Guyana monitoring arrival of Russian bombers in Venezuela

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, – The Guyana government says it is “monitoring on going related developments in Venezuela after two TU-160 supersonic bombers, known as “White Swans” landed at Maiquetia airport near the capital, Caracas, on Monday.The deployment of the bombers came days after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, held talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.The United States has been critical of the Maduro-led government in the South American oil rich country and has openly called for its removal from office.Guyana has an ongoing border dispute with Venezuela that is likely to go before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and in a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it “has been approached with regards to reports of the deployment the two TU-160 supersonic bombers” in the neighboring country.Ministry monitoring developments“The Ministry is monitoring ongoing related developments. It is important to note that military exercises are a regular feature of state relations and do not in themselves constitute a threat,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.“Farther, Guyana is fully committed to the rule of international law, including the peaceful resolutions of dispute. Notwithstanding the ongoing border controversy, Guyana remains open to pursing meaningful functional cooperation with Venezuela whenever that opportunity arises,” it said.Guyana also noted that it has had “cordial diplomatic relations with Russia since December 17, 1970”.Criticized by WashingtonWashington has criticized the decision by Moscow to send the bombers to Caracas with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, noting that Russia had sent the planes “halfway around the world.“The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer.”But the  Kremlin rejected Pompeo’s criticism, saying it was “highly undiplomatic” and “completely inappropriate.”Russia’s Defence Ministry, which said the bombers had been accompanied by two other Russian military planes, did not say if the planes were carrying missiles, how long they would stay for, or what their mission was.last_img read more

Hopkins Finishes Regular Season Undefeated After Win Over McDaniel

first_imgWESTMINSTER, MD – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins football team withstood its biggest challenge of the season on Saturday as the Blue Jays came from behind three times to knock off rival McDaniel, 28-24, at Bair Stadium. The win secures the first undefeated regular season in school history for the Blue Jays, who improve to 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the Centennial Conference with their 15th consecutive victory. The hard-luck Terror finish the season at 2-8 with six of the eight losses by eight points or less.Johns Hopkins, which had already secured the outright Centennial Conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs, will find out on Sunday night who it plays in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays will be making their third trip to the NCAAs under head coach Jim Margraff, who improved to 147-78-3 in 22 years at Johns Hopkins.The Blue Jays trailed 21-14 late in the second quarter after a four-yard touchdown run by McDaniel quarterback Nick Valori. Working the two-minute offense to perfection, the Blue Jays needed just five plays and 39 seconds to go 70 yards with senior Hewitt Tomlin capping the drive with a 28-yard scoring strike to fellow senior Sam Wernick to account for a 21-21 halftime tie. Tomlin was 5-of-5 and passed for all 70 yards on the drive.The Blue Jays took the lead for good – and their first lead of the game – midway through the third-quarter when they went quick-strike again, this time covering 89 yards in just four plays and less than 90 seconds. After a pair of runs netted nine yards and a 16-yard pass from Tomlin to sophomore Dan Wodicka gave the Blue Jays a first down at their own 34, Tomlin connected with freshman Matt Berry on a 66-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-21.As if a rivalry game that dates back to 1894 didn’t have enough emotion, the game’s intensity jumped dramatically after the touchdown and a series of physical plays that ended in front of each team’s bench took emotions to a level not seen during Johns Hopkins’ current 11-game winning streak over the Green Terror.A 30-yard field goal by Jake Nichols late in the third quarter drew the Terror to within 28-24, but that would be the final scoring in the game.Johns Hopkins had two golden opportunities to extend the lead, but a pair of turnovers near the end zone ended both threats. Tomlin had a pass intercepted in the end zone by Tim McLister on the next-to-last play of the third quarter to end a 10-play, 59-yard drive that ate more than four minutes off the clock. The Blue Jays later moved the ball from their own nine-yard line to the McDaniel 35 before Tomlin hit Wernick on the outside and he raced towards the end zone before Sam Cox caught him from behind and forced a fumble that went through the end zone for a touchback with just over five minutes remaining.The Blue Jay defense forced a quick three-and-out on McDaniel’s ensuing possession and the Blue Jays were able to run out the final 4:23 of the game to seal the win and secure the undefeated regular season.McDaniel, playing with nothing to lose, capitalized on the first of six Johns Hopkins turnovers early in the game as the Terror recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and sophomore Joe Rollins scored on a one-yard run six plays later to stake McDaniel to an early 7-0 lead.The Blue Jays answered late in the first quarter when junior Jonathan Rigaud swept around right end and raced 28 yards to the end zone to make 7-7.That score lasted for less than three minutes as the Terror punched one in on the defensive side a short time later. After JHU forced a quick punt after Rigaud’s touchdown, the Blue Jays took over at their own nine-yard line. On the first play after the punt, Tomlin was hit as he threw and Sean Lajoie caught the fluttering ball at the JHU 12 and raced into the end zone to give the Terror a 14-7 lead.Hopkins answered right back with a solid 12-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 19-yard touchdown run by senior Nick Fazio. The Blue Jays converted three third-down opportunities on the drive, which took nearly four minutes.Valori’s touchdown run came eight minutes later and was answered by the Wernick’s touchdown reception just before halftime.Tomlin was 35-of-47 for 484 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The 484 yards are the second-highest total of his career and the second highest in school history. In the process, he became the first player in school and Centennial Conference history to top 10,000 career passing yards as he now has 10,257.Wodicka and Wernick both topped 100-yards receiving as Wodicka had 13 receptions for 159 yards, while Wernick had eight catches for 110 yards and the one score and became just the second receiver in school history to top 3,000 career receiving yards as he now has 3,023.The Blue Jay defense held McDaniel to just 286 yards and was led by junior Taylor Maciow and senior Michael Milano, who both posted nine tackles on the day.Rollins rushed 27 times for 136 yards and the one score, while Valori was 9-of-19 for 107 yards and added the rushing touchdown before being knocked from the game in the third quarter.last_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Virus Outbreak Hits Official Hotel In London, As IAAF Withdraws Makwala

