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Tiny Turtles right on top

first_imgTHE Tiny Turtles playgroup has been named the state’s best supported playgroup at the Playgroup Victoria Awards on Thursday 30…[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

Abby bags Oaks Day story prize

first_imgABBY Nichols of Cockatoo is off to the Pakenham Gazette Oaks Day race meeting this Thursday – in style. She…[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

VAR gets frosty reception after ‘shambolic’ clash

first_imgAs the snow obscured the Wembley grass and confusion reigned on and off the pitch during Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup replay against Rochdale on Wednesday the words of former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly sprang to mind.It was the tough-talking Scot who once said “football is a simple game, complicated by idiots.”Fair to say had he been at the national stadium he might have turned the air blue with his pronouncements on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.It should have been a night for underdogs Rochdale to enjoy their moment to shine, or for Tottenham’s Spanish striker Fernando Llorente to savour scoring a hat-trick in a 6-1 win.Instead, the talk was of how VAR, which could be rolled out at the World Cup this year, left players, managers and fans cold.Tottenham left-back Danny Rose called the tie “shambolic”.Former England full-back Stuart Pearce, speaking on Sky Sports, said VAR does not work for football. “There are so many grey areas in our game. Let the guy in the middle make the decision and respect that decision.”Ex-England striker Alan Shearer said on Twitter: “VAR you were hopeless again.”The video assistant was called into action at Wembley after seven minutes when Tottenham had a routine Erik Lamela goal disallowed when an official watching on the video screen flagged up to match referee Paul Tierney a tiny shirt-pull by Llorente.In the 22nd minute Tottenham’s Lucas Moura was denied a penalty after Tierney, finger in ear, again consulted VAR.When Son Heung-min did fire Tottenham ahead a BBC Radio Five commentator said: “There can be no argument about that one.” Yet Tierney still went to the VAR to confirm the goal’s legality.CHORUS OF BOOSMinutes later Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier was bundled over and Tierney awarded a free kick outside the area, only for VAR to intervene and, after a long delay in which fans were left bemused, upgrade it to a penalty.When Son stopped his run before scoring from the spot – a breach of the rules – Tierney again checked via VAR before disallowing the goal and booking Son.A chorus of boos erupted at halftime as fans braving a freezing night witnessed a sport being complicated to death, not knowing what they were watching.The time taken for the VAR decisions stripped all the raw excitement from what was a great match.Celebrating a goal, whether as a player of a fan, has always been sacrosanct, yet five of the seven goals on the night were checked via VAR before Tierney awarded them.The referee was merely doing what was asked of him by those who have authorised the trial of VAR in some FA Cup and League Cup ties, but it opened the official to heavy criticism.Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino sympathised with Tierney, but said the first half was “embarrassing”.“We love the game we know, football is about emotion but if we are going to kill emotion then people who love football will not be happy,” he said.Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney said on Twitter: “We’ve got the best game in the world don’t try to fix it if it’s not broken. Just let us play. The talking points, controversy and human error is what makes it so special!!”Video technology has worked well in tennis, while rugby also uses it.Respected Welsh rugby referee Nigel Owens warned that football must use VAR intelligently. “The danger is that decisions can become too technical,” he told radio station TalkSport.“Referees must referee the game as if there is no technology there. Only rely on it for clear and obvious decisions.”last_img read more

Two arrested after early morning police pursuit in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One man is in police custody after a pursuit which began in Grande Prairie and ended almost an hour later near DeBolt.At around 3:45 on Tuesday morning, members of the Grande Prairie RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of a break and enter in progress in the area of 72 Avenue and Poplar Drive. Two male suspects are said to have entered a home and assaulted the home’s resident before forcing the victim into a vehicle and fleeing the area.Police quickly located one of the suspect vehicles and initiated a pursuit that lasted approximately 50 minutes. The pursuit ended on Township Road 705 south of Crooked Creek when the suspect vehicle drove into the ditch and became immobilized.- Advertisement -The suspects then abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. A female passenger was arrested at the scene without incident, while the male driver was located and arrested with the help of Police Dog Services a short time later. The victim was uninjured.The RCMP say the case is still under investigation, and police are continuing to try to locate the second suspect. Charges against the other two people who were arrested are pending.Police are requesting anyone with information about the incident to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.Advertisementlast_img read more

