Icelandic footballers beat Austria, to next round, celebration with birds


This 22 June 2016 video is called Iceland vs Austria 2:1 All Goals.

Iceland, which had never been at a European football championship before, now has reached the best 16 teams of Euro 2016 in France. They will play England.

To celebrate this, two videos about birds in Iceland; one for each goal.

This video says about itself:

29 January 2009

In Iceland’s remote Westman Islands, warming weather is threatening a beloved mascot: the Atlantic puffin.

This video says about itself:

Great Northern Diver – Husavik (Iceland) – 16th of July 2015

I was privileged to see these beautiful birds decades ago in a lake in southern Iceland.

Wales beats Russia, football championship group winners


This video is called Wales 3-0 Russia (EURO 2016) – All Goals & Highlights [HD] 20/06/2016.

It ended 3-0 for Wales.

Wales has won Group B of the Euro 2016 football championship.

To celebrate, three videos, one for each goal, about birds in Wales.

This video is about barn swallows in Wales.

This video is about a jackdaw and herring gulls in Wales.

This video is called Rookery of Nesting Rooks at Harlech Castle, Wales.

Albania 1-Romania 0 at Euro 2016 football, celebration with birds


This 19 June 2016 video is called Romania vs Albania 0-1 (EURO 2016) All Goals & Highlights HD

Unexpectedly, tonight the Albanian football team beat Romania 1-0.

Albania is for the first time ever at a European football championship. Tonight, their first ever championship goal brought them their first ever victory.

This may mean that Albania will make it to the final 16 championship teams.

To celebrate, a video about birds in Albania.

The video says about itself:

20 April 2016

Part 2 of our Animal Geography series focuses on the European country of Albania! The Albanian national animal is the Golden Eagle, join Connel as we look at the Golden Eagle, and wildlife in Albania.

Azerbaijan dictatorship supported by F1 boss Ecclestone


This video says about itself:

Amal Clooney: ‘Why I’m defending Azerbaijani journalist (Khadija Ismayilova)’ – BBC News

26 April 2016

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is representing award-winning Azerbaijan reporter Khadija Ismayilova at the European Court of Human Rights. Ms Ismayilova, an outspoken critic of the government, was jailed 18 months ago. Ms Clooney has been speaking to the BBC about the journalist’s case, and also gave her views on Republican presidential nomination front runner Donald Trump.

After Formula One fat cat Ecclestone earlier on expressed his suport for Margaret Thatcher, for Adolf Hitler and for the royal dictatorship in Bahrain, he has found another thing to support.

By Kadeem Simmonds:

Formula One: Journalists should be imprisoned, says Ecclestone

Friday 17th June 2016

F1 supremo backs the locking up of writers who criticise government of Azerbaijan

Bernie Ecclestone agreed yesterday that journalists who speak out against their government should be imprisoned.

With Azerbaijan hosting its first Formula One race this weekend, the sport has faced plenty of criticism with campaign groups, Amnesty International being the most recent, calling on the sport to take a public stance against the oil-rich state’s human rights record.

However, when put to Ecclestone that some journalists had been prosecuted for speaking out against president Ilham Aliyev’s regime, he replied: “So they should. It depends what they say. You say they write negative things. It depends what they write.

“I tell you what we ought to do — as far as we are concerned — not have any races where there is corruption in the country. Can you tell me where we are going to be racing?”

Human Rights campaigners have accused Aliyev’s regime of wrongful imprisonment of journalists and bloggers, freezing financial public resources and restrictive legislation.

They also claim that media outlets critical of Aliyev’s government have been harassed and intimidated and subsequently forced to close, while four journalists have also died in custody since 2005, according to Sport for Rights.

Ecclestone was fielding questions after Amnesty International released a statement on Wednesday night saying: “Formula One should use its influence and publicly call on the Azerbaijan authorities to end their crackdown on human rights.”

In response, the Formula One supremo said that the sport has a “100 per cent” clear conscience ahead of Sunday’s race on the streets of capital city Baku.

Top-ranking Formula One officials met with Sport For Rights — another campaign group which urged Ecclestone to speak out against Aliyev’s regime, and call for the release of political prisoners — last Monday. Further discussions have also been planned.

“Yes, we are [taking the issue seriously], of course,” added Ecclestone, who was not present at the talks. “We have been in correspondence and we have assurance from here that they are looking into all these things.

“We listen, obviously, and if people have got a genuine complaint there is not a lot we can do, because in all fairness I think you would get into trouble in most countries if you were very, very anti some government or political people, or in fact anybody, so it is not quite as easy as that.”

Northern Ireland 2-Ukraine 0, celebration with bird videos


This video is called Ukraine vs Northern Ireland 0-2 All Goals & EXTENDED Highlights (EURO 2016).

Today, at the European football championship in France, Northern Ireland, where only 1,8 million people live, beat the favourite Ukrainian team two goals to zero.

To celebrate, these two videos about bird life in Northern Ireland.

This March 2013 video is called Birds in my North Antrim garden.

This July 2015 video is called Birds at Kiltonga Wildlife Reserve, Newtownards, Northern Ireland.

Iceland 1-Portuguese favourites 1, celebration with birds


This football video is about Icelandic footballer Bjarnason’s goal in the Portugal vs Iceland 1-1 match at the Euro 2016 – 14/05/2016.

And it stayed one goal each. A success for Iceland, for the first time ever at European championships!

To celebrate, here this video about birds in Iceland.

The video says about itself:

Diverse bird habitats make Northeast Iceland the richest birding area in Iceland, in terms of number of species and abundance of birds. Nearly the entire European population of Barrow’s Goldeneye breeds here and nowhere else will you find higher density of the Gyr Falcon. The Northeast has the bulk of the Icelandic population of many species, such as Gadwall, Harlequin Duck, Common Scoter, Slavonian Grebe and Rock Ptarmigan.

And this video about birds in Portugal.