SUPPORTERS of all 14 Super League clubs will desce

first_imgSUPPORTERS of all 14 Super League clubs will descend on Manchester this Saturday and Sunday as the Magic Weekend hits the Etihad Stadium.The colourful event is back at the home of Manchester City for a second consecutive year after more than 60,000 fans enjoyed sunshine and scintillating Rugby League 12 months ago.But for Huddersfield Giants and England prop Eorl Crabtree it’s another opportunity to impress England head coach Steve McNamara, and cement his place in the Elite Training Squad ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013.“It’s a fantastic opportunity to market yourself for a place in the England team,” said Crabtree, whose side face Bradford on Sunday at 5.15pm.“Everybody is focused on performing well for their clubs, but with it being World Cup year, the players are also trying to cement their spot.“Those guys with that focus are the ones who’ll get picked, as even the ones currently in the squad know that they have to remain consistent to keep their place.“Everybody is vying for selection, and the Magic Weekend is a great window for all of the players to show what they can do.”Crabtree spent three days in camp with his England team-mates at the beginning of last week, at the Elite Training Squad’s base in Loughborough.And the imposing prop says he is already feeling the benefits.“It’s always good to be in camp and get together with the boys,” said Crabtree.“To get back on the field with them and go through one or two plays is important, and it’s great to see the other boys in action.“We have a great facility and superb staff within the England set-up, and the players benefit immensely from this time together, so it’s crucial we get together fairly frequently in World Cup year.”And while 14 clubs prepare for battle in the blue half of Manchester this weekend, 14 nations will vie for a spot in the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Final, which will take place across the city at Old Trafford on November 30.Crabtree admits to having one eye on this autumn’s tournament, and in particular the clash between England and Ireland at the John Smith’s Stadium on November 2.“It’s always good to play on your home patch and I’ll be seeking to utilise the home comforts of a familiar ground if I’m selected to play.“It’d be a bit strange getting a coach to my own stadium, but I just want to play, and it’d be great to have the Giants fans behind me and the England boys for that game.”Tickets are now on sale for RLWC2013, with 55% of tickets priced £20 or less. To make sure you will BE THERE buy now at or call our 24 Hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.last_img read more

SAINTS produced a spirited last quarter but ultima

first_imgSAINTS produced a spirited last quarter but ultimately slipped to a 25-16 defeat at Huddersfield Giants.Josh Jones and Jordan Turner pulled the gap back to nine points with more than 10 minutes remaining as they sniffed a more than unlikely comeback.Yet, as in recent weeks, they’d left themselves far too much to do late on.After a sprightly start Saints found themselves 18-0 down before they finally got a foothold in the matchFor the opening 10 minutes they pinned the Giants back in their half but tries from Aaron Murphy, a controversial one from Joe Wardle and Dale Ferguson’s opportunism put the home side in command.But Saints fought back and got a try their play deserved when Gareth O’Brien – on his debut – fired a great ball to Jon Wilkin.In the second half, Danny Brough kicked a drop goal before he inspired Wardle’s second.Saints weren’t without their chances though and they finally took one with less than 14 minutes remaining.Josh Jones benefitting from great handling.And when Jordan Turner went under the posts there was a sniff of a comeback.Time ultimately ran out though and Saints were once again left to lick their wounds despite a better performance.Nathan Brown welcomed back Paul Wellens and Francis Meli into his starting line-up with James Roby returning on the bench after ten matches out with an ankle injury.That meant a shuffle around and Jordan Turner forming a half-back partnership with new loan signing Gareth O’Brien; Lance Hohaia at hooker.Saints made good yards on their first set coming off their own try line and getting over half way.Their second was even more productive as they forced the defence into a good kick clearance.Tony Puletua then produced a wonderful overhead pass to Jon Wilkin, but he just couldn’t gather it in.Saints were making the early running but their last tackle options, whilst gaining good field advantage, weren’t putting the defence under enough pressure.And when Paul Wellens couldn’t take a high ball, the Giants gained an unexpected set in prime territory.Saints looked nailed on to defend it but when Ade Gardner unluckily tipped forward a pass to give the home side another six Luke Robinson found the space to feed Aaron Murphy.Brough missing the extras.Joe Wardle was then adjudged to have put the ball down by the video referee after a kick to the corner caused problems; Brough tagging on his first goal of the night for a ten point lead.And on 19 minutes Brough made it 12-0 as Wellens was penalised for stripping the ball out under the sticks – a harsh call considering the momentum of the tackle and the fact Eorl Crabtree looked to have given up the scoring chance.Giants had their tails up though and after a strong Saints’ run Dale Ferguson scorched beside the posts to make it 18-0.Saints hit back when some quick hands finally got them into decent field position. They drove close to the Giants’ line and a fast pass from O’Brien saw Jon Wilkin charge over.O’Brien with the conversion to cut the lead to 12.But a bad looking tackle on Ade Gardner – not malicious in anyway – saw the winger stretched from the field with a couple of minutes to go in the first half.He fell awkwardly into a big shoulder and needed oxygen before being taken off.Saints gave the advantage away straight from the kick off when Mark Percival’s restart went out on the full – but they fended off the danger.Yet, Danny Brough added a drop goal on 45 minutes to take Huddersfield’s advantage to 13.Saints had two sets on the Giants line but they couldn’t find a way through – and that lack of cutting edge was punished as Wardle crossed for his second.Brough with the extras.Saints had another couple of sets on the Giants line, failing to crack a resolute defence, but on their next set they finally did – the ball going through several pairs of hands before Josh Jones got them on the board.Roby then went from dummy half and fed Turner whose quick feet made it a nine point game.But Saints had once again left themselves with too much to do though and time ran out.Match Summary:Giants: Tries: Murphy, Wardle (2), FergusonGoals: Brough (3 from 4)Drop: BroughSaints: Tries: Wilkin, Jones, TurnerGoals: O’Brien (2 from 3)Penalties: Giants: 6Saints: 7HT: 6-18FT: 16-25REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 5203Teams:Giants:1. Scott Grix; 5. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 18. Aaron Murphy; 6. Danny Brough, 7. Luke Robinson; 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Craig Kopczak, 11. Brett Ferres, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 21. Dale Ferguson.Subs: 14. Michael Lawrence, 15. Larne Patrick, 22. Anthony Mullally, 30. Brad Dwyer.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 30. Mark Percival, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 3. Jordan Turner, 37. Gareth O’Brien; 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 6. Lance Hohaia, 11. Tony Puletua, 4. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 9. James Roby, 16. Paul Clough, 25. Alex Walmsley, 33. Luke Thompson.last_img read more

