LEEDS Rhinos are next up for Saints and Mike Rush

first_imgLEEDS Rhinos are next up for Saints and Mike Rush is pleased his side are presented with a big challenge on Monday.After the heart-breaking loss to Wigan in the Quarter Finals of the Challenge Cup, Saints must now throw all their weight into finishing as high up the table as possible.“It was hard to take,” the Acting Head Coach said. “On the day of the game I knew we missed some opportunities, but didn’t realise how many until I watched the video. Wigan defended well, but we came up with three big defensive errors and got punished.“That is the nature of big games – you cannot afford not to take chances and you cannot give your opponents easy chances. It was disappointing and frustrating. But we have to take the positive that in those positions once again, we would take the right decisions and know how to correct them.“We matched Wigan in the forwards and had a lot of ball, but didn’t do enough with it. That brought pressure and we tried to make some tough decisions on the field to get it right. They didn’t work which meant we did things our of character like running when we should have kicked and vice versa. We didn’t execute the way we should have and we now have to look at making sure it does going forward.”He continued: “Because of that I lot of people are looking at our half backs but I am confident in them. We have Lee Gaskell in the wings who is learning his trade. He played well in the 20s and played well against Wigan in that comp. That is a positive step that the lads in the 20s are playing well enough to put some pressure on first team players.“But Lance Hohaia and Jonny Lomax work well together even though on this occasion they haven’t executed to the highest order. Things go wrong, but we shouldn’t throw it all away because it goes against us. We need to keep the consistency there.”Saints travel to Headingley on Monday to take on Leeds Rhinos in the first Monday game of this season’s Stobart Super League.Rush is confident they will meet the challenge head on.“It focusses the mind playing Leeds. We had video review on Monday and it was good to get that out of the way so the players knew where they went right and wrong. Now our minds are on Monday’s match. Our target doesn’t change, it is the Grand Final and winning it. That is our goal. Where we have to do it from etc, we’ll look at that later in the year. Our challenge is to finish as high as we can so we give ourselves the best opportunity to win it.“It’s a big game against Leeds as we are competitive together. They will be using the game at Langtree Park as a motivator to right what went wrong. We’ll be going there expecting nothing but a tough match.“I like the idea of Monday night football as we are hitting a new audience who are used to watching sport on Monday night before they go to work. But on the flipside it’s probably harder on your loyaler fans who want to go to every game but have to get back and go to work. We hope we can make them happy.”Saints are likely to be close to full strength at Headingley with both Ade Gardner and Tony Puletua getting closer to full fitness.Neither are guaranteed their spots though as Mike explains.“Tommy Makinson’s performance against Wigan was good last week. Even if Ade is fit it doesn’t give him a right to come back in. TP is doing well, but has to go back to the specialist to see if his shoulder is good enough. He wasn’t far off last week and he won’t be this week, but it needs to be right.“TP knows his body but he needs to be bang on mentally that it is fully healed and ready to go.”Tickets for the match which kicks off at 8pm on Monday May 21 are now on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 050 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

Saints ran in 11 tries to stretch their lead at th

first_imgSaints ran in 11 tries to stretch their lead at the top of the Betfred Super League table … and give their points difference a healthy boost too.Ben Barba grabbed a hat-trick in the rout too but left the field on a stretcher late in the game.“I’m obviously not 100 per cent sure on Benny’s injury, but we are hoping it is just precautionary and the doctors are playing on the safe side,” Holbrook said. “He looked like he fell awkwardly and at first I thought it was a collarbone type thing.“Our doctor was checking his neck to see what feeling he had and we’re hopeful it is a burner or a stinger.“Ben was brilliant tonight. He is enjoying playing and is a leader in our team for what he does not just on the ball but off it too. It is hard to single any one out in a performance like that but as we are talking about him, he has been in great form. “He played a couple of games last year unfit as we took a chance; in pre-season he came back two weeks earlier than anyone else and as I have said before, when you do those things you get the rewards.“He has been fantastic for us and he was again tonight.”He continued: “When you come off a win like the one we had last week, you know you cannot just continue and expect it to happen again. The players knew that, created chances early and did so well with 12 men.“It is hard for me to comment about Matty Lees’ sending off as he is on my team but I thought it was harsh. I only saw a few replays and I thought he hit the shoulder first.“It is what it is though and I couldn’t be happier with how they responded at half time. Not one of the players wanted to take what happened as an excuse and they saw it as a challenge.“It was a pleasure to watch them go about it.”Saints are next in action when they host Catalans Dragons on Thursday May 3 (7.45pm). Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Organization raises awareness for the homeless

