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Australia too much for Perlas Pilipinas

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian national gunned down in Camarines Surcenter_img MOST READ View comments Sara Blicavs collected 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for Australia, which improved to 2-0 in Group B after beating South Korea in the opener.Australia put the game away early as it took a 68-23 lead at the half.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’The Philippines, which got clobbered by defending champion Japan, 106-55, on Sunday, slipped to 0-2.Janine Pontejos paces Perlas with 18 points and three assists. The Philippines faces Korea on Tuesday. Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas suffered another lopsided loss, this time, at the hands of powerhouse Australia, 107-65, in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup Monday at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium at Bangalore, India.The Philippines was determined to give a better showing but it just couldn’t match Australia’s firepower and had little to counter its huge size advantage.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—reportlast_img read more

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Deep freeze coming to an end

first_imgIt looks like this region is about to climb out of its four day deep freeze.There are no weather warnings in place this morning and the temperature is in the midst of a 15 degree climb.  By tomorrow, we should have a high reading close to the regional norm for mid-December of minus 8.  The problem is there will be the westerly winds that will leave us with a wind chill of minus 25.Today Environment Canada is calling for a high of minus 19 with a chance of flurries.  Then the temperature will rise to about minus 14 by Thursday morning.  Thursday we could see a high of minus 8 and on Friday it could be zero.- Advertisement -For more on the forecast visit Environment Canada’s Websitelast_img read more

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City of Fort St. John looking for mural painters for Canada’s 150th birthday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Canada’s 150th Anniversary happening next year, the City of Fort St. John is hoping to be apart of that legacy.The City is planning a community workshop for those who are interested in painting tiles to go on a mural mosaic.Once the tiles are painted, the mural will represent a train car and become a part of a large train.- Advertisement -That train will make its way through various communities across Canada.The City is encouraging people to paint a tile about Fort St. John and what they love about our community. Details are below.Date: October 25, 26, 27Time: All day workshopsAdvertisement Location: Cultural CenterCost: Free* Must register in advanceMaterials: Are all includedRegistration: email lrowbotham@fortstjohn.ca or call 250.787.5791last_img read more

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Telly-techies connect with handsome profits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The service includes e-mails, SMS, voice messaging service, Internet and teleconferencing. “Only two to three years ago, this same setup would have cost between $5 million and $10 million to install the hardware and build the infrastructure to handle the call load,” said Augenstine. “The technology existed 15 years ago to provide this service, but the costs back then were prohibitive for most start-up people.” “This is a big trend,” said Nick Begley, vice president of marketing for All Covered, a technical services company in Redwood City aimed at small businesses. “By using the Internet … just like we send e-mails, it’s now possible to use the same connection to send phone conversations. “Before, we had one network for the phones and one network for the computer. Now they can be packaged together and sent across a computer network,” Begley added. MONTEBELLO – When Montebello resident Johnny Verdugo started a call center in his home recently, he never imagined he’d be taking it nationwide only a month later. So far Verdugo has made back $50,000 of his $100,000 investment loan. He said his call center, Political Tel Systems, is capable of putting out 3 million calls a month, and he expects that number to rise to 5 million. The 38-year-old former City Council candidate is among a growing number of people who are using increasingly affordable computer technology to create home-based, telephone-related businesses. Propelling the businesses is the spread of wireless communications, the Internet and VOIP – or Voiceover Internet Protocol, which are telephone phone calls made over the Internet, said Jonathan Augenstine, a South Pasadena resident who, with his partner Brian McConnell of San Francisco, created Radio Handi. Their company offers a sophisticated free service that allows members of small groups to speak together live via telephone from over 50 different locations in the world for the cost of a local phone call. Where it was once costly and cumbersome to work through telephone companies, for the cost of a basic computer setup, the average person can integrate different communication technologies in complex ways while bypassing expensive telephone company rates. “Basically, it boils down to people now having the ability to launch services with smaller capital outlays than previously,” said Augenstine. Verdugo came up with the idea for his call center after donating his home as a campaign office for state Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, who ran for the state 30th Senate District in the June 6 primary. Campaign officials installed a large bank of telephone wires in Verdugo’s house. That prompted him to get the idea of doing his own political calls. He soon expanded his idea into providing a service to political candidates in general. “When I ran for office I had to figure out a way to get my message across consistently, because I didn’t have a lot of funds,” said Verdugo, whose first client was Bermudez. “After my race, I saw that I’d lost by only a small margin. So I researched autodial systems (automated telephone messages) as a way to get my name out there.” Over the telephone, Verdugo bought a program and hired its developer to walk him through the installation process. After that, he hired a firm in Texas to provide technical support. The services were the bulk of Verdugo’s up-front expenses, since his whole business runs off of eight computers, he said. For McConnell and Augenstine, to save on costs they rent Internet service from several “co-location centers” around the country for “a couple of hundred dollars a month.” The “co-lo’s” allow customers to avoid building their own data centers while taking care of hardware replacement and maintenance, said McConnell. Technology that makes use of VOIP technology can reduce overall telephone costs significantly, said Augenstine. “These are examples of where technology can make it cheaper for a company to start, to get systems up and running faster and not have to deal with phone company,” he said. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: TRIO OF DUFFY, FISHER AND GALLAGHER LEAD THE WAY AT OTWAY

