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Non-technical mountain climbs: 13 trekking peaks

There are no ‘death zones’ on these non-technical mountain climbs but they offer plenty of challenges for mere mortals like me As a climber, I have completed several indoor climbing and winter mountaineering courses but my technical climbing skills still leave a lot to be desired. I have mastered basic rope, ice axe and crampon skills but don’t practise them as often as I’d like. All too often I only find time for some wilderness backpacking in Europe or low-altitude scrambling in the UK. Regardless, I still have high hopes of climbing the seven summits (three down, four to go). I’m aware that I’ll never be a Reinhold Messner or Chris Bonington (I’ll settle for reading their books instead) but I still long to pitch myself against tall mountains with imposing names....

Ecuador vs Brazil prediction: World Cup qualifier betting tips, odds and free bet

Ecuador and Brazil clash in the 15th round of FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL qualification on Thursday. Match Info: Date: Thursday, 27th January Kick-Off: 21:00 GMT, Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado Ecuador vs Brazil prediction Following an impressive CONMEBOL qualification campaign, Ecuador are close to securing a spot in Qatar 2022, just behind Brazil and Argentina. In their next match up, they will come up against the Brazilians, who have already clinched qualification. With Brazil already qualified, it will be interesting to see how they approach the game. Will they play at 100%, as they look to remain unbeaten throughout the campaign, or will they ease up slightly, giving Ecuador an easier match than they might have expected? In historical terms, Brazil have been far stronger than their hosts, an...

White House does not rule out Haiti request for U.S. troops

The United States is still reviewing a request for troops made by Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph to help secure key infrastructure after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Monday. Psaki said Haiti’s political leadership remains unclear and that it was vital for the country’s leaders to come together to chart a united path forward. Moise was shot dead early on Wednesday at his Port-au-Prince home by what Haitian authorities describe as a unit of assassins formed of 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans. Haitian police said on Sunday they had arrested another key suspect. The death of the president has plunged the troubled country into deeper turmoil, and U.S. officials traveled there on Sunday to assess the situation and ...

Argentina vs Ecuador – Copa America 2021 Preview, Head To Head, Players to Watch & Predicted Line-ups

Argentina return to action with their first knockout fixture of Copa America 2021 as they lock horns with Ecuador at the Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico on Sunday. Argentina’s quest of winning their first continental crown since 2013 got off to a flying start as Lionel Messi looks to add a first international title to his illustrious cabinet. On the other hand, Ecuador’s hopes of achieving their first Copa America glory face a formidable challenge, especially considering how they played in the group phase. Argentina Preview Argentina made light work of their Copa America group stage campaign, finishing top of the section with three consecutive victories following a 1-1 draw with Chile on Matchday 1. La Albiceleste have now advanced to the major tournament knock-out stages for the 11th time...

Copa America: Ecuador ends Brazil’s winning run, qualify for quarterfinals

Brazil’s ten-game winning run came to an end after Ecuador earned a 1-1 draw in the final Copa America group game in Goiania. Coach Tite made ten changes from the midweek win over Colombia as Neymar, Casemiro, Thiago Silva and Richarlison were rested. The reigning champions had already booked their spot in the next round as group winners and Venezuela’s defeat to Peru, means Ecuador join Brazil in the final eight. And it was nearly the perfect start for Brazil as Renan Lodi broke clear down the left and looked to be bundled over inside the box within the opening minute. The referee and VAR disagreed. Brighton’s Moises Caicedo was then stretchered off on 17 minutes with a knee injury in a blow to Ecuador, with Angel Mena coming on. Then Ecuador skipper Enner Valencia came close to scoring t...

Brazil vs Ecuador – Copa America 2021 Preview, Head To Head, Players to Watch & Predicted Line-ups

Brazil and Ecuador will trade tackles at the Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico on Sunday in the final round of the Copa America 2021 Group B fixtures. The Brazilians have already nailed down the top place in Group B as they continue to build momentum ahead of the knock-out stages. Meanwhile, the Ecuadorians could miss out on the tournament’s quarter-finals for the second time in a row if they fail to secure a positive result here. Brazil Preview Brazil staged a stunning second-half comeback to beat Colombia 2-1 last time out and maintain their perfect start to Copa America 2021. Even though they have already sealed a top place in Group B, the Selecao won’t be lacking motivation against Ecuador as they look to conclude a group stage at Copa America with a 100% record. Brazil’s attacking set-u...

