo and Selena Gomez), and Canada’s own Stephan Moccio, the music mastermind behind massive, inescapable hits like the quintuple-platinum “Wrecking Ball”.Today’s announcement will be followed up tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 8) with the release of 10 additional artists selected to participate on THE LAUNCH. In addition, viewers are invited to catch interviews with some of the series’ participating artists today and over the next three days across Bell Media properties.THE LAUNCH was put into development in January 2016. The series was co-developed by and is produced by Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Lindsay Cox and Paul Franklin are Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter:@TheLaunchCTV @BellMediaPR@bigmachine@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@insightprod@iHeartRadioCAFacebook:www.facebook.com/CTVwww.facebook.com/TheLaunchCTViHeartRadio CanadaInstagram:@TheLaunchCTV @CTV_PR @ctv_televisioniHeartRadioCAWebsite:www.ctv.ca/TheLaunchAbout Big Machine Label GroupLed by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, Nash Icon Records and publishing company Big Machine Music as well as its own digital radio station, Big Machine Radio. BMLG artists include superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Dunn, Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles; chart-topping acts Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Brett Young, Aaron Lewis, THE VOICE winner Danielle Bradbery; up-and-comers Midland, Carly Pearce, Delta Rae, The Cadillac Three, Drake White, Tucker Beathard, and Tara Thompson. BMLG also helms soundtracks for the hit TV show NASHVILLE. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard, People’s Choice, and Brit Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights. Visit BigMachineLabelGroup.com for more information.About EurekaEureka is a next-generation production company combining the expertise, credibility and key relationships traditionally found within large multi-national production companies with the energy and nimbleness of a startup. Launched in January 2016, Eureka has offices in Los Angeles and Sydney and produces both unscripted and scripted programs. Within less than a year of opening Eurekahas over sixty hours of programming commissioned in 2017 with more series to be announced soon.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by CEO John Brunton & COO Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION; THE JUNO AWARDS; CANADA’S WALK OF FAME; BIG BROTHER CANADA; HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD; and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – the most watched Canadian series on record – were collectively nominated for 31 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017 taking home 14 statues. Year after year, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA wins the Golden Screen, the CSA for the highest-rated reality program in Canada. Other productions include: CANADIAN IDOL; BATTLE OF THE BLADES; NEVER EVER DO THIS AT HOME; INTERVENTION; TOP CHEF CANADA; READY OR NOT; FALCON BEACH; and A CHRISTMAS FURY. Recently, Insight produced THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking and multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary. For more information visit www.insighttv.com.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Advertisement FaizaInstagram: @blckgrlnxtdrTwitter: @blckgrlnxtdrHometown: Toronto, Ont.Musical Genres: R&B, hip-hopThe singer/songwriter released her first EP in 2014, garnering positive buzz from Toronto’s underground music scene for her seductive vocals and 90s-reminiscent vibe, and has been booking gigs ever since.Dream Performance Space: Madison Square GardenFull Bio: CTV.ca/Faiza LITEYEARSTwitter: @LITEYEARSmusicInstagram: @LITEYEARSmusicHometown: TorontoMusical Genres: Pop/alternative/rockMeet The Band: The high-energy, alt-pop group is comprised of brothers Brent and Brian Wirth, Nick Haberer, and Joey Muha.The Band’s Sound: Meshes programmed electronic loops, ethereal keyboards, and melodic guitar counterpoint with organic instrumentation bringing a refreshing, high-energy vibe to the alternative-pop genre.Debut EP: American Towns released in 2016, featuring debut single “Rhythm In The Stars”.Can’t Live Without: My piano and pizza (Brent); Coffee! (Brian)Dream Musical Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado (Nick)Hobbies: Being a full-time bunny parent! (Joey)Full Bio: CTV.ca/LITEYEARS “The driving force behind THE LAUNCH is disruption at every level – in reinventing the music television genre, in launching new artists, and in creating music’s next big songs,” said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group. “We can’t wait for audiences across the country to meet these artists and be blown away by their talent, just as our superstar mentors were week after week. We are proud to pioneer this new and unique television and music industry footprint.”Supporting today’s announcement across @CTV_PR social platforms is a companion #MeetTheArtists video – a compilation introducing Canadians to today’s wave of 10 announced artists on THE LAUNCH, available on Instagram and Twitter. Click here to view the first of three companion videos.More information about the first 10 announced artists featured in THE LAUNCH can be found below. Full bios and photos showcasing all of the artists are available on CTV.ca’s dedicated artist pages (available via links below). Twitter
