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first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT THE Emerald Business Group held its most recent breakfast at the Emerald RSL on Friday morning to…[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

Saints Shoot for Home-Ice to Open BCIHL Playoffs

first_img“That was the biggest game of the year so far, we really needed that one to keep us in the hunt for home-ice in the first round,” said Saints’ captain Dallas Calvin. “Now we have the next biggest game coming up, it’s in our hands.”On Saturday night, the Saints fell behind early when Mac Colasimone’s dangles led to a powerplay goal after successfully beating Selkirk College starter Patrick Zubick. The score remained 1-0 after the first 20 minutes in an intense game that had the feel of a post-season contest.The Saints evened the score with just over four minutes left in the middle frame when Calvin took a Dane Feeney pass at the blueline, came down the left wing boards and fired a low shot that beat Stanwood.Six minutes into the third period, Colasimone was sprung on a breakaway and made no mistake beating Zubick blocker side to give the visitors the 2-1 advantage. With just over eight minutes left in regulation time, Zubick then made a spectacular save when he dove across the crease to keep SFU’s hope for an insurance marker off the scoresheet. The game-saver then set the scene for Sookro’s heroics.“This win was absolutely important,” said Sookro, who grew up playing in the Nelson Minor Hockey Association. “If we win the next game we get home-ice. So we can build off this win in practice this week and then ride that into the playoffs.”The Saints and Clan currently sit tied in the standings with identical 16-6-0-2 records and one game remaining. If both teams win their final regular season game, the Saints will come out on top thanks to the 3-2 advantage in the season series. The Saints host Vancouver Island University this Saturday night Castlegar, a team they hold a 3-1 advantage over so far this season.The math is simple for the Saints, two points for a win on Saturday night and they will host Simon Fraser in the BCIHL semi-final which will take place March 9 to 11.“The playoffs are a three-game series and we have the chance to have all three at home, that’s a huge advantage,” said Calvin, who currently leads the BCIHL in scoring. “The message in the dressing room is that we need to do everything in our power to get that home ice and I know this weekend the boys are going to battle for it.”The puck drops on Saturday night (March 3) at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. The fate of home-ice advantage to start the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs will come down to the final game of the regular season for Selkirk College Saints after downing the Simon Fraser University Clan 3-2 in an overtime thriller.With the race for second-place on the line Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex, first-year forward Brandon Sookro netted the OT winner 21 seconds into the extra frame to give the Saints the advantage over the Clan who remain tied with Selkirk College in the standings.  “I saw it was going to be a two-on-one and Parker [Wakaruk] is good at shooting off the pad, so I drove the net. I was at the right place at the right time,” Sookro said outside a jubilant Saints’ dressing room after the game.His teammates call him “Sook,” but given his knack for scoring important goals so far this season they might want to change it to “Clutch.” With time running out in the third period and his team trailing 2-1, Sookro gathered a puck behind the SFU net with six minutes left in the final frame and proceeded to wrap the puck around past a surprised Lyndon Stanwood to tie the game.In the three-on-three overtime period, Sookro converted the Wakaruk rebound for his 13th goal of the season and second game winner.last_img read more

NOW SOME GOOD NEWTS! DONEGAL TO HOLD NEW WILDLIFE SURVEY

first_imgThe Irish Wildlife Trust has announced that their smooth newt survey will be running again in 2012 and are calling on people across Donegal to once again get out and search their local pond for newts!The smooth newt is one of our few native amphibian species and this survey aims to increase our knowledge of the distribution of the species.We also hope to make Irish people more familiar with this little ‘water dragon’, so that they will value it as part of our natural heritage. This year the group will be focussing our efforts in counties where we currently have few or no records, including county Donegal. A training day will be taking place on April 07th at Glenveagh National Park.If you would like to attend the training day, you must register with us. Members of the Irish Wildlife Trust and unwaged can attend the workshop for free. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.To register as a surveyor or for more information contact Dr Daniel Buckley at newts@iwt.ie or on 0863691982 or check out our website www.iwt.ieThis project is funded by Dublin zoo and Fota Wildlife Park. Donegal training day location: Glenveagh National ParkDate: 07h AprilTime: 11:00am NOW SOME GOOD NEWTS! DONEGAL TO HOLD NEW WILDLIFE SURVEY was last modified: March 21st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Irish Wildlife Surveynewtssurveylast_img read more

