This video says about itself:
15 April 2017
As Dutch daily De Volkskrant reports today, Antonis Nikopolidis now is 46 years old, and still involved in football. He is a trainer for refugees from the wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, stuck in Greece because of anti-refugee policies in European countries.
How a project to help refugee women is making American produce a lot more interesting: here.
This video says about itself:
Watch a bee score a goal | Science News
23 February 2017
In experiments, buff-tailed bumblebees learned how to roll a ball to a goal (first clip), a task more bees mastered after watching a trained bee do it (second clip). When successful, bees received a sip of sugar solution as a reward.
From Science News:
Score! Bumblebees see how to sink ball in goal, then do it better
Lesson in six-legged soccer tests power of insect learning
By Susan Milius
2:32pm, February 23, 2017
Even tiny brains can learn strange and tricky stuff, especially by watching tiny experts.
Buff-tailed bumblebees got several chances to watch a trained bee roll a ball to a goal. These observers then quickly mastered the unusual task themselves when given a chance, researchers report in the Feb. 24 Science. And most of the newcomers even improved on the goal-sinking by taking a shortcut demo-bees hadn’t used, says behavioral ecologist Olli Loukola at Queen Mary University of London.
Learning abilities of animals without big vertebrate brains often get severely underestimated, Loukola says. “The idea that small brains constrain insects is kind of wrong, or old-fashioned.”
He and colleagues had previously challenged bees to learn, in stages, the not very beelike skill of pulling a string to reveal a hidden flower. Bees eventually succeeded. So the researchers devised an even more fiendish protocol to see how far insect learning could go.
Loukola invented six-legged sort-of soccer (or football for bees in London) in which a Bombus terrestris rolls a yellow ball about the size of its own body down a trackway to a central goal, where researchers dispense sugary rewards. This time, there was no pampering, no working up in stages to full completion of the test. But bees could observe a trained ball roller, a ball moving on its own (thanks to a researcher sliding a magnet under the arena) or get no advance ball-movement hints at all.
The 10 bees that saw an expert bee roll the ball and score three times before their own attempt succeeded in almost every trial at the task. Watching ghostly movement didn’t help as much, and only a few bees happened on the solution on their own. Social learning matters, but Loukola highlights the way bees changed the technique they watched. Most of the successful bees ignored the ball they had seen rolled and instead used one closer to the goal, doing less work for the same reward.
“Fascinating,” says Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex in England, who studies bumblebees. Ball rolling may not be part of routine foraging behavior, but he notes that bees do drag around nesting material, moving backward as they do when playing soccer in the test. And they occasionally remove fat almost ball-like grubs from the nest with a similar technique.
Exactly how the bees solved the problem remains a puzzle, says Bennett Galef of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, who has studied social learning. He would like to know more details, for instance, about how untrained bees react to a ball.
Loukola often gets a different question: Could he train bumblebees to play a soccer match? He says he could certainly train some to score on one side of an arena and some on the opposite side. Then he might be able to study whether bumblebees could share a ball.
It shows two peregrine falcons, sitting on top of two footballs.
The number 68 refers to the founding of the club in 1968.
‘Valken’ means falcons in Dutch.
This video from Liverpool, England says about itself:
The best version of You’ll Never Walk Alone – 25th Anniversary of Hillsborough
15 April 2014
As sung by all that attended – Truly made the hair on the back of my neck stand up on end.
From the BBC:
33 minutes ago
The author, who led the Hillsborough Independent Panel‘s research team, said he could not receive an honour in protest “at those who remained unresponsive” to help families and survivors affected by the disaster.
Ninety-six people died following a crush at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989.
In April, an inquest jury concluded the fans were unlawfully killed.
Prof Scraton’s book, Hillsborough: The Truth, is widely accepted as the definitive account of the disaster.
In a statement, he said: “I researched Hillsborough from 1989, publishing reports, articles and the first edition of Hillsborough: The Truth in 1990.
“Until 2009, and despite compelling evidence, successive governments declined to pursue a thorough, independent review of the context, consequences and aftermath of the disaster.
“This changed as a direct result of the families’ and survivors’ brave, persistent campaign.
“It led to the Hillsborough Independent Panel, its ground-breaking findings, new inquests and their crucially significant verdicts.”
Prof Scraton has previously received the Freedom of the City of Liverpool, the Political Studies Association‘s Campaigner of the Year Award and an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from the University of Liverpool “with gratitude and humility”.
But he added: “I headed the Panel’s research team and was a consultant to the families’ lawyers throughout the new inquests.
“I could not receive an honour on the recommendation of those who remained unresponsive to the determined efforts of bereaved families and survivors to secure truth and justice.” …
Prof Scraton acknowledged his decision “might come as a disappointment to some Hillsborough families, survivors and whoever nominated me”.
However, he added: “Finally, I could not accept an honour tied in name to the ‘British Empire’.
Fresh inquests in April concluded that the 96 football fans who died as a result of a crush at Hillsborough were unlawfully killed,
The jury found that match commander Ch Supt David Duckenfield was “responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence” due to a breach of his duty of care.
Police errors also added to a dangerous situation at the FA Cup semi-final.
After a 27-year campaign by victims’ families, the behaviour of Liverpool fans was exonerated.
The jury found they did not contribute to the danger unfolding at the turnstiles at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday’s ground.
This video from Britain says about itself:
6 October 2013
Qatar is slaughtering Nepalese and other workers from various nations after its corrupt 2022 football world cup bid won through thanks to bribes passed onto FIFA officials including president Sepp Blatter.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Amnesty: risk of exploitation continues with new legislation in Qatar
Changes in the labour laws in Qatar are not improving things for migrant workers, says Amnesty International. Workers remain vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, the human rights organization concludes in a new report.
Qatar replaces a controversial 2009 law allowing workers to be completely at the mercy of their employers or ‘sponsors’. But Amnesty says that the new legislation offers little improvement. The organization calls on FIFA to intervene and remind the international football organisation of its own principle to talk to countries on human rights violations. In 2022 the World Cup will be held in the oil state.
Passports taken away
Employees should also under the new legislation have permission from their employer to change jobs, says Amnesty. Employers can also block a flight from Qatar. This will become even easier because it will now become legal for employers to take workers’ passports away.
This exploitation will hurt the reputation of FIFA and the World Cup if nothing changes in Qatar, Amnesty warns. Clubs also have a responsibility, says the organization. Amnesty points out that Barcelona will soon play a match in Doha. The club should make clear to its host that it wants to play in a “human rights friendly environment”. “Players and clubs cannot live in a bubble.”
See also here.