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation announced last week that two new members have joined their team.Foundation executive director Niki Hedges said that Jessica Cotton has been brought on to serve as the Foundation’s new Special Events and Administration Coordinator, while Megan Brooks will be working in Donor Relations.Cotton previously spent the past two years on the provincial executive board for Kin Canada and a member and past president of our local Kin Club, to raise funds and equity for associations including Kin Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, STARS Air Ambulance, the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, among others. She also ran some of the local Kin Club’s events, including RocKin the Peace 2018 and the 2019 Kin Convention.Most of Brooks’ family lives in Fort St. John and have been entrepreneurs and landowners since the community was founded. Her great-grandfather opened the very first general store in Fort St. John originally located in his log cabin, when his business expanded he decided to open up shop where Whole Wheat & Honey is today. Brooks has a background of small business as a Graphic Designer and headed, designed and implemented several promotional and marketing campaigns and had also worked as a care aide for adults with developmental disabilities.The Foundation also announced several big upcoming events in October and November.Shoppers Drug Mart “Women in Health” Fundraiser for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, October 6th – November 2ndThe Annual West Jet Raffle, Friday, October 12thBe an Angel Gala at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, Saturday, November 3rdThe 15th Annual Moose FM “Light a Moose Radiothon” November 28th – 30thThe Foundation will also be hosting its Annual General Meeting on September 19th. In order to be eligible to vote at the AGM, a $10 fee must be paid at least 30 days in advance, with the deadline set for August 17th.
Rabat – The cyclist completed the 3385 kilometer journey in 52 days, starting October 12 and arriving on December 3.The 22-year-old adventurer began his journey in celebration of the anniversary of the Green March, under the sign “Morocco in the heart of Africa.”The Moroccan Embassy in Dakar organized a reception in honor of the young Moroccan globetrotter’s arrival, with Moroccan expatriates in Dakar being invited. Read also: Chinese Woman Cycles from Morocco to NigeriaMoroccan ambassador to Dakar Taleb Berrada congratulated Meftahi for completing the trip, describing it as a ‘beautiful initiative’ to reinforce Moroccan ties with Senegal.Berrada noted that King Mohammed VI has never stopped encouraging young people to undertake such initiatives that could bring Morocco closer to other African countries.“The links between Morocco and Senegal are strong and deeply rooted in history, and these are the kinds of initiatives that bring people together in both countries,” said Berrada.For his part, Meftahi stressed that the trip was intended to celebrate the return of Morocco to its African institutional family, the African Union, and the anniversary of the Green March of the Day of the Independence.He also commended citizens and local authorities for the hospitality and warm welcoming he received throughout his trip. He added that his journey should serve as a message for young people, reminding them of the importance of exercise.Read also: Cycling from Morocco to Mecca: The Pursuit of PeaceThe trip from El Jadida to Dakar is the seventh of his cycling trips, after his tour of Morocco, in conjunction with the celebration of the King’s and People’s revolution anniversary, and Youth day.Meftahi started his trip from El Jadida to Lagouira passing by Guelmim, and Assa Zag, crossing Oujda and Tangier, then headed back to El Jadida. The Moroccan globetrotter plans to embark on a journey to Saudi Arabia next year, to perform the pilgrimage.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is moving rations to the Badin region in southern Sindh province for distributions early next week to half a million people, while the Government have provided over 512,000 food rations, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today, in a country still reeling from last year’s disastrous inundations, the worst in living memory.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has distributed 18 are emergency health kits, each covering 6,000 people with complete essential medical care drugs for a month, and 40 diarrhoea kits, each for 1,000 people a month. It has also provided other specialty drugs, such as skin medications and anti-venom and hygiene kits, and has a pre-positioned stock of medications to cover the needs of 1.2 million people.Limited access to safe water and crowded and unsanitary conditions mean there is an increased risk of communicable diseases. Agencies working in water, sanitation and hygiene have contingency stock available to initiate aid for 100,000 individuals. The disaster has reportedly destroyed or damaged nearly 1 million houses, and flooded 4.2 million acres of land. More rain and thundershowers are expected in Sindh, eastern Balochistan, Punjab and Kashmir. With over 222,000 people displaced to camps and temporary settlements and many more communities vulnerable, shelter needs are large. Details of food needs will become clearer once a joint needs assessment team has finalized its findings.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners are delivering 3,400 tents starting tomorrow, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently bringing 17,000 shelter kits from a multi-donor stockpile to be distributed in priority districts, OCHA said.The Pakistani Red Crescent Society and other organizations have provided over 85,000 tents to affected districts in Sindh.Last year’s floods killed some 2,000 people and submerged about a fifth of the land, affecting 20 million people, as torrential rains sent swollen rivers cascading across the country from the mountainous north, inundating successive regions until they reached the sea. 12 September 2011The United Nations is set to feed 500,000 flood victims in Pakistan and has pre-positioned medicines to cover 1.2 million people as torrential rains continue to exacerbate the crisis, reportedly killing nearly 200, displacing 220,000 others and affecting over 5 million more.
