SADNESS AT PASSING OF FORMER LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB CAPTAIN HUGH DUFFY

first_imgIt was with huge regret that the Captain, Lady Captain, President, Committees and members of Letterkenny Golf Club had learned of the sudden death of former club Captain Hugh Duffy, 3, College Row, Letterkenny. Mr. Duffy passed away suddenly on Monday last in Blackrock Clinic, Dublin.Apart from being a well known and very popular member of the local community, having been a former member of the teaching staff at St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Hugh was the oldest surviving male Captain of Letterkenny Golf Club.During his vice captaincy and full captain’s role in 1966 & 1967, Hugh was instrumental in the purchase of the land at Barnhill and the development of the golf club as it is now known.During that period of re-location from Crievesmith,[the old course], Hugh’s foresight, energy and dedication to conserving the local wildlife within the golf course area is still there today to be seen by all.Indeed, there is an especially rare species of tree, on the pathway from the 18th green to the clubhouse, that Hugh took great pride in saving and which he often visited to make sure that it was still alive and standing. Hugh was renowned by more senior club members as being the Captain who presided over the final golf competition at Crievesmith and the first ever competition at Barnhill!Having always been proud of his Captaincy and association with Letterkenny Golf Club, Hugh remained a house member of the club and attended whatever past-captains’ re-unions there were and could always be relied on for a few well spoken words of wisdom and anecdotes to regale those present.Mr. Duffy was actively involved in “Meals on Wheels”, was a member of the Board of Management of St. Bernadette’s School, took great interest in the ongoing development of Letterkenny Town and, indeed, won numerous prizes for “best kept garden” in the tidy towns competitions.Sincere condolences from all members of Letterkenny Golf Club to his wife Elaine, family and relatives. Hugh’s funeral Mass was held in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on St. Stephen’s Day, Friday 26th December with burial afterwards at Conwall Cemetary. R.I.P.SADNESS AT PASSING OF FORMER LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB CAPTAIN HUGH DUFFY was last modified: January 2nd, 2015 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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All the action from Saturday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship

first_img BEST OF Getty 4 Most Popular Football Stories The first came when Teemu Pukki turned in Vrancic’s deflected effort, before Jamal Lewis’ cross looped to Emi Buendia who made it two in the 56th minute.Pukki tapped in his eighth of the season from Max Aarons’ cross and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson gifted a fourth – and almost a fifth – to Dennis Srbeny.The win lifted the Canaries ahead of Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, though they could still be overhauled by Leeds on Sunday.The Blades lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, Lewis Grabban with the goal in the 69th minute with a deft finish after good work by Joao Carvalho. Oli McBurnie turned home Daniel James’ cross to open the scoring for Swansea in the 25th minute.The lead lasted until the 79th when goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt’s foul on Jamie Proctor and Leroy Fer’s handball allowed Manning to turn the game around.Bradley Dack’s late penalty earned Blackburn a 1-0 win over QPR while Brentford beat Millwall 2-0.Sergi Canos scored the opener three minutes after half-time and Ollie Watkins added a late second after an excellent link-up with Neal Maupay. 4 Lee Johnson’s side lost 3-2 Norwich City are top of the Championship after a thumping 4-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.Mario Vrancic missed an early penalty for the visitors, but the Canaries took control with two quickfire goals early in the second half. Teemu Pukki scored to send Norwich top tense Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos LATEST gameday cracker Boro later drew 0-0 with manager Tony Pulis’ former club Stoke, Jordan Hugill drawing the game’s best save from Potters keeper Jack Butland.Derby climbed within two points of the summit after coming from behind to beat Birmingham 3-1.Lukas Jutkiewicz gave Blues an early lead but Mason Bennett equalised and Harry Wilson’s free-kick put them 2-1 ahead.Jack Marriott rounded off the scoring with his fifth goal in six games after being played in by Craig Forsyth. scrap West Brom lost ground with a shock 1-0 defeat at Hull, Fraizer Campbell with a deserved winner shortly before half-time after Jackson Irvine’s header rebounded off the bar.The Tigers remained in the relegation zone despite that win but are now five points clear of Ipswich, who were held by Preston after a dramatic cameo by substitute Paul Gallagher.Freddie Sears’ penalty just before the interval put Ipswich ahead but Gallagher equalised with a free-kick just two minutes after coming on.North End immediately lost goalkeeper Chris Maxwell to a red card, though, forcing Gallagher to take the gloves for the remaining quarter-hour plus eight added minutes as Preston had made all three of their substitutions.center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions SORRY Daniel Farke watched his side go top of the Championship Jack Marriott celebrates scoring for Derby Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 4 revealed latest The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Reading earned an overdue win as they dramatically saw off Bristol City 3-2.Yakou Meite’s opener was cancelled out by Marlon Pack and though Liam Kelly’s long-range strike restored Reading’s lead in first-half stoppage time, there was still time for Josh Brownhill to head City level at the break.Leandro Bacuna grabbed a second-half winner after linking up well with Garath McCleary on the right wing.Two late Ryan Manning penalties saw Rotherham come from behind to beat Swansea 2-1. 4 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

