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PH chinlone squad catches eye of gold-medal coach

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first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malaysia, whose 60th Independence Day coincides with its fourth SEA Games hosting, is gunning for 111 golds, the same number it did in winning the 2001 edition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rhemwil Catana and Johnjohn Bobier of Philippines during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sepak takraw chinlone team may not have won the gold, but it gained respect from the one that won it.Malaysia’s coach Mohd Yusoff Abdullah cited the Filipino’s natural flair in the sport that requires coordination and athleticism.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbatecenter_img 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Reality hits PH netball athletes hard in Malaysia “The Philippines is relatively new in this sport and given time, they will be a team to watch,” said Abdullah.The Filipinos dropped the gold medal match to the host Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“This gold medal means a lot. It is the first step towards achieving our target. The players were excellent in controlling the ball. Their spirit was high,” added the Malaysian mentor.After winning the first gold of the 29th Southeast Asian Games, Malaysia sports minister YB Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin told the host’s athletes: “One down, 110 to go.” View commentslast_img read more

De Gea stars as Utd beat Arsenal in thriller

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first_imgKoscielny responded to the foul by approaching referee Andre Marriner and appearing to call for Pogba’s dismissal.Pogba sarcastically applauded Marriner as he headed for the tunnel and United boss Mourinho made it clear the France star wasn’t happy with the decision or his international team-mate’s part in it.“I just know that Paul is frustrated. A bit disappointed with this colleague, Koscielny, with this kind of reaction,” Mourinho said.“He is very frustrated because everybody knows that Paul is a clean player and it was not his intention at all to be close to a red card.”As well as his anger at Pogba’s treatment, Mourinho was frustrated at what he saw as Arsenal diving in the closing stages.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (C) was frustrated at what he saw as Arsenal diving in the closing stages of their 3-1 defeat to United © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONDanny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette, appealed in vain for penalties and, with his tongue firmly in his cheek, Mourinho said: “I know the pitch is amazing and maybe breeds a desire to go to the floor.“If it was hard, no; if it was mud, no – the pitch is absolutely beautiful but I think they were a bit too much.“If it’s not a penalty, it’s not a penalty.”Pogba’s dismissal will earn him a three-match ban and his absence from the Manchester derby is a huge blow to United’s hopes of closing the gap on the leaders.City are five points ahead of United, but can extend that lead to eight if they beat lowly West Ham on Sunday.Regardless of that result, United will remain in the title hunt when their hated neighbours arrive at Old Trafford next weekend.But Mourinho refused to label the seismic showdown as a make or break moment in the title race.Asked if United’s fourth successive league win had sent a message to Pep Guardiola’s team, he said: “No message. We go match after match.“We are second in the table. We won four consecutive matches.“We managed to win and play well. I’m happy but there is no message.”– Desire and intensity –While Mourinho was coy about the derby, he was effusive in his praise of his players after they won at the Emirates for the first time since 2014, ending their long run of futility in away league games against top-six opponents.Manchester United were indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea in their 3-1 win over Arsenal, as the Spaniard made 14 saves, the joint most by a goalkeeper in the Premier League era © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTON“We started with that desire and intensity, we played high and created mistakes,” he said.“There were amazing individuals performances and collectively we were very strong.”United were indebted to David De Gea for a superb display, the Spaniard making 14 saves, the joint most by a goalkeeper in the Premier League era.“He made fantastic saves,” Mourinho said. “What I saw was the best goalkeeper in the world.”Inevitably, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger saw the two penalty appeals differently to his old rival and he took a swipe at Marriner’s performance.“Last night I watched Napoli v Juventus on TV and we watched a top-class referee. If you want to analyse well, watch the difference between them and us and then you will see,” he said.Even so, Wenger acknowledged Arsenal had only themselves to blame for a loss that effectively ended their title bid.Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard punished terrible Arsenal defending to put United two up in 11 minutes.Lacazette got one back but Lingard’s second sealed the points.“You have to dictate from the start and show strength in duels from the back,” Wenger said.“I felt that at the back our concentration was not sharp enough from the start and not dominant enough.“We have produced an excellent performance but have conceded three goals and had at least 10 chances and were not efficient enough in the box, that is the reality.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David de Gea goes to ground early as Alexandre Lacazette attempts to go round him and shoot towards goal. Photo/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Jose Mourinho revealed Paul Pogba was furious with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny for his role in the red card that rules the Manchester United midfielder out of next weekend’s summit meeting with Manchester City.Pogba was sent off in the 74th minute of United’s 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday for a crude challenge on Hector Bellerin.last_img read more

DDTV: THE TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL GETS UNDERWAY!

