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first_imgHosts France brought Iceland’s dream Euro 2016 run to a grinding halt when they demolished the outsiders 5-2 in their Euro 2016 quarter-final on Sunday to earn a mouth-watering last four meeting with Germany.Iceland’s resistance was broken after 12 minutes when Blaise Matuidi’s pass over Iceland’s defence sent Olivier Giroud clear and he placed an angled shot past keeper Hannes Halldorsson.Paul Pogba headed the second in the 20th and France ended Iceland’s hopes when Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann scored twice in three minutes to put the hosts 4-0 ahead at halftime.Kolbeinn Sigthorsson turned in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross in the 56th for Iceland but Giroud then scored his second when he headed in Payet’s free kick three minutes later. Iceland’s Birkir Bjarnason got a consolation goal six minutes from time.last_img read more

first_imgIt follows the arrest of Coe’s predecessor Lamine Diack last year as part of a French police investigation into allegations he headed a cabal of IAAF officials who accepted bribes in return for the covering up of Russian doping tests. Coe is not implicated, although he has faced scrutiny because he was an IAAF vice-president at the time this was going on. “I think Seb Coe is smart enough, he’s a great guy who can do this,” nine-time Olympic gold medallist Lewis told Associated Press after being unveiled as a member of the Los Angeles 2024 Athlete Advisory Committee.”But at the end of the day, when you’re talking about drugs and issues like this, you’re talking about credibility. “If he was willing to step aside and let someone independent come in and really clean this up, he’d be the perfect guy to come back in and run it.” Lewis, who competed at the same time as Coe, had backed the Briton to become president in 2011, telling insidethegames that he would be “tremendous” in the main role and would “really help clear things up”. Lewis admitted in 2003 that he had failed three tests for a stimulant at the 1988 United States Olympic trials. He claimed, however, he was one of “hundreds” of American athletes allowed to escape bans at the time by the United States Olympic Committee. Lewis, though, has been a long-time critic of the IAAF, claiming they have not done enough to tackle the issue of doping in the sport.  “It’s not rocket science,” he said. “A lot of the countries that had issues… Diack ran to defend them immediately, and now we find out he’s taking bribes.” Coe has received support from several senior figures, including Richard Pound, the Canadian who headed the World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Commission which uncovered serious failures of governance within the IAAF. Pound warned that the corruption within the body “cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on his own”. He still insisted though that Coe remain the right man for the job and that he “cannot think of anyone better” to take the organisation forward. Coe was also unanimously supported by the IAAF’s six Area Associations following a meeting of the respective Presidents at Cap d’Ail in France last month.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“As Bob and I surveyed the damage to our ranch, we were overwhelmed with weariness and could only see this as another sign that it was time to call it a day,” Joann Lombardi wrote in a Thanksgiving note to the community. “So many years of work and planning had been blackened and destroyed in just a few hours. Starting over seemed a daunting task. Just getting through the first three or four days was a tremendous effort.” But since that late October day, Joann and Bob Lombardi have learned how much their small operation in the hills of Bouquet Canyon has meant not only to their family, but also to thousands of “old friends” they’re just now meeting. “Bob and I had no idea that our little corner of the world meant so much to so many,” Joann wrote in the open letter she titled “A Wonderful Thanksgiving for Lombardi Ranch.” “The phone calls, e-mails, cards and letters started coming in with offers of time, money, prayers and words of encouragement. SAUGUS – It’s been a tough year for the Lombardis. Years ago, the couple established what is now the Santa Clarita Valley’s last farm – a landmark where generations of youngsters have picked out their first pumpkins while Mom and Dad gathered fresh corn, squash and melons. But earlier this year, when the farm’s crops needed rain, the well nearly ran dry. Rain came when the crops needed sunshine. The only highway to the farm was closed a few times by traffic crashes, keeping customers away at the height of the season. And then last month, much of the Lombardis’ property was charred by the Buckweed Fire. Their daughter’s home and a whole lot of treasures went up in smoke. “When word went out that we lost all of our pictures, we were sent hundreds of pictures from families eager to share their favorite ones. A 10-minute task turned into an hour because of all the wonderful people who wanted to hug us, cry with us and talk to us and tell us about all the memories they had made over the years at Lombardi Ranch.” Thanksgiving always has been a special day for the Lombardis, a feast built around the bounty they’ve harvested each year with their own hands. Today it’s even more so. “We have been given the greatest gift a town could give to us, a feeling of friendship and community,” Joann wrote. “This has given us the courage to continue. It is with a growing sense of excitement that we have begun to plan for our 2008 season. “And so it is with the greatest gratitude