first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL CASEY CARDINIA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE GRAND-FINAL PREVIEW – SATURDAY AT BERWICK CRANBOURNE will draw on the gut…[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

first_imgBy Hayley Wildes, Nick Creely and Russell Bennett AROUND THE GROUNDS MORNINGTON PENINSULA NEPEAN DIVISION TWO – ROUND 13 Karingal…[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

first_imgA GENERALLY better quality yarding of young cattle was presented to the trade buyers than the past few weeks 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

first_imgWith one month of the transfer window left remaining, Premier League clubs are poised to push escalating fees closer to another new record this week.The projected move of France midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus back to Manchester United for a world record one hundred million pounds ($132.3 million) would take spending by the 20 teams to almost 600m, adding to the 175m recorded by accountancy firm Deloitte in the January window.Last year was the first in which annual fees reached one billion pounds.So far this close-season Arsenal — criticised in the past by many supporters for not spending enough — have recorded the highest individual outlay by paying 35 million pounds for Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.But Pogba’s proposed return to Old Trafford would dwarf that and all other sums in the history of the sport, smashing the world record of 85.3 million pounds that Real Madrid paid for Wales forward Gareth Bale three years ago.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is among those who are bemused by how high fees have risen but still believes there is no longer any limit.“Since I’ve been in the sport I always thought it can’t go any higher up and I’ve always been wrong,” he told reporters.“Maybe it will be 200 or 300m, who knows?”Trevor Francis, the first million-pound player in English football back in 1979, said he was surprised the new world record might be set by a midfield player.“I really thought if (100m) was paid, it was going to be for a striker who could be a match-winner and probably provide you with 30 goals a season,” he told BBC Radio.“Possibly the only two I thought could command that figure were Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi because people realise they are exceptional talents that will go down in the history of the game.”BROADCASTING DEALWith a lucrative new broadcasting deal coming into effect this season and new managers taking over at Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs, it is perhaps not surprising that a spending spree has materialised.Under Antonio Conte, Italy’s head coach at Euro 2016, Chelsea paid more than 30 million pounds for beach of Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi and Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante.The fee for Kante, who helped Leicester become surprise Premier League champions, clearly illustrated football’s inflation rate — a year ago the midlands club paid barely one-sixth as much for him.Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was always likely to spend big in attempting to revive Manchester United, with Pogba expected to become his fourth major signing.Ironically, the most exciting of them could be Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who arrived on a free transfer from Paris St Germain and scored a spectacular goal on Saturday four minutes into his debut.Pep Guardiola, having already spent 35 million pounds at Manchester City, was reported by British media on Sunday to be on the verge of almost doubling that by signing German forward Leroy Sane from Schalke 04.At the other end of the spectrum, Burnley and managerless Hull City, two of the newly promoted clubs, have hardly begun recruiting.Once they do over the next 31 days, the amount of money shelled out will only increase.last_img read more

