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Warriors are grand final ready

Warriors are grand final ready

first_imgThe Pakenham Warriors’ Big V basketball Division 2 women’s side will play Melbourne University Black Angels in the grand finals…[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. By Tyler Lewis last_img

A-maze-ing timeat the beach

A-maze-ing timeat the beach

first_imgBy Bridget CookSURF lessons were the highlight of Bunyip Scouts 6th Annual Beach Weekend in Rye. Scouts and leaders were…[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

Donating dignity

Donating dignity

first_imgAfter a successful collection drive in April, local community groups and organisations are kickstarting a new campaign to help Share…[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. By Kyra Gillespie last_img

Southeastern Louisiana Football Preview

Southeastern Louisiana Football Preview

first_imgSPECIAL TEAMS• The star of the Southeastern special teams is junior kick returner Xavier Roberson, who was a consensus All-American and named CFPA Kick Returner of the Year. The Atlanta native led the nation with 35.2 yards per kickoff return and three kickoff return touchdowns as a sophomore – both single-season Southland Conference records.• Senior Devante Scott is expected to step up as the team’s punt returner. In his only punt return of 2014, he broke off a 41-yard return in the FCS quarterfinals versus New Hampshire.• Southeastern will be breaking in a new place-kicker in place of 2013 starter Seth Sebastian, a consensus All-American and the school’s career leading scorer. Ryan Adams, who handled kickoffs each of the last two seasons, will step up to replace Sebastian.• Southeastern will also have a new punter, after All-Southland Conference selection Matt McCormick completed his eligibility in 2013. Junior Tim Callian is the favorite to take over the punting duties come the fall. OFFENSE• The Southeastern offense is headed by Southland Conference Player of the Year, Louisiana Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Year Bryan Bennett. In his first season with the Lions, the Oregon transfer threw for 3,165 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also rushing for a team-high 1,046 yards and a single-season school record 16 touchdowns.• Including Bennett, Southeastern returns its top 10 rushers from last season. The junior running back quartet of Rasheed Harrell (640 yards, 8 rushing touchdowns in 2013), Xavier Roberson (538-6 TD), Kody Sutton (391-6 TD) and Darius Guy (224-2 TD) team with Bennett to provide Southeastern with a potent rushing attack• Jeff Smiley, who led the team with 57 catches for 744 yards to go with six receiving touchdowns in 2014, is the top returning receiver for SLU. Seniors Isaiah Kepley and Devante Scott are poised for breakout years. The receiving corps will be buoyed by the addition of Roberson, who will split time between slot receiver and running back.• On the offensive line, SLU returns starters Joe Graves, D.J. Williams and Jonathan Braddock. USM transfer Aaron Reed heads into fall camp with the inside track to replacing three-time All-Southland performer Gasten Gabriel at left tackle, while the offensive line corps will be bolstered by Josue Miranda, who missed the majority of 2013 with an injury. DEFENSE• Southeastern returns six starters from a defense that led the Southland Conference in scoring and total defense in 2013.• The deepest position on either side of the ball for SLU is the secondary. All-Southland Conference performers Harlan Miller, Tyler Stoddard and Marice Sutton all return. The back end will be bolstered by an influx of new talent including transfers Micah Eugene (LSU), Jordan Batiste (Tulane), JQ Sandolph (LSU), Derrick Raymond (LSU) and Dequan Reddick (New Mexico Military Institute).• All three starters in the linebacker corps are members of the preseason All-Southland Conference teams. Senior Isiah Corbett led the team in tackles for loss, while Drew Misita is the team’s top returning tackler. Kaleb Muse bolsters the group after missing the majority of 2013 with an injury.• Preseason first team All-Southland Conference defensive end Jacob Newman, who shared the team lead with Corbett with seven sacks in 2013, highlights the defensive line group. Marquel Combs, who transferred in from Kansas midway through last season, and A.J. Bowen are both poised for breakout seasons STORYLINES• Southeastern returns 15 starters from last season’s Southland Conference championship squad, which rolled through Southland Conference play with a 7-0 record and finished No. 6 in the final FCS Coaches and Sports Network national polls.• The Lions have been picked No. 3 in the national polls by Athlon Sports and are overwhelming favorites in the Southland Conference coaches’ and sports information directors’ preseason polls.• Southeastern is coming off its first-ever Southland Conference championship and its first conference title of any kind since 1961.• The Lions won a single-season school record 11 games, finishing with an 11-3 record and as the No. 4 national seed, they advanced to the FCS quarterfinals in its first-ever NCAA playoff berth.• Southeastern Louisiana head coach Ron Roberts has turned the Lion program around in his first two seasons. In 2013, he was named Southland Conference, Louisiana and AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year.center_img 2014 Southland Conference Football Media Guide (PDF)2014 Southeastern Louisiana Football Media Guide Southeastern Louisianalast_img read more

