PNG through to gold medal play off in men’s cricket

first_imgOpener Riley Hekure was the star with his knock of 115 off 64 balls. Hekure smashed 10 fours and 6 sixes for PNG to set the target at 176.Tonga’s openers in Aloisio Pau’u (13) and Nikolasi Moala (16) got Tonga off to reasonably good start.The dismissals of the pair brought on to the crease Maamaloa Kuluka who top scored with 41.But Kuluka eventually ran out of partners to help chase down the target as wickets fell in close succession. Tonga’s innings came to an end at 5/108 after 20 overs.Joel Tom for PNG took 2/16 off his three overs.PNG A will play Vanuatu for gold at 2pm while Tonga plays New Caledonia for bronze.last_img read more

Consistent Ravena a steady force for Ateneo so far in Season 80

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player in its first three games in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And he plans to stay that way after having an up-and-down year in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I need to stay more consistent because everyone’s been doing a really good job,” said Ravena after leading the Blue Eagles over Far Eastern University, 94-82, Sunday. Ravena finished with 18 points, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds, and five assists to steer Ateneo to a 3-0 record. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe graduating guard is averaging 18 points, nine boards, and 2.3 assists per game.Ravena had just one occasion where he managed to score in double figures in back-to-back games, against La Salle and University of the Philippines when he had 22 and 11 points, respectively.  How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Blackwater secures last playoff spot, beats GlobalPort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Ravena’s production took a dip from there.“Last season, I’ll have a good game and the polar opposite will happen next,” said Ravena. “I’m just mentally focused coming into the season and that I need to be more consistent.”last_img read more

Urbiztondo stays grounded amid another ABL title shot

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “You’re not always going to be in the Finals. It’s really hard to be in a situation to be in the Finals. And now, it’s the first time for Alab to be here,” he said.Those lessons are what Urbiztondo is aching to ingrain to his teammates, saying that an opportunity like this don’t come often and they have to take matters seriously.“When you’re actually in the Finals, you think that you’ll always be there. But the reality is you may never be back again,” said the veteran guard, who worked his way back to peak form after suffering a left hamstring injury.At 35, Urbiztondo knows that this may be one of his last legitimate chances to get a crown together with fellow veterans Dondon Hontiveros, 40, and Rico Maierhofer, 32.That’s why he’s hell-bent on helping Alab win this one.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View comments This time, Urbiztondo wants to finish the job and do it right with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.“The biggest thing that we should know is it’s not done yet,” he said. “We need to be humble. We can be happy being here in the Finals, but we could not be content. We got to still make sacrifices and we all have to do our part individually taking care of our bodies and being mentally being prepared.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUrbiztondo gained a measure of revenge in the semifinals when Alab eliminated defending champs Hong Kong Eastern in two games.But other than the sense of redemption, he felt more elated with getting another shot at the gold in the regional league. “We just have to stay together. Seize the moment, take advantage of it, and know that the job isn’t done yet,” he said. “It’s just a blessing and we’re just so fortunate. Hopefully, we could win this championship together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As opportunities open up, Dy keeps focus on La Salle bid Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJosh Urbiztondo is no stranger to being on the cusp of winning a title in the ASEAN Basketball League.The sweet-shooting guard was with the Singapore Slingers last year, but failed to cop the crown as they lost to Hong Kong Eastern.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Canelo not thinking GGG, eyeing 3rd weight class belt

