Sea Eagles keep their season alive

first_imgBy Romy Stephens WEST GIPPSLAND FOOTBALL NETBALL COMPETITION REVIEW – ROUND 15 Inverloch Kongwak has stayed within striking distance of the top-five, in…[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

Leafs play ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

first_imgComing back to the Leafs are 20-year-old goalie Bill Gorn and defenceman Kyle Rosolowski.Gorn, who previous play in the KIJHL for Beaver Valley, came from the Fort Frances Lakers of the Superior International Junior Hockey League while 19-year-old Rosolowski arrived from Osoyoos Coyotes in exchange for the rights of Michael Crawford.Gorn joins Devin Allen as the two goalies on the roster for Nelson.“Rosolowski is a veteran defenceman who has a good solid physical player who sees the ice very well and is calm under pressure,” said DiBella.“Getting Gorn will provide some support for (netminder) Devin Allen who has played well for us this season.”The moves were just a few for the Leafs as the club looks to reduce the roster to 25 player’s cards by 11 p.m. December 1.DiBella remains confident a few tweaks here and there can help the fourth-place Leafs rebound from a dismal November, where the club lost eight of 10 games.The Leafs, fresh from snapping a three-game winless streak Tuesday by defeating Spokane 5-4 in overtime, return to the ice Saturday when Nelson hosts the best in the KIJHL Saturday when Creston Valley Thunder invade the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. puck drop.Sunday, Nelson hosts Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m.BLUELINES: Leafs management made a couple of late moves Thursday, trading forward Charlie Willkie to Princeton Posse before acquiring Alex Meeker from 100 Mile House Wranglers. In 12 games with the defending KIJHL champs, the Edmonton native had five goals and two assists for seven points. Wilkie had one goal and three assists in 25 games with Nelson. . . . Forward Cooper Schroder also came to Nelson from Blind River Ontario Jr. A. while the playing rights for forward Kolten Nelson and defenceman Noah Looman were sent to Chase Heat and Sicamous Eagles, respectively. The Nelson Leafs were awfully busy this week, finding themselves at the center of a handful of trades as the struggling franchise looks to turnaround an awful season on the ice.Leafs’ Head Coach and Director of Player Personel Mario DiBellais looking to close the gap in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division, with the trades and roster acquisitions.“We feel the core layers have been consistent from the start of the year, we’re just looking to shore up some holes to make this team competitive to compete for division championship.”The moves comes on the heels of two trades last week by Nelson.To start, DiBella shipped netminder Jason Sandhu to Kamloops Storm of the KIJHL for cash and center Eamonn Miller to OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.“Eammon was a late cut from OCN,” said DiBella. “They were looking for a smooth skating, playmaking centerman and Eammon fit their needs.”Miller had four goals and eight assists in 18 games for Nelson while Sandhu, who joins former teammate Ben Kelsch on the roster of the Storm, registered three wins in nine games for the Leafs.last_img read more