TKR, Patriots clash in CPL final tonight

TKR, Patriots clash in CPL final tonight

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad (CMC): The Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots will meet in tonight’s final of the 2017 Caribbean Premier League. TKR clinched a spot in the last two after they disposed of Guyana Amazon Warriors by six wickets in the third play-off at the Brian Lara Stadium here Thursday night. Set 160 to win, they overhauled their target with two overs to spare, to reach their second final in three years. New Zealander Colin Munro spearheaded the run chase with an unbeaten 57 off 51 balls while left-handed Darren Bravo struck 43 off 27 deliveries. Sent in earlier, Amazon Warriors gathered a competitive 159 for six off their 20 overs, with Gajanand Singh top-scoring with 39 from 25 balls, opener Chadwick Walton getting 37 off 31 balls, and Roshon Primus, a robust unbeaten 35 off a mere 18 deliveries. Off-spinner Sunil Narine (2-21) and fast bowler Ronsford Beaton (2-30) claimed two wickets apiece. In reply, TKR lost Narine cheaply leg before wicket to Sohail Tanvir off the first ball of the innings, but any hope Amazon Warriors had of running through the hosts’ innings was quickly dashed as Munro took charge. The left-hander counted seven fours, adding 33 for the second wicket with Canadian Hamza Tariq (10) before putting on a match-winning 85 for the third wicket with Bravo, whose knock contained a pair of fours and four sixes. NOTE: Match starts at 8 p.m. Jamaica time.last_img read more

World Habitat Day calls for global cities to transition into “Waste-Wise Cities”

World Habitat Day calls for global cities to transition into “Waste-Wise Cities”

first_imgOn the first Monday of October, the international community observes World Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of towns and cities and the basic right for adequate shelter. Each year, one unifying theme is chosen, with the focus this year being “Municipal Solid Waste Management.” This calls for cities to become “Waste-Wise Cities.” The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), along with the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda, address the key issue of solid waste management. The target of Sustainable Development Goal 12 is: Sustainable Production and Consumption with an emphasis on environmentally sound management of all waste through prevention, reduction, recycling, reuse, and the reduction of food waste.Municipal Solid Waste Concerns in GuyanaGuyana, like many developing countries, has long struggled with creating systems to ensure proper disposal of its solid waste. This is linked to a variety of challenges, which include financial constraints, old and inefficient equipment, lack of reliable transportation to dispose of waste; and, of course, the attitude of citizens towards the environment. Waste management is a big concern in Guyana, and in response, the Government of Guyana has put emphasis on sensitising the local population through littering campaigns as well as the development and enforcement of policies such as Environmental Protection Litter (Enforcement) Regulations 2013, and the Environmental Protection (Expanded Polystyrene Ban) 2015.An illegal dumping siteOn the path to a Green State…As Guyana approaches its Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), it is important to remember that the SDGs’ guidelines call for the integration of actions to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Alongside the Ministry of Communities, a comprehensive, economically viable, bio-friendly initiative was rolled out to address solid waste management in Guyana. The strategy covers a broad spectrum of waste, including residential, commercial, industrial, scrap metal, those produced by healthcare facilities, discarded oils, and electrical and electronic refuse. The Ministry of Communities has noted that, by 2024, forty percent of all generated waste will be recycled, composted, or otherwise put to use.The plan will also guide the Government’s agenda on collection, transportation and disposal; improving the waste management infrastructure; enforcing existing legislation; and promoting the waste-to-energy initiative. In addition, the draft Solid Waste Management Bill proposes the establishment of a Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA), which would be expected to function as a corporate body under the Ministry of Communities. This authority would provide oversight functions as well as coordinate all policy, operational and licensing aspects of solid waste management in the country.Additionally, there is a feasibility study being conducted to implement a ban on single-use plastic products by 2020. Furthermore, there is a push for the implementation of a container-recycling project and the introduction of a robust garden/community composting system.As Guyana takes on this year’s World Habitat Day challenge, to become more “Waste-Wise,” there must be collaboration and transparency between all organisations, with a municipal solid waste management agenda throughout the country. Solid waste management is a growing global issue; the amount of waste produced increases daily, and therefore education and outreach to all citizens on the effects of improper waste management is critical. Guyana can begin to use the framework set out by UN-Habitat, which promotes an “Integrated Solid Waste Management Framework”, including good waste collection services, environment protection through proper treatment, and disposal and resource management. Integral to a waste-wise society is environmental stewardship; we need to be conscious of our habits and make deliberate efforts to dispose of our waste properly.You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

