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Lost luxury car was a steal

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS A GANG of luxury car thieves has broken into a locked car yard to re-steal a $65,000…[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

Most crims ‘Aussie born’, data shows

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke and Jessica Anstice The overwhelming majority of crimes committed throughout the Cardinia shire were carried out by Australian born offenders, according to data…[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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first_imgThe Central Jersey Hawks basketball team will be holding tryouts for its third-, fifth- and sixthgrade boys teams, which have two teams, and their fourth-grade team, which may have a second team.The tryout schedule is as follows: Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. — Fifth-grade boys (2010 NJ State Champs, finished top four in the country, 2011 NJ State Finalists, 2011 National Championship Division I Pool Advancers); blue coaches, Fred Klatsky, Brian Klatsky (732-904-0950) and Tahj Holden; yellow coach, Bryce Stanhope. Oct. 16 at 5:45 p.m. — Sixth-grade boys (2011 NJ State Bronze Medalist); blue coaches, Fred Klatsky (732-671-7887) and Nick Dipillo; yellow coach, Rob Hill Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. — Fourth-grade boys (2011 NJ State Champs); coach, Tahj Holden. Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. — Third-grade boys; blue coach, Justin Chiera, and yellow coach, Bryce Stanhope. For more information contact Brian Klatsky at bnkgator@mac.com or 732-904-0950.The Central Jersey Hawks basketball organization has won three National AAU Championships and 49 N.J. State Championships and has made 23 National AAU Sweet Sixteen appearances. More than 100 former players have gone on to play NCAA basketball. Rutgers University-Newark will run a two-day basketball clinic for boys and girls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. (Public schools will be closed). The cost is $65 for both days or $40 for one day. Call Joe Loughran at 973-353-1483 for details.last_img read more

Lukaku to return early to help depleted Man United

first_imgBelgium striker Romelu Lukaku has curtailed his vacation and will join Manchester United at the start of their Premier League campaign, manager Jose Mourinho has said.Mourinho called for the club’s World Cup participants to shorten their rest days after last month’s tournament to help United, who have also been hindered by injuries, avoid a poor start to the league season.England duo Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford were already set to return early and United will now be boosted by Lukaku’s decision as they prepare to host Leicester City in their first league game on Aug. 10.“We will have (Victor) Lindelof who started training two days ago,” Mourinho said after United’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the pre-season International Champions Cup (ICC) on Wednesday.“Marcus Rashford, Jones and Lukaku, because they gave to the group and to the team three days of their holidays, so they are coming back three days early to try to be available for the team.”The Portuguese boss praised his senior players for the intensity they showed in United’s pre-season tour but insisted the fixtures did not reveal anything new strategically.“I didn’t learn anything (tactically). I know what (Ander) Herrera is, I know what (Juan) Mata is, I know what (Alexis) Sanchez is, I know what they are… I know the kids need time to grow up,” Mourinho said.“The boys tried everything, they gave everything, they know we have to try to fight for the best result but tactically it means nothing.”United have won two of their five pre-season fixtures so far and will be keen to make a quick start in their quest to win silverware this season.Mourinho was unsure, however, if Anthony Martial would return in time to play Sunday’s final friendly against Bayern Munich after the Frenchman left the team’s pre-season tour early to attend the birth of his daughter.last_img read more

Federer to open Australian Open defence against Istomin

first_imgDouble defending champion Roger Federer will start his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles next week against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin, who caused a huge upset when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the second round two years ago.The draw for the first Grand Slam of the season was made on Thursday and the top seeds could face some early tests of their credentials when play gets underway in Melbourne on Monday.The Swiss six-times Australian Open champion, who beat Marin Cilic in last year’s final, could meet the Croat again in the quarter-finals, should he come through a potentially tricky fourth-round tie against Greek prospect Stefanos Tsitsipas.Men’s top seed Djokovic, who was defending his title when he lost to Istomin, has drawn a qualifier in his bid for a record seventh Melbourne title and third Grand Slam crown in succession following wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.Serb Djokovic could then face a rematch of his 2008 final triumph over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round, before a possible second week match-up against Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.Second seed Rafa Nadal, who has question marks concerning his fitness after pulling out of the Brisbane International, will play unseeded local James Duckworth in the first round.Last year’s semi-finalist Kyle Edmund, seeded 13th, looms as a possible fourth round match-up for the Spaniard, who could then face big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals if the draw follows the seedings.last_img read more

