Over 600 children participate in ‘Shop with Your Local Heroes’ event

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King of the Bullants’ colony

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER WGCA DISTRICT DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 7 (Day 1) HE MIGHT be known as Prince Singh, but…[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

Monash works continue

first_imgDelays are expected this weekend as upgrade works continue on the Monash Freeway. From 9pm Saturday 3 February until 5am…[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

Aintree Preview – Thursday

first_imgAintree Day One Fancies: ‬ ‪1:45 La Bague Au Roi ‬ ‪2:20 Band Of Outlaws (Nap)‬ ‪2:50 Kemboy ‬ ‪3.25 Verdana Blue (e-w)‬ ‪4.05 Burning Ambition ‬ ‪4:40 Azzuri (e-w)‬ ‪5.15 Minella Melody ‬ print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email It’s Day 1 of the Grand National meeting at Aintree. The field for Saturday’s big race will be confirmed this morning while on the track, Buveur D’Air is the odds-on favourite for the feature race, the Aintree Hurdle at 3.25pm while the Foxhunters will be run over the National fences. The action at the Liverpool venue starts at 1.45pm and looking ahead to the action is George McDonagh…last_img

Chelsea beat Southampton 4-2 to extend lead

first_imgBuoyant Chelsea extended their Premier League lead to seven points on Tuesday, as goals from Eden Hazard, captain Gary Cahill and two from a buzzing Diego Costa earned them a 4-2 win over Southampton.It took them less than five minutes to open a lead when Costa controlled a pass from Cesc Fabregas, surged forward and cut the ball back for the advancing Hazard, who angled his shot into the bottom corner of Fraser Forster’s net.Former Chelsea midfielder Oriel Romeu equalised in the 24th minute, forcing home from close range. But Chelsea, boosted by their FA Cup semi-final win over nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, took the lead again just before halftime when Cahill headed in from a N’Golo Kante punt into the area.Costa, who has been misfiring of late, took his chance in the 53rd minute and fired in a header – his 50th Premier League goal – then added a second for good measure in the 89th after a one-two with Hazard.Southampton scored an injury-time consolation goal through another former Chelsea player Ryan Bertrand.last_img read more

Swim boss optimistic after World Champs performances

first_imgSwim Jamaica president, Handel Lamey, says the performances of Justin Plaschka and Michael Gunning at the recent FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, was very encouraging and he expects them to continue improving their times and ranking. Gunning lowered his 200- metre freestyle national record of one minute: 50.71 seconds and set a new mark of 1:50.00, which placed him 43rd overall and made him the best placed Jamaican male at a world championships since Olympian Allan-Roy Marsh in 1982. He competed in the 200-metre butterfly and completed it in 2:01.83 to place 35th overall, but claim the number one spot in Carifta and is the second fastest from the Central American and Caribbean region. Meanwhile, Plaschka also clocked a new personal best for the season in the 50m freestyle. The national record holder finished in 24.63 to place 41st overall, and became the second fastest from the region. Plaschka’s time also makes him the fastest ever Jamaican to compete at the Long Course World Championships bettering the 25.68 by former national record holder Brad Hamilton. He is also the highest-placed Jamaican man ever and the best ever placed Jamaican, surpassing Olympian Alia Atkinson who went to 46th. The performance of the pair in Budapest had swimming association president, Lamey, beaming with optimism. “It’s very encouraging, especially from Justin Plascka, who has been trying for some time to improve his time and has sacrificed so much, but has been able to do it now,” Lamey told The Gleaner. “Michael (Gunning) has also done very well and is now one of the best ranked swimmer in the entire region, and this is really a feather in his cap,” he added.. He noted that Gunning avoided the regional championship to concentrate on the World Championship, and it paid off for him. “I think that was the right decision,” he added. Lamey did not expect a podium finish from either swimmer at the world championships but he expects them to continue improving their times and continue to climb the world rankings. “They are definitely on the right track, and they are doing exceptionally well … we expect them to improve their times and final placings as time goes along,” he said.last_img read more

