Month: August 2020

BCB plans to offer relief to affected families

first_imgWith many households on the breadline due to the lockdown stemming from the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC) plan to engage affected families with relief packages. According to  a letter from Hilbert Foster,  President of the BCB, on the BCB’s Facebook page, at least 200 hampers will be prepared as they look to aid as many families as possible.“Over the last seventy-two hours, I have received numerous requests from persons who are struggling to survive during this period due to the problems associated with the coronavirus. People are unable to work and many of them are forced to live on one meal per day…I have always stated that under my leadership, the Berbice Cricket Board would be a compassionate body, which would make a positive difference in the lives of others, less fortunate than us. As such, the BCB would be launching a project to share out at least 200 food hampers to the less fortunate and single-parent households. We would be very grateful if you can join us in this noble venture by donating items for the hampers,” Foster stated in the letter.He made it clear that the body was seeking assistance from the public and overseas-based persons but declared that food supplies not cash was needed. “As much as possible we would like to avoid collecting cash and as such would be grateful for the food items. Please be assured that all donations would be used for the intended purpose. These are unbelievable times and it is an opportunity to show others that we care,” he stated.“This is a chance to show that we care and together we can make a difference. There is an old saying that no matter how poor we are, there is always someone poorer than us. Any donation would be welcomed. We look forward to your cooperation especially from our current cricketers, club and board officials, overseas-based berbicians and well-wishers,” Foster stated while noting that the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club has already contributed $50,000 worth of items towards the project.Persons desirous of making contributions can contact Foster on 337 4443, Ameer Rahaman (641 0890) or Angela Haniff (333 3905) or Simon Naidu (649 6447) for information.last_img read more

Douglas, Browne put Hikers in final against Ambris’s Breakers

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – Windward Islands batsman, Dillon Douglas, struck an 18-ball half-century to fire La Soufriere Hikers into the final of the inaugural T10 Vincy Premier League here Saturday. The 21-year-old, who played a single game for Volcanoes last November during the Super50 Cup in Trinidad, smashed two fours and seven sixes in an unbeaten 58 as Hikers, sent in at Arnos Vale, tallied 150 for two from their allotted 10 overs in the second semi-final.Opener Salvan Browne, who played the last of his two first class matches for Windwards 11 years ago, top-scored with an astonishing 70 from 28 deliveries.He counted eight fours and four sixes, posting 65 for the first wicket with Dean Browne (13) and a further 79 for the second wicket with Douglas. In reply, Jeremy Haywood picked up four for 15 to restrict Botanical Gardens Rangers to 117 for seven, earning Hikers a 33-run victory.Kenneth Dember struck 33 and Hyron Shallow, 26, the pair posting exactly 50 for the first wicket off 24 deliveries. However, once they were separated, the innings slipped into decline.In the opening semi-final, Test player Sunil Ambris failed with one but his Salt Pond Breakers overcame that disappointment to beat Grenadine Divers by five wickets. Ambris has been a standout performer in the tournament with 259 runs at an average of 43, while picking up nine wickets with his unpracticed off-spin.Breakers and Hikers clashed in the final yesterday at Arnos Vale.last_img read more

Runners told to observe social distancing in Moscow half-marathon

first_imgMOSCOW, (Reuters) – More than 9,500 runners competing in Moscow’s annual half-marathon yesterday wore masks and gloves in the starting area, had their temperature checked and were told to observe social distancing rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 21.1-km race had been postponed from May, when the Russian capital was in lockdown because of the new coronavirus.Participants in a separate 5-km (3.11 miles) run were also asked to follow social distancing rules, though this can be challenging when racing.Russia reported 5,427 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours on Sunday, more than 660 of them in Moscow, bringing the nationwide tally to 850,870. The death toll in Russia rose to 14,128. Despite the new cases, Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin, who wore a medical mask and gloves when presenting awards, said the event was a celebration of Russia’s success in combating the virus.“We overcame the difficult period that was the pandemic and the fact that we are together today… is our common victory,” Matytsin said.He later told reporters: “We will show the whole world how to carry on with a normal life in these very difficult conditions while respecting all (safety) requirements.”  The half-marathon provided a chance for some runners finally to compete again. Moscow, a city of nearly 13 million, lifted its more than two-month lockdown in June. “I’m filled with happiness and emotion because there haven’t been any competitions in almost a year,” said Luiza Dmitrieva, who finished fourth among women and 33rd overall.last_img read more

