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Laois Abroad: This young Laois woman living the American Dream

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first_imgHome We Are Laois Laois Abroad Laois Abroad: This young Laois woman living the American Dream We Are LaoisLaois Abroad Laois Abroad: This young Laois woman living the American Dream Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Pinterest By Siun Lennon – 3rd March 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Áine Hennessy first visited America on a one year graudate visa in 2015 and fell in love with the place ever since.We spoke to the Annanough woman about her big move to New York, her work with Concern Worldwide, re-learning French and turning her hand to salsa dancing in Puerto Rico and Cuba.When did you move away?I moved to New York in October 2016. Twitter Pinterest How did you end up in America?I decided to move to the US on a one year graduate visa programme after graduating from DIT with a degree in journalism. I did my summer J1 in 2015 in San Diego, California, and I fell in love with the US – I wanted to experience more.When I got home I graduated and started working for the Irish Farmers Journal, first as an intern, and then as a journalist, but it didn’t take long for me to get itchy feet – I had just turned 23, and the idea of settling into a desk job in Ireland petrified me. I remember going for a long walk one day, around the back roads near The Heath, and making the decision to move to New York. There was no going back then really.Since then I’ve completed a communications internship here with Concern Worldwide US in their New York office. That line of work really interests me; I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia with Concern during my stint with the Irish Farmers Journal, and I think the work they do in developing countries is amazing. What’s the best thing about living in America?For me, the best thing about living in New York is the lifestyle you can sustain once you work hard – it’s in no comparison to Ireland. I have this huge city at my fingertips, and there’s never a boring day or night here exploring every corner of it, from Brooklyn to Queens. Travel is also a huge interest of mine, and I’ve been trying to cross off as many states as time and sufficient funds will allow (ten so far!) I’ve also had the chance to brush up on my leaving cert French in Montréal, and become a very accomplished salsa dancer in The Carribean (after one too many mojitos!) in Puerto Rico and Cuba.  Have you visited Laois much since you left?I’ve been home twice since I left, but only for a week or less. The first time was for a funeral unfortunately, and the second was a last minute booking one day when I was feeling homesick. Flights to the US are a lot cheaper these days so it’s less of a big deal. Have you noticed any changes since you left Ireland?The biggest changes I’ve noticed is people’s lives changing – people getting older, getting new jobs, friend’s getting boyfriends, fiancés, getting married or pregnant, people dying, but that’s just life really. Other than that, when I go home it’s almost like I never left! The Portlaoise nightlife scene is still diabolical, yet I still love it. I also heard we got an Eddie Rockets! We still don’t have wifi at home – as my mother says, “We live in the Bermuda Triangle of Broadband.”What have you learned most since leaving Ireland?Back home I feel like there is a lot of pressure on young people to have their lives all sorted out by a certain age, find a stable job, whether you’re happy or not, and there’s an expectation to settle down. I’ve learned to stop worrying about insignificant things and other people’s expectations of me. You don’t know how much time you have on this earth so just enjoy every second while you can – that’s my take on life! What’s the strangest thing that has happened to you on your travels?One of the strangest things was probably in a bar in Cuba. It was a really cool rooftop spot, with great views of the capital Havana, and a DJ set that wouldn’t sound out of place at the Electric Picnic. We spent an hour there having a beer or two and taking it all in before hitting a local salsa nightclub. I needed to use the bathroom before we left, and so one of the staff pointed us in the direction. We were walking down this hallway and I couldn’t see any signs – the only door swinging open was an old couple’s apartment, where himself and herself were sprawled out on two white plastic garden chairs watching a spanish soap opera. We caught their attention and the man beckoned us to come back. “Toilets??” “Si!!” The toilets for the bar were located in the couple’s apartment, and they got a cut from selling toilet paper and handwash to customers. Entrepreneurial spirit at its finest! Do you meet many people from Laois where you’re living now?The Irish community in New York is huge, but I rarely meet anyone from Laois. Maybe they’re hiding out in some corner of the Bronx and I haven’t discovered them yet! What do you miss most about Ireland?I miss my family and friends, followed by the peace and quiet, the fresh air and the food. Being so far away from home makes you appreciate the little things, like going for walks in Emo Court on a nice day, sitting on the edge of the Rock of Dunamase with my best friend and a McFlurry enjoying the views, my dad trying to get me into GAA matches for free as an under 12, a decent garlic cheese chip after a night out in town, and the mother’s Sunday roast for the cure the next day..I could go on. One other thing is the Irish sense of humour; it’s second to none, and most Americans haven’t a notion how to perceive it when we crack a joke. Will you return to live in Laois at some point in the future? I’m returning home shortly as my visa comes to the end, and I’m going to spend the next few months figuring out what it is I want to do next. Although I love being home, I love travelling and experiencing different cultures even more. I’m thinking of doing a TEFL course and teaching English in Asia, or maybe doing a masters, and coming back to the US at some stage. Who knows? I certainly don’t, but it’ll grand.SEE ALSO – Laois Leaving Cert student has research paper published in medical journal Previous articleSome masses to carry on as the snow continues this weekendNext articleIn Pictures: Community spirit to the fore on Day 4 of snow in Laois Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Community WhatsApp Twitter Rugby WhatsApp Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

