PR agency seeks small charity for charity of the year partnership

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Upward Curve PR, the communications agency dedicated to promoting social, environmental and economic issues, is searching for its perfect PR partner, a smaller not-for-profit organisation to adopt as its Charity of the Year for 2009/2010.The selected organisation can be a registered charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation. The Agency is particularly interested in hearing from smaller organisations (whether they operate nationally, regionally, locally or internationally) that are unable to afford agency support and have limited in-house communications resources.In previous years, Upward Curve PR has helped its Charity of the Year gain high profile media coverage for new services and initiatives, organise launch events, develop marketing literature, develop PR and marketing campaigns, and handle ongoing media relations.Past Charities of the Year include Young Kingston (a grant-giving body) and the Pegasus Children’s Project (which supports street children in Nepal). Parents for Children (now part of TACT), an adoption charity specialising in finding homes for harder to place children, was last year’s Charity of the Year.The closing date for applications is 17 April PR agency seeks small charity for charity of the year partnership Howard Lake | 13 March 2009 | News Tagged with: charity of the year corporate PR and media relations  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Event fosters racial dialogue on campus

first_imgAs part of Race Relations Week, Student Government hosted the event “Let’s Talk about Race” on Wednesday evening. The occasion featured a brief introduction by senior Nick Ottone, student government director of University policy, to frame and conversation, and then students had small group discussions led by a student facilitator.Senior Katie Hieatt, one of the organizers for the event, said this is its third year taking place (Editor’s Note: Katie Hieatt is a columnist for The Observer). She said the event was started by a group of students who participated at the Realities of Race seminar through the Center for Social Concerns, which is an opportunity for students to discuss race.“After they went on that seminar, they thought there wasn’t a great space on this campus to talk about race in a frank and intimate way,” Hieatt said. “That’s why we came up with the idea of small group discussions with penetrating questions to help people explore these things.”Hieatt said she hoped the event would be valuable to furthering the discussion of race on campus.“I hope people get out of it that when they mess up, it’s OK and that these conversations are really valuable anyway even though they can be uncomfortable,” Hieatt said. “I hope people recognize that value and decide to pursue them more because being aware of them is really important.”Race can be difficult to discuss, Ottone said, because it is oftentimes framed incorrectly in discussions.“The way we approach it [is] as something that is political or a debate or a zero-sum game when it reality it’s not,” he said. “Everyone deals with race every day whether we know it or not and I think we should approach it as part of a person’s identity.”During the event, several participants expressed gratitude for the opportunity to engage in a difficult conversation in a structured way.“I think it’s very easy at Notre Dame to not interact with diverse communities on campus,” senior Matthew Schoenbauer said. “I was trying to be intentional about hearing other people’s stories because it’s pretty infrequent that there’s a safe structured way to do that.”Schoenbauer said he was especially surprised by the level of understanding from the other participants.“I’m coming from a point of ignorance and I was helped out a lot,” he said. “It was very supportive.”Estefan Linares, a junior who participated in the event, said he thought the conversation helped to create awareness.“You have to be willing to open up to someone else and let them open up to you,” he said.Linares said even if people have radical views, they should be allowed to articulate them, and if they have valid reasons behind them they can productively contribute. He also thought the event was productive in helping create a sense of action.“This was a good first step,” he said. “I think a lot of us have actions we want to take.”Ashley Lizana, a sophomore and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Board for student government, said student government is supporting the event in order to create a culturally competent campus.“Their initiative this year is to create … a space where people can talk with other cultures,” she said. “ … That’s why we have Race Relations Week.”Lizana said the most important component for these events to succeed is getting a variety of students to participate.“We need support from everyone to make these events work,” she said. “ … I think everyone needs to talk, not just the brown or black people. It’s important that everyone’s here.”Race Relations Week started on Friday, Sept. 20 and will run through Friday, Sept. 27. Other events included a lecture on Friday with Central Park Five member Dr. Yusef Salaam, a discussion on race and mental health and a variety of film and documentary viewings.Tags: race, Race Relations Weeklast_img read more


