A local disabled people’s organisation (DPO) has succeeded in fending off a national charity that was trying to use its financial might to take over a contract to provide support to users of direct payments.The future of Real in Tower Hamlets east London, had been at risk after the local authority awarded the contract to the charity POhWER.Real had been providing support to disabled people in the borough for eight years, and a survey of its service-users found 100 per cent agreed they had been given helpful information and support on direct payments.Following protests from disabled people in Tower Hamlets, the council’s overview and scrutiny committee voted unanimously last September to ask the elected mayor, Lutfur Rahman, to reconsider the decision to award the new contract to POhWER.He agreed to do so and decided that the council should re-tender for the contract. In the meantime, Real’s contract has been extended.Since he made that decision, Rahman has been removed from power by an election court, although he is appealing against the court’s judgment.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last year that POhWER had won the £354,000 a year contract by under-cutting its competitors with a bid of £199,000, even though Real scored the highest of all seven bidders on “quality”.Nine of Real’s 16 staff are disabled people, as are more than 70 per cent of the team who deliver the direct payments support service.POhWER has an annual turnover of nearly £10 million a year and “unrestricted reserves” of £850,000, and delivers services to about 60 local authorities across England. Four of its nine trustees are disabled people.National policy documents stress the importance of services delivered by local, user-led organisations, and Real was backed in its fight by other DPOs, including Inclusion London and Disability Rights UK.Mike Smith (pictured), Real’s chief executive and the former disability commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “I can’t comment on the specifics of this, to ensure Real doesn’t fall foul of anti-competition law in any future re-tendering.“But I can say that I’m very relieved that we can now get on with the day job – delivering a great locally-delivered service for local residents, run and controlled by local disabled people.“It’s great to be focusing our attention on things that really matter, like our Democracy Conference and mayoral hustings event on 1 June, where we will have loads of local disabled people quizzing the new mayoral candidates.”Neither Tower Hamlets council nor POhWER were able to comment in time for the DNS deadline.
The House of Commons has voted down the cross-party motion tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that aimed to prevent the UK from leaving the EU without a deal on October 31st.298 MPs voted for Labour’s move, but 309 voted against. The motion was rejected by 11 votes. Eight Labour MPs opposed the motion (listed below). 10 Tories rebelled to support the motion.Commenting on the result, Keir Starmer said: “This is a disappointing, narrow defeat. But this is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block no deal.“Labour stands ready to use whatever mechanism it can to protect jobs, the economy and communities from the disastrous consequences of a no deal Brexit.“Any Tory leadership candidate should know that parliament will continue to fight against no deal.”Corbyn was heard telling MPs: “You won’t be cheering in September.”After his motion is defeated, Jeremy Corbyn tells Tory MPs: ‘You won’t be cheering in September’ pic.twitter.com/5HgsbtWNMM— Greg Heffer (@GregHeffer) June 12, 2019Labour used its opposition day debate to present a motion designed to hand over control of the parliamentary agenda on Tuesday 25th June to MPs. This temporary transfer of power would have allowed MPs to introduce legislation and help avoid no deal on October 31st.During the debate, Labour backbencher Gareth Snell revealed that he would be abstaining and that he regretted voting against Theresa May’s deal.“I will now vote for a deal if a deal is brought forward,” the MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central said. Criticising Labour’s position on Brexit, he later added: “We will have been responsible for a no deal Brexit by default because of our inability to make a decision.”Near the close of the debate, Tory backbencher Dominic Grieve said he would refuse to let no deal happen, even if that meant having to resign the whip. The implication is that at least one Conservative – likely more – is prepared to oppose the government in a confidence vote, which could trigger an early election.Fellow Conservative backbencher Oliver Letwin, who was one of the motion signatories, emphasised the urgency of the matter and warned the Commons that this could be their last chance to block no deal.***Labour rebelsVOTED AGAINST (8): Sir Kevin Barron, Ronnie Campbell, Jim Fitzpatrick, Caroline Flint, Stephen Hepburn, Kate Hoey, John Mann, Graham Stringer.NO VOTE RECORDED (13): Clive Efford, Julie Elliott, Paul Farrelly, Hugh Gaffney, Imran Hussain, Barbara Keeley, Ian Lucas, Gordon Marsden, Melanie Onn, Ruth Smeeth, Gareth Snell, Jo Stevens, Derek Twigg.LabourList understands that only Melanie Onn, Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell actively abstained.***Ex-Labour MPs Ian Austin and Ivan Lewis also voted against, while Frank Field, Kelvin Hopkins, Jared O’Mara, Angela Smith had no vote recorded. Smith is on sick leave after major surgery.10 Conservative MPs defied their whip to support the motion: Guto Bebb, Ken Clarke, Jonathan Djanogly, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve, Sam Gyimah, Philip Lee, Oliver Letwin, Antionette Sandbach, Caroline Spelman.Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Keir Starmer /Brexit /
Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Posted on the sidewalk patio of Blondie’s Bar on Valencia Street, Hailey and Alex are hard to miss. They are attractive women in their early-twenties wearing wigs that look like pop rocks.“It’s a social experiment,” said Alex, her brown eyes sparkling with intent. She points to a female passerby wearing a laptop backpack and headphones — her eyes glued to her smartphone. “Look at her, she’s totally plugged in.”“We’ve been sitting here for maybe 30 minutes with these ridiculous wigs on, totally open to anyone that walks by to give us the slightest bit of recognition,” said Hailey. “But everyone is so tuned into their own world that they don’t even want to take three seconds to make an honest, genuine, human connection.”While Tindering in the Mission District remains as popular as anywhere else since the app launched in 2012 by a group of young entrepreneurs out of Los Angeles – a dozen or so interviews here also indicated that in a neighborhood with some of the savviest tech users around, the whole experience is less than satisfying. As the young women try to navigate their 20s in a society driven by technology, Hailey and Alex take issue with the interpersonal skills and dating habits of their peers — sometimes referred to as Generation Tinder.“I would never use Tinder,” Alex cringes, her pink wig sliding onto her brow.Though Alex may never have ‘Tindered,’ there is no need to explain the app’s concept. Notoriously popular for facilitating hook-ups and sometimes initiating relationships by capitalizing on mutual attraction — a swipe to the right on a profile picture indicates interest, while a swipe to the left guarantees that nothing will happen. Users generally spend just a few seconds sizing up their potential dates before swiping.It’s a game of “hot or not,” Alex said with disgust. “Tinder gives you the ability to be denied impersonally because you don’t have to face the humiliation of being rejected face-to-face.”That rejection, the young anthropologist argues, is exactly what is needed to grow emotionally.Research conducted by the company shows that Tinder users log into the app 11 times per day, on average. “It’s dating ADHD,” Hailey, a hairdresser, chimes in. “They want to find that ‘next best thing’ when really, what they have in front of them, could be something really true and amazing.”“It makes our generation extremely non-committal.”Tinder: A Modern Love Story?That same night at a crowded bar called El Rio, Damien is drinking a beer alone. He has not felt the urge to check his Tinder account lately, but will probably use the app soon.The 23-year-old is in the cryptocurrency industry, and relocated to San Francisco for a job just three weeks ago. He believes that Tinder and other dating apps can be used purposefully and are extremely fun.“We have a lot of demand on our time, and there is a certain element to dividing your labor throughout the day,” he said. “These apps just make it so much easier to go out and see where the pool of your prospective love or friend interest is.”Damien has a zero-expectations policy when it comes to Tinder dating — a rule he applies to life in general. “The whole novelty of these applications is that it brings what would or would not be daily interactions and crossings of paths to the digital world, which makes them so quick and instant. Mostly what you get, it’s just play time really.”Damien has had a few hook-ups on Tinder, but is more eager to tell the success story of his best friend, who recently met her husband using the app — the couple married after just six months of dating. “Without Tinder, they would have never met,” said Damien. “Offline, you typically meet someone by going to a bar, to a yoga class, at school, work or through friends. It’s relatively the same in as far as having to strike up conversations and paying attention to what the other person is talking about. On Tinder, you are still screening people when they act like total idiots.”Convenience Versus LongevityFor many people, communication on Tinder does not break surface level — but if there is an interest, only a few hours of committed back-and-forth messaging could be enough to learn a person’s story. The ease with which one can Tinder — at work, while out with friends or even when on another date, can be addictive.“The convenience is actually a very important factor in why it’s attractive,” said Omar, a 32-year-old consultant. “I think it’s a good thing. You can be on a bus while meeting people and setting up a date.”