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Cricket: India win a whooping 75% of ODIs in 2018: end year as most…

first_imgAdvertisement 4cgayNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4xwp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) abjWould you ever consider trying this?😱bym8Can your students do this? 🌚a7kcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleAdvertisement The Men In Blue continue their undisputed march in limited overs cricket by ending the year with 14 victories out of 20 matches. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were the minds that helped the team accomplish this feat. India, having won 75% of their fixtures in this format in 2018 lead the list with England close by with 73.91%.Advertisement The Blues began the year on a high after a historic series victory over the Proteas. Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat as well to amass 558 runs, which is the most for a bilateral series. Having won the series by a 5-1 margin, yet another overseas beckoned.Despite securing a victory in the first ODI against England, India blew away the lead after a massive defeat at Lord’s to lose the series 2-1.Advertisement After an exhausting away tour of England, regular captain Virat Kohli was rested which saw Rohit Sharma in charge for the Asia Cup. Despite a few hiccups against Hong Kong and Afghanistan, the Men In Blue managed to retain the trophy after a tense final against neighbours Bangladesh.The team finally geared up for a home series against a visiting West Indies. Having struggled initially after a tied game at Vizag and a rare defeat in Pune, the Men In Blue bounced back in style to clinch the series 2-1 to finish the calendar.Virat Kohli ended up as the highest run-getter for India this year while Rohit Sharma finished second by a close margin. Meanwhile, it was Kuldeep Yadav who shone with the ball to lead the bowling charts with 45 wickets.Read Also:Kedar Jhadav left cake-faced as Indian team celebrate thumping victory against the WIKohli: Dhoni’s own decison to make way for Pant Advertisementlast_img read more

People vs parliamentary sovereignty

first_imgWe live in interesting times. It had been an article of faith as former colonies of Britain, we were tutored for hundreds of years so that we could imbibe the principles of the “rule of law” – contraposed to the always precarious “rule of men” – to govern ourselves. But today, not only are some of those rules and traditions that undergird the “rule of law” under pressure here, but even at the fount of it all, in Britain. This is exemplified most recently by cases from the appellate division of both countries that hinge of the notion of where “sovereignty” resides.Sovereignty, of course, is a foundational concept in the British notion of the rule of law since it had to do with where ultimate power was located, starting from the Monarch (“Sovereign”), who originally had absolute power. The famous statement of Louis XIV “I am the state!” exemplifies this latter condition: it was no different in Britain. The history of sovereignty is one of a gradual whittling down of that power, starting from the 13th century when the nobility forced King John to accept the Magna Carta to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 after which the earl of Shaftesbury could declare, “The Parliament of England is that supreme and absolute power, which gives life and motion to the English Government.” Sovereignty was in the representatives of the people, not in the people.A century later, however, when the US was launched, their founding fathers explicitly declared sovereignty resided in the people, with aspects of it – as specified in a written constitution – delegated to the organs of the State, including the Government. Some think it is because Britain does not have a written constitution that Parliament is supreme but the conventions that govern its present workings could easily have been broadened to encompass that further devolution of sovereignty.When Guyana and most of the former colonies became independent, they were given, or enacted constitutions that followed the US view of the geography of sovereignty and located it in “the people”. Unlike the case in Britain, where the court cannot overturn an act of Parliament, here in Guyana, with its delegated sovereignty from the people as co-equal to Parliament, this can be done under the principle of Judicial Review, if the law violated the Constitution.In the past, this application was confined to specific stipulations of the Constitution that purported to spell out areas of national life with which the executive could not transgress: negative freedoms. In the US, however, their Supreme Court actually increased such areas on their own cognisance, for instance the “right to privacy” which they discerned in the “penumbra” of the stated Bill of Rights. More pertinently, that court and several others in former British colonies, followed the logic of sovereignty residing in the people and insisted certain decisions of the Legislature should be ratified by the people in referenda, when those decisions are fundamental to the ethos of the constitution as a whole.It was from this perspective that Justice Ian Chang, determined our Parliament cannot restrict the choices available to the sovereign people as to who they may chose as their President as Article 90 by Act No 17 of 2001, which it passed, did. He ruled that the people themselves should make such a decision via a referendum.In Britain, however where Parliament is supreme, as their doyen of constitutional law summarised, Parliament had “the right to make or unmake any law whatever; and, further, that no person or body is recognised by the law of England as having a right to override or set aside the legislation of Parliament”. Thus, if their Parliament passed a law signing Britain up to the EU, which it did in 1973 – and in the process changed some fundamental aspects of their Constitution such as creating a new source of British Law – then they need to pass a law undoing it, as their Supreme Court just declared.last_img read more

