Trout stocks high for school holidays

first_imgBy Kiara Gilbert The Lakeside Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout to encourage participation in recreational fishing over the school holidays. Already…[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

Halep stops Muguruza charge to reach third French final

first_imgTop seed Simona Halep reached her third French Open final when she stopped hard-hitting Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in her tracks with a 6-1 6-4 semi-final victory on Thursday.Now the 26-year-old Romanian will bid to go a step further than she has ever gone before by beating American Sloane Stephens in Saturday’s title match.Muguruza, the 2016 champion, set about attacking Halep from the off but whereas all her previous opponents this fortnight has withered under the onslaught, battle-hardened Halep barely took a backward step.Hurling everything Muguruza fired her way back across the net with equal venom Halep made a lightning start and was 5-0 up despite her opponent not playing badly herself.The tall Muguruza had not dropped a set before facing Halep and thrashed two Grand Slam champions in Sam Stosur and Maria Sharapova for the loss of five games en route to the last four.The 2016 French champion and reigning Wimbledon champion ratcheted up the intensity in the second set and broke in the third game when a powerful return forced an error.Halep weathered the storm and broke back for 4-4 before winning a marathon ninth game in which she saved three break points to pile the pressure on the third seed.Halep seized her chance, moving 0-40 ahead and then raising her arms in triumph as Muguruza blazed a backhand long — her 31st unforced error of the match.“I knew that I have to be aggressive like her. I knew that she’s gonna start the match with a lot of power,” Halep, one of the best tacticians on the circuit, told reporters.“I was strong on the legs. Also I pushed her back. I feel like I played so well opening the court.“It was a very good level, the whole match, even if the first set was 6-1. She didn’t give up a point. So it was very nice to play like that.”Muguruza said Halep’s fast start had been the key.“She started playing very well immediately, and I wasn’t able to reach the level that she was playing,” she said. “She went high very fast.“In the first set, it was just lightning.”Halep now has the chance to finally win the Grand Slam title she has toiled so long for.She was beaten by Sharapova in three sets in the 2014 final here and last year had victory in sights, only to lose tearfully to Latvian firebrand Jelena Ostapenko.Earlier this year she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in a sweat-box Australian Open final.“We will see what is going to happen Saturday, but for sure I will fight for every ball,” Halep said.Of that, no one is in any doubt.last_img read more

PH, Indonesia file for joint hosting of 2023 Fiba World Cup

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely After a painful end to its bid to host the coming Fiba World Cup, the Philippines wants to stage the 2023 edition, but this time in partnership with Indonesia, the Inquirer learned Wednesday night.In a text message, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio confirmed that the Philippines and Indonesia had filed for a joint hosting of the sports biggest event in 2023, with the SBP believing that they have a better chance this time.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’center_img PBA: TNT snaps losing skid, halts Mahindra Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal “This planned partnership between the Philippines and Indonesia, with a total population base of about 360 million, can be regarded as a significant development for Asean basketball and in the global initiatives of the Fiba to popularize the sport in different parts of the world,” Panlilio said in his text.The Philippines lost the bid to host the 2019 edition to China two years ago in one of the closest deliberations in history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnChina got the nod after it dangled eight of its highly-developed cities and its highly-advanced infrastructure and transportation system. Of course, having more than a billion people as its market base for the event served the Chinese well during the voting.“The SBP/Philippines is very excited to be the lead country in this bid,” Panlilio also said. Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ View commentslast_img read more

