Merrin welcomes Mansour return

first_imgPhoto by: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.Panthers winger Josh Mansour. Mansour is expected to be named in Anthony Griffin’s 21-man squad after missing the opening 12 rounds of the NRL Telstra Premiership with a torn ACL suffered during a routine training run for Australia in the Four Nations Tournament back in November.Merrin was on tour with Mansour when he ruptured the knee ligament after a collision with current NSW centre Josh Dugan and has watch his rehabilitation process in the last seven months closely at the foot of the mountains. It was 12 months ago the Lebanese international made his State of Origin debut for the Blues in Game One and Merrin believed he could still be a late contender at the backend of the series if required.”I’m looking forward to his return, it’s going to be a big bonus for the team and just with small things like getting the team on the front foot and coming out of trouble when we are deep in our half,” Merrin told “He’s worked so hard to get back and is obviously made for Origin but we will get him right with us first before we share him around.”Merrin and former NSW prop James Tamou were both left out of Laurie Daley’s Blues line-up after slow starts to the season, but the Panthers’ recent form of back-to-back wins has the incumbent Australian Test lock dancing again. “I couldn’t wait to get into the sheds in the last couple of weeks and go mad in the middle,” Merrin said.”It’s the best feeling ever, especially when you don’t get a win for a few weeks, you really have to embrace a win when it comes around. “I didn’t even know I was being filmed [after Australia’s win over New Zealand] and that it was going on social media but it’s good, gets the morale in the team strong and I love a bit of a dance and the boys do too.”Merrin believes Mal Meninga’s loyalty to choose him in the Australian side has helped kick-start his own personal form after a quiet start to the season.Since being named for the Kangaroos, the 27-year-old has averaged 166 metres and made a total 11 offloads in his last three appearances – more than his total of 10 after the opening eight rounds of the Telstra Premiership.Defensively Merrin has also reduced his missed tackle count from over three a game to just two despite playing higher minutes for the Panthers in recent weeks.”To get that confidence going away and being around those top players in camps really gives you a boost after a tough few weeks here at home,” he said.”I took a lot out of the Australian win and now hopefully I can bring it back to club level more.”The inclusion of Mansour could force coach Griffin to make a shuffle in the backline with Matt Moylan linked to a move to the No.6 jersey with the long-term ankle injury to Bryce Cartwright. Both utility backs Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Dylan Edwards trained in the fullback role on Monday.last_img read more


first_imgWBA (4-4-2)MYHILL, DAWSON, McAULEY, OLSSON, BRUNT, GARDNER, FLETCHER, YACOB, MORRISON, LAMBERT, BERAHINOCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA, HAZARD, FABREGAS, WILLIAN,MATIC, RAMIRES,AZPILICUETA, TERRY, CAHIL, IVANOVIC,COURTOISWhen these teams met in May at The Hawthorns, Chelsea had already been crowned champions of the Barclays Premier League.Albion were able to inflict only a third league defeat of the season on the Blues in an eventful game, winning 3-0, with Saido Berahino opening the scoring, before Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas was sent off for kicking the ball at Chris Brunt.Berahino added a second from the spot after John Terry brought him down within seconds of the restart. And Brunt rounded off the win with an angled shot from a quick corner.The win extended Albion’s run of home games without defeat against Chelsea to four, with the Blues last winning at The Hawthorns in April 2011.Chelsea have started badly with just a point from their opening two games. In last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, Terry was substituted in a Premier League game for the first time since May 2013 and for the first time under JosÈ Mourinho.It is the first time Chelsea have failed to win their first two Premier League games since 1998-99, when they took four games to record a first win.Albion are still without England goalkeeper Ben Foster, with a serious knee operation, while Serge Gnabry, signed on loan from Arsenal, may be considered for inclusion.last_img read more

