School hall on track

first_imgTHE foundations for Pakenham Consolidated School’s $3 million multi-purpose hall were laid this week. The hall, which will contain a…[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

Pochettino hails Spurs’ ‘mission impossible’

first_imgTottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino said his side completed “mission impossible” in the Champions League after they recovered from a nightmare start to qualify for the knockout stages with Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Barcelona.Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Inter Milan in their first game, lost 4-2 to Barcelona in their second and threw away the lead to draw 2-2 at PSV Eindhoven in their third to leave them with only one point at the halfway stage of the group.Narrow home wins over the Dutch side and the Italians gave them a chance of going through, but their plight again looked bleak when Ousmane Dembele’s sensational individual goal put them on the back foot in the decisive game at the Nou Camp.Yet Spurs seized their place in the next round thanks to Lucas Moura’s late leveller, sneaking above Inter, who could only draw 1-1 at home to PSV, due to a better head-to-head record.“I’m so happy, so proud, I remember that after PSV no one believed in us, it was mission impossible, but we are here, we’re in the next round,” Pochettino told reporters.“It’s a massive achievement for the club, we’re happy for the fans here and around the world, it’s a massive boost for the club and to be able to play in the knockout rounds next year in the new stadium is a massive motivation for us.”Tottenham’s hopes of staying in Europe’s elite competition looked doomed when news filtered through of Mauro Icardi’s leveller for Inter.Pochettino said he and his players were caught in two minds about whether to try to hold on for the draw or seek a winner in case Inter got another goal in their game.“It was difficult to manage the last 10 minutes. The players knew the score of Inter but it is difficult to translate what to do to the field,” he said.“You have to score to win but if you concede and lose the game, maybe you talk in a different way afterwards.”The coach also said reaching the last-16 from a group containing two giants of the competition was among his greatest achievements with Spurs since taking over the club in 2014.“It was so difficult to manage everything inside but we made a fantastic effort. To see and celebrate with everyone after four years and a half was great, it was the first time I felt something really special,” he said.“The connection is amazing but we need to be clever about how we manage that energy tonight.”last_img read more

Lucky timing in Dawson Creek house fire

first_imgThe owner of the home had arrived just before the fire department did, and said he opened the door to find the house full of smoke. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but firefighters say it started in the kitchen. The owner and his dog escaped without major injuries, but the building sustained significant damage.- Advertisement –last_img

Garage fire takes life of woman

first_imgThere were no signs of foul play, said Lt. Joe Bale, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Hampton was eating dinner when she heard a commotion outside. Frenzied neighbors urged her to flee. Still in shock, Hampton said Thursday of Seegar, “she is a very sweet lady. She always had nice things to say to people and always appeared happy.” The fire started in the first-floor garage before flames licked the second-floor apartment above. Authorities were alerted at 6:37 p.m.; firefighters arrived five minutes later and doused the flames within 20 minutes, said Jason Hurd, a spokesman for the county Fire Department. They found the victim’s charred body inside the garage of the stucco Terrace Apartments complex in the 21200 block of Bottletree Lane. No one else was injured, officials said. Witnesses said the garage had been jammed with boxes, a computer, shelves, pillows, loads of books, an armoire and other items. Representatives of the company that owns the complex did not return calls seeking comment Thursday. Santa Clarita inspectors who evaluated the building’s structural integrity Thursday morning pronounced it sound, with just some smoke and water damage. They found a car housed in the garage to the right of Seegar’s blackened by flames. Some belongings in Hampton’s garage, to the left of Seegar’s, were water damaged but appeared otherwise unharmed. The cause of the fire had not been determined. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When they opened up the garage, it was like a back-draft,” said Andi Hampton, Seegar’s next-door neighbor. “It was the scariest day of my life … it was like a bomb went off, there was so much fire … billowing out of here.” Some were frustrated by their helplessness after hearing the screams from deep inside the tandem two-car garage, out of reach. “The first time I came out I heard her screaming,” said Jenny Bowen, 21, who quickly called authorities. “My fiance had a fire extinguisher.” “They couldn’t get to her,” added Bowen’s mom, Lorrie Foster, 43, another neighbor. “My son-in-law was trying to help spray the fire, but it was so intense. It’s sad. She was nice; really quiet. I feel really sorry for the family.” Seegar might have lit a candle in the garage, where she had been staying temporarily for the past couple of days, neighbors said. NEWHALL – A woman who’d recently been evicted from her apartment and was living amid clutter in the unit’s garage is believed to be the victim who died Wednesday night when flames engulfed the makeshift living quarters, trapping her inside, nearby residents said Thursday. A spray of carnations, a single pink rose, a trio of pillar candles and family photo picturing the woman marked the spot of her death the morning after. The coroner was unable to confirm the victim’s identity Thursday, but neighbors believe her to be Darcy Seegar, 52. Neighbors frantically tried to rescue the woman Wednesday night after alerting authorities – smashing the glass on nearby fire extinguisher boxes, arming themselves with the foam-filled canisters – but they were no match for the blistering heat and dense smoke. last_img read more