Neymar scores on PSG debut

first_imgGUINGAMP, France (AP): World-record signing Neymar scored and set up another goal on an impressive debut for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a 3-0 win at Guingamp yesterday. Neymar was dangerous throughout the French league match, creating chances at the Roudourou Stadium against a well-organised side that only cracked early in the second half when Jordan Ikoko scored an embarrassing own-goal. PSG was in total control afterwards. Edinson Cavani added PSG’s second goal 10 minutes later on the break after being set up by Neymar, and the Brazil star sealed the win from Cavani’s assist. PSG’s second win in two matches lifted the Paris side level on points with leader Lyon. Neymar, who signed from Barcelona last week for a record €222 million (US$262 million), missed the start of the season at the Parc des Princes against Amiens due to paperwork problems. He was included in coach Unai Emery’s starting line-up yesterday on the left wing of PSG’s attack. Emery opted for a 4-3-3 formation, with Angel Di Maria supporting Cavani on the other wing. Guingamp supporters held up a banner that mocked PSG president Nasser Al-Khalaifi on his purchase and said: “Nasser buy us a round.” Cavani and Neymar combined well with a series of short passes for each other around the penalty area, although they struggled to break through the hosts’ solid defence. Cavani had PSG’s first chance in the 15th but saw his well-taken effort denied by ‘keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson. FIRST SHOT Neymar fired his first shot of the game soon after, driving the ball forward with brutal acceleration to pass a defender, but his strike went well over the bar. Neymar then set up Marquinhos with a precise curled cross on the left side of the box, only for the PSG defender to send his diving header against the bar. Cavani put more pressure on Johansson in the 35th with a dangerous free kick tipped over by the Swedish ‘keeper, but PSG could not break the deadlock before the interval as referee Antony Gautier waved off penalty claims from Neymar and Di Maria. Etienne Didot came close to opening the scoring two minutes into the second half for the hosts with a long-range shot, which narrowly went wide. But the hosts saw all their efforts damaged when Ikoko, who had contained Neymar, beat his own ‘keeper with a clumsy back pass that ended in the back of the net. Guingamp pushed hard for an equaliser but was caught on the break in the 62nd as Cavani, the league’s top scorer last season, connected with a through ball from Neymar and finished off the move with a low shot. Cavani then turned provider to set up Neymar with a generous cut-back that the Brazil captain converted from close range with a poke.last_img read more

