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Police investigate string of shed burglaries

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first_imgBy Jessica Anstice In excess of $5000 worth of tools and equipment was stolen from a shed in Avonsleigh overnight on Thursday 23…[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

Nine-man Roma suffer Champions League woe

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first_imgBy Brian HomewoodAS Roma suffered another European humiliation on Tuesday when they had two players sent off, lost 3-0 at home to Porto and missed out on the Champions League group stage.After drawing 1-1 in Portugal in the first leg of the playoff tie, Roma started as favourites but never recovered after Felipe gave the visitors an eighth-minute lead.They imploded completely when Daniele De Rossi and his replacement Emerson Palmieri were shown straight red cards either side of halftime.Monaco joined Porto when they beat Villarreal 1-0 after a late penalty by Fabinho sealed a 3-1 aggregate win, and Legia Warsaw, Celtic and Ludogorets Razgrad also qualified, although none of them won on the night.Ten-man Legia drew 1-1 at home with Irish part-timers Dundalk, but progressed 3-1 on aggregate to become the first Polish side to reach the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition for 20 years.Former European champions Celtic squeezed past Hapoel Beer Sheva 5-4 on aggregate despite a 2-0 loss in Israel and Ludogorets held Viktoria Plzen 2-2 away to secure a 4-2 aggregate win.Roma became the third successive Serie A team, and the sixth in the last eight seasons, to lose in the playoff round, leaving Italy with only two representatives – Juventus and Napoli – in Thursday’s group-stage draw.Roma have had their fair share of recent European disasters after losing 6-1 to Barcelona last season and 7-1 at home to Bayern Munich two years ago, but not even they could not have imagined how Tuesday’s game would unfold.Their initial confidence was shattered when Felipe headed Porto in front from Otavio’s cross but the real trouble began in the 39th minute when midfielder De Rossi was sent off for a high tackle on Maxi Pereira.Amid angry Roma protests, he was replaced by Palmieri who lasted only 11 minutes before he was dismissed for a shocking lunge.Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny booked his place in rogue’s gallery with a reckless charge out of his goal which allowed Miguel Layun to slot Porto’s second into an empty net.Almost immediately, Jesus Corona turned his marker inside out before scoring the third.Dundalk, beaten 2-0 at home, made a brave effort in Poland and went ahead when Robert Benson thundered home an unstoppable volley in the 19th minute.The Irish side were given further hope when Legia’s Adam Hlousek was sent off in the 67th minute, but they were caught on the break as Michal Kucharczyk levelled in stoppage time, ending their dream.last_img read more

So predictable…

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first_img…with PNC SpeakerOver the past few weeks, your Eyewitness has been railing at the propensity of the PNC Government and their lackeys for mimicking the FORM of the Parliamentary governance model we adopted from the British, but deliberately ignoring its SUBSTANCE. So, as we mentioned yesterday, the Speaker of the National Assembly, while taking pains to remind MPs of their CONDUCT in the House, has dawdled in answering the PPP’s petition on whether the PM can sit in the House when performing the duties of President.We predicted he wouldn’t do anything that would go against Nagamootoo’s puerile boast that the PPP couldn’t “unelect” him. Of course they couldn’t “unelect” him, but that wasn’t the issue, was it? The issue was the President could APPOINT him to act in his stead when he is out of the jurisdiction, and then someone else would be appointed as Prime Minister. Nagamootoo, thereafter as President, couldn’t sit in Parliament for the duration of his appointment.Unlike what they do so often in the Indian cinema, Nagamootoo couldn’t very well be allowed to play a “double role”: to pass legislation in the House and then turn around and approve the same legislation into law as President!!But back to the Speaker. Realising that the eye of the world – such as now notices us because of the expected oil bonanza – was on him, he dillied and dallied while twiddling his thumbs until the Budget Debate was over, and THEN declared he’ll pass on the hot potato to the Standing Committee for Constitutional Reform (SCCR)!! With Nagamootoo allowed to vote for the spending, the matter was now moot!!But yes, this was the same Committee Nagamootoo complained had fallen into a slumber and hadn’t acted upon the Constitutional changes proposed by the Nigel Hughes Steering Committee for Constitutional Reform (SCCR) a year ago.But in passing the potato, the Speaker is only emphasising his pro-PNC reflexes. Fact of the matter is, the SCCR – as its name explicitly announces — is mandated to suggest constitutional REFORM, and NOT constitutional interpretation.Article 119A of the Constitution declared, “The National Assembly shall appoint a Standing Committee for Constitutional Reform for the purpose of continually reviewing the effectiveness of the working of the Constitution and making periodic reports thereon to the National Assembly, with proposals for reform as necessary.”But the Speaker isn’t only passing the potato, he knows that with the AG as Chair of the SCCR, the issue will never see the light of day. Just as the SCCR’s proposals were deep-sixed!The PPP, of course, has no choice but to take the matter to the Courts. But the (dirty) deed has already been done.…on prisonsThe Public Security Minister has been adamantly insisting that crime rates (the “serious ones”) have been plunging. For the last three years, figures have been regularly trotted out to support his assertion. But “this time na lang time”, and the general public are now “wised up” through the aegis of the communications revolution. They know how statistics can be manipulated to support any assertion of politicians. Like the one about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, for instance!!They trust what they experience, and no amount of fake statistics will convince them that crime isn’t a clear and present danger to their even HOPING to enjoy the “good life”. There is the recent announcement by the World Bank that our crime rates – including murder – are higher than the world’s average.But the biggest evidence came from the mouth of the Public Security Minister himself. He announced that in addition to spending billions to expand Camp Street, Mazaruni and Lusignan prisons, the Government will now import modular, steel, portable jail cells.If crime’s plunging, why this massive prison expansion? Political prisoners?…but unfortunateYour Eyewitness is sorry to learn the GECOM Chair is hospitalised. This newspaper claims he’s suffering from prostate cancer; but that’s unlikely, since, at his age, he would’ve been taking regular checkups.Most likely it’s fatigue from his high-pressure appointment.last_img read more