first_imgBotswana’s athlete, Isaac Makwala, is among the 30 athletes said to be affected by suspected outbreak of norovirus in one of the World Championships official hotel in London.30-year-old Makwala, who is a major contender in the 400m, has been withdrawn from competing by the IAAF due to “medical conditions” after he vomited.Ireland also confirmed that their 400m hurdler Thomas Barr, have also been affected, following the collapse of Germany’s triple jumper Neele Eckhardt.A statement from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) read: “There have been a number of cases reported by team members residing within one of the official team hotels.”“Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff. In addition, we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained.”“As a result, further advice and guidelines have been issued to team doctors and support staff.”Although two cases have been confirmed to be the virus, Tower Hotel officials have declared that the hotel is “not the source of the illness”.“We have followed strict hygiene protocol, ensuring that those affected are not in contact with other guests and all public areas have been thoroughly sanitised.” the hotel added.Relatedlast_img read more

Squawka to launch UK betting product with FSB Technology

first_img RPM Gaming puts new spin on betting via CricketSim product April 8, 2020 Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Updating the market, industry platform provider FSB Technology (FSB) has confirmed that it has entered an agreement to supply football news, stats and insights portal Squawka (Squawka.com) with its fully optimised sports betting solution.Squawka one of the internet’s most popular football portals with an estimated following of + 6 million viewers a month will integrate FSB provisions launching its UK licensed sports betting product.The partnership will see FSB further supply Squawka with its trading-led CRM tool offering in-depth customer data and tailored bonusing capabilities.FSB Business Development Director, Richard Thorp was delighted to secure Squawka as a client, detailing the firms incredible content coverage on digital and social media platforms which sees Squawka serve +2 billion content views a month.“Squawka will be able to deliver on their strategy around the live sports event experience safe in the knowledge that they have a flexible platform at their disposal, as well the most modern CRM tools.” Thorp statedGuy Rogers COO of Squawka backed FSB as its betting partner, stating that the firm was excited to be launching its UK betting product;“I have known Richard and FSB for a long time and really like the way their team operate. Their sportsbook solution is very strong in terms of pricing and coverage and enables us to integrate the great content and stats our team produce every day.”“Our vision is to provide football fans with an exciting and engaging platform which will challenge their football knowledge and opinion through games, quizzes and betting markets.”“In addition, we want to look after our customers properly from both a service and responsible gambling perspective. As such we are not providing an online casino or other random number generated products and will enable customers to view their complete betting history at all times, a feature which we believe should surely be mandatory.” Related Articles Share Share RPM Gaming secures global distribution agreement with DWG April 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

Global Reviews: Monitoring sports betting brand impacts between mobile & desktop experiences

