Thurston devastated by Origin withdrawal

first_imgFor the first time since Game Three, 2004 a State of Origin match will be played without Thurston after the champion five-eighth was officially withdrawn from the team, freeing the way for Anthony Milford to prepare for his Origin debut without any doubt.On Wednesday morning Thurston told the media that he remained hopeful of playing his 37th consecutive Origin match but some testing late on Wednesday afternoon and a subsequent scan early Thursday morning confirmed that his shoulder was in no fit state to take the field and the decision was made.The Maroons’ team doctor Matt Hislop advised Thurston that he shouldn’t play following the results of the tests they conducted on the shoulder on Wednesday but the man himself didn’t want to believe it was true until scans confirmed that it had not recovered sufficiently.”I did some testing yesterday and the results didn’t come back the way that I wanted,” a clearly devastated Thurston said. “I had a chat to the doc and physio last night and I didn’t want to believe it. “I wanted a scan to clarify that in my own mind that I’m not fit enough to play and that confirmed that this morning.”I didn’t want to believe it until this morning. I had the worst sleep last night. Once I got the scan done I had another chat to the doc.”I am relieved that the doc has taken it out of my hands because I was keen on playing.”It’s the best decision for the team moving forward and that’s the way it goes.”Confirming that the injury does not require surgery, Thurston has now targeted the Cowboys’ Round 14 clash with the Eels in Townsville to make his return. If he does make it back for that game it will be his only hit-out in six weeks prior to going into camp for Origin II.The 34-year-old has decided to step down from representative football at the end of the Kangaroos’ World Cup campaign and said this latest disappointment won’t tempt him into playing again for Queensland in 2018.”I am at peace with the decision I have made,” Thurston said.”If I don’t play another Origin game it will be devastating but I have a lot of memories that I will cherish from being part of this team.”Obviously I’m devastated. I love everything about the Origin campaign, the build-up, the final training run, the buzz around the city, the town and wherever you are.”It’s devastating not to be a part of it when that two-minute bell goes.”The withdrawal of Thurston gives Milford and Cooper Cronk four training sessions in which to bed down a new scrumbase combination, a combination Cronk admits he won’t know will work until after Game One is completed.”It’s devastating. Johnathan Thurston has been front and centre of everything that the Queensland Origin side has done for 30-odd games – he’s never missed one – but on Wednesday night he’s not going to be there,” Cronk said.”We have to pick up the slack, get the job done and there’ll be no excuses.”We’ve got a spine meeting later today and we’ll have a chat about how we want to play and use Milford’s skills but also getting him to buy into what we’ve done over a period of time because it has worked.”We can train and trial everything but we can’t answer that until about 9.30 next Wednesday night.”last_img read more

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Various areas may be without water for a few hours

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? uThukela District Municipality is experiencing low raw water flow entering the Ezakheni Bulk Plant.One of the submersible pumps is tripping on temperature control. They will have to empty the raw water sump to investigate the problem and the plant will be shut down for approximately two hours.This may cause water shortages in Ladysmith town, Acaciavale and Ezakheni A, B, C and D sections.uThukela apologises for any inconvenience caused. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Payment Shock Looms with 25M HELOCs Poised to Reset

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Payment Shock Looms with 2.5M HELOCs Poised to Reset Payment shock among holders of home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) is a growing concern as 2.5 million HELOCs are scheduled to reset over the next three years, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor Report from Black Knight Financial Services.In fact, the average HELOC holder faces a monthly payment increase of $250 sometime in the next three years as he or she reaches the end-of-draw period and has to begin making principal and interest payments on his or her HELOC loan, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ data.Furthermore, the analysts at Black Knight Financial Services point out, the average HELOC borrower is currently using a little less than 60 percent of his or her available credit, leaving open the possibility of borrowing more before his or her HELOC resets.”Further draws on these lines—for those that have not been locked—could result in ‘payment shock’ after they are reset that is even higher than the national average of $250 per month,” said Kostya Gradushy, manager of research and analytics at Black Knight Financial Services.Looking ahead, things don’t get much better, according to Black Knight Financial Services. Beyond the next three years, Black Knight Financial Services predicts still-high payment increases as the next phase of HELOCs resets. Borrowers with HELOCs scheduled to reset in 2019 are using an average of about 40 percent of their available credit and will incur payment increases of about $200 per month based on their current rates.”Should their drawing pattern match that of older vintages, we could be looking at a significantly higher risk of ‘payment shock’ for this segment,” Gradushy said.TransUnion expressed similar concerns recently, stating default risk for about $79 billion in HELOCs may grow over the next few years. Those with equity in their homes will be best able to absorb any “payment shock,” according to TransUnion, as they may have the options to refinance their loans or sell their homes.Meanwhile, borrowers are flocking to HELOCs with increasing magnitude. Originations of HELOCs are up 18 percent over the year at the national level and as much as 74 percent in one state.Nevada, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Florida charted the greatest increases in HELOC loan originations—at least 50 percent in each state—while a few states have demonstrated sizable declines in HELOC originations. Mississippi, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa, and North Dakota have all experienced declines of at least 27 percent this year, according to the Mortgage Monitor.Overall, mortgage loan originations for the month of June totaled 466,000, down 3.6 percent over the month and 40 percent over the year.Refinances made up 32 percent of originations in July, according to the Mortgage Monitor.center_img September 2, 2014 562 Views Black Knight Financial Services HELOCs Home Equity 2014-09-02 Krista Franks Brocklast_img read more

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