Punchestown Racecourse secures €6.2 million redevelopment funding

first_img StumbleUpon County Kildare (Ireland) Punchestown Racecourse is set to undergo a €6.2 million renovation project, which will see work begin on a new €3.8 million grandstand, following 2016’s Punchestown Festival in April.The redevelopment project has been approved by the board of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), who will contribute €2.5 million through a capital development grant.Punchestown Racecourse management will now move to commence work on phase 1 of its project.The venue which has been recognised as an Irish racetrack since 1875 will look to refurbish all its grandstands, as well as undertake an upgrading of facilities for both the public and racing staff.Punchestown General Manager Dick O’Sullivan, was pleased to announce the redevelopment project“Through hard work and a dedicated team, we have continued to develop and grow the Irish National Hunt Festival despite some difficult years. The customer experience is paramount to maintain and grow attendances and now is the time to upgrade our facilities. With the support of our trustees, Kildare Hunt Club, sponsors, Horse Racing Ireland and of course our loyal customers we look forward with confidence to improving the facilities at Punchestown.”Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said: “This is the third largest amount of grant aid allocated to a racecourse under HRI’s current capital development programme and I am delighted that Punchestown’s financial position has improved so significantly that they are now in a position to progress such a major schedule of works over the next two years. This reflects great credit on the Punchestown board and management team and its owners the Kildare Hunt Club.” Submit Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 HRI boosts coverage of Irish racing with RTÉ agreement May 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Itai Frieberger promoted to CEO at 888

first_img Share Share StumbleUpon Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Related Articles Itai FriebergerOnline gaming operator 888 has promoted Chief Operating Officer Itai Frieberger to the position of CEO, a move that has seen Executive Chairman Brian Mattingley move into a non-executive role with immediate effect. Frieberger has been Chief Operating Officer of 888 since 1 April 2011 and joined the Board on 13 May 2015.Mattingley commented: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new CEO. Itai has played a vital part in 888’s success to date and has unique market insight and experience to lead the next chapter in 888’s progress. Itai is admired throughout the online gaming industry and has been instrumental in the Company’s development in recent years. He is therefore, without doubt, the natural choice to take 888 further forward in the rapidly growing online gaming market.“I am certain that Itai, alongside Aviad Kobrine, our CFO, and our exceptional team across the business will continue to drive 888’s growth by further developing our first-class customer offering, unrivalled proprietary technology and leading back office systems. The Board is confident that this appointment reinforces our ability to continue to deliver value for all 888’s stakeholders in the years to come.”While now acting as non-executive Chairman, Mattingley added that he was looking forward to future co-operation with Frieberger: “On a personal note, Itai and I have worked closely together over recent years and I believe this is an excellent and exciting choice as our new CEO. I look forward to continuing our close working relationship in the years to come.”Frieberger said it was an honour to be appointed as the new CEO of 888: “We have fantastic brands, first class gaming platforms and unrivalled analytics and marketing capabilities. All of this is underpinned by a dynamic, talented and expert team and together we are looking forward to building on 888’s success for our customers, colleagues and shareholders.“Brian has been an integral part of the 888 team for over a decade and led 888 with distinction during a transformational period for the company. Brian served as Chief Executive for three years and since last May’s AGM as Executive Chairman. Brian has been integral to the company’s turnaround and growth including the launch of 888’s operations in a number of new regulated markets. He moves on from his current position within the Company with many fantastic opportunities ahead.“Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that Brian will continue to lead the Board and contribute his unique wealth of experience and understanding of 888 in his role as Chairman. I look forward to continuing to work closely together.”last_img read more