A bumpy road to the Oscars could end in triumph for Netflix

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first_imgTags :apNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentExpanding the map: 2020 Dems push past early voting statesStunt workers still seeking representation, respect from AcademyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours ago HomeFeaturedA bumpy road to the Oscars could end in triumph for Netflix Feb. 23, 2019 at 4:45 amFeaturedNewsA bumpy road to the Oscars could end in triumph for NetflixAssociated Press2 years agoapNewsAcademy Award trophy. Image courtesy of Wikipedia. JAKE COYLEAP Film WriterThe most tumultuous Oscar season in memory might pale in comparison to the aftermath.The best picture race to Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards remains unpredictable, but odds makers peg Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” as the film most likely to triumph at the end of the night. That would hand Netflix, the insurgent streaming service, the most prestigious honor in a movie business it has thoroughly disrupted.Change is everywhere at this year’s Academy Awards, from the nominees to the show, itself. For the second time in 30 years, there will be no host at Sunday’s show, which begins airing live on ABC at 8 p.m. EST. The lead-up to the Oscars has been dominated by dispute over the academy’s own attempts at innovation to counter last year’s record-low ratings. But after uproar from academy members, those plans — not showing some awards live, introducing a “best popular film” category — were abandoned.Even if the Oscars end up proceeding more conventionally, the winners promise to be untraditional. Marvel stands to win its first Oscar for either “Black Panther” (up for six Oscars including best picture) or the animated favorite, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse.” Spike Lee, aiming for his first competitive Oscar, could become the first black filmmaker to win best director.“Roma,” which comes in with a co-leading 10 nominations, is favored to win best picture, best director, best cinematography and best foreign language film. If “Roma” won best picture, it would be the first foreign language movie ever to do so.For Hollywood, the most significant milestone would be Netflix triumphing at the Academy Awards, an achievement the streaming giant has fervently pursued. Netflix, which has previously only won one feature-length film Oscar (in 2018 for the documentary “Icarus”), has spent more than $25 million on a lavish campaign to propel “Roma.” It hired veteran Oscar campaign strategist Lisa Taback. It even purchased a Los Angeles billboard company to help promote its many films and series, including “for your consideration” ads along the Sunset Strip for “Roma.”“I’m very grateful for Netflix,” Cuaron said in an interview ahead of the Oscars. “On paper, this is a film that wouldn’t have this life. It’s a Mexican film in Spanish and Mixtec with no recognizable actors when it was done. Black and white. A drama. What I’m so appreciative is that they saw through all those filters to the core of what the film was about and they saw the potential and they really believed in the film.”Cuaron noted that “Roma” has played for months in theaters, longer than it might otherwise have done. Major theater chains, however, have refused to screen Netflix releases since the company won’t adhere to the traditional 90-day theatrical exclusivity window. Netflix altered its own policies for “Roma,” playing it exclusively in theaters in limited release for three weeks before streaming it. The company declined to release box-office results.“Roma” would be the first best picture winner ever to be primarily streamed, something some in Hollywood vehemently oppose. Steven Spielberg has said Netflix movies are really “TV movies” that should be eligible for Emmys, not Oscars.After “Roma” won best picture at the British Academy Film Awards, J. Timothy Richards, the founder and chief executive of Vue, one of Europe’s largest theater chains, criticized the British film academy for “choosing to endorse and promote a ‘made for TV’ film.” France’s Cannes Film Festival, where “Roma” was set to make its world premiere, also refused to enter any film without theatrical distribution into competition, causing Netflix to pull “Roma” from the festival.“I think this kind of exclusivity for the theater and theatrical experience is actually disconnecting people from movies, in a way,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer said in December. “I have not found it to be very consumer-friendly that consumers who live nowhere near a theater are waiting … to see a movie so that the theater can have it exclusively for a period of time — a movie that they paid to produce with their subscription money.”Winning best picture would prove to the filmmakers Netflix is trying to attract that their releases can garner just as much respect as traditional ones. Netflix, which last year spent $12 billion on original content for its 139 million subscribers, will this year release (among many other films) Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated “The Irishman.”Oscar producers, though, are looking to emphasize box-office hits like “Black Panther” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The show will start with a performance by Queen and Adam Lambert.“(The nominations) kind of go to the heart of what we were trying to do with this show, which was put a spotlight on films with worldwide success that have had a cultural impact,” Oscars co-producer Donna Gigliotti said Thursday, citing best-picture nominees “Black Panther,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”BlacKkKlansman” and “Green Book.”More streaming services are coming. Disney, WarnerMedia and Apple are all set to launch their own streaming platforms this year. In some ways, Netflix has already been welcomed into the fold. On the same day of Oscar nominations, Netflix became the first streaming service to join the industry lobbying group the Motion Picture Association of America. The only other members of the MPAA are the six major studios, soon to be five when Disney absorbs 20th Century Fox.“The platforms are part of our conversation but soon they’re not going to be part of the conversation,” said Cuaron, “because it’s going to be the norm.”___AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.last_img read more

