New York Special: Who would you follow?

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Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

first_imgWolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities October 24, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Human Services,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Details at 3:00 PM press event with Labor & Industry and CVS Health.Harrisburg, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. The Department of Labor and Industry and CVS Health will hold a formal announcement at HGAC, 727 Goucher Street, Johnstown, at a 3:00 PM press conference today.“When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,” Governor Wolf said. “However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.”The Employment First initiative underscores the commonwealth’s commitment to helping individuals with disabilities find competitive, integrated employment, making Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability.Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Executive Director for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) David DeNotaris will be joined by Leslie Reis, senior advisor for CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives team to announce the new program, as well as members of HGAC management, representatives from the Cambria Chamber of Commerce and Johnstown Area Regional Industries, and Cambria County commissioners. In addition, HGAC will be hosting the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers annual conference, and administrators from several rehabilitation centers across the U.S. will be in attendance.The partnership between CVS Health and HGAC will provide a direct link to employment for individuals successfully completing the training program. The program will commence at the beginning of 2018.CVS Health is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S. The company has 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, and is a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members.The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. In 2016, OVR helped place 8,438 OVR customers into employment, and connected with 6,000 Pennsylvania employers to achieve hiring results. OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center provides a comprehensive program of services featuring the integration of pre-employment transition services, education on campus at the Commonwealth Technical Institute in Johnstown, counseling, evaluation, and physical restoration in a barrier-free environment.last_img read more

Liverpool Legend, Gerrard, Hangs Boot

first_imgFormer Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has retired, ending a 19-year playing career.The midfielder is England’s fourth most-capped player with 114 appearances and captained the side at three of the six major tournaments he played at.“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career,” said Gerrard.“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy. “I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool.”Gerrard had been linked to a job in management with MK Dons after announcing he would leave LA Galaxy, but said on Wednesday the opportunity came “too soon” for him.Gerrard – who is working towards his UEFA A coaching licence, the second-highest qualification available – has also been linked with moves to Celtic and Newcastle United, as well as a return to Anfield as a coach.Yesterday, he said he will take time to consider his options before making an announcement on the next stage of his career “very soon”, adding: “I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played down talk of Gerrard returning to the Premier League club in a coaching role and said he should be given “room and space to jump in and learn something new”.“When something is announced then we will talk. It is clear that one day in the future there will something to announce, that is pretty sure too, but until then there is nothing to say,” said the German, who became Reds boss in October 2015.“The first thing you should all learn is that, if someone wants to help Steven Gerrard, stop being so excited about each step he is doing next.“The door is always open for him. From our side, if he wants to make a different career to his former career then we want to help him.“There is nothing else to say – but maybe that is already too much.”Gerrard was made Liverpool captain by Gerard Houllier in 2003 and led the side to the Champions League title in 2005, scoring the Reds’ first goal as they recovered from being 3-0 down at half-time to beat Italian giants AC Milan on penalties in the Istanbul final.“I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul,” he added.“I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country.”While the Champions League success is surely the highlight of Gerrard’s Liverpool career, he also helped his boyhood club win two FA Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.“I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club throughout my time there for the fantastic support they showed me,” he added.Gerrard scored his first England goal in the 5-1 win over Germany in September 2001Gerrard made his England debut against Ukraine in 2000 and scored his first international goal in a 5-1 win in Germany in a 2002 World Cup qualifier the following year.He went on to make 114 appearances for the Three Lions, captaining his country at three major tournaments.Fabio Capello was the first England manager to make Gerrard his captain in 2008, but it was not until 2010 that he took on the role on a more permanent basis when he stood in for the injured Rio Ferdinand at the 2010 World Cup.Gerrard kept the captaincy for Euro 2012, the year in which he won his 100th England cap, before announcing his retirement from international duty after a group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Western Union Becomes Liverpool FC Shirt Sponsor