first_imgAs the people of Donegal face the growing problems of unemployment, poverty and emigration here, the Donegal County Community Forum (DCCF) met last Saturday to see how it can meet the challenges ahead.Members of the Forum met in Letterkenny and spent the day devising a workplan for 2012, examining practical ways to tackle the counties mounting social problems. Speaking after the planning day, the DCCF Chairperson, Paula Leonard, admitted that one of the things that needs to happen is for the Forum to raise its profile.”It’s really important that we raise awareness about our role and create relationships with all the community and voluntary groups out there. They need to know that they can come to us with their concerns and things that they would like to see brought up at council committees’.The Donegal County Community Forum was established in 2000 as a voice for the community and voluntary sector in County Donegal.Made up of twenty volunteers from all over the county, the Forum represents the needs of voluntary and community organizations on local government committees and a range of other committees set up to deal with issues including community policing and drug abuse. As part of the workplan agreed, the Forum hopes to organise networking and training opportunities for community and voluntary groups throughout the year. The Forum ran a series of highly successful training workshops late last year and consulted heavily on submissions to the draft County Development plan.Paula said that: “While the training may focus on specific areas including media skills and sustaining community work, these training days will also be an opportunity to come together, to network and to strengthen the sector at a county level”.For more information contact:Paula Leonard, Chairperson, 086 1722953Jim Doherty, PRO (English), 0868156289Máirín Uí Fhearraigh, PRO (Irish), [email protected] DONEGAL COUNTY COMMUNITY FORUM SETS AGENDA FOR 2012 was last modified: February 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Donegal farmer shortlisted for Farming for Nature Award

first_imgInch Island farmer, Boyd Bryce, has been announced as one of ten ‘Farming for Nature’ Ambassadors in the running for the overall Farming for Nature Awards for 2019. Members of the public, and in particular the farming community, are being asked to vote for their top pick, won last year by The Calvey’s of Achill Mountain Lamb.A short video has been made about each shortlisted farmer and now the public are being asked to view the films and vote for their favourite one, with voting ending Thursday, October 24th. Now in its second year, the awards are part of a wider independent Farming for Nature initiative which hopes to source, share and celebrate the stories of those farmers across Ireland who are doing great things for nature on their land and in their community.Paddy McCrossan, of Inishowen Wildlife Club, who nominated Boyd for the award, said: “Boyd has consistently pioneered and proactively demonstrated that nature and farming work hand in glove and are not mutually exclusive.“In 2018 he was proud to thin his maturing oak woodlands, to see wild grey partridge chicks born on his farm, and to open up new habitat for breeding waders, wildfowl and amphibians.” You can vote here!Donegal farmer shortlisted for Farming for Nature Award was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Scientists Can Be Inept Philosophers

