France city – Ambafrance JM http://ambafrance-jm.org/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 21:09:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ambafrance-jm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/cropped-icon-32x32.png France city – Ambafrance JM http://ambafrance-jm.org/ 32 32 Trudeau attends summit of French-speaking nations in Tunisia amid geopolitical uproar https://ambafrance-jm.org/trudeau-attends-summit-of-french-speaking-nations-in-tunisia-amid-geopolitical-uproar/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/trudeau-attends-summit-of-french-speaking-nations-in-tunisia-amid-geopolitical-uproar/ The summit is the fourth and final leg of a 10-day trip that included three major summits in Asia, including the G20 leaders’ meeting. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Africa for a gathering of French-speaking countries grappling with chaos in Haiti, soaring food prices and anxiety over the role of language in the […]]]>

The summit is the fourth and final leg of a 10-day trip that included three major summits in Asia, including the G20 leaders’ meeting.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Africa for a gathering of French-speaking countries grappling with chaos in Haiti, soaring food prices and anxiety over the role of language in the digital age.

Members of the International Organization of La Francophonie are meeting this weekend in Tunisia to take stock of turbulent times in geopolitics and seek closer ties.

Like the Commonwealth, La Francophonie holds annual meetings to touch on everything from human rights to cultural exchanges to the role of French internationally.

The summit is the fourth and final leg of a 10-day trip that included three major summits in Asia, including the G20 leaders’ meeting.

This weekend’s summit follows cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is sending food prices skyrocketing across Africa, which accounts for a growing percentage of the French-speaking world.

The issue is of particular concern in North Africa, where the cost of bread was among the grievances that exploded during the Arab Spring protests from 2010 to 2012.

“There are going to be very important geopolitical issues,” University of Alberta political scientist Frederic Boily said in a French-language interview.

“The food problems on the African side are quite glaring.”

Arab Spring protests began in Tunisia, leading to the overthrow of then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the establishment of democratic elections.

But the country hosting this weekend’s summit has regressed, with Tunisian President Kais Saied suspending parliament in 2021, concentrating power and attacking key institutions.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have raised concerns that Saied’s government is jailing journalists, sacking judges and giving religion a prominent role in the military.

Ottawa wanted the event postponed due to these concerns, while the Quebec government considered a boycott before thinking it was better to use the summit to build deeper ties with African nations.

On Friday, Trudeau said he would stress the importance of human rights at the summit.

“I will share my concerns about the democratic backsliding that we are seeing in many parts of the world and our concern about what is happening in Tunisia,” he told reporters in French at the close of the cooperation summit. Asia-Pacific economy in Bangkok.

Moments later, Reuters reported that Tunisian police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the town of Zarzis, which is connected by a long bridge to the resort island of Djerba, where the summit will take place.

The protests may have been linked to recent uproar over the Tunisian government’s response to the deaths of its citizens in shipwrecks as migrants attempted to cross the Mediterranean.

The ongoing unrest in Haiti is likely to be a frequent topic of conversation at the summit, with the Caribbean country reeling from brazen gangs that have choked off supplies of fuel and essentials.

The country’s government has requested foreign military intervention to restore order, but the idea is controversial among Haitians, and no country has expressed a willingness to carry out such an intervention – although Canada was named by the United States government as a possible candidate.

Meanwhile, the organization’s flagship event, the Games of La Francophonie, is said to be in turmoil.

The games are scheduled for next summer, but Radio-Canada reported this week that officials have warned the Democratic Republic of Congo that missed deadlines and cost overruns could prevent the country from hosting the event. .

The summit includes a Sunday plenary on “citizen distrust” and how institutions can regain their credibility.

But its main themes revolve around the promotion of French in the digital age. The group’s leader, Louise Mushikiwabo, recently complained that international bodies seem to be using French less and less, despite the increase in the number of French speakers in the world.

The summit will also look at improving schooling in French, especially in African countries that lack stability.

Trudeau plans to meet leaders from several countries in Tunisia, just weeks after hosting an African Union delegation to Ottawa aimed at strengthening Canada’s ties with the continent.

He will also speak at the summit with Quebec Premier Francois Legault as the two clash over health care transfers.

“Certainly, the top priority of the Francophonie Summit is the protection of the French language, in Quebec and everywhere,” Trudeau said in French.

The organization celebrates its fifth decade this year and has 88 regions, including Canada, Quebec and New Brunswick, as full members, with Ontario as an observer.

