Youth leading the way

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Cardinia Shire’s inaugural youth council members are looking forward to influencing decisions on their future. The nine…[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

Gaming enthusiast Dele Alli celebrates Watford goal with weird Fortnite dance

first_imgDELE ALLI celebrated scoring against Watford with a bizarre dance from hit game Fortnite.The battle royale style shoot ’em up has infiltrated football in recent weeks.2 Dele Alli incorporates his love of Fortnite into the beautiful gameCredit: AP:Associated PressTottenham midfielder Alli live streamed himself (under the name delstroyer14) playing the game on Twitch to more than 10,000 viewers last week.And he brought some of his online antics onto the pitch with him – though thankfully nothing too violent.Alli, 22, stood with his hands in the air and swivelled side to side while stamping his feet after slotting in Christian Eriksen’s pass.He was interrupted by team-mate Harry Kane who, along with Leicester’s Harry Maguire, is also a team-mate when playing Fortnite online.Jubilation from Dele Alli as he gives us another Fortnite celebration at Wembley! 👀🎮Watch @SpursOfficial against @WatfordFC live on Sky Sports Premier League now!— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) April 30, 2018 2 Dele Alli scores past Watford after being set up by Christian EriksenCredit: REUTERSIf you know, you know.. 🤣— Dele (@dele_official) April 30, 2018 The England star posted a picture of his celebration to Twitter, captioned: “If you know, you know .. 🤣”Fortnite has gripped the footballing world with players from Atletico Madrid to Cardiff taking inspiration from it.Antoine Griezmann made Arsenal ‘Take the L’ after his goal in the Europa League semi-final first leg, while Cardiff defender Callum Paterson has made Fortnite celebrations his forte this season.In Fortnite, 100 players land on an island with just a pickaxe and must loot the surrounding areas for weapons and materials.The winner is the last person or team standing.Tottenham 2-0 Watford: Harry Kane edges closer to Mo Salah in Golden Boot fight after Dele Alli’s openerlast_img read more

