Joshua runs for the state

first_imgPUTTING his running to good use off the footy field, Upper Beaconsfield running machine Joshua Mounter earned himself Victorian selection…[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

First steps to zero waste living

first_imgBy Jessica Anstice A free virtual workshop to highlight the importance of good waste management in and around households will be held by…[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

Spurs top Premier League table since Christmas… with Man City only third

first_imgTOTTENHAM have been in great form in recent months as they hone in on a spot in the Premier League top four once again.Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs currently sit fourth in the table, level on points with third-placed Liverpool, but have an all-important game in hand.5 Tottenham are top of the post-Christmas Premier League tableCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdSomewhat quietly, Tottenham have also put together a six-game win streak in the Premier League – and are on a 14-game unbeaten run.In fact, Tottenham last lost in the top-flight on December 16, 2017 – in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.Since then, Spurs have won 11 and drawn three of their 14 games (36 points) to sit top of the post-Christmas Premier League table – as they were last season as well.Runaway league-leaders Manchester City, meanwhile, are good only for third, with 32 points – behind second-placed Liverpool (33 points).5 Man City sit only third in the post-Christmas standingsCredit: Getty55 Liverpool sit above Man City in second in the post-Christmas tableCredit: AFPManchester United complete the top four (30 points) with Newcastle a surprise entry in fifth with 23 points.But it’s bad news for both Arsenal (18) and Chelsea (18) – who sit below relegation-threatened Swansea (20) and Bournemouth (22) – in eighth and ninth respectively.PREM MARATHON Premier League action will grace our screens for nine out of ten days starting this weekendWest Brom are unsurprisingly dead-last, with just SEVEN points from their 15 games as they prepare for life in the Championship.Southampton (ten points) and Huddersfield (11 points) complete the bottom three, with Stoke just outside the post-Xmas drop-zone on goal difference.Weekend Round-up: Watch all the action from the Premier League games this weekend5 Arsenal and Chelsea sit way down in eighth and ninth since ChristmasCredit: ReutersCURRENT PREMIER LEAGUE TABLESee More Tables See Full TableMORE FOOTBALL FEATURESExclusiveCURSE FEARStrictly curse sees plans for stars and celebs to isolate together scrappedSAM SO SUMPTUOUSVictoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio wows as she poses in racy lingerieExclusiveWAYNE’S AWAYWayne Bridge is selling his mansion — after John Terry moved in nearbyExclusiveRISKY BUSINESSRyan Thomas stops van on dual carriageway to treat himself to a Mr WhippyExclusiveBED GRIME STORYStormzy in talks to write series of children’s books about diversityTUNED INWhat the stars of Chris Moyles’ R1 show are doing now – from marriages to big jobsLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordExclusive’IT’S BEEN TOUGH’Alan Carr reveals lockdown pressures tempted his husband to drink againBUMPING ALONG NICELYKate Ferdinand shows off her growing baby bump during holiday with RioSaves of the Round: Watch the best saves from the Premier League Weekendlast_img read more

