Scary shire gun culture

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS GUN-RELATED charges in Cardinia Shire have shot up by almost double in the past year. In 2014-’15,…[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

Billy’s discovery centre dream comes true

first_imgBy Derek Schlennstedt The popular Puffing Billy Railway is steaming ahead with the Andrews Labor Government announcing a funding boost…[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

We will still qualify, says confident APOEL coach Sergio after draw

first_imgBy Nemanja BjedovAPOEL coach Paolo Sergio was disappointed with his side’s 1-1 draw against NK Maribor in their Champions League third qualifying round first leg encounter, but he promised that the Cyprus champions will travel to Slovenia with the sole aim of qualifying for the playoff round.“I am very proud of my players. I expect that we will play better in the matches to come and nobody should forget that this was our first official match of the season, compared to our opponents who played their seventh game,” he said.“Obviously, we are not happy with this result, but we are still in the game and we will go to Slovenia in a confident mood,” Sergio added.“I believe that foul on Mario Budimir at the end was a clear penalty, but the decision did not go our way. We watched Maribor against Birkirkara and their style against us was very different, as they chose to try and hit us on the counter-attack.“We will go to Slovenia and play our game. We did have some problems with them in the beginning of the second half, but this is why we will be better in the second leg and with all due respect to them, we will be the ones to qualify for the next round,” he added.APOEL midfielder Nuno Morais, who assisted Esmael Goncalves’ goal, shared his coach’s confidence.“This is life – now we have to go over there and get a result. However, our target is always to win every game, so this is no different. We will just go there and try to win the game to get through,” he told the UEFA website.“It was a bad result for us. I think we deserved much more as we played a very good game.“We controlled the game, while they created one chance and scored one goal.“So the result for us is not good, but we are happy with our performance, and we will go there to try and give our best again to get the result that we want,” Morais concluded.Maribor goalscorer, Brazilian forward Marcos Tavares, who signed for the Slovenian champions in 2008 after previously making four appearances for APOEL, was delighted with the final result: “I am very happy because the team did very well and 1-1 is a very good result away from home.“I am pleased to have scored and to help our team to get a positive start here in Cyprus.“The second leg will be a very hard game, but we will be focused. We will do all we can to win the game and progress. I am very happy and very blessed; God helped me with this goal, and I hope in the next game God will bless me again.”The return leg will be played on Tuesday in Maribor with the kick-off set for 9.45pm Cyprus time.last_img read more

Gambling companies banned from TV adverts during live events

first_imgBetting adverts are to be banned during live sports broadcasts, according to a BBC report.The move follows political pressure about the amount of betting advertising on television, with more than 90 minutes of adverts shown during the football World Cup last summer.BBC Sport has reported that the Remote Gambling Association, which includes Bet365, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power among others, has struck a deal to agree a “whistle-to-whistle” TV advertising ban.The deal is said to ensure no adverts will be broadcast for a defined period before and after a game is broadcast.It will reportedly include any game that starts prior to the 9pm watershed but ends after that time.Anti-gambling campaigners say sport’s use of adverts “normalises” betting and the RGA has previously said it was “very mindful of public concerns”.It has been claimed that whistle-to-whistle advertising contributes to the rise in the amount of problem gamblers – with a Gambling Commission report suggesting 430,000 Britons can be described as such – and helps fuel under-age gambling.According to the BBC, horse racing will be exempt from the restrictions because of the commercial importance of gambling on its viability, but all other sports will be included.The impact of the ban will be mostly felt in football given the financial value of the sport to both the gambling companies and broadcasters.Nearly 60 per cent of clubs in England’s top two divisions have gambling companies as shirt sponsors.It is expected that the final ratification of the TV ban is needed from the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling before it comes into force.But it has been reported that is a formality and will come into place as early as this month or at the start of 2019.last_img read more

