first_img The Potters, who had not registered a Barclays Premier League victory since Boxing Day, were in control for virtually the entire contest and finally broke down their opponents’ stubborn resistance in the 67th minute when Huth nodded home a Glenn Whelan corner. Substitute Jerome then cracked the ball in with nine minutes of normal time remaining having taken the ball down neatly and turned his marker before Adrian Mariappa pulled one back with a header two minutes later for the Royals. Reading had a sniff with Mikele Leigertwood dragging an effort wide, but Stoke were soon back on the attack and Michael Kightly saw his shot blocked by Mariappa just before the half-hour mark after he had drifted past Ian Harte into the area. Adam Federici tipped over when Potters captain Ryan Shawcross tried to guide the ball in left-footed from a failed clearance, and Peter Crouch then looked to produce something similar to his spectacular goal last season against Manchester City – only to slice his attempted volley well off-target. Moments later the striker fashioned a much better acrobatic effort, chesting down Kightly’s cross, letting the ball bounce and then firing it goalwards with a scissors kick, bringing a good save out of Federici. Jon Walters won a corner with a deflected shot on the turn and it was delivered by Whelan to Huth, who crashed a header past Federici. Stoke looked to finish the job off but Matthew Etherington put his shot over the bar, and Adam Le Fondre – scorer of five goals in Reading’s recent unbeaten run – then began to cause problems. He had the ball in the net in the 74th minute, but referee Michael Oliver judged Pavel Pogrebnyak had handled before teeing Le Fondre up and the strike was disallowed. Jerome then capitalised on a Mariappa error, collecting the ball when the Reading defender misplaced a header from Shawcross’ long delivery, getting the better of Alex Pearce and smashing a strike into the net. The Royals hit back swiftly with Mariappa heading in Harte’s corner, but they could not salvage anything this time, with both sides having penalty appeals waved away in the closing stages. Robert Huth’s first goal of the season and a superb Cameron Jerome effort ensured Stoke returned to winning ways as Reading’s recent good run came to an end following a 2-1 result at the Britannia Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Cardiff boss Malky Mackay believes his old club now face an even tougher battle to beat relegation in the wake of their humiliation against Hull on Saturday. The defeat, though, was severely damaging for the club’s survival prospects as Mackay said: “It was a real disappointing result at the weekend, a bit of a shock.” Speaking on talkSPORT, Mackay added: “With Aston Villa last week, Hull at the weekend and the game at Swansea, you would be hoping for results to pick up points, rather than (in forthcoming games) away at Tottenham and Everton, two very strong teams. “So it is going to be hard (to stay up). It was always going to be tough, to be honest with you, but it has been made slightly tougher.” Mackay knows only too well how Solskjaer will be feeling at present, with the former Manchester United star trying to come to terms with the demands of his first job in English football’s top flight. Mackay, controversially sacked in December prior to Solskjaer’s arrival, added: “It’s how you respond, how you pick yourself back up, how you pick players back up. “It’s going back in on a Monday when you’ve had a dreadful weekend, feeling awful, with the game going through your mind every minute of the day. “You’re thinking about what you have to talk to the press about, what you say to your chairman when he phones you. “Really, it’s about getting the players ready again for a game in a few days’ time.” Press Associationcenter_img Cardiff suffered their biggest home defeat for 14 years in losing 4-0 to Hull, their third successive Barclays Premier League game without a goal, to leave them one place and one point off the foot of the table. On the back of the hammering, Bluebirds manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced the cancellation of a warm-weather training trip to Abu Dhabi, although insisted it was not as punishment for the loss. last_img read more

