Konrad Hurrell returns to Tonga to help cyclone-ravaged nation

first_imgNRL.com reporter Zac Bailey joined Hurrell as he surprised loved ones in the country’s cyclone-ravaged capital Nuku’alofa.Hurrell was granted leave from pre-season training by Titans coach Garth Brennan, a decision that gave the Tongan international the chance to lend a hand following the Category 4 cyclone.Houses were flattened and lives lost in the natural disaster that has crippled the nation.Hurrell played his part in the clean up as Tonga tries to recover from the aftermath of the 230-kilometre plus winds that ripped through the capital, remote villages and outer islands.last_img

PH gymnast Yulo wins anew, bags silver in Qatar tilt

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dmitrii Lankin of Russia claimed the gold medal (14.733) and Ryohei Kato of Japan copped the bronze (14.200) in Doha where the world championships for the discipline will be held on Oct. 25-Nov. 3.According to Carrion, Yulo will get to train with the best gymnasts in the Japanese national athletes training center in his buildup for the Olympics through the help of FIG president Morinari Watanabe.Backed by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation Inc., Yulo also qualified in the finals of the men’s vault set late Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Yulo, an awardee of the Phoenix Siklab Youth Sports Awards next month, scored 14.433 in the finals for his third consecutive medal immediately after going up the senior ranks last month.He also got a silver in the men’s vault competitions of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan last week and secured a bronze in the same event during the Melbourne leg of the FIG Artistic Individual Apparatus World Cup series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Caloy turned senior just a month ago and won consecutive medals in three world championships,” said Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion. “I feel so secured that he will make it to the 2020 Olympics and get a medal.”“He competed with polished and experienced gymnasts with senior world-class skills. We never had a gymnast like Caloy before,” added Carrion, also a board member of the Philippine Olympic Committee. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters CONTRIBUTED PHOTOGymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo is on a roll on the global stage after winning his third medal in the world cup within a month.The 18-year-old Olympic medal hope impressed the judges and bagged the silver medal in the men’s floor exercise of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup on Saturday at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Canelo Alvarez temporarily suspended, Golovkin rematch threatened In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

1 killed in Pomeroon boat collision

first_imgOne man is dead while two others are severely injured following a two-boat collision in the vicinity of Grant, Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Dead: Ryan DeFreitasDead is Ryan DeFreitas, 28, of Lower Pomeroon, who suffered the brunt of the impact.The two injured persons were identified as Kenneth Garraway, called “Scar Face”, 52, of Charity New Housing Scheme, Essequibo and Civil Abdul, 55, of Mabaruma, North West District.According to information received, Garraway was captaining a wooden boat powered by a 200 hp Yamaha outboard engine and was heading to Port Kaituma, while Abdul was steering a similar boat powered by a similar type of engine and was heading to Charity, Essequibo Coast.While information remains sketchy, Essequibo Divisional Commander Ravindradat Budhram confirmed that the boat accident did occur, but he was not in possession of any information about it being fatal. He noted that the two injured men were rushed to the Suddie Hospital where they were admitted and are being treated for several bodily injuries.However, a close friend of the deceased told Guyana Times that he was a passenger in one of the boats that were involved in the collision and was tossed out of the boat following the collision.DeFreitas’ body was later recovered and taken to the Suddie Hospital Mortuary to await a post-mortem examination. The Police have launched an investigation.last_img read more

Illegal secondary suite crackdown in Fort St. John

first_imgThe information campaign begins immediately with potential enforcement action a legal consequence for noncompliant owners beginning on April 1, 2015. A City Hall news release says letters and information material will be mailed to homeowners, and other stakeholders, to provide accurate information on the suites.It will also provide an opportunity for home owners with illegal secondary suites to remedy that situation—either by making them legal, or with the assistance of City Building Inspectors, decommissioning them.A secondary suite is defined by the city as “a self-contained, accessory dwelling unit located within…the same parcel as a single detached dwelling.”- Advertisement -Essentially, it’s a living quarter within a home, often found in the basement, which is fully equipped with its own separate cooking, sleeping and bathing facilities. It also must have its own direct access to the outside without going through any part of the primary unit.A residence must meet these conditions before being permitted to provide secondary housing.The owner of the suite holds a valid business licence.One off-street parking suite provided on the parcel for the occupant of the suiteThe single-detached dwelling must be occupied by the ownerMeets B.C. Building Code requirementsThe zones in which the construction of a secondary suite is permitted are R-2, R-4, RM–1 and RM-2.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chief Roland Willson discusses Site C with federal Natural Resources Minister

