Manly rookie Kelly tipped for NRL spot

first_imgKelly joined the Sea Eagles after three seasons with the Gold Coast Titans in the NYC where he scored a club-record 35 tries from 54 matches.He also scored four tries for the Junior Blues in the 2015 State of Origin clash but it’s not just his attacking ability that has caught the eye of his teammates. With the future of club legends Brett Stewart and Steve Matai in doubt, Lawrence said the 20-year-old had the temperament to work his way into the first grade squad if his pre-season form was anything to go by. “I’m not the coach, but I’d put him in the side,” Lawrence told NRL.com at the Auckland Nines Captains Call. “He’s shown experience beyond his game-time and that shows me that with a bit more time on the field, he could do some great things. You don’t want to rush it, but at the same time you want to give him a go and see what happens.”Lawrence has tipped his younger teammate to be one of the stars of the Nines, warning opposition defences to beware of Kelly’s footwork. “We’ve all been training against each other since October and now it’s an opportunity for us to get out there and show it against the real opposition. Young blokes like Brian can really make a name for themselves if they have a good tournament,” he said. “You wouldn’t want to be standing still because he’ll dance right around you with those feet of his. He’s also got a really good head on his shoulders. He’s really settled in here and he’s really comfortable in his new surroundings.”This will be Kelly’s second trip to the Nines after playing one game for the Titans in last year’s tournament where he gained valuable experience and learnt a lot about what was needed to make it in the NRL.Now he wants to show Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett that he has what it takes to cut it against the game’s elite. “This is probably the first real chance that the coaches get to see any kind of footy, so here and the trials are a great opportunity to show them and my teammates what I can do,” Kelly told NRL.com. “I’ve had a few chats with Trent and he’s been upfront and honest about what he wants from me. He says I need to keep training hard and working hard, and if I do that then rewards may follow.”I want to show them what I can do in defence, and I know the attack will come after that.” Hailing from Ballina on the NSW north coast, Kelly admitted to feeling homesick for the first few weeks down in Sydney. But the support of his teammates, coupled with Manly’s seemingly endless supply of beaches, made the transition a smooth one. “I was a bit homesick at the start but it’s all good now. The boys have been welcoming so it makes it heaps comfortable,” he said. “I’m a 100 per cent beach boy so I’m always heading down to the beach after training or when I have some spare time.”last_img read more

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Kisses and hugs first, then elbows and fists for the Coronavirus

first_imgIt was one of the images of the meeting between Alavés and Valencia. Coronavirus psychosis is becoming almost routine and Health protocols are causing gestures such as greetings, shaking hands, hugs or kisses are being discouraged, almost forbidden. Nevertheless, the players of Alavés and Valencia skipped the recommendations in the tunnel of changing rooms of the Mestalla stadium. Before jumping into the field, those who knew each other shook hands, hugs and kisses, as they usually do in other games and collect television cameras, as on this occasion. However, that affection changed radically already in the grass. Shaking hands, kisses and hugs were replaced, as advised by national and supranational protocols of world health authorities, by elbow contact with elbow and fist with fist. They seemed greetings from almost another era and other civilizations.The images at the level of social networks have been very commented because the double procedure and expression of feelings among the players. On the one hand, what they usually do before the games and then the image they have to respect the protocols for the coronavirus.last_img read more

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GPL rolls out multibillion-dollar network for ECD villages

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) has started the rollout of a multibillion-dollar upgrade to the electricity distribution network for villages on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).Speaking at a community outreach with residents of Buxton and neighbouring communities, at the Buxton Secondary School last evening, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) acting, Renford Homer said the project is part of the wider Power Utility Upgrade Programme (PUUP) and is aimed at providing a higher quality of service to its consumers.“It’s not just about what’s happening in Buxton/Friendship. This is a programme that has been identified to help our company in improving the quality of service. This has come about because there has been a long recognition that our network is quite aged but more importantly because as a company we are always challenged financially because of the intense cost of generating electricity,” Bowen is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying to residents.The renovation to the East Coast distribution network is part of an approximately US$65 million utility upgrade funded equally by a grant from the European Union (EU) and a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The project among other things will see the use of distribution boxes and insulated wires, to minimise the instances of illegal connection that cause disruptions to the power distribution network; and smart meters to allow for more frequent, accurate readings without the need to visit a consumer’s premises.According to the CEO acting, the upgrade which targets an overall 85 communities, will be rolled out in four phases, namely excavation and pole planting, stringing of conductors, electrical installation, and installation of smart meters.“This is just one phase of a project that is expected to span approximately 830km of new and upgraded cable and it’s also meant to see overall an average of about 58,000 meters being equipped with more modern electronic metres,” Homer explained.GPL has since said that during phase two and three, there will be extended periods of outages and asks that consumers bear with them.The contract for the execution of the PUUP was awarded to China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation/China Synergy Electric Engineering Company (CMC/CSEEC). The local subcontractor is Ramoutar and Sons Contracting.last_img read more

