Real Madrid Misses Record-breaking La Liga Victory

first_imgInstead they will have to share the record of 16 straight wins set by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side in the 2010-11 season.However a point ensures they remain top of La Liga, four points ahead of Barcelona, who played Atletico Madrid later last nightLEAGUE CUPResultsFulham 1-2 Bristol CityNorth’Town 1-3 Man UtdQPR 1-2 SunderlandS’tampton 2-0 Cry’PalaceStoke 1-2 Hull CitySwansea 1-2 Man CityTottenham 5-0 GillinghamWest Ham 1-0 AccringtonShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Real Madrid missed out on a record-breaking 17th consecutive La Liga victory as they drew with Villarreal.The hosts fell behind just before the break when Sergio Ramos used his hand to block a shot in the box and Bruno Soriano chipped in from the spot.Ramos made amends soon after the restart, heading in from a corner.Zinedine Zidane’s side put the visitors under concerted pressure throughout the second half, but Villarreal held on to deny Real the outright record.last_img read more

Comeback kids: Badgers score three unanswered to force tie

first_imgWhile Halloween was Thursday, Friday at the Kohl Center gave the Wisconsin men’s hockey team a big scare. After falling in a 3-0 hole in the game’s first 4 minutes and 9 seconds, Wisconsin climbed back and salvaged a tie with Lake Superior State, scoring the tying goal with 1:22 left in regulation.Only 33 seconds into the tilt, Lake Superior State’s Alex Globke fired a shot that deflected off several players and found its way past a dazed junior goaltender Landon Peterson for Wisconsin (2-2-1). Just a little less than three minutes later, the Lakers (4-0-1) tickled the twine again, this time on a rebound power play goal by Dan Radke. But LSSU wasn’t finished, as 46 seconds after the second goal, Colin Campbell drifted down the slot and fired a weak wrister that snuck past Peterson, setting off a chorus of boos from the crowd.The large early deficit was eerily similar, almost as if time had rewound itself to two weeks ago when Wisconsin was throttled in back-to-back nights in Boston.“Well, we were hoping for a different start. As a matter of fact, when it was the way it was, it felt like we were in Boston again because the goals they scored were like the ones in Boston, hitting people. First goal hit three people and went in. The second goal was tipped in as well. The third goal, I think [Peterson] would like to have back and get a second try at it,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “But it felt like, holy smokes, we still haven’t got the demons from Boston out of our system yet.“It had its glimpses of [Boston],” Peterson said. “There were just unfortunate bounces from the point. That happens sometimes but it seems like it’s coming in pairs now. But you just got to forget about it. There’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t control it, so you just got to move forward.”Unlike the weekend in Boston, Wisconsin didn’t waiver in the face of adversity Friday and battled for one of the more memorable comebacks of recent memory.Getting his team back into the game late in the first period, senior forward Michael Mersch redirected junior defenseman Jake McCabe’s initial shot over the left shoulder of Lakers’ goaltender Kevin Kapalka with 3:39 left to cut the deficit to 3-1. Wisconsin essentially dominated play during the remainder of the game, but it wasn’t until the midway through the third period that the Badgers scored again. Senior forward Tyler Barnes cut the lead to one with 8:42 to play, and later netted the game-tying goal with 1:22 to play.With an empty Wisconsin net and an extra attacker on, Wisconsin won the faceoff in the offensive zone. McCabe blasted a drive from the right point that was stifled by Kapalka. But Barnes dug for the rebound in the crease and lofted a wrister over the Lakers’ netminder to send the Kohl Center into a frenzy.Neither team found the back of the net in the overtime session, but the tie was hardly a negative outcome for the Badgers, who outshot the Lakers 29-11 over the final two periods in a critical comeback.“I’m pumped. This is exactly what we needed for our guys – this kind of type of game to get some sound feedback that, ‘Hey, we’re a pretty good team.’ We overcame some adversity. We earned a 3-3 tie. We pulled our goalie. We did it, so that’s a good thing for us. That’s what we leave with tonight,” Eaves said.last_img read more

