ENGLAND Knights coach Kieron Purtill is confident

July 31, 2019

first_imgENGLAND Knights coach Kieron Purtill is confident he can keep his 100 per cent record in charge of the side intact when the Knights travel to Belfast to face Ireland in their opening Alitalia European Cup game on Saturday October 20 (6.00pm).Purtill has led the Knights to consecutive victories over France, Cumbria and Ireland since the team was inaugurated in 2011 and the current Huddersfield Giants assistant coach has been pleased with the squad’s progression ahead of Saturday’s contest.“Things have been going really well so far and we’ve been building up nicely since first coming together,” said Purtill. “Ireland had a great win last weekend and it’s all set up well for the weekend.“We beat Ireland comfortably earlier this season but I don’t think that has a bearing this weekend. Their squad is very different from that match and they’re building towards the World Cup now. They have some very good senior pros in their ranks who will certainly be a threat and we need to be on our game to compete.“We need to be disciplined and make sure we play our game and continue the legacy that the previous players who have played for the Knights have left behind – which is to perform at the highest level and put yourself in Steve McNamara’s shop window.”The opportunity to impress England coach McNamara has already paid off for several of the players who were involved with the Knights last season, with Lee Mossop, Richie Myler, Liam Farrell, Josh Charnley and Stefan Ratchford all making the step-up to the Elite Training Squad and Purtill believes that highlights the success of England’s development pathway.“The introduction of the Knights has helped the progression of players among the teams,” he said. “There’s been a great level of transition from Academy through to senior level and it’s shown that if you play well for the Knights you can earn your place in the senior squad.“Previously, players coming out of the Academy would go for several years without an international game we’ve changed that by creating the Knights and giving the best young English players as many opportunities to compete on the international stage as possible and it has been a success so far.“Playing these types of games is massive for the player’s development but outside of that, coming into the England camp, interacting with players from other clubs and knowing what it takes to be part of the England set-up is an important aspect of the Knights.“We’re educating our young players so that the transition to senior level is easier when that time comes and hopefully this group of players will be ready if Steve McNamara calls on them for the Rugby League World Cup 2013.”England begin their Alitalia European Cup campaign against Ireland in Belfast’s Deramore Park on Saturday October 20 (6.00pm) before taking on Scotland at the Meggetland Stadium, Edinburgh, on Sunday October 28 (2.00pm).last_img read more

