… Recommendation comes ahead of next month’s start to 50% pay-cutsBy Clifton RossCRICKET West Indies’ (CWI) woes seem to be piling up as an internal report recently called for CEO Johnny Grave to undergo financial management training, at the board’s expense.According to a trustworthy source within the echelons of Windies cricket, Chronicle Sport was informed that the recent proposal stemmed from CWI having to cut back on their finances by 50 percent, effective from July 1, 2020.The assessment was done by a special committee that was set up specifically for conducting a performance analysis for the Englishman Grave and CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams.It is also believed that CWI wants to ensure that the CEO is suitably equipped and capable of managing the financial situations of the board and focussing more on increasing revenue; while allowing others to share responsibility regarding other logistical matters that may arise in running the day-to-day operations of the sport.Former CWI CEO Michael Muirhead was a Banker by profession which helped him survive during his tenure.CWI’s Board of Directors sought recommendations from the Financial Strategy Advisory Committee (FSAC) back in April by CWI president Ricky Skerritt regarding measures to ensure the board properly managed its resources while continuing its operations over the next few months in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.On May 28, following a meeting with all parties the CWI announced a temporary 50 percent reduction in salaries and cricket funding across the entire regional cricket system, effective from 1st of next month.According to CWI, the devastating economic challenges which have been realised due to COVID-19 have forced the executives after talks with shareholders to sadly agree upon the decision.The verdict, CWI believes, will preserve the future of Windies cricket, while still affording the tiniest levels of job protection for those working or contracted within the West Indies cricket community.More so, it was noted by CWI that the pay-cuts and setbacks could likely last between three to six months and some of the new changes include; a 50 percent reduction in funding for Territorial Boards, Territorial Board Franchises and West Indies Players Associations (WIPA). There will also be a 50 percent cut in all retainers and allowances for directors and executive management within CWI.Due to the recent financial issues, CWI who usually sees an annual turnover of about US$45M, requires professionals to now ensure prudent management especially in generating new revenue streams and with Grave’s background mostly recognised in players’ relations; the board could want their current CEO to be like others who were financial figures in the past.In the past, former CWI president Dave Cameron’s day job when not involved in CWI affairs was that of a financial analyst, using his professional skills in the economic world to help better his skills as head of the regional cricket body.Much like Cameron, previous CWI CEO Michael Muirhead was a banker by profession and it reflected as he too did a fair job during his tenure in the position, with regard to keeping the board’s finances intact and funded; despite challenges.With the position of CEO being a tricky one, CWI should mull the idea of sticking to their old plans and keep a professional pecuniary in position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as to further lend the much needed assistance to the current or future CEO; given that the current executives seem to be ill-equipped with post-apocalyptic measures.In all, the next few months will be the roughest it’s ever been financially for all who share in West Indies cricket, due to the pandemic and executives as well as players will need to come together and formulate a plan for the longevity of cricket, on and off the field.
