SCHOOL children at the Whittle Cup got the opportu

first_imgSCHOOL children at the Whittle Cup got the opportunity to see the World Cup yesterday and ask questions about the upcoming international extravaganza at the end of the year.More than 150 kids took part in the tournament and had the opportunity to view the famous trophy up close. In just over 130 days, England and Wales will be celebrating the exciting Rugby League World Cup 2013 tournament as it kicks off with ‘the greatest show rugby league has ever seen.’ The Opening Ceremony Double Header, taking place in the iconic Millennium Stadium, Cardiff will be one to watch and will undoubtedly set the tone for the tournament on October 26. Aside from the thousands of fans and players that will be there to watch the drama unfold as England and Australia go head to head in the opening match, there will be one special guest in particular; The Rugby League World Cup Trophy. Since the precious piece of silverware landed safely on our shores in autumn last year, it’s been on one continuous exciting journey around the UK, France and Ireland and been seen by more than two million people. Armed, simply with silent charm and an elegant stance, it’s been steadily inspiring a generation of existing fans and helping bring new admirers into our sport by going where no trophy has ever gone before. From high profile outings to 10 Downing Street to visit Prime Minister David Cameron, to the all-important visits to local primary and secondary schools engaging with RLWC2013 Education Programme across the UK, the tour is extensive and varied and will not stop until the day it is rightfully claimed by the winning nation on the day of RLWC2013 Final. Other tour highlights so far include a sneak peek into BBC’s Radio 2 breakfast show with leading DJ Chris Evans and the Radio 2 team and behind the scenes moments unveiling the Rugby League fan in Manchester United stars Rooney, Ferdinand and Giggs. “The Trophy is extremely special and attracts attention everywhere we go. From small children to grandparents, celebrities from other sports and notable personalities, we’re extremely privileged to accompany such a masterpiece on its tour leading up unto RLWC2013,” said Trophy Tour Manager Graham Clay. “We’re seeing the excitement for the tournament build along the way too which is pretty exciting for everyone.” Highlighting one of the values of the tournament was Union Fan Adam Peel, Cambridge; “I still can’t believe I’ve been lucky enough to stand next to something so precious to such a high profile tournament. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do it again and when it culminates its tour on the pitch at Old Trafford, it’ll be amazing to know that– I’ve had my photo with it and I was there.” Aside from the ‘A list’ glamour, it’s transcended generations by visiting schools and community clubs across the four nations that play a part in the tournament, been at the home of every Super League club and with plenty more exciting events to come make sure you don’t miss your chance to see it. All the trophy tour dates are available on the trophy tour site, so make sure you and your family don’t miss out, after all it’s not every day you get to see and touch a World Cup Trophy. With it being the only one of its kind and the one that the winning nations before have taken home to celebrate their victory, you’ll be touching a piece of valuable history. Rugby League World Cup 2013 is taking place from 26 October – 30 November and all tickets for the fixtures are available to buy now from With 55% of tickets priced £20 or less, it’s a great opportunity to invite your friends and family along to witness history being made right here on your door step. Don’t miss your opportunity to be there for the next biggest sporting event in the UK.last_img read more

