Michael drives B36 Wilde

first_img Wilde struck twice in the first half and completed his treble just after the break before Matthew Williams made it four on the night, while captain Lukasz Cieslewicz pulled one back for the Faroe Islands outfit at the death but it was too little too late. TNS now face a second qualifying first-leg clash against Videoton next week as they look to seal their progress to the Champions League proper. Press Association Northern Ireland’s Crusaders advanced on away goals after their 1-1 result against Levadia of Estonia at Le Coq Arena on Tuesday, with Michael Carvill’s early opener making the difference despite Siim Luts’ equaliser midway through the first half. Elsewhere, there was success for Gibraltar’s Lincoln, who saw off Santa Coloma 2-1, while Armenian side Pyunik made it through after a 2-1 (4-2 aggregate) win over Folgore. center_img Michael Wilde impressed with a hat-trick as The New Saints progressed to the Champions League second qualifying round following a 4-1 (6-2 aggregate) victory over B36 in Oswestry.last_img read more

India wants to improve presence on world stage: Kiren Rijiju

first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said the governments policy would be conditioned according to the needs of the sports community. “We want to create a big sports culture in the country so that we can improve our presence in world sport. It is our obligation to raise the level of sport in India,” he said.Speaking at the inaugural session of the six-day online technical officials’ seminar jointly conducted by the South Asian Athletics Federation (SAFF) and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), Rijiju said the government would frame athlete-centric and sports-centric policies .”Athletics is the heart and soul of the Olympic Games and we need to raise the level of our athletics,” he said.”I want to give the young athletes the opportunity to realise their dreams.”World Athletics President Sebastian Coe complimented SAAF and AFI for conceiving the six-day seminar.”Our sport simply does not function at any level without the contribution of the technical officials,” he said. “It would be unrecognisable without one of our sport’s most endearing aspects, the enshrining of the volunteer contribution 24×7.”Coe said World Athletics’ major task in the time ahead was to keep as many of its competitions intact.”We owe it to the athletes and the member federations to maintain a structure that we can optimistically look forward to so that we can give the athletes the chance to get back to competition as soon as is possible, but in a fair way,” he said.Referring to World Athletics decision to suspend the Olympic qualification till December 1 this year, he said the structure would have to be designed so that the athletes return to the competition in a fair way.”We need to ensure that our athletes get back to competition safely and securely and in a way that does not damage the integrity of all our competitions.”I know the Indian Federation has embraced technology in a big way not only to reach larger audiences but also to meet the sustainability challenge by getting rid of paper,” he said.In his opening remarks, AFI President Adille J. Sumariwalla said the federation had been at the forefront of using technology for several years now.”AFI is the first national federation to host online courses for coaches and technical officials. We also plan on having our annual general meeting on May 2 and all our sub-committee meetings online,” he said.Asian Athletics Association President Gen. Dahlan Jumaan al-Hamad complimented SAAF and AFI for the initiative to enhance the knowledge of the South Asian region’s technical officials.SAFF President Lalit K Bhanot said the seminar was a true reflection of the grit, resolve, sportsmanship and love for athletics in the region.Elite international technical officials who are lined-up to share their experience and knowledge with SAAF officials include Luis Saladie (Spain), Chris Cohen (UK), Piece O’Callaghan (Ireland), Krisztina Horvath (Hungary), Luca Verrascina (Italy) and Yukio Seki (Japan). IANSAlso Read: Autonomy of NSFs must be maintained at all costs: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more

Ikhana Calls Huge Enyimba CCL Feat

first_imgFormer Enyimba coach, Kadiri Ikhana has described as huge achievement the side qualification to the lucrative group stage of Caf Champions League.The Nigerian champions edged the Tunisian giants, Etoile Sportive du Sahel 7-6 on penalties after both legs of the encounter ended three goals apiece for the sides in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and Sousse, Tunisia respectively.Ikhana said the two-time African champions have by that singular heroic act put the nation’s name on the front banner of top clubs in the continent. “Enyimba’s qualification to the group stage of the Caf Champions League at the expense of the Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel is a huge achievement and we must say big congratulations to the side.“Enyimba have succeeded in putting Nigeria’s name on the world map of top football playing nations.“For some time now no Nigerian club has been able to qualify for the group stage of the Caf Champions League.“Enyimba went to the lion’s den to the pull qualification ticket from the mouth of Etoile du Sahel, it’s not a mean feat but a huge achievement for the entire country.“I believe that Enyimba are wiser with the harrowing experience in Sousse, Tunisia in the hands of Etoile du Sahel to know how to prepare for the group stage hostilities.“Enyimba are good side and have what it takes to rewrite the sterling performances in Africa achieved in 2003 and 2004 but they must work quite hard to realise the lofty dream,” said the head coach of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) to supersport.com.The former Nigerian right back guided the People’s Elephant to win the Caf Champions League title in 2003.Enyimba’s progression to the group stage of Africa’s first tier club competition has ended the almost four-year search for a berth in the group phase by any domestic club side.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Immigration Advice