Leander Games Takes 5 with SpiffX partnership

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Italy seeks to shrink its online gambling field by 2023 November 14, 2019 Share AgiproNews Italian View – Can DP make sense of Italian gambling September 11, 2019 Italian sports calls to halt ‘Decree restrictions’ but government won’t listen April 6, 2020 Lennart GillbergOnline gambling  platform and services provider Leander Games has partnered with the Swedish NASDAQ listed alternative betting exchange, SpiffX (NASDAQ:SPIFFX), to distribute the gaming technology supplier’s innovative new live betting product – Take 5.Take 5 is a simple, high turnover game initially focussed on football. The product allows players to make a one-click bet at odds of 5/1 that there will be a goal in the next five minutes of play during a match.The content will be distributed across the casino and gaming market via an integration with LeGa, Leander’s remote gaming server, which offers operators flexible integration and rapid delivery.“We are delighted to introduce the first of SpiffX’s consumer targeted games to the LeGa offering. It allows us to further broaden our offering to operators, with an in-play football betting product that has large potential for acquisition and conversion,” said Steven Matsell, CEO at Leander Games.SpiffX founder Lennart Gilberg said: “The Leander-SpiffX collaboration is a compelling one that offers differentiation in the marketplace. Take 5 is the first of our web and mobile applications and marks the start of our entry into this arena.”SpiffX games are supported on Windows, Apple and Android platforms and are available on desktop, tablet and mobile.last_img read more

Sportech reports steady H1 2016 despite tough comparative period

first_img Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Ian PenrosePublishing its H1 2016 results (period ending 30 June), FTSE-listed betting technology provider Sportech Plc has reported a steady first half of the year, as the company sustained EBITDA at £11 million.Sportech governance detailed that corporate performance had been in-line with expectations, following a tough H1 2015 comparative period.The Liverpool based company would declare a statutory pre-tax profit decline of 66% to £2.7 million owing largely to 2015’s £8.1 million profit generated in the sale of its online gaming interests in New Jersey.During the H1 period the company The UK Court of Appeal unanimously ruled in favour of the Group in the £97m Spot the Ball VAT refund case. The Group expects the outcome of HMRC’s direct appeal to the Supreme Court in Autumn 2016.The VAT return has allowed Sportech governance to reduce its net-debt to £59 million, whilst boosting the firm’s cash balance to £36 million. Sportech would update the market regarding its Football Pools division which generated EBITDA £7 million, in-line with management expectations. Sportech governance specified that discussions were ongoing the potential sale of the division.Ian Penrose Chief Executive of Sportech PLC, commented on H1 2016 corporate performance“I am pleased to report that the Group had a good first half and is trading in line with management’s expectations. We have reached a key stage in our development, as our US business makes progress in both existing and new markets around the world, and our Football Pools business has reached expected stability after a number of years of modernisation. ““Overall, the Board is pleased with the strategic position that each of its divisions has secured, whilst recognising that each division will require further investment, ahead of anticipated revenue and profit benefits, to enable them to deliver their full potential. We look forward to delivering further progress in 2016 as we endeavour to return the Group to growth.” Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Ravens receive early Christmas gift with 49ers’ win over Pittsburgh

