Team11 bid ramps up

first_imgBy Nick Creely The plan to secure an A-League club in the south-east Melbourne region is one step closer 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

Seniors get top chef

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS A FORMER high-flying executive chef is using his extensive experience within the food industry to help enrich…[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

Diamond anniversary for Bunyip couple

first_imgCelebrating their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday 16 August, Bunyip couple Ken and Sally Barnard look back on the highs and…[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. By Kyra Gillespie last_img

Sport Shorts

first_imgThe Matawan-Aberdeen Recreation Volleyball League coordinates two coed community leagues which play at the Matawan Ave Middle School in Cliffwood, Tuesday evenings (6-10 p.m.). Tryouts will be held 6:30-9 p.m. at the school gym Sept. 10 for the B1 (intermediate/advanced) league and again Sept. 11 for the B2 (novice/intermediate) league. Space is limited. Visit the Web site for information about the leagues, tryouts, and to register at For any questions, contact Michael Mills (Email: or Joe Arias (732) 817-5004; e-mail The 22nd annual Bruce Berritt 5K Memorial Race Against Hunger was held Aug. 14 in Battlefield State Park, Manalapan. The leading male runner was Michael Dulong of Verona in a time of 18:16, followed by Bill Winterbottom of Jackson in 19:18, and Tom Schaefer of Keansburg in 19:57. Age group winners for the males were: Under 15: Thomas Golden, Freehold 22:04; 15-19: Manny Colon, East Rutherford 20:44; 20-24: Greg Yaecker, Freehold 20:19; 25-29: Josh Epstein, Manalapan 21:10; 30-34: Al Musmanno, Metuchen 22:13; 35-39: Jim French, Manalapan 20:01; 40-44: Mark Leary, Roselle Park 20:18; 45-49: John Palladino, Manalapan 21:07; 50-54: Shelly Ludwig, Marlboro 21:41; 55-59: John Kopko, Colts Neck 22:24; 60-64: Stan Edelson, Wayside 23:25; 65-69: Ralph Garfield, Englishtown 22:30; 70-over: Jim Robbins, Eatontown 31:15. Top Race Walker: Richard Benthuysen, Monmouth Beach 30:00. The winning female runner was Sue Patla from Matawan in a time of 22:23, followed by Robin Domanski of Manalapan in 22:38, and Deb Laurie of Morganville in 22:45. Age group winners for the females were: Under 15: Ashley Higginson, Marlboro 22:53; 15-19: Kerri Walker, Hamilton 22:57; 20-24: Kelly McCarthy, Howell 26:43; 25-29: Liz Spector, Manalapan 23:02; 30-34: Krista Baker, Jackson 26:30; 35-39: Laura Weiss, Freehold 25:57; 40-44: Julie Davidson, New York 27:09; 45-49: Kathy Craven, Freehold 26:30; 60-64: Michele Telesca, Colts Neck 28:03. Top Race Walker: Joan Venslavsky, Robbinsville 32:48. The Race Against Hunger is the oldest continuously run race in Western Monmouth County and raises funds for Open Door Food Pantry in Freehold which feeds the hungry in the community. Freehold Township’s Kristopher Urbano and Raritan High School’s Gregory Casha will be playing on Team New Jersey at the Blue-Grey Baseball Classic held this week at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Urbano and Casha were chosen to play for Team New Jersey at tryouts in June at St. John’s University, in Queens, N.Y. The Baseball Classic is a way for select players from across the country to showcase their talents before college coaches and major league scouts. Urbano will be a senior at Christian Brothers Academy, where he plays outfield/pitcher for the Colts. Casha will be a senior at Raritan.last_img read more

