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No Neymar as PSG make Cup progress

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s players celebrate after their fourth goal during their French Cup round of 16 football match against Guingamp in Paris © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTParis, France, Jan 24 – Paris Saint-Germain made light of Neymar’s absence in beating Guingamp 4-2 to secure their ticket to the French Cup last 16 on Wednesday as Edinson Cavani was made to wait for his club-record goal.Despite PSG’s dominance Cavani failed to get on the scoresheet as he pursues a record 157th goal, but it wasn’t for the want of trying as he failed to convert a hatful of chances. The Uruguayan striker is on the verge of becoming PSG’s all-time scorer after drawing level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s benchmark in the 8-0 rout of Dijon last week.Neymar left the pitch after that Ligue 1 outing angered at booing directed at him from Parc des Princes fans when he stepped up to take a penalty rather than allowing Cavani a shot at the record.The world’s most expensive player was missing from PSG’s 2-1 loss at Lyon on Sunday and again for this Cup tie with according to the club “a pain in his right thigh”.A section of the club’s fans – ‘Collectif Ultras Paris’ (CUP) – conveyed a message of support to the Brazilian.“To boo our players runs contrary to our values,” “Neymar PSG Cup united for Paris”, home supporters wrote on banners in the stands.Tackled about Neymar, PSG coach Unai Emery said: “He’s continuing his recovery with the physio, I hope he’ll be back with the team very soon.“He is here, in Paris, and he’s a great player. We must show him affection.”Another high profile absentee was Kylian Mbappe, who was stretchered off after a clash with Lyon’s Anthony Lopes.“He’s fine, we’ll see if he can return on Saturday, but I hope he’ll be ready at the latest for Lille (on February 3). It was a hard knock and the risk is getting another blow,” said Emery.Adrien Rabiot opened the scoring for PSG in the 21st minute followed smartly by Lucas Deaux’s own goal, with Javier Pastore and Marquinhos completing the round of 32 win after the break.Marcus Thuram and Yeni Ngbakoto were on the mark in either half for Guingamp from the penalty spot.On Cavani’s record hunt Emery said: “Today he created lots of chances, but missed the final touch.”In the tie of the round Lyon edged Monaco 3-2.Steven Jovetic opened the scoring for Monaco but Betrand Traore quickly levelled with Mariano Diaz bagging a double.Rony Lopes gave Monaco hope but Lyon held on to join PSG in the next round along with second division Auxerre and topflight Caen but only on penalties from lowly fifth-division outfit Canet-en-Roussillon.On Tuesday, Marseille claimed a 2-0 win at fourth-tier Epinal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Guess which Donegal place has been named on TripAdvisor’s Top 10?

first_imgOne Donegal location has been named on Trip Advisor’s Irish Top Ten destinations. Dublin was the best-rated destination in Ireland for tourists on the tourist website’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for destinations.Following Dublin in the top Ireland destination list is Killarney, while Galway, Dingle and Cork take third, fourth and fifth place respectively. But Donegal Town has been named as number 9 in the top 10.Other towns such as Letterkenny, Bundoran and Buncrana failed to make the top 10.But hopefully, visitors will spend plenty of time taking in all Donegal has to offer when they come as far as Donegal Town.The award recognises the locations that are the most popular among TripAdvisor reviewers based on millions of reviews and opinions. Ireland top 10DublinKillarneyGalwayDingleCorkKilkennyCongWestportDonegal TownSneemGuess which Donegal place has been named on TripAdvisor’s Top 10? was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalTop TenTrip advisorlast_img read more

