TO mark the launch of the Super 8s fixtures Rugby

first_imgTO mark the launch of the Super 8s fixtures, Rugby League will be taking over the Piazza at MediaCityUK on Wednesday July 29 from 11.00am to 3.00pm.Everyone is invited to enjoy and take part in a range of free fun Rugby League activities throughout the day. You can show off your amazing skills on the fantastic inflatables and test your passing accuracy to win prizes which include rugby balls, merchandise and Alcatel ONETouch goodies.A number of First Utility Super League players will be making guest appearances and fans can also take a selfie with the First Utility Super League trophy. The fantastic Rugby League Rockettes will be performing while the more energetic can try their hand at Touch Rugby League.England mascot Grubber will be making an appearance and is super excited to meet you!If you are already a fan or have enjoyed all the activities and want to get involved then have a chat with some of the sport’s community clubs and find out where your nearest team is.Come along and enjoy the free Rugby League fun there is something to do for everyone.The address for the event is: MediaCity UK, Salford, M50 2EQlast_img read more

SAINTS face Warrington this Friday buoyed by Satur

first_imgSAINTS face Warrington this Friday buoyed by Saturday’s win over Catalans.Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said his side deserved the win – and now hopes it can kick start their season.“The boys deserved everything they got from the game,” he said. “I’ve watched it back a couple of times and if we had lost the game it would have been a travesty. We played well against Hull but were much better against Catalan.“It was a professional trip from start to finish from the players. We trained well and you could tell in the dressing room beforehand they were ready to do something. In the end we strangled Catalan out of the game and sapped the juice from them.“We should have scored two or three more tries but when we got the opportunity we did it in style. Theo’s pass was great.“We cannot count our chickens though and will continue to work hard. The win has been coming and it has been hard fought over the last two weeks. We got what we deserved. I’d like to think we can kick on and keep on improving.”Keiron added: “We’re looking forward to the game on Friday. Warrington are a great side and will come through this tough period. All the teams that have been playing well have had their nine, six, seven and one playing for them. We haven’t but should be ok this week.“Warrington are getting theirs back and you will see the best of them in the next two or three weeks. They are building into their season and will come good.“Tony (Smith) understands the situation and has been through these tough times before. Pressure is coming from external sources but within that group they understand what they have to do to get better.“When things aren’t going right those passes don’t stick. They will eventually though but I hope it doesn’t come this Friday.“We are a good side ourselves though and will continue to work exceptionally hard. We have a long old season ahead of us.”Tickets for Friday’s game are selling well and are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Hospitality is also available for the clash – click here to find out more information on this Friday’s superb and entertaining package!last_img read more

Day 13 – Saturday October 21We started with our te

first_imgDay 13 – Saturday October 21We started with our team review session where Derek Traynor highlighted all the good points taken from Wednesdays game; the good team plays, strong defence, and skilful tries but more importantly the lads looked at, and discussed, all areas that need to be improved before the next game.With no let-up it was straight to the city for us all so the lads that have family over here can meet up and spend the day together.The rest of the group headed over to ‘Paddy’s Market’ to look for a bargain.One particular stall must have made a tidy little profit as all the lads, and also staff, snapped up all kinds of the latest NRL training gear and playing shirts.South Sydney, Canterbury Bulldogs, Penrith Panthers, Brisbane Broncos, Wests Tigers, – shorts, vests, tops and jackets, all kinds of stuff was picked up, and that was just Shaun Ryan’s collection!After a bit of free time to do more shopping and grab some lunch it was back to the bus to meet the rest of the lads as they returned from their day with family and then head off the Erskineville Oval once again for today’s training session.The lads have certainly adapted to our surroundings and training in the sunshine was good. The captain’s run session went with very few errors and everyone is now ready for tomorrow’s match at South Sydney Rabbitohs.After training we headed over to the Souths Juniors Leagues club for dinner.It’s been a while since we have heard any of the usual classic comments from the boys but a conversation between Jake Wingfield and Jamie Little had to be heard to be believed.When discussing the lights in the league club restaurant (five red rings all grouped together ) Jake asked “Why do they have the Olympic Rings on the ceiling here?”One or two of the lads laughed but Jamie came up with a great reply by saying “They’re not Olympic Rings, they are just sponsored by Audi.”Both lads were bitterly disappointed to find out that they were simply just lights.Back to base soon after for an early night as we now focus our attention to tomorrow’s match and hope to match our previous two performances to go three wins from three.last_img read more

