FA Cup 2016: Why we are tipping that Palace will be Glad All Over

It’s a tough gig being a fan of English football in this country as many a match has been missed in the early hours of Sunday as a hangover stealthily invades snoring heads.
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This weekend will be no different either as diehard football fans across Australia will be trying their best to stay awake for the 2.30am kick-off as Crystal Palace take on Manchester United in this year’s FA Cup Final.

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You can pretty much guarantee that the two nations’ football fans will be cheering on the underdogs, Palace, against their rich opponents from North East England.

Even diehard West Ham fans who could be on a European Tour if the Red Devils win are backing their South London rivals rather than cheer on United, thus missing out on European football.

No one likes United, except their fans.

So this is why we should all get behind the Palace because it has been a cracking season for fans and neutrals worldwide, as Leicester gave it to the big boys and won the Premier League and now the Eagles can do too if they win the FA Cup.

The Palace fans love a good sing-along so get ready to join in!

Will it happen again? Well, no one thought it would after Blackburn Rovers won the title in 1995 but along came the Foxes 21-years later to hold that cup aloft.

Can Leicester City defend their title? Probably not, but what a season it was.

They proved that you don’t have to have a $158million midfield, or an 80,000 seater stadium or a billion dollar franchise worldwide, you just need to play good quality football and knock the big boys off.

And that’s just what Palace did on their remarkable journey to Wembley.

The Tottenham fans were singing their famous “Spurs are on their way to Wembley” tune until they met Palace in the fifth round, who duly dumped them out of the Cup with a one-nil win in their North London rival’s manor.

They followed this up with a solid two-nil victory at Reading then dispatched Watford two-one to make it to Wembley.

Meanwhile, the mighty red juggernaut from Manchester rolled over League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town three-nil in the fifth round.

They then had a tough home game against West Ham United but beat them in the replay at Upton Park.

Like Spurs fans, the Happy Hammers thought this was the season their name was on that famous cup.

Manchester United then dispatched Everton 2-1 in their FA Cup semi-final with a final second winner from Anthony Martial to set up their day with Crystal Palace.

There are unconfirmed rumours that this will be the one and only chance for Louis van Gaal to leave any kind of fingerprint on a side that many have said have underperformed.

If he looks up, he will see the Mourinho vulture slowly circling over him.

He doesn’t care though and is focused on holding the FA Cup aloft.

“It was a very long time ago that [Manchester United] won this cup, so it’s very important for the fans, for the club, for my staff and also for myself.

“I came here to win a title, and the FA Cup is a big title in England,” he said.

Palace manager Alan Pardew was playing for the Eagles in their only other FA Cup final appearence which ust happened to be against Manchester United, back in 1990.

That day Pardew was part of the losing team and he is out for revenge, reminding United of how dangerous his team can be.

“They’ll dominate possession and we’ll be very, very dangerous when they over commit,” he said.

So come Saturday night leave those beers for later in the evening and grab your mum and dad’s old vinyl collection and dig out Dave Clark Five’s ‘Glad All Over’ and get ready to sing it with the fans below.

That should keep the hangover at bay.

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Evandale secure vital points against rivals

GETAWAY: Evandale’s Billy Jack breaks a tackle laid by Uni-Mowbray’s Robert Talbot. Picture: Paul Scambler.EVANDALE drew level with Uni-Mowbrayin third spot after bringing down their Eagles counterparts by 21 points at Morven Park.
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Just four points separated the two sides at three-quarter time and it was Evandale that seized the moment –kickingfive goals to their opponents three to win 16.13(109) to14.4(88).

Clinton Black andJason Bennett booted three each for the home side with Jackson Davey, Billy Jack andBrady Wagner finding plenty of the football.

For Uni, Shannon Mulvey finished with five goals andAnthony Viney three, whileAmos Peters,Grant Hogarth andTom Hartley contributed well.

LILYDALE secured outright second spot with a 39-point triumph over St Pats on home soil.

The Demons managed to keep the Saints at arms length for the majority with a three-goal buffer at half-time.