Gaeltacht Minister urged to visit stranded Gaoth Dobhair family

first_imgThe Minister of State for the Gaeltacht is being called upon to visit flood-hit families in Gaoth Dobhair who lost a bridge to their homes.The extended O Duibhir families from Bunbeg have been relying on a temporary footbridge to access their houses after their original bridge was swept away by the River Clady in August.But the replacement bridge is so unsuitable that an ambulance was unable to access the home of one ill family member, who is 79 years old, and paramedics were forced to wheel him to the road. Mr O Duibhir at the ambulance.Local councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is now calling on the Gaeltacht Minister of State, Sean Kyne TD, to visit the O Duibir homes when he visits the area next week.“It is very difficult for the families to get on with their lives when they cannot get their bridge rebuilt. The council’s response is that this is a private bridge, but if you look at LIS roads, they are all private roads funded through the State. So why wouldn’t this bridge be funded?,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said.“Myself and Pat the Cope Gallagher TD have been fighting for these families. As a councillor I appreciate that this is a private bridge, but at the same time the State should look after the wellbeing of all its citizens.”The homes of three families in Gweedore including a wheelchair bound resident who are trapped after flooding demolished the bridge into their homes. (North West Newspix)Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said he hopes that Mr Kyne TD could find a way of identifying funding sources if he saw the reality of the family’s circumstances. He said: “The Minister will be in Gaoth Dobhair on the 26th, a half a mile from where the families live, and I have invited him to meet the family and see how the situation affects them.“The family has been left in limbo. One man had to get the ambulance called twice since the bridge collapsed and every time he has to be carted from his house. This is not acceptable. It’s very difficult for families to get on with their lives, the oil lorry can’t even reach them.“Next week is a great opportunity for the Minister to meet the family and to help them.”  Gaeltacht Minister urged to visit stranded Gaoth Dobhair family was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New drive to spark local sports frenzy

first_imgThe Magnificent Fridays drive will rally South Africans to support national sports teams. Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged South Africans to wear national team replica jerseys every Friday. Members of the national netball team that will play in Singapore in July. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Communication Arts and Culture +27 12 441 3083 or +27 82 450 5076  RELATED ARTICLES • New campaign to power SA’s Proteas • Proteas pick top World Cup squad • From Football Fridays to Fly the Flag Fridays • Flying the South African flagBongani NkosiThe frenzy that gripped South Africa before and during the Fifa World Cup in 2010 is set to make a comeback, this time spurring other national sports teams to excel in international competitions.Magnificent Fridays is a new campaign initiated by the government to get South Africans behind cricket, netball and rugby national teams – all of which will all do battle in respective world cups during 2011.The campaign is built on the concept of Football Fridays, a highly successful drive that got South Africans rallying behind Bafana Bafana, the national football team, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The country was awash with yellow and green at the end of every working week leading up to the tournament as South Africans donned Bafana replica gear and flew the national flag with pride. And the same spirit is to grip the land again.This time citizens are urged to wear official replica clothing of any of the national teams, but especially of the Springboks rugby team, the Proteas cricket squad and the netball team, also nicknamed the Proteas. Wearing the now-famous Bafana gear is also encouraged, and hoisting the national flag tops it all.“Magnificent Fridays is about showing support for all our national teams,” said Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. “The campaign will continue throughout the year.”Mbalula and Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile are helping spread the hype across the country. The departments launched Magnificent Fridays in Johannesburg recently, and kicked off the actual road show at the city’s Park Station on 28 January.Thousands of South African flags will be handed out along the way as the road show delivers the spirit of the campaign to outlying communities. The next stop is the Free State province, and then the Western Cape, followed by stops in all the remaining provinces and then the major cities.“We’ll go all over South Africa. This is not a Gauteng campaign,” said Mashatile.Cricket squad heading to AsiaThe Proteas will be the first of the three national teams to seek international pride in 2011 when they travel to south Asia in February. They will take on other 14 nations in the 2011 International Cricket Council World Cup to be staged in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The team is in the final stages of preparation for the tournament and is in good spirits following recent victory in the highly contested one day international series challenge against India. Magnificent Fridays will augment the Pure Protea drive, which was initiated by Lead SA specifically for the national cricket squad.Support for the team is mounting ahead of the world cup, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said, and Proteas replica attire is proving to be very popular.“There is a big interest in the Proteas world cup replica jersey,” said CSA brand and corporate relations manager Kass Naidoo. “Traffic to the online store has increased and merchandise at retail stores has been selling well.“Everyone is keen to show they are 100% behind the Proteas,” Naidoo added.The already-named world cup squad blends the talents of the country’s 15 top cricket stars.Rugby and netball to followThe Springboks, as the reigning Rugby World Cup champions, will set out to defend their title in New Zealand in September.Pinned against Fiji, Namibia, Samoa and Wales in Pool D, the Springboks will face challenging, but surmountable competition in the group stages. The team has proven its mettle many times and should also be able to rise up against stronger teams like New Zealand and Australia in the knockout stages.It should come as a confidence boost that Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson, the Boks pair recently accused of doping, were cleared of any wrongdoing on 28 January. They can now return to the international field to help the team prepare for their world cup.The Springboks’ victory in 2007 was a major highlight that South Africans celebrated with vim and vigour for days, as was the country’s historical win in 1995.The senior netball team will travel to Singapore for the world championships in July, and is currently training hard.Netball South Africa announced on 24 January that four coaches had been appointed to help the players prepare for the tournament, following the resignations of coach Carin Strauss and assistant coach Cecilia Molokwane earlier in the month.South Africans have also been urged to travel with the teams to support them at the playing venues. “Those who can go to these competitions should go,” Mashatile said.last_img read more