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — With Christmas only several days away, John Harbaugh and the Ravens couldn’t help but be in a jovial mood on Tuesday morning after receiving an early gift.Just 24 hours after watching his Ravens suffer the worst defeat in his four years as the head coach in Baltimore, Harbaugh watched his younger brother Jim’s San Francisco 49ers knock off Pittsburgh on Monday night to put the Ravens right back in position for the AFC North title and a first-round bye should they win their remaining two games against Cleveland and Cincinnati.Even players such as quarterback Joe Flacco, who chose extra sleep instead of watching the Steelers lose, could see their head coach’s enthusiasm at first glance on Tuesday. It was quite a contrast to the solemn demeanor he held following the 34-14 beating at the hands of the San Diego Chargers“He asked me, ‘Did you watch the game?’” Flacco said. “And I [said], ‘No, I didn’t watch it.’ He got flustered from there. He didn’t know where to go with it once I told him I didn’t watch the game, so he was a little confused. But you could definitely tell he was excited, and we should be.”The outcome doesn’t erase what happened to the Ravens in San Diego, but it does allow them to feel better about themselves, now knowing they once again control their own destiny in potentially earning a much-needed week off and a home playoff game in the divisional round of the postseason.Harbaugh sent a text message to his brother Jim following San Francisco’s 20-3 win and spoke to him more extensively on the phone Tuesday morning. The 49ers’ efforts dropped the Steelers to 0-3 against Harbaugh-coached teams this season and, more importantly, put them in a first-place tie with Baltimore, who owns the head-to-head tiebreaker after sweeping the regular-season series.Even with the game’s direct effect on the Ravens’ playoff destiny, the elder Harbaugh focused more on the impressive performance by the 49ers and less on what it meant to the Ravens. The Baltimore coach even made reference the power difficulties that forced two delays at Candlestick Park on Monday night.“Man, it was a fun game to watch,” Harbaugh said. “It was the night the lights went out in Candlestick, right? It was pretty cool, but they did a great job.”Yes, the Ravens are feeling quite fortunate to be in a similar position to the one they enjoyed prior to the weekend. Despite no longer controlling the inside track for the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, Baltimore can now assure itself of a postseason game at M&T Bank Stadium — where the Ravens are undefeated this season — with two wins to close the regular season.And they owe it to the 49ers, whom the Ravens beat 16-6 in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night.“They did us [a favor],” running back Ray Rice said. “I guess that’s what brothers do; they look out for each other.”Despite the reversal of fortunes, linebacker Terrell Suggs offered a cautious reaction to the news from San Francisco. After proclaiming the Ravens were back in playoff “hell” and owned a vacation home in the red-hot establishment following the embarrassing loss to the Chargers, the star defensive player was not ready to proclaim his team to be saved.“I think we’re still there,” Suggs said. “Like I said, these last two games, you drop it, you go from one place to another. We still have the lease on the vacation home, but hopefully, we don’t have to go there this year. We’ve just got to take care of business. We’re playing two teams that know us very well, two division foes, so it’s going to be interesting.”The 29-year-old linebacker is absolutely right. The Ravens will now need to make an early New Year’s resolution to protect their early Christmas present.As Harbaugh explained on Tuesday, nothing about the Ravens’ mission over the final two weeks of the regular season changed with the 49ers’ victory, but it did improve their wounded mindset in knowing they hadn’t kissed their ideal playoff positioning goodbye.“We have to control what we have to control,” Harbaugh said. “And the beauty of that is, we can control a lot. We can control how we play, and we can control the outcome of these games.”And thanks to Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers, they can once again manage where they’ll be playing to begin the playoffs.INJURY UPDATE: The Ravens did not release an official injury report following Tuesday’s indoor practice that was conducted without helmets or pads. Defensive end Cory Redding (ankle) and kicker Billy Cundiff (left calf) were not present during the portion of practice open to the media. However, linebacker Ray Lewis (toe) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (toe) were both present and involved in the light workout.Visit the Audio Vault to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, and Terrell Suggs right here.last_img read more

