THE Saints celebrated playing at Langtree Park for

first_imgTHE Saints celebrated playing at Langtree Park for the first time with a great 28-10 victory over Hull FC writes Graham Henthorne.The defensive effort from the Saints was again superb stifling the life out of the visitors.Hull could and should have gone ahead as early as the fourth minute but the try was ruled out for a forward pass. During this passage of play the Saints withstood three repeat sets on their own line before a relieving drive and smart offload from Shaun Magennis saw Danny Jones stopped short.On the next set Josh Jones went outside his opposite number the speedy Reece Lyne before feeding the ball to Greg Wilde. He took it to the full back before passing inside to the supporting Danny Yates who was caught inches short by the full back who hadn’t fallen for Wilde’s dummy.The Saints ball control was well below 50% leading to the visitors often gaining possession in the Saints half, but despite this extra defensive work the line was kept intact.Then the Saints dealt the killer blow. Having been under the cosh for the first quarter the Saints put on a pre planned move from a scrum on the FC 40 metre line. Nathan Ashe dummied inside but fed Adam Swift on the outside who ghosted past the centre and outpaced the covering full back to the corner.The visitors visibly wilted and the Saints turned the screw scoring with their next possession. Mark Percival was held up over the line in the right corner. But 2 tackles later quick hands put his centre partner Josh Jones in at the left corner.Joe Greenwood then produced the tackle of the game to save a certain try. The Saints capitalised going down the other end and scoring again through Yates after Wilde had been denied.The emphasis at half time was to improve the ball control, continue to work as hard in defence and the result will take care of itself. And that’s exactly what happened.The ball control was near perfect, and it took a high kick to pierce the Saints line for the first time with a quarter of an hour left.By that time, however, the Saints had run in two converted tries to be 24 points to the good. The first from the ever improving Greenwood, who used all his height to stretch over the line from a wonderful delayed pass from Yates.The second was from another set play allowing young James Tilley to score on his debut at this level.Mark Percival scored the final Saints touchdown adding to his two conversions. Magennis broke the line 40 metres out and fed it outside to the supporting Greenwood who was stopped short of the line. But from the play the ball Percival dove over wide out.A consolation try right at the end spoilt the scoreline but the Saints were worthy winners.Again the forwards laid the platform for the victory. Magennis, Anthony Walker and Jordan Hand made the hard yards which Yates, Ashe and Dom Speakman exploited. But just edging it for Man of the Match in a sound all round team performance was Joe Greenwood (pictured) who just seems to keep on growing both in size and stature.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Adam Swift, Mark Percival, Josh Jones, Danny Yates, Joe Greenwood, James Tilley.Goals: Mark Percival 2.Hull FC:Tries: Ben Crooks, Richard Wilkinson.Goals: Ben Crooks.Half Time: 12-0Full Time: 28-10Teams:Saints:1. Adam Swift; 6. Corey Lee, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 2. Greg Wilde; 18. Nathan Ashe, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Shaun Magennis, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Jordan Case, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Danny Jones. Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. James Tilley, 16. Jordan Hand, 17. Joe Bate.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 2. Crawford Mathews, 3. Reece Lyne, 4. Ben Crooks, 5. Jack Briscoe; 6. Danny Nicklas, 7. Richard Wilkinson; 8. Josh Bowden, 9. James Cunningham, 10. Mike Burnett, 11. Liam Kent, 12. Ben Crane, 13. James Newton. Subs: 14. Jack Pickerill, 15. Alex Starling, 16. Curtis Jackson, 17. Liam Jackson.last_img read more