“Everyone is so busy and there’s so much happening constantly. So for a lot of people, this makes sense,” said Phil, an educator who moved to the city a year ago. “We use apps to have our food delivered, for commuting, for everything and anything — so why not use an app to get a date?”Whether it’s morally right or not, the 25-year-old argues, is a conversation to be had with oneself. Still, there’s something about that convenience that makes him uneasy.“Sometimes you wonder when something comes so easy, if there are strings attached,” he added.Outside of the dive bar Dr. Teeth’s, Phil is talking to his roommate, Janelle, who also uses Tinder and is in a three-month relationship that began with a Tinder encounter. Although things are “going great,” she’s still looking.Janelle explains that the quantity-versus-quality aspect of Tinder makes it easier to cut ties if it doesn’t work out, because there are “plenty more fish in the Tinder Sea.” Plus, being wanted feels great, and having options cushions the ego if things don’t work out. “They are most likely not in my circle or daily life. We may never cross paths again,” she explains, crediting the app’s superficial screening process and the high potential of meeting people outside of her day-to-day environment, for this sense of detachment. For Ron, a 35-year-old project administrator for an architectural firm, Tinder hasn’t worked as well. “From my experience, Tinder connections have zero longevity because there comes a point when you have so many matches to keep up with, you end up developing a relationship with none. It really is a great way to meet people, but the majority of people you meet aren’t genuine with their intentions.” Nothing Beats Off-Screen ChemistryAt Southern Pacific Brewing Company, Natalia, 30, contemplated the beginning and the end of two past relationships.First came Kevin, whom she met randomly through friends. Roughly a year later, she started dating Max from Tinder.“Although we met before, I didn’t notice Kevin because honestly, he wasn’t my type,” said Natalia, who was working at a restaurant in the Mission when a friend invited her to hangout at a bar closeby.Kevin and Natalia were introduced, and she remembers liking the flow of their conversation.“He complimented me even though I didn’t feel attractive since I did not plan on going out,” she said. “He asked me about my accent and tried to guess which country I was from.”These simple but significant interactions, she said, are impossible to experience in a chat on Tinder. “Most people on Tinder put on their best faces, and they swipe for profiles that in their eyes are 8-10s. They don’t go for a 6-7 with personality.”Kevin, she said, made her heart beat faster because she felt like he was interested in getting to know her as a person, not as a potential date.With her Tinder boyfriend, Max, Natalia developed feelings over time, but did not feel that spark. “I wasn’t swept off my feet right away, but he was a good guy and I was attracted to him,” she said. “But maybe because we met on Tinder — I felt less special.”After half a year, her relationship with Max ended, and she never heard from him again.“I found out he was back on the app a week after our break-up,” Natalia said. “ What I think about Tinder dating now is that people are not willing to work on a relationship because they have the option to jump from one thing to another, without trying to get too close or make the connection deeper.”“With technology at the center of something so personal, it’s easier to cut the person off and start swiping again than to deal with your feelings.” Missing the ConnectionWhile nursing a drink at Blondie’s, Hailey decides to share a Tinder story.She recalls having a crush on a guy over a span of a few years — a customer at her work who she saw somewhat regularly.“We always had this connection, but neither of us made a move,” she said. “But every time I saw him around we’d acknowledge each other and I’d think ‘man, he’s sexy. And he’s a really cool guy.’”Recently, Hailey was on a date when she spotted her longtime crush sitting at the same bar. As she was leaving, she noticed him swiping on Tinder.“It was 1:30 in the morning. It flipped a switch in my mind of my perception of him,” she said. “This weird connection that we had — it made me feel like it wasn’t real. Like ‘you would have done it for anyone because you’re just Tindering on your phone trying to get it in.’”Thirty years ago, back when people didn’t have the option to quick-swipe at a bar, Hailey wonders if their connection would have been something real.“The fact that we are not on Tinder is almost weirder than the fact that we would be using it,” said Hailey. “Yes, it sucks that people aren’t meeting each other in real life, but cities change and we are living and everything is constantly evolving. You have to find a happy medium between current and past generations.”“Maybe I’m a 23-year-old curmudgeon, because I don’t want to follow every social media trend or app to connect with people from my generation,” added Alex. “I’d rather have the people I meet be present and vulnerable with me. I want to see them for how they are and not for how they force me to see them — at their best angles in perfectly filtered photos.”
