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International Rugby League will return to Wembley

first_imgInternational Rugby League will return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since 1997 when the second round of fixtures in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations series take place at the national stadium this autumn.On Saturday November 5 the RFL will stage a double-header of International Rugby League, which will see hosts England taking on Australia, kick off 3.30pm and Wales, who will be making their Four Nations debut, facing current Four Nations and World Champions New Zealand in the first of the two games, kick off 1.00pm.The last international at Wembley was between Great Britain and Australia 14 years ago and England have not played at the national stadium since the 1995 World Cup final when Australia were the victors in front of a 66,540 crowd.“Wembley Stadium is known around the world for staging some of the biggest and most important events in sport and we are delighted to be taking International Rugby League back to one of the world’s most iconic stadiums in the autumn,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.“With some of the world’s best Rugby players on show at Wembley we will undoubtedly raise the profile of the sport on the national and international stage. We hope that this fantastic event will help to bring the drama of the sport to a much wider audience especially with the 2013 Rugby League World Cup only a few years away.”The 2011 Gillette Four Nations tournament commences on Friday October 28 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, when holders New Zealand take on Australia in a repeat of last year’s Four Nations Final. The match will kick off at 8.00pm. The following day tournament hosts England take on Wales at the Leigh Sports Village with the match kicking off at 2.30pm.After the Wembley showcase round, the final week of group fixtures sees New Zealand travel to Hull to play England at the KC Stadium on Saturday November 12, kick off 6.00pm, with Australia making the trip to the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham to face Wales on Sunday November 13, Kick off 5.45pm.The final of the tournament will be played at Elland Road, Leeds, the venue of the 2009 Gillette Fusion Four Nations Final, on Saturday November 19, kick off 6.00pm.Jared Regan, Gillette Brand Manager, said: “We are delighted to once again be title sponsors of the Gillette Four Nations. This exciting tournament has grown over the years to become one of the sporting calendar’s premier events.“We are especially looking forward to welcoming Wales into the tournament, and eagerly await the arrival of Australia and New Zealand to these shores. And, as England sponsor, we of course hope to see the host nation do particularly well!”“This year’s tournament will have the added profile of a double header at Wembley, and we applaud the decision to take two of the fixtures to arguably the best sporting arena in the world.“Gillette have committed considerable resource to this year’s tournament, and we’re sure Rugby League fans old and new will join us in looking forward to an autumn of thrilling games played out before packed stadia.”Tickets details for all the Four Nations matches will be announced on Monday July 4 at 11.00am and supporters will be able to take advantage of a special celebratory offer for tickets to Wembley.last_img read more

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MIKE Rushs blog of the Academy Tour to Australia

first_imgMIKE Rush’s blog of the Academy Tour to Australia continues…The squad made the best of the cool weather and got in an early morning session.At present we only have two injured players who at this stage look like they will not be available for selection for our final game with Penrith.The lads then spent the afternoon at Shelley Beach near Manly and enjoyed a Scuba lesson.The players went out in groups of four with one instructor; they then had the chance to undertake a number of basic activities like cleaning their mask and learning to balance their equipment so they could move on through the water in the most effective manner.All but one of the players were able to have a crack at the activity and most were able to undertake a full drive after a small induction.The evening had the players back on the field in preparation for the last game against Penrith on Saturday night.There were a few good gaffs today but you will have to wait as my bed is calling after a long day…Just one quick one came from Matty Fozard: “Have I got these fins on the correct feet?”Enjoy the photos.last_img read more

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SAINTS Community team have been working with St He

first_imgSAINTS Community team have been working with St Helens College to provide the tools they need to develop coaches.The educational institution’s media students visited Langtree Park to help film a coaching masterclass with Keiron Cunningham and Sean Long.St Helens Coach Development Lead, Craig Richards, said: “I was very impressed with the setup David and his team created and the time in which they completed the filming.“I was highly appreciative of the work that The College has put in and look forward to our next project creating resources that will help further develop our coaches in the community.”Curriculum Leader in Media David Briscoe added: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students. Not only does it assist with putting into practice what they have learnt on the course but is vital for them gaining key employability skills and feeding their hunger to secure a successful career in the Media industry working with a world famous club such as St.Helens R.F.C.”For student and Saints fan Abbie Housley, to work with Saints for her college work is a dream come true.She says: “I’ve always been interested in media; I use this with my love of rugby and have made several videos including a montage of highlights of the Saints and Wigan Grand Final. To meet my rugby heroes and package them up in film is such a fun job to do. I love my course.”last_img read more

