Deadly bug may break through

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS Experts fear a toxic insect, which is threatening to kill hundreds of trees, may break through a…[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

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This week’s #KicksStalker pick: Marcio Lassiter’s Kyrie 2

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:54Taal Volcano blankets towns in ash02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young Every week, Inquirer Sports will feature a sneaker of the week as worn by your favorite basketball, volleyball or football star during games. Did a pair of sneakers catch your eye? Drop a line on Twitter, @INQUIRERSports and use the hashtag #kicksstalker.This week’s Kicks Stalker pick: Marcio Lassiter’s Kyrie 2The shoe: What The? Kyrie 2.The wearer: San Miguel Beer gunner Marcio Lassiter.The take: I wanted to showcase my Christmas spirit, so those were my Christmas-themed shoes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter We are young MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Katsuragawa, Saso leave Riviera field biting dust View commentslast_img read more

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Windies beat India in gutsy display

first_img POOR START Winning the toss and electing to field, the West Indies got off to a poor start as Indian openers captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan showed their shot-making abilities in a rollicking 64 runs opening stand inside the first six overs. However, after removing Kohli, caught off the bowling of Williams for 39, off the third ball of the sixth over, and Dhawan run out for 23, also by Williams two balls later, things turned a bit in the West Indies’ favour – a fact they held on to. Supported by Taylor, as well as timely contributions from off-spinners Sunil Narine and Samuels, the West Indies were able to limit the Indians to below the 200-run landmark. Middle-order batsman Dinesh Karthik, 48, made the most runs for India. Possessing some of the best hitters in the game, the West Indies then went about their run chase in a confident manner, with the 25-year-old Lewis and Gayle putting on 82 for the first wicket. Gayle was eventually dismissed in the 9th over with the team well within the required run rate when he was caught by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni off the bowling of left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The dismissal, however, did not slow down Lewis, who, in showing range and poise with his shots, treated the good crowd to 12 pulsating sixes and six fours. “It’s good to see the guys went out there and played with expression,” Brathwaite said. “Chris did not get off as well as he would have liked, but then Evin Lewis took over the mantle from him. “Lewis got an even hundred in Florida against India last year as well, and on scoring this hundred, you could see he wanted to take it directly to the end. Kudos to him. He has shown a lot of maturity over the last 12 months.” Kohli, in assessing his team’s defeat, pointed to dropped catches as well missed opportunities to make a total in excess of 200 runs. “I thought we were on course for 220-plus, but we fell about 30 runs short,” he said. “Then when we bowled, (but) well we did not take our chances in the field, so that cost us.” In winning the clash, the West Indies were able to salvage some pride, having lost the preceding one-day international series 3-1. Captain Carlos Brathwaite believes that guts and determination were keys to the West Indies defeating India by a commanding nine wickets in their one-off Twenty20 International clash at Sabina Park yesterday. Set a challenging 191 to win on a good batting pitch, the West Indies cruised to their target at 194 for one off 18.3 overs. Leading the victory charge was young Trinidad opener Evin Lewis, who, in slamming his second century, ended undefeated on 125. Experienced middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels and opener Chris Gayle chipped in with 36 not out and 18, respectively. “Everyone in the team fought hard,” said Brathwaite, while also referring to their bowling performance, which was led by fast bowlers Jerome Taylor and Keswick Williams, who claimed two wickets apiece. “It was a very good wicket to bat on and a very good score they posted, but we always believed that we could chase it down.”last_img read more