A day after India and Sri Lanka decided to renew efforts to address the vexed ethnic issue in the island nation, Tamil Nadu today stepped up pressure on the Union government for an international probe against alleged human rights violations and war crimes committed in 2009 in Northern Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported. “The Tamil Nadu Assembly requests the Government of India that if America takes a stand supportive of Sri Lanka [at the UNHRC], then India must take diplomatic efforts to change that,” the resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the House, said.Ms Jayalalithaa recalled the earlier resolutions in the Assembly seeking to stop treating Sri Lanka as a ‘friendly nation’ in the context of the alleged atrocities on ethnic Tamils.It had also demanded that India boycott a meeting of Heads of Commonwealth nations held in Sri Lanka in 2013, besides insisting that the AIADMK government would not allow Sri Lankan players and officials to participate in IPL sporting fixtures scheduled in Chennai, which was duly followed by the BCCI. The State government was referring to reports that the US, which earlier favoured international probe into alleged human rights violations and war crimes during the peak of hostilities in Sri Lanka in 2009, had altered its stand now. Earlier, Opposition parties, including DMK, welcomed the resolution. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly that the US now reportedly proposed internal probe by Colombo at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and that it was “against natural justice.”The resolution moved by Ms. Jayalalithaa said that India itself should move a “strong resolution” at the UNHRC along with the US, seeking international probe against those who had committed human rights violations and war crimes in contravention to the international rules and conventions. In a resolution adopted in the Assembly, the State government sought diplomatic efforts by India to change any possible pro-Sri Lanka stand adopted by the United States in the UN rights body. “This is a timely resolution,” DMK’s senior leader Durai Murugan said. (Colombo Gazette)
OSU freshman Luke Fletcher celebrates his first varsity victory over Missouri’s Zach Synon. Credit: Sam Janicki. Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFollowing a dominant 30-12 victory at Maryland on Jan. 22, the No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team will take on No. 3 Iowa on the road this week and top-ranked Penn State at home next week.The absence of junior Kyle Snyder, the returning national champion at heavyweight, this week could spell trouble for OSU late in the dual. He is currently representing the United States in the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.“There are no better opportunities in our schedule than these opportunities to really learn a lot about where we are,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said. “You’ve got a great team in Iowa, in an away venue, and then you’ve got another opportunity at home, in front of the home crowd, to wrestle (against Penn State).”The matchup against Iowa will feature a plethora of marquee matchups, including fifth-ranked 149-pounder Micah Jordan (OSU) against second-ranked Brandon Sorensen (Iowa), tenth-ranked 184-pounder Myles Martin (OSU) against fifth-ranked Sammy Brooks (Iowa) and first-ranked 133-pounder Nathan Tomasello (OSU) against fourth-ranked Cory Clark (Iowa).Micah Jordan missed last week’s action against Maryland due to illness, along with his brother — 174-pounder Bo Jordan — and 125-pounder Jose Rodriguez.“I haven’t wrestled anyone (ranked) at one or two yet,” Micah Jordan said. “The next two weeks I have No. 2 and then No. 1, so I’m really excited to see where I’m at.”In addition to the tough team matchups, many of the wrestlers will face their most talented opponents yet.“We’ve wrestled some tough teams, but I’m just really looking forward to these next couple of matches,” Martin said. “Especially for me, a lot of the guys I have are top five in the country.”Over the next four matchups, all of Martin’s projected opponents are ranked in the top 13, including No. 5 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) and No. 2 Bo Nickal (Penn State).Bo Jordan did not compete against Maryland, but could have wrestled if needed. Ryan held him out in order to give him another week to recover from injury, and prepare for the tough task ahead.“If we needed him to step in there to win the dual, we could’ve wrestled him,” Ryan said. “But, logically, it made no sense to risk further injury when you’ve got Iowa coming up next weekend.”The Buckeyes look to be in good health, as the only starter expected to be out is Snyder in the heavyweight division.“Kyle (Snyder) gives you a sense that, of the 10 weights, we’re getting bonus points in this weight, so we’re going to need for (redshirt senior heavyweight) Josh Fox to really step up,” Ryan said. “There’s much less room for error, so it’s just compete to the best of your ability.”The match will start at 8 p.m. on Friday in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.