DEAL SNUBBED! Prem duo keeping tabs on Roma defender’s contract situation

first_imgKostas Manolas has put Arsenal and Chelsea on red alert by snubbing Roma’s latest contract offer.The defender was linked with a move away from the Italian capital in the summer after impressing last season.The Premier League duo were both keen on the Greece international, but they were priced out of a move in the end.Roma are now trying to tie the 25-year-old down to a new deal but, according to Calciomercato, he has rejected their latest offer.The Serie A side have offered a contract worth around £42,000-a-week, but he is holding out for a bigger increase on his current £34,000-a-week deal, which expires in the summer of 2019. Kostas Manolas: The 25-year-old could be set to leave the Italian capital 1last_img

10 Katyusha rockets explode in southern Lebanon

first_imgJERUSALEM Israel’s military said Hezbollah guerrillas fired at least 10 Katyusha rockets into southern Lebanon early Tuesday. None hit inside Israel and no injuries were reported. The rocket explosions reported by Israel came hours after the start of a U.N. cease-fire in Lebanon. The military said it has not responded to the rockets, which were fired over a two-hour period. Hezbollah, which frequently used the Katyusha rockets in its battle against Israel, has said it will attack Israeli forces in southern Lebanon despite the truce. The army would not comment on whether the rockets landed near Israeli forces there. The Katyushas has a range of just over 12 miles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles Israeli forces had launched an 11th-hour offensive just days before the cease-fire took place, partly to push Hezbollah behind the Litani River, some 18 miles from the Israeli border, and get Israeli towns out of the rockets’ range. Monday saw a tense calm emerge in Israel and Lebanon as Israel halted its offensive and airstrikes and Hezbollah stopped firing rockets into Israel However, Israeli forces killed six Hezbollah fighters in four separate skirmishes that illustrated the fragility of the truce that ended 34 days of fighting. 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

Leigh Griffiths: Celtic success hinges on Champions League qualification

first_img Leigh Griffiths Leigh Griffiths admits the success of Celtic’s entire campaign could hinge on Wednesday night’s “make or break” Champions League clash with Astana.After sweeping all domestic rivals aside last term, Brendan Rodgers’ outfit once again have aspirations of making their mark in Europe.They take on the Kazakhstan champions on Wednesday in the opening leg of their final qualifier, with a ticket for the group stages and a potential £30million windfall on the line.But Griffiths admits that, with the new season barely a month old, they are already facing a match that could define their year.He said: “It makes or breaks our season if we get to the Champions League.“Last year it set us up on a great platform. We knew it was a difficult group but having Champions League football back at Celtic Park after two disappointing years previously was massive for everybody involved.“If we can get back into the group it will put everyone on a real high. The fans will be shouting from the rooftops and it will make the start we’ve made to the season worthwhile.”Victory over Rosenborg in the previous round guaranteed that Rodgers’ treble winners would be playing in European fixtures until December at worst.All that remains to be settled against Astana is whether that is in the continent’s premier competition, or its poor relation the Europa League.But Griffiths was defiant when it was put to him by a Kazakh reporter that defeat to their opponents from Central Asia would be “catastrophic”.“I don’t think about losing,” he shot back. “We as a club don’t think about losing. I only think about the Champions League group stages. I don’t think about the Europa League.”Celtic head into the first leg boosted by having a packed dossier on Astana following their clash in the third qualifying round last year.But while Rodgers reckons the Kazakhs have not changed much, he says his side have developed a steelier edge in the 12 months since.“We played them last year and had two tough games which thankfully we got through,” said the Northern Irishman, who will still be without defenders Erik Sviatchenko, Dedryck Boyata and striker Moussa Dembele.“The style hasn’t changed so much. It’s the same coach, a lot of the same players and the game in which they play is quite direct.“They play up to the big striker who has good technique and has good mobility for a big striker. They then play off the wide player Patrick Twumasi who is very fast on the counter attack.“So that actual style of the game is pretty much the same.“But the European games we had last year helped us gain a resilience. It was interesting watching last season’s qualifiers back and in terms of how we played the game, what our idea of football was, it was nowhere near what it is now.“So what we have built up since then is that mental resilience.“We’re missing some key players but it’s not a computer game. It’s not Football Manager where if you lose one you can just pick one straight off the computer and put him straight in.“It’s much more difficult than that – but I have always put trust in the players I have.”Griffiths grabbed goals in both legs last year before Dembele’s late penalty saw the Hoops edge out Astana 3-2 on aggregate.With the Frenchman out injured, the responsibility for firing Celtic through now falls squarely on Griffiths’ shoulders.He has shaken off a calf injury to declare himself “fully fit and raring to go” but Rodgers has already admitted the uncertainty over his top two marksmen could see him bring in a third poacher.But the Scotland striker reckons there is enough firepower in the Parkhead dressing room to make that unnecessary.“You have got Moussa and me but when we’re both injured it’s obviously difficult at times,” he said. “But when we’re fully fit I wouldn’t have any other two strikes in the league to be honest.“I don’t think there’s any added pressure on me right now [being the only fit striker]. I showed last year even when Moussa was fit I was still the main man to go to and get the goals to fire us into the Champions League.“Yeah if Moussa was fit it would be a massive help to us but with the quality we have got in the dressing room we’re more than capable of getting through the two ties.” 1last_img read more

