PSG striker Neymar off on stretcher after twisting ankle

first_imgPSG’s Neymar, center left, is tackled by Marseille’s Hiroki Sakai, during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — Neymar went off on a stretcher after twisting his right ankle late in league leader Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 victory against Marseille on Sunday.The Brazil striker was taken off with 10 minutes remaining, after going in for a challenge on Marseille defender Bouna Sarr.ADVERTISEMENT PSG coach Unai Emery is hopeful that Neymar will recover in time for the Champions League game against Real Madrid on March 6. PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg in the last 16.“The first tests revealed a twist. We will do further tests,” Emery said. “For the match against Real, if I had to say ‘yes or no’ right now, I’d say yes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNeymar had his head in his hands and appeared tearful as he was taken off. His standing leg jarred as he lost balance and the weight of his body went onto his ankle, which briefly buckled under him.“Of course I’m worried about Neymar,” PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola said. “His ankle was quite swollen. He’s an important player for us and I hope he comes back quickly.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The second goal came from the other side, as midfielder Adrien Rabiot broke down the left and his cross found Neymar, whose side-footed pass was turned into his own net by center half Jorge Rolando in the 28th.PSG’s third in the 56th owed nothing to fortune, as Cavani expertly controlled Neymar’s pass from the left with the inside of his foot, easily turned Rolando and smacked in a powerful shot past goalkeeper Yohann Pele for his league-leading 24th of the season.Mbappe shook his head disapprovingly when substituted, with winger Angel Di Maria replacing him for the last 30 minutes.Marseille threatened mainly from midfielder Dimitri Payet’s laser-like free kicks, but no one could get on the end of them.___SAME OLD MISTAKESLyon’s poor defending cost the team once again as right back Mathieu Debuchy scored a last-minute equalizer for local rival Saint-Etienne in a 1-1 draw.Debuchy, a recent signing from Premier League Arsenal, was left unmarked inside the penalty area to steer in a shot off the post from Remy Cabella’s left-wing cross.Lyon has only two points from the past five games — conceding 11 goals — and the club’s hopes of securing a top-three finish and a place in next season’s Champions League are fading fast. Fourth-place Lyon is five points behind third-place Marseille.A brilliantly executed goal from striker Mariano Diaz, his 15th of the season, gave Lyon a 19th-minute lead. He chested down a long pass from Brazilian defender Marcelo with his back to goal, flicked the ball around a defender with his right foot and then regained his balance before adroitly clipping it with his left past goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.The two teams are bitter rivals with 17 league titles between them, including a French-record 10 for Saint-Etienne. But Lyon has been the superior team for many years, winning seven titles from 2002-08.SAVED BY THE WOODWORK Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Nice was reprieved by the woodwork four times in a 0-0 draw at Bordeaux.Bordeaux striker Nicolas De Preville hit the crossbar in the first half and in stoppage time.The post was also hit by midfielder Soualiho Meite in the 12th minute and center half Paul Baysee in the 89th. Bordeaux is in eighth place and Nice remains ninth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano PSG’s game against fierce rival Marseille was heated, especially in the second half, with cheap challenges from both teams and 11 yellow cards — six of them for the hosts.“We were solid and we tried to control the game,” PSG captain Thiago Silva said. “It’s a shame that we lost an important player (Neymar) at the end.”The win moved PSG 14 points clear of second-place Monaco, with only 11 games left. Marseille is two points further back in third.PSG’s first two goals stemmed from Marseille’s mistakes at the back.In the 10th minute, PSG right back Dani Alves’ pass behind the defense was easily read by left back Jordan Amavi. But rather than clearing the ball properly, his soft sliding tackle knocked it to Kylian Mbappe, who skipped past another defender before drilling a low shot into the bottom right corner.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Spurs stop 4-game slide, rope LeBron, Cavaliers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