Match St Helens Women

first_imgIn front of a large crowd close to 750, the Saints started the brightest putting the Rhino’s under pressure. A penalty for a ball steal allowed Beth Stott to kick the Saints into Rhinos territory, but a Zoe Harris knock on relieved the pressure.The Rhinos went down field and on the last Rebecca Avenell allowed a high ball to bounce, but watched it run dead in goal. She raced back to the 20 metre line to restart but was blatantly tackled in doing so.The game continued to be nip and tuck, but the heavier Saints tackling was producing numerous errors from the Rhinos. A quick play the ball from Sarah Lovejoy allowed Jodi Cunningham to jump out of dummy half running to the right corner. On the last a Harris chip was easily dealt with when a grubber may have yielded a repeat set.But coming up to quarter time the Saints took the lead through skipper Cunningham. A penalty for a head high tackle was dispatched to touch by Stott. From the tap Claire Mullaney charged deep into the Rhinos defensive line, but crucially played the ball quickly from which Cunningham darted over the line. Stott converted and the Saints were six to the good.Poor handling continued to give the Rhinos good field position, but the vastly improved Saints defensive unit easily kept them at bay. On 25 minutes the Saints were denied a try as a Lovejoy offload destined for the barnstorming Mullaney close to the line was tapped back by a Rhino and the chance was lost.Five minutes later and Stott increased the lead to eight with a penalty for ball stealing as Mullaney was again denied a score this time illegally over the line.Unfortunately a last tackle grubber was fumbled by Rebecca Rotherham and three tackles later the Rhinos prop, Shannon Lacey to score down the left.The Saints started the second half with renewed purpose and took the game to the Rhinos. Stott knocked on with the line at her mercy after Mullaney was stopped short.The Saints were on top now with the visitors gasping for breath and struggling to contain the running threat of Emily Rudge down the left channel. She was stopped short and in an effort to slow the Saints down the Rhinos flopped on in the tackle resulting in a sin-binning. Stott converted the penalty to push the gap out to six again.The Saints were rampant now, but just lacked a little patience and finesse to put the finishing touch to their pressure. A Channy Crowl run down the left ended with a Beth Stott pass to touch looking for Leah Burke on the wing.Three penalties on the spin saw the Saints camped on the Leeds line. In hindsight a penalty giving a two score lead may just have taken the wind out of the tiring visitor’s sails, but you can’t blame the Saints in going for the kill and running it. Unfortunately the pass from Cunningham to Darcy Stott to go in under the posts was slightly behind and was put down.The turning point came minutes later as Vicky Whitfield offloaded to a Rhino after another bullocking run. They gleefully accepted the gift and five tackle later levelled the scores with a grubbered try in the corner and a touchline conversion.After being in charge for so long the Saints could have been forgiven for letting their heads drop, but they didn’t again driving deep into the Rhinos half.With 7 minutes to go on the last Beth Stott tried a speculative drop goal but without really setting herself the ball skewed wide towards the corner.Great reactions from the Burke sisters tackled the winger on her line, but from the play the ball the gap left down the wing was cruelly, but expertly exploited by the Rhinos full back who jinked her way through then beat Rotherham on a 90 metre run to the line.Try as they might, and another 30 metre Rudge run saw her again stopped short, the Saints just couldn’t get over the line and the whistle blew.Scoreboards don’t lie, but the Saints deserved more from this game after dominating for large periods.St Helens Women’s Team: Rebecca Rotherham; Rebecca Avenell, Naomi Williams, Rhianna Burke, Leah Burke; Zoe Harris, Beth Stott; Sarah Lovejoy, Jodie Cunningham (C), Dawn Taylor, Emily Rudge, Pip Birchall, Channy Crowl.Interchanges: Danni Bush, Darcy Stott, Vicky Whitfield, Claire Mullaney.Tries: Jodie Cunningham (9). Goals: Beth Stott 3 from 3.Leeds Rhinos Women’s Team: Caitlin Beevers; Fran Goldthorpe, Sophie Robinson, Chloe Kerrigan, Sophie Nuttall; Hannah Butcher, Courtney Hill; Amy Johnson, Tasha Gaines, Shannon Lacey, Charlotte Booth, Elle Frain, Aimee Staveley.Interchanges: Danika Prum, Danielle Anderson, Ellie Oldroyd, Keara Bennett.Tries: Shannon Lacey (33), Fran Goldthorpe (68), Caitlin Beevers (73). Goals: Courtney Hill 2 from 3.Half Time: 8-4Full Time: Saints 10-16last_img read more