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NBS $79M appeal ruling set for Dec 19

first_imgAfter refusing to pay a past employee an awarded sum of $79 million for wrongful dismissal, the New Building Society’s appeal against former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Maurice Arjoon will come up for ruling by Justice Rishi Persaud at the Appeal Court of Guyana on December 19.During Wednesday’s proceedings at the nation’s highest court, the parties, who appeared were Arjoon and one the representing attorneys, Siand Dhurjon; whileDismissed NBS CEO, Maurice ArjoonNBS Attorney, Senior Counsel Ashton Chase, was also present.It was recently disclosed that December 5 was the date set for ruling but after discussions with both parties, Justice Persaud set December 19 as the new date for ruling on the matter. After the announcement of the new date was made, Arjoon swiftly exited the courtroom.It has been five years since the former CEO took NBS to court for his outstanding pension and other benefits. Arjoon had originally sued the lending agency for some $550 million in damages on the following grounds: that he had been wrongfully dismissed from his post, and that his former employer had withheld pension and other benefits due him.The former top official was fired from his position 10 years ago in connection with a Magistrate’s Court matter wherein he, NBS Operations Manager Kent Vincent and NBS Assistant Mortgage Manager Kissoon Baldeo were all accused of conspiracy to defraud NBS of $69 million. The court matter was eventually dismissed, and Arjoon and the co-defendants took the financial institution to court in 2011. Having been dragged out for more than five years, the High Court matter was initially listed for decision on November 29, 2016; but it was only after repeated articles in this regard had appeared in the media that the court handed down its ruling on July 17.High Court Judge Justice Brassington Reynolds ruled in the dismissed CEO’s favour, awarding him more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits. The court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498 from July 1 onwards. The Judge further ordered that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana.The NBS had contended that an unauthorised withdrawal of nearly $70 million had been made from an account that its client Bibi Shamina Khan held.The NBS’s issue with the withdrawal was that it was made through a Power of Attorney, and the company had implicated Arjoon for misconduct. The court in its determination contended that the NBS had failed to provide evidence that supported its claim of misconduct, whether serious or otherwise.Arjoon, who told media operatives that he was sick, had claimed that he was set-up on the fraud allegations because he allegedly refusal to approve a loan of some $2 billion applied for in 2006. He had also noted that the investigation into the fraud allegations was conducted later that same year, implicating him as CEO, as well as the co-defendants.last_img read more

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Jay Hill on Encana pipeline bombings

first_imgPrince George / Peace River MP Jay Hill released a statement on Friday morning regarding the recent attacks on Encana pipelines near Dawson Creek. Hill says “These are despicable actions and I look forward to the capture and prosecution of the individuals responsible. There is no excuse for public protest to include acts of violence. It is simply not tolerated by our society.” Hill continues, “I witnessed first-hand when I worked in the oil and gas industry, the devastation and destruction that can be caused when a gas pipeline ruptures and I am angered that these perpetrators have endangered the lives of my constituents.”- Advertisement – Hill points to an exemplory record of Encana as a corporate citizen in the region, and says he will work with authorities to ensure all resources necessary are available to apprehend those responsible.last_img read more

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Understanding Constitution a passion for regular guy

first_imgThree weeks ago, Kluge gave notice at the Burbank software firm where he’d served as director of legal affairs for 17 years and turned his full attention to his baby: “The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution.” Released today – Constitution Day, the 220th anniversary of the historic signing – the 218-page updated paperback aims to explain the document that serves as the foundation of American society. Kluge is not a wonky professor or Washington geek. He’s just a regular guy who attended Santa Monica City College and really digs the four pages of wrinkled, weathered paper that begin with the phrase “We The People.” His fervent quest began in 1992, when he was kicking back, watching Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and H. Ross Perot slug it out over constitutional issues in a televised presidential debate. The three candidates bickered back and forth over the meaning of the document and Kluge realized he wasn’t sure who was right. He hadn’t read it during his days as a surfer at Palisades High School. He hadn’t read it at SMC. He hadn’t even read it for work, where he was hiring attorneys and dealing with patent law. And he felt a little embarrassed. GLENDALE – Dave Kluge is on a mission. The slim, energetic surfer will not sleep, will not rest, will not relax until the nation shares his passion. He quit his job, gave up his career and built his life around schooling the average Joe about the document that gave birth to this nation. And he is very, very, very committed to making sure people pay attention. “My goal was to get everyone to read the Constitution,” he said. “That’s what it means to be an American. That’s what it means to be a good citizen.” And that’s not uncommon, said A.G. Ferguson, a Washington, D.C., public defender who works with the American Constitution Society. “We’d fight for it and we’d die for it, but we don’t even know what it means,” Ferguson said. “We’ve done a wonderful job in America to create an iconic image of the Constitution, but most of us, even lawyers, don’t really realize how important it is.” But Kluge realized how important it is. He got himself a copy and sat down to read. He found, as many Americans do, however, that the Founding Fathers’ eloquence didn’t translate so well to regular, modern English. Terms like “ex post facto,” “actual Enumeration” and “Capitation” don’t come up so often in everyday conversation and even in modern dictionaries. So Kluge went a step further. He got hold of an 1828 copy of Webster’s Dictionary and started picking apart Thomas Jefferson’s masterpiece. Slowly, its democratic magic descended upon him. He felt enlightened – and he felt the need to spread the word. “He’s the kind of guy who says, `Ya know, this is important,”‘ said Mike Metzler, who put out the updated version of the book with Glendale-based Action Publishing. “He sat down and said, `I’d better educate myself.’ That’s Dave. … Once he got into it, he really liked what he got into.” Kluge threw in references to Pericles, John Locke and pamphleteer Thomas Paine, whom he paraphrases as saying, “Hey, guys, we can have this great nation here.” He delved into the Library of Congress and read old newspapers about its ratification. He decided that the Declaration of Independence was “one of the most aesthetically beautiful documents ever.” As he pieced together his own interpretation, working in a climate of razor-sharp partisan divide, Kluge wanted something everyone could enjoy. Not just Democrats, not just Republicans – he won’t even specify which party he belongs to – but something everyone could agree on. He put in more than a decade of work, including a small run of books with a now-bankrupt publisher, a major revision and countless hours of research. As it neared completion, Kluge and Metzler personally hit the streets, wandering around and asking people what they thought about the most important document in our nation’s history. Plenty of people hadn’t read it – but everyone agreed they should have. “We talked to guys with earrings and tattoos and old guys with canes,” Kluge said, waving a copy of his book with the urgency of a preacher. “They all said the same thing: If we don’t read the Constitution, there’ll be chaos and anarchy. And if we do, there’ll be much more harmony.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738 For more information regarding “The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution,” visit Action Publishing. Additional links include: The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project The American Constitution Society The National Constitution Center160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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‘He will be the signing of the season!’ Man United fans react to debutant

