Growing pains

first_imgMELBOURNE’S growing population prompted the State Government to identify areas for expansion. Under the Melbourne 2030 plan the government identified…[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

Ross River alert

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanHORSE owners are being urged to contact a vet if their animals are showing signs of extreme lethargy…[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

Nunes extends lead over DaCosta to $1.56 million

first_imgAnthony Nunes remained on course yesterday to snap Wayne DaCosta’s 12-year reign at Caymanas Park, responding to his rival’s double with a three-timer, extending his stakes lead to $1.56 million over the 17-time champion trainer. Starting the day with a $924,550 lead, Nunes, hunting his first trainers’ title, matched DaCosta’s two winners, STORM and STRANGER DANGER, with a stinging three-timer – SUPREME SOUL, FOOT SOLDIER and KJ EXPRESS – who got a bullet start to go gate-to-wire in the closing 11th event. Nunes grabbed the upper hand last Saturday when his BIGDADDYKOOL earned $2.2 million for second in the Diamond Mile behind WILL IN CHARGE, following the late scratch of the pre-race favourite, DaCosta’s SHE’S A MANEATER, who bolted prior to the start of the $13.9 million event. Nunes’ showed off his prowess with what seems a never-ending stream of local-bred two-year-olds as his SUPREME SOUL made short work of DaCosta’s EL GRINGO in the Andrew HB Aguilar Memorial at a mile for maidens, clocking 1:41.2 minutes, an ominous sign with the $4 million Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes expected to be the championship decider. Meanwhile, DaCosta’s imported STRANGER DANGER was impressive in turning back Nunes’ local-bred, UNIVERSAL BOSS, clocking 1:12.1 minutes for six furlongs in a six-and-a-half length romp to land the Dye Job Sprint. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday then next Saturday when SHE’S A MANEATER could line up in a five and a half furlong sprint ahead of the Miracle Man at nine furlongs and 25 yards on Boxing Day.last_img read more

The bidding process

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to the article with heading “Bidders Protest $7.5M Generator Contract Award” published in another section of the media on June 25, 2016. The article refers to a procurement process conducted by the Hinterland Electrification Company Inc. (HECI). As the head of the HECI, I would like to comment on our procurement processes in general, and not address the specific issue in the article.I previously attempted to address the issue of bid-price when I wrote a letter on October 24, 2009 under the heading “Invariably, price is not the only criterion for winning a bid”. So, I would repeat some of what I wrote in that article.Some contractors and suppliers believe that a contract should be awarded to the bidder with the lowest price, while others believe the contract should be awarded to the bidder with the price closest to the engineer’s estimate.What those persons do not realise is that the procuring entity looks for the best value, not necessarily the lowest or the price closest to the engineer’s estimate.Generally, in a procurement process, bidders are expected to meet certain stated requirements, which are used as the criteria for evaluating the bids. Bidders are, therefore, expected to submit sufficient, relevant information from which a determination will be made as to whether or not they meet those requirements.However, very often, bidders ignore some or all of the requirements and just concentrate on offering the lowest possible price for their goods or services.A bidding process usually have:i. a financial requirement to ensure that a bidder has access to sufficient funds to successfully complete the contract;ii. equipment and skill requirements to ensure that a bidder has the capacity to perform the contract;iii. an experience requirement to ensure that a bidder has successfully performed similar contracts in the past; andiv. strict technical specifications that items must meet, in the case of the procurement for equipment.In a bidding process, bidders are expected to meet the stated requirements even before their prices are considered and compared. In other words, a bidder’s price is irrelevant if he does not meet the requirements, even if his price is the lowest or closest the engineer’s estimate.In the case of the procurement of equipment, it is particularly important that the goods meet the technical specifications. This is to provide some level of assurance to the procuring entity that the equipment can serve the purpose (for which it is being procured) in an effective, reliable and efficient manner.As such, bidders should pay special attention to the bidding requirements when participating in a bidding process. If a bidder cannot meet all the requirements, that bidder should consider partnering with another contractor/supplier in order to do so.I would like to reiterate that price is not the only criterion for winning a bid. Using price as the primary basis for awarding a contract could result in the wrong contractor, supplier or equipment being selected, and this could have serious repercussions for a project.Yours faithfully,Horace WilliamsCEO HinterlandElectrificationCompany Inclast_img read more

Poll: David De Gea or Petr Cech – who’s the better goalkeeper?

first_img Just who is the better goalkeeper? 1 There are a number of top class goalkeepers in the Premier League this season, and two of them face off on Saturday afternoon when Manchester United host Arsenal.David De Gea has arguably been the best shot-stopper in the league for the past three years or so, whereas Cech has been at the top of his game for over a decade now, having first moved to England when he signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2004.His fine form has continued following his transfer to Arsenal last summer, and if the Gunners do win the league this season, the former Czech international will be a big part of that success.But, just which one is the better goalkeeper? Have your say by voting in our poll below…last_img read more