and love of this community that we use the two words that seem so inadequate but come from the bottom of our hearts: “Thank you.” The couple, now at retirement age, began farming the family plot more than 40 years ago. Over the decades it was the place to go for sweet corn and other fresh-picked produce. Halloween became a monthlong gala, with scarecrows, bake sales, booths, children’s games and a carpet of orange pumpkins as far as the eye could see. The Lombardis have pulled back in recent years on some of the work, waiting until late summer to open their popular stand. At least for now, though, they’re not going anywhere. “Our family rallied around us and would not accept that this was the end of Lombardi Ranch. In the space of four days, they worked tirelessly to try and reopen an abbreviated Lombardi Ranch,” Joann said. “We have always been proud of our children, but we were overwhelmed by the determination that they displayed.” Joann compares the family’s challenges to those faced by the Pilgrims centuries ago. And she compared their blessings, too, thanking the neighbors who helped the Lombardis persevere – and share their bounty. pat.aidem@dailynews.com 661-257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – Client confidentiality prevents Andrew Schirmer from revealing specifics, but it’s easy to believe his claim that his job has been especially challenging lately. Schirmer is trying to devise a new ad campaign for Viagra, Pfizer Inc.’s erectile-dysfunction drug, at a time when racy spots for impotency pills helped fuel the public’s ire over drug commercials. There hasn’t been a Viagra TV ad since November 2004, when regulators requested that Pfizer halt the commercials because they violated several regulations, including making unsubstantiated claims. “With all the sex in ads, this is the one place where we can’t use sex,” laments Schirmer, managing director of McCann Humancare, an agency specializing in health care ads. Facing a furor over its advertising practices and the potential of more government regulation, the pharmaceutical industry adopted voluntary guidelines in January to improve the accuracy and balance of ads so the severity of diseases and drugs’ side effects aren’t whitewashed. The guidelines, announced last summer, have already sparked changes: Spending on brand advertising is flat while disease awareness campaigns are flourishing. The look of the ads has become more straightforward; doctors bluntly describing products is becoming de rigueur. The possibility of more government regulation looms. Late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held two days of public hearings on drug advertising and is now reviewing comments on the subject. The FDA said it is too early to say whether any new rules will be instituted, but some say it is likely. “Whenever there is a public hearing, it is a sign that change is coming,” said Gary Messplay, a lawyer who represents drug companies. While Messplay praised the guidelines he said they were “a little too little, a little too late.” Only 18 percent of consumers believe pharmaceutical ads can be trusted “most of the time,” according to a study released last year by the Kaiser Family Foundation. That’s down by almost half since 1997, when one-third of people surveyed said you could trust ads most of the time. The withdrawal of Merck & Co. pain reliever Vioxx in September 2004 cast a harsh spotlight on direct-to-consumer ads. The heavily promoted drug, which once featured Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill in ads, was found to have potentially lethal side effects after long-term use. Last year, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., called for a two-year moratorium on advertising new drugs, saying commercials drive up health care costs. Thirty-five percent of American adults favor such a ban, according to a survey conducted last year by Harris Interactive for The Wall Street Journal Online. Total spending on drug advertising rose 4.9 percent to $4.7 billion in 2005, according to TNS Media Intelligence. Spending on branded ads was essentially flat at $4.1 billion. Both categories had been up over 20 percent the previous two years. The flat spending on brand advertising can be tied to the lack of ads for Vioxx and another drug in the same class, Pfizer’s Celebrex, as well as drops in advertising for impotency drugs and some antidepressants, said Jon Swallen, director of research at TNS. Meanwhile, spending on corporate and disease-awareness commercials – a fraction of drug advertising – rose 44.4 percent, to $523 million. The industry guidelines called for more disease-awareness ads, such as Pfizer’s campaign on erectile dysfunction and Eli Lilly and Co.’s ads about depression. Schirmer says the new commercials reflect an environment where companies are wary of airing campaigns that could violate industry guidelines or FDA regulations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgInter Milan are set to hand Liverpool target Samir Handanovic a contract which will keep him at the club until he is nearly 37.The Slovenian has been extensively linked with the Merseyside club, with question marks still hanging over both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.It has been suggested that Handanovic has emerged as a potential candidate for the No.1 spot at Anfield with some reports even suggesting Liverpool approached Inter about signing him in the summer.But now the San Siro club are ready to ward off interest from the Premier League by rewarding Handanovic with a new long-term contract which will run until 2021 and include a significant pay rise.Inter have no intention of letting their first-choice keeper leave and are now hoping to convince him to end his career with them. Samir Handanovic 1last_img read more