TWO tries from Francis Meli saw Saints record thei

July 31, 2019

first_imgTWO tries from Francis Meli saw Saints record their first win of the season.The winger took his ‘Red V’ career tally to 131 in 201 appearances as his side overcame Widnes Vikings 16-4 at a freezing Stobart Stadium.A tight match was deadlocked at 4-4 with just over 20 minutes to go before the home side were sensationally reduced to 11 men.Ben Cross flattened Paul Wellens high and a resultant 26 player melee saw Jon Clarke given ten minutes.Saints struggled to impose themselves with two players more but Lee Gaskell saw a gap and killed off Vikings’ hopes.And Meli then repeated his 18th minute score – which cancelled out Stefan Marsh’s opener – with a real poacher’s effort.Nathan Brown said he wouldn’t make kneejerk changes after last week’s defeat to Huddersfield Giants but was forced to bring in Joe Greenwood after James Roby failed to recover from a foot injury. That saw Lance Hohaia come into the hooker spot.Saints got off to a good start when they won a penalty and gained a drop out in the first minute.And five minutes later they almost scored when the ball went wide through Hohaia and Lomax but Meli was put in touch a foot short.Seconds later Widnes won repeat sets, Saints failed to defend a high ball and Stefan Marsh put the home side ahead.Rhys Hanbury missing the tricky conversion from the touchline.It was a blow but Saints galvanised themselves, Hohaia went close and Wellens then fed Francis Meli for an 18th minute leveller.Saints could have taken the lead on the half hour mark; TP taking four tacklers with him on the way to the line before he was felled just inches short.With five minutes to go Joe Mellor hit an audacious 40:20 that took a ridiculous bounce off the surface. That rocked Saints on their heels but excellent defence stopped the chance.Saints passed up a penalty in front of the sticks late on for a ‘powerplay’ and when that was thwarted Widnes saw a two-point effort of their own drift well wide.The second half got off to an inauspicious start with both sides failing to keep hold of the ball.Joe Greenwood made a spectacular save on his own goal line after the ball was fired to him at pace and Wellens took a superb high ball under pressure.Widnes lost Cameron Phelps to leg injury and then Jonny Lomax took a shot to the head and was out cold.The Vikings had a big chance to forge ahead when Willie Isa broke down the left hand side – but he was caught in two minds and a potential try was lost.But on 59 minutes the match changed on a fiery incident.Ben Cross floored Paul Wellens as he came off his own 10 metre line and was sent off and after a 26-man melee Jon Clarke was sinbinned.That saw a period of ‘13 on 11′ but Saints flustered and couldn’t punch a hole in the defence.Just before Clarke did return though, Gaskell found a gap, threw a dummy and Saints were ahead.And with less than eight minutes left in the game Lomax intercepted a Widnes speculator feeding Meli in for his second.The Vikings pushed for a late score and Hock could’ve counted himself unlucky not to sneak over at the death.Saints clung on though and will head into Friday’s match against Hull FC with renewed vigour.Match Summary:Widnes:Tries: MarshGoals: Hanbury (0 from 2)Saints:Tries: Meli (2), GaskellGoals: Lomax (0 from 1), Gaskell (2 from 2)Penalties:Widnes: 9Saints: 11HT: 4-4FT: 16-4REF: James ChildATT: 8322Teams:Widnes:1. Shaun Briscoe; 20. Paddy Flynn, 4. Stefan Marsh, 3. Cameron Phelps, 2. Willie Isa; 14. Joe Mellor, 7. Rhys Hanbury; 8. Ben Cross, 9. Jon Clarke, 16. Eamon O’Carroll, 12. Dave Allen, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 13. Hep Cahill.Subs: 18. Lloyd White, 22. Gareth Hock, 23. Phil Joseph, 25. Alex Gerrard.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 20. Lee Gaskell, 7. Jonny Lomax; 8. Josh Perry, 6. Lance Hohaia, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 15. Mark Flanagan. 24. Joe Greenwood.last_img read more

ENGLAND Women coach Chris Chapman has named a 24s

July 31, 2019

first_imgENGLAND Women coach Chris Chapman has named a 24-strong squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup which kicks-off in July and culminates with the Women’s World Cup final at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on Sunday July 14.The squad features nine players from Thatto Heath, six from Featherstone, five Bradford players, two from Normanton and sole representatives from Cross Fields and Coventry.England will face stiff competition from Australia, France and three-time Women’s World Cup winners New Zealand if they are to lift the trophy on home soil this year but Chapman, who took over from Steve McCormack earlier this year, believes his squad has the ability to go all the way.“We’ve had the squad training together since the start of the year and we’ve had some really good, tough sessions,” said Chapman.“There are a lot of good players who have missed out on selection for the competition but I feel the group that we have selected have a good blend of experience and youth and have the skills to succeed if they apply themselves and work hard for each other.“New Zealand will be confident of retaining their title and Australia will be coming here confident as well but we’re on home soil and we’ll be going out there to make an impact and hopefully we will be celebrating on July 14.”England Women Squad:Lindsay Anfield (Normanton), Dani Bound (Thatto Heath), Katie Cooper-Birkenhead (Featherstone), Jodie Cunningham (Thatto Heath), Andrea Dobson (Featherstone), Kim Field (Featherstone), Lois Forsell (Bradford), Holly Freestone (Thatto Heath), Natalie Gilmour (Featherstone), Claire Hall (Thatto Heath), Amy Hardcastle (Bradford), Lori Holloran (Normanton), Clare McGinnis (Thatto Heath), Kirsty Moroney (Bradford), Holly Myers (Coventry/Southampton), Emily Rudge (Thatto Heath), Emma Slowe (Featherstone), Lauren Stallwood (Bradford), Tara Stanley (Crosfields), Beth Sutcliffe (Thatto Heath), Danielle Titterington (Featherstone), Rachel Twibill (Bradford), Gemma Walsh (Thatto Heath), Jenny Welsby (Thatto Heath).Tickets for the Festivals of World Cup finals day at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Sunday July 14, when the winners of the Women’s, Police and Student Rugby League World Cups will be decided, are priced at £6 for Adults and £2 for under-16s and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office by calling 0844 856 1113 (9.00am to 5.00pm) or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uklast_img read more