Football Talk: Why Strachan doesn’t start Griffiths, Rangers’ TV war

first_imgIn just over three weeks time we will be gearing up for the trip to Wembley but the chances are Leigh Griffiths won’t start for Scotland, again. Never mind his goalscoring form, Gordon Strachan has hinted that the reason for this is because of his height. Yes, seriously.Meanwhile, Rangers are at loggerheads with BT Sport after Mark Warburton failed to do his post-match interview on Friday night.And in case you missed it, former Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has hit the headlines again. It’s even more bizarre than before as well. When have you ever seen someone get the sack and then earn a promotion? Cheeky, cheeky…Social media failHashtag herolast_img read more

Gordon Reid completes career Grand Slam with Australian Open win

first_img“I don’t think any one of us played our best tennis in the final today but we upped our level when it mattered in the match tie-break. “It’s also a great feeling to complete the career doubles grand slam.” Gordon Reid has completed a career Grand Slam of wheelchair doubles titles after winning the Australian Open.Reid and partner Joachim Gerard defeated Alfie Hewett and Gustavo Fernandez 6-3 3-6 (10-3) in the final.It completes the set of major doubles titles for the 25-year old after he won the French and US Opens in 2015 and took the French and Wimbledon titles last year.“It was a last-minute decision to play with Jo but one that has paid off,” Reid said. last_img read more

What Belgian media say as Celtic take on Anderlecht

first_imgOn that night goals from Liam Miller, Henrik Larsson and Chris Sutton proved the difference as Martin O’Neill’s Hoops secured a vital victory.Anderlecht must win by three goals or more to nick European football after Christmas from Celtic’s grasp.It is a task one paper regards as “mission impossible” while another describes as “an extremely difficult assignment”.Their chances of upsetting the odds have been all but written off. The Belgians boast a dismal record on the road in Europe having not won away from home since December 2005. The memory of their 3-0 defeat in Brussels to Celtic also lingers in memory.Not only that, an indifferent start to the domestic campaign has left supporters expecting the worst.Anderlecht sacked manager Rene Weiler one week before their 3-0 loss to Celtic in Brussels, with Hein Vanhaezebrouck taking permanent charge seven days after leaving rivals Gent.While form has improved somewhat, a poor start to the season compounded by defeats to Gent and Standard Liege leave Vanhaezebrouck’s side seven points off the pace, despite winning 2-1 on Saturday against Lokeren.All hope is not lost, however, as chairman Voor Vanden Stock oversees his 200th European game.The Belgian media are hoping it proves lucky as Anderlecht look to extend their Euro campaign beyond Christmas.Should they fail, it will be the first season in 13 years when no Belgian side features in European football after Christmas. For those wondering, the monster was John Hartson.Het Nieuwsblad has cast an eye back over Anderlecht’s 3-1 loss at Celtic Park in 2003 as it builds up to Tuesday’s game.The newspaper warned Anderlecht’s players of the challenge that awaits them at the “mythical” Celtic Park, insisting Belgian players, fans and journalists are set for an unforgettable evening.In 2003, Celtic prevailed 3-1 over Vincent Kompany and co in Champions League Group A, with Anderlecht “blown away by 60,000 football-crazy Scots and a monster named John Hartson” according to the paper. Celtic host Anderlecht in the final group game of the Champions League, with Belgian media having their say ahead of the clash.Anderlecht require a three-goal winning margin to pip Celtic to third place and the Europa League spot. It is a challenge the Belgian papers believe is beyond Anderlecht, particularly when past visits to Glasgow are taken into account.Recalling their last trip to the east end of Glasgow, one paper described the 3-1 defeat in 2003 as being blown away by “a monster and 60,000 madmen”. last_img read more

Neil McCann brands Dundee display in Hearts loss a ‘joke’

first_img“But I’m not going to say that cheered me up any because that was a shocking performance, absolutely shocking. “I didn’t see it coming. It won’t be accepted. “Everything we do is geared towards winning, everything we do in training has a purpose and an end point where it becomes about standards. “And tonight’s performance, I’m not going to save them, was a joke. “Anything in the second half would have been an improvement. Other than that spell, no, I’m not going to accept it. “When you set standards you should stick to them. The fans that travelled down from Dundee have been short-changed.” Dundee manager Neil McCann labelled his team’s display in the 2-0 loss to Hearts a “joke”.McCann’s Dark Blues were swept aside in the capital by a youthful Hearts side, with Isma Goncalves’ opener on the half-hour mark followed up by Christophe Berra’s close-range finish 13 minutes from time.Dundee rallied for a spell after the break but lost their way after Roarie Deacon went off injured.McCann, who also lost Jack Hendry to concussion, said: “The second half we were better, we had a wee spell when we were dangerous then we lost Roarie, which definitely hurt us. last_img read more

Clark County Inmate Roster – 4-10-17

first_imgClark County Inmate Roster – 4-10-17Jail Roster 4-10-17last_img