Neymar talk overshadows start of new French Ligue 1 season

first_img0Shares0000Monaco’s new signings, (from L) Terence Kongolo, Diego Benaglio, Souahilo Meite, Youri Tielemans and Jordi Mboulla, pose with the club’s Vice President Vadim Vasilyev (3rd R), during official presentation in Monaco, on July 26, 2017 © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Aug 2 – After a summer dominated by talk of Neymar’s possible arrival and the potential departure of Kylian Mbappe, the new French season begins this weekend with Monaco the defending champions but Paris Saint-Germain again favourites.Ligue 1 has long suffered in comparison with Europe’s other leading domestic leagues, while its clubs have often performed poorly in the Champions League. But a PSG swoop for Barcelona and Brazil superstar Neymar would be a game-changer for French football and its image.It would also cement the capital club’s status as the favourites to dominate at home after last season’s stutters allowed a thrilling young Monaco side to take the title to the Mediterranean principality.However, Neymar or not, Paris start 2017-18 as the team to beat.Their Qatari owners have kept faith in coach Unai Emery but have appointed the Portuguese Antero Henrique, once the transfer guru at Porto, as sporting director.Paris Saint-Germain’s players take part in a training session at the Grand Stade in Tangiers on July 28, 2017, on the eve of their French Trophy of Champions (Trophee des Champions) match against Monaco © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEOn the field one Brazilian star has already joined, Dani Alves rejecting Pep Guardiola and Manchester City for the French capital.With Marco Verratti and Edinson Cavani among those still there, Emery believes PSG can sweep the board.“If we can add a collective strength to the individual talent we have and a winning mentality, then we can target winning everything, even the most difficult competitions like the Champions League,” he told sports daily L’Equipe last month.At first glance, Monaco’s longer-term prospects hinge on their chances of persuading 18-year-old gem Mbappe to stay amid reports of a 180 million-euro ($213 million) move to Real Madrid.The Russian-owned club scored 107 league goals last season but they have already sold Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City, Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and Valere Germain to Marseille.Coach Leonardo Jardim and skipper Radamel Falcao are among those to have signed new contracts, and they have signed a pearl in Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans from Anderlecht.They have rebuilt and thrived after selling their best players before, although Monaco’s Russian vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has been keen to play down expectations.“We need to target the top three. It will be very difficult to defend the title but we will do everything we can. You have to be ambitious,” he said.– Foreign investment –Nice have kept their star Italian striker Mario Balotelli © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEMost clubs still cannot come near competing with the unedifying wealth of the English Premier League, even if significant money is being injected into French clubs by outside investors.Marseille are preparing for their first full season under the ownership of American tycoon Frank McCourt.They have lost last season’s top scorer Bafetimbi Gomis but have France star Dimitri Payet as captain. A top-three finish and Champions League qualification is their aim.There are Chinese investors at Lyon, who boast a magnificent stadium and yet have lost their two best players, Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal and Corentin Tolisso to Bayern Munich.Sales have seen over 100 million euros swell the coffers, but that will surely not help OL get into the top three or go all the way to the Europa League final, which they will host.“It is true that we have lost important players, but I think the recruitments we have made are of great quality and should help us achieve our objectives,” insists coach Bruno Genesio.Last season’s surprise package was Nice, helped by American and Chinese investors as they finished third.They have kept star striker Mario Balotelli and highly regarded coach Lucien Favre, although they may struggle to repeat that showing.There are exciting developments at Lille, whose owner from Luxembourg has enacted a revolution in the far north and has managed to attract the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa as coach.The Argentine returns to France two years after walking out on Marseille and a horde of fascinating signings have followed him.Bielsa is a man of few words but with him in charge Lille are certain to be worth watching. And his first game in charge will see him come up against Claudio Ranieri, the Italian now at Nantes just a year after his heroics at Leicester City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kernans Bistro & Coffee House brewing up a storm in Letterkenny – Win a meal for two!

