STHELENS have appointed Nathan Brown as their new

first_imgST.HELENS have appointed Nathan Brown as their new Head Coach on a three-year deal.He will take up the position at the end of this season after his current contract with Huddersfield Giants expires.Brown, 38, was formerly the Head Coach of St. George Illawarra in the NRL and is in his final season of four as Head Coach of Huddersfield Giants, who are currently top of the Stobart Super League table.Saints Chairman, Eamonn McManus, stated: “We are extremely pleased that Nathan will be joining us next season. I believe he is ideally suited for the Saints both with regard to the way we want to play and as to what we aim to achieve in terms of success.“He is still a relatively young coach but already has pedigree and experience gained over many years as a Head Coach at the highest levels both in the NRL and in Super League.”Assistant Coach, Kieron Cunningham, stated: “I’m excited about Nathan’s arrival and really look forward to working with him. The strength of our squad and of our coaching team in the years ahead will put us in a very strong position to continue to improve and to succeed at the highest level.”Nathan Brown added: “It’s an honour to be appointed the Head Coach of St.Helens. They are a great and historic club and continuously associated with success; I’m relishing the challenge for next season onwards. They have a strong first team squad and more promising youngsters coming through their system, along with a great new stadium and training facility.“That said, this season is all about Huddersfield Giants for me and it’s good to get this announcement out of the way so that I can concentrate totally on the job at hand.”Nathan was appointed coach of the Dragons on 2003 after making 172 appearances for the side in the NRL. He was a hooker and scored 32 tries.He coached St George to a second-placed position in 2005, but lost the preliminary final to the eventual Champions Wests Tigers.In his first season at Huddersfield he took them to the 2009 Carnegie Cup Final and has since progressed the Giants to be a real force in the game.last_img read more

