Monthly Archives: July 2019

FUNDRAISING for the 2011 Academy Tour of Australia

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first_imgFUNDRAISING for the 2011 Academy Tour of Australia continues in earnest with a bag pack at Tesco in Haydock.Boots and the players greeting shoppers and lent them a helping hand at the checkouts.Saints would like to thank Tesco and the local people of Haydock for their support… the tour is now only seven weeks away and these funds will ensure the production line of talent continues!last_img

RUGBY League World Cup 2013 announced today that t

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first_imgRUGBY League World Cup 2013 announced today that the venue for the Tonga v Scotland and Scotland v Italy matches will be Derwent Park, home of Workington Town RLFC, following a successful bid from Allerdale Borough Council and the club.The matches were originally planned to be staged at the proposed Pow Beck Stadium in Whitehaven but it was not certain that the new stadium would be built in time.Organisers received proposals for the replacement venue from both existing RLWC2013 venues and some new areas, however the favoured option was always to keep the games in West Cumbria, if possible.The right for Allerdale to host the two games is predicated on the Borough Council, supported by Britain’s Energy Coast, investing £450,000 to upgrade Derwent Park to RLWC2013 standards.RLWC2013 Tournament Director Nigel Wood said: “We are delighted to announce that these two matches will be played at Derwent Park and that they will therefore be staying in West Cumbria. One of the stated values for RLWC2013 is passion for the game and we believe that is reflected by Rugby League fans across West Cumbria. So this is great news for those fans above all.“We know that there will be a challenge for the Workington host consortium to prepare Derwent Park for the tournament. But we have been rigorous in our examination of the proposal from Allerdale Borough Council, Britain’s Energy Coast and Workington Town and we strongly believe that their level of commitment and the £450,000 investment will make West Cumbria a great part of RLWC2013.“It is also great news that Copeland Borough Council’s hard work can still be utilised and that they will still be involved in RLWC2013 by hosting Scotland’s training base at the Cumbria Sports Academy in Whitehaven.“Scotland will play Tonga and Italy at Derwent Park in Group C and today’s news will also allow us to release the match dates for the tournament in the next few days.”last_img read more

SAINTS are pleased with the six players named in t

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first_imgSAINTS are pleased with the six players named in the England Youth and Academy squads.Fresh from the Australia tour Luke Thompson (right) has retained his and he joined by Greg Richards (left) in a squad that will be take on France in March.Local St Helens players Aaron Smith, Liam Cooper and Jake Campbell are joined by Wigan based Lewis Fairhurst in the England Youth set up who will take on Wales.“We are thrilled for the lads that have been selected in these squads,” Derek Traynor Academy Head Coach said. “They have all been with us in the Scholarship and Academy from the earliest age possible and these squad places are just reward for their hard work and dedication.“We also count ourselves unlucky not to have had more players selected in these squads and rest assured we will keep working hard to ensure all our juniors have the best opportunity at progression in our sport.“These selections are testament to the excellent relationships we have with all the community clubs who deserve recognition for their hard work over the years.”last_img read more

MARK Flanagan is hoping to put a nightmare year be

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first_imgMARK Flanagan is hoping to put a nightmare year behind him and come back as strong as ever.The back rower suffered a knee injury at Hull KR in early April which ultimately ruled him out for the season.But now he’s injury free, in full training and has agreed a two-year contract.“I have loved my two years at Saints, it has been great,” he said. “I actually agreed on the deal before my injury but the club stayed true to their word and honoured the contract.“I was worried that it might not happen, but Eamonn, Mike Rush and Browny stuck by me and I want to repay their faith. I want to repay the club with some silverware.“I’ve spent six to seven months with the physios and they have become my best friends. They have been great and I have to thank them. I’m now working hard to get baseline fitness for the new season. It’s great I’m now back with the lads again. I’m glad pre-season has come around.”Flash has played 36 times for Saints in his two years to date and believes the 2014 squad is looking very strong.“We have brought quality players in and they offer a lot to the team,” he continued. “There’s competition for places and that will bring the best out of us all.“We will have Jonny Lomax playing a full season at full back, Luke Walsh at 7 and Roby at 9. That is a strong spine and with good forwards and a young back line we will be a force to be reckoned with.“Last season was tough for us as we had a lot of enforced changes. We are more stable this year and if we have more luck with injuries then we should go well. We weathered a lot of adversity and came good at the end. We proved we were a match for anyone and now we need to kick on and improve.”You can join Mark and his teammates in 2014 with a season ticket. They offer great value on matchday prices and you can also pay by Direct Debit. Click here to find out more.last_img read more