STATE of Mind is a campaign to build peoples ment

first_imgSTATE of Mind is a campaign to build people’s mental fitness so they can perform better on and off the field.The initiative aims to point people to where there is support for players and people who don’t access help.It delivers mental fitness sessions to Super League, Championship and Community clubsThe team has travelled more than 10,000 miles to do it so farState of Mind has had a dedicated round of Super League fixtures in each of the last four seasons.No other sport in the UK has ever themed a round of fixtures for mental well-beingCited by UK Government Suicide Prevention One Year On (2014) as an exemplar of good practice to access males using sportMore than 4200 rugby league players, officials and students have accessed the education session85% had never accessed mental health training beforeSuicide rates in rugby league areas are higher than the national averageSuicide rates are increasing for the first time in 10 years due to the recessionNational StatisticsMen are far less likely than women to seek help with medical problemsDepression occurs as often in men as in women, but women are twice as likely to be diagnosed and treatedMen make up 94 per cent of the UK prison populationOne in nine adult men is dependent on alcohol; men are three times more likely than women to be alcohol dependentMen represent 85% of people who sleep roughMen represent 73% of people who go missing each year77% of all suicides in England & Wales are male5891 people kill themselves in 2012last_img read more

IN 2012 Mike Rush said proposals to scrap the und

first_imgIN 2012, Mike Rush said proposals to scrap the under 20s competition could result in a lost generation of young British players.Since then, despite the Club’s success in the under 19s competition – and producing arguably the best first grade ready talent in the country – it has recognised and often been outspoken on the need for a system other than dual-registration.Like many clubs, Saints have utilised dual-registration as to ensure its players gain valuable game time.Indeed, the partnership with Rochdale Hornets has been one of the most successful in the sport.But it is limited in terms of competition level and the type of player than can be used – and as there is no ‘weekly’ dual-registration allowed in the Super 8s some players may have already played their last game of the season.Clubs have to decide whether to dual-register players for the entire Super 8s phase now or retain them within their own first team set up.As a result of the current system, Saints are working with six to ten clubs who are all looking at playing a reserve (open age) set of fixtures for next season.The suggested format would still see the Saints working with its partnership club by allowing those not selected to play for the Championship side the chance to gain game time with the Super League Reserve team.This will be a step forward in allowing players to gain that game time in a competitive high level environment whilst ensuring they are not lost from our sport.The idea of a three tier system has always had the support of the RFL and now many clubs can once again see the value in the reserve competition.“We originally voted against the scrapping of the under 20s and also voted against the current system from its outset,” Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said. “I’m very passionate about is developing young players and we have probably produced more than anybody in the last decade and we believe we know how to take a kid from the amateur game into full time rugby league.“All young players develop at different rates and the three tier system gives more kids a better opportunity of making it to SL.”Saints Head Coach Keiron Cunningham this week expressed his concern at the lack of another tier.“Getting juniors through the system is the biggest part of rugby league,” he said. “I am a strong believer in producing youngsters but if you’re not going to give your kids a chance you are going to struggle.“A system of reserve rugby is much needed. You nurture players from being nine or ten and get to a point where you have them in your system, put three years into them and then have to make a decision on their future.“Some aren’t ready for Super League but you can’t go to your partner club and say you have someone with potential but you’re not sure if they are ready.“The system is upside down – the cart is certainly in front of the horse – and it’s understandable why you have to go overseas and get players. I’m sure we’ve had players that could have still been at the club with a better system.”Rush is hoping that the group of clubs will be in a position to announce the ‘extra tier’ shortly.He continued: “It’s clear we need as many opportunities for these players to get as much game time as possible. The current system of an under 19s and a first team isn’t sufficient and we are denying youngsters, the lifeblood of our sport, the chance to develop.“A new reserve system, which will allow players all ages to play, would be a step forward and we hope to have more details soon.”last_img read more

