ENGLAND Youth dug deep to take first blood with vi

first_imgENGLAND Youth dug deep to take first blood with victory in the opening match of the two-Test series against their French counterparts in Entraigues sur Sorgue on Friday.The tourists, with Saints’ and Blackbrook’s Josh Ganson at hooker, twice came from behind to get the better of France with a strong second half display.France took an early lead with a try by full-back Luc Franco, converted by Sophien Bitigzi before England responded with a try from Warrington Wolves and Latchford Albion winger Jack Fox.Morgan Smith could not add the goal and was again off target after Will Dagger, the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Stanley Rangers wing, had edged his team ahead with a try on 31 minutes.A try by Bitigzi four minutes later took France to the break with a 10-8 advantage to set up a pulsating second half played in perfect conditions.The second quarter belonged to England who, roared on by some vocal support from their travelling parents, gained the ascendency with two more tries, the first by Max Dudley of Wigan Warriors and Wigan Judes who was quickly followed over by Smith, who added both conversion.France hit back with a try by winger Corentin Adel but a drop-goal from Smith nine minutes from the end completed the scoring and sealed a fine win for coach Stu Barrow’s team.“I am delighted, not just by the result but by the performance: the boys can feel proud of their efforts tonight,” said Barrow.“We knew it was going to be tough and very physical and the French held nothing back but we stood up well defensively and showed some great resilience to get the result.“There are still some areas in which we need to improve but I can’t fault the players for their attitude and application.”Barrow has a 35-man squad at his disposal and is expected to ring the changes for the next match of England Youth’s three-match tour against a French President’s XIII on Monday (4.00pm) before naming his team for the second Test against France Youth in Toulon on Tuesday (7.00pm).last_img read more

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Day 20 – Saturday October 28Craig Richards wrote

first_imgDay 20 – Saturday October 28Craig Richards wrote: Though going into the game undefeated and battle hardened, we entered into it as underdogs as this would surely be the biggest test the players have ever faced.But if the saying: “Don’t write off the Saints” ever rang true, then you feel this group of players could live up to that saying.The game started at a very fast pace with front rowers Christian Kellett and Kian Horridge carrying bravely into some stern Panthers defence.The smart Jake Wingfield continued his kicking form from the previous game too and found space with a last play kick. The return set started with strong carries by the big Panthers forwards and their adventurous halfbacks linking to catch Saints on the edge, only for the always alert Jamie Little to spring into action with an early try saving tackle.Next it was the Panthers on the charge again after Saints enthusiasm got the better of them as several players were caught offside. Penrith transitioned quickly with smart plays but solid Saints defence saw the Panthers’ hooker held up over the line.The next pieces of action saw a desperate and illegal tackle halt Jamie Little after a great break by Jack Welsby, who regathered his own charge down.But Saints were then hit with two quick fire tries. The first came off an over chase at marker that saw the Panthers’ 4 race in for a try, and then the clever number 6 tipped on for the 7 to score to make it 10-0.Saints were next up on the score sheet though when a thunderous challenge from Kellett forced a mistake. Wingfield showed class from the resultant scrum and sent the powerful Sean Croston over. Josh Simm converting to make it a four point game.But the Panthers made it 16-6 at the break following an error from a high ball.The restart saw a great Sam Royle offload find Wingfield who then combined with Simm to send in Kelvin Taylor.That was quickly followed by an immediate impact from replacement Brandon Scully on the charge, leading to the busy Brandon O’Neill showing flair and quick feet to send Reece Jackson racing in for an excellent try.The reply was swift from the Panthers. First a fine grubber kick from the excellent stand off Sadi Sublaban sent in the number 4 before their winger also polished off a fine solo effort.Undettered, Saints fantastic halves Wingfield and Welsby carried on rallying the boys, aided and abetted by the pack – but the Panthers squeezed over for another try to take it away from the Tourists.Saints weren’t done though and Wingfield produced a great one handed offload for Tom Nisbet to get a well deserved try.Final score Saints 22 Panthers 34.Saints captain Sam Royle said: “I’m disappointed about the result. It would have been nice to finish with four wins, but we have played well on a whole throughout the tour and can be proud of the way we have come together and preformed.“I have been happy with my own form and look forward kicking on to the new season.”Jamie Little said: “It was a very fast and physical game. I really enjoyed how competitive it was and was happy with how I played in the game and as a team with how we coped with the pressure.“I can’t wait to get back playing at home and pushing my self even further and working hard to improve my overall game.”Reece Jackson added: “It felt really good to score today, especially at such a great NRL stadium in a pressurised game. They were a big physical team and I thought we battled and learned loads about ourselves.“The tour has been great to be part of. Personally, I just want to keep working hard on my game and doing my best.”Head Coach Derek Traynor was proud of his team. “Although very disappointed with the score, I am very happy with the tour as a whole. As with all the games on the tour the lads showed a lot of character in particular when we fought our way back to level the score at 16 all, but we struggled to build on it and finish with a positive result.“As always there was some outstanding displays by Sam Royle, who was well supported by Christian Kellett, Brandon Scully and Brandon O’Neill.“I was also extremely happy with the displays from Ben Simms, Reece Jackson and Matty Foster who all did a great job in attack and defence.“Penrith were the better team on the day and have some great young players in their system. It was an excellent experience to play at the Pepper Stadium and one that the lads can learn from and improve.“We look forward now into carrying on the good work into this year’s 19s season and hopefully, as previous tours, some of these players will one day play Super League with Saints.”Saints:1- Jamie Little; 2- Thomas Nisbet, 3- Sean Croston, 4- Josh Simm, 5- John Hutchings; 6- Jack Welsby, 7- Jake Wingfield; 8- Christian Kellett, 9- Paul Nash, 10- Kian Horridge, 11- Joe Sharratt, 12- Ben Sims, 13- Sam Royle (c) Subs: Luke Maloney-Ward, Brandon O’Neill, Ryan Horne, Kye Siyani, Reece Jackson, Matty Foster, Kelvin Taylor, Brandon Scully.Award Winners (selected by the opposition coaching staff )Best and Fairest – Sam RoyleOur coaching staff also presented awards to:Best Forward – Brandon Scully Best Back – Jamie Little Best and Fairest Panthers – Sadi Subalternlast_img read more