30 farmers to benefit from cassava flour processing project

first_imgThirty farmers of Kwebanna Village in the Moruca Sub-district of Region One (Barima-Waini) will benefit from a $10 million cassava flour processing facility aimed at enhancing food security and maximising income potential of the village.Launched last Saturday by Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry (MoIPA), Valerie Garrido-Lowe, flour produced from the project will comprise of 40 per cent cassava content and 60 per cent wheat content, which can be used to make healthier meals.Some of the villagers sharing their views on the new projectThe toshao and residents of the village have welcomed implementation of this project proposed by the MoIPA, relating that it would propel the local cassava industry of the region, and eventually the village’s economy. They have also pledged to work diligently to produce large crops of cassava.Minister Garrido-Lowe explained that there have been consultations with Barbados, a prominent producer of cassava-wheat flour, so as to acquire firsthand knowledge of the new product. The budgetary allocation will cover mainly the construction of the facility, acquisition of machinery, planting materials, and training among other aspects.Three farmers will accompany Community Development Officer (CDO) Godfrey Wilson as he spearheads the operations in Region One.The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), like the Ministries of Agriculture, Business and Social Protection, are among the main partners that would aid in the accomplishment of this venture.A ground coffee project was also recently launched in Region One by Minister Garrido-Lowe, to assist in boosting the region’s economy.last_img read more

Before pre-season there is this! Footballers on Instagram share holiday snaps

first_img 5 5 5 5 Harry Kane was one of many footballers to post their holiday snaps on Instagram Get your rest in, lads, because there are millions of fans praying you return to action in tip top shape.It is Fantasy Football season after all.They look pretty relaxed, though judging by these holliday snaps and many of them have left the swimming pools and beaches behind and returned to work for the gruelling pre-season slog. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was even getting some skills practice in on a trip to the beach as you can see below, while his manager Jose Mourinho was bossing his kids on the basketball court. 5last_img read more


first_imgCeltic boss Neil Lennon has given Jim McGuinness the go ahead to help Donegal retain the Sam Maguire.McGuinness and LennonThe Celtic manager told McGuinness to concentrate on helping Donegal retain the All-Ireland over the next couple of months.McGuiness works as a performance consultant with the Glasgow club, but Armagh man Lennon, has given McGuiness the go ahead to devote all his time to the All Ireland Championship. “I see Jim every day when he’s here. He sits basically just outside my office. I had a good long chat with him when I came back from Portugal,” Lennon told the Irish Daily Star.“Basically, I’d like Jim to be a little less involved because I’d like him to concentrate on Donegal for the time being and as we’re getting into the teeth of the season round October and November Jim can really do his stuff again.“We’re really happy with the stuff he’s bringing to the younger lads – we’ll see the benefits of that in a year or two’s time.”CELTIC BOSS GIVES McGUINNESS THE GO AHEAD TO GET SAM! was last modified: July 9th, 2013 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:CelticdonegalJim McGuinnessNeil LennonSam Maguirelast_img read more


first_imgSo who will fill this man’s shoes?THERE’S MORE horses in the field in the race to succeed Jim McGuinness as Donegal manager after Ardara nominated Anthony Harkin for the job before the deadline last night.Harkin is highly rated; as are the other three who are known to have bid for the job.Anyone who thought that going for this position was a poisoned chalice can think again – there’s a determination in this county to keep the Donegal success rolling now that Jim has gone. And with Michael Murphy saying the players are ready to get behind whoever the next manager is, it may not be the unforgiving job some in the Dublin (and some local) media would have you believe.More twists and turns ahead….. ARDARA NOMINATE ANTHONY HARKIN FOR DONEGAL MANAGER’S JOB was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Anthony HarkinArdaradonegalGlentiesManagerlast_img read more


first_imgMAYOR Ian McGarvey will travel to New York for St Patrick’s Day.Sinn Fein today opposed plans for the March trip – but all other councillors refused to oppose the trip.The mayor, an independent councillor, will be joined on the trip costing €5,000, by the deputy Mayor Cllr Michael McBride. Councillors insist representing the county in the Big Apple is good for business and tourism.However Sinn Fein say the money would be better spent here in Donegal. MAYOR McGARVEY TO GO TO NEW YORK FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalIan McGarveyMayornew yorklast_img read more