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FUNDING OF €175,000 ALLOCATED FOR DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES

first_imgA total of 33 playgroups across Donegal have been allocated more than €175,000 in funding to improve their facilities.The information was given to Senator Jimmy Harte by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.The biggest single allocation for €9,750 was given to Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup. Senator Jimmy Harte said he was delighted that such a large number of groups received funding.Minister Fitzgerald stated, “I am pleased, for the second year in a row, to be in a position to provide capital funding for the childcare sector. This year’s funding will help to ensure that we continue to improve the quality of early childhood care and education which is of such benefit to our youngest children. This capital programme represents my commitment, and that of Government, to the ongoing development of the childcare sector.This year’s funding scheme, totally €2.75 million, covered four strands:· Small grants to purchase equipment or carry out small maintained work, assessed by the local childcare committees · Grants to improve accessibility of services for children with disabilities· Grants to provide natural outdoor spaces that promote active outdoor play and· Grants towards critical works to ensure that buildings are fir for purpose under the childcare regulations (open to community/not for profit services)All submitted applications were considered in order to find those that most closely and completely met the criteria and objectives of the programme.Applications that were successful were those that represented the most complete, coherent, precise and compelling cases for funding with particular consideration given to additional supporting material and the level of deprivation of the areas according to the Pobal Haase index. The investment is targeted to have high impact by providing funds towards the provision of safe outdoor play spaces in childcare services, improving buildings and supporting services to ensure that children with disabilities have better experiences within early year’s settings.The following is a list of all 33 groups across Donegal which received funding.FUNDING OF €175,000 ALLOCATED FOR DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES was last modified: July 4th, 2013 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:childcareCréchefundingSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

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DOCTORS GET LETTERS WARNING THEM OF SEVERE STAFF SHORTAGES IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE

first_imgDoctors across Donegal have been sent letters warning them of serious staffing shortages within the county’s mental health service.The letters, sent by Clinical Director CJ Haley, says the delays with result in both sudden cancellation of appointments and delays.The staffing shortages will also lead to delays in assessing people in the mental health sector who have been referred on an emergency basis. The letter has caused serious concern among GPs throughout the county.Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty said he is alarmed to hear of the letter and of the staffing shortages.He said he now plans to raise the matter immediately with the HSE locally and also in the Dail.“The letter states that in 2014 and for the foreseeable future that the service will be operating with a “serious shortfall” in Consultant Psychiatrist and Non Consultant Hospital Doctor posts within the service and will cause postponing of outpatient clinics at short notice, increased waiting times for new patients and delays in the assessment of emergency referrals. “Furthermore the Clinical Director anticipates that service provision in Intellectual Disability, Old Age Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service will be reduced in an effort to cope with a “service wide problem”. The Letter further states the worst case scenario could be the temporary shut down of an entire sector due to Consultant/ NCHD absences.“It is clear that there are serious questions to answer in regards to Mental Health provision across the state and in Donegal. Of the total 875 positions allocated to strengthen mental health services across the state in 2012 and 2013, in January 2014 the recruitment process had only been completed for 514 of these posts. While the figures are not broken down by county, 71 of the 361 positions to be filled nationally are in the HSE west region.”He added the question that needs to be asked is why is the service being allowed to dwindle?“In a county such as Donegal, which unfortunately has seen almost every community affected by suicide and other mental health issues these services are vital and should be strengthened, instead the opposite is the case.The following is the letter sent to GPs across Donegal.Dear Dr X, Re: Medical Staff Shortages in Donegal Mental Health Services.Unfortunately from February 2014 and for the foreseeable future Donegal Mental Health Service will have a serious shortfall in Consultant Psychiatrist and NCHD posts. There appears to be no immediate solution to this.The impact will be noticeable and will cause:Postponing out-patient clinics at short notice. Increased waiting list times for new patients.Delays in the assessment of emergency referrals in the Dept of Psychiatry and the ED of Letterkenny General Hospital.A worst case scenario may require temporary shut down of an entire Sector/CMHT due to consultant/NCHD absences.Intellectual Disability, Old Age Psychiatry and CAMHS are all going to have to reduce their service provision because of the shortage of NCHDs. It is a service wide problem.Meeting these challenges will require close liaison between primary care and the local Community Mental Health Teams. Therefore I would urge as much phone contact as possible with the CMHT when dealing with emergency referrals. Other new referrals may have to be offered a generic assessment before consultant/nchd review. Again a close relationship with key CMHT members will help manage potential risks.I will of course try to keep you informed of any progress and am more than happy to try and make myself available to resolve any problems that our current situation throws up.Yours Sincerely,Dr C J HaleyClinical Director DOCTORS GET LETTERS WARNING THEM OF SEVERE STAFF SHORTAGES IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE was last modified: March 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:doctorsdonegalMental Health Servicelast_img read more

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Feedly Comes to Google Chrome

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#RSS Readers#web Feedly, the magazine style feed reader we first covered back in August of last year, is now available for the Google Chrome web browser. As with the Firefox implementation of the service, the Chrome version also uses a browser plugin to offer an alternative user interface to Google Reader. This early version of the Feedly for Chrome release offers most of the features found in the original Firefox version of the service, but requires the installation of a dev build of Chrome in order to work.Feedly: A Better RSS Reader and MoreFeedly is much more than just another way to read feeds. Although it originally got its start as an alternative UI to Google Reader, today the service is part RSS reader, part social network aggregator and part search utility. Since its launch in 2008, Feedly’s developer Edwin Khodabakchian has constantly added new features including Twitter and FriendFeed integrations, a river of news view, search tools, Mozilla Ubiquity integration, a Feedly “mini” toolbar and so much more. Once installed, a click of a browser button transports you to the Feedly start page where you can browse through the latest news, comment, star, share, discuss and search through the articles displayed. As you read through the items, your activity is seamlessly synced back to Google Reader. Although voracious RSS readers who subscribe to thousands of feeds may find using Feedly a bit slower than using Google Reader itself, a good many of the more casual consumers of RSS prefer Feedly’s clean, easy-to-scan interface to Google Reader’s more utilitarian look and feel. Feedly for ChromeThe new Chrome version of Feedly is virtually identical to the one available for Firefox with only two major exceptions: there is no Gmail integration or Feedly mini toolbar available in the Chrome version just yet. The toolbar is one of Feedly’s many innovative features which provides a floating bar that hovers at the bottom of your screen as you surf through blogs on the web. Toolbar buttons show you various pieces of metadata about the blog post you’re reading, including number of Diggs and number of Google Reader shares. You can also save or share the post yourself in Google Reader or tweet a link to the article, among other things. However, according to Khodabakchian, Feedly mini’s omission isn’t due to any technical issues. Instead, he notes in the comments of a Feedly blog post that the mini toolbar is in the process of being redesigned and when the Firefox version is complete and stable, he will then look into building a toolbar for Chrome. The estimated timeframe for its inclusion into the Chrome beta is 6-8 weeks.How to Install Feedly for ChromeIn order to run Feedly for Chrome, you’ll need to first install a dev build of the Google Chrome browser. These dev (“developer”) versions of Chrome aren’t as stable as the public release but allow you to play with yet-to-launch features like Google Chrome extensions, for example. And for Mac and Linux users, the dev release is your only option because Google has yet to provide stable versions of Chrome for those two operating systems as of yet. After installing the dev release, you’ll need to add the new Feedly extension to the browser. Here’s how to get started:Download and install the Chrome 4.0 Dev Channel: Windows | Mac | Linux 32-bit | Linux 64-bitRestart Chrome to make sure that you are running the 4.0 version. Load http://update.feedly.com/release/feedly.crx to install Feedly. Click on the Feedly icon on the chrome toolbar to load your Feedly.After you have Feedly up-and-running, you can receive support through the company’s Get Satisfaction page or by emailing feedly-chrome AT devhd.com. You can also tweet @feedly_chrome with questions, comments, and other feedback. We’re beyond excited to see Feedly on Chrome – although it was relatively easy to give up most of our Firefox extensions when we made the move to the Chrome browser, Feedly was one of the few that was sorely missed. However, if you’re a more cautious user hesitant to install test builds of your browser and experimental extensions, you may not have to wait much longer before you can play with fully functional and stable versions of both. Yesterday, Google put out the call for developers to begin submitting their extensions for inclusion in the upcoming Chrome extension gallery, a step that signifies that this feature is closer than ever to launching. When the time comes, we’re sure that Feedly will be among the top-rated extensions found there. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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PODCAST: How to Insulate an Unvented Roof