July 30, 2019

WPD investigating moped accident in downtown Wilmington

first_img Officials say it appears the young driver in the silver truck ran a red light. The driver of the moped was taken to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center.There is no information on the extent of any injuries or if any charges will be filed. 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) — One person was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after an accident at the intersection of 5th and Red Cross Streets.According to Wilmington Police, a silver truck was traveling along 5th Street when it hit a moped driving up Red Cross Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30, 2019

200 million eggs recalled because of salmonella concerns

first_img “Consumers with these eggs shouldn’t eat them,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Twitter. “Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund.”The notice said Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms was voluntarily recalling the eggs “through an abundance of caution.” A company spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking further comment Sunday.The eggs reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, according to the notice.Related Article: Police: Man charged after walking into NC church wearing nothing but T-shirtThe recall came about after the illnesses were reported in states along the East Coast, and the FDA inspected the farm in eastern North Carolina’s Hyde County that produces about 2 million eggs per day. Gottlieb said the agency’s testing connected the recalled eggs to the people who got sick.The notice lists varieties of a Food Lion store brand as well as some cartons available as the Great Value brand, which is sold at Walmart. The recall also lists eggs that were distributed to the Waffle House restaurant chain.Food Lion has pulled the recalled eggs from shelves of the approximately 400 stores where they were available, said spokeswoman Emma Inman.“The eggs that are in the stores today are safe,” she said by phone. She said she didn’t have information on whether Food Lion customers were among those who got sick.Company officials at Walmart and Waffle House didn’t immediately respond to messages Sunday seeking comment.___Follow Drew at www.twittter.com/JonathanLDrew RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 200 million eggs distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states have been recalled because of bacterial contamination.A notice posted on the Food & Drug Administration website Friday said the eggs shipped from a North Carolina farm may be tainted with salmonella. The bacteria can cause nausea, diarrhea and, in rare cases , death. Twenty-two illnesses have been reported.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30, 2019

Wilmington bookstore celebrates Harry Potter 20th anniversary

first_img Kids of all ages had fun with trivia, giveaways, potions class and wand-making.Scholastic, which publishes the series, says more than 400 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold in at least 68 languages around the world. WILMINGTON, N.C. (WWAY) — Two decades after its debut, the magic of the Harry Potter books still has people in the Cape Fear spellbound.Saturday Books-A-Million in Wilmington hosted a Harry Potter event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30, 2019

Hampstead man accused of strangling woman

first_img The sheriff’s office says the charges stem from an assault that took place in the Hampstead area one week ago.His bond is set at just over $51,000. Ricky Lynn Bullard (Photo: PCSO) HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect wanted for assaulting a woman.54-year-old Ricky Lynn Bullard is charged with assault by strangulation, assault on a female, and interfering with emergency communications.- Advertisement – last_img

July 30, 2019

Firm introduces outlook on redistricting New Hanover Co elementary middle schools

first_img00:00 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) — School leaders heard from the third party Geographic Information Systems firm for the first time Tuesday regarding their plans to work out elementary and middle school redistricting.However, it’s the committee of selected citizens that had attendees in the school board meeting fired up before new lines have even been drawn.- Advertisement – Matthew Cropper with Cropper GIS said 63 applications were turned in from neighbors. He said they selected one from separte ends of the county and one from the city of Wilmington. However, in that grouping did not include a person of color.After the presentation by Mr. Cropper and some outcries from people in board chambers, school leaders requested that veteran educator Emma Jackson, who is African-American, be added to the board. Emma Jackson has been selected by the Board to serve on the NHCS Redistricting Committee. Mrs. Jackson is a recently retired NHCS administrator. #NHCSchat— New Hanover Co Sch (@NewHanoverCoSch) July 10, 2019Related Article: New Hanover school’s slavery role-playing game prompts investigationRedistricting schools is not expected to be decided until the end of the year according to Cropper. Tonight was the kickoff presentation by the GIS firm showing how they will help redraw the maps. The Redistricting Committee will meet for the first time Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. to see the first drafts of school redistricting.last_img read more