Golden Valley far outclassed by Canyon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system In fairness to Canyon – a high-powered defending Southern Section Div. II champion that started the season ranked No. 2 in California – the Cowboys did their best not to rub it in – and this isn’t hearsay because I was there. They ran simple plays, they didn’t play dirty, and coach Harry Welch insisted a running clock be used in the second half. In fairness to Golden Valley – which has seniors for the first time and has yet to win a game this season – the Grizzlies simply never had a chance with the players they have. They were smaller, weaker, less skilled – and probably scared half to death. It was 70-0 at halftime, and Welch, who has won a lot of games during his 18-year career – including four section championships – was as bewildered as anyone. “I’d never been a part of anything like this before,” Welch said. “We could have punted on first down or purposely fumbled or purposely thrown interceptions, but I thought that would have been insulting to Golden Valley. “Even some of my players came up to me during the game and asked me what they should do. I just told them to play hard but be respectful.” In the second half, Canyon didn’t run a single play outside the tackles, and every player on the team got into the game. “That was the good part because we have guys who’ve been working hard in practice for eight months and it was nice to see them out there on the field,” Canyon receiver Mark Urbina said. “I’ve got good friends on this team who work hard every day in practice but had never got a chance to play.” Golden Valley offensive lineman Dean Woolum said he just tried to stay in the moment and to not dwell on the score. “I was mostly concerned with the player in front of me, so I just tried to take care of my blocks, do my job and hit my hardest,” Woolum said. “Our team morale? We’re learning and we’ve just got to let this game go and put it behind us. It’s history. It’s done. “Monday, we’ll go back to practice and give 100 percent. Yes, the odds are against us big-time but I’ve accepted it. It’s fine by me. I’m just going to go out there and keep playing.” There is a growing concern among Golden Valley parents that it’s unfair for the Grizzlies to be in the powerful Foothill League so soon, especially in light of the football program’s decreasing numbers, from 125 last year to about 70 – even though there are four grades this season for the first time. “We have no business being in the Foothill League, and whoever decided in the beginning to put us there made a very big mistake,” said Golden Valley booster vice president Robert Speers, father of lineman Joe Speers. “The kids are paying the price. “They’re getting better, but with this schedule they don’t have a chance to catch their breath. It’s just not right.” Speers said a Canyon parent came to Golden Valley’s practice on Saturday and apologized. “Most of the Golden Valley parents who have been around for all three years are absolutely numb,” Speers said. “We’re not in the denial stage anymore. We’re just numb.” There are no magic words or easy solutions that are going to soothe Golden Valley as the sun sets on what may remain for many years the most one-sided football loss in area history. But there will be better times ahead. After all, Hart, which leads the area with eight section titles, went 0-8 in its first season. Welch, 61, has been around long enough not to dwell on Friday’s outcome – and that goes for both teams. “The day will come when other teams will fear the Grizzlies,” Welch said. Welch didn’t feel the need to set a timetable. No one should. But the sooner the better. It hasn’t been a particularly productive football season for Foothill League kickers, though Canyon’s Christopher Chapman and Valencia’s Ricky Drake have risen above the crowd. Chapman has four field goals, including a game-winning 33-yarder with five seconds left to defeat Crespi of Encino 38-35 on Oct. 6. He also has 18 touchbacks on 35 kickoffs. Drake has one field goal and has totaled 35 touchbacks on 43 kickoffs – a rate of 88 percent. Canyon defensive back Kenny Shanahan, a high-profile impact transfer from Stockdale of Bakersfield, is expected to recover from an ankle injury suffered in the first half against Golden Valley. He didn’t return after rolling his ankle, but should heal in time for Canyon’s next game Nov. 3 against Saugus after a bye week. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I don’t care which side you’re on, it’s hard to put a positive spin on Canyon High’s 90-0 football victory Friday over Golden Valley. It was an utter embarrassment, not just for Golden Valley but for Canyon, too, and both must live with the humiliation. Just glancing at the score, Golden Valley looks like a pathetic wimp, and Canyon looks like the neighborhood bully. But in retrospect, was there any way this thing wasn’t going to get out of hand? last_img read more

College trustees want to know who leaked president’s evaluation report

first_img 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! WHITTIER — The Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees has launched an investigation to find out who leaked Superintendent Rose Marie Joyce’s confidential evaluation report to the media. A complaint filed by a faculty member touched off the investigation. The faculty member alleges that confidentiality was broken when Joyce’s evaluation was anonymously sent to the Whittier Daily News. Since the document contained confidential employee information discussed in closed session, releasing it to the media violated the Brown Act — a 1953 law guaranteeing open government, said Board President Angela Acosta-Salazar. A formal investigation will “send a message” to discourage others against leaking confidential reports to the media, said Trustee Garry Couso-Vasquez. “People think the Brown Act means nothing,” Couso-Vasquez said. “It was wrong to leak (Joyce’s evaluation) and it turned into a dog and pony show after it got out. That was a confidential document and there were bits and pieces of statements taken in condfidentiality in there.last_img read more

Lawsuit aimed at O.J.

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.Simpson, who lives in Florida, was acquitted after a criminal trial of the June 12, 1994, slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, outside her Brentwood home. The Goldman and Brown families later sued Simpson. A civil court jury, using a lesser standard of proof than is required at a criminal trial, found him liable for the killings in 1997. Simpson has avoided paying the civil judgment because his National Football League pension and his Florida home cannot legally be seized. However, Goldman’s petition contends Simpson has continued to earn money through appearances and autograph signings. Goldman said he wants to take from Simpson “what we perceive is probably the most important thing to him, and that’s his ego, and that’s the opportunity to use his name and likeness to earn money.” Yale Galanter, Simpson’s attorney, said he had not found any legal precedent that gives a court the authority to take publicity rights. He also denied that Simpson had avoided paying the lawsuit award. “It’s not a question of intentionally trying to avoid anything. O.J.’s life is very simply an open book. There is no money.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The father of murder victim Ron Goldman asked a court Tuesday to give him the publicity rights to the name, image and likeness of O.J. Simpson, who has failed to pay a $33.5 million judgment in a 1997 wrongful death lawsuit. “He personally has never paid a dime on the judgment to anyone,” Fred Goldman said. “He has made it very clear over the years that he has no intention of doing so.” The petition, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in Santa Monica, asks that Simpson’s “right of publicity” be transferred to help pay off the Goldman family’s portion of the lawsuit award, estimated at about $20 million, plus interest. A hearing on the petition was scheduled for Oct. 17. last_img read more