Mixed emotions as Madrid waves goodbye to Vicente Calderon stadium

first_img0Shares0000Vicente Calderon stadium has for over 50 years housed Atletico Madrid © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, May 26 – Atletico Madrid’s mythical Vicente Calderon stadium will soon be history: sad news for supporters of Real Madrid’s rivals but not so for locals who hope the neighbourhood will improve once noisy fans are gone.This weekend spells the end for the ageing structure that for over 50 years has housed Atletico — not as well known abroad as the world-famous Real Madrid despite fielding players like French star Antoine Griezmann but with a huge following in the Spanish capital. Fans will watch Spain’s Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Alaves on Saturday and a charitable match on Sunday.Next year, the stadium that currently stands on the shores of the Manzanares river in southern Madrid, surrounded by blocks of flats and cheap cafeterias, will be razed to the ground.“I’ve been a member since the 2001-2002 season, when the Atletico was in second division,” says Oscar Fernandez, 23, standing near the stadium in Madrid’s Imperial district.Wearing the red and white shirt of a club that has since risen back to dizzying heights, winning the La Liga top division in 2014 and reaching Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016, Fernandez says he lives in Rome but returned expressly to see the final games at the Vicente Calderon.The stadium “is part of my life,” he says.– A visceral attachment –Gerneal view of under-construction Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, the new home of Club Atletico de Madrid that is to replace the ageing Vicente Calderon stadium © AFP/File / GERARD JULIENFrom next season, Atletico — which ended third in La Liga this year — will play on the other side of the Spanish capital, at a stadium called the Wanda Metropolitano.Still in construction, it has a capacity for 70,000 people, 15,000 more than the Calderon.But fans are hugely attached to the worn stadium, under which passes a ring-road that circles Madrid, where Atletico played for the first time on October 2, 1966.Javier Fischer, 30, is so nostalgic that he has reserved three stadium seats to take away as a souvenir, one of them in memory of his father who died a year ago.Last Sunday, he was there for Atletico’s last La Liga game in the Calderon — “the saddest day ever here,” he says, despite his team’s 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.Standing in front of the club’s office, Valentin Hernandez agrees with Fischer, but he also acknowledges that “the Calderon was too small.”“Atletico needs to change with the times, like the big European teams,” he says.The seating capacity of Vicente Calderon stadium, current home of Atletico Madrid, is almost 55,000 © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOIn order to help finance the stadium, the club sold the naming rights to China’s multinational Wanda Group, which also owns 20 percent of the club.With help from Wanda and the increase in capacity, Atletico hopes to increase its annual budget from the current 280 million euros to 400 million euros in the 2019-2020 season.By so doing, it hopes to close the gap with Barcelona and Real Madrid, which made more than 600 million euros each this season.Still, the new stadium in the San Blas district is in a remote area in eastern Madrid, far from southern parts of the Spanish capital which traditionally support Atletico more than Real Madrid.And the 60-million-euro cost of the stadium also has supporters up in arms.They worry that the ensuing debt will stop the club from being able to pay the 80 to 90 million euros needed “to bring first-class players,” says Ricardo Menendez, a journalist for the Atletico-specialised website Esto Es Atleti.– Locals rejoice –But the mood among locals in the Imperial district is much better.The stadium itself will be torn down to make way for some 1,300 flats and a large green space.Locals hope that the departure of Atletico — and the new flats — will revitalise the neighbourhood.Many are also happy the commotion of fans and match days will now be a thing of the past.“I’m delighted it’s going,” says Jesus Ferro, 83, complaining about the “filth left” by fans as well as the noise.Ernesto Ortiz, manager of a hardware store, also thinks things will be better after Atletico leaves.“On match days, if there was any repair or maintenance work to do, we couldn’t move around as the area was so full of vehicles,” he says.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Carr the gang czar

