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first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM AFTER 61 years in business, Pakenham icon Hardy’s Mitre 10 will close its doors in the coming…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Emerald’s gem in spotlight

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT IN tireless stalwart Brian Hannan, this year’s Emerald Citizen of the Year award recognises one of the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Gym-goer assaulted

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows A man was left “soaked in blood” following an altercation outside a Kooweerup gym. The man, whose…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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AEL rejoice after last-gasp win in Limassol derby

first_imgBy Nemanja BjedovJORGE Filipe Monteiro’s goal in the last minute of the match gave AEL a 1-0 win over arch-rivals and league leaders Apollon in Round 10 of the national football championship this weekend in the Limassol derby at the Tsirion Stadium, as they closed the gap at the top to three points.“This was a great game for our team and my players showed remarkable determination in a fantastic atmosphere,” said AEL coach Ivaylo Petev.“During the week we tried to identify Apollon’s weaknesses and prepare a game plan in order to exploit them. This is what we managed to do, since every time we had the ball we were looking for the right moment to go forward,” he added.“For the majority of the game we had more possession and played with visible desire and enthusiasm. The only thing I am not happy with is the fact that we did not score earlier. However, this is football and in some games you get the desired outcome, while in others you simply do not. What we can do is try to improve ourselves game after game,” Petev concluded.Apollon remain top of the standings with 24 points, while in-form Ermis Aradippou are now second with 23 points after they beat Nea Salamina 1-0, with Brazilian midfielder Cesinha scoring the only goal in the first minute.Omonia where held to a 1-1 home draw by Aris, while both Anorthosis and APOEL could also only manage 1-1 draws against AEK and Doxa Katokopia respectively.Omonia are fourth with 20 points, Anorthosis fifth with 19, while APOEL and Doxa Katokopia follow with 17 points apiece, with the defending champions ahead due to a better goal difference.“We are obviously disappointed, but that is football. We did not convert our chances from early on and then we had to look for an equaliser. They chose to defend and that proved a good decision,” Omonia coach Toni Savevski said after his side’s five-game winning streak came to an end.Elsewhere in Round 10, bottom side Alki managed to secure their first points in ten matches after a 1-1 draw against fellow strugglers Enosis Neon Paralimni.The Larnaca side now have -11 points after they were deducted 12 points by the Cyprus Football Federation over financial irregularites.The Paralimni outfit find themselves on -1 points after they were also deducted three points.Ethnikos Achnas beat AEK Kouklion 2-0 away from home.last_img read more

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Toti City are ready

first_imgCoach, Peter Gunemba said the team will rely on home-grown senior players in skipper Raymond Gunemba, Nigel Dabinyaba, Emmanuel Simon, Jacob Sabua and Ronald Warisan for their campaign.“With the injection of the two Solomon Islanders- Andrew Rarangia and Tutizama Tanito, I am sure we can win some pool matches to decide our next phase of play. “Carrying the flag of the country and Morobe province is not an easy task for us, but we will give our best shot at the competition to make our country, province and our sponsor Lae Biscuit Company proud.Dwellers are in Pool A with Nakultan FC from Vanuatu, Ba FC from Fiji and Tupapa Maraerenga FC from Cook Islands.“I think we have prepared well after going undefeated over four rounds of the National Soocer League competition, but we are wary of Ba FC and Nalkutan FC who will be fielding some of their best players, however with the high level of football display by the team during the NSL games, I’m confident we will improvement from last year’s performance.”Tomorrow’s match at Korman Stadium will kick off at 2pm (1pm PNG time).last_img read more

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Djokovic beats Thiem in five-set thriller to win Australian Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic endured a fierce challenge to his Melbourne Park reign before overhauling Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to clinch an eighth Australian Open crown and reclaim the world number one ranking.While Rafa Nadal rules Roland Garros with 12 titles, Djokovic holds sway in the title match at Rod Laver Arena having never lost a final in Melbourne Park. Yet on Sunday the Serb was under siege for much of the thriller.For the first time in eight Melbourne finals, Djokovic was forced to come back when trailing after three sets, rocked by the power and determination of Thiem.But as he so often does, the Serb found a way.He captured the decisive break in the third game of the final set, then held firm as Thiem made desperate assaults on his serve.Going for broke in a nerve-shredding final game, the fifth seeded Austrian went for the lines but missed twice to hand Djokovic one of his most hard-earnt triumphs.Four months after Nadal stopped Russian Daniil Medvedev in the U.S. Open final, the Serb’s 17th Grand Slam title continued the ‘Big Three’s’ reign over the majors.Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer have now won 13 Grand Slam titles in succession, dating back to Federer’s 2017 title at Melbourne Park.last_img read more

