LEADERS Lower Corentyne and second-placed East Coast Demerara (ECD) will square off tomorrow in a top-of-the-table clash for the next three days when the Jaguars Franchise League three-day competition enters the fifth round.Currently, the leaders are ahead of East Coast Demerara by 16.8 points, and will definitely start as favourites since they will be playing in their own backyard, the Albion Community Centre.With four outright victories, Lower Corentyne accumulated 70.8 points, while ECD have so far earned 54 points from their three outright victories.Those points are inclusive of batting, bowling and fast bowling wickets bonus points.According to the playing conditions, a team can earn a maximum of five batting bonus points, and a maximum of three bowling bonus points, as well .1 for each fast bowling wicket.Meanwhile, West Demerara are on third in the points standing with 45.2, followed by Essequibo (27.2), Georgetown (20.8), Upper Corentyne (18.7), West Berbice (17.5) and East Bank (16).Other matches in the fifth round are: Upper Corentyne play Essequibo at the Port Mourant Community Centre ground, East Bank take on West Berbice at the Enterprise Busta Sports Club and Georgetown battle with West Demerara at Lusignan Community Centre.
StumbleUpon Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Scott LongleyFollowing the conclusion of this week’s local elections, the Conservative government will likely move to implement a £2 FOBTs wagering limit, impacting all UK betting stakeholders.SBC contributor Scott Longley assess whether the government understands the consequences of its drastic cut, or if it can justify its FOBTs policy logic…_________________Politics has trumped economics in the final stages of the FOBT debate and the recent share price declines of the UK’s listed betting shop operators signal how debilitating the government decision is likely to be to their future revenues.William Hill saw its share price tumble by 15 percent last Tuesday after reports in the press suggested chancellor Phillip Hammond had accepted that the maximum stakes on B2 gaming machines be set to £2.GVC Holdings (now the owner of the Ladbrokes and Coral shop estates) fell 8 percent in sympathy and Paddy Power Betfair was down 5 percent.Sources within the betting industry suggest No.10 and culture secretary Matthew Hancock have won out over objections from the Treasury that a £2 maximum stake would leave a £450m hole in the public finances from reduced machine gaming duty (MGD).The industry’s ‘£2 nightmare scenario’ comes despite the recent a recommendation from the Gambling Commission for a more nuanced £2 and £20 maximum stake combination.The decision will be far-reaching and not just with regard to Treasury coffers. Under most forecast scenarios issued by analysts and others, the £2 maximum stake will almost certainly lead to widespread shop closures. A report commissioned by the bookmakers from KPMG, for instance, reportedly suggested a potential closure figure of well over 3,000 out of the current UK estate of 8,500 shops. Analysis from Morgan Stanley suggests that a long tail of 20 percent of underperforming shops would be immediately vulnerable, or over 2,000 shops. That is without the likely near wipeout of the independent sector which is ill-constituted to survive the coming revenue shock. Hancock’s half hourThe final announcement is likely to come immediately after the local elections with the government apparently believing this will be a “good news story” for Hancock, also the MP for Newmarket, to announce to parliament. But the news will be quite the opposite for the thousands of shop staff likely to lose their jobs while racing will also likely find that a £2 maximum stake heralds the ushering in of a harsher funding era.Most galling for the betting industry is that Hancock would appear to have acquiesced to the move in the mistaken belief that a reduction in gaming revenues in betting shops will directly benefit racing.Working on the theory that machine spend will be substituted into over-the-counter betting – and horserace betting in particular – there are voices within racing that suggest the £2 stake will be good for the sector. According to this view, the bookies are crying wolf over shop closures and that substitution from machines into OTC will make up for the effective removal of B2s from the shop revenue mix.Yet the logic of the argument falls down with one look at the data from the Gambling Commission.According to the last data set available, since 2010 the