Whelan: Survival trumps final

first_img He added: “No question about that. I have promised the players a holiday in Barbados not for winning the FA Cup but for staying up.” Whelan famously broke his leg when playing for Blackburn in the 1960 FA Cup final against Wolves and is set to lead the team out onto the Wembley pitch at the weekend. But the 76-year-old has witnessed a decline in the tournament’s importance due to the ever increasing Premier League revenue which has placed that competition at the forefront of clubs’ minds. “You wouldn’t imagine a change like that could happen. When I was growing up and playing, winning the FA Cup was something absolutely unbelievable,” Whelan said. “It (the decline) has happened. You get so much money out of the Premier League, it’s just phenomenal. And what these clubs are going to get next season is unbelievable. “It makes this season’s relegation battle all the more desperate.” Wigan are playing their first cup semi-final since facing Arsenal in the 2006 League Cup, where they won on the away goals rule following a 2-2 aggregate draw to play Manchester United in the final, where they were beaten 4-0. However, the Latics are again battling to stave off relegation from the Premier League and are currently in the bottom three, level on points with Sunderland but with a worse goal difference. With the Premier League set to receive a financial boost thanks to the new £3billion television deal for next season, Whelan knows remaining in the top flight is crucial, telling the Evening Standard: “Staying up is more important than winning the semi-final.” Wigan owner Dave Whelan would prefer Barclays Premier League survival to a place in the FA Cup final as the Latics prepare for Saturday’s semi-final clash with Millwall at Wembley.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Final Word: Syracuse beats NC State in a shootout

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 28, 2018 at 9:54 amcenter_img Syracuse hadn’t been bowl eligible since 2013. That changed on Saturday night, as the Orange (6-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 22 North Carolina State (5-2, 2-2), 51-41, to pick up their sixth win. The Orange were boosted by a bounceback from Eric Dungey, who accounted for 443 yards of offense and passed Donovan McNabb for most total offense in SU history.Listen to our beat writers discuss the Orange’s win.last_img read more

AgiproNews Italian View – Dignity Decree’s blanket ban shows no effectiveness

first_img Share Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 Submit Italian betting leaders attending the ICE2020 London conference detailed their frustrations as Italy’s new coalition government continues to enforce a blanket ban on gambling advertising sanctioned by the former administration’s Dignity Decree mandate.Prior to the conference, online gambling trade body LOGiCO bluntly stated that the Decree had failed in its core objectives of reducing Italian gambling spend and safeguarding consumers.Stating its case, LOGiCO would simply point to online statistics taken from August to December 2019, which underlined that during the first five months of the Decree’s full enforcement, online betting grew 13% on 2018 comparatives.Following a one-year grace period, Italian betting consumers appear to have neglected the ‘blanket ban’s effectiveness’ as online betting GGR grew from €274m to €324m.Online casino trends further back LOGiCO’s statement, in which decree restrictions had no impact on market leaders, with legacy operators Snaitech, Sisal, Eurobet and Goldbet all reporting significant GGR growth within their online casino verticals.The only perceived impact that could be potentially attributed as a ‘Decree outcome’ is that foreign online operators such as bet365, bwin and William Hill noted ‘weaker growth’ (below 10%) during the reported period.Speaking at ICE2020, Snaitech Group CEO Fabio Schiavolin stated that his firm’s online casino growth had little to do with the Decree’s advertising ban, explaining that it is “an effect of a long-term strategy and the work we have carried out across our gaming sites”.He added: “In a moment of total blackout, we are perceived as a reliable brand, which keeps its promises.”Despite their online gains, Italian betting leadership highlighted the wider negative impacts that the Decree’s blanket ban had placed upon critical stakeholders.Governance of Lega Calcio, the governing body of Italian professional football leagues, remains critical of the Decree’s reach and consequences.A Lega Calcio assessment had estimated that the Decree had cost Serie A football clubs approximately €100m in the form of lost sponsorships, reduced TV rights and further marketing revenues.LOGiCO detailed that further sporting bodies shared Lega Calcio’s concerns, as the Decree’s blanket ban had negatively impacted Italian media coverage and broadcast of smaller sports.Following the Decree’s first months of enforcement in which its objectives appear to have been outdone, Alexander Martin (New Chief Executive of SKS365) shared his frustration at a new government failing to take the opportunity to collaborate with industry incumbents to gain effective insights.“Politicians often forget that legal operators can reduce the problem gambling as they can control the activity of their customers and identify any problems,” Martin told the  ICE2020 audience.Despite its well-documented flaws, in 2020 the new Italian coalition government has detailed that it maintains no schedule to review its Decree mandate on betting advertising.________________last_img read more

