Arctic Fire in perfect Hatton’s Grace 10

first_img Press Association Recent Grade Two winner Identity Thief is the sole representative of Henry De Bromhead, but he has been supplemented for the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and is thought more likely to take up that option instead. The list is completed by Mouse Morris’ Alpha Des Obeaux, Taglietelle for Gordon Elliott, Tony Martin’s Thomas Edison and Gwencily Berbas for Alan Fleming. The six-year-old, who won the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on his return to action earlier this month, is one of three possible contenders in the Grade One prize for trainer Willie Mullins alongside the unbeaten Clondaw Court and filly Petite Parisienne. Noel Meade has left in Monksland, who also has the option of the Drinmore over fences on the same card, and Snow Falcon as he seeks to win the two-and-a-half-mile contest for the first time since 2007. center_img Champion Hurdle runner-up Arctic Fire is the headline name remaining in the Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday at the five-day stage.last_img read more

Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler collect royal honours at Buckingham Palace

first_imgLondon: England’s Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have collected their royal honours at the Buckingham Palace.The pair was named alongside their World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, former coach Trevor Bayliss and Joe Root on the New Year’s Honours list and received their awards from the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William on Tuesday evening, reports ESPNcricinfo.“Special day with special people…having my family there with me was so so special Clare Stokes and to share it with Jos Buttler and his family was great as well,” Stokes posted along with photos on Instagram.Morgan is due to be appointed a CBE and Root is to be made an MBE, while Bayliss will be made an OBE.CBE is the highest-ranking Order of the British Empire award, and stands for Commander of the Order of the British Empire, followed by Order of the British Empire (OBE) and Member of the British Empire (MBE).Apart from the five aforementioned names, England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves was also honoured with a CBE award.England’s dream run in white-ball cricket over the last couple of years culminated in their first men’s 50-over World Cup trophy in July last year.The hero of the final was Stokes, who was also declared BBC’s Sport Personality of the Year earlier this month. Stokes had scored an unbeaten 84 in the final — including two sixes in the last over — to tie the game, and then batted in the Super Over to help England to a memorable triumph. (IANS)Also Read: Ben Stokes hits ton as England take commandAlso Watch: CJM Court Kamrup Metro sent Former JNU student Sharjeel Imam to 4 day police custodylast_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final scenarios: Sri Lanka slip, England still in trouble

first_imgIndia need one more win to seal a spot in the semi-final of 2019 World Cup.New Zealand are also one win away from reaching the playoffs.England and Sri Lanka face must-win situations in 2019 World Cup. For England, the situation is now do or die. They have to win both games. If they lose both, they will be eliminated. If they win only one out of their next two games, they will have to hope Pakistan and Bangladesh lose one game while Sri Lanka also loses one of their remaining two games. Bangladesh Position in table: 5th P – 7, W -3, L – 3, N/R – 1, Points – 7 Games remaining: vs India (July 2), vs Pakistan (July 5) What they must do: If Bangladesh lose both games, they are eliminated. If they win one game, they will have to hope England lose both games and that Sri Lanka do not win against either West Indies or India. If Pakistan wins against Afghanistan by a small margin, then their game against Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side becomes a virtual knock-out. Pakistan Position in table: 6th P – 7 , W – 3, L – 3, N/R – 1, Points – 7 Games remaining: vs Afghanistan (June 29), vs Bangladesh (July 5) What they must do: Pakistan’s situation is very similar to Bangladesh. If they win both games, they will knock Bangladesh out. If they win both games, they will have to hope England wins only one game and that New Zealand lose both games by a big margin so that they can finish better than fourth.Sri Lanka Position in table: 7th P – 7, W – 2, L – 3, N/R – 2, Points – 5 Games remaining: vs West Indies (July 1), vs India (July 6) What they must do: A loss in either of their games and they will be eliminated. If they win both games, they will have to hope New Zealand and India beat England. They must hope Bangladesh lose both their games and that Pakistan does not beat either Afghanistan or Bangladesh by a big margin. Sri Lanka must thrash West Indies and India by massive margins as they have the worst net run-rate among all teams still in the fray for the semis. New Delhi: Sri Lanka had made the entire race for the playoffs interesting when they defeated England in Leeds. However, their chances of reaching the semi-final has taken a massive hit following their nine-wicket loss in the clash against South Africa at Leeds. The heavy nature of the loss has resulted in their net run-rate taking a big hit. Their NRR of -1.186 is the worst of all the teams. For Sri Lanka to progress, these are the following scenarios as they are now dependent on the result of other teams in order to progress into the next round. Here is what the remaining six teams need to do in order to seal the three semi-final spots. India Position in table: 2nd P – 6, W – 5, L – 0, N/R – 1, Points – 11 Games remaining: vs England (June 30), vs Bangladesh (July 2), vs Sri Lanka (July 6) What they must do: Equation is simple for India. If they win one of their remaining games, they will seal a spot in the semi-final. If they lose all three games, they must hope England do not win against New Zealand and that Pakistan or Bangladesh do not win both their games. They must also hope that New Zealand do not beat Australia in Lord’s. New Zealand Position in table: 3rd P – 7, W – 5, L – 1, N/R – 1, Points – 11 Games remaining: vs Australia (June 29), vs England (July 3) What they must do: For New Zealand, a win in either of their games will be enough. However, if they lose both, they will have to hope India lose all games and that Pakistan wins both their games by a small margin. New Zealand’s good net run-rate still does not make their fate desperate but they will be hoping to win against either Australia or England. England Position in table: 4th P – 7, W – 4, L – 3, N/R – 0, Points – 8 Games remaining: vs India (June 30), vs New Zealand (July 3) What they must do: highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Kelsey Richardson, SU defense keep Orange alive with late stops against Tar Heels

