All eyes on Mbappe as PSG’s rivals prepare for summer of change

first_img– Mbappe going nowhere? –Kylian Mbappe has dominated the headlines and the discussions on television and radio in France this week following his shock remarks at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday.The 20-year-old World Cup winner used his victory speech after being named as France’s player and young player of the year to drop a bombshell and suggest he could be ready to leave PSG after just two seasons.“I have discovered so many things here, and I feel that maybe it is the time to take on more responsibility. Maybe at Paris Saint-Germain — with pleasure — or in a new project elsewhere,” Mbappe said.PSG responded by insisting their star man would be going nowhere this summer, but his remarks have increased speculation that Real Madrid could come back in for a player they tried to sign from Monaco in 2017.So it still seems far fetched that PSG’s match at Reims on Friday could be Mbappe’s last for the club, as he looks to add to his 32 league goals for the season without the support of Neymar. The Brazilian is again suspended.– Lyon’s Brazilian revolution –Bruno Genesio is leaving his job as coach of Lyon to make way for a new Brazilian management team © AFP/File / PHILIPPE DESMAZESLille will join PSG in the Champions League group stage after a superb run to second place in Ligue 1. Their game at Rennes on Friday will be the last for the club for Nicolas Pepe, the Ivorian who has scored 22 goals in a brilliant campaign. He will be sold for big money in the summer.Lyon have third place wrapped up and are now crossing their fingers in the hope that Chelsea win the Europa League final against Arsenal. Only if that happens will OL be guaranteed a place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League.That would be a huge boost for the club just as they prepare to usher in a new management team. Bruno Genesio will depart after three and a half years as coach, with club legend Juninho Pernambucano set to come in as sporting director and his fellow Brazilian Sylvinho as head coach.“Sylvinho does not have great experience as a coach in his own right but, without wishing to compare him to (Zinedine) Zidane, we have seen that great players can come on board with ambitious projects and do well,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.– All change at Marseille –Who will succeed Rudi Garcia as coach of Marseille? © AFP/File / PASCAL PAVANISaint-Etienne celebrated qualifying for Europe last weekend but were immediately hit by the news that veteran coach Jean-Louis Gasset would be standing down after Friday’s match at Angers.Meanwhile, the announcement that Rudi Garcia would be leaving his job as coach of Marseille came as no surprise at all. The former Champions League winners can no longer finish higher than fifth and will not qualify for Europe.Garcia called it “the worst season of my career”, and the names being linked with the job at the Velodrome include former player Gabriel Heinze, Claude Puel, Rafael Benitez and Porto coach Sergio Conceicao. Whoever comes in faces a huge rebuilding job.It has been a turbulent season too for Monaco, but the principality club will not go down on the final day barring a dramatic set of results.Dijon have to win against Toulouse to stand any chance of avoiding going down automatically along with Guingamp. Caen currently occupy the relegation play-off place but are just two points behind Amiens and are hoping to stay up on the final day for the third season running.Fixtures on Friday (1905GMT)Amiens v Guingamp, Angers v Saint-Etienne, Caen v Bordeaux, Dijon v Toulouse, Marseille v Montpellier, Nantes v Strasbourg, Nice v Monaco, Nimes v Lyon, Reims v Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes v Lille0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Could Kylian Mbappe really be about to play his final game for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday? © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, May 23 – Could Kylian Mbappe really be about to play his final game for Paris Saint-Germain? And how are the French champions’ main domestic rivals shaping up for what looks set to be a summer of transition?AFP Sport looks at the main talking points in France ahead of the final night of the Ligue 1 season on Friday:last_img read more