England Head Coach Wayne Bennett has selected his

first_imgEngland Head Coach Wayne Bennett has selected his 24-man squad that will represent England at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.It includes James Roby, Jonny Lomax, Mark Percival and Alex Walmsley.Roby returns to the squad having last featured for England against New Zealand in 2015.It will be the 31-year-old’s third World Cup after representing England in 2008 and 2013.Walmsley joins Warrington’s Ben Currie as one of two uncapped players in the squad.Captained by Sean O’Loughlin, the squad includes Luke Gale, who was crowned Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel winner last week, Dally M Half-Back of the Year, Gareth Widdop and Betfred Super League’s top metre-maker, Alex Walmsley.The 24-man list features 18 players that travelled to Sydney in May for the mid-season Pacific Test against Samoa – a game in which England won 30-10.On the squad, Wayne Bennett, said: “Selecting the final 24 with the help of my coaching staff was tough and that was down to the effort and performances of many players throughout the season.“The competitiveness of Super League and NRL and knowing the goal of playing for your country in a World Cup has made many raise their game and become better athletes.“The England programme has been very active leading into this tournament and having the squad meet up on regular occasions – on and off the field – has put us in a positive place before everyone gets into camp.“We had to put the disappointment of the Four Nations behind us quickly and the meetings that followed that tournament set out what was required to be successful in the World Cup. Everyone has fully bought into this and we can’t wait to get started.”On the World Cup, Bennett, added: “This is shaping up to be a very competitive tournament. Squads are being confirmed now and it’s clear to see the spread of talent will add to some exciting games.“The organisers have been doing a fantastic job in generating excitement in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.“There’s some travel involved but we’re looking forward to spending time in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth during the group stage.”England:John Bateman (6, Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill) Kevin Brown (6, Warrington Wolves, Thatto Heath Crusaders) Sam Burgess (18, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor) Thomas Burgess (14, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor) Ben Currie (0, Warrington Wolves, Golborne Parkside) Luke Gale (4, Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders) James Graham (33, St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook) Ryan Hall (32, Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders) Chris Heighington (5, Cronulla Sharks, Umina Bunnies) Chris Hill (19, Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions) Josh Hodgson (11, Canberra Raiders, East Hull) Jonny Lomax (4, St Helens, Orrell St James) Jermaine McGillvary (6, Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors) Mike McMeeken (1, Castleford Tigers, Staines Titans) Sean O’Loughlin (18, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) Mark Percival (3, St Helens, Halton Farnworth Rockets) Stefan Ratchford (2, Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks) James Roby (26, St Helens, Blackbrook) Scott Taylor (2, Hull FC, Skirlaugh) Alex Walmsley (0, St Helens, Dewsbury Celtic) Kallum Watkins (20, Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion) Elliott Whitehead (10, Canberra Raiders, West Bowling) Gareth Widdop (21, St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross) George Williams (5, Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Schedule:Friday, October 20: Pre-tournament – England v Affiliated States (nib Stadium, Perth) Friday, October 27: Opening game of RLWC – England v Australia (AAMI Park, Melbourne) Saturday, November 4: England v Lebanon (Allianz Stadium, Sydney) Sunday, November 12: England v France (nib Stadium, Perth)All of England’s Rugby League World Cup matches will be broadcast live on the BBC.last_img read more

The game is a potential Grand Final matchup – and

first_imgThe game is a potential Grand Final match-up – and there is the added bonus of a Women’s Super League fixture between the two sides too.What’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 4.30pm.Turnstiles – Open at 5pm.Women’s Super League – Saints take on their Castleford counterparts at 5.15pm in their final game of the league season.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from around 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Fans in the West Stand can continue to get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A-Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game and at half time. Today the Castleford Claws join them for a special routine too.SeatServe – We are continuing to link up with SeatServe to offer a trial of a new in-seat, food and drink delivery service on matchday. The SeatServe app, which enables fans to order food and drinks from their smartphone for efficient delivery to their seat, will be tested in the Totally Wicked North Stand and South Stand at tonight’s game. Click here to find out more.The Match Ball – Will be delivered by Saints fan Harry Jones who will celebrate his 100th birthday in November.Half Time – See the Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a Membership for the 2019 season.Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Adapt Training whilst the Man of the Match will be selected by Church Square Shopping Centre. Reilly Concrete are our Corporate Sponsor.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South or Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are available online until 4pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open from 9am right up until kick-off.Programme:The programme is priced at £3 and features an exclusive interview with James Bentley who made his debut recently.A Message:Just a reminder: Saints fans are the best in the world and known throughout the sport as being one of the most vocal and loyal group of supporters there is.As a family club we ask that fans are mindful of their fellow supporters and refrain from doing anything that would damage this reputation.There have been instances of beer throwing and other anti-social behaviour at some of our games this year and we ask that fans think of those around them and not do anything that could bring further action on the club.Anyone caught throwing beer, or any other liquid, risks being banned for a period of games, and/or having season tickets rescinded.last_img read more

