Irvine keeps believing

first_img “If anyone is to take it, I am the person that is standing there. I stand out there and I don’t hide – I’m there to be shot it. And, obviously, ultimately I make the final decisions, so, certainly, I’m prepared to take the criticism.” He added: “I don’t know if they (the fans) would have necessarily wanted me to acknowledge them (as he walked past them at the end). “What do you do in those circumstances? I just walked down the tunnel. “I am bitterly disappointed as well – it means an awful lot to me, and I know it means an awful lot to them.” West Brom had been putting in a creditable away performance – without converting it into goals – when Mame Biram Diouf broke the deadlock in the 51st minute with a shot that took a slight deflection off Joleon Lescott. Gareth McAuley came close to equalising as he prodded the ball against the post just after the hour mark, and moments later, Diouf made it 2-0, Marko Arnautovic’s shot ricocheting off the Senegal forward fortunately to deceive Ben Foster. Giving his assessment of the game, Irvine said: “I was a little bit disappointed with our finishing, because we had got into good positions, but other than that, I was happy with the way we’d played. “We’d probably dominated the game, created chances and I felt we just needed to be a bit more clinical in the final third. “Then the first goal was difficult to take, particularly given there was a deflection. It was a blow, but we came back from that and obviously Gareth McAuley hit the post at 1-0. “Then the second goal was a really hard one for the players to take, because that was a huge deflection. We hadn’t made mistakes and yet we found ourselves 2-0 down, and that was hard for the players to cope with and recover from.” Stoke are up to 10th having registered back-to-back league victories for the first time this season. The West Brom result also made for a second successive clean sheet for the hosts after 11 games without one, and Potters boss Mark Hughes was delighted. “Back-to-back wins is really important, and clean sheets as well – that is really encouraging for us,” Hughes said. “It was difficult for both teams to be fair (playing so soon after doing so on Boxing Day), and probably in the first half we lacked a little bit of sharpness. “But in the second half we showed more energy and then scored the first goal, which today I thought was always going to be very important.” Hughes admitted it will be a blow losing Diouf – now with six Stoke goals this term – to African Nations Cup duty in early 2015. “It is a little bit frustrating,” the manager said. “We are going too miss him, but hopefully they (Senegal) get knocked out quickly!” Hughes also revealed Potters forward Bojan Krkic – who had a role in both goals – had come off with a hamstring problem which will be assessed on Monday. The defeat was the Baggies’ seventh in nine Barclays Premier League games and they finish 2014 in 16th place in the table, a point above the relegation zone. Away supporters at the Britannia Stadium hurled flak at Irvine after the final whistle as he made his way towards the tunnel, and the Scot stressed in his post-match press conference he could understand them voicing their frustration. Despite the vitriol, Irvine, only appointed over the summer, remains determined to turn things around for the club and is adamant he is the man to do so. But at the same time, two days after saying he could not necessarily be confident he will be given the chance by the West Brom hierarchy, the 56-year-old has again conceded his future is out of his hands. Asked if he still felt he would be in his job by the new year, Irvine said: “I hope so, but I’m not in control of that, so I don’t know. “I believe I am (capable of turning things around) and I think the players believe we all are as well. “But obviously, it is other people who will make decisions as far as that is concerned. “I want to carry on. I want to still do this job and I want to see it turning around, and that is not going to change.” Regarding the criticism he received from the stands, Irvine said: “I can understand that people are frustrated – I’m frustrated, and so are the players. “I can understand fans expressing that frustration. That is the nature of the job. Press Association Boss Alan Irvine insisted abuse from West Brom fans would not force him to quit – but once again admitted the sack could be looming for him after his side lost 2-0 at Stoke.last_img read more

