Record number of UL journalism students nominated for national awards

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Email Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students University of Limerick came out on top at this years Smedia Awards WhatsApp Limerick Post Show | CSSI 2020 UL students with their self-published paper, the Limerick VoiceA record number of journalism students from the University of Limerick have been nominated for national media awards.Limerick Voice, the newspaper and website produced by the fourth year and MA in Journalism and New Media classes has received three separate nominations, for newspaper of the year, website of the year, layout and design of the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Voice editor Michelle Hogan has also been nominated in the Editor of the Year category.The National Student Media Awards, or the Smedias as they are known, is the largest competition of its kind in Ireland dedicated to recognising and celebrating the next generation of media talent. Open to students from every college across Ireland the awards are judged by key media industry leaders including The Irish Times and The Irish Independent.Among the UL nominees is MA in Journalism and New Media student Daniel Keating who is in contention for the Young Journalist of the Year – National Press title.One of Daniel’s stories which highlighted the number of Limerick school children living in B&B accommodation in Limerick first appeared in Limerick Voice, which is distributed with the Limerick Leader newspaper.Limerick Voice is a core journalism module, which forms part of UL Engage projects, representing community collaboration between UL journalism students and Limerick City and County Council’s Regeneration project.UL Journalism lecturer Kathryn Hayes who oversaw Limerick Voice 2016 said it was wonderful to see so many journalism students recognised by leading industry figures.“Investigative journalism was to the fore of this year’s edition of Limerick Voice and these nominations vindicate the quality of work that was undertaken and the level of journalistic skills demonstrated in producing such high class worthy journalism,” she said.“The expanded digital and online presence of Limerick Voice enhances journalistic skills and increases students’ employability opportunities due to the real world experience gained during this project,” Ms Hayes added.UL Journalism subject leader Dr Fergal Quinn congratulated all of this year’s nominees.“We are thrilled to have seen our students do so well in the Smedia awards this year. For a small programme to have nominees in 10 categories is truly impressive. These nominations are testament to our student’s dedication and talent, and also to the brilliant edition of the Limerick Voice overseen by Kathryn Hayes this year. Well done to all involved,” he said.UL journalism students are represented in a number of other categories in the sMedias 2017 including:Journalist of the Year (Paul Saunders, Kilrush, Co. Clare)Sports Writer of the Year (John Keogh, Ballysimon Road, Limerick)Features Writer of the Year – News and Current Affairs (Jennifer Purcell, Rosbrien, Limerick)Film Script of the Year (Andrew Roberts, Melbourne, Australia)Short Story of the Year (Jennifer Purcell, Rosbrien, Limerick)The 17th edition of the sMedias takes place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Thursday, April 6. Previous article#WATCH LIT students break world record with ‘Scrum for Axel’Next articleBoland confirmed as Interim Manager of Limerick FC Editor University of Limerick appoints first ever woman president of an Irish university center_img Breaching the gender barrier at UL TAGSLimerick VoiceUL Twitter Advertisement Intermediate Care Facility patients benefiting from holistic healthcare model RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print NewsEducationRecord number of UL journalism students nominated for national awardsBy Editor – April 5, 2017 1229 last_img read more