first_img Published on April 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Cheers of “de-fense” boomed through Klockner Stadium as Syracuse fans simultaneously pounded on the bleachers.Following three straight North Carolina goals, the Orange needed a stop.“We had been playing great all game so I just told them to focus on that,” SU goalie Kelsey Richardson said. “What we focus on expands so I think we really stepped up at the end of the game and we came up with a stop.”Not one, but two in the last 14 seconds of the second half.Marie McCool’s stick was checked from behind on a free position with 14 seconds left and the ball flew out of bounds. But the Tar Heels got the ball back with two seconds remaining.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKelly Devlin caught a pass from behind the net, cut to her left and unloaded a potential game-winning shot on Richardson, who reached her stick to her left and saved the ball from heading into the top corner.Without Richardson and the rest of her defense, sixth-seeded Syracuse (14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) wouldn’t have beaten No. 1 seed North Carolina (15-3, 6-1), 9-8, in double overtime of the ACC tournament championship on Sunday afternoon. Kayla Treanor scored the game-winner, but it didn’t happen until after the defense forced UNC to miss 22-of-30 shot attempts.“They don’t get much respect, certainly no accolades,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “Coming in, they just stepped up and played great team defense. The middies, the defenders, the goalie, everybody stepped up and played together today.”Outside of UNC’s 3-0 run at the end of the second half, SU’s defense excelled from the start. On North Carolina’s first possession, Sam McGee stood behind the net waiting for her teammates to set up. But she never had a chance to pass to them, as Mallory Vehar checked the ball out of her stick and behind the endline.After allowing the Tar Heels to tie the game at three with 11:05 left in the first half, the Orange forced four turnovers and Richardson made three saves the rest of the half.Syracuse’s bench first turned to greet the defense, which played one of its best halves of the season against one of its most formidable opponents.“We kept turning over the ball on just passing plays,” UNC head coach Jenny Levy said. “So really (Syracuse’s defense) gave us a hard time early to get any momentum.”On UNC’s first possession of the second half, Richardson intercepted a pass from McGee for the second time of the game. Halle Majorana scored on SU’s next trip down the field, giving the Orange the lead it would hold onto for most of the half.On April 11, the Tar Heels drubbed SU to the score of 15-8, the Orange’s biggest loss of the year and two weeks later, Syracuse nearly cut the goals it allowed in half, its second-fewest of the season.“We continue to stop converting on opportunities we created for ourselves,” Levy said. “At some point it’s going to bite you in the ass — in the butt, sorry — and it did.”In overtime, the defense got a chance to display its improvement. In the first half of the first overtime, Erica Bodt swatted Maggie Bill’s stick near the restraining line and gave Syracuse the ball back. Minutes later, Bill’s shot was blocked.After Treanor scored on SU’s first possession of the second overtime, defender Brenna Rainone danced in the center of an SU huddle.While waiting to receive the championship trophy, the Orange’s starting defense —Vehar, Rainone, Kaeli O’Connor and Haley McDonnell — posed for a photo.During the postgame press conference, Gait reflected on beating the No. 4-, No. 3- and No. 2-ranked teams in four days and a smile crept over Richardson’s face.“I think we just started to talk just a little bit more,” Vehar said of what changed in the past two weeks. “We play really strong team defense, it takes everyone. And I think we’re just starting to click.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Out of mind but in plain sight: Homelessness in Los Angeles