Mother Pleads “Not Guilty” to Drowning Autistic Son in Canal

first_imgRipley then drove the child to another canal at a Kendall Lakes golf course, where he ultimately drowned.His body was discovered the next day, just hours after she claimed to have been ambushed by two black men.  The mother told police that the men demanded drugs and took her cellphone, tablet and son, before fleeing, prompting an Amber Alert.According to the arrest affidavit, she told police, “He’s going to be in a better place.”Ripley, who remains in jail without bond, did not appear in Friday’s virtual arraignment. Lawyers for Miami mother Patricia Ripley on Friday submitted a “not guilty” plea to charges that she pushed her 9-year-old son with autism into a canal to drown.At a virtual arraignment, prosecutors filed a “notice of intent” to seek an indictment of first-degree murder, since they are still waiting for a grand jury to reconvene due to the pandemic.Under Florida law, only a person who is indicted by a grand jury can receive the death penalty.Prosecutors have revealed that Ripley is facing charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated child abuse and filing a false police report.They have surveillance video which apparently shows Ripley pushing her son Alejandro into a Kendall canal last month, although witnesses rescued him.JUST IN: Patricia Ripley, the Miami mother accused of pushing her 9-year-old autistic son into a canal to drown, has pleaded not guilty. https://t.co/reWELww05Q— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) June 12, 2020last_img read more

Ambris, Mayers give Volcanoes upper hand

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, ( CMC) – Half-centuries from Sunil Ambris and all-rounder Kyle Mayers gave Windward Islands Volcanoes the upper hand over Jamaica Scorpions, on the penultimate day of their second round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday.Resuming on one without loss in reply to Scorpions’ 151, Volcanoes were dismissed for 205 to take a lead of 54 runs at Sabina Park.At the close, Scorpions were 92 for two – a small overall lead of 38 runs heading into today’s final day.Volcanoes made a poor start to the day, losing three early wickets to slide to 30 for three, as seamer Derval Green (2-37) made vital strikes.Veteran Devon Smith was caught behind without scoring off the day’s first ball from debutant 19-year-old pacer Oshane Thomas – his first ball in first class cricket – and Green then sent back opener Tyrone Theophile (3) and Jerlani Robinson (19) in quick succession.Ambris and Mayers then both hit a joint top score of 61 to rally the innings while Kavem Hodge made 26 and Delorn Johnson, 23.Ambris struck eight fours off 94 deliveries and put on 66 for the fourth wicket with Hodge, before adding a further 51 for the sixth wicket with Mayers, who belted five fours and a six off 98 balls.Thomas (2-26), leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-43) and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller (2-45) all finished with two wickets apiece.Opener John Campbell then spearheaded Scorpions’ second innings charge with an unbeaten 43, which has so far lasted 95 balls, 128 minutes and included three fours.He put on 53 for the first wicket with Guyanese Trevon Griffith who made 22 before falling lbw to seamer Mayers (2-22)The left-handed Campbell also posted 22 for the second wicket with Devon Thomas before Mayers struck again, bowling the Antiguan for nine.SCORPIONS 1st Innings 151Volcanoes 1st Innings(overnight one without loss)D Smith c wkp Walton b Thomas 0T Theophile c wkp Walton b Green 3J Robinson c wkp Walton b Green 19K Hodge c Thomas b Leveridge 26+S Ambris c Green b Jacobs 61*L Sebastien c wkp Walton b Jacobs 1K Mayers run out 61S Shillingford lbw b Miller 0M Matthew c wkp Walton b Miller 5D Johnson c Campbell b Thomas 23L Edward not out 0Extras (b1, lb2, w1, nb2) 6TOTAL (all out, 64.2 overs) 205Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-21, 3-30, 4-96, 5-97, 6-148, 7-149, 8-175,9-204, 10-205.Bowling: Miller 18-3-45-2, Thomas 7-1-26-2, Leveridge 13.2-3-34-1, Green 10-2-37-2, Jacobs 14-4-43-2, Campbell 2-0-17-0.SCORPIONS 2nd InningsJ Campbell not out 43T Griffith lbw b Mayers 22D Thomas b Mayers 9J Blackwood not out 16Extras (lb1, nb1) 2TOTAL (2 wkts, 29 overs) 92Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-75.Bowling: Shillingford 9-0-37-0, Johnson 4-0-14-0, Matthew 6-1-17-0, Mayers 9-2-22-2, Edwards 1-0-1-0.Position: Scorpions lead by 38 runs.last_img read more