1966492.3–✓ *Argentina has one game left to play in its 2018 qualifying campaign.Source: FIFA In defense of both the Dutch and the Argentines, each has had a brutally tough path to Russia, unlike some other countries (cough, America). According to the Soccer Power Index rankings of all teams on Sept. 4, 2016 — the day that the first round of European qualifiers were played — the Netherlands’ Group A was the third-toughest of the nine European qualifying groups, with an average SPI ranking of 57. And Argentina — ranked No. 1 in the world in SPI on Oct. 8, 2015, the day of the first round of South American qualifying games — faced an even gloomier schedule. The sole South American group had an average SPI ranking of 19, including five teams rated in the top 10 in the world.Why both teams have been this bad is baffling. OK, the Netherlands hasn’t had the star-studded lineup that made the World Cup final in 2010, but the Dutch have still had stalwarts Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, among others, at their regular disposal. For Argentina, a lack of talent is also not an excuse. In its 0-0 tie with Peru on Thursday, Argentina’s squad included 10 players who are on teams playing in the Champions League this year — and this doesn’t even include Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero, who missed the game because of injury. No, for the Argentines, they simply haven’t scored enough — which is unusual for a country where you seemingly can’t throw a rock without hitting a world-class striker. Through 17 qualifying games, Argentina has scored just 16 goals, and in seven of those matches, the team didn’t score at all. That’s the lowest goals per game in their qualifying history since, well, ever.1For years not listed in the table below, qualifying was not yet needed, Argentina withdrew or did not enter, or Argentina qualified automatically through either hosting the World Cup that year or winning the previous World Cup. 9Bolivia1742111434-2014 199816231.4–✓ 5Peru177462625+125 19584102.5–✓ 1970441.0– 201416352.2–✓ In 2014, Argentina and the Netherlands — two of the world’s most established soccer powerhouses — met in the semifinals of the World Cup. After 120 scoreless minutes, Argentina prevailed in an agonizing penalty shootout. It’s very unlikely, though, that the Dutch will be able to exact revenge on Argentina during next year’s World Cup in Russia. That’s because the Netherlands most likely won’t be there — and Argentina may not be either.The Netherlands is on the brink of soccer disaster: To make the 2018 tournament, the Dutch must beat Sweden by 7 goals in their final qualifying game, at home on Tuesday. If they don’t, it will be the fourth time that the Netherlands has failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1982, or the last 10 tournaments.More than 6,000 miles away in South America, an even bigger crisis is brewing for Argentina, which has won the World Cup twice and made it to the final in 2014. If Argentina were to fail to qualify for 2018, it would be the first time that the team has missed the tournament in 48 years. But the Argentines have more ways to get in than the Dutch do (although they’re still in deep trouble). Depending on what happens elsewhere, a loss to Ecuador on Tuesday could mean elimination — but, likewise, a win doesn’t guarantee that Lionel Messi’s men will earn a berth in Russia either.Things are so bad that the Argentine Ministry of Health has issued instructions on how to avoid a heart attack during Tuesday’s game. 6Argentina176741615+125 2018*17160.9– 201018231.3–✓ The top four teams automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup; the fifth-ranked team must win a playoff against a team from another region to make the tournament.Source: FIFA 200618291.6–✓ Deep breaths, ArgentinaSouth American standings in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers 10Venezuela1716101835-179 YEARGAMES PLAYEDGOALS SCOREDGOALS SCORED/GAMEQUALIFIED For countries with as rich a soccer history as the Netherlands and Argentina, not qualifying is unthinkable. For the Dutch, however, they’re used to struggling to make the World Cup on the heels of a good showing. They failed to make the 1982 tournament after finishing as the runner-up in 1978, and in 2002, they didn’t qualify after making the semifinals in 1998.The Oranje have been in turmoil since Louis van Gaal left for Manchester United after leading the team to third place in 2014. They failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France with Guus Hiddink and then Danny Blind in charge — the first time they failed to make Europe’s national team tournament in 32 years — and are on their third manager in as many years, with Dick Advocaat at the helm. In context, the KNVB’s current crisis may be the worst in its illustrious history. In August, the Dutch dropped to 36th in the world, their lowest spot in the rankings since FIFA started them in 1992. The team’s 3-1 win