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Hipsters enjoy their mug hugs

Hipsters enjoy their mug hugs

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS A STANDARD latte or flat white just doesn’t cut it anymore on the hipster cafe scene. And…[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

Liverpool’s Suarez named English PFA Player of the Year

Liverpool’s Suarez named English PFA Player of the Year

first_imgBy Josh ReichControversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was named the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year on Sunday.The 27-year-old Uruguayan, who will lead his country at the World Cup in Brazil in June, has scored 30 goals and contributed 12 assists this season as Liverpool head the Premier League table with two matches remaining.“The Premier League is full of really great players and so it is a great honour when these players recognise your work on the pitch,” Suarez said.He claimed the honour ahead of team-mates Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, as well as Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Adam Lallana of Premier League surprise packages Southampton.The irrepressible Suarez, the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1986-87 to score 30 league goals in a season, has helped the likes of fellow striker Sturridge to flourish.His personal haul has arrived despite missing the first five league games of the season as he served the remainder of a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last April.That incident occurred just before Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale claimed last season’s award and the announcement of Suarez in the Premier League Team of the Year was met with rumblings of discontent.Suarez tried to engineer a move to Arsenal in the off-season, before returning to Liverpool with devastating effect, leading the Anfield club back into the Champions League and taking them to the brink of a first title in 24 years.He has tormented top-level defenders with his speed, guile and deadly finishing and none of his 30 goals have come from the penalty spot.“He’s a remarkable player. His determination and his desire is at such a high level. He gets his rewards,” manager Brendan Rodgers said of Suarez after he scored a hat-trick against Cardiff City last month, his third of the season.“He’s a world-class player who is enjoying his football and long may it continue.”Suarez was one of three Liverpool players named in the PFA Team of the Year along with midfielder Steven Gerrard and fellow striker Daniel Sturridge.Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, defender Gary Cahill and midfielder Eden Hazard were also included as well as Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany and midfielder Yaya Toure, Southampton left back Luke Shaw and midfielder Adam Lallana, and Everton right back Seamus Coleman.Hazard was named PFA Young Player of the Year.last_img read more

Three Man. City players make shortlist for PFA award

Three Man. City players make shortlist for PFA award

first_imgManchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva have made the six-man shortlist for the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year award, the organisation said on Saturday.Premier League leaders Liverpool were represented by centre back Virgil Van Dijk and forward Sadio Mane, while Chelsea winger Eden Hazard completed the list of nominees for the 2018-19 campaign.Aguero is the league’s joint top-scorer with 19 goals and Sterling has found the net 17 times as City aim to become the first team in a decade to defend the English top-flight title.Van Dijk has transformed Liverpool’s defence since joining the club from Southampton in Jan. 2018, and has been key in the Merseyside club keeping 18 clean sheets this season.Mane was rewarded for his 18 league goals this campaign, while Hazard has been Chelsea’s standout performer with 16 goals and 12 assists.Sterling and Silva are also up for the PFA Young Player of the Year award alongside Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold, West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks.The winners, voted for by the PFA members, will be announced at the annual awards ceremony on April 28.last_img read more