Sadness at passing of renowned Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples

first_imgThe music world has been plunged into sadness following the death of renowned Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples.A member of the famous Bothy Band as well as a solo player, Tommy was raised in St Johnston.He was born in Letterkenny in 1948, into a musical family . His grandfather, Jimmy Peoples, his uncles Mattha and George Peoples and some cousins such as Joe Cassidy and Bob Peoples were fiddle players. Tommy’s father Tom, while not known as a fiddle player had learned a few tunes on fife from his father Jimmy’s fiddling and kept Tommy right in his first few attempts at playing. Tommy learned mainly from an older cousin of his, Joe Cassidy.He visited Joe from about the age of seven years old and these lessons continued for a few years. Tommy attended St.Eunan’s College, Letterkenny as a boarder having won a scholarship. This was regarded as quite prestigious at the time. Tommy’s passion for fiddle playing though was much greater than his drive for the academic life.After schooling was over Tommy went to Dublin and had a variety of jobs, including working as a policeman for a while. In the middle years of the 1970’s Tommy played with The Bothy Band for a while. This band’s influence is still strong on the traditional music scene 30 years later.Tommy lived in Co. Clare for some time working for the Co. Council, playing music and raising his family. His daughter, Siobhan Peoples, is a very well known fiddle player. Another member of the St. Johnston Peoples’ clan is Séamus Gibson, a tremendous fiddle player, who is a nephew of Tommy. There are several recordings of Tommy Peoples available on CD. Tommy is now back living, playing and composing tunes in Donegal. A lot of Tommy’s tunes have been recorded by himself and many others. In addition to being an excellent player, Séamus Gibson has composed many very fine tunes also.Tommy was awarded a painting as recognition of his great contribution to Donegal fiddle playing by Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí.Sadness at passing of renowned Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples was last modified: August 9th, 2018 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:deathfiddlertommy peopleslast_img read more

Gauteng launches BEE strategy

first_img19 April 2006Broad-based black economic empowerment received a major boost in Gauteng on Tuesday with the launch of the province’s new BEE strategy, which will come into effect on 1 June 2006.Black economic empowerment, or BEE, seeks to undo the economic harm of apartheid, which systematically excluded African, coloured and Indian people – collectively known as “black people” – from any meaningful participation in the country’s economy.BEE seeks to do this through increased black ownership and control of companies, employment equity, and skills training. A focus of the policy is broad-based empowerment, which seeks to bring more women, the poor, disabled, the youth and rural people into the mainstream economy.In order for companies to do business with the government, they must have a solid and legitimate BEE profile.The new Gauteng strategy is expected to substantially increase the role of the provincial government in promoting broad-based BEE. It sets out that, by the year 2009, up to 70% of government procurement must come from economically empowered companies.The state’s financial muscleGauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said at the launch that the strategy complied with the national policy framework, and placed particular emphasis on the provincial government’s purchasing power and support for small business.“The state has a responsibility and a clear mandate to use its considerable financial muscle to promote growth in the economy and reduce poverty and unemployment, in this particular case through the mechanism of BBBEE,” he said.He said the strategy gave effect to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act of 2003 and other national policy and legislation, including the Constitution, the Employment Equity Act, the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and Public-Private Partnership Guidelines.“This [strategy] will ensure that all our people reap the fruits of democracy and we therefore need to extend the gains we have made in the political sphere into the realm of the economy,” he said.“Our growth and development strategy identifies BBBEE as a critical mechanism to achieve our objectives, particularly in making sure more of our people … become active participants in economic activity.”The Gauteng growth and development strategy, launched by last year, aims to build the province as a globally competitive city region and stimulate regional economic growth to 8% by 2014.Inclusion and frontingHe said that as BEE had been widely debated in recent years, with critics suggesting it was only targeted at the black elite, it was important to emphasise that the policy’s beneficiaries must be all black people, including women, workers, youth, people with disabilities and those from rural areas.Shilowa also warned against fronting, saying it was important that both the ownership and hierarchy of empowered companies must be assessed.“We need to send a clear message that the time for white monopoly capital to pay lip service to economic transformation and empowerment, especially for women, will not be rewarded,” he said.Paul Mashatile, Gauteng MEC for economic development, said the strategy was not aimed at duplicating departmental initiatives, but rather complementing, strengthening and creating coherence between them.“We hope this document will guide us to 2009 and beyond. I hope in the implementation of this strategy our stakeholders will also consult with us and where there are difficulties we can deal with them guided by this document.”He added that the strategy should be taken as guidance to municipalities in policy formulation and implementation.Shilowa called on the private sector to also play a role in the success of broad-based BEE.“The private sector has a role to play in supporting the growth of small, micro and cooperative enterprises through enterprise development programmes in partnership with the provincial government, as well as in designing innovative financing options to address development objectives including in housing, health and infrastructure,” he said.The strategy sets the following targets to be achieved by 2009:70% of the provincial government’s procurement will be from broadly based BEE enterprises20% from small BEE enterprises5% from micro BEE enterprises30% on goods manufactured in South Africa15% from enterprises owned by black womenSouth reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cameras in hand, boys find their way