over Bulgaria in September nudged it back up to 29th. Among Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain — the seven teams that have made a World Cup final since 1994 — none has been ranked as low as 29th since 1994. Although FIFA’s world rankings are flawed, this is just one measure of how far the Netherlands have fallen relative to the other top nations in the world. TEAMGPWONTIEDLOSTGOALS FORGOALS AGAINSTGOAL DIFF.POINTS 200218422.3–✓ 1994671.2–✓ 4Colombia177552018+226 2Uruguay178452818+1028 1974492.3–✓ 8Ecuador176292526-120 19866122.0–✓ 3Chile178272624+226 7Paraguay177371924-524 19622115.5–✓ 1Brazil1711513811+2738 Argentina’s attacking firepower has dried upThe number of goals scored per game in each of Argentina’s World Cup qualifying campaigns For soccer fans around the world, Tuesday may be an emotional day. This could be the last time that Robben, who is 33 years old, appears in an orange shirt on the field. And for Messi, arguably one of the greatest players ever, the 2018 World Cup is his last great opportunity to fill the one glaring hole on his stellar résumé as he will be in his mid-30s the next time the tournament comes around. It would be a shame if that chance ended before it even started.
Le premier rhinocéros indien né d’une insémination artificielle, en imagesEtats-Unis – Une femelle rhinocéros a donné naissance au premier rhinocéros indien conçu par insémination artificielle. Après un premier échec, le bébé rhinocéros qui vient de naître est en vie.Nikki, la femelle rhinocéros indien du zoo de Cincinnati vient de donner naissance au premier rhinocéros indien conçu par insémination artificielle. Pour le moment, le petit mâle est dans une condition critique et l’équipe du zoo en prend grand soin. La mère était sous contrôle monitoring 24 heures sur 24 depuis le 1er octobre. Devenant très agitée lundi soir, les observateurs volontaires ont appelé l’équipe du zoo très tôt le lendemain matin. Nikki a finalement mis bas sous la surveillance (vidéo) des volontaires et de l’équipe qui attendaient anxieusement l’issue de cet accouchement. Dès que le petit est né, l’équipe du zoo est entrée en action pour réanimer le bébé qui, dans un premier temps, ne respirait pas.Ce petit n’est pas seulement le premier rhinocéros indien à être conçu par insémination artificielle, c’est également le premier rhinocéros indien à être issu de sperme congelé. L’équipe de scientifiques du zoo de Cincinnati avait collecté ce sperme en 2005 auprès d’un rhinocéros indien mâle du zoo du Bronx. Conservé à – 196°C dans une banque cryobiologique, il avait été utilisé avec succès en juin 2009.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosTrois ans auparavant, Nikki était la première femelle rhinocéros indien (une espèce menacée) à être fécondée par insémination artificielle via du sperme congelé. Malheureusement, après une gestation complète, son petit était mort-né. Ces décès sont fréquents chez les femelles de plus de 10 ans. 50% d’entre elles donnent naissance à un bébé mort. Malgré cette issue dramatique, l’équipe zoologique était confiante car après de pareils drames, les rhinocéros indiens femelles parviennent généralement à mener leur gestation à terme avec succès et à donner des petits viables.La fécondation de Nikki est importante non seulement pour les rhinocéros indiens en captivité, mais également pour mettre en évidence le fait qu’il est possible d’utiliser du sperme congelé pour procéder à une insémination artificielle. Cette méthode permettrait, puisqu’elle est reproductible, d’aider à gérer la population de rhinocéros. Seuls 60 rhinocéros indiens sont en captivité en Amérique du nord et à peu près 2.500 vivent à l’état sauvage. Ainsi la reproduction est importante pour conserver la diversité génétique nécessaire au maintien d’une population en bonne santé et en nombre suffisant.Découvrez ce bébé rhinocéros indien en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/rhinoc%e9ros/le-premier-rhinoceros-indien-concu-par-insemination-artificielle_art10017.htmlLe 30 octobre 2010 à 13:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
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Real Madrid defender Nacho admitted that he would take back Cristiano Ronaldo in a heartbeat following their recent strugglesThe loss of their all-time record goalscorer is having a telling effect on Real this season with the club having failed to find the net in their last four matches, three of which they lost.But Nacho, who earlier this week defended under-fire boss Julen Loptegui, insists that Real cannot dwell on the loss of Ronaldo and must look forward.“It is a difficult subject for us. I’ve said it several times. If it were up to us we would love to have Cristiano in the squad because we had him for many years and he is a player who makes a difference,” Nacho told Goal.“But it is a situation where we cannot feel sorry for ourselves because of Cristiano. He chose to leave.