first_imgTHE Arriva bus service will depart from the usual places on Saturday but at earlier times due to the 3pm kick off time.The timings are:Depart St Helens:12.00pm12.30pm1.00pm1.30pmDepart Widnes:4.55pm5.10pmThe Hattons Travel Bus Service will leave the Griffin at:12.30pm1.15pm1.45pmwith the usual stop offs on the way to Widnes.The bus will return straight after the game.last_img

first_imgJustin Holbrook’s men have a game in hand on those around them and a win at the John Smith’s Stadium would take them within three points of fifth-placed Wakefield.And with Saints to play Trinity in a few weeks’ time a victory would be crucial as they hunt a top four spot.Saints scrum half Matty Smith said: “Huddersfield are coming into a bit of form but that is expected. There are no easy games in Super League and we are looking forward to it.“It is important for us to keep on building, working hard and take every game as it comes.”The last time the two sides met, the Giants snatched a late 14-14 draw at the Totally Wicked Stadium.The game kicks off at 8pm and 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

first_imgBen Barba crossed for his 21st and 22nd tries of the season – whilst Mark Percival and Ryan Morgan also scored in the victory.James Roby tallied a special milestone four-pointer too as he took his total in the Red Vee to 100.Saints dominated in terms of chances and possession and deservedly led 18-0 at half time.Holbrook’s men got their night underway within the first minute as they punished the Robins for putting the kick-off dead.After Theo Fages had probed on the left hand side, the ball came right and Ben Barba found Ryan Morgan for his 11th of the season.Eight minutes later James Roby spotted a gap and went over from dummy half – his 100th try in the Red Vee.Fages then almost unlocked Barba with a deft chip before Luke Thompson had one chalked off for a knock on in the build up.Saints continued to knock on the door but it took until the 27th minute for them to score again.And it came via the hands of Fages and Zeb Taia who combined perfectly to turn it inside to Barba for his 21st of the season.Saints continued to press and could have have been further ahead at half time – but they couldn’t find the killer touch to take the game away from their opponents.And early in the second, Hull KR reduced the deficit.It was a great try too; the ball going through at least 20 pairs of hands, left to right and back again, before Junior Vaivai collected his own kick.Saints restored their advantage with a touch of class.Dom Peyroux burst through and went 30 metres before turning it inside to Danny Richardson.The young half back then, at full tilt, left footed it over Percival who touched down.Barba went close twice in quick succession and then Roby was unlucky not to tally his brace.But the game stuttered somewhat to a close as both sides turned the ball over on numerous occasions.However, the best was saved until last once again as Percival collected a kick on his own line as the hooter sounded and sent Barba the distance.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Morgan, Roby, Barba (2), Percival Goals: Richardson (3 from 5)Hull KR: Tries: Vaivai Goals: Shaw (0 from 1)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 11 Hull KR: 7HT: 18-0 FT: 26-4REF: Gareth HewerATT: 9,405Teams:Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Subs: 7. Matty Smith, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 20. Matty Lees.Hull KR: 1. Adam Quinlan; 5. Ryan Shaw, 22. Liam Salter, 2. Junior Vaivai, 37. Elliot Wallis; 20. Matty Marsh, 11. Maurice Blair; 23. Joshua Johnson, 30. Joe Cator, 12. James Greenwood, 17. Chris Clarkson, 34. Danny Tickle, 15. James Donaldson. Subs: 8. Nick Scruton, 10. Mose Masoe, 13. Ben Kavanagh, 24. Chris Atkin.last_img read more