Baghdatis fights back to win gruelling five-setter in Melbourne

first_imgBy Andreas VouMARCOS Baghdatis is through to the second round of the Australian Open after a grueling five-set victory over Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili.Back at his favourite Grand Slam event, the world No.78 Cypriot had to dig deep to progress in what was a see-saw encounter which he eventually won 6-2, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.2014 was a year of transition for Baghdatis, 29, as he fought hard to get his career back on track following a disappointing previous year.The last 12 months have seen him break back into the top 100 in the world as well as win the Aegon Trophy, his first singles title since 2010.Baghdatis went into his 12th appearance in Melbourne on the back of two straight wins against Mikhail Youzhny and Luke Saville at the World Tennis Challenge in ‪‎Adelaide‬ last week.It looked like it was going to be another routine victory for the Cypriot after a bright start saw him take the first set 6-2 with relative ease.In the second, he found himself leading 5-4 and serving for the set only for Gabashvili to break. The Russian then mustered the courage to force a tie break from which he levelled the match, something which looked very unlikely based on the respective performances of the two up until that moment. Things would get worse for Baghdatis in the third. Again, he started the brightest and raced to a 3-0 lead but Gabashvili, the world no.67, went on to take the next six games in a row to claim the set.Baghdatis, the former world no.8, will be forever remembered for his heroic run to the Australian Open final in 2006, and he would need similar fighting spirit to progress beyond the first round on this occasion.Before last year’s improvement, Baghdatis was beginning to make a habit of first round exits. His defeat to Denis Istomin in the opening stage of last year’s Australian Open was his 16th in less than a year. This time, he was keen to prove he had turned a corner.A motivated Baghdatis returned to the court for the fourth set, eager to atone for his earlier slip-ups and took the set comfortably. In the deciding set, Baghdatis looked to be coasting at 4-2 but the Russian fought back to 4-4. However, the Cypriot maintained his composure and took the next two games to claim the match.Baghdatis will now face 20th seed David Goffin in the second round after the 24-year-old Belgian defeated Michael Russell in four sets.last_img read more

Finance Minister hopelessly confused ‒ Nandlall

first_img“Garnishing” of Bank AccountsExecutive Member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Anil Nandlall has responded to accusations made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan in another section of the media, that the PPP party, while in office had itself introduced the freezing of bank accounts.PPP Executive Anil NandlallThe article, according might be a response to the “avalanche of criticisms heaped upon the measure announced by the Minister of Finance in his budget speech to take monies from persons’ bank accounts in satisfaction of outstanding taxes”.The issue surrounds the Minister’s announcement during the reading of the 2017 National Budget last Monday that permission will be granted to the Guyana Revenue Authority to “garnish” outstanding funds from the bank account of tax defaulters.But Nandlall on Sunday said the issue was never about “freezing of bank accounts, but the invasion of persons’ bank accounts without an Order of Court and to take monies from and apply it to taxes owed.“In the article the Minister is quoted as saying that the provision of garnishment is one which already exists in the Value Added Tax Act promulgated by the PPP and the GRA already has this power under the VAT Act; that the government is simply provided a similar measure under the Income Tax Act”.Nandlall said he can find no such provision in the VAT Act which authorizes the GRA to go into tax-payers’ bank accounts and seize proceeds in satisfaction of outstanding taxes.“Of course the Minster did not refer to any section of the VAT Act. I do not think he could have. There appears to be none”, the former Attorney General said.He continued, “On the contrary, garnishment is provided for in the Income Tax Act. However, it is limited to authorizing GRA to go after the debtors of a defaulting tax payer and recover the debts from those debtors and apply the same to liquidate the tax arrears of the tax-payer. In their current formulation the relevant sections of the Income Tax Act do not authorize the GRA to go to the defaulting tax-payers’ bank accounts and take proceeds therefrom in satisfaction of outstanding taxes. It would appear that this is a new measure being introduced by this Minister into the legislative tax architecture of Guyana”.Another issue of concern, Nandlall continued is that the VAT Act allows the GRA to prevent a person who owes VAT from leaving the country, but only by an Order of Court. He said the Minister has indicated an intention to amend the VAT Act to remove the requirement of a Court Order.“Why would the Minister want to do such a thing? This, again, smacks of authoritarianism and unconstitutionality”.“This is the very Minister who says at page 22 of his budget speech: “Mr. Speaker the Constitution of the Co-operate Republic of Guyana is the bedrock of governance and serves to secure the fundamental rights and establish the rule of law for all Guyanese”… “It is either the Minister of Finance is engaging in amateur propaganda or he is hopelessly confused”, Nandlall said.last_img read more

