SAINTS will welcome Luke Walsh into their ranks ne

first_imgSAINTS will welcome Luke Walsh into their ranks next season after he agreed a two-year contract with the club.The half back will join from Penrith Panthers and has the option to extend his stay by a further year.At 26-years-old he’s played 107 games in the NRL for both Newcastle and his current club – amassing 274 points.Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said: “Luke is an exciting addition to the squad. He is a good organiser and possesses a great kicking game too.“We are always looking to improve the team and I’m sure Luke will contribute to that. We are looking forward to having him on board.“We would also like to thank Penrith Panthers for allowing Luke to be released from his contract to join us next season.”Luke made his first grade debut in 2007 for the Knights before joining Penrith at the start of the 2009 season.He scored the opening try on his Panthers’ debut and since has been their first choice half back. He was also named the club’s Players’ Player of the Year in 2011.In ten games in the NRL this season, he’s kicked 34 goals and a drop goal making him one of the hottest players in the competition.last_img read more

ONLY ON WWAY Bike falls off car causing pile up drivers thankful

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A trip to the beach gone wrong.Friends traveling to the beach from Zebulon were almost to their destination when a bicycle fell from a car.- Advertisement – Which led to a big accident on I-40 over the weekend.“I remember rolling one time and then I got knocked out and I wake up and next thing I know I’m trapped inside waiting on to be cut out,” one of the drivers in the accident Stephan Sollars said.His truck was crushed.Related Article: Ban it like Beckham: Phone costs soccer star right to driveHe and some friends were heading to Carolina Beach for the day.He was driving behind another friend when suddenly the bike flew into the air.“Driving along and next thing I know I see like a red bike or whatever fly up on the top of the hood of my buddies truck,” Sollar said.The highway patrol said that loose bike is what led to the pile up on I-40 in Pender County on Sunday.“It just kind of opens your eyes a lot more,”Sollars said.After one of the scariest moments of his life, he is thankful to be alive today.Especially when he saw what was left of his truck for the first time.“I really don’t know how i’m standing here, but I’m standing here God gave me another chance so I’m gonna make the best of it,” Sollars said.A truck now gone that held special meaning.“Basically every pay check I got from work went into this truck, so it was basically my world,” Sollars said.The vehicle the bike fell from never stopped.“It breaks my heart that somebody can know that they know that they caused that and not even at least say something about it. I mean cause if it was me I’d at least come forward and say hey that was my bike and I’m sorry for what I caused,” Sollars said.He only had some cuts and bruises.The highway patrol is still searching for the driver.last_img read more

Navassa community input important for future Superfund site plans

first_img Moving forward Navassa leaders say it is important to hear what the community wants to happen with the site.“It’s very important that they have a voice in what they would like to see as far as the future of their community. Although they are no longer living over there, it’s still apart of their community and what they have been accustom to all their lives,” Navassa Community Economic Environmental Redevelopment Corporation Vice President Latanya Beatty-Nixon said.The workshop ran until 9:00 p.m. and will continue tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Navassa Community Center Saturday. Community workshop on the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Navassa (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — A community workshop on the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Navassa kicked off tonight to continue getting input from residents. Friday evening was the first of the two-day workshop.It is the latest attempt from the Multistate Trust to discuss the future of the Superfund site.The Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation operated a wood treatment plant in Navassa for nearly 45 years. The plant contaminated the groundwater and soil.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Domestic violence exhibit recognizes those helping the cause

first_imgSilent Witness exhibit raises awareness for Domestic Violence in Downtown Wilmington.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And as it comes to an end, those working to bring awareness to the issue displayed an exhibit in downtown Wilmington.The Silent Witness exhibit was presented by Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council.- Advertisement – It features life-size representations of those whose lives were taken by domestic violence.To close out the event, Shequana Pulliam-Sidberry gave out impact awards to those working to end domestic violence, in honor of her sister Tarica, who was murdered ten years ago.“It means a lot. It’s very heartfelt and emotional to be able to acknowledge those that are out there really doing something to prevent something from happening to another citizen in this community, like what has happened to my sister,” said Pulliam-Sidberry.Pulliam-Sidberry says be aware of the signs, and if someone you know is in an abusive relationship, encourage them to get help.last_img read more