France pledges to fix security ‘failures’ before Euro 2016

first_img0Shares0000French gendarms patrol ahead of an international friendly football match outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on March 29, 2016-PHOTO/AFPPARIS, France May 23- France’s interior minister promised Monday that security “failures” at the Stade de France would be put right before Euro 2016, following problems at this weekend’s national cup final.“Failures have been noted,” Bernard Cazeneuve said after chaotic scenes before Saturday’s match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille, which was effectively a test run for the security arrangements for the European championships. The stadium, which will host tournament’s opening match and final, was targeted by suicide bombers during the Islamic State attacks on the French capital in November, when the attackers tried unsuccessfully to get inside the security perimeter.On Saturday the 80,000 cup final spectators were filtered through a new two-metre-high (six foot six inch) fence put up around the stadium for Euro 2016, and were supposed to have been thoroughly searched.Despite the security arrangements, smoke bombs were set off inside the stadium and glass bottles, pieces of plastic piping and motorbike helmets were also found.Police said a huge crowd that had built up at one of the four entry gates in the new fence had surged past the police and security guards on duty.Less than three weeks before Euro 2016 kicks off at the Stade de France on June 10, Cazeneuve called an emergency meeting Monday with officials from the French Football Federation and the local tournament organisers.He said afterwards: “It has been decided to put right the malfunctions immediately, in order guarantee the fluid entry of supporters… and to ensure the efficiency of the security searches by the private security companies.”Local police chief Philippe Galli said earlier: “Under pressure, the system gave way at a certain number of points, which we are going to put right.“The security will be re-focused,” he said.It was the first time the new metal fence had been tested, but Galli suggested that just four entry gates were not enough to get the crowd into the stadium in time.He added: “We were confronted with a huge crowd at one of the entry gates.” The crowd surged through, overwhelming the police on duty.Before the match, Galli had promised that no-one would be allowed to enter the stadium without being searched “from head to toe”.But he admitted that on Saturday, searches “were not done systematically and in the same way at all the entry points”.Supporters were also able to pass objects over the fence to their fellow fans on the other side.– ‘Bottlenecks’ –The security measures were intense by the standards of a sporting event in France. Even after spectators had passed through the fence, they were subjected to two further checks by stadium security staff before taking their seats.Local lawmaker Jean-Christophe Lagarde blamed the security “demands” of European football governing body UEFA for the problems on Saturday.The new fence had created “bottlenecks”, he said, and called for the entire security arrangements to be reviewed.Referring to the terror attacks in November, he said: “By creating bottlenecks, you are going to have thousands of people stuck and if you have a suicide bomber at one of these four entry gates, can you imagine the panic?”Cazeneuve said security would also be reviewed at the fan zones in the 10 French cities hosting Euro 2016 matches.Seven million people are expected to use the fan zones, including the 92,000 capacity area near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Peace Region Conservation Officer Service and PRRD working together on illegal dumping and car abandonment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Inspector Darryl Struthers from the Peace Region Conservation Officer Service alongside a Natural Resources representative recently met with Peace River Regional District Board Members to help address concerns of illegal dumping and vehicle abandonment throughout the Peace Region.“We’ve been providing service to British Columbians since 1905. We’re now housed in the Ministry of Environment but we are a law enforcement service provider in the Natural Resource Sector within government.”Struthers says that depending on the activity going on and the risk to the public and environment, it really depends on where in the government it would be dealt with.“Depending on the risk to public safety and to the environment, it could be the CO office that initially investigates something or it could be dealt with by Natural Resource Officers.”When it comes to abandonment or illegal dumping, if an event occurs or if it is a crime site or it needs to be reported, it goes through the Report, Poacher, Polluter Line (1-877-952-7277) and the service is available 24/7.“Depending on what type the complaint is, if it a serious dumping complaint where toxic materials and worry about damage to the environment or public safety, they have the ability to call out multiple agencies at the same time to deal with it whether it’s spill response, hazmat or RCMP and Natural Resource Officers.”Advertisement “Our bordering areas and it tends to be criminal activity. Vehicles get stolen or they are burned and abandoned and the RCMP does their thing but it seems to me is that the funding aspect of who ultimately takes the accountability and has the accountability to remove that stuff from these areas and that is the frustration I think for all of us.”Peace Region Conservation Officer Service said that if they can match the VIN of a vehicle to a previous owner, they can force that person to remove the vehicle through trespassing notices. If they don’t, officers can seize the vehicle and bill the documented owner for the removal amount.If they can’t find the registered owner, the issues are how to get the vehicle removed and where to take it.“This isn’t a unique issue to just the Peace Region. It is happening around the Province and it seems to be growing.”The Peace Region Conservation Officer Service says they want to work with the PRRD to come up with the best solution moving forward.Advertisement – Advertisement -Director Karen Goodings expressed her concerns with illegal dumping and car abandonment that she’s seen.“This has been a long standing issue and from time to time, I have called the RCMP to say ‘I have a concern because there is a vehicle that has been parked for six weeks or two months and we don’t know whether it might be a stolen vehicle, don’t know what it has been involved in and so lots of times they will get out there.”Goodings noted that once RCMP have taken a look and put up tape around the vehicle, it is still left there in the community.Director Dale Bumstead says that the problem is also hitting areas around Dawson Creek.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pickup has comforts but needs room to run