first_imgIN naming a gang czar for the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has taken a necessary step toward coordinating efforts to fight the city’s entrenched street gangs. Now the real work begins. Namely, ensuring that Jeff Carr, a Washington, D.C., minister who begins in August, has all the tools and the support – from the Police Department, from the politicians, from the city’s leaders – he needs for success. Carr’s an unorthodox choice for the job as he comes from a ministry background, rather than law enforcement. He understands that fighting gangs is only partly about law enforcement. Perhaps the more important part is galvanizing the community, taking the fight against gang crime and culture to every street in the city. This is a strong step, but it must be followed by equally strong steps if the city has any hope of reducing the dark hold that gangs have on many neighborhoods. 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

BALLYSHANNON VOWS TO GET TOUGH ON YOUNG LITTER LOUTS

first_imgDONEGAL County Council’s litter warden is to meet with members of Ballyshannon Town Council to draw up a strategy to combat littering in the town.The warden is to meet with officials in the coming days as serious concern is expressed by councillors about the state of certain parts of the town.As well as illegal dumping and dog fouling problems, councillors have said there is a huge problem with teenagers dumping empty beer bottles all over the town. Independent Cllr Pat O’Malley revealed that during a recent clean-up, he and another colleague picked up no less than 40 empty quart bottles of spirits as well as various other beer cans and bottles in the Knather area.He said more needs to be done to make a link with the young people of the town to show them they have a responsibility to make Ballyshannon look cleaner.He suggested the litter warden could look at possibly school projects in a bid to catching the younger people at an early age in order to educate them.Ends BALLYSHANNON VOWS TO GET TOUGH ON YOUNG LITTER LOUTS was last modified: April 6th, 2011 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:Ballyshannonlitterlitter wardenlast_img read more

Chelsea fans take to Twitter to mock Courtois after stopper blunders for Belgium

first_imgPeople saying that Chelsea fans need to stop abusing Courtois 🙄We’d abuse anyone who makes as many mistakes as him. The fact that it’s Courtois just makes it that much better 💉💉— James (@FtblJames_) March 21, 2019 Thibaut Courtois with a howler (1-1).— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) March 21, 2019 The last two weeks has been an absolute nightmare for Thibaut Courtois and it’s just got a whole lot worse.The Real Madrid shot-stopper has just gifted Russia a goal with an absolute howler in Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifying opener. What’s he doing 😩 https://t.co/Fz87rAdnbk— TweetChelseaUK (@TweetChelseaUK) March 21, 2019 Chelsea fans at #Courtois pic.twitter.com/GRs5zUo0OO— WolfKing (@Nimom_III) March 21, 2019 I’m so glad you guys are FINALLY SEEING COURTOIS FOR THE FRAUD HE IS! pic.twitter.com/ZInmXPR7Kw— Sizama ukuchanga akuvumi (@_Xolisile_) March 21, 2019 Karma continues to hunt reptiles… pic.twitter.com/7L3eJoxRZT— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) March 21, 2019 Courtois doing what he does best…Conceding goals 😎 pic.twitter.com/KnCKG1e6fb— William Hill (@WilliamHill) March 21, 2019 Chelsea fans watching Thibaut Courtois making another mistake like: pic.twitter.com/Y6HGg6Njmk— Goal (@goal) March 21, 2019 I swear Courtois has made more errors leading to goals ever since he left Chelsea than he did his entire career before that looool big mistake. Lifetime karma, beautiful game, he’s finished.— Mod (@CFCMod_) March 21, 2019 Courtois is 26 years old and he is already finished lmfaooooooo— FYC boots (@bootsdogood) March 21, 2019 Courtois is so finished, massive fraud I’ve said it for time💉— Sam (@_sjohnsoncfc) March 21, 2019 1 The Belgian has never been reliable with his feet but he thought otherwise after drifting out of his box with the ball.Unfortunately for the Real Madrid glovesman, his legs evaded him after some pressure from behind and he couldn’t help tripping over to gift Russia the equaliser.Striker Denis Cheryshev was on hand to rifle the ball into the open net to the dismay of the embarrassed keeper – and it has topped off a miserable fortnight for the stopper, who was dropped by the returned Zinedine Zidane in the Frenchman’s first match back.However, it’s not all doom and gloom for everyone as it’s safe to say Blues fans are absolutely revelling in his misfortune on social media.Have a look at some of the tweets below… Le karma continue @thibautcourtois— Loïc (@LoicCFC) March 21, 2019 Courtois’ career really has gone from strength to strength since refusing to train to force a move at the end of his Chelsea career hasn’t it… pic.twitter.com/5lyCW0t8J2— Kenneth (@NiceGuyKenny) March 21, 2019 Chelsea fans are revelling in Courtois’ misery Courtois is just a Karius that had good defence lines in front of him at Atletico and Chelsea. 😀— Daddy (@Yemzine) March 21, 2019 Not sure who robbed who harder. Chelsea selling Courtois to RMA or Liverpool selling Coutinho to Barca— Arnold SaucyNigga (@frimmithian) March 21, 2019last_img read more

AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes suspended by FA for breaching betting rules

first_imgAFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes has been suspended from all football activity for four weeks after admitting to breaching Football Association betting rules.Downes, 58, placed five bets on matches between November 30, 2013 and January 30, 2014, and three bets between March 16, 2019 and July 12, 2019. Getty Images – Getty Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti PEP TALK Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future targets appointed An FA spokesperson said: “AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes has been fined £3,000 and suspended from all football and football-related activity for 28 days, until November 14, 2019, after admitting breaching FA Betting rules.”Downes has already missed four matches after being suspended by the club since first being charged on September 25.Following the FA’s ruling, the Dons said they would ‘be making a further statement in due course’.In Downes’ absence, assistant Glyn Hodges has picked up two wins in three League One games as well as an EFL Trophy win over Leyton Orient. stalemate update rookie error 1 Downes has been suspended by the FA Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule on target Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ statement LATEST Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff However, the club remains in the League One relegation zone with nine points from 13 matches ahead of Saturday’s clash with Portsmouth.Downes has been in charge of Wimbledon since December 2018 and guided the club to safety on the final day of last season after they picked up 21 points from their final 12 matches.Downes spent almost a decade playing for the original Wimbledon between 1979 and 1988, and is often referred to as the ‘founder’ of the Crazy Gang.last_img read more

Email marketing: Essential content elements

first_img HomeDigital MarketingEmail marketing: Essential content elements As we’ve been exploring the Periodic Table of Email Optimization and Deliverability in recent weeks, we’ve looked at Permission, Trust, Infrastructure and Audience. This time, we will go into another critical set of elements — those involving Content.First and foremost, in this age of smartphones and tablets, it’s critical that your emails are designed in such a way that they are Responsive (Rd) – so they are optimized to look good on a wide variety of devices and in many different email clients. You can choose to send emails in HTML or in plain text, depending on the Structure (St) that you prefer or the purpose of the email. For example, you might choose plain text for a Transactional (Tr) email, one sent to confirm an online order or provide shipping information or otherwise facilitate an agreed upon transaction. Whatever format you choose, you’ll want to carefully craft your Subject Line (Sj), the introduction that tells the recipient about the intent of the message and encourages the person to open it. Once it’s open, the email content should have a Personality (Hi), using images and text that reflect your brand, and it should strive for Readability (Re), speaking your audience’s language in scannable, easy-to-read sentences and paragraphs. The frequency with which your email messages are delivered also has an important effect on how they are received. Adopt a well-thought-out email marketing Calendar (Ca) structured around your organization’s milestones. More about the Managed InboxDownload the 2019 Periodic Table of Email Optimization and Deliverability!Email marketing: It’s the audience, stupidVerizon Media policy shuts down bot-controlled inboxes from reporting dataEmail marketing: Infrastructure intelligence Email marketing: Essential content elementsYou are here: Posted on 22nd November 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharecenter_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 The post Email marketing: Essential content elements appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Email marketing: Essential content elementslast_img read more