Hamilton vows to bounce back at Silverstone

Hamilton vows to bounce back at Silverstone

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton vows to bounce back at the British Grand Prix after a poor eekend in Austria © AFP / VLADIMIR SIMICEKSILVERSTONE, United Kingdom, Jul 5 – Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes would be well advised to ignore all previous form and a pile of encouraging statistics as they bid to bounce back at their home British Grand Prix on Sunday.After the debacle of their double retirement at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, where they were previously unbeaten in four years, and Hamilton’s travails in Canada, where he was a clear pre-race favourite, the Mercedes team has lost its near-metronomic consistency. Forecasts of their continuing supremacy on tracks where they have always seemed invincible are no longer as trustworthy as they have been.Max Verstappen’s victory in Austria, his first this year, rewarded Red Bull’s opportunism, but his Milton Keynes-based team and Ferrari may face a struggle to match a resurgent Hamilton, reliability permitting, in front of his own fans.The 33-year-old Englishman will be hunting a record fifth consecutive British triumph at Silverstone, and his sixth overall, on Sunday to regain the lead in the title race from fellow four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.The German, who finished third in Spielberg, has a one-point advantage, following Hamilton’s first non-scoring finish in 34 races dating back to the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, but expects a difficult weekend on a circuit that should suit Mercedes.– Ready to fight –Much, however, will depend on the extent of the damage inflicted on the champions’ confidence after their worst result since re-entering F1 in 2010.“We tried to show the right character in defeat,” said team chief Toto Wolff. “We took full responsibility for our mistakes, which takes guts, and we will now analyse them and come back stronger from that learning. Both drivers were calm and showed true leadership.Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton intends to return to winning ways at the British Grand Prix on Sunday © AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC“We have had the fastest and most reliable car in recent years and they reminded us of that fact. We come to Silverstone on the back of the worst weekend we’ve had in a very long time. We are determined to put up a hard fight on home turf and come back with a strong result.”Hamilton compared his and the team’s feelings to that of a boxer. “When you get knocked down, to the ground, you can either stay on the floor or get back up and fight even harder,” he wrote on Instagram. “I am ready to fight.”In the current British heat-wave conditions, tyre wear could be a major factor again, in the outcome of Sunday’s race on a track that favours power and, as in Austria, this may upset all forecasts.“These tyres are pretty sensitive to heat and that could be a really interesting variable that’s thrown in,” said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.It may also create a few incidents and a possible deployment of the safety car, or a virtual version, in circumstances that require the kind of instant tactical decisions that, last weekend, undid Hamilton’s bid for victory in the early laps.Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene said he expects a tricky race for his team.“On paper, it looks difficult for us. Aerodynamics are very important and it will be difficult… ” he said.The Italian team have not won at Silverstone since two-time champion Fernando Alonso, now with McLaren, succeeded in 2011.This week McLaren parted company with racing director Eric Boullier in a bid to arrest their prolonged slump, but there appears little reason to believe it will change their fortunes.Indeed, as the England football team seek a place in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990, it is worth recalling that in that summer of Italia ’90 it was McLaren who ruled the F1 world by winning both the drivers’ -– thanks to Ayrton Senna — and constructors’ titles.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hong Kong in town ahead of Kenya friendly