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first_imgThe fantastic Taste of Donegal Food Festival is underway.DonegalTV went along to chat to Ernan McGettigan about all the festival has to offer. Simply click on the video to see the interview.DDTV: THE TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL GETS UNDERWAY! was last modified: August 29th, 2015 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:TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVALlast_img read more

Tottenham ahead of Chelsea and Barcelona in transfer battle for Ajax ace

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first_img gameday cracker revealed Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? predicted 2 Scouts from across Europe are monitoring the Dutch maestro. huge blow Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest SORRY Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img Scouts from Europe’s top clubs have been travelling to see the midfielder in action for Ajax and he could be on the move soon.Indeed Barcelona and Chelsea are both interested in Van de Beek, who scored 13 goals in all competitions last season.But, according to Calciomercato, it is Tottenham who are currently leading the race for the Dutch international. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most Popular Premier League Stories How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Spurs, in the words of the Italian news outlet, are in “pole position” to sign Van de Beek next summer.Tottenham are in the market for reinforcements in the middle of the park as doubts remain over the future of Mousa Dembele – who is out of contract in June.Van de Beek is viewed as a viable replacement for the Belgian but he will not come cheap, with Ajax demanding around £35m for his signature. changes whoops The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Premier League side Tottenham are ahead of Barcelona and Chelsea in the race to sign Ajax ace Donny van de Beek.The 21-year-old has been earning rave reviews for his performances in the Netherlands and they have not gone unnoticed. Van de Beek celebrates scoring for Ajax. TOP WORK 2last_img read more