first_imgBy Gregory J. Wilcox Staff Writer Big sums up this truck. It’s got a big name, big body and big price tag. And the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab 4×4 is big enough to go just about any place. Except our garage, which was the first place I tried to take it. My wife snugged her PT Cruiser as close to the south wall as possible and started guiding me in. “Stop!” she shouted all of a sudden. “The mirror’s gonna knock all your stuff off the shelves.” Our garage is big enough for her PT, a Lincoln Navigator and my stuff. But even folding the Laramie’s big mirrors back wouldn’t help. And, the cab is so tall that the satellite receiver node didn’t look like it would clear the garage door. I didn’t try docking the Laramie in the garage even when it was empty. The truck is just over 20 feet long and just over 6 feet wide. The cab alone is 9 feet long. It requires a new municipal code for jumbo parking spaces in addition to the regular and compact variety. Some of the diminutions even grew for the 2007 model year, which features what Dodge says is the largest pickup cab ever. This Mega Cab option offers a super-size 143.2 cubic feet and includes the only reclining rear seats available in a pickup truck. They can tilt from a 22-degree to 37-degree seat-back angle. Shaq would be comfortable back there, too, with 44.2 inches of legroom, the most of any pickup in this class. The rear seats split 60/40 and can move forward and back. Up front the center console is the size of a small table and there is plenty of storage space. “The 2007 Dodge Ram Mega Cab offers the most interior passenger space, cargo capacity and functionality of any pickup truck on the market,” said George Murphy, senior vice president of Global Brand Marketing at the Chrysler Group. The Mega Cab is a comfortable space, too. Drive Time’s test model featured a DVD-based GPS navigation system with a six CD/MP3 changer. There was also an entertainment system in the rear seat and a built-in hands-free communication system. The leather seats are wide and comfortable. And this is a truck that can supply moments you only dream about. Mine came on the way to work one morning at an intersection. A Hummer pulled up next to the Laramie at a red light. And I looked down on the somewhat startled passenger. But this is a vehicle that is more suited on a job site or ranch. The Laramie seems to have enough muscle for just about any task. This one, painted a distinctive electric blue pearl color, featured a 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel engine that can turn out 650 foot-pounds low-end torque when matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. In other words, you can haul stuff. The maximum trailer weight is 15,900 pounds and the cargo bed payload is 2,970 pounds. Dodge says this model also leads the full-size truck class with these numbers, too. Largest interior cargo volume of 72.2 cubic feet. Largest cargo volume behind rear seat with 7.7 cubic feet. Largest flat floor load area of 16.8 square feet. Largest rear door opening of 34.5 inches wide and 35.5 inches high. Largest rear door open angle of 85 degrees. No wonder we called it Big Blue. And it is getting some pretty good user reviews, too. “Love this truck,” Nathan from Lebanon, Ore., wrote on Yahoo.com earlier this month. “I just returned from a trip to Elko, Nev., and pulling 11,000 lbs. over the mountains did well … At the end of a long trip you don’t feel wore out or beat up. Plenty of space for everyone.” The only thing he’d change? Give Big Blue a bigger rear end. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want 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

