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Damion Thomas hurdles record ratified by IAAF

first_imgThe World Under-20 record-equaling run of 12.99 seconds by Damion Thomas when winning the 110m hurdles title at the National Junior Trials in Kingston in late June has been ratified by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).Thomas, who went on to win the gold medal at the IAAF Under-20 World Championships at Ratina Stadium in Tampere, Finland, in July, equaled the World Under-20 record that was set by France’s Wilhem Belocian in 2014.Belcocian had run 12.99 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on July 24, 2014, as Jamaica’s Tyler Mason won the silver medal in a then Jamaican Junior Record 13.06 seconds.Thomas’s record was one of seven new marks ratified, including the men’s decathlon mark of 9,126 set by France’s Kevin Mayer in Talence, France, on September 16; beating the 9,045 that was held by American Ashton Eaton, set in Beijing, China, August 2015.Two world records were set hours apart on September 16 as Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge set a new men’s marathon mark of two hours, 1.39 minutes, under the previous 2:2.57 held by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto in September 2014.last_img read more

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Guyana Political Parties Gear Up for March 2 General Election

first_imgPresident David Granger and members of the APNU+AFC Coalition (APNU+AFC photo) GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Both major political parties in Guyana, the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the governing, A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) are gearing up for the country’s next general election on March 2.The main opposition PPP/C has named retired Brigadier Mark A. Phillips as its prime ministerial candidate for the regional and general election.Late last month, the party had indicated that it would soon start the process to select a prime ministerial candidate with Opposition Leader and the party’s general secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo saying it had already named former housing minister Irfaan Ali as its presidential candidate.In a statement, the PPP/C said that, during a meeting of its Central Committee, Phillips “was unanimously endorsed” as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.Nomination Day for the March 2 election will be on January 10.“Mr Phillips has had a long and distinguished career in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) spanning nearly four decades, culminating with his appointment as the eighth Chief of Staff of the GDF, from September 2013, until he retired in October 2016. As a member of the Army, Mr Phillips held a number of crucial leadership positions at various levels and ranks and his consistent upward mobility clearly demonstrated that he acquitted himself with distinction in every position held,” the PPP/C said in the statement.It said that, apart from his military training, Phillips is also well qualified academically with degrees in public management and several postgraduate diplomas in defence planning and various areas of management.“Mr Phillips is, therefore, well qualified and equipped to partner with the PPP as its prime ministerial candidate, as it strides forward to win the upcoming elections and form the next Government of Guyana.”The PPP/C is challenging the coalition, led by President David Granger, who recently launched their re-election campaign in Georgetown. Thousands of supporters, decked out in green, gathered in the Durban Park to see an energetic Granger speak.In the last election in 2015, the APNU won by a slender one-seat majority in the 65-member Parliament. But Jagdeo, in December 2018, successfully tabled a motion of no-confidence motion (NCM) in the David Granger-led coalition, forcing the early elections.On January 3, Granger addressed the NCM to the crowd of supporters, saying that “he is unbothered” and is focusing on being re-elected to provide a better life for all Guyanese.As he did in 2015, Granger promised to push Constitutional Reform, but this time he said the task will be completed. “We’re going to reform the constitution so that nonsense they try to do to us in the last 12 months don’t happen again.”On December 21, 2018, a No-Confidence Motion was passed against the APNU+AFC Government in the National Assembly which significantly reduced its powers over the past 12 months. The motion needed a majority of 33 to be passed against the one-seat majority Government, according to the Constitution of Guyana. Since one of the members of the AFC, Charrandas Persaud, voted with the opposition, it was a win for the PPP/C.On September 25, 2019, Granger announced the date for the next general elections.last_img read more

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IAAF President – Athletics Biggest Challenge Is Not Doping, It’s Relevance “To Young People”