Juventus vs Roma headlines Serie A week 17

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first_img Tags: Italian Serie Atop Lazio vs CagliariStadio Olimpico, RomeSaturday, 22-12-2018 @02:30pmBoth Lazio and Cagliari are desperate to end their lengthy winless streaks, but the pressure is building on Simone Inzaghi. The Biancocelesti are without a victory in their last seven games in all competitions and haven’t won in Serie A since a 4-1 win at home over SPAL on November 4. That poor run of form has seen them fall off the pace in the race for the Champions League places and a win here will be vital for Simone Inzaghi’s men to remain in the hunt over the Christmas period. The Aquile’s last match was a 1-0 loss away to Atalanta in Bergamo, where Duvan Zapata’s 58-second goal sealed the three points. Inzaghi’s boys huffed and puffed their way through that match and thought they had equalised late on when Francesco Acerbi turned in from close range, but after the celebrations died down the goal was chalked off correctly by VAR for a marginal offside. The Capital outfit have won just four games at home in the league this season, while drawing twice and losing the other two, and they will need to start to pick up home wins soon if they hope to qualify for the Champions League. Inzaghi will have to do without the services of Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, who is a long-term injury absentee, while Valon Berisha has returned to training after his injury problems.The Sardinians meanwhile are on a similar run of poor form, going six Serie A rounds without a win. However, they have only lost twice in their last nine games, while drawing the other five proving that they are a resilient and resolute side under Rolando Maran. Their last outing was a narrow 1-0 loss at home to Napoli in which Arkadiusz Milik’s excellent free kick in injury time gave three points to the Partenopei. Top scorer Leonardo Pavoletti is again missing through injury and he is joined on the side-lines by Greek defender Charalambos Lykogiannis and midfielder Lucas Castro. Meanwhile Luca Ceppitelli and Darijo Srna are still suspended after their red cards in the 2-2 draw with Roma.Cagliari haven’t won against Lazio in Rome since 2009, losing all seven visits on the bounce, conceding 18 goals.Empoli vs SampdoriaStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmEmpoli are seeking their fourth consecutive home victory, but host a Sampdoria side rediscovering their form and unbeaten in four. Samp haven’t lost in the league since their 4-1 defeat away to Roma in the middle of November and will be a tough test for 14th-placed Empoli. The home side themselves are in great form coming into Week 17, winning three and drawing one ahead of last weekend’s Tuscan Derby loss to Fiorentina. Empoli won the Serie B title last season and are enjoying their time in the top flight, sitting five points clear of the drop zone. A win for Beppe Iachini’s men would only move them up one place in the table to 13th, but would take the pressure off going into Christmas.As for Sampdoria, they will be hoping to enter the festive period in the European places and victory could lift them as high as fourth.The home side have four players at risk of suspension going into the game, with Domenico Maietta, Leonardo Capezzi, Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Ismaël Bennacer all holding four yellow cards. Rade Krunic does sit out a one-match ban in midfield.Gianluca Caprari scored his third Serie A goal of the season for Sampdoria last time out against Parma and he’ll be looking to continue his form in front of goal. Bartosz Bereszynski is still out of action, so Jacopo Sala again takes on the role of full-back. Marco Giampaolo will be desperate to finish the first half of the season in the top six, and a win against a plucky Empoli side should help him do just that.Sampdoria are unbeaten against Empoli in Serie A since January 2007, emerging with four wins and as many draws.Genoa vs AtalantaStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmStruggling Genoa will be hoping to pick up their first win under Cesare Prandelli, as the Grifone welcome a high-flying Atlanta side to Marassi on Saturday afternoon. Genoa are now under the tutelage of their third manager, and it is not even the halfway point of the season. Croatian tactician Ivan Juric was again sacked after losing to third-tier Virtus Entella in the Coppa Italia, thus marking the end of his third spell in charge of the club he once featured for as a player. Juric’s hiring did raise some major eyebrows, especially after Davide Ballardini had seemingly done no wrong in leading the team to a strong start. At the time of his abrupt dismissal, the team under Ballardini were sitting in sixth place, and had slipped to 11th following a 3-1 defeat to Parma. By the time Juric left, they had tumbled even further down the table into 14th. Currently now in 16th place – which sees them just four points clear of the drop zone – Prandelli clearly has a lot of work to do. So far, they have picked up one point from their first two games under the ex-Fiorentina and Azzurri manager’s tenure. However, despite losing 3-2 to Roma last round, Genoa put in a good shift and that improvement will give them some hope as they take on an Atalanta side for whom things seem to be finally clicking after a rough start to the season.Domenico Criscito returns to wear the captain’s armband after his suspension, but Luca Mazzitelli is out of action. Genoa have conceded in each of their last 11 Serie A games, so 12 would be their worst clean sheet run since March 2012. La Dea come into this game having beaten Lazio 1-0, and that further solidifies their chances for a push not just for a Europa League spot, but even for the Champions League. With Milan and Lazio both floundering, Atalanta certainly are in a great position to pip both sides in the battle for fourth, and it has been an impressive turnaround for a team that was in freefall after the Europa League preliminary round exit. At one point, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were in 17th place, with just one win all season. Week 9 arguably was their big turnaround point, as since then, Atalanta have managed to win six of their last eight Serie A fixtures. Notably, during that run they ended Inter’s seven-game winning streak in the league thanks to a stunning 4-1 victory. In addition, La Dea have bounced back well from two defeats to Empoli and Napoli – which ended their four-game winning streak – to pick up back-to-back victories against Udinese, and most recently, Lazio.Atalanta have won their last three away fixtures against Genoa. Should they win again this Saturday, it will mark the first time in their top-flight history that La Dea have beaten the same opponent four times in a row on the road.AC Milan vs FiorentianStadio Giuseppe Meazza, MilanSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmJust five points separate Champions League-chasing Milan in fourth and Europa League hopefuls Fiorentina, but the Rossoneri are forced to revamp their midfield. It has been a forgettable couple of weeks for Milan and their boss Gennaro Gattuso. A goalless draw against Torino was followed by an embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Olympiacos and that was topped off by another 0-0, this time away at lowly Bologna on Tuesday night. However, despite injuries and recent inconsistencies, Milan have maintained that all important fourth spot and sit two points ahead of Lazio. While fans of the Rossoneri were left ruing that midweek draw and the opportunity to create a gap between them and the chasing pack, focus quickly switches to the visit of Fiorentina. Player availability continues to haunt Gattuso. Boosted by the return of captain Alessio Romagnoli against Bologna, ‘Rino’ was dealt a fresh blow elsewhere. Midfield pair Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie are missing through suspension for this one, meaning Jose Mauri and former Viola captain Riccardo Montolivo are likely to be the replacements. Il Diavolo are expected to retain their 4-4-2 with Gonzalo Higuain and Patrick Cutrone in attack. Milan will be desperate to get back amongst the goals after consecutive blanks in Serie A and will be facing their favourite victims in the