Portuguese Maestro

Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the best soccer player in the world and in a recent interview he revealed he could be retiring in the next two years. Greatness like Cristiano’s is extremely rare and if his fairytale of a story is coming to an end.

The Portuguese star started his career in 1992 for Sporting Clube de Portugal. In August 2003, one of the best teams in club soccer at the time, Manchester United, played against Ronaldo and Clube de Portugal. Surprisingly Manchester United suffered a 3-1 defeat in a game where Ronaldo excelled. His talent came to the attention of Alex Ferguson, who was coaching Manchester United at the time, and ultimately lead to him being transferred to United. Cristiano Ronaldo blew up at Manchester United despite his young age. He became a maestro at the art of free kicks and scored a total of 42 goals in the 2007-08 season leading him to his first Ballon D’or title. 

He was sold to Real Madrid for, at the time, a record breaking £80 Million. Many people doubted he was worth that much at such a young age but today all those doubters have been silenced. He kept developing as a player and ended up scoring 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real Madrid. With all his success and quickly becoming a household name, Cristiano became the highest paid athlete in the world at Real Madrid.

After winning his third successive Champions League title Ronaldo unexpectedly left Real Madrid for the Italian giants Juventus. He lead Juventus to a league title and is expected to lead them to a Champions league title in his time with the club.

Ronaldo has been a winner since the beginning of his career. He has received 5 Ballon D’or awards and is tied for most all time, holds the record for most goals in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), and the most goals in a single UCL season. He has scored 700 goals in his career including club and country and is only the sixth player all time to do it. Moreover he is also the first to receive 4 European Golden Boots in history.

Ronaldo has already proved he is one of the greats and the last years of his career will be ones to saver.

Barcelona: 5 things to visit or see

Many know Barcelona as the perfect European gem – warm climate, comfortable access to Mediterranian sea, beautiful architecture, etc. And it is absolutely true! Barcelona is gorgeous and definitely worth visiting, except that there is a lot more to it than an average traveler might think…

1.Picasso Museum

Even though legendary artist wasn’t born in Barcelona, although he had lived a big part of his life in this majestic city and considered it to be his home. Nowadays, all tourists may visit the museum of Pablo Picasso, admire his unique artwork and broaden their cultural horizons. The entrance to the museum costs an average of 16 dollars.

2. Gaudi architecture

Antoni Gaudi is undoubtedly architectural genius. Everyone, visiting Barcelona, must see (and get in, if possible) the church Sagrada Familia, the iconic symbol of Catalona. However, since this monument is so widely popular, one might find difficulty in getting tour tickets. For such occasions, there is a free option – attend the mass on Sunday! Mass is held in three languages, one of which is English. Therefore, if catholic mass does not conflict with your religion, feel free to observe this mind blowing church from inside. 

Sagrada Familia is not the only legacy of Antoni Gaudi, there is much more to this ahead-of-his-time architect, for example two Gaudi villas and Park Guell. The latter is definitely worth spending Mont time in. This park is full of beautiful little buildings and even better – the scenery from the top of the hill which the park is located on, is breathtaking and every photographer’s dream.

3.Montserrat

Monastery of Montserrat is located high up in the mountains, 2 hour train ride outside of Barcelona. If traveling in the summertime, one might find it a challenging trip, because of scorching southern European sun. However, if you manage to overcome these hardships, the destination is absolutely worth it and will exceed all of your expectations. 

After you get off the train (or any other kind of transportation, but the train is the most comfortable, therefore the most recommended one), you have multiple options. The first one is to take a lift and explore the monastery. Second, more challenging one, is to take two lifts to the very top of the mountains and go for a short pilgrim hike. Now this sounds appealing, until you walk for 20 minutes and realize that the path is over and now you have to use your arms, legs and brains to climb a steep cliff. After quite a dangerous and tiring hour of climbing, the strongest and bravest travelers will face the most beautiful scenery of mountains and the Monastery of Montserrat below their feet

4. Magic fountain of Montjuïc

Magical dance of water, lights and music is a must-see for everyone! The shows of the ‘dancing’ fountain are held every Wednesday through Sunday in summer from 9:30pm to 10:30pm. However, it is smart to consider getting there earlier, since every day the crowds of people are enormous. And the best part about this gorgeous attraction – it is absolutely free! Just beware of pickpockets though.

