Passing up on Saint-hood

first_imgIN THE first week of a two-part Beer O’Clock, RUSSELL BENNETT sat down with former St Kilda footballer, and one…[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

Big week as ladder leaders clash

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT ELLINBANK AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREVIEW – ROUND 7 WHEN opportunity comes knocking, who will step up…[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

Weekend dry boosts market quality

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Processors hold stock

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APOEL looking to bounce back

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouFOUR more rounds to go before the end of the football season and with the exception of the two teams rooted at the bottom of their respective groups, Anorthosis and AEK Kouklion, the remaining sides have something to play for other than their pride.The most interesting tie is from the title-challenging group between third-placed Apollon, and the team five points above them,  APOEL, at the Tsirion stadium in Limassol.Apollon know that only a win can keep their hopes alive for a Champions League position finish. They will be without their leading marksman Gaston Sangoy who is out for the rest of the season but coach Christoforou should be able to recall Paboulis to the starting eleven as he has fully recovered from injury.APOEL need to bounce back from their defeat last weekend as they cannot drop further behind leaders AEL with so few remaining games. Greek coach Donis is spoilt for choice as he has all his players available for selection.Leaders AEL travel to Larnaca to face Ermis with a number of selection problems. Dede is suspended while defensive stalwart Ouon and striker Kaluderovic join long term absentee Sachetti on the sidelines. Coach Petev was dealt a further blow on Thursday when midfielder Ohene injured himself in and is doubtful for the game.On the other hand Ermis Aradippou want to lock down fourth place as it leads to a more favourable path in the Europa League and with Omonia just three points behind, know that even a draw will keep them well on course.Anorthosis have not won a game since their new coach Kostenoglou took charge almost three months ago. They face injury-plagued, but thirsty for points Omonia at home, in what should be an open and attacking game.Aris need the win against doomed AEK Kouklion at the Tsirion stadium to make a decisive step in maintaining their first division status. Ton Caanen’s outfit is in excellent form and should have few problems in seeing off the Kouklia team.Ethnikos Achnas play hosts to indifferent AEK Larnaca in a game they have to win. They are still fuming however from some rather dubious, to say the least, refereeing decisions last Sunday and have been calling all week for better and fairer refereeing.In the last game of the weekend group B leaders Nea Salamina take on relegation ‘favourites’ Doxa Katokopias at the Ammochostos stadium. Nea Salamina are strong at home and Doxa will have to be at their very best if they are to get anything out of this game.Saturday, May 3: Group A – Apollon v APOEL, Anorthosis v Omonia (18.00), Ermis v AEL (19.30)Sunday May 4: Group B – Aris v AEK Kouklion, Ethnikos Achnas v AEK Larnaca, Nea Salamina v Doxa (all at 17.00)last_img read more

Celtic avoid further embarrassment against Gibraltan part-timers

first_imgFormer European champions Celtic bounced back from last week’s humiliating defeat against Lincoln Red Imps to beat the Gibraltan part-timers 3-0 on Wednesday night and reach the next stage of the Champions League qualifiers.The Scottish champions, astonishingly beaten 1-0 last week, scored three times in a six-minute spell in the first half to stave off the threat of an embarrassing exit in their second qualifying round tie.Mikael Lustig broke through in the 23rd minute, Leigh Griffiths cut inside to fire home the second two minutes later and Patrick Roberts added a third just before the half hour to give Celtic a 3-1 aggregate win.Elsewhere, Hungarian champions Ferencvaros suffered a shock exit on penalties at the hands of Albanian counterparts Partizani after missing three of their four spot kicks.The second leg had ended 1-1 after Oliver Huesing put through his own goal five minutes before halftime to cancel out Zoltan Gera’s early penalty for the hosts.Dinamo Zagreb, Croatian champions for the past 11 seasons, beat Vardar Skopje 3-2 to progress 5-3 on aggregate.Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade, the only other former European champions taking part at this stage of the competition, qualified on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Valletta, running out 4-2 aggregate winnerslast_img read more

