What’s worse… Adults only intervene in 4 percent of cases, and peers are reported to intervene in 11 percent—while a whopping 85 percent of bullying cases go unnoticed or ignored.
Dan Bezzant is one father who is tired of seeing those sickening statistics on the rise. Dan has witnessed the catastrophic effects of bullying firsthand, as his 7-year-old son Jackson is taunted daily.
Born with Treacher Collins syndrome, Jackson has gotten used to the points and stares in his direction, reminding him of just how different he is.
Genetics Home Reference describes Treacher Collins as “a condition that affects the development of bones and other tissues of the face.”
In addition to the facial abnormalities, Jackson has to deal with greatly impaired vision and hearing. The first-grader is required to wear hearing aids and has already been through many surgical procedures as a result of his genetic condition.
As though his physical limitations weren’t enough, the boy is also the prime target for mental abuse at his Rigby, Idaho, elementary school.
Recently, Jackson was eating breakfast at school when three older peers came up to him and started taunting him with cruel names like “freak” and “monster.”
Thankfully, this was one instance that fell in the slim 4 percent. A teacher’s aide caught wind of the situation and stopped the bullies in their tracks. But the damage to poor Jackson had already been done.
When Dan heard about the situation, his heart SHATTERED for his helpless boy.
“When I was told about it, I was just in my car sobbing in the driveway,” Bezzant told InsideEdition.com.
Tired of being a passive bystander to his son’s abuse, the Idaho father took to Facebook in an effort to raise awareness:
“My heart is in pieces right now…my soul feels like it’s ripping from my chest…this beautiful young man my son Jackson has to endure a constant barrage of derogatory comments and ignorance like I’ve never witnessed. He is called ugly and freak and monster on a daily basis by his peers at school. He talks about suicide…he’s not quite 8! He says he has no friends and everyone hates him. Kids throw rocks at him and push him shouting these horrific words…please please take a minute and imagine if this were your child. Take a minute to educate your children about special needs. Talk to them about compassion and love for our fellow man. His condition is called Treacher Collins. Maybe even look it up. He’s endured horrific surgery and has several more in the coming years. Anyway…I could go on…but please educate your children. Please…share this. This shouldn’t be happening…to anyone.”
His post, riveted with raw emotion, has since gripped the hearts of thousands across the country. Nearly 60,000 people have shared his powerful words since they were written on September 14.
And that’s not the only positive outcome Dan’s anti-bullying message has had.
“I am receiving constant messages of people sending love and prayers for Jackson. All I am asking is that you teach your children about bullying and making sure that kids understand that people are built differently and God loves us all,” says Dan. “I hope it brings awareness to the topic.”
The post also caught the attention of parents in the area whose kids suffer from Treacher Collins, just like Jackson. Dan says he plans to coordinate a playdate with them in the near future.
Though he never imagined his heart-cry for his son would go this far, he is very pleased that it has spread like wildfire. Dan hopes it will not only fight bullying on Jackson’s behalf, but on behalf of victims everywhere.
“I was just making a plea to my friends and family and asking them to spread the message of love and understanding for all,” he added. “The message isn’t just for Jackson, it’s for all kids who are experiencing bullying.”
If you’d like to learn more about how you can play an active role in the fight against bullying, visit stopbullying.gov.
Critically lauded UnREALs second jaunt has been a mess, and Mr Robot also ogles in danger of losing its channel. But the sophomore slump is nothing new on TV
The second season climax of UnREAL, Lifetimes dubiously profited drama about the behind-the-scenes antics of a Bachelor-esque reality show, had a fatal automobile clang. No, Im not talking about what happens to protagonist Rachels boyfriend and former boss who drove off the road, Im talking about what happened to the show itself. A surprise hit with commentators and spectators last summer, watching the final chapter with its slipshod plotting, slipshod writing and dislikeable attributes reacting inexplicably was like learning a Mazda lying in the ditch about to catch fire, except that might have been compelling.
Why does this type of decline always seem happens to good appearances? Mr Robot is halfway through the work of its second season and while it should be celebrating a host of Emmy nominations, its fending off accusations that its on the fritz. Right now, the knottily schemed hacker drama seems to be more interested in the boring engagement between Elliot and his inner demons than in showing us what happened after fsociety introduced into the end “of the worlds”. The display was always darker than a piece of food left in the toaster for a fortnight, but this time around its simply wallowing in bleakness and its desolate.
The builders of both UnREAL and Mr Robot Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Sam Esmail, respectively were granted increased hold over their high-profile second seasons. To compose UnREAL, Shapiro, a former Bachelor producer and first-time Tv writer, teamed with Marti Noxon, a ex-serviceman of reveals such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men and Greys Anatomy. Noxon left the show after the second occurrence of season two to focus on her other planned, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, leaving Shapiro in charge of the testify. Shapiro even nominated herself as director of one episode.