first_imgThe Western Union Company and Liverpool FC wednesday announced a multi-year partnership that will see Western Union, a leader in global payment and money transfer services, become an Official Principal Partner and the Official Money Transfer Partner of Liverpool FC. They will also become the club’s first-ever official shirt sleeve sponsor – with the Western Union logo appearing on it.As the official Money Transfer Partner of Liverpool FC, Western Union will use its global cross-border digital transfer and payments platform to provide money transfer capabilities to the club. Western Union will offer fast, easy digital payments and money transfers for Liverpool FC and its fans, linking them to their home communities or to virtually anywhere in the world. President of Global Payments at Western Union, Jean-Claude Farah, stressed yesterday that the businesses of Western Union and Liverpool FC are both driven by passion in bringing communities together, whether through moving money or delivering the excitement of football experiences.“This partnership goes far beyond a badge on a shirt, as we will be bringing our digital money transfer expertise to better connect Liverpool FC and fans around the world,” observed Farah.Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director at Liverpool FC said: “Western Union is an instantly recognisable brand with a truly global footprint and we are absolutely delighted to welcome them as our first ever Shirt Sleeve Sponsor and official Principal Partner.“We are very much looking forward to working with Western Union through this partnership to create new experiences and opportunities for our fans both in the UK and abroad.”The two organisations mirror each other in their storied histories and truly global followings. Just as football powerfully transcends borders and brings people together, Western Union has a 160-year global brand history of connecting customers across more than 200 countries and territories.The 125-year-old Liverpool football club has more than 700 million active followers globally across television, social and traditional media.The partnership will see Western Union benefit from a diverse range of LFC marketing and promotional rights, including digital and social media support, pitch side LED messaging, and branding across Anfield Stadium, its fan lounge and the club’s media channels. Also included are exclusive hospitality and conference opportunities, and access to International pre-season tours, Liverpool FC players and Legends.To celebrate the launch of the partnership, Western Union is offering Liverpool FC fans in the UK, Ireland, France, Denmark, Norway and Sweden a fee-free money transfer promotion, running from August 10 through until the end of August.It also revealed that the Western Union patch will be available free of charge to all LFC fans that have purchased a 2017-18 Liverpool FC shirt and will be available in-store and online from Sunday August 27.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tom Hoffarth on the media: Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. launch has a ways to go before everyone’s satisfied