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyTHE North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) president Mike Sands and General Secretary Keith Joseph wrapped up their two-day visit to Guyana, host of the 2021 CARIFTA Games, and made some vital recommendations to the Local Organising Committee (LOC), ahead of the 50th edition of the championship. The NACAC is the continental confederation governing body of athletics for national governing bodies and multi-national federations within North America, Central America and the Caribbean and is one of six area associations of the World Athletics before International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).Guyana is a founding-member of CARIFTA, and in 1972, the games were initiated to mark the Caribbean Athletic Association’s transition to CARICOM, as Joseph told reporters that, given the historic relevance of Land of Many Waters to the games, it is important that they host an all-most perfect event.Joseph said over 1500 athletes and officials are expected to grace these shores during the Easter holiday period next year and based on his visit to several of the country’s top hotels, he’s certain that everyone will be properly accommodated and will be satisfied with the hotels’ standards.In 2015, just before the General and Regional Elections, the PPP/C Administration opened the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora, boasting that the over $1.4B state-of-the-art facility can host any international track and field event under the International Olympic Committee umbrella.However, the NACAC general secretary stated that apart from remedial work needed on the track itself, the placement of the long jump pitch and the position of the warm-up track are among some of the areas that will need to be addressed and corrected in time for the games.Joseph pointed out that, just like the rest of the region, adequate seating arrangements are in place for the athletes, but suggested that temporary provisions should be made to accommodate more spectators, given the fact that school will be closed.A team from the NACAC will return shortly to make another assessment. The Government of Guyana also came in for some praises for supporting AAG’s bid to host the games.The 2017 CARIFTA Games will go down as one of the country’s most memorable outings, given the fact that they were able to bag eight medals – four gold, three bronze and one silver.It was at the 46th edition of the games, hosted in Curacao, where Linden’s Compton Caesar created history, by winning Guyana’s first-ever gold medal in the 100m at the event.last_img read more

first_img Share Share Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez has echoed a call from GVC for the government to afford UK bookmakers a reasonable transition period to adapt their retail business models.Lopez was consulted by SBC on yesterday’s announcement, which saw the government reject advice from the Gambling Commission by cutting stakes on B2 Gaming Machines (FOBTs) from £100 to £2.To cover the expected negative impact on public finances, and to protect funding for vital public services, this change will be linked to an increase in Remote Gaming Duty, paid by online gaming operators at the relevant Budget.“The decision from the UK government regarding FOBTs is on one hand understandable due to political pressure and the magnification of the existing problem gambling in the UK,” said Lopez. “However, as the UK Gambling Commission study highlighted, it is not clear that there is justification for a cut in the stakes to the maximum of £2. “This is a measure that will certainly impact those retail bookmakers that haven’t got the budget or the means to make plans to innovate and find ways to become less reliant on revenue generated by the FOBTs in a short period of 12 to 18 months. “It is sad because it could cost thousands of UK industry jobs in the short term; those who will lose their main source of income also have families and responsibilities will find difficult times moving forward. “Probably there were solutions available that were not discussed or evaluated in enough detail to protect the unprotected without causing a huge collateral damage in the industry. “It is well known and there are constant evidences showing that the UK bookmakers have a firm and serious commitment to resolve the problem gambling.”He added: “We hope a reasonable transitional period will exist for the bookmakers to adapt their retail business models. We will need to wait to see the real impact in the next twelve to eighteen months in terms of how the map of the retail industry, already shrinking for the last few years, will end up.”Curciel admitted that the growth of OPTIMA in the last four years has mostly been in markets external to the UK, but maintained that nobody would be happy with a situation where shops are closing, which will no doubt arrive as a result of shops moving quickly into red figures. He explained: “The impact for our company in terms of product will be limited as we have zero participation in the FOBT value chain, and we certainly expect the bookmakers to turn to innovative and efficient solutions like those provided by OPTIMA, and new ones that we will develop with the industry to mitigate the loss of revenue from the FOBTs.“OPTIMA has been always working to reduce the operational costs to the UK bookmakers by introducing efficiencies in the licensing models, releasing products like OPTIMA Serverless EPOS and bringing new innovative retail revenue streams like retail in play betting with the use of our iSHOP solution.”GVC has said it expects to withstand these “structural and regulatory headwinds” by retaining a profitable and highly cash generative UK retail estate. However, the company has acknowledged the negative impact on Group EBITDA, anticipated to be in the region of £160 million for the first full year.September’s Betting on Sports conference will be looking at the situation in the Betting on Retail track at a session entitled ‘New Reality – Adapting to the post-FOBT landscape‘. It will ask: With the FOBT stake level being drastically reduced, what options are there for UK LBOs to replace that income? Will B3 profile games take the strain? What is in the pipeline? For more information, click HERE. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

first_imgLove, who is officially listed as “questionable” for Friday’s game against the Wizards, looked good at the Cavs’ practice Thursday. NBA All-Star 2019: 5 most intriguing lineup combinations Kevin Love could return to the #Cavs tonight and is officially listed as “questionable.” The team took their time bringing him back. Here’s a video of him from practice yesterday:— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) February 8, 2019Love’s return won’t be enough to change the fate of the lottery-bound Cavaliers, who are 11-43 this season. But it’s obviously a positive step for Love, who signed a four-year, $120 million extension with Cleveland last summer. Related News Cavaliers star Kevin Love could return to action Friday night for the first time since October, according to multiple reports.The 6-10 forward has been sidelined since injuring his left foot Oct. 24 in the fourth game of the season. After undergoing toe surgery, he was expected to miss “weeks,” but the absence has turned into more than three months. If Love does play, he would not suit up Saturday against the Pacers, according to The Athletic.The 30-year-old veteran has career averages of 18.3 points and 11.3 points per game.last_img read more