Lilydale slotted through eight second-half goals to four to win16.13(109) to10.10 (70).

Demons coach Thane Bardenhagen snagged six majors with Logan Reynolds and Trent Giggs playing well.

Cameron Bailey (four goals) and Alex Russell (three goals) had good days out for St Pats, as did Jacob Knight.

The Saints now boast a 4-4 win-loss record and sit in fifth position following a bad patch of form.

MEANDER VALLEY nudged past Perth 18.9(117) to15.9(99) for a much needed win at Westbury.

In a narrow contest, the Suns were behind by two points at half-time but a six-goal final quarter saw them home.

Adam Scott (five goals), Alex Wadley (four goals) and Danny Bennett (three goals) did most of the heavy lifting for Meander Valley, whileHarley Thomas kicked seven majors for the visitors.

The Suns namedBradley Basiuk,Kalyn Eady andDaniel Connell as their best.

TAMAR CATS recorded an eight-point victory over Old Launcestonians in a classic13.10(88) to 11.14(80)tussle at Invermay Park.

Matthew Nicholson led the Cats’ charge with four goals and was well helped by Jason Savage with three.

Nicholson,Marc Davey andSimon Edmunds were the Cats’ standouts, while it wasJake Chamberlain,Jeremy Jackson andScott Churchill (four goals) for the Blues.

OLD SCOTCH fended off a determined Prospect by 48 points to keep their perfect 2016 record in tact.

Twenty goals were kicked to half-time as the Thistles led by a slim four points, but the Hawks could not quite get the job done in the second half –going down22.16(148) to15.10 (100).

George Walker was the dominate forward with six majors and Michael Murfett finished with four for the Thistles, whileNicholas Dazeley andJoshua Matthews were on song.

Will Stoltenberg worked tirelessly as didDanny Hall andCodey Laskey but could not pull the Hawksover the line.

Prospect are tied on 12 points with Meander and the Cats, four points outsidethetop five.

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Plenty of spirit from Boars U12s

Tristan Parsons attempting to make a run to the line
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It was an away game against Gungahlin on Saturday, May 14,for the U12 Boars. Initially, the young Boar forwards worked their way up field toward the line really well, with “JC” Ngarima, Ben Fish, Miles Duncomb, and half-back, Bonnie Brewer combining well in the forward rushes. They were up against last year’sBlack Division premiers, who have a number ofcurrent representative players in their team. The Boars lost control of the ball, and from the ensuing scrum, Gungahlin moved the ball through the hands of a strong backline to score a fine team try, which was well converted by their goal kicker to make the score7-0. Adeep kick-off in the next phase of playallowed the Gungahlin backs plenty of space to move the ball out to a winger, who ran around everyone and scored under the posts. The try was converted to make the score14-0.

Once again, the Boars made spirited progress up field throughtheir forwards, but they were unable to secure the ball. Despite two great tackles by Boar outside centre, Jackson Blake, they were ableto score out wide, taking the score to 19-0. The next five minutes saw somegreat efforts by the Boars,with short rushes by Josiah Brierley, Ben Fish and Dylan Collier. New player, Joseph Ferrante, showed some grit and determination in this phase, with his vigorous rucking and tackling. Bonnie made a couple of runs from the rucks, but had no support running with her from the flanks, and was pulled down by Gungahlin’s strong defence. The score at half-time was19-0.

The Gungahlin team really hit their straps in the second half, scoringa swift try after taking the ball from the Boars’ ruck. A spate of penalties for high tackling and poor marking up set the scene for a second halfonslaught by Gungahlin. Many of the Boars’ U12 backs are new to this team, andto Rugby Union match conditions. This is also the first year of 15 man rugby for all these players. They will learn from this game, because they all have the ability. Once the team learns to tackle consistently,retain possessionat all costs, and use thebacks to feed players like Jackson Blake, it will be a different ball game.

Gungahlin went on to score four more tries, and weredeserved winners with a final score of 50-0. They won’t slow down if given that much room to move, but there is much potential in the Boars team as long as they learn from such a game. There were several Boars players who never did give an inch despite being knocked around. Here’s to next week.