first_imgAn undergrad philosopher could make mince meat out of some scientists’ claims.They used to be called natural philosophers. Now, oftentimes, “scientists” (a label concocted by William Whewell) learn little about philosophy in their training. Science is supposed to restrict itself to observable, testable phenomena in nature. Like everyone else, though, individual scientists develop strong opinions about things, leading some of them to go far afield of observation. Scientists need to be careful with their pronouncements, because they speak with the presumptive authority of science. Here are some recent news items that illustrate the problem.Will the Great Attractor destroy us? (Live Science). Listed under “Expert Voices,” this article lets astrophysicist Paul Sutter speculate about the fate of the Earth in the far distant future. After discussing observations of the Great Attractor (a massive structure made of clusters of galaxies), he says this:The Great Attractor won’t stay that Great for long. In fact, we’ll never reach it. Before we do, dark energy will rip the Norma Cluster away from us. Clusters will stay like they are, but superclusters will never live up to their names. So take comfort in that: we have nothing to fear from the Great Attractor.Philosophers could point out that Sutter and all his listeners will be long dead before his prophecy could be tested or falsified. That being so, a Socratic gadfly could ask whether his “expert” or “scientific” opinion has any more merit than a given religious apocalypse narrative.Is Earthly Life Premature from a Cosmic Perspective? (Astrobiology Magazine). NASA reprinted this story from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, unquestionably an institution of respectable eggheads (usually). A moment of reflection, however, reveals that no one could possibly know the answer to such a question. Harvard guru Avi Loeb let his assumptions launch him far afield of his observational platform:“If you ask, ‘When is life most likely to emerge?’ you might naively say, ‘Now,’” says lead author Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “But we find that the chance of life grows much higher in the distant future.“Once again, Dr. Loeb and his readers will be long gone before his opinion could be tested. So who “naively” stated a claim? See also, which quotes him saying that “alien life will be more common in the far future” (long after he is dead).Belief in a deity helps humans cooperate and live in large groups, studies say (PhysOrg). Philosophers have no patience with self-refuting propositions. Joseph Henrich, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, seems oblivious to the fact that he fell into that trap. With his Yoda Complex in full operation, Henrich speculated that natural selection produced cooperation.“We have evolved some basic cognitive abilities that allow us to represent and understand these supernatural beings,” Henrich said. “Cultural evolution can then shape the details of what those gods care about and how powerful they are.”But unless Henrich excludes himself from evolutionary forces by some unnatural (supernatural) ability, his proposition implodes. He himself becomes a product of the blind, aimless forces of evolution. A gadfly could joke that to become the fittest, he should believe in a powerful deity himself—not in evolution.Uncalculating cooperation is used to signal trustworthiness (PNAS). Falling into the same trap, psychologists from Harvard and Yale try to account for the “evolutionary puzzle” of human prosociality (altruism) using evolutionary game theory. But if trustworthiness is a product of blind, amoral forces of selection, on what basis do they assert that their own paper is trustworthy? Unless they can argue how they should be exempted from the inexorable forces of natural evolution, maybe their selfish genes are just playing games with the readers’ credulity.Humans artificially drive evolution of new species (Science Daily). It may be demonstrably true that human beings are causing genetic variations among their fellow creatures. But artificial “anything” involves intelligent design. Unless the evolutionists from the University of Copenhagen can make a distinction between artificial and natural causes of variation, they have no basis for calling the effects “unnatural” — as they do. To be consistent, they would have to state that people are just responding to forces of natural selection that produced humans. Consequently, they lose any foundation of moral urgency on which to urge their fellow man to conserve the alleged “natural” species:Although tempting to conclude that human activities thus benefit as well as deplete global biodiversity, the authors stress that extinct wild species cannot simply be replaced with newly evolved ones, and that nature conservation remains just as urgent.If we ever came across aliens, would we be able to understand them? (The Conversation). Maybe James Carney, a psychologist at Lancaster University, should wait till he has some subject matter before speculating about such things. Whales are not aliens; they are earthlings. Carney cannot assume they evolved intelligence that seems “alien” to humans without assuming the thing he needs to prove: evolution.Can we expect to learn such an alien language? The first hurdle would be its medium. Humans communicate in a 85-255Hz frequency range of sound and in the 430-770 THz frequency range of light. This is unlikely to be true of aliens, who will have evolved differently. Nevertheless, the problem is largely a technical one. Speeded up whale songs that are otherwise inaudible to humans, for instance, show that it is relatively easy to map “alien” stimuli into forms that humans can perceive.What does your poop say about your evolution? (PhysOrg). Pardon the disgusting subject matter, but this article seriously contends that your dietary downloads are storytellers about your distant past. The subject matter is observable and repeatable, surely, but the larger claim is not. Perhaps poop to an evolutionist is like a liver to an ancient Babylonian priest, providing a medium for his assumptions to employ, giving quasi-empirical cover for divination rites promising to deliver insight into the nature of unobservable realities.Orangutan ‘copies human speech’ (BBC News). Rocky the orangutan can mimic hundreds of human syllables. This is quite a feat, but parrots have similar abilities, and yet are not considered ancestors of human language. The observation does not justify the conclusion a scientist is drawing:It had been thought these great apes were unable to do this and, since human speech is a learned behaviour, it could not have originated from them.Study lead Dr Adriano Lameira said this “notion” could now be thrown “into the trash can”.Dr Lameira just changed the question. If it’s about the production of sounds with a larynx and mouth, then yes; humans and orangutans share some traits. But now he is asserting that human speech, including convictions of the mind, originated from ape speech. If he really believes his own mental communications came from orangutans, then we can logically throw his belief into the trash can, too. Why? Darwin himself had a “horrid doubt” about whether his own convictions which, if derived from a monkey’s mind, “are of any value or at all trustworthy” (letter to William Graham, 1881).A new design for psychotherapy trials (Medical Xpress). Our last example reveals that psychotherapy, for decades an “official” treatment for mental illness, has lacked evidence for its efficacy. A team of psychologists confessed “it is surprising how little we know about both their naturalistic course and their long-term outcome after psychotherapy.” The situation is almost criminal:One of the main reasons for this gap may be that examining long-term effects in a controlled way is difficult, expensive and bears ethical and methodological risks. For example, treatment responders are often overrepresented in follow-ups while non-responders are lost to attrition or not followed up systematically. This may result in an overestimation of treatment effects. Related to this is the problem of differential retention, which occurs when high-risk patients are systematically excluded from one treatment condition, hereby subverting the effects of initial randomization of patients to treatment arms and again leading to distorted results. Adequate intent-to-treat analyses can partly solve these problems; however, non-responders are still lost.Indeed, “Focusing on these issues is crucial for patients and clinicians to know whether treatments recommended by official guidelines can be expected to have long-lasting effects and what evidence-based options exist in case a treatment fails.” But as psychologists themselves, are they foxes guarding the henhouse? Would they be likely to recommend so-called “faith-based” solutions (such as Biblical counseling by a pastor) instead of psychological treatments? Why wouldn’t randomized trials include those, if there is evidence for their efficacy? And how do the measurements of results take into account the null hypothesis that a certain number of patients might get better on their own?We all need to learn to ask the right questions. Think of these entries as training exercises in how to question scientific claims. Many scientists do not realize that their work is a form of logic. Invested with public trust, wearing their PhDs like miter caps of a priesthood, they make pronouncements that go far beyond what they know. Anyone can make observations and jot them down in a lab book. Interpreting what they mean is a logical endeavor. Unfortunately, science education either fails to recognize or underplays the logical aspects of scientific work. Logic is not a domain of science. It’s a domain of philosophy.Philosophy is unavoidable. Scientific conclusions do not pop out of a test tube or telescope. It takes a mind thinking clearly to understand what’s going on, and what it means. Recognition of logical fallacies can avoid some common pitfalls, but the worldview foundations of good scientific thinking are frequently overlooked. As we try to show, logic cannot be derived from the evolutionary worldview. Only the Biblical worldview of a Creator making man in the image of God can sustain the reasoning necessary to do good science. That’s why many a Christian founder of science followed Kepler’s lead of “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.” That worldview can lead to trustworthy, but not exhaustive, science.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bank warns on card ‘skimming’

