Join AFL’s 400-club for lunch

first_imgTHE AFL’s only four 400-game players head the bill for the third annual Cardinia Casey Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch in…[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

Uming makes boxing finals in 56kg division

first_imgUming defeated his Vanuatu opponent Boe Warawara in a thrilling 3 round fight.Both men put on a great fight before a vocal crowd.However, Uming was too strong for Warawara winning on a technical knockout in round 3.The women’s competition takes place this afternoon.PNG fighters are dominating the ring with support from the home crowd.last_img

Ellen Delivers 10th State of Nation Address Today

first_imgOnce again, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will deliver a State of the Nation Address before the 53rd National Legislature in fulfillment of Article 58 of the 1986 Constitution.Article 58 states: “The President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic, the report shall cover expenditure as well as income.”The Chief Executive will at 4pm today present the state of affairs of the Republic and provide her legislative agenda for the ensuing year.As Visitor to the Capitol Building on this occasion, the President has no seat in the Joint Chamber and therefore, she will be ushered into the Assembly hall by selected committee members headed by both committees of the Legislature on Executive.The President will then be escorted to the podium where she will speak to the almost four million Liberians at home and abroad, through their Representatives in the House and Senate.Before that proceeding, the Joint Legislature presided over by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler in keeping with Article 33 of the 1986 Constitution, will entertain a motion from his colleagues to invite the Chief Executive to execute the constitutional mandate of reporting to them on the state of the Republic.What to ExpectThe President’s report is expected to give prominence to the heavy blow with which the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) struck the nation and people and its adverse impact on all aspects of national life, as well as post-Ebola projections, security, peace and rule of law.Regarding the status of the economy, which has been severely weakened by the deadly Ebola virus, President Sirleaf is expected to provide an update on economic growth, the strength of the Liberian Dollar and Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Analysts believed that not much is expected in the direction of economic growth as slow progress will be attributed to the EVD outbreak, which led to many companies partially folding their operations as the epidemic intensified. In fact, before the Ebola outbreak, the economy was already struggling with Liberian dollar chasing the United States Dollar and other international currencies. Even before and during the Ebola period, a bulk of the country’s revenue was spent on personnel salaries, fuel and lubricants and vehicles for officials.Another major problem the President is expected to deal with in her speech is education and the exploding student population compared to an inadequate budgetary allotment to solve the problem of continuing poor academic performance caused by an undersized, poorly prepared and poorly paid teacher workforce lacking books and other basic tools, sufficient classroom space and basic amenities all desperately needed to improve student performance.This time around as the country returns to an abnormal academic but cardinal education period due to the Ebola crisis, her government needs to present a more reasonable, workable and public-interest based proactive approach to ensure that less-fortunate along with all other children enroll this year. In an already “messy educational” system as indicated by Madam Sirleaf, government focus and investment must now shift to delivering quality, standardized education that will turn the corner from mass failures at elementary to university level to higher numbers of positive exam results in the Liberian school system.Healthcare delivery remains a mountainous challenge for the Unity Party-led government evidenced by the Ebola virus’ exposure of how “weak and poor” the system is to care for the millions of its citizens. The nation’s weak health delivery system and prospects for its post-Ebola overhaul with the promised support of several foreign governments and international donors will likely claim a considerable portion of the President’s address.In that direction, praises will be bestowed on many friendly nations, individuals and organizations including the United States, China and African nations, who responded in personnel, cash and kind to help Liberia fight the deadly virus.However, the question of corruption definitely cannot be ruled out of the President’s address to the nation. Some of her officials were accused of miss-directing Ebola funds and other resources to their personal use during the height of the Ebola crisis. Many believe the President has not put forth the high level of forcefulness to stamp out corruption as she vowed to do during the inception of her incumbency.  This lack luster approach has weakened her image and somewhat tarnished her credibility in that direction.  It remains to be heard what her explanation is for the failure to stamp out corruption and how she intends to  recover the will power to do so and prove to still have zero tolerance for this cancer eating away at all sectors of the Liberian society.Relative to human rights and the rule of law, President Sirleaf is expected to highlight the wave of rape cases around the country particularly those involving children. It will be disappointing to many, if not all, if the President falls short of providing an update on the West Point shooting that claimed the life of teenager Shakie Kamara.President Sirleaf will acknowledge the passing of former Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis and the many Liberians and several foreigners, who lost their lives to the Ebola virus and most likely devote a moment of silence in memory of these and other fallen Liberians.This national assembly will bring together officials from the three branches, doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corps, international partners, Chiefs and Elders, Political, Religious and BusinessLeaders.The House Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, announced that Monday’s ceremony begins at 2pm with the arrival of invited guests. She noted that non-essential staffers are advised to stay home.According to a Joint Press Release from the Liberian Senate and House of Representatives only accredited journalists will be allowed in the Joint Chambers.Today’s State of the Nation address marks the 10th oration, to the Legislature since Madam Johnson Sirleaf ascended to the Presidency in 2006.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mother Lake Laid to Rest in Duata