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They were successful on their last trip to Perpign

first_imgThey were successful on their last trip to Perpignan too which halted a run of four defeats stretching back to 2013.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 46, Catalans Dragons 28 (SLR22, 16/7/17) Catalans Dragons 24, St Helens 28 (SLR5, 18/3/17) St Helens 39, Catalans Dragons 16 (SLS8-R2, 12/8/16) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 11/6/16) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 30 (SLR11, 14/4/16) Catalans Dragons 26, St Helens 16 (SLS8-R1, 8/8/15) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 26 (SLR14, 9/5/15) St Helens 18, Catalans Dragons 7 (SLR1, 6/2/15) St Helens 30, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLQSF, 2/10/14) Catalans Dragons 42, St Helens 0 (SLR16, 14/6/14)Super League Summary:Catalans Dragons won 12 St Helens won 16 (includes win in 2014 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Catalans Dragons highest score: 42-0 (H, 2014) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)Milestones:Jonny Lomax needs four points to reach 500 for St Helens. His total of 496 has been reached with 72 tries, 103 goals and two field goals in 159 games for the Saints since 2009.Tommy Makinson needs three tries to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. Makinson has scored 97 tries in 168 games for the Saints since 2011.James Roby needs three tries to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. Roby has scored 97 tries in 400 games for the Saints since 2004.Vincent Duport needs one try to draw level with Clint Greenshields as Catalans Dragons’ all-time leading try-scorer.Duport has touched down 85 times in 191 games for the club (2007-2009 & 2011-2017), while Greenshields scored 86 tries in 146 Dragons appearances between 2007 and 2012.last_img read more

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UNCW film studies professor dies after sudden illness

first_img Frank came to UNCW in 2016.  A post on the UNCW Film Studies Facebook page says she taught courses on the history of animation, Russian and Soviet cinema, and special effects. She also worked on a book manuscript on the visual aesthetics of popular American animated cartoons of the mid-20th century. Her other research interests included films and videos that reside at the intersection of documentary, the avant-garde, and animation. She was also an experimental animator.  She received her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Hannah Frank talks about starting a petition to remove Confederate statues (Photo: WWAY)Earlier this month, Frank petitioned Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo to remove the Confederate monuments in Wilmington.According to family, a celebration of her life will be held in Hoboken, New Jersey later this week.Related Article: Students prep for March STEM competitionUNCW has not released any details at this point. (Photo: UNCW Film Studies Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A UNCW professor died suddenly over the weekend.Hannah Frank, a professor in the Film Studies department, died around 1:00 Monday morning, according to family members.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Town council holds off votes on annexation for Lanvale Forest until November

