Stoppage-time own goal gifts Iran unexpected win over Morocco

first_img Bouhaddouz turns the ball into his own net in the fifth minute of stoppage time 3 3 While it was agony for Bouhaddouz to gift Iran the win, there were some wonderful scenes at the end of the game from the Iranian bench.Manager Carlos Queiroz was on his knees at the final whistle as he won his first game as Iran boss in a World Cup finals. It’s moments like these which pulls on the heartstrings of all football fans.GROUP B TABLE Iran claimed just their second ever win at a World Cup finals after snatching a dramatic 1-0 victory over Morocco in St Petersburg.A catastrophic own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz gifted Carlos Queiroz’s men the victory in a game which lacked clear-cut chances.center_img There were jubilant scenes at the end for Iran Both sides went into the game knowing that nothing short of a win would do if they wanted to reach the knockout stages as they are alongside heavyweights Portugal and Spain in Group B.And it was Morocco – who are making their first World Cup appearance since 1998 – that tried to seize the initiative first, and they nearly took the lead inside four minutes when Younes Belhanda narrowly headed over from Nordin Amrabat’s firm cross.On 18 minutes, Medhi Benatia missed a glorious chance to give Morocco the lead but the Juventus player shot straight at Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand after the ball pinballed around the box.After a frenetic start, the game slowed down but Iran should have taken the lead just before half-time, but Munir Mohand Mohamedi made a brilliant double save to deny Sardar Azmoun and then Alireza Jahanbakhsh.The second-half was played at a slower pace; however, Hakim Ziyech’s crisp strike forced the Iran keeper into a good save on 79 minutes.It looked like the game was drifting to an uninspiring draw but Bouhaddouz inadvertently diverted a free-kick from the left into his own net to leave the Iranian’s ecstatic.STAR MANAlthough Iran won the match, Morocco were the more positive team and Ziyech brought some much-needed quality to the contest.The attacker, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, produced a great strike which would have gone in on another day and perhaps would have been a more deserving goal to win the match.MOMENT OF THE MATCH 3last_img read more

Two remarkable Donegal teens celebrated in international exhibition

first_imgAnthony Foy and Ruby McCandless are two young Donegal people who have overcome the odds to become role models in their communities.And their strength in the face of obstacles has proven that positive outcomes can arise from life’s biggest challenges.Anthony (19), is a mental health campaigner from Letterkenny, and Ruby (13), is helping to create inclusive activities for teenagers with disabilities in her native Carndonagh. The two amazing teens are among the 20 Irish people chosen to feature in ‘Facing Change’, a video and portrait exhibition which celebrates inspiring people across Ireland who have been supported to overcome challenges and lead a life of their own choosing in the community.Anthony and Ruby’s portraits will be on display at Donegal County Museum when the exhibition comes to Letterkenny from 4th to 19th October. Afterwards, it will visit Galway and Brussels throughout the rest of 2019 and early 2020.Facing Change Ruby McCandless on the family farm in Co Donegal – Photograph Ruth MedjberRuby was pictured smiling in her favourite place: the cowshed at her home farm. The Inishowen girl has lived with cerebral palsy all her life and requires 24/7 support. She has a wicked sense of humour, loves listening to music, hanging out with her friends and her most important possession is her phone. She also enjoys helping her Dad and her Uncle out on the farm. Ruby has a lot of friends at mainstream school, but her access to activities outside of school is very restricted. The local social enterprise Spraoi agus Spórt changed Ruby’s life. Through the group, she joined a social club for children with disabilities, which has also greatly benefitted her parents Chrissy and Alan.Ruby is currently working with Spraoi agus Spórt to develop a programme for teenagers with disabilities and is helping staff to identify and develop appropriate activities.Chrissie McCandless said that Spraoi agus Spórt opened up a whole new world for Ruby: “She has developed strong friendships in the community and gained independence, as she now goes on the bus without her mam and dad. 10 years ago, these types of support would never have been available in this part of Donegal. As a family we no longer feel alone and have a strong network of support.”Facing Change portrait of Anthony Foy at Glenveagh National Park – Photograph Ruth MedjberAnthony Foy’s portrait was captured in Glenveigh National Park. A typical teen who loves soccer, rap and tattoos, he has also experienced mental health difficulties since his early teens. He struggled in school and spent some time in a mental health unit in a Galway hospital.He eventually connected with local youth mental health services and this has helped him build his confidence and community connections.  Anthony is passionate about encouraging people to talk about mental health and wants to use his experience to help others. Now, he is a member of the HSE’s youth-led mental health strategy for Donegal. He is also being supported by the HSE to train in peer mentoring so that he can help other young people going through similar experiences.Speaking about his experience participating in the exhibition, Anthony Foy said; “I really want people to know it’s okay not to be okay. I’m putting myself out there, my mental health out there for everybody to know about it, so that other young people can feel okay about it too. Now I’m sitting at the table with the HSE helping to design mental health services for young people in Donegal.”‘Facing Change’ marks 10 years of collaboration between Government and Genio, to help bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.To date, projects to the value of €3.6m have been funded through Genio in the Donegal and surrounding north-west healthcare area (contributed to by the Department of Health; the HSE and the Atlantic Philanthropies).  The Facing Change exhibition will run from 4th – 19th of October at Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny and coincides with Donegal Social Inclusion Week. Admission is free.Two remarkable Donegal teens celebrated in international exhibition was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:facing changeportraitslast_img read more