SL Green shopping Amazon-anchored office in Hudson Yards

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first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink 410 Tenth Avenue and SL Green CEO Marc Holliday (410 Tenth via Google Maps; Holliday via SL Green)SL Green Realty, which has been bulking up its coronavirus cushion, is looking to sell an office property in the Hudson Yards area for $1.1 billion.The office landlord is marketing 410 Tenth Avenue, which is anchored by Amazon, Business Insider reported. SL Green acquired a majority interest in the 640,000-square-foot building in 2018, valuing the property at about $440 million. SL Green then leased over half of the building’s space to Amazon.Analysts say attaining an attractive price for SL Green would send a message that the real estate investment trust, led by CEO Marc Holliday, is not down for the count.“They want to demonstrate they’re creating value and that the public markets are discounting the stock too heavily,” BMO Capital Markets analyst John Kim told the paper.In its second quarter earnings call, SL Green announced it would resume a $3 billion program to buyback its shares, which were trading at about $47.31 at the market’s open on Friday, down from a 52-week high of $96.39. The firm reported net income per share of $0.74 for the second quarter, down from $1.94 a year before.The outlook for office landlords is unclear. Google announced this week that its 200,000-strong workforce would stay home until at least summer 2021. On Thursday, listings giant Zillow announced that its employees can work remotely forever. And few workers have returned to office buildings in New York City despite being allowed to do so.But SL Green is one of the few firms to get a deal done during this period. In May, it sold a 49.5 percent interest in One Madison Avenue, which it plans to redevelop. The company also offloaded loans from its debt business. [BI] — Georgia Kromrei Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsamazonInvestment Salesmarc hollidaySL Greenlast_img read more

Gophers bring Big Ten hopes to Nebraska

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first_imgGophers bring Big Ten hopes to NebraskaThe Huskers may be without their starting quarterback for Saturday’s game. Mike HendricksonNovember 9, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint Minnesota is right where it wants to be: playing meaningful games in November.The Gophers are tied for first in the Big Ten West with three games left in the season.Their next game will be their first against a currently-ranked team, as the Gophers travel to No. 21 Nebraska.“This could definitely have big implications,” said defensive lineman Hank Ekpe. “We’re facing a ranked opponent so it’s definitely [going to] be a big statement … heading towards the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis.”Nebraska is coming in as a very different team than it was two weeks ago.The Huskers have had back-to-back losses, the most recent against No. 6 Ohio State in a 62-3 defeat.Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys said the Huskers’ recent troubles do not impacthow the Gophers prepare.“I don’t see it having a big effect,” Claeys said. “I am sure they’ll be ready to play and playing at home, and they still have a chance to win the West, also. So, I expect we’ll get their best.”Nebraska’s performance against Ohio State won’t be a big factor for its game against the Gophers, Claeys said, but something else might.The status of Nebraska’s starting quarterback is a big unknown for the game at Lincoln on Saturday night.Huskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. left the game against the Buckeyes after he hit the turf head-first and was briefly knocked unconscious, forcing him to leave the game.Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said Armstrong Jr. is going through concussion protocol and expects a decision on his status on Thursday.Ryker Fyfe is the only other quarterback who has played for the Huskers this season. Claeys said the Gophers are preparing as if Armstrong Jr. will play Saturday.“[Armstrong Jr.] really does make their offense go. You watch all of the game films — we went through them — he’s the one who makes things go and makes the plays,” Claeys said. “We’ve got some video of the back-ups in, and so we’ll prepare a little bit for them, but the whole thing will be to keep control of him.” Ekpe said the preparation is unique, as the team can’t just prepare for one quarterback and has to also keep an eye on Fyfe.“Preparation will be a little different,” Ekpe said. “Whichever quarterback is in that position, you just have to prepare for both.”This will be the Gophers’ third Big Ten road game of the year. Minnesota is currently 2-1 in those games after going 2-3 last year.Quarterback Mitch Leidner pointed to Minnesota’s success at Nebraska in 2014.The Gophers defeated the Huskers 28-24, and gave them a chance at the Big Ten West in their final game of the season.A similar result could happen if the Gophers pull off the win at Lincoln.Leidner said he still just sees it as another matchup.“I’m just going about it as another game, another great opportunity for us as a team,” Leidner said. “I’m just looking forward to continue what I’ve been as far as preparation and looking forward to this week.”Notebook:-Linebacker Cody Poock is out for the season with shoulder surgery, Claeys said. Poock has started in six games this season.-Minnesota will not be among the Big Ten teams playing in a Friday night football game in 2017, the conference announced Tuesday. Claeys said earlier that he was not in support of the conference’s plans to schedule games on Friday night.last_img read more