Ravens stock watch entering Week 6

first_imgEvery week, we’ll take a look at which Ravens players’ stock is rising and falling …STOCK RISINGC.J. MosleySkinny: The rookie inside linebacker was the best player on the field for the Ravens in Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis as he finished with 14 tackles, a quarterback hit, a pass breakup, and an interception. Baltimore has used plenty of high draft picks on defensive players in recent years with mixed results, so it’s encouraging to see Mosley emerging as a game-changer on that side of the ball with so many aging players around him. Veteran Daryl Smith’s strong play last year was a pleasant surprise the year after Ray Lewis’ retirement, but Mosley has been the better player of the two in 2014.Marshal YandaSkinny: Coming back from offseason shoulder surgery a year ago, the Pro Bowl right guard wasn’t his usual self in 2013, but Yanda has again been one of the best players in the NFL at his position so far in 2014. According to Pro Football Focus, the eighth-year guard is the Ravens’ highest-graded offensive player this season and the running game has been particularly potent with him and second-year tackle Rick Wagner opening running lanes on the right side. The offensive line struggled against Indianapolis, but Yanda had another strong day despite the loss.Pernell McPheeSkinny: The Ravens have had difficulty sustaining a pass rush, but the reserve specialist has arguably been their best weapon in that department, whether lining up at end or sliding inside in passing situations. McPhee may have only picked up his first sack of the season against the Colts, but the 2011 fifth-round pick leads the Ravens in Pro Football Focus’ quarterback hurries category despite playing less than Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. The Ravens try to limit McPhee’s snaps to keep him healthy after dealing with nagging knee issues in past years, but he’s been one of their best defensive players this season.STOCK FALLINGJames Hurst Skinny: The undrafted rookie free agent was a pleasant surprise in his first career start against the Carolina Panthers, but his second game as the starting left tackle was disastrous as Indianapolis beat him repeatedly in the process of harassing quarterback Joe Flacco. The Ravens didn’t provide Hurst with enough help on the left side, so they’ll need to adjust as they play another road game against Tampa Bay in Week 6. Veteran Eugene Monroe was noncommittal last week when asked when he anticipated returning, so the Ravens can only hope that Hurst bounces back to play like he did against Carolina.Terrell Suggs Skinny: The veteran linebacker hasn’t played as poorly as some have suggested while focusing on the fact that he only has 1/2 sack so far this year, but it’s apparent the nagging groin injury he’s been dealing with is taking its toll as he was a non-factor against Indianapolis. Suggs is eighth on the team in tackles and has looked more like the player he was in the second half of 2013 than the linebacker who collected nine sacks in the first eight games of last season. The soon-to-be 32-year-old is still solid against the run, but you have to wonder if his days as a consistent high-impact player are coming to an end.Torrey Smith Skinny: Dropping the fourth-down pass from Flacco on the Ravens’ final offensive play of the game Sunday was just the latest example of concern as Smith has just 11 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown through five games. Gary Kubiak’s West Coast offense depends on short-to-intermediate routes that Smith often struggles in running, leaving the fourth-year wideout uncomfortable and on a different page than Flacco for much of the season. Smith has been able to draw a number of pass interference penalties on deep balls, but you wonder how much his struggles are wearing on him in a contract year.last_img read more

D. Smith, Elam, Zuttah return to practice on Thursday

first_imgThe Ravens produced a more encouraging injury report on Thursday with the return of three starters to the practice field as they continued preparations for a Week 6 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Safety Matt Elam (shoulder contusion), linebacker Daryl Smith (knee), and center Jeremy Zuttah (ankle) all practiced on a limited basis a day after sitting out with their respective ailments. Baltimore was without eight players from their 53-man roster during Wednesday’s workout.The Ravens are expected to be without defensive end Chris Canty (wrist surgery), offense tackle Eugene Monroe (knee surgery), and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (meniscus) on Sunday as all three are dealing with longer-term injuries.There were no changes to Tampa Bay’s injury report on Thursday as wide receiver Vincent Jackson (rib) and safety Dashon Goldson (ankle) remained sidelined.Here is Thursday’s full injury report:BALTIMORELIMITED PARTICIPATION: S Matt Elam (shoulder), LB Daryl Smith (knee), C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Marlon Brown (pelvis), DE Chris Canty (wrist), DT Timmy Jernigan (knee), T Eugene Monroe (knee), G Kelechi Osemele (knee)TAMPA BAYDID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Johnthan Banks (neck), LB Jonathan Casillas (hamstring), S Dashon Goldson (ankle), WR Vincent Jackson (rib), QB Josh McCown (right thumb)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DE Larry English (hamstring), WR Mike Evans (groin)FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Mason Foster (shoulder)last_img read more