Look to the future to unite the country

first_imgThis is a great country, and its greatness is greatly increased when we are one.The past is history and there’s nothing that we can do about it. Today, we should maximize that which unites us and minimize that which divides us.We cannot change history, but the future is in our hands.George SummersellSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

Semi finals of Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division Basketball League off to an exciting start

first_img 28 Views   no discussions Tweet NewsSports Semi finals of Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division Basketball League off to an exciting start by: – August 18, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share The Semi-finals of the Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division got off to an exciting start last night at the Massacre Hard Court.Game 1 featured the upset minded Element Agencies Ole Skool vs. the defending champions, Wesley Raptors. Ole Skool came into this game with lots of confidence, having knocked out the 2010 runner-ups and Zone B Champs, Paix Bouche Snipers last weekend and were hoping to pull off another upset. However, the Raptors were up to the task, showing everyone why they were the champs last year, by jumping out to a 38 – 20 halftime lead. Sparked by their energetic guard, Curtis Akiel, who dazzled the fans with an array of 3 pointers and jump shots, Raptors were able to withstand a short run put together by Ole Skool in the 3rd quarter, and outscored Ole Skool by 11 points in the 4th quarter, eventually winning the game easily by the final score of 75 to 50. Top scorers for the Raptors were Curtis Akiel with a game high 21 points, Clem Telemaque with 16 points, Steve Hypolite with 13 points, and Devon Barton chipping in with 10 points while only Colbert Betrand with 14 points and Bert Benjamin with 10 points were able to score in double digits in a losing effort for Ole Skool.Raptors now lead this best of 3 semi-final series by 1 – 0, with the second game scheduled for 7pm on Friday, August 19th at the Lindo Park Hard Court.Game 2 featured the undefeated Goodwill Starz facing the most improved team of the year, Pichelin Pistons, who only lost 2 games in the regular season by a combined 5 points. In what turned out to be a very exciting game from start to finish, both teams came out ready to play and to put on a good display of basketball for their fans in attendance. After a relatively slow start, Starz took a narrow 14 – 13 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, but it was the Pistons who stole the show in the second quarter, with young Yannick Regis, showing why he is one of the Leagues leading scorers, slashing and driving to the basket, making an array of runners and off balance layups, giving his Pistons team a 32 – 26 lead at halftime. The Starz team, seeing who was doing most of the damage for the Pistons, made the necessary adjustments and started to defend the lane and to play pressure defense, frustrating Yannick into foul trouble and forcing the Pistons to turnover the ball, while converting their resulting fast breaks and making their open jump shots. Starz outscored the Pistons by 7 points in the 3rd quarter to take a narrow 1 point lead going into the 4th and final quarter, After Yannick fouled out early in the 4th quarter, it looked like the game was over for the Pistons with the Starz jumping out to a 13 point lead, but the Pistons showed much heart and determination to claw their way back into the game. And it was their other young star, Kijuan Thomas putting in work, driving to the basket and making two clutch 3 pointers to cut the lead to 4 in the final minutes of the game. Starz kept their poise, however, and were able to hold off the Pistons down the stretch and when the final whistle blew, it was the Starz who were victorious by the final score of 69 to 64. Top scorers for the Starz were Daynes Peters with 16 points, Kelsey Guye with 13 points, and Jason Samuel with 10 points, while Yannick Regis and Kijuan Thomas both had a game high of 23 points, with Kimael Registe helping out with 11 points for the Pistons in a losing effort. The Starz now lead this best of 3 semi-final series by 1 – 0, with the second game scheduled for 7pm on Saturday, August 20th at the Lindo Park Hard Court.Meanwhile, the Domlec Premier Division Playoffs begin this weekend with 2 knockout games being played. First off, at 9pm on Friday, August 19th, the No-Look team, with former NBA player Garth Joseph and perennial National Team player Bernard Mills, will take on the Dr. Mac T.R. Prowlers while at 9pm on Saturday, the United Insurance Sharks will face the 2011 Ball-a-rama Champs, the Dragon Stoute Pros. All games this weekend will be played at the Lindo Park Hard Court.By Damien SorhaindoDominica Amateur Basketball Associationlast_img read more