Fortuna volleyball beats St. Bernard’s in straight sets

first_imgFortuna >>The Fortuna volleyball team was firing on all pistons Wednesday night as it routed St. Bernard’s three sets to none at 26-24, 25-17 and 25-12 for its first win of the season.But as the Huskies finished strong, it did not start out that way.In the first set, the Crusaders took an early 9-2 lead. St. Bernard’s led by as many as eight at 13-5 before its lead started to diminish little by little and could not shake the Huskies as they clawed their way back.The Crusaders still lead 16-9 …last_img

Sharks decimated by injuries in disastrous Game 5 loss

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — Nobody in the NHL is fully healthy this deep in the playoffs, as any coach or player will tell you.But the San Jose Sharks are suffering to a degree rarely seen after a 5-0 Game 5 loss to the St. Louis Blues.They lost four players to apparent injury during Game 5: defenseman Erik Karlsson, forwards Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi, and captain Joe Pavelski. In the third period, they were down to nine men on …last_img

Zip Zap circus school teaches life skills

first_imgThe Baker Boys, a slapstick comedy act. Instructor Lizo James has been with thecircus for 14 years.A juggling performance in support ofWorld Aids Day. (Images: Zip Zap Circus School)MEDIA CONTACTS • Zip Zap Circus School+27 21 421 8622RELATED ARTICLES• Transforming lives through sport• SA children taught the game of life• School campaign helps change lives• Kids swap suburbs for townshipApril McAlisterWork and fun combine in the visionary concept of the Cape Town-based Zip Zap Circus School.Founded by MD Laurence Estève and artistic director Brent van Rensburg, the Zip Zap school of circus arts uses innovative methods to inspire and empower young people, equipping them with skills they can take with them into any life situation.Originally called Dare to Dream, the current name aptly originated from the mouths of children.Youngsters from all walks of life are encouraged to join the school where they learn invaluable life skills such as teamwork, trust and dedication, with the important element of fun as the foundation of all courses. Around 60 children are enrolled at any one time, and they have to learn to treat each other with tolerance and respect.Through professional training coupled with entertainment and fun, children are given an opportunity to become good citizens, to experience the world and receive recognition from audiences in other countries, thereby building their self-esteem. This allows them to fulfil their potential while they become young leaders and ambassadors for the school and for their country.There is no charge for studying at Zip Zap, thanks to assistance and sponsorship from the National Lottery Board, the Grandwest Cape Culture and Heritage Foundation, the National Arts Council, Cirque du Soleil, and others.Proceeds from the school’s performances, including corporate events, also help to fund its operations but, said Van Rensburg, they are always happy to bring more sponsors on board.A daring combinationCape Town-born Van Rensburg learned his daring aerial skills at a circus school in the suburb of Observatory between 1973 and 1978. For the next 15 years he travelled internationally, appearing under the big top and working as an instructor in France, Norway, Monte Carlo, Italy, the Netherlands, England, Denmark and the US.During December and January 1986 he worked as the late Patrick Swayze’s stunt double on the film Steel Dawn, shot in Swakopmund, Namibia.However, a back injury meant he could no longer perform and he decided to become an acrobatic instructor, completing a two-year course at the Clown College in Florida, US. After graduation he spent the next few years giving circus workshops at Club Med holiday resorts, and it was at one of these that he met his future wife.French-born Estève studied physical education after school and acquired a handful of teaching diplomas in various sports disciplines. In 1988 she completed her Masters in Science and Technology of Economy and Administration of Sports Institutions at the University de Paris IX.She learned her circus skills from Van Rensburg – they later performed as a duo trapeze act known as The Flying Classics in the Circus Gruss in France in 1991.In 1992 they returned to South Africa to pursue their dream of establishing a circus school for the Cape Town youngsters who spent most of their time on the streets.Backed by Van Rensburg’s 30 years of experience and passion for the circus, it wasn’t long before young participants were juggling, flying and tumbling, and two years later they debuted at the annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.Positive goalsThe school has a number of stated objectives – these are to “enhance the lives of young people who would otherwise never be exposed to the magic of the performing arts”, while entertaining audiences of all ages and from all cultures. It also aims to equip the children with the skills to live sustainably, and foster the priceless qualities of