Italian top flight. Milan have scored a total of 245 goals against Fiorentina, more than against any other team.Fiorentina’s 3-1 over Empoli last weekend in the Tuscan derby broke a run of eight games without a win for La Viola and has kept them in touching distance of the European places. It was a welcome win for Stefano Pioli’s side after struggling to a series of draws in recent weeks. Goals had been a problem in that run, but Fiorentina have now bagged six in their last two outings and will be relieved to see striker Giovanni Simone back on the scoresheet. With confidence returning, the visitors will be relishing this chance to cause an upset and decrease the gap to their Milanese counterparts to two-points in the process. Coach Pioli’s switch to 3-5-2 last week proved successful and it would be no surprise to see that kept in place for Saturday. That change of formation was somewhat forced by suspensions to key defender Nikola Milenkovic and midfield regulars Jordan Veretout and Edimilson Fernandes. Milenkovic is likely to return to the starting XI at the expense of Federico Ceccherini, while Veretout is expected to slot back into central midfield in place of Christian Norgaard. Italian midfielder Marco Benassi will play an important role for his team. The 24-year old is Fiorentina’s top scorer with six and excluding two own goals, he is responsible for three of the six goals La Viola have notched away from Florence.Milan have won three of their last five Serie A games against Fiorentina after having previously only one once in the nine meetings before. The Rossoneri have the chance to make it four consecutive wins over La Viola at San Siro on Saturday, a feat they last achieved back in 1997.Napoli vs SPALStadio San Paolo, NaplesSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmNapoli will host SPAL this Saturday as they continue to find their footing following their Champions League exit. For much of their 1-0 win over Cagliari, the Partenopei seemed like a shell of their former self. They lacked their usual attacking prowess, and as a unit, Carlo Ancelotti’s side lacked any type of cohesion. They entered half-time visibly frustrated, but after the break there was a massive switch in mentality for Ancelotti’s side.The Partenopei began putting together fluid attacking movement, but the breakthrough was yet to come. Toward the end of the match, it seemed as if Napoli’s season was about to start flying off the rails, and with a 10-point deficit waiting for them come the final whistle, something had to give for the Partenopei. Arkadiusz Milik came to the rescue for his side, giving them all three points with a beautiful free kick in stoppage time. Milik has been on a hot streak as of late, and he’ll look to continue that streak against a weak SPAL side. The Spallini currently sit in 15th place in Serie A and it’s likely they’ll fall further down the table by the end of matchweek 17. Leonardo Semplici’s side hasn’t won a game since October 20, when they upset Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. Their two-month long winless run looks set to continue this Saturday unless they can come up with the same magic that saw them defeat Roma. In SPAL’s last Serie A run out, they drew 0-0 with Chievo Verona at the Stadio Paolo Mazza. Veteran striker Sergio Floccari almost won it at the death for his side, but his shot cannoned off the crossbar to deny the Italian his winner.Napoli hasn’t lost at home since March of this year, so the likelihood of them losing at the Stadio San Paolo to a relegation side such as SPAL is unlikely.SPAL have lost each of their last nine Serie A meetings with Napoli, home and away.Sassoulo vs TorinoMAPEI Stadium, Reggio nell’EmiliaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmOnly two points separate Sassuolo and Torino going into this head-to-head for Europa League ambitions. The intense festive schedule forms a good barometer to see how they will fair for the rest of the season in 2019. For Sassuolo, who currently occupy eighth spot in the Serie A table and are just a point off the Europa League places, this will be a good opportunity to get an important result under their belt before going up against both Roma and Atalanta in the next seven days, two direct rivals for the fifth and sixth spots. Their 2-0 away win against Frosinone ended a run of four games without a win and put them back within touching distance of their target, but the victory is desperately needed against Torino to keep the team on their toes and with some breathing room ahead of their huge clashes coming up.However, despite their recent win, the form sheet and history at home against Torino may throw up a different story, as their last three wins in the league have all come away from home (Frosinone, Chievo and SPAL), they’ve never beaten Torino in front of their own fans. Torino need the three points just as much, because while they sit in mid-table and are coming into this game off the back of a defeat and a draw, some context is needed to fully see why this game is rather important to Walter Mazzarri’s side.Their last results came at San Siro, where the tried and trusted Mazzarri 3-5-2 kept Milan at bay and got Torino a 0-0 draw for their troubles. The loss came last weekend in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Turin rivals Juventus, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty with just 20 minutes left on the clock.By no means were these results terrible and if they were being 100% honest, Torino probably prepared themselves for this kind of situation. The Granata remain just two points behind Sassuolo and the Europa League places going into the Mapei Stadium. With Empoli at home and a trip to Lazio to round off 2019, Toro will see this as the perfect opportunity to set themselves up for a push for European football.Salvatore Sirigu is increasingly unlikely to recover in time after a knock to his back forced him off during the Turin Derby, while Iago Falque missed that game entirely, but should be available again as partner to Andrea Belotti.Filip Djuricic continues his suspension, with Kevin-Prince Boateng, Claud Adjapong and Jeremie Boga still injured.Torino are unbeaten at the Mapei Stadium in Serie A, emerging with a 2-0 win in 1994 and four draws.Udinese vs FrosinoneDacia Arena, UdineSaturday, 22-12-2018 @05:00pmFrosinone make their debut under new Coach Marco Baroni in this relegation six-pointer with stuttering Udinese. The home side have the advantage in the table as of now, in 17th place with 13 points from 16 games. Their opponents are currently languishing with the bottom two with a mere eight points. Udinese are a difficult team to figure out. Whilst season-to-season they struggle with the amount of personnel changes, there’s also no doubt this team should be a lot higher than 17th. There have been improvements since Davide Nicola replaced Julio Velazquez, beating Roma and drawing with Sassuolo, while performances in defeats to Atalanta and Inter were at least plucky.Considering their budget, Serie A is always about survival for Frosinone. Moreno Longo took them to promotion via the Serie B play-offs, but the 2-0 home defeat to Sassuolo proved the final straw. He was fired this week and replaced by ex-Benevento boss Baroni, whose Serie A career tally is one point from 12 games. For the Friuliani, the source of their troubles this season is having the ball. With just 13 goals scored, and almost half of those coming from Rodrigo de Paul, they are the third least prolific side in the division. On the defensive side of the ball, they rank a more respectable eighth worst, a lot higher than the other relegation candidates. However, Frosinone boast both the worst attack and defence in Serie A, managing only one win all season.Neither of these sides will gain a predicted advantage from playing home or away. Udinese have seven points from eight home games, whilst Frosinone have four points from eight away games.In terms of team news, Ignacio Pussetto and Valon Behrami were both doubts, but should make the Udinese starting XI. However, Brazilian defender Samir is out for around three months. Lukasz Teodorczyk, Emmanuel Badu and Svante Ingelsson remain long-term absentees. For Frosinone, Joel Campbell and Daniel Ciofani were doubts, but will reportedly recover in time to feature. Luca