Mapua beats Ateneo for Filoil juniors title; NU wins bronze

first_imgNational University also capped the preseason tournament with a piece of recognition after fending off University of Santo Tomas, 86-75, for the third-place trophy.Rhayyan Amsali had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead NU. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ronaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New Zealand Escamis, though, wasn’t the lone Red Robin to punish the Blue Eaglets.Mapua’s frontcourt duo of Warren Bonifacio and Will Gozum crushed Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBonifacio finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, nine of which came from the offensive glass, while Gozum had a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double.Dave Ildefonso led Ateneo with 16 points and eight rebounds while Kai Sotto finished with 15 points and 14 boards. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mapua topped Ateneo, 89-82, in the high school finals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Clint Escamis delivered an offensive assault for the Red Robins, finishing with a game-high 23 points to go along seven rebounds. ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’center_img 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES A dream fulfilled for Christian MOST READlast_img read more

First Baptist Church Undertakes Building Project

first_imgThe First Baptist Church in Millsburg, rural Montserrado County, has started soliciting funds for the construction of a new edifice after almost two centuries at the present one.During a fundraising program in observance of the church’s 193rd anniversary, the enthusiastic members and special invited guests raised the initial amounts of US$709 and L$14,805.The amount, according to a member of the church, will help meet the estimated US$50,000 project they hope to undertake. The senior Pastor, Reverend James N. Cooper, said the church continues to suffer a lot of setbacks forcing its progress to slow down. “The church during the war years was looted by warring factions; and the last things rebels took away were the benches. Every time the war intensified and fighters came here and it is this church they would loot,” Pastor Cooper said.According to him, the church currently boasts about 300 members, and they are contemplating erecting a larger edifice that will host over 500 members and guests at a given time.Rev. Cooper said the church has established an adult literacy program that parents and others who did not have the chance to either go to or finish school can attend to prepare them to help their children at home.Although Millsburg is sparsely inhabited, Rev. Cooper said the church enjoys a rise in its membership drive. He, however, said that the main problem confronting the members is the bad road condition, which continues to prevent many parishioners who live in Monrovia from coming to church on time.“The road is very bad especially during the Rainy Season. When it is raining, the entire road is closed. I force myself to come and conduct service because it is my obligation to feed the church every day, but the road is so bad that most of our members living in Monrovia cannot afford to come here. We want the Legislative Caucus and county authorities to prioritize the road leading to Millsburg so that we will have access to the city,” Rev. Cooper added.When it’s busy, no two vehicles can easily pass by each other – one has to park off the road to give way to the other.Despite the impediments, the Baptist clergyman said the church will continue to persist until they meet the goal that they have set.The chairman of the church’s Deacon Board, Daniel B. Warner, Jr., decried the difficult period the church endured, attributing it to the country’s 14 year civil crisis.He said there had also been internal wrangling among members that caused a slowdown in operations. He, however, noted that a few of them have remained consistent and persistent in upholding the image of the church so that it does not collapse.In his exaltation, the Rector of the St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Barnersville, Reverend Father Michael T. Sie, Sr., called on the congregation to be focused, not to look back but continue pressing forward.He said looking back and failing to be focused will result to members of the church not fulfilling the dream of having a well designed and furnished church building.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GGDMA should do some introspection before casting aspersions