self-esteem, confidence, self-expression and mutual respect.In doing so Zip Zap works to break down cultural differences and to facilitate coexistence between all South Africans. Also, it aims to nurture talent and, using the language of the circus, develop literacy and communication.Finally, Zip Zap’s children act as ambassadors for Cape Town and South Africa.A circus way of lifeVarious courses are offered, from on-demand training at beginner level to a full-time adult course. Children begin their training at age seven, continuing through to adulthood where they may become independent performers or stay with the Zip Zap Circus School and help out in all areas pertaining to the running of the shows.Initially, young children are taught as and when they wish, with no set schedule for lessons. Here trust, teamwork and confidence using music and dance are introduced.Older children keep to a more rigid lesson schedule, which teaches them the paramount importance of teamwork and discipline in the circus environment. They may choose circus acts and receive specialised training in those areas.A full-time program is offered for adults, which teaches all the skills needed to run a circus. These include financial management; communication; healthy living, sound and video editing; sewing; choreography; rigging; circus instruction and direction; and travel planning.Zip Zap also holds an annual Trainers of Trainers short course, where instructors from Canada’s renowned Cirque du Soleil, and their colleagues from Africa and elsewhere in the world, come together to share circus teaching skills as well as knowledge and methodology.Hope for the future:The Cirque du Soleil has an outreach program, Cirque du Monde, which is active throughout the world. Zip Zap is a Cirque du Monde partner in South Africa.Cirque du Monde sponsors Zip Zap’s annual Trainers of Trainers course as well as their Ibhongolwethu project, which operates in the semi-informal township of Khayelitsha on the outskirts of Cape Town.With the help of Médecins Sans Frontières, Zip Zap staff run a programme twice a week for HIV-positive children on antiretroviral treatment. This provides children who have dealt with hardship and illness most of their lives with a sense of worth, belonging and a positive outlook for the future. The community in turn learns awareness, acceptance and understanding about HIV/Aids.The programme culminates in an annual performance at a local community centre.Local and international performancesThanks to the experience of its founders, Zip Zap’s performances are on par with international standards, and are professionally executed and highly entertaining. The team has been invited for the fourth time in as many years to perform in Paris in October, with a month-long tour of France to follow.South African fans can catch their next show at the Spier Estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape province, on 30 October 2010.last_img read more

OCWGA recognized for membership success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) won three awards at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic in New Orleans. OCWGA was awarded the inaugural NCGA “Reaching for Excellence” award, highest percentage increase award and highest numeric membership increase award.The growth in membership is a result of the creation of a young farmer membership program called The New Crop. OCWGA recruited over 800 students and young farmers, creating a 43% growth in membership.From the left, OCWGA project manager Ellen Gilliland, communications manager Stacie Seger, director of market development and membership Brad Moffitt, president Chad Kemp, and executive director Tadd Nicholson were recognized at Commodity Classic in New Orleans for their work with membership in Ohio.“After years of traditional recruitment, our membership demographics only reflected the people who are currently working on the farm,” said Brad Moffitt, OCWGA director of Membership and Market Development. “But there are many more important people in our industry that need to join us. By recruiting millennials, who we define as 15- to 35-year olds, we immediately increased our quality, quantity and diversity.”The New Crop is a sub-group of membership focused on preparing young adults and new professionals to be a part of a professional association. Through special communication, events and opportunities, students and young farmers learn more about the industry and how to be engaged with the issues that affect agriculture. A partnership with Beck’s Hybrids helped OCWGA get The New Crop off to a successful first year.“We are excited and honored to receive this award,” said Chad Kemp, OCWGA president. “But we are more excited for how the newly energized and growing membership will strengthen our association. The New Crop is the future of the industry and their leadership provides great comfort to me as a farmer.”The “Reaching for Excellence” award is presented to a state to spotlight new approaches and encourage implementation of such advances in other states facing similar challenges.last_img read more