Indians Winners Over Bulldogs In Freshman Action

first_imgThe Freshman Bulldogs will be back in action Saturday morning in the second game of the Batesville Invitational where they play host to Beech Grove. Game time is for game 1 is 10:00am at Batesville High School.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Siefert. The Batesville Freshman were defeated by Milan 43-40 Thursday night. Zach Britton led all scorers with 16. Peyton Meyer and Alex Roell each added 8. Gunner Olsen (6), and Zach Prickel (2) rounded out scoring for Batesville.last_img

Kudus’s transfer to Ajax impresses Ghana coach

first_img Loading… Ghana coach, Charles Akonnor is excited about Mohammed Kudus’ move to Ajax. The Ghana winger left FC Nordsjaelland for Ajax last week, though also fielded interest from the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham. “He has taken a necessary step. It would have been a mistake if he had already gone to England because he would have to choose a club where he can play on a regular basis,” Akonnor told Graphic Sports.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies6 Best Natural History Museums In The World10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actressescenter_img read also:My relationship with former Ghana coach Appiah still broken – Gyan “As soon as he has fully developed, the English clubs will come after him soon enough, so I think it is good that he has now gone to Ajax. “I am delighted to see my players at the bigger clubs and in the Champions League.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Year in Review: The impact of FOBT regulations

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon It has proven to be a very tumultuous year for the retail betting sector, with 151 stores closing to the public between March and September. The big four – Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Betfred and Paddy Power – continued to dominate the retail scene, holding 87 per cent of betting shops in Great Britain. Generally, however, stores have been struggling to absorb the impact of the proposed cuts to maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that are due to be implemented in April 2019. In May, the Government announced that it will be reducing the maximum FOBT stake from £100 to £2 in a move to combat what has been described as “gambling-related harm”. The Government had originally announced that the cuts to stakes would take place in April 2019 so that it may coincide with the start of the financial year. FOBTs have been a significant driving force behind the revenues shared by retailers in recent years, with Gambling Commission statistics suggesting that on average there is £5m per day being wagered on FOBT machines. Reports surfaced in June, however, suggesting that the cuts may be delayed until 2020 due to concerns that the Treasury would lose money to Machine Games Duty.Findings from the Centre for Economic and Business Research suggested that delays until 2020 would have seen the Treasury be at a loss of between £98m and £132m per year – most of which is was a result of increased taxes against online operators and tax revenues generated by substitute products such as FOBT machines.Conversely, the same report stated that bookmakers will be at a profit of between £348 million and £540 million a year from the FOBT revenues whilst the delays would be ongoing. Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society stated: “While we want a healthy gambling industry that contributes to the economy, we also need one that does all it can to protect players. We are increasing protections around online gambling, doing more on research, education and treatment of problem gambling and ensuring tighter rules around gambling advertising.” Crouch resigned from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) in relation to the government’s delay in implementing its £2 FOBTs stake reduction.She had served as Sports Minister since 2015, and had led the government’s relations with the UK betting and gambling sectors.A spokesperson for the Association for British Bookmakers stated that: “Recent announcements by major operators reveal the true impact of this decision, that thousands of betting shops will close and there will be thousands of job losses. Betting shops are now focused on the future of their staff, customers and suppliers.”The Gambling Commission later issued a recommendation to support the DCMS’ review of gaming machines and its social responsibility measures. The Commission stated that collaborative measures between the government, the Gambling Commission and betting operators is fundamental to reduce the risks to consumers and that while this should include a stake cut, the Gambling Commission report recommends that: “a precautionary approach should involve a stake limit at or below £30 if it is to have a significant effect on the potential for players to lose large amounts of money in a short space of time”.The Commission recommended that stake levels on FOBT gaming machines be cut to £2 for slot-based games, whilst non-slots games such as roulette should be cut to £30 or below – and not the £2 stake that the government will implement. The recommendation will allow for the number of player losses to be significantly reduced, whilst allowing for profitability for betting operators and tax revenues for the treasury to be maintained. Gambling Commission Chief Executive Neil McArthur said: “We’ve put consumers at the heart of our advice – advice which is based on the best available evidence and is focussed on reducing the risk of gambling-related harm. In our judgement, a stake cut for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals alone doesn’t go far enough to protect vulnerable people. “That is why we have recommended a stake cut plus a comprehensive package of other measures to protect consumers. We have proposed actions that will tackle both the risk of harm and provide solutions that are sustainable in the longer term.”The biannual report issued by the Gambling Commission highlighted that while employment in the betting industry has increased by 0.6 per cent during 2018, the number of betting shops has fallen by 1.8 per cent between March and September. 63 per cent of the losses were accounted for by Ladbrokes Coral which, according to the Gambling Commission report, have closed 96 stores since March 2018.Independent betting stores also suffered in 2018, with 25 operators being forced into closure. For years, the independent sector has been complaining that shifts towards online betting combined with increasing regulations is making it ever more difficult for the independent bookmaker to even exist on the high street, never mind thrive. Independent stores have been unable to withstand the change in retail behaviour towards the online market, and the increasing prices of media rights and the gambling commission statistics have clearly shown this. Betting shops have been unable to show as much racing as they have previously shown, and with the larger operators giving customers access to mobile apps that can place live in-play bets at the touch of a button, the independent sector has suffered as a result. The gross gambling yield for the gambling industry as a  whole has experienced a 4.2 per cent increase compared to 2017, however the non-remote GGY has fallen by four percent since March last year. And with Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announcing that the UK treasury will be increasing Remote Gambling duties from 15 per cent to 21 per cent on ‘online games of chance’, it is expected that betting operators will either continue to shut their doors to the public, or take their business elsewhere. Hammond told Parliament: “I can confirm that we will increase Remote Gaming Duty on online games of chance, to 21 percent in order to fund the loss of revenue as we reduce FOBT stakes to 2 pounds.”The increased duty is said to be a ‘nightmare scenario’ for stakeholders in the gambling industry, and will act as a further barrier to entry for those wanting to enter the retail scene. The impact of the FOBTs policy is yet to be fully seen, however it is expected that bookmakers will have to find alternative sources of revenue or to close. From the Gambling Commission report, it can be assumed that we are more than likely expecting the latter.last_img read more