For the second weekend in a row, the USC women’s soccer team returned from an out-of-state road trip with a vital two-game sweep of the opposition. Two weeks ago, the Women of Troy (12-5-2, 6-4-0 Pac-12) emerged victorious in two overtime games against Oregon (W 1-0, 2OT) and Oregon State (W 2-1, OT). This past weekend, facing two top-25 ranked opponents in No. 17 Washington and No. 22 Washington State, and with their NCAA tournament hopes likely on the line, the Women of Troy delivered two postseason-worthy performances. On Halloween night, they muzzled the Huskies 2-1 before shutting out the Cougars two days later in yet another dramatic ending.Coming in clutch · Junior forward Katie Johnson provided the go-ahead goal in Sunday’s win over Washington State with 38 seconds remaining. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanFriday’s victory over No. 17 Washington was powered by two first-half goals that proved to be the difference in the match. Junior forward Katie Johnson kicked off the scoring early in the game for USC with an 6th minute headed goal, served up on a cross from freshman midfielder Sydney Sladek. The goal was the fifth on the season for Johnson, who is an imposing figure in the box for USC at 5-foot-9. The score held 1-0 until the 27th minute, when senior Washington forward Chelsea Archer was able to capitalize on a loose ball in the box, equalizing the game at 1-1.Just nine minutes later, however, USC junior midfielder and team captain Jamie Fink put the Women of Troy in front on a penalty kick for her 6th score of the season. The penalty came as a result of a foul by Huskies’ midfielder Amanda Perez in the box. The score would remain 2-1 until the final whistle thanks to a strong defensive second half for USC, who withstood six second-half shots by the Huskies en route to the Halloween upset.Sunday’s matchup with Washington State was one that had been circled on the calendar all year: it marked the return of USC head coach Keidane McAlpine and his staff to Pullman, Washington, where they coached for two seasons before moving to Southern California late last year.“I am proud of that [Washington State] team,” McAlpine said. “I know they are going to do great things in the NCAAs. Coming back was a little difficult.”The matchup with Washington State proved to be a defensive battle for much of the first half, with the Cougars outshooting USC 3-2 in a scoreless first period. Things picked up in the second half, however, as Washington State made a strong push with nine corner kicks and nine total shots, three of which were on goal. Though it seemed as though the Cougars were destined to claw out a victory in the Sunday matinee, the Women of Troy stood relentlessly firm defensively in the back, anchored by senior captain and goalkeeper Caroline Stanley. Stanley made multiple acrobatic stops as part of a five-save outing.With Stanley and company preserving a shutout, the door was left open for another spectacular ending for USC. In the final minute of the game, Johnson once again found paydirt for the Women of Troy. After winning a 50-50 ball against her defender on a lofted pass into the box, Johnson beat Cougar goalkeeper Gurveen Clair to take the lead with just 38 seconds left in the match. USC would hold off any last second heroics from Wazzu, thus earning a fourth consecutive victory in critical contests.“I am extremely happy for our team,” McAlpine said. “On a day where we weren’t great, we found a way to win.”The momentous weekend sweep did not go unnoticed, as two USC players were recognized for their exceptional play. Johnson, with her early go-ahead Friday goal and game-winning score Sunday, earned the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week award. Stanley, thanks to three saves Friday and her crucial, shutout-preserving stops Sunday, earned the Pac-12 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week honor for the second time this season. Earlier this year, she became the first USC goalie to win the award since its creation, tallying seven saves during the Aug. 29-31 Notre Dame adidas Invitational tournament, where the Women of Troy won both of their matchups including a 2-1 victory over tournament host and then-No. 9 ranked Notre Dame.With four consecutive victories on the road, including the two over ranked opponents this weekend, USC appears to be peaking at the right time. Though their postseason fate is still undetermined, the team has been doing all the right things heading into the final week of the regular season.“At this point in the season, finding a way to win is all that matters,” McAlpine said. “We have been seeing the determination and consistency we have been looking for at the right time of year.”Now back in Los Angeles for good, the Women of Troy face one final test — their biggest of the season: hosting crosstown rival UCLA, the No. 1 team in the nation. The Bruins (17-0-2, 9-0-1) will visit Troy this Friday night at the Coliseum to conclude the regular season.Friday will also be senior day for USC players Stanley, forward Jessica Musmanno, defender Heather Davis and midfielder Alex Quincey, who undoubtedly hope that this will not be the final game of their distinguished careers. The crosstown matchup kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PST and should provide a thrilling end to the regular season.
Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 23rd August, 2020 08:37 IST Rosario, Sano Back Stingy Dobnak As Twins Beat Royals 7-2 The Twins’ Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano have seen Royals starter Brady Singer three times in the last three weeks. They must have learned how to hit him hard SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV COMMENT First Published: 23rd August, 2020 08:37 IST The Twins’ Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano have seen Royals starter Brady Singer three times in the last three weeks. They must have learned how to hit him hard.Rosario hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Sano sent a pitch an estimated 458 feet off the home team’s Hall of Fame in left field, and Minnesota beat Kansas City 7-2 on Saturday night to even their three-game series.“When we see pitchers like that back-to-back, we study them and we just try to go out there and execute against them,” Rosario said. “As a team, we showed tonight we can do damage when we get pitchers like that.”Randy Dobnak (5-1) pitched five innings of two-run ball, continuing his brilliant start to the season. The former undrafted free agent, who just three years ago was pitching for the independent Utica Unicorns, gave up a homer to Alex Gordon but otherwise kept dodging trouble on a hot, humid night at Kauffman Stadium.Singer (1-3) allowed four runs and six hits in four innings while trying to flummox a team already familiar with him.“They had a good game plan against him, coming right out of the box swinging well,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We’ve all been talking about this for several days. He was going to face them three times and would he mix it up enough to keep them off balance a third time? That’s definitely a challenge but that’s how the schedule lined up.”After the Royals jumped on the Twins with four runs in the first Friday night, it was Minnesota’s turn to strike early. Max Kepler hit a leadoff double, Jorge Polanco singled and Rosario hit Singer’s biggest mistake into the right-field fountain.Sano made it 4-0 when he crushed a pitch to left field, a home run that rivals one hit by Albert Pujols with the St. Louis Cardinals more than a decade ago for the longest to that part of the ballpark.“You know, the funny part of that, I didn’t hit it that well,” Sano said. “If I got all of it, I would have hit it over it.”Meanwhile, Dobnak was keeping the Royals off the scoreboard until the fifth, when Gordon sent a one-out pitch over the wall in center. That finally gave Kansas City some momentum: Cam Gallagher and Whit Merrifield added two-out singles and Nicky Lopez guided an RBI double down the left-field line to make it 4-2.Dobnak escaped the jam when he speared Hunter Dozier’s line drive right back up the middle.The Royals’ last chance to pull ahead came on a series of miscues in the sixth. Alex Avila was called for interference when his catcher’s mitt was nicked by Jorge Soler’s bat, then Ryan McBroom singled before Gordon was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tyler Duffy responded by striking out Adalberto Mondesi and pinch hitter Ryan O’Hearn to end the threat.In a strange coincidence, Avila also was called for catchers’ interference on Soler’s previous at-bat.The Twins put the game away with three runs off Ian Kennedy in the seventh.“Guys came together. We got great efforts on both sides of the ball from the very beginning of the game,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We had really quality at-bats, hard-hit balls and a couple that left the yard.”TWINS MOVESThe Twins purchased the contract of left-hander Danny Coulombe and recalled right-hander Sean Poppen before the game. Both relievers had been on the four-man taxi squad that made the trip to Kansas City.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: RHPs Jake Odorizzi (bruised ribs) and Zack Littell (right elbow inflammation) went on the injured list after getting hurt in the series opener. RHP Homer Bailey was moved to the 45-day injury list after a setback in his recovery from right biceps tendinitis. “Most teams are dealing with rosters that don’t necessarily look like they looked on opening day,” Baldelli said. “Some of these teams — and we want to be in this group — just go out there and play.”UP NEXTRoyals LHP Kris Bubic (0-3, 5.12 ERA) will try again for his first win when he makes his fifth career start and second in a row against Minnesota. He allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss Monday. The Twins have yet to announce their starter because of their injuries.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE Written By FOLLOW US
SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience April 27, 2020 SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Virtuals development firm VSoftCO has announced a multi-year software agreement with lottery and instant win platform provider Twelve40.The deal will see VSoftCO integrate its complete portfolio of games and virtual football content onto the Twelve40 platform.Included as part of the integration will be the developer’s league and single game formats, in addition to its new Spot the Ball game.Additionally the complete catalogue of Linked2Win instant games, which has recently been integrated onto VSoftCo’s remote gaming server, will also be deployed.Simon Westbury, Chief Commercial Officer of VSoftCo, said: “I am delighted to have secured this partnership with Twelve40. We are partnering with a platform that provides a cutting edge and agile solution to lottery operators globally. “Additionally, this partnership continues a very strong growth period for VSoftCo in 2017, and we look forward to working with Twelve40, who have demonstrated the versatility of their platform when delivering a bespoke gaming solution to different partners in differing geographical regions.”This deal will see an extension of the content offered via the Twelve40 platform solution, with