On Mr Robot, Esmails dominance is even more obvious. Not exclusively did he write each occurrence of the presents second season, he also aimed all of them, killing stages out of order the direction that a cinema would be made. Certainly, one of the criticisms leveled against its recent raid is that it seems like a long movie chopped into fragments rather than distinct chapters that stand on their own. At least we have a good rationalization for why that happened.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has long dreamed of creating a human colony on Mars, is planning to build a new rocket ship code named “BFR” capable of traveling anywhere on Earth in under an hour.
If the concept becomes reality, Musk said a journey from New York to Shanghai can be done in about 30 minutes. The surprise announcement means that his Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which has already disrupted the aerospace industry with reusable launches, plans to ferry humans not just to distant planets but across this one as well, setting up a potentially competitive challenge to the commercial airline industry.
“If we are going to places like Mars, why not Earth?” Musk said Friday at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. Toward the end of Musk’s highly technical presentation, animation played on a big screen behind him, showing scores of people getting on a high-speed ferry in New York, then boarding the BFR on a platform in the water. The spaceship then travels to Shanghai in roughly half an hour.
"Fly to most places on Earth in under 30 mins and anywhere in under 60," Musk wrote in an Instagram post after he’d left the stage without taking questions. "Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft. Forgot to mention that."
With many commercial satellite operators as customers, the revenue from those contracts will help fund the development of the BFR, which would be capable of carrying satellites to orbit, crew and cargo to the International Space Station, and complete missions to the Moon and Mars, said Musk. He said the BFR would contain 40 cabins capable of ferrying roughly 100 people at a time.
Musk, 46, has a net worth of roughly $21 billion and has said in the past he’d use his own personal assets to help fund his vision. He first detailed his Mars plans in a talk at the IAC in Guadalajara, Mexico, a year ago and later published a paper about it, generating enormous excitement but raising concerns it included few details on financing. Musk promised his Twitter followers this summer that his updated Mars plan would address the lack of payment details — which he called “the most fundamental flaw” in his first take.
Previously, Musk had talked about sending an unmanned "Red Dragon" spacecraft to Mars in 2018. That plan, as well as the spacecraft, has been shelved. The new plan calls for the first BFR to land on Mars in 2022, followed by crewed missions in 2024.
Musk, who’s also CEO of electric-car maker Tesla Inc., founded SpaceX in 2002 with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. The closely-held space exploration company currently flies the Falcon 9 rocket for customers that include NASA, commercial satellite operators and the U.S. military. The Hawthorne, California-based company also has plans to launch its own satellite network.
The cost of a Falcon 9 launch is roughly $62 million, according to SpaceX’s website, with modest discounts available for contractually committed, multi-launch purchases. SpaceX’s rockets are designed for reuse, with rocket reusability now seen as key to making space travel affordable. SpaceX celebrated its first launch using a previously flown booster in March and regularly recovers the rocket’s first stage on land or on "drone ships" at sea.
SpaceX has completed 13 launches so far this year and has several missions on its manifest, including back-to-back launches slated for October 7th and October 9th. Musk said the first test flight of Falcon Heavy, a far more powerful rocket capable of heavy payloads and sending paying space tourists on a flight around the moon, will occur "hopefully towards the end of the year," but that date has already slipped several times.
It appears that the BFR, which is in development, would ultimately replace the Falcon 9, the Falcon Heavy and the Dragon spacecraft, which currently ferries supplies to the International Space Station.
Mars is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Mars exploration got an enormous boost in August 2012, when NASA’s Curiosity Rover landed on the Red Planet. The robotic vehicle continues to transmit breathtaking, high-resolution photographs of the dune-and butte-filled landscape to the delight of scientists and Curiosity’s 3.8 million Twitter followers.
Still, human colonization of Mars won’t be easy. Getting there will take several months, with unknown risks to the human body and psyche. Even if space explorers survive the 155 million-mile journey and subsequent first-ever manned landing, they would need to get to work immediately to create a habitable atmosphere, find water and produce the fuel needed to propel the rocket ship homeward. And Musk is famous, in part, for his aspirational timelines.
"SpaceX is in the business of making the impossible possible," said Phil Larson, a former space policy adviser to President Barack Obama who worked for SpaceX and is now at the University of Colorado-Boulder. "Using the same principles, and diverse funding approach, that have taken them from their first launch 9 years ago to where they are today, it makes this seem within the realm of possibility."
Musk has a busy agenda while in Australia. Later Friday, he will attend a Tesla Energy event at a wind farm. Tesla is selling its lithium ion batteries to utilities eager to find ways to integrate renewables like solar and wind with their electric grids.
