Stacey set to soar

first_imgBy Casey Neill Pakenham’s Stacey Edwards will become the Moomba Birdman Rally’s first competitor with Down syndrome. She’ll fly 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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Galway 0-18 Kilkenny 0-18 – Commentary And Reaction

first_imgHere is another chance to hear Galway Bay FM’s Commentary of Sunday’s Leinster Senior Hurling Final between Galway and Kilkenny. Presented by John Mulligan with Commentary from Sean Walsh, Niall Canavan and Conor Hayes. Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/2018%20LEINSTER%20SENIOR%20HURLING%20FINAL%20.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Niall and Conor then spoke about the game after the Full Time WhistleAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/CONOR%20AND%20NIALL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sean Walsh got the thoughts of Galway Manager Micheal DonoghueAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/MICHEAL%20DONOGHUE%20POST%20KILKENNY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Oisin Langan then spoke to Kilkenny manager Brian CodyAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/BRIAN%20CODY%20POST%20GALWAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The teams will meet again next weekend in Semple Stadium on Sunday Afternoon. Throw in 3pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Ronaldo wants Messi to resume their rivalry in Italy

first_imgJuventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo would like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to leave Spain and rekindle their rivalry by joining him in the Italian top flight.Ronaldo moved to Serie A champions Juventus in July for 100 million euros ($113.76 million) after spending nine trophy-laden seasons at Real Madrid.Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the global football landscape for a decade, each winning the Ballon d’Or five times before Croatia international midfielder Luka Modric broke their stranglehold by claiming the coveted award this year.“I’d like (Messi) to come to Italy one day,” Ronaldo told reporters. “I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that.”Asked if he missed his rivalry with Messi, Ronaldo suggested it might be the other way round.“No, maybe it’s him who misses me,” he said. “I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more.”last_img read more

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Clubs advised to recall players for possible return to training

first_imgThe Premier League has advised clubs to consider recalling their players and staff from abroad ahead of a possible return to training in May.With the season ground to a halt since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, many foreign players have returned to their homeland.But with ‘Project Restart’ working towards seeing the Premier League back up and running behind closed doors in early June, the PA news agency understands that the governing body has written to clubs suggesting they should think about returning their players to the UK.They were clear, though, that any return to training next month is subject to the easing of lockdown measures and will be as a result of government advice.Chelsea’s Willian, Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho and Tottenham winger Steve Bergwijn are among some of the big names who are back in their own countries, with City boss Pep Guardiola also in Spain following the death of his mother from Covid-19Spurs forward Son Heung-min is in South Korea but he will be unable to return to the United Kingdom until he completes national service in the Military Corps early next month.Most of those who are abroad will be forced to endure a two-week period of self-isolation when they return in accordance with government guidelines.Premier League clubs are due to be briefed on various aspects of its ‘Project Restart’ at a meeting on Friday, including plans for testing and the the possibility of games being played on neutral territory.It is understood medical representatives from Premier League clubs gathered for a conference call on Saturday to discuss division-wide protocols on a variety of subjects, including training and testing, to allow football to return amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League’s medical adviser Mark Gillett, along with the Football Association’s head of medicine Charlotte Cowie, is understood to be part of a group of medical officials from sports governing bodies who will meet on a weekly basis with representatives from Public Health England, in talks led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.The Professional Footballers’ Association has been involved in discussions over how players can safely return to training and matches.Its deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes said: “We have reiterated that players are not just footballers but partners, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters who share the same health concerns as everyone else during this pandemic.“We have been assured of the intentions of all that there would be no resumption unless guarantees of safety could be given to the players. The overriding principle for all parties is the health and safety of all participants on and off the field and of course the wider public.”last_img read more

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Striking: a civil right, even for doctors?