first_img“I didn’t expect him to move up (in weight). It didn’t sink in until I was in the gym the next day after his phone call to ask about a fight. And then at Madison Square Garden, are you serious? There have been a lot of big fights there.”Not for Alvarez. He expects a huge turnout, and though he himself doesn’t like to watch other fights, he knows there will be lots of passion in the crowd when he makes his New York debut.“I don’t like to watch boxing, but I like boxing, being in the ring,” he said with a grin.He recognizes his popularity with Hispanic fans, but when pressed on who have been the greatest Mexican champions, he demurs, fearing he will leave out someone and be accused of disrespect. What about Canelo being considered in that group?Another smile.“They are all legends,” he said. “I respect them too much to say who is the best. But there continue to be so many champions from Mexico, they are the pride of Mexico. They have given a lot to the Mexican people.“It is a difficult sport. You need discipline and sacrifice, so I respect them all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s the Mecca of boxing,” Alvarez said Tuesday. “I have wanted to fight there for many years, and this is a great opportunity to give the fans from Latin America and Mexico a great fight.“This is a fight I made because I want to make history as one of the top Mexicans to win three titles. He is the current WBA champion. … I asked for the opportunity to fight at 168 pounds. For me, it’s the history. Only 10 Mexican champions have titles in three weight classes. I am taking a big risk entering his comfort zone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPerhaps. But Alvarez, who had a draw and then a narrow victory over Golovkin in his last two fights — sandwiched by a suspension for testing positive for performance enhancers that his camp said came from tainted meat — isn’t taking that big a gamble.Fielding is 27-1 with 15 knockouts, but he’s never faced anyone close to the level of Alvarez. And Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 knockouts) has the edge in experience, speed and ring savvy. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Canelo Alvarez is interviewed, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in New York. Alvarez is scheduled to fight WBA super middleweight boxing champion Rocky Fielding in New York in December. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez has never fought in Madison Square Garden. He’s never fought on the East Coast. And he’s really never fought after as big a win as he had in September against Gennady Golovkin.So when Triple G’s name is brought up to the ruler of the middleweight division, Alvarez sort of shrugs and instead begins talking about his Dec. 15 meeting with Rocky Fielding, the WBA super middleweight belt holder.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UEFA charges Romania for racism, misconduct by fans LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That could lead back to folks concentrating on Triple G and a potential third fight rather than on the matchup in the Garden. Alvarez scoffs at such a notion.“Moving up a division, that’s the biggest risk,” said Alvarez, who was a super welterweight champion before moving into the middleweight ranks. “I don’t know how it will feel there. He is the champion and has the experience at that weight, and it is a risk for any fighter to (add) eight pounds. I just take it as another challenge.”That Alvarez would challenge Fielding came as “a big surprise” to the Brit who won his belt in July by stopping previously undefeated Tyron Zeuge in Fielding’s first world title shot. He goes from that relatively obscure matchup to taking on what Fielding calls “the face of boxing.”Fielding never thought of saying no to fighting Alvarez and is comfortable with being an underdog. That was the case when he went to Zeuge’s turf in Germany and beat him for the belt.“He is a worldwide superstar,” Fielding said. “You have to fight the best to be the best, and this is an opportunity for me to take on the best.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

50 Tips and Insights About Productivity, Happiness, and Life

first_imgBe the change that you wish to see in the world The model is talking about booking her latest gig, modeling WordPress underwear in the brand latest Perfectly Fit campaign, which was shot by Lachian Bailey. It was such a surreal moment cried she admitted.The main thing that you have to remember on this journey is just be nice to everyone and always smile.It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl, Dalbesio says. I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating. She wasn’t sure, she said of the shoot, what was expected from her in terms of her size or shape.Refreshingly, what was expected of her was the same thing that was expected of Lara Stone: to take a beautiful picture.Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves.You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds Except the one in which you belong.So simple, yet so essential, the white shirt is the foundation of any wardrobe. It’s also the most multi-functional item, taking you from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. It matter what style fitted boyfriend etc or even what fabric from silk to heavy cotton go with whatever suits your personal style best.Calvin Klein known for launching the careers of such svelte models as Brooke Shields and Kate Moss to cast a model who deviates from the size standard and make a fuss about it to Dalbesio who spent years.must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete accountthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truth, the master builder of human happiness.Adderall and flirting with bulimia in an attempt to whittle herself to represents progress released this campaign and were like Whoa look this plus size girl in our campaign from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. There was a time in the industry not too long ago, when it seemed that the high fashion world was using plus size models as a headline-grabbing gimmick see the groundbreaking Italian Vogue cover featuring Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley in June 2016.Related: Calendar Gets Its First Plus-Size Model 2016Taking the world into my armsThere was that beautiful Italian Vogue story and the girls that were in that ended up doing really well the classic lace-up shoe is a true.I feel like for a minute, it was starting to feel like this plus size I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls really was a trend.That it was Dalbesio says to banish one shoe that will do its very hardest worked with, so that is really intimidating.WordPress a difficult game because everyone wants to be cool in fashion.Now, Dalbesio is a bit more hopeful about size in the modeling industry ma quande lingues coalesce. In the middle Occidental in fact she says not skinny enough.To find my place. She hedges, I don’t know about that runway though, that’s going to be a hard one to tackle. Everyone realizes why a new common language would be desirable: one could refuse to pay expensive translators.A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are forA Julien Macdonald customer doesn’t sit in the corner of a room, she is the room she’s the host the designer laughed when we met him yesterday afternoon to see the range for the first time. My pieces aren’t shy. It is full-on cocktail red carpet glamour.You don’t necessarily wear them to the supermarket on a Saturday morning with the kids, but with my jewellery they probably will.These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life.Cue a collection of high-wattage necklaces, adorned with nugget and crystals wild-cat cocktail rings, abstract drop earrings, and spectacular statement chokers inspired by the flora and fauna of safari.The most beautiful people we have known are those:explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was bornthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truthTo take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)center_img They released me in this campaign with everyone else there no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus size girls she says.last_img read more

