Luatua wants back in black

first_imgSpeaking to the Daily Mail Luatua revealed joining English club Bristol last year was incredibly difficult, mainly because of his ambitions to play for the All Blacks in the British and Irish Lions tour.Luatua wasn’t selected for the All Blacks during the tour because of his new signing despite being a standout performer in the back row.”Giving up the All Blacks jersey, especially ahead of the Lions tour, was the hardest part,” Luatua said.”I do have ambitions to play at a World Cup, maybe in 2023.”The former Blues flanker joined the English Championship side in the back half of last year on a two-year deal.Luatua played 15 Tests for the All Blacks from 2013-16 but didn’t feature at the Rugby World Cup in 2015.New Zealand Rugby rules stipulate a player must be playing in New Zealand to be eligible to play for the All Blacks.Bristol were relegated from the English Premiership to Championship at the end of 2017 but are unbeaten in 13 games this season under head coach Pat Lam.last_img read more

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GNBS hosts consultations for construction of VIP latrine

first_imgIn accordance with its mandate to promote and implement standards in key sectors within the country, the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) on Tuesday commenced consultations with key stakeholders in the construction sector, on the development of a code of practice for the design and construction of Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines.Mariella Seepaul, member of the National Standards CouncilA draft standard document for the latrine’s construction was developed by the Technical Committee of the National Standards Council and was presented during the consultancy exercise at the National Library.Member of the National Standards Council, Mariella Seepaul in presenting the draft conveyed that the code gives recommendations for the design, location, construction, and maintenance of the VIP latrines which are most applicable for households and institutions in rural areas.On this note, Seepaul explained that not only does the VIP latrine differ in design compared to traditional ones, but there now exists a requirement which includes the gathering and submittal of information to the relevant authority before such a structure can be erected.Illustration of a single pit Ventilated Improved Pit latrineThis is, by far, the most important guideline to be followed.“In order to design the VIP latrines, information should be obtained including site conditions, number of users and information to be given to the authorities…before the commencement of any work, plans of the proposed sanitation facility, in such form as may be prescribed by the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) or Town Council shall be submitted to the relevant authority” she explained.Additionally, information that should be obtained includes the nature of the soil and subsoil conditions. This entails the approximate height of water table and any available record of flood levels or information as to the variation, seasonal or otherwise, in the high water table.The standard document states that proposed structures must be built on sites that are “well drained”, above flood levels and should also be at least 30 metres away from water sources such as wells and springs.The VIP latrine is described as an improved sanitary household solution for human excreta, which has a tall vertical vent pipe and a fly screen fitted at its top. It can either be single (one pit) or alternating (two pits).last_img read more

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The 20 best debuts from the new Premier League season

first_img 20 20 20. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Okay, he only had a 12-minute cameo but his fast feet were mesmeric as he dazzled the Stoke City defence. It may have been a brief debut but it was full of promise. 3. Georgino Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – The Dutch youngster was man of the match for the Magpies and looks pretty nifty in midfield. A powerful header from a wonderful Gabriel Obertan was the cherry on top. 4. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – It was probably unsurprising Cabaye had a good debut for Alan Pardew’s Eagles but, nonetheless, he still had to put in a top showing. He capped it with a well taken goal too. 20 20 13. Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Was part of the Hammers’ solid backline which shut out Arsenal. The Italian did well alongside Winston Reid and was excellent aerially and getting tackles in. 20 20 8. Reece Oxford (West Ham) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Not bad for a 16-year-old. His positioning was brilliant but he occasionally looked a little passive during the match. Looks to be a hot prospect for the Hammers. 20 20 16. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Solid but unspectacular. The Belgian striker was always going to have a tough time against centre-backs Geoff Cameron, Marc Muniesa and Philipp Wollscheid. He’ll improve as connects with his new team-mates. 10. Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – In his career he’s played for both Real and Atletico Madrid and it’s unsurprising given some of the classy touches he showed against Everton. His move onto the left flank where he crossed for Miguel Layun’s goal was superb. 20 14. Sebastian Prodl (Watford) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Austrian centre-back Prodl joined the Hornets on a free transfer in the summer. He was a rock at the back during a testing debut up against Romelu Lukaku. 7. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Coming off the bench and thumping in the game-winning goal on the opening day of the season is a pretty good start to your career at a new club. The striker’s powerful header from a corner against Bournemouth looks like it could be a sign of things to come. 12. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Spurs might have lost but their new Belgian, unsurprisingly given his form for Southampton last year, made them look strong at the back. As the Lilywhites pushed for a level he also provided what was probably the pass of the weekend only to see the recipient fluff his lines. Every season we see a raft of new signings on the opening day of the Premier League.Some good, some bad. Some great, some dreadful. There have been all manner of first impression over the years as clubs shuffle their pack.But who were the standout performers for their new sides as the English campaign got off to another exciting start?To see who talkSPORT thought were the best debutants, click the right arrow above… 15. Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – The ex-Ajax and Barcelona man look confident on his Premier League debut. He battled well with Nathaniel Clyne and produced a couple of bits of skill too. 20 20 18. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – The Dutchman looked disappointed when Louis van Gaal took him off, he clearly knew he had more to give but still showed glimpses of brilliance. 20 6. Andre Ayew (Swansea City) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Garry Monk’s free transfer swoop for Ayew was a masterstroke and the Ghanaian’s touch before his goal against Chelsea oozed class. 20 20 19. Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Alan Pardew claims the former Reading and QPR man has England potential – and he’s not wrong. He made an excellent double save to keep the Canaries at bay and could well keep out Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey this season. 9. Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – The Reds spent £3.5m on the young Charlton defender this summer and after a good pre-season he got a run out at left-back. Cool as a cucumber, the 18-year-old dealt with everything thrown his was and got an assist for Philippe Coutinho’s goal. 20 20 5. Sergio Romero (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – The Argentine was a surprise signing over the summer but when thrown in against Tottenham he put in a superb showing, with a number of good saves denying Spurs an equaliser. 20 1. Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – What a performance! The Frenchman’s mature display showed every aspect of his ability. Hard working, skilful, intelligent and a dab hand at set-pieces, Payet could be one of the signings of the season. 20 17. Jose Holebas (Watford) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – Dashing down the left-flank, the Hornets star was a real menace. It’s no wonder he kept Ashley Cole out of the Roma side at times last season. 20 2. Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – According to Louis van Gaal, the Italian is second choice behind Antonio Valencia this season but, after a stunning debut where he kept Spurs’ Nacer Chadli and the drifting runs of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen quiet, it’s unlikely he’ll spend much time on the bench. 20 11. James Milner (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow to see who were the best debutants this weekend… – The England star already looks like he’s forming a good partnership with Jordan Henderson. Astonishing to think he has been signed on a free transfer. last_img read more