Police say Alison Dadow grabbed the rotate from Ann and killed her. It was the end of a long superhighway of imitation mentions, neglected jobs, and campaigning with cops.”>
The path of destruction blazed by two blond yoga twinneds produced them both off the side of a Hawaiian cliff.
Before Alison Dadow reportedly murdered her 37 -year-old sister Ann in a Maui car crash last week, the monozygotic twin squandered whatever gains they had seen in Florida and failed to reboot their lives in Utah, all while dodging cops and creditors alike.
On the day molted become an accused twinned sister-slayer, Alison had already adopted a new identity: Alexandria Duval of Haiku, Hawaii. Ann altered herself into Anastasia Duval to match.
Alison was discovered behind the wheel of a 2016 white-hot Ford Explorer as Ann razzed in the rear fare seat at around 5 p. m. on May 29.
The sisters were pictured squabbling just before Alison allegedly floored the gas. Harmonizing to the declaration in supporting warrantless detention, officers assert that she intentionally drove off the cliff and that they found no signalings of braking from the vehicle.
The permissions, in the court document, acquired there was a hard acceleration and no endeavors of any braking before the SUV dashed off the cliff.
The Explorer was recognise by an eagle-eyed Boy Scout troop chaperone, who told polices the operator was in a storm after her hair was yanked from behind just before the death dive.
The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded him to connect Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he facilitates out defensively too
No one wants to be told off by their father and Gabriel Jesus is no different. The Brazilian wonderkid, who signed for Manchester City in the summer for 27 m and will join the Premier League chairmen in January, given the opportunity to become one of the best sends in the world but what manufactures him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a characteristic he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their father if they do not is to assist at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true-blue that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he says in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she requires a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something worthy of praise. I am really happy to have a mum like that, that actually charges. She ever tells me the truth and her honesty facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and staggeringly positive proximity in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise conceiving his upbringing. The participates parent died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother caused him and his three brethren on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of fund around. A football player grows up faster than other parties, he says. I grew up very quickly because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a very mature 19 -year-old. We gratify at Academia de futebol, Palmeirass training centre and he is respectful and humble. He does not wear sunglasses or headphones and does not play with his mobile during the interrogation. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the ice shower, he explains.
It has been a hectic 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble vicinity on the outskirts of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , merely a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 aims in 22 plays in the Paulista Under-1 7 tournament and at the end of the season he was referred best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then saw his debut for the senior crew, tallying two purposes in a 3-0 away prevail against Ecuador. And he is still a girl. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a fan: When I meet Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a magnificent tour onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur team Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the lurches of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many staggering talents these days, he did not join a upper side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his career was very much determined by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his judgment and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo proving a boy with a ball in his hand looking at a favela in front of him, daydream of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his pal Neymar has.
I have always experienced working on and thats why I try to give my best tactically as well as going forward. From an early age, in my vrzea days[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the managers I had. I am the same today. After all, it is essential to enroll the slope knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer was living in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit friends. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive car. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat car in the region where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be pitch-black in our communities, he wrote on Instagram.
He remain in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the team did not offer him accommodation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from prepare, and that would have had a negative impact on his academy work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has traditionally been football and that simply, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, performance video games and so on. I simply enjoy football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football exactly summarize up my life.
His discipline is surprising for the purposes of the a young age, and this is probably one of the points that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to fetch him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off tournament from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of a phone call from their brand-new manager.
It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn acquired, Gabriel Jesus says. The proximity of Guardiola as a manager at City and the fact that it is a great team were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It obligated me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already did me feel very safe about his assignment there.
From Portland to Hamburg, through Spain to Italy and on to a leafy London borough, we look at six of the worlds most achingly trendy football clubs
Considering the word hipster creates up personas of classy and pretentious bearded, beanie-wearing, over-priced cereal-munching Nathan Barley characters in tapered trousers and ironic Buddy Holly sights, you could be forgiven for presuming it to be well, perhaps exactly a mite pejorative. These bastions of self-awareness arent everyones glass of Fernet-Branca and generally dont refer to themselves as hipsters, presumably on the grounds that they presume gadding about Hoxton on a pogo remain or micro scooter to be completely normal action and it is everyone else whose behaviour is peculiar. Besides, its not them to whom the word denotes, its those other people who seem and act just like them in an extravagant entreat to replica their unique style.
Although its precise origins continue mired in debate, the fairly recent opening of the term football hipster into everyday parlance continues to entertain. A expression of travesty for the kind of people who claim to find The Blizzard extremely mainstream, it used to describe a demographic who revel in the overshadow by shown interest or at the least pretending to take an interest in niche various aspects of football culture to which “the worlds largest” general football-following public persist merrily oblivious.
