Pretty Lights Live Hits Red Rocks For The Second Of Two Sold-Out Nights [Full Video/Photo]

first_imgPretty Light Live | Red Rocks Amphitheater | Morrison, CO | 8/12/2017 | Photo: 2ber Media Load remaining images On Saturday night, Pretty Lights returned to Red Rocks Amphitheater for his eighth consecutive year at the legendary venue, with Saturday marking the second show of a sold-out, two-night run with his collaborative live band, Pretty Lights Live. Pretty Lights Live is a relatively new set up for Derek Vincent Smith, which sees the prolific producer joined by his live band featuring Alvin Ford Jr. (drums), Brandon Butler (keys), Borahm Lee (keys) and Chris Karns (turntables). Across Saturday’s performance, the group was incredibly tight, easily transitioning in and out of the more jam-oriented segments that have become a hallmark of the Pretty Lights Live experience. You can check out the full stream of Pretty Lights Live’s second Red Rocks performance below, plus peep a gallery of photos capturing Saturday’s festivities, courtesy of 2ber Media.Pretty Lights Releases USB Containing Sixteen Rare And Unheard Tracks [Listen]Setlist: Pretty Lights Live | Red Rocks Amphitheater | Morrison, CO | 8/12/2017Set: Change Is Gonna Come, Look Both Ways, The Sun Spreads In Our Mind (There Is A Light), Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Roy Ayers), Is There Any Love In This World*, Untitled (Gorge Promo Video)*, The Rythm Is Invisible*, Looking For Love (But Not So Sure), Where I’m Trying To Go, Maybe Tomorrow, Samso (+Remix), Eternalessly (prelude 4), If I Gave You My Love Jam (SuperVision), Up And Down I Go, Better Than I’ve Ever Been!, Toxic, Head Nod Freedom, Ask Ya Friends, Analog Jam (Australia Cassette), CREAM x NY State Of Mind, We Must Go On, Summer Love w/ Jubee, Lost and Found (+Odesza remix), I Put A Spell On You, Dionysus* Newlast_img read more

#Donkomi: David Accam joins Columbus Crew

first_imgMLS side Columbus Crew have announced the signing of Ghana International David Accam for around $500,000. The 28 year old joins from fellow MLS side Philadelphia Union where he scored 5 goals in an injury stricken time. “We want to welcome David Accam to Columbus Crew SC as David is a fast, dynamic player and a proven attacking threat in MLS,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “In addition to having experience in the League, we believe David’s specific skillset will help us bolster the attack of our current roster and we look forward to his contributions to the Club this season.”Accam who is in his fifth Major League Soccer season has made 109 appearances, scoring 38 goals and providing 17 assists since joining the League.Accam will join three other international teammates in Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah and Lalas Abubakar at Columbus.last_img read more