Ecuador Lures Drug Traffickers, Organized Crime Syndicates

first_imgBy Dialogo June 11, 2012 Ecuadorians who for years thought themselves immune from the drug-related violence and organized crime plaguing their Andean neighbors now realize their country could be next. In recent months, warning signs have popped up all over the place. On May 13, a light aircraft with $1.3 million in cash aboard crashed in the northwestern province of Manabí, killing its Mexican pilot and co-pilot. No official flight plan had been logged for the Mexican-registered plane, which was flying low, presumably to evade radar detection. “It was without lights, an illegal operation,” Interior Minister José Serrano told a TV news program in Quito. “We presume that the money was to be laundered or used to pay for the drugs it would transport back to Mexico.” Ecuador’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement that it would seek help from its Mexican counterpart to verify the aircraft’s origin and identify the dead crewmen. A few days after the plane went down, troops found a drug-processing laboratory near the crash site, seized half a ton of cocaine paste and detained three people. Since coca is not cultivated in Ecuador, such labs are rare finds. This is the fourth one uncovered so far this year — possibly testimony to the impact authorities in neighboring Colombia are having in their own crackdown on Colombian processing labs. In an interview with the Quito-based newspaper El Universo, Serrano said transnational crime organizations are not necessarily located in Ecuador, but that his country is growing in importance as a transit point for Colombian and Mexican cartels. Report warns situation could get ‘out of control’ This clearly worries ordinary Ecuadorians, who this spring have been flocking to see “Pescador” — a new movie by director Sebastian Cordero. The film’s plot is the discovery by local fishermen of cocaine packets that wash up on the shore of a small coastal village. Ecuador’s top military strategists have also taken note. In March, they warned of the threat posed to their country by powerful groups like Colombia’s Rastrojos crime syndicate and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. The warnings were contained in a 225-page report. “If the right measures are not taken, the situation will easily get out of control of the government — in the short or medium term — and levels of extreme violence will be reached,” the report warned. Drug trafficking and organized crime might soon overwhelm Ecuador, and that the military might not have adequate resources if ordered to confront the problem, the report concluded. President Rafael Correa soon unveiled a plan to train 4,000 military personnel to fight the encroaching cartels. Government officials say they hope to build on an accord signed last October with neighboring Peru to combat trafficking on their shared border. Drugs are being smuggled across the border into the towns of Macara, Tulcan, San Lorenzo and Nueva Loja, officials said The narcotics are then sent to Pacific port towns; from there, smugglers use everything from fast boats to small semi-submersibles to ferry the loads to bigger ships for transport to Central America — for onward transportation to Mexico and the United States. Drug consumption up 300 percent Last July, Ecuadorian police seized a 70-foot submarine capable of transporting up to seven tons of cocaine. Speedboats carrying drugs and destined to make long runs themselves up the Pacific coast have also been refueling in the Galapagos Islands. Cocaine is coming across the Colombian border as well. According to the military review, three of the four main entry points for drugs are on that border. In 2008, Ecuadorian police seized in one raid alone 4.7 tons of cocaine, and this winter, Correa dispatched 7,000 soldiers and 3,000 police officers to the border in an effort to stop the flow of drugs. Since the beginning of 2012, authorities have seized more than 1.6 tons worth of narcotics in Quito alone — a sign Quito security analyst Ricardo Camacho says points to a 300 percent growth in domestic drug consumption since 2007. Some 98 percent of the drugs confiscated so far this year by volume consists of marijuana, and most of the remainder is cocaine, says Bogotá-based consultancy InSight Crime. In total, the drugs have a combined value of $1.53 million. Also 327 people — 305 of whom are citizens of Ecuador — have been arrested in anti-narcotics operations, said National Police Chief Patricio Franco. Semi-submersibles and secret drug drops Recent arrests and drug seizures put into stark perspective the enormous challenge Ecuador faces as the country — which historically has had one of the lowest rates of domestic drug consumption in Latin America — grows in importance for drug traffickers. In February, as a result of a tip-off from Colombian authorities, police in the port city of Guayaquil captured Heriberto Fernández Ramírez, a key go-between for Colombian trafficker Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias “El Loco,” and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, according to anti-drug police in both Colombia and Ecuador. Just days before Ramírez’s capture, Ecuador’s anti-narcotics chief, Nelson Villegas, announced the seizure of 1.3 tons of cocaine and the impounding of a semi-submersible used for drug smuggling in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The 1,177-package shipment had been stored on the island of Puna, while the sub itself was discovered on the island of Santa Clara, 25 miles south of Puna. In early January, Ecuador’s Navy detected another semi-submersible 60 miles off the coast of Puna, but the three-man crew scuttled the vessel before being arrested. “These vessels are difficult from the air and hard for surface units to detect,” said Coast Guard Commander, Mauritius Alvear. Study: Ecuador part of a trafficking ‘pipeline’ Signs of the presence of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel have increased, with nine Sinaloa operatives arrested last year. Mexican criminal organizations have been keen in recent years to extend their reach deep into Ecuador’s drug supply chain and organize their own drug shipments. The arrest of Ramírez doesn’t seem to have warned off the Colombians. In April, Quito police apprehended Juan Carlos Calle Serna, brother of one of the leaders of the Rastrojos gang. For two scholars, Douglas Farah and Glenn R. Simpson of the Washington-based International Assessment and Strategy Center, these trends appear increasingly worrisome. In a recent study, the pair warned of the “growing presence in Ecuador of Mexican drug trafficking organizations … and the growing role of Ecuador as a money laundering center for multiple transnational criminal organizations.” They said Ecuador is becoming “an important part of a pipeline that moves not only cocaine but human cargo, weapons, precursor chemicals and hundreds of millions of dollars a year.”last_img read more