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OUR review of the 2015 concludes with what happene

first_imgOUR review of the 2015 concludes with what happened in October, November and December.Please note that some of the links below may contain advertising that is no longer relevant.OCTOBERSadly, a repeat Grand Final appearance wasn’t to be as Saints went down to Leeds despite arguably their best performance of the season.The final scoreline may have shown a 13-20 reverse but Cunningham’s men were the best side throughout and were unlucky not to win.Alex Walmsley won the Top Metre Maker award at the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Awards but missed out on the big prize to Zak Hardaker.Outstanding Contribution awards went to Ade Gardner and Paul Wellens.It was announced that Saints would face NRL Minor Premiers Sydney Roosters in the 2016 World Club Series – a repeat of the first World Club Challenge game in 1976.James Roby was named in the England’s squad for the test series with New Zealand and crossed for two tries in the 84-4 warm up win over France.Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles were selected in the Wales European Championship squad.Matt Haggerty was loaned to Salford for the 2016 season.And the Academy Tour of Australia was a successful one as the youngsters went four for four on their travels.NOVEMBEROutside back Jack Owens signed on a two year deal from Widnes – just in time for pre-season.Squad numbers for the 2016 were announced. Mark Percival and Alex Walmsley were promoted to the No.4 and No.8 shirts respectively.New signing Lama Tasi was given No.14 shirt and other new recruits Dominique Peyroux, Theo Fages and Jack Owens the No.18, 19 and 22 shirts respectively.There were also new faces from the Club’s Academy system with Calvin Wellington, Danny Richardson and others joining Ricky Bailey and Morgan Knowles in the top squad.DECEMBERSaints visited a Cassius Camp in the Lake District and trained with 42 Commandos in Plymouth as part of their pre-season preparations.Head of Strength and Conditioning Matt Daniels then took the side on a brutal run around Rivington Pike.We cannot wait for the new season! Merry Christmas all and a Happy New Year!Season Review – Part One (Jan – March) – Part Two (Apr – June) – Part Three (July – September)last_img read more

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Police search for men accused of stealing from The Ivy Cottage

first_img Police said they stole hundreds of dollars worth of items from The Ivy Cottage on September 7. The men were caught on surveillance video.The pair was seen driving a dark truck, possibly a Chevy. If you recognize them, contact Wilmington Police or use Text-A-Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police need your help identifying two men suspected of stealing from a local consignment store.- Advertisement – last_img

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Leland ALDI opens to big crowd

first_img The store gave away free samples of cheese, crackers, wine and other products, as well as free eco-friendly bags.ALDI Leland Regional Manager Grace Gaylord says she is excited to be a part of the event.“We’re super excited to be in Leland, we’re opening stores rapidly across the US and super excited to be on the East Coast, so today here in Leland, like every opening the first 100 customers get a gift card in increments anywhere from 10 to 100 dollars,” Gaylord said. “So our first customer was actually here at 5:30 in the morning which is pretty typical for us to have someone out here that early, so that’s really exciting to see that excitement from the customers.”Related Article: City visits successful tech startups, wants to attract more to WilmingtonThe new ALDI is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is located on Ploof Road. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The third ALDI in the Cape Fear opened its doors this morning and saw quite the turnout.After the ribbon cutting, customers toured the store, sampled products and entered to win a year’s supply of ALDI produce.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Possibly month long effort to restore road damage in Ogden area

