Leicester City fairytale complete!

first_imgLONDON (AP):Leicester City completed one of the greatest-ever sporting achievements yesterday when the 5,000-1 underdogs won the English Premier League for the first time.Leicester players were crowded around a television inside top-scorer Jamie Vardy’s house as they were handed the title by closest challengers Tottenham being held to a 2-2 draw by deposed champions Chelsea.With an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining, Leicester are champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history.”Championes! Championes! Ole! Ole! Ole!” the jubilant Leicester players sang as they jumped up and down with their arms on each other’s shoulders inside Vardy’s house.”Nobody believed we could do it, but here we are Premier League champions and deservedly so,” Leicester captain Wes Morgan said. “I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers.”FIRST JAMAICA TITLE-HOLDERMorgan is the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League.Just two years ago, Vardy and many of his teammates were playing in the second tier and then came close to instantly dropping out of the Premier League. They started this season as among the favourites to be relegated again. But last night, fans – who never dreamed their modest club in a city with a population of 330,000 would conquer wealthier rivals – descended on Leicester’s King Power Stadium to party into the night.”People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong,” Morgan said. “This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this.”Leicester, who will collect the trophy on Saturday when they host Everton at home, had not even finished higher than second since 1929.English soccer have not had a first-time champion of the top flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978. And for the last 20 years, the Premier League trophy has never left London or Manchester, with Arsenal, Chelsea, United and City sharing the trophy among them.Unlike that title-winning quartet or 1995 champion Blackburn, Leicester have achieved their success without lavish spending on their squad.Chelsea’s draw also ensured Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri became a league title winner for the first time in his career, 12 years after the 64-year-old Italian was fired by the Blues.”Let’s do it for Ranieri,” read one Chelsea fan’s banner during yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge, where the trophy was presented to Chelsea last May.”It’s the greatest achievement in the history of English football and it was led by an Italian,” Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, tweeted.Leicester missed a chance to seal the title on Sunday when they were held to a draw by Manchester United, but Chelsea ensured that the party wasn’t delayed any longer.Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to keep their bid for a first title since 1961 alive and led 2-0 thanks to goals from striker Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, before Chelsea staged a second-half fight back to draw in a fiery London derby, where tempers frayed and tackles flew in from everywhere.”What a game,” Leicester defender Robert Huth tweeted. “Makes me look like an angel! CHAMPIONS!!!”Centre half Gary Cahill pulled a goal back for Chelsea early in the second half and with Tottenham clinging on, the equalising goal was scored by Eden Hazard.Ranieri called Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to thank him for Chelsea’s part in delivering the title to Leicester, which is owned by Thai retail giant King Power.”(Ranieri said) five times ‘Thanks’, because of the emotion,” Hiddink said. “I didn’t see any tears because it was not a Facetime conversation, but his voice was trembling a bit.”One bookmaker, Sky Bet, said it paid out £4.6 million (US$6.8 million) to punters who backed Leicester to win the title, with 128 putting money on the team at 5,000-1.No sports team has defied such odds to triumph, and Leicester’s improbablesuccess has provided a feel-good story for a country divided as they prepare to vote on whether to remain in the European Union.”Many congratulations to Leicester,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted. “An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.”last_img read more


first_imgThe sudden death occurred at her home last night of well known and much respected Annagry postmistress Brid ‘Dora’ Mc Ginley.Miss Mc Ginley has been postmistress in Annagry for decades in the family post office that is attached to the family home.Her sudden passing has caused widespread regret throughout the area as Brid was a friend to everyone. Postman Eoin Mc Garvey said that Brid was like a mother to everyone. “She was very well know, a real lady and one who was always there for everyone. It’s a huge shock for everyone. She was always there and she will be very sadly missed.”Her remains are reposing at the family home.Her remains will be removed from the family home on Tuesday morning at 10.30 a.m. going to St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, Annagry for 11 a.m. Mass. With burial in the adjoining cemetery.She is survived by her sister, Mrs Sheila Deeney (Ardara) and her brother, Charlie (Dublin), a well know member of the Donegal Association executive in Dublin, nieces, nephews.  SAD PASSING OF WELL-KNOWN ANNAGRY POSTMISTRESS was last modified: April 8th, 2012 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:ANNAGRY POST OFFICEBRID ‘DIRA’ MCGINLEYlast_img read more