first_imgDear Editor,The Board of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), as currently constituted, includes two representatives of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA). The GGMC Board deliberates on and decides on the allocation of mining properties to all miners, including members of the GGDMA. There is no record, in the public domain, of any member of the GGDMA recusing themselves from deliberations related to granting of mining rights to its members. I am consequently perplexed by the GGDMA’s claim that Minister Simona Broomes’ position reflects a conflict of interest. The GGDMA failure to recuse itself from deliberations related to the granting of mineral rights to its members is of significantly greater national concern than Ms Broomes’ right to pass her property, acquired before she became Minister of Government of Guyana, on to her children.There are issues related to the mining sector in Guyana which are of much greater concern to the GGDMA. The record will demonstrate that there have been in excess of 20 deaths in the gold mining industry in the last year. The GGDMA, which claims to represent the interest of gold and diamond miners, has never conducted a technical assessment to determine measures which should be developed and implemented to reduce incidents related to loss of life in the gold mining industry. Life is apparently cheap to the GGDMA.The Mining Amendment Regulations 2005 define a large-scale mine as “a mine which is the subject of a Mining Licence and from which a minimum volume in excess of 1000 m3 of material, inclusive of any overburden, is excavated or processed as an aggregate in any continuous twenty-four hour period”. This definition, except for its reference to a Mining Licence, qualifies all members of the GGDMA as large-scale miners.Part XXIV of those amendments imposes obligations on large- and medium-scale miners. These include adherence to several engineering and environmental compliance requirements. The national interest of Guyana would be best served if the GGDMA focus is on ensuring adherence by its members to these mandatory requirements. The costs of technically and environmentally non-compliant gold mining operations, coupled with the loss of life in the sector, have greater long-term consequences and are of significantly greater national importance than Ms Broomes’ passing her property on to her children.The Government of Guyana has identified gold smuggling as an issue of major national concern. The GGDMA has, commendably, issued a public statement in support of the Government. Several members of the GGDMA are holders of Prospecting Licences. Smuggling can be easily addressed by these members adhering to the mandate of Prospecting Licences as enunciated by the Mining Act 1989. Chapter 2, Section 32 of that Mining Act “confers on the licensee ……. The exclusive right to explore for any mineral…” Exploration, by GGDMA members who are holders of Prospecting Licences, is performed only after these licences are farmed out, after payment of huge amounts, to international mining companies.Quantification of mineral resources leaves no room for smuggling as demonstrated by the former Omai Gold Mines and now so effectively proven by international companies such as Guyana Goldfields, Troy Resources and Sandspring Resources. The GGDMA should use its presence on the GGMC Board to agitate for exploration of all Prospecting Licences to curtail gold smuggling from Guyana. Failure to do any less would call into question the stance of the GGDMA on gold smuggling. In the interim, the GGDMA would better serve the national good by convincing its members to undertake exploration activities prior to their commencement of mining operations. This will result in significantly lower environmental consequences that the “wildcatting” now performed by members of the GGDMA.The President should be commended for his stand on the GGDMA concerns related to Ms Broomes. I have no intent to be presumptuous; however, I am firmly of the belief that the national interest would be better served if the GGDMA, given the green thrust of economy, is advised to request that its members adhere to sound mineral exploration and mining practices to ensure an undue burden is not placed upon the economy to correct environmental and health impacts of GGDMA members’ operations.Yours truly,Charles P Cereslast_img read more

Rash of wrecks injures 5

first_img“This intersection is the excitement of the block, there are so many accidents,” said Antonia Garcia, who lives nearby. “They need to put in a turning signal because people just turn whenever they want.” Later, at about 1:20 p.m., the driver of a customized red Cobra kit car driving west on Mar Vista Street east of Cordero Road, lost control of the car. The vehicle then drove up a curb and hit a tree, which ejected the driver. The unidentified man suffered head injuries, scrapes and bruises and was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with possible internal injuries, said county fire Battalion Chief Ron Lawrence. At about 1:50p.m., a white GMC van going west on Whittier Boulevard in unincorporated West Whittier went out of control, drove up a curb and across traffic lanes before being struck by another vehicle. The van then landed on a parked white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, CHP Officer Dee Mercuri said. The driver and a passenger in the van complained of pain and were taken to a hospital, Mercuri said. At about 4:20 p.m., a motorcyclist was thrown from his bike when it collided with a vehicle on the northbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, south of Slauson Avenue, CHP officials said. The north and southbound lanes of the freeway were shut down to allow a helicopter to land and airlift the injured man to an area hospital, CHP Officer Vince Ramirez said. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 8/11: Losing control WHITTIER – Traffic cops were busy Friday. Officers rushed to at least four area collisions that left five people hurt, two of them seriously, officials said. At about 9:20 a.m., a pickup truck going north on Gunn Avenue collided with a white Ford Econoline van driving east on Mulberry Drive in unincorporated South Whittier, California Highway Patrol Officer Ruben Orozco said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesOfficials were investigating whether the pickup’s gas peddle became stuck after the collision. The truck continued driving through the intersection and onto a driveway at Mulberry Elementary School, where it hit a 15-foot tree, Orozco said. The impact threw the tree about 10 feet into the air. No children were at the school at the time. Officials were investigating whether one of the drivers ran a red light at the intersection. The pickup driver suffered an injured left arm and complained of pain in his ribs, Orozco said. He was taken to an area hospital. The driver of the Ford van was not injured. The drivers’ names were not immediately released. last_img read more

