Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss

first_imgCroatia were already through to the last 16 and coach Zlatko Dalic rested most of the side that thumped Argentina 3-0, with only captain Luka Modric and the winger Perisic keeping their places.Needing a point to make certain of top spot, Croatia dominated early on, with Real Madrid pair Modric and Mateo Kovacic dictating the tempo without creating clear chances.Midway through the period it was the Nordic side, who had beaten Croatia in qualifying for Russia, who took control, threatening from set-pieces and interceptions.On 25 minutes a trademark long throw from Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson was headed dangerously across the goalmouth by the industrious Magnusson.Everton’s Sigurdsson tested Lovre Kalinic from a free-kick, while Birkir Bjarnason, who suffered a nosebleed early on, had shots blocked in quick succession.Just before the break, a drive by Alfred Finnbogasson whistled past the post. Then on the stroke of half-time Gunnarsson forced an acrobatic save from Kalinic.Ten minutes into the second period the match turned when Fiorentina striker Milan Badelj first clipped the bar with a long-range drive, then made no mistake a minute later.The 29-year-old got his right foot over a deflected cross and fired a superb volley wide of Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson to give Croatia the lead.Iceland had to claim their first ever World Cup victory to have a chance of advancing and, urged on by fans chanting their famous Viking thunderclap, almost equalised within minutes.First, a flick-on from another Gunnarsson long throw found Sverrir Ingason whose header was tipped over by Kalinic.Moments later Ingason, who plays for Rostov, went even closer but his header hit the crossbar.On 73 minutes Bjarnason fluffed a close-range opportunity but Iceland’s lifeline arrived a minute later when Dejan Lovren handled a cross by Sigurdsson in the penalty area.Sigurdsson had ballooned a penalty over the bar against Nigeria, but this time dispatched his shot into the roof of the net with Kalinic diving the wrong way.But as Iceland strained for the winner and a berth in the last 16 it was Croatia who threatened, free-kicks by Perisic and Rakitic worrying Halldorsson.Then on 90 minutes, Perisic delivered the final blow.Sent into space on the left of the area the Inter Milan winger blasted a shot that ended both the game and Iceland’s World Cup and put Croatia through to a match against the Danes in Nizhny Novogrod on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Badelj (left) put his side ahead after Ivan Perisic’s first-time cross from the left was deflected into his path. Photo ReutersROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 26 – Croatia secured first place in Group D on Tuesday after a hard-fought 2-1 win over gallant Iceland in Rostov, setting up a last-16 tie with Denmark.While most eyes were on Argentina and their do-or-die match with Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, Croatia wrapped up top spot in Group D in Rostov-on-Don thanks to a slick second-half volley by Milan Badelj and a late strike by Ivan Perisic, sandwiching a penalty equaliser by Gylfi Sigurdsson.last_img read more

Two prominent Chinese Tai Chi Instructors in Malta later this month

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Between Monday 15th April and Sunday 26th April, the China Cultural Centre in Malta in collaboration with the Malta Martial Arts Association, the Network of International Cultural Entities, the Ministry for Culture and Tourism of China, Wang Zhanjun Tai Chi School, and P.R. China will be hosting two prominent Chinese Tai Chi Instructors in Malta.Tai Chi is gaining encouraging popularity. Master Classes are aimed for individuals practising Tai Chi on a professional level and also classes can be of interest  to mature people, helping them to gain co-ordination and balance, thus enhancing their quality of life.The two instructors are Ye Xuan and Ye Feng. Ye Xuan, instructor of Chen – style Taichi – was born in Taixing, Jiangsu and has practised Tai Chi since 1995. He has been awarded several prestigious awards, both on a national and international level. Ye Feng, who was also born in the Jiangsu Province of Taixing, started practising Tai Chi from a very early age and has also been awarded several prizes for various initiatives, amongst which the coveted award ‘Excellent Promoter of Tai Chi in Wang Zhanjun’.For more information please visit their website.Should one wish to attend any of these classes, which will be held in different venues around Malta, one may contact Adrian Axisa, President of the Malta Martial Arts Association, on 99256363 or Sonia Young on 99442935.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Media Advisory Rice Business Plan Competition to ring Nasdaq closing bell Oct

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYJeff [email protected] Lynn [email protected] Business Plan Competition to ring Nasdaq closing bell Oct. 15 HOUSTON – (Oct. 10, 2014) – The 2014 winner of the Rice University Business Plan Competition (RBPC) — Medical Adhesive Revolution of RWTH Aachen University, Germany — will ring the Nasdaq stock market closing bell at 3 p.m. CDT Oct. 15.Photo courtesy of Adhesive CEO Marius Rosenberg will be joined by Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which hosts the annual business competition; Ashok Rao, of the competition’s lead investors, the GOOSE Society of Texas; members of the OWL Investment Group; Chad Carson of the Greater Houston Partnership; and Mark Salazar and Kimberly Rawson of Insperity, the competition’s title sponsor.A live webcast of the NASDAQ Closing Bell, will be available at: or             Nasdaq closing bell ringing.When:            Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2:45-3 p.m. CDT.Where:           NASDAQ MarketSite, 4 Times Square, 43rd and Broadway, Broadcast Studio, New York.Medical Adhesive is developing a high-strength biodegradable surgical adhesive that can be used inside the human body to seal wounds within seconds. The group won $507,500 of the record-high nearly $3 million in cash and prizes awarded at the world’s richest and largest student startup competition April 10-12.Described by Fortune magazine as “the Super Bowl and World Series of business plan competitions,” the 2014 RBPC brought 42 university teams from across the globe to pitch their new technology businesses to more than 270 venture-capital and investor judges. Judges evaluated the businesses based on the investment potential.Since the RBPC’s inception in 2001, more than 155 competitors have successfully launched their companies and are in business today or have sold ownership of their companies. Competing teams have raised more than $844 million in funding and had successful ownership sales of more than $250 million, for a total market value of more than $1 billion.For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6775 or [email protected] Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Feed information:Fiber Line (Encompass Waterfront): 4463Gal 3C/06C 95.05 degrees West18 mhz LowerDL 3811 VerticalFEC 3/4SR 13.235DR 18.295411MOD 4:2:0DVBS QPSKSocial media:For multimedia features such as exclusive content, photo postings, status updates and video of bell ceremonies, visit Nasdaq’s Facebook page photos from ceremonies and events, visit Nasdaq’s Instagram page: news tweets, visit Nasdaq’s Twitter page at: viral content and ceremony photos, visit Nasdaq’s Tumblr page: To obtain a hi-resolution photograph of the market close, go to and click on the market close of your choice.The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship is Rice University’s nationally recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three Rice schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Since inception in 1999, more than 1,500 early-stage companies have presented at the 150+ programs hosted by the Rice Alliance and raised more than $2.8 billion in funding.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more