Elderly couple homeless after Sophia fire

first_imgA Sophia, Greater Georgetown couple along with four other family members are now homeless after a fire of unknown origin gutted their home on Monday.The family’s residence in North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, that was destroyed by fire on MondayUmawattie Premraj aka “Chinee” and her husband, Sasenarine SinghUmawattie Premraj called “Chinee” along with her husband, Sasenarine Singh, who is confined to a wheelchair, resided in their two-storey wooden home at Lot 45 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown. Reports are the fire started at about 12:30h.The distraught woman explained to this publication that she had just returned home with her grandchild, whom she usually babysits, and was reading a document from the child’s school when neighbours alerted her of the fire.“She got a piece of slip in her bag and while reading this slip the boy call and tell me my kitchen on fire upstairs. So I told him that I don’t cook upstairs but he kept saying my kitchen is on fire. So when I get up and I look I see the whole top on fire and the only thing I could do is scramble my husband and bring him out and start hollering and a man come and collect my husband and then I went back for the child,” Premraj said.She stated that her husband’s right leg was amputated and as a result, their daughter and son-in-law were living with them temporarily to assist them.“Since he had his surgery, we always downstairs and that is where we usually are. I don’t know what caused the fire. As for where we are going to stay from now, I really don’t know either.”Premraj added that the fire destroyed all of her and her husband’s valuables and clothing.“All the room have wardrobes, three bedrooms, wall dividers, computer, television upstairs, stove, freezer, my fridge, everything is gone. The only clothing I could have saved is what I am wearing right now. I can’t say what really happened to cause this fire,” she lamented.Premraj noted that by the time the Guyana Fire Service arrived to the scene, her home was almost burnt to the ground.last_img read more

