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Obama making regular calls to Biden’s chief of staff, fears Trump 2024 win: report

Former President Obama is holding regular calls with White House chief of staff Jeff Zients amid growing fears that former President Trump will win the 2024 election, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Obama’s calls with Zients and top aides at Biden’s campaign reportedly center around election strategy and relaying advice from Obama’s team. A senior aide on Obama’s team told the Times that the former president has “always” been concerned about a Trump victory, and he is now working to bolster the Biden campaign any way he can. The White House and representatives for Obama did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. TIME Magazine also reported on Obama’s increased concern about the 2024 election last week. The publication reported that Obama met personally with Biden on at least two recent occasions and expressed concern that he could lose the 2024 election. OBAMA BALKED AT BIDEN’S ASSERTION THAT RUSSIA SHOULD ‘PAY IN BLOOD AND MONEY’ AFTER 2014 INVASION: BOOK Obama reportedly advised Biden to become more aggressive and make the upcoming presidential race a referendum on Trump. BIDEN PRIVATELY DEFIANT THAT HE DIDN’T BOTCH AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL: BOOK During a private lunch, Obama told Biden his campaign was unstable, persuading unhappy voters would be a challenge and defeating Trump would be more difficult than 2020, according to a Democrat briefed on the discussion. NETANYAHU BLASTS SCHUMER, BIDEN OVER WANING SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL Obama is not the only former president looking to help Biden. He and former President Bill Clinton will both attend a major fundraiser for Biden at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Thursday. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP A spokesperson for Obama’s office highlighted the team’s unity behind Biden in a statement to Fox News Digital last week, saying the Obama Alumni Association hosted an event for Biden’s re-election campaign, during which attendees chanted, “Fired up, ready to go,” in support of the president. Fox News’ Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report

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EFCC arraigns businessman for allegedly issuing N8.5m dud cheque

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, arraigned a businessman, Michael Chibuzo, for the alleged issuance of a N8.5 million dud cheque. EFCC charged Chibuzo, alongside his firm, Two Stars Enterprise Ltd., at a Kaduna High Court, with the issuance of dud cheques and fraud. The EFCC Counsel, Nasiru Salele, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on January 2. According to Salele, the defendant, who was the Managing Director of Two Star Enterprise Ltd, took a loan of N8.5 million from the complainant, Rita David. The prosecution said for the repayment of the loan, the defendant issued David a post-dated GT Bank cheque of N8.5 million to be cashed after two months. He added that the cheque was, however, dishonoured when it was presented at the bank and all efforts made by the complainant to get her money back were abortive and unsuccessful. Salele said the offences contravened the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges. The defence counselor, Gabriel Ede, applied for bail on behalf of his client, stating that the defendant would not jump bail and would provide the bail conditions as required. The prosecution, however, did not oppose the bail application. The Judge, Justice M. Tukur, granted the defendant bail in the summer of N2 million with two sureties in like sum. According to the judge, one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the defendant and the second must have a landed property in Kaduna with genuine land document. Tukur added that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case until April 30 for a hearing.

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Arthritis linked to tryptophan in new study endorsing Mediterranean diet

It’s hard to be a fan of tryptophan these days. The essential amino acid oft-blamed for inducing sleepiness after Thanksgiving dinner has given us another reason to say no thanks to meats, dairy, nuts, grains and legumes — and yes to Mediterranean diet staples. University of Colorado researchers have found a link between arthritis and tryptophan, calling their findings the first to describe how the chemical breaks down in the body and causes inflammation. Tryptophan is used by the body to build proteins, muscles, enzymes and neurotransmitters. What’s left, the study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation revealed, may be broken down to produce an inflammatory chemical that facilitates the development of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease affecting the joints. Tests on lab mice showed that tryptophan is broken down into indole — a molecule closely associated with feces — which activates autoreactive inflammatory T-cells in their body. When tryptophan hits our gut bacteria break it down into byproducts, but what they become depends on where they’re used. “If tryptophan hits our body’s cells, it tends to go get broken down into anti-inflammatory products versus when it hits the bacterial cells and goes more inflammatory,” explained Dr. Kristin Kuhn, associate professor and head of the CU Division of Rheumatology. Some readers may also be inspired to swap their T-Day turkey for Greek-style branzino as study authors have claimed their results suggest that the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes plant-based dishes and lean marine proteins, seems to avoid the immune-triggering effects of tryptophan. The diet voted best in the world by doctors and diners alike “seems to push the microbiome into a healthier state, so that you are getting the anti-inflammatory properties of tryptophan, whereas the typical western diet seems to go more toward the inflammatory pathway,” the study co-author claimed. Researchers hope to uncover other simple changes that could prevent arthritis from setting in. “We have started to understand the at-risk stage, where we can actually identify people who are likely to progress to rheumatoid arthritis within the next few years based on blood markers,” said Kuhn, who’s pushed for more research to explore the best way to go about it. “We’re not quite sure yet what are the right ways to intervene.”