first_imgBy: Belinda StronachChairman & President, The Stronach GroupThe COVID-19 crisis has presented the United States and the world with an unprecedented challenge, one that requires personal sacrifice, a shift in perspective and has forced us to redefine our sense of community. Individuals, businesses and governments are being called upon to do their part, to stay safe, to protect others and to take care of those around us and that is precisely what the horseracing community is doing right now.This past Friday, live horseracing was suspended temporarily by order of the Los Angeles County Health Department. The horseracing community understands and will always abide by government orders. But there is much more behind the scenes than most people realize.At Santa Anita Park, our community alone is made up of an ecosystem that includes over 750 caregivers (professionally known as backstretch employees) who are employed by owners and trainers and who live in the onsite dormitories and dedicate their lives to caring for the horses we all love. For these people, Santa Anita Park is their home and that is where they are safe. On March 12, a full week before any stay-at-home orders were issued, Santa Anita Park voluntarily closed to the public for the protection of those people who call it home. Since then, we have been a self-contained, locked-down community operating under stringent and ever-evolving measures based on the best scientific guidance from health and governmental authorities to maintain social distancing and limit exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to protect the welfare of those connected to it, both human and non-human.Our community includes over 1,700 racehorses who also call Santa Anita Park home and who require constant supervision and care – from feeding, to exercise and veterinary care – racehorses are living, breathing animals who cannot, and will not, survive without daily human contact and attention. They are not machines that can be mothballed temporarily in a factory. Further, racehorses are conditioned athletes and standing in a stall without daily exercise is detrimental to their health, safety and welfare.Our community is also made up of the owners and trainers who employ jockeys and backstretch employees and who are responsible for providing the financial resources needed to care for the horses. The majority of the wages paid to those working on the backstretch and the financial resources to care for horses come directly from the earnings that are made when horses race. Those earnings come from the money wagered on live racing and so the cycle goes.The reality is that live racing, even without customers on track in these times, and the income that comes from wagering is a vital part of the ecosystem and by removing it an instability is created for those in our community who can least afford it.Simply put, by ceasing live racing operations we are jeopardizing the income stream for backstretch employees and the financial resources required to provide them and the horses they love with the care they both deserve. For our 750 backstretch employees the live racing element of the ecosystem allows Santa Anita Park to provide safe and secure housing, enables the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation to offer critical health care services at the onsite medical clinic and ensures that backstretch employees have access to no-cost critical support services. Without live racing, some may have to make a difficult choice to leave their home at Santa Anita Park, not because they want to, but because they have no other option in order to make a living. A fact that entirely defeats the objective of the stay-at-home orders.It is through this lens that the interdependent ecosystem that makes up the unique horseracing community, whether or not it is a sport you agree with, must be viewed. Horseracing is a delicate, circular ecosystem and to destroy that now will lead to an unnecessary humanitarian and animal care crisis on top of what we are all already dealing with.While some industries are able to cease or pause operations completely, this is simply not an option for horseracing. Now, perhaps more than ever in these difficult times, we must be mindful of our responsibility to prioritize the safety and well-being of the horses and those who care for them.last_img read more

first_imgSome of the nation’s most exciting talent will be on show when the Sunshine Girls take on Barbados in a tri-Test netball series against Barbados, which takes place this weekend at the National Arena from Friday, May 19 to Monday, May 22. The 15-member Jamaica squad Sunshine includes not only seasoned campaigners, but many who have starred while representing Jamaica at junior levels – especially Under-16 and Under-21 – such as Caralee Tinglin, Zonasha Hinds, Rebecca Robinson, Melissa Hinds and Jodiann Ward. The 15-member squad includes three members of the national Under-21 team, which is preparing for the upcoming World Youth Netball Championships next month. Thristina Harwood, an attacking player who either plays at goal shooter, goal attack of wing attack, is the most experienced player on the team, with 22 caps. Defenders Stacian Facey and Shamera Sterling are two of the other regular team members, with 17 and 12 caps, respectively. Centre court players Kerry-Ann Brown and Adean Thomas also have a fair bit of senior level experience representing Jamaica, which is hosting the series to assist Barbados’ preparation for the Commonwealth Games, plus gearing towards the Caribbean Championships, to be held later this year. The Jamaica team has been preparing for nearly three weeks under the guidance of new coach, Jermaine Allison-McCracken. They will play the opening game of the series on Friday, beginning at 7:00 p.m.; then the second Test on Sunday, starting at 6:00 p.m.; and close out on Monday, starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission will be $500 for adults and $200 for children, while there is a special discount for school children in groups, who will be charged $100 for entry. SQUAD: Thristina Harwood, Rebecca Robinson, Shimona Nelson, Hasana Williams, Carlalee Tinglin, Adean Thomas, Kerry-Ann Brown, Melissa Wright, Antoinette Stone, Zonasha Hinds, Shamera Sterling, Stacian Facey, Tashike Salmon, Jodiann Ward, Latanya Wilson.last_img read more

