Pattaya midnight football tournament kicks-off this month

first_imgThe Chang Free Kick stadium in Central Pattaya will play host to the 2nd Pattaya Midnight Football Tournament, scheduled to start at the end of January. Organizers say the matches will be conducted after most people have finished work, between 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. and sixty teams, separated into four divisions, are expected to take part with each team featuring 7 squad members.  Over 100,000 baht in prize money plus trophies will be up for grabs.The main purpose behind the event is to provide night workers with some entertainment and a chance to exercise for good health and to deter them from drink and drug vices.  Pattaya staged a similar tournament 4 years ago which proved to be a great success.last_img read more

Snapped out

first_imgJohn Dudley, Paul Gallante, Rosalie Cooper get snappy. 43182 By Melissa MeehanPHOTOGRAPHERS of all ages are invited to snap up…[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

Naatak Kee ek Sham an evening of drama and dance for Anna Regina

first_imgResidents on the Essequibo Coast are in for a treat as the Essequibo Dharmic Nawjawan hosts its first-ever dramatic show titled “ Naatak Kee ek Sham” at the Anna Regina Mandir, Essequibo Coast on April 29.The show is one with a difference and features a storyline of two best friends seeking a scholarship. Members from the Dharmic Swarswatti Dance Academy are expected to steal the show with mesmerising dances. According to founder of the dance group, Sursattie Singh, the show will be one to remember and, as such, she urged persons to grasp the opportunity. Singh said the cast was excited to perform for the first time in the Region.All proceedings from the show will go towards the renovation of the Anna Regina Kendra, which will serve as a hub for cultural activities in the future.Tickets for the show cost $1000 and can be sourced from the mandirs on the Essequibo Coast or any of the Nawjawan members.last_img read more

Has the government declared war on Guyanese?

first_imgIf one thing can be said about Budget 2017, it’s that it’s not a budget for the poor, and definitely not one that will stimulate economic growth. Instead, it might just kill consumerism and small businesses altogether! Miners, entrepreneurs, small businesses, donkey cart owners, cleaners, vendors, farmers, housewives: all are concerned come 2017, and what’s certain is that people will find alternative means to thrive and subsist. If there’s one thing that Guyanese learnt from history, it’s how to survive. As PSU executive Ramesh Persaud, said: “the stricter the government, [the] wiser the population”.Let’s start with the subject on everyone’s lips at the moment: A 14% increase on GWI and GPL bills above $1500 and $10,000, respectively. A family possessing all the basic appliances for a decent life in modern-day Guyana, along with other useful necessities such as, for example, a transformer to convert electricity, a computer and related equipment, a blender and other kitchen appliances, a microwave oven or a washing machine, will already be overstepping the monthly imposed $10,000 limitation. Modest families (a good half of the population) will be forced to sacrifice their comfort to save a few dollars at the end of the month. But what’s more is that there will never be compensation for GPL’s disgraceful service which blights Guyanese with hours upon hours of blackouts, ranking the company among the most hated, disreputable entities in Guyana. Despite that the Amaila Hyrdro Project presented a liberating and sustainable solution for Guyana’s energy dilemma, the coalition prefers to make us pay more taxes to live in oppression.As for the quality of GWI’s service, we’re all familiar with the brownish vitriol spewed daily by our taps, having to use “blue” to obtain brighter white school shirts, having to let rust settle in our buckets, or having to cope without water from 10 am to 3 pm everyday (ask the Essequibians what they think about this; most of them still drink rain water!). Yes, we’re going to pay a scurrilous increase of 14% for sheer mediocrity. Cash crop and livestock farmers who depend on tap water for business, might just be tempted to scale up the prices of their products, and rightfully so.Then there’s the case of abolishing zero-rated items, converting them to exempt products. Not only does this penalize businesses which would no longer be able to reclaim VAT, but as a result will engender increases on basic kitchen necessities, including milk for children. The people living in the hinterland are already forced to pay much more for food items due to poor infrastructure and distance which significantly augment transportation costs. Subsequently, they will be the first to feel the backlash of this measure which will add to the cost of living. A plausible scenario is the multiplication of contraband activities importing products coming from Venezuela and Brazil at much cheaper prices (already the case for some items).What calls for equal worry, is the risk of seeing the cost of medical supplies and services increase by up to 14%, which will take a toll on the working class and poorer families. Amerindians are already struggling to cope with the cost of medical expenses, including transportation fees, causing some families to even become stranded in Georgetown being unable to fund their return home. (During the penury of medication which hit Guyana under George Norton’s watch, Amerindian patients were already unable to finance prescriptions in private drugstores). Other major increases and inflexible penalties on small businesses appear to be more of a punishment than a progressive reform. In addition to the proliferation of contrabandists, big businesses might adapt to propose alternatives to Guyanese consumers, albeit sacrificing quality in the process. A new form of competition might emerge but always at the benefit of the rich minority and detriment of the small woman and man. Where the State ought to guarantee some level of security for its people in the development phase of our history, it is pauperising them, rendering them vulnerable to those who have the resources and will to thrive off the backs of the poor. All changes must be progressive, unlike the 2017 reforms which leave no space for Guyanese to transition comfortably. The coalition is by its actions, the closest thing to a right-wing establishment we could hope to see in Guyana.It ignores that a progressive, socially just Government is what paves the way for human development.last_img read more

NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo gives baseball a shot at Yankee Stadium

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Benefits of township living Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Manny Pacquiao leaves for Las Vegas ahead of Keith Thurman clash LATEST STORIES The reigning NBA MVP was shocked.“It was really heavy,” Antetokounmpo told The Associated Press. “I thought it would be lighter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Milwaukee Bucks star went on to take a few swings in the batting cage beneath the stands before the Yankees faced the Tampa Bay Rays. The 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo got some coaching, with limited results — he swung and missed once with the ball on a tee, and made light contact on two other tries.“I would be a terrible baseball player,” he said. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division The “Greek Freak” was in the Bronx with his three brothers to promote his new signature sneaker and signed a pair for a fan — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.Antetokounmpo watched the Yankees take batting practice, which reinforced his notion that he wasn’t destined for the diamond.“I saw Aaron Judge hitting the ball into the stands. That’s amazing. You’ve got to be really strong to do that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Milwaukee Bucks forward and 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, signs shoes for New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia before a baseball game between the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, July 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — In hoops, Giannis Antetokounmpo is court royalty. But in baseball, he’s a complete rookie.In fact, the 24-year-old from Greece said he’d never even touched a baseball before he did so Monday night at Yankee Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Montebello burns Keppel again, 64-60

first_imgBig games often are marked by pivotal plays, and none had more impact Tuesday then the shot hit by Montebello senior Michael Carrillo. After Keppel (15-8, 5-2) took only its second lead of the game – and first since the opening minute – on a Noel Madrigal three-pointer with 1:08 left in the game, Montebello (12-12, 5-2) chose not to take a timeout. The Oilers instead calmly walked the ball up court and tried to set up their offense. After Keppel kept the ball out of the key, Carrillo stepped a few feet behind the three-point line and appeared intent on passing the ball. The senior guard, however, caught a glimpse of the shot clock, which was down to five seconds, and lofted a 30-footer that hit only net and gave Montebello a 62-60 lead with 40 seconds left. “I never lost my confidence,” said Carrillo, who scored a game-high 24 points. “I had to make a play. As soon as the ball left my hand, I knew I made it.” For the third consecutive season, the Oilers marched into Keppel and pulled out a big league win in downing the Aztecs, 64-60. “We get excited about this game,” Montebello coach Marino Angulo said. “We love the atmosphere here. Every time we’ve played Keppel here, they’ve been in first place. So it’s always been big.” While the Aztecs have enjoyed an 18-3 record against the rest of the Almont League since 2004, Keppel was swept by Montebello this season and is only 2-4 against the Oilers over the last three years. Madrigal led the Aztecs with 21 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and three assists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img • Photo Gallery: 01/30: Montebello vs. Keppel ALHAMBRA – There’s something about the Montebello High boys basketball team that gets under the skin of Almont League rival Keppel. last_img read more

Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp gives injury updates on key trio ahead of Newcastle clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he was too optimistic about Philippe Coutinho’s injury and he may not yet be ready to return.Having just got key players Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson back from long absences the Reds boss is now waiting for the return of his Brazilian playmaker, who has missed the last three matches with a hamstring problem.He was expected to make his comeback against Newcastle but his recovery is taking longer than expected.“I like optimism, really, but with Phil we were too optimistic,” said the German.“Sometimes it happens like this and there is nothing to criticise – he has tried everything he can.“He trained nearly normally but he doesn’t feel comfortable and we have to take care of this because the muscle is a dangerous thing when you always feel it a bit.“He is training and we will wait. I can wait every day, it is no problem if someone tells me ‘Now he is available’ and next time he will play with us, no problem.“Yesterday no-one gave me this sign so today we have to wait again.”The absence of Coutinho is offset by the returns of Sturridge, who scored twice in Wednesday’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton in the Capital One Cup, and Henderson.Both are in line to start at Newcastle on Sunday – Henderson could be promoted from the bench as midfielder Emre Can serves a one-match suspension – as Liverpool’s squad edges closer to full strength.Klopp accepts Sturridge’s comeback has to be managed after the length of his time out with thigh, calf, hip and knee problems.“I think it is completely normal with a player with along injury history,” he added.“Obviously he did well in the last game and the plan before the game was to play about 55-60 minutes so that is what we did.“Of course he felt each muscle after the game, that is normal because it was intensive, but in this moment he is available for the weekend and we will see.” 1 Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson read more

Stonecrest’s annexation lays ground for city move

first_img 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2This marks the 28th annexation since the city formed in 1987 and the second one that was challenged. CANYON COUNTRY – The Stonecrest neighborhoods of Canyon Country officially became part of the city of Santa Clarita on Wednesday after months of wrangling between residents who embraced cityhood and others who pushed to stay under the county’s jurisdiction. The action was expected after Friday’s announcement by the county Local Agency Formation Commission, which rules on municipal boundary changes, that an insufficient number of protests had been submitted to force a vote on the matter. The city sought jurisdiction over Stonecrest to extend Santa Clarita’s boundary toward land it owns at the site of the proposed 56.1-million-ton Cemex mine. If the mine site ends up under Santa Clarita’s jurisdiction, the city hopes to scale back the plan and regulate the mining operations. The city’s plan to annex land it owns above the mine was on hold pending the Stonecrest annexation, which now creates a land bridge to the property. last_img read more

Fireworks set trailer ablaze

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesWalker said Lawler had burns and cuts from the broken window. He was booked into the jail ward of County USC Medical Center on suspicion of arson and being under the influence of a controlled substance. (661) 257-5252 ACTON – An Acton man was injured Friday morning when he jumped through a window to try to escape from his burning mobile home. John Lawler was lighting firecrackers inside his trailer at River’s End Recreation Park on Soledad Canyon Road when one of the fireworks torched the trailer’s interior, sheriff’s Lt. Diane Walker said. “The fire was confined to one trailer,” Fire Inspector German Aguilara said. “We transported one person from the scene with minor injuries.” Firefighters reported the trailer as being engulfed in flames when they arrived. 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

L.A. Unified names new superintendent

first_imgThe Los Angeles Unified school board on Thursday named a retired navy admiral to replace outgoing Superintendent Roy Romer – a move that disappointed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who claimed to have been left out of the selection process. David Brewer III, 60, will take command of the nation’s second-largest school district as it heads into unchartered waters. After a full day of discussion and interviewing three finalists behind closed doors, the school board voted unanimously Thursday evening to enter into negotiations with Brewer to become superintendent. Brewer, who has broad administrative experience but no background in running a school district, is set to take over as the mayor and the school district begin a new power-sharing arrangement outlined in recent legislation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips 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