Pariplay signing a deal to integrate its content last month.Nigel Renouf, Business Development Director (B2B–B2C Lottery & Game Content) at Twelve40, said: “This strategic partnership supports our vision to empower our clients with a range of exciting content and gaming entertainment to complement our lottery offering. “It underlines that we are executing on our objectives and expanding our game portfolio with world-class content. “In the case of VSoftCO, I am particularly excited with the content and its applicability to provide complementary revenue streams to a number of our clients, and I believe this will be a hugely beneficial partnership for both Twelve40 and VSoftCo.”This agreement for VSoftCO follows a deal struck with Sport-Shotz last month, with the sport themed casino games provider integrating its content onto the VSoftCO platform. Share Related Articles Submit Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share
GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon FTSE250 bookmaker William Hill Plc is looking to grow its digital footprint and expand its European profile, putting forward a cash offer to acquire Stockholm-listed MRG Group (legacy Mr Green & Co) for a sum equivalent to €271 million. This morning, William Hill governance offered its opening SEK69 in cash per share to MRG investors, representing a total of SEK2,819m (€270.96m). To date, William Hill has been the only FTSE gambling enterprise to not participate in any M&A activity, which has underlined the global betting sector since 2016.The acceptance period for the offer is expected to commence on or around 10 December and close around 11 January 2019. If approved, the settlement is expected to begin around 17 January. Updating the market, William Hill CEO Philip Bowcock commented: “This proposed acquisition accelerates the diversification of William Hill – immediately making us a more digital and more international business.“MRG will provide William Hill with an international hub in Malta with market entry expertise and strong growth momentum in a number of European countries. William Hill will move from a single brand to a suite of brands that can maximise growth opportunities moving forward in new and existing markets.”The rationale behind the move is to create a strongly positioned combined business with an expanded European footprint in faster-growing online betting and gaming markets, further supported by the existing William Hill Online and retail businesses in the UK and the US.MRG’s online-only business will increase the group’s share of revenue and profits from online as well as from outside the UK, and in the process reduce William Hill’s exposure in the UK.Ulrik Bengtsson, William Hill’s Chief Digital Officer, will be tasked with heading the integration of MRG within the wider group. Bengtsson has a strong track record in Nordic online gaming businesses thanks to his time leading operator Betsson.In the statement, William Hill outlined it would undertake “a careful review of the capabilities and needs of the new combined operations, the optimal structure for future success will be determined”.It adds: “There are currently, before completion of the offer, no decisions on any material changes to MRG’s employees and management or to the existing organisation and operations, including the terms of employment and locations of the business.” Clearly this is subject to review once (and if) the transaction goes through.William Hill has retained Citigroup Global Markets as exclusive financial advisor and corporate broker and Vinge as legal advisor.The full-cash offer remains subject to the acceptance of the shareholders and all relevant regulatory approvals. SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share
England may consider a bid to host the 2030 World Cup with Gianni Infantino now elected Fifa president, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says.The FA backed Infantino in Friday’s election, in which he polled 115 votes to succeed fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter.Dyke says Fifa has a leader “whom the FA can trust” after saying it became “impossible” to deal with Blatter.”This is a new day, a new dawn. I think we will certainly try to win some tournaments,” Dyke said.”(The World Cup in) 2026 will go to North America, but we will maybe go for 2030.”Previous president Blatter quit in May amid allegations that led to a six-year ban from football, which he is contesting. His resignation prompted the extraordinary congress at world football’s governing body, which has been engulfed by claims of widespread corruption since summer 2015.Dyke was pleased at the result of the election, where lawyer Infantino secured 27 more votes than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.”[Infantino is] very competent, very organised, very together. Not a showman, but good fun. He has got a lot of qualities and it will be very good for Fifa,” he said.”It’s been a corrupted organisation for a very long period of time. There’s a big job to be done. But at least we’ve got a reform programme and at least we’ve got a president in whom we can trust.”The reason we wouldn’t deal with a Blatter Fifa is because we didn’t think we’d win. And there was so much bad blood from the last time we tried – at government level as well as at the FA level. “It was almost impossible to deal with him.”Any future plans for England to bid for future international tournaments will be dealt with by a future FA chairman as Dyke leaves the association this summer.England lost out to Russia in bidding for the 2018 World Cup.In October last year, Blatter suggested there had been an agreement in place for Russia to host the event – before the vote took place.The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments is the subject of an ongoing Swiss criminal investigation, which began alongside a US inquiry following the arrest and indictment of several top executives by the US Department of Justice on corruption charges.