ITS time to be in that number for 2017Strength i

first_imgIT’S time to be in that number for 2017!Strength in Numbers Memberships are now on sale – and we have FROZEN prices across the board.For 2017 we have expanded our Strength In Numbers Membership scheme, introduced this season, to include even more benefits and to bring you closer than ever to your Saints.You will receive exclusive news plus Club and local partner discounts directly to your inbox.All of this in addition to all your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games – up to 15 in total, the cheapest way to follow your Club.We have created a Membership scheme that replaces your old Season Ticket. As a Member you will be closer to, communicated more with and feel more a part of your Club.So if you want to attend every game religiously or support from afar, we have a Membership that all can be involved in.We even have a Membership for fans that can’t attend games!And, you could win a trip to State of Origin in 2017! Click here to find out more.We Are #SAINTSASONE.Log on to our Membership site at to find out more.Direct Debit Payment Plan It’s now even simpler for you to split your Membership into 10 easy monthly payments so you don’t have to worry about paying out for the total price up front all in one go.For example, this means a Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand renewal is less than £24 per month!Or a Family Membership of x2 Adults x2 Juniors in either of the Family Stands to watch every home game, including the Super 8s, starts from under £50 per month!The 10 month plan is available from the launch date to the Renewal Deadline – October 31.For a full breakdown of monthly payments for each Membership price please log on to to download a pdf version.And now for the first time Members who are renewing their Membership can apply for the payment plan online without the need to fill in any forms! Visit for more info.New Members must complete a paper version of the form.Dates for Your DiaryRENEWAL DEADLINE & 10 MONTH DIRECT DEBIT CUT OFF – OCTOBER 31 2016EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE – DECEMBER 24 2016GENERAL SALE: DECEMBER 25 2016 ONWARDSHow To BuyVISIT US – Call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm / Sat 10am – 4pm)BUY ONLINE 24/7 – New fans visit, existing Members can find out details of how to renew online at www.mysaintsmembership.comCALL US – 01744 455 052last_img read more

If you do like to have a bet on our matches make

first_imgIf you do like to have a bet on our matches make sure betting never gets in the way of your fun of following the Saints.Betfred’s founder has been a bookmaker for more than 50 years – and he has a very important message; keep it fun, and gamble responsibly.last_img

Rugby league fans will be given the opportunity to

first_imgRugby league fans will be given the opportunity to purchase a wide range of memorabilia, such as programmes, cards, photographs and jerseys from the numerous stalls.Parking is free at the stadium and there is no charge for entry.Supporters are also encouraged to bring in any items of memorabilia, particularly Saints-related that they may have to show on the day.Indeed, members of the society will be on hand to help in the identification of items that anyone would like to know more information about.Proceeds from the SHS stall will also help to raise funds for Autism support.The event takes place on Saturday June 23 from 10:30am to 1:30pm.last_img read more