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Twisting…

first_img…the crime inquirySuddenly the Government’s all hot and sweaty about holding a “crime inquiry”. In fact, it’s now been “pluralised” into “crime INQUIRIES”!! One reason could be because of the indignation over the period the President picked to be covered in the inquiry:  2002–2009. It was immediately clear to one and sundry this would just be another attempt to throw shade at the PPP.Serious crimes didn’t begin in 2002. But your Eyewitness accepts we need to have some cut-off point. So, he suggests if we really want to inquire into our crime history, why don’t we pick up from where the Rodney Inquiry left off?? That is, after June 13 1980. After all, that Inquiry did a good job about what really went down in the 1970s as far as crime was concerned, didn’t it?? It’s still fresh in people’s minds. But hold it!! The PNC wouldn’t like that!! Look how they refused to extend the life of the Commission. Or to have the Report debated in Parliament.And why don’t they want to publicise that report? Because, dear readers, it exposed how the PNC was up to its neck in the instigation of the most serious crimes in Guyana – including murder most foul! Now don’t get your Eyewitness wrong…of course, like any other society, they’ll be folks who will commit crimes for reasons of their own. But that’s not what the Government is talking about. No siree Bob!!The President’s already pronounced that POVERTY’s the reason for crime in Guyana. But a year ago, his Security Minister had proposed GREED as the mother of crimes. So your Eyewitness figures that was just because he was speaking from personal experience!! The time frame chosen also suggests the Government’s talking about political crimes – since that was the period of crimes following the Mas Jailbreak of 2002.So returning to your Eyewitness’ suggestion, the post-Rodney assassination period Inquiry would shed some light as to whether the Disciplined Forces – who’d been ordered to do the PNC’s dirty deeds on the WPA – were the same ones who became the “kick-down-the-door” bandits starting, from the end of the Rodney period. Or rented their guns to those who committed the mayhem and murder amongst the populace. That would bring us up to 1989 when Hoyte reintroduced hanging which put a crimp on the kick-down-the-door bandits’ style!!Then there would be the post 1992 elections violence that started with the attack on the elections headquarters while the vote were being counted. Then, of course, onto the open violence between 1998 and 2002 that accompanied the PNC protests.But can’t have that. It would stain the PNC not the PPP!!…sugar workers in the windThey say elephants have loooong memories…but if the truth be told, they have nothing on the PNC when it comes to never forgetting! And don’t even THINK about “forgiving”!! Recently, GAWU’s been in the news…but it hardly compares to their actions in their glory years. WE could do worse than 1977 when they struck for 177 days to force the PNC – which had just nationalised the sugar industry – to recognise them as the official sugar union!!But guess what the new PNC owners of GuySuCo did immediately after the strike?? They shut down the Leonora factory which had been the centre of the strikes both in 1964 and 1977!! Burnham didn’t forget!! And so we come to the present PNC Government and their callous treatment of sugar workers – of whom they’ve thrown 5700 into the streets. Want to know why? Just think of all the letters you’ve seen about how sugar workers “burnt canes” during the first PNC’s regime.This PNC not only didn’t forget…they obviously believe revenge is best served cold!! …sick ex-sugar workersThe folks in the PSC obviously never spent time in the sugar industry. They want to keep their “health centres” – which had two medicines, red and green – to treat ALL illnesses!Now with the PNC, they’ll only have the green one!!last_img read more

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PUL to Deliberate on Media and the Law

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President Abdullai Kamara is craving a playing field that will enable Liberian journalists to practice their craft in a peaceful and conducive environment void of intimidation and other forms of censorship.The PUL continues to advocate for the repeal of criminal defamation/libel laws which are enforced by what is infamously known as Decree 88A; the establishment of an effective self-regulatory body for journalists in Liberia and the establishment of an independent broadcast sector regulator.Other issues that the PUL has been advocating for are the sustainability of community radios; the future of UNMIL Radio, the status of the Liberia Broadcasting System vis-à-vis Public Service Broadcasting.These are the same concerns that PUL boss Kamara will be taking to a two-day Media Law Reform conference that will be addressed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Kamara hopes the conference will develop a road map to renew advocacy and lobby on these key instruments.President Sirleaf will today deliver the opening address at the conference, which takes place in Lakpazee, Monrovia.Several Liberian lawyers, members of civil society and the media practitioners are expected to make presentations at the conference under the theme “Liberian Media & the Law.” Kamara, in a PUL release over the weekend, said “the conference is guided by the broad partnership that prompted the successes of the previous initiative,” and further indicated that it is meant to support a future for media freedom and accountability, President Kamara and previous PUL presidents before him as well as some eminent media practitioners have persistently called for the establishment of an effective self-regulatory body for journalists in Liberia and the establishment of an independent broadcast sector regulator.The media is currently regulated by the Liberian government, which many say does not have to vet would be media house owners before granting licenses which makes the PUL powerless to revoke licenses of transgressors.“It is government that gives out licenses to media houses, but when journalists transgress the government calls on the PUL to investigate and punish violators. How can we stop media houses from violating their code of ethics if we don’t have the power to punish them? These are the things to work on in order to strengthen the Liberian media,” an official of the PUL once said at an event.The conference today is intended to renew discussions on the current legal and regulatory regime governing the Liberian Press, as well as encourage amendments and repeals that will ensure that the Liberia legal/regulatory environment conforms to 21st Century realities, and those of a genuine democracy. Kamara, in the release, said the Liberian media is presently facing aggressive and unprecedented use of anti-speech legislations by public officials and private citizens; and sedition, criminal libel against the President and criminal malevolence are frequently used. The Media Law Reform conference is, however, meant to address these pitfalls in the Liberian media. The conference is organized by the Press Union of Liberia, in partnership with the British Firm Albany Associates as part of the Liberia Media Development (LMD) Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The LMD is being implemented under the leadership of Internews, with PUL, LMC and Accountability Lab as the main national partners.Meanwhile, participants at the conference will also discuss ways to strengthen self-regulation in the Liberian media as a means of promoting professional standards and media accountability.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Premier League round-up: Aston Villa out of bottom-three with dramatic derby win