The Latest: Key water polo tournament off because of virus

first_img___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.” The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___ The Latest: Key water polo tournament off because of virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic. 12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said. The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___ Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___ The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg. The 11-day London event was suspended Monday night after a day of fan-free competition. The IOC Boxing Task Force also suspended the remaining two Olympic qualification tournaments, scheduled for Buenos Aires later this month and for Paris in May.The London qualifier had participants from more than 60 countries, and organizers decided to shut it down to allow the boxers to return home amid growing worldwide travel restrictions.The qualifying tournaments for Africa and for Asia and Oceania have already been held, with 96 boxers qualifying for Tokyo in those events. Several more boxers qualified on the third day of competition in London, including British flyweight Galal Yafai.The IOC Boxing Task Force is working on a plan to award the remaining Olympic spots in May and June. In all, 286 boxers will compete in Tokyo.The IOC appointed a task force to govern boxing for the upcoming Olympics after stripping the International Boxing Association (AIBA) of its Olympic authority last June following a series of governance problems with the scandal-plagued organization. 12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___ The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4. The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus. Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___1:20 p.m. 2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.___1:50 p.m. The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___ ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.” Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday. Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m. ___7:10 p.m.The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings. British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season. 11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too. March 16, 2020 Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m. Associated Press 10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country. All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m. Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments. The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3.USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California.7:25 p.m.The third regional Olympic boxing qualification tournament has been suspended after three days of competition.last_img read more

Cuban TT coach already making an impact says GTTA head

first_imgBy Faizool DeoCUBAN table tennis (TT) coach, Osdain Romero Garcia, started his two-month stint on Monday in Guyana and according to the President of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), Godfrey Munroe, he is already making an impact. “He has great knowledge and expertise, and has already pin pointed some key elements that are required to be worked on.”The GTTA was able to secure the services of the ITTF Level One coach through diplomatic engagements between the Cuba Table Tennis Confederation Development Support Program.The Cuban, who is the coach of Caribbean U21 singles champions, Daniela Fonseca and Livian Martinez, has also worked with Paralympic athletes. Romero Garcia is not just a table tennis coach; he has a degree in Sports Science and Physical Education and a diploma in High Performance training, which, according to Munroe, will assist in taking the sport to the next level.“With the central aim of structuring Guyana’s national team training, Mr. Osdani Romero Garcia will work with the GTTA’s national teams at the mini, pre-cadet, junior and senior levels and talent identification programmes in view of improving our player’s technical and tactical development and performance.”According to the local head, plans are already in the pipeline to have the coach return in early January to continue working with the national team players at all levels in preparation for key international engagements.TAKING THE SPORT FORWARDMunroe stated recently that the GTTA decided to improve the structure of its programme via the international route.“The GTTA has recognised that while significant investments have been made by the association to provide training and certification opportunities to develop coaches through the ITTF certification provision for which GTTA has over 100 hundred certified coaches in the ITTF database, this has not translated to many coaches working.”He said that the association’s inability to get local coaches to work together for the betterment of the players, and the divisive environment created by some coaches with their agendas have hurt the sport.“This (lack of support) has negatively impacted the implementation and limited the rate of success of key programmes, more particularly our national team training at the pre cadet, cadet, junior and senior levels and has constrained the association’s efforts in structuring our national teams’ training and our developmental efforts.”Coach Osdani will also identify specific needs and outline individual programmes to help players in their development.  The GTTA is hoping that they will be able to use the same structure moving forward.Romero Garcia seems to have impressed the GTTA president, due to his drive, coaching skills and work ethics.“[He] is very enthusiastic about impacting the players’ development, and his energy has already started to take effect. He wants to work outside the normal hours to be impactive,” Munroe added.last_img read more