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New York City FC signs deal for own stadium https://ambafrance-jm.org/new-york-city-fc-signs-deal-for-own-stadium/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:08:10 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/new-york-city-fc-signs-deal-for-own-stadium/ Published on: 16/11/2022 – 19:08 Miami (AFP) – Major League Soccer’s New York City FC will finally have their own stadium in 2027 after spending seven years playing baseball at Yankee Stadium. New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced on Wednesday the construction of a privately funded football stadium at Willets Point in the borough […]]]>

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Miami (AFP) – Major League Soccer’s New York City FC will finally have their own stadium in 2027 after spending seven years playing baseball at Yankee Stadium.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced on Wednesday the construction of a privately funded football stadium at Willets Point in the borough of Queens.

The stadium will be part of a larger redevelopment and housing project in an area that includes the New York Mets’ Citi Field baseball park and the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, home of the US Open.

“Our plan will provide 2,500 affordable housing units – New York City’s largest fully affordable housing project in decades,” Adams said.

“With a fully privately funded football stadium, hotel and local businesses, we will not only create housing, but also quality jobs, $6 billion in economic activity and a real path to the middle class. “, he added.

NYCFC and New York-headquartered MLS have spent more than a decade trying to find a site for a stadium and MLS commissioner Don Garber said he was pleased with the deal.

“Today is one of the most memorable days in our big league history,” Garber said.

“For the past 12 years, I’ve tried to dream of the reality that we have today, which is having a cathedral for this great team, NYC FC,” added Garber.

The New York team is owned by the City Football Group, which also own English Premier League club Manchester City.

City Football Group is majority owned by Abu Dhabi United Group with additional US and Chinese minority investments.

“Our club has been investing in New York for more than a decade, and we look forward to investing those funds to help build a new community for our first team, our dedicated fans and our great city,” the vice president said. of NYCFC, Marty Edelman.

NYCFC won the MLS Cup in 2021 and were Eastern Conference runners-up this season.

The club was forced to move its playoff opener last month against Inter Miami from Yankee Stadium to Citi Field due to a playoff clash with baseball.

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Paris Saint-Germain to continue Lionel Messi contract negotiations despite shocked interest from Barcelona https://ambafrance-jm.org/paris-saint-germain-to-continue-lionel-messi-contract-negotiations-despite-shocked-interest-from-barcelona/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 08:28:00 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/paris-saint-germain-to-continue-lionel-messi-contract-negotiations-despite-shocked-interest-from-barcelona/ PSG hope Messi stays in French capital Paris Saint-Germain will continue contract negotiations with Lionel Messi upon his return from the World Cup, according to the Mail. The 35-year-old’s current contract in the French capital expires this summer and there have been serious rumors about a shock return to Barcelona. The La Liga club’s president […]]]>

PSG hope Messi stays in French capital

Paris Saint-Germain will continue contract negotiations with Lionel Messi upon his return from the World Cup, according to the Mail. The 35-year-old’s current contract in the French capital expires this summer and there have been serious rumors about a shock return to Barcelona. The La Liga club’s president Joan Laporta has publicly opened the door for Messi, so PSG are keen to tie the Argentine to a new deal to put an end to the rumours. Messi will be offered a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 champions, while the club intend to offer extensions to Marco Verratti, Sergio Ramos and Presnel Kimpembe as well.

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Paper Round’s point of view: Extending Messi’s contract didn’t seem so bad this summer, but the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has finally found his old form after struggling during his opening campaign in France. Now it looks like PSG will be hoping to keep Messi and Kylian Mbappe in their bid to clinch a Champions League title. This could lead to Neymar’s exit, but there’s no guarantee that PSG will be able to find a suitor. If Messi agrees to stay two more years in Paris, one would think he will end up joining MLS in 2025 for one last day’s pay.

Sanchez fans in the Premier League

Premier League duo Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, according to The Sun. The 24-year-old has been called up for Spain’s World Cup squad and has impressed since joining the Brighton squad two seasons ago. Chelsea boss Graham Potter is a huge fan of his former player, while Manchester United are keeping tabs on Sanchez due to uncertainty surrounding David de Gea’s long-term future at Old Trafford. De Gea’s current contract is due to expire next summer but there is an option to extend his deal for another 12 months.

Paper Round’s point of view: Sanchez is a solid stopper and has proven himself as Premier League quality over the past few years. However, there are still question marks over whether he would perform at a club competing for the European spots. We know there are still mistakes in his game – as seen in Brighton’s loss to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon. Is he a better option than his compatriots De Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga? Probably not. Especially since his release clause is said to be around £57million. It’s not exactly cheap.

Barca continue their search for a right-back

Barcelona are preparing their January transfer window plans, with Spanish outlet Sport reporting that the Blaugrana will relaunch their search for a right-back. Adding a new right-back is Barca’s ‘top priority’ due to the long-term lack of trust in Hector Bellerin and Sergi Roberto. Xavi has identified long-term targets Diogo Dalot, Juan Foyth and Benjamin Pavard as first-choice options, but there is also interest in Wilfried Singo and Jeremie Frimpong. The club will focus on a new left centre-back and a deep midfielder in the summer transfer market.