first_imgOtway Golf NewsLast Sunday at Otway was as bright and calm a day as we can expect at this time of the year, but even the normally ‘calm’ Patsy Gallagher was losing patience when his team mates were not performing up to the standard required to make any progress on the leaders.Nobody could catch the trio of Seamus Gallagher, Richard Duffy and Noel Fisher, in the race to victory with an impressive score of 8 under par. With the annual debate starting again about the advantage a fourball has over a threeball, a threeball has taken the prize for the 2nd week in a row, so the debate is sure to continue.Another chance comes next Sunday at the usual time of names in to 9158319 by 11.45 for a 12 noon tee-off.Cards (25) are also continuing in the clubhouse every Wednesday evening, kicking off at 7pmGOLF NEWS: TRIO OF DUFFY, FISHER AND GALLAGHER LEAD THE WAY AT OTWAY was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

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Terry would ‘grab your neck if he thought you weren’t taking Chelsea seriously’

first_img Chelsea’s latest decision over Loftus-Cheek is sure to anger fans 3 Blue to Blanco “Listen, this is a true story,” he wrote in theplayerstribune. “Sometimes we would come into the changing room after a bad first half and me and John would be doing everything but throwing punches.“He used to literally grab you by the neck if he thought you weren’t taking the game seriously. Sometimes the manager wouldn’t even speak to us before the match. He would let John speak. And John would use every bad word in the dictionary in his team talk, and when you left the changing room and went onto the pitch, he had you ready to give everything for the team. Everything. 3 RUMOUR LIFE CHANGING Chelsea latest 3 John Terry was Chelsea’s most successful captain FLASHBACK Napoli preparing a raid of their own on Chelsea with £26m defender bid Forever a loan Mikel played with Terry for 11 years at Chelsea John Obi Mikel is Nigeria’s captain The mad Chelsea transfer window when 13 signings were made in new era “John was Mr. Chelsea because he knew how to get the most out of you. A lot of footballers will not admit it, but I am telling you the truth — when they are sitting in the changing room before a big match, they all feel the fear. “I am a very calm person in my normal life, but after 15 years of doing this, I still have this fear. You need leaders who can look into the eyes of every single player in the room and make the fear go away. It is very simple. If you want to win at this level, when you leave the changing room, you must leave with the energy of a child going to play football in the street.“That’s what John did at Chelsea. That’s why we won all those trophies. Not because we had the best players. But because nobody was more together than Chelsea during that time.”Mikel left Stamford Bridge in 2017 for Tianjin TEDA in China, but not before winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup, the Champions League and Europa League.Now 31, the midfielder was named captain of Nigeria in 2016 and was in Russia as the team were eliminated at the group stage following defeat to Argentina. Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel says he learned ‘what it took to be a leader from John Terry’.Mikel played with Terry for 11 years at Chelsea and believes the man fans refer to as ‘captain, leader, legend’ was a huge reason for their success in the last decade. Chelsea star ‘to reject £340,000-a-week contract’ to sign for Real Madrid Mikel reveals selfless reasons for choosing Chelsea over Man United last_img read more