5.La Rambla

La Rambla is one of those places that is just incredibly difficult to avoid, because it seems that most of Barcelona’s population is always clustered in one street (sadly, it’s probably a little bit less than that) and it is impossible to get by without crossing this shopping street at least once. Anyone can find anything within their needs on this avenue – clothing stores, souvenir kiosks, museums, markets, you name it.

Barcelona has always been the perfect holiday destination in Southern Europe. In recent past, however, the number of tourists has grown dramatically. In fact, tourists in Barcelona outnumber locals by few million! Moreover, in the year, it is the smartest to visit Barcelona in colder months, as during the summer the numbers of tourists might even double. Therefore, prices of accommodation and other expenses will increase as well.

The Plague of Snails

Without any natural predators, the Giant African Snail (Achatina Fulica) is invading Cuba and killing the local ecosystem.  The USDA considers these snails to be one of the most damaging species for agriculture and crops.

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Amongst the world’s top 100 most deadly exotic and invasive species, the Achatina Fulica, can grow up to the size of 15cm.  This Giant African Snail can lay anywhere between 100 and 500 eggs every two or three months. Eggs hatch 11-15 days after they are laid and the probability of the eggs hatching is 90%.  Once hatched, the snails do not receive any care from their parents.  The life expectancy of the snails is between 5-7 years. Other than mating, the Giant African Snail lives its life entirely alone.

The Achatina Fulica was first discovered in Cuba in 2014.  For Cuban epidemiologists and citizens, this  snail species acquired the infamous status of public enemy no.1, because of its ability to transmit diseases harmful to crops. Scientists are unaware of exactly how these invasive snails first made their way into Cuba.  The Giant African Snail, first found in Havana’s Arroyo Naranjo municipality has now spread to central and eastern areas of the country. 

Achatina Fulica is mostly active during the night, and during the day it remains dormant, often buried beneath the ground. Because the snail has no natural predators in Cuba, it eats anything including fruits, vegetables and even garbage, allowing it to grow rapidly and further infect the entirety of the island’s agriculture. It has such an enormous appetite that it feeds on more than 500 types of plants, including those farmed by humans.

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“It’s a health problem, an economic problem and an ecological problem”, said Isabel Díaz, a biologist who runs a non-governmental environmental group in Havana.  Although Cuban health officials have asked citizens to assist them in the destruction of these snails, some say the Cuban state’s response to the crisis has been inadequate.  Although native to Africa, today the Giant African Snail can be found on every continent except Antartica.  

Vaping

As of October 17, 2019, the 31st person has died due to vaping devices in the United States, the deaths have come from 22 different states. The spike in High School teens vaping is not helping the death rates decrease. 

Vapes are devices that are used to inhale chemicals such as nicotine. These devices were first released in the mid-2000’s and the demand for them has grown rapidly over the last couple of years. Recently, the company JUUL released the JUUL and got teens hooked all over America although there is an age limit, students still found ways to get them such as upperclassmen and siblings who are grandfathered into the age gap. 

When high school students are asked how their addiction started with vaping 100% staged they started due to their friends doing it and they thought it would be cool to try and then couldn’t stop. Nicotine is in vapes and becomes addictive when used. Nicotine is addictive due to “it leads to the release of the chemical dopamine in the human brain” (The NIDA Blog Team). Teens find it hard to stop due to Nicotine is very addictive and they enjoy “the sweet flavors” said a high schooler. 

Teens were also asked if they are aware of the dangerous risks of vaping, most said they were. Some short term effects that people experience are things like dry mouth/ throat, nosebleeds, bleeding, dizziness and more. But recently people are starting to experience long term effects due to the fact that they now been out for a while.  Reading these articles is beginning to scare some but others feel that they don’t need to worry about it because they don’t believe it would happen to them.

The same anonymous students were asked if they have ever plan on stopping and all students had the same answer of yes. Many of them have tried to stop but quickly started back up due to peer pressure and the craving for nicotine. “(My friend) always has his JUUL and I feel dumb if I’m not doing it along with him,” says one teenage student. 