Hong Kong in town ahead of Kenya friendly

first_imgFour players from the NAG ranks have been named to the squad, including forwards Alexander Post and Mike Parfitt and backs Hugo Stiles and Liam Owens. The four join Finlay Field, another U20s veteran who marked his senior debut versus South Korea at home earlier this year.All four of the NAG players selected have served as captains or vice-captains of the Hong Kong U20s teams in both fifteens and sevens with Hugo Stiles leading the U20s Sevens team in the Asia Rugby U20s Sevens in Hong Kong last week.Stiles captained the team at the Junior World Trophy in 2015 and has participated in all three of Hong Kong’s appearances at that premier international age grade tournament (2014-16).Owens also captained the U20s Sevens squad before aging out from the competition, while Post previously led Hong Kong in the Asian qualifiers for the Junior World Trophy.Head Coach Leigh Jones said, “It’s great to have the young guys involved. In the past we haven’t been able to keep tabs on them or influence their rugby or physical development and ultimately they lose out on three years of preparation,” the coach said when the team touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.“Recently we have started to reverse that trend. We are working hard to maintain ties with our top young players both in Hong Kong and overseas to ensure that they are involved at a reasonable playing level and provide them with solid programmes while monitoring their progress.”“Kenya is an important opportunity to examine these players at effectively a test level. It will be a fair step up from what they are used to at club level and we will see how they adjust,” he added.“Kenya and Zimbabwe have come close to qualifying for the Rugby World Cup. We are targeting to reach that stage again for 2019, so it is advantageous to measure ourselves against our potential opposition. We have played Zimbabwe in the last few years in the Cup of Nations so this is a great opportunity to front up against Kenya, a team we haven’t played in several years,” said Dai Rees, GM of Performance Rugby at the HKRU who will serve as Manager on tour.Jones is under no illusions about the challenges: “We are travelling effectively without 22 first-class players committed to the sevens build-up and Kenya are a big, athletic outfit. They have lots of pace and individual power. I think it will come down to our collective strength as opposed to their individuality and I’m interested to see if we can be organised enough on the pitch to nullify their threats.”Hong Kong previously played Kenya in Dubai in 2011, winning 44-17 en route to a victory in the four-team tournament that also included Brazil and the UAE.Hong Kong Team for Tour of KenyaAdam FULLGRABE, Adam ROLSTON, Adrian GRIFFITHS, Alex NG Wai-shing, Alexander POST, Ben HIGGINS, Ben ROBERTS, Charles CHEUNG Ho-ning, Charles HIGSON-SMITH, Conor HARTLEY, Daniel FALVEY, Edmund ROLSTON, Finlay FIELD, Hugo STILES, Jack PARFITT, Michael PARFITT, Jamie ROBINSON, Jamie TSANG, Jason KJESTRUP, Jonny REES, Liam OWENS, Matthew LAMMING, Matthew ROSSLEE, Nick HEWSON (Captain), CHEUNG Ho-yin, Rohan COOK, Tony WONG Ho-yeung, Tyler SPITZ.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hong Kong national rugby 15s team arrived on Friday morning ahead of the international friendly matches against Kenya.NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 –Hong Kong arrived in Nairobi on Friday morning ahead of their international friendly matches against Kenya “A” and Kenya Simbas on August 23 and 27th respectively.The strong squad of 28 is notable for the inclusion of several current players and recent graduates of the HKRU U20 programmes. The team also includes a majority of the members of the new Elite Rugby Programme (ERP), Hong Kong’s first ever professional programme for fifteens rugby.  Back row forward Nick Hewson will captain the squad on tour.last_img read more