SAINTS face Castleford Tigers tonight in Round 4 o

first_imgSAINTS face Castleford Tigers tonight in Round 4 of the First Utility Super League.Once again we will have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchnight experience:Turnstiles open 6.30pmClub Face Painters – These will be operating in the Typhoo and the Hattons Solicitors Family Stands, as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free! Inflatables – We have a range of inflatables in the South West concourse close to the Karalius’ Bar kiosk and in the North Stand concourse for our Junior fans to enjoy! Frankfurters! – A new range will be on sale in several kiosks around the concourse.  Members Meal Deal – Crisps, Sweet Bag and Cup of Tea just £5. Simply present your Membership  Card at the kiosk on Saints matchdays.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6:30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!Players – We will have members of the first-team squad down in the concourses to meet fans and sign autographs – these will be in the South-West concourse area at around 6:45pm, North Stand concourse 7:00pm and the South East concourse 7:15pm Look out for the life-size players cut-outs in the South West & North Stand to mark the spot where they will be!Cheerleaders – Will be performing on the pitch at 7.35pm.Half Time – Kicking competition in association with ODs Designer Clothing.Friday’s match is sponsored by AJ Gallagher with the match ball supported by Pet Identity Insurance.You can find out more about our match partners here.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match with Morgan Knowles, Theo Fages and Greg Richards all returning. You can find out more here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, McLoughlin and Harvey East and Totally Wicked North Stands.If you require a Solarking South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore will be open until kick-off and for an hour afterwards.Members get 15 per cent off all souvenirs in March. Simply input your membership number at checkout at the Saints Superstore or take your Membership Card into the Saints Superstore. The fifth edition of our fantastic match programme ‘Strength in Numbers’ will be on sale.It features an exclusive interview with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook as well we a look back at recent events at Langtree Park. There’s also the latest news and views from around the club and our community teams. Stickers are Mark Percival and Joe Greenwood.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by FTW Training.TravelIf you haven’t planned your trip to Langtree Park, then take a look at our Travel Section for the best ways of getting to the stadium.Matchday Car Parking details are here.OD’s Crossbar ChallengeThe half time crossbar game returns with participants having the chance to win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

Fewer hurricane supplies flying off shelves

first_img The store supervisor, Luke Bennett said the store was extremely busy, but these supplies are always good to have on hand, especially during the winter months.He also said he isn’t surprised by the halt in buying, but most people that were coming in were not locals. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Since Friday, stores like Stevens Ace Hardware have not been selling as many hurricane supplies as they were earlier in the week.They still have a lot of supplies left over after ordering more to keep up with high demand.- Advertisement – last_img

LepreCAN Cornhole Tournament and Food Drive happening on St Patricks Day

first_img According to the event’s Facebook page it is $30 per 2-person team and $40 to register the day of the event. Food donations are also accepted as a team fee.Registration begins on March, 17 at noon and bag tossing begins at 1 p.m. at Liberty Tavern. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Happening on Saturday, Liberty Tavern is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day cornhole tournament and food drive benefiting NourishNC.The event will feature live music, food trucks, raffle prizes, grand prizes for the cornhole champions and more.- Advertisement – last_img

ARRESTED Wilmington man accused of stabbing exgirlfriend

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of using a fake Facebook account to lure his ex-girlfriend to McRae Street and then stab her multiple times is now behind bars.According to jail records, Rolandy Beatty, 25, of Wilmington, was arrested around 3:00 p.m.- Advertisement – On Tuesday night, Wilmington Police say Beatty lured his ex-girlfriend to the 900 block of McRae Street around 6:30 p.m.When she saw Beatty waiting for her, he then allegedly stabbed her repeatedly, took her phone, and then left.The victim went to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in serious condition.Related Article: WPD looking for driver who hit gas pumpBeatty is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill causing serious injuries.last_img

Japanese company offers 3D model of foetus

first_imgAdvertisement Expectant parents in Japan who can’t wait to show the world what their baby will look like can now buy a 3D model of the foetus to pass around their friends. The nine-centimetre resin model of the white foetus, encased in a transparent block in the shape of the mother’s body, is fashioned by a 3D printer after an MRI scan. “As it is only once in a lifetime that you are pregnant with that child, we received requests for these kind of models from pregnant women who… do not want to forget the feelings and experience of that time,” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of FASOTEC, the company offering the service. The “Shape of an Angel”, which costs 100,000 yen ($1,200), comes with a miniature version that could be a nice adornment to a mobile phone, he added. Many young women in Japan have decorations attached to their cellphone strap.The company said the ideal time for a scan is around eight or nine months into the pregnancy.For those who would like a less pricey version, the company will start offering a 3D model of the face of the foetus at 50,000 yen in December. It will use ultrasound images taken at a medical clinic in Tokyo that has forged a tie-up with the company. FASOTEC, originally a supplier of devices including 3D printers, uses a layering technique to build up three-dimensional structures. The technique has been touted as a solution to localised manufacture on a small scale.Credit: GulfTodaylast_img read more