Dolphins held at home by resolute Krabi FC

first_imgPattaya United’s free scoring Toyota Cup form was brought to a disappointing halt last Saturday at the Nongprue Stadium as they were held to a goalless home  draw by Yamaha Division 1 strugglers Krabi FC. United failed to get into top gear in a lackluster first half showing and Krabi were unlucky not to take a 1-0 advantage into the halftime break as only the Pattaya woodwork denied them a deserved lead.  United’s best chance fell to midfielder Phicha Au-Tra but his shot was well smothered by Krabi keeper Anusorn Chansod.Pattaya United FC line up for their Yamaha Division 1 match against Krabi FC at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Saturday, April 25.The Dolphins tried to inject more urgency into their play in the second half but they appeared to be suffering a post Songkran hangover and most of their build up play and passing remained sloppy at best. Defender Lee Won-young went close to giving Pattaya the lead but his close range header flew just over the Krabi crossbar bar and then Komazec saw his low shot from the edge of the area superbly tipped around the post by Chansod.  It was to be the nearest United came to breaking the deadlock and they had to be content with a single point that leaves them in ninth place in the league standings, nine points behind leaders Police United.Pattaya were due to play an away match at Bangkok FC this past Wednesday, and this coming Saturday will take on TTM Lopburi at the Nongprue Stadium.  Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.In the Thai Premier League, Chonburi FC continued their shaky start to the season with a 2-2 draw away at Bangkok Glass last Sunday.  The ‘Sharks’ twice took the lead through second half goals from Leandro and Cho Byung-Kuk but each time they were pegged back by strikes from Goshi Okubo and Lazarus Kaimbi, the latter’s goal coming late in stoppage time.Chonburi have now slipped to thirteenth position in the top flight standings with only eight points from their first seven league matches.  The Sharks were due to take on Thai Port FC on Wednesday and will travel to league leaders Suphanburi this coming Sunday, May 3.last_img read more