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‘Top Chef’ judge Gail Simmons on her favorite secret spices, cookbooks, fashions

On Season 21 of “Top Chef,” the Emmy-winning cooking competition, chef-testants are chopping their way through the Midwest. And as a new executive producer on the show, with even more involvement in the ins and outs of the series, longtime judge Gail Simmons tells Alexa she still finds time to dive into the local cuisine. Her can’t-miss Wisconsin dish? “Frozen custard — it’s like if soft-serve ice cream had a glow up: dense, ultra-creamy and so delicious!,” says Simmons, 47, who believes that fashion, like cooking, is all about layering textures and colors. “I am obsessed with fitted jumpsuits,” says the mom of two (Dahlia, 10, and Kole, 5, with husband Jeremy Abrams). “Pistola, Paige and Mother all make great versions that look equally flattering with sneakers or heels.” And for day-to-evening, “I can’t get enough oversized blazers,” she says. To spice up a look, the Toronto-born cookbook author (“Bringing It Home,” “Talking With My Mouth Full”) adds “a bold lip or an unexpected shoe.” While she’s admittedly a big fan of pink, Barbie’s got nothing on America Ferrera, as far as Simmons is concerned. “America always looks put together, comfortable, playful and polished — never fussy.” Following in a few of her fashion muse’s footsteps, here’s the foodie’s shopping list for a flavorful life. FAVORITE BRIGHT IDEA: L’Aviva Home Doma Table Lamp “I’m obsessed with the design of their lamps and rugs, sourced fairly and equitably from Latin America and around the world.” FAVORITE COOKBOOK: “Dessert Person” by Claire Saffitz “I’m not necessarily a baker, but when/if I ever need inspiration, or to find a trusted source for a delicious recipe, this is my go-to!” FAVORITE PACK: Clare V. Grande Fanny Bag “Since COVID, this has been my go-to bag for everything and anything. It always looks great, is just the right size and fits to my side perfectly. I wear it like a security blanket.” FAVORITE FRAGRANCE: Maison Louis Marie No. 04 Bois de Balincourt Perfume Oil “I discovered this perfume oil a few years ago and get stopped in the street all the time by strangers asking what I am wearing. It’s intoxicating, but never overpowering.” FAVORITE SNEAKERS: Reebok Victoria Beckham x Club C Sneakers “VB is one of my favorite designers and her reboot of classic Reebok sneaks make me so happy!” FAVORITE FOOTSIES: & Other Stories Glitter Socks “A little sparkle goes a long way. They have lots of cute, subtle designs; [they’re] comfy and affordable.” FAVORITE SECRET INGREDIENT: Soom Premium Tahini “We go through jars of this excellent quality tahini, using it in everything from salad dressings to sauces for roasted veggies, dips and even in baked goods.” FAVORITE SWEET-AND-SALTY SNACK: Kolsvart Smoked Licorice Fish “My father’s from South Africa, where he ate lots of Dutch licorice as a child. From a young age, he got me into salty licorice, which is hard to find [in the States]. These are better quality than anything else out there, and their non-traditional flavors are great, too.” FAVORITE HEALTHY SNACK: Rancho Meladuco Medjool Dates “The most decadent, best-tasting dates I have ever had! Packed with nutrients, a great source of energy, and perfect for baking — cookies, shakes, cakes! They are ideal when I need a sugar fix on the go. They basically taste like caramel!” FAVORITE NIGHTCAP: Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila “I don’t like sweet cocktails. I do love sipping tequila on the rocks with lime or a dirty gin martini (not at the same time).” FAVORITE COFFEE: Nespresso Vertuo Intenso “I take mine with steamed milk. Not an ad. I am just a Nespresso person through and through.” FAVORITE MAKEUP: Westman Atelier Lip Suede Les Nudes Lip Palette “I keep this compact in my bag and find the color palette works no matter what I’m wearing. Sometimes I smudge a little on my cheeks, too.” FAVORITE DRUGSTORE FIND: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water “I take this weightless makeup remover — that doesn’t leave any grease or film — with me everywhere.”