first_imgByAnna CorreiaWhen I tell my friends that I miss Guyana, the response is almost always a bitter-sweet one — there’s nothing to come back to: no jobs, no thriving economy nor prospects for investment, just a general societal malaise and a growing fear of free speech. The atmosphere is morose. Anywhere besides Guyana seems like a better alternative at the moment. This is what Guyana has come to – a place where the essence of dreams of both the young and the old has been replaced by an apprehension for the future; and it is so dense that it permeates every layer of society, stopping only at the feet of those in power. This is what the Coalition has reduced Guyana to. And this era, reminiscent of the Burnhamite days, will be the disgraceful legacy of the PNC-dominated APNU/AFC.  Yet, the most frightening part of this grim tale is not so much the pessimism of the people, but rather the air of dejection which seems to be progressively inhibiting them — almost as if, little by little, they are resigning to a fate depicted by this dystopian tableau which, with each new day, transforms into reality.Frightening; because a people who succumb to lassitude and fear, instead of channelling frustrations toward positive change, only make it easier for the Coalition to continue in its rampage against democracy and democratic institutions as it remains anchored in corruption, opacity, witch-hunting, and the use of State resources for political persecution. We now find ourselves in a scenario similar to the 1980s, when a cocktail of poor economic conditions and political tyranny were the driving factors for immigration. It was a period in our history where people preferred to flee Guyana, because they either had no leverage to act on the improvement of their own lives and against the dictatorship, or they preferred to opt for comfort in foreign lands, while they could.Today, economic mismanagement and contractionary fiscal policies are driving Guyana right back into the wall, and one of the risks we face is the loss of the trained professionals who have, over the years, contributed to the human development of our country. The brain drain began from as early as 2015 with the mass firings in the Public Sector, and continues today, touching from Government-contracted workers to young business graduates looking for investment opportunities abroad.Government workers, however, feel the strain more than others, because they’re well aware of the precariousness of their situation. They’re conscious of the fact that, at the snap of a finger, they could lose the jobs to which they’ve consecrated years of their lives, without any guarantees of finding a source of income in this halting economy. And these are the people with barely any leverage to act against the Government. These are the people who are bound by a fear on which the Government thrives.The decision to place Government-contracted doctors on a pension plan and to tax their allowances will most likely initiate a new wave of brain drain of trained medical professionals. However, while doctors are conscious of the life-saving nature of their profession, as well as the inadequacies of the Public Health Sector, some are building the courage to confront the Government on a level playfield. And they’re doing this knowing that they are putting their careers at risk under a vindictive, unrelenting Government. And while numbers do matter, it is this pocket of peaceful rebellion against injustice that we, the people, need to support. It is in the interest of the Guyanese people to defend our doctors, thereby defending our own right to decent health care.There are talks of doctors striking in hospitals nationwide, but some dispute this possibility on the basis that doctors are emergency public servants who should not be allowed to strike, unionize, or form organisations of representation. Yet, in developed democracies, civil rights are considered to be intrinsic to citizenship, regardless of social and professional status.If our doctors were to strike, the blame must be directly attributed to the Coalition. Doctors are public servants, but their mission is a life-saving one, for which the Government and the people must be grateful. But if the Coalition continues to persecute our doctors, then we must understand their need to retaliate by invoking their civil rights, including the possibility to strike.And while the consequences will be borne by the nation, it would do us well to remember that solidarity and persistence form the cement of change in a country.last_img read more

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Govt director needs to be better acquainted with sugar industry