New billboard tells drivers to slow down

first_img For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – City officials Tuesday unveiled a new billboard that urges drivers to watch out for pedestrians. “You’re in the driver’s seat,” the massive sign at Smith Park tells motorists. It includes a photo of James Picha, a 15-year-old El Rancho High School student who was killed in 1956 while walking to school along Rosemead Boulevard. The billboard highlights Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month, officials said. “I hope people pay attention to this,” said Pico Rivera Mayor Pete Ramirez. “I think it’ll make them aware that they’re driving a 4,000-pound vehicle, compared to a 75-pound person crossing the street.” last_img read more

Get Live Help with CSS-Tricks Office Hours

first_imgImagine you’ve been struggling with a frustrating CSS issue on a web page. No matter what you’ve tried in the past couple hours, the page isn’t displaying as you designed. You get online in a Google Hangout, share your screen, and ask web designer and author Chris Coyier if he can help you fix the problem. Chris looks at your screen, takes a look at your stylesheet, and suggests some changes to styles. And your frustrating CSS issue is resolved in less than five minutes.Sound like a dream? Not any longer. With today’s announcement from CSS-Tricks about their new Office Hours, you can get live help from expert web designers and developers. Held three times a week in August, the free two-hour help sessions feature expert web designers and developers including:Chris CoyierMarie MosleyLara SchenckGeoff GrahamRobin RendleThe sessions will be held on Google Hangout so you can talk face-to-face and share screens. Live chat will be available via a private Slack channel.If it gets busy and people are waiting, Office Hours staff will work in five-minute chunks of time.If you ask me, Office Hours is pretty amazing. Kudos to all the staff for offering their expertise and knowledge.Check out the Office Hours schedule for days and times. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedDeborah’s Weekly Web Resources Roundup: July 8, 2012This week’s resources include an interview with web designer Chris Coyier, a short video from Microsoft on Windows 8 tablet accessibility, an excellent guide for user experience benchmarking, and more. Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects. CSS New Pure CSS3 Progress Bars: Using the tutorial from Chris…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: August 14, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll discover a great design methods resource, find out how a software developer found his way back to loving his work, learn about an online tool to test your responsive web design by breakpoints, and more. If you’re new to…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: July 17, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn why plain language is vital for website usability, discover strategies for ensuring accessibility is built in from the beginning of a project, find out about a 24-hour free livestreamed Genesis event, and more. If you’re new to my…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Piracy decline gives Somalis hope