Man United ‘had £23.5m bid rejected’ for Spanish winger

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Dani Olmo starred for Spain at the European Under-21 Championship Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested on target FAREWELL What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Getty Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti claim Dinimo want to keep Olmo for the rest of their Champions League qualification campaign.And that reportedly saw the club reject advances from Manchester United, Everton, Wolves and Bayern Munich over the summer.Former Barcelona trainee Olmo teased a move to the Premier League last month.He said: “[My future?] We are talking about the best leagues in the world and they all have positive things.“LaLiga is something more special because for me it is home, with my people. Getty 2 deals Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers latest Daniel James, who joined United in a £15million deal in June, was the club’s only attacking summer addition. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January New job OFF Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Manchester United reportedly had a £23.5million bid rejected for Dinimo Zagreb star Dani Olmo during the summer transfer window.The winger helped Spain win the European Under-21 Championship in June and scored in a 2-1 victory over Germany in the final. 2 LATEST stalemate Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ “But those of England, Germany and Italy also attract me very much.“[Barcelona?] It was my home for six years, why not? We will see. I don’t know if that door is closed or not.” Dani Olmo in action for Dinamo Zagreb targets last_img read more

Partnering with Africa’s farmers

first_img10 May 2013 Companies from around the world committed US$3.5-billion in investments to Africa’s agricultural development over the last year under the stewardship of the Grow Africa partnership, it was reported at the 2013 Grow Africa Investment Forum in Cape Town on Thursday. The forum, which took place on the first day of the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa, saw 126 companies taking part, including 58 African and 60 international companies, plus a further eight from other regions, including South Asia and the Middle East. Grow Africa is a partnership of the African Union Commission, Nepad and World Economic Forum that seeks to accelerate private-sector investment for sustainable growth in African agriculture. It does this in part by helping African countries to create investment environments conducive to partnership-based investments in agriculture “that make a real difference to incomes, food security and broader development”. According to the Grow Africa annual report, released on Thursday, last year marked a major shift in the quality and quantity of private-sector commitments to the continent’s agricultural development. Of the $3.5-billion in investments committed in eight African countries in 2012, more than $60-million had so far been invested in activities bringing smallholder farmers into commercial, market-based farming, Grow Africa reported. Approximately 270 000 million tonnes of commodities were sourced within Grow Africa partner countries – the vast majority from smallholders – with the equivalent of around $300-million in sales from these farmers being fed into the market system. In addition, the annual report stated, almost 800 000 smallholder farmers were reached with a mix of training, sourcing and service provision. Grow Africa would now be moving into “an operational phase”, channeling the investment it had generated directly into projects. “In recognition of this step and the strength of Grow Africa as a platform to bring much-needed investment into Africa’s agriculture, the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) committed $9.5-million to Grow Africa this week,” the partnership said. “These funds will be used to drive Grow Africa fully into its operational phase, including setting up a secretariat in Africa.” Announcing the grant at Thursday’s forum, USAid administrator Rajiv Shah said USAid was pleased to support “such a results-oriented initiative that is successfully demonstrating how the private sector can help to drive a partnership-based approach to developing Africa’s agricultural potential”. Philip Kiriro, chairman of Kenya’s Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, told delegates that innovative partnerships were “demonstrating that inclusive business models can be commercially competitive, while integrating smallholders into value chains. “Grow Africa has reached 800 000 African smallholders, but there are still more than half-a-billion that we have not. 2013 must focus on scaling up,” Kiriro said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Machine Learning: Major Push by All Major Tech Companies to Advance Artificial Intelligence

first_imgMachine Learning algorithms are becoming widely used.  Microsoft, Google, IBM and Amazon, for example, have all added machine learning options to their cloud offerings.  Facebook has open-sourced its hardware design. Yahoo has also released an open-source AI tool called CaffeOnSpark. Chinese giant Baidu has also released open-source AI software.Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook CEO, said that “the biggest thing that we’re focused on with artificial intelligence is building computer services that have better perception than people.  I think it’s possible to get to that point in the next five to 10 years.”   Both Google’s Sundar Pichai’s and Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt say that AI will have a major impact of future work with Alphabet/Google.  At the recent Microsoft Build 2016 event, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella said that Microsoft is targeting AI as a major focus for their business.In December, 2015, Elon Musk became co-chair of OpenAI, a $1 billion organization that focuses on advancing artificial intelligence that will benefit humanity.Vinod Iyengar, Director at, said that “in the last five years the cost of storage has come down dramatically, as has the cost of memory. Additionally, anyone can leverage an advanced computing cluster on, say, Amazon Web services, for a few hundred dollars. All of this means that organizations or individuals can take a whole lot of data and produce powerful predictions and insights from the large data sets without facing huge costs.”last_img read more