Endangered salamanders put quarry on hold as residents fight against project

first_imgA group of Ontario residents trying to ward off the development of a new quarry in their community say they have found two endangered salamanders that they hope will convince authorities to put an end to the project.The Burlington, Ont., residents say the discovery of the Jefferson dependant unisexual salamanders should force the province to reconsider the development by Meridian Brick, which has had two active quarries in the area for decades.“This is a real coup,” said Maria Adcock, who lives nearby and is part of the Tyandaga Environmental Coalition. “This is a beautiful area that shouldn’t be developed and this discovery should help save the forest.”Meridian has had rights to develop a third quarry since 1972, but hadn’t acted on it until two years ago.Dozens of residents who bought homes in the community argue they were never warned about the possibility of a quarry being developed next to their backyards. They first learned about it when the company sent around a newsletter in 2015. That’s when the community got organized, waging an environmental fight to save the trees — and the value of their properties.The city has said it can’t stop the project.“After extensive review by staff in several city and regional departments, we have come to understand that Meridian Brick is within its legal rights and that the Province of Ontario, not the City of Burlington, has jurisdiction over this matter,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring.Last year, the residents set their sights on the province, arguing the project would violate Ontario’s rules and regulations surrounding endangered animals and their habitats.But the province needed proof, so the residents went searching the areas just outside the brick company’s property for evidence of Jefferson salamanders.And they found it last year, when they spotted a salamander near the quarry site. They snapped a photograph and sent it to Jim Bogart, a University of Guelph professor emeritus who has studied salamanders since the 1970s.To him, it looked like an Allegheny mountain dusky salamander, which only has two small populations in Ontario, both near the Niagara Gorge, he said, but he needed a tissue sample to confirm its identity.The endangered dusky is so rare that Bogart said he’s never seen one live.“This was very exciting and very important — it could be a new dusky salamander population,” said Bogart, 77. “But all I have is the photograph at this point.”That sighting was important enough for Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to put a temporary hold on the company’s plans, which hoped to begin clear cutting trees this year.Meridian has since had environmental consultants examining the land for a wide variety of endangered species, both plants and animals, in order to comply with the Endangered Species Act, according to the ministry.Bogart, who said he is not being paid by either side for his work, has been on the proposed quarry site several times searching for salamanders this spring. He’s found nothing of import on the property so far, but they are hard to spot.If a dusky salamander was found, it’s likely that an entire stream and nearby areas on the company’s property would be protected habitat.Then in mid-April, Bogart received tail clippings of five salamanders that the Tyandaga Environmental Coalition said they found in the area.He performed a genetic analysis and discovered a different endangered salamander species: Jefferson dependant unisexual salamanders.“They are fascinating genetically and have been driving me crazy for years!” Bogart said.“These salamanders, all female, cannot reproduce unless they receive sperm from a Jefferson salamander. Did you know they live for about 30 years? So they come back to the pond year after year after year and may not breed unless a male Jefferson shows up.”He said he hasn’t found any egg sacs of the unisexual salamanders, but is continuing to search, adding that the company’s hired consultants have been “marvellous” to work with.A Jefferson salamander or the Jefferson dependant unisexual salamanders would have its habitat protected within a 300-metre radius and potentially up to 1,000 metres if another suitable breeding pond is found, Bogart said.A ministry spokeswoman said they are awaiting results of the company’s report to review its plans to deal with endangered and species at risk.Meridian spokesman Patrick Kelly said the company is undergoing new and updated studies as it tries to address the concerns of the community and is “making adjustments” in its plans, although he didn’t provide details. He said Meridian will update the residents on its plans at a meeting on Thursday.Adcock remains hopeful the unisexual salamanders will prove as valuable as the Jefferson salamander, which was the primary reason a nearby quarry application was denied in 2012.last_img read more