Hindus challenged

first_imgDear Editor,The festival of Holi is over and Hindus seemed to be quite happy that many non-Hindus participated in the celebrations. Others opined that it was just another religious event that was being overshadowed by alcohol and Bollywood-type entertainment. What Hindus ought to share with all mankind is the universal knowledge that is the very foundation of their culture.Our Indo-Guyanese ancestors were the first East Indians to inhabit any country in the Western Hemisphere when the first ships landed in British Guiana in 1838.However, a quick comparison with the vibrancy of Hinduism in neighbouring Trinidad and Suriname would show that Hindus of Guyana have a lot of catching up to do. Indentured servants may not have brought many books when they first came aboard ships, but there is no reason why the oral method of sharing knowledge should limit the methods of learning today. In 1939, devotees at Windsor Forest imagined that the Vedas was so large that they took a painted donkey cart to pick up the book at the train station. They must have been shocked when Professor Bhaskaranand appeared holding the book in one hand.Every year, current and past Presidents attend graduation ceremonies at Saraswati Vidya Niketan at Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara (WCD) and praise the success of this Hindu learning institution, its principal and its teachers, yet Hindus seem unwilling to duplicate this success. Organisations in Guyana and even in NORTH AMERICA seem unable to meet the challenge to operate a private school. While some are in the initial stages they all appear to be struggling generally because parents themselves seem not to appreciate the value of cultural education. While we wait for more classrooms, the temples can encourage more Hindus to read about Hinduism. The Vedic civilisation produced the first books, the Vedas, the first universities and some of the greatest minds in the world yet one would have to look with a microscope to find a library or books in many temples. Not songs, not a CD or a DVD that limits the imagination, but a book that can be read over and over anywhere without the need for electricity or a battery. Many will finance a yagna or sponsor a murti, but few are willing to finance written knowledge even when devotees worship Mother Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. If the temples do not wish to participate, this does not prevent the enlightened devotee from taking the lead at their private functions at home or elsewhere.Vedic scholars have produced masterpieces in literature, philosophy, science, history and every other field of study. These include writings of Nobel Prize winner Rabindranauth Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Dayananda, Rajagopalachari. In every home, there should be a copy of the Ramayan and the Bhagavad Gita. The latter was described by Gandhi as a book of Universal Ethics and by Vivekananda as a bouquet of the beautiful flowers of the spiritual truths collected from the Vedas and the Upanishads.Once it is realised that these are the best gifts for family and friends, the demand would quickly lead to the establishment of specialised book stores, libraries and hopefully more private Hindu schools open to everyone wishing to find answers to mankind’s enduring questions; answers that are still relevant to modern technological societies.Sincerely,Tamnarine SahadeoBrampton, Canadalast_img read more

K’Ogalo out to regain continental magic

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 14- Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) representatives, Gor Mahia, are out to disprove the country’s low FIFA world ranking by embarking on an extended run in the competition.Speaking in Nairobi on Monday after conducting his first training session of the season, Gor’s returning Croatian coach, Zradvko Logarusic affirmed his charges were fired up for their continental campaign that kicks-off mid next month. Domestic Cup holders Gor have been drawn against Seychellois side Anse Reunion in the preliminary rounds before facing Egyptian side ENPPI in the first phase of the competition.“The Cup may be coming too early for us since we have just started our pre-season but we will go step by step.“We will give them respect but they must also respect Kenyan football and Kenyan players. First, we must pass the Seychelles test and then we come to Egypt and that is where I hope we shall prove that Kenya does not deserve to be position 126 on the FIFA rankings,” Logarusic said.He acknowledged the enormity of the task of toppling ENPPI should they as expected, navigate through the Islanders whom they face between Feb. 15 and 17 and March 1 to 3 in a two-legged aggregate winner tie.“Of course, anything can happen with the Seychelles team but we pass them, we are playing a club that has a budget of 25 million U.S. dollars and ours is only 600,000 dollars per year and is sponsored by companies like Nike and McDonalds.“It says everything but we shall play without fear,” the coach of the only Kenyan club to lift a continental title when Gor won the 1987 CAF Cup Winners Cup (now defunct) added.Logarusic spoke as his side unveiled six new players, including Giovanni Rodriguez Bissolli, the first Brazilian to feature in the Kenyan league.Ugandan-national Israel Emuge, Nigerian-national Abbey Natti as well as local players Zachary Onyango, Paul Kiongera, Innocent Mutiso and David Otieno are the other additions.Logarusic who ended speculation on his future after leading Gor to two domestic cups and to within a point of the league title also explained why he returned to the most supported club in Kenya.“I could not disappoint these people; I did not finish my business. We took two titles and the one we wanted most we did not take. We are here for business, the season is long and for the next 10 months, it will be very hard work.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