Jamaica PM to attend G20 Summit 2018

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has been invited to attend the first ever G20 Summit in Argentina on November 30, according to a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday.It said that Holness, who had also been invited to attend the Special Oceans Summit in Oslo, Norway following his successful historic presentation at the outreach session of the just concluded G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada.The statement said that Holness was specially invited by Argentine President, Mauricio Macri and the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg.Power of inclusive, sustainable economic growthIn Canada, Holness spoke of the need to strengthen resilience through integrated adaptation planning, emergency preparedness and recovery, while promoting gender-responsive approachesHe told the G7 summit that there are no forces with greater capacity to transform the lives of millions, from poverty to prosperity, than the forces of inclusive and sustainable economic growth.Ravaging effects of climate change“Yet, Jamaica and the Caribbean have struggled with low levels of economic growth and high debt, made worse by the ravaging effects of climate change on our islands which are situated in the midst of great bodies of water.”Holness said that small island developing states (SIDS) like the countries of the Caribbean need to be empowered to take charge of their development and prosperity, through economic growth rather than debt, while being good stewards of our environment.“This will undoubtedly require enlightened thinking and partnerships, as already recognized by each and every country which has signed on to Agenda 2030.”Substantial progressHolness said that with the steadfast support of bilateral friends and multi-lateral partners, Jamaica and other Caribbean countries have made substantial progress in implementing painful, but necessary economic and structural reforms across political administrations, which have delivered previously elusive macro-economic stability.last_img read more

Expanding areas of Ohio suffering from hot, dry conditions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mike Lutmer, Warren Co.We are very, very dry. The corn is rolled at the moment and the beans are starting to wilt. I am pretty concerned. Out in Hillsboro it has been wet. We had a two-inch rain where we farm over there and then another three inches within seven to 10 days. Here in the past month we haven’t even had a half-inch — maybe two tenths. We got a sprinkle Friday or Saturday but not enough to do anything. The ground is cracking really badly. The beans are still green and blooming but they are not putting anything in the pods.Last week the corn didn’t look too bad yet but we are starting to get some tip-back already. If we would get a rain this week it would help immensely. There is a 60% chance for tomorrow afternoon. I am not holding my breath but I hope we get it.If you go over to the Ohio-Indiana line the crops over there look phenomenal, but this area here in Warren, a little bit of Butler and some of Clinton counties is really dry. The rain keeps going north or south of us.The hay I am raking now is pretty thin. I would like to see another 10 inches of growth on it but it had already bloomed. The hay quality has been very good, there is just not a lot of it. We are on the tail end of second cutting now so we’ll see what happens.Somebody in Warren County near the Clinton County line had 60 acres of soybeans that had Palmer amaranth really bad and they had to bush hog it all. I don’t know how they got it. I have heard about problems in Ohio with that but not around here.For the rest of this week’s droughty reports click here.last_img read more