first_img6 May 2011Customers must be careful when using their bank cards to prevent being defrauded by “skimmers”, Standard Bank warned on Thursday.“Customers are also urged to remain vigilant as the fraudsters’ main aim is to access customer funds by stealing information off your card as well as getting your secret PIN,” Itumeleng Monale, Standard Bank director of self service channels, said in a statement.“It is therefore imperative that customers protect their card and PIN information.”Skimming, which is a global problem, usually takes place when fraudsters capture card data on devices similar to those used for legitimate point-of-sale or ATM transactions.“The industry has been hard hit by this modus operandi, which has been around for years; however an increase in these attacks during the last two years is prevalent due to the availability of high-tech skimming devices in the open market.”The devices fit snugly over the card slot on an ATM and can even include a camera to record the PIN number.“The main point of compromise still occurs when customers’ cards are presented to a third party,” Monale said.“Cards and PIN numbers are harvested by syndicate members when they either distract or observe our customers typing in their PIN numbers.“The rule of thumb is never to let your card out of your sight and when entering your PIN, to cover the PIN pad,” she said.Customers should also keep their daily withdrawal limit as low as possible to minimise loss. The bank advised customers not to insert their cards into slots that looked as if they had been tampered with. If customers suspect a card had been tampered with, they should immediately stop it.They should also review their bank statements regularly and should not send emails containing their account number and expiry date.Keep cards in sight and report lost and stolen cards immediately, the bank advised.Sapalast_img read more