Paganini, Emil Hallfredsson and Federico Dionisi won’t be seen again in 2018.Frosinone have fired blanks in 10 out of 16 games this season, more than any other Serie A side.Chievo vs Inter MilanStadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, VeronaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @08:00pmInter aim to get their festive celebrations going 72 hours early as they travel to relegation candidates Chievo Verona on Saturday. Chievo were undoubtedly the basket case of calcio for the better part of this season so far. They began the season with a three-point handicap after being found guilty of false accounting. They are yet to register a single win this campaign, and have drawn seven times with nine losses. The Flying Donkeys have scored just 12 goals so far this year – only Frosinone have scored fewer – while conceding a whopping 32 times thus far – again, only the Canarini have conceded more. However, new Coach Domenico Di Carlo was encouraged by last week’s 0-0 with SPAL and finds his team interestingly on an unbeaten run of five matches in Serie A. During that stretch, they have also snatched points off the likes of Scudetto hopefuls Napoli and top-four contenders Lazio, with the side seemingly brimming with confidence leading into Saturday’s encounter at the Bentegodi. Another positive result against a strong opponent could very well be what Di Carlo’s side need if they are to spark a push for Serie A survival. However, should they do that on Saturday, they will need to do so without Nenad Tomovic, Fabrizio Cacciatore and Joel Obi, who all miss out through injury, and also Ivan Radovanovic after the Serbian midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in last week’s draw.Meanwhile, Luciano Spalletti’s Inter are aiming for consecutive wins after a 76th-minute Mauro Icardi penalty was enough to see off a resilient Udinese outfit at San Siro last weekend. Spalletti will be hoping to see his side rediscover their early form from earlier in the season after they were bundled out of the Champions League following their disappointing 1-1 draw with PSV. This is a vital game for the Nerazzurri, as they are currently six points behind second-placed Napoli. They face the Partenopei next Wednesday in a massive Boxing Day clash, so this week could be used to gain some ground on Carlo Ancelotti’s boys. Dalbert and Matias Vecino are still injured, plus Kwadwo Asamoah sitting out a one-match ban. Even Radja Nainggolan could be back in the starting XI.Four out of five of Chievo’s wins in Serie A against Inter have been at the Bentegodi, but the most recent was in August 2016.Parma vs BolognaStadio Ennio Tardini, ParmaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @08:00pmPippo Inzaghi just about kept his Bologna job with a draw against Milan, but visits a Parma side with surprising European ambitions in the Emilia-Romagna Derby. Bologna managed to get a point from their last game against an improved Milan side on Tuesday. The Rossoblu will be looking to build on that performance this Saturday against their revitalised local rivals.Parma suffered a defeat on the road to Sampdoria and will fancy their chances against a fragile Bologna side who are currently in the drop zone. Surprisingly, the Ducali have struggled to beat two of the bottom clubs in the League, Chievo Verona and Frosinone. This bodes well for Inzaghi’s team, who are 18th in the league with just 12 points. A win for Parma will push them into the top half of the table, but they are only three points off sixth place Atalanta. The good news for Parma is that Gervinho is back in training and should be on the bench, but Roberto Inglese will lead the way with support most likely from Jonathan Biabiany and Luca Siligardi, although Antonio Di Gaudio is pushing for a spot. Francisco Sierralta and Alberto Grassi are all long-term absentees.Bologna are still without injured Erick Pulgar, but there are big choices to be made on the wings of Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 formation. Riccardo Orsolini, Blerim Dzemaili and Mattias Svanberg are all challenging for the role on the right, while Ibrahima Mbaye, Ladislav Krejci and Mitchell Dijks (who has now recovered from a bout of flu) are options on the left.Bologna have not won a Serie A away fixture in 2018, managing five draws and 13 defeats. They conceded at least two goals in each of the last six.  Juventus vs RomaAllianz Stadium, TorinoSunday, 22-12-2018 @10:30pmEusebio Di Francesco only earned a Roma reprieve, but has the toughest fixture of all against runaway leaders Juventus. After earning a narrow 1-0 victory against Torino last week, the Bianconeri have now won seven consecutive Serie A games, since drawing 1-1 against Genoa at home in October. Juve’s clean sheet in the Derby della Mole means the Old Lady has now kept opponents at bay in five consecutive rounds.However, Massimiliano Allegri’s men were far from perfect against Toro, as the Granata’s physicality and aggression caused them major problems and prevented Juventus from controlling the game the way they are used to. Luckily for the Bianconeri, Simone Zaza’s error resulted in the penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo converted, winning a game they hardly deserved to. The win against the Granata means that Juventus managed to keep their healthy eight-point advantage over Napoli, before the toughest part of the season. The clashes against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League will require the Bianconeri’s full attention in February, as the Spanish club was arguably the worst possible draw for Juventus, alongside Liverpool.On the other hand, Di Francesco went through the nine circles of hell, after seeing Roma trailing twice before eventually beating Genoa 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico last week. Goalkeeper Robin Olsen made two terrible howlers, but luckily for Roma just one of them was punished, as VAR disallowed a goal after his second one. The victory means Di Francesco will live to fight another day, but the ex-Sassuolo Coach knows well that a heavy loss against Juventus on Saturday might still result in his sacking. Roma currently occupy seventh place, sitting just three points behind Milan in fourth. However, prior to their win against Genoa, La Magica had failed to win each of their last five games in all competitions. What is even more disturbing than Roma’s results, is their performance, as the Giallorossi looked lost and shapeless for long periods. Roma’s chances on Saturday will be boosted by the return of Edin Dzeko, who is expected to start against the Bianconeri. The Giallorossi have sorely lacked leadership in the absence of both Dzeko and Daniele De Rossi, as the younger players have shown that they are still not ready to step into the veteran pair’s boots. Cengiz Under, Nicolò Zaniolo and Justin Kluivert, who scored his first Serie A goal against Genoa, are expected to start alongside Dzeko and it will be interesting to see if the combination between experience and youth will manage to trouble Juve’s backline. The game promises to be a fascinating one and with Roma finally getting closer to fourth place, the visitors will be extremely motivated to come home with a result. However, despite some lapses in concentration lately, Juventus is still a much more solid side at the moment and have both more quality and more experience in their ranks.The Bianconeri will try to pin Roma back from the start and if that happens, the visitors’ chances would be very slim, as the Giallorossi have the joint-worst defence in the top half of the table with 22 goals conceded. Sami Khedira, Emre Can and Leonardo Spinazzola have all recovered from their injuries and are once again at Allegri’s disposal. However, Juve will still have to do without Juan Cuadrado, Andrea Barzagli and Joao Cancelo, who is recovering from a knee surgery.De Rossi is slowly recovering from his own fitness issues, but still probably not in any condition to play, with Stephan El Shaarawy and Lorenzo Pellegrini in the stands.Roma have lost all eight gamesthey have played at the Juventus Allianz Stadium in Turin since the venue was opened in 2011. Juve have scored 20 and conceded just three goals during that stretch.Bet on these games here: Bunga BetComments last_img read more

