July 2019

first_imgGREG Inglis says Saints are a highly drilled side and Souths will need to be at the top of their game to come away with the result.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s World Club Challenge the Bunnies’ full back pointed to how well the Super League Champions move the ball – and how they need to quell that threat.“They showed how good they were throughout the year and that is why they are champions,” he said. “They attack well and are well drilled in defence. We will need to so our homework, hold ourselves accountable and do our jobs.“They have a lot of key players; every man out there is dangerous. Their biggest weapon is their ability to shift the ball out so we have to get our defence right.“At the end of the day it will be a high quality game in front of a packed out stadium. Hopefully, half of it will be Souths.”The Bunnies come over to England with a strong 20-man squad but are missing forward Kyle Turner who was injured in the All-Star game last week.“We would have liked him to be here as with some of the other blokes too,” Inglis added. “They will be cheering us on from home. We have brought a strong squad over though and are coming into the game with confidence.”last_img read more

Excitement is building around the town following t

first_imgExcitement is building around the town following the arrival of new Head Coach Justin Holbrook, who was victorious in his first two games at the helm, and the huge signing of Ben Barba.Justin is preparing his squad for a drive towards the top four of the Betfred Super League and a place in the play-off semi-finals.Join this drive and become a full Member for the rest of the 2017 season!This is everything you need as a Saints fan. Not only does it give you access to every Betfred Super League home game but also gives you exclusivity, up to date news and brings you closer to the Club from as little as £151 or from just £34 for Juniors!Our Half-Season Membership gives you access to all seven remaining Betfred Super League home games:Widnes Vikings – Fri June 9 Salford Red Devils – Fri June 23Hull FC – Fri July 7Catalans Dragons – July Sun 16Plus at least three further guaranteed home fixtures…Plus, a FREE fourth home fixture, depending on league positionThe package also comes with the opportunity to access the Renewal Price on a full season Membership for the 2018 season, which offers a huge saving on the full priced Membership.And, marquee signing Ben Barba is likely to make his debut during this period and nobody will want to miss that!Your Membership also gives you a host of other benefits:Adults: Membership access cardPriority match tickets for major games including finals (T&C’s apply)Exclusive Club news straight to your mobile or other device via emailExclusive news including new signings, via SMS, before general releaseBring a friend for just £5 to a 2017 home match of your choiceExclusive Membership only merchandise and stadium promotional offers sent directly to you via emailExclusive local partner offers giving you even more value with your MembershipAccess to our Member feedback channels to engage with the Club and give us your views and opinionsDiscounted away travel via Club Travel Partner Hatton’s TravelJuniors (aged 16 and under):Junior Membership holders get free access to all 2017 Saints away games (subject to availability)Membership access cardPriority match tickets for major games including finals (T&C’s apply)Entry into a draw to be a matchday mascot and walk out with the first team before a Betfred Super League matchExclusive Membership only Club offersExclusive local partner offersHow Can I get My Membership? You can purchase your Half-Season Membership quickly and easily by visiting www.saintssuperstore.com or alternatively, call us on 01744 455 052 or visit us a the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm / Sat 10am – 4pm.Fancy Watching The Game In Style? You can also book into our VIP Hospitality Half-Season Membership. As a Member in the 1873 Lounge, you will receive a fantastic three-course meal, enjoy the company of Saints legends past and present as well as enjoy our post match interview with our Man of the Match.Prices for the package are Adult £420 andJunior (Under 12) £324.To book or enquire please email hospitality@saintsrlfc.com or call 01744 455053.Half-Membership Prices: To buy call into the Ticket Office, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.West Terrace & Family StandAdult£151.50OAP£104.50Young Adult 16-21£104.50Junior£34Family 1A + 1J£167Family 1A + 2J£198Family 1A + 3J£229Family 2A + 1J£303Family 2A + 2J£334Family 2A + 3J£365North & South Stand GoldAdult£201.50OAP£151.50Young Adult 16-21£151.50Junior£63Family 1A + 1J£238Family 1A + 2J£294Family 1A + 3J£351Family 2A + 1J£419Family 2A + 2J£476Family 2A + 3J£532North & South Stand SilverAdult£188.50OAP£138.50Young Adult 16-21£138.50Junior£63Family 1A + 1J£226Family 1A + 2J£282Family 1A + 3J£338Family 2A + 1J£395Family 2A + 2J£452Family 2A + 3J£508North & South Stand BronzeAdult£168.50OAP£124.50Young Adult 16-21£124.50Junior£60Family 1A + 1J£205Family 1A + 2J£259Family 1A + 3J£313Family 2A + 1J£357Family 2A + 2J£411Family 2A + 3J£465last_img read more