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) – The Leland town council needs more time before they decide to annex the Lanvale Forest neighborhood. The developer of a phase there wants it to be in town limits, tonight they did not get a resolution.Leland town leaders have had it on the agenda for some time, but neighbors are two for two so far to hold off an annexation until they get a guarantee their roads will be fixed.- Advertisement – “This is another thing biting us in the butt,” said town Mayor Brenda Bozeman.The road to annexation has been well a bumpy one for Lanvale Forest.“They are in severe disrepair,” said resident Chris Shipps referencing the neighborhood streets. “We cannot keep up with the amount of repairs that have to be done.”Related Article: Town of Belville plans to appeal H2GO decisionThe pre-recession subdivision has struggled since the initial developer left the project. The new developer wants to begin the next phase, but first annex it to the town of Leland. Town leaders are not ready to do that just yet.“We need more time to look at all the issues related to this,” said town councilman Mike Callahan.Issues neighbors, both for and against annexing the neighborhood, have weighed in on at several council meeting now.“The only person that’s getting anything from this is the developer,” said resident Linda Dixon.Neighbors are certain if the annexation happens, the lot ready to hold more than 45 homes will cause more truck traffic, hurting the already uneven, dilapidated streets.“it does not seem prudent to put the needs of the individual ahead of two hundred plus future residents of Leland.”The council will research the claims Brunswick county leaders refused to allow the phase three permitting before streets were fixed to state standards. They will address the issue of approving the developers annexation as well as another, town-initiated annexation of a different phase at their November 30th meeting.last_img read more

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Two charged after Carolina Beach Rd accident

first_img Officials said Corey Bradley, of Wilmington, veered into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Kali Pearce, a passenger in Bradley’s vehicle, and Bradley were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Pearce sustained life-threatening injuries and is still in the hospital.After checking DMV records, officers found Bradley’s driver’s license is suspended. He was charged with Driving While License Revoked and Failure to Wear a Seatbelt. Officers also issued an arrest warrant for Pearce for Failure to Wear a Seatbelt and allowing Bradley to operate her vehicle while his license is suspended.State Highway Patrol charged both Bradley and Pearce for the same offenses in an unrelated accident on February 1. Photo: Pixabay WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two people have been charged in a Monday night crash that sent them both to the hospital.According to a Wilmington Police spokeswoman, it happened around 11:15 p.m in the 3500 block of Carolina Beach Road.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Women can do anything Dozens take to ocean for allfemale surf contest

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The 2018 Wahine Classic took place over the weekend in Wrightsville Beach.The two-day surfing competition was held near the Oceanic Pier.- Advertisement – The word “Wahine” means young female surfer. The event is one of the only all-female surfing competitions.It has been going on for more than 20 years now.More than 60 girls took to the water to catch some waves. Competitor Kylee Heath, 11, says the contest empowers young girls in the sport to follow their dreams.Related Article: Ocean Cure prepares for annual Life Rolls On surfing event“We just show the world that we can do anything,” Heath said. “Women can do anything. It doesn’t matter what age you are. You can still do whatever you want to do. And this is such a great sport that it just brings the whole community in and it’s just a great event to be in.”Heath has been competing in the classic for three years.Her favorite part of the event is the uplifting attitude and how supportive the girls are of one another.last_img read more

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Wave Transit looks for owner of gown left on bus

first_imgDress left on a Wave Transit bus on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo: Wave Transit) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cinderella, is this your dress? Wave Transit says someone left a gown on a bus Wednesday.The person left it on Bus 103. It’s a floor length, icy blue satin dress.- Advertisement – If this belongs to you, call (910) 343-0106 to pick it up from lost and found.last_img