Downtown Sundown Concert Series charity benefit applications opens

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A sure sign warmer weather is just around the corner. We’re already talking about Wilmington’s Downtown Sundown Concert Series.It returns for its 13th year this summer and applications for charity partners are now open!- Advertisement – The concert series helps support area non-profits by splitting the proceeds from wristbands sold for alcohol purchases at the concerts.The wristbands are $1 and members from the non-profits help sell themLast year the program donated more than $10,000 to charities.Related Article: Just Cut It Barbershop offers haircuts to those with learning disabilitiesThe deadline for applications is February 23.last_img read more

Happening this weekend Veteran Benefit Experience Center

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you are a veteran or an eligible spouse looking for assistance with claims or benefits, there’s an even this weekend that can help.The Veteran Benefit Experience Center and Stand Down event is happening at The Wilmington Elks Lodge 532 (5102 Oleander Dr., Wilmington) Thursday, March 22 through Saturday March 24.- Advertisement – According to a release, VA officials will be available to meet face to face with veterans and their dependents. There will be information on healthcare, social service, counselors and more.Multiple area businesses have partnered with the American Legion, District 9 and the New Hanover Veterans Council to provide refreshments and food for the event.Last year’s event assisted approximately 800 area veterans.Related Article: VA hopes to start seeing patients in Wilmington as soon as WednesdayAll veterans are encouraged to attend. For more information on the date and time that is best for you, click here.To learn more about VBEC, you can follow the page on Facebook.last_img read more

Things to know about NC Blueberry Festival

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Barbecue, classic cars, and of course, blueberries! The 15th annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival kicked off Friday in downtown Burgaw.Lots of things will be taking place including the “Whole Hog Barbecue Contest” and entertainment on the main stage Friday evening.- Advertisement – On Saturday, the festival really kicks in to high gear.Based on previous years, there could be as many as 30,000 people in attendance and parking will be scarce near the courthouse square.Handicap parking will be available on the 200 block of East Fremont Street.Related Article: Woman gives birth in mobile hospital as Florence rocks the Cape FearShuttles will be available on Saturday only from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. The parking locations for shuttles will be at Pender Landing Shopping Center (602 US Hwy 117) and at the Pender County Extension Offices (801 S. Walker Street).Restrooms, ATMs and first aid will be available.Pets, coolers, tents, outside alcohol or loud speakers are not allowed.last_img read more

Eternal Sunshine Cafe closes after kitchen explosion

first_imgEternal Sunshine Cafe (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Eternal Sunshine Cafe in Wilmington will be closed until further notice after an kitchen accident.According to a Facebook post, the cafe experienced a small kitchen explosion Tuesday that set off sprinklers. The owners say they have to repair the water damage.The cafe on Eastwood Road serves a menu of brunch items such as omelets, French toast, sandwiches, pancakes and more.last_img