Gor rise as Tusker pay heavy tax

Gor rise as Tusker pay heavy tax

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 22 – Champions Gor Mahia maintained their perfect start to the 2015 Kenyan Premier League season by swatting visiting Chemelil Sugar 3-1 at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.In the second of the live televised double header on SuperSport at the same venue, midfielder Khalid Aucho opened his account for Gor when he put them ahead in the 41st minute with a brilliant right footed swinger from outside the box before Ali Abondo doubled the lead after the restart to continue his roaring start to the campaign. Meshack Karani pulled one back after tapping into an empty net from a Dennis Onkangi back heel in the 86th but it took only two minutes for K’Ogalo to seal the win through Rwandan Meddie Kagere who made it two from two after scoring midweek against Bandari.The early televised first fixture at the same venue saw Francis Kimanzi side Tusker FC stunned by Ushuru FC 1-0 to leave the perennial title contenders winless thus far as old boy Robert Omunuk return to haunt his former side with a fifth minute winner.At Nairobi’s Ruaraka Sports Ground, GOtv Shield champions, Sofapaka were held to a 2-2 draw by Bandari.Former Nairobi City Stars forward George Abege opened the scoring for the Dockers in the fourth minute before veteran John Baraza drew them level on 22.Enock Agwanda put Batoto Ba Mungu ahead but Abege was at it again when he beat Sofapaka keeper Wilson Obungu in the 27th to share the spoils.Elsewhere, John Makwata scored from the spot in the 20th as Ulinzi Stars beat visiting Western Stima 1-0 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium to pick their first win.-Three on the bounce-Gor opened an early five point lead over Sony Sugar who have a game on hand and head coach Frank Nuttall believes his charges will continue with the tempo as their dream start to their title-treble chasing season continued apace.“We played very well after a tough game against Bandari. The team gave 100 percent they were motivated and are buying what we are trying to do. I’m pleased with Aucho’s performance; we have been encouraging him to strike from long range as he does in training and he did us proud,” Nuttall declared.His opposite number Mike Mururi slammed his defence for the loss, “We conceded because of a disorganized defence who gave Gor a lot of space.“We lacked match fitness compared to Gor who have been playing all through but I have 48 hours to work on my finishing before we face Mathare United,” Mururi, the reigning Coach of the Year underscored.The hosts, who maintained their winning squad against Bandari, could have opened the scoring in the second minute when the Sugar Millers conceded a corner that was brought in by Abondo but both Olunga and Kagere missed the ball that rolled harmlessly off the field of play.There was a scare for Chemelil in the 12th when their shot-stopper Fredrick Onyango came out of his line to try and prevent Olunga from racing into the box but he missed the ball before fouling the former Tusker forward.Abouba Sibomana took the resultant free-kick that forced Onyango to stretch and tip over the bar for a fruitless corner.Mururi charges composed themselves to settle in the match but Stephen Wakanya wasted two chances in the 25th to shock the champions.Wakanya could have sent the visitors ahead in the 36th when he received a pass from the midfield and did well to beat two defenders but dallied on the ball allowing Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch to beat him to it as Harun Shakava recovered to clear the danger.With four minutes to the interval, Kagere won a free-kick that was curved in by Sibomana before Aucho collected the miscued clearance to exchange passes with Olunga before the former Tusker FC man powered in a cracker for the opener.Onyango was forced to make a finger tip save from a Sibomana free kick when the game resumed before Gor doubled the lead a minute later when Olunga’s shot was blocked only for the rebound to fall on Abondo who smashed home a deflected shot for the second.In the 67th, Aucho missed a chance to notch a brace after Olunga found him in the box but his header went wide.With four minutes to the final whistle, Chemelil pulled one back when Onkangi back heeled Collins Kisuya’s corner to find Karani who taped into an empty net after Oluoch had come off his line.Chemeil’s hopes of staging a comeback were crashed when Kagere scored his second goal and Gor’s third after Godfrey Walusimbi played a one-two with Olunga before the former made a run into the box.He was disposed by Kisuya with a sliding tackle only for the ball to find Kagere who made no mistake.–No win for Kimanzi–In the early kick-off, Tusker who was looking to bounce back from their 1-1 stalemate at Thika in their opener fell behind in early when their former forward Omunuk finished past advancing keeper Farouk Shikhalo.The Brewers took control of the match after conceding but were frustrated by the taxmen who opted to sit back and try to get Tusker on the break.Kimanzi charges had a number of chances with Andrew Tololwa heading Dennis Ng’ang’a’s cross wide while James Situma saw his free-kick blocked by Ushuru defense.Former Tusker custodian and skipper, Samuel Odhiambo was on top form to deny his previous side twice before the interval when he parried Nga’ng’a’s shot for a fruitless corner.Odhiambo did well once again to ensure they don’t concede a goal, this time stopping Ismail Dunga’s effort on the stroke of half time, as Tusker trailed at the break.Tusker made an attacking change after the break, introducing Ghanaian striker Stephen Owusu for Ng’ang’a as they pushed for an equaliser.Ushuru responded by solidifying the defence, when head coach Ken Kenyatta pulled off foward Nelson Simwa for former AFC Leopards defender, Eric Masika as they looked to contain Tusker attackers.The Brewers made further changes withdrawing Andrew Tololwa for Kevin Kimani, Ishmail Dunga was as well rested for 2013 KPL midfielder of the year, Brian Osumba as they looked to get back into the game with Ushuru employing defensive tactics to frustrate them.Kimani and Brian Osumba brought the much needed urgency in the match piling pressure on the taxmen but were unable to break through Ushuru’s compact backline who held on to collect maximum points and win their first match of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Name that can mean `love him’ vexes Chinese officials

Name that can mean `love him’ vexes Chinese officials

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEIJING (AP) – A Chinese couple seeking a distinctive name for their child settled on the e-mail “at” symbol – annoying government officials grappling with an influx of unorthodox names. The unidentified couple were cited Thursday by a government official as an example of citizens bringing bizarre names into the Chinese language. Written Chinese does not use an alphabet but is comprised of characters, sometimes making it difficult to develop words for new or foreign objects and ideas. As of last year, only 129 names accounted for 87 percent of all surnames in China, Li Yuming, vice director of the State Language Commission, said at a news conference. The letters A and T can be pronounced in a way that sounds like the phrase “love him” in Chinese. The father “said `the whole world uses it to write e-mails and, translated into Chinese, it means `love him,”‘ Li said. Li did not say if police, who are the arbiters of names because they issue identity cards, rejected baby “at.”last_img
‘Die Hard’ director sentenced to prison in wiretap case

