All eyes on Pakenham teen

first_imgBy Jessica Anstice Big Brother announced its housemates for the show’s 12th season and among the 20 contestants is 19-year-old Pakenham woman Sarah…[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

Bottoming out with Bottoms up

first_imgBecause alcohol is encouraged by our culture, we get the idea that it isn’t dangerous. However, alcohol is the most potent and most toxic of the legal psychoactive drugs – Beverly A Potter and Sebastian OrfaliThe odds of alcohol being present in a big way at a teen party are pretty much as high as the odds of the WICB making another brainless selection decision. Very high. It’s no secret that the young people of our country are already competent connoisseurs of alcohol despite their ‘tender’ years. On average, three out of every five adolescents might be able to rattle off the finer points about having Tequila versus a shot of Grey Goose – a talent, I am told, that comes only with experience.And this is not just the case in Guyana; we’re following a worldwide trend, which makes the situation much more alarming: And it’s driven by huge amounts of advertising that target the youthful demographic to “normalise” drinking. Studies show that youths who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence and two and a half times more likely to have “rum till I die” as their mantra, than those who wait until the age of 21.Though it’s now clear that alcohol wreaks havoc on our innards (not to mention our minds) and kills us slowly, everybody drinks!  It’s cool. And if slow, voluntary death isn’t motivation enough to ease off the alcohol, there’s always the comforting thought that we’ll get so drunk that we’ll attempt to fly, profess undying love for Kanye West or do something just as dim-witted that we won’t have done if we were in our right minds.Why then, do they do it? Many people drink to relieve stress, remove inhibitions, to just ‘fit in’ or because they claim to enjoy the taste. Whatever the reason for teens drinking, these reasons may be highly correlated to the fact that for most teen drinkers, their parents drink, or are OK with drinking. The child then grows up believing that this is the acceptable thing to do. In some cases, the parents themselves encourage their child to drink.One could look at the implications of alcohol consumption from both social and health standpoints.Socially, especially in Guyana, many people drink until they’re drunk. In essence, it is the drunkenness that’s offensive since, if the person wasn’t drunk it would have been the same as dealing with a person drinking water. It’s when the person is in that drunken state that they cannot fully control their mental faculties, emotions and actions. Domestic violence and suicide are both highly correlated with alcohol abuse.It appears then, drunkenness is the problem; not the drinking. In societies such as in Italy, where despite the fact that the children are exposed to drinking at a young age, they have very low instances of drunkenness. This is because their society frowns upon DRUNKENESS. They are socialised to drink if they want, but in MODERATION.Ironically, it is in the countries that strongly castigate drinking as a sin that though they have a fraction of their population avoiding alcohol like the plague, there are also those individuals who drink (and since they’re already frowned upon for drinking), they feel that they might as well go the whole hog and get totally “wasted”.Where do we stand, Guyana? Will we accept drinking in moderation where we avoid the nasty aspect of alcohol abuse – drunkenness? Or will we continue to forbid drinking totally and produce a segregated society with veritable saints and devilish alcoholics?For me, after reviewing the damage excessive alcohol does to our internal organs, I’ve decided not to take the plunge. While I have no aspirations to sainthood, I rather want to keep my liver and sanity into adulthood.last_img read more

‘Unbelievable ignorance’: Parents blamed for golfer Lydia Ko’s slump

first_imgSteaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists “I’m angry, I’m sad because to me I know what she’s capable of doing. And to see her play like this, it’s just very sad to see,” Leadbetter said.“I think her parents need to sort of let her go and do her thing. She’s 21-22 years of age now. She could control her own career. She should know what’s best for her,” he said.Under her first coach Guy Wilson, Ko was the world’s top-ranked amateur for 130 weeks, won two LPGA tour events and never missed a cut in 25 professional tournaments.After joining Leadbetter in 2013, she won 17 titles including two majors on the LPGA Tour and an Olympic silver medal.But since that three-year relationship ended in December 2016, Ko, who signed with sportswear giant Nike the following month, has won only one tournament and slipped down the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT American basketball player banned after doping test showed positive pregnancy result LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer “Her team have to be thinking that they have made some huge mistakes taking an unbelievably talented player and turning her into ordinary,” Leadbetter said.“I hope she gets it back but restoring confidence is never the easiest thing to do. Her parents have a lot to answer for –- a case of unbelievable ignorance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKo was the youngest ever world number one as a 17-year-old, but now aged 22 she has slumped to number 24 after missing last week’s British Open cut by a whopping 10 shots.Leadbetter said Ko, who has gone through a succession of coaches and caddies since turning pro, needed to be given the freedom to manage her own affairs. Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LATEST STORIES Benefits of township living Lydia Ko of New Zealand watches her drive on the sixth hole during the final round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational at Midland Country Club on July 19, 2019 in Midland, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPGolfer Lydia Ko’s ex-coach blamed her parents for her slide down the rankings Tuesday, accusing them of mishandling the former world number one and “turning her into ordinary.”“It really is a very sad situation to observe,” US-based coach David Leadbetter told Radio Sport, as he implored the Korean-born New Zealander’s parents to ease up on the one-time prodigy.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon View comments She said at the time that the split with Leadbetter was her decision but that she had discussed it with her parents, who “are wishing the very best for me and it’s because they care and love me”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more


