Election 2014 – and the influence of Value Your Vote

first_imgSo what did we learn last night…1. Labour’s Maryan Street didn’t get back in. So it’s bye bye to attempts to decriminalise euthanasia for a while :-):-)2. Bye Hone. Families won’t miss your foul language3. A disaster for the Greens. And was it because of their abortion policy? We’re pretty sure it was!4. Gay marriage and ‘bathroom bills’ (gender confusion…) cost Labour. When will they learn to shut down MP’s who want to do radical social engineering. All their vote was down in the South Auckland seats – as Sua William Sio predicted. Even ex-leader David Shearer said on television this morning that Labour had been hijacked by special interest groups. Of course he was referring to MP’s like Louisa Wall.5. Did Labour and Greens do badly and NZ First and Conservatives do better because of Value Your Vote? You betcha!! We’ll be back! #valueyourvote2017last_img read more

DNR: Child drowns at Brookville Reservoir

first_img(Photo: Indiana DNR)BROOKVILLE, Ind. — A 5-year-old boy drowned at Brookville Reservoir Tuesday afternoon.The incident occurred at Mounds Beach around 3 p.m. when Anderson Ramirez he was discovered by a 10-year-old girl who was swimming at the beach. Parents of the boy, Benjamin and Ofelia had been searching for the boy for about 15 minutes prior to being found.“She immediately informed her father who swam over and located a toddler under the surface of the water.  He pulled the toddler to the shoreline where 2 bystanders started CPR,” said Indiana DNR officials in a press release.Conservation officers and paramedics arrived within minutes after the child was found.  The child was flown to Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati where he was pronounced dead.DNR officials said his parents, Benjamin and Ofelia Ramirez, are from Cincinnati. They did not release the identity of the child.“Indiana Conservation Officers requests visitors to our beaches to be aware there are no lifeguards on duty and there is a swim at your own risk policy except Indiana Dunes State Park.  With inherent dangers swim with a friend and/or with a personal flotation device,” the news release stated.last_img read more

Former Juve star finally unveiled as Barcelona’s new No 8

first_imgRead Also: Barca star faces fitness race ahead of new season‘For me, playing is a dream. Being part of this club is something extraordinary. I am very grateful for everything I have done in my career. Today I am in the best team in the world.‘Last season was unfortunate, and the COVID-19. The break was complicated, but there are things that happen in football and we have to look forward. Barca will be great again. Sharing a dressing room with Messi and with everyone is a great opportunity and a dream.’FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… New Barcelona signing Miralem Pjanic said he can’t see Messi leaving the club because he ‘grew up’ there.Messi asked to leave earlier this summer, believing he was a free agent, but the club insisted that his £629million release clause was still active.The forward opted not take his side to court, meaning he can leave on a free transfer next summer – if he wishes.But new boy Pjanic insisted he can’t see him wearing another team’s kit after signing a four-year contract with the Catalans.‘Leo has his home here and I can only imagine him here,’ said the midfielder.‘It would have been strange to see him in another shirt. He’s perhaps the best player ever and it’s huge to have him alongside us.’The Bosnia international went on to share his pride at completing his switch to LaLiga.‘It is a great pride for me to be here. I hope to stay here in the years to come and win titles with the club. The midfielder will take Arthur’s No 8 shirt which has also been worn by club legend Andreas Iniesta. The 30-year-old spoke about his pride at signing for the Catalan club and the importance of club captain Messi remaining at the Nou Camp.center_img Miralem Pjanic admitted it would have been strange to see Lionel Messi in another shirt this season as he was finally unveiled as a Barcelona player. Pjanic, who was part of a swap deal which involved Arthur joining his former side Juventus, was delayed arriving in Spain after testing positive for coronavirus in August.Advertisement Promoted Content18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?These TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksStunning Wedding Looks From Around The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should Seelast_img read more

Zac Taylor

first_imgThe Bengals finally finished filling out their coaching staff with the hiring of Lou Anarumo as their new defensive coordinator.  It can’t be a comforting feeling to Bengal fans when it took over a month to find someone who was willing to come to Cincinnati to be part of Zac Taylor’s coaching staff.  Lou joins Brian Callahan who is the offensive coordinator.  Neither of these are household names in pro coaching.Taylor will certainly bring the enthusiasm of youth to the Bengals which is something they desperately needed.  For the most part, he has surrounded himself with many young coaches–most of who are new to the professional coaching ranks.  This is not all bad.  They certainly were after a fresh start, and when you are only 35 years old, you should bring fresh ideas to the organization.Let’s hope that Zac Taylor and his staff have more input on who the Bengals draft than what Marvin Lewis seemed to have.  Most of us are tired of “let’s go cheap and take those players no one else wants”.last_img read more