first_imgUplifting Hillbrow youth through photography, Bernard Viljoen will feature on Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to be aired on SABC2 this Sunday 29 June at 9pm. Bernard Viljoen is an urban artist with the heart of a philanthropist, he is the founder of I Was Shot In Joburg, which provides a platform for youth at risk to learn skills and generate an income. (Images: I Was Shot In Joburg)• Bernard ViljoenFounder and mentorI Was Shot In Joburg+27 82 922 5674Bernard@iwasshot.comMelissa Jane CookBernard Viljoen is interested in people living on the periphery of society, people who don’t have a voice but who have experienced much in their lives.An urban artist with the heart of a philanthropist, he is the founder of I Was Shot In Joburg, which provides a platform for youth at risk to learn skills and generate an income. The project is based on using images of Joburg city taken by children living in shelters to help them uplift themselves. Using disposable cameras, 15 intrepid amateur photographers and Joburg as an inviting canvas, Viljoen ventured into the unknown.Little previews of city life are exposed in the photographs; they are glimpses into lives unfamiliar to suburbanites. Shadows reflecting off a leg or a sign are fragments, enticing viewers to look deeper and be witness to a transformation, an invisible human being becoming a person with a voice. In 2013, I Was Shot In Joburg moved to a permanent space at Arts On Main. It is also a skills development centre and a retail outlet, allowing the youngsters to be part of the economy. Participants are also able to share their skills with others, showing them a way out of hopelessness. Viljoen’s journeyViljoen grew up in Parys, a small town an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, and he absolutely loved it. “I studied architecture in Bloemfontein at the University of the Free State from 1994. I also travelled extensively overseas, and I went to London in between my studies over two years on a working holiday. After finishing my studies, I went to live in Taiwan for a-year-and-a-half teaching English to little kiddies, and then I went to Chicago to do my Master’s degree at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.”He is the creative director of a company in Cape Town, Grand Africa, which has a chain of restaurants, and is working on projects in Zimbabwe, Portugal and the Caribbean. But as I Was Shot In Joburg has expanded so rapidly, Viljoen thinks it is where he may dedicate all his time.The birth of I Was Shot In JoburgWhen he had been in Chicago for three months, Viljoen says, he was given a brief for a project entitled “Chicago issues for the new millennium”. He sat there and thought: “I have no desire to resolve any American issues; we have enough of those in South Africa.” And so he left school and returned to his homeland.The shooting movementThe project started simply: “I said to the boys, ‘Let’s walk out the doors, and find beauty where you thought there was none.’ And that is how the first exhibition came about,” he explains.“They were a little sceptical in the beginning about the project, but soon got into the rhythm of things. We had our first exhibition at Arts on Main, and I was very overwhelmed by the kind of imagery that we got back from the disposable cameras. After the exhibition, the guys were so afraid that the project wouldn’t continue that we had to find a way to make [it] sustainable.“It then dawned on me one morning when I called my sister and said; ‘I am going to call this project I Was Shot In Joburg,’ because if I branded it as slightly controversial but still very relevant and site-specific to Johannesburg, then that is enough platform for us to build a business.”It uses cameras as a metaphorical brush to “write our own futures”, according to the campaign. The first exhibition was held in 2009, and the group went on to create a product range to sell at Market On Main, in the Maboneng Precinct, a privately developed urban neighbourhood on the east side of the Johannesburg CBD. The products and skills evolved and in 2013, I Was Shot In Joburg moved to a permanent space at Arts On Main, in the same district. It is also a skills development centre and a retail outlet, allowing the youngsters to be part of the economy. Participants are also able to share their skills with others, showing them a way out of hopelessness.Watch Bernard Viljoen and I Was Shot In Joburg:Weapon of choiceThe business has reached a point where it is starting to sustain itself, but it still receives funding to help it grow further. The project aims to enrich the lives of street children who have found their calling through a lens. Viljoen wants to further their opportunities, developing a skills transference division to create opportunities for economic growth, social development, and job creation.“It has been an incredible journey; we are a part of South Africa’s joys, beauties, challenges and vibrancies. We are a part of South Africa’s reality and it has always been important to me to be part of the new struggle, which has nothing to do with race, but rather equality for all. Grace Jones says it so beautifully when she sings, ‘This is my voice, my weapon of choice’, and for me, I Was Shot is my voice regarding Johannesburg and South Africa as a whole.”last_img read more