Guyanese must unite and stop APNU/AFC bullyish behaviour

first_imgDear Editor,Overwhelming precedence in the Guyana Legislature (Parliament), provides evidence of the understanding, acceptance and practice regarding how the term “majority” has been applied and used for decades. Legitimate expectations of likewise application are, therefore, expected by all Guyanese and concerned stakeholders in the case of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM), which has been brought to the forefront of judicial considerations, review and rulings.The term “majority” is used 15 times in Guyana’s Constitution – Chapter 1:01, without any qualifying measures being described by the term “absolute”. It is, therefore, a consensual acceptance of our columnists, and by most Guyanese citizens, that where such meaning is implicitly conferred in the Constitution, it is represented by the actual percentage of persons who have to be voting as a part of the specific requirement or decision.In such instances, the contents of the proviso to Section 164 (2) (b), includes an apt example where it states: “(a) and is supported at the final voting in the Assembly by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all the elected members of the Assembly it shall not be necessary to submit the Bill to the vote of the electors”. It is the accepted understanding that the provided numbers where stated in the Constitution define the applicable consideration.The use of the “absolute” qualifying criteria in the NCM matter by two of the learned Appeal Court judges, appears to have been implicitly applied in arriving at their recent Appeal Court decisions, which seems to run counter to foregoing approach. Although the Opposition will have to accept the surprising ruling and seek redress at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), justice does not appear to have been done.There is no doubt that the rulings are irrational to the general public, and further confounds previous decisions made on 33 greater than 32 principles, including the decision to establish a Government. The situation creates a further conundrum regarding what situation the Speaker of the Legislature would be required to implicitly apply, where there are no specific qualifying numbers for votes.It is indeed sad and difficult for Guyanese to accept the recent decision and the implied disrespect of the Appeal Court to the ruling made by Chief Justice (Ag) Roxanne George. The fact that the Appellate Judge Rishi Persaud dissented and endorsed the Chief Justice’s “ruling”, adds to the distressing situation and justifies the decision of the Opposition to move to the CCJ.However, the interpretation of two other Judges Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory was reflected in their decision to vote against the passing of the NCM, which was passed in the National Assembly with a clear majority when 33 members voted for the motion and 32 voted against. The Speaker ruled that the motion was passed and on the night of December 21, 2018, the then Prime Minister and the then President accepted that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government has fallen.From an examination of the basis on which the number of parliamentary representatives is decided by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), it is established that each parliamentarian represents a specific number of citizens. In context, when a vote is taken on behalf of a representative number of citizens by parliamentary representatives, 33 will always be greater than 32 when is reflected accumulatively. This argument substantively mitigates against the issue of 34 votes is a majority, and the two ‘supposed to be’ imminent judges ruling based on other extraneous consideration is a serious matter that will further divide our nation.The CCJ is now tasked with the responsibility to make the decision which takes into consideration all relevant factors, with non-partisan consideration and reflective of applied precedence within the meaning of the law for Guyana’s jurisprudence. The context must ensure that justice is done within the meaning of the law, but with the respect of all the Guyanese people. Applicable to the foregoing purports to ensure that we get free and fair elections earliest. The CCJ is asked to uphold the NCM vote contrary to the two unpopular Appeal Court decision for in the eyes of the public, it cannot be denied that the NCM vote is valid and it is highly anticipated that the CCJ will do what is right.It must be noted that the existing Voters’ List is valid until April 30, 2019, and the list must be used to hold the constitutionally required General and Regional Elections. Since the mandate of GECOM presumes its purpose and readiness to conduct elections at short notice, the public announcement that the organisation will be proceeding with house-to-house registration is presumptions and contemptuous. It must be clear that the court, as the guardian of the Constitution, must grant effective orders which must ensure compliance with the Constitution.The massive countrywide protest that took place in Guyana on March 22, 2019, is a clear indication that things are not going to be usual. It is of note that the Government now wants things to go back to normalcy, when they did everything abnormal following the rulings of the Speaker and the Chief Justice. It should not be allowed as we await the decisions of the CCJ.The People’s Progressive Party has demonstrated genuine leadership and harnessed strong and positive support of several civil and fair-minded organisations who are fully preparing to struggle for immediate free and fair elections. Guyanese must unite and stop the current APNU/AFC extant bullyish behaviour.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

GTT donates $1M for Independence fashion extravaganza

first_imgThe Tourism and Public Communications Ministry on Friday received a cheque valued million from network giant, GTT, to facilitate the activities to mark the nation’s 50th independence anniversary.During the handing over ceremony at the headquarters for the Tourism Ministry, Minister Cathy Hughes accepted the cheque which was presented by Marketing Director of the company, Daniel Gilson.Making her remarks, Minister Hughes underlined the significant role the company has been playing even before the celebration of this year’s anniversary.Minister Cathy Hughes receives the cheque on behalf of the Tourism and Public Telecommunication MinistryShe said the company continues to be a key sponsor in the country’s activities and this year is no exception, considering its whopping contribution.Referencing the celebration of the anniversary as an explosion of music, art, dance and fashion, Hughes pointed out that this year will definitely be the most memorable.GTT’s role in this will be pulling off the fashion segment of the four nights of activities to be hosted from the May 19-22.The money received will go fully towards ensuring that the “Fashion Extravaganza” lives up to its name of being extravagant in every sense.The fashion shows are set to be hosted for four nights on the lawns of the Ministry and will feature 22 local designers meeting and their fashion pieces exhibited.Explaining the event, Minister Hughes said that this is anticipated to be largest fashion show hosted in Guyana where designers will meet on one stage to portray their originality and creativity.This, she said, will put Guyana’s designers on the international map since there is expected to be thousands of persons from the Diaspora visiting to witness the course of the anniversary celebration.Hughes pointed out that Guyana’s fashion industry has been thriving over the years and this event will create a platform to speak of how the country is developing.Designers from all genres and ages are expected to take the lawns on that night with each exhibiting 10 to15 of their pieces.A special feature that is also set for the stage is the launching of the Fashion Week, which is a Sonia Noel’s initiative.Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of GTT, Allison Parker, cited that the company over its 25 years of existence has been a consistent supporter of these kinds of events.She pointed out that their role has been especially highlighted in celebrating the country’s anniversaries and this year, as Guyana marks 50, the company is grateful to be major sponsors.The company’s involvement in the activities will not only be limited to the fashion show but will expand to the GuyExpo and another show set to be hosted at the National Stadium.Parker pledged the company’s future attachment to this nature of activities and urged the public domain to be supportive of the country’s development and honouring it.The four nights of events will be hosted at the National Stadium with each night having a different focus; be it music, food, fashion, art and a wide range of other attractions.last_img read more