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City Council reform

first_imgThe years 2011, 2015 and 2017 saw residents of Georgetown and core stakeholders demand a change in the political leadership and directorship of the Georgetown City Council.This change was demanded in part because of the need to end mass corruption at the Council which had reached unimaginable levels since the last Council took office back in 1994.The change was also lobbied for because citizens and the Private Sector had become weary of the poor levels of service they received from the Council despite the fact that they paid their rates and taxes.Also, support for a change in political culture of the Council also increased over the past 20 years because of the lack of progress made in creating a more cohesive and modern capital that could stand on the pillars of social and economic justice, transparency and accountability.It should be noted that while in Opposition, the current A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change parties supported this hunger for change in the way business is done at the City Council. They mounted a strong campaign against the People’s Progressive Party and in defence of the then Hamilton Green-led Council as they explained that the Council was handicapped because of continued ministerial interference, a lack and drought of resources from Central Government to the Council and weak political and formative support from the PPP/C.City Hall was also turned into a battle field taking on the then Town Clerk Carol Sooba who was a Government appointee while undermining her efforts at straightening the Council and exposing corruption there.As history would have it, Sooba was forced out when the coalition secured Government and long overdue Local Government Elections were held. New faces and civil-political groups took Council seats with a majority joining to the coalition.Patricia Chase Green, who served the old Council, became Mayor and Sherod Duncan was placed as Deputy Mayor as if to be a poster boy in order to pander to youths. Royston King, a coalition supporter, became Town Clerk.Along with the other Councillors, they delivered an unexpected brand of change. This change so far has proven to be ineffective management of the city’s resources, continued controversial policy positions and an increased polarisation of the Council’s work.This is not the change residents of Georgetown demanded but nobody seems to care at the Council or Central Government. There are alarming reports of new instances of nepotism, corruption and cronyism at the Council with large and small contracts being handed to business and political interests in the city in breach of the bylaws and tendering process.There are reports of misuse of funds at the Council but when the media seek clarifications on these matters, they are met with arrogance and resentment from office holders.Also, the workers’ lives have not improved, and their unions seem incapable of fighting for their rights. Not much positive has happened at the Council despite their efforts at cleaning select parts of the city and the reorganisation of the vendors at Stabroek and Merriman Mall.In fact, the new Council must account for the millions spent on its clean-up drive and other projects since it came to power.In order for real positive change to occur, the Town Clerk’s office must become de-politicised and obedient to the Council. It cannot function as an extension of the APNU/AFC Government.Additionally, new Councillors must have their say and must be allowed to pursue all contracts and agreements entered into in the past and future by the Council. No more unnecessary trips abroad. Similarly, demolition exercises must not take place without full Council agreement.The Central Government must heap criticism on the Council when it is out of place and when the Council’s policies appear to be anti-poor, anti-modern and lacking imagination.All of the hard fought for reforms to Local Government laws and the elections are meaningless unless the political culture at the Council changes.last_img read more

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Onyiso rallies his troops to fire

first_imgGoals from Clifford Alwanga from the spot and Khalid Aucho in the second half edged out the contest after Stephen Waruru had hauled the sides level in the first half.However, despite drawing five and suffering their first reverse this season, Onyiso is confident his troops have the artillery to fire in the KPL as he urged them to convert their chances into goals.“This was my first match since I was appointed as head coach and I’m happy the way my boys played on Saturday against Tusker. We created a lot of chances but our main problem is on finishing, so if we work out on that we will be good to go since our defence is strong having conceded three goals.“There will be a lot of improvement in our next match and if we win three matches we will be up on our feet for the title race since we have only lost once,” the new tactician who also serves as the keeper trainer expressed.The 2010 champions who are placed 12th on the log with five points will welcome Thika United this weekend at Afraha Stadium in another tricky fixture for Onyiso as he settles in his new task.In highlight results, champions Gor were fried 2-0 in Nakuru by newcomers and basement side, Top Fry, whilst AFC Leopards were forced to a barren draw by Chemelil in Nairobi as Sofapaka blanked KRA 3-0 away.Tusker are perched at the top of the table with 13 points, one ahead of Chemelil Sugar while Sony Sugar lie third with 11 with Bandari (four) and KCB and Top Fry Nakuru on three apiece propping the rear.RESULTS SUMMARYSUNDAYKRA 0 – 3 Sofapaka NyayoMathare United 0 – 1 Muhoroni Youth MachakosThika United 2 – 1 KCB RuarakaWestern Stima 2 – 2 Bandari MumiasCity Stars 1 – 1 Sony Sugar NyayoSATURDAYAFC Leopards 0 – 0 Chemelil Sugar NyayoTop Fry Nakuru 2 – 0 Gor Mahia AfrahaTusker 2 – 1 Ulinzi Stars Nyayo0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 24- Francis Onyiso is not disappointed after losing on his debut as head coach of Ulinzi Stars in their 2-1 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) defeat to log leaders Tusker FC as he embarks on drilling the soldiers to stop the rot that sees them winless this season.The former Harambee Stars number one custodian faced a baptism of fire after taking command of the military outfit two days after his predecessor, Salim Ali, surrendered the reigns abruptly.last_img read more