DAY 21 – Our traditional method of finishing the t

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first_imgDAY 21 – Our traditional method of finishing the tour is for an evening bridge climb where the party climbs up in the day and then down again at night.As avid readers will no doubt be aware our efforts this time were thwarted by some severe thunderstorms.At the time the lightning hit the bridge all three climb groups were kitted out ready, with two groups on the initial stages of the climb!Our bridge climb had been rearranged for Monday morning at 8am, which actually means leaving on the bus for 6am.Now, getting 25 teenagers out of bed, washed, fed and bus loaded with all luggage is an effort in itself (not to mention Ian Talbot who we all acknowledge as mentally still being a teenager), but to do it by 6am means alarms set for 5am!So some hastily rearranged plans saw us nip for some food and then back to base for a chaotic couple of hours. We returned at 9.45pm to start the packing as we’d totally lost our leisurely Monday morning that was expected.Packing was an ordeal in itself with the sheer amount of stuff the lads had bought.Messers Tommy Martyn and Eric Frodsham were definitely the leading shoppers, closely followed by Robbie Horton and Harry Coleman. Tommy actually left the same amount of stuff as he’d packed for home and his bag still weighed 29kg at the airport.After a hectic 90 mins we were all ready to go with the presentation awards, which were the hardest ever to pick. For every category there were numerous candidates and the staff deliberated long and hard over each; 2015 truly was a whole squad effort.So to end the tour blogs I’m pleased to announce the following awards:Best Tourist – Matthew KilgannonBest Back – Kevin BrownBest Forward – Christopher FollinCoaches’ Player – Lewis FurlongPlayers’ Player – Matthew LeesSorry a few more things to add…After a maximum of four hours sleep, glorious sunshine awaited the 29 bridge climbers for some breathtaking views of the city.As usual the lads’ naivety was in evidence, but we’ll put that down to lack of sleep.Kevin Brown started the ball rolling by putting his harness on upside down and once at the airport Cameron Brown managed to check his 23kg suitcase in at the desk then take it back to wheel through passport control…!With time differences and Wi-Fi access I’m not sure what day or time you are reading this! For the next 26 hours though time becomes irrelevant to us sat in economy class and transit, though I’m sure Mike Rush will manage to catch at least 15hrs shut eye.Come on you Saints…last_img read more

Saints are seeking their third win over the Warrio

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first_imgSaints are seeking their third win over the Warriors this season – and one that would hand them the League Leaders’ Shield.This Season’s Meetings:Wigan 6, St Helens 14 (SLR22, 19/7/18) St Helens 21, Wigan 18 (SLR8, 30/3/18)Last Ten Meetings:Wigan 6, St Helens 14 (SLR22, 19/7/18) St Helens 21, Wigan 18 (SLR8, 30/3/18) St Helens 16, Wigan 26 (SLS8-R4, 1/9/17) St Helens 22, Wigan 19 (SLR15, 25/5/17) Wigan 29, St Helens 18 (SLR9, 14/4/17) Wigan 25, St Helens 0 (SLS8-R3, 19/8/16) Wigan 4, St Helens 23 (SLR23, 22/7/16) St Helens 12, Wigan 24 (SLR7, 25/3/16) St Helens 18, Wigan 14 (SLS8-R6, 18/9/15) St Helens 30, Wigan 14 (SLR18, 12/6/15)Super League Summary:St Helens won 36 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs) Wigan won 36 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs) 4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin) Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsWigan Tries135 (1st)109 (2nd)Goals109 (1st)96 (4th)Metres35,481 (1st)33,436 (3rd)Breaks200 (1st)169 (2nd)Tackles8,297 (6th)7,966 (11th)Penalties175 (11th)219 (4th)Factoids:Kyle Amor – one appearance away from 200 for Super League (3 for Leeds, 2010; 74 for Wakefield, 2011-2013 and 122 for St Helens, 2014-2018)Jonny Lomax – 6 points away from 500 in Super League (494 for St Helens, 2009-2018)Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 28 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford at the beginning of the season.19-Man Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Wigan: 1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Tom Davies, 3. Dan Sarginson, 4. Oliver Gildart, 6. George Williams, 7. Sam Powell, 8. Tony Clubb, 9. Thomas Leuluai, 10. Ben Flower, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. John Bateman, 15. Ryan Sutton, 19. Willie Isa, 20. Morgan Escare, 25. Romain Navarrete, 30. Gabriel Hamlin, 35. Oliver Partington, 36. Samuel Kibula, 40. Joe Greenwood.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 24 2 Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 18 3 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Mark Percival (St Helens) 17 5 = Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 7 Jonny Lomax (St Helens) 15 8 = Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 14 10 Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 13Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 109 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 84 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 4 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 54 5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 53 6 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 7 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 46 8 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 45 9 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39 10 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 2 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 88.46 (46/52) 3 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 87.50 (14/16) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 7 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.27 (51/66)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 237 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 211 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 118 5 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 117 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 112 7 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 8 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 100 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 98 10 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96Betfred Super League Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints252230761330431442Wigan Warriors251870632373259363Castleford Tigers25168161752295334Warrington Wolves251591605444161315Huddersfield Giants2513111469647-178276Wakefield Trinity251113162853573237Hull FC2511140553601-48228Catalans Dragons2510141500622-12221Tickets:Saints host Wigan at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday August 31 (7:45pm).Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Club First Team

