Scorpions topple Zebras

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER CASEY maintained its billing as a major threat for the VFL premiership this season with a 65-point…[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

Season’s epic finish

first_imgBy Russell Bennett WEST GIPPSLAND FOOTBALL NETBALL COMPETITION REVIEW – GRAND FINALS The two games that bookended the netball grand final fixture at…[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

Women’s Basketball: Jan. 21 Scoreboard

first_imgIn overcoming a halftime deficit for the fifth time in seven conference games, NSU got a combined 31 second-half points from Perez and Lee. After playing their last three on the road, the Sugar Bears come home to the Farris Center for three of their next four, beginning with Nicholls on Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the men’s game between the schools to follow. Defending Southland tournament champion Northwestern State comes to Conway on Tuesday. Their impact Wednesday night, however, was massive. Trailing 74-71 after a Perez jumper with 12 seconds to play, the Colonels inbounded the ball and worked it to the front court before calling timeout. The Lady Demons conclude their season-long, three-game homestand Saturday when they host McNeese State at 1 p.m. At halftime of Saturday’s game, the annual NSU Gumbo Cook-Off will be held.  The Lady Demons (11-7, 6-1 Southland) certainly found their offensive groove in the second half, shooting 50 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from 3-point range. Perez finished with a game-high 24 points, her fifth 20-point effort in the first seven conference games. Lee added 17 – 16 in the second half – while Attura’s 16 gave NSU its third double-figure scorer. Jenny Nash hit five of her seven 3-point tries to lead Nicholls with 20 points. Shay Arnick bulled her way to 18 points while Marina Lilly added 12 for the visiting Colonels. – Return to top – Despite the big nights from the backcourt – 11 of Attura’s career-high 16 points came in the first half and helped keep the Lady Demons within striking distance despite sub-part shooting from the free-throw line – Nicholls (7-10, 3-3) had a chance to send the game to overtime. UCA got 16 points each from Watts and Maggie Proffitt, with Proffitt hitting 4-of-9 from 3-point range to push her career total to 103 – making her the 14th Sugar Bear in program history and 4th in the Division I era to reach the 100 3-point field goal milestone. During the game, Proffitt passed former Sugar Bear point guard and current assistant coach Destinee Rogers and former Sugar Bear all-american and assistant coach Caronica Randle on the career list. She now ranks 3rd in UCA’s Division I history and is tied for 11th overall all-time. Inbounding from the far sideline, Nicholls got the ball to Emani White on the wing well beyond the 3-point line. White’s last-ditch jumper missed wide left, allowing the Lady Demons to hold on and maintain at least a share of the Southland Conference lead. Janelle Perez topped 20 points for the third straight game, Keisha Lee surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career and Beatrice Attura tallied a career high 16 points as the Lady Demons emerged with a 74-71 Southland Conference win against Nicholls State at Prather Coliseum. Northwestern State entered the day tied with Lamar atop the conference standings. Northwestern State 74, Nicholls 71NATCHITOCHES, La. – Physically, the members of Northwestern State’s women’s basketball backcourt do not qualify as huge. The win moves UCA to 2-0 in the series against the Privateers, who have yet to record a conference win in 24 games since joining the Southland last season. UNO makes the return trip to the Farris Center on Feb. 7.  In a tightly-contested game in which the teams were separated by five points or less for more than 37 minutes, the Sugar Bears (10-8, 3-3 Southland) were able to keep the Privateers (2-13, 0-6) at bay in the final minutes by converting free throws and stifling the UNO offense on every crucial possession down the stretch, not allowing a basket until an inconsequential layup with two seconds left. – Return to top – The Privateers briefly threatened and appeared to have swung momentum on an Octavia Wilson steal with 1:32 remaining and UNO down by three. However, Kelsey McClure answered just a few seconds later by jumping into the passing lane to intercept a UNO pass, then pushed the ball down the floor, dishing to Kendara Watts for a layup to push the lead to five with 1:20 to go.  Lee missed most of the first half with foul trouble, but enjoyed a quick start to the second half. Lee scored the Lady Demons’ first six points of the second half, including a baseline jumper at the 18:30 mark that made her the 26th member of the 1,000-point club at Northwestern State. Central Arkansas 53, New Orleans 46NEW ORLEANS, La. — Central Arkansas was 10 for 12 from the free throw line in the 2nd half, including knocking down six in the final 45 seconds, as the Sugar Bears pulled away late from New Orleans for a 53-46 win at Lakefront Arena to snap a three-game losing streak. Northwestern State 74, Nicholls 71Central Arkansas 53, New Orleans 46 The Privateers cut it to three once again after a pair of free throws, but UNO then began intentionally fouling the Sugar Bears to send them to the line with 46 seconds left. From there, UCA closed it out by making its next five from the line, with Brianna Mullins hitting four in a row and McClure knocking down the first of two. last_img read more