They are harmless kinfolk: weekend fighters, kicking against the motherfuckers and railing against the soullessness and venality of modern football, which they quite rightly claim to abhor. By propagation, through no great fault of their own, particular football clubs had now become emblems of football hipsterdom and many of them seem to have a lot in common: an almost covering deficiency of on-field success, a biography of anti-establishmentarianism, the situation of women plucky underdog, a nice away shirt, detested competitors they regard as sellouts, swank patronizes( or ideally , no sponsors at all ), subsidised tickets, ties to many benevolences, a good relationship with their neighbourhood parish, and a habit of grandiose gestures and accept towards minorities often traduced by those in favour of more mainstream team.
Many, needless to say, are owned or part-owned by their followers and have almost certainly featured prominently before now at some stage in the Guardian, as youll see below. A funny numeral seem to have ties with Celtic Football Club, a longtime global label but often cited as the original hipster interlopers, in thus far as any academy reverie up by a Catholic clergyman can be considered chill. Here then, for your delectation, are six phenomenal football clubs dotted around the world to whom an developing generation of modern football hipsters have hitched or will continue to hitch their wagons.
Of course, in this live-and-let-live world which features the ludicrous madnes of many football fans to chisel out offence where none is intended( see the comments under last weeks Joy of Six for examples ), its worth pointing out that if a team in which you happen to take an interest happens to appear on the schedule, that doesnt move your backing inauthentic in any way. Those other Jeremy Come-Latelys might be bandwagon-jumping tossers muscling in on your golf-club generating much-needed atmosphere and income, but its you who is the sincere fan.
1) FC St Pauli
Ground : Millerntor-Stadion( ability: 29,546) Location : St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany League : Zweite Bundesliga Founded : 1910
With their unappealing chocolate-brown emblazons, undeniably cool and iconic skull and crossbones comb and steadfast devotion to worthy campaigns, St Pauli were perhaps the first team to sear themselves in all the regions of the hipster consciousness in recent decades. OK, so Birkenhead rockers Half Man Half Biscuit stimulated a rush on Dukla Prague away kits with their famed 1986 Trumpton Riots B-side, but in their day the Czech organization were a serially successful horde attire who raised a Ballon dOr winner in Josef Masopust, so are in no way obscure enough for our purposes. St Pauli, by distinguish, have enjoyed merely modest success by comparison, yo-yoing up and down the top three tiers of German football, spending a lot more time out of the Bundesliga than in it. These days, they can be found in Germanys second tier, where they currently sit handily in third place.
St Pauli is and will always be a social, attending society, showed their sorority president Oke GAPttlich in an interview with Uli Hesse reproduced in the Guardian. We will always take a stand against combating racism and homophobia, always look out after the weak and the poor, because its important for us. Its in our blood. With his squad flirting with relegation from the second largest split at the moment of its interview, GAPttlich went on to stress the importance of the team not “losing ones” focus on the equally important business of not falling behind their rivals in football matters, their consideration for societys feeble is what made them their place on this list.
St Pauli is the community based football club of a working class neighborhood of Hamburg of the same call. Their Millerntor-Stadion can be found within moving interval of Hamburgs famed docks and red light territory the Reeperbahn, where their organization browse sits cheek-by-jowl alongside many lairs of iniquity, exchanging branded tat of every stripe and colour( well, stripes of light-green and grey, as a gesture to Celtic with whom they enjoy a fraternal attachment, together with colours of chocolate-brown and pitch-black ), does a roaring trade from which we are really realise relatively limited fund thanks to a woefully ill-advised, but endearingly rubbish business deal forged to save the guilds future some years ago.
A bog criterion football club until about 30 years ago, St Pauli first adopted the philosophy that would afterward make their reputation a byword for trendiness in the mid-1 980 s, when their change into a Kult phenomenon began in earnest and the team developed a left-leaning honour due to the nature of an rising fanbase of students, anarchists, hippies and punks, along with various sexually permissive, socially active and aware residents from the down-at-heel tenements circumventing the red light district where St Pauli is based. At a meter when European football was being poisoned by right-wing bigotry, their refreshingly liberal vistums a accepted antidote to footballs ills.
Having transactions on their low-rent brothel of the league portrait, increasing their median attendance from smaller than 2,000 to crowds often numbering 10 periods that sum in the intervening years, the golf-club had now been successfully existed a dangerous toying with liquidation, trounce their ferocious rivals Hamburger SV on one occasion and developed a honour as a compassionate society that imparts countless good works for donation. They are flatly against discrimination sexism, homophobia, fascism of any kind and had now become perhaps the most famously cultured guild in Europe albeit one that exchanges branded snow spades in its ridiculously over-priced keepsake shop for an eye-watering 37.