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Germany dumped out of World Cup after shock defeat to South Korea

first_imgDefending champions Germany were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea on Wednesday.Die Mannschaft were eliminated at the group stage for the first time since 1938, as the result in Group F’s other match also went against them.Sweden defeated Mexico 3-0, but Joachim Low’s side could still have progressed on goal difference if able to muster a winner against the Koreans. They failed to do so and were hit by two injury time sucker punches from Kim Young-gwon and Heung-min Son. 8 Four minutes later, the Koreans struck again as Tottenham’s Heung-min Son tapped into an empty net.A desperate Manuel Neuer was dispossessed while striving forward in his opponents’ half and Ju Se-jong booted it towards goal, where it was met by Son who cemented Germany’s humiliating early exit. The Korean bench ran on to celebrate both goals Kim Young-gwon was instrumental for his country In the first half, Korea were quite clearly the better of the two sides as Germany’s performance underwhelmed once again.The best chance of the opening 45 minutes came when Jung Woo-young struck a 30-yard free kick which dipped wildly in front of Manuel Neuer, causing the German goalkeeper to spill the ball.Neuer’s desperate scramble across his six-yard area saved his blushes as he palmed the chance away before Heung-min Son could tap home. talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network MOMENT OF THE MATCHThe second half followed a familiar pattern of fruitless pressure from Germany, followed by fruitless counter attacks from Korea. However, in the second minute of injury time the Koreans won a corner from a breakaway move and emphatically celebrated as it was flicked through and smashed in by Kim Young-gwon. There was a nervous wait, as the goal was first ruled out for offside, but VAR decided that, although the Korean forward was in an offside position, the ball was ultimately flicked to him by a German. The referee signalled for a change in decision and the Koreans celebrated emphatically once again. STAR MANEveryone loves an unlikely hero. Kim Young-gwon was a major part of South Korea’s defensive effort which kept Germany at bay for 90 minutes and then popped up in their penalty area to score a momentous injury time goal. The 28-year-old Guangzhou Evergrande man will struggle to come back down to Earth when he returns to the Chinese Super League after this. 8 8 Joachin Low couldn’t motivate his team to produce a breakthrough goal Kim Young-gwon celebrated his country’s first injury time goal with disbelief center_img 8 Thomas Muller showed his frustrations during the defeat 8 VAR had a positive contribution for South Korea The second period told a slightly different story, though Die Mannschaft were still unable to ever truly take control of the game.When news filtered through that Sweden had taken the lead on 50 minutes, the Germans didn’t react and their frustrations continued.Leon Goretzka’s header was well saved while Timo Werner struck a volley wide from close range.With three minutes left on the clock, a beautifully weighted Mesut Ozil cross fell perfectly for a Mats Hummels free header, but the Bayern Munich man astonishingly missed the target leaving his country headed for the plane home. 8 LINE-UPSSouth Korea: Cho, Yong Lee, Yun, Young-Gwon Kim, Hong, Jae-Sung Lee, Jung, Jang, Moon, Koo, SonGermany: Neuer, Kimmich, Hummels, Sule, Hector, Khedira, Kroos, Goretzka, Ozil, Reus, WernerTABLE However, there was further drama to come at the opposite end.Two minutes into injury time, South Korea counter attacked and won a corner.Heung-min Son’s ball in was flicked on and fell to Kim Young-gwon.The 28-year-old defender smashed home to give Korea a shock lead, but the strike was initially ruled out for offside.A tense VAR review then determined the ball had in fact been last touched by Toni Kroos, so the goal was given and wild celebrations ensued. 8 Kim Young-gwon thrashed the ball past a sprawling Manuel Neuer 8last_img read more