July 30, 2019

PN seeking volunteers for party reform strategy

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) is looking for volunteers willing to help in the party’s reform process.A press release signed by Louis Galea states that the reform process will be an informed, inspired and guided one that will be led by a multi-disciplinary team.At the beginning of July, the PN’s Executive Committee unanimously approved Adrian Delia’s proposal to appoint Louis Galea as the leader of the party’s political reform. Galea will be leading this initiative on a voluntary basis.Adverts have been posted on the Sunday papers calling on all those interested to contribute in the reform. Louis Galea said that reform team will be made up of individuals with different skills, abilities, work experiences and qualifications.Those interested must be able to commit for at least five hours a week on voluntary basis.Former PN MEP candidate Peter Agius said on Facebook that he will be sending an email.On Saturday, Adrian Delia won the vote of confidence to remain in his role as leader of the PN. On Sunday, he said that this was not a personal win but a win for the party.Saturday’s vote was a victory for the party – DeliaWhatsApp SharePrint <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>last_img read more

Goodbye dotafrica and hello africa

July 30, 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Competition for the proposed .africa internet domain name has heated up, following a dramatic application form change made by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).ICANN opened up applications for new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) names this year with the likes of Nike applying for .nike and telco MTN applying for .mtn. An application for a new internet domain name alone costs $185,000, while successful bidders could have their online properties up and running in 2013.And ICANN; subsequently, published a list of all applied-for domain names and their applicants in June this year. – Advertisement – However, in what appeared to be a costly mistake, Sophia Bekele, director of Kenya’s non-profit Dot Connect Africa (DCA), told ITWeb Africa earlier this year that a ‘misunderstanding’ had occurred regarding that body’s application for .africa.“The ICANN (Top Level Domain Application System) TAS application does not accept certain special characters, including the ‘.’, a problem that was generally faced by all applicants who had to work the TAS, so it did not accept .AFRICA, and it was input as DotAfrica – as it is pronounced,” Bekele told ITWeb Africa.South Africa’s Uniforum SA – also referred to as the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) – appeared not to have the same alleged problems that Bekele faced, as Uniforum SA managed to have its application for .africa displayed correctly on the ICANN list.Nevertheless, DCA submitted a request to ICANN to alter its application, and late last week, ICANN complied with the Kenyan body’s request to change its bidding application for the Africa domain name from .dotafrica name to .africa.“As of 29 October, we’ve received 138 change requests and approved and posted 29,” said ICANN’s manager for new gTLD communication, Michele Jourdan.This means that DCA has officially joined Uniforum ZA registry in the running for the .africa domain name, of which the bidding process is underway.“The ICANN approval is a strong public vindication of DCA’s spirited defense of the .africa string name that it applied for, thereby making any string confusion or a contentious objection procedure on grounds of string similarity completely unnecessary and unwarranted,” DCA said in a press statement.DCA, like Uniforum SA, needs to go through the final ICANN bidding process that, apart from the application form, also requires those applying for a geographic domain name such as .africa to have the endorsement of 60% of African governments.Dot Connect Africa says it has this support, as it has published a document signed by the previous head of the African Union (AU) Jean Ping, a letter from the United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Africa, and the Internationalized Domain Resolution Union.Yet the African Union, shortly after Jean Ping is said to have signed that document, released a public document online dated 12 May 2011 saying that DotConnectAfrica did not have support from the AU.South Africa’s UniForum, together with a number of internet pioneers across the continent, then won the right from the AU to apply for the .africa domain name through the Union’s bidding process, as they received over 40 countries’ governments support.Bekele, however, then cried foul about allegations of fraud, claiming that the AU never officially came out with a statement discarding Dot Connect Africa’s application. She also says the AU process did not conduct the process in a transparent way, even adding that there was an “attempt to withdraw” Dot Connect Africa’s endorsement “using a forged letter which was unstamped”.Despite Bekele’s allegations, the battle to win .africa has clearly become a two horse race.“ICANN’s proposed changes are subject to a public comment process which expires on or before 17 November 2012,” said Uniforum SA in a press statement.“ZACR does not plan to object as the additional bidder does not represent a significant challenge.“It is ZACR’s view that the conduct by the new second bidder since this process started has been noted by the global internet industry and it speaks volumes of their ability to properly manage Africa’s home on the internet,” Uniforum officials added.Source: IT Weblast_img read more