Month: July 2019

JAMES Roby has been selected in a 20man England s

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first_imgJAMES Roby has been selected in a 20-man England squad for the International Origin match against the Exiles taking place at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Friday June 14 (8.00pm).The 20-man squad includes 15 players who were involved in the 2012 Autumn International Series final victory over France last November.“There is continuity about the squad make-up,” England Coach Steve McNamara said. “We will reward those players that have been part of the programme over the past couple of years. They continue to be the most consistent performers in the Super League each week, which is testament to their qualities as Rugby League players.“It is important for the development of the national team that the core of the squad is used to playing with each other and is firmly ingrained in the overall England programme.“Our philosophy has always been about creating a ‘two-team’ mentality within the national set-up, where we get buy in from every individual. This is now our biggest strength.“The International origin will be the perfect test for us. Since its inception two years ago, the matches have been intense affairs. The Exiles will want to upset our plans and our players know they will be in for an battle. It should be a cracker.”The squad will meet up at their Loughborough base on Sunday night and McNamara will announce his team to face the Exiles on Wednesday June 12.England Squad:Rob Burrow, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Gareth Ellis, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Adrian Morley, Lee Mossop, Richie Myler, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Sam Tomkins, Ben Westwood.last_img read more

This Seasons MeetingsHull FC 18 St Helens 34 S

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first_imgThis Season’s Meetings:Hull FC 18, St Helens 34 (SLR21, 13/7/18) St Helens 25, Hull FC 22 (CCQF, 3/6/18) St Helens 26, Hull FC 12 (SLR10, 6/4/18)Last Ten Meetings:Hull FC 18, St Helens 34 (SLR21, 13/7/18) St Helens 25, Hull FC 22 (CCQF, 3/6/18) St Helens 26, Hull FC 12 (SLR10, 6/4/18) St Helens 6, Hull FC 8 (SLS8-R2, 11/8/17) St Helens 19, Hull FC 12 (SLR21, 7/7/17) Hull FC 0, St Helens 45 (SLR14, 20/5/17) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle) Hull FC 24, St Helens 14 (SLR4, 10/3/17) St Helens 31, Hull FC 10 (SLS8-R4, 2/9/16) Hull FC 32, St Helens 24 (SLR16, 28/5/16) St Helens 18, Hull FC 47 (CCR6, 8/5/16)Super League Summary:St Helens won 31 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs) Hull FC won 17 3 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin) Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsHull FC Tries141 (1st)96 (9th)Goals115 (1st)90 (7th)Metres37,850 (1st)32,352 (8th)Breaks213 (1st)150 (8th)Tackles8,924 (6th)9,075 (5th)Factoids:Jonny Lomax – 2 points away from 500 in Super League (498 for St Helens, 2009-2018)Tommy Makinson – 3 tries away from 100 in Super League (97 for St Helens, 2011-2018)Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 30 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 24. James Bentley, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello, 31. Jack Welsby.Hull FC: 1. Jamie Shaul, 2. Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 11. Dean Hadley, 14. Jake Connor, 16. Jordan Abdul, 17. Danny Washbrook, 20. Brad Fash, 21. Sika Manu, 22. Jez Litten, 26. Jordan Lane, 28. Hakim Miloudi, 29. Masimbaashe Matongo, 30. Cameron Scott, 35. Liam Harris, 36. Lewis Bienek.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 24 2 Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 21 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 18 4 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 17 6 = Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 9 Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 15 10 Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants) 14Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 115 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 88 3 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 57 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 5 = Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 54 7 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 8 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 48 9 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 41 10 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 2 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 88.52 (54/61) 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 4 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 85.41 (41/48) 5 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 6 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 7 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 8 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 82.85 (29/35) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.27 (51/66)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 249 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 220 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 124 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 120 7 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 117 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 106 10 Bryson Goodwin (Warrington Wolves) 102Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints272340797382415462Wigan Warriors272070687393294403Castleford Tigers271881681534147374Warrington Wolves271791711478233355Huddersfield Giants2713131509715-206276Wakefield Trinity271214168059684257Hull FC2711160571709-138228Catalans Dragons2710161526684-15821Tickets:Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Kenyan finance minister arrested on graft charges