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Orange to launch operations in South Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunications firm France Telecom-Orange plans to announce its entry into the South African mobile market as it kicks off its sponsorship of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).In a Johannesburg press event scheduled for Friday – planned to officially unveil Orange’s sponsorship of the football tournament that starts on Saturday – the invitation for the event further says the telco is to announce its “launch of operations in South Africa”.“Leon-Charles Ciss, vice president marketing of AMEA (Asia, Middle East and Africa) operations will present Orange’s sponsorship program and promotional initiatives, and Sébastien Crozier, managing director of Orange Horizons will present the rollout of operations and the Group’s strategy in South Africa,” reads the invite. – Advertisement – It is unclear as to what Orange plans exactly regarding its forthcoming South Africa venture. But experts have been predicting the launch of Orange in South Africa over the last two years.Birgitta Cederstrom, business unit leader, Africa ICT at Frost & Sullivan, was quoted in the press early last year as saying that Orange could enter South Africa as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). A MVNO does not own the radio spectrum or wireless network infrastructure over which it offers services and typically obtains bulk access to other networks’ services.Orange operates in close to 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East in markets such as Kenya, Ivory Coast and EgyptThe telco is also the third largest in Africa with over 70 million reported subscriber numbers – MTN has 164 million users while Vodafone has 92 million subscribers on the continent.And Orange has made moves of late to entrench and possibly even further grow its market on the continent.Just this week the telco announced that it has teamed up with Chinese search giant Baidu to launch the tech giant’s mobile web browser in African and Middle East markets where Orange operates.Last month, France Telecom-Orange and its partners launched the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable, a $700 million broadband network linking Europe to the African island of Sao Tomé & Principe in its first phase.Upon completion, the cable is planned to extend 17,000 km from France to South Africa and connect to 13 countries in total.Research firm Wireless Intelligence has also noted France Telecom’s expansion on the African continent over the last two years.“France Telecom also inked a deal in Q4 2011 to acquire 100% of Congo Chine Telecom, a mobile operator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“The operator currently has only 1.5 million connections but is an example of the ‘high potential emerging markets’ currently being targeted by the group,” the researchers added.Entering South Africa’s mobile market, though, could be tougher prospect than other African nations for France Telecom.South Africa has an over 100% mobile penetration rate, according to BuddeComm research, with stiff competition among firms such as MTN, Vodacom and Cell C.Source: ITWeb Africalast_img read more

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World Cup Travel Tips Malicious ACDC Charging Points and Insecure WiFi Networks

first_imgAdvertisement As data roaming charges for cell phones are generally very expensive, many travellers to the World Cup in Brazil will most likely  opt to use free Wi-Fi access points, and probably not give much thought to security issues. This is a very risky approach, however, as all the data that is sent or received on open Wi-Fi networks could be intercepted. Passwords, PINs and other sensitive data could also fall into the hands of cybercriminals if public charging stations are used – in Brazil these publically available chargers may be malicious.Insecure Wi-Fi Networks:Kaspersky Lab security experts conducted research into Wi-Fi access in São Paulo. They drove 100 km around the city and checked out more than 5,000 different access points popular among tourists – parks, malls, airports and other attractions. As a result of the study, it turned out that 26% of the 5,000 open Wi-Fi networks in São Paolo don’t use any encryption. – Advertisement – With this in mind, the company’s experts prepared a list of recommendations for those travelling to São Paolo for the 2014 World Cup:Always access any Wi-Fi network through a VPN connection. If you do not have one, please get one and install it on all your devices – smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.If a Wi-Fi network blocks your VPN, avoid using that network. If you have no choice, it’s better to use the Internet via TOR Browser together with your own DNSCrypt settings directly on your device.If you own an Access Point, please check if your firmware is the latest version. If not, upgrade it.Don’t leave your Access Point with vendor default settings; change them and also set strong new passwords.Check the encryption your Access Point now has. If it’s WPA or WEP, change it to WPA2 with AES settings. Disable SSID broadcasting and make sure your network password is strong.If there is no really secure network where you are, don’t worry about posting your pictures right away; wait until you find a secure place to work.Fake AC/DC Charging Points:A malicious AC/DC charger in Brazil will still charge your battery, but at the same time it can silently steal information from your smartphone. The interception will happen via a USB connection, as the majority of plugs use this type of connection. In some cases these fake chargers can also install malware capable of tracking your location, stealing notes, contacts, pictures, messages as well as call records, saved passwords and even browser cookies.Recommendations:Never use unknown chargers; instead look for trusted places to charge your devices.Use your battery responsibly and try to keep a spare with you, so you can use it if the primary battery dies.iOS devices have covers with an extra charging battery, which may also be a good solution.Try to optimise battery life by shutting down unnecessary processes and turning on airplane mode when a cell phone network is not available. You can also disable sounds, vibrations and tones and other resource-hungry features, like animated wallpapers etc.Dmitry Bestuzhev, Kaspersky Lab’s Head of Global Research and Analysis Team in Latin America, commented: “Malicious AC/DC charging points are a real danger for those travelling to big events and new destinations. Cybercriminals know that when people are away from home and need their smartphones to access maps, routes and all other kinds of information, they tend to use any available charger, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Keep in mind that you could fall victim and lose sensitive personal data. The same applies to Wi-Fi, especially if you look for open access points when you want to post pictures, locations and send messages. Your sensitive data can be easily intercepted by cybercriminals, so take appropriate security measures.”last_img read more

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