TOMMY Makinson grabbed a hattrick as Saints came

first_imgTOMMY Makinson grabbed a hat-trick as Saints came from behind to beat Castleford 40-24.In red hot conditions the youngster swung the game in his side’s favour with two tries in five second half minutes.Saints weathered a poor start to comeback from 10-0 and 16-6 down.Tommy Makinson pegged the home side back before Weller Hauraki replied to build on earlier tries from Richard Owen and Jordan Tansey.But a sensational Jonny Lomax try made it a four-point game at the break.Luke Thompson wiped out the deficit seven minutes into the second half and a minute later Jordan Turner was over.Justin Carney replied but an interception from Makinson gave Saints a 10 point lead.Tommy then notched his hat-trick seconds later.The final ten minutes was all about survival in the blistering heat, but Rangi Chase did give the home support something to cheer late on before Alex Walmsley finished it off for Saints.Nathan Brown handed a debut to Greg Richards whilst recalling Paul Clough and Luke Thompson to the starting line-up.‘LMS’ moved to loose forward allowing Jon Wilkin to return to the half backs.Saints opened up the match well, kicking deep and then having a good chance when Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook produced a monster run.Castleford hit back with a great set following an interception and then broke the deadlock when a poor kicking clearance was gobbled up and fed to Richard Owen.Jordan Turner was on hand to scoop up a loose pass on a promising Tigers’ attack on 11 minutes and a strong Wilkin kick on the last put the home side back in their 10.Castleford were pulled back for a forward pass four minutes later – and it was fortunate as they looked set to increase the advantage.Paul Wellens replaced James Roby and within seconds Jordan Tansey skipped through some poor tackling.Saints hit back when O’Brien chipped over the top for Tommy Makinson to romp home from 40 yards but within minutes Castleford restored the advantage.Rangi Chase bamboozled the defence and Weller Hauraki pounced.Saints were unlucky when O’Brien’s kick almost saw Lomax gather and then the visitors had to be stout in defence after a forward pass gifted Cas great territory.Saints forced a drop out, but failed to capitalise.Moments later though, they did, and it was world class.Wilkin fed Josh Jones within his own 20, the youngster broke through, found Lomax who scampered forward and then horizontally to the line, sidestepped and flew over from 50 yards.O’Brien with his second kick to leave Saints just four points behind at half time.After gaining possession from the kick off, the visitors were in prime territory to pile on the pressure.And two penalties gave them a great chance – but the ball went to ground on the first tackle.Saints levelled when Wilkin combined with Wellens to send in Luke Thompson and O’Brien notched the conversion to give them a two-point advantage.Jordan Turner tallied seconds later but on 54 minutes it was game on as Justin Carney showed tremendous strength to get over in the corner.A try saving tackle from Francis Meli on Daryl Clark kept the slender advantage – and quelled a big momentum shift after the home try.Saints then weathered two penalties on their own line and when Cas pushed the pass Tommy Makinson intercepted and went 80 yards.And seconds later he picked a Turner pass off his boot-straps for his hat-trick.Paul Clough was held up over the line with 10 minutes to go but Rangi Chase did cross late on for a consolation.But it was Saints’ afternoon and Alex Walmsley got over at the death to send the Saints fans home happy.Match Summary:Tigers: Tries: Owen, Tansey, Hauraki, Carney, ChaseGoals: Dixon (2 from 4), Tansey (0 from 1)Saints: Tries: Makinson (3), Lomax, Thompson, Turner, WalmsleyGoals: O’Brien (6 from 7)Penalties: Tigers: 7Saints: 9HT: 12-16FT: 40-24REF: George StokesATT: 8229Teams:Tigers:19. Jordan Tansey; 1. Richard Owen, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Kirk Dixon, 2. Justin Carney; 12. Weller Hauraki, 6. Rangi Chase; 27. Ryan Boyle, 15. Adam Milner, 10. Craig Huby, 18. Jordan Thompson, 13. Grant Millington, 16. Nathan Massey.Subs: 8. Jonathan Walker, 9. Daryl Clark, 17. Oliver Holmes, 25. Keith Mason.Saints:7. Jonny Lomax; 21. Tom Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 12. Jon Wilkin, 37. Gareth O’Brien; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. James Roby, 16. Paul Clough, 33. Luke Thompson, 13. Willie Manu, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 1. Paul Wellens, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 38. Greg Richards.last_img read more

Columbus County receives 21 million state grant

first_img Columbus County will receive a $2,120,938 grant to help improve infrastructure for water and sewer services at the International Logistics Park, a megasite with approximately 1,100 acres in Columbus and Brunswick Counties.This infrastructure will also benefit the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Rail Park in Brunswick County. The project will extend water lines to connect the two counties’ water systems and provide resiliency to each. A proposed 500,000-gallon elevated water tank would provide adequate water pressure to alleviate water main pressure spikes. Sewer improvements include a gravity line to serve the site as well as additional pump stations.“These investments will help our rural communities prepare for and win business,” said Secretary Copeland. “The Rural Infrastructure Authority’s work supports necessary infrastructure improvements and projects that will help communities prepare and compete for jobs.”Related Article: Tourism, infrastructure critical to boosting Columbus County’s economyOther areas benefiting from the state grants include: Conover (Catawba County), Davidson County, Mocksville (Davie County), Bessemer City (Gaston County),  City of Laurinburg (Scotland County), City of Albemarle (Stanly County) and  Cherokee County. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 22 grant requests totaling $15,802,945, for eight areas across the state, including Columbus County.  N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced the requests include commitments to create a total of 429 new jobs. – Advertisement – last_img read more