first_imgConcerns are being raised by students of the University of Guyana (UG) Turkeyen Campus with respect to the newly introduced parking protocols that were established by the administration.The new regulations which were established includes a wheel clamping system that targets the vehicle of students.Guyana Times was told that barricades were placed on campus at a number of locations where the students would usually park their vehicles to attend classes. Now with the new system, only staff of the university are permitted to utilise those spaces.One of the signs at the Turkeyen CampusThe students related there is a calculated plan devised by the administration to have them cramped in the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT) parking lot. However, the disturbed students explained that the space cannot accommodate all of the vehicles, especially during the hours with the most classes when students struggle for a place to park.“Actually, the only place [that] we could park is at the GWLT parking lot, which is very much occupied, especially in the afternoon. If you park at the other places, then your vehicle will be clamped,” a student explained.This publication was also told that this decision was a unilateral one, and the student body was not informed about these changes. It was after some vehicles were clamped and signs were erected that they were notified.“This decision is the latest in a line of unilateral decisions that have been taken without consulting with the student body. We did not know about the decision until a sign appeared on campus. I think that the primary purpose of the university is a learning institution, and this is putting undue pressure on students,” another related.Meanwhile, many are more concerned about the wheel clamps which will be attached to vehicles that are parked in the now restricted areas.If the vehicles are clamped, students will be required to pay $3,000 for the clamp to be removed, and an additional $1000 for every day that the vehicle has been clamped. This, students say, is another way in which money can be extracted from them, and it adds to the large sums of money that are paid every academic year for tuition and administrative fees.It was reported earlier this year that the administrative body had made a unilateral decision to hike the administrative fees; one which the University of Guyana Students’ Society (UGSS) has condemned.Students were notified of the changes after they were told they would pay more for supplemental examinations. It was then announced that the fees were increased. In some areas, the approved rates were increased by 100 per cent. (Rupadai Seenaraine)last_img read more

first_imgLake Point Golf and Country Club celebrated their 50th Anniversary this weekend. The celebration gave people the chance to get together and reminisce about 2 dollar green fees, which there were this weekend, glass coke bottles, and the fact that the course has come a long way since purchasing their first clubhouse for one dollar. The celebration over the weekend was a lot of fun, and that’s thanks to three special people; Pam O’Kranic, Carolyn Krauss, and Judy Lang Thanks very much ladies, and for everyone who made it possible.Photo: Ted Sloan/ – Justin McKinnon of Petron Communications cooking up a storm at the Lakepoint 50th Anniversary.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img1 Jack Grealish Remi Garde has revealed Jack Grealish will return to training with Aston Villa’s first team this week, and the manager will then focus on preparing to face Arsenal, the Frenchman’s former club.The talented Grealish had been forced to train with Villa’s development squad as a punishment for being filmed in a Manchester nightclub hours after the first team’s 4-0 defeat at Everton and amid allegations he also partied at a Birmingham hotel the following day.He again had no involvement in Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton, but after he has played for the reserves on Monday, Garde – who has overseen two draws and two defeats since his appointment as Villa’s manager – will again consider the 20-year-old for selection.“Jack Grealish will play with the reserve team on Monday and will probably join the group after that,” said Garde, whose previous experience of English football came at Villa’s next visitors, Arsenal, where he was a player in the 1990s.“It’s a very good feeling (to face Arsenal again). But my personal feelings are not very important.“Of course I have very good memories and a strong relationship with this English football club but I know that it is a very good side and they will come to Villa Park to win the game.“For us it will be very tough but I expect my players to be like they were (in the 0-0 draw with Manchester) City.”last_img read more