Monkeying with feng shui

first_img“So when people see that a species is endangered, maybe they’ll feel motivated to do something to save them.” The three golden monkeys – one male and two females – are expected to arrive by the end of the year, once their exhibit is near completion and China approves the export permit. Former Mayor James Hahn arranged for the loan of the monkeys during a 2002 trade mission to Asia, although he originally had his eye on a couple of pandas. The city will pay the Chinese government $100,000 annually, to be used for monkey research, for the 10-year “loan” of the animals. Golden monkeys have blue faces and long hair that looks like a flowing gold cape as they swing from trees. They weigh around 30pounds, eat foliage and make a catlike meow. The enclosure will look like an aviary, covered by a large mesh net draped over posts, and filled with artificial trees with extra springy limbs for the monkeys to jump around. There will be a viewing platform for visitors to watch the action and a holding building where the monkeys sleep. As they planned the exhibit, the designers from the Seattle-based Portico Group aimed to re-create the feel of a rural Chinese village. “The viewing building has a Chinese character,” principle architect Charles Mays said. “We thought it would be more authentic if we went that extra step and made sure it was done with good feng shui.” His group also worked on the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base in China, where feng shui was incorporated into the design. Mays hired Mainini, an Italian architect educated in Milan who later became an expert in feng shui. To prepare, Mainini walked through the exhibit location and talked to the zoo employees about the monkeys’ behavior – when do they wake up in the morning, what do they do during the day, where do they sleep. Mainini said she didn’t design the exhibit, but rather tweaked the plans to maximize the good chi (pronounced chee.) For example, designers had put the observation tower door in an unfavorable area, increasing the potential for accidents, lawsuits and arguments. She recommended in her report that they move the door or add a fountain or water feature to “soften, with moisture, the harsh energy” in that area of the tower. She also suggested that the designers rotate the monkey holding building slightly, to orient it on a different angle. That would “transform the energy distribution” of the building and result in a “stronger potential for health and well-being.” It would also promote fertility – important for a species with fewer than 10,000 left in the wild. Mainini completed her review in April 2003 and warned that construction should begin by February 2004, a crucial date in the feng shui calendar. “A later construction date could have a very significant effect on the building’s energy.” But the monkey exhibit was delayed; it’s part of the new elephant habitat that was redesigned and enlarged under pressure from animal-rights activists. Nevertheless, Mainini hopes the project will retain as much good chi as possible. “One of the reasons I started studying feng shui was I could see the effect good feng shui could have on people’s well-being, in terms of health and happiness,” Mainini said. “I really hope my contribution to the project will help create a very supportive environment for these animals.” (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s an amazing world. If you don’t take in all cultural considerations, you can strike out.” Believed to be the first zoo in the nation to tap the ancient Chinese science, Los Angeles paid $4,500 to a feng shui consultant to ensure that the three endangered monkeys will have health, happiness, fertility and, of course, a strong life-force energy, in their new digs. While feng shui (pronounced fung shway) is in demand among high-end architects and interior designers, Beverly Hills-based expert Simona Mainini said the trend hasn’t yet caught on in animal-enclosure design. “It’s very experimental. We don’t have any books on feng shui for monkeys. We just have to assume that Darwin is correct and that there is a connection and what is good for humans is good for monkeys.” “The idea is to get people beyond just looking at the animals so they experience how the animals and people live,” zoo General Manager John Lewis said. The Chinese art of feng shui – balance in design to promote health and happiness – is monkey business. At least that’s true at the Los Angeles Zoo, where a feng shui expert worked on a $7.4million enclosure for three rare golden monkeys set to debut next year. Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, a big zoo booster whose district includes the facility, said he hopes the blue-faced monkeys with flowing California blond hair will feel right at home in their new exhibit. “I’d hate to have the monkeys get here and say: `Tom, you messed up. We’re going to San Francisco or San Diego,”‘ he quipped. last_img

Messi hat-trick helps Barca equal record unbeaten streak

first_imgMessi was the star of the show at the Camp Nou with a magnificent treble, as Barca stretched their lead at the top to 12 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid’s derby against Real Madrid on Sunday.“This unbeaten record has not only been achieved this season, but also last year under (former coach) Luis Enrique,” said Barca coach Valverde.“It’s a shared record, because it crossed over between seasons. It has been quite difficult, because of the fact it’s an old record that hasn’t been broken for a long time.”Valverde named a strong side despite having a Champions League quarter-final, second leg on Tuesday at Roma, with Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho all starting.Suarez passed up two good early chances to put Barca ahead, prodding wide and then seeing visiting goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar deny him with an excellent save.But the hosts moved in front in the 27th minute through a trademark Messi free-kick.The Argentinian stepped up and curled the ball over the ball and into the bottom corner from 25 yards out to score his 27th league goal of the season.It didn’t take the 30-year-old long to double his tally for the day, latching onto Coutinho’s through ball and firing low into the corner.Barcelona eased off in the second half, perhaps with the midweek clash at the Stadio Olimpico on their minds, and Leganes hit back midway through the second half.Former Liverpool winger Nabil El Zhar cut inside and fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box despite slipping as he shot.But the home side finished off the match as a contest late on with Messi completing his third hat-trick of the season in style.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner chested down Ousmane Dembele’s pass and dinked the ball over Cuellar with consummate ease.“To score goals is always good. We think that Messi has to stay active and he avoids any muscular problems,” added Valverde.“He’s doing well and we saw that tonight. Looking forward to the next matches, the way he played is good news for us.”Barca will now turn their attentions to avoiding a disaster in Italy as they defend a 4-1 first-leg lead, still bidding to complete the treble with a Copa del Rey final against Sevilla to come in a fortnight’s time.Earlier on Saturday, Sevilla’s hopes of qualifying for Europe next season took a hit with a 4-0 thumping at Celta Vigo.Vincenzo Montella’s side were taken apart by former striker Iago Aspas’ hat-trick, as the ex-Liverpool man strengthened his claim for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad.Sevilla face Bayern Munich on Wednesday’s at the Allianz Arena needing to overturn a 2-1 deficit to reach the Champions League semi-finals.Real Betis moved up to fifth with a fourth straight win as they saw off Eibar 2-0, while Alaves all but secured safety by beating Getafe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored his third hat-trick of the season as Barcelona equalled the longest unbeaten run in La Liga © AFP / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, Apr 7 – Barcelona equalled the record longest unbeaten run in La Liga history as a Lionel Messi hat-trick inspired the runaway leaders to a 3-1 win over Leganes on Saturday to make it 38 league games unbeaten.The Catalan giants will look to break the record that Real Sociedad set in 1979-80 when they host Valencia next weekend, with Ernesto Valverde’s side now just seven matches from becoming the first La Liga side to go through a campaign without tasting defeat.last_img read more