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/f709125d95e0bf77cc67271534fb096377bcab41_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Surf City will not resume dune restoration until November2:24Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery0:55School supply giveaway aims to help those affected by Florence1:41Northside Pool repairs almost complete0:30Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant0:56Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence0:55HOPE NC INTERVIEW3:25Hampstead woman loses home in Florence, surprised with help 10 months later2:04Tropical Integrated Warning Team meeting helps agencies prepare during hurricane season1:56US 421 bridge work continues after Florence washout0:47Teens help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Matthew2:08Florence victims face 100-degree days in FEMA trailers1:04Volunteers desperately needed to assist with building efforts after Hurricane Florence3:39Hurricane shifts sand in coastal waters, could increase swimming threats2:13First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts0:59Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday0:25Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day0:30Possible return date for Jervay community released2:18New Hanover Schools hourly employees won’t get paid for five days2:14Hurricane Recovery round table gives residents access to mroe help post-Florence2:10Brunswick Town Historic Site museum reopens Saturday1:00Wilmington man meets paramedics who saved his life hours before hurricane2:20Rep. David Rouzer talks Mueller report, storm recovery4:24Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw0:47RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds rubbon cutting0:54Students say “Thank you” to first responders1:25AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington2:14’Cross Creek Hero’ continues to lend a helping hand2:17USO shows appreciation to the coast guard, shutdown, hurricane0:52Proposed tax credit could assist repairs for historic homes in disaster zones2:04Two New Hanover schools to move into new buildings next month1:26NC students write book about experience with Hurricane Florence1:22Luncheon highlights ’growth and transformation’ in downtown Wilmington0:32Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ’revitalized’ after Florence2:02Community rolls together to get topsail beach skating rink back open after storm1:36Cape Fear Garden Club plants the seed for Airlie Gardens’ Florence recovery0:57Wilmington firefighters honored for rescue during Hurricane Florence1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County1:40Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation2:13Neighbors fight to stop construction of ’essential’ hospital water system2:31County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement1:51Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talks Florence recovery 6 months after storm1:51Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane2:26Owner moves to new location after Florence wipes out iconic restaurant1:06Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm1:27ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-Florence7:42’This is a miracle’: Whitestocking community gets help to rebuild church2:19Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence1:22800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic hurricane1:58Are some homes worth the renovation after Hurricane Florence?1:17Free seeds offer easier start to families replanting0:54Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes0:53Florence survivor finds new housing, not out of the woods yet0:31Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence1:35Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence2:19Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country2:07How can we improve for next time? Pender reviews storm response to Florence1:40USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature1:54Will Carolina Beach businesses reopen in time for start of season?2:05FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homes2:07New Hanover County issues Hurricane Florence after action report1:22Veteran forced out of garage after Florence moves into camper0:31Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence1:44Florence clean up efforts ongoing1:54Pender Co. ends Hurricane Florence state of emergency0:16Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland0:30University breaks ground on new student housing0:57Topsail Island is back open post-Florence1:38Barfield: ’State of the county is strong’2:17Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington0:54Volunteer attorneys could help homeowners denied help from FEMA4:06Pro bono FEMA clinic for those affected by Hurricane Florence4:06First ever pender county state of education and economy held in burgaw1:52Wrightsville Beach restaurant closed since Florence starts rehiring staff0:53Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation0:55Are you ready for breakfast?1:00Historic grounds reopens after shutdown1:27Hurricane Florence recovery summit brings survivors together1:31New Wrightsville Beach school planned with storms, floods in mind0:33TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey1:04Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from Pennsylvania3:06FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns3:39University still repairing classrooms and apartments four months after hurricane0:30Cooper to Trump: End shutdown so NC can rebuild after Hurricane Florence0:33Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following Florence0:58Stranger drives across country to reunite NC boy fighting cancer with his dog2:19Will a $2M flood plan save the Battleship North Carolina parking lot?1:05Woman says Florence damage is severely affecting her health1:54When you can learn more about applying for buyouts on flood-prone homes0:25Pender County students to receive free meals through January 310:20Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft1:02Duke energy wants customers to help with $760m storm cost0:44Find out how you can help the environment by getting rid of your Christmas tree1:02New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies2:16Ward gives back to his community during the holidays1:32Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence3:14Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris0:38Businesses team up to host Hurricane Florence recovery fundraiser0:56Rain lowers ’Christmas on the Square’ turnout0:54XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings  NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  Earlier Sunday we combed north New Hanover County to see road conditions.Overall main roads are clearing up, but many neighborhoods have severe impacts from the storm.- Advertisement – Middle Sound Loop Road had a portion that completely gave out. It was a portion of the road near the Middle Sound Marina or Harrison’s Marina.The cave in exposed several cables as well as pipes.Neighbors in the area have to go through the North Bend neighborhood to get out.Related Article: Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recoveryThe work to get this road back to normal is unknown, but understandably will take some time possibly weeks to a month.last_img read more

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By the numbers Reasons why Florence was a historic storm