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Inside Josh Ho-Sang’s second act: Rap career and hockey reboot after ‘very naked’ Islanders moment nearly broke him

Josh Ho-Sang had to pause and think for a moment whether he had more nerves when he made his NHL debut with the Islanders or last week when he released his first rap album, “SAME.” He chuckled and then responded. “Honestly, probably the album because it was such a new feel. Hockey I know I got that,” Ho-Sang told The Post by phone. “My music was literally like minor hockey. I felt like I was doing ‘Learn to Skate,’ like I was exposed.” Considering the meaning behind his music and the app Pick-Up Pro Sports or PUP — aimed at allowing users to find pickup games, events, and practices and reward them for being active — it’s understandable the nerves that Ho-Sang had when the two passion projects were released days apart from one another. The app, in Ho-Sang’s words, allows people to “connect on an even higher level” while creating a space “where people can be active, learn and be rewarded.” At 28 years old and several years removed from his time with the Islanders, who selected the forward 28th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, Ho-Sang is in a much different place than he was during his sometimes chaotic experience on Long Island. In a nearly 45-minute, candid conversation with The Post, Ho-Sang, who is also restarting his hockey career with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, explained how music played a role in his mental healing after hearing the constant criticisms and getting “clouded by noise,” which led to some of the mistakes he made over the years. “It is weird being told what you are throughout your developmental stages at 18-22. People are like ‘You’re lazy, you don’t do this, you don’t do that.’ And you’re still trying to figure out your identity at that age,” Ho-Sang said. “I think with the music I really wanted to express some of the depth that all athletes have, not just me. Being able to offer perspective on some of the things that I’ve experienced and being able to share that some of the stuff that I’ve been through has hurt, but it hasn’t defeated me.” Ho-Sang’s tenure with the Islanders is still viewed as a what-if by fans, who were quick to embrace him when he was drafted a decade ago. His offensive ability was unquestioned, but character issues came with him. He didn’t help his cause at times either, which Ho-Sang acknowledges. “All you can do is take accountability for what you did and if I could tell you right now I was perfect in New York, I would. I wasn’t, but that’s the reality. I made a couple of mistakes here and there,” Ho-Sang said. Ho-Sang said he remembered the highs more than the lows during his time with the Islanders — pointing to the fact he was able to play with Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey and witnessed Mat Barzal have a standout rookie campaign. Nevertheless, one thing that did become clear was the impact his public dressing down had in 2015 during the first day of training camp. Ho-Sang showed up late and was made to run the stairs at Nassau Coliseum for three-plus hours by then-general manager Garth Snow, then was sent packing back to junior hockey, while word of the incident became fodder in the media. “So imagine that at 19, right?” he said. “Having those eight hours of just hell. For me that messed me up a bit. I was fortunate enough to be sent to a great organization in the Niagara IceDogs and they sort of helped me find some footings and I was able to have some success from there.” The winger said he understood “some of” why the Islanders chose to make the details as public as they did, but said it made him feel “very naked.” Ho-Sang would go on to play 53 NHL games with the Islanders, including a 21-game stint in 2016-17 when he scored four goals and had 10 points, but the stigma always seemed to follow and the outside noise stayed with him. “I think that some things that maybe didn’t come across clearly for people was I was a 19-year-old who had articles in the New York Times and the New York Post and the Toronto Star about how I was late and how I basically made the biggest uh-oh in the last five years of a draft pick,” Ho-sang said. “And then I also don’t play the most straight-line game, so when your game starts getting questioned then everything sort of falls into question.” Music had always been a part of Ho-Sang’s life from when he was a kid and would go see his dad — Wayne Ho-Sang, a member of the reggea band Fujahtive — perform or hear him playing the piano in the house and became an outlet for him later in life at the suggestion of his therapist, which Ho-Sang said he started to see outside the organizational structure. “My therapist encouraged me to use my music to see how I feel,” he said. “‘Just write, write songs and if you see anything is coming up repetitively it’s a good sign that this is on your mind and you should address it.’ So I started using music that way. Then just through my battle, I guess from 22 to now, music has saved me in so many regards. There are songs that have literally saved my life.” Fast-forward to this month and Ho-Sang hoped that the songs on “SAME” can help people who are going through a tough time and that his journey can be a source of inspiration. Ho-Sang said he has heard from a number of people across the hockey world who have listened to his music and reached out expressing a greater understanding for what he had been going through, including a number of former general managers, though he wouldn’t specify which ones. The forward did express fear that his message would get lost in some of the more explicit lyrics in the songs, but the positive messages he’s gotten has reaffirmed “what I thought, which is no one in hockey is bad. It’s sometimes people don’t know.” Ho-Sang scored his first ECHL goal and finished with two points on Saturday in his second game with the Everblades. Is the NHL still the goal? “For me I just want to play hockey. If those guys think I’m pretty and they want to put me in the NHL then that’s cool, but for me, I just want to win,” Ho-Sang said. And more importantly, he’s finding peace. “I’m so incredibly proud of where I’m standing today,” he said. “Because there was times I didn’t think I would be and I think that being able to overcome that doubt that I felt in the past gives me so much strength for the future. I feel like I’m in a mental state where I feel like I can do anything. “I dropped a rap album people didn’t hate. I dropped an app that will empower society in activity and get people going, having fun and for me to be able to offer those gifts to the world. And then to be able to come back and play hockey, which is the gift to myself is like. … Yeah, happiest guy in the world.”