Lions gathering steam as state playoffs approach

first_img Slew of local teams playing for playoff berths this week By warren rappleyea Staff Writer CHRIS KELLY Middletown North’s Jackie Matthew shoots over a Red Bank Regional defender during the Lions’ win in Red Bank on Saturday. An outstanding defense that has held opponents to 31 points or less in eight games has propelled the Middletown High School North girls’ basketball team to an 11-4 mark. The Lions are coming off an uncharacteristic 49-46 victory over Red Bank Regional on Saturday. Down early 12-2, Middletown South scraped its way back into the game led by senior guard Jackie Matthew, who scored 19 points, including 12 of them in the final quarter. Coach Ed Jones said his team is in good shape to qualify for both the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV and Shore Conference tournaments, but noted that Middletown North would like to ensure opening both events on its home court. That means the next six games will be particularly important. The Lions were scheduled to host Howell on Monday and will entertain Ocean tomorrow, before visiting Bayonne on Saturday, the cutoff for the state tourney. Next week Middletown North will face Marlboro, Long Branch and Old Bridge before the Shore’s Feb. 14 cutoff. CHRIS KELLY Middletown North’s Jessie Chalmers pulls down a rebound during the Lions’ win over Red Bank Regional on Saturday. “These are very important games for us,” Jones said. “We can’t just sit back and think that 11 wins is enough to get a couple of home games. We have to keep working hard to make sure.” So far the Lions have worked plenty hard. Middletown North’s defense has been solid throughout, allowing opponents an average of just 35 points. While Jones said his offense “is not where I’d like it to be,” the attack has, nevertheless, produced results. Senior forward Jesse Chalmers leads the team with a 12-point average, followed by Matthew, who averages 9 points. Junior center Michelle Dean has come on after a slow start to average eight points and six rebounds, and senior point guard Kim Campo is averaging six points and 2.5 assists despite playing with a sprained knee. Sophomore guard Laura Depko rounds out the starting lineup and has proved to be an excellent defender who leads the Lions in steals. Senior Kasey Killeen and her sister Jesse, a sophomore, are the first forwards off the bench. Kasey Killeen has been slowed in recent weeks by a sprained ankle but is close to 100 percent, Jones said. Bryanna O’Reilly, a junior, is the top backcourt reserve. “Championship teams are built on defense, and that’s our strength,” Jones said. “That’s what we’ll be counting on for the tourneys.” Only two other local teams entered the week assured of a state playoff berth, while a handful of locals needed big weeks to extend their seasons. Both St. John Vianney, ranked No. 3 in the Shore, and Holmdel, ranked 10th, are in, regardless of this week’s results. The Lady Lancers are 11-2, having lost their second game of the season on Saturday against Elizabeth, 44-40. Head coach Bob Ward’s team may not have the firepower of years past, but they are led by a pair of gutsy seniors in Shannon Coyle and Jaime Komar. Add to the mix sophomore point guard Shantel Brown, a dangerous offensive force despite playing on a bad ankle all year, and a trio of promising freshmen, Courtney Calderon, Jessica Nimbley and Kristine Perez, and Vianney is certainly a contender in both the state and Shore tournaments. Holmdel entered Monday’s game against Raritan at 10-5 and has quietly established itself as a postseason threat. The Hornets are led by the scoring duo of senior Dana Hoffman (13 ppg) and junior Julian Vikse (12 ppg), while senior Ashley Folchetti has shown a knack for spreading the ball around, averaging almost four assists a game. Holmdel looks to gain momentum this week as it looks ahead to the postseason. A win over Raritan on Monday would do quite a bit to boost the team’s confidence. Raritan is among the handful of teams looking to clinch a postseason berth this week. The Rockets entered Monday’s game at 8-7 and in desperate need of a win. After making it to the Central Jersey Group II final last year, the Rockets have struggled with consistency this year despite having one of the Shore’s premier players in senior Kelly Robinson (17 ppg), and solid backcourt of seniors Adriana Velez (three ppg) and Amanda Harmata (11 ppg). Raritan needs a win this week to qualify for the state tournament, where they were expected to be one of the teams to beat when the season began. The Mater Dei Seraphs are another team in need of some wins this week at 6-8 entering Monday’s game with Asbury Park. The Seraphs also need to beat Keansburg tomorrow to get a berth. The Seraphs have played well this year under head coach Darren Ault, and are led by the scoring duo of senior Dana Page (12 ppg) and senior Sarah McCarthy (11 ppg). Keyport’s girls are also on the bubble, and entered Monday’s game at Point Beach at 7-7. The Red Raiders are looking to make the postseason for the first time since 1995, when they won the Group I championship. Senior Jamie Boyce (18 ppg) leads this season’s contingent, which needs just two wins this week to achieve their goal of making the state playoffs. Middletown South’s girls entered Monday’s game against Manalapan at 6-9 and in need of three wins this week to make the playoffs. The Eagles will host Red Bank Regional tomorrow and Ocean on Saturday. Going three-for-three this week is a tough proposition, but the Eagles have performed well this year with their backs to the wall. — Doug McKenzie contributed to this story Slew of local teamsplaying for playoffberths this week By warren rappleyeaStaff Writer last_img read more

Barrett brothers star as nine-try All Blacks maul Canada

first_imgAll three Barrett brothers got on the scoresheet as reigning champions New Zealand stormed to their second victory of the Rugby World Cup with a 63-0 bonus point mauling of Canada at Oita Stadium on Wednesday. The All Blacks defied the humid conditions to cross four times in the first half and added five more after the break to move into second place behind Italy in Pool B with matches against Namibia and the Italians to come. Although a long way from their record World Cup win – a 145-17 thrashing of Japan in 2007 – it was only the second time New Zealand had shut out an opponent at the World Cup after their 40-0 defeat of Scotland in 2007. Winger Jordie and his fullback brother Beauden crossed in the first half with the third sibling, lock Scott, scoring his try after the break as the Barretts became the first trio of brothers to play for New Zealand at a World Cup. Earlier on Wednesday, France made heavy work of it at times but finished strongly to secure their second win of the Rugby World Cup with a bonus-point 33-9 victory over the United States. Tries from wingers Yoann Huget and Alivereti Raka in the first 24 minutes looked like setting the three-times World Cup finalists on their way to a handsome Pool C victory at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium. The Americans were much better than in their 45-7 opening loss to England, however, and three AJ MacGinty penalties had them within three points at 12-9 after 64 minutes as the French succumbed to errors and ill-discipline. France, much changed from the side that beat Argentina in their first match, finally got their third try through centreGael Fickou 13 minutes from time and replacements Baptiste Serin and Jefferson Poirot added two more in the last 10 minutes.last_img read more

