Estrosi made the announcement at the Automobile Club de France which helped stage the first ever grand prix in 1906.The desired optimal date for the new French race would be late August or early September 2018, between the usual dates for the Belgium and Italian GP races.French Grand Prix circuit © AFP / Jonathan STOREY, Kun TIANFrench driver Romain Grosjean was one of the first to welcome the news.“Really super happy for all the French fans who will have their Grand Prix and who can come and support us” the Haas team driver posted on Twitter. Felipe Massa in a Ferrari won the last F1 race staged in France in 2008 at Magny-Cours, when a major budget deficit was shouldered by the French state and local authorities.The Paul Ricard venue has held 14 F1 races in all between 1971 and 1990 when French four-time champion Alain Prost was victorious.“We lost this GP in 1990, it’s returning now to Provence and that’s only right for our region,” Estrosi observed.Since 2002 the track’s shareholders have invested 80 million euros ($85.6mn) to bring it up to scratch.“It’s a venue that is both recognised and appreciated,” Estrosi declared.Christian Estrosi gives a news conference about the French Formula One Grand Prix in Paris on December 5, 2016 © AFP / Lionel BonaventureHe said the cost of staging the race had been estimated in an independent audit at 30 million euros – 14 million coming from local authorities and the balance from direct revenue.“And the impact on the local economy will be 65 million euros,” he added, quoting figures from the audit into the project conducted by international consultants Deloitte.Estrosi disclosed that it was only last month that he believed F1 would return to his region.“The crucial moment was when we met (F1 supremo and the track’s former owner) Bernie Ecclestone, on November 16 in Geneva with (FIA) president Jean Todt.“We put all the numbers involved on the table, he believed us and I felt that he had confidence in us.”The circuit is named in honour of the man who used to bankroll it, the late industrialist who made his fortune from pastis.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France’s Le Castellet Circuit will once again host the French grand prix in 2018 © AFP/File / Boris HorvatParis, France, Dec 5 – The French Grand Prix is returning to the Formula One calendar in 2018 after a decade-long absence at Le Castellet’s Paul Ricard circuit near Marseille, organisers announced on Monday.“The French Grand Prix is making its comeback,” Christian Estrosi, president of the Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur region told a press conference in Paris.
Brandt also brought out opening band High Valley, three brothers from northern Alberta, to join him on several songs. Following the show, both Brandt and High Valley stayed late, posing for pictures with fans and signing autographs. Photos from the show are below:- Advertisement –
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The ‘Magnificent Seven’ is back for 2017!Each week, Ray Stubbs and his guests on talkSPORT 2 will select the most memorable sporting moments of the previous weekend.There are no rules… nominees can be individuals, teams, magic moments, even trophies or quotes. Anything and everything goes.Leading the way this week is Wayne Rooney, who equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United scoring record with his 249th goal for the club.But who joined him in this week’s ‘Magnificent Seven’? Have a listen to find out.You can hear the ‘Magnificent Seven’ every Monday afternoon at 2.45pm on talkSPORT 2
Lyndon Dykes ensured there was no Betfred Cup glory for Hibernian boss Neil Lennon as Queen of the South launched a second-half blitz to book their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win.Queens went in at the break trailing to Paul Hanlon’s 22nd-minute strike and were still behind as the clock ticked around to the 66th minute.However, substitute Dean Brotherson made an instant impact when his cross was turned home by Stephen Dobbie, and there was better to come for the visitors.They took the lead with eight minutes remaining when Grant Anderson headed home, and then dispatched Ladbrokes Championship rivals and last season’s beaten finalists four minutes later when Dobbie played in Dykes and he made no mistake from eight yards.
He said: “Certainly, for me, if we manage to finish this job and achieve promotion I think in the fullness of time I’ll look back on it and say that yes, this is the biggest thing I’ve done.“But I’d hope it won’t be the biggest thing I do in my whole career.“The next challenge would be to figure out how I achieve something more.“We’ll settle for finishing this job first of all.” St Mirren boss Jack Ross said guiding the Buddies to the Championship title would mark the high point of his career so far but insisted there is plenty more to come.The Paisley outfit will secure promotion to the Scottish top flight at the weekend if they defeat Brechin and Livingston drop points against Morton.Since taking over as manager in October 2016 – when St Mirren languished at the foot of the Championship table – Ross has set about turning around the club’s fortunes.The 41-year-old said while promotion would top the lot to this point in his time in football he isn’t ever one to rest on his laurels. Saints have led the way in the second tier since before Christmas.Ross, who was named Championship manager of the month for March, believes his side will have proven themselves worthy champions should they cross the line on Saturday.He added: “We are getting closer to achieving our target for the season.“We have been quite open that we wanted to achieve promotion.“The fact we are edging towards winning the division is huge for us.”“If this team can get over the line they’ll be worthy champions.”Ross’ work transforming St Mirren from relegation fodder to promotion contenders has seen him linked with a host of clubs.The Buddies manager has no plans of upping sticks anytime soon, however.He said: “I love the job, I have an affection for the club. I am very comfortable in the role I have here and know the potential of the club.“If we manage to achieve promotion I still think there is a lot of growth and things we can improve upon.”