Wilmington man gets 12 years for dealing crack cocaine

first_imgAntonio Pierre Shufford (Wilmington Police Department) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man will spend 12 years in prison after spending five years under supervised release for dealing crack cocaine.Antonio Pierre Shufford, 38, was sentenced in a federal court on Friday to 144 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Shufford was indicted on nine counts in January. In April, he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute.- Advertisement – In February of 2015, investigators searched Shufford and six residences which resulted in the seizure of cash, cocaine, and crack cocaine. The search of another residence and car used by Shufford resulted in the seizure of 152.53 grams of crack cocaine, more than 1600 grams of liquid oxycodone, and more oxycodone mixed with other liquids.Through the investigation, law enforcement determined Shufford was responsible for the distribution of over 1,900 grams of cocaine between May 2009 and March 2017. He was determined to be a “career offender.”Agencies that conducted the investigation were the Wilmington FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Wilmington Police Department, and the North Carolina SBI.Related Article: Community breaks ground on new fire and police training facilitylast_img read more

From Katy Perry lyrics to bowties Castle Hayne teacher makes third grade

first_img (Photo: Trevor Todd) (Photo: Trevor Todd) (Photo: Trevor Todd) 1 of 6 (Photo: Trevor Todd) CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — Trevor Todd uses creative techniques to teach his third-grade students about figurative language and other lessons.A teacher at Castle Hayne Elementary School, Todd recently used lyrics from Katy Perry’s song, Firework, to demonstrate various types of literary devices used for figurative language including metaphor, a simile, personification, hyperbole, idiom, a euphemism and proverb.- Advertisement – “I found that song, made the sheet that had all the lyrics on the side, and it was jam-packed with figurative language,” Todd said. “I just thought they were really engaged the entire time, more so than if I had just been reading a book to them.”While explaining how to identify a proverb, Todd draws comparisons to one student whose home flooded during Hurricane Florence seven months ago.“Thinking about McKenna in that sense because the hurricane displaced her and that was a bad time in her life, or a negative time in her life but after the hurricane,” and he added, “She made new friends and came to a new school and another house so just like that proverb we learned — even in bad times good things can come out of it, right?”Related Article: Study abroad trip to Chile inspired woman to teach SpanishStudents on either side lean over giving McKenna a hug.Principal Sam Highsmith says Todd is an excellent teacher who cares about his students tremendously and ensures they’re learning what they need to be prepared for fourth grade. In addition to teaching, he says teachers wear many hats.“Our teachers are educators, they have to be counselors and they have to be surrogate parents and they have to be there for the whole child and that’s one of the things that’s wonderful about what we do and what we love and I love about you guys coming out to celebrate the positives because its a tough job,” Highsmith said.Another thing Todd’s known for at the school are the colorful bow ties he wears. Third Graders Sport Bow Ties and Hair Bows (Photo: Trevor Todd) “I wear a bow tie to school every day,” he said. “My granny makes them for me and I have about 200 bow ties and I wear a different one everyday to school and the kids love them.”At the end of the school year, his grandmother, Patsy Miller, does something pretty remarkable and its become an annual tradition.“She will make every boy in my class a bow tie and every girl in my class a hair bow that all match and she’ll make me the matching bow tie,” and he added, “She comes in, puts it on them, its just such a special time to end the year, like a token to take away to remember Mr. Todd.”Ultimately, Todd said he hopes his students leave his class with one thing.“I hope I’ve instilled in them a love of learning and a love of reading and that they can continue that in all of their education and all of their life,” he said.Because of his passion for teaching and inspiring his students to learn, we’re delighted to recognize Trevor Todd as WWAY and Mattress and Furniture Liquidators’ ‘Teacher of the Week.’If you know an excellent teacher who’s making an impact on students, click here to submit a nomination. Each week’s winner receives a $100 Staples gift card. (Photo: Trevor Todd)last_img read more