Tourism industry faces wet weather struggles

first_img Jeoffrey Nathan with the Blockade Runner Hotel in Wrightsville Beach says while some visitors have called ahead of time to question what’s going on with the weather, he has been reassuring them to not worry.“We do a lot of outdoor movies for kids, and different ice cream socials and s’mores and stuff,” Nathan said. “We’ve just been moving things inside, like we’ve done the movie inside, and just kind of been a little bit flexible with the rain. Usually it just lasts for an hour or half hour and passes, and people are ready to come outside again.”Nathan says for the most part people are not letting the bad weather ruin their good time and the hotel has not seen a big increase in cancellations. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The summer is a important time for many beach towns who rely on the tourism industry. But the recent wet weather has cut into their potential profits.If bad weather forces tourists to make different plans, the towns suffer.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Female WPD officers get 2nd season of Lifetime TV show

first_img WPD Spokeswoman Linda Thompson confirmed the news.The series premiered in June and follows 10 female officers and lieutenants with the department as they patrol Wilmington.From Big Fish Entertainment, producers of A&E’s hit series Live PD, Lifetime’s Women on Patrol follow female law enforcement officers from around the country including departments in Jackson (WY), Wilmington (NC), Tempe (AZ) and Stockton (CA) as well as officers featured on Live PD. Wilmington Police Department says several of their female officers will be featured on a new series set to air on the Lifetime channel next month. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The women of the Wilmington Police Department will continue to patrol the small screen.Lifetime’s series “Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol” is returning to Wilmington to film a second season.- Advertisement – last_img read more

HISTORIC Florence swamps region with record rainfall

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence was one for the record books. And we’re not done yet.The National Weather Service says Florence dropped 23.59 inches of rain in Wilmington through 10 a.m. Sunday. That breaks the record for the wettest single weather event in the city’s history. The old record was 22.54 inches in late September 2010.- Advertisement – Florence also topped the rain impact for a named tropical system. That record was held by Hurricane Floyd, which dumped 19.06 inches of rain on the Port City in September 1999.But that’s not all.Florence’s rain also helped Wilmington break the record for annual rainfall set more than a century ago. Through this morning, 86.79 inches of rain has fallen this year in Wilmington. That tops the old record of 83.65 inches that fell during 1877.Related Article: 1.7 million chickens drown as NC rivers swollen by FlorenceThe National Weather Service says with more than three months still left in the year, it is possible the annual rainfall at the recording station at Wilmington International Airport could end up at more than 100 inches.The epic rain from Florence is likely to be followed by epic flooding. Many rivers and creeks are already overflowing, and the water is only expected to rise more before things start to get back to normal.Stay with WWAY on-air and online for continuing coverage of the aftermath of Florence.last_img read more

DREAM COME TRUE Teen granted wish to go to Key West with

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Kids have their biggest dreams granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.For one child in Columbus County he wanted time to relax and spend time with his family.- Advertisement – Zachary Inman was diagnosed with a heart condition when he was younger. He’s been undergoing treatment for years.Make-A-Wish surprised him Monday by granting his wish to go to Key West, Florida next week.“I thought we were coming here to take a picture for a brochure for the hospital cause I’ve already been in a commercial and then all of my favorite people are out here and screaming at me,” Inman said.Related Article: Man buys $8 million island then reportedly steals from KmartInman was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, but that doesn’t stop him from laughing and helping others. His mom Wendy Duncan absolutely loves that.“He is one of the strongest people that I’ve ever met,” Duncan said. “When it comes to having something thrown at you at thirteen years old, this kid has been nothing but positive, outgoing, wants to make a difference in life and I’m really proud of him for that.”He’s going deep sea fishing, jet skiing, dolphin watching and more, all with his loved ones.“I didn’t think they would give a wish to some dude in Columbus County, but they did and I’m happy,” Inman said.Columbus Regional Healthcare System is sponsoring his wish.Inman will spend six days in Key West.last_img read more