Commissioner Benn needs an evidential basis for his cry

first_imgDear Editor,A few years ago, on the eve of the determination of Gocool Boodoo’s contract as the Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) took to the media accusing the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Commissioners of targeting Indo-Guyanese for dismissal. On that occasion, I was forced to break my silence. I made it known publicly that it was Gocool Boodoo who initiated and insisted on the dismissal of two Indo-Guyanese senior staffers of GECOM.On that occasion, the PPP’s resort to ethnic politics, to have Boodoo retained by GECOM, did not work. Boodoo’s contract was not renewed and GECOM no longer had to contend with a CEO who on two occasions, 2006 and 2011, personally presented and vowed for the wrong results of those elections.Now, on the eve of the determination of Vishnu Persaud’s retention by GECOM, the PPP in the person of spin-doctor Roger Luncheon has once again employed the said approach by going to the media and purporting to have been informed that the PNC Commissioners are “Giving low to zero scores to candidates of Indian origin” and “Finding extraneous reasons for eliminating top rank candidates of Indian origin.”There are two issues at hand, here. Firstly, there is no such thing as party commissioners, although that is the exact way that the Commissioners appointed by Jagdeo allow themselves to be described. In fact, they act as party representatives rather than constitutional officers nominated by the Leader of the Opposition. They even turn-up at Jagdeo’s political press conferences to take partisan positions on matters pertaining to GECOM.Secondly, since when is Desmond Trotman a PNC or its representative? Trotman, of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), was appointed by the President after consultations with his coalition partners. It is important to note that Trotman was nominated to be a Commissioner after his party had publicly indicated that it would not support or condone rigging of the elections. It is my understanding that Trotman was one of the persons who crafted the WPA’s statement prior to its release. To label Trotman as a PNC can only be an attempt to mobilise support on the usual anti-PNC and associated ethnic politics of the PPP.I will not be drawn into the unethical behaviour of discussing the Vishnu Persaud matter in public since it is still, as I write this letter, to be determined by the Commission.However, it would be remiss of me if I did not disclose that the granting of high and low scores, including perfect scores, is a precedent created by a PPP nominated Commissioner. Luncheon must be judging others by the known standards of his colleagues.To date, three potential employees have been identified by GECOM. Of the three – one, who has been identified to fill the most critical of the positions is an Indo-Guyanese. This position has been the source of much controversy in the past, yet the so-called PNC Commissioners also gave the nod to the Indo-Guyanese.If Commissioner Benn, who is the main protagonist of the ethnic balance mantra, is serious, he needs to come up with an evidential basis for his cry and provide concrete solutions in support of his proposition, rather than providing fodder for the politicians.Yours truly,Vincent AlexanderGECOM Commissionerlast_img read more

Lukaku gives Everton semi edge over City

first_imgLiverpool lead Stoke 1-0 from the first leg of their semi-final and Manchester City will still be hopeful of turning this tie round as they look to repeat their 2014 success in the competition.When Jesus Navas cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori’s first-half goal, City looked to hold a slender advantage ahead of the home leg in three weeks’ time but Lukaku’s headed goal 12 minutes from the end means the underdogs hold sway.Having won only three of their 11 Premier League games at Goodison Park this season — conceding 20 goals in the process — home advantage could have been seen as negligible for Everton as they looked to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 2008.City’s win at Watford last Saturday was their first away from home in the league since September but they did score four times in winning at Sunderland to launch their League Cup run and had rattled in 13 goals in three ties to reach the last four.They started as they meant to go on as they continue a pursuit of four possible trophies with all the possession in Everton’s half in the opening stages.But Roberto Martinez — who masterminded Wigan’s shock FA Cup final win over City in 2013 before joining Everton as manager later that month — is happy for his team to soak up early pressure as he tries to solve Everton’s defensive problems.And having kept City at arm’s length, bar a header from Nicolas Otamendi which went just wide following a corner, Everton grew into the game as an attacking threat.Twice the home side had the ball in the net but John Stones and Lukaku were rightly penalised for off-side.But then after Sergio Aguero had gone close for City with efforts saved by Joel Robles and blocked by Funes Mori they did make an effort count by taking the lead a minute into first-half stoppage time.– Second goal -Again Lukaku strayed into an off-side position but the ball dropped instead for Funes Mori after Willy Caballero had saved Ross Barkley’s fierce shot following a corner and the defender hooked in his second goal for the club.Everton didn’t let the tempo drop as they looked to push home their advantage after the break with Gerard Deulofeu testing Caballero with an attempted chip.The City keeper, deputising for rested England number one Joe Hart, then made a better save to deny Barkley after the midfielder had brushed aside Otamendi and raced into the box to create a shooting chance.But the visitors began to threaten themselves as they looked to level a pulsating tie.Aguero sliced an effort wide after being set up by David Silva and Robles was then grateful to grab a header from Fernandinho following a Navas cross.The Everton keeper was tested again as Kevin de Bruyne played a one-two with Aguero before curling an effort towards the bottom corner.And City’s pressure paid off with 14 minutes to go when they made it 1-1 with a superb goal on the break.Fernandinho’s long ball released Aguero and after running at the Everton defence, he slipped the ball into the path of Navas who side-footed home his first goal since September, 2014.City would have been delighted to have been going back to the Etihad Stadium on level terms but parity lasted just two minutes as Gareth Barry’s cross was powerfully headed home by Lukaku to give Everton the edge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lukaku gives Everton semi-final edge over CityLIVERPOOL, January 7 – Romelu Lukaku’s 19th goal of the season gave Everton a 2-1 win over Manchester City in their League Cup semi-final first leg clash on Wednesday.Everton haven’t lifted a trophy since the 1995 FA Cup but they took a step closer to Wembley and a possible repeat of their 1984 League Cup final with local rivals Liverpool thanks to Lukaku’s late winner.last_img read more