Michele Gumabao confirms Binibining Pilipinas stint

first_imgThe news first circulated when Powerhouseph, a page dedicated to beauty pageants, posted last Jan. 6 a photo of Bb. Pilipinas’ candidates including Michele Gumabao.Gumabao was a key player of the De La Salle volleyball team. Currently, she is with Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League. /cbbMichele Gumabao applies for Bb. Pilipinas 2018, says report Binibining Pilipinas winners, groups, celebrate World Smile Day with children PLAY LIST 01:16Binibining Pilipinas winners, groups, celebrate World Smile Day with children01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volleybelle Michele Gumabao has confirmed that she will be competing in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant.Gumabao shared a photo on her Instagram account before dawn Tuesday with the caption “It’s official!! Feeling so blessed and excite to begin another journey!”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES As of this writing, the post of the 5-foot-10 stunner had more than 3,600 likes. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Michele’s stister, Kat, also confirmed the news on her own Instagram account by posting a photo of Michele wearing a modern baro’t saya.Kat said: “IT’S OFFICIAL! @gumabaomichele is a @bbpilipinasofficial 2018 candidate ️ I’m so proud of you Belles ”“Let your heart shine through and allow God to move and be seen in everything you do,” she added in her postADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Kiefer’s a gem View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

Govt has no right to suspend trade for more than a year – GMRA

first_img13 months into scrap metal banThe Guyana Metal Recyclers Association (GMRA), the official body for exporters of scrap metal, has reached out to lambast the Government for what it says is the illegal suspension of the trade for more than one year, rendering legitimate businessmen incapable of making a living.Agitated over the suspension of the trade, Secretary of the GMRA Michael Benjamin complained that not only was the license to ply their trade suspended without notice; the suspension for more than one year in itself is illegal.“For 13 months we are without any answers. We are pleading with the Administration to speed up the process because by law, the Government is not allowed to suspend the industry for more than one year… we have lost in the billions,” he bemoaned.Benjamin stated that the suspension has rendered exporters incapable of making a living for their families. He stated that many exporters have bank loans to pay and are unable to honour their contractual oblegations because the business has stalled.Questioning whether this is the good life the coalition Government promised them, Benjamin exposed that scores of workers have been laid off.Referencing this enormous loss, Benjamin is pleading with the Administration to speed up the process of the draft legislation which is aimed at reconfiguring the sector.“They told us that they are going to take the legislation to Cabinet next week and we are hoping that that is realistic because we were told that before. We don’t have time on our hands, our businesses are stalled. We cannot feed our family and pay our mortgage and our bills,” he said, asking the Government to tell them what to do.Last year, Government removed the responsibility of the scrap metal trade from the Central Housing and Planning Authority to the Business Ministry. Since then, the Ministry has been in consultation with various stakeholders and the Association to revamp the sector.The legislation is expected to go to Cabinet next Tuesday for approval. However, Benjamin fears that this is a fool’s promise.Benjamin stated that the sector had to lay off a lot of their workers because there was no work for them. He stated that some 1500 workers depend on the industry for an income.In 2015, Ram and McRae produced a forensic audit report, which revealed that the Scrap Metal Unit within the Central Housing and Planning Authority was accountable for a string of irregularities, including the mishandling of packing procedures for scrap and the expenditure of millions of dollars.It also revealed that the laws governing the scrap metal trade need to be completely revamped. Benjamin said the revamp should be accelerated because the Government cannot shut the trade down for more than a year.It has been 13 months since the scrap metal trade has been stalled.last_img read more