Video: The goal that made thousands of Spurs fans smile

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first_imgIn 1999, Argentina great Gabriel Batistuta showed Arsenal why fans had christened him ‘Batigol’ as the striker’s goal elminated Arsenal from the Champions League.Hosting Fiorentina at Wembley, their home for European games in order to accomodate more fans, the game was heading for a draw when midfielder Jorg Heinrich ran at the Gunners defence, laid the ball out for Batistuta who shook off Nigel Winterburn and blasted the ball from a tight angle beyond David Seaman.Arsenal finished third in Group B and eventually finished runners-up to Galatasaray in the 2000 UEFA Cup final.Batistuta spent nine years at Fiorentina and was inducted into the club’s hall of fame in 2014 having scored 168 goals in 269 games. He is also Argentina’s top scorer with 56 goals in 78 games.Tottenham will be glad he has long gone as they prepare to face the Serie A side in the Europa League.last_img read more

No Schweinsteiger, so this United XI to take on Newcastle

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first_img 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 1. David de Gea (goalkeeper) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Man United line up in squad number order 11 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 10, Wayne Rooney (centre forward) 11 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 9. Anthony Martial (striker) 11 Man United can catch Tottenham up with victory against Newcastle at St James’ Park.Manager Louis van Gaal’s side are three points behind fourth place, but the Dutchman has some injury worries.Bastian Schweinsteiger played against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, but was injured later in the game. “It shall be difficult of course [for Schweinsteiger to face Newcastle],” Van Gaal said, adding: “I don’t know yet but I think he has a knee problem.”Andreas Pereira is an option in the middle as is Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick, who were rested along with Ashley Young. Fans will hope the manager does not turn to Marouane Fellaini, though.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted line up. 7. Memphis Depay (winger) 11 11 11 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 35. Jesse Lingard (winger) 11 18. Ashley Young (left back) last_img read more

England boss Allardyce backs winter break insisting it helped Sunderland stay up

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first_imgNew England manager Sam Allardyce would like to see a winter break introduced to boost the national team’s tournament hopes.Allardyce, 61, has always been keen on a mid-campaign break, often taking his own team away for a few days, fixture list permitting, insisting it helped save former club Sunderland from relegation last season.And the Three Lions boss believes introducing one in England would help their chances of performing well in tournaments.He told talkSPORT: “The benefits are so great – proven statistically by the way – but the Premier League have always said it would be difficult do that, so you have to accept they have looked at it.“It’s just when you see everyone else across Europe doing it and the so called benefits you’ll get out of it are there for all to see.“At the back end of the season when the players had an interim break in the middle of the season it means they have got better mental and physical capabilities and have seen the season through and then maybe going onto a tournament for their international team.“That’s my thinking behind it. I don’t think anybody really realises the benefit of what just a couple of weeks would bring to the players.“Personally I’ve done it for every team I’ve been in the Premier League with. I’ve made the time to [go away]. We’ve only gone for five or six days to Dubai and chilled the players out, switched them off mentally and physically and when we’ve come back our fitness levels have always increased.“That’s certainly one of the reasons Sunderland escaped. We went to Dubai in February and then we started monitoring the lads from there and their fitness levels got better and better, which helped us achieve more results.”last_img read more

