Stakeholder urges legislation to protect against oil spills

first_imgOil & gas sector– says double-hull oil tankers, compulsory booms necessaryBy Jarryl BryanGuyana is still reliant on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) despite plans to transition to renewable energy. But one industry stakeholder, with a background in both shipping and oil, believes legislation to protect local waterways is sorely lacking.Gaico Construction and General Services provides, among other things, oil spill response services. In an interview with Guyana Times, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Komal Singh spoke of the dangers of an oil spill and best practices around the world to prevent these occurrences.Gaico Chief Executive Officer Komal Singh“We have a lot of fuel transporting in our waterways,” he said. “And when you look at contingency plans and mitigating strategies when discharging or loading fuel, there are none. If there is a human error in terms of connecting a hose to a pipe, there (may not be) any booms around the vessels to contain it (the oil).“So, by the time someone responds, it gone in the river. What we are pushing for, from a good corporate citizen standpoint, we want to see legislation to ensure that any vessel discharging or loading fuel should have booms around those vessels before such activities take place.”Because of its composition, oil floats on top of the surface of water. A boom is a flotation device that surrounds a vessel and/or, in the case of an oil spill, surrounds the spill. It is deployed using a boom reel, in much the same way a fishing reel works.Singh explained that the Demerara River flowed at approximately five knots per hour, a rate he described as very fast. He noted that if oil were to spill without being contained, it would likely spread quickly in the River.The CEO also explained that some persons were transporting HFO in single-hull vessels. He cited the example of the Valdez oil spill, which occurred in 1989 when oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef off the Alaskan coast and spilled millions of gallons of crude oil. It is widely considered as one of the worst man-made environmental disasters.“We have wreckage in our river. And in moving fuel oil in single-hull vessels, it means fuel is going in and storing in a compartment and if that compartment punctures, the fuel will disappear out of the tank. Now the US has banned the use of single-hull vessels, since the Valdez spill. All vessels carrying fuel must be double hull. It means there is a separation between the (compartments).“Our issues are right in our backyard … we need to have legislation to push stakeholders dealing with fuel to use double-hull vessels. Imagine one of those vessels moving 3000 barrels of fuel oil, and it runs into a wreck under the water and it spills. You don’t want to imagine the amount of area 1000 barrels of fuel oil can cover and shut down. Imagine you have a spring tide! We’re hoping legislation will pass to fix (these) things.”Oil spill servicesGaico’s oil spill services were launched in 2016, when President David Granger commissioned what would be Guyana’s first oil spill response operation service at the Gaico Wharf at Nismes, West Bank Demerara.It was set up as a pre-emptive measure against possible spillage once oil and gas production commenced in the future. Asked for an update on the operations, Singh said that the service regularly engaged staff in training exercises. He noted that they were put through rigorous training sessions to sharpen their ability to handle real-life situations.“Gaico is still very active in oil spill response. We’re continuing training in house with our employees. We have another training scheduled for January. And all our training we do is done in the Demerara River, so the guys get the feeling of how a boom that one guy can pull on land, how it gets difficult in the water, where you need six or seven men and a boat to pull it due to water pressure,” the CEO explained.With oil production expected to begin soon in the Stabroek block, a study was done last year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the matter. It had found that while an oil spill was possible, factors such as the location of Exxon’s subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) operations combined with the region’s water temperature would minimise the effects.There is also a draft National Oil Spill Contingency plan, for which public consultations were held earlier this year. It was reported last month that the EPA had commenced a review of the document.last_img read more

Officials: Smoky air could linger

first_img“The particulates can stay in the air, depending on a lot of things, including wind patterns. Sometimes what will happen is there will be a normal wind pattern, when the winds will come from the ocean and blow the particulates into the inland valleys, then reverse, so there’s a recirculation.” L.A. residents also were warned that wildlife displaced by the fire might wander into backyards searching for water. Officials urged residents to leave frightened or injured animals alone. To report an injured animal, call (888) 452-7381. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 The smoky haze that hung over the San Fernando Valley and nearby Los Angeles from the Griffith Park Fire created unhealthful air that could linger for a few days, air quality officials said. Wednesday, the county Department of Public Health issued an alert warning children, the elderly and residents with lung and heart ailments to restrict outdoor activities. “Schools in this area should discontinue physical activity, including physical education, in all areas with visible smoke,” the alert advised. Fine particulates – soot – can hang around for days after a brush fire, said Sam Atwood, spokesman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Another petroleum and natural gas land rights sale under $5 million