first_imgIAAF President, Lord Coe, has declared that the biggest challenge facing the IAAF is not doping, but relevance to young people.Coe, who is a double Olympic Gold medalist, told a press conference: “The biggest challenge in our sport is not doping, it(doping) is a challenge, the biggest challenge in our sport is remaining relevant to young people,”Doping is widely considered the number one problem of world athletics by the public, but Coe insisted that the IAAF “spend pretty much most of our day discussing” on how Athletics will remain attractive to young and upcoming “athletes, administrators, and coaches”World athletics supremo Lord Coe: “the biggest challenge to our sport is not doping…it is remaining relevant to young people” VIDEO pic.twitter.com/MPph9ZE0kj— Dan Roan (@danroan) August 1, 2017He continued: “…finding partners, commercials and public sector partners that recognize that.”“We’ve got systems in place that’s better than it has ever been, I know that’s possibly counter narrative at the moment but that’s the reality.”Lace up your ?, #IAAFworlds is nearly here! pic.twitter.com/jtGEEbcbUp— IAAF (@iaaforg) July 31, 2017The IAAF World Championships will commence in London this weekend, 5th Aug 2017, until 13th Aug 2017.Lord Coe is also the Chairman of the British Olympic Association and was the chairman of the successful London bid for the 2012 Olympics.Video Credit: Twitter.com – Dan Roan RelatedJustin Gatlin’s Victory Not Perfect – IAAF PresidentAugust 6, 2017In “Sports”Sebastian Coe Unanimously Returns as IAAF PresidentSeptember 26, 2019In “Athletics”ATHLETICS: Caster Semenya Begins Legal Battle Against IAAFFebruary 20, 2019In “Athletics”last_img read more

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Bundesliga Update: Bayern Squander Two-Goal Lead In First Post-Ancelotti Game

first_imgThe draw means German champions Bayern Munich has lost further ground in the title race with the team now five points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund though the point was enough to move the team from 3rd to 2nd position after TSG Hoffenheim lost 3-2 at Freiburg.RelatedBayern Fail To Secure League Summit After Wolfsburg DrawSeptember 23, 2017In “Europe”German Bundesliga Wrap: Leaders Dortmund Falter As Bayern, Leipzig Mount Pressure With WinOctober 22, 2017In “Europe”European League Wrap: Record setting Manchester City hammer Palace for five; Ancelotti, Montella under-fire.September 25, 2017In “England” Bayern had led 2-0 with goals from Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski either side of halftime before two goals in four second half minutes courtesy Ondrej Duda and Ivorian international forward Salomon Kalou ensured that the hosts earned a point from the encounter. Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern Munich last week but nothing seems to have changed under his interim replacement Willy Sagnol after the team squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with their opponents Hertha Berlin just like what happened in the last league game of Ancelotti’s reign.last_img read more

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BetStars expects leaderboard to ‘Take A Turn’ at Musselburgh

first_imgShare 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas37.80 3Stephen Harris – bettingexpert1.627.53 4Harry Lang – Pinnacle47.00 5Alexman – OLBG25.10 6Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 7Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 8Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air24.50 9Conall McSorley – Metric Gaming14.00 10Michael Robinson – Betsafe13.50 11Conor White – BetBright13.33 12Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 13Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 14Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 15Steve Munns – Grosvenor Sport00.00 Related Articles StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Ian Marmion, Trading Director at BetStars, is hoping that ‘Take A Turn’ is a good omen for his Tipster Challenge hopes at Musselburgh.Marmion, who failed to muster any points on his previous showing in late April, has also put forward early market leader Suwaan as his Nap of the Day in the 5:00.Meanwhile, bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris is hoping for a ‘Tectonic’ shift in Tipster Challenge returns, having collected just 3.33 points across the last three weeks.____________________________________2:00bettingexpert: Vj DayHas been well backed on both career runs so far. Shaped with promise and this looks quite a drop in class.BetStars: Vj DayNice debut at Haydock a couple of months ago. Likely to improve for that and more scope than most of the others.____________________________________2:30bettingexpert: Crazy TornadoHas been running well at Ayr all summer and should appreciate this speed track at Musselburgh with a promising 5lb claimer taking over in the saddle.BetStars: Lil SophellaA C&D winner who showed signs of a revival last time. EW play at the prices.____________________________________3:00bettingexpert: Jonny DeltaBest when dominating from the stalls and can see these off if his young claimer seizes the initiative.BetStars: Ivor’s InvolvementRan into a bang in form rival last time and nothing of his calibre here.____________________________________3:30bettingexpert: Pearl AcclaimAll speed and this track is ideal given he struggles to get home even over the minimum trip these days.BetStars: BogartBeen the bridesmaid the last twice but might have found his turn today from a good draw.____________________________________4:00bettingexpert: RosemayComes from a stable in terrific form and has been shaping well in defeat in recent weeks.BetStars: Take A TurnThe inform and progressive Take A Turn can make it three wins from six this year, continuing his upward curve.____________________________________4:30bettingexpert: Tectonic (Nap of the Day)Has well documented quirks but will love these conditions and should be able to win this on the bridle if Fanning can coax his head in front late on.BetStars: La BacouetteuseOnly four runners but a tight handicap with marginal preference for the four-time C&D winner trained by the in-form Ian Jardine.____________________________________5:00bettingexpert: Rapid RangerCould well improve for the fitting of a hood and has ideal conditions to halt a frustrating spell.BetStars: Suwaan (Nap of the Day)The last race has probably the best bet on the card with Suwaan having solid claims against these.____________________________________ Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Share Submit ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020last_img read more