Advantage Portmore

first_imgPortmore United forward Jeremie Lynch delivered on his promise to score, as he got the winner for his team in the CONCACAF League round of 16 game at the National Stadium on Wednesday night. Portmore clipped Panama’s Plaza Amador 1-0 to take a slim advantage going into the second leg in Central America next Wednesday. Lynch netted the game’s only goal 73 minutes into the contest, turning home Ricardo Morris’ low cross from four yards. “We had confidence in ourselves. We didn’t have all our players, but we knew what we had to do,” coach Shavar Thomas said after the game. In an evenly contested game, the home team started better in terms of bossing possession, but the Panamanians always looked to hit them on the break, although there were few chances for both teams. The first real chance came after 21 minutes, but Plaza Amador goalkeeper Eric Hughes parried Michael Binns’ shot for a corner. In the 35th minute, the Panamanians forced Portmore goalkeeper Shaven Paul into an equally tough save, parrying the ball for a corner. Portmore started the second-half brightly, but wasted a great chance when Binns decided to shoot instead of passing to his overlapping striker. The visitors then wasted another good chance five minutes after when Jose Murillo fired over from 12 yards. A minute later, captain Ameth Ramirez hit high from 18 yards. Lynch came the closest to scoring when his volley hit the post and rebounded to Morris, who was denied by an excellent save from Hughes. But Portmore would go ahead on the next chance they created in the 73rd minute. Morris broke away down the left and produced a low ball cross the six yards box for Lynch to beat Hughes and a defender with a neat finish. Portmore also had two other great chances through Roshane Sharpe and Binns, but could not extend their advantage to take into next week’s return game in Panama.last_img read more

Vettel’s recklessness plays into Hamilton’s hands

first_img Not classified PERFECT SCENARIO Name Nationality Manufacturer Laps Time Points 1. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes 58 2:03:23.544 25 2. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 58 +4.507 seconds 18 3. Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 58 +8.800 15 4. Carlos Sainz Spain Toro Rosso 58 +22.822 12 5. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India Mercedes 58 +25.359 10 6. Jolyon Palmer Britain Renault 58 +27.259 8 7. Stoffel Vandoorne Belgium McLaren Honda 58 +30.388 6 8. Lance Stroll Canada Williams Mercedes 58 +41.696 4 9. Romain Grosjean France Haas Ferrari 58 +43.282 2 10. Esteban Ocon France Force India Mercedes 58 +44.795 1 11. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams Mercedes 58 +46.536 12. Pascal Wehrlein Germany Sauber Ferrari 56 +2 laps. Driver Standings SINGAPORE (AP): Lewis Hamilton had been worried about how many points he would lose to Sebastian Vettel at the Singapore Grand Prix. It was supposed to be a damage limitation exercise for Mercedes after a poor performance in qualifying. Instead, Hamilton took a significant stride toward the world title after winning yesterday’s race from fifth place on the grid. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo prevented a Mercedes 1-2 by finishing ahead of Valtteri Bottas. Fourth place went to Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr a career best for the Spanish driver. Vettel made one of the worst starts of his distinguished career, throwing away pole position as he recklessly caused a crash heading into the first corner. The Ferrari driver took three others out with him and critically, none was a Mercedes. Instead of moving ahead of Hamilton in their enthralling title battle, Vettel now trails him by 28 points with six races left. F1 Singapore Grand Prix Results: 10. Esteban Ocon France Force India Mercedes 58 +44.795 1 Kevin Magnussen Denmak Haas Ferrari 50 did not finish Nico Hulkenberg Germany Renault 48 did not finish Marcus Ericsson Sweden Sauber Ferrari 35 did not finish Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso 10 did not finish Fernando Alonso Spain McLaren Honda 8 did not finish Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari 0 did not finish Max Verstappen Netherlands Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 0 did not finish Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 0 did not finish. 1. Mercedes 475 2. Ferrari 373 3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 230 4. Force India Mercedes 124 5. Williams Mercedes 59 6. Toro Rosso 52 7. Renault 42 8. Haas Ferrari 37 9. McLaren Honda 17 10. Sauber Ferrari 5 1. Lewis Hamilton 263 2. Sebastian Vettel 235 3. Valtteri Bottas 212 4. Daniel Ricciardo 162 5. Kimi Raikkonen 138 6. Max Verstappen 68 7. Sergio Perez 68 8. Esteban Ocon 56 9. Carlos Sainz 48 10. Nico Hulkenberg 34 11. Felipe Massa 31 12. Lance Stroll 28 13. Romain Grosjean 26 14. Kevin Magnussen 11 15. Fernando Alonso 10 16. Jolyon Palmer 8 17. Stoffel Vandoorne 7 18. Pascal Wehrlein 5 19. Daniil Kvyat 4 Manufacturers Standings “It couldn’t be a more perfect scenario,” Hamilton said. “I definitely went in today thinking it was about damage limitation. To come out of it in the other direction is a shock.” Vettel was supposed to score heavily here. With less speed and 23 turns, the hard-braking Marina Bay circuit suited Ferrari much more than Mercedes. This was further reflected in qualifying, with Bottas sixth and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen starting fourth. Furthermore, Vettel had the Singapore record for wins (four) and podiums (six). But in a few seconds, he threw it all away. The German driver gunned across the track, triggering first-turn mayhem and causing a domino effect as Raikkonen, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso all crashed with him. On one of the toughest tracks in Formula One for overtaking, Hamilton would have been pleased with a podium finish. Instead, the field opened up perfectly for the British driver to seal his third straight win, seventh of the season and 60th overall. “I capitalised on the incident,” Hamilton said. “Who could have known that would happen?”last_img read more