Terminally ill dog gets early Christmas celebration

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s the season of giving. One Wilmington family is trying to give their terminally ill dog one last special day.“If I had to be honest, it’s heartbreaking,” said Jeremy Miller, who is Jack’s owner.- Advertisement – “If I could do anything, I’d keep him until Christmas, but I can’t. In my heart, I don’t know if he’s going to make it. I’m not going to let him suffer,” said Miller.Once a stray, Jack became a part of the Miller family 12 years ago. Soon, his time with them may come to an end.“On October 1st, they called us and gave us the worst news,” said Miller.Related Article: Grinch to appear at Christmas Village in ShallotteJeremy Miller says Jack was diagnosed with cancer. He would only have until around Christmas to live.Miller and his wife started the bucket list.“The community has been awesome. The outreach from the community and all the different things we’ve been able to do. From surfing and walks downtown. The barbecue. The Wilmington Police Department stepped in and did the honorary K-9 with him,” said Miller.PetSmart hosts a Santa visit every December. The corporate team decided to host an early Christmas just for Jack.The team found Jack’s Facebook page, where his owners have been sharing his story with the community.“It just brought tears to everybody. And for us to be able to pull this together in such a short amount of time, just made it worthwhile,” said store manager Rob Lissor.A worthwhile day that will stay with the Miller family for years to come.“It’s bittersweet. We get to think back on all the good times that we’ve had with him. So, we just want to send him out with a bang,” said Miller.Jeremy and Kimberly Miller say Jack’s story has spread worldwide. They want to start a foundation in the Carolinas one day to help dogs like Jack fulfill their bucket list too.last_img read more

A World Cup in Belgium

first_img SharePrint Asylum seekers celebrate while taking part in the soccer tournament “All on the pitch” organised by NGO’s and Belgian Football Association at the occasion of the World Refugee Day, in Deurne, Belgium June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yves HermanAsylum seekers celebrate while taking part in the soccer tournament “All on the pitch” organised by NGO’s and Belgian Football Association at the occasion of the World Refugee Day, in Deurne, Belgium June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman It may not have had the profile of the World Cup in Russia, but for the 40 teams doing battle in Belgium, the soccer tournament in honour of World Refugee Day earlier this month, was just as fiercely fought. The teams from across Belgium travelled to Antwerp’s Royal Football Club to compete in the second annual tournament, which seeks to rally refugees around soccer.“Soccer is the sport that almost everybody loves and through soccer it is very easy to meet each other as players but also as coaches, as a referee, whatever role you have,” organiser Hedeli Sassi said. Several Belgian soccer associations joined forces in 2017 to create the project dubbed “Everybody on the pitch” through Fedasil, the Belgian Agency for Refugees and Asylum-seekers.In addition to organising the tournament, clubs across Belgium were selected as part of a programme to pilot an initiative to incorporate refugees and asylum-seekers in their day-to-day running. Teams for Wednesday’s tournament were composed of those working in Belgian football clubs, among other refugees and asylum-seekers across Belgium. Organisers hoped that, by shining light on such integration programmes, more such programmes might come to be. “Our brothers are here; Guineans, Ivoirians, Malians. If they do this every year or every six months, that will help us with the stress that we undergo at the (refugee reception) centres,” said Alpha Diallo, a Guinean participant of the tournament.Belgium received some 14,000 first time asylum applicants in 2017, according to data from European statistics office Eurostat. Immigration policy is still high on the agenda of European leaders, following a 2015 migration crisis in which a million people fleeing war and prosecution made their way to Europe to apply for asylum, exposing the lack of coherent migration rules in the bloc.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Survivor of sexual abuse would like to speak to the Pope