City keeping aquatic center costs in line

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first_imgSo, city officials and their construction management firm, CW Driver, contacted contractors, asking them to bid. “We marketed the project,” Forster said. They also worked with contractors, looking for ways to save money. “We’re definitely grinding on the contractors,” Forster said. “We’re looking for construction methods that are cheaper.” They’ve saved about $300,000 so far, he said. The other three contracts awarded to date include $8.7million to California Commercial Pools for installation of the pools; $2.5 million to FEC Electric Inc. for electrical, lighting, audio, visual and security systems; and $1.9 million to DOJA Inc. for grading and demolition. Grand opening of the Aquatic Center is planned for September 2007. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Despite rising construction costs nationally, city officials said, so far, they see no escalation in the estimated $29 million price tag for their proposed Aquatic Center. While only four of 29 contracts have been awarded, they total nearly $15 million. The latest contract was awarded Tuesday for utilities and plumbing to HPS Mechanical. “We seem to be about where we planned to be,” Councilman Hal Malkin said. “\ are battling hard to keep costs in line. It’s a real battle because of the costs of construction. We’re really fighting for every penny.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe center will include a family-fun area with slides, play structures and a flow channel area, a 25-yard pool for swimming lessons, a 50-meter competition pool and a spa. It is being built on 18 acres of the La Mirada Regional County Park, just behind the La Mirada Resource Center. The latest contract is an example of the fight to keep costs down. When bids were sought for that project, none were received in the first go-around in June. “The construction market is so hot now, that people choose not to bid the larger projects,” said Steve Forster, director of public works. last_img read more

Gascoigne, Sterling and Hurst among many to pay tribute to Gordon Banks

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first_img 2 England still lost that game, as they did their quarter-final against old rivals West Germany – a defeat many attribute to Banks’ absence with a mysterious stomach bug.At club level, Banks made 510 league appearances for Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke and the latter led the tributes on Tuesday morning.“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” a statement from Banks’ family on Stoke’s website read. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.“We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”Among those offering their condolences were Manchester City and current England international Raheem Sterling, Three Lions legend Paul Gascoigne, as well as 1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst. Sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away at the age of 81.Had the pleasure of meeting him a number of times and he was one of the game’s true gentlemen, not to mention one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/yj4JYZIaag— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 12, 2019 2 From the family of Gordon BanksIt is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him. pic.twitter.com/mg5GIgSoBb— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) February 12, 2019 A World Cup winner, a legend. RIP Gordon Banks 🙏 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 pic.twitter.com/P3KqVH0fEJ— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) February 12, 2019 Banks’ save in 1970 is one of the most famous in football Gordon Banks has passed away. England’s only World Cup winning GK & he’d probably have won another if he’d been able to play in the QF v West Germany 1970, the year he made THAT save from Pele. 6 time FIFA World GK of the year. Winner with Stoke and Leicester. And a terrific guy.— talkSPORTDrive (@talkSPORTDrive) February 12, 2019 More sad news in the football world. Legend Gordon Banks passes away aged 81. Still the best save ever from Pelé header. #RIPGordonBanks— Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) February 12, 2019 So sorry to hear the news of my good friend gordon banks who passed away a few hrs ago myself and ⁦@Shanewh1tfield⁩ and all at kong events send our condolences what a loss & an unbelievable goal keeper & an incredible man a really true gentleman RIP mate 😪xxGAZZAxxx pic.twitter.com/GvkHzb8Dyz— Paul Gascoigne (@Paul_Gascoigne8) February 12, 2019 I’m devastated – today Ive lost my hero our condolences to his family rip Gordon— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) February 12, 2019center_img As well as helping the #ThreeLions to glory in 1966, Gordon will be remembered for THAT save against Brazil four years later. A true England legend 🙌pic.twitter.com/RTDZKaMKBt— England (@England) February 12, 2019 Very sad to hear the news that Gordon has died. One of the very greatest. Thinking especially of Ursula, Julia, Wendy and Robert. Sad for football, Stoke City and for England fans. Will be very sadly missed. https://t.co/qO1S3BGtlB— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) February 12, 2019 So sad to hear that Gordon Banks has passed away. A true legend and gentleman. He was my first Goalkeeper Coach when I was a school boy at @swfc when Jack Charlton was manager. I went into the training ground on my 6 weeks holidays to work with him . RIP 😢— Kevin Pressman (@kevpressman) February 12, 2019 Oh no. Gordon Banks, an absolute hero of mine, and countless others, has died. @England’s World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely man. #RIPGordon— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 12, 2019 We are saddened to learn of the death of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Gordon Banks OBE. A true gent, and a true great. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/8F275XrDHE— EFL (@EFL) February 12, 2019 RIP Gordon BanksA incredible keeper and it was a joy to have met and worked with him A true gentleman— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) February 12, 2019 of course there was THAT save, but its so much more we are mourning today. RIP Gordon Banks. @England legend, your legacy will live on. All my thoughts with the family pic.twitter.com/iyAKdH2Mfm— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) February 12, 2019 Leicester City Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former goalkeeper Gordon Banks OBE, who has passed away at the age of 81. pic.twitter.com/Su47bGuWVA— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 12, 2019 World Cup success was the crowning glory of Banks’ career Almost immediately after news of Gordon Banks’ death emerged, footballers past and present, as well as clubs, queued up to pay their respects.The great goalkeeper was one of the heroes of England’s 1966 World Cup triumph, but he has amazingly become better known for the outrageous save that kept out a Pele header in Mexico four years later.last_img read more

