A beekeeper, or apiarist, moves beehives onto a truck to be transferred to another crop after they completed pollinating a blueberry field near Jonesboro, Maine, June 24, 2014. Over recent years, bees have been dying at a rate the U.S. government says is economically unsustainable. Honey bees pollinate plants that produce about a quarter of the food consumed by Americans, including apples, watermelons and beans. A lawsuit has now been filed by environmental groups in the United States seeking an injunction restricting the approval of a controversial class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or ‘neonics’. These pesticides have become a subject of scrutiny in Europe and the U.S. as concern has mounted that they harm honeybees and other pollinators.
Now that the World Cup is over the world can go back to paying attention to real news such as the fighting going on in the Ukraine, the escalating crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and why LeBron James is leaving the Miami Heat.
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles. Germany deserved to win the World Cup and they did.
They’ve played the most positive and attacking football throughout the tournament and it paid off.
The final was a tense affair, but both teams went for it. In the end it took a special goal by Götze in extra time to seal the win for Germany.
Some amazing skills on display at the world bodypainting festival in Poertschach.
Well, that was expected.
The Netherlands and Argentina were very evenly matched in this second semi-final. They played a game of chess with very few chances for either team.
After the 90 minutes and the 30 minutes extra time, penalties were needed to decide who was to play Germany in the final.
The Argentinian goalkeeper saved to Dutch penalties, so Messi gets to take on Müller and co this coming Sunday.
Well, that was unexpected.
In the first semi-final of the 2014 World Cup the hosts, Brazil, were taking on Germany.
They tried and failed. Miserably.
Germany beat the home team 7-1. Yes, SEVEN goals to one.
The icing on the cake was Miroslav Klose scoring his 16th World Cup goal, besting Brazilian Ronaldo’s record of 15. And Germany scoring the most goals in a World Cup ever, besting the previous record holders Brazil.
Of course, this victory won’t stand for nothing for Germany if they now don’t go on and win the final against either Argentina or The Netherlands.
It’s that time of year again.
During the next week the people of Pamplona, Spain celebrate the festival of San Fermin.
A big part of this festival, and admittedly the part which attracts tens of thousands of people from outside Pamplona to the San Fermin celebrations, is the daily Running Of The Bulls.
In the evenings the matadors kill the bulls by sword, but during the day time some of the bulls get a sporting chance to hurt some humans while they try and outrun two tons of beef and muscle.
It was another exciting week if you like sports.
Football, tennis, cycling and formula one were all on hand to entertain your couch potato bum.
For the rest it was the same old story. Death, destruction, quarrels and misery, with the occasional ray of sunshine.
And then there were four.
Argentina, Brazil, The Netherlands and Germany are the four countries to survive the quarter final rounds.
Some tough and intense games were played and I for one look forward to the Brazil vs Germany and Argentina vs The Netherlands semi finals.
For about six decades Hellenikon was Athens’ only airport but it closed down in 2001 to make way for a newer, more modern airport before the city hosted the 2004 Olympic Games. After languishing for years as a wasteland of crumbling terminals, Hellenikon is set for resurrection as a glitzy coastal resort. Lamda Development, controlled by Greece’s powerful Latsis family and leading a consortium of Chinese and Abu-Dhabi based companies, has big dreams for the area since signing a 915 million euro deal for a 99-year lease in March.
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from the archives
- In The Picture: Ziggi Wantuch
- Brazil 2014: Gol plane gets a World Cup paintjob
- In The Picture: Marcos Bojorquez
- London From Above
- August 2014
- July 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- April 2014
- March 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- December 2013
- November 2013
- October 2013
- September 2013