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Tabcorp reviews current business assets as Tatts merger decision looms

first_imgShare Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Entering a new financial year, Australia ASX-listed gambling group Tabcorp Holdings has detailed a solid opening for its 2018 operating guidance, publishing its opening quarter trading statement (period ending 30 September).Although no longer required to provide quarterly trading statements, due to its ongoing merger with Tatts Group, Tabcorp governance has proceeded to update its investors and stakeholders.Tabcorp would detail a 5.7% increase in group revenues to AUS $578 million, primarily driven by its ‘Wagering & Media’ division which recorded increased revenues of AUS $481 million (Q1 2017: AUS $461 million).Publishing its trading update, Tabcorp governance has chosen not to disclose any information relating to the firm’s earnings and profit performance.From a UK perspective, Tabcorp detailed that its Sun Bets division had recorded poor period operating revenues of AUS $1.1 million, which was deemed to be ‘below expectations’. Tabcorp governance has further detailed that Sun Bets operations are currently ‘under review’.Pursuing its merger with Tatts, Tabcorp has placed a number of business assets under strategic review. In its trading update, Tabcorp governance detailed that it would make a final decision on the future of its Luxbet brand within the coming weeks.  Hosting a Q1 trading call, Tabcorp Holdings Chairman Paula Dwyer would update investors on the firm’s drawn-out merger with Tatts Group, stating that the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) had this week finished its reprimanded review of Tabcorp-Tatts combination, taking on-board the considerations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and market rival CrownBet.Dwyer conceded that the prolonged merger was accumulating costs for Tabcorp operations, but assured investors’ that the company board is prepared for any potential ruling with regards to the Tabcorp-Tatts combination.last_img read more

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Stride revises 2018 expectations following £4m UKGC compliance penalty

first_img Rank finalises Stride Gaming takeover October 4, 2019 Submit StumbleUpon Share Rank pleased with Grosvenor progress as critical Stride integration begins October 15, 2019 Rank clears UKGC hurdle in takeover of Stride Gaming September 23, 2019 Share The governance of London AIM-listed online gambling group Stride Gaming has set aside £4 million to pay a forthcoming UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) penalty in relation to compliance failures.The UKGC penalty sees Stride revise its 2018 corporate forecasts (year ending 31 August), with governance anticipating a 20% decline in EBITDA performance to £16 million.On 2 August 2018, Stride governance had alerted its investors that it had received a UKGC notice outlining the commission’s intention to require its syndicated brands to ‘pay a significant financial penalty following a review of its licensed activities’.Updating investors this morning, Stride governance details that it will seek to fulfil its £4 million UKGC penalty by the end of the calendar year.Stride is expected to publish its full-year 2018 trading results on 21 November 2018. Commenting on the trading update Stride Gaming Chief Executive Eitan Boyd stated:“I am pleased to report that the group has traded well during the second half of the year despite a number of headwinds impacting the UK online gaming market,”“Our focus remains on delivering further market share growth in the UK, driven by continued product innovation and increasing player loyalty. This is underpinned by the strength of our proprietary technology as well as our proven business analytics capabilities.” Related Articleslast_img read more

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Duncan Maylon departs as Camelot retail director