Ronaldo, Bale and Griezmann vie for UEFA award

first_imgPortuguese superstar Ronaldo is tipped to pip both of them to the award however after helping Portugal stagger to their first ever International tournament win in France in July.The winner will be revealed in late August.Lionel Messi won in 2015 but was just fifth on this year’s original list behind his Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo is tipped to win the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2016, to be announced in August © AFP/File / Franciso LeongPARIS, France, Aug 5 – The UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2016 is destined for Madrid after Real pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale plus Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann were revealed as the three contenders Friday.Bale led Wales on a wonderful run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals and also won the Champions League, and while Griezmann was a beaten finalist in both those tournaments he was however the top scorer at the Euros.last_img read more

No decision yet in Blackberry suit

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. – A judge ended a hearing over a request for an injunction against the maker of the handheld BlackBerry device without issuing a decision Friday. Shares of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. rose $4.86, or about 7 percent, to $74.39 on the Nasdaq Stock Market after the hearing was adjourned. During the hearing, NTP Inc., a small patent holding firm that successfully sued Research In Motion, asked U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer to impose an injunction on the service but permit a 30-day grace period so all sides could work out the details of how to exempt government and emergency workers, among other issues. The Arlington, Va.-based company also recommended that the judge immediately halt sales of new BlackBerry devices and award it $126 million in damages – for starters. RIM has deposited $250 million or more in escrow, and NTP says that pot of money should be reserved just in case newer BlackBerry devices infringe on its patents. RIM’s attorneys also noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is poised to finally reject all patents at the heart of the case. Although Spencer previously had said he was unwilling to delay his proceedings while awaiting final word from the agency, the speedier moves from the patent office have some attorneys wondering whether Spencer will be swayed. “I really feel it’s too close to call,” said Stephen Maebius, a Washington patent attorney not involved in the case. “I can really see it going both ways.” Analysts say BlackBerry users shouldn’t be too worried. They say RIM could still settle for as much as $1 billion. And, under the threat of an injunction, RIM has said it would introduce new software that would not violate NTP’s patents. How well that software works is another question. Because RIM has released few details, analysts and some companies are concerned. NTP, based in Arlington, sued in 2001, and a year later, a federal jury agreed that RIM had infringed on the smaller firm’s patents. The jury awarded NTP 5.7 percent of U.S. BlackBerry sales – a rate that Spencer later boosted to 8.55 percent. Spencer first issued an injunction in 2003 but held off on its enforcement during RIM’s appeals. After those efforts largely failed, the case returned to Spencer. The Justice Department, health-care companies and others concerned about a possible injunction have made recent court filings. But should a BlackBerry shutdown actually occur, a wide variety of rivals might benefit, ranging from Microsoft Corp. and Palm Inc. to lesser-known software makers including Good Technology Inc., Visto Corp. and Seven Networks Inc. A growing number of handheld makers including Palm, Motorola Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. are making keyboard-equipped handhelds that run on the Windows Mobile operating system. These devices can deliver BlackBerry-like service using Microsoft’s software or third-party applications from the likes of Good and Visto. BlackBerry users also can switch to their cellular provider’s brand of service (many of these are powered by Seven and Visto). Associated Press Staff Writer Dena Potter contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “This is a self-inflicted situation,” said NTP attorney James H. Wallace Jr., who compared RIM to a squatter who continued to live rent-free. “It’s just time to pay up.” Henry C. Bunsow, an attorney for Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM, argued against the injunction, saying it would not be in the public’s best interests. The process of exempting government and emergency employees from the BlackBerry ban would prove difficult and problematic, he said. “It will take a lot of time,” Bunsow said. “It will take a lot of effort.” Bunsow also pointed to a number of critical users who would not be exempted – including hospitals, large government contractors, energy companies and financial institutions. Over the years, he said, BlackBerry use has become so prevalent that the device has become part of the country’s infrastructure. At the end of the hearing Spencer said he would rule as soon as possible but provided no timetable. He also said that, if he ordered an injunction, he would make sure that the government’s needs were met. last_img read more

