Labour has announced today that it would extend th

first_imgLabour has announced today that it would extend the real living wage of £10 an hour to all workers – including those under 18.The party has promised to scrap the minimum wage ‘youth rate’ – currently set at £4.35 an hour, just over half the adult rate for over-25s of £8.21 – in a move that would make the average young worker better off by £2,519 a year.Corbyn has suggested in the past, at Unison conference in 2017, that teenagers should not be excluded from the minimum wage hike – but it has not been Labour policy until now.The pledge is the latest in a series of recent offers Labour has made to young people, including free bus travel for under-25s, adding to 2017 manifesto promises such as tuition fee abolition, EMA restoration and free school meals.Jeremy Corbyn will reveal the new policy at Young Labour’s political school event being held in Birmingham today, where he is expected to tell young activists: “Equal pay for equal work is hardly a controversial idea, so why are we discriminating against young people?“You don’t get a discount at the shops for being under 18. But if the person serving you on the other side of the counter is young, they could be on half the wage of their colleagues.“It’s time to end this discrimination. Young people’s work should be properly valued, not exploited by employers to cut their wage bill. If they’re doing the job, pay them the wage – the real living wage.“So when Labour gets into power, we’ll abolish the youth rate of the minimum wage. Workers should be rewarded for their work, not their age. Equal rights for workers means just that – irrespective of age, gender, nationality or race.“For a 16-year-old currently on the minimum wage, what I’m announcing today will mean a pay rise from £4.35 an hour this year under a Tory government, to £10 an hour next year under Labour – more than double. For the average 16-17-year-old in employment, that will make them more than £2,500 a year better off.“Imagine what that will do for the lives of young people, especially those from poorer backgrounds. It will be nothing less than life-changing.”The Labour leader will also challenge the Tory record on providing for young people in the UK, saying: “On issue after issue this Conservative government has failed young people.“They’ve trebled your tuition fees. They’ve scrapped your Education Maintenance Allowance. They’ve made it nearly impossible to move out of your parents’ home because rents are sky high.“And as for buying a house, that’s an idea from another generation because they haven’t built any. They’ve closed youth centres, cut arts funding, and are risking your entire future by failing to tackle the climate emergency.“Labour will give young people hope: a real living wage at work, and education as a right, not a privilege. Because we want everybody, regardless of their background, to be able to reach their full potential. That’s what socialism is really about.”Tags:Young Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /real living wage /last_img read more

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FIRST Utility the title sponsors of the Super Lea

first_imgFIRST Utility, the title sponsors of the Super League, has launched a search to find the First Utility Fanorak, Rugby League’s most knowledgeable fan, with the Ultimate Grand Final VIP package up for grabs.The independent energy supplier launched the campaign at Magic Weekend where fans could take part in the quiz at St James’ Park putting their Rugby League knowledge to the test.The campaign is looking to find Rugby League’s smartest fan by asking supporters to put their knowledge to the test with a Super League quiz available here or via Facebook.Each First Utility Super League team will have their own club “Fanorak” and the three highest scorers from across the league will take part in a showdown at the First Utility Dream Team launch later this year. The winner of this finale will win the illustrious title of “Rugby League’s Most Knowledgeable Fan” and be crowned the First Utility Fanorak before enjoying the following at the Grand Final in October:Four tickets, including VIP experienceTour of Old Trafford before the matchStay at hotel night of Saturday 8th (for 2 people)Signed memorabiliaAmanda Cumine, Director of Communications at First Utility, added: “Here at First Utility, we know that Knowledge is Power so we wanted to put Rugby League fans to the test and find our very own Fanorak.“We know that Rugby League has die-hard fans who know everything about their own club, but what about the sport itself and other clubs and their players? We will see – best of luck to everyone giving it go and we will see our First Utility Fanorak at the Grand Final in October!”To launch the search, First Utility visited the 12 Super League clubs to put their star players’ knowledge to the test.First Utility has teamed up the Super League to be able to offer fans a free replica shirt when they switch their energy. So not only can fans now save on average £334 by switching their energy to First Utility, they will also get a free replica shirt and a host of customer only offers. For more information on this offer click here.last_img read more

