Paws walk the talk

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS PLENTY of tails were wagging at Toomuc Creek Reserve over the weekend as dogs and their owners…[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

Future looks bright for local rugby players

first_imgThe future looks bright for a handful of local rugby players from Nelson after the contingent received invites to the BC Provincial tryouts this weekend at University of BC in Vancouver.Michael Caldecott, Ezra Harding, Rhelmu Wilson-Valdez, Rowan Megale, Adam Strautman and Jake Doss, all from the Heritage City, as well as Ashley van Rensburg of Castlegar were in Vancouver for the provincial event.“This speaks firstly to the high-level athletes in the Kootenays and for them to get the opportunity to make their mark at a BC rugby event, at the same time creates a name for the interior,” said local coach Nikolas Wood.“This speaking highly to personal potential of these athletes but also programs being offered for rugby here in the Kootenays.”Wilson-Valdez and Adam Strautman are vying for spots on the U15 squad while Doss and Harding are shooting for the U16 & U17 roster, respectfully.Megale, Caldecott and van Rensburg are among the U18 tryouts.“Extremely excited . . . grateful for the opportunity,” said the players. “Nervous . . . we couldn’t have done it without the coaching.”The players, who are all members of the L.V. Rogers Bombers Rugby side that finished second in the BC High School Rugby Tier II Championships in Abbotsford, earned the selections during the recent Provincial Regional Championship Scouting Tournament held June 30 to July 3 in Burnaby. Most of the players were part of the U18 & U16 Thompson Okanagan Regional Team.The players are now among 40 from across the province selected to the tryout camp.“We’ve been having extra skills sessions with the coaches,” the players said when asked about the upcoming challenge. “There have been not a lot of forward focus as we were training so hard for the next game in front of us.”The tryouts were held at UBC July 12-15 and July 22-24.“I feel their chances are high, very high,” said Wood, whose been asked to assist with the U15 BC Team coaching squad. “They have all worked very hard throughout the season and PRC summer season I’ve been incredibly impressed with their growth and skill development.”The BC U15 and U17 are slated to travel to Calgary for the Nationals August 4th while the U18 squad is preparing to tour Ireland, also in August.While most of the players are back in high school for another season with the LVR Bombers, both Megale, off to the University of Victoria, and Caldecott, slated to play for the Rowers club, will begin to play men’s club rugby.However, there’s a shot a playing for BC on the horizon that has all their attention.“This is an awesome opportunity to represent the province. The exposure to good, higher level coaching. Fortunate to have been scouted.”To assist with expenses fundraising plans are in the works.Anyone wanting to help these boys achieve their dream can contact Wood at woodnik21@gmail.comlast_img read more

Sportsmax to improve Elite League

first_imgTanya Lee, vice-president for marketing at SportsMax, said the inaugural SportsMax Elite League (SEL) was relatively successful and plans are afoot to lift the league’s profile and appeal next season. The SEL climaxes on Saturday with the final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, between KSAFA All Stars and Clarendon Galaxy at 6 p.m. and Lee told The Gleaner that when the tournament returns next season, there will be improved sponsorship, more games, more involvement from schools and an earlier start. “It was a great year for the inaugural competition … largely because of the performances of players … and we saw a high level of competition from most teams. This is something we want on the calendar every year … we want youth playing more football. But we are looking to secure more sponsorship … so we can execute more effectively,” Lee said. “It’s important to play more matches, and we feel we will reach our goal if we have a better injection from sponsors. This year’s budget was small … but the first year was good, and we are satisfied,” she added. One of the plans is to play more games in the parishes. “We used three venues per weekend, but we want each parish to see their team, so next season, we are looking to use more venues,” she stated. “We had a lot of games at Arnett Gardens … but many people’s favourite team was not KSAFA. People took St Thomas Cobras to heart. So they weren’t divided along parish lines, there were players and teams that they actually liked,” she noted. Getting high schools involved and attracting more young people to the games is one objective for next season. “The match audience is older and we want more kids in attendance … We want a school tour to engage the schools … so they can be part of the match weekend. We started March 18 this year but we are looking to start February next season, because it is exam now and it has impacted participation,” Lee said. Chi Ching Ching is slated to perform at Saturday’s final, plus there will be jersey giveaways, credit giveaways, among other incentives and a kick from the half-line for $10,000. “We are looking for a spectacular final as we crown the first all island Under-18 champions. I am looking for even better things next year, as we will have more time to plan and to secure more sponsors,” she added.last_img read more