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Duncan Maylon, retail director of Camelot UK, is to depart the company after nearly a decade to pursue the position of commercial director at Arla Foods.During his tenure at Camelot, Maylon helped grow National Lottery retail sales upwards of 15 per cent, with annual in-store sales totting up to over £5bn. Malyon said: “I’ve loved working at Camelot for the last decade, and I feel confident that I’m leaving the retail team – and the business as a whole – in a great place. “I’ll be watching out for Camelot’s successes, which I know will continue well into the future.”Maylon worked for Camelot since April 2009. Since then, the lottery provider has grown from 27,500 retail outlets to now boasting 45,000. Camelot chief executive, Nigel Railton, added: “Duncan has been instrumental in overseeing the retail components of our strategic plan and has done an excellent job of laying strong, solid foundations to ensure we continue to deliver a first-class experience for National Lottery retail players, as well as for our tens of thousands of retail partners.“Although we’re all extremely sorry to see him go, this is a fantastic opportunity for Duncan – and is testament to the calibre of talent we have at Camelot.”Maylon had previously been tasked with overseeing the US contingent of Camelot. He was responsible for heading up Camelot Global, holding the position of senior vice-president North America at Camelot Global.Since his return to the UK in 2017, Camelot has invested heavily in developing initiatives that will enhance the customer journey and improve retailer engagement. Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

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Gambling Commission calls The Samaritans to bolster guidelines

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Share The Gambling Commission is partnering up with The Samaritans in the battle against problem gambling after a fresh analysis of 2007 data shed light on its links with suicide.  The small scale research programme, published today by GambleAware and the Gambling Commission, was based on findings from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) and indicated that one in five (19%) had thought about suicide in the past year.Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said: “This research is based on data from 2007 but nonetheless the findings clearly show a connection between suicide and gambling, something that has a real and devastating impact on people’s lives. Whilst further research and more timely data collection is essential, we are taking further action now to protect people from the risk of gambling harm.“As a result of this research, the Commission and Samaritans will work together to bolster the existing requirements on gambling businesses to identify those at risk and take action to address and reduce harm.”The work programme which the Commission and Samaritans have agreed to develop will include guidance to sit alongside the Commission’s requirements for the gambling industry to ensure operators are responding appropriately to risks around suicide.In addition, the gambling support charity GamCare will pilot an extension to the National Gambling helpline hours to 24 hours a day for a period of two years to better support vulnerable customers. This pilot will be funded by GambleAware and comes as a result of this research.The survey questioned 7,403 people, of which 41 were identified as problem gamblers (5.5%). From this figure, it was extrapolated that 5% of problem gamblers reported they had made a suicide attempt in the past year, compared with 0.6% of those who showed no sign of problem gambling. Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, said: “There is limited data and research on the link between gambling and suicide and this research is just the start. This report has clearly identified the significant gaps in the data that is currently available and what steps we should be taking to get more evidence to help improve our knowledge and understanding of the relationship between gambling and suicide. “It is vital we all know what signs to look out for in a gambling addiction, so we can point people in the direction of help as and when they need it. We look forward to continuing to work with Government, particularly the Department of Health and Social Care, and all those involved to promote the help and services available at BeGambleAware.org.”The survey analysis shows an association between problem gambling, suicidal behaviours and loneliness that researchers suggest warrants further investigation. Problem gamblers were more likely to feel lonely and isolated from other people than the rest of the population and appeared to have a smaller network of people they felt close to and were less likely to feel that their friends and family gave them encouragement and support. Dr Heather Wardle, Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “The harms from gambling are profound and can be devastating for individuals, families and communities. These results show how people with gambling problems are a higher risk group for suicidality. Everyone involved in providing, legislating and regulating gambling should recognise this risk and take action to prevent harm.”In order to scope out what further research may be needed, a range of stakeholders, including those with lived experience of gambling harms, including addiction and bereavement due to suicide, attended a one-day workshop. The aim of the session was to better understand what knowledge gaps there were regarding gambling and suicide and to develop recommendations for future work.Recommendations from the session included: The development of educational packages for clinicians, primary care providers and coroners to raise awareness of the association between gambling and suicidality.The commissioning of a systematic review of evidence of the relationship between gambling and suicidalityThe conduct of a psychological autopsy study to explore cases where gambling is related to suicideProfessor Ann John, Swansea University and Chair of the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on Suicide and Self-harm prevention, said: “‘Death by suicide is usually in response to a complex interplay of a number of factors, it is rarely due to a single reason and is never inevitable.  However, there is no doubt that there has been a lack of recognition that there is an association between problem gambling and suicide. “Our research is a first step in understanding that association. Problem gamblers should be included as a high-risk group in suicide prevention strategies, efforts made to improve awareness, particularly in those providing services, and we need to encourage people to seek help before they reach a crisis point.” GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020last_img read more