0% And yet, Breed’s ballot designation remains “acting mayor/supervisor” — a title that, by the time of the June 5 election, will have been inaccurate for the better part of five months. (Leno, a former supervisor, assemblyman and state senator, has been out of office long enough that he has been relegated to listing himself on the forthcoming ballot as “small businessman.” And yes, he’s peeved about this.) When we asked Breed in January if she would proactively change her ballot designation to one that accurately represents her current position, she scoffed at the notion. “No!” she exclaimed. “Why would I?” The advantages of incumbency — even faux incumbency — are significant. And yet, a judge potentially handing down a ruling that dings a candidate for attempting to dupe the voters would be embarrassing. At the very least.Leno’s writ invokes California Elections Code Section 13314, which states that “an elector” — i.e. every registered voter in the City and County of San Francisco — “may seek a writ of mandate alleging that an error or omission has occurred, or is about to occur, in the placing of a name on, or in the printing of a ballot …” It also notes that Elections Code Section 13107 (b)(1) allows elections officials to reject ballot designations that “would mislead the voter.” It offers a number of legalistic justifications why Breed’s designation fails the criteria set forth in section 13107 — parsing definitions of “occupation” and “principal profession,” for example, arguing that “Breed held the position of ‘Acting Mayor’ for a mere 42 days. Therefore her tenure in that position was too short for it to constitute a ‘principal’ profession or occupation.” Then it states the obvious: “Breed is not the Acting Mayor. She has not held that position since January 23, 2018. … If Breed’s ballot designation is not changed it will cause irreparable harm to Petitioner [Leno] and the voters of San Francisco by creating public confusion and misinformation concerning Breed’s actual profession, vocation, or occupation, leading the voters to believe that she is acting as San Francisco’s mayor when she is not.” Leno’s writ accuses her of failing “to take any steps to correct her misleading ballot designation” and states that Arntz “has refused to change Breed’s ballot designation absent a court order directing him to do so.” San Francisco’s ballot could potentially go to print as soon as March 10, after judicial candidates are finalized. Not surprisingly, cases such as this one are heard and ruled on rapidly. Considering the aforementioned election codes, what’s pivotal here is if the judge determines that listing Breed as “acting mayor” when she clearly is not constitutes an “error” — and would “mislead the voter.”Experts Mission Local consulted earlier this month felt Leno had a strong case, but not a slam dunk. “If I were a judge, I might … say it’s a misleading title,” University of California at Davis law professor Floyd Feeney told us. “Would somebody who is reading this read it to mean she is the acting mayor now? I think there is some risk to that.”Stanford University political science professor Bruce Cain largely agreed. “She was acting mayor and that terminated. In the modern era, should we be able to fix ballots faster and are requirements antiquated, given what could be done? I would think San Francisco could do better,” he said. “But, you know, it doesn’t go down in the annals of history as one of the great misleading ballot designations ever.”Calls to Breed and her campaign consultant, Maggie Muir, were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon. Update, 5:14 p.m.: Breed’s spokeswoman, Tara Moriarty, accused Leno of “working hard to deflect attention from the real issues facing San Franciscans,” and added that Breed would be fine with her designation being changed.