Facilities key to West Indies decline, says former vice-captain

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Former West Indies vice-captain Brendan Nash believes the poor standard of cricket facilities in the Caribbean has played a role in the decline of the game in the region. The Australia-born left-hander, who played 21 Tests between 2008 and 2011 after qualifying to represent West Indies through his father, who is Jamaican, said the quality of the facilities at all levels had fallen off, and this had directly impacted on development. “A lot of money was spent on the 2007 World Cup to increase the standard of facilities,” Nash said. “I know when I was there towards the end of 2010, the facilities really dropped off. So within four years, they just didn’t have the money to keep it going or it wasn’t run correctly. “It starts with the facilities, because training facilities are poor. Even club matches, facilities are terrible. I can’t see it getting better any time soon, unfortunately.” Much of the decline in West Indies cricket has also been attributed to the breakdown in the relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players, and Nash said this appeared to be the case. “I’ve been out of it for two or three years, but from an outsider looking in, there is just no trust between either party,” he said. The 38-year-old ended his association with English County Kent last August, following a productive four-year stint with the club. And he said he was still available for international duty if West Indies required his services. “I’m still available. I’d like to think I can still move around the field quite well, and I’ve been playing county cricket, which has its challenges over there, and done pretty well in the last four seasons.” He added: “They (West Indies) still need that mix of experience and youth, but they need the right kind of experienced players.” Nash averaged 33, with two centuries and eight half-centuries, during his brief Test career.last_img read more

NASA rover to enter crater

first_img“We expect to have good driving,” said John Callas, the rover project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scientists believe the luminous material represents the ancient surface of Mars millions of years ago and studying it could shed clues on the early climate on the Red Planet. The long-awaited descent into the crater – measuring half-mile across and about 200 to 230 feet deep – had been on hold since July when a series of sun-blotting dust storms raged in the southern hemisphere where Opportunity and its twin, Spirit, were exploring opposite ends of the planet. At the height of the storm, the rovers went into sleep mode to conserve energy. Opportunity reached the lip of the crater last month and scouted for possible entry points. The route scientists eventually chose calls for a straight drive down at a 15-degree incline toward the exposed layer of bright rocks. During a July teleconference, NASA managers admitted the latest mission was risky, but decided to proceed anyway because of the science that could be learned. The aging but hardy rovers have been exploring Mars for 3 years – far outlasting their primary, three-month mission.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Two months after surviving a Martian dust bowl, the NASA rover Opportunity on Tuesday began a risky drive into a giant crater blasted open by a meteor impact eons ago. Engineers sent commands to Opportunity to head into Victoria Crater and received a confirmation signal from the rover. Engineers said it would be several hours before they knew how well the drive went. Opportunity’s first task will be to “toe dip” into the crater, a move that involves rolling its six wheels below the rim and immediately back out to gauge its footing. Over the next few days, engineers will check Opportunity’s instruments and command it to scale down the crater toward a bright band of rocks about 40 feet below the rim. last_img read more