NCD soccer competition into Round 4

first_imgThe 10 weeks competition is now into its Round 4 games with 24 participating teams, consisting of 12 male and 12 females’ teams.NCD Suburban Soccer Association President Jerry Iniga said from these 24 participating teams in the competition, 40 players will be selected, 20 males and 20 females for the train-on-squad for Team NCD.Iniga added  that, they are not only focusing on the PNG Games selection but also looking at developing potential players to get into the U17 men’s National Team for the upcoming U17 Championship in Tahiti in February next year.However, without much support from NCD, President Iniga with his officials are planning to call a meeting this afternoon, to ask the NCD Governor Powes Parkop to officially launch the competition and support it through.last_img read more

“Social work is beyond a career, it’s a lifestyle,” – Lauristian Choy

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratIn every profession, some people go above the call of duty to ensure that they are performing at the best of their abilities. They do that because they love what they do and their profession has become a part of them. They do not look for a pat on the back or the compliments, rather they go above and beyond because they really want to make a difference in their field.Going above and beyond has become the norm in Lauristan Choy’s life ever since he became a social worker. Not a day has passed that he does not feel grateful to be able to make a difference in the lives of those he encounters.Choy is currently employed with the Social Protection Ministry’s Child Care and Protection Agency as the acting Senior Probation and Social Service Officer for Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice). Coming from humble beginnings, Choy knows what it means to have very little and this ignited a spark in him from a very young age to be more aware of the fabric of society.He always envisioned himself in a field where he is able to make a difference and help those he can. Hard work and perseverance are vital ingredients in the 31-year-old’s life.A product of one of the lowest junior secondary schools in the New Amsterdam-Canje District — the Canje Secondary School, Choy has proved that it is not where you come from but the path you create on your quest for success that matters. He took his future in his hands and shaped it the way he wanted. He had a purpose, identified his goals and then began the gruelling work of achieving those goals. The road to his current position has not been a paved one nor was the ride a smooth one rather it was a road laced with potholes. Nevertheless, he dodged, swerved and conquered.After he left secondary school, Choy went to the New Amsterdam Technical Institute where he earned Diplomas in Computer Science and Business Studies and was also the first valedictorian of the institution back in 2006. From here, his thirst for knowledge just skyrocketed and he knew he was destined for bigger things.On that quest, he enrolled at the University of Guyana–Berbice and read for a Diploma in Public Management. At that time, he was employed by the Regional Administration and felt that public management was his calling. As life would have it, in 2011 some three months before his final exam for his Diploma, Choy was attacked and severely beaten by a group of gunmen. They took away his laptop with all his research and information for the courses he was taking at the time.Battered and bruised, Choy did not give up. He brushed himself off and went at it and eventually graduated.However, through his volunteering efforts within his community and various Non-Governmental Organisations, the desire to help people became too hard for him to ignore. He went back to UG and this time read for his Diploma in Social Work and graduated as the Best Graduating Student.“After completing my Diploma in Social Work, my place of work did not grant me permission to continue studying for my degree. I was devastated, but did not allow such to derail my purpose. I decided to continue my studies. I had to attend classes after 4:30 (16:30h) which posed several problems for me. I reached to classes late every day and my small salary was deducted for the days I took to conduct fieldwork for the courses which were mandatory,” he related.In 2017, he graduated with his degree and was the best graduating student in Social Work once again. He also gained the University of Guyana-Berbice Campus Director’s award for the graduating student who exemplified leadership within the University.After gaining employment at the Social Protection Ministry as a Probation and Social Service Officer-Child Protection, Choy began feeling at home.“I love children. I love the innocence that they bring and the ability to be carefree and creative, and to know that persons are violating these precious souls made me want to do something about addressing that. Hence, I applied for the post of Child Protection Officer, a job that I have loved from day one; I do not feel like I am at work. I am happy to know that through my work I can help to make someone else’s life better,” he declared.“Social work for me is beyond a career: it’s a lifestyle. The simple principle that governs this profession is built on social justice. We are all human beings at different levels in our lives, and, therefore, we must not see ourselves greater than each other.”As a young person, Choy believes that social work practice in Guyana is evolving and the standard is being lifted, especially with the Social Worker Code of Ethics, which outlines the professional framework of the profession. He notes that the field provides you with the opportunity to see the other side that is constantly hidden and it is a field that should not be taken lightly.“Like doctors, we have to be very careful how we address a person’s issues; if not handled professionally, we can damage someone’s life. Sadly, globally, the field of social work is not perceived as important as medical practitioners. The treatment that social workers receive can be described as second class. Social workers work beyond the call of duty and most times, neglect their families in the process only to receive insults from persons including other professionals, having poor working conditions, high case loads and meagre salaries,” he laments.When one thinks of going above and beyond the call of duty, just listening to some of the experiences that Choy had in the field would show how much he cares about his profession. For him, social work is not just a job, rather it is part of his being — his purpose. He has gotten muddy, trekked through the bushes, crossed planks across trenches, was verbally abused and even intercepted by armed Venezuelan rebels while executing his duties.“I remember in 2018. I was given the assignment to accompany a group to the Amerindian Village Ereku, Region Seven. This was my first time in an interior location; I enjoyed interacting with the residents. It was after one of our meetings: the group were returning to Eteringbang opposite the Venezuelan border on the Cuyuni River when the boat we were in was intercepted by one of Venezuela’s rebel groups called the Sentacatas who had high-power weapons. I was scared but remained calm. Luckily in our boat, there were three Guyana Defence Force officers who ensured we reached safely back to shore,” Chou recounted.Social work is a multifaceted profession which allows one to serve in different capacities and for Choy, the end goal is to specialise in the areas of children and youth as a Social Development Specialist.When asked what advice he has for persons wanting to join the social work field, Choy says: “Firstly, understand why you want to be in this profession. Being a social worker is not a gloried job, it gets dirty, challenging and it speaks to your moral compass. If your desire is to make money, then social work is not for you, you will find that we spend more money than we receive.”For now, Choy continues to do transformational things in his quest to ensure that social justice is delivered.last_img read more