Paper Round’s point of view: More spending at Barcelona…despite their well-known financial problems. Will it end well? Who knows. Yes – the Catalan club probably need a new right-back, but will it make a difference for the rest of their season? It will be a complete disaster (again) if they spend huge fees to bring in any of the names mentioned in January and then fail to earn any silverware this season. As things stand, they top La Liga and face Manchester United in the Europa League. Perhaps a new right-back could be vital for their title hopes.

Guardiola uses the break to decide the future

Pep Guardiola will consider his future at Manchester City during the mid-season break for the 2022 World Cup. The 51-year-old’s current contract with the Premier League champions is due to expire next summer and it is unclear whether Guardiola will extend his time at the Etihad Stadium. The Mail reveal Manchester City insiders believe the next month will be vital and he will visit club officials in Abu Dhabi during the break to brief them on his future plans.

Paper Round’s point of view: It would be a disaster for Manchester City if Guardiola decides to leave when his contract expires this summer. The club would certainly want to know as soon as possible so they can start planning for the future and six months isn’t really long. You would think that Guardiola will be ready to extend his contract – especially as he is currently building a new team around Erling Haaland. It wouldn’t make sense to leave in the summer.

Transfers

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UK marks Armistice Day as it smartly condemns Russia for war in Ukraine | centenary of the armistice https://ambafrance-jm.org/uk-marks-armistice-day-as-it-smartly-condemns-russia-for-war-in-ukraine-centenary-of-the-armistice/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 08:16:00 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/uk-marks-armistice-day-as-it-smartly-condemns-russia-for-war-in-ukraine-centenary-of-the-armistice/ People across the UK will fall silent on Friday to mark Armistice Day – as the Foreign Secretary condemned Russia for bringing war back to Europe. Poignant services will be held across the country on the anniversary of the end of the First World War, and a two-minute silence will be observed at 11 a.m. […]]]>

People across the UK will fall silent on Friday to mark Armistice Day – as the Foreign Secretary condemned Russia for bringing war back to Europe.

Poignant services will be held across the country on the anniversary of the end of the First World War, and a two-minute silence will be observed at 11 a.m. to remember those who have died in military conflicts.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are due to attend the Armistice Day service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and services are also taking place in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Portsmouth.

In Edinburgh, Vice President Councilor Lezley Marion Cameron will join veterans, serving personnel and the public to pay their respects at the city’s Garden of Remembrance.

The short outdoor service led by Scotland’s Legion National Chaplain, Reverend Dr Karen Campbell, will be followed by the laying of wreaths before the One O’Clock Gun fires at 11 a.m. from Edinburgh Castle.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will attend a memorial service hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Cleverly stated, “Since 1918, we have celebrated Armistice Day and honored the brave men and women who served to bring us peace. Yet as we salute our troops this year, that peace has been shattered by a Russian aggressor.

“As we honor the war dead of the past, we also remember Ukraine’s fight for freedom today. The UK remains loyal to its friends and allies in the defense of freedom and democracy in Ukraine and I am proud to stand with a historic ally in Paris today.

Cleverly will also meet French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna.

They were to discuss the two countries’ support for Ukraine, joint work to improve energy security and illegal migration, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said.

They will also discuss preparations for next year’s France-UK summit, he added.

The armistice was signed between the allies and Germany in a railway carriage in the forest of Compiègne to end the first world war in 1918.

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Bean-to-Bar French Broad Chocolate opens at Ponce City Market https://ambafrance-jm.org/bean-to-bar-french-broad-chocolate-opens-at-ponce-city-market/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 12:58:42 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/bean-to-bar-french-broad-chocolate-opens-at-ponce-city-market/ Listen to this message Advertising French wide chocolateAsheville, North Carolina’s artisan bean-to-bar chocolate business is now open on the first floor of Ponce town market Central Food Hall, the recently announced Old Fourth Ward development. Sign up now to receive our daily alerts on the latest news Disable at any time French Broad Chocolate was […]]]>

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French Broad Chocolate was founded in 2006 by Jael Skeffington and Dan Rattigan, according to a press release. The couple drove a vegetable-oil school bus to the cocoa-rich tropics of Costa Rica where they opened a cafe and dessert shop. They spent two years there visiting cocoa farms and learning about Theobroma cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made, before moving to Asheville to fully focus on their passion for chocolate. They got their start as a farmer’s market stand, building relationships with local farmers and vendors before opening their first retail store, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, in the heart of downtown Asheville in 2008.