3 Galway Golf clubs go in search of All Ireland glory

first_imgThursday, Sept 21st:8.00am AIG Pierce Purcell Shield Semi Final: Royal Curragh V Moyola Park8.45am AIG Pierce Purcell Shield Semi Final: Thurles V Portumna Saturday, Sept 23rd:10.30am AIG Senior Cup Finalprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The AIG Senior Cup is most intriguing of all. Ulster champions Royal Portrush represent tradition as their success at the highest level dates back to 1923. Limerick, winners in 2002, have been a powerhouse since the 1970s, winning three times between 1976 and 1982. Galway are recent trendsetters with wins in 2006 and 2009. Carton House, new kids on the block having been established in 2002, are bursting to make the breakthrough.Galway are also dreaming big and have hopes of completing the much-coveted AIG Senior Cup-AIG Barton Shield double, last achieved by Shandon Park in 2000.The race for the AIG Junior Cup is as wide open as ever. Ballybunion, Grange and Malone have plenty of pedigree while Loughrea would dearly love to claim a first success. Portumna are another Galway club seeking maiden glory in the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield. So too Moyola Park, but Thurles (2015) and Royal Curragh (2010) have scaled these heights before.When this year’s AIG Cups and Shields Finals take place at Carton House from 20-23 September it will be the final instalment of the biggest annual amateur golfing competition in Europe. It is estimated that 40,000 golfers and 1,800 club teams participate at the first round stage and just 20 teams left standing heading into the All Ireland Finals week at Carton House.Wednesday, Sept 20th:10.30am AIG Barton Shield Semi Final: Tralee V Galway10.48am AIG Barton Shield Semi Final: Castle V Warrenpoint 10.45am AIG Junior Cup Final11.30am AIG Barton Shield Final 11.06am AIG Junior Cup Semi Final: Loughrea V Ballybunion11.51am AIG Junior Cup Semi Final: Malone V Grangecenter_img Friday, Sept 22nd:8.00am AIG Senior Cup Semi Final: Royal Portrush V Galway8.45am AIG Senior Cup Semi Final: Limerick V Carton House Victory, no less than defeat, is utterly consuming. And so the teams gather again, bold and brave, courageously seeking an infinite bliss. Their memories will be made of this. A four-year run at Carton comes to an end and from 2018 onwards, the showpiece of interclub golf will return to the previous format of rotating venues.  The road to Carton House is paved with tales of triumph and despair, universal themes that never fail to captivate. During the last three stagings of the Finals, history has been written and rewritten, clubs emerging on the biggest stage for the first time, others festooned with pennants returning to reclaim their place at the top table. This year promises much more. Carton House have the chance to win the AIG Senior Cup on home soil, Warrenpoint could retain the AIG Barton Shield and three different clubs are in the mix for a first ever AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield title. Castle and Tralee (AIG Barton Shield), Loughrea (AIG Junior Cup), Moyola Park and Portumna (AIG Pierce Purcell Shield) are pursuing maiden wins too.last_img read more

Drug usage in schools

first_imgJust about a year ago, the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) made public that the use and sale of the drug ecstasy was discovered in five schools. Known as a recreational drug, it has harmful side effects including addiction, and can cause altered sensation. CANU’s announcement might have come as a surprise to many and it’s extremely worrying. What is clear is that some young people have and are been exposed to a drug that also affects the brain and one that also has reportedly been used as a date rape trap.Sadly, drug use in some schools is not new. Unfortunately, young minds are involved in cigarette smoking and consumption of alcohol, to other substances that are far more harmful. Some are bold enough to capture the effects through unsavoury activities they engage in afterwards— evident from videos that circulate. CANU’s Deputy Head Lesley Ramlall noted that looking at the videos, especially those involving young girls, is really worrying for society.Clearly, this will now attract attention and the expectation would be for the implementation of measures to eliminate this illegal practice, especially within the school system. This will not be easy, and Ramlall did allude to the related challenges honing in on how would you get to the man at the top— the established leader. Law enforcement will have to up the ante in all aspects— including intelligence— to holistically deal with this situation which has a frightening potential to become a wider problem.While CANU must be commended for making the discovery and alerting the nation, it raises concerns over how long it might have been ongoing; whether the schools were aware, or whether they have the capacity to aid in identifying drug sales and use within. The drug trade tends to operate within a network and at this point, it may difficult to know how extensive it may be in the schools and whether the actual use is confined to the five.Another reality is that young people will experiment, unfortunately with harmful things. This is where the Education Ministry will have to be more innovative to derive mechanisms to build capacity among teachers, so that they can be able to spot any possible sign. Once again, this will not be easy, given the innovativeness of those involved. That aside, there must be some signs, including changes in students’ behavioural pattern and performances depending upon the extent of usage. This is not just for ecstasy, but other drugs as well.The teachers will need to be supported in this fight and it may very well demand a relooking of policies at a higher level for the implementation of effective combating mechanisms. This would need some urgency given that some young people, who represent the future, are involved. It will take the involvement of all: parents, teachers, the Ministry of Education, and law enforcement.Crucial, is sustained education on the harmful effects of drug use, for which the media should be encouraged to be a part of. It has to be national given what’s at stake. Maybe this could be the opportunity for the establishment of a structured school monitoring mechanism with specific responsibility. This has been touted before, for other reasons, where trained personnel could either be stationed or make visits to schools to gauge any related effects.This will have to be thoroughly thought out, for there is the possibility teachers could feel that part of their responsibility is being usurped. They generally look for signs that could indicate a shift in behaviour and try to find a way of having it resolve. With what is now in the news, it begs the question of whether the situation has in some way moved beyond the remit of teachers; be it a lack of capacity or awareness or frankly being afraid to intervene.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, speaking on the issue, was quoted as saying law enforcement agencies were “losing the battle” now that drugs have ended up in schools. This is a battle that the nation cannot afford to lose and one which must be consistently and relentlessly fought. While the stark reality is the battle being lost at this point, it can also be seen as a failure by those in authority.The Government came into office with a strong security portfolio and the Security Minister’s comments, though factual, not only underscores that failure, but it hints at a lack at optimism in dealing with the issue. Granted porous borders, one would want to believe that surveillance has been heightened at ports of entry. The issue again highlights the need for intelligence gathering to be strengthened so as to aid agencies in curbing the situation.Beyond these shores, in some schools in the USA, metal detectors were forced to be installed following an upsurge of attacks on students by students in what was described as gang-related violence. That was after the situation had festered and grown. Routine searches here may not be farfetched to take nip the ecstasy.last_img read more