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) wishes to refer to an article appearing in the media on April 26, 2017 under the title “Sugar, votes and cyclical poverty”, authored by the Director of Public Information, Mr Imran Khan.In his article, the director called attention to a statement by our union’s president, Mr Komal Chand, in response to the then planned European Union (EU) sugar price cut. The GAWU president quite correctly pointed to the obvious dangers that would come to bear if the EU had proceeded with its then plan. It was generally acknowledged by all those who knew about sugar that the EU cut, or ‘reform’, as it was styled, would present difficulties for the industry. This, as far as we know, was never shied away from or hidden. Mr Khan also seemingly goes on to put words in the GAWU president’s mouth, saying that Mr Chand was aware that the EU changes would make the industry unsustainable.Neither our union nor Mr Chand ever made such utterances. We find Mr Khan’s assertions baseless and without substance. The industry recognized challenges that would emerge, and crafted a plan to address the fallout. Mr Khan may also be interested to learn that the industry’s measures were, not so surprisingly, fully supported by persons who currently hold high-level positions in the said industry. Now those same individuals tell us those ideas no longer hold water. We find their somersaulting interesting.  Is it a case of he who pays the piper calling the tune?We also wish to advise Mr Khan that Diamond Estate was closed in 1985, and the LBI factory in 2011. However, it was not until the latter half of 2016 that LBI Estate was closed, when certain operations were merged with their counterparts at Enmore. The union was until then made to understand by GuySuCo officials that the LBI Estate would not be closed. That ‘consolidation’, we understand, was intended to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Yet, a few weeks after, our union and the workers learnt on the last day of 2016 that the Administration was contemplating closing the same estate – Enmore Estate – and putting about 2,300 workers out of work.We are disheartened to read Mr Khan saying that a large number of workers live in an impoverished state. Indeed, this is inaccurate, and possibly speaks to Mr Khan’s disconnect from reality. Many sugar workers, through their incomes which were adjusted over time, have been able to live modest, humble lives. Some accomplished feats once thought were impossible, such as sending their children to university. We find the director’s assertion offensive to the hard-working workers.  Or, maybe it is a case of Mr Khan having a crystal ball which advised him that workers would “…live in perpetual, punishing, cyclical poverty” should the Administration implement its dastardly plans for the industry?Mr Khan’s lack of knowledge is further exposed when he says “there was little effort to diversify…” There were moves in that direction, as evidenced by the Skeldon Co-Generation Plant and the Enmore and Blairmont Packaging Plants. Our union was advised that, in 2016, the operators of the Skeldon Co-Generation Plant collected no less than $9.45B from sales. In fact, for the director’s information, the Sugar Commission of Inquiry (CoI) advised that electricity production has great potential as a revenue earner for GuySuCo. Moreover, packaged sugar, the CoI said, offers the sugar corporation its highest prices.The ‘junior spin doctor’ may also be interested to know that, just a few weeks ago, a conference to discuss the Jamaican industry concluded that ventures into electricity production and refined white sugar, among other things, offered that industry good possibilities for viability. If Jamaica can do it, what stops Guyana — which has flat arable land, an adequate fresh water supply, inexpensive cane transportation, know-how, sufficient labour, factory capacity and other advantages — from doing the same, or even better?The erstwhile gentleman also points to the level of Government support since the Coalition assumed the reins of power. We wonder if he finds it odd that, given the large sum provided to GuySuCo, sugar production this year is estimated at around 198,000 tonnes. In view of the investment, production ought to have been much higher than the 231,000 tonnes production inherited in 2015.Mr Khan may want to ask whether we have the right captain at the helm of GuySuCo. On the debt, we urge the director to seek a disaggregation of the data, as it would be most enlightening for him.Mr Director, do get better acquainted and acquire a better understanding of the industry you want to write about.Sincerely,GAWUlast_img read more

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Giroud gem a work of art, says Wenger

first_imgThe France forward’s sumptuous scorpion-kick goal will undoubtedly rate as one of the goals of the season, but Wenger went one step farther by placing it in the most hallowed of company.When Arsenal fans talk about the best goals to grace their club’s illustrious history, their thoughts turn to some of the highlights of the Wenger era — Dennis Bergkamp’s majestic strikes against Leicester and Newcastle, Nwankwo Kanu’s outstanding effort against Chelsea and numerous gems from Thierry Henry.Wenger believes Giroud — who has been on the bench at times this season — deserves his place among those greats.“He transformed that goal into art. It was art because of the surprise and the beauty of the moment,” Wenger purred.“Every striker is remembered for one or two or three special goals, and that will certainly remain with him forever.“He brings the unexpected and we all come to football for the unexpected. People come to see these goals.“I’ve been spoiled in my career with many great goals and many great strikers.“Bergkamp and Henry scored special goals, but this one is certainly in the top five.”Giroud admitted his goal carried a large dose of good fortune and Wenger agreed that it wasn’t something that could ever be practised on the training ground.“It was exceptional,” said Wenger. “Also because it was at the end of a fantastic collective movement.“After that it is just a reflex, but a goalscorer is ready to take a goal with any part of his body, with his toe or any other part.”– ‘Must hang on’ –Giroud has endured a difficult season for Arsenal at times.After being left on the bench for much of the first half of the campaign, the 30-year-old has been restored to the starting line-up for Arsenal’s last two matches and has responded with a late winner against West Bromwich Albion and now a goal for the ages.“Maybe it is not enough acknowledged that Olivier scores important goals,” Wenger said.“He scored against Man United with an important header, he scored a late winner against West Brom.”Giroud’s heroics gave Arsenal a welcome lift at the start of 2017 as they look to bridge the nine-point gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea.“We were on a good run and then had two bad results (before Christmas). It looks that we have got that out of our system now,” Wenger said.“Chelsea win every single game at the moment and we have just to hang on, you have to hope the results turn in our favour.”Palace boss Sam Allardyce, without a win in his two matches since replacing Alan Pardew, is upset by a fixture list that gives his players little time to recover before their crucial clash with fellow strugglers Swansea on Tuesday.“Swansea played on Saturday so they’ve got 24 hours on us. It’s unfair,” he said.“The players haven’t got enough time to recover. I don’t know who does the fixtures but they should be sacked.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (L) celebrates scoring a goal team manager Arsene Wenger has called a work of art © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – Arsene Wenger hailed Olivier Giroud’s stunning strike against Crystal Palace as a work of art and one of the top five Arsenal goals in his 20-year reign.Giroud’s mid-air back-flicked volley gave Arsenal the lead at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and set them on course for a 2-0 victory.last_img read more