“As a Certified B Company, Co-Founder Jael believes in using business as a force for good,” the statement said. Continuing their mission to “carefully source every ingredient as an artisan dessert and chocolate company,” Jael and Dan evolved to make their own artisan chocolate from direct sourced cocoa beginning in 2010. In 2012, they opened their first chocolate shop in Asheville. After outgrowing their original location, they built a new experiential chocolate factory along the French Broad River in 2018, where customers can take tours and learn more about cocoa, its origin relationships and the process. chocolate manufacturing.

French Broad Chocolate fan favorites include candies in Asheville flavors like salted honey caramel, fresh raspberry and lavender and honey, and chocolate bars in flavors like sea salt, milk of brown butter and chai masala, plus a full collection of single-origin dark chocolate. Chocolates.

“Opening at Ponce City Market has been a dream of ours for many years,” Jael said in the statement. “This is an important milestone and we are thrilled to be part of Atlanta’s amazing food community.”

The space includes a retail alcove where customers can purchase gift boxes of edible art wrapped in French Broad’s signature blue and brown packaging. Additionally, the shop serves items like salted caramel brownies with cocoa nibs from their baked goods program and sipping chocolate.

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Five things we learned from France v Wallabies | Latest rugby news https://ambafrance-jm.org/five-things-we-learned-from-france-v-wallabies-latest-rugby-news/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 22:30:44 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/five-things-we-learned-from-france-v-wallabies-latest-rugby-news/ The Wallabies failed to secure the type of victory that can kick off a World Cup campaign, losing 30-29 to France in heartbreaking scenes in the City of Love. Make no mistake, they have shown when they are on their game that they can match it with the best in the world. Watch all the […]]]>

The Wallabies failed to secure the type of victory that can kick off a World Cup campaign, losing 30-29 to France in heartbreaking scenes in the City of Love.

Make no mistake, they have shown when they are on their game that they can match it with the best in the world.

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But again a lack of execution late in both halves came back to haunt them as France struck, leaving fans wondering what could have been.

So what did we learn from the game?

1. What could have been

The Wallabies will be frustrated that they couldn’t close this game, missing the perfect opportunity to produce the win that was so needed.

It’s just another case of a close game against the visitors, unable to pull together as Damian Penaud exposed a weak defense on the short side to dispatch the Paris crowd quickly.

There was a lot to like about the performance as they played skillfully and produced excellent defense against the maul to stop the French field.

They also remained calm and did not appear outmatched when France produced an air assault.

But it’s those clutch moments that continue to haunt the team as they once again fail to produce back-to-back wins.

2. Essay of the year

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better try than Lalakai Foketi’s in the 18th minute.

It was a perfect display of rugby running as Tom Wright showed his pace to get out of his man.

This, combined with the perfect placement of Jock Campbell and Foketi, left the host crowd stunned as the Wallabies reversed their momentum to put themselves on the front foot.

It’s the type of rugby that will delight any fan, providing plenty of confidence for the rest of the tour and beyond.

3. No joke

Jock Campbell has proven he can compete with the best at international level.

He was reliable in attack, showing the understated pace to pass outside Romain Ntameck to put the Wallabies in front late in the game.

Not only that, he was calm under the high ball and made small mistakes, a point difference after the Wallabies’ early struggles in 2022.

He was kicking himself after missing the tackle on Penaud, but that didn’t take away from a brilliant starting start.

4. Shoot yourself in the foot

The Wallabies sometimes remain their worst enemy, especially before and after half-time.

It was a common theme for Dave Rennie’s men and it once again hurt them after a strong first half. Instead of keeping the ball within reach and playing for the mermaid, Bernard Foley’s pass found no one and gave France one last chance to attack.

There’s a reason the Blues are considered the best team in the world by several pundits, including Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, striking to turn the tide and take a 19-13 lead into the break.

It’s the second week in a row that loose passes have offered easy points for the opposition after grubber and Kinghorn’s try, finally proving the difference.

5. Instant impact

Will Skelton justified his selection from the bench, producing a much-needed impact when the Wallabies needed it

His first injection was to force an error from the French rolling maul as he raised his hand countless times for key shots.

It’s the type of form that made him a Top 14 superstar, realizing the potential he mentioned during the week.