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Sounds kinda confrontational, eh?“It’s not confrontational,” said Rone. “We’re not attaching an adjective to how people should act, but we are asking them to make their voice heard.”Before, it was a situation where TWC was creating and launching its own channels, featuring the Lakers, having also given them a 20-year, $3.6 billion deal. TWC then did its own negotiations with the other competing cable, dish and telco companies to sell them on it.In this new business relationship, the Dodgers own the channel but hired TWC Sports to produce the games and the ancillary shows that make it a 24/7 channel. TWC also negotiates the carriage deals, having already agreed to give the team a 25-year, $8.5 billion contract.The number that continues to be a sticking point — a reported $5 subscriber fee, which the customer will eventually absorb depending on his carrier — makes it among the most expensive regional sports network launches to date, in any market.Dodgers president Stan Kasten, who started working for Ted Turner’s media empire in 1976 just before the launch of TBS as a so-called “superstation,” doesn’t sound too concerned about how TWC will get the deals done, because of the perceived demand for the channel as well as the quality of the product.“David is a veteran of these things,” Kasten said, “and I’ve only watched from afar, but you know virtually all these things get resolved.“What it comes down to is what you’re offering. At the end of the day, you as a consumer, as a distributor and we, as the Dodgers and Time Warner, all have the same goal. We all want this to be available to everybody who could possibly want it.“Sure, there’s a process that gets played out. Sometimes it’s quickly, sometimes it’s a little longer, but invariably it gets done through that process. What we can do to control our part is make the programming the most compelling it can possibly be. And I think we’ve done that with a one-of-a-kind station dedicated to one team and only one team 24/7. That’s an extremely compelling offering. And that will get all the parties to come together so they all achieve what they all want.”TWC execs are optimistic at least one more carrier will be on board from the start. Most industry sources do not expect DirecTV to be there for the SportsNet L.A. launch, in large part because talks have only just started with the two companies that exist about two miles apart from each other.DirecTV waited six weeks into the Lakers’ TWC SportsNet launch before yielding, which meant missing all eight exhibition games and eight more regular-season contests. For every day DirecTV abstained, it saved thousands of dollars, but then it had to decide if it was risking losing any more subscribers.For Tuesday’s SportsNet L.A. launch, most of the production team will be at the TWC Sports studios in El Segundo — including studio analysts Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra and Jerry Hairston, Jr., with host John Hartung.The rest of the baseball team, as well as Vin Scully, will be at the Camelback Ranch spring training home in Glendale, Ariz., adjusting the satellite dish for the first exhibition game coverage on Wednesday afternoon.SportsNet L.A. will have 19 straight exhibition games leading into the season-opening two-game series against the Diamondbacks in Australia on March 20-23. Three more exhibition games against the Angels on SportsNet L.A. (March 27-29) lead into the ESPN Sunday Night opener, when the Dodgers are in San Diego on March 30.And, no, subscribing to to circumvent the process with out-of-market game videostreaming won’t work here.While there are plenty of TWC employees who subscribe to the DirecTV sports package as part of new Dodger channel, they’re just waiting for things to work out as well.“On our end, all we can really do is ask people to call their providers,” said Hartung, a Taft High of Woodland Hills grad who left KABC-Channel 7 recently to join this venture. “We just have to hope for the best and let those people do their jobs.” @tomhoffarth on Twitter The switch will flip on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. cable channel, starting with a 90-minute episode of “Access SportsNet Dodgers.”And your actual access to all this?The two-million Time Warner Cable customers in the Dodgers’ coverage map are already in. It’s just that TWC hasn’t announced the channel numbers yet.For the rest of you — including some two million Southern California users of DirecTV and thousands more on other systems — it depends on how needy you’ve become over the last few weeks. RECORD, PAUSE, DELETEGauging the media’s high- and low-level marks of the week, and what’s ahead:THE SOCHI MELTDOWN“If you love part-time athletes competing in sports you don’t care about nine hours after it happened, then you have been lovin’ these Winter Olympics,” proclaimed “Tosh.O” host Daniel Tosh on his Comedy Central show. But then, you knew the drill with the NBC delayed and packaged coverage from Sochi, Russia, each prime-time window. Between Bob Costas’ pink-eye issues and Bode Miller’s eyes filled with tears, the eyes may have had it by this point. And for what it’s worth, reporter Christin Cooper didn’t deserve any of the media outrage for her line of questioning with Miller after his bronze in the Super-G on Sunday — that’s all on NBC editors who decided to let it flow raw even with time lag. Even then, in full context, it was a compelling moment of TV. If Miller’s OK with it, we should be. Meanwhile, the overnight and early live Olympic stuff, mostly via NBC Sports Net and USA Network, should continue to be a wake-up call for how any Olympics need to be covered in these times — not even accounting for the Internet video streaming. Live figure skating coverage on NBCSN with analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir (working with Terry Gannon) have been a flamboyantly high point for the network (maybe it’s time to sub out Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic and Tracy Wilson if a younger, livelier demo is what you’re seeking). As an overlapping element, NBC will dish its own one-hour documentary on the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding rivalry 20 years later in a piece