first_imgKernans Bistro & Coffee House is brewing up a storm in the Letterkenny Retail Park!Following on from the success of Kernans Coffee House & Bakery Newtowncunningham, The Kernan Group have introduced their Coffee House business into their existing Bistro at unit 3B Letterkenny Retail Park.Kernans Bistro & Coffee House, in the heart of the LK Retail Park, underwent extensive refurbishment recently to create a better all-round dining and coffee house experience. The Kernans Bistro & Coffee House teamCOMPETITIONTo be in with a chance to win a meal for 2 at Kernans Bistro & Coffee House please follow this link share the video and tag 2 friends to the post: https://www.facebook.com/1670034686609335/videos/488739808630890/Kernan’s is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal with your family after a busy day shopping.Upstairs, you will find a barista bar serving Kernans House Blend and Shack Coffee served with a choice of homemade desserts and scones from Kernans Bakery. It’s a perfect place for meetings and a catch up with friends for a chat over a coffee.The Kernans Coffee House and Bistro team with ManagementThe new look Kernans Bistro & Coffee House LetterkennyThursday and Friday Evenings at the Bistro are open late until 8pm, serving mouth-watering steaks and their brand new burger range (from Kernans own butchers). A full menu is also available. You can relax and enjoy a glass of wine or a Kinnegar beer from the new drinks menu. Delicious desserts at Kernans Bistro & Coffee House100% Irish Sirloin Steak – locally sourced beef from our own butchers served with tobacco onions, mushrooms, pepper sauce and chips.Caribbean Chicken Curry at Kernans. Caribbean curry with chicken served with basmati rice/chips topped with a poppadum.Late-night dining at Kernans Bistro & Coffee HouseTo treat the kids, Kernans have their famous hot chocolates, waffles and pancakes served with a choice of toppings. Yum!Another favourite is Kernans big breakfast which is served from 8:45am every morning, Monday until Saturday and from 12 midday on Sunday.Emma Cole & Ciaran Haven with the famous big breakfast at Kernans Bistro & Coffee HouseCatriona Mc Brearty with the big breakfast waffles at Kernans Bistro & Coffee HouseProprietor Anthony Kernan and Managing Director Damian Daly are delighted about the refurbishment project.“The new look bistro is ideally located in a central, accessible area in the heart of the Letterkenny Retail Park,” they said.“On July 1st, 2018, The Kernan Group took over the running of the popular Bread & Butter Bistro at Unit 3B of the Letterkenny Retail Park. Over the past year we listened to customer feedback and are really pleased with exciting changes to the Bistro and the new barista upstairs to cater more for the emerging coffee trend amongst Donegal customers. “Many months went into the design, picking the right furniture, furnishings and colours to provide a high level of comfort our patrons expect. Kernans Bistro & Coffee House includes many new features to be excited about. Not only can you be relaxing / dining in total comfort, you will also benefit from their ideal location with hundreds of car park spaces right at their door.”Manager Paul Harkin with Emma Cole and customersEmma Cole & Ciaran Haven with some of their regular customersCiaran Haven & Kellie ShieldsSo what are you waiting for, call in TODAY to Kernans Bistro and Coffee House here at the heart of the Letterkenny Retail Park. Visit the Facebook page Kernans Bistro & Coffee House for daily specials and updates.Kernans Bistro & Coffee House brewing up a storm in Letterkenny – Win a meal for two! was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CafédiningfoodKernans Bistro & Coffee Houseletterkennyrestaurantwhere to eatlast_img read more