As 2017 hurricane season ends, scientists assess tropical forest harm

first_imgAmphibians, Animals, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Birds, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Extinction, Climate Change And Extreme Weather, Climate Change And Forests, Conservation, Deforestation, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Extinction And Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Featured, Frogs, Global Warming, Green, Habitat, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Herps, Hurricanes, Impact Of Climate Change, Mammals, Rainforest Conservation, Reptiles, Storms, Tropical Deforestation, Turtles, Weather, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation This year’s Atlantic hurricane season – one for the record books – ended on 30 November, seeing six Category 3 to 5 storms wreaking massive destruction across the Caribbean, in the U.S. and Mexico. While damage to the built environment is fairly easy to assess, harm to conserved areas and species is more difficult to determine.Satellite images show extensive damage to the 28,400-acre El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, the United States’ only national tropical rainforest. However, observers on the ground say the forest is showing signs of a quick recovery.More serious is harm to already stressed, endangered species with small populations. El Yunque’s Critically Endangered Puerto Rican parrot was hard hit: out of 50 endemic wild parrots, 16 are known dead. Likewise, the Endangered imperial parrot endemic to Dominica, spotted just three times since Hurricane Maria.Ecosystems and species need time to recover between storms. If the intensity of hurricanes continues to increase due to escalating global warming as predicted, tropical ecosystem and species resilience may be seriously tested. Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest in 2014, before this year’s hurricanes damaged the forest canopy. Photo by HBarrison on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-NC-SAOn September 20th, the 150 mile-per-hour winds of Hurricane Maria barrelled into Puerto Rico, the worst storm to hit the island in recent history. Maria destroyed tens of thousands of homes, and, over two months later, widespread power outages still affect much of the island and hurricane-related deaths continue to rise due to a lack of access to healthcare.A recent satellite analysis shows just how completely Maria changed the natural face of the island. El Yunque National Forest — the United States’ only national tropical rainforest — was altered almost beyond recognition, with leaves lost, branches snapped and trees downed. The transformation from lush green to barren brown is evident in remote images that capture the entire 28,400 acres of the reserve, as well as in high-resolution close-ups of smaller areas where it’s possible to pick out the fine lines of blown-down trees.“The damage to the forest cover is significant and it no longer looks like a rainforest,” said Michelle Eversen, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Caribbean Ecological Services.As climate change escalates, and the possibility of more extreme weather events increases, the danger to tropical ecosystems from record storms like those seen this year is likely to increase.On Sept. 20, 2017 at 10:50 a.m. EDT NASA’s Terra satellite provided this visible image as Hurricane Maria moved over Puerto Rico. The eye had become obscured by clouds. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response TeamForest damage and recoveryEl Yunque is one of the United States’ most diverse protected areas, home to hundreds of species of birds, animals and plants, including some found nowhere else. For example, several species of coqui frog (in the genus Eluetherodactylus), the Puerto Rican boa (Epicrates inornatus) and the epiphytic Luquillo Mountain babyboot orchid (Lepanthes eltoroensis) are endemic to the park and island.What does it mean for these species when their habitat is transformed overnight?For some, it’s business as usual. “It is important to remember that hurricanes are a natural part of the cycle here,” said Tana Wood, a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF). This means that species have adapted to respond quickly after major weather disturbances.“All [plant] species grow well after the hurricane, even those whose individuals were decapitated,” said ITTF director Ariel Lugo. “Re-sprouting is a mechanism for bouncing back and maintaining your space in the forest. Seed germination is another mechanism that favors pioneer species growing in open areas. Such species grow at unbelievable rates.”A high-resolution close-up of a section of El Yunque National Forest. After Hurricane Maria struck, it “looked like winter had come to El Yunque,” said research ecologist Tana Wood of the U.S. Forest Service’s International Institute of Tropical Forestry. However, the forest has already started to recover, with a flush of new leaves slowly moving from lower to higher elevations. Imagery source: © 2017 DigitalGlobe. Imagery analysis: MAAP, a project of Amazon Conservation Association“I am totally amazed at how the forest is recovering,” continued Wood. “I drove out to the forest a couple of days after Hurricane Maria and it was completely defoliated with quite a bit of structural damage (i.e. downed trees and branches, trees cut in half and twisted, etc.). It looked like winter had come to El Yunque.”“However, within two weeks of the storm, trees started to put out new leaves, starting with the lowlands and slowly moving up the mountain. It has been fascinating to watch!”Wood said that within a year the canopy would likely begin to close again, as trees start to put out new branches. But how long will it take for the forest to fully recover? “[W]e see the forest as continuously evolving and never returning to past states,” said Lugo, predicting a closed canopy forest would be present in 5-10 years, and a “forest without the pioneer species that regenerated after the hurricane” present in 50 years — assuming no more hurricanes hit in the meantime.Satellite images of El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico, before and after Hurricane Maria caused severe damage to the forest on 20 September 2017. Leaves and branches were stripped from trees, and trees were downed, transforming the lush tropical landscape. Top panel: high-resolution imagery from Planet. Bottom panel: medium-resolution imagery from NASA/USGS. Imagery analysis: MAAP, a project of Amazon Conservation AssociationAt risk species heavily impactedHowever, for embattled El Yunque animals already on the brink, hurricanes like Maria are especially bad news, and the possibility of recovery less sure. By 1975, the area’s endemic Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata) population dropped to just thirteen individuals; since then intensive conservation efforts, including a successful captive breeding programme, have saved the species from extinction, although it is still classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Before this season’s storms, a wild flock of around 50 birds was found in El Yunque’s treetops, with a slightly larger flock also present at another forest site, Rio Abajo.Since Maria, the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Team has been trying to establish just how many survived. “[E]vidence collected so far indicates a significant portion of the wild population in El Yunque was lost to the storm,” Eversen said.Only 32 were accounted for after Hurricane Irma, which struck just 3 weeks before Maria; since Maria, 16 have been confirmed dead.The team continues to search for unaccounted parrots, and follow up on reported sightings, Eversen added. She emphasized that there was a lot of uncertainty about how many birds have been lost from El Yunque overall, but “at the current rate of recovery it could easily reach 50 percent” of the wild population. However, as Lugo pointed out, the species has been here before: “[1989 hurricane] Hugo killed a maximum of 47 percent of the parrot population,” and they recovered in the following decades.The captive population, which numbers around 200 parrots, was kept safe during the storms. “The focus now is on repairing the aviary to be ready for the coming breeding season,” Everson said.The Puerto Rican parrot is a Critically Endangered endemic species and the focus of intensive conservation efforts, including a successful captive breeding program. But only 32 of El Yunque’s 50-strong wild flock were accounted for after Hurricane Irma, and 16 birds have been confirmed dead since Maria. The final death toll is still not known, and all efforts are now focused on restoring the aviaries in time for the breeding season. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Flickr, CC BY 2.0Assessing natural damage across the CaribbeanPuerto Rico is just one island, and Maria just one hurricane in an annual Atlantic Hurricane Season, running June 1st to November 30th, that this year saw six hurricanes of Category 3 or above wreak widespread damage across the Caribbean and Gulf Coasts of Mexico and the United States. 2017 is likely to be among the top three most destructive seasons recorded in the region, with one preliminary damage assessment putting U.S. damage alone from just the three biggest storms at $207 billion, with another $25 billion in non-U.S. damage. Harm to the natural environment has largely not been tallied.The Puerto Rican parrot epitomizes the most vulnerable species to hurricane harm, explained Lisa Sorenson, executive director of BirdsCaribbean, an NGO devoted to regional bird conservation. “Species of greatest conservation concern are single island or regional endemics with small population sizes, that can be wiped out in a single hurricane.”A host of bird species found on 13 Caribbean islands fit this description, Sorenson said. That includes the Endangered imperial parrot (Amazona imperialis) endemic to Dominica — also known as the sisserou, it is the country’s national bird, and has been spotted just three times since a direct hit from Maria with sustained winds of 160 miles per hour did “mind boggling” damage to the island nation.Also likely hard hit by the season’s storms were the Threatened forest thrush (Turdus lherminieri) found on Dominica, Montserrat, St. Lucia and Guadeloupe; the Endangered yellow-shouldered blackbird (Agelaius xanthomus); and the Endangered Puerto Rican nightjar (Antrostomus noctitherus), restricted to that island territory.A Puerto Rican parrot aviary within the devastated landscape of El Yunque National Forest. The captive population, numbering nearly 200 birds, was kept safe during the storm, and repairs are now underway on the aviaries. Photo by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, image in the public domain“Threatened migrants to the region such as the Kirtland’s warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) and piping plover (Charadrius melodus) are also vulnerable,” Sorenson said, along with long-legged wading birds such as the flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber); “being such an awkward bird, it’s pretty defenseless in a storm.” Thousands of flamingos were found dead in Cuba’s northern cays after Irma’s impact.“The greatest challenge [for birds] is in the weeks following the hurricane when food is very scarce and they have very little cover [from predators],” Sorenson said. To help with this, BirdsCaribbean is crowdfunding hurricane response efforts for affected habitats and wildlife. Long-term recovery is also challenging “because [bird species] are already under stress from so many other threats, including loss of their habitat to development, pollution, predation by invasive species, and hunting and capture for the pet trade.”Beyond birds, Lugo sees amphibian and marine life as especially vulnerable to hurricane damage across the Caribbean. “Frogs are of concern because they are already under stress, and drought or high temperatures associated with open canopies of rain forests are a threat to their survival. Assessments of how the frogs did [this hurricane season] are in progress,” he said. “Coral reefs also suffer due to [increased] sediments in the waters as well as lowering of salinities plus mechanical effects of waves.”A flamingo in Cuba’s northern keys, where thousands of flamingos were found dead after Irma’s landfall. Lisa Sorenson, of BirdsCaribbean, explained that long-legged waders such as flamingos are especially vulnerable to hurricanes, as they are “pretty defenseless in a storm.” Photo by Allan Hopkins on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Resilient ecosystemsThere has been brighter news too concerning vulnerable species that apparently weathered the storms despite the odds. On Barbuda — where 95 percent of homes were destroyed by Irma, and the entire human population evacuated — the tiny, 10-gram Barbuda warbler (Setophaga subita), restricted to the island, has clung on. “We were very worried and at first only a few birds were found, but a more intensive survey in mid-October showed that a good number have survived,” Sorenson said.Back on U.S. soil, the season’s hurricanes forced some nationally protected areas to close, but for the most part life inside these conserved areas went on without noticeably harsh long term affects. Hurricane Harvey brought “unprecedented flooding to Southeast Texas,” said Jason Ginder, Park Ranger at Big Thicket National Preserve. But the resilience of Big Thicket’s natural ecosystem means it has “rebounded quickly,” with Harvey “leaving little long-term impacts” to habitats or species.In Florida, Irma caused “considerable damage to trees and other vegetation throughout Everglades National Park,” as well as bringing high water levels, reported Alice Clarke, who heads up the Science Communications team at the South Florida Natural Resources Center.The timing of the storm was fortunate for many species. “Irma occurred before the winter nesting season for most birds, including wading birds, bald eagles and osprey,” Clarke said. Subsequent surveys have found large flocks of shorebirds on nesting islands, and where nesting sites have been lost, Clarke anticipated that wading birds would continue to find suitable locations nearby.She added that the Florida coastal tidal surge may have washed out some sea turtle nests, but because the nesting season was winding down, and turtles lay multiple clutches, “some of their clutches may have survived to hatching.”A tiny, 10-gram Barbuda warbler. This species is just one of many that are of great conservation concern when hurricanes hit, explained Lisa Sorenson of BirdsCaribbean. Because they are endemic species with small populations, they’re susceptible to being wiped out by a single storm. But the Barbuda warbler appears to have survived against the odds, with a “good number” being recorded during surveys after Irma. Photo by Josh Noseworthy on Flickr, CC BY 2.0Mammals have also shown resilience, with dolphin and manatee adults and calves not showing any signs of negative impacts, Clarke said. In the Florida Keys, the small population of threatened Key Deer — a diminutive subspecies of the white-tailed deer, standing just 32 inches tall, and found nowhere else — also endured Irma’s impact relatively unscathed.As resilient as many species and ecosystems are, they still require time to recover from hurricane damage. Scientists think climate change contributed to hurricane activity and damage during the 2017 season: higher ocean temperatures fuel hurricane intensity, helping the big storms gather wind speed and collect moisture. Storms like Harvey also do more damage when they stall over one area due to changes in the Jet Stream, another more commonly seen pattern as climate change evolves. Finally, as the world warms, the atmosphere is able to contain more moisture — about 7 percent more per 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degree Fahrenheit) of warming — which helps intensify individual precipitation events.With climate change models clearly pointing to more intense hurricanes and extreme precipitation events, nature, and especially endangered species already under stress, may find it a whole lot harder to bounce back in coming decades.Citation:Finer M, Olexy T (2017) United States’ only National Tropical Rainforest ravaged by Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico). MAAP: 73FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Glenn Scherercenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Ryan Giggs responds to speculation of Sunderland and Middlesbrough approaches