first_imgManchester United have been told to ditch their recent trend of signing big-name and big-money stars and instead aim to bring the world’s best young players to Old Trafford.Neil Warnock has hailed the club’s interest in 21-year-old Swansea winger Daniel James, and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should look to make similar signings this summer. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Getty Images – Getty Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:03Loaded: 15.55%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Bookmakers predict how next season’s Premier League table will lookSolskjaer has been tasked with rediscovering Manchester United’s identity, with the club losing the way since the departure of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.Fergie’s history of making shrewd signings has made way for reckless spending since Ed Woodward took control of the club’s coffers, with the majority of United’s top signings struggling to justify their price tags.It is rumoured a number of them – Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku included – may leave this summer, and Warnock believes the Red Devils should look to replace them with the stars of the future.The veteran manager also urged Solskjaer to give bigger roles to Marcus Rashford and their other current starlets. 2 LATEST getty Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED moving on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a tough rebuilding job on his hands at Manchester United center_img 2 LIVING THE DREAM United have been linked with a host of young players this summer, including Leicester duo James Maddison and Harry Maguire, Swansea winger Daniel James, Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt IN DEMAND targets “There are one or two decent players they’re looking at, like the lad from Swansea [Daniel James]. They need to spend £15m or £20m on them to bring these young lads in.“Ole and the hierarchy have got to realise that is the way forward for Manchester United, because they’re a long way behind.”Asked if United should bite the bullet and get rid of the likes of Pogba, Sanchez and Lukaku this summer, Warnock added: “Oh, absolutely.“I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole.” Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP TOP WORK targets Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Cardiff City boss said: “United have got to go the way it looks they might be going, even though that’s expensive, and that is to bring in the best young players.“They’ve done the other way, they’ve spent £300m or £400m on players who are supposed to be world stars, and yet they haven’t got a team. They haven’t got a team at all.“If they bring the young lads they’re talking about bringing in, they can mould them and I think fans will accept 100 per cent effort from young lads.“Rashford would have to play up front because he’s just the best there is when he’s playing up front. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer last_img read more

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has said Leigh Griffiths is vital to his Celtic plans after the striker scored a late winner to down Rosenborg. The Scottish champions toiled until the 87th minute when the Scotland international, on for Odsonne Edouard, headed in a Dedryck Boyata knockdown to claim all three points.Griffiths, who recently penned a new four-year contract with the Hoops, has found himself warming the bench for both club and country of late.However, after the timely winner from Griffiths, the Northern Irishman said: “I love working with him, we’ve tried to improve his game in every aspect, on and off the field. “He is vital to this club and squad because whether he plays or is on the bench, he wants to play for Celtic, he has that hunger.“At the biggest clubs there is always competition, you have to fight and he does that.“Nights like tonight is brilliant for him. He knows when he comes on the pitch, if he gets a chance there is a big chance he will score and we need that in the team. Like all strikers, he wants to play but he can’t play in every game. I know if I do bring him there is a chance he’ll score. Rodgers insisted earlier in the week for Griffiths has room for improvement as the forward aims to force his way into Celtic’s starting 11. The Hoops boss believes strikers must look to be effective both in attack and defence nowadays but said he is more than happy to work alongside Griffiths on all aspects of his game.He added: “Number nines can’t just stand up there and just expect to put the ball in the net. “You have to participate how to participate tactically, know your role defensively and what to do with and without the ball.“He’s 28, he signed a four-year deal.“We still think there is more improvement that he can make but not just him, the rest of the players as well.“He’s a great boy, we all love him and, like I say, when we put him on the pitch there is a great possibility he will score.”last_img read more