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Napoli hosts Lazio in Serie A Round 20 headline fixture

first_imgRoma vs TorinoOlimpic Stadium, RomeSaturday, 19-01-2019 @5pmOnly three points separate Roma and Torino going into the first Serie A round of 2019 and the Granata aim to continue their unbeaten away record. The Giallorossi have seemingly turned the tide over Christmas, putting together three wins and an unlucky 1-0 defeat to Juventus, while they swept Virtus Entella aside 4-0 in the Coppa Italia with a Patrik Schick brace. It is hoped the striker can rediscover his confidence, thanks also to hiring a mental coach to help these issues. Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko has recovered from injury and is raring to go, although Daniele De Rossi, Steven Nzonzi, Juan Jesus and Diego Perotti are out of action.Torino have been one of the surprise outfits this season and are pushing for a place in Europe, sitting only three points behind sixth-placed Roma. It’s a very tight table, as Sampdoria and Atalanta are also up there, with Fiorentina, Sassuolo and even Parma one point behind. The Granata’s greatest strength is their away form, unbeaten on their travels with two wins and eight draws in the current campaign. However, the last four have been stalemates and it’s possible they will make it five away draws in a row during the same Serie A season for the first time since December 1973. Coach Walter Mazzarri has to revamp, because midfielder Soualiho Meite and defender Armando Izzo are suspended, with Emiliano Moretti still carrying a knock. Iago Falque faces his former club as support for hitman Andrea Belotti, while Lyanco should step in to defence after a lengthy injury lay-off.Torino have lost each of their last eight Serie A visits to the Olimpico, conceding at least two goals every time.Udinese vs ParmaDercia Arena, UdineSaturday, 19-01-2019 @8pmThe two sides shared the spoils in an entertaining opening weekend draw in a game that saw Udinese come back from two goals down at the Tardini. Davide Nicola has taken the hot seat at Udinese since that encounter and will come head-to-head against Roberto D’Aversa, as the two shared the dressing room at Ternana and Siena during their playing days. The close of the first half of the season saw Nicola claim his second victory in charge 2-0 at home to Cagliari. Ignacio Pussetto was a constant nuisance to the opposition, as he scored one and assisted Valon Behrami for the other in a game that also saw Kevin Lasagna win and miss a penalty near the hour mark.Parma went into their last fixture off the back of a win away at Fiorentina, but Cengiz Under proved decisive as they came unstuck at home against Roma.The hosts have welcomed Marvin Zeegelaar and Stefano Okaka to the club in this transfer window, but are unlikely to go straight into the starting line-up. Udinese should stick to the 3-5-2 formation and the only two personnel changes expected will be enforced due to suspension. Andrija Balic will likely get a rare opportunity to start thanks to the suspension of Rolando Mandragora and the injured midfield duo of Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Antonin Barak. Pussetto’s suspension means Rodrigo De Paul, who himself returns from a ban, will be restored to the line-up and it’ll be interesting to see his performance as a move to Inter appears to be gathering pace.Despite defeat last time out, Parma aren’t expected to make changes to the starting line-up other than to their attack. Joint top scorer Roberto Inglese is likely to return to lead the front line pushing fellow hitman Gervinho back to his more familiar wide position, with either Jonathan Biabiany or Luca Siligardi filling in the remaining wide role. Federico Dimarco, Alberto Grassi and Matteo Scozzarella are all long-term absentees.Both teams have scored in seven of their last eight Serie A meetings.Inter Milan vs SassouloStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanSaturday, 19-01-2019 @10:30pmSassuolo are on a dire run of form, but they are surprisingly something of a bête noire for Inter in recent years. La Beneamata beat Serie B side Benevento 6-2 in the Coppa Italia to kick off 2019 in style, which included braces from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva. Curiously, Sassuolo ended 2018 with a 6-2 Serie A pasting by Gian Gasperini’s Atalanta and the new year didn’t get any better, crashing out of the Coppa Italia against Napoli. Coach Roberto De Zerbi must make radical changes, especially in that leaky defence, but also faces injury concerns for Marlon, Claud Adjapong and Federico Di Francesco, but he will be pleased to see Kevin-Prince Boateng return