Germany 1-1 Italy (6-5 pens): Low’s side advance to Euro 2016 semi-finals

first_imgGermany booked their place in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 beating Italy 6-5 on penalties, after drawing 1-1.It was a coming together of two tournament giants and the match was as closely contested as anticipated.The first half saw few clear-cut chances created and, while the Germans were more positive in possession, the Italians came closest to netting.Mesut Ozil opened the scoring on 65 minutes – his 20th goal for Germany – when he was quickest to meet Jonas Hector’s cross on the edge of the six-yard box, finishing well past Gianluigi Buffon.The Italians could well have folded as they came close to conceding a second, but they were back on terms within 13 minutes, Leonardo Bonucci converting a penalty after Jerome Boateng’s handball.With just over ten minutes left, the clash was taken to extra time – a repeat of their tournament meetings in 1970 and 2006.It eventually went to penalties in Bordeaux, where the Germans were successful, despite misses from Thomas Muller, Ozil, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, as Matteo Darmian’s missed effort proved crucial as Hector netted the winner.The yellow cards flooded in during the second half, with Mats Hummels receiving his second of the tournament, ruling him out of the last-four clash against the winner of France v Iceland.These sides met in a friendly in March, with the Germans winning 4-1 but it would not be so clear this time around. After a tight opening quarter, the Germans had to deal with a setback as Sami Khedira limped off with a groin injury, with Manchester United’s Schweinsteiger replacing him.As opposed to Italy’s meeting with Spain – where they were confident and direct – Conte’s men were set up solidly and respectfully for the clash with the world champions, who were camped in the opposition half for long periods.Substitute Schweinsteiger had a header disallowed after meeting Hummels’ cross into the box, fouling Mattia De Sciglio as he leapt into the air.De Sciglio soon got forward well and he sent a cross towards Sunderland attacker Emanuele Giaccherini, but Boateng tracked back well to make a last-ditch challenge.A game of pinball started in Italy’s box as they could not clear, while the German’s could not get a shot off. It soon fell to danger man Muller, who sent a disappointing attempt well wide in the end as danger was averted. But it was the Italians who nearly led on the break after Giaccherini’s cut-back fell to Stefano Sturaro, whose shot deflected off Boateng just past the post.Germany’s opener came shortly after the hour mark after excellent build-up play. Italy had pushed Low’s side backwards deep into Germany’s half, with Neuer being forced to go with a long clearance. It fell to Alessandro Florenzi on the halfway line and his poorly-cushioned header went straight to Muller, where the attack would start. The Munich attacker laid the ball out to Gomez on the wing, who made progress well before sending a reverse ball into the box for Hector to run on to. Hector – of FC Koln – crossed low along the six-yard box and Ozil beat the Italian defenders to finish past Buffon.It was nearly two just minutes later as a ball over the top found Gomez, who beat the offside trap. He controlled the ball in plenty of space in the box and, although he was through on goal, he could not shape a shot until late on and Buffon made a brilliant save to keep Italy firmly in the clash.Gomez was dealt a cruel blow a short time later when he pulled up and had to be replaced by Julian Draxler – fearing it may be his last appearance of the tournament.The Azzurri were nearly back on level terms when Southampton striker Pelle ran across his marker to meet De Sciglio’s cross, lashing a shot wide of the target. And, shortly after conceding, Italy looked beaten but they were soon back in it when Boateng bizarrely handballed in the box. Who should step up but central defender Bonucci. At the other end his Juventus team-mate Buffon could not look, but the 29-year-old coolly slotted past Neuer into the bottom corner.Neither side could nick a winner in the closing stages as the match entered extra time, followed by penalties.It was a long shootout, with seven misses in total. For Italy Simone Zaza, Pelle, Bonucci and Darmian missed as the Germans advanced due to Hector’s cool finish. Conte ends his Azzurri tenure with defeat and he can now begin work as manager of Chelsea. 1 It was a tight clash in Bordeaux as Jonas Hector’s spot-kick won it last_img read more

Round-up: QPR want duo out, Fulham to sign ex-Spurs youngster, Moses set for West Ham

first_imgIt will be a typically manic final 48 hours of the transfer window at QPR. The club are looking to make further additions to their squad and are desperate to offload some players – they have made Junior Hoilett and Armand Traore available on free transfers ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.There continues to be speculation over the future of R’s striker Charlie Austin. Manchester United have now joined the list of clubs this summer to have been touted as favourites to sign him.One of Rangers’ summer signings, Tjaronn Chery, scored his third goal of the season in Saturday’s win at Huddersfield. But head coach Chris Ramsey believes left-back Paul Konchesky deserves some credit for the Dutchman’s impact.Fulham are busy in the transfer market as well. They have agreed a deal to sign former Tottenham youngster Ryan Fredericks from Bristol City and expect to complete the signing of defender Richard Stearman from Wolves.Fredericks wants to return to London for personal reasonsFulham have also rejected an approach from Sheffield Wednesday for striker Ross McCormack. There has been speculation that Chelsea could react to their disappointing start to the season by making more signings, but boss Jose Mourinho has insisted he does not expect that to happen.Meanwhile, Victor Moses is expected to join West Ham on loan from Chelsea before the window closes.Brentford are also adding to their squad – head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen is hopeful Austrian striker Marco Djuricin, who is set to sign from Red Bull Salzburg on a season-long loan, will give the Bees more of a cutting edge up front.Chelsea Ladies have had no problems scoring goals. Fresh from a 6-0 hammering of Millwall Lionesses in midweek, they demolished London Bees 8-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Continental Cup. Rosella Ayane scored four times and Marija Banusic netted a hat-trick.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ndebele car art in New York

