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Britain and Ireland tied 9-9 with Continental Europe at Seve Trophy in France

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French Minister says France can learn from how Ireland treats its diaspora

Producing new work is the goal of the art residency program, and somehow we managed to do that in between museum and gallery visits. It helped that Le 100, our sponsor in France, has been kind enough to provide us with, among others, art materials we would need to create our works. And Europe is a source of the best art materials in the world. Our sponsor also provided us with a big studio equipped with radiators for heating, a kitchen and dining area, and even a small open air courtyard garden in the middle of the fifth floor, where our studio is located. It was such a delight for most of us who are used to scarcity of materials in the Philippines to be able to work with everything you need within reach. All we had to do was to focus on what to paint. And there was no lack of inspiration as France surely left us all spellbound, as it did Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Alberto Giacometti and many other foreign artists in the past. Indeed, the Cebuano artists were able to finish their works ahead of time and even produced more. Our works were featured in the 12 X 12 international art festival, a major event hosted yearly by Le Cent. It opened last September 25 in the City Hall of the Paris 12 arrondissement, with no less than Mayor Michel Blumenthal of the district and Andre Peter Estanislao, the young and very sociable Vice Consul of the Philippine Embassy in France, in attendance. ABS-CBNs The Filipino Channel crew in Paris also came to cover the event.

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There are worries that any Air France-KLM investment would clash with Italy’s ambition to make Rome a hub for intercontinental flights, and instead turn Alitalia into a regional player and trigger job cuts. But de Juniac’s comments signaled he did not doubt Alitalia’s ability to operate on long-haul routes – a strategy the group is betting on to revive its fortunes after its plans to become a strong regional player came unstuck in the face of tough competition and lower demand. “Air France-KLM-Alitalia, if one day we are united, could become a very great European brand. In such a scenario, we could supply (Alitalia’s) long-haul flights with passengers from Air France and KLM and they could do the same for us,” he said. De Juniac added that he could see Alitalia boosting its intercontinental routes where its own network might be weak. “Alitalia has strong points in Africa, Latin America and North America, where there is a strong Italian diaspora that can complement ours,” he told the paper. “Alitalia strengthens our commercial footprint pretty much everywhere. There are already many synergies.” NO CAPITAL INCREASE Analysts said Air France-KLM was unlikely to give up on Alitalia by letting it fail and opening Europe’s fourth-largest travel market to more competition. But Air France-KLM has set strict conditions on how the company should be restructured. Sources said last week that Air France had voted against a proposed capital increase at Alitalia of at least 100 million euros ($135 million). “Air France-KLM voted against the capital increase because the proposals on how to revive Alitalia were inexistent,” a banking source said. “The conditions have no chance of being met.” In the absence of other bidders, Italy’s bargaining power is seen as limited. The Alitalia board was informed last week of possible interest from China, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, but Benetton said there was nothing concrete.

An Alitalia plane passes an Air France plane on the tarmac of Charles de Gaulles International Airport in Roissy near Paris, January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Continental Europe lost the last six meetings and is trying to win the trophy for the first time since the inaugural contest in 2000. I want to win it badly, its as simple as that, Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal said. I dont like that record at all and hopefully this group of 10 people will be able to achieve that tomorrow. After two days of fourballs, Continental Europe was leading 5 1/2-4 1/2. On Saturday morning, Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano halved their match with Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie. The Scottish duo was three down after eight holes, but birdied Nos. 16 and 17. Fernandez-Castano missed the winning putt from 10 feet on the last hole. Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy birdied their last three holes to beat Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren 2 and 1. Chris Wood and Scott Jamieson combined for six birdies to defeat Thorbjorn Olesen and Francesco Molinari 2 and 1. Jimenez and Manassero edged Casey and Tommy Fleetwood by a hole to give Continental Europe an 8-6 lead. In the afternoon, Donaldson and Warren spurred a comeback for Britain and Ireland by defeating Thomas Bjorn and Mikko Ilonen 2 and 1.

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You have the forum today which we dont. But we have other things. In Europe, we have to put our best practice together and inspire the others with what we do well. In recent times, following mass emigration from Ireland, a debate on whether Irish citizens living abroad should be allowed vote in elections and referendums has bubbled. Conway concedes that it is a complex question. We have 2.5 million out of 60 million. You have 40 million. I think there is quite the imbalance there. But she has told Eamon Gilmore that Ireland could benefit from having a minister dedicated to the diaspora, as they do in France. You could have this person, like myself, all the time going out, reaching out to where the Irish will be. Not having to bring them to Ireland once a year. She also mentioned that there is solidarity in France for those who are not doing as well outside the country, as well as a significant cultural network. There are grants for families who do not have the means to put their children in French schools and social grants for people with various problems. She described Frances 480 international schools, the Institute francais and the Alliance Francaise as little satellites that have influence locally. The idea now is to activate them the way the Irish have to understand where we should be and where our companies should go In a recent meeting with ministers responsible for the diaspora, there were discussions on how to help people continue to feel that they belong and are linked to their home country. That they are still French citizens. More: How a French cabinet minister owes 157 property tax in Ireland French Minister says France can learn from how Ireland treats its diasporaThe diaspora can be a force and a resource, says French Minister for French Abroad Helene Conway.

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