Cooper expected to discuss offshore drilling during Wrightsville Beach visit

first_img Earlier this month the federal government announced plans to allow drilling along the east coast. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the plan saying that responsible development of offshore energy resources would boost jobs and economic security while providing billions of dollars to fund conservation along U.S. coastlines.Cooper has vowed to fight the plan any way he can to protect the coastal economy, including the tourism and fishing industries. He and South Carolina’s governor have asked for the same exemption from the plans that the federal government recently granted to Florida.Earlier this week Brunswick County commissioners voted to rescind a 2015 resolution supporting offshore drilling and seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. Gov. Roy Cooper speaks to local law enforcement and thanks them for their efforts combating the opioid crisis on October 26, 2017. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Roy Cooper is bringing is fight against off shore drilling to our area next week.Cooper is planning to visit Wrightsville Beach Monday, the governor’s spokesman tells WWAY. He expects Cooper to talk about his opposition to offshore drilling.- Advertisement – last_img read more

For the fourth year families and friends gather to remember loved ones

first_img “God, families are hurting,” prayed Judy McKnight with Moms in Mourning opening up the vigil.It’s that hurt and a feeling of grief that brought many friends and families to St. James Episcopal Church for a sense of healing.“It helps to heal to come down here and hear the prayers, to pray and remember your loved ones,” said Joye Todd who is remembering her late brother William Riley.Billy Riley with his son who was killed more than 2 years ago. (Andrew James/Billy Riley)Related Article: Take ‘Christmas Stroll Through the Past’ Saturday in WilmingtonTodd and her uncle Billy Riley have made this vigil a family affair. They brought along the nieces of nephews of loved ones lost like Riley’s son Lavar. He was shot and killed in spring of 2016 right in front of his family’s store in Wilmington.“I think about the love my son had for his nieces and nephews, he just loved them to death,” said Billy Riley.It’s a love that motivates them to bring the next generation to the interfaith event.They want all of their family to see people from different walks of life united in one common cause in honoring the lives of those taken too soon at the end of a gun.“It really good for them to come see and hear the prayers and see the effects of gun violence,” said Todd.Wilmington Faiths Against Gun Violence (Andrew James/WWAY News)The Riley family has some peace in their lost. The people accused of the crime are now serving time. This vigil is their platform to never forget their family and remember better times.“They’re smiles, the good times not the bad, the good times. Their smile and their laughter that we shared,” Todd said.Like years past, Wilmington Faiths Against Gun Violence conclude the vigil in darkness holding a light in memory of their family or friend. It’s also a light of hope that one day they will not need to continue having this event.“That’s God’s job to do to take someone’s life. And all of these senseless murders just need to stop,” said Riley. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From Wilmington city streets, to national tragedies related to gun violence, the victims and their families remembered this evening.People from all faiths and all walks of life came to unite for the 4th annual prayer vigil.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Storyteller reenacts Harriet Tubmans story

first_img “I didn’t really know all the pain and suffering she had went through,” said CFCC student Donald Brown. “I guess in school we learn about certain parts but I feel like [Greer] does a good job of like giving us a true understanding of what she went through and the hardships she had.”CFCC will continue Black History Month education on Tuesday with the film ‘The Red Cape.’It is a documentary on the 1898 race riots in Wilmington. If you’re interested in attending, below are the details on the film sessions:Session one will be held at 11 AM in Room 152 of Union Station and session two will be held at 6 PM in Room 170 of Union Station. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Civil rights history is embedded in the Wilmington community from Williston High School to the Wilmington 10. This month Cape Fear Community College is bringing a twist to black history lessons.Joyce Greer embodied the true essence of Harriet Tubman by reenacting her story.As history tells, Tubman was an escaped slave that helped others gain freedom through the Underground Railroad. But, Greer took the story to a new heights by acting out detailed accounts of interactions Tubman had with slave masters and other slaves.- Advertisement – last_img read more

How can we improve for next time Pender reviews storm response to

first_img Pender County’s plan had its strengths and weaknesses when it came to dealing with the aftermath of Florence.County Spokeswoman Tammy Proctor says that the dedication of the first responders was a key strength.“We had helicopter, we had boats, we had air boats, we had all these deployed personnel out and we had 1,870 rescue missions and we stopped counting after 3,700 people,” said Tammy.Related Article: Report: Hurricane Florence killed 22, caused $24B in damageFire Marshal Tommy Batson says an area that Pender could afford to work on next time around is communication.“We understand not everyone is on social media looking at options to get information out to the public, warning information to the general public, once we lose all cellphone activity, telephones, internet and what are other options and that some things we’re looking at,” Batson said.Proctor says that it may sound dated, but that a good suggestion to keep in the loop is buying a transistor radio.“We could broadcast communication and just loop information out there on an AM system,” she added.Officials are reviewing data, the budget and responses to surveys that they sent out to Pender County residents to help complete the plan. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We told you about New Hanover County reviewing its response to Hurricane Florence, now its Pender County’s turn.Hurricane Florence broke all records, including rainfall, storm surge, flood damage and more.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Surf City woman takes action to label waste bins around town