Morgan snatches it at the last for Thunder

first_imgEOIN Morgan’s thrilling late show kept the Sydney Thunder’s Big Bash League defence alive, as he struck a six from the last ball of the match to finish unbeaten on 71 and secure a six-wicket victory over Melbourne Stars.In his last game before departing for international duty, Morgan wrote himself into Thunder folklore yesterday by launching Ben Hilfenhaus back over his head for an enormous maximum when five runs were required from the final delivery.Kevin Pietersen (60 off 37 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (34 off 22) shone with the bat for the Stars, guiding them to 166-8 on a slow pitch at Spotless Stadium as they looked to avenge last season’s final defeat to the Thunder.The ever-confident Pietersen had targeted 200 when speaking to commentators from the crease, but a late-innings slump eventually cost his side.For the Thunder, who still face an uphill battle to retain their title despite finally winning a first game this season, the loss of England captain Morgan could be compounded by Andre Russell being ruled out of the remainder of the tournament, after the West Indies all-rounder was carted from the field with a nasty-looking hamstring injury.MORGAN’S LATE, LATE SHOWThe Thunder were behind the eight-ball throughout their chase, losing Aiden Blizzard and Shane Watson in the sixth over, bowled by Hilfenhaus.Needing 81 runs from 42 balls for victory, big-hitting pair Morgan and Pat Cummins (22 not out) scored off all but six of them to chip away at the target.A huge maximum from Morgan at the end of the 19th over left 16 runs needed from the final one and the 30-year-old’s enormous blow at the last sealed a crazy comeback.Morgan said: “I waited for him (Hilfenhaus) to bowl one in the slot. I thought we timed it pretty well, but Jesus, we might have left it a bit late!last_img read more

The Latest: No fans for Broncos’ opener against Titans

first_imgMonaco did not name the player but says he is recovering and that the club has informed league officials.Monaco is scheduled to play at home against Reims on Sunday in the opening weekend of the season.Lens defender Jonathan Clauss has also tested positive for the virus. Lens coach Franck Haise says Clauss is showing no symptoms and is in isolation from the rest of the squad.Newly-promoted Lens is also in action on Sunday. The club will travel south to play Nice.___ The World of Outlaws says all affected parties must quarantine until medically cleared to return to the track. Drivers racing for season-long points now unable to race because of the positive test will receive points based on their average finish for the season until they are able to return.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports August 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___There will be no fans for the Denver Broncos’ season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Monday night Sept. 14 because of the COVID-19 crisis. The World of Outlaws is “ramping up” its COVID-19 protocols following an outbreak after last weekend’s event at Knoxville, Iowa.The sprint car series confirmed “several drivers and crew members have tested positive for COVID-19” following the Saturday night main event won by suspended NASCAR driver Kyle Larson.Daryn Pittman, Tori Knutson and Paul McMahan all confirmed they had tested positive for the coronavirus. Kraig Kinser Racing and Roth Motorsports said team members had tested positive and Knoxville Raceway said one of its employees had tested positive.Series officials urged anyone at the track who had come into contact with those infected to get tested. Several other participants and family members tested positive following that notification.Fans were allowed at the races last weekend and also took part in autograph sessions. WoO says it will be reverting to the initial protocols in place when the series resumed racing earlier in the pandemic. Among the tightened restrictions will be closing the pit area to fans until further notice. The private Southeastern Conference university is not sharing the number of positive results. But Vanderbilt issued a statement noting the university’s ongoing testing procedures has “positive COVID-19 test results.”Vanderbilt says it is working closely with its Public Health Command Center and other health officials assessing potential close contacts and advising on additional steps. But Vanderbilt cites federal student privacy law in not disclosing information that could identify any student who has tested positive.SEC schools started practice Monday with the league set to start a 10-game, league-only season Sept. 26.___French league clubs Monaco and Lens both say one of their players has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Broncos said Friday they hope to have fans at subsequent games. The team has sold out every home game since the 1960s.The Broncos have been working with the Colorado governor’s office, using computer-generated plans that include up to 20,000 fans at Empower Field at Mile High.But the team said having an empty stadium for the opener was the “responsible thing to do right now for our community.”___Vanderbilt has canceled Friday’s practice after some positive COVID-19 test results. The Latest: No fans for Broncos’ opener against Titans Associated Press last_img read more