“I have absolutely no fear” – Dr Ashni Singh on charges

first_img…”We did no wrong” – Winston BrassingtonMoments after being released on bail, former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh expressed confidence that the charges brought against him will be disposed of in the near future because he feels they are frivolous and have no bearing.Former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former NICIL CEO, Winston Brassington addressing the media on TuesdaySpeaking with the media on Tuesday, Dr Singh said he discharged his functions as a Minister of Government and public servant diligently and in accordance with the law at all times.“I have no fear whatsoever about the discharge of my duties being subjected to the ultimate degree of scrutiny… I have absolutely no reservation about that and I have absolutely no fear,” he added.The former Minister said the court proceedings on Tuesday are significant in Guyana’s history.Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICIL Winston Brassington also stated “I voluntarily came. We did no wrong. The evidence speaks for itself. In time I believe we will be vindicated.”Singh, on the other hand, also defended the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government stating, “it has absolutely no difficulty with our period in office being subjected to the ultimate scrutiny, but noted that the three matters that are the subject of the current proceedings are not a sudden discovery.”“These transactions were publicly disclosed by a variety of means. They were published in an extremely comprehensive document produced by Mr. Brassington on privatisation transactions,” he said.As far as privatisation transactions are concerned, that publication, according to Dr Singh, is without comparison in the degree of detail and the level of transparency displayed in that document.Dr Singh noted that all the information was publicly disclosed by the PPP/C Government, as well as all of other privatisation transactions. “I hasten to add, unlike our predecessors in office and now our successors in office, our privatisation transactions in office were subject to full transparency and scrutiny, and we will always defend the calls of transparency and openness in Government.”Further, the former Minister noted that Brassington has already written a letter that has set out in great detail the tremendous development, positive developmental impact of transactions such as this. This letter he referred to was published in most daily national newspapers.Furthermore, Singh described the actions by Government as “rule by innuendo, insinuation, and intimidation.” He said these innuendos have been uttered and repeated.Some of the supporters outside the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday“For example, that attempts had been made to contact Brassington and Singh since 2015. Both of us are on public records as having had our lawyers writing the relevant agencies to say in the event you need to contact these two gentlemen, we are their legal representatives. You may contact us and no attempt whatsoever was made to contact us. But the innuendo keeps being repeated,” he observed.He further added that he is confident that Guyanese will not fall for such schemes, while positing that if these “frivolous” transactions are considered “misconduct in office” then “I shudder to think of the number of instances of misconduct in public office that are being committed right now.”According to him, “They’re setting a bar as it relates to misconduct in public office which they themselves are wholly incapable of applying, and achieving and adhering…And so you need to ask yourself what is the assumption that they are making related to their own tenure in office because anybody who behaves like this clearly believes that they will never have to answer to the people of Guyana.”last_img read more

Police seek help in locating missing persons

first_imgGrande Prairie continue their search for 19-year-old James Gregory Lee, who went missing from a campsite south of Grande Prairie on Sunday. Police continue a ground search and have expanded to include an aerial and boat search on the Smoky River.Lee is described as Caucasian, approximately six feet tall, 150 pounds, with short brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown hoodie, blue jeans and running shoes.  Lee was last known to be traveling on foot, but his direction of travel from the campsite is not known. Anyone with any information in regards to the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at (780) 830-5700.- Advertisement -In Prince George, police are looking for any information in regards to the whereabouts of Gordon John Powell, a 49-year-old Prince George resident who was reported missing on Aug. 26 by his mother and sister.The family last saw Powell in mid-July, on a Sunday, when he left their Prince George home in his 1988 blue Mazda pickup with the licence plate: DC5974. He did not take any extra clothing, credit / debit cards or a cellphone, and made no comments regarding his possible destination. Family and friends have not seen or heard from Powell since.He is descried as Caucasian, six feet two inches tall, 165 pounds, with green eyes and sandy blonde hair.Advertisement Police are asking anyone who may have seen Powell or his vehicle to please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).last_img read more