first_imgAttics are a great place to reclaim living space without the expense of an addition. If you have the headroom, you can gain at least one extra room by finishing your attic.But with energy codes requiring more and more insulation, it can be difficult to pack all of that R-value into the skinny little rafters that are common in older houses.One solution is to add layers of rigid foam under the rafters, but this cuts in to living space. A better solution is to add layers of foam to the outside of the roof. This not only boosts the roof’s R-value, but it breaks the thermal bridge of the rafters and increases the air-tightness of the whole roof assembly.The takeaways:1. The higher the R-value, the better, and where you put the insulation matters.2. Exterior insulation solves a lot of thermal nosebleeds, but the amount of foam you put on the outside needs to be proportional with the amount of insulation on the inside, within the rafter cavity. You need enough exterior foam to prevent condensation on the inside of the roof sheathing by keeping that plywood warm.3. Is it a good idea to make an unvented roof with a lot of foam on the outside? Yes. Roofs are like walls that are severely out of plumb, and an unvented wall can work.Just make sure that you don’t do it willy-nilly: if you are going to ask more of your buildings, you need to ask more of your details.For more roof design details, browse the detail library in the roof/wall connections section.last_img read more

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How APIs will make your next fridge — or even your next car — free

first_imgThe Fast Pace of Facial Recognition Innovation How APIs and Machine Learning are Evolving Mehdi Medjaoui Related Posts Building a Predictive Analytics Model From Scratchcenter_img Tags:#api#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top We are in the fourth industrial revolution, where software can replicate value at zero-marginal cost and where data is the new oil. You may remember this story about Microsoft versus IBM in 1981, where IBM let Microsoft manage the operating system (DOS) thinking that the future was selling hardware? This famous negotiation deal that made Microsoft into the behemoth it is today, and was once the most valuable company of all time in 1998?See also: Making the case for API neutralityBut value is not always where we think, and only people who understand the future will find it. For instance, with the web, the value is in the relation. Google creates value making sense between hypertext links connecting website. Facebook is creating value in understanding the relationships between people. Linkedin does the same with business relations. All of this is done with data and the interrelation of the data.But with Internet of Things, where is the value? What if I told you the value is in the APIs?Car manufacturers today have plans on making free cars if users accept to give away all their data to the seller. Soon, car companies will make more money by making sense of where you are and where you’re going. Just imagine, if they can monetize at 20 cents/mile, on 100,000 miles they make $20,000: A free car. For 30 cents/mile, they almost triple their profits and can give the car away.Data has real valueThey can collect and sell drivers’ data, traffic data, micro-location weather data, state of the road data and so on. They can sell ads on the radio or on the GPS with CPCD (Cost Per Change Direction), coupons to restaurants close to your destination, audiobooks to listen in the car — a lot of things to monetize your time and location in your car. Manufacturers will, of course, still try to sell it for some money upfront, but in the end, the price will probably depend on the data you allow to share and will tend toward $0 with competition and time.By then, all connected hardware will be the same; they will be just data collectors. Google is collecting data through a search bar, Facebook or Linkedin through a web page/mobile app social profile. The next data collection frontier is hardware. Google Home, Alexa, Nest, and Fitbit will be here just to step into your everyday life to know your habits and what you need and how you need it. That is when the real “smart fridge” promise will finally happen, and it will probably be free.So if you think the value is in the hardware, maybe you should think about controlling the APIs on top of it. After 40 years of Silicon Valley technological improvements and with China’s manufacturing as agile as ever, the hardware may be the one commodity you don’t want to invest in. Think Software. Think APIs. Websockets and IoT: Why don’t the two go together?last_img read more