Santa coming to Independence Mall

first_imgSanta Claus arrives at Independence Mall via helicopter in 2015. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It may only November but Santa and his reindeer are ready for the jolly holiday!Santa arrives Saturday at Independence Mall in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Everyone’s invited for his grand arrival in the mall’s front parking lot.Santa’s saluting Veterans by giving away 20 free photo packages to the first 20 military families there Saturday.Santa will be available for photos every day through Christmas Eve.Related Article: Automakers recall 1.7 million cars with fatal airbagsHours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6.last_img read more

Band students raising money to participate in National Independence Day Parade

first_img “We’ve been active in the community, especially performing in the NC Azalea Festival, and Leland Founder’s Day Parade,” said NBHS Band Director Christopher Cook. “We applied and were accepted by the parade committee.”He says the students were ecstatic after hearing the news.“When I told the students in class and broke the news to their parents, they were just really excited and shocked to know that they are being noticed in the community,” Cook said.Related Article: Wilmington could be first WWII Heritage City after bill signed into law“Its just an honor and everyone is very excited to represent the state in the parade,” said NBHS Marching Band Drum Major Nick Stanley.The band will be in Washington, DC, from July 3-5. To cover transportation and accommodations, the band has a fundraising goal of $30,000. So far, they’ve raised $20,000.To help the band raise the remainder of the money they need, they’re asking the community to do one of two things.You can go to the band’s website and make a contribution via PayPay or consider sending your child to band camp. The Scorpion Art Camp will be from June 10-21 and is geared for K-5 students. Parent volunteers and NBHS students will serve as camp counselors. The registration fee collected from participants will be used toward the band’s trip to Washington, DC. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The North Brunswick High School Marching Scorps will be heading to Washington, DC, to showcase their musical talent in front of thousands of people for the July 4th holiday.Last year, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis nominated the NBHS Marching Scorps as the representative of North Carolina for the 2019 National Independence Day Parade.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Which fish are safe to catch and eat from the Cape Fear

first_img The Cape Fear River watch spent around two years working on the project with a number of local and state-wide organizations.Madi Polera, who works with The Cape Fear River Watch, says the project studied fish caught in the Cape Fear River to help teach the community how to catch and cook fish safely.Polera says they came up with the acronym “SAFE” to teach people which fish are safe to catch, and how to cook them.Related Article: Chemours sued over air, water pollution claims“Smaller, younger fish are generally going to have less mercury in them,” Polera said. “You want to avoid those top predators or bottom feeders. you want to filet or remove the fat from the fish as much as possible. and enjoy your fish baked, broiled or grilled.”At the celebration, Chef Dean Neff held a demonstration on healthy ways to cook fish at home.Polera says fish like shrimp and trout are typically safer to catch here in the Cape Fear River. She says people should stay away from large mouth bass or catfish out of the river. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, (WWAY) — The Cape Fear River Watch has some advice for people going fishing in the Cape Fear River – “Stop, check and enjoy.”That’s also the name of a project the group has been working on. They shared this project at their Fish Smart Celebration Sunday afternoon at Northern Regional Park.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilson Center collaborating with actor BD Wong

first_imgBD Wong is collaborating with the Wilson Center for new Broadway musical. (Photo: Playbill / YouTube) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–Cape Fear Community College is collaborating with renowned actor B.D. Wong on a new Broadway musical.Wong has starred on Broadway, in film and on TV.- Advertisement – The unnamed project is being developed by Wayne Barker, composer of the Tony Award-winning play “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The new musical is in the preliminary development stages.Opera House Theatre company is working alongside the production. They are holding auditions for the project.Auditions are by appointment only and will be held July 12-13 for adults and teens at the Shuffler Center on 2011 Carolina Beach Rd.Related Article: Former CFCC president named as Bladen Community College presidentTo make an appointment, click here.last_img read more