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Riverina health ‘neglected’

An elite Charles Sturt Universityeducatorhas slammed the government’s announcement ofa new metropolitan medical school, while the Riverina still facesa “chronic doctor shortage”.
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‘NEGLECTED’: CSU Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann says he is disappointed to see funding for a medical school at Gosford while the Murray Darling Medical School still waits on capital funding.

The news of theTurnbull government’s$32.5 million investment in a new medical school in Gosford has sparked outrage amonglocaleducators, who are still awaitingthe Murray Darling Medical School promised by the Nationals in 2013.

The newCentral Coast Medical School will belocated one-and-a-half hours from five existing medical schools in Sydneyand just an hour from thosein Newcastle.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the announcement was a clear example of the government puttingmetropolitan health needs ahead of those inregional cities.

“The government has once again prioritised the healthcare needs of metropolitan communities over rural communities,” Mr Vann said.

“The Murray Darling Medical School was a 2013 election commitment from the Nationals, but one that still hasn’t been delivered.”

Mr Vann accused the government of neglecting the health needs of citizens living in safer political seats.

“It seems to the people of the Riverina and the Central West that the safer our political seats are, the less our communities actually get.

“The loyalty and trust we have shown our elected members is not being repaid, asthe government’s not prepared to fund a rural medical school that will address our chronic doctor shortage.”

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said funding for the Murray Darling Medical School was never “promised”, but he was lobbying hard for the capital funding.

“We said we would fight hard in government to bring it about, but we just don’tgo out promising things that we don’t know we can necessarily see delivered,” he said.

“Idon’t want people to think Wagga or its regions aremissing out on health, because we’re doing our best to look after them.”

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Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s | Photos

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s | Photos Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST
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Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

Heathcote District v Bellarine under-18s. Picture: LUKE WEST

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Copland parking bursting at seam

Copland Street.Fitzmaurice Streetis not the only part of the city struggling with a lack of parking, according to a local road user.
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A heavy vehicle driver has called on Wagga City Council to do more to improve the traffic flow on Copland Street.Growing numbers of customers are struggling to find an off-street park.

Eric Hawkins said the road could become quite congested with vehicles using the on-street parking, which slowed trucks and buses using the street to a stand-still.

Mr Hawkins has witnessed a mourner arriving for a funeral who opened their door into traffic without looking –nearly causing an accident.

“Big funerals can see cars parked from Kooringal Road to Lake Albert Road,” Mr Hawkins said.

The funeral home has only recently opened on Copland Street and is one of few withsufficient off-street parking.

Copland Street is also home to mechanics, sports grounds, shops, houses, an indoor pool and a parcel centre. Drivers also use the road to avoid the highway.

“My concern is someone will be injured by a vehicle,” Mr Hawkins said.“If a bus or cement mixer pass each other, there’s not much room (on the road) and it’s made worse by people parking on both sides of the road.”

He said a slight change to the street lines would allow more room.

“If there was a little more space on the eastbound lane, it could make a difference and move heavy vehicles away from parked cars.”

Funeral home Alan Harris McDonald opened its new chapel earlier this year.

Chief Brendan Nugent said the new facility had more than 60 parking spaces, with only one funeral pushing the limits of parking.

“We wrote a letter to all businesses in Copland Street, which was hand-delivered,” Mr Nugent said.

The letter invited people who were worried about parking and traffic to contact the funeral home.Mr Nugent said staff worked to ensure the parking on the site was used effectively.

Wagga mayor Rod Kendall said council had taken action recently to ensure parking spaces on Copland Street had been clearly defined.

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Queanbeyan Blues determined to remain undefeated

Queanbeyan Blues player Tyler Stevens breaks the West Belconnen Warriors’ defence to score a try in last year’s preliminary final. Photo: Jay Cronan.Undefeated and averaging north of 40 points a match, the Queanbeyan Blues are odds-on favourites to take home a third-straight Canberra Raiders Cup premiership.
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But ahead of a top-of-the table clash with West Belconnen Warriors on Saturday, Blues captain Tyler Stevens has warned rivals they are only going to get better.