MPP moves to kill pit bull ban

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first_img Pit bull ban to be lifted? Pit bull kills boy in Detroit area Man named ‘Vegan Sexy’ busted for sex with pit bull They also urge lawmakers to instead punish bad owners instead of otherwise innocent dogs.Under the 2005 law, owners were permitted to keep animals they currently owned as long as the dogs were spayed or neutered, and kept leashed and muzzled while in public.bpassifiume@postmedia.comOn Twitter: @bryanpassifiume The wheels are in motion to reverse Ontario’s contentious pit bull ban.Tabled Tuesday by Tory MPP Rick Nicholls, the private member’s bill targets the Dog Owners Liability Act with measures to reverse prohibitions on the dogs in Ontario.The current legislation, Nicholls argued, discriminates against both pit bills and their owners.The Dog Owners Liability Act was introduced in 2005 under the government of former premier Dalton McGuinty after a number of high-profile attacks.Opponents say the law is too vague, particularly in its definition of what constitutes a “pit bull” — which encompasses a variety of breeds that share similar features, such as a muscular build and squarish head.Relatedlast_img read more

Auburndale baseball brings out the bats in win over Assumption

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first_imgApaches rip 15 hits in road winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWISCONSIN RAPIDS — Auburndale scored six times in the second inning and added six runs over the final two innings to pull past Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 15-9 in a wild Marawood Conference South Division baseball game Friday at Witter Field.All 10 Apaches that batted had at least one hit as they pounded out 15 in all. Wyatt Weiler was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and Cody Steins added two hits and three RBIs for Auburndale (4-6, 3-4 Marawood South).Cooper Krings picked up the win, allowing six runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out six, walked six, and added a double and two RBIs at the plate for Auburndale.Weiler threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and got the Apaches out of a jam in the sixth.Auburndale returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Pittsville.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 15, Royals 9Auburndale 162 004 2 – 15 15Assumption 101 223 0 – 9 7Assumption statistics not provided.WP: Cooper Krings.SO: Krings (4 2/3 inn.) 6, Aaron Willfahrt (1 inn.) 1, Wyatt Weiler (1 1/3 inn.) 2. BB: Krings 6, A. Willfahrt 4, Weiler 0.Top hitters: AUB, Weiler 4×5, 2 RBIs, 3 runs, 4 SBs; A. Willfahrt 2 runs; Paul Willfahrt 2×5, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs; Cody Steins 2×4, 3 RBIs; Krings 2B, 2 RBIs; Collin Hawkins 2B.Records: Auburndale 4-6, 3-4 Marawood South; Assumption 5-8, 5-3 Marawood South.last_img read more