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City buzz

first_imgCheck out the latest fashion, places, fads and trends.Colour me redConverse, America’s Original Sports Company has unveiled the latest collection ofConverse Chuck Taylor and All star. The range comprises four different styles for the season-Colored Toe Ox, Colored Toe Hi, Flicker Print and Check Oxford.Price: Rs.1,490 onwardsFlower showerThe Body Shop has launched Earth Lovers, its first ever 100 percent biodegradable shower gel range. These are available in invigorating combinations of lemon and thyme, mint and cucumber, watermelon and eucalyptus, fig and rosemary, pear and lemongrass and apricot and basil. The Earth Lovers range is made from a soap-free base with no sulphates, colourants or parabens.Guests at the opening of EMOJuicy CoutureRecently opened Emo has the ambience and trappings of a pub, except there’s no alcohol. Founded by young entrepreneurs Dolby Samuel, Tony Abraham and Dominic Simon, it is Chennai’s first non-alcoholic pub and mocktail lounge. The launch party had Karun Raman’s fashion show and a performance by Molotov Cocktail.last_img read more

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NBA Christmas lineup headlined by LeBron James vs Warriors

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño YEAR OF THE 3Houston set the NBA record for 3-pointers made in a game with 26, doing that against Washington last week.It cemented that, without question, 2018 in the NBA was the year of the 3-pointer.So far this season, 11 franchises — Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Golden State, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Sacramento and Utah — have set or tied team records for 3-pointers made in a regular-season game. That doesn’t even take into account Brooklyn, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia also doing it in 2018, albeit last season.Maybe the craze hasn’t caught on in Canada.The longest-standing team record for 3s in a game is held by the Toronto Raptors, who made 21 on March 13, 2005. Orlando’s mark of 23 has stuck since Jan. 13, 2009 and Phoenix’s record of 22 came on Nov. 14, 2010.Meanwhile, Zaza Pachulia’s quest for a 3 continues.Pachulia has the NBA record for most 3s attempted in a career without a make — the Detroit backup center is now 0 for 29 in the regular season, 0 for 31 when including playoffs. He’s 0 for 3 in 2018, though all those tries in this calendar year were desperation heaves from midcourt or deeper. And in fairness, only six of his career 3-point tries have been shots inside of 30 feet. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The other four rematches on the holiday: Orlando vs. Houston in 1995, Philadelphia vs. the Lakers in 2001, San Antonio vs. Detroit in 2005 and Boston vs. the Lakers in 2008.So instead of a Cavs-Warriors rematch, getting Lakers vs. Warriors — for the first time in the LeBron L.A. era — makes perfect sense.“Bron is Bron,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “They’re going to be tough, a tough matchup on Christmas Day, but we’re looking forward to it.”Inevitably, so will James. Even with the Lakers having lost four of their last six games, they’re off to a 19-14 start — their best since the 2011-12 season.“We’ve got a long way to go to get to Golden State,” James said in September.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening He’s about to get his first look at how the Lakers measure up with the champs.CHRISTMAS LINEUPTuesday’s slate starts with Milwaukee at New York, followed by Oklahoma City at Houston, Philadelphia at Boston, the Lakers at the Warriors and then Portland at Utah. It’s Milwaukee’s first Christmas game since 1977, which will end what was by far the league’s longest Dec. 25 drought. Utah hasn’t played on Christmas since 1997.A look at each of the five games:BUCKS AT KNICKSCongratulations to the schedule-makers, because there’s no way they could have known this Christmas game would be wrapped in animus. Giannis Antetokounmpo was peeved at New York forward Mario Hezonja — who dunked on him, stared at him and then stepped over him when the teams last met on Dec. 1.THUNDER AT ROCKETSA rematch of a game