Prison Service lacks resources to deal with mentally ill inmates – CoI

first_imgThe Guyana Prison Service (GPS) has no resources, financial or human, to deal with mentally ill prisoners. ThisCoI Commissioners Dale Erskine, Chairman James Patterson and Merle Mendoncawas concluded by the Commission of Inquiry into the deadly Camp Street Prison riot which occurred earlier this year. According to findings of the CoI report, the GPS was noted as “the major casualty of as an inexcusably primitive approach” to mental health in Guyana.The Commissioners pointed out that even though the prison service lacks the requisite resources to integrate the psychologically challenged inmates; those who pass through the courts still end up in the facilities of the over-crowded penitentiary. While the Commissioners recommended that the Public Health Ministry provide a full-time medical doctor at the prison, they noted that the delivery of routine medical care, including mental health services, remains a constant problem.It was further pointed out that the lack of medical care brings “systematic hardship on all aspects of prison life” since less concern is devoted to the stressful effect on other prisoners who live with mentally ill inmates in the over-crowded spaces.Commissioners also recommended that an intervention led by the Public Health Ministry in collaboration with the magistracy, the Police and the prison service is urgently needed to better integrate these prisoners.When Chief Prison Officer, Medex Patricia Anderson testified to the Commission, she noted the grave emotional impact which the riots had on the staff of the prison. At that point, Chairman Patterson expressed shock that the prison did not have a permanent doctor stationed there.The CoI ran from March 8 to May 9, 2016 and the report was handed over to the President David Granger on the first of June. The Head of State ordered the inquiry into the fire after inmates met with Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan after a “gentlemen’s agreement” was reached. It was after two days of rioting at the Camp Street penitentiary and the death of 17 inmates after fire engulfed the Capital A Block on March 3.It was concluded that the fires were as a result of the actions by inmates.last_img read more