Phoenix set for Cayman U-13

first_imgThe Phoenix All Stars Football Academy will be among the teams at the fourth annual Cayman Airways Under-13 Football Tournament in The Cayman Islands.Action starts next Monday. The Phoenix All Stars Football Academy Under-13 squad will be led by coaches Andre Davis and Raylon Paisley, who are also part of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy Elites.According to a release from Phoenix, this carefully selected, dynamic, talented, and powerful team was decided on by the president of the academy, Craig Butler. The players include Joel Tai, Alexander Bicknell, Skyler McFarlane, Daniel Scarlett, Sean Leighton, Jahmani Bell, Tristan Forsyth, Gianni Sellars, Zabir Taylor, Movado Morgan, Zane Byron, Dante Peralto, Jahiel Robinson, Dyllan John, Jordy Bawuah, Demario Dailey, Noah Clarke, Dujuan Richards, Dejuan Thomas, and Chandler Young.last_img read more

Exclusive – McGrath backs Dutch World Cup star to solve Man United’s defensive problems

first_imgPaul McGrath believes Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar can solve Manchester United’s defensive problems.The Red Devils look short of experience at the back, following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, along with the expected sale of Patrice Evra.Southampton’s Luke Shaw has moved to Old Trafford and new boss Louis van Gaal has been linked with moves for Feyenoord star Stefan de Vrij and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels.But former United and Villa Park star McGrath believes the club should look closer to home and believes Villans stopper Vlaar, who was a star man for Van Gaal during Holland’s 2014 World Cup campaign, might be the answer.“Man United’s defence is an area which could do with strengthening,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “They have lost Vidic, Ferdinand and probably Evra.“With Luke Shaw coming in, it’s going to be a very young and inexperienced defence. I’m hoping he’ll bring in a good experienced defender. Rob Vlaar would be on that list.”last_img read more


first_imgVodafone customers in The Rosses have branded the company ‘completely useless’ as the on-going issues regarding mobile coverage in the area continues to worsen.Angry customers have said they’re now absolutely fed up with the coverage issues and said they’re tired of receiving the same old rhetoric from customer service staff.The issues for the majority of customers experiencing problems began around December. However, since the turn of the year the situation has increasingly deteriorated so much so that some customers have gone days without having any mobile coverage at all.The broadband and landline connection is described as being very good in the area, but those using Vodafone as their mobile network say the situation isn’t tolerable anymore.We received several e-mails over the last number of days from Donegal Daily readers in the area who have contacted the company via their landline to lodge complaints.They’ve told us that the Vodafone customer service staff tell them the issue will be resolved soon and the engineers are working hard to resolve the problem. One customer was told to put on 2G and that will sort the problem for them and their service will return to normal.“We’re fed up getting the same rhetoric from the customer service team giving us a whole host of excuses as to what the problem is.“It’s pretty clear they haven’t a clue what’s the problem and this has been going on now for four months, they’re completely useless.“We’re getting fed the same lines over and over again, the engineers are working very hard to fix the coverage issues and make improvements to it in the area, but it’s all just waffle.“I was told to turn on my 2G and that would alleviate the problems I’ve encountered, well it didn’t. “Maybe by making the issue public they may be prompted into doing something about it for a change and sort it out once and for all.It’s believed customers from Burtonport, Dungloe, Gweedore, Kincasslagh and Maghery have been affected by the issue.COMPLETELY USELESS – ROSSES VERDICT ON VODAFONE MOBILE COVERAGE was last modified: April 10th, 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:BusinessFeaturesMobile CoveragenewsVodafonelast_img read more