Seniors, kid-carting moms: all in a cabdriver’s workday

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Unlike New York City, where folks hop from curb to gutter arm raised high to catch a cabbie’s eye amid gridlocked horn fests, locals lift a finger and dial. Most Santa Clarita taxi riders are seniors who shun the wheel or tourists making a beeline for Magic Mountain. “Probably 80 percent are senior citizens going to doctors’ appointments, maybe the market once in a while,” said Phil Beck, a driver and dispatcher for Yellow Cab of Santa Clarita, Inc. “During summer and holidays, people go to Magic Mountain.” The $5 average cab fare from hotels flanking the theme park beats the park’s $15 parking fee, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’About a dozen Yellow Cab drivers working 12-hour shifts ferry travelers to LAX, workers to Metrolink stations and car-less folks around town when their rides are in the shop. From about midnight to 3a.m., the backseat occupants are usually heading home from bars, Beck said. The meter starts at $2 and racks up $2 a mile. Beck, a 16-year veteran, began driving part time in Oakland to supplement his Navy pay. Yellow Cab provides 24-hour service, and, while most destinations are within the county, he recalled one trip up North. “A guy took four people to San Jose,” he said. The group was stranded here late at night. “It (cost) about $600 or so. They figured by the time they got to the airport, got their ticket … it would cost more, and the cab got them there sooner.” Yellow Cab and Mustang Express Cab serve the Valley’s 250,000 residents, and many drivers live locally. The county’s Business License Commission regulates cabs, and the commissioners approve fares. Car for the family Some moms would be flush if they ran a meter in the chauffeuring years, but Margaret McWorter took another route. The self-described “nervous driver” left the driving to others after two collisions and college in car-optional New York City showed she could do without. She chose not to drive after moving to Santa Clarita, where SUVs and minivans fill the roads. “The only way I could get around easily with two small children was a cab,” McWorter said. For at least 10 years, the family relied on Yellow Cab rides for trips to the mall – and to and from school each day – because school buses did not serve the route. A handful of regular drivers became almost like friends. “They grew up in a cab and got to know a lot of cab drivers,” McWorter said. “Because we had ridden so long and so much, all the cab drivers knew them so well.” A permission note was on file for Amanda – now 15 and a Hart High School sophomore involved with drama and the band – so she could ride alone. The family’s monthly taxi bills ran about $130, but McWorter figures she saved money on car payments, insurance and gas. The McWorters now live in Westridge, walking distance from amenities. Lauren, 17, who wasted no time getting her driver’s license, drives her grandpa’s 10-year-old Ford Probe with nary a complaint. The captain on the marching band’s drum line, which rehearses almost daily, has newfound downtime. “When I didn’t have a car, I had to plan my day to bring everything I needed in the morning: my backpack filled to the brim; a few pairs of sticks; a drum pad; metronome; marching shoes and extra change of clothing,” she said. “Now, I go home, shower, get my stuff together, and I’m back just in time.” As she talked with an elementary school friend the other day, Lauren asked if he remembered her. “Yeah, you’re the taxi girl,” she recalled him saying. The last night of the year is the cabbies’ busiest – New Year’s Eve. The abundance of late-night revelers means an hour’s wait from call to pickup. Neither company has raised its rates since gas prices shot up. Drivers foot the cost of gas – which they deduct on tax returns – but cabbie Conrad David has an edge: He drives his own car, a Toyota Prius. Hybird savings “Before I got the Prius, I spent $50 to $60 a day for gas, now I put $20 to $25,” he said. The car averages 40 to 45 miles per gallon. “I get a lot of comments, `Oh, it’s a nice cab,’ and they keep asking me if (I) save a lot of money with gas.” David averages 200 miles a day five days a week on the job, and he said the $150 or so he earns daily sure beats the $10 a day he earned driving cabs for eight years in the Philippines. Returning solo from LAX, the hybrid driver zooms down the car-pool lane. Yellow Star Cab of Los Angeles County, which operates taxis in the Antelope Valley, used to serve Santa Clarita but stopped about two years ago. Mustang Express Cab, which began operating a three van-cab fleet in March, serves Santa Clarita and parts of the Antelope Valley. Owner David O’Brien said drivers drop off passengers outside the Valley but do not pick up there. Mustang’s three drivers mostly shuttle passengers to hotels near Magic Mountain and to LAX, Union Station and Disneyland, six-year veteran driver Jerome Smith said. The meter starts at $2.20 plus a varied per-mile rate. Smith said an older woman who needs kidney dialysis at the hospital on Saturdays is one of the regulars. When passengers want to wax philosophical, Smith, a devout Christian, said he goes that route, too. O’Brien was never a cabbie, but the entrepreneur saw a void with the explosion of local eateries and bars. “There just definitely was a need for it,” he said. “It’s not huge like a metropolitan area like San Francisco, but the business has definitely grown.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Petit launches scathing attack on Neymar