He will have the chance to advance his case next week against Italy, scheduled to start in Florence

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Turner on tour at the National Gallery – monumental return for two of the artist’s most captivating port paintings https://ambafrance-jm.org/turner-on-tour-at-the-national-gallery-monumental-return-for-two-of-the-artists-most-captivating-port-paintings/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 12:00:16 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/turner-on-tour-at-the-national-gallery-monumental-return-for-two-of-the-artists-most-captivating-port-paintings/ “The Port of Dieppe” by JMW Turner (1825) In his poem “Le Port”, Baudelaire rejoices in the “mysterious and aristocratic pleasure” of standing on a pier to contemplate the swaying of ships, the rushing clouds, the changing colors of the sea and above all “all these movements of men leaving and men returning.” It was […]]]>
“The Port of Dieppe” by JMW Turner (1825)

In his poem “Le Port”, Baudelaire rejoices in the “mysterious and aristocratic pleasure” of standing on a pier to contemplate the swaying of ships, the rushing clouds, the changing colors of the sea and above all “all these movements of men leaving and men returning.” It was a romantic vision of the European port as a restless and liminal place, merging the natural and the man-made, mixing cultures, signifying excitement, l openness and acceptance rather than the barriers and borders of today.

No artist has visually shaped ports as emblems of change and aspiration more dazzlingly and consistently than Turner. In 1799, aged 24, he burst into tears when he encountered Claude Lorrain’s “Sea Port with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba”, sobbing “I could never paint such a picture”. In 1815 he did. ‘Dido Building Carthage’, his first major port painting, imitated that of Claudius and, by the terms of his will, hangs alongside him in the National Gallery. In 1850 his final submission to the Royal Academy revisited the subject – Aeneas leaving Carthage in “The Departure of the Fleet”.

Between these dates, varying and refining his depictions, Turner made ports crucial expressions for how he thought about his time, the past, tradition versus modernity, the rise and fall of empires. At the heart of the development of these imaginative narratives are a pair of monumental paintings from 1825-1856, “Harbour of Dieppe: Change of Domicile” and “Cologne: The Arrival of a Packet Boat: Evening”, which have just landed at the National Gallery. .

Classical buildings line the shores of a harbor with sailboats and rowing boats.  Some clouds as the setting sun reflects in the water

‘Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba’ by Claude Lorrain (1646) © Alamy

Classical buildings line the shores of a harbor with sailboats moored on the quay and people bustling about.  Some clouds as the setting sun reflects in the water

‘Dido building Carthage’ by Turner (1815) © Alamy

Unheard of in Britain since Henry Clay Frick brought them to New York in 1914, they are virtuoso stunners: scintillating, powerful, captivating. The third of this year’s excellent exhibitions focused on rarely loaned masterpieces from American museums, Turner on tour follows Picasso Ingres: Face to Face and The blue boyand works particularly well as a dialogue with the Turners in the permanent collection.

Sharing the same large, large horizontal format, Frick’s paintings have always belonged together and are complementary. “Dieppe”, bathed in radiant sunshine in the afternoon, takes you to a lively fishing port, a cozy and protected space. “Cologne”, staged at dusk, with a palpable feeling of the end of the day on the water, is orchestrated around the sweeping of the shore and invites the viewer to survey the city from the outside.

In both images, the ebb and flow of arrivals and departures, and the portraits of dozens of figures – working women in Breton costume on the quay, bourgeois tourists in Empire dresses partying aboard a Rhine steamer – give a daily vivacity, enveloped in more melancholy daydreams. on the passage of time. And each shows the European influences that shaped Turner’s art: Dutch seascapes and everyday paintings, French and Italian classicism. The first determines here the subjects, the second the architectonic compositions.

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Turner’s ‘Cologne: The Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening’ (1826)

‘Dieppe’ directly follows Claude’s ‘Seaport’: two diagonal wings of sails and buildings converge towards a lustrous centre, where the hazy circle of the sun warms the whole scene, quivering mirror-like in the pool of water. On the sides, the detail is very pretty: the Hôtel d’Anvers with its two-storey pilasters; graceful 18th century houses, of exaggerated height, border the Quai Henri IV; home slippery fishing boat; a noisy outdoor market; countless slender masts and flapping sails.

A ship, filled with books, wine, baskets, plates, pictures, is a perfectly delineated still life but floating on the water, waiting to be unloaded, the shelterless objects of the change of address are full of pathos. Nearby, drifting pieces of wood bear the painting’s subtitle and date, now barely legible, as if the waves had eroded them.

In “Cologne”, painted a year later, the elegiac vein deepens. The painting centers on the massive angular sails of two boats entering the city with bands of revelers floating. The vibrant presence of modern tourists contrasts with a ghostly shoreline: a few stray workers, a lone dog, ruins, Gothic towers dissolving into flattened silhouettes against a rose-gold sky.

Alongside small sailboats and under a spectacular sunset, fishermen clean and sell fish on the shore
Turner’s ‘Sun Rising through Vapor’ (before 1807) © Alamy

Most disconcerting, in the foreground is an eerie, dark, slender shape, tentacles extending in and out of the shallows. This suggests a sea monster, although it actually represents discarded fishing gear. So Turner made the banal bizarre, irresistible, sinister.