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first_imgExciting Saints forward Ashworth is joined by fellow Wigan newcomers Dom Manfredi, Liam Marshall and Joe Bullock, whilst Matt English, Adam O’Brien and Darnell McIntosh are the three Huddersfield newcomers.Salford’s Josh Jones, Castleford’s Alex Foster and Leeds Rhinos’ Cameron Smith are the remaining newcomers.The Saints trio’s inclusion comes after yesterday’s announcement that six Saints were included in the Elite Performance squad.The KPS will join the 30-man England Performance Squad at their first get-together of the season next month, and will hold a number of other meetings and training sessions in the remainder of the year – with at least one home fixture being planned for this autumn, when the senior Great Britain squad are on tour in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.Paul Anderson, the England Knights head coach, said: “We think this is an exciting group of players, all of whom know from their selection that they are very much in the thoughts of the England coaches.“Involvement in the Knights set-up gives them the chance to impress, as has been shown by the England debuts made by so many players from the KPS last year, and the inclusion in this year’s England Performance Squad of Robbie Mulhern and our 2018 captain Jack Hughes.“The trip to Papua New Guinea last year was such a memorable trip for all of us but also a massive benefit both physically and mentally as we develop elite level players for future tournaments, building towards the 2021 and 2025 World Cups.” England Knights Performance Squad in full:Alex Foster (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs)Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers, Normanton Knights)Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs)Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons, Bold Miners)Matt English (Huddersfield Giants, Stanley Rangers)Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants, Dewsbury Celtic)Adam O’Brien (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)Oliver Roberts (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)Chris Atkin (Hull KR, Liverpool John Moores University)Dean Hadley (Hull FC, Skirlaugh) Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC, West Hull)Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane)Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils, Siddal)Josh Jones (Salford Red Devils, Blackbrook Royals)Jack Ashworth (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)Matt Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield)Danny Richardson (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity, Crigglestone All Blacks)Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Blacks)Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves, York RUFC)Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)Dec Patton (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Giants)Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles)Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)Joe Bullock (Wigan Warriors, Blackpool Scorpion)Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Dom Manfredi (Wigan Warriors, Leigh Miners)Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)last_img read more