from Christmas 2017, which the Thunder won 112-107. Oklahoma City is 6-2 on Christmas since the team moved there; when the franchise was in Seattle, it was 0-11 on the holiday. Rockets star Chris Paul will miss Christmas for the third straight year — with the Clippers, he had a left hamstring strain and missed their game with the Lakers in 2016, sat out last year’s Houston-OKC game with a groin strain and this year, it’s another left hamstring issue that will keep him out.76ERS AT CELTICSThese are heated, historic rivals, but they’ve met on Christmas only once before — in 1961, when the 76ers were the Syracuse Nationals. Boston, which famously avoided home Christmas games forever (the Celtics played their first 30 such games away from Boston), will be at home on the holiday for the second consecutive season. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting PLAY LIST 03:07Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their preseason game at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPThere’s no NBA Finals rematch this year on Christmas. Not technically, anyway. It’s LeBron James vs. the Golden State Warriors for the fourth consecutive year on Dec. 25, though James will be wearing a Los Angeles Lakers uniform this time.It was a predictable matchup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LAKERS AT WARRIORSIt’s the 20th consecutive Christmas appearance for the Lakers, and with LeBron James there now don’t expect that streak to end anytime soon. Warriors star Kevin Durant apparently loves playing on the holiday; he’s averaging 31.1 points in his eight previous Christmas games.TRAIL BLAZERS AT JAZZPortland is 14-3 all-time on Christmas, and could tie Miami (10-2) for the best winning percentage on the holiday if it tops the Jazz. Meanwhile, for Utah, it’s a chance for Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell to get his first — but almost certainly not his last — look at playing on Christmas.CHRISTMAS HISTORYThe NBA’s five-game Christmas lineup is back for an 11th consecutive year, and that may seem like a lot of matchups but has been exceeded plenty of times in the past. There were seven games on the holiday in 1949, 1971 and 1977, as well as six in 1970 and 1976.And there were some years where everybody played on Christmas.In 1952, the league had 10 teams so that meant five Christmas games. In 1956, the league’s eight teams got together for two Christmas doubleheaders — two games at Madison Square Garden, two others at the War Memorial in Rochester, New York. And in 1959, eight teams meant four games on the holiday again.With Milwaukee playing, the league’s longest Christmas drought will belong to the Atlanta Hawks, who haven’t appeared on the holiday since 1989. After the Hawks, the longest droughts will be held by Charlotte (no appearances in 29 seasons), Memphis (no appearances in 24 seasons), Toronto (2001), Sacramento (2003), Indiana (2004) and Detroit (2005).Everyone else has played at least one Christmas game since 2009. MOST READ It isn’t, however, a break from tradition.That’s one of the biggest misnomers about the NBA and the schedule. An NBA Finals rematch is not common, not the norm, not a guarantee for the last two teams that were standing the previous season. The league has crowned a champion every year since 1947, and the tradition of Christmas Day games started later that same year. (They’ve been an annual fixture since, with the exception of 1998, when a lockout didn’t allow that season to begin until February.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBut there have been only nine NBA Finals rematches on Dec. 25. The recent Golden State-Cleveland history may make it seem like more.James has been in five Finals rematches on Christmas, all since 2011: Miami vs. Dallas that year, Oklahoma City vs. Miami the following year, and Cleveland vs. Golden State in each of the last three years. The end of the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo era? Football rings the changes in 2018 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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‘For a Defender There’s No Better Place in the World to Be’: Trippier On Atletico Madrid