WorkBC’s Find Your Fit Tour stops in Hudson’s Hope this week

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — WorkBC’s Find Your Fit Tour will be stopping at the Hudson’s Hope School this coming Thursday which will feature an open house from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.The Fit Your Fit tour is targeted at students in Grades 5 – 10 to help them discover a range of in-demand careers in B.C. with up to 16 career activity stations. The stations will feature information for 11 separate career paths, including those in the transportation, construction, medical, trades, mechanical, engineering, and information technology sectors.“Our province needs it all, everything from nurses, to HR professionals and pilots,” said Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark. “The Find Your Fit Tour is an opportunity for Hudson’s Hope students to get their hands on the information they need about dynamic and rewarding careers that will help their future take off.”The provincial government said that the Tour builds on its commitment to provide British Columbians with the services they need by providing them with the information to help make decisions about education and training.- Advertisement -Tour dates for the Find Your Fit tour are available online at read more

Judge rebukes both union, Torrance

first_imgThe ruling is largely moot, anyway. The judge ordered the city to restore Moorman’s presidential leave time to five days, rather than the three days the city claimed was specified in its labor agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He also ordered the union to stop refusing to negotiate over the issue. But the city and AFSCME, which represents about 500 municipal employees and is Torrance’s largest employee union, negotiated a new contract this summer. That contract settled the issue of how many work days Moorman is allowed to devote to union business – two – rather than her job at the main library branch. Still, the judge’s decision did provide insight into the inner workings of City Hall last year after Scotto’s election and the relationship between the union and city administration. The union had backed former Mayor Dan Walker in the bitter campaign. At the time the union’s agreement with the city allowed Moorman to spend three days of her work week on union activities, City Manager LeRoy Jackson said. Somewhere along the way, Moorman’s boss, the city librarian, expanded the allowable time to five days. “There was an error made by a lower level manager in the organization that was in conflict with the agreement we had between (the union) and the city of Torrance,” Jackson said. When city officials moved to reduce the presidential release time back to three days – after Scotto’s election – the union cried foul and filed the complaint. “There was never intent on the city’s side to change anything,” Scotto said. “We just wanted the AFSCME president to agree to adhere to the (labor) contract we had with them.” Scotto said he was merely attempting to ensure taxpayers did not pay a union official to perform work outside of her municipal duties. The judge, however, though took issue with the actions of city administrators as they sought to enforce the provision of the labor agreement dealing with presidential release time. Specifically, Judge Allen: Criticized the timing of the city’s actions and its “limited investigation of Moorman’s taking release time.” Found that the city’s “explicit and implicit accusations of misconduct and threats of discipline (directed toward Moorman) were not supported by an investigation of the underlying facts.” Maintained that “Scotto’s recollection seemed particularly spotty” in one meeting with Moorman. Accused Assistant City Manager Mary Giordano of making representations during the dispute that were “untrue, as any investigation would have shown.” “In short, during the three months they were attacking Moorman, Giordano and the city manager showed no desire to ascertain or acknowledge the underlying facts,” the judge concluded. “Their investigation of those facts was cursory at best.” 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut Allen also reprimanded the union, which has had an acrimonious relationship with Torrance officials, for refusing to negotiate with the city over the issue. “We’re both disappointed,” Mayor Frank Scotto said. “The judge is basically saying shame on both of us.” However, in a statement via e-mail, Moorman said that “the sanction against the union was minor compared to the strong language the judge directed” at city officials. “He specifically pointed out that management was not credible, Mayor Scotto was not believable and that the city through the mayor interfered with my protected rights,” Moorman wrote. “The judge also concluded that the city’s motivation was retaliatory in part because we did not support Scotto (during the mayoral campaign).” Although she acknowledged the union’s failure to “meet and confer” over the issue, Moorman said “it is significant to note the hostile and retaliatory environment that was being fostered by Mayor Scotto, which made it difficult to trust that the city would meet and confer in good faith.” RULING: The decision found city had retaliated against a worker, but also said the two sides should have talked. The city of Torrance and one of its employee unions have received what amount to slaps on the wrist from an administrative law judge stemming from complaints filed against each other last year. In a ruling made public late last week in the Public Employment Relations Board case, Judge Thomas J. Allen said city officials “retaliated” against Jeannie Moorman, the president of AFSCME Local 1117. The retaliation centered around a dispute over how many days Moorman was permitted to spend on union activities during her work hours at the city library, something called presidential release time. City officials originally had demanded she repay 20 days of time off work they believed she had improperly taken for union activities. last_img read more