Ministerial taskforce hands over 1st report on Cooperatives

first_imgThe Ministerial Taskforce of the Social Protection Ministry has handed over its first official assignment report.Social Protection Minister Amna Ally and members of the ministerial taskforceThe Taskforce’s aim was to compile data regarding the number of Cooperatives existing within the various regions of Guyana and examine the functioning and non-functioning Cooperatives to see their feasibility to the nation of Guyana.  Social Protection Minister Amna Ally stated: “Cooperatives is the way for a bright future for Guyana.”According to the Department of Public Information, the report was entitled “Revitalisation of the Cooperative Movement” and was handed over by the Chairman of the Ministerial Taskforce, Chief Education Officer (Retired), Ed Caesar.The Ministerial Taskforce, which consists of 10 persons, received another assignment by Minister Ally; this time in an advisory capacity and this process is set to be in motion with immediate effect. The Ministerial Taskforce was formed on June 30, 2016 with the specific task of assessing the current state of Cooperatives countrywide. The compiled data will serve as a guide for a solidified structure to be set up regarding the revitalisation of the Cooperative movement in Guyana.last_img read more

Lucy Bronze’s goal for England against Norway at the Women’s World Cup

first_imgThat’s how you win a game.Lucy Bronze’s stunning long range goal earned England a 2-1 win against Norway at the Women’s World Cup.Solveig Gulbrandsen scored first, but captain Steph Houghton equalised and then Bronze struck the winner with 15 minutes remaining.England will now play Canada in the quarter-final. England beat Norway at the Women’s World Cup 1last_img

ARENA 7 WILL SPONSOR FINN HARPS V DERRY CLASH – AND THEY’RE GIVING AWAY A SUPER PRIZE

first_imgAs the new Airtricity Premier League season kicks off and Finn Harps have returned to the big time, Arena7 Entertainment Complex in Letterkenny have been announced as the main sponsor for the first match of the season against nearest rivals Derry City.To make sure there is a real family feel to the occasion, Arena7 will have two mascots lead the team out for the game, that will let kids get a feel for a big match day at Finn Park. Arena7 are giving some lucky family the chance to WIN dinner for 2 adults and 2 kids in The Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant on Friday evening prior to the match, before being transferred to the game in the Arena7 courtesy car, where the kids will be mascots before watching the match together.To be in with a chance of winning just follow the link to the Arena7 Facebook page and answer the question.A great prize and a great way for the kids to enjoy one of the biggest games of the Finn Harps season.Follow the link and WIN: https://www.facebook.com/Arena7ARENA 7 WILL SPONSOR FINN HARPS V DERRY CLASH – AND THEY’RE GIVING AWAY A SUPER PRIZE was last modified: March 1st, 2016 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:Arena 7derry cityfinn harpsnewsprizesponsorSportlast_img read more