first_img Former France international Petit has launched a scathing attack on Neymar AFP – Getty Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit has launched a scathing attack on Neymar, accusing the winger of not having any respect for Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazilian forward tried to force a move away from PSG last summer, either to return to Barcelona or join their fierce rivals Real Madrid. Neymar failed to seal a return to Barcelona in the summer transfer window AFP or licensors Petit critisiced Neymar’s attitude and also said he isn’t as good as some of the players he has played with in the past.“When I played with Zidane or Djorkaeff, I knew they were able to decide a game on their own, so we accepted their defensive neglect,’ Petit told RMC Sport.“We accepted it and did our job because we knew they could win with a flash of genius.“This is not the case, at all, with Neymar. This guy plays for him, and only for him. 2 “Put yourself in the place of the boys in the place of the PSG dressing room, who live for months with the whims of this guy who s**** on the club and their supporters; he has no respect.”Neymar returned from injury for PSG in September and was given a frosty reception by the Parc des Princes faithful.The 27-year-old has netted four goals in seven matches for the French champions PSG are already the runaway leaders in Ligue 1.They are five points ahead of second-place Marseille and are next in action on Sunday, when they travel to Monaco. 2last_img read more

Sligo GAA Fixtures May 15-17

first_imgExpert Electrical Sligo Football U16 Division 1 LgeMon, 15 May, Venue: Ransboro Park, (Round 5), CooleraStrandhill V Curry 19:00, Ref: Gus ChapmanExpert Electrical Sligo Football u18 Division 1 LeagueMon, 15 May, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round 6), St Molaise Gaels V Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 19:00, Ref: Conor ConwayExpert Electrical Sligo Hurling u16 League FinalsMon, 15 May, Venue: Kent Park, (Playoff), Naomh Eoin V Benbulben Gaels 19:00, Ref: Ciaran O DonnellExpert Electrical Sligo Football u18 Division 2 LeagueTue, 16 May, Venue: Tourlestrane, (Round 6), Tourlestrane V St Mary’s 19:00, Ref: Paraic GoldenTue, 16 May, Venue: Seamie Donegan Memorial Park, (Round 6), Coolaney/Mullinabreena V St Patrick’s/Dromard 19:00, Ref: Gavin CawleyExpert Electrical Sligo Football U16 Division 1 LgeWed, 17 May, Venue: Geevagh, (Round 5), Geevagh/St.Michaels V Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 19:00, Ref: Paul Whitelast_img read more

Point-Rapids-Marshfield girls hockey loses in overtime to Waupaca

first_imgPRM drops to 5-8-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Markie Ash netted a hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime, to push Waupaca to a 4-3 victory over Point-Rapids-Marshfield in a girls hockey game Monday at the Marshfield Youth Ice Arena.Emily Nolan, Molly Meyers, and Zoe Derks scored to put PRM up 3-2 with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.Jamie Slattery tied the game with a goal for Waupaca in the final minute, and Ash had the game-winner 3:41 into overtime to lift the Comets to the victory.Chloe Kreuser had 14 saves in goal for Point-Rapids-Marshfield, which falls to 5-8-2.Point-Rapids-Marshfield hosts Beloit Memorial on Friday at KB Willett Arena in Stevens Point.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Waupaca 4, Point-Rapids-Marshfield 3 (OT)Waupaca 0 2 1 1 – 4PRM 0 1 2 0 – 3Second period: 1. W, Markie Ash (Jamie Slattery), 5:59; 2. PRM, Emily Nolan (Katrina Hassig), 6:59; 3. W, Ash, 7:14.Third period: 4. PRM, Molly Meyers, 9:21; 5. PRM, Zoe Derks (Hassig), 14:53; 6. W, Slattery (Ash), 16:22.Overtime: 7. W, Ash, 3:41.Saves: W, Cassie Rasmussen 21; PRM, Chloe Kreuser 14.Records: Waupaca 8-7; Point-Rapids-Marshfield 5-8-2.last_img read more