As of October 17, 2019, Christine Fisher of Engadget disscused in an article that JUUL has officially announced it will no longer be selling its fruit flavored pods in hopes of ending the e-cigarette trend in teens. The decision was made after the news of the Trump administration planning on banning all flavored e-cigs. The hope is to pull teens out of liking the flavors and feeling the pressure of peers and celebrities. Teens need to realize the JUUL isn’t cool and is doing only harm to their bodies.

The Rise and Fall of Tekashi 6ix 9ine

If you ask most teenagers in 2018, who was the best new rapper, most would’ve said Tekashi 6ix 9ine. He went 10 for 10 on the billboards which many artist struggle just to get one. He was also putting out another album, Dummy Boy, which was one of the most talked about albums at the time. Then, his whole career came to a screeching halt once he flew into the JFK airport in hopes for a hometown welcome, rather he was welcomed by federal agents.  

Tekashi was also loved over Instagram because he was known to troll and call people out constantly, but in doing so it got himself into a lot of trouble with getting robbed, jumped, and during the creation of a music video the set got shot up. Then he was also on trial in 2018 for sexual assault. 

Even though most people would think that he was going through hell, he still just laughed and joked on social media, continued to creat billboard hits, and went on tour all around the world. 

Later in his success he fired his manager and the rest of his team because they were, in a way, stealing from him. The worst part about all this is that his whole team was in the same gang as Tekashi so that instantly caused problems within the gang. Tekashi then got a hit on him from his ex manager. 

Then that’s when things went really downhill. After one of his shows overseas, he flies back into America and is instantly arrested for racketeering, which means he was involved in illegal business dealings. Which most people that he would’ve gotten bailed out but nope, he was denied bail. 

While being arrested the cops connected him to many other crimes that had gone on through the country. Since then he’s been awaiting trial, and was facing 32 years to life in prison for 9 federal charges. He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, firearms offenses, and violent crimes in aid of racketeering.

The feds offered him a deal while he was awaiting trial, asking him to snitch on practically his whole gang. One of the worst offenses a gang member could do is snitch. But Tekashi was in a tough situation, he was facing life in prison, where he would also be in the same prison with all of his ex gang members where he probably would’ve died or he can snitch and be a free man. 

Of course since the news came out about him snitching, many artist have come out basically telling him the rap game doesn’t want him anymore. Sadly that will take a toll on his potential new songs once he gets freed because so many artist will decline being a feature on his songs. 

There are still some rappers that miss him, or are saying that they would’ve done the same thing and can see why he had done it. Such as Tory Lanez, he doesn’t agree with him snitching but he had said how he does miss Tekashi for who he was as a person.

“When he was out he was a funny guy and a entertainer. And what seemed to be a genuine dude. And that side of him is the side of him I remember…One thing y’all not gone do tho is make it seem like I condone any talking on a stand of any kind.”

Disclaimer: The sound clip below contains explicit language

Premier Lacrosse League:A New Sports League Shows what it takes to be Successful

Many new professional sports leagues don’t survive, but the Premier Lacrosse League has shown what it takes to be successful for a new professional sports leagues to work. 

“We wanted to help the game and help these players who have invested so much time and sweat equity into the pro game” (Mike Rabil)

Paul Rabil and Mike Rabil are the founders of the new professional lacrosse league. The idea to start the Premier Lacrosse League was in September of 2018 when Paul was unsatisfied with the current professional lacrosse league, the M.L.L (Major League Lacrosse)

In the Premier Lacrosse League, Paul and Mike wanted to create a better playing experience for the players. They made multiple changes to the rules of lacrosse to try and make it better for the players and fans. These included, shortened fields, two-point goal line, shortened shot clocks, wings are closer on face-offs, and each team is allowed one challenge.

This graphic is important because it shows the changes in the way face-offs work in the P.L.L. versus various other lacrosse leagues like the M.L.L. or like NCAA lacrosse. In the P.L.L. the ball will be placed at the top of the head of the stick rather than in the mouth of the head when performing a face-off. Also the player’s sticks can not be on the midfield line.