Japans abdicating Emperor Akihito devoted life to outreach

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Japan’s Emperor Akihito is seen behind Japanese national flags with Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako as he waves to well-wishers during a public appearance for New Year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Japan’s Emperor Akihito is seen behind Japanese national flags with Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako as he waves to well-wishers during a public appearance for New Year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo Emperor Akihito, who on April 30 will become Japan’s first emperor to abdicate in nearly two centuries, devoted his life to nations affected by his country during World War Two and to Japanese struggling after disasters.Akihito turned 85 on Dec. 23, has had heart surgery and been treated for prostate cancer, and now sports a hearing aid. He said in 2016 he feared age might make it hard to fulfil his duties.Some highlights from his time as the first emperor not to be considered divine when he ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in 1989:MIDDLE-CLASS MONARCHYAkihito’s 1959 marriage to Michiko Shoda, the daughter of an industrialist, was the first by an imperial heir to a commoner and was hailed as a symbol of a new Japan. The two met at a tennis club and he proposed marriage over the phone.The two have been photographed over the years waltzing together in formal clothes and walking by the seaside in anoraks and trousers. On April 10, just weeks before he abdicated, they celebrated their 60th anniversary.They worked to craft an image of a “middle-class monarchy” and draw the imperial family closer to the people.All three of their children went to university and married commoners, and the public was informed when prostate cancer was diagnosed in Akihito in 2002 – in contrast to the secrecy around the illness of his father, Emperor Hirohito.IMPERIAL DIPLOMACYAkihito and Michiko have worked to smooth relations across Asia, which suffered under Japan before and during World War Two, with numerous visits abroad.In 1992, he became the first Japanese monarch in living memory to visit China, where bitterness over the war runs deep, and said he felt “deep sorrow” about an “unfortunate period in which my country inflicted great suffering on the people of China.”At a news conference marking his birthday in 2001, he said he felt “a certain kinship” with Korea because one of his ancestors was Korean, an unprecedented statement from a Japanese royal that made front-page headlines in Seoul.In 2005, the couple went to the island of Saipan, the scene of bloody fighting during World War Two, to pay respects at memorials honouring Japanese, American and Korean war dead.‘DEEP REMORSE’Akihito has often urged Japan to remember the suffering of the war, comments that have attracted increased attention in recent years as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has appeared to push for a less apologetic tone.On Aug. 15, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, Akihito departed from his usual script to express “deep remorse.” The day before, Abe had expressed “utmost grief” but said future generations should not have to keep apologising.ROYAL CONSOLEROne of the duties the royal couple embraced was comforting victims of disasters.In 2011, Akihito took the unprecedented step of addressing the nation in a televised speech after an earthquake and tsunami killed about 20,000 people and triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.Akihito has kneeled to talk to evacuees and Michiko has hugged women who lost their homes.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

first_imgAdvertisement The source of the crash is believed to be a data centre in Slough which handles Blackberry services across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Earlier, Blackberry UK said it knew of the problem and was “investigating”.In a statement, RIM said: “Our technical teams are working to return services to normal operation as quickly as possible. – Advertisement – “We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.”In a tweet sent around 14:42 BST, Blackberry UK said: “Some users in EMEA are experiencing issues.”If you have got companies that are shifting their allegiance to other players in the market and you stop being able to provide them that concrete, reliable service, then that’s going to have a detrimental effect.”A subsequent statement said Blackberry was “working to resolve an issue currently impacting some Blackberry subscribers in Europe, Middle East and Africa”.Earlier on 10 October, mobile operators in the UK, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and other nations pointed the finger at RIM when replying to tweets from customers complaining about the problems.Business and consumerMany corporate customers said they had not lost service, suggesting that the problem was with Blackberry’s BIS consumer systems, rather than its BES enterprise systems.“Blackberry runs two infrastructures,” explained Simon Butler, a Microsoft Exchange consultant at Sembee.“The understanding I have is that the BIS service has crashed.“The business side runs on a different set of servers, although enterprise Blackberrys can still use messenger and the consumer services, so they are also affected,” said Mr Butler.Such a major outage will still come as unwelcome news to Blackberry’s owner RIM, which has been losing market share to smartphone rivals – in particular Apple’s iPhone.Many corporate clients have switched to the device after Apple made a concerted effort to improve its support for secure business email systems.“If you have got companies that are shifting their allegiance to other players in the market and you stop being able to provide them that concrete, reliable service, then that’s going to have a detrimental effect,” said Stuart Miles of Pocket-Lint.com.The first signs of trouble emerged about 11:00 BST but seemed to have escalated with tags about Blackberry and its BBM service trending on Twitter.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

