Saints get their Betfred Super League campaign und

first_imgSaints get their Betfred Super League campaign underway this Friday when Castleford Tigers come to the Totally Wicked Stadium.The game kicks off at 7:45pm and already it is one of the hottest tickets in town.Justin Holbrook’s come into the opener having won their two pre-season games and face a Tigers’ side that, of course, ended their Grand Final hopes last season.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Club Community

first_imgAll clubs across the Betfred Super League will be teaming up in support of the league’s biggest ever mental and physical health campaign ‘Tackle the Tough Stuff’ raising awareness throughout the Wellbeing Round.And SCDF have brought in lifelong fan, Mike, who has been watching Saints for over 50 years, as their Mental Health Ambassador.Earlier in Mike’s career he worked as a social worker and has a vast amount of experience at senior level in social services with North Yorkshire County Council and before that Lancashire County Council.Mike is a perfect fit for the Foundation as he shares the same beliefs and passion towards mental health. He has been brought in to further expand on their already impressive portfolio of programmes dedicated towards mental health awareness, coping strategies and ‘staying well whilst you’re well’.Both Walter Brennan (SCDF’s Mental Health specialist) and Mike have a good track record in their field and the Foundation is tremendously proud to be in a position to have them both on board.Mike Webster said: “I am extremely proud to be asked to join the Foundation as their Mental Health Ambassador. I know how important rugby, and especially Saints are to the town. Getting the chance to help members of our wide rugby audience who may be dealing with mental health issues is a brilliant opportunity. Hopefully we can build on the fantastic work the Foundation does in our community and most importantly reach out to individuals and organisations that work in the mental health field to increase the reach of the Foundation. If I can help even a little bit using my experience, it will be a massive bonus.”Saints Community Development Foundation Director Steve Leonard said: “Our work towards mental health is in its infancy. We have great programmes on the go which touch on all aspects of mental health and all the age ranges within our community, but we need to be doing more. Everyone in St Helens can hold their heads high when it comes to St Helens RFC and the heights that the team take us to on a weekly basis. I want everyone to be proud of the Foundation and to see it as the pillar of our community, a pillar that touches everyone’s life in numerous different ways, a Foundation that is there for people, that provides for our Community and something that provides a heartbeat for us all.“We can only do this with the support of experts like Mike, people who are passionate about making a difference, have the knowledge base and skill set in their field and the good name and reputation to uphold and enhance the name of the Saints Community development Foundation. I would like to welcome Mike on board and wish him well in his new role. I hope you will find time to support him also as I know Mike has a lot of work he plans to do and people he is eager to meet.“I would also like to welcome our partners and friends from State of Mind to tomorrow night’s game. Their work is tremendous and has really lifted the lid on mental health and the amount of people who need support. I would also like to thank North West Boroughs NHS trust and Simon Barber for their continued support of our work towards mental health in our community.”last_img read more

Cholera cases reported as hunger disease stalk African cyclone survivors

first_imgFILE PHOTO: A child is transported on a fridge during floods after Cyclone Idai, in Buzi, outside Beira, Mozambique, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoFILE PHOTO: A child is transported on a fridge during floods after Cyclone Idai, in Buzi, outside Beira, Mozambique, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko Cholera cases were reported on Friday in the Mozambican city of Beira, adding a risk of deadly illnesses for hundreds of thousands of people who are scrambling for shelter, food and water after catastrophic flooding in southern Africa.“There is growing concern among aid groups on the ground of potential disease outbreaks,” the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.“Already, some cholera cases have been reported in Beira along with an increasing number of malaria infections among people trapped by the flooding,” it said in a statement.Cyclone Idai battered Beira, a port city of 500,000 people, with strong winds and torrential rains last week, before moving inland to neighbouring Zimbabwe, where it flattened homes and flooded communities, and Malawi.The storm killed 242 people in Mozambique and 259 in Zimbabwe, and numbers were expected to rise, relief agencies said. In Malawi, 56 people died in heavy rains before the onset of Idai.Cholera is spread by faeces in sewage-contaminated water or food, and outbreaks can develop quickly in a humanitarian crisis where sanitation systems are disrupted. It can kill within hours if left untreated.As survivors gathered in informal camps and health officials warned of the danger of cholera and other diseases, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said the situation on the ground was critical with no electricity or running water.“Hundreds of thousands of children need immediate help,” she said, estimating 1.7 million people were affected by the storm.Around 45 km (28 miles) west of Beira, in the village of Guara Guara, the government set up a makeshift camp for people rescued nearby, with little water and no toilets.As for many such camps, progress was slow as aid had to be delivered by helicopter.“The help is coming, but it’s coming very slowly,” said Esther Zinge, 60, from near the town of Buzi, adding that what did arrive had to be given to children first.“The conditions are terrible, and more people keep coming.”On a beach in Beira, where the Red Cross estimated 90 percent of the city was damaged or destroyed, survivors clutching infants and bags disembarked from rescue boats beside a ship marooned on the sand and began receiving Red Cross help.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was saddened by the “heart-wrenching images of human suffering” and urged the world to step up support for the relief effort.“CONDITIONS TERRIBLE”In Zimbabwe’s Coppa Rusitu Valley, a township in Chimanimani near the Mozambican border, hundreds of homes were flattened by large rocks and mudslide from a nearby mountain, burying some residents, who never stood a chance as the cyclone unleashed its fury at night when most were sleeping.Relatives and rescuers were digging through the debris, hoping to find bodies, but some of the rocks were so big they need blasting, a Reuters witness said. Most people lost relatives, workmates or friends in the township, which also housed government workers, including police.President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Thursday night he had come face to face with horrific accounts of people grieving the loss of family and friends in Chimanimani.Some survivors have taken refuge at churches and centres offering temporary shelter as they deal with the trauma of their losses while private citizens, international aid agencies and the government rushed humanitarian aid to affected areas.Zimbabwean Energy Minister Joram Gumbo said the pipeline bringing fuel from Beira had not been affected by the cyclone but the docking terminals at Beira port had been damaged.He said Zimbabwe had 62 days supply of petrol and 32 days for diesel, which is in short supply and has led to long queues in the capital. In the city of Mutare, near Mozambique, diesel shortages were worse, according to a Reuters witness.FEW HELICOPTERSIn Beira, Saviano Abreu of the U.N. humanitarian arm OCHA said the main problem with getting aid to relief camps outside of Beira was that they could be reached only by helicopter, since floods had cut off roads, and helicopters were scarce.Large parts of Beira lacked running water, but everyone affected was getting 20 litres of water for washing, cooking and drinking.Briefing his team late on Thursday night, Connor Hartnady, rescue operations task force leader for Rescue South Africa, said Beira residents were getting fed up with shortages.“There have been three security incidents today, all food related,” he told his team, without giving further details.Commenting on Beira, U.N. humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said if people were desperate to get aid, that should be treated as part of the community response and not as a security matter.“These are desperate people,” Laerke said. “I don’t think anybody would blame a desperate mother or father who have children who do not have clean water to drink or food to eat who grab it from wherever they find it in a shop.”The storm’s rains caused the Buzi and Pungwe rivers, whose mouths are in the Beira area, to burst their banks.Roads into Beira were cut off by the storm and wide swathes of the Indian Ocean port city lacked power.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more