first_img“I’ve been working down here as a volunteer since I was 14 years old, and 30 years later it doesn’t look better. It looks worse.”Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s words carry across a packed crowd gathered on Jan. 28 in the Los Angeles Mission, a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless residents of Skid Row. He acknowledges that homelessness in Los Angeles is a more pressing problem than ever before. At the same time, he praises the city government for stepping up and taking action, from funding outreach programs to hiring case workers.And yet, outside the gates of the L.A. Mission where Garcetti speaks, tents on the sidewalk go up as 2,500 people prepare to spend tonight — like every other night — on the streets.Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanOver the past year, Los Angeles has grown to contain the nation’s largest chronically homeless population and experienced the country’s greatest spike in homelessness. While the rest of the country saw homeless populations flatline — and several major cities reduced their figures — Los Angeles outpaced New York’s chronic homelessness increase 3 to 1.In response, lawmakers ushered in a series of actions targeting homelessness in 2016. On Jan. 4, California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León and a group of state senators announced a $2 billion legislative package to build affordable housing for mentally ill and chronically homeless individuals.Los Angeles’ homeless population did not appear overnight. Research shows that a combination of factors including mental illness, unemployment and skyrocketing rents drove the city to a point where the government had to take action. Garcetti’s words came just days after the announcement of new government initiatives to “find a way to get [people] off the street,” no matter the cost.The recent moves on the part of government bodies, however, have left researchers, organizers and others working in the field wondering why the issue was allowed to expand until it reached a breaking point. Ultimately, many question whether these initiatives will truly address the underlying causes of homelessness among thousands of people for whom Los Angeles is not a home but a vacant spot where a home should be.Skimming the surfaceIn the past few years, Los Angeles has tried to keep up with the growing needs of its homeless residents. Numerous nonprofits and government organizations work to house people living without shelter and provide food and medical services to the city’s homeless population. In 1993, the city even established a specific government bureau — the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority — and provided it with an annual budget of $70 million.The problem is that these services aren’t working. The combined efforts of public, private and nonprofit organizations have failed to reduce homelessness in the past year and have in fact allowed it to reach a point where one out of every 253 people in the city lacks permanent housing.Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanAccording to John Kelly, the outreach coordinator for the L.A. Mission, the issue was not that the government didn’t take action in recent years, but that the solutions it pursued were not effective. He explained that current government systems prioritize those labeled “chronically homeless,” who have lived without permanent housing for at least one year.Eighty percent of the people on Skid Row don’t meet this criteria, Kelly said. This means that the chance of helping someone through early intervention and preventing chronic homelessness in the first place is lost.“If I have someone who has just lost their employment, or someone that’s in between jobs, they’re not eligible for me to house or help,” Kelly said. “Why do people have to get to the point where they’re chronically homeless before they can get help?”As a result, the overall number of homeless individuals has grown even as the government has devoted extra resources to housing and other forms of assistance. Channeling resources into avenues that don’t actually work to solve homelessness, according to Kelly, has neglected more important areas like the need for increased funding for homeless families.“Nobody wants to treat that situation,” Kelly said. “The money is in single-room occupancy housing, not housing for families. You can’t have kids in those places, and most women who need them still have family ties.”Out of 12 shelters for battered women in Los Angeles, according to Kelly, eight were not refunded this year. Because these shelters house women and children who are often fleeing domestic violence and would otherwise become homeless, closing them down adds to the number of people living without permanent housing. And in the future, homeless children are more likely to live on the streets than to be placed in a housing program, becoming the next generation of homeless adults as time goes on.Seth Kurzban, a clinical associate professor at the USC School of Social Work, agrees that the city has misused its resources. However, he believes that the spike in homelessness ties back to the inadequate treatment of mental illness in the homeless community.Kurzban has been working to increase social integration for homeless individuals with severe mental illness since 1996. That task, Kurzban said, is crucial because this group makes up only one-third of the homeless population but requires 75 percent of the resources available.