“We are grateful for everything he did for us and we wish him the best of luck. But we cannot feel sorry for someone who is no longer with us. It isn’t our fault he left, nor was it up to us to make him stay.“I hope he has the best of luck and we have to work through the present and future in the best way we can with what we have.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Finding someone to replace a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who provided over 40 goals a season, was beyond Lopetegui in the summer.But Nacho is certain that the current squad have the required level of talent to succeed.“Well, Cristiano left and the club decided not to sign anybody. We have a lot of faith in the players we have,” he added.“You win titles with the players you have in the squad. To start with, when we were winning everything looked rosy and now it doesn’t.“But we have to keep our cool in this sport, and save our analysis for when the season finishes. But we have a lot of confidence in the players we have.”Real will next face Levante in La Liga on October 20 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Posted: August 30, 2018 Sasha Foo, No vote on hotel tax could affect homeless bridge shelters Sasha Foo August 30, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 700 people are off the street, housed in three of the large bridge shelters that the City of San Diego opened about nine months ago.City leaders, responding to an outbreak of Hepatitis A said it would be remedy the public health crisis and offer people a means to transition to permanent housing.The money that would have been raised from a hike in the hotel tax would help the city to pay the tab for these tents- but that’s not an option anymore.In a blow to Mayor Faulconer’s plans to raise the hotel tax, the measure failed to make the ballot.Now, without any new money on the horizon, the City Council faces an even tougher decision next summer when it must determine if the city has the money to keep the tents open.Bob McElroy is the head of Aloha Project which runs one of the bridge tents. He said taking the tents down would be a step backwards, retuning San Diego to the same conditions that led to the Hepatitis A outbreak last fall.McElroy said making permanent supportive housing a priority sounds good in concept, but that kind of housing doesn’t exist. “I wish someone would tell me how much inventory of low income housing exists in San Diego. When I ask that question, all I hear is crickets,” McElroy said.Deacon Jim Vargas, the President and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, which operates the bridge tent for women and children, also believes the tents are needed.Looking at the bigger picture, both Vargas and McElroy said San Diego County does not have sufficient housing. Without more housing, they said there is nowhere for the people in the tents to go, but back to the street.“In not having the tents, as a form of intervention, the lack of those tents, does that mean more people will go into the streets? If that’s the case, we, as a community need to decide if that’s what we want,” Vargas said. He said permanent housing for low income families has to be a critical part of reducing homelessness. “If you don’t have permanent housing in the mix of solutions, how truly are you going to really impact change for the long term?” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Police are continuing the investigation of the crash that killed 11-year-old Benjamin Fulwiler on Saturday.Investigators with the Vancouver Police Department’s Traffic Unit are gathering data and seeking to talk with anyone who witnessed the crash, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.She doesn’t expect there to be any updates this week. “They’re very lengthy investigations,” she said.In fact, investigators are still looking into the December crash that killed Margaret McCluskey, 88, as she crossed the intersection of Eighth and Washington streets downtown. Bus driver Al Purvis remains on paid administrative leave until police finish the investigation, said Scott Patterson, C-Tran spokesman.The C-Tran driver in Saturday’s incident, Deborah Knox, 59, was also placed on paid administrative leave. C-Tran is conducting its own investigation but will wait for the final police reports to decide what disciplinary action will be taken in both cases, Patterson said.Counselors at schoolA group of counselors was available at Pacific Middle School, where Fulwiler attended, Monday to talk with students and faculty, said Carol Fenstermacher, Evergreen Public Schools spokeswoman. The counselors are with SMART, the School Mobilization and Response Team, a group of counselors from a variety of schools. Their visit could be extended further into the week if need be, Fenstermacher said.“It’s really for anybody that needs it,” she said.Facebook pageFamily are inviting people to share memories and photos of Ben on a memorial Facebook page that was created on Monday.