Third candidate announces run for Pender County Sheriff

first_img Spivey released this statement to media on his announcement:After much though (sic), console (sic) with my family and receiving support from my Sheriff, Ed McMahon of New Hanover County, it is with great reverence and excitement I announce my candidacy for Pender County Sheriff. I will lead our county with honor and integrity. Each person will be treated with dignity and respect. It is my belief that a law enforcement agency is only as good as its relationship with the community. There must be an unbreakable bond of trust and respect that we all must adhere to. I will do this for you.As we move through this as a community, it is important for me to understand and know what you the citizens expect, need and want from me. From there, we will set goals and meet them together. It is imperative as law enforcement officers we have a greater presence in our community in its entirety. Being well rounded, fair, consistent and communication with you is the key to this.Spivey went on to add, “I will lead our Sheriff’s Office with professionalism, an open mind and humility.”Spivey now joins two candidates; former Wilmingon Fire battalion chief Randy Burton and NHCSO deputy Joseph Cina to seek the Sheriff’s post in Pender County. Jason Spivey WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Another New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy plans to throw his hat in the race for Pender County Sheriff.Jason Spivey announced his candidacy Monday. Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith announced in November that he will not seek re-election next year and instead run for the North Carolina House seat left open by Chris Millis.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Surf City to hold beach nourishment workshop after Florence

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Surf City leaders want property owners to attend a beach re-nourishment workshop to address damage from Hurricane Florence.Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin has announced that that town council will be hosting a beach nourishment workshop on Friday, Jan. 18th at 9 a.m. at the Community Center, 201 Community Center Dr.- Advertisement – Oceanfront property owners are encouraged to attend. This is the next step in beach recovery from hurricane Florence.Debris contractors are expected to complete debris cleanup over the next few weeks. Anyone dumping debris in the right-of-way will be charged with illegal dumping.last_img read more

WANTED Woman accused of stealing from Belk in Shallotte

first_img Police say this woman allegedly stole from Belk in Shallotte. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) Police say this woman allegedly stole from Belk in Shallotte. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Detectives need your help identifying a woman wanted for allegedly stealing from the Belk in Shallotte.The Shallotte Police Department says she is wanted in reference to two larcenies.- Advertisement – Anyone with information is asked to call the Shallotte Police Department (910) 754-6008 and ask to speak with Det. McLamb. 1 of 2 Police say this woman allegedly stole from Belk in Shallotte. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department)last_img read more

Plans for soccer park acquisition presented to Wilmington city leaders

first_img This past weekend, the Wilmington Hammerheads hosted a tournament on the site next to the Duke Energy Sutton Plant in conjunction with five other fields across Wilmington. Executive Director Carson Porter says it brought nearly 300 teams to the region. The Hammerheads host a youth soccer program currently on the site and have done so for well over a decade according to the city.“These kids and families are coming from Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and some in Virginia and South Carolina,” said Porter.The soccer club has been working with the city for roughly 2 years to see this partnership take shape according to Porter. Over the last year, the city conducted an environmental analysis of the site.Related Article: Trump administration moves to ban bump stocksThe fields were once the Flemington landfill in the 1970’s and was one of the first brownfiled agreement sites sanctioned in the state according to the city. It is more than 60 acres with a little more than 30 developed with soccer and athletics fields including small facilities. Porter says having the city come in would mean permanent lavatories, paved parking and field lighting. All of which were too costly for the non-profit to afford according to Porter.“What we can do with double the size is 14 or 15 plus fields is we can really, we can pitch big events, big national events to come here in Wilmington,” Porter said. “And so that 300, that 275 team tournament that we did this weekend, that could be doubled.”“If we don’t have to buy the land, which would be by far the largest cost then that would just leave us with a lot more for bathrooms, bleachers, parking and all those things that you would put for multi-purpose fields and not just soccer things like lacrosse which is also in big demand,” said city spokesperson Malissa Talbert.The agreement would work out that the Hammerheads would transfer the land to the city, the city would  pay for the improvements and the soccer club would manage it over time.“I would make this analogous with the city’s arrangement with the YMCA with the public pools,” said Amy Beatty, the community services director for Wilmington.The city would get 100% of the revenue for the first two years, paying $225,000 in management fees to the club, and then the two groups would split revenue 50/50 after two years. Beatty told city leaders that the management fee still costs $100,000 less than what the cost would be for the city to manage a similar site.A sports complex advisory board would be established under the agreement. City council would appoint it and the city says it’s purpose would be to, “promote diverse and equitable use by the interested sports groups.”City staff recommended that the council vote on an agreement during their July council meeting. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington city leaders heard for the first time this week the framework of acquiring the Cape Fear Regional Soccer Park.This all goes back to 2016 when the city approved a major bond that involved the Wilmington waterfront park as well as a $10 million appropriation for an athletic facility. The city says since then several options have come before them, but those did not score the winning goal.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch MEPs support visa free travel for UK nationals in event of