State media’s independence under siege

first_img… State media more heavily politicised – Opposition LeaderGovernment is being accused of now undermining the autonomy of the media entities funded by the State, when, during its days in the opposition, it had advocated for an independent State media, one that is free of political interference.Lambasting Government for attempting to dictate the editorial direction of the state media and controlling its contents, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has condemned the Government for appointing associates of the Alliance For Change (AFC) to top positions within the State media sector. His comments come in light of the Guyana Press Association’s (GPA) statement reprimanding Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for attempting to drive fear into state media operatives, and they sanction President David Granger for condoning the minister’s actions. “When they have to send their articles to be cleared elsewhere, then that means that the content of the Chronicle and other state media is determined elsewhere, by the Executive,” Jagdeo declared.He repeated allegations that a certain minister has mandated that particular stories be reviewed by his office before publication.The Opposition Leader also reminded that this is not the first time the Government has come under fire for attempting to influence the state media. In fact, Jagdeo has charged that the state media is now more heavily politicised than when the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) was in government.He highlighted that the Director of the Government Information Agency (GINA) and the Chairman of the Board of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited – publishers of the Guyana Chronicle, is a cardholder of the AFC.“When we were in office, the last two chairpersons who chaired that Board were not members of our party,” he outlined.In a letter published in the Guyana Chronicle, Bulkan chided that newspaper for not making an article of his preference its lead story. “Your front page is dominated by the headline: “More Oil” and was followed by a full-page story on page three. I wish to suggest that your emphasis and message are totally misplaced,” the minister penned in his missive.Bulkan has also expressed concern that the article on mayors was “relegated” to page eight, while the oil story was featured on page three. “I suggest, therefore, that your public duty would have been better served by switching the aforementioned articles,” Bulkan stated.Not dictatingThough President Granger did not declare that ministers can dictate the editorial position of the state newspaper, he has chosen not to condemn the minister’s actions. “I do not think he attempted to coerce or to use his ministerial influence to change what I regard as the editorial right to publish an article or to publish news stories. I don’t think there was any interference at all,” the Head of State said when asked by reporters on The Public Interest. He added, “As far as the matter you are raising is concerned, the minister did not decide what should or should not be published. He expressed an opinion on what had already been published.”last_img read more

Hosts denied in Cup of Nations opener

first_img0Shares0000BATA, January 17 – Hosts Equatorial Guinea’s dream of starting their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a win were cruelly spoiled as a late Thievy Bifouma strike earned Congo Brazzaville a 1-1 Group A draw in Bata on Saturday. Bifouma, of Spanish top-flight side Almeria, slid the ball under Equatorial Guinea goalkeeper Felipe Ovono three minutes from time to cancel out captain Emilio Nsue’s 16th-minute strike to ensure that the tournament’s opening game ended all square.It was a pulsating encounter, played in front of a sell-out crowd of 35,000 in Bata, in the best possible start for a competition which was moved to Equatorial Guinea at the last minute following Morocco’s withdrawal over Ebola fears.The stadium in Bata was already an impressive sea of bright red as thousands of passionate home fans enjoyed the tournament’s opening ceremony, with the ceremony being attended by Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the president of the tiny, oil-rich country.He would have been delighted when Nsue, the Spanish-born skipper of the Nzalang Nacional who plays for English side Middlesbrough, slid the ball under Congo goalkeeper Christoffer Mafoumbi following fine build-up play by Kike Eboula early on.Exciting youngster Iban Edu almost raised the roof with an attempt from fully 50 yards shortly before half-time, and both Javier Balboa and Nsue had further chances for the hosts in the second half.Nsue was then denied what surely would have been a killer second goal when a superb lob over the outrushing Mafoumbi found the net but was harshly disallowed for offside.That proved to be a turning point, as Claude Le Roy’s Congo hung in the game.When substitute Ladislas Douniama somehow headed against the post with the goal gaping, it looked as if their chance had gone, but Bifouma made no mistake when his opportunity arose, his low finish silencing the home fans.The second Group A game, between 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso and Gabon, will also be played in Bata at 1900 GMT.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Nadal crushes Djokovic to reach Madrid tennis final