first_imgEngland and GB Head Coach Wayne Bennett was at the Totally Wicked Stadium alongside James Roby this week to preview the return of the Great Britain Lions’ tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.And Holbrook gave us his thoughts on the return of the Lions.“I think it is fantastic for our game. I think for myself growing up I loved watched Australia play great Britain and for all the talk it is creating now with all the other nations being available to play, it is only going to make the side stronger. It is outstanding.”Lachlan Coote, Morgan Knowles and Regan Grace have all impressed this year for Saints and according to Holbrook, the trio have a good chance of being selected in Bennett’s squad.“You would think they would [have a chance of being selected]. They have been playing great for us every single week. They will definitely be in the mix and I like what Wayne said – they will pick the best side regardless of where they are from which is the best choice for everyone.”Onto club matters and Holbrook was delighted with the way his team responded to defeat following the win over Huddersfield last week before looking ahead to the ‘dangerous’ Leeds Rhinos challenge that awaits on Friday.“I thought Huddersfield had been playing so well for three of four weeks prior to playing us last week and for us to play as well as we did, was great.“That is all I have known them as since I have been here [close games]. Every one of the games has been close and they will be disappointed where they sit in the table, but they have got so many dangerous players in their side. So we know we have to play well on Friday.“In the middle, Trent Merrin and Adam Cuthbertson with their ability to offload the ball and fast outside backs and Konrad Hurrell is really strong and in the halves they have Ritchie Myler who controls games well. They also have quick nines with [Brad] Dwyer or [Matt] Parcell flying out at number nine so they have got threats everywhere and we are aware of that.”On the injury front, Holbrook is delighted with how his squad is shaping up and hopes plenty of Saints fans can get down to the Totally Wicked Stadium to support the Saints!“Everyone is great and Robes is already getting around better than we thought which is great to see. So we are travelling well. We enjoy playing here last week so we want to continue to play well and hopefully a lot of people come out to watch us.”Tickets for Saints’ clash with the Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium are still available and are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online here.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

first_img Cooper calls the allegations disturbing, but he did not say whether he thinks there should be a new election.Cooper wants to focus on making sure things like the absentee ballot process work better in the future.“We need to make sure that more people can vote, and that we have less obstruction,” Cooper said. “But we also need to make certain that it is secure. This Board of Elections is supposed to take all of this information in, and they’re still testifying as we speak, and then make a decision about whether there is a new election.”Related Article: McCrory won’t run for 9th District US House seatCooper says he wants people to be able to trust the election process going forward. He says that if the board orders a new election, he will work to set that up. WILMINGTON, NC (WAWY) — Governor Roy Cooper shared his thoughts on the 9th District Congressional hearing during a visit to New Hanover County Tuesday.On Monday, McCrae Dowless made it clear that he would not testify at the hearing.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img If you are interested in becoming a Disaster Action Team member with the American Red Cross, you can attend a two day accelerated class to get the in-person training you need.The first class will be held on June 3rd & 4th, and the second class will be held on June 6th & 7th. Both classes will be held at 1102 S. 16th St. Wilmington, NC, 28401 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.In order to sign up as a volunteer click here.Related Article: Summertime demands more blood, but supply is downIf you want to RSVP for either class or have any questions you can email Katherine Crocker at or call (910)-315-8571. American Red Cross WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– According to American Red Cross of the Cape Fear Area Executive Director James Jarvis they are in need of additional Disaster Action Team members for Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, and Pender counties.Jarvis says a Disaster Action Team is a group of volunteers led by an experienced team leader who respond to disasters that happen within our communities. The members of the team are the ones who would meet with disaster victims such as anyone who is displaced by a disaster and needs assistance.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img A similar bill called Conner’s Law would do the same thing, while also doubling the death benefit for the family of an officer murdered in the line of duty.Conner’s Law is named after Highway Patrol Tpr. Kevin Conner, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Columbus County last year. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Assaulting a law enforcement, probation or parole officer, prison guard or National Guard member with a gun is now a more serious crime in North Carolina.Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 224 into law today. It increases the penalty for assaulting an officer with a gun from a Class E felony to a Class D felony. The new law goes into effect Dec. 1.- Advertisement – last_img