first_imgBiometrics Are Now Required For All Naturalization ApplicantsOn July 26, 2017 the USCIS announced a change in policy regarding the requirement for Biometrics (fingerprints & digital photos) to be taken from Naturalization Applicants. Until now, the USCIS has waived Biometrics for Residents who are age 75 or older. Under this recent change, all Residents, regardless of age, will be required to have them taken. Residents with certain medical conditions, may still be eligible for a waiver and special accommodation will still be made for Residents with disabilities, those who are homebound or hospitalized.THIS WEEK’S IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS & ANSWERSQuestion: Hi, I’m from Trinidad and came to the U.S. in 2015. I met my fiancé in 2016. I overstayed my visa by 2 months last year to be in Florida with her for the Christmas holidays. I then returned to Trinidad to get things settled before coming back to America to get married and file my immigration papers. When I tried to return to the US in March of this year, the officer at the airport cancelled my visa and told me I had to get a new one at the Embassy because I overstayed the last time. I explained I overstayed only 2 months, but he said even a day is too long! When I reapplied at the embassy they denied me. My fiancé and I are devastated, and don’t know what to do. She plans to come to Trinidad in August so we can get married here. My question is, will I be able to accompany her back to Florida once we get married. What is the immigration process from there? Answer:  This is very common. Unfortunately, under Immigration regulations, once you overstay your period of authorized stay in the U.S. – by even one day – when you leave the U.S., your U.S. visa is automatically canceled. You are not allowed to re-enter on your Visa Waiver (or B1/B2). You are instead required to apply for a new B1/B2 Tourist visa at the U.S. Consulate in your home country. Once an individual overstays in the U.S. and then applies for a visa at the U.S. Consulate abroad, the Consular officers are very unlikely to issue a B1/B2 tourist or any other type of Non-immigrant visa. This effectively closes all possibilities for legally traveling to the U.S. again.The exceptions are Visas, such as a Fiancée Visa and Spousal Visa (for foreign Fiancées & Spouses of U.S. Citizens). However, foreign Fiancées and Spouses are not issued the Visa which allows them to travel to the U.S. until all the technical processing is complete, which takes 6-8 months or more.In your cases, since your fiancée is going to fly to Trinidad to marry you, once she returns, a Spousal Immigrant petition can be filed to initiate the process of bringing you to the U.S. as a U.S. Resident. You won’t be allowed to return to the U.S. along with your new wife, instead, you have to wait in Trinidad for consular processing.Question: I am from the Bahamas. I was sponsored for a green card in 2014 by my sister in the United States. My family here at home has passed and I don’t have anyone left but my sister in America. I need to know any possible way to cut down this long waiting time to immigrate to America sooner or if I can just be allowed to go to the U.S. and stay with my sister there while I am waiting?Answer:  Sorry to hear that you are alone there. Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite the immigration process for siblings of U.S. Citizens (F4 immigration category). It will likely take 12-14 years for an Immigrant Visa to be available in that category. The law does not allow siblings to stay inside the U.S. while waiting to immigrate unless they are in the U.S. in another legal visa category like an F-1 student visa or some other work visa.last_img read more