first_imgShare Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020center_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Why is there such a difference for Paddy Power?On both desktop and mobile, the top reason for considering Paddy Power was familiarity with the brand name. In fact, in both cases, this reason ranked higher than the average with 55% on desktop and 63% on mobile. This in itself is a strength for Paddy Power in that their name alone is a carrier for being considered as a brand to place a bet through.The next most common reason for considering Paddy Power amongst desktop users is the good odds/offers. This is not the case amongst mobile users. To better understand why this is the case we looked at the online experience for locating the betting options. On desktop site, the evaluation of locating the betting options was much higher than on the mobile site. On desktop punters evaluated the experience at 50% compared to 38% on mobile. Far more people encountered a problem whilst locating betting options when using the mobile site than using the desktop site.Information about the odds on offer is of great importance for punters when they’re using betting sites with punters rating it at 4.4/5 for importance. If this information is not easily accessible as appears to be the case on the Paddy Power mobile site, then punters will consider other brands and place their bets through another site.Paddy Power is not alone here. Betfair has the opposite problem whereby punters experienced fewer problems on their mobile site than on their desktop site and this is reflected in the number of punters considering them across the 2 devices.As a general rule, straight replication of a site across devices is not recommended and rarely works. Even so, it is important to review how each site is performing and where they may be falling short against each other.Learning from yourself can be just as beneficial as learning from competitors and can make a difference in the online experience presented to customers._____________________Suzy Sliwczynski – Marketing Manager – Global Reviews Submit Suzy SliwczynskiSuzy Sliwczynski Marketing Manager at user experience and digital consultancy Global Reviews breaks down sports betting brand factors with regards to consumer intent and engagement on desktop and mobile experiences. In an ultra-saturated market does branding count towards a consumer’s final choice and purchase?_____________________When placing a bet online, there are many considerations that punters go through when they are shortlisting brands to decide which website they will ultimately place a bet with. The top criteria for many punters is being familiar with the brand name and a site that has good odds/offers. Whilst these are the top 2 reasons for considering a brand, there are variances in preferences when using a desktop or mobile device.For those researching and betting on a desktop computer having good odds/offers is on par with being familiar with the brand name coming in at 53% and 52% respectively. Meanwhile, those researching on a mobile device are more likely to consider a brand because of familiarity with the name (53%) rather than a brand that has good odds/offers (41%).A visually appealing website and previous use are the next most common reasons for shortlisting a brand for those on desktop computers. Previous use also ranks highly for those on mobile devices along with the site appearing to look easy to use.These small differences in what makes a punter consider one brand over another is reflected in which brands are put on the shortlist.Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill are by far the most considered brands overall, however, there is a bit of a difference between devices. On desktop the 3 brands are within 1% of each other with Ladbrokes and William Hill both on 51% and Paddy Power on 50%. For those on mobile devices, Paddy Power does not rate as closely. William Hill and Ladbrokes are considered by 47% and 46% respectively, while Paddy Power sits further behind on 38% putting them just 3 points ahead of Sky Bet and Bet365 compared to the 14-point difference on desktop.last_img read more

Ninca90 secures back to back World Tipster titles

first_img Submit Share Share Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Stats Perform extends NBL data and streaming deal July 13, 2020 Related Articles Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Nemanja Dojcinovic, also known by his community name of Ninca90, has been named World Tipster Champion 2017 by bettingexpert.com.The defending champion made a total of 7,123 tips and secured a total unit profit of 5,268, with 54.3% of his winning tips coming from Basketball, followed by football (31.9%), handball (6.4%), tennis (5.3%) and ice hockey (2.1%).Dojcinovic secured a €10,000 cheque and a trip to Copenhagen, home of Better Collective, the team behind bettingexpert.com, where he was included in a session with a team of specialists aimed at improving the social tipping site.Gavin Moore, Head of Traffic and Brand at Better Collective, said: “It’s remarkable that Nemanja has won it for the second year running, it goes to show he’s certainly one to follow and his consistency is just remarkable. “It was great to have him over to Copenhagen to show him the sights and meet the team. His own feedback about the site was a real eye-opener from a tipster’s point of view and will go a long way to helping us improve the product. “Can he do it for a third year running? You certainly wouldn’t bet against him!”With prize money up for grabs for the tipster who has the highest yield, it is hoped that users can feel safe that the tips being posted are for the aim of being the best on the site.last_img read more

Lotteriinspektionen secures extra budget ahead of Swedish licensing window opening

first_img StumbleUpon Share Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Related Articles LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Submit Sweden’s national gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has confirmed that it has secured an additional SEK 19 million (€1.8 million) in operating budget to expand its resources ahead of Sweden opening its newly licensed market on 1 January 2019.The update sees Lotteriinspektionen total year budget increased 37% to SEK 70 million (€6.7 million).This April the Swedish government, published its revamped national gambling policy framework, updating industry stakeholders on pending policy, taxes and licensing procedures which will be attached to Sweden’s revamped gambling market.The majority of tier1 online gambling operators have previously disclosed that they will move to enter the licensed Swedish market.Entering 2018, Camilla Rosenberg the Director General of Lotteriinspektionen warned Swedish parliament that her organisation faced a ‘tough timetable’ to meet the 1 January 2019 ‘opening market’ target date.Rosenberg further pointed out that Lotteriinspektionen would need an IT system and headcount increase to meet the licensing demands of it new market applicants.last_img read more