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Donegal TDs Joe McHugh and Thomas Pringle have welcomed news that Donegal producers can begin to export live brown crab to China within the next three to four weeks.The news follows a meeting between Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed and Chinese Minister Zhi Shuping in Dublin. The meeting also set in train plans to export Irish beef to China.“It is very good news for our seafood producers to hear that an agreement has been reached,” Deputy Pringle said. Minister Creed met today wth Minister Zhi and agreed a form of export certificate that will satisfy the Chinese authorities and means that this export business that is important for Irish and Donegal exporters can resume.Deputy Pringle said: “The gross loss to our export sales was close to €5 million in 2016.“The business could have continued to grow into 2017 and it will be important now that exporters can recover the market as soon as possible and this important export market can get back to normal.“I am concerned that it took almost a year and a half to reach this solution on China’s ban on our Live Brown Crab imports, while other countries that were also affected by the ban have resolved this diplomatic issue an awful lot quicker. “The UK ended the ban within 12 months and France had it resolved after only 8 months. That’s because their Governments took the ban seriously and engaged in the necessary diplomatic approach.”Deputy McHugh said that today’s meeting was ‘great news for all food sectors here in Donegal.’He said: “I arranged a meeting a few weeks ago between one of this county’s main live crab exporters and Minister Creed so that the importance of this sector to our county could be emphasised again.“The bilateral meetings today have come about following numerous meetings between officials from both countries.“This is good news for Killybegs and for brown crab fishermen and exporters. “But it also good news for Donegal beef farmers.”Minister Creed said he was very pleased to welcome Minister Zhi to Ireland this morning as a follow-up to negotiations in Beijing last September.Minister Creed said today: “China is now such an important partner for Ireland on agri-food issues and is our third largest trading partner in this sector.“Whilst we had constructive discussions on a wide range of issues, I am especially delighted today to have signed this Beef Protocol with China. This marks another major milestone in the process of getting Irish beef into the Chinese market. “Today’s signing marks the culmination of intensive political, technical and diplomatic engagement with the Chinese authorities. I look forward to moving forward with the next steps as quickly as possible”The Ministers also signed a protocol to facilitate trade in thoroughbred horses for an emerging racing sector in China.On live crabs, the Ministers have agreed an export certificate which will permit the resumption of exports to the critically important Chinese market.The Irish seafood sector has been extremely anxious to resolve a number of certification issues which have hampered the trade.Exports are expected to begin from Donegal to China in the next three to four weeks.Donegal producers to begin exporting live crab to China in ‘three to four weeks’ was last modified: April 18th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:ChinaJoe McHughKillybegsLive Brown CrabThomas Pringle
7 April 2011More rangers will be placed on patrol in order to put a stop to increasing incidents of crime at Table Mountain National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on Wednesday.SANParks CEO David Mabunda said 50 additional rangers would be employed at the park. Currently the park employs 43 rangers and 12 visitor safety officers.The rangers will be responsible for issues such as visitor safety, visitor rescue, anti-poaching, disaster management and crime prevention in general.SANParks said the recruitment process would begin immediately, and the first recruits are expected to report for duty within the next three months.“We cannot allow the internationally iconic status of Table Mountain National Park to be negatively impacted by ongoing crime in this area,” Mabunda said. “The economic implications for the Cape Town City and the country are significant … we have to act decisively in dealing with this issue.“At the end of the day, the Table Mountain National Park is there for all, and we want both our domestic and international visitors to be able to enjoy the park to its fullest without any fear,” Mabunda said.SANParks said it would continue working with the SAPS, Metro Police, provincial officials and other partners as part of a multi-stakeholder approach to combating crime on Table Mountain.Source: BuaNews