“People dealing with a serious mental illness need far more of those services and take up far more of those resources,” Kurzban said. “Helping that population helps the entire homeless population because then those resources that get concentrated in this one segment can be redistributed across the entire swath of homelessness.”An unanswered questionJohn Kelly understands the struggle to allocate resources better than most.Kelly spent 17 years on Skid Row, moving in and out of temporary housing while struggling with drug addiction. When he first became homeless after losing his job working for the city of Los Angeles, Kelly had hope that he would soon find permanent housing or employment through a government program. But as time went on, no one reached out to help him get off the streets for good.Instead, Kelly said, what government services there were only enabled his drug addiction. And what started out as a temporary setback turned into a decades-long experience with chronic homelessness.“You can be on drugs and not realize how long you’ve been on them,” Kelly said. “If it’s convenient, like it was here, years can pass.”In November 2015, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that 12,536 people in Los Angeles County were chronically homeless, living without permanent housing for at least a year. These figures mark a 55 percent increase since 2013 and rise to 40,000 people when counting everyone who is currently homeless, no matter how long they have been on the streets.Kelly is among those who believe that drug addiction is the primary cause of the increase in homelessness. As the L.A. Mission’s outreach coordinator, he has helped more than 200 people on Skid Row overcome their addictions and find permanent housing over the past six years. Many of the people he works with, however, continue using even if they are offered a place to live.“We’re definitely not winning the war on drugs,” Kelly said. “And you will never be able to reduce the homeless count without addressing drugs — it goes hand-in-hand.”Data from the Community Epidemiology Work Group shows that in 2013, 16.6 percent of all people admitted for drug abuse treatment were homeless at the time of admission. In comparison, homeless individuals formed only 0.39 percent of the overall population. And with an increase in the use of drugs such as heroin — emergency visits for which rose 68 percent between 2005 and 2013 — more people are finding themselves in the same situation as the people Kelly assists.According to Kelly, however, most of the funding and services aimed at ending homelessness are enabling the problem instead. The push from governments and nonprofit organizations has been to target the mentally ill, but Kelly believes that providing access to prescription pills leads to a lack of incentive to stop using and get off the streets.“People can come down here and live with functional drug behavior, where it’s supported,” Kelly said. “[Los Angeles is] the best choice for homeless people because we have the best homeless system in the world.”Benjamin Henwood, however, sees a lack of affordable housing, and not drug addiction, as the biggest driving force behind homelessness in Los Angeles. Henwood, an assistant professor at the USC School of Social Work, pointed out that with a vacancy rate of less than 3 percent, the housing that Los Angeles offers simply can’t accommodate the people that live there.As a result, Henwood said, rising prices unfairly discriminate against those at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum.“Traditionally, we have approached homelessness as an issue that happens to an individual because of their choices, and in order to correct that and get out of it, people need to address their issues,” Henwood said. “Because of that, we’ve designed a system where we expected people to go into treatment settings, and if they were successful, we would help them get housing. But what people really need is a place to stay — a home.”A study by the Furman Center found that while rents went up 11 percent between 2006 and 2013, wages fell by 4 percent over the same time period. The resulting gap meant that fewer people were able to afford the rising cost of living in Los Angeles, an issue that Henwood says is central to understanding homelessness in the city.“Los Angeles is an extreme example of income inequality and wealth disparity,” Henwood said. “There are houses being sold for $100 million in Los Angeles County, at the same time as the government announced that it would spend $100 million to address the problem of homelessness that affects 44,000 people. These disparities are problematic.”Kenn Stokes volunteers at the L.A. Mission, an organization that serves the homeless population of Skid Row. Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanFor Kenn Stokes, a volunteer at the L.A. Mission who’s worked with homeless individuals for 11 years, the economic gap Henwood described has only grown worse in recent years.After the 2008 recession, Stokes saw the number of guests at the L.A. Mission increase drastically.“We were packed because people found themselves losing their homes and were out on the streets,” Stokes said. “They didn’t have resources like family members or other agencies.”This lack of resources, Stokes said, exacerbated the problem of chronic homelessness in particular. Year after year, he saw the same individuals returning to the L.A. Mission, as skyrocketing rents drove them onto the streets and a shortage of permanent, affordable housing kept them there.And when the government did step up, it channeled its resources into temporary solutions that stemmed the flow of temporary homelessness, but left the underlying problems unsolved.Searching for solutionsThe solutions enacted by the city and county governments worked, for a while, because they addressed a temporary need. Los Angeles County saw its chronically homeless population drop 65 percent between 2005 and 2013 after the construction of temporary housing and increased funding for mental health services got large numbers of people off the streets.It wasn’t until 2015’s 55 percent increase in chronic homelessness that legislators realized these temporary solutions couldn’t support long-term change.The state government