“All the magic of craftsmanship at the expense of all the magic of nature” complained one of its detractors. In 1825 Turner was 50, famous and in a time of defiant transition. His experiments with watercolors and the rapid adoption of the bright new pigments of chrome yellow, chrome orange, and pale lemon chrome had brightened his palette. He had already given ordinary subjects a sense of the sublime through dramatic lighting – the fishermen cleaning and selling fish in the National Gallery’s ‘Sun Rising Through Vapor’, for example. But from the 1820s its high key color and transparent, luminous effects began to go beyond realistic description.

The intense golds and shimmering reflections of “Dieppe” and “Cologne” inaugurate this late manner, which will finally lead, in the 1840s, to a quasi-abstraction. These two paintings, however, hold a wonderful specificity in balance with the exaggerated tonality. Rich hues cast a nostalgic glow, evoking the milieu of an enduring French fishing community and an old-fashioned imperial city. They are time traveler tales, offering a romanticism of tradition that was dwindling in the rapid industrialization of Britain.

“In France, we live in the imagination of the past; in England everything is new and on an improved plan,” wrote essayist William Hazlitt. Visiting Dieppe in 1826, he thought, “life here shines or spins neatly around its supple axis”, the inhabitants “drink from the glasses of the sun” – as in Turner’s cheerful picture.

A chaotic scene of crowds on the shore and small rowing boats in the water.  Large classical buildings on one side.  The sunlight is strong.
Turner’s ‘Regulus’ (1828, reworked 1837) © Alamy

Cologne, founded by the Romans, then a flourishing free port in the Middle Ages, aroused darker memories: its castles, its towers, its Rhineland legends, belonged to an extinct medieval civilization. Undercurrents of mutability and loss would emerge here more emphatically in later port paintings – the tragic grandeur of ‘Regulus’ and ‘Ancient Italy, Ovid banished from Rome’. But for Turner’s contemporaries, the immediate resonance of “Cologne” was unavoidable: the recent fate of the German city, occupied by Napoleon’s France from 1794 to 1814, was a lesson in the instability of nations.

During this period, travel to Europe had been impossible. Not the slightest thrill of making these images for Turner was the new scope – the opening up of the continent after the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the possibilities of movement of people, ideas, things. The moving ship in ‘Dieppe’ and the tourists in ‘Cologne’ are metaphors for wider ideals of exchange and freedom, as Britain adapted to a new European political order. These lavish multi-layered paintings spoke of the historic moment of 1826, and they speak of ours a century later.

November 3-February 19, nationalgallery.org.uk

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Fight against cholera, Lebanon receives the first vaccines and harsh words from France https://ambafrance-jm.org/fight-against-cholera-lebanon-receives-the-first-vaccines-and-harsh-words-from-france/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:55:00 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/fight-against-cholera-lebanon-receives-the-first-vaccines-and-harsh-words-from-france/ BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Lebanon received its first vaccines on Monday to combat a worsening cholera outbreak – along with harsh criticism from donor country France over the crumbling public health infrastructure of the country affected by the crisis. On Sunday, cases of cholera – a disease usually transmitted through contaminated water, food or […]]]>

BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Lebanon received its first vaccines on Monday to combat a worsening cholera outbreak – along with harsh criticism from donor country France over the crumbling public health infrastructure of the country affected by the crisis.

On Sunday, cases of cholera – a disease usually transmitted through contaminated water, food or sewage – stood at 1,447, with 17 deaths, since the first were recorded in the country a month ago, said the Ministry of Health.

Lebanon had been cholera-free since 1993, but its public services are suffering from a brutal economic crisis now in its fourth year, while infighting between the country’s factionally-divided elite has crippled its institutions policies.

The outbreak has reached Beirut, but authorities say most cases remain concentrated where it started in the northern town of Bebnine, where health authorities have set up an emergency field hospital.

Vaccines would play “an essential role” in limiting the spread of the disease, Health Minister Firass Abiad told reporters in the capital when the first batch was announced. He did not say how many more were on the way.

Standing next to Abiad, the ambassador for former colonial power France said the delivery included more than 13,000 doses donated by her government, while urging Lebanese authorities to address the causes of the outbreak.

“The origins of this epidemic, in which public health is at stake, must also be addressed,” Anne Grillo told reporters. The epidemic was “a new and worrying illustration of the critical decline of public provision of access to water and sanitation services in Lebanon”.

At Bebnine field hospital, two young boys sat next to each other on a hospital bed, while a mother waited anxiously to confirm whether her son, lying on another bed and treated by a doctor and a nurse, had also caught the disease. .

