Nature comes alive for kids

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS KOOWEERUP Community Garden was a place of fun and discovery over the weekend as families got together…[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

Puffing Billy powers online

first_imgPuffing Billy has launched free virtual tours after being temporarily closed due to Covid-19. Beginning weekly on 1 May, viewers…[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

Brookdale men’s soccer team relying on balance

first_imgBy tim morrisStaff Writer By tim morris Staff Writer Beyond the team’s obvious talent, what stands out the most about the Brookdale Community College men’s soccer team to new head coach Scott Baker is the Jersey Blues’ commitment to the team. He has discovered that he has a group of athletes who have put the team before themselves, making his transition to a new coach position smoothly. “The skill level is impressive, but what has been great is their determination to learn a new system,” he said. “They are dedicated and committed players.” Beyond the talent and the dedication to cultivate it to a team, the Blues have something else going for them. “Our No. 1 strength is our leadership,” said Baker. “We have a few kids in the captains’ roles that can make a really big difference.” Tri-captains Lou Vaz, Chris Amato and Emanuel Zeon are the players who have stood out as leaders and again made the transition that much more palatable. “They play great, but they are really terrific leaders,” Baker noted. “They lead vocally and by example. They put a lot of time and effort into it.” Brookdale, which has consistently been a contender in the Garden State Athletic Conference and Region XIX, would like to get over that hump this fall and win a championship. Baker has assembled a team that is strong from the frontline to the backline and goal. “We’re pretty balanced,” he said. “We have the ability to score, defend together and win possession of the ball to get into our attack. Our goal is to get the ball to our two players up front.” Vaz, an All-Region XIX in 2001, and fellow sophomore Don Pereira provide Brookdale with as good a scoring tandem as there is. “They are both dangerous scorers,” noted Baker. “What I like is that they are committed to getting back and playing defense as well.” Helio Guimaraes is the trailer for the attack up front and complements Vaz and Pereira. A player who can establish control of the midfield is important for any team that wants to win. In Gregg Cohen, the Blues have such a player. The center-midfielder is a superb all-around player. His physical play helps him win possession of the ball, and with it, he is a crafty play-maker. On one of Cohen’s flanks is Robbie Whyte, whose speed creates gaps in defenses. Gus Aguino and Rich Frye will rotate at the other outside midfield. What Baker likes about Brookdale’s defense is its balance. No one is ever out of position, and that is because of the play of Amato and Brian Eichenberg, the team’s central defenders. They keep everyone in the right place. Brad Fraley and Rodalbert Boyer are both solid defenders lining up on the outside of Amato and Eichenberg. Zeon could turn out to be one of the surprises of the season. This basketball player is bringing his athleticism to the goalie position. Last fall, he played just about every position for Brookdale before settling in at defense. With the need for a goalie, Baker took a look at Zeon and discovered that he is more than an adequate replacement. In fact, Baker thinks that his sophomore could turn the goalie position into one of BCC’s strengths. Manny Zambaro and John Pereira are versatile players who can provide a spark as substitutes. BCC will be a team that relies on its subs. Providing the all-important depth for the team are Diego Buritca, Francisco Chevez, Pete Cuevas, Chris Hoenig, Chris Howard, Ricardo Adrian Lopez, Vincenzo Passalacqua and Alhassan Quaye. “We need everybody to win,” Barker explained. “Everyone is very valuable.” The Jersey Blues are off to a 1-1 start, beating Hartford, Md. 3-2 and losing to Del Tech, 2-1. The next home match is another GSAC tilt, Gloucester, at (3:30 p.m.) Sept. 25.last_img read more

PNGFA criticized over NSL rule changes

first_imgFile picture This is because of the plan that from the top four teams that are currently set to play for the National League, the third and fourth place will not be rewarded.As part of the restructuring the transferring windows will be reopened to players between teams before playoffs for the top four which raised another issue between clubs.Teams are concerned this could be in breach of FIFA regulations.The rules of the National Soccer League must be in line with FIFA, and Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) need to sanction that- not the competition guys, says Hekari United’s Chairman John Kapi Natto.last_img read more