first_imgIt leaves the ten month calendar year total at $163 million, which is about $24 million more than the full twelve month total last year. However, in the last five months the bonus bid total has been less than $45 million, and nearly half of that came in one $20.5 million dollar sale in August. All 22 of the parcels offered this month were purchased, but the per-hectare price was the lowest of the 10 monthly sales this year at just $410. That’s less than 12 per cent of this year’s monthly sale high of $3,550, which occurred in March,when just 19 of 25 parcels were purchased for nearly $42 million. The next monthly sale is scheduled for November 13th.- Advertisement –last_img

Hull City up for sale, reveals owner Allam

first_imgHull owner Assem Allam says he put the club up for sale 22 hours after the decision to reject a change of name for the team was announced in April.The Egyptian addressed the media at the KC Stadium on Thursday and said he would either sell the club or stay in place if the appeal against the decision to block the change of name to Hull Tigers was reversed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.He said he remained committed to the club until either the name was changed or a sale was completed, whichever came first. He did not reveal what price he was looking for to sell.Allam said: “Lately we have seen a lot of rumours around and I’ve decided it’s better to clear the air.“We stated earlier this year that the club would be for sale if our attempt to globally promote Hull Tigers as a brand name and playing name be blocked.“As a consequence of the FA’s decision on April 9 I announced within 24 hours, actually within 22 hours, that Hull City is for sale.“I am using the wording Hull City now to show respect to the FA decision. This announcement is in accordance with my decision 10 months ago that I would walk away within 24 hours [if the rebrand was unsuccessful].“In actual fact it was 22 hours. When I say something I mean it.”Allam added: “We have also begun the appeal against the FA decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport and we are hopeful of a positive outcome, or that the FA reconsider their decision.“Until the conclusion of that appeal or the sale, whichever comes first, we will remain fully committed to the club.“If the appeal comes first, okay, no harm done. If the sale comes first – sold.” Assem Allam 1last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Arsenal and Tottenham both chasing Bundesliga sensation

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham are ready to battle it out for the signature of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The forward was in impressive form for Borussia Dortmund last season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.He has duly attracted interest from several sides and a fight for his signature is expected this summer.Two of the clubs vying for Aubameyang, according to France Football, are Arsenal and Tottenham.The north London rivals are both looking to strengthen their forward lines during the current transfer window and have identified the Gabon international as a prime target.Dortmund, however, are reluctant to part with the striker and are determined to resist all bids. 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last_img

WARR IS DECLARED IN THE ROSSES BUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE

first_imgTeam “Operation Restore Hope” Plumber, Priest, Journalist and Administrator out there giving it their all as they get ready for WAAR on May 16th. Fair play to every one of them and to all others who are giving WAAR a go.WAAR – The Wild Atlantic Adventure Race – Rás an Atlantaigh Fhíain, will take place on Saturday May 16th starting and finishing at the Naomh Muire GAA club in West Donegal.Organised by the local GAA Club, WAAR is attracting great interest both within the County and throughout Ireland with queries in the past few weeks coming in from the UK as well.The organisers have set about to create an event which is challenging and attractive to Adventure Athletes as well as being one which inspires local participation by those wishing to improve their physical health and condition. The course has been designed to meet those aims and it has been visited by several experienced Adventure Race organisers and endorsed with glowing reviews. Neil Mc Gee – 3 time GAA All Star , International Rules player and Donegal GAA player of the Year ….launching the WAAR.ie event recently in the Lower Rosses.WAAR is a four-part challenge- Run-Cycle-Hike-Kayak.It starts off from the famous Banks in Mullaghderg with a 7.5k road and off-road run taking in the Mullaghduff road, down to Carrickfin, across to Ballymanus and back to the Banks.Then comes a 42.5k cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way on the coast road to Dungloe before heading into the Hills of Donegal, up past Thorr and downhill to Meenaweel.At this point at Meenaweel Chapel, participants will disembark from their bikes and have a steep 2k Hike up to an Grógan Mór and back down again to resume the cycle down and over to Loughanure Lake. Once again it will be off the Bikes and a 1k Kayak challenge out on the lake. Back on the bikes and homewards towards the Banks through Annagry.The final part of the race involves a run around the GAA pitch and into the finishing line…some 53k in total.The local organisers or the WAAR Cabinet as they are now known, have put in a great deal of planning and design to the event. There are many reasons behind the event.John Colm Gillespie explains “Primarily, it is a fundraiser for the Naomh Muire Club to support recent development work on a Health and Wellbeing Room which has been built.“However, there is a strong emphasis on creating an event which brings Tourists into the area and this will do this. We are encouraging families to visit the area while supporting a mother, father, brother, sister in the event. “As well as that, this is in keeping with the Club and Community efforts to encourage our Health and Wellbeing initiatives and we are delighted so many locals are training for the event. We have a three year plan with the intention of building the event to a Nationally recognised one….we are very excited about WAAR and are delighted to launch it today”It would be hard to imagine a more scenic part of Ireland and such a diverse range of scenery as that along the WAAR route.The WAAR committee including registered competitors Noreen McGee and The RACE winner Sean McFadden and his son, and Neil McGee who launched WAAR.ie.With Errigal looking down on much of the course and the Atlantic Ocean lapping in near the run, together with a cycle along the Coast Road of the Rosses, through the town of Dungloe and into the Hills of Donegal……..participants will be driven on by the ruggedness and beauty of the route.Lake, Sea and Mountains combine to challenge yet the much acclaimed warmth of the locals will balance that to ensure great welcome and support for all who come along to WAAR. The WAAR event was launched by three-time GAA All Star, International Rules player and Donegal Player of the Year Neil Mc Gee. Neil has strong family connections in the Lower Rosses and generations of his family include the Boyle’s of Bunaman who participated in many sports at the Banks, the WAAR base.Brian Feda O’Domhnaill is an organising member and he says “ The promotion of an event like this is important as it encourages physical exercise which has great benefits at a time when there is such a focus on both physical and mental health and well-being”.L-R Adrian Ward, JC Gillespie, Hugh Bonner, Gavin Ó’Dónaill, Neil McGee who launched the event, Dr. Ciaran Richardson Randox Teo Main Sponsors, Brian Ó’Dónaill and Bríd Boyle. The WAAR committee have put in a huge winter behind the scenes to bring this great fundraising event to the Naomh Muire GAA Club.Entry to the event for an individual is €55 for Early bird up to St Patrick’s Day. The price will then be €65 with the fee rising to €75 for later entries.There is a launch special for team entries of €155. This is available to St Patrick’s Day when it will then be €175 with a later team entry free of €195.For updates and entry visit WAAR.ie and like our facebook page WAAR or follow us on twitter #WAARThe organisers would like to acknowledge the Main Sponsors Randox Teoranta as well as our Sports sponsorship from Lucozade Sport. We likewise thank our many local sponsors who have encouraged us by their contributions. Randox Teoranta, a new and important employer to our area have a long term commitment to West Donegal and their support for the WAAR event is a reflection of their effort in working with the Community.For further details please contact any of the following –Adrian Ward 086 2266811 Brid Boyle 086 2086818Brian Ó Dónaill 087 2648497 Gavin Ó Dónaill 087 6522285Hugh Bonner 086 8239607 John Gillespie 087 7434523WARR IS DECLARED IN THE ROSSES BUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE was last modified: March 10th, 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)Tags:donegalMullaghduffNaomh MhuireWARRlast_img read more