Communication partners for 2010

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first_imgThe upcoming fourth annual 2010 National Communications Partnership (NCP) Conference aims to generate up to three integrated communication campaigns in which all stakeholders in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, including sponsors, host cities and the government, can easily and effectively participate.Hosted in partnership with the International Marketing Council, the custodian of Brand South Africa, the conference will take place on Monday 17 August 2009 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.“The event also marks the celebratory milestone of 300 days to the kick-off of the Fifa 2010 World Cup, proudly being hosted on African soil for the first time,” said NCP chair Nkwenkwe Nkomo. “Now on the home stretch to this prestigious global event, Africa’s time has truly come.”The programme will provide delegates and hosts with a platform for robust debate and dialogue. It includes a keynote address by Collins Chabane, minister within the Presidency, as well as an analysis of reporting on the Fifa 2009 Confederations Cup. There will also be hands-on group breakaway sessions to discuss domestic and regional mobilisation, communications, as well as tourism, hospitality, transport and security issues.Panel discussions will include representatives from Fifa, the 2010 Organising Committee, South African Tourism, the Department of Transport, the Secretariat of Safety and Security, the Government Communication and Information System, and the media.“We intend to deliver a powerful and integrated 2010 communications platform to help mobilise South Africans and African stakeholders,” said Paul Bannister, acting CEO of the International Marketing Council.“Through integrated communications and aligned messaging, we can collectively position and help deliver the next ‘defining moment’, for both South Africa and the African continent.” The one-day National Communication Partnership Conference will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Maude Street, Sandton (GPS coordinates S26° 06.394’; E028° 03.221’). It will be followed by a networking cocktail party. Click here to registerUSEFUL LINKSNational Communication Partnership ConferenceNCP registrationNCP programmeNCP on TwitterGovernment Communication and Information Systemlast_img read more

South Africa targets 4.5m new jobs

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first_img28 October 2009 The South African government aims to create 4.5-million short-term jobs through its Expanded Public Works Programme over the next five years, while rationalising its incentives for businesses to create more jobs, and supporting labour-intensive infrastructure projects, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Support for labour-intensive projects Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Gordhan said that a wage-based incentive mechanism was being implemented to encourage government departments and municipalities to use funds for labour-intensive projects. The incentive is aimed at the infrastructure sector, and at non-governmental organisations and community organisations that provide services on behalf of the government. A R50 reimbursement of the daily wage of each person hired will be given, provided that a specified job target threshold is exceeded. The subsidy will be extended to projects in the environment, cultural and social sectors.Public works, community works The Expanded Public Works Programme provided 1.6-million jobs during its first phase, which ran from 2004 to 2009. As part of the second phase, a community works programme, which is being rolled out largely in rural areas, aims to provide work to at least 1 000 people per week on each site in the current financial year. The programme aims to create the equivalent of 180 000 full-time jobs by 2014, and a total of R114.5-million has been set aside for the programme in the adjusted budget.Training layoff scheme Gordhan also announced that a total of 3 438 employees from 24 companies had applied for the government’s training layoff scheme by 2 October. R2.4-billion has been set aside to fund the scheme, under which workers whose companies plan to retrench are placed on training programmes administered by the National Skills Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration oversees the scheme, while the country’s Sector Education and Training Authorities provide training.Incentives for companies The government is also considering setting up an umbrella fund pulling together the various incentives offered for businesses to create more jobs. Briefing journalists before his medium term budget speech, Gordhan said the fund would largely be made up of existing programmes and tax incentives, with clear targets aimed at job creation. “We’ve reached a point in time where, if we are going to focus on job creation, we need to take stock of what all of that money is,” Gordhan said. “And secondly, we need to ask ourselves where we prioritise the expenditure of that money, in order that we spend where it’s best needed, and not spend it because it’s been there for the last five or 10 years.” He said a key objective would be to make more transparent the amount of jobs created by the rebates, incentives and support programmes already offered by the government. “I think the country is demanding some answers in terms of where is the trade-off in investments in these programmes and the actual jobs that are created,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Banyana captain set to return for Ghana game