Foreign Affairs Minister Addresses OAS Electoral Concerns

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first_img Tweet Minister for Foreign & CARICOM Affairs, Francine Baron (file photo)Dominica’s Hon Foreign Affairs Minister responded to a statement from the Organization of American States concerning Dominica’s electoral process and upcoming elections.Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Francine Baron made her address a special meeting of the permanent council of the OAS on Friday, November 22nd.In august, a joint special mission on election which included a representative of the OAS was invited to Dominica.The mission identified some recommendations that include the removal of deceased and ineligible voters from the electoral list.The issuance of photo identification cards to electors to facilitate more accurate identification at the polls and removal from the current electoral list of all diaspora voters who are ineligible to vote by virtue of being out of the country for more than five years.Government responded with a report detailing the reasons for its rejection of those recommendations.In her address on Friday, Minister Francine Baron expressed that her Government welcomes electoral reform but the process has been halted by the opposition which chooses not to debate the proposed legislation in parliament.“The [Electoral] Commission has indicated to the public since 2016 that all it requires to move forward is the legislative authority. The attempts to bring this legislation to parliament have been violently resisted by Opposition.“The Electoral Commission requested and received support of an expert from the Commonwealth Secretariat to guide them on electoral matters. That expert reviewed the draft legislation and, apart from reservations expressed on the provisions of the Bills which have since been removed, found that the process for confirmation of electors and revision of the register met the standards of international best practice.”Minister Baron said, “We have not been able to move forward because of misinformation and half-truths being circulated by the Opposition on this matter and their encouragement to others to engage in civil disturbance. Government is of the view that what has been proposed is the best course of action to achieve the reforms that been recommended.”The Secretary-General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, recently issued a statement inferring that Dominica’s elections may not be free and fair with the rejection of the recommendations and because the OAS has not been invited to observe next month’s polls.Hon Baron rejects that assertion.“The elections which will take place on December 6th in Dominica are being held under the same electoral laws which have governed Dominica’s free and fair elections and democratic process for the last 40 years. Both the current Labour Government and the UWP Opposition have been elected through this exact process and under these same laws. It is this same process and these same laws that saw the United Workers Party increase its seat count in the last general elections in Dominica and its share of the popular vote.”Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Anton Edmunds, just this past weekend told the OAS “there must be a recognition that there are a number of highly credible bodies that observe elections and the Commonwealth of Dominica has invited for them to observe its own election,” he stated. “There is no obligation for any member state to invite the OAS.” Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNewsPoliticsRegional Foreign Affairs Minister Addresses OAS Electoral Concerns by: – November 25, 2019 147 Views   one commentlast_img read more