Watch Fortunato Mizzi lapide back in Malta

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint A lapide (marble plaque) dedicated to one of Malta’s greatest political figures of the 19th century was recently returned to Malta after years in Italy.It was donated by the Opera di Santa Croce of Florence following a request made by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna (FWA) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This donation came about as a result of prolonged negotiations undertaken by Malta’s Ambassador to Italy H.E. Vanessa Frazier with the active support of H.E. Dr George Vella, President of Malta, in his former capacity as Foreign Minister.Miguela XuerebWho was Fortunato Mizzi?Speaking to, FWA’s Gabriel Micallef explained that Mizzi was considered by many as ‘Pater Patriae‘ (Father of the Nation).“He was a defender of the Italian language and culture in Malta, and was instrumental to obtain liberal and progressive constitutional changes for the country during the colonial period,” he said.Mizzi also founded the Partito Anti-Riformista in 1880 and, later, the Partito Nazionale where he militated for a new constitution for Malta that would be better than that granted in 1849.Miguela XuerebWhy was the lapide made?This marble lapide was made as a direct response to the destruction by anti-Italian protesters of a plaque which stood on Mizzi’s former house at number 15, Old Mint Street, Valletta on the 8th June 1940. The protest was stirred by the unveiling of a bust of Fortunato Mizzi at the Pincio Gardens in Rome the day before.The vandalised plaque was inaugurated in 1922 by the then-Prime Minister Joseph Howard in the presence of Sir Filippo Sciberras, other members of the National Assembly and a very large crowd of supporters. The plaque carried an epitaph in Italian about Fortunato Mizzi having lived and died in that house and exalted his many virtues and his dedication towards the national cause. It carried a bronze effigy of Mizzi in a roundel made by the Russian émigré sculptor Boris Edwards.The Italian lapide was made with the aim of replacing the one destroyed at the same place in Valletta once the island fell to Italian forces following an invasion. Italy entered the war on Germany’s side two days after the protests held in Valletta.Miguela XuerebIn 1941 when it became evident that the taking of Malta was not going to be as straight forward as it was initially thought, the lapide was moved to the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence for display amongst the memorials of Italy’s great and mighty. It remained there until 1943 when it was removed into storage where it had remained until last month before being moved to Malta.In the 1950s a third plaque was made to Fortunato Mizzi to replace the one vandalised in 1940 and this remains until today in Old Mint Street, Valletta.Miguela XuerebWhere is the Italian lapide situated now?The Italian lapide, which was sculpted by the Italian sculptor Orlando Paladini Orlandini, is made from white travertine marble and measures 2 x 1.27 metres. It weighs 400 kg and carries an identical replica of the epitaph from the 1922 plaque flanked by two massive fasces (an ancient Imperial Roman symbol of power indicating the power over life and death). It was originally surmounted by a bronze bust of Mizzi.The lapide may be viewed at the Malta at War Museum in Vittoriosa (Birgu).WhatsApplast_img read more

Barcelona unveil Boateng as their latest signing

first_img SharePrint Kevin-Prince Boateng has joined Barcelona on loan from Sassuolo until the end of the season and the Catalan club holds the option to make the move permanent for around €8m.The former AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspurs and Portsmouth player enjoyed a season-long stint in La Liga with Las Palmas before joining Eintracht Frankfurt in 2017. He has scored five goals in 15 games at Sassuolo in all competitions this season and has been bought by Barcelona to replace Munir El Haddadi who moved to Seville.In an interview with Sky Sport Italia, Boateng stated:“I’m a bit sad because I’m leaving a professionally-run club in Sassuolo and it was hard to say goodbye to everybody today, even if Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs in the world.”WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more