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Already the slalom and overall champion this season, the American was the quickest in both runs, her combined time of 1 minute, 38.98 seconds enough to secure victory by 0.85 seconds over Wendy Holdener, with Petra Vlhova (+2.03) a distant third. Ski racing’s record books belong to @MikaelaShiffrin.The most world cup races ever won in a single season (15) — and she’s not done yet. @usskiteam // #Spindl2019 pic.twitter.com/XrdUlllw3i— Team USA (@TeamUSA) March 9, 2019Shiffrin, who turns 24 next week, has now won 39 World Cup slalom events in her career – including seven in the current campaign – leaving her one short of the all-time record held by Ingemar Stenmark.She holds 58 wins across all disciplines and continues to rapidly close in on Stenmark’s benchmark of 86. The peerless Mikaela Shiffrin once again made history on Saturday, breaking the record for the most race wins in a World Cup season with her 15th triumph of the 2018-19 campaign.Shiffrin claimed victory in the slalom discipline at Spindleruv Mlyn, the Czech venue where she made her World Cup debut in 2011, two days before her 16th birthday. Her record total, which tops the 14 wins of Vreni Schneider in 1988-89, could yet be increased, with four further events scheduled for next week’s season finale in Soldeu. Related News Lindsey Vonn: Mikaela Shiffrin will eclipse World Cup record in two years
No Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook for KHL refs. pic.twitter.com/MrmFaZklGd— KHL (@khl_eng) July 17, 2019The reason for the new policy is unknown at this time. If you’re a Kontinental Hockey League referee and rely on social networks, it looks like you’ll be out of luck this coming season.The KHL announced on Wednesday that referees are no longer to use a variety of social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to Alexei Anisimov, the head of the league’s referee department. In the last year, the league has taken steps to further define the relationship between teams and referees; at the start of the 2018-19 campaign, it was announced that team staff could use technology to analyze statistics and on-ice plays, but they are not allowed to show it to the officials in order to discuss a call (which results in a bench penalty). Additionally, coaches cannot pressure referees into making decisions.Perhaps the decision could be a step to maintain objectivity and continue to establish the relationship they should have with respective KHL clubs. However, does it blur the lines when it comes to freedom of expression?It’s hard to say, but at the very least, the rule change comes as a surprise.
Deschutes Way Southwest on-ramp to northbound US 101 will close.Drivers will detour via Deschutes Way Southwest on-ramp to northbound I-5. Advanced information of state highway work in Thurston County is available at the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates report.Original Release:Northbound Interstate 5 drivers heading to west Olympia and other locations along US 101 will want to plan additional time to reach their destinations this weekend.The northbound I-5 exit to northbound US 101 will close from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, to allow for extensive vegetation management work. Drivers will detour via the northbound I-5 exit 105/Port of Olympia/Henderson Boulevard and return by southbound I-5.Advanced information of highway roadwork in Thurston County is available at the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates report. Featured photo credit: Kim Merriman Facebook74Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation Expected inclement weather has Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews rescheduling extensive vegetation work that had been scheduled to occur this weekend. Weather permitting, the work will now occur over the weekend of March 2-3.Revised schedule:7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3.Northbound I-5 exit to northbound US 101 (Exit 104) will close.Drivers will detour via Exit 105/Port of Olympia/Henderson Boulevard.