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atletico madridfootballKieran Trippier First Published: September 2, 2019, 8:01 PM IST Madrid: Kieran Trippier had just finished his Atletico Madrid debut and while all the other players had gone, he stayed on the pitch a little longer.He had his first victory, a clean sheet, and an assist too, swinging in the cross for Alvaro Morata’s winner. As he walked off, Trippier pointed at someone in the crowd, applauded and threw a clenched fist above his head, the gratitude visible on his face.”There was this one Atletico fan, I could hear him non-stop for the first 45 minutes,” Trippier said in an exclusive interview with AFP.”He was shouting at me, in a good way, in Spanish and English. He was speaking so fast I found it difficult to understand him but every time I took a throw-in or when I was walking I could just hear this one voice. I wanted to say thank you.”Trippier has played three games in La Liga for Atletico, thrown straight into the starting line-up after signing from Tottenham for 22 million euros ($24.14 million) in July.That debut meant a lot, given where he had come from, a disappointing final season for Spurs, and what he had come into, a defence regarded as the most steely in Europe over the past decade.Yet moving to Spain was the biggest leap. Trippier is the only Englishman playing in La Liga this season and the first to play for Atletico in almost 100 years.”Every decision I’ve taken in my career has been a brave one,” he says. “Football is about taking risks.”I’d always fancied playing abroad so I had discussions with Tottenham and said I wanted a new challenge, a new chapter for me and my family.”To play in Spain was an amazing opportunity, I didn’t want it to slip away. No regrets.”‘I’LL TRY TO FIT IN'”No regrets”, something Trippier repeats and a mantra that seems to guide his all-in approach to life in Spain. There are still adjustments to be made.”It is difficult eating later than in England, I get hungry,” Trippier says with a smile. “And I’m not a big tapas fan yet, I don’t like sharing! But it’s okay, I’ll try to fit in as much as I can.”He is learning Spanish, with two-hour lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Already he understands instructions on the pitch.”Learning is difficult at first but it’s essential, that’s a given,” Trippier said. “You want to interact with everyone, from teammates to fans to staff, everyone at the club. I feel like I’m doing that already.”Atletico’s beating heart is Diego Simeone, their coach who led the club to their first league title in 18 years in 2014 and who is remoulding this season, with new signings and an almost-entirely new defence too.Trippier puffs his cheeks. “He’s unbelievable,” he says. “The passion he has — in games you see him celebrating tackles like goals — it gives you such a lift.”You can see over the years how strong Atletico have been, his teams have always looked like a family and I feel that now.”It all comes from Cholo. I think he can take me to the next level. For a defender I don’t think there’s a better place in the world to be.”Atletico have won three games out of three so far and there is talk in Spain of the title.”We’ve had a good start,” Trippier says. “We try not to listen to the noise outside.”But Trippier’s own start has not gone unnoticed. He was recalled to the England squad on Thursday by Gareth Southgate, who had flown out to watch him play against Leganes four days earlier.”I texted him to say thanks for coming out to watch me and for the support,” said Trippier. “It meant a lot to know I’m still in his thinking.”‘I’M TAKING A STEP UP’But he never feared moving abroad might harm his international career.”I’m working with one of the best coaches in the world,” he said. “And Atletico is one of the biggest teams in Europe. I’m not taking a step down, I’m taking a step up.”He was dropped in May before the Nations League finals after a poor season for Tottenham that was all the more surprising given his superb showing at last year’s World Cup.”Injuries played a big part but I’ve got no excuses for last season,” Trippier said. “I just struggled for fitness and sometimes I was a bit selfish in that even when I was injured I played when I should have taken a step back to get fit.”But you learn from your mistakes and I’m feeling fresh now for the new season.”He says his relationship with Mauricio Pochettino remains strong. “I have a lot to be grateful to him for,” Trippier said.”At the end we had a great talk about coming here. He spoke very highly of Cholo, of Spain and living here in Madrid. He wished me nothing but the best. We left on very positive terms.”For Trippier, a brave decision for a fresh start. In his words, no regrets. last_img read more

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