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has urged Government to prioritise the rollout and expansion of Mobile Phone services in rural Ireland – particularly the areas that currently do not have any mobile phone service. His comments come following the decision of the Government to sell the 5G spectrum to the different mobile phone operators.He says the sale of the 5G spectrum licence is welcome news as it will allow for expansion of capacity for all mobile phone users in areas where you have an existing signal. However, he claims the Government’s announcement will offer nothing to the areas that currently do not have a signal from any of the mobile phone operators.He says the Government has already published its strategy for increasing mobile phone services in rural areas but there has been no follow-on action.“There is a total lack of commitment to deliver the changes necessary in order to compel the mobile phone operators to deliver a countrywide mobile phone service.“The situation at present is totally intolerable with many areas having no mobile phone service, other areas having a service which is decreasing in quality of signal or with a recurring service interruption. “The Government should have used the opportunity of issuing the 5G spectrum licences to pressurise the mobile phone operators to expand their existing phone signals in order that a greater mobile phone signal would be available nationwide.“I believe the Government have missed an opportunity to comprehensively deal with the shocking lack of and poor signals available in many areas throughout the country but particularly in Donegal,” he said.He added the Government needs to do more than just publish strategies on mobile phone services.“It needs to have the backbone to take these companies on and pressurise them to fulfil their existing commitments of delivering a mobile phone service to all areas regardless of location and a service that guarantees a top quality signal to every resident in the country, not just the more populated areas or the lucrative areas for service provision.“The technologies for improving and providing full coverage mobile phone service exists, what is lacking is the commitment by the mobile phone operators to provide services to less populated and less financially lucrative areas and the Government has a duty to deal with this. “Many communities throughout rural area are seriously disadvantaged by the failure of the Government to take real action on increasing the availability of mobile phone services, mobile phone are an essential part of ordinary day living, so much are daily routine revolves around our mobiles and mobiles are so interconnected to our employment.“I am calling on the Minister for Communications and the Government to stop procrastinating and to tackle the issue of mobile phone signals in a comprehensive manner and one which will see real results for rural communities rather than publishing strategies outlining how they intend to do improve signals – no more intensions are required by the Government just real and tangible actions with results that will improve the services for all our citizens,” concluded Pat the Cope.New phone licences will not solve mobile phone coverage in rural areas – Cope was last modified: May 24th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:donegalmobile phone licensesPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

first_imgKevin Cassidy rolled the years back in 2018 to help inspire Gaoth Dobhair to Donegal and Ulster Club Championship titles.The former Donegal player, a two-time GAA All-Star, was a key player as Gaoth Dobhair ended a 12-year wait to be crowned Donegal champions.And they didn’t stop there as Cassidy and co went on to collect the Ulster title, becoming the first Donegal side since 1975 to win the Seamus McFerran Cup. Cassidy also recently launched a new business venture, Smart Meals, alongside Sean Tianihad, a chef in Teach Mhici, the famous Gaoth Dobhair pub that Kevin helps to run.Here is Kevin’s My Donegal(1) Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Has to be at the Forland Heights as you can see the whole parish of Gaoth Dobhair with the wild Atlantic Ocean right underneath youGaoth Dobhair’s three pieces of silverware – the Ulster and Donegal Championships and the Donegal League title – at Bloody Foreland(2 ) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be? It should be marketed better for tourism(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?From a football and business pint of view it has to be Brian McEniff I admire the way he goes about his business both professionally and as a person(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Has to be Packie given his connection to the Hoops (5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Football beings the whole county together so when Sam came back to the hills that would have been the proudest moment for this forgotten county(6) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?McGee Clothing Donegal Town has a touch of class about it (7) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?It would have to be Daniel given his profile and his good nature(8) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Again I would have to say Brian McEniff seeing what he has built and to maintain things during the crash is admirable(9) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Growing up I would have looked up to Anthony Molloy and when I got to know him he is a real good guy(10) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?There is a little Cafe in Gaoth Dobhair called Caife Kitty and I love nothing better to head in there at lunchtime and unwind for half an hour the food is healthy and delicious(11) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Basking Sharks(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Agh it will be grand”(13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?I think it has to be the local economy and the struggles that rural people and rural business face on a day to day basis(14) What is your favourite Donegal food?Charlie’s Hughie Tim’s (chef