Steeden is currently the official match ball of th

first_imgSteeden is currently the official match ball of the NRL, New Zealand Rugby League, Queensland Rugby League and New South Wales Rugby League amongst many others and the Symmetry match ball will be reintroduced at the professional level in the UK this season ensuring continuity and familiarity for players.Steeden match balls will be in use from early January for all pre-season games and will feature in Round 1 of the Challenge Cup over the weekend of January, 26 and 27.The three-year agreement sees the Rugby Football League move away from Rhino Rugby League, who have been a partner since 2014, but will continue to provide branded equipment in 2019.Rugby Football League Chief Executive Ralph Rimmer said: “We’re pleased to have entered in to a new partnership with Steeden which will see them become Official Ball Supplier across the various levels of elite Rugby League here in the UK.“It’s fantastic that such a well-recognised brand will be supplying our players with the best equipment and we look forward to working with Steeden over the next three seasons.”Betfred Super League CEO Robert Elstone added: “We are delighted to welcome Steeden as our Official Ball Supplier for the next few years. We would like to put on record our thanks to Rhino Rugby League and look forward to continuing to work with them.“2019 will see a number of on field changes and we are looking forward to watching our players showcase their amazing skill levels for fans.”Jon Clarke from Steeden commented: “We are delighted that the RFL and the Super League have decided to appoint Steeden as the official ball of Rugby League in the UK – something that fills us with great pride and honour.“We pride ourselves on the performance of the Steeden ball and are thrilled to see the best rugby league players in the Northern Hemisphere using what is globally recognised as the best rugby league ball available.“We look forward to ensuring Steeden balls are made available to all participants playing the game and fans alike as we anticipate replica and team supporter balls to hit retail shelves in the coming weeks.“This partnership once again confirms Steeden’s position as the ball of choice for rugby league globally.”last_img read more

Manhunt continues in New York for Wilmington man girlfriend charged

first_img Wednesday evening, a Geneseo police officer stopped a car with North Carolina plates. Inside the car was David Clyde Morgan. It was when Morgan was pulled over during the stop that things took a turn.“We believe that the reason he escalated this so quickly is because he did believe that he had a federal warrant and was going to be going back to prison,” Dougherty said.Morgan pulled a gun on the officer, who fired in response before Morgan took off. His last known address in Wilmington is at this home on Silver Lake Road.Related Article: Dashcam video shows Wilmington man point gun at officer“He looks familiar , but I think it’s been a long time last time I saw him. I think he walk in the store where I work at but to be honest with you he didn’t seem like causing any trouble,” an anonymous neighbor said.Some people in the area remember seeing Morgan and wouldn’t expect this.“That’s weird. He might be on the run or something or hiding something cause you pull a gun on an officer, that does not sound good man. Like, not at all,” an anonymous neighbor said.A woman in the car also ran, but she was captured. She has been identified as Morgan’s girlfriend, Sandra Brown, of Southport. Court documents say Brown pointed a phone at the officer to interfere and coordinated with Morgan to pull a gun on the officer, to allow them to run away.“I am not confident that he is in this area. He easily could be out of this area, he could still be on foot around here. He could be on someone’s property. He could be in a vehicle and not in this area at all,” Dougherty said.As for Brown, she faces six charges, three misdemeanors, two felonies, and one violation. She’s in the Livingston county jail under $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s office and Wilmington Police Department say Morgan has never been charged with anything in our area. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man from Wilmington is on the run in New York tonight, accused of pulling a gun on an officer during a traffic stop. He escaped and is now considered as armed and dangerous.“Still, we have no good location for our suspect,” Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Tattered flag famous from Florence auctioned for Red Cross