first_imgStory Links The Varsity Blues women’s water polo team played its final regular season game and soundly defeated the McMaster Marauders 11-1 on Tuesday night (Nov. 20) at Varsity Pool. The Blues stretched the 6-0 opening quarter advantage to 8-0 at the half. The Blues vaunted counterattack led immediately to three glorious chances but the team squandered them all.  Undeterred, the counterattack produced five goals in the first quarter and the rarity of a goal from the cage scored pool length by starting goalie junior assistant captain Rachael Jaffe (Irvine, California). Freshmen Allie Vas (Yorba Linda, California) and Sara Sutherland (Regina) paced the attack with two goals each.  Seven different players including Jaffe added singles: senior co-captain Daniela Freeman (Menifee, California), junior Rhianna Wood (Calgary), sophomore Caitlyn Tiedje (Calgary) and freshmen Deena Charles (Fraser Valley, B.C.), Katie Smith (Chestermere, Alberta) and Emily Grossman (Santa Clara, California). The teams traded goals in the third quarter.  Toronto then added a pair in the final frame to come away with an 11-1 victory. The Blues will host the NCWP championships, November 30-December 2 at Varsity Pool. U of T enters the championship as the No. 1 seed and will have a bye into the semifinals.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Roadside brawl lands women in court

first_imgThree women were on Friday all charged with assault and wounding when they made their appearance at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Christel Lambert.Aesha Jacobs, 23, of Lot 198 Anna Catherina West Coast Demerara (WCD) and Tricia Rodney, 36, of 42 Gas Station Street, Anna Catherina, WCD, pleaded not guilty to the offence, which alleged that on June 4, they unlawfully and maliciously wounded and assaulted Shelize Gaskin with intent to cause bodily harm.The court heard that on the same day and at the same location, both women unlawfully and maliciously assaulted Nikita Gilks with intent to cause bodily harm.Meanwhile, Shelize Gaskin 23 of 377 Section C Sophia, Greater Greater, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on June 4, she unlawfully and maliciously assaulted and wounded Aesha Jacobs and Tricia Rodney with intent to cause bodily harm.The prosecution’s case contended that on the day in question, the women were involved in an argument that spiralled out of control, as such a fight ensued.They were all arrested and charged after the matter was reported to the Police by eyewitnesses.They were all released in $30,000 bail each. The case will continue on June 23, 2016.last_img read more

Edwards sacked as Tranmere boss

first_img1 Tranmere ground Prenton Park Rob Edwards has been sacked as manager of Tranmere.Rovers were relegated last season and had hoped to make an immediate return to League One but have made a poor start to life in the bottom division under Edwards, who replaced John McMahon at the end of May.Saturday’s home defeat to Plymouth was Tranmere’s seventh league loss of the campaign and their fourth on the spin in a seven-game winless run that has left the Wirral club bottom of the Football League.Rovers chairman Mark Palios told the club’s official website, “Rob is a decent man who has worked very hard over the past few months for the football club.“However, with the club currently sitting at the bottom of League 2 for the first time in 32 years it was decided this was the right time to make the break.“I remain committed to the vision, that Rob shared, of playing free-flowing and skilful football.“And while we have shown in some of our periods of play that we are not far off being able to achieve that – we have not been able to do it consistently.“We have also not been sufficiently pragmatic when circumstances demanded that we close out a game to secure a win.“If we are to achieve the required results in future it is clear that we need to strengthen the squad further.”Palios went on to highlight the need for the next manager to have good contacts to help with the recruitment of new players.He added: “Our recruitment department, which has been depleted by years of under-investment, is being supplemented and strengthened.“But in the short term our ability to find new players to cover injuries and to supplement the existing line up will also depend on having in place a manager with an extensive network of contacts in the game.“This will therefore be one of the key attributes that I will be looking for in a replacement for Rob.”Tranmere have won just two matches this season. Both victories – away at Wycombe and at home to Morecambe – came in August.last_img read more