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Wife’s arrest jars neighbors

first_img Jimenez said neighbors watched as technicians examined the Escalade before having it towed as evidence. “It’s terrible,” he said. “Ray was a good guy.” Grotefend said it was too soon to speculate about a motive, but Jimenez and others said Esperanza had told people on the block that her husband wanted a divorce. After hours of questioning Thursday, Esperanza Castro was arrested after midnight and booked on suspicion of murder, according to a sheriff’s press release. Her bail was set at $1 million; she is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Santa Clarita Superior Court. Meanwhile, McMains said she’s filled with regret. She said she noticed Wednesday morning that something was different at the Castro home. She didn’t see the kids, Corina and Eric, and there were no signs of the family’s frequent visitors. Thursday morning, squad cars filled the street. “It was weird,” she said. “There were no cars there. There’s always cars there. There was something wrong.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – One woman made the sign of the cross as she drove past the home. Another neighbor turned his back against the puddle of blood still in the driveway, a few bouquets and a burning candle placed nearby. Sandy McMains shed a tear as she looked across the street at the home neighbors laud as the nicest one on the block and wondered if there was anything she could have done. “It’s overwhelming,” she said. “I can’t believe it happened in our neighborhood. I keep thinking I could have done something.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 News that their neighbor, Esperanza Castro, 42, had been arrested early Friday in the slaying of her 43-year-old husband, Raymond Castro, stunned the residents of Evron Avenue in Canyon Country. The man they called Ray was well-liked, the owner of a successful landscape company who had a junior high school-age son and daughter and an adult son from an earlier marriage. “I really feel sorry for the little girl,” said Albert Jimenez, who lives across the street from the Castros’ two-story, rosebush-lined home. “He worked long hours and she would come out and wait for him to come home. They would take walks together.” Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Al Grotefend said he expected at least one more arrest in the case. Investigators, he said, believe the couple battled Wednesday night in the house – blood and signs of a struggle were found in several rooms, on the driveway and on the sidewalk in front of the house, near where Esperanza Castro’s white Cadillac Escalade was parked. Then, hours after she or her adult daughter called 911 to say Castro was missing, his body was found Thursday morning in the bed of his company pickup truck, parked in a remote spot off Sierra Highway beneath the junction of two local freeways, Grotefend said. An autopsy is expected today to determine the cause of death, said Harvey Craig of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Grotefend said it appeared that Castro suffered blunt-force trauma, but noted that the body was in poor condition and injuries were difficult to distinguish. last_img read more

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STUDENTS GET UNIQUE LESSON ON LIFE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AFTER POWER-CUT!