by Mary Carillo called “Nancy & Tonya,” airing Sunday at 7 p.m. prior to the closing ceremonies. It’s easy to compare this NBC version a few weeks after ESPN’s similar piece, “The Price of Gold” — Kerrigan is in it and cooperating, part of her deal with NBC to work these Games as a paid “correspondent.” One observation in the NBC piece includes this from Hamilton, who couldn’t believe how The National Enquirer and People magazine were just as involved in covering that story as were the Washington Post and New York Times: “You go down the line and they were all equals. This may have changed skating a little bit, but to me it changed media forever.”THE FURY OF FUMESAs Fox steers into coverage of the Daytona 500 (Sunday, 10 a.m., Channel 11), the network’s launch of NASCAR coverage through June before TNT and then ESPN/ABC takes over), it also accelerates awareness of what motorheads may have been missing by avoiding the new-ish Fox Sports 1 cable channel. “It’s another step in the overall vision for FS1, and a huge one,” said Fox Sports chief Eric Shanks. “NASCAR fans already knew what the channel number happened to be on their systems (it used to be called Speed Channel, focused primarily on motorsports), so they will get the full range of programming once they find it again — and they will find it. This is all part of the investment we have made in a full range of programming (including the MLB and golf) that will by 2015 will be hitting on all cylinders.” FS1, which carried both Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday, has the Truck Series race Friday (4:30 p.m.) and pre- and post-race coverage of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. ESPN has the Nationwide event (Saturday, 10:15 a.m.).HITTING THE BULLET POINTSBecause it’s a story that ties into the future of outdoorsman industry, episode 203 of HBO’s “Real Sports” takes aim at a new target (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) in a piece it has framed with the title “Kids & Guns.” Reporter Jon Frankel will meet with “members on both sides of the hot-button issue,” according to the network press release. The premise is that since the NRA and gun makers have been trying to cultivate the next generation of firearm consumers by marketing hunting and shooting to children 10 and even younger, it could backfire because of studies that show that age group is often not mature enough to comprehend safety requirements or control their impulses well enough (see: video games).ONLINE:More media notes on Tom Hoffarth’s blog: Once upon a launch, the retro-MTV mantra for linking up with TWC SportsNet was in the fall of 2012. After all kinds of public name-calling and economic outrage, everyone bought in — except for the Dish Network, which is still holding out.This winter, the refrain isn’t the same. It’s become, but go to that website, and the headline reads: “Demand Your Dodgers Now.”This is where you are required to express a desire to DirecTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox or Bright House Networks that you’re OK with them upping your bill for this channel, and prepared to wait for them to figure it all out.Kind of like what Time Warner Cable subscribers in San Diego had to do two years before the carrier finally gave them Fox Sports San Diego, home channel of the Padres.“We found (this marketing campaign) to be very effective when we launched our networks (16 months ago), and it’s why the Dodgers wanted us to do it again,” said Time Warner Cable Sports president David Rone, referring to starting the package deal of TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes. “(This) is actually trending faster and higher in connection with this initiative than when we used the similar tactic in the past.”last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 22, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, May 22, 2014:•7:20 a.m. Kelsey S. Elkins, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•7:44 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a window in the 500 block. N. Douglas, Wellington.•8:05 a.m. Jay C. Ledesma, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•8:15 a.m. Erik S. Bryant, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•8:23 a.m. Aaron J. Dolezal, 37, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•10:05 a.m. Terry L. Lamirand, 50, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation and violation of restrictions ignition interlock.•10:29 a.m. Savannah M. Cornejo, 19, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with theft.•10:44 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block. E. 4th, Wellington.•12:04 p.m. Dustin A. Brown, 27, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery and disorderly conduct.•2:05 p.m. Paul Ybarra, 88, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•2:15 p.m. Ian H Oneal, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•2:30 p.m. Bonnie L Smith, 47, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•2:40 p.m. James Young, 53, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•3:00 p.m. William E Moore, 27, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for driving while license suspended and not in possession.•3:24 p.m. Timothy L Nance, 61, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•3:30 p.m. Robert L Cook, 53, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•3:40 p.m. Dustin Martin, 32, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•3:52 p.m. Hattie J Rands, 88, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•4 p.m. Patrick E Lecounte, 20, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•4:10 p.m. Jamie L Prince, 32, Canton was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•4:35 p.m. Sandra D Becker, 51, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•4:45 p.m. Jacob M Wetta, 32, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•5 p.m. Samantha J Herl, 37, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•5:10 p.m. Patricia L Hill, 70, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•5:18 p.m. Nicholas W Norris, 22, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.•5:27 p.m. Lisa L Cantarero, 48, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for seat belt violation.last_img read more