What are your representatives doing to stop school shootings

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first_img US SenateSen. Richard Burr (R)In a statement, Burr’s Press Secretary Ben Khouri said Burr “deeply believes we must prevent guns from getting into the hands of those seeking to do harm but we must do so without violating the rights of law-abiding Americans. He has supported strengthening the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as well as numerous mental health bills during his time in Congress.‎“Sen. Burr also supports and has voted for legislation to ensure that all appropriate records are in the system that our government uses to conduct federal background checks for people who are trying to purchase a gun. We must be able to efficiently and effectively screen would-be gun buyers for mental problems and criminal convictions. Sen. Burr has also voted for legislation to prevent terrorists from getting guns, while also making sure American citizens have a right to due process.“Additionally, Sen. Burr understands the need to strengthen our mental health system. He voted for the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act in September 2015. This measure would reauthorize programs increasing awareness and prevention of early signs of mental health conditions.”Related Article: Deputies: Suspect in custody after break-in at West Brunswick HighSen. Thom Tillis (R)“We must ensure firearms are staying out of the wrong hands, and last year I co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would enhance compliance and accuracy of the background check system to keep firearms away from criminals.”US HouseRep. Robert Pittenger (R-3rd District)“Nikolas Cruz passed a background check. So did Dylann Roof, due to an FBI error. The focus on additional gun control is a case of misplaced priorities. America needs to focus on the root causes of violence by addressing mental health and the glorification of carnage in games, movies, and music. Violence is a matter of the heart, yet many wish to dismiss morality and values from the public square. We are dealing with the result.“While deployment of Student Resource Officers is a state and local issue, as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and a strong advocate of law enforcement, I believe they perform a vital service.”Rep. David Rouzer (R-7th District)“Honestly I don’t think there is much Congress can do that would address tragedies such as Florida or any other tragedy for that matter. This is a matter of hearts and minds.”NC SenateSen. Danny Britt (R-Columbus County)No responseSen. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover County)“While all the facts about the event in Florida are still being determined, it appears the incident was caused by the intersection of mental illness and a firearm. While I have introduced legislation to find ways for patients and caregivers to better navigate a complicated mental health system, I do not have an immediate solution to prevent a tragedy like this from occurring in every situation. I will be reaching out to the same mental health and law enforcement professionals I reached out to in pulling together the mental health navigation program to see if this issue can be addressed within the process they are already creating or if another program should be explored.”Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick County)“Making the schools safer. I think our officials everywhere are doing all they can. Are we going to have to completely lock them down? I don’t know. But we do have to do everything we can to ensure that our children are safe not only in school but in our parks, in our theaters. Everywhere they go. I think we have a huge mental health problem throughout our nation and in this state.”“A simple solution? One-stop shop to fix all? No I don’t. I think it is something that we see in society today and I don’t know that we can completely change society. I don’t know that we can remove the sick individuals or the potentials. The people that are potentially a hazard that we can remove them all. I know that no one can see this or even think about it and not just get cold chills. It could have been in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii. It’s just a horrible, horrible thing.”NC HouseRep. William Brisson (R-Bladen County)No responseRep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover County)“If you understand the statistics about gun violence in this country, we must speak about changes necessary in this country. We are as likely to be robbed as in the UK but 53 times more likely to die at the hands of gun violence during that robbery.”“I will absolutely support far more stringent background checks, more funding for mental health care, will support any legislation that puts reasonable controls on gun ownership.”“In the last session we tried to put forward amendments to strengthen measures and were defeated. Until we have votes in the NC Legislature these bills are not going anywhere.“Leadership made it clear they’re in the pockets of the NRA.“I’m happy to draft legislation. It won’t go anywhere, but that don’t mean we won’t keep trying.”Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover County)“You look at firearms, you look at bills we’ve had in Raleigh about, that address firearms, I’ve been a big proponent that someone who wants to purchase a firearm have a background check, I believe they should receive training, so that when someone does have a firearm, it’s been vetted and is someone who is mentally and physically able to posses a gun and use it lawful.”“Some of (the gun) bills (introduced recently) want to do away with background checks, they want to do away with requirements for education. I am against that. I am a very staunch supporter of it that people should receive proper training and be qualified before issued a gun permit.”Rep. Holly Grange (R-New Hanover County)“I’m going to go back to Raleigh, and we’re going to have some discussions about this. We’re not in a bubble, but I’m telling you what we do now in Wilmington with, as an example Wilmington Health Access for Teens, I think that’s a start.”“Yes we do need action, but it needs to be a community effort. It can’t just be the legislator, can’t just be the county commissioners, it can’t just be the mental health system, it can’t just be law enforcement. It needs to be a community effort because that’s what it takes.”“It’s got to be a community effort and everyone needs to do their part including the legislator to answer your question.”“Well, I don’t know that there’s a way that we can make sure things like this don’t happen again. I don’t think that’s possible, but we can certainly minimize things like this happening again.”Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick County)“What I plan to do statewide, I will obviously be talking to the Justice of Public Safety folks. I know we haven’t funded our law enforcement like we probably should have statewide. Although here in (Brunswick) County, they’ve done a great job in the schools, the Sheriff’s Department has, particularly, with the resource officers, and I wanna see if we can use that model for the state and see how many counties can have a sheriff’s car and a sheriff’s deputy in every school. I think that would be a good start, because I think it helps here. You don’t know how many things you’ve prevented, either fights or with knives or guns or fists or whatever. You don’t know what you’ve prevented with that presence of law enforcement right there at the school. People coming in seeing that big black car in front of the school, the deputy’s car. I think it’s a great program, and it started here quite a few years ago. After Sandy Hook it went not only in the high schools and middle schools. They started in the elementaries. Immediately. Like the next Monday they had them at all the elementaries as well. So all the schools have had them ever since; have a car and an officer in every school.”“I think we need to do a better job of not just funding but also best practices for mental health and detox. To help head off some of the root causes of some of these folks that do crazy things.”Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus County)No ResponseRep. Bob Muller (R-Pender County)“There is no solution right now. We have to wait for the fact, and that’s all I have to say about that.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A day after the 25th fatal school shooting in the United States since Columbine, we wanted to know what the people who represent us in Washington and Raleigh are doing to try and make sure it doesn’t happen again.We reached out to each member of southeastern North Carolina’s congressional and legislative delegation. Here are their responses:- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in fatal puppy beating