first_imgNadal will look to seal his fifth title in Madrid in Sunday’s final against Austrian Dominic Thiem in a repeat of the Barcelona Open final Nadal won 6-4, 6-1 two weeks ago.“It is a great result. To win against Novak by that score you have to be playing very well, otherwise it’s impossible,” said Nadal.An open era record 50th meeting between Nadal and Djokovic served to highlight the Serb’s dramatic dip in form since they last met in Rome almost exactly a year ago.“It was an important match for me. I lost a lot of times in a row. To break that means there are always nerves,” added Nadal.“The circumstances nowadays are completely different compared to those seven matches that occurred before.“I think that the last two years perhaps haven’t been my best two years. For Novak, they were really good years.”Djokovic had won his last 15 sets stretching back to the 2014 French Open final against the 14-time Grand Slam champion.However, that run was emphatically ended as Nadal, willed on by a fervent home support including Cristiano Ronaldo in the VIP boxes, made the perfect start by breaking the Djokovic serve to love.“Rafa was obviously a better player today,” said Djokovic.“He deserved to win. He controlled the game from beginning to the end.”Indeed Djokovic could only muster four points in the opening four games as Nadal raced into a 4-0 lead.He did salvage some pride by seeing off more pressure on his serve to at least hold twice and force Nadal to serve out to take the first set in 40 minutes.“It wasn’t a very high quality of tennis from my side. I made a lot of unforced errors,” added Djokovic.“His quality was very high. He managed to do whatever he wanted really, especially in the first set.”– New guidance –Djokovic was playing his first tournament in Madrid since parting company with his long-term coach Marian Vajda.And on this evidence he needs new guidance as quickly as possible if he is to defend his French Open title as two more forehand errors gifted Nadal another break at the start of the second set.Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic returns a ball to Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal during their ATP Madrid Open semifinal match in Madrid, on May 13, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANODjokovic showed his resistence of old to break back when Nadal netted after being stretched out on the backhand side to level at 2-2.But his fight back was temporary as he handed the break straight back as he fired wide with a backhand after a brilliant Nadal passing shot had set up a fresh break point opportunity.Again Djokovic’s level improved as the set wore on to make Nadal serve it out.And Nadal was forced to save a break point in the final game with a drop shot Djokovic couldn’t get back over the net.“I am humble enough to come here and say that I was nervous,” said Nadal.“Especially to go from 40-15, to break point for him, that was a very hard moment for me.”Djokovic, though, fired long with a volley on Nadal’s third match point sparking wild scenes of celebration.Victory also ensured Nadal closes the gap on Djokovic’s lead in their head-to-head record to 26-24.Thiem booked his place in a first ever Masters series final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in a match that finished just after midnight local time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal returns a ball to Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic during their ATP Madrid Open semifinal match in Madrid, on May 13, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMadrid, Spain, May 13 – Rafael Nadal snapped a seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic in commanding fashion as he romped into the final of the Madrid Masters 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday.The Spaniard looks in ominous form with just over two weeks to go till the start of the French Open as he stretched his perfect record on clay this season to 14-0 with a dominant display.last_img read more

Tottenham supporters group demands a ‘credible explanation’ from the club detailing their transfer strategy

first_imgA Tottenham supporters group has voiced their concerns about Spurs’ summer transfer activity which has left concerning ‘gaps’ in the squad, asking for the club’s hierarchy to provide an explanation.Spurs brought in the likes of Heung-Min Son, Toby Alderweireld and Clinton N’Jie to bolster their options but failed to secure the signing of West Brom striker Saido Berahino after a rollercoaster saga.The non-arrival of a proven striker to share the goalscoring burden with Harry Kane raised a few eyebrows, and the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust has subsequently questioned the club’s transfer strategy.In a statement, the organisation said:“We have, in line with most fans, congratulated THFC’s Board on running the Club as a sustainable business – avoiding the financial problems that have affected many clubs over the years. We recognise the need to balance a sustainable business strategy with the need to deliver an entertaining and successful team.  “At the end of this season’s transfer window, however, we find ourselves questioning where we have ended up. Some areas of the squad have looked light as we played four games in August, and that remains the case as we move into the main part of the season. We welcome the good signings that have been made, but are concerned at the gaps that still exist and the pressure this places on the manager and the team. “Spurs made the highest ever pre-tax profit in the Premier League last year – £80m. Revenues went up 22% to £180.5m. Ticket prices for top class games remain among the highest in the Premier League. Next year, the Club has informed us it wants to increase those prices.  “Many supporters are now questioning the relationship between what we pay and what we receive. We understand the Club is trying to finance a new stadium, but we have also heard that this will not be allowed to unduly affect the playing side. And no doubt we will be asked to dig deep to watch the team in the new stadium, once it is built.  “This is not the first time the team has gone into a season looking light. We believe fans have shown enormous patience over the years. But we understand why that patience is starting to run out. It is important the Club is run on successful business lines, but the success of the business depends on sporting success – the kind that attracts crowds and fills new stadiums.  “We think a credible explanation from THFC’s Board to address the genuine concerns of supporters, many of whom have backed the current Board consistently, is now required.”Does this represent the general consensus amongst Spurs fans? Leave your comments below… 1 Tottenham crest last_img read more