US women’s national soccer team players sue for equitable pay

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end United States’ Tobin Heath, second from right, is congratulated on her goal by Mallory Pugh (11), Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan (13) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Brazil Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)Three months before beginning their defense of their Women’s World Cup title, American players escalated their legal dispute with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal treatment and pay.Players filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the federation Friday, alleging ongoing “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men’s national team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “A comparison of the WNT and MNT pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all 20 friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game against the various levels of competition they would face,” the lawsuit says.It concludes that a top-tier women’s player would make only 38 percent of a similarly situated men’s player.A pay disparity was very apparent at the World Cup: In 2014, the federation gave the men’s roster a performance bonus of nearly $5.4 million after the U.S. went out in the round of 16 in Brazil. The women’s team received a bonus of $1.72 million after winning the 2015 World Cup in Canada.The last time the U.S. men made the World Cup field (for Brazil) male players selected to the roster received a $55,000 bonus, while the women received $15,000 each for making the 2015 World Cup, according to court documents. Additionally, the men shared a $2 million bonus for qualifying, while the women shared $300,000. The USSF has long maintained that any disparity is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements.   Compensation for the women includes a guaranteed salary and also salaries paid by the USSF for their time with clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League. The men get paid based on roster selection for appearances for friendlies and tournaments.While star players on the women’s team, like forward Alex Morgan, can make as much as their male counterparts because of endorsement deals, the disparity becomes greater for players with lesser profiles.Terms of the collective bargaining agreements have not been made public.A group of players filed a complaint in 2016 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The new lawsuit effectively ends that EEOC complaint, brought by Morgan, Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd and former goalkeeper Hope Solo. The players received a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC last month.Kathryn H. Ruemmler, a lawyer representing the federation, wrote in a May 2016 letter to the EEOC that over the previous four years, women’s national team players averaged almost $280,000, a figure $90,000 more than men’s national team players. She pointed out that women receive benefits the men don’t, including severance pay, medical insurance, maternity leave, child care and a relocation allowance. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Rampaging Beermen MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We believe it is our duty to be the role models that we’ve set out to be and fight to what we know we legally deserve,” forward Christen Press told The Associated Press. “And hopefully in that way it inspires women everywhere.”The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association is not party to the lawsuit but said in a statement it “supports the plaintiffs’ goal of eliminating gender-based discrimination by USSF.”The USSF did not have an immediate comment.The men’s and women’s U.S. national teams have separate collective bargaining agreements, and their pay is structured differently. That means there is no dollar-to-dollar salary comparison.The lawsuit claims that from March 2013 through Dec. 31, 2016, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, players on the women’s team could make a maximum salary of $72,000, plus bonuses for winning non-tournament games as well as World Cup appearances and victories, and for Olympic placement.ADVERTISEMENT Ruemmler also said men’s games generated about $144 million from 2008-15, while women’s matches generated $53 million, and television ratings for men’s games from 2013-15 averaged twice the figure for women’s matches.But those figures were for years prior to the women’s 2015 World Cup victory and also did not include the men’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup. The women’s team brought in $6.6 million in profit in 2015, compared to less than $2 million for the men’s team.Following the EEOC action, the women took the fight for equality into contract negotiations and struck a collective bargaining agreement covering 2017-21.Players received raises in base pay and bonuses as well as better provisions for travel and accommodations, including increased per diems. It also gave the players some control of certain licensing and marketing rights.The lawsuit filed Friday seeks “an adjustment of the wage rates and benefits” for the women.“At the heart of this whole issue we believe that it’s the right thing. We believe that there has been discrimination against us,” Rapinoe said. “And while we have fought very hard and for a long time, whether that be through our CBA or through our players association, putting ourselves in the best possible position that we can to get the best deal that we can, we still feel that we don’t have what we’re trying to achieve, which is equality in the workplace.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The women’s team has often championed equal rights issues and sought more equitable pay during collective bargaining two years ago.“I think a lot of people look to us and our team and the collective voice that we have and what we’ve stood for, for inspiration and for power, and as an ally in this broader fight for equality and human rights, really,” said winger Megan Rapinoe, a co-captain and veteran of 149 international appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 28 members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on International Women’s Day.Players seek damages that include back pay. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Swedish FA plans Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue as he wins 11th Golden Ball