first_imgHowever he also reportedly told the Globe, “They’re confronted with almost an impossible task, but we still have hope.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A weekend Globe and Mail report suggests it required him to assume the role of a Liberal Caucus Christmas party-crasher, but Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations finally got to sit down with a federal cabinet minister and talk about the Site C’s dam.He had failed to get an Ottawa audience with anybody in the Trudeau cabinet until he tracked them down at the party and then the story suggests, his persistence paid off and he got in front of several Ministers.The Chief says they included the Justice Minister — who he notes has promised to address and review the issue — the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister — who he notes has been given the mandate to meet with First Nations — and the Fisheries Minister — whose department he notes has already issued big construction friendly permits to BC Hydro.- Advertisement -However, he also got in front of Natural Resources Minister, James Carr, and he invited him to his office, where — quoting the Chief, “We had an hour long meeting, that’s an hour longer than we ever got with the Harper government on this issue.”We don’t know what exactly was said, but Chief Willson has put forward a consistent opposition message on the $9-billion project, which he wants put on hold and it’s likely Mr. Carr heard essentially what we heard last month — when talking to the Chief about Treaty 8 and the newly elected Prime Minister.According to Chief Willson, he didn’t get the impression any of the Liberal ministers he met believes the project is too far advanced to stop.Advertisementlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s one over on the English!’ – Bale on ‘amazing’ Euros experience

first_imgGareth Bale has admitted topping Group B at Euro 2016 has been an ‘amazing experience’, seeing as they managed to get one over on England.Wales won two of their three games to end the group stage on six points, one ahead of their fierce rivals, who secured just a single victory.Admittedly, that was over the Dragons, which gave the Three Lions bragging rights, but it is Wales who finished the group in the best position – thus giving them the easier route in the knockout stage of the tournament.Considering Wales haven’t played at a major tournament since 1958, such success is unprecedented, and Bale has been enjoying every single moment of the competition so far.The Real Madrid star told talkSPORT: “Obviously it’s been an amazing experience for us. Our target was to get out of the group, and to win the group is even more special.“I suppose it’s one over on the English!“To score goals as well; it’s amazing to do it in such a big tournament.“But the main thing is the team is through, and we’re playing well.”Success in the group stage has left Wales on the easier side of the qualifying bracket, and the fall of the tournament has set up a Round of 16 tie against Northern Ireland – a nation Bale considers to be very similar to his own.He added: “The media will probably put us as favourites, but for us it doesn’t matter if we’re favourites or not – we’re going into the game trying to win it first and foremost.“They’re very similar to us. They have that very strong team spirit – they’re a very passionate country.“It’ll be a very good game I’m sure, and there will be an amazing atmosphere in the ground.”last_img read more


first_imgIt’s the New Year and traditionally a time of new beginnings where we think of how we want our lives to be different this year. For many people, engaging in education and training is a wonderful way of making changes you want in your life, be it retraining for a new career, brushing up on forgotten skills or simply taking up a new hobby or interest.You may also be feeling that you want to find your spark and create plans for the future or even fan the flames of success so that you can create the life you really want! The last few years have been very difficult for many but with a recovery now showing in the economy and more opportunities becoming available, it is an excellent time to find out all the opportunities that are available to you. Donegal ETB is organizing Further Education and Training Fair 2016, which will be taking place in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday, the 20th of January, from 11am to 3pm.The Fair will host over 60 organisations and will provide information and advice on courses, training and educational supports covering a range of programmes from return to learning through to access to third level education and beyond “we are really excited about this years event and we hope that the Fair will inspire adults to make informed decisions about their future – for those who need a little help in deciding what they would like to do, experienced Guidance Counsellors will be on hand to point people in the right direction” says Mary O’Malley, Letterkenny Training Centre Manager with Donegal ETB.For many adults in the County, the Further Education and Training Fair is one of the most important annual events in the education and training calendar. This year is the thirteenth anniversary of the Fair and the third one under the auspices of Donegal ETB, the state body responsible for bringing together adult, further education and training.Donegal ETB provides courses that meet the needs of adults interested in improving their skills and general learning and courses that meet the needs of employers. “Education for its own sake will always be important and we continue to provide education for the simple enjoyment of learning a new hobby or as a first step to further learning. Our vocational courses have always been aimed at helping people to gain qualifications needed for employment, which include basic certificates in English, Mathematics and I.T. as well as higher level courses in a variety of subjects. We are now finding however that more and more people are returning to education and training in order to find employment and we have a renewed focus on making sure that our courses provide appropriate certification and meet the needs of local employers” says Cróna Gallagher, Donegal ETB Adult Education Officer.The Fair will be of particular interest to those who are facing an uncertain time or are recently unemployed, those who are interested in returning to learning, maybe for the first time since leaving school, or for those who are on a course and want to find out where to go next. It will also be a great opportunity for those who are considering a career change or who want to improve their current job prospects.This is a fantastic opportunity to find out everything you need to know about returning to education and at a time of year that gives you the time to plan how you are going to make it happen. For many people in Donegal, the Fair has been the place where they took the first step to a new and brighter future.For further information on the Further Education and Training Fair, please contact the Donegal ETB Adult Guidance and Information Service, 2nd Floor, McKendrick Place, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Tel: 074 91 78088.FIND OUT HOW DONEGAL ETB 2016 TRAINING FAIR CAN HELP YOU was last modified: January 6th, 2016 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:Donegal ETBFairlast_img read more