Comtrade’s Steven Valentine: A case for objective bonusing terms

first_imgShare Submit Share StumbleUpon Steven ValentineRegulatory attentiveness in 2017 held monumental bonusing based consequences for gaming operators in the UK, writes Steven Valentine, Director of Interactive at Comtrade Gaming.Whether it’s in the form of player acquisition, retention or re-engagement, it seems that the subjective nature of bonusing terms is no longer up to interpretation. According to the UKGC, trust in the gambling sector is significantly declining, prompting operators to shift their attention to transparent player marketing to build their business strategy.While some operators will have to act as public examples with regulatory fines, prioritising fair marketing campaigns will serve as an additional responsibility that both operators and technology providers will have to tackle. In closer collaboration with platform providers, operators can ensure that players will engage better with fairer bonusing structures by having the technology at hand to support regulatory changes.Outside of the gaming industry, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is also on the receiving end of numerous complaints about “free bets”. What is of particular concern to industry watchdogs are the subjective, unclear and opaque conditions around deposits and wagers to qualify for the promotional bets and the questionable descriptions surrounding their ‘risk-free’ nature.Bonusing in its updated (and impartial) form can provide considerable benefits to players, especially as platforms improve their functionality along regulatory preferences to optimise the online gaming experience. According to a recent study by Label Insight, up to 94 percent of consumers surveyed indicated that they were more likely to be loyal to a brand that offers transparency, while 73 percent said they were willing to pay more for a product that offers complete transparency.These statistics show that brand loyalty and high player life-time value begin with the simplest and basic business practices. The Gambling Commission’s emphasis on ensuring licensees act accordingly with bonusing terms also extends to platform providers and suggest numerous conditions around bonusing offers.In terms of the Do’s and Don’ts of bonus requirements, half of the responsibility also falls on platform providers who must develop the framework to quickly and effectively communicate bonus eligibility, differentiate between playing and bonusing funds in e-wallets and allow players to exit promotions with remaining deposits and winnings.Nonetheless, not all gaming platforms are created equally, and this can create a significant effect on bonus campaigns and the operator’s ability to follow strict regulation to optimise their business.The advantage of online bonuses are the immediate configuration possibilities based on legislative requirements, opportunities to influence player life-time value and adjustments to individual acquisition responses. Operators looking to be aligned with the Gambling Commission’s priorities should turn to platforms that are as technologically advanced as the regulatory system is active – such as is Comtrade Gaming’s iCore – The Enterprise Gaming Platform.Bonusing modules within online platforms serve as a single point for bonus management across multiple brands, suppliers and products and work as the control center for both legal, business and marketing strategies.The UK’s regulatory regime is both liberal and responsible. Due to the high level of online product penetration, the UK plays a key role in shaping the global gaming market and we can expect for other markets to follow suit.Whether it is UKGC’s CEO Sarah Harrison stern warning that, ‘We will intervene’, or the Competition and Market’s Authority (CMA) declaration that ‘making the withdrawal of deposit winnings conditional on meeting wagering requirements is a significant restriction on the consumer’s right to withdraw’, operators will have to turn to their platform providers for highly effective platform functionality, bonusing features and legal compliance.The operators who pride their business on longevity and high player loyalty avoid ambiguous marketing campaigns as it affects all levels of their online operations and ultimately leads to million-dollar penalties and losses.Industry-leading gaming sites make sure to substantiate bonusing campaigns with clear terms and conditions, but accountability and consent also falls on the player to inform themselves about what they are agreeing to participate in by reading the requirements and limitations.Bonusing, accompanied with gamification, is shaping to be one of the defining benefits to the multi-channel experience and a point of differentiation among operators. When we consider the facts, it’s hard to ignore that legal bonusing can provide brand transparency, attract players and increase player life-time value.last_img read more

Sanjin Pehlivanovic won the 5th Place at the World Championship

first_imgFourteen year old multiple champion of B&H and European champion in the category up to 17 years in billiard Sanjin Pehlivanovic, participated on the World Junior Championships in the Chinese city of Shanghai. In the competition of 32 competitors, our brilliant, young athlete won a great 5th place, which is certainly one of the biggest achievements for B&H sport. It is worth noting that in the playoff semi-finals Sanjin was defeated by the later winner of the tournament, representative from Poland.Also, before this tournament Sanjin participated in a high-quality tournament “Kremlin Cup” in the capital of Russia, where he won great 3rd place. Already mentioned tournament was played in the seniors’ competition, and our Sanjin, out of 128 participants including 3 World Champions, managed to win a medal.“Participation on tournaments in Russia and China was a great experience for me and I am satisfied with my performance. I had the opportunity to play against the best players of the world and I believe that I represented B&H in the best way possible,” said Sanjin.(Source: read more