first_imgAlmost 400 students are having a unique experience – life without electricity!Arranmore Island.The students are on Arranmore Island which has been without electricity all day.The island was hit by a power-cut from 11am this morning and power is not expected to be restored until this evening.The ESB has confirmed that staff are working to restore the supply.It is thought that heavy lightning from electrical storms caused the outage.“Students have been unable to power their laptops and other electrical gadgets and have had to do without them for a day, which is quite a unique experience for them,” said a spokesman.STUDENTS GET UNIQUE LESSON ON LIFE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AFTER POWER-CUT! was last modified: July 6th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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Suspect held in fatal shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsPolice withheld the names of the victims, both minors. When they first responded to the scene, officers found “a large amount of blood,” according to a written statement, as the two boys had been taken by friends to a local hospital. More than 60 people were detained, according to the department, and the shooting is thought to be gang-related. Although one was pronounced dead at the hospital, the other injured teenager had been shot in the leg and is in stable condition. Powell said they are still looking for more suspects. Police are asking anyone with information to call (562) 945-8250. todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Whittier police arrested one suspect hours after a dispute at a post-prom party left one 17-year-old dead and another with a gunshot wound early Sunday, police said. Police arrested George Banuelos, 25, of Santa Fe Springs as a shooting suspect several hours after arriving at the scene in the 11500 block of Joslin Street at 2:31 a.m. “It was a fairly significant event out there, and a fairly large crime scene,” said Lt. Wyatt Powell of Whittier police. last_img read more

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Center to be named for deputy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2City officials said the idea for the boxing center started in 2004 when they began working with El Calvario Community Center. “Chief Ken Weldon spearheaded the idea of building a new facility in the center’s back yard because they already had a small boxing room the kids in the neighborhood enjoyed,” Timken said. “But unfortunately, a couple of things didn’t work out.” Chela Ortiz, widow of slain sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz, said the city was still trying to figure out how to establish the boxing center when her husband was killed. “My husband, Jerry Ortiz, was killed in the line of duty on June 24, 2005. He was a great boxer and it made sense to create a gym in his name,” Chela Ortiz, 37, said. “We really believe it will carry on what he was doing in his job.” Jerry Ortiz was assigned to the Safe Streets Unit of the sheriff’s Lakewood Station and was shot in Hawaiian Gardens while conducting a follow-up investigation. A date has not yet been set for the opening of the Jerry Ortiz Boxing and Youth Fitness Gym Foundation but Chela Ortiz said renovations are already being done and the gym will be open soon. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – The city is making way for a youth boxing and fitness center that city officials said will be dedicated to one of their own. “Jerry Ortiz was an El Monte kid, his family has lived here for a long time,” Councilwoman Emily Ishigaki said. “He grew up in the city and became a Los Angeles County Sheriff. Last year he was brutally murdered and now this gym will be named in his honor.” The youth boxing and fitness center will be built inside a vacant city-owned building at 3557 Lexington Ave., paid for largely by a $91,425 grant the City Council approved last month. “The funding the City Council allocated will allow us to remodel the interior of the building and get some things like lockers and gym equipment,” said El Monte police Detective Kurt Timken, who is a member of the Jerry Ortiz Boxing and Youth Fitness Gym Foundation. “Now we’re ready to start knocking down walls with sledge hammers.” last_img read more

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BISHOP BOYCE: DIOCESE AUDITED BY CHILD PROTECTION WATCHDOG

first_imgTHE CATHOLIC Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Philip Boyce, has confirmed that his is one of the dioceses audited by the church’s child protection watchdog.It is known that the National Board for Safeguarding Children, whose chief executive is Ian Elliot, has completed such audits in three of the 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland and is expected to have finalised audits on three more by the end of this month. No details of any can be released without the permission of the relevant bishop.In a letter to The Irish Times today, Bishop Boyce says: “I have fully co-operated with the recent audit by the Health Service Executive and the audit review by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.” He continues: “All allegations of abuse are reported to the statutory authorities. A diocesan child protection committee was set up in June 2006.”In addition, “there are two specially trained people who, in turn, have trained church personnel, both clerics and laity, in child-protection policies and procedures. All 33 parishes have two or more child protection representatives who, in turn, train at local level all church personnel who are involved in activities with children.”THIS IS THE FULL LETTER TO TODAY’S IRISH TIMES:A chara, – I refer to the article by Mary Raftery published in The Irish Times (Opinion Analysis, July 14th), where it is stated that there has been a mismanagement of child safeguarding allegations in the diocese of Raphoe “with persistent allegations that there was knowledge of abuse at the highest levels which was not acted on”. I wish to challenge this unfounded statement. As bishop of Raphoe, I have fully co-operated with the recent audit by the Health Service Executive and the audit review by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church. The diocese takes the duty of safeguarding children very seriously. Reflecting church safeguarding policies, all allegations of abuse are reported to the statutory authorities. A diocesan child protection committee was set up in June 2006. Furthermore, there are two specially trained people who, in turn, have trained church personnel, both clerics and laity, in child protection policies and procedures. All 33 parishes have two or more child protection representatives, who in turn train at local level all church personnel who are involved in activities with children. An audit of good practice is carried out in each parish every year and forwarded to the National Board for Safeguarding Children. Vetting for those who work with children has also been put in place.I express my shock and deep disappointment with the findings of the Cloyne report. It enforces my commitment to continue working and co-operating with State bodies and church policies in creating and sustaining a safe environment for children. – Is mise, Bishop PHILIP BOYCE, OCDLetterkenny,Co Donegal. BISHOP BOYCE: DIOCESE AUDITED BY CHILD PROTECTION WATCHDOG was last modified: July 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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:bishop boycechild protectionwatchdoglast_img read more