Swedish leadership hits back at Shekarabi’s ‘torpedo orders’

first_img StumbleUpon Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Share The Chief Executives of Sweden’s leading online gambling businesses have written to the government urging for the suspension of temporary deposit restrictions sanctioned by the Ministry of Health & Social Affairs.A letter co-signed by Pontus Lindwall (Betsson), Henrik Tjärnström (Kindred Group), Gustaf Hagman (LeoVegas), Therese Hillman (NetEnt AB) and Ulrik Bengtsson (William Hill Plc / Mr Green) – urged the government to decline Minister of Health Ardalan Shekarabi’s social order.Last week, citing further protection for Swedish health networks to cope with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Shekarabi enforced a series of online gambling restrictions – to be established for the remainder of 2020.From 1 June, Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen will enforce a temporary SEK 5,000 (€480) weekly deposit limit across all online gambling verticals.Further restrictions see Swedish operators forced to lower their welcome bonus offer to a blanket €100. On top of deposit and bonus restrictions, Shekarabi has advised Spelinspektionen to further limit casino play return-to-player mechanisms.In response, Swedish leadership has lambasted Shekarabi actions, stating that they are counterproductive to the mandate of Sweden’s reformed Gambling Act and that the effect of restrictions will damage Swedish consumer protections in the short and long term.“Every company, regardless of industry, wants to be where the customers are,” reads the letter. “If the customers leave, the companies will follow suit.”“The Swedish gambling market not only provides safety and security to players but also contributes billions annually in much-needed tax revenue and investment in sports.”“By slowly eroding the Swedish gaming market month by month, the government risks bringing about major cuts in security, tax revenue, and societal investment.”Swedish leaders have accused Shekarabi of seeking to ‘torpedo’ gambling legislation that he personally drafted in 2017/2018, during his tenure as  Minister of Civil Affairs.The letter reminds the government that Swedish Parliament had voted to reform the nation’s gambling laws, as means to ‘take control of the market’ and terminate the presence of unlicensed actors.Shekarabi restrictions are therefore counterproductive to the core mandate of the Gambling Act – “Parliament’s preferred method of effective gambling market control is channelling, i.e. regulating what percentage of Swedish consumers choose to play with Swedish-licenced companies”.Sweden’s Minister for Health is also accused of hijacking the coronavirus outbreak to impose industry restrictions without evidence. The CEOs detail that Shekarabi is fully aware of licensed incumbents’ current plight against the black market, in which Sweden’s regulated marketplace has failed to meet its desired customer channelling target rate.Swedish leaders point to a recent independent study, undertaken by research firm Copenhagen Economics, which cites that between 72% and 78% of casino players channelled to legal sites – a figure well below Spelinspektionen expectations.The letter concluded: “The purpose of the re-regulation, which had broad support in the Swedish Parliament, was to create a more sustainable gambling market that functioned well in the long term.“The minister is about to create a “Wild West 2.0” in the gambling market, and he’s doing it in the name of consumer protection. It is now clear to us that Ardalan Shekarabi does not share our ambition to create a sustainable and safe gambling market since his latest proposal is perhaps the best advertisement yet for players to abandon licensed companies in favour of the black market.”last_img read more

Youth Development will promote the Local game: Peter Schmeichel

first_imgManchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has identified the development of youthful talents as the best way to strengthen the Ghana premier league.Peter Schmeichel recently came to Ghana as Manchester United’s ambassador for the English giants partnership with Telecommunication Network Globacom. The Partnership has raised the stakes in club followership, bringing Old Trafford close to Globacom subscribers, ardent supporters of the English Premier League giants and soccer lovers at large via their mobile phones.The former Danish goalkeeper who was voted the world’s best goalkeeper in 1992 and 1993 in an interview with JOY Sports noted that, having a base of youthful talents is the best way of projecting a good future for the development of the local league.“We should inspire the kids who have love for the game to take it up serious and obviously if you have that thought, you improve yourself and work harder and that will in the first instance promote the local game”, said Schmeichel“And if you have the dream of reaching up to the English premier league, you might just improve and all levels”.Clubs in Ghana are preparing intensively to the new Glo premier season which kicks off on October 7.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Day 1 training of Team Ghana in Rio

first_imgTeam Ghana have begun preparations for the Olympics in Rio. The tournament officially begins on Friday. Here are some photos of the team training.last_img