Late goal gives Brazil controversial win over Colombia in Copa America

Brazil continued their winning romp through the Copa America on Wednesday, eking out a controversial 2-1 victory against Colombia after struggling most of the match to answer a magnificent bicycle-kick goal by Luis Diaz. The 11th-hour win gave the “Selecao” a perfect nine points from three matches in the South American championships, and extended their current winning streak to 11 matches. However, the victory was steeped in controversy: Brazil’s second-half equalizer, a Roberto Firmino header, was preceded by a Neymar pass that glanced off Argentine referee Nestor Pitana. Colombia heatedly argued afterward that play should have been stopped, but Pitana ruled neither side was hindered and allowed the match to continue. Disgruntled Colombia fans on social media turned the referee’s name int...

Ecuador vs Peru – Copa America 2021 Preview, Head To Head, Players to Watch & Predicted Line-ups

Ecuador’s hopes of reaching the Copa America 2021 knock-outs are on the line as they meet Peru at the Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico. CONMEBOL’s second-lowest FIFA ranked nation dropped the lead twice against Venezuela to enter this round winless in their opening two Copa America matches. Meanwhile, the Peruvians are very much in contention for a knock-out finish after putting together a spectacular display against Colombia last time out. Ecuador Preview Ecuador’s Copa America 2021 campaign has started with a whimper rather than a bang. After failing to win their opening two Group B fixtures (D1, L1), the Ecuadorians stare at the prospect of exiting the tournament in the group stage for the second time in a row. La Tri will have to improve their recent Copa America record if they want to ...

Copa America: Venezuela and Ecuador entertain, Peru defeat Colombia

Group B in Copa America continued last night, with two more exciting games. Venezuela and Ecuador faced each other, with both sides looking for their first win of the tournament. Meanwhile, Peru came up against Colombia, hoping to recover after their 4-0 defeat against Brazil in their opener. Here is how it all went. Venezuela 2-2 Ecuador Ronald Hernandez celebrates his late equaliser Both sides remained winless after the game following an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos. Ecuador went into half time ahead, having taken the lead through Ayrton Preciado’s scrappy opener. But they were pegged back early in the second half when Edson Castillo headed in an equaliser. Ecuador retook the lead with 20 minutes remaining after Gonzalo Plata tapped in following a fine solo...

Colombia vs Ecuador – Copa America 2021 Preview, Players to Watch & Predicted Line-ups

Colombia’s Copa America 2021 campaign gets underway on Monday as they go head-to-head with Ecuador at the Arena Pantanal. Before thumping Colombia 6-1 in their most recent meeting, Ecuador succumbed to back-to-back H2H losses, drawing a blank on each occasion. The clean sheet theme has highlighted the recent encounter between these two teams as nine of the last 11 have seen one or both sides fail to get on the scoresheet.  Colombia Preview Heading into the tournament, Colombia have enjoyed a slight upturn in form, going from back-to-back defeats to two consecutive matches without losing (W1, D1).  Despite Colombia’s form wobble, Los Cafeteros have been an exciting team to watch of late, with each of their last six international games featuring over 2.5 total goals. Since lifting ...

Cocaine worth $8.2m found in Poland banana shipment

Polish police on Friday announced the seizing of 160 kilograms (350 pounds) of cocaine hidden inside several shipments of bananas delivered to a branch of the French retail chain, Carrefour. Carrefour Polska said its employees had found “suspicious packages in a fresh delivery of bananas” on Thursday in central Warsaw. “They immediately notified the police, who quickly secured the consignment and launched an investigation, which is currently ongoing. Our chain is fully cooperating with investigators,” Carrefour Polska was quoted as saying by Poland’s PAP news agency. A police video published on Twitter showed green-coloured packages containing the cocaine hidden in cardboard boxes of bananas. Police, who valued the seizure at more than 6.7 million euros ($8.2 million), did not say where th...

10 most (seemingly) dangerous things we’ve done

Seven years after we quit our jobs to travel around the world, we revisit some of the riskiest things we’ve done on the road Peter and I have a long-running joke that I have fallen off my bike in the most beautiful places in the world – among them Bora Bora in French Polynesia and Isabela in the Galápagos. I only learnt to ride at the age of 28 and my lack of experience has led to numerous falls.  What’s interesting is that no one ever calls me ‘brave’ or ‘daring’ for riding a bicycle or indeed a horse even though statistically (and in personal experience), these activities are some of the most dangerous I’ve done. Instead, it’s things like skydiving and bungy jumping that impress others most. Below, I share 10 seemingly dangerous things we’ve done – some of which posed a real risk, b...

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