Neymar in Dubai, but where next?

first_img0Shares0000Neymar so far has remained tight-lipped about the transfer rumoursPARIS, France, Aug 1 – Brazil’s Neymar triggered a guessing game on his return from China on Tuesday, posting a video on social media apparently from Dubai but leaving his final destination — Paris or Barcelona — a mystery.As speculation mounts of an imminent record-busting transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar’s video appeared to be from the first class lounge at Dubai airport. The 25-year-old forward, who was in Shanghai on Monday fulfilling a sponsor’s engagement, also posted a photo with the caption in Portuguese: “Lunch at half-way”.In another video posted from an aeroplane, Neymar jokes around with an image messaging app that superimposed a Spanish flag and a small plane on his tee-shirt — suggesting he is indeed headed home to Barcelona.The decor in that video was identifiable as from an Emirates aeroplane.Earlier reports claimed that he was headed from China to Doha, to meet PSG’s Qatari owners and pass a medical before his reported 222-million-euro ($260 million) move from Barca.But his being on an Emirates plane rules out Doha as a possible destination given the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours.Other reports had said the Barcelona forward could be headed directly to Paris after deciding to quit the Spanish club.BeIN Sport, like PSG backed by Qatar, said in a tweet in Arabic on Monday that Neymar had decided to leave the Catalan club, citing a club management source at Barcelona.However, following his latest social media postings, some Spanish media were reporting that Neymar is headed home to Barcelona and is expected to arrive on a flight from Dubai at 8.55pm (1855 GMT).While Neymar has studiously remained silent about his future, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is expecting him back at the club on Wednesday for the resumption of training, although Spanish sports media claim he won’t turn up.– Nasty surprise –Neymar, though, has a nasty surprise awaiting him upon his return as Barcelona have blocked payment of a 26-million-euro ($31-million) bonus he is due, a source at the club said.“These 26 million euros have been placed with a notary pending to see if the player continues,” the source, who refused to be named, told AFP.The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was due to be paid to the player after he completed a year.But the club has decided to put it on hold while waiting to see how his transfer situation evolves.The contract Neymar signed also increased an early termination clause from 200 to 222 million euros, which PSG are reportedly willing to pay.Neymar first made his name at Santos, the former club of Brazil legend Pele, with whom he won the Copa Libertadores and Brazilian Cup.A big-money move to Barca followed in 2013 as 56,000 fans turned up for his official unveiling at the Camp Nou.In his four years with the Catalans he has won the Champions League in 2015, La Liga twice, the Spanish Cup three times and one FIFA Club World Cup.Last year he also helped Brazil on home soil win the Olympic title for the first time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Well-known adventurer has lucky escape after horror crash……..

first_imgWell-known adventurer and photographer Iain Miller has had a lucky, lucky escape after being involved in a road traffic accident over the weekend. Miller owns Unique Ascent and has scaled some of Donegal’s most stunning and difficult sea-stacks as well as some of our most spectacular mountains.He is also a wonderful photographer and has managed to capture some incredible images of our beautiful county. However, this horror collision didn’t occur on a remote mountain range, or dangerous sea stack off the Donegal coastline.No, Miller was involved in a horror crash when the van he was driving left the road and struck a wall.Thankfully Miller and the passenger in his vehicle walked away from the smash without any serious injuries. Miller uploaded the images (above) and posted the following message on Facebook.“Perhaps not the best start to an ML assessment. A fire crew, 2 ambulances, 2 Garda cars, a mangled me and a smashed to pieces van. “If Carlsberg did near misses this would be one of them. #thereisagod Well-known adventurer has lucky escape after horror crash…….. was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Stephen Curry explains why he paid homage to Monta Ellis

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND –– As he walked toward the entrance at Oracle Arena for one last time in a regular-season game, Stephen Curry did not just pay homage to the Warriors’ storied history here through the past 67 games. Curry also paid respects to a man that once felt threatened with his presence.As part of his week-long pre-game routine to wear throwback jerseys of the …last_img

Photo library: Countryside 7

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province: The Springbok, South Africa’s national animal, roams freely around the Sutherland Observatory. Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Many plant species flourish in the dry rocky landscape of the Karoo, withstanding extreme cold, heat and drought. Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Many plant species flourish in the dry rocky landscape of the Karoo, withstanding extreme cold, heat and drought. Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Carnarvon, Northern Cape province: Prickly pear cactus are valuable as drought-resistant cattle fodder in the Karoo semi-desert.Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Carnarvon, Northern Cape province: An old building stands out against the stormy Karoo sky.Photo: Graeme Williams MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A vineyard near the town of Darling.Photo: Darling Tourism » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A vineyard near the town of Durbanville.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Diemersdal Werf Wine Estate near the town of Durbanville.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The Durbanville Valley.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley» Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 7: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

South Africa’s mining minister settles into new portfolio

first_img2 October 2015Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who was sworn in as mineral resources minister just over a week ago, will meet key stakeholders in mining over the next few days, including organised business and organised labour, to get their views on the challenges and opportunities in the sector.“I am well aware of the critical role that this sector plays in the economy, and the challenges it faces not only locally, but globally as well,” he said.Zwane takes over the important portfolio at a time when the industry is at its lowest ebb, with prolonged low commodity prices.He said he appreciated the cyclic nature of mining and remained positive. These difficult times presented opportunities to find innovative ways of thinking to continue sustainable growth, while catalysing broader development in the country.This is consistent with the objectives of the government-led Mining Phakisa, which begins later this month.“I am confident that with the support and collective wisdom of the leadership of the industry, we can work together to move the mining industry, and indeed the South African economy, forward,” Zwane said.According to the department, mining plays a key role in the country’s economic development. It has transformed South Africa into the most industrialised country in Africa, and has driven infrastructure growth and created employment.Zwane was sworn into office on 23 September. Watch the ceremony:SAinfo reporterlast_img read more