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Walter Mazzarri confirms Watford loan signing has returned to Chelsea

first_imgWatford head coach Walter Mazzarri has revealed Chelsea youngster Kenedy has returned to Stamford Bridge after making an early end to his loan deal.The Brazilian winger was signed over the summer, agreeing a temporary switch to Vicarage Road which was supposed to last the season.However, injury kept the 20-year-old out of the team in the immediate weeks following his arrival, and after coming on as a substitute against Burnley on September 26, further injuries hit him.And with no indication he was set to break back into the first-team set-up, Kenedy has been sent back to Chelsea.Speaking ahead of the Hornets’ match against Manchester City, Mazzarri said: Kenedy went back to Chelsea. He was a player we never had time to evaluate because he was injured the whole time.” Kenedy made just one substitute appearance for Watford 1last_img read more

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$10,000 reward being offered in theater rape

first_imgPALMDALE – A $10,000 reward will be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who raped a 10-year-old girl at a Palmdale movie theater. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday a request by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to post the reward in connection with the Aug. 29 assault at the Antelope Valley Mall. The girl was in a Cinemark Movies 10 hallway about 1:30 p.m. when the man accosted her, forced her into an empty theater and verbally threatened her. The girl was assaulted behind the movie screen, deputies said. The assailant was described as African-American, 35 to 45, with short black hair and a graying mustache. He stands about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. Deputies said the man was wearing a white T-shirt with an unknown logo and dark blue warm-up pants with white stripes down the legs. Anyone with more information on the assailant is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau at (866) 247-5877 or the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 272-2400. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 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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‘Biggest bottle jobs in the history of football’ – Fans on Twitter tear into Spurs

first_imgspurs have to be the biggest bottle jobs in the history of english football, out of the title race as quickly as they became contenders https://t.co/OwCe21S2Gc— ewan (@EwanLawson21) December 29, 2018 Spurs are embarrassing. Biggest bottle jobs😂— George (@Moore9George) December 29, 2018 Most Read in Football Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Wily Boly equalised for last season’s Championship winners in the second half, before goals from Raul Jiminez and Helder Costa sealed a memorable win for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.Despite heading into Saturday’s fixtures just five points off leaders Liverpool, it seems as though Mauricio Pochettino’s title-winning credentials are under serious scrutiny yet again. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool are firmly in the driving seat ahead of their game against Arsenal Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Spurs you absolute bottle jobs #sameoldspurs #ladsitstottenham— Luke King (@Coolhandluke_25) December 29, 2018 scrap appointed It took Spurs just one week to bottle the league😂😂— Jo. (@_Forson_) December 29, 2018 First talk of Spurs being title contenders and they bottle it straight away 😂😂 #TOTWOL— Neil Howells (@neil_themagpie) December 29, 2018 SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img In 2017, a defeat in May at West Ham United effectively ended any faint hopes of winning a first league title since 1961.And then last season, defeat to Inter Milan in the Champions League and a loss in the FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United ended any hopes of doing an incredible double.Naturally, rival fans were quick to poke fun at Spurs fans on Twitter after their loss. Check out the best reaction below! RANKED revealed Captain Hugo Lloris consoles Heung-Min Son at Wembley latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Jeez Spurs why do you always bottle it 🤦🏻‍♂️— Nick Newell (@_NickNewell_) December 29, 2018 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League title challenge was left in tatters after they were beaten 3-1 by Wolves at Wembley.Harry Kane gave Spurs a first half lead with a cracking left-footed drive from outside the box, but the hosts could not capitalise on a dream start. As soon as people start talking about Tottenham potentially fighting for the league they only go and bottle it. Typical spurs #TOTWOL— H (@thatfootylife_) December 29, 2018 23/12/18 “spurs are in this title race”29/12/18 “spurs aren’t in this title race”The second you mention title to Tottenham they bottle it 😂 classic spurs— Dominic Kelly (@bommiekelly) December 29, 2018 gameday cracker Wolves have gifted everyone a belated Christmas present by handing out the annual Spurs bottle— Kantesaurus (@kantesaur) December 29, 2018 With the Reds set to face Arsenal live on talkSPORT on Saturday evening, a nine-point gap could emerge at the top of the table.Ever since running Leicester City close for the Premier League crown in 2016, Spurs have made a nasty habit of ‘bottling it’ when in key positions. BEST OF last_img read more

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