first_img The tower’s owner, Richard Neal, tells The StarNews of Wilmington a live camera feed of the flag blowing in the storm averaged 100,000 viewers an hour on Sept. 13, the day before Florence made landfall.Neal tells the newspaper he is shocked by the outpouring of deep-pocketed offers so far in the charity auction. As of Saturday evening, eBay showed the current bid was at $10,100.Bidding ends at 10 p.m. EST on Sunday. The iconic flag that flew at the Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles off the North Carolina coast, has been sold on Ebay for $10,900. (Photo: Explore.org) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A tattered U.S. flag that captured attention nationwide as it whipped in the wind on the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Florence is being auctioned to raise money for the American Red Cross.The flag was flying over a light station called Frying Pan Tower as Florence made its final approach earlier this month.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cape Fear Seafood Company to open first franchise location

first_imgCape Fear Seafood Company (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington-based seafood restaurant with locations in the Port City, Porter’s Neck, and Belville is headed to the state capital.Ten years after it first opened its doors, Cape Fear Seafood Company has reached an agreement with its first franchisees and will open up a new location in Raleigh.- Advertisement – It will be located at 832 Spring Forest Road and is expected to open in the spring.This will be the award-winning restaurant’s fourth location.last_img read more

Topsail studentathlete gives back to his community during the holidays

first_imgHAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY)–Instead of spending his Christmas like an average high school student, Topsail senior Johnathan Ward gave back instead.Ward started his “Operation Change a Life” hurricane Florence relief project back in early December. During that time he raised nearly $800 and collected almost 300 gifts to give back to those in his community during the holidays.- Advertisement – “I just wanted to make an impact on the community. I know during hurricane Florence it was really devastating to some families. I just wanted to figure out a way to cheer the kids up,” Ward said.Ward plays football and basketball and is on the Pirates Track & Field team. Before the Christmas break Ward put on a toy drive at his own basketball game when Topsail hosted Jacksonville in hopes of collecting more gifts.“It’s been amazing. I’ve had so much help from everyone in the community, from twitter to facebook, with people spreading my message. I had a great Christmas, but the biggest gift was giving those kids an awesome Christmas,” Ward said.Related Article: Farmer says this year’s White House Christmas tree was almost abandonedWard received so many gift donations that he even had a few left over after Christmas day. He took the extra presents to the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.Ward will be graduating from Topsail High School in the spring, but wants to continue giving back as long as he can.“I just want to lead by example. Hopefully someone sees what I have done and they pass it on. Just try to bless other people like I have,” he said.last_img read more

JC Penney hosting free kids superhero event this Saturday

first_img This fun and free craft takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon.The J.C. Penney kids zone program offers a free, interactive workshop for kids on the second Saturday of each month.Next month kids can decorate a Mother’s Day card, and in June a DC hero-themed frame for Father’s Day. JCPenney Bristol Mall (Photo: Mike Kalasnik / CC BY-SA 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A heads up Marvel fans! In honor of the big movie premier of Avengers: End Game bring your kids to J.C. Penney at Independence Mall for a special super hero event this weekend.Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero to decorate a Marvel Avengers cinch bag as part of the retailer’s monthly in store kid zone events.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Ronaldo left out of Portugals upcoming matches

first_imgNational team coach Fernando Santos has left out Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal’s squad and the five-time Balloon d’Or winner will therefore miss the matches against Poland and Scotland. The Juventus striker, who has scored 85 times in 154 appearances for the Euro 2016 winners, is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in June 2009.Kathryn Mayorga has accused the 33-year-old striker of sexually abusing her at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In a Twitter message, Ronaldo dismissed Mayorga’s claim and stated: “My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Internet Access SMS Blocked in Egypt as Protests Escalate