Take Danos La Paz in Race 5

first_img Outclassed 2. LITTLE BIG HORN 3. SUPER GLITTERMAN 4. BELTANE 5. DANOS LA PAZ 6. ZI BEAST 7. BIGDADDYKOOL. SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS Tomorrow is the big Boom Jamaica Derby Day at Caymanas Park, with 12 races down to be contested. Post time for the first race is set for 11:20 a.m. Jamaica Oaks heroine FAYROUZ and 2000 Guineas winner COMMANDER TWO are the ante-post favourites in the full field of 16 for the Derby. As usual, we look at the Sunrise-6, which again begins at Race Two. Nine horses will face the starter in the $180,000 claiming event over 1300 metres and the down-in-class LITTLE BIG HORN is expected to go to post a very warm favourite. Only the horse’s connections can fully explain the reasons for the five-year-old’s sudden drop, in one week, from $800,000 to one of the lowest claiming levels at the racecourse. He finished lame, just over two lengths behind winner Loose Cannon in 1:01.0 for 1000 metres round, but even at 80 per cent, should be able to take care of this field easily. The sparingly raced SUPER GLITTERMAN will provide all the answers in Race Three over 1000 metres straight for non-winners of two. Both the selection and FOOT SOLDIER were outclassed by Khaleesi’s Revenge on February 24 over tomorrow’s distance. SUPER GLITTERMAN had, however, just won a maiden event and took on non-winners of two, too high in the handicaps. He is back for the first time since that run, and if he produces anything close to his maiden win on January 13, he should be able to top this field. | The fourth race is division two of the third event. BELTANE, SILVER ROCKET, and PAPER CHASER all have strong chances, based on their efforts behind Amar on May 23. PAPER CHASER was closest to the winner at the end of the race, but BELTANE showed very good early speed and is the choice to win tomorrow as he comes back the best off at the handicaps. Race Five is a very knotty $450,000 claiming race event over 1500 metres. BRAVE PROSPECT led for a long way in a 1600 metres race at this level on June 9 but finished second, nine lengths behind winner Golden Bullet. Earlier, BRAVE PROSPECT was fifth by just over eight lengths to Queen Of Baghdad in a 1400-metre race, where a very light DANOS LA PAZ placed fourth by seven lengths. The handicaps appear to favour BRAVE PROSPECT, but DANOS LA PAZ is showing his best form in many months and can get his fifth win. Last time out, the Anthony Nunes-trained seven-year-old closed fast to take fifth (three lengths behind winner Secret Traveller) in $550,000 claiming and is now ready to be unsaddled inside the winners’ enclosure on Derby day. Take ZI BEAST (training well) to win the sixth and BIGDADDYKOOL in the seventh, where trainer Nunes has a very strong hand, despite the presence of last year’s Triple Crown winner SHE’S A MANEATER and the very fit WILL IN CHARGE.last_img read more

Doctors deserve better

first_imgDear Editor,The public health system has been plagued with a plethora of problems, ranging from shortages of drugs and medical supplies to prolonged waiting time for patients at outpatient and even emergency departments. Very often, patients’ frustration, disappointment and anger are usually directed at the doctors and nursing staff, many of whom are not responsible for the mismanagement that occurs on a daily basis.The doctors themselves are frustrated with the system, and have made known their concerns about drug shortages, equipment failure, and inadequate and untimely laboratory results — all of which have a severe impact on clinical management of patients.At some departments in the GPHC, it is the norm for doctors to work 96 hours per week. This happens when doctors work “on call” every three days. In extreme instances, some departments require doctors to work from Saturday morning at 8 am to Monday at 4 pm, a total of 56 hours continuously, in addition to the average work week.It should be noted that GPHC is regarded as the best staffed public hospital; one can only imagine how many more hours doctors at the regional and district hospitals across Guyana have to work.Many of the doctors believe they would be able to provide a better quality of service if the public health system adopts the European Standards of Work for Physicians in Guyana.Inadequate accommodationWhen physicians are “on call,” they are required to be physically present in the hospital compound. This is to ensure that, if needed, they would be immediately available. The public hospitals would usually designate an area wherein these “on call” doctors can be found, if needed. The basic requirements are a secure room, with toilet and bath, a cot, table and chair. These basic requirements are not met by most of the institutions, forcing doctors to sleep on the corridors or in their cars.At the GPHC, for example, both male and female doctors are required to share the same room, with few beds and limited toilet facilities being available.Salaries and allowancesMany Government Medical Officers are unhappy with their remuneration, especially the younger doctors. A first-year GMO at GPHC receives a salary of $181,808. A second year GMO at GPHC gets a salary of $218,169. A third-year GMO at GPHC gets a salary of $261,802. Many of these doctors have complained that these salaries are wholly inadequate, especially with the increased cost of living.The allowances that a doctor receives across the public health system vary. The doctors at GPHC would get a monthly housing allowance of $20,000, but most of them complain that they are unable to rent a house in or around Georgetown for this sum of money. They also receive a meal allowance of $500 per call, which is far less than what an actual meal would cost. If a doctor decides to buy a real meal while “on call”, s/he would often end up spending more than $1000.Doctors are given a $3000-per-month cell phone allowance, to be used when on call to get in contact with their registrars or consultants. Most young doctors complain that this sum is inadequate, and they are seeking an increase in this allowance.Doctors are required to work ‘’on call” — that is, for extended periods after their regular 8-hour shift — during the work week, from 4 pm to 8 am Monday to Friday, and on weekends from 8 am to 8 pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. For each on-call session, the doctor is paid $2500 as an “On Call” allowance, which the PPP/C Government had agreed would not be taxed. The APNU/AFC has now imposed a tax on this “On Call” allowance.Many doctors in the public health sector are contending that the Granger Administration is rewarding party loyalty over medical competence and meritocracy. Many young doctors are complaining that scholarships for further training have not been properly advertised, panels are not balanced, and results are often skewed. They feel efforts must be made to have an open and transparent system wherein persons are promoted based on their assessed competence, or sent for postgraduate training based on merit.Our medical doctors deserve better. They should earn better salaries and allowances, have reduced working hours to improve patient outcomes, experience better working conditions in the hospitals, and be subjected to a fair and equitable system that would allow for promotion based on merit, rather than a party card.As the Government prepares to lay the next budget in Parliament, I hope the many concerns that doctors and other medical staff have raised about their remuneration and conditions of work would be considered.Sincerely,Dr Frank Anthony, MPlast_img read more