NASCAR at Phoenix: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, live stream for TicketGuardian 500

first_imgHere’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the TicketGuardian 500.(All times Eastern)Friday, March 8TimeEventChannel1:35 p.m. ETCup Series First PracticeMRN3:05 p.m.Xfinity Series First PracticeFS1/fuboTV5:05 p.m.Xfinity Series Final PracticeFS1/fuboTV6:10 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingFS1/fuboTVSaturday, March 9TimeEventChannel11:35 a.m.Cup Series Second PracticeFS1/fuboTV12:40 p.m.Xfinity Series qualifyingFS1/fuboTV2:05 p.m.Cup Series Final PracticeFS1/fuboTV4 p.m.Xfinity Series raceFS1/fuboTVSunday, March 10TimeEventChannel3:30 p.m.TicketGuardian 500FOX/fuboTVTicketGuardian 500 starting lineupBelow is the full starting lineup list for the 2019 TicketGuardian 500.StartingDriverNumberNo. 1Ryan Blaney12No. 2Chase Elliott9No. 3Denny Hamlin11No. 4Kyle Busch18No. 5Brad Keselowski2No. 6Alex Bowman88No. 7William Byron24No. 8Kevin Harvick4No. 9Martin Truex Jr.19No. 10Erik Jones20No. 11Daniel Hemric8No. 12Joey Logano22No. 13Austin Dillon3No. 14Aric Almirola10No. 15Jimmie Johnson48No. 16Kurt Busch1No. 17Paul Menard21No. 18Ryan Newman6No. 19Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17No. 20Ty Dillon13No. 21Ryan Preece47No. 22Chris Buescher37No. 23Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43No. 24Corey Lajoie32No. 25Matt DiBenedetto95No. 26Clint Bowyer14No. 27Michael McDowell34No. 28Daniel Suarez41No. 29David Ragan38No. 30Matt Tifft36No. 31Kyle Larson42No. 32Landon Cassill00No. 33Ross Chastain15No. 34Cody Ware51No. 35Quin Houff77No. 36Bayley Currey52 The only thing predictable about NASCAR’s 2019 season so far is that it has been unpredictable.That very well could change this week on the one-mile desert track at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.  MORE: Watch the TicketGuardian 500 live & on demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)While we have had three different winners on three tracks so far this year, Kyle Busch comes into Phoenix having won last fall’s race at the track and never having finished worse than seventh in his last seven trips there. And, honestly, the seventh-place finish was an anomaly as he has finished fourth or better in six of his last seven times at ISM.Busch was primed for a win last week in Las Vegas, but a speeding penalty on pit road all but derailed his chances of achieving the Trucks-Xfinity-Cup series trifecta on his hometown track.This is a great chance for him to get his first Cup Series win of the year and lock up a playoff spot early in the season.What time does the TicketGuardian 500 start?The TicketGuardian 500 will take place Sunday, March 10. Live coverage begins on FOX at 3:30 p.m. ET.TV channel, live stream for TicketGuardian 500The TicketGuardian 500 will be broadcast nationally on FOX. The race can also be livestreamed on the Fox Sports Go app or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.TicketGuardian 500 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Xfinity Series, can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1.last_img read more

Paddington playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend.

first_imgMovies ahead at Regent Theater:Coming soon:March 13- McFarland USA.Follow us on Twitter. Movie Synopsis: From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Firth) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. (c) Weinstein This week at the Regent Theater: PaddingtonSchedule: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 35 minutes. Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 98%. Audience review: 85% approval. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more