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Cops poised to tackle clown ‘purge’

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first_imgBy Aneeka Simonis THE spooky clown ‘purge’ craze is set to hit Pakenham and Berwick. Creepy clowns have been cropping…[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

Connacht Junior Inter Pro Fixtures Announced

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first_imgThe fixture details have been announced for the upcoming Junior Interprovincial Series. Connacht begins their campaign at home to Leinster on Saturday 28th April, with the game set to take place in Ballinrobe RFC. The following week the side make the trip to Ards RFC in Newtownards County Down for a meeting with Ulster on Saturday 4th May.The campaign concludes the following Saturday 11th May and will again see Connacht on the road for their clash with Munster. That game will take place in Old Christians RFC in Glanmire, Co. Cork.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Women’s Squash Week to Hit Nelson

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first_img Monday, October 1 @ 6-9 p.m., 330 Baker StreetWomen’s Squash Week is designed to turn on British Columbia women to the sport of squash.  The week-long event promotes social play and inspires women to reconnect on the court and off. The designated region-wide promotional week is focused to heightening awareness and encouraging trial of the sport through a host of activities at participating clubs in BC. The back to school period in September has long held the distinction of being the most time crunched period of the year even surpassing the Christmas time madness according to industry experts the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC).No one experiences the time crunch more than the female of the household. Women, more than their male counterparts are considered the captains of keeping things in order and the official gatekeeper of the health of the family – a position that often tends to trump their own fitness routine.  Squash BC (SQBC) in partnership with the Nelson Squash Clubhas a solution for this in the: Nelson Squash Club Women’s Squash Week Event The Nelson arm will prove to be a real showcase to get women in the game with a FREE women-only squash and social event at the Nelson Squash and Social Club. The ladies only event will feature a free-drop in, introduction to squash, and a complementary beverage.This will be a great opportunity to meet other players, learn the rules, learn about upcoming women’s squash events and get in the game.REGISTER for this event before September 27th@ rebeccav@me.com.For more information:Nelson contact:Rebecca Vassilakakis (250) 513-0403 lrebeccav@me.comlast_img read more

UC Berkeley wins the right to trim campus tree-sitters

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSo far, the university has moved cautiously during the standoff, which began Dec. 2. The root cause was the university’s decision to chop dozens of evergreen coast live oaks to build a $125 million sports training facility, intended mainly for California Golden Bears athletes. Scuffles have broken out between police and the half-dozen or so tree-sitters occupying branches at any time. It’s unclear exactly how many protesters there are; many rotate in and out at night and wear masks, and they usually give false names. It’s hard to say how many are students and how many are activists unaffiliated with the school. Although some spend a few hours on a branch to show solidarity, others seem to hang out for days or weeks. Some trees accommodate several protesters on planks and tarps. On the ground, supporters hoist food, water and reading materials in buckets. They haul out trash, excrement and other waste. Others keep an eye out for authorities, then tell tree-sitters – who are trespassing – to stay put for fear they’ll be arrested when they jump down. Campus officials have put chain-link fences around the grove. University lawyers have told a judge they are considering pruning lower branches that hang over the fence – eliminating the supply route for buckets. BERKELEY – University of California at Berkeley officials have won the legal right to oust tree-sitters who’ve been standing in the way of a new sports center for nearly a year. But how do you uproot a tree-sitter in one of America’s most politically correct cities? “Extremely difficult,” acknowledges campus spokesman Dan Mogulof. Plenty of people have suggestions: Fire hoses, skunk spray and tranquilizer darts are among the thorny ideas Internet posters have planted. Both sides say they don’t want a treetop confrontation in Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement of 1964, when students protested the university’s ban on campus political activities and touched off a national debate over freedom of expression. The city is also home to People’s Park, a haunt of ’60s radicalism, and site of a 1969 occupation by the National Guard on the order of former Gov. Ronald Reagan. Last month, a judge ruled that university officials could oust all tree-sitters protesting a planned new sports center. But given the political sensitivities and physical challenges, officials have been unable to uproot the protesters. “It’s not an easy thing to do, to climb into a tree, first of all,” said Doug Buckwald, member of a community group called Save the Oaks at the Stadium, whose members support the tree-sitters but remain on the ground. “If you’re climbing up into a tree to try to wrestle with somebody and drag them down you are taking on a high level of risk not only for yourself but also for the tree-sitter.” Mogulof declined to comment on what tactics campus police might use but emphasized they were not planning “forcible removal.” “Any decisions we make are going to be guided by an overriding desire to minimize the chance of harm coming to our officers or the people in the trees,” Mogulof said. Laughter and guitar music wafted from the trees this week as sitters enjoyed mild temperatures.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