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His loss will be felt throughout the wider rugby l

first_imgHis loss will be felt throughout the wider rugby league community and in South Africa, where he is remembered as the young Springbok, switched from centre to wing, who tormented his opposite number, Tony O’Reilly by running in a hat-trick against the visiting British Lions at Newlands, Cape Town in 1955. It should also be mentioned that Tom is the President of the South African Rugby League.Master Coach Jim Sullivan had steered the St. Helens club into rugby league’s elite, with a league Championship [1953] and Challenge Cup victory [1956] but by the autumn of 1957, supporters’ continual criticism of the team’s ‘creeping barrage’ style of play, as one correspondent put it, galvanised the Saints’ Board into looking for a new star.They targeted Karel Thomas van Vollenhoven, a supremely-gifted all-round athlete, who could run 100 yards in 9.8 seconds.Tom was selected for the South African rugby union team for the visit of the 1955 British Lions.In the Second Test at Newlands, Cape Town, on August 20, he roared in for a fantastic hat-trick as the visitors were beaten 25-9. He thus became the first South African player to score three tries in a Test match in his own country and became an instant sporting hero. Little wonder that he began to attract interest from leading rugby league clubs like the Saints. His signing, a top-secret affair from under the noses of the South African rugby union authorities – and under intense competition from Wigan – is a story in itself and cost the club £7,230 – the biggest fee paid for a rugby union player or for a transfer between professional clubs at the time, but it was money well spent!Indeed, he was to ‘electrify the crowds’ with his pace and finishing ability.As far as Saints’ fans of a certain vintage were concerned, Alf Ellaby was the man. An unlikely recruit from football, he was the first ‘superstar’ and virtual matinee idol of the Knowsley Road crowd, topping the league’s try-scoring charts on three occasions, including a massive 55 touchdowns in his first full season in 1926-27. The coming of Ellaby signalled the Saints’ first era as a team capable of challenging for major honours, including a memorable first-ever League Championship success in 1932.A new, vibrant era of success was about to unfold in the late 1950s, however, with Tom van Vollenhoven, the new kid on the block, scoring freely in his new code and given the fact that he was in a side containing many great players, such as Austin Rhodes, Alex Murphy, and Vince Karalius, there was a distinct possibility that he would soon be re-writing the record books for himself.Since making his debut [with a try] against Leeds at Knowsley Road, on October 26 1957, in front of 23,000 fans, Vollenhoven raced over for 45 tries in 34 appearances. In February 1958, Alf Ellaby, the Hat Trick King, met the Young Pretender before a match against Oldham at Knowsley Road and was clearly impressed by what he had seen: “Vollenhoven is amazingly fast and from the way he moves has grit and natural ability,” he wrote later. “Speed by itself is not the main essential to be a wingman except, possibly with the clear run in. Your best wingmen may be yards slower, but with sudden acceleration, deceiving footwork and change of pace the really clever footballer can beat the pure sprinter.”Tom was certainly different. He was from a foreign country, spoke differently [Afrikaans was his first language] and had blond-cropped hair. At five feet ten inches tall and twelve stones, he was not as physically dominant-looking as Ellaby had been, but he possessed fantastic strength for his size.“I remember sitting on the bench at Hull when Vol had one of his first runs down the touchline,” recalled Steve Llewellyn. “As defenders came across to bury him, he warded them off with his hip. Sully [coach Jim Sullivan] said, ‘Did you see that – incredible!’ He could ride tackles superbly and had phenomenal all-round ability.”Peter Harvey was in his late teens when he first watched him from the Knowsley Road terraces and later became a teammate: “In his first three seasons at Saints he was brilliant,” he said. “He was literally magic. I used to go behind the posts to watch him, rather than the Popular Side. It was best to watch the great man running in a straight line to appreciate his magic, because Vol could run in a straight line and beat people with his change of pace.