first_imgManchester United kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium – and fans are already impressed with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.This was a Community Shield fixture just three years ago, but is now one between a top five Premier League side and last year’s League One champions.But, it appears greatness could be on the cards again for the Red Devils as new signing Mkhitaryan starred in his first 45 minutes of football for the club after joining from Borussia Dortmund.Supporters watching the game noted his grace on the ball, dribbling ability and creativity, and they’re already tipping the £26million man to be a star in the Premier League next year.You can see what fans said on Twitter below… Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan 1last_img read more

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Former Arsenal man Johan Djourou set to complete Montpellier move

first_img Johan Djourou playing for Hamburg Former Arsenal defender and recent West Ham target Johan Djourou is set to join Montpellier.The centre-back fell out of favour at Hamburg towards the end of the season and it was suggested that West Ham may make a move for him this summer.However, according to Midi Libre, the Switzerland international will pen a two-year deal once he returns from his current holiday.Djourou has been at Hamburg since 2013 when he left Arsenal and spent time as captain of the German club, for which he has racked up 94 Bundesliga appearances.Before that he played 100 times in the Premier League during his time at Arsenal and a loan spell at Birmingham. 1last_img

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JIM MCGUINNESS TO APPEAR ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW THIS WEEKEND

first_imgJIM MCGUINNESS will appear on The Saturday Night Show this weekend.Jim McGuinness will give his first interview since stepping down as Donegal manager on RTE’s Saturday Night Show hosted by Brendan O’Connor.McGuinness has remained tight lipped following his departure as manager almost a fortnight ago.McGuinness presided over the most successful reign in Donegal GAA history by landing three Ulster titles, and one All-Ireland title. McGuinness took Donegal agonisingly close to landing their second All-Ireland title in three years, but were narrowly defeated to Kerry in the decider.McGuinness will reveal how he broke the news to his management and staff, and will reveal why after four years he decided to quit as Donegal manager.Donegal GAA fans was left devastated following his decision to step down, and are eager to find out why he walked away.McGuinness received a promotion with Celtic FC under new manager Ronnie Delia. Will Jimmy reveal who he thinks should get the job, or who he thinks will get it on The Saturday Night Show?It promises to be a compelling interview, and no doubt all of Donegal will be tuned in for it this Saturday night.JIM MCGUINNESS TO APPEAR ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW THIS WEEKEND was last modified: October 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesinterviewJim McGuinnessnewsRTESportlast_img read more

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Four policemen killed, seven injured in encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh

first_imgFour policemen, including two sub-inspectors, were killed and seven others injured in an encounter with Maoists in Narayanpur district of south Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.“An encounter took place between the police and Maoists near Irapanar village in Abujhmad area of Narayanpur today. Two police sub-inspectors and two constables lost their lives [in the encounter]. Seven jawans were injured and are being brought to Raipur [for treatment],” Devnath, Additional Inspector General of the Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) unit of Chhattisgarh police said.According to D. M. Awasthi, special Director General of Police in charge of the ANO, the encounter took place when the police team was venturing into the core Maoist area of Abujmad.Exchange of fire for over an hour“The operation was planned by Narayanpur SP [Superintendent of Police]. The police party left the base camp on Tuesday evening. The exchange of fire between the Maoists and the police team went on for over an hour,” he said.In another incident, two policemen suffered injuries in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explosion in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh.The IED, planted by Maoists, exploded when a police team was carrying out a search operation in Basaguda area of Bijapur. The injured policemen were evacuated to Raipur by a chopper.last_img read more

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