Telkom breaks speed barrier to offer up to 200Mbps on LTE

first_imgAdvertisement Telkom is showcasing its latest innovation at the MyBroadband conference taking place at Gallagher Estate. This innovation is part of Telkom’s investment in its network transformation programme and aggressive mobile rollout plan.The company is demonstrating the results of its technical trials into high speed fixed internet over a 100Mbps GPON based line, as well as showing mobile broadband over 200Mbps LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation air interface.[related-posts] – Advertisement – These types of speeds would offer superb quality for most customers. By aggregating two carriers (40MHz) of its 60MHz spectrum, Telkom is able to offer over 200Mbps on the air interface per sector.These are the highest speeds ever achieved on these platforms in South Africa and Telkom is the first local telecoms player to achieve these speeds, true to its roadmap to improve headline speeds and work towards achieving bandwidth abundance.There has been a surge in the demand for interactive content internationally and South Africa is following suit. This includes connected home type applications such as content and CCTV, and business applications such as video conferencing and superior voice over internet. Video content will be the key driver of the move away from linear content.As part of its trial, Telkom is testing different types of content, including, streaming, pay-per-view and trickle-feed from various content providers such as iTunes on AppleTV, Boxxee, YouTube, DStv Boxoffice online, DStv Catchup and Samsung SmartHub. Telkom’s strategy is to create platforms that will enable innovations such as Internet Protocol TV to be realised in South Africa.“Our introduction of high speed access is a roadmap designed to leapfrog South Africa to bandwidth abundance, together with high quality internet,” says Dr Brian Armstrong, Group Chief Operating Officer at Telkom. “While these speeds are impressive, Telkom business and residential customers would be able to access much of the interactive content that such speeds open up anyway, however this offers a glimpse into the future of broadband in South Africa.”Current download speeds of Telkom’s LTE typically range from 20Mbps to 50Mbps, although top speeds can go as high as 90Mbps. Upload speeds range from 5Mps to 10Mbps with top speeds of 25Mbps. This translates to speeds at least double those of typical 3G networks.The technological advantages of LTE make it a complementary enabler to xDSL for future broadband access, particularly for developing economies like South Africa. Wireless broadband and LTE in particular, could play a crucial role in the roll-out of the last mile in rural areas as part of the National Broadband Plan.Telkom’s LTE network performs particularly well because it was purpose built on the 2300 MHz spectrum on an all-IP network. Unlike some of the country’s other mobile operators that have had to ‘refarm’ some of their existing spectrum, the deployment of LTE is on a dedicated frequency and different to that which existing mobile technologies such as voice are deployed.With the unique qualities of fixed and wireless mobile broadband Telkom has taken a holistic approach to providing broadband services, with 2G for basic access via feature phones, 3G for smartphones, LTE for high speed and quality mobile broadband services, and fixed for reliable high-bandwidth services.Supply of international fibre bandwidth around Africa has grown by over 300 times in the 15 year period before 2009 and a further 20 times in the last three years.LTE Advanced is expected to become commercially available by mid-2014.last_img read more

Safaricom to add NFC payment option to MPesa

first_imgAdvertisement A new report has revealed that Safaricom is reportedly seeking to add NFC payment capabilities to its money transfer service, M-Pesa.Near field communication (NFC) payment is a contact-less payment system for smartphones and similar devices which uses radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.The project is still undergoing the tendering process, and will see Safaricom become the first mobile operator in the region to mass-deploy SIM-based NFC for contactless transactions. – Advertisement – Safaricom is expected to build an NFC infrastructure countrywide, just like it did with its mobile money agents so as its subscribers can pay for services and buy goods anywhere in the country. This service will be a futuristic step ahead of its Lipa na M-PESA service whose adoption was growing steadily, countrywide.Safaricom will have to convince service providers to come onboard to accept mobile phone NFC swipes than the normal Lipa na M-PESA.The NFC wallet will be on Safaricom subscribers’ SIM cards and will be as simple as it is to activate M-PESA.Source: Tech Moranlast_img read more