Hollywood writers will strike

first_imgThe guild earlier announced sweeping plans to picket every major studio in Los Angeles along with Rockefeller Center in New York, where NBC is headquartered. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers previously called a writers’ strike “precipitous and irresponsible.” The guilds had been preparing for these negotiations for years, hiring staff with extensive labor union experience, developing joint strategies and a harder line than producers have seen in decades. “We haven’t shown particular resolve in past negotiations,” John Bowman, the guild’s chief negotiator, said. “The sea change is that this is an enormously galvanizing issue and two, that the new regime at the guild actually has a plan, has an organization and a structure to respond to something.” The writers are the first union to bargain for a new deal this year. Their contract expired Wednesday. In past years, actors have almost always gone first, although the Directors Guild of America, which is seen as the least aggressive of the three guilds, has sometimes taken the lead. Whatever deal was struck first was usually accepted by the others. The guilds are aware that if writers fail to win concessions involving DVDs and the Internet, actors may have to take up the fight. “This is an issue that touches every member of this guild and every member of the Screen Actors Guild as well,” said Carlton Cuse, executive producer of the ABC drama “Lost.” Consumers are expected to spend $16.4 billion on DVDs this year, according to Adams Media Research. By contrast, studios could generate only $158 million from selling movies online and about $194 million from selling TV shows over the Web, although those numbers are expected to skyrocket in coming years. Writers get about 3 cents on a typical DVD retailing for $20. Studios argue that it is too early to know how much money they can make from offering entertainment on the Internet, cell phones, iPods and other devices. Hollywood unions have long regretted a decision made in 1984 to accept a small percentage of home video sales because studios said the technology was untested and that costs were high. The guilds have tried and failed for two decades to increase video payments, even as DVDs have become more profitable for studios than box office receipts. The first casualty of the strike would be late-night talk shows, which are dependent on current events to fuel monologues and other entertainment. Daytime TV, including live talk shows and soap operas, which typically tape about a week’s worth of shows in advance, would be next to feel the impact. The strike will not immediately affect production of movies or prime-time TV shows. Most studios have stockpiled dozens of movie scripts, and TV shows have enough scripts or completed shows in hand to last into early next year.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Writers and studios broke off talks late Sunday after East Coast members of the writers union declared they were officially on strike, the group representing producers said. Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers ended after about 11 hours. Producers said writers refused a request to “stop the clock” on a planned strike while talks continued. Producers said writers were not willing to compromise on their major demands. The writers union confirmed that talks had ended and that members would strike, but did not have any further comment. ENTERTAINMENT: Talks held in attempt to avert pickets at majorL.A.studios break down late Sunday. By Gary Gentile The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Hollywood writers will strike after last-ditch talks called by a federal mediator failed. last_img read more


first_imgThe Harry Blaney Bridge – pic Brian McDaid/Cristeph StudioA COMMUNITY fightback to win tourists after being left off the Wild Atlantic Way is already starting to pay dividends.Mulroy Bay may not be on the famous route thanks – or should that be ‘no thanks’ – to the Harry Blaney Bridge.But their own Mulroy Drive is attracting tourists! Deputy Joe McHugh, who met local tourism operators this week, has praised them for their bid.“I met with the Mulroy Drive group to discuss the work the group have done and their efforts around inclusion as a sub route of the Wild Atlantic Way or possibly as an alternative ‘Plan B’ route,” said Deputy McHugh.“The group outlined that there has been an increase in the number of camper vans on the route as a result of the heavy marketing behind the Wild Atlantic Way, and this very positive development is one which should be encouraged and supported.“I have been in touch with Joan Crawford, of Failte Ireland, and I want to commend her and her team on the phenomenal work and success to date of the Wild Atlantic Way. The team have already made a huge impact on the ground and I will be suggesting that they meet with the Mulroy Drive group to see where we can be supporting each other. “I have been in touch with Minister Ring highlighting the work that the group are doing and the benefit to the area if they were to receive funding support.“I have also contacted the Donegal County Manager, Seamus Neely regarding the matter of roads assistance in tidying up laybys and hedge cutting.“I think it is important to recognise the hard work that local business are doing and I want to commend those who have come together in order to improve and promote the scenic route in the most beneficial way to the local community.“Sean Quinn CEO has also congratulated the Mulroy Drive group in their efforts to ensure there are strong grounds in place in order to entice tourists, already visiting the Wild Atlantic Way, to visit and stay in the area.“I have been pushing strongly for the route to form a significant part of the wild Atlantic way and I am calling for it to be included in the new App that people will be able to download to their phones. “I look forward to working closely with the Mulroy Drive group, highlighting the important work which is being done on an ongoing basis, and also raising awareness of the role the area could be playing as part of the Wild Atlantic Way.”TD PRAISES ‘MULROY DRIVE’ TOURISM GROUP AS FAILTE IRELAND BACK PLAN was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Harry Blaney Bridgejoe mchugh tdMulroy DriveWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Earthquake rocks Mexico City