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first_img 1 of 2 The group is calling for tougher animal cruelty laws.Related Article: Man wanted after allegedly crashing car into Wilmington Riverwalk“Animals are living beings,” Bannon said. “We need to protect them as much as we can because they can’t protect themselves.”Tammy Croom, who is part of the group, adopted Axel from New Hanover County Animal Services.Simpson is the boyfriend of Croom’s daughter. He was left alone with the puppy while everyone else went to visit family on Christmas day. When they returned, they found the puppy’s body behind a shed in the backyard.This afternoon, Croom stood in court and forgave Simpson for what he did. She said she hopes he can change and that he has learned from his mistakes.In the meantime, Croom is working to make sure the punishment of what happened to her pup fits the crime.“I’m pushing to have a database made for anybody that physically hurts, or harms an animal, that they have to register and that their animal rights be stripped from them,” Croom said.Simpson received an additional 20 day sentence, followed by 3-years probation along with a series of assessments including a mental health assessment, substance abuse assessment and anger management treatment.“The judge set precedent today,” group member, Joe Cina said. “The fact that this gentleman is going to have to go through anger management, he’s gonna have to go through all sorts of other assessments, the psychological assessment. Those are positives.”While many pushing for tougher animal laws wanted more jail time for Simpson, they thought the sentencing was fair.“He’s been in there for a while. He’s served some time already. So for the circumstances we would like to see more. But really it was reasonable. And we applaud the district attorney’s office, the judge for doing their job and putting things in place to protect a future incident,” Cina said.Simpson is ordered to stay away from Croom’s home and cannot own pets while on probation. The judge said he has dogs of his own and “cruelty like that is of a psychopath.” NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of beating a puppy to death on Christmas day has pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty.Christopher Simpson, 21, took a plea deal in New Hanover County court on Tuesday.- Advertisement – Before Simpson appeared in court, dozens of people who belong to the Facebook group, “Justice for Axel”, held a rally in front of the courthouse.“He cold-blooded murdered this puppy. This innocent little animal,” group member, Tracy Bannon said. Axel (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office)last_img read more

Dozens gathered for funeral of mom baby killed during Florence

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first_img Their funeral was held at Saint Phillip African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington.A bishop from the Second Episcopal District AME Church came from Washington DC for the service.Johnson and her child were the first fatalities of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A funeral was held Tuesday for a mother and baby killed after a tree fell on a Wilmington home during Hurricane Florence. Lesha Patrice Johnson, 41, and her eight month old child were killed on the morning of September 14 after a tree crashed through the roof of their home.Lesha Murphy-Johnson was killed after a tree fell on her Wilmington home on Sept. 14, 2018. (Photo: Facebook)- Advertisement – last_img read more

Woman at center of NC voter fraud allegations breaks her silence

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first_imgBLADENBORO, NC (WBTV) — The woman at the center of allegations of voter fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District race is breaking her silence about the work she did in the 2018 election.Lisa Britt worked for a man named McCrae Dowless, who was hired by the campaign of Republican Mark Harris to run a coordinated absentee ballot effort in Bladen and Robeson Counties.- Advertisement – Harris beat McCready in November’s election by 905 votes.The North Carolina State Board of Elections has refused to certify the results of the race and has voted to hold an evidentiary hearing to further explore voting irregularities in Bladen and Robeson Counties.Much of the public allegations of wrongdoing in the election center on Dowless; although WBTV has identified two other apparent coordinated efforts to promote absentee voting in Bladen County in this year’s election.Related Article: University of Alabama trustees vote to refund $26M giftRead more here.last_img read more

EP presidency election Update 2 Sassoli elected EP president

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first_img SharePrint Italian born David –Maria Sassoli has pipped the race for the Presidency of the European Parliament after he raked in 345 votes surpassing the absolute majority votes needed to secure the post. This was announced on Politico who also confirmed that Jan Zahrandil got 160 votes whilst Ska Keller received 119 votes. Sassoli will serve for the first 30 months of the usual EP Presidency mandate.First RoundThe first voting round for the new European parliament (EP) President has concluded with David-Maria Sassoli missing the coveted position for a handful of votes. In the first round, 735 votes were cast. Of these only 662 were valid making the required quota required for election at 332 votes. Italian David-Maria Sassoli received 325 votes, 7 votes short of the amount required. The other candidates received significantly less votes with the Czech Jan Zahradil in second place with 162 votes, Ska Keller placing third with 133 and Sira Rego receiving 42 votes. The candidatesThe four EP Presidency candidates are all coming from different parties. Ska Keller is a member of the Alliance’90/Greens, Sira Rego is a member of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left, David-Maria Sassoli belongs within the European Social Democrats ranks and Jan Zahradil is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists.The Office of the EU Parliament based in Malta explained that President Antonio Tajani is overlooking the election procedure and then end his tenure on Wednesday.The new president needs 50% +1 favourable votes from the MEPs to be elected. New candidates can join in the running for the coveted post from now on. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img WhatsApplast_img read more