The Drinkable Book could save lives

first_imgThe Drinkable Book is an effort to provide clean drinking water to people who need it in developing countries. The pages can be torn out and used as a filter to remove bacteria from impure water. It has been tested in the lab and in the field in countries such as South Africa and Ghana. The pages of The Drinkable Book can clean impure water. The book contains instructions in English and local languages on its use. (Image: Brian Gartside, Page Drinking Paper)• Biogas backpack revolutionises cooking in Ethiopia• New push for careers in science and innovation• Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya• DNA detective work could end poaching• Girls encouraged to reach for the stars  Priya PitamberImagine if cleaning impure water was as simple as tearing a page out of a book and using it as a filter in a holder. Well, imagine no more: it’s become reality.After field trials, a book with pages that can be ripped out and used to filter drinking water, has proven successful. The Drinkable Book is a combination of usage instructions, treated paper, and helpful information on the importance of purifying water.“Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through,” noted British news site, BBC.“In trials at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, the paper successfully removed more than 99% of bacteria.”These results were shown at the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, US.How it worksThe pages of the Drinkable Book contain silver nanoparticles that are lethal to bacteria, which are killed as water passes through.“Silver has been used for disease prevention for many centuries,” explains the official Drinkable Book website. “Some of the pathogens transmitted through untreated water can lead to severe and life-threatening disease, such as typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, E. coli. Typically, the symptoms of waterborne disease are gastro-intestinal illness, diarrhea, and dehydration.”Developed by researcher Dr Theresa Dankovich at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, it was tested for several years while Dankovich worked at McGill University in Canada and then at the University of Virginia.“All you need to do is tear out a paper, put it in a simple filter holder and pour water into it from rivers, streams, wells etc and out comes clean water – and dead bacteria as well,” she told BBC news. “Ions come off the surface of the nanoparticles, and those are absorbed by the microbes.”The website says the book’s main benefits are that it is simple, cost-effective and portable. “The water treatment also leaves no off-taste to the clean water, unlike chlorine or iodine treatments.”Dankovich explained that the book was aimed at people living in developing communities. She told BBC news that 663 million people across the world did not have access to clean drinking water.Trials and successesThe development team headed by Dankovich first tested the pages of the book in a lab, by artificially contaminating water. Successful results led to field trials in developing countries which lasted over two years. In these tests, Dankovich worked with charities such as Water is Life.“Greater than 90% of the samples had basically no viable bacteria in them, after we filtered the water through the paper,” she told the BBC. “It’s really exciting to see that not only can this paper work in lab models, but it also has shown success with real water sources that people are using.”The paper was used in the most extreme circumstances. It was tested at a site where raw sewage was being dumped into the stream, and it decreased the levels of bacteria in the water.“But we were really impressed with the performance of the paper; it was able to kill the bacteria almost completely in those samples. And they were pretty gross to start with, so we thought – if it can do this, it can probably do a lot.”Practical use and recognitionAccording to The Drinkable Book’s website, it is estimated that one filter can be used to clean approximately 100 litres of water, which means a single book could filter a single person’s water supply for up to four years.The book has been recognised by the 2015 Innovation By Design Awards. Out of 1 500 projects for nominations from around the globe across all the categories, The Drinkable Book won the overall prize in the health category.The Voss Foundation, an organisation that works for access to clean water, notes there are many benefits to communities as a whole if clean water is available. Using clean water has a wide range of benefits for communities as a whole. Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: Voss Foundation)last_img read more