Itlhabolole: beauty from waste

first_imgA pair of shoes created from waste by Itlhabolole Waste Management, a self-help project in North West province. (Image: North West Craft and Design Institute) MEDIA CONTACTS •Margaret Khambule Itlhabolole Waste Management +27 73 648 7200 •Potlako Ntlatleng North West manager National Development Agency +27 18 392 6892RELATED ARTICLES • Voluntourism: See SA, do good • Greening it up in Cape Town • Food security starts at home Bongani NkosiSomewhere in South Africa, in some little-known village, waste is being turned into beautiful income-generating objects.A band of motivated women in Ikopeleng village, in the North West province, are leading a groundbreaking project, aptly called Itlhabolole Waste Management. They turn bin-destined waste into stylish clothing and other indoor designs.Ithlabolole (Setswana, meaning “develop yourself”) produces trendy ladies’ bags, traditional Tswana clothing, shoes, plastic wreaths, dustbins, peg holders, mats and placemats from plastic.“We collect dirty plastics to create beautiful artefacts,” says founding member Margaret Khambule. “The people we work with are very passionate about the project.”Itlhabolole was started in 2000 by a group of 21 people, mostly women. In 2005 the group received their biggest funding to the tune of US$51 200 (R387 700) from the National Lotteries Board.Also in 2005, it was a recipient of a $2 640 (R20 000) donation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Khula Enterprise, which facilitates access to funding for small and medium businesses. The Small Enterprise Development Agency also gave Itlhabolole $6 600 (R50 000) in that year.“This is a project that shows that women are an economic power in rural areas and are determined to fight poverty…,” said then DTI deputy minister Elizabeth Thabethe at the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network imbizo in 2005.The funds catapulted Itlhabolole to a prolific and stable organisation that is able to generate income for its members. Today the cooperative consists of 18 people, 14 of whom are women and two are youth.“We sell our products and we also do exhibitions across the country. We try to boost our families,” said Khambule. “The project is not exactly big; we are just trying to sustain it.”The DTI’s support for the group has been quite commendable, said Khambule. The National Development Agency (NDA), which is mandated by the government to fund community projects, has been funding Itlhabolole for the past two years. “The DTI and NDA are helping us a lot.”Growth and successWithin just a year of its launch in 2000 the women were able to build their project’s headquarters in their village.The cooperative continues to enjoy its success and growth. Its impressive showing at Decorex Joburg, an expo that took place in the city in August, secured Itlhabolele a deal to showcase its products to Germany in an exhibition in 2010, and a chance to get its products into German markets.The annual Decorex event, a convergence of local and international designers, showcased chic indoor and outdoor designs.Itlhabolole received an overwhelming response at Decorex and its products were sold out within two days. The project took home a silver medal in the Best Product category.“This recognition is not only for the work that this organisation is doing, it also confirms for the women of Itlhabolole Waste Management that life is what you make of it,” said Potlako Ntlatleng, NDA North West provincial manager.“In a time when concern over the environment is gaining much attention, a small village in a corner of South Africa is creating wealth out of the waste that litters our streets,” Ntlatleng said.The group has established a strong client base in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley and Botswana. “We also trained groups of people on recycling in Kimberley and Botswana,” said Khambule.More than just a businessItlhabolole is more than just a business project; it is also an NGO. As part of its community work the group embarked on a cleaning campaign in Ikopeleng village on 2 October.Khambule said the campaign, which was also supported by their local municipality, was quite a success. She said they are on a drive to convince the government to lead clean-ups in villages. “We want to encourage the government to take part in these campaigns.”Khambule added that they were looking ahead to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when millions of visitors are expected to flock to South Africa. “The country must be beautiful,” she said.Environmental responsibilityTeaching school-going youth about the necessity of a clean environment has also become the group’s work. They visit schools to drive a clean environment message. “It must ring in their heads that we need a clean environment,” said Khambule. Farming could also become Itlhabolole’s next major success. The group has recently received a piece of land in their village and plan to use it to grow their gardening business.At present they sell their vegetables in surrounding villages in the North West province. But the ultimate dream is to be able to supply major markets. “I dream about the farm becoming big, if we could just have a bigger market,” said Khambule.She said they continue to receive support from other government ministries, such as the Departments of Agriculture as well as Arts and Culture. The latter department recently provided art and administration learnerships for Itlhabolole.last_img read more