TALES FROM THE RING Cheltenham Saturday

first_imgCHELTENHAM SATURDAY: Simon Nott reports from day two of the November Meeting at Cheltenham direct from the Star Sports pitch. It was 1-0 to the punters on Friday but the November meeting is a game of three halves !12:40 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)What a difference a day makes. Saturday had the feel of a proper festival, if not quite THE Festival. It’s probably never going to be again either. Back when the ring was the ring and the only place to bet all the punting and excitement was condensed into one frenetic area. Now you can find a bookmaker around almost every corner, the feel of Tatts has been diluted terribly.Business was steady in the first but there was little of the magic. That was particularly sad given the market was very lively. Jolly Never Adapt was a huge drifter from around 5/4 very early to 3/1, ominous given the connections. Jane Williams’ Montestrel was steadily backed while Cracker Factory plummeted from 7/1 into 3/1.Quel Destin was also supported from 5/1 into 10/3. If the books did it right they had the best book in the world. Ben looked furrowed, ‘I’ve got the worst book in the world’. Quel Destin won the race, head of on course Jamie screamed it home having backed it at 5/1. In the age old manner the staff had a lean-up their fancy. ‘I’ve copped the most undeserved grand ever’ smiled Ben, magic or not it was game on and we were rolling.1:15 Novices’ ChaseBen was loathe to go Evens about The World’s End despite being in front and the firms around him popping their heads over the parapet going ‘Levels you Devils’. He had to follow suit when the potential deluge on the Jolly didn’t materialise.We didn’t have Paul and Ian on the Pickwick-Bevan joint behind, them having moved to pastures new, Michelle and I we’re missing the banter, especially during the lull, which was surely before the storm. It was, an even £5000 cash came in off the floor, just before 11/10 started popping up around us. At the off we had the jolly a loser for £5500.It was a case of ‘come on all of you’ bar the jolly, it was nice to hear commentator Ian Bartlett gleefully informing racegoers that the favourite was struggling. Aye Aye Ibis Du Rheu winning at 11/2 was a tonic for the betting ring, AKA the good guys. With the winnings safely in the hod, a 15-runner handicap to follow Ben decided it was a great time to nip off to the box and entertain some clients.1:50 Handicap Chase (Grade 3)It didn’t stop the punters coming in though. Jamie laid £7000 – £1000 Vicente to a cash punter, early in the betting when Singlefarmpayment was around 5/1 favourite.The jolly started to drift touching 6/1 with us, a punter came in to us for a bet with the fractions and that was the end of that. Don’t know your fractions? CLICK HERE, learn them, come racing and snap up the value.There were no more lumps but the punters would not be denied Vicente which lost just shy of £10,000 in the book with the jolly still a loser too but just the two to get beaten.Without wishing to substantiate the common belief that bookies always moan. 9/1 winner Rock The Kasbah was the smallest cop in the book – though I doubt that will raise a lump in the throat of many readers. On we charged to the next huge handicap.2:25 BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)Punters were keen to get involved, My gloomy intro to this blog was starting to look a little premature despite the competitive nature of the race. Ben hopped back on the stool and battle recommenced. The call went up from the lower rails pitch, ‘send more till rolls’, that’s always a good sign. I scampered down there as quickly as I could, then took twice as long again gently elbowing through the punters pushing to get on.The old boys and Lofty at the helm were too busy to munch branded Caramels favoured by men of a certain age today. It didn’t mean they were winning though. Lofty managed to tell me they lost a couple of grand in the last heat between bets being called rattatat machine gun like by Ricky and Tony. I left them to it unencumbered by till rolls making a hasty retreat back to Ben in Tattersalls.The horses were going down by the time I got back to the pitch. There hadn’t been any lumps but the combined weight of money meant that the bogie was Mr Whitaker losing almost five-figures.Swings and roundabouts again, winner Baron Alco was only an 8/1 chance but copped really well in the book getting more than our whack considering the price. There was no time or inclination to count it though, on to the next.3:00 Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed)The sun shone down, so much so that we dished out a few leftover Star Sports sunglasses but the punters held back.The jolly First Assignment was backed from 9/4 into 6/4 but no lumps were forthcoming. We took the bets as they came, £2.50 each way thick and fast, ‘small fish are sweeter’ was one of the cleaner of my old boss Jack Lynn’s sayings. They might well be but the hod takes a lot of filling with them. At the off the book didn’t look too clever with Boyhood the worst in the book, the jolly runner up in those stakes.Then right in the hole, at the bottom price 6/4 a punter came in with a lump to make the jolly one of the worst losers of the day. You know the rest, in it hosed, the most of the day’s winnings wiped out, gamble landed.3:30 BetVictor Intermediate Handicap HurdleNo time to get despondent, the penultimate was a competitive looking handicap with Speedo Boy opening 3/1 favourite in places.Christmas in April and Lygon Rock were the two the punters wanted to be on, both losers at the off. Speedo Boy was a small drifter but still went off jolly at 4/1. The chants of ‘Speedo Speedo’ from a vocal gaggle of the sockless (yes I know, at Cheltenham in November) told the story, but not all of it, we copped nicely on the race. There wasn’t a staff lean-up but the punters just left us out. It made up slightly for the disaster in the previous race so into the last with renewed vigour.4:00 Karndean Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)Royal Illusion opened at 5/4 so had the potential to totally ruin the day should a lumper punter decide to wade in and it oblige.What we didn’t need was a punter coming in for a sizeable bet and legging it before the money was counted and found to be slightly light. Of course the Betting Ring Manager was called but you could do without the hassle. At the off the jolly and Mrs Hyde were both bad losers, The Glancing Queen’s 16/1 victory ensured a good winning day and no dispute to close the day. Aye Aye! We’re back tomorrowSIMON NOTT Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