Mannah Replies Grand Gedeans Demand for Jobs

first_imgExecutive Mansion press secretary Sam Mannah has been reappointed as deputy managing director for administration at the National Insurance Corporation of Liberia (NICOL).Presidential Press Secretary Sam Mannah has responded to demands by people calling themselves ‘Sons and Daughters of Grand Gedeh County’ to redirect their political agitation because, according to him, President George Weah is not appointing people to positions based on tribal connections or geographical locations, but rather on their qualification and honesty.Weah, Mannah said, wants an all inclusive government that will be void of tribal sentiments and class system, noting, “Liberia is bigger than a county.”Mannah told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the government has already appointed the Minister of Gender, a Grand Gedean, and others including the superintendent, who will in turn formulate the county’s governance body in consultation with the county’s caucus.Over the weekend the ‘Sons and Daughters of Grand Gedeh County’ expressed discomfort with President Weah’s silence in addressing their call for equal opportunities regarding appointments in government.Their expressed discomfort came in the wake of President Weah’s appointment of almost all the ministers and a deputy ministers at various ministries to the exclusion of Grand Gedeans even though there are a good number of them who are said to be well-educated and qualified to hold some top positions in government.D. Kelvin Clay, president of Grand Gedeh youth and student movement, at a recent press conference in Monrovia, said the citizens are not happy with President Weah’s exclusion of the people from Grand Gedeh in his administration.To that, Mannah said the President appreciates all who supported him during the campaign period, “but let them be aware that the campaign is over, and it’s about time to focus on rebuilding the country with all, irrespective of specific place of origin.”“We don’t need a group of oversea Grand Gedeans to occupy government positions, because we have qualified citizens from the county on ground who, during the campaign processes, delivered the county to the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC),” Clay said.Clay recalled that during the 2017 representative and presidential elections, Sen. Weah (then) promised to give the country back to the common people, “so this is why we all stood the test of time when former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf deliberately excluded us in some ways from the benefits of her administration, including road connectivity. We vigorously campaigned in 2017 ensuring that Weah got the presidency, but today we are about to be left by the wayside again.”While Clay acknowledged, however, that Weah has appointed Kai G. Farley (former Representative) as Superintendent of Grand Gedeh, he noted that that lone top county position is not sufficient in comparison to the sacrifices the people of the county made to ensure that Weah won the presidential runoff election.“We the youth and students as well as a lot of our elders had sleepless nights and tough days in ensuring that our voter registration cards were safe and protected from evil-minded people. We saw Weah as the best alternative for our beloved country, more so having followed you carefully from the days of former President, Samuel Kanyon Doe, a Grand Gedean who was murdered,” Clay said.In a related development, journalists from the Liberia Media Initiative (LMDI) recently paid a visit to Tuzohn, the home town of slain President Doe and sought the views of the residents on President Weah’s pro-poor governance policy.Majority of the speakers at the LMDI dialogue said they were becoming impatient with Weah for his failure to appoint people from their county, who are said to be qualified, to top governmental positions.One lady, who claimed to be a sister of President Doe, said her brother contributed to making Weah who he is today, and that the people of Grand Gedeh consider Weah as their own son.She wants Weah to pave the major roads in the county and provide jobs for the people of Grand Gedeh in return for the sacrifices they have made over the years to make him become president.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more