first_img“There is no need to request You, Oh Durga,To protect and save us.For does the mother on whom children solely depend,Ever need such a request?And So our salutations to You;So pray the Gods to You.” We are on the fourth night of Nau Raat which Hindus specifically set aside (twice annually) to worshipping God as “female”. As a Hindu young woman, whose chosen form to worship God is female – in my case specifically Saraswati, in whom all knowledge reposes and emanates – I’ve sometimes wondered how some Hindu men who also worship the Divine in her various female forms and incarnations, can inflict violence on females. But of course, violence against women isn’t confined to Guyana and certainly not only to Hindus.It’s just that since we Hindus are supposed to have elevated women to the ultimate Divinity I was kind of hoping  our menfolk would’ve seen us as in a bit kinder light that those from other religions that insist that God is male. And Who might need to use a “rod of correction” ever so often.In Hinduism, by contrast, while God is ultimately beyond categories – including sex or gender – the conceived female aspects are actually endowed with the Shakti – or animating power. In other words, the male manifestations are posited as completely inert (Pakriti) without the female. Can’t do a thing!  So we have, for instance, the Creator Vishnu with his female counterpart Lakshmi. She’s the power behind whatever “creation” – or “projection” as we Hindus prefer – that’s going on. One third of Hindus are “Shaktas” – whose major object of worship is the Mother in her various manifestations. In Guyana, most Shaktas originated in South India and are lumped together as “Madrassis”, since they left India from the port of Madras.While Vishnu has incarnated first as fish, tortoise, boar and half-man/Half lion, in all his human incarnations – whether as Ram or Krishna – Vishnu is accompanied by his Shakti. As Ram, for instance, his double is Sita. Bringing matters to the human level then, supposedly to provide a model for us to imitate, when one marries, the women is said to be “the Lakshmi of the house”. In offering prayers to the Divine, the male householder is incomplete and the offerings aren’t accepted if he’s not accompanied by his “Lakshmi”.So what goes with all this wife beating and violence against females in our society? Why hasn’t our elevation of women among Hindus as Goddesses increased respect for women? Well for one, in the “modern” world, we have all accepted that “religion” is just one aspect of “life”. Religion as a seamless, integral way of life as posited by Hinduism, is “old fashioned” and “backward”. Traditional Hinduism, we are convinced, can’t be “modern”. So our menfolk worship the Mother of the temple in the temple and then knock around the Mother of the House in the house.The view that the man is the owner of all he surveys – in reflection of the man with the grey beard who’s floating in the sky above looking down at us – undergirds what is called “patriarchy”. In modern Hindu homes, unlike the original model of society in which the female was the boss in her own domain, boys and men are still socialised to see females as “their own”. And in a capitalist society, this becomes translated as their “property”. And more to the point “sexual property” which he “jealously” guards.If we’re ever going to get rid of this mind-numbing violence that’s inflicted daily on females, this structural power imbalance between males and females which starts in the home – ironically by mothers – must be eliminated.What was it they said about “the hands that rock the cradle”? It can help to make “ruling the world” a bit fairer. All hail the Devi!last_img read more

first_imgChelsea star Petr Cech has completed a move to Arsenal, according to widespread reports.The Gunners have been long-term admirers of the Czech Republic goalkeeper and the pursuit has finally born fruit with the Blues outcast rumoured to be joining in an £11million deal.Cech spent 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge since a move from Rennes in 2004 and won four Premier League titles and four FA Cups, as well as one Champions League and one Europa League.But the form of young Belgian star Thibaut Courtois has seen his playing time stifled and the 33-year-old was keen to move on as he attempts to break David James’ Premier League record for the most clean sheets. Petr Cech 1last_img read more

first_img Chelsea striker Diego Costa and manager Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he and striker Diego Costa made up “with kisses and cuddles” after the two rowed during Tuesday night’s 4-0 Champions League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv.The Spaniard has been out of sorts all season and while he ended a run of six games without scoring with the winning goal against Norwich at the weekend, he was again largely ineffective against the Israeli side.Mourinho was unhappy with Costa’s efforts and movement in a quiet first-half performance, with the two involved in a bust up during the break.But the Blues boss has said he and the forward made their apologies following the game.“I wanted him to do a certain movement that he didn’t,” said Mourinho.“I was disappointed. I reacted. He reacted too.“At half-time in the dressing room a few kisses and a few cuddles.”Chelsea’s confidence was boosted by earning successive wins for the first time in two months, though the result was made simpler when a wild kick from ex-Blues Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim on Diego Costa saw the hosts reduced to ten men in the first-half.Gary Cahill opened the scoring in Israel, with the visitors putting gloss on the scoreline with Willian’s free-kick and late headers from Oscar and Kurt Zouma.The victory rescued the Blues’ hopes of progressing to the knockout stages, although Porto’s loss to Dynamo Kiev at home means Chelsea’s last-16 place is by no means certain.“I need a calculator,” Mourinho said.“I know if we win we finish first. I know if we lose we are going to Europa League. With the draw I don’t know.“I prefer to think we have to win our match.” 1last_img read more

first_img1 Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri has not ruled out more mega-money contracts for his Premier League champions having already awarded nine new deals to key members of his title-winning squad.Marc Albrighton and Danny Simpson are the latest to pen new improved deals following players such as Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.City boss Ranieri said that gave him more satisfaction than his £65m summer spending spree and explained: “Our main job was to keep the team together and we have done that.“Our success last season was not down to individuals but the whole team, the whole squad playing for each other. Our leader and our main quality is the team and team spirit.”Asked if there would be more players cashing in on the club’s fairytale success,  the Italian answered: “There may be more, but I am not the [financial] manager, I am just a coach.”last_img read more