Game Changer! The Stars Group agrees to acquire Sky Bet for $4.7 billion

first_imgShare Share Submit StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Related Articles Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc continues its M&A drive, confirming this morning that it has reached an agreement with private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and Sky Plc to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) outright.Seeking to create the world’s ‘most valuable, listed online gambling enterprise’, the Stars Group governance has put forward a ‘cash and stock transaction valued at $4.7 billion (€3.9 billion)’.“The acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming is a landmark moment in The Stars Group’s history,” stated The Stars Group Inc Chief Executive Rafi Ashkenazi.“SB&G operates one of the world’s fastest growing sportsbooks and is one of the United Kingdom’s leading gaming providers. SB&G’s premier sports betting product is the ideal complement to our industry-leading poker platform. The ability to offer two low-cost acquisition channels of this magnitude provides The Stars Group with great growth potential and will significantly increase our ability to create winning moments for our customers.”This March, SB&G governance disclosed full-year 2017 revenues of + £600 million, combined with an adjusted operating EBITDA of + £200 million, representing a compounded annual growth increase of circa 50% per metric.In 2018, the Leeds based online gambling group has detailed that it services a player base of ‘+2 million active customers’, with over 80% of revenues generated from mobile devices.“We are delighted to join forces with The Stars Group,” stated Richard Flint, Sky Betting & Gaming’s Chief Executive Officer.“We have had a fantastic last few years and would like to thank CVC and Sky for supporting us in becoming a leading online operator in the UK. This transaction allows us to offer our best-in-class products to a truly global audience. We’re excited about our future together.”Updating investors on the transaction’s initial prospects and combined synergies, the Stars Group governance detailed the following enlargement dynamics/benefits;The Stars Group significantly accelerates its revenue diversification strategy, gaining a market leading online bookmaker in Sky BetThe group will bolster its presence within the United Kingdom, the world’s largest regulated online gaming market.The TSX firm acquires SB&G’s in-house development team improving its overall product portfolio and operational technologies.Furthermore, the accelerated development of its group sports betting verticals will create a supporting ‘low-cost customer acquisition channel’ complementing its flagship PokerStars business.In the update, the Stars Group has identified a an initial $70 million (€56 million) per year in combined ‘cost-synergy’ savings.Entering 2018, industry rumours circulated that majority shareholder CVC Capital would push for a public listing of its fast growth SB&G asset. Nevertheless, the agreed $4.7 billion transaction, sees the private equity firm make a significant return on its 2015 £800 million equity investment in the Leeds based online betting enterprise.Commenting on the sale of SB&G, Pev Hooper, Partner at CVC Capital, detailed: “Richard and his team have done a fantastic job building Sky Betting & Gaming into one of the UK’s largest and fastest growing operators. We have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with the team and our partners at Sky. This combination with The Stars Group opens a new and exciting chapter for SBG to accelerate its international growth, and we look forward to continuing the journey as a shareholder in the combined group.”last_img read more

BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon BetVictor will expand its online casino inventory, integrating EveryMatrix‘s CasinoEngine platform as its lead gaming platform and content API provider.The partnership will allow Gibraltar-based BetVictor to expand its games portfolio offering RedTiger content through CasinoEngine’s APIs. The switch involves the use of a single integration in BetVictor’s front-end, wallet and platform, therefore gaining access to RedTiger’s network jackpots.“Great to ensure a seamless delivery of premium content, using EveryMatrix’s igaming platform,” noted Turlough Lally, director of e-gaming at BetVictor.CasinoEngine acts as an integration layer between the operator and casino vendor, on top of the gaming aggregation, enabling operators to “quickly enter newly regulated markets with the most relevant country-specific content for their audiences”.CasinoEngine boasts in excess of 11,500 games from over 175 suppliers and 450+ games with global and local jackpots.Stian Hornsletten, CCO of EveryMatrix, commented: “We are pleased to be working with BetVictor on their content RNG offering. Their huge success is owed to their high-performing sportsbook, but I am sure that their investments into the casino side will pay off as well in the near future and help set them apart from other operators with less diversified gaming portfolios.”Earlier this month EveryMatrix announced an integration with Fast Track CRM as the group aims to achieve a player engagement boost across its network of operators.As a result of the partnership Fast Track has been successfully integrated with GamMatrix, EveryMatrix’s PAM platform, with further benefits to enable the promotion of real-time capabilities and help clients build better retention and acquisition campaigns. Share Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Braves’ Jonny Venters feels at home this spring on Disney mounds — and ponds