first_img SharePrint Church Commission hearing cases of sexually abused victimsChurch Commission hearing cases of sexually abused victims Ricardo Benedetti, an Argentinian victim of a clerical sexual abuse, who is pushing for a change in his country’s law to eliminate prescription on sexual crimes against children would like to speak to Pope Francis and ask him to push for these amendments.The proposed bill was introduced in the country’ Senate for discussion just days after Chile’s congress voted July 6 to remove the statute of limitations on child abuse from its own criminal code.Speaking with CRUX news agency, survivor Ricardo Benedetti, who says he was abused by a priest when he was 8 years old, and who is today the main force behind the new bill, said it’s important to have the support of his fellow Argentine, the Pope, for this law.Many would listen to the Pope“It would be a great step for survivors if the Pope was to accompany the bill proposal, because there are more than a few senators and deputies who would listen to him,” Benedetti said.“If he wants to take the matter of providing justice to survivors, and preventing these crimes from ever happening again seriously, he can count me as an ally,” Benedetti said, saying he would like to have the opportunity to have a “frank conversation” with the pontiff.According to Lorena Marzen, a legislator who supports the bill, “pain doesn’t have a deadline.” Argentina, she said, needs to be sure such crimes aren’t prosecuted solely due to the passage of time, because victims can only have peace when their abusers are sentenced.Benedetti recounted the sexual abuse he allegedly suffered when he was a child.“At 8 years old I was abused by a priest, prior to my First Communion in the process of confession,” Benedetti said, adding that the abuse lasted for two years. “My personal process was to bury this abuse in books and television. That was my childhood. Yet, since what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, here I am.”Repressed memory for decadesHaving repressed the memory for decades, Benedetti said that after meeting a group of survivors he decided to go public in late 2018. Since he’s 51, the crimes have passed the statute of limitations according to Argentinian law. The priest who allegedly abused him is still alive.His experience, he said, hasn’t changed his faith, and today he chooses to send his children to a Catholic high school. But he’s committed to making sure that what happened to him doesn’t happen to his children or anyone else, noting the Church is only one sphere where these crimes happen: “We know that where they happen the most is in the family,” he said.So far, he’s not been approached by any church officials, but says that through a “personal friend,” he’s had an informal dialogue with the Vatican. But, he insisted, he would like to talk to Francis about his case.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Motorsport festival in aid of the Blue Light Foundation

first_imgThe Malta Drag Racing Association is organizing an event at their Hal Far Raceway between Friday 7th and Sunday 9th of December. The program will include various disciplines of motorsports with cars, motorcycles and go karts. A run what you bring is being organised on Friday 7th December, where all those interested will have the opportunity to race their car in the quarter mile strip. On Saturday 8th  December a display of the best Maltese drag racing cars, including dragsters, a display of motorcycles of the Traffic Department and cars from the Rapid Intervention Unit within the Police Department. For this event the Malta Drag Racing Association also got the all new Jet Car of Nitro Lord, a dragster with a jet engine usually used on an aircraft. On Sunday 9th December we will see a variety of different disciplines, including a Drifting display by the Malta Drifting Association, an Karting exhibition from the karting section within the Malta Drag Racing Association and a display of Sports cars, Classic cars as well as Modern cars.The public is invited to attend this event which is being organised in the aid of the Blue Light Foundation.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

UK police arrest man over Twitter threats

first_imgAdvertisement British police on Tuesday arrested a second man in connection with an investigation into violent threats made against a lawmaker and a feminist campaigner on Twitter.Labour Party legislator Stella Creasy was targeted with threats of rape and murder after she tweeted in support of feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, who received a torrent of abuse after she campaigned, successfully, for the image of famed author Jane Austen to appear on a British bank note.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The Metropolitan Police confirmed Tuesday it is investigating reports of “malicious communications” on Twitter in relation to the two separate victims. The arrest of a 25-year-old man came as part of those investigations, police added.Earlier this week, police questioned and released on bail a 21-year-old man in connection with messages sent to Criado-Perez.The incidents have led to calls for Twitter to take action against abusive commenters, known as trolls.Twitter said it took the issue seriously and planned to expand a “report abuse” button, already available on its iPhone app, to other platforms.Credit: NDTVlast_img read more

After TwoMonth of Delay Apple AirPod Headphones Are Now Available

first_imgImage Credit: Popular Mechanics Advertisement Apple Inc. said on Tuesday its wireless AirPod headphones were now available through its website, two months after the company delayed their launch for unexplained reasons.Apple also said delivery of AirPods would start next week along with sales at Apple Stores, Apple-authorized re-sellers and select carriers.Apple unveiled the AirPod, which is priced at $159, at the launch of the latest iPhone in September. – Advertisement – The launch delay was widely seen as a rare marketing slip-up by the company, coming as it did just before the start of the holiday shopping season.Apple had said it needed more time to make the device ready before putting it on the market.[related-posts]last_img read more


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