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — A recent change in trash and recycling vendors for Surf City has caused a little confusion for residents and tourists on how to dispose of their waste.Patty Gilbride noticed that bins are color coded, but not labeled, which is why glass bottles often end up in the trash, and last night’s leftovers end up in the recycling.- Advertisement – In addition, people sometimes put personal trash in public cans, which is illegal.Gilbride volunteered to mark all public bins around the city.The town was very receptive and gave her the stickers.Related Article: Topsail Island towns to reopen Thursday morningShe does this on her own time, and she thinks it’ll make a big difference.“My ultimate goal is to see Surf City — if not all of Topsail Island, but I live in Surf City — to see the beach become carry in carry out,” Gilbride explained. “I do a fair amount of camping and hiking state and national parks I think carry in carry out is the way to go.”Gilbride has taken care of more than half of the city’s cans so far, and she’s not slowing down. Friday’s stop was Soundside Park.last_img read more

Photos Effusive Trump promises Britain a phenomenal postBrexit trade deal

first_img U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are seen at Winfield House during Trump’s state visit in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY U.S. President Donald Trump and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, raise their glasses at a dinner at Winfield House, during Trump’s state visit in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS SharePrint U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt pose at a dinner at Winfield House, during Trump’s state visit in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and husband Philip meet U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melanie Trump at Downing Street as part of his state visit in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay Members of the media wait at 10 Downing Street before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to meet Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, as part of his state visit in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay A banner is seen in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump, in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend a business roundtable event at St. James’s Palace, London, Britain June 4, 2019. Tim Ireland/Pool via REUTERS U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pose with Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, ahead of a dinner at Winfield House, during their state visit in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS U.S. President Donald Trump looks on ahead of a dinner with Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at Winfield House, during their state visit in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS A milkshake is thrown at a pro-U.S. President Donald Trump supporter during a rally against Trump in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne “Baby Trump” balloons float over demonstrators as they take part in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump, in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip at Downing Street as part of his state visit in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Demonstrators take part in an anti-Trump protest in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump, in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a joint news conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in London, Britain June 4, 2019. David Rose/Pool via REUTERS U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 1 of 32 British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a joint news conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS A general view of a dinner hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Winfield House, during their state visit in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May attend a business roundtable discussion at St James’s Palace during his state visit in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria WhatsApp U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised Britain a “phenomenal” post-Brexit trade deal, dismissed differences over China’s Huawei and glossed over other disagreements as he heaped praise on the United States’ closest ally.Feted by Queen Elizabeth on the first day of his state visit to Britain, Trump was effusive about the “special relationship” between the two nations, dispelling concerns he might repeat criticism of Britain and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.“It’s the greatest alliance the world has ever known,” Trump told reporters at a news conference beside May at Britain’s Foreign Office.Prior to his trip, the collapse of May’s premiership over her failure to secure Britain’s exit from the European Union had raised concerns that Trump could publicly humiliate her.Instead, Trump called May a “tremendous professional”, steered clear of rhetoric that could embarrass her and let pass contentious topics such as Huawei and Iran while making light of sensitive issues such as her possible succession.Trump mentioned Boris Johnson, who has said the United Kingdom should leave the EU on Oct. 31, deal or no deal, and Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s foreign minister who has warned against leaving without a deal.“I know Boris, I like him, I’ve liked him for a long time. I think he would do a very good job,” Trump told reporters at a news conference beside May at Britain’s Foreign Office.“I know Jeremy, I think he’d do a very good job,” he added.A WAY OVER HUAWEIA key area of discord between the allies has been Britain’s preliminary decision to allow Huawei a restricted role in building parts of its 5G network.The Trump administration has told allies not to use Huawei’s 5G technology and equipment because of fears it could allow China to spy on sensitive communications and data and warned it could impact on intelligence-sharing.But, after an hour long meeting with May, Trump said any issues could be resolved.“We have an incredible intelligence relationship and will be able to work out any differences,” Trump said. “We did discuss it, I see absolutely no limitations, we have never had limitations, this is a truly great ally and partner and we will have no problem with that.”Iran was barely mentioned, while Trump said Britain’s EU divorce would happen and pave the way for a large future trade deal.“This is a great, great country and it wants its own identity, it wants to have its own borders, it wants to run its own affairs,” he said.“As the UK makes preparations to exit the European Union, the United States is committed to a phenomenal trade deal between the US and the UK. There is tremendous potential in that trade deal – I say probably two and even three times of what we are doing right now.”NO JEREMY CORBYNOn a trip to Britain last year, Trump shocked the British political establishment by hammering May over Brexit and praising rivals, but on Tuesday the had only warm words for the prime minister.“I think she has done a very good job,” he said. However, he said he had refused to meet opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran socialist who spoke at a protest against Trump which attracted several thousand demonstrators to central London on Tuesday.“I heard that there were protests,” Trump told reporters. “I said: ‘Where are the protests? I don’t see any protests’. I did see a small protest today when I came, very small, so a lot of it is fake news.”May, who steps down as leader of the ruling Conservative Party on Friday, praised the “precious and profound” alliance between the allies and said friends could also be open when they disagreed.“I have always talked openly with you, Donald, where we have taken a different approach – and you have done the same with me,” she said.“I have always believed that cooperation and compromise are the basis of strong alliances and nowhere is this more true than in the special relationship.” U.S. first lady Melania Trump smiles as she attends a dinner hosted by herself and U.S. President Donald Trump at Winfield House, during their state visit in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS Demonstrators take part in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump, in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville Police officers are seen outside of St James’s Palace, as they wait for U.S. President Donald Trump arrival, during his state visit in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May speak at a dinner hosted by himself and first lady Melania Trump at Winfield House, during their state visit in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS A “Baby Trump” balloon flies over demonstrators as they take part in an anti-Trump protest in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis A giant inflatable blimp depicting Donald Trump as a pouting baby floats during an anti-Trump protest in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis Ivanka Trump attends a dinner hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Winfield House, during their state visit in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS A “Baby Trump” balloon inflates, during a protest in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Demonstrators take part in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump, in Trafalgar Square, London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne A red carpet is prepared at 10 Downing Street before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to meet Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, as part of his state visit in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls U.S. first lady Melania Trump, Suzanne Ircha and Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attend a dinner at Winfield House, during U.S. President Donald Trump’s state visit in London, Britain June 4, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS <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