Become a U.S. National Park Ranger for a Day – Park Employee for a Day Geocaches (GC42GX2) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedPetrified Forest- Route 66—Geocache of the WeekAugust 25, 2016In “Community”One Woman’s Journey Brings Physical Geocaches to National ParksDecember 8, 2010In “Community”Is this still Earth? — Rainbow’s End: Grand Prismatic Spring (GC1JY47) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 6, 2014In “Community” Counting some of the Everglades’ natural residents. Photo by geocacher lilyfly.Getting plenty of fresh air, enjoying beautiful scenery, exploring wondrous destinations—United States National Park Rangers have a job that many of us dream about. However, it’s not all fun and games. Park rangers work tirelessly to help preserve natural areas, protect endangered species and ensure visitors enjoy their experience. This week’s Geocache of the Week is the Park Employee for a Day Geocache series (beginning with GC42GX2), which  put you in the well-worn boots of a Park Ranger in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA.This geocache series is relatively new and ranges from 1.5–2.5 in difficulty and terrain. Most of the geocaches were placed in January 2013. However, just because these geocaches haven’t had a whole lot of time to rack up Favorite Points, we can tell that this series will be loved by the community. “So far, the caches have been wildly popular with visitors…we’re getting good qualitative feedback from visitors about the real-world issues we’re asking them to consider. Visitors are chiming in on how we should respond to climate change, protect imperiled species, and manage risks from wildlife. This sort of back-and-forth conversation is an exciting new departure from traditional ranger programs found at most national parks,” said Larry Perez, the U.S. Park Ranger in charge of the series.A nice view of the Everglades. Photo by geocacher JunglePete.The Park Ranger for a Day geocaches are some of the very few geocaches that are placed within a US National Park.  Geocachers will be able to experience more than just another find—they’ll be able to see the park through the eyes of a ranger. The series begins with a simple park and grab geocache that contains information about the other geocaches, as well as their coordinates. Each geocache then presents a different, real-world scenario that Park Rangers could face. “The issues we ask our visitors to consider are ongoing, real-world challenges for our park personnel. The series helps expose visitors to the “behind-the-scenes” work–both past and present–that has been undertaken by many of our rangers. These include dealing with invasive exotics, managing large wildfires, and planning for the future in light of sea level rise,” said Larry Perez.Geocachers share how they would handle the situation in their logs. So far, the geocachers that have made the trip to southern Florida have enjoyed the series. Geocache lilyfly had this to say, “Thanks to the NPS for being willing to take chance on us geocachers. These caches were all placed in excellent locations where minimal impact will be made. The challenges presented really helped give a glimpse to the different issues facing the NPS. We loved it! THANK YOU!”A beautiful Everglades sunset. Photo by geocacher auyantepuy.We’re excited about having a series of geocaches in a U.S. National Park. Which U.S. National Park would you like to see geocaches in next? Let us know in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected]last_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Blurry Faces

first_img1Drag your footage to a new composition. 8Click play and the mask should stick to your subject. You can change the mask path and re-track if it begins to wander too much. In this video tutorial we share a trick for blurring out faces using Adobe After Effects.Whether you are trying to protect your subjects identity or don’t have permission to use someones face, this tutorial will help us learn how to blur out faces just like they do on TV.It’s a really easy concept but it requires a using a few newer tools in After Effects. The video covers:Using the mask trackerUsing the mosaic effectDifferent methods of creating anonymity.Even if you aren’t trying to blur out a face, using the mask tracker can be really useful for tracking any effect over your video.Curious how to create the same ‘blurred face’ effect in Premiere Pro? See our previous tutorial here.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  2Add an adjustment layer with the mosaic effect and a slider control. 4Apply a mask to the adjustment layer. 5Feather out the mask.center_img 6Click track mask from the mask parameters. 3Parent the horizontal and vertical pixels value to the value of the slider. Multiply the horizontal value by 16 and the vertical by 9. 7Set the method to position, scale and rotation. Know of any other uses for the mask tracking feature in After Effects? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists

first_imgLATEST STORIES But if Diaz is indeed interested in a trilogy bout, McGregor insists that it has to be in the 155-lb. division, which the Irish superstar currently lords over.“I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC News report. “Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAfter fighting above his weight class for their first two matches, “The Notorious” believes it’s only natural that the third match take place under his stipulations.“That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight,” he explained. “I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim #KicksStalker: Jordan’s second shoe gets new life Meanwhile, McGregor is expected to take some time off fighting after competing in the biggest fight of his life against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.He also made it clear that he is open to taking another boxing match if the right fight comes along.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming raceLOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMAADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UFC fighters Nate Diaz (left) and Conor McGregor. AP File photoNow that Conor McGregor’s tenure inside the boxing ring has passed, it’s time to get back to the UFC and settle some unfinished business inside the octagon.Perhaps high on the UFC Lightweight Champion’s list is a grudge match against Nate Diaz, whom he engaged in two thrilling welterweight bouts last year.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