“To be clear — this is not Board President Breed’s call,” reads Moriarty’s statement. “President Breed was Acting Mayor when papers were filed; she has no problem being listed as President of the Board of Supervisors. But the law is clear: Per Elections Code section 13017(g) a candidate is not permitted to change his or her ballot designation after the deadline for filing nomination papers. It’s up to the Department of Elections to defend its decision on the ballot designation.” Mayoral aspirant Mark Leno this afternoon filed a writ in San Francisco Superior Court aiming to compel fellow candidate London Breed to do what she has refused to do on her own: remove the inaccurate title “acting mayor” from her ballot designation. “Because Breed is not the Acting Mayor of San Francisco, and does not perform any mayoral duties, her chosen ballot designation is not factually accurate and it misleads the voters, in violation of the California Elections Code,” reads the petition, filed against Department of Elections head John Arntz and Breed, “an individual.”Breed, the president of the board of supervisors, assumed acting mayor responsibilities upon the death of Mayor Ed Lee on Dec. 12. When she filed her papers on Jan. 9 to run for mayor, she submitted her occupation as “president, board of supervisors,” with “acting mayor/supervisor” as her alternative (the Department of Elections approved her use of the latter title two days later). On Jan. 23, however, Breed was acrimoniously voted out of her position by six of her board colleagues, in favor of Supervisor Mark Farrell. Tags: Elections • politics Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
SAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Stobart Super League Round Nine trip to Warrington Wolves.Sia Soliola returns meaning Acting Head Coach Mike Rush has a full squad to choose from.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Shaun Magennis, 19. Andrew Dixon.Warrington’s Tony Smith will choose from:1. Brett Hodgson, 2. Chris Riley, 3. Chris Bridge, 4. Ryan Atkins, 5. Joel Monaghan, 6. Lee Briers, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Michael Monaghan, 10. Garreth Carvell, 11. Trent Waterhouse, 14. Micky Higham, 15. Simon Grix, 16. Paul Wood, 17. Mike Cooper, 18. Matty Blythe, 20. Chris Hill, 21. Tyrone McCarthy, 22. Rhys Williams.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Limited tickets are still on sale for the game and details are here.Stat Pack:Last 10 Meetings:Warrington 35, St Helens 28 (SLR19, 24/6/11)St Helens 18, Warrington 25 (SLR3, 25/2/11)St Helens 28, Warrington 12 (SLQPO, 10/9/10)Warrington 24, St Helens 26 (SLR24, 31/7/10)St Helens 28, Warrington 18 (SLR7, 19/3/10)Warrington 26, St Helens 40 (SLR20, 11/7/09)St Helens 26, Warrington 14 (SLR1, 13/2/09)St Helens 17, Warrington 16 (SLR24, 9/8/08)St Helens 40, Warrington 34 (CCR5, 10/5/08)Warrington 22, St Helens 30 (SLR12, 25/4/08)Super League Summary:Warrington won 3St Helens won 35 (includes win in 2010 play-offs)2 drawsUps and Downs:Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Milestones:Jon Wilkin, if selected, will play in his 300th career game. His first club was Hull Kingston Rovers, where he made 39 appearances between 2000 and 2002, before joining current club St Helens for the 2003 season. He has gone on to play 239 games for the Saints since then. He has also played in six Tests for Great Britain (2006-2007) and has fifteen appearances to his name for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011).
GILL Hamilton has turned her talent into a great fundraising idea for the Steve Prescott Foundation.After being approached by Angela Powers, she produced a unique and stunning painting of the ex-Saints full back to be auctioned by the Her Rugby League Association.Now, the Steve Prescott Foundation is selling prints of the artwork for £15 – raising vital coffers for the charity.“I had completed a large 15 painting commission for the Wolves Wire2Wolves project and was asked to display some of them at the Her Rugby League Big Night Out at the International Origin game,” says Gill, taking up the story. “Angela saw them and asked if I would be interested in producing a painting for the Steve Prescott Foundation which she could auction at one of their events.“That was something I was more than happy to do.“The original painting has now been autographed by Steve for auction later in the year but we decided to see if we could raise some funds for the Foundation by selling prints of the painting.“The prints cost £15 (postage free) and after printing, admin and distribution costs, all profits will go to the Steve Prescott Foundation.”She continues: “Steve is such an inspirational figure in the world of Rugby League and beyond and he deserves all the accolades given to him.“I am honoured to be able to play a small part in helping out the Foundation.”You can see the superb painting at www.sportsactionart.co.uk and purchase a print there.