FORMER HIGHLAND RADIO BOSS DENIES HARASSING PRESENTER

first_imgThe former advertising and marketing manager at Highland Radio has denied that he pressurised or harassed a DJ at the station.Highland RadioJohn Clancy was giving evidence on the second day of a case of constructive dismissal taken by former afternoon show presenter Stephen Lynch.Mr Lynch, had earlier claimed at the Employment Appeals Tribunal in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny, that he was put under significant pressure in his job weeks before his father’s death in October, 2012. As well as having the use of a company car taken from him, Mr Lynch, a father-of-three from Carndonagh, said his list of advertising clients was reduced from 29 to 15.He said he had been left with no option but to resign after his wage had been cut from €611 to €390.However, Mr Clancy, the son-in-law of Highland radio owner Gerry Rabbitte who joined the station in 2012, completely denied all claims made against him by Mr Lynch.He said he repeatedly tried to encourage Mr Lynch to improve his sales performance and offered him several ideas and ways of looking after his clients on the Inishowen Peninsula. He said the station’s Inishowen sales, of which Mr Lynch was in charge of, were in “cardiac arrest” and needed to be addressed.One included the idea of Mr Lynch taking off two weeks from his afternoon radio show to concentrate on improving his relationships with his existing clients and building new clients but he refused claiming his show would suffer.He also said an idea of having an outside broadcast featuring the station’s most popular presenter Shaun Doherty for two weeks in Inishowen was also rejected by Mr Lynch.On another occasion he picked up the local newspaper in Inishowen and went through all the adverts in the paper from businesses which did not advertise with Highland.He then suggested to Mr Lynch that they were potential sales which could be followed up on. Mr Clancy said that despite trying repeatedly to address the issue of falling sales, Mr Lynch would not return his emails for a number of days.He said his job was to drive the sales team and that in 2012, when other radio stations were dropping revenue by 9%, Highland had actually increased their sales by 8.5%.“That was unheard of,” said Mr Clancy.When he heard that Mr Lynch’s father was seriously ill, he completely backed off Mr Lynch. He added that if he realised how ill Mr Lynch’s father was then he would have suggested he take a six month sabbatical.And he denied earlier claims that he had a path worn to Mr Lynch’s door.“I was trying to help him out. I was trying to create a bit of a buzz. All radio stations were finding it difficult but I was offering to help Stephen,” he said.Mr Clancy also claimed that Mr Lynch would telephone other staff members to see if he was about and would leave directly for home instead of having to met with him.The tribunal heard the only employment contract between Highland and Mr Lynch was a handwritten piece of paper.Mr Clancy said he was not aware of the terms of Mr Lynch’s work contract.The tribunal also heard how the board finally decided to take the use of the company car from Mr Lynch.It also heard how there was a confrontation between station manager Mr Charlie Collins and Mr Clancy when the sales manager reduced the car pool from three cars down to two.Mr Collins then warned Mr Clancy not to go over his head again, the tribunal heard.Solicitor for Mr Lynch, Mr Ciaran Mac Lochlainn asked Mr Clancy if he used the pool car after it was taken from his client.He said he might use it once a week at most saying he had his own car.He added that he felt the cars were not being used properly and then introduced a log-book system so it could be recorded who was using the cars and at what times.Programme manager at the station Ms Linda McGroarty also gave evidence and refuted earlier claims by Mr Lynch that it was she who asked him to return his company car when he could not come into work during an outside broadcast in Buncrana.Ms McGroarty said she was very friendly with Mr Lynch and all the presenters but that he must have been mistaken.She said she had no recollection of any such conversation and that her first concern was for Stephen and the second was that she had to organise a presenter to fill in for him that afternoon.She told the tribunal “With respect I would not have done that (asked for him to leave the car back) as cars mean nothing to me. It would not have been something I would have said. I never mentioned car to Stephen.”The case was adjourned until October 6th next when it is expected to hear from Highland owner Gerry Rabbitte and his son Tim.FORMER HIGHLAND RADIO BOSS DENIES HARASSING PRESENTER was last modified: July 9th, 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)Tags:Highland RadiojobJohn ClancyStephen Lynchtribunallast_img read more