Driven by imagination

first_imgRichard Forbes with his artwork on the Mégane Coupé 1.6 Expression. Neo Dhlamini’s Mégane Hatch GT Line. Ana Damas with her version of Greek myth interpreted onto the Mégane Hatch Dynamique dCi Energy. Rhett Martyn with the Renault Mégane RS Trophy 265.(Images: SAcarfan)Cadine Pillay                      Johannesburg car enthusiasts were recently treated to an art exhibit where Renault South Africa showcased just what happens when art meets technological design. Four local artists were given a week to use four cars from two models of the company’s Mégane range as canvases to express their art.The works, featuring two coupes and two hatchbacks, were showcased on 23 July to mark the launch of the 2012 Mégane collection.Neo Dhlamini, Richard Forbes, Ana Damas and Rhett Martyn, all based in Johannesburg, were given a week to transform their cars.Danielle Melville, head of communications for Renault, spoke of her company’s excitement regarding the project.“These artists stretch themselves into the art of the possible, exceptional, innovative and progressive,” she said reflecting on the art works.Of spider webs and quarriesThe inspiration for Forbes came from giant funnel spider webs, and he was drawn to the role of the Mégane Coupe Expression and how it could express both art and mobility.A visual artist, he also teaches art at Pretoria University and boasts seven solo exhibitions to his name, both in the UK and locally, and another 20 group exhibitions.“While travelling around South Africa I observed the sharp, rectangular, man-made and imposed quarries carved into the hillsides,” explained Forbes.“It came to me that the scars of the quarries would be a perfect site for a series of art installations depicting giant funnel spider webs.”These webs, he added, could become a site people would view and visit as they travelled, effectively allowing art to link the country.Earning your stripesFor 23-year-old graphic designer Dhlamini, the hatchback GT Line model provided the perfect canvas for his racing-inspired artwork. He lists among his interests Japanese anime, motion graphics, illustration and animation.“My design is inspired by the stripes found on legendary racing and sports cars,” Dlamini explained.He added that the main feature of his art is two lines that run from the front of the bonnet and go on to split into six lines, extending to the top and sides of the vehicle. The lines spell out the words ‘smart’, ‘intuitive’, ‘high tech’ and ‘easy’.“The fine line work around the lights at the front and back draw attention to the car’s new exterior features. The symmetry between the left and right is a representation of how the Mégane presents a balance between an everyday car and a beast of speed when you really push it.”Inspired by the universeDamas is arguably the veteran of the group, with a career spanning over two decades in a variety of disciplines. Her formal training includes stints at the Foundation Art School and the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town, as well as at the Pretoria Technikon, where she majored in sculpture and print making.She was commissioned to work on the Hatch Dynamique dCi Energy TD, which is Renault’s answer to demands of environment-friendly designs.“My concept is based on the myth of the goddess Sophia, which views the earth as a living entity or organism and points to her as the creator of the world,” Damas pointed out.“For her survival, Sophia needs the cooperation of all mankind and all efforts to keep the planet clean, green and energy efficient. “The myth also describes the origin of the solar system, the earth and the human species. Sophia’s story translates into artwork through the use of organic lines, presenting the vehicle incorporated into the cosmos.“Starting from the bonnet, I visualised a spiral galaxy with Mother Earth emerging from the core. The spiral arms of the galaxy spread along the sides of the car like branches of a tree,” Damas said. Going for rough and dirtyFormer student of the Durban University of Technology and Wits University, Martyn is now an artist and arts lecturer. He has exhibited prolifically at galleries locally and abroad, and holds an academic advisory and coordination position at the InScape Design College.His car was the Mégane RS Trophy, Renault’s performance flagship.Martyn believes there is only the slightest difference between what could be defined as a drawing, and what might be seen as random processes of ‘mark making’ created as the by-product of any natural or mechanical action.“Take for instance the way in which a car travelling at high speed might create markings along a road as the tyres deposit a layer of rubber on the asphalt, if that vehicle had to suddenly come to a screeching halt.”Are the subsequent road markings art, or are they merely the by-product of the functioning of the car stopping? he asked.The mark making, he added, created by the upheaval of mud and dust onto the body work by the wheels of a car, could be looked at in the same way.“As I began to conceptualise a design approach for my car, I took into consideration how the car itself could become the facilitator of its own drawing process.”Martyn described his design as dirty, often aggressive, disparate and rough. Despite this, he explained, it still reflects the grace of art by echoing the faceted shards prevailing in Parisian cubism – with a contemporary neon edge, of course.last_img read more