Kevin Durant confirms he won’t play in NBA restart in Orlando: ‘My season is over’

first_imgNBA RETURN PLANS: What to know about 22-team format, standings for 2020 playoffs & moreA Durant return became realistic when the NBA voted to end its COVID-19 hiatus on July 31. KD was injured on June 11, 2019 — meaning nearly a full year has passed, which is roughly the normal timetable for recovering from an Achilles injury. Given that it will have been more than 13 months since the injury when plays resumes, it seemed entirely plausible that he might be able to give it a go.But Durant shot down that possibility in an interview with The Undefeated’s Mark Spears on Friday. “My season is over,” Durant said. “I don’t plan on playing at all. We decided last summer when it first happened that I was just going to wait until the following season. I had no plans of playing at all this season.” Durant said that the rehabilitation process has been going well for him and he’s “feeling like a normal player again.” But he isn’t in any rush to play again.”It’s just best for me to wait,” he said. “I don’t think I’m ready to play that type of intensity right now in the next month. It gives me more time to get ready for next season and the rest of my career.”Irving’s return was always going to be doubtful. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he said on a National Basketball Players’ Association conference call Friday that he will not return to the court, though he may join the team as an inactive player to support his teammates. When the NBA announced its decision to return to play and finish out the 2019-2020 season, many people had the same question: “Could the Nets be a contender in the Eastern Conference playoffs?”They made two gigantic acquisitions last offseason by acquiring Kevin Durant in a sign-and-trade and signing Kyrie Irving, but the two haven’t been able to share the court. Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon with the Warriors during Game 5 of last year’s NBA Finals and had planned to sit out the ’19-20 season. Irving played in 20 games this season before suffering a shoulder injury that forced him to have surgery on March 1.last_img read more

Champions League make or break for Barca, Setien on Saturday

first_imgMadrid, Spain | XINHUA | It is make or break time for FC Barcelona and coach Quique Setien when Barca take on Napoli in the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday night for a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.Defeat for Setien’s men will bring Barca’s season to an end and almost certainly bring down the curtain on Setien’s brief time in charge.Barca go into the game after disappointing in the return to football in La Liga, which saw a 2-point lead over Real Madrid turn into a five point deficit at the end of the campaign.With Barca losing in the semifinal of the Spanish Supercup and knocked out of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Club, Europe is the only route to silverware for the club this season.A 1-1 draw in Naples before the suspension of the competition due to the coronavirus means Barca hold a slight advantage going into the return leg, but Setien has some key players out on Saturday night with midfielders Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal both suspended.With Arthur Melo still in Brazil, Barca look light in midfield, while youngster Riqui Puig, whose performance was perhaps the only shining point in the disappointing end to the league campaign, is likely to start alongside Ivan Rakitic and possibly Sergi Roberto in midfield. Samuel Umtiti’s knee injury leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as Barca’s only two fit central defenders and they will be backed up by B-teamer Ronald Araujo, while right back Nelson Semedo, will have to be careful to avoid a yellow card as he is on the verge of suspension.Martin Braithwaite is unavailable after not being included in Barca’s squad, limiting Setien’s choices in attack, although the return of Ousmane Dembele to full training gives a further option to the coach.Setien will have to decide whether to play Antoine Griezmann or Ansu Fati alongside Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. Although Griezmann will probably get the nod, Fati showed more efficiency in the closing weeks of the domestic campaign.Messi is another player one booking away from suspension, but Barcelona’s undisputed leader can’t hold back on Saturday night, because without him, Setien is likely to be history sooner rather than later.******XINHUAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Roundtable: England’s chances over?