average percentage rise in year-on-year gross gaming yield (GGY) for B2 play across the UK betting shop estates has been 7.1 percent while B3 play has risen every year by an average of 9.6 percent.Over the same period, OTC GGY has fallen an average of 2 percent year-on-year while the average fall for horseracing GGR has been just over 3 percent. In total, since 2010 horseracing turnover has fallen 22 percent to £4.4bn and the GGY figure is down by 31 percent to £575.5m.Horseracing’s supporters might claim a direct link between the rise in machine revenue and the fall in horseracing revenue. But a more plausible correlation is with football betting which has risen a total of 31 percent since 2010 to £294.7m (and reached as high as £330.6m in the year to March 2016).Coke for ginAll sides agree that a degree of substitution will likely take place in the wake of the imposition of a £2 stake limit on B2s but there are disagreements over the quantum and the direction. The evidence from the introduction of the so-called £50 journey in 2015 is limited as it mainly saw B2 play migrate to just below the new soft cap. With a £2 maximum stake, there will likely be a degree of substitution between B2 and B3 play but nowhere near enough to make up for the B2 revenue demolition. Meanwhile, SSBTs might also benefit from a degree of migrating B2 play but with all the evidence pointing to these terminals being predominantly football, it is difficult to see how racing will benefit.Where all this will play out badly for racing is in the realm of media rights payments which are supplied on a per shop basis. Any drop in shop numbers will have an immediate impact. Martin Cruddace, chief executive at Arena Racing Company (ARC), said at the start of the year the predicted shop closures would be “catastrophic” for racing, resulting in at least £55m being lost from racing’s coffers. Nick Rust, the chief executive of the BHA, has similarly weighed in suggesting a cut to £2 maximum stakes would have “unintended consequences.”The FOBT debate is finally over but both the betting industry and the world of racing will have to wait for the full effects of the legislation – which likely won’t come into force until late 2019- to become evident. Until then, expect the current pace of closures – 4 percent were lost between March and September 2017 – to continue as the industry attempts to right size in readiness. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead August 27, 2020
HEARTS VS LIONSA second half winner ensured Hearts of Oak kept the roaring Heart of Lions in check at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday in the Glo Premier League.Joseph Mugre grabbed the winner for the Phobians fifteen minutes before the end to win 2-1.David Duncan’s side, who had been battling t lift themselves from the bottom ranks of the table are now lying 11th on the log with ten games to go.Lions drew first blood when Kweku Andoh struck in the 19th minute to silence the home support.But eight minutes later, Mahatma Otoo drew the Phobians level before Mugre sealed the win in the second half. KOTOKO VS WA ALL STARSAsante Kotoko dropped valuable points in their chase of the summit in the Glo Premier League after drawing goalless against Wa All Stars on Sunday.The Porcupine Warriors are now third on the standings and four points behind leaders, Medeama who won at home against Aduana Stars.Despite the setback, Kotoko’s title defence remains on course as the season has ten more matches to go.For Wa All Stars, who could have claimed all three points against Kotoko, they are still unbeaten in the second round of the league. MEDEAMA Vs ADUANALeaders Medeama have now opened a 3-point lead at the summit of the Glo Premier League after defeating title contenders, Aduana Stars 3-1 on Sunday.Aduana had defender Emmanuel Akuoku sent off before the break after he conceded a penalty to the home team.The home win will give Medeama a little respite after Asante Kotoko failed to win in Wa.Godfred Saka canceled Godbless Asamoah’s 19th opener for Medeama at the T&A Park when he redeemed himself for his role in the home side’s goal by finding the back of the net from a freekick. But a before the break, Godfred Rockson restored Medeama’s lead from a penalty in the 44th minute.Back from the break, Aduana, playing with ten men could not match their opponents as Bismarck Asiedu ended their attempts to find the equaliser when he scored the third goal for Medeama.DWARFS VS LIBERTYEbusua Dwarfs are back in contention for a