first_imgEsther Mahlangu’s Ndebele BMW art car is one of an outstanding collection of cars adorned by other world-renowned artists. Here are some interesting things about BMW’s art cars.Esther Mahlangu’s BMW 252i, painted in 1991. Mahlangu first mapped out her designson a smaller version (of the car). (Image: BMW Blog)Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s Esther Mahlangu, the first African artist to participate in the BMW Art Car Programme, is again showing off her colourful creation to the world at an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The Global Africa Project runs until 15 May 2011.South Africa also celebrates afresh Mahlangu’s achievement in becoming the first woman and African artist to join the programme.Her Ndebele BMW art car is one of an outstanding collection of cars adorned by other world-renowned artists. In 1975 American artist and sculptor Alexander Calder, who also invented the mobile, painted the first art car, a BMW 3.0 CSL. Legendary pop artist Andy Warhol painted the fourth, a BMW M1, in 1979, two years after Warhol’s peer Roy Lichtenstein painted his BMW 320i.David Hockney, an English artist based in the United States, painted the 1995 BMW 850 CSI. Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. American contemporary artist Jeff Koons painted the 17th and most recent art car, an M3 GT2.Esther Mahlangu. (Image: Amanda Khoza, News24)Mahlangu says that painting the BMW has been one of the highlights of her career. When she was invited to decorate the car in 1991, the automotive canvas was new to her, and before she tackled an entire vehicle she familiarised herself with the style by first painting the door of another BMW. However, in one week, she turned a 5 Series saloon into an Ndebele work of art.“When I was first asked to do it, I could already see the design in my head. I just wanted to do it,” she says. Many people have seen South Africa’s brightly coloured Ndebele homes, but her idea was to connect the traditional decorative Ndebele art form with a modern vehicle.It should come as no surprise that Mahlangu’s art car is attracting so much attention. In an article that appeared in the Architectural Review, South African architect Peter Rich says that Ndebele art and architecture has “remarkable spatial, formal and decorative qualities”.According to the Kyle Kauffman Gallery in New York, one of the many venues which has hosted a Mahlangu exhibition, she is believed to be the most important Ndebele artist working today.She is also considered a pioneer in the area of Ndebele art as she was the first to transfer the traditional designs onto canvas. In the past, the multi-coloured geometric Ndebele painting was reserved for decorating the outer walls of domestic buildings.The BMW Art Car ProgrammeThe BMW art cars highlight the connections between auto technology and cultural trends of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.Hervé Poulain, a French auctioneer and motor racing fanatic, first came up with the idea of an art car when he was thinking of a way to combine motorsport with art. Poulain asked Alexander Calder to paint his 3.0 CSL, which became the first car to merge art and motorsport. The car generated so much interest that BMW decided to establish a formal art car collection.Since 1975, renowned artists have created excellent art on wheels, adding 17 vehicles to the collection. Many of the cars have been exhibited in famous museums such as the Louvre, the Guggenheim and the Shanghai Art Museum.Ndebele traditionsMahlangu, who lives in Weltevrede village in the KwaMahlanga district in Mpumalanga province, speaks with great enthusiasm about Ndebele art and her career. She says that the development of her artistic talent is largely thanks to the perseverance of her mother and grandmother.“When I was a young child, they already started teaching me to paint murals. I am so thankful that they did it. Art is in my blood and I just love it. Now I just have a memory bank full of designs and colours in my head,” she says.She says that besides loving art, she believes her calling is to educate people about her culture and art. “It is sad that many of our traditions are lost. We must continue to teach our children about their culture,” she says.To ensure that the Ndebele traditions are handed down from one generation to the next, Mahlangu runs classes to instruct young children in the art of traditional Ndebele design and painting. “Children have to know where they come from.”Mahlangu works in strict keeping with Ndebele tradition. She draws freehand without sketches and only paints with chicken feathers and bundled twigs as brushes, which is the “real Ndebele way.”She is positive about the future and preservation of Ndebele art. “I am encouraged that there seems to be a greater interest in Ndebele art these days. Traditionally, it always used to be a woman’s job to do the painting, but now that more women are working, men are also doing it,” she says.International and local recognitionMahlangu’s work is widely recognised and exhibited internationally. She first came into contact with the world of international art in 1989 when the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris invited her to participate in Les Magiciens de la Terre, a contemporary art exhibition.According to African Success, a database of prominent African personalities, her work has found a place in private, corporate and public galleries worldwide. Even in her own home village Mahlangu receives many visitors who want to find out more about her approach to wall decoration.She has also exhibited in Australia, America, Japan and in many European countries. Many of her well-known murals have been on display at the New Identities Exhibition in Germany’s Bocum Museum, at the Virgin Atlantic’s music store in Times Square, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC and at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg.Mahlangu has also received numerous awards such as the Mpumalanga Arts and Culture Award, an award from the French Ministry of Culture and the Radio Ndebele Award in 1988 and 2001.She remains well known for her iconic BMW art car, but says that she is also proud to have painted another car. The Kyle Kauffman Gallery notes that she is one of only two female artists to be included in the prestigious Jean Pigozzi Collection of Contemporary African Art. For this event she painted a new Fiat 500 for their Why Africa? exhibition in Turin.http://www.vgallery.co.za/estherpress/default.htmWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Terrorism: SA ‘remains vigilant’