3 face trial in torture slaying

first_imgSYLMAR – As evening set Dec. 6, 2005, the partially nude body of Bobby Ray Gates, wrapped in a burning bedspread, a blue tarp and plastic, startled a passer-by on a residential street in Sylmar. After the flames were extinguished, investigators began a lengthy investigation into the San Fernando resident’s bruised and beaten body that recently led to two arrests and three murder charges. Gates, 44, was blindfolded and his hands were crudely bound behind his back with cord and string when authorities found his body in the 11400 block of Gladstone Way. His back was singed with what appeared to be cigarette burns. But it was the red-plaid-pattern cloth stuffed in his mouth that ended his life from suffocation, according to the coroner’s report. Blunt-force trauma and cocaine found in Gates’ bloodstream were possible contributing factors in his death, it stated. And although the coroner couldn’t rule it out, it is unlikely that Gates was alive when he was set on fire. Police believe at least two people were responsible for the brutal killing. Whether those who did this to Gates were intent on killing him remains to be seen. No doubt, they wanted him to suffer. But for what? Three charged Now, more than 18 months after the African-American man’s body was found about three miles from his home, police and prosecutors say they have solved a good portion of the case with two key arrests. Beatrice Brothers, 45, of Palmdale, Christopher Yancy, 23, a Pacoima laborer, and a third defendant, still at large, have been charged with murder in connection with Gates’ slaying. Brothers, who is a good friend of Gates’ common-law wife, and Yancy are in custody. Both have pleaded not guilty in the case. At a preliminary hearing today at the San Fernando Courthouse, prosecutors and defense attorneys will begin laying the groundwork for a case that is still potentially months away from trial. “We believe we can prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Paula Gonzales, Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. Brothers’ attorney, Rebecca J. Riley, declined to comment, and Robert F. Cortes, the alternate public defender representing Yancy, was not available for comment. Prosecutors and detectives have been tight-lipped about the still-unfolding case, but some details have emerged. Motive not disclosed Los Angeles Police Department Detective Chuck Lenane said Gates was living in a converted garage with his common-law wife and her two children in the 13500 block of Corcoran Street in San Fernando when he was killed. Lenane said he thinks a day or two before Gates’ body was found, Yancy and the unnamed defendant came to Gates’ residence to attack him. “He was taken to the back house, tortured and eventually died,” Lenane said. “Sometime later, he was dumped out on the road where he was found.” Lenane and Gonzales would not discuss what they believe is the motive for the attack, but Lenane acknowledged that some people involved in the case said Gates might have molested children. Detectives have not been able to corroborate the allegation. “That’s the rumor, but (those who killed Gates) may be saying that to justify it,” Lenane said. Deputy District Attorney Gonzales said that once she presents the evidence, she’s hopeful the details surrounding Gates’ torture and death will become clear and those responsible will be punished. “The charge is murder, and that’s what we allege,” Gonzales said. rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329 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

Latino proud of Valley roots

first_imgJoe Lozano of Mission Hills typifies the San Fernando Valley in ways few do. Like 41 percent of the Valley, he is Latino. But he is perhaps even more proud to be an American, telling new immigrants who come into his community: “When you come to my country, please don’t try to make it look like the country that you came from. I worked very hard to keep it nice.” Lozano’s grandparents emigrated from Mexico to the Valley in 1922. He was born in Pacoima, worked as a migrant laborer up and down the state as a youth and returned to Pacoima in the late 1950s after a stint in the Marines. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Today, at 72, a decade retired from his studio set-building job that occupied much of his adult life, he looks much younger than his age. “I don’t know how I had time to work because I’m busier now than I’ve ever been,” he says. “I’ve been living in Mission Hills almost 50 years. It’s one of the better-looking and better-kept communities because of a lot of hard work on my part. “I have an old truck named Rusty Blue, and it’s ready 24 hours a day to wipe out graffiti … I wipe it out myself. “I’m pretty much a no-nonsense guy. If there’s cars that are junk, illegal vendors, whatever, I report it. I report everything. That’s what keeps our community nice and clean.” Lozano’s family – wife Virginia, six grown children (“I had the Mexican `Brady Bunch,’ three boys and three girls”), and 20 grandchildren – is itself a microcosm of the Census’ Valley demographics on age, sex, households and incomes. Lozano’s own three-bedroom, one-bath home that he bought in 1962 is also typical of how real-estate prices in the Valley and Los Angeles have taken a quantum leap. He bought the home for $15,750. Today, he says it’s worth more than $400,000. The Lozanos thought seriously for a while about cashing in that equity and moving to Montana where Lozano fell so in love with the country while making sets for the 1980 film “Heavens Gate” that he bought two homes there. But he changed his mind, he says, because of one of the amenities of living in the Valley – proximity to doctors and hospitals. “For a senior, that’s important,” Lozano says. Today, he remains involved in his labor union (“I still go back to work when I need a couple of bucks”), the Elks, the American Legion, Neighborhood Watch and a community police advisory board. “I’m an American,” Lozano says. “But I also know the realities of life. The Valley is different today than even when I first bought our house here.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Csaba Laszlo: Scott Fraser should have scored four