Spanish press attack ‘in crisis’ and ‘aimless’ Real Madrid after defeat to Spurs

first_imgReal Madrid are a team in crisis and free fall following their Champions League “nightmare” against Tottenham, according to the Spanish press.Madrid suffered their first group-stage defeat since 2012 when they were humbled 3-1 by rampant Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday night.The result saw Tottenham qualify for the last 16 and put themselves in pole position to finish top of Group H ahead of the defending champions.With a five-point buffer to Borussia Dortmund, Madrid still look likely to progress as well. But the manner of the loss, which came hot on the heels of Sunday’s shock LaLiga defeat to Girona, has seen Zinedine Zidane’s men lambasted in the Spanish media.The headline on Madrid-based Marca, Spain’s biggest-selling sports daily, read: “Sound all the alarms”, with the paper adding that “Madrid’s crisis in the league has transferred to Europe. Tottenham were better in intensity, speed and punch.” “SOUND ALL THE ALARMS!” – Madrid-based Marca were scathing in their assessment of Real’s performancePais said Madrid had been left looking “groggy” and “laboured” by Spurs, with no flow in midfield, lacking a cutting edge in attack and showing cracks in defence, while the lead headline on AS – another paper based in the capital – read: “Nightmare in Wembley.”The Catalan-based newspapers of Sport and Mundo Deportivo were scathing in their analysis of Madrid’s current plight, with the LaLiga champions already eight points behind Barcelona domestically.Alongside a picture of a forlorn-looking Cristiano Ronaldo with his hands on his hips as Tottenham players celebrated in the background, Sport wrote as their headline: “Aimless.”The front cover also read: “Tottenham dance past an awful Madrid at Wembley and leave the Whiles with almost no chance of being first in the group. Madrid are in total crisis.”The paper added in its match report: “Tottenham hammered a lost team, without ideas or confidence at Wembley. The Whites suffered a severe punishment against a team who prevailed with football and faith.”Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, said Madrid were in “free fall” following their defeat to Spurs, for whom a Dele Alli double and Christian Eriksen goal put them out of sight before Ronaldo netted a late consolation.An editorial read: “Real Madrid in free fall after losing in London. Real Madrid not only didn’t improve the image they gave in Girona, they suffered a thrashing by Tottenham.“The Whites showed in London they are in free fall and there are no signs of an immediate reaction. In London we saw the defeat in Girona was not an accident. What happened in Girona and what happened in London is a clear sign Real Madrid are in crisis.” Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure throughout the game at Wembley 2 2last_img read more

Feds clear sale of four papers to MediaNews

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Federal regulators cleared the way Monday for McClatchy Co. to sell four newspapers in a $1 billion deal that will establish MediaNews Group Inc. as the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest newspaper publisher. The U.S. Justice Department removed a potential stumbling block by closing its antitrust investigation into the 3-month-old deal involving the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Monterey Herald in California and the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota. “After a careful investigation, … the antitrust division determined that the transaction is not likely to reduce competition substantially,” Justice Department officials said in a joint printed statement. Regulators interviewed more than 80 people, including newspaper advertisers, subscribers, labor leaders and industry experts, during the review. McClatchy had no immediate comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.A separate inquiry into the deal by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer remains open, said spokesman Tom Dresslar. San Francisco businessman Clinton Reilly also has sued to block the deal, but a federal judge last week refused to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent McClatchy from turning over the papers to MediaNews. McClatchy took control of the papers a month ago when the Sacramento-based company bought the papers’ former owner, Knight Ridder Inc., for $4 billion. Before that acquisition closed, McClatchy agreed to sell the papers to Denver-based MediaNews in a complex deal that also involved the Hearst Corp. But the handoff couldn’t be completed until the Justice Department was satisfied the sale wouldn’t harm Bay Area readers and advertisers. As the review dragged on, McClatchy was left in the awkward position of owning four papers that it didn’t want. That situation threatened to become particularly thorny at the San Jose Mercury News, where labor contracts with about 600 workers expired June 30. The Justice Department’s blessing came on the same day that MediaNews’ financing for the deal was set to expire. In the Reilly lawsuit, MediaNews warned it might incur more than $20 million in additional expenses if its financing package unraveled. McClatchy plans to use the $1 billion to lower the debt that it took on in the Knight Ridder acquisition, saving the company about $163,000 per day in interest expense, according to papers filed in the Reilly lawsuit. McClatchy shares gained 41 cents to close at $42.39 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s stock price has dropped by 20 percent since the Knight Ridder takeover was announced in March, reflecting Wall Street’s dim outlook for the newspaper industry as more advertising shifts to the Internet. Privately owned MediaNews already owns the Oakland Tribune and a cluster of suburban papers in the Bay Area. Adding the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times will give MediaNews more than 700,000 subscribers in the region, dwarfing the Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle, which listed just under 400,000 paid readers as of March 31. All told, MediaNews owns 40 papers, including the Los Angeles Daily News, The Denver Post, The Salt Lake Tribune and The Detroit News. The Justice Department’s review of the McClatchy sale focused on Alameda and Contra Costa counties, a mostly suburban region located across the bay from San Francisco where the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times compete with MediaNews’ papers. Regulators concluded that MediaNews will continue to face adequate competition from the San Francisco Chronicle. What’s more, the Justice Department said it believes consumers will benefit from the savings that MediaNews envisions by combining the production and distribution systems of its Bay Area papers. As part of the McClatchy deal, Hearst is buying the Monterey and St. Paul papers and then immediately turning over those papers to MediaNews in exchange for a stake in MediaNews’ operations outside California. The Justice Department said it might still investigate Hearst’s planned partnership with MediaNews. McClatchy had to sell the St. Paul paper because it already owned the Minneapolis Star Tribune – a concentration of media power that wouldn’t pass muster with federal antitrust authorities. The company decided to sell 11 other Knight Ridder papers, including the three California papers destined for MediaNews, after concluding that they were unlikely to meet McClatchy’s growth requirements.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