As S.B. 7 goes to the Governor for signature; local legislators differ sharply on bill’s impact

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Thank you for your input. +22 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Fan Forever · 282 weeks ago Thank you, Mr. Trimmer, for being a lone voice of reason, and for actually listening to your constituents. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down MRH · 282 weeks ago Drawn up in the middle of the night and passed in a week with no responsible vetting, I hope people remember who bought and paid for Hoffman in the next election. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down faganlover · 282 weeks ago Hoffman is a fool. He got that “great” body he has eating donuts provided by the Koch brothers. This is getting serious. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 281 weeks ago These wonderfully conservative politicians we elected are rewriting all state stautes because they sincerely care about all Kansans. Just wait and see. Our citizens will soon be flourishing in a land of plenty. 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Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Oxford-45,886-36,746-17,584 Wellington-117,208-83,186-11,863 Belle Plaine-58,638-43,165-10,728 Argonia-39,257-33,683-21,999 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The majority of the Sumner County legislators voted for S.B. 7 – a bill which restructures how Kansas schools are funded. Rather than allocating funds on a per pupil basis, funds will now be allocated through a block grant.S.B. 7 narrowly passed the House Friday by a 64-57 vote, but had an easier time going through the State Senate on Monday 25-14. S.B. 7 now awaits the signature of Governor Sam Brownback, who will likely sign it into law.Kyle HoffmanState Representatives Kyle Hoffman, Kasha Kelley and Pete Degraaf  – all Republicans – voted for the bill in the house while Steve Abrams, another Republican, voted for it in the senate. The lone state representative with Sumner County ties, Ed Trimmer, voted against it. He is a Democrat.“It was not a decision that was made lightly, but I voted ‘yes’, because I feel in the long run, creating a new formula is in the best interest of the schools that I represent,” said Hoffman in a legislative report sent to Sumner Newscow this morning. “The bill restores the 1.5 percent cut to the base by the Governor earlier in the year and fully funds KPERS funding by the State for the next two years.”Ed TrimmerTrimmer said the bill is problematic.“At a time when we should be increasing funding for education, this bill freezes funding at current levels,” Trimmer said. “During Brownback’s tenure in office, schools have been systematically underfunded in Kansas, causing the court to rule late last year that the state should have put at least an additional $550 million new funds into education.”Trimmer said the bill pits urban against rural districts and poor against wealthy districts.“Students in Cowley and Sumner Counties will not have access to the same resources as those in Johnson County,” Trimmer said. “That is unfair to Kansas schools and bad for the Kansas economy.”But Hoffman disagrees.“The old formula was so broken that it exacerbated the very problems it was supposed to fix,” said Rep. Kyle Hoffman, Chair of the House Agriculture Budget Committee. “Rural districts with fewer students were considered wealthy and couldn’t access equalization funding in the needed amounts. Meanwhile, every Johnson County school was considered poor and received extra funding. It was time for a change.”He said there were over 30 house members representing rural areas that voted in favor of the bill.S.B. 7 sunsets a 23 year old school finance formula that regards rural schools as wealthy even if population declined, Hoffman said. The next step will be developing a new and modern formula specifically designed to give rural, urban, and suburban schools the resources and the flexibility needed to help students succeed.But Trimmer is worried.According to Block Grant projection figures released by the Governor, the Sumner County schools stand to lose thousands of dollars. Conway Springs-38,981-26,087943 School district2014-15 adjusted funding2015-16 funding2016-17 funding South Haven-37,146-30,937-17,920 Caldwell-46,592-39,051-23,240 “Notice that total funding for the entire district decreased significantly over the three-year period,” Trimmer said. (Conway Springs in 2016-17 is the lone exception and is not in Trimmer’s district). “Johnson County schools have been given the authority to raise their local option budgets to 33 percent to cover lost funds. Our schools cannot do that.”Trimmer said the block grant program just robs Peter to pay Paul.“And our schools are Peter and Johnson County School are Paul,” Trimmer said.Trimmer also said he worries about the elimination of weightings to account for growing or shrinking enrollment, at-risk and bi-lingual students, high transportation costs, career and technical education programs, among others.“Eliminating the existing formula and allocating funding for schools in this manner will lead to a lack of transparency and accountability in how districts spend their money and inhibit comparisons among districts,” Trimmer said.Hoffman said schools face fixed costs like facilities and food service regardless of how many students are enrolled. Under the old formula, even when schools were losing students and the funding that accompanied them, equalization didn’t increase.“The old formula provided a declining enrollment weighting, but it was insufficient to deal with the problem,” Hoffman said.Trimmer said the bill puts less money in terms of spendable income for schools. For example, KPERS payments go from the state to the local school district and then to the KPERS fund within 24 hours.A significant amount of any additional money a few districts might get would come from changes in budget authority, resulting in higher local property taxes, not from increased state funding, Trimmer said.Hoffman said nothing is in concrete. Work is already underway on the new finance formula, and the rural coalition who voted in favor of the block grant bill plans to work collaborate with colleagues from high population areas to ensure it is custom designed to be fair and serve the needs of students regardless of location.Rep. Sue Boldra, vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee said “even though I had reservations about the bill, I am eager to work on the new solution that will ensure schools get the money they need to continue to be the fabric of their communities and to help student achievement.”Trimmer, though has his doubts.“Of the things state government does, I consider educating our children to be one of the most important,” he said. “We have not just a constitutional responsibility, but also a moral obligation to fund public education. With the action taken by legislature Friday, we have failed in that duty.”Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