first_img30 September 2013South Africa’s Ministry for State Security says it continues to work with countries, not only in Africa but the rest of the world, to share critical information about terrorism threats.“Terrorism is a global phenomenon which all countries take seriously, and as countries we partner to share information to thwart potential threats of terror,” spokesperson Brain Dube told SAnews on Monday.This follows reports that Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the “White Widow”, is suspected to be behind last week’s bloody Westgate Mall terror attack in Kenya. The 29-year-old British woman allegedly used a South African passport under the name Natalie Faye Webb to enter Kenya.The passport, which was obtained using fraudulent supporting documents, was later cancelled following an investigation by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs.Dube, who said he cannot comment on external claims regarding the country’s intelligence, said South Africa does its own assessments based on national interests which form the basis of state security.“As government we remain vigilant and take these incidents seriously.” However, he could not detail the nature of the government’s continuing investigations due to their sensitivity.The four-day siege in Nairbobi last week left more than 60 people – including a South African, James Thomas – dead and over 170 people injured. About 15 suspected Al Shabaab terrorists have been detained by the Kenyan government.Although the Kenyan government has not officially or directly linked Lewthwaite to the attack, Interpol has issued a red notice for her arrest, urging all 190 member countries to assist in tracking her down and arresting herSource: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Illegal Immigration: There’s an App for That

first_imgThe application is currently in an alpha state of development. Dominguez hopes that, through working with Mexican communities, churches, and other organizations, the app will be ready to use soon.So, what do our readers think? Is this Dominguez a political dissident or a legitimate academic researcher – or both? And is a mobile app enabling illegal Mexican immigration to the U.S. a live-saving tool for those who seek better opportunities, or is it simply another law-breaking tool developed by tech hackers for life hackers, a workaround to cheat the system? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… From a group calling themselves Electronic Civil Disobedience comes the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a simple mobile application intended to aid and abet border-crossers from Mexico to the United States by mapping the safest routes to take.This GPS app is built to work on the cheapest cell phones available. It brings to mind every petty-but-illegal transgression the casual user could commit and stretches the boundaries of the permissibility of tech’s uses for plausibly illegal means. The next time you use P2P or bit torrent clients to download media or use an iPhone app to detect police radars, think about this mobile application and how it reflects on American law and the Internet. UPDATE: According to the Transborder Immigration Tool website, the application uses Spatial Data Systems and GPS “for simulation, surveillance, resource allocation, management of cooperative networks and pre-movement pattern modeling (such as the Virtual Hiker Algorithm) an algorithm that maps out a potential or suggested trail for real a hiker/or hikers to follow.” In addition to allowing would-be illegal immigrants quick and simple access to map information, the application’s creators hope it will “add an intelligent agent algorithm that would parse out the best routes and trails on that day and hour for immigrants to cross this vertiginous landscape as safely as possible.”On startup, the app finds GPS satellites. Once the user begins moving, the app acts as a compass that shows the direction the user is heading and also shows the direction a user must travel to reach a “safety site.”The app seems to originate from a hacktivist group out of UCSD – hardly a historical hotbed of technological innovation, but close enough to the US-Mexican border to have a significant impact on the politics of technology in that area. The group also advocates DDoS-like digital sit-ins to bog down the resources of websites it deems offensive.In an interview with Vice Magazine, the app’s creator, Ricardo Dominguez, said, “We looked at the Motorola i455 cell phone, which is under $30, available even cheaper on eBay, and includes a free GPS applet. We were able to crack it and create a simple compass-like navigation system. We were also able to add other information, like where to find water left by the Border Angels, where to find Quaker help centers that will wrap your feet, how far you are from the highway – things to make the application really benefit individuals who are crossing the border.”Hundreds of would-be immigrants are killed each year while trying to enter the United States.Check out this Border Patrol YouTube video on the newly installed double-layered fencing between the U.S. and Mexico, a fence that stretches between 700 and 800 miles along the Rio Grande. Tags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more