first_imgAdvertisement Egypt has been enveloped in unrest over the presidency of Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power since 1981. The protests have been partly inspired by the successful revolution in Tunisia that forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali out of power after 23 years. Facebook, Twitter and social media were key communication tools used by protesters to organize rallies.Just like Tunisia, Egyptian protesters have been utilizing social media to organize their own protests, using hashtags such as #Jan25 to communicate. In response to the protests, Egyptian authorities blocked Twitter and Facebook. Egyptian police have been cracking down on protesters using water cannons and tear gas.“I suspect the internet cutoff is just a fraction of what the government has in store for Friday,” CNN’s Ben Wederman, who is on the ground in Egypt, said on Twitter earlier today. – Advertisement – Source: Mashablelast_img read more

Cisco Announces 10 Million Investment For Egypt

first_imgAdvertisement “In addition to strategic investments, Cisco assists governments across the globe with ongoing advice, access to international best practices, and a vast array of state-of-the-art technology solutions. We believe there is tremendous growth potential in Egypt’s ICT sector and are committed to supporting Egypt’s, as well as MENA’s, long-term goals. It is therefore appropriate for Cisco to make this investment into the Egyptian economy and its people,” said John Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco.Today’s announcement marks another key milestone in the collaboration between Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) with Cisco in support of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Egypt.Click here to read full press release – Advertisement –last_img read more

MTN Uganda Receives Investors in People Accreditation

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda has received the prestigious accreditation by the Investors in People (IiP) Governing Board, United Kingdom as an Investor in People organization, making it one of the pioneer Companies in Africa to be recognized.The assessment of MTN Uganda was carried out by a team of IiP assessors from the UK and their findings culminated in the accreditation. The assessment, conducted by Mr. Ken Baylis from Investors in People (IIP) UK, showed that MTN Uganda demonstrated a very high level of achievement against the Investors in People (IIP) Standard for people management processes and was thus accredited with the prestigious award. Similar accolades have also been won my MTN Nigeria and MTN Cameroon.Announcing the new development, MTN General Manager Human Resources, Michael Sekadde said that MTN Uganda’s sustained success over the years has been built on the foundation of its People. – Advertisement – “This accreditation demonstrates our commitment towards developing and investing in our People through our unique Employee Value Proposition we call, ’The MTN Deal’ that has made the Company the leading Employer of Choice in Uganda”.Sekadde further alluded to the recognition of MTN Uganda with the Best Training and Development Award for 2012 by the Federation of Uganda employers (FUE), which further demonstrates the company’s philosophy of continuous investment in its People to achieve Performance Excellence.“At MTN Uganda, we believe that the role our people play in the success of the Company is very fundamental. Without the appropriate people and the right support practices in place, the Company cannot create an environment where they can deliver the Company’s Vision. That is why we are committed to invest in our people through a robust training and development strategy,” he added.The Investors in People (IIP) Assessment is one of the World’s leading People Management Standards. It is a Business Improvement Tool designed to assist Organizations develop high performance through its people. ‘Investors in People’ is a proven methodology that leads to increased business performance and productivity.The Assessment involves evaluating organizations to ensure that People Systems, Processes and Procedures are sufficiently embedded in the Organization. It focuses on areas such as; Understanding Business Strategy at all levels, Planned Learning and Development to achieve Business Objectives, People Management Strategies that promote equality, Managers capabilities and competencies to effectively manage people, Creating effective managers who can lead and develop people, Recognizing and valuing people, Encouraging people to make decisions as well as Effective Learning and Development practices and Investment in Talent.Commenting on this achievement, the MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Mazen Mroué said that the company was particularly delighted by the accreditation as it reinforces MTN Uganda’s position as an Employer of Choice. “We are proud that three of our MTN Group Operations have been accredited, and MTN Uganda is one of them,” he said.He pointed out that the E-Live Platform which is an e-Learning Tool that was launched in 2008 is one such initiative to foster Self-learning and Development of employees. “This initiative has enhanced the Web based learning for our employees at the Workplace and has enhanced their knowledge and skills,” Mroué added.Elaborating further, he said that the Company’s Talent Management Strategy that ensures a pool of future Succession pipeline had been implemented successfully which has also led to increased Career development and up skilling of the Ugandan work-force across all the divisions in the Company.The MTN Group as a leading Employer of Choice in most of its Operations in the emerging markets took a Strategic decision in 2012 to evaluate the quality of its People Management practices across its operating Units with the aim to benchmark these practices against world class standards of People Management.last_img read more