also plans to invest $200 million over four years to provide shorter-term supportive housing while permanent housing is constructed elsewhere.Three days later, Los Angeles County officials released a comprehensive Homeless Initiative, which contained 47 strategies for combatting homelessness.These are divided into six categories: preventing homelessness, subsidizing housing costs, increasing income, providing case management and services, creating a coordinated system and increasing affordable housing.The plan has an estimated cost of $149.7 million and was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 9. The first of its three phases will implement about a dozen of the Homeless Initiative strategies by June 30, while Phase 2 will take place in the second half of 2016 and Phase 3 will begin in 2017.L.A. City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who serves as co-chair of the city’s homelessness and poverty committee, believes that these steps address a critical need.“To combat this crisis, we need to create a citywide strategic plan to ameliorate the multitude of issues affecting our Angelenos living on the streets,” Harris-Dawson wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “We need to increase financial stability and job opportunities as well as providing better integration of services throughout the City and County to ensure people have the support they need to get back onto their feet.”Others, however, see the initiatives as a starting point rather than a comprehensive solution. Among these is Jeremy Sidell, the chief development and communications officer for PATH, a shelter and outreach organization dedicated to finding permanent housing for homeless individuals and families.“We’ve seen a lot of positive change in terms of much greater involvement on the party of local, city and county governments,” Sidell said. “But the only way to end homelessness is to put people in homes. So until we’re able to solve the crisis around affordable housing and to commit to moving people who are currently living on the streets, we’ll continue to be challenged by homelessness in our community.”Tent city · Every night, thousands of people set up tents on the sidewalk to seek temporary shelter from the elements, such as below this freeway overpass on 39th Street. Government programs attempting to address homelessness have channeled resources into supporting single-room occupancy housing, which has left many women and children without homes.Hawken Miller | Daily TrojanOne such solution, according to Henwood, may be Housing First, a national model for addressing homelessness that has been used successfully in several major U.S. cities, and most recently was able to reduce chronic homelessness in the state of Utah.Housing First, Henwood explained, reverses the traditional approach toward homelessness. Instead of waiting until people have gone through rehabilitation programs to provide them with housing, Housing First starts with placing people in permanent homes.As a result, they can feel free to pursue the activities that will lift them out of the cycle of homelessness, such as getting a job or seeking mental health counseling.“If you think about what your life is like day-to-day, I think most of us take for granted that we wake up in the same place every morning and that we have a refrigerator where we can get food,” Henwood said. “They’re pretty mundane things, but if you lack any of those, it’s really hard to concentrate on getting to work on time or following through with an appointment when you’re worried about where to get your next meal.”The initiative has been adopted by several major organizations, including Sidell’s PATH and projects such as Home For Good. However, Los Angeles as a city hasn’t made Housing First its official policy and hasn’t made any indications that it plans to in the future.This refusal to act makes Henwood and others feel like the recent string of government initiatives won’t create comprehensive change, despite their multi-billion dollar price tag.An issue of attitudeFor some researchers, solving homelessness isn’t about the money at all.Kurzban believes that many of the issues behind government approaches toward homelessness result from an attitude that punishes people for being homeless instead of helping them.“Not much has changed since [I started working in] 1996,” Kurzban said. “People still approach the homeless as ‘the unworthy poor’ — we want them to prove that they are ready to get resources, and that really exacerbates the number of people living on the street. We are still operating on a system that works piece by piece, and as a result has not addressed the greater need.”Stokes agrees that individual mindsets about homelessness color official policy. But he sees a way to change those attitudes by recognizing the mutual humanity that exists between those who have permanent housing and those who don’t.“These people are not a lost cause,” Stokes said. “And they think that society has given up on them, but sometimes people deserve a second and third and fourth chance.”For the people that set up their tents outside the L.A. Mission every night, that chance could mean the difference between having a hot meal and going hungry. Many who haven’t been homeless for very long are optimistic that the government will help them receive mental health treatment, drug counseling, employment or housing. Those who have spent years on the streets are less hopeful.Maybe some of them hear Garcetti’s speech as it filters through the gates that bar them from entering the L.A. Mission outside of designated meal times. But even if they do, few think it will make a difference — what does $100 million mean to someone who can’t afford to pay that month’s rent?Instead, 2,500 residents of Skid Row unfold their poles and spread out their tarps as the sun goes down.last_img read more