first_imgSuspected pirates keep their hands in the air as directed by the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf as the visit, board, search and seizure team prepares to apprehend them. Vella Gulf is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multi-national task force conducting counterpiracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea.(Image: Jason R Zalasky, US Navy) MEDIA CONTACTS • Obinna Anyadike  Editor-in-Chief, Irin  +254 20 7622 1343 RELATED ARTICLES • Co-operating to cut down piracy • Maritime piracy under the spotlight • Eye in the sky benefits society • SA women marine pilots make history • SA Agulhas in historic polar tripSource: Irin NewsRusting hulks of capsized boats decorate the waters around Berbera, a port city in the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Further down Somalia’s coast, pirates raid freighters in the Gulf of Aden. But efforts are under way to help Somalis make better use of their 3 300km coastline – the longest on the African continent – by increasing fishing and seafood exports to lucrative markets in the Middle East and Europe.In 2013, the EU will spend US$6.5-million (R57-million) to help Somaliland pursue its long-term goal of netting 120 000 tons of seafood each year, the sale of which could generate $1.2 billion (R10.5-billion) in foreign currency.“In Somalia, people have lived for a long time with their backs to the sea,” says Isabel Faria de Almedia, the EU development chief for Somalia. “It’s a country of agro-pastoralists with a strong nomadic tradition. We think there is a huge potential for the consumption and export of fish.”Until the second half of the 20th century, few Somalis outside fishing communities consumed fish and the sector was entirely artisanal in nature. This began to change in the 1970s with the development of better cold-storage facilities and the creation, with Soviet help, of an industrial fleet.But for want of spare parts and maintenance, these vessels quickly fell into disuse. See here for a detailed, if slightly dated, overview of the Somali fishing industry. Luring pirates away from piracyIn the middle of the last decade, Somali fishermen complained they were being forced into piracy by foreign trawlers operating illegally in waters claimed by Somalia.Coastal Somalis recount as a “eureka” moment the time self-appointed coastguards impounded a foreign trawler and levied a fine on its owners; they quickly realized seizing vessels was more lucrative than competing with commercial vessels for dwindling fish stocks.Amina Farah Arshe, who employs 40 fishermen aboard 11 vessels from Berbera, the main port of Somaliland, says fishing revenues could provide an alternative to raiding freighters far into the Indian Ocean.“We can stop it by empowering the people. We can stop it by giving jobs to the youth. People would make money, the government would collect tax revenues, and piracy would diminish,” she said. “But we need support. We need training, boats, fishing gear and cold storage.”For years, the UN has said that tackling Somali piracy should involve creating work for the jobless young Somalis who board skiffs, armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, to hunt vessels on the high seas.But only now has the security situation made this a realistic possibility. Somalia has recently selected its most viable president and government in years. Somali and AU forces have driven Al-Shabab insurgents from major cities.Out at sea, foreign warships and on-deck private security guards deter piracy. Only 70 raids took place in the first nine months of 2012, compared to 199 in the same period last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Logistical challengeSomalia’s new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, says he wants to “increase local food production to end poverty forever”. Some 2.1-million people in the country are faced with hunger, particularly in the turbulent south.The future of large-scale fishing in Somali waters is tied up in a legal dispute over how far these waters extend from the country’s coastline.While the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which Somalia ratified in 1989, establishes 12 nautical miles from shore as an international norm for states’ territorial waters, Somalia has asserted sovereignty over seas up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. Mogadishu has resisted international pressure to declare these outer waters an exclusive economic zone, a designation that confers numerous rights to the country but falls short of full sovereignty.Alan Cole, who runs anti-piracy operations for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, says Somaliland’s Berbera and Puntland’s Bosaso have real potential. But exporting fresh fish from the remote central coast – site of many pirate bases – offers a “logistical challenge”, he said.The UN agency spends $40-million (R351-million) each year tackling piracy, helping prosecute sea-borne raiders, training and equipping coastguards, creating jobs, and providing refrigerated trucks and storerooms to the fishing industry.“We need to get the fishing fleets of Somalia back to sea,” Cole said. “One of the challenges for fisherman is that the pirates will steal your fish. So you come back to the same issue of needing wider maritime security for Somalia so that the fishermen can safely make their living at sea.”last_img read more