2) Real Oviedo
Ground : Nuevo Carlos Tartiere( capacity: 30,500)
Locating: Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
League: Segunda DivisiA3n
Founded : 1926
It is the club of Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata, Michu and AdriA! n. For a short time it was the club of Stan Collymore, although unlike the quartet of aforementioned Spanish luminaries, the former England international expended an sad incantation there and terminated, rather than embarked, his busines at the Nuevo Carlos Tartiere. Currently playing their football in Spanish footballs second tier, where they sit comfortably in mid-table, Real Oviedo last-place disturbed the top flight 13 years ago and could, as recently as last-place season, will find information languish in Spains second fraction B, the countrys third rank. A notoriously difficult prison from which to break out, last season they eventually escaped after years of contend in which their very existence was routinely undermined and threatened.
Our own Sid Lowe has previously provided in-depth analysis of their fight( much of which has been shamelessly plagiarised here ), having helped hawk millions of the shares that helped fasten the clubs future and make Oviedo love and owneds of us all. The short form: back-to-back relegations from La Liga in 2001 led to the local government going their is supportive of the fraternity on the back of an unedifying political haggling. Numerous suspected hopes were being made to spew the association from the municipally-owned stadium in which they play.
Mobilising to save Oviedo like so many followers at so many squads before and since, supporters demonstrated, caused funds and secured a stay of hanging in what came to be known as EspAritu 2003( the Spirit of 2003 ). A mint done, more to do: the team woes persisted, with the Spanish industrialist Alberto GonzA! lez taking a restraining be participating in 2006 before absconding from Spain to escape seizure for fraud. Once again, Oviedo were jumped into crisis, one that was averted in a highly publicised international share question that secured both the societies future and eventually its hipster status.
With fans on the board and requiring 4m to procure Oviedos medium-term future, a share question was schemed with posts in the club going for 10.75 a pop. Led by Michu, Mata, Cazorla and AdriA! n, who dipped into their own pockets while simultaneously publicising their boyhood squads plight, the money submerge in from other participates, other golf-clubs, followers of Oviedo and fans other teams , not least a massive contingent of Guardian-reading football admirers beguiled by the publicity drive. In 2 weeks 1.93 m merit of shares were bought by more than 20,000 beings in more than 60 countries, wrote Lowe at the time. Tiny shareholders alone had rescued the society in the short term; long term viability was self-assured too.
It was locked primarily through the efforts of a duet of a columnists and Oviedestas reputation Paco GonzA! lez and Marcos LA3pez, who somehow convinced one “of the worlds” richest guys, the Mexican telecommunications baron Carlos Slim, to come on board and invest over 2m. His subsequent investments in the organization have stirred him the majority shareholder but alongside him, shoulder to shoulder, stand more than 40,000 crazy hipsters located in 190 different countries around the world, millions of whom have since moved pilgrimages to shed an seeing over their asset. Unsurprisingly, they are invariably accepted with open arms.
3) Portland Timbers
Ground: Providence Park( capability: 21,144)
Location : Portland, Oregon, USA
League: Major League Soccer( Western Conference)
Founded : 2009
Viewed as grizzled, backward and unsophisticated woodsmen and hippies by followers of the neighbouring Seattle Sounders, the Beams prepared world headlines this year after eliminating their detested MLS West Conference challengers from this seasons US Open Cup in a particularly wild encounter that led to three Sounders players( including Clint Dempsey, who grasped the referees notebook from his pocket and rent it to bits ), being moved off. The fourth franchise are stationed in Portland to call themselves the Timbers, the present incarnation joined MLS in 2011 and it is their current batch of followers who have developed something of a honour for hipsterish fanaticism in American soccer circles.
The Timbers are well subscribed, having never failed to sell out the 21,144 -capacity Providence Park, where reputation rights are paid by a not-for-profit healthcare provider and the waiting list for season tickets, capped at 15,300, currently figures more than 10,000. In the northern edge of Providence Park, a 4,000 -strong group of ultras known as the Timbers Army supply raucous, inhaled bomb enhanced aid led by the fraternities official mascot Timber Joey, a lumberjack who ensure a round of wood from a large log each time his crew tallies; a trophy to be presented to the goalscorer after video games( their goalkeeper also goes one for obstructing a clean expanse ). In predictable hipster mode, the Timbers offset any possible environmental damage caused by Timber Jims exuberance by ensuring a tree is planted for every point scored.