first_imgChristian Benteke’s stoppage-time penalty earned Aston Villa a dramatic first victory under new manager Tim Sherwood as the battle for Premier League safety went up a gear on Tuesday evening.Four teams scrapping at the bottom of the table were in action, with Villa’s 2-1 West Midlands derby win over West Brom ending a torrid run of 12 games without victory and lifting them out of the relegation zone.The Baggies have been in brilliant form in recent weeks, having lost just one of their previous eight fixtures, but Tony Pulis’ men were completely outplayed in the first half at a bouncing Villa Park.Sherwood was an animated as ever on the touchline and the former Spurs coach was pulling his hair out in the first half when his side were denied the opening goal by goal-line technology.Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster let a rasping hit from Gabriel Agbonlahor slip from his grasp but the England shot-stopper managed to claw the ball back off the line and the referee – with a glance at his watch – confirmed it had not completely crossed.The Villans captain wasn’t to be denied for a second time, however, as he put the hosts deservedly in front on 22 minutes with a neat finish, slotting the ball between Foster’s legs after route-one play from Benteke, who flicked on Brad Guzan’s goal-kick.Agbonlahor then went close to a second as he had another effort cleared off the line, and the hosts’ near misses almost came back to haunt them in the second half as Albion battled back, with Saido Berahino equalising thanks to a close-range header after Villa failed to clear from a corner.The clash looked certain to end with the points shared until a moment of madness from Foster saw the Villans awarded a late penalty – the keeper bringing down Matthew Lowton while lunging for the ball – and Benteke kept his cool to roll the spot-kick into the corner, sparking pandemonium at Villa Park.Meanwhile, Hull and Sunderland remain locked just above the relegation places as the struggling sides battled to a 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.The hosts took the lead through a wonderful first half goal from deadline day signing Dame N’Doye, who backheeled Tom Huddlestone’s free-kick into the back of the net.Sunderland offered little in the first-half and the frustrations of head coach Gus Poyet eventually saw him sent to the stands, with the Uruguayan sparking a mild scuffle with opposing boss Steve Bruce on his way from the dugout.Poyet had something to celebrate after the break, however, as Jack Rodwell pulled the Black Cats level to earn what could be a vital point, the former Manchester City man making sure with a header on the line after Patrick Van Aanholt’s cross beat goalkeeper Allan McGregor and looked to be floating in.Elsewhere, Southampton barged Liverpool out of the top-five with a 1-0 triumph over Crystal Palace – their first win in four league games.It appeared it wasn’t the Saints’ day as the likes of Eljero Elia, Filip Djuricic, Victor Wanyama and Maya Yoshida all failed to convert decent chances in front of goal.Palace had their opportunities too, with Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie seeing shots saved by Fraser Forster, while Wilfried Zaha’s low zipped effort came back off the post.But, just as it seemed neither side were destined not to find the net, Southampton finally got the breakthrough in the 83rd minute.Sadio Mane, perhaps the liveliest player on the pitch, was there to win it for the hosts on the rebound after goalkeeper Julian Speroni could only parry out James Ward-Prowse’s initial effort.Premier League results:Aston Villa 2-1 West BromHull 1-1 SunderlandSouthampton 1-0 Crystal Palace 1 Tim Sherwood celebrates his first win as Aston Villa manager last_img read more

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FOR THE RECORD

first_imgIn a story Wednesday about the Los Angeles Police Department investigation into the May Day melee at MacArthur Park, Deputy Chief Mark Perez was misidentified. A story Tuesday about a local coastal program for the Santa Monica Mountains incorrectly said the Sierra Club supports the program. The Sierra Club has not taken an official position. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want 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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