Mystery at the Vatican graves

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Vatican employees opening one of the graves which was found emptyVatican employees opening one of the graves which was found empty The opening of the two graves in the Vatican’s Teutonic Cemetery in a quest to verify the possible presence of the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, opened a Pandora Box since both graves were found empty and bare.Experts in the presence of the Vatican Ġendarmerie found no human remains, no coffins, no urns and no bones in the two 19th century graves in the Teutonic Cemetery inside the Vatican where forensic experts were searching for the remains of Emanuela Orlandi.The 15 year-old-daughter of a Vatican bank employee, whose family lived inside Vatican City, disappeared on June 22, 1983.Two empty tombsA statement by the Holy See Press Office on Thursday confirmed that the operations at the Teutonic Cemetery to verify the hypothesis of the presence of human remains attributable to Emanuela Orlandi ended at 11.15 a.m. and have yielded negative results.The statement said that investigations were carried out by staff of the Fabbrica di San Pietro in the presence of the Orlandi family’s lawyer, and Emanuela’s brother.Vatican justice and police authorities were also present.“A careful inspection of the tomb of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe brought to light a large underground space of about 4 meters by 3.70 that is completely empty. Subsequently, the second tomb, that of Princess Charlotte Federica of Mecklemburg was opened. No human remains were found inside. The relatives of the two Princesses were informed of the outcome of the search,” Gisotti said.The plot thickensAs the plot thickens, the Press Office director informed the press that ulterior investigations are underway regarding structural interventions that took place in the cemetery area in two different periods: at the end of the 19th century and between  the ‘60s and ‘70s in the 20th century.Gisotti highlighted how the Holy See has always shown sensitivity and closeness to the suffering of the Orlandi Family, in particular to Emanuela’s mother. This sensitivity, he said, is demonstrated yet again on this occasion, by accepting the specific request of the family to go ahead with digging operations in the Vatican’s Teutonic Cemetery.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

MTN Becomes the First Mobile Operator in the World to Test the

first_imgAdvertisement After joining the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) earlier this year, MTN Group has become the first mobile operator in the world to deploy and test the open optical packet transport platform, known as Voyager.The TIP initiative, which was launched in February 2016, is a global endeavor which brings together key stakeholders in the telecoms and technology space to collaborate on the development of new technologies and find fresh approaches to build and deploy telecom network infrastructure.The project aims to reduce costs and increase the speed of rolling out internet connectivity. – Advertisement – MTN is part of the Open Optical Packet Transport project group, and worked closely with the TIP community to field-test the Voyager next generation technology in MTN data centres between 14th Avenue in Fairlands and Soccer City in Soweto, at the end of October. The test results showed the highest performance with zero packet (signal) loss and potential for significant overall cost savings.Group Network Technology Officer at MTN; Navi Naidoo, said the company is excited about the possibility of bringing more than 19Tbps of connectivity to the community, using open optical networking technology.“Open platforms move away from the vendors’ proprietary platforms which usually come at a huge cost. This means that the roll out of the Voyager platform will enable operators to install a network at a lower cost, which in turn, will result in cheaper connectivity for customers,” Navi said in a statement.The results of the Voyager test have been presented at the TIP Summit, currently underway in California, USA, with next steps being to obtain the necessary approvals and explore commercial roll out of the platform.“It’s great to see what we have been able to accomplish with TIP members since we launched in February,” says Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Director of Engineering at Facebook.“The Open Optical Packet Transport project group, where MTN has worked closely to field-test Voyager, is a critical part of advancing our goals,” Schmidtke adds.Naidoo reiterates Schmidtke’s sentiments, and says that through further collaboration with the TIP community, MTN hopes to help unlock innovation faster and enable greater efficiency, in line with the company’s vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to customers.last_img read more