first_imgA statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be erected outside the Friends Arena in Stockholm, the Swedish FA (SvFF) announced on Monday as the giant striker won the Golden Ball award for the country’s best male player for the 10th year in a row.The 36-year-old Manchester United forward, who retired from international football after Euro 2016, played 114 games and scored 62 goals for Sweden, including a spectacular four-goal salvo against England in the first game at the arena in 2012.Ibra has now won the Golden Ball a record 11 times – since its inception in 1946 no other player has won the award more than twice – and his contribution to the game will be honoured with a 2.7 metre statue outside the Friends stadium.”It feels unreal. Many are thinking ‘Why him?’ and so on, but after all the hard work over 15 years in the national team and 20 years in my club career, it feels like it’s being appreciated,” Ibrahimovic said as he accepted his award.”You usually get this after you die, but I still feel alive. When I die, this (statue) will live on forever.”The Diamond Ball for the best female player went to 33-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, who won the award for the second year running thanks to her key role in Sweden’s silver medal-winning team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.last_img read more

22 days agoMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liege

first_imgMartinelli-inspired Arsenal romp four past Standard Liegeby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli showed Arsenal there is life after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette after an amazing performance in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Standard Liege.Handed his second start of the season, the Brazilian scored with a superb header after 13 minutes and then backed up the effort with another goal three minutes later.The Gunners were then 3-0 up after 22 minutes thanks to Joe Willock’s goal. Dani Ceballos rounded out the victory in the second-half with his first goal for the club. And manager Unai Emery was delighted with his team when speaking after the game.He told BT Sport: “To have six points after the two matches, it’s really important. We can take confidence. We were consistent over the 90 minutes and we can take a lot of positivity from tonight’s game. The players, when they did all they can like tonight, it is perfect. “We did a lot of good, we can analyse to continue to improve. It’s a fantastic victory.”On how things can improve, he added: “We played with intensity but then we conceded some possession but we kept the clean sheet. We can improve in how to keep the ball and make more chances but for the players today, they are very tired after playing on Monday and they still played fantastic, it’s a fantastic victory.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

FPIs invest Rs 17219 cr in Apr

first_imgNew Delhi: Foreign investors were net buyers in the Indian capital markets for the third straight month in April, pouring in Rs 17,219 crore on favourable macroeconomic conditions and ample liquidity. India has been one of the top recipients of foreign fund flows among emerging markets since February 2019 on the back of positive global sentiment, improving growth outlook, supportive macros and dovish stance taken by the RBI, experts said. Overseas investors had put in a net sum of Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February in the capital markets (both equity and debt). Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAccording to the latest depositories data, foreign portfolio investors (FPI) pumped in a net sum of Rs 21,032.04 crore into equities but pulled out a net amount of Rs 3,812.94 crore from the debt market during April 1-26, taking the total net investment to Rs 17,219.10 crore. “Expectation of a slowdown in the global economy led several central banks to adopt a dovish stance towards interest rates in order to provide a boost to their dwindling economies. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”This augured well for the emerging markets as it improved global liquidity which has been making its way into the emerging markets and India is getting its share from that,” said Himanshu Srivastava, senior research analyst, manager research at Morningstar. Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head – Investment Analytics at Bajaj Capital attributed the decline of foreign flows into debt markets to “rise in crude oil prices and worries over the supply overhang” as it has diminished the hope of yields coming down further. Sustainability of economic growth, behaviour of crude oil prices and formation of a stable government at the Centre will play significant role in the continuation of FPI flows, he added.last_img read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 20