Oshoala Says Not under Pressure to Deliver as Falcons Land in…

first_imgOshoala impressed in the second half of last season at Barcelona and the Spanish side have turned the loan into a permanent deal after netting eight goals in 11 competitive matches.”I am not under any pressure, I’m just going there to have fun, I’m not looking for a club or whatever. I am just going to the World Cup to have fun and help the team and give 100 percent, do the best I can,” said Oshoala.”The goals were not just coming in the Nations Cup which is normal, sometimes you get a goal, sometimes you just help the team, so you don’t have to score all the time. Scoring in Barcelona, probably I am getting it right, sometimes it happens like this.”She added : ”For me it’s one step at a time, we go by each game. First game against Norway, second game against Korea, third game against France and then we pick it up from there. After the group stage, we know what’s next.”The Super Falcons departed the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf in Austria, where they were on a two-week residential camping on Thursday.The delegation of the Super Falcons players and officials landed at the Aeroport Charles de Gaulle just before 5pm, three days to the kick-off of the tournament.Although their best performance till date has been a quarter final appearance at the third edition of the competition in the United States of America 20 years ago, the Falcons are one of only seven teams to have appeared in every edition of the championship since it was launched in China in 1991.The others are the senior women teams of Germany, Norway, Brazil, USA, Sweden and Japan.In France, the nine-time African champions are up against host nation France, Norway and Korea Republic in Group A.They open their campaign against Norway on Saturday in Reims, before other matches against Korea Republic in Grenoble (12th June) and France in Rennes (17th June).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUPBarcelona’s Asisat Oshoala has said that she is not under any pressure ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup opener against Norway on Saturday, June 8 in France.The former Arsenal and Liverpool striker did not make an impact that fans are used to seeing at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), scoring three goals, all coming in the 6-0 rout of Equatorial Guinea, and did not win an individual accolade at the end of the tournament in Ghana.last_img read more