first_img This event was to educate and raise awareness about poverty-related problems.The event was free and hosted at the Brunswick Center at Leland.The banquet and soup luncheon invited formerly homeless individuals to talk about their past struggles and learn about solutions.Related Article: Black History Month: Battle of Forks RoadsJoe Staton who now volunteers with the coalition used to be homeless and said the help he received from them was life changing.“A lot of people don’t know that Brunswick County has a homeless population at all, but they do and we work directly with them. When I came to Brunswick County I was homeless, and I received the help and I know there’s a lot of people out there needing it,” Staton said.The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition is made up of volunteers and wants to continue to educate the community about the hunger and homeless problems in the area. Brunswick County Homeless Coalition’s annual banquet (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Ending homelessness and hunger in one county is the mission for the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition.This weekend the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition held their 6th Annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet and Soup Luncheon.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Sheriff McVicker stands by campaign in 2018 election investigation continues

first_imgSheriff Jim McVicker (Photo: Facebook) BALDEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than a month since the state board did not certify several races in Bladen County.This week was the first time we were able to hear from Sheriff Jim McVicker about the allegations of voter fraud.- Advertisement – His campaign funded McCrae Dowless’s ‘get out the vote’ efforts this past election. Dowless is a person of interest in the state board of elections investigation of voting irregularities in the county.McVicker’s campaign was subpoenaed by the board for campaign information. McVicker told us he stands by his campaign.“I am proud of the campaign we ran. We ran a good campaign. And somebody has to lose and somebody got to win and I’m going to stay positive,” said the Sheriff. “And I am hearing all of this stuff and as long as it is factual I don’t have a problem with that. There’s been a lot of things that’s not factual. So I’m going to wait until it’s all over and done with then I’ll speak my mind.”last_img read more

Kenyan police addicted to Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement using Facebook excessively while on duty, resulting in them being distracted from doing their jobs. “Some of them are on Facebook all the time and browse the internet using their phones while working, and they can easily be targeted by bad elements,” said Ali. – Advertisement – The district commissioner has said that police officers must stay alert at all times, so as to carry out their duties effectively.“A police officer must be alert all the time while on duty but some officers are spending a lot of time on the social sites rather than remain keen on their work,” said Ali.Source: ITWebAfricalast_img

Fuzu Online Career Coaching Employment Platform Officially Launched in Uganda

first_imgEdward Vaisberg – FUZU Chief Operating Officer takes a brief interview during the launch of its platform in Uganda on Thursday 17th, May 2018. Advertisement Early of April, we reported Fuzu Limited; an online career development and talent management platform was set to launch in May in Uganda, which the company has today done. The official announcement was made by FUZU Limited CEO; Jussi Hinkkanen at the Design Hub Kampala.Like we reported before, the company aims to satisfy the need for new innovative solutions that are focused on the job seeker, who they are, where their potential lies and how best their talent can be matched with the employment opportunities.The Uganda launch was success with support from 25 government and non-government bodies, including; Microsoft, Liquid Telekom, Mercy Corps, KCCA, ICTAU, NSSF, Safeboda, to mention a few who also participated as key panelists discussing ‘how to jointly support the employability ecosystem in Uganda?’Panelists at the Fuzu Uganda launch at Design Hub Kampala – (L – R): Michael Niyitegeka, Miji Park; Director of Programs for Mercy Corps Uganda, Jonathan Ebuk; Employment Officer at KCCA, Elton Mutiza; Founder at Paradigm, Bentley Wilson; CEO AfricaWorking, and Patrick Ayota; Deputy MD at NSSF. – Advertisement – Fuzu Uganda will help job seekers and employers in finding each other, in improving efficiency of the job market and in nurturing the Ugandan talent. A better funtioning job market and the lower unemployment will drive the socio-economic growth and progress in the country.Jussi Hinkkanen while speaking at the launch said there is need for Ugandan job seekers to have access to relevant advice and direction to make the most of their careers.“Fuzu is about finding your place in this world, it’s not just about applying for jobs but rather about turning the job hunting experience into a life-long journey of professional growth,” he said.FUZU Limited CEO; Jussi Hinkkanen speaking the official launch of Fuzu Uganda, at the Design Hub Kampala on Thursday 17th, May 2018.The fuzu platform uses an Artificial Intelligence-based job, learning and career recommendations to provide users with the best chance for employment and personal growth.Fuzu was recently elected as one of the Disrupt 100 companies, out of 5 million startups across the world, by Taltt Ventures and as the 3rd most exciting growth company across Africa by African Business Review.Fuzu also leverages the fast-moving digital revolution in a country with over 17 million internet users and fast growth of digital services, making access to information the basic right of every citizen.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