Their crest is also achingly hip, including a circular shape that signifies solidarity, wholeness and the pursuit of perfection, as well as a giant axe that behoves their status as grizzled, backward an sorry, the Pacific Northwests famous logging industry. Three chevrons arranged to resemble a pine tree represent the Timbers participation in three different tournaments: the North West Soccer League, the United Soccer Leagues and Major League Soccer, while the ponderosa( translation: dark park) and moss( translation: light-headed green) shadows of their shirts represent the woods of their dwelling government of Oregon.
Any doubt that might remain about the undoubted hipster status of the Portland Timbers was surely dispelled in 2011, when in a feature explaining the simmering and endearingly sweetened hatred Sounders and Beams fans( who, in so many routes, ogle and think precisely alike) modesty for one another, the Wall st. Journal listed some of the refreshments on sale to patrons of Providence Park: barbecued-tofu sandwiches, spinach salads and chocolate-covered bacon. Try asking for any of those particular snacks at Anfield, Old Trafford or the Emirates and see how far you get.
In periods of actual football ability, the Beams who multitude former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell among their ranks are fairly achieved. Theyve made the MLS play-offs twice since to intervene in the conference in 2011 and will play the second leg of their Western Conference semi-final against Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend. Should they acquire, they could face the Sounders in the final.
4) Rayo Vallecano
Ground: Campo de FAotbol de Vallecas( 14,708)
League: La Liga
Site: Madrid, Spain
Described by the former director JosA( c) RamA3n Sandoval as the last of the Barrio units, Rayo Vallecano shaped headlines last year when players and love of the organization chipped in to re-home Carmen Martinez Ayudo, an 85 -year-old woman who had been forcefully ejected from her live by police as a result of the financial crisis. Unbeknownst to Carmen, her feckless son had expended her flat as defence on a loan he was unable to refund and the lender had asked the property instead. Its what we had to do, said the Rayo manager Paco JA( c) mez, upon being quizzed about the teams marvelous gesture. We couldnt merely stay where you are; we will help her so that she can live somewhere with glory and not find alone. The following epoch during Rayo Vallecanos dwelling win over Celta Vigo, followers unfurled a massive banner declaring: The evictions of a sick position, the solidarity of a working-class neighbourhood.
It was Rayo in a nutshell. The only high profile Spanish squad called after a specific metropolitan one-quarter, Rayo Vallecano is the football unit of Vallecas, a staunchly working class domain to the east of Madrid and like most of the fraternities peculiarity here, their fanbase is defiantly left-wing and raucously opposed to the commercialisation of modern football.
When not rehousing homeless pensioners, they regularly protest about late kick-offs and the apparently random last-minute changes to Spanish fixtures for television purposes. Applauding from a neighbourhood where tenants of every colour and tenet are accepted, they recollect with fondness the England international Laurie Cunningham, who was killed in a vehicle crash while a player for their golf-club in 1989. Their former skipper JosA( c) Movilla was once a bin man and remained active in the union throughout his playing periods. Tucked in among the neighbouring tenements, their Campo de FAotbol de Vallecas stadium boasts one far-famed goal “its exactly” that: a concrete wall. Theres a feeling here. Theres something about this lieu: every second something happens, from the first minute to the 93 rd, Sandoval once said. Thousands of throats carry us, like the wind. It never stops; they never stop.
More recently, Rayo Vallecano further enhanced their hipster credentials by unveiling a brand-new away shirt with its conventional diagonal stripe replaced with rainbow quality to represent the fight against homophobia, with each separate emblazon indicating a separate cause to which the sorority donates: the fight against facilitates, against abuse and domestic violence cases; the fight for disability privileges, for hope and the environmental issues.
If any other club had done it it might have jarred, reported Sid Lowe. When Rayo did it it detected right somehow. If there is a team that should express a sense of solidarity with various radicals then its Rayo, because it feels like it fits that dialogue, it fits that narrative, it fits that self-identity.
5) AS Livorno Calcio
Ground : Stadio Armando Picchi( capacity: 19,238) Location : Livorno, Tuscany, Italy League : Serie B Founded : 1915
A left-wing Tuscan port that was opened to all wannabe immigrants in the 15 th century, Livornos history as fairly the culture smorgasbord moves a long way towards explaining the honour of local football devotees as card-carrying leftie communists. Surely, it was in Livorno that the Italian Communist Party was founded in 1921, so it should come as no surprise that roughly 100 year later, tributes to Che Guevara and Fidel Castro can often be seen on the Curva Nord at Livornos Stadio Armando Picchi( reputation after the former Italy international sweeper who began his busines at the club ), where boosters who take prodigious dignity in the ramshackle sort of their disintegrate stadium can be found wearing camouflage cases, rarely curving Palestinian or Irish pennants( they also have links with Celtic) or putting on carefully choreographed presentations of the persist ideology and region out stirring renditions of Bandiera Rossa ( The Red Flag ). Whatever about not being in Kansas anymore, youre surely not at a Lazio game. This is hipster heaven.