first_imgDominic Brock ( Production Editor): England fought hard but came up just short against New Zealand in their first Four Nations game after Shaun Johnson came up with an intercept try and a field goal. Were you surprised by the result, or either team’s performance? Andy Bryan (Deputy Editor): We all tipped England to win from memory, they had enough chances to do just that.DB: Ahem, almost all of us.Chris Kennedy (National Correspondent): Not surprised, personally. I tipped England but I thought it would be close and a couple of key moments would decide it so in that sense it panned out roughly as expected. AB: Certainly surprised by the penalty goals and when they were kicked.Martin Gabor (National Correspondent): I thought their halves failed to take control in the key moments.Adrian McMurray (Producer): I tipped a Kiwis victory, but England looked like they were good for a win in the early stages. They had more than their fair share of chances to win it, but execution at key moments let them down. Big time.Jack Brady (National Correspondent): England blew it. They had multiple chances to take control and failed to capitalise at almost every turn. AM: How good are penalty goals, by the way?CK: Both teams stuttered a bit in attack and could reasonably be expected to improve. England did the worse job at taking their chances, otherwise I thought they were the dominant team for much of the game.MG: Josh Hodgson was at his scheming best but didn’t get enough support when it mattered most.CK: What do we put that down to? Widdop was great in the warm up game and had some nice touches against NZ. Gale and Lomax are both inexperienced at rep level but can obviously play.JB: Widdop has struggled all year to take control. Like Moylan against Scotland, you can’t read into his form when England played France.DB: OK, now the big question – are England still any chance of winning the tournament (or making the final)?CK: Very, very long odds. They’d have to beat Australia and I can’t really see that happening on current form of both teams.MG: They shan’t be playing at Anfield. AB: Tough ask. Need to hope Kangaroos come out a little disjointed after mass changes from the first game or perhaps a little bruised after their clash with New Zealand this weekend.DB: Jack, you predicted last week England would be the one team to beat Australia – have you changed your mind there? JB: What do you think?DB: HaJB: However, Wayne Bennett was pretty confident the only way is up for his men. There were plenty of promising signs. Their wingers were class. James Graham was on fire. The form of all three Burgesses is a concern though.DB: I believe it’s “Burgi”.CK: Sam had some big moments. Just looked to be trying a bit too much, not unlike his club form this year.MG: I think Sam fell victim to trying to do much. You can’t knock a bloke who is so desperate to win that he wants the ball all the time. That’s where the halves have to step up and over-call him.JB: Or he could stop throwing balls between his legs. (Imagine if Tony Webeck was here? He’d never talk to me again.)AM: They certainly can take it to the Kangaroos, but I don’t think they’ve got enough to beat them. How each coach handles the occasion might just be as intriguing as the on-field action as well.AB: They’ve shown they can compete with Kangaroos for 60 minutes in the last few Four Nations clashes over there. But they’ll need to ‘go the whole 80’ to beat the Kangaroos. We are all assuming they’ll be much better against Scotland yeah?CK: They should put a score on Scotland. Maybe a confidence boost might turn them around.MG: I’m expecting them lead 26-0 at HT against the Scots and coast home in the second stanza. DB: Let’s turn to the Kiwis. They did well to bounce back from a poor performance against Australia in Perth last month to beat England. Can they match the Kangaroos this week? Or if not this week, in the final?JB: Potentially no Nightingale, Leuluai or Waerea-Hargreaves doesn’t help. AB: They’ll need to improve to beat the Kangaroos.CK: They probably need everything to click and then would still need the Aussies to be slightly below par. AB: Having said that, it wasn’t long ago they had the wood on the green and golds.MG: Never say never, but I don’t think they’ll get the chocolates this weekend.AB: You said it twice in the same sentence.JB: He’s just a big Justin Bieber fan.MG: Actually a James Bond fan. Never say Never Again (1983) classic film.AM: There’s still a few quality players that could come in as well… Greg Eastwood, where you at?CK: And Watene-Zelezniak for Nightingale.AB: The last few games have been pretty dour between the two countries – are we expecting that to continue or will this game open up?CK: I don’t think the formula will change much from Perth. Close and a bit dour early and Aussies to skip away late.MG: I think we will see a few more points this time around. The combinations should have gelled by now.Also, horrible news for Josh Mansour. Wish him all the best in recovery. But it does mean that both Holmes and Ferguson will play AB: It’s a big loss – he offers so much!CK: How do NZ beat Australia, if it happens? I’d expect they’d need a healthy dose of Johnson magic with Jesse Bromwich, Proctor, Harris and co to play out of their skins. I’m just worried about the support for Johnson in the playmaking stakes with Leuluai and Kahu in the spine.JB: Te Maire Martin. Come on down.DB: Yep, probably needs to be a low-scoring game with Johnson creating some magic out of nothing. Like the England game.AB: Keep it close and come up with a play in the final 10 minutes. MG: They need some inspired performances from guys like Kata and SKD to get them on the front foot and to give the big guys a breather.CK: Kata was immense in Perth and SKD won’t play that badly again probably in his career. It’s a powerful 3/4 line, probably moreso if DWZ comes inDB: Fingers crossed for a quality game. OK, I think it’s time to wrap it up now before Jack starts making more Justin Bieber references. Cheers guys.last_img read more