Kenya, Ethiopia Dominate Lagos Marathon

first_imgIn the female category, it was a clean sweep by Ethiopia as the trio of Alemenesh Herpha Guta, Tigst Girma Getayechew and Ayelu Abebe Hordofa came first, second and third to win $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000 USD respectively.Speaking at this year’s edition of the tournament held at Eko Atlantic City (EAC), Victoria Island, Governor Ambode said he was tired of handing over the star prizes of the marathon to athletes from East Africa, assuring that concerted efforts would be made to reverse the trend and prepare Nigerians to compete favourably for the prizes.“My promise to Nigeria is this; I’m tired of giving this award to the East Africans and so Lagos State is going to commit professional coaches and then we will go to Jos and then come back in two years’ time to give them (East Africans) fight for their money,” the Governor said.He commended all the athletes and organizers who contributed to the successful hosting of the third edition of the tournament, assuring that efforts would be made to make the fourth edition which will take place on February 9, 2019 bigger and better.Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung announced additional cash reward for Nigerian athletes who finished top in the male and female categories as well as young athletes.Iliya Pam was the first Nigerian to finish the 42km race in two hours, 40 minutes, 16 seconds to win N3million, while Sharubutu Philbus came second in two hours, 54 minutes and 16 seconds to win N2million and Kefas Williams also got on the medals table finishing third in a time of two hours, 58 minutes, 16 seconds to win the third prize of N1million.The 42km race started at the National Stadium, Surulere by 6:30am and ended at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island, while a 10km race also began from Osborne and terminated also at the Eko Atlantic City with over 100,000 athletes battling for the various prize monies.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode saturday unveiled plans to invest in training of Nigerian athletes to compete with elite athletes all over the world for the grand prize of the annual Access Bank Lagos City Marathon as Kenyan born French athlete, Kiprotich Abraham breasted the tape in two hours, 13 minutes, four seconds to emerge winner, carting away the grand prize of $50,000.Abraham’s time set a new Lagos Marathon record, three minutes better than the record set by his fellow compatriot, Abraham Kiptum in the second edition of the 42km annual tourney held last year.Kenyan duo of Ronny Kipkoech Kiboss and Benjamin Bitok came second and third finishing in two hours, 13 minutes and 26 seconds and two hours, 13 minutes and 29 seconds, winning $40,000 and $30,000 USD respectively.last_img read more

SBC’s Year In Review: September’s big betting news

first_imgShare David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon As 2019 comes to a close SBC looks through the year to highlight major news that you might have missed in the sports betting world. This ninth edition looks at September and more specifically at how the right technology can boost a sportsbook offering, the rise of sports data partnerships, how sports betting is influencing affiliate marketing and a review of Sweden’s market re-regulation. Alistair Boston-Smith, Bede Gaming: Working technology to boost sportsbook advantageOperators are under more pressure than ever to spread their resources across, and deliver, within rapidly growing regulated markets. Alistair Boston-Smith, Chief Strategy Officer at Bede Gaming, explains how important it is for brands to select the right technology to get the most from their sports offering.Let’s not beat around the bush, seeking geographical expansion or product diversification are increasingly on the horizon for operators. Yet, more often than not, it is easier to identify the end goal than it is to identify the process.Whilst necessary to understand where you want to be, it is vital to understand the means in which to attain this. This is where a digital platform comes in.  The issue is that many brands don’t consider all the options before committing to such a significant project of finding a suitable platform. Selecting the right digital platform is one of the most important decisions an operator will make, as it is a crucial part to their success.Read MoreThe data crunch: Battle lines being drawn over live sports dataThe roster of major sports properties entering into official data partnerships to commercialise their live data has attracted plenty of attention in recent months, not least because of the arrival of the major US sports leagues into this arena writes David Lampitt, MD of Sports Partnerships at Sportradar.These data deals have been growing in number, value and geographic reach, a process that has mirrored the rapid growth of Sportradar’s own business supplying this data to media companies and sports betting operators around the world in real-time. As the market for live betting data has expanded and matured, we’ve seen significant divergence in the approaches being adopted by both the data supply companies and the sports rights holders to the management of their data partnerships.As a pioneer and market leader in this space, Sportradar takes its responsibilities seriously in trying to ensure that the market develops in a way that is healthy, safe and sustainable for all concerned. So, in sharing our views on the live data market for betting, we hope to debunk a few common myths and help further the understanding of this ecosystem that is often misunderstood.Read MoreHow sports betting is influencing the tools of success in affiliate marketingFew things inspire more passion from the masses than the draw of athletic competition, writes Erica Anderson, Marketing Director at Paysafe’s Income Access. It pushes athletes at all levels to live up to the motto: “higher, faster and stronger”. It also entices fans to make pilgrimages that span thousands of miles, even crossing oceans, to support a beloved team. The voracious appetite for sport also challenges iGaming marketers, data scientists and platform developers, to name a few stakeholders, to design products, campaigns and incentives that will draw players to their online properties.It’s arguable that the way in which sports betting is analysed, consumed and promoted is evolving at a faster pace than at any other time in recent memory. A chief catalyst for these heightened expectations, which apply to consumers, operators and affiliates alike, is the continued emergence of the US market. Looking specifically at operators and affiliates, some key areas where US growth has and will continue to drive constant improvement, include technology, team expertise and education. Therefore, the question isn’t so much whether advancements will be made in these areas – it’s whether they will be sufficiently adopted by those who need them most.Read MoreSvenska Spel’s Fredrik Wastenson reviews Swedish market re-regulationSweden’s online gambling industry has endured a turbulent period since legislation to re-regulate the market came into force at the beginning of 2019. We spoke to Fredrik Wastenson, CEO Svenska Spel Sport & Casino, for his take on events.Ahead of his appearance on the Nordics – Navigating Risky Waters in Uncertain Times panel at Betting on Sports 2019, the head of the state-owned operator shared his thoughts on the impact of the new regulatory regime, the role of Spelinspektionen and how Svenska Spel can compete against international operators now targeting the Swedish market. Wastenson commented: “There were two key objectives with the re-regulation of the Swedish gambling market. First of all, the government wanted to regain control over consumer protection issues as there were too many non-regulated companies in the market with insufficient focus on responsible gaming issues. Secondly, the government wanted to force online operators to obtain a Swedish licence so that more than 90% of gambling is with a regulated business.”Read Morelast_img read more

