THE latest edition of the In Touch Podcast is now available to download.It’s packed with the latest from the club and this week includes reaction from our win over Wigan and a preview of the clash at Catalan.We also hear from Steve McNamara as England build up to the World Cup and Club Chairman Eamonn McManus.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.orgThe podcast is in association with Citytalk 105.9.
PAUL Clough will join Widnes Vikings on loan for the rest of the season.The prop forward makes the move immediately to link up with Denis Betts’ squadThe 26-year-old has appeared 189 times for Saints since making his debut against Hull FC in 2005.But with the new signings of Mose Masoe and Kyle Amor as well as the emergence of Alex Walmsley and several other young props, it was clear chances for first team action would be limited this season.“Cloughie is at a stage in his career where he needs to be playing regularly,” Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said. “With the competition in the squad the most intense it has been for a long time we couldn’t guarantee that.“It made sense for both the club and the player for Paul to go on loan and we will be keeping a close eye on how he does at Widnes.”
OUR recap of the previous Academy tours ends to today with the most recent – that of 2013.Academy head coach Derek Traynor recalls an eventful trip.My lasting memories of the 2013 tour consist of a big low and disappointment and a massive high. The big low point was in the first game we suffered our heaviest ever defeat on tour against a very big and experienced St George team. St George obviously got the age groups a little mixed up.Even on that day there were some highlights such as watching James Nicholl and Joe Mc Loughlin stand their ground and not give an inch to lads about 20kg heavier than them and two years older. Also, the squad got to meet the New Zealand world cup team – Sonny Bill and Shaun Johnson were mobbed for selfie’s with the lads.Then another disappointment followed with a loss at Central Coast; we thought there was a little bit of a hangover from the previous game and confidence had obviously been dented.But after a very tough and encouraging training session at funnily enough St George, there was a feeling of confidence and self-belief returning. This was taken into the next game against Wests Tigers and the first victory of the tour was gained. But more importantly the lads had shown their true ability and were now looking forward to the last game against the mighty Penrith.The Panthers game finally came around and playing at the Pepper Stadium is always a big buzz for the players. This was the massive high as the squad put on a great show and came away with a win. Danny Richardson was outstanding and scored three great tries and Dave Hewitt was pulling the strings and bossing the team around the field.As far as tours go this squad had the worst record with two defeats, but they did show the most improvement and proved they could handle disappointment and work to turn their fortunes around.It was also the youngest squad we had taken on tour also.The one thing that still sticks in my mind is seeing Dave Hewitt’s big toe nail ripped off whilst white water rafting… note to lads make sure you pack your nail clippers.As previously mentioned I have retired from this event after breaking a finger, badly bruising my foot, getting stuck in a whirlpool and being thrown about like being in a washing machine when I come out of the boat.I feel I am getting a little too close to the nine lives for comfort.Tourists:1. Daniel Abram2. Philip Atherton3. Ricky Bailey4. Tom Calland5. Liam Cooper6. Jonah Cunningham7. Oliver Davies8. David Eccleston9. Lewis Fairhurst10. Matthew Fleming11. Liam Forsyth12. Lewis Hatton13. Kieron Herbert14. David Hewitt15. Morgan Knowles16. Ross McCauley17. Joesph McLoughlin18. Ben Morris19. James Nicholl20. Daniel Richardson21. Joe Ryan22. Adam Saunders23. Aaron Smith24. Connor Smith25. Jake Spedding26. Bobby Williams27. Chris WorrallResults:St Helens 14 v 60 St GeorgeSt Helens 16 v 30 Central Coast St Helens 32 v 30 Wests TigersSt Helens 20 v 12 Penrith PanthersThe Tourist’s View:Matty Fleming: “I was really excited to go on the Tour – they play good rugby down there and the opportunity to play against the best was excellent.“It’s also great to really get to know your teammates. You know them before you go, but being in the dorms together means you get to know them better. Then on the trips like surfing and white-water rafting you get to know them better.“My advice is simple – just work hard and enjoy.St George and Saints.At the Sydney Swans.Neil Kilshaw warming up.Don’t they look impressed…Matty Fleming and his Players’ Player of the Tour Award.
Reenactors demonstrate how muskets worked during the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) CURRIE, NC (WWAY) — History came alive at the Moores Creek National Battlefield in Currie this weekend as the 242nd anniversary of a Revolutionary War battle was celebrated.Volunteers reenacted the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge with musket and cannon demonstrations.- Advertisement – Visitors were also invited to learn about colonial trades like blacksmithing, candle dipping, and more.Park ranger Nate Toering said it was great to see people come out to learn about such an important piece of American history.“Everything from seasoned adults who are history buffs to I’ve seen plenty of very young kids out here that are maybe learning about this for the first time,” Toering said. “Probably seeing a cannon and a musket fired for the first time and absolutely loving it and learning something in the process, which I think is a great thing.”Related Article: NCDOT urging drivers not to return to Wilmington area, for nowThe victory by the Patriots at Moores Creek led to the creation of the Halifax Resolves in April 1776. That resolution instructed North Carolina’s delegates to vote for independence at the Continental Congress.
Photo: Matt Bennett On the north end of Carolina Beach, wooden staircases that once led from beach houses to the strand itself now give way to several feet of air, a result of Hurricane Florence’s battering waves eroding the beach.“We ended up losing significant portions of the beach, 10- to 12-foot escarpments in some places,” said Michael Cramer, Carolina Beach’s town manager, speaking of the cliffs carved into sand that can make it difficult to get on or off the beach.- Advertisement – Carolina Beach isn’t alone, with officials up and down the region saying their beaches, the area’s most valuable tourism asset, have suffered significant damage. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been assessing local beaches to determine the storm’s impact and will discuss its findings at a Sunday press briefing.In Pender County, Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin met with U.S. Representative David Rouzer on Saturday, giving him a tour of the area. The town, Medlin said, lost a significant amount of oceanfront beach, with sand that was once part of dunes being washed as far away as Second Street.Click here to read more at StarNews.