Iraq’s giving spirit offers hope amid turmoil

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Iraqis were thirsty for such experiences,” said Khadija Tuma, director of the office in the Ministry of Civil Society Affairs that works with the private aid groups. “It was as if they already had it inside themselves.” The new charity groups offer bits of relief in the sea of poverty that swept Iraq during the economic embargo of the 1990s and has gotten worse with the pervasive lawlessness that followed the U.S. invasion. The burst of public-spiritedness comes after long decades of muzzled community life under Saddam Hussein, when drab, Soviet-style committees for youths, women and industrialists were the only community groups permitted. Saddam stamped out what had been a vibrant public life. Since the founding of Islam in the seventh century, charity has had a special place in its societies. As far back as the 19th century, religious leaders, descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, formed a network called Al Ashraf that was a link between people and the Ottoman-appointed governor of Baghdad. The Iraqi Chamber of Commerce dates back to the 1930s, and volunteers plunged into Baghdad’s poor areas to conduct literacy campaigns in the 1950s, around the time of the overthrow of the monarchy. BAGHDAD, Iraq – In the wave of lawlessness and frantic self-interest that has washed over this war-weary nation, small acts of pure altruism often go unnoticed. Like the tiny track suits and dresses that Najat al-Saiedi takes to children of displaced families in the dusty, desperate Shiite slum of Shoala. Or the shelter that Suad al-Khafaji gives to, among others, the five children she found living in a garage in northern Baghdad last year. But the Iraqi government has been taking note of such good works, and now, more than three years after the U.S. invasion, the outlines of a nascent civil society are taking shape. Since 2003, the government has registered 5,000 private organizations, including charities, human-rights groups, medical assistance agencies and literacy projects. Officials estimate that an additional 7,000 groups are working unofficially. The efforts show that even as violence and sectarian hatred tear Iraq’s mixed cities apart, a growing number of Iraqis are trying to bring them together. Today’s groups have picked up that historic thread and offer hope in an increasingly poisonous sectarian landscape that Iraqis might still be able to hold their country together. Al-Saiedi is a pragmatic 35-year-old who has neither a husband nor a job. After the U.S. invasion she tried to find work at a cell-phone company, one of the few types of private businesses that pay well, but was told it was not hiring women because the job required travel. Boredom was part of her motivation: The risk of kidnapping has confined many women to their homes, and she had long hours at home with nothing to do. So, with a group of her close friends and two of her sisters, Saiedi formed a charity group, Bilad al Rafidain (Mesopotamian) Orphan Relief. Once a month she picks her way around mounds of trash in Shoala in dainty sandals, taking blankets, slippers and towels to children there. The members take donations from friends, and co-workers and even people who visit the government offices where several of them work, and regularly give assistance to 520 children. In lovingly rendered notebooks of various colors, Saiedi hand-writes the names of family members and the days that donations were made. “There are families of children where fathers were killed in explosions,” said al-Saiedi, wearing a colorful green veil on a recent day. “Now the state is busy. If I don’t care about them, who will?” Wassan al-Sharifi, 28, an office assistant for a government official, said she had joined the group because “I like the spirit of its members.” “In spite of this bad situation they’re willing to help people,” she said. One delivery early this month took Saiedi to Shoala, to the home of Dumoh Mizher, a 31-year old Shiite widow, one of the women who heads a family of 15 children left fatherless after Mizher’s husband and two of his brothers were killed in the town of Abu Ghraib in 2005, when Sunni Arab insurgents broke into their small shop and shot all three. Children spilled through the doorway of the spare cinder-block house whose empty windows looked out onto a small pen with a goat. Framed photographs of the three dead men were set high on the wall, not far from portraits of Shiite saints. “Who is who?” al-Saiedi asked, trying to calm the children down as they buzzed around her. “Zaineb, where is Zaineb?” she asked, holding up a small pink dress wrapped in plastic. Not all groups are a force for good. Tuma estimated that nearly 10 percent of the registered groups were involved in guerrilla activities and other crime. The need here is growing. The percentage of children who are acutely malnourished has more than doubled, to 9 percent in 2005 from 4 percent in 2002, according to a report based on figures from Iraq’s Planning Ministry that was released this month. Homelessness has spread since 2003 and accelerated with the rise of sectarian violence, with Iraqis even squatting in an old movie theater in central Baghdad, Khafaji said. The Ministry of Migration estimates that 1.1 million Iraqis have been displaced since 2003. Khafaji, 49, a former shopping center manager, said she felt a personal connection to homeless Iraqis. In 1969, Saddam’s government executed her father, and her family was forced from its property. She and her siblings were separated for their safety, and their belongings were sold. “This made me feel homeless,” she said, sitting in a large room in a worn building in central Baghdad that houses about 20 women and children. Khafaji even looks for jobs and husbands for the women. A shy 30-year-old who fled an unhappy home life in Kut recently found work through the shelter, bringing tea to guests in a government ministry. Several others have married men in Sadr City, a Shiite district of Baghdad.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Uptown prepares for big changes