to lead the attack from start. Domenico Berardi, Alfred Duncan and Stefano Sensi are one yellow card away from suspension.Luciano Spalletti’s only absentee is Keita Balde Diao, who could be out for around three weeks following a thigh strain. It shouldn’t be too much of a blow, as the Senegal international was unlikely to start anyway, with Matteo Politano (facing his former club) and Ivan Perisic in better shape. Mauro Icardi hopes to continue his scoring form and put his contract issues aside, but don’t expect to see him start with Lautaro Martinez for a while. The tactical experiment didn’t work in the Coppa and Lautaro only really started firing once Icardi had been substituted. Inter currently sit third place with 39 points, six points clear of Lazio, but will be aiming higher at catching Napoli in second.Sassuolo have slipped down in recent weeks to 12th place and the initial Europa League ambitions are fading fast.Sassuolo have won seven of their last eight Serie A matches against Inter, including the most recent four in a row. It’s a remarkable turnaround considering the Nerazzurri beat them 7-0 on two different occasions.Frosinone vs AtalantaStadio Benito Stirpe, FrosinoneSunday, 20-01-2019 @2:30pmFrosinone have the worst defence in Serie A and host the most prolific team in the division, Atalanta, so it’s safe to expect entertainment. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side will try to start the second half of the Serie A season with a win against the club in penultimate place. Things have improved lately for the Canarini, who took points off Milan and Udinese since new Coach Marco Baroni took charge. They only lost to bottom of the table Chievo thanks to a late Emanuele Giaccherini strike after Marco Capuano had seen red.Expect plenty of goals, because Atalanta were the most prolific side in Serie A during the first half of the campaign, their tally of 39 out-scoring even Juventus and Napoli. In turn, Frosinone have the joint worst defence with Empoli, conceding 37. However, it’s not all one-way traffic, as Gasperini’s men haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 top flight away fixtures.The hosts are further weakened by bans for Marco Capuano and Camillo Ciano, while Lorenzo Ariaudo, Federico Dionisi, Emil Hallfredsson and Luca Paganini also miss out. Rai Vloet and Stipe Perica are on the market in January, as Andrea Pinamonti and Joel Campbell are preferred in attack.Atalanta miss only Ali Adnan on Asian Cup duty, so Papu Gomez again supports Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata. Emiliano Rigoni has been sent back to Zenit St Petersburg six months into a disappointing loan spell in Bergamo.Atalanta have never lost to Frosinone, winning three and drawing two between Serie A and B.SPAL vs BolognaStadio Paolo Mazza, FerraraSunday, 20-01-2019 @05:00pmYou know SPAL and Bologna in for a physical and intense battle when the game is a derby and a relegation dogfight. Both teams are based in the Emilia-Romagna region, which makes this a local derby. The last two meetings between ended with a 1-0 win for SPAL.Ferrara-based SPAL are in 16th place, four points clear of the relegation zone and are coming off losses to Milan and Napoli. The only major transfer in January so far is the loan of Emiliano Viviano from Sporting CP and he will likely be on the bench for their upcoming game. President Simone Colombariniconfirmed they won’t sell Manuel Lazzari this transfer window, despite interest from Napoli. Johan Djourou will require a fitness test.Bologna are in 18th place, three points off safety and are coming off hard-fought losses to Napoli and Lazio, along with an elimination in the Coppa Italia against Juventus. Pippo Inzaghi has come under fire lately because his team has underachieved as expectations from fans and directors were to fight for a European place. Some fan protests went as far as placing wooden crosses on graves with Bologna director’s names on them. This situation continues to escalate as fans threaten to go on strike if director Marco Di Vaio isn’t fired.On the other hand, this transfer window has brought good news as the club signed Roberto Soriano and Nicola Sansone both on loan with option to buy from Villarreal and fought off other clubs by extending Erick Pulgar’s contract. Federico Santander should recover after missing the Coppa game, but Blerim Dzemaili, Adam Nagy and Godfred Donsah are carrying knocks.While SPAL are without a win in 10 rounds, Bologna’s negative streak runs to 12 games.Fiorentina vs SampdoriaStadio Artemio Franchi, FlorenceSunday, 20-01-2019 @05:00pmFiorentina host Sampdoria at the Stadio Franchi in what could be billed as an early