top-four place after defeating Liberty Professionals on Sunday in the Glo Premier League.After a goalless first half at the Robert Mensah Stadium, Dwarfs scored the opener which proved to be the match winner in the 63rd minute. Bright Lukman who was brought down in the box, picked himself up to send goalkeeper Daniel Agyei the wrong way.The three points earned has pushed Dwarfs to fifth place on the table.FAISAL VS ARSENALBerekum Arsenal’s survival hopes in the Glo Premier League suffered on Sunday following defeat to King Faisal.After managing to hold Faisal in the first half, Arsenal were undone when substitute Kofi Owusu scored in the 53rd minute. The struggles of the Berekum side were further compounded when Akwasi Awuni was sent off 13 minutes after the opener.Arsenal have 16 points and are one place above the bottom side but have a good chance of playing themselves out of the relegation zone depending on their results in the remaining ten matches.RTU VS CHELSEABerekum Chelsea continued their title charge on Sunday with a 1-0 win over bottom side, Real Tamale United in the Glo Premier League.A fifth minute goal by Joseph Ato-Bissah was all that Chelsea needed to keep the pressure on leaders, Medeama, who are now three points clear. Any hope of an RTU point at the Golden City Park was blown when Mohammed Aminu saw his 32nd minute penalty kick saved by Chelsea goalkeeper John Moosie.RTU, have now gone 1,800 minutes without a win as they continue their chase for a first win.Sitting bottom of the table, they have lost 15 times, drawn five and conceded 39 goals.
12 February 2014Bafana Bafana will face a star-studded line-up when they take on World Cup hosts Brazil in a friendly international at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 5 March.Brazil’s 16-man squad, announced on Tuesday, is made up entirely of players with European clubs, but will later be added to with further players from Brazil. Coach Luis Felipe Scolari has indicated that he will add at least two strikers and a goalkeeper to his squad.Four players from Chelsea were included, namely defender David Luiz and midfielders Willian, Oscar and Ramires.Dante and Rafinha, who ply their trade with German powerhouse Bayern Munich, also cracked the nod, as did the Barcelona duo of Dani Alves and Neymar.GoalkeeperQueens Park Rangers’ Julio Cesar will look after the goalkeeping duties, even though he was not the first-choice at the English League Championship club and has since been loaned out to Toronto FC, who campaign in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS).Scolari said he hoped Julio Cesar would be able play the pre-season with the Canadian club and then play about a dozen matches before the World Cup.Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain) and Marcelo (Real Madrid) were the other defenders named.The midfield includes Luis Gustavo (Vfl Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City) and Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).Up front, Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) and Bernard (Shaktar Donetsk) join Neymar.OmittedLiverpool’s Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho failed to crack the nod, while other notable absentees were AC Milan’s Kaka and Robinho, Inter Milan defender Hernanes, and Roma defender Maicon.The match against South Africa will be Brazil’s third-last outing before they kick off the World Cup against Croatia on 12 June.Past matchesBrazil has played Bafana Bafana four times previously, winning all four games, but only by a goal on each occasion.The teams shared a memorable clash in Johannesburg in 1996, when Brazil were world champions and Bafana the champions of Africa. Incredibly, South Africa led 2-0 at the break after goals from Phil Masinga and Doctor Khumalo.Brazil pulled one back in the 56th minute through Flavio and 12 minutes later the teams were level at 2-2 thanks to a goal from Rivaldo. Just four minutes from time, Bebeto found a winner for the world champions. In 1997 the teams again met in Johannesburg, with Brazil taking the honours 2-1.Almost 12 years later the teams clashed in the semi-finals of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, once more in Johannesburg. A very tight clash was finally settled in the 88th minute when substitute Dani Alves netted for the Brazilians with a stunning free kick.The most recent meeting between the teams occurred in September 2012 when, in coach Gordon Igesund’s first match in charge of Bafana Bafana, Brazil won 1-0 in Sao Paulo.
Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Web Development After Andy Baio co-founded and sold social events listing site Upcoming.org to Yahoo! he could have spent the rest of his days doing whatever he wanted. He spent a year and a half writing, but this month he decided to join another startup (Kickstarter.com), because he loves building social software. Baio is a thinker, a hacker of big social patterns and an admirer of the collective intelligence that emerges from groups of people acting independently on the web. We sat down with him this week and discussed some of his ideas about what makes good social software grow. In addition to Upcoming, Baio is also well known for his quirky, smart writing and link sharing at Waxy.org. His best known works there include tracking piracy data for Oscar nominated films for the past six years, the first published interview with an Italian factory worker who mysteriously produced the most-viewed video of all 2008 on YouTube and a number of fascinating experiments with Amazon’s Mechanical Turk system, including one titled The Faces of Mechanical Turk – he payed Turk workers a small sum to post their pictures with a sign saying why they participated.After years of experience, observation and thought, here are a few pearls of wisdom Andy offered us about how to build compelling social software. You can also follow Baio on Twitter @waxpancake.Build to Existing Social ConnectionsThe company Baio has joined is called Kickstarter. It’s a service that lets people fund small projects by collecting “all or nothing” pledges from people around web – if a project’s financial goal is met by its deadline then the money is collected, but if the goal isn’t met then no one’s contribution is withdrawn. The site will open to the public at the end of August, but one principle that he’s had underlined by his experience with beta testers and from his time at Upcoming is this: you can’t just post a request for funds or an events listing up on the web and expect strangers to stumble upon it and give it support. In both cases, these sites provided infrastructure that allowed users to reach out through their own established networks and say “here’s where we’re processing your show of support.”It’s like social middle-ware, these kinds of services are neither inherently viral nor really destination sites where people come to browse. They add value in ways that people can’t easily produce themselves – RSVP lists, maps, etc in the case of Upcoming or time-delayed money processing in the case of Kickstarter – and thus give users an incentive to reach out and ask friends to visit their pages on the sites. Social Goals Are Front and Back End HeavyKickstarter’s early beta tests mirror what Baio saw at Upcoming when it comes to distribution of social input. It tends to come in the most at the very beginning and at the very end. At first, project initiators are enthusiastic and do a lot of promotion. Then, if they later get close to their goals then they do a final push to promote their project. That’s especially true with Kickstarter, where 90% of a fund raising goal is as good as nothing at all – users will lose all the support they’ve gained unless they put out another push to pass 100% Baio says that he’s looked at the numbers and found that the two biggest factors in project success at Kickstarter appear to be offering rewards if the goal is met and sending out regular updates to supporters of a project. The Kickstarter crew isn’t creating content themselves, they are creating software for other people to create content. “One thing I found out over the last year,” Baio told us, “is that writing doesn’t scale. When you code, it takes on a life of its own. I ignored Upcoming for a year after my son was born and it kept growing. I did not write a line of code in a year and it got more popular.”That too seems intuitive, but building software in a way that makes it easy to offer rewards, prompts people to send out regular updates and helps them create good content for themselves on your site could be the difference between a good idea and a successful one. That’s true for both the particular projects on Kickstarter and the site itself.Games Are Good – But Make Sure Users’ Goals Align With the Site’sBaio is a big fan of games. He likes iPhone games (his favorites include ZenBound, Eliss and Edge), he likes retro 8-bit style games and he likes the prospect of bringing game-like elements into non-gaming environments.As a part of that thinking, Baio believes it’s important to make sure that users’ interests on a site align with the interests of the site itself. On Kickstarter, “success depends,” he says, “on your ability to promote your work.” And thus to promote the site as well.The risk here is that a game-like system of rewards can change the way people behave in ways that aren’t helpful. “Yahoo Answers, for example,” Andy says, “got the point system totally wrong. They tuned it for traffic instead of for quality. People get points for offering any answer at all to questions, so you’ve got all these people just entering one word answers to loads of questions so they can climb the leader board.”Successful examples? Baio pointed to the UK Guardian’s MP Expenses experiment, where readers are crowdsourcing analysis of hundreds of thousands of