$6m boost for classes – Premier John Brumby and Gembrook MP Tammy Lobato with,…

first_imgBy Russell BennettEMERALD Primary School students will be soon be learning in new classrooms. The school can look forward to…[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

‘Sorry’ burglar leaves a note

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS A PAKENHAM teenager dubbed the “sorry burglar” failed to apologise his way out of police charges last…[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

Evicted family has no roof tonight

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM A PAKENHAM woman and her daughter will sleep in their cars tonight, after a warrant to remove…[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

Nelson Fat Tire Festival kicks off with Rosemont Jump Jam

first_imgFrom 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there are Black Jack Downhill Rides leaving from Sacred Ride on 200 Block of Baker Street, heading up Give Out.Sunday, its Morning Mountain Madness.From 9:30-10:30 a.m., its the Kids Cross Country races from ages two to 12 sponsored by Nelson and District Credit Union.At 11 a.m. it’s the Women’s Enduro Short and Long Course Event before the Men’s Enduro Short and Long Course Event at 1 p.m.The Fat Tire Festival is held every year in memory of Cam Alexander, a friend and avid cyclist who lost his life tragically while riding his bike 22 years ago. For more information go to the Nelson Fat Tire Festival website. The four-day Fat Tire Festival 2017 kicked off Thursday in grand style with Rosemont Jump Jam at the Bike Park next to the Skatepark in Nelson.Riders young and old braved the bike park track for the timed pump track race to begin the four-day Fat Tire Festival. Later, seasoned riders competed in the High Jump contest.Friday, at 5:45 p.m. the scene shifts to Baker Street for the annual Fat Tire Festival parade led by Nelson Police. Parade entrants are asked to meet at Civic Auto Repair in the 700 Block of Baker Street.Saturday, its Kootenay Kasino Day.From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., its the Trans Canada Great Trail 25th year Anniversary Celebration happening at Morning Mountain.  There will be a barbecue celebration as well as cool give-aways and a scavenger hunt for the kids.At 3 p.m. there’s the Morning Mountain Poker Ride.last_img read more


first_imgCORRECTION An article in last week’s Independent incorrectly identified the Middletown North bowling team. The Lions were mistakenly referred to as the Eagles, which is the mascot of their crosstown rival, Middletown South.last_img

FIFA vice-president ponders calendar year season in Europe

first_imgFIFA vice-president Victor Montagliani has said that moving the European soccer season to the calendar year is a “possibility to be discussed” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which has brought football to a standstill around the world.In an interview with Italy’s Radio Sportiva, Montagliani, who is seen as a close ally of FIFA president Gianni Infantino, said the move would fit in with the 2022 World Cup being played in Qatar in November and December.The head of world soccer’s governing body himself has said that football will be totally different when it restarts and that the current stoppage could be a good chance to overhaul the overloaded calendar which is due to run until 2024.“We have the opportunity because the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be played in November/December and that could be the idea,” said Montagliani, who is president of the CONCACAF confederation.“Here in the Americas, the season is already played according to the calendar year, perhaps it is a solution that could also be used in Europe and Africa, it is a possibility to be discussed at national and continental level,” he said.“It is not an idea to be discarded, it can be a solution in view of the next two years and this winter World Cup”.A number of European leagues, including Italy, Germany and England, still hope to finish their seasons but doing so could force the start of the 2020-21 campaign to be pushed back. UEFA also wants to finish the Champions League and Europa League.“We had already started thinking about how to set a new calendar from 2024, now with this crisis we need immediate answers,” added Montagliani.The idea of a calendar-year season has been put forward before including by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge when he was chairman of the European Club Association (ECA).“Everywhere, be it Germany, France or England, summer is the best period of the year. And that is the season we don’t play,” he told France Football magazine in a 2013 interview.“In deepest winter, when it is very cold and snowing, we play nearly all the time in conditions that are disagreeable for both players and spectators. It is not logical.”last_img read more

