Nice forward Neal Maupay runs past Nicolas Nkoulou as he falls on Tuesday. Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP
Nice forward Neal Maupay runs past Nicolas Nkoulou as he falls on Tuesday. Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP

‘It is more disappointing than a massive blow’ says Anigo as Marseille bow out of Coupe de France



Struggling French giants Marseille face a trophyless season after they were knocked out of the French Cup in a nine goal thriller on Tuesday, going down 5-4 at home to fellow Ligue 1 side Nice.

Marseille, lacking the financial clout to compete with well funded bitter rivals Paris Saint-Germain and also Monaco, showed some spirit in the second-half with Andre-Pierre Gignac bringing them back to 4-3 with a wonderful overhead kick, his second goal of the game.

However, former Marseille player Fabrice Abriel restored the two goal advantage and although veteran Souleymane Diawara – who had scored an own goal in the first-half – made it 5-4 the fans had run out of hope and already headed for the exits.

Marseille’s elimination from the Cup follows a week after they were knocked out of the League Cup and carries on a dreadful run which has also seen them knocked out of the Champions League group stage with no points and in Ligue 1 they trail 18 points behind leaders PSG.

Marseille coach Jose Anigo, who stepped in when Elie Baup was sacked in December, said that several players simply hadn’t doen their job but refused to be too depressed about the defeat.

“It is more disappointing than a massive blow,” said Anigo.

“There were some enormous individual errors for which I am powerless to do anything about on the touchline,” added the 52 year old, a Marseille man through and through having played 200 games for them and been part of the coaching staff since 2001.

Earlier, three Ligue 1 clubs had been eliminated by sides from lower divisions including Corsican duo Ajaccio and Bastia.

Ajaccio, bottom of Ligue 1, went down 2-1 at home to Ligue 2 side Caen while Bastia also lost 2-1 away at another second tier team, former French champions Lens. Bastia’s city rivals Ligue 2 CA Bastia saved Corsican honour by defeating Niort 5-4 on penalties after the all second tier clash ended 2-2 after extra-time.

Lens, presently third in Ligue 2, went through thanks to a beauty of a winner by Senegalese international Deme N’Diaye which had coach Antoine Kombouare running up and down the touchline in an exuberant celebration.

Kombouare, formerly coach of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, had made some changes to personnel for the match after being dissatisfied with their performances of late, and he was delighted with the reaction.

“This is one of our best performances of the season,” he said.

“In terms of emotion, this is huge. We didn’t back off from the first minute to the last and we have emerged with enormous credit from this game.

“I played my win at all costs card with the players this evening and they didn’t let me down.

“I am very proud of them.”

Second-from-bottom Sochaux also fell by the wayside as they went down 1-0 away at Ligue 2 side Angers with the experienced Djibril Konate scoring the winner – what made defeat sourer was that the scorer is a player the losing coach Herve Renard knew well from his time in Africa.

However, Renard, who famously coached Zambia to an emotion-charged win in the 2012 African Cup of Nations, was phlegmatic about exiting the Cup, his boundless and trademark optimism focussing on the positives and the challenge of preserving their Ligue 1 status.

“It may be a paradox but qualifying for the next round wasn’t essential even if we would obviously have liked to have gone through,” he said.

“Now we have to turn the page and focus on the league where the situation is very difficult (they are 10 points from safety). It is important to stay positive.”

Ligue 1’s third-placed team, Lille, faced little trouble against IC Croix, a fifth-division club who had made a remarkable run in the Coupe. Simon Kjaer, Vinicius Tulio de Melo and Divock Origi all scored for the Champions League hopefuls. Guingamp avoided losing to a similarly amibitious club, fourth-division Concarneau, thanks to a 105th-minute winner from Claudio Beauvue and Mustapaha Yatabare’s equaliser in the 104th. It was Yatabare’s second goal in the 3-2 victory. And Rennes eased past Boulogne with goals from Anders Konradsen and Silvio Romero for a 2-0 triumph.

UAE squad

Men's draw: Victor Scvortov and Khalifa Al Hosani, (both 73 kilograms), Sergiu Toma and Mihail Marchitan (90kg), Ivan Remarenco (100kg), Ahmed Al Naqbi (60kg), Musabah Al Shamsi and Ahmed Al Hosani (66kg)

Women’s draw: Maitha Al Neyadi (57kg)

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KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

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What is THAAD?