For more information about legislation being proposed this session, visit the Washington Legislature’s website, http://www.leg.wa.gov, and click on the “Bill Search” tab near the top of the page. The Legislature’s general information hotline is 1-800-562-6000.How to contact your legislatorsAs the 2013 Washington legislative session nears its halfway mark, the biggest policy battles remain unsettled.Faced with a new political climate, with one chamber run by Democrats and the other run by conservatives, legislators are gearing up for debates about paying for K-12 education and the state’s transportation projects, including the Columbia River Crossing.“We’re in negotiations about the budgets,” Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, said. “The only one that’s been rolled out is a revenue package for transportation.”That funding package, proposed by House Democrats, would include a 10-cent gas tax hike over five years and dole out the $450 million CRC planners say is needed for the state’s share of the bridge replacement project. House Republicans are expected to unveil a different kind of transportation package Monday.During the second half of the session, legislators also will attempt to address a potential budget shortfall last estimated at about $900 million. New state revenue forecast numbers will be released later this month.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida woman’s life was drastically changed after a cosmetic procedure went awry. Her family is now making a passionate plea for their loved one, Tuesday.Homestead resident Linda Perez suffered major brain damage after a breast augmentation procedure in 2013.This Homestead mother still needs help doing even the simplest of things. “Physically, she’s no different than an infant who needs 24-hour care for the most basic activities,” said the family’s attorney, Mark Eiglarsh.Perez will need care for the rest of her life. Her attorneys have since filed a lawsuit against the Coral Gables Cosmetic Center in an effort to get his client help. The clinic, however, has no insurance, and the anesthesiologist only has minimal coverage. “The amount that we recovered for her was so low, we gave her our fee,” Eiglarsh said.Complications related to cosmetic surgery made national news earlier this month when another patient died in South Florida. Twenty-nine-year-old West Virginia resident Heather Meadows died after suffering complications while reportedly undergoing a Brazilian butt lift at Encore Plastic Surgery in Hialeah.Perez’s family and her attorneys are now asking for the public’s help. “She’s going to need millions of dollars for therapy and for treatment. They don’t have it.” Eiglarsh said. “Unless the public helps, she’s going to have nothing.”They set up a GoFundMe account and said no amount is too small. “This was a tragedy that should not have occurred,” Eiglarsh said.
Members of the public stand behind police tape after Australian police said on Thursday they have arrested the driver of a vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection near the Flinders Street train station in central Melbourne. Photo: ReutersA car ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people, some of them seriously, officials said.Victoria state police said they had arrested the driver of a car after it “collided with a number of pedestrians” in downtown Melbourne.Paramedics were “treating and transporting to hospital 12 people”, with some seriously injured, Ambulance Victoria added.Sky News Australia reported that a pre-school child with a head injury was taken to hospital in a serious condition.A witness, Sue, told Melbourne radio station 3AW that she heard screams before she saw “people flying everywhere”.“We could hear this noise, as we looked left, we saw this white car, it just mowed everybody down,” she said.“People are flying everywhere. We heard thump, thump. People are running everywhere.”
Heroin packets in a Colombo flat. Photo: ColleectedTwo Bangladeshis have been caught in the biggest drug haul ever of Sri Lanka’s recent history. A total of 272 kgs of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine were found in their possession.Sri Lanka’s law enforcement agencies nabbed them during a special operation in the Mount Lavinia area in the suburbs of capital Colombo. The value of the confiscated drugs is estimated to be around 1.52 billion taka.The two Bangladeshi’s caught in the operation are Mohammed Jamaluddin of Bogura and Rafiul Islam of Joypurhat.The narcotics unit of Sri Lanka’s police force and a special task force carried out the drive last month, December.Prior to this, a Bangladeshi woman, Surjamoni, had been arrested in possession of 32 kgs of heroin on 14 December in the same suburb of Colombo. She had reportedly gone to Colombo from Malaysia in October last year.A foreign ministry official in Dhaka on Tuesday said that the arrest of three Bangladeshis in possession of 304 kgs of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine in a matter of one month had created a sensation in Sri Lanka.Sri Lankan authorities had hinted that such activities may hamper issuing visas for Bangladeshi nationals.The Sri Lanka’s president’s office, the inspector general of the country’s police force and the head of the police’s special task force have contacted the Bangladesh high commission in Colombo regarding this huge haul of smuggled narcotics.Bangladesh’s high commissioner in Sri Lanka M Reaz Hamidullah, over mobile phone told Prothom Alo, the Sri Lankan government has sought Bangladesh’s cooperation regarding investigations into the drug smuggling.Bangladesh always maintains a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and drugs, he said. “It would extend all possible cooperation to Sri Lanka to investigate the drug smuggling.”The high commissioner said the embassy officials would hold a meeting with the Sri Lankan authorities on 3 January in this regard.In the meantime, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror on Tuesday quoted the country’s police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara as saying that the two Bangladeshis, Jamal and Rafiul, were first caught with 9 kgs of heroin in a residential area on Temple Road in Mount Lavinia. The heroin had been stashed in a cake box.After interrogation, the two men were taken to a two-storey house in the locality where the law enforcement officers were stunned to see packets of heroin all over the place.They recovered 263 kg of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine from there. The value of this amounted to around 3.33 billion Sri Lankan rupees or 1.52 billion Bangladeshi taka.The Sri Lankan police and special task force feel the drugs were being distributed all over the country from this house.