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Klopp under fire as Liverpool face Arsenal showdown

first_imgLiverpool, top of the league briefly in November, will start the weekend in fifth place, and could be sixth by kick-off, as Manchester United will move above them by beating Bournemouth in Saturday’s early game.Klopp’s preferred 4-3-3 formation has been excellent against the rest of the current top six – in eight matches this season against Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, Liverpool have won four and drawn four.However, they have fallen short against teams in the lower half of the table.Liveropool’s 3-1 defeat at Leicester on Monday exposed significant defensive weaknesses once again as a campaign that once promised much continued to unravel © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISKlopp has not been helped by a lack of stability in central defence, with Dejan Lovren absent for the last month with a knee injury.Midfielder Lucas Leiva was paired with Joel Matip in the centre of defence at Leicester, and proved incapable of dealing with the pace of Jamie Vardy.Even with Lovren fit, though, defence has been a problem for the manager, who has used 20 different centre-back combinations during his 17 months in charge.Difficulties remain elsewhere, too. Striker Daniel Sturridge missed the Leicester defeat with a virus and, having made just five league starts all season, appears likely to leave at the end of the season.There is one other sobering statistic for Klopp to consider; after 55 matches in charge, he has amassed 94 points, three fewer than his predecessor Brendan Rodgers had managed at the same stage of his reign.– Criticism –Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny (R) cuts out a through ball intended for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard during their English Premier League match, at Stamford Bridge in London, on February 4, 2017 © AFP/File / Adrian DennisGoalkeeper Simon Mignolet is trying to stay positive, saying: “You can use criticism as some sort of energy to get yourselves back up again and push yourselves even further and harder, looking forward to the next opportunity. That’s what we have to do.”At Arsenal the issue of Arsene Wenger’s future continues to drag on into March, with the Frenchman yet to confirm whether he will extend his 21-year stay beyond the end of the season.The 67-year-old has announced he will make a decision with both his own and his club’s interests at heart.“My preference is always to remain the same,” he said. “I’m not looking for jobs at other clubs, I’m just focused on me getting to the next level and trying to improve.“I’ve been here 20 years and I have had many chances to leave. So I don’t have to convince you my preference is always Arsenal.Beating Liverpool would consolidate Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side’s hold on a Champions League place © AFP/File / Glyn KIRK“But of course I am objective and lucid enough to make the right decision for myself and the club as well.”Arsenal currently find themselves 13 points behind Chelsea but one point ahead of Liverpool going into the match at Anfield, not that Wenger is giving up on the title.“We have to focus on our next game, we have a game in hand and things can change quickly,” he said.“You need exceptional results and Chelsea to fail so I think it is more important to focus on our next game rather than dreaming of coming back to Chelsea.”Wenger has Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey fit again, while Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud are also available.The Arsenal manager is also wary of playing his team’s first game in 12 days on the back of Liverpool’s poor performance at Leicester after a similar break between games.“Liverpool is always high intensity, the fans are behind their team and they play at a good pace,” Wenger said.“It is important to switch on quick. Liverpool have shown that against Leicester. It’s vital to start strongly.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Klopp’s preferred 4-3-3 formation has worked well against the rest of the current top six – in eight matches this season against Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, Liverpool have won four and drawn four © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Mar 3 – Liverpool have a fine record against the Premier League’s leading sides this season, which is just about the only solace for Jurgen Klopp as he prepares for Saturday’s crucial clash with Arsenal.The Reds’ 3-1 defeat at Leicester on Monday exposed significant defensive weaknesses once again as a campaign that once promised much continued to unravel.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Arsenal WILL finish in a top four spot, insists former Gunners manager