first_img SharePrint Legal sources which communicated with expressed their concern in relation to the decision taken early this afternoon by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.During a press conference at Castille, Muscat announced that following a decision taken by himself, all ongoing works relating to excavation and demolition works has been temporarily and immediately suspended. attempted to inquire whether there is a legal basis for such decision but Muscat said that he will not be replying to questions.A number of individuals expressed their surprise for the Prime Minister’s decision. In fact they were shocked with this “blanket ban”, sources from China, a country known for its Presidential powers.“A decision which goes beyond the PM’s responsibility”Legal sources which communicated with said that when the decision was taken that all works were suspended, it seemed that this decision goes beyond the Prime Minister’s responsibility (ultra vires) since there is no provision in the law relating to this subject matter.One of the sources explained that in all cases, a decision which suspends all ongoing works is always problematic since it does not differentiate between legitimate work and abusive work. He said that on the basis of this, the order announced by the Prime Minister can be considered illegal.Other legal sources explained that this order can also interfere with the fundamental human right to the enjoyment of one’s property. It was explained that the state has the right to interfere with such right only when it is justified, in which case the first condition must be that this is done “in accordance with the law”.“Drastic actions such as these are not characteristic of democracy”Another legal source highlighted that he does not see a legal basis which gives the Government the authority to take such a drastic measure, and said that even in cases where such a measure is taken, this can be anti-constitutional. In addition, the source said that taking drastic actions such as these without discussing them in Parliament before are not characteristics of a democracy and it might be the case that they do not respect fundamental human rights.When asked whether a measure such as this may potentially give rise to a legal case against the Government for the recovery of damages, the legal sources noted that the Government would be responsible in those cases where the measure is used against the citizens which abide by the law and which were granted the necessary permissions in accordance with the law.Meanwhile, sent a number of questions to the Attorney General Peter Grech, however until the time of publication, no reply has yet been communicated.Nevertheless, later in the evening, the Building Regulations Office (BRO) published a press release whereby it declared that the Director responsible for the BRO has ordered the suspension of any type of activity relating to the demolition of existing building and excavation of all construction sites in Malta and Gozo. The article which the BRO quoted was Article 18 (2).The Government’s consultant, Architect Robert Musumeci, when presented with a question from about the legal basis for a measure such as this, referred this newsroom to Legal Notice 72 of 2013.What does this law say?Article 18 of said Legal Notice relates to form and content of enforcement notices. Article 18(1) says that an enforcement notice shall include an instruction to the developer, sire manager and the contractor not to intiiate any construction activity or to cease all or part of a construction activity. The reasons as to why the notice is being issued, including where necessary for technical reasons, a technical report supported by photos of the construction activity which is deemed to be unsafe, or not in accordance with the method statement, or not in accordance with these regulations, and which technical report is to be signed by a perit.Article 18(2) says that Where the Director or his delegated representative deems that the cessation of construction activity is to be immediate because of imminent severe damage to contiguous properties or danger to the public, or third parties, the enforcement notice and the required preventive measures may be issued on site in a verbal manner and later confirmed in writing within twenty-four hours of the issuance of the said notice.An enforcement notice may only be withdrawn by the director, provided that a new method statement indicating all necessary remedial works and precautionary measures is submitted to replace the original method statement.Any decision taken by the Director shall be subject to the right of appeal before the Building Regulation Board.WhatsApp <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