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 6 AprilRACING3.50 FairyhouseLe Vent D’Antan 5/1 > 7/2What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Shrewsbury v Man U

first_img[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne thing I learned from the weekend’s FA Cup results was to forget about the clubs who are pre-occupied with the League.Spurs and Man City being cases in point on Sunday.Arsenal and Bournemouth being cases in point on Saturday.In short, the FA Cup only seems to matter to them when there are no pressures in the League in terms of either titles, promotion or relegation battles.A sad state of affairs for the FA Cup – but as punters we must adjust to the changing times.It could be a case in point for Man U tonight who might see the FA Cup as the saving grace of their season. Equally, Shrewsbury will have their big night out but the grim reality for them is that they are deeply involved in a relegation battle at the foot of League One with their home form particularly patchy. They also have a massive ‘six pointer’ on Saturday against bottom placed Colchester to look forward to this week.This is the first time the two clubs have ever met and Shrewsbury’s manager Micky Mellon said: “We will give it our best go and we won’t be overawed. We will make sure that we thoroughly enjoy the game and take it all in and give the best account of ourselves that we possibly can to represent this great football town. We’ve got to do certain things in a certain way to increase our chances of getting a result, so that’s what we’re working on and the mentality we’re approaching the game with.”A home tie awaits the winners against West Ham in the quarter finals.Man U’s injury list is growing. Goalkeeper David de Gea is expected to be out after suffering a knee injury. He becomes the 14th player on United’s injury list, which includes captain Wayne Rooney.Shrewsbury Town v Man UtdFA Cup 5th Round19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Never playedI haven’t had much luck with the HT/FT bets recently but even at 5/6 it looks too good to turn down on Man U winning at both points. Also backing Man U on the -3 three-way handicap with Star Sport at 5/1.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK MAN U / MAN U on the HT/FT market for 50 points at around 5/6 with Star SportsBACK MAN U (-3) ON THE THREE WAY HANDICAP for 20 points at around 5/1 with Star SportsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW New Zealand v Australia

first_imgPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 161.57 points(not including Premier League ante-post) The end of the calendar year is a great time to be a rugby fan and it starts with the third Bledisloe Cup test between New Zealand and Australia. The All Blacks come here having won the Rugby Championship yet again, although a year ahead of the World Cup we did see some moments of vulnerability, namely in their two encounters with South Africa when the Springboks won 36-34 at Wellington and then came within just two points of doing a famous double at Loftus Versfeld.The Wallabies won their home clash with the Springboks but that was a close affair and they looked to have regressed when they were comfortably outplayed by South Africa late in the summer, and they have not come off well with two meetings against the All Blacks this year.New Zealand waltzed past Australia in the second half for a 38-13 success in the first meeting and were equally comfortable when winning 40-12 at Eden Park as New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett scored four tries – and had another ruled out. The All Blacks are also keen to guard against complacency in the third test, having lost 23-18 last year when strong favourites.They made a few changes for that test there and are welcoming some big names, but this year’s outfit looks even stronger with the whole squad having had plenty of game time over the summer and they ought to be more cohesive with a starting backline that includes Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty and Ben Smith amongst their number.New Zealand v AustraliaBledisloe Cup, Third TestDate: Saturday, October 27 Venue: Nissan Stadium, YokohamaKick-off: 15:00 local (07:00 BST, 06:00 GMT)HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, Home team on the left unless specified)AUG 2018 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP New Zealand 42-10 AustraliaAUG 2018 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP New Zealand won 38-13 AustraliaOCT 2017 BLEDISLOE CUP Australia 23-18 New ZealandAUG 2017 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP New Zealand 35-29 AustraliaAUG 2017 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP New Zealand 54-34 AustraliaOCT 2016 BLEDISLOE CUP New Zealand 37-10 AustraliaAUG 2016 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP New Zealand 29-9 AustraliaAUG 2016 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP New Zealand 42-8 AustraliaOCT 2015 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL New Zealand 34-17 Australia (Twickenham)AUG 2015 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP New Zealand 41-13 AustraliaAustralia can count on moments of magic from Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale, Will Genia, David Pocock and Michael Hooper but in terms of the battle of the two squads they look outgunned and on neutral turf – this game takes place in Japan – New Zealand should be too good and overcome the handicap.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK NEW ZEALAND (-16.5) 5 points at 20/21 with starsports.betlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday 17 January

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Thursday 17 JanuaryHORSE RACING MOVERS12.50 WincantonHonest Vic 5/1 > 5/22.50 LudlowGold Chain 11/4 > 11/83.45 Market RasenSands Cove 13/2 > 7/2LIVE FOOTBALLNO LIVE GAMESSTAR PROMOTIONS BET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img