first_imgThe mortal remains of the late Ma Nyamah Martha Bwayou Lake was on Saturday May 23, laid to rest in her native village of Duata, a stone throw from her uncle’s village, Blameyea in Jorquelleh Administrative District #2 in Bong County.Ma Nyamah Martha Bwayou Lake was the niece to long serving Paramount Chief of Jorquelleh Chiefdom and former Representative of Bong County Barsee Kpangbai.She was born unto the union of Mr. Barkollie Bwayou and Ni Tonwon Bwayou on July 27, 1925, in a little farming community of Duata situated north of Gbarnga.How did she meet Rev. J. David Lake Sr?The Rev. J. David Lake, a classroom teacher, was teaching at the Muhlenberg Lutheran Mission in Millsburg, Monsterrado County and in the 1930s he was transferred to the Lutheran Mission in Zorzor, Lofa County.Rev. Lake later moved to Gbarnga, Bong County central Liberia and because of his fluent English, coupled with his clear writing skills, he became clerk to the influential Paramount Chief, the late Barsee Kpangbai, uncle of the late Ma Nyamah Bwayou Lake.Ma Nyamah Bwayou, from a subsistence farming family of Duata, was joined in holy matrimony to Rev. David Lake in 1941, which the union was blessed with nine children. The couple later moved to Suakoko town in Suakoko District and settled there permanently. There was no reason provided for their migration, but it is believed that it was because the town was the central location on the main Monrovia—Gbarnga highway.It was also learned that Pastor Lake provided a home and education for his wife since indeed she could not read and write.Pastor Lake was born on Water Street in the settlement of Harrisburg, Monsterrado County on June 30, 1909 unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Alice Lake. His grandparents were Charlie and Georgiana Hayes of Harrisburg who migrated to Liberia from the United States.Rev. Lake served in capacities such as County Surveyor for Bong, worked with the Government Farm now the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) as an entomologist. Ma Nyamah Bwayou Lake was a devout Christian and helped to educate several children whose parents were not financially able to send their children to school.Her children include Joan Allegra Lake Nathan, Rose-Marie Lake Cummings, Dr. Sodey C. Lake assigned at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, Dee-Zoe Lake, National Social Security and Welfare Corporation, Dardhe M. Lake, Julie S. Lake, Korto G. Lake, and J. David Lake Jr., with 25 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.The funeral service was attended by former Deputy Minister for Operations at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ranney B. Jackson, and Bong County Superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy, among others.The funeral service was held at the St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Gbarnga, Bong County.Meanwhile, the Pastor in his funeral discourse admonished the surviving Lake family members to stick together, adding that in union strong, success is sure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Chelsea target stunning £43m deal for Serie A sensation

first_img Amadou Diawara in action for Napoli 1 Chelsea are ready to splash the cash in order to land Napoli starlet Amadou Diawara.The Blues were part of the chasing pack for the Guinean midfielder during the summer following his impressive breakthrough season at Bologna.But it was Napoli who won the race to sign him, and he has since made four Serie A appearances following his £13m switch.However, according to Tuttosport, Chelsea are continuing to monitor Diawara, with Antonio Conte a big fan of the 19-year-old’s ability.And it has been suggested that the west London club could be willing to spend as much as £43m in order to seal a deal for the teen star, who is under contract at Napoli until 2021.last_img read more

Fields of opportunity

first_imgIt will take some innovation, determination and vision on the part of city and community officials to make this potential opportunity a reality. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley is currently drawing up a plan for the corridor of Interstate 5 through this portion of the Valley. City leaders should heed those recommendations as they put together a plan for the fields of opportunity in the Northeast Valley.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsIt could happen – with the right leadership. The Northeast Valleys’s main resource is what the rest of L.A. lacks: open space. And depending on how city and community leaders act, it could become a field of dreams. Robert Scott, director of the Mulholland Institute and a longtime activist who has fought for Valley interests, says the region represents the best bargain in town. But that relative bargain is contingent on smart planning that would encourage a mix of development, rather than all housing or all industry. This wouldn’t only be a boon to the Valley. The city has been losing jobs for nearly three decades, a total of about half a million, even while it has added residents. That has put pressure to build housing, even if it meant displacing industry and business. But lopsided growth makes for a lopsided city. TYPICALLY, the northeast San Fernando Valley communities of Pacoima, Panorama City, Lake View Terrace and others haven’t experienced the same economic opportunity and prosperity associated with many other areas of Los Angeles. It’s a region of modest neighborhoods populated by the city’s working families, surrounded by dead factories, wrecking yards and other heavy industrial uses. For years, we have labeled the Northeast Valley as ground zero for measuring the city’s commitment to its neighborhoods, and finally the civic leadership shows signs of responding. The tremendous potential of this area is now being recognized by Valley and city leaders who envision it as an economic mecca, thriving with industry, stores, services and homes. last_img read more