Nearby, Syrian children in a makeshift refugee camp were playing in filthy water filled with rubbish and medical waste and fed by the flow of an open pipe.

The World Health Organization has linked the return of cholera in Lebanon to an outbreak in neighboring Syria, where it had spread from Afghanistan via Iran and Iraq.

Reporting by Maya Gebeily; edited by John Stonestreet

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Sedona Prince is heartbroken as his Oregon basketball career ends with an elbow injury https://ambafrance-jm.org/sedona-prince-is-heartbroken-as-his-oregon-basketball-career-ends-with-an-elbow-injury/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 23:18:00 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/sedona-prince-is-heartbroken-as-his-oregon-basketball-career-ends-with-an-elbow-injury/ If you ask Kansas City Current players to tell you how their worst Cinderella story started, they’ll likely put nine months ago on the calendar — February 2022. Leaving four weeks of snowy 40-degree weather behind them, the new-look team headed to the Sunshine State and set up camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, […]]]>

If you ask Kansas City Current players to tell you how their worst Cinderella story started, they’ll likely put nine months ago on the calendar — February 2022.

Leaving four weeks of snowy 40-degree weather behind them, the new-look team headed to the Sunshine State and set up camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, just south of Tampa Bay.

“During pre-season I kept saying, ‘Something looks different'”, current defender Kristen Edmonds told On Her Turf ahead of Saturday’s NWSL Championship game against the Portland Thorns. “We went to Florida for a month and in the first two days I just had this feeling, for me, something very different this season.”

There have been some obvious changes: a new general manager in Camille Levin Ashtona new head coach matt potterand USWNT star hit additions Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams.

“We were just together constantly. We had meetings in the morning, we trained, we raced together, we started this crazy new lifting program,” said an eight-year NWSL veteran. La Bonta Water. “…I think because we started at square one and everyone bought in, it was very easy to build a successful team.”

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“Honestly, that [was] toughest pre-season I’ve ever had in my entire career,” added Edmonds, who joined the NWSL in 2014. “I don’t know exactly what it was because there were days where I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m dead. I need a day off. I need an extra day off. ‘… But just being around the band and us being together all the time, and just the vibes that I was feeling. It just seemed like we had something special, and obviously we did.

“After last year we came with something to prove,” said the midfielder Addie McCain, who joined Kansas City as a rookie in 2021. “So it felt like a fresh start. Everyone seemed to accept what the new staff had to offer, and it paid off pretty well.

To say their efforts paid off is an understatement. Just a season ago, the club kicked off the 2021 campaign with the generic name ‘KC NWSL’ after new owners took over. Playing on a converted baseball field, KC was winless in its first 17 games (including four Challenge Cup games) and only won in mid-August, beating OL Reign 1 -0. They finished the season bottom of the NWSL 10-team table, with a 3-14-7 record.

But the club didn’t let last year’s struggles get in the way of this year’s opportunity, according to Potter, who helped usher in the concept of a new identity for the current from the jump.

“It goes back to preseason where we probably spent more time figuring out what identity we want Kansas City Current to look like on and off the court,” he said.

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But the 2022 NWSL season got off to a rocky start. After a strong preseason run that landed the Current in the Challenge Cup semi-finals, KC went into the regular season without any of its star acquisitions when Mewis (knee) and Williams (right hamstring and hip) were both sidelined with season-ending injuries. The Current went winless in its first five games, including a 3-0 loss to the Thorns in their regular season opener.

With Mewis and Williams sidelined, other players stepped in.

“It’s not a starting 11. We literally have a starting 20. Anyone can fall in that,” LaBonta said. “We call them game changers, not subs.”

The tide began to turn on Memorial Day weekend, when KC picked up its first victory of the season, a 1-0 win over Racing Louisville. The triumph kicked off a 13-game unbeaten streak that pushed the Stream into contention for the NWSL Shield in September.

The undefeated streak (the second longest in NWSL history) was punctuated in June by a move to the team’s $18 million training facility, which was entirely privately funded, according to the owners. Angie and Chris Long and co-owner Brittany Mahomeswho founded the team in December 2020. A bespoke 11,500-seat stadium is on track for the 2024 season, marking the first purpose-built stadium for an American women’s soccer team.

“Obviously after a not so good season before, I think a lot of people wouldn’t have thought we could get here,” the midfielder said. Desiree Scott, who played with the two previous versions of the club (Kansas City FC, Utah Royals). “But as the season went on…I think that belief continued to grow with our winning streaks, just the way we were playing…We thought we could get here and we are.