7digital and RIM Strike a Chord with Music Store on the BlackBerry

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first_imgAdvertisement  Prices for BlackBerry PlayBook users will match the prices on 7digital.com, with individual tracks and albums priced in a customer’s local currency. Ben Drury, CEO 7digital comments, “We’re really excited to be working with RIM to bring the 7digital experience to the BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM has created an incredible tablet with premium multimedia features and together we are delivering a truly exceptional music experience for mobile users, offering content that is extremely easy to discover, purchase and use. “We currently have the largest international footprint of any MP3 digital music seller and we look forward to expanding our business with RIM throughout the year.”    – Advertisement – “The 7digital Music Store is a perfect complement to the high-performance BlackBerry PlayBook, providing users with fast searches and downloads, and a slick interface that makes it very easy to discover, purchase and enjoy music,” said Alistair Mitchell, Vice President, BBM Platform & Integrated Services. “We are thrilled to be working with 7digital to provide BlackBerry PlayBook users with access to an amazing catalog of 13 million tracks.” The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet running the 7digital Music Store application will be previewed this week at the South by South West conference in Austin, Texas. 7digital is a leading digital media delivery company based in London and operating globally.  Through 7digital’s download store (www.7digital.com) consumers can access over 13 million legal high quality MP3 music tracks as well as audiobooks and videos at competitive prices across Europe and North America.last_img read more

Facebook Levels Playing Field for Android iOS Developers

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first_imgAdvertisement Facebook announced an update on Tuesday, 20th August to its software developer kit (SDK) for Android that lets app users share to Facebook without having to log in to the network. Developers can now add a line of code to their apps that allows users to push content from the app to their Facebook page. If a user is already logged in to Facebook on their phone, they won’t need to log in again to share content, tag friends or share their location.Facebook released this same sharing feature for iOS in April. Tuesday’s update puts Facbook’s Android SDK on par with the iOS SDK, meaning there is nothing developers can do on one operating system that they can’t also do on the other, according to Facebook.“We’re focused on providing the best products and tools to help you build great apps for any device or platform,” wrote Facebook software engineer Chris Lang in a blog post. – Advertisement – Facebook confirmed that 73% of the top 100 Android apps already integrate with the platform, and the hope is that this update will elevate that number even higher, said a Facebook spokesperson.Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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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.Wednesday 3 DecemberRACING12.50 CatterickOdds On Dan 25/1 > 8/11.30 LingfieldPour La Victoire 5/1 > 3/13.00 LingfieldGreenside 5/1 > 2/14.50 KemptonMiss Minuti 8/1 > 4/17.20 KemptonDouneedahand 14/1 > 7/1FOOTBALL4/5 Arsenal 7/2 Southampton 13/5 DrawWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

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first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [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.Tuesday 19 JanuaryRACING2.20 SouthwellLeitrim Traveller 13/2 > 7/22.35 AyrHellorboston 11/1 > 7/12.50 SouthwellBest New Show 5/2 > 13/8LIVE FOOTBALLScottish FA Cup 4th Round Replay19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD1/5 Inverness CT 16/1 Stirling Albion 6/1 DRAWFA Cup 3rd Round Replay19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD9/4 Bristol City 13/10 West Brom 23/10 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img

BENS BLOG The GVC GravyTrain

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first_img[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hoo Choo..! Choo Choo..!! Look who’s coming, Blog. It’s Kenneth Alexander and his GVC Gravy Train…!“All aboard..! All aboard..!! I’ve got ‎the share-price up to seven quid, and because you’re all such worthless under-achievers, I’m going to start paying out some enormous dividends soon, so you can start eating again!!”. THANK YOU, KENNETH.What a fantastic story. The achievement of this time.Okay, for all those who knew more, and spent their time and money, on drugs, grunge-concerts, and studying-the-form; OPEN WIDE. You were ALL TOLD, right the way up, from just £1.20. There are no excuses.‎ GET IT DOWN YOUR GULLETS.In other news:When we first invested in GVC, a few years ago, they were worth £30million. A small-bookmaker. Establishment and Corporate-wallies pooh-poohed them. “They won’t last”. “Everywhere they bet is snide”. “Bwin are a joke, why’s he buying them?”. Now they are worth over £2billion, and have simply wandered past the staid Firms. MARCH ON, KENNETH.Over and out, B x​last_img read more