K-League club says filling stadium with sex dolls was ‘an inexcusable mistake’

first_imgWith fans not allowed to attend games following the coronavirus pandemic, Seoul decided to fill the stands with mannequins, only for fans to quickly realise they were in fact of the adult variety. 2016 K League winners FC Seoul inadvertently used sex dolls rather than fashion mannequins to help fill empty stands this weekend. The club has apologised. Both the club and the supplier are pointing fingers at others. (It’s not just COVID-19 you need to avoid catching!) #kleague— Devon Rowcliffe (@WhoAteTheSquid) May 17, 2020Seoul was promptly slammed for the mistake, with Korean media since declaring that the country’s international reputation is a concern because of it. The club themselves have apologized for the incident and attempted to provide some clarity as to how the mistake happened.  “We would like to apologize to our fans. We’re genuinely sorry to our fans about the installation of the mannequins at our game on May 17,” the club wrote in a message posted on Instagram. “We confirmed from the start that the mannequins we installed in the stands had no relation to the adult toys, even though they do indeed resemble real humans. The mannequins are manufactured by a company named Dalkom, and they informed us that the mannequins are designed for displaying apparel and fashion products. We confirmed with them on numerous occasions to make sure that the mannequins are not adult toys.”However, Dalkom has been distributing some of the mannequin products to another business named Soros, and in the process of return and exchange of the products between them, the installation at our stadium included some products with messages in text that are related to the adult toys. That was a problem on our employees who couldn’t check every detail of everything that was installed. That is an inexcusable mistake on our part.”Our intention from the start was to provide even a small entertainment after it was decided that the games would be hosted behind closed doors due to coronavirus. Regardless of that, we would like to apologize once again to everyone who loves and supports FC Seoul. We will be holding further discussions on how we can review potential problems in similar matters. We will put forth our due diligence to prevent such issues in the future.” K-League club FC Seoul has issued an apology after they accidentally filled their stadium with “adult toys” during Sunday’s game against Gwangju. While the 2016 league champions claimed a crucial 1-0 win on the pitch, it’s what happened off it that really caught people’s attention. last_img read more