It is considered to be the US's most superior missile defence system.

Production:

It was created in 2008.

Speed:

THAAD missiles can travel at over Mach 8, so fast that it is hypersonic.

Abilities:

THAAD is designed to take out  ballistic missiles as they are on their downward trajectory towards their target, otherwise known as the "terminal phase".

Purpose:

To protect high-value strategic sites, such as airfields or population centres.

Range:

THAAD can target projectiles inside and outside the Earth's atmosphere, at an altitude of 150 kilometres above the Earth's surface.

Creators:

Lockheed Martin was originally granted the contract to develop the system in 1992. Defence company Raytheon sub-contracts to develop other major parts of the system, such as ground-based radar.

UAE and THAAD:

In 2011, the UAE became the first country outside of the US to buy two THAAD missile defence systems. It then stationed them in 2016, becoming the first Gulf country to do so.

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Sheikh Zayed's poem

When it is unveiled at Abu Dhabi Art, the Standing Tall exhibition will appear as an interplay of poetry and art. The 100 scarves are 100 fragments surrounding five, figurative, female sculptures, and both sculptures and scarves are hand-embroidered by a group of refugee women artisans, who used the Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery art of tatreez. Fragments of Sheikh Zayed’s poem Your Love is Ruling My Heart, written in Arabic as a love poem to his nation, are embroidered onto both the sculptures and the scarves. Here is the English translation.

Your love is ruling over my heart

Your love is ruling over my heart, even a mountain can’t bear all of it

Woe for my heart of such a love, if it befell it and made it its home

You came on me like a gleaming sun, you are the cure for my soul of its sickness

Be lenient on me, oh tender one, and have mercy on who because of you is in ruins

You are like the Ajeed Al-reem [leader of the gazelle herd] for my country, the source of all of its knowledge

You waddle even when you stand still, with feet white like the blooming of the dates of the palm

Oh, who wishes to deprive me of sleep, the night has ended and I still have not seen you

You are the cure for my sickness and my support, you dried my throat up let me go and damp it

Help me, oh children of mine, for in his love my life will pass me by. 

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Blockchain is a form of distributed ledger technology, a digital system in which data is recorded across multiple places at the same time. Unlike traditional databases, DLTs have no central administrator or centralised data storage. They are transparent because the data is visible and, because they are automatically replicated and impossible to be tampered with, they are secure.

The main difference between blockchain and other forms of DLT is the way data is stored as ‘blocks’ – new transactions are added to the existing ‘chain’ of past transactions, hence the name ‘blockchain’. It is impossible to delete or modify information on the chain due to the replication of blocks across various locations.

Blockchain is mostly associated with cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Due to the inability to tamper with transactions, advocates say this makes the currency more secure and safer than traditional systems. It is maintained by a network of people referred to as ‘miners’, who receive rewards for solving complex mathematical equations that enable transactions to go through.

However, one of the major problems that has come to light has been the presence of illicit material buried in the Bitcoin blockchain, linking it to the dark web.

Other blockchain platforms can offer things like smart contracts, which are automatically implemented when specific conditions from all interested parties are reached, cutting the time involved and the risk of mistakes. Another use could be storing medical records, as patients can be confident their information cannot be changed. The technology can also be used in supply chains, voting and has the potential to used for storing property records.

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Translator: Luke Leafgren
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The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi’s Arabic Language Centre will mark International Women’s Day at the Bologna Children's Book Fair with the Abu Dhabi Translation Conference. Prolific Emirati author Noora Al Shammari, who has written eight books that feature in the Ministry of Education's curriculum, will appear in a session on Wednesday to discuss the challenges women face in getting their works translated.

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Company: Astra Tech
Started: March 2022
Based: Dubai
Founder: Abdallah Abu Sheikh
Industry: technology investment and development
Funding size: $500m

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Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5

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Processor: Apple S8, W3 wireless

Capacity: 32GB

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Health metrics: 2nd-gen heart rate sensor, workouts, fall/crash detection; emergency SOS, international emergency calling

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Born: Kuwait in 1986
Family: She is the youngest of seven siblings
Time in the UAE: 10 years
Hobbies: audiobooks and fitness: she works out every day, enjoying kickboxing and basketball

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others


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