Double fatality

first_imgBy Melissa Meehan and Jade LawtonA COLLISION that resulted in the death of two men on the Princes Highway near…[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

As good as gold

first_imgBy Roman Kulkewycz Well known Bunyip couple Tony and Carmelina Arrigo celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary on the Saturday 7…[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

Ibrahimovic leaves Man United

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is leaving Manchester United after the Premier League club terminated the Swedish striker’s contract on Thursday.“Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with immediate effect,” United said in a statement amid reports that the striker had signed for Los Angeles Galaxy.“Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future,” United said on their website. (www.manutd.com)The 36-year-old, who is Sweden’s record international goal-scorer with 62 strikes in 116 games, has been linked with a move to the U.S. for some time as he looks to script yet another chapter in his glittering club career.He began his career with his hometown team Malmo in 1999 and played for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris St Germain before joining United on as a free agent at the start of last season in a reunion with former manager Jose Mourinho.He scored 28 goals in all competitions in his first season for United before sustaining a serious knee injury in April while playing in the Europa League against Belgian side Anderlecht.Despite the injury he was re-signed by United at the end of the season and returned to competitive action in November, making his last appearance for the club on Dec. 26 against Burnley before injury struck again.last_img read more

“I am Competent to Steward the Nation’s Finances”

first_imgThe Minister-designate of Finance and Development Planning, Boima Kamara, has informed the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget that 14 years of experience dealing with both monetary and fiscal issues affecting the country, backed by his academic training in economics, demonstrates his competence to steward the nation’s finances.“I do not believe that stewarding the nation’s finances is beyond my competence,” Mr. Kamara said. Appearing before the Committee, chaired by Grand Cape Mount County Senator Edward Boakai Dagoseh in the Senate’s Chambers yesterday, Mr. Kamara promised to build on what he described as strong foundation laid by his predecessors, especially former Minister Amara Konneh, whose launch of the Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan (ESRP) has been critical to sustaining the country in the wake of the Ebola epidemic. “My focus will be on sustaining the momentum generated by the ESRP with an eye to enable the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) meet some of the critical benchmarks before the end of 2017.”Kamara, who prior to his appointment at the helm of MFDP served as the Central Bank of Liberia’s Deputy Governor for Economic Policy, informed the committee that the Mount Coffee Hydro Electric Plant is expected to be fully rehabilitated by July 2017, with the first turbine coming online in December 2016.He said that investments in the energy sector will bring significant benefits to the country and the business community. But achieving all areas of investment over the next 17 months, Mr. Kamara noted, will require extraordinary, robust collaboration from all stakeholders including the National Legislature, development partners and government ministries and agencies. “When confirmed, I will work hard with your collaboration and support to secure and sustain financing for these critical investments, and public resources will be effectively and efficiently expended in the interest of all our people.”Speaking on the revenue side, Kamara said under his tenure, the Ministry will work with the Liberian Revenue Authority (LRA) to improve collection through more effective tax administration, closing loopholes and minimizing other influences affecting revenue collection. “On the expenditure front, in the face of declines in commodity receipts as stated as well as likely slow down in external support, the government will need to take prudent austerity measures to shift resources towards priority sectors such as health, education, security and the upcoming 2017 Elections,” Kamara continued. “Distinguished Senators, the level of current spending will have to be adjusted to ensure sustainability, being cognizant of the slowdown on the revenue side. This is one of the areas I believe we can work together in solving.” Concluding, Kamara assured investors that the country’s economy will remain sound, adding, “we will work hard to keep it growing and at the same time assure Liberia’s development partners, especially the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, that ongoing programs will continue unimpeded and achieve key benchmarks and targets over the short time we have.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ashleigh Barty set for 1st WTA Finals appearance in China