first_imgGeorge Graham has backed former side Arsenal to bounce back from their north London derby defeat and secure a top four spot.The Gunners went into Saturday’s clash at White Hart Lane on a five match winning streak, but were beaten 2-1 by a Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham side.Arsene Wenger’s men are currently sixth in the Premier League table, just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, as six clubs battle for the two remaining places in next season’s Champions League.Good results against Manchester City and Aston Villa in recent weeks had seen confidence lifted at the Emirates, and former manager Graham claims the defeat to Spurs was just a minor blip.“Arsenal have got a fantastic run-in,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “It was a bad performance at the weekend [against Tottenham], but they had two great showings before that against Manchester City and Aston Villa.“Arsenal will bounce right back with a good performance against Leicester City [tonight]. They’ll still finish in the top four, without question.”last_img read more

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TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL SET TO EMBARK ON A NEW ERA

first_imgBUSINESS: Donegal Town Community Chamber and A Taste of Donegal Food Festival Committee have incorporated a Company with the sole purpose of hosting and managing the Food Festival. A Taste of Donegal Food Festival is a Company limited by guarantee, with no share capital and will continue to operate on a not for profit basis, having no Shareholders and unpaid Directors. As a Company limited by guarantee it will be subject to independent Audit and will hold an AGM.All monies raised will continue to be used to fund future Food Festival Projects.All of the Directors of the new Company will continue to give their time and efforts on a voluntary basis to bring the Festival from strength to strength into the future.The Festival has brought thousands of visitors to Donegal Town over the past eight years and this new Company will ensure that it continues to do so for many years to come. On behalf of A Taste of Donegal and Donegal Town Community Chamber Chairperson’s Ernan Mc Gettigan and Bernie Mulhern would like to thank, “All our Sponsors, Volunteers, and the Public for their commitment to this event and hope that you will continue to support our Festival in the future.With over FIFTY Exhibitor Stands already booked we are looking forward to a bigger and better event in 2016.TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL SET TO EMBARK ON A NEW ERA was last modified: November 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Looks like a berry good year

first_imgOXNARD – Strawberries, Ventura County’s biggest crop, are on track for a record year, despite a dramatic drop in rainfall compared with last year. Nearly 12,000 acres in the county have already been planted with strawberries, a 5.3 percent increase over last year. “It does look like it’s going to be another record year, a big year for strawberries in Ventura County,” said Carolyn O’Donnell, a spokeswoman for the California Strawberry Commission. Last year, Ventura County was pounded by near-record rains that did more than $55 million in damage to the county’s agriculture industry and nearly $25 million in damage to the strawberry crop. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant But once the heavy rains stopped, the 2005 strawberry crop rebounded, and signs are that the 2006 crop is already ahead of last year’s. In 2004, the county’s strawberry crop was valued at $363.6 million by the Ventura County agricultural commissioner. Although the 2005 crop values have not been determined, and the 2006 crop is still growing, O’Donnell pointed to the acres planted and the number of trays harvested already this year as signs of what’s to come. In 2004, there were 32.8 million trays of strawberries harvested in Ventura County. In 2005, the number increased to 38.8 million trays. As of the end of February this year, there were 6.7 million trays, compared with 4.2 million over the same time span in 2005. The California Strawberry Festival is scheduled for May 20-21 in Oxnard, but the strawberry season is already starting in Ventura County, and expected to reach its peak in April. The county generally continues producing strawberries for the fresh fruit market into June, with another crop in in the fall peaking in November, although the fall harvest is much smaller. About three-quarters of the county’s strawberries are produced in the spring, one-quarter in the fall. So far, only about 8 inches of rain have fallen in the Los Angeles area, compared with a normal of more than 11 inches in the rainfall season from July 1 to June 30. Last year, more than 34 inches of rain had fallen by this time. Recent rains have come at a crucial time, and while the cool weather will slow strawberry production somewhat, it might also help strengthen the plants. “With the rains, we’ll have juicy berries,” O’Donnell said. “The cold weather helps the plants grow stronger.” Rex Laird, executive director of the Ventura County Farm Bureau, said although cooler weather will slow production, it should not have a long-term effect on the county’s crop when it peaks this spring. Up until recently, the lack of winter storms in February led to increased production, he said. “It’s atypical for it to be this cold this late in the year, but there are no long-reaching impacts as a result of this,” he said. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 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