South African delegation in Qatar to promote tourism, trade and investment

first_imgDubbed NEXT STOP SOUTH AFRICA campaign, the delegation will consist of senior officials from the departments of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Trade and Industry and will be collaborating with the South African Foreign Mission in Saudi Arabia, while South African Airways would sponsor certain aspects of travel and promotions. They will be accompanied by members of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), a private sector organization responsible for the territory’s country branding initiative.The visit confirms the growing importance of the Gulf Region for South African business and investment and the strength of bilateral relations with key countries in the region.Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1994 both President Thabo Mbeki and former President Nelson Mandela have made official visits to Doha. The Emir of Qatar paid a state visit to South Africa in May 2002, which led to the opening of embassies in the respective countries.The South African delegation will be in the Gulf Region from 13 to 23 February during which time the delegation will also visit Saudi Arabia, Oman and both Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.On the agenda are meetings and discussions with local business communities as well as workshops on tourism, trade and investment opportunities in South Africa.These events would also be utilized to allay fears about the state of crime in the country and elaborate on strategies championed by government’s security establishments that are successfully combating crime.“The Middle East is becoming an important trade zone for South Africa. It holds great potential for South Africa as an export market, and serves as a potential strategic source of foreign direct investment. Bilateral trade with the Middle East has grown significantly since 1994. Because of South Africa’s energy imports, it has a large trade deficit with the region” says Ms Bulelwa Seti, Chief Director for Tourism Support at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, who will be leading the delegation.The region also has profound cultural and religious resonance with millions of South Africans who adhere to Islam. The cultural, religious, historical and strategic affinity between this region and northern part of Africa itself makes it important in the context of Africa’s renewal and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).South African exports to Qatar had a total value of (South African Rand) 124 million in 2006 and consisted mainly of base metals, chemicals and machinery. Over the same period imports from Qatar totaled just over R1 billion – dominated by the chemical sector and plastics.South Africa and Qatar are also involved in a joint US $ 1 billion fuel grade methanol project. The plant will begin production in 2008 of 12,000 to 15,000 metric tons per day of fuel grade methanol for power generation.“There has been significant tourism investments flowing into South Africa from Middle East investors on the acquisition of hospitality properties while there are significant new opportunities opening up in the leisure and hospitality industries as well as in the construction and engineering sectors” says Patience Molokoza, Director, International Tourism Relations at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup will focus global attention on South Africa as a preferred destination for tourism, trade and investment. Thus the delegation will inform the Saudi business community and government about new opportunities opening up in South Africa and reaffirm the fact that the country is an entry point into a large regional market of more than 180 million people in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.The ASGISA initiative (Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative) focuses on South Africa’s competitive edge in a number of key industries such as tourism, business process outsourcing, international call-centres, information and communication technology, agribusiness and synthetic fuels.South Africa is currently in the early stage of a period significant economic growth and expansion. Thus this mission would seek to encourage investors from Saudi Arabia to grasp the investment opportunities that are currently available to them that will enable them to reap the benefits in the years to come.This visit to the Gulf will be the third trade mission organised and supported by the IMC. This follows very successful missions to North America in 2004 and to Europe and the United Kingdom in 2005.Issued by Meropa Communications for the Brand South Africa Mission in the Gulf Region, 13-23 February 2007.last_img read more