Ironman top finisher Caroline Steffen draws inspiration from baby boy

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 40-year-old Swiss knew her 18-month-old son Xander was waiting for her at the finish line and that drove her to pick up the pace even further.“Being a mom is a big motivation so you want to kind of hurry to get to the finish line because I can’t wait to see him,” said Steffen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“There’s so much time in what I’m doing and if it pays off then it’s even more worth it.”Steffen finished the course with a time of 4:29:15 for the title, almost 13 minutes faster than second-placer Dimity Lee Duke of Australia clocked in 4:42:59. Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Steve Kerr speaks out on US shootings, Obama White House visits Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Caroline Steffen celebrates with her 18-month-old son Xander after crossing the finish line. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC, Zambales—The last time Caroline Steffen won a title in the Ironman 70.3 was back in 2016 and she was adamant in breaking that three-year curse.Steffen was on a class of her own as she claimed the title of the 2019 Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay Sunday here on the coastal city but the championship wasn’t the only reason that pushed her to be at her best in the grueling race.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold PLAY LIST 07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:54SEA Games: Inspired by Folayang’s presence, Tabugara delivers wushu gold02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu MOST READ LATEST STORIES “I was really surprised when he cried because I think it’s too hot for him, it’s a bit noisy,” said Steffen. “We played in the water after and he’s all happy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughinglast_img read more

Gunmen rob bread delivery truck at Grove

first_imgA bakery truck attached to a Cotton Field, West Coast Berbice company, was pounced upon by three bandits in the vicinity of Xenon Academy at Grove, East Bank Demerara on Friday morning.The surveillance footage obtained shows the bandits making off with an undisclosed sum of cashIn surveillance footage seen by Guyana Times, the occupants were relieved of cash and personal items. During the ordeal, four young men were seen scouring the Tank Street, Grove area, prior to the daylight robbery.An eyewitness confirmed what was shown in the footage seen by Guyana Times. Three young boys – appearing to be teenagers – rode up on two pedal cycles alongside Xenon Academy private school, where one occupant of the bread truck was exiting to make a delivery. Two of the bandits, one of whom carried a handgun, ambushed one of the workers, while a second bandit dragged the driver out of the vehicle and the third rode away from the scene.The two bandits then proceeded to rob the men, repeatedly hitting the driver and the delivery man before calmly walking away from the scene.The matter was reported to the Grove Police Station and an investigation has been launched.This latest criminal attack comes as the Police continue to publish statistics which have purported that serious crimes are down by 17 per cent. However, reports of larceny and armed robberies on businesses and civilians have increased.last_img read more