ItT’S never easy travelling to Hull so when it’s your first away trip of the season coming away with anything is considered as pretty good. Coming away with the spoils after being behind as the U16s did today can be classed as a very good day at the office, writes Graham Henthorne.There were three more debutants today as well, one with a rather familiar surname!The Saints started in determined mood with a great defensive set then a fabulous kick chase earning a repeat set on their first possession. And they made it count too as Callum Cooke opened the scoring with a weaving run under the posts.A lapse at marker four minutes later allowed the homesters sharp hooker to scoot 50 metres to level the scores.Both sides continued to test each other out but as the half wore on the Saints left side started to create chance after chance.Debutant centre Jake Sculthorpe (profited from a great spot from Brandon O’Neill. The substitute hooker took his game up another notch in this encounter and it was his jump to the blind side which allowed Mike Wynn to send his centre through a yawning gap.The Saints then bombed two more chances down the left. The first from a suspicious knock on call from a towering Lewis Gartland bomb, the second as Sculthorpe and Jake Pass over-ran Wynn forcing the scum half to hang on to possession.As is often the case the Hull side went straight down the other end and scored in the left corner to close the gap to two.Another try went begging from a free play knock on from Hull on halfway. The ball was picked up by Pass but the big winger was caught from behind.On the stroke of the break Wynn caught the home defence flat footed as he ran the ball on the last stepping inside two on his way to the line for a great individual score. His third successful conversion gave the Saints an eight point cushion at oranges.In the previous two matches the Saints opening ten minutes after the break has been terrible so much was spoken about changing that this time. However, five minutes into the second half the Saints found themselves four points behind having allowed the big sub prop to waltz through some paper thin tackles after two dubious ball stealing decisions had put them under pressure.The players responded in terrific fashion though. Gartland’s fabulous kick off was pushed into touch on the Hull 10 metre line and from the scrum the ball was whipped left for Cooke’s miss pass put Pass in at the corner for his first.Both sides continued to feel the weight of each other’s tackles. From such an error Ben Sims missed a try as he couldn’t hold onto a pass but minutes later from a scrum 30 out Gartland showed his side step running in to put the Saints back in the lead.Luke Maloney-Ward found himself in the same situation from the kick off as he failed to take the swirling kick off and the chunky Hull scrum half dummied his way through the Saints’ defence to level matters once more.The final fifteen minutes belonged to the Saints as they tidied their act up and started to exert pressure.Big tackles from the kick off from Louis Brogan and Adam Hooper forced the error but Sculthorpe found himself pushed in touch as he went for the corner.With ten minutes to go the Saints got their noses in front again with Pass’ second try of the game. From a scrum deep in home territory debutant scrum half Josh Waterworth came on to deliver the final ball for the winger to touch down in the corner.A slightly better pass to the third and final debutant Kelvin Ojeaburu would have seen the game safe with five minutes to go but the big winger just couldn’t hold on.As it was we had to wait until a last minute penalty from Wynn to breathe the collective sigh of relief.As was said previously no-one goes to Hull and has an easy game so missing three players over in France with England made this trip even worse but all nineteen players stood up and were counted.In Gartland, Wynn, Ryan Horne, O’Neill and Waterworth the Saints had ball playing ability in abundance. Back that up with the grunt of Brogan, Hooper, Christian Kellett and Sam Royle and the team looks very good indeed.Match Summary:Hull 1 Scholarship U16s:Tries: Kieran Sewell (9), Elliott Wallis (28), Connor Beet (37 & 40), Harrison Morrow (56).Goals: Harrison Morrow 4.St Helens Scholarship U16s:Tries: Callum Cooke (4), Jake Sculthorpe (21), Mike Wynn (34), Jake Pass (43 & 61), Lewis Gartland (52).Goals: Mike Wynn 5.Half Time: 18-10Full Time: 34-28Teams:Hull:1. Josh Atkinson; 5. Tom Burnett, 4. Gabe Hawtree, 3. Jack Bartlett, 2. Elliott Wallis; 6. Charlie Patterson-Lund, 7. Harrison Morrow; 8. Josh Oliver, 9. Kieran Sewell, 10. Kai Thorpe, 11. Luke Livingston, 12. Tom Burke, **. George Tyson-Wilson. Subs: 13. Connor Beet, 14. Elias Harrison, 15. Lewis Todd, 16. Barnaby Teasdale, 18. Jordan Richmond, 19. Aaron Crammon.Saints:1. Callum Cooke; 2. Luke Maloney-Ward, 3. David Griffiths, 4. Jake Sculthorpe, 5. Jake Pass; 6. Lewis Gartland (C), 7. Mike Wynn; 8. Louis Brogan, 9. Ryan Horne, 10. Adam Hooper, 11. Eddie McLorie, 12. Joe Sharratt, 13. Reece Jackson. Subs: 14. Brandon O’Neill, 15. Ben Sims, 16. Kelvin Ojeaburu, 17. Christian Kellett, 18. Sam Royle, 19. Josh Waterworth.
SAINTS hooker James Roby is set to be sidelined for a short period of time with a knee injury.The 31-year-old has played in all the club’s fixtures to date this season, scoring one try.He has been left out of the squad for this week’s home game with Huddersfield and will work with the Club’s medical staff to be back in action as soon as possible.