first_imgFlooding from Hurricane Florence (Photo: WTVD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence came ashore Friday, September 14 around 7:15 in the morning near Wrightsville Beach. The storm brought life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic flash-flooding, historic river flooding, strong winds and several tornadoes to North Carolina.It’s taken the National Weather Service weeks to survey all the damage left behind.- Advertisement – Primarily storm total reports show Elizabethtown saw the most rain in southeastern NC, picking up 35.93″. Hampstead reportedly saw 29.52″, Oak Island 26.98″, Wilmington 23.02″, Whiteville 22.58″, Burgaw 22.06″, and Sunset Beach 10.24″.PENDER COUNTY: NWS says the worst flooding event in local history happened during and after Florence as flash flooding closed many roads and inundated neighborhood. More than 5,000 structures were flooded and that houses outside of the 500-year floodplain were inundated with 3-4 feet of water. On the Northeast Cape Fear River, the gauge at Burgaw reached 25.58 feet early on Sept. 19, exceeding the crest from Floyd (1999) by over three feet.BLADEN COUNTY: Flash flooding closed many roads and highways during and immediately after the hurricane. The Cape Fear River crested two to six feet higher than during Hurricane Matthew (2016), setting a new record stage at Lock and Dam #1. The Town of Kelly was evacuated due to life-threatening flooding that happened when a 30-ft wide breach opened in a dike built in 1945.Related Article: Ocean Isle Beach residents could get home MondayNEW HANOVER COUNTY: The Cape Fear River at downtown Wilmington reached 8.28 at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 during Florence’s storm surge. This exceeded it’s previous record stage set just two years earlier during Matthew, and flooded portions of Water Street over two feet deep. Widespread flash flooding on Sept. 14 and 15 closed many roads and inundated neighborhoods. The NorthChase community was particularly hard hit with up to three feet of water entering homes. New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington were isolated from the outside world for several days as every access route including I-40, U.S. highways 17, 74, 76, and 421 were all closed due to flooding. More than 22 million gallons of untreated sewerage overflowed into area waterways. A coal ash storage pond at a decommissioned power plant overtopped, and an earthen dam at Sutton Lake breached in multiple spots, allowing the lake water to flow into the river.BRUNSWICK COUNTY: Widespread flash flooding developed on Sept. 14 and 15, flooding neighborhoods and closing roads. Extremely high water in Town Creek flooded 30 homes in the Stoney Creek neighborhood. Sanford dam at Boiling Spring Lakes, built in 1961, breached around 7 p.m. September 15, destroying Alton Lennon Drive and flooding one structure. In Southport, the Dutchman Creek bridge was damaged and a water main was washed out in the same area.COLUMBUS COUNTY: Soules Swamp flooded the southern part of Whiteville. Water depth reached more than four feet in some businesses, much higher than with Hurricane Matthew. Fair Bluff was flooded by the Lumber River, separating the town into two due to flooding, and water was reported to be nine feet deep in one business in Riegelwood. The Coast Guard rescued 116 people from floodwaters in the Crusoe community on Sept. 18. Numerous trees, boats, and docks broke loose in the high way and battered homes along the shoreline in Lake Waccamaw.According to NWS, at least seven tornadoes spawned across New Hanover, Pender, Columbus, and Brunswick counties during Florence. Two EF-0 tornadoes touched down near Bayshore in the early morning hours of Sept. 16. An EF-1 tornado touched down near Sidney in Columbus County early morning on Sept. 17. Two tornadoes, one EF-0 and one EF-1, was reported near Silver Lake. Both happened around 5 a.m. Sept. 16. The EF-1 forced the WWAY crew to take shelter in Leland. Two tornadoes were reported in Pender County. An EF-1 in Hampstead and an EF-0 near Burgaw. No facilities or injuries were reported because of those tornadoes.September 2018 was one for the record books in Wilmington for many different reasons.ILM saw the wettest weather event in history as Florence dropped 23.02″ of rain from Sept. 13 through Sept. 16. It was also the wettest month, 23.41″, surpassing what we saw during September 1999 when Hurricane Floyd made landfall near Bald Head Island. The second highest wind gust was recorded of 105 mph. Hurricane Helene in 1958 brought wind gusts of 135 mph. Florence also produced the fourth lowest barometric pressure in Wilmington of 965.5 millibars. September 2018 was the second warmest September in history with an average temperature of 79.2 degrees. Lastly, as of September 30, it’s the wettest year in Wilmington with 86.7″ of rain.Read more of the preliminary report of Hurricane Florence from the National Weather Service in Wilmington.last_img read more

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Professional organizer shares secrets on how you can tidy up your home

first_img You could say Burfield is Wilmington’s own version of Marie Kondo. The professional organizer says it was a habit that turned into an entire business.“It was something that’s always been ingrained in me. It was something that I grew up doing. I was always the go-to babysitter. I tidied up as I was in people’s homes,” said Burfield. “It turned into, ‘Hey, you’re really organized. Do you mind coming to help me?’ As a 16-year-old. Then I thought, ‘Wow, this is really something I enjoy doing.”That turned into Erika B Solutions.Burfield has been stepping up the organization game in homes for 10 years. From junk drawers to the whole house.“Basically whatever is bothering you. Whatever you feel like ‘Gosh, I’m going to pull my hair out. I need help organizing this,’” said Burfield.Burfield says she has helped around 500 clients so far. How does she do it? Burfield says she lives by the following four rules.“Continuously purge. Group and sort everything by like item or category. Label everything. Only fill to about 80% capacity,” said Burfield.Burfield says starts each client off with a consultation. She says she spends an average of four or five hours on a project.Burfield says it’s all pretty simple.“It’s just creating a routine and creating a system. Organization isn’t hard and it doesn’t take a lot of time. You just have to make yourself do it,” said Burfield.Burfield says she works with clients throughout the Cape Fear, but she has clients all the way in Virginia and DC.Click here to visit Burfield’s website for more information. HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — When it comes to tidying up, we could all use a little push. If you caught the Marie Kondo bug, there is a someone right here in the Cape Fear who can help.“I’m teaching them how to stay organized after I leave,” said Erika Burfield, who is a professional organizer.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Have tea time and an afternoon of fun and fairies at Midsummers