San Francisco quake reshaped California

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – If an earthquake like the one that devastated the city in 1906 struck today, the toll would be staggering: tens of thousands of buildings damaged and hundreds of people dead, according to a new study. The report released Monday calculated that a repeat of that 7.9-magnitude temblor would cause 1,800 to 3,400 deaths, damage more than 90,000 buildings, displace as many as 250,000 households and result in $150 billion in damage. “We already witnessed the effect of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from last year’s hurricanes,” said Bill Ellsworth, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. “It would have huge social and economic effects on the entire country.” The study, “When the Big One Strikes Again,” was released the day before the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It was prepared for what is being billed as the biggest earthquake conference ever. The three-day 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference, starting Tuesday in San Francisco, was expected to draw more than 2,500 scientists, engineers, government officials and emergency response professionals. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other politicians were scheduled to speak. The conference is one of a long list of events being held around the Bay Area to commemorate the 1906 quake and promote earthquake preparedness. On Tuesday, survivors will lay wreaths at Lotta’s Fountain in downtown San Francisco to mark the moment the temblor struck shortly after 5 a.m. 100 years ago. The latest report, prepared by the engineering firm Charles Kircher & Associates in Mountain View, was commissioned by the earthquake conference’s organizers: the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Seismological Society of America and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Using computer models, the study estimated how a 1906-size earthquake would impact today’s nine-county San Francisco Bay area, where the population has mushroomed to more than 7 million people. The report found that a 7.9-magnitude quake would cause up to $34 billion in building-related losses in San Francisco, $28 billion in Santa Clara County, $26 billion in San Mateo County and $15 billion in Alameda County. Most of the deaths would result from the collapse of old buildings made with unreinforced masonry or concrete, or structures not tied to their foundations, according to the report. Structures built after the 1970s are generally considered safe. “We need to recognize the buildings that are the most dangerous and would cause the most loss of life,” said conference chairman Chris Poland, chief executive officer at Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco. “They need to be identified, then strengthened or replaced.” Experts said the Bay Area has made a lot of progress strengthening buildings, roads and bridges since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, but the study’s findings indicate the region still has a lot of work to do. “The Bay Area is probably better prepared than most urban areas for a natural disaster,” Poland said. “But it’s not prepared enough.”last_img read more

He’s one of Europe’s most wanted players and could change Man United history

first_img2 2 Kasper Dolberg is one of the Europe’s hottest prospects HOW ARE AJAX DOING THIS SEASON? UPDATE ON MAN UNITED’S EUROPA LEAGUE OPPONENTS It has been a breakthrough season for Kasper Dolberg at Ajax and Man United will soon come face to face with him when the teams meet in the Europa League final on 24 May.Who is he?Name: Kasper DolbergDate of birth: 06/10/97Born: DenmarkPosition: ForwardClub: AjaxDolberg was actually spotted by John Steen Olsen, the man who found Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Eriksen. In his youth career the teenager was a winger before being converted to a striker at Ajax, just like one of his favourite players, Thierry Henry, who made a similar switch in positions when he joined Arsenal from Juventus in 1999.This season he got his chance when the club sold Arek Milik to Napoli and he scored his first goal on his competitive debut in a Champions League qualifier against PAOK in July 2016. “My goal was to play for Ajax’s reserve team, become their best player and maybe get a few matches in the first team,” he told Four Four Two magazine about his hopes for this term.Has he played for Denmark yet?He made his senior debut in November 2016 and then followed that up with a hat-trick and an assist in Ajax’s 5-0 Eredivisie win against NEC. In doing so he became the youngest Ajax player to score three in the league since Rafael van der Vaart in 2001. Van der Vaart has revealed he is excited to see where Dolberg’s talent will take him.Who is interested in him?Man United and Man City are two of the bigger clubs interested, but Dolberg said it’s too soon to make that kind of leap. “It’s important to keep on playing, as I don’t know what could happen in the future,” he said, explaining that he will take his time before moving.“It’s important which kind of club is keen – in terms of the playing style and also how it is at the club.”How does he describe himself?It’s not all about goals for Dolberg. “I like to hold the ball up and do nice things with it,” he said. “I like to play and create chances as well.” This season he has scored 22 goals in all competition, with 15 league goals.last_img read more