“He would take a line five yards off the touchline which gave him enough room on the outside if he wanted it. Then he would hold his line and actually stop people as they ran at him and then accelerate away. I could never quite work out how he did it. Even when we played together at Saints I would be asking myself ‘How did he do that?’ It was just artistry and with Vol you were looking at an artist. Like all true art you can’t analyse it. You do not know why true art is good, you look at it and say that something is much better than the other. In Tom’s case, it was the ease with which he did everything and the ability to change pace when everyone else was running flat out.“He used to do it in training. He would just accelerate away like Seb Coe used to do in his pomp. You could see him change gear because his head would go to one side. That was Vol stepping up from threequarter pace to overdrive. When you thought he was running flat out – and as people went to tackle him – he would accelerate away.”Tom helped to take the St. Helens club to the next ‘stage’ of success, with Lancashire Cup, League Championship and Challenge Cup victories within the first four years – hitherto unparalleled achievements. The St Helens club had capitalised on the ‘Vollenhoven effect’ by building a new Main Stand, with demand for season tickets at an all-time high.They were great times to watch the team and Tom’s presence meant that other South African players were tempted to come over and try their hand in the professional code. One of the most effective was Jan Prinsloo, who played 89 times for the Saints, scoring 70 tries. He had pace, certainly, but also used his strength to great effect, very much like the wingers of today. They became, albeit briefly a deadly duo on the flanks. There was one memorable headline after one game: “Jan and Van Pan ‘em” which many older supporters remember to this day. In 1962, Saints also signed another winger – Len Killeen, who went on to become a fantastic points-scorer and match-winner supreme, one of the stars of the club’s four trophy season in 1966 and a Lance Todd trophy winner to boot.In his early days Tom had Duggie Greenall at number three as both ‘minder’ and provider producing sensational results when he first came. The Flying Springbok topped the charts in three successive seasons [1958-59, 1959-60 and 1960-61]. Tom scored a massive 62 tries in the 1958-59 campaign, overtaking Alf Ellaby’s existing individual record of 50 tries set in 1926-27.Despite being plagued by hamstring trouble, he also scored a magnificent hat-trick, as Saints beat Hunslet 44-22 in the 1959 Championship final at Odsal. “We were losing 4-12 early on,” remembers [full-back] Austin Rhodes, “but then Vol scored this fantastic length-of-the-field try, the best I have ever seen, and we went on to win the match.”Remember too the sheer poetry in motion of his marvellous Wembley try against Wigan in the 1961 Challenge Cup final and the fabulous inter-passing with his centre, Ken Large.Ten years at top level did have a marked effect on Tom. Austin Rhodes maintains that he never quite reached the dizzy heights of his first three seasons and that the ramifications of his [1959] hamstring injury tempered his sizzling pace somewhat. It was an era, of course, when one of the main objectives was to nullify the opposition’s star players and get them off the field, if possible. Tom suffered from knee trouble in the mid-1960s too. He played at Wembley against Wigan in the 1966 Challenge Cup final, but missed the Championship final the following week at Swinton, when Tony Barrow deputised. He was still a good ‘un, however, and scored a hat-trick in his last ‘derby’ game against Wigan, at Knowsley Road in 1968. This was in his testimonial season and his Committee sold a unique seven inch single called the Vollenhoven Calypso that inevitably ‘topped the charts’ locally. Like many, I still have my copy and it remains highly-prized! Needless to say, he received a record testimonial cheque for £2,800.His last game of rugby league was special too. On May 3 1968 he was invited to play for a Great Britain team who were playing their final preparatory match against Halifax at Thrum Hall before going to the World Cup in Australia. His unusual finale resulted, somewhat inevitably, in a hat-trick of tries!Fast forward to Friday February 10 2012 and a truly memorable evening for the players, officials and supporters of St. Helens R.F.C., who were about to see their long-time goal of a new stadium come to fruition with the first Super League fixture at Langtree Park.Before the kick off, a guard of honour of Saints’ Past Players fanned out from the players’ entrance. They were waiting for the greatest winger in the club’s history – Tom van Vollenhoven – to deliver the match ball. There was a thunderous