first_img“It’s tough to put into words,” Venters said. “I’m seeing a lot of people in this complex that I’ve known for 15 years, from the field crew to the lady at the gate, my clubbie on the minor league side from the Gulf Coast League is still here. It’s special. I called my wife and said, ‘This place hasn’t changed a bit.'”Well, he’s pretty sure nothing’s changed. That room with all the medical equipment — just down the hall from the Atlanta clubhouse — he’s not sure what that looks like now. “Spent a lot of time in that training room, unfortunately,” he said with a shudder. “I try not to go in there.” LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jonny Venters is back in his old stomping grounds, armed with the equipment he once used to become a master at his chosen craft. And, no, I’m not talking about baseball. MORE: Opening Day schedule for all 30 MLB teamsVenters has returned to the Braves at their spring training facility on the Disney complex, and he brought his bass-fishing gear, along with his gloves and baseball gear. Or, maybe it’s the other way around. It’s hard to tell when you see the lefty reliever sit in front of his locker, grinning widely as he talks about his favorite free-time activity. The lakes and ponds surrounding the ball fields are stocked with largemouth bass big enough to give any angler a run for their money. His lure of choice right now: a watermelon red Zoom super fluke. Just deadly. Oh, but don’t try to visit Venters’ secret spots. “They’ll kick you off,” he said with a grin of an angler who knows the joy of bending the rules in search of a lunker, “but we just go to another one.”I stopped by his locker Tuesday morning to chat with Venters about his amazing baseball comeback — more on that in a minute — but I’m easily distracted by a fishing conversation. He tells me about his personal-best 11-pounder he caught on a golf course pond, and I counter with the story about the 6-pounder on a golf course pond in North Carolina that bucked and caused a treble hook to become deeply embedded in my thumb (click for the picture, at your own discretion).”I caught a 10.6-pounder on Lake Toho when I was in the minor leagues,” Venters said. “Me and my dad were fishing. That was the biggest lake, legitimate fish. Golf course, I guess, is kinda cheating.”Both of his double-digit hawgs were caught on live shiners. I could have kept that tangent conversation going for the next hour, but Sporting News isn’t paying me to be in spring training to swap fishing stories (unfortunately), so I came back to baseball, because, well, seeing Venters sitting in the Braves’ clubhouse in 2019 is nothing short of amazing. “It feels good, man,” Venters said with a grin. “I’ve been excited since Day 1, since I pulled up to this complex. It’s been a while since I’d been here. To be here and be healthy, be a part of such a great team, is fun.”Venters’ tale of perseverance just might be baseball’s best comeback story of the 2000s.MORE: Five prospect storylines to watch in spring trainingYou probably know the Venters journey, but if not, let’s give you a quick recap: He made his MLB debut in 2010 and was immediately an impact arm in the Atlanta bullpen, rolling up a 1.95 ERA in 79 games, with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings with his upper-90s fastball. The next year, he was even better, with a 1.84 ERA in 85 games, with 96 strikeouts and only 53 hits allowed in 88 innings. In 2012, he spent a couple of weeks in July on the disabled list but finished with a 3.22 ERA and 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings in 66 appearances.Venters faced three batters in the NL wild-card game that year, a contest the Braves fell behind in the fourth inning and wound up losing 6-3. He wouldn’t throw another big-league pitch until 2018, six seasons later. Yeah. Brutal. Venters first had Tommy John surgery as a Braves minor leaguer and missed the 2006 season. He had another Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2013, and then Tommy John No. 3 late in the 2014 season. He finally got back onto the field — with the Rays’ organization — for five rehab games in 2016, but the elbow faltered again. Another surgery, which has been called a “half-Tommy John.” (Here’s a great deep dive on Venters’ journey.)He returned to the minors in 2017, making 24 appearances at various levels of the Tampa Bay system, and finally got back on a major league mound on April 25, 2018. After 22 appearances with the Rays, Tampa Bay traded him to Atlanta a couple of days before the non-waiver trade deadline, and he made 28 appearances with a 3.54 ERA for the Braves.”For three years in a row, he probably was the best reliever in baseball, and it was unfortunate that he got hurt,” said Braves catcher Brian McCann, who is back in a Braves uniform himself after five years spent with the Yankees and Astros. “But to see him go through the adversity he went through and to come back, it’s one of the most amazing stories you’re going to see.”FOSTER: 19 reasons why baseball will be great in 2019And now, Venters is back in Lake Buena Vista for spring training with a very good club looking to defend its NL East title (and, yeah, a little bass fishing). And the fact that his first fully healthy, relatively stress-free spring training since 2012 is with the Braves, the organization that picked him in the 30th round of the 2003 MLB Draft, makes it even better. last_img read more