Betting on Sports puts operators and affiliates on the road to Russia 2018

first_img Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon The ‘Sport in Focus’ track at Betting on Sports (12-15 September) will culminate in a session dedicated to next year’s FIFA World Cup, as more than 120 operators and 80 high-level affiliates at #boscon2017 get on ‘The Road to Russia’.AC Milan Commercial Director Jaap Kalma will be joined by an industry quartet tasked with educating over 1,200 delegates at Olympia Conference Centre on how to engage with a wider audience during Russia 2018, a tournament played at European friendly times.  ‘World Cup 2018: The road to Russia’ has been perfectly timed for operators and affiliates seeking to put plans and partnerships in place ahead of the global footballing event. Ideas discussed will be expanded on during more targeted sessions at next year’s Betting on Football, which has been moved forward to 20-23 March to accommodate industry plans for the World Cup in Russia.The rest of the panel is made up by BetStars Managing Director Zeno Ossko, Superbet Group Director of E-Commerce Jamie Hart, OpenBet Executive Vice President (Sports) Keith O’Loughlin and Shaun Simmonds, who heads up the marketing for  Kenya based sports betting group SportPesa.Hart said: “Recent technological development provides massive opportunities for improved customer experience in all industries. In my opinion, the betting and gaming industry has only been scratching the surface over the last 20-years and I’ll be looking to bounce ideas around some like-minded souls at this important annual event.”The ‘Sport in Focus’ track, held in the auditorium on Thursday 14 September, starts with a tour of the topical betting issues in tennis, cricket, rugby, basketball, boxing and US Sports.Representing LeoVegas at the conference is Head of Sports Andreas Bardun, who will be sharing insight about the Swedish brand’s ‘Summer of Tennis’ campaign on the tennis panel. Bardun added: “I think this is a great event to get the betting industry together with the sporting community, so to be able to contribute to this is an honour for me.”The discussion will also tackle the continuing fight against match fixing, recently highlighted by suspicious betting patterns surrounding a recent defeat for Alexandr Dolgopolov.‘Tennis: Staying between the lines’ will be followed by a session designed to ‘break the boundaries’ in cricket betting, as the sport looks to capitalise on heightened interest in the short formats of the game, exemplified by Unibet becoming an Official Betting Partner for Warwickshire CCC.This diverse focus continues with a look at the disproportionately low level of bookmaker sponsorship in rugby union, when compared with its Northern-focused counterpart rugby league, and why LeoVegas has reversed this trend by partnering with 10-time English champions Leicester Tigers.Richard Crouch, Head of Rugby at Opta and a speaker on our rugby panel, said: “There’s certainly no lack of content and ideas to similarly engage and convert Rugby Union (and League) punters and having seen interest from Southern Hemisphere bookmakers to do exactly this, we’d expect European bookmakers to start following suit.”After lunch, the World Cup finale will be directly preceded by sessions around three headline sports, starting with a focus on how basketball, a US-centred sport with huge appeal across Europe, continues to reach an audience that other sports can’t reach.Just over two weeks after the ‘betting event of the year’ featuring Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in Las Vegas, we will be assessing the value of sponsorship in boxing and the impact of ‘novelty bouts’ such as this on both the popularity and credibility of the sport.The penultimate session of the track will switch attention to sports betting across the pond, as representatives of Red Zone Sports, Digital Sports Tech and Don Best Sports combine to assess the appeal of the likes of baseball and American football, just a few months after the Supreme Court agreed to hear New Jersey’s challenge against PASPA.Right now, tickets for the event are available at a fantastic 25% Group Discount when buying 3 or more – get them HERE.Betting on Sports is organised by SBC Events, part of the SBC Global group of companies which works with industry leaders to develop the sports and sports betting industries. Services include news coverage, knowledge creation, marketing and product consultancy, conferences, seminars and industry awards. Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Long Road To Success: Liverpool’s rank and points tally from every Premier League season