FPL transfer tips: The Man United, Arsenal and Tottenham stars to bin and buy

first_imgOut: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – £8.9m Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Similarly to Alli, you may have been distracted with the FA Cup but the Spaniard’s season-ending injury will mean you need to sell him at the earliest opportunity. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update With no goals or assists in his last four games, this is the perfect time to do some squad rotation. The Brazilian does play Huddersfield next, so exercise some caution, but long-term Everton are heading into a tricky run of games. 11 11 11 Will you pick up any of these stars for the next Fantasy Premier League gameweek? 11 huge blow 11 In: Victor Lindelof (Manchester United) – £4.9m Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury whoops 11 SORRY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Without wishing to sound smug, we tipped the Polish defender a couple of weeks ago and he remains an excellent cheap pick-up. Southampton face Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Cardiff City in their next three games too so he might nab a clean sheet as well. REVEALED Most Popular Premier League Stories Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Out: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – £8.4m Now the FA Cup fourth round games are done and dusted we’re diving back into the world of Fantasy Premier League.We’ve got a full round of midweek fixtures and you will need to be aware the transfer deadline is at 18:45 tonight. gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings With the FA Cup break stopping the Fantasy Premier League season, you might not have had a chance to sell the England ace. Like team-mate Harry Kane he’s likely to be out until early March. Out: Cedric Soares (Southampton) – £4.2m 11 Undoubtedly one of the most in-form Premier League players now, Rashford is a must-buy. His next three Premier League fixtures are Burnley, Leicester City, and Fulham and you can only imagine the damage he might do. TOP WORK 11 Growing into his role with the Red Devils, the Swede is really beginning to show his talents and is going cheap. This represents quite the bargain at this time of year, although he could get rotated as the Champions League comes into play. appointed 11 A former FPL favourite, the Portugal international has now fled the south coast and joined Inter. Not a bad deal for the player, if you ask us but the 3.7 per cent of managers who have him in their teams will need to sell up. Out: Richarlison (Everton) – £6.8m revealed In: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £7.7m It’s been two weeks since the last Premier League action so we’re here to help you freshen up your squad.Whether you’re a manager who reacts to in-form players, one who loves a bargain, or prefer to predict the next big FPL thing, you need a bit of advice every now and again.So who do you need to sell and sign this week? Here, has taken a good look at the form and fixtures and believe these are the best transfer tips around… In: Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £5.2m Let’s face it, this one should be obvious but we’re not taking any chances. The Chelsea striker has now joined Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan, so he won’t be scoring any points in the FPL any time soon. predicted 11 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff In: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – £8.6m We advise a bit of caution with this, purely down to the fact the South Korean has admitted he felt tired at the Asian Cup but – set to start as a striker for Spurs – he’s looking irresistible. Games against Watford, Newcastle United, Leicester City and Burnley are winnable and present him a good chance of goals. Out: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – £5.4m In: Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – £6.0m 11 Surprisingly, at the time of writing, Jota is still owned by just 2.3 per cent of managers in the FPL. After a spell out, the Portuguese ace bounced back with a hat-trick in his second game after returning. Plus, he had two his last three matches before injury and is playing as more of a forward too, which helps given he’s listed as a midfielder.last_img read more