BENS BLOG Guilt Trip City and Yarmouth Races

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first_imgOver and out, B x ​ A 50/1 chance wins a race. It is Weighed-In (don’t let this leave the front of your mind, please, Blog).AFTER the Weigh-In, it then turns out that the winner was too old to run in the race.By The Rules of Racing, this has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with betting-purposes (it is not even a minor-detail). If something wrong has happened, then that is now a matter between the trainer of the inappropriately entered runner, and the powers-that-be.But, OH NO. The Corporate Firms CAN’T WAIT to play the sickening Punters’ Pal Act (the decisions being made by PR people, who aren’t using their own money to pay out; of course).Let’s examine this, Blog:Did a single on-course Punter, who’d backed the 50/1 winner, return to their Bookmaker and insist on paying back their winnings?Did any Bootlegger, who layed the Fav (that finished second), call Betfair, and scream down the phone, in injustice “I want you to not just void my Lay but actually pay it out as a Winner to the Punter who backed it with me. IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!!”.Should you be a Member of The Real World, and realise that both eventualities are an impossibility, then why should The Bookie Chaps, be subjected to this stomach-turning Guilt Trip, where we are being expected to pay out (by Punters with Angry Entitlement etched all over their faces), on not only the 50/1 winner, but ALSO the odds-on Fav that finished second?IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE A BET.last_img read more

Rice and UT Houston join DOD push for regenerative medicine

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first_imgShareCONTACTS:Jade BoydRice University713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduNatalie CamarataUniversity of Texas Health Science Center713-500-3307Natalie.W.Camarata@uth.tmc.eduRice and UT Houston join DOD push for regenerative medicineTMC program is part of $250M search for new treatments for wounded soldiersHOUSTON — (April 17, 2008) — The Department of Defense (DOD) today announced that Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will spearhead the search for innovative ways to quickly grow large volumes of bone tissue for craniofacial reconstruction for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.The program is part of a broad, $250 million national effort to rapidly apply the latest techniques in regenerative medicine to the treatment of wounded soldiers. DOD officials today unveiled the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). AFIRM is made up of two civilian research consortiums working with the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.“This is by far the largest federal investment ever made in regenerative medicine, and it’s no coincidence that the Texas Medical Center is playing an important role,” said Rice University President David Leebron. “Rice and UT Houston’s collaborative research in this area is at the forefront of this rapidly growing field.”Rice bioengineer Antonios Mikos and UT Houston surgeon Mark Wong are overseeing the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM)’s research on craniofacial reconstruction.One of AFIRM’s civilian consortiums is led by the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. The other is led by Rutgers University and the Cleveland Clinic.Rice bioengineer Antonios Mikos and UT Houston surgeon Mark Wong are overseeing the Wake Forest consortium’s research on craniofacial reconstruction. Mikos is Rice’s J.W. Cox Professor in Bioengineering, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the director of Rice’s Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering. Wong is associate professor and chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. Rice and UT Houston will receive $2 million over the next five years to spearhead the development of new tissue engineering technologies, novel reconstructive surgical techniques and innovative drug therapies that can help wounded soldiers.“Dr. Mikos and Dr. Wong have been pioneers in the development of new tissue-engineering technologies that can be used for facial reconstruction for victims of catastrophic injury,” said Dr. Peter Davies, executive vice president for research at UT Houston.Tissue engineering is a fast-growing biomedical discipline that aims to quickly grow human tissues like bone, cartilage and skin that can be surgically transplanted without risk of rejection. Tissue engineers often use a patient’s own cells as the basis for new tissue, placing them on biodegradable templates and stimulating them with chemical and physical cues.“All of our efforts, both here in Houston and around the nation, are aimed at moving forward immediately to deliver therapies to the thousands of soldiers who have been wounded in this time of war,” Mikos said.Mikos, a founding editor of the journal Tissue Engineering and president-elect of the North American Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, is one of the world’s foremost experts on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.Technology investigated by the consortium partners in craniofacial reconstruction will include the use of biopolymers as matrices for tissue regeneration and the delivery of different drugs to prevent infection and promote wound healing. Additional tissue-engineering projects that employ adult stem cells to reconstruct lost appendages such as ears and noses will also be investigated.“We are honored to be part of this consortium, which will allow us to bring to fruition many years of collaborative research with Rice University and apply novel techniques to aid the reconstruction of devastating facial defects sustained by our military personnel,” Wong said.Traditionally, it can take years for laboratory breakthroughs to be translated into clinical practice. Mikos said it is vital for engineers and doctors to work together closely — at every stage of research — if cutting-edge technology is to be quickly transitioned to patients.Wong, the director of the UT Dental Branch at Houston’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program, holds surgical appointments at Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital and The Methodist Hospital. He said AFIRM’s bench-to-bedside research efforts in Houston will help ensure that the technology developed for the military will also benefit civilian victims of trauma.Davies said, “This is the sort of groundbreaking translational research that is being conducted in UT Houston’s new research facility, the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, a state-of-the-art clinical research facility funded by one of the first (Clinical and Translational Science Awards) made by the National Institutes of Health.”The long-standing partnership between Mikos and Wong is the foundation for the research. This partnership has been rewarded with several grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation and industry. It has also provided the basis for a joint educational program combining oral and maxillofacial surgery residency training at UT Houston with a doctorate in bioengineering at Rice.Thanks to an existing relationship between the military and the UT Dental Branch’s oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program, the military’s own trauma surgeons will get firsthand experience with all the new facial reconstruction techniques developed and tested by AFIRM. Under the residency program, surgeons from both the Army and Air Force spend time in Houston gaining experience in trauma management.“We are fortunate to have a close relationship with UT Houston where we can get experience with wider variety real-world trauma situations, similar to those we would see in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Capt. Curt Hayes, chief resident of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Lackland Air Force Base’s Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. “This new grant presents the opportunity for improving battlefield management and outcome for hard-tissue injuries that are sustained by our military members.”Each of AFIRM’s civilian consortiums was awarded $42.5 million over a period of five years. In addition, the two consortia are bringing local public and private matching funds amounting to more than $180 million that will be added to their research budgets — for a total of more than $250 million available for research.Rice and UT Houston are two of the 46 member institutions in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), one of the world’s largest medical complexes. TMC institutions conduct more than $1 billion worth of research and see more than 5 million patients each year.“Rice and UT Houston’s AFIRM research program calls for doctors and bioengineers to work side-by-side to rapidly translate new discoveries from the laboratory to the operating room,” said Rice Provost Eugene Levy. “This is an outstanding example of the kind of joint, tightly interwoven research that will be greatly facilitated and that Rice plans to conduct with UT Houston and its other TMC partners in the new Collaborative Research Center slated to open in mid-2009.”UT Houston President Dr. James Willerson said, “This is a most significant endeavor and is a tribute to the strength we can achieve through collaboration in the Texas Medical Center.”### AddThislast_img read more