first_imgBecoming Premier League champions has been a long journey for Liverpool.Despite being one of England’s biggest clubs, the Reds have had to wait until this year to taste Premier League glory.But it seems to have been worth the wait, looking at the celebrations from Reds fans on social media.However,  even though they had won 19 top-flight titles it has taken almost three decades for the Merseyside club to rise to the very top of the Premier League ladder.The journey started in 1992, where the Reds finished in sixth place with 59 points, 25 points behind eventual winners Manchester United.The closest they came to winning the title over the next decade was in the 1996-97 season, when they finished seven points behind Man Utd in fourth.They also finished seven points in second place behind Arsenal in the 2001-02 season.In the 2000s, Liverpool finished outside the top four just twice in 2003 and in 2005, when they ended up 19 points behind Man Utd and 37 points behind Chelsea respectively.In the 2008-09 season, the Reds finished in second place, just four points behind Man Utd.The 2010s weren’t particularly kind to the Reds, as they finished in the top Four just four times out of ten.This, however, includes their impressive performance last season where they lost just once all season, finishing one point behind Man City.Take a look at Liverpool’s final rankings in each Premier League season, their total points tally and the number of points they finished behind the eventual champions below.1992-93      – 6th   – 59 points   – 25 points behind Man Utd1993-94      – 8th   – 60 points   – 32 points behind Man Utd1994-95      – 4th   – 74 points   – 15 points behind Blackburn1995-96      – 3rd   – 71 points   – 11 points behind Man Utd1996-97      – 4th   – 68 points   – 7 points behind Man Utd1997-98      – 3rd   – 65 points    – 13 points behind Arsenal1998-99      – 7th   – 54 points   – 24 points behind Man Utd1999-00      – 4th   – 67 points   – 24 points behind Man Utd2000-01      – 3rd   – 69 points   – 11 points behind Man Utd2001-02      – 2nd   – 80 points   – 7 points behind Arsenal2002-03      – 5th   – 64 points   – 19 points behind Man Utd2003-04      – 4th   – 60 points   – 30 points behind Arsenal2004-05      – 5th   – 58 points   – 37 points behind Chelsea2005-06      – 3rd   – 82 points   – 9 points behind Chelsea2006-07      – 3rd   – 68 points   – 11 points behind Man Utd2007-08      – 4th   – 76 points   – 11 points behind Man Utd2008-09      – 2nd   – 86 points   – 4 points behind Man Utd2009-10      – 7th   – 63 points   – 23 points behind Chelsea2010-11      – 6th   – 58 points   – 22 points behind Man Utd2011-12      – 8th   – 52 points   – 37 points behind Man City2012-13      – 7th   – 61 points   – 28 points behind Man Utd2013-14      – 2nd   – 84 points   – 2 points behind Man City2014-15      – 6th   – 62 points   – 25 points behind Chelsea2015-16      – 8th   – 60 points   – 21 points behind Leicester2016-17      – 4th   – 76 points   – 17 points behind Chelsea2017-18      – 4th   – 75 points   – 25 points behind Man City2018-19      – 2nd   – 97 points   – 1 point behind Man City2019-20      – 1st – 86 points – 23 points ****Season ongoinglast_img read more

Letter to the Community from Senior Services for South Sound Executive…

first_imgFacebook86Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Brian Windrope, executive director, Senior Services for South SoundFor a community as robust and delightful as ours, it is especially dreadful to consider the circumstances our seniors are facing during this COVID-19 pandemic. We know that seniors are far more vulnerable to the effects of this virus than are other populations, but it is not widely understood that the vast majority of seniors who may never fall ill from this pandemic, are nevertheless facing unprecedented isolation. Our mission as an organization is to improve the quality of life for people as they age, and this places us squarely on the front lines of helping seniors through these times.Seniors are struggling with everything the rest of us are facing: loneliness, isolation, boredom, inconvenience, and varying degrees of fear. But beyond these concerns, they are distressed in ways unique to their age. Over the last week we have spoken with nearly 2,000 seniors, and many report they are also facing food insecurity and health distress. Seniors are sheltering in place. They fear going outside. You do not see them in the same numbers around Capitol Lake, or at the grocery store.We know that staying inside reduces physical activity and this is especially concerning for seniors. And we know that social distancing deprives them of the very thing research shows is critical to their mental and physical health: dynamic, caring human interaction. This double strike is made worse by otherwise independent and capable seniors feeling stuck between getting their normal healthy food at the grocery store and risking infection, or staying home and running out of supplies. We hear from seniors who are skipping normal medical appointments, not filling prescriptions and otherwise not attending to their health needs for these same reasons.Senior Services for South Sound provides the Meals on Wheels service for Thurston and Mason Counties and we are projecting our number of meals served will double in the next few weeks. This imminent doubling means we have to mobilize more volunteers to deliver meals, and stretch our staff and funding thinner. We also provide transportation services for seniors who lack ways to get to essential appointments.  We are pinched by our supply of donated food items from local bakeries and grocers being greatly diminished or absent altogether because they are selling out due to people hoarding. All this while many of our other wonderful programs for seniors are cancelled because of the pandemic, resulting in a considerable loss of connection for seniors and revenue to continue our work.Seniors need our help more than ever as they face unique and frightening challenges. Being spread thin is our normal operating mode, but this pandemic compels us to greater action while being hamstrung by reduced resources. Now is the time to think of the seniors you cherish, the elders in your family or community who have led us through challenges in the past, and who now need our help.  Please join us today as a volunteer and if able, as a donor, so that isolated and deeply vulnerable seniors feel the support of many, many hands. Visit southsoundseniors.org to learn more or to make a gift.last_img read more