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers hails ‘blonde Cafu’ and compares him to Reds star

first_img1 Brendan Rodgers described versatile Stuart Armstrong as “the blonde Cafu” after his man-of-the-match performance mostly from right-back in the 3-0 win over Inverness.The midfielder moved back into defence in the 13th minute of the  Premiership encounter when Sweden international Mikael Lustig limped off with an ankle injury and he adapted without fuss.Goals from Scott Sinclair, striker Leigh Griffiths and substitute Tom Rogic gave the home side a comfortable win over the visitors who ended the match with 10 men after midfielder Greg Tansey picked up two yellow cards.Rodgers revealed that Lustig and skipper Scott Brown, who came off just after the hour mark with a numb foot, are doubts for Sweden and Scotland’s respective international fixtures.When asked about the contribution of former Dundee United midfielder Armstrong, he mentioned the famous former Brazil full-back who starred for Roma and AC Milan, among others.“The Blonde Cafu,” he said. “He was up and down that wing, wasn’t he?“The boy did brilliantly to adapt the position. He has played a central role for me and I see him developing and progressing his game day in and day out and he is now looking the part.“He is a clever boy, he knows the role and obviously a couple of adaptations at half-time to allow us to open up the sides a wee bit more on the inside and his only disappointment is that he never scored, he had enough chances.“But I thought he was brilliant.”When asked to compare him with James Milner, whom Rodgers bossed at Liverpool, the Northern Irishman said: “James is someone I brought him in to be a midfielder but I knew he could play a couple of positions, he has played everywhere, all over the pitch.“Just a total footballer and I though Stuart showed that today, he has that ability. Sometimes going into that position can frighten a player, they can say I am not really sure.“Firstly, he defended very well but his ability to get forward with his energy was outstanding.” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp provides fitness update on Sturridge, Can and Matip ahead of derby

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp has provided the latest on trio Daniel Sturridge, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge ahead of Monday’s Merseyside derby.Sturridge will be monitored over the next 48 hours, with Klopp keen to see if he can coax a cameo out of the striker at Goodison Park.The England international has missed the Reds’ past five matches with a calf injury but stepped up his recovery during the week and, with the short trip to their neighbours not taking place until Monday evening, has time to prove he can play some part.Klopp has already given up hope of the 27-year-old being at the peak of his powers, but believes he could fill the role of super-sub, provided he is passed fit for duty.“He cannot be 100 per cent but having Daniel Sturridge for 20 minutes would be fantastic,” he said.“If he is available he will be involved.“Until now he’s made four pitch sessions with the rehab coach. It would be nice if he could be part of my department… the pitch training that I’m responsible for.“Maybe we can involve him today.”Sturridge scored in Klopp’s only other experience of the famous derby, a 4-0 win at Anfield in April that extended a formidable record in the fixture.Liverpool have lost only once in the past 19 Premier League instalments and not since October 2011.Like Sturridge, midfielder Can will be given a chance to push for inclusion in the matchday squad after missing two games with a knee ligament niggle.But the chances of Matip – arguably the side’s most impressive defender this season – featuring are essentially over.His ankle issue is causing confusion at the club, and Klopp admits there is an element of uncertainty about how to proceed with the Cameroon international.“It’s not really an injury but it’s a little painful,” he said.“We cannot push him through it that’s the situation, it’s a fact. So we have to see if we try him again for Everton, or give him another few days for Stoke or another few days for Manchester City.“He did parts of the training before the Middlesbrough game but at the end he said ‘I cannot sprint’ so it makes no sense.“We are in really intense conversations about this and it’s not been decided already.” Sturridge, Can and Matip have been hit with injury problems last_img read more