Smibs Could Rival Both LinkedIn & Salesforce.com

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling Tags:#enterprise After being in beta for a year, Smibs has launched their SaaS business software into full production mode. The initial series of applications, with more planned for the future, include a Web-based CRM called Doorbell, and the Smibs Network, a business networking service. LinkedIn has largely wasted its potential to be anything other than personal promotion, and Salesforce.com CRM focuses almost solely on internal collaboration. While it has a long way to go to truly compete with either, the way that Smibs bridges the gap between public business networking and in-group workflows makes it a serious future contender. A self-funded startup rivaling both the largest business network and the most popular CRM is a tall claim. But the evidence to back that up is in how its current offering of apps covers the ground of both tools: intimately connecting a social graph with business collaboration. DoorbellDoorbell is a SaaS CRM available on a freemium basis. At this point, the simplistic functionality of Doorbell is the weak point of Smibs. While it has a clean, AJAX-y UI, it still lacks much of the specialization and power of Salesforce.com. The Doorbell feature set is smoother when it comes to basic task management, rather than a focus on contacts and evolving leads. At this point, it’s really the bare minimum for enterprise use, and the company is selling primarily to SMBs, creatives, and professional services companies. You can purchase Doorbell as a standalone CRM, but it really shines in the way it seamlessly integrates with the Smibs Network. Through that integration, it becomes a robust tool for managing the business connections you make and reinforce through the Web. Smibs NetworkThe Smibs Network works basically the same as LinkedIn, Xing, or other business-focused social networks. It’s set up to be a place to broadcast who you are and what you do, as well as hunt for new contacts. Profiles exist for both organizations and individuals, and you can search either by business name or areas of personal expertise. What makes Smibs different is that if you find anyone you’d like to bring on to your team, either permanently or temporarily, you can easily give them access to your Doorbell. The single Smibs site allows you to transition from networking to collaboration quickly, bypassing the need to move from one site to the other. The only business network I’ve seen that comes close to this kind of public-private merge are the Xing Enterprise Groups. The difference there is that the Enterprise Groups create a walled networking garden, rather facilitating CRM work. Even if your enterprise isn’t particularly interested in using Doorbell as your main CRM solution, the ability to work with it in conjunction with the Smibs Network makes it a perfect way to manage recruiting, and customers with access to the beta period for Smibs have already been using it as such.Really A Potential Rival?There are some serious hurdles that Smibs faces if it wants to become an essential business tool, especially in comparison to the powerhouses of networking and CRM software today. The leading problem is that business users looking for networking will flock to where people are already, which is LinkedIn first and foremost. Still, not having to wrestle with separate applications is always a draw for pragmatic enterprises. With the headache that even good CRMs can cause and the annoyance some find in having to manage disparate networks, a platform that blends both might be attractive. It also didn’t hurt that Smibs founder Peter Urban has outlined a coherent vision for where the company is headed, with new products in the works for the coming year. There’s a long and difficult road ahead if this startup wants to draw a substantial user base away from its rivals. But from where we’re sitting, Smibs has a fighting chance. center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Golden Age Home gets Generator

first_imgThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security has collaborated with the Golden Age Home (GAH) in Vineyard Town, Kingston, to procure a generator  for the home.General Manager of the Home, Laurette Adams-Thomas, told JIS News that the generator has helped to alleviate some challenges that the institution encounters once there  is a power outage.“The residents would be in total darkness and we would have to use lanterns and flashlights,” Mrs. Thomas said.Prior to the acquisition of the generator, power outages would result in spoilage of perishable foods stored in the cold room and also affect the timely operation of the home’s laundry department.“The laundry room staff would sometimes have to hand-wash for the residents and this would result in the accumulation of  clothing, due to the amount to be washed.  This would affect the staff’s ability to provide clean bed linen and clothing, which are needed on a daily basis,” Mrs. Thomas explained.Mrs. Thomas lauded the GAH staff for the instrumental work being done over the years in caring for the residents and ensuring the smooth operations of the facility.She said corporate Jamaica, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith- based institutions and private donors have assisted the home with acquiring other well-needed items. However, the home is still in need of equipment, including an industrial heater, which costs approximately $2 million. The dryer will assist the home to provide clean bed linen and clothes in a timely manner for the 454 residents.“I am not daunted by the challenges we encounter at the Golden Age Home, because I am motivated by challenges. I have a passion for caring for the elderly and I know that the Ministry Labour and Social Security, the Board of Directors, Management and Staff are doing their best to ensure that the Home is the benchmark infirmary in Jamaica,”  she told JIS News. By Shelly Ann-Irving/Sanasha Pearson, JIS Reporterslast_img read more