3 ex-guards convicted in abuse of inmates

first_imgProsecutors said the incident was retaliation for problems guards had with inmates that day. In one of the earlier incidents, inmates threw a jacket over the head of an officer and beat him. In response, officers shackled several inmates and loaded them into a van to take them from one section of the prison to another. Once there, McGowan pulled two prisoners from the van and allowed them to fall to the ground. The inmates could not break their falls because they were handcuffed and shackled. They suffered minor injuries. Flores tossed another inmate to the ground, prosecutors said. Ramos, a sergeant, later submitted a memo to prison officials claiming one of the inmates assaulted by McGowan had slipped, even though he knew of the assault, prosecutors said. They also claim Flores initially lied about the incident to a federal grand jury. The officers’ trial lasted about a week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Jurors deliberated for parts of three days before announcing their verdicts Monday. Clark said he believes the officers have a good chance of winning an appeal. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 14. hurling shackled inmates to the ground (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Three correctional officers from the California Institution for Men were convicted Monday for and conspiring to cover it up. Robert McGowan of Apple Valley was found guilty of two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Thomas Ramos of Montclair and Hector Flores of Whittier were both convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice for lying to investigators after the May 9, 2002, incident. McGowan, 38, faces up to 25 years in federal prison. Ramos, 51, and Flores, 39, face up to five years each. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lawyers for the three men did not return calls for comment late Monday afternoon. However, the local president of the union that represents them spoke out in their defense, saying all are honorable men and accusing prosecutors of blowing the case out of proportion. “Most of the officers at CIM feel this is an injustice, a travesty,” said Gary Clark, who heads the Chino chapter of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. “I’m not saying there wasn’t an incident, but I definitely don’t believe it was what the prosecution made it out to be.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tammy Spertus, who helped prosecute the trio, rebuffed that claim. “It’s never a minor incident when correctional officers take the law into their own hands, abuse inmates and cover it up, which is what happened in this case,” she said. last_img read more

Southampton BLOW! Summer signing Jeremy Pied set for operation on knee injury

first_img1 Jeremy Pied Southampton defender Jeremy Pied has confirmed he needs an operation on a knee ligament injury.The 27-year-old full-back has played just 11 minutes as a substitute since joining Saints from Nice this summer.Pied faces an extended spell on the sidelines after revealing on Twitter the extent of the damage.He wrote: “I can confirm the bad news for my knee – I need an operation.“It’s hard to digest but it’s a trial to overcome. I’m determined to give all my energy to come back as soon as possible on the pitch.”Pied’s injury could cast doubt over the future of fellow Southampton full-back Cuco Martina.The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Everton to be reunited with former Saints boss Ronald Koeman, but may now be required to stay at St Mary’s.last_img read more

Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela is recuperating in Rome

first_img1 The Argentinean is struggling to shake off a troublesome hip problem Erik Lamela is frustrated at being Tottenham’s only injured player and has returned to former club AS Roma to undergo treatment, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.Lamela is struggling to shake off a troublesome hip problem and has not played for Spurs since their 2-1 EFL Cup defeat to Liverpool on October 25.The 24-year-old’s recovery was then delayed in December by a family issue, which meant he spent one week in Argentina visiting his brother in hospital.Lamela has since returned to London but has played no part in Tottenham’s recent resurgence, including five Premier League wins in a row and Wednesday’s superb 2-0 victory over Chelsea.Pochettino first reported Lamela’s injury, which was sustained in training, as “minor” at the start of November but is now reluctant to offer a timescale on his recovery.The midfielder’s lack of physical progress and mental frustration has caused Tottenham’s manager to believe a change of scenery may prove beneficial.“He went to Italy now. They need to change a little about the atmosphere, he has strong links in Rome,” Pochettino said.“Not only do we believe it’s important to change a bit his mind, if not he asks to finish his recovery time there. The club and the staff believe it was right that situation.“We hope that after that period he will come again and be available to start training with the team.“It’s always difficult for players who spend a lot of time more than he believe, and with the energy of the team sometimes he is frustrated he cannot be involved today as it’s only him out of the group.”Lamela, who travelled with a Tottenham physio, moved to Roma from River Plate as a 19-year-old in 2011 and he made his name during two successful years in the Italian capital.“He has a special link with physios and doctors in Rome so thank you to Roma for opening the door to him and recover the player,” Pochettino added.“We hope that in a few weeks maybe he will be available again to be involved in the training session with the rest of the group.”Lamela is Tottenham’s only absentee but a number of key players will be rested for the FA Cup third round tie at home to Aston Villa on Sunday.Vincent Janssen, Kieran Trippier, Ben Davies and Harry Winks are among those likely to come in but Pochettino will also be keen to progress in a tournament that has seen Spurs reach only one quarter-final in six years.Last season the Tottenham manager promised to sing a duet with chairman Daniel Levy if his team won the FA Cup and he made a similar pledge ahead of this year’s competition.“It cannot be the same because I think it is bad luck to say if we win we will sing on the pitch with Daniel,” Pochettino said.“Maybe we find another challenge no? Maybe I try to dance. Why not?“Anything you ask me, if we win it or the Premier League I will do in the middle of the pitch, no problem.”last_img read more