LISTEN: Helping England was unethical…tonight I will help Scotland – Uri Geller

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first_imgUri Geller has told talkSPORT he feels extremely guilty for ‘helping’ England beat Scotland at Euro 96, and will attempt to even the odds on Friday.The spoon-bender and self-proclaimed mystifier insists he will do everything in his power to help the Scots to victory at Wembley Stadium, as they aim to claim their first win over the Three Lions since 1999.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Geller said: “A few football fans know that I did something highly, highly unethical at Euro 96.“I was in a helicopter helping England to beat Scotland, and I basically moved the ball away from Gary Mcallister’s foot psycho-kinetically during a penalty kick!“As you can imagine I received over 11,000 hate letters from Scottish fans, I felt terrible and very guilty. I should NOT have interfered with my powers!“I want to give Scotland back what I took away 20 years ago.“You must understand; I’m not a miracle worker, I’m not a prophet, I’m not a guru. But this time, to make it even, I offered my motivational and inspirational help to Gordon Strachan.“But guess what…I never head back from him!”Can’t think why…Geller went on to explain how Scotland will be backed at Wembley by the same ‘power’ that saw Donald Trump win the US presidencial election against the odds.“Today is a very powerful day – The November 11th, 11/11. It’s a hugely powerful number,” he added.“I predicted Donald Trump’s win back in September, why? Because his name is made up of 11 letters, so is Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Jimmy Carter, John Kennedy, I can go on and on.“So Scotland have a very big chance today because of the power and massive spirituality tied to this date.”It seems the odds, and the stars, are stacked against the Three Lions…Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Uri Geller IN FULL above!last_img read more

Bank profits falling as interest rates rise

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first_imgNEW YORK – The nation’s bankers are starting to worry about the financial health of the American consumer. Consumers have been highly profitable customers in recent years as they bought and refinanced homes, opened new savings accounts and built up hefty credit card balances. But there were signs in second-quarter bank earnings reports this week that consumers are beginning to suffer from higher interest rates. At two of the biggest New York money center banks, for example, retail bank earnings were disappointing. Citigroup Inc., the nation’s largest financial institution, said revenues in its U.S. consumer division were up just 1 percent year over year. JPMorgan Chase & Co., the nation’s No. 3 bank by assets, reported a decline in retail banking profits, largely on weakness in its mortgage servicing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s chief executive officer, said credit delinquencies and defaults have been at extremely low levels. This has allowed banks to reduce reserves against possible defaults, adding to their profitability. That’s changing, Dimon warned. He said rising interest rates and a likely increase in bankruptcy filings – which were depressed after the bankruptcy law was toughened last fall – could lead to credit card losses at JPMorgan Chase of “several hundred million dollars” in the third quarter, and perhaps as much as $500 million before year’s end. “In credit cards, we know it’s going to happen. … We’re telling people up front,” Dimon said. Sallie Krawcheck, Citigroup’s chief financial officer, also expressed concern about credit quality as consumers grapple with the higher minimum payments on credit card bills that went into effect earlier this year. Still, she said, consumers were handling the rule change better than expected. Citigroup’s losses from the new rules would be hundreds of millions of dollars in coming quarters, “but fewer hundreds of millions of dollars” than the bank initially feared, she said. Krawcheck also said the recent volatility in U.S. markets – blamed on rising oil prices and unrest in the Middle East – could prompt individual investors to scale back their trading activity, which could reduce the bank’s market revenue. “There’s not a panic,” she said, describing it instead as “a bit quieter of an environment” among investors. At several financial institutions known for their mortgages, home lending and mortgage servicing revenues are off. Golden West Financial Corp., a savings bank based in Oakland, said new mortgage originations declined 13 percent to $11.7 billion in the April-June period. Analyst Moshe Orenbuch of Credit Suisse pointed out that some of Golden West’s lending activity reflected consumers refinancing adjustable-rate mortgages to less costly and less profitable products. He also predicted a 17 percent decline for the year to $43 billion in mortgage originations for Golden West. Meanwhile, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co., the nation’s fifth largest bank, missed Wall Street earnings expectations by a penny in the second-quarter because it sold off adjustable rate mortgages and debt securities in the quarter at a $250 million loss. Still, Wells Fargo is betting its future on consumers by trying to sell them more. As of the second quarter, the average customer household now has an average of five Wells Fargo products – a high for the bank. Bank of America Corp., the second-largest U.S. bank, reported record earnings for the April-June period because of its acquisition of credit card company MBNA Corp. boosted results. Chief Financial Officer Alvaro de Molina said he expects consumer credit quality to begin deteriorating, but is unsure how quickly that will occur. He said he favors a pause in the Federal Reserve’s two-year campaign to raise interest rates – not because it will make things easier for consumers but because of concern that too much tightening will push the U.S. economy into recession. “A pause is something that should happen, and I embrace it,” de Molina said. “But (I) embrace it not so much from a Bank of America short-term earnings perspective. I embrace it because overdoing could cause value destruction.”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

