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World Cup 1978.

The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the FIFA World Cup, quadrennial international football world championship tournament, was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June.

The 1978 World Cup was won by Argentina who beat the Netherlands 3–1 after extra time in the final. This win was the first World Cup title for Argentina, who became the fifth team (after Uruguay, Italy, England and West Germany), to be both hosts and world champions. Argentina, the Netherlands and Brazil were the gold, silver and bronze medalists respectively.

The official match ball was the Adidas Tango. For the first time the number of entries passed the one-hundred mark. Among the most prominent teams not to survive the qualifiers were Uruguay, who were eliminated in the South American preliminaries.

First Round

Group 1

Italy 2 France 1 at Estadio José María Minella, Mar Del Plata
Argentina 2 Hungary 1 at Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Italy 3 Hungary 1 at Estadio José María Minella
Argentina 2 France 1 at Estadio Monumental
France 3 Hungary 1 at Estadio José María Minella
Argentina 0 Italy 1 at Estadio Monumental

Group 2

W Germany 0 Poland 0 at Estadio Monumental
Tunisia 3 Mexico 1 at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
W Germany 6 Mexico 0 at Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba
Poland 1 Tunisia 0 at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito
W Germany 0 Tunisia 0 at Estadio Chateau Carreras
Poland 3 Mexico 1 at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito

Group 3

Austria 2 Spain 1 at Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Brazil 1 Sweden 1 at Estadio José María Minella
Austria 1 Sweden 0 at Estadio José Amalfitani
Brazil 0 Spain 0 at Estadio José María Minella
Spain 1 Sweden 0 at Estadio José Amalfitani
Brazil 1 Austria 0 at Estadio José María Minella

Group 4

Peru 3 Scotland 1 at Estadio Chateau Carreras
Holland 3 Iran 0 at Estdaio Ciudad de Mendoza, Mendoza
Scotland 1 Iran 1 at Estadio Chateau Carreras
Holland 0 Peru 0 at Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza
Peru 4 Iran 1 at Estadio Chateau Carreras
Scotland 3 Holland 2 at Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza

Second Round

Group A

Austria 1 Holland 5 at Estadio Chateau Carreras
Italy 0 W Germany 0 at Estadio Monumental
Holland 2 W Germany 2 at Estadio Chateau Carreras
Italy 1 Austria 0 at Estadio Monumental
Austria 3 W Germany 2 at Estadio Chateau Carreras
Italy 1 Holland 2 at Estadio Monumental

Group B

Peru 0 Brazil 3 at Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza
Argentina 2 Poland 0 at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito
Peru 0 Poland 1 at Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza
Argentina 0 Brazil 0 at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito
Poland 1 Brazil 3 at Estadio Ciudad de Mendoza
Argentina 6 Peru 0 at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito

Third Place Match

Brazil 2 Italy 1 at Estadio Monumental

Final

Holland 1 Argentina 3 at Estadio Monumental AET

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Rising Seas.

Back in September 2013, National Geographic reported that there is 5,773,000 cubic miles of water trapped in ice sheets, glaciers and permanent snow. Compare this to 321 million cubic miles of water in the world’s oceans, seas and bays added to 5,614,000 cubic miles of groundwater.

These numbers reveal the catastrophic consequences of over 5 million cubic miles of water being released into the oceans in the event of the icecaps melting. However, there are many factors contributing to rising sea levels. Thermal expansion is one of those factors, as seawater warms, its volume increases. This accounts for around a third of the current sea-level rise. Melting mountain glaciers contribute another third. The melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are also adding vast quantities of water.

The numbers do not add up and unless the human race take drastic action many low lying parts of the world will be lost forever. This does not even take into account the drastic climatic change that would occur with the melting of the ice sheets and the increase in warm oceans. Added to this would be the loss of habitable areas on the planet.

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Saturday July 27

All Ireland Series Football

Fourth Round

Cavan 1-17 London 1-8
Donegal 0-14 Laois 0-8
Tyrone 0-17 Meath 2-9
Cork 1-17 Galway 1-16

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The 1909 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 23rd staging of Ireland’s premier Gaelic football knock-out competition. Kerry were the winners.

Ulster Final

Antrim 1-9 Cavan 0-5 at Clones

Connacht Final

Mayo 1-4 Galway 0-5 at Ballina

Leinster Final

Louth 2-9 Kilkenny 0-4 at Jones’s Road, Dublin

Munster Final

Kerry 2-8 Cork 1-7

All Ireland Semi Finals

Louth 2-13 Antrim 0-15 at Shauns Park, Belfast
Kerry 2-12 Mayo 0-6 at Ennis

Final

Kerry 1-9 Louth 0-6 at Jones’s Road

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The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1909 was the 23rd series of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Ireland’s premier hurling knock-out competition. Kilkenny won the championship, beating Tipperary 4-6 to 0-12 in the final.

Leinster Final

Kilkenny 5-16 Laois 2-7 at Kilkenny

Munster Final

Tipperary 2-10 Cork 2-6

All Ireland Semi Finals

Tipperary 6-7 Galway 5-7 at Markets Field, Limerick
Kilkenny 3-17 Derry 0-3 at Jones’s Road, Dublin

Final

Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12 at Cork Athletic Grounds, Cork

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Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It has an area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) and a northern border with the Province of Cádiz in Andalusia, Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the only landmark of the region. At its foot is the densely-populated city area, home to almost 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities.

An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession on behalf of the Habsburg pretender to the Spanish throne. The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain “in perpetuity” under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It was an important base for the Royal Navy; today its economy is based largely on tourism, online gaming, financial services, and shipping.

The sovereignty of Gibraltar is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations as Spain asserts a claim to the territory. Gibraltarians overwhelmingly rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty in a 1967 referendum and again in 2002. Under the Gibraltar constitution of 2006, Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the UK Government.

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