first_imgLOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andreescu seems remarkably mature and capable of handling all the notoriety that’s come with her recent U.S. Open victory. This week will provide her initial test in dealing with star status at an elite event.“I found that I deal pretty well under pressure,” said Andreescu, who finished the season 48-5 and was 8-0 against top 10 opponents before losing to Osaka in Beijing this month. “Don’t ask me how. I think my game just elevates to another level unconsciously, which I’m really grateful for. I think that’s why I play my best against the top players. That was more when I was an underdog, so let’s see how it is now.”On Sunday, Osaka will try to improve her career record to 2-0 over Kvitova, while Barty and Bencic meet for the first time. On Monday, Andreescu will face Halep for the first time. FILE – In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, hits a backhand shot against Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, during a women’s singles quarterfinal match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing. Barty is ready to cap off the most successful season of her career with a first appearance in the year-end WTA Finals. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)SHENZHEN, China — Ashleigh Barty of Australia is ready to cap off the most successful season of her career with a first appearance in the year-end WTA Finals.Barty achieved a number of career firsts this season, winning a Grand Slam title at the French Open, earning the No. 1 ranking and leading Australia to the upcoming Fed Cup final.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Gago’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Only Osaka of the four has played in the WTA Finals, losing all three of her round-robin matches in her debut last year. Although she’s arrived tired from winning titles in Osaka, Japan, and Beijing, she’s hoping to have a better showing than in 2018.“I think last year, the end of the year was just so hectic for me, and I didn’t really remember anything,” Osaka said. “Honestly, by the time I got here, I was just so tired.”Barty, Osaka and Bencic are featured in the Red group, along with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic. Andreescu is in the Purple group with reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep of Romania, Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic and defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.Many are suggesting one of the younger players will hoist the trophy. Serena Williams, at No. 9, didn’t make the field. But Barty doesn’t believe the players have an advantage over their competitors.“In my opinion, I don’t think there ever is a favorite,” Barty said. “I think everyone is deserving to win that’s in the draw. On any given day, anyone can be beaten. That’s the beauty of sport, there are no certainties.”ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Federer beats Tsitsipas at Basel; faces De Minaur in final Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “It’s been an incredibly consistent year across all surfaces, across all continents in the world,” Barty said. “I feel like (I’ve) played an exceptional level of tennis.”The WTA Finals, which debuts its scheduled 10-year run in Shenzhen on Sunday, is welcoming more members of the younger generation to the $14 million event that features the top eight players in the world and the richest payday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The singles winner is guaranteed at least $4.1 million, which makes it the biggest tournament paycheck for men or women in the sport. If the WTA Finals champion goes undefeated in round-robin matches, she’ll earn $4.725 million in prize money.The 23-year-old Barty is joined in Shenzhen by 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Canada, who won her first Grand Slam trophy at the U.S. Open last month; 22-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan, the 2018 U.S. Open and 2019 Australian Open champion; and 22-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, the last player to qualify for the field. View commentslast_img read more

Crime on the rise in Lamaha Gardens

first_imgDear Editor,The residents of Lamaha Gardens are deeply concerned over the escalating crime situation that has been plaguing the community over the last few months. It is believed that criminals scout the residential community during the day and mark their targets to hit at night. One alleged criminal moves around with a variety of tools and is believed to be armed.As recent as three nights ago, Police responded to a call of an attempted break-in at a home in Kamoa Street, but unfortunately were unable to apprehend the suspect. However, a bag of tools and a bicycle were taken into to custody by the Police.Video surveillance from several residents show that it is the same person doing the robberies that take place mostly during midnight to wee hours in the morning. Photos of this person are now showing up in a Bel Air Park break-in or attempted break-in. Ashton Chase is one of the latest victims. Residents have decided to take all necessary action to ensure the sanctity of their once quiet and safe community is restored; they are in the process of engaging the relevant authorities to get support for the action they intent to take.Sincerely,Raquel Thomas-Caesarlast_img read more

BENNETT SHINES IN LOSS TO BISHOP’S

first_imgStory Links Box ScoreFourth-year forward Sarah Bennett posted a double-double of 19 points and 11 boards but the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s basketball team fell 66-53 to the Bishop’s Gaitors in exhibition play on Sunday (Sept. 28) at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.TORONTO STATS: Bennett went 5-for-10 from the floor and 9-for-10 from the free throw line, while also adding two blocks, one assist and one steal on the day.Fellow fourth-year veteran Nada Radonjic tallied 16 points, while Ellen Ougrinov had seven points and four boards in the loss.  UP NEXT: The Blues continue their pre-season schedule next Friday, October 4 when they host the Memorial Seahawks at Goldring Centre. Tip off is set for 8 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Kristoffer Ajer wants Celtic starting spot after impressive display

first_imgKristoffer Ajer wants to nail down a place in Celtic’s starting lineup this season after impressing in Saturday’s friendly win over Wolfsburg.The teenager arrived at the club this summer after signing a four-year deal with the Hoops in February and has featured in pre-season ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.Ajer came off the bench to replace Erik Sviatchenko after the Danish defender sustained a head knock, impressing as Celtic claimed a 2-1 win over the Bundesliga outfit.Sviatchenko is expected to return for the second leg of the Champions League qualifier against Lincoln Red Imps on Wednesday, but Ajer hopes to become a starter at Celtic this season. “It is a big honour playing for Celtic and to get man of the match was brilliant.“It (Lincoln) was a disappointing result for us but if we play like we did we will beat Lincoln on Wednesday and this is our only focus.” He said: “I came to Celtic to play and if he gives me the opportunity I am ready.“There are a lot of midfielders and he knows that I can play there and he also wants me to develop as a centre half. I think it is really good to be able to play more positions.“The only thing I am working on is to develop and play games and if that means I have to play centre half I will play centre half.“I was extremely stressed and went out without warming up and I made some mistakes in the beginning which I am not proud of, but after a while I performed well and it was a big experience hearing the fans.last_img read more