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Caption: Vice-President of the European Parliament Rainer WIELAND (EPP, DE) opens the vote on the report: Listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement, as regards the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, report by report Sergei STANISHEV (S&D, BG) )MEPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing UK citizens to travel to European member states without visas following a No-Deal Brexit. The decision will be given on the condition that European citizens are granted the same travel access to the UK.The concession was supported by 502 votes in favour to 81 against. This was only achieved after the resolution of an argument between Spain and the European Council over the future status of Gibraltar.Sergei Stanishev, the proposal’s rapporteur explained that, ‘This is an important step for guaranteeing visa-free travel between EU and UK after Brexit, especially in case of no deal.’This means that travelers from the UK will be classed as ‘third country nationals’, something the country will share over 60 other countries which include Australia, Japan and the United States.  Tourists will be allowed to stay for 90 days in a 180 day stretch.Given that this is a reciprocal proposal, it means that if the UK were to introduce a visa regulation on EU citizens travelling to the UK, the same could be carried out for UK nationals travelling to the EU.Read more:The UK today – A land of fury and confusion?Brexit: UK PM says the country needs another extensionUpdate 2: UK MPs reject all options in 2nd round votesThis special waiver is applicable within the EU and the key Schengen associated countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.  This will be different for Ireland where a special bilateral agreement will need to be agreed with the UK.The Chief Executive of the travel association ABTA Mark Tanzer, told the UK Independent that the news ‘provides absolute certainty that UK holidaymakers and business travellers will be able to travel visa-free to Europe, deal or no deal.’Tanzer welcomed the news given that fears had been perpetuated that flights to and from the UK or the EU would be grounded because of a No-Deal Brexit.While visa free travel will not become a reality for UK travelers visiting the EU, this does mean that border checks will be stricter. While the UK Passport allows holders to travel in the EU until the passport expires, a No-Deal Brexit will no longer make access automatic.Following the plenary vote, the legislation will need to be ratified by the Council of Ministries before April 12th, the date which the UK should be leaving the EU with No-Deal.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Statutory minimum wage and limited number of temporary workers – Żminijietna

first_img SharePrint Żmienijietna is calling for an increase in the statutory national minimum wage and for a limit on the number of workers that could be engaged on a temporary contract basis. The leftist think tank organisation said this in a press release issued on International workers’ Day. They are also calling for the obligation of union membership on temporary foreign workers employed through the private agency scheme. They believe that this will not allow the scheme to be left “in the hands of the market forces”. The organisation is also insisting that the government addresses these irregularities. They also stress that workers with a government contract and those in the private agency scheme should be paid equally, and that foreign workers should have the same decent pay and working conditions. Żminijietna is also asking for a national reform in the housing sector as they believe that it should be secure and affordable. WhatsAppcenter_img <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

Funeral held for late Times journalist Ivan Fenech

first_imgSarah Cassar DymondSarah Cassar Dymond A final farewell is paid to the late Ivan Fenech, who was assistant editor to the Times of Malta. His funeral was held in the Church of the Rotunda in Mosta. Fenech was 55 years old.His death was announced last Wednesday having been feeling ill in the newsroom on the Tuesday evening. He died in hospital the following day.Fenech had joined the Times back in the 1980s and worked as a journalist with the newsroom up until 1997. In addition to journalism, he was also involved in the satirical broadcast ‘Aħn’aħna jew M’aħniex’ or ‘We are not in the eighties.’Fenech leaves behind his widow and daughter.WhatsApp SharePrint <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