FIFA Ranking: Eagles fail to move up log, remain 3rd in Africa

first_imgNigeria’s Super Eagles did not make any move in the monthly Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings released by the world football governing body on Thursday, February 20.Advertisement Senegal’s Teranga Lions retained their spot as the best playing nation in the continent and 20th in the world, but are closely trailed by Tunisia’s Cathage Eagles, who are placed 27th.Algeria’s Desert Foxes occupy the 35th position in the world.Interestinly, Morocco’s Atlas Lions, despite not dropping a spot are 43rd on the og to complete Africa’s top five playing nations.Meanwhile, Belgium stay top as Palestine make gains after very few matches have been played on the international front in the first World Ranking of 2020.At the last count, only 15 friendlies have taken place since the last ranking update in December – including two games in late 2019 – so it is little surprise that the top 20 remains unchanged with Belgium, France and Brazil still making up the top three.Some minor movement in the top 50 sees both Wales (23rd, down 1) and Paraguay (41st, down 1) fall a spot, while Ghana’s Black Stars (46th, up 1) rise ever so slightly. The three-time African champions remain rooted on the 31st spot in the world and third in Africa. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooSan-Francisco Runner Creates Art Just By Jogging Around Read Also: Europa League: Ighalo makes Man United squad vs Club Brugge clashPalestine (103rd, up 3) are the first big climbers of 2020.Their success in January’s Bangabandhu Cup sees them leapfrog Estonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mozambique and Kenya on the back of the month’s biggest move by points and rank.Beaten Bangabandhu Cup finalists Burundi (149th, up 2), who like Palestine contested four matches in January, have climbed into the top 150.Elsewhere, both Aruba (200th, up 1) and Pakistan (200th, up 1) have edged up the ranking after a rather quiet month in international football.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Actor leads Earth Day discussion

first_imgUSC Program Board hosted actor and environmental activist Ian Somerhalder Tuesday night in Bovard Auditorium. Somerhalder spoke on his foundation, the environment and what youths can do to empower and educate each other to create change.Green fever · Vampire Diaries actor and founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation Ian Somerhalder discussed the importance of clean energy and animal rights on Tuesday. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanIn Hollywood, Somerhalder is best known for prominent roles on the television shows The Vampire Diaries and Lost. He can also be seen on Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime’s new docu-series centering on global climate change that premiered on April 13.Hosted in conjunction with the Speakers Committe, the International Student Assembly and the Environmental Student Assembly, the event was moderated by Alex Ago, the director of programming and special projects at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.ESA Director Shawn Rhoads said that they chose Somerhalder as the Earth Day speaker because they knew he had the capability to reach a larger demographic.“We want people to know that an environmental community exists on campus,” Rhoads said. “There’s a need for action, and that’s what ESA wants to do — along with creating awareness for positive impact — through Earth month, and we thought that Ian would be a good fit as keynote speaker for our message.”He stressed that as a celebrity, he is in a fortunate position of having an amplified voice to enact change.“The ultimate goal is to do the absolute best I can to empower all those around me to start living this holistic framework of life that will last way beyond me,” Somerhalder said.Somerhalder spoke heavily about the mission of his foundation, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to educate a collective audience on the importance of preserving the environment and the world’s animals.Throughout the evening, Somerhalder stressed the need for youth empowerment, and also discussed how today’s generation can enact real differences in the world.“[You should use] social media to create quantifiable change,” he said. “If you can empower them with education, now they’re activated and they become a doer. This generation knows that, and what people and corporations aren’t realizing is that the most underutilized weapon in the worth is youth — and they’re going to change the world.”Somerhalder said that the environment is very delicate, and relies heavily on the “symbiosis” between man and animal.“The foundation’s focuses all go hand in hand, and the intricate nature of our environment revolves around symbiosis of the creatures of the world and humans,” Somerhalder said. “It can lead to food shortages, along coastlines that go into cities, and we can’t function without them — which is why we need species and environmental conservation.”He also spoke about the ISF college division, which encourages the collaboration between environmentally conscious students on campus.“You will find like-minded people around you, and it gives you all the tools to execute things, and empower you to do so much more,” Somerhalder said.He also noted that he models his lifestyle after the mission of his foundation, and that people should aim to eliminate wasteful habits such as leaving the television on during the day when no one is home.“I try and live my life the same way we want to power people at ISF, Somerhalder said. “The dog does not need to watch TV when you’re gone all day — it will lick itself all day,” he said. “Making a pledge to do stuff is great, doing them is better. We have to be better consumers and voters — this shift will shape the world.”After the event, students said that they were intrigued with Somerhalder’s message and his ability as a celebrity to reach a wider audience.Natalie Milian, a sophomore majoring in communication, believed that Somerhalder was a boost to the Environmental Student Assembly and its cause.“[Somerhalder’s] popularity gives him this powerful mode of speech and increases the amount of people that he can deliver his message to,” Milian said. “And while people may be there just to gaze at him, they will still surely come out of the event with gaining at least some information [and] knowledge about his cause.”Sucharita Yellapragada, a freshman majoring in policy, planning and development, believed that Somerhalder’s talk had been a reminder of the dire situation that our world is in.“Ian being here [is a] statement about how big of an impact the environment has on our daily life — that celebrities take the time to create charities and work tirelessly to strive towards a change,” Yellapragada said. “It gathers students together for a common cause and it really helps that someone as prominent as Ian Somerhalder came to talk to us about it.”Editor’s note: This post has been updated.last_img read more


first_imgCáitríona McClay with the PresidentThree Donegal students have been presented with top awards in this year’s 60th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.Pictured is Cáitríona McClay (16), a pupil at Loreto Community School, Milford who won second prize (EUR1,000), in the 16-18 years age category, for her work entitled ‘Pulp Fiction’. Presenting her with the award is President Michael D. Higgins. Other major prizewinners, both of whom received Special Merit Awards, were Róise McGagh (15), from Magh Éne College, Bundoran and Julia Chechelnitskaya (18), from Loreto Convent, Letterkenny. Róise McGaghPRESIDENT HIGGINS HONOURS DONEGAL STUDENTS FOR ART WIN was last modified: May 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalPresident HigginsTexaco Children’s Artwinnerslast_img read more