first_img1 Manchester City were left sweating on a possible injury to captain Vincent Kompany after he went off late in his comeback game against Swansea.Kompany, who had not played since damaging his thigh in a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on May 4 and has experienced an injury-hit City career, departed during the dying seconds of the EFL Cup tie.Goals from Gael Clichy and Aleix Garcia ultimately sealed the deal for City but substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back for Swansea in injury time, after which Kompany departed down the players’ tunnel as the home side pushed in vain for an equaliser via a last-gasp corner.City manager Pep Guardiola said: “The doctors are speaking with him and seeing what’s up.“Hopefully, it will not be a big problem. We’re going to wait for the results from the doctors.”Asked if he had spoken with Kompany, Guardiola added: “No, not yet.“(His performance) was good. It’s not easy after a long, long time without playing. Defensively, he was so strong – he played really good.“Once they scored the goal, after I said: ‘What happened?’ They said that Vincent had gone to the locker room. Hopefully, it will not be a big problem. We will have to wait.“If he’s injured, he’s injured. He cannot stay on the pitch.”City recorded their ninth successive win under Guardiola, seeing off Swansea 2-1 despite starting with a team that showed nine changes following last weekend’s 4-0 win against Bournemouth.Swansea, who have now gone four league and cup games without a victory, had their moments in an entertaining encounter but the visitors had an extra touch of class about them.They were also helped by second-half substitute Kevin De Bruyne’s introduction as they moved into the last 16 three days before facing Swansea again, when Premier League points will be at stake.“(Garcia) played good, and I want to congratulate the young players tonight. They played good,” Guardiola said.“Fernando made an amazing effort, because he had been injured for the last two weeks. He played a fantastic game.”Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin, meanwhile, praised his players after they delivered a vastly improved display following last Sunday’s tame 1-0 defeat against Southampton.“I am disappointed because I think we deserved another result,” he said.“We deserved to draw and take it to extra time. The game was well-balanced and the performance of my team was good.“It is not a good moment for us. Little things are going against us, we are missing chances.“Manchester City are a very good team, even though they changed their players around. But I am optimistic, as I saw my team play a good game.”Asked whether he was feeling any pressure after the Swans’ recent run of results, he added: “It has not affected me.“This is my job. With my experience, I know football is like this. it does not bring any added pressure for me. I have to work with my players, my staff and to pick up better results.”last_img read more

first_img 20 5. Chelsea (England) generated €86m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 20 20. FC Schalke (Germany) generated €31m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year – click the right arrow to see the European teams with the highest gate receipts 20 20 =18. Newcastle United (England) generated €33m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 20 17. AS Roma (Italy) generated €35m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 20 =18. Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) generated €33m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 10. Paris Saint-Germain (France) generated €43m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 5. Bayern Munich (Germany) generated €123m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 9. Borussia Dortmund (Germany) generated €47m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 20 20 =13. Hamburg (Germany) generated €36m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 20 =13. Athletic Club (Spain) generated €36m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 12. Tottenham Hotspur (England) generated €37m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 11. Juventus (Italy) generated €40m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 20 20 20 3. Manchester United (England) generated €131m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 20 20 20 20 20 =13. West Ham United (England) generated €36m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 1. Arsenal (England) generated €135m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 4. Barcelona (Spain) generated €129m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 20 20 20 Television and media deals have made football clubs rich beyond imagination and have been a catalyst for the incredible rise in transfer fees.And despite being able to watch hundreds of matches any given day, people still flock to stadiums to watch their team in person as nothing truly matches the gameday experience.This is another nice financial boost for clubs, with vast amounts of money generated across Europe on a yearly basis from gate receipts alone.But which 20 clubs from across Europe make the most?Using data from UEFA’s benchmarking report for the 2016 financial year, you can see the clubs that generated the highest annual gate receipts by clicking the right arrow, above… =13. Atletico Madrid (Spain) generated €36m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 8. Manchester City (England) generated €71m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 2. Real Madrid (Spain) generated €132m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year 7. Liverpool (England) generated €83m worth of gate receipts in the 2016 financial year last_img read more