Flotation to net Better Collective £50m

first_img StumbleUpon Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Better Collective has outlined that as part of its initial public offering (IPO), by 8 June it plans to have released shares onto the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange.The offering is going to be made to the public in Sweden and to institutional investors in Sweden and abroad. Publishing its prospectus, the group detailed the price range for the company’s listing set at between 48 and 58 Swedish crowns. The range corresponds to a total value of all outstanding shares of approximately SEK 1.3 billion–1.6 billion before the offering.Plans to move ahead with this initiative were originally disclosed in the middle of May, when the industry affiliate marketing group detailed that it seeks to diversify its shareholder base, improving its access to capital markets.Adding that the funds it raises through its Stockholm IPO will be used to further the ongoing acquisition growth strategy employed by Better Collective as it looks to continue expanding the its multi-market affiliate network.The group is anticipating it will raise SEK600m prior to the deduction of transaction costs, but should the over-allotment option be utilised, it would increase the total by a further SEK116m. Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020last_img read more

The World Cup’s Finest with Vermantia’s Peter Woodfine

first_img Share Related Articles IMG Arena nets major media extension with Brazil’s Liga Nacional de Basquete August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Share Submit Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Peter Woodfine, Business Development Director at Vermantia, is the latest to join the growing ranks of The World Cup’s Finest alumni, as he discusses Maradona breaking young hearts, “probably the best midfielder in world football” in 1990 and an “epic battle” in 1998.First World Cup memory The Hand of God, Mexico 1986. Sketchy memories of Mexico ’86 as I was only 8 years old, but I certainly remember the Panini sticker album and the large poster I had my in bedroom at the time – I also seem to remember the Gillette logo being a dominant figure on the poster so I guess they must have been major sponsor. Being the first World Cup I had ever seen, I think I presumed that England would win it (oh how that was to change), so I was as shocked as anyone, if not more so, by the Hand of God! Maradona was indeed phenomenal in that tournament, but its only in later years that you basically learn that he pretty much won the World Cup on his own!Favourite World CupTournamentItalia ‘90. Greatest England side in my memory (although Euro ’96 squad came close). The tournament had everything, it’s always best when hosted by a strong footballing nation, a good run from Italy which added to the atmosphere, and Schillaci winning the Golden Boot too! England had a genuine world class player in several positions: Gazza, Waddle, Beardsley, Lineker, Platt, Walker, Barnes…. Rather than dwell on the penalties, a more bizarre memory that sticks in the mind is the Cameroon Witch Doctor who predicted the final score. Which until Lineker’s equalizing penalty was almost the result!TeamBrazil, 2002. Ronaldo (the original!), Rivaldo, Ronaldinho + Kaka all in the same team… enough said.Player Paul Gascoigne. In 1990, probably the best midfielder in world football. Gazza had a turn of pace back then, before his knee injury in the following years FA Cup final. To See an England player going toe to toe with the best in the world was truly a joy to watch.Goal David Platt (England v Belgium, 1990). Looked for all the world that England were destined for penalties and ultimately progress no further than 4 years previous. Great technique from Platt, beautifully flighted free kick from Gascoigne, and at pretty well the final kick of the game!GameHolland v Argentina, 1998. Epic battle of the highest quality.. Bergkamp’s winner! Unbelievable first touch and finish – truly world class. Who knows what might have happened had the Dutch progressed to the semi-finals.KitBrazil, 1998. Typical Nike kit of the 90’s but stylish in the traditional blue and yellow. After that, the kits started move away from the traditional formats and ultimately became the skin-tight jerseys that we see now. Remember the supporting classic Nike ad at the airport? Brilliant.last_img read more

Smarkets revamps executive leadership team for critical 2019

first_img Smarkets gains green light to enter Swedish market July 28, 2020 Share Share Online betting exchange Smarkets, has moved to significantly strengthen its executive leadership team, announcing a quartet of C-level appointments.Updating the market, Smarkets confirms that former enterprise team member Robin Harrison has returned to the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).Harrison re-joins as Smarkets technology lead, having spent a year as Head of Engineering for Santander Bank backed fintech start-up ASTO.Further strengthening, the betting firm’s day-to-day operations, Smarkets confirms the appointment of former Hero Gaming executive Chris Baldacchino as Chief Compliance Officer.The new executive, appointments will be supported by the promotions of Tom Hardman and Céline Crawford as Chief Operations Officer (CPO) and Chief Communications Officer respectively.Smarkets revamps its executive leadership team, as the betting group prepares to launch its best-price sportsbook product in 2019, powered by the firm’s proprietary platform and systems.Backing Smarket’s new executive team, company Founder and CEO Jason Trost stated – “Robin, having been a team lead at Smarkets previously, is well-placed to develop and advance our class-leading product further, while Chris’s industry expertise will be invaluable as we look to expand to new territories, such as the emerging US market and other European countries.“Both Céline and Tom are integral employees who have been with the company for many years and fully deserve their promotions, having played a big part in our recent success.” Related Articles Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more