Captain Tara Jones and Faye Gaskin both tallied braces in the victory that saw Mark Brennan’s team hit the 40-point mark for the third week in a row.But they were made to work hard for it by a Featherstone side that were always in the hunt.Naomi Williams opened the scoring for Saints – but two tries from Kayleigh Bulman rocked the hosts on their heels.Saints stuck at it though and after Gaskin’s kick-off brought an error from the Rovers, Tara Jones went over from dummy half to make it 10-10 at half time.She repeated the feat early in the second half, before Featherstone were reduced to 12 with influential standoff Andrea Dobson binned for persistent foul pay.By the time she returned, Saints had scored twice through Gaskin and Channy Crowl to take a commanding 18-point lead.Dobson reduced that deficit adding a try of her own but Saints weren’t going to be denied,Gaskin went over in the corner – and hit the conversion – before good hands saw Roxy Mura scorch home from 40 metres.After the game Brennan said he was happy with the win and especially the way his side fought back in that first half.“We were a little sloppy at first but kept on working to go in at 10-10,” he said. “We regained our focus at half time and then played much better in the second half.“We showed some nice things with the ball and muscled up well against a physical Featherstone pack.“t was a good win in front of a good home support too. We are really appreciative of the fans coming out to see us.”He continued: “We have a week off now and that will allow us to focus on our next game which will be a tough one away at Wigan.“But we know if we keep on improving and working hard then we will give ourselves a good chance.”Match Summary:Saints: Tries: N. Williams, Jones (2), Gaskin (2), Crowl, Mura Goals: Gaskin (6 from 7)Rovers: Tries: Bulman (2) Dobson Goals: Dobson (1 from 3)HT: 10-10 FT: 40-14Teams:Saints: Rotheram; Yeates, N Williams, K Williams, Burke; Marsh, Gaskin; Lovejoy, Jones, Whitfield, E Rudge, Mura, Crowl. Subs: Taylor, Richardson, Ward, Harris.Rovers: Senior; Lloyd, Daniels, Hazel, Bulman; Dobson, Hepton; Churm, Grenham, Bell, Powell, Harrowell, Teece. Subs: Key, Barford, Lowish, Mills.
Francesca Grum was addressing a key meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, convened in response to the UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the first-ever global migration pact, which was adopted by more than 160 governments in December 2018. The agreement aims to ensure that the overall benefits of migration are optimized, whilst addressing risks and challenges, for individuals and communities in countries of origin, transit and destination.The First Objective of the Compact calls for the collection and utilization of “accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence-based policies”; commits signatory countries to strengthen the “global evidence base on international migration” under the guidance of the UN; and calls for a “comprehensive strategy for improving migration data at local, national, regional and global levels.”Ms. Grum told the meeting that countries frequently ask UN Statistics for more information and requests on how to improve migration data – including information relating to the root causes and drivers of migration – and its impact on migrants’ origin, transit and destination countries. Better data is needed in order to bring about sustainable social and economic development, and national migrant data strategies are needed to inform good policies.However, she went on to say that there are “several critical challenges” to be addressed before an effective global migration data programme can be developed. These include a lack of coordination amongst data providers, and insufficient capacity to produce, analyse and communicate data. Addressing these problems would involve guidance on the use of new technologies, sampling, and how to communicate data to the public and policymakers.Ideally, said Ms. Grum, a global data migration programme would see improved capacity for data analysis; training assistance on data infrastructure; country, regional and international-level coordination; and the sharing of case studies and best practice examples. The senior statistician emphasised that the private sector, policy-makers and experts, must all be involved in the process, and that all UN guidance must be in line with each country’s national strategy for the development of statistics.