Winners of Youth Innovation Challenge to Engage in Peacebuilding in South Sudan

first_imgPicture: Showing are the Kenyan software developers participating in a hackathon organised by Nokia in June 2012. However, Internet of Things has commanded the attention of developers and tech professionals alike. Image Credit: Developlocal Advertisement The Youth Innovation Challenge for Peace was organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Community Security and Arms Control Project to specifically recognize the strength of youth-led initiatives and the impact of home-grown ideas on societies emerging from conflict. 132 youth attended the original introduction workshop when the competition launched in August 2016.From there, 150 ideas were submitted and 26 semi-finalists were selected by an evaluation committee to participate in this week’s “ideation workshop”.In a press statement, Eugene Owusu; Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, said; “The purpose of the challenge is not to reward ideas with dollars but to inspire and nurture creativity that would transform South Sudan.” – Advertisement – “ The challenge is about building a culture of peace and thrusting the youth at the forefront of creativity and social change, amplifying their ambition and smart use of new technology to engage and transform their society,” Owusu adds.The participants received guidance and support for refining their ideas, structuring their proposals, and delivering effective presentations from UNDP’s Regional Innovation Advisor for Africa Mr. Mark Lepage and local open technology experts from Juba Hub (jHub).Lightning-round sessions were held on Tuesday, where each project had seven minutes to present their idea in whatever format they chose.Semi-finalists were judged based on a common set of criteria: clarity and presentation of their idea; creativity and originality of their idea; addresses the issue of engaging youth in peace; viability in the long term and financial sustainability; number of youth and general population who could benefit; implementable and realistic; scalable and replicable; and gender and social inclusion.WinnersThe overall winning proposal, taking home the top prize of US$10,000 was an individual submission from Mr. Kwaje called 64 Hands SACCO (savings and credit co-operative society), which combines social entrepreneurship with peace-building by providing South Sudanese small and medium enterprises access to a community-based source of financing. 64 Hands SACCO is designed to be propelled by youth drawn from all 64 tribes in South Sudan.Kilkilu ana Comedy Extra placed second, with seed funding of US$6,000 to execute their vision of developing multi-lingual comedy performances to promote healing, understanding, and reconciliation. Their proposal focused on a pilot program to take place in IDP camps in and around Juba.GOGIRLS-ICT Initiative won third place and will receive US$4,000 awarded to implement their proposed #TTOS-ICT project. The aim of the project is to engage, educate and empower women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based fields through a philosophy of chain-based trainings. GOGIRLS-ICT Initiative focuses on mentoring and making meaningful social impact to address development challenges women and girls face in South Sudan which contribute to insecurity, like early and forced marriage, illiteracy, and unemployment.The winning submissions will work closely with UNDP moving forward, with the ultimate aim of implementing their ideas on the ground in pilot programs.Full report: APOlast_img read more

CGE Launches an African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative – calls for applicants

first_imgAfrican Women Entrepreneurs. (Photo Courtesy: Afrika News) Advertisement The Centre for Global Enterprise (CGE) has launched a new training programme dedicated to African women entrepreneurs, with applications now open to the inaugural edition of the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC).AWEC is a 12-month training programme which aims to build a pan-African community of women entrepreneurs and business owners, and empower them with the strategy, leadership and business management skills needed for growth and economic advancement.The majority of the programme will be delivered via an online learning platform, involving video tutorials, course activities and materials, and mentoring and coaching sessions. – Advertisement – There will also be a number of peer sessions to facilitate the building of a pan-African network, and to share experiences and develop soft skills.Two in-person Leadership Summits will be held throughout the year-long programme – tentatively scheduled for Kigali, Rwanda and Casablanca, Morocco.Founded by former IBM chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Sam Palmisano, CGE has secured philanthropic funding to cover the fees of all participants.“AWEC is an inclusive programme and we encourage women from across Africa and its diaspora to apply,” said Karen Sippel, managing director of AWEC.“We welcome not only the savvy business woman who has successfully run her company for many years and needs additional management skills to scale, but also the employee who has identified a need in her society and aspires to build a company to meet that need. We hope that AWEC is the spark that enables the next great generation of African women entrepreneurs.”Those that wish to send in their applications should do so, not later than February 14th, 2018.Key Dates for 2018-201931 January 2018Application period opens.14 February 2018Application period closes.1 March 2018Acceptance notifications sent.19 March 2018Orientation opens.3 April 2018AWEC Launch / Welcome Session (online video conference).April 2018-March 2019Core AWEC programming.September 2018First Leadership Summit (Location TBD).March 2019Second Leadership Summit (Location TBD).3 April 2019Final live session.April 2019Certificates of Completion sent.This article has been written with inputs from Disrupt Africa and The CGElast_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 10 AugustRACING3.00 LeicesterHeadline News 6/1 > 3/13.30 LeicesterPiazon 9/1 > 9/24.05 CurraghKool Kompany 5/2 > 2/14.15 WindsorGlasgow Gailes 9/2 > 100/304.30 LeicesterArrowzone 13/2 > 7/2COMMUNITY SHIELDMoney for Arsenal 9/4 > 21/10.What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