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first_img15 May 2014Banyana Banyana captain and central defender Janine van Wyk looks set to return from injury and claim her place in the starting eleven for a friendly match against Ghana at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Sunday.Van Wyk has been sidelined for almost three months because of a collateral knee ligament strain, which forced her to miss last month’s 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe at the same venue.‘It feels really good to be back’“It’s the first time I am training with the team again, and it feels really good to be back. I have been out for 13 weeks without playing football and doing rehabilitation,” Van Wyk said in a statement on Wednesday.“There are still a few areas I need to work on and get the injury out of my mind. But I am sure I will be ready in the next couple of days.”‘A much tougher opponent than Zimbabwe’Focusing on the challenge awaiting Banyana Banyana on Sunday, she added: “I cannot wait to take the field against Ghana, which I believe will be a much tougher opponent than Zimbabwe. They are more physical, but I think we can compete with them.“The last time we faced the Black Queens, we were able to pip them through a penalty shootout and we are looking to do one better for the fans by defeating them within the allotted 90 minutes,” she concluded.The Sasol-sponsored South African national women’s team is preparing for their forthcoming African Women’s Championship qualifying match against the Comoros at the end of the month, and coach Vera Pauw is impressed with the team’s performance thus far. She believes that the match against Ghana will assist in building a strong team.‘I am impressed’“Preparations are going well,” she said. “We have only had three training sessions together. We had the first explosive training session yesterday, to gain more power and after that we had game time. I am impressed by what I saw.”Looking at lessons learnt in her charges’ last outing, Pauw said: “We have reviewed the previous match against Zimbabwe and feel that we made it easy for them. It was not the individual mistakes that were a concern, but the whole team lacked cohesion in the first 45 minutes.“The match against Ghana could not have come at a better time as we look to intensify preparations ahead of the African Women’s Championship qualifiers against [the] Comoros,” she added.Injury concernDefender Letago Madiba, who plies her trade for Tshwane University of Technology in the Sasol League, remains the only injury concern for the team ahead of the match after sustaining a knee injury during training on Wednesday.Sunday’s match kicks off at 15:00.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