Voters using smartphones made fewer errors in mock election

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first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduVoters using smartphones made fewer errors in mock electionHOUSTON – (March 3, 2014) – Voters who cast their ballots via smartphones made fewer errors than they did when voting via traditional methods in a mock election, according to new research from psychologists at Rice University.In a first-of-its-kind study, co-author Rice Professor of Psychology Michael Byrne examined how smartphone-based voting systems can be incorporated into the current large-scale voting process. The study, “Toward More Usable Electronic Voting: Testing the Usability of a Smartphone Voting System,” found that while there are no consistent differences in efficiency and perceived usability between the smartphone-based system and other voting systems, smartphone owners made fewer errors on the mobile voting system than when they used traditional voting methods.According to Byrne, many U.S. counties have incorporated electronic voting technology, largely in response to well-publicized challenges related to older mechanical and punch-card models. He said that although these updated systems have solved some usability problems, they present a new set of issues for voters unfamiliar with the technology.“Current electronic voting systems have numerous issues — from usability and accessibility to security to the fact that many of them are nearing the end of their life cycle — and there are few good certified alternatives currently on the market,” he said.For the study, the researchers designed a mobile voting system optimized for use on a smartphone and tested its usability against traditional voting platforms. They asked 84 participants — 48 of whom reported owning a smartphone at the time of the experiment — to engage in a series of mock elections using different voting methods. The subjects ranged in age between 18 and 68 years and had varied voting histories and educational backgrounds. Ninety-two percent of participants had voted in fewer than six national elections, and 88 percent of participants had voted in fewer than six non-national elections. Seventy-five percent of the participants had either an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree.The researchers found that the 48 smartphone owners made fewer errors on the mobile voting system than they did via the traditional system. There were no significant differences in error rates among nonsmartphone users.Phil Kortum, assistant professor of psychology at Rice and a study co-author, said there are numerous potential benefits to using a smartphone-based voting system.“Nobody likes to wait in line at the polling place, and so mobile voting offers the opportunity to cast votes when and where it is convenient for the voter,” Kortum said.Kortum noted that despite these benefits, implementing smartphone voting as an anytime, anywhere system will require addressing substantial security and authentication problems that may not be solvable — and certainly not in the near future.“Ongoing research is needed to develop systems that allow voters to securely and anonymously submit their ballots,” Kortum said. “Creating voting systems that retain the convenience of mobile phones while still ensuring the security and anonymity we enjoy with current voting technologies will be the biggest design challenge.”The study appeared in the January 2014 edition of Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and was co-authored by Rice graduates Bryan Campbell ’11 and Chad Tossell ’12. The research was funded by Rice University.-30-For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Photo credit: Rice University/Photos.comMichael Byrne and Phil Kortum are faculty members in the Department of Psychology in Rice University’s School of Social Sciences.Mike Byrne bio: http://psychology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=122Mike Byrne photo: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/02/0303_VOTING-byrne.jpgPhil Kortum bio: http://psychology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=126Phil Kortum photo: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/02/0303_VOTING-kortum.jpgLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more