Security at Mazaruni Prison should be beefed up – PSC

Security at Mazaruni Prison should be beefed up – PSC

first_imgIf the Mazaruni Prison is to be used as Guyana’s premier prison to house high- profile convicts, then security would have to be beefed up to unprecedented levels, as the location is vulnerable.This is according to the Private Sector Commission’s (PSC’s) Security Liaison, Captain (retd) Gerry Gouveia.The proposed design for the new section of the Mazaruni PrisonGouveia expressed support for the suggestion that the stone section at the Camp Street Prison, the lone surviving section of the July 9 prison fire, be used for remand purposes. However, he recommended that measures – including the installation of dogs and surveillance equipment – be utilised at the Mazaruni facility, where a multi-million-dollar extension is ongoing.“We support the President’s call that the Georgetown Prison should be a remand centre,” Gouveia said. “It’s close to the court system, (and) I’ve always believed that the Mazaruni Prison certainly (has) the potential to be a high security prison.”He added, “But in planning and doing it, they have to understand that the Mazaruni Prison is vulnerable, not only to breaking-outs, but breaking-ins,” the airline executive stressed.“So, if you have high-profile prisoners in that prison, that prison becomes very vulnerable,” he cautioned.Describing ways in which the underbelly of operations at the prison might be exposed to break-outs and break-ins, Gouveia reminded that the Mazaruni prison is on the mainland, and not on an island. He also identified specific vulnerable areas.“And so they have to ensure the security system have dogs, cameras, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) and drones. And then, of course, the Mazaruni Prison is in the middle of one of our tourism regions — in the Bartica area. So we have to be very thoughtful when we’re doing these things, because tourism is going to be one of (the) major economic pillars of our development,” Gouveia said.There are plans for the phased construction of a four-storey prison as part of the expansion at Mazaruni. Construction is scheduled to start this year.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had said in a recent press briefing that building a new prison could end up costing the Government $6 billion. But after the completion of the prison design by VIKAB Engineering Consultants Ltd, the first phase of building the prison at Mazaruni will commence.In March last year, a fire that raged through the Camp Street Prison had claimed the lives of 17 prisoners. A Commission of Inquiry, which eventually cost the treasury some $13 million, was ordered by President David Granger.According to the report compiled by those commissioners, overcrowded, uncomfortable and unhygienic confinement creates ideal conditions for epidemics, for gangs to prosper, and for discontent to be propagated.Moreover, the CoI found that reducing numbers in prison to manageable levels is the single most important priority for establishing safe, humane and purposeful prisons.But one of the most disturbing findings of the CoI was that the ratio of officers to prisoners constituted a truly disturbing number of gate-keepers to guard Guyana’s most dangerous felons – 10 officers were guarding 1000 prisoners.last_img read more

Clubs braced for risky January window

Clubs braced for risky January window

first_imgA year ago the biggest moves saw Manchester City sign the Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony from Swansea City for £28 million (38 million euros; $41.3 million) and Chelsea bring in Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina for £26.1 million.Fast forward 12 months and Bony has struggled to settle as a back-up to Sergio Aguero to City while Cuadrado has already returned to Italy, joining Juventus on loan.Making signings in the January window, which closes on February 1, may be a risk, but the new broadcasting deal due to come into effect next season means just finishing last in the Premier League in 2016-17 will be worth £99 million (134 million euros; $145.9 million).That means clubs battling to avoid relegation from England’s top flight, or competing for promotion and the associated riches, will be ready to spend big in the winter window, while teams at the top of the table could be ready to spend even more than usual.While Manchester City are being linked in the English press with a move for Schalke 04’s talented young Germany winger Leroy Sane, Arsenal will look to spend to improve their chances of a first title since 2004.“I’m already busy and I said already one month ago we are a bit short to deal with all the competitions we face, especially in midfield. We will be busy, yes,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Aston Villa and other strugglers have their cheque books at the ready in a desperate attempt to strengthen their squads and beat the drop.“We are looking to add to the squad but I will not go into details with specific clubs or players,” was all Norwich City manager Alex Neil would reveal, although he is being strongly linked with Everton’s Scotland forward Steven Naismith.– Barcelona back in business -Elsewhere, transfer activity is likely to be modest, although the giants of the Spanish game may make some moves when the window in La Liga opens on Monday, January 4.Barcelona can finally register players again as a year-long FIFA-imposed transfer ban comes to an end. That means the defending European champions can hand debuts to Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan, who were signed in the summer from Sevilla and Atletico Madrid respectively.In Italy, the window also opens on Monday, while in Germany clubs can start doing business as early as New Year’s Day and Eintracht Frankfurt have already announced the signing of the Hungarian Szabolcs Huszti, who returns to the Bundesliga after a spell in China.German sides will be braced for moves from England, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp being tipped to return to his homeland as he tries to strengthen his squad and Schalke director of sport and communications Horst Heldt insisting Sane does not want to go and will not be leaving.One man who is more likely to leave Schalke in January is Joel Matip, the Cameroon international defender who has also been linked with a move to the Premier League.French clubs have become used to approaches from wealthy Premier League sides and they are bracing themselves for more of the same with Marseille goalkeeper and captain Steve Mandanda — out of contract in the summer — among those being targeted.Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has already admitted that “not much” will happen at his club in a window that he says is “not a good thing.”Other French sides would agree, with Angers, who lie third at the season’s halfway stage, having already lost goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle to Belgian side Club Brugge and prepared for bids for other key players in the coming weeks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Schalke 04’s talented young Germany winger Leroy Sane is one of the names being discussed, with a move to Manchester City, as the January transfer window opens (AFP Photo/Guido Kirchner)PARIS, January 2 – The start of the new year means the opening of the January transfer window and an opportunity for English Premier League clubs to once again flex their financial muscle.The window opens in England on Saturday and clubs in Europe’s richest league are likely to once again be the busiest in the market, but January is rarely the best time to do business.last_img read more