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Alizeti enters ‘new era for the Tote’ after finalising takeover

first_imgShare Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Submit The UK Tote Group, the consortium of racing-backed investors formerly known as Alizeti, has revealed that it will begin a ‘new era for the Tote’ after confirming the completion of its acquisition of the UK’s pool betting operator for horse racing, making the group the sole owner. Outlining its plans for brand development, the Group has placed a particular focus upon the modernisation of the 90-year old British racecourse institution which will include the launch of a new Tote website and the return of Tote Ten to Follow in a new modern format.Alex Frost, UK Tote Group Chief Executive, commented: “Today marks the start of an exciting new era for the Tote. Pool betting plays a leading role in racing jurisdictions around the world and we believe the Tote can play a similar role in the UK, while supporting and growing British racing in the years ahead. I would like to personally thank Fred Done and his team at Betfred for their invaluable help over the last 18 months.“I would also like to recognise and thank all those across the industry who have been instrumental in our journey to acquire the Tote. We have received tremendous encouragement and support from owners, trainers, breeders, racecourses and those in the administration of the sport, for which we are enormously grateful.”In addition to contributing to the Horserace Betting Levy, the UK Tote Group has confirmed that it has signed a new agreement Britbet which will operate the Tote across 55 British racecourses, taking over ownership from Betfred. It is expected that this will see the Tote contribute a minimum of £50 million to the sport over the next seven years. Frost continued: “Our partnership with Britbet and its member racecourses is now well established, and we look forward to working even more closely with Neil Goulden, Nigel Roddis and the Britbet team to deliver an innovative and enhanced pool betting experience across the Britbet racecourses.“We also look forward to continuing to operate the pool at Ascot Racecourse for Bet with Ascot and building on the success of World Pool earlier this year with them and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, who will continue to be one of our most important commingling partners from the strategic perspective of the Tote’s global connectivity.“The racing world has huge respect for British racing and we are very optimistic about its future. As the new stewards of this iconic British institution, we are focused on remaining true to the founding principles of the Tote, while modernising the business to secure its future relevance.”This morning’s update sees Betfred close its association with the Tote, an asset the bookmaker acquired through a 2011 UK government auction for £265 million. It had been reported earlier this month that Betfred was expected to continue to manage the Tote’s services for the next 12 months.Fred Done, Founder and Chief Executive of Betfred, added: “Through our ownership of the Tote we have made a significant contribution to racing over the last eight years. We wish Alex Frost and his team all the best and they have been very fair to deal with.”Neil Goulden, Chairman of Britbet, which will now operate the pool betting outlets across 55 British racecourses said: “We welcome today’s news which provides clarity on the future of the Tote. We look forward to continuing to work with the UK Tote Group team to deliver the innovation and investment that will allow pool betting to flourish and, in turn, serve the sport we love. Along with the new technology we have rolled out across the 55 Britbet racecourses since July last year, today’s news gives us the scope to develop the racecourse experience for customers.”The UK Tote Group, formerly known as Alizeti, has undergone a major management reshuffle in the last 18 months in its bid to revamp its retail and digital offering as well as pursuing ‘ambitious growth plans.’  The consortium is said to have taken part in ‘constructive conversations’ regarding the extension of international partnerships, which will focus upon the sale of Tote products through retail and digital outlets, as well as with overseas pool betting operators. Eamonn Wilmott, UK Tote Group Chairman, added: “I would like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who has been part of helping us get here. As well as supporting British racing, we want the Tote to make an ever-increasing contribution to ‘UK Plc’. We have our headquarters in Wigan and we aim to expand further, as well as building the Tote’s global connections.“We have assembled a top-class executive team with a rare combination of passion, experience and expertise, who are entirely focused on ensuring the Tote has a bright future. We’re at the start of our journey to make the Tote into a successful, socially responsible business which truly cares about its customers and staff and gives back to the sport we love – a renewed Tote in which we can all take great pride.”Nicholas Cooper, Chairman of the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), concluded: “We are proud to be investors in the Tote. The ROA is here to support the interests of racehorse owners throughout the UK and we are delighted to see the Tote is now owned by people who care passionately about the future of British racing. “We believe a rejuvenated Tote will be of significant long-term benefit to the finances of British racing which is a positive development for racehorse owners and the 85,000 people who work in the sport. We would encourage everyone in British racing to back the Tote.”last_img read more

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