Fire at Blithewald, Days Before VNA Showhouse Gala

first_imgRUMSON–The house that was to be the centerpiece of the VNA’s Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Showhouse caught on fire around 12:30 p.m. today, just days before Saturday night’s gala and open house next week. No injuries are reported.The house, known as Blithewald, is a 19th century home set on an estate at 76 Buena Vista Avenue. According to county property records, the owner is Thomas Widener and it was assessed in 2015 at $2.4 million.On Monday morning, several designers were working in the house, preparing their spaces for opening day. The bi-annual showhouse features more than 40 top interior designers, decorators and landscape artists from the tri-state area. It is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Visiting Nurse Association of Monmouth County, based in Red Bank. The homeowner was not living in Blithewald at the time of fire, in preparation for the event, which draws more than 10,000 people.The VNA issued a statement on their Facebook page, “The cause is unknown and no injuries were reported at this time. We will provide updates about the Preview Gala and Show House tours as information becomes available. Thank you for thoughts, prayers and your continued support.”Eileen Buriani, owner of Kidegories of Shrewsbury, was designing one of the boys’ bedrooms when she was summoned out of the building, down the stairs. “We came down and we saw the flames shooting out. There was no smoke upstairs at all. I didn’t think it was a quick-moving fire.”“It’s such a beautiful home. What a shame,” she said,James Yarosh, an art dealer from Holmdel, had lent artwork to designers exhibiting at the show, including some of his favorite pieces from his own home. “I’ve been talking to designers today, and it’s just so upsetting,” he said. “People do this from their heart, to create beauty, for charity. I’m so upset for all the artists and designers,” he said.Fire at Blithewald is extinguished. Photo courtesy Chris HalsteadPat Mills, owner and head designer of Byford & Mills in Little Silver said her team had just completed its work in the sitting room, off the master bedroom, on Friday. They had hung grasscloth wall coverings, commissioned a special handbraided rug and furnished the room with sofas, an L-shaped couch, and a desk. When she heard about the fire, she ran to the site and saw the house in flames. A firefighter was standing in the balcony, off the room, breaking through the ceiling, and water hoses were soaking that portion of the house. “It was horrifying,” she said.She lamented the sight of Blithewald, “a piece of Rumson history” going up in flames, with all the hard work from a huge community of designers.  “Piece by piece you knew your room was being destroyed,” she said. The artwork exhibited in her room alone was valued at $150,000, she said.Next door neighbor Monique Bolsius was among several people who watched the scene unfold. She said she felt so sorry for the army of volunteers who had been working on site for two months to ready the house for its moment in the spotlight. “Its devastating. It’s just so unfortunate,” she said.Denise DeMarco arrived at the house this afternoon to complete a project, to hand paint one of the historic fireplaces. Volunteer firefighters representing Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Sea Bright and Eatontown were on the scene, Rumson Road was closed between Bellevue and Kemp Avenue, and the air was filled with the smell of smoke. “It breaks your heart. So much of it was volunteer work. It’s not just money, it’s their time.” — By Christina Johnson, with reporting by John Burtonlast_img read more

Shelton, Ruiz Earn Men’s Indoor Weekly Honors

first_imgMen’s Field Athlete of the Week – Antonio Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Tomball, TexasRuiz won the pole vault at the Don Kirby Invitational at New Mexico with a season-best mark of 17-08.50, which is also a new top mark in Southland competition this season. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Daniel Shelton, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Houston, TexasShelton ran the fastest time in the conference in the 800m this season to win the event at the Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston, clocking a 1:52.00. He also ran a leg of the distance medley relay, helping the Huskies to a second-place finish with a time of 10:44.52. Both teams have completed their 2018 regular seasons and next head to the 2018 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala., from Feb. 21-22. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Lentz Similien, McNeese; Ceaser Stephens, Northwestern State; Joshua Hernandez, Sam Houston State.center_img Ruiz now owns two men’s field weekly awards in the 2018 indoor season. Honorable Mention: Maverick Bowleg, Southeastern Louisiana; Drake Murphy, Stephen F. Austin; Micah Larkins, Northwestern State. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist senior Daniel Shelton and Stephen F. Austin junior Antonio Ruiz are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by read more

Thursday Cyclo Cross Results

first_imgRobin Baillie won the Thursday night Cyclo cross on the North Peace circuit with 36:48. He held off second place Stephen Ferris who had 38:49. Colter Young was third at 39:17 and Pat Ferris was 4th at 44:12. All did 6 laps. Gord Harris, Sam Keats and Barb Polehoykie completed 5 laps. The addition of the ësand trapí to the loop made the race more interesting. Riders who could ride through without stopping certainly had the advantage over those who could not.- Advertisement – This Sunday: Cyclo cross double header. 10:00 am at the North Peace circuit and 2 pm at the Beatton River circuit. Two events in one day is to get the locals ready to do the National Cyclo cross Championships in Edmonton on the Thanksgiving long weekend.last_img read more