expense reports filed by members of Parliament and finding some pretty funny claims. That’s similar to the Sunlight Foundation’s Transparency Corps. (Check out that project’s latest – a crowdsourced national directory of state-level elected officials on Twitter – cool!)In systems like that, and especially in Baio’s much-studied favorite Mechanical Turk, users “have full control over their choice of tasks. They turn work into a little bit of play.”Build to existing social connections, maintain engagement during the quiet spells in the middle of goal pursuit and make it like a game – but be careful how people play. That’s some of Andy Baio’s advice. You can begin to see it in action at Kickstarter.com. That site’s full functionality will open to the public at the end of August.Top photo by Jeremy Keith on Flickr. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick
Related Posts emily bibb The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.Aside from discovering delicious recipes and inspiring quotes, there are several ways your can maximize your Pinterest account both professionally and socially. Here’s what you need to know to take your Pinterest addiction to the next level, whether you’re looking to start a group board, email pins to friends, or upload photos from Instagram.Tip Number One: Get SocialPinterest is a form of social media, meaning the more you give, the more you get. Just like Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest is a great way to communicate and share content friends. Besides pinning photos for your followers (you know, the basic concept behind Pinterest), you can tag friends and followers in pins — using @ in the comment section — to get a conversation going (for example, @popsugarfashion, do you like these shoes?). You can also share pins with friends over email, Facebook, and Twitter.For those who like to collaborate, start a group board that allows multiple pinners to contribute. Don’t forget about hashtags either. This symbol (#) easily allows your content to trend and filter into common categories that fellow pinners might be searching.Tip Number Two: Get SearchingThere’s more to Pinterest than what appears in your home feed, with various ways to find content. Use the search bar to explore what’s trending and possible gift ideas and to find new pinners to follow. Remember that you had once glimpsed a perfect-with-the-living-room item on Pinterest that was from the Pottery Barn website? Enter into your browser’s URL field: http://pinterest.com/source/potterybarn.com. Use the pinterest.com/source/website rubric to find what pinners have been adding from your favorite sites.Pinterest also affects search engines: if you’re trying to track down a specific pin or something more general like a recipe, it can often be found through a search engine — this makes captioning your pins key if you want them to be discovered.Tip Number Three: Get CuriousPinterest now allows you to rediscover content by searching your pins, so you can easily find that recipe you’ve been meaning to make. For businesses and blogs verified on Pinterest, see how well your content is doing through Pinterest analytics. This is helpful to track your influence on the site and allows you to maximize your content and efforts.Tip Number Four: Get UploadingDon’t just repin! Influence Pinterest with your own content and web finds. You can upload your own photos and videos from your computer (extra points if they are high resolution) or photos from your phone and tablet (like pretty Instagram snaps). Don’t forget to add the Pinterest button to your bookmark bar and keep your photos organized with boards. Note: never upload images that aren’t yours without proper attribution.More stories from PopSugar Tech:Train Apps For Budget Travelers and City DwellersThe Easiest Way to Install Fonts on Mac OS XHow to Take Instagram Photos to the Next LevelVote For Your Favorite Superhero!Comics Come Out With LGBT Characters and Themes A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…
Video: The Courier-Journal Made A Trippy Cartoon Music Video Of John Calipari’s “Enough Talking, Let’s Ball” Speech
The Courier-JournalBack in October during “Big Blue Madness,” John Calipari kicked off this Kentucky basketball season with the phrase “enough talking, let’s ball,” followed by a mic drop. At 16-0, they’ve certainly done that, and now Calipari’s “Let’s Ball” had been turned into a very trippy 8-bit music video by the folks at The Courier-Journal. Would it shock anyone if this started playing at Rupp before games? Not us. We expect that it’ll get pretty big with the Kentucky bar and house party scene as well if the ‘Cats keep winning this year.[The Courier-Journal]
WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, as bullish consumers bought more cars, furniture and clothes.Retail sales increased 0.2 per cent in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a healthy 1.9 per cent gain in the previous month. September’s gain was the largest in 2 1/2 years and was driven by big increases in auto and gas sales in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Americans are spending more freely as confidence in the economy has jumped in the past year and the unemployment rate is at a 17-year low. Excluding gas station sales, which fell sharply as prices dropped, retail sales rose 0.4 per cent last month.Sales gains were widespread. Consumers spent more at electronics, grocery, clothing and sporting goods stores. Restaurants and bars reported a healthy 0.8 per cent increase, the biggest gain since January.Americans are boosting their spending, but incomes are rising only modestly. That has pushed more people to borrow to finance their purchases, particularly of autos. That has renewed worried about whether U.S. households can stay on top of their burgeoning debt loads.Auto loans and credit card debt rose sharply in the July-September quarter, according to a report Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That pushed total household debt to a record high of nearly $13 trillion.The proportion of Americans falling behind on their credit card bills rose to 4.6 per cent, the New York Fed said, up from 4.4 per cent a year earlier. The share of auto loans that are 90 days or more overdue rose to 2.4 per cent from 2.3 per cent. Still, low interest rates mean that U.S. households’ debt payments, on average, aren’t historically high.Gas station sales fell 1.2 per cent last month, the retail sales report showed, mostly because prices nationwide dropped 2.4 per cent. That is a reversal from September, when gas prices spiked 13 per cent in the wake of the hurricanes, which disrupted refineries on the Gulf Coast.Auto sales rose 0.7 per cent, a solid gain after a huge jump of 4.6 per cent in September. Sales are likely still elevated by the impact of the hurricanes, which destroyed thousands of cars in Texas and Florida that are steadily being replaced.
New Delhi: A day after alleging that some students forcibly entered his house and confined his wife, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said on Tuesday that he had “forgiven” them and would not file a complaint with the police.”While last night’s violent behaviour by students in front my JNU residence is condemnable, neither me nor my wife will file a police complaint against the students. We have forgiven them. Wish them the best and hope they will reform and not repeat such acts in future,” Kumar said. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) has denied Kumar’s allegation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The JNUSU categorically rejects the falsehood being spread by the VC, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar. The JNUSU (on Monday) after waiting (at the VC’s residence) returned to the protest venue where an indefinite hunger strike is taking place,” it said. A student from a Left student outfit rejected the allegation and said a group of students had gone to meet the vice chancellor, but they were allegedly manhandled by the security personnel. Seven students are on a hunger strike on the campus in protest against the online system of entrance exam that will be implemented from this academic session. Police said the situation on the campus remained under control.
Wellington: New legislation to tighten New Zealand gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings drew overwhelming support when it was introduced to parliament on Tuesday. Lawmakers voted 119-1 in favour of the bill, which bans military-style semi-automatic (MSSA) rifles like those used in the March 15 rampage by a white supremacist which claimed 50 lives. Police Minister Stuart Nash said the attack by accused gunman Brenton Tarrant showed current firearms restrictions were inadequate. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Far too many people in this country have access to these dangerous firearms for no legitimate purpose, but at significant risk to the public,” he said. The sole holdout against the legislation was David Seymour, a conservative whose ACT Party has a single seat in parliament. Seymour criticised the speed with which his colleagues were handling the legislation, fast-tracking a process that usually takes months so that the law will take effect by the end of next week. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It is important that we maintain our tradition of sober, robust law-making at all times, but especially now,” he said in a statement. “The best way to show defiance in the face of terrorism is to refuse to erode our democratic institutions.” Seymour had intended to try to stall the legislation in parliament but missed his chance when he arrived in the chamber late after spending too long explaining his plan to media. Nash was unapologetic about the hurried timetable for outlawing MSSAs, which will see the ban put to the vote twice more before it would formally become law. “We don’t ever want to see an attack like this in our country again,” he said. “We are compelled to act quickly.” Further curbs — potentially including a gun register, tighter vetting and stricter gun storage rules — are set to be passed by the end of the year. New Zealand has about 1.5 million privately owned firearms, or 0.3 per person, including an estimated 13,500 MSSAs The government has also said it will review laws dealing with hate speech. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, widely praised for her compassionate and decisive leadership following the Islamophobic attack, has also called for action by social media giants after the alleged gunman live streamed the atrocity online.