‘Die Hard’ director sentenced to prison in wiretap case

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal judge sentenced Hollywood director John McTiernan to four months in prison Monday after refusing to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea to charges of lying to the FBI about his association with disgraced private eye Anthony Pellicano. Judge Dale S. Fischer gave the director of such films as “Die Hard” and “The Thomas Crown Affair” until Jan. 15 to turn himself in to authorities. McTiernan’s attorney said he would appeal. McTiernan was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. When he entered his plea last year, McTiernan said he lied when he told an FBI agent the only time he used Pellicano’s services was during his divorce. In actuality, he said, he hired Pellicano to wiretap Charles Roven, who had worked with him on the 2002 box-office flop “Rollerball.” Pellicano, who served 2 1/2 years in federal prison for possessing illegal weapons, has pleaded not guilty to charges in a 111-count indictment accusing him of bugging phones and bribing police to get information on celebrities and others. McTiernan was originally scheduled to be sentenced two weeks ago but that hearing was delayed after his attorney asked that he be allowed to withdraw the plea and fight the charge. Attorney Milton Grimes said at the time that McTiernan hadn’t had adequate legal representation when he entered the plea upon a previous lawyer’s advice. On Monday, the defense argued that when McTiernan spoke to the FBI agent he was tired from having returned from a long trip to Asia, was taking antibiotics for a sinus infection and had gone off his anti-depression medication. The judge was not persuaded. “I find these arguments completely lacking in credibility,” she said. McTiernan, who appeared in court in brown cowboy boots, black jeans and a blue blazer, did not speak. Grimes said outside court he was disappointed in Fischer’s ruling and would appeal. He disagreed with Fischer’s observation that McTiernan “lived a privileged life and simply wants to continue that.” “He’s probably one of the most down to earth people I’ve met in Hollywood in my 30 years working here,” Grimes said of McTiernan. Authorities say Pellicano, who is scheduled to go on trial next year, is the ringleader of a scheme that was used to get dirt on clients in legal disputes. Prosecutors claim Pellicano bribed law enforcement and phone company employees to gather information and that he illegally wiretapped actor Sylvester Stallone and other Hollywood notables. They say he also had police officers run the names of more than 60 people, including comedians Garry Shandling and Kevin Nealon, through government databases. Pellicano, who is jailed without bail pending trial, has said he is innocent. He speculated during a jailhouse interview with The Associated Press last year that he might be the target of overzealous prosecutors. Before he was imprisoned on the weapons charges, Pellicano’s celebrity client had at one time or another included such names as Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Stallone, as well as high-profile Hollywood lawyers and agents. 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

Pochettino insists Spurs youngster ‘one of best players on the pitch’ despite error

Pochettino insists Spurs youngster ‘one of best players on the pitch’ despite error

first_img“But for me, Juan was one of the best players on the pitch. If we put this pass that wasn’t good in that action out of the 90 minutes, by far [he] was the best – by far.”Foyth has been a regular in Tottenham‘s defence in recent weeks due to injuries to Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez.He is set to keep his place in the starting XI when Spurs host Southampton on Wednesday as Vertonghen serves a one-match ban. 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The 20-year-old defender, a surprise inclusion ahead of Toby Alderweireld, had been faultless up until Lacazette’s strike.“How many players on the halfway line miss the pass? A lot,” Pochettino said.“And then it is 50 metres to arrive to the goal. Because he is young it is easy to blame him, it is easy. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade gameday cracker RANKED revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY REPLY Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? center_img whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Juan Foyth started ahead of Toby Alderweireld at the Emirates latest Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos BEST OF Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino leapt to the defence of Juan Foyth after his costly error in Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Arsenal.Aaron Ramsey capitalised on Foyth’s poor touch on the halfway line to play in Alexandre Lacazette, who put Arsenal 3-2 up before Lucas Torreira added a fourth to seal the points. scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update last_img read more

Update on Grace, the Animal Kingdom Baby Gorilla

Update on Grace, the Animal Kingdom Baby Gorilla

first_imgShare This!We’ve been periodically checking in on Grace, the gorilla born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 1, 2019.Grace and her mom, Kashata. Mid-August 2019.Speaking with keepers at the Animal Kingdom’s Gorilla Trail this week, we learned that staff at the park have had no physical contact with Grace and, barring injuries or other medical emergency, they do not plan to have any physical contact with her for several years. Grace is small for her age, but her female siblings and her mother were also small when younger, so cast members are not worried.Grace is nursing appropriately and appears to be gaining weight. She is awake for much of the day and is making progress with her motor skills. Here you can see Grace, her mom, and several of the other gorillas in a primate enclosure.Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img read more

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