first_img The event starts at 1:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Latimer House in downtown Wilmington.Tickets cost $25. Each child gets to enjoy a tea party, join in on a craft, and even have their photo taken with the visiting fairy!More details here. 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) —  If you fancy a spot of tea for your child, or a Victorian tale told by a fairy, the historic Latimer House is the place for you to be this weekend. Midsummer’s Day Tea Party is a benefit happening Saturday and Sunday where the proceeds go to supporting the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.WWAY’s Donna Gregory sat down with Rachel Rhine to talk all about the fun time your kids will have at the Midsummer’s Day Tea Party.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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The grace of God does not come cheap – Bishop Grech

first_img SharePrint Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said that martyrs teach us that the grace of God does not come cheap, because it is not “low cost”.During his homily at the mass that was celebrated at St. George’s Basilica in Victoria, on the feast of St. George the Martyr, Bishop Grech explained how the grace of God was brought for us with Christ’s blood. He added that whilst from one end martyrs honour Christianity because they stuck to their guns and preferred to die than live a life without God, they also humiliate Christianity and its celebrations because they shed the mask of Christian hypocrisy and unveiled spiritual poverty.The Gozo Bishop explained that death spares nobody and said that those that accumulate worldly possessions prefer to stay alive because they cannot convey anything with them when they pass.“Martyrs does not ask for anything not even the glory of martyrdom”Mons. Grech then made reference to the passage from T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral; “Martyrdom is always the design of God, for His love of men, to warn them and to lead them, to bring them back to His ways. It is never the design of man; for the true martyr is he who has become the instrument of God, who has lost his will in the will of God, and who no longer desires anything for himself, not even the glory of being a martyr.”He explained how St. George was not a strong soldier and not a low cost Christian, and how this brought him to dedicate his life to God. He added that many are those christians that fall in the low cost category because they are not committed to surrender themselves to God.What is white martyrdom? Bishop Grech then talked about white martyrdom, and referred to the teachings of the Timothy Radcliffe who explained white martyrdom as that teacher who prepares an excellent lesson so that he is able to transmit as much knowledge as possible to his students.WhatsApp <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

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Malta is shooting itself in the foot – NTMFEE on approved Dwejra

first_imgThe Environment and Planning Review Tribunal overturned a Planning Authority (PA) ruling that refused embellishment works at a restaurant in Gozo in the Dwejra area. This means that astronomical observations, as well as wild birds, will be affected. Nature Trust-FEE Malta stated that Malta is shooting itself in the foot with this overruling.Nature Trust – FEE Malta, in a press release, stated its disappointment in the members forming part of the tribunal, saying that they are not fit for purpose and are unable to put environmental considerations before commercial interests.Dwejra is a Natura 2000 site and a designated Special Protection Area under the Wild Birds Directive. Furthermore, it is the best site for astronomical observations. According to Nature Trust-FEE Malta, successive governments have sought to obtain the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Dwejra, yet they have also been supporting the restaurant in the vicinity.The restaurant was not allowed to place a canopy, lights, sign, chairs and tables at the site by the PA in 2017. The overturning of this ruling will now increase light pollution, which will not allow astronomical observation. Furthermore, it may affect wild birds which are particularly sensitive to light and noise.The press release went on to say that in overturning this ruling, Malta ‘is shooting itself in the foot’, due to its dependence on places such as Dwejra for tourism. In fact, it noted that the Malta Tourism Authority’s Product Development Directorate itself had stated that the site of the proposed refurbishment is extremely sensitive and that therefore no new development should be permitted to take place.Nature Trust-FEE Malta are appealing to the responsible authorities to step in and take action.Read: Only one proposal made to Muscat’s “international call” – a hotel for DwejraA day after the collapse of the iconic Azure Window, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had announced the news of an “international consultation initiative”. In the original call, the request was to submit detailed proposals on how the government could develop a Heritage Park at Dwejra which would further promote it. However it seems that the only proposal received was for a hotel to be built in a quarry nearby Dwejra.Read: Hotel in Dwejra: Will the proposal be accepted?However, sources close to the Ministry for the Environment had said that ERA’s board is not in favour of the development and therefore, it is expected that the government will not proceed with these proposals for a number of reasons, largely the same as those noted above in terms of the restaurant’s embellishments.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Microsoft engages youth to drive sustainable African economic growth