Suarez seeks first Barca goal at Ajax

first_img0Shares0000AMSTERDAM, November 4-Two defeats in as many games has not been the dream start Luis Suarez sought to life as a Barcelona player, but one of his old hunting grounds offers the chance to get up and running as the Catalans travel to Ajax on Wednesday.The Uruguayan scored 111 goals during a four-year spell with the Dutch champions before moving to Liverpool in 2011, but has yet to find the net since sealing his club record £75 million ($120 million, 96 million euro) move to Barcelona in July. Barca’s star-studded front three of Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi were denied by a fine goalkeeping display from Sergio Alvarez and the woodwork four times as Celta Vigo recorded their first away win at Barcelona since 1941 on Saturday, just a week after Barca were beaten for the first time in the league this season at Real Madrid.“The match against Ajax is the most important at the moment,” said Suarez, who played the full 90 minutes against Celta for the first time since his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.“It is clear that it is a club that gave me everything.“I learned a lot and I will always be thankful for that. To return and play in the Champions League with Barcelona will be great.”A win for Barca at the Amsterdam Arena allied to victory for Paris Saint-Germain at home to APOEL Nicosia will see both the top seeds in Group F into the last 16 with two games to spare.However, Luis Enrique’s men will not be taking Ajax lightly having suffered their first defeat of last season in the Dutch capital 2-1 despite playing against 10 men for the majority of the second-half.“They started very strongly and over ran us in the early part of the game,” midfielder Sergio Busquets said on Monday.“When they went down to 10 men and we scored it changed. We hope that doesn’t happen again.”Busquets has been one of a number of Barca players below par in the last two games, but he refuted suggestions he was still feeling the after effects of a hip injury picked up towards the end of last season and accepted the scrutiny that will come their way after back-to-back defeats.“It is normal that there is a debate and everything is looked at with a magnifying glass. If you lose you have to improve because you are not doing everything well, but we always analyse ourselves, as much when we win as when we lose.“We need to keep working and improving, we can’t do anything else.”Ajax need to win to retain any realistic hope of reaching the last 16 and midfielder Lasse Schone believes lightning can strike twice for Frank de Boer’s men.“Everyone then had written us off last year, but we won,” Schone, who scored twice in Saturday’s 4-0 win over FC Dordrecht, told the club’s website.“The more people say we can’t do it the better. Barcelona are better than last year, but again there is always a chance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Daily News speller makes national quarterfinals

first_imgA Pasadena girl moved into the semifinals of the 80th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on today by correctly spelling “zwieback,” a kind of sweet bread. Emma Manning, 14, will represent the Daily News as she competes against other fourth-round winners during the competition in Washington, D.C. The semifinals and finals will be broadcast Thursday on ESPN and ABC. “She’s thrilled,” said Laura Manning, Emma’s mom. “She was so happy when she realized she was going to be on television. That was what she wanted.” Emma qualified for the competition after winning the Daily News Regional Spelling Bee in March. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The semifinals will air live Thursday on ESPN beginning at 7 a.m. The finals will be broadcast locally from 5-7 p.m. on ABC, Channel 7. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664last_img read more