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Dear Abby: I think my kid’s friend lives with a sex offender

DEAR ABBY: We recently moved to a new neighborhood. My 8-year-old son, “Joey,” has become best friends with a classmate, “Paul,” who lives on our street. We know from research we did when we bought our house that Paul’s stepfather, with whom he lives, is a sex offender who committed crimes against children and served time in prison. Paul has been coming to our house most days, which is fine. However, both Paul and Joey have started asking whether Joey can go play at Paul’s house. I will never allow my son to play there. At some point, the boys will want an explanation, but I don’t think Paul knows about his stepfather’s past, and I don’t think Paul’s mother knows that I know. If I tell Joey an age-appropriate version of the truth, I am sure he will tell Paul. I don’t think this is how Paul should hear about his stepfather’s past, plus I am concerned it might cause Paul’s mother to get upset and cut off the kids’ friendship. Do you have any advice? — CONFLICTED IN THE WEST DEAR CONFLICTED: Are you absolutely certain that you have the story right and Paul’s stepdad is a registered sex offender? I ask because I’m surprised that he would be allowed to live in a household with a minor child. Your concern that Joey might tell Paul about his stepfather is laudable. A way to handle it would be to continue insisting that the boys play only at your house. I do think you should discuss this with Paul’s mother so you know for sure this is what you are dealing with. If it is true, for the next few years use the old, “Because I’m your mother and I said so!” when Joey asks to visit Paul. Eventually, the truth is going to come out, but Paul should hear it from his mother. DEAR ABBY: I’ve been married for eight years. I love my wife with my heart and soul. The problem is, although I’m in love with her, I still love my ex-wife. I never actually expressed these feelings toward my ex until recently. I write to her and call her, hoping she will answer. I don’t want to leave my wife because she’s a good woman. But so was my ex. What can I do? Every time my wife and I have a disagreement, I start thinking about my ex and what life would’ve been like if I had stayed with her. I find myself thinking about her more and more often each day. I know my ex still loves me, although she won’t come out and say it. Is it OK to be in love with one and still love the other? — LOTS OF LOVE IN FLORIDA DEAR LOTS: May I inject a sliver of reality into your fantasy? You say you “know” your ex-wife still loves you although she won’t come out and say it, nor does she answer your passionate letters. I’d say her refusal to communicate sends a pretty strong message that she doesn’t feel the way you do. I don’t know what is wrong in your current marriage, but if you don’t stop pining over the wife you dumped, you are going to lose this one, too. Counseling may help you accomplish this, and it is what I strongly recommend. Start now. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. What teens need to know about sex, drugs, AIDS and getting along with peers and parents is in “What Every Teen Should Know.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $8 (U.S. funds), to: Dear Abby, Teen Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)