first_img1 Ryan Giggs has played down reports that he is set for a return to the dugout after being linked to a number of management roles.The former Manchester United assistant emerged as the heavy favourite with some bookmakers to take over at Sunderland following the departure of David Moyes, and has also been linked with the Middlesbrough job in recent weeks.However, Giggs has insisted he has had no contact with either club, telling Sky Sports News: “I’m not too aware of it. Unless anyone has approached me, then it’s not true.“As a player and a person who has been in football for so long, that’s all they are, rumours. If I did speak to someone, I would keep it between myself and the club.”Giggs, who served as caretaker manager at Old Trafford following Moyes’ spell in Manchester before taking up a number two role under Louis van Gaal, has made no secret of his desire to take on a permanent role in the past but admits he is enjoying life out of the spotlight.“I have 25 years or so as a player then towards the end as a coach and I’ve had a year off,” he said.“For the first time in 25 years, where I’ve had a year off, got the chance to do different things and I’ve enjoyed it.“But I’ve always said I want to eventually become a manager or coach but I am in no rush. It is all about picking the right team and the right club.” Ryan Giggs last_img read more

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE NORTH WEST BREAST CANCER BALL

first_imgIT’S the gala event of next month – and there are still some tickets left!The unique North West Breast Cancer Ball takes place at the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday November 22.And all funds raised go to Breast Cancer Research Letterkenny General Hospital. The black tie formal event will be compered by Marty Friel and Miss Donegal Orlagh McGee – with music by the brilliant Kopy Kates and DJ Dermot Griffin.Tickets for this event are available at the Silver Tassie on 0749125619 or from Liberty Travel in Letterkenny on 0749188380.Please share this story if you are on Twitter or Facebook.And you can get more information on www.facebook.com/NorthWestBreastCancerCharityBall ORwww.twitter.com/NWBCBall TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE NORTH WEST BREAST CANCER BALL was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLiberty TravelNorth West Breast Cancer Charity Ballsilver tassielast_img read more