Austin Prep To Hold Summer Alumni Social On August 8

first_imgREADING, MA — Austin Prep’s Office of Alumni Relations is hosting an informal summer gathering at the Bunratty Tavern (620 Main Street, Reading) on Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30pm.Alumni are welcome to stop by for a drink and to catch up with fellow alums and their alma mater. First drink (beer, wine or soda only) is on Austin Prep.At 7:30 pm the Bunratty (owned by Austin Prep’s Havey family – Classes of 2011, 2015 and 2018) hosts Stump Trivia. Austin alumni are encouraged to create a team and join the fun.RSVP to https://events.veracross.com/austinprep/52-August8AlumniGathering.About Austin PrepAustin Preparatory School is a private, independent Catholic day school serving young men and women in grades 6-12 in Reading, Massachusetts. Founded in 1961, Austin Prep added a Middle School in 1987 and began accepting young women in 1992. Our Mission is To Inspire Hearts to Unite, Minds to Inquire, and Hands to Serve.(NOTE: The above press release is from Austin Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Education”Austin Prep To Hold Summer Preview Open House On August 29In “Education”Wilmington Teens Encouraged To Check Out Austin Prep’s Summer ProgramsIn “Education”last_img read more

BNPled 20party alliance Oikya Front to join polls

first_imgOikya Front leaders including Kamal Hossain and Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Sunday. Photo: Sajid HossainThe BNP-led 20-party alliance and the Jatiya Oikya Front will participate in the 11th parliamentary elections.Oikya Front leaders including Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced it at a press conference at the National Press Club on Sunday.The Front leaders demanded the deferment of election schedule by a month. They said that they are joining the polls as part of their agitation for realising their 7-point demand for ensuring a free and fair election.Oikya Front spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they would keep a close watch on the government as well as on the election commission.The election commission on Thursday announced that the parliament election will be held on 23 December.On 13 October, the Jatiya Oikya Front was formed comprising of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Gano Forum led by Kamal Hossain, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) led by ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya led by Mahmudur Rahman Manna.Later, Krishak Sramik Janata League led by Abdul Kader Siddique joined the Oikya Front.   BNP to join polls, announcement todaylast_img read more

Aakritis Affordable Art Mela

first_imgVikram Bachawat has been doing exciting affordable art exhibitions for the past many years. As a collector and gallery persona, he does not need an introduction. Earlier, he ran one of the finest places in Delhi, however now – he can be seen working in a sophisticated space in Kolkata – the Aakriti gallery – which is hosting the 6th edition of ‘Affordable September Art Mela’ in the city.The mela runs until September 29.”After completing five successful editions of the fair at the gallery, we look forward to offering this special opportunity to our patrons,” says Bachawat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We at Aakriti Art Gallery, constantly strive to make art more accessible to all. ‘Affordable Art Mela’ hopes to bring art into the lives of people who harbour a passion and love for it,” he added.The gallery will be showcasing the works of over a hundred artists with more than a thousand artworks within the range of 1000 to 1,00,000 INR. This is a one-of-a-kind occasion for art enthusiasts to collect original pieces of art at the best prices. The pursuit of owning great works of art should not be limited to a few. The pleasure of living with and savouring great works of art is incomparable to merely looking at them in galleries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile the best names are there in the circuit, there are line drawings by Jogen Chowdhury – a rare Ram Kumar and a couple of other amazing works that come for a song. Of particular delight is Sudip Roy’s impressionist rendition of the rickshaw. Colours and strokes of surreal scattering are his leitmotifs and this composition celebrates the finest of watercolour studies.On one side, the generally somber palette of Roy is read symbolically through the lens of street scene traditions, often underscoring life’s transience. Alternatively, we can assess the artist’s skill in employing an array of visual effects in this scene. Among sculptures in the small format is a delightful set of goats in bronze by Asim Basu. Filled with the richness of the narrative, certain deeper meanings come into focus once you look beyond the metaphors and artistic insights of sculptors and painters. Equally enticing is Lalu Prasad Shaw’s portrait on the paper.The affordable art show has something for everyone. It also offers an uncanny perspective on our own times, in which globalism and consumer culture seem to be reaching a peak, once again in tandem with one another. What are the true social costs of today’s most sought-after items, and why do people love to show them off? These works tell us that collectors can begin young and at humble prices.last_img read more