The Maponya Mall Reading Programme willbe hosted mainly at the Funda UJabuleschool in Soweto. (Image: UJ) MEDIA CONTACTS • Herman Esterhuizen UJ media relations +27 559 36653 or +27 72 129 0777 RELATED ARTICLES: RELATED ARTICLES • UJ Soweto university open for learning • Tackling SA’s education challenges • SA prioritises quality education • Getting needy kids hooked on books • Primary schools get a helping handEmily van RijswijckA top shopping mall, a financial services company and a university have struck up a joint venture to teach children in Soweto the joy and educational value of reading, within and outside the classroom.The Maponya Mall Reading Programme, which targets children between the ages of four and eight, was formally launched at the mall in Klipspruit, Soweto, by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Sanlam.The upmarket shopping centre is close to UJ’s Soweto campus.According to the university, the aim of the programme is two-fold – firstly to promote reading and an appreciation of literature through storytelling and secondly, to give staff and students of the Faculty of Education the chance to share their storytelling skills with the surrounding community.The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Sarah Gravett, and B Ed Foundation Phase teacher education students got the programme going by reading to about 250 children throughout the morning of 17 March, the launch date.According to Gravett, reading lays the foundation for all further cognitive development in young children and it is critical that parents read to their children and, in so doing, stimulate a passion for literature which will stay with them all their lives.“Reading is a very important way of activating and initiating the development of more complex thinking and linguistic literacy, which can prove crucial to the years of foundation phase schooling,” she says. “The earlier reading is used as a tool to stimulate language development the better, since we never exist without language; we use it all the time.”The Funda UJabule schoolThe programme will be hosted for the most part at the unique Funda UJabule (isiZulu, meaning “learn and be happy”) school on UJ’s Soweto campus. Funda UJabule, a partnership between the Gauteng Department of Education and UJ, is used as a teacher education and research facility for students planning to teach at pre-primary level.Foundation phase students at UJ participate in classroom activities at the school and spend time as observers and assistants to the teachers.“The overall aim is to establish a strong teacher education programme that bridges the ‘theory-practice divide’,” says UJ.In an effort to reach the community, teachers and students contribute a bi-weekly column to community newspapers in Soweto in which they discuss child care and aspects of education.Funda UJabule opened its doors in 2010, with two grade R (foundation phase or pre-school) classes offering education to 200 children in either English and isiZulu, or English and Sesotho. In time it is hoped to develop the school into a fully-fledged primary school.In addition, Funda UJabule is a facility where students can undertake research in various related fields.The school hosts a number of community engagement projects related to care and education in childhood, of which the Maponya Mall Reading Programme is the latest. Teaching parentsThe reading programme also has a strong parenting focus. In the coming months the UJ Faculty of Education will host further events, some of which will train parents in the art of storytelling and help them with reading strategies at home.Books are about more than stories and should be used as tools by parents to teach their children. The choice of a particular story can set an entire learning process in motion, Gravett believes.“The question should not be whether I should be reading to my child, but what I should be reading and how I can use the reading experience to teach my child something about society,” she says.“Even though reading is important for the development of linguistic literacy it should be accompanied by the deliberate attempt to teach one’s child something new. Your child’s success at school depends on what you are reading to them.”Metropolitan RaucalThis is not the first time UJ has joined forces with a financial institution to promote education and learning. In 1994 the university went into a partnership with Metropolitan Life to support the Metropolitan Raucal, a Gauteng Department of Education school established in 1992 by the then Rand Afrikaans University (since renamed as the University of Johannesburg).The initial aim of the school was to help township pupils with an aptitude for mathematics and science to gain access to quality education. Now in its 20thyear, the school continues to post excellent matric results and, while its curriculum remains strongly focused on quality maths and science education, the selection criteria have become less restrictive. The school maintained a 100% matriculation pass rate until 2009 but faltered a little, with one failure in each of the 2010 and 2011 academic years.A rich historyWith its rich, chequered and sometimes violent history it is no wonder that the sprawling township of Soweto (its name taken from the first two letters of the words in South Western Township) is such a drawcard for visitors to Gauteng and is one of the top ten destinations in the province.South Africa’s biggest township has written its name firmly in the history books for a number of reasons.It was here that the Freedom Charter was signed in 1955 in Soweto’s oldest suburb, Kliptown. It is also here that visitors can see the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize laureates once lived.Former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both lived in Vilakazi Street in Orlando West and while Tutu’s former house is still a domestic residence Mandela’s small matchbox home has been turned into a museum.Soweto is also the place where the 1976 student uprising began, an event that sounded the death knell for apartheid and led to severe international sanctions against the country right through the 1980s.The Hector Pietersen Museum around the corner from Mandela’s old home commemorates this event.