PREVIEW Liverpool v Real Madrid

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result for the column yesterday with the HT/FT Chelsea bet never looking in any danger.More Champions League action tonight and the headline match is without doubt at Anfield.Liverpool v Real MadridChampions League7.45pm, LIVE SKY SPORTS 5HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2009 Champions League Liverpool 4-0 Real MadridFeb 2009 Champions League Real Madrid 0-1 LiverpoolMay 1981 European Cup Liverpool 1-0 Real MadridLiverpool have a record of played 3, won 3 against Real Madrid but the Spanish side come into this in terrific form, hence why they are now odds on from odds against for the win tonight.Liverpool are struggling currently, certainly compared with their efforts of last season and are clearly missing Suarez and the still-injured Sturridge up front.But they have plenty of problems too in defence as we saw yet again in the dramatic match at QPR at the weekend and come up against a Real Madrid side tonight who have scored 32 goals in their last seven matches.However, and this is where there is a glimmer of light for Liverpool, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos are both out for Real Madrid due to a injured thigh muscle and calf muscle respectively. To compound problems Mario Balotelli is badly out of sorts on the pitch at the moment.Madrid, defending champions, currently top Group B after winning both their opening games and head into the first (of many!) El Clasico’s against Barcelona on Sunday.The bad news for Liverpool is that Cristiano Ronaldo does play and he has scored an incredible 15 goals from Real Madrid’s first eight matches of the season.Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted “He’s a player off the charts. His evolution in recent years, the way how he has become a goalscorer has been amazing, we need to know to stop him”.Liverpool might be able to raise their game to secure a draw – Real Madrid’s price looks just a little short now for me.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW at around 14/5 for 5 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 12.97 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Leftie Hypocrite Watch

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood evening, viewers. Today on Middle-class-leftie-Hypocrite-watch, we’re off to Belsize Park, in North London. I’m afraid, Blog, that there’s been an emergency call-out, due to some wealthy luvvies and pretend-nice-face trust-funders, getting FAR too ahead of themselves!There’s a Tesco’s opening (proposed site pictured) ! SHOCK HORROR!! And ALL OF A SUDDEN, the local plastic-socialists are out in force. Emma Thompson, leading the way, for the lefties-that-love-money. Hang on, hang on, Blog! We better get this one right!! Surely, you want ALL spheres of society (yuck) to be able to afford to live in your area?Surely, if you’re proper lefties, you LIKE seeing all the local green-grocers and independent-operators getting whacked by Tesco’s? (‘Haha! We knew all those horrible self-employed people would never make it pay all on their own!!’).And if you REALLY love all the key-workery-teachery-types, you WANT everyone to have exactly the same old dross, anyway? Why would you even ask for MORE?!You’ve been FOUND OUT. DON’T WORRY – YOUR OCADO’S ON THE WAY. AND YOU CAN GET BACK TO DREAMING ABOUT TAX-DODGING SCHEMES, LIKE THE REST OF US.last_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Punchestown Sunday

first_img[dropcap]K[/dropcap]eeping all fingers crossed that Punchestown passes their 8am inspection. It’s a cracker of a card featuring the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase at 2.05pm.SUNDAYPUNCHESTOWNROARING BULL (12.30pm)Very interesting and tricky opener with just five runners but all having strong claims. My fella Roaring Bull wouldn’t have been suited by how the race turned out at Gowran Park last time out and I’m hoping that form is best ignored. He was forced to lead at a very slow pace but even saying that I’m sure he will come on a great deal for the run. I was onboard Trainwreck when he won last time in Clonmel and he looks a big danger.GUN DIGGER (1pm)Won his bumper nicely enough in bottomless ground at Thurles a couple of weeks ago and I’m looking forward to teaming up with him on his hurdling debut. He’s got point to point form so jumping experience won’t be a worry. Getabird looks an obvious threat – off the track for over 300 days but as we’ve seen so often with the Willie Mullins stable this doesn’t count against them.SUB LIEUTENANT (2.05pm John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase)Grand horse who was was third in this last season to Djakadam who makes his seasonal reappearance today. It looks a belter of a renewal with Gold Cup winner Sizing John also back. Sub Lieutenant hasn’t run to the best of his form so far this season and will need to be at his very best level in this top class Grade 1.AVENIR D’UNE VIE (2.35pm)He tipped up over course and distance last time out but I put that down as a blip as he is usually a sound jumped and he might well have been unlucky that day as we were still going great guns in the lead.YOUR SAYMany thanks to John Oakes and Tom Dean for your recent questions.John asked: “Where does Lord Windermere stand in your list of Cheltenham Festival winners?”Right up at the top of the list. He was a very good horse as he proved when winning the RSA but to go on and win the Gold Cup the following year was just tremendous and a memory I’ll treasure forever.Tom asked: “Are there any novice/unraced horses that you’ve sat on at Gordon Elliott’s that could be potentially smart?”We’ve got nothing left up our sleeves at this stage of the season Tom. I’m hopeful for Gun Digger at Punchestown today but drop us the same email earlier next season and I’ll try and help.If you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Policy must guide human embryo research Baker Institute experts say