Juve poised to win eighth straight title in record time

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo’s absence would be blow for Juventus after he fired them to the Champions League quarters earlier this monthMILAN, Italy, Apr 5 – Champions Juventus turn their focus to nailing down an eighth consecutive Serie A title in record time this weekend, days after a row erupted over racist abuse aimed at starlet Moise Kean in Cagliari.Massimiliano Allegri’s side return to their home comforts of the Allianz Stadium in Turin to host AC Milan after their trip to Sardinia on Tuesday ended amid scenes of chaos as Kean and teammate Blaise Matuidi were subjected to monkey cries and racist chanting. Juventus could win the league title with seven games to spare — the earliest any team has ever sealed Serie A — if they beat AC Milan and nearest challengers Napoli lose at home to Genoa.The Turin giants have an 18-point advantage on Napoli and have won both their direct clashes with Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season.“The eighth consecutive championship is in the ‘loading phase’,” said Juve captain Giorgio Chiellini.“Right now, the ‘uploading’ is getting closer to completion. These will be two very important weeks for us.”Boosted by the summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus have had an unparalleled campaign, with just one defeat in 30 games on March 17 against Genoa, when the Portuguese superstar was rested.But Allegri’s side are building momentum as they prepare for next week’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg clash against Ajax in Amsterdam.If they don’t seal the title on Sunday they can do so the following weekend with a win at SPAL.In both cases it would be a record for the 20-team Italian championship.Three teams have won with five games to go — Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan in 2006-2007, Torino in 1947-1948 and Fiorentina in 1955-1956.Paris Saint-Germain hold the European record by winning Ligue 1 three years ago with eight games to spare.Allegri wants to seal a 35th ‘Scudetto’ as quickly as possible, before the real seasonal goal, the coveted Champions League, last achieved in 1996.– ‘Precious points’ –“It has become an obsession:” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said of the Champions League.The Serie A points record of 102 which Juventus achieved under Antonio Conte in the 2013-2014 season, remains an achievable goal as by winning the last eight remaining matches they can achieve 105.Ronaldo is recovering from a right thigh injury, which could rule him out of this weekend’s game.But tests carried out on Monday, indicated he may be able to play the first leg against Ajax, according to reports in Italy.Allegri could opt for the 34-year-old to start on the bench on Saturday and give him a runout before the Ajax challenge.Injury-hit AC Milan, in fourth, are desperate for a result having taken just one point from their last three league games.Gennaro Gattuso’s side occupy the final Champions League berth, but have just a one-point advantage on Atalanta, with Lazio, Roma and Torino four points behind.Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (thigh) and midfielder Lucas Paqueta (right ankle) are out injured, complicating matters as Milan target a Champions League return after six years.Milan lost 2-0 to Juventus in the reverse fixture.“We’ll go to Turin to take home precious points,” defender Ignazio Abate told Milan TV. “There’s still a long way to go and anything can happen.”Inter Milan, in third, take on Atalanta, fifth, in the San Siro, in a clash between Champions League hopefuls with both teams coming off four-goal wins this week.AS Roma travel to European rivals Sampdoria as Lazio, with a game in hand, hosting Sassuolo and Torino at Parma.FixturesSaturdayParma v Torino (4pm), Juventus v AC Milan (7pm), Sampdoria v AS Roma (9:30pm)SundayFiorentina v Frosinone (1:30pm), Cagliari v SPAL, Udinese v Empoli (4pm), Inter Milan v Atalanta, Lazio v Sassuolo (7pm), Napoli v Genoa (9:30pm)MondayBologna v Chievo (9:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA public meeting is to be held to help regenerate one of Letterkenny’s best known areas.Letterkenny’s Church LaneSave the Church Lane campaign is to to hold a public meeting in Gallagher’s Hotel in Letterkenny on Thursday, 30th January at 8pm.The aim of the campaign is to regenerate the historical Church Lane street and to create a real hidden treasure for tourists in the heart of Letterkenny. Unfortunately in the past few years many old buildings in the Church Lane have fallen into disrepair and pose a danger to the public.This issue has been highlighted in the local media. All is not lost and there is great potential to create a real tourist gem and real jobs.The idea is to create a craft village that will home to businesses which sell locally produced goods