roar as a slightly stooped figure in a blue blazer made his way out to the middle. At the end of the line, somewhat appropriately, was Glyn Moses, the amiable Welsh full-back who had been in the team when Tom had made his debut all those years before, against Leeds at Knowsley Road on October 15 1957.Glyn held out his arms in anticipation of a pass, much to the delight of his colleagues, but Tom held firm. He had a job to do, after all and would not be distracted. Here was the man who had put the ball down for a record number of tries: 392 of them in 409 appearances for St. Helens, in his ten years as a Saint. The crowd’s applause signalled another perfect touchdown, this time on the centre spot and Tom returned to the South Stand to watch the Saints defeat Salford City Reds 38-10 at the start of another much-anticipated era in the club’s history.Although resident back in South Africa, Tom, with his loving wife Leonie [they were married on Easter Saturday 1957] had returned to St Helens on a number of occasions, including the 1990 Ground Centenary celebrations and the Saints’ Greatest 17 inaugurations, as part of the farewell to Knowsley Road in 2010. The two wingers chosen were, naturally, Vollenhoven and Ellaby. Ironically, Alf was given the left wing slot!Tom and Leonie were always welcome in St Helens. His name is familiar to everyone in the town, whether they are current or past supporters, or even those with no sporting interest whatsoever, such are his enduring achievements as a Saint. He remains my favourite all-time rugby league player, with Alex Murphy a close second. And yes, there are people who never went to watch a game again after Tom retired. After all, they had seen the best. Who could ever measure up?Paul Wellens, another member of Saints’ Greatest 17 and a superb full-back during his stellar career mentioned one of the problems of players – especially wingers – trying to ‘win over’ the fans with Tom van Vollenhoven still looming large in the memory of so many.When Darren Albert came to St Helens from Newcastle Knights in the early Noughties, he had natural pace and seemed to glide across the turf at Knowsley Road to score some excellent tries. According to Paul, at times, no matter what Darren did, it was always a case of ‘that was good, but he’s no Vollenhoven’! No slight on Darren, of course, merely a measure of how Tom’s achievements have firmly ingrained themselves in our consciousness!And what of Tom the man? Gracious, good company, humble regarding his fantastic achievements [yet he knew full well how much ability he possessed] and a dedicated family man, he seemed to bear no malice against those opponents who wanted to remove him from the field, by fair means or foul. He was never a flashy player, who craved adulation. He would merely put the ball down over the line and that was it. Job done. His own sporting legacy is quite remarkable and this has been passed down the family line.Son Keith was a fine sprinter, who represented Great Britain and two of his grandchildren have made their name in sport too. Bianca Mann represented South Africa as a gymnast in the 2012 Commonwealth Games in Scotland [Tom and Leonie were there to see it] and Kiel van Vollenhoven is a promising young cricketer, who has represented the MCC Under-19s squad.Everyone at the Saints sends their deepest sympathies to the Vollenhoven family.Tom Van Vollenhoven, born Orange Free State, South Africa April 29 1935, died Selcourt, Springs, South Africa October 21 2017.Tom van VollenhovenSeasonAppsTriesPts1957-5830381141958-5944621861959-6042541621960-6145591771961-6238451351962-633733991963-643522661964-652211331965-663918541966-673927811967-683823694093921176All FinalsDateMatchCompW/LScored25/10/1958St. Helens 2 Oldham 12LCFL 16/05/1959St. Helens 44 Hunslet 22CFW3T31/10/1959St. Helens 4 Warrington 5LCFL29/10/1960St. Helens 15 Swinton 9LCFW1T13/05/1961St. Helens 12 Wigan 6CCFW1T11/11/1961St. Helens 25 Swinton 9LCFW1T27/10/1962St. Helens 7 Swinton 4LCFW1T29/10/1963St. Helens 15 Leigh 4LCFW1T16/05/1964St. Helens 10 Swinton 7WDCFW22/05/1965St. Helens 7 Halifax 15CFL14/12/1965St. Helens 0 Castleford 4FTFL21/05/1966St. Helens 21 Wigan 2CCFW06/05/1967St. Helens 7 Wakefield Trinity 7CFD10/05/1967St. Helens 9 Wakefield Trinity 21CF[Rep]L1T07/10/1967St. Helens 2 Warrington 2LCFD02/12/1967St. Helens 13 Warrington 10LCF[Rep]WRepresentative Rugby:16-05-1958 Northern RLXIII 19 France 8 at Headingley [2T] 22-11-1958 Northern RLXIII 8 France 26 at Knowsley Road 20-09-1961 Rugby League XIII 22 New Zealand 20 at White City Manchester 12-10-1961 French XIII 21 RLXIII 20 at Parc des Princes Paris [1T]last_img read more