West Florida Rallies to Edge Rams, 2-1

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first_img Share MOBILE, Ala. — Long after the storms had passed the University of West Florida men’s soccer team finally took to the pitch against the University of Mobile at the UM Soccer Field. The match which was originally scheduled as a home match was moved to Mobile due to unplayable conditions at the UWF Soccer Complex from thunderstorms earlier in the day. The Argos fell behind early but respond with the equalizer late in the first half and then the eventual game winner from Paul Willoughby (Huntsville, Ala./Grissom HS) in the first few minutes of the second period.The Rams got off to a quick start in the match with Chris Dillion putting one to the back of the net in the 11th minute to give the Rams an early 1-0 lead. The Rams offense really put the pressure on the defense, out shooting the Argos 9-1 in the first half. It wasn’t until the 41st minute when freshman defender Trey Kramer (New Orleans, La./Jesuit HS) found the back of the net to knot the match up at one. Stephen Munoz (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary HS) sent in a nice serve into the middle of the box where he found Kramer waiting, with one touch he slid the ball past Ram’s keeper Jason Williams for his first goal of the season.After halftime the Argos were able to find a couple of seams and make some good runs at goal. Just six minutes into the half Willoughby gathered the ball at his feet, broke a defender and fired the ball in for the eventual game winner. The goal marks Willoughby’s seventh of the season which ties him for the team lead.The Argos were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory and improve to 9-5-2 while Mobile falls to 5-10-0 on the season. Offensively the Argos were outshot 17-5 in the match and trailed the corner kick count 7-1. West Florida keeper Elliott Purdom (Manchester, England/Viterbo University) had an outstanding match in goal, collecting a career high nine saves.For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com.  Print Friendly Version Photo courtesy of jimhoguephotos.com center_img West Florida Rallies to Edge Rams, 2-1 last_img read more

The Chinese football championship is scheduled to start this week

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first_imgShanghai SIPG striker Halks Photo: SIPGThe Chinese Super League (CSL) is ready to start the competition on Saturday after the undetected results of the coronavirus infection within the framework of the all-player analysis testing program, the league reports.In total, 1,870 people, including players and coaching staff, were tested in a safe ‘bubble’ to prevent infection. All were negative, reports CSL.Players will be tested for the presence of coronavirus once a week, Xinhua news agency reports.As part of the coronavirus security measures, 16 teams were divided into two groups, one located in the northeastern city of Dalian and the other in Suzhou, near Shanghai.All players, staff and officials in each of the cities are housed in one hotel and are not allowed to see their families for the first two months.The season, which was supposed to start in February before the coronavirus pandemic, will start with Fabio Canavaro’s national champions Guangzhou Evergrande, who will meet in Shanghai with the Chinese Football Association Cup winners Shanghai Shenhua.Wuhan “Zall”, a club from the epicenter of the original virus epidemic, will later play against Zhuangao “Huanghai” in the recent league in Suzhou on Saturday.All games will take place behind closed doors.last_img read more

We are ready for any opponent- Sellas Tetteh

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first_imgSatellites coach Sellas Tetteh is upbeat of a convincing victory ahead of the semi-final clash against Hungary on Tuesday.“We are ready for any opponent,” the soft spoken but confident coach told BBC Monday.“We will fight as usual, play beautiful football and when the opportunity comes we will score,” he said.Sellas Tetteh is counting on the experience of his charges to get the needed results.The Satellites go into Tuesday’s clash with the hope of making their third final and possibly annexing the trophy for the first time.They were beaten to the trophy in 1993 and 2001 by Brazil and Argentina respectively. Pundits have predicted a Ghana-Brazil final on Friday, with the South American side tipped to beat Costa Rica in the day’s other semi-final clash.Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghanalast_img read more

Kevin Hart’s looking forward to the new year

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first_imgKevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After stepping down as the Academy Awards host, Kevin Hart is ready for a great 2019. “Nobody can stop me from achieving my goals but ME,” he tweeted. The comic and actor is planning to make 2019 a great year with several projects, including the follow-up to his 2017 blockbuster Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, co-starring Dwayne Johnson.“We will be dropping Jumanji 2 in December!!!!! I’m pumped damn it!!!!!,” Hart wrote.After recently stepping down as host of the Oscars, Hart has plenty to occupy this time.   The three-time NAACP Image award winner tweeted a long list of projects for the new year, including a comedy special on Netflix titled Irresponsible; Secret Life Of Pets 2, opening in the summer; and his next film, The Upside, which opens January 11.The 39-year-old entertainer also announced he’s “dropping a dope a** documentary,” working on a new book, “producing tons of TV/Movies,” and running another marathon.Hart is also expanding his brand with a health supplement line, fitness equipment line, and even underwear and pajamas.  He also plans to send “more kids to college for free.”The Night School star is the second highest-paid comedian of 2018 according to Forbes, earning $57 million in 2018, just a half-a-million dollars behind the top dog, Jerry Seinfeld.“This goal is to make this year one of my biggest. I feel like I’m only getting better,” Hart wrote. “Let’s goooooo people. Get your head in the game and let’s all prepare to make 2019 an amazing year!!!!! #LiveLoveLaugh”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gulls and Lions in showdown

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first_imgBy Russell Bennett WGCA PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 7 (Day One) TOORADIN v PAKENHAM ON paper, they’ve got arguably…[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