The Blues face arguably their toughest test so far, despite the two-point gap between first and second underestimating the gulf in class.

“We’ve been winning, and sort of comfortably, but we haven’t really been playing as good as we could have,” Stevens said.

“Last week we were a lot better and hopefully again this week.”

The Blues have quickly asserted themselves as the best side in the league this year with a points differential of 176 from six rounds.

Stevens, who has scored eight tries himself, says his side will approach the clash with Wests like any other.

“I think we approach it the same [as every game], we generally try to focus on our own game, try to stick to our game plans,” he said.

“We’ll try to identify weaknesses or parts of their game that we are going to attack, and then base our game plan around that.”

For Wests, the clash will prove a big challenge as they ride high in second place, but Tim Sloman says the Blues aren’t the only ones still with more to prove.

“It [second place] is probably a bit higher than we thought, but it’s more about performances for us,” he said.

“We still haven’t put together a full 80-minute performance so we’ll try and look to do that against the Blues this weekend.”

Wests won last weekend on the back of the bye, nearly letting a 22-4 half-time lead slip in a six-point victory against Tuggeranong.

Sloman says despite that scare Wests defense is their strong point.

“We sort of lost it in the last 40 minutes against Tuggeranong, just lost the plot a little but I feel like our defense is pretty strong, we just work for each other all day.”

Despite injuries been a seeming non-factor for the Blues so far, Stevens said the likely returns of second-rower Jamal Nchouki and centre Alex Tulolo would be a big boost to the already-strong Blues.

“Having them return will be good. [We] should be at full strength for the first time in a while, since the Roos game I think.”

CANBERRA RAIDERS CUP

Saturday:Gungahlin v Yass at Gungahlin Enclosed; Belconnen United v Goulburn at O’Connor, West Belconnen v Queanbeyan Blues at Raiders Belconnen; Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Woden Valley at Freebody Oval (all games at 3pm).

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Dragons take on Lions juniors

The Moss Vale Dragons juniors are excited about this weekend’s Bob Hall Cup round against Mittagong. Photo by Josh Bartlett Mittagong juniors and supporters are ready for tomorrow’s Bob Hall Cup round. Photo: Andrew Bayliss
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A HIGHLANDS rugby league stalwart will be celebrated today, May 21.

Some junior teams from Moss Vale Dragons and Mittagong Lions will face off for the annual Bob Hall Cup at Community Oval.

The Dragons will host Lions in under-12s, under-14s, under-16As and under-16Bs for the cup.

Bob Hall has been actively involved in Group 6 Junior Rugby League (JRL) for more than 25 years.

Hall is also a life member of the Mittagong Rugby League Club.

Teams participating in the Bob Hall Cup will receive two points for each win today.

There will be a return round of games in the coming months at Mittagong Sports Ground.

The club that accumulates the most points from both rounds will win the cup.

The Bob Hall Cup was first contested in 2012.

Mittagong has won the cup every year.

The cup is usually contested during the pre-season, but the format was changed in 2016.

Lions junior club president Andrew Bayliss said it was a special event for both clubs.

“It’s a proud thing for our club because Bob is a life member.

“We hope to get everyone down there to support it,” he said.

Dragons junior president Matt Burke said he hoped his club would breakthrough for the cup win.

“Bob is a stalwart of the area, that’s why it’s named in his honour,” he said.

“Both clubs get along well off the field, but they hook in when they play against each other.

“We hope to keep interest in the old local rivalry.”

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Fossil fuel pledge protest

Get off the fence: Member of the Ballarat Climate Action Group Jane Marriott at the front of the protest outside Catherine King’s office. Photo: Lachlan Bence.A small group of concerned citizens gathered outside Ballarat MP Catherine King’s office on Saturday to protest at the payment of donations by fossil fuel companies to political parties.
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Ballarat Climate Action staged the protest to alsobring attention to the practise of giving subsidies to those same companies.