Day Fire leaps over line as it turns 3 weeks old

first_imgLOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – As the battle against the Day Fire entered its fourth week Monday, wind-driven flames jumped over a firefighting line and headed toward Lockwood Valley. Authorities urged residents of the sparsely populated rural community to evacuate, even as evacuation advisories were lifted elsewhere in Ventura County. The fire on Monday afternoon jumped what firefighters call a contingency line, a bulldozed area with no fuel for a fire to consume. “It’s one of those things where it wasn’t anticipated, … and naturally when we build those contingency lines we make them fairly large, and we think it can hold the fire. But obviously there were some winds pushing it, and it jumped it,” said Kurt Shaefer, a spokesman for the multiagency team fighting the fire. A precautionary evacuation notice was expected to be fully lifted Monday evening for Ojai, but another one was expected to stay in effect along Highway 33 from Rose Valley Road to Lockwood Valley Road. In recent days, Red Cross shelters in Ojai, Ventura, Santa Paula and Frazier Park had nearly 70 overnight stays, mainly by students forced to evacuate Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. “They were concerned it was going to come down that way,” said Nick Cleary, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department, “but it never really did.” (661) 257-5253160Want 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 PhillipsCommanders of the 3,500 firefighters battling the Day Fire focused their efforts on protecting Lockwood Valley after the fire jumped the line. The community is off state Route 33, west of Interstate 5, generally south of Frazier Park. “As many aircraft as possible, (we’ll) put up there,” said Joe Pasinato, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. The fire, which broke out Sept. 4, had burned more than 134,000 acres by Monday, mostly in the Los Padres National Forest, and was 41 percent contained. Fighting it had cost $36.7 million, and the figure was mounting by about $1 million a day. The Santa Ana winds hampered firefighting efforts over the weekend, as the governor declared a state of emergency in Ventura County, and the state deployed a DC-10 to drop tons of fire retardant and protect Ojai and Santa Paula. The emergency declaration meant that local agencies could be reimbursed for three-quarters of their costs in fighting the blaze. last_img read more

Negative past goes up in smoke in exchange for positive change

first_img“I find the Burning Bowl ceremony so endearing. It feels good. When people come in, they may be heavy-hearted,” said Hoyt. “I hope people feel lighter, refreshed and recommitted to themselves when they leave the service. I hope the weight of the world has been taken off their shoulders.” That’s the sentiment that McMorrow, who grew up in the Roman Catholic faith, as did Hoyt, has experienced following regular Sunday services at GHCRS. McMorrow was searching for a spiritual change in 2000 when he was going through a divorce. He found the church in the Yellow Pages and then gave it a six-week tryout to see whether Religious Science was for him. “I thought it was joyful and very positive. The folks were nice. They didn’t rush me with a sales pitch,” McMorrow said with a laugh. “The single-most important way that Religious Science has changed my life is I own my own stuff; (meaning) I don’t blame others. It has helped me get my life sorted out.” McMorrow likes the fact that Religious Science embraces all faiths and that you don’t have to give up your faith traditions to be a member of a Religious Science church. The meaning of life and do they make a difference – even though that’s a clich , Hoyt admitted – are the main questions newcomers to the church are asking. “Their concern is, Am I OK? They’re searching for somebody to say: You’re OK just the way you are,” Hoyt said. “What I say is, you are OK but through Religious Science you will gain a greater awareness.” Burning Bowl service, 10 a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St. Meditation at 9:30 a.m. Call (818) 363-8136. (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRANADA HILLS – Change your thinking, change your life is the simple explanation of the philosophy followed in Religious Science churches. It is also the impetus behind the “Releasing the Past and Burning Bowl” service being held Sunday at Granada Hills Church of Religious Science. “The Burning Bowl ceremony is a pretty cool thing. The idea is you write on a piece of paper things you don’t want to take forward in the new year,” said Mike McMorrow, a six-year member at Granada Hills Church of Religious Science. “I like the symbolism of burning away a negative and the ceremony sets a sacred tone.” Negative habits or unhealthy relationships are just two possible responses people scribble on slips of paper that they will hold to a flame and watch as their particular stumbling block goes up in smoke. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThe goal of the Burning Bowl ritual is positive change. The Rev. Maureen Hoyt, who will lead the service, instructs participants to try to write their concern in an affirmative way. For example, at a previous Burning Bowl service, Hoyt learned that someone wrote down her estranged brother’s name but also added the hope that there would be a reconciliation. “What ends up getting written is sometimes surprising. People have told me that what they were planning to write wasn’t what ended up on paper,” said Hoyt. “It’s interesting also that sometimes the paper doesn’t catch fire right away. Then, it is almost like God asking, Are you really ready to let go?” While someone could hold a Burning Bowl ritual alone at home, Hoyt believes that there is great power in group consciousness. Participating in a group ceremony also provides a comfort in knowing that they are not alone in struggling with life’s problems. last_img read more