first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 12/06/12DefibrilatorThere will be an over 40s game V Glenfin on Friday 22nd June at the Burn Road at 7.30. This is to raise funds for purchase of Defibrillator for Termon GAA. This is a very important and potentially life saving development for the club and we would urge all club members to donate what they can. Players will all make a minimum donation of €5 and donations will be accepted on the night from spectators. Refreshments afterwards in the Lagoon. MembershipClub membership is still available at €80 including the yearly lotto, €60 for students. A membership without the yearly lotto is €20. Contact Essie McGrenra for details. No application for tickets to Donegal games will be accepted from non members. Minor Board:Next Monday at 6.30 the U12s take on Cloughanealy at the Burn Road. Both teams had good wins against Fanad in Termon on Monday evening.The under 14s are at home to Gweedore next Wednesday the 20th at 7.30.The minor boy’s season will restart on the 29th of June.Training this Saturday morning as usual for the underage groups.The Cul camp takes place this year at the Burn Road from Monday the 13th to Friday the 17th of August. Mark the date in the diary for our future stars. More details in the coming weeks.Ladies Board: Under 16 training takes place every Thursday at 5.30. All new players welcome.The junior ladies play Red Hughes in Killygordan at 12noon this Sunday.Mens Board:Our Seniors and reserves have a weekend off this weekend at the time of going to press after a busy schedule this last number of weeks. Best of luck to Jim, Rory, Michael and the Donegal squad in their game against Derry this Saturday. Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in McClaffertys on Friday last. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 9 and 11. Congratulations to Jim Gallagher who matched all 4 numbers to win €1200. Next week’s draw takes place in the Glenveagh Inn. Eddie Harkin and Brian McDaid are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €500.Burn Road TimetableAll managers are to take note of the calendar for the use of the Burn Road now in place at the Dressing Rooms. A new calendar for June/July will be posted in the coming week. Changing of games/trainings etc needs to be cleared to ensure no double booking of field in what is likely to be the busiest period of the year.GAA NEWS: TERMON CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 11th, 2012 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:Termon GAA club noteslast_img read more

South Africa hands over climate baton

first_img27 November 2012 South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane officially handed over the UN climate change presidency as this year’s UN climate summit (COP 18) got under way in Doha, Qatar on Monday. Thousands of government representatives, international organizations and civil society members gathered in the Qatari capital as the United Nations Climate Change Conference kicked off with a call to build on and implement previously agreed decisions to curb global carbon emissions by the year 2020.The Durban Platform During last year’s COP 17 gathering in Durban, South Africa, 194 countries agreed on a package of decisions – known as the Durban Platform – which include the launch of a protocol or legal instrument that would apply to all members, a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, and the launch of the Green Climate Fund, which was created to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures. The Doha gathering, which brings together the 195 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, will seek to meet the objectives set forth in another climate change meeting, held in Bali, and plan the work of the Durban Platform. The incoming president of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18), Qatar’s Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, told the gathering that their work over the next 10 days would “draw on past success … We have to reach an agreement on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, build on progress in Bali, and make progress on our agreement in Durban.” Under the Kyoto Protocol, 37 states – consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy – have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. Government delegates at the conference will try to extend the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012.‘The door is closing fast’ Addressing the conference, UNFCCC secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted recent UN-led reports pointing to the urgency of keeping global average temperatures from rising beyond an internationally agreed level of two degrees Celsius, beyond which climate change could have serious impacts. Analysis published by the World Bank last week shows the world remains at risk of seeing a four degree Celsius rise in temperatures by the end of the century. In its recently-released 2011 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN World Meteorological Organization said greenhouse gas concentration reached a record high last year, while the Emissions Gap Report by the UN Environment Programme warns that the gap between what is needed in terms of emission reductions to stay below two degrees Celsius and what has so far been promised by countries is widening, not decreasing. Figueres said countries could still reverse these trends if they decided to act, since the knowledge, technology and policy options needed to curb emissions were already available to them. However, she stressed that time was running out. “Expert analysis consistently says that we do have the possibility to keep on track and that to act now is safer and much less costly than to delay,” she said. “In the last three years, policy and action towards a sustainable, clean energy future has been growing faster than ever. But the door is closing fast because the pace and scale of action is simply not yet enough. So Doha must deliver its part in the longer-term solution.”Durban decisions ‘must be honoured’ South Africa’s ambassador at large for climate change, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, said ministers had to instruct their negotiators to honour the Durban package of decisions to ensure that it was not reopened and unravelled. “It’s on the basis of the Durban outcome that we need to move forward in COP 18. Doha must be all about the implementation of the already agreed decisions.” Mxakato-Diseko said that although there were some outstanding issues, ministers would need to work together to decide how to deal with these outstanding issues. “We have, for example, created a number of key institutions to enhance provision of the means of implementation. We need to effectively operationalize these institutions and ensure that they can deliver on their mandates.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more