The Netherlands Is In A World Of Trouble And Argentina Might Be

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. read more

Delano Williams takes Grand Turk to a grand stage at World Games

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:2015 world championship, chris brown, delano williams, lime ambassador Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Delano Williams return home postponed due to weather Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Aug 2015 – Delano Williams is the new brand ambassador for LIME Turks and Caicos and this has earned him support for his Delano Williams Foundation, which was last year launched and LIME has established the sprinter, a website at www.DelanoWilliamsTCI.com. The site tells us who Delano is, where the track superstar wants to go with his athletics career, highlights his DW Foundation, features a photo gallery and news page and allows visitors to contact Williams by phone or email. Just recently, Delano Williams was congratulated for making the 2015 World Championships team where he will compete for Team Great Britain. Delano is going into the competition with the third fastest time at 32:14 for the 400m, behind the Bahamas’ Chris Brown.last_img read more

TCI Generous support pouring in for Autism Classroom more needed to rescue

first_img Recommended for you Hope Foundation to host educational workshop on Autism Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 12, 2018 – Providenciales – The outpouring of financial and moral support for the mission to raise a year’s worth of operational funds for the Hope Foundation for Autism Awareness special classroom is described as generous by the founders, as the organization moves steadily toward its ultimate goal.Maxcia Rigby, Director of the Hope Foundation today said to Magnetic Media, “I think it’s going well, we have raised over a thousand dollars on the link and there is more to come from people who have pledged to support at the end of the month.”The story of the financial shortfall of the classroom broke just over a week ago and an appeal for assistance has attracted comments and reviews from thousands of people both in the Turks and Caicos and abroad.“We’ve also gotten a few more contacts internationally and this will open the door for more support and possibly someone adopting us.”It takes $60,000 a year to run the Autism classroom, which is located at the Mills Institute in Juba Sound, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.   Almando and Maxcia Rigby, who started the Hope Foundation when they were confronted with autism in their second son, Isreal have taken what could have remained a personal challenge and made it a national blessing.“When Isreal was diagnosed with autism at the age of three we didn’t know what to do.   As a mother I felt confused and depressed.   My whole pregnancy played out in my mind.  I figured I did something wrong.   However also as a mother I couldn’t stay in this state very long.  I realized that my son needed me.  I needed to find out how I could help him and surely there were others like me who knew what to do.  I sought out information on the world wide web and I started thinking, what if I shared everything I knew with others.   How could I just help my son, what about other children and families right here in TCI affected by this? I had my family and friends who were supporting me, what about people who didn’t have this?  Hope could be that for them!   About a year after Isreal’s diagnosis, we started Hope.”A generous heart was the impetus for this organisation launching in the first place, and more generous support is what will keep it going.  Magnetic Media’s observation of this amazing family and their devotion to their cause is what led to the idea that anyone could ‘Pay a Day’ to save the classroom.  For $160.00 USD, a person or family could pay for a day of operations at the school; the goal is to get 365 like-minded people to come forward with cash.Hope’s Director is grateful for the campaign and shared that there have been major strides for the special education room, including an integration of students into ​mainstream ​school.“We started the year with eight children; seven boys and one girl, including my son Isreal and two teachers.  That week I took my vacation from work to be at the room but it was a challenge even with the three of us there.  The teachers worked tirelessly and eventually they settled down.  Parents and children loved the room and by the following term we started to introduce interactions with Mills Institute.  The children started attending devotions, sports events, presented at the Christmas concert and even the Spelling BEE!  In 2016 one of our students got 1st place in the K2 Spelling Bee and another got 2nd place in the grade one Spelling Bee!  Our teachers work so hard and our students have grown so much in this room.  We had two students who transitioned to mainstream school and one who is taking Math classes without an aide.”It would be a tragedy to allow this service to our children and families living, coping and overcoming the hurdles of Autism to have to close down.   Due to the overwhelming requests, there is now an online way to support; follow this link and share this story so that we together, can save the all-important  Hope Autism​ ​Classroom.#MagneticMediaNews#HopeFoundation#PayaDayforHope Celebrity hosts coming to Turks and Caicos for HOPE Foundation Autism Awareness Gala Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Autism Classroom in jeopardy, founders launch campaign to save specialised site Related Items:#HopeFoundation, #magneticmedianews, #PayaDayforHopelast_img read more

Les Ferdinand QPR dreaming of Premier League promotion

first_imgQPR director of football Les Ferdinand reveals the London club has their sights set on returning to the top tier of English football next season.QPR endured a difficult 2014–15 campaign in the Premier League and were relegated back to the Championship after only one season as they finished the season last.The club has been fighting to get back to the Premier League since, and Les Ferdinand believes they could earn promotion this season as they are currently four points outside the play-off places.“I think we all dream,” Ferdinand told Sky Sports.English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…“If you are at a football club and you haven’t got dreams, then what are you doing?“We all want that golden ticket, I think every single club in this division wants to end up in the Premier League, and we are no different to anyone else.“Sometimes realism gives you a little kick but we are all here and we are all dreaming and we would love that.”last_img read more