Kwadwo Asamoah returns for Juventus

first_imgGhana international Kwadwo Asamoah made an injury return for Italian Serie A Champions Juventus on Sunday.Asamoah has been sidelined with an injury that has caused him a chunk of first team football for both club and country since the later part of last year.The Ghanian player who has been on and off due to the injury was promised some game time by Juventus coach Max Allegri for the home tie against Bologna.Kwadwo Asamoah made a cameo in the game as the midfielder replaced Sami Khedira in additional minutes when Juventus had all but secured the three points available.Juventus won the game by three goals to one with Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala [penalty] and Sami Khedira scoring the goals for the Italian Champions in the comeback win. Anthony Mounier scored the opener in the game for Bologna.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Cristian Roldan uses experience to help bring change to the USMNT

first_img Tim Howard says he will retire following 2019 MLS season “A new coaching change brings that energy and spark and similarly it does that here with the national team,” Roldan said. “But people have a whole new aspect to the national team, people look at it differently.”The scale of the Sounders’ comeback reached a large audience. However, now the world is watching what Berhalter and company will do over the next two weeks – first Sunday in Arizona against Panama and then next week in California vs. Costa Rica.“In a way it’s very similar but also drastically different,” Roldan said.During the 2016 season, the Sounders and coach Sigi Schmid parted ways. Brian Schmetzer, who served as Schmid’s assistant, took over and revived the team, leading it all the way to its first MLS Cup championship. The team and Schmetzer returned to the final in 2017 but lost.The Sounders bought in and found success. Now, the USMNT is working on doing the same thing.“It’s a brand new team, brand new team,” Roldan emphasized, “and obviously with a new set of guys comes change. With the coaching change as well, it brings a whole different aspect and a whole different mindset to the players coming in.”Everybody’s bought it and that’s really important because if one or two players on the field aren’t bought in, it doesn’t help the team. So in that way, the system I think suits me because I’m able to – I’m not the fastest or the strongest guy – but if I can play my part and be a smart player on the field, then I’ll help the guys next to me.”Roldan, 23, is one of only a handful of players with more than five caps and has become a leader on a very young roster working to make an impact while learning a new system. PHOENIX — Cristian Roldan has been through this before.In 2015 – his first season with the Sounders, who were fresh off a U.S. Open Cup victory and winning the Supporters’ Shield – Seattle finished fourth in its conference and sixth overall. It was some of the Sounders’ lowest finishes since they began play in 2009. A season later they won MLS Cup 2016 after a coaching change midseason.But, this isn’t a comeback story. Well, in a sense it is, but this is more about maneuvering change and how Roldan and the rest of the U.S. Men’s National Team are adapting to it as they gear up for the first match under new manager Gregg Berhalter and a new system. Related News The way Roldan sees it, he’s just here to do his part.“This system will help us long term,” Roldan said. “It’s a style of play that will bring the team together, and it’ll help us succeed with the 11 players on the field. It just simplifies the game, so if I can play the system and play it well and do my part, it’s going to help the team going forward.”Kickoff between the U.S. and Panama is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The match will be televised by ESPN2.last_img read more