JONNY Lomax and Mark Percival have been selected i

first_imgJONNY Lomax and Mark Percival have been selected in the England squad for this autumn’s Ladbrokes Four Nations and the upcoming International Test against France.Wayne Bennett has named 24 players – four of whom are uncapped including the Saints duo.Scott Taylor and Luke Gale are also included.England coach, Wayne Bennett, said: “There’s been a lot of competition for places this year and the players that have been picked are the ones we believe will stand up to the test of the competing nations.“I’ve always said that there wouldn’t be too many changes when I arrived and there are plenty of guys in the squad who worked hard in last year’s International Series win against New Zealand who have gone on and performed in 2016.“To have Sam Burgess back is not just a boost for England but one for the international game. Having worked with him in the past, he’s a great bloke to have around and have by your shoulder on the field.“Injuries are part and parcel of the game and to lose players like O’Loughlin, Tomkins and Currie isn’t ideal but it does offer opportunities to others who have performed in the year and it’s good to see some new and returning faces in the squad.“There’s some serious talent in this all-English side and that’s testament to the England programme, the clubs they play for and the player’s attitude in wanting to do their best each week. I’ve spoken to the boys and they’re well aware what’s ahead of them in this tournament.”England’s international schedule kicks off at Parc des Sports, Avignon on Saturday, October 22 (6.30pm CET) with a Test Match against France.Full 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations schedule is as follows:Friday October 28 (8.00pm): Australia v Scotland, Lightstream Stadium, HullSaturday October 29 (2.30pm): England v New Zealand, The John Smith’s Stadium, HuddersfieldSaturday November 5 (5.30pm): England v Scotland, Ricoh Arena, CoventrySaturday November 5 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Australia, Ricoh Arena, CoventryFriday November 11 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Scotland, The Zebra Claims Stadium, WorkingtonSunday November 13 (2.00pm): England v Australia, The London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, LondonSunday November 20 (2.30pm): Final, Anfield, LiverpoolEngland squad for France Test and Ladbrokes Four Nations:John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings, Thatto Heath Crusaders)George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors)Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves / St George-Illwarra Dragons, Latchford Albion)Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Brett Ferres (Leeds Rhinos, Smawthorne Panthers)Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook)Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)Mark Percival (St Helens, Farnworth Rockets)Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors / Gold Coast Titans, Hemel Stags)Scott Taylor (Hull FC, Skirlaugh)Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)last_img read more

President Vella affirmed his stand prolife – Apostolic Nuncio

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> President George Vella receives a courtesy call from the Apostolic Nunzio Alessandro D’ Errico-The Palace, Valletta-8-4-2019President George Vella receives a courtesy call from the Apostolic Nunzio Alessandro D’ Errico-The Palace, Valletta-8-4-2019 In an exclusive interview with, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malta Mgr Alessandro D’Errico said that President George Vella affirmed his pro-life position in support of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Mgr D’Errico said this after his first official visit to the President of Malta.Mgr D’Errico said that he had requested an audience with the new President as soon as Dr Vella had been nominated. The Nuncio said that he knew the President very well and wished to be one of the first to wish him well. The Nuncio passed on to President Vella the Holy Father’s congratulations for his appointment.The nuncio said that the two discussed matters which interested both parties, both from the aspect of Church-State relations in Malta as well as aspects of international policy and politics. Under the latter category, the Nuncio underlined the plight of Libya as well as the relations between Malta and the EU.Church-State relations are very goodOn the aspect of Church-State relations, the nuncio said that both were in agreement that the bilateral relations were generally very good, with, occasionally, some aspects or details which would need clarification. The Nuncio reported to the President what he perceived to be the sincere satisfaction which the Maltese Episcopal Conference felt at his nomination, remarking that the Prime Minister’s choice had been an intelligent one since this choice also promoted unity.On the issue of Libya, a country which the Nuncio said President Vella Knows well, the discussion centred on the welfare of the Maltese Bishops in Libya. The President expressed his concern for their welfare as well as the hope of a peaceful resolution to the bloody conflict.Pope Francis is aware of Malta’s limitations regarding migrationMgr D’Errico raised the issue of illegal migrants, re-iterating the position taken in the New Year’s Greetings. He said that the Pope’s position on migration was not ‘buonista’ (good at all costs) but one where he invites all governments to be open to solidarity and hospitality as well as integration of the migrants. He said that one must also be realistic in terms of capabilities of small countries such as Malta when compared to larger countries such as Italy and Spain.Another topic discussed was inter-faith dialogue, a theme which the Nuncio said that the President had also discussed with Archbishop Scicluna and which was also close to the President’s heart. The Nuncio said that this too was coherent with the message of unity which the President had underlined several times in his speech.WhatsApplast_img read more

MOAS delivers relief supplies to Alan Kurdi

first_imgMOASMOAS The humanitarian organisation the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, has supplied much needed relief supplies to the crew and rescued migrants aboard the ‘Alan Kurdi’ rescue vessel.MOAS had chartered a vessel which on Tuesday afternoon, took supplies like warm blankets and clothing to the migrants on board. MOAS’ Director, Regina Catrambone has promised more aid and the hope that the situation will be resolved quickly.The move comes three weeks after the Alan Kurdi rescue vessel operated by the German NGO Sea Eye, saved 64 men, women and children in the Central Mediterranean.Since that time, the 17 crew and their rescued passengers have been unable to find a safe port to disembark in Italy , with the vessel now situated off of the Maltese coast.Read more:Woman medically evacuated to Malta from rescue vesselItaly’s attempt to separate families was a breach of human rights – Sea EyeEC calls on Member States to find a solution for Alan KurdiThe European Commission is still negotiating with member states over the next steps for those on board, with no known breakthrough as of yet.Gorden Isler, Chairman of Sea Eye .e.V. expressed his gratitude to MOAS saying, ‘We are really grateful to our friends at MOAS. It is more than a sign of solidarity. It is exactly what we Europeans want. Real Solidarity and determined humanitarian action.’WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more