Man United and Southampton face fight for Dutch star

Man United and Southampton face fight for Dutch star

first_img Wesley Sneijder Manchester United and Southampton will have to move quickly if they want to complete a deal to sign long-term target Wesley Sneijder, according to reports in Italy.The want-away Galatasaray playmaker, 30, is being tracked by Juventus and Old Lady boss Massimiliano Allegri has revealed his admiration for the experienced Dutch international and they have stepped ahead in the race to land the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid star.According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Serie A league leaders are poised to table a £7m bid for Sneijder’s services and pair him up with the experienced Andrea Pirlo in the Juve midfield.Sources close to Sneijder have speculated he is unhappy in Turkey and has fallen out with coach Hamza Hamzaoglu, prompting interest in his signature and availability ahead of the start of the January transfer window. 1last_img read more

Libby pardon urged

Libby pardon urged

first_imgBush, traveling in Europe, gave no hint about his plans. “Yesterday was a very sad day for Scooter and his family,” Bush told reporters. “But there’s an ongoing process, and it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to discuss it while the process is going forward. My heart goes out to his family.” Libby’s lawyers are rushing to try to forestall the prison sentence. They planned to file papers today but faced an uphill battle in the request for Libby to remain free while his appeals play out. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald intends to oppose a delay, and U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton has said he sees no reason to grant one. If the request were denied, Walton would order Libby to report to prison in the next month or so. That would force Libby’s lawyers to rush to an appeals court in hopes of blocking his imprisonment. Sembler and other supporters would not discuss what conversations they have had with White House officials. WASHINGTON – I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s allies urged President George W. Bush on Wednesday to pardon the former White House aide, but Bush rebuffed questions about whether he would intervene to prevent Libby’s 2 -year prison sentence. Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced Tuesday for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation. He became the highest-ranking White House official sentenced to prison since the Iran-Contra affair. A Republican stalwart, Libby drew more than 150 letters of support from military commanders and diplomats who praised his government service from the Cold War through the early days of the Iraq war. “The White House is well aware of what a lot of supporters of Scooter have to say about this,” said Mel Sembler, who served as Bush’s ambassador to Italy and now leads Libby’s defense fund. “There really is only one answer. This man has to step up and pardon him.” “I hope the president feels sufficient pressure to issue a pardon,” said Richard Carlson, another of Libby’s supporters. Carlson was ambassador to the Seychelles during the administration of Bush’s father. The current president is “a man of principle, like him or not, and the principle in this case is that a pardon is the right thing to do,” Carlson said. Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to investigators about his conversations with reporters about CIA officer Valerie Plame. Fitzgerald questioned Bush and Cheney in a probe that became a symbol of the administration’s deepening problems. “Mr. Libby was the poster child for all that has gone wrong in this terrible war,” defense lawyer Theodore Wells said in court. “He has fallen from public grace. It is a tragic fall, a tragic fall.” Libby has maintained his innocence and said any false statements he made to investigators were the product of a faulty memory, not deception. “It is respectfully my hope that the court will consider, along with the jury verdict, my whole life,” he said in court before the sentencing.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

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