Minimize the risk of harvest fires

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry corn and soybean fields have put farmers at greater risk of their combines catching on fire while harvesting crops.At least three combine fires were sparked across Ohio in one week this fall. Two happened during the recent week-long heatwave: one in Crawford County on Sept. 22, another in Miami County on Sept. 24. A third combine fire happened Sept. 28 in Shelby County leaving a man with serious burns, according to news reports.Combines can catch fire when the dry plant material or grain dust mix with heat generated by the combine’s motor, belts or exhaust system or by the static electricity produced as the combine is driven through a field, said Rory Lewandowski. He is an agricultural and natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.Every year, harvest comes with some risk of combine fires, but this year was especially dry so the risk is higher than usual, Lewandowski said. The recent rains have certainly helped, but have not eliminated the risk.Having machinery equipped with a trustworthy fire extinguisher is one of the first lines of defense against field fires, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for OSU Extension. Combines should carry an ABC 10-pound fire extinguisher, while tractors are recommended to have a 5-pound unit. Every vehicle in the field should have a fire extinguisher, she said.“Nothing is worse than watching the combine go up in flames while you’re running to the end of the field to retrieve the fire extinguisher on the grain cart,” Jepsen said.Another safety measure is to attach a chain to the frame of the combine and allow it to drag along the ground, which can reduce the buildup of static electricity, Lewandowski said. Clearing away chaff from various parts of the combine could also reduce the odds of fire, he said.“We wouldn’t have near the risk of fires if we were harvesting under wet conditions,” he said.The week-long heat wave that began Sept. 21 and ended Sept. 27 included multiple record-high days, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for OSU Extension.In the first half of September, temperatures averaged 2 to 9 degrees below normal, then in the second half of the month, the mercury rose. During the heat wave, the northern part of Ohio was 12 to 16 degrees above normal, and the southern part of the state was 8 to 12 degrees above average.“It’s a pretty extreme shift,” Wilson said.Additional safety tips to avoid a combine fire include the following:Keep machinery in good repair. Apply grease to bearings and oil chains regularly to reduce friction. It is advisable to perform maintenance checks at the end of the day, rather than at the beginning, to detect any hot or smoldering areas that may break out into flames overnight.Keep machinery clean and free of plant materials, especially around the wrap points. Wipe up any fuel or oil leaks to eliminate additional fuel sources; and do not leave oily rags on equipment or in the cab.Take time to cool down the equipment each night, and check for any hot spots.last_img read more

Naroda Gamm massacre: Deadline set for Maya Kodnani’s defence

first_imgThe special trial court, conducting the trial in the Naroda Gamm massacre case during the 2002 riots, has asked former Gujarat minister and key accused Maya Kodnani to get BJP President Amit Shah to testify in her favour as defence witness by next Tuesday.While asking the accused to ensure that the witness testifies by September 12, the court said there will be no further adjournment of the case.In her application on Friday, Ms. Kodnani said since Mr. Shah is not “reachable” due to his busy schedule and constant mobility, “It is difficult to decide as to which address the summons be served to him.”Ms. Kodnani, who was convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, in which 97 persons belonging to the minority community were killed, is a key accused in the Naroda Gaam massacre case, involving the brutal murder of 11 persons, also during the 2002 riots.Also read: 28 years for Maya Kodnani, Bajrangi to spend entire life in prisonShe had sought time till September 12, 2017 while Special judge P.B. Desai had granted time till September 8 for her to bring Mr. Shah to testify as defence witness.During the hearing, Ms. Kodnani urged the court to allow her to bring Mr Shah and 13 others as her witnesses to testify that she was not present at the site when the massacre was carried out.Among the 14 persons she listed as witnesses, 12 including her husband have already testified in her favour. Mr Shah is the last listed defence witness in her trial; all others have been cross-examined by the court.Verdict deferredIn a separate case, the Gujarat High Court has again deferred its verdict on Zakia Jafri’s challenge to an SIT court granting a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others in a criminal conspiracy related to the 2002 riots.last_img read more