Intel “eliminates” wearables division to focus on augmented reality

first_imgHow AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience David Curry Related Posts Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …center_img Intel has reportedly “eliminated” its wearable division, a year after it issued a recall of all Basis Peak smartwatches, due to frequent overheating. The division had already lost most of its workers in November, when Intel slashed 80 percent of the Basis team, according to CNBC.The chip maker’s New Technologies Group, which looks into emerging markets, has moved its attention to augmented reality. Even though AR headsets are still niche, Intel expects a surge in interest and available over the next 10 years.See Also: Scientists create comfortable e-skin wearable that lasts for a weekEven though the Basis team has been gutted, Intel will continue to work with partners in the wearable industry, including TAG Heuer, Oakley, and New Balance, according to the report.Intel had high hopes for the wearable industry in 2014 when it acquired Basis for $100 million and launched heart-rate monitoring earbuds with celebrity endorsements. That hope soon faded as the wearable market started to shape, with Apple, Xiaomi, and Fitbit the dominant players.Intel has made some major investments over the past 12 months, aimed at reducing the chance of another mobile calamity and diversifying the brand. The acquired Mobileye, a supplier of cameras and sensors for cars, for $15.3 billion. It also acquired Nervana Systems, an AI startup, for $400 million.These investments, while improving Intel’s chances in the respective markets, also push aside smaller divisions, like wearables. How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Tags:#Augmented Reality#Basis#Intel#mobile#smartwatch#wearable last_img read more