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HURLING: ST EUNAN’S SEE OFF BURT IN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgConor McVeigh fields a high ballDonegal Senior Hurling ChampionshipSt. Eunan’s 1-8Burt 1-5  St. Eunan’s scored a second victory in this year’s Donegal senior hurling championship with a hard fought win over holders Burt in O’Donnell Park on Saturday.With both sides coming into the game unbeaten their clash was eagerly anticipated. Unfortunately, the stormy conditions put paid to any prospects of entertaining hurling. Playing with the wind in the first half, Burt opened the scoring with a long range point in the first minute from Christopher McDermott.This proved to be the last score from play in the half. Defences were well on top throughout, with Martin McGrath and Kyle McGrath outstanding for Burt and Francis Lennon and Conor O’Donnell prominent for the hosts.Both sets of players pressured each other throughout, forcing a series of wides and turnovers of possession. Burt’s Ronan McDermott and Colm Breathnach for St. Eunan’s exchanged early frees. McDermott extended the visitors’ lead to three points with two further strikes in the 12th and 17th minutes. Breathnach pointed after 21 minutes, followed by an immediate reply from McDermott. The final score of the first period was a third Breathnach strike on 26 minutes after strong play from Gearóid Leahy won a free.Just before half-time Enda McDermott broke through on goal for Burt but was denied by a last ditch hook from Conor O’Donnell and a fine save from James Connors. The away team took a two point lead into the break, 0-5 to 0-3.St. Eunan’s wasted no time in using the wind advantage. An early Breathnach free closed the gap. Seán McVeigh began dominating the midfield area and he scored a superb point from the wing to level affairs.Burt goalkeeper Paul Burns pulled off a top class save from a Leahy shot, and only great defending by Ciaran Dowds denied Stephen Doherty a certain goal for St. Eunan’s.The home team seemed to have struck a decisive blow in the 42nd minute when Breathnach fired a penalty to the roof of the net. However, Burt fought back and they equalised with ten minutes left when Micky McCann finished a loose ball to the net after a goalmouth scramble. The next score would prove vital. Both sides missed opportunities. Burt came close when a Christopher McDermott shot rebounded off an upright to safety. Three minutes remained when Breathnach pointed a free from fifty metres. The home team sealed the win with a close range point by Seán McVeigh and a fine strike from midfielder Colm Flood at the end of a run through the Burt defence.St. Eunan’s: James Connors, Shane O’Connor, Eunan O’Donnell, Francis Lennon, Conor Parke, Adie Gaffey, Conor O’Donnell, Colm Flood (0-1), Seán McVeigh (0-2), Stephen Doherty, Conor McVeigh, Eugene Organ, Conor O’Grady, Colm Breathnach (1-5, 0-5 frees, 1-0 pen), Gearóid Leahy. Subs: Lee Scanlon (41 mins), Kevin Meehan (47 mins), Cormac Goulding, Neil Darragh, John Ireland, Aaron O’Connell, Dara Kerrane, Caoimhín Lennon, Ciaran Kelly, Fergal Finn, Cormac Hartnett, Eoin Scanlon, David Ireland, John McIntyre, Paddy Flood, Noel Gorman, Michael McGrath.Burt: Paul Burns, Tom Doherty, Martin McGrath, Gareth Quinn, Kyle McGrath, Ciaran Dowds, Johnny Downey, Stephen Gillespie, Pádraig Doherty, Christopher McDermott (0-1), Enda McDermott, Ronan McDermott (0-4 frees), Conor McLaughlin, Johnny McGrath, Micky McCann (1-0). Subs: Kevin Boyce (48 mins), Gavin McGrath, Barry Gallagher, Seán Murphy.“Conor O’Donnell and Colm Flood (St. Eunan’s) contest possession with Christopher McDermott (Burt)”Sean McVeigh breaks through the Burt defence under pressure from Ronan McDermottHURLING: ST EUNAN’S SEE OFF BURT IN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: August 17th, 2014 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:BURTdonegalHURLINGSenior championshipSt Eunanslast_img read more

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