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Met Éireann issues snow and ice weather warning

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for snow and ice that will affect two counties today (Wednesday, March 27). The national forecaster has said that there will be a mixture of sleet and snow in Cork and Kerry with accumulations causing disruption. The weather warning, which is now in place, will remain valid until 6:00p.m today. Met Éireann As it becomes colder, Met Éireann said that mean air temperatures across the country are due to fall to between 6° to 8°C, which is approximately normal or 1° below. Soil temperatures will decrease a little, but will still be slightly above average. It will be wetter than average in the north, and along coastal counties of the east and south this week, but it is likely to be drier than average in the west, in the midlands and the southwest. Today’s forecast is for scattered showers and sunny spells, some of the showers may be heavy and fall as sleet or snow at times, especially on higher ground. Highest afternoon temperatures of 5° to 8° in a moderate to fresh southerly breeze. There will be more showers overnight with some falling as sleet and snow. Temperatures will dip to between -1° and 2° with frost and ice forming as winds fall light. Thursday (March 28) will bring showers and rain to the south, east and north, there will be sunny spells and isolated showers elsewhere. Highest temperatures of 6° to 9° in a moderate to fresh northeast wind. Weather As the adverse weather continues to impact farmers, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue has requested that a meeting of the National Fodder and Food Security Committee (NFFSC) be held this week. The minister said that grass growth over the winter has resulted in strong covers on farms, however the difficult weather conditions are hampering turnout of animals. The online meeting of the NFFSC is set to take place on Friday morning at 11:00a.m. The committee will receive an update from Teagasc across grassland tillage farms; a situation report from the committee members and a summary of the situation across the country.

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Man says being hit by car at 80mph ‘saved his life’ after doctors found lump on his lung

A man who was hit by a car doing 80mph says it ‘saved his life’ – after doctors discovered a lump on his lung. Tommy Walden, 35, and Bridget Wall, 28, were travelling back from a date night in Watford when they noticed the light for the boot was blinking in their Volvo V60 car. Tommy pulled up on the hard shoulder of the M1 near Toddington, put his hazards on and got out to make sure the boot was shut properly. But as he was getting back into his vehicle, a driver went straight into the back of them throwing Tommy into the outside lane of the motorway. He managed to get himself up and out of the way of an oncoming lorry but was left with broken ribs and a punctured lung. But the accident has now potentially saved Tommy’s life after a scan revealed a lump on his lung which could be cancerous. Bridget, an influencer, from Watford, Hertfordshire, said: “As he was getting back in a car hit into the back of us and threw Tommy into the first lane of the motorway. We were very shaken.” Tommy, who is currently out of work, said: “I don’t like thinking about it. It sends shivers through me. A lorry could have hit me. I could have been dead. I started making a gurgling noise and coughed up blood. They found a lump on my lung. If it’s cancer, they’ll have got it early.” Tommy survived bowel cancer in 2021 and recently underwent treatment for testicular cancer in December 2023. The couple had been hoping to start afresh when the accident happened on February, 25, 2024. Bridget said: “Tommy took me out for a date and we were on our way back. The boot light was blinking so we pulled up on the hard shoulder. Our hazard lights were on.” As Tommy was getting back in the driver’s side, the couple claim a car smashed into the back of them driving at around 80mph. The couple had a recovery vehicle take them to safety and it wasn’t until the next day that Tommy started coughing up blood and he went to hospital. Bridget was bruised but otherwise escaped unharmed. He said: “It blood was really black.” He went to Watford Hospital the morning after the incident and was put in a neck brace. An x-ray revealed he had broken ribs and a punctured lung as well as showing up a lump on his lung. Tommy stayed in hospital for six days while he was still coughing up blood. Bridget said: “There was a black shadow on lung. It looks like a tumour.” Tommy is currently waiting to find out if the lump is cancerous and if his testicular cancer has spread. He believes he wouldn’t have spotted it so early if he hadn’t been in the crash. Bridget said: “Tommy is so lucky.” Bedfordshire Police have confirmed the incident.