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) – A moderate earthquake rocked Mexico City on Friday, causing skyscrapers to sway and frightening residents, but emergency officials said no major damage or injuries were reported. The U.S. Geological Service estimated the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 and struck in Michoacan, 125 miles southwest of the capital. It was centered four miles northwest of the town of Huetamo and 59 miles below ground. Electricity and telephone service did not appear to be interrupted. Some buildings announced brief evacuations, and hundreds ran into the streets. “I was in a small office, and the shelves were moving … and the walls were vibrating,” said Carlos Avila, 25, an administrative employee at the federal Public Safety Department. Sanjeev Patny, a 43-year-old American Express employee, walked down 10 flights of stairs and was waiting for building officials to tell him he could return to work. “I felt the tremors, and I didn’t know what to do,” he said. The quake was too small and based too far inland to cause a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want 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

Celtic sign winger Oliver Burke on six-month loan deal

first_imgThe move comes as the triple treble chasing champions look to bolster their squad amid a mini injury crisis with moves for Timothy Weah and Vakoun Bayo also reportedly underway.The Hoops currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership on goal difference from Glasgow rivals Rangers as the league goes into a winter shutdown. Celtic have signed Scotland international winger Oliver Burke on a loan-deal until the end of the season.The 21-year-old West Brom star, who has also played for Nottingham Forest and German side RB Leipzig, cost the English Championship club £15m when he signed at the start of last season.The five-times capped Scotland player will join up with Brendan Rodgers’ men at their winter training camp in Dubai this week.Despite his young age Burke, who can also play through the middle as a centre forward, has already accumulated around £30m in transfer fees with Leipzig also spending £15m when they signed the highly rated youngster from Forest.last_img read more

Security Executive Council (SEC) Expands Capability with Four Security Experts

first_imgThe Security Executive Council (SEC) has recently welcomed four additional experts to its team. Responding to SEC’s current research on corporate security trends and requirements, this new group of leading professionals will contribute in important niche areas of expertise. Bob Hayes, SEC’s managing director states, “With our most recent recruitment of top talent, we have added experts with some experiences and knowledge unique to the security advisory industry.” The SEC provides a comprehensive array of advisory services and serves as a strategic partner to security executives who want to take their security programs to the next level.Phil Hopkins Former VP of Global Security, Western Union Financial Services Expertise: • Executive risk assessments • Design of protective services and program development • Financial crimes • National security eventsHeather O’Brien Former Southeastern Regional President for Universal Protection Service, LLC and President, Security Forces, Inc. Expertise: Expertise Guard /officer programs including: • Contracting • Program implementation • Services coverage • Qualifications • KPIs • Cost effectiveness without service reduction • Contract and services validation- Sponsor – John Slattery Former Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence (CI), FBI National Security Branch Expertise: • Custom training and solutions focused on insider threats and cyber risk mitigation • Analytic and intelligence-enabled products and services to US Government, law enforcement organizations and private sector clients • Solutions leveraging behavioral indicators to better inform management and influence personnel decisions • Tailored training and solutions for the enterprise to improve interviewing and behavioral influence skills and the ability to detect deceptionMarilyn Sussan Former Chief, Administrative Services, Security and Corporate Procurement Division at Inter-American Development Bank Expertise: • Integration of security across all corporate services delivery • Security considerations in international real estate decisions • Employee security and incident management in developing countries • Executive influence strategyTo learn more about the Security Executive Council, click here. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more