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SAINTS have announced an unchanged squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League match with Salford Red Devils.Nathan Brown retains the same 19 that was named ahead of last week’s game against Huddersfield.He will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens, 23. Joe Greenwood, 24. Gary Wheeler, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson, 29. Jordan Hand, 31. James Tilley.Iestyn Harris will choose his Salford side from:2. Danny Williams, 4. Junior Sa’u, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Tim Smith, 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Tommy Lee, 10. Lama Tasi, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Gareth Hock, 15. Darrell Griffin, 16. Andrew Dixon, 18. Steve Rapira, 19. Matty Ashurst, 21. Jordan Walne, 23. Greg Johnson, 26. Niall Evalds, 35. Logan Tomkins, 37. Greg Eden.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Robert Hicks.Tickets for the game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
SAINTS have won their last 15 meetings with Castleford.The Tigers’ last win was on April 6 2008 when they edged home 30-24.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 21, Castleford 14 (SLR3, 27/2/15)St Helens 41, Castleford 0 (SLQPO, 19/9/14)St Helens 38, Castleford 16 (SLR17, 22/6/14)Castleford 28, St Helens 30 (SLR8, 11/4/14)Castleford 24, St Helens 40 (SLR21, 7/7/13)St Helens 48, Castleford 18 (SLR10, 1/4/13)St Helens 44, Castleford 12 (SLR25, 17/8/12)Castleford 12, St Helens 18 (SLR11, 9/4/12)Castleford 26, St Helens 46 (SLR23, 31/7/11)St Helens 22, Castleford 20 (SLR12, 25/4/11)Super League Summary:Castleford won 4St Helens won 34 (includes wins in 1999 and 2014 play-offs)1 drawHigh and Lows:Castleford highest score: 36-22 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 35-16, H, 1997)St Helens highest score: 72-4 (A, 2006) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns.His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 90 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Try-Scoring Runs:Castleford’s Denny Solomona (4-1-2) and Saints’ Adam Swift (1-1-1) have scored tries in their sides’ last three matches.Winning Runs:Saints have won their last five matches. Their last defeat was 33-26 at Catalans Dragons on May 9.Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 49.He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7 2014 and has been ever-present.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 492 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 413 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 374 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 345 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) 33First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 182 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 153 = Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 136 = Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 128 = Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons), Kieran Dixon (Hull Kingston Rovers), Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 11Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 592 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 564 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 545 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 536 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 517 = Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 379 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 3610 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 33Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 85.71 (54/63)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 82.60 (19/23)4 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 80.82 (59/73)5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) (56/73), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 76.71 (56/73)7 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 75.00 (33/44)8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 71.15 (37/52)9 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 71.05 (27/38)10 Gareth O’Brien (Warrington Wolves) 69.56 (16/23)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1462 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1373 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1264 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 1245 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1226 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1207 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 968 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 949 = Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 90
AddThis ShareDavid [email protected] Jeff [email protected] Rice University health care experts available to comment on Supreme Court’s impending Affordable Care Act rulingHo and Marks: Stakes are high for all Americans HOUSTON – (June 19, 2012) – As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this month, the stakes are high for all Americans. What the nine justices decide, and exactly how they craft their lengthy opinion, has been the topic of much speculation.Two health care experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy can speak about the potential ruling’s local and national implications and why Texas is an example of what the nation will look like without ACA:Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics.Elena Marks, the Baker Institute Scholar in Health Policy.Ho’s key points:“Some of the nation’s most highly regarded economists with years of experience in health economics promoted the inclusion of the individual mandate in the ACA. The mandate is a vital partner to the ACA’s requirement that insurers accept all customers in 2014 regardless of pre-existing conditions. Without the mandate, people could forgo the purchase of health insurance while they are healthy, then buy insurance if they fall seriously ill and require significant medical care. Their costs would drive up costs for insurers, who would then have to pass these expenses on in terms of higher health insurance premiums to all of their customers. Thus, the mandate prevents free riders from taking advantage of honest customers as well as taxpayers, who foot the bill for many of the uninsured through local public hospitals and clinics. That said, the overwhelming majority of the ACA can still stand without the mandate.”“If the entire ACA is struck down by the Supreme Court, health care costs will continue to consume a larger portion of our nation’s economy and a larger share of workers’ paychecks for the foreseeable future. The legislation is a dramatic attempt to solve a dramatic problem facing our economy and the well-being of our citizens. There are no easy to solutions to the problem. The ACA was written with the advice of some of the best health economists in the country, based on years of research and the best data available.”Marks’ key points:“Texas is an example of what the rest of the US will begin to look like without ACA: The goals of the ACA were to increase access to care and rein in costs that routinely outpaced all other indices. The primary mechanism for increasing access was to increase insurance coverage — for poor people through a Medicaid expansion, and for others through changes in the health insurance industry. The insurance industry changes would be effected through the combination of the mandates (there are large employer mandates as well) and new industry regulations including guaranteed issue, community-rated pricing, medical loss ratio requirements and premium setting rules. These reforms would have benefited Texas more than any other state –because we have the largest percentage of uninsured. Texas is a poor state — with 25 percent of the population living in poverty, compared to 16 percent nationwide. Thus, Medicaid expansion would have benefited Texas more than most states. Of the 6 million uninsured Texans, 2.6 million would be covered under expanded Medicaid.” “An additional 2.8 million Texans living just above the poverty line would qualify for subsidies with which to purchase private insurance in a market subject to consumer-protective regulations. Currently, health plans in Texas are not required to spend any particular amount of premium dollars on medical care, and they are not even required to report to their customers how they spend premium dollars. They are also allowed to raise their premiums as much as they want without regulatory approval. Because of the ACA, in 2012, 92 percent of the Texans who purchased plans in the individual market will receive rebates of approximately $127 million from insurance companies that did not meet the ACA’s medical loss ratio requirements. This is more than any other state; the next highest was Florida at $29 million.” The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Ho or Marks. For more information, contact David Ruth at [email protected] or 713-348-6327.-30-Related materials: Ho biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/vhoMarks biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/emarksFounded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.