and services. This was first envisaged by Town Council member Jim Lynch over twenty years ago.The people of Dunfanaghy, Donegal Town and Ballybofey have shared a similar vision and have created their own wonderful resources. Their visions and ideals were a seed that lay on barren ground for years, barely surviving. But one day people cleared away all the dead vegetation, gave the seed nutrients, water and sunlight and slowly watched as it grew into a big strong tree . This is the concept we wish to evolve and with the support of all stakeholders, the ideals of Councillor Lynch will come to fruition and the Town of Letterkenny , People of Letterkenny and the centre of Letterkenny will have a space and an resource to be proud of on a local, national and international basis.This vision which has successfully been recreated in Cities and Towns throughout the world (for example Galway’s famous “Latin Quarter”) has the ability to create both long term viable job creation opportunities and a centre to display the outstanding local crafts, culinery skills and creativity that exists both locally and throughout the County of Donegal.It is envisaged that the “Cathedral Quarter” will attract huge amounts of tourists and local’s to visit , sample and experience the unique atmosphere that this intimate area can generate.The Church Lane is steeped in the town’s history. On the top right hand of the Lane, we have Conwal Parish Church and graveyard which was originally built in 1636. In 1776, it has almost entirely demolished when the nave was extended and a chancel was added but the original tower was retained making the Church the oldest building in Letterkenny. Many notable people are buried within its boundaries including Rev. John Kinnear, former MP and Tenants Rights campaigner and Sir George and Lady Marbury, the founders of the market town in the seventeenth century.At the top of the Lane is the symbol of Letterkenny – St Eunans Cathedral. When the Cathedral was built in the 1890’s, local farmers volunteered on Sundays to cart stone blocks arriving at the Thorn from Mountcharles. When the horses got to the Church Lane, 1/3 of the load was taken off and the horses slowly took the large blocks up the narrow muddy lane. This process was repeated until all the blocks made it to the top. And in the middle of the Lane is the jewel in the Crown, the Gospel Hall belonging to the Plymouth Brethern. The founding Plymouth Brethern in Letterkenny erected the Gospel Hall in June 1895. John Storey, a former Town clerk, had been a Baptist pastor in the town and joined the congregation of the Brethern, meeting in the yard of John Davis, whose merchant business was on the Main Street. When they erected the hall in the yard, they cleared away a building to gain access to the Church Lane, hence the fact that the entrance to the hall today is further back than other building on the street.The Facebook campaign was attracted widespread public support receiving almost two thousand ‘likes’ in its first two weeks generating enormous goodwill.The concept is that the whole of the community would be involved in the regeneration of the area and the project belongs not to one individual but to the people of Letterkenny.Public participation is a huge part of the Facebook page as former residents of the Lane and people of Letterkenny have shared their stories creating a wonderful sense of nostalgia and pride. It is hoped that the people of Letterkenny will continue to participate in the campaign once the real work begins. We wish to co-operate with property owners so they can fully utilise those magnificent old buildings in such a serene setting. The project is a massive undertaking that will require the ‘buy -in’ cooperation and assistance of all local stakeholders. The support and backing of Letterkenny Town Council, Donegal County Council, Local County Councillers, local People, House owners Business owners and local and international entrepreneurs as well as the press will be vital in the success of this vision.There can be no doubt that the benefits of this vision first mooted by Jim Lynch are far reaching and will require a great deal of cooperation, planning, goodwill and understanding but the long term success of this venture is a legacy worth fighting for.The organizers of the Save The Church Lane Campaign have taken the first steps by calling a Public meeting on Thursday the 30th of January at 8pm in Gallaghers Hotel ,Letterkenny where it is hoped a large crowd will attend. It is envisaged that all local representatives will also be in attendance. A new positive chapter in the history of Letterkenny and indeed Donegal is about to start.PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD TO SAVE HISTORIC LETTERKENNY STREET was last modified: January 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Church Lanedonegalletterkennyregenerationlast_img read more