First oil

first_imgCaretaker President David Granger followed up on ExxonMobil’s announcement that it had uplifted its first commercial quantity of oil by promising to proclaim Dec 20 “National Petroleum Day”. His reaction was in line with the anodyne and jejune pronouncements he has become noted for: heavy on symbolism but disjuncture of any associated action that would suggest he has a clue about delivering what he evokes. His rationale was that oil has “brought the prospects of a higher quality of life closer to our households and neighbourhoods. It is a momentous event which we should commemorate for perpetuity”.But exactly how would he deliver the previously promised “good life” prospects, which died stillborn after 2015? Take, for instance, his promise that his APNU/AFC Government will unveil a ‘Decade of Development, 2020-2029’ (DoD) plan. Why are the Guyanese people to believe this new promise in light of the Government’s callous disavowal of their previous promises? Take the boast that “first oil” has arrived ahead of schedule, meaning that “boat gone a watah” on most of the local content that could have been provided to the upstream activities. The Government has still not approved a Local Content Policy (LCP) document – even three drafts have been circulated and the last one has been trenchantly criticised by several stakeholders.The PNC Government has clearly missed the connection between “local content” and any “Decade of Development Plan” (DDP) they might want to unfurl. If the latter had been drafted during the past five years, specific skills and other needs would have been identified and these would have given the Department of Energy (DoE) a focused input in the local content plans the energy operators have to submit annually for approval. A mundane example would have been the need for high-quality welders that are presently needed in the O&G upstream activities: these are also even more critical in the infrastructural development that would underpin any DoD plan.  As it is, the LCP, if it even gets approved, might be tantamount to closing the valve after all the oil has been shipped.The Government has also sent an ominous signal by the opaque manner in which it went about selling Guyana’s share of first oil. The Department of Energy, run by Granger’s handpicked environmentalist, insisted on arbitrarily choosing the trading companies rather than instituting an open bidding process while offering a hare-brained rationale that even the Auditor General opined made “no sense”. The Director of Energy said that the companies selected had “refining capabilities” and would be capable of assaying the production so that the price of our oil could be established vis a vis the Brent benchmark already selected for our “light and sweet” crude.This literally made no sense since there are established assaying companies used by the industry that routinely perform this assaying function and are standard in the industry. The lack of transparency does not just fail the smell test for possible corruption that has characterised so many other new oil-producing states but also highlights the absolute cluelessness of those who have been handpicked by Granger to run the Petroleum Sector. We are still reeling from his selection of Raphael Trotman to negotiate the first Petroleum Sharing Agreement (PSA).Then, there is the Natural Resource Fund (NRF) Act 2019 – our “Sovereign Wealth Fund” which Granger boasted about. He persists in refusing to accept that this was rushed through the National Assembly in the absence of the Opposition, right after the NCM was passed. And that the Opposition Leader has rightfully refused to accept it as valid since it was passed against all the parliamentary conventions relating to permissible actions by a caretaker administration.Even Granger accepts, from his comments, that the effects of the NRF not only impact all Guyanese today but also future generations. As such, it needs the widest possible legitimacy, especially in a country such as ours where even when the PNC-led coalition was not a caretaker government, it held a razor-thin majority.last_img read more

Beaten bandit reappears in court

first_imgBeaten bandit Patrick Goodluck, 22, of North Sophia, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman as the trial into the robbery commenced.He was jointly charged with Colin Amos, 21, of 72 Sophia, Georgetown, for robbery under arms and possession.On their first appearance, Goodluck and Amos both pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on August 17, at Georgetown, they attempted to commit robbery under arms and they attempted to rob Roger Lovell.They were both apprehended and given a severe beating by residents of North Sophia.During Wednesday’s hearing, Magistrate Latchman was informed that both defendants were given different dates to appear in court, as such she set the matter for September 6, when both Goodluck and Amos will appear before herlast_img read more

Youths arrested after Chetwynd school break-in

first_imgUpon arrival, authorities confirmed that the culprits had fled the scene and the school had in fact been broken into.School employees confirmed that a computer, as well as a set of speakers, had been stolen from inside the school.The RCMP, along with the help of the Forensic Identification Section, identified five young males who were arrested in relation to the incident, as well as recovered the stolen equipment.- Advertisement -The five males have all been released from custody and will attend court on a later date.Their names have not been released as they are all youths.last_img read more

Shield law would safeguard democracy

first_imgThe newspaper had been the subject of a grand jury subpoena so broad that one constitutional law expert at Arizona State University, James Weinstein, called it “outrageous.” The subpoena demanded not just information from reporters, but information about all the newspaper’s online readers, including their Internet domain names and the Web sites they visited before reading New Times. The newspaper’s supposed offense? It published an article saying that the county sheriff, Joe Arpaio, kept his home address private to shield nearly $1 million in cash real-estate transactions. The Phoenix New Times printed that address, allegedly in violation of a state law. Citizens in a democracy need a free flow of information, and the sources of that information sometimes need protection. A shield law provides not all, but some of that protection.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some wondered if this would ever happen, but the House of Representatives last week passed a bill that is close to the heart of a democracy because it helps assure a free flow of information. Moreover, the vote was by a wide and veto-proof margin. The act, in the words of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is “fundamental to our democracy and ? to the security of our country.” Usually referred to as a shield law, it would support the right of journalists to protect confidential sources. Many states, including California, already have shield laws, but the federal government has been the holdout. Various administrations, including the current one, have tried to maintain that Justice Department policies already protect journalists’ confidential sources. The current administration makes the same point, which no one should take seriously. The White House has said the president would veto the act if it is passed by both houses. The time has come to pass a federal shield law. The margin in the House vote makes the point forcefully: 398-21. Among the few opposing the measure are those disappointed that it isn’t stronger. The bill in its present form covers only those who practice journalism as a substantial part of their livelihood or substantially for private gain. It ought to cover bloggers and others as well. The First Amendment protections of a free press safeguard the rights of all Americans, not just those on certain payrolls. There have been many wrongdoings corrected only with the help of confidential sources, the most celebrated being the Watergate crimes in the Nixon administration. But such wrongs exist at all levels. And the protection is essential at many levels, not all of them in the big-city centers of journalism that brought down the Nixon White House. For example, an alternative weekly newspaper, the Phoenix New Times, is the target of a potentially devastating onslaught by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The weekly reported on its plight Thursday, at its own peril because of grand jury secrecy rules. The owners, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, were quickly arrested on misdemeanor charges of violating those secrecy rules. last_img read more