Family victimized by Canadian lottery scam

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2They planned to keep the leftover balance, and then collect their winnings. “We were desperate because we so badly wanted to get out of our current \ situation,” said Joni Ross, 35, wife and mother of two. But what they were not aware of is that U.S. citizens can’t legally participate in foreign lotteries. And according to Staff Sgt. Barry Elliot of the Canadian-based Phone Busters anti-fraud agency, any legitimate sweepstakes contest would not require an upfront fee. “There’s a real lack of knowledge,” Elliot said. “They don’t realize they’re being scammed. The bank accepts the check, and they think everything will be OK.” Raymond Ross is a custodian in a local school district and his wife works part time. They and their two teenage boys live in a one-bedroom home in Azusa. Joni Ross contacted the Canadian number on the notice and spoke with a supposed client-care manager who verified the winnings. They then deposited the $1,200 check into their bank. After transferring the requested $980 into an account, they waited. On June 20, six days after the check was cashed, the bank said it was counterfeit. Joni Ross said she cried. The bank demanded $984, and said they wanted it within the next five days. The family was responsible for the check they deposited. “Consumers have an obligation to the banks,” said Charles Bruce, executive director or the National Check Fraud Center in Charlotte, N.C. “You have a contract with your bank when you open a checking account, and you are ultimately responsible for any and all checks deposited.” The Rosses had already authorized other checks with the leftover money to cover other bills. They said they had no way to pay the bank or stop other checks from bouncing. A family friend lent them enough money to get back to zero for the month. The family went to the Azusa Police Department and learned such acts of mail fraud are out of local jurisdiction. The U.S. Postal Inspectors Office told them there was a “slim likelihood of recovery.” Last year alone, Phone Busters, a Canadian agency that works with U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officials, said they were receiving as many as 700 calls a day dealing with mostly U.S.-based claims of mail and Internet fraud. In all, more than 105,000 reports were filed in 2005, according to Elliot. Elliot attributes the mass targeting of U.S. citizens by unknown Canadian entities to soft penalties within Canada. “The sentencing is too light,” he said. “They’ll probably get probation if they actually do get caught, and if they do get jail time, it’s not very significant.” U.S. Postal Inspector spokeswoman Renee Focht said penalties in the United States are much more strict. “\ is a federal offense punishable with five years in federal prison per fraud count,” she said. Focht recommends avoiding those solicited offers which may seem, “too good to be true.” And if consumers are scammed they should contact postal inspectors or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. “Hopefully our mistake won’t be someone else’s,” Joni Ross said. “It’s a hard lesson to learn and it hurt the family a lot.” svintern@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AZUSA – At first, the Ross family thought they were lucky. Now they realize they’ve lost $980 to a Canadian lottery scam. Raymond Ross received a notice in the mail last month saying he won $85,000 from a Canadian-based sweepstakes contest. But first he would have to pay a $980 non-resident government tax fee on his winnings. Enclosed with the notice was what the Rosses thought was an authentic-looking Wells Fargo cashiers check written to them for the amount of $1,200. The fee was to be deducted from the original check amount, and then forwarded via Money Gram to an address in Vancouver, Britis Columbia. last_img read more

Escutia bill gets new life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“SB 437 takes important steps towards the goal that all children in the state have health care coverage,” Escutia said. The bill now only contains measures simplifying the enrollment process for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families insurance programs. VETO: Schwarzenegger on Monday vetoed Escutia’s SB1765 that would have allowed victims of the 1930s deportation of individuals of Mexican descent to sue the state. Historical sources say Mexican immigration to the United States was encouraged in the early part of the 20th century to provide labor for agriculture and other industries, according to a Senate analysis of the legislation. But with the Depression, the drastic loss of jobs combined with a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment gave rise to a government-sponsored program to forcibly remove persons of Mexican descent from the United States, the written analysis stated. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. State Sen. Martha Escutia is hoping that this will be the year she can make some progress on her goal of making sure that all children in California have health coverage. A year ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation by Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, D-Oakland that would have expanded income eligibility for families applying for a state insurance program for children and combined all existing children’s health programs into one. Now Escutia, D-Norwalk, is back with a compromise version she hopes Schwarzenegger will agree to. In Schwarzenegger’s veto message, he said he is sympathetic to the victims. However, legislation allowing potentially thousands of claims against the state, local governments, and private citizens is not the answer, he stated. “It could burden the courts, and result in increased and unplanned costs to the state.” DEMOCRATIC MEETING: Mark Twain Democratic Club members will discuss a possible prison in Whittier and campaign headquarters at their 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 Whittier Blvd., Whittier. For more information, call Lillian Gonzales, (562) 692-6836. CAMPAIGN REPORT: Two Republican groups will receive reports on the governor’s campaign in the next two weeks. Larry Greenfield, director of the Republican Jewish Coalition and state co-chairman of Californians for Schwarze- negger will speak at the 7:30a.m. Friday breakfast of the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. The group meets at Geezer’s Restaurant, 12120 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, write LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd. suite 228, Commerce, 90040, or call Peter Bylsma, (323) 215-4500 or or e-mail bylsma@lagop.org. Mindy Fletcher, deputy campaign manager for the re-election campaign will speak at the 11 a.m. Sept. 8 luncheon meeting of the Whittier Republican Federated. The club will meet at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562) 696-3345. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.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