France 2-1 Republic of Ireland: Antoine Griezmann brace sends the Irish home

first_img1 France have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championship finals with a 2-1 victory over Republic of Ireland.Martin O’Neill’s side took the lead in the second minute from the penalty spot, but it all fell apart for the Irish in the second half.A brace from Antoine Griezmann was followed by a red card for Shane Duffy, as this summer’s host nation sealed a spot in the last eight. It was a dream start to proceedings for Ireland. An early break forward resulted in the referee ruling Shane Long to have been fouled in the box by Paul Pogba.Robbie Brady – the man for the big occasion – stepped up to confidently convert his penalty kick, with the ball bouncing off the post and into the back of the net to make it 1-0 inside two minutes.Shell-shocked by their opponent’s blistering start, France looked to stage an instant response, as Pogba and Dimitri Payet set out to orchestrate play from deep.Olivier Giroud came close, almost meeting the cross of Antoine Griezmann, only for a crucial last-ditch header from Duffy denying the Arsenal striker a sublime chance to equalise with little under 15 minutes on the clock.The French continued in their attempts to carve an opening on goal, but Ireland’s tactics were working, as they comfortably soaked up the pressure.There were a few nervous seconds for Irish supporters in added time of the first half, with Payet and Griezmann seeing their efforts blocked in the box.O’Neill’s defence stood firm though, leaving their one goal lead intact at the break.It was a similarly quick start to the second half, as France pushed for an early equaliser, increasing the pressure.Ireland, though, weren’t without their threat in the final third. James McClean burst forward on the right flank, before drilling a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Hugo Lloris just managed to thwart the danger.But it wasn’t long until Didier Deschamps’ men drew level. Bacary Sagna delivered a cross into the box and Griezmann, unmarked, headed home to make it 1-1 in the 57th minute.Only four minutes later, the host nation had the lead. Giroud won a long ball forward, heading down to an again unmarked Griezmann who grabbed his second of the game with 61 minutes on the clock.And if Ireland supporters weren’t dejected enough, their heads will firmly have dropped when Duffy was dismissed. The defender was adjudged to have illegally brought down Griezmann on the edge of the box, denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. O’Neill’s troops were to play the remaining 25 minutes with 10 men.Heading into the final 10 minutes and the sting had gone out of the game. Ireland gave it their all, but ultimately couldn’t contain a determined French side, who saw out a 2-1 win. The Atletico Madrid forward broke Ireland hearts in Lyon last_img read more