The Current finished the regular season 10-6-6, dropping to fifth in the standings but advancing to their first NWSL playoffs. They earned their place in the final with a 2-0 win over OL Reign, winners of this year’s NWSL Shield. On Saturday night, the Current will face a formidable opponent in Portland, which is contesting its fourth NWSL championship and has won twice before (2013, 2017).

“They have certainly found joy in what they do and we try to improve every day. So if you’re going through those things, then it’s just another opportunity to believe that we can go on and do great things. That’s what we’re preparing for and that’s what hopefully will show up tomorrow night,” Potter said.

“I think the whole group is like, ‘Why can’t we? Why can’t we be the ones who won it all? We’re here,’ echoed the NWSL rookie defender Alex Loera.

MORE KC CURRENT COVERAGE: Lo’eau LaBonta on 2022 success, iconic cells and perseverance through NWSL turmoil

On Her Turf editor Alex Azzi contributed to this report.

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French town develops self-consumption of energy, with EU support – EURACTIV.com https://ambafrance-jm.org/french-town-develops-self-consumption-of-energy-with-eu-support-euractiv-com/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 13:07:29 +0000 https://ambafrance-jm.org/french-town-develops-self-consumption-of-energy-with-eu-support-euractiv-com/ The mayor of the French city of Dijon inaugurated a unique energy self-consumption project funded by the European RESPONSE program and intended to strengthen the region’s eco-references. EURACTIV France traveled to Bourgogne Franche-Comté for the inauguration. Read the original article in French here. In Fontaine d’Ouche, a district of Dijon with 10,000 inhabitants of 42 […]]]>

The mayor of the French city of Dijon inaugurated a unique energy self-consumption project funded by the European RESPONSE program and intended to strengthen the region’s eco-references. EURACTIV France traveled to Bourgogne Franche-Comté for the inauguration.

Read the original article in French here.

In Fontaine d’Ouche, a district of Dijon with 10,000 inhabitants of 42 nationalities, the new bi-facial solar panels installed on the roof of the Buffon school got off to a somewhat overcast start, with heavy rain and clouds.

But inside the building, the city’s mayor, François Rebsamen, described the project, which produces 300 MWh/year, as “unique in Europe”.

Dijon, along with the Finnish city of Turku, has been selected as a pilot for the European RESPONSE program, which brings together 53 private and public partners from 13 countries. With its own budget of 23 million euros, including 7.4 million euros in Dijon, it is part of the pan-European program of 80 billion euros “Horizon 2020: Smart Cities & Communities”.

The objective is to develop positive energy poles which, in addition to meeting their own energy needs, export their additional production to other local consumers. The program in Dijon is divided into two parts; the Buffon school and the reduction of the energy consumption of 487 homes in the district.

The school’s panels are expected to meet approximately 30% of the energy consumption of the 14 administrative buildings in the area. Overall, the project aims to produce 20% more energy than it consumes, while reducing its carbon emissions by 75%.

“Ecology for all”

To stand out from the 100 other candidate cities that were also vying to be part of the pilot, the city offered to develop the program in an existing neighborhood.

This program is “the largest self-consumption operation in France in existing buildings”, explained Yves Chevillon, director of regional action for EDF in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, present at the event.

Oanez Codet-Hache, head of urban ecology for the Dijon metropolis, underlined the political will to implement the program, as well as the district’s thermal renovation program and the awarding of the eco-district label by the State. French in 2017.

Membership of residents

As for the houses that will benefit from the program, it was important that their inhabitants “own the project”, declared Sarah Bello, head of urban renewal at the Dijon metropolis.

However, the nature of the implementation is critical, so as not to impose maintenance burdens on the 80 high and low tech integrations in their homes.

The new equipment includes approximately €1,700 worth of equipment produced by the Lyon-based company OGGA, which specializes in smart home equipment, making it possible to adapt consumption to the needs and habits of residents, for example by turning off the heating when a tenant turns off the lights.

But the feedback has been positive, and Bello said residents were “pretty happy with the outcome.”

In the longer term, the authorities and project partners need two years to analyze the first phase of deployment in 102 homes. These years of piloting the project should make it possible to ensure that the gains announced, namely a reduction of 25 to 30% in the energy bill of an apartment, are achievable.

Energy efficiency projects have a precedent in Dijon, as three years ago the city adopted a “Sur Dijon” project, which aims to reduce the city’s energy consumption by 65% ​​by 2030.

It has also commissioned a solar power plant capable of supplying more than 8,000 inhabitants, started the production of biogas up to 10 GWh/year and opened 100 million euros of financing to produce green hydrogen.

It was followed by the RESPONSE program, launched in 2020.

“It’s natural” for a territory that has been innovating “for more than 20 years”, declared the mayor of Dijon.

[Edited by Alice Taylor/Nathalie Weatherald]

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