A former farmer from Puerto Rico has set the Guinness World Record as the oldest living man just weeks before his 113th birthday. Emilio Flores Márquez, 112, was born on August 8, 1908, in the municipality of Carolina and is the second-oldest of 11 children. Since he was a young boy, Emilio helped his dad on their sugarcane farm and was in charge of carrying out household chores. He also cared for his nine siblings as he was the oldest boy in the family, according to a news release from Guinness World Records . Mr Márquez said: "I was the oldest of the children, so I did everything. I scrubbed, I took care of the boys, I did everything." When he became an adult, he continued farming which eventually became the way he supported his family. Emilio was married for 75 years to the love of his life, Andrea Perez, who passed away in 2010. The couple had four children - two of whom are still alive - and he now has five grandchildren as well as five great-grandchildren. He … [Read more...] about Farmer sets Guinness World Record as oldest living man weeks before 113th birthday
The Miss World Philippines 2021 coronation night has been postponed to August 8, after the government placed Metro Manila under general community quarantine (GCQ) “with heightened restrictions” from July 23 to 31. Organizers announced the rescheduling on their Facebook page on Friday, July 23. The coronation night was originally set for July 11, coinciding with the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. It was moved to July 25, before its most recent reschedule. It will be staged at Okada Manila. The pageant will see 45 candidates compete for 8 crowns : Miss World Philippines, Miss Supranational Philippines, Miss Eco Philippines, Miss Eco Teen Philippines, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas, Miss Multinational Philippines, Miss Philippines Tourism, and Miss Environment International Philippines. Aside from Metro Manila, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte have also been placed under tighter quarantine restrictions due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in these areas. – … [Read more...] about Miss World Philippines 2021 coronation night postponed to August 8
The story goes that every four years, the great Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano hung a sign on his door that said “Closed for Soccer,” and didn’t emerge for a month—a month he spent watching the World Cup in his favorite chair and writing about it. Galeano, often called the poet laureate of football, wrote Soccer in Sun and Shadow as both a fanboy and a social critic of the game. Published in 1995, the book raised the bar for literary writing about soccer; it is Galeano’s homage to the sport, replete with politics, pageantry, corruption, and catharsis. At the 2018 World Cup, which began in Russia this week, the United States will be absent, as will Italy—and as will Galeano, who died of lung cancer in 2015. But he lives through his writing on the sport. To read Soccer in Sun and Shadow today is to commune with Galeano’s spirit, to hear his fierce, tender voice alive with passion and indignation about the beautiful game. “I wanted fans of reading to lose their fear of soccer,” … [Read more...] about A World Cup Without Eduardo Galeano, Soccer’s Poet Laureate
Last week, Ann Coulter penned a column explaining why soccer is un-American. First, it’s collectivist. (“Individual achievement is not a big factor…blame is dispersed.”) Second, it’s effeminate. (“It’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys.”) Third, it’s culturally elitist. (“The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO’s “Girls,” light-rail, Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.”) Fourth, and most importantly, “It’s foreign…Soccer is like the metric system, which liberals also adore because it’s European.” Soccer hatred, in other words, exemplifies American exceptionalism. For roughly two centuries, American exceptionalism has rested on the premise that there is a standard mode of national behavior, born in Europe, which America resists. Over the centuries, what constitutes that European standard—and America’s resistance to it—has changed. For some 19th-century thinkers, for instance, what … [Read more...] about Ann Coulter Is Right to Fear the World Cup
Thirty-two pieces on a board, each engaged in a battle for worldwide supremacy, all trying to avoid elimination at the hands of merciless foes: You might think you were watching Game of Thrones or the scene in Bergman’s Seventh Seal in which the knight plays chess with Death. You wouldn’t be far off—the World Cup is as cutthroat as it comes, and this year the Americans find themselves in deadly company. After Jürgen Klinsmann took the reins of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2011, many fans (this writer among them) felt things were looking up. We had a coach who was familiar with international success, both as a player and a manager. Victories, including wins against Italy, Portugal, Germany, and Mexico; new talent (both homegrown and imported); and the resurgent form of the veterans gave fans a great feeling of momentum. Finally, qualifying first in their CONCACAF region suggested that this could be the year the Stars and Stripes would make it deep into the tournament. And … [Read more...] about USA Faces Really Tough Competition in the World Cup. But the Players Say They’re Not Worries.