BCA spokesperson Tony Goodfellow said the group planned to walk from Catherine King’s to Senator John Madigan’s office to bring to attention to the ‘Pollution Free Politics Pledge’, which both politicians have declined to sign.

“We’ve given all the candidates for the seat of Ballarat -Liberal, Labor, Nationals, Greens and others – the opportunity to sign the pledge,” said Mr Goodfellow.

“We’ve had a negative from Catherine King and John Madigan,and silence from everyone else except Alice Barnes from the Greens, who signed the pledge outside Mr Madigan’s office.

“The link between health and climate change is clear, so we feel it is important that Catherine King takes climate change seriously in action, not just words, by signing the pledge.

“We have contactedSarah Wade,Dianne Colbert andPaul Tatchell, but not heard anything from them.”

The pledge states: “I personally support, and call on all politicians and parties to support aban on donations from fossil fuel companies, and aban on subsidies to fossil fuel companies.”

Mr Goodfellow says thepledge has been signed by Andrew Wilkie, Anna Burke, Cathy McGowan, Melissa Parke, Kelvin Thomson, everysitting Greens senator andBob Brown.

“Over the past three years, fossil fuel companies have donated almost $3.7 million to the major parties,” said Mr Goodfellow.

“In return, our Government will provide $7.7 billion in subsidies to the big polluters in 2016–17. That equates to a return on investment for the fossil fuel industry of $2,000 for every $1 donated to the major parties over the past three years.”

Ballarat Greens candidate Alice Barnes, who attended the protest, said she signed the pledge because climate change is the pressing issue of our time.

“I signed the pledge because I think there should be a ban on donations. The donations that are made to the major political parties are making our democracy sick. I think we need to ban them, and ban subsidies to fossil fuel industries in Australia,” said MsBarnes.

“I’m really disappointed (that no-one else signed) because this election should be the climate change election. I feel like we said that in 2013, but here we are again with no emission tradingscheme and no sensible action to combat the massive threat that our species is facing.”

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Cheffing shortfall reaches a ‘crisis’

Local restaurateurs are being forced to offer generous incentives to their chefs amid a disastrousnation-wide chef shortage.
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HEATING UP: Oak Room chef Jamie Shepley said young people were deterred from the cooking industry due to the long hours and labour-intensive work.

Australia is now in the grips of a chronic chef shortage, with more than 38,000 chefs needed across the country to fill empty spaces behind the kitchen pass.

Wagga’s Oak Room chef Jamie Shepley saidhe had indeed felt the squeeze of the shortage, which put a great deal of extra pressure on the business and its staff.

“I’ve definitely noticed this recent decline of chefs in the industry,” Mr Shepley said.

“When I advertise for chefs these days,Igenerally get replies from international companiestrying to place immigrants, but very rarely will I get replies from local applicants.”

Mr Shepley said the shortage was potentiallythe resultof young people not wanting to workin the industry due to the difficultnature of the work.

“Compared to 15 years ago, young people aren’twilling to put in effort andwanteverything handed to them on a platter, which is frustrating,” he said.

“It’s a toughjob that’shighly labour intensivewithlong hours, and once young apprentices realise thisthey often cease their training.”

As a result of the shortage, Mr Shepley has found himselfobliged to offer alluring enticements, including higher wages and more flexible hours, in a bid to lure chefs into kitchens and keep them there.

“We’re always having to offer better hours, wages and conditions to draw staff into their roles and hold on to them,” he said.

“This has a follow on effect, meaning our food and drink prices have to be increased to cover the extra staffing cost.”

According to Thaigga Thai owner Robert Baliva, though the whole country is faced with the crisis, regional restaurants are under even more pressure than those in bigger cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne.

According to Mr Baliva,he payshis chefs approximately 20 to 30 per cent more than the average industry wage, just to draw them into his kitchen.

“The chef shortage is affecting the whole industry, but bringing people out here is hard, because they want to stay in the bigger cities, so we have to pay them to stay” he said.

Mr Baliva said this made the restaurant’smargins very tight and, as a result, there was “no other choice” but to increasefood pricesin February.

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