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Ithaca Energy, the company behind controversial Rosebank oil field, eyes Eni deal

Ithaca Energy, the company behind the controversial Cambo and Rosebank oil fields, is considering a deal with Italy’s giant, Eni, that would see the oil giant major almost 40% of it. In addition to this, Ithaca would manage Eni’s UK operations, rocketing it to the second biggest individual operator in the UK. The agreement would see Ithacan take control of assets that make around 40,000 to 45,000 barrels of oil equivalent every day from Eni. As a swap, Eni would become a major stakeholder in Ithaca, holding between 38% and 39% of it. This would catapult Ithaca’s total output to above 100,000 barrels per day, marking it as the second biggest player in the UK olding stakes in six out of the ten largest oil and gas fields on the UK continental shelf. As of now, Ithaca and Eni have agreed to an exclusivity agreement, meaning they have a month to decide if they wish to proceed.n “Eni has granted Ithaca Energy exclusivity in respect of the assets, the subject of the potential combination, for a period of four weeks from the date of this announcement,” said a statement from Ithaca. Ithaca currently holds a majority of the Cambo site and bought a 20% chunk of Rosebank in 2022. Last September, alongside Norway’s Equinor, Ithaca invested $3.8billion (£3billion) into the development of Rosebank. A final decision about Cambo is still to come. The decision to proceed with the Rosebank project has sparked controversy, as critics highlight the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) roadmap for global climate goals, which calls for no new oil and gas projects. Detractors argue that Rosebank could produce about 500 million barrels of oil, equivalent to running 56 coal-fired power plants for a year, according to one Tory MP. Ithaca announced on Wednesday that it produced 70,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day last year, with a third being gas and two-thirds liquids. However, they expect production to drop to between 56,000 and 61,000 in 2024, partly due to delayed investment caused by the windfall tax on oil and gas companies.

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Sam Burgess unsurprised by Warrington coaching role as England great embraces “weirdness”

A few months into life as a professional head coach and Warrington’s Sam Burgess is loving the “weirdness” of it all. Being top of Betfred Super League after five games helps. But his predecessor Daryl Powell was in that position after winning all of Wolves’ opening eight matches last year. And he was sacked before the end of July so there’s little wonder Burgess isn’t too fussed about looking too intently at the table just yet. The ex-England captain is more bothered about the team; it was his ethos as a player and continues to be so as Super League’s youngest head coach. Has anything surprised the superstar former South Sydney colossus after stepping up from being an NRL assistant? Burgess, 35, insisted: “Not really. It’s everything I expected. “I’ve always had a keen interest in what’s happening in the team environment. You get some funny ones with players, some funny interactions, but I’ve quite enjoyed all the weirdness about it. Some rugby players are quite brilliant aren’t they? They’re different. “And I do hear some funny stuff from across my desk but I enjoy managing all of it. You’re busy as an assistant coach and I’ve got great assistants here who help me a lot so I can get the team environment how I like it.” Burgess, tasked with finally turning Warrington into champions for the first time since 1955, has been praised for his man-management style. He added: “We’ve had a couple of personal matters away from the field where you do feel for the players going through a hard time. “I always try to manage that with a bit of empathy. I don’t like to see my players not in a good spot. But on the other side of it as well I can only pick 17 players. You get so close with all of them and you have to let a few of them down each week. That’s tough but I just keep it honest and straight down the line and that makes it easier.” As a teenager blasting into Super League while being main carer for his dad suffering from motor neurone disease, Burgess knows all about dealing with difficult times. The Yorkshireman went on to have many ups and downs in and after a brilliant career, which he draws upon now. Burgess said: “I’ve been around some great people in my career and understood we all need it [empathy] at times. It’s important. It’s important I have the same level of care for my players that was afforded to me.” Warrington have won every game since losing Burgess’ first fixture in charge at last year’s beaten Grand Finalists Catalans. That includes thrashing London for a second week running on Saturday to set up a Challenge Cup quarter-final at St Helens. But they face Catalans, led by his ex-Bradford and England coach Steve McNamara, again on Saturday. Burgess recalled: “That first game was pretty tight. Catalans have been good for a long time now. This will be a good test to see where we’re really at.”

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