Now GOP leaders say they’re ready to set aside nearly $800 million more. Cooper last week unveiled a $1.5 billion recovery plan and asked for $750 million of that this week as a down payment, with a focus on housing, farmers and schools.This legislative gathering is expected to last only one day. It comes three weeks before General Assembly elections.(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Flooding in Hurricane Florence (Photo: WTVD) RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are going back to work to decide on approving hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up from Hurricane Florence and help the storm’s victims.The General Assembly prepared to reconvene Monday the special session that Gov. Roy Cooper began two weeks ago. At that time, the GOP-controlled legislature located $56 million and eased rules on voter registration and public school calendars for the hardest-hit counties.- Advertisement –
“Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world it’s a fast-growing problem. North Carolina in particular usually ranks within the top 10 state for human trafficking, Wilmington being one of the hot spots within North Carolina.Wilmington ranks in the top four cities in North Carolina for human trafficking. Bill Woolf explains that this is due largely in part to the tourism, the access to I-95 and its stable economy.Wilmington Police spokeswoman Linda Thompson says once someone falls into the trap, it’s hard to get out.Related Article: Alleged drug dealer charged in overdose death“It is not uncommon for our officers to come into contact with someone who may be involved in a human trafficking ring for prostitution, and young ladies or school-age girls who have been lured away from home at the promise of money, or freedom, or love,” said Thompson.Thompson says they see a lot of it right along Market Street at many surrounding hotels.That’s why WPD, The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s office went through training to learn how to spot the warning signs.“We’re teaching officers today what the dynamics look like between a trafficker and a victim. So how to identify when they arrive on scene and they’re speaking to a potential victim, how the trafficker might respond to that, or how they might respond to law enforcement,” said Woolf.Woolf says it can happen to anyone. The goal of the training is to stop it as soon as possible.Before Just Ask Prevention, Woolf was a detective. Throughout his time in law enforcement, he was able to help in the rescue of more than 100 human trafficking victims. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Experts say human trafficking is one of the fastest spreading crimes in the world. On Wednesday law enforcement officers around New Hanover County learned how they can stop it from happening right under their nose.An expert says that North Carolina consistently ranks in the top 10 states for human trafficking. It’s an illegal industry you cannot always see in plain sight, but one that grows by the minute.- Advertisement –
In an unpublished opinion from the NC Court of Appeals released today, a panel of judges denied Gilbert’s claims, including concerns about jury instructions and the testimony of a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective, were enough to grant him a new trial. The judges, though, did leave open the possibility of Gilbert getting appropriate relief for ineffective assistance of counsel.According to the ruling, investigators charged Gilbert, who served as Jessie Mae Monroe’s PTA president from 2011 to 2013, after a CPA’s review of the organization’s finances “found several problematic transactions, such as transactions with no receipts, unaccounted for gift cards and fundraising certificates, checks for meals, checks reimbursing Defendant personally for gas and travel expenses, and checks issued without the purpose indicated.”Prosecutors offered as evidence transactions including golf shirts embroidered with the name of the church where Gilbert was the pastor, but billed to and paid for by the PTA; PTA reimbursements to Gilbert for gas used to attend a family funeral; a digital camera purchased by Gilbert with PTA funds; numerous unaccounted for gift cards bought with PTA funds; payments to PTA board members and their families; reimbursements for food at PTA board meetings; and renewal of the church’s Sam’s Club membership with PTA funds.Related Article: Problem with water heater to blame for active shooter scare at Topsail High SchoolGilbert presented no evidence at trial in his own defense and moved to have the case dismiss, which was denied.The PTA’s treasurer testified against Gilbert after being granted immunity from prosecution. Ray Gilbert (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A North Carolina Court of Appeals panel has found no error in the conviction of a former Brunswick County School Board member for embezzlement when he led a local school’s PTA.Ray Gilbert, who served on the school board from 2004 to 2008, was arrested in June 2013 and charged with embezzling more than $3,000 from the PTA at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School in Ash. A jury convicted Gilbert in June 2017 on two counts of embezzlement by an officer of a charitable organization. He was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 16-29 months, both of which were suspended for 36 months of supervised probation.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Happening Saturday, March 30, join Main Street Grill and Rotisserie in Holden Beach for Brews for a Breath to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis.Watch the interview to learn more.
According to deputies, the driver, 34-year-old Matthew Adam Lancaster, didn’t stop, then hit another vehicle a couple hundred feet down the road near the entrance to Hardees. At that point, the driver’s car went airborne, rolled, then caught on fire.The drivers of the two cars and Lancaster were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for the treatment.Upon being released from the hospital, deputies say Lancaster was taken into custody and arrested on charges that are unrelated to the crash.Related Article: Oh baby! Pender mom gives birth in car outside hospitalHe is charged with possession of firearm by felon, reckless driving to endanger, resist/delay/obstruct public officers, among other charges.Lancaster is currently in the New Hanover County jail under a $31,000 secured bond. BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of driving 100 miles per hour and crashing into two cars in Burgaw Tuesday afternoon has been arrested.Capt. James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy passed a speeding car heading north on U.S. 117 just before 3 p.m., but before the deputy could turn around and catch up to the driver, the driver hit a vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 117 and NC 53.- Advertisement –