Corn basis strategy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornThe Tuesday USDA report didn’t hold any surprises last week. However, the Monday afternoon report showed farmers planted 40% of acres in one week. Some Chicago analysts say there is a downside to this quick corn planting. Weather within days of July 1 now becomes extremely critical for pollination across the Midwest. Weather variances in this single week could swing the national bushels per acre by five, or corn futures from $3 to just short of $5. So much money could be made if we knew what the weather would be in just that one week. Preliminary El Nino reports indicate good weather is a higher probability than bad in early July.On Thursday last week wheat rallied 30 cents on rumors Russians are going to stock pile grain and freeze potential in the Dakotas. Speculators have a huge short position on, so when they go to cover those positions the market gets very volatile. If something spooks corn speculators, we could see a similar type of rally. But, no one knows what would be that spark right now. SoyeansThe USDA estimates 350 million carryout bushels in 2015, which is more than double what is considered adequate. The USDA is predicting 500 million bushels next year. If this happens, it would be extremely burdensome to the market, and would likely cause prices to drift to $8. This is why beans do not have a lot of potential for price rallies. Lack of farmer selling is probably the most bullish story out there right now. Corn basis strategyBasis is the spread between the CBOT futures price and the cash price paid locally for corn. Basis represents the demand for grain in any area of the country (or world). It increases or decreases at each location based on grain demand or movement.For example, if farmers are not selling grain, an end user’s only choice to get the grain they need is to increase the basis. Conversely, if farmers are selling a lot, demand by end users decreases, so they can bid lower than the CBOT (slowing the pace of grain movement). This is why it is so important farmers watch the basis AND the CBOT futures prices. It’s also why we seldom if ever see corn basis and futures prices hit highs at the same time.Many farmers have the “deer in the headlights” approach to selling their remaining old crop as futures prices have fallen the last few weeks. They are frozen with fear. Many think if they wait it out the price will rally (which has happened in some recent years). This collective holding strategy has allowed basis prices to rally some. But, end users know farmers are holding on to a lot of bushels that need to be moved before new crop is harvested. It’s just unclear when farmers will sell.This “holding” is scaring some end users that there won’t be enough coverage for their next two months’ needs, so they are putting on coverage right now. This has increased basis the last few weeks. If futures were to rally though, the basis would likely fall because farmers would sell their old crop. Eventually corn will have to be sold, when it does, basis will collapse.This week I advised my clients to set the basis on any remaining old crop bushels. This does NOT mean they set futures or cash prices, just the basis. As I mentioned before, this is one of the three independent “levers” farmers can use as part of their grain marketing/pricing strategy — one many farmers don’t utilize to its optimal profit potential.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE.  Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process.  After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits.  A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations. Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons.  All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit.  Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction.  The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs.  All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision.  The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative.  The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions.  Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. 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18 days agoJack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from struggling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from strugglingby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says Aston Villa are “so far away from struggling” in their return to the Premier League.The Villians recorded a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, pushing them up to 15th on the Premier League table.Critics still believe Villa will be amongst the teams battling relegation, but Grealish begs to differ.”The manager told me before the game he wanted me to get a tap in, more than anything,” Grealish told the Birmingham Mail. “I told him after it wasn’t a tap in! It was actually a hard finish at the time.”I’m so happy to get the goal but the only thing I wanted was the win. It has been coming for a long time.”I sat down with Christian (Purslow) on Friday night and we had a chat. I was saying how sometimes you see things on social media and people talk about us, saying we are struggling. I think we are so far away from struggling. We have been unreal if anything”If you look at our games the only one we have struggled with is Spurs, where we should have lost. The rest of the games we have only lost by one goal. To get the win just tops it off.” last_img read more

After Indian Armys stronglyworded statement Pakistan PM Imran Khan repeats cluster bombs

first_imgNew Delhi: Days after the Indian Army foiled a cross-border infiltration bid by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT), Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday accused India of using cluster bombs against civilians living across the Line of Control (LoC).”I condemn India’s attack across LOC on innocent civilians & it’s use of cluster munitions in violation of int humanitarian law and it’s own commitments under the 1983 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. UNSC must take note of this international threat to peace & security,” Khan tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Indian Army had on Saturday termed as “lies and deceit” Pakistan’s allegations that Indian troops used cluster bombs targeting civilians along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. The strong reaction by the Army’s additional directorate general of public information (ADGPI) came after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and it’s military’s spokesperson Asif Ghafoor accused the Indian Army of using “cluster ammunition” to target civilians along the LoC. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Pakistan army regularly attempts to push terrorists through infiltrations and opens up with a multitude of weapons to assist them. India, during numerous Directorate of Military Operations (DGMO) level talks, has maintained the right to respond. Such responses are only against military targets and infiltrating terrorists who are aided by Pakistan Army,” the Army said in a statement. jammu and kashmir situation, jammu and kashmir news, jammu schools closed, line of control, india pakistan, pakistan border action team, border action team, pakistan BAT, BAT pakistan, jammu and kashmir governor, satya pal malik, india news, Indian Express Bodies of four Pak SSG personnel located. Khan also recalled US President Donal Trump’s offer to mediate on the Kashmir issue, saying “this has the potential to blow up into a regional crisis”. India has however rejected any mediation on Jammu and Kashmir, with Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar saying, “any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally.” Meanwhile, the Indian Army has asked Pakistan to take back the bodies of four intruders who were shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran sector on the intervening night of July 31 and August 1. The Pakistan side has been offered to come with a white flag and take the bodies for last rites. Islamabad is yet to respond on India’s offer. Four “possibly SSG” commandos or “maybe some of terrorists” were killed along the Line of Control while they were trying to infiltrate into India and strike a forward post in the Keran sector, the Indian Army said on Saturday. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more