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The Featured Creature: Stunning Bright Blue Cloud Forest Millipede Is Sure to Shock You
Okay, who’s ready to have their mind BLOWN?!
Check out this absolutely stunning Blue Cloud Forest Millipede (Pararhachistes potosinus) found only in the remote high altitude cloud forests of Mexico. The bright blue coloration warns predators about its ability to produce toxic secretions.
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Photo credits: Luis Stevens, George Grall
To my fellow Ghanaians and football lovers,
Ghana’s early exit from the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been a heartbreaking but essential lesson for me. Before the commencement of the tournament I was discussing the prospects of Ghana and the Ivory Coast with friends. Frustrated by the propensity for fans and analysts to discount the chances of these African nations performing well in the tournament, I was prompted to make a bet with a friend that Ghana would defy the odds and perform very well in this World Cup.
It seems that all those analysts and bookies have seen many more moons than I. Irrespective of how talented, skilful or tactically astute African football teams and players may be, they are as of yet, unable to overturn the widely held preconceptions that they are incapable matching the aptitude of nations from South America and Europe.
I will not pretend to understand all of the systemic issues belonging to African Football which undermine management unity and player decision making. I will however lament that it is disenchanting that these issues are not being overcome by a sense of pride in representing one’s nation and one’s continent. Or a burning desire to demonstrate the innate ability and passion that we have for the game. Perhaps above all else, a sense of duty to provide a reprieve for the long suffering fans, whose loyalty, admiration and love for their team never waver, and for whom a triumphant World Cup campaign would mean much more than just a victory in a sporting tournament.
Football can be reflective of life in many ways, it holds the power to unite people and nations alike. It can bring joy and light to the lives of people who are otherwise shrouded in darkness. It represents a platform for a peasant to converse with a king.
Whilst I have learned not to place unrealistic expectations on the football administrations of struggling nations, I will never let the black star in my heart dull in it’s shine because for me, football is more than just a game.
Hollywood Actor Idris Elba was in Ghana some few days ago to celebrate his birthday, and shoot a movie. The Actor who is of Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean parentage traveled to Koforidua, Takoradi and many other places the movie “Beasts of No Nation,” was shot.
Idris is working on this production with Red Crown Production.The movie is based on a novel written by Uzodinma Iweala, and directed by Cary Fukunaga.
Photo Credit: King Luu.
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