Driven by imagination

first_imgRichard Forbes with his artwork on the Mégane Coupé 1.6 Expression. Neo Dhlamini’s Mégane Hatch GT Line. Ana Damas with her version of Greek myth interpreted onto the Mégane Hatch Dynamique dCi Energy. Rhett Martyn with the Renault Mégane RS Trophy 265.(Images: SAcarfan)Cadine Pillay                      Johannesburg car enthusiasts were recently treated to an art exhibit where Renault South Africa showcased just what happens when art meets technological design. Four local artists were given a week to use four cars from two models of the company’s Mégane range as canvases to express their art.The works, featuring two coupes and two hatchbacks, were showcased on 23 July to mark the launch of the 2012 Mégane collection.Neo Dhlamini, Richard Forbes, Ana Damas and Rhett Martyn, all based in Johannesburg, were given a week to transform their cars.Danielle Melville, head of communications for Renault, spoke of her company’s excitement regarding the project.“These artists stretch themselves into the art of the possible, exceptional, innovative and progressive,” she said reflecting on the art works.Of spider webs and quarriesThe inspiration for Forbes came from giant funnel spider webs, and he was drawn to the role of the Mégane Coupe Expression and how it could express both art and mobility.A visual artist, he also teaches art at Pretoria University and boasts seven solo exhibitions to his name, both in the UK and locally, and another 20 group exhibitions.“While travelling around South Africa I observed the sharp, rectangular, man-made and imposed quarries carved into the hillsides,” explained Forbes.“It came to me that the scars of the quarries would be a perfect site for a series of art installations depicting giant funnel spider webs.”These webs, he added, could become a site people would view and visit as they travelled, effectively allowing art to link the country.Earning your stripesFor 23-year-old graphic designer Dhlamini, the hatchback GT Line model provided the perfect canvas for his racing-inspired artwork. He lists among his interests Japanese anime, motion graphics, illustration and animation.“My design is inspired by the stripes found on legendary racing and sports cars,” Dlamini explained.He added that the main feature of his art is two lines that run from the front of the bonnet and go on to split into six lines, extending to the top and sides of the vehicle. The lines spell out the words ‘smart’, ‘intuitive’, ‘high tech’ and ‘easy’.“The fine line work around the lights at the front and back draw attention to the car’s new exterior features. The symmetry between the left and right is a representation of how the Mégane presents a balance between an everyday car and a beast of speed when you really push it.”Inspired by the universeDamas is arguably the veteran of the group, with a career spanning over two decades in a variety of disciplines. Her formal training includes stints at the Foundation Art School and the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town, as well as at the Pretoria Technikon, where she majored in sculpture and print making.She was commissioned to work on the Hatch Dynamique dCi Energy TD, which is Renault’s answer to demands of environment-friendly designs.“My concept is based on the myth of the goddess Sophia, which views the earth as a living entity or organism and points to her as the creator of the world,” Damas pointed out.“For her survival, Sophia needs the cooperation of all mankind and all efforts to keep the planet clean, green and energy efficient. “The myth also describes the origin of the solar system, the earth and the human species. Sophia’s story translates into artwork through the use of organic lines, presenting the vehicle incorporated into the cosmos.“Starting from the bonnet, I visualised a spiral galaxy with Mother Earth emerging from the core. The spiral arms of the galaxy spread along the sides of the car like branches of a tree,” Damas said. Going for rough and dirtyFormer student of the Durban University of Technology and Wits University, Martyn is now an artist and arts lecturer. He has exhibited prolifically at galleries locally and abroad, and holds an academic advisory and coordination position at the InScape Design College.His car was the Mégane RS Trophy, Renault’s performance flagship.Martyn believes there is only the slightest difference between what could be defined as a drawing, and what might be seen as random processes of ‘mark making’ created as the by-product of any natural or mechanical action.“Take for instance the way in which a car travelling at high speed might create markings along a road as the tyres deposit a layer of rubber on the asphalt, if that vehicle had to suddenly come to a screeching halt.”Are the subsequent road markings art, or are they merely the by-product of the functioning of the car stopping? he asked.The mark making, he added, created by the upheaval of mud and dust onto the body work by the wheels of a car, could be looked at in the same way.“As I began to conceptualise a design approach for my car, I took into consideration how the car itself could become the facilitator of its own drawing process.”Martyn described his design as dirty, often aggressive, disparate and rough. Despite this, he explained, it still reflects the grace of art by echoing the faceted shards prevailing in Parisian cubism – with a contemporary neon edge, of course.last_img read more