Europa League decider. Both teams will fancy their chances of attaining fifth or sixth spot this season, with some of the league’s big boys not performing to standard thus far. That makes claiming three points from a Europa League rival absolutely crucial.La Viola’s shaky season continues as, despite two mid-December victories over Empoli and Milan, they ended 2018 with one point from two rounds. They currently sit in 10th place, but a win on Sunday would take them level on 29 points with their opponents.This season, Sampdoria are matching their impressive 2014-15 campaign and sit one point behind the Europa League places in seventh. Their form of late has been strong, winning four and drawing one in December, up until their trip to Juventus. Even then, they looked like claiming a point, but in the end came away with nothing, as a late Riccardo Saponara equaliser was ruled out through VAR.In recent seasons, Fiorentina would be the favourites for this match, but current form tells us otherwise. Despite the extra time loss to Milan in the cup last weekend, Sampdoria are in fine form and will be looking to claim all three points from Stefano Pioli’s men. Nobody embodies this form more than Fabio Quagliarella. The veteran striker has consecutively scored in his last nine league games and will be looking to make it 10 on Sunday. As for Fiorentina, their 2-0 win against Torino in the Coppa Italia will have restored some of the confidence lost at the back end of December. Neither team has any suspensions, though Fiorentina are missing right-back Kevin Diks through injury. We may also see a returning debut for Sampdoria’s Manolo Gabbiadini, though probably from the bench.Samp are unbeaten in their last six Serie A meetings with Fiorentina, managing two wins and four draws since November 2015.Cagliari vs EmpoliSerdegna Arena, CagliariSunday, 20-01-2019 @8:00pmIt’s a relegation dogfight with only four points separating Cagliari and Empoli going in to the second half of the season. Both sides have important players out of action, as Luca Ceppitelli is suspended for the hosts, with Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Cerri and Darijo Srna needing fitness tests, but Lucas Castro is a long-term absentee. This means Valter Birsa could be thrown straight into the starting XI after his transfer from Chievo, having already worked with Coach Rolando Maran.Empoli have both Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer sitting out bans, plus Leonardo Capezzi, Luca Antonelli and striker Antonino La Gumina injured, leaving precious few options. It’s possible Miha Zajc could be moved into a more advanced attacking role with Ciccio Caputo, bringing veteran Matteo Brighi in to the midfield.Cagliari are unbeaten at home in Serie A against Empoli, winning four and drawing two. However, the Sardinians have won just one of the last nine rounds.The return of Leonardo Pavoletti in attack is a huge boost for Cagliari, especially as Empoli tend to struggle defensively in the air, conceding eight goals from headers this season.Not since 1998-99 had Empoli reached the midway point of a Serie A season without a single away victory.Napoli vs LazioStadio San Paolo, NeplesSunday, 20-01-2019 @10:30pmThere are always goals and drama guaranteed when Napoli and Lazio cross paths, but this time the Partenopei have a decimated squad. Carlo Ancelotti’s men sit five points clear of Inter in second place and nine behind leaders Juventus going into the second half of the season. Simone Inzaghi may well be in fourth spot, but it has still been a disappointing campaign overall, with the reliance on Ciro Immobile more evident than ever. Napoli are forced to prove they have strength in depth here, because the team has been torn to shreds by a combination of bans and injuries. Lorenzo Insigne, Kalidou Koulibaly and Allan are all suspended for the hosts, with Marek Hamsik certain to miss out. Dries Mertens and Raul Albiol need fitness tests, so we could see Adam Ounas as a new partner for Arkadiusz Milik in attack. Youth team player Sebastiano Luperto is the only remaining option at centre-back with Nikola Maksimovic if Albiol doesn’t make it.Lazio have Adam Marusic out on a two-match ban, so Senad Lulic is expected to replace him on the right flank of a five-man midfield. Although Inzaghi has been performing some tactical experiments of late, he should go back to the tried and tested 3-4-1-1 with Luis Alberto rediscovering his form as support for Naples hometown boy Immobile. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Lucas Leiva are back in shape too and eager to make an impact. Be wary of a strong start, because Lazio have taken the lead in each of their last three games against Napoli and gone on to lose all of them. Immobile will be particularly eager to make his mark against his hometown club, especially after his agent confirmed the striker could “never turn down” a move to the Stadio San Paolo. He hopes to score his first goal in Naples, as he’ll never get a better chance than with Koulibaly and Albiol out. However, he’s got to be careful, because Immobile and Marco Parolo are one yellow card away from suspension with leaders Juventus coming up next week.Lazio have managed just one point in their last seven meetings with Napoli, since a dramatic 4-2 victory here in May 2015 that decided Champions League qualification, complete with missed Gonzalo Higuain penalty.Genoa vs AC MilanStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenovaMonday, 21-01-2019 @5:00pmMilan are struggling to stay afloat and after the Supercoppa disappointment visit Genoa with three key players suspended. This match was originally scheduled for Monday evening, but was moved to an afternoon kick-off amid security fears, as there is a long and ugly history of violence between the two sets of fans.It is a tense situation within the Rossoneri camp, as Gennaro Gattuso remains under pressure following Wednesday’s Supercoppa defeat to Juventus in Jeddah, a game overshadowed by Gonzalo Higuain’s push to leave for Chelsea. It remains to be seen if he’ll be in the squad come Monday, but his likely replacement – Krzysztof Piatek – certainly won’t be playing, as he is suspended for Genoa.Franck Kessie was sent off in the Supercoppa, with Alessio Romagnoli and Davide Calabria reaching their yellow card limit, so all three sit out this Marassi trip through suspension. With Lucas Biglia, Jack Bonaventura and Mattia Caldara still injured, it leaves Gattuso with precious few options.After a goalless draw with Fiorentina, Cesare Prandelli’s men will look to grab more precious points. Luca Mazzitelli is out injured, with former Milan striker Gianluca Lapadula frozen out all season. It remains to be seen who will step in for Piatek, who has been so decisive this season with 19 goals in 21 competitive appearances. Christian Kouame, a target for Napoli and Juventus, should be moved into a more traditional centre-forward role with Daniel Bessa in support.Milan are unbeaten against Genoa since a 3-0 defeat here in October 2016, followed by three wins and a draw, in which they conceded only once.Juventus vs ChievoAllianz Stadium, TorinoMonday, 21-01-2018 @10:30pmIt’s David and Goliath time in Turin, as bottom of the table Chievo visit leaders Juventus, yet when they last met it was a 3-2 thriller. To most this seems like a short hurdle for the Old Lady to overcome, considering they’ve won 17 of 19 games played thus far, but coming off their first victory of the season just before the break, the men from Veneto will have something to fight for as they seek points for salvation. Since taking the reins from former Coach Giampiero Ventura, Domenico Di Carlo has managed a string of positive performances, beginning with his 0-0 draw against Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli, as well as a late 1-1 stalemate with third-place Inter, and of course the most recent first victory of the season against Frosinone, from which the Gialloblu may still be buzzing over coming in to Monday.Max Allegri’s Juventus on the other hand are always high on confidence and the Supercoppa victory over Milan on Wednesday got 2019 off to a strong start. Lifting a trophy helps a team’s swagger, although having played on the January 12 in the Coppa Italia and again four days later in Jeddah, the Turin giants may be forced to rest a few stars for a fully energized Chievo, whose last match came on December 29. Miralem Pjanic will be one star not be participating in this battle, after receiving a yellow in the Supercoppa to spark a ban, while Douglas Costa had some muscular concerns. Mario Mandzukic, Medhi Benatia, Juan Cuadrado and Andrea Barzagli are still out of action.While The Flying Donkeys have lost some star power in the sale of Valter Birsa to Cagliari in January, with Fabrizio Cacciatore and Joel Obi out injured. Having played for the Champions, Emanuele Giaccherini could be the difference. With 19 games left and currently nine points from 17th, could this be the game Chievo have been relishing to boost their spirits to another level.Chievo have never won a top-flight trip to Turin, emerging with four draws from 15 attempts. The Verona club lost 12 of their last 13 Serie A meetings with Juventus, home and away, drawing 1-1 in September 2015.Bet on these games here: Bunga BetComments Tags: Italian Serie Atoplast_img read more