first_img“So you have to score in every game four goals.”Dundonian Fraser’s progress stalled after breaking a metatarsal in March, with an injury nightmare leaving him sidelined for much of the campaign so far.When asked whether or not talks have started to extend Fraser’s contract, Laszlo said he is hopeful the youngster will heed his advice and stay for another season on Tayside.He said: “Every time, the player has to decide but the player has to have someone behind him that gives good advice.“The players can always come to me and I can explain the best time to move or not to move.“At the moment, I think Scott Fraser is settled here very good [sic]. If he can play one more year, hopefully in the Scottish Premiership, he can be even stronger.”He added: “Going from the Scottish to English Championship is a huge difference, you have to be ready and I think he believes in us.“I am proud that Dundee United offers a huge platform for players to develop, interest from English clubs is fantastic.” Dundee United boss Csaba Laszlo criticised Scott Fraser for only scoring twice against Dunfermline, saying he should have scored four.The midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, struck a first-half double as United beat the Pars 2-1 to go top of the Championship.He has been linked with a move to English League One outfit Wigan in recent weeks as his contract at Tannadice runs down.Laszlo, however, believes the 22-year-old would instead be attracting interest from Premier League clubs should he add more goals to his game. He said: “I am happy with Scott Fraser but I was also angry with him after the game.“I told him I was angry and he asked me why and I said it was because I want the maximum. At the moment you’re not because you had the possibility to score four and scored just two.“I am happy but don’t be satisfied.”He added: “I read in the papers that Wigan show interest for Scott Fraser but I said, ‘you see, if you score four that’s West Bromich Albion, that is the difference.’last_img read more

Ryan family through to final of Ireland’s Fittest Family!

first_imgThe Ryan family from Letterkenny were up against three other super-fit families in the gruelling challenges set out in tonight’s semi- final for Ireland’s Fittest Family. With four talented families and only three slots in the final, tensions were high.After taking on the exhausting bog-jog, Jacob’s ladder, and a demanding eliminator, the Ryans left the other families in the dust (or muck) and are now through to the final!During the semi-final, former boxer Danny said ‘We’re so close, I don’t think we’ll slip up at the last step’. Danny, Jordan, Keane and Alannah are coached by former Irish rugby star Alan Quinlan, who said ‘we deserve to get to the final. The Ryans train harder than the other families’.For the bog-jog challenge, Quinlan chose Jordan to go up against a member of the three other families to take on the slippy, draining course. Speaking before the race, Jordan said that he didn’t feel under pressure.Jordan was delighted with his result in the bog-jogThe race was very tight for a few minutes, with no difference between second, third, and fourth place, however in the last stretch Jordan burst out and secured second place.In a twist, the coaches were then told that they had to nominate another family member to take on the same challenge. Keane was chosen to take on the bog-jog again. Keane after taking on the bog-jog!Keane said he’s going to focus on his own race, and just give it his best. At one point the race got so mucky, the narrator said ‘I don’t even know who that is!’At this point in the competition, the Ryans were at the top of the leaderboard.The next obstacle was Jacob’s Ladder, a 70 foot ladder with 8 rungs that get further apart with each move up. The family to reach the top of the ladder and snatch the three flags are victorious, and gain 10 vital points.Unfortunately the Ryans didn’t beat the time set by the other families and instead went through to the eliminator against the Bailey family.From the start, the Ryans darted out in front, and they flew through the inverted tubes, rat tunnels, bog, balance beams and tyre squeeze before finishing it off by sprinting with two heavy poles towards the finish line. Danny said that they’re absolutely over the moon to get through, and that he is incredibly proud of his children.You can tune into the final next week at 6:30pm on RTÉ1 where the Ryans will be travelling to Dublin in a bid to be named Ireland’s Fittest Family and claim the prize of €15,000.Go team Ryan!Ryan family through to final of Ireland’s Fittest Family! was last modified: December 11th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

A Guy Gets Into a Three-Hour Armed Police Standoff After Someone Takes a Bite of His Grilled Cheese

first_imgI want to make fun of this guy, I really do . . . but I can’t predict how I’D react if someone did this to MY grilled cheese.A 55-year-old guy named Daniel Blackwell in Dundalk, Maryland got into a HUGE argument with his wife and daughter on Sunday night after he made himself a grilled cheese sandwich and one of them took a bite.He was so upset he grabbed his GUN and fired a shot in the house.  It wasn’t at his wife or daughter, but they still got the hell out of there and called the cops.And Daniel was still so furious that he barricaded himself inside and had a THREE-HOUR standoff with the cops before he finally surrendered.He’s been charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.last_img