Q and A with new Lambton-Kent director of education John Howitt

first_imgNew director of education for the public Lambton-Kent District school board John Howitt, previously at the Greater Essex County District school board, is stepping into a largely rural school system during a period of transition for the province. The Observer caught up to Howitt at the end of the first week of back-to-school to talk driving, SCITS, and personal philosophy.The following is edited for clarity.Observer: Windsor-Essex is a big place but Lambton-Kent is bigger, eh?John Howitt: Yes. Geographically it’s about three times the size, but population-wise it’s about two-thirds. Greater Essex is about 35,000 (students) and we are about 22,000, here in Lambton-Kent … which allows for really personal connections. People know each other, even with the large geography. It’s easy to reach out, and gives you that smaller, connected family feel — but large enough that we can do some pretty innovative and exciting things.SO: Do you like driving? I feel like if you like driving this job is going to be a lot easier.JH: Well my dad was a Pontiac-Buick dealer, so I do love cars and driving. I got an SUV for the snow, to be prepared for it.SO: That’s a pragmatic answer.JH: Yeah. I used to lease but with the move and the geography I knew I would not be able to stick with the mileage.SO: The first week has been …JH: The first week has been great. Warm welcome, pretty much everywhere I go. Our teachers, our staff are outstanding/ … We had some construction projects run late, but the teachers and the staff really worked hard to get the rooms ready. We had about a third of our schools have some sort of a renovation this year.There are always challenges; those have been expected, and we’ve worked through them.SO: The whole move from (the old SCITS building) to the recently renovated St. Clair secondary school — has that been a smooth transition? There has been some delay in project completion.JH: In terms of actual programs for students, the changes are very limited. … In terms of disruption of programming? I would argue there is none. There is a relocation of the music rooms which is part of the addition, but they are continuing. There is the relocation of the Indigenous Learning Centre, but it’s there and it exists, and when it’s done — we expect, in December — those classrooms will be state of the art, and the Indigenous Learning Centre will be a model for others.You always want it to be 100 per cent ready. The reality is, sometimes it isn’t. And there is a percentage of people who will likely never be satisfied with the decision and the move, and the change.SO: What are your goals over the next two, five, 20 years?JH: One of the areas that’s started to stand out, and that’s a challenge for all adults in Lambton and Kent County, has to do with raising the bar for our students and our expectation for them. Whether families want their children to go on to a post-secondary model is a choice they make … but a high school diploma is a really important thing in the province of Ontario, and does nothing but open doors.SO: How many people leave school (before graduation)?JH: It varies and that data will be released by the ministry … but we’ve had an increase in that area of early leavers. That’s students not graduating secondary school in four or five years. I think you close more doors by not completing secondary schools than you open. We really want to raise that bar, and that expectation.Lambton-Kent also has a higher percentage of students that choose the applied stream of courses versus academic … compared to the rest of the province.SO: I’ve heard you have a personal philosophy.JH: I’ve got a quote on my wall that’s been posted in my classroom and my offices: “never lose sight of the fact that the child is a learner, is not only the centre of the school system, but the only reason it exists.” My philosophy is right in there. It’s always about the student.lpin@postmedia.comlast_img read more