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Temperatures soar to 20C in sunny Donegal

first_imgThe north west is basking in sunshine and heat today as summer weather finally arrives in Donegal.The weather has warmed up to highs of 20C this Monday, with the west experiencing the best of the heat.We’ll have to enjoy the good weather while it lasts though, as rain is set to arrive later in the week. Met Eireann forecasters say that while the days are hot, temperatures will dip at nighttime.Tonight will be dry with clear spells and temperatures of 5-8C.The sun will return on Tuesday with highest temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees and warmest in the north west.Wednesday is also expected to be dry and bright and reach up to 20C again. More cloud is likely on Thursday as the hot spell continues, before showers set in on Friday.Temperatures soar to 20C in sunny Donegal was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Road group pleas with rally fans to respect the roads

first_imgThe Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) is appealing to everyone attending the Joule Donegal International Rally this weekend to stay safe on the roads and to be respectful of everyone using the roads.This appeal comes as rally organisers join forces with Donegal Joint Policing Committee and An Garda Síochána to encourage all those attending the rally to ‘Respect the Rally’ and comply with a few simple rules.These are to drive safely & respect other road users; never drink and drive; respect residents; keep noise levels down at all times; keep the race in its place and; take your litter home. Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said the DRSWG is committed to promoting road safety.He said “Large numbers will arrive in Donegal to attend the rally and also to enjoy everything Donegal has to offer and we want to emphasise the importance of safety, both on the rally course and on the public roads.“Followers of the rally need to be reminded to watch the stages from safety areas, always stay within the speed limits and drive at a speed appropriate to the weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely at your destination.“Unfortunately there are also those who drive dangerously and who have no interest in the rally and are only intent in causing trouble for the Gardai and ordinary members of the public who use the roads. We would appeal to everyone attending the rally, that safety on our roads is paramount and should always takes precedence above everything else. Please, keep the race in its place”. Keep the Race in its place – that’s the message being promoted by Donegal Road Safety Working Group and the Donegal Joint Policing Committee for this weeks Joule Donegal International Rally. Picture includes Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Inspector Michael Harrison, Donegal Road Safety Working Group, Brian O’Donnell, Donegal Road Safety Officer, Brian Brogan, Donegal Motor Club, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Donegal Joint Policing Committee, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council with members of the Donegal Motor Club and Donegal Youth Council. Photo Clive WassonInspector Michael Harrison said An Garda Síochána is appealing to all those coming to County Donegal for the rally weekend to show respect for residents in Donegal and not engage in anti-social behaviour on the roads.He added “We have a major policing operation in place and those found breaking the law will be dealt with in the appropriate manner. Our objective is to have a weekend where there are no fatal or serious injury collisions. We will be testing drivers for drink and drug driving and finally I would ask everyone using the roads not to speed, never to use a mobile phone while driving, always wear a seatbelt and never drink or drug drive.”Cllr Gerry McMonagle Chair of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee is looking forward to welcoming rally enthusiasts to Donegal saying that “these messages are about making sure that the rally can be enjoyed by spectators and locals in a safe and respectful way”.“This rally is unique to Donegal and is the only 3-day tarmac rally in Ireland and the UK. The rally organisers do a great job year in year out organising this top class event and we in the Joint Policing Committee and Donegal County Council want to lend our support to them by helping to share a few simple messages so that the rally can be thoroughly enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.”Road group pleas with rally fans to respect the roads was last modified: June 18th, 2019 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:donegalGardaiRallytrespectROADSWarninglast_img read more

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