World Cup: American dream falls short after 2-1 loss to Belgium

first_imgKevin De Bruyne celebrates after Belgium’s 2-1 win over USA in the Round of 16 tie They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world’s game.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with an overtime loss in the World Cup’s round of 16.Kevin De Bruyne finally beat goalkeeper Tim Howard in the third minute of extra time, Romelu Lukaku scored 12 minutes later to give Belgium a two-goal lead, and the Red Devils hung on for a 2-1 victory Tuesday.”It’s heartbreaking,” Howard said. “I don’t think we could have given it more.”Before exiting, the US showed the spunk that captured America’s attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the US roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley’s pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game.They nearly tied it up in the 114th, when Clint Dempsey peeled off the ball and was stopped point-blank by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after being fed by Bradley on a free kick.But it wasn’t enough, and U.S. players fell to the field at the final whistle in their all-white uniforms like so many crumpled tissues.”You get to this point and these games are always about a play here and play there,” Bradley said.The Americans advanced from a difficult first-round group that included Germany, Portugal and Ghana to reach the knockout rounds of consecutive World Cups for the first time. Four years ago, they were eliminated in South Africa by Ghana 1-0 on a goal in the third minute of overtime.advertisementFans who had made the trek south of the equator chanting “I believe that we will win!” could hardly believe they lost, extending a World Cup winless streak against European nations to nine games over 12 years.The crowd of 51,227 at Arena Fonte Nova appeared to be about one third pro-U.S., with 10 percent backing the Belgians and the rest neutral. Back home, millions watched across the United States in offices, homes and public gatherings that includes a huge crowd in Chicago’s Soldier Field.At some large financial firms in Manhattan, 70-inch screens were brought in for employees to watch. President Barack Obama joined about 200 staffers in an Executive Office Building auditorium to watch the second half.”I believe!” he exclaimed as he walked in at the front of the hall. “I believe!”That sparked a chorus of the chant, and as Obama took a front-row seat, he said sheepishly: “I was worried that if I walked in and Belgium scored, I’d get in trouble.”Howard, playing the finest game of his career, stopped a dozen shots with his legs and arms to keep the Americans even through regulation and force an additional 30 minutes. He wound up with 16 saves.In its first World Cup under Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. had promised to play attacking soccer. But once again the Americans had trouble maintaining possession and for much of the night it seemed as if the field were tilted.Howard, at 35 one of the American veterans, kept saving his team.But when Matt Besler lost his balance on an attack down the right, Lukaku sped in alone and crossed in front of the goal. The ball rebounded off a defender, and De Bruyne controlled it, spun and beat Howard just over his right foot.Then with the U.S. pushing for an equalizer, De Bruyne burst ahead and fed Lukaku. He slotted the ball past Howard, his Everton teammate, seeming to put the Red Devils out of reach.But Green, among five German-Americans on the U.S. roster and a surprise pick, woke up the team and its fans with his first touch of the game, setting off raucous chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” But there would be no final comeback this time.Chris Wondolowski had a chance to win it in stoppage time when Jermaine Jones flicked the ball to him at the top of the 6-yard box, but with Courtois coming out Wondolowski put the ball over the crossbar.”The dream falls short, but this is an incredible group,” Howard said, “and we’ll never forget this night.”Team Lineups(from):Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Daniel Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens (Kevin Mirallas, 60th), Eden Hazard (Nacer Chadli, 111th); Divock Origi (Romelu Lukaku, 91st)advertisementUnited States: Tim Howard; Fabian Johnson (DeAndre Yedlin, 32nd), Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron; Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya (Julian Green, 105th, injury time), Graham Zusi (Chris Wondolowski, 72nd); Clint Dempseylast_img read more