Urban Rustic: Attic Insulation

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first_imgWe decided that rather than settle on a hard R-value as our goal, we would just do a solid 2 feet of cellulose since we would be doing the installation of the material ourselves (it came out to less out near the 12-inch raised heel trusses on the north and south sides of the house). There wasn’t a significantly greater cost in materials to go from an R-49 (just under 15 inches) to the approximately 24 inches we blew into the attic.After doing a little research, and speaking with a Passive House consultant and a local general contractor who consulted with us on various issues as they arose, the consensus seemed to be that attic insulation was an easy, relatively inexpensive place to sneak in more R-value, which is particularly beneficial in our predominantly cold weather climate. The blown-in cellulose, like the Rockwool, also has some nice sound deadening qualities as an additional benefit.Rent the machine and do it yourselfThe cellulose brand in our local Home Depot is GreenFiber, so that was the product we ended up using. Their product is DIY-friendly, even allowing homeowners to rent machines for the actual installation. (For more information on DIY cellulose, see “Borrowing a Cellulose Blower From a Big Box Store.”)We started with 200 bags delivered to the job site. We assumed we were going to need more (the GreenFiber insulation calculator suggested we would need 250 bags to reach 2 feet throughout the attic), but I thought it might be easier to estimate a final total once the first 200 bags were installed.The boys who helped us with various grunt work chores throughout the project were nice enough to return and help us bring the bags of insulation indoors the night before we started the installation in the attic. We set up a bucket brigade between the driveway and the kitchen, so it went pretty quickly.On the day of installation, getting everything set up and started was fairly straightforward. Apart from a loose hose connection at the machine, which a small strip of Tescon Vana tape rectified, we had no issues with the blower. While my wife fed the bags of cellulose into the blower, I was up in the attic directing it into place.The first couple of hours were actually kind of fun, but getting a consistent two feet of insulation throughout the attic was time-consuming and eventually mind-numbingly boring. The first 12 to 18 inches weren’t so bad; it was having to wait in each section of the attic for that last foot or so to be blown in place that began to feel like real drudgery.It also didn’t help that I had a fever and a cold on the day of installation, so being up in the attic surrounded and covered in dust didn’t improve my mood. The process, although very DIY-friendly, does require patience and a willingness to cover up — eyes, mouth, and nose — for adequate protection against all the dust floating around.The day before we blew in the cellulose, I went through the attic and marked my goal of 24 inches of insulation on various roof trusses so I would have a good visual goal to shoot for. In fact, had I known just how dusty and challenging visibility was going to be during the blowing process, I would have marked every single roof truss at the 24-inch level to make the job a little easier.We didn’t have much in the way in terms of obstacles from various services, other than a few pipe vents for plumbing and radon, along with a small amount of electrical conduit for solar on the roof and a single light in the attic (we kept the majority of all services in our ceiling service core and our walls). This made for a fairly straightforward install of the cellulose.Avoiding the ventilation chutesThankfully I was able to keep the cellulose out of the insulation chutes, instead slowly piling it up just below each chute (see Image #2 below). The siding guys already had most of the soffits installed (this was the end of October, 2017), including a channel for air flow for our vented roof assembly, so any cellulose that found its way into the chutes and down into the soffits would’ve been a real pain to remove. (I’ll have a separate post about the siding installation, including the many details of our rainscreen and 4 inches of Rockwool on the exterior side of the Zip sheathing.)By the end of the first day, it was clear we weren’t going to have enough cellulose to finish the whole attic. We started with 200 bags, but we finished up the second day at just under 300 bags total (288 was the final number of bags installed, so a little more than the 250 recommended by the GreenFiber calculator). What we didn’t use we were able to return to Home Depot for a refund.Apart from the north and south sides of the attic around the raised-heel trusses, we had a solid 24 inches throughout the attic — in fact, a little more in the center of the attic where it was easiest to pile it up and let it accumulate (closer to 28-30 inches in some areas). This probably explains, too, the additional 38 bags we used that exceeded the initial estimate by the GreenFiber calculator (see Image #3 below).On a side note, there was also some concern about the weight of the cellulose on the Intello (our ceiling air barrier), but in the end, even where the cellulose was at its deepest, there was thankfully very little sagging evident (see Image #4 below). Even if it had been worse, the 1x4s were in place to help support the Intello and the cellulose for the long term. (The 1x4s were spaced roughly 16 inches apart).It’s worth keeping in mind that the cellulose will settle a bit, especially during the first few months. This is obviously very important when it comes to establishing what depth you’re initially going to blow in and your expectations about long-term R-value after settling has occurred (something to consider before signing a contract if you’re going to be hiring someone to do the work — both parties should agree and understand what the final R-value will be before the work commences).Cellulose shows some settlingI was back up in the attic recently as I finished up painting the master bedroom and closet. Since I already had drop cloths down, I thought I should take what will hopefully be one last look at the attic.On average, the cellulose looks like it has settled about 2 to 4 inches below its original depth, depending on where I looked. Even with this settling, the attic probably still comes in close to R-70 on average —significantly less out at the north and south ends of the roof with the raised-heel trusses, but a little more in spots towards the middle of the attic where some red lines are still hidden below the cellulose.Just under or over R-70 in the attic is in tune with both the Pretty Good House and Passive House metrics for attic insulation for my climate region.While I was up in the attic I also noted that there was no evidence of any water or moisture damage on the OSB roof sheathing, or any indication of wind-washing of the cellulose, so the attic seems to be performing as designed, which is a great relief. Editor’s note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. A list of Eric’s previous posts appears below. For more details, see Eric’s blog, Kimchi & Kraut.For high-performance structures, relatively high R-values for insulation (at least when compared to current building code requirements) are required from the foundation all the way up to the attic.After some initial research and product pricing, we knew we were going to predominantly use Roxul (with its recent name change, it’s now known as Rockwool) for our insulation needs. But after realizing that blown-in rock wool wasn’t available, and that batts didn’t make much sense for this application (too costly, and they’re considered more difficult to install properly), we knew we wanted some kind of blown-in insulation. The main options, currently, are fiberglass and cellulose.We wanted to avoid foam as much as possible throughout the build, both because of its environmental impact and the fire risk associated with its use, so we didn’t consider spray foam as a real potential option. After evaluating blown-in fiberglass and cellulose, we decided that cellulose made the most sense for us.The next decision was to figure out how much, meaning how many inches did we want to blow into the attic. Our first builder was going to do R-49, which is the current code minimum standard here in Illinois. At the time, even before things went horribly wrong with this builder, this felt like too little. I had read stories about other Passive House projects using significantly more, but many of these were in even colder climates than ours. (We’re Climate Zone 5 here in the suburbs of Chicago.) 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Farmers’ protest in Jaipur

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first_imgRattled by the farmers’ threat to lay siege to the Assembly from Thursday, the Rajasthan government launched a crackdown on their leaders, arresting hundreds of them, and took measures to stop the entry of protesters here. The All India Kisan Sabha condemned the government’s action, and termed it undemocratic.Those arrested included the former CPI(M) MLAs Amra Ram, Pema Ram and Pawan Duggal. Mr. Amra Ram and a large number of his supporters, held in Chomu, were shifted to the Central Jail here on Wednesday. Several farmer leaders were arrested from Sikar, Bikaner, Hanumangarh, Churu, Nagaur, Jhunjhunu and Kota districts.The CPI(M)-affiliated AIKS had given a call to farmers, agricultural labourers and cattle rearers to march to Jaipur and lay siege to the Assembly during the ongoing Budget session. The farmers’ body accused the BJP government of dishonesty in its budgetary announcement of farm loan waiver and failure to fulfil its promises made to farmers after their 13-day-agitation in the Shekhawati region last September.last_img read more