A big factor in creating the Premier Lacrosse League was financially. The Major league Lacrosse offered very poor salaries and players needed multiple jobs to support themselves. In the Premier Lacrosse League, Mike and Paul wanted the players to have lives like professional athletes and not have to worry about a second job. Focus on lacrosse and lacrosse only.

As for the future of the league, Mike and Paul want to keep expanding the league by adding more players and teams. Eventually they strive to be as big as the N.F.L. or the M.L.B. As well as expanding the salaries of players in those respected  professional sports leagues. 

             A very interesting thing Mike and Paul decided to do was have a tour based league. This means they’re “homeless” teams in the P.L.L.. The are six teams, Archers, Atlas, Chaos, Chrome, Redwoods, and Whipsnakes don’t belong to a city. Every week the league will travel to a new spot in the United States or Canada and will play each of the other teams twice in a season. 

Also Playoffs in the Premier Lacrosse League work a lot different than in other professional leagues. For the first and second seeds it is double elimination, as for the third and fourth seeds, it is single elimination. With the loser bracket, teams play for the number one overall pick. In order to receive the first pick you have to win the losers bracket. 


Mike and Paul also made the decision to use a different color ball. All the way through college, players use white balls in games. When players advanced to the M.L.L., they would then use orange balls. However, in the P.L.L. they now use a neon green ball. The idea behind this was to have a ball that is extremely visible for every player on the field. 

Foul Ball Injuries


In all major league sports, there is always a chance of fans getting injured. Recently, it seems that fan injuries at sporting events has spiked. My focus will be mainly on baseball fan injuries.

The main reason fans get hurt during sporting events is due to lack of attention, but also, I think there can be more safety precautions to help the issue. There doesn’t seem to be too much attention to the topic overall, but it definitely wouldn’t take much effort overall to evaluate the majority of injuries at games and find a way to stop them from happening.

“Just the way life is,” he said. “As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her. “Right now I’m just praying and I’m speechless. I’m at loss of words. Being a father, two boys … but God willing I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now and that’s all I really can control.”


Every year, about seventy three million tickets are sold in the MLB, out of all these people attending games, only about seventeen hundred and fifty people get seriously injured by a ball or bat going into foul play.

This means one in about every forty one thousand people get seriously injured from objects going into foul territory. This might not seem like a lot at first glance, but the average attendance for each mlb game is around thirty thousand. This shows that at almost every game, a fan gets seriously injured by an object flying into foul play.

One of the most memorable injuries in my opinion is when Almora Jr. hit a two year old girl and ended up fracturing her skull.

“Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. dropped to one knee during the fourth inning last May, hands over his face in horror. He had just watched a foul ball fly off his bat and strike a 2-year-old girl in the head, fracturing her skull.

The incident, every baseball hitter’s nightmare, was not a one-off. Last month, a fan was hit during a Chicago White Sox game and another during a Los Angeles Dodgers game.”

This topic seems broad at first, but I think if people focus on the issue of foul ball injuries, there can be adjustments and changes to help the overall safety of fans at baseball games.

Sources-
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2019/05/29/albert-almora-cubs-players-foul-ball-strikes-young-child-stands/1281122001/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3069680/Phillies-fan-gets-hit-face-foul-ball-Atlandta-game-ices-swollen-forehead-cold-beer.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/13/739967250/after-numerous-foul-ball-fan-injuries-baseball-reconsiders-protective-netting
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/foul-balls-are-the-pace-of-play-problem-nobodys-talking-about/
https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20180330/more-baseball-fans-getting-hit-by-the-ball

The Sixth Mass Extinction

The earth has experienced five mass extinction that almost wiped out all life on the planet. Are we next? According to the recent article by National Geographic, the next scare to all life on earth might be sooner then you think.

In this article it talks about how human activities on earth have sped up the process of extinction. The burning of fossil fuels, pollution and disease from human trade have all contributed to the all too soon arrival of the next mass extinction.

Other human actions such as hunting, fishing and deforestation have also contributed to rush this issue. It is said that extinctions on earth are occurring hundreds of times faster than they would naturally. If we continue on this path, the earth could be extinct as soon as 240-540 years.

This is eye opening, 240 years. With today’s technology, the average life expectancy in the U.S is 78 years. In just about three generations of families, the earth could be extinct.

