TICKETS for Saints Round 14 Super League XVII match against Leeds Rhinos are still on sale.Monday night Rugby League begins for the first time at 8pm on Monday May 21 at the Headingley Carnegie.Standing is on sale for £20 adult, £13 concession (over 65 and students) and £12 juniors (under 16).Seating is £27 adult, £19 concession (over 65 and students) and £18 juniors (under 16).Coach travel, which leaves Langtree Park at 5.30pm is available for £11 for Season Ticket Holders and £12 for non.(Please remember you need to pre-purchase a coach ticket to travel).You can buy now from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
NATHAN Brown is hoping Saints’ tough end to the regular season will make them sharp as they enter the playoffs.His side faced games against Wigan and Warrington as well as tricky trips to Catalan, Hull and Wakefield in the last few weeks. That saw them secure eight wins from ten and fifth spot on the Super League ladder.It’s a far cry when a squad decimated by injury earlier in the season was struggling to be consistent.“We did it tough for a long period of time but we had enough good quality youngsters in the team to keep us ticking over,” Brown said. “At this time of the year you need your best and experienced players out there.“We were unlucky earlier in the year but now we are very fortunate to have Jonny Lomax, Sia Soliola, Willie Manu and James Roby all back playing. They know what works for them and we’ve had some really good wins too. We are confident and the last few fixtures have meant we are prepared heading into the match.“It helps as a lot of the players here know what is required to do well in the playoffs. That is definitely a benefit. We have numbers of blokes leaving who have contributed a lot to the club. Every week is a big week from here on in, but that has been the case for the past ten weeks because of where we were on the table.“The guys have responded well and we would like to think we have as much chance as anybody.”Saints take on Hull KR on Saturday having not beaten them this season.“We have played them twice with really depleted sides and in one of those games Franny got sent off, and we didn’t lose by much.“When we played our strongest side we played the worst and to Hull KR’s credit they beat us on merit.“They have recruited well from overseas, but have developed their own players too and have got a lot of big, local guys. They have creative players like Craig Hall, Michael Dobson, Lincoln Withers and have brought Greg Eden and Adam Walker in from Huddersfield, who have been great buys for them.“It will be a good game.”Tickets for Saturday’s match are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
Matty Costello grabbed a hat-trick in the win and impressive hooker Aaron Smith also grabbed a try. There were also a stand-out performance from young Jack Welsby.And Holbrook was delighted with how his young players seized their opportunity.“I am really happy with the boys today. Obviously we made some changes to give some boys an opportunity, but I was confident we were going to play well and we did that today.“I said after that Monday game that I would work with our performance and medical team to pick our best 17 to win the game and that is what we ran with. For us it was about giving some young guys the opportunity and playing fresh and it worked well today.“Yes it probably does [give me a selection headache] and that is why you need a good squad and it showed today that when you give some guys the opportunities they really want to be in the side and that is the most pleasing thing as a coach. We have a squad, not 17 players and everyone wants to be part of it and that is great for us.”Holbrook also singled out praise for Alex Walmsley and Zeb Taia as well as young Jack Welsby and hat-trick hero Matty Costello and impressive hooker Aaron Smith.“I thought Big Al really led from the front and Zebby really stepped it up. All the young boys were great. Jack Welsby was fantastic at full back and Matt Costello scoring a hat-trick at centre and Aaron Smith coming in was one of our best performers so everyone played well today which was great.”Emphasising on Welsby and Smith’s prospects, Holbrook added:“Welsby is an exciting young player and it was great to give him a start today. He is definitely a first team player for the future that is for sure and today he did a great job.“I knew before the season started what a great young player Aaron was. I knew he would be getting some games this year and he showed again today why he deserves it.”Holbrook also commented on the return of Theo Fages and the performance of Danny Richardson in his press conference below.