SA shines at World Travel Awards

first_imgThe Mount Nelson, in its leafy setting with spectacular Table Mountain behind, is Africa’s Leading Hotel. (Image: South African Tourism) The 2008 Africa World Travel Awards ceremony took place at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban. (Image: Albert Luthuli Convention Centre) Graham Cooke of the World Travel Awards and convention centre CEO Miller Matola. (Image: World Travel Awards) Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini with Manon Han of the World Travel Awards. (Image: World Travel Awards)Janine ErasmusFrom top destination to best safari, South African tourism was prominent at the recent World Travel Awards ceremony for Africa, the first Africa regional event in the 15-year history of the awards. Held in Durban in May 2008, the ceremony took place alongside the 2008 edition of the Tourism Indaba, South Africa’s premier travel trade exhibition.Launched in 1993, the World Travel Awards recognise excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry and are voted on by travel professionals from 167 000 tourism-related companies in more than 160 countries. With 919 categories in total, a World Travel Award is viewed as the ultimate honour for a travel product. The influential US-based Wall Street Journal referred to them as the “Oscars of the global travel industry”.Cape Town is Africa’s best destinationSouth Africa won a number of top regional awards with Cape Town winning in the Leading Destination category. “This award will help Cape Town to become more globally competitive as a tourism destination,” said Mansoor Mohamed, of the City of Cape Town’s executive. “Cape Town has built and maintained excellent tourism infrastructure and remarkable experiences.”South African Airways, the national carrier, was named Africa’s Leading Airline and OR Tambo International in Gauteng is Africa’s Leading Airport. In the category of Africa’s Leading Family Resort, the Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa was the winner. Africa’s Leading Travel Agency is Club Travel, the largest independently owned travel agency in South Africa.On the wild side, Africa’s Leading Safari can be experienced at Shamwari Game Reserve, while the luxurious Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve was named as Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge.The venerable Mount Nelson in Cape Town, established in 1899, is Africa’s Leading Hotel. Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand is Sun International, and Sun City, one of Sun International’s flagship resorts, is Africa’s Leading Resort.In the country-specific category, the Saxon was named as South Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel, and the Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays is South Africa’s Leading Business Hotel. South Africa’s Leading Hotel is the Cape Grace, with Thanda Private Game Reserve coming in as the country’s Leading Safari Lodge. Finally, South Africa’s Leading Golf Resort is Fancourt.Visit the World Travel Awards website for a full list of the winners.High standard of African entriesThe Africa leg of the World Travel Awards included 75 categories, and with more than 500 nominations across every sector competition was fierce among the travel agents, tour operators, hotels, resorts, conference centres and other destinations that battled it out for the top spots. South Africa vied with Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe to be recognised as the best African travel product.The standard of entries was extremely high this year, said Manon Han, Executive Vice President of the World Travel Awards. “The World Travel Awards Africa ceremony is proof that the industry is striving for improvement and, crucially, in every aspect of the customer experience. These awards are the most prestigious and highly coveted in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry in Africa,” she added.Graham Cooke, president of the World Travel Awards, said, “We hope that the winners have set a supreme standard of professionalism in Africa with excellent examples of creativity and business acumen that can stimulate others to also raise their performance and their profile, not only within the African industry but worldwide.”Besides Africa, other regions include Asia/Pacific, Caribbean, Central and Latin America, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America. Events are held in all regions and the grand final takes place in December – this year the Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean is the coveted destination. The next regional event takes place in Sydney, Australia, followed by Shanghai, China.Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention CentreThe Tourism Indaba and awards ceremony were held at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, formerly known as the International Convention Centre. The centre is one of South Africa’s top conference venues and is itself a multi-World Travel Award winner, having taken top honours as Africa’s leading conference centre a number of times. In fact, the centre took the award again at the 2008 ceremony and just hours before the start of the event CEO Miller Matola signed a deal confirming it as the venue for the 2009 event.Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelethini, just one of the many dignitaries in attendance, opened the 2008 ceremony. In between the awards and dinner guests were entertained by the likes of award-winning local band Freshlyground and up-and-coming group Sterling EQ.The Tourism Indaba is run by South African Tourism, the organisation that markets South Africa’s diverse attractions to the eager overseas market. The organisation was elated by the chance to host the World Travel Awards, said Tourism CEO Jabu Mabuza. “This is a great recognition for our efforts in tourism.”Useful linksSouth African Tourism Tourism IndabaInkosi Albert Luthuli Convention CentreTourism IndabaDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismCape Town city websiteThe Mount NelsonDurban city websiteFreshlygroundSterling EQlast_img read more

Montreal says bonjour to innovative startups

first_imgFour startups are set to join InnoCité MTL’s third cohort.  This Montreal-based accelerator deals with building smart city solutions.Since launching, InnoCité MTL has chosen startups based on their relevance to the issues addressed by the six main programs of the Montreal Smart and Digital City 2016-2017 action plan.  Those programs focus on public Wi-Fi, an ultra high-speed multi-service network, a smart city economic cluster, digital public services, smart mobility and participatory democracy.  Also important, are the startup plan’s growth potential and quality.  Now, the company has begun to look for urban innovation startups from outside the Montreal action plan.See Also:  Canada’s health wearables coming in from cold“The Montreal Smart and Digital City project welcomes the creativity and vibrancy which characterize the Montreal startup community,” says Harout Chitilian, Vice President of the executive committee in charge of smart city initiatives, administrative reform and IT. “The contribution by city employees to InnoCité MTL’s mentorship program, and to the development of its cohorts clearly illustrates our commitment to openness and our hope for the development of innovative projects, which will improve the lives of Montrealers,” he further explains.Third class inducted at Montreal acceleratorThe accelerator’s third cohort will spend 12 weeks delving into a highly structured program that will focus on making the startups’ products market-ready. Startups will have access to practical training classes, be able to learn from mentors, work on prototyping their products, and create a local and international commercial strategy.The four startups that have been selected include MLDB.ai, a company that uses AI to develop a 3-D real-time urban environment index.Also included is Give-A-Seat, a charity platform that sells tickets to many events at cheaper prices, and We Grab It, a company that wants to minimize waste by recycling objects and materials that other people would discard, by gifting them to someone else who needs them.  The fourth startup is City Parking, a SaaS platform that allows spot owners to rent out their private driveways and parking areas. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Amanda Razanicenter_img Tags:#Montreal#smart city#startups Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more