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Rick Dees en la mañana: Back on air, in Spanglish

first_imgWhen Rick Dees returns to the local radio waves Monday after a two-year break, he will be counting on star power in the form of Jack Nicholson to make a splash in a market where 86 competing signals pour into the city. In turn, Movin’ 93.9 – formerly country KZLA and now Dees’ new home – is not only counting on the legendary DJ’s longtime popularity to lure listeners but also on a new format that uses liberal doses of Spanglish. Both Dees and co-host Patricia Lopez will lapse into the popular mix of Spanish and English whenever the mood strikes during their Monday-through-Friday morning show, which will run from 5 to 10. It’s an approach that hasn’t been tried before on English-language radio in the nation’s No.2 radio market and No.1 Latino market. Emmis kicked country off the air at its Burbank-based station last month despite the fact the music is popular in Los Angeles concert halls and at retail. But in radio, it all comes down to numbers in an industry that turns on fractions of ratings points. “The audience was shrinking, not growing,” Steal notes. “We’re in a business where we’re expected to do better in the ratings, and we just weren’t seeing much impact.” KZLA ranked 20th among the 86 radio signals available in the city, drawing about 550,000 listeners a week. Steal said the new format targets women ages 25 to 54, a demographic where KZLA ranked 19th. In recent years, Spanish-language, hip-hop and Top 40 stations have dominated the Los Angeles ratings. “I was skeptical at first,” says Darnella Dunham, rhythmic music editor at radio industry trade weekly Radio & Records, where she has written about the attempt by English-language radio to appeal to multiethnic audiences. “But I heard Rick do his syndicated countdown show, where he incorporates Spanish phrases, and it didn’t seem contrived at all. He does it very effectively. He’s still Rick Dees, but he’s able to use Spanish in his traditional Top-40 jock way. I was really impressed.” Also setting the stage for Dees’ return is the radio quake that occurred when Howard Stern moved to satellite radio at the beginning of the year, leaving a large percentage of morning listeners up for grabs. Since leaving his nearly 25-year roost at KIIS-FM two summers ago when Ryan Seacrest was brought in, Dees kept mum while sitting out the end of his contract. “People have been coming up and asking what happened to me for the past two years,” says Dees, 56, who has been doing radio since he was a teenager in Greensboro, N.C. “I kept telling them nothing’s happened to me. I didn’t want to go off the air. I missed being able to communicate on a daily basis with people. I love radio. Not being able to do what you love hurts. It was almost like being in prison for two years. I’m hard-wired for this.” When Nicholson comes on the air with Dees, it will probably be the three-time Oscar winner’s first-ever extended radio interview, Dees says. “I said, `Jack, can you make it at 6?’ and he said, `Next question.’ So, he’ll be here around 7.” Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 fred.shuster@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The biggest segment of the population here speaks both languages,” says Dees, who lives in Toluca Lake. “I’m playing the odds. We’ll go back and forth in English and Spanish, sprinkling in as many elements as we can. That’s how a lot of people talk to each other now, and I believe local radio should reflect that.” The new morning show, which will debut at 5 Monday, borrows from “Mex 2 the Max,” the innovative music video program Lopez hosts on LATV, a growing bilingual television network beamed into 3million homes. Lopez, who grew up in L.A. and is a former Elite model and CBS Evening News entertainment reporter, was chosen, Dees said, because she’s quick-witted and vivacious in front of the microphone. “Any female on the radio – especially in the morning – should have a voice women love and men want to make love to,” Dees says. “Patty has that.” Movin’ 93.9’s contemporary pop format is also appealing to the majority with a music mix of chart-topping artists such as Beyonc , Gwen Stefani, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Black Eyed Peas and Gnarls Barkley. “We studied the market from all angles and saw there was a real void we could fill with this station,” says Jimmy Steal, vice president of programming at Emmis Communications, which owns both Movin’ 93.9 and hip-hop station Power 106, which has made significant inroads among the Latino community. “All signs pointed toward this.” last_img
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