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh reportedly accuses Ohio State’s Ryan Day of cheating in Big Ten call

first_img“How about I worry about my team and you worry about yours?” Day responded.The incident led a fired-up Day to tell his team afterward that he intended to “hang 100” on the Wolverines. The rivals are scheduled to face each other on Oct. 24.MORE: An inside look at the movement to give student-athletes sponsorship rights Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh got prickly with Ohio State coach Ryan Day earlier this week and accused him of cheating during a virtual Big Ten meeting, according to a report from Bucknuts.com that ESPN later confirmed.Harbaugh supposedly cut off Day mid-sentence and alleged the Buckeyes had started on-field player instruction before conference rules permitted. Harbaugh has yet to beat Ohio State since arriving at Michigan (0-5) despite his deep hatred for the Buckeyes and high expectations for his program.The coach is also infamous for his tendency to sidestep social conventions and go after rivals. His heated relationship with Pete Carroll in the college ranks and NFL was a constant backdrop to USC-Stanford and 49ers-Seahawks matchups.Day took over for Urban Meyer at Ohio State on a permanent basis in 2019 and holds a 16-1 record. He led the Buckeyes to wins in all three games of Meyer’s 2018 suspension.last_img read more

Pets Available For Adoption In Olympia

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Hello, I am a female brown and white patch tabby cat with short length hair and my # is 85858. I am very sweet and curious cat. I enjoy getting and giving affection.  I am also fun and enjoy playing and exploring.  I am in search of a forever family to call my own. Please come down and meet me or call 360-352-2510 for more information about me. Thank you! Hello I am a male, about 8 years old, black and beige Himalayan cat and my # is 86127. I came into Joint Animal services when my owner had to move and now I want to find a forever home to be a loving part of. I am a lovable cat and am told I am very pretty.  I am neutered and declawed. Due to my lack of claws I will need to be an indoor cat to keep me safe. My past owner said I did well with kids but not so well with other cats or dogs as I am afraid of dogs.  I am a loving and affectionate cat and I can’t wait to share my love with my new family. Please come down and meet me or call 360-352-2510 for more information about me. Thank you!last_img read more

Local Father, Husband and Iraq Veteran Clint Side Fights Cancer, Needs…

first_imgSubmitted by Michelle Pierce, Uncork and UnwindClint and Reini Side with their daughter, Felicity.Please allow me to introduce to you a local family, who is fighting a horrible disease.  Clint Side is an army veteran who served our country for 6 years and completed four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Reini Side, is a lifelong resident of the Olympia area and works for the state.  In January 2013, Clint and Reini welcomed their beautiful little girl, Felicity, who made her arrival as the first baby in Thurston County.Clint is battling for his life against glioblastoma multiforme grade IV (GBM) brain cancer – the most aggressive kind of brain cancer.  Clint fought bravely for his country, and now his wife, Reini, is bravely fighting to get the treatment he desperately needs.Clint’s situation is very unique as he has survived brain cancer for the past three and a half years. They first discovered a GBM in 2010 and doctors gave him less than a year to live, even with treatment. With chemo/radiation, and a huge amount of prayer, Clint beat the odds and has had clean MRIs for years. Just a few months ago, a routine MRI indicated that Clint’s tumor had returned. He underwent surgery in June but, due to the location of his tumor, only 70% could be removed. The remaining 30% was inoperable, as it pressed right against his speech/motor center. The tests revealed it was again GBM.Clint and Reini have been working tirelessly with medical professionals in Seattle to find the right treatment plan for Clint. They have jumped through hoop after hoop with insurance issues to make sure that Clint’s treatment is covered. They just received the devastating news this week that his tumor is now too big for the treatment that the cancer specialists originally prescribed. So, they are in a race against time to get another treatment plan approved and started. It needs to happen immediately.The expenses associated with Clint’s treatment are adding up. They have co-pays, medications, gas bills for driving up to Seattle, housing during Clint’s treatment, and the list goes on. It is a huge financial burden for Reini, who works full-time and is the primary caretaker for both Clint and their 19-month-old daughter, Felicity.To support this family, the community has planned a fundraising event in hopes of helping offset the expenses of fighting Clint’s cancer.  All are invited to attend the fundraiser on Sunday September 7, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Uncork and Unwind, 324 Custer Way SW in Tumwater.This event will be a wine tasting and silent auction.  You can pre-purchase tickets here or you can pay at the door.  100% of the proceeds will be given to the Side family.We are also collecting donations for the silent auction.   If you are interested in donating, please contact Michelle at (360) 943-9463.If you are interested in learning more about this family and receiving updates on Clint’s progress and treatment, please take a look at their blog. Facebook288Tweet0Pin0last_img read more