first_imgFamily of Lisa McGowan to put up posters in Donegal in a bid to trace herTHE family and friends of a missing woman are to put up posters in Donegal in a bid to trace her.Lisa McGowan was last seen by her husband Patrick at their home on Monday at 10.30 pm in Co Tyrone.But police in the North say there may have been another sighting of Mrs McGowan on Tuesday at around 8.30pm. Her husband last saw her before heading to Dublin where he works as a university lecturer.Mr McGowan said that he first became worried on Tuesday when he could not contact her, adding that the pair normally chat several times a day.“Because of the beautiful day, I thought she was out with the dogs,” he said.He asked neighbours to check the house, but his partner of 18 years was nowhere to be found. “This is totally out of character,” he said.Mr McGowan said that worried friends and family are in the process of putting up missing person posters in Donegal, Sligo, Derry and Tyrone.“We’re asking people along the way if they’ve seen Lisa,” he added. “We’ve exhausted the local area.”The Police Service of Northern Ireland, Mountain Rescue and Community Search and Rescue are also searching for Mrs McGowan.Police are requesting that farmers and the local community check any outbuildings or sheds for any trace of the missing woman. Mrs McGowan, who has two grown-up stepsons, is described as 6ft tall, slim to medium build, auburn short hair and wears glasses, which are red and silver.She may have been wearing a light green hoody-type top.Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact their local garda station.FAMILY TAKE SEARCH TO DONEGAL TO FIND MISSING WOMAN was last modified: July 12th, 2013 by cassoscoopShare 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:FAMILY TAKE SEARCH TO DONEGAL TO FIND MISSING WOMANGardaiLISA MCGOWANPATRICK MCGOWANPSNITyronelast_img read more


first_imgExperts work late into the evening at Letterkenny HospitalENGINEERS are working late into the evening to help prevent a repeat of the Letterkenny hospital flooding disaster.Water which poured into a stream at the back of the hospital flowed away during this afternoon’s downpours.Sandbags have been placed in and around the stream to prevent a repeat of last Friday’s disaster. Forty per cent of the hospital remains out of action as a result of the flood.Today Gerry Adams – who met hospital management – warned it may be a year before the hospital is fixed.Earlier Gardai warned motorists to slow down as many roads were flooded by today’s high rainfall.A shop in Gaoth Dobhair was flooded during one downpour. Forecasters say there may be more showers over Donegal later tonight. HOSPITAL FLOOD DEFENCES HOLD AS RAIN EASES OVER DONEGAL was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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:HOSPITAL FLOOD DEFENCES HOLD AS RAIN EASES OVER DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein TDs, Padraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty, spoke today after  a  debate in the Dáil with Minister For Finance Michael Noonan, where they raised the Highland Bakery case.Deputy MacLochlainn commented: “It is very frustrating for business owners and the state, when otherwise viable businesses are threatened with closure as a result of unsustainable tax repayment plans.“Revenue needs to consider the wider implications of its chosen course of action. 42 jobs are at risk at the Highland Bakery plant in Letterkenny – if these jobs go it could cost the state approx €800,000 per year in Social Welfare and Ancillary payments, an amount which far exceeds the tax liability of the company. “The owner of the plant is willing to engage with Revenue and pay his full tax liability, but merely wants to do so in a sustainable way, which will keep his business open and his employees in jobs. The State should facilitate that as much as it can.”Deputy Doherty highlighted the fact that Highland Bakery is not an isolated case in Donegal.“Just this morning my office was contacted by a business owner, who has been threatened with the Tax Sheriff after 7 days if he does not pay half his tax liability up front. He employs 14 people in Donegal and has a viable business, if a reasonable repayment plan could be agreed with Revenue.“In another case, a local business owner has paid all of his liabilities only to be then hit with sheriff’s fees. The Highland Bakery incident, although well publicised in Donegal, is unfortunately not an isolated case. “While I acknowledge that Revenue is independent and usually efficient, steps need to be taken to ensure that everything is done to keep a viable business open, while at the same time ensuring that they pay off their full tax liabilities and any other outstanding debts. We need to look urgently at amending current legislation to deal with this matter, given the current climate, before businesses are forced to close as a result.” he said.Minister Noonan, in responding to the Deputies, stated that Revenue was independent in the carrying out of its functions and it would not be appropriate for him to comment on or intervene in individual cases. HIGHLAND: ‘NOT AN ISOLATED CASE’ SAYS SINN FEIN was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HIGHLAND: ‘NOT AN ISOLATED CASE’ SAYS SINN FEINlast_img read more