One of the original Serie A sides, playing in a stadium once mentioned after a daughter of Benito Mussolinis daughters, of all parties, Livorno currently play in Italys second rank having expended recent decades in and mainly out of Serie A. Perhaps the foreground of their entire world was a 2-2 attract with Milan on the opening day of the 2004 -0 5 season, when circulating supporters of the newly promoted area wasted the entire game scorning the then Italian chairman Silvio Berlusconi.
Boasting up to 10 different Ultra groups, best available known collective of Livornos hardcore love is the Brigate Autonome Livornese 99 ( Autonomous Livorno Brigade ), from whom the club most well known former participate, Cristiano Lucarelli, Serie A top scorer in 2004 -0 5 and a local boy who wore No99 on his back in honour of the aforementioned ultras. He famously accepted better offers to leave his hometown squad from other clubs during his four-year incantation by saying some musicians buy themselves a Ferrari or yacht with a billion lire; I precisely bought myself a Livorno shirt.
A self-confessed supporter of socialism and Guevara, Lucarelli has the Livorno club crest tattooed on one of the forearms that were integral to his famous double-clenched fist point fete and enjoyed two largely glad charms at the association before his retirement in 2010. He formerly courted polemic by paying for a bus to bring Livorno ultras who had been arrested for rioting at an away competition and had Bandiera Rossa as his mobile ringtone, adding to his own and his beloved fraternities hipster credentials.
6) Dulwich Hamlet FC
Ground: Champion Hill( capability: 3,000[ 500 sat ])
Place: Dulwich, south London, UK
League: Isthmian League Premier Division
While Livorno is located in Tuscany, Dulwich Hamlets Champion Hill stadium merely resembles the Italian field. At least thats what one exasperated and instead cheated local tenant told the human rights council meet in the late 1980 s, as he attempted to block the south London sororities efforts to get a brand-new stadium built on the decrepit environs of definitely unexotic-sounding Dog Kennel Hill.
Prompting much travesty by likening what was then a moderately grim vicinity to the diverse and natural landscape of Tuscany, he showed its panoramic vistums would be spoiled by the introduction of a new supermarket and accompanying football ground, which in 2013 became the first in London to become an asset of community appraise. This classic workout in nimbyism motivated an entertaining terrace choru which abides at Dulwich Hamlet home tournaments to this day: Tuscany! Tuscany! Were the famous Dulwich Hamlet and we look like Tuscany!
Some will argue that Clapton FC and their ancient Old Spotted Dog Ground “mustve been” Englands congresswomen in this Joy of Six. Others might envisage Lewes FC and their fame stockholders, organic burgers and slapstick match-promoting signs deserved the gig. Manchesters rebel alliance FC United and the freshly trendy Class of 92 -owned Salford City were also considered, but it is the fairly recent rise of the assistance provided led by south London Nathan Barley types that has ensured Dulwich Hamlet have for the time being at least stormed front and core in the pantheon of non-league English football clubs its become unusually fashionable to cheer from the terraces.
Although they play their attractive firebrand of free-scoring, free-conceding football in the seventh tier of English football, the Isthmian League, Dulwich Hamlets hipster credentials are second to none. Extraordinarily for the purposes of an English football clubs paraphernalium, theirs is blue-blooded and pink. Singularly for an English football clubs administrator, theirs is black. Indeed, the current issue of neighbourhood freesheet, the Brixton Bugle, carries a foremost narration in which the man in question, Gavin Rose, lauds boosters for organising the first Black History Month exhibition in English football record. Last-place year, Dulwich Hamlet became the first non-league team to publicly back the gay rainbow laces campaign against homophobic abuse in football. More lately, they hosted the first anti-homophobia friendly by taking on Stonewall FC, Britains first openly gay men football crew. Indeed, so genuinely left-leaning and right-on are Dulwich Hamlet, their musicians and fans almost certainly find guilty for spanking their guests 6-0.
At Champion Hill, competitor tickets expenditure APS1 0. You can experience the football while drinking locally brewed aircraft brew and bratwurst from pop-up stands. You can stand on the terraces. You can smoke. Their self-styled ultras, The Rabble, hurls its load behind politically radical and invariably deserving local cases, including a food bank and the campaign to compensate hires at Brixtons Ritzy cinema the living wage. A expedition is currently afoot to interpose fan ownership of the organization, while women and children are not only welcome, but actively encouraged to attend. Dulwich Hamlet love have also forged an official relationship with the German association Altona 1893. Many of their male boosters are young, definitely sounds like both students and sport the kind of whiskers that require actual time and effort to maintain.