Friday’s games mark the start of the quarterfinals and feature a UEFA vs. UEFA matchup in the morning followed by a CONMEBOL vs. CONMEBOL game in the afternoon. In the first match of the day, Germany has a 52.5 percent chance of defeating France and advancing to the semifinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions. In the second, however, Brazil is heavily favored to defeat Colombia (72 percent to 28 percent) and play the winner of Germany vs. France in the semifinal next week.France vs. Germany: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHAll eight teams still in the tournament won their respective groups, so there are no true underdogs left. But if we go back to the beginning, Brazil and Germany both had very good chances of reaching this stage of the knockout rounds (80 percent and 68 percent) compared to Colombia and France (46 percent and 45 percent).France and Germany are old foes, having faced each other 25 times since 1930 (prior to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany). In those games France has been victorious 11 times compared to Germany’s eight. However, almost all of these games were friendlies. The last time these two teams met competitively was in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, and Germany edged France 2-0. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates France vs. Germany as the most evenly matched of all the quarterfinal games.Brazil vs. Colombia, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but even. Strangely, these teams have also met 25 times, and Colombia has managed to win only twice. A Seleção have slaughtered Los Cafeteros on more than one occasion, 9-0 in 1959 and 6-2 in 1969, but this is a different Colombia team. Their last meeting with Brazil, a friendly in the U.S. in 2012, ended in a 1-1 draw.Brazil trumps Colombia in overall and offensive SPI ratings (90.6 and 3.1 to 89.4 and 2.6) but Colombia’s defense is slightly better, with an SPI rating of 0.4 average goals allowed to Brazil’s 0.5 (lower defensive scores are better). Brazil’s defense has something to worry about in James Rodriguez, this World Cup’s breakout star for Colombia, who has tallied five goals — the most of any player so far — including this beautiful chest-to-volley on the turn against Uruguay:But Brazil’s Neymar (and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller) are only one goal behind Rodriguez, so if Brazil clinches a win in this clash of the golden boys, Rodriguez may be out of the race for this year’s golden boot.OFF THE PITCHFrance and Germany are neighbors, and each has international power and its own distinct culture — berets and baguettes vs. lederhosen and bratwurst. So given the ease of travel between the countries, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of cross-tourism. According to the French Ministry of Handicrafts, Trade and Tourism, there were about 6.3 million overnight stays in France from German tourists in 2012. Conversely, the German National Tourist Board reported that there were roughly 3.1 million, or half as many, overnight stays in Germany from French tourists in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population at the time, this means that about 8 percent of Germany’s 80.4 million people stayed overnight in France at least once in 2012, while about 5 percent of France’s 65.7 million people stayed overnight in Germany. They may not be the best of friends, but it looks like the old enemies have at least upgraded to a friendly rivalry — at least as far as tourism goes. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWith the U.S. Out, Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For?Tim Howard Lost, But He Just Had the Best Match of the World CupA Chart For Predicting Penalty-Shootout Odds in Real TimeCORRECTION (July 4, 10:57 a.m.): An earlier version of this post had the incorrect year of the last competitive meeting between France and Germany. While the two teams did face off in 1982, they also met in the 1986 World Cup semifinals. read more

Lloris blamed Frances weak effort

first_imgFrance were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands away from home and the World Cup winners’ captain, Hugo Lloris, admitted that his team showed a really poor performance and they could have conceded even more goals.The Netherlands can win their group if they will manage to beat Germany away from home – and France will only have to hope that the Germans will be able to stand tall and deflect the Dutch attacks for the group win.Hugo Lloris admitted that the performance shown by his team was really weak and they didn’t deserve anything from this game, according to fourfourtwo.com:We played to the minimum of our potential and paid for it. The score could have been even more flattering for the Dutch.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“We have to hope that the Germans beat them on Monday.”“We knew what to expect, we knew the level of the Netherlands, they had demonstrated it against Germany and Belgium in October and they turned in a great performance.”“We did not live up to it. It’s disappointing, now we no longer have our destiny in our hands.“In the coming days, we will have to analyse it even if it is not easy to find the right words.”last_img read more