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first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FILE PHOTO: Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury (Finance Minister) Henry Rotich holds up a briefcase containing the Government Budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year in Nairobi, Kenya, June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury (Finance Minister) Henry Rotich holds up a briefcase containing the Government Budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year in Nairobi, Kenya, June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich was arrested on Monday on suspicion of corruption related to the construction of two dams. Despite Kenya’s notorious graft, it is unprecedented for a sitting minister to be arrested for corruption.Charges against Rotich, announced on Monday, stem from a police investigation into the misuse of funds in a dam project overseen by the Italian construction company CMC Di Ravenna.Rotich denied any wrongdoing in a large newspaper advertisement in March. The company has also denied any wrongdoing.Rotich and his co-accused face eight charges, ranging from conspiring to defraud and financial misconduct, Noordin Haji, the director of public prosecutions, said. The minister and other officials will have to resign immediately, he said.Rotich was arrested shortly after the charges were announced, George Kinoti, the head of the police Directorate of Criminal Investigations, told Reuters in a text message.The minister will be charged along with 27 other people, including Italian Paolo Porcelli, the director of CMC di Ravenna; and Rotich’s number two at the ministry, Kamau Thugge, the principal secretary.“They broke the law on public finance management under the guise of carrying out legitimate commercial transactions, colossal amounts were unjustifiably and illegally paid out through a well choreographed scheme by government officers in collusion with private individuals and institutions,” Haji told a news conference.The two dams were budgeted to cost 46 billion shillings ($446 million), he said, but the treasury borrowed far more.“The national treasury negotiated a commercial facility increasing the amount to approximately 63 billion shillings – which is 17 billion more than necessary or required, payable on a timely basis without regard to a performance or works,” he said.Kenyan prosecutors have requested help from British and Italian authorities, Kinoti said, and more charges could result.POLITICAL DIMENSIONSMarket reaction to the news was relatively muted, with little change in the shilling. Kenya’s dollar bonds maturing in 2028, 2032 and 2048 slipped around 0.5 cents in the dollar, according to data by Tradeweb.However, Rotich’s indictment will send shockwaves through the political elite, who are accustomed to graft scandals resulting in little official action.His arrest may also be seen as further evidence of a growing distance between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.Rotich was appointed at Ruto’s request. Ruto has made clear that he expects to receive the ruling coalition’s nomination for the presidency in the 2022, despite objections from some in Kenyatta’s camp. Kenyatta will have served two terms and be ineligible to run again.Earlier this year, Rotich’s questioning by police provoked an angry reaction among politicians from Ruto and Rotich’s powerful Kalenjin ethnic group. Their home area saw some of the worst violence after the disputed 2007 elections, in which 1,200 people died.Ruto’s allies played down the charges.“There is nothing to worry about. Relax,” Kipchumba Murkomen, the senate majority leader and a Ruto ally, told reporters.Ruto’s supporters have repeatedly accused police and prosecutors of trying to derail his presidential ambitions, said Ngunjiri Wambugu, who is opposed to Ruto’s candidacy.“There was a lot of claims especially from the Ruto wing of (the ruling coalition) Jubilee that corruption was being weaponised against them. And there was a lot of vicious attacks,” he told Reuters.Haji closed his press conference with a pointed warning against politicians using the case to score points.“Corruption always fights back,” he said. “There may be elements who may seek to exploit these indictments to instigate social unrest.”MANY CHARGED, FEW CONVICTEDCritics accused Kenyatta of failing to deal with corruption during his first term, despite his promises to do so when he was first elected in 2013. Now more people are being charged, but successful prosecutions are rare.Hundreds of senior government officials and business people are already facing various charges related to corruption, including the chairman of the National Land Commission, the managing director of the Kenya Railways Corporation, the deputy chief justice, the CEO of Kenya Power and the head of Kenya Pipeline Company.None of the cases has resulted in a successful prosecution.Auditor general Edward Ouko has said his detailed reports on corruption are often ignored. Corrupt judges interfere with cases and the government’s own anti-corruption watchdog built cases that were too weak to prosecute, Haji said last year.Rotich’s arrest was a “significant” step on a very long road, said Samuel Kimeu, the head of Kenya’s chapter of Transparency International. But he added:“I would not be celebrating arrests. We need to see people in jail and we need to see what has been stolen recovered.”WhatsApplast_img read more