first_imgWHITTIER – The new Uptown Whittier would have metered parking on the streets, more parking structures, a traffic circle at Philadelphia Street and Painter Avenue and plans for developments. Architect Stefanos Polyzoides, one of the owners of Moule and Polyzoides, a planning and architectural firm, Friday revealed conceptual plans to renovate Uptown Whittier. It was the last of several meetings that have been held this week. About 100 people, including merchants, residents and city officials, were present at Friday’s meeting at the Crystal Marquis. “The single most important thing of all is a park-once strategy,” Polyzoides said. “We can cut the parking by 50 percent and allow people to build without requiring parking.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Polyzoides said the idea is for customers to park their cars and then walk to the stores. If they used the structures, parking would be free for the first two hours. Metered parking could bring in between $2 million to $5 million per year, he said. That money could then be used for maintenance of the Uptown area, he added. The plans presented Friday were the culmination of hours of work during the past week. The goal is to develop a Specific Plan to guide development for the area. Two one-hour presentations – with discussion – were held Tuesday through Thursday. About 45 to 50 people were present during each meeting. The firm is expected to bring back a draft written plan to the city in about two months. Hearings by the Planning Commission and City Council are expected to begin by the end of the year. Nothy Garcia, president of the Uptown Whittier Association, said she is pleased with the plan as presented so far. “It gives a hope that something will change for the future,” Garcia said. “There may be some things that are too unrealistic, but it’s great to have vision.” Garcia said she liked the concept of one-stop parking and the higher densities in regard to housing. Moule and Polyzoides’ plan also calls for a traffic circle at Painter and Philadelphia. “We need a way of traffic calming on Painter,” Polyzoides said. “We can’t have a street like Painter dividing \ from the town with traffic driving at 50 mph.” The plans also propose two new parks, eventual replacement of ficus trees, a market at the now-closed Alpha Beta store and a new zoning code to encourage development. housing and commercial mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CELTIC: LENNON HAPPY AS SECOND STRING 11 LOSE FIRST AUSSIE TOUR GAME

first_imgTHE Hoops lost their first pre-season game on their tour of Australia – but manager Neil Lennon was happy with the showing of a second string team.Celtic had only three members of their Scottish Cup-winning side in their starting line-up as they lost 1-0 to the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford, north of Sydney.They dominated possession and chances but were undone by a late goal from substitute Troy Hearfield. Lennon was upbeat despite the defeat, saying that his side only had limited preparation time after arriving in Australia last Wednesday.“Considering the lack of preparation we’ve had, for me, this was always going to be the toughest game of the tour,” Lennon said.“We’ve got a week now to prepare for Perth and 10 days for Melbourne (Victory), so if that’s a marker for the rest of the tour, then I’m pretty pleased with it.”Kris Commons and defenders Charlie Mulgrew and Thomas Rogne, who all missed the Mariners match, will be available to face Perth Glory next Saturday. He will also have four more internationals – Greek striker Georgios Samaras, South Korean stars Cha Du-Ri and Ki Sung-Yueng and Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic – arriving a day before the Perth game, but they are unlikely to play.“We should have enough without those four to play in Perth and then they will play in the Melbourne game, that’s the plan anyway,” Lennon said.Lennon described reports of Welsh international striker Craig Bellamy rejoining Celtic as “speculation”.The Manchester City striker spent five months on loan with Celtic, from Newcastle, in 2005.Without so many top names, particularly in attack, Celtic struggled to create clear chances before falling to an 86th-minute goal from Hearfield after Joe Ledley failed to clear. The closest Celtic came was in injury time when substitute Gary Hooper had a shot cleared off the line, before a strong penalty claim for handball was dismissed.However, Lennon was satisfied with the way his side dominated possession in the ANZ Stadium following their long journey – six weeks to the day after their Scottish Cup final triumph over Motherwell.Lennon, who gave debuts to Adam Matthews and Kelvin Wilson in defence, said: “The players’ condition and the quality, particularly second half, it was a remarkable performance when you consider the week they’ve been through.“They’ve been travelling all the way over on Tuesday and Wednesday and then one day’s training, played very, very well second half and controlled the game. “I thought they scored with their one shot on target but overall I’m delighted with the performance.”Lennon was denied the chance to see potential transfer target Mustafa Amini 18, after the teenage midfielder hurt his groin.CELTIC: LENNON HAPPY AS SECOND STRING 11 LOSE FIRST AUSSIE TOUR GAME was last modified: July 3rd, 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:australian tourceltic fclast_img read more