Barnes takes aim at 7th shotgun title

first_imgThe Jamaica Skeet Club’s National Shotgun Championship is under way at the Worthy Park Estates and will conclude today. It’s a 200-bird shoot over two days and is one of the main shooting disciplines that will be used to determine the overall national shotgun champion for 2018. The defending champion and six-time winner, Shaun Barnes, is vying for his seventh championship. He is upbeat about his chances even though he will have the likes of nine-time champion Ian Banks and former champion Christian Sasso as well as numerous top gunners in the island such as Craig Simpson and Geoffrey Ziadie, who will be on the course with him. On the ladies’ side, defending champion Wendy McMaster has been having a phenomenal year after winning several shoots and moving up in at least two categories. She also is looking forward to doing well and coming out the winner again. She will have the likes of Toni Barnes and Marguerite Harris to contend with. The shooters are competing in several categories, including Classes A to E, Ladies, Juniors and Hunters or beginners. They will have to shoot from 15 stations spread across the Worthy Park Estates and will face varying conditions such as the extreme heat and wind that the venue is known for at times.last_img read more

Empty promises…

first_img…on life and deathNow that the smoke has cleared around Camp Street, it’s quite clear the dust hasn’t settled – and won’t for a long time.  Yet nobody will be given the old heave-ho, that’s for sure!It was a pathetic sight to behold those who were responsible for the prison walking around with their protruding bellies, pointing out authoritatively this and that to the President, as if explaining the whole sordid fiasco! And the “explanation’?  “It was an accident waiting to happen”!!An “accident” is when a mishap occurs with absolutely no warning. Here there was solid info floating around that a prison break was in the offing. A whole lotta people ignored or ducked these warnings. Maybe there ought to be a CoI to find out why? Was it bribes exceeding the quotidian ones necessary to supply the prisoners with phones and other items essential for modern times?And so we’re told that all that ails the penal system will now be fixed! Yeah, right!! Your Eyewitness won’t even bring up the vexed question of why the recommendations from last year’s CoI weren’t even assigned to a task force – much less implemented.NO, he won’t go there. He has a simpler test for the Government: to show the Guyanese people that this time things will be different. Just level about the number of convicts who’re on the loose; and, more importantly, nab them!Does anyone in the Government appreciate the apprehension paralysing Guyanese people right now? It’s like a return to the days of the Buxton gang! The ineptness of those in charge of the “Big Jail” is so palpable after they were shown up by just half-a-dozen criminals, even petty criminals out there have been emboldened. Witness the brazen but well-coordinated daylight attack on that bus in front of Agricola-McDoom.At least 8 bandits are loose; Agricola’s probably the most bandit-infested village in Guyana – and the police didn’t place a cordon around it? Schuups! And three hours after the murder of that poor bus driver – just trying to make an honest buck – troops run around Agricola firing indiscriminately -hitting one poor woman in the buttocks!! What a comedy of errors!!Going into the last elections, if it was one thing the Coalition had going for them was their supposed better handle on the “security” question. With their top candidate being a Brigadier and half of the folks around him all be-medalled, that wasn’t surprising. Especially since the PPP never commanded the loyalty of the Disciplined Forces.But they’ve blown that perception, haven’t they?? Like Humpty Dumpty, let’s see them put that together again!! …on treating prisonersYour Eyewitness was struck by one line from a warden when interviewed about the events leading to the Camp Street conflagration. She said it was around 3pm – “feeding time” for the inmates. Not “lunch” or “dinner” or “mealtime” – but “feeding time”. Maybe your Eyewitness is reading too much into it, but don’t we use ‘feeding time” when talking about animals? “Feeding time” for the cattle or the ducks or the hogs. But inmates?From the Report of the CoI into the last conflagration, it was clear the inmates were in fact treated like animals – and feral ones at that. Now, maybe if we were dealing with all hardened, convicted killers, that may be OK – but at least half of the inmates were on remand!! They hadn’t even been given a trial. And for all we know, they could’ve been innocent!All studies show that, almost invariably, the way you treat people, they’ll act to fulfil your expectations. So last Sunday the “animals” rebelled?…on feeding time?But looks like things became worse for the inmates after they were transferred to the Lusignan Jail. “Feeding time” came and went and no food.The “animals’ had to lasso a cow, slaughter and eat it. It was unclear if they cooked it.last_img read more