Thursday, June 26, 2014

Iran Fail to Make the Cut

On Wednesday, Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil and in the process, denied the West Asians any chance of advancing to the next stage of the Wolrd Cup. 

Iran, whose only World Cup victory came in 1998, had required all three points against Bosnia and a win for Argentina over African champions Nigeria to have any shot of grabbing a surprise place in the last 16. The Iranians were found wanting even though the South Americans did what they were supposed to do by thwarting the Super Eagles 3-2 in Porto Alegre and topping the group on nine points. 


France could not maintain their prolific start to the 2014 World Cup but still finished top of Group E following a goalless draw with Ecuador. 

On Monday, I was at the MidValley Toastmasters meeting and took up the role of General Evaluator. I acknowledge that club members are putting in serious effort to improve the conduct of their meetings and I am happy to report that they are making good progress. 

Overall, it was a good meeting but I have to admit that I was disappointed with one of the speakers – I know him well – as he wasn’t showing seriousness with the speech he was presenting. It was more a case of tomfoolery than anything else. Plus the fact that he wasn’t well-prepared. 

In any case, I would give this meeting a score of a 6 over 10.

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