Disney Testing Pre-Order Service at All Star Music

first_imgShare This!Disney is testing a new pre-order service at Intermission Food Court, the quick service location at All Star Music. This service is currently offered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at All Star Music only. The other All Star resorts (Sports and Movies) are not testing pre-orders, nor are the other value resorts, Pop Century and Art of Animation. This service is different from mobile ordering through MyDisneyExperience.To use the service, pick up any grab and go items you want, place your order with the cashier, pay, and take a pager. You can then grab a table, cutlery, napkins, and any fountain beverages you ordered. When your food is ready, the pager goes off and you collect your order at the pizza pickup window.For burgers and pizza, the pre-order option is the only way to order your food. For items other than burgers and pizza, you still get your food at the walk-up windows the usual way.So how well does it work? Pretty well, with some caveats. Right now, for breakfast and dinner, Intermissions is using both the regular lines and the pre-order option, depending on the food you are ordering. So if one person in your party wants a burger and the other wants rotisserie chicken, you’re still going through the chicken line and then place your burger order at the cashier. For breakfast, you currently have an option of doing pre-order or pick up at the window for most items.We’re seeing that many guests are simply waiting at the pick up window rather than taking a seat and waiting for the pager to alert them. This is causing some crowding around the pick up window.If this is brought to all the stations instead of just one, there would be an advantage to this service. For those traveling with family, they would only need to stand in one line to order food and then would be able to get settled at a table without juggling both food and drinks. On the other hand, sometimes you really do want to see the actual food you’re ordering instead of a picture, and it is easier to customize your order when talking with the person who’s plating it instead of with a cashier who’s sending the order to the kitchen.With the addition of online check-in to MyDisneyExperience, mobile ordering in the parks, and the pre-order test, it seems Disney is moving away from human interaction in many of the transactions guests go through in their trips. How do you feel about this? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Brand Leadership Award

first_imgMonday, 27 September 2010, Johannesburg – The Chairperson of the International Marketing Council of South Africa’s Board of Trustees, Ms. Anitha Soni, will receive a Brand Leadership Award at the 2010 World Brand Congress which takes place from 22 to 24 November at Taj Lands End in Mumbai.Ms. Soni, an accomplished tourism specialist and award-winning businesswomen, will be honoured for her “professional efforts”. The Brand Leadership Award is the most prestigious award an individual can receive at the World Brand Congress.Ms. Soni plays a leading role as Chairperson of the Board in overseeing the activities of the International Marketing Council (IMC) as it delivers on its mandate to manage the country reputation and position the country as an investment destination of choice. Under her guidance the IMC is succeeding to deliver on this mandate, both domestically and internationally, the most recent example being the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ when the IMC’s mobilisation initiatives engendered strong social cohesion among South Africans which, in turn, led to the country fulfilling its 2010 brand promise: “Ke nako – celebrate Africa’s humanity”.Also under Ms. Soni’s leadership, the IMC has met with great success in positioning the macro-economic benefits of the World Cup among international audiences. Ms. Soni was also instrumental in the IMC’s drive to position South Africa’s business and economic competitiveness at the 2010 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.Soni says she is honoured that the Global Council has decided to bestow such a prestigious award on her.“The World Brand Congress is a gathering of exceptional talent in the fields of Marketing and Branding. To be recognised among such an august group is a rare honour and privilege. It is the highlight of my career,” says Soni.Soni believes the Brand Leadership Award does not belong to her alone, but to all the role players in Government and the private sector that participate in building the country’s brand.“The IMC is the custodian of Brand South Africa, but the Brand belongs to all South Africans. The World Cup has shown that when South Africans act with unity of purpose, everyone contributes to growing our reputation on the international stage. The primary role players responsible for enhancing the Nation Brand are dedicated, skilled and passionate about our country. This past year they have worked with great diligence to foster relationships, engage with international stakeholders and promote South Africa. The award belongs to them all and I will think of all South Africa’s brand builders when I receive it”.Note to editorsThe World Brand Congress is strategically partnered by the Chief Marketing Officer Council USA and Asia, organisations dedicated to high-level knowledge exchange, thought leadership and personal relationship building among senior corporate marketing leaders and brand decision-makers across a wide-range of global industries.The World Brand Congress is represented by 60 countries, and is governed by an Advisory Council. Some 600 people will participate in the 2010 event.  End About the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. These did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.  There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.    For further information: Lynette OelschigDirector: Strategic Marketing & CommunicationInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122lynetteo@brandsouthafrica.comWeb: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more