in the Ivy Gaoth Dobhair) home made brown bread it’s to die for(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?I think we don’t stand up enough as people. We just take everything that is thrown to us in relation to cuts etc and just sit back(16) Do you have a favourite local band?Danny & James who play with us in Teach Mhicí are unreal(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I would use it to help bring  my home town of Gaoth Dobahir back to life(18) What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?Sporting wise Ulster Club win and business wise helping bring people and students back in to Gaoth Dobhair(19) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Its peopleMy Donegal … with Gaoth Dobhair GAA star Kevin Cassidy was last modified: December 23rd, 2018 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:Gaoth DobhairKevin CassidyMY DONEGALSmart MealsTeach Mhicilast_img read more

first_imgXavier van Stappen is inside his car. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Xavier van Stappen’s rather unconventional model electrical car, which he designed and drove from Europe to Africa before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is helping raise awareness about alternative forms of energy and environmentally harmful carbon emissions.The French Belgian, who designed the three-wheel prototype in his home country, crossed 25 countries in Europe and Africa to get to the host nation, South Africa, in time for kick-off on 11 June.He set off in Copenhagen, in Denmark, and drove for four months to reach Ghana, just days before the tournament began. He then promptly disassembled the vehicle and flew with it to South Africa.“We flew from Ghana to South Africa just to be on time for the World Cup,” Van Stappen said at a press briefing in Pretoria on 7 July.During his overland trip he crossed Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Mauritania, among others.Travel by road began again in Johannesburg when Van Stappen started his next leg of the journey – this time to Cape Town. The inventor has been travelling with Vincent Pierart, who’s been filming the expedition for a website.The two-seater vehicle, which Van Stappen always describes as a prototype, is essentially a modified tricycle that’s shaped like a bullet. It relies solely on solar energy to move and can reach speeds of 110km/hour. “But I never drive so fast,” he quipped.It has a 10-year lifespan and is recyclable, according to Van Stappen.Van Stappen’s 12 000km journey to South Africa, which he planned to coincide with the World Cup, is promoting the use of “green” technology to create energy and contributing to the global campaign against biodegradation.“Nowadays we have a problem with petrol. It’s expensive and it produces pollution,” he said.Using only the sun’s rays to power the vehicle means that it makes no carbon emissions at all. “We have to adopt new ways of producing energy,” Van Stappen said.He believes that all electrical cars should be three-wheelers, because this keeps them light. Today’s conventional cars “are over-equipped” and consume a lot of energy, he said. Making electrical cars with four wheels defeats the objective of lightness, he adds.Although the first electrical car was manufactured in 1899, the market remains small. Van Stappen believes mass production will boost the industry and create more options for buyers. “[Consumers] are ready to buy it in many countries … [they] have the power to buy whatever they want.“During my trip I’ve met many people who are interested in the project.”Promoting the technology in AfricaVan Stappen’s prototype has been exhibited in all 25 countries it passed through, and is currently on show at the Allandale Business Park in Midrand, Johannesburg.One of the vehicle’s overriding characteristics is its very basic chassis, which Van Stappen disjointed with students at a technical college in Dakar, Senegal, to demonstrate its simplicity. Because the design is so uncomplicated, the students were later able to rejoin the chassis themselves.“The aim [of the trip] is also to transfer the technology” to the Southern Hemisphere, Van Stappen said.His prototype has even made it onto a football pitch at one of the World Cup stadiums.‘Green’ car for SA soonDuring his stay here Van Stappen visited a private company in Cape Town, Optimal Energy, which is producing South Africa’s first electrical car, the Joule. He said he was impressed by what he saw.Production will begin in 2012, either at a plant in Coega or East London – both industrial areas in the Eastern Cape province . The company hopes to have the vehicle ready for sale by 2013.“It’s great that [South Africa] is a country that’s producing an electrical car for its local market,” Van Stappen said.The Joule will be a standard four-wheel, five-seater vehicle with a top speed of 135km/h. It will use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which are also recyclable.The South African model will be able to run on solar power as well, so one of the optional extras is to have solar panels installed on its rooftop.The first of its kind in the country, the Joule was designed by South African-born Keith Helfet, who’s had a successful career as chief stylist at Jaguar.When not driving or promoting his first three-wheel prototype, Van Stappen works on a second three-wheel car project, the I-CARE 333, which is also biodegradable. He’s hoping that, in time, it will be available on markets across the world.During his stay in South Africa the Belgian designer visited Volkswagen’s plant in the Eastern Cape, and is now is looking for deals to manufacture I-CARE 333 here.last_img read more