Something was missing. So she took it up a notch.“And so I did a talk show within’ the conference and I said, mmmmm, okay, we’re getting a little closer and I said this is this not it because we’re not hitting the people that I want to hit. I want to get people outside the church walls and I want to talk to everyone.”She did. Big time. Latoya Barrett took her idea to social media and television with a daily talk show based in Wilmington and airing on the Cape Fear CW.“I’m talking to more people on the streets,” Latoya said. “I love talking to the homeless, I love talking to the affluent, I love going through the gammit of people seeing what they think. And when I did that, I said, we have something, let’s talk and that’s what we did. To be free you have to live free.”It’s called ‘Live Free Talk Show‘. Latoya carefully put together the cast of four. “I said this would be funny to have a pastor on one side and a rapper on another and I thought this would make a great show because we can cover everything from far extreme to everything in the middle. I said this would be very good candid conversation and that’s how I found my cast,” described Latoya.It’s just the beginning. If the success continues, Latoya’s spotlight could create a stage with no boundaries.“I want to put to work young people in this city,” she said. “To work in film, to get to talking, to get to writing, publishing their work and being able to be creatives and thinkers at the same time and so my goal is to empower my community but talk nationally.”Latoya Barrett, you give the community something to talk about. To “be free you gotta live free” and that makes you, Extraordinary.Right now ‘Live Free Talk Show’ airs on the Cape Fear CW at 1pm, Monday-Friday.You can also follow their progress on the show website and Facebook page.Click here to see the debut show. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Talk shows are very popular. You get a group of people together to get different views on various topics. There’s one that just debuted in the Port City that is bringing everyday issues to the spotlight. WWAY’s Daniel Seamans sat down with the executive producer and host who is our Extraordinary Person of the Week.“At church, I did a conference, and I said this is not it,” Latoya Barrett told Daniel Seamans of the first attempt.- Advertisement –
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Stomping grapes at Duplin Winery started out as a way to make wine. Now, it’s just for fun!On Saturday, the winery is holding its 42nd Annual Grape Stomp celebration.- Advertisement – From 1-6 p.m., there will be live music from The Holiday Band, wine tastings and a grape stomping contest. Attendees get a chance to stomp grapes with their bare feet and some will have an opportunity to participate in a stomp-off for a prize.Special vineyard and production facility tours and exclusive wine tastings will also be available for attendees. Organizers recommend purchasing a wine tasting ticket in advance.There will be a food tent at the festival and the winery’s restaurant will be open on a first come first serve basis with extended hours.Related Article: Woman charged in deadly North Myrtle Beach hit-and-run motorcycle wreckBring chairs to sit in and dancing shoes for shag dancing!Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Wine tasting tickets are $10.For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Jobs range from sales, customer service, merchandising to inventory.Best Buy has been paying employees in Wilmington to volunteer while the store is closed. The company said earlier this month it plans to reopen by Thanksgiving in time for the holiday shopping rush. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s Best Buy store is ready to get back to business more than a month after suffering significant damage from Hurricane Florence, but first it needs to fill out its staff.The company says it is hiring thousands of people to work seasonal positions this holiday at stores across the country. It will host a hiring fair at its store at 309 S. College Road in Wilmington Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to a news release, you can apply online or in-person and participate in same-day interviews.- Advertisement –
Fine Fixtures (Photo: Fine Fixtures) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New York based supplier of bathroom furnishings is establishing an 80,000 square foot distribution center in Rocky Point.According to a news release from the NC State Port, Fine Fixtures Inc. will utilize the Port of Wilmington for imported shipments of its products.- Advertisement – “We wanted to be close to the Port of Wilmington,” said Joseph Ostreicher, co-founder and co-owner of Fine Fixtures.The company, established in 2005, had outgrown its warehouses in Brooklyn and New Windsor, New York.“The Port of Wilmington has a quick turn-around,” Ostreicher said. “Truckers don’t have to wait a long time.”Related Article: Hospital using drones to fly blood samples between buildingsFine Fixtures began moving into the space at Cape Fear Industrial Complex in early November and plans to commence with shipments from the property as early as late December. The company plans to employ 20 people at the Rocky Point site.“As the capabilities at our Port of Wilmington continue to grow, the at-port model becomes even more attractive to companies focused on logistics and distribution,” said Paul J. Cozza, executive director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority. “Global access is key for Fine Fixtures and many other projects that continue to consider locations in the Cape Fear Region. This investment complements our growth and showcases the port’s ability to service prime importers.”The State Ports Authority worked closely with officials at Wilmington Business Development and North Carolina’s Southeast in assisting Fine Fixtures in its site search.The company spent a year looking at possible sites in Virginia and North Carolina, according to Ostreicher.
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Advertisement This week I finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy and I loved the movie because it not only brought back my childhood memories of owning a Walkman it also combined this with some of the futuristic technologies that we all want to see in our day to day lives from shoes that can help you fly to planes that take off vertically and I know the SpaceX Team must have enjoyed this movie.My best parts of the movie is when Peter Quill is listening to his Walkman and how he fights to get his Walkman back and I know some of you might think am crazy but here is why I liked these scenes.The Walkman brought back my childhood memories of how I listened to Music and how I played around with the cassettes tapes, while I was rewinding and forwarding manually with a pen. We don’t realize how fast technologies can do away with manual processes like this but if I was stuck on a planet, and you asked me which device I would be stuck with, a Walkman would probably be one of them. – Advertisement – This got me thinking about all the old hardware technologies that have been phased out from the GameBoys to the Walkmans these little device used to make our lives great, well until Steve Jobs came up with the iPods, then we thought they were not cool and dropped them.I personally believe innovators can work around hardware like the Walkman and the legendary floppy disks and come up with new innovations that can beat most of the new automated things we have today, Its a matter of making it look cool and do you know how many people would put on a Walkman? May be not so many but I would be one of them because we all grow up but there is that child in us and you can never take that away.The only caution I have however is that we need to keep these re-innovations so cool so that we don’t go below the standards the smartphones and iPods have and with the raise of hardware companies I will not be surprised if I see someone having a work around the Walkman or some of the past hardware devices.That is it for our throwback Thursday, if you have something to add to the story, let me know in the comments section.