It is factually known that as the population of humans on earth rises, so does the amount of species extinctions. According to Harvard biologist E. O. Willson, 30,000 specious are being driven to extinction each year.

Fifty percent of all land on earth has been transformed for human use. That is one specious. That leaves the other half of the earth to thousands of other species. By cramming and pushing specious out of their natural habitat it makes them a lot more likely to be extinct.

If your thinking that these extinctions of other species on earth won’t effect humans your wrong. All humans will be effected by the extinction of other species on earth. By people pushing these other animals, fish, birds and reptiles to extinction, we are doing it to ourselves also.

There is no doubt that the sixth mass extinction is here. The sooner that people realize the damage the human race is doing to all species on earth the better chance we have. In order to save our planet from what’s to come people need to change. The facts are there, people just need to listen.

Vontaze Burfict suspension

Vontaze burfict should never be able to play in an NFL game again. Vontaze has had multiple suspensions in game from dirty hits and bad behavior. Recently he had the biggest in game suspension in NFL history. Vontaze is done for the season because of a head to head hit.

The judgement the NFL has faced is that his punishment is based off his previous actions. At some point the NFL had to protect the players. This suspension made a point that if you play dirty you will be punished. 

Games suspended

Vontaze Burfict has a long history of illegal hits and more. Vontaze Burfict started his long list of suspensions in 2016 with the famous hit on Antonio Brown. This hit not only was one of the dirtiest hits in history but it also caused the Bengals a playoff game. Vontaze Burfict would rather inflict pain on others then just help his team win.

Vontaze also was caught in 2018 for using performance enhancing drugs and was suspended 4 games. Obviously that has nothing to do with dirty hits but it shows his reputation in the league. Ever since 2016 he’s had trouble every year just playing the game how it was meant to play.

The NFL has chosen to suspend Vontaze Burfict for the head to head hit on Jack Doyle for the rest of the 2019 NFL season. This could easily be Vontaze Burfict’s last game because no team wants his reputation. I believe his suspension could have been a little less harsh considering even jack Doyle said the hit wasn’t that bad. But he has mad so many of these hits that it has became a health concern for other players. 

Concussions in the NFL have been a huge problem and as new studies come out all the time players are scared to play because they may have brain damage later on in life. When there are players that could care less about there own brain that they use it to tackle it can ruin players life’s and their futures.

Date Gone Wrong


Sydney Loofe, a 24 year old, thought she was going to have the time of her life on her tinder date, but she was wrong. Sydney had met Bailey Boswell on tinder and they had talked previous times on the app before going on their first date. Their first date went as planned according to Sydney. On their second date things went bad fast.

Sydney had contacted Bailey 140 times leading up to the night of her disappearance. Bailey usually contacts other people when she goes out. One of her friends, Terra Gehrig, stated that, “She usually always sent a picture of the person that she was going on a date with. She’d let us know whether it was going to be at her house, their house or in public.”


Sydney’s friends and family thought it was very strange that she wasn’t answering her calls and wasn’t showing up to work. Eventually Sydney’s mother, Susan Loofe, reported her missing on November 16th and the first of Sydney’s remains were found on December 4th. Sydney was found cut up in 14 pieces, in a trash bag, in the middle of an open field.

But Bailey didn’t murder Sydney all by herself. Aubrey Trail helped Bailey commit the murder.

It took authorities about 8 months to find all of the missing evidence and charge Boswell and Trail. Authorities later find out that the 2 lived together. Police got a search warrant and could smell a strong scent of bleach coming from the basement. There was also sections of the wall torn out in an effort to clean it. It was determined that Loofe’s cause of death was strangulation done by Trail.


When police were on Boswell and Trail’s tail. They started uploading videos on social media saying they were innocent and they were being set up by police. Boswell even confessed to being with Sydney that night, but said it went well and she hadn’t seen her since.

Later, footage was found inside of Home Depot of Trial and Boswell purchasing tools that are believed to be the weapons they used to dismembered Loofe’s body. They were at Home Depot the same day as the murder.

The tragic part of this story is that Loofe was excited to go on this date and trusted Boswell.