Facebook Home hits 500000 downloads

first_imgAdvertisement It looks like Facebook home has hit over 500,000 downloads in the first week since it was launched.This may sound impressive, but Facebook has over 1 billion registered users, and their main Android app has between 100 and 500 million downloads, and their Instagram app hits 1 million downloads in 24 hours when it launched on Android last year.It looks like Facebook may have some work to do to make Facebook Home as popular as their other apps, it hasn’t had the best reviews so far on Google Play with around 52 percent of the reviews being one star. – Advertisement – Facebook Home received an unusually large number of one-star reviews shortly after launch, and that trend has continued. At the time of publishing, 5,617 of the total 10,905 reviews (52%) were one-star ratings.Google Play doesn’t provide exact data on individual app installations, but a Google cache of the Facebook Home listing from April 19 shows the number of installs at 100,000 to 500,000. Currently, the app is listed in the 500,000 to 1 million range.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Russia hacking hundreds of American companies – security firm

first_imgSecurity Flaw Exploit (File Photo) Advertisement CrowdStrike, a U.S. cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies.This is the first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic gains.The firm sats the victims of the previously unreported cyber espionage campaign include energy and technology firms, some of which have lost valuable intellectual property. – Advertisement – Detail about those losses or to name any victims were not disclosed, citing confidentiality agreements related to its investigation.“These attacks appear to have been motivated by the Russian government’s interest in helping its industry maintain competitiveness in key areas of national importance,”  -Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer of CrowdStrike.While cybersecurity researchers have in the past said that China’s government was behind cyber espionage campaigns against various corporations dating back as far as 2005, Alperovitch said this is the first time the Russian government has been linked to cyber intrusions on companies.CrowdStrike has been following the activities of this Russian group, which it dubbed “Energetic Bear,” for two years. The firm believes the Russian government is behind the campaign because of technical indicators, as well as analysis of the targets chosen and the data stolen.Manufacturing and construction firms in the United States, Europe and Middle East as well as U.S. healthcare providers were also cited as targets.Alperovitch, who is of Russian ethnic origin and now lives in the Washington, D.C., area, is an expert on cyber espionage.In 2012, he co-founded CrowdStrike, which collects intelligence about the activities of hacking groups around the world and sells software to thwart such attacks.Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Google looks at ways to build more productive teams