2013 Recorded 115 Increase in MobileApp Use

first_imgAdvertisement If you used mobile apps more often last year than in any previous year, you’re not alone. Mobile-app use increased 115% in 2013, according to Flurry Analytics.The largest surge was in use of messaging and social apps, up 203% in 2013. News and magazine apps saw the smallest increase of just 31%Statista‘s chart, below, shows relative increases in different app categories in 2013. – Advertisement – Credit: Mashablelast_img

STAR PREVIEW Glorious Goodwood Day Two

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result for the column on Tuesday with the success of Toormore in the Qatar Lennox Stakes. He made all the running and held on bravely – I thought we were in big trouble a furlong out.The ‘Duel On The Downs’ has failed to materialise this year in the Qatar Sussex Stakes with the news last week that Gleneagles misses the race due to the ground.It’s dried up plenty since that decision was made which might well have been premature. The going is now good at Goodwood for day two of the Festival today.It leaves the feature race seemingly at the mercy of multiple winner Solow who bids for a fourth consecutive Group 1 win.The Freddie Head trained runner justified favouritism in good style when winning the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and seems very versatile ground wise.Those looking to get him beat will hope that the turning mile will prove too sharp for him but that might well be clutching at straws as it’s very hard to find fault with his CV.Second favourite is Night Of Thunder but this one has 4 3/4 lengths to find with Solow on Queen Anne form and there’s no obvious reasons why that gap can be bridged.Favourites have a great record in this race and I’ve every reason to believe that Solow is the banker that he looks.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK SOLOW (3.10 Goodwood) for 25 points at SP with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 15.76 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Arsenal v Liverpool

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or backers of goals, it could be Christmas come early at the Emirates tonight for Arsenal v Liverpool – a match that usually throws up plenty of goals.Add to the mix that Liverpool have now scored 24 goals in nine away games and we should be in for a cracker (enough of the Christmas references, promise). The reverse fixture finished 4-0 to Liverpool at Anfield in August.Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp said on the goal potential of the match: “I don’t know if there will be a lot of goals again, but we go there to perform and to get as much as we can. We know that’s difficult but in this moment I feel it is possible.“Arsenal are a complete football team, they are able to do everything, switch and change styles. Against us it happened that they played a lot of long balls to Giroud. He cannot play (Friday) so that will mean they will change a few things maybe.“But they are able to create, they will have a strong side whoever will play. It means a lot of good, good footballers on the pitch.”Fifth plays fourth with valuable Champions League places the main target thanks to Man City’s domination at the top of the table.Arsenal will be without forward Olivier Giroud following his hamstring injury.The Gunners are finding Liverpool tough work – it’s been five matches since they’ve beaten Liverpool and I think Liverpool will continue that momentum tonight.Arsenal v LiverpoolPremier League19:45 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD (Maximum 10 matches)Aug 2017 PREMIER Liverpool 4-0 ArsenalMar 2017 PREMIER Liverpool 3-1 ArsenalAug 2016 PREMIER Arsenal 3-4 LiverpoolJan 2016 PREMIER Liverpool 3-3 ArsenalAug 2015 PREMIER Arsenal 0-0 LiverpoolApr 2015 PREMIER Arsenal 4-1 LiverpoolDec 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 2-2 ArsenalFeb 2014 FA CUP Arsenal 2-1 LiverpoolFeb 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 5-1 ArsenalNov 2013 PREMIER Arsenal 2-0 LiverpoolLiverpool are an exciting team to watch at the moment and I’ll take them to grab all three points at 7/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK LIVERPOOL 12 points at 7/4 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 115.62 points BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more