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative to create economic opportunities for 300 million youth over the next three yearsJOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Unemployment remains rife on the African continent. With almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 in Africa today, the youth community represents more than 60 per cent of the continent’s total population and accounts for 45 per cent of its growing labour force. However, the imbalance between the demands of the labour market and the supply of appropriately skilled workers in Africa is reaching its breaking point. In light of this, Microsoft Corporation today announced its ongoing commitment to driving opportunities for African youth through its YouthSpark initiative.Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years. This companywide initiative includes Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and other company programs — both new and enhanced — empowering youth to imagine and realise their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. – Advertisement – “It is a sad reality that while young Africans are more literate than their parents, more of them remain unemployed,” says Djam Bakhshandegi, CSI Program Manager at Microsoft in Africa. “At the core of our YouthSpark and other CSI activities is our belief that relevant innovation holds the key to unlocking the answers to our most pressing challenges in the region. Through YouthSpark, in sub-Saharan Africa alone, we have already reached over half a million young people and made $1.1 million worth of software donations to non-Government-organisations.  In addition we have trained almost 30, 000 teachers through our Partners In Learning tools as well as equipping hundreds of small & medium businesses with relevant start up skills.As part of its broader strategy, Microsoft views Africa as a critical investment market. Its flagship African investment and growth drive, 4Afrika,  which YouthSpark falls under on the African continent, was launched in February 2013.   Through 4Afrika, Microsoft will actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. By 2016, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring 1 million African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) online, up-skill 100,000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, and help an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop skills for employability, 75 percent of which Microsoft will help place in jobs.“YouthSpark forms part of this 4Afrika vision and through YouthSpark, we are paying specific attention to the next generation of our ecosystem through our work with schools, students, start-ups and the developer community to drive skills and ICT integration which will in turn trigger growth,” says Bakhshandegi. “Through our partnerships with governments, non-profit organizations and businesses, Microsoft YouthSpark aims to empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential.”Microsoft YouthSpark goes beyond philanthropy and brings together a range of global programs that empower young people with access to technology and a better education and inspire young people to imagine the opportunities they have to realise their potential, including Office 365 for education, free technology tools for all teachers and students to power learning and collaboration, and Skype in the classroom, a free global community for teachers to connect their students with others around the world. Other YouthSpark initiatives include:Partners in Learning Network. An online professional development platform for government officials, school leaders and educators to help them with new approaches to teaching and learning, using technology to help students develop 21st century skills.Microsoft IT Academy. A career-ready education program available to all accredited academic institutions, providing students with 21st century technology.DreamSpark. Free access to Microsoft designer and developer tools for students and educators, helping advance key technical skills during the high school and college years, a critical time in a student’s development.Imagine Cup. The world’s premier youth technology competition, which challenges students to apply their knowledge and passion to develop technical solutions for social impact, to develop engaging games, and to demonstrate innovation that can benefit others, local communities and the world.Students to Business. A program that matches university students with jobs or internships in the technology industry.BizSpark. A software startup program, providing young entrepreneurs with access to Microsoft software development tools and connections with key industry players, including investors, to help them start a new business.Employability Portals. An all-inclusive platform that links users – who wish to plan their career, get career advisory, acquire training, build their capacity, apply for jobs and internships – with customized resources, counselors, mentors and jobs.Another example is Microsoft’s Build Your Business programme, a comprehensive and inter-active training course designed to support aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs. David Arkless, Manpower Group’s President of Corporate and Government Affairs, says, “Start-ups and small businesses are the backbone of Africa’s economy, and this learning course will encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to take the leap to set up a business venture. We are committed to helping new small businesses get off the ground and provide them with the skills to deal with the rigors of competition and day-to-day business tasks.”“We are committed to using our technology, talent, time and money to help create sustainable growth across the African continent,” says Bakhshandegi. “Microsoft YouthSpark is not just about enhancing young people’s digital skills. Rather it is about helping young people having a more balanced set of skills that is required in today’s very competitive work environment.”last_img read more

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Googles AdWords Android app is now available globally

first_imgAdvertisement Today, Google has made its Android app for its AdWords advertising platform  global.The app was launched last month, but it was only available to users in Canada. Today, the company has announced that the app is rolling out across the globe.With the Android App, you can check out campaign stats, receive real-time notifications, get improvement suggestions, update bids and budgets and call a Google expert for advice. – Advertisement – You can’t create a new account through the app; you’ll need an existing account set up to log in.Via TNWlast_img read more

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South African Children Addicted to the Internet

first_imgAdvertisement A survey by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International has revealed that a number of South African parents are concerned their children’s internet-dependency.According to the survey, 40 percent of parents are concerned while 28 percent of parents in South Africa feel they have no control over what their children see or do online.Many adults also worry that their own, digitally-active parents and grandparents could be equally vulnerable. – Advertisement – 47 percent of respondents in the survey believe that the threats their children face online are increasing.However, the top concern which was at 52 percent was the risk of kids encountering inappropriate or explicit content, and 55 percent were convinced that kids have unrestricted access to such content.Other worries include the likelihood of kids coming across and communicating with dangerous strangers (43 percent) and sharing too much personal information about themselves (49 percent). 42 percent of those surveyed locally are afraid that kids can become addicted to the internet and spend too much time online.David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab. said being protective is a parental instinct, but the online landscape is changing the rules.“Our survey reveals that many parents fear that the number of threats facing their kids online is increasing, with so much unregulated content available” he said.last_img read more