Daley Blind transfer latest: Former Man United star to help broker £18m deal?

first_img1 Manchester United may have splashed out almost £133million this summer but it quite simply has not stopped the rot at Old Trafford.A 4-0 humiliation at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round, albeit with a second string team, has further heaped the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal and with five days until the transfer window slams shut new recruits remain a priority.One name Van Gaal knows well is Dutch compatriot Daley Blind, who has been hotly tipped to move to United after an impressive showing at this summer’s World Cup. Here, talkSPORT has the latest on a potential switch.Former star to set up moveEdwin van der Sar is adored by United fans and the former goalkeeper will further enhance his reputation if he helps broker the deal for Blind. That’s what the Daily Star are reporting, with the newspaper claiming Van der Sar, who is now part of Ajax’s management board, touched down at United’s Carrington training base yesterday to help oversee an £18million deal.Agent denies any offerBut Blind’s representative, Rob Jansen, exclusively told talkSPORT, Manchester United had made no contact over a move for the versatile Netherlands international. Jansen played down reports of a deal being imminent and said: “At this moment Manchester United have not been in touch with me or Ajax about Daley and I’m not sitting here waiting for the call.”Ajax open to saleHowever, contrary to comments from Blind’s agent, the Eredivisie giants are open to selling the 24-year-old. Ajax’s technical director Marc Overmars told Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf: “We want to keep Blind for another year, but if the offer is high, we’re happy to talk. There is some movement around Blind – people are enquiring here and there.” Ajax’s Daley Blind is wanted by Manchester United last_img read more

Producer: Lana Clarkson was despondent

first_img“She was reaching a certain level of sadness, hitting a wall in her personal life,” he said. He said he was concerned enough to suggest therapy to Clarkson, who was taken home at 4 a.m. by Laughlin. His testimony corroborated Laughlin’s account of Clarkson’s mood in her final days. On cross-examination, prosecutor Pat Dixon tried to portray Clarkson’s depression as typical of many actresses. Sims said he had heard similar things but he suggested that Clarkson’s situation was different. “It felt serious for me about where she was at and it was just before she died,” he said. In the hearing on the defense motions, prosecutor Alan Jackson argued that it might not be necessary to show that Spector pulled the trigger to win a conviction. He said all that need be shown is that the music producer committed an act that was dangerous to Clarkson’s life – pointing the gun at her. “He had the gun in his home, loaded with his bullets,” Jackson said. “Whether he pulled the trigger, whether he sneezed or she slapped his hand away or there was an earthquake – it doesn’t matter. It’s implied malice.” Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler refused to dismiss, saying he listened intently to the prosecution’s witnesses. “It’s very clear to me … that there’s more than enough substantial evidence to support a conviction if there was one,” the judge said. The defense lost every motion it made Tuesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sims said he had known Clarkson as a fun-loving person until that night, when she drank too much and became increasingly distraught. “She had gotten past the point of functioning clearly,” he said. “She was pretty gone.” Sims said he met Clarkson through her best friend, Punkin Irene Elizabeth Laughlin, known as Punkin Pie. Laughlin, who testified earlier, arranged social events at a club called Backstage. On the night in question, he said, he invited friends from Backstage to his suite. After some 40 guests left, he said, Clarkson tearfully talked of disillusionment with the film industry and her place in it and spoke of her disappointment at not having children or a romantic relationship. Five days before she died from a bullet fired into her mouth, a drunken Lana Clarkson poured her heart out in despair for two hours, a friend testified Tuesday in Phil Spector’s trial. Independent-film producer Greg H. Sims was called by Spector’s attorneys after the judge rejected a defense bid for dismissal of the murder case against Spector or reduction of the charge to manslaughter, which does not require a showing of malice. The defense sought out Sims to bolster its claim that the actress shot herself Feb. 3, 2003. Sims, who said he tried to duck testifying, took the stand under a defense subpoena and gave a vivid account of a party he gave at a hotel suite in the early morning of Jan. 29, 2003. last_img read more