Former Rice Physicist Available to Talk on Atomic Bomb

first_imgAddThis Share MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713) 831-4793 FORMER RICE PHYSICIST AVAILABLE TO TALK ON ATOMIC BOMB A developer of the atomic bomb, Hugh T. Richards, former physicist from Rice University, is available to comment on the 50th anniversary of the first explosion of the atomicbomb, which he witnessed on July 16, 1945, in New Mexico. Richards, author of Through Los Alamos, 1945: Memoirs of a Nuclear Physicist, (Arlington Place Press, 1993) began nuclear research on the bomb while at Rice from 1939-1942 and went on to work with physicists Richard Feynman, Enrico Fermi and Hans Bethe on the development of the bomb while at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico from 1943-45. Richards, a research associate in the physics department at Rice, undertook a government contract in 1942 to measure energy spectra of fast neutrons. Richards used his photographic emulsion method to measure the spectra of neurons from the fission of uranium-235. Richards’ work at Los Alamos included studies of fast neutron fission cross sections and measuring the number of neutrons emitted per fission. By 1945, his work shifted to preparing for the first atomic bomb test, code named “Trinity.” Richards was in charge of the group assigned to measure the space and time relations of theslow moving neutrons emitted. The group created a cellophane “catcher camera,” which successfullymeasured the neutrons emitted.“Every day was a challenge,” Richards said of his work at Los Alamos. “Some hoped it [making the bomb] wasn’t possible (I was probably among those), but we didn’t have much time for reflection,it was full-steam ahead.” Richards writes in his memoirs, “Euphoria was my first reaction after the years of hard work and increasing tension: The long war would soon be over. I realized that the explosion signaled irreversible changes in the world. …Over the past scores of years I believe a case can be made that the explosion has made world waran obsolete way of settling disputes.” Richards can be reached for comment at (608) 262-3092, office,or (608) 238-1914, home. ###last_img read more