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WhatsApp to withdraw support for Nokia and Blackberry devices by end of

first_imgWhatsApp on Blackberry Q10. Image Credit: TheInquirer Advertisement As we start this new month, we’re afraid to say that for those that are using WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7.1, WhatsApp plans to withdraw their support for the mentioned devices by the end of 2016. Last month (Feb 26), the social media company celebrated one billion people who are using the messaging app, and earlier this week as they celebrate their seventh birthday, they also plan on making some changes on their platform, as they also plan on putting an even greater emphasis on security features in the coming months.WhatsApp to withdraw support for BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Windows Phone 7.1, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 devices.According to the messaging app, back in 2009 when WhatsApp had just started, 70% of smartphones sold at that time had their operating systems offered by Blackberry and Nokia, and as for today, 99.5% of smartphones are running on Google, Apple and Microsoft operating systems. WhatsApp wants to focus their efforts on the mobile platforms that huge majority of people are using. Thus, by the end of 2016, if you are among one of these affected mobile devices, you’re recommended to upgrade to the newer versions of Android, Window Phones, iPhones if you want to continue using the messaging platform. – Advertisement – “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.” Reported in a WhatsApp blogWhatsApp adds saying, it was a tough decision for them to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Huawei Selects the Top 10 Ugandan Students for Seeds for the Future

first_imgThe Judges and the top 20 Students before the interview. Advertisement Huawei on Friday 12th May at their Huawei offices at Rwenzori towers held interviews to select the top 10 ICT students in Uganda to take part in its Seeds for the Future program of 2017; a program that aims at developing young ICT talents all over the world through technological training and hands-on skills.Interviewed by a panel of five judges from Ministry of Education & Sports, NITA and Huawei, the 20 students who were shortlisted from 35 students that had applied to take part in this program from the various public universities of Uganda where to present how their proposed ICT solutions would solve various economic challenges and how usable, how feasible, how sustainable are these to Uganda’s development in thematic areas of commerce, education, agriculture, transport and health among others.One of the Students (Red) presenting her proposal to a panel of Judges.Patrick Tong, Huawei’s Public Relations Director said that the 10 students will be announced at the end of this month and will be flagged off to China for the two weeks training in Beijing and at their headquarters in Shenzhen.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Ugandan Startups Barefoot Power and SafeBoda Participate in this Years SPRING

first_imgA user is pictured launching the safe boda app on an android smartphone. (Photo Courtesy: Safe Boda) Advertisement When it comes to innovations and startups in Uganda, in my opinion, I have to say that at least Uganda has been represented well globally, with “some” funding from the government.Two startups from Uganda; a Solar power low-income populations provider Barefoot Power and motorcycle-taxi network SafeBoda are representing the country at this year’s SPRING; an accelerator working with growth-oriented businesses on innovations that can transform the lives of poor and vulnerable girls aged 10 – 19 years living across East Africa and South Asia.17 other startups; 6 from Kenya, 4 from Tanzania, 4 from Rwanda, 2 from Ethiopia, and Sustainable beekeeping network Honey Care Africa which operates across the region will be joining with the 2 from Uganda in this competition. – Advertisement – The first ever SPRING bootcamp was held in Nairobi in 2015, the same year the program was launched, and in 2016, the second program was held in Asia, and finally this year comes back to Nairobi – making it the 3rd annual event.How the startups were selected From November 2016 to March 2017, the SPRING team reviewed applications they received and only those that met with their criteria were interviewed for a place in the SPRING cohort. Barefoot Power and Safe Boda being apart of them.The Timeline for the program The first boot camp kicked off in May with the selected participants meeting for two weeks where every participant at least leaves with a clear prototype for a Girl-focused product, service or business model, while in the next four months (from May to September) will be spent on research and development, including testing with users, as well as further design workshops in their target country.End of September, the cohort will meet again to refine their prototypes, develop business models, and create brand and digital assets with SPRING to help bring prototype innovations to market. We start to look at investment readiness and opportunities in more detail.And for the final stage of the cohort which will be early next year in February, the firm will celebrate accomplishments and plan post-cohort activities to support businesses in refining prototypes and sharing learning.The full list of startups participating in this year’s SPRING:From KenyaCherehani Kenya.Ecofuels Kenya.GravityLight.Illuminum Greenhouses.Mode.Paygo.From TanzaniaACTT.Microhealth Initiative.Totohealth Tanzania.Ubongo.From RwandaAcademic Bridge.Babyl.Kasha.Resonate.From UgandaBarefoot Power.SafeBoda.From EthiopiaAccelerated.HelloDoctor.Cut’s across all regions: Honey Care Africa.Editor’s Note: You can download the Safe Boda app from Google Play Store.last_img read more