‘My fault’ – Klopp reveals one of his biggest mistakes involves Sadio Mane

first_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings SORRY scrap But the German coach opted against signing the Senegal attacker, who subsequently became a Southampton player for £11million.Mane scored 25 goals in his two seasons at St Mary’s before Klopp brought him to Anfield in a £34million deal in 2016.The Liverpool boss said: “The time I have spent with Sadio Mane has been fantastic – I love the boy! He’s an outstanding player.“I have made a few mistakes in my life and one of my biggest mistakes ever was not taking Sadio when I was at Dortmund. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 1 Latest football news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade predicted One of Jurgen Klopp’s biggest mistakes in football was not signing Sadio Mane for Borussia Dortmund in 2014.Mane, a Red Bull Salzburg player at the time, held talks with then-Dortmund boss Klopp about joining the Bundeslia club. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF center_img Sadio Mane has shone under Jurgen Klopp’s guidance Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest RANKED Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion whoops Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker “We were together in an office and I spoke to him. Afterwards I wasn’t sure but that was really my fault.“He’s an outstanding boy and life gave me a second chance to work with him and hopefully we can both use it.”Mane, who signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool in November, has scored 42 goals in 100 appearances for the Reds.last_img read more

Neil Warnock hilariously stares down camera before crucial Cardiff game

first_imgAnd it appears the pressure of staying in the top flight finally got to the Bluebirds boss as he did a pretty bizarre thing just as before the match started.Warnock stared at the camera and maintained his ‘focus’ even when the camera was backing away from him.Watch the hilarious video below! huge blow BEST OF REVEALED shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Warnock is trying to keep Cardiff in the Premier League GETTY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Neil Warnock, ladies and gentlemen 😂 pic.twitter.com/FG0Z8vVugo— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2019And it was bad news for Cardiff as they were beaten 3-2 by the Eagles, meaning the Bluebirds are four points off Brighton with just one game left. 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? It’s official. Neil Warnock has lost the plot!His Cardiff side were on the brink of relegation and knew nothing short of a win against Crystal Palace would do if they were to beat Brighton in the Premier League’s relegation battle. REPLY ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED last_img read more

MEN’S HEALTH MONTH HONORED IN JUNE

first_imgEvery June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated nationwide to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and direct treatment of disease among men.  During this, and all, month, the Jackson County Department of Public Health (JCDPH) encourages the men in our community to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.“Compared to women of a similar age, men are less likely to have a regular doctor and health insurance.  They are more likely to put off routine checkups or delay seeing a health provider after experiencing symptoms,” said Nursing Supervisor Carla Morgan. “This month is a reminder to all men in Jackson County that their health is important and talking to a health professional can assist in finding conditions before they get worse.”To promote healthy habits, JCDPH offers a variety of options to help men take control of their health such as Adult Wellness Screenings, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) physicals, Basic Law Enforcement Test (BLET) physicals, and more.  Call the Health Department at 828-586-8994 to learn more today or visit http://health.jacksonnc.org/adult-health-1.last_img read more

Facebook IPO: Who Are the Real Losers?

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#web Related Posts PayPal co-founder and Facebook pre-IPO stockholder Peter ThielFacebook’s tainted public offering, which has attracted the attention of federal securities investigators, has grown a bit darker with the filing of a class-action lawsuit. Los Angeles-based law firm Glancy Binkow & Goldberg filed the suit Tuesday in state court in San Mateo County, Calif., on behalf of all investors who lost money in the IPO.The suit rides on allegations that days before Facebook raised the price range on its soon-to-be-public stock, executives warned the lead underwriters that their financial estimates for the company were too high. The bankers, which included Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Securities and Goldman Sachs, lowered their estimates and then told a handful of large investor clients, leaving everyday investors in the dark.“At best, this ‘selective disclosure’ of the estimate cut is grossly unfair to investors who bought Facebook stock on the IPO (or at any time since) and didn’t know about it,” said Henry Blodget, Wall Street observer and Business Insider founder. “At worst, it’s a violation of securities laws.”During the height of the pre-IPO frenzy, individual investors clamored for more Facebook stock, while more knowledgeable institutional investors were talking about paring back stock orders. For investors who didn’t know about the revised estimates, Facebook’s opening stock price last Friday was a sucker’s deal.The losers, and potential plaintiffs, were the millions of individual investors who bought the stock for $38 a share or more and were looking at an investment worth $32 as of the close of trading Wednesday. The winners included venture capital firms Accel Partners and Greylock Partners and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who were among the pre-IPO stockholders that collectively received about $9 billion in the offering, according to the law firm.While no one has said any crimes have been committed, the smoke from the dealings before the IPO has prompted the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to consider an investigation to look for the fire. The lead securities regulator in Massachusetts has reportedly subpoenaed Morgan Stanley.Facebook has yet to clearly state why estimates had to be lowered. But the company’s amended SEC filing before the IPO hints it’s related to the growing number of users accessing the site through mobile devices and Facebook’s failure to date of monetizing the shift through advertising.While many questions remain, the Facebook IPO is pointing to what many Occupy Wall Street supporters have said: Banks pull the financial strings, and the rest of us are the puppets. antone gonsalvescenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more