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduPolicy must guide human embryo research, Baker Institute experts say HOUSTON – (Jan. 31, 2019) – Human embryo research is a controversial topic that often pits the necessity of biomedical investigation against the moral commitment to protect early human life. A new series of research papers from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is discussing human embryos and the related ethical, policy and scientific issues that arise during the research process.Credit: UniversityThe first paper, “Politics and Policies Guiding Human Embryo Research in the United States,” by Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy in the Center for Health and Biosciences at the Baker Institute, and former research assistant Erin Yang reviews the history of federal, state and private policies impacting this research. It also examines the possibility and the potential impact of changes to those policies.“Human embryo research … forces us to consider who counts as a person, what it means to be a human being, what rights and interests are accorded to human beings at various stages of development, and what may be done to humans at various stages of life under different circumstances,” the authors wrote.The research has also been linked to public debates and disagreements, especially in the U.S., related to abortion, the authors said.“Finally, this area of research requires us to determine the limits we should place on scientific research and knowledge,” the authors wrote. “Is any human embryo research that advances knowledge acceptable? If not, what limits should be imposed, and who should set them?”The term “embryo” is widely accepted as the mass of cells in the earliest stages of development into a new organism, the authors said. Scientists define the human embryonic stage as the time from fertilization to the eighth week of gestation (56 days after conception), when it becomes known as a fetus and starts to develop more advanced physical and neurosensory features. U.S. federal law does not define the term “embryo”; instead, it defines a fetus as the entity from the implantation stage (which scientists define as 7–14 days after conception) to delivery. For their paper, the authors used the term “embryo” to describe the time of development from the first 56 days after conception.Early human embryo research led to in vitro fertilization (IVF), which revolutionized medical treatments for infertility, the authors said. Scientists conducted decades of research to develop IVF techniques before the procedure was first successfully performed in 1978 by British scientists Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe.Human embryo research received substantial media attention when such research was linked to the emerging field of regenerative medicine, the authors said. In 1998, scientists — many of whom were from the U.S. — reported culturing human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) for the first time.“hESCs, obtained from 5- to 6-day-old embryos, offered scientists the possibility of creating almost any cell or tissue in the human body, providing a new tool to study early human development and different disease states with the goal of eventually developing treatments to replace diseased or injured cells or tissues,” the authors wrote. “However, this research and the isolation of hESCs required the destruction of embryos.”From 1949’s Nuremberg Code, which described ethical principles that should govern human research, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s 2017 draft of a strategic plan that adds “beginning at conception” to its mission statement, human embryo research has been impacted by various ethical commissions, regulations, legislation, policy developments and scientific achievements.Even before IVF, discussions were underway in the U.S. over whether research that uses embryos or results in their destruction is ever permissible and, if so, under what circumstances, the authors said.“Over the past four decades, policies have been proposed by national bioethics commissions, but little has been achieved in terms of a legislative solution,” the authors wrote. “Instead, most human embryo research is guided by an unofficial limit allowing research only until the 14th day of development, which dates back to a 1979 U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare report on IVF. This end date is not specified in any law and is irrelevant to federally funded research, since no human embryo research is funded by the federal government. But the limit is accepted by nongovernmental organizations, especially professional societies that oversee scientists and doctors who would participate in such research.”Scientists’ ability to study early human embryo development in vitro has, until recently, been limited to the time the implantation stage begins (between days 5 and 7), which is also when an IVF egg would be implanted, the authors said. However, in May 2016, two research groups (one from the U.S. and the other from the U.K.) reported culturing human embryos in vitro up to the 14-day limit.“After these groups had to halt their experiments because of the 14-day guideline, some scientists and ethicists called for a reevaluation of the decades-old rule,” the authors wrote. “Proponents of extending the guideline to later time points cite the therapeutic possibilities that could arise with more research on early development. But other scholars noted that the guideline was a hard-won compromise and urged that it not be lifted.”The authors concluded, “While science and research continue to progress, it is the role of policy to guide this research. As the Nuremberg Code and the Common Rule did for broader human subjects research, so the 14-day rule does for human embryo research. Beyond the policies that can be implemented, we should also address what should be done from a moral standpoint. These questions are addressed in the companion reports that will follow, which assess the scientific merit of expanded human embryo research — i.e., what can be done — and ethical questions associated with altering the 14-day guideline for human embryo research in the United States — i.e., what ought to be done.”The series, “Drawing the Line: Assessing and Analyzing the U.S. Rule on Embryo Research from Ethical, Political and Scientific Perspectives,” is funded by The Greenwall Foundation.To interview one of the authors, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute and its Center for Health and Biosciences via Twitter @BakerInstitute and @BakerCHB.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Paper: biography: in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more