2 arrested in attack on deputies

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first_imgSTEVENSON RANCH – Two people were arrested Sunday after attacking sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 hang-up call, a sheriff’s official said Monday. Fredrick Dameon Thomas, 32, and Jamila Maiko Reese, 28, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. Deputies David Martinez and Clarence Hodge arrived at the Holiday Circle Drive house about 5:25 p.m. and heard a man and woman arguing, said Lt. Mike Dunkle, acting commander of the local station. “As the deputies approached, they asked the male to come out, and he declined,” Dunkle said. “He started backing up inside the house, so they followed him to make sure there were no weapons.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system When Martinez tried to pat down Thomas, the suspect hit him in the face, according to the sheriff’s report. A struggle ensued and Hodge tried to come to Martinez’s aid, only to be grabbed by Reese, who jumped on his back. At one point, Hodge drew his gun and pointed it at Thomas, who knocked him over as he ran out the front door, the report said. Martinez caught Thomas outside the house and arrested him. Another deputy was en route to the call when he lost control of his patrol vehicle on Stevenson Ranch Parkway, hitting a light pole. Deputy Hans Schneider was not injured. Thomas’ bail was set at $160,000; bail for Reese was $25,000. Both are scheduled to appear today in Santa Clarita Superior Court. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want 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

Solskjaer poised to land Man United job as he’s ‘only serious candidate’ for role

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first_img MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains the only serious candidate to land the Manchester United job on a permanent basis, according to reports.ESPN report that no other manager has been approached to discuss the position, with Solskjaer firmly in position to become Jose Mourinho’s full-time successor. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 10 Games8 Wins2 Draws0 Defeats26 Goals Scored6 Goals Conceded6 Clean Sheets Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a superb job at Manchester United 2 latest Solskjaer has put himself in pole position to land the United job on a permanent basis 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER’S RECORD AS MANCHESTER UNITED BOSS IN NUMBERS gameday cracker center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The incredible transformation Solskjaer has overseen has moved him ahead of the likes of Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri as favourite for teh position.Club hierarchy insist that the new manager will not be appointed until the end of the season, ESPN further claim.Solskjaer, who was appointed interim boss following Mourinho’s exit in December, has guided United to 12 victories and two draws in the league during his interim reign in charge.The only defeat to date came at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of United’s Champions League round of 16 clash at Old Trafford on February 12. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 whoops Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY huge blow SORRY tense United’s spectacular run of form has seen them close an 11-point deficit on the top four positions to now sit just one point adrift of fourth place Arsenal in the Premier League.Solskjaer’s men are also through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup having overcome the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea along the way.United entertain Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford before they travel to Paris on Wednesday night looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit in their crunch second-leg clash against PSG.last_img read more

Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho

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first_img Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ targets West Ham are understood to be reluctant to sell him Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff update Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has identified West Ham defender Issa Diop as a replacement for centre-back Jan Vertonghen, reports claim.The Frenchman has three-and-a-half years left on his contract at the London Stadium and it is believed the Hammers are reluctant to sell him. latest It actually came after the Hammers beat the Red Devils last season.On Diop, Mourinho said: “He had a fantastic match.“Congratulations to the scout that found a 21-year-old kid Diop – a monster who dominated in the duels.” appointed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Images – Getty on target Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule PEP TALK Mourinho is a huge fan of Diop rookie error LATEST 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Lilywhite chiefs will have to reach into their pockets if they want to sign the 22-year-old next month, with Sky Sports reporting that West Ham value him at over £50million.Diop joined the east London club from Ligue 1 side Toulouse 18 months ago for £22m.Mourinho has his first chance to make additions to his Tottenham side in January and he has made no secret of his admiration for the centre-back, previously labelling him a ‘monster’ while in charge of Manchester United. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship statement Getty Images – Getty stalemate However, Mourinho is still keen to tie up Vertonghen to a new deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the 32-year-old still stalls on extending his stay in north London.On Friday, Toby Alderweireld signed a new contract with Spurs that keeps him at the club until 2023 and Mourinho wants his fellow Belgium teammate to follow suit.last_img read more