Mom’s beach death haunts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Two Oxnard officers were patrolling the beach in a four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Tahoe in front of the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort when they rode over a berm and unknowingly ran over Conolly. The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the incident. The officer who was driving the sport utility vehicle is on administrative leave. Lawyers have contacted Bassett about filing a lawsuit, but he hasn’t thought that far ahead, he said. The beachfront wedding was held at the resort because Bassett met bride Cara Toepfer nearby in 2003 and they eventually rented an apartment a block from Mandalay Beach. They later moved to Minnesota, but decided they wanted to marry where they fell in love. Conolly, 49, of Sioux City, Iowa, was thrilled her only son was getting married. The victim’s fiance, Bob Pierson, said she was the happiest he’d ever seen her. OXNARD – Instead of joyful wedding memories, groom Ronnie Bassett will be forever haunted by the death of his mother, who was run over by a police patrol vehicle while sunbathing 100 yards from where the ceremony took place. “It was a perfect weekend, and now I can’t look back on it,” said Bassett, who returned to Minnesota instead of going on his Hawaiian honeymoon after his mother, Cindy Conolly, was killed June 12. “When every anniversary comes around, this is going to be attached to it.” Bassett, 30, said he was so upset that he’s considering annulling his June 11 marriage and getting remarried so the conflicting days of joy and sadness will no longer be intertwined. “Our whole life is different because of this,” Bassett told the Ventura County Star as he made funeral arrangements. Conolly’s funeral is today in Currie, Minn. The family refused to talk to the media before leaving California. 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

Former Everton defender hits back at Liverpool digs over draw celebrations

first_imgMichael Ball has hit back at digs by Liverpool at Everton after they celebrated their goalless draw at Goodison Park.The Reds were knocked off the top of the Premier League after taking just a point from their Merseyside rivals. 2 Jurgen Klopp labelled the match as Everton’s ‘World Cup final’ and was then taunted by a ballboy who reportedly said: “How was the World Cup final for you? You didn’t win this one either”.Man-of-the-match Virgil Van Dijk was surprised at the reaction at full-time both on the pitch and in the stands.“It says a lot at the end that they are celebrating a 0-0,” he said afterwards. 2 “I like these kind of games but we came for three points and we didn’t get it so now it’s time to recover for the next game.”Former Toffees defender Ball took his own dig at Liverpool by tweeting a picture of their celebrations after their 2-2 draw with West Brom in 2015.center_img Short memories springs to mind! pic.twitter.com/5WoUNFGUYF— Michael Ball (@bally03) March 4, 2019Divock Origi netted a dramatic late equaliser to rescue a point for the Reds at Anfield.The players then linked arms and clapped the home crowd and it proved to be divisive among fans as they only salvaged a point from the game. Everton players celebrate at the final whistle Michael Ball and Jamie Carragher lunge into a challenge in the Merseyside derby last_img read more