Related posts:Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problems Colombian president to visit tense border city Former Colombian, Bolivian leaders warn of looming humanitarian crisis in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro late Monday said he had ordered more of his country’s vast border with Colombia closed amid a diplomatic crisis over deportations and smuggling.“I have decided to close the border crossing at Paraguachón, Zulia state,” Maduro said in a televised address. He said he would send an additional 3,000 troops to the area.In addition, Maduro said he would accept mediation by Brazil and Argentina, with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.Paraguachón is one of the region’s largest trade hubs. The Venezuelan president said the closure would affect the Zulia towns of Mara and Almirante Padilla.The countries have been locked in a row since Maduro on Aug. 19 closed part of the border after unidentified assailants attacked a Venezuelan anti-smuggling patrol, wounding three soldiers and a civilian. Maduro blamed the attack on right-wing paramilitaries from Colombia.He has accused the neighboring country of waging an attack on Venezuela’s economy — a reference to the rampant smuggling of heavily subsidized food and other goods out of Venezuela, where more than five million Colombians live.Maduro had already dispatched 5,000 troops to the area since mid-August. Venezuelan Marines deplane from a Venezuelan Air Force (Chinese-made) Y-8F-100 transport aircraft in La Fria, Tachira state, Venezuela, close to the Venezuela-Colombia border on Aug. 31, 2015. George Castellano/AFPRow deepensThe bilateral diplomatic row grew angrier and both countries recalled their ambassadors, swapping charges that the human rights of deportees had not been respected.Colombia maintains that since the border crisis started, 14,000 Colombians living in Venezuela had been displaced including at least 1,443 Venezuela deported. The rest fled in fear, often with just a backpack or the clothes on their backs.See: PHOTOS: Colombians flee Venezuela after mass deportationsVenezuela has long used its oil wealth to subsidize basic goods like rice and toilet paper, which are sold at about a tenth of the price they command in Colombia.But Maduro has said that Colombians, more than five million of whom live in Venezuela, are smuggling those heavily subsidized goods over the border.He blames the rampant smuggling for shortages in Venezuela, which are being exacerbated by tumbling oil prices.The two countries recalled their respective ambassadors as tensions rose.The porous, 2,200-kilometer (1,400-mile) border has long been rife with guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army (ELN), as well as drug gangs and smugglers.Colombian gangs include the remnants of right-wing paramilitary groups that once fought the guerrillas but were disbanded a decade ago.Yet there were some signs of hope as both Santos and Maduro on Monday said they were open to mediation by nations from the region.“I reaffirm my willingness to meet with President Maduro so that with a serious and respectful dialogue, we are able to solve the problems along the border, which affect Colombians as well as Venezuelans,” Santos said at a meeting of Cabinet ministers.Santos said he had spoken with Uruguay’s President Tabare Vasquez, who offered to mediate“I accepted his offer, and let him know I would take him up on it even if the meeting were held in Montevideo if he thought that best,” Santos added.Maduro said he had accepted mediation by Brazil and Argentina, mentioning possible venues as Manaus and Buenos Aires.Venezuela imports the vast majority of the basic goods it consumes with oil money, which accounts for 96 percent of its foreign currency.But that cash has dried up as crude prices have slid by more than 50 percent since mid-2014.With Venezuela’s economy in recession, oil revenues plunging, crime soaring and consumers facing chronic shortages of basic goods, Maduro’s approval rating has sunk in recent months.Related: Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problems Facebook Comments
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