Adarsh scam: Vilasrao Deshmukh bent rules for ex-army chiefs

first_imgThe Adarsh Housing society in Mumbai.Union rural development minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has made the sensational disclosure that he had bent rules to give memberships to former army chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor and Gen N. C. Vij in Mumbai’s controversial Adarsh housing society.In a 15-page affidavit filed before the two-member inquiry panel headed by retired Bombay High Court judge J. A. Patil, Deshmukh said, “I approved the proposal to relax the domicile norms/conditions in case of Generals Vij and Kapoor. This decision was fully justified and fitting, considering their eminence and their distinguished service to the nation.”Bending the rules enabled the two generals to get membership of the society and qualified them for a flat in the housing complex.Deshmukh, who is a former Maharashtra chief minister, had also held the urban development portfolio in the state cabinet.He had earlier been quoted as saying that he had only played a peripheral role in the Adarsh allotments.His admission before the Justice Patil commission on favouring Gen Kapoor and Gen Vij could prove tricky for the UPA which had probably felt that the Adarsh scam would not return to haunt them after Ashok Chavan was made the fall guy and asked to resign as chief minister.The CBI too was asked to probe the housing scam as the scam erupted.The Patil commission was set up to probe irregularities in Adarsh housing society. Last year, the media reported violations of building and environment rules which were overlooked by the Congress-led government in Maharashtra to allow the construction of the high-rise Adarsh society complex in the city’s Colaba area.advertisementIn his affidavit, Deshmukh acknowledged that he did not entertain any other request for membership to get a flat in the Adarsh complex. The matter relating to Gen Kapoor and Gen Vij was “approved as a special case” and would not be treated as a precedent, the former chief minister said in the affidavit.Click here to EnlargeDeshmukh justified his decision to relax the society’s membership rules for the two generals because they had served in the state for a “considerable period of time”. While Gen Vij had served in Maharashtra for 10 years, Gen Kapoor’s stint lasted for seven years, he said.However, legal luminaries have asked whether armed forces personnel stationed in a command posting can be described as those ‘serving in a state’ for domicile purposes since they are sent to all parts of the country, depending on the unit they have joined.Deshmukh’s affidavit does not clarify this point.The Union minister’s affidavit also states that the Adarsh society land belonged to the Maharashtra government and was never reserved for defence personnel or Kargil war heroes.”The records maintained with the office of the Collector of Mumbai clearly show that the land belonged to the state government and the ownership of the land was never an issue at any stage so far as I am concerned,” he told the commission.The Adarsh society land was not reserved for housing defence personnel or Kargil war heroes either under the development plan for Greater Mumbai or under any of the policies of the state government, the union minister added. However, he claimed, the land was in the Army’s possession.Click here to EnlargeIn presenting the affidavit, Deshmukh appeared to be abdicating his supervisory responsibility by blaming the state machinery for decisions taken on the controversial Adarsh society during his tenure as Maharashtra chief minister.The affidavit begins with a long explanation on the functioning of the state government machinery and how a chief minister takes decisions.For instance, it says that the files put up before the chief minister sets out the clear views or opinion formed by the administration on a proposal.The chief minister is not required to personally scrutinise or cross verify every fact stated in the proposal.In the past chief ministers have been hauled up by the Supreme Court for their supervisory lapses on construction projects.Deshmukh also denied that the state’s revenue department was asked to put up a proposal for allotment of land to Adarsh society at the insistence of the then Shiv Sena MLC Kanaihyalal Gidwani.This was one of the several charges activist Santosh Daundkar had made in an affidavit before the inquiry Commission.”The suggestion that I ordered the allotment of land to Adarsh in an irregular and/ or improper manner to favour Gidwani is fully mischievous,” he stated, but said that he might have met Gidwani during his tenure.advertisementIt has been alleged that Deshmukh approved a proposal to grant additional floor space index (FSI) to Adarsh by taking over adjacent land reserved for BEST depot and converting it to residential type.However, the union minister defended his decision by saying that the decision to change the land use of a plot reserved for BEST to residential was just and in accordance with law. The notification was done in 2006.The due process of law was followed and it was done in public interest, he said. BEST’s interest was also protected and there was no loss to the government exchequer as Adarsh society paid Rs 6.40 crore for acquiring the rights of the plot, he said. BEST never opposed his government’s decision, Deshmukh claimed.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more