Flutter backs strategy to navigate 2019 complexities

first_img StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Publishing its full-year 2019 results, the governance of FTSE100 Flutter Entertainment Plc has detailed confidence in the firm’s future growth prospects after closing a year of regulatory adjustments and sustainability challenges.  Citing strong international expansions, Flutter achieved record revenues of £2.14 billion, up 14% against corresponding FY2018’s £1.81 billion – a tough comparative period featuring World Cup trading.Flutter governance underlined its record revenue achievement as a testament to the firm’s guiding  ‘four-pillar growth strategy’, in which the firm seeks to ‘maximise UK profitability’ whilst establishing ‘podium positions’ within new markets.  Despite maintaining revenue growth, Flutter’s FY2019 corporate EBITDA results declined 15% to £385 million (FY2018: £451m), as FTSE betting group absorbed £107 million in incremental taxes and regulatory charges.Updating investors, Flutter Group CEO Peter Jackson commented: “The Group’s four-pillar strategy that we laid out last year remains in place and good progress has been made against each pillar during 2019. In our core markets, we remain strongly positioned. Internationally we have made progress in improving the Betfair proposition and have added to our podium positions with the acquisition of Adjarabet. In the US, our business goes from strength to strength.”A breakdown of segments saw Paddy Power Betfair’s (PPB) UK online division maintain 6% growth to £1 billion (FY2018: £950m), navigating a tough regulatory backdrop in which its assets have been supported by improved products, customer retention and high coverage marketing campaigns.Internationally, Flutter’s Sportsbet Australia unit maintained its ‘podium position’ by recording revenue growth of 14% to £446 million (FY2018: £400m), offsetting incremental tax increases across several Australian states. Elsewhere, governance details strong US progress as its new FanDuel sportsbook records revenues of £325 million to complete its first year in operations. It said that FanDuel has taken an ‘online share’ of 44% within US regulated states as growth saw the division record an underlying EBITDA loss of £40 million.Looking to the year ahead, Peter Jackson noted that Flutter will have to navigate further regulatory challenges within its UK and Irish home markets.“On January 14th, the UK Gambling Commission announced that it would introduce a ban on gambling by credit card from 14th April this year,” he said. “In our submission to the UK Gambling Commission on credit cards, we had acknowledged that there was a need for some change in this area and we will be in a position to implement the required changes on schedule.” “In addition, the UK Government has announced that it will review the 2005 Gambling Act in the months ahead and we are hopeful that the emphasis of future UK regulation will be on player protection with a clear focus on affordability. In Ireland, we remain supportive of the Government’s work on the Gambling Control Bill which seeks, among other things, to establish a dedicated regulator for the gambling sector in Ireland.” PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more

Census deadline extended to October 31

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis ALPENA,  Mich – The deadline for Michigan residents to respond to the 2020 census has now been extended from July 31 to October 31st.While Michigan is one of the states with the highest response rate, apprehension about filling out the questionnaire may stem from people wondering if their information is secure.Michigan Attorney, Dana Nessel, wants to remind everyone that consumer protection is top priority and assures that information is confidential and protected.Any violation from bureau staff can result in a fine up to two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and or up to five years in jail.It is also important that Michigan residents understand that filling out the census is critical especially now during the COVID–19 pandemic to ensure that federal funding is available to support public health and disease prevention in the future.To complete the census online, you can visit or phone 844-330-2020.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Light show coming as we pass through the tail of Halley’s CometNext The babies were outlast_img read more

Traffic to be stopped on Saturday due to Match between BiH and Belgium

first_imgThe Ministry of Transport of Sarajevo Canton has informed citizens of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that traffic will be temporarily suspended on the site of the Grbavica stadium, when BiH and Belgium will play a soccer game.The suspension relates to Zvornik Street, in the part of the intersection with the streets of the Aziza Sacirbegovic street to the intersection with the Kemal Kapetanovic street and on the Topal Osman Pasa street in the section from the intersection with the Kemal Kapetanovic street to the intersection with Zvornicka street in the period between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.Also, parking in the parking lot next to the residential and business building “Loris” in the period from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., which will be used for the organization of the mentioned match, will be banned.All of these measures have been taken for the purpose of enhanced security and are linked to this extremely important game. The aforementioned measures allow faster and easier entry and exit of spectators from the stadium, NSBiH announced.(Source: read more

God’s Not Dead 2 is playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: God’s Not Dead 2 (see trailer below).Schedule: Friday 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Saturday will 6 p.m. as part of the Coffee Shop No. 7 celebration.   Rated: PG (for some thematic elements). Time: 2 hours 1 minute.Movie Synopsis: A high-school teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) fights for the right to discuss Jesus in her public classroom. This sequel to the 2014 faith-based box office hit God’s Not Dead also stars Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White and Ray Wise. Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 11%. Audience review: 62% liked it.last_img read more