first_imgThe research released Tuesday has already reshaped Google’s workforce through training, reviews and new standards. Image Credit: The Sales Lion Advertisement Google coddles its employees with free food, massages and other lavish perks, yet some of its best engineers still grouse about their jobs and bosses as they struggle to get assignments done.The Internet company tackled the puzzling problem with a study that concluded how teams work together is more important than who is on a team.That’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s an example of how companies are spending more time trying to understand how to build the most productive and cohesive teams. It’s a high priority because the best products and ideas increasingly are springing from people working together. – Advertisement – “It’s becoming difficult to think of companies that aren’t depending on teams,” says Amy Randel, a professor of management at San Diego State University. “And usually nothing is more important than having a goal that inspires and organizes people’s efforts.”Google’s study, based on data analysis, found that teams work best when their members feel like they can take risks, can count on each other, have clear goals and believe their work matters.Some of those findings were reinforced by a recent study published in the Academy of Management Journal by Jasmine Hu, an assistant professor of management at Notre Dame University and Robert Liden, a management professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. That analysis of 67 different teams working at six different companies found employees excel when they feel their work will help the colleagues, customers and community.“The social aspect of teams is very important because many times people are just not motivated to work for money alone,” Hu says. “They want to have the opportunity to achieve a positive impact on the lives of others.”[related-posts]All of Google’s 60,000 employees work on at least one team, and some are on two or more.Google itself was born from one of technology’s most famous partnerships between former Stanford University graduate students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They followed in the footsteps of other legendary duos such as Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen and Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.Today, Google’s teams range in size from three to 70 people and are usually project oriented. For two years the company has studied more than 200 teams, identifying what motivates the most effective groups while looking for the ideal mix of traits and skills.Although most industries are embracing teamwork, Silicon Valley is at the forefront of the trend. Technology firms are typically more collaborative, in part because people writing different parts of software code or building machines need to do one part of a larger project.Google’s first workplace study, which it released in 2014, showed effective managers are good coaches who empower rather than micromanage. That research, called Project Oxygen, is now taught in MBA programs and has been adopted by companies hoping to emulate the innovative culture of Silicon Valley.The research released Tuesday has already reshaped Google’s workforce through training, reviews and new standards.The transformation is helping to enrich Google, already one of the world’s most profitable companies. The revenue produced by sales teams, who market advertising, apps and partnerships, varied by nearly 50 percent based on their own reported feelings of psychological safety, according to Abeer Dubey, a Google director.“So is this a Google truth or a universal truth?” asked Dubey. “We personally feel this is fungible.”In a region where innovation is driving a booming economy, retaining and motivating the workforce is critical to business, and because engineers almost always work in teams, understanding how to boost their performance is crucial.“Team work matters, and if you want to have the best team of employees possible, you will manage them intelligently,” said Lindy Greer, who teaches at Stanford University’s business school. “If you just put people together they’re going to crash and burn unless they have conflict resolution training, a manager who can coordinate roles and opportunities to learn with one another.”[IBN Live]last_img read more

Android Marshmallow Now Running on 152 Percent of Active Devices

first_imgAdvertisement Google has updated its Google Play distribution data, providing figures for the seven-day period ending August 1. The data shows Android Marshmallow is now running on 15.2 percent of active devices.In July, Android Marshmallow was seen to be running on 13.3 percent of active Android devices – indicating a rise in adoption of 1.9 percent in a single month. To recall, Android Marshmallow in June was running on 10.1 percent active of Android devices.While the growth in adoption of the Android Marshmallow version, whether in the form of updates or new devices running the version out-of-the-box, has been steady, it has also been very slow – to compare, Android 6.0 Marshmallow finally made it to 1 percent of active devices in February, five months after its release to Nexus devices. – Advertisement – This factly is more sharply highlighted when one considers that Android 7.0 Nougat, the next Android version, is expected to release soon.August’s Google Play distribution data shows that Android Lollipop has a total share of around 35.5 percent of active Android devices (with Android 5.0 Lollipop running on 14.1 percent of devices and Android 5.1 version at 21.4 percent), compared to 35.1 percent last month – indicating a rise in adoption of 0.4 percent. In the meanwhile, Android KitKat version 29.2 percent of the devices, dropping 0.9 percent from 30.1 percent last month.As for Android Jelly Bean, it is seen to have a combined share of 16.7 percent, dropping 1.1 percent from July’s 17.8 percent. Android 4.0.x or Ice Cream Sandwich in the meanwhile was seen on 1.6 percent of active devices, down 0.1 percent from 1.7 percent in July.Android Gingerbread (v2.3.3-2.3.7) is seen running on 1.6 percent of active devices, dropping from 1.9 percent, while Android 2.2 Froyo’s device distribution share is at 0.1 percent – the same as last month. To note, the figures are gathered from devices visiting the Google Play app, which supports Android 2.2 and above.The Android distribution data also reveals that OpenGL 2.0 now runs on 46 percent of active Android devices, while OpenGL 3.0 runs on 42.6 percent, and OpenGL 3.1 on 11.4 percent.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more