first_img SharePrint Archbishop Charles Scicluna recounted a touching and powerful experience he had while visiting Chile at the behest of  Pope Francis. The Archbishop was addressing 53 spokespersons of the bishops’ conferences of 27 different European countries during their annual meeting which this year was held  at the Curia, Floriana.“A Calvary, … a Via Crucis”“Where was God when I was being abused?”, a victim asked the Archbishop during his mission in Chile. He described his meetings with abuse victims as very intense but as a positive stimulus for reflection. Scicluna, deeply touched, answered the man who asked him: “God was being abused in you.”“Those who are abused”, said the Archbishop, “go through their own Calvary. For them the experience of abuse is a Via Crucis as the abuse causes a deep wound.”Scicluna was sent on several missions by the Pope in the Church’s unstinting efforts to eradicate abuse. Victims always spoke very highly of the Archbishop’s empathy and support during such meetings. One victim even said that the Archbishop cried with the victims.The Archbishop said that meeting victims is the only possible way to help the Church understand the victims and give an adequate response.Before his recent visit to Poland, Scicluna told that he was shocked when he watched the movie “Tell no one” which documented the abuse of Polish minors by members of the Catholic Church in Poland.“Communicate not cover up”The theme of the  meeting of the media officers and spokespersons of the Bishops Conferences in Europe was ‘Crisis management and communication. It was dominated by discussions about how the Church is tackling the problem in different countries.In his speech to the delegates the Archbishop discussed the May document penned by the Pope outlining new norms for the whole Church against those who abuse or cover up. The document, technically called a motu proprio ensures that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions.Scicluna, who is believed to contributed substantially to the writing of the document, emphasised  the duty for clerics and religious to report abuse.“Communicate not cover up. Listen to and protect the abused while you denounce the abuser” said Scicluna about this document. He emphasised that the Pope wants the Church to move away from the culture of omerta’ to a culture of denunciation of what is bad and reparation to those who suffered.“Perfect organisation”The meeting of the spokespersons for European bishops started Monday at the Archbishop’s Curia and ends today. The organisation was in the hands of Curia Communications team led by Kevin Papagiourcopulo.WhatsApp <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

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda has decided to embark on a phased approach to the migration from analogue to digital transmission of signals, having failed to meet an ambitious December 31, 2012 deadline set by the East African partner states.The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology together with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) have set the end of April 2013 as the time to begin the process with the Greater Kampala Metropolitan area being the first to migrate.“Work is in progress and implementation of the phased approach will start at the end of April and early May.” Mr. Fred Otunnu, the Manager Communications and Consumer Affairs at UCC said. – Advertisement – This period will have simulcast (where both digital and analogue signals will be transmitted) and so they will not be cut off from watching their favourite programs on the free to air channels.In an earlier interview , Hon. Nyombi Tembo, the Minister of State for ICT said that Kampala and the neighbouring areas will be switched on and this would help cover up over 60% of all TVs in the country.“Yes we have delayed because of procurement challenges and the policy which had allowed for only one signal distributor. By extending the transmission to a radius of 150km from Kampala, we shall have covered over 60% of all TVs in the country,” he said.Operators had opposed government’s move of making Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) the sole signal distributor but the Minister said, “We are reviewing that policy so as to allow for a second signal distributor so as to allow for competition. As you know competition brings out the best results.”The UCC has been blamed for not properly disseminating information regarding the process with StarTimes’ Country Sales Manager, Simon Arineitwe in an earlier interview saying that the information that was being passed to the public was not very clear as to why they should embrace the migration.“The role of the UCC and the Ministry of Information Communication Technology is to take the message out to the public. We as vendors want to sell the digital equipment but we cannot do so if the population is not fully sensitized as to why they should purchase,” Arineitwe said.He said that only about 30% of the population was aware of what the process actually involves. Multichoice Uganda’s General Manager Charles Hamya also in an earlier interview had said that government’s role would be to ensure that the free to air channels are available even after the switch happens.The government has also not made it clear as to how they will subsidize the Set Top Boxes that are to be distributed to the public.Digital migration became a reality at the 2006 Regional Radio communication Conference where it was resolved that the digital migration process should be completed by June 2015.The benefits according to proponents of digital migration, subsequently digital television (DTV) will transform the broadcasting industry and bring more channels which will allow viewer choice, better picture quality and sound, more flexibilities-like the choice to have multiple sound tracks or choose a language of the viewers’ choice- as well as interactivity and more capacity to deal with specific needs like the blind and deaf.Credit: Business weeklast_img read more