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Multiple reports of stingray stings along North Carolina coast

first_img To avoid getting stung, emergency responders recommend shuffling your feet while in the water. This action will kick up debris and sand, scaring the stingrays off. If you do get stung, experts suggest soaking the wound in hot water to help ease the pain and keep it clean. Call 911 immediately if you develop an allergic reaction, like difficulty breathing or rashes.Paramedics said most of the stingray stings they have treated this summer happened in shallow water near the shore.Click here to read more. Onslow County EMS says they have responded to five stingray stings in North Topsail alone. (Photo: Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12) NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WCTI) — Stingrays off the coast of North Carolina have been causing a headache for beach-goers.Those stung describe it as one of the most painful experiences imaginable. Onslow County EMS says they have responded to five stingray stings in North Topsail Beach alone just recently. Paramedics said anyone who goes in the water is at risk for a sting.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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MDA Muscle Walk of Wilmington raising money and awareness

first_img This year’s walk includes a celebratory lap and 3K route designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment-friendly course.The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at Smith Creek Park located at 633 Shenandoah St. on April 27.For more information watch the video above. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association is bringing strength to life for kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.The MDA Muscle Walk is a way for families and friends to come together to raise awareness and funds for muscle-debilitating diseases that weaken muscle strength and mobility.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Add a little boogie to your summer at NHRMC Dancin in the

first_imgNHRMC’s first Dancin’ in the Park summer series (Photo: Kate Cornell) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Summer is definitely a time for relaxation, but New Hanover Regional Medical Center and YMCA are reminding us that staying active is just as important!Each Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. until August 10, local fitness instructors will lead classes in Zumba, hip-hop, line dancing for all ages at DREAMS of Wilmington.- Advertisement – Nathanael Tyre is the director of Blue Roll Media in Wilmington, he coordinates the video production for all Dancin’ in the Park events and a lot of other functions at NHRMC.He says that his goal for Dancin’ in the Park is to get everybody off the couch this summer, even just for a few hours.“Getting the community engaged,” Tyre explained. “Getting them active, getting them moving, letting them know how to eat healthy how to be healthy just get a good sweat outta them!”Related Article: Wilmington Police investigating drive-by shootingThese classes are completely free of charge and open to anyone who wants to break it down this summer.last_img read more

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Everton lead the race to sign Rojo

first_img SharePrint Marco Silva is keen on signing Marcos Rojo from Premier League rivals Manchester United. The Portuguese coach knows the defender well since the two worked together whilst at Sporting Lisbon. Manchester United are ready to let Rojo leave if Everton can match their £30m valuation.The Argentina defender, who featured for his country at the World Cup in Russia, has not joined up with Jose Mourinho’s team on their preseason tour of the United States. Reports in the English media indicate that Rojo has been informed that he can leave the Premier League side after 4 seasons at Old Trafford.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>last_img read more

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Next iPhone to Be Unveiled Sept 10

first_imgAdvertisement Apple CEO Tim Cook has long been hinting that new products are coming this fall, and now we have a date: Sept. 10.The company will unveil its next iPhone, perhaps called the iPhone 5S on that date, according to AllThingsD. There are also reports that the company will announce a lower-cost iPhone, encased in colorful polycarbonate, instead of aluminum.AllThingsD says that Apple will not announce its next-generation desktop OS at the event — although that’s coming soon — nor its long-rumored smart watch and TV products. – Advertisement – An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the report.[related-posts]Both the new flagship iPhone and the rumored lower-cost version will be running iOS 7, which was announced at Apple’s last developer conference in June. The new iOS features a flat new design, better connectivity to the cloud and improved multi-tasking features, among other improvements.As for what the new flagship phone will feature, that’s all speculation at this point. Many are expecting a better camera and more robust processor. Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

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BENS BLOG Service With A Smile at Aintree

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nybody who takes the piss out of Scousers (and has never even been to Liverpool), should come to Aintree Races. Of all our pitches, I look forward to serving the Punters here, most of all. So friendly and chatty, the Unpleasant Hoorays, in the Members Enclosure at Royal Ascot, could really learn a few lessons from them!It didn’t quite get going in the ring yesterday and business in the office was timid, with us unfortunately bumping into laying £3k at 14s the last winner. ON WE GO…In other news:Bistro Moulin, 73 Old Mill Lane, Formby, Liverpool, L37 3PE WEB SITE. You know you’re Up North when you can eat a bloody good main-course for 12 quid. Good menu and then food. Excellent service and tasty side-dishes. Chicken Breast Main (NAP). 8Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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