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Huawei Surpasses Apple in Global Smartphone Sales Takes Second Spot Counterpoint

first_imgHuawei invested 9.2 billion USD in the research and development of new technologies, new products, and wireless communications standards in 2015. Image Credit: ibtimes Advertisement As Apple prepares to launch its next flagship device – probably iPhone 8 – on September 12th, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has surpassed Apple for the first time in global smartphone sales consistently for June and July.With August sales looking strong for the Chinese vendor, a hat-trick for Huawei, which is now at second spot after South Korean giant Samsung, could be on the cards, said Counterpoint Research’s ‘Market Pulse for July 2017’ on Tuesday.“This is a significant milestone for Huawei. The global scale Huawei has been able to achieve can be attributed to its consistent investment in R&D and manufacturing, coupled with aggressive marketing and sales channel expansion,” Counterpoint’s Research Director Peter Richardson said in a statement. – Advertisement – While this streak could be temporary, considering the annual iPhone refresh is just around the corner, it nevertheless underscores the rate at which Huawei has been growing.“However, a weak presence in the South Asian, Indian and North American markets limits Huawei’s potential in the near-to mid-term to take a sustainable second place position behind Samsung,” Richardson added.According to Tarun Pathak, Counterpoint’s Associate Director, the growth of Chinese brands is an important trend which no player in the mobile ecosystem can ignore.“Chinese brands are growing swiftly thanks not only to smartphone design, manufacturing capability and rich feature sets, but also by out-smarting and out-spending rivals in sales channels, go-to-market and marketing promotion strategies,” Pathak said.[related-posts]Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi have successfully gained access to key supply chain partners, which has allowed them to launch designs with bezel-free, full displays, augmented reality, in-house chipsets and advanced camera features.“Chinese vendors have become as equally important as Samsung or Apple to the global supply chain, application developers and distribution channels, as they continue to grow in scale more rapidly than the incumbent market share leaders,” Pathak noted.Apple continues to drive its flagship momentum with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.Oppo has been one of the fastest growing brands globally thanks to the popularity of models including the flagship Oppo R11 and the mid-tier Oppo A57.These were followed by Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X and Samsung Galaxy S8+.Apple’s 32GB refresh of the venerable iPhone 6 enabled it to regain momentum during the month, with popularity across prepaid markets to edge out Samsung‘s Galaxy J7.“While Huawei has trimmed its portfolio, it likely needs to further streamline its product range like Oppo and Xiaomi – putting more muscle behind fewer products.,” said Senior Analyst Pavel Naiya.source: IANSlast_img read more

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A big game at both ends of the table…

first_imgTHE X FACTORMicrosoft have sold more than one million Xbox One consoles in less than 24 hours, despite users saying they have been plagued by technical problems.The next-generation gaming console is now sold out at most retailers after going on sale in 13 countries across the world on Friday, the US firm said.Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy for Xbox, said: “We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world.“Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team.“We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”But the launch has not been without problems after some gamers complained their £429 machines have been “bricked” – rendered useless by a fault – after downloading a day one update.In some cases, those reporting the update issue have been faced with an E100 error message, which does not seem to have an easy fix. West Ham v ChelseaPremier League5.30pm, Sky Sports 1IT’S BACK!Premier League? Remember that? Yes, it’s back after the frustrating break owing to England losing two matches in five days….Enough of that, some great fixtures to look forward to, and the tea-time live SKY game brings together West Ham and Chelsea at Upton Park.A big game for both sides who are at different ends of the table.A Chelsea win could see them in the top three and West Ham consigned to the bottom three.It’s a match that usually produces a few goals as our last 10 stats show:Mar 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-0 West Ham Dec 2012 Premier West Ham 3-1 Chelsea Apr 2011 Premier Chelsea 3-0 West Ham Sep 2010 Premier West Ham 1-3 Chelsea Mar 2010 Premier Chelsea 4-1 West Ham Dec 2009 Premier West Ham 1-1 Chelsea Apr 2009 Premier West Ham 0-1 Chelsea Dec 2008 Premier Chelsea 1-1 West Ham Mar 2008 Premier West Ham 0-4 Chelsea Dec 2007 Premier Chelsea 1-0 West HamChelsea haven’t traveled well so far this season with just five points from five games but in fairness they’ve had some tough early season fixtures and will be looking towards this as a key match to win to maintain their momentum towards the top of the table. It’s a good time to visit Upton Park with West Ham in a slump – just six points from nine games.Happy to back Chelsea giving away a goal on the handicap at around 15/8 with Star Sports. A decent bet for me.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points CHELSEA (-1) at around 15/8last_img read more

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