Dems show contrasting styles in their pursuit of White House

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s appearances are not billed as anything so conventional as mere “rallies” or “town meetings” or “speeches.” In the past 10 days, Clinton has presided over “Moms and Daughters Making History” events, “Time to Pick a President” events, “Working for Change, Working for You” events, “The Hillary I Know” events and “Every County Counts” events. She rarely names her chief competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination, but their presence looms. “Some people think you can hope for change,” she said at one recent event, in a jab at Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. “Some people think you can just demand it,” she adds, in a swipe at former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. “I think you do it by working really, really hard,” she said, before going on to catalog her resume. As Obama, Clinton and Edwards try – ever so politely – to eviscerate one another in the final few days before the Iowa caucuses on Thursday, the flavor and substance of their competing performances reveal a basic cultural, thematic and stylistic divide in their campaigns, their supporters and themselves. “I welcome their hatred,” Edwards says of “entrenched interests,” quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt. His crowds, heavily populated by “my brothers and sisters in organized labor,” are the most likely to break into spontaneous chants. He received a long standing ovation in Davenport, begun by his wife, Elizabeth, seated behind him, while a scattering of older voters covered their ears. Obama presents himself as the ultimate fresh face, untainted by the experience Clinton trumpets as her prime asset. He appears out of nowhere, makes a big entrance on stage and tends to address his crowds as a singular civic unit (“Hello, Marshalltown”), as a real rock star would. His events are slightly ragtag compared with his counterparts’. They draw younger people, many with Obama bumper stickers on their backs, as opposed to the smaller stickers placed neatly on the lapels of Clinton’s supporters. Toddlers are more likely to be seen scurrying around Obama events, sometimes breaching forbidden areas, like TV camera risers. Clinton’s events are meticulously planned and orderly, and even seem regal at times. She stands with her hands folded at her waist while waiting to speak; she typically stands next to her daughter, Chelsea, who in recent weeks has been silently accompanying her, hands folded in perfect symmetry with her mother’s. While being introduced by a supporter in Guthrie Center on Thursday night, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton were slumped shoulder-to-shoulder, holding each other up.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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonObama’s final zigzag across Iowa is known simply as his “Stand for Change” tour. But it could just as easily be called his “I’m Not Hillary” tour. (“And Not John Edwards, Either.”) His references to his rivals are constant and, by and large, thinly veiled: Becoming president, he says, has not been his “long-held ambition” (as has been suspected of both Clinton and Edwards); it is not, he says, something he has craved “since kindergarten” (a reference to the Clinton campaign’s ridicule of a paper he penned, or perhaps crayoned, as a tot); the country is weary of “the same old arguments by the same old folks,” he says. There are similarities: they travel with big-deal entourages, vow to “stand up for you” in Washington (while urging voters to “stand for me” on Thursday night), and look very much in need of a good night’s sleep, or 10. But their distinctions are more revealing, and ultimately reflect the competing notions of change the candidates are seeking to embody. Clinton’s variously named events reflect a candidate striving to convince voters that a host of seemingly contradictory qualities can co-exist in a single candidate: that she is an utterly familiar figure who is an agent of change; that she has already lived in the White House but that her election would be historic and unprecedented; that she is someone who is tough but also likable. Edwards’ events are boisterous, if not always the most crowded (Obama outdrew him 900 to 300 at simultaneous rallies in Davenport on Friday). A jarringly loud rendition of John Mellencamp’s “Our Country” marks his oft-tardy arrivals. He speaks less than an inch from the microphone and deploys bellicose words (22 “fights” in 40 minutes on Saturday morning), stories (about the bloody-nosed beatings he took and gave as a boy) and metaphors (voters must send “a fighter into the arena”). last_img read more

Rashford must START v Malta to get England career up and running – exclusive

first_imgEngland’s upcoming match with Malta provides the perfect opportunity to start Marcus Rashford, according to Harry Redknapp.The Three Lions will come up against the small nation – ranked 176 in the FIFA rankings – in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match on October 8.It is Sam Allardyce’s first game at Wembley since succeeding Roy Hodgson and Redknapp wants to see the Manchester United starlet given the chance to shine on the international stage.The 18-year-old, who scored a hat-trick on his debut for England’s Under-21s at the start of September, already has three senior caps to his name having been part of Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016.Former Tottenham and West Ham manager Redknapp, co-presenting Drivetime alongside Adrian Durham, said: “The next England game we have is Malta at home – stick the kid in and play him.“What a great time, for his confidence as well.“We’re going to win the game. There’s every chance we might score five, six or seven goals, there’s every chance the kid may get two or three for himself.“[What a] great way for him to get his England career up and running. If I was Sam I’d definitely start him in that game.“It’s a good chance to play one or two players who haven’t had the opportunity before. If we cannot beat Malta whatever team we put out there’s something wrong.”Listen to Harry Redknapp on Drivetime, above.READ MORE: N’Golo Kante is yet to prove his worth at Chelsea, Harry Redknapp tells talkSPORTREAD MORE: Harry Redknapp expects Swansea to appoint Ryan Giggs as next manager and offers advice to Manchester United legendlast_img read more