Nigeria to probe Keshi link to Ivory Coast job

first_imgBut Pinnick said he thought it would be “suicidal” for Keshi “to seek employment somewhere else”.Keshi, 53, signed a two-year deal as Nigeria coach in April, ending months of uncertainty and speculation over his future after the team failed to qualify for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.Frenchman Herve Renaud steered Ivory Coast to glory in the competition in Equatorial Guinea but has left to take charge of French Ligue 1 side Lille.Pinnick said the NFF investigation would centre on whether it was Keshi himself who put his name forward but Keshi’s agent, Emmanuel Ado, said he was satisfied with his current position.“My client is very happy with his job as the head coach of the Super Eagles in Nigeria,” he said.“He has a two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation and as a professional, he will see out his contract.”Edo said Keshi was “highly honoured” to be considered and said he has had good dealings with Ivory Coast since his playing days with Stade d’Abidjan and Africa Sports in the 1980s.Keshi, who has previously coached Togo and Mali, led Nigeria to the knockout rounds of last year’s World Cup in Brazil and to a third Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 2013.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi, 53, signed a two-year deal as Nigeria coach in April, ending months of uncertainty and speculation over his future after the team failed to qualify for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)ABUJA, June 22 – Nigeria football chiefs have said they will look into reports that Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi could be in the running for the vacant Ivory Coast manager’s job.“We will look into it. Let’s wait and see,” said Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick.last_img read more

Arkansas goof allows children to get married

first_imgBy Andrew DeMillo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A law passed this year allows Arkansans of any age – even infants – to marry if their parents agree, and the governor may have to call a special session to fix the mistake, lawmakers said Friday. The legislation was intended to establish 18 as the minimum age to marry but also allow pregnant teenagers to marry with parental consent, bill sponsor Rep. Will Bond said. An extraneous “not” in the bill, however, allows anyone who is not pregnant to marry at any age if the parents allow it. “It’s clearly not the intent to allow 10-year-olds or 11-year-olds to get married,” Bond said. “The legislation was screwed up.” The bill reads: “In order for a person who is younger than eighteen (18) years of age and who is not pregnant to obtain a marriage license, the person must provide the county clerk with evidence of parental consent to the marriage.” A code revision commission – which fixes typographical and technical errors in laws – had tried to correct the mistake, but a group of legislators said Friday the commission went beyond its powers. “You’re either pregnant or you’re not pregnant,” Sen. Dave Bisbee said. “Rarely will that be a typographical error.” In backing a special session “to fix this,” Sen. Sue Madison said she was “concerned about pedophiles coming to Arkansas to find parents who are willing to sign a very young child’s consent.” Before the new law took effect July 31, girls could get married with parental consent at 16 and boys at 17.160Want 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

New alert system to reach cell phone users, Internet

first_imgWASHINGTON – The government will soon be pinging cell phones and posting on Web sites to warn Americans of impending disasters as it updates its Cold War-era emergency alert system. By the end of next year, the Homeland Security Department expects to be able to send emergency alerts to cell phones, Internet sites and hand-held computers to reach as many people as possible before a catastrophe strikes, spokesman Aaron Walker said Tuesday. It also seeks to transmit warnings on cable TV channels and satellite radio to supplement the government’s long-tested but never-used national alerts on network channels and AM radio stations. “Anything that can receive a text message will receive the alert,” said Walker, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is running the alert system for Homeland Security. “We find that the new digital system is more secure, it’s faster and it enables us to reach a wide array of citizens and alert them to pending disasters.” In 1951, President Harry Truman created the nation’s first alert system, which required radio stations to broadcast only on certain frequencies during emergencies. That evolved into the test on TV and radio stations throughout the Cold War that solemnly intoned: “This is a test of the emergency broadcast system. This is only a test.” 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Only the president can order a national emergency alert. The system was initially designed to warn Americans of a nuclear attack, but President George W. Bush last month ordered Homeland Security to extend the alert “for situations of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster or other hazards to public safety and well-being.” Overall, the new warning system is expected to cost $5.5 million to test and deploy nationally, and $1 million annually to maintain, Walker said.last_img read more