SHORT-HANDED Saints produced a brave and battling performance as they went down 29-18 at Wigan on Good Friday.Down to 12-man after Kyle Amor was harshly sent off for a high tackle in the 15th minute, they fought for everything and were well in the game for more than an hour.Time after time they repelled the Warriors’ attacks – and scored some scintillating tries too.Regan Grace was outstanding on debut but this was a real squad effort.The only thing missing was the two points with hopes of bringing them home dented by a poor call.The incident saw Matty Smith’s high kick collected by Liam Marshall before he was hit by Amor’s effort.Ben Thaler had no doubt and ordered the prop off the field but replays showed the initial contact was low and with the ball first.Saints had made a good fist of it before that crucial and ultimately incorrect decision, weathering three sets and utilising Grace’s speed.Down to 12 they rallied the troops and lead after 18 minutes through a Mark Percival penalty.Wigan replied through Joe Burgess and pummelled Saints’ line for most of the half.But, such was the visitor’s bravery, they only had Morgan Escare’s penalty to add to their lead.Within a couple of minutes of the second half, Saints were level.Grace made a sensational break from within his own half and set Tommy Makinson free down the middle.From there, after good work in the far corner from Adam Swift, Theo Fages was held up short.It was only delaying the inevitable though as the outstanding Morgan Knowles saw his opportunity and plunged over.Percival added the extras but within seconds Liam Marshall had put Wigan ahead once more.Escare then tagged on a drop goal on 55 minutes but Saints hit right back.And it was sensational.After forcing a error in the middle of the field it was swept left for Zeb Taia and Percival to combine to put Grace acrobatically over in the corner.Saints were buoyant, but after all their defence, and the lack of numbers, gaps began to show.Liam Farrell replied almost immediately, before Marshall and Burgess each claimed their second with fine pieces of skill.But it was left for Makinson to hand Saints a consolation that they more than deserved.Offloads from all over the field saw the ball into Zeb Taia’s hands and he put in his full back.The fans’ reaction at the end of the game spoke volumes as to a man, woman and child they clapped off the Saints at the end of an emotional week.But they were left wondering what could have been if 13 had stayed on the field.Match Summary:Warriors:Tries: Burgess (2), Marshall (2), FarrellGoals: Escare (4 from 6)Drop: EscareSaints:Tries: Knowles, Grace, MakinsonGoals: Percival (3 from 4)Penalties Awarded:Warriors: 9Saints: 5HT: 8-2FT: 29-18REF: Ben ThalerATT: 23,390Teams:Warriors:22. Morgan Escare; 36. Thomas Davies, 3. Anthony Gelling, 5. Joe Burgess, 35. Liam Marshall; 6. George Williams, 7. Thomas Leuluai; 8. Frank Paul Nuuausala, 16. Sam Powell, 10. Ben Flower, 11. Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 9. Michael Mcilorum, 17. Taulima Tautai, 19. Ryan Sutton, 20. Willie Isa.Saints:2. Tommy Makinson; 5. Adam Swift, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 10. Kyle Amor, 17. Tommy Lee, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 16. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Morgan Knowles.
We have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open 4pm.Turnstiles – Open 5:15pm.Academy – The 16s take on their Bradford counterparts at 5:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints.Member Offer – You can get a pie and hot drink for £3.50!Contactless Payment – will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side and Marching Inn bars to speed up your service.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Dance Bonanza! We have performances from local groups pre game and at half time.Half Time – You can win hospitality for two in our 1873 Lounge by taking part in our crossbar challenge which is in association with Hightown Group, Building Better Solutions. If you want to take part email the club at email@example.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!Bucket Collection – There will be a bucket collection for the Steve Prescott Foundation’s Kilimanjaro Challenge.Performance – Brian Hobbs will be performing an acoustic set before the match. 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 Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are also onsale from www.saintssuperstore.com up until 6pm. You can take advantage of our three game home package too.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open from 9am up until kick-off. The store won’t be open after the game.Programme:Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale. Featuring an interview with Regan Grace, it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there? There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiSecurity:At the Saints we take the safety of our fans and supporters very seriously.We have a highly trained ground safety and stewarding team to ensure that every visit to the Totally Wicked Stadium continues to be an enjoyable, safe and comfortable experience.In light of recent events, there will be additional security checks at the game. We advise fans to arrive early and not to bring anything into the ground which is unnecessary.All bags will be searched on entry and there will be additional security checks to ensure the match proceeds as safely as possible. We also ask that fans remain vigilant at all times and if they spot something that is suspicious alert a steward.We thank everyone for their assistance in ensuring gameday at the Totally Wicked Stadium is the best possible experience for all.