Small wonder, then, that many of the monotonously predictable and sneery explains that appeared below a recent Observer feature on the team( yes, of course theres been a Observer feature on the organization) dismissed all concerned as a rain of bandwagon-jumping hipster wankers. It seems such is the price one must pay these days for the extremely flagrant misdemeanour of enjoying yourself and having a good time at the football.
Bears don’t have any interest in your miserable standing desks, thank you very much.
Mandy Stantic was visiting a garbage dump in Northern Manitoba last spring when she came upon a black bear sitting on a discarded sofa. Stantic, whose photos just recently went viral, had specifically driven to the dump with her daughter to see the dump (god bless Canadian road trips) when she discovered the bear just lounging.
The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that convinced him to connect Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he helps out defensively too
No one wants to be told off by their mom and Gabriel Jesus is no different. The Brazilian wonderkid, who signed for Manchester City in the summer for 27 m and will join the Premier League rulers in January, given the opportunity to become one of best available forwards in the world but what acquires him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a peculiarity he shares with too many sends but then they may not get a rollocking from their mom if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true-life that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he says in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she expects a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something are worth kudo. I am really happy to have a mum like that, that actually attentions. She always tells me the truth and her sincerity helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and tremendously positive presence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise holding his upbringing. The musicians papa were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother developed him and his three brothers on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of money around. A football musician grows up faster than other people, he says. I grew up very quickly because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a really mature 19 -year-old. We match at Academia de futebol, Palmeirass training centre and he is polite and humble. He does not wear sunglasses or headphones and does not play with his mobile during the course of its interrogation. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the ice soak, he explains.
It has been a stormy 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble locality on the outskirts of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , exclusively a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 objectives in 22 games in the Paulista Under-1 7 challenger and at the end of the season he was named the best newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then reached his debut for the senior unit, scoring two purposes in a 3-0 away win against Ecuador. And he is still a girl. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I consider Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a magnificent wander onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur team Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the tones of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous colossal endowments these days, he did not connect a upper side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his busines was very much determined by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his thinker and on his scalp. On his forearm there is a tattoo testifying a boy with a ball in his hands looking at a favela in front of him, reverie of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his friend Neymar has.
I have always enjoyed working on and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as going forward. From an early age, in my vrzea epoches[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the tutors I had. I am the same today. After all, it is very important to enroll the pitching knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer was living in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit friends. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive car. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat gondola in the neighbourhood where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be pitch-black in local communities, he wrote on Instagram.
He remain in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the organization did not offer him adaptation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from training, and that would have had a negative impact on his institution work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has always been football and that exclusively, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on Tv, participate video games and so on. I simply affection football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football precisely sums up my life.
His discipline is remarkable for such a young age, and “its probably” one of the points that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was hopeless to produce him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off race from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of a phone call from their brand-new manager.
It was a complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn acquired, Gabriel Jesus says. The proximity of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the fact that it is a great association were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It did me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already obligated me feel very safe about his job there.
Car crash victim and lifelong Buckeyes fan Zach Lawrence, 38, has given his family hope by pressing button twice emphasizing his loathing for football rivals
An Ohio man who returned to the US in a lethargy after sustaining a distressing brain hurt in road accidents overseas has given their own families hope by making clear his antipathy for the country of Michigan.
Zach Lawrence, 38, accepted the trauma in an accident in the former Soviet republic of Georgia in March. He returned to Columbus in April and, the Columbus Dispatch reports, physicians thought he had little chance of waking up. His family was told they could expect to turn off his feeding tube within six to 12 months.
Four months later, though, Lawrence was asked to press a yes or no button in answer to the question of whether or not he liked Michigan. To the thrill of his family, the lifelong Ohio State football fan punched no twice.
Ohio State and University of Michigan are ferocious contenders on the gridiron.
Lawrence has begun stirring announces, impeding his eyes open and smiling at “their childrens”, the newspaper reported. Lawrence is also able to give a thumbs up, stand on a treadmill and deem a crayon or pencil, the better to dye with his six-year-old daughter, Adrianne, and four-year-old son, Donovan.
Hes now mulls semiconscious, she told the Dispatch, adding that the family were not sure how we got really lucky in order to be allowed to take him in.
He ever makes a appearance when we mention Michigan, she said. Were pretty sure hes in there.
Challenges remain. The Dispatch reported that Lawrences treatment is being paid for by health insurance, which expects a week-by-week improvement in his plight if he is to continue to be treated at Dodd Hall. The lineage told the daily that the relevant recommendations of having to leave the hospital was terrifying.
Were mostly dealing with the healing brain, Meghan Lawrence told the newspaper. He has a long way to disappear, and hes already come such a long way.